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966467 No. 966467 ID: ed041d

Everyone out in the galaxy is in it for themselves, to make it anywhere you gotta make it big, and in this case, bounty work seems like it'd be worth the time.

With everything else from diplomacy, to warfare, to politics, having your own brand of freedom out in the Galaxy is a hell of a thing.
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No. 972093 ID: 9876c4

It's a pretty nice ass, and you're a pretty capable gal. Fist wasn't small potatoes, and he was almost yours.

If they brought us all here, it's something big. We should keep each other in mind if we need backup. I already like you more than half these yobs.
No. 972098 ID: 44b1b5

"I mean, bold of you to assume there's only one target, with this many people called in. If we're going after a group, we could all be winners, assuming things go well. Say, what were you doing with that fabricator that you decided that searching for Jackson was less important? You forget to pack any heat?"
No. 972101 ID: ae9bd9

She is being a bit too casual about your gawking at her and it is coming across as fake. Something is up.

Either she is building up to the big reveal that she is actually a he (and is banking on you being straight), or (more likely) she is trying to play you. Watch yourself.
No. 972545 ID: ed041d
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:Frown:: You're mocking me aren't you.

:Fifismile:: A little, you kinda deserve it.

:Frown:: Well it does look nice.

:Fifismile:: Maybe try something a little less direct lizard brain.

:Smile:: To redirect, what were you doing on that factory floor.

:Fifiangry:: I was looking for Jackson, I figured a terrorist like him might have made a spoof device to throw off trackers, so I entered the place that he would be most likely to go.

:Smile:: Factory floor where he could make himself more weapons and bombs, smart.

:Fifismile:: Thank you, as for this big gathering. Must be quite the payout.

:Smile:: I think the L.A.W General just entered.
No. 972547 ID: ed041d
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Standing on the auditorium stage is General Thacker.

:general:: Thank you all for gathering, I know this is unusual considering the L.A.W's relationship with bounty hunting networks, but this is a time of crisis.

:Apexneutral:: It's always a time of crisis.

:Frown:: Shush.

:General:: The Kotyak is an enemy nation that has declared open war on our worlds for refusing to submit our territories to their expanding borders, we have enter wartime everyone. The L.A.W will have its work cut out for itself, however you all will be assisting the war effort in different ways!

:GeneriBountyBlue:: Oi! We getting paid for this?

:RabbitGuardJC:: QUIET.

:GeneriBountyBlue:: Make me ya piece of shit red shirt!

The Bounty Hunter seems ready to fight, but is quickly zapped by the Soldier's stun gun

:GeneriBountyBlue:: AAH!

:General:: Kotyak has numerous ace pilots and big names among their ranks, harboring former war criminals and so on in exchange for their services, your job is to collect them, each bounty will confer a double payout. There will also be jobs for evacuating planets and stations under attack by the Kotyak armies, we need every available hand and we know how you all feel about wartime.

:Frown:: It is bad for business.

:General:: This is a situation none of us wants, the situation is still currently cold thankfully, but could go hot at any moment. Any questions?
No. 972549 ID: f56a2b

What are our salvage and hostage rights for captured Kotyak materiel and personnel, on these operations?
No. 972551 ID: 4f51b2

What's the standard prosedure in war times? Do we choose our targets?
No. 972555 ID: 9876c4

By interstellar law is this strictly legal? I fully expect soldiers to defend themselves with force, but we can't afford lawsuits or system blacklists after the fact.
No. 972562 ID: 44b1b5

"Will you update the "Dead vs. Alive" statuses on these guys accordingly, or have hunting protocol loosened somehow? With an entire country interested in protecting these guys, I imagine having to announce ourselves before the capture or kill is about to get a whole lot more dangerous."
No. 972607 ID: ae9bd9

Will we have to deal with/work around spec ops spooks intermingling with targets or pmc fucks committing warcrimes so you don't have to?
No. 972815 ID: ed041d
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:Smile:: What's the salvage rights on this job?

:JumpQuestGeneral:: If you take a bounty in, standard salvage procedures apply and it will be up to you to decide if you want the Bounty's salvage.

:FifiSmile:: What's the SOP? Do we choose our targets or are we assigned them?

