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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.2: Milk Run
« on: June 13, 2020, 11:41:10 AM »
Nur keeps glancing at her sensor screens until she realizes that her, her wingmates, and her targets are all unaffected by the jamming.  Only those Valkyrie-riding humanized Zentrādi currently off of her left side are disappearing into the sensor disruption.  On the other hand, the beat-like pulsing to the jamming static is kind of catchy.

“/z/ I can’t see no nothin’, ‘Mina! It’s all sparky-sparky, buzz-buzz! /z/”

"/z/ The hell...? /z/", both Putri and Amina echo each other, briefly confused by Nur's transmission.

The Ghosts all sharply bank to the Quadoran-Rō team's left.  Concurrently, they all launch half of the missiles in their belly weapons bay.  39 missiles rocket toward the cargo transfer line.

Nur launches 48 micro-missiles at her target QF-4000.  Putri and Amina do the same, however, they're a bit more conservative: 24 and 36 missiles.

The Hamekahame launches a volley of 4 anti-air missiles at the closest QF-4000.

The QF-4000 all fire 2 missiles from their belly weapon-bays at each of the Quadoran Battlesuits to cover their retreat.  While they're accelerating in a large arc back toward the direction they came from, they also start jinking to avoid the incoming missiles.

Nur maintains formation with the other two, and yells out, "/z/ Oh, hey-heeey! I can see again! So, uh, never mind all that other stuff. /z/”

Her target Ghost releases a burst of flares, and would be smiling smugly if it had a pilot, as all the micro-missiles explode in fratricide.

Putri takes advantage of the QF-4000 dipping back into gun range, and fires her forearm pulse laser.  The Ghost just barely avoids the shots, as it is focused on getting away from her 24 micro-missiles.  It echoes Nur's target Ghost and destroys her missile volley, too.

Amina—being the only one of the 3 in a Quadoran-Rō AND with disabled arm guns—fires a further 18 micro-missiles.  Just like Nur's and Putri's, Amina's target Ghost destroys her first missile volley.

As she watches in dissatisfaction, she yells at Nur, "/z/ you say something stupid like that again, I'll shoot you myself! /z/"

The sky lights up with the bright neon bolts of ship mounted beam cannons firing.  The shots are almost too close for comfort to the Quadoran team.  Thankfully (or not) they are aimed at the Hamekahame.  Instantly explosions and showers of sparks erupt from its armour surface where the fusillade hits.

The Hamekahame returns fire with its Standard Guided Converging Beam Guns, and space is crisscrossed with fiery beams of instant death.  It's hard to see if the Hamekahame is giving as good as its getting, as its target is still mostly concealed by the 5 Sisters wreckage that the enemy ship has been hiding behind this whole time.

The Hamekahame fires a second volley of missiles at the Ghosts, while its first volley goes up in smoke as the missiles ram into a burst of flares released by the trailing Ghost.

The Ghosts briefly flit their noses around, and fire their beam guns at the Quadoran Battlesuits, before resuming course.  Nur is hit, and suffers major damage.  Putri dodges the shots, but Amina is also hit—her suit's also majorly damaged, but Nur's is even worse.

Nur yanks hard on the control columns as she releases a burst of flares, and can't help but feel satisfaction as the 2 missiles the Ghost fired at her explode harmlessly.

Putri's arm beam gun burst is avoided by her target Ghost, and then she's forced to repeat Nur's missile avoidance move.

The Ghosts are close enough for Amina to use the Impact Cannons, however the Ghost avoids the shots.  She also evades the missiles the Ghost fired at her.  On the other hand, her missiles hit and annihilate her target QF-4000!

The enemy ship and Hamekahame continue trading shots.  The Hamekahame fires another volley of 4 missiles at the retreating Ghosts.

The Ghosts really start putting on speed to evacuate the area.

Putri's arm beam gun burst nails her target, and it starts to loose acceleration performance as smoke and sparks begin streaming from the holes in its armour.

Amina makes one last attempt with the Impact Guns, and successfully tags her target.  It is vaporized in the ensuing explosion.

The two ships continue trading fire, and the Hamekahame fires another salvo of missiles at the Ghosts.  It's preceding volley annihilates its target Ghost.

