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Discussion in 'Private Roleplay' started by James Ung, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. James Ung

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    James Ung threw himself over a counter to his left, briefly escaping the fire from his assailant. He rolled, staying on one knee, and caught the muzzle of her weapon when she vaulted the same obstacle in pursuit.

    Specialist de Vries was disarmingly attractive, and she played it to the hilt - flashing him a dazzling smile. Without a pause, she pushed her weapon into him and went for his unguarded side: ripping his sidearm out of its holster, she came around for a shot. He dived through, pulled her sidearm out as he went, and hit the ground twisting with both arms extended ready to fire.

    He fired first, putting rounds into her leg hydraulics to bring her to her knees, while her shots came off his chest and shoulder. He finished with two to the head.
     
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  2. Lewis Masters

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    Staff Sergeant Ung took his helmet off, ending the VR simulation. There was a long moment of silence, which the tall figure of Specialist Masters broke by clapping the ex-Special Forces operator on the back heartily.

    "Damn, Emma. He talks the talk and walks the walk."

    Specialist de Vries dropped her helmet on a counter and blew some hair out of her face, mopping at her forehead.

    "I'll give it to you, Ung. You're good. Really good."

    "Good? You haven't shut up about being the top of the CQB ladder since you started it last tour!" Specialist Gruneham crowed, raising his glass at the newcomer in congratulations. He nodded respectfully back.

    "All right, all right. He's better than me. Never let it be said I'm a sore loser."

    Gruneham and Masters snorted into their drinks, then looked at each other in open disbelief.

    "Remember the last marksmanship evaluation?"

    "Oh yeah. We didn't see her for days."

    "Oh, come on guys! The armoury confirmed that the gun they gave me was a whole half-MOA off!"
     
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  3. Eva van Dijk

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    "Do I hear excuses coming from my most decorated warfighter?"

    Her Force Recon fireteam nodded respectfully as Lieutenant van Dijk made her entrance, but they didn't get up or salute. She was from the Office of Naval Intelligence, and that came with its own baggage, but at the core she was a rifleman. She didn't need ceremony to know that they respected her.

    "No, sir! Got my rear end handed to me, and Jim's busy rubbing it in."

    Eva raised an eyebrow.

    "Making waves, Staff Sergeant?"

    James Ung smiled a bright and innocent smile, then spread his arms wide. An invitation.

    "Why don't you come in and find out for yourself?"
     
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  4. Eva van Dijk

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    There was a long and highly-charged silence. It wasn't that the CO was going to be embarassed - quite the opposite. Lieutenant van Dijk was at least as good as any of them. But, for all that, she had never cared to join in the petty competitiveness that tied her soldiers together.

    She returned her NCO's smile with one of her own, deep and mysterious.

    "I've got ninety minutes before I'm due to brief the captain. I'm game if you are."

    Jaws hitting the floor were very nearly audible.

    "It is, I believe, the right of the challenged to choose the nature of the duel?"

    Nods all around. They could barely believe this was happening.

    "Very good. We're headed to an abandoned research office. Environmental hazards and an unknown neutral third-party combatant."

    She loaded a large file from an external buffer, so large that there was a noticeable delay before the system was ready to go.
     
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  5. James Ung

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    James snapped his gun to a firing position as soon as the scenario came up, conducting a search-and-assess at such a speed that it was more instinct than conscious thought. He dived for the nearest cover and rolled, coming up facing the other way to complete his survey of the situation.

    Nothing. It was dark, dark enough that low-light amplification was running in his helmet. It was, as best as he could tell, the lobby of a corporate office. He was behind the reception desk. There was no-one else in evidence, no movement. He clocked a blood smear heading further into the office and resisted the temptation to cross over to focus on it.

    Instead, he switched his gun to his opposite shoulder and leaned sharply out to survey to incoming corridor in one swift movement, clicking on the tactical light at its blinding maximum intensity of a full thousand lumens. Forewarned by the light, his night vis dimmed perfectly as it came on, granting him perfect vision of... an empty corridor.

    He eased his finger off the trigger and repositioned to the corner of the lobby, to check the corridor with the blood trail. Nothing there either.

    Bloody hell, I hope she doesn't draw this one out.
     
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  6. Eva van Dijk

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    Lieutenant van Dijk made her way through an expansive atrium with a lithe grace - she had always been comfortable in the shadows. She saw a human silhouette and took a long-lens snapshot, but it was a dead body and not her quarry.

