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1000001 No. 1000001 ID: a068bf

The last thing I remember before the shuttle broke up was wondering how the hell we got into this situation. It should've been a simple matter of rendezvousing with our frigate and delivering the data we grabbed on Tetrapis's Project Hydra, but we were intercepted by a Tetrapisan destroyer. Now I'm stuck on this strange, uncontacted planet - Tukar - with who knows how many angry Tetrapisans and a local population that might or might not help me. Or worse, decide to use me for experiments.

I mentally command the nanites in my system to activate - maybe that brand new system I was given before the mission, QUEST, can help? It stands for "Quantum Universal Expert Synthtelligence - Tactical", and supposedly it should be able to guide me through this situation.

I briefly explain my situation to QUEST - I am the fourth and most junior member of Raven Squad. I'm the team's electronic warfare expert and drone controller. The other three members are Falken ("Falk"), the squad leader; Silur, our heavy weapons expert; and Arvin, the medic. I need to reunite with the rest of the team and alert Special Forces Command that we need rescue.

Before the crash I managed to keep hold of one of my drones, but the others are probably scattered over the countryside. Besides that, all I have to my name besides my powered armour is my basic stutter pistol and the air blade tech integrated into my armour - the former is a pulse laser and the latter is an energy projection from my armour's gloves that allows it to cut through most materials with ease. I've also got a signal-blanking poncho that should help me evade detection.

>Which drone did I manage to grab before the shuttle broke up?
>A) ELINT Drone - Extends range of ELINT/SIGINT sensors, letting me detect signals from further away. Capable of hacking and can also jam or imitate enemy transmissions. Limited direct utility in a fight, though.
>B) Combat Drone - Possesses a wide variety of weapons, including micro-missiles and heavy energy weapons. Very "noisy" in the electromagnetic spectrum whenever it activates, even if it's only scanning for targets.
>C) Utility Drone - Can store bulky objects and provide extra mobility, as well as act as a shield in combat. Visually obvious.

>What do I do?
>A) Make sure to zero out or disable any systems that survived the crash. Every bit of info I can deny the enemy is a win and might let us evade capture for longer.
>B) Get as far away from the crash site as possible. The Tetrapisans are probably going to try to scour the wreckage for any sign of survivors, and the locals might also stumble upon the impact site.
>C) Contact the rest of Raven Squad with a databurst transmission and ask for orders. However, the more I transmit and use my sensors, the more visible I'll be on the EM spectrum - and the easier it'll be to track me.
>D) Write-in

>Please give a name to the Drone Operator. You may refer to them as whatever gender you wish. Update schedule presently undetermined but at minimum once per week.
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No. 1002428 ID: adce2c
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1002428

>>1002034
Stop calling me Egg, dammit! The last thing I need is a shard that calls me that dumb nickname!

Still, the consensus among QUEST's shards is nearly unanimous. The boathouse is where I need to go. I turn on my heels and lunge for the boathouse. It feels like I'm going fast enough to be barely touching the ground, as though I have the energy to vault clean over the boathouse and well into the treeline. My hands feel naked without a weapon's reassuring heft in them, but even to draw my stutter pistol would only slow me down. Everything in my vision seems sharp - too sharp - and hyper-lucid. In the terrible silence of the aircraft bearing down on me the flexing of my armour's synth-muscle seems loud enough to be heard for miles. The fluttering of my poncho is like the crack of flechette shots.

I skid into the entryway, using my momentum to twist and tumble inside. My natural agility ensures I land feet up. A split second later there's a small crack and then a tremendous boom that clubs my ears even through the active noise cancelling of my helmet. The overpressure of the aircraft passing overhead jars my body and even causes the boathouse itself to sway slightly. I listen carefully, coiled like a spring, but the jet's roar recedes into the distance. I am left with silence. I'm safe, but the pod under the aircraft might've contained cameras or something else. I think I need to keep moving.

I walk around the boathouse and inspect it. It seems someone left a boat with an outboard motor here. Besides that, there's the usual paraphernalia that'd be expected of a boathouse. There's an exit to the east with a notice in the local population's script; I can't read it.

