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  1. Apologies for the unexpected downtime. The server was undergoing an upgrade and something went wrong. Thankfully, things are back to normal. I’m still checking around to see if anything else got affected. It’s just bad timing. I would’ve given a heads up in the Discord server as well, but I’m having issues with my Discord account right now. Drop a message here if you encounter any problems on the site.
  2. Ah, yes Dalong has the manuals. The Gundam Encyclopaedia and Mechanic Files would be great resources when translated. Also, do join us on Discord.
  3. Hiro Kusanagi was already in the hangar bay when the damaged mobile suit was brought in. The technicians swarmed over it as soon as it settled on the metal floor of the bay. They went to their assigned areas such as the limbs and thrusters. They ran inspection on the undamaged areas and assessed the damage in preparation for repairs. A couple of technicians went straight to extract the pilot from the cockpit. The hangar bay was depressurised during combat, so they were in normal suit. This meant they did not have to wait for the hangar bay to pressurise before working on the mobile suits. The doors of the hangar bay were still closing when they got the pilot out. Hiro heard his own filtered voice through his helmet, “Status report.” Blood ran from the pilot’s head. The medic was applying first aid while the other strapped the pilot into a stretcher so they could rush him to the medical bay. “Starbuck and I tried to draw them away from the *Firefly*. I took a bad hit so she told me to return and warn the ship. But… I’m too late.” “No, solider,” Hiro shook his head. “You’re just in time. You did well holding them off and you arrived with a warning. What are we facing?” “Six bogeys, sir. We took down two. An assault ship is advancing on our position.” Hiro nodded. “Now get some rest and go get yourself mended.” The AEUG pilot saluted before being transported to the medical bay. With a brief glance at the heavy damage to the mobile suit, Hiro headed back to the cockpit. Starbuck was out there putting up a fight. That brought him some relief mixed with anxiety. He wanted to be out there alongside his wingman.
  4. Valiant

    Salutations!

