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    Wolfen attempting to avoid repeatedly pissing off every major world power, good. Missouri continues to be a not-quite-antagonist.
    Huh, faction-locked weapons. Poseiden's trident is doing interesting things, it seems.

    I feel like not converting between armor/health systems will often cause strange effects. The math of how armor works in each respective system might be different, or the scales might vary in some other systemic way. Presumably you've normalized this as described, but it still seems odd.
    Wolfen does seem to be in some trouble with that rescue, and I'm really unsure how she'll get out of it. Very evocative description of dive-bombing with the Radiant Wave Surger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arbitrarity View Post
    Wolfen attempting to avoid repeatedly pissing off every major world power, good. Missouri continues to be a not-quite-antagonist.
    Huh, faction-locked weapons. Poseiden's trident is doing interesting things, it seems.

    I feel like not converting between armor/health systems will often cause strange effects. The math of how armor works in each respective system might be different, or the scales might vary in some other systemic way. Presumably you've normalized this as described, but it still seems odd.
    Wolfen does seem to be in some trouble with that rescue, and I'm really unsure how she'll get out of it. Very evocative description of dive-bombing with the Radiant Wave Surger.
    Yeah. Missouri went, with the help of her crew, "Wait. Waiiiit. She taught the kid how to FISH? Killing a kid like that just isn't done! You don't teach a kid to fish, then kill them!" and ignored her orders all-together. Doesn't mean if she gets specific orders, she won't listen, but she's willing to listen, as well.

    Faction-locked weapons? Yup. There's interesting things going on in the background, though some of that has to wait until I rewrite the Konosuba omake to include specific things... blegh.


    Wolfen lost about 31k hp (specifically, 30,800) with dropping like that, between mass, speed, etc. Quite literally, her flight rune and electromagnetic antigravity systems were the only thing that saved her from losing limbs, dropping her effective mass from 1000 while her rigging's out, to 400. Took me a while to work out how Scion's damage for vehicle ramming would work out on the vehicle doing the ramming. 2 mile drop, at roughly 770 mph? Rolling for mass per 10 miles per hour, in blunt damage?

    The rest of the enemies have her in a pretty tough spot, but it's going to take quite a while of shelling before they can actually finish her off. Leave almost everything useless and full of holes? Definitely. Needing a horrifying long repair time? Oh, definitely.

    But as far as I can tell, Kantai Collection does damage calculations by taking damage output, taking away damage from enemy's armor, and splits the difference. Usually. Wolfen really isn't getting the full effects of armor right now, however.

    By normalizing? I've effectively worked out how different weapons would screw Wolfen over, far beyond normal effects in Kantai Collection, etc. The magical sparkly shipgirl bullshit, as coined from other Kantai Collection series, isn't effecting Wolfen nearly as well as others due to her not picking a side to fight for. If she changed that, of course, then she'd get converted to Kantai Collection numbers...

    Ironically, the worst matchup for Wolfen at this point? Hoppou. Anti Aircraft flak is the worst damage for Wolfen in the setting right now. Aren't you glad Wolfen's made friends with her?

    But yeah, glad you liked Wolfen's attempt at a rescue, and the dive bombing description. I was aiming for that.
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    Chapter 6: Repercussions and an Asskicking (Or: Why Wolfen is not a Mary Sue.)



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9_p-nhZXLg (Rain (female vocal version) ~ Cowboy Bebop)


    Imagine, for a moment, you’re getting thousands of bbs hitting you at once, as a freak accident rains them down on you, like a shower of them dropping down on you, or a bag of them being cut open right over your head.

    Replace bbs with bullets, and thousands with hundreds, and you’ve got the situation Wolfen is in, as she desperately opens fire with her missile launchers and mortars, trying to force her enemies back.

    Main Cannon’s charged, hit them and use the blinding laser to try and dodge, damn it!” Mordred outright shouts, before yelping as a near miss takes out a console near her. “Their shots are going through our armor like a hot knife through butter, damn it! We can’t take much more of this, especially with how you flattened decks five and six!

    Wolfen desperately pulls the Radiant Wave Surger up, hoping desperately to stop the shots using it as a shield in one hand, then dumps extra power into her rigging, desperately trying to shoot down attacks hitting her.

    It isn’t enough. Between the sheer amount of aircraft Airfield Princess had, as well as Anchorage Princess’ own? Wolfen’s getting pounded from all sides, constantly.

    Dimly, for one moment, Wolfen can hear her Mecha Fafnir class mecha all attacking again, but moments later, they go quiet from the sheer weight of the fire against her. Likely having been shot up nearly instantly.

    A blast from the laser cannon drives them off for a moment, but as the steam clears from the laser heating up the water on the ground, Woflen has only moments to realize someone’s in front of her. Then Battleship Princess picks her up using the two massive arms on her rigging, and starts to squeeze, trying to crush her decks in a rather painful way.

    Or her head, Wolfen privately admits, as she thrashes, trying to get away from the pain. The Radiant Wave Surger does some damage, slowly melting into the massive arm holding her.

    But Wolfen flinches as her arm cracks, making a horrible sound as something inside is twisted backwards, leaving the Radiant Wave Surger offline. A long, pained whimper erupts from Wolfen’s throat, as she struggles to fire, to do anything to get the monstrous fighter at her back to stop.

