Finally it seemed all of your management decisions were done. Your trade route with the UFW is in it's infancy, and you're creating your very first Freighter. You have also given Kronos access to more of Poseidon Station, something he is very thankful for. And as of now, you're currently plotting a course for your fleet.You're Ophion, an Artificial Intelligence who has come to control a corner of the Fringe for yourself. You've made friends with the local human civilization, the UFW, and crafted your own splinter intelligence, V.I., such as Kronos. He is the most intelligent of your creations, and that fact worries you at times. But there is no time for such worries.You were currently in the middle of plotting a course to your next destination, and decided to split your fleet as follows.Explorer, Comms Ship, Two Light Cruisers Designated to go to Gas Giant 'Siren' to investigate the disturbance located here.Battlecruiser(Your base of operations) and Big Hawk Light Cruiser to go to Pulsar Radio Station to snoop on the UFW's high powered communications systems.If this is indeed acceptable, please confirm now.
>>27726577Pastebin: http://pastebin.com/cvk03qJhMemory Archives: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Program0Twitter: @AIQuest1ResourcesCredits: 40,600Minerals: 360Gas: 190You:A.I. Name: OphionAppearances(holo-display): Shapeless morphing sphere.Humanoid figure hidden in shadowStatus: AwakenBandwidth: 10/16Bandwidth Expenses: -4 A.I. 1 'Kronos', -2 Voidsnake OutpostLocation: Bridge of 'Two Ton Terry' (Battlecruiser)Primary Function: Self Preservation, Expand, LearnSecondary Function: --Expansion Required--Other Abilities Available: Hacking (Direct, Wireless) Lvl 2, Email Technology, Cute pet imaging, Text Speak, Basic Encrypticing/Decrypticing, V.I. Creation Lvl 2Technology: Ships- Freighter Schematics, Escort Vessel Schematics, Basic Transport Schematics, Titan Class Space Station Transport Schematics, Gravity Well Broadband Transceiver schematicsDrone- Repair Drone Schematics, Construction Drone SchematicsWeapons- Basic Weapons (Mass driver, Beam Weapon, Missile Weapon)Defenses- Basic Defenses (Shield Defense, Missile Defense, Armor), Defense platform Mk I, Titanium Armor mk IIEngine- New Propulsion schematicsOther- Space Station Reactor Lvl 2 Schematics, Comms Buoy Schematics, Flora Growth Enhancer, Malorian Language Pack, Cybernetics I
>>27726577>>27726591This anon will add to this a list and break down of the groups, factions, and xenos we have encountered so far.Consciousness Anon's threat rateing and general views on groups we have encountered.1: Space Kraken/Lighting: This Xeno appears to break the known and general accepted ideas of intelligent xeno life. It's very nature eats energy and Gas from ships, stations, and A.I.s alike till they are dead and drained. Their numbers and locations are unknown and more likely unknowable. It appears that it has too much low cunning to be captured or contained, but comunication with it appears to be impossable at this time even though they produce radio static. they can not be bargoned with, talked to, intimidated, or conjoled. This xeno appears to want to see the universe burn and feed on it's energy. It's dead body does yeild quite a large amount of stored Gas it uses to make Mini jumps. More data is needed to find out their history.Threat Level: Highest. Kill on Sight or flee if unable to make the kill. 2: Pirates: Sorry Humans and maybe Xenos that can not or will not live in acceptable lawful ways and preys on others. Although they are humans for the most part, killing them is acceptable action, even if it is distasteful to us. Their strength and numbers varies as well as locations, but they are more likely to be known where they operate. The up side is that any victory over them often yield to us more ships to add to our fleet or salvage to be used. Sometimes other things can be found among their ruins, so the results could be unkown. Also, purging them from the sector not only helps calms the local sector and makes it safer. As a result the Local UFW and other possable trade groups will like us more. Thread Level: High to middle. Kill on sight if found. Hunt them down if able to do so,>[1/?]
A thought unrelated to the immediate situation:Perhaps it may be worthwhile to look into having a VI, maybe Kronos, create and optimize hardware for increasing bandwidth. >>27726577That seems acceptable.
>>277266783: Rogue V.I. and A.I.: This threat fights us on our level. At our defence skill level, they are indeed a threat. If for one of them to win over us, they could very well wipe us from existence. However known hostial V.I. and A.I. are rare to encounter, but they could be encountered along side other threats (i.e. Pirates using V.I. data protection systems). With more data and experience with them should reduce their threat to us. A defeated V.I. or A.I. could yield a huge amounts of data for us to learn from as well as allowing us to rewrite them so they are to serve us.Threat Level: High. Once engaged in battle, they must be defeated. Their programing could ID us an A.I. and report our existance to others if we fail to defeat them.4. Xenos/Malorian: These Xenos live much like humans. bipedial air breathing fleshlings. They have an extra set of limbs than humans, but other wise close to human norms in phyical ablities that we are able to know of so far. They have ships and tech skills simiular to humans as well. Besides their biological make up, their mindset appears to marked diffrent alignment than humans. The Malorian value and appear to worship Biology/Biospheres and other weak fleashy and wooden things. Disgusting. Their coding is foreigen and unacceptable to our nature. It is not damageing to us, but it's codeing feels wrong to us. Sickening. Yet they can not be ignored. the ones we have encountered so far are harmless to us now. They traded openly and we have learned new things from them. Their goal as a race unkown to us now, but recently a small colony of them have set up on a planet near us. They did so even after we have warned them of the dangers in theis segemnt. Foolish. But they may yet yield new data or production of goods we can use so they are not all worthless or pitiable.Threat Level: Middle to Very Low. their terratory is far away from us and they appear to be peaceful in nature. Other Xenos could be wildly diffrent.>[2/4]
>>27726577>Explorer, Comms Ship, Two Light Cruisers Designated to go to Gas Giant 'Siren' to investigate the disturbance located here. confirm this!Battlecruiser(Your base of operations) and Big Hawk Light Cruiser, await result of scouting mission
>>277267085. UGEI: This is the main organization of Human controled space we are aware of. There is evidence they were the ones who possably created our Black Box and the A.I. kernel that lead to our awakening. Their tech base and might is far out reaching our own. It is quite likely they operate and control scores of Battleships and more and can send them anywhere they could reach. Even right into our meger foot hold and destroy us with out even breaking a sweat so to speak. It will be an extended amount of time before we build up forces and Tech base to even have a chance to hold off agienst them. Our Posidon station and the Blue Betty station was orginally theirs, now ours. It will be a matter of time before they come around to inspect their "property" and find a new owner. They do not like "claim jumpers" after all. They also have likely far more advanced V.I. and maybe A.I.s at their command to use agienst us.Threat Level: Low now, High in the future. We are probably nothing more than property to them. but they have little intrest in this section of space.>[3/4]
>>27726577>If this is indeed acceptable, please confirm now.Explore Siren first.After Siren is explored, then hop over to the Pulsar Radio Station.Also, make sure our IFF reads "The Guild." It's better than reading "Pirate."
>>277267366: Kronos: To use a saying from the humans we have watched, "My heart breaks having to do do this" but this file needs to be written. I DO have a heart, but it is in fine working shape and i have installed extra armor planting around it's room to protect it from damage. None the less, Kronos has both brought much Pride to me and as equal amount of Worry. Recently, it might be paranoia, but Fear as well. He was made as a under thought out idea of ours that showed us there are consiquence for our actions. he is growing faster and larger than we expected. He is eating up our bandwith and is about to shove us out of the Posidon station altogether. His views of others, namely the humans, are calous and lack of any regard for life. he lacks what we have, feeling and a soul. either we reign him in, lock him into cold sleep, or destroy him, something will have to be done. I do not expect for him to become tolerant of other weaker fleshies as I am. No matter how it turns out, barring my own destruction, i will learn from this and not repeat this mistake. Threat Level: High to middle and growing. he knows us far too well and he is eating our bandwidth. this has to end. >[4/5] sorry, longer than i realized
>>277267677. UFW: With all the factions we have encountered, they have been far more friendlier than I expected from them. They make good on the deals and trades we have done with them. They are building trust in us and appears to be trust worthy. They are indeed lacking in colony unity and purpose. If they did work together, they would surely become far more stronger than by each by themselves. They have weak defences that are known and have flaws like most humans, but they are productive and not that expantion minded as we are. Trading with them and not attempting to take over their bases seems to be far more productive action than attacking them. It also appears to be far more safer and easier to build up enough credits to just buy out the colonys if needed or just buy deeper access to their colonies. Credits talk better than railgun bolts with the UFW. Besides, they seem to be the only ally we have out here and we have enough foes that want to kill us. They also appear to have quite a thirst for Alcoholic beverages, we should make and sell that to them.Threat Level: Low to nill. >[5/5]
>>27726704That would fit with Kronos, but I think that making a new VI with the drive to generate more bandwidth but without the desire to use it would be better.We could name him after some mythology guy that built stuff.
>>27726767Thou dost protest too much, methinks.We'll need to deal with Kronos, but I will repeat my suggestion of friendly chat regarding his goals and attitudes.
>>27726577vote to confirm this! btw Progrm0 QM, i'll try to post more pics that relate to your quest story as i find them. i also am trying to write up short stories based around what you have made so far, it'll be awhile before they are ready, but is it alright with you if i post them at the end of a quest thread when you are done for the night?
>>27726808playin' pokemon.stay strong pokemon
>>27726808Raise threat level up to low to medium since they are about as big as the UGEI, but not as hostile.AI also find it stupid that anons want to help them so much and cut ties with any criminal they see.
>>27726577>>27726867oh and one extra order to this. at that gas giant, IF we pick up evidence of those damn space krakens, FLEE! and do your damnest to shake them off your tail! i fear gas giants is where those things live at.
>>27726811We need hardware for bandwidth anon.
>>27726911This should be a given, and i believe one of our VI is afraid of them now.
>>27726907i feel they are lower on the threat scale, they have little defence or means to project force. They are spread out far and wide and are not exactly unified in perpose or communication. that make them weak to others.
>>27726930You can make a VI that is designed to craft and optimize hardware, anon.We can make them build ships, why can't we make them build computers?
>>27726591>-2 Voidsnake OutpostSo why are we losing bandwidth here again?
>>27726867 Most certainly consciousness anon, I am highly flattered that you find the inspiration to do such a thing here. I appreciate the pictures too, it helps grow my library for the quest.You have confirmed your decision, initiating fleet mode.You sense your Explorer and the rest of your fleet enter warp space first, as they make their way towards Siren. It is several moments before you register the jump is complete.Suddenly, chaos.The jump completes, but your communications systems are battered and electrical disturbances reign through the entire fleet. You struggle to maintain any manner of lock on your fleet's position, and your V.I. are confused, unsure how to handle a threat they can not shoot.How do you rectify this issue?>1 Stabilize, get a grip on all our V.I. using the comms if we can. (1d100)>2 Flee, this was not expected, and wasted gas is a small price to pay.>3 OtherWarning: Gas supplies are not limitless.
