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Sorry about the late start! lost track of time watching someone play children of a dead earth. looks fun, kinda, but I feel like large scale engagements would get out of control very quickly.

Anyway, going to try a slow burn thread over the course of the week this time, so don't expect too many story updates tonight, maybe just 2-3. I'll try to post one a day during the week, but can't promise anything- we're gearing up to ship the second unit this weekend, and it's always a struggle to get stuff crated and ready to go in the day. We'll see how it goes, but if I miss a couple, that's why. I'll try to make it up to you if I do.

Other than that, no real news, haha!

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The ungainly form of the C-2 Greyhound COD bird seems to plod it's way onto the deck, the roar of it's turboprops deafening, even from your perch up on the observation deck on the island. It's pilot still manages to snag the number three wire with his tailhook though.

"There she is." Anastasia says from her spot next to you. You grunt in response- Kimberly Wells isn't exactly who you'd have picked, given the choice, but at this point it's too late to complain. She's competent and talented in her fields, true, but she's both younger than aunt Merlin was when she started flying with your dad- and far more possessive where you're concerned.

"It's only for this cruise" Your sister reminds you, and you shake your head.

"I doubt it." You respond. "VDNI crews aren't like others. Have you ever seen dad fly with anyone other than aunt Merlin?"

Anastasia scrunches up her faces as she thinks on it- and realizes you're right. Other than a brief period where he flew Ravens before leaving the navy, your dad has only ever flown with Merlin.

"But she's still in just her second year." She points out. "And there's no way they'll let you sit at a desk or whatever while she completes the rest of her academy time. Even if you weren't a Bishop, you're a fenrir pilot, you're to expensive to not do anything with."

"Sure, but I am a Bishop." You point out. "And dad's only son-"

"That we know of."

You give your sister a dirty look before continuing. "And dropping me back in Annapolis near all the witches in the academy there works a lot better for the matrons than keeping me aboard a ship where nearly half the witches are my family."

"And your mom would raise all kinds of unholy hell if she thought that's what they were doing and you know it." She points out. "And dad probably would too."

She's right, and you know it. You turn away from the flight deck, headed back inside the island.

"Hey wait! Where are we going now?" Anastasia asks.

[] Down to the flight deck hatch, you may as well greet Kim when she gets in.
[] Down to the Hangar deck, we'll meet the ground crew and give our fighter a once over
[] Back to the squad bay. everyone's back now, so we can meet them all at once.
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>>2190212
>[] Back to the squad bay. everyone's back now, so we can meet them all at once.

Welcome back, Ghost. Happy New Year mate
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Aw shit here we go.

>>2190212
>[] Back to the squad bay. everyone's back now, so we can meet them all at once.
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>>2190212
[x] Down to the flight deck hatch, you may as well greet Kim when she gets in.
Even if we aren't thrilled about her she is still our RIO, we need to go greet her.
Also, Hooah, new Striker's 16
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[] Down to the flight deck hatch, you may as well greet Kim when she gets in.

Might as well get over this
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So ghost, with the slowburn thread idea how'll the voting period work? 12 hours? 24? Variable, with the cutoff posted by you? Depend son whether it's the weekend or the weekdays? Updates through the week means checking in to vote during the week too, after all.

>>2190212
>[] Down to the flight deck hatch, you may as well greet Kim when she gets in.
It's best to meet the squad when we've got Kim with us and we're a whole crew
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>>2190212
>[] Down to the flight deck hatch, you may as well greet Kim when she gets in.
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>>2190212
>[x] Down to the flight deck hatch, you may as well greet Kim when she gets in.
Best night of the week!
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>>2190212
I've been waiting for this. Welcome back.

>[] Down to the flight deck hatch, you may as well greet Kim when she gets in.
She might ambush us later otherwise.
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>>2190212
>[] Down to the flight deck hatch, you may as well greet Kim when she gets in.
It's the polite thing to do.
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>>2190212

>[x] Back to the squad bay. everyone's back now, so we can meet them all at once.
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>>2190212

>[X] Down to the Hangar deck, we'll meet the ground crew and give our fighter a once over

Always be on good terms with the guys who fix your bird.
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>>2190221
Uh....source?
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>>2190315
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN_CP4SuoTU
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>>2190212
>[] Down to the flight deck hatch, you may as well greet Kim when she gets in.
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>>2190231
What we'll do is say the voting period runs from when the post drops to about 2000hrs EST (8pm) that keeps thing fairly easy.
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>>2190212
>[] Down to the flight deck hatch, you may as well greet Kim when she gets in.
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>>2190212
>strikers 2016
>last day of 2017
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[x] Down to the flight deck hatch, you may as well greet Kim when she gets in.

"Down to the flight deck hatch." you respond, indicating the C-2 with a tilt of your head.

"Oh boy." Anastasia says. "Here we go."

You don't respond- though you maybe do drag your feet a little as you head down the narrow, steep ladderwell towards the hatch in the side of the island.

Kim is down there, with a green shirted cargo handler just stepping through the hatch, carrying what you assume is her sea bag. She's got a smaller pack on her back and a laptop bag held under her arm- and, of course, she's bareleg. You kinda have to admire her dedication to the witch's privilege- Aunt Merlin almost never goes bareleg at all, and technically, with this being her apprentice cruise, she's not exactly supposed to.

She turns her head at the sound of your boots on the ladderwell- and smiles. It falters a little as Anastasia descends behind you- she doesn't much like 'competing' with your sisters, and never has. She's not as given to saying embarrassing things in public as her sister, thankfully, but occasionally her actions can be a bit off-putting, especially around other witches.

"Morgan!" She exclaims- still happy enough to see you, even with Anastasia there. She doesn't quite run over to you, but you still rock back a bit as she slams into you, her arms wrapping around your abdomen, her head in your chest. "Oh my gosh I was so excited when they said we'd be flying together!" She says. She looks up at you, still not releasing you from her hug. "Isn't this great? We'll be just like mom and Uncle Frank!"

"Hello, Kim." Anastasia says as she steps up alongside you. "How was your flight?"

"Boring." Kim says, before looking back up at you. "Did you get our fighter, Morgan? how is it? Can we go see it now?"

[] We should probably go meet the rest of the unit first, Kim.
[] Sure, now's as good as time as any.
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>>2190574
>[] We should probably go meet the rest of the unit first, Kim.
We should save the fighter for when we don't have anything else demanding our attention
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>>2190574
>[] We should probably go meet the rest of the unit first, Kim.
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>>2190574
>[] We should probably go meet the rest of the unit first, Kim.

Greetings first then fun!

Oh now I kind of wanted crazy girl but Kim is fine too.
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>>2190574
>[x] We should probably go meet the rest of the unit first, Kim.
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>>2190574
>[] We should probably go meet the rest of the unit first, Kim.
Might remind her how we got this posting on the way over. The others might not be terribly receptive to our presence for a while.
And I'm now glad we got the less embarrassing one, especially with Morgan being quieter than Frank.
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>>2190574
>[] We should probably go meet the rest of the unit first, Kim.
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>>2190574
>[x] We should probably go meet the rest of the unit first, Kim.
Responsibility!
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Ok guys, it's quieted down quite a bit in here, if you want I can do one more Story update, or I can go ahead and say this is the last for the evening and do one or two tomorrow.
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>>2190574
>We should probably go meet the rest of the unit first, Kim.
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>>2190765
I'd say do one more story update then put it on hold until tomorrow.
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>>2190765
Whatever works for you Ghost
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>>2190765
Do what is best for you, enjoy your new years Ghost.
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>>2190765
One more. It’s just that I’m looking at other stuff waiting for updates
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>>2190765
One more before sleep would be nice.
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ok, one more it is
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[x] We should probably go meet the rest of the unit first, Kim.

"We'll go meet the rest of the squadron first, Kim." You say, gently pushing her back away from you a bit.

She looks slightly disappointed, but doesn't say anything- though she does pout at you for a split second before you start to turn around to head down into the ship. You don't see her reaction, not quite, but she does rush to grab your hand as you start down the next set of ladders.

Anastasia doesn't react- though you can practically feel her disapproval at the move. You don't bother saying anything- it wouldn't do any good right now anyway, and your mom did always teach you to bear small things like this and not step on anyone's feelings if it can be avoided. Especially if it's not going to do much good, as in this case.

The green-shirted handler follows the three of you down, only relieving himself of Kim's bag next to the hatch to the squad bay. Anastasia holds up a hand before you step in. "Let me go in first." She says. "Just to make sure."

"It's not gonna work if you have to do that all the time." You point out, and she nods.

"I know. just gimme a second."

You shrug. "Go ahead then."

She nods, stepping in through the door. You can hear voices in there for a minute before they stop and the door opens. "Alright Morgan." Anastasia says.

You step in to what almost feels like a court. Three witches stand in a sort of semi-circle in front of you- the tall brunette you'd seen earlier with Anastasia, a blonde of about middling height, and another girl with long, almost jet black hair.

The three of them look you up and down in silence- you can feel Kim scoot herself a bit closer to you- before the blonde speaks.

"You're Bishop?"

"Laroux-Bishop." you correct.

She snorts. "So it is true. The mother of night and the Butcher-"

"Careful, Kat." Anastasia warns. "He's my dad, too." Her tone of voice isn't quite heated, but it's enough to carry the warning across clearly.

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You shrug. "Is my parentage going to be a problem, Commander?" You ask, reading the rank pins on her blouse.

She sighs and shakes her head as if to clear it. "No, and I'm sorry. We just lost a man- it's not easy, you know?"

You elect to not say anything. She presses on after a second. "Your element lead is going to be Lieutenant commander William Smith." She says. "He's probably in the hangar bay right now, he and Una practically live there."

"Una's his witch?" Kim asks

"Not HIS witch, kid." One of the other girls- the brunette- snarls. "Witches don't belong to-"

"Becc. Enough." Kirsten says, before turning back to you. "Look, Lieutenant, I'm going to apologize in advance. It's never easy and losing someone in peacetime, somehow that's worse."

You nod.

"Anyway. I'm Commander Kirsten Piper. The one next to me, this is lieutenant commander Rebecca O'hare."

