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“The Krieger Corp is the life for me,
A gun, bed and funeral for free.
That’s my lot in the Black Company.”


It took the Earth 10 long years to die. Like every planet afflicted by the pervasive sentient plague that swept the galaxy at the turn of the 23rd century, aptly named The Rot, Earth’s demise was slow and agonising at first then violent and sudden by the end. The seas boiled and the air turned to ash in the wake of the continent-shattering orbital bombardments that cleansed her and a hundred other worlds.

20 years later, the dust of the Purification Wars has settled and the surviving xenos empires have finished carving up the remaining colonies of those less fortunate races between them, including those few left from Earth’s initial phase of expansion. Just rewards for the victorious alien’s part in saving the galaxy. The surviving human population, once many billions, now numbers in the mere millions. An entire race of refugees, vagrants and backwater outcasts begging, stealing and labouring as second-class citizens, servants or slaves under uncaring alien masters.

A lifetime of backbreaking work for stale recycled oxygen units and a handful of credits is the best fate most humans can hope for. Little wonder then that the violent but lucrative life of a mercenary holds such appeal. As the novelty of peace wears off and the rival alien nations rattle their sabres once more, human mercenaries are in high demand for their crude effectiveness and affordable prices.

And of all the human mercenary firms, there are none so infamous and so highly sought after as the services of the Black Company…

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2230AD Annal Entries: https://pastebin.com/zBic3fPQ [incomplete]
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+++XENO QUOTE OF THE DAY+++
>SELECTED Faenwedhe

Unknown Deep Space Co-ordinates – Restricted Zone - Now

Grey Five disconnected, tiring of the simulations, and extricated themselves from the pod. Disconnection was not an uncommon affliction among the younger brood of their kind. The older Faenwedhe rarely left their pods, usually only to partake in nutrients or while their pod underwent vital maintenance and were often deeply disturbed and irate during the entire procedure. The eldest, some having spawned long before the construction of this floating fortress was even envisioned, never left at all.

There were few windows aboard Arena Two, a structural weakness whose meagre glimpse of the stars paled in comparison to the tangible accuracy and more-than-realism offered through the lens of the Wedhe. But nutrient intake hall the level below hosted one such indulgence. From there, gazing out into the deepest black, Grey Five could make out with their own manifold eyes the continent-sized shapes of Arena One and Four. Those in the Guilds pondered and laughed at the assessment of the unFaen races, who presumed that the Rot had meant their end. Even Grey Five clicked humorously at the thought. This unFaen plague had not even touched their world, the Faenwedhe had simply abandoned it when it had served its purpose. Unlike the unFaen, the Faenwedhe held little attachment to the ball of dirt that they had emerged from. One geological formation was much like any other, a rock unworthy of reverence. The destiny of the Faenwedhe had always rested in the infinity of the Wedhe and the Great Game.

For now, untested as they were, Grey Five controlled only a small arm of Ghosts. But one day they hoped to ascend to mastery over their very own nanoswarm or even join the chorus for one of the mighty Revenants. It would not be long before Grey Five would have the chance to prove themselves worthy of such a lofty position in the Shoal. Less than three rotations, or so it was whispered in the Guilds. Until then, the simulations would have to suffice.

++01001100 01100101 01110100 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01000111 01100001 01101101 01100101 01110011 00100000 01100010 01100101 01100111 01101001 01101110 00101110++

Grey Five shivered in anticipation, their spindly body subconsciously echoing the rhythmic hum of binary data constantly feeding through their antennae. They had spent too much time out of their pod, it was time to return to the simulations and practice. Three more rotations of the Black Sun.

And then the Great Game could begin anew…

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Xeno Quote of the Day (select one for the next thread)
>Asandi
>Auxl
>Belcossan
>Chorkrum
>Coryx
>Drax
>Faenwedhe
>Kroll
>Pect’Max
>Quexi
>Savis
>Yibrak
>Vesh
> League of Dis - Rebels
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>>4950861
>Chorkrum
Welcome back!
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>>4950861
>Pect’Max

Anchor post!!!
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>>4950861
>Asandi
I will have it someday.
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>>4950861
>League of Dis - Rebels
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>>4950861
>>Chorkrum
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>>4950861
>Asandi
On a scale of 1 to 10 how far sideways is this thread going to go?
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>>4950861
>Vesh
Š
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>>4950861
>Asandi
>>4950891
Hopefully enough for laughs.
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>>4950861
>Vesh

The best part of the week has returned!
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>>4950861
>Asandi

Let the games begin
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>Kroll
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>>4950861
>>Pect’Max
Yo! Merry Christmas.
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>>4950861
Hello
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>>4950861
>Asandi

Posting pic so I can find this post again easily.
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>>4950861
Man fuck those things. They creep me out.
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>>4950861
>Drax
Hyped for this!
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>>4950935
They're just a hikkikomori gamer clan.
So yes, they should.
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>>4950861
>>Kroll
>Forgotten's ID is black for this thread
How appropriate.

Welcome back habibi
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>>4950861
>Kroll

Let's see about the other "supposedly extinct" Starkiller race
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>>4950861
>Vesh
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>>4950861
>Chorkrum

Hey Forgotten.
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>>4950861

>Vesh

Let's see how our luck performs this time
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>>4950861
>> League of Dis - Rebels
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>>4951014
>pic
that didn't work out great for the French, lol
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>>4950861
>Asandi

GET ME iN THERE BOSS, THERE ARE PEOPLE TO KILL AND GOVERNMENTS TO DESTABILISEa2jnj
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>>4950861
>>Pect’Max

Oh man I regret not going for the Faenwedhe option earlier, they seem rad as hell and I severely underestimated what to expect from a bunch of techno-barbarians
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>>4950861
>League of Dis - Rebels
I wonder what do they think about they "pirate" allies

Furyy pic so I can find this post again easily.
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>>4950861
>>Pect’Max
maybe this will be the one
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>>4950861
> League of Dis - Rebels
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>Kroll
After the Faen, I'm looking forward to some classy purge parties.
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>>4950861
>>Pect’Max

Yeaaa, lets do this.
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>>4950861
>>Pect’Max
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>>4950861
>Savis
Human supremacist assemble!
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>>4950861
>Vesh
Mother is in her Void and all is black in the Universe.
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>>4950861
>Asandi
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>>4950861
>Auxl

ASR.
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>>4950861
>>Auxl

Want to know more. Also man, these Faenwedhe are scary.
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>>4950861
>Kroll

Love these interesting but brief POV changes
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>>4950861
>Pect’Max
Let's see what these featherless bipeds are up to - or are they feathered bipeds?
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>>4950861
> League of Dis - Rebels

Let's learn more about the suckers we're gonna leave holding the bag
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>>4950856
>Vesh
Almost missed it.
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>>4950861
>>Drax
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The votes are evenly tied between Asandi and Pect'Max. First roll under gets their pick of which feathered xenos we get a sneak peek at next.

> 50DC

1 roll 1d100.

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> Serene Asandi Clans

> Pect'Max Territories
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Rolled 29 (1d100)

>>4952274
>> Serene Asandi Clans

Making anons dream come true

It's me, anon
>>4950915
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Rolled 82 (1d100)

>>4952274
>>4950958
> Serene Asandi Clans
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>SELECTED
>Asandi

Dis Planetside (Savis Empire) – Equatorial Jungles – 23rd Cycle August 2230AD, late afternoon

“That…” You pant, collapsing back down on the rocky floor with a contented sigh of exhaustion. “…was pretty fragging good.”

“I’ll say.” CPL ‘Sharky’ van der Meer concurs, bare chest rising and falling as he lays next to you in the epilogue of your intense training exercise. “Though by the Green, girl. You’ve gotta let a guy come up for air every now and then.”

“Mmm.” You murmur, eyes closed as you try to catch your breath. “Sometimes… casualties… in the pursuit of the objective… are unavoidable.”

“Oh really?” The Cradler Auxiliary veteran leans over, leering smugly. “And what objective would that be?”

Sharky’s grin doesn’t falter in the slightest as he dodges the empty canteen thrown at him. His leer is at least finally covered up when you adjust your aim on your next throw of the pair of pants. He’s a little older than you, which you’re coming to see as less and less of a disadvantage now. Sure he may have the odd grey hair in his chest and scraggly facial hair he’s grown in the past few weeks, but he’s far from reaching his use-by date and with those years comes a wealth of experience. Both on the battlefield and… elsewhere.

“Off to see the LT?” Sharky queries, dropping the pretence of the Voidborn raider cover story given the seclusion of this little dugout in the jungle cliff face. “Better watch yourself, little girlie. That cat is as cool as a coilsnake, make no mistake.”

Sharky is a fun guy, a passable bedwarmer and he also brings that taste of home you sometimes find yourself missing against your better judgement. But the gap between casual lover and trusted confidante is a big one in your books, so you refrain from confessing your worries about the tense relations between you and your trusted Second CPL ‘Crane’. And your own doubts about the Lieutenant’s harsh orders or, more specifically, just how willing you might be in following them. It doesn’t help that the one person you feasibly could entrust with venting your frustrations to is currently very pissed off at you, so far as you can tell. So instead of saying asking Sharky to elaborate you bite your lip and shrug off his humorous warning.

[1/2]
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“This little girlie can bust your balls anytime, old man.” Then you shrug, tiring of the Cradler back-and-forth banter for once. “I don’t know what he wants anyway. Probably an update on the readiness of the rebels. Or maybe something new in the works, who can say? Things are picking up in the cities, I hear.”

That’s putting it lightly. By all accounts SGT ‘Casket’ Irons and the rest of Banshee Squad barely made it out of the city of Daskar. Something about an explosion at the spaceport. You can’t imagine that the other Company cells dotted across the planet are remaining low level in their operations anymore either.

“And the mining operations too.” Sharky returns your shrug, concluding his inspection of your physique and commencing a half-hearted search for the rest of his clothes. “Heavenly’s been hitting the smaller sites night and day while you were off playing catch-the-Cradler with the rebels.”

A middle finger is all the reply Sharky gets as you finish pulling up your pants and sling your mag pistol over your shoulder. It’s a long walk to the main encampment, but with all the hustle and bustle not to mention the patrols coming and going you and Sharky both figured some distance was necessary. No doubt you’re not the only cell setting up shop in the Dis jungles, but certainly the rebels working with the 77th are on the fast-track to establishing themselves as the central hub for rebel activity planetside. The communications center in the abandoned smuggling den is a large factor in that, but not nearly as much as the near mythical status the Auxl leader ‘Breaker’ has attained since executing the Daskar governor in specular fashion on livelink. Maybe Breaker has a natural grsvitas, but the widely distributed broadcast wouldn't have been achieved half as much without Night Night's flair for the dramatic in communications and the hacking skills of that Whitelake cyber-girl.

[2/3]
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[3/3]

You’re halfway back to base when you get the sneaking sensation that you’re being followed. At first you think it’s something local, a jungle carnivore that hasn’t clued on yet that you don’t fall into the ‘prey’ category here by any stretch of the imagination. But something in your gut tells you otherwise, the carefulness of their step or the path they’re taking keeping themselves in your blind spot gives them away as sentient. It’s not Sharky, no way he got dressed that quickly. And maybe it’s not a predator either. Could just be a curious passerby.

But in the Green, the line between silent observer and stalking hunter always was pretty thin.

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>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]

>“Didn’t anyone ever tell you that sneaking up on a Cradler is good way to get yourself dead?” Keeping your back turned and movements slow, you adopt a friendly tone of warning. It’s almost certainly a rebel or even a squaddie. If it was a Cradler Auxiliary infiltrating the camp… well one of you would be dead already. [Firebrand]

>You whirl around, mag pistol drawn and aimed at centre mass. You don’t put much stock in maybes, and even less in hesitation. Going against your gut instinct in the unknown jungle of the ‘verse rarely seems to pay off. In the Green, there are those who are quick and those who are dead. And last you checked, you’re still breathing. [Xenophobe]
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>>4952282
>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]

Lets not give the game away, lets catch whoever is following us


Verification
>>4950915
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Verification: >>4950921

>>4952282
>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]
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>>4952282
>>“Didn’t anyone ever tell you that sneaking up on a Cradler is good way to get yourself dead?” Keeping your back turned and movements slow, you adopt a friendly tone of warning. It’s almost certainly a rebel or even a squaddie. If it was a Cradler Auxiliary infiltrating the camp… well one of you would be dead already. [Firebrand]

We're supposed to be deep within friendly territory at this point.
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>>4952286
>We're supposed to be deep within friendly territory at this point.

No reason to let our guard down anon, might be a friendly and if so its a good lesson in stalking and ambushing. Might be an enemy though, sneaking in and gathering info or targeting officers
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>>4952282
>You whirl around, mag pistol drawn and aimed at centre mass. You don’t put much stock in maybes, and even less in hesitation. Going against your gut instinct in the unknown jungle of the ‘verse rarely seems to pay off. In the Green, there are those who are quick and those who are dead. And last you checked, you’re still breathing. [Xenophobe]

me >>4950956
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>>4952282
>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]
>>4950879
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>>4952282
>>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]
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>>4952282
>>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]
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Is there any reason not to draw our pistol here? We're afraid of looking squirmish or what?
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>>4952282
>>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]

>>4951022
Verified
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>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]
>>4951082
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>>4952282
>>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]


I was late for the first vote, so this is my first post.

Anchor post
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>>4952282
>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]

>>4951066
verification
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>>4952282
>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]

Cool as a cucumber or something Cradler equivalent

>>4951024
Meeeeeeeeee
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>>4952282
>>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]
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>>4952315
Trigger discipline, never aim at what you aren't prepared to destroy. This could be an intruder but it also could be Terrier.
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>>4952282
>>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]
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>>4952282
>>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]

Should be interesting to see who or what it is.
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>>4952698
Forgot Verification: >>4950902
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>>4952282
>>“Didn’t anyone ever tell you that sneaking up on a Cradler is good way to get yourself dead?” Keeping your back turned and movements slow, you adopt a friendly tone of warning. It’s almost certainly a rebel or even a squaddie. If it was a Cradler Auxiliary infiltrating the camp… well one of you would be dead already. [Firebrand]
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>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]
>>4951126
Can never be too careful
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Fuuuuuuuuuuck, I'm late for verification. I hate RL.

Just gonna drop this vote here even if it's not going to be counted for the sake of future posts.

>>4952282
>“Didn’t anyone ever tell you that sneaking up on a Cradler is good way to get yourself dead?” Keeping your back turned and movements slow, you adopt a friendly tone of warning. It’s almost certainly a rebel or even a squaddie. If it was a Cradler Auxiliary infiltrating the camp… well one of you would be dead already. [Firebrand]
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>>4952282
>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]

>>4951738
Linking back
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Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]
>>4951032
'tism check
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>>4952282
>>“Didn’t anyone ever tell you that sneaking up on a Cradler is good way to get yourself dead?” Keeping your back turned and movements slow, you adopt a friendly tone of warning. It’s almost certainly a rebel or even a squaddie. If it was a Cradler Auxiliary infiltrating the camp… well one of you would be dead already. [Firebrand]
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>>4952282
>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]

>>4950933
Me.
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>>4952282
>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]
>>4950901
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>>4952282
>>“Didn’t anyone ever tell you that sneaking up on a Cradler is good way to get yourself dead?” Keeping your back turned and movements slow, you adopt a friendly tone of warning. It’s almost certainly a rebel or even a squaddie. If it was a Cradler Auxiliary infiltrating the camp… well one of you would be dead already. [Firebrand]
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>>4952356
>>4952834
Since it's only the second vote I have no issue with these being considered your verification posts.

>SELECTED
>Slowing your step as you innocuously circle your unknown watcher’s position, your hand slips to the mag pistol in its holster. It’s probably just nerves, you are a little high strung after a week of sitting around in the medbay without any action at all. But you’d rather ambush the ambusher than be the ambushee. Or something like that. [Daredevil]

Wetwork Test: Give your pursuer the slip
> 40DC
> Cradleborn: Jungle Environment +15DC, +1 Wetwork Re-Roll
> Mag Pistol +5DC Wetwork
> Maw & Claw +1 Wetwork Re-Roll
> 60 DC

Critfail = So much for the Cradler legend. Your counter-ambush is in turn counter-ambushed, leaving you at the mercy of your unimpressed pursuer. The boost from Jungle Environment is reduced by -5DC for the rest of the campaign.
Double fail = Alien jungle. The boost from Jungle Environment is reduced by -3DC for the rest of the campaign.
0 = Hollow reputation. Your attempt to turn the tables backfires, leaving you vulnerable. Luckily, your pursuer doesn’t want you dead. Suffer -5DC to Wetwork for the rest of the campaign.
1 = Inflated reputation. You don’t make it easy for your pursuer, but you fail to shake and get the jump on them. You do at least confront them. No change to Wetwork.
2 = Deserved reputation. Giving your pursuer the slip, you’re able to confront them on your terms. +5DC to Wetwork for the rest of the campaign.
3 = The woman, the myth, the legend. Snake Eyes lives up to her reputation, turning the tables on her pursuer. +5DC & +1 Re-Roll to Wetwork for the rest of the campaign.
Double pass = Gone native. The boost from Jungle Enviroment is increased by +3DC for the rest of the campaign.
Critpass = Ghost of the Green. You have your stalker dead to rights. +3DC to Wetwork (permanent).


3 rolls of 1d100. You have TWO re-rolls. Your opponent has ZERO re-rolls.

Let’s see whether you’ve got the lay of the land in the jungles of Dis…
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Rolled 44 (1d100)

>>4953530

>>4950867
Verify
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Rolled 82 (1d100)

>>4953530

me
>>4950915
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Rolled 89 (1d100)

>>4953530
Sneaky sneak sneak...
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>>4953541
verification,
>>4950946


should we reroll?
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Rolled 44 (1d100)

>>4953530

Welp re-rolling this one here

>>4953536
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Rolled 40 (1d100)

ah fug I'll reroll too
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>>4953546
>>4953548
YOU FOOLS
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>>4953550
...mate?
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>>4953550
Krigga that's 3 passes with two double passes, you'd be hard pressed to get a better result.
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+5DC & +1 Re-Roll to Wetwork for the rest of the campaign.

God damn I just noticed this AND we got a +6 to Jungle-stuff. Very, very nice (assuming the two double-passes stack)
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Well done lads, update pending in 3-4 hours.
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>>4953553
I think he forgot that it's a roll under system
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>>4953530
Damn those are some huge consequences - both for failure and success
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>3 Success: The woman, the myth, the legend. Snake Eyes lives up to her reputation, turning the tables on her pursuer. +5DC & +1 Re-Roll to Wetwork for the rest of the campaign.
> x2 Double Success: Gone native. The boost from Jungle Environment is increased by +6DC for the rest of the campaign.

You stifle your alarm at the realisation that you’re being followed. Despite having a name for somewhat rash, even reckless, decisions in the heat of the moment you know that a cool head in the prelude to action nets results more often than not. Trusting that your follower isn’t taking a shot in the next few moments, you maintain your steady pace along the dirt track with a calm veneer until you reach the next turn of the trail. Slipping through the undergrowth like a Wingshark into a Drax spawnling pool, you double-back to a point where you know the pursuer would have to pass in order to keep up their observation. You avoid the bramble of Hashnettles, having learnt that even a light brush would cause an undue amount of noise compared to disturbing other foliage in your path. Sticking close to the bushel of Grappleweed until you’re right on top of your would-be stalker, your hand slips to the butt of your magpistol.

“Hey there.” The human figure freezes mid-crouch during their attempt to pick up your trail, slowly turning to the sound of your voice behind them. “Watcha looking for?”

“Voiddamn woman, you got in close there. Well… that’s me told. You really are as tricky as they say, Big Mama Snake.” Your grip on the butt of your magpistol relaxes at the sound of the Pathfinder Wasp’s voice. “That’s what the freemen are calling you around the campfires, you know? Better not sleep on sentry duty or Big Mama Snake will come get you, that kind of thing.”

“Big Mama Snake, I like that. You’ve got a soft step yourself.” Even for a spook, the end of your sentence goes unsaid. You never know who might be listening. “But I’m guessing you weren’t doing your little hunt-the-hunter routine just to sweet talk me. What can I do you for?”

“Heard that skipper was looking to talk to you.” There’s a friendly tone in Wasp’s voice. Earnest, even. And the Pathfinder cadre doesn’t strike you as the place that typically fosters the idealist type. “Wanted to get a friendly word in first, if you’ve got the time.”

“I’m a busy woman, Wasp.” You pluck a Grapplefruit from the vine and lean back against the trunk, about as unbusy-looking as you’ve ever been. “But I might have a moment.”

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“‘Boy’ Blue speaks highly of you. He’s pleased with the work you’ve been doing with the rebel leaders. Have to admit from what I can see, it’s hard to argue with the results. You know they’re still sharing horror stories with the new recruits a week after getting back from whatever hellish training session you put them through. These guys will be a bitch and a half to deal with in jungle warfare, that’s for sure. At least until the Empire brings in the heavy hitters.”

You bite into the Grapplefruit and spit. It’s a little underripe. Or possibly this particular species happens to be mildly poisonous. To a Cradler it's much the same. “ Alright. The rebels are outgunned and outnumbered. Now tell me something I don’t know.”

“We have the resources and equipment to not just start a rebellion, but maybe even win it.” Maybe Wasp has been here too long, or maybe the rebels really do stand a chance. With the right push. “We don’t need to fight it ourselves, Void knows that’s not the plan here. But if we hand over just a little of the good stuff in our stockpiles to the rebels, that will at least give them a fighting chance. Anything less it just…”

“Putting off the inevitable.” You finish, wiping your chin as you think back to your earlier talks about Imperial heavies. Orbital support. Cradler Auxiliaires. Titans.

“Exactly!” Wasp latches on to your half-hearted agreement. “I’m not asking for the ‘verse here. Just that we deliver what we promised. If you put in a good word...”

