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    103 KB Zerg Quest LXXVIII Cerebrate Anon 03/12/12(Mon)20:59 No.18304082  

    Why, hello there, /tg/. Let me tell you a little story. There once was a mighty Swarm of Zerg, run by the Overmind, Father to us all. Now, Father created a new Cerebrate to be extra creative. That Cerebrate helped Father attain His lifelong dream of conquering Aiur, the homeworld of the Protoss (our First Born cousins). But the evil Protoss Feneschal murdered the Overmind, and the Cerebrate had to live on alone.

    Since then, the Cerebrate has conquered almost the whole Koprulu Sector, and is fighting a dastardly species of amphibious psionic parasites under control of a former Terran named Dyles. The Cerebrate tracked Dyles to the homeworld of the parasites and killed him, but he was very strong. He managed to embed himself into the interconnected biosphere of the planet, effectively becoming a thinking ecosystem! Oh, no!

    This story doesn't have an ending yet, /tg/! How will the Swarm deal with this?

    (Wednesday off next week. Normal time. Awesome)
    >> Codeki 03/12/12(Mon)21:01 No.18304105
    Good evening Cerebrate.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/12/12(Mon)21:02 No.18304110
    Welcome, Codeki.
    >> Ultranids 03/12/12(Mon)21:05 No.18304141
    hey can a new guy get in on the action?
    >> TUCAMP 03/12/12(Mon)21:05 No.18304143
    With nukes and psionic high-fives. And what was the plan that I was apparently expected to argue about? It had something to do with the Xel'Naga planet stripper we never build if I recall, we should build one of those.
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)21:05 No.18304150
    Well, first, how many Psi Emitters can we get here in a hurry? Dyles may not be able to leave, but we need to prevent him from suborning more of our troops.

    Second, is the orbital platform secured?
    >> TUCAMP 03/12/12(Mon)21:05 No.18304152
    You just did, and welcomen alo.
    >> TUCAMP 03/12/12(Mon)21:08 No.18304177
    That's what it was, strapping emitters to our highliners and using them to force Dyles into submission. I do wonder how it will effect Kerri, since emitters have a large range, but it's worth a try provided we're ready to purge the planet if it fails.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/12/12(Mon)21:13 No.18304232
    Sure. Everybody's welcome.

    There was a plan put forward right at the end of last thread that we should put Psi Emitters into the heighliners to boost the signal a hundredfold and put them in orbit, then if that didn't kill Dyles' new planet-self, to crack 'em open and use the red wave of doom. It hasn't been voted on, yet.

    We could get the twenty Labbrate has on standby there quickly with the heighliners, or in about a week through conventional warp travel.

    (Haha! Now that we have wireless, the Wii can bring me Netflix on the big screen! Victory at sea!)
    >> Codeki 03/12/12(Mon)21:15 No.18304255
    I'll put my tentative vote towards the highliners with Psi Emitters. If we can get enough firepower there, we could just glass the planet though. I'd rather not remove another chunk of space.
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)21:16 No.18304265
    Get the Psi Emitters there using Heighliners, but only to the edge of the system. We can't risk Dyles getting his hands on our slipstream drives.

    Conventional forces can pick up the Psi Emitters from the heighliners and spread them out as needed.
    >> TUCAMP 03/12/12(Mon)21:18 No.18304275
    We are not blowing up a heighliner EVER AGAIN! They're too expensive. Now researching into how to weaponize the phenomena without the need for a heighliner I'm in favor of. Anyway, lets get emitters there with a bunch of nukes. Also let's slap the planet with our mind, let Dyles know who's boss, might not even be Dyles anymore, just a planet waiting for a master.
    >> Rynex !3KCroq6wAA 03/12/12(Mon)21:28 No.18304364
    Don't use the heighliners within Dyles' range. Just have them park far away and then haul the emitters normally all the way to the doorstep.
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)21:31 No.18304397
    Voting this.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/12/12(Mon)21:37 No.18304469
    (Sigh. Netflix includes Glee in "Witty TV Shows.")

