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PoultryGeist
Feb 26, 2013

Crystals?

DURANGO REACH


A small cluster of systems, well within the safety of the VINDHYA Line. Ignored during earlier settlement drives due to a lack of exciting resources, the increasing numbers of Core worlds within the VINDHYA Line in recent centuries made general resource extraction a more attractive option. Six MAUI-type colony ships were launched 148 Standard years ago, a half-dozen smaller corpros jockeying for position. One, the Tumaini, was lost in transit. The others made landfall and founded prosperous, if unexciting, colonies. And now Liyongo, the most prosperous and advanced of the colonies, is on the cusp of being officially welcomed into Union.

Blink Station PROVISIONAL VL-ZZ/2 has just been completed, linking Liyongo to the rest of the Core worlds. In a month, a Union Administrator will arrive to sign the treaties that will add Liyongo to the worlds of Union. The rest of the system, even the rest of the Reach, was breathless in anticipation for the next step in the evolution of their home. The future was bright- until three days ago.

The IPS-Northstar NEARLIGHT freighter Wayward Son was coming to Liyongo at the end of a 60-Standard year loop through the rest of Durango Reach and nearby systems. It would be the first ship to use the new blinkgate after the naming ceremony, an honor meant to cement ties with IPS-N. While inbound through the outer reaches of the system, Wayward Son came under vicious pirate attack. Assaulted by a half-dozen subline vessels carrying multiple wings of interceptors and mechanized cavalry, only an emergency nearlight eject kept the near-crippled freighter from being lost.

Liyongo High Command is both mortified and furious, viewing this attack as an attempt to embarrass them in front of Union and the Corpro-States. So while damage reports and after-action briefings are still being compiled, before the larger fish can be roused, they are taking action. The newly minted Union Auxiliary Patrol FUMO will be sent to smash the pirates, showing all that they can take care of themselves. They have the ships, they have the men. What they don’t have is the tip of the spear, the mechanized cavalry.

They need a Lancer. They need you.


*****

Even before its fully operation, the blink station is a busy place. But after multiple tram rides and several rounds of direction-asking, you at last find yourself in front of Liyongo Union Auxiliary HQ. A young marine salutes as you approach and holds out a portable IDENT reader.

“Sorry, the concierge system is currently undergoing maintenance. Name and purpose of your visit?”
A loaded question if you ever heard one…


A: Akram bin Adil Safar- VENGEANCE

As the sole surviving member of the Wings of Light mech platoon stationed on Wayward Son, you have taken a temporary leave from IPS-N to avenge your squadmates and make sure the pirates can’t hurt anyone ever again.


B: Hediye Okafor - DUTY

The first member of the Liyongo Defense Force/Union Auxiliary to pass the rigorous tests to earn your mech licensure, you want to help your homeland in its time of need.


C: River - MONEY

Your Mirrorsmoke MC mercenary platoon was rotated out for R&R when you saw the posting on the omninet. A quick milkrun for some extra walking-around manna, easy-peasy.


D: Alice Un - FUN

Why not? Being a mech pilot (no, a Lancer) is just another thing to do to keep the boredom away.

=====

Hello! This will be a CYOA game set in the setting of the LANCER RPG. Its a universe where humanity has spread across an entire galactic arm and live in a (mostly) scarcity- and conflict-free state. But that (mostly) is large enough to drive a capital ship through, and on the edges, that’s where a hero in a mech is needed.

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JesterOfAmerica
Sep 11, 2015


D

hollylolly
Jun 5, 2009


B

Duty!

Dog Kisser
Mar 30, 2005

But People have fears that beasts do not. Questions, too.


The idea that people are going to vote anything other than D is crazy!

dont be mean to me
May 2, 2007

I'm interplanetary, bitch
Let's go to Mars




B

Blasphemaster
Jul 10, 2008



C

The "Baby's got a temper" thing clinched it for me.

Not Alex
Oct 9, 2012


C

malbogio
Jan 19, 2015


AB

Deadmeat5150
Nov 21, 2005

OLD MAN YELLS AT CLAN


C

Bring in the cash, baby!

super sweet best pal
Nov 18, 2009

No need to sign, we'll take care of that.


Lipstick Apathy

C

Azhais
Feb 5, 2007


Cybernetic Crumb

DC

Skellybones
May 31, 2011






Fun Shoe

C

Hexenritter
May 20, 2001

Buncha slack-jawed faggots around here


I'm convinced.

Blasphemaster
Jul 10, 2008



Greedy sociopaths who work at mobile explosion factories are just so much fun.

Black Feather
Apr 14, 2012

Call someone who cares.


D

sheep-dodger
Feb 21, 2013



D

The Lone Badger
Sep 24, 2007



C. I like his mug.

Josef bugman
Nov 17, 2011

Watch Funny Videos


B

PoultryGeist
Feb 26, 2013

Crystals?

Reserved

Relentless
Sep 22, 2007

It's a perfect day for some mayhem!




Cash rules everything around me.

Rockopolis
Dec 21, 2012

I MAKE FUN OF QUEER STORYGAMES BECAUSE I HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH MY LIFE THAN MAKE OTHER PEOPLE CRY

I can't understand these kinds of games, and not getting it bugs me almost as much as me being weird


C He reminds me of Tuco.

CourValant
Feb 25, 2016

Do You Remember Love?


Vote: C; how could I not after this image??

Secondary Vote: D for !HarleyQuinn.

Jossar
Apr 2, 2018


CourValant posted:

Vote: C; how could I not after this image??

The sanctioned action is to get cash money.

Zikan
Feb 29, 2004

Metal Gear?


C I’m sure having our overriding motivation being getting rich will be perfectly fine and cause no problems at all.

