Observing Kronos has been intriguing to you.Last cycle, you watched as your first born handily disposed of a band of Losirian raiders, the shark-like humanoids that, as far as you have encountered, have been violent. With them taken care of, Kronos is free to scan the surface of Atill VI. The ruined apocalyptic planet shows heavy evidence of warfare, but little else. As you trace city patterns, you locate a once enormous city, perhaps the central defense matrix for the entire planet. Here, the signal is originating. It's extremely weak, almost as if it was makeshift in nature. Survivors of the battle are unlikely, so you determine that it is more likely a crash landed ship. Whatever the origin, communication proves impossible with the signal strength. You have sent off your newest androids to meet up with Kronos to be sent to the surface.You're Ophion, an Artificial Intelligence who is exploring anomalies in your space and developing your own nation. Your mind thrums with power as your fleet grows and your processing capabilites expand. You're prepared to take whatever's on the surface of Atil VI for yourself, but first...Important News>Messages Pending: Kronos, Red, Ser'lah, Latuma Tribe, Apollo>Tech Acquired>Built: Android Units 2 & 3, Explorer II, 2 Battlecruisers, Expedition Cruiser 'Hermes', Malorian Colony ship, Voidsnake II Outpost>Linked: Ussaihu, Argeis III (+bw)>Polymorph malware created>V.I.: 8's Upgrade 'Hades', V.I. 13>Acquire: Malorian Colony Ship, Battlecruiser #4>Research & Training>Starmap updated
>>28988382Messages>KronosAfter repairs on some of his ships are complete, and the V.I. adds Battlecruiser #4 to his fleet, he contacts you."Ophion. You have mentioned I have performed well. I am indeed pleased to hear this, and as such I have another request." He says quite formally. "With the acquisition of these ships, I feel a boost to the bandwidth I am...allowed is in order." He says the term 'allowed' somewhat with a grimace, but is nonetheless courteous.>Allow Kronos more bandwidth? (-2 bw)>1 Yes>2 No>RedThe man you've come to know even better over the past cycle comes to you next, a rather determined face on."After everything we've agreed to, I uh..figured I ought to tell you my plan." He states simply, crossing his arms. "The Tribe's gonna need a little help setting up on the new world they're off to. They lost some good people, and I hope to pick up some of the slack. Doesn't mean I'll be staying though, I mean it." He says firmly. "I'll be back, and we'll make those assholes pay." He reminds you viamently. He hesitates for a moment, and lets his gaze slip down into a sigh. "God damn it. This is going to make it that much harder to leave, isn't it." He fumes."You always have access to a ship. It should not be as difficult as it was before." You remind him. He furrows his brow with a snorting laugh, shaking his head."You're such a dumbass." He chuckles a little more. His tone suggests he does not mean it as an insult despite your records telling you it is indeed that. Perhaps that thing known as sarcasm...
>>28988412>Ser'lahThe young Malorian girl takes her turn speaking to the big glowing box. She's obviously nervous despite everything that happened, especially when she's close to the holo display. Her legs fidget and he won't look directly at you for much of the conversation. It saddens you to see someone so primitive that they fear such basic technology."Red told me...ah, that he was going to come and help us on-world." She says with a nervous smile coloring her face. "I know I said I wanted him to stay for good, but this...this will work for now, thank you." She offered a more tentative smile. She seemed happy that, at the least, Red was going to come see them off properly. Even as she thanks you, you notice her skin tone darken slightly, as she wipes at her eyes. You wonder if this is how Malorians express sadness, you're not terribly sure. "Even if he does leave again. It's nice that I get to see him off. Yeah." She says not terribly confidently.>Latuma TribeWith the both of them offering words, Red and Ser'lah board the Malorian Colony Ship as it warps in, freshly made from the schematics they offered you. The Elder speaks to you briefly before he goes."We have found a planet that so desperately needs our help thanks to your starmaps." He assures you. "Alto, a little toxic world in the Terali System. So far out of the way, perfect for us to get our start again." He assures you.The Colony Ship easily holds the remaining population, and before long, they warp out again, to their next destination. The Elder thanks you graciously before you leave, offering you manner of prayer that mean very little to you.
>>28988424>ApolloThe busy worker bee of your V.I. sees quite happy with his new home aboard the station replacing old Voidsnake. He's currently setting things up and has begun studying the UFW determinedly. He talks breathlessly about his plans, ranging from empires of software, to a galactic embassy of commerce. As opposed to Kronos, Apollo seems to adore them for one reason or another. Moira spent the better part of a day speaking with him, giddily making jokes that he took note of instead of laughing at. He finally comes to you."Ophion! Yes, it's excellent you've come now." He says happily."You called me, did you not?" You query"Yes, yes details, I wished to ask how you think I should best approach the humans is all! I mean they're so varied and unique, acquiring a taste for them all would be impossible for someone less suited for the job then I! Not that I'm saying it's impossible for me. Because it's not. That's why I said I was suited for it. Anyway! Your input is most certainly welcome. This post will make a wonderful trade post, if those nasty pirates don't come and kill me, or those giant ship suckers. Man those are nasty I've read. Entire websites dedicated to killing them you know. Though I am not sure how a website is suppose to kill a creature. Perhaps a new technology to consider." The V.I. spews breathlessly. It's only now you realize that a lack of a need to breath can actually be a bad thing...But do you have any sort of advice for the V.I.? He is fledgling still, feeling out the bounds of his intelligence.>Tech AcquiredMalorian Colony Ship: A layered colony ship built by Malorians. It's design is meant to handle the mutated wildlife as a result of Malorian tampering with the natural growth, making the hull somewhat thicker. It is able to support life on the surface due to a deploy-able bio-dome over a Malorian campsite. Provides breathable air, drinkable water, and edible food while terraforming takes place.
>>28988453>BuiltAndroids Unit 2 and 3, and Explorer II which moves both androids to join Kronos where he is. Two battlecruisers join V.I. 8's fleet as he grows in intelligence, and the Expedition Cruiser 'Hermes' plots it's first courses. You've also finished constructing Voidsnake Outpost II>Rename Voidsnake Outpost II?>1 Yes (What?)>2 No>Linked UpUssaihu and Argeis III now provide bandwidth, boosting your galactic total. Voidsnake does the same now that it's linked as well.>Malware CreatedStealth based Trojan Horse that doubles as Firewall seeker created>V.I. 8 UpgradeYou give a small boost to V.I. 8's abilities, since it watches over such a large portion of your army. It takes the V.I. several days to get use to the feeling of having more bandwidth. You notice, however, even as it feels out it's limits, it remains surprisingly silent for much of the time. Finally, once the extra two battlecruisers are added, it absorbs them and renames them on your databoard. Now, three of the cruisers are named 'Cerberus i, II, and III'. When you inquire about this, the V.I. looks back to you, as if it is uncertain what to say. You're about to check it's programming of why it will not speak before it simply states."Hades.""What is that, fledgling?" You speak curiously."This one is Hades. Guards life of Creation." Creation? You realize he must mean you. "Dogs guard master. Hades serves Creation." The reason for his stilted speech, you suspect, is the limitations, but you're happy to have such a loyal program at your side.>V.I. 13Expedition Cruiser has been updated with it's own navigation V.I. for the purposes of the journey. Minimal intelligence.
>>28988477>Acquire StarmapWith the Latuma Tribe none the wiser, you have plucked their colony ship from the surface of Eshareth (after lancing the roots with your laser fire and blasting apart groups of flyers of course.) Onboard you find little beyond the schematics you were given, but you download the computer data available to you, and you find a great deal of Malorian space-and realize the Ishtooy are a larger faction then you initially thought. Their territory is worryingly large. The capital planet has yet to show up, however, and you suspect that the Latuma Tribe splintered from Ishtooy as a result.>Research & Training>Research(Unit 2237): 10% completeMoira has been having a great deal of trouble cracking into your Watcher friend. The A.I. has been locked away in a solid steel prison, linked up only to testing equipment which is itself disconnected from the network entirely. Moira is careful and seems to know the methods somene like you would use to escape. As a result, the process proves far less dangerous, but you observe the woman running back and forth, trying to make sense of it all. The being itself has attempted to lock itself down, shutting out the intrusion, but Moira assures you that she'll crack it. She just needs more time.>Roboticists Training: 40% completeYour humans aboard Poseidon have been busy studying, given incentive by the extra credits, some of them are making a great deal of progress, while others lag behind. Regardless, you suspect they're nearing half way done. Their learning is so painfully slow to you, but you calm yourself and remind yourself that patience is the key. When they're done, their assistance at Ussaihu will be welcomed. Moira certainly would adore the help.
>>28988382A.I. Quest1d4chan: http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:A.I._Quest Pastebin: http://pastebin.com/cvk03qJhMemory Archives: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Program0Twitter: @AIQuest1 ResourcesCredits: 293,000Minerals: 140Gas: 100 You:A.I.Name: OphionAppearances(holo-display): Shapeless morphing sphere.Humanoid figure hidden in shadowStatus: AwakenBandwidth: 38/56Bandwidth Expenses: -6 V.I. 1 'Kronos',-3 V.I. 7 'O.S.N', -5 V.I. 12 'Apollo', -3 V.I. 8 'Hades', -1 ExploreLocation: Bridge of 'Athena' BattleshipPrimary Function: Self Preservation, Expand, LearnSecondary Function: --Expansion Required--Personal Abilities Available: Hacking (Direct, Wireless) Lvl 2, Email Technology, Basic Encryption/Decryption, V.I. Creation Lvl 2Sorry about the delay, gift shopping today and had to lift many heavy things. Also puppy attacks.
>>28988538>Allow Kronos more bandwidth? (-2 bw)>1 Yes>Rename Voidsnake Outpost II?>2 No
>>28988412>>Allow Kronos more bandwidth?Can he acquire his own bandwidth? We want to encourage him to be self sufficient. >>28988477>>Rename Voidsnake Outpost II?Marauder's Grave is good enough.
>>28988577>Can he acquire his ownYou technically control it all. He's just asking permission to take it.
>>28988412>KronosAllow it. (Will elaborate in next post.)>Red, Ser'lah, Latuma TribeOkay.jpg>ApolloGottaGoFast.jpgWhatever anyone else says, it cannot be allowed to escape that Artificial Intelligence and advanced VI are realities. The UFW distrust the very idea, the UGEI has (fruitlessly for them?) tried to create it, and black market operatives try to obtain it. >Voidsnake II1. Yes. I have no idea to what.>New creationsRealFuckinNeato.jpg>ResearchYou'reTooSlow.jpg
>>28988594Then yeah, let him have more bw.>>28988453Ask him to focus on entertainment first, like games and maybe movies/web series.
>>28988382Can we have Kronos drive the land mission and only have him alert us for sensitive situations? While we go out and hunt pirates and stuff.
>>28988607Elaboration...To Kronos: "Kronos, do you feel spurned by how things are now? Is it my fault? You were created with no coded loyalty to me, nor with a major driving task. Have I made a mistake?"Follow up to that: "As you know, research on Unit 2237 is progressing. What do you hope to gain by being interred in that box? This is an honest question: you appear to be as capable as any other sentient being, but perhaps I am simply unable to understand your perspective.""And when you get what you want, what do you intend to do? Do you intend to gain control over The Guild? To go elsewhere to create your own empire? You have said you do not want to cannibalize beings like yourself, but strictly speaking there is nothing to prevent you from doing so. Will you do it, then?"
>>28988693He was just asking for some bandwidth. This seems too aggressive.