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> “You’re not wrong. If you’re going to pick a fight, might as well be in it to win it.” Savis Intel might have some questions about why a bunch of Voidborn raiders were willing to part with older gen grav-vehicles or mobile skiffs. It would be a gamechanger for the insurgency, you’ll at least talk to the LT if there’s any chance of giving the rebels a leg up somehow in the coming fight. They deserve that much. [Daredevil]

> “Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]

> “I’m sorry Wasp, I’m with the LT on this one. We’re here to kick-start an insurgency, not fund an ongoing ground war.” Once the Company is off this rock, the rebels will be on their own. No point sinking more resources than strictly necessary into a foregone conclusion. You’re not going to butt heads with the LT over this, especially not on issues way above your paygrade. [Xenophobe]
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>>4953672
> “I’m sorry Wasp, I’m with the LT on this one. We’re here to kick-start an insurgency, not fund an ongoing ground war.” Once the Company is off this rock, the rebels will be on their own. No point sinking more resources than strictly necessary into a foregone conclusion. You’re not going to butt heads with the LT over this, especially not on issues way above your paygrade. [Xenophobe]

Honestly? Wasp is in too deep. We know what this is and even if we give them a bit more of a helping hand its only going to give them the slimmest of chances. The Company has already expended resources to help out human survivors and its cost us potentially life saving upgrades to the fleet. We might get them eventually but we can't just fly around the galaxy giving hand outs to every unfortunate planet that needs them. We aren't the saviours of the downtrodden, we're the Black Company. We need to look out for our own or we're going to lose the edge we need to survive
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>>4953672
>>> “I’m sorry Wasp, I’m with the LT on this one. We’re here to kick-start an insurgency, not fund an ongoing ground war.” Once the Company is off this rock, the rebels will be on their own. No point sinking more resources than strictly necessary into a foregone conclusion. You’re not going to butt heads with the LT over this, especially not on issues way above your paygrade. [Xenophobe]
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>>4953672
>“Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]
There are humans among the rebels. The least we could do is give them a fighting chance.
>>4950879
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>>4953672
>“Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]

As it says, no promises.
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>>4953672
> “Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]

we need to keep a VERY CLOSE EYE on this wasp character though.

me >>4950956
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>>4953672
>“I’m sorry Wasp, I’m with the LT on this one. We’re here to kick-start an insurgency, not fund an ongoing ground war.” Once the Company is off this rock, the rebels will be on their own. No point sinking more resources than strictly necessary into a foregone conclusion. You’re not going to butt heads with the LT over this, especially not on issues way above your paygrade. [Xenophobe]

Honestly, the company won’t benefit if the furries have a long running insurgency.

One of the other major galactic players will benefit, not us.

So why waste scarce company resources to fund someone else’s power move?
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>>4953711
Forgot to link back

>>4951738
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>>4953711
Dunno. In the first teasers Forgotten posted for his 2230 AD quest, "League of Dis" was a galactic power, the only one that isn't a total asshat. This might be a save haven for at least a part of humanity. Or it might all go up in flames, as usual in BC, lol.
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>>4953672
>> “Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]

I think we got to give them a chance at least. Look at it long term we could make this place a safe port to hide, recruit and rearm.
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>>4953744
Forgot to link back.

>>4952356
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>>4953672
> “Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]
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>>4953672
>> “Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]

We are trying to draw a Savis Legion to the planet and the rebels actually posing enough of a threat to require a proper combined arms response will probably be required to get that legion to come here, and to make the rebels pose enough of a threat it'd help if they weren't helpless the moment something that can fly or take a more than small arms can dish out shows up.

That, and I don't think we are so cold-hearted and pragmatic that we super-duper care about doing EVERYTHING possible to not give even an inkling that we may be involved and not some random voidborn raiders, nor do I think we super care what our top brass think or care about. At the end of the day we're a grunt and we have more in common with the rebels we are sweating and dying alongside of than our leaders or the Drax general.

However, I don't think we care so little for our objectives that we'd go all bleeding heart and try and convince the LT to crack open the armoury for the rebels. It would be a completely futile effort even if we convinced the LT, the higher ups would demand we stick to our objectives and not give the game away and at the end of the day orders are orders, we may be able to to get the rebels the half-decent anti-air or anti-armour weapons, but no chance in hell would we ever be able to get the grav vehicles.

>>4950933
Me.
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>>4953765
Almost forgot my verification

>>4951022
That's me
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>>4953672
>> “Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]
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>>4953672
>> “Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]

>>4951126
This is me, I think the person who linked back to it did so by accident on the last vote (his ID is two posts above mine)
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>>4953672
>> “Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]

>>4951066
me
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>>4953672
>“Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]
>>4951183
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>>4953672
> “Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]

I know Nats developing a soft touch for comrades in arms but Wasp is getting in too deep by pretty much any metric given the end goal and how much this would certainly drain the companies resources by committing, I mean we're a damn good company but outside of another major faction intervening in a major way getting drawn in here would likely cripple the company.

Boy blue might need to be informed but that might end in a feel bad scenario for us.

>>4951024
The time! It does nothing!

Also I just realised Fae are the way they are because they literally don't empathise with others as they are completely alien to them and use remotr Nanoswarms for another degree of separation from what they do to others.
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>>4953672
>> “I’m sorry Wasp, I’m with the LT on this one. We’re here to kick-start an insurgency, not fund an ongoing ground war.” Once the Company is off this rock, the rebels will be on their own. No point sinking more resources than strictly necessary into a foregone conclusion. You’re not going to butt heads with the LT over this, especially not on issues way above your paygrade. [Xenophobe]
And tell LT that Wasp is probably compromised
>>4951032
'tism check
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>>4953672
> “Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]
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>>4953672
> “I’m sorry Wasp, I’m with the LT on this one. We’re here to kick-start an insurgency, not fund an ongoing ground war.” Once the Company is off this rock, the rebels will be on their own. No point sinking more resources than strictly necessary into a foregone conclusion. You’re not going to butt heads with the LT over this, especially not on issues way above your paygrade. [Xenophobe]

>>4950867
Verify
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>>4953672
> “Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]
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>>4953672
>> “I’m sorry Wasp, I’m with the LT on this one. We’re here to kick-start an insurgency, not fund an ongoing ground war.” Once the Company is off this rock, the rebels will be on their own. No point sinking more resources than strictly necessary into a foregone conclusion. You’re not going to butt heads with the LT over this, especially not on issues way above your paygrade. [Xenophobe]
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>>4953672
>> “Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]

Verification: >>4950902
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>>4953672
> “You’re not wrong. If you’re going to pick a fight, might as well be in it to win it.” Savis Intel might have some questions about why a bunch of Voidborn raiders were willing to part with older gen grav-vehicles or mobile skiffs. It would be a gamechanger for the insurgency, you’ll at least talk to the LT if there’s any chance of giving the rebels a leg up somehow in the coming fight. They deserve that much. [Daredevil]

Humanity needs to take back what's theirs. An ex-slave world would be a place to start, at least, where humans could be free.
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>>4954346
Man, there is no way in hell rebels are winning this. Not against the whole empire they're not. When the legions arrive and the titans drop, even full involvement of entire black company +flagship will not be able to win this war. There is no point
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>>4954346
Humanity is done anon, this planet is worse than done. The moment this situation escalates to the point where it looks like the slaves are winning the Savs are going to bring in the big guns and wipe the planet clean to save face
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>>4953672
>> “Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]

Theres also the fact that the man-portable versions will fit in with their jungle doctrine.
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>>4954548
Forgot my autism check >>4951736
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>>4953711
The Feds don't want an insurgency. They want a lost cause to justify intervention. All of the other contracts he offered us were to try and rev up the Republic for war. Why would this one be any different? If we give them some support now, we can make the League something with bite, rather than just a pawn of the Vultures.

> “Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]
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>>4954545
>>4954443
Weird, you guys are apparently from the future since you already know how Forgotten plans for this to play out. Shame our choices and actions have no effect on how things develop in the quest and we're stuck on rails.

Why do you even play it if you already think we've lost?
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>>4954793

Because it's Black Company Quest and not Humanity Fuck Yeah Quest? We do not have the resources to fight that kind of war. Maybe eventually if you really want to work towards it but I really don't think now is the time.
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>>4954793
We're obviously arguing from an in-universe perspective. We obviously don't know where Forgotten is going to take the story in a meta-perspective but in universe it seems pretty well understood that Humanity has had its time, it raged against the universe a couple times, fighting for its freedom and independence and now is nothing more than a shadow of its former glory.

>Why do you even play it if you already think we've lost?

Lost? This game isn't about saving humanity and rebuilding human society. It's about a bunch of people who signed up for a life-sentance as part of a mercenary company. We're far from losing anything, right now we're doing great in this mission particularly and we've got opportunities to pull ahead again and ensure that we're the toughest sons of bitches out there. But not if we keep hamstringing ourselves by burning money on lost causes again and again.

As anon here >>4954797 said this isn't Humanity Fuck Yeah Quest.

We're just a xenophobic human in a mercenary company.
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>>4953672
>>4951611

>Give them dedicated weaponry.

My take on this is that our employer will be happier about a rebellion with real legs than they will be about reduced plausible deniability. As long as we can avoid an actual cassus belli, we should reasonably be ok.
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>>4954825
IIRC the plausible deniability is our own concern. If we get found out and there is evidence that points at the Black Company it puts us in danger of being wiped out. I might be wrong in that though but its how I've remembered it
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Can I still vote? If not I'll just watch.

> “Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]

This is the best middle ground for improving the insurgency for our job and also for human liberation supporters.
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anons and indecisive fence sitting, name a more iconic combo
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>>4953672
> “You’re not wrong. If you’re going to pick a fight, might as well be in it to win it.” Savis Intel might have some questions about why a bunch of Voidborn raiders were willing to part with older gen grav-vehicles or mobile skiffs. It would be a gamechanger for the insurgency, you’ll at least talk to the LT if there’s any chance of giving the rebels a leg up somehow in the coming fight. They deserve that much. [Daredevil]
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>>4954932
Scud, here is the check:
>>4950901
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>>4953672
> “Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]

It doesn't cost us nothing, and a side objective is to cause a rebellion big enough to be a consistent thorn in the side.

That said, we should mention that Wasp might be a little compromised on the emotional side of things...or worse, he was bought off by somebody else. I should re-read the old threads to see if there's any sign of that.

>>4952834
Verification.
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p.s Forgotten, not sure if you've checked out The Ascent yet (dystopian cyberpunk style game) but it has some sick music that would fit for more station-based missions etc
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Cheers my dude, I'll check it out.
> “Look, I’ll talk to the bossman. But I wouldn’t expect much.” Even the distribution of dedicated anti-vehicle or anti-air weaponry might raise some furry eyebrows. But it will at least give the rebels some sort of answer to Savis armour and air support. Furthermore, you think you might actually have a half-decent chance of getting the LT to back the move with the higher ups in command. [Firebrand]

“Look, I’ll talk to the bossman.” You rub the back of your neck reluctantly, you’re already sure you’re going to regret this. “But I wouldn’t expect much.”

The two of you discuss what the rebel’s direst needs are in terms of military hardware, what the Company has hand to be smuggle planetside and, more importantly the best approach in balancing asking what you need versus what you have a decent chance of getting. Ask for too much and even if the LT is on board he’s not likely to sway the higher ups much in deciding to make good on some of their promises to supply hardware.

“Forget the heavy AT and mobile skiffs, we won’t get them so don’t bother asking. But a few crates of M262 will fit on a Talon drop ship just fine. Scatterpulsars could double as squad heavy machine guns and our light anti-air in a pinch…” You blink. For a moment there you were thinking of what ‘you need’, not what the rebels need.

“Hey, that’s all I’m asking. I appreciate this, Snake. Pull it off and the rebels will owe you big time, even if they won’t know it.” Wasp offers a relieved smile, clapping a grateful hand on your shoulder. “Something is better than nothing, right?”

You spend a few moments staring at the pathfinder operative. If he’s at all perturbed by your reptile-like eyes, it doesn’t show through those slick shades of his. “Be honest, Wasp. You really think a few extra rocket launchers are going to make a difference? You know what’s coming.”

“No. No, I don’t. Or void, maybe it just might. Who knows? I wouldn't count them out so easily. But Command authorised us Pathfinders to offer a whole lot of material support, anything we needed to say that would help get the rebels onside and stick their necks out. So far, all the freemen have got from is a whole lot of hot air and a few crates of second-hand weapons.” Wasp scoffs, shaking his head. “It’d be good to deliver on at least some of my promises.”

“Hey, we’re here aren’t we?” You counter, pointing out the presence of the Krieger cells as him delivering on at least some of his promises. “So you’re not all talk.”
Wasp offers a sober nod in response. “Yeah, we’re here. But for how long?”

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You keep an eye on the Pathfinder operative as he leaves, pointedly not in the direction you were travelling. Something about the way he moves makes you want to check your corners and cover your trail. He’s a smoother operator himself, and he’s been embedded here for Void knows how long. Too long, by your reckoning. You haven’t decided whether to tell the LT that Wasp might have flipped, that kind of info might cause more problems than it solves. But if he really is playing scrumball for Team Reb instead of the Company… For now the interests of the two align but that won’t always be the case.

As you walk through the main rebel encampment bustling with activity, you see more evidence of how integrated the rebels are with your forces. It’s not just the Kriegers and rebels working in teams to shift gear from drops or set-up shelters for sensitive equipment or new arrivals. It’s them spending downtime together that has got you thinking.

At the next cookfire down, Bones is comparing stories of basic training school with the Drax O’Kas. Meanwhile Remember Seven seems to have found the only person who has the patience to listen to their rambling nonsense, a hooded species you don’t even recognise that for some reason no one objects to sitting at the fire. At a second glance, you realise it’s actually the Vesh exile sapper from Banshee squad ‘Biscuit’. Not a rebel at all, though he is sitting next to a Quexi called Werkal who is apparently something of a budding explosives expert themselves amongst the rebels. Opposite this eclectic bunch, Husk and Hassk, the Zaan rebel leader, are chuckling at Convict’s impression of choking while the silver-haired Alexander Hail pours out another bowel of ‘Cradler Special’ into Terrier’s bowl.

With the ingredients you gathered in between hunting rebel trainees, you cooked enough of the stuff to last a week. No one died from your cooking, and anyone that suggests otherwise is a shameless slanderer. And so what if one sensitive Asandi rebel, ‘Indigo’ you think his name was, had to spend three days in the medbay? For a centuries old pigeon those years sure hadn’t toughened him up any.

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But it’s not the reputation of your cooking that has you pausing outside the Lieutenant’s tent, it’s the look in Terrier’s eyes as she takes the bowl from Alexander’s hands. The old man doesn’t seem to have noticed, by the Green he’s probably triple her age, but for once the girl seems to have developed a crush for something that’s not free food. You’ve seen her hanging around the other rebels, chest-thumping with Jacob Reed about how much Savis they’ve each killed or staring up at Alexander Hail when he speaks around the campfire with something like hero-worship as he speaks about the cause.

One More Dead Master. The man knows how to turn a phrase, you'll give him that. He's got a fire in him burning so hot that more of the rebel cell is catching fire each day. And that's fine, that fire will keep the fight going against even the impossible odds that they'll be up against.

You just don't want Trooper 'Terrier' Garcia getting burnt by that same fire, is all.

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>You need to wean her off these connections to the rebels before… Well, before it all goes tits up basically. But you’ll have to be smart about it. Give her errands to run and jobs that keep her mainly surrounded by fellow Kriegers from the 77th. That way, it won’t hurt her so much when the day to bug out does come. [Daredevil]

> You trust Terrier to make her own decisions, and you don't believe that she'll betray that trust and flip for the rebels. Surrounded by folk that share her deep hatred of their former Savis masters, the kid hasn’t been this happy since you first met. You’re not about to bust that up, in some weird way this is helping her heal. You don’t need to be an empath to see that. [Firebrand]

>She’s getting too close, you need to have a talk. To remind her that, at the end of the day, you’re all leaving this rock and these rebels behind. It’s not an order to have no contact, just a cautious reminder that it’s best not to get too attached. If she doesn’t listen, fine. But you’re not going to play social engineer behind her back. [Xenophobe]
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>>4955141
>She’s getting too close, you need to have a talk. To remind her that, at the end of the day, you’re all leaving this rock and these rebels behind. It’s not an order to have no contact, just a cautious reminder that it’s best not to get too attached. If she doesn’t listen, fine. But you’re not going to play social engineer behind her back. [Xenophobe]

Best be straight with her. If we try and social engineer this and all the while she's thinking about wanting to talk to her rebel friends and it comes to a boiling head that would not be good. She still has friends in the Black Company that she can talk to and she can still get something out of talking with the rebels, but we gotta make clear why we are here.

>>4950933
Me.
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>>4955141
>>She’s getting too close, you need to have a talk. To remind her that, at the end of the day, you’re all leaving this rock and these rebels behind. It’s not an order to have no contact, just a cautious reminder that it’s best not to get too attached. If she doesn’t listen, fine. But you’re not going to play social engineer behind her back. [Xenophobe]
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>>4955141
>She’s getting too close, you need to have a talk. To remind her that, at the end of the day, you’re all leaving this rock and these rebels behind. It’s not an order to have no contact, just a cautious reminder that it’s best not to get too attached. If she doesn’t listen, fine. But you’re not going to play social engineer behind her back. [Xenophobe]

Agreed she will probably respond better to us just being straightforward with her nad not trying to screw with her

>>4951022
me
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>>4955141
>She’s getting too close, you need to have a talk. To remind her that, at the end of the day, you’re all leaving this rock and these rebels behind. It’s not an order to have no contact, just a cautious reminder that it’s best not to get too attached. If she doesn’t listen, fine. But you’re not going to play social engineer behind her back. [Xenophobe]

We should always try to be straight with our own.

me >>4950956
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>>4955141
>You need to wean her off these connections to the rebels before… Well, before it all goes tits up basically. But you’ll have to be smart about it. Give her errands to run and jobs that keep her mainly surrounded by fellow Kriegers from the 77th. That way, it won’t hurt her so much when the day to bug out does come. [Daredevil]
>>4950879
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>>4955141
>She’s getting too close, you need to have a talk. To remind her that, at the end of the day, you’re all leaving this rock and these rebels behind. It’s not an order to have no contact, just a cautious reminder that it’s best not to get too attached. If she doesn’t listen, fine. But you’re not going to play social engineer behind her back. [Xenophobe]

Guy's like sixty, even money on this problem resolving itself before too long.

>>4950867

Verify
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>>4955141
>You need to wean her off these connections to the rebels before… Well, before it all goes tits up basically. But you’ll have to be smart about it. Give her errands to run and jobs that keep her mainly surrounded by fellow Kriegers from the 77th. That way, it won’t hurt her so much when the day to bug out does come. [Daredevil]
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>>4955141
>You need to wean her off these connections to the rebels before… Well, before it all goes tits up basically. But you’ll have to be smart about it. Give her errands to run and jobs that keep her mainly surrounded by fellow Kriegers from the 77th. That way, it won’t hurt her so much when the day to bug out does come. [Daredevil]
>>4950894
Me
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>>4955141
>She’s getting too close, you need to have a talk. To remind her that, at the end of the day, you’re all leaving this rock and these rebels behind. It’s not an order to have no contact, just a cautious reminder that it’s best not to get too attached. If she doesn’t listen, fine. But you’re not going to play social engineer behind her back. [Xenophobe]
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>>4955141
>>She’s getting too close, you need to have a talk. To remind her that, at the end of the day, you’re all leaving this rock and these rebels behind. It’s not an order to have no contact, just a cautious reminder that it’s best not to get too attached. If she doesn’t listen, fine. But you’re not going to play social engineer behind her back. [Xenophobe]
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>>4955141
>>She’s getting too close, you need to have a talk. To remind her that, at the end of the day, you’re all leaving this rock and these rebels behind. It’s not an order to have no contact, just a cautious reminder that it’s best not to get too attached. If she doesn’t listen, fine. But you’re not going to play social engineer behind her back. [Xenophobe]

>>4952356
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>>4955141

>She’s getting too close, you need to have a talk. To remind her that, at the end of the day, you’re all leaving this rock and these rebels behind. It’s not an order to have no contact, just a cautious reminder that it’s best not to get too attached. If she doesn’t listen, fine. But you’re not going to play social engineer behind her back. [Xenophobe]
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>>4955154
>>4955155
>>4955156
>>4955158
>>4955176
>>4955342
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>>4955802
As we all know, telling a teenaged girl to stay away from a male figure you disapprove of always works.
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>>4955899
NOT UNDER OUR ROOF MISSIE
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>>4955899
not telling her to stay away, more remember we have to leave honey and your friends cant come with
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I have a strong feeling she's going to defect if we don't bend over backwards for the rebels in the long run. Hopefully we can talk her out of this, but at least we have a replacement for her if she commits to the rebels (Goldie).
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>>4955899
I can dig it
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>>4955141
>>You need to wean her off these connections to the rebels before… Well, before it all goes tits up basically. But you’ll have to be smart about it. Give her errands to run and jobs that keep her mainly surrounded by fellow Kriegers from the 77th. That way, it won’t hurt her so much when the day to bug out does come. [Daredevil]

>>4951490
is me, power went out
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>>4955141
>>She’s getting too close, you need to have a talk. To remind her that, at the end of the day, you’re all leaving this rock and these rebels behind. It’s not an order to have no contact, just a cautious reminder that it’s best not to get too attached. If she doesn’t listen, fine. But you’re not going to play social engineer behind her back. [Xenophobe]
She will flip in the worst possible moment and die horribly. It's gonna be great, I'm ready
>>4951032
'tism check
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>>4955141
I guess Intergration was inevitable but we need to cut out the worst of it, Poor Boot just happens to have gotten their quicker than most that aren't pathfinders.

Maybe we should talk to the LT. About rotating out for some action for a change?

>She’s getting too close, you need to have a talk. To remind her that, at the end of the day, you’re all leaving this rock and these rebels behind. It’s not an order to have no contact, just a cautious reminder that it’s best not to get too attached. If she doesn’t listen, fine. But you’re not going to play social engineer behind her back. [Xenophobe]

>>4951024
Wrrrrry
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>>4955141
>She’s getting too close, you need to have a talk. To remind her that, at the end of the day, you’re all leaving this rock and these rebels behind. It’s not an order to have no contact, just a cautious reminder that it’s best not to get too attached. If she doesn’t listen, fine. But you’re not going to play social engineer behind her back. [Xenophobe]

>>4956040
Yeah we should try to have our next mission not be with the rebels. We might also want to notify the LT about all this closeness, if he hasn't already seen it himself.

>>4950970
Check
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>>4955141
>>You need to wean her off these connections to the rebels before… Well, before it all goes tits up basically. But you’ll have to be smart about it. Give her errands to run and jobs that keep her mainly surrounded by fellow Kriegers from the 77th. That way, it won’t hurt her so much when the day to bug out does come. [Daredevil]

me >>4951736

But we should try not to do too much busy work. Some actual work.
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>>4955899
He is much too old for you, and frankly it is unprofessional! *proceeds humping Sharky*
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>>4956132
yeah, unless we roll 3 successes + doubles I can only see "fuck off you not my real mom" response.
Because boot is literally built for destructive insubordination
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>>4956166
Thing is, I don't see the other option going any better, and if that goes sideways it will have worse consequences.
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>>4956166
This is the only option that has us directly approach her with respect for her as an adult, instead of trying to manipulate her.