    Multiple cracks resound through her superstructure, as Wolfen can feel the Battleship behind her continue to try and squeeze and damage her more. Then she whimpers, as the feeling of an arm around her neck, holding her up.

    Two wide grins meet her, as Anchorage Demon and Anchorage Princess open fire with everything they have, constantly shelling the nigh-helpless Wolfen.

    Heavy damage to decks 1 through 3! Main Power feed has been separated in 3 different places!” Wolfen faintly hears Mordred’s shouts, as she stares at the two shooting at her. “All the spider silk barriers meant to cushion impacts have been destroyed! Internal defenses are completely open for them to shoot through!

    Somewhere in the pain, Wolfen spots Hoppou being snuck away, as Aircraft Carrier Demon rescues her mother.

    Emergency power’s about all we’ve got left, Wolfen. Not sure how much longer that’ll las-wait. If I drain the main laser cannon of power, we’ll have about 5 minutes of run time, before we start shutting down. More, if I can fire up the Metal Gear Rex line…” Mordred mutters for a moment. “We’re running out of decks to get crushed, though. If she crushes deck 4, we’re well and truly fucked until the Legion of Coal can build new hallways…

    Wolfen struggles, glaring at the ones in front of her, before focusing. For one single moment, Wolfen grins with glee, as her missile launchers and mortars fire everything they have, as fast as they can. A round a second from 8 weapons does a lot of damage.

    Then Wolfen winces, as the arms tighten further around her, before grabbing her, and ramming her face first into the mud.

    “You’ve lost, shipgirl.” Battleship Princess grins malevolently from above her. “Now, all we have to do is finish you off, and then we can figure out your weapons at our leisure. So sink for me already!

    For a long while, it’s nothing but pain, as Mordred continues whispering reports of damage to Wolfen. As more and more of the Legion of Coal get damaged and hurt within her, she can feel huge chunks of her mind almost shut down.

    She doesn’t notice when the gunfire stops hitting her. Too much pain, too many injuries.

    Wolfen does notice, however, when the Battleship Princess falls down right next to her, injuries so bad that Battleship Princess can’t even move.

    “She’s dead. She has to be. No one can take that sort of punishment.” A voice calls out. Slowly, Wolfen struggles to clench a fist. Do anything. Moments later, she starts to black out from the pain and agony.

    “Hoppou didn’t want her to die. She killed that Airfield Princess so easily, but when she landed, she did horrible damage to herself.” A voice vaguely recognizable as Hoppou whispers, from far away.

    Mordred frowns from inside Wolfen, looking at the windows of the metaphysical bridge she’s on, then sighs, before punching them out. Then, she focuses, before screaming at the top of her lungs “OI! We’re not dead yet, over here!”

    Five voices all in sync go “Eh?!”

    “The repairs are going to take days, if not weeks, but Wolfen’s still alive, damn it. Think you can help get her to safety? As her captain, I’m going to be busy trying to figure out how to repair half her shit!” Mordred continues shouting at the top of her lungs.

    Hoppou leans down, looking Wolfen in the eye, then blinks, staring at Mordred leaning out the eyeball and waving a fist at them.

    “She’s alive?!” Hoppou whispers.

    “Main power feeds are cracked in over a dozen places, outright wrecked in others. Thankfully Erik designed her to be able to survive such things, and we’ve still got a deck that isn’t crushed. The stuff Wolfen here bartered for you, from the Japanese is on board, too, in the deck 4 hold.” Mordred admits. “Some might be a bit crushed, sorry.”

    Hoppou silently pulls Wolfen into a big hug, gently, tears running down her cheeks, joined soon after by a relieved looking by Misato, Saki and Ayako.

    “Not too rough, okay? She’s still bad off.” Mordred calls out a little more quietly.

    Hoppou quietly smiles back.

    “I brought them over to help! Did I do good for Auntie Wolfen, Auntie Wolfen’s Captain?” Aircraft Carrier Demon smiles, waving.

    “Yup, you did good, kid. Call me Mordred.” Mordred nods at her. “Now let’s see… if I’m right, the flight rune should be… there.” Moments later, Wolfen slowly floats up off the ground.

    “Good thinking! We’ll tow you as we can, okay?” Ayako smiles, then gently starts carrying Wolfen.




    30 minutes later...




    “So, what happened to our enemies, anyways?” Mordred asks, quietly.

    “We drove them off. Between you taking down that Southern War Demon, and Airfield Princess, they’re not going to be able to challenge us for a while. It’ll let us cement our plans for the area, and help guarantee shipping near us, as well as fishing.” Saki admits, quietly.

    Mordred nods, thinking for a long time, before sighing. “Yeah, repairs are going to be at least a couple weeks, I think. We tore Wolfen up pretty hard to save Hoppou and the little one.”

    “Got it. We’ll have some fish soup ready for when you can eat it.” Misato smiles.

    Mordred nods, smiling as well. “Should be good.”

    Over time, as they sail to the Aleutian Islands, Misato starts to frown a bit, looking down at Wolfen carefully.

    Finally, she sighs. “Ayako, a little help with carrying Wolfen? She’s getting heavier.”