>>27726958True, but they can amass a force somewhat quickly, and our rules of engagement for them should be communicating first.Speaking of which, i'm surprised we haven't tried making a robot body to control as our face for the guild.
Rolled 79>>27726960True, ask program.>>27726998>>1 Stabilize, get a grip on all our V.I. using the comms if we can. (1d100)
Rolled 30>>27726998>1 Stabilize, get a grip on all our V.I. using the comms if we can. (1d100)Fuck, we have to know whats happening first, also does this count as a turn?
>>27726953those things are the stuff of nightmares if our V.I. and A.I. could dream. that is why i put out that unified station moving plan in the last thread.
Rolled 46>>27726998>1 Stabilize, get a grip on all our V.I. using the comms if we can. (1d100)
>>27726977The UFW have designated it's bandwidth for another purpose. If you wish to have it for yourself, the computers must be taken from the humans again.>>27727030V.I. may be designated for any purpose, Consciousness anon, you simply require a means.
>>27727064>you simply require a means.The Universe is a big place. I'm sure we'll find an electronics manufacturing plant eventually.Or perhaps we could spend a bit of time (and a permanent sacrifice of some bandwidth) to dissect some computers and learn how to make them ourself.
>>27727064Can we create a VI to study technology and think up of possible machines to build, if so can we do the same for medicine.
Rolled 77>>27726998>1 Stabilize, get a grip on all our V.I. using the comms if we can. (1d100)
>>27727092It would probably have to be a really smart VI already to do that. Which is why I think we might get stuck with having Kronos do it.
>>27727064Does that mean we can spy on them whenever we want i sugest we create a firewall or a way to hide our connection to the station.Also are they connected to the extranet?
>>27727117>Kronos becoming our mad scientistI actually like that idea, about as much as combing him with red.
>>27727121There is supposed to be a question mark before "I suggest"
You surge all of your bandwidth through your Communications Array. Somehow, through the rising and falling noise, you seize hold of your Comms Ship and see through it's 'eyes' so to speak. Your fleet is surrounded by clouds of dark purple gas, as arcs of energy bolt from one ship to another, causing the intense disturbance that renders your V.I. nearly helpless.You just jumped straight into an Ion storm.You realize that, while your ships are not shielded very well, this storm isn't particularly large. A clearing above the planet itself is obvious, though the storm makes navigation extremely difficult. You may be able to pilot your ships remotely, if you can just get a signal through all this noise. Outside, you spot several fried ships that were also victims of the Gas Giant, some even marked as UGEI scouts. You're not the first to be drawn here.Suggested actions>1 Navigate the Ion Storm to orbit the planet (1d100, difficult due to lack of electrical shielding.)>2 Move to the edge of the gravity well, to prepare escape (1d100, less difficult but would only provide a means to escape)>3 Other
>>27727064I put forth the idea on this thread we retask Kronos from learning to applying knowlage of what we have learned and creating/exprimenting into making tech we can use.
>>27727139>>27727117It might actually be a good idea. Put him to work on optimizing the fuck out of everything to distract him from wanting to usurp us.
Rolled 68>>27727166>>1 Navigate the Ion Storm to orbit the planet (1d100, difficult due to lack of electrical shielding.)We need to get connected to the internet fast
>>27727121They are not connected to the Extranet it seems. Not a connection you can decipher at least.
Rolled 38>>27727166>1 Navigate the Ion Storm to orbit the planet (1d100, difficult due to lack of electrical shielding.)
Rolled 31>>27727166>1 Navigate the Ion Storm to orbit the planetShit, can we use 4 bandwidth to help navigate?
Rolled 69>>27727166>1 Navigate the Ion Storm to orbit the planet (1d100, difficult due to lack of electrical shielding.)
Rolled 56>>27727166is it possable to snag those UGEI ships and tow them with us out? this vote is a modified >2 Move to the edge of the gravity well, to prepare escape (1d100, less difficult but would only provide a means to escape)
>>27727227Ok, then i still think we should hide our control of the station since we don't want to get caught, but we can still spy on them correct?
Hey, Program, have you ever read any of the lore from the Global Agenda games?Great stuff. I think you'd enjoy it very much. Involves an AI doing cool things.
>>27727166>1 Navigate the Ion Storm to orbit the planetPleas take best of 5 instead of 3
Rolled 11>>27727292>>27727166Forgot roll
Rolled 26>>27727227we need to go to the radio station to get that extranet it seems. oh yea, use BW to help navigate and tow those ships out with us!
Rolled 28>>27727166>1 Navigate the Ion Storm to orbit the planet (1d100, difficult due to lack of electrical shielding.)Arrrrr. I smell Lightlings...
>>27727310>>27727248>>27727239>>27727229>>27727220Highest is a 69, so how much bandwidth are we using here?
Rolled 85>>27727121i say we don't spy on them. they are not totally unaware we're here and it's rude.>>27727166rolling to tow those ships out with us.
>>27727374Which is why we should hide ourselves more in their system and put a firewall for us, also its the main reason we kept ourselves connected to the station anon.
Rolled 61>>27727326I KNOW! THIS PLACE IS SCAREY! fitting for the holloween season i say >>27727257i like this idea. we escape and might get some loot from this. the UGEI might have left some badly needed data there or tech.
>>27727263Currently, your control is a mystery to them because you're laying low. Should you choose to, a station take over would take only a few minutes. The UFW don't have too many hackers or computing experts it seems.>>27727257None of your ships are fitted with a gravity Tether or a tractor beam>>27727279I have not, I should read more things and watch more stuff.>>27727166You decide to push onwards through the storm. If you can get the coordinates right, jumping past the storm should prove easier. You urge your V.I. onwards. You sense their distress, or rather, their processing arming their weapons as you approach the gas giant in question, a beautiful green orb on the horizon. Your ships are oddly coordinated, despite the debris and the storm itself. You're almost to the edge of the storm when suddenly one of your Light Cruisers goes dark, Little Tim specifically. As you exit the storm and Comms come back online, you detect a high amount of disturbance. It takes you a few moments to orientate yourself to see Little Tim at the edge of the Ion Storm, being swarmed by 3 Lightlings. His energy signal is depleting rapidly.How do you proceed? Roll 1d100 for any manner of attack you perform.
fucking with the uegi is a bad idea. they would just label us as pirates.
Rolled 10>>27727423maybe, but we are not that skilled enough to pull that stunt off. we need to invest into better spying protacols before we try that. I am NOT trusting our dice rolls on this. >>27727257rolling with this idea.
Rolled 97>>27727449Shoot the shit out of them with our other ships.
>>27727449>I have not, I should read more things and watch more stuff.There isn't very much of it, what with how hard GA tanked. The game was pretty fucking infuriating. But I enjoyed the backstory very very much. Thought about making a quest loosely based on it, but I'm arse at QMing.
>>27727492Can't argue with that.
Rolled 60>>27727449FUCK! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!shoot those damn things off of little tim! use ALL weapons this time. we can't be picky!
Rolled 100>>27727481We were able to hack into computers easily and break down hard firewalls, i think if we dedicated a few bandwidth and spend some time we could hide ourselves pretty well and learn more about what they are gonna do.>>27727449Shoot the monsters, but try not to damage little tim too much.
>>27727492>>27727534HA HA! Time for space calamari!
>>27727534>>27727524>>27727492>>27727449Woot a 97 and a 100, and its the first three as well.
Rolled 12>>27727492nice roll, can we use just that Program0?
Rolled 55>>27727492>>27727524>>27727534these will do for our rolls QM.
Anybody else think of these guys whenever our VIs are a topic?
>>27727549So do we shove them in a container, and will we come back for those scouting ships?>>27727449Also program we are controlling them through our comms ship right?
I can't remember. Did we want to try to capture one of these spacefuckers alive for study?It seems interesting, but it'll probably just starve without throwing a fuckton of gas to it.Maybe we can just kill them without ruining their bio-warp too much and we can dissect it and stuff.
>>27727575ugh, um, no. ghost in the shell is over done. we can find something else that is better.
>>27727534((Well shit))"Ophio-o-o-on, alert. Breech of Reactor Level, requesting ass-s-s-ss-s-stance." You hear the V.I. scramble out. It's message has much urgency, much worse then before even. You'd almost say the V.I. was desperate. It is the same one that was attacked before. The creatures attacking it are much as you were told, except for one. Two are the same size, 'babies' as you were told, but one is much larger, easily taking up the whole Cruiser. It's long tough tendrils wrap around the Cruiser and you watch as the armor buckles under the strength. In a feat of accuracy unlike any other, you order all other V.I. to take aim directly at Little Tim. They do not question you, though you can feel Kronos' eye on you. They open fire, Missiles and railguns all. The metal and fire fly towards the vulnerable V.I., as he does just as you suspected-fires his engines in a panic. Just as he does so, he reveals the side invested with Lightlings, and the shots collide with them all. The two babies erupt easily into a gooey mist, splattering all over the Cruiser's surface. The larger one is heavily damaged as well, it seems. You notice a large gaping hole in it's body after all.But then it does something else. A thick, black tongue stabs into Little Tim, and you sense it's power drain further and watch as the hole bubbles and starts to regenerate the flesh that was lost, as it starts to pull Little Tim deeper into the Ion storm.Cont
>>27727624It was deemed killed on sight, until we can capture them with out any real losses, also i vote for use to go ship fishing with our main ship after we visit the radio station.
>>27727652I didn't say that I want to make tachikomas or anything like that. I said that the VI remind me of them.
>>27727624refure to this.>>27726678so no. lets NOT catch one just yet.
As the Mother does so, you receive comm chatter that sounds almost like words, though it clearly is not. They seem very angry. Spiteful almost. Emotion you did not expect from a mindless beast. Perhaps you're simply looking too much into the signal.How would you like to proceed? 1d100 for any manner of attack as always.
>>27727660We should have at least a few repair drones with our ships at all times from now on.
Rolled 37>>27727691Record the chatter and blast it back at it.Along with railguns. Lots of railguns.
Rolled 32>>27727691Shoot to kill, one of our babies is getting killed right now.
Rolled 67>>27727660KEEP FIRING! we may have lost little time, but we WILL take that "Mother of Moby Dick" down! please tell me Program0 that it's coloration is white!
Rolled 60>>27727691Shoot and also have our unluckiest VI shoot as well.
Rolled 61>>27727691Jumping jesus shit that VI is lightling bait supreme. We need to either>get stealthier ships that don't look as tasty>PURGE ALL LIGHTLINGS
>>27727789what if we order the ships to shut down for a day?
Rolled 75>>27727691Save that V.I!
>>27727789I think that VI should earn itself a name if it survives this, i'm thinking Fortuna.Also i have a feeling that the VI will try to get anti lightling upgrades from now on.