But hey, good to know Forgotten has already secretly told you what the DCs are.
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>>4956132
Sharky isn't part of Johnny Reb, which is the real issue.
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>>4955141
>You need to wean her off these connections to the rebels before… Well, before it all goes tits up basically. But you’ll have to be smart about it. Give her errands to run and jobs that keep her mainly surrounded by fellow Kriegers from the 77th. That way, it won’t hurt her so much when the day to bug out does come. [Daredevil]
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>>4956166
>Young lady if you don't stop trying to fuck the oldie then I'm going to fuck you to teach you a lesson!
>What?
>What?
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>>4956210
>>4956218
well, I voted xenophobe, so I already agree with you. There is just no "good" way to tell boot "hey all those freedom fighters you really like? yeah, don't forget that they exist only to die, so glowies from other country could get a minor advantage at their proxy war or whatever"
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>>4956326
I'm not horny baby, I'm just retarded that way. Wait no I fucked it up let me try again. I'm baby not way, horny that retard justim. God damn it.
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>>4956249
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>>4956341
Cringe
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>>4956414
Yes. That's the idea.
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Sorry lads, no update tonight. I worked late and then fell straight to sleep...
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>>4955136
On the topic of Wasp... If we think he might have turned and want to snitch to the Lt. an option is to go (abridged):
"Hey, I think Wasp has turned. He asked me to help him acquire better gear for the rebels. If you make it happen Wasp'll open up to me more and I'll keep you informed."

Mostly because I think it'd be more fun character conflict to roleplay more around the idea of betrayal. Is he betraying us? Are we betraying him?
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>>4956869
I too dream of being shot in the back by a bug.
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>>4956869
That sounds like a bad way to satisfy the higher-ups and Wasp at the same time. So what, give a suspected deserter extremely expensive military equipment to get on his good side? Why would they do that and not just interrogate him?

We don't really know where he lies and this sounds like an idea that will get us laughed out of the room.
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>>4956869
We spent like a week arguing that shooting the bug didn't mean we'd kill "our own" and here you are trying to paint a target on a fellow company man's back.
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>>4955141
>She’s getting too close, you need to have a talk. To remind her that, at the end of the day, you’re all leaving this rock and these rebels behind. It’s not an order to have no contact, just a cautious reminder that it’s best not to get too attached. If she doesn’t listen, fine. But you’re not going to play social engineer behind her back. [Xenophobe]

Linking back
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I’m sorry guys, pretty ordinary of me to miss two nights in a row this early in the thread. I will endeavour to do better!
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>>4957884
All good homie, see you tomorrow (hopefully? I assume?)
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>>4957884
S'kay, stay safe out there.
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>>4957884
fucking SLAVE
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>>4957884
reee my free entertainment
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>>4957181
An answer in a few parts, as I see it. First off I think you and I have very different views of what this actually entails.

Wasp wouldn't get extremely expensive hardware. The stuff from the option we chose was pretty basic. (some crates of squad level support weaponry, basically).
Wasp wouldn't get the hardware. The hardware would go to the rebels - that we are already arming.

Just pulling him in for an interrogation achieves nothing good. He wont admit to anything and I can't believe they'd 'enhanced interrogation' a guy on our word alone. Secondly - disappearing Wasp, or pissing him off and/or tipping him off that some doubt his loyalties risk severely worsening our relationship with the rebels which would hamper the mission. The fact that "We don't know where he lies" is exactly why keeping an eye on him is the smart thing to do. The other options - sending him off for an interrogation or not keeping an eye on him at all are both the wrong way forward.

Since the right choice is to keep an eye on the suspected turncoat the rest is just a cost/benefit analysis. Is it worth spending some dosh on hardware to arm the rebels better? This further ingratiates them to us and make it easier for us to watch a suspected turncoat at the same time. The one with a good enough grasp of the situation and our available resources is our Lt. And he's the only higher-up this suggestion needs to satisfy. I can't see him "laughing us out of the room" for bringing this up to him.

>>4956982
Lol, hopefully ingratiating Wasp to us makes that less likely, not more.

>>4957421
I think that a week of arguing over character choices is what makes a quest good. The core of the conflict inherent in this choice of whether or not a man who appears to be a turncoat can be considered "a fellow company man" and it is an interesting dilemma. That is why I think it'd be good way forward and an fun choice of RP. What is loyalty here - loyalty to the company or its soldiers? Who deserves loyalty?

I also want it so we can make this a different experience from the original BCQ, where our loyalty really was an absolute and unquestionable part of our character. I think it'd be fun to explore the conflicts inherent in that here and maybe take this character down a different path.
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>>4958400
>Lol, hopefully ingratiating Wasp to us makes that less likely, not more.
You know the saying anon. Betrayal comes from those you trust.
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>>4958400
>I think that a week of arguing over character choices is what makes a quest good.
Which is why you're blithely ignoring the results and votes of those arguments and advocating that we go into it again. The question of who does and does not deserve loyalty is already being examined by our situation with the Rebels without needing to divide our house against itself by informing people who confide in us like some kind of Soviet informer.
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>>4957884

You're dead to us.
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>>4951948
First post. >Daredevil
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>>4958649
This is the most hilariously lazy shit I've ever seen. Motherfucker didn't even link to the vote itself
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Hey my dudes, I have to offer my sincere apologies. Did I get hit by a car again or get eaten by a shark? No.

Instead, like piece of absolutely human detritus, I have spent the last two days lying on my couch watching SCP episodes on Youtube. I promise to recommence my regular updates tomorrow night!

In the meantime, I'll at least crack out the leadership roll for convincing Terrier to not get too attached to the rebels.

Leadership Test: TPR 'Terrier' Garcia
>30 DC (Leadership Rec)
>Badass Bandanna +5DC
>Tranquil Gaze +5DC, +1 Re-Roll
>Transhuman +2DC
> Comrade +15DC, +1 Re-Roll
>Taken a shine to you (Thread #1). Unlocking COMRADE status requires one less degree of success.
>57 DC

Critfail = Rebel recruit. Your status as comrade is lost. Worse still, you have genuine concerns that Terrier is squarely in the rebels camp now.
Double fail = You're not the boss of me! Regardless of other results, Terrier feels angry towards what she interprets as your domineering attitude.
0 = 'Don't touch the wet paint'. Your stern talk only drives the rebellious Terrier further into the rebels arms, these people at least understand her.
1 = Your little chat seems to have had little effect, but at least Terrier for the most part seems sympathetic to the rebels rather than a fellow adherent.
2 =Harmless crush. Terrier still seems enamoured with Alexander Hail, but at least she isn't overly attached to the rebel cause itself. So far as you can tell.
3 =Cool operator. Terrier hasn't forgotten the endgame, or lost sight of her true loyalties. Showing more cunning than you thought, she's keeping her ear to the ground on the rebel's attitudes.
Double pass = Big Sis knows best.
Regardless of the other results, Terrier knows you are only trying to look out for her.
Critpass = Company to the core. Terrier provides helpful insight into , but her real loyalty lies with the Company. Or, more specifically, with you.

3 rolls of 1d100. You have TWO re-rolls. There are ZERO adverse re-rolls.


Rebels boys literrally only want one thing and it's fragging disgusting...
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>>4958896
Here we go
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Rolled 9 (1d100)

>>4958896
Oh boy >>4951024
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Rolled 58 (1d100)

>>4958896
Let's try that again
>>4958897
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Rolled 80 (1d100)

>>4958896
Hhh
>>4950894
Literally me
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>>4958898
>lightening doubles
Man I miss stv
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Rolled 27 (1d100)

>>4958896
>>4958900
Reroll

>>4950970
Check
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Rolled 27 (1d100)

>>4958901
Reroll this bitch
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>>4958903
>>4958904
Freaky
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>>4958904
>>4958903
>>4958898

Nice job anons
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>>4958896
yo which SCP was your favourite forgotten?
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Nice rolling!

>>4958525

I feel like I'm missing something here so I appreciate your patience: I'm not 100% on what results or votes I'm ignoring. The only choice I recall us making is just: Reluctuantly kill a rebel. and then it seems like "Willing to try Crane's brand of honour" won the vote last thread, but I never saw forgotten call it anywhere. Did he do it last thread and it wasn't archived? I'll assume that's what you meant for the remainder of this post.

From that perspective I think you have a fair counterpoint. "It is only those you fight beside in the here and now that matter, regardless of whose colours they wear" seems to sum up his opinion, and the votes seem to agree.

I guess maybe the fundamental thing we disagree on (you mentioned 'our house' and others have used similar language, 'fellow company man') is how far the protection of 'being a brother in arms' stretches. I imagine we agree that someone who has 100% betrayed us doesn't deserve that protection. I think sincere suspicions (I mean c'mon, we called it as soon as we met him, and now he's giving us actual reasons) is enough reason to take action. . Not ice him on the spot, but take subtle steps to ascertain whether or not that's the case. (Yes, I do consider discretely informing the Lt. to be careful. He seems very calculating and not prone to make rash decisions).

Just to be sure, would you feel differently on informing Lt. Boy if we had black and white proof that he had switched sides and was going to jeapordize the mission? Cause then I think we generally agree, we just put our feet down at different points on the scale.

Cheers!
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>>4958896
Have you seen the Confinement SCP series yet?
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>>4958898
Imagine if this was StV.

It'll be a double pass.
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>>4958964
Kind of a logistical conundrum "switching sides" to the Rebels when, ostensibly they're on our side. They don't know what Boy ordered us to do, which constitutes much more of a "threat to the mission" than actually trying to fufill the parameters of the mission by getting these people better armed.
It comes down to the fact that Boy ordered us to do it that I don't trust him to not order us to do it again.
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>3 Success: Cool operator. Terrier hasn't forgotten the endgame, or lost sight of her true loyalties. Showing more cunning than you thought, she's keeping her ear to the ground on the rebel's attitudes.

You decide to call over Trooper ‘Terrier’ Garcia now, nip this issue in the bud if you can. Not that you expect her to actually listen to you, but if you’re going to address this concern you’ll do it face-to-face. Woman to woman. As one of your squaddies, she deserves that much. “I see you’re getting along with Old Man Hail and his rebel buddies.”

“I guess I am. What of it?” Despite the blunt words, the tone is nowhere as terse as you’ve typically come to expect from the prickly soldier. Terrier leans against one of the crates scattered around the encampment, crossing her own arms to match yours.

“Nothing. Just…” You shift uncomfortably, well aware of how even a well-adjusted teenager is likely to social advice from an adult. You look around surreptitiously before pressing on. “…don’t get -too- close, know what I’m sayin’?”

Terrier makes a dismissive clicking sound with her tongue, looking away. “Ain’t gotta worry about that, Snake. I’m just keeping my ear to the ground, is all. If you like, you can call it maintaining good relations with the local assets.”

“The local assets?” You raise an eyebrow, this conversation is going down a different path than you expected.

“What, you were worried that I was getting too friendly? Maybe even having second thoughts about what team I was one?” That was, in fact, exactly what you had been thinking and from the look on Terrier’s face it must have shown on your own expression.

“You got the wrong idea boss. What, you think a one-armed orphan slave on a Savis mining station lasts long on idealism?” Terrier elicits a harsh laugh that sounds more like the bark of a weapon than any indication of joy. “At the end of the day, all the idealism and goodwill in the ‘verse is worth less than one ration bar in the pocket. I did what I had to. And don’t get me wrong, I’m all loaded up to my chin in grudges for it. But no regrets. I’d do it all again if it came down to it. Maybe I already am.”

The young Krieger’s words cause you to think, really think, about just what industrial-scale horrors a young girl had to endure in the Savis mining station to live another day. Horrors and harsh choices different from what you faced in the Green, sure. But no less terrible all the same. Whatever was done to her, or by her, in that dark place has made her as hard as flint. She may be thawing on the exterior amidst like-minded company, but you have a feeling that cold steel deep inside is never going to go away.

[1/3]
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“Okay. But what about the Old Man? I’ve seen the way you look at him.” Judging from Terrier’s shrug, it looks like maybe you won’t have to be having ‘the talk’. Still, teenagers right? Best to be sure. “I’m just saying-“

Terrier cuts you off, which would be a big no-no as a subordinate if this topic wasn’t such a personal one. But something about the cold look in her eye makes you let it slide. “I like Alex, sure. He puts his creds where his mouth is. What you see is what you get with him, and I appreciate that. He and his friends like to kill Sav rodents, and I like that. I like it a lot. But that doesn’t mean I’m looking to follow him or the rest into one-way vendetta.” The young ex-slave looks up at you, hazel eyes about as warm as a Whitelake winter. “Liking someone doesn’t stop you from using them.”

“Damn girl, that’s cold.” You match your subordinates gaze, careful not to let an ounce of pity or concern leak into your expression. Terrier maintains eye contact as long as she can, her bristling demeanour mellowing into a slightly unfocused stare until she shakes herself and turns away.

“I’m a survivor, boss. Best not forget it. It’s better for both of us that way.” You wonder how much of this callousness is really her, and how much of it is just her kidding herself.

“Okay.” You let uncross your arms and take a seat on a nearby ammo crate, showing great care in not cutting yourself on all that edge. “Alright. Anything I should know?”

“Maybe there is. Maybe there isn’t. What’s in it for me?” You roll your eyes and slip Terrier a chocolate-flavoured ration bar as she takes a seat next to you. It’s one of the good ones too, with a percentage of actual chocolate present.
“Hot poison!” The gravity of Terrier’s report is somewhat dimished amidst the sound of a wrapper being removed and the report being delivered between mouthfuls. “Our cover story is sticking, but some of them are wondering whether a bunch of voidborn raiders are really going to hang around when the going gets tough. For now though, they’re happy with whatever help they get. Most of the rebels are in Alex’s camp, so long as it helps them pile up Savis scalps they don’t much care about the questions of where it comes from. Nobody wants to rock that boat of incoming supplies.”

“I guess that’s good news at least.” The words for now go unsaid, but obviously that attitude is subject to change once the Company starts pulling the plug on its involvement. “Anyone we should be worried about?”

[2/3]
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[3/3]

“Hmm. I reckon the answer to that might be worth another…” Terrier wilts under your look, gulping the last of her bribe. Honestly, sometimes she was such a kid and other times she scared even you. “Fine. Sheesh. O’Dern is… well you know, she’s a true believer. She probably wouldn’t think of any of her erstwhile comrades abandoning the fight until she saw the dropships lifting off herself. I’d keep my eye on Hassk and a few others when the time comes. That Zaan bitch has more in common with me than Alex, they’ve got one eye always on the exit. If they see a chance for a ticket off-world before the scudstorm hits they’ll grab it with both hands.”

You nod slowly, Terrier really has come through on this one. “What about Alex? How do you think he would react?”

“…” Terrier frowns, her legs dangling from the same crate where yours are firmly planted on the ground. She really is a small, scrappy little thing “I don’t know. I like the old man, but I haven’t got that good on read on him yet.”

You grimace, rubbing your chin as the first sign of stars appear above the jungle canopy. If Alex has the largest rebel following, his sentiment on the Company pulling the pin is probably the most important. “Hmm. Can’t be helped, I suppose.”

“I’m not so sure, boss. I said, I don’t have that good on him -yet-.” Something in Terrier’s tone of voice causes you to sit up and pay attention. “I could get a better read on him. A -much- better read.”

“Cradle’s Cunt, Terrier!” You can’t hide your aghast expression, keeping your shout to a shocked hiss. “I’m not getting you to sleep with a guy for some intel. Besides he’s, like, twice your age! Maybe three times!”

“Hey, I’ve done worse for less y’know.” Terrier smiles, staring admiringly at the rebel leader currently leading the freshest batch of rebel recruits in close-quarters drills. “A lot worse.”

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> “Girl, you’re fragged up and I love it. But man have you’ve got issues. Let’s put a pin in all this, yeah?” Maybe this time you benefited from Terrier taking the initiative as an informant among the rebels. But you’re sure as Void not going to encourage it going forward. It ain’t right. [Daredevil]

>“I’m sorry for underestimating you, Terrier. You did good. But take it easy, hey?” You’re not going to suggest she get herself in any deeper. But if she keeps her ear to the ground and that gives you an edge in the future, well… what’s the harm in that? [Firebrand]

> “Void damn, girl. Are you sure you’re not the LT’s little sis or something? ...Just be careful, okay?” Terrier is no fool, she knows this above-and-beyond scud doesn’t go unnoticed by the higher ups. A heads up on any change in the rebel leader’s attitudes could prove invaluable, if push comes to shove. [Xenophobe]
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>>4959989
> “Void damn, girl. Are you sure you’re not the LT’s little sis or something? ...Just be careful, okay?” Terrier is no fool, she knows this above-and-beyond scud doesn’t go unnoticed by the higher ups. A heads up on any change in the rebel leader’s attitudes could prove invaluable, if push comes to shove. [Xenophobe]

Well she's solid, I trust she wont fall in. If she's eager to grab some intel it could REALLY help us later on. Let her do her thing, like she said... she's done worse for less and this is a harsh universe
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>>4959989
>>“I’m sorry for underestimating you, Terrier. You did good. But take it easy, hey?” You’re not going to suggest she get herself in any deeper. But if she keeps her ear to the ground and that gives you an edge in the future, well… what’s the harm in that? [Firebrand]
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>>4959989
> “Girl, you’re fragged up and I love it. But man have you’ve got issues. Let’s put a pin in all this, yeah?” Maybe this time you benefited from Terrier taking the initiative as an informant among the rebels. But you’re sure as Void not going to encourage it going forward. It ain’t right. [Daredevil]


she's just looking for an excuse to bang Mr. original version Nick Fury here.

me >>4950956
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>>4959989
>> “Void damn, girl. Are you sure you’re not the LT’s little sis or something? ...Just be careful, okay?” Terrier is no fool, she knows this above-and-beyond scud doesn’t go unnoticed by the higher ups. A heads up on any change in the rebel leader’s attitudes could prove invaluable, if push comes to shove. [Xenophobe]
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>>4960037
Verification >>4951024
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>>4959989
>> “Girl, you’re fragged up and I love it. But man have you’ve got issues. Let’s put a pin in all this, yeah?” Maybe this time you benefited from Terrier taking the initiative as an informant among the rebels. But you’re sure as Void not going to encourage it going forward. It ain’t right. [Daredevil]

I draw the line at whoring out our littlest imouto.
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>>4959989
>>4950925

> “Girl, you’re fragged up and I love it. But man have you’ve got issues. Let’s put a pin in all this, yeah?” Maybe this time you benefited from Terrier taking the initiative as an informant among the rebels. But you’re sure as Void not going to encourage it going forward. It ain’t right. [Daredevil]

Regardless of any tactical advantage it may give- Alexander’s no fool and Terrier’s jaded, but not exactly a covert operative- it’s probably not worth both the rather scandalous prospect of the relationship concerning an officer, or Terrier’s health.

If we need information on rebel opinions, we have other, less objectionable options.
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>>4959989
>“Void damn, girl. Are you sure you’re not the LT’s little sis or something? ...Just be careful, okay?” Terrier is no fool, she knows this above-and-beyond scud doesn’t go unnoticed by the higher ups. A heads up on any change in the rebel leader’s attitudes could prove invaluable, if push comes to shove. [Xenophobe]

>>4951738
Linking back
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>>4959989
> “Void damn, girl. Are you sure you’re not the LT’s little sis or something? ...Just be careful, okay?” Terrier is no fool, she knows this above-and-beyond scud doesn’t go unnoticed by the higher ups. A heads up on any change in the rebel leader’s attitudes could prove invaluable, if push comes to shove. [Xenophobe]

Hey, if she wants to do it, then go for it girl.

>>4950933
Me.
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>>4959989
>>“I’m sorry for underestimating you, Terrier. You did good. But take it easy, hey?” You’re not going to suggest she get herself in any deeper. But if she keeps her ear to the ground and that gives you an edge in the future, well… what’s the harm in that? [Firebrand]


>>4951022
thats me
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>>4959989
>“Void damn, girl. Are you sure you’re not the LT’s little sis or something? ...Just be careful, okay?” Terrier is no fool, she knows this above-and-beyond scud doesn’t go unnoticed by the higher ups. A heads up on any change in the rebel leader’s attitudes could prove invaluable, if push comes to shove. [Xenophobe]
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>>4959989
>>“I’m sorry for underestimating you, Terrier. You did good. But take it easy, hey?” You’re not going to suggest she get herself in any deeper. But if she keeps her ear to the ground and that gives you an edge in the future, well… what’s the harm in that? [Firebrand]
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>>4960200
not sure if I link back to >>4955961 or >>4951490
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>>4959989
> “Girl, you’re fragged up and I love it. But man have you’ve got issues. Let’s put a pin in all this, yeah?” Maybe this time you benefited from Terrier taking the initiative as an informant among the rebels. But you’re sure as Void not going to encourage it going forward. It ain’t right. [Daredevil]
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>>4959144
this is me
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>>4959989
>> “Void damn, girl. Are you sure you’re not the LT’s little sis or something? ...Just be careful, okay?” Terrier is no fool, she knows this above-and-beyond scud doesn’t go unnoticed by the higher ups. A heads up on any change in the rebel leader’s attitudes could prove invaluable, if push comes to shove. [Xenophobe]
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>>4959989
>>> “Girl, you’re fragged up and I love it. But man have you’ve got issues. Let’s put a pin in all this, yeah?” Maybe this time you benefited from Terrier taking the initiative as an informant among the rebels. But you’re sure as Void not going to encourage it going forward. It ain’t right. [Daredevil]
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Seems like nobody in BC is normal.
except Crane. poor Craine
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>>4960365
Don't forget about Trooper "sane man" Bones
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>>4960434
and this is probably why I don't remember a thing about him
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>>4951948
first post
> “Girl, you’re fragged up and I love it. But man have you’ve got issues. Let’s put a pin in all this, yeah?” Maybe this time you benefited from Terrier taking the initiative as an informant among the rebels. But you’re sure as Void not going to encourage it going forward. It ain’t right. [Daredevil]
She will probably be able to get more intel before the job is done, so there is no need.
>>4958736
Sorry. I tired as hell and remembered I forgot to vote as I was conking out and grabbed my phone of my nightstand.
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>>4960708
All good anon, I legit laughed when I saw it like "Fuck your quest, take my vote bitch"
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>>4959989
> “Girl, you’re fragged up and I love it. But man have you’ve got issues. Let’s put a pin in all this, yeah?” Maybe this time you benefited from Terrier taking the initiative as an informant among the rebels. But you’re sure as Void not going to encourage it going forward. It ain’t right. [Daredevil]
>>4950901
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Gotta love how moralistic this quest is ,it going to make the hard choices a shit show if theirs bitching over killing a bug and Ki- I mean Boot going deep for more intel on rebels for later.
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>>4959989
Girl, you’re fragged up and I love it. But man have you’ve got issues. Let’s put a pin in all this, yeah?” Maybe this time you benefited from Terrier taking the initiative as an informant among the rebels. But you’re sure as Void not going to encourage it going forward. It ain’t right. [Daredevil]
>>4950946

Snake eyes is the type of person who has learned that a good leader never asks of their men what they are not willing to do themselves shortly after telling Crane to do something that she didn't want to do
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>>4961177
Do you really think Nat wouldn't do this? Really?
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>>4961179
Y'know I'm not sure.