    Welcome! Glad you're starting on SEED. I recommend trying the UC series too. MSG hasn't aged well but IMHO it's the foundation for the whole franchise. Zeta gets better. Highly recommend 08th MS Team, War in a Pocket, Unicorn and Thunderbolt. For non-Gundam mecha series, try Valvrave, Cross Ange, Gargantia, and Aldnoah.Zero
  5. Welcome! That's a long list of characters you have there. I'm curious what you strive for when you RP.
  6. Would be great if you could share the source materials. I got some but mainly to look at the graphics. I can't read Japanese so translations of the text would be great too. I haven't looked at scanlations but they'll definitely be reliable sources we can cite. The Gundam Wiki is terrible but kudos to those who moved the content before they got wiped off Wikipedia, but it created a mess that is really hard to deal with while new series kept on heaping stuff on.
  7. Hi @wikikomoto, welcome to Advent Destiny! Thanks for your feedback and sharing. MechaBay isn't a wiki. It's a database that we're trying to build for the mecha community. To give you some background, let me tell you a bit about how the site came about. We were running the Gundam Wiki but there were many problems with the site due to the mass migration of articles from Wikipedia to save the content from Wikipedia's purging of non-encyclopaedic content, which included most Gundam articles. The lack of consistency in the articles (the Manual of Style wasn't followed strictly), and the ads by Fandom (formerly Wikia) led to us creating MechaBay to build something from scratch. With many universes within the Gundam franchise, it is hard to keep everything organised. You might notice how certain mecha from gunpla-based series are referenced as variants or predecessors/successors of actual mecha in other universes. IMHO gunpla mecha should be kept separate since they are more of created through kit-bashing. Then there's the issue with UC inconsistencies, and also differences between anime, manga, novels, and games that make it hard to nail down what is cannon. I admit that the Zaku I article is a little controversial because I wrote it as an experiment to try to make sense of the different inconsistencies, especially with the different lore from Origin. I believe the fluid pulse system was introduced by Origin as well. You can't even find it on The Zaku II page on the Gundam Wiki and I believe it is being or will be retconned into the existing articles there, I'm not sure because I'm not involved in the process there now. As for the cooling fluid system, you can read about the inspiration from on the Gundam Wiki on the Zaku I Early Type page. I'm glad you managed to catch on to that. The long term goal is to have the articles with proper citation to the official sources and it'll be great if you could share the resources and information that you have to help us improve MechaBay.
  8. Adding the cast list. Help me out with the AEUG list @Roromi
  9. Hiro fought the urge to hold Grimsdottir back to get an answer out of the AEUG captain. He knew better than to stop vital back up that Thrace needed then. The Minovsky particles had made them a blind sitting duck and they needed more eyes in the field. As the white GM got ready to launch, he headed back to the cockpit. The crew eyed him as he stepped in. With Grimsdottir gone, Hiro was the commanding officer on his own ship once again. “What’s the status, Athena?” He stood behind Valerii and leaned forward to peer at her screen over her shoulder. The fragrance of her air calmed him down a little. She shook her head and the scent intensified. “Still no contact from Starbuck.” “Keep hailing her.” “Roger that, Apollo,” Valerii said. She punched a button and said, “Firefly to Starbuck, do you read me? Firefly to Starbuck, do you read me.” Hiro straightened up and started pacing around as his mind raced through the possibilities. The Zeon fleet had to be very near for the escaped mobile suit to bring reinforcement to their location so quickly. The AEUG CIC officer broke through his thoughts. “Incoming mobile suit, Apollo sir!” The officer pulled up a magnified visual on the screen and they saw its AEUG markings and the heavy damage it had sustained. The officer was already preparing the hangar for repairs. The pilot’s voice came over the comms system as soon as the suit landed on Firefly. “It’s the Titans!”
  10. Hiro was surprised to run into Grimsdottir in the corridor. They stepped into the hangar and he replied, “My suit isn’t ready Captain. I’ll be out as soon as I can.” His heart sank at the sight of the mobile suits in the hangar bay. Under normal circumstances, a well-trained team would have already launched during the time it took for him to wake up and get to the hangar bay. “I was under the impression that your pilots were on standby, Captain.” Hiro had more to say but he held his tongue and tried to suppress the nagging worry he had for Thrace. It was normal to lose contact with such a high level of Minovsky particles in the battlefield, but he did not like the idea of her being out there alone bearing the brunt of the ambush. Given her experience, she would have returned as soon as she came into contact since she was on recon duty.
  11. The alarms blared. Roused from his sleep, Hiro Kusanagi struggled to wake up. The alarms continued their wailing. An almost instinctive sense of urgency jolted him awake as he sat up in his bed and opened his eyes. The dimmed lights in the room and the red flashes of the alarms told him at once that the ship was in battle. Jumping out of bed, Hiro thumbed the com link on the wall to hail the cockpit. Ronald Boone’s face appeared almost immediately. “Apollo.” “Status.” Hiro put on his combat suit with practiced discipline. “We lost contact with Starbuck. No sign of the enemy but Minovksy levels are at reaching combat density.” Boone paused and nodded towards someone off-screen. “The Captain has ordered the Fed mobile suits to sortie.” “Good. Ready my suit.” “Yes, sir!” Boone’s image blinked out and was almost instantly replaced by Grace Valerii’s concerned face. She bit her lower lip before she spoke, a gesture that Hiro had come to recognised and he braced himself for her next sentence. “Your suit will take a while longer. Sorry, we haven’t finished the maintenance.” One of the main thrusters of his GM II had been damaged by stray space debris during his scouting shift. The repair would take a while and there was nothing he could do. “No worries, Athena. I know you’re doing your best. I’ll speak to the Captain first.” Valerii gave her affirmation and ended the call. Hiro headed for the cockpit to look for Grimsdottir to understand the situation.
  12. Valiant

    Group purchase

    I've come across these kits so far: PG Unicorn PG Phenex PG Strike These are at around 40% cheaper than Amazon prices, excluding shipping. So I'll have to work out how much they would cost with shipping. I've also come across MG but I didn't really pay attention since I'm personally looking for PG kits. Let me know if you are interested in certain MG kits. To move this forward, I'll need to know what's the average you pay for MG and PG kit where you are, or where you usually buy from. Then we can see if this is a feasible thing to try.
  13. Valiant

    Introduce yourself!