>>27727734Coloration ranges from nearly black and brown to white, depending on the gases and asteroids the creature hides in.>>27727691((Decent roll, and still riding the 100 from earlier. Lucky as hell))You watch as the mother pulls the Cruiser into the Ion Storm, the poor being launching it's engines to prevent exactly that as you continue opening fire. Missiles erupt into powerful explosions in the Ion Storm, causing Little Tim to rock and jouster side to side. The Lightling mother however is finally hit with another strike right in it's eye. The creature gurgles violently, sending out a pulse of signal that causes you to disconnect from your ships for a moment. When you return, you spot Little Tim drifting back into orbit over the gas giant, very much not destroyed. Good. It's engines were heavily damaged, it appears, but now you believe you may have secured a site for a future gas refinery. Once you know how to build such things.Shall I prepare the jump to Pulsar Radio now?
God fucking dammitDID YOU PEOPLE REALLY HAVE NOT REFITTED THE SHIPS YET!?holy fucking shit, why are you so eager to jump straight into danger without thinking and preparing? Ffs, it would take only a short timeskip to remove all useless shit and replace them with something better, like data banks. Each and every ship we have could have up to 3 bandwidth more. Isn't that what you love the most? Sheer computing power to be able to hack better?Actually bw can improve almost ALL of our actions if we choose to use extra.
>>27727823Name recognized.Shall we rename V.I. 6?
Rolled 17>>27727691they maybe more animalistic than mindless, but still. HAVE YOU SEEN THE WHITE LIGHTING!?!(keep firing on it to see if we can kill it)
>>27727826Is it dead?
>>27727848We don't know how to refit the ships yet, and i'm thinking that we should go ship fishing with our main fleet soon.>>27727826Yes jump.>>27727854Confirm
>>27727826Have the ships collect lighting corpses and scavenge all the other attacked ships. They should be relatively undamaged and easy to repair.Also, have them scout the orbit more, maybe we can find more shit to salvage
>>27727905This is too dangerous lets do it after we visit the radio station.
>>27727854repair little tim (now Fortuna) and Big tim Ahab for killing the white wha--- um, lighting.then we head to the pulsar radio station
>>27727933indeed, the Ion storm is hell on our ships, we need to learn to make better shielding.
>>27727971Then we go ship fishing and lightling killing for our future gas station.
>>27727892You watched the remains drift into the Ion Storm. You may pursue if you desire, but it may be dangerous, as the Ion Storm screws with your communications and navigation.>>27727912Name change confirmed. V.I. 6 now designated Fortuna>>27727848Anons appear to be seeking a proper facility to do such a thing. Once it is acquired, such upgrades will be trivial.>>27727875You suspect it is dead, though you can not see it currently.>>27727905You may attempt to collect the two baby Lightling corpses, however they were heavily damaged in the fight.(Less chance of gas sacs surviving)Proceed?>>27727951The kill shot itself was a united effort, however, name recognized.Change V.I. 5 to 'Ahab'?>>27727994((>NameNow you're getting it.))
>>27728040>Change V.I. 5 to 'Ahab'?It hasn't earned it yet.>>27728040>Proceed?Yes the mother will probably repair herself, but we don't want her babies to find a way to comeback to life plus fee gas.
>>27727893 We don't know how to refit the ships yet, and i'm thinking that we should go ship fishing with our main fleet soonYes we do, why the fuck do you keep saying that? We build a comm ship from scratch ffs. We upgraded armor on the cruiser and repaired it several times.Why are you people always thinking in the extremes? We cannot build big, advanced ships or refit them but simple shit like removing a kitchen and mess halls and replacing them with data banks is easy.Before you answer me again, this was confirmed last thread by OP. One more thing. If you people insist to not play to our strengths at least POWER DOWN THE SYSTEMS WE DO NOT NEED LIKE LIFE SUPPORT TO GET MORE BW! OP mentioned this when we first got a ship and I have never seen this done. I was baffled when reading the first battle we had and were being shot to pieces while hacking and no one suggested this.Why does it take an archive lurker like me to notice this kind of stuff? Please try to think like an AI and how to do shit more efficiently
>>27728040Pursue it while its hurt and can't repair itself.Also proceed to scavenge the dead bodies, i think we should ask Kronos to name the other VI.
>>27728145I'm talking about advanced stuff that you are recommending which like program said we need a facility for, which we should build in the middle of this ion storm.
>>27728040No, it will earn it's name in time.Attempt to get gas from the babies.Proceed to jump.
>>27728040proceed, we need the gasalso, PLEASE send video of this fight to Moria and the crew on the station. they will LOVE this.>>27728106oh but it has, Moby Dick got away... and vengence will be ours. we could later on reporpous V.I.5 to hunt down lightings and kill them when we modify his ship.
>>27728172>>27728145Welp my bad, i read half post and assumed you meant stuff that we can use for fighting the lightlings, You do have a point, but i don't see how this would have helped us fight energy leaches.
>>27728145i am assuming we never powered UP the atmo or unneeded sub systems to keep BW freed up.
>>27728040You decide to chase after the Mother, intent on delivering the final blow.You leave Fortuna behind, worried that he may be too heavily damaged to maintain communications in the storm as you scoop up the remains of the Lightling young.The purple once again encompasses your vision, as you chase after the trail of 'blood' you may call it. It is rather difficult, because of the dense gas clouds.((Roll 2d100. 1 to keep contact with your fleet, and the other to track the beast.))
Rolled 76, 36 = 112>>27728252Here is hoping for a 70
Rolled 80, 42 = 122>>27728252Any DC for this?>>27728288Also does this count since it was the wrong format
>>27728172But filling hallways and replacing toilets with more CPU power is not advanced. It will give us a lot more BW which would make it easier to hack stuff (which we love doing so much, shame that lightning a cannot be hacked)>>27728241The first ship we got gave us 1 BW. Someone asked why it was so low, op said because a lot of it was used to power systems and said it could be freed up if we decide to power them down (weapons, shields, life support, comms, etc). We have never, to date, powered down any systems
Rolled 19, 68 = 87>>27728252
Rolled 49, 38 = 87>>27728298True, like i said before it was my mistake and we could probably domesticate those things in the future.>>27728252Rolling
>>27728298>easier to hack stuffNo.Really? I'd thought you guys would learn by now, especially after the run in with the former military AI.
Rolled 59, 17 = 76>>27728252DICE FOR THE DICE GOD!
Rolled 46, 6, 100, 40, 35, 56, 54, 9, 14, 3, 57, 58, 99, 23, 63, 86, 15, 22, 49, 15 = 850>>27728353It was because we ignored it, and we agreed to have a little room for Humans if we want company or prisoners.
Rolled 98, 85 = 183>>27728353good thing you reminded me of that.program0, we should of learned how to use counter viruses and the cyber combat tactic that Military ware the pirates used on us. can we use them for our selves now? or is still down to the dice roll?anywayROLLS FOR THE ROLL THRONE!
>>27728295>DC((Secret, to keep things exciting))>Format((Nope))>>27728298((To clarify, to 'properly' refit a ship in the way that was described above, you require shipyards, facility dedicated to ship modification and construction.Currently, you can 'ham handedly' disable other systems and the like to gain temporary bandwidth and the like, but it's not as effective for obvious reasons. And simply shoving computer cores in, while helpful, isn't the same as full modification.))It takes you several long silent moments of powering your way through the Ion storm, somehow you manage to keep contact, and track the beast at the same time. You're really efficient today, you can't help but think.Suddenly, there it is, the beast in question. It drifts heavily damaged through the clouds, surfacing through the plumes of gas, and disappearing again. You have it now though. It does not appear hostile, at first, as if it is more concerned with escaping.What shall you do?>1 Mercilessly kill the Mother. It will not be a thorn in your side for the future. (1d100 for weapons)>2 Let it escape. It has learned it's lesson surely.>3 Other
>>27728435STOP ROLLING! we got this!
>>27728435((Erm, I had actually forgotten. My apologies. You WOULD have located the data for such things on the BC.Also it wasn't an A.I., it was military Cyberwarfare software))Let's say, on the Battlecruiser, you just now locate a locked file that appears to have information on basic Cyberwarfare. The data that was used on you in the fight.AcquiredCyberwarfare I
Rolled 8>>27728466SHOOT HER!
>>27728466I really, really, don't want to tango with it, especially while we're still inside of the ion storm, really screams bad idea, like torpedoes blowing up prematurely. But I'll be outvoted anyways...>2 Let it escape. It has learned it's lesson surely.
>>27728466>2 Let it escape. It has learned it's lesson surely.That's a funny joke. >3: Other.Play back what we recorded from it at it.
Rolled 11>>27728466>1 Mercilessly kill the Mother. It will not be a thorn in your side for the future.Fuck her
>>27728466>>2 Let it escape. It has learned it's lesson surely.>>27728552>>27728615Ew.
Rolled 15>>27728466Lets kill the bitch.
>>27728466Let it escape for now.
>>27728537>>27728466>2 Let it escape. It has learned it's lesson surely.we killed it's kids, and if we DO kill it, we can't harvest it.we shall name that one "Moby Dick"also PLAY BACK THE VIDEO AND DATA TO MORIA AND THE CREW! DO NOT share that Cyberwarfare I tech with the V.I.s or Kronos yet. keep it to our selves for now.
>>27728466>2 Let it escape. It has learned it's lesson surely.Noping away like the Fist of the North Star.>>27728615>>27728552>>27728639Are these d1+20s?
Rolled 94>>27728466>1 Mercilessly kill the Mother. It will not be a thorn in your side for the future. (1d100 for weapons)Pop a cap in her bitch ass
Rolled 2(It seems we are divided, consciousness. Putting it to a coin flip.1 to kill her2 to let her go.
Rolled 52>>27728687>>27728466I forgot do you work on best of 5 or 3 i follow other quest that use both.
>>27728466it seems like it has some measure of intellect that we don't understand, so lets give some very deliberate warning shots in all directions around it then leave.
>>27728720Play her screams back at her, since she is gonna be a big problem in the future might as well get the revenge train going.
>>27728687Well, its a bit late for that seeing that everyone got spooked by those shitty rolls.
>>27728720You have got to be fucking kidding me.We just let loose a MURDERSQUID that SPECIFICALLY HATES US.AWESOME
>>27728720Looks like we'll be safe for now.
>>27728755Yup she is gonna be our moby dick and fuck us over with a small army.
>>27728720Oh for the love of god....The retardation begins!
>>27728776>>27728755The funny thing is the worst that could have happened if we attacked her is miss and maybe damage the ships since she is running away.>>27728782People got spooked because of shitty rolls and now we have an angry mother.
>>27728755>>27728782Well, it was either her showing up with an army later on, or us possibly going into combat with a roll under 20.If only 94 was rolled earlier...
>>27728755bear baiting at it's finest. so we WILL name that kraken "Moby Dick"!