O'hare, for her part, doesn't say anything- though she does spare an angry glance to send your way. You don't bother giving her anything back but a blank look.

"I'm Lieutenant Jessica Cunningham." The other witch says, the first she's spoken. Her voice is neutral and level.

Apparently she reads something in your expression and nods. "Yes, that Cunningham. He was my grandpa. And no, I haven't talked to him since the scandal."

You nod- you're aware, vaguely, of what she's talking about, but to you it doesn't have much to do with her.

"I'm Lieutenant Junior grade Morgan Laroux-Bishop." You say- not information to anyone, you suppose, though sometimes hearing it directly from you still has an effect. Indeed, you see Jessica and Rebecca's eyes widen slightly at your words.

"And I'm his systems operator. Ensign Kimberly Wells." Kim says from her spot next to you.

"You seem awful young to be plugged." Rebecca says, looking at Kim.

"I'm not." Kim says. "I've got to use the adapter system for right now, this is my apprentice cruise."

Kirsten's eyes narrow at that. "They put an apprentice on one of my Fenrirs?"

"I'm a Wells." Kim says, sounding a bit miffed. "I can do this better than anyone else and we work with Bishops better than anyone else."

"Based on all of one team." Rebecca points out. "How the hell are you supposed to handle that thing without plugs?"

"I'm a WELLS." Kim repeats, heat rising in her voice.

[] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper
[] Side with Rebecca- a Fenrir is no place for an apprentice, especially one without plugs.
[] Side with Kim- Wells witches have the strongest technology affinity known, she'll be fine.
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>>2191006
>[] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper
That's a surprise though, I figured she'd got the implants. Guess it makes sense she hasn't.
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>>2191006
>[x] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper
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>>2191006
>[x] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper
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>>2191006
>[X] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to Commander Piper.

>"They put an apprentice on one of my Fenrirs?"
Ain't witch politics grand?
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>>2191006
>>[] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper
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>>2191006
>[] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper
This is where she was assigned, so /someone/ thought it was a good idea. If it causes issues we'll throw it up the chain.
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>>2191006

>[X] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper

Oh boy much friction already

We might need to give Wells a stern Talking-To sooner rather than later
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>>2191006

[z] Side with Rebecca- a Fenrir is no place for an apprentice, especially one without plugs.
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>>2191006
[] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper
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>>2191006
>[] Side with Rebecca- a Fenrir is no place for an apprentice, especially one without plugs.
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>>2191037
It sounds like she wouldn't really listen, unfortunately. It's a good think Morgan is a quieter type, I think; hopefully it'll let most of the drama pass him by.
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>>2191006
>[x] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper
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>>2191006
>[] Side with Kim- Wells witches have the strongest technology affinity known, she'll be fine.
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>>2191006
[x] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper
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>>2191006
>[] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper
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>>2191006
>[X] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper
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>>2191006
>[] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper
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>>2191006
>[X] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper
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>>2191006
>[x] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper
If voting is still open that is.
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>>2191006
>[x] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper
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>>2191006
>[] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper
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>[x] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper
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>>2191006
>[] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper

Anybody else not like Kim already?
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>>2192205
So far, sounds like she was the lesser of two evils. We're stuck with her for the foreseeable future though, so we ought to give her a fair shake. And she's extremely green; with some luck she'll mellow out some over time.
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>>2192317
It sounds like she's the annoying younger girl you have to hang out with because your parents make you and has a crush on you. More like a sister than anything else.

As for the lesser of two evils, well we don't know anyone else yet. Not really. I'll give her a shot but Merlin only worked out because she was that damn good and wasn't boastful about it. Kim is... the opposite.
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>>2192205
dunno, man. dunno.
for a preteen witch with a god complex, she doesn't seem that bad.
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>>2192412
>As for the lesser of two evils, well we don't know anyone else yet
Her sister Chris thinks herself and Morgan are destined to be together and by the sounds of things is quite vocal about it. She probably would have been a bigger headache.
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>>2192435
I've apparently missed a thread, I thought this was a start. I'll go find it. Thanks.
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>>2192438
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Strike%20Witches%202016
or
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=strike%20witches%201989

>>2190212
Hey ghost, I don't suppose I can convenive you to number the OP titles and to add the archive link to the OP?
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>>2192435
Honestly both of them sound terrible right now, after reading the other thread.

>>2192422
So she's only really bad instead of completely terrible.
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>>2192559
Let's see how good Kim is at her job before judging her. Also, she has zero combat experience, so her attitude may change once we get to fly some real missions.
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>>2192582
"Keeping me away from everyone else and never letting me out of her sight" sounds like a terrible trait in anyone, much less that she's thirteen. I'll give her a shot but I'm not currently hopeful.
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>>2192559
Our two real options for co-witch weren't too great and our squadron seems to be a shitshow as well. So far it just seems like the running theme is that everything is shit. We'll just have to Abide.
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>>2192643
I mean, this is the beginning of a sequel to a quest that ran 150+ threads. We should have plenty of time for things to improve, especially once the war starts.
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>>2192643

Let go your earthly tether. Enter the void. Empty, and become wind.
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>>2192829
Considering our mom, will we become known for night operations and handling stuff for spooks, or would that just be playing to stereotypes too much?
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>>2192867
That might be a little on the nose, yes, though I can see us being friendly with the specops-types, considering our mother and quiet and intense nature. Considering how clannish they tend to be, having an in with them might be interesting.

Well, and I doubt they'd stick us in a mixed squad like this only to detach us for specops stuff.
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Ok, so! Vote cutoff will be 2000 EST, since I can pretty reliably get home by then- if I'm not, they probably kept us SUPER late, but I'll try to be (Since work's already pissed me off pretty badly, I probably won't be staying much if I can help it). We'll run a normal thread Saturday to cap off the week, then start another Sunday- so there's going to be a more or less constant run, just the same as there would be if I ever get enough on pateron to make my money as a content creator!

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[x] Interrupt before this gets out of hand. We'll see how it goes, if it's a problem, you'll take it to commander Piper

"If it becomes an issue, we'll take it to commander Piper." You say, just as Becc's mouth opens to retort again.

The commander nods, happy enough to accept your word on that. "That's fine. Wells, we'll still be talking later about what's going to be expected of you here." She turns to look at you. "We'll be having the same discussion later"

"Ma'am."

"Alright." She says, sighing a bit. "I'd say it's good to have you, but under the circumstances, you'll understand if I say I really wish we didn't have to."

You nod, but as you turn to leave, she speaks up again. "One last thing- we're going to just call you Lieutenant Laroux. We've already got a Bishop." She indicates Ana, who grins at you.

"Sorry bro." She says. "Besides, dad loves me the most of anyone on this ship anyway."

You snort at that. "Sure he does."

"OK. well, I'm done with you, and I don't think anyone else has any questions or comments they need to make" The commander says, looking left and right at the other witches, who shake their heads. "Our mess calls are at oh-five, thirteen, and eighteen if you're not on flight ops. if you are on flight, someone will bring you food wherever you're at. The mess hall is open all hours for light stuff. We're none too formal, but we do try to all eat at the same time, so that'll include you two as well. As far as it goes, we don't use rank too much among each other, but the skipper happens to think it's good for morale if we're seen to be living under the same rules as everyone else. She also wants to keep at least one Fenrir on alert twenty four seven, so you'll be swapping out with Billy and Una once you get squared away. Take any of the racks over there-" She points to the righthand side, where you've already stacked the linens on the bare racks. "And grab a locker."

"Yes, Ma'am." You nod.

"Alright, that's it. For real this time." She says. "Now if you;ll excuse me, I'm going to take a shower, finally. Salt spray is murder on my hair."

And with that she spins on her heel and practically sprints away, reaching down, apparently without thought to your presence, to peel off her flight jacket and shirt. Anastasia watches her go as the other two witches turn to chase her.

"That's pretty normal." She says, indicating the three of them.

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"What about you?" you ask. "Don't you need to shower?"

She shakes her head. "Already did, earlier."

"When?" You ask- as far as you know, she's been with you the entire time she's been back aboard.

"Right after I got back down. There's some showers in the other witch quarters back aft that I can use since we're the only squadron aboard." She says. "Normally they're closed up without another squadron with the air group, but I've got a spare key. I'll get one for you if you want one- it can be a nice place to catch a nap if you're off duty and don't want to be bothered."

You shrug- it also sounds like a good place to have a couple uninterrupted hours with someone you might be seeing, but you don't bother mentioning that. Ana isn't really that kind of girl- you can't actually remember her taking any kind of interest in anyone like that, but you also haven't seen her in nearly a year.

"So where to now, Morgan?" Kim asks. "We should go see the fighter and start working on integration, since I still have to use the adapter gear."

"It's getting close to afternoon chow." Anastasia points out. "And Kat wasn't kidding about us trying to take meals together. You could get your stuff squared away here and then go down to the hangar after you eat, too."

[] We can wait till the evening meal- we'll go down and get to work on the fighter's systems.
[] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
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>>2193200
>[] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
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>>2193200
>[] We can wait till the evening meal- we'll go down and get to work on the fighter's systems.
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>>2193200
>[x] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
Probably for the best if we do our best to fit in with the squadron given our reason for being here.
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>>2193200
>[x] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
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>>2193200
>[] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
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>>2193200
>[x] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
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>>2193200
>[] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
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>>2193200
>[X] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
Let's not rock the boat here.
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>>2193200
>[x] We can wait till the evening meal- we'll go down and get to work on the fighter's systems.
Sooner we get our bird squared away the better, sure the Commander will understand.

>"Sorry bro." She says. "Besides, dad loves me the most of anyone on this ship anyway."
>implying it isn't the Echocats on board
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>>2193200
>[] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
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>>2193200
>[X] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
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>>2193200
>[] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
If she hadn't made a point of eating together, I'd go with looking at the fighter, but here we are. It'd be nice to get to the Fenrir at some point though.

>One last thing- we're going to just call you Lieutenant Laroux. We've already got a Bishop.
Sounds like we need to get ourselves a callsign. Actually, seems like handing out callsigns to Bishops would be a necessity, so you know when someone is talking to you.

