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Just checking in - I am doing ok and I hope you all are too

Re: Battalion OOC thread by Slinger RingoSlinger Ringo, 11 Dec 2020 19:51

missed you all too. i'm still around.. sorta.. but i'm having a few difficults at home. Tense time for everyone and the situation right now means we're having serious talks about returning to the uk but thats so much planning even when youre not in the middle of a pandemic and strains relationships even when not in the middle of a pandemic and etc etc you can bet we're going through a lot

and I know uk has fucked it too but theres something about 'wildfires tear thru the county because all the prisoners we force to fireight are too sick to work' that makes me feel a special level of fucking hating everything

Re: Battalion OOC thread by VillainVillain, 24 Aug 2020 08:22

Okay, it's August and America is bound and determined to fuck everything up until next January at best. Which means my household stays under strict quarantine for another six months at the least and everyone I care about on the outside is beyond my personal help.

So… I am adjusting. And part of that adjustment is spending less energy on worrying and more on the things I care about - namely you guys. So I am going to start watching the forum and checking in again. If you guys have the energy to start back up, I'm game. If you just want to chat or vent about whatever I'm here for that too. Also the only social space I am active on these days (besides PA) is discord. My household has a server that has grown with gaming buddies from all over, so that could be a thing.

I've missed you guys!

Re: Battalion OOC thread by Slinger RingoSlinger Ringo, 08 Aug 2020 07:33

i thought I might come back to lotof posts but no, we've all been out there dealing with our own shit. Hope everyone doing ok

random great aunt update: she got covid but she's one of the lucky few to recover from it, but for given value recover because its really taken her out of it. I video called her and she looked like shed been thru the wringer

Re: Battalion OOC thread by VillainVillain, 18 Jun 2020 20:46

Augh I'm sorry didnt think that it could be deliberate, just thought might be another bug or glitch! Didn't mean to put you on the spot

Re: Battalion OOC thread by AlbionestAlbionest, 15 May 2020 10:15

sorry yeh that was me, my bad timing, unlucky you started replying. I just had second thoughts about sharing so much online, both in sense it doesnt help to bitch about things and in sense I probably shouldnt give details about my work etc

so how bout those rpgs, huh

Re: Battalion OOC thread by VillainVillain, 11 May 2020 16:53

?? did something just get deleted? I was typing up a reply but now there isn't a post?

Re: Battalion OOC thread by AlbionestAlbionest, 11 May 2020 12:55

Getting by with drips and drabs of information must be really worrying and frustrating… I don't have family in the exact same position but I've certainly got a bunch of elderly and vulnerable relatives who I'm very concerned about. It's hard right now and I hope things (safely) ease up soon

As for your Deffshedd question, there's not much to know (which isn't to say people can't chime in with their own ideas and lore for them): they're a cyborg-heavy gang that was moderately successful in their day but has slowly shrivelled away over the years, not entirely unlike Firebrand. Think biker gang, except it tends to be their own augs they're optimising rather than bikes. Whether their underworld ties were genuinely strong or bigged-up as part of their aesthetic is open to interpretation

Re: Battalion OOC thread by EdcrabEdcrab, 27 Apr 2020 11:38

that makes sense.. so do any of us know anything about deffshedd? Would our chars have heard about them out and about or ran into them

in reality news my great aunt is at a care home which had a covid case nd I know thats somethings lots of people must be dealing with but its worrying when thats the only thing youve heard about them for a week more

Re: Battalion OOC thread by VillainVillain, 24 Apr 2020 07:32

Hello hello! Ok. I was going to make Grag shake the guys hand but thinking about it it should be Arling or kree. If Grag annoys him we might ruin everything. Well, he might ruin everything

Re: Battalion OOC thread by AlbionestAlbionest, 20 Apr 2020 18:33

Soon afterwards…

Maryse calls to report on her team’s scavenging efforts.

“What we found was a warehouse full of construction mechs—”

“—modified, overclocked, all the serials filed off—” Hisata Leen’s voice, interjecting.

“—and the owners agreed to pay for our discretion.”

“We shook them down for protection,” said Hisata.

“It wasn’t like that!”

“It absolutely was, chief,” Leen explains. “All very affable: just a one-off and I even said we’d help them clear out real fast if Security got wind of their operation. But your insurance intern doesn’t quite get how things work yet. Doesn’t like being a ‘baddie’.”

“That’s completely—”

The signal cuts out for a few seconds. When it returns Maryse has a tone of forced, desperate calm.

“We can now meet Ridwyler’s exacting specifications. We’ll report back once the mission begins.”

“By which she means we won’t even start until you okay it,” Leen states. “We’ve got the gear but he better have the job to match it.”

“Fair.” That was Riks speaking. “He’d expect you to confirm first.”

