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798206 No. 798206 ID: f6ba27

Wiki: http://tgchan.org/wiki/Static_on_the_Wire
QuestDis: http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/72481.html
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No. 798208 ID: f6ba27
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38-4 is awake.
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No. 798209 ID: f6ba27
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"hi," 73-6 says.
38-4 stares at him.

73-6 is not comfortable.
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No. 798217 ID: 3abd97

>>798209
So... how you feeling, new buddy?
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No. 798218 ID: 6c9581

Welcome back to the world of the living.
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No. 798219 ID: e882a6

Do you have a nice hat or a scarf or something to give him?
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No. 798221 ID: f36501

So, no hard feelings?
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No. 798227 ID: 3e614c

My

GOODNESS he is taller than I remember.

How's it going, Gigantor?
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No. 798232 ID: e882a6

Oh, also shake him by the hand.
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No. 798259 ID: 44d7f7

So uh... How'd we make him loyal?
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No. 798262 ID: 70983e

>>798259
Shot him in the face then threw him in a tube.

He needs a codename. How about 'Gage'?
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No. 798279 ID: 8d4593

You look tired.
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No. 798296 ID: 798d65

>>798262
No, I mean, dubs was programmed to love Sev. How about this guy? What form does his loyalty take?
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No. 798303 ID: c8b031

Well, let's see. Last you described him, he was an "emotional flatline" who "hated himself and loved sosa", and you tuned the sosa love down. I assume you'd have been a swell enough guy to tone down the self-hate, too. And then you also gave him a "devil-may-care attitude" about pain. Perhaps about other things too? In which case he should be a casual, carefree, happy-go-lucky sort of guy, a little. Maybe.

Anyway, say hi. Offer a fistbump.
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No. 798305 ID: 1e7aa8

..Well. Hm. I guess just try to be polite? He might not react well to us being friendly to him.
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No. 798365 ID: 9832b2

"So how about that posthuman future huh?"
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No. 807958 ID: f6ba27
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807958

"soooo uhhhh"
73-6 chews on his lip.
"no hard feelings?"

38-4's mouth twitches as he tries to remember how to use it.
It contorts itself into an approximation of a grin and sits there, wobbling.

There's only so much you can change about a guy in reconstitution; but 73-6 has had the opportunity to make a few key modifications to 38-4's purgatory of a brain.

What kind of person was he trying to make in there?
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No. 807960 ID: 3abd97

>>807958
I don't know what Sev was trying to make, but what he got was a socially awkward nerd who wants to impress him / wants his approval.
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No. 807966 ID: ccd925

a gentle giant
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No. 807967 ID: 6f421d

>>807966
a subtle specter
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No. 807968 ID: 00a1f6

Someone zen as fuck. Someone who can read emotions as if they were their own. Someone who's willing to make sacrifices.
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No. 807969 ID: c31aac

>>807968
This sounds like a fantastic reprogramming option.
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No. 807979 ID: be0718

An experienced kamikaze unit. Unfazed by death, especially his own.

Sev wasn't making a person, he was making a tool with a short life expectancy.
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No. 807981 ID: f08985

>>807979
This is absolutely true. Let's give him a sweet, lovable personality.

>>807966
>>807960
Either of these works.
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No. 807984 ID: 3ce125

I feel like the dude could use some peace of mind after what he's been through in his previous life.

Zen.
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No. 808021 ID: 5f2b81

>>807968
>>807984
Thirded.
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No. 808022 ID: f36501

Zen but eager to work.
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No. 808027 ID: 8d4593

Chill and Zen all the way.
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No. 808136 ID: 2120ee

>>807958
Gay.
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No. 808195 ID: f6ba27
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808195

"Why would there be hard feelings?" 38-4 asks. His voice is all synthesized digitally; his mouth doesn't move when he speaks.

"about the whole... well, how are you feeling?"

"Do you feel uncomfortable because you killed me?"
"a little."

38-4 shakes his head. "73-6. If it hadn't been you, it would have been a million other things. And every one of those things, including you, led to the same thing, which is the thing all things must lead to. And then they change. You see? We're proof of it. Nothing ever lasts, but nothing is ever lost, because nothing can ever be lost. Consciousness is the universe trying to understand itself in billions of different ways, until it decides to become something else. There was a piece of the world that decided to call itself 38-3 for a while. And when it died it might have turned itself into ashes, or dirt, or food, and there would be eggs laid in it to hatch more little consciousnesses. Like data points in an ineffable program. With a meaning they don't know, and don't need to. But instead now there is a piece that thinks of itself as 38-4."

