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745119 No. 745119 ID: ca1cab

Today on INA -
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No. 860841 ID: ca1cab
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"Heh heh, that's not clever at all. Oh I think I made a mistake."

"Spooling up boss, about 20% ready."
No. 860844 ID: 6c8fdf

Yell that they're not supposed to use guns in a bar brawl.
No. 860861 ID: 9876c4

I think Grandpa would be pretty peeved at you.
You should be armed. Preferably in a caliber beginning with 7.
You should have another gun so that the first gun doesn't get lonely.

And maybe failing that, you should be prepared to beat some sense into the little pink things with your head!
No. 860893 ID: 094652

Don't bring a gun to a container fight.

What can you do to turn your current cover into a speeding hulk of mass?
No. 860972 ID: 7a7022

Wait we have our own hired gun. Get Bee down there and tell her to start earning her pay!
No. 861713 ID: ca1cab
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"Oh yeah." Hey Bee! I'm stuck in a gunfight and I got no gun. Think you can-

"Here I come~to save the day~"

"That voice...no!"
No. 861714 ID: ca1cab
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"No! Not the bird!"

"Hey there do I know ya?!"

"Holy no not the bird! Not again!"

Huh, I guess prince no-teeth has a history with Bee. And look at that, she's got them covered with her guns, and her bodyguard is coming RIGHT FOR ME! FUCK!
No. 861719 ID: 2fe26a

I'm sorry, did a quarter-Krogan just express fright at the prospect of close quarters battle? Headbutt his faceplate in, ya dope!
No. 861867 ID: 9876c4

This is so far in your wheelhouse you should be picking out carpets.
No. 861918 ID: 6c8fdf

Ostensibly prepare a big punch. When the guard gets in melee range, kick them.
No. 861984 ID: 094652

Your armor is Krogan, it was designed for close-quarters defense! Retreat and fire, don't worry about getting hit with melee attacks!
No. 862555 ID: ca1cab
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Oh yeah, that's right.

"Hey, hey bodyguard, guess what?"




"Hey remind me again how I know you?"


No. 862610 ID: ca1cab
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"Oh! Oh ho ho ho! Real clever asshole. You busted my helmet with your head."

"Woah what's with your eyes?"

"That's a tough headplate turtle-man. I want it."

"Not for sale lady!"

"I'm not asking."
No. 862613 ID: 33cbe7

You should get her number when you're done beating her up. She'd be a fun sparring partner.
No. 862621 ID: 9876c4
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I'm a little lukewarm on this update, due to him having a headstem rather than just being solidly grafted to his shoulders seems wrong thematically. Even a hybrid should be a little more solid.

As illustrated, a headbump starts more at the waist than the neck, and is... rather effective, even on larger opponents. Rant over.

It's the one thing all Krogan fear! Grab her knife or break her arm before she can use it!
No. 863307 ID: ca1cab
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As far as headbutts go, that was pretty weak. Still not bad for her since she's not, you know, on the ground. And I'll admit, it'd be cool to have someone like that as a sparring partner but I don't think
No. 863308 ID: ca1cab
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"Oh! Damn, that hurt! I think you dislodged something."
No. 863310 ID: ca1cab
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"Just kidding."

Okay I take it back, this is fun. I should make this a regular thing.
No. 863314 ID: 2fe26a

Finish up with an elbow drop. Hooah!
No. 863316 ID: 9876c4

If this keeps up she'll have lots of time to approach dating opportunities.

Due to being out of work, and all.
No. 863372 ID: c90231

you know what would probably help you make this a regular thing. knowing who you are fighting.maybe you can ask bee to clue you in to who you are fighting
No. 864091 ID: ca1cab
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"Guess what? Elbow drop! Huh...that doesn't really work does it. Hey Bee? Do you know who these guys are?"

"Uhhhhhhhhhh boss?"
No. 864092 ID: ca1cab
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"Sorry I can't rightly say I do."