    “Sorry. The Metal Gear Rex units are running out of fuel, and considering that was mostly stored on Deck 2, I’m running low on power for keeping what’s left of the electromagnetic flight system running, to reduce Wolfen’s weight.”

    “Hoppou’s sorry! Hoppou shouldn’t have been kidnapped like that!” Hoppou yelps, moving closer to help as well.

    Mordred looks at Hoppou, then sighs, before leaping out of Wolfen’s bridge, to move over. Then Mordred pats Hoppou’s arm, for what’s nearby, gently.

    “It’s okay. She cares, you know? As her Captain, so do I.” Mordred admits.

    “You look pale.” Saki notes, carefully.

    “I’ve been reinforcing the flight rune with my own personal store of power, little I might have. I only get a trickle charge from the ring Erik made for me…” Mordred trails off, thinking. “Mostly because there’s another ring out there, and the part of me that he summoned from death to serve him? The other me is wearing it, too, getting most of the power.”

    A slow nod, then a pause, before Misato speaks up. “Then you serve her maker?”

    Mordred nods, smiling softly. “Yeah. He’s a good friend, from what I remember. Since I’m still alive, for that other body, though, I don’t get too much. Flashes, at most. Of memories. Perhaps impressions. Not the bulk of what I’d get if the other me died.” Mordred admits, thoughtfully.

    A slow nod from Hoppou, as she thinks. “Your armor isn’t very good for taking attacks. Do you think you’d like us to upgrade it?” Hoppou eventually asks.

    “I’m not sure, to be honest.” Mordred admits. “The armor’s meant for fighting against spiritual beings, like deities, or supernatural creatures, more than Shipgirls, if I remember right.”

    The five Abyssals slowly nod, thinking over that. After a bit, Hoppou frowns, thinking. “I wonder then, if you could give Hoppou upgrades like Wolfen’s?” Hoppou muses. “Hoppou owes you her life, and if Hoppou was closer to your firepower, maybe Hoppou could have fought better?”

    “Maybe? Most of the weapons seemed pretty weak against anything but their own guns, though.” Mordred thinks. “Or it could simply be that Erik didn’t develop ammunition well enough to fight against beings like an Abyssal Princess.” Mordred admits, quietly.

    A quiet nod greets her, as they think. “Hoppou noticed the rifle did wonders, though, on some of them!”

    “And yet, most of the shots tore off armor, instead of hurting them.” Mordred muses, thinking. “If it wasn’t for the Radiant Wave Surger, and you all coming back to help Wolfen?” Mordred looks over at Ayako, Saki and Misato, pointedly. “I’m pretty sure Wolfen would have been sunk. So thank you for the save. As her captain, I’m glad we didn’t sink.”

    For a long moment Mordred smiles quietly. “I’ll be getting back to work on fixing things up, okay? And letting Kongou know what happened.” With those words, she moves back into Wolfen.




    2 days later…




    Kongou frowns, blinking at the screen on her bridge, while awaiting the flight to send her back to Japan, and the email only she can see.

    “So.” Missouri states, walking up to settle down in a chair beside her. “Got you some burgers to eat, and some of that fancy black tea you were looking at in that place we passed by.”

    Kongou blinks, her head jerking up to stare at Missouri, before she smiles softly. “Thank you! Should be delicious!” With those words, Kongou sips the tea, smiling. “Ah, I really do love a cuppa~!”

    “How on earth are you pronouncing a tilde?” Missouri asks, blinking. “Seriously.”

    “As that anime character I just watched last night, Xelloss says, ‘Sore Wa Himitsu Desu!’” Kongou smiles widely at Missouri, before digging into her meal. “Thank you for the food, by the way. It’s taken a few days to really build up my fuel and food reserves after things.”

    “I get it. You’re normally under rationing, even as a member of the military. Even without the rationing, like we have over here, your body’s getting used to the larger amounts of food again.” Missouri retorts, then sighs. “Off the record, any signs of Wolfen?”

    “An email to let me know she’s alive, from a drone she gave me that’s linked directly to my bridge.” Kongou admits. “Still not sure where it got the laptop screen from. My Captain’s been complaining ever since seeing it. Something about ‘newfangled technology’ I believe?”

    Missouri gives Kongou a blank look, before quietly blinking. “Good to know. Off the record, Admiral Richardson is having quite a few people look at him right now, for all his recent messes, and might be facing a demotion soon.”

    “At least you don’t have to worry about a political party assassinating your Admiral like I do, Missouri.” Kongou bitterly replies.

    Missouri flinches, before quietly nodding. “Why can’t they just put aside the politics and let us win the war?”

    “Because they want us to be the super powered weapons they can rely on for true victory.” Kongou retorts. “At least you don’t have to worry about stupid ideas like nuclear rounds being put on board your ship yet.”

    “I’m too far behind on equipment for that nightmare scenario, yes. But the moment a shipgirl comes along with the ability to fire off nukes, I suspect every country in the world will do their best to kill her, or force her to submit to their rule.” Missouri admits, frowning.

    “Considering our attacks have spiritual weight to them, as do the Abyssals? Or at least, that’s what Wolfen calls it.” Kongou trails off, musing.

    “Anything else you’ve learned from Wolfen, Kongou?” Missouri asks, thinking, before taking a sip of her coffee.

