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Re: [Operation One] Cosmic Era Mecha Game
« Reply #50 on: April 20, 2014, 06:45:02 AM »
Maxine nodded and leaned on her elbows. "Sounds good, don't want them catching us with our pants down again. Yeah I feel that we all pulled our weight today. Listen, Marsha, I was thinking, we havent got memories of a common base camp to lean on, so what say we all go out and grab a drink tonight. We're gonna be relying on another from here on out, and I for one would like to know more about who I'm placing that trust in. It's not an order, but sooner would be better than later."

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« Reply #51 on: April 20, 2014, 06:32:09 PM »
Marsha nodded in approval, "Sounds like a great idea, getting to know the lance off duty will make easier to work together on. I think our two local members can point us somewhere the drinks aren't watered down too, unless we wind up back in the field on night patrol."

She glanced down at her data slate going over the numbers for the recent battle in silence for a moment. "In these older mecha particle beams are going to be a regular problem, I'd suggest we make them a top priority target from now on when encountered, unless you have a different tactical approach in mind?"

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« Reply #52 on: April 20, 2014, 06:42:01 PM »
Derek too made a beeline for the showers, he tended to run his mech hot, and needed to cool down both physically and mentally.  That fight had ended far too quickly for the fighting part of his brain, though his tactical brain was satisfied with the results.

He didn't choose his dress uniform - he hated them and figured it a bit pretentious.  This was a mission, nothing more, and the cameras would want a mechwarrior, not a soldier.
Him simply donned a new field uniform, checked for any problems, put a little more polish on his boots and headed out.

He sat down near Sanchez and Stressor.  "Sargents," he said as he sat down. 
   
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Re: [Operation One] Cosmic Era Mecha Game
« Reply #53 on: April 21, 2014, 06:50:14 AM »
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"In these older mecha particle beams are going to be a regular problem, I'd suggest we make them a top priority target from now on when encountered, unless you have a different tactical approach in mind?"

"Sounds prudent enough, if the conditions allow it, certainly. We had to play it by ear today, but hopefully there'll be time for some actual tactics next time."

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"Sargents."

Maxine twisted around to look at the new arrival.

"Put the formalities aside for the moment, Sergeant. Derek was it? I was just saying to Marsha here that we ought to go out and get to know eachother. If there's time I was thinking tonight. Does that suit you?"

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« Reply #54 on: April 21, 2014, 07:39:22 AM »
Derek gave them a broad smile. "Yes, Derek.  Sounds like a great idea, " he said.

"Hope the next fight goes as well."

   
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« Reply #55 on: April 22, 2014, 09:23:20 AM »
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"Hope the next fight goes as well."

"The way you all handled yourself out there, I don't see why it wouldn't." She smiled. Hopefully this Carnahan would make an appearance soon, she was hoping to squeeze in some time with her family and boyfriend before tonight.

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« Reply #56 on: April 22, 2014, 09:38:52 AM »
Carnahan eventually showed up, and by the condition of his fatigues and the drag in his step, he had been running pretty hard since the mission sortied. He was a tall man, lean with a short cropped head of red hair. "Sorry about being late, Talon Squad. The reporters wanted a piece of me, and then the brass had me running detail for the other squads first, they seem to forget that Able and Bravo squads didn't so much as fire a shot.' he sat down across from Sanchez, 'I've gone over the mission reports, and it was messy, but d**ned good for a first run from an unbriefed squad. On record you've gotten the kill counts, but on the public side, the media is going to put Able squad on the face of this sortie. Appearances, according to the Media Liaison Office, they don't want to see antiques with battle damage standing in the rubble, they are going to show shiny new machines standing on top of your kills.' he said, and sounded disgusted.

'So, how did it go?" he asked.


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« Reply #57 on: April 22, 2014, 09:56:24 AM »
Derek let the squad leader speak first, but inwards he was seething.  He had had his fill of fixed fights outside, and here it was again.  Still the kills were on record, so not a total loss.  Guess he needed to make sure _they_ had the shiny new mechs next time...

   
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« Reply #58 on: April 22, 2014, 03:15:51 PM »
Maxine picked up on the informal tone and rearranged her thoughts, given the relaxed attitude she didn't bother to stand up for the report, she did however sit to attention. "Well sir, Talon squad arrived on mission site as planned. On arrival we walked straight into an enemy shroud and had to think on our feet. Cover was non-existent so I deemed a frontal assault the only viable option at the time. We stormed the place, forced them to re-group and then reinforcements cleaned up. The enemy forces were underequipped but given our current resources, it was still a good fight."