Amina yells at her wingmates.  "/z/ The convoy line!  Quickly! /z/"  She twists her Battlesuit around, and rockets after the Ghost's 39 missiles rapidly approaching the convoy.

3x 13 MRM at cargo line

Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.2: Milk Run
« on: June 13, 2020, 11:34:45 AM »
2069-02-09-Sat. (17:00–17:30): Elpis Faction Border, 5 Sisters (deep space between the Irmuska and Caterina Systems)

Who names their kid Putrid?”

"That's Putri," the Major grumbles back.  "And she can fly rings around you.  So watch what you say!"

Ignoring their relative skill levels for a moment, Kaumirran can appreciate the logic behind his statement—as far as she knows, Putri's Quadoran-Rō is fully repaired and operational, and her VF-11 can be described as run-down and well-used at best.  Humans just don't make their machines to last, totally unlike Zentrādi equipment, which can operate for decades, if not centuries, with almost no maintenance!

Before any of the Steel Valkyries can react, the mystery flight of purple Valkyries disengage their jamming.  8 large missiles launch out of the engine nacelles of the lead purple Valkyrie—they rapidly accelerate toward the Zentrādi transferring the cargo containers into the Hamekahame.

The second, third and fourth enemy Valkyries all also launches 8 large missiles each at the same target area.  If they weren't enemies firing at friendlies, it would be a pretty impressive scene!

Kaumirran deploys her Valkyries legs, and space in the direction of the mystery VFs is lit up by the flare of her engines as she puts the brakes on.

Mr. D jinks to avoid smacking into the rear of Kaumirran.  "Hey!  Watch it!" he cries in protest.  He regains alignment, and fires off a 10r burst.  Being Mr. D, his shots are mostly off the mark, and his target easily—and gracefully—does a barrel-roll through his incoming shots.

Bah also fires a 10r burst.  Despite being out in front and not having anyone block his path AND firing at his target's center mass, his target also avoids the shots (nothing as slick or as fancy as Mr. D's target, of course.)

The Major barks at Kaumirran, "What are you doing!?!  Match our velocity!"  He also fires a 10r burst.  Unlike his subordinates, his shots hit.  And unlike the VF-11's 30 mm gun pod, the VF-1's 55 mm GU-11 has some serious bite!

About this time, data from Mr. D's radome pack, as well as visual sensor reading confirm that the enemy Valkyries are the same purple VA-14's that the squadron tangled with in the rings of the gas giant!

The lead enemy VF transforms and returns fire at Mr. D.  Mr. D struggles, but just barely avoids the incoming bullets.  They're close enough that some scrape off bits of paints as they ricochet off his armour.

Kaumirran transforms, and fires a 50 r spray in a circular pattern.  She ends up hitting all 4 enemy Valkyries!  However, the damage is negligible...

The second enemy VF also transforms, and returns fire at Bah—and hits!  Bah incurs major damage.

Mr. D seems to have found his fight as he comes out of his dodge screaming a war cry, and neatly fires a 20r burst that catches his target's center mass—dishing out a lot of damage.  That VA-14 begins streaming smoke and sparks, and doesn't move as well thereafter.

Bah looks over his damage displays as he lines up a shot.  He depresses the trigger and... there's nothing other than the clicking sound.  "Crap!" he curses.  He puts on the brakes—just like Kaumirran moments before—and yells over the radio channel, "gun pod jam!"

The third purple VA-14 fires a 10r burst at Kaumirran—and hits!  She takes significant damage, but still has approximately 3/4 of her armour remaining.

The Major yells at Kaumirran, "conserve ammo!" as he lets loose a 10 r burst—and hits!  His target fires haphazardly, something that even Mr. D could easily dodge.  However, perhaps because the Major is distracted by Bah's predicament, he practically walks right into the burst!  His VF-1 is now in as bad a shape as the VA-14 that Mr. D just pummelled.

The lead VA-14 fires 8 micro-missiles at Mr. D before turning sharply and accelerating back the way it came (toward the "?" on the map).

Kaumirran transforms back to fighter and has to accelerate to catch up to the rear of the Steel Valkyries.

The second VA-14 does the same as the lead VA-14, with the third VA-14 copying, and launching 8 micro-missiles at Kaumirran.  The last enemy Valkyrie does the same as the other 3, and begins its strategic retreat, too.

Mr. D tries to take advantage of the lead VA-14 turning tail, but his 10r burst is easily avoided.