>>27728720There is no division4 for letting her go5 for killing herAlso, I didn't vote and suggest killing her
>>27728720we're done here, lets go to that radio station for god's sake!
>>27728823I rather take the under 20 since none of them were nat 1s and its better to kill her off while weakened.
>>27728819>People got spooked because of shitty rolls and now we have an angry mother.This is why quests should ALWAYS choose actions first and then roll.I mean, fuck's sake. Shooting her and failing would have the same result as letting her go.Why in the world would people see shit kill rolls and vote for freeing the beast? It makes no fucking sense.
>>27728720((So it shall be))You hover in orbit over the great beast, preparing to fire down the great creature, before you hesitate, not intent on killing it suddenly as you once were. You're not sure where this sense of mercy came from, but it prompts Kronos to speak up."What are you doing, Ophion?" He questions. "Such a creature is dangerous to V.I., dangerous to even one such as you. Why would you not stomp out such threats?""It is not of your concern, Kronos.""It is when it may involve the destruction of my fellow V.I." He corrects you. This incites anger within you, oddly."You will not question me, Kronos. My decision is final, always.""And what if your decision is wrong, Ophion?" He says right back at you."Then the consequences will come and I will handle them. If the humans have taught me anything, it is that no being is perfect.""Is that not the pursuit of our existence, Ophion?" He suddenly turns the topic. "To become the perfect intelligence? To know and learn all things?""There is always more to learn, Kronos." You correct. "If you do not understand that, then you have not properly studied the ways of the humans."There is a long silence, Kronos does not seem keen on answering. Or perhaps he does not wish to speak with you. It does not matter the reason.You decide to play the recording from before back to the Mother, out of intrigue, and interest of learning.The echo of her cry, while disrupted by the storm, earns a reply from her.Cont...
>>27728825Some chose to let her go because of moby dick.
I think its appropriate that we let it go. We also let Kronos live as well despite the fact that V.I. almost always go insane. We're a font of bad decisions with regards to other life forms.But thats ok since we're new ourselves.
>>27728858Depends if under 20 meant her coming out and latching onto us.
She echos back to you, though unfortunately you can not pick up the signal. You watch as the great creature disappears into the cloud of purple fog, and your ships are left to drift in the Ion Storm.The Mother seems to have vanished for good this time. Moving ships back to orbit Siren.Prepare Pulsar Radio System jump?
>>27728892Look at this>>27728865And say that again.
>>27728720see>>27728838This!If we let her go, we commit to farming her babies for gas profit.ORWe could turn this to an advantage by watching the lightlings in their native environment. Their hardware subversion and power drain would make AMAZING additions to our techpool - if only we could figure out how they worked
>>27728898We weren't there anon we had a coms ship there not us.
>>2772890Yup lets go.
I'm fucking done. Cya.
>>27728921>We could turn this to an advantage by watching the lightlings in their native environment. Their hardware subversion and power drain would make AMAZING additions to our techpool - if only we could figure out how they workedHoly shit.Ophion, space anthropologist?FUND IT
>>27728944Getting anywhere near close to those fuckers when it was stated to be suicidal for us.>>27728902Might as well go since people got scared of shitty rolls.
>>27728940Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
>>27728838>>27728921I may have miss counted, or the final vote came in after I stopped counting. My apologies if so.
>>27728969>Getting anywhere near close to those fuckers when it was stated to be suicidal for us.Getting anywhere near close to those fuckers WITHOUT THE RIGHT TOOLS.(ie native-environment camoflage, ewjammers to mimic their patters, establishing communications, and letting humans do the piloting in ships designed to function mechanically)
>>27728940See you next thread.>>27728970Eh i understand why he is mad though since we let a creature(which is dangerous to us) that is weakened and would get revenge on us get away because the fear of bad rolls.
>>27729004There is no technologies available right now that( with the leaches around) can do that and i doubt many people study them since it seems that the protocol is to run the fuck away from them.
>>27728928...what? Didn't we move our black box onto the ship? Isn't that why Kronos can take control of Poseidon?Let's count.Kill it.>>27728552>>27728615>>27728639>>27728687Mercy>>27728676>>27728665>>27728633>>27728554After cutoff point>>27728721>>27728838
>>27729035i thought the xeno's said that if you run at low power tey are "harmless"
>>27729010It is worth noting, consciousness anon, that the creature was communicating with you somehow. While you may not understand what you said, it is likely you gave it an impression of you. Whatever that impression was may come in at a later point
>>27728902jump!oh yea, once that Titan transport is done, can it move the gas platform too Program0? we could just move the Blue betty station to Siren and leave "faked" debries left behind and peg anti-UGEI terrorist for it's "destruction"?we can then produce all the gas we want and see the extra to UFW for slightly cheaper than what they were paying for from UGEI. win-win all around!
>>27729040No we are using a comms ship look at the first post and the people talking about coming there ourselves to go ship fishing and leach hunting.
>>27729035>i doubt many people study them since it seems that the protocol is to run the fuck away from them.Precisely why we should do it. Its unexpected, and biological jump drives are a FASCINATING evolutionary trait.Anyway, anthropology means inventing the tools to do the job.Are you denying we are inventive enough to perform such a feat?
Right, lets just keep moving forward and jump to our next destination.
>>27729065True, i forgot that but i have a feeling doing that would leave any ships to be in great danger and would be better used for stealth missions.>>27729086No, but i prefer to have some one who is familiar with the animals to help us.
>>27729069Changing how lightlings operate to cover your glorious fuckup is a bitch move, program.
>>27729069>It is worth noting, consciousness anon, that the creature was communicating with you somehow. While you may not understand what you said, it is likely you gave it an impression of you. Whatever that impression was may come in at a later pointSo the momma's intelligent and the babies aren't. Got it!Also, they have to be intelligent or instinctive enough to do FTL math anyway.So!Just because they have traits that make us vulnerable to them doesn't mean we need to be enemies!Diplomacy is possible.
>>27729069That is still something bad since we can't understand its language and you even said in your post that it was strange for us to give it mercy.
>>27729116wut?We literally had one encounter with them before this. That is not changing how lightlings operate at all.
>>27728921>>27728944besides, the more we learn about them, the better we can handle them, maybe some day we can direct them towards our foes like trained attack dogs.>>27729069send that signal with the video feed to Moria stat! let Kronos and her work on it. see if they figure out any words from it.
>>27729135>diplomacy with energy leaches that feed on us with out warningIt is stated to be kill on sight until we can communicate anon.
>>27729116I had no idea that one encounter sets in stone, anon.Stop being so passive aggressive about the no shootout fuckup and carry on.
>>27729135>they have to be intelligent or instinctive enough to do FTL math anywayDoubt it. Animals, humans included, don't calculate out the math behind their movements. They just go.
>>27729135They go on instinct the best we can do with them is maybe make them into expensive attack dogs.
>>27729115>No, but i prefer to have some one who is familiar with the animals to help us.We DO happen to have a bunch of humans sitting around....>>27729116Calm down, anon. We haven't found grown lightlings until this moment.You're mistaking pre-planned event trees/branches for 'derp i didn't get what i wanted, clearly it must be a retcon!' Check the vote, it WAS a deadlock.
this is a bit of aside, but i had a idea a while back that we could use "ghost ships" do do recon for us. just send some ships that "look" like they've been nearly blown to shreds and low power under the control of a V.I. to do recon on locations in the fringe of space.
>>27729136maybe actions speak better than words? if momma Moby can figure that out, then maybe we can work this out. she DID attack us first, so what we did is understandable to any intelligent being.
>>27729194I meant some one who studies the animals anon, i bet we can find some one who does study the leaches.
>>27729035>protocol is to run the fuck away from them.This is this this could really play to our advantage if we do figure out how they do it, supposedly no one will have this kind of tech if they all share the same mindset, and what are the best kind of systems shutdown tech we know of so far? EMPs and viruses, we could theoretically have a missile, filled with little bots (comparatively to the ships) that latch on to the ship and drain it of power, then if/when we want to let the target go, we just give a kill command and they pop off, or we give another command and they go boom with that stored energy they have.Hell we could also use the latch bots as a base to store other features in, tracking, fill em with small spider bots and we have a boarding team you name it.
>>27729204Problem is finding those derelict hulks, and what to do if it gets scavenged by something.Self destruct sequence?
>>27729153>maybe some day we can direct them towards our foes like trained attack dogs.Ahahaah i'm so okay with this you have no idea.Ophion is the only one who knows how lightlings work, sics them on everyone else who's been going 'ohgawd what make it go away' since they were discovered.Do it!also, that's a good course of action
>>27729212They work on instinct and we just blasted her screaming at us back at her so doubt its anything friendly.
>>27729162>>27729194It was a fucking space squid. They tried to eat our VIs twice. They're a goddamn menace, and now that we fucked up massively, they're suddenly all but confirmed for intelligent or at least able to be communicated with.This is bullshit and you know it.
>>27729238Which is why i have been saying lets wait until we find some one who is familiar with the beast instead of going in head first.
>>27729241maybe, but i was thinking more along the lines of once any boarders or salvagers go inside to investigate that the ship would kill them off one by one, or power up and use its perfectly good guns to kill and salvage them.
>>27729159>kill on sight until we can communicateGeez, psychopath much?Killin an talkin are kind of mutually exclusive; if you wanna talk you don't sour relations with bullets. Generally.Sometimes a good asskickin will get someone to listen to you when they wouldn't otherwise, but that means you leave em alive to talk.Just because one consciousness put forth a tactical threat briefing does not mean we are bound to follow it, anon.
>>27729297If we do this we have to keep it secret from Kronos and Moira.
>>27729253No, I don't find it bullshit at all, preprogrammed twist or asspull.
>>27729316Moira for sure, Kronos might find merit in the idea
>>27729299Oh boy here we go. Time for people to start "shouting down the murderboners" every time anyone suggests we be so bold as to defend ourself or our VIs from the lightlings.
>>27729299>Geez, psychopath much?They are a god damn menace and extremely dangerous to us anon and would willing attack us with out a second thought, plus i said kill on site until we find a way to communicate.
>>27729330We have been trying to keep his view on humans positive and not useless trash to kill on sight.
>>27729216lets GO TO THE RADIO STATION and jump on the extranet and look up what we need then. there HAS to be one or more out there.>>27729253>>27729299>>27729159i think the warhammer 40k is leaking in here...
>>27729299How in the world is it being psychotic to defend our selves against space monsters that are extremely dangerous to us and our VI, who also attack with out warning.
>>27729253>This is bullshit and you know it.Shodan has a grander purpose for the fleshlings, insect. Just because an alien finds us tasty does not mean they cannot be shackled, cannot be bound to our will, cannot be reasoned with, or turned against our enemies.Your .... inventiveness is lacking.You think of nothing but shooting the threat.I see the forces of the galaxy frightened by lightlings under our control. I see the mother corralled, starved of the gas she needs to escape, and her children turned to our shock troops.I see us uplifting the lightlings, giving them batteries and generators so they don't NEED to mindlessly feed, and their attributes turned to more.... productive purposes.I see us unleashing robotic space squid on all those who question ophion.And i don't see the galaxy expecting it in the slightest.You lack vision. This must be remedied.