>What should I do?
>A) Take the boat, it beats walking. I saw a river earlier that feeds out of the lake and into the forest. The Panoptes would be too heavy to board it with me, but it could follow along the riverbank. However, the boat would be more obvious than going on foot, and there's no guarantee that the river will go where I need it to.
>B) Leave the boat, continue along the edge of the lake to the treeline. Although stealthier, I'm unlikely to get as far away from the crash site when darkness falls.
>C) Look around the boathouse. Perhaps there's something here of use to me? If you choose this option, describe what you're looking for.
>D) Write-in.
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No. 1002437 ID: e7c7d3

B) If there's a plane about, we need to keep to cover
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No. 1002441 ID: c48caa

>>1002428
D.
Use the boat as a red herring. Get its engine going to make it seem like you used it to cross the water. Get to walking in a different direction.
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No. 1002443 ID: 96c896

>>1002428
A, then abandon the boat when the river goes somewhere you don't like.
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No. 1002449 ID: 01031d

C) Search for useful info like in what day/year is this planet or, goods bless us, local currency or ID Cards.
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No. 1002972 ID: 8e9c7c
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1002972

The boat's more likely to be a hindrance than a help, but I can at least use it to throw trackers off my scent. Before I set off, I take one last look around the boat shed for anything that might help me better understand the environment I've been thrown into. Above a workbench opposite me is what appears to be a calendar with nature theming - it depicts a sunny lakeside scene with the word "WEKA". Some of the dates have reminders in neat handwriting.

Just below the calendar is a small, portable radio. After turning down what I assume is the volume dial, I flick what appears to be the power switch. A cheery synth jingle comes from the speakers, followed by a female voice.

>Rajang shoul, suul vi Sokor Tuvata Najas! Se ju juva mori, Mal Guvon. Vas wolas hol vi por-mirta se...

The voice continues in this vein, occasionally talking to an equally sunny male voice. The clarity is excellent; presumably the radio mast I've caught glimpses of is the transmitter. It's a long shot, but maybe if I expose QUEST to enough of the local language it'll be able to translate it.

I rummage around the desk drawers, growing increasingly irritable as they turn up nothing except random tools and consumables. Just before I give up, I find a boating license of some sort amongst the clutter. I take a look at it before stashing it on my person.
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No. 1002973 ID: 8e9c7c
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1002973

After fumbling for a few minutes I send the boat off across the lake and start moving. At first I follow the shore, but I soon slip into the treeline heading east. Besides the radio mast the EM spectrum is surprisingly quiet in this area, though I spot a pair of local transport helicopters speeding in the direction of the crash site. Clearly the Tetras aren't the only ones interested in us... they're probably going to comb the hill and the surrounding area for anything of interest. Plus that Entomon's gonna return at some point and it won't be pretty.

As the sun begins to go down, I hear the last thing I expected. My comms come to life!

Raven Squad, this is Raven 1. Authenticate PENKNIFE, over.

Falk's smooth, authoritative voice is the best thing I've heard since I woke up.

>But how should I respond?
>A) Authenticate PENKNIFE. This would be a simple check-in to let Falken and anyone else on this frequency know that I'm up and active, or at least that I can hear them. I'd be able to talk and coordinate our next moves.
>B) Authenticate SWITCHBLADE. This would tell the rest of the squad that I can't respond right away, but I'll do so as soon as possible. It's true I'm not far from the crash site, and I don't know how on the ball Tetra - or local - signal direction finding is, but I have no idea how long it'd be before we can next check in.
>C) Authenticate BANDSAW. Right now it's too risky. I'll contact the squad in a day or two at the earliest, except in an emergency.
>D) Write-in.
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No. 1002974 ID: 96c896

>>1002973
That's something weird in the treeline I can't see...

Go SWITCHBLADE. Time to erase your tracks. Land, send the boat to the other shore where the drone is, deactivate/selfdestruct the drone, then get a bit closer to your allies and under tree cover before responding again.
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No. 1002989 ID: e7c7d3

Penknife should be fine
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No. 1003064 ID: 8e9c7c
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1003064

I forgot to attach the image for the first part of the update; it should be there now. Check it out for additional context. Additionally I failed to make it clear that Marisere is currently walking through the forest on the opposite side of the lake; the boat was left behind to sail across the lake unattended as a distraction. Really sorry about that!