Bah—taking advantage of the lack of jamming—opts to fight fire with fire, and launches 10 micro-missiles at his target.  The Major copies Bah, and also launches 10 micro-missiles.

The lead VA-14 accelerates even faster, and concurrently fires it's head lasers at Bah's missiles—he hits, and destroys the entire volley.

Kaumirran almost catches up with the others.  She begins slowing so she doesn't overtake them and accidentally put herself in the front.  She initially attempts to avoid the missiles with jinks and flares, but that doesn't work.  So, she opts to shoot at them with the head laser-—she hits, and destroys them all!

The second VA-14 attempts to copy the first and help the one that the Major lobbed his missiles at.  However, his head laser shots go wide.

Mr. D also shoots at the micro-missiles with the head lasers—hitting and destroying them.  Bah does the same, with the same results.

The third VA-14 successfully shoots down the Major's missiles, while the Major returns the favour.

The last VA-14 also accelerates quickly away, but it also starts emitting that strange jamming again.  Missiles are once more ineffective.

The Major shouts, "bastards!" as he fire a parting 20 r burst at the last VA-14—hitting it!  It hammers the VA-14 so hard, that not only is it trailing smoke and sparks (like it's squad-mate), but that strange jamming is interrupted in a stuttering form while the Major's shots are hitting the fuselage.  Even afterwards, the jamming doesn't return completely to it's former strength (missiles are still ineffective).

"Let 'em go!" the Major grumbles.

He overhears Amina: "/z/ The convoy line!  Quickly! /z/"  With alarm, the Major looks toward the supply line, and cries: "the missiles!"

OOC: full description of the Quadoran Battlesuit and QF-4000 battle below the blurb.

Map/visualization aid: Click on Eps. 2.2: Milk Run Map.
Green triangle: Quadoran-Rō team
2 bluish-purple triangles: Fighter Pod teams
Light pinky-purple triangle: QF-4000 team
Purple triangle: mystery group
4x 8 MRM at supply line

Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Steel Valkyries OOC
« on: May 30, 2020, 10:56:10 PM »
Understood.  No problems about taking the time off.  Among other things, the world is anything but normal these past few months, so it's completely understandable.

I'll get a GM post up, hopefully within the week—we're (that's Japan) is in the midst of reopening, and things are a bit confused.  For example, my kids are going to be going to school daily starting Monday, however it's only for a half day: afternoons this week, mornings the following week.  Which is a bit less confusing then the once or twice a week for a morning for the past few weeks... 😕

Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Steel Valkyries OOC
« on: March 23, 2020, 11:44:20 PM »
I understand.  Take all the time you need to deal with it.

Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Steel Valkyries OOC
« on: March 20, 2020, 04:54:39 AM »
I would have suspected that time dilation would have been an issue.

As I said, it'd have to be a predictable course.  :lol:

On the topic of trick shots, how come no one ran their fold generator through their Macross Cannon after Battle 7 did it? That grenade launcher effect looked like it would have been useful in a number of situations.

I can't remember the specifics of that scene... but maybe they decided it was too risky (for the shooter).  Or it falls afoul of the New Unified Government's restrictions on the use of weapons of mass destruction (the terminology in the Official Setting is different, but it's basic intent is that Reaction Weapons [and similar] can't be used in any situation other than ones where the survival of one's emigrant fleet is at stake [and even then, there are restrictions).

Are you also being forced to stay at home where you are?  If so, and if you've got plenty of time, would you like to RP the combat actions of Nur and Putri?  (4 actions each.  Currently moving just out of gun range, and do to the speed differences, not going to be able to catch up to the QF drones if things continue as is).

Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Steel Valkyries OOC
« on: March 20, 2020, 04:16:08 AM »
You have low gravity effect in there but not high gravity. So, what if you shot your bullet so that it traveled around a Kerr–Newman black hole's ergosphere and had it come out after it made the circle to strike at the target from behind?

Anything's possible, however that target would have to be on a predictable course, and there better not be anything else whizzing around (or into or out of) the black hole.  ;)

Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.2: Milk Run
« on: March 20, 2020, 04:05:29 AM »
2069-02-09-Sat. (17:00–17:30): Elpis Faction Border, 5 Sisters (deep space between the Irmuska and Caterina Systems)

“But then you wouldn’t have had the chainsaw.”

