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>Military Mage Quest #7
You know the routine by now QM every time you start a thread in this quest I HAVE to scream out "ITS HERE" so I did it just now.
Excited as always for this session.
Thank you guys very much, I had all these lore docs sitting on my computer so I figured I would put them in along with the map.
If there are any questions or problems with anything please let me know
It's been only a couple days since you landed on Eranku but stil the cold has gotten to you. Even through the heat regulating suit you wear, the blasting cold winds of the high Bataka Mountains bear down on your, their peaks ever monsterious in the few hundred feet you can see in front of you. You held the unfamiliar weight of a rifle by your side, a piece of equipment given to you by the people of the company you rondevued with at the base of the mountain. Regardless, it was windy, cold, and in general very uncomfortable. Granted, the spaces of the 13th were never the peak of comfort but this was in an entirely different league. You sneezed into your temp-suit's helmet and heard the rest of your platoon say "Bless you" before they faded back to silence. It had taken you a while to get used to the unorthadox way of communicating through thoughts but it was something that seperated your group from the "regular" soldiers that had treked alongside you in the past couple days. The high mountain pass stretched through the side of the mountain peaks, their tops barely visable by the snow storm. You doubted you would be stopping any time soon, despite having been going at it since morning (not that day or night cycles were that decernable in this snow storm).
>Ask Kazue about the time
>Try talking to Matoba
>Just press on
Since some of the civilizations encompass alternate universes, would it be safe to assume that there are some universes completely owned by a given magical civilization and that their Milky Way is completely under their dominion?
Is the map just a map of general zones of control in contested galaxies?
This is a map of our universe (ie. Miyako's universe). The size of the holdings of extradimensional nations is more or less the same holding size.
You bite down on your tongue and press forward. Blood somewhat appears on your tastebuds, kinda giving the feeling back to your face. You adjust the grip on your rifle, shifting the strap on your shoulder. You squint your eyes and see a shift in the howling winds and white snow ahead. You remember what the 13th taught you in basic, the teacher's name lost to memory but at least you remembered what he(?) said.
"Maiya." You tell your squad leader.
"Yes?" His voice is dull, like always. It is somehow easy to imagine his eyes, always gazing into the distance.
"I saw something in the distance."
Just as you are about to say "It might be Imperials." you hear gunfire. You grip your rifle tighter and look around. Your hand instantly goes for Tsuyuhime. You hear Takahashi's voice on the comms.
"Enough talking! We have confirmed enemy contacts twenty clicks north! Engage hostiles, I repeat, 12th Platoon engage hostiles!"
>Use magic (1d100)
>Take out rifle
>Form up with your squad
"Squad 473, form up with me!" You hear Maiya's voice.
"Squad 721, take a position besides Sergeant Maiya! We'll be providing suppressive support." Says Matoba.
"Do we have permission to fire, Sergeant?" Asks Chikako, you can barely distinguish each mage-soldier in their temp-suits but at least you can see Chikako as he pulls out his device, a bow, and draws an arrow. The mana materializes and the form of crackling white-hot lightning materializes by his hands.
"Hold your fire, Corporal." Replies Maiya
You see bullets exchanged between the two forces, invsiable to each other yet still ready to fire. You crouch down into the snow and start thinking incessently. It happens without you thinking.
"What's happening? Do we have permission? Well?"
"Calm down Private! Cool your jets." You hear the scream of Iguchi, you can tell he too is panicing but at least he's trying to calm down.
Maiya cries out. "Lieutenant, do we have confirmation on that authorization to use devices?"
"Authorization confirmed Sergeant, Corporal Shioya you are free to open fire."
There is a whoosh as the lightning arrow fires into the blizzard. There is a blast and a rumble in the distance but you don't see much.
"Sergeant, what are your orders?" You ask.
>Open fire (1d20)
>Use magic (1d100)
Rolled 3 (1d100)
Well then.... Use magic to bombard the enemy side with cheap magic cost icicles *Kinda like in the picture*
>>Kōri no Issen<<
The magic pours into you and you raise your index and middle finger upwards and slice them horizontally. Ice materializes along your fingertips and moves forward at frightening speed.
"Open fire!" Comes the order from Maiya.
A small unconscious tsk sound comes from Kazue but at least Mio can open fire with her device, a pair of pistols. You glance behind you quickly to see Squad 721 opening fire on the enemies ahead.