    Heighliners with emitters: 2
    No, just Emitters: 2
    A vote that doesn't count because we're still not nuking the planet: 1
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)21:40 No.18304506

    Heighliners with emitters.

    It's a pity we didn't get to research Dyles before this. Then we might've been able to make a psi-disruption device custom-fitted for his brainpowers.
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)21:41 No.18304524

    Damn you raidah!

    I'm voting for "No, just emitters"
    >> TUCAMP 03/12/12(Mon)21:42 No.18304528
    I thought the consensus was bring the emitters in on heighliners, but at the edge of the system. With the option to nuke later.
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)21:45 No.18304570

    You take that back! If I was Raidah, I would've suggested we nuke the planet and rush it with everything we have and try to retake Zergworld at the same time while attempting to take the Resurrection Crystal with our remaining forces!


    I was intending >>18304506 to be voted with that caveat. Sorry for not clarifying.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/12/12(Mon)21:54 No.18304673
    I was under the impression we were deciding whether to attach the Emitters TO the heighliners for power boosting or just to bring standard Emitters.
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)21:56 No.18304700

    Is the process of feeding the Heighliners' power supply into the psi-emitters something that can be done reasonably quickly? Or is it something that can only be done before the heighliners embark?
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)21:58 No.18304718
    If we attach them, will they work from the edge of the system ie out of range of Dyle's forces?
    >> TUCAMP 03/12/12(Mon)22:00 No.18304746
    How about we attach emitters to one heighliner, and bring the rest just to see what happens.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/12/12(Mon)22:01 No.18304761
    Ideally, we'd want to do it before they leave. Neither one was designed with this in mind.

    We have no idea.
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)22:03 No.18304781
    I am in favor of having one heighliner modified to power Psi Emitters attached to it, an the others will only bring along standard Psi Emitters which will be picked up by conventional forces at the edge of the system and then be deployed beyond the range of Dyles' defenses.
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)22:05 No.18304800
    Oh! And we need to give a warning to Kerri.
    "Kerri, I'm going to try something. You might want to clamp down on your psi signature."

    "You're going to do something stupid again, aren't you, Cerebrate."

    >> TUCAMP 03/12/12(Mon)22:09 No.18304844
    Don't you mean, "Hey Sis, Dyles turned into a planet, but I wanna see if I can dominate him with a psi -emitter or twenty. Ignore the sound from (whatever system it is). KTB."
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)22:10 No.18304856

    Hey sister... we're about to engage in what is essentially a psionic shouting match to try to kill the Dylesmind that has now taken residence as a composite being that inhabits all of the infected biomass on the planet we're attacking.

    You might want to clamp down on your units.
    >> TUCAMP 03/12/12(Mon)22:13 No.18304909
    >You might want to clamp down on your units.
    Don't you mean, "Wear earplugs."
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)22:14 No.18304920

    Seconding. We'll have a few emitters hoooked up to one heighliner, and the others carried by either heavily armored (and terminator-piloted/staffed) spacecraft, or fast and dodgy as fuck spacecraft also piloted/staffed by terminators.

    Can we staff the heighliners with terminators or an AI system? Or do we not have enough time/terminators to do so, OP?
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/12/12(Mon)22:16 No.18304947
    "What? Cerebrate, that's a terrible idea. You'll sever my link with my Zerg!"
    >> Codeki 03/12/12(Mon)22:18 No.18304970
    If you have a better plan, we're all . . . brain. I'd say ears but we don't have any.
    For some reason, there's a voice in the back of our head saying "NO" everytime we think of nukes.
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)22:19 No.18304989
    "I don't think that'll happen, Kerri. We're going to be doing this way out in UED space, I don't think the Psi Emitters have the range to disrupt you."

    psi-whisper to Labbrate
    "psst..Labbrate, will the Psi Emitters cut Kerri's link with her brood?"
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)22:19 No.18304990

    We don't have a lot of options, Kerrigan. If you've got extensive experience with dealing with planetminds that may be able to mind control Zerg beyond "kill it with nuclear fire" or "kill it slower with conventional forces", we're up for hearing it.

