Mission archives:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Ghost%20QuestResource list:http://pastebin.com/MWbqjUDPTwitter:@GhostAdjutantYou were a ghost operative of the Terran Dominion, under Emperor Arcturus Mengsk. Your Codename is Delta Phoenix. You received a transmission from Korhal. "The Emperor is Dead. Long live the Emperor. "It seems like a lifetime since the fall of Korhal disabled your neural inhibitor and you went rogue. With the help of a rogue Dominion Marine, Jacob Henderson, you and your small crew secured a Gorgon-Class battlecruiser you now call The Daluke. The Dominion, bounty hunters, and criminal scum alike are all after you with a massive 1.5 billion credit bounty on your head. But they're going to have to earn it, first.After organizing far too many rebels you killed Governor Lakas of New Albuquerque. However, you rescued his family who are now aboard the ship. You knocked his wife unconcious to get her to cooperate. Hopefully she'll be calmed down after. Adjutant A.I. Online.Good Morning, Commander.
>>26118210Good Morning, Adjutant.What is the status of Operation Lottery Heist?
Delta Phoenix, Enrique has requested the release of his son. As the child poses a class 1 risk to the ship I have allowed it. However Quanah has requested to speak with you when possible. She is currently detained in the brig. I have also received the operations report from the lottery heist. Whiskey and November were successful. Current credits are at 3,289,000.Mac has already outfitted our wraiths with stealth reactors and repairs to the Daluke are complete. Remaining resources are as follows:Daluke Resources:>Minerals: 1250>Gas: 0Morale: 101 (+1) Murric Resources:+104 Supply. 880 Supply in storage.000 Credits>Minerals: 2650>Gas: 795
>>26118288Tansfer 500 gas to Daluke and set up a conference between Quanah and Enrique
>>26118288additionally, I'm considering giving back some of the lottery money to Murric...What do the rest of you guys think?
>>26118288let us speak with Quanah then.>>261183541,289,000 sound like a good amount?
>>26118391>>26118354How about we spend it and give back whats left?
>>26118391Sounds like a good amount to me.
>>26118391Ok, so how did you come to that number?
>>26118288Did Charlie get her pancakes yet?
>>26118454With that number it would leave us with exactly 2 mill.
>>26118391sure, why not.Also guys we've found out the terrazine side-effect. Temper control. I suspected as much when we lifted that vulture and this last session pretty much confirmed it.We should go talk to the doctor about this.
*We already have the schems*We can part with 2mil I think. Have Adjutant distribute them into technical and higher education.
>>26118475ok, i'm good with it.
>>26118457I have repurposed the assigned chef to the Mess Hall commander.
>>26118576does he provide +1 to morale?
Ok, anything to do/buy in Murric?
>>26118622A new economy?The planet itself?A new Military?
>>26118622Loading Murric schematics, please wait.
We should invest in fleet defense. Point defense drones come to mind, those would have helped a lot in space.
>>26118622There is no available technology for sale that we do not already possess.The Murric government has recruited or hired most mercenary groups.Several criminal elements are selling civilian stimpacks, but not the schematic or military grade stimpacks.
Consensus for action.Reduce current funds to 2 million, donate lottery winnings back to Murric education system.>Y>N
Go meet Sall. We need to know two things:1. Where could we focus to check back Dominion expansion. Somewhere a task force could make a difference2. What do we lack right now
I have transferred the funds, Commander. The Murric Educational Society thanks you for your donation.You organize a meeting with Quanah and Enrique in the officer meeting quarters on the Bridge. Two marines escort the woman there. They both have a seat and wait for you to speak.>Awaiting input...
>>26118955So, Enrique, what's your beef with Quanah?
>>26118955"You have lost much. That only means you can now focus on what really matters. Do we agree on this one thing?"
>>26119002>"You keep her in your hold, under guard. Must you really ask me this question?">>26119024>"I believe that may be the only thing we do agree on, Señorita. The problem is how little we agree on what needs to be done."
>>26119097well, let's hear about each of your goals
>>26119097We have orphans already. Policy is to send families to work planetside. Beyond that, what is it you feel you need?
Rolled 2>>26119097What class is Gunslinger anyway? Gunslinger man?
>>26119162Quanah shakes her head at you.>"Goals. You have no idea how to interact with people, do you? Let me spell this out for you. Enrique is short-sighted and ultimately selfish. He has no place in that child's life.">"And you do? A woman who betrayed her own people to Javelito?">"Death is preferable to tyranny. Everyone knew exactly what they were getting into.">"Even the boy?">"Would you prefer him to walk those streets alone?">"I would prefer you think about his safety more than your son's agenda. Perhaps not using him as a tool against me would be a good show of character that I know you so lack.">"Character? You mean running around playing cowboys and Indians with Lakas' men until someone gives you purpose?"You rub your temples in futility.
>>26119229>"He is not an orphan. I am still alive last I checked."
>>26119280And without me, where would your kid be?>
>>26119287>"I don't know where he -will- be with you, yet. Do not seek to impose upon me, Señorita. My gratitude only goes as far as your humility."
>>26119311Speaking of humility, do you want your Psi-screen back?
>>26119252in terms of safety and security Murric and the Daluke are probably the two places where that kid could stay out of danger. Figure out where they'd rather be and give the two partial custody over the kid.
>>26119331>"You and I both know I want it for the purpose it serves, as would any man on your ship. But I trust that you respect the privacy of your own men enough that I will not need it any time soon."
>>26119356Commander, social logic drives indicate that it is extremely unlikely that either of them will consent to partial custody.
New Albuquerque is not particularly safe now. I made no promise to deliver a child. If you both can find a place for him, then I'm willing to listen.
Ask Quanah where can she find refuge without being involved in any more conspiracies.
>>26119363We're Ghosts, not marines.We're going to be encountering the elite of all races and origins, not the dredges of the galaxy you're used to.And since you're better at using those pistols than the elite of the elite, I don't want your brain being busted.
>>26119376Quanah shifts in her seat as she glares at you with an evil eye.>"You don't have any kids, do you? Don't know if you ghosts can. Doesn't matter. Neither of them want him there. Let me spell this out for you as clearly as I can. Enrique wants to work with you playing Robin Hood. That is no way to raise a child. I have lost everything on New Albuquerque as it died. I have no desire to return, or stay with you, but I can give the boy a chance at a normal life. Something his father cannot do.">"A normal life organizing underground crime syndicates perhaps.">"Because that's all we were to you, si? A bunch of petty criminals with no motivation other than our own greed?">"If it quacks like a duck..."