"Heh," the Major snorts, with a goofy grin.

“Are they giving you the raspberry?”

"No!  Grapes!"  Bah retorts, obviously displeased at Kaumirran's interruption.  "The sour kind." he curtly finishes.

“Gee. Thanks.”

The Major doesn't reply.  Either he's ignoring her, or he's focusing on the bigger picture.

“You can take point.  You’re welcome.”

"Gee, thanks," Bah echoes Kaumirran's early comments.  "Hõla!" he says, as he spots something on the return from Kaumirran's "ping".

Amina yells at her Quadoran-Rō team: "/z/ Putri, Nur!  Take them out with missiles! /z/"

Everyone notes where Bah highlights on the sensor data: at the centre of the circular blob that marks the start of the sensor jamming is a... small something, or group of small somethings.  It's either a Recon Pod-sized object or Fighter Pod-sized objects grouped in close formation.

The Major orders, "Let's get their attention with some missiles, eh."

As Kaumirran and Bah ready their weapons, they enter the circular tip of the region being blocked from sensors.  Immediately their missile targeting goes haywire.  While they can still roughly make things out on the screen, they are covered in static, and occasionally washed out in static.  The washing out seems to happen in a routine cycle... like a musical beat.

There are grunts and muffled cries of alarm from Amina and Nur.

"Major!"  Bah cries in alarm.  "The missiles...!"

"What?!" the Major asks with alarm.  Then, in a much quieter voice adds, "oh..." as he and Mr. D enter the sensor distortion field.

Putri yells with concern at her wingmates: "/z/ Amina!  Nur! /z/"
Amina yells back, "/z/ still here Putri!  Give these buzzards your best! /z/"

Bah sends out another sensor ping, and the object—or group of objects—are continuing on a steady path, toward the ruins of the Command Battleship.  It—or they—doesn't appear to have noticed the Steel Valkyries having spotted it (or them).

"/z/ Stop them before they get away! /z/" Amina yells.

The Major worriedly glances back over his shoulder at the flashes of explosions occurring where the Quadoran team and the QF-4000 are battling.  "... it doesn't sound like things are going well..." he murmurs, before returning his attention to the Steel Valkyries' target.

The Steel Valkyries are now close enough to visually see their prey: it's purple.  There are 4 or maybe 5 thin but bulky vehicles moving in close formation.  Their shape gives the impression that they're Valkyries... possibly VF-171 or VF-4.  Or maybe even Jināru Air-Battle Pod Kai (AKA Stealth Air-battle Pods).

"Looks like we have to do this the old fashioned way." the Major concedes.  He quickly assigns each team member a target.  "Short gun burst in 3... 2..."

"/z/ Goddammit! /z/" Amina can be heard cursing as the buffeting shock-waves reverberates through her cockpit.  As she recovers, she barks: "/z/ Fire Missiles!  NOW!  NOW!  NOW! /z/" at her subordinates.

OOC: full description of the Quadoran Battlesuit and QF-4000 battle below the blurb.

Map/visualization aid: Click on Eps. 2.2: Milk Run Map.
Green triangle: Quadoran-Rō team
2 bluish-purple triangles: Fighter Pod teams
Light pinky-purple triangle: QF-4000 team
Purple triangle: mystery group

Amina yells at her Quadoran-Rō team: "Putri, Nur!  Take them out with missiles!"

As if hearing her command, the lead QF-4000 fires a salvo of 8 micro-missiles from its Super Parts at Putri.  Its wingmates do the same (24 missiles in 3 volleys).  Putri fires a volley of 7 missiles from each launcher (21).  Nur and Amina do the same—Amina being in a Quadoran-Rō makes it 28 missiles (2 volleys of 21, and 1 volley of 28).

The QF-4000 simultaneously release a burst of flares, shoot at the missiles, and corkscrew out of the Quadorans' missiles' paths.  The flares help it shake off the missiles, and the burst from its beam guns destroys all of Putri's volley.  The QF-4000 Amina attacked is even luckier—it doesn't even have to fire a shot, as the missiles explode in the flares!