    We have no way of knowing if Dyles is handicapping himself by spreading himself too thin, or if he'll possibly grow more powerful than before if we leave him and try to build up a bigger assault force. The sooner we can deal with him, the better.
    >> TUCAMP 03/12/12(Mon)22:22 No.18305021
    (Here I though we were just discussing the idea of telling sissy)
    "Oh, uh want an emitter? And will it really reach all the way to... you know I have no idea where you are. Have you been eating well? Do you need socks? A quilt? Did you get the shirt and hat, or did I forget to give you those?"

    Oh how I love playing the dotting older brother to Kerri's... herself.
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)22:24 No.18305048
    Ah! We need to take up knitting, just so we can knit a sweater and scarf for Kerrigan to wear!
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)22:29 No.18305108
    rolled 15, 18 = 33

    >> TUCAMP 03/12/12(Mon)22:31 No.18305126
    And claw-warmers! It must be so dreadfully chilly where every she is!
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)22:32 No.18305135
    rolled 13, 4 = 17

    We should start doing stuff. With rolls.
    Here, my 2d20 rolls
    >>18305108 those were for sweater
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/12/12(Mon)22:33 No.18305144
    Labbrate admits that it's a possibility. The last time we used them, they could convert a Cerebrate away from the Overmind's control only if they were nearby, but if we boost the power, it's possible that it could extend further out.

    "Yes, it was very thoughtful of you, but that's not important right now! Wait, did you just offer to give me a Psi Emitter?"
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)22:34 No.18305165
    rolled 20, 6 = 26

    "Only if you agree to wear our masterfully crafted sweater"
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)22:35 No.18305179
    Wait, hold on a second. Those psi-emitters are configured to send out a huge pulse that spans multiple star systems.

    But we don't NEED them to span multiple star systems! We just need them to condense into one star system (the one the Dylesmind is in).

    Ask Labbrate if it would be possible to tweak the psi-emitters to crank out a psi-wave that will decay quickly after leaving the star system. And if possible, to see if the raw output can be increased as a result.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/12/12(Mon)22:39 No.18305221
    Like a Psi Cannon?
    >> TUCAMP 03/12/12(Mon)22:39 No.18305222
    "... yes? If it's tuned to you it would counter what we're doing so you would be able to maintain control... maybe. or it might cause all zerg in... wherever you are to converge and frenzy. Basically I have no idea what will happen and have a tendency to just think of a bunch of ever increasingly convoluted plans. You remember Shakuras."
    At this point I'm all for just nuking the planet, and being done with it.
    >> Codeki 03/12/12(Mon)22:39 No.18305229
    She'll have to adjust it to her signal (or we could do it for her) but we could give her one pretty easily. And a scarf. . . and a sweater that says "I love my big brother"
    >> TUCAMP 03/12/12(Mon)22:41 No.18305247
    That is the greatest idea I've heard all night! Fund it! And by that I mean hobble something together and test it.
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)22:41 No.18305249

    Well, I guess that would be one iteration of it. Another one would just be to make a shorter-lived, but stronger pulse that the psi-emitters do.

    But psi-cannons are nice idea too. Or maybe boosting our psionic power so we can morph our psionic high-five to do a Zerg-Zerg Tenkyoken, I dunno.
    >> Codeki 03/12/12(Mon)22:45 No.18305295
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    or a . . .

    >> TUCAMP 03/12/12(Mon)22:51 No.18305344
    Reminds me that we need to build a Xel'Naga planet stripper, tell labrate to make one of those too when he gets a chance, or just hand it off to internbrate we could use the activity.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/12/12(Mon)23:03 No.18305465
    So, we're planning to give Kerrigan a Psi Emitter and try to redesign the ones we have into a directional version that might disrupt Dyles' control of his species?