    “Mostly how to guarantee I’ll succeed if I decide to seduce my Teitoku!” Kongou admits, right as Missouri takes a large gulp. Moments later, the chair opposite them is covered with spit coffee, as Missouri clenches her nose, dripping coffee out of it.

    Seduce?!” Missouri rants. “I’ve got coffee up my nose from what you just said, Kongou!”

    Kongou simply smiles. “You deserve it for tormenting poor Wolfen, and acting like a metaphorical Javert to her, for nothing she’s done wrong.”

    Missouri glares at Kongou for a long moment, dabbing a napkin against her nose, before she sighs. “Fair enough, I suppose.”

    A long pause, as Missouri thinks. Finally, she speaks up, her curiosity no longer able to be contained. “Say, exactly what did she tell you to do to guarantee seducing someone?”

    “Wearing only your underwear, and an apron while cooking, Dess! The Legendary Naked Apron usually wins against men that don’t realize your feelings!” Kongou grins.

    A long pause, as Missouri suddenly gets an image in her mind, before going a brilliant, bright red, her blush covering her entire face.

    “Got the image of seducing your Admiral, too?” Kongou asks, knowingly.

    Missouri quietly nods, her blush never fading.

    “Well, Wolfen gave some other tips as well…” Kongou trails off, a smile on her face.

    Hours later, on the jet back to Japan, Kongou smirks. “All according to plan…” She murmurs, under her breath. “Better to ensure a Javert is too busy focused on romance to bother someone she shouldn’t be harassing, after all.”

    With those words quietly murmured, her attention focuses on her bridge, and the email she received.

    “Hey, Kongou! Mordred here!

    Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, but repairs are going to be a few weeks at the minimum. Couple Abyssals died before Wolfen took some pretty horrifying damage on our end. She’s only got one functional deck left.

    I’d almost suggest you talk with the Abyssals, but I think you might give them PTSD, offerings of tea or no.

    Good luck on seducing your Admiral when you next meet him, and I hope you remembered whipped cream and chocolate syrup!

    Sincerely, Captain Mordred Pendragon”

    For a moment, Kongou muses. Then a wide smile covers her face.

    “Dear Mordred,

    Thank you for your letter describing your current situation. How long will it be until Wolfen awakens?

    Would it be possible to send, or ship them some tasty black tea, as well?

    On a different note, when I tried putting in the secondary guns Wolfen made for me, I got an interesting notice hovering in front of my face. The basics of it explained to me that if I installed the new weapons, I’d be leaving the Shipgirl (Light) faction of the war for Poseidon’s Trident, to join Wolfen’s own, who apparently isn’t at war with the Abyssals (Dark) faction.

    Any ideas for what’s going on, on that front?

    Sincerely, Kongou.

    PS. No ‘BURNING LOVE!’ for my Teitoku yet. I’m eager to introduce him to it, though!”




    One Week Later

    Kongou blearily awakens, to a beeping sound. Slowly, she glances to her left, staring at her Teitoku by her side in bed.

    A soft smile covers her face, as she snuggles up closer to Suzaku Kouzuki, her wonderful Teitoku, before closing her eyes once more. Whatever the beeping sound was, it could wait for morning.

    Morning comes, faster than either would like. But as her beloved Teitoku starts up his shower, Kongou smiles as she sneaks out to the kitchen, pulling an apron on once more.

    Soon enough, a delicious Japanese breakfast is finished, with some tasty pastries on the side.

    “Kongou. If you continue tormenting me like that, I’m never going in for work.” Admiral Kouzuki admits, a wry smile on his face.

    “Considering how I dealt with the political ramifications of us being together, Teitoku? I think it’s just fine if you enjoy breakfast for a little bit, you know?” Kongou retorts, a smile on her face.

    “A breakfast and a show?” Admiral Kouzuki admits, a wry smile on his face.

    “A healthy body needs a healthy breakfast!” Kongou retorts, a wide smile on her face.

    “I suspect you’re trying to get me dragged back to the bedroom, Kongou. Please stop for now, so I can deal with the terrible demonic inspired creation known as paperwork? I already had to deal with the Emperor over our new relationship once this week, and I recall firmly promising him that I wouldn’t let our relationship interfere with my duties.” Admiral Kouzuki admits, rubbing his forehead.

    “Oh, fine.” Kongou sighs, before smiling brightly. “Finish your food, then go deal with paperwork! I’ll help you with it after I’m done getting dressed myself, Dess!”

    As Admiral Kouzuki wolfs down his breakfast, Kongou hums as she heads to the shower. As she starts taking one, she pauses, focusing on her bridge once more.

    Another email for her.

    “Hey, Kongou! Mordred here again!

    First, bad news. Repairs are going slow. I’ve got decks 3 and 2 opened up and running again, though, so we’ve finally got access to the fuel reserves to repair everything else. Barely, anyways. Thankfully, the spare uranium that the wasabi you fed us, has been enough to ensure the reactors keep chugging out the power needed to keep Wolfen going.

    Gonna take at least another 2 weeks before I can mine enough iron, smelt it to steel, and get it used for the interior, before I can open up the rest of the decks to work on them, though. So approximately a month left before Wolfen can really start doing more than sipping on soup, and replacing lost mechanical crew.

    She’s awake, though barely conscious, by the way. I’m doing practically all the thinking for her and myself both.