    Welcome to Advent Destiny. Would love to explore how a Wing RP would develop.
  14. Hiro nodded. “Understood, Captain. I just want to make sure we’re on the same page. Our goals are aligned and my team will do our utmost to make them happen.” He turned and left the room, heading straight to his team’s bunker. Thrace and Valerii were working out. “Where’s Augur?” “Went to grab some food,” came Thrace’s curt reply followed by a grunt as she lifted the weights again. Valerii was lying on the ground after finishing a set of crunches. “Care to join us, Apollo?” Hiro shook his head. “Not now. I’m going to head out. The Captain has agreed to sending a scout ahead. This is making me jittery. Since I can’t get anything done, I’ll take the first shift. You guys know what you need to do. The AEUG will send a pilot to relieve me after four hours. Then you’re up, Starbuck.” “Aye, aye.” “Make sure you’re rested and your MS is ready to go.” “Scoot.” Valerii’s remark put a smile on his face. Leaving his mercenaries to their routines, Hiro made his way to the MS bay.
  15. Hiro looked at the AEUG captain. “I believe we have enough pilots and mobile suits between the two teams to maintain four-hour shifts for the rest of our journey to the *Rose*.” Hiro and Kamea Thrace were the main pilots for the Draconis Fury. As the backup pilot, Grace Valerii would rotate between the two mobile suits when either of them were off duty. This covered twelve hours. The AEUG had four mobile suits and a cycle would see them clear another sixteen hours. If they maintained their current speed, they were less than 80 hours from the *Rose*. That would be less than three shifts per pilot with sufficient time for rest and mobile suit maintenance. Hiro caught himself before he started rattling the numbers that ran through his head. *Surely, this AEUG veteran knows the figures. What’s he playing at by pushing the assignment to the Fury?* He refused to buy the common joke about how both the Federation and AEUG had suffered so many losses that the officers they had now were hardly capable. Hiro preferred to give the benefit of the doubt in normal circumstances. However, the lives of his crew and his ship were on the line this time. Hiro sighed and finally stated, “The AEUG team has enough pilots to put in their recon shifts too, Captain.”
  16. Standing to take the Captain’s proffered hand, Hiro knew from the conversation that Grimsdottir was indeed a soldier accustomed to the military ways. However, they were on a mercenary ship sneaking around in a smuggling run. His team had more experience in this type of operations. He planned to have a longer discussion with the Captain but the brief exchange has told him that he had to step in and take a more proactive role in leading the mission. *From the way the AEUG is handling the mission, they probably don’t even know what’s in the cargo themselves. Or are we just a diversion?* Hiro knew it was unlikely. *Given how stretched the AEUG is, they won’t put in so much effort just to create a diversion.* “With all due respect sir, the *Firefly* is our breadwinner and my crew would want to take a more active part in making sure we survive this with our ship more or less intact.” Placing both hands on the table, Hiro leaned forward. “I propose that we send a recon suit ahead. We have more than enough manpower to rotate the shifts. Having an MS in the field would also buy time for our suit to launch in case we get jumped.”
  17. “Thank you for your concern, Captain. However, your apologies are completely unwarranted as much as appreciate your gesture,” Hiro said. “We don’t have a habit of debriefs unless circumstances require us to do so. In this case, I believe there’s an outstanding point in the report I sent you.” Grimsdottir was going to speak but Hiro raised a finger and went on. “My team has been treated well. Perhaps our reputation precedes us. In any case, the Draconis Fury gets the job done, no questions asked. I understand the gravity of this mission when I signed my team up for this. For the AEUG to use a mercenary ship rather than rig the IFF of a better armed and armoured ship, this is top priority cargo.” “Yes, you might be thinking that something so important shouldn’t involve mercenaries that might cut and run with it. That’s why the Galleon Combine sent the Fury to do the job.” Hiro paused to take a deep breath. He continued, “I’m here to discuss our plans. I don’t know what the reports from your men say, but the reports from my team indicated that Zeon forces might have fled with intel about this operation. So we better be prepared for more surprises along the way.