Putri mimics the QF-4000, and she successfully avoids and shoots down the missile volley.  Amina isn't so lucky, and is unable to avoid the missiles.  At the last moment, she shoots the missiles down, but is momentarily obscured as she is surrounded by their explosions (scorch marks, no damage).  The last QF-4000 avoids and destroys Nur's volley just like the first one did.  Nur has similar misfortune to Amina, but she also comes out with the skin of her teeth (scorch marks, no damage).

Putri yells with concern at her wingmates: "Amina!  Nur!"  Perhaps from her momentary lapse in concentration, she isn't able to avoid the QF-4000's burst of beam gun fire at her, and her armour soaks up the hits.

It's the same story with Amina—as her armour is shot up, she yells back, "still here Putri!  Give these buzzards your best!"

Putri responds by firing her arm pulse guns... which the QF-4000 avoids.  However, Amina is much more successful—not only does she tag her target with significant damage, its left Super Pack is ripped off in the process!

Nur is tagged with a few glancing blows, and the QF-4000 avoids her counterattack pulse gun shots.

The QF-4000 fire another volley of 4 micro-missiles from each of their Super Packs, as they change vectors and accelerate toward the supply line—while dodging incoming fire.

"Stop them before they get away!" Amina yells.

Putri fires her arm guns, but her target avoids the shots.  Amina attempts to do the same, but both her arm guns jam!  Nur's target also avoids her shots.

The QF-4000 continue rocketing even faster toward the supply line.  While the Quadoran are starting to fall behind—due to lining up shots, avoiding missiles, and generally not having the right alignment to match the QF-4000's acceleration vector.

Putri and Nur shake off the missiles fired at them, and the missiles sputter out of fuel harmlessly as they attempt to spin around and reacquire their targets.  Amina, on the other hand, can't get out of the missile's path, and even though she manages to shoot them down with the chest impact guns, the missiles are too close, and she is damaged by their shockwaves.

"Goddammit!" she can be heard cursing as the buffeting shock-waves reverberates through her cockpit.  As she recovers, she barks: "Fire Missiles!  NOW!  NOW!  NOW!" at her subordinates.

Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Steel Valkyries OOC
« on: March 20, 2020, 01:03:48 AM »
Re: Do bullets have a range in space?

That's right!  They have velocity.  If the target is on a steady vector, then bullets theoretically have unlimited range (if nothing moves between them and the target, that is).

However, combat is a dynamic situation, with targets changing velocity and vector moment by moment.  Thus the velocity of the bullets dictates the distance that they have a moderately good chance of hitting their target before it moves out of their path.  As it involves complex physics, we keep it simple by calling it "effective range" (the range listed in the stats).

There's also something called "maximum range".  In terrestrial combat, anything beyond that would see the bullet ending up landing on the ground.  In space, one could theoretically shoot bullets at targets beyond maximum range, but the penalty to hit virtually guarantees that it's a waste of bullets (if one uses anything other than a precision fire, sniper-type weapon, that is.  Even then, the odds are not in your favour).

Effective range to maximum range:
Space combat range modifiers:

Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.2: Milk Run
« on: March 09, 2020, 02:06:12 AM »
2069-02-09-Sat. (17:00–17:30): Elpis Faction Border, 5 Sisters (deep space between the Irmuska and Caterina Systems)

“That is the opposite of left!”

"He wasn't talking to us!" Bah promptly barks back.

“Hey!  Wake up!”

"Yeah..." Bah says, his response muted as he's lost in thought.  He also yanks his fighter over and maxes out the thrust, to keep pace with Kaumirran.

"Something doesn't seem right..." he muses over the radio channel.

The Quadoran-Rō team gets within range of the nearer missiles.  They fire their arm laser guns, and take out the 3 missiles they each shot at.  Luckily, Nur's hits caused an explosion that took out the other 7 missiles in the volley.  30 missiles remain.

"Gawdammit!" the Major curses.  "This Valkyrie's slow as $hit!  I should've taken Björn's '11!!"

Bah checks, and notices something on sensors.  "What the heck is that??"

The Quadoran-Rō team fires at the next volley.  This time, Amina's and Putri's shots sets off the chain reaction that takes the rest of them out.  20 missiles remain.

"They're good..." the Major compliments after witnessing the next bunch of missiles to burn up at Amina's team's hands.

"Very good!" Mr. D adds.

Bah starts easing off on the throttle.  He responds to Kaumirran's inevitable question with, "the... nothing back there!"