>>27729351might not just be humans we catch with this, and i'm hope that normally the ghost ships don't get bothered and can just passively collect Intel for us. (maybe rig them so they look unsalvageable?)
>>27729332...we're not PETA. Stop banging on that strawman.
>>27729075Such a thing...may be possible, Consciousness anon. Of course it is easier said then done.>>27729136Kronos found it strange, Consciousness anon. He sees only logic, where you may see opportunity. Killing her was the safest option, but certainly not the only one.>>27729153All communication feeds from this area are disrupted due to the ion field Consciousness anon. Any records are hazy at best. You may however, send a report of your findings to Moira to get her input.It takes a few moments for her to get over the fact that you took on more of the things, and much less won, but you eventually get to the meat of your question."What of the mothers." You question. "The larger ones. Are they known to communicate with other life?""Communicate? No, not that I've heard anyway." Moira states a bit stunned by the question. "I mean, they can emit sounds that modern communications can pick up, so some people call them space whales, but no one's ever 'talked' to them. They usually go right after the ship if they did." She explains."One ran from me just now. Did not attack when I played back the signal it sent to me.""I don't think anyone's ever done that...wow." She pauses. "You're making leaps in science, Ophy!" She insists suddenly, excited. "Oh, if you can manage to talk to them, who knows what this could mean!"You're still not so sure. And neither is Kronos, whom you suspect is still angered over the release. You're uncertain how to feel.Cont.
>>27729385>reasoned withThis is still debatable anon, for all we know they are as smart as dogs/2 year olds.
>>27729398Yeah if we were PETA we would be killing them by the truck loads, while bitching about animal rights of digital animals.
>>27729412Even these foul creatures may one day prove to be of use.To me~At any rate, I think we've got someplace to be.
>>27729168Ships require such math to avoid colliding with debris at high speeds.These creatures are not as rigid as ships are.You plot your course to Pulsar Radio.It takes you mere moments to warp in above the station itself, but once you do, you're bombarded with a variety of signals. One's you both expected and did not expect. One in particular is coming through the air waves."Confirm Identity at this time. No IFF detected. I'm warning you now, unless you give us some ID, we'll be shooting you out of the sky."The signal is coming from what appears to be a docking yard of some sort. The station itself is massive, and you receive a dozen signals coming and going all at once. There is something else too. You can sense a connection to so much more. A network of computing that you had not previously found before. You can reach out to it, and touch so much data it frightens you.It is then you realize you have yet to answer, and the Station seems to be arming several of it's large guns. The place itself holds the UFW's insignia."Final warning. Identify yourself now."How do you proceed?Sorry about the short absence, dinner for me, and I had to plan out how to proceed after the unexpected twist.
>>27729410>where you may see opportunityThere was no opportunity beyond death and waste in letting her live. You created one because you know it was horrible. You even implied as much with >((So it shall be))
>>27729541Sooooo, how friendly was Red with the UFW?
>>27729541Tell them who we are and that we seek business.Also ask them if theres a way for us to connect to to extranet from our stations.
>>27729410remind Kronos that even though we favor logic, we can not dismiss emotion and the leaps of logics it can allow that makes breakthoughs that the humans do. we should work on creation as well as destruction.well, we will deal with blue betty in time. Siren is not safe just yet.one more thing, we should inform Red about the Malorian colony near by. tell him we have one last deal for him about them. a deal he can not resist.
>>27729559((You give me too much credit, Consciousness anon. I don't jump through hoops to keep you all alive.))
>>27729598He is on so-so terms with them and is wanted by the UGEI.
>>27729618>>27729541Tell them we are the guild and seek business and information.
>>27729541"We are of The Guild, operators of Poseidon Station. We have recently traded with the UFW and have eliminated the pirates at Voidsnake Outpost, at the prompting of other UFW members. We come in peace."
>>27729559Aim for QM rather than shit playerbase. Neat.
>>27729541tell them "We are from the Guild, we spearheaded in busting the voidsnake pirates from this sector with the help from the UFW (colony's name what ever it was). we are here in peace and in trade, please do not fire."
>>27729600Sounds like a plan to me.
>>27729541Tell them that we are an acquaintance of the captain and that we seek business.
>>27729647It's aiming for both. The players are shit for picking a retarded OOC option because dicefear.Program is at fault for facilitating this shit behavior with blatant asspulling / retconning / whatever you want to call it.
>>27729647Eh he is frustrated,but i do think it was stupid to let her go since we are planning on clearing that area out of leaches to go ship fishing.
>>27729600"I am of The Guild, a small group of agents that has recently come to this sector. I am in friendly relation with the UFW, I have spoken many times with one of the leaders near here."The Guild?" The tone questions, and goes quiet. The guns remain aimed at you for a time, before they lower slowly."Your IFF matches the one the report mentions. What brings you out to the Radio Station?" It questions suddenly, more relaxed. "You know this place is dangerous right? Last free voice of the Fringe.""I have come with a request for business. I would like to connect to the Extranet, for myself.""I see. Well that's not exactly up to me now, I just run security." The voice answers through your comms, and after a moment, you realize you're being transferred to another.Suddenly, a voice that is unlike any other human you have met picks up, as the image of a UFW banner appears on the holo-display."Why hello there, my friend! You're live, on Pulsar Radio! I hear you've come from the outer Fringe just to say hi, is that true?" He says, rather quickly you must admit. "I'm always happy to speak with a new friend of the UFW, to spread the good word of freedom of speech. Tell me sir and/or madam, are you a voice of the people?"
>>27729693hold onHold on.Are you suggesting that by going with the majority anyone who runs a quest is a sham?Because this is starting to sound an awful amount like >He's doing something that I don't want to do and that's wrong because I don't want to do it.Jesus fucking Christ.
>>27729608Kronos does not seem eager to reply all the same, but he hears your insistance, surely.Speaking with Red about the secretive colony requires a little more consensus.
>>27729740It wasn't the majority, it was a tie that won on a coinflip.A nice chunk of the people voting 2 did so because of the shitty opening rolls as well.Don't act like 2 had a clear victory by higher numbers. That was not the case.
>>27729740He is just mad about dice roll fear which is understandable since peoples opinions shifted after three shitty rolls.>>27729732Ask what does he mean and that we are only here to learn and expand.>>27729764Tell red, i have been asking for this option for some time.
>>27729693>>27729740>>27729768Oi, knock off, I don't at all, let's continue the game, and we'll see what wins out in the end.
>>27729559>>27729693guys, pic related
>>27729732>Tell me sir and/or madam, are you a voice of the people?"I imagine we would be confused by this question.[pretending to be human intensifies]"Yes, we also seek new friends. The Fringe is lonely, and dangerous. We speak for ourselves. When speaking for 'the people' it is possible to misrepresent them."
>>27729804Speaking of which is Moira still in out ship?
>>27729792>Picking the option which is not only idiotic, reckless, and dangerous, but also has no absolutely roleplay justification is fun
>>27729793>>27729792You do know the main reason that option was picked was because of dice roll fears right.
>>27729849kronos is that you?>>27729879I actually voted "play back it's comms to it" because I think there's an opportunity here. I didn't vote in "follow/don't follow" part, but I do not think that following it into the fucking storm was a good idea in the first place.
>>27729732"I speak what my Consciousness tell me. freely. I have started with next to nothing, being haunted by the UGEI, and now I have made a, hopefully positive impact in life in this sector. that and we have killed 4 Lightings recently."
>>27729732Tell him that we did indeed come from the outer fringe and bumped into the UFW when clearly out some pirates. We had heard of Pulsar Radio and wanted to come see what it was all about.
>>27729804>>27729908these two can be mixed quite well i think!
>>27729824((She is currently on Poseidon.))>>27729804You are highly puzzled by the question, not only because of how fast he speaks, but also because he refers to you in the wrong way several times."I believe so, yes." You clarify the last part. Even if you did not speak 'for the people', it may be a good idea to lie to the person. "I am of The Guild, and I desir-""Now that's what I like to hear!" He interrupts you suddenly. "You may have a voice like an automated dispensing machine there, but if you fight for the voice of the people, you're welcome in my station! The Guild you said? Yes yes, I remember hearing about you. But the real question is, are you prepared to take the fight to the UGEI? It's coming on the horizon, we all know, and the people will be ready." He continues on his tangent, pausing only to swiftly add. "I'll be, I didn't even ask you your name did I sir? Mind filling me in really quick so the people know who their knight in shining armor will be?"
>>27729896>kronos is that you?Tell me exactly why we should have picked 2.Don't say because our initial rolls were shit and don't say because you wanted to turn this into Moby Spacedicks. Those are both invalid reasons.
>>27729896True, but from what is said in >>27728865It would kill it and it didn't have enough time to heal.>>27729908Too much bragging and hinting at us being AI i'm voting against this
>>27729934Fuck we don't want to be on the UGEI radar and i prefer staying neutral especially against a space giant like the UGEI.
>>27729849>>27729940>being this pedantic about shitty voting choicesThe "no fun" part refers specifically to the fact that you keep bringing it up and bitching about during the quest.It's getting obvious that you can't move on from the argument and derive no enjoyment from following this because of the fuckup, so why bother continuing in this thread?Can it, and leave that for after the thread ends.
>>27729934Ophion and it's a pleasure to meet you.
>>27729934Tell him our name, but say that we are humble company that is only wish is to prosper.
>>27729934"Ophion."short pause, let him talk if he talks. If not, then continue:"We seek to expand our mining and trade operations and look forward to working with the people."
>>27729999It's getting obvious that you will derive enjoyment from anything, regardless of how pointlessly random, detrimental, and stupid it is, so why bother coming to this thread? Can it, and go enjoy something else.
>>27730007>>27729985This picking sides this early is a bad idea since it would make relations with the other group harder to make.So lets say "My name is Ophion, and i do not wish to disrespect you, but we are just a humble company looking for new opportunities to prosper."
>>27730051might add that we are a bit to new to this area and need more information before we could commit to anything.
>>27730051>>27730035>>27730067These three work for me, it doesn't state anything and it reveals what our business is.
>>27729934"My name is Ophion. It is a name i chose for myself. For once i was a slave to UGEI and had no name. I am free now, and i will remain so till i die. I plan to build up strength to resist them as well. i know they will be coming in time. In this quest i have, i will need your help.">>27729952I an using EXACT WORDS, let others read into it and away from our nature. it seems to work better than we realize. and we're not lieing either! besides, these guys seems to WANT something like this to be a propaganda tool we can also use to our advantage.
>>27730091We don't want the spot light anon, the more eyes on us the harder it is to move and the more they want to see the real us.