    Also, can I assume we're retreating from the system until we do this, or are we going to fight the Protoss ships he stole from us and his assembled Terran forces? Also, are we going to try to get our forces off the orbital platform?
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)23:04 No.18305471
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)23:07 No.18305503

    Hmm. Dyles might still be reeling from his near-death experience; he might have to get used to his new bodies before he can really start controlling stuff.

    It might be worth it to destroy the Protoss ships that he mind-controlled.

    Also, how long would it take to modify the psi-emitters to be more directional and only affect one star system?
    >> TUCAMP 03/12/12(Mon)23:08 No.18305513
    Try to take the platform, and I don't see what could possibly go wrong with giving Kerri an emitter, aside from her trying to dominate US with it, but she wouldn't do that she "loves" us, in that she tolerates our continued and bizarre existence.
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)23:08 No.18305514
    >So, we're planning to give Kerrigan a Psi Emitter and try to redesign the ones we have into a directional version that might disrupt Dyles' control of his species?

    We retreat from the system, because if the Psi Emitters are successful, then we will get those ships back.
    Forces on the orbital platform continue fighting and attempt to secure it.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/12/12(Mon)23:09 No.18305537
    Labbrate thinks it could be done in a matter of hours (dice-willing).
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/12/12(Mon)23:13 No.18305574
    Mkay. 1d100 for the platform and...well, I suppose I can't ask for 1d100 and 1d20, so let's just make the Emitter research into a d100, too. So, 2d100.
    >> TUCAMP 03/12/12(Mon)23:14 No.18305591
    rolled 85, 63 = 148

    >> TUCAMP 03/12/12(Mon)23:15 No.18305598
    rolled 3 = 3

    and the d20
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)23:15 No.18305599
    rolled 37, 86 = 123


    It's time to r-r--r-r-r-r-r-roll!
    >> TUCAMP 03/12/12(Mon)23:16 No.18305607
    Oh my mistake.
    Still, not bad.
    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)23:17 No.18305617
    rolled 19, 54 = 73

    >> Anonymous 03/12/12(Mon)23:18 No.18305624
    rolled 40, 67 = 107

    Let's see what we get.
    >> TUCAMP 03/13/12(Tue)00:00 No.18306129
    Why do I get the feeling CA's internet broke of got banned?
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)00:26 No.18306401
    It is tough going, especially without air support, but we manage to maintain a decent hold on the platform. We are still under severe fire, but the ground forces have taken significant steps to securing the platform. Considering how we're abandoning them, that's pretty outstanding. The Terran and Zerg forces

    Labbrate cracks open a Psi Disrupter and gets to work. After twenty minutes, it has a prototype. It takes a heighliner way out of our space to test it. After an hour, it is working on refinements. After two hours, the finished product is ready. Honestly, we're impressed.

    (God, it's hard to focus with a movie I don't care about playing in the background)
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)00:27 No.18306418
    (Sorry. It's not even a particularly interesting film)
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)00:31 No.18306450


    Let's get to deploying those psi-cannons.

    I think we should have some fast and dodgy Terran vessels crewed by Terminators to carry the psi-cannons. These vessels will be ferried to the system by heighliners; after unloading the Terminators + Psi-Cannons, the Heighliners will hyperspace the hell away. Then the Psi-cannon-equipped vessels will FIRE ALL PSI-CANNONS at the direction of the Dylesmind planet.

    If the psi-cannons can't be separated from the Heighliners, then escort the heighliners and have them fire from the maximum safest distance.
    >> TUCAMP 03/13/12(Tue)00:33 No.18306476
    I was just about to give up hope, but FIRE THE PSI-CANNON! AND READY THE NUKES!
    >> TUCAMP 03/13/12(Tue)00:36 No.18306502
    As for you're lack of focus, you're a doormat! Do you want to be a doormat? You need to be more ASSERTIVE in your life!
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)00:37 No.18306505
    They don't need to be attached to the heighliners.