"Boss? Are you okay? I'm picking up some strange stuff coming from the ship boss. Boss?"

"How do you not know? They know you."


"Well he does."

"Well sorry but I've been runnin' and gunnin' all up and down the ding dang sector, targets start to blend together after a while now ya know. Maybe I did run inta him when he was a little chick an' I was shooting his uncle or some such thing. Like I said I've been at this a while. I donno." "

"Captain I uh, think the rail gun is about ready, and I'm targeting the connection module on their ship now. Tell me when you wanna light up the sky."
No. 864100 ID: 33cbe7

Let us offload our unwanted guests first. Actually, do we have a spare escape pod we could stuff these two in? Probably best to release the hostages after we're out of shooting range.
No. 864108 ID: 9c8e7e

Hold them hostage and demand a ransom. When they refuse, shoot off their guns to show you mean business!
No. 864112 ID: 9876c4

Getting paid for what we were going to do anyway. I like it.
No. 864505 ID: ca1cab
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And I like it too.

Hey captain of the Whatever-The-Fuck, I got Prince What's-His-Name here as my hostage. You know what that means. You want him back, pay up.

This vessel will not negotiate with pirates!


"Del, split them in half."
No. 864511 ID: ca1cab
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How about now?

In light of recent events, this vessel will make an exception on negotiating with pirates...what are your demands?

Huh. Actually I hadn't thought of what we should get. I mean I can't get money, Heg-money's useless out here. I doubt they carry any Imperial credsticks or Republic chits.
No. 864538 ID: 094652

Demand all their money anyway. It's lightweight and can be used somewhere in the galaxy.

Then take their cargo. Use an escape pod to space the prince before you jump to hyperspeed.
No. 864545 ID: b403b3

What we wanted was mostly to leave in one piece, so let's just demand that they "forget" what just happened unless they want the prince's humiliation to become completely public knowledge.
No. 864553 ID: 9876c4

The must have been buying drinks and paying docking fees with something.

Do we want their knife-crazy hireling? We'd probably have to feed it.
No. 864569 ID: 0da2db

Oh hell yeah. She's the only one that can take on a part-Krogan and walk away from it. Well up to the second hit. Better than what we got so far.
No. 864588 ID: 33cbe7

How full is your tank? Take practical goods in exchange for the service of not blowin' them up.
No. 864589 ID: 33cbe7

Ohoho, don't forget to quip. "That was a warning shot."
No. 865497 ID: ca1cab
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You know what we want. Money.

We don't have any hard cash on this vessel. It's all lightcast accounts from Home. Closest thing we have is liquid assets in the cargo hold.

Fine, we'll take your cargo. Everything in the holds. "How you doing down there?"


And last, you will forget this happened. I'm sure his Royal whose-his-face family would like to not admit their kid got into a barfight and lost...twice. And don't try anything funny, since that was a warning shot.

Alright alright. We understand. We'll begin offloading immediately.

Great; also what's the deal with the blue lady with your royal pain?
No. 865500 ID: ca1cab
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The one with the eye graft and the face plate? She's...hired help. To be honest I was against it but his Majesty insisted we hire local color for help instead of a proper escort.

Well I ask because I just knocked her flat and she might need help back to your ship.

Don't bother. His Highness is fickle. If she was beaten that easily, he'd probably leave her behind. Off the record I wouldn't mind that either. Uncouth Hwaesi really don't belong on a vessel like this.

I guess that means she's ours now.

Lessee, two crates of silver ingots, one of spare ship parts, three of salvaged scrap food for patching up the hull, two guided missiles and-ooh sweet, guns! Factory fresh too, none of that worn out crap back home. I like guns.

"Hey Rocket, we got guns!"

"I can see that Ty, good for you. Listen, I had Bee put our hostage in a life boat, and setting it to micro jump safely away from us. By the time they pick him up we'll be long gone and any warp trail we leave will be too scattered for them to follow. Be sure to tell their captain what we're doing so he doesn't suffocate before they find him."

