>>Previous threads can be found at: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=NearFuture%20Cyborg%20Quest>Fate Points: 0>Nano-Meta: 2000 Units (+50 Units from nanometa generator)>Credits: 45,350The year is 2025Your name is Dave, and you never asked for this.After informing the UN of the fact that aliums exist and know of earth, you took Smokey's quantum computer, and with Amy's backup, entered it to try and get some extra processing power. However, during the event, something went wrong, and Amy's brain couldn't take it- She ended up having to take refuge inside of the quantum computer as her wetware burned away. You stopped by Jun's office, and started the process of putting the crystal in her brain.---"This feels *really* wierd." Amy said, her braincase pried open."You're talking." Jun said, hunched over her. "It's weirder for me to have you talk while I'm doing brain surgery.""Is it really brain surgery if I no longer have a brain?"". . I don't know." Jun said.
>>20250661"Near enough, isn't it?"
Are we not going to try replicating it first?
"Near enough, isn't it?""Dave, you never cease to bring new and interesting things for me to do." Jun says. "I mean, I don't even need my doctorate anymore to work on you or yours."As you watch, Jun quickly uses the auto-doc to secure the quantum computer into the base of Amy's skull, putting lattices of nano-meta elsewhere in her skull, armoring it much more than it had been before."Amy, do you want the full cyborg experience? I could get you completely augged, while we're here.""Uh. . . It's up to you, Dave." Amy said. "Would you mind if I got less soft and squishy?"
>>20250786"As long as the parts I regularly squish are still squishy, go for it."
>>20250786"But I like you soft and squishy. Of course, I also like you ALIVE, so I could live with a little less squishy, I guess."
>>20250786"I like you soft and squishy. But a little extra durability might be indicated, yes."
When we're already here, can we get one of those nifty quantum thingies as well? Doesn't necessarily have to replace our brain.
>>20250912>>20250776>You only had the one, and you tried recreating them before."But I like you soft and squishy. Of course, I also like you alive, so I could live with a little less squishy, I guess.""Okay..." Amy said, and closed her eyes for a moment. The static you get from her suddenly speeds up into a strange sort of screech, and then calms down. "I won't need the subdermal, or most of the plating." She said. "Just the mesh and the synthetic muscle."Jun looks over to the terminal, and starts hitting a few keys. "Right. And the mesh should be made out of . . ""Not the dense stuff." Amy said. "The woven cables. And. . might as well put power shields in me. Now that I have a gen-3, I can use them.""I can do that." Jun said, and then hit a few keys on the autodoc. The cables writhed downward, and got to work.Amy pulled herself back up, wobbling slightly, and threw her tanktop back on. "How do I look, Dave?" She asked, doing a little twirl. Other than a few white scars over her body, and a strange, eerie grace that wasn't there before, she looks paler, but otherwise the same.
>>20250912KE doesn't make them. ArmaTek might not either, but if anyone on earth does, it's them.
>>20250928"Just as good as ever!" I believe there should be hugs and swamp brew all around.
>>20250928Thumbs up."Looking good, girl.">Okay. Can we ask the guys who originally designed that thing for help?
"Beautiful." You say, and give her a hug."Now I put 'machine' in the phrase 'technicolor death machine'." Amy said, with a grin. "But this bullet-time is . . really weird. At least now I know why Minerva was able to react instantly. Everything just. . freezes. I need to learn to control it better."
>>20250985"And I suppose you don't have to worry about overheating."
>>20250985"Want to practice by dodging a bullet then?"
"And I suppose you don't have to worry about overheating.""The computer hasn't generated heat, as far as I know, and it uses the same battery a smartphone does.""Want to practice by dodging a bullet, then?""I could dodge those before. Sometimes." She said. "But. . right now I can only pause everything, or have everything normal. I think I can do inbetween if I focus. . "She frowned, and sighed. "I'm not good at this." She said.
>>20251078Ruffle her hair."Awww, don't worry. It'll come to you quickly, you're much smarter than I am."
>>20250985Also, "Anyway, we should probably leave Jun to whatever she was doing before we interrupted with our latest cybernetic crisis."
>>20251078"Why don't we head off? Hopefully there's a new guy at the front desk we can scare the shit out of."
>>20251099Maybe we should ask her if she would like to cone over for dinner, later? We only show up when there's trouble or work to be done. That's not what friends are supposed to do.
>>20251090Is good.>>20251078>>20251099I'll append this, too, cause its still valid.
>>20251121A fine point as well.
You ruffle her hair."Don't worry- it'll come to you quickly. You're much smarter than I am.""When it comes to power shielding and plasma, maybe." Amy said. "But you take to the whole cyborg thing like a fish to water. A cybernetic fish with a spine implant.""Jun, do you want to come up to the Sleipnir for dinner later?" You ask."Sorry, I can't." Jun said. "I have a lot of work to do. Setting everything up for commercialization of the gen-3. Maybe after you finish saving the world. Again. I saw it on the news.""Ooh? What'd you see?" Amy asked."Mostly the whole interview with the UNSC." Jun said. "About how you brought two aliens with you. And the media all but said you were an alien too."She shrugged."Now they're all under discussion about Rust and his people- if sapient AI's should be given legal rights."
>>20251177"They're good people. What's your take on that?"