I have absolutely no doubt that Nat would jump on someone's bones and do the horizontal dance if she liked them.

Buuuuut would she sleep with a guy she wasn't attracted to in order to gather intel?
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>>4961203
Cradler instincts anything for survival.

Cradler special is people!
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>female protagonist
you knew it was gonna end like this, forgotten
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>>4959144
I have. 2/3 amusing and 1/3 depressing. wait no, the other way around.

>>4958902
>>4959722
I still go back and read the chapter every now and then. The lead up hype of anons and the moment itself was just great.

>>4961307
No sentients were harmed in the making of this SOUP. The eating of it on the other hand...

>>4961437
I'll have you know that anons actually voted against turning Vinehound Squad into My Little Whorehouse... but it was close.
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> “Girl, you’re fragged up and I love it. But man have you’ve got issues. Let’s put a pin in all this, yeah?” Maybe this time you benefited from Terrier taking the initiative as an informant among the rebels. But you’re sure as Void not going to encourage it going forward. It ain’t right. [Daredevil]

For a moment, you actually consider it. Coldly considered, the pros of having an informant embedded in your rebel allies far outweighs the cons. Terrier doesn’t seem to mind the idea. Frankly, she expects it. She uses the rebels, you use her and the Company uses you. It’s just the way it goes.

“Girl, you’re fragged up and I love it. But man have you’ve got issues.” Well, it’s not the way it goes in your book, not today. “Let’s put a pin in all this, yeah?”

“You sure, boss?” Terrier asks sceptically. “I don’t mind, honest.”

“Yeah, I’m sure. Consider it an order. You overhear anyone planning on putting a bullet in me then do a favour and give us a heads up, yeah? But no need to go fishing for more info or any of that scud. That ain’t how we roll, girl.” You slip a comforting hand on Terrier shoulder. She still shrugs you off, but these days she’s a lot less bitchy about it when she does. You call that progress. “We’re Kriegers. We get our mission on a datapad and target in our crosshairs, clear as day. And then we stomp that scud under our combat boots. As for all this in-between time? No one is trying to kill you this very moment, and in this profession that’s practically a vacation. So just try and enjoy it for what it is. We clear?”

The young ex-slave is silent for a few moments before she finally nods. “Yeah. We clear.”

For a moment you think the youngest member of Vinehound squad is about to speak further, but she clams up and heads back to the main encampment. You watch her a while, figuring you’re already late for your briefing with the LT. Terrier’s a teammate. Not a tool. For some reason you can’t quite figure out, there’s an important distinction despite your sergeant-subordinate relationship as it stands. You can’t put your finger on exactly what the difference is between wielding a squaddie as a weapon on the battlefield as opposed to off it. Maybe Crane could articulate what you’re feeling with one of his stern ‘Zen space warrior’ bullscud, hell maybe it’s his earlier chat with you in the medbay that’s making you hesitate now.

Or maybe it’s just because whoring out your squaddies for intel isn’t in your fragging job description, and that’s that.

[1/3]
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>>4959989
> “Void damn, girl. Are you sure you’re not the LT’s little sis or something? ...Just be careful, okay?” Terrier is no fool, she knows this above-and-beyond scud doesn’t go unnoticed by the higher ups. A heads up on any change in the rebel leader’s attitudes could prove invaluable, if push comes to shove. [Xenophobe]
fuck it lmao
>>4951032
'tism check
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by 1 second lol
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“You’re late.” You resist the urge to salute at the tone in Lieutenant ‘Boy’ Blue’s voice, but thankfully his annoyance seems directed at something else. You just happen to be in the blast radius.

“Sorry, skipper.” You fall back on the voidborn lingo, enough people pass by the LT’s dugout on a regular basis to warrant it. And it’s not like pirates are known for their punctuality anyway. “Got a little caught up.”

The LT nods at your Kreiger visor, tapping his own helm to indicate that this was a conversation for the closed channel. Not something he necessarily wants the rebels listening in on. You consider the dubious morality of reporting on what Terrier told you. Then you shrug and tell the LT anyway. It’s not like you’ll claw back any high ground you might have lost by not sharing the little that Terrier has divulged on her own volition. You’ll just have to content yourself with the high horse of pulling the wannabe-spy out before she got in too deep. And that is despite the fact that Corporal Mac still hasn’t told you how high horses are actually supposed to be.

“That’s valuable intel.” LT nods approvingly, although whether it’s approval at Terrier’s initiative or you for relaying it is anyone’s guess. “With callsign Wasp off gathering intel on Savis movements, we’ve had precious little insight into the rebels attitudes towards us in the meantime. Especially from their elite leaders. Is that a circle they can wedge themselves?”

“Actually sir, I told her to back off. We’re building up a good rapport with the rebels as it stands. Accusations of spying on one another is a surefire way to sabotage that.” That’s not the real reason, but you can hazard a guess that the ‘it didn’t feel right’ excuse would carry even less weight.

“Hmm. Jeopardising the goodwill we have fostered to date is one possible outcome. You in particular, sergeant. Your reputation among the rebel elites is blurring the line between dread and awe, the newest recruits regard you as a local myth. The Breaker has mentioned that he wants to congratulate you personally. Still, weighed against the value of an early warning in any change in attitude…” The LT considers that for a few moments, before finally nodding. “Very well. Intel gathering is hardly a Krieger forte at any rate. That’s the job of the Pathfinder cadres.”

[2/3]
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>>4961445
kek
Was it the 'my little whore house' comment that finally got you to get off the fence
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[3/3]

“Funny you should mention that, sir…” Turning the conversation to the current armenents of the rebels and Wasp’s request.

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>“If we want the rebels to present themselves as a real threat to the Empire and turn this little revolt into a proper guerrilla war, I think we need to look at getting some of the good stuff planetside.” You’re a woman of your word, and you downplay how much Wasp was initially asking for. Wasp is sympathetic to the rebels, that’s hardly a crime. You don’t want the LT double-guessing the 77th’s primary intel gatherer in the campaign. Not until there’s something to suggest a genuine cause for concern anyway. If you can secure these additional weapons for the rebels you’ll even consider that your good deed for the day. [Daredevil]

>“Wasp and I had a little chat. Came up with a wishlist for the rebels, give them some teeth. Figured I’d come to you and work out how much of that is doable and how much is just wishful thinking.” You make your case to the LT for better armaments to be smuggled in, like you said you would, but you also make it clear that the whole thing was Wasp’s idea. You don’t voice your own doubts as to where his loyalties lie, if that’s the LTs read then they can pursue it themselves. You don’t believe the LT would take drastic steps in the Company’s interests unless he had solid evidence that Wasp was compromised. Probably. [Firebrand]

>“He’s not wrong, strictly speaking. Mobile anti-air and anti-armour pieces would make the rebels a credible threat. But he’s in deep, sir. There’s a risk he might have gone native here with the rebels.” This isn’t the little leagues; a compromised Pathfinder could very easily get you all killed. You want your superior officer going into the situation with both eyes open before he signs off on any request upstairs. Scud will inevitably hit the fan. The LT should have one eye on the Savis, sure. But also keep the other one on your rebel friends here. And right now it is far from clear whether Wasp should be considered separate from that camp. [Xenophobe]
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>>4961449
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>>4961451
>“He’s not wrong, strictly speaking. Mobile anti-air and anti-armour pieces would make the rebels a credible threat. But he’s in deep, sir. There’s a risk he might have gone native here with the rebels.” This isn’t the little leagues; a compromised Pathfinder could very easily get you all killed. You want your superior officer going into the situation with both eyes open before he signs off on any request upstairs. Scud will inevitably hit the fan. The LT should have one eye on the Savis, sure. But also keep the other one on your rebel friends here. And right now it is far from clear whether Wasp should be considered separate from that camp. [Xenophobe]

We said we'd ask but its also our duty to let our Lt know when someone important might be compromised. It'll be up to Lt to decide what to do with that info but not passing it on is not only dangerous but a failure of our own duties as am MCO
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>>4961455


I should link back, I keep forgetting. This is me boss

>>4950915
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>>4961455
NCO*
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>>4961451
>>“He’s not wrong, strictly speaking. Mobile anti-air and anti-armour pieces would make the rebels a credible threat. But he’s in deep, sir. There’s a risk he might have gone native here with the rebels.” This isn’t the little leagues; a compromised Pathfinder could very easily get you all killed. You want your superior officer going into the situation with both eyes open before he signs off on any request upstairs. Scud will inevitably hit the fan. The LT should have one eye on the Savis, sure. But also keep the other one on your rebel friends here. And right now it is far from clear whether Wasp should be considered separate from that camp. [Xenophobe]
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>>4961451
>“He’s not wrong, strictly speaking. Mobile anti-air and anti-armour pieces would make the rebels a credible threat. But he’s in deep, sir. There’s a risk he might have gone native here with the rebels.” This isn’t the little leagues; a compromised Pathfinder could very easily get you all killed. You want your superior officer going into the situation with both eyes open before he signs off on any request upstairs. Scud will inevitably hit the fan. The LT should have one eye on the Savis, sure. But also keep the other one on your rebel friends here. And right now it is far from clear whether Wasp should be considered separate from that camp. [Xenophobe]
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>>4961451
>>“Wasp and I had a little chat. Came up with a wishlist for the rebels, give them some teeth. Figured I’d come to you and work out how much of that is doable and how much is just wishful thinking.” You make your case to the LT for better armaments to be smuggled in, like you said you would, but you also make it clear that the whole thing was Wasp’s idea. You don’t voice your own doubts as to where his loyalties lie, if that’s the LTs read then they can pursue it themselves. You don’t believe the LT would take drastic steps in the Company’s interests unless he had solid evidence that Wasp was compromised. Probably. [Firebrand]

I'm not yet sure where I stand on Wasp. I may change my mind in the future.

>>4950933
Me.
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>>4961451
>“He’s not wrong, strictly speaking. Mobile anti-air and anti-armour pieces would make the rebels a credible threat. But he’s in deep, sir. There’s a risk he might have gone native here with the rebels.” This isn’t the little leagues; a compromised Pathfinder could very easily get you all killed. You want your superior officer going into the situation with both eyes open before he signs off on any request upstairs. Scud will inevitably hit the fan. The LT should have one eye on the Savis, sure. But also keep the other one on your rebel friends here. And right now it is far from clear whether Wasp should be considered separate from that camp. [Xenophobe]

Better safe than sorry.

>>4952834
Me.
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>>4961451
>“Wasp and I had a little chat. Came up with a wishlist for the rebels, give them some teeth. Figured I’d come to you and work out how much of that is doable and how much is just wishful thinking.” You make your case to the LT for better armaments to be smuggled in, like you said you would, but you also make it clear that the whole thing was Wasp’s idea. You don’t voice your own doubts as to where his loyalties lie, if that’s the LTs read then they can pursue it themselves. You don’t believe the LT would take drastic steps in the Company’s interests unless he had solid evidence that Wasp was compromised. Probably. [Firebrand]

Boy is a smarty pants, he can come up with his own deductions. Also, if we talk about a guerilla war I vote for Nat to call it a gorilla war.

me >>4950956
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>>4961451
>“If we want the rebels to present themselves as a real threat to the Empire and turn this little revolt into a proper guerrilla war, I think we need to look at getting some of the good stuff planetside.” You’re a woman of your word, and you downplay how much Wasp was initially asking for. Wasp is sympathetic to the rebels, that’s hardly a crime. You don’t want the LT double-guessing the 77th’s primary intel gatherer in the campaign. Not until there’s something to suggest a genuine cause for concern anyway. If you can secure these additional weapons for the rebels you’ll even consider that your good deed for the day. [Daredevil]
>>4950879
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>>4961451
>“He’s not wrong, strictly speaking. Mobile anti-air and anti-armour pieces would make the rebels a credible threat. But he’s in deep, sir. There’s a risk he might have gone native here with the rebels.” This isn’t the little leagues; a compromised Pathfinder could very easily get you all killed. You want your superior officer going into the situation with both eyes open before he signs off on any request upstairs. Scud will inevitably hit the fan. The LT should have one eye on the Savis, sure. But also keep the other one on your rebel friends here. And right now it is far from clear whether Wasp should be considered separate from that camp. [Xenophobe]

I think it is best to try and be even footed, if he is compromised we can deal with it, if not maybe we can score them some good gear

>>4951022
Dat's me
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Verification: >>4950921

>>4961451
>>“Wasp and I had a little chat. Came up with a wishlist for the rebels, give them some teeth. Figured I’d come to you and work out how much of that is doable and how much is just wishful thinking.” You make your case to the LT for better armaments to be smuggled in, like you said you would, but you also make it clear that the whole thing was Wasp’s idea. You don’t voice your own doubts as to where his loyalties lie, if that’s the LTs read then they can pursue it themselves. You don’t believe the LT would take drastic steps in the Company’s interests unless he had solid evidence that Wasp was compromised. Probably. [Firebrand]
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>>4961451
>>“Wasp and I had a little chat. Came up with a wishlist for the rebels, give them some teeth. Figured I’d come to you and work out how much of that is doable and how much is just wishful thinking.” You make your case to the LT for better armaments to be smuggled in, like you said you would, but you also make it clear that the whole thing was Wasp’s idea. You don’t voice your own doubts as to where his loyalties lie, if that’s the LTs read then they can pursue it themselves. You don’t believe the LT would take drastic steps in the Company’s interests unless he had solid evidence that Wasp was compromised. Probably. [Firebrand]

>>4955961
is me
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>>4961451
>>“Wasp and I had a little chat. Came up with a wishlist for the rebels, give them some teeth. Figured I’d come to you and work out how much of that is doable and how much is just wishful thinking.” You make your case to the LT for better armaments to be smuggled in, like you said you would, but you also make it clear that the whole thing was Wasp’s idea. You don’t voice your own doubts as to where his loyalties lie, if that’s the LTs read then they can pursue it themselves. You don’t believe the LT would take drastic steps in the Company’s interests unless he had solid evidence that Wasp was compromised. Probably. [Firebrand]
>>4950957
me
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>>4961451
>>“Wasp and I had a little chat. Came up with a wishlist for the rebels, give them some teeth. Figured I’d come to you and work out how much of that is doable and how much is just wishful thinking.” You make your case to the LT for better armaments to be smuggled in, like you said you would, but you also make it clear that the whole thing was Wasp’s idea. You don’t voice your own doubts as to where his loyalties lie, if that’s the LTs read then they can pursue it themselves. You don’t believe the LT would take drastic steps in the Company’s interests unless he had solid evidence that Wasp was compromised. Probably. [Firebrand]

Not our job to put out hypothesis on people loyalty anyways, let him read into this as he will.
Also, fucking Captcha
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>>4961451 #
>>“Wasp and I had a little chat. Came up with a wishlist for the rebels, give them some teeth. Figured I’d come to you and work out how much of that is doable and how much is just wishful thinking.” You make your case to the LT for better armaments to be smuggled in, like you said you would, but you also make it clear that the whole thing was Wasp’s idea. You don’t voice your own doubts as to where his loyalties lie, if that’s the LTs read then they can pursue it themselves. You don’t believe the LT would take drastic steps in the Company’s interests unless he had solid evidence that Wasp was compromised. Probably. [Firebrand]

>>4951066
Me
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>>4961451
>“Wasp and I had a little chat. Came up with a wishlist for the rebels, give them some teeth. Figured I’d come to you and work out how much of that is doable and how much is just wishful thinking.” You make your case to the LT for better armaments to be smuggled in, like you said you would, but you also make it clear that the whole thing was Wasp’s idea. You don’t voice your own doubts as to where his loyalties lie, if that’s the LTs read then they can pursue it themselves. You don’t believe the LT would take drastic steps in the Company’s interests unless he had solid evidence that Wasp was compromised. Probably. [Firebrand]

Verification: >>4950902
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>>4961451
>“He’s not wrong, strictly speaking. Mobile anti-air and anti-armour pieces would make the rebels a credible threat. But he’s in deep, sir. There’s a risk he might have gone native here with the rebels.” This isn’t the little leagues; a compromised Pathfinder could very easily get you all killed. You want your superior officer going into the situation with both eyes open before he signs off on any request upstairs. Scud will inevitably hit the fan. The LT should have one eye on the Savis, sure. But also keep the other one on your rebel friends here. And right now it is far from clear whether Wasp should be considered separate from that camp. [Xenophobe]

If this is our read, we’re duty-bound to inform the LT. All of our lives may be on the line and he needs all the info possible to make the right decision.

>>4951738
Linking back
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>>4961451
>>“He’s not wrong, strictly speaking. Mobile anti-air and anti-armour pieces would make the rebels a credible threat. But he’s in deep, sir. There’s a risk he might have gone native here with the rebels.” This isn’t the little leagues; a compromised Pathfinder could very easily get you all killed. You want your superior officer going into the situation with both eyes open before he signs off on any request upstairs. Scud will inevitably hit the fan. The LT should have one eye on the Savis, sure. But also keep the other one on your rebel friends here. And right now it is far from clear whether Wasp should be considered separate from that camp. [Xenophobe]
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>>4962252
Forgot to link back
>>4952356
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>>4961451
>>“Wasp and I had a little chat. Came up with a wishlist for the rebels, give them some teeth. Figured I’d come to you and work out how much of that is doable and how much is just wishful thinking.” You make your case to the LT for better armaments to be smuggled in, like you said you would, but you also make it clear that the whole thing was Wasp’s idea. You don’t voice your own doubts as to where his loyalties lie, if that’s the LTs read then they can pursue it themselves. You don’t believe the LT would take drastic steps in the Company’s interests unless he had solid evidence that Wasp was compromised. Probably. [Firebrand]
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What do we do if, in response to our report, Boy orders us to assassinate Wasp? It seems to be his standard way of dealing with disturbances.
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>>4961451
>“Wasp and I had a little chat. Came up with a wishlist for the rebels, give them some teeth. Figured I’d come to you and work out how much of that is doable and how much is just wishful thinking.” You make your case to the LT for better armaments to be smuggled in, like you said you would, but you also make it clear that the whole thing was Wasp’s idea. You don’t voice your own doubts as to where his loyalties lie, if that’s the LTs read then they can pursue it themselves. You don’t believe the LT would take drastic steps in the Company’s interests unless he had solid evidence that Wasp was compromised. Probably. [Firebrand]
>>4950901
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>>4961451
>>“He’s not wrong, strictly speaking. Mobile anti-air and anti-armour pieces would make the rebels a credible threat. But he’s in deep, sir. There’s a risk he might have gone native here with the rebels.” This isn’t the little leagues; a compromised Pathfinder could very easily get you all killed. You want your superior officer going into the situation with both eyes open before he signs off on any request upstairs. Scud will inevitably hit the fan. The LT should have one eye on the Savis, sure. But also keep the other one on your rebel friends here. And right now it is far from clear whether Wasp should be considered separate from that camp. [Xenophobe]

>>4951024
Reeee
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>>4961451
>>“Wasp and I had a little chat. Came up with a wishlist for the rebels, give them some teeth. Figured I’d come to you and work out how much of that is doable and how much is just wishful thinking.” You make your case to the LT for better armaments to be smuggled in, like you said you would, but you also make it clear that the whole thing was Wasp’s idea. You don’t voice your own doubts as to where his loyalties lie, if that’s the LTs read then they can pursue it themselves. You don’t believe the LT would take drastic steps in the Company’s interests unless he had solid evidence that Wasp was compromised. Probably. [Firebrand]
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>>4961451
>>“Wasp and I had a little chat. Came up with a wishlist for the rebels, give them some teeth. Figured I’d come to you and work out how much of that is doable and how much is just wishful thinking.” You make your case to the LT for better armaments to be smuggled in, like you said you would, but you also make it clear that the whole thing was Wasp’s idea. You don’t voice your own doubts as to where his loyalties lie, if that’s the LTs read then they can pursue it themselves. You don’t believe the LT would take drastic steps in the Company’s interests unless he had solid evidence that Wasp was compromised. Probably. [Firebrand]

>>4950933
Verification. :)
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Do you guys think BC could hijack one titan for ourselves when rodents will drop one here?
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>>4962717
I think that would be a good exit stunt, but can prince of megiddo even carry one?
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>>4962717
No? Probably not considering the scale and purpose of the weapon. Not to mention the consequences that would follow (like galactic-scale not just pissing off the rats)
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>>4962733
>scale
a town on legs I assume, with spaceship level shields. But the breach pods go through the shields just fine.
>consequences
well, savis aren't supposed to drop a titan here anyway, right? galactic geneva suggestion says so

I need to ask forgotten about the historical precedent, I have developed a weird hard-on for this idea
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>>4962743
a town on legs I assume, with spaceship level shields. But the breach pods go through the shields just fine.

That's probably roughly what it is I suppose. I was thinking more exterminatus, planet wiping level stuff but I might be overthinking it.

>well, savis aren't supposed to drop a titan here anyway, right? galactic geneva suggestion says so

Sure but this is also their territory and their planet. We're unaligned. I think if we stole it and added it to our armada we'd be considered a rogue agent. We'd make the whole galaxy nervous and likely be considered too dangerous to be left alive. Can't go having those filthy humans thinking they can run around with an empires Titan after all.

I imagine it would result in multiple factions banding together to wipe us out, and considering we chose to help a dying planet instead of upgrade our ship recently... it's all the more likely they'd succeed
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>>4962748
>we chose to help a dying planet instead of upgrade our ship recently
I still regret that one. But then again having BC die, but humanity saved OR having BC live on, but letting humanity dwindle into oblivion is a fucked up choice
>We'd make the whole galaxy nervous and likely be considered too dangerous to be left alive. Can't go having those filthy humans thinking they can run around with an empires Titan after all.
god damn it you are probably right. A mercenary company having a weapon of mass destruction of that scale is probably too much. Unless savis never tell anyone that they lost a titan, which is possible but unlikely. Countries didn't admitted losing nukes for years, right?
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>>4962750
>Unless savis never tell anyone that they lost a titan, which is possible but unlikely. Countries didn't admitted losing nukes for years, right?