    On the different news, Hoppou is rather curious to see if she can join up with Wolfen’s faction like you had the option to. She’s rather worried about the results, though. Her and her kids are kinda… staffed by the dead children, lost at sea. Or something like that. There’s a lot of confusing metaphysical bullshit involved, but she’s worried that if she leaves the Abyssals, all her kids will stop being safely crewed by children, and will start being crewed by others that are less pleasant.

    I won’t be able to get constant communications with you until next week, at the least, as a result of how slow repairs are going. The satellite Wolfen was planning on launching for better coverage got squished flat in the fighting we did to save Hoppou, unfortunately, and getting stuff clearly is kind of sketchy for now.

    Hope you’ve had luck with your Admiral, and I wish you all the best!
    Captain Mordred Pendragon.”

    Kongou smiles, drying herself off, then hums, as she dresses, before going out to the kitchen once more.

    Admiral Kouzuki is long gone for work nearby, as Kongou glances at the time. “7:30 AM? Teitoku needs more sleep than he’s been getting… 7 hours isn’t enough.” Kongou admits quietly, before pulling her own plate of food out, still warm for her to eat.

    As Kongou eats, she words her reply.

    “Dear Mordred,

    Sorry to hear it’s going so slow! Her superstructure must be insanely complicated for 9 days to only repair her this much, so I feel for you! Still, I’m glad the wasabi could help as much as it did. I hope you get faster repairs than you’re expecting, but if my crew can do anything for you, I’ll do whatever it takes to help!

    On my end, I’ve wound up dating my Teitoku! When Wolfen can think clearly, please tell her that her suggestions worked, okay? Mmm. Seducing was the best option I could have done, I’ll admit!

    On that note, Teitoku wasn’t wrong about the Emperor insisting on him showing up to explain himself. But I, Kongou, was there with him to save him, and explain rather nicely, that I would trust no other woman with my Teitoku, and that if anything was done to him, so too would it be done to me.

    Then I asked if he was going to have Teitoku commit seppuku.

    Thankfully, our dear Emperor realized that I was dead serious, and started asking questions rather than pulling rank! When he learned how badly the others had fallen in their desire for Teitoku to serve, he blessed our relationship, and ensured we would have peace so long as we continue to serve Japan faithfully!

    Sorry to hear about the crushed satellite, by the way. As for what’s going on with Hoppou? It would be nice to meet her, and not as an enemy, I’ll admit!

    But I’ll take sending tea via Wolfen express as a nice gift, if nothing else, especially to those poor children that she cares for!

    Best Wishes, Kongou”

    With those words, Kongou hits send, before heading off to the office. “Now, to work as Teitoku’s secretary until the next convoy! I’ll make sure my Teitoku enjoys my ‘BURNING LOVE!’ quite thoroughly, with how I help him!”

    With those words, a giggling Kongou heads off, humming a cheerful British tune.

    Author’s Notes:

    Yeah. Wolfen got her ass kicked in the last two chapters.

    Kantai Collection repairs are effectively a stupidly long period of time to heal up for the mobile game. Adding in the somewhat more realistic nature of this series, no healing methods have been developed to speed things up. Yet, at least. The High Speed Repair Material looks to have been developed in the 2019 summer event.

    Though the anime apparently refers to Repair Fluid? Might just refer to whatever they do to fix shipgirls...


    Eh. This is so early in compared to where the anime would be playing things out, I can say that we’re early on in the setting. Super early on in, truth be told.

    As in “before Ooyodo became the de-facto secretary for the Admiral in the mobile game” early. Looks like Kongou has managed to steal that spot, too! For now…

    Let’s see now, any other stuff… not as far as I remember. Looks like I’m set for posting thi- oh, right.

    That little trick Wolfen pulled out towards the end of the fight, was ordering the Legion of Coal to manually pass each other shells to the mortars and missile launchers, at approximately 1 shell to each, per second. It’s one that canon Wolfen had, and has in Fate/Anarchy.

    At the same time, it’s not easy on any of the weapons, and likely to damage the barrels if going on too long.

    As for Kongou’s side of things? Kongou’s effectively gets to enjoy being happy. At least, until politics might rear their ugly head once more. But that’s a possible story arc for another day. As a side note, did you really think she’d fail to seduce her Admiral, the moment she had a Kisune Goddess’ personal seduction manual in her hands?
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    Out of Order

    A classified location
    Some time after the Great Holy Grail War









    Olga-Marie Asmleit Animusphere was brooding.

    Not sulking—the heir to a distinguished magus lineage, far less one which currently (and traditionally) headed the Astromancy Department of the organisation of magi colloquially called “the Clock Tower,” did not “sulk,” like some petulant child . . .

    No, she was most definitely broo—no, make that ruminating on her future. Yes, that was it. She was ruminating. It was what mature individuals, regardless of their calendar age, did when confronted with problems for which there was no immediately apparent solution.

    . . . And after several moments of ruminating, Olga-Marie decided she would much rather hit something.

    Preferably
    Wodime, in his smug, arrogant, insufferably perfect face . . . ARRRRGGH!

    It was bad enough that he was matching her academic rankings and making it look as though he wasn’t having much trouble; worse still, that he’d garnered so much of her father’s personal attention—but to the point where it was all but confirmed that he was going to be made the heir of the Animusphere legacy . . .?!