The Quadoran-Rō team fires at the next volley.  This time—perhaps not to be outdone—it's Nur's shots that once more set off the chain reaction that takes the rest of its volley out.  10 missiles remain, and as they're all aimed at the Hamekahame, the supply line is out of immediate danger!

"The what?!" the Major barks at Bah.

Bah starts turning his fighter around.  "Kaumirran!" he yells with concern at her.  Responding to the Major, he adds, "the big blank wedge on radar!"

"/z/ One more group! /z/" Amina yells at her Quadoran-Rō team, as she begins firing.

While Amina takes out the one missile she shot at, Putri's shots go wide.  However, Nur fires a spray that hits each and every remaining missile, and they all explode.  The Hamekahame is momentarily clear of danger!

"Say what?!" the Major exclaims with surprise.  "D!?!"

"... he's right, sir!"  Mr. D replies.  "I think we're being jammed in sector E12!"

"I... can't see anything moving out there."  Bah says, as he visually surveys the blank area on the radar.

"/z/ Good shooting, Nur, Putri! /z/" Amina enthusiastically congratulates her Quadoran-Rō team.

"Deculture!" she yelps, as she dodges a burst of beam gun fire that erupts from the direction that the missiles came from.  Nur and Putri aren't so lucky, and both their Quadoran-Nona soak up a bunch of hits.

"Major!  3 QF-4000 series drones just popped up!" Mr. D practically screams.

"Bah!  Take Kaumirran and investigate!  We've got your backs!"  the Major yells, as he turns his Valkyrie around, and Mr. D quickly follows.  "Amina and her team know how to take care of themselves," he adds, with a note of concern in his voice.

Map/visualization aid: Click on Eps. 2.2: Milk Run Map.
Note: fixed question mark error.
Green triangle: Quadoran-Rō team
2 bluish-purple triangles: Fighter Pod teams
light pinky-purple triangles: QF-4000 team

OOC: technically only the Major, Amina, and the drones have 5 actions—and Mr. D has a pitiable 3!  Also, shame that Kaumirran never got within gun range, eh.

General Announcements / Re: We're ALIVE!
« on: March 05, 2020, 11:02:39 PM »
Much appreciated!

Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.2: Milk Run
« on: March 04, 2020, 12:05:21 AM »
“That thing doesn’t look remotely spaceworthy.”

"Hah!" Bah laughs with glee.

“No.  Lucky me. Most of my family is dead. They were thrown out as meat shields to absorb in-coming fire. You ass.”

"What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger, eh?" Bah responds dismissively, focusing outside the cockpit, and not liking where the conversation was headed.

2069-02-09-Sat. (17:00–17:30): Elpis Faction Border, 5 Sisters (deep space between the Irmuska and Caterina Systems)

“Diiiiid that chica just call him Master?”
"Massa," corrects Bah.

The Major just smirks, with a playful sparkle in his eye.

"Major!" Mr. D's yelp of surprise comes at the same time as their forward threat radar lights up with multiple missile warnings.

"Break left!" the Major yells at Mr. D, as he does it.

Bah yanks his fighter to the right.

Moments later, the control AI on the radome works out the trajectory of the missiles, and informs them that the 4 sets of 10 missiles were not shot at them.  Instead, they were shot at the Hamekahame and what appears to be the line of Battlesuits transporting their precious supplies!

"/z/ Protect our sisters and brothers! /z/" Amina yells at her Quadoran-Rō team.  They immediately change to an intercept course, to get close enough to start shooting down the missiles.

"You heard her!" the Major yells at the Steel Valkyries, as he starts turning and rocketing toward the missiles, too.

Mr. D dutifully follows, and helpfully adds, "computer sezs we'll just be able to make it at max thrust, sir!"

Bah momentarily wavers, and Kaumirran can see his jet's wings dip and return to horizontal a couple of times as he mulls whether to join the effort to stop the missiles or stay on their original heading.

Map/visualization aid: Click on Eps. 2.2: Milk Run Map.
Note: fixed question mark error.
Green triangle: Quadoran-Rō team
2 light-purple triangles: Fighter Pod teams
2 dark blue triangles: projected MRM paths

Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.2: Milk Run
« on: March 02, 2020, 01:31:27 AM »
OOC: Or, you know, just install the Zentraedi Font:

OOC: ... and that would defeat the purpose of making it accessible to all.  BIC:

“What if I told you that I know you can get all expense paid vacation to a wonderful beachfront property for the weekend and all that you have to do is sit in on a short, four hour presentation about the benefits fractional home ownership before you leave?”