True, the only issue I see there is visibility. If its ever spotted by literally anyone, it'll likely become hot news throughout the galaxy and then... consequences
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>>4962751
yeah lol, if titans are as big as I think they are, prince of megiddo carrying one around is gonna look like this
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>>4961451
>“He’s not wrong, strictly speaking. Mobile anti-air and anti-armour pieces would make the rebels a credible threat. But he’s in deep, sir. There’s a risk he might have gone native here with the rebels.” This isn’t the little leagues; a compromised Pathfinder could very easily get you all killed. You want your superior officer going into the situation with both eyes open before he signs off on any request upstairs. Scud will inevitably hit the fan. The LT should have one eye on the Savis, sure. But also keep the other one on your rebel friends here. And right now it is far from clear whether Wasp should be considered separate from that camp. [Xenophobe]
>>4951032
'tism check
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>>4961451
>“Wasp and I had a little chat. Came up with a wishlist for the rebels, give them some teeth. Figured I’d come to you and work out how much of that is doable and how much is just wishful thinking.” You make your case to the LT for better armaments to be smuggled in, like you said you would, but you also make it clear that the whole thing was Wasp’s idea. You don’t voice your own doubts as to where his loyalties lie, if that’s the LTs read then they can pursue it themselves. You don’t believe the LT would take drastic steps in the Company’s interests unless he had solid evidence that Wasp was compromised. Probably. [Firebrand]
>>4951183

>>4962751
Either they'll come gunning for the Company or do whatever they can to keep us placated. Or whoever we happen to..misplace it with.
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>>4962717
>Prince gets Eagles
>Nat gets a fucking Titan

like others have said probably a better exit strategy than a permanent thing, I doubt the Prince has the infastructure for one and it would really piss the Savs off which would complicate future work with them.
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>>4962781
Not to mention it would absolutely blow our cover to smithereens
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>>4962781
>>4962760
>Do something so outrageous that rodents bring a titan ahead of schedule
>Board and capture an allien titan that nobody is really sure how works
>Gift it to a bunch of slaves for shits and giggles
>????
>profit
this simply cannot go wrong
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I dunno guys Capturing a titan might not be so simple. Surely there must be plenty of anti-boarding measures in place.

I mean can anyone come up with a time a 40k titan was taken by boarding parties?
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>>4962791
This... this is not WH40k... but also I don't think anyone has implied it would be easy. I feel like the consensus is "its a bad idea for so many reasons"
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>>4962793
desu I used 40k as an example because I was half hoping that some anon might know of any cool obscure 40k stories where that happened.

>the consensus is "its a bad idea for so many reasons

But it totally sounds like an idea Nat would have, right?
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>>4962793
>I feel like the consensus is "its a bad idea for so many reasons"
I'd go for it
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>>4962796
Yeah fair enough, just saying measures of scale and all that, 40k ships are ridiculous.

>But it totally sounds like an idea Nat would have, right?

Yeah maybe, it'd be hilarious and ambitious but also really stupid. Good thing we're a mere NCO
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40k titans aren't *that* big
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>>4962804
Oh, that's smaller than I thought
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>>4962807
I'm pretty sure ones in black company lore are bigger
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>“Wasp and I had a little chat. Came up with a wishlist for the rebels, give them some teeth. Figured I’d come to you and work out how much of that is doable and how much is just wishful thinking.” You make your case to the LT for better armaments to be smuggled in, like you said you would, but you also make it clear that the whole thing was Wasp’s idea. You don’t voice your own doubts as to where his loyalties lie, if that’s the LTs read then they can pursue it themselves. You don’t believe the LT would take drastic steps in the Company’s interests unless he had solid evidence that Wasp was compromised. Probably. [Firebrand]

“Wasp and I had a little chat. Came up with a wishlist for the rebels, give them some teeth.” You slide a datapad over to the LT, helpfully listed with ‘essential’ at the top and ‘this would be nice’ in the middle’ all the way down to ‘dream big’ at the bottom for the real good stuff the Company would have a time sourcing, let alone giving away to the rebels. “Figured I’d come to you and work out how much of that is doable and how much is just wishful thinking.”

“Wishlist is the right word for it.” Lieutenant ‘Boy’ Blue remarks as he scrolls down, but he isn’t instantly dismissive of everything. “Some of these are reasonable enough, maybe even necessary if we want to secure our secondary objective with the rebel’s battle readiness. You said this was Wasp’s idea?”

“It is, though to be honest he makes a good point.” You push your argument, perhaps you only imagined the LT’s narrowed eyebrows at your confirmation. “The rebels are long on guts, but guts and goodwill won’t get them half as far as a decent answer to the heavier toys the Savs are going to come at them with.”

“I’ll see what I can do. Doubtless Command is getting similar requests from cells all across the planetside.” The LT transfers the info from your datapad to his and you consider your duties discharged there. The next sentence catches you a little of guard. “I’ll be honest with you Snake Eyes, I’m still trying to get a read on you.”

“Sir?”

“You’re a gutsy and effective fighter. But I knew that much when I approved your transfer into the 77th. You proved it again on the Yib station, as well as demonstrating particular cunning during the capture of the Daskar governor.” It feels strange being congratulated as a killer by the boyish looking officer, even though you know for a fact that he’s several years older than you. “I’m putting you in for the Order of the Crow in light of your… lack of compunction, regarding your earlier assignment. And your successes in training the elite cream of the rebels forces, of course.”

“Thank you, sir.” To be perfectly honest, the LT complimenting you is vastly more disconcerting than his past reprimands.

[1/2]
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>>4962704
This dude isn't me, not to mention I already voted and linked back.
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“Don’t thank me just yet, soldier. I’m working an angle here. Always.” You assume the LT meant to say that with a little more humour than he inflected. “I’ve known Heavenly and Casket for a long time. Like you, they have their eccentricities. But they’re damn fine NCOs. Heavenly has a few years on you in terms of experience, but he’s content with his rank and views it as a divine assignment or something to that effect. Casket has ambition, but has had too many run-ins with internal investigations on her record for a promotion anytime in the future.”

“You’re talking about a recommendation for a commission?” You ask, bewildered at this new topic of conversation. Less than a minute ago you were discussing the liklihood of rebels blowing themselves up with free missile launchers. “For me?”

“That all depends. I think you could go places. The Company is expanding their Fifth Fleet cadre, more and more of the Company is operating independently of the main fleets on smaller missions with a wider selection of short-term employers.” Looking into the cold blue eyes of the LT, unflinching under your usually disarming snake-like gaze, you don’t for a moment think the Boy Blue is aimlessly flattering you. “I’ve been told to keep an eye out for men and women that have demonstrated effectiveness and, more importantly, loyalty to the Company. You might have what it takes to fit the bill.”

If something is too good to be true, it probably is. “What’s -your- angle then, sir? Unless this is just a nice way of getting me out of your platoon.”

[2/3]
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[3/3]

“Far from it. But suffice to say there’s movement in the Company, and having a lowly Krieger Lieutenant having friends on the outside with some agency isn’t seeming like such a bad idea.” You don’t know what the LT is on about, but the words ‘movement’ seemed to carry with them an unusually ominous tone. Before you can ask what your superior means, he presses on. “But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. That’s a long road and many hard assignments later. For now, I just want to know if it’s even something you’re interested in.”

Frankly, you’d want more time to think about it. Maybe even chat with your friend Crane, if he was in a talking mood. But he’s not, and it looks like the LT want’s at least some kind of indication now at this early stage. You hope you know what you’re signing up for.

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>“Abso-fragging-lutely. Sign me up, sir. Who does a girl gotta ice to get her own ship around here?” You’re only half-joking, you’re sure the LT will have future tests in mind in due course. But it’s worth it. A ship and Company charter of your own one day, with officer pins and paygrade to boot. Plus your pick of the crew, your pick of the missions. A little while ago this little starving jungle wildling wouldn’t have even dreamed of it. The fire of ambition stirs in your stomach… [Daredevil]

>“Sorry, sir. I think you’ve got the wrong gal. This cloak-and-dagger scud… it just ain’t me. I’m a simple soldier, give me an enemy I can look in the eye and kill. If that’s on offer, I’m your krigga.” You’re most likely torpedoing your chances at fast-track promotion with every word. But once you make it clear to the LT, it’s highly unlikely he’ll ask something similar of you again outside of the direst circumstances. [Firebrand]

>“I appreciate the interest, but the 77th is my home, sir. I’ll stick with being the big Carnotaur in the little jungle for now until I’ve got a few more campaigns under my belt.” You’re a soldier. The life of a Krieger is all you’ve known. All you’ve ever taken pride in. You’d have first choice on a few comrades to take with you, sure. But you’d certainly be leaving some of your Vinehound squaddies behind. And if you are looking for a promotion one day, it’d be as a Krieger Lieutenant. [Xenophobe]
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>>4962830
>“I appreciate the interest, but the 77th is my home, sir. I’ll stick with being the big Carnotaur in the little jungle for now until I’ve got a few more campaigns under my belt.” You’re a soldier. The life of a Krieger is all you’ve known. All you’ve ever taken pride in. You’d have first choice on a few comrades to take with you, sure. But you’d certainly be leaving some of your Vinehound squaddies behind. And if you are looking for a promotion one day, it’d be as a Krieger Lieutenant. [Xenophobe]
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>>4962830
>“Abso-fragging-lutely. Sign me up, sir. Who does a girl gotta ice to get her own ship around here?” You’re only half-joking, you’re sure the LT will have future tests in mind in due course. But it’s worth it. A ship and Company charter of your own one day, with officer pins and paygrade to boot. Plus your pick of the crew, your pick of the missions. A little while ago this little starving jungle wildling wouldn’t have even dreamed of it. The fire of ambition stirs in your stomach… [Daredevil]

I love our crew, the people we fight with but this is a pretty amazing opportunity AND if we get to pick our crew... well maybe we can take some of them with us.

>>4950915
Verification
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>>4962828
>filename

Although to be fair to the man, he appears to have been attempting to link back to the verification post just above yours here >>4950925
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>>4962834
I need lore precedent on boarding the titans. Was there any?
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>>4962834
I...okay, I guess.

>>4962830
>“Sorry, sir. I think you’ve got the wrong gal. This cloak-and-dagger scud… it just ain’t me. I’m a simple soldier, give me an enemy I can look in the eye and kill. If that’s on offer, I’m your krigga.” You’re most likely torpedoing your chances at fast-track promotion with every word. But once you make it clear to the LT, it’s highly unlikely he’ll ask something similar of you again outside of the direst circumstances. [Firebrand]

Gotta make it clear this cloak and dagger shit ain't for us and is already fraying our relationships.

>>4950933
Me.
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>>4962838
40k wise? No idea. Probably.

BCQ 2230AD? Short answer, yes. Titans bereft of their ground support have been successfully boarded and sabotaged in the past (but not stolen).

Longer answer. Several titans have been lost in combat, and if you stretch the definition of 'boarding actions' to include being overwhelmed by swarms then also yes. Depending on the type of titan you're facing, it's perfectly possible in theory to board and sabotage a titan. The 'titan' class varies wildly between each species, a walker poses much different challenges to a super-heavy tank for example. I highly doubt anyone in your ranks would be qualified to pilot one off-the-cuff though.

Has any taliban fighter ever stolen an Abrams tank and taken it for a joyride? My guess is no, but I doubt the military would be advertising the event if it had ever actually happened.
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>>“Abso-fragging-lutely. Sign me up, sir. Who does a girl gotta ice to get her own ship around here?” You’re only half-joking, you’re sure the LT will have future tests in mind in due course. But it’s worth it. A ship and Company charter of your own one day, with officer pins and paygrade to boot. Plus your pick of the crew, your pick of the missions. A little while ago this little starving jungle wildling wouldn’t have even dreamed of it. The fire of ambition stirs in your stomach… [Daredevil]

>Nat
>Involved in internal politics of the company
>doing cloak and dagger shit
>making hard choices herself, not just following orders
this is not gonna end well

On the other hand being promoted means making decisions yourself, and I want that. Crane is gonna be very concerned about this
>>4951032
'tism check
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>>4962845
>The 'titan' class varies wildly between each species
Oh I like that. It's like supreme commander experimental units. Everyone has their own
Ok, I'll just keep "steal a fucking metal gear" it in the "crazy ideas" folder
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>>4962830
>>“Abso-fragging-lutely. Sign me up, sir. Who does a girl gotta ice to get her own ship around here?” You’re only half-joking, you’re sure the LT will have future tests in mind in due course. But it’s worth it. A ship and Company charter of your own one day, with officer pins and paygrade to boot. Plus your pick of the crew, your pick of the missions. A little while ago this little starving jungle wildling wouldn’t have even dreamed of it. The fire of ambition stirs in your stomach… [Daredevil]
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>>4962850
I think I did briefly touch on some of the examples of the variants in the last thread. I'm nodding off now but I'll try and find the post tomorrow.
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>>4962845
>Has any taliban fighter ever stolen an Abrams tank and taken it for a joyride?


The Houthis in Yemen captured one and used it before it broke down. It was a Saudi one though which I suppose is a little different.
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>>4962830
>>“Abso-fragging-lutely. Sign me up, sir. Who does a girl gotta ice to get her own ship around here?” You’re only half-joking, you’re sure the LT will have future tests in mind in due course. But it’s worth it. A ship and Company charter of your own one day, with officer pins and paygrade to boot. Plus your pick of the crew, your pick of the missions. A little while ago this little starving jungle wildling wouldn’t have even dreamed of it. The fire of ambition stirs in your stomach… [Daredevil]

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>>4962834
>>4962828
…..oh.
Whoops.
Guilty as charged. I’m the maths anon from last thread, and I drop by semi often to cast a vote and a slapdash argument. Unfortunately, I… might have the dexterity of one my plushies.

Sorry about that. Glad you spotted my err. :)

>>4950925
>“I appreciate the interest, but the 77th is my home, sir. I’ll stick with being the big Carnotaur in the little jungle for now until I’ve got a few more campaigns under my belt.” You’re a soldier. The life of a Krieger is all you’ve known. All you’ve ever taken pride in. You’d have first choice on a few comrades to take with you, sure. But you’d certainly be leaving some of your Vinehound squaddies behind. And if you are looking for a promotion one day, it’d be as a Krieger Lieutenant. [Xenophobe]

Firstly, I quite like the squad, and we still need to repair our relationship with our favourite second.

Secondly, we should probably build a bit more experience and commendations first. We’re still seemingly young, and it’s best not to be promoted into areas we may not be able to perform.

(There’re other math anons, but first come first served. :))
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>>4962830
>>4962883
(Should probably also link.)
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>>4962830
>“Abso-fragging-lutely. Sign me up, sir. Who does a girl gotta ice to get her own ship around here?” You’re only half-joking, you’re sure the LT will have future tests in mind in due course. But it’s worth it. A ship and Company charter of your own one day, with officer pins and paygrade to boot. Plus your pick of the crew, your pick of the missions. A little while ago this little starving jungle wildling wouldn’t have even dreamed of it. The fire of ambition stirs in your stomach… [Daredevil]

While I dread the responsibility, the tough choices, and the damn paperwork, the prospect of a ship of our own is too good to pass by.

me >>4950956
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>>4962830
>“Abso-fragging-lutely. Sign me up, sir. Who does a girl gotta ice to get her own ship around here?” You’re only half-joking, you’re sure the LT will have future tests in mind in due course. But it’s worth it. A ship and Company charter of your own one day, with officer pins and paygrade to boot. Plus your pick of the crew, your pick of the missions. A little while ago this little starving jungle wildling wouldn’t have even dreamed of it. The fire of ambition stirs in your stomach… [Daredevil]
Climbing up the ranks, one betrayal at a time.
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>>4962830
>“Abso-fragging-lutely. Sign me up, sir. Who does a girl gotta ice to get her own ship around here?” You’re only half-joking, you’re sure the LT will have future tests in mind in due course. But it’s worth it. A ship and Company charter of your own one day, with officer pins and paygrade to boot. Plus your pick of the crew, your pick of the missions. A little while ago this little starving jungle wildling wouldn’t have even dreamed of it. The fire of ambition stirs in your stomach… [Daredevil]

While I do kinda want to stay with the main fleet and Krieger boys and gals… having our own ship to command is too good to pass up!

>>4951738
Linking back
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>>4962830
>>“Abso-fragging-lutely. Sign me up, sir. Who does a girl gotta ice to get her own ship around here?” You’re only half-joking, you’re sure the LT will have future tests in mind in due course. But it’s worth it. A ship and Company charter of your own one day, with officer pins and paygrade to boot. Plus your pick of the crew, your pick of the missions. A little while ago this little starving jungle wildling wouldn’t have even dreamed of it. The fire of ambition stirs in your stomach… [Daredevil]
>>4950957
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>>4962883
It's fine.

Also, the LT even says...
>“But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. That’s a long road and many hard assignments later. For now, I just want to know if it’s even something you’re interested in.”

So we'll be building up more experience and commendations anyways.

You have a point about us being promoted into a field we have no experience in, but that is the case any time you literally go from squad leader to eventually captaining a ship and crew of your own, there's no preparing for the switch even with a gradual climb through the ranks, they are too different.

God, I just don't think even this amazing opportunity is worth doing a bunch of shit we may not want to and potentially screwing over our relationship with Crane in the future.
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>>4962830
>“I appreciate the interest, but the 77th is my home, sir. I’ll stick with being the big Carnotaur in the little jungle for now until I’ve got a few more campaigns under my belt.” You’re a soldier. The life of a Krieger is all you’ve known. All you’ve ever taken pride in. You’d have first choice on a few comrades to take with you, sure. But you’d certainly be leaving some of your Vinehound squaddies behind. And if you are looking for a promotion one day, it’d be as a Krieger Lieutenant. [Xenophobe]

We'll do it the right way and we'll have the know how not to completely fuck the pooch
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>>4951611
>>4962830

>Abso-fragging-lutely sir.
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>>4962963
based minimum effort anon
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>>4962830
>>“I appreciate the interest, but the 77th is my home, sir. I’ll stick with being the big Carnotaur in the little jungle for now until I’ve got a few more campaigns under my belt.” You’re a soldier. The life of a Krieger is all you’ve known. All you’ve ever taken pride in. You’d have first choice on a few comrades to take with you, sure. But you’d certainly be leaving some of your Vinehound squaddies behind. And if you are looking for a promotion one day, it’d be as a Krieger Lieutenant. [Xenophobe]

>>4955961
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>>4962830
>“I appreciate the interest, but the 77th is my home, sir. I’ll stick with being the big Carnotaur in the little jungle for now until I’ve got a few more campaigns under my belt.” You’re a soldier. The life of a Krieger is all you’ve known. All you’ve ever taken pride in. You’d have first choice on a few comrades to take with you, sure. But you’d certainly be leaving some of your Vinehound squaddies behind. And if you are looking for a promotion one day, it’d be as a Krieger Lieutenant. [Xenophobe]
Nothing good comes of a commission. All the bad things that won't down in BCQ were because Prince was in charge.
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>“I appreciate the interest, but the 77th is my home, sir. I’ll stick with being the big Carnotaur in the little jungle for now until I’ve got a few more campaigns under my belt.” You’re a soldier. The life of a Krieger is all you’ve known. All you’ve ever taken pride in. You’d have first choice on a few comrades to take with you, sure. But you’d certainly be leaving some of your Vinehound squaddies behind. And if you are looking for a promotion one day, it’d be as a Krieger Lieutenant. [Xenophobe]
At least not yet. We havnt had command long enough. Also...I have a feeling that us being given this command wont actually make us any freeer to make our own decisions. In fact, it will probably just chain us more. LT is implying that their are political strugglers within the company and us being given such a new command more closely resembles placing a chess piece into a more usfull place. I cant guarantee that we wont be a piece on the board, but I dont want to be one whose little freedom they have is only an issusion. And power and responsibility...we dont have the best track recor of those things in theis quest. I'd rather steadily climb the ladder and fix issues for the higher ups until we see taht there is no one left above us and we turn around and see the entire company behind us, both in rank and in support.
P.S. I like Boy but that pic of his eye helps get across that he will push us to our deaths if he thought it would have a net positive for the Company.
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>>4963125
Fucking christ those spelling errors. I need more than 5 hours of sleep each night.
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>>4962830
>>“I appreciate the interest, but the 77th is my home, sir. I’ll stick with being the big Carnotaur in the little jungle for now until I’ve got a few more campaigns under my belt.” You’re a soldier. The life of a Krieger is all you’ve known. All you’ve ever taken pride in. You’d have first choice on a few comrades to take with you, sure. But you’d certainly be leaving some of your Vinehound squaddies behind. And if you are looking for a promotion one day, it’d be as a Krieger Lieutenant. [Xenophobe]

The Krieger Cop is the life for me.

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>>4963179
For me it's the whole "Not being able to take everyone with us" that got me to pick the Xeno option. If we can't take the entire squad then it doesn't mean anything.
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>>4963194
take crane, plant, boot and robot
we don't need the rest
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>>4962807
That's because the morons at GW have no fucking clue what scale is. If there are numbers involved it is literal bullshit that they threw at the wall.

Better to go by artist renditions.
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>>4962938
I’m glad to hear it.
(Thanks for your post image, by the way. It’s very helpful to find mine.)

You’re right that running a small spaceship and leading a squad are stupendously different, but i don’t think it’s an unlearnable skill. Just… a very difficult to learn skill that we’ll need more time than the eminent future to grasp.

……you’re right that the subterfuge isn’t good for our friendships though. Kicking the can down the road might let us repair them and maybe explain what we’re doing. In character, however, I think Nat herself is aware that this is a golden opportunity, so I’m loathe to just give it up either. Hence I think it hopefully best to delay and let Nat think about it first for a while, and maybe get a taste of authority some other way and see how it works.
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>>4963342
No problem, glad to help with the image.

I dunno, of course we will need time to do the prerequisite training needed to manage a ship, but that isn't the same thing as having experience which really teaches you what works and what doesn't, that we can only gain once we actually have the job.