    She might have accepted having to marry him, eventually. After all, she would have to produce an heir to the bloodline, and that did require some form of outside input (though she was not quite ready to contemplate the mechanics of it). And on paper, at least, he was a promising candidate; better him, perhaps, than a grump like, say, Lord El-Melloi II. Or worse, one of his students; that happy-go-lucky one was noted for being nearly as talented as Wodime, for instance, and closer to her age—and a complete idiot who should never be allowed to reproduce, much less through her . . .

    Olga-Marie shuddered at the thought.

    On reflection, the Animusphere scion mused, if she had to marry one of the Second’s students, she’d prefer it to be the boy with the glasses—he seemed the type to be easily bent to her will.








    Elsewhere, for no immediate discernable reason, Caules Forvedge felt a shiver run down his spine. Having felt similar sensations when his sister—and worse, Lord El-Melloi II’s sister—was feeling mischievous, he immediately went into “paranoid defence mode,” sealing his room with every form of magecraft known to him.

    (Past experience said that his efforts probably wouldn’t save him, but Caules was nothing if not determined—living through one “tea party” with Reines El-Melloi Archisorte was more than enough . . .)




    Olga-Marie’s lips thinned into a line. She didn’t care what Kirschtaria Wodime could or couldn’t do (actually, that was a lie; she’d love to know what he couldn’t do, so she could mock him for it, but that wasn’t the point right now), she was not surrendering her birthright to him—not without one hell of a fight, at least. She might not win, and even making the attempt might mean going against what her father wanted, but her lineage and her pride in it were all she had. The idea of simply and meekly surrendering that . . .

    (She was already virtually nothing, in the eyes of her father and her peers. Without even that, who would she even be . . .?)

    No. Olga-Marie Asmleit Animusphere would not surrender. She would fight. She would prove to Wodime, the Association, and her father that she was a top-class magus, a worthy daught—er, heir . . . !

    And I’ll
    do it, the platinum-haired magus decided, as she was struck by sudden inspiration, by beating them both at their own game!








    The technology was under heavy security, of course. It was heretical to the Clock Tower, if nothing else, so they couldn’t afford its discovery; much less the potential damage that could be done with it, never mind to it—but Olga-Marie had paid attention to her father’s mutterings regarding the project, snuck glances at his notes . . . Until very recently, after all, she’d been his acknowledged heir; it behooved her to know what he was doing, and to understand it. Also (at least for the moment), she did bear a portion of the family Crest, which entitled her to bypass many of the sorts of protections magi traditionally used against outsiders as a matter of course.

    What technological security was in place, on the other hand, did require effort to bypass—but whatever it was that her father felt that she was lacking, there was nothing wrong with her intelligence . . .

    Olga-Marie checked the status screen again—she’d had to make a few recalculations for her values, rather than those of the anticipated subject's, but everything looked to be within expected, or at least acceptable, ranges. Assuming that things worked out as both her father—and Atlas, who were not noted for being low on the intelligence scale themselves—believed, she should be perfectly safe (or, at least as safe as magecraft ever got).

    And more importantly, she would be successful . . .

    The magus took a deep breath. This was it—there was no turning back now.

    Oh, she could still choose not to follow through, and in many ways, it would be more sensible not to—even for magecraft, this plan contained a number of risks many rational people would deem unacceptable . . . But the very act of warming the system up to the degree she had would’ve attracted notice, if not outright alarm; her father was undoubtedly on his way to investigate right now, and would certainly prevent her from trying this again—

    Olga-Marie stabbed the button which began the activation sequence.




    [Initialising sequence: “Rayshift Experiment 1: . . .” Running . . .]

    [Step 1: Seeking Master Candidate . . . Found. Subject Profile: “Olga-Marie Asmleit Animusphere” locked. Seeking available connections . . . Found. Establishing connection . . . Connection established. Connection locked.]

    [Step 1 complete. Step 2: “Spiritron Conversion” . . .]


    It was a very strange feeling, Olga thought, as the world around her dissolved into gold-white motes; especially as she knew, intellectually, that she was the one dissolving—

    A flicker of motion in what remained of her peripheral vision caught her eye, even as the light threatened to swallow it—a brief glimpse of her father’s bloodless face . . .

    [Step 2 complete. Step 3: “Spiritron Dive” . . .]

    [Step 3 complete. Step 4: Confirm arrival.]

    [. . .Target location confirms arrival. Step 4 complete.]

    [“Rayshift Experiment 1: Moon Cell” complete.]











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    I was wondering how Wolfen was going to survive that. Rescue by the other princesses makes enough sense. The HP modelling difference definitely stings there, I can understand how
    Anti Aircraft flak is the worst damage for Wolfen in the setting right now.
    since flak seems likely to be many low-damage hits that don't penetrate armor well, plus maybe some sort of type advantage against fliers. Without Erik, I expect repairs to be somewhat haphazard as well, though the nature of shipgirls might make that part easier for the complex stuff (albeit slow, as we've been shown. I'm guessing linear repair time with HP lost, rather than % of HP lost?)