We're putting our hostage in a life boat that's performing a micro jump. When you're done, meet him at the following coordinates. "Hey Rocket, can you send those coo-"


"Thanks Rocket."

"Stop calling me that."
No. 865501 ID: ca1cab
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"And he's off. And they're off. Oh and Rocket, we got a prisoner. I asked and they don't want her back. Do I put her in the brig?"

"We don't have a brig."

"Why not?"

"Because the section that used to be the brig you turned into the food locker."

"Well I had to put all those ration packs somewhere."

"Half of them are expired!"

"They're still good!"

No. 865535 ID: b15da4

At least she won't starve in there.
No. 865549 ID: 62241f

Oh so she's a Hwaesi. What's a Hwaesi?
No. 866294 ID: ca1cab
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I dunno. But now we got one in the brig. Hope she doesn't eat all the ice cream.

Well now that all the crazy people are behind, on to talking to the people in my head. This is my room. Or quarters. Or cabin. What do you call that on a ship? Whatever. Here I plan what me and Rocket, and I guess the rest of the crew are gonna do which is...hey can you guys keep a secret? Rocket kinda has a guess what's going on, but I'm sworn to secrecy. Not that you can tell anyone. You're in my head! And Rocket hates social media.

I think it's safe to say: most of the stuff I got to help Rocket build our ship came with the help of some offworlder that says they wants my help with some work. He...or she, arranged a lot of ships ready for decommissioning to get dumped on Iagn's Leap. I dunno why they need me, but hey, they haven't lead me wrong yet. Here. Lemme introduce you. Oh and Eff Why Eye, let me do the talking.

No. 866304 ID: 69d4b9

Wait you get to do the talking AND be the pretty boy? That ain't fair.
No. 866318 ID: 9876c4

As voices in your head, I'm not sure we should be spearheading the introductions.

That rarely ends well.
No. 866365 ID: ca1cab
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Well it's not like you can talk to him anyway.

"Hey Liaison! It's me, your buddy Ty, I got a ship and-"

I know. You had a run in with the Duke of Anglysdale. You handled yourself well enough, though I would have preferred to keep the arrogant prince with me while I blew his ship apart and left him stranded on the planet. Enough of that. You are ready for that job I'm asking about yes?

It's eerie how much he knows!

"Uh yeah! So what's the job you want me to do?"

I need you to retrieve some items for me from a colony recently established.

"That's it? I can do that easy-"

No you can't as currently the colony is in the middle of a war between the United Hegemony, the Mak Pact, and the Primogen. If you even want a chance to land on the surface, you'll need an IFF Scrambler, and a Portable Stealth Field Generator.

"Oh. Well you didn't mention this last time but...okay."

As it so happens, know where you can acquire both. The Scrambler can be found among the Spinstorm Raiders-

"The Spinstorm pirates? Sorry, but I just got to space, I don't wanna get spaced."

I was going to say that the Megacorp Cynysis Solutions has an open invitation for privateers and mercenaries to join a fleet their massing to hit the Spinstorm base of operations. In the scrum you can make away with a scrambler.

"Can I get the Stealth generator while I'm at it?"

No because minimizing a Stealth Field Generator is cutting edge technology and only the Primogen have a working version that you can fit onto your ship.

"Well I can't just buy one off them. Primogen are assholes who hate everyone not Primogen or Precursor. How do I-"

A whistleblower in the Primogen Hierarchy has contacted me. The Acquisitions and Reclamations Department has been boasting about a lunar colony for years that it would become the greatest moon colony in the Hierarchy. But suddenly they stop talking about the colony. All communications from it are silenced, and Acquisitions and Reclamations is actively denying the outpost ever existed. The whistleblower is promising a Generator in exchange for uncovering what happened to the outpost.

"All this for some stuff on a colony? Must be real valuable."