>Ok, so! Vote cutoff will be 2000 EST
Are you angling for 1 post per day then, or would the cutoff for the second post be whenever you get around to it?
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>>2193200
>[X] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.

The squadron might not want to socialize, but we shouldn't snub them.
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>>2193200
>[] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
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>>2193200
>[] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
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>>2193269
I'm going to shoot at one post a day- I need to rack out pretty early in the day to actually get more than 4 hours of sleep a night, and I'm really too beat by the end of the day to get less than that.
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>>2193200
>[] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
Until then, though, let's chat with Kim
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>>2193200
>[x] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
Don't piss off the commander on our first day.
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>>2193200
>[] We can wait till the evening meal- we'll go down and get to work on the fighter's systems.
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>>2193200
>[] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
Possible solution to Kim: Play up the doting older brother thing with Ana.
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>>2193200
>[] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work
As much as I want to check our bird already, it would be rude to ditch our squadmates right after they told us we're expected to be present
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>>2193200

[Z] We can wait till the evening meal- we'll go down and get to work on the fighter's systems.

Because if we're going to be Squadron Punching Bag, might as well be competent and on-top of our job at least.

Also

> "Normally they're closed up without another squadron with the air group, but I've got a spare key. I'll get one for you if you want one- it can be a nice place to catch a nap if you're off duty and don't want to be bothered."

NO ANA, WE ARE NOT THAT STUPID, WE WATCHED THAT ANIME, THAT'S HOW MEET CUTE HAPPENS.
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>>2193200
>[X] We can wait till the evening meal- we'll go down and get to work on the fighter's systems.
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>>2193200
>[] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
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>>2193200
>[] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
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>[] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.
Hell Yeah, Strikers 16
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>>2193200
>[x] We can wait till the evening meal- we'll go down and get to work on the fighter's systems.
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>>2193269

>Sounds like we need to get ourselves a callsign.

Well, that'll have to wait until we do something dumb or crazy.
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>>2193747
So, What will it be, Excalibur, Iceman, Hellfire, or something in the lines of these?
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>>2193764
I've got a sneaking suspicion we'll wind up with a joke name of some sort, given by someone that thinks we're too straight laced or somesuch.
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>>2193779
I guess you're probably right, after all, someone uptight will just end up with some absolutely ridiculous and potentially stupid nickname
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>>2193791
>>2193779
>>2193764
I'm still partial to Thanatos because mythology. Or Bayou.
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>>2193993
Or Memento.
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>>2193779
Chicken Chaser
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Ok, voting is over! Gonna work on the update now!
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>>2195558
Waiting warmly
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[x] Yeah, that's a good plan, we'll eat first, then go to work.

You nod. "Fair enough. I'll get my shit squared away."

"So what's it like?" Ana asks, perching herself on her rack and watching as you and Kim get your personal effects in your own bunks- in your case, almost nothing, really. A couple books you'd brought along, and a poncho liner your mother gave you.

"What's what like?" You ask, looking over at Kim, who seems kind of subdued from her usual self- the reality of the situation setting in, no doubt.

"The plugs." She clarifies, poking at the back of her own neck with a finger and making a face.

"What about them?"

"What's it like? flying with them, I mean?"

"Haven't you asked dad about this?"

She makes another face at you, sticking out her tongue.

You shrug. "I haven't flown much with it active." You say. "Our combat computer isn't even live yet, since I had to wait for my systems operator."

"You waited for me?" Kim asks, almost sounding like she can't believe her good fortune- like you had a choice.

"VDNI required it." You state somewhat flatly. "the Boeing techs wouldn't even install the correct feeds for it without a SO present."

"Oh." the sound comes out small- though you know Kim well enough to know that her feelings aren't going to be hurt for long, if they are at all. She goes back to getting the linens on her own bunk without further comment.

"What's the squadron like?" You ask, before Anastasia can really prod. She can be pretty determined, when she wants to be.

"It's not so bad. We don't have the wartime record of spellcaster, of course, but they've been riding on the reputation dad and aunt Merlin and the moms made for them for the last twenty years." She says. "VF7 has a good enough service record, they were in the pacific for the duration though, so they missed all the fights in Europe."

"But they were active in Alaska." You point out.

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Anastasia nods. "They were active in Alaska, and were in the battle of the Bering strait, but arrived too late to make a difference. Mostly they spent the war fighting alongside the IJN against the Chinese in the south china sea and the sea of japan. All their witches made ace, but they weren't a composite squadron back then."

"How recent is that?" You ask.

She shrugs. "Garcia was one of the early steelwing pilots assigned to the unit. That's part of why this is so bad." she says. "It's pre 9/11, but not much before that, I think right around the fleet reorganization in the late 90s? You could ask Becca if you want, she probably knows the exact date."

"Maybe at chow." You respond. "So, Black angels? What's your mom's stance on nose art?"

She shrugs. "It's technically allowed, they haven't messed with that reg. Nixon's memory is still too strong to really overrule that kind of thing, and mom would be the last person to go against anything he said, after what he did for dad. We've got a couple pretty good artists with the unit, but the marines have the best guy for it with their aircraft maintainers."

"We should be careful with that, Morgan." Kim points out, climbing onto your rack just as you get the covers smoothed out and inspection-passable. "The paint on the Fenrir isn't normal, it's radar-absorbent. Nose art might compromise that."

You frown at her. "We'll worry about it later." you say, lifting her off your rack and depositing her on her own, turning to smooth back out the wrinkles in the covers there and draw the curtain back, concealing your bunk from view.

Anastasia laughs. "Well, you know how dad got his."

"And I don't plan on copying it." You respond. "I'm not dad."

"Sorry, Sorry." She says- though her voice indicates she's really not that sorry. "I'm sure we'll be able ot figure out something."

"I'm sure."

She laughs. "C'mon. they'll be out of the showers soon, and we can go eat."

Almost as soon as she says it, your squadron leader steps out of the attached heads, skin still steaming from the shower, a towel wrapped around her torso and another on her head. "We'll go in a second, Bishop." She says, walking around the corner, behind the racks, to change into clothes. "You and Laroux and Wells go ahead, we'll meet you in a couple minutes."

"Are Billy and Una going to be there?"

"Doubt it." Your commander responds, her voice carefully neutral. "They've been going over their steelwing almost nonstop since- " She pauses. "Since-"

"Go ahead and go." Anastasia says to you, her voice quiet enough to make it across to you without carrying to Commander Piper. "I'll stay here and help her."

[ ] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help
[] You should stay and try to help- it's what you're expected to do, right?
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>>2195849
>[] You should stay and try to help- it's what you're expected to do, right?
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>>2195849
>[ ] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help
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>>2195849
>[ ] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help
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>>2195849
>[ ] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help
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>>2195849
>[x] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help.

We're an outsider to her, we aren't deep enough in the unit to be any help right now.

Also Ghost, what other Fenrir-equipped squadrons are there outside of our unit and VF-3?
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>>2195849
>[ ] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help
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>>2195849
>>[X] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help
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Hey Ghost, how common are MiG-21s?
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>>2195849
>[ ] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help
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>>2195849
>[x] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help.

Jesus these girls are a fucking wreck.
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>>2195849
>[x] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help

>They've been going over their steelwing almost nonstop since-
Will be curious to hear their theories on what happened, of course only if they bring them up.
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>>2195849
>[x] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help
We are not Dad.
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>>2195849
>[ ] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help
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>>2195849
>[ ] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help
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I'm interested in knowing what our opponents have. Are they still flying MIG-21s?
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>>2195849
>[ ] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help
We really don't. We don't know if they were close, if they were friends, if they were lovers, if they hated eachothers' guts, anything.
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>>2195932
>the North korean airforce operates largely chinese types, with a handful of fandances.

Probably got quite a few J-7s, though I wouldn't be surprised if they have more of the newer stuff then IRL
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I was thinking about what kind of hobbies Morgan might have. I was kind of thinking scratchbuilding cars and motorcycles, just cause I think one of things we must have inherited from Frank would have been his NEED FOR SPEED.
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>>2195849
>[x] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help
I wanna give Piper a hug, not through Morgan, I just wanna give her a hug. Poor kid.
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>>2195849
>[ ] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help
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>>2195849
>[ ] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help
We just met her, it'd be kinda weird to help with this sort of thing.

>>2195886
Spellcaster would go combat ineffective for a while everytime Frank went down or got hurt. Despite her other issues, Wilkins wasn't wrong about how hard it hit witches to lose their steelwings. I'm not surprised they are a mess.

>>2195956
Seems reasonable, if a bit difficult to practice at sea. Is there anything we would have picked up from Maman that would travel better?
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>>2196047
Knife throwing. Whittling. Knife sharpening. Repeat.

Also probably obsessively studying our mission material because Spec Ops+ Holy shit we're in a Fenrir.
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>>2196050
>>2196047
Music maybe. Harmonica? Or perhaps guitar?
>Implying it's not spanish guitar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80XAJKqRU9k
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>>2195956
>>2196062
>>2196050
I for one support Morgan with some sort of instrument that he plays, and it's the most emotional shit, completely at odds with his external appearance. He just puts SOUL into it.

As for what else, I think he might have kinda "boring" solitary hobbies. Low key, relaxed stuff. Fishing, reading, maybe even sketching.
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>>2196077
>>2196062
Blues sax or trumpet. He's from New Awlins after all.
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>>2196077
So HEARTFELT Music, scratchbuilding cars and motocycles. I can also dig the reading and sketching. Also if Morgan grew up in anything even remotely resembling rural Louisiana there's no way he didn't go Noodling at least once. That counts as fishing right?
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>>2196047
Unrelated, but
>Your element lead is going to be Lieutenant commander William Smith." She says. "He's probably in the hangar
>He's probably in the hangar
>He
Holy crap, are we going to have actual male squadmates? Didn't know that was allowed.

>>2196050
We'd still need a 'range' of some sort, though that does fit Morgan pretty well.

>>2196062
I like music. Harmonics works, or maybe something slightly more exotic, like a steel guitar or a trumpet, or maybe something that travels easier, like an ocarina or a flute. I dunno, there's all kind of weird instruments if you go looking.