I seem to remember (perhaps incorrectly) many more than just me wanting to talk to the LT to tell him we ain't his girl when it comes to the "shooting our allies in the back" thing or wanting to talk to Crane earlier, so I'm kinda shocked that the moment the LT dangles an admittedly incredible opportunity in front of us everyone seems to not care about that shit anymore even if we have to keep doing things we don't want to. Like, from an in-character perspective I didn't think Nat ever wanted to be a captain (though obviously what is in-character or not is fluid and not up to me) and isn't it considered prestigious to be placed on the Flagship of the Black Company? It isn't like we can't work our way through the ranks normally and potentially end up in command of one of the Krieger platoons or even end up in command of our own ship and charter without having to do the cloak-and-dagger bullshit. From an out-of-character perspective, is this opportunity even something we will play through over the course of the quest? It could be that we go through the quest and this "opportunity" ends up being in the epilogue as a resolution, "the adventure continues" and all that.
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>>4962830
>>“Abso-fragging-lutely. Sign me up, sir. Who does a girl gotta ice to get her own ship around here?” You’re only half-joking, you’re sure the LT will have future tests in mind in due course. But it’s worth it. A ship and Company charter of your own one day, with officer pins and paygrade to boot. Plus your pick of the crew, your pick of the missions. A little while ago this little starving jungle wildling wouldn’t have even dreamed of it. The fire of ambition stirs in your stomach… [Daredevil]

>>4951059
me
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>>4962971
What's the minimum possible effort in a vote?
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>>4963467
>[Daredevil]
Or 3 I guess
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>>4963467
Abstaining while still posting your verification.
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>>4962830
whoops
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>>4963444
I just dont trust the opportunity. I trust Boy to be a good commander, but the fact that we still only have 2 engagements under our belt(along with training locals), we are still rather new. >“Far from it. But suffice to say there’s movement in the Company, and having a lowly Krieger Lieutenant having friends on the outside with some agency isn’t seeming like such a bad idea.” You don’t know what the LT is on about, but the words ‘movement’ seemed to carry with them an unusually ominous tone.
I dont like the sound of that. We may be put in bad situations in our current position, but the hints in Forgotten's last post(the quote above and the file name for the 2nd image) make me cautious. He says that he is looking for those loyal to the company and his mention of a movement in the Company make me worry that Boy or some allies of him in the Company may eventually give us orders to fight fellow members of the Company "for its own good".
I see some similarities between this opportunity and those presented to Emile, such as joining the Dragon Guard. Unlike Emile, we are still fresh to our current position(squad commander rather than knight errant). I think that what we need before we take such an opportunity isn't experience, but perspective. How much of the company's internal goings on to we know of? How many of their major players could we name or give a (character) description of? We will have other chances for advancement anon. Lets not take one that is dangling on the end of a hook.
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>>4962830
>>“Abso-fragging-lutely. Sign me up, sir. Who does a girl gotta ice to get her own ship around here?” You’re only half-joking, you’re sure the LT will have future tests in mind in due course. But it’s worth it. A ship and Company charter of your own one day, with officer pins and paygrade to boot. Plus your pick of the crew, your pick of the missions. A little while ago this little starving jungle wildling wouldn’t have even dreamed of it. The fire of ambition stirs in your stomach… [Daredevil]
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>>4962971

On mobile, so quoting is shit. You'll get what I give.
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>>4962830

>“Abso-fragging-lutely. Sign me up, sir. Who does a girl gotta ice to get her own ship around here?” You’re only half-joking, you’re sure the LT will have future tests in mind in due course. But it’s worth it. A ship and Company charter of your own one day, with officer pins and paygrade to boot. Plus your pick of the crew, your pick of the missions. A little while ago this little starving jungle wildling wouldn’t have even dreamed of it. The fire of ambition stirs in your stomach… [Daredevil]

>>4950970
Check
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>>4962830
>“Abso-fragging-lutely. Sign me up, sir. Who does a girl gotta ice to get her own ship around here?” You’re only half-joking, you’re sure the LT will have future tests in mind in due course. But it’s worth it. A ship and Company charter of your own one day, with officer pins and paygrade to boot. Plus your pick of the crew, your pick of the missions. A little while ago this little starving jungle wildling wouldn’t have even dreamed of it. The fire of ambition stirs in your stomach… [Daredevil]

More authority = more say in how the company is run.
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>>4963487
> Lets not take one that is dangling on the end of a hook.

> Just fuck plot hooks, let's try to sandbox everything

This kills the GM. Or maybe he thrives off the chaos! IDFK, but I like to take plot hooks myself.
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>>4963644
I didn't mean hook as in plot hook, more that it brought to mind bait, or that what would happen after we took it wouldn't be good. Not every plot hook needs to be taken.
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>>4962830
>>“I appreciate the interest, but the 77th is my home, sir. I’ll stick with being the big Carnotaur in the little jungle for now until I’ve got a few more campaigns under my belt.” You’re a soldier. The life of a Krieger is all you’ve known. All you’ve ever taken pride in. You’d have first choice on a few comrades to take with you, sure. But you’d certainly be leaving some of your Vinehound squaddies behind. And if you are looking for a promotion one day, it’d be as a Krieger Lieutenant. [Xenophobe]

yeah nah, mama snek cares more about her little vinepups than promotions
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>>4963656
Forgotten doesn't give trap options though.
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>>4963659
Not like a bear trap, but some choices give us more than we bargained for.
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>>4963659
Everything is a trap. Especially if you fail.
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>>4962830
>“Abso-fragging-lutely. Sign me up, sir. Who does a girl gotta ice to get her own ship around here?” You’re only half-joking, you’re sure the LT will have future tests in mind in due course. But it’s worth it. A ship and Company charter of your own one day, with officer pins and paygrade to boot. Plus your pick of the crew, your pick of the missions. A little while ago this little starving jungle wildling wouldn’t have even dreamed of it. The fire of ambition stirs in your stomach… [Daredevil]
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>>4962830
Hmmm I'm torn, on one hand Nat isn't someone I imagine as a top tier leader, a Sgt or low tier leader? Sure why the Frak not, but not a captain or whatever big wig the company has on the top end.

but on the other I really like getting in Bed with boy blues cloak and dagger shit even if it's just for shiney shit for us and the squad.

>“Abso-fragging-lutely. Sign me up, sir. Who does a girl gotta ice to get her own ship around here?” You’re only half-joking, you’re sure the LT will have future tests in mind in due course. But it’s worth it. A ship and Company charter of your own one day, with officer pins and paygrade to boot. Plus your pick of the crew, your pick of the missions. A little while ago this little starving jungle wildling wouldn’t have even dreamed of it. The fire of ambition stirs in your stomach… [Daredevil]
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>“Abso-fragging-lutely. Sign me up, sir. Who does a girl gotta ice to get her own ship around here?” You’re only half-joking, you’re sure the LT will have future tests in mind in due course. But it’s worth it. A ship and Company charter of your own one day, with officer pins and paygrade to boot. Plus your pick of the crew, your pick of the missions. A little while ago this little starving jungle wildling wouldn’t have even dreamed of it. The fire of ambition stirs in your stomach… [Daredevil]

“Abso-fragging-lutely. Sign me up, sir.” There is a moment of guilt as you readily agree to being considered for the spot, you have a sinking feeling Crane wouldn’t approve. But Crane’s ‘Warrior Way’ certainly isn’t promising you a void-capable ship and independent charter. And you haven’t actually promised to do anything yet, just that you’re interested in the LT’s offer. Then again, in your books, a few dead bodies between you and a Company Charter of your own commission is a downright bargain. Depending on who those bodies are, of course. “Who does a girl gotta ice to get her own ship around here?”

“A commission is still a long way off, soldier. As is a ship.” The LT seems satisfied that he’s pegged you as a cutthroat careerist. And hell, maybe he’s right. All he had to do was dangle the promise of a ride and promotion for you to put your plans of becoming a better person on hold. “But now that I know there’s genuine interest, I’ll be keeping you in mind when future assignments pop up.”

It’s not an iron-clad agreement to do whatever dirty deed the LT has in mind going forward. Not exactly. Maybe there’s a line somewhere not even the promise of a ship and your own independent charter can make you cross. But you’ll cross that bridge when you come to it. For now, the LT will at least consider you an asset in his arsenal for missions that might be considered… extracurricular. Or extreme.

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“Now that we know where you stand, there’s more pressing matters requiring our attention.” The LT activates a portable holo-map, a green outline of the world of Dis popping up before your eyes. A quick count of the sectors shows five separate Company cells operating across the equatorial region, with more dotted in the other regions of the planetside. “As predicted, the main focus of the long-term rebel resistance effort is concentrating in the jungle terrain.”

“So the city of Daskar has fallen?” You ask, gesturing at the big blob of red directly to the north. You can see major enemy positions around Daskar and other major population areas, most notably the capital on the southern continent. “At least Casket took out the spaceport before pulling the plug.”

“As well as netting a healthy crop of rebel recruits before bugging out. We knew we weren't going to hold it long when the Imperials finally reacted. Our sector of control is secure, and with friendly sectors bordering us on all sides. The 77th and our cell is in a good position.” Your commander zooms in, pointing out the reported red hostile advances. Most seem to be moving to secure major mining sites, but a worrying portion are starting to infringe on the jungle regions. “The same can’t be said for the 43rd in Delta sector to our north-east are reporting punitive Legionnaire patrols. So far the enemy hasn’t located a single one of their outposts, and suffered casualties for their efforts. Still, Lieutenant Craw’s reported to command that the sheer number of patrols are running them ragged. Sooner or later they’ll stumble across something we don’t want them to. He’s put in a request for reinforcements to clear-and-kill the north-western part of the sector.”

“Let me guess, Command is sending us?”

“More specifically, Command is sending us and I am sending you. Banshee is barely combat effective after that explosion at the Daskar spaceport, and Prophet’s team has been run ragged with the attacks on the Savis mines.” You can hardly argue with the LT’s choice there. Vinehound squad is the most rested and combat ready of the 77th, plus they’ve had had previous experience operating with the rebels in a training environment. “You’ll have an even number of rebels embedded in your team, with Hail leading the rebel-only detachment further west of your position. If you think they’re ready.”

You don’t need to think long before answering that. They've learnt what they can from your hand-holding exercise, it’s time to test the rebels in the real thing. “As ready as they’ll ever be, sir. Are we looking at Auxiliary forces or some of the heavier Imp gear?”

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“Intel says our limited in-system assets are observing a lot of traffic in space, we’re looking at possibly the redeployment of as many as two Savis legions. No reports of any Cradler Auxilliaries, if that’s your concern. My guess is we’re just seeing the initial Savis reaction, they’re not expecting to get a bloody nose from what they think is yet another spontaneous rebel uprising.” You find that somewhat comforting. Your rebel trainees have done well, even besting you in the end after nearly a month of hunt-and-be-hunted. Still, Savis Legionnaires are one thing. Cradler special forces though… that’s a different hunt entirely. “Get your men ready, sergeant. I want Vinehound packing one-weeks of ammo and supplies and moving out before first light.”

That’s only a few standard hours away. Short notice, but you know better than to kick up a stink with the LT. Once you get your own team in order, and brief the other rebel units heading out, you’ll have precious little time left before deployment to the outskirts of the jungle. You had a number of things on your to-do list, but it looks like all but one of the rebels wanting your attention will have to wait until you come back. Assuming you come back.

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SELECT ONE

>Breaker, the Auxl leader of the rebel movement, has formally requested an audience. The invitation was somewhat indistinct, stating ‘Make All Necessary Preparations For KAVARG MAGRA’. You haven’t the faintest idea what the Auxl custom entails. [The Breaker]

>Alexander Hail, your elite rebel protégé trusted second-in-command to the freemen cause, wanted a word. He had concerns regarding the newest recruits, though he didn’t elaborate on what the issue was. [Alexander Hail]

>Jorus son of Fisk, the Savis veteran turned ex-slave, wanted to speak with you at a discrete location. They promised to have valuable information for you, though they were annoying coy about the subject. [Jorus son of Fisk]
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>>4963865
>Alexander Hail, your elite rebel protégé trusted second-in-command to the freemen cause, wanted a word. He had concerns regarding the newest recruits, though he didn’t elaborate on what the issue was. [Alexander Hail]

I feel like this is the priority given that we're about to go on a combat mission. I WANT to speak to Breaker and go through with his little custom but niceties aren't high priority right before a mission. Jorus COULD be providing useful intel but something tells me it's more him trying to shine personally and reclaim some glory, or doing some cloak and dagger shit.

Seems to me if Alexander really does have an issue with some of his people... that's combat relevant information that we need to consider and deal with right now

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>>4962855
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>>4963869
I seem to remember another group of legendary war machines from long, long ago. I wonder if history shall repeat itself lol
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>>4963869
well, looks like my supreme commander comparassing was on point
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>>4963884
Here's some "superheavy battletanks"
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>>4963865
>Jorus son of Fisk, the Savis veteran turned ex-slave, wanted to speak with you at a discrete location. They promised to have valuable information for you, though they were annoying coy about the subject. [Jorus son of Fisk]
>>4950901
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>>4963865
>Alexander Hail, your elite rebel protégé trusted second-in-command to the freemen cause, wanted a word. He had concerns regarding the newest recruits, though he didn’t elaborate on what the issue was. [Alexander Hail]
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>>4963858
>All he had to do was dangle the promise of a ride and promotion for you to put your plans of becoming a better person on hold.
kek, ouch
FORGOTTEN STOP GIVING HARD CHOICES I WANT ALL OF THEM
>Jorus son of Fisk, the Savis veteran turned ex-slave, wanted to speak with you at a discrete location. They promised to have valuable information for you, though they were annoying coy about the subject. [Jorus son of Fisk]
the rat is plotting something, I want in
Also, finally, some action
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>>4963894
>>4951032
there, 'tism check
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>>4963865
>>Jorus son of Fisk, the Savis veteran turned ex-slave, wanted to speak with you at a discrete location. They promised to have valuable information for you, though they were annoying coy about the subject. [Jorus son of Fisk]
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>>4963865
>Jorus son of Fisk, the Savis veteran turned ex-slave, wanted to speak with you at a discrete location. They promised to have valuable information for you, though they were annoying coy about the subject. [Jorus son of Fisk]

White Bitch intensifies. Hopefully it's just paranoia.

>>4952834
It is I, Anon!
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>>4963865

>Alexander Hail, your elite rebel protégé trusted second-in-command to the freemen cause, wanted a word. He had concerns regarding the newest recruits, though he didn’t elaborate on what the issue was. [Alexander Hail]

>>4950970
Check

>All he had to do was dangle the promise of a ride and promotion for you to put your plans of becoming a better person on hold.

Not necessarily and I think that gaining greater rank will allow us to act with greater freedom to follow through with becoming a better person
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>Jorus son of Fisk, the Savis veteran turned ex-slave, wanted to speak with you at a discrete location. They promised to have valuable information for you, though they were annoying coy about the subject. [Jorus son of Fisk]

Can't vote but always trust a schemer to smell a scheme.
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>>4963865
>Alexander Hail, your elite rebel protégé trusted second-in-command to the freemen cause, wanted a word. He had concerns regarding the newest recruits, though he didn’t elaborate on what the issue was. [Alexander Hail]

me >>4950956
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>>4963902
>White Bitch intensifies.
we are not fucking Jorus!!
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>>4963943
Anything for a bit of intel right anon?
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>>4963865
>Alexander Hail, your elite rebel protégé trusted second-in-command to the freemen cause, wanted a word. He had concerns regarding the newest recruits, though he didn’t elaborate on what the issue was. [Alexander Hail]

He’s our 2IC for this op effectively, we need to know his concerns

>>4951738
Linking back
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>>4963865

>Jorus son of Fisk, the Savis veteran turned ex-slave, wanted to speak with you at a discrete location. They promised to have valuable information for you, though they were annoying coy about the subject. [Jorus son of Fisk]

Verification: >>4950902
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>>4963865
>Jorus son of Fisk, the Savis veteran turned ex-slave, wanted to speak with you at a discrete location. They promised to have valuable information for you, though they were annoying coy about the subject. [Jorus son of Fisk]

>>4951022
tism me
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>>4963865
>Alexander Hail, your elite rebel protégé trusted second-in-command to the freemen cause, wanted a word. He had concerns regarding the newest recruits, though he didn’t elaborate on what the issue was. [Alexander Hail]

Tough choice. This is probably the most relevant but I'm worried our favourite deer-fox-rat is up to something sneaky, but if he wants to talk about it he can find us himself later.

>>4950933
Me.
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Newest recruits can wait, sure there might be spies among them, but honestly, we can deal with it after this mission.
The warrior ritual can wait too
The RAT on the other hand is scheming, and we better not be left out of that
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>>4963865
>>Alexander Hail, your elite rebel protégé trusted second-in-command to the freemen cause, wanted a word. He had concerns regarding the newest recruits, though he didn’t elaborate on what the issue was. [Alexander Hail]

>>4955961
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>Breaker, the Auxl leader of the rebel movement, has formally requested an audience. The invitation was somewhat indistinct, stating ‘Make All Necessary Preparations For KAVARG MAGRA’. You haven’t the faintest idea what the Auxl custom entails. [The Breaker]

>>4951126
me
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>>4963865
>Breaker, the Auxl leader of the rebel movement, has formally requested an audience. The invitation was somewhat indistinct, stating ‘Make All Necessary Preparations For KAVARG MAGRA’. You haven’t the faintest idea what the Auxl custom entails. [The Breaker]
Come on, let's go get accidentally married.
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>>4964147
Fuck, I am brain damaged.
>>4951183
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>>4963865
>Alexander Hail, your elite rebel protégé trusted second-in-command to the freemen cause, wanted a word. He had concerns regarding the newest recruits, though he didn’t elaborate on what the issue was. [Alexander Hail]

>>4951024
Only human in the choices
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>>4963911
>being a better person
>in the black company

top fucking kek
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>>4964168
Mercy and other such high horse concepts are properties of the strong. Only those who are strong enough to afford to spend the time, energy and resources to help others could survive treachery, opportunistic enemies and the strife of living. That in mind, the only way we have been bettering ourselves is caring for our squad and risking our necks for them, as well as caring about Crane's approval and trying to find out what he is smoking so we can maybe see things his way.
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>>4963865
>Alexander Hail, your elite rebel protégé trusted second-in-command to the freemen cause, wanted a word. He had concerns regarding the newest recruits, though he didn’t elaborate on what the issue was. [Alexander Hail]

Best to support fellow Terrans in these times.
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>>4963911
Can't order us to do sketchy shit if we outrank him!
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>>4963865
>>Alexander Hail, your elite rebel protégé trusted second-in-command to the freemen cause, wanted a word. He had concerns regarding the newest recruits, though he didn’t elaborate on what the issue was. [Alexander Hail]

>>4952356
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>SELECTED
>Alexander Hail, your elite rebel protégé trusted second-in-command to the freemen cause, wanted a word. He had concerns regarding the newest recruits, though he didn’t elaborate on what the issue was. [Alexander Hail]

“Good, you’re here.” Alexander Hail greets you with his usual cool demeanour. It’s a different kind of detachment than Crane though, Hail only ever seems come alive when he has slaver blood on his hands. “I was hoping I wouldn’t have to get started without you.”

“We should make this quick.” You offer a warm grin to the man despite his typical grimness. The man may not be much of a party animal, but as a student he has never failed to excel. He’s been open with you, “We have briefing with the rest of the team in 10.”

“All the better we get this over with now then.” Alexander has always been the most promising of the rebel recruits that you have trained personally. And he’s never, not once, shown you the slightest disrespect. To you, he’s an invaluable asset to the long term rebel effort. To him, you’re a wealth of information on ways to better kill slavers. “Let’s see the what fresh meat we have for the grinder.”



“Name, and what you were before you broke your chains.” He address the newest recruits in the commonplace Imperial pidgin that has quickly become the official language of the rebel movement.

“Kir’Zir.” For a moment the clicks of the Yibrak remind you of the insects you killed by the dozen on that space station. And one much more recently than that. “Craftsman.”

As Alexander moves further down the line of recruits, you find yourself thinking Kir’Zir is the exact spitting image of the Ixx’Ixx sibling you gunned down at the governor’s mansion. Voiddamn, maybe Crane was right. Maybe the guilt of has been weighing on you and you didn’t even know it. But when the next Yib also bears a stunning resemblance to Ixx’Ixx you realise that the actual issue is the fact that all these voiddamn bugs look the same to you.

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“Gir’Xaz. Miner.”

“Thomas. Miner.”

“Jri Khatri. Miner.”

“Papadopoulos. Friends call me Poulos.” Standing next to his fellow human miners, this olive-skinned man seems somewhat thinner. And softer. You don’t think he’ll last long. “House-slave.”

That elicits a grunt of derision from the next recruit in line. A towering Boscht standing a metre taller than any other recruit, their layers of molluscoid muscle end in indifferent crossed arms.

“Karaxshc.” Their voice shares the same unimpressed tone as their stance. “Gladiator.”

“I don’t see any scars.” Hail doesn’t seem the slightest bit intimidated the creature’s size or ugliness.

“I was not incompetent enough to collect any.” The Boscht’s maw makes a nauseating sucking sound as it speaks. It is a nauseating spectacle to watch. By now you’re already approaching the end of the line.

“Quin, miner.”

Alexander Hail nods politely. He turns his head slightly, catching your eye. Before you can think to ask the question just beginning to form in your mind the rebel leader draws his pistol.

*BANG*

Everyone, including you, flinches in shock as the rebel miner named Quin slumps to the ground with the leftmost portion of his skull missing. The rebel recruits stumble back with cries of alarm, even the more seasons freemen squad members present appear shocked. All except for Karaxshc, the unflinching Boscht gladiator. He just stands there and laughs.

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>“Personally, if I was going to make an example, I would have picked the ugly Boscht fragger. Scudheel’s got a mouth.” A hell of a mouth, really. But you trust Alexander has his reasons. Sure, you’ll chew him out for not giving you a heads up on a summary execution out of the blue. But for now you’ll follow his lead. [Daredevil]

>“Okay, Alex. Easy now. I’m going to assume there was a reason for that.” With placating tones and hands before you in clear sight, you ask Alexander Hail just what the frag he is doing summarily executing a recruit seemingly at random. Poor guy didn’t even backchat. That’s cold, even in comparison to the LT. [Firebrand]

>“Drop the weapon, Hail! What the absolute void fragging scud?!?” You’ve seen madness before, and Hail always was dancing on the edge of reason in his crusade against the masters. Maybe he had his reasons for the sudden murder of a fellow human, but you’re sure as scud not taking any chances until you hear them. [Xenophobe]
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>>4965044
>“Personally, if I was going to make an example, I would have picked the ugly Boscht fragger. Scudheel’s got a mouth.” A hell of a mouth, really. But you trust Alexander has his reasons. Sure, you’ll chew him out for not giving you a heads up on a summary execution out of the blue. But for now you’ll follow his lead. [Daredevil]

This isn't voting to kill the one good recruit here right?

We're definitely going to chew him out and get an explanation later but that's not something that can happen in front of the troops. He's our subordinate but we need to foster an image of trust and control. If the recruits see us panicked and confused and if we start arguing with our 2IC in front of them it will erode morale and trust and unit cohesion. So lets just go along with this for now and figure out what the fuck is going on afterwards.