    She inhaled, exhaled, reset and moved on. It really had been far too long since she had done anything combat focused - she felt far too often like she had a desk job. A bit of adrenalin was good for the soul.
     
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  7. James Ung

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    James set the motion sensor down in a dark corner, making sure the epoxy patch had a good contact with the floor. The sensor connected to his systems, one more green light in a panel on his HUD that he'd set up to watch his back.

    A Marine could rarely be too prepared. He was hunting big game, after all.

    No sooner had this thought passed through his mind than one of the sensors behind him tripped with a soft yellow blink. The special forces veteran stood, headed to a ladder and ascended to an upper catwalk level to gain the advantage of height before heading off in pursuit of his commanding officer.
     
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  8. Emma de Vries

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    Every single person in the room was transfixed, and Emma made doubly sure all the recorders were running. The instructors at the Luna special forces training facility would be all over this.

    Captain Kasari is going to buy me so many drinks.

    Lieutentant van Dijk moved into the dining area of an affluent restaurant and paused, taking cover in a dark corner and taking in the scene with a calm patience.

    Staff Sergeant Ung did no such thing. He came into the room on heavy footsteps, firing with advance knowledge and considerable accuracy on the officer's position.

    The encounter was over remarkably quickly. Both soldiers fired their weapons in bursts of automatic fire, disdaining the precision and considered accuracy of semi-auto.

    This moment was about dealing damage, pure and simple.
     
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  9. Eva van Dijk

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    Eva felt the bolt come back and lock to the rear, which usually meant that her clip was empty. Just in case, she checked her HUD - yellow for exhausted magazine - and rolled the weapon to eye the chamber. Clear and open, no malfunction. Rather than reloading, however, she executed a neat backwards roll, got to her feet and immediately dived for cover behind the doorway she had entered through. Three rounds came off her in flight, but none caused significant damage.

    Safely in cover, she ripped out the empty magazine and slapped in a fresh one. The weapon's sensors sent the bolt forwards, but she wasn't interested in firing. The officer kept her fire control hand ready, but unclipped a pair of grenades with her support hand and tossed them underarm off the doorframe and back into the room.

    Laser light from her suit armed them with targeting parameters, which were simple: detonate immediately. One of them, the fast smoke, erupted into an elongated black cloud mid-flight, while the other - a magnesium breach cutter - spat white-hot metal in a foot-high sparking jet.

    So covering her rear, Lieutenant van Dijk retreated. She had seriously underestimated the staff sergeant, and now had moderate to severe damage to her suit across her abdomen and left arm. Primary servos were at half power and there was a slow hydraulic leak somewhere south of her waist.
     
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  10. James Ung

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    James ran through a speed reload on autopilot, discarding the extended magazine he'd used to initiate the firefight. His opponent had brought along an accurised assault rifle - an elegant and versatile weapon for engaging a wide variety of threats. Even the mixed tracer, hollow-point and incendiary armour-piercing ammunition load she had fired was general-purpose, befitting of an officer.

    Unlike her, James had brought along a medium-calibre machine gun. A heavy weapon in every sense of the term, providing firepower far more suited to the sheer scale of damage required to bring down an operator in powered armour. His ammunition belt had been packed with nothing but match-grade armour-piercing rounds.

    The results were evident. There was lead spalling all over him and a scant handful of deeper hardened-steel furrows in his plate, but the inner layers were all intact. An unlucky hit had caused a low amount of damage to his right forearm servo, but secondary systems were picking up the slack.

    There was no serious damage.

    "Molok in the blind, this is Golem. There's no need to drag this out."

    It never hurts to try.
     
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  11. Eva van Dijk

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    "Golem, Molok. And if our roles were reversed, would you give up so easily?"

    The lieutenant tucked herself away in a dead corner and fumbled for a can of epoxy, spraying the binary polymer liberally across the damaged plates and systems. The hydraulic leak slowed and came to a halt as the rapid-setting polymer ramped up towards diamond-hardness.

    She glanced up by chance, thinking that she had felt a movement nearby - a faint tremble transmitted through her boots.

    "Do you remember the neutral third-party combatant, Golem? I think it heard our encounter. I modelled it on the capture target at Ganymede, Golem. It's more lethal than either of us."
     
  12. James Ung

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    The special forces veteran almost smiled. A psyops attack was almost a textbook play for an intelligence officer. He should have known.