>>2190212
Hey, Ghost, what's that status of the Magic scanner Merlin developed? Last I know, we never actually told anyone about it.
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>>2196079
Nah dude, I'm honestly pretty partial to the Harmonica or guitar. Guitar because guitar, harmonica because blues and easy to travel with.
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>>2196050

Whittling sounds good. Maybe we have a collection of varying size knives "for our hobby"? A curved Corvo knife, a fairbairn sykes, maybe some smaller scalpel-like blades for deeper carving?
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>>2196092
Twas just an option, though admittedly harmonica is easier to hide in a pocket and pull out when you feel like it.

>>2196094
>Morgan, why do you have so many knives?
>I like to carve.
>People or wood?
>Depends on the occasion.
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>>2196085
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcSuJi1b0OU
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>>2196092
Guitar is also VERY bluesy, or have you forgotten some of the best blues musicians ever used guitars? Also, trumpet is a very soulful intsrument very much in place with New Orleans.
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>>2195849
>[ ] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help
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>>2196107
True, and it let's us do SPANISH GUITAR. Because nothing says fighter pilot like individually picking six strings at a note a second. PER STRING.
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>>2196094
Maybe most of our knives are gifts from specops guys Maman knows? They all got him their knife of choice for one reason or another over the years and showed him a trick or two, and now we've got all these knives, might as well use them, right?

>>2196098
You make a good argument, though I'm partial to steel guitar, mostly on account of knowing a guy that can play one like he was born with one.
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>>2196119
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT9NaHuQvhk
who will be our Pixy?
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>>2196062
>Harmonica?
I like it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbCuGxY9hXs
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>>2196119
>>2196122
You don't want to get me started down that road. It's not one that ends well
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>>2196121
>Wee lil' Morgan practicing his instrument of choice when all of Mamam's terrifying friends that he probably shouldn't talk about are visiting
>After one gave him a knife as a joking payment for a song it turned into a tradition
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>>2196128
That brings up a good point though.

Morgan's standards of "Terrifying" are probably sky high, given his parents and their friends.
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>>2196121
>They all got him their knife of choice for one reason or another over the years
I like this idea.

I also support the harmonica idea, harmonicas are fun and easy to transport.
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>>2196132
>>2196128
Now the better question is "Are knowing how to play the Harmonica and play the guitar mutually exclusive?"
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>>2196175
We're a quiet type, I'm sure we've had plenty of time.
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Between the multiple black belts and the speedgun record Ghost said Morgan has, he's already well versed in the basics of CQC. Knives probably were worked in at some point. Multiclassing as a bard might be cool but it seems Morgan already has a few things on his plate hobby wise.
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>>2196193
Clearly, we're going to have to be shot down behind enemy lines at some point, right? It'd be a shame not to put all these martial skills to practical use.
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>>2195849
>[X] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help
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>>2196207
Nah, our skills are for when Konstantina and/or her spawn try to kidnap us.

>STOP YOUNG
You're really behind captcha...
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>>2196257
>SWQ ending never
:(
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>>2196264
>AWiY ending never
>KCQ continuation never
Fap angel 1/4 for quest completion.
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>>2195849

>[Z ] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help
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>>2192477
If anyone's interested, I made ebook versions of SWQ and SWQ89. Don't expect fancy formatting or anything, only story posts collected in a single searchable file.

SWQ: http://www.mediafire.com/file/4dw6j8hj80bccxc/
SWQ89: http://www.mediafire.com/file/8lh1gz2v8dt3d6g/
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>>2196454
Having trouble opening those, both kindle and adobe don't like it for some reason.
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>>2196478
That's very strange. I've tested with Calibre, ADE and Apple iBooks and everything seems to be working normally.

Can you try downloading from Dropbox mirror?
https://www.dropbox.com/s/r5qwe7ppsxgq8bt/SWQ.zip?dl=0
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>>2196487
ADE was a slightly different version of Adobe than I was using and kindle just sucking a bowl of dicks was the problem I guess. Thanks!
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>>2196491
I've tried my hand at creating a Kindle compatible version. Can you give it a try?

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4rdnjf85o05lkj9/swq%20-%20calibre.zip?dl=0
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>>2196511
Those work and look very readable, thank you.
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>>2196487
>>2196511
You da real mvp Anon
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>>2196882
Don't know why the gif didnt work
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>>2192477
Probably also not a bad idea to put a link to your patreon in the OP as well.
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>>2196931
My biggest concern there is people thinking im only doing this for money. Im point blank terrified of that, to be real with you.
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>>2197091
If you add a pastebin for this quest Raikov's pastes are lonely, you could put the link in there maybe. Then it'd be a step removed, but you could point people to it if they asked.
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>>2196454
did you make those from the old SWQ zip file? Because whoever archived those missed a bunch of posts so there's chunks missing.
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>>2197168
Raikov pastes?
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>>2197334
Ghost did a few writeups for good ol' Raikov.

She's basically the witch equivalent of Balalaika by 2016.
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>>2197382
>spoiler
Welp, I guess we've found our Best Girl.
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>>2197391
I'd wager she's still Redsexual.
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>>2197422
Oh yeah, the Reds are still Red in this universe.
So she probably doesn't have Balalaika's world-weary disillusionment.
Damn.
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>>2197441
Haha, wrong Red...
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>>2197441
I mean the character nicknamed Red. You need to read Pararescue Witches '89.
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Pararescue%20Witches
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>>2197446
>>2197450
While I feel like a fool, I also feel the need to argue that my point about Soviet-occupation-of-Afghanistan-and-collapse-of-the-USSR-induced disillusionment probably stands.
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>>2197465
Doooon't worry. Raikov's got PLENTY to be disillusioned about.
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>>2197091
decu and planefag already went there so it's not like you're breaking new ground
can't be doing it for the money when they AREN'T DOING IT AT ALL
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Ok, guys! voting period is over! gonna finish dinner, shower, and get to work on the update!
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>>2197727
How are you feeling about the slow burn so far?
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>>2197733
Not too bad, though it is teaching me to write faster, since I need to try to be in bed by 2230-2300 at the latest, and if I take an hour and a half per update, I'm on the struggle bus to do anything else in the evening!
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>>2197203
I used it as a starting point for my first attempt but eventually ran into the missing chunks you mentioned. At the end it was faster to grab and parse suptg archive from scratch than to find all potential mistakes in the original book.
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>>2197519
decu's patreon was for his artwork and as a tip jar in general.

planefag's is strictly for questing.
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So given ghost's description of Morgan plus his attitude my current headcanon has Morgan looking like Jonah from Jormungand but older.
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>>2198195
And wouldn't you know while searing for a good image I found one of him aged up.

Honestly he ends up looking like F/SN Archer
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>>2198195
Welp, now I can't unsee it, so that makes two quests I follow where the protag is basically Jonah.
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>>2198195
>>2198201
Guess it's my headcanon now too, sides the eyes.
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>>2198219
Yeah he's probably got green eyes like his maman
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>>2198219
I can see him having his Dad's eyes.
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>>2198219
I see him having his dads eye but his moms hair more
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>>2198201
Hell except for the eyes that could probably serve as character art for Morgan, a moment from one of his shooting matches.
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[x] Sounds like good advice- you don't know enough to help

You nod- that's good advice, since you barely know the squadron at all, certainly not enough to insert yourself into personal issues as weighty as death. Besides- you have no idea how close the two of them were, and you're living proof that pilots can get very close with witches. Your sister being living proof that that can happen fairly easily in squadrons, even.

You get Kims attention and jerk your head towards the door- she nods and slips off her rack, stepping out of the hatch and turning to wait for you. You close it behind you as you exit the squad bay, letting it isolate you from anything going on in there.

Kim frowns up at you. "She's unprofessional." She states.

"She lost a crew." You respond. "Ask your mother how Spellcaster dealt with it when Dad went down over Alaska."

She frowns, thinking about it. The story is one they know, of course- it's a lesson in some of the classes at Annapolis about keeping your distance, and the utter necessity of doing so in a composite unit. Granted, no one pays attention to them, but they're taught, which is probably enough, as far as the navy is concerned.

"Oh." she says, quietly. Kim's always been a bit haughty- the Wells name is good enough, and her family wealthy enough, that she never developed the humility aunt Merlin has about herself, but she's still well-behaved enough to accept it when you correct her. Either that, or she's only doing so because it's you, specifically, that's correcting her, you think briefly before deciding it's not worth the effort to worry about. Either way, she has enough sense to not bring it up with the squadron, and that's enough for you.

The Officer's mess aboard the Saratoga is large, especially compared to the one aboard the Coral Sea, and fairly loud, to boot. There's still a bit of a training atmosphere aboard the ageless warrior, though it's nothing like OCS, it's still bad enough. Here, everyone talks freely. You still have to get in line, of course- behind a couple of marine pilots, no less- but the food looks plenty good. Or maybe you're just hungry.

There's hardly a second glance sent your way when you finally find the table marked with a placard on the end, indicating it belongs to your new squadron- VF-7 "Black Angels." You take a seat near an end, with Kim, perhaps predictably, sitting right next to you.

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"You're awful quiet." Kim says a few minutes after sitting down. "Are you mad at me?"

"Why would I be?" You ask honestly- something your mother always taught you was never, ever get into something you'll regret, and this feels like something you'll regret.

"Well, you don't seem excited that I'm here." She continues, poking vaguely at her lunch- a salad.

"There's still a lot for us to do." You say, deflecting the accusation with a shrug. "And there's a lot going on with the squadron."

"Yeah... " Kim responds, somewhat quietly. "What do you think happened?"

"I'm not sure." You say, looking over at her. "And we need to keep quiet about it. When they're ready to talk about it, if they ever want to, they will."

"Ok." She says, nodding.

It's only another minute or two before you see the witches walk in- all four of them in a group. They go through the line quickly and take up seats at the table, leaving a few vacancies. Commander Piper looks over at them breifly before looking at you.

"Sorry about that, in the squad bay." She says. "I- we-" She stops, exhales, and looks down for a second. "We're not taking this well at all."

