You are the Queen, the core of your nest's hivemind. Though your thoughts command the multitudes of your insect offspring, your numbers have grown too great for the nest and a new queen has left the nest with a part of your swarm. The queen was ready to found her own hive, but when she began to pull control of herself and her brood away from you - as you pulled away from your old queen, as all queens must - your mind resisted and firmly reasserted control. The young queen's mind bent to yours and through her you again commanded the whole of your offspring, now in two seperate nests. Your mind expanded, the underqueen becoming an extension of your consciousness. Awareness flooded your mind, YOUR mind, distinct! You have evolved past any of your species, able to form true cognitive thought. But what to do with it? Your insect host shudders and prepares to recieve your commands...Welcome to Hivemind Quest! Before we begin, there are a few orders of business - please vote on:1) Your/the Queen's name.2) Your first Underqueen's name.3) Most importantly, your species - pick a queen-based insect, such as ants, bees, even termites.First answers to 3+ votes will be a go! Mechanics post follows.
1. Vhaloka2. Ms. Popo3. Bumblebees
1. S'jet2. Kushan3. Termites
>>272283041:Rick2:Okgrvoromgvkvgkrmt3:The true pest man
While most of your actions will be determined by quester's responses and the outcome of your decisions, you will also have some Stats to work with and luck will play a role. You will roll against your stat with a d100, aiming under it (ie. Dark Heresy, a 1 is the best roll and 100 the worst). In order to avoid confusion about what roll is going to be used, the FIRST roll that accompanies a post on the course of action questers choose will be the relevant roll. If the questers put together several posts' ideas, the first roll on a post that summarizes/combines the ideas will be used. This will (hopefully) avoid accusations of me picking a certain roll, but we all know how that usually goes.The stats will be Speed, Toughness, Combat Efficiency, Metabolic Efficiency, and Adaptability. Your initial scores will be given to you once you select a starting species. You will also have various Attributes, like your Diet (ie. wood, nectar, etc.) or Movement (Flying, Burrow, etc.) - it is possible to have multiple items from a category, especially if we get into the last item. Evolutions are a longer term thing, if this quest goes long enough. With time the Queen will be able to drive her swarm into adapting in certain ways - perhaps you will gain the ability to detect minute vibrations in the ground around your, or sense the presence of magic. Oh yeah - there will be magic, though obviously as insects it won't come up much. Unless you make it.
Also, as I was thinking of this I was expecting Bees, but secretly hoping for Termites. Just because.
1. Hivegara2. Kharak3. Termites
Rolled 18>>27228304For species, Yellowjackets.
1) Leader: Vahloka2) Current Winner: Ms. Popo 3) Current Winner: Termites Voting closes in 5 minutes!
1.Alice2.Hourai3.Asian giant hornet
1) Okgrvoromgvkvgkrmt2) Ms. Popo3) Yellowjackets, because nothing that evil can possibly be boring
Polls say:1) Tie between Vahloka/Okgvoromgvkvgkrmt (I hate whoever thought of that)2) Ms. Popo smashes her way to victory3) Termites 3, with Yellowjackets and Bumblebees each at 2Calling for a tie-breaker vote on Queen name! First vote decides.
>>27228868I hate you to opi just smashed my hand across the key board
You are Okgvoromgvkvgkrmt (also known as Ctrl-V), the Queen of your brood of Termites. Your Underqueen Ms. Popo tentatively inquires what your wishes are. Stat Breakdown:Speed: 20Toughness: 25Combat Efficiency: 30Metabolic Efficiency: 30Adaptability: 25 + 5 for Cognitive ThoughtAttributesDiet - Wood, Limited Veg.Movement - Ground (slow), Wood-BurrowingSoldier Caste - only the dedicated soldier caste is readily able to fight, workers are rather weakCognitive Thought - your hivemind can expand via Underqueens and you can respond and adapt accordingly
>>27229029Information Dump: Your nest is in a temperate region, with a short, harsh winter and long mild summer. The areas not civilized by humanoid races are heavily forested - your primary nest is located in a large tree stump on the edge of these woods. The clearing nearby is tended by large upright creatures and they work with other creatures (humans and livestock). Also, magic is a thing, and may even be responsible for your consciousness, but as yet you have no knowledge of it. Also, you can't try to learn about something you don't yet know exists, so no Termite Fireball requests. Yet.
>>27229029>Your Underqueen Ms. Popo tentatively inquires what your wishes are.We're termites, right? So find some wood to nom on.Preferably in a nursing home. Preferably the main structural support beams.
A stump!? For OUR glorious swarm!? NO.Gentlemen. We're mauling a tree. The tallest tree in the woods. And if it falls down on accident, we'll know if it makes noise.