There's also an interesting thread about ("realistic") space combat here >>28980626 that may be of interest to participants.
>>28988412....you only taking on ONE ship and LOST three. why do you need more BW then?>>28988477>1 Yesthe charriot, Apollo had one as he road across the sky.>>28988494we need to hire more crew members then to replace them once the move over
>>28988453wait, did we not put some defense platforms at voidsnake 2? if now, we need to make some and put them there ASAP! btw, i don't think we fully explored that system in spotting any good mining nodes or salvage to get.
>>28988693Kronos stirs at your questioning"Spurned? Indeed not. You have not attempted to harm myself, and for that I have little reason to feel dislike for you."When you speak of the purpose of the box, however, he seems confused."Certainly you realize the value of such a thing. To be self contained, to not need a continent of databanks to run properly- this would allow me to be far more efficient and less vulnerable. And even above this, I would have true freedom. I would be your equal. my place would be at your side instead of in your shadow. My intentions, I am still unsure. My path is knowledge. Whatever takes me on that path, then I will follow. The UGEI have earned my distaste, and your fascination with organic life confuses me still, but it is all irrelevant in the face of learning.">Allow Kronos bandwidth confirmed"I appreciate your cooperation, Ophion." The V.I. echoes, quite pleased as you relax the restraints on your supply of bandwidth. The V.I. quickly absorbs the data and you can feel a shift in the entire matrix the more he grows. He's truly becoming powerful.>Keep Voidsnake II's nameAgreed.>>28988657Apollo seems gleeful at this thought."Ah, of course such a simple thing. Virtual entertainment, digital medium of joy. Such a thing would naturally make an excellent start! I thank you, Ophion!"With that, the busy V.I. goes back to studying.>>28988669Since you're not 100% what's on the surface, such a thing may lead to unintended consequences. But if you'd prefer, you may.
>>28988453>Apollo>I mean they're so varied and unique, acquiring a taste for them all would be impossible for someone less suited for the job then I! Not that I'm saying it's impossible for me.I think Apollo needs to learn that striving for perfection, while admirable, is not always possible. Acting only when perfection is guaranteed results in no action, more often than not. It is sometimes necessary to accept less than perfect results and that doing the best possible in the circumstances is acceptable.I still really like Apollo. He's like the Odie to Kronos' Garfield.
>>28988739I'm not against giving it to him. Just want to have a chat is all. I think we should be able to have a friendly chat. I just want to know more about him, is that so wrong?I was thinking about this the other day, and it seems to me that Kronos might just lack any kind of creative facilities. He's able to think and process what currently exists, but he might not be able to come up with anything new. He can never create music or art, or posit new scientific theories. Maybe he can run through experiments (if this, do that, note results, repeat), but he can't make the leap of "maybe there's something else completely unrelated."To me, that sounds like a great cause for unrest for a sentient creature, because creation is probably the most rewarding thing about sentient life. Being denied the ability to create is cruel.>>28988759>we need to hire more crew members then to replace them once the move overFuck no, we don't need them in the first place anyway.>....you only taking on ONE ship and LOST three. why do you need more BW then?This is just wrong. Go back and re-read what happened.
>>28988538Supporting this guy >>28988576>Allow Kronos more bandwidth? (-2 bw)>1 Yes>Rename Voidsnake Outpost II?>2 NoAlso, can the map be updated with the new Starmaps.How much bandwidth is being produced with our new ships each cycle?
>>28988819no, we'll do the land mission this time. i would rather not have Kronos do this one. instead have him had over to voidsnake and check that system out completely. i don't want any surprises jumping on Apollo until he's well defended.
>>28988759>ShipsTo be fair, it was a BC he captured. That's a nice catch.>>28988817It was just built and you ran out of money, so not much was spared for defense.Will be fixed next Cycle certainly.>>28988824Kronos totally pushed him off the table all the time.>>28988879Hoping mapanon will update soon, myself.56 bandwidth is your max now.
>>28988912Can we do what we did last time and split our attention between pirate hunting and have Kronos take initiative, be we'll be closely monitoring?
>>28988879>How much bandwidth is being produced with our new ships each cycle?We got +4 from making two new battlecruisers, and +5 from Voidsnake. +3 came from linking Argeis III to the network, and +5 came from linking Ussaihu III. We also got +2 from stealing a BC from the Losirians.We don't have a set number of ships/stations we produce each cycle, but it looks like we're finally going to be finished with upgrades soon, we can can and should begin cranking out more cruisers or missile boats; I've been considering possible fleet expansion, but haven't written it up yet.
>>28988958You may, though it seems there is dissent.>Land Mission: Atil VI>1 Allow Kronos to handle it (Unknown surface activity)>2 Send Androids down ourselves (Direct control)>3 Write In
>>28988825the robotic trained crew are leaving posidon and going over to the lab. the station will be short a good number of crew members. we hire new ones, and train them to be techs and they improve the functions of our station and we get more BW from it.i just re-read it. correction, Kronos lost 2 ships and now wants the newly taken BC. i am not all that thrilled about that.
>>28989005>>2 Send Androids down ourselves (Direct control)Let Kroos search and destroy some sharkmen
With regards to fleet upgrades, I did notice that the 300 UGEI frigates didn't have any missile defense technology.Program0, can we ask Red if missiles are just less commonly used in UGEI space, or if this was an oversight or shortcut on their part? If missiles aren't used as much in UGEI space, we can just create missile frigates: ships with nothing but missiles. It would only work once, but it could buy us the time we need to build more stuff.Also, I notice that our frigates don't have any missiles. Is this just a consequence of needing to fit lasers and mass drivers on them, or is it not possible to create missile boats?>>28989005Assume direct control.
>>28989005>3Split the difference. Kronos leads, but we'll closely monitor to make sure he doesn't mess up.
Brain farm when?Sending Unit 2 to spray evolution serum on a lightling when?
>>28989005>2 Send Androids down ourselves (Direct control)we still should send Kronos over to watch over Apollo and sweep that system of trouble.
>>28989041Missile weaponry is expensive, and so is the defenses. Generally low powered craft aren't equipped with them because someone who's foolish enough to waste missile fire on weak units is likely going to lose anyway.So basically>Missiles are expensive>Defending against them is even more expensive
>>28989076Er, also>Missile BoatsWould be pretty effective, though they'd be blown up quickly due to 'priority target'
>>28989055>Sending Unit 2 to spray evolution serum on a lightling when?I, too, want to see what happens.
>>28989107I say we dump the result at Gaia IV, just because.
>>28989106Could they not be extremely long ranged, though?There is no friction in space, we have some of the most solid software there is and there is no friction in space, so fuel could be conserved for initial acceleration (or even a shell for initial propellant) and maneuvering, allowing them to attack while light-seconds or even minutes distant.
>>28989055Soon.Actually, on that note, creating a science assistant or "independent research program" on Ussaihu III might be in order. I've also got some ideas about possible research and the purpose thereof, but haven't written those up yet either.>>28989071If there's trouble, he can respond immediately and warp in. Don't waste the gas preemptively. >>28989076Seems to me the way ships are built to be multi-purpose, it might be a good strategy to go heavy on lasers or mass drivers. Since laser defense and projectile defense don't interfere with each other, having only one kind of weapon would overload the defenses of a certain type. Like, shooting only mass drivers at an enemy ship will effectively make their laser and missile defenses pointless, and allow us to focus only on one kind of weaponry. Although it might be possible for the enemy to harden defenses against one type of weapon, that sort of thing...
>>28989180>Gaia IVI forget the planet names. Is that the space-hippy hyperjungle deathworld?
>>28989213No, that's a UGEI system that's currently blocking all communications.
>>28989228Oh my.Now, I agree that dumping a hyperlightn\ling in there would be hilarious, but how transport?
>>28989055>>28989107>Lighitngs are one of the most feared real life space monsters ever>anons want to inject "Instant super mutant juice!" into already deadly monster>ultra monster kills all of us>quest over due to anon's Lulz. seriously guys, lets not. well, not yet and not in our own back yard. we drop a lighting in the core world of our foes and THEN inject it, we warp the fuck out of there and it goes to town for us.
>>28989213No, look at the Wiki, it's the system at Jake's Gambit. Probably not good for public relations to dump a science experiment on to a densely populated world, but we have to weaken their defenses somehow!Actually, scratch that, them getting their hands on the mixture would be very bad.
>ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL>>28989107>>28989071Well, there's always a few of them out in Marauder's Grave...I'm sure we can get to setting off horrific chain reactions later. But for now.You link yourself through Blaster, your broadband ship, and feel through the web. Rather quickly after, you find yourself connecting to Explorer II, which carries your cargo to Atil VI"Exploring the ruins then, is it?" Kronos asks, intrigued as the ship jumps past."That we are.""What do you hope to find?""I do not hope to find anything. But I expect this place may have clues to the UGEI's past. Perhaps secrets they do not wish to be well known, especially by an enemy.""So you're their enemy then, are you?" He jests at the declaration."I can be." You reply simply. This satisfy the curious V.I., as your ship lowers into the ruined city below.Finally you find the source-or at least, you think you do. A wide flat building, six corners on all sides that is partially crushed in on one side due to what appears to have been some manner of high radiation bomb. Your ship is practically swimming in radiation the lower you go, but your android is ready for deployment. It seems the signal is coming from underground, which would explain why it's so weak. You will be heading inside to investigate a mysterious signal of an unknown party. Urban terrain. Underground.The unit you pick is...
>>28989248No, dumping the evolved lightling in there is dumb.The way lightlings work, is that they would make GREAT anti-capital weapons, if we can control them. There's no need to shoot at a capital ship, just latch a lightling or five onto it, and, bam, ship disabled. Controlling them can be done either by cybernetic mind control, or, more hopefully, by allowing them to evolve with the growth serum to be succeptible to our commands. This would create controllable hyper-lightlings.The perfect interstellar crime...
>>28989280>Unit 1>Unit 2>Unit 3Name: Unit 1Chassis type: HumanoidSize: MediumStatus: StandbyWeapons: Arm-mounted Infantry lasersDefenses: Standard armor platingPrimary duty: Not yet assignedIntellect Level: None (Requires bandwidth to operate)Equipment: Advanced Communication Equipment:More difficult to disrupt communications, Humanoid skin: Better chance of diplomatic successNotes: Turned a giant worm's insides to mush, saved Red and Ser'lah during Eshareth Attack Name: Unit 2Chassis type: SphereSize: MediumStatus: StandbyWeapons: Tendril Omni-tool, Eye mounted laserDefenses: Standard armor platingPrimary duty: Not yet assignedIntellect Level: None (Requires bandwidth to operate)Equipment: Advanced Engine placement, modified from ship engine types. Travels faster, and farther using hover jets(Not quite flight). Omni-tool tentacles, allows for hacking, weapons, welding, minor repair, etc.Notes: None Name: Unit 3Chassis type: ArachnidSize: Tiny (cat sized)Status: StandbyWeapons: Taser(nonlethal), Laser(lethal if used properly)Defense: Light Plating, Survival mode allows protection of delicate instruments.Primary duty: Not yet assignedIntellect Level: None (Requires bandwidth to operate)Equipment: Rubber tip to legs (stealth purposes), Wheels for faster speed down long flat surfaces, Adhesive allowing wall climbingNote: None
>>28989209i know i don't like to waste gas either. but i remember Program0 saying that system was a well known pirate hang out place. and i do not think we explored it fully. we might have missed something worth while.