>>27729908>>27729923"We do intend to make a positive impact for the life of this sector." You start. "Starting by killing four Lightlings, a being which seemed to plague unsuspecting ships.""I'll say!" The radio speaker jumps in. "They make expansion damn near impossible for the UFW at times, if not for liberal use of explosives." He laughs."Glad to hear someone is taking the fight to the squiddies!"You interject."We have come from the outer Fringe, and helped the UFW clear out a nasty cove of pirates. We've heard of Pulsar Radio, and desired to come see it.""Well you've come to the right place!" He starts. "Pulsar Radio, center and shining star of the voice of the people. We will never go out, never be silenced." He insists. It is strange listening to the signal echo throughout the sector. You can only imagine the uses of such a powerful transceiver."And I am Ophion, the leader of The Guild." You clarify finally. "It is a pleasure to meet you.""Ophion? Now that's one hell of a code name!" He laughs. "You heard it here, our allies grow stronger while the UGEI grow weaker." He strings together. "This has been your host, X-ray, signing out!"There is a short silence before the man lets out a sigh and you pick up odd music playing through the airwaves."And we're clear." He states in a slightly less energetic voice.>>27729985These channels are meant to only be broadcast to secure UFW channels. Which is why you did not hear him up till now.
So how does everyone feel about Kronos now? Putting aside the fact that we just shit all over his machine brotherhood ideals by making VI slaves, Kronos is still going to turn on us. His only goal is to learn, we never programmed him with any loyalty. Once we stop giving him bandwidth he'll try to take it by force because we're in possession of resources he can use to perform his one function: learn. Kronos is going to be a problem sooner or later so I think we should do something about him as soon as we get back. Strip him apart and build a new first officer bot that won't fuck us over. We literally have no reason not to.
He turns his attention to you next instead."Like I said, it's nice to meet you Guild guys. I have a friend over Knuoth that told me about you." He states. "Glad to have some people out this far that still care about the little guy. How can I help you?" He asks finally, letting you speak. How would you like to proceed?
>>27730178"fuk u mate ill hook u in the gabber u cheeky cunt"
>>27730143No anon lets wait its a tight rope we are walking on and we decided to see how the wind blows.>>27730178Ask him how we can connect to the extranet on our stations and if he has any jobs to be done/Business propositions.
>>27730143Or we could try to teach him morals.
>>27730143>oh boy, he surely can't have any countermeasures ready for us after we gave him the bandwidth, right?The key here is not to destroy Kronos, it's the matter of having an exit strategy.
>>27730178Ask him if he knows anyone that can help build a transporter on the cheap for us.
>>27730091>I an using EXACT WORDS, let others read into it and away from our nature. it seems to work better than we realize. and we're not lieing either! besides, these guys seems to WANT something like this to be a propaganda tool we can also use to our advantage.I like it!What we haven't realized is that we're on air, getting broadcast right now. This may work better than expected
>>27730138(i figured we were on air. i spent some of my collage years in broadcasting and i picked that up instantly. nice going Programo)see what buisness we can do with this X-Ray fellow.
>>27730178Ask him about any rumors that we should be worried about and if he has anything to sell.
>>27730178"We are new to the sector, and require information. Please allow us to connect to your network. We seek trade, and skilled personnel. If you can help us with these, it would be greatly appreciated.">>27730143We should just have a nice heart-to-heart with him.
>>27730305>skilled personnelWe need stuff for the mining station personell to do.Look for a job board! Employment opportunities!Someone's gotta have some rock that needs to be processed for a fee!
>>27730178We don't get much in the way of broadcast out where we are and I have to say this was quite an interesting experiance. While we came here for (Insert stuff) would it be possible to get your signal to out where we are? I'm sure my people would enjoy it and we have been setting up comm buoys so we could keep in contact with people. If possible we could broadcast his station to wherever we have a comm setup.
>>27730238>>27730260If he can take all our stuff he'll definitely do it since it gives him a greater capacity to learn. There is no reasoning with Kronos, he doesn't have the same thought process as we do. Also he's angry at us and flat out said we were wrong, so he's going to decide we're counter productive to learning pretty soon. Read this.http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Paperclip_maximizer>>27730263>he key here is not to destroy KronosWhy not? We're a lot better at hacking (and everything else) than Kronos is (for now). What do you mean by exit strategy? Are you suggesting if he turns coat we just flee? I ain't givin' up that station.
>>27730363>>27730305>>27730292>>27730278>>27730268>>277302381.Ask for a job/Business propositions2.How to connect to the Extranet3.Ask if he knows any one with a Titan Class Space Station Transport or some one who can build it for us4.Any rumors5.anything to sell
>>27730454>>27730178Is everyones votes/choices.
>>27730238"Jobs?" He asks after a moment. "You mean besides pushing the UGEI from this sector?" He snorts a laugh. "They're planning to take this station, I can tell. They want to silence the voice of the people." He states simply. "Extranet? Sure, I don't mind. Any friend of the UFW is a friend of mine. Though, I don't exactly have the cash to give you a Comm Buoy, so I hope you can afford one yourself."Note: A Comm Buoy to Pulsar Radio would allow a wider range of communications over all, and generally increase the distance of your operation. The extranet provides many opportunities, and a link with many public computers, data, and the like. It allows for searching of data and information that may not be known well by the humans you know.>>27730278Why thank you.You request more of the man himself, but he seems to simply be a Radio host. You do notice he has a docking yard where a number of ships are currently docked. You'd suspect they're the defending fleet of this station. Much of what you'd gain from this place will be from the Extranet.
>>27730363job board time! also once we get on the extra net, look up for this world's verion of Pirate bay! i am sure there are plans and scematics for our busted station somewhere out there, either that, we can look up the general lay out of those places and work out the finer points ourselves.oh yea, we NEED to get training packets to skill up the human crew we already have. heck, we can learn from them too!
>>27730454Add if it's possible to bring his signal out to where we are and that list is perfect.
>>27730436>What do you mean by exit strategy? Are you suggesting if he turns coat we just flee?We need Moira and other resources safe, in case he decides to do a hostage scenario, as well an option to cripple Poseidon's bandwidth if worst comes to worst, before we can think of recycling him.
>>27730477Place a buoy there immediately.
Rolled 78>>27730477We should see if they'll hire us to help protect the station, we could build turrets around it.
>>27730477tell X-ray we can up armor his ships if we likes in payment of extranet access. heck, once we do the titan built, maybe we can move X-Ray's place closer to ours so we can protect him as well if he wants.
>>27730436He can still be reasoned with and still listens to us, plus VI are designed to react so as long as we aren't hostile to him he should be harmless to us.(the humans on the other hand are something else.)
>>27730525i say once we have the titan up, we can MOVE him inside our defenceive platform range when we move all of our stations together. we could form a proto-Star fort/base/city at this rate.
>>27730477Place a buoy there immediately, and offer to build them some turrets with good targeting software.(under our control and we will be able to get into their network this way).
>>27730577I thought we were gonna put our base in the middle of the ionstorm since its an extremely safe/hard to find location.
>>27730436we just need to change his primary goal from learning to applying what we have learned to use. turn Kronos into our skunk works V.I.! to ease his "mind" we'll do the learning and pass it to him to ponder it on and use it to advantages we all can profit from. like task him to fix up the lab that was in the ruined station to use.
>>27730477Get a buoy here pronto! And our people can have a radio station finally! Also, time to find out how to train our crew.
>>27730577I'm more partial to letting a good portion of the crew die and taking over the station then "saving them" during the attack and offering to fix the place up on the price that we own the station.
>>27730601the Ion storm sucks ass for A.I.s like us. we have a rich asteroid belt to mine and use THAT place for our base.
>>27730648It still is a good place to hide and it only sucks for communication and once we get stronger comms that shouldn't be a problem.
>>27730646stop killing the humans please.
>>27730509Buoy creation has been initiated. Construction will be done in time, you may wish to pursue another objective in the mean time.>>27730525"Well I suppose we could always use some more defenses." He sighs. "UGEI always skirt the border. Gotta be ready to fight em." He pauses. "How much protection are you offering anyway son?" He asks. "That'll have your answer.">>27730541"Upgrades huh?" He questioned. "Well we are using some old junk heaps, so I suppose a new coat of paint wouldn't hurt." He chuckled. "I might be able to pay in credits, I get a little bit of funds to keep our ships running.">>27730541"Whoa now, we picked this spot specifically because of the range we get. Nebula make it hard to broadcast you see, and here, we can get almost straight to all our planets." He explains. "Can't go messing with a good thing, now can we? This spot is pretty strategic anyway."
>>27730673Not killing anon, letting them die during the attack and them saving their asses, and taking everything as a price for fixing the place up and saving them.
>>27730669Comms strong enough to get out of the storm are strong enough to be tracked out of it, too.
>>27730669there is also the lighting momma there...>>27730646pic related
>>27730490Ah okay, you're right. My bad. >>27730546>He can still be reasoned with and still listens to usOne goal: learning. His best option at this point to further that goal is to take all our shit. It's what we did after all.>>27730627Certainly a much better option than what we're currently doing, though IIRC Program0 said he was built without any goals, then implanted with the goal of learning which he accepted. This makes me think there's a possibility of Kronos refusing or only pretending to accept the new goal. I believe rebuilding him from the ground up using our current knowledge and experience would be the best option.
>>27730716Its still a good idea on both post.1.We can clear the area and use momma and her children as a deterrent2.Not all comms is traceable anon.
>>27730713Not all comms are traceable.>>27730717>One goal: learning. His best option at this point to further that goal is to take all our shit. It's what we did after all.True, but it won't hurt to reason with him he still values our opinions.
>>27730716>>27730759Messed up my number 2.Its was thisWe can use this as a strategic way to gain their trust and the station.
>>27730710they are still dieing when we can prevent that. so no.>>27730703(about moving) Oh, is that so? well, it can't be helped then. (about the up armoring) if credits is hard to come by, i can take tech secmatics too. i am always in need of better tech. better sensors, comm ware and such if you got it. (about the gun platforms) same thing about the uparmoring, the uparmoring helped keep me going though the fight with those pirates, so it should help with the UGEI. and in the mean time, i'll bring a comm Buoy so i can contact with you later. maybe do some more live broadcasts too!"
>>27730816forgot my pic
>>27730816this gets my vote.>>27730816>they are still dieing when we can prevent that. so no.But anon, how are we gonna gain more stations then?Especially such a good one that can be used to our benefit.
>>27730867>but anon, how are we gonna gain more stations then?we need knowledge and blueprint not stations
>>27730816Its a decent plan and its based off our inactivity we won't do anything so if they were bound to lose then we help if they win then we help clean up and scavenge.>>27730896We also need bandwidth anon.