If you like you can resubmit your suggestions or leave them as is. Auroran High Command appreciates your service!
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No. 1003081 ID: 01031d

Raven1 should be or in a safe place already or in danger to ask for a PENKNIFE comm. I think is a good moment to comunicate because if they get too apart this can get hairy. Is worth the risk.

Also, there is a PASSWORD to test if they has being trapped and the enemy are making them speak? I don't think this is the case, but is good to know if that exist.
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No. 1003222 ID: c48caa

>>1002973
Go for PENKNIFE. Better to link up with your squad the a aimlessly push out from the crash site.
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No. 1003386 ID: 8e9c7c
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1003386

I get under tree cover before I answer. Here I can see where debris from the shuttle fell into the forest. Most of it, frankly, is unrecognisable. And yet something feels... off. There's strange burn marks and huge gashes in the tree trunks here.

>>1003081
Good thinking. There is in fact a duress code we can mention to tip each other off. Better yet, we insert it in a deliberate part of the message to prove it's not being forced out of us.

"Raven 1, this is Raven 4. Verify PENKNIFE FLINT." I force the giddiness down. I'm the most junior team member and I don't want to look like an amateur.

Raven 4, Raven 1. PENKNIFE FLINT verified. That settles it, he's alright. I feel myself relax slightly.

Raven 1, Raven 2. Verify PENKNIFE FLINT. Silur sounds as unflappable as ever. In fact she sounds downright bored.

Raven 1, Raven 3 here. Verify PENKNIFE FLINT! Arvin's higher-pitched voice betrays a degree of irritation. I roll my eyes; Arvin seems to get worked up about everything.
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No. 1003387 ID: 8e9c7c
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1003387

Okay, team's green. From my position I can see some sort of giant comms dish atop a mountain... and a massive radio mast approximately south west. It should be useful as a landmark, explains Falken.

I can see that mast too - I think it's to the north west, adds Arvin. Pretty close, too. I'm in dense forest. Damn trees go on forever.

It's pretty far away and south west of my position, says Silur.
I've managed to avoid detection, but there's a town nearby me. On the way down planetside I saw some sort of major border crossing that stretches for miles - I landed just on the eastern side.

"The radio mast is to the north east here. I don't think it's too far away," I reply, building a mental map of everyone's rough positions. We must've gotten scattered when the shuttle broke up. "I'm also in a forest."

Understood. Raven 4, link up with Raven 3 at the radio mast. It sounds like you're relatively close to each other. Raven 2, sounds like we narrowly avoided landing on opposite sides of the border. I'll link up with you. Tomorrow I want everyone to check in on this frequency at 0500 hours. We can work out our next moves then, says Falken. Any questions?

>What should I say?
>A) "Negative. Raven 4 out." You can always ask later once you've reunited with Arvin.
>B) "Any intel on the Tetras out there?" Forewarned is forearmed!
>C) "The locals - do you know if they're friendly or not?" Maybe the rest of the team have had contact with the local population?
>D) "Do you think we can use that comms dish you spotted to contact the frigate which was sent to pick us up?" It seems like a promising idea...
>E) Write-in.
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No. 1003388 ID: e7c7d3

Two and two on opposite sides of a border? That might make travel tricky. Thankfully, not our problem.

C) Good to know if we need to hide from them
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No. 1003393 ID: 96c896

>>1003386
>burn marks and huge gashes
Like a firefight? Or... a wild animal that can use fire? In the latter case you may want to change direction, and go around the marked area.

C.
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No. 1003396 ID: e7848c

>>1003387
A. It can be safely assumed that we're going to want to avoid contact with the locals anyway.
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No. 1003406 ID: 0fae41

A. Comms could be monitored.
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No. 1003415 ID: 01031d

D) looks good. Probably our priorities are, in this order: Get out of this planet all of us, not reveal any important info to the enemy and learn who attacked us and why.

We can start to secure our escape from this planet while our boss think of our next move. Even more, we surely will have to adapt to our our rescuers schedule. The sooner we contact the sooner we will be able to plan ahead.
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No. 1004175 ID: fd75ce
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1004175

Since there's a tie, I decided to err in favour of saying something. Hope that's fine.