[] Ask if she's thought to ask the skipper for advice- you know for a fact VF3 went to pieces once or twice.
[] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.
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>>2198542
>[] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.
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>>2198542
>[x] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.
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>>2198542
>[] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.
Ana's probably brought that up already. If she hasn't, it'd be better coming as a suggestion from her anyway. We can mention it to her later, maybe at the family dinner.
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>>2198542
>[] Ask if she's thought to ask the skipper for advice- you know for a fact VF3 went to pieces once or twice.
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>>2198542

>[x] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.
>[x] Ask if she's thought to ask the skipper for advice- you know for a fact VF3 went to pieces once or twice.

Both options are good, but I think that we should say the 2nd option first, followed by the 1st. That way she knows that we aren't worried about it before we ask her if she's gone for advice.
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>>2198542
>[] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.
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twenty second eye color edit. I can't remember how frank looked so maman eyes it is.
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>>2198542
>[] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.
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>>2198542
>[x] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.
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>>2198542
>[X] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.

The other option feels like a cross between stating the obvious and telling her how to do her job. This is more personable.
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>>2198542
>[x] Ask if she's thought to ask the skipper for advice- you know for a fact VF3 went to pieces once or twice.
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>>2198542
>[x] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.
>>2198569
Nice.
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>>2198542
>[] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.
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>>2198542
>[] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.
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>>2198542
>[] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.
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>>2198542
>[] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.
I suspect they're aware of Ice's history; if they want her advice, they know where to find her.
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>>2198542
>[] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.
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>>2198542
>[X] Ask if she's thought to ask the skipper for advice- you know for a fact VF3 went to pieces once or twice.

>>2198602
Just because something is obvious doesn't mean someone has the will to do it on their own. Sometimes a little prodding is needed.
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>>2198542
>[] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.
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>>2198569
Eye color is not generally inherited from the white parent in a mulatto child.
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>>2198542

>[Z] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.

LET HER FILL IN THE BLANKS. LISTEN MORE THAN SPEAK. WE MIGHT JUST HEAR THE ONCOMING FEELS-TRAIN AND MISS IT.
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>>2199237
Well its a good thing I gave him maman eyes then.
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>>2198542
>[] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.

If Alaska is a textbook example, let's not insult our CO by suggesting the obvious
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>>2198542
Ghost I think we decided on some of Morgan's hobbies, also we need to aquire harmonica.
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>>2198542
>[X] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.

You know, it's nice getting to play the quiet-and-reserved MC. Plus, potential for future deadpan humour.
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>>2198542
>[x] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.
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So any Witches with Dog/Wolf familiars that we can put in a sexy China Dress because it's the Year of the Dog?
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>>2199641
Wendy?

desu, I kind of hope we pull a frank with woman this time too but let's see where the dice fall on that.
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quick update guys, I'm going to do two updates today, so we're going to cut voting on this one at 1600EST and get the next update rolling, which will have it's voting period end around 2000EST.
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>[x] Ask if she's thought to ask the skipper for advice- you know for a fact VF3 went to pieces once or twice.
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ok, voting closed! Writing the update.
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[x] Nod- you understand, and aren't worried about it. Your maman told you it was never easy, losing a man.

You nod- you understand, having had this kind of conversation with your mother before. She said that things like this- how one death could almost render an entire unit incapable of combat for weeks. She'd used the example of spellcaster during the war- when your dad went down out near the Alaska town of Tanana. The other times weren't so bad, you knew- having heard from everyone involved.

The exception was after Crete. They've all been remarkably close-mouthed about the whole incident, but you've pieced enough together to have a pretty good idea of just what happened.

Still, Piper looks relieved to see it. "Thanks." She says simply.

"So, Morgan." The black haired one- Jessie, you think her name was- says. "Tell us about yourself."

You shrug. "Not much to tell. You know who my folks are, so it's not like I ever had much of an option. Top of the class at Annapolis, top of my class at basic and advanced flight. My pick of airframes, went with the Fenrir."

"Why?" Rebecca asks.

You shrug again. "Might as well go all in and be the best at it." You state- a truism you've lived by. Besides, you know if you'd have selected any other airframe, you'd always be in the shadows of your father and big sisters- Dad made the Wyvern what it is today, practically, and Stasya and Lilya are still renowned as some of the best Raven drivers to ever flown.

Kirsten laughs. "That simple, huh?"

You nod.

"And Anastasia says you're pretty up to speed on coven dealings?" Piper asks.

You nod hesitantly. "More or less." You allow.

"like what?"

"Like I'm the son of Brigitte Laroux and Frank Bishop." You say, returning her gaze levelly. "Moreso than my sisters, I'm going to be an item of interest to any coven I come into contact with."

"So you don't plan on walking right into the middle of it like your father did?"

"Not if I can help it." You say.

"Speaking of, are you a guardian of witches, too?" Jessie asks.

You shake your head. "It's not hereditary. It's an earned position." You respond.

"So you don't have all the rights and privileges he has."

You shake your head. "Not really, no."

"But he's a Bishop." Anastasia states. "So a lot of that is waived for him."

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"Bishop-Laroux." You remind her. "I can go places even you can't, Ana."

She frowns at that- you're right, but she doesn't like being reminded of it. The Louisiana coven- your mother's coven- effectively claims you as one of their own. It's been a blessing for most of your life- they're small, but incredibly politically powerful, and one of the last few independent covens in the United States. You're not a witch, so of course you don't actually belong to the coven, but you're close enough that you're welcome anywhere they are.

"So you're an item of interest?" Kat asks.

"Probably." you state.

"What's that going to mean for me?"

"Well," Ana says, answering for you, "Mom said the matrons tried to interfere with the squadron a lot during the war, especially after interest picked up with Dad and Aunt Merlin."

"Mom says they tried to split them up." Kim affirms, nodding. "But that won't ever happen with Me and Morgan, I won't let it."

A bit of laughter runs around the table at that.

"You won't let it?" Rebecca asks. "Kid, you're not even a full ensign, and your family name ain't good enough for you to have that kind of pull."

"Wells is a good enough name!" Kim shoots back. "And mom's important enough that she'd side with me!"

[] Remind Kim that if she's acting spoiled her mom won't intervene and she knows that.
[] Let this one play out and finish eating. There's not always going to be someone to step in, and Kim's with the fleet now, she's got to learn to behave.
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>>2200110
>[] Let this one play out and finish eating. There's not always going to be someone to step in, and Kim's with the fleet now, she's got to learn to behave.
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>>2200110
>[x] Remind Kim that if she's acting spoiled her mom won't intervene and she knows that.

She'll listen to us at least.
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>>2200110
>[] Let this one play out and finish eating. There's not always going to be someone to step in, and Kim's with the fleet now, she's got to learn to behave.
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>>2200110
>[] Let this one play out and finish eating. There's not always going to be someone to step in, and Kim's with the fleet now, she's got to learn to behave.
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>>2200110
>[X] Remind Kim that if she's acting spoiled her mom won't intervene and she knows that.
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>>2200110
>[x] Remind Kim that if she's acting spoiled her mom won't intervene and she knows that.
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>>2200110
[] Remind Kim that if she's acting spoiled her mom won't intervene and she knows that.
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>>2200110
>[] Let this one play out and finish eating. There's not always going to be someone to step in, and Kim's with the fleet now, she's got to learn to behave.
Hazing time? Hazing time.
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>>2200110
[] Let this one play out and finish eating. There's not always going to be someone to step in, and Kim's with the fleet now, she's got to learn to behave.

Kim needs to learn when she's stuffing her foot in her mouth.
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>>2200110
>[x] Let this one play out and finish eating. There's not always going to be someone to step in, and Kim's with the fleet now, she's got to learn to behave.

Today the lesson we teach is "pick your battles".
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>>2200110
>[x] Let this one play out and finish eating. There's not always going to be someone to step in, and Kim's with the fleet now, she's got to learn to behave.

lol witches. lean back and let the fur fly.
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>>2200110
>[] Remind Kim that if she's acting spoiled her mom won't intervene and she knows that.
Inter-squad friction will be a pain to deal with, and we're in the mess, a shouting match here will draw attention. We should let them have it out at some point, but here isn't the place.
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>>2200110
>[x] Let this one play out and finish eating. There's not always going to be someone to step in, and Kim's with the fleet now, she's got to learn to behave.
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>>2200110
>[X] Remind Kim that if she's acting spoiled her mom won't intervene and she knows that.
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>>2200181
>"So you don't plan on walking right into the middle of it like your father did?"

>"Not if I can help it." You say.

Oh thank goodness. Jumping into that mess for Ice and Wendy was worth it, but man was it a pain. I am glad we are well informed about the state of things at least.
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>>2200110
>[] Let this one play out and finish eating. There's not always going to be someone to step in, and Kim's with the fleet now, she's got to learn to behave.
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>>2200110
>[X] Let this one play out and finish eating. There's not always going to be someone to step in, and Kim's with the fleet now, she's got to learn to behave.
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>>2200110
>[x] Let this one play out and finish eating. There's not always going to be someone to step in, and Kim's with the fleet now, she's got to learn to behave.
She needs to learn Big Girl Rule.
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>>2200202
We should try and stay as far away from witch politics as possible this time around.
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>>2200253
We can certainly try, it's not going to happen
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>>2200262
On the plus side, if we do get pulled in, we ought to have much better connections than Frank ever did, so hopefully if we need to we can do whatever we need to, then get back out again.
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>>2200273
Connections and understanding of how they work. Like how Merlin may have been/still is a great witch but that's because she earned it. The name Wells still means about jackshit by itself in witch bloodline terms.
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>>2200273
>>2200286
As long as we won't resort to pulling "muh parents" card at every opportunity. It could get obnoxious really fast, as we've just been demonstrated in the latest story post.
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>>2200298
Definitely. I was just pointing out that, if we need it, we should have /some/ political weight to throw around.
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>>2200298
Oh definitely but we should use that card when appropriate. Kat is demonstrating using muh family legacy gets weaker everytime you use it.

Work using your own merits when possible.

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[] Remind Kim that if she's acting spoiled her mom won't intervene and she knows that.
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>>2200110
>[x] Let this one play out and finish eating. There's not always going to be someone to step in, and Kim's with the fleet now, she's got to learn to behave.