Like you wouldn't believe. The price I'm offering for their acquisition should prove how serious I am.

"Right so. We got an idea of what you want and what we need. What should we hit first?"

That I'm leaving to you. You have a better idea on the capabilities of your crew and ship, I'll let you decide what is the better option. Liaison out.

Well you heard him, got a crapton of stuff to do, and booty abound. The money booty, not the sex booty. Sex booty's optional. Um. Shit I dunno which we should do first. I mean the Spinstorm Raiders are the worst pirates this side of the sector, and the Primogen have all the cutting edge tech no one else has. either way, we're inadequate. That's the correct word right? I heard Rocket say that a lot.
No. 866400 ID: 094652

Pirates first. Steal some battle-hardened tech from the pirates before you go gallivanting on eldritch planets that ate all their colonists.
No. 866408 ID: 9876c4

>Sex booty's optional.

I sort of disagree. The IFF Doesn't help us evade pirates, while the stealth generator will help anywhere. And our crew will probably want to do the quasi legal job before flying the jolly roger.
No. 866505 ID: 33cbe7

Hit the raiders. Strength in numbers!
No. 866507 ID: 33cbe7

I think you have that backwards. Joining a counterstrike against pirates is much more legal than infiltrating a xenophobe empire's blacksite. Both components are useful obfuscators in ship-to-ship combat.
No. 866547 ID: 9876c4

You might be right, at that.
No. 866639 ID: ca1cab
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Pirates it is. "Hey Rocket, we're going after pirates! The Spinstorm Pirates."

"Hang on, I think the comms cut out because it sounds like you said Spinstorm."


"We didn't build this thing to die in space Ty, what the f"

"I got an invite from Cynysis. You know those guys right? They're bringing in everyone with a ship to help them storm their base."

"Wait, Cynysis knows where their base is?"

"One of them at least. Hang on lemme get you in on this call."

Hello. If you've reached this line, then you have officially accepted the into the Cynysis Anti-Pirate Excursion. Your location has been logged and a Cynysis Magribird class Carrier is en route to carry your vessel to the rendezvous point. Please stand by, and relay any questions to the representative you-

"Skip it, Ty why the Spinstorm Pirates?"

"I got a big score line up but were gonna need the IFF scramblers the pirates use to get past some major ship blockage."

"I really wish you told me about this shit before. Alright, Tin Can, what's the expected arrival time?"

The estimated time to retrieve and escort your vessel to the rendezvous point is expected to be -2 DAYS-

"See, just sit back and relax for two days and then we can start planning on what to do next."

"One problem Ty, we have a prisoner sitting in out pantry, eating our food, and a questionable crew cooped up in a cramped ship with nothing to do. What about them?"

Shit, what about them? I'm gonna have to do something about that blue chick, and keep the rest of the crew busy with something so they don't go crazy but what?

No. 866712 ID: 33cbe7

Two days should be enough for a milk run. We'll meet back here in two days after doing a little pirate bounty hunting. Our guest is between jobs, so let's see if she can be impressed into service. Lifepods should be password-locked should she try to grab a second one.
No. 866741 ID: 9876c4

You've got a couple crates of weapons, which need to be loaded, sorted, charged, and accessorized. This seems like a Seela and Del job.

You've got a pallet of ration packs of uncertain provenance, some of which should be eaten post haste. Figuring out a menuplan is Another Job for Seela, along with either the prisoner or Biodroid.

Everyone else could use some teambuilding stuff. Keep everyone laughing along, and maybe they'll be more willing to risk their lives when the time comes. Plus you learn who's going to be the biggest PITA. Strip Poker, Volleyball, Karaoke, maybe some light combat drills.

All in all, you've got the makings of a Montage.
No. 866812 ID: 094652

Robin and the Seven Hoods musical number?
No. 867421 ID: ca1cab
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Right, better talk with Rocket on making a schedule to keep everyone busy. But first, gonna have to deal with our new guest. Sooner I can deal with her, the sooner I can free up the brig again for

"Hey, turtle man, got anymore of the honey glaze jerky? I cleaned out that box there."