She wouldn't go as far as pat her squad on the back in front of command, if their job was deemed good that was their say. Nor would she question command's decisions, even though they irked her, someone else stealing her glory. After a while though, she had to add.

"Sir, permission to speak freely? No mechas that's out taking heat will ever look shiny for long." The implication being, would they continue scratching someone's else's back from the shadows. She sure hoped not.

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« Reply #59 on: April 22, 2014, 05:59:49 PM »
Marsha took her queue from Maxine, backing her inquiry with a smooth interjection, "Perhaps you should remind command that actual battle footage of the event when seen by the public will tell a far different story then their attempt at propaganda and reflect poorly on both the pilots appearing to take credit for our sortie, and the brass that authorized the idea?"

There's nothing the brass hates more than being caught in a lie, and pointing it out to them before the fact may just keep them from from making said mistake and denying us our rightful recognition.

She looked over at Derek and gave him an approving nod, "Derek's actions out there today sir, that's the stuff that belong on the news reel highlights, once our enemies see the Federation can pull off those kinds of maneuvers with second rate mecha, they'll certainly rethink what our front line forces are capable of." She fidgeted with the hem of her skirt to keep her hands from curling into fists at the notion of her team taking all the risk and someone else riding their coattails to better careers.

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« Reply #60 on: April 22, 2014, 06:31:58 PM »
Derek raised an eyebrow slightly, but said nothing.  They had said more then he would have dared - his parents had lived and breathed politics, and the Pits were not a lot different.

The decisions were made well above Carnahan. It was good he did not upload this footage before the meeting.  The powers that be disliked embarrassment, and there were too many things that could 'go wrong' on the next mission.

He would just have to try harder next time, and do something they couldn't ignore.

   
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« Reply #61 on: April 23, 2014, 07:39:01 AM »
'The battlecam footage that the public sees is going to be edited, and the wizards in the visual media lab are going to make sure that there aren't any classified things on the reel when it's released. If you think you're mad, Thundercracker is beyond pissed that his run on the Shroud generator has been completely cut from all the reels.' Carnahan said, very likely referencing the seibertronian air support they had.

'You guys did a solid job. The three of you are being attached to Carlos Squad, and you will be reinforcing them for an operation in 48 hours.'

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« Reply #62 on: April 23, 2014, 08:00:38 AM »
"Understood sir. Sir, who will be in command?" Maxine held her breath.

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« Reply #63 on: April 24, 2014, 12:49:18 PM »
'That position is still in flux, since the CO of Carlos Squad is being transferred to Bravo Squad,' Carnahan said. 'This is the biggest incursion that Amerikka Command has made in well over five years, and the boffins at the top are concerned that this was a probe just to see what we would do, and how we would respond to a threat. Rather than waiting for the next strike, we are mobilizing a response. The mission isn't named, and it's not official, and I'll trust you to all keep this to yourself. We are going to deploy a large strike force into sector 119, which is where their last full scale military base was. They had heavy support, and we had major air support, the AFS Flagg.' That mission made it into major media rotation, with the massive Federation battleship engaging an entrenched foe with anti-warship capability. The guns blazed, and dozens of mecha were deployed, including some major well known companies, like the Green Sparrows in their Phoenix Hawk LAMs, and the navy's Jolly Roger squadron with their heavy Corsair III aerospace fighters.

It spawned two major Sims, and a holovid franchise.

'This time we don't have the Flagg, we will have just one ship, a destroyer, the AFS John Sevier.'

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« Reply #64 on: April 24, 2014, 07:29:58 PM »
"Black ops?" Marsha nodded in recognition of the secrecy of the mission, feeling at once both honored and slightly surprised their squad was pulling such highly skilled missions so soon after arrival.

New recruits make great deniable assets, they're not well known, so even if their bodies turn up in the wreckage they won't be able to match faces and genetics to any known operational group, not readily anyway. On the upside, those who survive their tours in black ops often get a few extra fringe benefits, and a better chance at bigger, tougher challenges and the hardware to take on those risks and come out on top.