    Is this what we're all after, then?

    (Headphones located. Starcraft music drowning out the movie. Awesome)
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)00:39 No.18306525
    Let's not get nasty, here...
    >> TUCAMP 03/13/12(Tue)00:40 No.18306538
    I suppose having terminators operating is is a good idea since we don't know what firing a psicannon will actually do.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)00:40 No.18306539
    I like it. Make with the shouting contest.
    >> TUCAMP 03/13/12(Tue)00:42 No.18306554
    You put on headphones! You're being ASSERTIVE! My ASSERTIVENESS training has clearly worked for you!
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)00:42 No.18306555
    Three's enough for me!

    Roll yourselves 2d100.
    >> TUCAMP 03/13/12(Tue)00:43 No.18306571
    rolled 94, 1 = 95

    >forthe deragrac
    And the swarm captcha, don't forget the swarm.
    >> TUCAMP 03/13/12(Tue)00:45 No.18306580
    Oh god, I hope the second one is Dyles' resist domination check, otherwise...
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)00:45 No.18306586
    rolled 77, 9 = 86


    Time to roooooowlllll on by
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)00:49 No.18306615
    rolled 40, 48 = 88

    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)00:52 No.18306646
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    We storm into the system, the modified valkyrie safely protected by mutalisks, scourge, and a host of battlecruisers. It takes less than half an hour to break through the Protoss/Terran line and approach the planet. We amp the Psi Cannon to full power and fire at the planet.



    And nothing happens.

    Dyles' laughter echoes through our thoughts.

    "I sure hope that wasn't supposed to hurt, Cerebrate."

    It would seem that Dyles' manner of control is sufficiently different from our own to make him immune to the weapon.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)00:54 No.18306669
    Oh okay.
    Let's start working on superviruses to flood his world with.
    >> Codeki 03/13/12(Tue)00:55 No.18306678
    Does the planet have a moon. I'm tempted to just push it into the planet.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)00:55 No.18306683
    So unfair. Our attempts at mind control never work but our enemies always kick ass at it.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)00:58 No.18306724
    (Not true. We beat Bernie to death, condensed him, then watched him float away as space puree)
    >> TUCAMP 03/13/12(Tue)00:58 No.18306727
    Welph, time to nuke it from orbit and call it good.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)01:02 No.18306766

    Okay, plan B:

    Strap makeshift hyperspace engines on nukes. Ferry nukes in system. Have them initiate hyperspace jumps directed at the planet while exploding. If this works like how Dyles did the exploding freighters jumping when we rescued the Protoss, this should spread nuclear explosions all throughout where the missle should be jumping.

    Or it could just ram the missile into Dyles' planet at absurd speeds. Either result is acceptable.

    Plan C:

    Destabilize the orbit of the platform, crash it into planet. Once things are sufficiently fucked up there, finish the job by spraying nukes at it.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)01:03 No.18306783


    Would it be possible to adjust the Psi-Cannon to, instead of firing psionic control waves, to instead wreak psionic storm beams on where-ever it fires?
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)01:06 No.18306812

    Could we fire up the psi-cannons and fire them at the Zerg units that Dyles is currently controlling?

    It might not disrupt Dyles' mind control over his own, infected units, but perhaps we can regain control of our Protoss assets if we use it in such a way.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)01:06 No.18306815
    We haven't tried using powers from our old Protoss units since we lost them ages ago...
    >> Codeki 03/13/12(Tue)01:06 No.18306820
    Would it be possible to put a small asteroid into a highliner with an open front, and then stop all inertia in the highliner launching the asteroid at the planet at planet shattering speeds?
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)01:12 No.18306866
    We could certainly try, if anybody wants.