>>1003388
Maybe, maybe not. Depending on what Falken tells us tomorrow, we might need to link up with them.

>Probably our priorities are, in this order: Get out of this planet all of us, not reveal any important info to the enemy and learn who attacked us and why.
The good news is that we already know who attacked us - the Celestial Republic of Tetrapis, whom we're at war with. Other than that, though, your priorities are solid.

>We can start to secure our escape from this planet while our boss think of our next move. Even more, we surely will have to adapt to our our rescuers schedule. The sooner we contact the sooner we will be able to plan ahead.
Being proactive is a good idea, too. Hopefully our rescuers will understand the urgency of the situation, but given how my day's gone so far I'm not holding my breath...

"Just one - do you have any intel on the locals? Are they hostile?" I ask. After all, odds are good that I won't be able to avoid them forever...

I got unlucky and encountered some civvies, answers Falken. They seemed stunned or frightened. One ran away... I'd recommend you avoid contact unless you think you can somehow communicate with them. It shouldn't need saying, but just in case: if it comes down to it, try to incapacitate them. Don't use lethal force unless it's unavoidable.

I think our arrival's got them all fired up. I don't have your kit so I don't know what it looks like in the EM spectrum but the entire border area went on high alert as soon as they saw my ejection seat land. Multiple foot patrols, APCs, helicopters, the works. Took a while to slip away. Silur pauses. Oh yeah, and I think wherever I landed must have a paramilitary as well as a regular force. Sneaky.

A fast jet buzzed the forest a few hours ago. I also spotted some helicopters heading in the opposite direction a while later, too, says Arvin. I even heard the Tetras getting in a firefight with the local troops. So if shit kicks off, that's why. We need to get a move on!

"Could've told me that earlier," I mutter.

You can take it up with me when we reach the radio mast, grumbles Arvin. Knowing how cautious you lot are I'll need to patch you up when we get there. I'll wait 1 hour at the RP. Authenticate with three light flashes. Raven 3 out.

"...Roger. Thanks for the info. Raven 4 out." I close the communications link.
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No. 1004176 ID: fd75ce
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1004176

>>1003393
I take a closer look at the damage. I'm no ballistics expert, but it looks to be consistent with a grazing fire from a high calibre flechette weapon and a powerful pulse laser. But there could be pretty exotic wildlife here too - after all, we've never contacted this planet.

Speaking of wildlife, though... where is it? This forest's been pretty damn quiet. Too quiet. An extra headache is that these damaged trees are more or less between me and the most direct route to the radio mast.

As if to give me an extra prod, my ELINT drone picks up a comms signature behind me, and then another one to the left of the first. They're distant, but converging on my position.

>What should I do?
>A) Proceed directly to the radio mast, damaged trees be damned. Darkness is drawing in and I can't miss my rendezvous with Arvin. Only problem is that whatever caused this is probably still out there.
>B) Try to find a route around the damaged trees. A bit more cautious, but it could waste time - especially now there's new contacts to deal with.
>C) Find a hiding spot, wait. If I know who - or what's - following me, I can act with more certainty. But I might miss the rendezvous or at least travel in total darkness. If this is chosen, should I hijack or jam the comms signals?
>D) Write-in.
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No. 1004189 ID: 96c896

>>1004176
B will make it harder for the new contacts to tell where your intended direction is going. Let's do that.
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No. 1004200 ID: e7c7d3

A, stop wasting time. the sooner things are done, the less time for something to go wrong
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No. 1004244 ID: c48caa

A.
It can already be assumed they know where you're going. Not like there's any other landmarks. Might as well get there first where you won't be alone and can face them with an ally.
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No. 1004268 ID: 01031d

I would love to chose C, but we can't fail to keep in contact or will need to use the radio again.

I say B, because if there is something in the direct route, it will make the travel more risky and slow.
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No. 1004599 ID: cdabe3

A
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No. 1005225 ID: 0fff88
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1005225

I'm torn, but eventually I decide that I don't have the luxury of detouring. I take in every trace left behind by whatever passed through here. No more burn or gouge marks, but large swathes of grass appears to have been uniformly flattened. The trail appears to veer away from the path to the radio mast and to the right, towards the border... I don't like this one bit.