Bah holds up his hand making the Japanese hand sign for money, and mockingly retorts, "see this Canadian collectors coin?  It's a specially minted souvenir of the bluenose, a very famous ship.  I'll sell it to you—right now—for the super low discount price of 2 bucks!"

“Not really.  Most of my life had been spent stuffed in to a cargo hold with my sisters. Packed to the gills at first, but it thinned out over time. The rest of was me trying not to get recaptured by those people. Why do you ask?”

"Poor you," Bah says sarcastically.  He would've liked to say something longer and more biting, but he was also focusing the majority of his attention on the debris field whizzing by their speeding Valkyries.

“Yeeeeeeeeah. That's the stuff they use to make cheeeeese.  Mmmm, cheeeeese.”

"Wrong culture, yo!"  Bah can't help but crack a smile.  Either he got her joke, or he's revised his impression of Kaumirran's intelligence... significantly downwards.

2069-02-09-Sat. (17:00–17:30): Elpis Faction Border, 5 Sisters (deep space between the Irmuska and Caterina Systems)

“My eyes are peeled.  Is the peeling the reason why it is called the apple of my eye?”

The Major ignores her chatter as he speeds up to make a tighter formation with Mr. D's VF-11.  "Anything?" he asks.

"All scopes are clear," answers Mr. D.

"Everyone, get behind that large chunk of dorsal armour... we'll use it to mask our approach," the Major orders.

The two squadrons rocket toward, and then along an extremely large slab of armour floating some distance from the main part of the command ship.

The Major radios the Hamekahame: "/z/ Potential unknown spotted at C10.  Heading over to investigate with three Quadoran-Rō.  Anything on the ship's sensors? /z/"

Kekepania, one of the two Hine sisters that runs the bridge comms, promptly replies: "/z/ Understood.  How long since it was spotted?" /z/"

Amina, the lead Quadoran-Rō pilot, answers, "/z/ Approximately 43.5 seconds ago. /z/"

Kala, the Hamekahame's sensor operator chimes in, "/z/ Nothing on sensors.  However, there are a lot of blind spots on the far side of the larger pieces of debris. /z/"

"/z/ Weapons! /z/" barks Cap't Alakai.

"Gun turrets deployed and targeting sector C10, sir!" promptly replies Keanu—the tactical officer, and the only other male on the bridge.

"/z/ Amina and Andurven: Maximum caution, maximum effort! /z/" Alakai says to the Steel Valkyries and the Quadoran-Rō squad.

"D?" Major Andurven asks Drakenstein.  "Scope still clear, sir" comes Mr. D's prompt reply.

The Major asks, "/z/ Amina, anything on sensors when you saw the flash? /z/"

"/z/ Outside of sensor range, Massa. /z/" replies Amina, in a slightly softer tone, that—while ambiguous—registers to Kaumirran's ears as something more than just mere fellow pilots cooperating on a mission.

"Break left at the end of the ship, Amina," instructs the Major.  "Steel Valkyries, we'll rocket straight off the bow, and then arc left... and catch whatever is out there in a pincer!"

"Roger," Bah replies matter-of-factly.

"Scope's still clear," Mr. D adds.

Map/visualization aid: Click on Eps. 2.2: Milk Run Map.
Oopsies... the blue question mark should be at C10, not D11!  :P

Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Steel Valkyries OOC
« on: February 28, 2020, 12:01:10 PM »
Was planning to do a GM post yesterday, but with the PM abruptly deciding to close all elementary, Jr. & Sr. H/S schools for more than a month, it's like the crazy dial has been turned up to 11.  @.@

Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.2: Milk Run
« on: February 25, 2020, 11:44:51 PM »
2069-02-09-Sat. (17:00–17:30): Elpis Faction Border, deep space between the Irmuska and Caterina Systems

"Well, I, for one, feel a surge of confidence in knowing that we picked the right person for the task. Good job."

"Thanks!" Mr. D replies, oblivious to her sarcasm as he focuses on tuning his Valkyrie's support AI to properly process the radome data, and only look for objects out of place in the debris field.