Is it bad that I’ve been kinda waiting for this since we first met Kim? I have no patience for entitled little shits so that’s probably why I’m hoping for a good smack down but still she’s been a more than just a little out of line.
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>>2200435
everything kim has ever said or done would fit on a post-it note. so where are you getting all this fuel for your hateboner, are you a mall santa?
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>>2200466
That’s fair, I guess it’s just that I haven’t read the rest of the thread in a while and my memory was blowing her actions out of proportion to what they were. My previous statement that she’s an entitled little shit still stands though.
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>>2200253
>[x] Let this one play out and finish eating. There's not always going to be someone to step in, and Kim's with the fleet now, she's got to learn to behave.

It'll probably find us anyway, best be prepared for it.
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Ok, voting over! gonna work on the update as soon as I make dinner
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>>2200110

>[X] Remind Kim that if she's acting spoiled her mom won't intervene and she knows that.

I feel like Morgan's the type to only involve himself in situations when it's entirely necessary. Such as taking Lil' Miss Yandere down a notch or three.
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>>2200690

>tfw you vote just after it get closed
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>>2200707
I'll count it, you're close enough.
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link to archive?
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>>2200915
Here ya go >>2192477
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>>2200923
thanks mate
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[x] Let this one play out and finish eating. There's not always going to be someone to step in, and Kim's with the fleet now, she's got to learn to behave.

You decide to let this little argument play out- afterall, She's with the fleet now, and Kim's got to learn that if she's going to go navy, she's going to have to behave occasionally.

"Your mother's reputation is good with the navy, sure." Rebecca allows, nodding. "Most of us would be honored to meet her. But you're not your mother." She says rather pointedly. "Even Laroux there couldn't get by by just claiming his parents would back him up, and his folks are the mother of night herself and Frank fucking Bishop."

Kim sits, sullenly silent, as the older witch continues.

"And you'll do what you're told, because you're navy- or you can hand in your resignation to the skipper, pack your crap out of the squad bay, and wait for the first greyhound home." She continues. "You're an apprentice. that's it. There's no way they're going to leave him to sit on his ass as a fenrir driver while you finish out your academy time- And at this rate, you're never gonna."

"Becc. enough." Piper says, stepping in, before looking over at Kim, who's looking down at the table, silently. "She's not wrong, Wells. This isn't the first year of academy, you're in the fleet right now, and it's not the 80s when you can just drop out and start flying with a commission. You're a provisional ensign right now, you'll do what the navy tells you to. Understood?"

Kim mumbles something under her breath.

"What was that, Ensign?"

"Yes ma'am." Kim says, her voice quiet and maybe a bit strained, but still enough to reach across the table. For her part, Piper doesn't push the point.

"Alright. If you're done eating, you can go." Piper says, looking over at you as well. "I want you two to get your fighter set up."

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You nod. "How much effort do you want us to put into integration?" You ask.

"What do you mean?" Piper says. "I thought it was just, ya know. one thing."

"Sort of." Kim supplies, looking up. Her eyes are watery, you can see, but her voice is relatively normal. "But Morgan is plugged, and I'm not. You can't integrate an adapter system nearly as tightly as a plugged witch. So either we integrate him completely and do the best we can with me and make it harder for when I'm plugged, or we try to keep it as limited as possible so that it's easier later on."

"What about if there's another SO sent in at the end of your cruise?" Rebecca asks.

Kim shakes her head. "Then the first option is the best. But it also means we're going to be less capable in the air than we would be with tighter integration- I can't get information to him as quickly, or do damage control and ECM nearly as well."

"But if we integrate the adpapter-"

"Then it's pattern bound to me." Kim says, nodding. "It's one of the biggest flaws in VDNI- you can't change crews too much, or very easily at all. It's like being married, only much more so." She looks over at you. "That's why you hardly ever have only one crewmember survive out of a VDNI aircraft."

It's the wrong thing to say- but by the look on her face, Kim knows it was a mistake when she says it.

Piper takes a second before turning to address you. "What's your take, Laroux?"

[] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
[] Suggest the full integration. Better to do the work now than later on
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>>2201128
>[] Suggest the full integration. Better to do the work now than later on
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>>2201128
>[] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.

Don't rush it, its stll relatively peace time.
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>>2201128
[] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
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>>2201128
>[x] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
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>>2201128
>[] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
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>>2201128
>Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to
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Have I raved at all about how much I love everything about the cybernetics shit here? Because I really should say I do love it, all of it.
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>>2201128
>[x] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
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[X] Suggest the full integration. Better to do the work now than later on
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>[] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
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>>2201128
> Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
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>>2201128
>[X] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
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>>2201128
>[] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
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>[] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
There's no rush... unless war were declared.
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>>2201128
>[x] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
Seems to make the most sense for now.

>make it harder for when I'm plugged
So if we did a full integration with the adapter on Kim and when she gets plugged it's more difficult because you have to reintegrate?
>Then the first option is the best. But it also means we're going to be less capable in the air than we would be with tighter integration
And that it be easier if/when we get another backseater if we were already fully integrate? Or have I had too much to drink and can't read
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>>2201128
[] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.

we dont want to break Kim.
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>>2201128
>[] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
It's KOREA, guys.
Their air force would probably lose to the CAF.
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>>2201336
In universe North Korea does not necessarily equal irl North Korea, I'd wager they're better off in universe by a margin.
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>>2201353
North Korea in this setting is much better off than the real NK due to having very effective Japanese civil administration for the past 50 years instead of crippling communist dictator rule before breaking off.

Though not quite as well off as their southern neighbors, NK is still much closer peer opponent.
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>>2201128
>[] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.

>>2201275
I've got the same thing. I wonder why full integration makes swapping crew easier though. Isn't the whole point that you are integrating with the aircraft and each other?
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I'm wondering what sort of ---CLASSIFIED--- experiments people have been doing with VDNIs.

Controlling tanks, drones, humanoid robots, people?
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I wonder if Morgan ever wishes he went to BUDS instead of being a pilot.
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>>2201128
>[] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
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>>2201413
Perhaps the difference is full integration vs tight integration, they're not mutually exclusive necessarily. Like full integration is with the bird and tight integration is with the person
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>>2201520
Could be, but then why would bird integration make the later person integration more difficult?
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>>2201558
It's less bird integration making it difficult and more of a combination of the two. Also in Kims case she does say its going from a full/tight(as you can with the adapter) integration to integrating with a plug is whats difficult. Of course this is just my drunken ramblings about it, probably way off
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>>2201595
Now that I think about it, I wonder if full is easier for new crew because the new crew doesn't have to relearn the integration, like an a crew with an adaptor and a full integration would?
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>>2201128
>[X] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
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>>2201128
>[] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
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>>2201128
>[] Suggest the full integration. Better to do the work now than later on
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>>2201128

>[Z] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.

And the ability to put boot to Kim's ass if she turns into a little shit is nice.
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>>2201128
>[x] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.

Well, here’s to hoping this doesn’t come back to bite us in the ass later.
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>>2201128
>[x] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
I feel like we're about to make a big mistake but limited seems like the safest option
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>>2201128
>[x] Suggest the full integration. Better to do the work now than later on

I bet my ass things won't stay quiet for long.
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>>2201128
>[x] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
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>[x] Suggest the full integration. Better to do the work now than later on
VDNI has been disappointingly safe. let's push the envelope.
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>>2201128
>[X] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
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>>2201128
>[X] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.
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>>2201128

>[] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.

Gotta keep our options open.
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And voting is closed!

Got some good news, too, will drop that with the update.
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>>2203674
You won the lottery so you can retire to a life of luxury in the Caribbean?
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>>2203679
Fuck I wish. Though DESU I'd be just as happy having enough money to maintain my current lifestyle without ever having to work again.
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>>2203699
Wouldn't we all? For me that'd be about $200,000-$500,000.
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[x] Suggest the limited integration. It'll make life easier later, and you can always complete it later if you need to.

"Limited integration." You say without any hesitation. "It'll make our lives easier later on, and we can always spend the man-hours to complete it later if we need to."

"And it'll make integration easier when I come back." Kim points out. "Trying to do a full integration with an adapter makes it much harder to do one with a live set of implants, even for the same person."

"Why?" Anastasia asks.

"It's complicated." Kim responds. "The easiest way to think of it is trying to memorize someone through fogged glass, like a shower. The computer can't get a good enough look at your brain wave pattern to really form a picture of you through the adapter, and when you come back, you look so different that it goes into fits."

"And it'd be the same for another person coming in after you?"

Kim frowns. "Yes, mostly. They'd have the same problem, but they wouldn't even have the added advantage of having some similarities to the existing picture the computer has. It's usually easier to do a complete hard reset of the combat computer then, though that means that you lose all the experience the computer has acquired."

"I'm still too out of it to wrap my head around all this." Rebecca states, standing up suddenly- earning her a sharp look from Commander Piper. "I'm headed back to the squad bay."

Kim watches her go without comment, thankfully.

"Bishop, why don't you escort your brother and Wells down to the hangar deck and get them acquainted with the way we do things in VF7 and make sure our Strikers are stowed correctly this time- I had to fly with wet padding the entire time and I'd rather not repeat that if I can avoid it. And make sure our weapons are kept on their damn racks this time, I don't want to have to get them unlocked because the master at arms got carried away. Again."

Anastasia cracks a slight smile. "Yes, ma'am."

"Jess, go see if you can't get hold of the shore schedule for the port call in Yokosuka." She further orders as you stand up. "With any luck we get a bit of time to play tourist again, I'd like to visit that BBQ place just off base again."

"I can already tell you Morgan and I will have to visit our aunt Jessica." Anastasia warns. Kat nods.

"Yeah, I figured. Don't worry about it if you can't get out with us, it's not a big deal. Ok, everybody good? Get moving."

"C'mon, let's go." Anastasia says, leading you out of the mess after dropping your trays in the collection window. "How long will this take?"

"Twenty four to forty eight hours." Kim responds. "At least. I can get it down to about sixteen, I'm sure, but that's still at least two days of work without problems."

"Not too bad, then." Anastasia says. "You'll be done before we make port in Japan."

Kim nods. "Of course we will. I'm here."