So, we should build an AI scout ship or twelve, to go find the emperors. We've been very reactive so far. Let's go say "Welcome to Erf."
>>20251177"If the only point under discussion isn't how to determine sapience, I will be highly disappointed in them."
>>20250661If brain surgery is being done, The patient is advised to speak so that the surgeon can know immediately if something is damaged or done incorrectly. Since there are no actual nerve endings in the brain only a local anesthetic is required for the initial incisions. Bones also have no nervous tissue, so nothing is required to be done for the patient's comfort while the sawing takes place.
>>20251177"of course we should. I mean, that's pretty much what Amy and I are, now, just from the other direction."
>>20250656I don't really have the time for scq these days any more, so I'll post it now.When Azure leaves, ask her to keep in contact with us. Perhaps a dropbox like we used for the Gazebo before. Just to keep in touch every month or so.
>>20251228> . . .Right. Okay. Whoops.>Meet your quest runner, ladies and gentlemen. He doesn't /k/, he doesn't /sci/, and he's *definitely* not a brain surgeon."They're good people. What's your take on that?""My take?" She asked. "The AIs we make are all but tools... but anything that claims sapience also claims personhood, and deserves the same inalienable rights as everyone else does.""If the only point under discussion isn't how to determine sapience, I will be highly disappointed in them.""That is a big point of what they're doing." Jun said. "They've been ironing out the laws for 'infomorphs' and how they can buy property, apply for citizenship, stuff like that. As a temporary measure, anything that just says 'I'm sapient' is to be legally considered sapient. Until they figure out how to test it."
>>20251267"Sounds about right. Want to meet either of them?"
>>20251267"The only problem with that is that it could be faked. But it'll do as a stopgap. Do me a favor, Jun? Keep us up to date. This particular issue has a lot of bearing on Amy and myself."
"Sounds about right. Want to meet either of them?""Eventually." Jun said. "But not right now.""The only problem with that is that it could be faked. But it'll do as a stopgap. Do me a favor, Jun? Keep us up to date. This particular issue has a lot of bearing on Amy and myself.""Of course." She said. "I won't hesitate to tell you two. If you want to ask Grayson to help you guys with the whole 'invading alien' thing, I can give him some more vacation time. He's down in the training room with Mark, working on that rifle of his."
>>20251424Yeah, why don't we head down and talk to him. Get his opinion on a few things, like what he thinks the next threat is likely to be.
>>20251424"Alright. Thanks for everything, Jun."Head down to see Mark/Grayson
"Alright. Thanks for everything, Jun.""Of course." Jun said. "Good luck."As you leave the room, you see Jun fetch a bottle from underneath her desk, and lean back in her chair.As you hit the 'B3' and 'Stop' buttons at once, the elevator shudders, and goes all the way down to B4. You walk into the training room, where Mark and Grayson is working on. . something new.At first appearance, it looks like a gauss rifle, where instead of the coils was an incredibly, incredibly thick barrel, with power cores set into it."Dave. Amy." Mark said, and waved. He gave you a wink, and you recalled- More than just your standard mechanic, he's also the one that makes sure EE's agents are properly armed, and more importantly. . He's Two, one of three's direct subordinates and a member of Resurgence.
>>20251491Hey, Mark, Grayson. What're you working on down here?
>>20251491"Yo, Mark, Grayson. How've you been? And what is that?"
I can sort of understand how Azure is a sapient AI, But the ship aliens seem more like digital intelligences. There doesn't seem to be anything artificial about their intelligence, especially considering They have taught Humans things and made legitimate personal choices. It could also be argued that Dave and Amy are both Sapient AIs with meat sacks to control. With the technology available to them it seems that meat bodies could be made for a digital intelligence to control, all that's required is a bullfrog, right?>This is just theories, but would be fun to test or use them in setting.
>>20251535For the purposes of this setting, the terms "Sapient AI" and "Digital Intelligence" are functionally identical, as I understand things.Also, props for that point.
"Hey, Mark, Grayson. What're you working on down here?"'"Well," Mark said, "During my vacation, I met Ms. Kawasagi. Girl's a genius, and she gave me some ideas.""We're stealing your power core repulsion idea, Amy." Grayson said. "Power shields in the barrel, all targeting the bullet and shoving it. Much, much more powerful than a Gauss rifle. Friction might kill us when we fire it, though."
>>20251587"You're making a bona fide Railgun. Color me impressed."
>>20251587"Nice, handeld railguns."
>>20251587"Cool. Repulsion railguns are never a bad thing. We're busy trying to coordinate a defense effort against the Emperors' possible invasion. Wanna help? That gun looks shiny, and I've been meaning to talk to you, Mark, about some of those fancy new androids you have. Been wanting to make combat servitors for ages."
"You're making a bonafide railgun." You say."Railguns don't have the incredible power behind it." Mark said. "And infantry-produced ones don't have much accuracy or range. This thing's a whole level above railgun and gauss weaponry.""... Mind if I take a look?" Amy asked."Well, Mark was complaining for the few past hours that he wished you were here," Grayson said, keeping his face perfectly straight. "So yeah."Amy licked her lips, and pried open the barrel of the weapon, quickly disassembling it. The static that lies behind her mind suddenly screeches again, and her eyes seem to twitch. . and then she sets it back down."It'll work." She said. "But don't expect to get your spent bullets back. I think they'll vaporize when they hit something solid."