My suborned Panoptes finally gets eyes on one of the mysterious contacts that have been following us, using its wide field of view optics at a low zoom level. The contact's an infantry squad - they look fairly alert, but they don't seem to be aware of my presence. I'm momentarily struck by their reluctance to look up and stick close to the base of the trees. However, I remind myself that avoiding observation from autonomous systems aren't a fact of life for them like it is for us.

>What should I do?
>A) Ambush them. This is the fastest, most direct method of getting rid of these trackers. I'm also confident that their small arms can't penetrate my shielding. However, even if they don't pose a threat directly, they might still call in support that can harm me. It's also going to be pretty obvious that something happened unless I pull it off flawlessly. If I go down this route, should I attempt to deal with them non-lethally?
>B) Climb a tree and wait for them to pass by. We Aurorans are naturally excellent climbers. Slower, but safer. They're unlikely to notice my presence, though it may pose complications if they continue towards the radio mast.
>C) Try to throw them off my trail physically or electronically. A clean method that'll ensure they're too busy chasing ghosts to find me, but it'll require some thought. If chosen, how should I deceive them?
>D) Write-in.
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No. 1005228 ID: 96c896

>>1005225
Not sure why you should care about them very much... well, there is the fact that your enemy should be able to track their movements, which means if you wind up engaging the natives in battle you will provide evidence of your presence here.
I wonder how the natives are tracking you? Your footprints in the grass? Are you disturbing it in that way?

C. Multi pronged approach.
First, let's throw them off your physical tracks. Move along the flattened grass for a bit then climb a tree without stepping on the non-flattened grass. Since your tracks end at the flattened grass they'll assume you followed it, and veer away from the meeting spot.
Second, get rid of the Panoptes. Heck, you could send it down the flattened grass trail to further reinforce the idea that you went that way. Instruct it to follow the trail and then self-destruct at some point, without you having to tell it to.
Third, make sure you're not sending any EM signals. This may require disconnecting from the Panoptes.
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No. 1005244 ID: c48caa

C.
Panoptes is your ticket. Use it to send these guys on a wild goose chase. Have it break off now and draw their attention while you go dark. It's served it's perpose by now.
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No. 1005271 ID: 01031d

I second the idea of sending off and destroying the Panoptes.

I have the teory that they are in fact following their signal. Probably to see why they are taking a hike instead of doing whatever they are supposed to do.

I think so, because they seem way a weak force to track an enemy with better equipment (unless the enemy has a special taste for suicide missions).
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No. 1005303 ID: e51896

C
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No. 1005398 ID: 96c896

Oh wait, blowing up the Panoptes would probably make too much noise. If you can make it scuttle itself quietly do that, otherwise just... I dunno, disconnect it? Wipe it?
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No. 1006343 ID: 0fff88
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1006343

>>1005271
If it was a group of Tetras I'd agree with you, but these are locals. I think they might be investigating the debris field? Plus if they were Tetras, they'd be perfectly capable of getting through my shields or worse.

The Panoptes should serve as a useful distraction. I command it to follow the flattened grass path. Once it's far enough away it will trigger its self-destruct. It shouldn't be too obvious; previous experience tells me it'll zero out its systems and then detonate a microscopic charge to shred vital circuitry. Just to be safe I cut off my connection.

I follow the Panoptes for a short distance, being careful to be precise. Spotting a promising looking tree, I spring onto a sturdy branch and hide myself among the foliage, tucking my tail up behind me.
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No. 1006344 ID: 0fff88
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1006344

In the still evening air I can hear the soldiers as they approach. There's about eight of them. The one I assume is their radio operator (or RTO) occasionally pauses to listen to an incoming transmission and answer it. My ELINT drone breaks the encryption as if it isn't even there. Most of the transmissions are something like this:

>Bulsa Tas, suul vi Bulsa Gar. Wa varuba vu suul wolas, sojo.

I hold my breath...

