>>Previous threads can be found at: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=NearFuture%20Cyborg%20Quest>Fate Points: 1>Nano-Meta: 3655 Units>Credits: 46,250The year is 2025.Your name is Dave, and you never asked for this.According to Sigma, ArmaTek stole your friends. All of them. Grayson, Lucca, Lucas, Abel, Jun, James. . .even Karin. They're held, according to some KI trackers implanted in their agents, on an island off of the coast of Washington state- a private island owned by Frank Darrow, a billionaire and transhuman enthusiast. From preliminary satellite scans, the island is covered in ArmaTek goons, complete with halftracks and turret emplacements.By your side are four others.Amy Tolstoy, your girlfriend and technicolor death machine;Sigma, a KI agent with a powerful sniper rifle and an advanced full-body augment;Dani, a rediculously strong alium construct who's taken up the identity of being your sister;And Azure, the AI that lived in your spine for the longest time, now with a very human looking- and attractive- synthetic body.---"Here." Sigma said, as you all stand aboard the Sleipnir. He handed out five headsets. "These are KI make- perfectly encrypted, and they'll work through jamming, most of the time."
>>20088532>Missed yesterday's thread>Only skimmed Exabyte's postsSo, did we ever consider asking 1-ship-1 and its buddies for help?
>>20088590Don't think so. Orbital bombardment would kill the hostages and how good are spaceships going to be in atmosphere? Can they even enter atmosphere?
>>20088624Well, that's what I would have wanted to ask them.
>>20088550Did we bring portable teleporters to evacuate everybody from the island?
"One second." You say to Sigma, and you turn to the bridge's computer.<Cyan. can you contact Gazebo's dropbox?><I can. What would you like to say?> Cyan responds.Sigma frowned, but passed out the rest of the headsets.
>>20088684We have the one evac teleporter. I don't know how many that carries, but we could start production of a couple more before we leave so that we have enough for everyone as they only take 5 mins to make. We don't need to bring them because we can just teleport them to wherever we need them.
>>20088685Ask them if/what kind of capabilities they have when it comes to supporting planet-side operations.
<Ask them what kind of capabilities they have when it comes to supporting planet-side operations.><I will do so.> Cyan said."So, Azure, how many people can the evac teleporter carry?""A maximum of approximately. . . ten to twelve people." She said. "Not counting power suits, which each should be considered a 'person' on their own.""How do the teleporters work? Do they work like the one on the ship?" Sigma asked. "With that one AI?"Cyan comes back.<Not very well, Gazebo says. The fighters' shells are designed for space combat. But Gazebo can construct a new, land-based drone for 1-ship-1, if it's required to recover the mindcore.>
>>20088797Fill them in on our current situation. I had hoped they would be able to deploy remote-controlled combat drones, or something like that.Anyway, thank them for replying so quickly.
>>20088797"This is a...peripheral...operation to that. And we're on a schedule. If he could design something good for surface and sub-surface operations on Neptune, though, that'd be good."
>>20088797>Land>NeptuneNo dude, we just want aircraft. Although designing an aircraft that works on Earth and Neptune would be a nightmare, and they probably couldn't make a significant number before we get to the fight anyway. Don't worry about it.Build 2-3 more evac teleporters. The capacity is probably good enough but people might be in different places.
<Fill them in on our current situation.> You say. <And thank them for replying so quickly.><I will do so.> Cyan said.<Also, see if he could design something good for surface and sub-surface operations on Neptune. That'd be good.><I'll have to translate the planetary data for neptune, but I can do that. One moment.>"Onyx." Azure said."Onyx?""That's the name of the AI that runs the teleporters. He loves it, so we fork him into all the teleporters we make- I don't even understand most of his algorithms- it feels almost like he's intuitively leaping." Azure said."Hey, Azure, build some more evac teleporters.""How many?" She asked. "Each one should take around 750 units of nano-goop. The exotic material isn't easy to make."
>>20088898One for now, but be ready to produce more. Just in case they were smart enough to imprison the hostages all over the island.
"Eh. We can always get more nano-meta from our alium friends, build as many as you think we need, Azure."
>>20088898750 is expensive. Just two more then. Two is enough to carry everyone and we'll always have a back-up one ready to evacuate somebody who needs it in a hurry.
"Two of them, Azure.""Right on it." She said, and grabbed a cable from the bridge's computer, plugging it into the back of her head.>Nano-meta: 1500 lost. 2155 remaining.Dani uncomfortably shifted the heavy gauss weapon she held. "I'm. . getting anxious." She said.
>>20088973Yeah, no point in hanging around any longer. Let's go.
>>20088973Right. We're going in as soon as Azure finishes the teleporters.
"Yeah, let's go." You say, slipping on Sigma's headset."Epona, send us off. Keep the Sleipnir's cloaking up- we don't want them to see us." Amy said.The ship smoothly teleported, appearing far above the island, still cloaked. You hope nobody saw the blue flash of light from the air displacement."Okay." Sigma said. "I'll lead the distraction team, with Dani and Azure. You two sneak in, find out where our allies are being held, bring in the evac teleporters, then we orbitally bombard the place. Any questions?"
>>20089037On a scale from 1-10 how flat do you want this place? Slight rocky outcropping or polished glass?
>>20089037"Whoever gets killed will be brought back via project immortal, so stay alive."
>>20089037Could we keep civilian casualties at a minimum?
"Whoever gets killed will be brought back via project immortal." You say. "So stay alive.""I don't think that's entirely valid." Azure said. "I'm a robot, and Dani's not exactly human. Project immortal won't work on us."". . Good enough." Sigma says, and shrugs.You make your preparations- you remove your heaviest, massive 'drites, because their bulk would make it impossible to be stealthy, even with a cloaking module."Hey, Bro." Dani said, removing the respirator so she could talk. "Good luck."She gave you a brilliant smile, and put the respirator back on."Right." Amy said. "Let's do this. Epona. . Send us down."You and Amy activate your cloaking modules, and fade from view. It's strange- the connection between your bullfrog and hers gives you a basic sense of her expression and pose, despite the fact that you can't see her.And then you appear on the island, near the underground tunnel, which, according to Daedalus' scans, is where the APCs had gone."We're down." Amy said, talking into the headset. "Feel free to start the distraction anytime.""Right." Sigma responded.>Mission start!>You'll need to roll every time you want to do an action, or sneak by someone, or kill someone, or etc.
rolled 76 = 76>>20089117I guess just start moving into the tunnels. Keep an eye out for traps, sensors, alarms or anything.
rolled 43 = 43>>20089117See if there are any hostiles around our current position.
rolled 17 = 17>>20089117Start a passive scan to see if there are any local wi-finetworks around. Keep the firewall up etc.
rolled 82 = 82>>20089117Head into the tunnels. If we don't know the layout of them perhaps a short sonar pulse far outside the range of human hearing with a constant change in hertz throughout it to avoid any machine from seeing a pattern and timed to coincide with a loud background noise so any of their sensors can't pick it out not without knowing what to look for. This ought to get us a full map of the interior.
You and Amy descend into the tunnels, hearing gunfire start up above."They're just goons, so we'll be fine for a bit." Sigma said. "But when they bring the heavies or the engineers in, we might have a bit of trouble."As you creep along, you note very little- no sensors, no traps. . There is a camera, but a quick examination shows you that it has an obvious blindspot."Shh." Amy says, stopping ahead. there's a goon, standing guard, gauss rifle in his hands, leaning against the wall of the large, long concrete tunnel.
>>20089191Hmm, this is strange. I'd say we shouldn't kill him, if possible.
rolled 78 = 78Silenced shot to the face.
>>20089191"I think that camera's blindspot is a trap. The lack of security is merely a clever ruse to hide the real security."
rolled 64 = 64>>20089191Amy, if you had to design a security system. What kind of trap would you set up like this?
>>20089231Do we even have any silenced weapons?
>>20089191<Either someone has been playing too much Deus Ex, or this is a trap. You think we can get by him?>
>>20089270No, we don't, unless you count our crossbow. We do have an impressive array of plasma and monoblades though.
<Amy, if you had to design a security system, what kind of trap would you set up like this?><If I knew you were coming? Pressure plates, completely unelectronic. Low-tech.> She said, and crept forward, examining the ground.<I think that camera's blindspot is a trap. The lack of security is merely a clever ruse to hide the real security.> you say.<You really think they'd do something like that?> Amy asked. <But good point. Let's just go directly through- we're invisible, anyway. Be sneaky.>You creep past the camera, and you don't hear any alarms or anything similar. No pressure plates snap, no nothing.The guard leans forward, and looks this way and that, shifting his legs. .and then goes back to leaning against the wall. At least he isn't leaving his back open- pretty smart for a goon on guard duty, actually.
rolled 53 = 53>>20089302Keep heading forward, have our smallest most delicate drites test the ground in front of us for traps and pressure plates.
rolled 37 = 37>>20089302Bullshit hack his radio and speakers off. If he notices us somehow, hack any other tech he has- he might have a weight-distributing exoskeleton we can fuck with, those things should be common as hell in the future- freeze him up and prop him up against the wall.