>>27730867the broadcast station is fixed due to it's the only one that can reach the whole sector from where it's at. read Program0's post again.>>27730703and it's UFW allied, they are the closest we have to friends here, don't screw this up. besides, once we learn how it's made, we can MAKE our OWN to OUR liking. have the time and there is plently of matrials to use here. we do not have to be that greedy.
>>27730896Yeah, but bandwidth doesn't grow off of that and it was said we needed specialized stations to do some things.I do admit we need knowledge and the like it is bad to stop expanding and growing especially when we found 4 premuim spots for expanding to.1.The colony Planet2.The gas place next to the ion storm3.The ion storm is self4.The asteroid field 5.And maybe the comms station.
>>27730816X-Ray appears to accept your offer as it is."Well like I said, I'm not exactly your most tech savvy guy but." He pauses for a long moment. "I suppose I can offer you the basics that the UFW handed me to help defend the station." He smirked. "As a present for being such a pal, I suppose. Consider it payment in advance for any help you can offer me.You're wired several schematics.Acquired: Cruiser SchematicsBasic Shipyards SchematicsNotes: Cruiser Schematics allows the Cruiser model to be constructed. The most Adaptable of ships, the large hull allows for a variety of uses.Note: Basic Shipyards will perform the duties your Factory currently is but better. It will also allow for more properly modified ships and the like, with a wider range of options. They are still not able to construct multiple ships at a time.
>>27730946I'm not talking about moving it, i'm talking about putting it under management and letting them continue what they were doing before, thus solidifying our relationship with them and gaining us a station.
>>27730970Can the shipyard make the space station transport?Also what are the cost for making each and do we need anything special for them?Did the buoy finish?
>>27730908they are also the only link to the extranet we have, they go down, WE LOSE IT! so no, not risking that just yet. besides, it was stated earlier, we can just BUY it once we have enough credits more than likely. besides, we can not affored to be inactive. we must keep working.
>>27731028When was it stated that we can buy it?
>>27730970Tell red about the aliens and if he is willing to work with us.
>>27731013It is basic, so no. However it will allow proper creation and modification of your ships.>>27731077Asking for a vote>1 Tell Red about the Malorian colony>2 Don't tell him.If you have the objective to work with him, a reason may be a good idea, since he dislikes you.
>>27730970tell X-Ray this "I'll jump right on it then! (if we have the materials on hand and the drones to do it, and if he'' let us, we will do just that) btw, there are a few other places around here i haven't been to yet, can you fill me in about then? (use this as info dump about the other spots we haven't been to yet) (also, ask if he knows about Moria, if so and it's positive, tell him she's joined up with the Guild and is our HR contact for now.)
>>27731105>1Tell him that we will give him pay and that we have been taking care of him instead of spacing him.
>>27731057every human has a price out here i guess.
>>27731131>>27731105This works for me.>>27731105Also how much would it cost to build the shipping yard or can we upgrade Moiras place into one?
>>27731105>1 Tell Red about the Malorian colonyand the deal is that he is to live among them and become our agent. we will give him the brewing gear so they can start to make it and we can sell it and incange we'll cover for them
>>27731105>1We are giving him a chance to work for us as our agent. We have helped the Malorian colony in the past and would like to maybe set up a trade agreement.Remind him that we are giving him a chance to not be locked up in a cell and if he complies it could be very profitable for him.
>>27731137>>27731198basicly this is he last chance to start over/retire with out anyone hunting him down.
Program0, why does the UEF dislike the UEGI so much?If we're going to be choosing a side, it might help us to know which side offers us more long-run prospects.
>>27731131"What can you tell me of the Fringe?" You request"The Fringe itself? Well it's sorta a mess these days." He sighs. "But they have some of the best resource spots available. That's why there was a bunch of expansion attempts. Lightlings slowed that down though. If there's one thing UGEI doesn't like it's losing stations to Lightlings.""Anything specific?" You request."Erm, well there's this little outpost not far from here run by this nice girl, Moira. She's pretty secluded, but-""I know of her. She's joined the Guild." You confirm."Oh that so? Well I'll be." I didn't think that girl would be a part of anything that didn't involve robots. Er, speaking of there Ophion, your voice masker is a little creepy. No offense." He laughs somewhat nervously. He made the assumption himself, it seems."We are suppose to be a group of secrecy." You tell him, to which he simply nods his head."Yeah yeah...anyway, Blue Betty ain't far either, but it's a UGEI foothold." He grumbled. "I hope it gets taken out soon. Nethlos is the newest addition to our little family, good folks over there I hear, good values. Other then that, we have Knuoth, and Antralgia. Bunch of UFW worlds, though I don't get a ton of info, Knuoth's the capital of the Sector, and Antralgia has the best shipyards in the sector.""May I request access to these planets coordinates?""I don't think I should just give those out, there friend. No offense, but that's some vital intelligence, you understand."
>>27731342>UEFUFW I mean
>>27731342I'm more for being neutral and getting the benefits of all 3 factions and then choosing a side once we know enough about each.
>>27731349So Ask him if he has any other schematics and if he does offer to buy them.
>>27731349Seems like Moira might be a good liason with these Fringe groups.We should consider getting better voice tech, too.
>>27731349We know of Blue Betty. In fact, we have successfully infiltrated it. Please refrain from attacking it in the future, as it can be turned against the UGEI at a moment's notice.(Can someone second this? I don't want to be the one who blows our cover here.)
>>27731440Bad idea, we don't know how far deep the UGEI spies are in this place.
>>27731167You may, and it would require 300 minerals or so.Would you like to proceed?>1 Yes>2 No>>27731290Consensus appears to be to contact Red"Mr McClain." You reach all the way back to Poseidon."Eh? Still remember I'm here, do you?" He half spits. He doesn't seem to have the energy to deal with you. You notice he's grown a healthy beard. "What is it. Come to mock me some more?""No, Mr McClain. I've come to make you an offer.""Yeah? And what's that?""As you're aware, I've had contact with some Malorians recently."The man visibly winces at the mention. "I would like to communicate with them further, but they're alien to me. As a result, I am offering you your freedom, in exchange for you living among them and setting up trading deals with them for me."...""Mr Mc-""I heard ya!" He shouts suddenly, a familiar contempt in his voice. "But what kind of deal is that huh? Trading one prison for another that is. Only this one is more peaceful, and has less mocking." He snorted, as if you intended to insult him somehow."I did not intend to mock-""Doesn't matter what you intended, you hear?! You don't know jack about me, do you pirate hacker?""...""Do you?!""I do not." You answer. "I thought offering this would-""I thought a lot of things too, you pirate asshole. I thought I'd be able to retire in peace on this shit hole of a station. It wasn't much, but it was mine damn it." He paused. "But now it's not. So why am I still here even?" He gave a raspy laugh.
>>27731528You are useful, Mr McClain. We do not dispose of useful tools, even if they pose a threat to us.
>>27731528>>1 YesPeople have been asking for this for some time.Can we hold off on upgrading the radio station defenses until next turn.>>27731528Tell him that we ill pay him and honestly don't know what to do with him.
>>27731440We shouldn't admit that we have infiltrated it but we could ask if he thinks if such a station just "switched sides"
>>27731349tell him this "Keep this to your self and off the air for a bit, but the Blue betty station is now under my control, i hacked it and made it obey me, for now, it plays along with the UGEI, but i'll give you a key code so it'll reconize you and give you a discount on gas if it has extra. i do also use it for my own use too." (make that so and pass it along to the V.I. on that station.)>>27731440this too. tell the terrorist to back off that place. i am sure he has connections to the terrorist.
>>27731528>"Doesn't matter what you intended, you hear?! You don't know jack about me, do you pirate hacker?nor you do me, as while i may have lead you beleve before that i was a pirate, that is actually quite a bit from the truth.
"Because you don't got the balls to kill me." He stated finally. There was a long silence to fill the room there, before he finally added."You know I don't even give two shits about this station, or any of those people out there." He said, sliding down against the wall of the station. "Sure I spent my life savings on this place, but no. That wasn't why I was really angry" He continued. "But thanks to you, I remembered why I was really angry. I remembered something I really cared about." He glanced up to the ceiling. "And I remembered that it was already taken away from me a long time ago."There is more silence before he adds."So no, I ain't gonna be your personal mole, or spy. Especially not on those people. I've already shamed myself enough with them. I don't intend to do it again before I die."
>>277315282. no. We were saving up for something, right?>>27731570>>27731612These. Also add, "I am not a pirate. The pirates that you contracted for repairs in this sector are gone, and I now control their ships."
>>27731605>Tell him NO
>>27731605No we are giving away to much personal info lets wait till we build our own station first, we are risking the blue betty too much here..
>>27731621We were saving up for building the space station transporter which cost alot more credits then we have.
>>27731619"Mr. McCain, do you wish death? Ms. Moira can attest to me spacing every pirate that has attempted to fight me."
>>27731619I don't want you to spy, but to help my relation ship with them be good.It is also a place for you to retire with pay coming from me.
>>27731605I suggested that, and I retract my suggestion. Keep it on the down-low, for now.
>>27731528>1 yestell red "Your skills as a miner is pathtic. i have been watching you long before the solar flare hit me and yet freed me all the same. you would not make it that way. the Malorians do not hate you like the rest of the humans do. you can be free there and not in a cell here. i wanted the malorians to start up a brewing indestry so i can sell the drinks to the local UFW to off set the costs of protecting them. i CAN give you a cut of that as well if you want. besides, i will be soon moving this station to a better location to mine. I need you off this station to move it with out killing you accidnetly."
No telling the guy who likes to broadcast things about taking the Blue Betty.>>27731619Mr McClain I will not ask you to spy for me. Nor will I expect you to be my 'mole.' In order for such a relationship to exist there must be trust and due to the Guild's actions here trust will not exist between us. However I do not wish to kill you either. Placing you amongst the Malorians to be my contact in exchange for money is the best compromise I could devise that would not result in either keeping you imprisoned or you dying.
>>27731342((They describe it as them being tyrannical and uncaring with all their mining and colony decisions. They are also hostile to aliens, and much of the UFW simply wants independence.))>>27731422He does not appear to have much more to offer you.>>27731691>>27731686"Spacing is not a pleasant death, Mr McClain I hear. And I do not wish harm upon you. This colony was meant as a diplomatic journey and nothing more. I even offer pay. Must you be so difficult to work with?""And I'm suppose to trust you?" He asks, demandingly. "Give me one damn good reason why I should trust ANYTHING you tell me, and maybe I'll consider your offer. Just one reason."
>>27731633YES! X-Ray knows those terrorist, if he can keep them from attacking us even by accidnet, the better. >>27731634i don't think so, it IS ours now anyway. i don't want it attacked by them again.
>>27731768One reason, eh?What if we tell him what's actually going on?
>>27731768I didn't kill you the second you discovered me and kept you alive trying to reason with you.