    Technically, even if we could have an open-air heighliner, it would deliver the asteroid to the new system with no more inertia than it had when it left. It doesn't really...accelerate.
    >> Codeki 03/13/12(Tue)01:13 No.18306884
    But it should launch the asteroid at the planet at ludicrous speed if the liner stopped and it didn't.
    >> TUCAMP 03/13/12(Tue)01:13 No.18306885
    Sure, let's shoot our stuff.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)01:15 No.18306905
    Let's do this.
    The liner doesn't actually move. It cuts a hole in spacetime and slips through it. Hence slipstream drive.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)01:17 No.18306922

    Seconding firing psi-cannons at the Protoss units that are being crewed by Zerg that Dyles is currently controlling. Even though our form of mind-control is so vastly different from his that he shouldn't even be able to control them this is such bullshit he's just a Zerg poser but worse he doesn't mutate or morph all he does is eat and eat and eat like some morbidly obese psi alien neckbeard.
    >> Codeki 03/13/12(Tue)01:19 No.18306946
    Awwww. I was thinking more Star Trek style warp drives. If they actually worked, anywhere they stopped would be annihilated by the particles that would build up in front of the ship while it's moving at an extremely high speed. When the ship would stop, everything in front of it would be hit by the gigantic wall of gathered particles. . .

    I wonder if we could weaponize that?
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)01:22 No.18306986
    I conceive of the normal warp travel being like Star Trek warp travel or Star Wars hyperspace travel (blah blah technobabble differences, but they're functionally identical), but it's honestly never explained enough for me to have that kind of in-depth discussion about it.

    Mkay, then. Let's get a d20 going for this!
    >> TUCAMP 03/13/12(Tue)01:24 No.18307004
    rolled 17 = 17

    >hatedzc your
    Oh how I hate Dyles' zc.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)01:27 No.18307032
    rolled 8 = 8


    I have run out of rolling things to say.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)01:32 No.18307084
    (Autobots, transform and roll out?)

    Unfazed, we turn the Psi Cannon on the Protoss ships, beginning with the carriers. We feel sweet life rush into our mind, the thoughts and bodies of our units returning to us. The valkyrie fires near-continuously, converting units left and right.

    After about ten minutes of conversion, we once again have a Protoss fleet. It's not quite the same as destroying the mind of a man-planet, but it's not bad. Not bad at all.
    >> TUCAMP 03/13/12(Tue)01:35 No.18307108
    Now let's glass the planet with our reclaimed fleet.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)01:41 No.18307166

    Mop up space resistance, identify point defense on planets that would prevent nuking. Glass those areas.

    Apply nukes liberally to Dylesmind planet.

    Also, strap rockets onto platform and send it hurtling down into Dylesplanet. Just to be sure.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)01:43 No.18307185
    Let's...stick to one plan at a time, shall we?
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)01:48 No.18307230


    How much of Dyles' fleet remains?
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)01:52 No.18307262
    He still has a sizeable force in place, though not enough to win this engagement unless something extraordinary happens. His forces still hold most of the orbital platform.

    Internbrate, doing some mental math, suggests that we not let this fight last more than a day or two, at the most.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)02:00 No.18307333

    Alright, then.

    Do you guys want to advance slow and steady and start glassing the planet after we've wiped out Dyles' navy and/or secured the orbital platform? Or should we start glassing now?

    I can't remember if a precedent was set for this, but I think that setting Carriers into "glass planet" mode makes them more vulnerable than in "launch and build interceptors" mode.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)02:01 No.18307344

    There is only three REAL choices at this time.

    Smother the fucking planet in Infestation Missiles, this could backfire really fucking badly.

    Glass the fucking planet till the mantle is visible.

