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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Steel Valkyries OOC
« Last post by InfernosCaress on July 14, 2020, 09:26:43 AM »
I wear a mask every time that I leave the house. They only protect other people and not wearer, but I do my part anyway. If only everyone else would, we would be in much better shape.
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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Steel Valkyries OOC
« Last post by Sketchley on July 14, 2020, 06:40:47 AM »
Yeah... I've been following the news about infections gathering pace in your neck of the woods.

Stay safe, wear a mask (I know, it sucks in the heat and humidity), and do your best to stay healthy (meant in the sense of having a healthy body is one of the best defences against any virus).

Here in Osaka, there's been a bit of a resurgence, nowhere near as bad as Tokyo mind you.  But with Covid-19, there's no telling if common sense will prevail (and the infection rate goes back down), or the opposite happens, and they start closing schools again.  (>_<;)
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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Steel Valkyries OOC
« Last post by InfernosCaress on July 14, 2020, 05:38:53 AM »
These things happen. It is not like there isn't a lot of distractions going on. I mean, things are not great here in the US right about now.
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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.2: Milk Run
« Last post by InfernosCaress on July 14, 2020, 05:36:52 AM »
Kaumirran

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"Try harder to do it the right way!"



Kaumirran made a face at the camera. She was wearing a helmet and was not sure if anyone noticed. Plus there was that whole life-or-death exchange of gunfire going on serving as a distraction.

“We can still use these,” she added in case no one had been looking her way during her first rebuttal. “Pound out the dents, add some more powder, and they’ll be good to go. Bullets are like that.” Debatably.






"What are you doing?!"



“They shot me!” Kaumirran returned. “Do have any idea what’s that like? They hit me. With a bullet and it’s friends. That is very disruptive to this snowflake’s mildly egoistical nature.”






After her damaged suit touched down in the bay, Nur unsealed the front plate. She chest compartment hissed open. It was a bit slow to respond thanks to the damage that it had sustained. She slipped her arm free of its control nest and added a bit of her own strength to get the hatch completely open, then she climbed out and dropped on to the deck.

There were a lot of things that could have happened. Pooty could have backed her up and told a A-Meanie to get off her case. They could have flown together. The missiles could have been intercepted and a lot of people may still have had their lives. But, no. She had been sucker punched by her own team mate. The missiles had not been intercepted. A bunch of people died. Well, A-Meanie was going to get an earful about it and at least one really hard shove for being a two-faced, backstabbing, teammate-shooting trollop.
 


 

"What would have happened if Purple Squad pressed their attack when you were alone?!  You'd be smeared on the side of the scenery right now!"



“We weren’t moving as a team. You ran off!” Kaumirran countered. She did not like being called out. She especially did not like it when there was a very real, very tiny chance that she may have been at fault. “I was trying to stop them! You ran off and they got away!” She began to poke a finger down against her palm as if she were pointing to an illusory sheet of paper. “We could have disabled one of their fighters. We could have taken one of their pilots prisoner. We could have gained a whole mess of intel about who they were, where they’re based, what their numbers are, and where they keep their cash.”

 

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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Steel Valkyries OOC
« Last post by Sketchley on July 14, 2020, 03:19:17 AM »
Busy, busy, busy...  I can't believe that it's been a month between posts!

I'll try to maintain the weekly posting rate from now (should be much easier, as the really time intensive combat is out of the way).
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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.2: Milk Run
« Last post by Sketchley on July 14, 2020, 03:17:39 AM »
2069.02.09 Sat. (18:00): Elpis Faction Border, 5 Sisters (deep space between the Irmuska and Caterina Systems)

There's not much that the Steel Valkyries can do other than stand guard over the surviving Battlesuits as they finish transporting the remaining cargo containers into the Hamekahame.  The remnants of Amina's Quadoran team also give commiseration to their sisters and brothers as they try and recover any salvageable debris from the destroyed cargo containers.