>>26119409>"Is there somewhere -you- can find refuge in the sector, Señorita? Because if so, I must ask why you are not there right now."
>>26119453There's the daluke, and there's Murric.
We could always read the child or find what his mother wanted.
>>26119518>"Among the Nuclear ashes of a burnt out planet, or aboard a pirate battlecruiser. Which would you choose?"
>>26119531Intelligence from Quanah suggests the boy's mother would want him to be with her. Intelligence from Enrique suggests the opposite, that she would want the boy to be with him, and was fighting against her family.With the woman actually dead, you have no way of knowing.The child does not understand the implications of this scenario. I would suggest against using his input commander.
Ask Quanah what would she do with the child if given him?Ask Enrique the same.We need more information if we are to decide the fate of this kid.
>Registering no input for over 5 minutes. Rolling for resolutions in 3 minutes.
>>26119587>was fighting against her family.We only killed a Don, there are dozens of people involved if we're willing to investigate.
>>26119694>"I do not know, Señorita. All I know is that this woman cannot be trusted.">"Get him to a school on a good a planet, let him have a chance at being something other than what all of us are."
>>26119716Seems obvious we give him to the second person...Sorry, late and will be in and out.
>>26119716Well obviously we're not reaching a conclusion any time soon.How about we take a few days to decide, and select some candidate planets and whatnot before we discuss this again?
>>26119716>>26119763Yeah, let's wait a few days and think it over.
>1 Keep the child aboard the Daluke. >2 Let Quanah take him to Murric.>3 Wait until other options are available.
>>26119754>Betraying the person who at this point has completely proven their loyalty>Instead of a woman who has betrayed people multiple times and we know nearly jack all about
>>26119811Well he outright said he doesn't know what to do with the kid...
Honestly I agree with Enrique that she isn't to be trusted... however Enrique is not a fit parent either.
>>26119838He, at least, is being fucking honest.And he isn't saying bring the kid with him, is he?He knows what the bad option is.
>>26119829We could just leave him with our crew in Murric to be taken care of. While we task an investigation on his mother.
>"I need more time to think about this. You can both go about your business for now."You leave the conference room and head to the bridge. Your XO Sall is monitoring the situation carefully.>"Give me a report, Jamesson.">"Sir. No sign of Dominion, pirates, Protoss or Zerg in the system. I've been overseeing ground operations - recruitment has been slow but we've trained a few specialists."You look over the bridge. With no pressing matters at the moment you're free to collect information and plan your next move.
>>26119911talk to Whiskey
>>26119911Let's go talk to Whiskey!
>>26119911We should really look into getting our yamato cannon fixed so we can use it and not worry about it exploding on us.
Talk to the Doc about our temper problems. We really need to since its probably linked to the Spectre treatments.
Scrape for info on the kid's mother. Work, education, etc.Try to find a package to deliver on a jump. I'm guessing Murric doesn't want to spread their ships too far.
You head to Whiskey's quarters. You can hear loud music long before you're close. You knock on the door and it swings open. You didn't remember what he looked like until now. He's taller than you, pale skin and long black hair with a multitude of tattoos down his arms. He leans on the doorway as you stand in the hall.>"What's up, Delta?"
>>26119982The cannon is repaired and crewed by the survivors of the Aeron, commander. It is estimated to be functioning at 92% currently.
Rolled 77>>26120040I killed him. But, the aftermath could be worse.
>>26120052Ah, well never mind then! Just made my day a little brighter. Now to bother Mac about getting us a new hand some time.
>>26119982I thought the only problem with the Cannon was that no-one knew how to operate it... but we got the required information from the crew of the Battlecruise we captured, then subsequently got destroyed...>>26120040Lacas is finished, the Rebel factions should be working out their new government, if only because Lacas had been hiding the fact that a Zerg Broodmother has set up somewhere nearby...
>>26120040I know what Charlie remembers of me. Pretty positive. I need the whole picture, though.
>>26120080>"It also could've been avoided. Don't play like it's -my- poor decisions that wrecked the planet. You went in without intel because you saw credits.">>26120090>"A broodmother we know next to nothing about. But at least it's keeping them from genocide. For now, anyway."
>>26120116>"Yeah, she would tell you all the good stuff. She didn't get to go on our little pacification missions. You remember enough that it'd turn your stomach if I told you that you were Zeta's favorite?"He bites his lip a moment as he looks you over.>"You're probably wondering why they ate your brain before Umoja. I know exactly why it was. But the real question is whether or not you want to know the truth after what you did. Might be better to leave those ghosts for dead, Delta."
>>26120040So I took out the big boss, saved his family from being hung, and set up a possible future good government for a whole planet.Are we square yet, Whiskey?
Rolled 37>>26120174We all have to come to terms with our past. Either we face them or we wait for them to bite us in the ass.
>>26120174What use is there censoring the truth?I'm a Ghost, if there's anything I can handle it's what I've done with my own hands.
>>26120174"You have the luck to remember well enough to try and atone for what you've done Whiskey. Let me have the same. Please."
>>26120174I LEVELED Umoja. Those ghosts died no matter what I do.
>>26120231>"Guess we'll be rampant alcoholics together then."He waves you in. The room is still mostly empty apart from his table, two chairs, and a bed. Like most ghosts he's used to have no possessions apart from combat equipment.>"Once you graduated and moved in on actual Dominion operations you and Charlie made plans to break free, constantly. I did what I could to cover your tracks because, well, you were bad at it. Not for any lack of skill, just lack of possibility. You'd occasionally get caught, resocced, the whole process would start all over. You weren't the only ones, you were just... doesn't matter. In your ceaseless digging you managed to find your actual identity before you were Delta Phoenix. You were a little girl who's family ran away from the Confederacy to Umoja but got tracked down anyway."Whiskey takes a bottle from his bed then sits at the table. You do the same. Your stomach tenses as you begin to fear the worst scenarios.>"Fast forward to your 'last' mission. Our handler finds out because you didn't properly scrub the mainframe of his login tags. How you managed to get his credentials is another story that I don't know, but you did, and you found out. And you stole that Mission from Charlie, and he figured it out. And you got zapped.">"So... the councilman?">"Just some suit. But you contacted him. You had him round up your family and tell them you were coming. They were with all those other dissidents on that super carrier, waiting for you to come, waiting for you to meet up with that rogue battlecruiser, and waiting to have you lead them to the fringe worlds to escape the tyrannical Dominion."Whiskey unscrews the bottle, sets it on the table, then slides it towards you.