    Shove a fuckton of asteroids at it, this could also backfire if some chunks of the fucking thing escaped from us with enough life left on it to preserve Dyles.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)02:03 No.18307362
    It's harder to stay out of range of enemy fire when you have to hold still to go all IM FIRIN MAH LAZAH, yes.
    >> Codeki 03/13/12(Tue)02:07 No.18307397
    instead of glassing the planet directly, would it be possible to cause the star to go supernova?
    We don't need the minerals from this planet.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)02:09 No.18307406
    We've never done anything of the sort, but if you've got an idea of how...
    >> Codeki 03/13/12(Tue)02:14 No.18307459
    Use Psionic energy to slightly knock the fusion reaction out of wack causing the star to slowly start to self destruct. It'd be a chain reaction starting slow, and ending with a large explosion and a supernova.
    >> Codeki 03/13/12(Tue)02:17 No.18307482
    Kinda like what happened with Chernobel. Runaway fusion reaction ending with a boom.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)02:19 No.18307496
    A star already...IS...a runaway fusion reaction ending with a boom, isn't it?
    >> Codeki 03/13/12(Tue)02:21 No.18307505
    Well, a star is mostly self-sustaining until the processing start to screw up due to running out of fuel.

    I want to cause that break-down of the self-sustaining part before it runs out of fuel.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)02:22 No.18307513
    I think it's actually the opposite. It's a very controlled reaction that ends in a lump of iron.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)02:30 No.18307559
    The psycannon failed, but that's probably because it was trying to kill something the size of the planet.

    What if we took a bunch of emitters, sealed them in unbreakable (as much as possible) containers, then dropped them all over the planet? At the very least they'd make Dyles focus on something else, at the best they'd shred his network.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)02:30 No.18307564

    I'll admit that I'm rusty on my stellar physics, but won't most sun-sized stars end up as white dwarfs, and anything much bigger ends up a supernova/black hole?
    >> Codeki 03/13/12(Tue)02:34 No.18307583
    Stars our size become supernovas and then explode/collapse into a white dwarf.

    It's the supermassive ones that become black holes.

    Now, if we were to somehow psionically rip the core out, it should cause the star to destabilize and become a supernova.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)02:41 No.18307634
    I don't know why we're not checking the collected works of mankind's knowledge:

    Our sun's too small for supernova. It'll red giant up, spit out a planetary nebula, and then condense into a white dwarf.

    Anyway, we've never moved anything as massive as a planet with our psionic energy, much less a sun.

    You'd have to make a simple astounding roll.
    >> Codeki 03/13/12(Tue)02:43 No.18307652
    rolled 90 = 90

    Well, If it's under 90, I'll drop the idea.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)02:45 No.18307678
    Given how fucking immense a star is, it would probably be far easier to just rip the planet apart. The mass we need to affect in the star will be at the very least tens of thousands of times greater than the mass of the entire planet, possibly millions times more.

    Without going into details, the Chernobyl reactor had a way to trigger a runaway reaction, resulting in hydrogen being stripped away from the remaining cooling water. Hydrogen+air is highly explosive...

    A star on the other hand should prove self-stabilizing. Hinder one form of fusion and it shrinks, increasing pressure inside, starting new fusion reactions. Let go and the will help make it expand again, causing the newly started fusion processes to cease.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)02:49 No.18307709
    >>18307459 ends up a supernova/black hole?
    Amongst stars large enough to go supernova, smaller ones leave a neutron star behind, while only the truly gargantuan ones end up as a black hole.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)02:50 No.18307718
    Anyway, we can argue astrophysics later. What's the plan for Dyles?
    >> Codeki 03/13/12(Tue)02:52 No.18307730
    Our standby. Nuke. . . I mean, glass the planet.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)02:54 No.18307744
    Finish taking the orbital platform, wipe out Dyles' space force, then glass the planet with Protoss Carriers and Battlecruisers.

    Bring in reinforcements from the Koprulu sector if we have to. Cut our patrol forces down to skeleton crews if necessary.

    But Dyles dies tonight.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)02:54 No.18307747
    Let's get brutal on his space forces; focus on dealing as much damage as possible with little regard to keeping our Zerg units alive to the end. We can always spawn more and ship them in with heighliners.
    Use the 'toss units as fire support or some other 'safe' tactic.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)02:57 No.18307767
    Glass it: 2
    Fight the space forces: 2

    Mixed signals, guys...
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)03:01 No.18307796

    If we destroyed his active forces, all he'd have left is inert plant life. We could consume it slowly, making his death agonizing and long as pieces of his body slowly disappeared.