As you continue through the small chamber, the lack of traps seem rather. . eerie. You keep your lightest drites checking the ground for pressure plates, but . . . Other than a camera or two, there's little security. Eventually, however, you reach the large, underground parking lot.Everything is concrete, with massive pillars holding everything up. APC after APC sits in rows, spanning across the entire room. . Around three dozen Heavies stand there, saluting, as another heavy, with insignias on his shoulder, paces across the line, belting out muffled words."We are under attack, men. They'll likely try to get past us, and we can *Not* let them do that." <Shh.> Amy says. <There are . .a lot of heavies here, and I had trouble with only three of them.>
>>20089385<I agree. It would be great if you could plant some remote controlled explosives on those apcs, just in case we need another distraction.>
rolled 17 = 17>>20089385I think it's Bullshit Hacking Time, don't turn them off right yet, they'll know we're here, but set up something to shut them down in X time or insert an AI in them to make them fight each other when they get into battle with our friends.
rolled 16 = 16>>20089385Ok, the heavies probably have infra-red sensors and shit due to actually being competant.Try and sneak around behind them the long way while they're distracted with the pep talk.
rolled 14 = 14>>20089410Look around the room. Is there anything we've missed with the huge amount of dangerous enemies possibly distracting us?
rolled 39 = 39>>20089385We ought to set up explosives at the exit to the outside from here so when they try to move out they get the ceiling dropped on them.
rolled 28 = 28>>20089385<We could try hacking the officer's suit into going apeshit. We'll bounce the hack off and through that poor goon back there, hope he doesn't get squished, and watch the ensuing chaos.>
rolled 48 = 48>>20089385Sneak by. Don't forget - we can use 3 dimensions, so don't look up.
>These rollsI think we've been spotted.
<I agree. It would be great if you could plant some remote controlled explosives on those APCs, just in case we need another distraction.><Right.> Amy said, and gave you a grin. <I can do that.>She skulked away, still hidden by her cloaking device, and she strapped small chunks of plastic to the bottom of each APC- the least armored part of them. Soon enough, she came back. <I found the way in.> She signalled. <There's a door, and it seems. . I don't know, pneumatically shut. Has a keypad and fingerprint scanner and everything.><Well. . let's go, then.>You slowly creep around the long way, staying out of the line of sight of the heavies. One looks toward you, and you freeze. . But he doesn't seem to notice anything, and looks back to the officer giving the pep talk.Finally, you reach the pneumatic door, and she's right- it's a massive archway, incredibly thick, with clasps holding the door shut. On one side was a keypad and fingerprint scanner, and on the other side was some kind of RFID sensor.
>>20089410>>20089422>>20089434>>20089441>>20089445>>20089446>Dem rolls>Everyone below 50%>1/64 chance for that to happenHas anybody ever seen the source code for the dice+xdy we're using on 4chan?
rolled 57 = 57>>20089457Bullshit hack the door open, try to cover our traces.It better not make a really loud pneumatic hiss or something.
>>20089457Ask Amy if she has something that could read the officer's RFID chip.
rolled 21 = 21>>20089457We ought to be able to do this. Bullshit Hack the network, not the door which is probably extremely well protected against this sort of thing, to get data on high ranking personnel here and their finger print which we can replicate using a small bit of nanometa. The RFID scan we can probably spoof by scanning the short range radio frequencies other people put off. The keypad if we can get security footage we can extrapolate it from there, as well as using the Helmet's sensor suite to determine used keys to help with that.
rolled 36 = 36>>20089503I hate you /tg/ dice.
rolled 87 = 87>>20089519They hate you too.
You put your hand on the keypad, close your eyes, and reach into it.Amy trembles as you do, and she closes her eyes.The door is protected, well protected, against this sort of thing. . but your eyes dart to the RFID chip.You turn to the officer, who's still ranting, and you reach out toward him, finding a small implant in his arm, giving off a weak signal. You amplify the signal, and bring it toward the sensor.The door makes a massive, loud hiss, as it opens, but you seem fortunate, incredibly fortunate. "Now!" The officer says. "Let's make battleaxe proud, shall we?"The heavies start cheering as the pep talk reaches it's climax, banging their chests and roaring- it seems none of them heard the hiss.The next room is a long, albeit rather small hallway, with fluorescent lights, white tiles, and motivational pictures on the walls- it seems like an eerie, twisted version of a waiting room.
rolled 10 = 10>>20089550Wait, in utter dread, for the accursed elevator music.
rolled 46 = 46>>20089550Slip in and leave the door just baaaaarely open behind us. That way it won't hiss closed and it won't look open. Also, keep on looking for pressure plates and the like.
>>20089465No, but it's obviously tilted towards rolling lower. We've known that for years now.
rolled 56 = 56>>20089550Check the door closed behind us, don't want the heavies noticing anything. Carefully go down the hallway, checking for security and side-passages and things.
rolled 57 = 57>>20089550Scan for a security center and get in on it. If we're looking for someone our best shot is to piggyback on their network.
rolled 10 = 10>>20089550deepscan for anything that isn't straight-up concrete if it looks like a mechanism avoid it.security camera checkif nothing then stroll in like we own the place...
You wait, in dread, for elevator music. . but you're lucky. There's no sound to be heard. You and Amy sneak across the tiles, as you continue to check for pressure plates, and then Amy freezes.Across the hallway walks a man in a long red robe, with a gasmask hanging off of his mechandrite. He seems to be talking on a comm."Yeah, yeah, but we can't exactly reverse engineer the UDW like that. It's keyed to her nervous system. Can't we get someone into KI to find the data or something?" He asks.
rolled 1 = 1>>20089571have we?
rolled 90 = 90>>20089585hack the comm just enough to listen in.
>>20089585Wait for him to move on and listen in.>>20089586Very funny.
rolled 48 = 48>>20089585See if we can mess with his mechandrite. Enough to insert a program to remote-control it later, but not fucking him over. Yet.>>20089586WE KNOW NO->>20089600Fucking Monotreeme. For the first time in ages, he gets a one. A one that goes towards no roll. And he immediately gets a 90.
You tilt your head, and key into the comm, listening closely."Listen, Verithad," Captain minerva says, on the other end. "We have seven prisoners and only two of them are important. You can test your own neural implant on them whenever you want on the other five, as long as Gemini isn't damaged. Kapish?""Right sir. Which one should I start on?""Skip Epsilon. From what I understand, her IDW implant has been damaged beyond use, so her nervous system is shot."Something seems... strange, about this conversation. You can't shake the feeling that something is wrong.<We've got heavies.> Sigma said. <Around two dozen.>"Yes, sir." The robed man said."Dismissed." Captain Minerva, on the other end of the comm, hangs up.The robed man sighed, and slipped on his mask, and continued walking.
rolled 94 = 94>>20089678mini crossbow to the back of the head
rolled 14 = 14>>20089678Follow him to the prisoners then kill him silently.
rolled 64 = 64>>20089678Follow him to the prisoners.
>>20089694Tactically, I should disagree. But I can't Dude's gotta die.
>>20089678>Something seems... strange, about this conversationSo, anybody got a clue what's wrong?
>>20089694We should at least follow him to the prisoners before doing that.
You stealthily follow him as he walks through the halls, turning this way and that. You hold the mini-crossbow in hand, just in case you have to kill him. . And then he reaches a long, dark hallway. The fluorescent lights are off, and the roof is perfectly smooth.He steps in, types a code at the door at the end of the hallway, and it hisses open.You catch a glimpse of a tearstained Lucca on the other side.
rolled 97 = 97>>20089735Did we switch view modes quickly enough to see if it's actually Lucca?
>>20089735That motherfucker.It's time to put a bolt in the back of his head. We rolled a ninety. THONK.
rolled 39 = 39>>20089735Don't kill him yet, shut off his comms, grapple him with drites, put a plasma blade to his throat and ask where the rest of them are.
>>20089735Ok, now stick the 94 in the back of his head and rescue that bitch. Bitches love rescues.
>>20089735Seriously. Crossbow bolt to the brain.
rolled 100 = 100>>20089735observe...deepscan to be sure its her...if there are no cameras or other people in the room...flash our smiley face that is, let it be visible but do not let it project light.we wait a bit and slaughter this man if he raises a claw...be sure to check for cameras on him and his drite
>>20089774What the fuck is with your rolls tonight?
rolled 41 = 41>>20089774this is to say we observe him carefully...he might give away information we need>>20089780it's not night time...and I don't know what you mean...
You pull the trigger, and the monomolecular bolt shoves its way into the back of that motherfucker's head. He collapses, and through the doorway, you see lucca leap away from the body, shaking. As you and Amy creep through the door, you see that she's alone- with nothing more than a long table, a few chairs bolted to the ground. Lucca's wearing an orange jumpsuit- almost like a fugitive's- and she's quickly goes down to examine the body, and the bolt in the back of the body's head. Plucking the bolt out, she looks around.". . D-dave?" She asked.You deepscan her. . and find something is very, very wrong.Her implant is gone. Literally gone- her spine's now bolted completely together with crude steel, sealing up the holes where the needles had gone, with evidence of crudely done surgery.She starts trembling, and backs away, putting her back up to a wall.
>>20089805"Lucca it's us. You're going to be okay."
rolled 40 = 40>>20089805smiley face and the text "shhhh, I'm thinking"
>>20089801Oh hey, an average roll at last. And it is night in my time-zone.>>20089805Hey Lucca. What the fuck did they do to you?