Woah, I just realized.The Emperors are a race that are in a "dark age" of technology. They have all this tech and no idea what it does, so they're not going to advance at all for a very long time. They're probably highly superstitious. They revere their elders. They're kinda like humans from 40k.
>>20251699"Well shit. We can probably synth up a few with the nano-generator for EE, if you want?"
>>20251699"Mark, I let you borrow my gal's expertise, but I need yours in return. Androids. Can I see 'em?"
"Mark, I let you borrow my gal's expertise, but I need yours in return." You say. "Androids. Can I see 'em?""You mean those dog things you gave me? Yeah, I have 'em. I haven't done much work on them, though. Heh, I see your 'drites are serving you well. . Though those aren't my make."Mark leads you off to his own 'lab', where you see dozens of devices, guns, and power suit parts. In the back, you see a massive canister that he uses to make synthflesh."These things still need a real AI." Mark said, patting one of the dogs on the head. "But I can make 'em for you."In the distance, you hear Grayson exclaim something- apparently he and Amy are talking.
>>20251843"Cyber-mastiffs. They're beautiful. They'll probably be fine with animal levels of AI complexity, but I think I know just the AI to hold the leash. You experimented with making humanoid combat androids yet?"<Daedalus. Are you ready to cry havoc and release the dogs of war?>
"Cyber-mastiffs." You say."More like wolves, but I digress.""They're beautiful. They'll probably be fine with animal levels of AI complexity... You experimented with making humanoid combat androids yet?""No, not yet." Mark said. "Speaking of AI, you know those robot aliens? I kind of want to talk to them about their whole 'shell' thing. Any chance you could take me to see them?"
>>20251959"Probably. I don't think they'd have a problem with it, but it's polite to ask first."
>>20251893Daedalus will love that! I kind of want him to become human-level sapient soon. He's my favorite, now that Azure is... well... leaving.
>>20251959"Yeah, sure. You have a working prototype cyber-mastiff yet, one that doesn't need a terminal behind it to work?"
>>20251959Yeah, any time. Rust is up at Sleipnir and it's only a hop up to get there. Getting to the Shipyard isn't inconvenient in the least either and you could meet most of them there. Want to join us for dinner up at Sleipnir, you could talk to Rust about visiting the Shipyard, I'd rather not bring people they haven't vetted there.
>>20251959You can go up to the Sleipnir and talk to Rust right now if you want. The rest of the race is a bit more out of the way and I don't really want to leave the planet while the Emperors could come back for seconds any moment.
>>20251959"That shouldn't be a problem."<Hey, Rust, I have a friend who'd like to meet you if you're ok with that? It shouldn't take long and he's not a politician>
>>20251959>"More like wolves, but I digress."I don't think that word means what you think it means.
>>20252056There's 6 words in that sentence. What one are you talking about?
>Non-sapient AI don't actually have the ability to learn new abilities without integration or modification. Daedalus wouldn't know how to use the hounds."You can go up to the Sleipnir and talk to Rust right now if you want. The rest of his people are a bit more out of the way, and I really don't want to leave the planet while the Emperors could come back for seconds any moment.""Right, right." He said. "These wolf things are pretty much identical to the CD design, although they don't have the whole pack mind that those things did. I'll work on them a bit more later. Maybe humanoid ones, too."
>>20252127"Onyx, two to beam up"
>>20252127Okay, I'll beam you up in just a second, I still have a few errands to run down on Earth, I'll let them know you're coming.I'll have my AIs work on making a good Houndmaster. Some of Daedalus's networking, Magenta's combat stuff, a bit of Onyx for positioning and coordination, it ought to work.
>>20252070He basically said he's not talking about what he's talking about. They're talking about something and he said something about what they're talking about. That's not a digress. I might have missed the main topic of discussion. I'm just saying is all.
>>20252228>They were talking about robot android things. He was talking about distinctions between different families of canidae<Onyx, two to beam up.> You say, and the Evac teleporter arrives, stealing you and Mark up to the Sleipnir. Mark immediately eyes the terminal."Hey, uh, mind if I make a report real quick?" Mark asked. "Three's probably been waiting."Before you can respond, Amy and Grayson appeared, Grayson's newest weapon in hand."Sup." Amy said. "Grayson's coming with us.""So." Grayson said. "Marriage, huh."
>>20252228>That's not a digressA digression. It sort of is in that he's getting away from the main point of awesome robot dogs to nitpick over details of what species of dog it looks like. People do use the word like that. But it's not really wildly off-topic, no.
>>20252337"Amy! That was supposed to be a surprise for the afterparty when we sorted all this out!"
>>20252337Amy, you ruined the surprise. But yes, we're getting married. <Amy, how do you want to tell people that we're the first technically completely braindead couple the world has ever seen?>
>>20252397Actually I saw some pictures on /b/ of these two people on life support with some pulleys...
>>20252397Heh, zombie wedding.
>>20252337"Tongue in butt."