"Move forward! You heard the man!" You hear Kazue yelling, holding her rifle up and opening fire.
Bullets are flying back and forth between the two forces and there is little you can do but to keep firing. Your device isn't a long-range one like Chikako or Mio's but at least you can fire your firearm. You don't know if you are hitting anything.
"Goddamn it!" You hear Maiya yell. "Someone call the Lieutenant, we need to get out of this death trap before more people die!"
"On it!" Yells Yuki on the other end.
Silence, the return of gun fire hitting on stone and snow, the howling winds drowning out the sound.
"Well?" Asks Maiya, impatient.
"Fuck! Open fire!"
"Roger!" Comes the reply from the rest of the squad, more bullets flying into the mountain tops
"Osamu! I need a barrier up now!" Yells Matoba.
You keep on firing for a time period that seems to drag on and on. Thankfully Mitake's barrier magic kept some of the bullets at bay but you and the platoon don't make much progress. Finally you feel a tap on your shoulder. It's a taller man by his build so you guess he's part of the regular army. He opens his visor and you see Renji's face.
"Orders from the top!" He yells over the blizzard and the wind."We're moving up! Pass it up to the rest of your platoon!"
>Did we find a way around?
"Roger, sir!" You yell above the winds and reset the visor to cover your face. "Maiya, we're moving up!" You tell him, as he lowers his gun.
"What? What's happening?" He asks.
You do a mental shrug, forgetting to make the physical movement. But at least he gets what you are trying to say. He nods and leads the way.
"Matoba, we're moving! Take your squad and move up!"
You hear the sound of boots against snow as bullets fly by them. You see more soldiers ahead of you before Maiya sharply turns to the left, turning in a hole into the mountain wall.
"Move move move!" You hear Matoba yell, Squad 721 following right behind.
The hole inside the mountain is a sizeable space, albiet a cramped one. You hear some more fire as soldiers alternate firing their rifles into the distance. Walking deeper in, you deactivate your visor and take off your helmet.
"Where did this place come from?" You ask Maiya.
He shrugs, the sound of gunfire fading into the distance.
You approach Takahashi. "What happened? I didn't see any holes in the wall of the mountains before."
"We got the 7th Company to blow open a hole."
"Oh. So what's the situation?"
"Imperials have us pinned down from a position up north. We can't advance."
"So we're on standby?"
Takahashi nods. "Until more orders come in."
"So, Miyako, what's the plan?" Asks Maiya
>We sit tight and wait for the forces to push through.
>Hell if I know. Wait for orders from above.
>We need to get rid of the Imperial forces from up north before we can get out of here.
>We sit tight and wait for the forces to push through.
The Imperials are occupied with keeping us pinned down, making us a good distraction for a flanking force to take out the Imperial position.
Sit tight like we've been ordered.
We weren't directly ordered to sit tight. We are just pined down, but yeah I can see your reasoning. I was debating which of the 3 I would rather pick and it was not an easy decision really.
"We need to get rid of the Imperial forces from up north before we can get out of here." You say. A sigh comes from the everyone else in the platoon.
"Damn it." Says Yuki.
Matoba grabs Yuki's shoulder. "Sumaro. We're just regular mages. Let's sit tight and keep these guys pinned down. Yamazaki surely has something in mind."
You see nods all around.
"Let's get some rest. We need to be ready at any time."
"Right. Let's split." Chikako says.
"Lieutenant! Are we allowed to go on standby?" Maiya yells towards Takahashi.
She gives a soft nod and waves you and your squad away.
You lean against the rock wall. It is rough, cold, and sharp, the exchange of gunfire coming from the entrance. You can hear some yells from deeper in the cavern, from what you guess are the casualities of battle. You grip your hands, clenching your fists in order to try and push the sound away. It doesn't go away. Kazue sits down next to you, her helmet in one arm and her black hair ruffled even more than usual.
She groans as she sits down. "Wow this was really something wasn't it?"
You smile weakly. "Still not tired?"
She gives you a thumbs up, giving the smiling and energetic grin she always gives you as well. "I'm always ready to go what are you talking about?"
You look down, planting your rifle on your ground. "How's everyone else?" You ask.
She looks at you straight on. "Well as they can be. Why you asking?"
>Just worried is all.
>I don't want a repeat of our first prelim.
>It's our first battle somewhat, you think I wouldn't be worried?
"It's our first battle somewhat, you think I wouldn't be worried?"