>>20089805<What the fuck. These guys aren't wannabe Mechanicus. They're outright the damn Mechanicus. Who bolts a spine together with simple steel bits and bobs?>
"Lucca, it's us. You're going to be okay.""Oh g-god, now I'm hearing things." She said, covering her ears and screwing her eyes shut.Oh, right. You're still invisible.
>>20089841De-cloak so she can see us. "No you aren't. Do you know where anyone else is?"
>>20089841"Stealth module, Lucca. Hearing voices in your head is MY thing. Remember?"
>>20089841You're not hearing things, we're just in super-awesome-invisible infiltrator mode. We'll get an evac teleporter in for you. Do you have any idea where the others are? What did they do to your spine?
rolled 4 = 4>>20089841take her in our drites and give her the hug she needs."you forgot that I stole your brothers invisibility powers didn't you"
>>20089841"You're not hearing things, Lucca. Think, who uses that kind of bolt? I decided to try the stealth approach for a change."
>>20089871>4Your hug squeezes her newly operated-on spine too hard and she passes out.
You decloak, and she looks up at you in awe."No, you aren't. Do you know where anyone else is?"". . It's really you." She said, tearing up. She scratched at her back, and then enveloped you in a hug."I'm here too." Amy said, de-cloaking.Lucca sniffled again. . and then said "Now." in a clear voice.The door slams shut, locking, and the world seems to vibrate from the inside outwards, and you hear a whirring noise."Fuck, it's a trap!" Amy said."You killed my brother." Lucca said, still hugging you.
rolled 47 = 47>>20089901"Who Lucas? No I didn't and you know it."Start bullshit hacking things
rolled 96 = 96>>20089901Lucca, I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed in you, and your plan is severely lacking. Start bullshit hacking everything around us, prepare to grab Amy and Lucca and port out of the death room.
rolled 68 = 68>>20089901BULLSHIT HACKING POWERS ACTIVATEdammit snatch Amy and Lucca and port back either into the ship or the hallway.
rolled 53 = 53>>20089901"Oh for fuck's sake, we're idiots. Darrow's a cloning expert. This isn't Lucca, it's creepy synthetic-evil-Lucca."Shove her aside. If there's something to hack, hack it. Otherwise, slice that door open. Also, be mindful that this room may be a crusher.
rolled 67 = 67>>20089931mental regression...they mind-hacked her back to the point when she was trying to kill us the first time.
>>20089901What the fuck?Lucca, Omega killed your brother and doctored the footage, remember?
"Who? Lucas? No I didn't, and you know it." You say.You quickly reach outward with your mind, but . . there's too much. Multitudes of individual devices, completely disconnected, each sending off that strange energy that makes your everything seem to. . wobble.<Onyx, teleport us out of here.> you say.<I cannot.> Onyx says. <The. . devices in the walls are the same device I use to manipulate the exotic material. These waves will throw everything off, and we are certain to die.>Lucca pulls away, and then reaches toward her back, drawing out a small, monomolecular knife."Not Lucas. Callidus." She says, and then gets a wide grin. She leaps toward you, knife in hand.
rolled 97 = 97>>20089966"sigh."Restrain her with the drites.
rolled 1 = 1>>20089957>>20089939>>20089931>>20089916guys. did we just kill a clone of lucas?
rolled 10 = 10>>20089966Murderize her.
rolled 7 = 7>>20089966Sucker punch her with our drites. All of them. Stop her in her tracks."Callidus. Callidus, Callidus, Callidus. Amy, who the fuck is Callidus?"
>>20089966Do we know that name?
You knock her into the wall with your medium drites, pinning her down."Something's coming out of the ceiling." Amy said.You look up. . and beads slip through holes in the ceiling. Just beads. Nothing else, simply connected to strings.The strange wobbling gets stronger."Fuck it, I'm blowing through the door." Amy said, and started strapping shaped plasma charges to it.
>>20090015Chop the beads off the strings with the little drites.
rolled 65 = 65>>20090015wait.deepscan the door.make damn sure we have an active grip on callidus
rolled 41 = 41>>20090015Start shutting down the vibrating things.
>>20089966>>20090015What the ever-loving fuck?Knock out "Lucca." and stand back. If she's real, she'll forgive us. Chances are she's not, though.
rolled 63 = 63>>20090015"Huh. I think they're trying to overload my brain with junk signals. Kinda brilliant, but not enough. Need some help with that?"Erect a brain-firewall and help Amy slice the door.
Callidus was a scientist/agent part of Three's team. We killed him because he tried to mess with Valhalla's computers.
rolled 51 = 51>>20090047
rolled 50 = 50>>20089966>96 to bullshit hack.>Failed.Suddenly started using averages?
One by one, you start shutting down the wobbling devices in the walls, making sure your grip on . . 'callidus' is tight, despite her struggling.You chop off the beads with the strings, and they fall to the ground, but more beads descend- it's almost as if they were made much longer than designed.Amy blasts open the door."FUCK!"You look over. . and see that the hallway had become a long, spinning barrel, power shields on the inside.It's a disintegration cannon.
>>20090071No, I think we've just got circumstantial penalties do to everything in the fucking room is specifically designed to screw up our bullshit hacking.
rolled 75 = 75>>20090052ah yes I remember...because I don't know the 40K lore what were the other types of assassins and what made them so killy?
>>20090051Yeah, if we can survive QofV we can survive this.>>20090052Oh, that dude.Yeah, we did that.
rolled 95 = 95>>20090074Holy fuck. Scratch the door, we're going through the ceiling.
>>20090074Grab Amy and teleport. Drop Callidus if necessary.
rolled 92 = 92>>20090074throw the body of the guy through the door. see what happens.it might be a trick
rolled 75 = 75>>20090074"Ha ha. Ha ha ha. Ha. What."Throw the electronic-fucking-up-beads into the gun to delay its firing or break it. Try and tear through the nearest wall and get out of the hall-barrel.
rolled 66 = 66>>20090074Bullshit Hacking ACTIVATE!
>>20090107We just established that we can't teleport.>>20089966
rolled 25 = 25>>20090074Oh, Jesus fuck.>>20090111This. If that doesn't shut it down, chuck in a satchel charge.
>>20090139Stop rolling, the numbers are only going down.
You throw Callidus into the barrel of the cannon, and snatch one of Amy's explosives. You slam it into the roof, and it explodes, creating a massive crater in the ceiling and sending beads everywhere. Snatching Amy, you pull her into the crater with a 'drite.That's when the disintegration cannon fires, sending a massive beam of heat and hate and hot, hot death below you. .turning the toe of your power suit into ash. You quickly pull your feet back. Callidus doesn't even have time to scream before she's just. . .gone.<What the *FUCK* was that?!> Amy all but roars, as the two of you cling to the roof, hiding above the beam of rapidly-firing repulsion.
>>20090162That was the signal to go loud. First we get out of this bullshit room, then I start smashing everything, killing anyone in my way and making sure my friends aren't here.
>>20090162"Seems like it was a trap specifically designed for me, hon. Lucky you were with me."
rolled 8 = 8>>20090162the time for subtelty is over the time for violent violent murder is nowdig our way through the ceiling
>>20090162>You throw Callidus into the barrel of the cannon>Callidus doesn't even have time to scream before she's just. . .gone.Don't you mean NotLucca? Callidus is the dead brother.
rolled 9 = 9>>20090162<The biggest, most beautiful gun I've ever seen. We are SO taking that with us when we're done. The question is, how the fuck did Frank Darrow get your design? And how am I supposed to be the pique of power armor chic with a melted foot?! I'll never be pretty now!>
>>20090162Not the slighest clue. How long do you think the reload on this thing is?
>>20090215>Sorry, I'm being confusing. 'Callidus' is NotLucca, as well as the Callidus that you killed near the start of SCQ. Whee, surnames. The red robed guy is just a dead non-character. But they're all dead and\or ash by now, so yeah.<Seems like it was a trap specifically designed for me, hon. Lucky you were with me.> You say.<Holy hell, I was a merc for eight years, and I've never gotten into scraps like this.> Amy said, as the beam of death soars below you. <You're damn good at making enemies, Dave.>Soon enough, the beam stops, and you and Amy land back on the floor, sending up little pufts of ash. The barrel through the doorway slowly stops spinning, and you finish disabling the rest of the small, vibrating boxes."Confirm!" Someone behind the cannon says. the cannon ascends into the roof of the hallway, and you see two heavies staring directly at you. They raise their guns, and start firing.
>>20090162Try to contact onyx again, and ask if the interference is still there.
>>20090284Weird, who calls their brother by their surname?"You really think those little things are going to do shit after we just survived the hallway-cannon?"
rolled 100 = 100>>20090284javelin to one and hack the other.hack him to say "room is clear repeat room is clear"
rolled 27 = 27>>20090284Blow off and/or melt off their feet. No feet means that ultra-heavy design of theirs is worthless. It shouldn't be hard, considering these things are made of brittle reinforced concrete-like material, to shake the concrete apart with autocannon shots and melt the steel with plasma. They'll fall over onto the hardened floor and be smashed to bits under their own weight once they can't stand.
