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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.1: Heartbreakers and Thunderbolts
« Last post by Sketchley on January 21, 2020, 06:35:18 AM »
Elpis Faction, Irmuska star system, planet Andis, Raimonds city - Hooters and grumbles & a hard Björn life

"Hey.  Some jackass ran out all of the fuel on my ride."


Her communique is met with static.

She also notes that telemetry from the Major's VF-11D has stopped.  Due to that, she no longer knows exactly how far behind her the 32 Jināru and 28 Quadoran-Rō are, nor if they're still in pursuit or if any other units have joined the swarm.

She throttles the engines down to minimum.  At that level, they are only producing the electricity to run the Thunderbolt's systems.

However, her navigational computer is flashing a warning that she doesn't have enough momentum to take her to the 120 km interception altitude.  Her apogee is predicted to be at between 110 and 112 km.  She also notes that even if she uses up the last of the reactant in her VF's tanks, it'll only give her an addition 1 or 2 km—not enough.

Of course, if she were in the stratosphere (or lower), she'd be able to fly non-stop for almost a week with her remaining fuel.  However, she's up in the thermosphere, where the atmosphere is so thin, it might as well be deep space!
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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.1: Heartbreakers and Thunderbolts
« Last post by InfernosCaress on January 19, 2020, 10:01:18 PM »
Kaumirran




For a moment, Kaumirran was afraid that her lack of attention was going to cost her. Thankfully, when the rattling died down, she was still breathing atmo. A quick glance at the damage readout told her that the damage had not been too bad. It was not great, but she was still flying and that rated highly on her I’m-Not-Dead-O-Meter.

She downed a gloved finger to cut the alarm. The klaxon had not exactly been necessary. She had not been so focused that the hit had slipped her attention. However, once the irritating sound ended, something that had managed to fly under her radar became apparent. She grumbled to herself. She had not been keeping tabs on the low tanks. She probably should have been.

Kaumirran reopened the comm signal to the Major.

“Hey.”

Her eyes did a quick sweep of the space around her before flicking back and forth between the camera and the canopy.

“Some jackass ran out all of the fuel on my ride.”

She throttled way down. Her momentum would be enough to keep up some of the distance. She would rather have a little left over for emergency maneuvering than she would to reach the rendezvous point a minute sooner.
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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.1: Heartbreakers and Thunderbolts
« Last post by Sketchley on January 19, 2020, 07:27:26 AM »
Elpis Faction, Irmuska star system, planet Andis, Raimonds city - Hooters and grumbles & a hard Björn life

Khumirran continues her fusillade on Kaumirran.  This time, the shots hit.

Thankfully, the hits aren't too damaging.  However, it's a painful reminder of the gap between her and her sister's opinion on... things.

"I’ll be back for you. Just hold out a little longer." she says, as she turns skywards, transforming to Fighter.



There's a momentary pause as Khumirran also changes to Fighter and begins accelerating in pursuit.  When she resumes firing, her shots are very poorly aimed, and really easy for Kaumirran to dodge.

Kaumirran shoves the throttle to 200%, and the rockets in her Thunderbolt's Super Packs roar to life; roughly shoving her into the pilot's seat.  The ordinarily uncomfortable G-forces come as a welcome embrace.

"Khumirran!" Jozua barks, with a note of concern that his minion is getting too carried away.



Khumirran screams in frustration at Kaumirran, and launches 10 micro-missiles at her, before she abruptly shoves her control column to the side, and jets off in the direction that Jozua retreated in.

Kaumirran releases a burst of flares and jinks her Valkyrie out of the missiles' paths.  Thankfully, they all explode harmlessly in the flares.



Moments later, telemetry from the Major's VF-11D indicates that the 10 lead Jināru Air-battle Pods have all fired missiles at her.  Kaumirran is concerned for a couple of long moments before she notes with relief that her Valkyrie has accelerated faster than the missiles can, and that the gap between her and the 20 missiles is very slowly widening.



As the surface of the planet starts to drop away—and the slightly luminescent late dusk sky fades to the clear starscape of space—a new problem comes to her attention: the Super Pack rockets are out of fuel, and her Thunderbolt's thermonuclear turbine engines are running on fumes!

While there's no risk anymore from the 20 missiles (they've long since run out of fuel and deactivated), there's the very real possibility of those pursuing 32 Jināru Air-battle Pods and 28 Quadoran-Rō catching her.  And a glider is not the ideal vehicle for a dogfight!
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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.1: Heartbreakers and Thunderbolts
« Last post by InfernosCaress on January 14, 2020, 01:42:24 AM »
 Kaumirran




This was not going the way that Kaumirran wanted. Instead of rescuing her long lost sister and sharing a tearful reunion, Khumirran was resisting her attempts at playing savior. It was heartbreaking. It was frustrating.  It was.... heartbreakingly frustrating.

Kaumirran heard the message that the Major sent. She did not verbally reply to the warning, but she did glance briefly at his face on the secondary communications screen. The momentary loss of focus nearly got her killed as a close call rocked her thunderbolt. A growl slipped from between tight lips.

“I’ll be back for you. Just hold out a little longer.” She hated the words even as she spoke them. The Meltran wheeled her Gerwalk around. Shifting to Fighter as the planet left her field of view, she gunned the engines. She had not betrayed her sister before, but it certainly felt like she was doing that now. She was leaving Khumirran in the hands of those monsters. Maybe that made her the monster.

Reaching down, she closed the channel on her sister. She switched the Major over to the main screen. “On my way.”


ACTIONS:   

1) Turn away from the planet

2) Convert to Fighter Mode

3) Full speed retreat


OOC:  It has been a long time. I still checked in every now and then to see if there were any updates.