"I was saving those you bitch!"

"Oh calm your ass down they're not that pricey."

"Out here they are! That was genuine meat, not that synth-print crap!"

"Well shouldn't have left me in the food locker huh?"

"That's the brig!"

"Why leave food in your brig?"

"Oh don't you start too! Wait why'd I come down here?"

"I dunno. To get me more jerky?"
No. 867433 ID: b15da4

Had your fill? Because now you're gonna have to work off those pounds. Or else I'll beat your ass again for fun before throwing you out the airlock.
No. 867525 ID: 9876c4

Let's wet our beak in the deadly art of diplomacy:
I'm glad you're enjoying my food, but you oughta know you've just become registered cargo. Keep it up, you'll be sold off as 'company' to the next privateer with a blue skin fetsh and a crate of jerky we come across.

Doesn't need to come to that. We got an actual cook who can prepare those ration packs, and if you help her, you might get to sit at the big girl's table.

You like getting into fights, and not to particular about who's fighting back? We might could use someone like that. Shape up and stay alive, you could even make back what those Hedgies aren't paying you...
No. 867652 ID: 69d4b9

You need to know what she wants. It's probably "to be dropped off somewhere with something resembling civilization" but you never know for sure until you ask.

Keeping her is a waste of resources unless she's willing to work, and you've decided to not kill her outright already. Making petty threats won't help convince her to work for you, and it won't reduce how much it costs to keep her imprisoned either.

So either figure out where to drop her off, or figure out how to make her /want/ to work for you. I suggest talking to her and getting to know her motives. Why're you out here anyway, they said you were a new hire, what's your sign, stuff like that.
No. 867657 ID: b473ab

I fully agree with this statement, make it so
No. 867662 ID: 094652

This, but no catch phrases. Those don't work.
No. 867770 ID: ca1cab
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"Okay okay had your fill? You oughta know you've just become registered cargo. Keep it up, you'll be sold off as 'company' to the next privateer with a blue skin fetsh and a crate of jerky we come across."

"Sounds like my last employer."

"You mean"

"No not Prince Asshat, some guy before him."

"Huh. Well it doesn't need to come to that. "

"This a job offer?"

"Yeah. Sure."

"Well I'm still technically employed by Prince Asshat."

"Actually they fired you while you were still knocked out."

"Well I'm listening then."

"What do you want? I don't want any dead weight on this ship."

"Meh. Hot food, decent pay, get to carry big guns, usual stuff. And no exploding ice cream trucks."


"Long story, it involves why I got an eye graft."

"Well we got an actual cook who can prepare those ration packs, we're still sorting through the guns we got as ransom from the Hedgies. I can tell you like also getting into fights, and don't care much on who's fighting back. We can use someone like that."

"Sounds tempting. I'm in."

"Wait, just like that?"

"Not the worst choice I've made."

"This have anything to do with the exploding ice cream truck?"

No. 867935 ID: 9876c4

Okay, that's not entirely unencouraging.

We didn't get in this game to harm ice-cream trucks.
We'll send Seela down in a bit to give you some pointers.
Don't eat anything I wouldn't eat until then.

...Seriously, our medical team is especially untested on Hwaesi.
No. 867983 ID: 9876c4

(it may be appropriate now to request a moniker, or attribution)
Otherwise, she's gonna stay 'bodyguard', and it's awkward.
No. 868902 ID: ca1cab
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"Oh don't worry, we didn't get in this game to harm ice-cream trucks. Hey Seela1 Come down and give...uh"


"Toikani here some pointers."

"Pointers on what? I just joined up."

"In the mean time, don't eat anything I wouldn't eat. Cause our medical team is especially untested on Hwaesi."

"We have a medical team?"