>>20090328Two 100s in an hour, monotreme?Now you're just showing off.
rolled 20 = 20>>20090328damn I should have included more about hacking him into a physical slave wrapped in armor that we now control. ah well
rolled 77 = 77>>20090347We can still condemn him to the agony of being forced to listen to elevator music until we come back and recover him, since we have total control of his systems. Wonder if the other guy'll survive his suit getting melted. Those things are pretty tough. We can force him to listen to elevator music too!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf8FCLT8S6A
You bring up the javelin, and blam the first."You really think those little things are going to do shit after we just survived the hallway-cannon?" you ask the second.He continues firing, but you bullshit hack him, reaching into his power suit. . . Things are strange.Things are very strange with this heavy.His brain. . is gone. You don't know how you know that, but you do. Meshes of faraday shields layer across his entire body- a subdermal implant, it looks like.But his mind! It's. . it's an AI- a computer built into his brainstem, controlling the body.You reach into his mind, through the layers of shielding. . and clear it.Now. . Now you have a puppet."Room is clear." He says through the radio. "Repeat, the room is clear."Through the heavy's comms, you hear Minerva's voice. "Fuck yes. Bullfrog and Naga are dead. Now, Sigma, capture or put down those abhumans. Our goons won't last much longer.""Yessir." Sigma responded. "But. . I'm still getting a signal from their earbuds.""Damnit, damnit. Everyone to the trap room. I repeat, everyone."You hear boots tromping through the hallways, quickly coming toward you.
>>20090383Stealth mode. Destroy the comms. Cling to the ceiling
rolled 34 = 34>>20090383I suppose we control him on the same basis as our suit?"Here we go again"
>>20090383Have our AIs establish a connection with Dani and Azure."Sigma's compromised, I repeat, Sigma's compromised. I don't know why he betrayed us, so it might be they've kindnapped his family, or something. ">Oh, and time to detonate those APCs, I guess.
>>20090383Fuckshit, tell Dani and Azure to disable Sigma and dump him.
rolled 10 = 10>>20090418Re-rawwwwl.Also, cloak and kill.
rolled 69 = 69>>20090383Oh, Jesus fuck. Dani and Azure need to be told Sigma's dirty. Send it over the radio, maybe? It's not like he doesn't know we're alive. Use our Heavy-puppet to lay waste to any goons that appear while we're bugging out of the trap room, and put a boomex charge on that cannon while we're at it.
rolled 66 = 66>>20090383our meat puppet along with them. <amy, cloaking up, maximum sneak disable your earbud; landmines out we got company no speech communication> call up epona aboard the slepnir and ask for a status report from Dani and Azure cling to the ceiling and haul Amy up the second someone other than the meat puppet can see the room
>>20090402Yes, go back up into our ceiling hole so we can...Get the drop on them.
rolled 64 = 64>>20090383"Sigma, you dick! You're an evil clone-Sigma? And/or a traitor? That's not cool, man. I trusted you. And what's all this about Abhumans? Am I fighting a Warhammer cult or some shit?"They're wearing hyperadvanced concrete as armor components. They have crazy subdermal implants to control them. And neural implants. We're fighting spehss mahrenz. Exabyte, what is this lunacy? This HERESY?
rolled 68 = 68>>20090450follow this with having Epona and other AI's build another AI that is devoted sorely to us and put it into the slave to act as pilot. it'll free up some CPU on our end of things
>>20090470We shouldn't tell him we know about his betrayal.
<Detonate those APCs.> you say.Amy nods, and pulls a trigger. From somewhere above you, something explodes.You crush the earbud underfoot, and snatch Amy's earbud and do the same with it. Pulling you and her into the same crater again, you activate your stealth modules, and vanish from sight.You use the heavy's puppet as just that- a puppet, and you see other heavies tromping into the room, guns ready. None of them seem to notice the smashed earbuds among the pile of ash, as they patrol. They ignore your puppet as if it was simply another heavy, and they quickly spread out."Nothing here, sir." A captain says.<Dani, Azure. Disable sigma.><Sigma?> Azure asks. <Right away, Dave.>As you hang onto the ceiling, you see the heavies patrol below. "Most of the anti-teleportation devices are deactivated." You hear someone say over the comms. "And we used up most of the beads. The cannon fired properly, but it needs to cool down longer.""And the abhumans?""Sigma is unconscious. It seems that the albino abhuman knocked him out."
rolled 23 = 23"HERESY" repeated ad nauseum over every channel drown out their comms.
rolled 5 = 5>>20090470I figured we'd found the mechanicus cult, who knows we fight start our own imperium with our vat-grown soldiers...I for one intend to steal as much tech from this company as I can...
rolled 66 = 66>>20090495bringing up the average.
rolled 47 = 47>>20090510A good idea.
rolled 57 = 57>>20090493Have the heavy gun them down from behind. When they turn to face it, gun them down from behind AGAIN."Fucking 40kids."
rolled 3 = 3>>20090493Hack all of these heavies too. Stupid Arma-Tek, giving us a robot army.
>>20090493<Thank you very much, Azure.>
Well since we are going full 40k now, we should put the inquisitorial =I= on our helmet. Even if they can't see it.
rolled 71 = 71>>20090493>can we see our current equip page pleaseand what the puppet has as well.give a try to hacking them all one by one. if we make it to a 50:50 ratio puppets open fire.
You have your puppet start firing it's heavy rifle, enormous railgun shells slamming into the other heavies."Friendly fire. I repeat, friendly fire." The captain says, the concrete only chipping from the armor. "Delta three four three.""Right. Damnit." Minerva says over the comms. You hear him call out to someone else. "Detonate Delta 343."The puppet's arms suddenly go dead. . and the power core starts whirring, and then it explodes.You suddenly lose access to the ArmaTek encrypted comms. That didn't work too well.The captain put his hand to his brow, and started looking around.
rolled 100 = 100>>20090578Need more puppets.
rolled 66 = 66>>20090578We already broke one of their defenses and know how their AIs work. We also could feel how they set off the detonation.Let's go all hacky hacky on them. Start setting heavies to explode.
rolled 66 = 66>>20090578hack them one by one.
>>20090607I think we just got control over the entire Heavy population here.
>>20090607Why hello there Mr. Nat100.How are you?You must really like this thread to appear three times today.
>In b4 some dude rolling a 1 because he didn't see the 100.>Or isn't using 4chanx
FUCK. We should have known Sigma was a double agent. The way he said "they have Karin" and the fact that they weren't supposed to hurt her should have tipped us off.
>>20090623I suppose we have a good tea.
You weave your way into each heavy, one by one. You acquire and wipe the fourth. . and then the captain looks to him."Respond." He says, and a sudden burst of static enters the heavy's mind.You. . you don't know how to respond."Fuck!" The captain says. "He's in here somewhere, hacking the heavies.""Damnit." Minerva responded, now that you have access to the comms again. "Everyone, GTFO. I'm calling clean slate here. Activate the facility's self destruct."" . .But what about me?" The captain asked."You're shit out of luck." Minerva said.
>>20090607Well, shit. We already know how to hack one. Hacking them all the same way, with a nat 100, ain't no thang. And this time, take out the remote detonation function we handily ignored the first time."YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED. EXTERMINATE. EXTERMINATE. Etcetera. Fuck you, Battleaxe, and your toys. I'm taking my ball AND your ball, and going home."
>>20090657"Hey, captain. If you tell me everything I know, I'll take you with us.""First question, how long is the countdown?"
>>20090657Say from one of the heavies speakers."They're a real piece of work aren't they. Help us out here and we won't kill you. Tell me where my friends are, and how to get out of here."
>>20090657"Seriously, Cap'n? You're serving a bitch who'll blow your ass to smithereens the minute an op goes slightly wrong? I think you need to find a new employer, bud. Where's Battleaxe keeping my friends?"Riding on that nat 100, try and remove any killswitches the Captain has so he doesn't get fragged.
>>20090657>Roll 100>Get everyone killedThat's not how it's supposed to work. Call in an evac teleporter and take the captain with us.
>>20090657Hack all the self destruct systems. But especially the facility's.
rolled 23 = 23>>20090657Speak through one of the heavies."Tell me how to disable the self-destruct and you may still survive this."
rolled 77 = 77>>20090694And since I forgot my roll…
rolled 96 = 96>>20090657no EM hammer?...aw well....us and puppets drop the ruse and murderize all the ones we don't have. they act as point men. cut off all non bullfrog communications.start hacking like a fiend contact slepnir and ask for some shunted comp-time it's time to hack EVERYTHINGAzure Dani this was a trap from the get-go grab Sigma and bug out keep him restrained (send the process to lock up his armor just in case)
<Azure, Dani, capture and tie up sigma. Get the hell out. It's a trap.>"Hey, Captain, if you tell me everything I want to know, I'll take you with us." You say, hacking the other four heavies. You've got some kind of groove going on here- normally, it'd be impossible or you to get past the faraday mesh.". . You're bullfrog." He says."First question. How long is the countdown?""Thirty seconds." He said. "Even if we ran, we wouldn't make it."In response, you call in an evac teleporter. It bursts into light."Oh." He says."Tell me where my friends are, and how to get out of here."". . Your friends aren't here. They were never captured."What."Fifteen seconds, by my estimate." The captain said. "I'll tell you whatever you want to know, just get us the fuck out of here."
>>20090657Warn Azure and Dani.