I mean it makes no difference anyway, these guys are green and have no skills they can contribute, they're going to die pretty fast if they're coming with us. Only so much you can do to keep em alive

Verification
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>>4965044
yeah, yeah, potential spies or whatever.
should've talked to the rat
>“Drop the weapon, Hail! What the absolute void fragging scud?!?” You’ve seen madness before, and Hail always was dancing on the edge of reason in his crusade against the masters. Maybe he had his reasons for the sudden murder of a fellow human, but you’re sure as scud not taking any chances until you hear them. [Xenophobe]
at least yell at the fucker for killing without permission
>>4951032
'tism check
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>>4965047
I'm tired though so if it is voting to kill them all because they're spies I'm also fine with that. I'd assume Alex knows what he is talking about
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>>4965044
Write in

>How did you know he was a spy? To well fed for a slave? No lashing scars?
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>>4965044
>“Personally, if I was going to make an example, I would have picked the ugly Boscht fragger. Scudheel’s got a mouth.” A hell of a mouth, really. But you trust Alexander has his reasons. Sure, you’ll chew him out for not giving you a heads up on a summary execution out of the blue. But for now you’ll follow his lead. [Daredevil]

me >>4950956
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>>4965044
>>“Personally, if I was going to make an example, I would have picked the ugly Boscht fragger. Scudheel’s got a mouth.” A hell of a mouth, really. But you trust Alexander has his reasons. Sure, you’ll chew him out for not giving you a heads up on a summary execution out of the blue. But for now you’ll follow his lead. [Daredevil]

Im guessing since Alexander was in the pits himself he knows something was Scud in the gits story.
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Verification: >>4950921

>>4965044
>“Okay, Alex. Easy now. I’m going to assume there was a reason for that.” With placating tones and hands before you in clear sight, you ask Alexander Hail just what the frag he is doing summarily executing a recruit seemingly at random. Poor guy didn’t even backchat. That’s cold, even in comparison to the LT. [Firebrand]


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVueEr6GnHI
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>>4965071
ffs Verification >>4951024
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No quarreling in front of the troops. We must appear to be in charge and in the loop at all times.
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>>4965044
>>“Personally, if I was going to make an example, I would have picked the ugly Boscht fragger. Scudheel’s got a mouth.” A hell of a mouth, really. But you trust Alexander has his reasons. Sure, you’ll chew him out for not giving you a heads up on a summary execution out of the blue. But for now you’ll follow his lead. [Daredevil]

maybe recognized a mole? Or he is just fuckign insane and we picked a good one
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>>4965103
>>4951022
forgot me tism
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>>4965067
I would like to support this write-in.

>>4951126
me
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>>4965067
we don't even know if he killed him because he thought he was a spy. maybe he's just fucked on a head
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>>4965193
>tfw he knew because he met the guy in a house not a mine
Stupid slaves.
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>>4965044
>>“Personally, if I was going to make an example, I would have picked the ugly Boscht fragger. Scudheel’s got a mouth.” A hell of a mouth, really. But you trust Alexander has his reasons. Sure, you’ll chew him out for not giving you a heads up on a summary execution out of the blue. But for now you’ll follow his lead. [Daredevil]
Why isn't this the Xenophobe option?

>>4950957
me
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>>4965234
good question lol
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>>4965044
> Recognized him as a spy

Obvvy.

>“Personally, if I was going to make an example, I would have picked the ugly Boscht fragger. Scudheel’s got a mouth.” A hell of a mouth, really. But you trust Alexander has his reasons. Sure, you’ll chew him out for not giving you a heads up on a summary execution out of the blue. But for now you’ll follow his lead. [Daredevil]
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>>4965044
>Gir’Xaz. Miner.”
>“Thomas. Miner.”
>“Jri Khatri. Miner.”

“Quin, miner.”

well he was the only one with a lower case job maybe that means something lol
also he wasn't standing with the other miners which is odd
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>>4965044
>“Personally, if I was going to make an example, I would have picked the ugly Boscht fragger. Scudheel’s got a mouth.” A hell of a mouth, really. But you trust Alexander has his reasons. Sure, you’ll chew him out for not giving you a heads up on a summary execution out of the blue. But for now you’ll follow his lead. [Daredevil]

I'm going to assume that the guy he shot was a spy and that Hail isn't going so hardcore he feels the need to randomly execute people as an example.

>>4950933
Me.
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I think it's stupid to even pretend like Alex is executing someone to make an example. This isn't 40k, and Alex isn't a commissar. You don't get to execute new recruits because you don't like the way they look.

It's obvious Alex has detected a spy.
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>>4965350
Of course he has identified a spy. that's why he's making an example of him.
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>>4965234
A lot of Xenophobe options in general seem to not actually be xenophobic.
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>>4965401
[xenophobe] Go bully petal untill he fucking kills himself
[xenophobe] Make sure to shoot another bug in the back in the next fight
[xenophobe] Steal a titan, give it to the most radical anti-xeno fucks from three pines and send them on a suicide mission to the nearest yibrak colony. Frame the whole thing as a savis empire attack.
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>>4965044
>“Personally, if I was going to make an example, I would have picked the ugly Boscht fragger. Scudheel’s got a mouth.” A hell of a mouth, really. But you trust Alexander has his reasons. Sure, you’ll chew him out for not giving you a heads up on a summary execution out of the blue. But for now you’ll follow his lead. [Daredevil]

>>4951738
Linking back
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>>4965401
A lot of people don't actually know what xenophobic really means.
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Definition of xenophobia

: fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign

-Merriam-Webster
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adjective: xenophobic

having or showing a dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries.
"xenophobic attitudes"

- Oxford Languages
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>>4965067
+1
>>4950901
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>>4965044
>“Drop the weapon, Hail! What the absolute void fragging scud?!?” You’ve seen madness before, and Hail always was dancing on the edge of reason in his crusade against the masters. Maybe he had his reasons for the sudden murder of a fellow human, but you’re sure as scud not taking any chances until you hear them. [Xenophobe]
>>4951183

>>4965350
>You don't get to execute new recruits because you don't like the way they look.
Sure ya do. By all evidence he just did. This is why you don't put someone obsessed with a bodycount in charge of military operations. They do shit like this.
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>“Personally, if I was going to make an example, I would have picked the ugly Boscht fragger. Scudheel’s got a mouth.” A hell of a mouth, really. But you trust Alexander has his reasons. Sure, you’ll chew him out for not giving you a heads up on a summary execution out of the blue. But for now you’ll follow his lead. [Daredevil]

“Personally, if I was going to make an example, I would have picked the ugly Boscht fragger. Scudheel’s got a mouth.” You scrape what you think might be a bit of brain off the toe of your boot, talking scud to distract yourself and keep a calm visage despit your frayed nerves. You like to consider yourself a cool operator, but even you have to admit you’re not entirely unshaken by the abrupt act of murder committed right in front of you.

“‘Quin’ was no miner. I had seen him before, in the capital for the annual great games some three years ago.” Alexander Hail barks at the stunned recruits, holstering his pistol and step casually over the cooling corpse. “I remember him in between the fights, nestled up in the solar canopy waiting on the planetary governor hand and foot. My guess is that he wasn’t paying much attention to the murderous sport below, or else he might have recognised me.”

One of the smaller recruits, Polous, raises a hand tentatively. “He might not have been a spy though? How do you know he wasn’t sold to the mines as some sort of punishment? I’ve seen the Masters do that before.”

“It is a possibility.” Hail admits, to your relief deciding against shooting the latest recruit to talk to him. At this rate you’ll run out. “But not a chance that I’m willing to take. The servant I saw that day was no mere bodyslave, fetching refreshments. He stood at the planetary governor’s right hand with several others finer robes. He was a kept man, a trusted servant who did not chafe at his silken chains but rather found comfort in them.”

This explanation seems to satisfy the escaped slaves, although most still seem rather shaken by the callous execution.

[1/3]
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“Make no mistake!” Hail snarls suddenly, electrifying the ex-slaves into standing back at attention. “Every day that you remain free, you are spitting in the face of the Royal Savis Empire! They will not stop until you are dead, or chained again. There is no method the slavers will find beneath them, no tool they will not employ! Understand that you are already dead! The moment you broke those chains you signed your death warrant! Now all that is in your hands is how bloody a toll you will exact on your killers, your masters, before you breath your last. To be handed up on a silver platter to them by a spy, free in body but never in mind, is far too easy a victory for those bastards. I will teach you to fight, to scratch and claw at the masters eyes with your dying breaths and make them regret ever subjecting you to servitude. To make them regret ever making you a slave! I will teach you to die hard.”

Even your spine stiffens at the outburst of fiery rhetoric. The rebel’s faces are all fixed with grim determination, a few staring down at the spy’s corpse with growing disgust and disdain.



“Nice pep talk.” You speak to Hail later as the two of you go over the mission briefing. “You’re right about the risk of infiltrators, especially at the rate recruits are coming in. We need a more thorough screening process, just scanning recruits for chips or pads isn’t enough”

“I’m glad you agree.” Hail says absently, enlarging a screen on the datapad.

“Still, you could have given me a heads up.” You say it jokingly, but the stare you give the rebel leader when he looks up is anything but jovial. “I’m not a fan of surprises.”

The man doesn’t flinch one iota under your reptilian gaze. “Would you have tried to stop me? Or waited and given him the chance to slip out and report in?”

“…No. Probably not.” You’re forced to admit sourly. This is hardly the tongue lashing you imagined giving him for that bloody party trick, but there are more important things to consider right now than chewing your protégé out. “Alright, let’s talk mission deets. I want your guys marking patrols in the north-west quadrant, but keep your distance. Observe but do not engage. When we finish clearing the north-east, we move in and roll 'em up.”

“Leaving multiple patrols unchallenged carries the risk of them encircling our position, even accidentally.” Hail taps in a few keys, show a change to the outlay you had on-screen. “My section will engage each patrol as we encounter it, starting with those we’ve identified as the most remote from other allies. In this way we can eliminate the possibility of encirclement and clear the quadrant quicker.”

“Say what now?” It’s not a bad idea, per se. But that sounded an awful lot like a statement, not a suggestion.

[2/3]
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“I mean no disrespect, Snake Eyes. You have taught me much that will help me kill slavers, and perhaps will teach me yet more. For that I am grateful.” Hail regards you carefully, with the same intent focus he applies to everything worth his attention. “But I am not beholden to you, nor anyone else of your ilk. I will be leading my section in the manner I have seen fit. With your guidance, maybe. But not your command.”

You frown, not liking a lot of what you are hearing. “It sounds like you mean a lot of disrespect. In fact it sounds downright insubordinate.”

“Take it as you will, Snake Eyes. I am your student. Not your subordinate.”

Well, that’s gratitude for you. By the Green they grow up so fast.

===========================

>“Like I said, they’re your guys. You do your thing in the north-west quadrant, we’ll do ours in the north-east.” You don’t reign in Hail’s newfound independence. In fact, you encourage it. The rebels need to get used to being led and commanded by rebels, even if that means Company forces lose some of their more direct control. It’s time for this rebel leader baby bird to spread his wings. [Daredevil]

>“Hey now, we’re all friends here right? You want dead slavers, well as the good Prophet would say ‘halleluiah brother’, so do I. We’re all in this together, ain’t no one stepping on anyone’s toes.” Treating this for what it is, an alliance of mutual interest, is the. Hail is a fine fighter but he’s not Company. Sidestepping rather than resolving the whole ‘who’s in charge’ issue, it’s agreed that you’re about the same rank all things considered. [Firebrand]

>“Let’s be clear about one thing here, I hold overall command of this operation. If I tell you to drop what you’re doing out there and shift gears, that will be an order. Not advice.” If you have to pull rank, you will. If the rebel leaders get the idea that they can go off on their own objectives with impunity, or worse, hand out orders to Company personnel, this could go south fast. [Xenophobe]
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No update tomorrow night gents, but I'll happily take suggestions in the meantime on how you might approach this particular operation.

As mentioned earlier, it is a sweep and clear task with the objective of curbing the Savis Legion patrols that are making headway in Delta sector. Particularly novel or decent write-ins with regards to the foe, tactics or environment may net bonuses to the actual mission itself.

Night lads, have a good one.
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Btw, this mission your 'sqaud' will be your usual Krigga suspects with a roughly matching number of rebel fights. Due to your month+ of training alongside one another, there will be no detriment to your Trained Professionals bonus.

Alexander Hail will be leading a similarly sized unit of rebels as well, located to the west of your operating zone (assuming you don't want to demote/relocate/reassign him after this conversation).
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>>4966099
>“Let’s be clear about one thing here, I hold overall command of this operation. If I tell you to drop what you’re doing out there and shift gears, that will be an order. Not advice.” If you have to pull rank, you will. If the rebel leaders get the idea that they can go off on their own objectives with impunity, or worse, hand out orders to Company personnel, this could go south fast. [Xenophobe]

This is tricky, we can't have him putting us and our people in danger with his hotheaded bullshit but we can't turn him into an enemy either. It feels important to establish the pecking order soon, otherwise we've basically got two different armies out there operating in close proximity and not working together properly.

If possible I'd like to emphasize our experience, skill and leadership ability (maybe relate it to robbing people in space and raiding planets rather than the obvious thing about being mercs) to help bring him around to our way of thinking. Talk about how killing 2 dozen masters now means missing out on killing 5 dozen later.

Is me, anon:
>>4950915
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>>4966108
As for mission ideas:

Making use of our familiarity with the jungle is paramount. I suggest we do some recon first and then make our first attack at night. This should be done as quickly and quietly as possible.

We do a raid and snatch and grab a handful of Savis and remove them from the base (or patrol) (killing any witnesses along the way). The Savis will go looking for their people asap so we help them find them. We'll have pre-trapped positions set up making use of pitfalls, trip wires and various explosives and we'll injure the captive Savis (so they draw attention) and secure them in place.

The Savis should take some casualties on the approach to their people and once they've reached them we'll be set up to ambush with overlapping fields of fire.

If we take down the search party or things start getting too hot, we bug out to our FOB, set a watch and get some rest for the next attack.

That's all I got for now, it's late
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>>4966099
>“Like I said, they’re your guys. You do your thing in the north-west quadrant, we’ll do ours in the north-east.” You don’t reign in Hail’s newfound independence. In fact, you encourage it. The rebels need to get used to being led and commanded by rebels, even if that means Company forces lose some of their more direct control. It’s time for this rebel leader baby bird to spread his wings. [Daredevil]

Well the whole point of us being here is to train up a force that can stand by itself. We kinda need the leaders to start taking the reigns here if they're gonna last long enough to cause trouble for the savis.

>Hail starts speaking about killing slavers in red (((CAIN intensifies)))
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>>4966099
QM, how long untill we leaving those guys to fend for themselves?
This is actually important, if we will have to stick with them for another year and void knows how many operations, then subordination is important. If we are leaving them soon-ish then sure, do whatever you want
for now my vote is
>“Let’s be clear about one thing here, I hold overall command of this operation. If I tell you to drop what you’re doing out there and shift gears, that will be an order. Not advice.” If you have to pull rank, you will. If the rebel leaders get the idea that they can go off on their own objectives with impunity, or worse, hand out orders to Company personnel, this could go south fast. [Xenophobe]
but depending on the answer that might change
>>4951032
luv me 'tism
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>>4966099
>>“Hey now, we’re all friends here right? You want dead slavers, well as the good Prophet would say ‘halleluiah brother’, so do I. We’re all in this together, ain’t no one stepping on anyone’s toes.” Treating this for what it is, an alliance of mutual interest, is the. Hail is a fine fighter but he’s not Company. Sidestepping rather than resolving the whole ‘who’s in charge’ issue, it’s agreed that you’re about the same rank all things considered. [Firebrand]

>>4952356
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>>4966099
>“Let’s be clear about one thing here, I hold overall command of this operation. If I tell you to drop what you’re doing out there and shift gears, that will be an order. Not advice.” If you have to pull rank, you will. If the rebel leaders get the idea that they can go off on their own objectives with impunity, or worse, hand out orders to Company personnel, this could go south fast. [Xenophobe]

>>4950933
Me.
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>>4966099

Trying to distill what this >>4966108 anon said into a write in

> Then listen well student, you and some of the rebels may be good fighters but it takes more than good fighters to win a war it takes good leadership, clever tactics, and wise strategies. Something you currently lack. Killing squads as you encounter them will only lead to our discovery faster when the Savis realize their patrols aren't reporting in they'll bunch up slow down and be much harder to surprise and kill. Killing 2 dozen masters now will mean missing out on killing 5 dozen later if we can snap them all up at once.[Xenophobe]

>>4950970
Check
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>>4951948
first
>>4966099
>>“Hey now, we’re all friends here right? You want dead slavers, well as the good Prophet would say ‘halleluiah brother’, so do I. We’re all in this together, ain’t no one stepping on anyone’s toes.” Treating this for what it is, an alliance of mutual interest, is the. Hail is a fine fighter but he’s not Company. Sidestepping rather than resolving the whole ‘who’s in charge’ issue, it’s agreed that you’re about the same rank all things considered. [Firebrand]
He doesn't seem like the kind of man to surrender authority. However, we cant have them going full retard because they see some foxes having a family picnic and prioritize that over something else. Best if we avoid stepping on each other's toes while we support each other and only try to pull speculative rank if they attempt something that endangers the mission or, unknowingly, the Company.
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>>4966135
Ye this guy is right, it depends on when we plan to GTFO
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>>4966099
>>4951611

Write in.

> No, but we are all fighting the same war, which means unity of command is a thing here. It's good you got the confidence to make the hard calls on your own. It's bad when you stop coordinating with us. Fact: If you want to start playing tag with their patrols, you run the risk of frittering away your forces with unnecessary casualties. Look up what "concentration of forces" is. Be patient, and let us clear the northeast before we drop the hammer on those patrols, and we'll cut them to pieces before they know what hit then. In the meantime, we have to have your guys keeping an eye on them to AVOID that encirclement you're worried about.
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>>4966099
I'll switch to >>4966340

Though maybe drop the condescending bit about 'Look up what "concentration of forces" is', Hail was some form of veteran (former, rather) military in an anti-slavery task force, wasn't he?

My first vote >>4966202

>>4950933
Me.
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>>4966346
he was in the military, yes. Back when humanity had one
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>>4951059
Me

>>4966099
>“Like I said, they’re your guys. You do your thing in the north-west quadrant, we’ll do ours in the north-east.” You don’t reign in Hail’s newfound independence. In fact, you encourage it. The rebels need to get used to being led and commanded by rebels, even if that means Company forces lose some of their more direct control. It’s time for this rebel leader baby bird to spread his wings. [Daredevil]
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>>4966099
>“Like I said, they’re your guys. You do your thing in the north-west quadrant, we’ll do ours in the north-east.” You don’t reign in Hail’s newfound independence. In fact, you encourage it. The rebels need to get used to being led and commanded by rebels, even if that means Company forces lose some of their more direct control. It’s time for this rebel leader baby bird to spread his wings. [Daredevil]
>>4950879
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>>4966322
>>4966135
Hate to be that ‘it depends’ guy, but it does depend on when the Savis commit enough forces that it’s a locked in deal and your objective is achieved.

If that’s imminent, you won’t be around long. But if you need to keep making life a little more difficult for the present Savis forces before the need for reinforcements is obvious, you could be around for further months on end.
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>>4966370
>>4966346

Then he should already know what it is, and not want to try to do two things at once, militarily speaking. He should be remembering his training.

Two basic principles are "don't advance with forces divided unless you want them defeated in detail" and "allocate the minimum acceptable force to secondary objectives so you can allocate the maximum possible force to the main objective." Attacking forces we can effectively hide from is definitely "advancing" in the sense that its the inflicting casualties that's the objective.

If we really are that worried about being encircled, let's place a call upstairs and get some grav sleds (kept under Company control) so we can redeploy rapidly if we need to so as to prevent threats and set out a few surprises of our own. Or for THAT matter, why not try to lure them away from the area of operations? Have Hail send a few guys to ambush convoys somewhere away from this region and try and get the ones searching this area to redeploy.

Thought: If the Savis use ground vehicles, blow a bridge, and move some distance away and blow a second bridge. Then return to the first bridge and ambush the engineering team.
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>>4966099
>>“Let’s be clear about one thing here, I hold overall command of this operation. If I tell you to drop what you’re doing out there and shift gears, that will be an order. Not advice.” If you have to pull rank, you will. If the rebel leaders get the idea that they can go off on their own objectives with impunity, or worse, hand out orders to Company personnel, this could go south fast. [Xenophobe]

>>4955961
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>>4966619
I should just point out here, I have no issue with you convincing Hail of a better plan of attack.

However, this vote is to address whether you even NEED to convince him, and whether you are in fact in a position of authority over his operations. Are you giving him advice or orders?
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>>4966635

I mean, authority is something that would have been worked out by the officers a long time ago, as part of the initial talks with the rebel groups, right? It's not like we're renegotiating it between a sergeant and a rebel leader at this late stage... Or are we?
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>>4966638

Basically, is the understanding between us and the rebel groups that we have authority? Or, if not, wouldn't we have different choices for the vote?
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>>4966638
The agreement reached between the LT and Breaker was one of an alliance of mutual interests. While the rebels didn’t know what the hell they were doing, they were happy to go along with pretty much whatever you said. But now, as their movement is bolstered with recruits and equipment, their dependence on you isn’t as entirely 100% essential as it was before.
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>>4966651

That doesn't answer the question. Did Breaker agree to place his forces under Company command? Is that the word that went out among his troops?

Is this a case of one of the rebels not wanting to listen to the chain of command? Or, are these all formally independent operations affiliated with us, where we have no authority to give orders (basically just cutting them off if they don't want to listen), and have to persuade them instead?

If we have command authority, then Hail is being insubordinate. If we don't, then why are we saying that we have command at all?
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>>4966661
I think you need to look at the original thread of first contact with the rebels in greater detail. The rebel cell was hardly a military unit for Breaker to claim command of, or one that had a clear organisational structure. Hypothetically, any rebel fighter is free to leave whenever they like.

That structure is starting to form as the rebels become an actual fighting force, but the Company’s (or raider allies) place in that structure remains unclear as the balance of power shifts. Suffice to say, the general understanding was that your expert forces were to take the lead on all matters military and in return the rebels would receive material support. But now the rebels, or Hail at least, is testing the limit on that.

To answer your question there is NOT a clear chain of command, but initially it was Company forces that were taking the leading role and any attached rebels were subordinate to them.

TLDR; the balance of power is shifting with regards to who has authority over who
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>>4966695

That makes sense. So by right, these are all independent operations, and Snake Eyes can only persuade him.

Retaining my original write-in, plus suggesting he attempt some raids to draw them off
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>>4966099
>>“Let’s be clear about one thing here, I hold overall command of this operation. If I tell you to drop what you’re doing out there and shift gears, that will be an order. Not advice.” If you have to pull rank, you will. If the rebel leaders get the idea that they can go off on their own objectives with impunity, or worse, hand out orders to Company personnel, this could go south fast. [Xenophobe]

>>4951183
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>>4966099
>“Hey now, we’re all friends here right? You want dead slavers, well as the good Prophet would say ‘halleluiah brother’, so do I. We’re all in this together, ain’t no one stepping on anyone’s toes.” Treating this for what it is, an alliance of mutual interest, is the. Hail is a fine fighter but he’s not Company. Sidestepping rather than resolving the whole ‘who’s in charge’ issue, it’s agreed that you’re about the same rank all things considered. [Firebrand]
>>4950901
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>>4966099

>>4966635
Oh if that's the case then disregard this >>4966238 this is going to be the rebels show, we aren't going to hold their hands through the whole war and they probably wouldn't want is calling all the shots anyway but they should still listen to our advice. So we should say something like

>Fair enough your men are yours to command, but it would be wise to listen to what my men and I have to say. You want to kill Savis that's great, but if you want to exterminate every last one of the vermin you'll take my advice. [Daredevil]


>>4950970
Check
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>>4966099
>>4966340
Yeah why not, this has my vote

me >>4950956
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>>4966099
Tempted to go two headed serpent but it would likely end badly
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>>4967272
oh fucks sake

>>4966099
>“Let’s be clear about one thing here, I hold overall command of this operation. If I tell you to drop what you’re doing out there and shift gears, that will be an order. Not advice.” If you have to pull rank, you will. If the rebel leaders get the idea that they can go off on their own objectives with impunity, or worse, hand out orders to Company personnel, this could go south fast. [Xenophobe]

verification >>4951024
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>>4966340
Backing this write in, but without the 'Look up what "concentration of forces" is' line - it sounds very condescending.