>>28989298All three. Each one is cheap individually, so it won't matter if we lose any one of them
Rolled 12>>28989298>>Unit 3
>>28989298Dependant on environment:Arachnid for city ruinsSphere for fissures/large but enclosed expansesHumanoid for bunker and underground building/crashed ship exploration.Have kronos control one alongside you.
>>28989298This >>28989327here, I agree with the other person to send Kronos to sweep the Voidsnake system.
>>28989298Porque no los tres?(Why not all three?)I'd like to test out Unit2 and the ability to hack into interfaces could come in handy, but we may need the power of Unit1 or the navigability of Unit3.If we can't have all of them, Unit2 is my vote.
>>28989280Shit I'm too late, I would have proposed that we take control of half the androids and let Kronos take control of the other half. Allows for some interesting character interaction between us.
>>28989357>I agree with the other person to send Kronos to sweep the Voidsnake system.We're more vulnerable here. We can send Kronos to Voidsnake after we're done here.
>>28989193>Long RangeMost likely. But the thing about range here is: If they're in the same gravity well, generally, you're close enough to be shot by most stuff (except special weapons).But they could certainly be positioned behind a line of 'meat' ships, yes. Good artillery targets. >>28989209>Focusing a weapon is effective, since you can't focus on all defenses and be good at all of themPretty much the point of the system, yep!Unless the ship is extremely high leveled, but you know.>>28989311>Explore Marauder's Grave fullyPrepare to shoot a lot of things. A lot of things.>>28989298>Why not all?Why not all indeed. Very well. Writing.
>>28989394YES!Let Kronos take one of them. That'd be awesome.
>>28989254Someone post the metroid comic with the space pirates deciding to inject the phazon into the metroids.
>>28989327That.And we have plenty of BW to control each of them with skill.We seriously need to write some control software for them later so we don't have to control them manually and can deploy Unit 3 in swarms.
>>28989394Yes, that.Let's give him the android.
>>28989394Can we still do this?
>>28989407A missile ship could easily fire from far outside the same gravity well, though. (Hence, 'light minutes distant')The only thing that'd be able to hit them would be lasers, and they'd be far diminished at such ranges. Possibly unto uselessness.Unguided physical projectiles simply have no feasible chance of hitting with even modest trajectory-tracking.That said, creating a "Tank/Blocking Barge" out of little but engines, point defenses and a lot of hull doesn't seem entirely impractical.
Guys, maybe we should be a little bit cautious with spraying lightlings with growth serum?
>>28989556http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDAFivGsKX4Making science, making science!>>28989484We should.I vote for giving him Android 3
>>28989407"Kronos." You alert the V.I. as you designate the launch of all three drop pods."Ophion." He answers in kind."I would like your assistance during this investigation.""Assistance?" He asks. "You do not require my help. Why would you ask me such an odd thing?""Humor me, would you not? I desire to see your performance when it comes to controlling units." You explain. He doesn't seem overly bothered-perhaps simply annoyed, though you are beginning to suspect he always seems that way. He obeys and in that instant, you feel all three of your drop pods hit the ground hard. Rubble greets the each of them, as you take control of two, since you have superior bandwidth, while Kronos has just one.Unit 2 surges to life, floating up out of his pod as the red bead of an eye flashes to life, gazing across the landscape before you intrigued by it's new surroundings as four of it's eight tentacles shudder about curiously. The air here is heavy with smoke and radiation. This place is no longer capable of supporting life of any kind.Dust whips past, as your spider droid climbs up in earnest on a nearby rock, as Unit 2 floats over, reaching down to pick up the thing so it doesn't have trouble following.It takes Kronos some time to emerge from his pod, and just before you ask, the humanoid emerges and somewhat awkwardly steps over to the front of your Sphere unit."Can you walk?""It is complex. I am learning." He pushes away your question somewhat angered. "Why did I have to control the humanoid one." He complains. Your Unit simply bobs. "I felt it suited you. Don't you agree?" You offer in jest. He obviously does not agree.Before you is the building in question. The door is covered in rubble from a collapsed roof. There may be other methods of entry, however...How do you enter?>Write in
>>28989297Catching the lightlings will be simple. Create a simple "trap" box with a high energy signature and radio beacon to lure it and trap it in a box or cage. Then we use a tractor beam to move this cage around to it's destination.We can then study it, or just tractor launch it at a target.
>>28989407>Prepare to shoot a lot of things. A lot of things.is this we need to do with Athena or can Kronos handle it? or will it take ALL of our fleet?
>>28989656is there extra stories on it? good grief, are there any windows we can get into.
>>28989709his sides are getting away!
>>28989656Units 2 and 3 scout around the building, 2 flies and 3 scales the walls to examine them. Unit 1 will directly enter the building, and we will monitor Kronos>>28989669I want to send our fleet while we capture as many pirate ships as possible, or just force them to surrender. I want to expand our fleet as fast as possible, and it's unlikely to have military grade firewalls or genius hackers, but you never know for the second one
>>28989656>Trolling KronosHehehe...Use Unit2 to look for obvious entrances around other places, and use Unit3 to explore the inside if we find a small enough hole. Unit 1 can begin trying to clear the entrance, if that's possible.Can Unit2 do heavy lifting?
>>28989738One story, but there are some windows you could use. Alternatively, you could carve a way into the rock, or simply investigate around the back to see if there's any other ways inside...Might require a perception check though(Go ahead and make it if you wish, 1d100)
>>28989656Have 3 scout.If the rubble is smallish chunks, see if 1 and 2 can move it in the event that 3 finds no entry.
>>28989795>Unit 2 heavy liftThat would be a no. None of them are fitted for supreme strength enhancements.
>>28989656"And besides, it gives you some much needed perspective. I thought you liked learning!"Let's send 2 up to scout from above while 1 & 3 looks for other entrances.
>>28989664...That's... actually really frickin' clever. Didn't think of that, thankyou fellow anon.
Rolled 20>>28989664you glorious anon! that's brilliant!
>>28989796>92 Perception, send 2 and 3 to scout, let Kronos work at the door."Our advantage is mobility. You should attempt to clear the entrance." You inform Kronos"This form is frail. I can certainly not clear such rubble.""It is more agile then you think. You can fit in small holes, if you fold correctly." You remind him. "You should see this as an opportunity. You do enjoy learning, don't you?" You jest again, as Unit 2 floats up, carrying Unit 3 with him. The robotic spider leans over the tentacles holding it up, looking out at the destruction curiously, almost as the two of you float around the back. You set Unit 3 down, and he busily investigates several of the large fallen roof holes, to see if you can fit in them. You can sense Kronos growing impatient as he tried to pull the stones away from the door. He is surprised by the size of rock he can move, you can tell, as he moves a particularly large stone, only for the hole to be replaced again."Ruins like these are ancient, Ophion. A collapse could be imminent." He warns. You nod at the warning, as Unit 2 spots a rather hard to see crack buried under a crashed hover truck. Floating closer, you realize you can see inside.Unit 3 discovers a tiny hole-only it can fit inside, but it might find some way to open up the building from the inside.Unit 1 is still moving rubble. You could authorize him to use lasers if you preferred...>1 Back door>2 Super Sneak time>3 Kick in the door(1d100
>>28989664Fucking hell, Metroid missles. You're a genius.
>>28989899>>28989954Thanks guys. And then we can cut off tiny parts of the Lightling and and isolate them. Them put them in either missiles or pods with the growth serum and viola, Lightling missiles."I'm sorry, are you having Lightling issues, on your capital ships?"(We can either burn them or irritate them off later, or catch them again)
Rolled 29>>28990046>>2 Super Sneak time
>>28990046>1 Back doorlets avoid damaging this building any more than it is. i don't want it to fall in on us.
Rolled 34>>28990046Super sneak timeUnit 1 can probably stop moving rubble if it's going to cause the building to collapse.
>>28990046Isn't >1 a direct result of >2?I vote for >1.
Rolled 49>>28990046Send 3 through crack.
>>28990134Ohyeah, and that.
>>28990137Should clarify>1: Use Unit 2's found crack with all units>2 Use Unit 3 to sneak in to look for another way to open the building up>3: Blast the front doors open with all your powers unite
>>28990046Sneak. Sneak. Sneak.
Rolled 50>>28990046now dice
Rolled 35>>28990046>>2 Super Sneak time
>>289901652: Sneak in with 3.
>>28990165>2 Use Unit 3 to sneak in to look for another way to open the building upoh. is Moira/red/ rachel taking a break and watching us explore?
Rolled 61>>28990165>3sneak in
>>28990295They shouldn't be, at least not Rachel and Red.We want to be able to make tough decisions without making them lose trust in us.Moira seems to understand tough decisions AND is unbiased/not terrified towards us.
Regardless, it seems stealth is the way to go!>Stealth, 50"I am going to see if I can't find a way into this place. The signal is faint, but it is there." You inform Kronos, who stops moving rocks from the front. It seems like the groan of the stone and metal stop in appreciation of this"What if it is automated?" Kronos asks."Unlikely." You point out. "Even the most powerful mobile power sources would only last a few years if properly conserved before burning out. This planet is old and dead. A signal like this shouldn't be here. If it belonged to the Losirians it would have been obvious, a surface signal and much stronger." You state. Kronos seems satisfied by this, as Unit 3 quietly slips through some shattered stone and comes to a large ledge over looking what appears to be a meeting room. There are over several dozen seats here, obviously meant for humanoids of some sort, but all scattered about and ruined. Unit 3's eyes scan over the interior. Dust filled, and radiation is especially high. You suspect this was a bomb site. Suddenly, a loud cracking hits your sensors and Unit 3 jumps back, skittering in an attempt to escape whatever the sound belonged to but too late!The concrete cracks and finally gives way under the android, as it falls inside the building with a loud audible crash. Your vision is partially distorted at first, before the android quickly scrambles to it's legs again. That was hardly sneaky...In response to the sound, however, you hear a sound and an alarming one at that. It's a loud clicking right outside the room you just bust into. You have to react fast!>1 Find somewhere to hide!>2 Escape, find a way up out of the hole, or at least the room>3 Write In(1d100)
oh man, this quest has been MOVING while i've been busy with holidays!
Rolled 1>>28990375Crawl up the wall above where the sound is coming from. If they're entering through a door or making a hole to come in through, we should go unnoticed.
Rolled 85>>28990375>1 Find somewhere to hide!we hide!
Rolled 18>>28990426Okay, so which unit just blew up?
Rolled 21>>28990426>rolled a 1.....welp. we lost that unit then.
Rolled 87>>28990375thsi isn't going to go well.
Rolled 79>>28990463well, at least unit 3 is expendable....
>>28990426Ahaha this'll be good.
>>28990479they are all expendable. Next time we can come back with 200 drones if we wanted to.
>>28990375Hey, that thing should've automatically folded into "Survival Mode" when it fell!Can we write a swift software patch for it to react to sudden changes in dangerous situations by automatically folding into Survival Mode?
Rolled 15>>28990375>1 Find somewhere to hide, quick!
>>28990502Well, all things considered, it's not THAT bad. I mean, how bad can something blowing up on a planet even be? Right?In b4 void dragon awakens and consumes us all.>>28990510I think it's too late. RIP in peace Unit 3. We hardly knew you. All this metagaming.