>>26120375...welp, time to become an alcoholic.
Rolled 86>>26120375"I...I killed my own family?"
>>26120375"... huh."I think that really all that needs to be said.
>>26120375Let's not take the bottle...but damn man."Well...that...is certainly something."I...don't know what to say honestly.
>>26120375I think this is one of those "I need a drink" moments.
>>26120375Look at the bottle and ask if he knows of any stronger stuff. We'd need it.
>>26120538We could ask him so we can pick up a few bottles sometime.
>>26120571Think it might be possible that our chef knows how to make moonshine?
>>26120448>>26120456>>26120458>>26120463>>26120468>>26120484You hesitate for a second, before removing your helmet and taking the bottle.>"I... killed my own family.">"Seems likely."Your helmet beeps. Probably something about an aggression inhibitor but you can't be bothered now.>"They made me do it. The Dominion did." >"Objectively it's really not the worst thing they had you do."You take a swig of the alcohol - Vodka. You vaguely recall that Whiskey does not actually like whiskey. >"I don't even know what to say.">"There's nothing you can say or do at this point, Delta. But it wasn't you, nothing we've done was truly us. We were only ever meat to the Dominion. Meat that they could shape and control. Meat with a gun that could read minds."You take your helmet and set the bottle down, then step out into the hall. You feel sick to your stomach with rage. As you walk down the hall you hear Whiskey shout after you.>"Don't let anything haunt you too bad, Delta. Remember that you're a ghost - you do the haunting now."
Rolled 66>>26120612Ok, I think we may need to talk to Charlie.
>>26120612"Yeah...and if I'm not mistaken, there are a few guys out there right now that need a good scare."Well get some revenge...some day.
>>26120612Check on that beep.
>>26120648As you don the Helmet the HUD immediately notifies you that you're once again overloading your aggression inhibitor.
>>26120661Think it might be possible for Mac to make a super-heavy duty aggression inhibitor?
>>26120612You know...as a "bonding" experience we could have a drink with our squad. Maybe after ever successful mission.
>>26120678It is possible. However you will need to submit to him for testing, and he may have other solutions.You require at least 2 posts agreeing on your next course of action.
>>26120661Go and see the doc for some aggression dampers.
>>26120714I wouldn't mind Mac testing on us a little...that Terrazine seems to have made us more aggressive at the least. Wouldn't hurt to get checked up...and not just Mac either, the doctor too.
>>26120738I'll vote for getting a duel examination by the Doctor and Mac...
agreed, To the Doc!
>>26120714you know, it occurred to me that, since our ghost was originally Confederate, she'd also have a psychic dampener as well, and that would limit our psi abilities.That is, of course, if the Dominion haven't already removed it for us.
Some things:- Investigate the kids mother.- Is the child psionic? I hear Umoja is nice to their talents.- We should come off terrazine+jorium.- Find somewhere else to jump
Although it's difficult to be sure, you feel like your rage has increased since the terrazine treatments. >"Adjutant, page Mac and Nelhav. Have them report to the labs.">"Yes, Delta Phoenix."You make for the labs yourself and get there first. Mac shows up first, followed by Dr. Nelhav. >"I might be experiencing a side-effect of the spectre conditioning. Increased aggression."Nelhav approaches you.>"Have a seat and remove your helmet, Commandah. Are you sure it's not somezing else? Not particularly difficult missions, or somezing along zose lines?"She withdraws a small flashlight from her coat and examines your eyes as you respond.>"No.">"Anyzing else out of zee ordinary? Increased appetite? Memory loss?"Your adjutant careful monitors your diet and hasn't registered anything abnormal. You don't have any memory loss that you can remember - but that's how it gets you.>"No, nothing like that. I just keep overloading my aggression inhibitor.">"Might be faulty equipment, then. Guess that's why I'm here, huh?">"Good to rule zat out, zhen. I'll need to have a cart brought in and vee vill run some tests."The doctor steps out of the office and Mac steps forward.>"Tilt your head forward. There we go. Just need to pop this baby out and have a look-see. Just think happy thoughts."You feel a strange sensation as you hear a plop, and your aggression inhibitor - a small little device - is freed from underneath your hair.>"Aren't you supposed to... use tools or something, Mac?">"Nah, it's fine."He brushes it off and blows on it. Then holds it up to the light.
>>26120928>"I've been meaning to talk to you, by the way. I have a few schematics I can put together. I can upgrade the recon hand with a modified pistol and bayonet attachments - retractable obviously. It'll be pretty big but with better servos it can crush bone and light armor pretty easily.">"Alternatively I can have a much better nano-edged blade added to the cosemetic hand. I can also redesign it a tad better, indistinguishable by human eyes, most sensors wouldn't be able to detect it. Could even have it outfitted with an emergency radio.">"Really only have time for the one or the other, though. I'm working on the Daluke's weapon systems at the moment. I should be able to have long-range missiles for orbital strikes before too long if I can just get ahold of a few things. "
>>26120928huh... while he's at it, see if he can undo the psychic dampener as well. if we have any.
>>26120965Upgrade Recon first. When we have time, go for Cosmetic
>>26120965Doing the cosmetic upgrade is my preference.
>>26120965>"Alternatively I can have a much better nano-edged blade added to the cosemetic hand. I can also redesign it a tad better, indistinguishable by human eyes, most sensors wouldn't be able to detect it. Could even have it outfitted with an emergency radio."
>>26120966>"I'd have to put you under and crack your head open to take anything out, Boss. I don't even know if you have them. That's more Doctor Nelhav or Lee's area of expertise. Lean your head down."He replaces the small device to the jumble of technology protruding over the base of your neck.>"No problems there. Your inhibitor's at 100 percent. I can't produce a stronger one without, uh, some side effects. You're going to need to see what Nelhav comes up with I think."
>>26120965Cosmetic. No need to activate sensors.
>>26120996>"Nah, both of them are stealth-capable. The cosmetic one is just indistinguishable from a normal hand. Y'know, just in case you get captured or whatever."
>>26120995Ask what sort of side effects.
>>26120965I would say upgrade the recon hand as it's the hand we use when we go out on most missions anyway.