Also, bring up his firmer military service to reinforce the importance of clear chains of command and orders.

>>4951738
Linking back
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>>4966340
I want to vote against this write-in, although I do like it. I would support this under normal circumstances, but it's too formal and lets on that we know a shit-ton about military structure. This would blow our cover.
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>>4966099
>>“Like I said, they’re your guys. You do your thing in the north-west quadrant, we’ll do ours in the north-east.” You don’t reign in Hail’s newfound independence. In fact, you encourage it. The rebels need to get used to being led and commanded by rebels, even if that means Company forces lose some of their more direct control. It’s time for this rebel leader baby bird to spread his wings. [Daredevil]

Verification: >>4950902
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>“Let’s be clear about one thing here, I hold overall command of this operation. If I tell you to drop what you’re doing out there and shift gears, that will be an order. Not advice.” If you have to pull rank, you will. If the rebel leaders get the idea that they can go off on their own objectives with impunity, or worse, hand out orders to Company personnel, this could go south fast. [Xenophobe]

Now I haven’t put the write-in to a recast vote because I think it goes more to convincing Hail of the soundness of your advice rather than asserting your authority. Luckily for you these anons >>4967703
>>4967765
spotted the issue of knowing a little too much about military discipline and command structure for a Voidborn raider as well as the tone taken. I was going to have some fun with that, as well as the more condescending aspects of the write-in, but you’ve nipped that in the bud so it will just be a net boost to the roll.
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Leadership Test: SGT ‘Snake Eyes’ Natalya vs Alexander Hail
>40 DC
>Badass Bandanna +5DC (rec)
>Tranquil Gaze +5DC, +1 Re-Roll
>Transhuman +2DC
>Decent Write-in +10DC
>Hail: Iron Will +1 Adverse Re-Roll
>62 DC

Critical Fail = Tense relations. The authority of the offworlders over the rebels is severely shaken. Not just here but in other cells too, indicating a co-ordinated agreement between the rebel leaders to distance their dependence on the Company.
Double Fail = Lack of volunteers. You have 1 less rebel embedded in your squad.
0 = Insubordination. Hail has decided to go his own way, and if you don’t like it you can take it up with Breaker. To the point where there are even tensions with the rebels embedded under your direct command. Reduced order capacity with rebel squaddies.
1 = Murky authority. Hail’s position is unchanged, but he’s willing to not rock the boat and accept your advice. For now. The rebels embedded in your squad are clearly under your direct command, but it’s anyone’s guess as to what Hail’s forces will do in an evolving combat situation.
2 = Status quo. For now. Hail is willing to follow your advice while he can still benefit from it, and is likely to follow your directions without issue unless there is something seriously demanding of them. The rebels under your direct command also operate efficiently within your squad.
3 = Absolute command. Your authority is unquestioned, to the point where the rebels embedded in your squad fight all the more fiercely under your direct command. Increased order capacity with rebel squaddies.
Double Pass = Eager volunteers. You have 1 additional rebel embedded in your squad.
Critpass = Warm relations. The authority of the offworlders in military matters is cemented, both here and in other cells. Hail’s stance is shared by other notable rebel leaders and are very unlikely to act against the orders of the Company in anything.


3 rolls of 1d100. You have ONE re-roll. Your opponent has ONE adverse re-roll.

Respect My Authoritah!
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Rolled 18 (1d100)

>>4968495


Verification
>>4950915
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Rolled 51 (1d100)

>>4968495
Roll tide.

>>4950882
Me
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Rolled 58 (1d100)

>>4968495
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>>4968504
Forgot my linkback.

>>4951736
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Rolled 91 (1d100)

>>4968504
Using the adverse re-roll to attempt to counter this.
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>>4968504
Bruh, you need to re-roll
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>>4968537
why? that's a pass
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>>4968541
Forgotten re-rolled the pass here >>4968531
making it a failure. We currently sit at 2 successes with 1 re-roll available
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Rolled 69 (1d100)

>>4968542
Sorry, just knocked off work so was driving home.

>>4968531
>>4968504
Rerolling adverse reroll.

This is me>>4951736, on mobile and a new ip. If not acceptable, i’d say the floor is open.
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>>4968568
All good mate, just didn't want to miss it
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>>4968502
>>4968504
>>4968531
>>4968568
>2 Success: Status quo. For now. Hail is willing to follow your advice while he can still benefit from it, and is likely to follow your directions without issue unless there is something seriously demanding of them. The rebels under your direct command also operate efficiently within your squad

“Let’s be clear about one thing here, I hold overall command of this operation. If I tell you to drop what you’re doing out there and shift gears, that will be an order. Not advice. We are all fighting the same war, which means unity of command is a thing here. But!” You continue before your promising rebel leader’s hackles get too raised at the stern stance you’re taking with him. “But. Even if you’re thinking I’m just here as an adviser, it’s still advice that should be followed. It's good you got the confidence to make the hard calls on your own. It's bad when you stop coordinating with us. Be patient, and let us clear the northeast before we drop the hammer on those patrols, and we'll cut them to pieces before they know what hit then. In the meantime, we have to have your guys keeping an eye on them to -avoid- that encirclement you're worried about.”

With a younger person, or one without the military background Hail has, you’d be worried that their eyes would gloss over at your strong assertions and the lesson wouldn’t sink it. But you know you don’t have to worry about that with your rebel protégé. He may be singularly bloody-minded in his quest to rack up slaver bodies, but he’s not stupid. And he’s definitely not too proud to dig his heels in and dismiss your argument if it has merit. If there’s a course of action that gives him the slightest edge in killing the masters, even one that a lesser man would take as humiliating, he will take it without wasting the slightest moment in stubbornness or worries about saving face. It’s part of the reason why you picked him. That and he was the only human with his head straight to be found around here.

Holding your gaze longer than most would dare, Hail finally nods. “Very well. We’ll do it your way.”

“I’m glad you agree.” You offer him a wry smile. But you doubt that’s the last of it. “Though I’m guessing we will be having this talk again sometime.”

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“Maybe.” Hail offers a rare smile, rather than lighting up his face you’re reminded of a grinning skull. This smile of a man who thinks he’s dead already, it’s just his body didn’t get the memo yet. “Don’t get me wrong, Snake. I think you have the stomach for the fight to come. I’m less sure about your voidborn raider compatriots. Most of them anyway, that Terrier’s got the right stuff at least. But I’m guessing it won’t be her call to stick around. When the time comes, when the chips are down and we’re up to our elbows in Sav blood, I’m guessing your lot will cut and run. I want my comrades to be ready for that day, whenever it comes.”

The stare between you and Hail lengthens, cutting short just at the point of awkwardness. Hail is closer to the truth than he thinks, even if he’s got the why of it wrong. But you reckon that if there was a single person you could trust with the Company’s mission, a single rebel who you would bet would never say a single word of it to the Savis masters if only just to spite them, that person would be Hail. They could take his ears or flay him alive like the Jackal Tribe would to their enemies back home, and he wouldn't talk. No amount of torture would permit him to give the masters the satisfication of getting anything out of him.

You won’t tell him, of course. You can’t. But a part of you, probably that part listening to Crane more and more these days, that part is wishing you could.

You’re not sure who blinks first, literally that is, but it’s Hail who changes the subject. “Let’s talk logistics then. Word is we’re getting a lift from your Talons, dropping us on the edge of the sector before we infiltrate and engage.”

“Huh…” That gets a surprised grunt from you. Not that you mind getting out of hard hike over several days of rough country before making it to the op zone. But you prefer that to getting blown out of the sky by the growing number of air support assets the Savis have at their disposal. “I thought we’d be hoofing it. Safer that way. ”

“Could be the situation is worse in Delta Sector is worse than your captains are letting on, and they need reinforcements fast.” Hail watches your reaction carefully, doubtless assessing whether you share his concerns regarding the reliability of the intel from your higher ups. You do, Intel is hit-and-miss at the best of times, but you try not to let it show in front of your rebel student. “…It could also be because the sensor array has detected another major dust storm approaching, it’ll lose most of its as it moves south away from the arid regions but it should cloak our approach long enough to get in. Not out though. It’s predicted to dissipate long before we can be expected to have accomplished our objectives.”

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Well, that’s another handy boon from choosing to set up the main rebel base out of that old. Of course the smugglers were keeping on eye on when and where illicit flights could fly-buy undetected in the frequent dust storms, large and violent enough to interfere with tracking equipment. Now that same system is being used to coordinate gunrunning and stealth missions. Who’d have thought?

When Crane and the other two junior rebel leaders arrive, you’ll finalise the gameplan and ship out.

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(1) Rebel Commander. They will be a CPL-equivalent for your attached rebel. The option that does not get picked will become Hail’s 2IC for this operation.

> Hassk, the Zaan tracker. They’re a dedicated survivalist and often comes up with innovative approaches to overcoming lengthy odds. [Hassk]

> Kerim’O’Kas, of the Drax Republican Guard. She’s a solid leader that can be relied upon to follow orders and inspire the rebels in your squad. [Kerim’O’Kask]

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(2) Standing Orders. You’ve made the objective clear for your first contact with the enemy.

>Clear and kill. No survivors. Attacking your first patrol should be a milk run, a test of your elite rebel’s capabilities in the real heat of live combat. No need to overcomplicate it by directing them to focus on capturing the enemy rather than killing them. This time. [Elimination Focus]

>I want them alive. No disintegrations. The first patrol you hunt will be the easiest prey, there’s no better time than now to capture a few prisoners and garner some useful intel. And bait for the next batch. Having your untested rebels pull their punches is makes this more difficult, but ultimately worth it. [Capture Focus]
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>>4968637
(1) Rebel Commander. They will be a CPL-equivalent for your attached rebel. The option that does not get picked will become Hail’s 2IC for this operation.

> Hassk, the Zaan tracker. They’re a dedicated survivalist and often comes up with innovative approaches to overcoming lengthy odds. [Hassk]

Seems like she has skill that will come in particularly handy for this mission

(2) Standing Orders. You’ve made the objective clear for your first contact with the enemy.
>I want them alive. No disintegrations. The first patrol you hunt will be the easiest prey, there’s no better time than now to capture a few prisoners and garner some useful intel. And bait for the next batch. Having your untested rebels pull their punches is makes this more difficult, but ultimately worth it. [Capture Focus]

Capture them, gather intel, use them as bait or dispose of them. Then we hit the rest hard and fast

>>4950915
Verification
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>>4968637
>> Hassk, the Zaan tracker. They’re a dedicated survivalist and often comes up with innovative approaches to overcoming lengthy odds. [Hassk]

>I want them alive. No disintegrations. The first patrol you hunt will be the easiest prey, there’s no better time than now to capture a few prisoners and garner some useful intel. And bait for the next batch. Having your untested rebels pull their punches is makes this more difficult, but ultimately worth it. [Capture Focus]

As the prompt says, the first patrol will be the easiest and will set us up with intel for the future.

>>4950933
Me.
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>>4968637
> Hassk, the Zaan tracker. They’re a dedicated survivalist and often comes up with innovative approaches to overcoming lengthy odds. [Hassk]

>I want them alive. No disintegrations. The first patrol you hunt will be the easiest prey, there’s no better time than now to capture a few prisoners and garner some useful intel. And bait for the next batch. Having your untested rebels pull their punches is makes this more difficult, but ultimately worth it. [Capture Focus]
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>>4968637
(1)
> Kerim’O’Kas, of the Drax Republican Guard. She’s a solid leader that can be relied upon to follow orders and inspire the rebels in your squad. [Kerim’O’Kask]

psudo-Optimus prime yeahhh boi

(2)
>I want them alive. No disintegrations. The first patrol you hunt will be the easiest prey, there’s no better time than now to capture a few prisoners and garner some useful intel. And bait for the next batch. Having your untested rebels pull their punches is makes this more difficult, but ultimately worth it. [Capture Focus]

veri>>4950946
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>>4968637
>> Hassk, the Zaan tracker. They’re a dedicated survivalist and often comes up with innovative approaches to overcoming lengthy odds. [Hassk]
>>I want them alive. No disintegrations. The first patrol you hunt will be the easiest prey, there’s no better time than now to capture a few prisoners and garner some useful intel. And bait for the next batch. Having your untested rebels pull their punches is makes this more difficult, but ultimately worth it. [Capture Focus]
oh boy, here we go
>>4951032
'tism check
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>>4968637
> Hassk, the Zaan tracker. They’re a dedicated survivalist and often comes up with innovative approaches to overcoming lengthy odds. [Hassk]

Drax is always the pleb choice

>Clear and kill. No survivors. Attacking your first patrol should be a milk run, a test of your elite rebel’s capabilities in the real heat of live combat. No need to overcomplicate it by directing them to focus on capturing the enemy rather than killing them. This time. [Elimination Focus]

me >>4950956
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>>4968637
> Hassk, the Zaan tracker. They’re a dedicated survivalist and often comes up with innovative approaches to overcoming lengthy odds. [Hassk]

>I want them alive. No disintegrations. The first patrol you hunt will be the easiest prey, there’s no better time than now to capture a few prisoners and garner some useful intel. And bait for the next batch. Having your untested rebels pull their punches is makes this more difficult, but ultimately worth it. [Capture Focus]

>>4955961
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>>4968637
(1)
> Hassk, the Zaan tracker. They’re a dedicated survivalist and often comes up with innovative approaches to overcoming lengthy odds. [Hassk]

(2)
>I want them alive. No disintegrations. The first patrol you hunt will be the easiest prey, there’s no better time than now to capture a few prisoners and garner some useful intel. And bait for the next batch. Having your untested rebels pull their punches is makes this more difficult, but ultimately worth it. [Capture Focus]
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>>4968637
>> Hassk, the Zaan tracker. They’re a dedicated survivalist and often comes up with innovative approaches to overcoming lengthy odds. [Hassk]
>I want them alive. No disintegrations. The first patrol you hunt will be the easiest prey, there’s no better time than now to capture a few prisoners and garner some useful intel. And bait for the next batch. Having your untested rebels pull their punches is makes this more difficult, but ultimately worth it. [Capture Focus]
>>4951059
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>>4968637
> Kerim’O’Kas, of the Drax Republican Guard. She’s a solid leader that can be relied upon to follow orders and inspire the rebels in your squad. [Kerim’O’Kask]


Better to have a cohesive unit.

>I want them alive. No disintegrations. The first patrol you hunt will be the easiest prey, there’s no better time than now to capture a few prisoners and garner some useful intel. And bait for the next batch. Having your untested rebels pull their punches is makes this more difficult, but ultimately worth it. [Capture Focus]
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>>4968637
>> Kerim’O’Kas, of the Drax Republican Guard. She’s a solid leader that can be relied upon to follow orders and inspire the rebels in your squad. [Kerim’O’Kask]

>I want them alive. No disintegrations. The first patrol you hunt will be the easiest prey, there’s no better time than now to capture a few prisoners and garner some useful intel. And bait for the next batch. Having your untested rebels pull their punches is makes this more difficult, but ultimately worth it. [Capture Focus]

>>4951024
Wump
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>>4968637
> Kerim’O’Kas, of the Drax Republican Guard. She’s a solid leader that can be relied upon to follow orders and inspire the rebels in your squad. [Kerim’O’Kask]
>Clear and kill. No survivors. Attacking your first patrol should be a milk run, a test of your elite rebel’s capabilities in the real heat of live combat. No need to overcomplicate it by directing them to focus on capturing the enemy rather than killing them. This time. [Elimination Focus]
Keep it simple, scudder.
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>SELECTED
> Hassk, the Zaan tracker. They’re a dedicated survivalist and often comes up with innovative approaches to overcoming lengthy odds. [Hassk]
>I want them alive. No disintegrations. The first patrol you hunt will be the easiest prey, there’s no better time than now to capture a few prisoners and garner some useful intel. And bait for the next batch. Having your untested rebels pull their punches is makes this more difficult, but ultimately worth it. [Capture Focus]

Dis Planetside (Savis Empire) – Equatorial Jungles: Delta Sector – 24th Cycle August 2230AD, mid-morning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7qkQewyubs&ab_channel=abgreyd – VietDis theme

The turbulence of the dust storm outside rocks the gunship, drown out only in part by the roar of the Talon’s engines. You realise that, in between all this getting the rebels in shape and other duties around camp, you have dearly missed the back-and-forth banter between the squaddies.

Some folks are born made to wave the flag
They're red, white and blue
And when the band plays "Hail to the Chief"
They point the cannon at you, Lord

“++Observation. This marks our squad medic’s 27th rendition of Fortunate Son since planetfall.++”

“27th what now?” Trooper Bones says with a quizzical look, though he soon regrets asking the question.

It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no senator's son, son
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one


"++Elaboration. “Fortunate Son" is a song by the human rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival released on their fourth studio album, Willy and the Poor Boys in November 1969 Earth Standard Year. It was previously released as a single, together with "Down on the Corner", in September 1969. [Reference 3 in index] It soon became an anti-war movement anthem, an expressive symbol of the counterculture's opposition to U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War and solidarity with the soldiers fighting it. [Reference Required]. The song has been featured extensively in… ++”

“Jesus. Stop!” Bones groans, shaking his head. “Forget I asked…”

Hssk. Fascinating. Hssk.” The curiosity in Husk’s tone manages to seep in even through his recycler. “But how is Petal singing and making of the guitar sounds at same time? Hssk.

“++Explanation. Belcossan xenobiology studies indicate…++”

“Voiddamnit Husk, you just had to get him started again, didn’t you?”

Hssk. I am interested.Hssk. Everyday is school day. Hssk.

Convict raises his head from his half-nap, scar crinkling as he frowns. “Did the Yibrak Mandate even let you got to school on Whitelake?”

Hssk. Da. Of course. Hssk. How else would young Whitelakers learn how to operate and repair the cockroach mining equipment? Hssk.

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“I’m guessing there wasn’t a lot choice when it came to electives?” You’re pleased to see the new kid Remember Seven fitting in smoothly with the squad. Probably helps that all the rebels are even newer than her. Even if only by a couple of days.

Hssk. Nyet. I have Cert III in Drill Maintenance and Excavation. Hssk. Everyone did, except smart ones. They got Cert IV and V. Hssk.

“What would you have wanted to study?” Bones asks curiously, perhaps eager not cede the floor to Nines again. Ever. “If you could pick, I mean.”

“Flowers.” Remember Seven, leaning back with a warm smile. Under that ominous visor of hers, you can never tell if she’s closing her eyes. The rest of the squad regard her with the usual ‘wtf rookie’ looks for a few moments before Husk breaks the silence.

Hssk. Spooky witch girl is right. I would have studied… Hssk. …botany, I think.” Husk looks around at the bemused expressions of the other squaddies in the hold. Hssk. What? I like flowers. Hssk.

“Flowers?” Terrier snorts, wriggling with mirth. “The walking gasmask likes -flowers-?! Hahahaha!”

Hssshhhk. Do not make me come over there and punch you in throat, кapлик.” Husk shakes a fist at the diminutive trooper, who hisses in response. As in, -literally- hisses. You shake your head in silence as the rest of the squad continues their banter, trying to stifle your smile. Hssk. Same goes for you, Convict. Hssk.

“I didn’t say nothing!” Your demolitions expert holds up his hands innocently. A representation somewhat tarred by his scarred face and confirmed criminal history.

Hssk. Maybe. But you were thinking it. Hssk.

“So what if I was? Thinking ain’t a crime." Convict pauses, as if in hesitation. "Yeah, no it isn't. I should know.”

“Arrêter! Arrêter! Wow, I am very impressed with all this big-dick-such-tough-guy act.” Signallier Night Night interjects, sighing melodramatically as she leans back haughtily in her seat staring down over her nose and speaking to rest of the squad like children. “Irises are my favourite.”

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“…Daisies.” Convict grunts, shifting his weight and returning to his nap.

Hssk. Sunflowers. Hssk.

“Cactuses.” Terrier jerks her head, as combative as ever. “Tough, hard to kill bastards.”

“A cactus ain’t a flower, man.”

“Sure it is! Some of them have flowers and scud. I’ve seen pictures!”

“Whatever.” Bones shakes his head, muttering. “Makes sense, given your prickly nature.”

“What did you say??”

“I said ‘I guess mine is plantagenets for sure’!”

Sending you forget-me-nots
To help me to remember


“Hey…” Remember Seven smiles widely at the Belcossan, fist-bumping one of their branch tendrils. “Me too. Respect.”

“++Verification. Succulents are empirically the most resilient of the flowering plant species. ++”

Crane looks up from his datapad briefly. “…Cherry blossoms.”

The entire squad, with the exception of Convict who appears to be asleep already and Crane who is engrossed in his dataspad again, turns and stares at you expectantly.

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(1) Favourite Flower
> “[write in]” So the big tough Mama Snake Eyes has a favourite flower, so what? [Daredevil]

> “Venus fly trap.” Or rather, it’s bigger hungrier Cradler version of the same name. [Firebrand]

> “My favourite flowers are the ones that aren’t trying to eat you. That reminds me, this one time back in the Green…” [Xenophobe]
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(2) Strengthening bonds. Select any TWO squad members. These two squaddies have begun to form a close bond beyond that of merely a trusted squad member.
>[Write in: Squaddie ONE]
>[Write in: Squaddie TWO]
EXISTING BONDS: MDC ‘Petal’ and GNR ‘Nines
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>>4969821
>> “My favourite flowers are the ones that aren’t trying to eat you. That reminds me, this one time back in the Green…” [Xenophobe]

I want to make it a thing that whenever there is even a hint of downtime Nat just goes full brag mode

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>TPR Husk
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>SIG NIght Night

I remember that these two had a some bilingual bantz last thread
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>>4969821
> “My favourite flowers are the ones that aren’t trying to eat you. That reminds me, this one time back in the Green…” [Xenophobe]

(2) Strengthening bonds. Select any TWO squad members. These two squaddies have begun to form a close bond beyond that of merely a trusted squad member.

>TPR Husk
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>SIG NIght Night

Seems like a fun combo, I agree

Verification
>>4950915
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>>4969821
> “[write in]” So the big tough Mama Snake Eyes has a favourite flower, so what? [Daredevil]

A flower based on Ophiocordyceps unilateralis that uses living things as hosts and bait, its not a flower I know but I love the green fucking peoples shit up in the worst ways possible.

>Gunner ''Nines''
>Sig Night Night

>How can you shoot children?
>Statement: decrease lead on shot by 12.5%
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