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Re: Big Guns and Bigger Booms [CLOSED]
« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2019, 01:33:09 AM »
As the Bullhead drew closer, Smokey couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow at the unique equipment it sported.  He arranged this on “quick notice”?  ”Fucking hell, Beacon,” he muttered under his breath as the transport landed, putting all of its impressive weaponry on display.  If it wasn’t clear before, it was more than obvious that the group was heading to a warzone.  However, the way this thing was equipped did raise one concern with the gunslinger.

”Uh, professor, probably a dumb question, but are we planning on fighting while we’re en route?” he asks, “‘Cause, uh, if so, I won’t be doing too much if we’re still in the bird.”  He pauses for a moment, before realizing he’d probably have to explain and continues, ”See, uh, my semblance makes it really hard for anything to move me, and I do mean anything.  So, uh, if I use my semblance on a moving vehicle—well, I didn’t do too hot in physics, so I don’t really know how it to explain it well, but basically I’m not gonna have a good time.”  He scratches his head as he boards the transport, hoping the professor can fill in the blanks left by his vague explanation.
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Re: Big Guns and Bigger Booms [CLOSED]
« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2019, 05:47:43 AM »
Having made himself as comfortable as possible within the cramped space of the hold, Ferus took his time understanding what Smokey said before replying. ”Though I fail to understand why you would need to use your ‘immovable’ semblance if we are attacked whilst on board, my predictions are that we need not retaliate in the first place. In the event that we do, I can simply take over one of the gunner seats. These,” he rapped his knuckles on the minigun, ”are for clearing our landing zone.”

Lunae had shifted her attention from the gun turrets to Ferus’s own armament, having been leant on the wall to make place for the professor to sit. “I’ve seen this in action but never up close,” she mused. “Smokey, can you make head or tail of how this works? There’s nothing like this in our family store.”
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Re: Big Guns and Bigger Booms [CLOSED]
« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2019, 01:12:30 PM »
Smokey opened his mouth to say something, but closed it once the professor assured him that the group wouldn’t have to retaliate while in the Bullhead.  It might’ve been worth explaining Matchstick’s kick and why Smokey needs his semblance to shoot, but he figured it’d be moot and that the professor would figure it out anyway once he saw the gunslinger in action.  Instead, Smokey just plops himself down at the first available seat he could find in the cramped area. 

As Lunae looks over Professor Ferus’s lance, Smokey takes a glance at it, too. ”Well, that part looks like the pointy end, so there’s that, then down there looks like the handle.” he responds semi-sarcastically.  His curiosity is piqued, however, and Smokey continues examining the lance from his seat.  ”That down there looks like a revolver action, but—hmm,” Smokey contemplates, his hand stroking the fuzz on his chin.

”If that is a revolver action, the chambers are huge.  And I don’t see anything that looks like a muzzle brake, so the muzzle energy on discharge would be massive.  The recoil alone could probably dislocate a shoulder,” he rambles, completely lost in his own little world.  Smokey grew up around guns, same as Lunae, but his father was contracted under the SDC and designed weapons for Atlesian Specialists, so Smokey saw quite a few over-the-top weapons during his childhood.  Even so, Professor Ferus’s weapon was something else.

Noticing what looked like exit chambers, Smokey continued his muttering, ”Maybe it ejects dust like a flamethrower?  But if so, why a revolver action for that?  And why three different exits instead of just one?”  Yeah, he’s gone.
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Re: Big Guns and Bigger Booms [CLOSED]
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2019, 08:57:49 AM »
“Is it really a revolver action, though? It looks more like a rotating barrel for a cannon.” Lunae joined in with her own thought process. “I can answer for two of the three exits. One works in conjunction with the large chambers - fires what looks like custom-made shells. The second depends on Dust type - a Dustthrower of sorts. Never seen the third tube in action so I can’t speak for that.”

While her family didn’t design weapons from scratch for a living, she still knew enough about how weapons worked, but without dismantling the large weapon there was no way for her to figure out the mechanics behind the lance. Perhaps Smokey could unveil more information. “You’re the expert here Smokey, without a doubt. If you can’t figure out what makes this thing work, there’s no way I can.”

While the two hunters-in-training pored over the professor’s weapon, the Bullhead took off and banked left, heading for the borders between Vale and their neighbouring lands of Vacuo. Meanwhile, Ferus simply sat and listened into the ongoing conversation with some interest.
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Re: Big Guns and Bigger Booms [CLOSED]
« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2019, 01:52:55 PM »
Smokey continues stroking his chin as Lunae offers her thoughts.  ”Depends on how it’s loaded, I guess.  It looks like it loads directly into the barrels from what I can tell, though,” he responds.  He doesn’t see anywhere else to load ammunition, unless Ferus loads it through the barrel like an old-school musket, but Smokey doubts that’s the case.

Still, Lunae’s explanation of two of the exit points causes a bit of confusion on Smokey’s end.  ”But wait, if you tried to fire anything that large, the recoil would ensure you’d miss at anything beyond point blank!  You’d have to have some way to compensate for that—wait, can you ignore recoil, too?!” he asks, incredulous.  He quickly regains his thoughts and mutters, ”No, that’s probably not right.  If you could ignore recoil, you’d probably use a bigger gun than that.  But still…”  Smokey’s pauses and stares at Grim Repertoire, trying to piece together how the professor would use it.