The words from her favorite book, Hidden Firelight, Natalia Donovaks autobiograpy, chronicling her career running shadow ops when she was part of the Kell Hounds mercenary company ran through her mind, her eyes hardening at the potentially career changing opportunity the next mission may hold for them.

"It is an honor to have the opportunity to participate in such a decisive action sir., we won't let you down."

She gave him a firm nod, feeling a swell of confidence in their lances ability to rise to the challenge, especially after the resounding success of their first mission.

The hell with ticker tape parades and adoring fans, if I get to run black ops missions on a regular basis I could care less who gets the credit publically, the brass, and my lance will know the real score, and that's all that matters.

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« Reply #65 on: April 27, 2014, 06:52:35 AM »
Maxine looked at both of her sergeants and nodded. She didn't have anything further to add, though she was feeling thoughtful and so she awaited to be dismissed.

It would be the first time she was sent on a black ops mission. Taking risks was part of the job, but at the end of those missions you could expect your family to at least get a millitary funeral, hopefully a body to bury and some closure if things did go south. She wasn't sure the same was true for black ops missions, they certainly wouldn't know why she died or how. MIA, KIA... Heavy stuff, she tried to shrug it off. Still alive. She thought.

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« Reply #66 on: April 28, 2014, 03:53:28 AM »
(OOC - We are going to move out of an active combat phase for a brief interlude, time for everyone to get settled in.)

Incoming mechwarriors have several options for housing, with the most common choice being the mechadrome barracks, where they are less than five minutes walk from their machines. It's close, but the dorm like rooms are cramped, but a step up from the eight to a room bunks where the clones, marines, and other on duty personnel sleep. There are perks to piloting the big iron. The second option is to apply for a military funded residence in Arco San Louis, which adds a personal commute of 20 to 45 minutes depending on light rail traffic in the arcology. Mechwarriors tend to get minor celebrity treatment in the arco, which can be good and can be bad, just depending on the personality of the mechwarrior in question. Playboys, roughly handsome pilots, and such tend to enjoy private quarters for romantic trysts with groupies, while those who play the bad boy trouble maker card generally stay on base because there are way fewer people who want to teach that punk mechwarrior a lesson. The final and discouraged option is getting a residence in the favelas around the city. Contrary to documentaries about how bad all of the favelas are, the favelas, especially those closest to the arco, are closer to vertical suburbs than Dreddian slum fortresses.


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« Reply #67 on: April 28, 2014, 09:31:52 PM »
(I assume we just post it here or are we supposed to PM you our choices? If so nuke this post after copying it to your GM folder  :))

Marsha would likely go for the second option  -Apply for a military funded residence in Arco San Louis, something she likely did as soon as she learned of her transfer. Not so much for her trysts with adoring fan girls, but more because she values her privacy and a chance to go over manuals and regulations or otherwise relax after an op without a bunch of other Lance mates getting under foot, or base drill/noise ruining her shut eye.

She also likes the feeling of living somewhere more among the people, since it helps remind her who she;s fighting to protect, and makes it easier to compartmentalize her military lifestyle, when off duty.

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« Reply #68 on: April 30, 2014, 04:03:34 PM »
Maxine took the shuttle out to the favelas to see her family, it was a big step up from the undercity, but she reckoned with her father's new job, they could still do better. At least it seemed that way, he still hadn't divulged what kind of job it was. All they knew was they were seemingly wealthy all of a sudden. The happiness they all felt was blanketed by uneasiness brought on by the secrecy. There had to be a catch, and they all feared what it might be. She stepped up to the door and rung the bell.


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« Reply #69 on: April 30, 2014, 11:35:42 PM »
Arco San Louis itself was defined specifically as the three arcologies connected via light rail, two residential/commercial towers and a single commercial/industrial arco. Outside of the big three, several vertical suburbs rose, foothills to the arco mountains. Bel Ridge, Huntleigh, and Pagedale were gleaming constructs of high tensile glass and synthsteel, with the only real difference between the residents of these favelas and the arcos was a minor issue of Federation citizenship versus regional residency. There was even a rail circuit that connected these sectors with the arcos themselves, because hourly employees and lower level managers didn't always have the money, political connections, or the citizenship to stay in the arco.

OOC - A little Starship Troopers for the crew, Service guarantees Citizenship.