“I don’t suppose you know what this job is, exactly?” Maryse asks.

“Even if I knew, he’d probably change his damn mind.”

The call having wrapped up, the party enters the heart of Deffshedd’s territory: a recycling node for the wider sector. The transition is marked by nothing more than signs and an unguarded gate. No battlements or barbed wire or junkyard dogs. Very off-brand for a gang with an inclination towards metals heavy and otherwise.

The node is primarily automated, but not entirely so. Vans and drones transport all sorts of garbage to sorting arrays but amongst the robotic arms there are several living pickers browsing the deliveries and adjusting controls. And some of those living pickers are clearly wearing Maintenance Association uniforms. Which means that the rough and tumble hard-as-nails Deffshedd home base is… up to code.

“Nodes can be privately owned,” someone announces, as if aware of the narration’s focus, “but we’re obligated to give a percentage of our processing potential to the local Association office. Safety first.”

The speaker is a Gef. He has the look of a man who desperately wants to be naked but for a couple of chains and a steel plate but instead he’s in a dangerously sensible hazmat suit with, admittedly, a skull logo stenciled on the chest. He’s carrying an enormous rusty girder, twisted in the middle.

He’s also a cyborg, although you can only tell from up close. In defiance of Deffshedd tradition he’s not a cyborg of the exposed cables and fibre-bundle muscles variety and instead has a much more subdued and utilitarian aug package. He has a very scraggly beard that would look out of place with any style he went for, but he’s also a bald grim eight-foot-tall cyborg Gef and people like that tend to have their facial hair unremarked on.

The man turns and drops the girder. It crashes and clangs but nobody in the noisome workplace seems to notice. He offers a hand to anyone who will take it.

“Name’s Curren. I run the place, or at least the Legion lets me run the place, so who knows the difference.”

Re: Battalion IC thread by EdcrabEdcrab, 16 Apr 2020 17:05

Glory 1, Intel 0, Supplies 1

(+2 Supplies and -1 Intel from scavenging, then -2 supplies from attempting Ridwyler's mission)

  • Do a job for Ridwyler - In Progress
  • Make first contact with the Borel Family (1 task, -2 Glory)
  • Make first contact with Deffshedd - In Progress
  • Call in favours (1 task, -1 Glory, +2 Supplies)
  • Scavenge (1 task, -1 Intel, +2 Supplies)
  • Strip down the Flophouse/Server Farm and abandon it (2 tasks, +3 Supplies)
  • Explore the Conglomerate Facility (2 tasks, -2 Intel, Unknown)

(b: bar, p; pharmacy, f: flophouse)

Re: Battalion OOC thread by EdcrabEdcrab, 16 Apr 2020 17:03

It's been a real mess but I'm back (or about to be) and at the risk of repeating myself: I'll try and update soon!

Re: Battalion OOC thread by EdcrabEdcrab, 15 Apr 2020 14:08

glad to hear it.. I'm struggling to stay in touch w family back in wales and I just hope theyre being sensible

ed tells me he's had an internet outage and might be a while…. sounds like a nightmare being stuck at home wo it tho I guess he has a phone at least

Re: Battalion OOC thread by VillainVillain, 05 Apr 2020 08:17

Also, I am still alive! Our household started quarantine about two weeks before the rest of the world and so far it has paid off.

Re: Battalion OOC thread by Slinger RingoSlinger Ringo, 29 Mar 2020 02:58

Sometimes, over the years and different forums, Ed has attempted to wield the strange and wonderful powers claimed by The Administrator - to mixed results. A fair number of the more esoteric collapses of forum reality caused by such meddling seem to erase or reshape Villain's posts in some way.

Re: Battalion OOC thread by Slinger RingoSlinger Ringo, 29 Mar 2020 02:54

Yes hope you get well soon! And that goes to everyone as we all try to weather this. It's madness

Also Villain what did you mean about Ed merging posts? What's that?

Re: Battalion OOC thread by AlbionestAlbionest, 28 Mar 2020 18:30

Stay safe and get well, Ed!

Re: Battalion OOC thread by Slinger RingoSlinger Ringo, 21 Mar 2020 19:12

Just to keep up the apologies: I'm a little unwell (not the scary topical unwell, but still unwell) so might be a bit slow to respond, sorry. I am thinking that my inactivity might slow things down so I might declare after this next event cycle that bam, the gang's skipped a step and been upgraded to the four action stage, so one for each PC

I won't disregard any story stuff but I don't think we'd gain anything by dragging out the mechanical side of things any more than necessary

Re: Battalion OOC thread by EdcrabEdcrab, 21 Mar 2020 14:28

Before I twigged that you were making a joke I thought ed was out there merging posts again

and yeah I'm cool with the plan sorry should've said

Re: Battalion OOC thread by VillainVillain, 18 Mar 2020 10:12
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