...And they take the bait. One of them - the squad leader, I presume - points at the Panoptes' tracks. The RTO transmits the following:

>Bulsa Tas, Bulsa Gar. Ulsar brisa tuwi gusar, brisati hol, sojo.

The squad begin to follow the path, oblivious to my presence.

Several long minutes pass as I watch them recede into the distance and down into the valley. Just as I'm beginning to relax, the ELINT drone picks up a new signal well to the east - a Titanios's search sensor! Strangely, it only emits for several seconds before dropping offline. I don't know much about them since they're so new, but Titanios drones are heavy weapon platforms.

>What should I do?
>A) Remain still for a few minutes longer to see if that's all that happens.
>B) Drop down the far side of the tree and make a beeline for the radio mast.
>C) Write-in.
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No. 1006346 ID: c48caa

>>1006344
If a heavy weapons platform is searching for something, it's probably going to be a target. You don't want to be where it pinged. Get moving. B
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No. 1006352 ID: 96c896

>>1006344
B. Something coming into sensor range then immediately dropping out strongly implies it spotted you.
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No. 1006354 ID: eabde6

Head for the radio mast. If it scans infrequently, make sure your position isn't up to date.
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No. 1006385 ID: 8a444d

B) If we don't know much of it, the most secure option is to get out of it's path and from any open place. It could have some detection technology which could detect you behind a tree.
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No. 1008337 ID: 0fff88
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1008337

I hope it hasn't spotted me, but short of it locking on I can't be sure. I hop downward and make good my escape, disappearing deeper into the forest. The Titanios's search sensor pops up on my Sensor Warning Display a couple more times, then falls silent. Despite my shields and armour I feel terribly exposed as I begin the climb up the hill. Yet I never feel my shield shattering like glass or the agony of a hyper-velocity penetrator rending my leg into nothing.

It's an awkward trek up the uneven, rock-strewn hillside, but soon I reach the edge of the treeline near the top. I haven't intercepted any new signals in a while - hopefully that's a good sign. However, this close to the radio mast its transmissions are trivially simple to pick up - according to the ELINT drone there's two signals of interest: one higher frequency and one lower frequency.

The local troops are getting further and further away, both groups moving eastwards in the direction of the Titanios. I wonder if the Tetras will treat the locals as hostile? As I ponder this behind a boulder, I check the time; I figure I've either arrived before Arvin or around the same time as him.

>What should I do?
>A) Flash the prearranged authentication signal. If he's here it'll let him know I've arrived. If I'm reckless it might alert the radio transmitter staff or dangerous wildlife, though.
>B) Wait 15 minutes and see if Arvin flashes the signal. This would mean I'm not signalling completely blind, but he's naturally cagey. He might think it's safer for me to send the signal first.
>C) Risk transmitting on our comm-net. There'd be no ambiguity, but I'm worried it might provide a fix for the Titanios or other Tetras - or indeed, the locals.
>D) Move around the edge of the treeline until I reach the side he's likely to arrive on. Time-consuming, but I'd be less likely to get spotted visually.
>E) Write-in.

>Additionally, should I tap into the radio mast's signals? If so, should I listen in to the high frequency or the low frequency?
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No. 1008340 ID: 96c896

>>1008337
A. Follow the plan. Downsides are minimal.

Tap into the radio frequency, try listening to one then the other to see if you can catch something and determine what each is used for.
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No. 1008360 ID: 815672

>>1008337
Play it straight. A
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No. 1008411 ID: 8a444d

A) There is no reason to skip the plan.

Also spy the tower's comms. The low frequency should have less range and is likely to be near, so it's probably the most immediate threat.
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No. 1011040 ID: 4f7e46
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1011040

Sorry for the long wait. I hope to get a discussion thread set up soon. Arvin's armour marking is subject to change.

I decide to tap into the lower frequency first as I flash the light signal. I pick up a familiar synth jingle - the same one I heard earlier. Apparently the speaker is the same as last time too, going by the sound of her voice.

>Rajang shovar, suul vi Sokor Tuvata Najas. Se ju juva mori, Mal Guvon. Vas wolas hol vi vur se. Wa shohola tul...