He puts a hand on 73-6's shoulder. "And it needs a weapon if it's going to help."

>What kind of gun is 38-4 going to have?
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No. 808196 ID: c31aac

>>808195
he is pretty much entirely tooled around hardcore stealth, let's get him something sneaky, silenced, and another that's stabby. He'll tactical ops with us.
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No. 808202 ID: 3abd97

>>808195
"Guys I think I accidentally built a philosopher."

>>What kind of gun is 38-4 going to have?
Something loud and with too much stopping power. He's a brick tank, he gets a more dakka kind of gun.
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No. 808203 ID: 3ce125

>>808196
No, last thread people voted to focus on his damage resistance mods. He's a tank. Thus, we should get him something that works best when he's close to the enemy.

>>808195
Shotgun or high caliber pistol I'm thinking. Or both?
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No. 808204 ID: c31aac

>>808196
actually disregard this, I second tank motion. Something normal people would have a hard time brandishing, like let's straight-up give him a handheld cannon or something
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No. 808208 ID: fc33ea

An honest to god Browning M2.
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No. 808209 ID: c88e6d

>>808195
Give him some kind of autocannon or something if we've got one. Otherwise some kind of armor piercing shotgun. Should be handy.

Also I think we actually made him even creepier when we brought him back. This technology is weird.
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No. 808212 ID: 8d4593

Get this guy a fucking Rail-Gun or Recoiless Rifle.
It would be a shame if he were shooting anything less powerful than HEAT or anti-tank Sabots.

Maybe get him a flame thrower as a side arm.
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No. 808213 ID: 5372b5

We've got Pen for choppy-slashy close work, Dubs for overwatch and 38-4 is spec'd for being a bullet sponge. I say something mid-range with lots of firepower. Autocannon or a big rifle with underslung grenade launcher?
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No. 808214 ID: 3ce125

Oh yeah that's right, he'd be able to lug around a big-ass autocannon and not die from the reduced mobility. Gonna swap my vote over to that from shotgun/pistol.

I know 88-11 got killed doing this very thing, but it seems like he didn't have very many durability upgrades. Let's do it right this time.
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No. 808217 ID: 2120ee

>>808195
Grenades.
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No. 808222 ID: 5372b5

Should we think about a sidearm too? The stock Bureau snubnose pistol or something more exotic?
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No. 808223 ID: be0718

Suppressive fire to match his pain suppression. Give him a silenced submachine gun. That's about as heavy as it gets while staying quiet. Perhaps a deployable shield, too?
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No. 808234 ID: 3ce125

Hmm, riot shield sounds like a good idea too. I guess we could narrow it down to a few loadout choices then pick one.
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No. 808258 ID: 00a1f6

Get him something like this.
https://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Loose_Cannon
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No. 808259 ID: 7d8168

Oh yeah, 38-3 was kind of a mess because he was spec'd too many ways at once. Let's synergize with his tank options. Get him a riot shield if we've got it, maybe even some heavier body armor too. Then actually maybe something lighter weapon-wise, like an SMG or a sawed-off shotgun. No matter how durable you are, sometimes you just gotta move and he'll already be lugging around quite a bit of weight with those defensive options.
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No. 808289 ID: f36501

Body armor and riot shield. Shotgun or cannon with that, whichever can be held.
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No. 808298 ID: 1e7aa8

We are most likely going to have to deal with entrenched goons on siosa's payroll.

So get our zen buddy a riot shield, an SMG and a grenade launcher. (bitches love 'nade launchers)
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No. 808328 ID: 8d4593

Though not related to a gun, I feel 38-4 needs a crystal or something in his head hole to help open his Ajna so he can better focus his Third Eye.
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No. 808345 ID: f6ba27
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808345

Which weapon set does 38-4 get?