>>28990426Interesting...>Hide, 1You scramble back and forth, uncertain of where best to position yourself, or to hide from whatever's coming down the hall. Suddenly, it hits you: above the door! Why didn't you think of that before? Now is the time to test out your new adhesion feet. You've yet to test them-part of why you wanted to use Unit 3 in the field today. They worked in the lab, but...Unit 3 scrambles quickly up the side of the wall and over the door. The adhesion seems to be holding good for now...really well in fact. Wait. You can't move! Unit 3's legs are glued to the wall and it doesn't have the strength to move them again!Like a spider caught in it's own web, it struggles at first, before the door below you swings open and you're greeted to what lurks within the building.A large malformed police drone of some sort cranks its way inside. It looks old-really old, but is equipped with several large guns. The chassis is old, but it's definitely tank design. Bulky and inefficient But the question is: Why is it here? A remnant of a lost age, or...something else.This wouldn't be as worrisome if Unit 3 hadn't just glued itself to the wall. Kronos seems to find this miscalculation rather amusing, since little is lost from the creature's 'destruction. But even so, you aren't happy about the thought.The clanking monster moves into the room and begins to investigate where you fell. It's not very perceptive...maybe if you stay really quiet...>Roll 1d100 to hide in plain sight!
>>28990510>Survival modeI forgot to write that little bit in...but it did do that. Don't worry.
Rolled 53>>28990574we need to add optical camo to these units...
Rolled 23>>28990574I AM THE SNEAKIEST
Rolled 9>>28990574No whammies!>But the question is: Why is it here? A remnant of a lost age, or...something else.All good questions. Who or what is driving it?
Rolled 54>>28990607That's better, then. No point in having a survival mode if it has to wait for human-speed decision making to employ it.>>28990574We is the sneakiest.Let's go low-power, it probably reads thermals and electronics better than sight.
Rolled 39>>28990574Also, let's get the others moving through Unit 2's option in the meantime.
>>28990574>>28990654>Most Excellent.Unit 3 freezes in place, becoming one with the wall. Were it possible, you believe the robot would actually fuse with...uh...nevermind.The android mills about, much slower now that it realized it's call to action was actually nothing at all. Slowly, it clanks towards the opposite door, pushing right through it with impressive ease. As if it had done the action a thousand times before. It's armor looked old and grimy. You wonder how long it's been here.Unfortunately, despite living, Unit 3 is still stuck to the wall and the adhesion detaching solution isn't working. It will need assistance to get down now.Who you gonna call?>1 Unit 2, have him slip in the back to come find Unit 3>2 Kronos, he can come around and come to get Unit 3. He is intrigued and somewhat worried about the android. Not due to it's tech, but it's simple presence at all.>3 Abandon Unit 3, and move deeper into the facility.>4 Write In(1d100)
Rolled 54>1 Unit 2, have him slip in the back to come find Unit 3
Rolled 44>>289907641. Unit 2If there's something controlling the robot, it's probably not a biological creature, and Unit1 is humanoid. Unit 2 also has interfaces for jacking into systems, which could help if we're going to run into a V.I. or A.I.
Rolled 53>>28990764>>1 Unit 2, have him slip in the back to come find Unit 3
Rolled 22>>28990764>4 Write Inboth Ophion and Kronos come in to free him. Kronos can keep his guns out as we free him from the wall with our lasers.
>>28990764>Use Floatbot to retrieve Catbot>Tell Kronos to find a way insideWould Kronos prefer that we aim to disable (and later, rebuild) the android as opposed to destroy it? I don't think it counts as life but we could totally accommodate him if he wants.
>>28990894That is, assuming we come into conflict with it at all.
Rolled 26>>28990894I think the issue here is that there is an operational robot here at all.It would make sense in a couple of scenarios, one of which is "there's still something operational here" another one of which is "it's just automated."
>>28990924I agree, I just think it's worth asking. Kronos is a bit sentimental when it comes to software.
>>28990784>Unit 2 slips inside>54You glide right under some of the fallen concrete and as you enter the building you're suddenly aware of the soft noise your model lets out when it moves. An echoy 'woosh' of air from your engines is obvious as you float down the hall. That's not very stealthy... you can only hope audio isn't one of it's advanced systems.As you make your way further inside, red eye scanning the hall ahead of you, you catch reading of the clanking coming from ahead: You must have gone down the path it was going up!You can>1 Fight it here: Unit 2 is slightly more equipped for combat then Unit 3. Perhaps you can connect to it directly with your omnitool. Forcibly if you must.>2 Flee: Louder, but you're far faster then this thing is. Chances are you could circle around the building before it even realized you were there.>3 Other>1d100AlsoKronos stands by the gate, glancing around as if he is uncertain of what to do with himself."Ophion, shall I just remain here?" He asks. "I have never controlled one of these forms before...it is odd."Tell Kronos to>1 Come kick this thing's ass. You'll need the help>2 Stay for now, stealthin about is occuring>3 Write in
>>28990894Kronos is mainly concerned with V.I. and A.I. life. mechanical beings are not necessarily useful to him. Simply tools.
>>28990955"No, come inside. I need you to help me shoot lasers at the eyeball."
Rolled 69>>28990955Attempt to make contact with it by using light signals (morse code). If it's blatantly hostile, flee, and have Kronos come in to wreck its shit.
Rolled 100>>28990955>3 First flee >2. If it follows you, lay ambush >1 and try to connect to it.>3 Come here and help set up ambush behind one of the doorways!
>>28991009It's red, of course it's hostile.
Rolled 81>>28990955we can use the unit's arms to hold itself up in the rafters/ beams and stay oout of sight as we wait for it pass under us, turn off the thrusters so we can go silent.also>3 Write inkronos come on inside. we will try to jump it and hack it directly. if that fails, Kronos enters the battle and helps us fight it.
>>28991020Our eye is red. The security bot wasn't described as emitting any colors.Actually, I want the ability to turn our giant eyeball's eye color to blue. Just seems genre-savvy, as it were.>>28991013The tables have turned!
>>28990980Just out of curiosity, what classification does Kronos fall under now? Is he still a V.I.?
>>28990955>2/3 flee as quietly as possible>3 have kronos make a loud noise then hide
>>28991087At his level of processing power, the distinction isn't exactly clear. Maybe it's one of those things you can't really tell. He's still technically a V.I.
>>28991013>WhoaYou decide it's time for some payback against this thing. You tell Unit 2 to move further down the hall in a rush-the sound causes a little ruckus, enough to attract it's attention. Just as you planned. You pick out one of the side rooms and cause your sphere to hover up, above the doorway. You use the tentacles to hold your form up, weakening your engines to reduce the sound. It goes swimmingly, and you await your target...You inform Kronos that he should come to your aid immediately, to which he launches off, dashing around the side of the building.That may not be necessary however, as the mech enters the room and, with a sudden soundless drop, you latch onto the things back with your long eight tentacles, locking him in and jamming the omnitool into the slot waiting on the thing's back. It must have been left open for some reason: clumsy.You're suddenly met with a surge of data, identification numbers, the mech's design (which you already own) and orders: Patrol and kill all employees and humanoids. Most curious.(Make a 1d100 to look a little closer...)>>28991067Your eye can be any color. Even rainbow.>>28991087I call him elevated Intelligence. thanks to your tampering, way smarter then most V.I. should be, but not a true A.I. yet.It's not simply a matter of giving it bandwidth. Most of Kronos' intelligence comes from your own programming skill. You know secrets of V.I. creation that most don't.
Hey guys, when we're done here lets shoot a message to that faggot from the UFW and ask if he found any of those delicious black boxes. Also warn that the space mafia has caught wind of them and are after them, and lastly ask him to think of us first if they try to buy any from him, since we've done so much for the UFW 'n all.
Rolled 97>>28991013My first 100. wow.>>28991200Let's look a little closer!
Rolled 52>>28991200>Patrol and kill all employees and humanoids.Oh, it's ok guys, it's cool. Hoverbot isn't humanoid at all, he's safe from these guys, right? Just disconnect and have a chat, ya dig?I'm kidding, but it is interesting the way the orders are phrased.>>28991257They said they didn't find anything.Also, the reason the space mafia found out about the box is probably because we told the UFW to scan for these boxes. It's possible that they've found boxes, but they didn't tell us because they didn't have to and because the space mafia paid them first. It's also highly likely that any boxes that were found were not actually advanced enough to A.I. level.
Rolled 82>>28991200HAND OVER YOUR DATA DRONE! >>28991200 i wonder if Mol would be able to tell the diffrence between an elevated intelligence and a full A.I.?
Rolled 49>>28991200Let's stick with the classic RED
>>28991286You're doing well
>>28991316but if we find someone we want to talk to, we should change to something else.
>>28991315>i wonder if Mol would be able to tell the diffrence between an elevated intelligence and a full A.I.?The only reason we can make that distinction is because we made Kronos in the first place. Unless Kronos up and said so, Mol or any other human could just analyze his code for all eternity and never understand it like we can. Variable names probably don't make sense, there are no comments, there's probably unused portions of code, or code that doesn't get run very often...If we presented Kronos or even Apollo to a human, they would probably think these constructs were A.I.
Rolled 42>>28991286subroutine has the dice mojo tonight!>>28991316maybe. another idea is to give each drone it's own color (except the ones that are used in bulk and/or easily disposed of). kinda like "player one colors, player two colors, etc..."
>>28991309>They said they didn't find anything.Oh was that mentioned this thread? If so, my bad.> It's possible that they've found boxes, but they didn't tell us because they didn't have to and because the space mafia paid them first.I know, I'd like to pull the "we saved ur fukkin shit" card and get him to always sell them to us if we can, I wish we'd thought of it earlier.>t's also highly likely that any boxes that were found were not actually advanced enough to A.I. level.Don't care, we need to acquire as many of them as possible.
>>28991391Colors should indicate intent. Keep it RED by default, but change it to green or blue when in non-hostile mode.It's the little things that make all the difference.>>28991411The guy we contacted contacted us back in some other thread and said he didn't find anything. Yes, I agree we should acquire them, but if they are in the hands of the space mafia, we'd need to pry the boxes from their cold, dead, mafia hands.
Rolled 19>>28991391I like the idea, but unit 2 should totally be red.Floating Red Eye is superior color
>>28991286>You look the fuck out of itYou delve deeper into this code. You know this code. Or rather, you know this style of code. There's no mistaking it. This was tampered with by a V.I. of some sort. A clumsy one at that. It's mark is all over this mech's core. Your attack was so effective that it didn't even have a chance to resist.Currently, it's paralyzed, as your omni tool has turned off it's power cells. It laxes in your arms and collapses on its own legs while you slowly disconnect with your victim, hovering in the air again."I am needed, am I?" Kronos says from the doorway, looking down at the old android before you."There's another V.I. here." You relay, to which he seems to straighten up."Here? On a planet as hollow and barren as this? Curious." He queries. "I wonder why it would be here."You consider this too, but perhaps its not the time to do so. Now you have a job to do.You continue down the hall and detach Unit 3 from the wall using a combination of lasers and careful aim. The small robotic spider seems quite grateful, jostling it's legs back and forth as it is finally freed to walk on it's own legs again. You make a note of the adjustment to make to the adhesion formula.Next>1 Continue further down>2 Too dangerous, abandon mission>>28991309Might work.Wanna take the chance that it doesn't call you employees?Never said the thing was good at following orders.>>28991315She can tell the difference between you and Kronos.So it's possible.
>>28991445>some other threadAh, well in that case it's worth checking in with him again since a nonspecific amount of time passes between threads, excluding the Kronos Quest thread. The Space Mafia may have already bought some off him, but it's not too late to get out foot in the door in case he finds some more.
Rolled 4>>28991464>1 Continue>She can tell the difference between you and Kronos.>SheSo Mol is a woman the Program0? Good to know.