Many Jināru Air-battle Pods sortie from the Hamekahame, and they spread out to provide air cover and patrol the debris field that the 5 Sisters is composed of.

The Steel Valkyries and Amina's Quadoran team land and go their separate ways.

Safely back in their pressurized helmet, the Major waves everyone over for an after-mission meeting.

"Everyone, repair duties!" he immediately orders.  "We need your VFs running ASAP!  Patch the leaks, un-jam the guns, and reload with what we have in stock." he says, indicating their dwindling supply of bullets and missiles with a sweep of his hand.

"Cap't Alakai wants us on escort patrol double time, as it's all hands on deck to repair the damage to our ship!"

It's the kind of orders that no one wants to hear, and no one needs to be told twice—as they are deep inside enemy territory, in a well travelled part of Elpis territory.

The Major sternly points at Kaumirran as the others trot off to begin the repairs.  He yells at Kaumirran, "what the hell was that?!  We move as a team!  Every time you break formation or go off tactic, you put everyone, especially yourself in danger!"

"What would have happened if Purple Squad pressed their attack when you were alone?!  You'd be smeared on the side of the scenery right now!"
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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.2: Milk Run
« Last post by Sketchley on July 14, 2020, 03:16:58 AM »
2069.02.09 Sat. (17:00–17:30): Elpis Faction Border, 5 Sisters (deep space between the Irmuska and Caterina Systems)

"I am.  I’m collecting the ones that they generously offered me."


"Try harder to do it the right way!" the Major grunts out as he is buffeted by G forces, the shock waves from explosions, and so on.


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As the Major, Bah, and Mr. D all race back toward the supply line in pursuit of the missiles, Kaumirran turns to put her VF's nose on the retreating enemy formation—effectively sliding horizontally as she doesn't change her last vector.

Her first burst hits her target (the "3rd" VF-14) in the engine nacelle—doing negligible damage.

"What are you doing?!" the Major barks at Kaumirran.  "Let them go!"


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Kaumirran fires another 25 r burst.  This time, the pilot anticipates her attack, and avoids the shots.  It's two wingmates, on the other hand, transform into Battroid and fire their chest beam guns at her—while still flying along their retreat vector.  She successfully avoids their shots, but her firing angle is now way off, and they are out of gun range.

Behind her—in the direction of the supply line—there are a series of bright flashes, as the 71 missiles launched by the enemy explode all along the length and breadth of the supply line.  The explosions are markedly brighter than the continuing light show from the gun fire between the Hamekahame and its target, and the explosions all over the bow of the Hamekahame.

"The missiles!" the Major yells in anguish.


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Kaumirran notes that the missiles—even if they hadn't just exploded—would be way out of head laser range, and opts not to fire.  She turns and accelerates toward the rest of her team.


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"Sir...?" Mr. D concernedly radios the Major.

"Check for survivors!" the Major shouts back.



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

Map/visualization aid: Click on Eps. 2.2: Milk Run Map.
Green triangle: Quadoran-Rō team
2 bluish-purple triangles: Fighter Pod teams
Purple triangle: mystery VF-14 group




"Pootyyyyy, /z/She’s being a A-Meanie agaiiiin./z/"

"/z/ Leave me out of it! /z/," Putri immediately, angrily retorts.

Amina growls in disgust, and flicks her manoeuvring jets to move her above the other two.

"/z/On it./z/"

"/z/ No, you're not. /z/," Amina gruffly says, moments before firing a single impact gun shot into the left main thruster on the back of Nur's Quadoran-Nona.

Nur's Battlesuit immediately switches over to limp-home mode.

Before she can reply, Amina growls, "/z/ go back to playing house with Tool, that dog you call a husband!!  I told you when you joined me team that we aren't into the kind of crap that comes out of your mouth! /z/"

Amina shuts Nur out of the squad's channel, and communicates solely with Putri.  She asks, "/z/ Do you think Farah's broken arm has healed? /z/" as they rocket along with no chance of catching up with the Ghosts' missile volleys.