On an unrelated note, I found this silly live-action music video by the Frontier Girls that they did for the decade anniversary of their show:


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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.1: Heartbreakers and Thunderbolts
« Last post by Sketchley on January 13, 2020, 03:00:55 AM »
OOC:  4 months?!  Time sure flies when one is busy...  now to pick up where we last left our heroes (while the plot continues as planned, the characterization may not...)


BIC:
Elpis Faction, Irmuska star system, planet Andis, Raimonds city - Hooters and grumbles & a hard Björn life

Khumirran turns off Jozua's video feed, but as he's using the same channel as Khumirran, she can't close the channel completely without shutting her out, too!

“I am not lying.  I am right here. I am not trying to trick you. I am not trying to hurt you. I have not even shot at you, which you deserve for cutting my hair.”

While Kaumirran is speaking, Khumirran refrains from firing—at her.  While keeping at least one of her arm guns pointed at Kaumirran, and doing her best to get behind Kaumirran's Valkyrie, Khumirran makes short work of the Major's AMM-7 missile with a short, backwards burst from the left arm held over her Variable Gurāji's Battroid's head.

Jozua is less forthcoming: he fires his Heavy Quantum Beam Gun at Kaumirran, who—anticipating the shot—neatly avoids it.


“I can’t stay here for long. I have a way out of here. Away from them. A way for both of us. It’s a better life. But you have to come now. You have to trust me. Please!”

Khumirran doesn't reply verbally.  Instead, she just unleashes a stream of beam-gun fire from her Variable Gurāji's arms.  While a disappointing response, because it wasn't entirely unexpected, Kaumirran easily rolls her GERWALK-mode Valkyrie out of the incoming rapid-fire shots.


The Major shouts out, "Kaumirran!  10... no, 25 Quadoran-Rō are close behind 21 Jināru Air-battle Pods that just popped up on radar!  They're on an intercept course coming right at you!  You've got 20 seconds to get out of there before the $hit storm hits!"

Kaumirran then overhears Jozua talking to Khumirran: "Khumirran, our Elpis hosts aren't honouring their promise to us.  Clip the traitor's wings, and leave her to them."

"She doesn't deserve a quick death for her betrayal!"  Khumirran angrily shouts back.

"Don't worry," Jozua replies coldly.  "They know we're interested in her.  They'll lock her in a jail cell, and she'll rot there while we drag out negotiations for her price!"


"Understood," replies Khumirran wickedly.  She immediately fires salvo after salvo from her arm guns at Kaumirran.

While Kaumirran easily avoids the first salvo, the second salvo is a lot closer—too close, in fact, for comfort!

Perhaps the only good news is that Jozua has turned around, and is flying away now.


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Map:
• approx. 18 km ahead Major & Björn (Fighter)—flying away
• 0 m: Kaumirran (GERWALK)
• approx. 250–400 m behind (18.3 km behind Major): Khumirran's Variable Gurāji (Battroid)
• approx. 8 km away (24 km behind Major): Jozua's Variable Gurāji (Fighter)—flying away
• approx. 15 km away (approx. 23 km to the rear-right of the Major, (approx. 17 km to the rear-left of Jozua): 32 Jināru Air-battle Pods, followed by 28 Quadoran-Rō (approx. 4 becoming 8 second behind [slower than Air-battle Pods])
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Open Discussion Board / Re: Galactic Timeline
« Last post by InfernosCaress on November 29, 2019, 01:54:43 PM »
It is a busy time of the year, but yes that one is active.
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Open Discussion Board / Re: Galactic Timeline
« Last post by Sketchley on November 29, 2019, 10:38:20 AM »
Is that game ever getting a sequel or something?


Hi, and welcome to the site!

Are you interested in joining one of the games here?
Currently, the only active* game is Steal Valkyries: https://forum.macrossrpg.org/index.php?board=79.0



* currently on a brief pause for RL concerns.
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Open Discussion Board / Re: Galactic Timeline
« Last post by Shelburne on November 29, 2019, 10:14:46 AM »
Is that game ever getting a sequel or something?
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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Steel Valkyries OOC
« Last post by InfernosCaress on September 24, 2019, 05:04:31 PM »
The new holders of the Robotech/Macross RPG rights have a book coming out in a few months.

https://strangemachinegames.com/shop/


 Looking forward to adjusting your game rules to the new standard?

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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.1: Heartbreakers and Thunderbolts
« Last post by InfernosCaress on September 11, 2019, 12:49:03 AM »
Kaumirran



OOC:  I waited for a while. I guess I will go ahead and post again.






Kaumirran growled at the damage to her new used ride. A damaged wing was going to make it more difficult to control. She switched over to Gerwalk mode. It was slower than using the fighter, but with repositionable engines, she would have better handling.


"I always knew you'd show up on my doorstep again.  Do you still do that thing with your tongue?"



“I can do this.”

Kaumirran reach over and closed the channel on him. She was busy. She did not have time to deal with Rasmussen and the churning feeling that he provided to her gut.


Her attention went back to being split between the image of Khumirran and the readouts that would give her forewarning of any incoming shots. This was a dangerous game that she was playing. She did not know how much longer that her luck could hold out.

“I am not lying,” she said pleadingly to twin. “I am right here. I am not trying to trick you. I am not trying to hurt you. I have not even shot at you, which you deserve for cutting my hair.”

Kaumirran jinked, bouncing her craft to make it harder to get a clean lock on her.

“I can’t stay here for long. I have a way out of here. Away from them. A way for both of us. It’s a better life. But you have to come now. You have to trust me. Please!



Actions:

Mode Change to Gerwalk

Continuing A Dodge Focus


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