    Moving through corridors with a watchful eye, James swapped to his sidearm for better handling as lanes of fire closed down. He flicked through maps of the surrounding area and simulations of his opponent's movement in his HUD -

    There was movement. A flash of red highlighting around its edges, machine learning recognising a threat to show him. James raised his sidearm and promptly put two rounds downrange, scoring hits on a structural beam and sending puffs of cladding into the air. The silencer ate up the report while he crabbed right looking for another shot.

    It was gone. James shrugged off a faint sense of unease - there was nothing to be afraid of, was there?

    Spooks playing tricks. Only that and nothing more.

    He chuckled nervously to himself and moved on.
     
  13. Emma de Vries

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    The atmosphere in the training bay was almost as taut as in the VR simulation. Dissatisfied with their suit onboard systems, the Force Recon soldiers had gathered around the normally-ignored simulation projector. Their visors expanded the projection to fill the room.

    "Did you see that shot?" Gruneham kept repeating. He was replaying Ung's lightning-fast sight picture acquisition over and over. Even assisted by suit gyros and a slide-mounted red-dot sight, Jame's pistol seemed to move with unnatural accuracy to a firing position almost between frames.

    Emma was in discussion with Masters over that first clash.

    "First shots from CO. Superb technique, then she twists because she's taking too much damage centre-torso."

    "Ung puts shots low - he knows about the sternum plate problem with her armour set."

    There were going to be textbooks written about the doctrine implications of this fight, everyone knew. Ung's direct-action infantry experience versus van Dijk's black ops style.
     
  14. Eva van Dijk

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    Her opponent had a silenced weapon, but there were other ways of detecting a gunshot. A faint transmission came up through her boots when Ung's shot clipped a structural column; within a second cross-reference software had compared ultra high-framerate footage of the closest surfaces along with multiple subsonic audio samples.

    She had a direction. Or, more accurately, she had a much more accurate guess of the search pattern Ung was executing.

    The intelligence officer kept her weapon up but transferred the majority of her attention to reading the map. The corners of her mouth slowly turned down as she realised that the Staff Sergeant had chosen - by accident or design, it didn't matter - a route that gave her none of the superior ambush positions of the kind that he had used against her.

    But there was a vehicle garage. And where there was a vehicle garage... well, there were vehicles.
     
  15. James Ung

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    James took the corner with the same smooth efficiency and attention-to-detail as he had the previous dozen corners. Close quarters was all about taking your time and being as careful with the hundredth door as the first - doubly so when nobody was watching your back. You never see the enemy until you see the enemy, his instructor had said.

    So he hesitated when his cameras showed him the open expanse of a vehicle garage. It looked very ordinary - a mix of chassis. Some partially disassembled and held overhead in maintenance frames, some in ready bays, and a few covered for medium-term storage.

    He peeked the corner, exposing only an arm, a shoulder and some helmet. There was no indication of movement. He leaned further, until his leg actuators were juddering at the edge of their power ratings to keep him balanced. His long lens whirred a little, peering further into the gloom. Nothing.

    The veteran operator relaxed into safety and adjusted his stance, taking a raptor-like digitigrade posture for maximum agility. His suit swayed a little, working its gyroscopes to find a new centre of balance before settling comfortably.

    He launched out at speed into the vehicle bay with his weapon at shoulder level. He made a wide sweep of the area and chose some cover by a secured early-model Trebuchet tank. It was well back, offered a good view of the entire bay, and would protect him from gunfire.

    Thus he was in a perfect position to see another Trebuchet tank, this one directly opposite, come to life in a rapid power-on. It locked its turret onto him and opened fire with the coaxial mount.
     
  16. Eva van Dijk

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    Lieutenant van Dijk was impressed, she really was. Ung rolled out of the initial burst; while the turret started an overshoot to set the correct lead for a rapidly moving target, he reversed the direction of his movement by kicking off against the stationary Trebuchet's armour panels and dived over the continuing stream of fire. Midair, he overarmed a fast smoke at the turret's sensor cluster to blind it with a longitudinal smoke cloud.

    He landed and with a certain amount of care began to target the weaker components of the Trebuchet - sensor cluster, mantlet join, turret ring. The Lieutenant hopped down from her vantage point - she didn't need it now that the turret with its autonomous targeting had completely distracted her target - gave him a second to let him get really into it, and then hit him with a quick group of shots on his vulnerable rear aspect. When he turned, recognising where the real threat was, she nailed him with an HEDP shot from her underslung 40mm launcher.
     
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