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Anastasia lets the comment pass without comment, instead opening the hatch into the hangar bay and leading you through the parked aircraft inside. "Our aircraft are always stored by the forward elevator. The striker racks are there too, since it's easier to move the strikers in the racks up to the flight deck, and then we get in from there."

"Are all of you variable striker operators?" Kim asks.

"We have a pair of variable strikers and a pair of Wyvern superstrikers." Anastasia asks. "We're supposed to get another pair of variables as soon as they become available, but the fleet's still trying to get spellcaster completely refit with them."

"Where is spellcaster, anyway?" Kim asks.

"Aboard the Lincoln, last we heard." Anastasia responds. "Mom keeps track of them. The Abe's in the south china sea, but they're scheduled to come north into the sea of Japan about the same time we're supposed to get there."

"And they're still composite." You say.

Anastasia nods. "Of course they are. Pair of Fenrirs, six witches. Overstrength, but they've been the flagship composite squadron since the war." She says with a shrug. "Which is why there's two of our sisters there."


"Which two?"

"Cassie and Jen."

"Snakes." You state. Anastasia laughs.

"Two of them, anyway. We're just lucky it's not all five. The other three are either in the Atlantic or posted stateside."

"At least there's that."

Anastasia laughs again. "They're not so bad."

You shrug- they're not, not really, and Cassie and you actually get along pretty well, but... the snakes, as everyone seems to call them, are still all kinds of trouble, most of the time. Cassie is probably the least troublesome of the lot, as shy as she is, but she still manages to be dangerous enough to need to be watched.

"Is that it?" Kim asks, interrupting your thoughts as she points at your Fenrir, it's stock navy grey paint unbroken by anything other than the usual markings- there's no squadron emblem on the tailplanes, no nose art, no nothing.

"That's it." You affirm, noting that the other Fenrir is parked nearby, though it appears, for the time, at least, to be secured and quiet- no one working on or in it, right now.

Kim nods and looks up at the ladder then over at you. "We need to get our stuff if we want to start." She points out. "Helmet, at least, and I have to have my flight suit." She says. "You don't have to get your actual flight suit on if you don't want."

You shrug. "It doesn't matter."

She nods. "Ok, can you help me up?"

"Anything I can do?" Anastasia asks.

[] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.
[] Have her see if she can find Billy- you'd like to meet your element lead and see if he has any advice.
[] Tell her no, you're fine as is- you and Kim can handle this.
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>>2204113
>[] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.

Don't touch the plane without the crew chief.
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>>2204113
>[] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.
>[] Have her see if she can find Billy- you'd like to meet your element lead and see if he has any advice.
Either of theseor both if possible
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>>2204113

>[Z] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.

ALWAYS BE NICE TO SECRETARIES, JANITORS, AND THE PEOPLE THAT KEEP YOUR ASS FROM FALLING OUT OF THE SKY.
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>>2204113
>[] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.
We should meet god before too long, yeah
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So the good news is I got sent back to the other plant, the first one I was at. Back to ten hour days, five days a week (Instead of twelves, which were leaving me dead on my feet by Wednesday) and more Saturdays off. It makes these slow burn threads a lot easier to maintain for me, and hopefully that'll reflect in longer, better update posts for you guys.
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>>2204113
>[x] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.
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>>2204113
>[] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.

What kind of sneks? Like their mother or Tsuchinokos?
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>>2204113
>[x] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.
Lets stay in God's good graces
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>>2204113
>[] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.

>>2204136
thats a nice change boss
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>>2204136
That's good news! Also, have some cute sneks
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>>2204113
>[] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.
Knowing the guys keeping your bird in the sky is a good idea, especially since we're planning to do work on the bird. I'm actually really happy we're going to have an actual male squadmate though, I'm looking forward to meeting him.

>>2204136
Hooray for more reasonable working hours!
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>>2204136
Definitely good news Ghost, decent work hours are always nice.
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What are the familiars of the squad's witches?
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>>2204113
>[x] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.
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>>2204161
So, I was never entirely clear on the role of the Fenrir. The Wyvern is air superiority, and the Raven (the XFA?) are multirole with an air superiority bent. What role does that leave that's not a bomber?
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>>2204113
>[] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.
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>>2204113
>[X] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.
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>>2204113
>[x] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.

something something professional.
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[X] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.

something something Dos Gringos reference
something something be nice to the ground crew anyway

>>2204209
Actually both the Wyvern and XFA are, in Ace Combat, multiroles with air superiority bents. The Fenrir is more a general multirole IIRC.
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>>2204209
The Fenrir is a fuck everyone that isn't your friend be it the goatfucker that keeps mortaring the base at 2 am every Tuesday or the Aliums rising again in Low Earth orbit.
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>>2204113
>[] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.
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>>2204113
>[] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.
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>>2204113
>[x] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.

Starting with the Chief is a good way to get a wrench to the brain.
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>>2204113

>[X] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.

ALWAYS be friendly to your maintenance guys.
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>>2204113
>[] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.

Don't they fear Frank? At all? I thought that will be one thing they all might fear, their dad pissed since I imagine it will take a lot.
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>>2204113
>[] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.
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So in the years between 89' and 16', does anyone shitpost in Alternate Universe 4chan?
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>>2204617
I imagine their /w/ serves a different purpose.
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did we ever find out what happened to Mars?
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>>2204720
/w/ - underpants and shipping wars
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>>2204113
>[] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.
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>>2204113
>[x] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.
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>>2204113
>[X] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now than just get to work without him.
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>>2204113
[] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.
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>>2204738
AKA /w/itches

A whole board dedicated to Witches, and everything relating to them.
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>>2204113
>[] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.
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>>2205364
So a interesting question occurs. How many of the sneks shitpost on /w/ in their spare time.
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>>2206975

ALL OF THEM. and /a and /k and /sp and /fit and a couple of them shitpost on /tg.

Voting period over!
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>>2207096
Is it gonna be a multi-post night or single post?
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>>2207113
Multipost, I don't have work in the morning.
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GOOOOD.
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>>2207128
Fuck Yeah, Strikers '16!
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Ghost, you mentioned 9/11 in one of the earlier posts. How did it happen in this universe? Have the Martians done it? I assume witches doing search and rescue made a significant difference. What was the political fallout?
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>>2207212
It was the same presumably since we still went into Afghanistan.
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>>2207128
And Here I was about too go too sleep.

Hit the Hype thrusters
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[x] Have her go get the crew chief before you start- you'd rather introduce yourself now that just get to work without him.

You nod. "Yeah, go see if you can scare up our crew chief, please." You say. "And where's the life support shop?"

"I'll have someone bring your gear up for you." Ana responds. "I don't want you getting caught down there if you're sending me to get the chief. You just hang tight here."

You nod as she walks off, while Kim climbs up the ladder extending down from the cockpit of the Fenrir and looks down in your ;office'. "It seems kind of empty in there." She says.

You shrug. "It's designed to be operated by VDNI. No need for all the displays." You point out. The canopy similar- With VDNI, there's almost no need for a traditional glass canopy, and the Fenrir's is an armored plate with further sensors embedded in it. Once you're plugged in, of course, that's entirely a non-issue, but it can be a bit claustrophobic when you're not.

She nods, happy enough with the explanation, and walks back along the wing root over the canards and back towards the armored plug hatch covering the System Operator's station, behind the cockpit.

"It's dark in there." She says, looking down, sounding kind of apprehensive.

"It's not so bad once the ship's powered up." A feminine voice says as it's owner, a dark-skinned woman with black hair says, walks around the nosegear of your fenrir. "Lieutenant Senior Grade Una Smith." She says, smiling at you.

You nod. "Lieutenant Junior grade Morgan Laroux-Bishop." you respond. Her smile gets wider.

"So Maman and Bishop did- " She laughs a bit. "I'm sorry," She says, catching herself. "I shouldn't laugh. How is your mother?"

"She's well." You respond, trying to place the woman, who can't be much older than you.

She grins again, reading it in your eyes. "You don't remember me, do you?"

[] Afraid not, I'm sorry.
[] Give me a second, I'm sure I'll remember.
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>>2207442
>[X] Give me a second, I'm sure I'll remember.
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>>2207442
>[x] Give me a second, I'm sure I'll remember.

>Lieutenant Senior Grade Una Smith
Ah, a husband and wife team. Thought it was odd no one was mentioning Una's last name
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>>2207442
>[] Give me a second, I'm sure I'll remember.
One of the fifty second-cousins from back in the bayou?
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>>2207442
>[] Afraid not, I'm sorry.
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>>2207442
>[] Give me a second, I'm sure I'll remember.
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>>2207442
>[] Give me a second, I'm sure I'll remember.
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>>2207442
>[x] Give me a second, I'm sure I'll remember.
>>2207478
Or possibly siblings.
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>>2207442
>Give me a second, I'm sure I'll remember.
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>>2207442
>[x] Give me a second, I'm sure I'll remember.
i don't remember
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>>2207442
>[x] Give me a second, I'm sure I'll remember
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>>2207442

>[x] Give me a second, I'm sure I'll remember.

We've met a lot of witches.

Also how does the white Russian contingent deal with the Snakes, jeez.
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>[x] Give me a second, I'm sure I'll remember.
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>>2207442
>[X] Give me a second, I'm sure I'll remember.
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>>2207442
>>[x] Give me a second, I'm sure I'll remember.
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>>2207442

>[X] Give me a second, I'm sure I'll remember.

But in all seriousness I have no idea who this is.
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>>2207442
>[] Give me a second, I'm sure I'll remember.
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[x] Give me a second, I'm sure I'll remember.

You try to place her- not that her appearance makes it easy. Her hair is dyed a shade of purple, at least, the hair you can see, and her face isn't one you can place- though her violet eyes would, in theory, be a pretty distinctive feature.

Would be, you think, if they weren't so damn common among witches- Liz's are the same color.

"Oh, take your time." She says, smiling. "Give you a hint, we were in Virginia."

You frown at that- you weren't in Virginia very long at all, just a year, maybe even less than that.

You try to place the woman, and eventually shake your head. "Virginia?"

"We went to school together in second grade." She says, grinning. "My mom was on your mom's team."

You nod- it's slowly coming back. "Yeah, I think I do remember now. You sat behind me?"