Kazue shrugs. "We got out alive thanks to our friends in 721."
"They seem dependable."
"Matoba at least. What do you think of them?"
"I like them. Good gunsmen at least."
You hear a yell. "Come to attention, soldiers!" You recognize it as Captain Yamazaki. You sit up and gather near the center of the hole in the mountain.
He begins in his booming, commanding voice. "As I'm sure most, if not all of you have already heard, we are taking shelter in this place to evade Imperial fire several hundred clicks north of our current location. We are able to keep them pinned down as we currently are, but the pass is too narrow to get our own forces towards Yutai. Now, in order to break this situation, I and Captain Urata have determined that we will put together a task force to assault the Imperial position. The task force shall be comprised of 12th Platoon. Are there any objections?"
>Why the 12th Platoon?
>What is the operation plan?
There is a slight pause. "Ok. 12th Platoon, your objectives are to eliminate the Imperial forces to the north. I will leave the specifics up to your commanding officer. You set out in five minutes. Now go!"
Five minutes later, you are at the entrance to the cave, your gun loaded and Tsuyuhime at your side. You put your helmet on and cock your gun.
"So, what's the plan, Lieutenant?" Asks Maiya.
"We go down the cliff and find our way to the other side. From there we hope that our own people can hold down the Imperials for a long enough time that we can take 'em out. Now lets get moving we're on limited time. I'll be counting on you for the descent, Prviate Araki."
"Ok." Says Kazue, as you start to inch your way to the ledge, bullets landing at your feet as you inch closer. "Wait, " She says, now realizing the intention of Takahashi's order. "What?"
"You heard the man!" Yells Maiya subconsciously. "Use your device to lower us down to the bottom of the valley!"
"Just do it goddamn it!" Yells Iguchi.
The bullets gaining on you, you jump off the side of the cliff, the unseenable bottom of the pass getting closer by the second. Thankfully the sounds of bullets colliding with stone has stopped but instead it is replaced by the rushing winds, a signal of the deadly bottom.
"Ok ok ok I think I got this." Comes Kazue's voice through the comms.
You start to slow your descent soon and eventually you are able to see the bottom of the pass.
>Slide down the remaidner of the cliff (1d20)
>Rely on Kazue's wind magic (1d100)
>Brace for impact (1d20)
Your descent slows until you land softly on the ground, the rest of the platoon landing next to you.
"Everyone ok?" Takahashi asks, looking around and holding her gun up.
"More or less." Comes the reply from Kazue as she pushes herself upwards. She groans as Maiya helps her.
"You ok?" Maiya asks, picking up his own gun.
"Yeah yeah I'll be fine. Lets get moving."
Everyone else mentally nods and moves forward, through the frozen ground and across the empty valley.
Thankfully the blizzard winds aren't as strong down in the low valley of the mountain pass so you are somewhat more comfortable. You have to walk in a single file line in order to make signinficant progress but never-the-less it's a light storm down here.
"How far until we get to the end of the pass?" You hear Tatsuo ask.
"Hush Iawata." Says Matoba.
There is silence again, the piercing winds giving the only sound between your bodies. You sigh and you try to squint ahead, trying to reveal some semblence of what is ahead.
"Miyako, how are you feeling?" You hear Maiya's voice echoing in your head.
"M-Maiya?" You ask.
"This is a private conversation don't worry."
"Squad leader commands."
"Ah. I'm feeling fine, what about yourself? What brought this on?"
"I'm fine. We're just gonna be stuck here for a while so I figured I would talk with you."
"What about Kazue?"
"She's a bit too energetic but she can deal with a bit of silence in a while."
You laugh mentally. "Yeah she can use some silence every so often."
"Anyways, why do you think we were chosen?"
>We do have some pretty powerful mages.
>We have me in your squad, of course we were chosen!
>I don't know, we're just some kids out of the 13th.
"We're mages and we're new. We're powerful enough with magic, against mundane Imperials, so we have a good shot. We're new, so if we don't make it, we're not the loss of experienced soldiers.
"Strong enough to maybe win, and inexperienced enough to be expendable."
"We have me in your squad, of course we were chosen!"
Maiya laughs mentally, you can hear his chuckling in your mind and you can almost see his face grining. "Yeah right." He says. "And I'm the Grand General of the Alliance."
"You are?" You ask, going along with Maiya's joke.