"Amy, you ruined the surprise. but yes, we're getting married.""Heh, good luck." Grayson said, and smiled. "Can't wait to see little cybernetic toddlers roaming about."<Amy, how do you want to tell people that we're the first technically completely braindead couple the world has ever seen?><Let's, uh, not tell them.> Amy said. <Not yet. Not right now, anyway. I still don't know what to think about all this myself.>"What makes you think we'd aug our kids?" Amy asked, a strange edge to her voice." . .Look at you two." Grayson said. "You're both more machine than man."
>>20252397I believe you have just described /tg/
>>20252451"First thing we'll get them is their very own bullfrog."
>>20252451Yeah, but I'm hesitant about auging kids no matter what, might not work as well with a developing mind, and with their rate of growth you'd have to replace it during their physical growth multiple times.We're both modified to hell and back, but it was through our choice, with the one exception being my bullfrog because of necessity, but we wouldn't dream of forcing it on someone. We'd leave the choice open to them, and support them in their decisions no matter whether they chose augs or not.
>>20252451I have unique circumstances. And Amy's a woman.
>>20252451The kids wont get augs til there done growing.
>>20252451True, but this is pretty tough stuff. Not something that anyone had ought to have decided for them. any augs would have to wait till they were grown up enough to understand how bad it can suck.
"We're both modified to hell and back, but it was through our choice, with the one exception being my bullfrog because of necessity, but we wouldn't dream of forcing it on someone. We'd leave the choice open to them, and support them in their decisions no matter whether they chose augs or not.""Yeah." Amy said, nodding."Also, Amy's a woman." You mention, and notice Mark hitting a few keys on the Resurgence terminal.Grayson shrugged. "Fair enough. If I had kids, I'd probably do the same."
>>20252588So, how is it going with what'shername?
>>20252588Keep an eye on Mark, is he poking around in our stuff?
>>20252588How's it going with Karin? Everything working out?How's Ishelda been doing?Grayson, want to come up to Sleipnir with us? Mark wanted to talk to Rust, feel like coming alon?
>>20252588How's it going with <whatever her name was>?He was going out with Epsilon, right? Dave wouldn't forget her real name, he has the bullfrog.
>>20252624We're on the slepnir, along with pretty much everything we've ever owned.
Polite sage for off topic.
>>20252640Oh hello there again.
"So, how's it going with Karin?" You ask, keeping an eye on Mark. It seems he's just writing up a report to Three. You see the words 'Kawasagi' and 'Japan' feature prominently."Well, Karin's been rather upset that we couldn't get the IDW working with her spine again." Grayson said. "Even after the emperors healed her up. But she's not allergic to Ishelda anymore.""How *is* Ishelda, by the way?""Ishelda's been normal." He said. "She went back to ignoring me, she ignores Karin, and she just tromps around the city all day, coming back for food and sleep."
>>20252659Polite sage for off topic.
>>20252661Poor girl. What's the problem with the IDW?
>>20252661Polite sage for off topic.
>>20252661Do they know why the IDW doesn't work?Amy was captured too and she got a bullfrog just fine.
>>20252661She can't just implant a new IDW? Or a full gen 3?
>>20252661Poor girl, if you want I could take a look at it, see if there's anything that can be done about it. I could probably hybridize a Bullfrog/IDW and that would work. Want us to grab her when we're going up to Sleipnir? We may as well have dinner together to celebrate the whole world not being destroyed thing.
>>20252661Ishelda needs a bullfrog and mechandrites.
"Poor girl. What's the problem with the IDW?""Her spine isn't fit for it, anymore. When she got shot up after we tried to capture omega, it blasted through her vertibre. The doctors did their best, but it shoved everything out of alignment. We're lucky she can still walk.""Why not get a bullfrog, or a full gen-3?""I talked to Jun about it, but apparently there's logistical problems. The training and habits that come from using an IDW make using a bullfrog- or more standard gen-3s- harder." He said, and sighed. "She'd just get frustrated.""Want us to grab her? we may as well have dinner to celebrate the whole world not being destroyed thing.""Maybe." Grayson said. "But I'd best call her first- I don't think she'd appreciate a sudden teleportation."
>>20252741Damn, I had hoped the Emperors would have fixed that.Maybe that useless fuck on Neptune can help?
>>20252741Well yeah, I wasn't going to just teleport her up. I was thinking of just dropping you or me in and seeing if she wants to join us, but calling works to. We still have options, I know a guy who lives on Neptune who might be able to help but I'm not sure if he'd be willing to. Given my bullshit hacking I could probably help her set up a Gen-3 to behave like a IDW, but for now dinner.
>>20252741Yes, let's gather everyone together, so that when the emperors turn up they can get us all at once.We could try breaking her spine again, then letting the autodoc take care of it
rolled 83 = 83>>20251710yup, you ever read the Eisenhorn trilogy?I got eerie reminders of Pontius Glaw what with Minerva in the crystal and us offering to make him just a rudimentary body...
>>20252773>>20252797That, gentlemen, is a genuine Dave Brand Good Idea. Let's not give the almost-paralysed woman to the alien that thought Zombies might be a fun toy, hmm?
>>20252857Yeah, because we can ask him for advice, or anything...