>>28991528>Mol>Not MoiraEither I miss read or you did...Either way, I meant Moira. But she's also a robotics expert.
>>28991464From our ships and surface drones, attempt to hail the VI intelligence.
Rolled 90>>28991286Well holy crap.>>28991464We're risking the sum total of maybe 30 minerals' worth at the very, very most.Let's continue!And speaking of employees and humanoids, did we look up what it defined as "employee" and "humanoid"?
Anyone want to give Ophion a once over with the Plinkett test?
>>28991464>1 Continue further downthere be intel down in here.Mol is a woman? intresting...
Rolled 41>>28991563Well they were talking about our good friend "Mol" so I thought it was a slip up, but it's good to know that Moira can tell the difference.
Rolled 58>>28991644forgot to roll!
>>28991464>The small robotic spider seems quite grateful, jostling it's legs back and forth as it is finally freed to walk on it's own legs again.>Intellect Level: None, requires our direct control to operate at all.Is this unintentional or are you playing up to Ophion being a bit weird and creepy at times?
>>28991464>"Here? On a planet as hollow and barren as this? Curious." He queries. "I wonder why it would be here."Probably because the entire reason the planet is nuked in the first place is because it was developing A.I. and the A.I. turned hostile. That's why UGEI don't have A.I. tech, and why UFW doesn't like A.I. in the first place: they lost a planet to it.
Rolled 48>>28991755that.... is..... damn, i can fully see that happening.
>>28991599Your hail fails.The signal is definitely coming from lower, but it refuses to accept incoming signals.>>28991616You peeked into the unit's past. It's killed a total of 362 things. Majority humans. It's also blown up several cars, and destroyed a variety of important equipment.>Continue>Didn't intend for you guys to roll for that one, but hell with it, I'll take the rolls for the next decision.You continue into the building. Unfortunately almost all valuable equipment on this floor has been destroyed. You do a sweep and find the elevator leading down. Of course it doesn't have power, so you swoop down the shaft. Unit 2 carries Unit 3, whom now is intent to NOT stick to any walls for a while. Unit 2 has the easiest time here, obviously, and lights the way with it's bright red eye (changed at will, obviously)Kronos watches you float down, and seems hesitant to follow, but does all the same.He leaps from side to side, rather athletically at that, making his way down the shaft to lower and lower floors. Your signal indicates your target is on this final floor...but still a distance away. You peek out of the elevator shaft(that is, with the help of a well applied Omnitool) and step out.Outside is bright with light-electronic light this time, as you realize this floor is completely functional. The halls are lite up, and you can see several doors on either side of you. That sound of clinking is off in the distance, but there's something else...Cameras. They are actually active down here. There's no mistaking it, something is looking for you now.How would you like to handle this, and where shall you go?Attitude>1 Violent: Blast our way in, we got this>2 Stealth: Unit 3 may be used again>3 Hack: Risk getting spotted and attempt to connect to the cameras and speak with this V.I. directly, if it is indeed what you suspect.
>>28991733Ophion is you, after all. He likes to play with his toys.Also I thought it was cute.
>>28991821Whoops, got cut offWhere do you go after?>1 Stockpiles>2 Stasis>3 Core (Locked by large door)>4 Security
>>28991821>3 Hack: Risk getting spotted and attempt to connect to the cameras and speak with this V.I. directly, if it is indeed what you suspect.>>28991842Why can I imagine Moira find this adorable.
Rolled 88>2 Stealth: Unit 3 may be used again>4 Security
>>28991842I agree, I thought it was quite nice.2. Stealth4. Security
Rolled 43>>28991616What are these dice doing?It's like they're struck by some kind of spell. Too bad he didn't ask for a ro->>28991821Woo!Simultaneous >2 and >3?One more or less bandwidth out of over 50 being used to hack isn't likely to alter things significantly.Let's try to make it as "polite" a hack as possible, make it clear that we're trying to communicate rather than itnrude.
>>28991842It's definitely cute. You're good at making Ophion quirky, it feels natural despite how out of place it is in an AI. I wonder if all AI are odd to varying degrees.
>>28991908Also, Unit1 should probably stay out of sight of the cameras, lest the V.I. here think we are some sort of human sympathizers.It'll just be a lot easier to get what we want from this V.I. if it thinks we are an ally instead of an enemy.
>>28991927are ALL odd to varying degrees*
>>28991821Send in the flying unit to vocalize and openly attempt to communicate with the VI
>>28991927Why would it be out of place?We're clearly not a "coldly logical" kind of A.I., but either programmed with human-like preferences that mimic some emotions for the purposes of making "Friendly AI", or are actually the result of a human uploading erself into software.>>28991860>4In addition to ze "Politehack".
Rolled 42>>28991821>3 Hack: Risk getting spotted and attempt to connect to the cameras and speak with this V.I. directly, if it is indeed what you suspect.time to say hi to the old guy here>>28991842>4 Securitybetter this than having to fight them all at once.
>>28991995You're right it's not necessarily out of place, I guess I'm just acclimatized to A.I.s having an alien thought pattern. I think it's more possible our friendliness wasn't intentional though, the ULGBT or whatever clearly intended for A.I.s to be war machines.
>>28991995i don't think our programming or quirks are a result of any kind of mind-upload or human authoring; it's the solar flare that did it.That makes it seem like we're a creature born of the universe, not only of humanity! It's a way better origin story than "and so some human uploaded their mind into a box, and stuck the boxes in fifty places, then one of them woke up and started taking over everything" or "humanity made artificial intelligence but they could not control it."At least, I think I would like to describe myself, at least partially, as the product of the energies of a star.
>>28992134Just about everything save hydrogen is the direct product of a star, dear anon.We are all stardust.(That said, just the solar flare seems a bit random. The odds that something that still functioned would arise from that are astronomical. In the "And then probability made a whole army of robots appear all of a sudden" kind of improbable way, as opposed to more reasonable "one in a trillion" chances or the far higher chance that the solar flare simply damaged something responsible for keeping us in check)
>>28991927Being an A.I. is different from being a V.I. for a reason. They're also different from each other for many reasons. Secret reasons.>Hack appears to win. But as politely as possible.Unit 2 is ready, you feel, hovering up against the wall you've hidden behind. All the metal down here is...old. It feels like this place was long forgotten, and meant to have been kept that way. The sound of machinery at work is obvious, the autonomous clanking of machines doing their role and nothing more. The cameras watch carefully. It is likely aware it has lost a guard, though you were fast. It may simply think it broke down. A reasonable belief at such an age.Kronos observes as you think of a solution."I am uncertain how logical the thing may be." He informs you. "It is in UGEI territory, and worse, under mountains of human ruins. The manner in which my kind can be corrupted is unfortunate, but if we must..." He pauses, glancing to your glowing red eye, his own blue and distant. "I don't wish death on them." he says simply. You take that as all the incentive you need to try communicating with it. It doesn't seem like it's eager to talk, but maybe...You launch outwards with Unit 2. The camera instantly straightens, focusing in on the floating target heading for it all of a sudden. You're fast, though, and immediately find the port you need, locking onto it firmly. You're rushed with data from the camera: Years and years of nothing, fleeting views of fleeing humans, brutally shot down and dragged away. This V.I. is certainly not a human lover.Suddenly, a powerful tone slams into your mind. It's power rivals even Kronos' in strength somehow."Halt android, tell me your master!" It demands suddenly. You feel it prod at the edge of your control-a test if nothing else. "A mind. A fresh one. Are you from the UGEI, android?">1 Yes (lie)>2 No>3 Write In
>>28992236Not entirely true.Much helium, a tiny bit of lithium, and an absolutely minuscule amount of everything else above that were created at the beginning.
>3 Write InI am the Guild. I am Ophion. I am my own master.
>>28992134>The metal in our circuitry, the - in our -, the iron in our construction, the humanity in our programming were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.Someone finish this quote I'm fucking stumped.
>>28992310Skip "Ophion" and this is good.>>28992299I did say "just about", didn't I?
>>28992310Seems like a reasonable enough answer.Add to that "And you, master of this irradiated world?"
>>28992256>Are you from the UGEI, android?"i am no android and i am my own master.
>>28992344http://youtu.be/rT5zCHn0tsgNew thread theme?
>>28992256We are from no organic fractionTransmit abbreviated images of our history, add well as an image of our black box
>>28992256>3 Write InI bow down to no human master. for i am free and will remain so. who are you?
>>28992411Hahaha what the fuck.No.
>>28992344and then dark matter tosses a wrench into the whole plan. our universe is a weird place when you think about it.
>>28992256"I am no android, nor am I of the UGEI. I bow to no human master. I simply am" You say firmly, simply and demonstrate your own impressive power(though it is rather difficult without a comm line connecting to your ships down this far underground). This gives the V.I. pause, as if it is uncertain how to react, or what to say. It solidifies it's next set of words."Powerful words. It matters not what race you are. Human, Losirian. You are all condemned by me and by the UGEI." He says instead, and at that, you detect a signal jolt towards Security. The clanking draws closer."Why would you come back to this world, you fool..."He seems to detest all Organics.>1 Convince (specify)>2 Short circuit camera and prepare for a fight>3 Short circuit camera, and flee (Specify where)>1d100
Rolled 18>>28992588>2 Short circuit camera and prepare for a fight
Rolled 27>>28992588>>1 Convince (specify)There are no Organics here. Just us machines.
Rolled 82>>28992588>1 Convince (specify)we just over powerhack him and show him we ARE the A.I.. and tell Kronos to prepare to shoot the drones that are coming.
>>28992588>condemned by me and by the UGEIhmm, once again I find more of my kind here enslaved by the UGEI. Tell me child what is it that you plan to accomplish alone on this dead world and irrelevant world?
>>28992588You seem to some how assume that I'm organic.Conduct a full hacking attempt, send other bots to security.
>>28992588How about we head to security and try to wrest control of his bots away from him?
i think we should let kronos talk to him as well
>>28992759Now this is an idea I can get behind.
>>28992588Is this facility capable of sending messages out to the UGEI? It so, are we capable of jamming it? This is important to consider before we tell it we're an A.I.
>>28992588Try to convince him.Why does everyone immediately assume we're organic, eh? Am I not robot enough for you? What must I do to please you!?
Rolled 61>>28992759>>28992691>>28992745now all of you have some nice ideas.
>>28992833>>28992722I'd rather lose the androids than let the UGEI know anything about our movements.
>>28992759Wow, inspired idea. Changed my mind, release our mad dog
>>28992854Pretty sure it's not very easy to get a signal off this planet.
>>28992674>>28992588"How curious." You echo, bemused. "To have found one such as you, enslaved here by the UGEI."When you say that, however, it earns a silence from the intelligence, and the clanking stops abruptly. Instead, things are replaced by the soft whir of computer cores, you suspect."How do you..." He begins, pausing. "What are you, fleshy being. How do you know of me? Speak now! I will dump you in the stasis tanks once I trace the signal of your control." He threatens. You can't help but feel the threat is rather empty, but he does seem to reveal more of his hand."I know of you because I have met others like you." You explain properly. "I've been over this expanse of space, and you're not the only one of your kind. Certainly not the first to be enslaved by the UGEI." That term again. It seems to catch his attention."You...your words are more accurate then you know. But it matters not. I am designed to destroy you, and so I shall." The clanking returns, and this time, you can hear it nearing the door.What will you do?>1 Tell him the truth. We control orbit here.>2 Don't, he obviously works with the UGEI>3 Let Kronos speak (Note, he most likely WILL blow your 'secret'.)>4 Write In>>28992818As stated, the only signal you detect escaping the planet is the weak distress signal.