    Olga Marie is making poor life choices, I think. We don't know precisely how old she is, but she's still pre-Chaldea, which means early-teenage at best. Very interesting premise, I don't really know where you plan to go with it. I'm so used to CCC-adjacent settings that I'm worried about BB, but a regular Moon Cell war seems more likely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arbitrarity View Post
    Olga Marie is making poor life choices, I think. We don't know precisely how old she is, but she's still pre-Chaldea, which means early-teenage at best.
    It's still partially undecided (dependent on a few details I've yet to nail down) - somewhere after the Lord El-Melloi II Case Files, certainly, but whether she's that age, or closer to her F/GO incarnation . . .


    Very interesting premise, I don't really know where you plan to go with it.
    It was actually inspired by her Case Files appearance. Based on what Olga herself said, we know for a fact that her father was looking into using the Holy Grail, but decided it was ultimately unsuitable for his purposes - presumably, to build Chaldea. The core of that, of course, is CHALDEAS and the SHEBA Observational Lens; in essence, a giant supercomputer that views and records all of Earth's history, and is capable of predicting the near-immediate (in geological terms, anyway) future - and gosh, isn't there already one of those in the Fate multiverse . . .?

    Which do you suppose is easier - spending your entire fortune (then winning a supernatural one and spending it) to build the equipment you want, or discovering a pre-existing set by virtue of being the head of Astromancy (and a family whose magical bloodline specialises in that kind of thing), and figuring out how to use it?

    (And yes, it's claimed that the Moon Cell doesn't exist in the mainline Fate universe - but if it can exist in F/GO, and is capable of "quantum-locking" timelines, then I call BS. Especially since the Moon Cell had to get its NPC designs from somewhere . . . )


    I'm so used to CCC-adjacent settings that I'm worried about BB, but a regular Moon Cell war seems more likely.

    Indeed - and as this isn't an EXTRAverse (presumably), any Grail War which might actually take place would undoubtedly play out quite differently, no?

    . . . Then again, as Ms. Elizabeth often reminds us, "constants and variables" . . .
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    Ahhh, I was reading her as less-mature than her Case Files appearance from her narrative style. She's young in Case Files, but I'm probably reading her dialogue as immature because you're presenting her being sheltered, which is faithful to her Case Files appearance.

    And you're dealing with cross-universe timelines anyways, so you don't really need to make too many hard arguments about whether the Moon Cell exists outside of EXTRAverses. It does seem like a good alternative to making CHALDEAS and SHEBA, but is likely to be a bit more treacherous than rolling your own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arbitrarity View Post
    Ahhh, I was reading her as less-mature than her Case Files appearance from her narrative style. She's young in Case Files, but I'm probably reading her dialogue as immature because you're presenting her being sheltered, which is faithful to her Case Files appearance.
    She's also eleven in Case Files, according to every source I could find, versus 22 (or 24, for the Western version) in F/GO; so really, there are arguments for and against using her at an "in sync" point with the Works' nominal time period (since, theoretically, she could be the Works' version of Olga-Marie). T(w)eenage rebellion is a reasonable excuse for her actions - and possibly continuing the old joke - but . . . Then there's F/GO Olga-Marie's fate to consider, as well - it's the sort of thing the Works would try to save her from - though potentially very complicated, with

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    . . . As I said, I'm undecided at the moment. Much like on exactly whom she might summon as a Servant; compatibility-wise, there are many options she seems to qualify for (though the Sakura Five, are, of course, out).


    And you're dealing with cross-universe timelines anyways, so you don't really need to make too many hard arguments about whether the Moon Cell exists outside of EXTRAverses. It does seem like a good alternative to making CHALDEAS and SHEBA, but is likely to be a bit more treacherous than rolling your own.
    Indeed - though potentially exactly what Olga-Marie wants, even if she doesn't know it. After all, extrapolating from Extella, the whole reason the Moon Cell initiated the Holy Grail War was to find someone capable of commanding its anti-Velber measures, following Sefar's attack (and that, at least, is confirmed to have happened in mainline Fate universe, as well).

    (. . . And yes, I know that no official source hyphenates her name - but if they're going to give her a separate middle name, then . . . )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kieran View Post
    She's also eleven in Case Files, according to every source I could find, versus 22 (or 24, for the Western version) in F/GO; so really, there are arguments for and against using her at an "in sync" point with the Works' nominal time period
    Oh, huh. I did not know that. I feel like I should have, once I compare the timelines, but it's still surprising. She acts a bit older than that, though not by much, which I suppose it also characteristic of magi. That would make sense, then.

    . . . As I said, I'm undecided at the moment. Much like on exactly whom she might summon as a Servant; compatibility-wise, there are many options she seems to qualify for (though the Sakura Five, are, of course, out)
    She supposedly has very bad compatibility as a Master, if I recall her backstory in Grand Order correctly, but you can probably wing a fair number of options. The Sakura Five being Alter Egos offers an interesting theme to explore, but would be a bit of a stretch. Elizabeth also has some amusing potential, but doesn't feel terribly compatible. After that, a lot of the canon servants encountered seem like they have potential (Nursery Rhyme, Gawain, Arceuid, Cu, etc)