An optic-link autocannon, classically vehicle mounted but which he can carry around and hipfire,

or a ballistic shield so big a normal human would have to push it around on wheels, with a .50 cal hand cannon?
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No. 808346 ID: 262ceb

I think a shield would be best because he'd be able to act as mobile cover for his teammates.
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No. 808347 ID: 00a1f6

>>808345
Can he take option 2, and strap option 1 to his back in case he needs something stronger than a handgun?
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No. 808360 ID: 8080e6

Option 2 furthers the tank line, which helps him round out the team better. We've got enough DPS as it is.
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No. 808366 ID: 7b7ab3

>>808345
>a ballistic shield so big a normal human would have to push it around on wheels, with a .50 cal hand cannon
This.
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No. 808367 ID: f08985

>>808345
Definitely the shield, especially if he can use it to bash fuckers.
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No. 808374 ID: 2d6f83

+1 vote for riot shield and hand cannon. Mobile cover will be very useful for anyone on the assault that isn't Sev or Penelope.
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No. 808377 ID: be0718

Ballistic shield and .50 cal. Fly like a Deagle!
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No. 808417 ID: 7d8168

Another vote for shield and handcannon.
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No. 808419 ID: 8080e6

>.50 cal handgun

That's fucking insane, btw.
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No. 808421 ID: 06ecb7

>>808419
Someone hasn't heard of the Desert Eagle.
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No. 808422 ID: 4e9a6d

>>808377

Gonna have to insist on .44 Magnum if we wanna turn our enemies into a fine red mist.
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No. 808443 ID: c88e6d

>>808345
I think it should be the shield and handcannon. Anything tough enough to soak up that much punishment, we can just have Sev-Three hack it.
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No. 808483 ID: 8080e6

>>808421
Yeah, I did some googling after making that post and realized that there are handguns IRL with the same caliber rounds as antimateriel rifles and heavy machine guns. GO FIGURE.
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No. 808488 ID: 8d4593

>>808421
To be fair the Deagle is also fairly insane.
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No. 808891 ID: f6ba27
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808891

Penelope pokes her head into the armory as 38-4 feeds bullets the size of fingers into his speedloaders. Her face is significantly less ashy and gaunt than it was yesterday.

"Spook's awake?"
"Hello, Penelope." 38-4 doesn't look up. "You're my killer, I'm told. Congratulations."
Penelope eyes him askance. "Uhhh gracias." You told him? she mouths at 73-6.
73-6 shrugs. "he asked."
"Every murder is a midwifery and every murderer a midwife." 38-4 clicks his massive revolver closed. "To a birth we don't necessarily welcome or comprehend but a full birth. Of a full litter of things. Hard feelings, in this case, not among them. As I already told 73-6. Don't worry."
Penelope's eyebrows freight most of the way up her forehead. "You checked this hombre with a thermometer before you took him out, right?"
"When the mission comes I'll either live long enough to warrant your approval, or die," 38-4 says. "And if I die I won't need to worry about anyone's approval. That's the refreshing simplicity of expendability."

"Riight." Penelope edges the other way, sees the robot face Sara gave 73-6-2's chassis, and scoots back the direction she came. "Speakin of mission, Monica says to tell you briefing's good to go whenever you are, Sev-Three. Unless you two ain't done uhh philosophizing in here."
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No. 808894 ID: 262ceb

No-one's ever done philosophizing anywhere. But yeah let's go.
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No. 808895 ID: be0718

I guess we need to give 73-6-2 a gun too. Tell you what, we're actually one gun over our own capacity so let's give him the Sintek railgun. Depending on his chassis' composition, we may have an assassin completely undetectable by scans.
His skillset is basically ours so other than that, just get him our standard equipment.
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No. 808901 ID: 8080e6

>>808891
LMFAO!

"Yeah word. Penny for your thoughts?" Then give her a wink, 'cause that's a pun and hahaha aren't we clever.
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No. 808902 ID: 3abd97

>>808891
I get the feeling he isn't ever going to be done philosophizing. But sure.
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No. 808927 ID: 7b7ab3

>>808891
Guys, I think we're scaring our resident street samurai with our shenanigans.
Let's get a move on.
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No. 814852 ID: f62fd8

Time to get this show on the road.
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No. 814865 ID: 0273f4

"Hey. Ever wonder why we are here?"
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No. 815552 ID: 29b8aa

Continue philosophizing, for as long as possible.
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No. 817902 ID: 5aee0b

Well, let's do this thing!
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No. 819899 ID: 5b4b1e

Are we doing this thing or not?
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No. 825406 ID: d08da7

I don't think were doing this thing.
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No. 825442 ID: 11e300

YAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH WE'RE DOING THIS THING
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No. 825444 ID: fc33ea

cool your jets kids we have a briefing to go to
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