Sorry about the delay, weekend vacation to the countryside, and I had no access to the internet or computer with more RAM than a coffee maker.
No. 868912 ID: 9876c4

I support taking any and all time needed to rest and recharge!

>I just joined up.
And yet, only one of you has tried to shank me. Work on stopping that, and keep her out of other trouble.
I think the idea was some sort of ration-triage. Find out what needs making urgently, what can stay stored, and what we need to acquire (jerky!)

>We have a medical team?
We have a modified pleasurebot with aspirations. It's probably never even seen one of you guys.
No. 870050 ID: ca1cab
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"And yet, only one of you has tried to shank me. Work on stopping that, and keep her out of other trouble.
I think the idea was some sort of ration-triage. Find out what needs making urgently, what can stay stored, and what we need. Like Jerky. Okay enough dicking around time for a montage."

"A wha" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTDVRSlfmtU

"Delmar finish your calibrations?"

"My what? The guns don't need calibrating. I'm watching porn. Wanna join?"

"Hells yeah, scoot over."

"How do you not have coffee?"

"There's caffeinated substitute back here."

"It's not the same! How can anyone run a ship without coffee!"

"I got expired ration packs in here, you think I can afford real coffee?"

"You should."

"Why do you even need it?"

"I'm gonna pulverize you turtle-man!

"You tried already, we know how that went."

"That was a cheapshot! Best twelve out of thirteen!"

"Do you always get this serious when sparring?"

"What are you doing?"

"Fixing the blue girl's helmet. Since, you know. You hired her. Without telling me."


"Don't you have something else to do?"

"Not for another six hours."

"Wow I didn't know being nude on the job would feel so...free."

"Well that is one reason. It's not why I do it."

"I like guns."

"Me too"
No. 870051 ID: ca1cab
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"Hey boss just got a star carrier just popping out of warp in front of us.

"Montage over!"

"I have no idea what you're talking about."
No. 870073 ID: 094652

Thought you were going to use Team America: World Police for that.

Set up a hailing frequency while you set up firing solutions for their weak, salvageable weapons modules!
No. 870269 ID: 33cbe7

ID that logo, is that a Cynisys-owned Magribird as promised?
No. 870291 ID: 9876c4

I wub this update.
(We should have bargained for Coffee, but I chalk that up to the MAKO fans not doing their job.)

Probably it'll hail us, and we can see if this is business as usual, or something new?
No. 870689 ID: ca1cab
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"Set up hailing frequency and prepare firing solutions!"

"They already hailed us. Putting them through."


"Is this the vessel we were called to pick up? Am I speaking to the captain?"

"You are."

"Oh good. Our ship has been trying to get an ID for your ship, but we keep getting an error. We were afraid you may have been a pirate scout."


"It was quite small. We almost didn't see it if not for the gamma ray bounce when we dropped in."


"Nevermind. I am Ata'a amrita, representative of Captain Sethi of the CCC Deductible. To who and what vessel am I speaking to?"
No. 870694 ID: b15da4

We already have a name, don't we?
Anyway, the ship's name is the Guts and Glory.
No. 870719 ID: 094652

>CCC Deductible
I think stealth insulting other ships is just what they do to keep their namesake as a trademark pun.

"We're on a mercenary contract, but we've been ordered to stay here and wait for the mission briefing. If you want to trade intel or supplies, that would be appreciated."
No. 870740 ID: 08edb6

This is Commodore Tybalt of the Gunboat Diplomat and yes you're here for us.
No. 870782 ID: 9876c4

I named Ty, so it's totally you guys pick.
That said, I like both of those, and they strike the right tone.

Anyway, we're the contractor is question.Should we expect a long trip?
No. 871598 ID: ca1cab
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All good ideas. But first.

"Hey Rocket, what's the ship's name?"