"Well, yeah, I wasn't going to teleport her up. I was thinking of just dropping you or me in and seeing if she wants to join us, but calling works too.""I must be mundane, then." He said, and chuckled. "Who needs to call when you have teleporters? One second."He stepped aside, and slipped on a headset."Hey babe." Grayson said. "Dave and Amy invited us to dinner on their flying spaceship. Wanna come? Nah, we'll be staying near earth, promise."He covered the headset's microphone. "Yeah, she'll come, as long as we stay in the solar system.""Call me when you're ready, and then we can do the whole teleport thing. Right. Love you too."He hung up the call, and folded up the headset."That's that, then. She wants to get dressed first, and feed the cat."
>>20252884She cares for Ishelda? Maybe she isn't such a horrible person after all.
>>20252884"I don't get it. Ishelda seems to like everyone, absolutely everyone but me. It's infuriating. How did you manage to steal my cat away, Grayson? What did you do to my cat?!"
>>20252919Did we think she was a horrible person? Even if we did we probably shouldn't tell her boyfriend that.
>>20252884It's good to see that you're taking good care of Ishelda.Well since we already seem to be inviting the whole gang we may as well see if Lucas and Abel want to come along.
>>20252884Ishelda is coming, right?
rolled 16 = 16>>20252884lets go find rust..."hey rust-OH MY GOD AZURE COVER YOUR SHAME" "hey rust, I have this friend of mine that'd like to talk to you about how it works for you to change shells"<I wonder of we can get the AI of The Shipyard to build warships to fight the Emperors? it would be an effective way to fight them...especially if Battleaxe can pull through with his un-mind-hackable warriors...>
>>20252953You realize that we're going to have to wipe out Battleaxe at some point anyways. The dude is 'round the bend....fuck, what if he turns into the Emperors' back-up plan?
>>20252934>She was always a dick to you. It's probably justified."I don't get it. Ishelda seems to like everyone, absolutely everyone but me. It's infuriating.""After that first day," Grayson said. "She just started ignoring me like she does you. She does that to everyone, Dave, not just you. She's a *cat*.""Ishelda's coming, right?" "Karrie said she was off on one of her adventures." Grayson said, and shrugged. "We can't find her when she runs off like that, so probably not. She'll be out until morning."<Karrie? Heh.> Amy said."It's good to see you're taking good care of her.""She takes care of herself, for the most part." Grayson said. "We just feed her, and if we don't, she ends up opening the fridge and feeding herself. I have no clue how."
>>20253002"Science, that's how."
rolled 27 = 27>>20253002give a smile and say "Magic!" with an upraised index finger
>>20253002Grayson, I talked to a Space Squid who informed me it was beyond my understanding and then gave me a recipe for extremely alcoholic tea, I know no fear when it comes to madness. But even I do not look too far into how Ishelda does what she does.So, should we call Lucas and Abel, we may as well have the whole gang for our celebratory dinner, I'm thinking Italian sounds good.
>>20253002Considering that she most likely disabled the space stations self destruct, opening a fridge door doesn't seem that hard.
>>20253045Most certainly this.We should cook up some of that tea for dinner. Maybe it'll taste better on a full stomach
Maybe she was modified by the Emperors with Telekenisis or something.
"Grayson, I talked to a space squid from outside of this galaxy who informed me it was beyond my understanding and then gave me a recipe for extremely alcoholic tea. I know no fear when it comes to madness." You say, giving him the most serious stare a man has ever given. Once, when you stayed with Abel, Ishelda ended up inside your computer case, sleeping. The case wasn't even open at the time. "But even I do not look too far into how Ishelda does what she does."". . There are so many things wrong with that sentance." Grayson said."He's not kidding, John." Amy said."So. Should we call Lucas and Abel? We may as well have the whole gang for our celebatory dinner. I'm thinking Italian sounds good.""Sure." Amy said. "Who should we call first?"
>>20253132How about Abel, doesn't make much of a difference.
>>20253132Lucas. He's been kinda out of the loop for some time.
>>20253132>greentext descision?Lucas! Let's see how his wiggly innnards are going.
rolled 6 = 6>>20253132why not call everyone at once? it'll save time...
>>20253157>>greentext descision?Yes, the order we invite people for dinner is of great significance.I'm gonna go with Lucas. I hope it doesn't kill us.
"Lucas." You say, and call him with your bullfrog."Yo?""It's Dave." You say."Hey, Dave. So, I heard you're an alien now."
>>20253176"Only a little bit. How'd you like to come over for dinner?"
>>20253176"Yes. I was just thinking about a human to lay my eggs in, and you were the first that came to mind."
>>20253176Yeah, it surprised even me. Apparently humans aren't allowed to have tenticles. You might be in trouble if someone finds out.
>>20253176Woobly woobly, I'm going to have to start tractor beaming cows to keep up my reputation. We're throwing a small celebratory dinner for the world not getting destroyed on Sleipnir, feel like joining us? We're bringing the whole gang.
"Yeah, I was just thinking about a human to lay my eggs in, and you were the first that came to mind.""Damn, even the aliens want me for all their procreative functions." Lucas said, and chuckled."We're throwing a small celebratory dinner for the world not getting destroyed. Feel like joining us?""All the way in Antarctica?""Just to the Sleipnir. Teleports and all that.""Yeah, sure. You haven't been fucking with lucca's implant again, have you?""Uh. . not her *implant*, no."". . I'd like if you didn't elaborate." He said, in a dry tone. "But yeah, I'll come. Feel free to pick me up- I've been staying in Lucca's apartment ever since she left."Right. . your old apartment, before you got the bullfrog. Strange coincidence, actually.