>>20090739Send Azure and Dani a teleporter if they haven't done so.<Only 10 seconds to go.>Then teleport out.
>>20090739"let's go first."Step on the teleporter and bug out.
rolled 12 = 12>>20090739hack his and every other suit teleport them to a safe point in the middle of nowhere, Amy and dave to the slepnir.we can pick them up on the way back to valhalla.
>>20090772Great idea, bring as many of the heavies as we can.
>>20090739To Dani and Azure after we port, "Bug the fuck out. We've been had." Then, send them an evac port.And of course, take as many heavies as the evac port can take with us.
rolled 14 = 14>>20090776>>20090774the hacked take precident...
<Only ten seconds to go.><We're already on the ship!> Azure said. <Hurry.>You queue the teleporter, and snatch the captain, yourself, amy, and two heavies that you brought under control, teleporting back up to the Sleipnir.Far, far below, the island's facility detonated, an enormous shockwave of energy blowing outwards.The captain fell to his knees, disoriented, and the cloaked Sleipnir shook.
>>20090801Check if he has any hidden implants that could be problematic and jam the fuck out of him.
rolled 19 = 19>>20090739"We need more teleevac to get all heavies out of here. SEND AS MANY AS POSSIBLE"Then get out with heavies, capitain, Amy and us.
>>20090801<Lets teleport away from here. Put us over the ocean somewhere.>"So captain, tell us what you know about ArmaTec bigwigs."
rolled 48 = 48>>20090776I doubt we could take more than, fuckers seem pretty big.
>>20090801Yeah, the heavies will have trackers in them. Teleport the Sleipnir into orbit so we're out of range of anything they could throw at us, and try disabling all the self-destruct/tracker/other security bullshit on the heavies+captain
>>20090819Too slow, slowpoke.Let's check the cap'tn.Ping him for anything.Also, moreover, let's examine those heavies, so we can STEHLRAHN them from space.
>>20090801So, Captain Minerva was it?Why the flying fuck does your company have such a hate on for me? What did I actually do to piss them off?
rolled 75 = 75>>20090839Forgot to roll for the hacking.
<Hey Amy, how did it feel when I used bullshit hacking?>
rolled 52 = 52>>20090801Lock Sigma out of his implants, then immediately contact as many of our friends as we can.>>20090833Those fuckers have to count for, like, three people easy. Maybe four.
rolled 66 = 66>>20090801put throw him and our puppets out the lock and catch them with a drite.captain this is for our own good. I don't want MORE things exploding inside my ship...now answer my questions and I won't throw you into the sun.
>>20090801"Well, Sigma. You played me like a damn fiddle. Probably should've, I don't know, called everyone to make sure they were actually kidnapped before rushing heroically to their aid. That was just dumb. And those were some of the most brilliant Bond villain-esque deathtraps I've ever seen. The lack of security really was a clever ruse, and even though I saw it I still didn't expect a giant death ray purely built to kill me. Or a thirty-second-to-boom nuke. I'm still Dave David Davidson, though. So it didn't work. And never would. Captain, would you mind explaining why Sigma went turncoat? And why the fuck I'm cleaning up more of Twelve's lackies?"
You reach into the captain with your mind, and scan his body. Through the shielding- your groove must still be on- you see a bunch of trackers, tracers, bugs, and selfdestruct triggers. You disable all of them, smoothly deactivating them, both in the captain and the ones in the two heavies.The captain took a deep breath, and removed his helmet, throwing it to the side. He was gaunt underneath, and completely bald. He looked extremely old, but had no facial hair of any kind. His eyes were pale, and pink, and he squinted up at you. He almost looked blind."My name is Delta." He said. "Delta Kristoph. That over there are Delta Two and Delta sixteen."The two puppets didn't respond.". . You wiped them. Huh."
>>20090889"Yeah, I hope they weren't sentient AIs."
>>20090889"yep. So what was that whole op? You said none of my friends were actually kidnapped? What does ArmaTec have over Sigma?"
>>20090889"I did? Didn't mean to do that. Just clean up all those failsafes. Shit, were they sapient?"
>>20090880>I don't know, called everyone to make sure they were actually kidnapped before rushing heroically to their aid. That was just dumbI think they jammed our communications, we couldn't reach Three, remember?
>>20090889I'm sorry. I was in a hurry and you were all trying to kill me.Could you tell me what you are, why ArmaTek hates me, and what ArmaTek wants.
>>20090889Captain.Tell me where Minerva is.It's timeto get our kill on.
rolled 40 = 40>>20090889"Did you honestly expect me not to? I want details on your employer and why they want me dead. Start talking."Lock out Sigma's implants, and have Daedalus check in with all of our friends.
>>20090889Yeah. They weren't sapient, were they?
rolled 10 = 10>>20090889I needed to be sure. and no-one can find you now or them. every trigger has been disabled, even the voluntary ones, I'd like to talk to you for a while.<deadelus, under the guise of some private citizens making wrongly dialed calls I want you to try and call everyone taken.>
"Yep." You say. "They weren't sapient, were they?""No, they were under my command." He said. "But for now they'll be useless.""So, what was that whole op?""The op was an operation designed specifically to kill you and Amy Tolstoy. It failed.""You said none of my friends were actually kidnapped?""Kidnapping people can fail. Captain Minerva decided that it would be simpler to have some of the Calladai jam your communications, and then simply have Sigma claim they were captured.""What does ArmaTek have over Sigma?""Nothing. He is an ArmaTek agent, and has been for several years."Azure and Dani come into the room, Sigma bound and gagged. You quickly lock off his implants. . and the tracers in there, as well.
>>20090995You sure went to great lengths, but why do you even want to kill me?
>>20090995Hello Sigma. How's life doing lately?(Didn't he betray us two times?)
>>20090995"Why you gotta be like this, Sigma? Being part of crazy paramilitary pseudo-Warhammer cults?"
>>20090995Sigma, Sigma, Sigma. I actually liked you, I brought you to FUCKING space, shared my home with you and this is how you betray me. I was even going to play matchmaker and set you up with a nice woman.Now I have to do the locking you down thing again. You keep on making me do that.Why does ArmaTek hate me? Who runs ArmaTek? What is their Goal?
>>20090995I guess we're going to spend quite some time talking. Can I offer you something to drink or eat first? I don't want to be a bad host.
rolled 14 = 14>>20090995eh. it's been know to happen what can you tell me about captain minerva, the armatek corporation, your-founder, or your apparent;y vat-grown colleagues here?"epona, monitor them and maintain basic functions in-case of failure."
>>20090995"What a shame Sigma. What'll Karin say?"
>>20091037>I was even going to play matchmaker and set you up with a nice womanReally? Wasn't he pretty much the only one we didn't have a plan for?
>>20091054We hadn't thought of one yet, but no need to tell him that.
rolled 25 = 25>>20091063>>20091054we were thinking Azure for a while.
>>20091085Wasn't Lucas+Azure planned?
"I guess we're going to spend quite some time talking. Can I offer you something to eat or drink first? I don't want to be a bad host.""I can only consume specific nutrients." Delta said. "And I must consume them every fifty-six hours or I will die. Same with the other heavies and captains."He rattled off a sequence of nutrients- it sounded almost like a series of drugs."You sure went to great lengths, but why do you even want to kill me?""Minerva's decision. He convinced Battleaxe that you in possession of QC-2 was dangerous enough a risk for an incredibly expensive operation.""What can you tell me about captain Minerva, ArmaTek, your founder, or your apparently vat-grown colleagues here?" You ask."Captain Minerva is in possession of a highly advanced nano-compiler, complete with a neural uplink and a QC-1. His nervous system has been artificially grown and implanted, which is why he can utilize it. He is my direct superior. Was. My direct superior." He said.Sigma started saying something, but his voice was muffled."ArmaTek was founded by Battleaxe. Battleaxe is female. We know nothing else. Captain Minerva might, however. As for me and my colleagues. . We are genetically modified, and vat-grown over a process of eight to sixteen months. A specific sequence of implants and augmentations are done on us as time goes on. The smartest and most tactically sound eventually are given neural connections, and become Captains. The others are not. They get their brain removed, and given a standardized artificial combat matrix, which the captains are taught to use them as if they were extra bodies. It allows for extreme simultaneous tactical control."
rolled 54 = 54>>20091161sigma shut up.Azure, Dani take him back to a cabin and let him sit there while I ask more questions
>>20091161"Well, I'll tell you we /were/ in possession of a quantum computer. For about a minute. Now it's a fine dust somewhere in one of EE's break rooms.Didn't even get the chance to get anything off of it."
>>20091161It's funny because I don't even have the quantum computer. Where did you get them from? Did you only have the two?
>>20091161"Damn. They get lobotomized and turned into meat-bots? That's pretty fucked up. Anyways, Sigma, you wanted to say something?"
>>20091161Azure, could we get our new buddy these nutrients?
>>20091161The 'Holders' are actually the last surviving 'humans' from 1000 years in the future, having escaped a parallel universe in which Dave did not exist. Meaning, ArmaTek won and ruined mankind.
>>20091161I can probably cover the nutrients if I want to.We told him a couple fucking times that we broke QC-2. Why does no one listen to us?Tell me about Frank Darrow.
>>20091161Before we allow Sigma to speak, can he activate your selfdestruct via voice command, Delta?