    Also, we could learn how to take over a biome ourselves. That'd be useful as hell.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)03:09 No.18307854
    >we could learn how to take over a biome ourselves

    That's what we do with the infestation virus.

    We just don't put our minds into it. Considering how vulnerable Dyles is right now, we're not sure whether we want to.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)03:09 No.18307860
    Well, we can't glass the planet in peace if the space forces are still there, right?
    So we destroy the space forces first, then we glass the planet.
    >> Codeki 03/13/12(Tue)03:13 No.18307884
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    We can take out the Space forces first, but we need to kill him here while he's still week before he becomes a bigger pain in the ass!
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)03:16 No.18307898
    Mkay. Roll 2d100.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)03:17 No.18307912
    rolled 15, 58 = 73

    And I hope Dyles chokes on it.
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)03:18 No.18307917
    rolled 74, 98 = 172

    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)03:29 No.18308011
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    (Eh...nah. It's too late to throw that in. It'll be a fun bonus)

    Warbrate and Gorn divide up the forces as they fight. Dyles' forces fight viciously, but the rain of glave wurms, incendiary chemicals, bullets, missiles, plasma, and mantalisk blades is unrelenting. We fall upon the enemy, a Swarm without number, and tear the fleet asunder. With only small pockets of resistance left, we position our carriers over the planet in preparation for the final stroke.

    Dyles' end is imminent.

    (Roll 2d20 to FINISH HIM!)
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)03:30 No.18308019
    rolled 10, 5 = 15

    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)03:32 No.18308032
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    rolled 12, 7 = 19

    Your mind is mine!
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)03:44 No.18308138
    (...Naaaaaah. To hell with you, /tg/ dice. It's late)

    As the first beams fire, we hear a roar of anger echo through our mind. We feel Dyles' mind tear at our own, scrabbling wildly against our control, but we do not falter. As the carrier's main batteries burn away life on the planet, the roar anger turns to pain, then to a pitiful scream. As the top layer of the planet's crust is superheated, its waters boiled, and its inhabitants evaporated, the scream slowly subsides until we strain to hear anything at all.

    Then, finally, it is silent. The ships in orbit go adrift, and we feel their inhabitants reaching around for a mind to follow. We watch with cold disregard as the pilots convulse, tearing at their hair, their jaws, their eyes. They start to cripple themselves, and many inadvertently depressurize their craft. Slowly, the fleet start to go silent as well as the survivors appear to go comatose, still searching, reaching for a master.

    Dyles is dead.

    About two hours afterward, while we are pushing the last of Dyles' ground forces off the side of the platform (what? It's efficient!), a fleet of ships arrives out of warp travel, adrift and dead. We recognize many of the ships from the assault on Earth. Dyles' reinforcements, likely sent the moment we first arrived, and arriving so quickly, have yet failed to be any help at all.


    (Another perfect stopping point! I love when that happens, even if we've clearly kept the thread going much longer than usual just to make it happen!)
    >> Codeki 03/13/12(Tue)03:50 No.18308181
    Sweet. Free ships.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)03:53 No.18308199
    I don't know, man. Half the reason the Swarm even BUILDS them is because of that new-ship smell...
    >> Anonymous 03/13/12(Tue)03:55 No.18308219
    Nice! Battle salvage!

    Well, yeah, but there's also the aspect of taking something of the enemy's and turning it against them.
    Hard to replicate that.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/13/12(Tue)03:58 No.18308243
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    Also, you may go back to discussing the finer points of stellar evolution now, if you like.
    >> Codeki 03/13/12(Tue)04:20 No.18308418
    No need. . . until we have another planet we need to destroy and we can't use nukes.

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