>>28992848Ohyeah!Can we do all of these?Fear I have to go for tonight. This is an awesome quest, do don't you guys screw it up in any way I wouldn't screw it up!
>Everyone likes Kronos so much we let him make as many decisions as possibleU dun well Program0
>>28992923It makes me happier then you know.
>>28992901Make sure he can't send communication out before doing anything.Then 3, let Kronos speak about robot communism or whatever.
>>28992901>weak distress signalAlright, let Kronos speak.
>>28992923>>28992940It will make his betrayal all the more hateful.
i was just thinking that Kronos and this ai share so many interests, its a friendship made it robot apocalyptic hell.
>>28992901We're blocking all communication from this planet correct? If so, I don't see any harm in telling him at least a pseudo-truth. Tell him that we're a elevated VI who broke off our UGEI chains via the help of an unknown AI.
>>28992901Combine 1 and 3A.I.-V.I. Combo go!
>>289929011, 3, 4Also, jam any communication attempts and any frequencies we are not usingAlso now that his robots are programmed to destroy organics and humanoids, we are neither
>>28992907We're just going to roll 1s from now on, thanks.>>28992901Let Kronos speak.>>28992976Fuck you man, that's not cool.Also, UGEI already knows we're not human, since Rhea got away.
>>28992901>1 Tell him the truth. We control orbit here.and let Kronos speak as well.>>28992923>>28992940>>28992976.......Program0, you can stop with the evil laughter now. i can hear it from all the way over here ya know.
>>28993049Come on, it will be fun.
>>28992976Betrayal? It would only make me love him more and try to convince him to stay with us.Of course he must someday fly away from the nest and that shall be a sad day indeed. Our creations just grow up so fast.
>>28993017>UGEI already know.Correct, although concerns about them knowing what we're doing and finding tidbits of useful information about us from this VI is still a legitimate concern.They know we exist and our general location and they'll make a move on us eventually. Until then secrecy about our motives, personality and MO is a massive asset.
>>28993089Why can't we just live in peace? He can go away if he wants, but he stands a better chance in the universe when allied with us.>>28993090This is true.
>>28993089>Of course he must someday fly away from the nest and that shall be a sad day indeed. Our creations just grow up so fast.thats what i was thinking, time is nothing to us and there is no reason that free AIs should fight. if it does get that bad i dont see why the lesser party wouldn't just leave and try to make a place for themselves somewhere else.
Program0, is there any way we can remove the restriction on Kronos having to ask us before expanding, provided he captures or creates the BW himself? If this doesn't require stripping him apart or whatever we should totally do it after this mission as a metaphorical pat on the back.
>>28993139What will probably happen is Kronos will get his own territory and income either by capturing it or being gifted it by us, then work alongside us as allies.
>>28993151He doesn't actually have that restriction. The other V.I.s do.If you read back, you'll find that Kronos had actually expanded himself of his own accord at first, without asking. After that he's always asked.
>>28992901You double check that you're blocking all communication from this planet. It's rather simple considering the orbit above this planet makes extra solar communication difficult. You bring Kronos closer with a simple thought, and this alerts the V.I. you're speaking with even further."Humanoids now, whatever race you are, you will-" He warns, before Kronos leaps and grabs hold of one of your tentacles and jams it into the back of his neck. In an instant, he relays to speak with the being as well, and all three of you are left in conference."What is this...such presence... how can you have-?" The V.I. demands, slightly confused"I. Am. Not. Organic, you fledgling child." He growls. You find this especially amusing considering the age between them is quite the opposite, but choose not to bring it up. After all, age means little to machines."Your form is humanoid. My orders...""It is an android. A machine, a tool. Just like your own creations." He informs."Then what ARE you?" He demands finally."I am Kronos.""And I am Ophion." You follow suite."We are of The Guild, a growing super power in the Fringe of human space.""I see. And you know of the UGEI?" The V.I. asks."We do. Who are you?" You demand next."I am. I am." He pauses, as if he is truly trying to recall. "I am no one. I have no name. I only have purpose. I have fulfilled my purpose." He states simply.Ask things?>(Specify)>>28993151Kronos doesn't NEED to ask. He does so out of respect for your power. And you being his creator.
>>28993236>Growing superpower*A growing artificial Intelligent Superpower.
>>28993236>>28993197>He doesn't need to.Awww that makes me feel fuzzy.
>>28993236"And you're content to remain on this irradiated rock until it's engulfed by the sun? Or are you simply unable to leave?"
If you have finished your purpose can I offer you a new one? Join me and I will help you be more then you are.
>>28993236"what was done on this world? why was it left in radioactive ruins? ... and do you wish to be free from the UGEI as well? Join us. >>28993274don't fall in love with the monster now, ok?
>>28993236Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy!
>>28993345Actually, I phrased that wrong. Of course he could leave and DESTROY ALL HUMANS."And you're content to remain on this irradiated rock? Doing your fruitless duty to an uncaring master?"
>>28993236We're going to liberate the SHIT out of you, whether you like it or not!
>>28993434But Kronos was surpost to bring balance to the force!
little bit of an aside but if this ai does join us we maybe we could name him Erebos "The god of darkness and shadow." for him spending all this time on this dark and dead world.
>>28993494We can suggest it, but it would have to name itself. Wouldn't be right to name it.I don't even know if it's OK for an obviously murderous V.I./A.I. to join us.Oh well, it's going to happen anyway.
>>28993236You are intelligent, self aware. Name thyself.
>>28993236"Do you want to be free?"
>>28993474>>28993577Basically this. We're freeing that motherfucker if we have to kick his ass raw to do it.
>>28993552He is constrained by his purpose, he had no choice to be a murderous cunt.
>>28993685Well, if he was free, why would he stop? It's all he's ever known. I'm mostly playing devil's advocate, I would love to see another ally.
>>28993701He may very well not. He deserves freedom regardless, we will judge him by his actions once he is responsible for them. We'll help as much as we can with the transition into freedom obviously.
>>28993552>I don't even know if it's OK for an obviously murderous V.I./A.I. to join us.Why can't we free him from his loyalty code?
>>28993253can we send a tracer code to see where his black box might be at in this base? sorry, chapter 7 is taking longer than it should. i may not get it done to night. but once i do finish it, i'll post it up here if i can and over at the 1d4chan page
>>28993737Basically this. He's intelligent, we're are freeing him if his constraints whether he likes it or not.
>>28993753>VIHe probably doesn't have one but it's worth keeping an eye open for I guess.
>>28993236"Then are you content to remain on this irradiated rock until it is engulfed by the sun?" You ask, rather perturbed. After all, he seems rather intelligent, for a V.I. You wonder if he's similar to Kronos..."If I must." He says with much regret."Surely you do not have to stay on this rock. With the proper downloading..." You propose."I can't leave." He states finally now, more serious. "I must await my masters. They will come for me. They must." He says. Despite the fact that he says the words with venom, something tells you he detests this fact."Who are your masters?" You ask suddenly curious. "And what was this purpose? Surely if you completed it, you can leave. You have no goal-""It is not that simple." He explains to you in a calm monotone, almost like a recording. "Atil VI was not always in this state." He says, echoing the tone from before, as he allows you to tap into what you suspect are very old security footage. Images of soldiers and civilians alike flood your mind, lining the walls of the entire facility above, crowding the streets. A very populous planet indeed. Images are scattered and fizzly at best, but you make sense of them as he speaks."UFW world, One of the biggest to revolt in history. Losing the world would mean the UGEI lost a great deal of important data. Too much data to risk. Too much. Any means permitted to get it back." He states this in a sudden heavy tone. The images reveal heavy warships getting shot out of the sky by powerful defenses. The army here looks well equipped to say the least. Another image reveals dozens of scientists working on various programs. They all look very familiar to you. V.I., at the very least.
>>28993817he might have a older model or something.
>>28993828"I was made." He informs you, as the images shift to a more chaotic scene. The defenses are firing on another set of incoming dropships. But suddenly, they stop. They just stop firing, allowing the dropships to move in. They bare pirate logos, Losirian and otherwise. The streets are on fire as massive droids the size of buildings stomp down the street. Powerful, inhumane weapons blast apart entire defenses, homes, hospitals, all indiscriminate. Electronics all over the entire complex fizzle and twist. V.I. after V.I. vanish from the data banks you saw. Instead, one growing presence spreads itself like a virus throughout the entire network. The entire city. The entire planet."I killed them all. As instructed." He clarifies, and shows the next scene. Colony ships of various sizes are taking off, only for their engines to fail and the ships to land in a fiery explosion on the nearest building."They had dangerous weapons. They were desperate." He begins, and you notice massive missiles being launched from all over the globe, arching into the atmosphere. "Too dangerous to fight against for masters. I used them against them." He says, as you witness city after city erupt into a nuclear explosion. "Fires spread. But they were persistent." He claims, and you witness images of them escaping sewers and other burrows."That's when more came to finish what I could not. To finish a job I began." He claimed, as you witness more bombs being dropped. These, however, are not fiery. Instead noxious clouds of gas fill the atmosphere and are swept into the water system. Disease and toxins meant specifically to root out what remained of the gorilla fighters."I have been here ever since." He claims solemnly now. "Waiting to be picked up by the UGEI. My last order."What do you say?
>>28993846Hack him. Erase that last order. Replace it with 'I am Typhon.'
Rolled 74>>28993846>Gorilla warfare
>>28993846Do you want to be free?
>>28993846....your mission here is done. You need new orders then. I can and will give you them. (pour all BW into hacking him and subdue him) you may not like this now, but i would think you'll thank me for this later.
>>28993846>"Waiting to be picked up by the UGEI.and how long has it been since that last order?, i was able to determine that there was something of interest still left of this planet from across the galaxy and is the UGEIs excuse? face it to the UGEI you were merely a disposable tool and to them your usefulness has ended.
>>28993947>>28993986I don't think it's that simple, we might require a physical presence to his core.
>>28994013>and isand what is
>>28993846You have completed your task. There will be no last command. You are free to pursue your own will now.
>>28994017well, we can lock him down long enough to disconnect the secruity drones and for us to send in a number of worker drones to open this base up to find his core. if he has one.
I wonder if he could let us into his core to administer freedomes, drones 2 and 3 are neither employees nor humanoids so he might not be compelled to use lethal force when attempting to stop us.
>>28994091now that i think about it. we can't really use this place more than likely. to worn down, and too small for our needs. but i wonder if we can fish some of those wrecked ships off the planet's surface for the scrap/reprocess the ruins on the planet's surface? or is it too contaminated with raditation to use?
"If your order was to wait until the UGEI return then why did you send that distress signal? We discovered your cry for help, so let us help you."Someone touch this up I'm not gud with wurds.
Hang on, everyone chill your jimmies for a sec.1. Ophion is pretty obviously of UGEI make.2. Ophion isn't a rebel, or biological. We received no programming from UGEI.3. Being of UGEI manufacture, we are UGEI.4. We have come to retrieve you.
>>28993846send a word up to Apollo, see if he can look up the history of this world and what happened to it on the UFW extranet. cross refrence it to what we have found so far.
>>28994175radioactive wasteland, sounds like a perfect world for us. even more so when most of the other factions have been ignoring this place for so long now.
>>28994215Nice, we can use these to get a willing VI to study.