"Technically it has a bunch. Each component still retains their old ship designations, and clearing them has been a pain. The Vassalia, Undefeated, Westermarch, and my personal pain, the Primogen cargo vessel We Honor the Martyrs of The Battle of Achoban May Their Sacrifice Be Forever Remembered in the Annals of Saints. Honestly if we just took one of those, it'd make my job easier-"

"This is captain Tybalt of the Guts and Glory and yes you're here for us."

"Or ignore my suggestion that works too."

"Wonderful, please dock in cell 8 at the end of the ship, we are expecting other passengers before we transit out. Is there anything I can help you with today?"

"Yes, should we expect a long trip?"

"Oh not at all. With the size and sophistication of our warp coils, we should be there in a matter of days. We however request a representative, preferably the captain, to speak with our captain so as to coordinate your ship actions when we drop back in. Combat operations are expected to begin hours after transit out so it is best to organize our disposable assets now to minimalize loss and expenses."

"What was that about 'disposable'?"

No. 871717 ID: 094652

So you're being ferried into a suicide mission. Great. Bring armor.
No. 871745 ID: 9876c4

Your chances are good; this is only a cover.
Everyone else here wants dead pirates, bonus pay, and bragging rights.

You just need to survive long enough to get a scrambler.
Maybe we can get 'bullied' into doing something safe and lucrative.
No. 871951 ID: ca1cab
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"Ah, you must be Captain Tybalt? I'm Captain Sethi, CO of this vessel. Can Ata'a amrita get you anything? Coffee? Tea?"

"Uh no, wanna explain what you mean by 'disposable'?"

"It's just a term used by the company for anyone not part of the company not expected to stay around. If you think it is about your chances of survival, I suppose that is also true, but that is more dependent on your actions, as you will see."
No. 871952 ID: ca1cab
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"We are expected to drop into the fleet, with three Liquidation class Dreadnoughts spearing the assault on the pirate base. The base itself is in an asteroid field, and only recently we managed to plot three safe routes through it. Each dreadnought will form the core of a group for each route, as we do not know which the pirates will anticipate.

Each group supporting the dreadnought will be four destroyers, six frigates, eight gunboats, and two privateer teams the star carriers are bringing in. My cargo is planned to rendezvous with Group Two, who will be assigned to what team has more or less been decided. Except you."

"Yeah. Me. Why?"

"Oh you signing up so late in the hiring process, the small size of your ship, and the unknown specifications of it."

"It's not that small..."

"You know your vessel better than I, so I am giving you an unique opprotunity to decide which team you will be assigned to. 'Team A' is expected to lead from the front of the battlegroup, helping the support vessels clear a path and repel boarders. This particular chapter of the pirates does enjoy boarding actions and are quite adept at it."

"And B?"

"Team B is being kept in reserve until the assault on the base itself, as we wish to capture it intact to reclaim whatever spoils they have stolen from us. As you may expect, we are planning on using Team B less to fight ship-to-ship, but more for inserting combat teams in key locations to disable base defenses. There are your options captain. What can I put you down for?"
No. 871959 ID: 2fe26a

Ask about the pirates' known tricks. Aren't we more likely to find an IFF scrambler on board one of the boarding crews' ships? That would mean joining team A, then.
No. 871981 ID: 094652

Your ship has some high-grade weapons systems and targeting parameters, but it can't handle itself in a duel. However, with enough support as a distraction, your ship is specialized for surgical-precision disable-and-board tactics, so B is the obvious choice.
No. 871998 ID: c0641d

Aren't there three fronts? What's the third? (If this turns out to be a dumb question, then I vote Team B.)
No. 872042 ID: 33cbe7

There are three attack groups and we're going to be with group 2, the question is in what capacity.
No. 872043 ID: 9876c4

I'd rather do B.

if the pirates have a surprise, A will most likely bear the brunt of it.
No. 872583 ID: dcdba0

Either serving as cannon fodder in space or. cannon fodder when boarding the space station. Either way we are expendable. Better to board the space station as that at least plays to our strengths: shooting and punching.
No. 872654 ID: 8f0400

...alternatively we could choose A and steal ourselves a warship.
No. 872826 ID: ca1cab
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Yeah I kinda spaced out and chose 'B' since that means I get to shoot stuff instead of letting Del shoot all the stuff. I like shooting things. Hey, did you know Cynysis give complimentary coffee and snacks? MAKO is banned from the canteen now.