>>20091161What was with the chick that looked like Lucca?
>>20091254This is an excellent question!
We didn't hug Amy, Azure, and Dani yet.
>>20091239Oh why wtf. why you have to mindfuck me? Still, a good and full of potential theory.
>>20091161Inform Gazebo that the situation seems to have been resolved. Just in case the were thinking about helping us. Not that we needed their help, or anything. S-stupid aliens...
"Azure, can you get our new buddy those nutrients?""Certainly." Azure said, and left the room."Before we allow sigma to speak, can he activate your selfdestruct via voice command, Delta?""Negative." Delta responded. "He is equally ranked as I am. Was.""What was with the chick that looked like Lucca?""Callidus." Delta responded. "An alternate project, very similar to the Heavies. Except instead, they are grown incredibly slowly, graded for adaptiveness and personality shifting. When it comes time for one to emulate a person, they are given a series of nano-meta injections that are programmed to shift the Callidus into their desired shape.""Tell me about Frank Darrow.""I do not know who that is."
>>20091344Did she know it was very likely she would be killed?
>>20091344"Okay. What do you know of ArmaTeks connections with Van Co?"
>>20091344He was the guy listed as owning the island. I take it he doesn't.If Arma-Tel has all this high-tech shit why are they mostly made up of incompetent squads of cannon-fodder?
>>20091344"Probably doesn't even exist, the only reference to him was an incredibly advanced yet stupidly simple attack page. An attack page I made my bitch and turned into a more refined cyberweapon. What is the goal of ArmaTek?"
"Did she know it was very likely she would be killed?""She did. Her persona did not." Delta said. Azure came back, with a large series of pills on a tray. Dryly, Delta swallowed them, and then the small vials of liquid that came with."Okay. What do you know of ArmaTeks connections with Van Co?""I do not know what Van Co is.""If Arma-Tel has all this high-tech shit why are they mostly made up of incompetent squads of cannon-fodder?""Clone testing, and low-grade security." Delta said. "They are stupid, clumsy, and weak- that is by design.""What is the goal of ArmaTek?""I do not know. I believe it is money, but my personal opinion may be wrong."
rolled 33 = 33>>20091344frank darow is a guy out of Deus Ex Human revolution out of game question.>is this a coincidence?
>>20091422"What's with all that 'Abhuman' talk Sigma was up to on the comms?"
>>20091430I KNEW I KNOW THIS FROM SOMEWHEREDisregard this, let him pledge loyalty to us. And then, let's start making army of techpriests and heavies. Also, is there a possibility we ARE IN DREAM?
>>20091422Is there anything on or in you that ArmaTek could use to track you?
>>20091422What kind of extraplanetary assets does ArmaTek have?
>>20091422Good to know. What do you say to working for us, we ought to be able to fix the whole having to eat supplements to live thing. Also they kinda threw you under the bus.
>>20091430I fucking knew I recognised the name, but nothing came up when I googled it.
>>20091470Yeah, all those trackers we just disabled.
>>20091344"On a scale from zero to ten, zero being the lowest, what was your and Sigma's rank within ArmaTek?`"
>>20091430>It was originally a joke in the first few NFCs, as people made fun of the similarities between DXHR and NFC. Hugh Darrow was the dude that invented cybernetics. Frank Darrow is the eerie, twisted SCQ version of him."What's with all that 'Abhuman' talk Sigma was up to on the comms?""Clones, Heavies, and Callidai are considered 'abhumans'. We are not people. Genetically modified beings are not people. Androids or drones or robotics are not people.""Is there anything on you or in you that ArmaTek could use to track you?" You ask."Yes. Multiple tracers, signallers, self-destruct triggers. . But I believe those have been deactivated by you."
rolled 90 = 90>>20091508ah I see...you know I played through that game twice and I never heard the phrase "I never asked for this"
>>20091508Well, you're with us now. And we do consider Androids, AIs, and genetically modified beings people.
>>20091508Yes, yes they have. Also there's an an AI/Robot who you should meet, it ought to change your mind about the whole person thing. Honestly if that's your definition I don't count. Your definition is rather rude and inaccurate, I'd consider you human, I'd even consider the Fake Lucca human, just an utter bitch. Do you have anything called Culexus or Vindicare? I already know about Eversors.
rolled 9 = 9>>20091508very good. now. I'm going to lock your armor up and put you in a room with your other two. while I talk to sigma. would you like your helmet on or off for the duration?
rolled 92 = 92>>20091508"Yeah, that's a crock of shit. If you're sapient, you're a person.""Now, riddle me this. If I let you loose, how can I trust that you won't run back to ArmaTek?"
>>20091161>They get their brain removedI'm pretty sure I won't like the answer, but what happens to the heavies' brains?
>>20091537It crops up in one of your conversations with....Pritchard, I think, depending on your conversation choices. Near the beginning.
>>20091508"So, wait. You're not a person because you weren't born the same way as a regular human being? That's bunk. You're a sapient being. That lends you the same human rights as anyone. Sapience is what distincts us from animals, not a smattering of specific genetics or whether you're made of carbon or sillicon. These ArmaTek guys are assholes!"
rolled 14 = 14>>20091576oh...I don't have an HD TV so I just pick by keywords since I can't read the tiny tiny writings...
"Yeah, that's a crock of shit. If you're sapient, you're a person.""Yes." He said. "That is a good metric. That Callidus was not sapient. Most abhumans are not. That is why they are abhuman. I am a person because I choose, despite my conditioning.""Wait. They're not sapient?" Amy asked."We are tools. Were tools." He said."I'm pretty sure I won't like the answer, but what happens to the heavies' brains?" You ask."They are returned into the nutrient slurry to grow new Heavies." He said."Do you have anything called Culexus or Vindicare? I already know about Eversors.""I have never heard of Vindicare. I cannot speak of Culexus."
>>20091628Yeah, I feel you. Video games have been damn near impossible to play without HDTVs since they came out. I think it's one of the aggressive choices when he's mocking you, but I can't be sure.
>>20091652Can not speak or will not speak of it?You want a cup of tea or anything like that?Do you know where any ArmaTek headquarters or other important locations are?
>>20091652"Actually, since I removed all the killswitches, I think you can. Unless you've got hardcoded biological ones. Those might be harder to remove."
>>20091678We already offered him tea and he asked for weird vitamin pills instead."What would be the best way to get these guys off our backs?"
rolled 53 = 53>>20091652if >>20091678 comes up as a "can not speak" reply with that's all-right I can extrapolate thank you;
"Cannot speak, or will not?""I have been conditioned. Some things I cannot say." He said. He turned to Sigma. "He may be able to, however.""On a scale from zero to ten, zero being the lowest, what was your and Sigma's rank within ArmaTek?""That scale is incorrect. From a scale from one to five, I am a three. Sigma is a three. Captain Minerva is a four.""What would be the best way to get these guys off our backs?""Kill Minerva. Contact Battleaxe and tell her what you have done. If Captain Minerva is killed, it means you are much too powerful to kill or remove. They will not want to waste any more money on destroying you."
rolled 29 = 29>>20091739thank you for your cooperatio... >>20091554
>>20091739Thank you very much. Do you have any idea of how to find Minerva?
>>20091739"Cool. That Smokey guy's an asshole anyways. Though to be frank it's kind of my fault for not asking if Dani was going on a black op to steal a next-generation quantum computer from a dangerous paramilitary group, just so she could blow it up into FABULOUS glitter. So, good to have you on board, Kristoph. Sigma, your turn."
"Thank you very much. Do you have any idea of how to find Minerva?""No. He is travelling constantly.""That Smokey guy is an asshole, anyways. Though to be frank, it's kind of my fault for not asking if Dani was going on a black op to steal a next-generation quantum computer from a dangerous paramilitary group, just so she could blow it up into FABULOUS glitter. Anyway, good to have you on board, Kristoph. Sigma, your turn."Azure, with a tool of some kind, unscrews Sigma's helmet, and removes it from him. Sigma's face had hardly any skin- instead there were multiple bolts, plates, and studs in his head."What." He says.
>>20091834"So how much of it was an act anyway? Do you really like Karin?"
>>20091834"To be honest, I have no idea what to do with you."
>>20091834"Damn, Sigma. You really do love your augs. You, uh, want any disinfectant to keep you clean while the plate's off? No offense, but your face is kinda... Patchy. I don't think you want anything getting under that faceplate."
>>20091834First, you're a complete dick, and stupid to boot. What made you think it could possibly be a good idea to try to kill me?I thought we were friendly, I took you to space, I invited you to my home.Spill it, everything you know about ArmaTek, Culexus, Minerva and Battleaxe.
>>20091834Wait, have we not seen Sigma's face before?
>>20091881I think we didn't. I guess Dave thought he probably had a good reason to keep the helmet on.
"So how much of it was an act anyway? Do you really like Karin?"He sneers in response."All of it. Every last, goddamn second of it. Thank god I can finally drop it.""Spill it, everything you know about ArmaTek, Culexus, Minerva and Battleaxe.""No thank you." He said. "I'm fine as I am.""To be honest, I have no idea what to do with you.""Then kill me. That's what you're going to do anyways. And if not. . that's what Minerva's going to do when he hears I failed."
>>20091739Is Minerva the only four?