Thank the man for coming on down. You appreciate all the work hes been doing for you.Also if he ever needs a break go ahead and take one.
>>26120965Totally miss these guys. Let's go for the blade.
>>26121019>"You'll care less about... everything. Such as explosions and being shot at.">>26121044>"Nah, I take a break and the whole ship's going to fall apart."
>1 Upgrade Recon Cybernetic.>2 Upgrade Cosmetic Cybernetic.
>>26121114Think it might be possible for Mac to have an apprentice?
>>26121114ok I think we need to force him to take a break
>>26121129>1We rarely do any plainclothes sneaking.
>>26121138He currently has over a dozen engineers at his disposal, commander.
>>26121140Maybe instead of "forcing" him have to doc keep an eye on him.
>>26121156Vote not counted:Extraneous modifier.
Adjutant what kind of hours has Mac been working?
>>26121177Standard engineer work hours are 40 per week with an additional 10 to 20 of overtime.Chief Engineer Guyver typically applies an additional 10-15% over the standard work week.
Biggest reason for the cosmetic upgrade? They are less likely to take it away as it appears normal so if we get captured we have an immediate backup weapon.
>>26121129Vote ended at 21:57. Tallying votes.
... hah its tied
>"Upgrade the cosmetic, Mac. it'll be good to have a backup. And take it easy, yeah?">"Yessir."He leaves. A few moments later Nelhav, Lee, and a few other scientists enter the room. >"Commandah. I take it zee inhibitor is not zee issue?">"No, and it's not the way to fix this problem, so I may have to consider ending the treatment.">"Very vell. Doctors, vee may begin."Several of them attach diodes to your head, one takes a blood sample from your arm, Nelhav withdraws a large machine from one of the wall compartments. It's clearly some sort of scanner and it's anchored to the wall by way of a giant robotic arm. Finally, one of the doctors attaches an I.V. to your arm, though you can't be sure of the contents.>"Ve're going to run a battery of tests, Commandah. Chemical, Psychological, und physical."Battery was the correct word. The diodes were electrical, they stimulate your rage almost instantly and you sense the scanner reading every thought you have.It becomes increasingly difficult to fight the rage, but you remain laying back on the table.>"You are doingk good, commandah. Just a while longer."Several monitors beep and change from green to red. Lee and Nelhav step over to them.>"Innnnteresting.">"That's bad. Really bad.">"No, no. It's just an unforeseen side effect, Doctah." >"I'm sure the same thing's been said about cancer.">"Ve vill need to confirm zese results, however. Doctah Roth, administer zee serum."One of the doctors steps up to the I.V. and sets it to drip. They watch you patiently.
>>26121382If we could? See if we still have our psychic dampener and remove/disable it.
>>26121382We've been snorting the Irn Bru
>>26121382Oh man..this isn't good.
>>26121382Then we shall watch them patiently. Consider what kind of house Charlie would like...
>>26121382This test is far more trying. Although slow at first your thoughts become more clouded. The screens beep and switch to red almost immediately. >"Interesting. Zee chemically induced stimuli is far more responsive. Zat is vere vee vill find zee key to unlocking zis mystery.">"I've got a better solution: ending treatment."Nelhav shakes her head at Lee.>"Doctah Roth, flush her system if you vould."The man turns off the IV and replaces it with another. Within seconds you're back to normal.>"Commandah, vhile zis is all very complicated und only a preliminary test, I haff a theory. At zee moment zee terrazine has wired your brain for aggressive behavior as vell as psionic potential. Zee purpose of zee Jorium is to counteract zis development und, powerful zough it is, it is not enough. Howevah."The Doctor walks over to the displays.>"I may be able to engineer a compound from zee terrazine zat provides zee benefits viffout zee side effects. But I vill need to continue zee terrazine treatments und zee tests until I haff zee results."Doctor Lee interjects.>"She's understating the damage here, sir. This damage is currently permanent -at best- with what we have now. You continue that treatment and it'll get worse, you might even develop more symptoms that we aren't even aware of yet.">"Zhink of zee possibilities, Commandah. If vee pick up zis research, if vee are successful, vee vill be able to create psychics from -any- volunteer. Any marine can be a ghost.">"And you might not be able to see it because you have to wear a straight jacket to keep you from killing yourself.">"Vee don't know that. Zee effects may not only be prevented, but be reversible viff enough study."
>>26121566>Any marine can be a ghostnope.dicom
>>26121566Sorry, I'm not feeling up to doing any more terrazine treatment, doc.
>>26121566look, if people want to become ghosts that much, THEY can be the guinea pigs for terrazine treatment
>>26121566How long "exactly" would we have to keep up the treatment?
... honestly I'd say discontinue because we punched out a scared woman....But the problem is discontinuing won't solve that. We are always going to have a temper now unless we figure out a way to cure it and the only way to do that is to let Nelhav do her study.
>>26121566"If I go off the deep end, just throw me in a drop pod and point me at the nearest Zerg Swarm. There is only so much an agent of death can do... And this seems to be one of the simpler things...
Rolled 47>>26121566Alright, but eighth the dosage
>>26121618>"Commandah, please. Your condition vill not improve if vee do not continue the treatments.">"It won't get worse, either.">"Zhat is pure speculation. For all vee know zee condition will progress furthah.">>26121661>"I don't know, Commandah. Zee more research opportunities vee haff, zee more scientists on staff, zee faster ve vill be able to complete zee research."
>>26121566ok we are finally ending this. we should have never done this in the first place
>>26121687>"Zat's... not quite how it works, Commandah."
>>26121666Well...when I look at it that way...Keep up the treatment.
When was the last time super-psionics didn't lead to genocide-boners?
Proposing voting options.>Continue treatment and research.>Discontinue both treatment and research.>Discontinue treatment, allow volunteers for research.
>>26121752>Discontinue treatment, allow volunteers for research.
>>26121752>>Discontinue both treatment and research.
>>26121757>>26121762>>26121767>>26121771>Proposing voting options.>No new options suggested.>Moving forward with votes.
>>26121752>Continue treatment and research.
Voting begins and will end in 4 minutes.>1 Continue treatment and research.>2 Discontinue both treatment and research.>3 Discontinue treatment, allow volunteers for research.
>>26121829something tells me that's not going to fly...
Great, we're going to be Terrazine addicts now. And getting more Terrazine is going to be a bitch each time.