Kai Tave
Jul 2, 2012


Fallen Rib

Oh poo poo I'm in like Flynn.

Man, I feel bad for nobody voting for VENGEANCE but it's so hard to choose. I feel like option C is gonna win out but nonetheless I'll cast my vote for B and doubtlessly enjoy the outcome either way.

PoultryGeist
Feb 26, 2013

Crystals?


Mak /River/ Banh
Pilot, Mechanized (2nd Class) - Mirrorsmoke Mercenary Company
WZ-4J-ABNeg-G07Y-219/Fi


The marine straightens up a bit as your IDENT unspools into the system. You’ve seen the mixed expression on his face before too. The hero-worship whipped up by the holodrama version of mech pilots conflicting with the reality of a small man that’s greasy and rumpled from sleeping in his hardsuit for the last two days. (Don’t judge, maglocking yourself to a jumpseat is like a third the cost of an actual berth).

“Ah, apologies again sir. Ah, Pilot River. The check is nearly finished.” You take pity on the poor kid and wave carelessly.

“No friz, mon ami. I’m on the clock, so you can take as much time as you need.”

The reader finally finishes, much to the marine’s relief. He hands back your IDENT, your 'suit HUD chiming to notify you of the security clearance change. With a quick grin to the guard, you sling your duffle again and enter HQ. Its a hive of precision motion, your entrance causing small ripples as Auxiliary staff pause to get a look at the off-world specialist. You feel a little bad about not showering and cleaning out your ‘suit beforehand, but the station facilities were a massive rip-off. The nerve, trying to gouge you like you were just a bizclass drone.

The quick tapping of a completely symmetrical gait gives you a warning before the subaltern comes into view.

It seems the Liyongo-ites prefer basic shells with no frills. It gives you a pseudo-smile and snaps a perfect salute.

“Greetings Pilot River. We are BOUDICA, the local Union Auxiliary Non-Human Person. This unit has been assigned to you as a companion/concierge for the duration of your employment with Liyongo Auxiliary. Here, let Us take your bag for you!” The subaltern grabs your duffle before you can say anything, tipping slightly at the weight.

“Oh my, you certainly can pack quite a bit in a small carry-on!” It pauses, then holds out its hand. An alphanumeric keyboard flashes to life in the palm of its hand.

“Sorry, We nearly forgot. For security and identification confirmation, please enter the 4-digit OCCU code for your last position prior to entering pilot training.”

Your Background Was:
A: YYZ2 (Soldier)
You did your part for God-Queen and Planet. It gave you the skills, but didn’t exactly pay the bills.
Good At: Command, Maneuver, Survive, Brawl
Meh At: Acquire, Flash, Infiltrate, Investigation, Persuade, Notice
Bad At: Swindle, Tech

B: MUP9 (Worker)
Printer technician, Class 1. Helped make most of the things in your city, but didn’t get to keep hardly anything yourself.
Good At: Notice, Tech, Acquire, Persuade
Meh At: Brawl, Command, Infiltrate, Investigate, Survive, Swindle
Bad At: Flash, Maneuver

C: ZZZ9 (Criminal)
You preferred ‘Non-Traditional Acquisitions Specialist’, but System Security didn’t agree.
Good At: Infiltrate, Swindle, Flash, Investigate
Meh At: Maneuver, Notice, Persuade, Tech, Brawl, Acquire
Bad At: Command, Survive


Oh, and Careful! Our kitbag contains:
D: Balanced Loadout
-Light Hardsuit, Assault Rifle, Alloy Combat Knife, 2x Patch, 2x Concussion Grenade, 1x Antiphoton Visor

E: Assault Loadout
-Assault Hardsuit, Light Machine Gun, Pistol, 2x Patch, 2x Fragmentation Grenade, 1x Thermal Charge

F: Tech Loadout
-Light Hardsuit, Disruption Gun, Laser Pistol, 1x Patch, 1x Handheld Printer, 1x Personal Drone, 1x Mag Clamps

(these are two separate votes)

JesterOfAmerica
Sep 11, 2015


CE

Not Alex
Oct 9, 2012


CF

Do note that the printer in that kit is of the futuristic 3D sort. Limited to plastics though. Still exceedingly useful.

Kai Tave
Jul 2, 2012


Fallen Rib

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Zikan
Feb 29, 2004

Metal Gear?


AD

Rockopolis
Dec 21, 2012

I MAKE FUN OF QUEER STORYGAMES BECAUSE I HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH MY LIFE THAN MAKE OTHER PEOPLE CRY

I can't understand these kinds of games, and not getting it bugs me almost as much as me being weird


CD

Azhais
Feb 5, 2007


Cybernetic Crumb

CF

The Lone Badger
Sep 24, 2007



CF

Jossar
Apr 2, 2018


AF

Blasphemaster
Jul 10, 2008



CF

I like the idea of a tech-savvy rear end in a top hat mucking with the other guy's poo poo and taking/breaking all his stuff while he's hamstrung.

The Lone Badger
Sep 24, 2007



What is Flash, btw?

PoultryGeist
Feb 26, 2013

Crystals?

The Lone Badger posted:

What is Flash, btw?

LANCER Beta posted:

FLASH
Roll FLASH to perform tricks with your weapon (melee or ranged); shoot first; perform flashy gun
or swordplay; create an opportunity or opening with your skill in weaponry; quickdraw; win a
formal duel; humiliate a martial opponent.

Not Alex
Oct 9, 2012


Dashing rogue, the skill.

Deadmeat5150
Nov 21, 2005

OLD MAN YELLS AT CLAN


CF
Buckle all the swashes!

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hollylolly
Jun 5, 2009


CF

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