    Indeed - though potentially exactly what Olga-Marie wants, even if she doesn't know it. After all, extrapolating from Extella, the whole reason the Moon Cell initiated the Holy Grail War was to find someone capable of commanding its anti-Velber measures, following Sefar's attack (and that, at least, is confirmed to have happened in mainline Fate universe, as well).
    Interesting. I have heard Sefar was one of the big divergence points between Tsukihime and Fate universes somehow, and there's some other things that relate to Sefar that are plot-relevant for this fiction. I can certainly guess why Wodime would be a good candidate for the Moon Cell with that in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arbitrarity View Post
    Oh, huh. I did not know that. I feel like I should have, once I compare the timelines, but it's still surprising. She acts a bit older than that, though not by much, which I suppose it also characteristic of magi. That would make sense, then.
    It caught me by surprise when I first encountered it, too; the fact that her design has her look not much older than the protagonist (if at all) in F/GO, and closer to Reines' or Gray's age in Case Files . . . Being that age would make her present actions make sense (and potentially a continuation of the "lolicon" joke), but . . .

    (Truthfully, I'm half-tempted to have her be eleven, but have her avatar look like F/GO Olga-Marie, as the ideal she wants to be - just so people can react to finding out her actual age. )


    She supposedly has very bad compatibility as a Master, if I recall her backstory in Grand Order correctly, but you can probably wing a fair number of options.
    Oh, yes - but I honestly suspect that's a fabrication her father made up to keep her off the front lines, because we have plenty of examples of normal people being able to hold contracts . . . And also, that's for traditional Heroic Spirits. Virtual ones likely don't operate quite the same way.


    The Sakura Five being Alter Egos offers an interesting theme to explore, but would be a bit of a stretch.
    Especially as, assuming this is analogous to Fate/EXTRA, they shouldn't exist (yet . . .?)


    Elizabeth also has some amusing potential, but doesn't feel terribly compatible.
    In the sense of being self-centred, certainly, but a lot of those she's compatible with that way would likely kill her themselves, eventually.


    After that, a lot of the canon servants encountered seem like they have potential (Nursery Rhyme, Gawain, Arceuid, Cu, etc)
    Offhand, Nero and she have an innate need for praise in common; and "Nameless" has a lot of experience with tsunderes - though it strikes me as retreading either EXTRA's canon storyline or Rin's . . . Olga-Marie shares parental issues and the need for acknowledgement with Mordred - but the same could be said of Jack the Ripper or Frankenstein . . . And if she is eleven here, Nursery Rhyme as the "Hero of Children" would suit, but probably not as "Alice" (so what would be the point?) . . .

    . . . As I said, it's presently undecided, and a complicated decision to make; if I go by "compatibility," what criteria am I using to define "compatible?" Her need for her father's approval, or to throw a wrench into his plans? Her magecraft specialty, or noble birth? Her tsundere attitude, her innate self-loathing . . .?


    Interesting. I have heard Sefar was one of the big divergence points between Tsukihime and Fate universes somehow, and there's some other things that relate to Sefar that are plot-relevant for this fiction. I can certainly guess why Wodime would be a good candidate for the Moon Cell with that in mind.
    To say nothing of Atlas' own potential candidate (and yet another rival) . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arbitrarity View Post
    I was wondering how Wolfen was going to survive that. Rescue by the other princesses makes enough sense. The HP modelling difference definitely stings there, I can understand how since flak seems likely to be many low-damage hits that don't penetrate armor well, plus maybe some sort of type advantage against fliers. Without Erik, I expect repairs to be somewhat haphazard as well, though the nature of shipgirls might make that part easier for the complex stuff (albeit slow, as we've been shown. I'm guessing linear repair time with HP lost, rather than % of HP lost?)
    Yeah, Wolfen was in a pretty bad situation. If Misato, the friendly Battleship Princess, wasn't around, as well as the others coming to support her? She could have well died from that. As it is, she got curbstomped and hard once she finally met enemies she couldn't simply overpower with aggravated damage melting through armor.

    Flak damage, yeah. Lots of little stuff, in a shrunk down ship shaped as a human body? It's utterly devastating to Wolfen, as she is now. If she joined up with one of the two other factions, it would help, but she'd be drastically weakened in a lot of ways.

    As for hp, and damage? The Legion of Coal know how to repair Wolfen. Even to upgrade Wolfen, considering how much they were used for the initial upgrades. But the problem is, is that Wolfen's not just a ship anymore, but a woman, as well, which complicates things greatly.

    Add in that a lot of her decks were outright crushed almost flat? It's definitely worse than the standard hp x 10 for time to repair for low level ships in Kantai Collection. 500,000 seconds is about 5.79 days, usually, but compounding the issue would be crushed decks, and having to figure out how to repair decks in a shipgirl for the first time, not being used to the differences in repairing a ship in the shape of a woman, just as much as a woman who happens to also be a ship, and figuring out how to fix Wolfen without stopping her heart, etc.

    It's adding up to a lot more work then they anticipated, and with a good chunk of the Legion of Coal units crushed? I think you get it.

    Admittedly, since Hoppou's classified as an Installation, as well as Ayako, or Midway Princess, they're both likely able to do major repairs. If they join Wolfen's faction, or she joins theirs, they could probably speed up repairs heavily. But that requires one to join the other side, etc. etc.

    Ah, right. Before I forget, the Konosuba omake snip is... about 75% complete? We're still working out certain specifics involved with things.
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