>>26121866I hate them so much right now
Rolled 22>>26121866>addictsWe've been on it like three weeks
>>26121890http://starcraft.wikia.com/wiki/Terrazine"It is addictive, causing withdrawal symptoms after several hours."
>>26121911Several hours of taking it, or hours having not had it?
>>26121881speaking of which...where's that shouty guy, the one that won't stop speaking in all caps?
>>26121939several hours not had.Either way, we've been addicted
>>26121948we need to get off of the gas before it kills us
>"Excellent, Commandah. I'll have my men look into zis research right away. Ve'll see vhat vee can do.">"And you better hope it's something, sir.">"One last thing, Nelhav. Did you detect a psionic inhibitor while you were up there?">"I don't zhink zo, Commandah. Nothing on our scans suggests that you have one. Considering how powerful your psionics are I doubt you have one. Perhaps zere is some otha' form of conditioning present zhat I'm not aware of, but I can only guess.">"Alright. That'll be all, Nelhav."You put your helmet on and step out into the hall. What's your next destination?
Somewhere we can analyze and discuss the brood queen attack data we got last mission.
>>26121980Mess Hall. Let's eat the new cooking and commune with our crew. Some may have ideas on where to go next for jobs.
>>26121980even if we were to get a terrazine derived drug, wouldn't we still need to refine it from terrazine?
>>26122012How about this and then we go analyze the data on the brood queen attacks.
>>26122035Yep, at this point we're playing Tokyo Jungle. When we die by terrazine, Whiskey takes over the pack, then we die by alcoholism.
>>26121972And this is how Democracy gets us killed
>>26122035You will still need a source of terrazine, and likely other materials as well.You head to the Mess Hall, you need a break after those tests. Charlie, Tyrone, and several marines are present with the new Chef, who's name you didn't actually learn. Luckily your adjutant brings up his personal file now that one exists.Name:Gordon GreenSex: MCurrent Rank: PrivateCurrent Assignment: ChefAdditional Training: MarineAge: 22Height: 6'0"Weight: 193.4 poundsKnown Relatives: NoneAddt'l Notes: Forcefully Recruited from Lakas security forces on New Albuquerque. Whatever he's cooking smells good. You step forward with the rest of the crowd and listen to the man. >"- Here, look, we got the color, we're starting to get the floatin' action over here. That's what I'm talkin' about! Alright, here, we got some more wings over here, we're gonna season these with a little salt - awww yeah baby. Annnnd, little pepper. Now I like a lot of fresh ground pepper. So here's what I do, I do this layer here, then, we sorta just wanna turn 'em over a little bit, so now we can season this side as well.">"We're all excited about salt and pepper, now?">"Beats the machine-pressed rations we've been eatin', baby. I love me some chicken wings."You nod, amused. At least the chef appears to be enjoying himself now that he has a crowd. You head to one of the tables, where Barney, Jessie, and Daisy are sitting. >"Evenin', Commander.">"Haaaay Boss.">"Any chance we'll get deployed, soon? I haven't been able to set anything on fire for days.">"You might roast some Zerg before too long, Daisy. But no telling right now.">"Ohh I love me some roast Zerg, how about you Barney?">"I roasted Zerg-dogs once!">"You sure did, buddy."The conversation, while Jovial, reminded you of your potential mission. You take your leave back to your quarters.
>>26122268>You will still need a source of terrazine, and likely other materials as well.goddamn it guys.
>>26121980oh ffs, why must the retards continue steering the trainwe may as well go see how charlie is enjoying her pancakes before we OD
>>26122268please tell me that our cook increases morale, even just a little bit.
>>26122309He would be useless otherwise, Commander.
>>26122268Let's go visit Charlie then, and maybe November to congratulate him on a job well done.
>>26122268Anyone on the crew with zerg fighting experience? We could discuss the data with them.
>>26122360well, we still have that shellshocked veteran, and Steve Irwin's dead...
Look, you've made your point, stop shitting up the thread with your the-sky-is-falling nonsense.
Take a day to do our stuffLaunch an investigation about Enrique's wifeSend the zerg data to Bossman and our advisorCould our crew work on supporting transport for Murric's fleet building?
>"Adjutant, bring up the information recovered from the Lakas compound.">"It is onscreen now, Commander."Your quarters are larger than most, with an entire wall dedicated to a single viewscreen across from your bed. You remove your helmet and sit down. The Broodmother's strike patterns and times are laid out before you. The patterns seem random in time and place. Some of them are just sightings. Sometimes the force would've easily been over-run, but the Zerg pulled back at random. Several times the Zerg didn't even engage the New Albuquerque forces. There's no hive. There's no base of operations. There's no infested town. There are only 5 broodmother sightings, and all of them are eyewitness accounts - she doesn't exist for all the evidence you have.>"Adjutant. Has the information already been sent to Dale?">"Yes, Commander.">"What did he have to say about it?">"Replaying logged audio record."The grizzled veteran is onscreen. You recognize the background noise from one of the videos you recovered, a marine squad fighting zerglings aboard a ship that was boarded on the sector. There were no survivors.>"There. Right there. That one on the left. He has a perfect flank but he keeps going."The man draws from his cigar, then takes a drink from a short glass, before playing it again. The background noise of C-14's and marines barking orders can be heard.>"He had a perfect flank. That marine was dead. But he -kept going.- Where are you going little zergling. What are you looking for. Did you find it?"The man stares intently.>"It isn't minerals. You didn't take those. It wasn't gas, the tanks were full. It wasn't the people, you left their bodies."He puts out the cigar on the desk.>"They're after something. She wants... something."End recording.
>>26122394oh, it's not sky-is-falling scenario bad,It's just drug addiction kind of bad.
>>26122459Well, zerg are attracted to psi stuff. Maybe there's some old Xel'naga stuff hanging about?
>>26122367He was a liability if you ask me.... the ship already had one infestation... His hobby would increase the chances of our ship suffering another infestation...Though I will give you pity towards Adjutant for us letting his pre-scripted character die.Though, prior to the 20-20 hindsight/meta, he had cages of non-coms and an infestor. It looked like a Dominion Weapons test, so we treated it as a Dominion Weapons test...
>>26122441In the chaos of the revolution and with the death of most cartel members who knew her closely, an investigation is not feasible, commander.
>>26122459Adjutant, are there any cargo manifests or logs showing what that ship was carrying? What went missing in the zerg attack?