>>20253276Cool, I'll just drop a porter in your room in a bit.Call up Abel.
>>20253276We are gonna get punched
>>20253314Yeah, why not.
>>20253276I hope we didn't leave a nasty kitty litter tray for someone else to clean up when we died."I'll send down an emergency teleporter when we've got one free. See you soon."wait a moment, does dave even know how to cook? or are were going to force amy to do it? eating out might be the best idea, you know
>>20253276>Dave David dump-stat-char/int-depending-on-situation Davidson.
>>20253353Yeah we can cook, we're a reasonably good chef. Couple that with being able to read through recipes directly on our brain and stream episodes of Iron Chef at the same time, we can whip up something nice without much trouble. Also Amy can help.
>>20253391Everybody who wants to can help. Cooking together is fun.
"Cool, I'll send you a teleporter in a bit." You say."Looking forward to it." Lucas responded.You finish up talking to Lucas, and then call Abel."Dave." Abel says. "It's always you whenever the caller ID just has a random mishmash of non-unicode symbols.""Abel.""Knew it. Heh. What's up? Need my help to save the world?""Nah, just having dinner to celebrate the last time I saved the world.""Oh, so you're going to cook and *end* the world. Got it." He said, chuckling."My cooking isn't that bad."". . Well, your sandwiches aren't that bad. Everything else, though. . ""Wanna come?""Sure. Nothing better to do." Abel said. "Although you should be warned- ArmaTek looks like they're gearing up for something big. They look like they're just . . vanishing, somewhere."
>>20253391The theme ingredients for this week are:<Drumroll>Space Squid and Swamp Brew!
>>20253420Yeah, I'll check into that. It probably has to do with null ninja assassins as a countermeasure to a godlike petulant alien race. I'll deal with it later.I'll drop a teleporter in your office or something. Right, head back to Sleipnir, start picking up our guests and get started on dinner with Amy and whoever else volunteers.
>>20253420"Yeah. I think they're on our side actually. We just need to keep an eye on them."
>>20253420"They'd better not interrupt my amazing dinner just for a cheap end-of-thread cliffhanger.">>20253429>space squidYou monster! You don't eat your bros.
>>20253420Send an email to Battleaxe, "Dear Battleaxe. We're both fighting the same foe, the so-called-Emperors, care to share what you're up to? Love, Dave"
"Yeah, I'll check into that. It probably has to do with null ninja assassins as a countermeasure to a godlike petulant alien race. I'll deal with it later.""Yeah, the dinner's much more important.""I'll drop a teleporter in your office or something.""Right." He said. "With our luck, things are going to go really bad as soon as we arrive, so I'm taking all of my equipment with me.""Cool. See you in a bit." You say, and hang up.You quickly set Onyx into picking everyone up, and the three of them arrive. Karin, Lucas, and Abel all seem to have brought their equipment. As usual, Lucas' skin bulges and twitches with Project Immortal, writhing underneath his skin."Yo." Lucas said.Grayson gaves Karin a boyish grin- something you've hardly ever seen from him unless he was fleecing you in futurepoker.Abel just set down his bag, and shrugged.
>>20253560Hey all, so as you know the world didn't get blown up today. Want to see the video footage of it most definitely not getting hit by 32 or so giant spears moving at 99% the speed of light?<Amy, do you feel like announcing that we're getting married right now or do you want to wait?>
>>20253560"Welcome to the Slepnir!"
>>20253560Lucas, I joined the dead guy club! Do we get little membership badges?
>>20253560"Tonight we are having tea! lots and lots of tea!"
>>20253619How about not? We don't want everyone plastered for the inevitable attack. Nevermind that Amy and Dave can just turn off the alcohol.
>>20253619Yeah, let's not do that.
"Welcome to the Sleipnir." You say. "As you all know, the world didn't get blown up today. Want to see the video footage of it most definitely not getting hit by 32 or so giant spears moving at 99% the speed of light?""I do." Abel said. "No reason not to."You set up the bridge's screen to replay the great, golden streams drifting downward into the earth's atmosphere, where it slowly burned up."Anyone find out what that crap was?" Lucas asked."It was just some carbon." Abel said. "Ashes, pretty much. I had someone at NASA tell me."<Amy, do you feel like announcing that we're getting married right now or do you want to wait?><Let's wait.> Amy said. <I told John because he's private about that kinda stuff, but I want to tell Verne and my parents first.>"Lucas, I joined the dead guy club! Do we get little membership badges?""Yes." Lucas said, with a grin. "It goes right above your head when you sleep. They're called tombstones."
>>20253707Tentacle high five
>>20253707Lucky I don't need to sleep then.
rolled 75 = 75>>20253707then we should syth one up for all of us.
>>20253707I technically don't have to sleep. It's a perk of my condition. Right introductions for people who haven't met everyone, this is Phi, Rust, Delta. Everyone get to know each other. Me and Amy are going to be disgustingly adorable in the kitchen while we make dinner.
rolled 76 = 76>>20253770then we order italian take-out...from ITALY...>>20253736while making tombstone hats...