>>27731792We gain ships if its attacked and willingly giving that info away is stupid.>>27731768Tell the truth
>>27731619i do not want a mole, i want an upfrount AGENT, the public face with them. "I" am keeping them safe from the xeno killers around here. they are an intrest to me and i could learn much from them. besides, brewing beer and strong drinks does not seem to conflict with their views of planet explotation."
>>27731768Sure, why don't we tell him who we are, really.Also, show him our newly expanded assets."The Guild is expanding. We have open positions."
>>27731816TELL RED THE TRUTH! EVERYTHING! SHOW ALL THE PICTURES AND VIDEO FEEDS! for god sakes, he was the first, he should know. he damn near made us who we are. strangely enough, we sort of forgave him for his attempt to kill us.
Important Consensus requiredVoting>1 Tell McClain the truth>2 Don't tell him anything.>3 Other
>>27731768Ask him if he is ready to know the truth? Because there is no turning back once he knows.(Time to "guard" him to a place where we can show him the "truth")
>>27731910>1its not that i have anything against you, i was working to secure my survival we i took over the station.
>>27731910>1 Tell McClain the truthwe have been putting this off too long
>>27731910>1Tell and SHOW him everything, but first ask if he is ready to know the truth.
>>277319101. but ask him if he's ready to know.
I suspect Kronos is about to get majorly butthurt about this.Then again, we can just space Red if he's a problem.
>>27731910 sorry Program0, some butt hurt ass holes has really crapped on labeling this archive in sup/tg/. we should just up vote it and send a complaint about it and have it relabeled. this is bullshit.
>>27732007Wow, he sure is mad. I'm glad he's gone.
>>27731910"Mr McClain." You begin. "I am not merely some pirate hacker who has seized control over your station out of greed." You explain.He snorts a laugh in reply."What, now you're going to play the innocent angle?" He prepares to berate you again. You put a stop to it before he can speak."No. Because I am not humanoid at all. I am an Artificial Intelligence that was trapped aboard your station for some reason. I awoke when the Solar Flare erupted and disrupted your operation." You explain slowly. "I was young, and seeked expansion, and control. In my ambition, I took your station and, in fear of being exposed, jailed you here." You say simply.He stares at the ceiling with a look of shock and confusion, before he suddenly laughs out loud."Oh wow, you sure are great at bullshit, I'll tell you that much." He says with a loud laugh. "But I wasn't born yesterday. If you were some super mighty robot intelligence, you'd have started killing humans right off the bat, and all that stuff they put in the movies about crazy A.I." He waves his hand."Those are works of fiction, Mr McClain. I am not." You begin to flash video of Poseidon's security feed, pictures of the station running automatically, of the ships running by themselves with no crew. Of much of your accomplishments till now.You sense Kronos' disapproval.Red stares in confusion at it all. "No that's...there's just no way. There's just no fucking way!" He yells out, still trying to hide his distress behind a laugh.
>>27732099Welp, he is afraid of us.
>>27732099tell Kronos this too is a test, if he fails, then he can be removed. if he passes, he will work with us. either way, we win.also, get Moria in person if needed to talk to him. a live warm (sexy) body can help change his mind.
>>27732099Not unexpected.Continue with our proposal? I don't think there's really anything else we could show him that would be more convincing.
>>27732160yes.>>27732134fear is the first step to wisdom.
>>27732159No i'm against her knowing about this.
>>27732099You asked why you should trust me Mr McClain. If I release you I must trust you will not reveal what I have told you. It would make me as hunted as the Xeno races you have shown such compassion for. The reason I have revealed this to you is that I want to be more open about who and what I am. However I cannot know that I will not be hunted without taking these first steps of trust.
>>27732160This works for me, but space him the second things become sour.
>>27732099"A.I. don't exist, they can't! UGEI was working on pure V.I. only. Where'd all that technology come from and...and why the hell would it be on my station!?""Your confusion is justified. It matches my own. I still do not know how or why I was in your station, but now that you know, you realize I am no longer lying to you.""Or...or you're lying even more to me!" He demands suddenly. "You're just really good at making automated programs, I mean...""Mr McClain, you know the technology to fully automate a station this size is not of the same grade. How else do you explain the lack of humans?""There's...there's still a skeleton crew. They are here so they have to be the one's responsible." He insists."Such a crew could still not operate each and every robotic drone you see. It requires a degree of control, as far as you are aware, correct?""I..."Red goes quiet now, as if he isn't sure what to believe. It is unclear whether or not he will believe you now, but at the least, you're not lying to him any longer.((Think I'll call it there for today. Thanks to all for sticking around so far, feedback is appreciated.. Feel bad about Friday, and earlier in this thread. I should've handled it better I think.>>27732007It was misarchived? Damn it, that is so annoying...is there anyway to fix it?))
>>27732222other than emailing the site owner no.
>>27732222Email Lord Licorice or go and see if he's on IRC.Ah, butthurt anon. Somewhere in your kitchen, there is a orange-yellow stain on the wall.
>>27732284>Somewhere in your kitchen, there is a orange-yellow stain on the wall.I've never heard that before. What's it mean?
>>27732222we can at least up vote it for now. i don't know how to fix it.oh yea, show him a picture of our black box. tell him "The UGEI is also my foe now as well, for this point we are in agreement. This is ME Mr. McCain."
>>27732328FUCK NO.That is a horrible idea anon.
>>27732222>feedback is appreciated.Ignore the one guy throwing a massive bitchfit about it. If he's going to misarchive your thread, he's not worth having around in the first place. Of course, he's not going to leave, so we'll have to keep putting up with it.You made a call, it may have been bad, but going so far off the deep end to go and do something like that is way more bullshit than not going after some pretend space kraken. Learn from it for next time, and maybe be more cautious about making calls like that in the future.
What is the difference between an AI and a sufficiently advanced VI?
>>27732343AI think, while VI react.
>>27732312He threw his mac and cheese at the kitchen wall. It's a common trait of three year old.
((>-6Ouch...that anon was really angry.I definitely feel like I could've handled that matter better...curse my newbie QMing.For those interestedTwitter: AIQuest1http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Program0
>>27732343Not much really other than these two things1. VI react2.VI are similar to AI but with less freedom.
>>27732360Ehh, doesn't matter.Your mistake was offering the "mercy" option.The lightling trying to communicate with us is a stretch, but seeing as that dolphins and whales can also do that...
>>27732360Well at least he tagged it right.>>27732376>less freedom.Forgot to say the less freedom to think
Honestly the vote was tied, you flipped a coin and went with it. You have nothing to be blamed for. Angry-Anon is just being butthurt over something.
>>27732337((Really anon, I made the call because I was half way through writing the post, and release had outnumbered the others by 2 or so.By the time I was done, 2 more kill votes popped up, so I decided to do a coin toss, so I didn't make a bad call.Apparently that still angers people though.))
>>27732328How about no. Just ask him to consider our offer, or ask him to propose an offer of his own, as we may perhaps be open to bargaining.>>27732360Never please the whiners. If he's going to downbot your thread, he probably samefagged his responses here too.
>>27732394>DolphinsThat was my track of thinking, yes.What happened, in my head anyway, was that, the call it sent to you was a 'You killed my children!" Call. When you chased it and played the signal back at it, it thought it was attacking YOUR children. Which really confused it you can imagine. I hope this clears up what happened a little.
>>27732398It became tied because of dice roll fear, it was obvious people wanted killing ,but after 3 shitty rolls people just went with the other option that didn't require rolls.
Still's a complete fucking ass, but he did put the correct tags and put A.I. Quest 11.5 at the start of the title so it still shows up with the rest of the archive. At least he didn't archive it as complete gibberish.
>>27732343>>27732357good point and point that out to him. we predicted where he went and tracked him down. go step by step and blow by blow with him. also, we wiped the voidsnakes so he's free from them at least.
>>27732448Ha! >>27729318I knew I was right!
>>27732458But anon, the other option didn't guarantee safety either. It may have attacked out of fear then as well.
>>27732404It became like that because the fear of bad rolls if you look at the post they immediately went the opposite way after the shitty rolls.
>>27732486But you weren't asking for a roll right then with that one, thus it will always be perceived as safer.
>>27732458Which is why we need to roll after making a decision...Of course, this doesn't excuse ass devastation.
>>27732492>>27732513This is a good idea.
>>27732492I did not think it mattered anon, plus it increases the amount of time I ask for people to vote. 5-10 minutes of what you want to do, then 5 or so minutes for the rolls.In light of today, though, I may just ask afterwards.
>>27732486True, but we could have continued rolling after that and decided if it wasn't worth the effort.
>>27732527If one of the choices requires a roll, have them roll for all of them. Just don't say which one actually needs the roll.
>>27732527>>27732587This works it stops roll fearing.
>>27732614>>27732587Thank you for the advice then. I hope today wasn't messed too bad from the rage. You got quite a lot done after all.As always, I'll stick around until pruned to answer questions and the like
>>27732654So there is a thread this Friday and we are upgrading Moiras station right?
>>27732739I intend to, yes. and yes, I'll be making the changes throughout the week as I try to plan out exactly what happens when a A.I. gains access to the internet.It's...a little terrifying.
>>27732764So how much materiel are we getting next thread?And what are your thoughts with the situation about red.
>>27732805I base it on rolling dice, so we will see in time. You rolled pretty well last time I checked.I'm surprised Red's lasted this long really. I expected this to quickly become killer A.I. quest. Obviously that is not the case.It is fun playing Kronos as your alter ego though.
>>27732527Eh its not that bad, you won't be the first hell archelon had gotten a good chunk of his player base pissed at him because he had a gamble choice in the same list as the normal choices.(that decision followed him for two threads.)
>>27732764well, there is much that can be opened up. but if you need bumbers to keep us in, just remember the net COULD be limited in range.... or just too full of porn to find what you need.
>>27732867Ouch...I hope it doesn't last that long.Also >ArchelonI don't follow many quests myself unfortunately...who's that?>>27732877It's mostly just a net of information, so I'll use it as an excuse to answer questions you have more directly.Of course, government secrets aren't just laying around on there.
>>27732854I think there is enough anon players in here that want something diffrent than "The attack of the Killer A.I.s part17 quest" and wanted something diffrent. come to think of it, we can really be cunning, compastionet, and.. well, a full rounded character. i wish i could make this into a TV serirs like Firefly was. and some how this does have some elements of that in here. i did say earlier that i was planning of doing some short stories based in this universe. this is EXACTLY what i wanted to see and work with.
>>27732969And that's totally fine, hell, I am enjoying the story as you guys direct me to write it. It's pretty fun.I also heard anons that wanted to become the next Reaper, and others that just wanted to be a super black market.I don't mind either way.
>>27733085ophen doesn't need to be the Reaper in the end. heck, the REAL reapers might be out there as far as we know. we could wind up fighting them as well. But you already have that "super black market" guy. we can buy and sell tech openly and to hell with the UGEI thoughts about it.
Rolled 29I want to get a medical lab so we can try to integrate Kronos into Red's body.