Almost half a dozen other sectors filled out the easily overlooked, easily forgotten verticle burbs full of easily overlooked, easily forgotten people. But at the bottom, there are three sectors that stand out, and not in a good way. Fenton, Echo Park, and Creve Couer. These sectors of the greater Arco San Louis compose the worst edge of the favelas, and the undercity. These sections are partitioned off from the greater city by a combination of 'firewalls', security checkpoints, and a lack of mass transit into the areas.

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« Reply #70 on: May 04, 2014, 11:00:32 AM »
The next few weeks pass without incident, as the mechwarriors and those with family settle into their new homes and living quarters, be they the antiseptically arcology quarters, or the much more culturally and ethnically colored favelas. A prism refracts a rainbow, and the favelas are the rainbows thrown by the mile tall towers. Culture abounds in the shadows of the technocratic elite. Looking down from their lofty perches, the denizens of the arco who can see down into the city only see the smaller towers, and beyond those, the densely packed urban conglomeration that is the slums. They cannot see the little Chinatowns, little Italy, little Ireland (the Irish pub/folk music scene, it's gotten popular) and the variety of other cultural experiments going on. It's safe in the tower, but it can be a bit dull if you're not heavily into CogNet based entertainment. On the streets, it is a lot more dangerous, but it is also a lot more interesting. On the street there are cultural food venders, and people selling fusion foods, corned beef and cabbage eggrolls, soba noodle spaghetti with river fish, and more. The rumor mills are always grinding down in the street, and if someone puts their ear to the pavement they can hear rumblings from the undercity. And the Undercity is where things percolate up.

Derek Cobain is in such a position, and of the mechwarriors of Talon Company, it is Cobain who first notices the graffiti with the seven point red star wearing a seven point gold crown.

This goes largely unworthy of notice, compared to the rabble on the street about locally hot topics. There are people who want Arco San Louis to remain a Federation Free City, and not be connected to any of the national powers that border them. There are people who openly side with Amerikka Command, and they want the entire city to join the AC, be the first reborn American city. And still others have their allegiances to one of the neighboring states. The Great Lakes has the strongest military outside of the Federation, Texas has the most outspoken provincial claim, The free attitude of the city best suits the free politics of the Rocky Mountain Republic, and the cauldron just keeps simmering.

Talon company has other things to consider as well. Coming off of their mission taking out enemy assets in Sector 11, and looking to be involved in a retaliatory strike, they were indeed assigned to the mission, just not in the role they were hoping for. Carlos company was involved in logistics and support for the operation, with the designated role of preventing AC assets from striking at the City Guard as it ran extended patrols. Carlos Company saw zero action throughout the 23 hour mission.

A day after the mission concluded, Talon company was allowed to march in the Victory Parade, but only because their mecha were clean.  There are few things more uncomfortable than piloting a mecha while wearing full parade dress uniforms. Most of the squad didn't really know what those things were, but surely they existed out there.

(OOC summary - I do apologize for where I left the game, in lurch, and will strive to keep things moving. Talon company was assigned to a pain in the ass patrol, covering lots of ground, lots of scanning, and not finding anything more interesting than abandoned vehicles, some centuries old, out on the flat, that had long since been stripped for parts. Yes, the CO of Able company had something to do with that. The follow up parade, soviet military style marching mecha and doing aerospace fighter flyovers, was an exercise in biting tongues and formal dress. Dress uniforms, polished shoes, and in the case of the female pilots, full hair and make up. There were several inspections, and compared to the parade march, missions in the field were as well coordinated and planned as children running around on the playground. Everyone should be nice and pissed off by this. Since the parade, Talon Company has been stripped down to four members, with Redshirt and Stormtrooper being reassigned to squads back in their home country of Nigeria. The new fourth is a scruffy looking kid with eyes that look a little too far apart. His name is Cade Gibson, and he keeps to himself.

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« Reply #71 on: May 05, 2014, 09:19:31 AM »
Derek took off his gravity boots after his long exercise session - his girlfriend had already left for the day, a hostess at a more upscale restaurant that Cobain hated. 

His fists were a little sore, he had unloaded perhaps too much frustration into his punching bag and now his joints were complaining, though Derek himself didn't mind it.

An email from his folks expressed false pride in his appearance in the Parade, though he could easily read between the lines of their continued disapproval of his life choices. Suck it folks.