"Yeah totally. After I finish with this op, I'll right back to the capital and settle some stuff in the Council."
You chuckle. "Guess I should give you a bit more respect then, Grand General-san."
"That's 'sama' to you, Private!"
The both of you laugh before you speak again.
"What is it?"
"I think we were chosen because we're mages and we're new. We're powerful enough with magic, against mundane imperials, so we have a good shot. We're new, so if we don't make it, we're not the loss of experienced soldiers. Strong enough to maybe win, and inexperienced enough to be expendable."
You hear Takahashi's voice over comms.
"Ready up, everyone, we'll be climbing this cliff."
"How?" Asks Iguchi.
"Activate those grips on your temp-suits. There will be piston spikes that will stick into the rocks. Now lets get climbing. Don't lag behind everyone!"
"Roger." Comes the reply from everyone else as they attempt to scale the sheer cliff. The only thing seperating you and the Imperial forces.
>Use the climbing pistons
>Use magic to climb (1d100)
>Climb just using your own hands (1d20)
>>Use the climbing pistons
Is there a reason for having option 2 and 3? Are we afraid that the equipment will fail? Is the equipment for climbing slow compared to our magic or physical strength?
You use your climbing pistons to ascend the sheer cliff, the spikes digging into the rocks of the mountain side, the wind growing louder and louder as you started to gain in height.
"How much farther?" You hear Mio ask.
"Just wait. We'll be there soon enough. Are you really in that much a hurry to see Imperials?" Was Yuki's reply.
"Well no but..."
"Then shut up." Said Matoba.
"Fine fine will do."
"No need for that," Says Takahashi. "Just a few more minutes."
"How long is a few more minutes?" Asks Kazue.
"Just enough." Says Matoba.
When you finally reach the top of the mountain, you grip your rifle tigheter.
"Do we have a visual on hostiles, Lieutenant?" You hear Maiya ask.
"Cannot confirm." Says Iguchi.
Takahashi speaks. "Squad 437, head around to the left, be ready to engage as soon as you encounter enemy forces. Squad 721, come with me. We'll be spearheading the assault."
You head forward, Maiya leading with Chikako and Mio flanking her. The top of the mountain is covered with only a couple pieces of large rock, covered with snow in the loud and powerful blizzard that is whipping through the top. You raise your gun up, ready for conflict at any moment. You bite down on your tongue, trying to steel your nerves. Maiyas voice comes through the comms.
"How far away?" Asks Chikako. "Permission to open fire?"
"Permission denied. Wait for confirmation from Squad 721."
The Imperials appeared as a dozen or so red blips on your temp-suit's HUD, their physical bodies not yet visable to your naked eyes. Gunfire lights up the area around thirty or so feet away.
"Ok. We got confirmation. Open fire."
Chikako fired her lightning arrow from her device, piercing an Imperial soldier and causing them to yell "Alliance forces! Open fire!"
>Fire with your rifle (1d20)
>Use magic (1d100)
>Charge with Tsuyuhime (1d20)
Rolled 58 (1d100)
>>Use magic (1d100)
Well since we are in a snowstorm.. Might as well add to it. Try to tear the imperial apart by making the snowflakes in the air slightly larger and razor sharp, watch them get a hundred cuts in the space of 1 minute.
Rolled 38 (1d100)
>Use magic (1d100)
I like this idea IF they don't have resilient armor. Which they probably do, so if so, I vote localized hailstorm or ice spikes up the ass.
I just feel like its easier and lest costly for us to use something that is already there. If they have stronger armor we can try to make the shards bigger. OR even better! i just got a new idea!
QM. Together with the snowflake ice shards. As the squad member in our team that controls wind to increase its speed and intensity.
You extend your hand, sending the mana from within your body into your device, Tsuyuhime and materializing the magic. Icicles erupt from several Imperial soldiers' bodies, making blood erupt from their bodies and causing them to lay on the floor, convulsing. You rush over to a boulder as fire is exchanged between the two parties. You glance to your right and see Mio, exchanging fire with her twin pistols. She quickly moves out of the cover of the rock and exchanges a few bullets with the enemy.
"Mitake? Can we have a barrier over here?" You ask over comms.
"Negitive. Too far away to apply one." He replies
You curse internally and poke out your body to fire a few shots at the enemy. You can't tell if the shots hit but the rounds fire push you back a little, forcing you back behind the boulder before return fire ricochets off the rock, zipping past your armor.