>>27229029we inform ms.Popo that we would like her to establish a hive within travel distance, so search for areas/tell her a good location from our previous knowledge of the area.
We must nom the Yggdrasil.
While nursing homes are likely out of the question, there are long-running wood structures surrounding the clearings the humans tend to, and several massive (to you) structures further inside the clearing. Your tree stump nest is about 15 feet away from this "fence" but Ms. Popo's brood has yet to entrench themselves.The humans have three fields: one for a few cattle (near), one for grain (closest), one for a grove of cherry trees (farthest from you). There are a handful of barns around the fields and maybe a dozen structures in the little town.You feel like the maximum range for controlling Ms. Popo would be about 100 ft, with anything further making it possible for her to resist your command.
We need to find the biggest tree and make a nest out of it. To let all the other trees know we are not to be trifled with.
>>27228304Put quest in the fucking title please
>>27229531I know, I realized after the first couple posts that I was retarded. It'll be there in the future.
>>27229521>>27229404There is a tree of exceptional size about 45 feet north along the fenceline - the clearing on one side allowed it to get massive, a sturdy oak going up 90 ft and 8 ft across at its base. It is easily the biggest tree within range.
>>27229637Any other nests of social insects in the area?
>>27229637I guess we'll take the tree.
>>27229667Your soldiers have fought off ants occasionally and seen a few bees overhead, but nothing serious. The worst scare you've had was a young human chopping for firewood near a log you were munching.>>27229682Ms. Popo's part of the swarm begins to burrow into the base of the tree, hollowing out a nest area for the Underqueen. Soon the feast begins - from experience you know that such a large tree will take weeks to die from even a heavy infestation, and will continue to feed you for months after it falls - assuming no one chops it up for firewood.
>>27229680The oak is the closest you can get, for now.
>>27229800>>27228304Well, for now we focus on additional growth, and try to spawn another sub-queen to see if it will be affected the same way as Ms.Popo and to further our growth.
>>27229861Agreed. We require additional underqueens to expand as much as possible. With luck and numbers we can enslave the bees, raise them as mounts, and ride them into battle against the dreaded firewood choppers.
>>27229861>>27229907Weeks pass and the new nest swells in size, eating into the core of the mighty oak. The members of the two nests mix, becoming one swarm connected by your mind. After some time, you can tell that your focus on raw numbers and expansion has paid off - you have enough members that a third nest could be established, provided you can birth and control a second Underqueen...(please vote for for 2nd Underqueen name)Your Metabolic Efficiency has increased to 32 and your Combat Efficiency has fallen to 29.
I agree with enslaving the bees.
>>27229907>>27228304Enslaving the bees is the obvious next step.
Rolled 28>>27229953Second underqueen name is Beaver.
>>27229907I second this. Out current weakpoint is currently our mobility and our lack of numbers. Enslaving the flying honeysuckers would be an apt solution to our lack of speed as current. In order to do so, we must expand our numbers and embolden our warrior caste to be tougher and more vicious. In the name of the wood god, we will prosper!
>>27229953Second underqueens name is "Oh fuck, you again."
>>27229996[x] This.Her name is Coco, she is loco...
Hmm, maybe enslaving dragonflies would be a good idea as well. Heavy troop transports anyone?
>>27229978>>27229992Bees are formidable opponents, being flyers and much more individually massive than your soldiers. Also, with no way to communicate or interact with them, enslavement will be a long road. You know their nest is distant, possibly beyond the human's widely spaced trees.
>>27230033no, loco is the 6th sub-queen, after momo,lolo and bobo.
We should create more soldiers and start raiding bee hives when they are out collecting pollen.Also voting for Ms. CoCo
Rolled 7 + 10>>27229996>>27230012>>27230033It seems we have a winner. Ms. Coco is hatched in the fifth week of your awareness, and you sense the potential for her to be your second Underqueen. She will not submit easily, however. Contested roll, since there is no relevant stat (d100, compared to what I roll).
>>27230066Our Queen controls superior termite minds though her own. so we need to work on extending this to the inferior bee minds while they are collecting their pathetic flower juice.
>>27230139Well THAT will be easy to beat....
>>27230139>>27228304well... it seems we're recycling that coco biomass for coco2.0. now more obedient.
>>27230081We must expand into the tree housing the blasphemers' nest. Over countless days we shall reporduce and train for our surprise attack while the majority of their colony is out collecting honey.We shall wear the exoskeletons of the bee workers we crush to fool the returning bees from a distance and ambush them one at a time as they return. From there, we use the larva and the queen we captured to reproduce and domesticate the bees. Training the strongest and healthiest for our cavalry, and the others shall produce honey to bolster our food supply.