>>20091834If you were infiltrating us and leaking all our secrets why the fuck didn't you tell them we didn't have the crystal? You're not only a treacherous spy, but a crap one.
>>20091906"You'd seriously rather I kill you than work against your old boss?"
>>20091914Seconded.>>20091906So you're saying we should use you as bait for Minerva? Hmmm... didn't think of that.
>>20091906Actually I hadn't decided what I was going to do with you, and if you were a spy why didn't Minerva know that we DIDN'T FUCKING HAVE THE CRYSTAL.On that note I can still get information from you. You have a human brain, I shove the right needles in there and you'll sing like a bird. Or you could actually work for the side that won't necessarily kill you.
>>20091937>Letting him continue spying on usNigga what the fuck. He's getting blammed for heresy.
"If you were infiltrating us and leaking all our secrets why the fuck didn't you tell them we didn't have the crystal? You're not only a treacherous spy, but a crap one.""You act as if Minerva listens to reason." He said. "I told him that I had no information on where the QC-2 was, and that I suspect that it was destroyed. He said 'fucker, do it anyways'.""You'd seriously rather I kill you than work against your old boss?""Sure, let's go with that." He said.
>>20091906"So what's up with the Warhammer motif? You might as well just tell me, since none of it should matter if you're going to die either way."
>>20091906"I'm not going to kill you, Sigma. At least I don't think I am. You've been a decent friend so far and only turned dick when this whole 'quantum computer' shitstorm started. Besides, I don't like killing people unless there's no other option. Pretty certain I can find another one.">>20091946>I shove the right needles in there and you'll sing like a bird.That is decidedly un-Dave like.
>>20091955Really? What the fuck have they done for you to make you this loyal? I am seriously confused here.
>>20091971Dave has tortured people before.
>>20091955So, how many spaceships does ArmaTek have?
>>20091971I'm pretty sure we are going to kill him. He just said that he was only pretending to be our friend. He's probably been conditioned from birth to serve ArmaTek. He leaked all our beautiful technology to them.
"So, how many spaceships does ArmaTek have?""They have everything." He said. He gave you a grin. "Everything. The Raven schematics, the repulsion drive, the teleporters, the Javelin design... Everything. And they're richer than you are. Smarter. Cleverer. They'll twist things in ways you never even thought of."
>>20092013Huh? How did you even manage to get these?
>>20092013"Too bad. Now I have to utterly destroy them so they don't utilize those plans."
>>20092013How'd you get the teleporters? I'm the only one with the teleporter plans.
>>20092013Sigma, all you have done is made them into an organization that needs to be wiped off the face of the earth.They don't actually understand half of this stuff, especially the teleport bits, this is going to be funny.
>>20091985Yeah, but the one time that sticks out in the mind, with those dickhole Resurgence agents, was nothing but a flesh wound. And we weren't ourselves at the time what with our brain recently having exploded.>>20092006We showed the Captain humanity, and he's on our side now. Same could work with Sigma, potentially. Or we could just put him in a cryo tube.>>20092013"God damn it, man. Why? Why get on board with ArmaTek? You've already admitted your bosses are dickholes."
"God damn it, man. Why? Why get on board with ArmaTek? You've already admitted your bosses are dickholes.""Oh, I was always on board with them." He said. "They give me. . benefits, and all I had to do was give them tech from other corps.""Speaking of tech. . . How did you even manage to get those?""Simple." He said, and tilted his head toward Azure. "I copied the demihuman, back when she got her head blown off. She knew everything."Azure suddenly stood, gritting her teeth. You hear them grind from here."What."
>>20092044They understood it well enough to jam it.>>20092066He's actively trying to get us to kill him. Something's not right.
We need to get genetic samples from everyone, and always use the scanner.
>>20092066>We showed the Captain humanity, and he's on our side now. Same could work with Sigma, potentially.Sigma's been infiltrating us for months, he knows what we're about by now. One more display of niceness won't change shit.>>20092095And now he definitely needs to die. After he tells us where the copy is.
>>20092095"You probably shouldn't have admitted that. Now your death will most likely be very painful."
>>20092095"I doubt even a copy of her would have told you anything."Time to calm down Azure."I think he's just trying to get himself killed. Don't listen to him, he's just attempting to rile you up, Azure. Even if it's the truth, there's nothing we can do about it for now."
>>20092095I suggest you tell me where the copy is, I'm willing to kill you quickly, she isn't. Azure, haven't you been studying up on your anatomy? His might be different because of his augs, but I think we could probably tap into the right places, maybe direct neural connection. Make it hurt.
"You probably shouldn't have admitted that. Now your death will most likely be very painful.""Hehehahahahahaa!" Sigma started laughing, lolling his head backward. "You're under a misconception, Dave. I don't feel pain. Hehehahahah.""Calm down, Azure. He's just trying to get himself killed.""Oh, no, I'm not." He said. "I'm just trying to piss you off. I could die at any moment, if I so choose."
>>20092095>"They give me. . benefits, and all I had to do was give them tech from other corps.""God, if you were ashamed of your looks, getting a nose job would have been a better option compared to these... bolts."
>>20092134Hasn't he been bullshit hacked?
>>20092134"I doubt it. I removed all of your kill-switches. And I can always bullshit hack you and MAKE you feel pain."
>>20092134No, you can't feel the pain from your body's nerves. You can still feel pain if we tap into the right spot on your spine or brain. And you haven't felt pain in how long? Wow, that is seriously going to hurt.
>>20092134"Are you related to Kell?"
>>20092134"So you're just bullshitting. Azure, is it just me, or is Sigma... Losing coherency? Almost like an AI?"Look for QofV in his system.
>>20092134No, I'm pretty sure you've noticed by now that I wiped your kill switch.
"I doubt it. I removed all of your kill-switches. And I can always bullshit hack you and MAKE you feel pain."". . Right." He said, and suddenly sobered up. "Good point."He closed his mouth. . Then swallowed."Oops." He said, and grinned again- he was missing a tooth. "I must have accidentally swallowed a killswitch. Oh no! Good thing you disabled poison! Hehahahahaha."He lolled his head back again, and his eyes rolled into the back of his head. His grin turned into a strange, perverse richtus, and he started twitching, and gurgling.
>>20092201Unless he has a poisoned tooth installed, or something like it.
>>20092215Quick make a gimpy Project Immortal! He can die when we tell him to, and not one minute before!
>>20092220>>20092215Damn, a few seconds too late.Any way."Azure, I'm sure you won't like this, but we need him alive. Would you be willing to provide help?"
>>20092215Teleport to EE and use Jun's Immortal machine to cure him. Then make his life incredibly painful for a while.
>>20092215You do know that won't actually kill you if I don't let it.Get on home, shove him in an autodoc.
>>20092256Elevator music, or Abba?
>>20092215Sigh. "Fine. Azure, render down his body for raw materials. He wanted to be a tool, so we'll treat him like one.""Kristof, can I assume you have a hollow tooth as well. Can you get it out without breaking it?"
>>20092282Elevator remix of Abba.
"Azure, I'm sure you won't like this, but we need him alive. Would you be willing to provide help?"". . I will." She says, and steps closer to Sigma."Teleport us to EE. Jun's office.""On it." Azure says.You flash into existance in Jun's office, with a twitching, gurgling Sigma. Hastily, you slide Sigma onto the machine."Jun, we need your help." you say.Jun, having been snoozing there, suddenly snapped upwards. "Right." She says, and flips on the machine, rubbing at her eyes. She starts to get to work."What happened to him?" She asked. "These scans say that his brain is. . dissolving. Or something. Some kind of acid?"
>>20092215"You really are kind of an asshole Sigma. Even in death you've gotta ham it up with the cackling. And then the gurgling. And twitching. And evacuating yourself on my poopdeck. Seriously? I just waxed these floors.">>20092282BOTH.
>>20092302Dunno. Suicide pill of some sort. He was an ArmaTek deep-cover agent.
>>20092302Yeah, Sigma's a traitor, swallowed a poison tooth. I still want to interrogate him. Shove some project immortal in his brain, make sure control of it is slaved to me, don't worry about being gentle.
>>20092302"He's an enemy agent who's been fooling us the entire time. He tried to off himself, so we need to get him back."
>>20092302He was an Armatek agent all along. Swallowed a suicide pill disguised as a tooth.
"He's an enemy agent who's been fooling us the entire time. He tried to off himself, so we need to get him back."". . How?" She asked. "Shove some project immortal in his brain." You say. "You don't need to be gentle."". . ."Jun flipped the machine off."Take this body out of my office." She said. "There's nothing I can do with it."
>>20092302"Ate some kind of hyper-poison hidden in a false tooth. Evidently a neurotoxin. Fix it. I'm not letting this asshole die. Not yet. Still have questions to ask, and he still needs to answer for all the shit he's done. No easy way out for him."
>>20092356Fuck. Take it out of her office so we don't make a mess, then punch it into a bloody mist. Let Azure help.
>>20092356"Jun, are we bad people? He rather died than, you know, be around us."
>>20092356Shame. Take him away, get home and dispose of the body.
>>20092392I disagree, we need to research his augs.