"I have a pretty good idea on how we could find out."

"Let's not," Bah coolly replies.  "Our 1's are currently held together with rubber bands and duct tape, and I'd prefer not to go back into deep cover in some settlement out in the sticks to acquire replacements anytime soon."

The Steel Valkyries pass at a comfortable distance from the transport's escort on the opposite side of the command ship's remains.  The debris are at their thickest and most numerous in this area, and flying is decidedly... technical here.

"I do not.  Is there a difference between one breed of human and another? You all kind of look the same to me with your stubby ears and dead-leaf colour palettes.”

"Breed?", Bah snorts.  "You haven't gotten out much, have you, girl," he casually dismisses her xenophobic comment.

"You've heard of culture, right?"  He doesn't wait for her answer.  "People from different cultures do different things... show different things, you know.  Some are full-on in your face, and others are more... discreet..."

Bah's commentary trails off, as his—and everyone else's attention—is drawn to 3 Quadoran-Rō that are rapidly approaching from the direction of the chain of battle-suits that are conveying the supplies from the transport to the Hamekahame.

The lead Quadoran-Rō pilot briefly appears on the squad's communication screen and speaks in the heavily accented Pertahanan dialect of Zentrādi: "/z/ We saw a flash.  Near sector C10.  Will help you investigate. /z/"

"/z/ Understood. /z/", replies the Major.

"Eyes front and peeled, people" he barks at the Steel Valkyries as they start to exit the command ship's debris field, and head  toward the ruined Picket Ship in the "top right" of the battleship's debris field.

OOC: I'm using the /z/ to indicate stuff spoken in Zentrādi—shorthand that should be easier than typing out "said in Zentrādi" each time. ;)

Map/visualization aid: Click on Eps. 2.2: Milk Run Map.

Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.2: Milk Run
« on: February 23, 2020, 12:54:38 AM »
2069-02-09-Sat. (17:00–17:30): Elpis Faction Border, deep space between the Irmuska and Caterina Systems

Aside from the lazily drifting debris from the ships (outer shells and inner contents), there's nothing out of place or unexpected in the debris field.  The debris themselves aren't difficult to avoid, either, as all of the faster moving and faster spinning stuff from the initial explosions that caused the wreckage have long since drifted away.

“Uh, hello?”

"Yikes!" Bah concurrently exclaims.

"Uh..." the Major slowly and sarcastically drawls.  "You're broadcasting yourself, D..."

"Oh!",  Mr. D exclaims.  Followed by a, "huh?!", and then a longer, drawn out, "Ohhhhhh!", as his face rapidly switches from shock, to confusion, then to stunned realization.

He quickly taps a few short commands on the console, and his face is abruptly replaced with telemetry from his VF-11's radome.

On the regular comm channel, he laughs off the frustration, "someone in that potato farm on Andis connected the Super Pack's wires backwards!  They reversed the in/out ports!!  No wonder that setting was reversed when I went through the Thunderbolt's settings last night!  Dumbasses!!"

"That's... good," the Major cautiously replies.

He switches off his Valkyrie's radar, and instructs the others: "now that we've got proper eyes and ears, lets spread out a bit, and do things better.  Kaumirran and Bah: stay in the lead, but I want you to move ahead, and spread out about 1 klick apart from each other and Mr. D... in a triangle formation.  I'll be dropping back in the rear, too.  I don't expect trouble, but keep on your toes... especially as we're getting near that transport and it's escort!"

"We're going to pass around the rear of that Picket Ship," he indicates the one that's largely still in one piece that they're rapidly approaching, "and then we'll angle back toward 12 o'clock, and pass along the far side of that wrecked command ship."

"Don't, " he stresses, "pass within gun pod range of that transport's escort.  Who knows how many of their guards have itchy trigger fingers!"

"Heard that," Bah replies, as he also deactivates his VF-1's forward radar.

After spreading out, and passing around the rear of the 'lower right' Picket Ship, the Steel Valkyries enter the next gap, as they head toward the Command Ship's debris field.

Switching to the private channel with Kaumirran, Bah picks up the conversation: "New-half... don't you watch Japanese porn?  What else are they called...?  Kathoey?  Girl-sire?"

Map/visualization aid: Click on Eps. 2.2: Milk Run Map.

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