"Where are you, Matoba?" You hear Maiya ask.
"Coming coming coming!" Is her reply, obviously rushing.
It is a couple long, painful minutes of the cycle of firing and hiding from the small red dots on your HUD before the lights of gunfire from the left side of the Imperial platoon.
"We are engaged! Repeat: we are engaged with the enemy!" You hear Takahashi's voice echoing through your mind.
>Fire your rifle (1d20)
>Use magic (1d100)
>Charge with your weapon
>>Fire your rifle (1d20)
Eh, let's not burn all our mana too quick, even if this is a prime location. Save it for opening volleys and trump cards so they don't start to expect it.
I guess I was a bit slow.. Sorry for bashing you then.
THE ONLY TIME WE DON'T USE MAGIC AND WE GET THIS.
This is what you get for being stupid.
Their attention just got turned to the left, and we could have hit them hard with a spell and finished them off.
Instead you wanted to conserve mana and turn this into a longer firefight where the chances of us getting shot go up.
No, don't think about conserving a resource that could have finished the battle so that we could proceed to our objective, when trying to conserve mana and not getting an unlikely dice roll results in an extended firefight with an ever-increasing chance of getting shot.
It's about understanding when to use mana to finish a fight and when not to. And you clearly don't understand a thing.
I can see your logic and I won't complain. Since I don't want this to turn in to a squabble I will just say that I had my logic for what I picked to, and it still stands.
Sadly I don't think i am allowed to roll again, i would have changed my vote to the magic one then.
>>Tōketsu no Yari<<
You extend your hand and several icicles materialize by your deivce and they fly towards the Imperials. You hear some screams and Matoba's voice on the comms.
"We're down to seven! Keep the pressure on 721!"
Kazue speaks to Maiya, slinging her rifle around her shoulder and putting her glove magical device on. "I'm going in close, permission to engage?" You look over to Kazue as she looks over to run over to the enemy platoon.
"No Kazue, you do not! Wait!" Maiya yelled as she ran over towards the enemy.
Chikako stood up and loosed another arrow before sighing. "Damn that little..."
"Let's just close in. The other squad should be holding them down." Says Maiya, taking out her katana.
>Yeah, sure. Let's get on it. (Close in and charge with Tsuyuhime 1d20)
>Advance and fire with rifle (1d20)
>Hold your position and cast magic (1d100)
You advance on the Imperial enemies as they are engaged with the rest of the platoon. With covering fire from Chikako from the back and Mio from the rear. You fire off a couple rounds, the recoil kicking you a bit back. You draw Tsuyuhime and generate a wall in front of you and Maiya as you rushed forward, generating a shield of solid ice.
>>Neppyō no Kabe<<
You call forth the mana and give a shield to the two of you, and not too late. As soon as you finish generating the ice, bullets start flying in your direction.
"Mitake, can you get that barrier up now?" You ask.
"Negitive. No visual on you guys. This blizzard is hell."
You click your tongue and keep on moving forward, the bullets clinging against your ice-shield. You glance to your sides to see blazing lightning and swift water-bullets firing from the back of you.
>Charge with Tsuyuhime (1d20)
>Fire your rifle (1d20)
>Cast magic (1d100)
Rolled 69 (1d100)
Welp. No choice then.
>>Cast magic (1d100)
Remember my original icicle barrage idea way back at the start of the thread? Lets try to do that against the entrenched troops. If it wont kill them then it will at least pin them down so we can keep advancing.
She's ahead, you can't see her right now, she went ahead and might be brawling with the Imperials, you don't know.
>I did not know solid ice connected to the ground could move.
It's not connected to the ground, it's ice you attached to your arm and controlled to block bullets
That's because you think of only a single way to use a technique, rather than adapting them to the situation at hand.
>You click your tongue and keep on moving forward, the bullets clinging against your ice-shield.
Already showed that we were moving forward with the portable ice.
"Maiya," You say, "Can get some fire in here? I can cover you."
"Are you serious?" He replies, holding his shield that you created towards his body as more bullets fly towards it. "Where's Kazue?"
"Hell if I know. Just get some people down and I can cover!"
"Fine fine. You better cover me."
"Just count on me!"
You move forward, in front of Maiya, as he drags his hand across the pommel of his device. He draws the katana and matieralizes a flaming bolt and fires it into the blizzard.
"Did it hit something?" He asks.