:JumpQuestGeneral:: Bountys will be handed out at Bounty Boards as per usual.

:GeneriBountyRed:: Will you update the Dead Or Alive Procedures? I imagine with an entire interstellar state protecting these guys declaring ourselves will be harder.

:JumpQuestGeneral:: We are placing a moratorium for this for the time being, if you can do so, fantastic, if not, we cannot expect so.

:GeneriBountyYellow:: Is this all legal? I don't think we can arrest enemy soldiers without getting lawsuits or being arrested.

:JumpQuestGeneral:: Good thing you are not arresting enemy soldiers, you are arresting War Criminals that were under our jurisdiction who sought sanctuary. By all standards and practices this is legal, it is in the official terms of war with the Kotyak as well.

:GeneriBountyGreen:: Will we have to work with spec ops spooks and your own Mercs committing war crimes?

:JumpQuestGeneral:: You will be only recovering bounties that escaped our jurisdiction, anyone on our side found breaking the rules and terms will be assigned a Bounty to be Captured. The L.A.W is a organization dedicated to a common good, protecting its people, our worlds have agreed to work together. Anyone who decides to ignore the Miyamoto Conventions is not someone we want working for us.

:Smile:: What if we want to take part in the war effort more directly?

:JumpQuestGeneral:: Apply for a Mercenary License, any further questions?
No. 972816 ID: df76b1

I'm informed. We look forward to assisting the defense of the system.
No. 972817 ID: 4f51b2

We are in.
No. 972819 ID: 25d308

Alright, time to earn our keep.
No. 972828 ID: ce39da

No further questions. Let's see those bounties! Ah- Maybe we should try cooperating with the others to A) Make sure there aren't any targets left unmolested, and B) That those who are doubling up can either work together or at least be aware of what competition they have.

(Also, try not to fist-pump too much at the moratorium announcement, considering we're built to snap necks and walk away with the bodies before anyone notices something amiss.)
No. 973066 ID: ed041d
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:JumpQuestGeneral:: Alright, everyone dismissed!

The bounty hunters shuffle out, Sivon takes a moment to talk to Fifi.

:Smile:: Hey there, care to team up?

:Fifismile:: Really now? What do you have to offer for us working together?
No. 973068 ID: 5995c8

You make a fine meat-shield (tap chest).

And you’ll take the split 45/55 for the first three bounties or until the 50/split on the bounty you nabbed from her has been paid in, whichever comes first. Whatever she might think you’re not a (complete) asshat. You did save her ship a ding and if you weren’t a bit hard up for cash you’d have been more tempted to split the take back then.

If she doesn’t want to give it a shot, fair ‘nuff.
No. 973070 ID: ce39da

"Not just you. I was thinking more of a cooperation between a bunch of us - nothing beyond telling each other who we're going after to minimize stepping on each other's toes as much as we could be. It would be kinda embarrassing if we all went after like two dudes in a giant clusterfuck and left everyone else unmolested, right? Security's only going to go up after each mission, so we wanna hit as many of them during the opening moves as possible.

"Oh, but if you're interested in something more between us, I should tell you that I specialize in stealth takedowns - you probably saw me do a little fist-pump at the announcement moratorium. I should mention that I'm not in as deep of a shit-pile as most stealth operatives if I get caught, and I can be pretty mean in melee whether they see me coming or not. Finally, my ship has some serious firepower, though I've been hoping to improve its speed and maneuvering to what I'd like it at with my next payday. Oh, and Apex here's got mad hacking and navigation skills - it's how we were able to find you and Jackson with neither of you being the wiser. You?"
No. 973073 ID: 4f51b2

"60/40 deal in your favor for the first mission, then 50/50, as a team we could deal with the objectives with a bigger bounty more easily, you would have acces to a Reptus B-Series Light Frigate too.
No. 973076 ID: d186fc

lets not brag about our ship until we are sure they don't have something better.
No. 973084 ID: df76b1

Let's brag about our ship until it's conclusively proven we shouldn't!
Also mutual survivability and enhanced earning potential or something.
No. 973318 ID: ed041d
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Sivon brings up his ship.