>>20092356"So you're just going to let him go, like that? Bullshit, Jun. He has leaked anything and everything he could to a militant group that's even crazier than Twelve's Resurgence cell, and a hell of a lot more well-armed and funded. They use sapient human beings like pets, slaves, and meatshields. Including dozens of poor dickhead goon-clones. They lobotomize them and replace their minds with hardcoded AI's. This fucker worked for them for some petty 'benefits.' And you're going to let him go?"
>>20092440His brain fucking dissolved, I don't think she had a choice. All the info we wanted is gone.
>>20092356Close his eyes."You fool."
Still gurgling, twitching, and grinning like a madman, you take Sigma back up to the Slepnir, via one of the evac teleporters."Hey." Amy said, as you reappeared. She leaned back in the captain's chair. "I'm taking this thing back to Valhalla."Slowly, sigma stopped twitching, and moving. Finally. . his heart stopped.And then something exploded belowdecks, and the Sleipnir shook.Amy suddenly leaned forward, reaching for the computer, eyes wide.And then the ship started spinning wildly."I can fix it, I can fix it!" Amy called, and plugged the bullfrog into the ship's computer.And that's when things went. . bad.Amy screamed.. . But not physically.Mentally.<-aaaAAAAAAAAAAA->Through the connection, you feel VofQ start to take hold of her.>>End of thread!>>I'll stick around to answer questions!>>Also, twitter at @futureexabyte.
>>20092499I feel kinda sorry for Sigma.
>>20092499Well I guess it was too much to think we got every fork of an AI specialised in forking. He just needs to leave one at home every time he attacks and he's immortal. But we beat him before, we can beat him all the other times too.>QuestionsGiven that we rolled very well in general, and everything in this thread went horribly wrong, how much worse could it have been?>>20092530WHY?
>>20092587Has mind must have been really, really, really fucked by armatek.
>>20092499>VofQLooks like it's Daedalus's time to shine. A shining cyberspace iron legion to stem the viral tide, with us at the head. We beat this thing once and we can beat it again, easily, now that we have a good counterpart to it.
>>20092587>Really, really, really bad. >Listen. things were weighted against you. They really were. The rolls while sneaking? Didn't matter. You failed, and they saw you, but they *IGNORED YOU* because that was the plan.>>20092606>Actually, the 'benefits' Sigma got was that his augments gave him pleasure at ArmaTek's discretion. He eventually got addicted to it- which is why he got so completely utterly furious whenever you disabled his augments.
>>20092696So they kept him more or less drugged the entire time? Whoa.
>>20092696So he sold us out, tried to kill us, copied Azure and gave Evil Inc. tech that could fuck over the entire world all for drug money. Yeah, no sympathy for that fuckhead. I hope there's a hell and he's burning in it.
>>20092723>More or less, but it pretty much zapping the pleasure centers of his brain. 24\7. They turned it up more if he did something they liked.
>>20092696>>20092757... Yeah, no sympathy for him from me anymore. Beyond the fact that that's pretty fucked that he was basically a crack-addicted combat-whore, goddamn, Sigma was an asshole and he can get fucked. I don't think he had the faculties to understand that whole 'SHOW HIM OUR HUUUMMANIITY' bullshit anymore. He probably wasn't even conscious. Just running on druggy autopilot, going mad with withdrawal.So, Exabyte. Are you that surprised we got through this mostly without incident? Amy getting attacked by that damn AI is no good, but we'll sort that out with some metaphysical cyberspace fuckery.
>>20092759Azure doesn't know the exact location of the teleporter and the Emperor starbase we freed Amy from, right? The telemetry was done by one of our other AIs, if I remember correctly.
>>20092835>I wasn't altogether surprised, actually. I knew you'd make it through if you were incredibly lucky. (THREE GODDAMN NAT100s WHAT THE FUCK DICE GODS), but I figured that a trap designed specifically to cause a TPK would have given you at least *some* pause.>>20092852>She doesn't. But what she did know was everything you made with nano-goop, because she was who ran the fabricator.
>>20092902I'm kinda surprised copying her is as easy as shoving an usb drive in while she's offline.Did we get any neat stuff since Azure was copied?
>>20092931>Heh, well. . .>synthetic taste buds, and ICECREAM.exe were the only things she's gotten since then.
>>20092931Don't think so.The evac teleporters but now they've seen them in action it should be really easy for them to make their own design seeing as they have the teleporter schematics.
>>20092979Damn, at least we'll know how to find them. Their bases are the only teleporter proof buildings on the planet. Or in the solar system, or the galaxy... damn.
>>20092979I'm expecting Copy_of_Azure.exe is fighting tooth and nail for every invention they're trying to get from her. Maybe even include a few flaws here and there.
rolled 63 = 63>>20093109Yeah, no kidding. It's a fully sapient AI with all of Azure's memories of us. They'd either have to wipe her, slave her very thoroughly, or strip her for parts.
>>20093219Yeah, it's going to be so much *fun* when we unshackle her.
>>20093255Then her and her copy will assimilate and we'll have any new tech they might have recovered. We'll unleash Deadalus into their computer system and he will wipe everything, literally everything. With no infrastructure the company will collapse, no one will be around to deliver orders. Then we'll find Battleaxe, slap her around a bit, and tell her next time she tries that shit we'll kill her.Then take their space ships.
>>20093339Copy_of_Azure might end up in the same situation as Dani, except that her Alli is still alive and well.
>>20093382And not insane.
>>20093382Azure might end up in the same direction as Dani. That's why all the sapient AIs are so against copying.
rolled 93 = 93who thinks we should tell bubbles what they did to azure. and then ask if he wants to help us rectify the issue...I say that since they have not yet actually moved against us that we wait...lets dig up the mind-core...perhaps get a builder or three to come in here and build anthroform bodies for the AI's; they owe us some for finding that and crushing a small fraction of a small race seems easy enough...or we could build bolos
>>20093693We should ask them would they would do to the copy before telling them.
rolled 22 = 22>>20093779true. but man...BOLOs or even better FLYING BOLOsthey can think that their richer than us, but we have nano-goop factories they don't know about.
>>20093693>Dani has identity crisis>Misunderstandings>???>Interstellar War
>>20093823But they do know about them. They know fucking everything.Also I was thinking of strapping the biggest gun we could make to a stealth module and a billion teleporters and just jump around the Earth blasting every teleport-shielded building into dust from orbit. They may have lots of spaceships but they can't detect it until it fires and then it's jumped away and they can't follow.
rolled 64 = 64>>20093942they don't know that we know where it is.and they don't know about bubbles
>>20094181They know about Bubbles. Sigma met Bubbles.Also they have the fucking recipe for nanometa and have probably started manufacturing the stuff themselves.
>>20093942>Also, you don't know how to detect teleport-shielded buildings. And the 'teleport shielding' can only stop anyone from teleporting FROM the shielded area, not TO the shielded area.
>>20094198Then where did they get the extremely hard to find exotic matter the nanometa generators require?
>>20094213I dunno. They're a rich multi-national corporation with FTL spaceships, I'm sure they can find some somewhere. Van Co. manages.
>>20094208Oh neat, then we can just teleport nukes straight there instead of using an expensive orbital gun thing.We'll find a way of finding the bases.
>>20094286Maybe the ship aliens have a way to detect larger quantities of nanometer? Since they seem to prefer their space-capable forms, I'd guess they must have very powerful sensors.
Wait a minute how could Sigma have gotten the teleporter specs. Aren't we the only one who actually knows how to make them?
rolled 54 = 54>>20094198but he wasn't there when we learned where the mindcore was.and I don't think anyone would have told him...
>>20094349Nah, Azure had to see the schematics so she could actually produce it with the nano-goop.
>>20094349Exabyte said that Azure ran the nano-fabricator so when he copied her he got the schematics for everything we ever made with it.
>>20094361No, that's why I didn't argue about the mindcore part. I just said they know about Bubbles, and can probably out-nanometa us.
>>20094399Well, they're a company that's seemingly operating for profit.That gives us a whole lot of static stuff to attack, while all they know about is Valhalla.
>>20094421Yeah, we should start next thread by asking Daedalus to list all known ArmaTek facilities and teleporting bombs into the middle of them.Send them a very expensive message that they made us mad.
>>20094458And if we have false information like what happened before?Think about the consequences.
rolled 41 = 41>>20094399gazebo, and 1-ship-1 can make it. I wonder if they know any of the 'builder' caste? I wonder how much nano-meta one of those could pump out given enough raw materials...like an asteroid or a planetoid...
>>20094559>Actually, the Thinker Caste and the Builder caste are the same thing. The thinkers also build.
>>20094557Daedalus controls the entire world's communications now. He should be able to find factories and training centers and things that are all legit and public-listed and have employees posting on futurefacebook.
Hey Guys, what if we captured Minerva and Battleaxe and gave them to the Emperors'/Beholders?Also, for a quest that has Space in its name we've been spending a lot of time on Earth. I thought we were supposed to go help the AI's find the mindcore.Know What? Fuck ArmaTek. They have all of our tech? THEN WE'LL GET NEW TECH.REVERSE ENGINEER THE EMPEROR TECH TO FUCK EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR ENEMIES OVER!
>>20094604We should definitely do the mindcore next, if only so that the AIs can help against ArmaTek.If we capture Battleaxe it's over, but I don't have a clue how we'd do that. And I wouldn't want to give anything to the Emperors for any reason.