"I don't know, just keep moving and keep it up!" You reply, frantically trying to block the bullets. The closer and closer you get, the more bullets come your way.
"What's happening?" Says Chikako, still firing arrows from the back.
"I don't know, Kazue is screwing us all over!" Replies Maiya.
"Get a grip." Comes in Matoba's voice. "We can see Kazue from here, she's taking on some of the Imperials here. How far are you away?"
"A couple more minutes and we'll be there." Maiya says, all while firing blazes of flame into the blizzard.
After several more minutes, the Imperial platoon starts to come into view, their guns blazing as their are pinned down by Kazue's fists (her body weaving between the gunfire) and Squad 721's guns.
"Kazue are you ok?" Maiya asks.
"Yeah...I'm. Fine. Just. Fine!" She says through mental grunts, trying to pummel the enemy into the ground.
Finally you break through the gunfire and are only a dozen or so feet away from the enemy. You disappate the ice-shield and draw your device.
>Charge with your sword (1d20)
>Cast magic (1d100)
>Call to Kazue to retreat
Retreat? Back through that cover-less ground and with the pressure that Kazue was exerting on the Imperial platoon's firepower gone?
Those Imperials will be able to put even more fire on us as we retreat.
They have no reinforcements coming, and we're in essentially point-blank range.
If we don't take advantage of their suppressed state and our close range, we're going to come under concentrated fire if we try to retreat.
Rolled 58 (1d100)
...... I don't like you. But you have a point *Altrough i meant only to order Kazue retreat closer to out lines not back all the way trough the field*
Changing vote to >>44978494 and rolling dice.
Rolled 66 (1d100)
I never got the impression he minded the counter-logic, just that you're being kinda dickish about it. Both time's he's agreed with your logic- as do I.
Changing >>44978402 to >>44978494
You try to end the fight quickly, gathering the residual mana within your system, you pull up the magic again and cast your spell from within Tsuyuhime.
Icicles burst out from five soldiers, causing screams to echo out in the howling winds of the northern peaks.
"Take down one and hold the last one!" Yells Maiya.
You hear Takahashi's voice, her gunfire identifying her in the almost-unrecognizable mass of six mage-soldiers to the left. "Take the last one prisioner! We'll be taking them for questioning!"
"Roger!" Comes the reply.
As soon as the five soldiers you impaled with your spell fall limp and dead, exhausted of their life energy. You jog over to the last two Imperial soldiers as Kazue punches the last one with her right fist, slamming the Imperial into a rock, causing it to break from the pure impact of the punch. As soon as Tatsuo tied down the last remaining soldier with his restriction magic, the rest of the platoon moved over the soldier and pointed their guns at it.
"Take off his helmet." Commanded Takahashi.
Mio stalked over to the soldier, ripped off his helmet, and revealed his face. The Imperial was bald, with brown eyes and a couple cut scars on his face.
Mio cocked her gun and pointed at the soldier.
Takahashi pulled off her visor. "What are the numbers of the people at Yutai?"
"Screw you, Alliance dog." He spat on Takahashi.
Mio paused for a second, letting the order process for a second. She then pulled the trigger, killing the man.
Takahashi then turned to Kazue, a firey gaze in her eyes. "I'll have your ass reported to the Captain as soon as we get back."
Kazue looks down and makes a deep bow. "My aplogizes, Second Lieutenant. This is entirely my responsability."
>Don't blame Kazue, it's her first battle.
>No lieutenant, it was our squad's fault for not keeping control of Kazue.
>We can handle the punishment, Lieutenant.
"While Kazue was rather reckless in her attack on the enemy force, it broke the stalemate and allowed us to quickly finish them off without additional casualties which we could have suffered in a prolonged firefight, Taking this in to account maybe you should should let her go with a warning for now?"
"Maiya." You say. "Why not just let Kazue off the hook for this once. We can take care of her punishment on our own."
A pause from Takahashi before she replies. "Fine. I'll leave this one to you, Sergeant. But if Private Araki messes up a second time, you can expect the blame to lie with you."
"Of course, Liutenant."
Takahashi sighs. "Anyways, can someone send a signal back to HQ?"
"On it already." Was the reply by Yuki. He lifted up his visor and spoke into his mic. "Hello, Kingata, this is Ryuu-3. The dragon has cleared the skies. Repeat: the dragon has cleared the skies."