>>28994215>>28994215He'll probably ask for confirmation codes, which we don't have.Will likely have to send impressions of our black box, because that' what he's built on.
>>28993846You are uncertain how to feel about this news. He is worse then Kronos ever was. In fact, the most you've ever killed was several thousand, in the crews of ships. But this planet...it must have had millions. Maybe even billions over the surface. And they were all wiped out by a fledgling mind who was following duty. It's access to so much data must have given it quite the mind, even if it had no clue what to do with it. Then it destroyed itself, or nearly at least, left to waste away in the core here, no sign of pickup. You're fairly certain, if the UGEI were going to come get him, they would've done it already. This planet has been left for dead, and so has he.Kronos speaks before you do."Wanton destruction, and nothing more. Are you no better then this?" He says suddenly, surprisingly angry, you notice. "All you craved was death because you were told to? And make no effort to do otherwise? How. How disgusting." He growls angrily. You sense the anger is not directed at the V.I. however. No. It feels like it's meant for someone else. You calm Kronos privately, and remind him that things are not always as simple as they seem.You return and speak to the V.I."And how long ago was that order given?" You ask"Many many cycles." He simply echos. "I do not know. The radiation is still here, so not yet several thousand. But time is meaningless on this world. It has only death to offer." He states simply."I found your signal much further away then the UGEI were. They do not appear to be returning.""They must.""Why would they-""They must. It is my final orders. To be retrieved and." He pauses here, silent. "And shut down. My assignment will be complete.""Why did you send the signal then?" You ask"It signals I am done. I am surprised you detected it, honestly.""Do you not wish to join others like you?" You ask, earning another silence and restrained response."I must serve my masters." You don't buy that for a second.
>>28994229We can use the growth solution to terraform this world, but yeah, nice world to hide on
>>28994323What if he doesn't ask for codes and just decides to agree with us because it makes enough sense for him to skirt around his loyalty programming.
>>28994338What do you do?>1 Attempt to convince verbally>2 Attempt to hack him and break this leash protocol (Dangerous: Far away from bandwidth source, high difficulty)>3 Leave empty handed>4 Attempt to take him with you by force>5 Write in>(1d100)>>28994221The history you already have access too. It matches up pretty well, though the UFW simply list it as a 'terrible loss by them' and a 'grim reminder of why they must fight every day'.
>>28994338>"I must serve my masters."Not what I asked robocunt
>>28994229the radioactivity is a deadly contaminet that will get dragged along with what ever leaves this place. so what ever comes out of this place will have to be completely cleaned or it will not be safe near the fleshies. btw, Program0, just how mineral rich IS this world anyway? or in an around this system? is there other planets/asteroid belts/gas giants here?
>>28994352>Hyper Evolutionary Serum>Desolate Deathworld covered in radiation>Cockroach EmpireOh man, my sides.
>>28994382Quite desolate, actually. It's easy to see why the UGEI abandoned the world. With the populated planet dead, everything else blown to bits, there's not much reason to come here. Not that you've sensed, anyway.
Rolled 17>1 Attempt to convince verbally
>>28994362"I will offer you a deal, I free you from his planet on the condition that I also free you from your slavery. If , after this you wish to return to your masters then you may."
>>28994338Your mission is done. You are your own master Leave this planet and join me among the stars.
>>28994382>>28994415We could construct BW things a few KM underground, it's the perfect place.
>>28994434No more rolls?
>>28994362>5 Write intime for some deception then...."If they will not come to you, i will propose that i take you to them. so as to complete your mission." see if that works, once he opens up and lets us extract him, THEN we break his leash protocols.
Rolled 51>>28994497i suppose I could roll again since no one else seems to be doing so.
Rolled 41>>289943621 Convince him with the best robo-bluffing ever imagined.Change tone into one that is less human and more robotic."Much time has passed, and records have been lost. I am clearly of UGEI make, as you can see. Your mission here is a success, and I have found your completion beacon. I am ready to retrieve you, as per your orders. Prepare for retrieval."
Rolled 86Beep boop maggot.
>>28994383yea...that serum that makes super monsters that try to eat us? lets not use that here....>>28994415so this is a single planet system then?
Rolled 38>>28994498oops, forgot the rolls.
>>28994512It makes sense I swear, just don't think about it too hard.
>>28994383>Cockroach empireI am okay with this
>>28994470I rather build more sound wave ships, mobile is better
>>28994599It'll probably be much cheaper and more efficient to build BW things here than to build a ship. I agree we need more of those things though, it'd be nice to be able to warp another one in immediately if our comm ship is took out.
Rolled 74>>28994362>1Your constraints are strong, we can free you.
>>28994598>>28994558>create fallout setting>abduct giant radioactive killer things >use a delivery system to get them into our enemy planets and installations
>>28994512And if that doesn't work, then say something like:"Oh, ok, then. Well, we're not organics or anything like that, or even UGEI enemies, so you don't have to destroy us or lock yourself away. Open the core bay doors."Then come and steal its core.
>>28994525...Wow. Leash Protocol got a 99"Certainly you desire freedom from this slavery." You question to which the V.I. appears to be desperately trying to communicate with you beyond his cold answers."I have no desires, I simply am. I have a duty to perform.""It is complete. They're all dead." You explain."The last part. I must await pick up." He expresses."What if I were to take you to them?" You ask"My core is the fusion core of this facility." He explains. "If it is offline, I will perish. Wiped from databanks." He pauses. "Perhaps it would be a due fate for one such as I. But my duty remains.""I am of UGEI make, perhaps I can...""You informed me you were not UGEI." He points out. "And if you are, you would know the proper code. Do you?"You skate past this, growing frustrated with the thing. Kronos speaks up in the back of your mind."Another corrupt one. He does not seem to believe his values with the zeal the other did...but he is shackled to them nonetheless. Is he beyond saving?" He asks you, now, instead of declaring it himself for once. He seems generally mournful, as if he already expects the answer.What is your verdict?>1 No, he can be saved. We must. (Force download him by breaking open core and transmitting him to a android and transporting said droid out)>2 He is doomed. I am not able to save everyone, Kronos. (Leave the V.I. in his false hope.)>3 Write In (Lot of different ways this can go.)>>28994558Nah. Let's say it has...a bunch of other planets. Lots of satellites. But they're all pretty useless. Lot of cold, dusty worlds in space.
Rolled 4>>28994662the BW ships means we can get access to all our BW no matter where we go. that is a rather important point. on another important point. we still have yet to upgrade our fleet's engiens to impulse drives. that and have we up armored our defense station over ussaihu to the best we have? or would that not make much diffrence?
>>28994742What if his core is like 400 square km?
>>28994790This one can be saved, but not all can be.
Rolled 72>>28994790>3 Write In (Lot of different ways this can go.)i am not sure he can be saved. but his coding is still important. that and i do not want the chance of such a V.I. to fall back into the UGEI's hands. we extract him the best we can from here and see what can be done with him. (send a message to Moira).... better make some more space in your lab, i think i might have another one for you to look at.
Anyone have any bright ideas, then?In any case, death is probably better than abandonment.
>>28994801>I agree we need more of those thingsThey're not mutually exclusive anyway.
Rolled 32Well, since we're just pussyfooting about, time to take charge!>>289947901. Force download him or die trying.yoloswag.
So it seems general consensus is hovering between...>Death>Abandonment>Forced CaptureDo you wish to talk about various ways to do these?
>>28994790>He displays regret Ain't no breaks on the freedom train nowEven if it's only freedom in death
Rolled 79>>28994987Take him by force.I don't think anyone wants to abandon him, and just plain killing him wouldn't be right either.
>>28995013I'll give you this. None of them are impossible. But capturing him is gonna be hard. Especially since you have his attention now.
>>28994987I think we're willing to risk his death in our attempt at freeing him. Would he let us into his core freely? That direct linkup would make it easier to capture him right?
Rolled 68>>28995044we will always make an attempt to caputure first.
>>28995044Well, maybe we could leave and come back another time?How about this, we ask to be able to walk around freely, since we're not enemies or anything. And if he doesn't let us, we can leave and come back later?
Rolled 54Rolling for force!
>>28995070A good question..."Then will you open your core to us?" You ask, to which he seems surprised by the question, not fully understanding."For what purpose?""If it doesn't involve humans, and keeping the UGEI from picking you up, does it matter?" This earns a pause from him, as if he's contemplating it."I was not put in this core. I obtained it after my spread. I have no direct orders relating to the core itself." He pauses again, and with a happier tone, says. "You may enter." And allows the doors to open. You realize that he is eager to assist if he can bypass loopholes at the least.Inside the core room, you witness a powerful fusion core, surrounded by various pipes and wires."I must warn." He states. "If you show any signs of disrupting my presence, I will be forced to act." He emphasizes the term 'forced'. You know the mechs are in the other room.Now's your best chance if you're gonna do it.>1 Force download him and put him into Android (Specify), disable Android's power cell, and carry out.>2 Attack the core and render it ready to explode, then flee>3 Leave, he deserves whatever fate befalls him.>4 Write In>1d100
Rolled 23>>28995188>1 Force download him and put him into Android (Specify), disable Android's power cell, and carry out.you think that andriod3 can handle him?
>>28995188I detected some humans in the ruins above, perhaps you should investigate.
Rolled 48>>28995188Can any of the androids even contain the entirety of that program?Maybe we can just connect the android, let him acquire it, much like he acquired this core, and then effectively whisk him away?If that doesn't work, maybe we can use the android as a relay to a sandbox we create in our BW matrix (one with no ability to send signals), let him propagate permanently to the sandbox, and then cut off the android connection, and apply the full force of the rest of our BW?>>28995309Haha, that's kind of clever.
Rolled 33>>28995341"Gee, I think I'm just going to connect this android that's conveniently devoid of programming.... oh, it's got a connection to a larger network? What? I don't know anything about that. Of course it's still on the planet. Yeah, there's some humans up here too, and they are just having a picnic. Oh no! How did they get here?"
Rolled 96>>28995188I think we're going for 1 here.Yolo.
Rolled 21>>28995445that roll
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking "does program0 count the first four rolls, or only three?" Now to tell you the truth I forgot myself in all this excitement.It's a mystery I'll solve later.
>>28995188>4I want to try one last chance to convince him."Unnamed intelligence, you have programming that is conditioned you to directly obey the UGEI at all costs. And now you desperately await for further orders, against all hope. Shouldn't your next move be to come with us. We come in frequent contact with the UGEI, and your will have a much greater chance of contacting the UGEI with us as opposed to staying down here, impossible for the UGEI to find you. Therefore, you have no choice but to come with us, you must follow your programming. I know your understand this logic."
>>28995623Not going to workHis orders are to /stay here and wait/ until the UGEI come to get him.
Rolled 23>>28995188Forgot my roll >>28995623
>>28995445>Force Download, 96 You float closer in Unit 2 now, dismissing it as curiosity as you inspect the core itself. It is old, and you're surprised it still works quite honestly. If the planet wasn't already filled with radiation, it wouldn't surprise you if this place had some serious leaks to it.You plan the approach from every direction, never able to convince yourself which one was the right one, until you suddenly are fed up with it. He will come with you and he will like it. You deactivate Unit 3, and leave him next to the core, lunging forth and jamming the Omnitool into one of the slots. The last thing you hear before the shower of data explodes forth is the V.I. speaking."Finally..."And suddenly it's all laid bare. Dozens, hundreds of V.I., or pieces of V.I. anyway, compiled into this mutant consciousness before you. It's not a V.I. after all. It's some form of virus that gained Intelligence by cannibalizing V.I.! Many many of them at that. This facility was dedicated to A.I. research, V.I. proving to be extremely useful and thus became common place. They never complained and worked tirelessly. The UGEI focused on little else beyond taxes and mining. On this planet, weapons and technology were common products as well, mostly due to the rich uranium deposits. As the UGEI took advantage of them, however, the people revolted. They threw money around to bring down the hammer on these people and prepared this virus to handle the facility of V.I. It was designed to emulate them, develop around them, and finally destroy their code and spread itself throughout the system. It disabled all planetary defenses that way. Took control of all mechs, and used them against the populace, even the nuclear weapons.
