Fan Fic: Strike Witches Quest
An ongoing quest/group-game on /tg/, started by 'planefag', set in a universe that blends Strike Witches
with the 'real' World War 2
and an invasion from Mars
(which replaces the Neuroi with the squid-like Mars People from Metal Slug
You are Lieutenant Young, a twenty-year old American P-61A Black Widow pilot, with all that entails - narcissistic, cocky, a bit of an asshole - and something more, as well. After making ace in a day and saving one of theirs during a daytime scrap, your superior officer, Frank Luke, gets you and your crew, Only Sane Man
Ian, and Big Guy
Sean, assigned as liaison to the pantsless witches of the 501st Joint Wing, operating out of Castle Barin, whom you bounced the night before under cover of anonymity.
Of course, the little witches aren't used to having men around. Or, you know, mature adults - for a given value of 'mature.' Not that they're much better themselves, homicidal sparkle-bitches. Relations are strained, especially between you and Wing Commander Wilcke. Still, things are bound to improve, and you'll assuredly teach the young women invaluable life lessons about friendship, trolling and wearing some goddamn pants.
By the nature of quest threads, /tg/ has input on most of Young's decisions. This can only end well
eloquently sums up the difference between the emotional tones of Strike Witches canon and much of SWQ.Here is a link
to download the entire collected works of the Quest and all its spinoffs/post-thread stories in word format, plus all the fanart.
Strike Witches Quest contains examples of:
You glare at the two English-y men. Caldwell is Evil and Bader is a Big Wing faggot, and BOTH of them hail from a service that gives their borrowed US fighters FRUITY FUCKING NAMES, but today, you are all NEON SAMURAI.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Our main character again. You means well, but you've got a fighter pilot's ego, a big mouth, nine yards of ammo and two inches of patience.
- Mad Scientist: Tesla enforces this. It's petty revenge against the people who called him mad in the first place.
- Man Child: Most of the main cast is slowly revealed to have shades of this. Even Ian.
- Manly Tears: You get a case of these after finding out your sister enlisted.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Explicitly how gnome magic works.
- Midair Repair: You do this without noticing on the way down the runway.
- Mood Whiplash: ... where to begin? Not to mention cases of it happening two or more times in a single thread.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: The martian attack on Earth opened with (an attempt at) simultaneous strikes at major cities all across the globe as well as major battlefields in order to kill several birds with one stone. In theory this would be a good strategy. In practice the martians killed off Hitler and Mussolini, gave Admiral Yamamoto an opening to oust the IJA from power over Imperial Japan, turned The Battle of Pearl Harbor into a Back-to-Back Badasses moment between the Japanese and American navies, and ultimately opened the way for the Axis and Allied powers to become Fire-Forged Friends.
- Nose Art: During the height of waifufagging, you have your one true love painted on the nose of your Widow. Your true love, of course, is the Widow.
- No Sell: At one point, you attempt to appeal to Commander Nicholas Mackintosh to protect you from Maloney's RAF goons by mentioning your Medal of Honor, that you're a press darling, and your girlfriend is a witch. Mack is unimpressed, because he's got all three as well.
- Not So Different: You are debriefed by Patton, with several court-martials hanging over your head:
"Trouble. Describe this... trouble," he says, making a little rolling gesture in the air with his cigar. "Summarize the events of the action last night."
You tick off the points on your fingers. "Woken up by Sean - my radar operator - led into the hall, he kicks in Erica's door, tentacle drags her out, HE jumps out after her. I run downstairs, find Miyafuji, we go around the castle, find Erica, Sean, Martians, kill Martians, come here, find THOSE assholes -" you point to the pureed Martian gun crew - "go through the building, find Minna attacked by Martians, kill Martians, get to hangar, ambushed by Martians, kill Martians, Miyafuji and Erica take off, me and Minna borrow Charlotte's motorcycle, circle around front, Sakamoto gets on, we charge the Martians on the motorbike and Sakamoto jumps off then we get off and Minna goes stupid and I headbutt Minna and charge into the alien ship and get my ass kicked and Sakamoto fucks them all up and then I went to sleep."
General Patton is silent for three entire seconds.
"Son, you have just emulated over half my career in less then twenty-four hours. I can't do jack shit to you."
- Refuge in Audacity: When the prototype Widow gets shot up on a flight back to Castle Barin, Patton threatens to have you court-martialled for smuggling ridiculous quantities of alcoholic beverages onto an Allied airbase aboard an aircraft belonging to the Army Air Corps. You counter by claiming the added weight gave you a tactical advantage, advocating the use of beer as an aerial fire-suppression system, and threatening to repeat his outrageous story to any reporter who'll listen. Patton has an MP write you a two-dollar fine for being out of uniform. You eat the ticket.
- Rule of Cool and Rule of Funny: The fic really couldn't work without these.
- Rule of Drama: Sanya and Eila's relationship has... issues. According to Word of God this is because happy couples are boring.
- Though his real reason is more realistic than "artistic"
- Schedule Slip: When it initially started, there was a new SWQ almost every day. However, due to various real world commitments, there's now barely one thread every few months. Word of God assured us that things will pick up again in Summer 2013; the quest finally resumed in September 2014. Much to the delight of the fans.
- Spinoff: Tons. There are several serialized stories posted in each thread after the quest ends. Planefag writes several side stories himself, with particular mention going to N'oo'p Martian Quest. In addition, you have Tank Witches Quest, Submersible Witches Quest, [[Fanfic/Strikers89 Strike Witches '89/Top Gun Witches Quest]] (no prizes for guessing where it draws some of its inspiration from)...and rumors of another quest in the works. Each story and quest is written by a different author, but all in the same universe.
- The New Quest is confirmed as Strike Witches Crimson, a continuation of one of the serials. It's set in Canada and features a mix of canon and created characters fighting a Martian invasion and some Soviet skulduggery.
- Straight Man: A short way into her Character Development (around thread 50-60 or so) Yoshika starts being this to you with a little dash of Deadpan Snarker for flavor.
- Ian started out as this but then he met Perrine and quickly showed that he was Not So Above It All as he ends up doing things that gives Young pause.
- Super Prototype: After joining 501st, to replace the one you busted up the night before, you're given a turbo-supercharged Widow with War Emergency Power.
- Key word: prototype. As of writing, they've taken it away to work on it some more, now that you've gotten some testing done. Tesla looks set to give you a new one in the near future.
- Token Evil Teammate: Clive Caldwell. Granted, the man has justifications for acting the way he does, borne of his greater combat experience, but strafing a crashed witch is still not cool, even if it's done for pragmatic reasons.
- To his credit, Caldwell recognises what he has become, and doesn't shoot at any Germans now because they're all allies, and has a well-hidden sense of self-loathing over his actions.
- Troll: Young, Ian and as of late, Minna among others.
- Un Favorite: Planefag specifically chose the Widow because he thought it was underrated.
- War Is Hell: One of the fic's major themes is the effect that fighting in a protracted war with an alien race would actually have on a team of magical girls. To their credit, most of the witches are surprisingly well-adjusted as Child Soldiers go but it's still obvious that the war is having unpleasant effects on them.