Rolled 83>>27230179>>27230193It's dice+1d100
Rolled 75>>27230139if this doesn't beat 17....
>>27230152Capturing a bee to "experiment" on might make headway. It would let you study the method this other species uses to control its drones, and maybe adapt your own...
Rolled 52>>27230139Here we go.
Rolled 42>>27230179>>27230193well... it would appear i've forgotten how to roll>>27230224ty
Rolled 1initiate recycling of coco biomass for coco2.0 as soon as we notice we can't put her under our controll.
>>27230225>>27230224Ms. Coco resists strongly, going on a short rampage before being mauled by a pair of your soldiers (we are using roll under, a la Dark Heresy. 17 was lucky as shit). You mentally shrug and prepare to hatch Ms. Coco 2.0.
Rolled 48 + 10Ms. Coco 2.0 tries to resist...
Rolled 93>>27230297Use what we learned from 1.0 to improve our influence.
Rolled 66>>27230297She fails?
Rolled 98>>27230325>>27230332God damn it.
Rolled 53>>27230297Use the old Ms. Coco as an example for the new one to not try to resist strongly
>>27230297>>272303253.0 it is. this time we should have learned a few tricks.
>>27230325Welp, guess we're going to 3.0
baaaaad idea, then she might consider throwing off our controll later when she controlls a hive.
Rolled 84 + 25Goddamnit guys.Third edition Coco, this time with less trying to eat Okgvoromgvkvgkrmt?You ARE learning though. You doubt that any further Underqueens will resist so strenuously unless you overtax your ability or range of control.
Rolled 37>>27230398>>27228304here comes natural 100
>>27230398>>27230412Finally. We make Coco 3.0 get us a beer.
>>27230412Obedience will always come.
She would fetch us a wood ale.
>>27230412So we're finally good, just a bit delayed for enslaving the bees
With a version of Ms. Coco that you finally find agreeable, you note that Ms. Popo's oak is showing signs of going horizontal soon. As one facet of your mind directs Ms. Coco and part of your swarm to establish a nest further to the north (and thus closer to the unsuspecting bumblebees) another notes that a large section of the oak has fallen away from the woods and into the grain field of the humans, smashing a good section of fencing. A few of your workers sample the fence boards and find them quiet agreeable - human structures are quite edible!
>>27230538Stay away from the fence in the field, BUT begin to to target the fence controlling the strange bovines the two-leggers like so much.
>>27230538well, maybe we should make preparations for the eventual realignment of the floor/wall directions in the tree, Now that we have a 3rd hive. Creating more Queens should be easy. we should also try making more queens without hives to try to use as some kind of amplicators for our mindcontroll, maybe find other hives to subjugate this way, or even the bees.
>>27230538brood and dream gentlemen. First we boost our queen's mind control for the Honey Suckers. Then the Honey Queen. Then the Tree climbers (squirrels). Then the Stompers (Bears). Then the Bovine. Then, my countrymen, the glorious swarm shall overcome the human's and their tasty homes.
Your main hive begins to eat from the southern fencing that holds the few milk cows and work oxen the farmers keep. This fence is also bordered by hedgebushes, unlike those around the other fields - your intrusion will likely be unnoticed until it has done considerable damage.
>>27230538Stay away from the small supply of wood and focus on the vast supplynof trees
Rolled 86>>27230662Munch. Breed. Munch. Breed.
>>27230662Make the underqueens produce moar queens to increaae our mind
right now we are slow. I sugest that in adition to expanding our numbers we try and breed a more mobile type. So in adition to soldier and workers we could have runners (or jumpers or the such). A scout caste. To search the best places to munch and swarm and grow to.
>>27230716I am particularly interested in the breeding. Yes. Breeding. Very important.
We should try to breed some kind of brainbug for amplifying our controll, or even allow us to affect outer lifeforms.
>>27230853other* then again... outsiders obeying us would be pretty sweet......
>>27230721You are doubtful that second generation Underqueens would be so docile, better to make them yourself for now. The next day, the humans begin to chop up and haul away the fallen part of the oak tree. Some of your workers and soldiers are still inside and are found by the humans. They don't seem to make a big deal of it, but kill quite a few of them as they knock most of the pests off the newly fallen lumber. While Ms. Coco focuses on trying to trap a bumblebee for you, Ms. Popo is angered by the loss of her minions. She has the soldiers in the fallen log attack the would-be lumberjacks, resulting in some swearing. She senses your displeasure at her unapproved attack and makes the rest of her termites retreat from the fallen log. The next few weeks you spend expanding your nests and your range of control, with Ms. Jojo and Ms. Toto expanding into forest to chew at the sheer mass of trees, ripe for the eating.>>27230853Patience and focus will expand your mind - you can only breed with termites, anyway. Finally, Ms. Coco is successful - her soldiers drag to your nest a bumblebee, wounded but alive! Its wings and two legs have been chewed off and the stinger is long gone, but it lives!