Truth was, he was disapproving of it himself at this point.  What the @!#$ were they doing leaving this team on the shelf? Some @!#$wad CO gets all jealous and now we're on the s**t list.

Time to find out more about the competition.  Another email, sent this time, and some 'innocent' questions on its way.  Derek used more then his muscles in the ring, and so he'd do it now.  The email was encrypted of course, his ultrapolitical folks had engrained into him the need for discretion. 

Email sent, and Derek stepped into the kitchen for a post-workout meal. 
   
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« Reply #72 on: May 05, 2014, 10:38:27 AM »
Marsha sighed and tossed the data slate with their new recruits info on the table in disgust, recent events having done little to sour her mood, even the recent weekend with her girlfriend of the month, (they never did stick around for long before chasing after someone more "emotionally available and less committed to their career" she'd long since discovered) had done little to improve her mood.

"My team deserves better than this, a d**n sight better!" She yelled to the quiet room, gathering up her service pistol and coat with a second sigh of exasperation, hoping a few relaxing hours at the firing range would serve to sweeten her mood. It was always easier to think when aiming down the sights, be it of a hand gun or the 90mm cannon of her Shadowhawk.

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« Reply #73 on: May 07, 2014, 11:05:57 AM »
The Sanchez's were settling into their new accommodations in Arco 2, mid tier. It wasn't the best of units, but it was a long way from the slums they had lived in before. Antonio, Maxine's father, still made the long commute from the arco, through security, and back out into the favelas. The business was out there, and that was where the money was coming from. He inquired if Maxine might need some 'grease' to help her out, because if she did, he might have some he'd been saving up. Things were also looking up because some of that money was translated into a pair of household servitor droids, one of which was programmed for mid level ethnic cooking. It had been a long time some Maxine's mother had done something as rustic as making the flatbread like she had done when Maxine and her siblings were just children running in the street. There was still that sense of unease, though. Maxine had long been the pillar that held up the family with her father was away on business... And he was away on business, and Maxine was on active duty. Her mother was mostly just glad that the entire family was together.

Jose still lived out in the favelas, the better part, away from the regular violence and crime in the undercity, but it was still a long commute from either the barracks or her unit in the arco to go see him. But the food, company, and alcohol were a little less manufactured out there, made the trip worth it when she was off duty or had long periods of leave.

*****

The life of a playgirl mecha pilot can be a whirlwind. With her open sexuality and parade of girlfriends, Marsha found herself being invited to some local parties hosted by the upper crust residents of the arco. There was a certain novelty to having an honest to goodness professional pilot at the soirees that wasn't a preening socialite. She could find some favors here, if she was willing to pursue them. Some of the members of the other squads were present, and Marsha was or might be surprised to learn that most of the people in the upper circles knew that Alpha squad was a social promotion unit, sent out to look good and get medals so the well connected sons and daughters of business magnates, government and administration based families, and the outright wealthy who wanted to buy their commissions could stair step up to higher offices without even being put in harms way.

*****

One of the people that Cobain messaged responded with a discrete 'Let's discuss this in person,' and gave a location to meet, an out of the way bar in the upper portion of the arco, close to the CogNet array. Derek knew that the EM noise generated by the systems there would render remote observation all but worthless.

All he had to do was get to the Elysian Fields Room in Arco 1


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STR: 4 | END: 4 | CON: 4 | DEX: 2 | CHA: 2 | INT: 4

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« Reply #74 on: May 07, 2014, 12:59:53 PM »
"Gracias mama." Maxine said and took a churro. She leaned back in the sofa and contemplated recent events. Had her career stagnated? First the sudden promotion, and now she was back to babysitting rookies, overseeing cargo and paving the way for the rich kids. Still, she played nice and spoke with her family, shared in their daily struggles and commiserated for a good while. Her father was working late again it seemed. She donned her civilian leather jacket and said good bye to her family.

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She boarded the mag lev to the poorer parts of the favelas, and from there passed the old derelict toll booth station down into the Undercity, her old neighborhood. There was always going to be people jealous of those who made it up into the world, but they knew her here. Her old watering hole, El Canejo Blanco beckoned. She had brought her squad here that first night after they met, it certainly hadn't been what they had expected, but after the initial and unavoidable fights, they too were grudgingly welcome here. She hoped to find one of them again here now, if for no other reason than to have someone to complain to, but if not, her old friends would provide.