Captain Tybalt, we are approaching the destination and will be detaching your vessel shortly, if there is anything you want cleared up, now is the time to do it.
No. 872915 ID: 33cbe7

Is my IFF working properly? Are you detecting any hiccups in that system? I know we're a small target, but I just want to be sure.
No. 873113 ID: 9876c4

If we could get their IFF unscrambled, your sentry guns could do some catastrophic damage, right?

Where should we go to disable that?
Sneaky, sneaky.
No. 873116 ID: c0641d

This, absolutely. Love the subtlety. And doing this sort of deception isn't something Tybalt would be against since he still gets to shoot people.
No. 873745 ID: ca1cab
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"Uh yeah. If we could get their IFF unscrambled, your sentry guns could do some catastrophic damage, right?"

"Not me specifically, my job is done, but the rest of the fleet? Very much so. I'll be sure to note that quick thinking in my report."

"Awesome. Where should we go to disable that?"

"Near the core. If I were a betting man, which I am, you're best chance of success is through one of the lower ports. Those have a direct line to the core, and from there, the rest of the base. Hope you get it. Odds of you succeeding are 255 to 1."

"Oh yeah? Who says?"

"Betting and Claims. Don't feel too bad, they pegged the odds of your dreadnough surviving at 1020 to 1."
No. 873754 ID: 9876c4

I am suddenly glad we are not conducting the initial assault.
No. 873773 ID: c0641d

“Betting pools? Sounds pretty unprofessional, but eh, I’d be guilty too if I had the option. Come to think of it, anyone on the boards seem promising? Any last tips or tricks before we get the party started would help, too.”
No. 873784 ID: 9876c4

Maybe we should make a bet on our success?

Can't be a dead debtor, after all.
No. 874178 ID: ca1cab
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"Hey can I get in on this?"

"No you need to be a full time employee not contract help; but I suppose I could hedge a bet for you. Anything in particular?"

"Me succeeding, and surviving to collect."

"520 to 1 it is. And how much do you bet?"

"I got two crates of silver in my cargo hold. However much that gets me in Imperial creds."

"Done. Anything else?"

"Any advice for me?"

"First, you'd best stay close to your team. The base will undoubtedly have time to prepare for your arrival so you will want support to storm the base. Second, well since I am also betting on you...don't die."

"You bet all our silver?! Tybalt are you nuts?!"

"Hey, the bet was on us surviving, worst case scenario is we die and then we won't care anymore about collecting Rocket."

"That's not reassuring!"

"Well I signed us up for the rearguard. Doesn't that reassure you?"

"How is that reassuring?!"

"Cause the frontline ships are expected to not survive."

"Again, not helping!"
No. 874180 ID: ca1cab
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Break formation! Ambush! Ambush!

The Profit Margin is hit! The Profit Margin is hit! Power banks 2 and 3 are dead! Bank 1 is overloading, jettisoning excess!

We lost Kushel.

Return fire! Return fire!

"You know suddenly having a tiny ship doesn't seem so bad."
No. 874225 ID: 9876c4

I just now noticed that one was a .gif. That's pretty cool.
No. 874555 ID: 2fe26a

Use your low profile to slip past their defenses and get first dibs on the pirate station.
No. 874688 ID: ca1cab
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"They still don't see us! Full speed! If I'm gonna die I wanna die punching something in the face!"

"You suck at making speeches."
No. 874800 ID: 9876c4

See you later, space turtleboy...
No. 874840 ID: c0641d

Try to run fast, but cold. Hopefully we’ll register small enough and be going by fast enough to bank on some good ol’ sentient error.
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