She laughs again. "Yeah. Even got babysat with you a couple times, before your mom just started sending you to stay with your dad when she went downrange."

You nod again. "Yeah, Yeah, I remember that. How have you been?"

She laughs. "I've been fine. My husband ought to be along pretty shortly-"

"Husband?" Kim asks, dropping off the last few rungs of the ladder and walking over to stand next to you.

Una nods, holding up her left hand, showing off the simple gold band around the ring finger there. "Husband. Will was off getting us food when I saw you walking around on this jet."

"It's our jet." Kim responds, somewhat defensively.

"I figured as much." Una's smile is almost instantly gone. "So you're the replacements."

You nod.

She shakes her head. "Shame it had to happen like this. Look, shit's gonna be rough for a while, I won't lie. You got lucky that me and Garcia didn't always get along, and his SO was a bitch. Will kinda felt the same way- we were looking at a transfer out before the accident."

"That bad?" Kim asks.

Una nods. "Yeah. All the other girls loved the guy, but he was scum the provost wouldn't touch the asshole, and never bothered looking at the evidence, but this ain't the place. Get at me later and I'll tell ya about it." She says, looking just past you. "Hey Chief!"

You turn to see a solidly built older man with a pair of round glasses on his face and a crew cut walking across the hangar deck. "Afternoon, Lieutenant." He says levelly. "How's the queen doing?"

Una laughs. "Just fine after we did that hardware swap. You were right, my bad."

He grins. "Told you." He turns to look at you, regarding you flatly. "Lieutenant." he says, nodding. "Lieutenant Bishop said you were looking to start your integration workup?"

[] Yes, Chief.
[] We were hoping to meet you first, Chief.
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>>2207821
>[] We were hoping to meet you first, Chief.
ALWAYS BE POLITE TO THE CHIEF.
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>>2207821
>[] Yes, Chief.
He strikes me as the kinda guy to merit a more subdued greeting
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>>2207821
>[x] We were hoping to meet you first, Chief.
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>>2207821
>[x] We were hoping to meet you first, Chief.
First chance to post it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdSj0_Fd4ds
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>>2207821
>We were hoping to meet you first, Chief.
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>>2207821
>[] We were hoping to meet you first, Chief.
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>>2207821
>[] We were hoping to meet you first, Chief.
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>>2207821
>[] We were hoping to meet you first, Chief.
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>[X] We were hoping to meet you first, Chief.
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>>2207821
[] We were hoping to meet you first, Chief.

Huh I guess the dead guy didn’t appreciate the mechanics?
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>>2207821
>[] We were hoping to meet you first, Chief.
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>>2207941
Two sides to every story.
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>>2207821
>[X] We were hoping to meet you first, Chief.

>>2207941
Not the mechanics, his wingman.
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>>2207821
>[x] We were hoping to meet you first, Chief.
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[x] We were hoping to meet you first, Chief.

"We were hoping to get to meet you first, Chief." You respond, offering a handshake that he accepts immediately. "I'm Lieutenant Junior Grade Morgan Laroux-Bishop"

"You're Frank Bishop's boy?" The man asks, his eyes narrowing. You nod.

"I am."

He grins. "Well ain't that something. I worked on your old man's bird during the war." He says, nodding. "Well, when he was at castle Barin, in England. Good post, that was."

"You were a wyvern maintainer?" You ask, and he nods. "Worked on the Wyvern-Merlin herself. Crossed over onto Fenrirs about fifteen years ago, right when they hit fleet service. Been on them ever since, first with VF3 then with VF7."

You nod- that's good to hear. Experience counts for a lot, especially on an aircraft like the Fenrir, which is bleeding edge enough that there's more than a few aerospace doctorates involved in it's maintenance.

"So your computer isn't even activated yet, huh?" He asks.

You shake your head. "Boeing said it couldn't be activated without a SO here anyway." You respond.

"But I'm here now." Kim adds. "Ensign Kimberly Wells."

"As in-"

"Samantha Wells is my mom." Kim says with a nod.

The chief smiles at that. "Your mom was a real pleasure to work with." He says. "It was my privilege to do so. How's she doing now?"

Kim shrugs. "I'm not sure. I didn't get a chance to see her before I left for the ship from the academy." She responds. "She said she might visit, if she gets the chance."

"I hope she does." The chief responds.

There's a moment of silence, Then the chief looks at the Fenrir. "So, you ready to get started? Where's your equipment?"

"Here, Chief." Anastasia says, walking across the deck to hand you your flight bag and Kim hers. "I went to go get it myself. Hey Una."
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The other witch nods at your sister. "Hey Ana. You gonna help?"

Anastasia shrugs. "Kat didn't have anything else for me to do, so I might as well."

Una grins. "Do you know how to help?"

"Just tell me what to do."

"Well, first, find someplace for Ensign Wells to change." The Chief directs her, before looking at you. "You want to go ahead and go plug in? Get her rigged to run from APU, we'll bring one up and get it set up while you do."

You nod. "Can do."

Crawling back up into the cockpit takes a second, though climbing in is plenty easy- there's almost no controls inside, just a backup throttle and stick with a single MFD set in the center of the otherwise fairly plain console in front of you. You situate yourself before putting on your flight helmet and leaning back in the ejection seat, reaching back for the cable leads and plugging them into the up link on the rear of your helmet. That done, you reach forward, flipping off the safety cover to the VDNI toggle and set it to on.

There's the split second flash of disorientation that disappears before darkness overwhelms you. You fight back the momentary panic- it's a known phenomenon, and one you've encountered before. Without the combat computer on, and with the sensors cold, the aircraft- and you- are blind.

"Hang on, LT. The ensign is still changing, so we can't get you powered up just yet." The chief says, his voice seemingly coming from right next to you. "Once she gets changed and plugged in, what do you want to work on getting up to speed first?"

[] The combat computer
[] Sensors
[] Weapons
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>>2208433
>[] Sensors

Sensing shit is important.
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>>2208433
>[] Sensors
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>>2208433
>[x] Sensors
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Just as a reminder
>Kim- the eldest- is just as talented as her mother with fighter aircraft power plants, airframes, electronic warfare systems, and missiles- almost better, if she's to be believed.
>>2208433
>[] Sensors
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>>2208433
>[] Sensors
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>>2208433
>[] Sensors
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>>2208433
>[x] Sensors
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>>2208433
>[x] Sensors
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>[X] Sensors
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Ok guys, gonna go shower and get a drink. Might be up for a bit for vote, so I'll let you know when I get back and we'll call the vote five minutes after that.
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>>2208433
>[X] Sensors

Seems like the only thing that won't kill us all if there's a malfunction.
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ok guys. voting closes in 5, and this will be the last update of the night
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[x] Sensors

"Let's get the sensor suite up and running first." You say, blinking a couple times to try and get your eyes to start seeing again and your vision starts to return as you concentrate on it, though it's still incredibly blurry and out of focus.

"Ok, Eltee, Ensign Wells is on her way up. Give her a minute or two to get plugged in and we can get this started." The Chief says as you do. "once she's up there we can get to work getting the sensor suite up and running. We'll keep everything on min power since we're on an auxiliary feed, and without the computer up we'll be running it from the portable station out here." He says.

"I'm in." Kim says, a minute later. You can feel her presence in the system, though it's indistinct and kind of distant, like she's through a heavy fog from you. Still, her voice comes across loud and clear, like she's sitting right there in the ejection seat with you.

"Ok, go ahead and get your interface lit up." the Chief instructs her. "We'll run through the most pain in the ass systems first, then work down to the basics. Lieutenant Bishop, you good up front?"

"Yeah." You respond- everything considered, you're fine, even if you can't see anything.

"Alright, we're going to go ahead and start in with the first tier systems." He says. "If anything faults, let's set it aside and come back to it. Ok, whenever you're ready, ensign."

"Are you ready Morgan?" Kim asks, sounding excited.

"Go for it." You respond.

Kim's not gentle by any stretch of the imagination- she lights everything in the highest tier of sensor systems, the advanced stuff not on any other aircraft, and a flood of information slams into your mind, giving you an instant blinding headache.

"Sorry" She says at your grunt. "I'm going to start trimming down the data inflow to just what you'll need for combat. Mass, Heat, EM Radation. The usual stuff."

"Hey chief?"

"Yeah El tee?"

"Tell my sister I know how much she weighs within the micro gram." You say, grinning slightly to yourself- the mass sensors on the fenrir were originally designed for UNEDF applications, but since the defunding of the arm, they've been showing up in many militaries around the globe.

"I'm not that stupid, Eltee." The chief laughs. "You can tell her yourself when you get down outta there."
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And calling it there for the week!

Let me know what you guys thought of the slow burn setup- it's a LOT more manageable now with the shift back to ten hour days on the schedule. If you like it more this way, we can run another again, if not, we can always go back to a traditional thread.

I'll keep in mind what you guys said about linking the pateron- I need to write something else for it just to show I am keeping an eye on it, but I've got a lot of other projects I'm working on, so who knows when that'll get done. haha... ahh.

Anyway guys, Hope you had fun this week, and thanks for reading! Till next time guys,, cheers!
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>>2208433
>[X] Sensors
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>>2208818
Good run this week Ghost! The slow burn setup is kinda nice, might as well try it again.
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>>2208818
I like this sort of thing but a traditional thread is good too.
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>>2208818
Thanks for running, Ghost
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>>2208818
Thanks for running. No issues with the slow burn here. Long as you're happy with it, I'm happy with it.
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>>2208433
I wonder what the chief can tell us about Frank. "Every time I needed to talk shop with him, he disappeared to 'explore the castle' with one of the witches". We always voted for more witch interaction time, didn't we?

>>2208818
Thanks for running Ghost. Slow burn format works much better someone from a Euro timezone like me. I don't have to stay up until early morning to vote and participate in the discussion now. So if it's fine with you, please continue running the quest like this.
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>>2208818
Great run Ghost. I like the slow burn set up. Gives me something to look forward to everyday. We gonna have a new thread today or next Saturday?
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>>2209350

I'm thinking of starting the next run today, but I have a lot to do, so it may start Monday.
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New Thread!
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