  18. Hiro pressed the bell at the entrance of Grimsdottir’s office and the metal door slid open. As he walked into the office, he saw the captain’s head buried in a pile of papers on his desk. He had been surprised when he saw the AEUG personnel accustomed to using physical reports. Perhaps it was due the nature of their line of work that the Draconis Fury and the rest of the Galleon Combine operated using data pads and preferred to view their reports digitally on screens. Leaving a paper trail was risky business for mercenaries, and the often had to destroy data in short notice. Choosing not to interrupt the Captain, Hiro sat himself down in the chair opposite Grimsdottir and fished his data pad from the inner pocket of his jacket. He thumbed through the reports once more. Despite having read them several times over, something still gnawed at him. While he respected the AEUG captain’s choice to share selected information with him, he hoped that their performance in the earlier skirmish had convinced the man to trust the Draconis Fury more and divulge intelligence that would benefit them both. If word was brought back to Zeon about the *Firefly*, they might bring the fleet down on the lone mercenary ship. If they knew what cargo she carried, Hiro reminded himself. But it was a big if. Captain Grimsdottir cleared his throat and Hiro snapped his head up to smile a greeting at the AEUG officer.
  19. Alyssa entered the strategy room and the low voices of discussion ceased immediately. She wore her black Zeon uniform that bore the crest of House Arano emblazoned on the left collar. The V-shaped neckline dived deep enough to just give a hint of her cleavage, with the wings of the Zeon emblem hugging the the curves of her breasts. Sitting herself at the head of the large rectangular table in the middle of the room, she scanned the room with a quick glance. Lieutenant Alexander Mori had gathered half a dozen of her senior officers for the meeting. She stated, “I believe you’ve all read the report.” It was a statement rather than a question. They would have read it several times over and prepared to answer questions about it. She continued, “The reports have yet to be verified but I have every faith in its authenticity. I believe every one of you seated here feels the same as well. This is a pivotal time in the Earth Sphere. With the Federation and AEUG weakened by the Gryps Conflict, we have the upper hand. But this report might change things.” Alyssa looked at Alex. He cleared his throat and said, “If the AEUG is able to deploy their prototype Gundam so many months earlier than we expected, we would be greatly disadvantage should the AEUG move against us.” “What’s the status of our prototypes?” “Our prototypes on Axis are behind schedule. The programme in Jupiter is proceeding faster than anticipated. Even so, it will take some time for the mobile suits to reach the Earth Sphere,” Lieutenant Farah Vang said. “Then, we have to try to capture the AEUG prototype before it reaches their fleet.”
  20. There was a persistent bug with character creation. That's finally been resolved and you should be able to create your characters again. Leave a comment below if you still have issues. I'm organising the existing characters. If you have unapproved characters, post the character names here so I can have them approved.
  21. Anyone keen on getting some custom kits on a group purchase? I'm working on a list of stuff I can find here. In the mean time, it'll be good to see who would be interested and whether it'll be worth our while to get this going.
  22. Roll call! Let us know if you were in the RP and would like to get back into the groove of it. If you were in and would like to drop out due to various reasons, let us know too. Time to move this to the next phase!
  23. Valiant

    Server migration

    The migration is complete. We'r now live from Japan so those of you from across the Pacific Ocean should get better speeds compared to when we were on our Singapore server. Everything went smoothly aside from the delay due, so I don't foresee any issues. As usual, let me know if you encounter any problems.
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