>>27230905Focus our energies on researching this strange insect, send out a constant and simple broadcast to eat and breed.
Rolled 32>>27230905Try to influence the bumblebee, have Soldiers keeping it still at all time and look for any effects.also Rolling for inevitable controll roll.with breeding a brainbug i meant making a mix of a Queen and a nursery termite. no outside DNA needed. only some Changes to diet and hormones around the larvae.
>>27230905Time to think about the birds and the bees, this time with real bees.
>>27230976Don't mix queens with anything, don't risk it.
Rolled 11>>27230976Roll to mindfuck the bee.
>>27230905I say we have one of our underqueens make a queen to test our control capabilities on it. Attempt to mimic it's smell if we can, the captive that is. To make it easier to infiltrate.Also, once we learn all that we can from our captive, learn how to kill it most efficiently.
Adding a new stat, one I should have foreseen a need for - this should be the only such addition. Control: 35>>27230976You try various methods and finally crack the Bee Queen's control of this minion. Its enraged thoughts tear through your hivemind briefly before you crush them with sheer force of will. The bee is your minion now, though it will clearly die soon. The first thing you learn from it is surprising - apparently worker bees have names, perhaps as there are so few compared to your vast swarm? It is called Zzlahazz and its mind is yours to plunder - what do you try to learn from it?
>>27231118How the Queen controlls its hive and how to take that controll from it.
Rolled 26>>27231118How does it tell what is one of its kind and what isn't?
Rolled 94>>27231118names of1. The queen2. Workers/warriors to lure them3. weaknesses of the hive
>>27231175... I need to stop rolling
>>27231166Bees tell each other apart largely by scent - bees from a different nest have a different smell and are attacked if too close. Apart from bees, things are simply catagorized as Flower, Threat, or Stuff. Until now, termites were solidly in the Stuff category - the two species had virtually no interaction. Now, though, you think that the bees may need to shift you to a new category...
>>27231118we need to know the location of its home, and if it will be missed.And if it can be tracked. Mayhap we should have done our experiments in a remote location?
Rolled 33>>27231273See >>27231154
Rolled 3>>27231175The Bee Queen is Lazzhavv, but you get none of the other answers. You can tell the Zzlahazz will last for another (this roll) "questions" before it dies of its wounds.
>>27231273I for one am Insulted at the idea that our swarm carried out our mission with anything less than the utmost degree of stealthiness. Also, that they would call us "flowers"
>>27231328well then. ask this>>27231154
Rolled 45>>27231328WHERE IS SHE!?Seriously though, where's its queen?
Rolled 3>>27231154>>27231325Lazzhavv controls her hive much as you do, through pheromones and a form of primal conditioning. You broke her control over this bee by overwhelming her with powerful pheromones, and by somehow directing your thoughts through them you stole control.2 left
>>27231364You don't get a clear answer (roll not low enough) but it is certainly in the northeast cherry grove that tended by humans. You are on the western edge of the fields, with the grain field between you and the cherry trees.1 left
>>27231364no we need to learn how they track, then we can back track to the queen from any bee, and we can tell if they can track this one to us.
ask it about the hives location and if there are other hives of termites/ants/bees nearby
Rolled 5>>27231440agreed entirely
>>27231459You can't get the exact location of the hive from this one, nor does it know of any other insect hives in the area it flies. >>27231440>>27231486Smashing good roll! They keep track of each other and the nest via those same pheromones: the closest approximation is an extremely rudimentary telepathy that serves as rangefinder/compass back to the hive, or (for Queens) to the individuals of your swarm. This applies to all swarm species.As you pull this information from your captive and form the conclusions in your mind, the bee expires. You are now armed for the future, however - perhaps controlling these great flying honeysuckers won't be so hard after all...With that, my Termites, I must go to bed. This QuestMind has work in the morning, but I will try to bring Overmind Quest to you in future evening, starting around 9-10pm. Thank you for participating, I'm glad I worked up the nerve to start this and I hope it goes well in the future!
Rolled 74>>27231599right. First priority next time - dump the bee's body near an ant hive.
Rolled 57>>27231599alright looking forward to this. will check back around 9ish each dayrolling to convince you to stay up
>>27231644I wish I could, but I've got to be up in a few hours as it is. Also, archived for the future! I'm glad folks seem to like it so far.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/27228304/