"Lucky I don't need to sleep, then."Amy's eyes brightened."That's right!"" . . What's right?" Mark asked."Nothing." Amy said, and looked down. "I'll go get Dani, Phi, and Delta."Soon enough, she came back with everyone who could eat, and they all started mingling."Right, introductions for people who haven't met anyone. This is Phi, Rust, Delta.""And those other two heavy guys?" Lucas asked."Those are also Delta." Lucca said. "It's rather complicated.""Now, Amy and I are going to be disgustingly adorable in the kitchen while we make dinner.""Of course." Abel said. "Amy, don't let him destroy the planet.""Right, right." Amy said, and the two of you got to cooking."So." Amy said, stirring the pan. "I'm thinking I'll taste everything we make, and make it into a program, for Rust and Azure, Like you did with the ice cream."
>>20253859"Good idea, we can't forget about Delta's mineral needs too."Whip up some of that delicious tea for everyone.
>>20253859That'll work. Azure already has a tongue sensor though, doesn't she?
rolled 59 = 59>>20253859wonderful, can I test it first? to be sure the sense data is correct?and no programming while you cook or the food will burn!
>>20253859That sounds wonderful, I'll take a taste too, we'll compare our programs and integrate them for maximum deliciousness.>>20253885No swamp brew. Though we could use a nice wine to pair with dinner, we should know what wine to use, we've got a rich upbringing.
>>20253859"Also for Delta. He can't actually eat regular food, right?"
rolled 53 = 53>>20253897teleport it to the slepnirimagine the call to the winery"hello, can I have your finest vintage? four bottles...thank you here is my account information. just wrap them up and give them to the front desk clerk, tell her to put them on the teleporter when it shows up and press the button">inb4 we accidentally get a winery desk clerk with our wine
>>20253934We'd just send them back.
>>20253859"Shit. Should we invite Three as well?"
rolled 45 = 45>>20253947with quite the tale to tell I'm sure...ah just imagining the look on their face would be ... priceless.
>>20253961I'm not sure he can laughingman his face in person, so i doubt he'd accept. Worth a try though.
"That'll work." You say. "Azure already has a tongue sensor though, doesn't she?""She does, but she doesn't have a stomach." Amy said. "So she'd just chew it up and have to spit it out.""Also, Delta needs his mineral needs.""Already got it." Amy said. "I asked Lucca about him, and it turns out he can eat normal food. He just needs the mineral needs as a minimum. And phi just eats anything as long as it has water in it. I think he also needs some kind of fungi. . " She shrugged. "I'll see if any of this is toxic to him."Soon enough, she finished making her pasta, and moved on to the rest of the meal. You find that you're feeling rather useless- Amy's doing the brunt of the work."Should we invite Three as well?""Probably not." Amy said, licking a spoon before handing it to you. "I think he's still busy with the whole extraterrestrial politics thing. It's funny- the world seems more focused on the friendly aliums than the ones trying to extinct us."
>>20253985"It's because they can actually do something with the friendly aliums. Even if they decided to deal with the enemy, what would they do? Send them a sternly worded letter?"
>>20253985Well of course. Friends are far more awesome than enemies.And they don't really have anything to talk about with the Emperors given that their only contact has been a few pretty lights in the sky.
rolled 65 = 65>>20253985eh politicians are like that...maybe I should take up politics once this is over, (sly grin) since I won't get to do fun stuff like taste test the latest in exotic materials or make war against strange aliens...
>>20253985Makes sense, all they can do with the enemy ones is build enough guns and hope for the best. The friendly ones they can see a future with.There anything I can help with in here? After we retire mind teaching me everything you know about cooking?
>>20253985"Good. He's my number one man for Earthling diplomacy."We did tell him about the Asurans, right?
"Makes sense, all they can do with the enemy ones is build enough guns and hope for the best. The friendly ones they can see a future with.""Exactly." She said. "They should be focusing on guns. We can deal with the alliances later.""There anything I can help with in here?""Of course." She said. "Taste a bit of everything. If we combine what we each taste, it'll be better."
>>20254131Link up to her bullfrog and start compiling DeliciousDaveDinner.tst
>>20254131Taste all of the things. Possibly Amy as well.
rolled 5 = 5>>20254131while we do this we order some wine...and work on a drunken-ness program every time you run the wine program you pregress down the drunkenness program....I do love me some shenanigans
>>20254131Link up to Amy's bullfrog, start tasting everything, taste things at the same time as Amy and see how our sensations of it differ, compile programs for all of the food.
>>20254155Nope. Amy is an exclusive taste.
>>20254174Well we weren't going to *share* that one. Mostly it's just an excuse to lick Amy's face when she's not expecting it.
>>20254174Except for Lucca.
>>20254227Who can't do anything useful with the program.
>>20254241We can make her implant work like that for fun times, then set it back afterwards.
"We could also order some wine." You say, as you link up to her bullfrog, and take a taste of the food, combining it with her own sense of taste. "And then we can also do the drunken-ness program." You say.<Well. . throw that program over.> Amy asked, and you do so. <And wine is expensive. We could just nano-goop it. It'll just be boxed wine, but I don't want to be too much like my mom, here. I don't like wasting money. And what are you planning on tasting now?><You.> You say, and lick her cheek. She 'eeps', and starts giggling.Soon enough, everyone is seated for dinner, still mingling. Dani gets up, and grabs an extra chair, putting it next to her.