The day is coming to an end, Commander.You have time to perform one more task.Commence suggestions and agreements.
>>26122532Cargo of raided transports ranges from raw resources such as minerals, vespene, iron, and polymers to more advanced cargo such as passenger vessels, food transports, weapon shipments, and consumer goods.There is no consistent pattern that I can detect, Commander.
>>26122527By the way how is the revolution going? Is it going to become a shitstorm of will it be over quickly? Or is too soon to tell.
>>26122542adjust our training regime to include 15-30 mins of meditation...
>>26122569With the looming zerg threat hostilities will be ending soon.The current political climate favors a republic model similar to that of Murric.
>>26122579>Send the zerg data to Bossman and our advisor
>>26122542Let's talk to November a little like we have done with Charlie and Whiskey.Also, ask if there is anything he needs or wants to help him settle in.
>>26122542Order the building of a start port and talk to Murrican Government about them buying the schematics from us.>>26122579Good
Ask Sall on where to go next
>>26122597..they had a fleet. I assume they already had the thing.
>>26122593>Chad "Bossman" Rice>"I shoot infested zerg, Sir. These zerg aren't infested. They're bigtime. All I can tell you is they're up to something weird. Your job is to tell me which ones to shoot."
Oh I meant to ask Adjutant: How did repair operations go for Murric? Any hope of an Orbital Defense station yet?
>>26122542Mourn our family's death at our hands. Talk to Sall about how he's dealing with his son's death.
>>26122597The Murrican government has access to starports.I will forward a request to their offices for other schematics. We can expect a response when their offices open tomorrow.
>>26122616may want to talk to Charlie afterwards, too.
>>26122609We asked them about it earlier. They had just rented the starports they needed from New Albuquerque. I want to set them up with a more permanent solution (and make a profit).
Hmmm, wasn't there a system with UED or ex-confederates? That's probably tech we haven't taped yet.
>>26122615Foundations for the new Orbital defense station "Liberty" are underway. Projected target date to completion is in 3 weeks.
>>26122687So we have three weeks to do some stuff...Let's set the Daluke to build up some forces, at our XO's discretion, for maybe a week, then let's head back to take care of the Broodmother. Seems reasonable. In the mean time, we can see what the doctor can figure out about us.
>>26122687OK, three weeks. We construct our starport and make some more wraiths. Can we also get Medivacs?
>>26122687Adjutant, bring up the list of nearby planets.
we should begin looking into getting a starport built groundside, and having murric and new cityworld to work together.both planets have things the other needs, and having another cruiser to back us up if we fight zerg would be nice.Also, take s ome of our newfound cash, and PAY THE DAMN CREW.
>>26122732I think we are really hurting for gas, I suggest we build spare weapons and armor (one that don't cost Vespene) and do another supply/recruits run to the fanime planet.
>>26122782Second. A payed crew is a happy crew.
>>26122789Oh! I meant to ask too Adjutant, how did the weapon and armor research go?
>>26122789we've got, like, 700 to 800 gas. It should be substantial.
Would any of those scv crews and engineers from NA be interested in moving to Murrica to assist with reconstruction and production? And maybe build a starport on Murrica?
>>26122819Weapons and armor have increased combat effectiveness, Commander.
>>26122782Also, valkryies. Daluke can't move for three weeks, as murric will be defenseless until the platform is done.So guess what we're traveling in?Valkryies.We should see if mack can arm with air to ground weapons, even if it's just anti infnatry stuff.
>>26122823New Albuquerque tends towards insular communities. They will be focused on rebuilding and improving infrastructure of their homes.
>>26122822I thought most of that was going to sucked up by battle ship repairs? Or have we already finished that?
>>26122850hey, adjutant, are ship repairs finished yet?
>>26122848Plus, the things are bit more incognito than the daluke. Showing up in our baby could cause... problems from time to time.See about ways to transport wraiths, too. Maybe NA or murric have a ship we can buy that can launch them.
>First consensus detected: Sall.You head to the bridge, the knowledge of your original mission weights heavily on your shoulders. Your original intention was to ask him where to go next, but you recall he's also lost family. Recently in fact.>"Evening, Sir.">"XO. How're you doing?">"Little swamped. Between managing ship operations and base construction. You may want to consider appointing a commander of this base before I do it for you, sir.">"No, XO. How are -you- doing."He goes silent for a bit, as he puts his pipe in his mouth.>"There's a reason the bar's happy hour happens to be my lunch hour, Commander.">"Alcohol's... free for the crew, XO.">"You can imagine why I need to go during happy hour then, sir."He puffs a few clouds of smoke in the resulting silence.>"Isn't it dangerous to smoke on the bridge?">"Extremely, sir."He lets out another puff of smoke. You lean on the guard-rail before the large window, the both of you watching Murric's space lanes and the vast star-studded darkness.>"I'm sorry about your son, XO.">"He saved a lot of lives. He did his duty as an officer.">"He was a good man. Perhaps one of only a few."The XO nods.>"After what happened to me, the years I spent on this ship, I knew his fate. I had done everything I could after the fall of the Confederacy to keep the peace. I bought the lies of the Dominion. I brought my son into the fold thinking he could be a hero that I was not."The XO removes his hat and looks down.>"I didn't stop to think that he would die like a hero, as well.">Loading...
>>26122904"nobody gets out alive, saul. Only some of us get to do some good first."
>>26122952Leave the dead. Save the rest.
>>26122904"He was a hero, Sall. As are you, whether you believe it or not."
>>26122975"He was a hero, Sall. More than I'll ever be."
>>26122904You're not good at this whole comfort thing. You place a hand on the XO's shoulder. He straightens up and places his hat back on.>"Any ideas on your zerg broodmother?">"None. She's a mystery to everyone. Dale thinks she's after something specific.">"I recommend we look at expanding our anti-zerg capacity then. Widow mines would be our best option. Upgrading our siege tanks wouldn't hurt either.">"Any ideas on where to go, then?">"We can get some samples from HA002, if you want to trust your scientists to figure out how to make zerg more dead. Alternatively Station 114 is likely to have some confederate technology available. More advanced technology we'll need to hit a Dominion target, but we just aren't ready."
>>26123015we need friggin' psi disruptors.
>>26123015Not a bad idea XO...not a bad idea at all.
>>26123015Could we make combat-ready nomads?
>>26123046>"You have some really bad ideas sometimes, you know that, sir?"