Another voice comes through your comms system, but instead of through your mind-link, this time through your long range communications. "Roger that, Ryuu-3. This is Kingata. Your report is read loud and clear. The Hare is on its way. You are to rejoin at point 437b. Do you copy?"
"Copy that, Kingata." And the comm-link is cut.
"You heard the man." Said Takahashi. "Point 437b is at the base of the ridge so let's get down there fast!"
As you start to descend the mountain ridge, you feel a jerk and a throbing begins to ache in your head. "Damn it." You think. The aftereffects of using magic are about to set in, especially after using two B-rank spells in one day. You bite your tongue but it doesn't help much. Hopefully you will be able to descend the cliff with some ease.
[Roll 1d20 to determine the severity of the mental feedback]
>Ask Kazue for help with descending the cliff (1d20)
>Use your climbing pistons (1d12)
>Use magic (1d100)
You fall to your knees, your arms twitching and spasming as your eyes start to see spots. You feel vomit rising through your throat but somehow you are able to stifle the urge to let loose the excess liquids storred in your body. Gasping for air, you then feel blood dripping down your face as your nose starts to bleed, the scarlet of blood reflecting off the protective glass of your temp-suit's visor. Noticing that you are on your knees, Chikako runs over to you and tries to lift you up.
"Hey we got some feedback over here! Does anyone have some IBY-5 over here?"
"I got some!" Replies Iguchi as he pulls a syringe of the painkiller out of his suit and rushes over to your convulsing body. Your eyes flutter open and closed as you try to regain consciousness and control of your body.
"Someone get that damn helmet off!" You hear Iguchi yell through the comms as Chikako rips your visor off and throws it to the side. They set you down on the floor and quickly thrust the needle into your neck. Feeling slowly returns to your body and the spots start to disappate after several minutes. Your breathing steadies and you stand up. Kazue pats you on your back.
"Need some help?" She asks
You shake your head and reattach your suit's helmet.
"You alright Private?" Asks Takahashi
You give a mental nod.
"Good." She says. "Let's get a move on."
It was a bit tricky to descend back down the mountain side, but thankfully there wasn't the ever-present threat of time so for the most part you felt like a huge weight was lifted off you. Once you reached the bottom, you saw the mass of people that you assumed was the 3rd and 7th Companies. As soon as you landed on the floor of the pass, a great scream erupted from everyone as Captain Yamazaki stepped up to your platoon.
"Good job, 12th Platoon. Now let's get out of these damnable mountains shall we?"
You nodded and resumed your march north, towards whatever further battles and troubles awaited.
Ok that's it for tonight's session. I will be around for an hour or two to answer questions or just talk. So any questions? Concerns? Comments? Things that you would like to see improved? I'm thinking of incorperating a numberical value for the mana system and mana costs for all the spells to make a more detailed magic system for combat. What do you guys think?
We definitely need some way to track how taxing our spellcasting has been, and how much more we can expend before suffering minor or major feedback.
In the text there was no mention on how much mana was being expended or how our reserves were holding out, until we suffered feedback.
(Thank god. I sat trough the entire night and began to develop a head ache)
We would like to know our limit a bit better so yes a system like that would be interesting.
On the other hand didn't you say on twitter and i quote " will ask tomorrow what the preffered time for people is though, because my schedule has become more or less constant now"
Hyakuketsu Ken is a Rank B spell and Rank Bs are the highest level you can have in your device at the moment so they take up a good chunk of mana. That being said, I will probablly make a numerical value for mana and the relative cost for each spell. Feedback is usually suffered when a mage depletes a large percentage of their mana reserves (complete depletion is major feedback, three quarters is common feedback, and two thirds is minor feedback). But to answer your question yes by next session I will have a mechanical magic system with values and numbers worked out. Just keep in mind that if you want to cast magic, you must specify what spell you will be using or if you will be making a new one (higher rolls automatically create a new one unless stated otherwise)
Ah my bad. What time (in CST) is best for you guys?
11 AM typically works better for me on the weekends so I might do that.
8 PM gets to be a little bit too late for me so I would rather it be earlier if possible. 11 AM sounds like a good enough time
Anyway got to get some sleep before I die
Todays quest thread was very action filled and we needed that after the previous one. Story keeps me interested and wanting for me. Love everything you have done QM including the extra lore documents and map.
Todays thread had a few rough bumps but over all It was enjoyable where it was (You are not at fault QM)
Well thats it for me guys. Esdesu out~