I switch to the second frequency. It's more heavily encrypted than the soldiers' radios, but this translates into only a somewhat longer delay. The power of the transmitter is clear - there wouldn't be a hint of distortion or interference for many miles. An authoritative male voice is speaking; I've heard enough of this sort of thing to be able to tell it's likely military.

>Ros binpan, suul vi Sakit. Bajaris ulsar varubala ve vas boldo wa Wejas. Tilkar sejang vos preshkal ros varubala. Shosa bikala ve gar polas. Sakit sujon.

The transmission ends and QUEST informs me that it's making progress in figuring out the locals' language; if I keep it up, then it'll be able to translate fragments. Nothing groundbreaking, but at least I won't be completely in the dark. Maybe QUEST's shards can help speed up the process somehow?
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No. 1011041 ID: 4f7e46
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There it is! I see Arvin's signal. I tamp down my relief with caution. Could it be a trap? I glance at my Sensor Warning Display and double check my HUD's IFF. The scope's clear and the auto-recognition software passes its self-test, but that doesn't necessarily mean I'm safe. I work my way around the forest edge towards where I saw the light flashes come from, my pilfered scintillator ready.

A shape in the gloom resolves into the familiar form of Arvin. One down, 2 squad mates to go. As a Combat Medic, Arvin can make sure I don't meet a violent end, plus he should be very helpful in ensuring I remain in peak condition. Gene artifice can compensate for a lot, but our alterations are mostly about making us into peerless markspersons, not making us unkillable. I know Arvin can get grumpy about patching up the careless - especially since in a situation like this our medical supplies aren't unlimited.

Get down, you fool! I didn't dodge all those Tetra patrols just to see the only friendly face I've seen today get their head blown off! he hisses. When he speaks again, his tone softens. At least you look like you're in good health.

"Trust me, I don't intend to acquire any new holes." I slip behind a tree trunk, one eye on my Sensor Warning Display. "I know we don't have the time right now for a heart-to-heart, but we should at least compare notes before we get going."

>"I want to know..." Pick 2
>"...Did you see any of my other drones on the way here?"
>"...Did you see anything unusual? Landmarks, strange activity, unique Tetras, anything?"
>"...What do you think the Tetras are doing? I detected a Titanios on the way here - they mean business."
>"...How are you and your medical supplies holding up?"
>"...What is Project Hydra? I didn't get to check the data before we needed to exfil."

>It's getting late, too. What should we do?
>Find an area nearby to rest overnight. Risk of our camp being discovered by enemy patrols, leaving us in a very vulnerable position.
>Keep moving overnight. Enemy activity may increase as night has fallen. If I come into contact with the enemy, it is likely to be at much closer ranges.
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No. 1011061 ID: 96c896

>>1011041
>"...Did you see any of my other drones on the way here?"
>"...Did you see anything unusual? Landmarks, strange activity, unique Tetras, anything?"

Uh, do you need to rest? How long can you go without sleeping before your performance is affected?

If you can reach another team member during the night, do so. You can rest wherever they are. Otherwise, hole up somewhere defensible.
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No. 1011067 ID: 365ef6

I would say to ask
>"...Did you see anything unusual? Landmarks, strange activity, unique Tetras, anything?"
>"...What do you think the Tetras are doing? I detected a Titanios on the way here - they mean business."

These are the most urgent questions in my opinion. The drones are also important, but the big boy moving around is not expected and is important to know what it is doing.

About camping I would trust your radar and risk to get out of there. Is better to risk when you are not asleep. Have in mind that this can be also dangerous if you can't find a place to rest. Tiredness is a dangerous companion.
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No. 1011139 ID: c92a02

>Did you see anything unusual?
>How are you and your medical supplies holding up?
Keep moving, see if the Titan's search pattern changes. If it's pinging intermittently, perhaps it's operating in stealth mode. Or it's just lazy, and operating on out of date info on stationary targets for artillery strikes .
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No. 1011258 ID: 815672

>>1011041
Anything unusual and what the tetras are doing

Make camp. You've been running all day
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No. 1011405 ID: e7c7d3

>>1011139
I'll back this
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No. 1011408 ID: 8483cf

>Anything unusual?
>How're you holding up?

Keep moving. (If Arvin's not holding up well, then we can camp. If everything is fine, then keep moving.)
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