:Smile:: I have a Reptus B-Series Light Frigate on hand, you and I team up, maybe grab some others, and we can catch a lot of these guys a lot easier, add in the bigger payout and it's no skin off our back.

:FifiSmile:: Sounds useful, you sure it's that and not the obvious attraction?

:Smile:: I'm certain.

:FifiSmile:: Well, anything else you wanna offer? I'm gonna need more than just a ship, my pod fighter has a hyperdrive after all so.
No. 973321 ID: 4f51b2

Tell her you have a pretty good A.I and that’s the reason you got Jackson before her.
No. 973396 ID: 5dbf48

Don't tell them about the AI, that's your secret advantage. Instead challenge them to a contest to convince them, or at least prove your capabilities. Take similar bounties and see who can deliver them first.

If they need a wager. The winner gets the a 'triple' payment as the loser has to give up on the 'double' part of their payout.
No. 973397 ID: f9512f

"Asides from my ship? Well, besides my obvious modifications I have AR Scanner, BANE Enhance, Sole Enhancers and Subdermal Armor to help us in any kind of situation, you have my back and I got yours. Oh! I also have a very capable A.I."
No. 973433 ID: df76b1

You already know I'm a pro, and get jobs done. That's because I'm smart, and don't skimp on equipment.

Why should we let some amateur, or worse, some PMC, take money out of our pockets because we're shorthanded?
No. 973437 ID: 8fab7a

Repeat above.
No. 973585 ID: ed041d
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Sivon smirks.

:Smile:: I make a fine meatshield, I'm loaded up with advanced cybernetics, as well as I have a excellent AI system.

Apex's hologram appears

:apexneutral: Hello.

:Fifismile:: Oh that's fancy.

:Smile:: This is how I caught Jackson before you did, Apex and I make quite the team.

:Fifiangry:: What?

:Smile:: What do you say? I'm willing to split 45/55 if you want.

Fifi looks deep in thought.

:Fifismile:: I'll have to admit, having a cybernetically enhanced meat shield sounds good, an a AI system that can run an entire ship is good. I'm in.
No. 973587 ID: 4f51b2

Glad you accept! I suggest to see the Bounty Boards and choose our objective.
No. 973589 ID: d186fc

Don't assume you are friends. She is just using you for her personal gain at the moment. While she definitely isn't hostile, your relationship is probably just ever so slightly better than neutral. You will have to work hard to make her a true friend and thus a dependable ally.
No. 973599 ID: e09282

Better find out what Fifi and her ship can actually do, no? She's a pretty good investigator, it's a heavy pod fighter, what else?
No. 973625 ID: 8fab7a

Sounds good. Want the agreement formalized and in writing? Apex can run us up a decent coop-contract and you can read it over for loopholes. One bounty or set of bounties at a time. If this works out, maybe look into something longer-term. If not, split the take, then just split.

Off to the BB!

What's her preference in targets? Obviously with two of you the range of people you can capture has gone up a bit, but if she's got strengths to ply we might as well hear of them.
No. 973870 ID: ed041d
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To the Bounty Board.

:Smile:: What is your preference on bounties, what can you do?

:Fifismile:: I'm a sneaky sort, I can squeeze in and out of spaces and generally keep quiet. My Pod fighter though is a heavy weapons design and can take a beating.

:Smile:: That's good, that's useful.

:Fifiangry:: Seems we only got one bounty today, apparently this is our starting bounty.

:Frown:: Alright let's see it.
No. 973872 ID: ed041d
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> Bounty: Jax Modal
> Payout: 100k

> Jax is a cybernetically enhanced Fox from Vulpis III, a pirate, and Ace Pilot space fighter. Jax's last reported location is 2 jumps away from current Galactic Positioning.

> Cybernetic Enhancements include Implanted Rebreather, Adrenaline Regulator, AR Scanner, and the SLICK Series enhanced servomuscles.

:Frown:: So we got an ace fighter with mechanically enhanced reflexes.