It looks like he was partially right about a flamethrower add-on, though it only seems to be one of the exit points and not all three, and it looks like it can use any type of dust.  That’s two of the three exit points, though he still has questions about the first one.  The third one remains a mystery, though.  If Lunae hasn’t seen it in action, then that means she hasn’t seen a situation where its use was warranted.  More specifically, it means she hasn’t seen the professor in a situation that he couldn’t resolve with his lance, the point-blank “shotgun” (for want of a better term), or the dust thrower. 

”The last exit point’s probably a ranged option,” Smokey guesses.  ”If it’s for something like a Giant Nevermore, then it’s probably something hefty, too, though the recoil would almost definitely still be an issue.  Since I don’t see any scopes on it, I’d wager it’s for a medium-range slug of some sort,” he explains to no one in particular.  He’s probably way off, though.  A Nevermore could stay high in the sky and just rain feathers down on ill-equipped fighters, so the only real way to fight it is with long-range weaponry unless it decided to dive bomb.  Granted, it’s a Grimm, and thus not very smart, but the point remains.  And then there's the recoil issue, which hasn't gone away.  If the professor could handle recoil like Smokey could, then he wouldn't need a slug in the first place:  the first firing chamber would be plenty.  If that were the case, then it's almost definitely something else.

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Re: Big Guns and Bigger Booms [CLOSED]
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2019, 04:50:38 AM »
Listening to Smokey’s thought process prompts Lunae to speak up. “Smokey, come on. Does the professor look like he’s armed for a ranged fight?” She gestures at the tall and well-built Hunter, clad in separate pieces of golden armor looking every bit like a Huntsman would be described in a story. Her message probably could stand to be clearer, but she was trying to point out the fact that Ferus was armoured and simply didn’t look like a person who was packing ranged heat. “Anyway, I’ve never seen him use the shells anywhere but right in the Grimm’s face. The recoil, as you’ve surmised, is huge - definitely stronger than an RPG, but might not win in a contest between your own behemoth.”

Lunae casts her mind back, trying to remember the multitude of times the professor took his class out to the Emerald Forest for proper hands-on training. “Far as I know he doesn’t have the same recoil-negating semblance as you do; just simply braces for the recoil. Obviously this doesn’t lend itself to a quick fire rate, but I’m sure you can guess why it doesn’t need one.”

It would sound absurd that the recoil from a shell being unloaded could be counteracted by sheer strength alone, but it needed to be seen to be believed. And, of course, there was the benefit of Aura, which Lunae was more than certain that the professor had to specialise in. How else could the limitations of a human body shoulder what amounted to a medieval cannon’s recoil?

“Y’know, Smokey. Considering literally everything about Professor Ferus’s kit is point-blank, my bet is that the third option is also something along those lines. Though I don’t know what else could fit in there and not be a repeat of the last two…” her voice trails off in thought, eyes staring at the grey metal wall.
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Re: Big Guns and Bigger Booms [CLOSED]
« Reply #21 on: March 03, 2019, 12:23:00 AM »
Smokey side-eyes Lunae as she comments on the professor’s appearance.  ”Ya’ know, if you asked the announcers at the Vytal Festival what I looked like, they would’ve told you I was a sniper,” he remarked.  He was still kind of miffed at that comment, too, now that he thought about it.  He hadn’t even used his actual “rifle” at that point, and all of his other fights up till then had plenty of up-close-and-personal combat.  Just because his primary weapon was a revolver didn’t mean he couldn’t use it as a glorified hunk of metal and just hit you with it.  And god forbid he threw a punch.  People might look at him like he broke a law or something. 

”Anyways, I just feel like anything other than a ranged option would be kind of redundant,” he says, returning to the subject at hand.  That being said, the lance doesn’t have anything that resembles a sight or any other sort of aiming mechanism, so maybe it isn’t a ranged attack.

But why?  He has an area of effect function and he has the shells for extra damage if he needs it.  So what could it be.  Smokey looks down as he contemplates, his eyes losing focus as he concentrates on his thoughts.  Something that’s used rarely, that isn’t just an extra cheese shot, and isn’t a spread, his thinks to himself.  Eventually, his eyes refocus on the boxy contraption that he rested between his legs, The Good News.  Something Smokey uses rarely, and only in very specific circumstances.



Thinking about it, there’s really only two places Lunae would have seen Professor Ferus in action.  The first is the Emerald Forest, and the second is Forever Fall.  While they both have Grimm, there’s a certain type of Grimm that are relatively absent from those areas:  those would be heavily-armored Grimm.  And while a few definitely make their home there, they’re few and far between.  Following that train of logic, if the professor was teaching, he would have probably let the class handle those beasts and used it as a “teaching moment”.  At least, going by Smokey’s current impression.  But if that’s the case, then the type of Grimm Professor Ferus would have least likely engaged in combat would have been heavily armored targets.  And since Lunae has never seen the last firing chamber used, then that would mean…

”I guess it could be some sort of heavy-duty ‘armor piercer’,” Smokey says.  It’s a shot in the dark relying on huge leaps in logic, but if it isn’t a ranged option, what else could it be?
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Aurelia Lumen Beacon 3rd year and the Warhorse of Team (TBD)  "Lay down your weapons, lest you wish to taste my steel!"

Wabul "Toast" Paka Shade 1st year and the Acrobatic Swashbuckler of Team (TBD)  "Hey, I'm gonna go jump off a bridge, who's with me?"

Lucas Meridiem Haven 4th year and the Hermit of Team (TBD)  "What's so great about 'bittersweet'?"

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