>>20254264Here comes Neptune Emps!
>>20254257Yeah... let's not do that.
>>20254291Well obviously we ask first.
>>20254264We could just teleport a bottle or two of wine from your parent's place, they won't mind.Hey Sis, we expecting more company, did you invite someone?
rolled 1 = 1>>20254264"Abel, I think your place has been determined""ladies, gentelmen, gender neutral aliens, and AI's I would like to propose a toast...I just don't know what too toast to...any suggestions?"
>>20254264Really, Dani? That best not be at the head of the table."You should probably tell the people cooking before inviting people, Dani, we need to know how many people are coming so we can have enough food."
>>20254285He gets to join if he has table manners, stop screwing around with Dani, and gives us some advice on how to fix Karin's spine.
>>20254264>And wine is expensive. We could just nano-goop it.I'm fairly sure nano-goop is more expensive than boxed wine.
>>20254336but we get nano-goop for free now
>>20254336We can literally turn water into wine. There's just an extra step in between.
>>20254347>Hey guys, you're one box of wine short of nano goop to save the universe. Bad luck, I guess.
>>20254361That's an oddly appropriate end to the quest.
>>20254227>Obviously, if Lucca wants to taste Amy, she'd much prefer to get the taste directly from the source."Hey, sis. We expecting more company?""Yeah- He says he's crashing our party." Dani said.As if called by her words, there's a flash of blue light, and the Emperor from Neptune appears, a strange speaker-like device in his chest, and cables dangling from his back."Hello-Greetings-Salutations." The speaker says. "I wish to partake of your nutrient-foodsource-taste-foodsource.">>End of thread!>>Sticking around to answer questions, yadda yadda>>Twitter is @futureexabyte and I screw around on IRC (#Exabyte on Rizon)
>>20254372Wait... who gave him teleporters...The no downside completely OP transport system was meant to be highly regulated damnit!
>>20254372Tee-hee. Translation issues.
>>20254391Teleporters are Emperor technology.
>>20254347So? We could sell that nanogoop and buy more wine than if we'd just made the wine. Or even better make the nanogoop into scorpion venom or whatever the most expensive substance is and then sell it.>>20254391You mean the teleporters we reverse engineered from that Emperor teleporter in out spine? Yeah...
>>20254372Would you like it in digital or physical form?
>>20254400This we need to start like making and selling gold or diamonds or something
>>20254463Not as profitable as anti-matter, weapons-grade tritium, most illegal drugs...Yeah, on second thoughts maybe we should just stick to gold, diamonds, saffron etc.
>>20254527I'm not sure that nano-goop can make antimatter. Or the negative matter we found before. Speaking of which, do we still have that stuff?
>>20254622I assume not because we pushed it into the mouth of the wormholes so that there would be less explosion over Earth and then the wormholes closed.We could probably make the trip back to get some more and talk with squid bro again though, if we needed to.
>>20254463>>20254527>>20254622>Nanogoop isn't actually perfect. It's all but perfect, though. It can't create dense objects like diamonds, and objects that require lots and lots of atomically fiddly bits, like quantum computers. HOWEVER. It can make exotic matter like antimatter, or negmatter, or telematter, it just takes tons and tons of nanometa for it.>All of the negmatter you took was gone, and you took all of the negmatter in the globule. Amy wasn't sure how much it would take, and she didn't want to risk not using enough.>>20254657>Squidbro isn't there anymore. He went. . Above, dimensionally speaking. That's where the space squids live. Also, you took *all* of the negmatter.
>>20254685>It can't create dense objects like diamondsDiamonds aren't really that dense.
>>20254685Orz are from *below*, space squids are from *above*.
>>20254774>Wikipedia says you're right. Disregard my stupidity, nanometa can make diamonds and shit fine.>>20254786>inb4 Orz x Squidbro fanfic
rolled 13 = 13>>20254804nah man, I'm waiting for the Azure X (lucca+Amy)or Rust X Azure (+possibly 1ship2)
>>20254831Where's our smut writefag go anyway?
>>20254804It's not like diamond is actually super valuable.
>>20254844He's working on something. He's also being distracted by job prospects.
>>20254848Well, they are, but it's an entirely artificial value maintained by the DeBeers cartel.
>>20254848Considering we can construct them as large as we want with perfect cuts and all that, it'd probably be decently profitable.
>>20254804Now that you are *campers* you will have more *parties* and no more *sad* *lonely* *bubbles*.>>20254831I have an half finished, and really creepy, Dani/Dave onii-chan story floating around on my comp. I'll spend some more work on it at the weekend.
>>20254868As I said, it's not actually super valuable.>>20254879Potentially, sure. But I bet we could do other stuff just as well if we really need money. Which we don't really need much
How much is one unit of nano meta worth?Also, how much is Gold worth?Isn't one unit of nano meta 1 kilo?
Smutty Writefag here, I've got about 1/3rd of an Amy/Dave/Lucca story but I'm gonna hold off posting it until it's done.
>>20255178And finish the Ishelda/Raz story.
>>20255229Oh yes, my boner demands more of that one.
>>20255178I'd be eternally grateful if you could include some D'aaaaaaaaw. Lucca probably needs a lot of hugs.