:Apexneutral:: This should be fun.
No. 973877 ID: 4f51b2

Is there any extra information? Like if he works alone or if he is in a frighter. Regardless, this is probably going to be a combat between ships, good we have Fifi as a partner
No. 973878 ID: 67a81f

I would see if we can get them when they aren't in their ship. Getting into a dogfight with an ace is pretty dangerous. See if apex can get some usefull info on what they've been doing and their general habits.
No. 973879 ID: ce39da

It doesn't seem to state his Dead/Alive/Or status. Did we miss it? Also, is the 100k bounty before or after doubling up? (We'd like to know whether this guy is "Jackson" or "Alpha" levels of scary; there's a big difference, I think.)

"Guy sounds like a beast in open space. Even with our combined ship-to-ship firepower, I'd prefer if we approached him on land first. If he's being sheltered in hostile territory, no sweat; we're both kitted for stealth, among other things. His reaction time might pose a problem for stealth take-downs, though. If it turns into a street-fight, leave it to me - even with his lightning-fast moves and the ability to scan my strengths, he won't be able to do much against superhuman power and endurance. Just gotta hit him once. I won't stop you from trying to blast him in the back of the head while he's focused on me, of course."
No. 973909 ID: df76b1

Seems like we track him from a safe distance, strike when he's getting the ship or himself serviced.

Gas is out of the question, and electric current is unreliable with all those enhancements. It may be time to revisit my plan of overwhelming blunt force trauma. Maybe Fifi should go in first and disable his ship.
No. 973934 ID: b1b4f3

Yeah it would be safest to strike when he's getting maintenance done on his cybernetics, but that may take too long. The faster we do the bounties, the faster we can take another one and get paid again.

That said, some information gathering is a good idea regardless. Can't just charge in guns blazing. Find out what his habits are, the places he frequents, what his ship can do and how it compares to ours, that sort of thing.
No. 973940 ID: d186fc

Bring EMPs for if we end up in a dogfight. That should stop his ship. Alternatively, we should try to get some anti-materiel railguns and snipe him. Both of you shooting from hidden locations that are perpendicular from each other. Dodging one hypersonic bullet is one thing, but dodging two with vastly different directions is virtually impossible.
No. 973941 ID: d186fc

Just make sure to time your shots so you shoot simultaneously.
No. 974081 ID: ed041d
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Sivon boots up a info terminal, seems this guy has more info.

He pilots a XX-25 series Fighter, stripped of excess armor and modified with a artillery gun and a larger booster thruster. The XX-25 has autocannon blasters and the Artillery cannon, no directed projectiles.

:Frown:: Okay so he's speedy and likes to hit hard.

The Dead Or Alive status has been cleared out and just marked, "Dead", inspecting the bounty it seems he's worth 50k but is currently doubled due to the Kotyak bounties situation.

As for fighting him on the ground, seems he's a spacer and refuses to ever land on planets, preferring to always stick to his fighter.

:apexneutral:: So we're gonna have to fight him in open space combat.

:Smile:: Well the Jumpstar is a hell of a fighter, we can work around this.
No. 974082 ID: df76b1

So we either hit him while he's refueling, or in a fight with somebody else. Anything else, and we're at a real disadvantage.

What do Fifi and Apex think about how to take it on?
No. 974083 ID: ce39da

"Wait, so does he just live out of his ship? Shouldn't he at least have to stop to refuel somewhere? Groceries? Man, I was really hoping this wouldn't be a dogfight... even if we do have a similar advantage to him."
No. 974084 ID: d186fc

Use lots of missiles. Your fighters can hold a few, but our frigate could sit beyond this guy's engagement range and launch torpedos that would split into a dozen or so missiles when they get close enough to lock. Terminal guidance could be achieved through one of our fighters.
No. 974087 ID: eac2c2

We should try to predict their movement so we can sabotage their next refueling (either the fuel or the ship's software or similar) and get them when there ship shuts down and they become standed.
No. 974088 ID: 4f51b2

We could follow him and wait for him to refuld, you could ask Apex of Fifi if they thought of something.
No. 974364 ID: ed041d
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> The Vote is to go search for the nearest refueling station and strike Jax there, correct?
No. 974365 ID: 4f51b2

I guess so, let's catch him while he fueling his tank.
No. 974384 ID: df76b1

It is at least a plan.
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