>>26123015To the station we go.Ask what forces he thinks we should send, and what we should leave.Also, look for a commander for our ground base.Ask his and adjutants input. Leave the commander with money to buy more land so we can set everything down at once, and hire more SCVS.also, more shipboard scvs before we leave. Plus ones suit per valkryie, and the crew members should get trained. Possibly cmcs for our crews as well. Both Just in case they get forced down somewhere.we can afford the time and resources for this, and the Valkyries have the space for it. No reason not to.
>>26123015Let's pay the remnants of the Confederacy a visit.
>>26123015What info do we have on Station 114? Opposition? Loot?Who should we appoint as base commander? Any candidates?
>>26123062ESPECIALLY since we;re going to be facing zerg. I'd rather rescue mission and ship recovery actually be a giant possibility if shit happens to our vessels. Plus, it'll help morale for the poor bastards.
well we do have a woman who managed a criminal operation in our brig... but thats probably a bad idea.>>26123058"I know XO, I know."
>>26123075>"It's basically a pirate station. Bunch of gangs held together by the ex-confederates who originally ran it. We shouldn't have too much trouble if you avoid shooting anyone. Otherwise any forces we dispatch are going to be massively outnumbered."
>>26123102Is the Daluke fully repaired, now? Because I was thinking of bringing it along...
>>26123116did you miss the bit where murric is still FUCKING DEFENSELESS?
>>26123116only if we wait three weeks
>>26123116What, and leave Murric defenseless?
>>26123133eh, might as well. It'd be nice hoarding resources...
>>26123116>>26123133Wrenloft gets retard of the thread for this.If you're not going to read, and remember, adjutants posts, fuck off.
>>26123155Our ground crews still work when we're not here. We wouldn't be hoarding shit.
since its a pirate base we don't wanna take no defense, lets take Mia's squad and a valkyrie along with Hercules and some excess minerals for trade.
>>26123102Alright, I say take the ghosts and pay the station a visit.
As you begin to devolve into really, really bad tactical decisions you decide it's time to call it a day. You nod to the XO, then return to your quarters. The last few minutes you spend awake are spent reviewing the information on the broodmother. Who is she. What is she. What does she want.You slowly drift to sleep.
>>26123174just take all the valkryies. One cna only hold off eight or so wraiths.Three, plus foru wraiths?we're looking at 30+ ships to down us.See about ats weapons for at least one valkryie first, though. Plus scvs/cmcs.Might be useful. Like the gun in pilots bail out kits.
>>26123203Can we reach out to the broodmother psionically? Or to our Protoss contact?
>>26123258>reach out to brrodmother psionicalllAND THE CAPS ARE BACK ON.DO YOU KNOW WHAT SERG DO TO POWERFUL PSYCHICS? THEY STOP THAT THEY'RE DOING, FIND THEM, AND FUCKING INFEST THEM, TO STRENGTHEN THE SWARM. THAT WHOLE FUCKING INVADING TERRAN WORLD BIT?THEY STARTED THAT SHIT BECAUSE THEY FIGURE THEY CAN MAKE PEOPLE LIKE GHOSTS INTO THE PERFECT WEAPON AFTER A FEW GENERATIONS OF MUTATION.YES, LET'S BECKON A FUCKING BROOD OVER TO US, THAT WILL GO REALLY FUCKING WELL. WE'VE GOT LIKE, TEN SHIPS AND A DOZEN MARINES, WE CAN HANDLE IT.
>>26123367Huh, I knew we were missing something...
Your suit is gone. The thick mud camouflages you from your prey. You duck behind shrubs, rush between trees, and stop to kneel down at the tracks. Zergling prints. Thousands of them. You hear the bestial roar of some nameless monstrosity in the distance. You clutch your spear tightly and stand upright. The jungle shakes around you. The roar grows in volume. They'll be upon you soon.>Flee from the coming swarm.>Stand and fight.
>>261233671. It's a small swarm led by a single broodmother.2. It's already attacking Terrans and threatening NA.3. Better to draw her out than wait for her to get stronger.
>>26123419>Flee from the coming swarm.
>>26123419>Stand and fight.
>>26123419Roar louder. Fight. Time to let loose.
>>26123448>Trailing ZergYou are not a clever man
>>26123419I get the impression that we're a protoss in the jungle. I specifically remembering that second or two of the Starcraft II trailer where a Protoss warrior was shown attacking something, possibly holding a spear...
>>26123448nope nope nope
>>26123448>SMALL SWARMPROVE IT.RIGHT NOW.YOU CAN'T BECAUSE WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW BIG IT IS.>THREATING NAGUESS WHAT?WE'RE NOT NA. AND IT'S SITTING AROUND PLAYING RIGHT NOW.>BETTER TO huuuuuuuuuur de durp durp durp!NO. NO IT ISN'T.BELIVE IT OR NOT, WE AREN'T PARTICURYALY STRONG. WE HAVE ONE GOOD ASSET RIGHT NOW, AND THAT'S OUR CRUISER.WHICH, WITH A FULL CREW-WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE- A FULL WING OF FIGHTERS, WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE, A FULL SECURITY COMPLEMENT, WHICH WE DO NOT YET HAVE, AND A FLEET AROUND IT, GOT TURNED INTO A FUCKING NEST.LET'S NOT POKE THE FUCKING BEAR OF INDETERMINATE SIZE, AGGRESSION, SPEED, AND INTELLIGENCE UNTIL WE HAVE SOME SLIGHT IDEA WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH, AND HAVE PROPERLY BUILT UP OUR OWN FORCES.UNLESS YOU'D LIKE TO REPLAY WHAT HAPPENED WEHN WE LAST DFOUGHT ZERG, TRYIGN TO GET THIS SHIP.PROTIP:THE GM LET US WIN BECAUSE WE WENT IN UNPREPARED AND EVEN THEN, WE NEARLY GOT RAPED.SO GO ON. POKE THE BEAR. DO IT.SEE WHAT COMES OUT OF THE CAVE.>>26123391THIS PARTICULAR IDIOT HAS MANAGED TO STAND OUT. I'VE GOTTEN USED TO THE REST OF YOU.
>>26123547but don't fight as a savage, fight as a ghost. To the trees!
>>26123564WHAT.YOU DO REALIZE WE CAN BE TRAPPED IN A TREE, YES?RUN. SET AMBUSHES. KILL PURSUERS. RUN AGAIN. DO THIS FOR AS LONG AS WE CAN.THERE'S A SECRET TO FIGHTING IN THE WOODS, AND IT INVOLVES RUNNING.