The 71 missiles dive toward the convoy line.  There are 6 teams of 2 Nūjaderu-Gā doing the actual heavy lifting, and 2 teams of 3 Quadoran-Rō and Quadoran-Nona standing guard (mainly deployed to make sure that the transport ship that they're getting the supplies from—or its escort ship—don't try anything funny).

As soon as the enemy attack began, the 4 Quadoran-Nona start helping the Nūjaderu-Gā move the cargo containers into the Hamekahame, and the 2 Quadoran-Rō spread out to protect the cluster of 9 containers that the transport ship dumped just before it fled the area.  7 out of the 24 containers were safely inside the Hamekahame by the time the missiles got within the range of the Battlesuits' guns.

The Hamekahame also turned its Anti-air Beam Guns against the missiles after the 3 QF-4000 Ghosts were shot down.  It manages to shoot down all of 2 of the high-manoeuvrability missiles launched by the Ghosts despite firing 20 salvos from various guns.

The Nūjaderu-Gā fire their chest impact cannons, and the Quadoran-Rō and Quadoran-Nona fire their arm lasers.  Some hit, many miss.

All told, 13 containers, 5 Nūjaderu-Gā (with another heavily damaged), 2 Quadoran-Rō, and 1 Quadoran-Nona are lost in the missile strike (in other words, the supplies in 11 containers were saved).


Not long after the multitude of explosions, the incoming fire from Purple Squad's ship ceases.  It's a couple of beats before the Hamekahame also stops—as Purple Squad's Stealth Frigate space folds away.
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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Steel Valkyries OOC
« Last post by InfernosCaress on June 23, 2020, 06:21:55 PM »
My net in the new place is up now.
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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Steel Valkyries OOC
« Last post by InfernosCaress on June 14, 2020, 07:42:30 PM »
I am moving on Saturday.  So after that, I won't have internet for a little while until I get caught up on the moving expenses.
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Macross: Steal Valkyries / Re: Eps. 2.2: Milk Run
« Last post by InfernosCaress on June 14, 2020, 07:37:14 PM »

"/z/ you say something stupid like that again, I'll shoot you myself! /z/"


Nur did not let the threat of violence get her down. She was bred for that kind of thing. Having it come from Amina made no real difference in her mind. Well, maybe a small difference in that she thought it to be an unlikely occurrence to realize. Another thing that it had little effect on was its goal in preventing her from talking. She simply directed her next comment over the team channel to Putri. “Pootyyyyy,” she said as she let rip a flaming round of her chest cannons at one of the annoying drones. “/z/She’s being a A-Meanie agaiiiin./z/”

She probably should have spent less time running her mouth as she was a bit too slow to avoid a laser shot. The stuttering beam carved a gash across her powered armour. The armour plating flared away, as did some of the mechanical components underneath. Along the deepest part of the hole, her vacuum suited forearm was exposed. That, thankfully, remained intact.


"/z/ The convoy line!  Quickly! /z/"

“/z/On it./z/”

Nur pivoted around. That exposed her back to the surviving Drones, but there was something more pressing at the moment. Besides, with her front armour damaged, her backside is actually better protected. Plotting a course ahead of the flickering dots on her HUD, she kicked her thrusters up to full. She could not outrun the missiles, of course. They were much faster than she was. She could, however, attempt to bring herself within firing range.

Nur watched as the numerals marking their intervening distance ticked down. It took several seconds but there was nothing that she could do to speed things along. Soon, though, the hundred dropped to tens, and then to singles. Once she crossed in to range and the icons representing the missiles shifted in color, she raised her arms. Nur let fly a burst of lasers first her left and then with her right cannons toward the deadly cluster.



ACTIONS:
1)  Impact Cannon Shot at Drone when it comes within range
2) Intercept Course toward the Missile Cluster
3) Single Arm Laser Burst at the Missile Cluster
4) Single Arm Laser Burst at the Missile Cluster

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