You stand your ground shakily, unable to reach a decision, when the zerg round on you. Out of the bushes they come, encircling you. >"So Valiant your defense... so noble..."They pour from the shadows. Trees fall at their sheer numbers. Dozens and dozens of them. They don't stop coming.>"And so... very... pointless."The looming figure towers past the endless swarm of zerglings. A brood mother. Her talons held back as she gloats at your inevitable death. You will not give her the satisfaction. Although you are dead you will give her something to remember you by...>Go for the face.>Go for the chest.>Go for the legs.
>>26123623>Go for the face.in the face
>>26123623CHEST. BIGGER TARGET.
>>26123623>Go for the face.
the neck. make her bleed
You vault over the zergrlings with your spear, and take careful aim at the fiend. Your point pierces one eye, and goes through the back of her head. She raises her claws and pierces your chest as you kill one another.And then... she laughs.She laughs, and she laughs. The spear pierces through her skull and before your very eyes she starts to heal. It was all in vain.>"So close, valiant Martyr."Everything... is darkness.
>>26123772ok, oh gods, aw fuck... I think she found us.
You aim your C-14 skyward and let loose some rounds. Your city is free. Your people are free. The burning wreckage of the viking before you stands as a trophy to your rebellion!That's when you first hear the dropships. Your comms officer can be heard in the background. >"We're at 43rd and Higara. Does anyone have birds in the air here!?"That's when you catch a glimpse of them as they get closer. They're coming from direct sunlight so it's hard to see, but you can make them out.>"DOMINION!">"What!? Here!? What the fuck are Dominion-"Joey's head flies clean off as the gauss cannon fires at you. You duck behind a building. You hear the screams of your comrades as the ship opens up. You can hear marines dropping to the ground, and then a voice that chills your bones.>"Split up, marines. She was here. They were all here. Look for clues.">Run for your life.>Don't be a coward. Don't be a goddamn coward. Turn and shoot or all your friends are dead.
>>26123859>Don't be a coward. Don't be a goddamn coward. Turn and shoot or all your friends are dead.
>>26123859>>Don't be a coward. Don't be a goddamn coward. Turn and shoot or all your friends are dead.
>>26123859....This better be a damn dream...>Don't be a coward
>>26123859>Dominion hunting usHrmm, maybe we could lure them into conflict with the broodmother
You man up and turn around the corner. You don't have time to aim as you pelt the marines and dropships with rounds. Two of them go down, but the other six aren't so impressed once your gun starts clicking empty. You drop the rifle and stand there, knowing your fate.A single ghost steps forward, an orange... stupid ribbon thing flutters around his neck. He points a pistol up against your forehead. You are thankful that these CMC's have built in urinals.>"I am looking for a ghost. Purple. Female.">"I don't - I haven't met any-"You are plunged into sudden darkness.
You remember this supercarrier. Councilman Migar has to die, your orders demand it. You're unarmed, but your HUD reads out on the guards as they run from you.>Weak>Coward>PatheticThe fission reactor console sits just beyond.>Brutally murder the guards.>Brutally murder the guards.>Brutally murder the guards.>Not again. I can't do this again.
>>26123958>Not again. I can't do this again.
>Not again. I can't do this again.
>>26123958KILL THEM JOHNNY, KILL THEM ALL.PLANK DEMANDS, AND WE OBEY.
>>26124000that's it, i'm never watching that cartoon again.you said it best, captcha:fearsac says
You know what would be awesome, some sort of Zerg expert who could help us out with the Brood-mother. OH, WAIT WE LET HIM DIE!
>>26124025Just to say, he'd probably try and make her a slave and fuck her...or at least wrestle her and join her side.
>>26123958>>Brutally murder the guards.
You look to your hands, covered in blood. This isn't right. This can't be right. You can't do this.>"Soaring Phoenix."You look around and see only darkness.>"Kassix?">"The hunters are many.">"Where are you, Kassix!?">"But the stalwart do not fear them. For the know the truth.">"What's going on goddamnit!?">"The hunted and the hunter can change roles at any moment. Remember this, Soaring Phoenix. Remember... who you are."
>>26124025>Implying Irwin can into alien diplomacy
>>26124065>implying I implied diplomacy>implying not-Irwin wouldn't have had an idea what the Brood-mother wanted
You hang from the side of a Banshee, soaring over a desert planet. Explosions resound all around you. Several other banshees are available on your wing. Mia sits in the cockpit, and you can hear her speak.>"One sold something that he never could replace."A large explosion rocks the ship. The lights dim momentarily. Several Mutalisks soar past. >"One found religion and the other lost faith."A banshee engine whines as one crashes into the dunes in a cloud of black smoke.>"One hits the bottle till his problems go away."The radio cackles, cries of dying pilots and dropship teams fill your ears.>"Some held around while the others couldn't stay."The ship is rocked, and you suddenly find yourself in a freefall as you fall from the Banshee.
((How many people do I have right now?))
>>26124190you want us to sound off?
probably 5-6, been kinda slow today.
>>26124190I'm reading the horror, OP
>>26124207((Just a general idea. We're about to start another chapter so it's a good stopping place if we're dead.))
>>26124190Captain standing by.
>>26124214Cowboy Standing by
>>26124214stop for now, I say. It's a good point. Wrap up the nightmares, and you get a good day to consider the next thread.and I can give my capslock key a rest.
>>26124251If Adjutant is fine with continuing theres no reason not to. Plenty people still here.
>>26124263((I'm still hazy on the station 114 plot and need to work out some details. Since I figure we're going there next I think it's best we end for now.))
Pft it's only 1 am here. I'm good.
>>26124272D'aw. I was gonna vote for the zerg planet too to start research...
>>26124272only 10:30 here. I was hoping of going on until midnight...
>>26124272Alright thats fine too.
>>26124182Is it possible...this and the other one might be in reference to the different members of the old Phoenix squad?
((Alright then. Next thread will be 19:00ish 4chan time tomorrow. Stay tuned.))
>>26124272so, same time tomorrow?
>>26124313Damn it, I'll be away for tomorrow and I'll miss it...don't go to crazy without me!
>>26124326shit always goes crazy when someone isn't here, you know that!
>>26124352I know, and thus it makes me sad...