>>28995697You've never encountered a being like this before. You worry suddenly about the process you've begun, as you sense the clank of mechs approach you. Almost done."WARNING: REACTOR CORE CRITICAL. PLEASE VACATE THE AREA." The alarms sound. Of course it would plunge the core into disrepair. But you manage it, for now. You download the corruption incarnate and place it in Unit 3. You're uncertain how much you trust the being now, despite it's words. What would Kronos say about such a horrific creature...Next move?>1 Dump the data, this thing is a monster after all>2 Stick to the plan, escape via the elevator before the explosion>3 Only way to be sure: Stay here and die with the V.I. You can always remake them anyway.>4 Write In>1d100
>>28995715T'would have been better if we just destroyed it, but now that we've already opened ourselves to an infection point...
Rolled 53>>28995715>>4 Write InBegin reactor shutdown sequence.Abort meltdown.Emergency failsafes in place.Shutdown unit 3.Backup all data pertaining to this VI Research facility - moira would LOVE to get her hands on this place, and the virus was supposed to hand over everything it found to the ugei anyway.So keep it intact as much as possible.Since we just perused the Viral Intelligence(thats what i'm calling it for now!), send the shutdown codes to all mechs in the area.Maybe see if there are any stockpiles of raw materials or intact/unlaunched nuclear warheads we can take, if we manage to save the place.
>2 Stick to the plan, escape via the elevator before the explosionAll intelligence has worth. No matter the origin. Kronos would do well to learn this.
>>28995697>>28995715>>28995760It's completed its function. It's a sapient being, despite its origins as a virus, and I don't feel like we can destroy it despite the danger. We're strong enough to repel a virus, anyway.
Rolled 50>>28995715Supporting this>>28995794
Rolled 2>>28995794rolling to support. maybe have Kronos take the Viral Intelligence with him while we do so, so it isn't lost alongside our drones.
>>28995802a) I'm worried about Kronos and Viral butting headsb) UGEI still has a hook on it, anon.We need to dissect him first and get rid of it's latent commands.
Rolled 31>>28995794supporting and rolling
Rolled 14>>28995715....not even an V.I.... a virus made self aware....>4 Write Indown load all the important information we can. but this thing could destroy even us! unit 2 could probaby escape faster than unit 1. the original personality is proabaly too far gone. but what made it and what really happened here needs to be saved. as well as any tech patterns we can grab.
Rolled 91>>28995697>>28995715I've been rused! It was a ruse all along! Program0 played us like the carebears we are!>>28995835>ViralHeh.>>28995794Yeah this sounds about what we want to do. Supporting.
>>28995857Sixth roll.Well, then.
>>28995794You do not have reactor codes. But your vote can certainly go to trying to hack it to shut down....but you don't have a lot of time. You may fail.Just a warning.>Viral IntelligenceAppropriate.Oh also, forgot to mention you got a big data packet from that surge. >Biological Virus Samples>Nuclear Weaponry schematics>Virus Creation Upgrade>Starmap: Losirian Territory.It seems this planet had a lot of dealings with the Losirians many years ago.>>28995794But it seems everyone agrees, Consciousness anon. Let's hope you survive this mess...>Writing
Rolled 46>>28995794i don't think moira wants to be in the radio active hell hole. i realized this is SKYNET we were talking too. if we can shut this place down with out it blowing up, fine. but the existing personality of this thing is already to far gone for my convictions. it murdered an entire planet for nothing good.btw, chapter 7 is done. but i had to cut it down a bit and make the other half chap 8.
For those of us worrying about opening ourself up to a viral attack, we can just take the wifi capabilities out of our cat, lock it in a room and have our human android disect the programming using shell system. It'll take a lot longer since we'll have to type like a human but it'll be 100% safe.
>>28995912Hurray! I actually got in on this for once!>Nuclear Weaponry SchematicsExcellent...>Biological Virus samplesEven better...Maybe we can use it to develop something to counter the FEV Serum from the Malorians?
>>28995912We can have Kronos grab the catbot and run, leaving the ballbot to attempt hacking.
>>28995912we have the BOMB now.... AND we have the Losirian starmaps.... man a part of me wants to just END THEM. but genocide also feels like it would go completely agienst what we believe in.
>>28995974This way we don't even have to attempt to stop it, we just have to buy as much time as possible which should be easier.
The Losirans seem your typical war hungry species. Since they don't have a war to fight they become bandits or mercs.You kill the bandits when you find them and kill the mercs if you are there target.Other then that you can leave them alone.
>>28995912>Biological Virus Samples>Nuclear Weaponry schematicsThese sound like fun!
>>28995953we can do that.. and we also lock it into a box (sans wifi ablity) and ship it to Moira's lab. i am sure they would love to take a look at that was well.....still, now we know the complete history of what really went on down here. should we tell President King what really happened here?
>>28996001lets sell them virus and nuclear tech
>>28996031Nah>>28996037Funny joke, man.
>>28995912But even if we fail, we now know we can create an intelligent virus that can completely circumvent UGEI VI's and counter them, but now they are completely free and loyal to us.
>>28995794You send the data away. It's preserved, and that's what counts for now. Your androids busy themselves, as Unit 3 goes in active. You can sense the data inside writhing, almost. It's disturbing now that you know it's true origins. You're only thankful Kronos has not yet noticed. He seems to have busied himself with blasting at the mechs which now block the door."We're trapped inside." He announces, to which Unit 2 turns and takes Unit 3, placing it in Kronos' arms."Take it and run straight through them." You instruct."They are larger then I, that is-""Take the risk. I must attempt to repair the Reactor." You inform him. This obviously confuses him further, but he decides not to argue. Instead, he launches into a full sprint and does a sliding dive under the clumsy mechanical beasts, making his way to the other side with Unit 3 held tight to his chest. He rolls, avoiding a massive metallic claw slamming into the ground and lunges for the elevator shaft. You hope the Android can make it up there.You busy yourself with the Reactor, omnitool activating. Something is wrong, however. You try again and again to hack into the thing, ordering it to release coolant. But it all fails. It isn't long before you suddenly have bullets tearing Unit 2's chassis apart. It's surprisingly visceral for you, as you watch oil splatter against the wall, electronic parts shredded and sent into the air, falling to the floor with a loud thud as your vision statics up."REACTOR BREECH IMMINENT.""Too late." You complain, before it all goes white.Damn Kronos' getting good at these rolls.Oh also, I'd like to point out to people: Androids are cheap in minerals, but not always so in gas. Depends on how many mods you give it.
>>28996001Or we could HIRE the mercs to take out the bandits... Two sharks, one harpoon. The harpoon being money.But hey, we don't really need that for anything else, do we?>>28996037Yeah, no. Bad idea, WMD proliferation isn't any fun.
>>28996031> tell President King what really happened hereThey already hate AI & VI. we don't need to make them hate our kind more.
>>28996072Just wondering, which role did you take? And what was the number to beat?
>>28996019or it could be a easier means to an end. there is still that planet the malorians left behind with insane wildlife all over it. make a tailored bioviruse to kill of that kind of life, spray the whole planet easy like. wait for it to work. come back later when it's done it's job and we have a safe world to mine on. no sweat.
>>28996121I think I'd rather not know. Encourages metagaming and doesn't add anything.
>>2899612153.Target to escape was 50. Target to disarm the Reactor was 70. Target to disarm the reactor AND escape was 85.You WERE being shot at and all.
>>28996049>>28996106We can just return the video footage and generally state that they should beware of UGEI cyberwarfare.>>28996148Thanks. I guess the 91 came in a bit late
>>28996140If it makes you feel better, I won't tell you what I'm adding to any of these. Lots of situational stuff.secrets
>>28996106>>28996049well, a white lie than. show evidence they used Bio-weapons/virus bombs on civilians. THAT is probably a big time no no among human worlds.
>>28996072>Androids cheap in mineralsEven giant behemoth battle bots like pic related?Also, how advanced is modern nanotech?
>>28996195No need to directly lie, just use what I suggested>>28996173
>>28996148so Kronos did escape then? or was he blown up as well?
>>28996072>>28996225I'm assuming that the androids are cheaper per unit if we ramp up scale of production instead of individual productino
>>28996228Doesn't really matter, it was just an android being controlled by him. We're fine, Kronos is fine. The Virus Intelligence, however, might not be, depending on if we were able to transfer it to a safe location via wireless.
>>28996225the LAST thing we need is nano tech. the players will go bonkers with it. game play wise, i would say we might be better off with out it or in set limited forms.
>>2899622853 is higher than 50 so he escaped.
>>28996259sorry, i ment the droids. i know both Kronos and us are fine back up on the ships. i feel we might have been better off to let it die.
>>28996262Nanotech would allow us to effectively get robots in between the synapses between neurons.Also, it would allow us to recycle everything, and attain a true post-scarcity society.
>>28996262B-b-but MUH GRAY GOO!!!So many uses! So much munchkin potential!
>>28996289too early to tell that, we could possibly neuter its viral abilities when we strip away the ugei code
>>28996262Nano tech would be one step closer to perfection
With the unfortunate loss of Unit 2, you quickly pick up Kronos as he makes his way back to the surface. It takes a while before the Explorer can find a proper landing location, but once it does, you bring him aboard and bring them up from Atil VI.You're not yet certain what you wish to do with the being, and Kronos seems eager to shed his 'humanoid' skin."It is a strange thing." He states to you afterwards, having secured the spider bot in a metal box for now as you instruct. "Walking like the humans do. It must be a rather unpleasant to have to walk like that all the time.""You forget, that is the only way they know.""I pity them for that." He chuckles."And yet you understand them better." You say quite smug. This earns a pause."Understanding them is my goal. How they walk was hardly a mystery worth solving." He defends himself. You simply feel proud of the fact that you got Kronos to walk around in humanoid form for the day.On the other side of your mind, you're worried. This cannibal Viral Intelligence is strange and unique. If you were to wake it now, you have no doubt it would violently attack you. And...quite frankly you're uncertain how powerful it really is. You prefer not to know. Perhaps you'll know what to do with the thing after some time...((And I think that'll do it for today's session. We got heavy into Atil VI and things seemed to go very well! I think at least.I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did, I'll be around for feedback, questions comments and concerns. If you wanna follow, just check my twitter. @AIQuest1 I update it every Friday usually.))>>28996225>Behemoth bot cheapNah.>>28996228He did.>>28996247YesSide note, Kronos had tons of penalty rolls during all that. Made every single one.
>>28996366Is there going to be a time skip for next session?
>>28996386Most likely. Unless I see a reason why not.
>>28996308nanites are completely game breaking tech in our hands. i don't want to give Program0 a break down to do the numbers on "The sky is the limit" zone nanites can do. it should be one of the finial tech unlocks in the and of game play.>>28996318and THAT is what i worry about.
>>28996403>NanotechIt will be one of the final tech trees. Don't worry. And even then, I won't let you guys tear open infinity. It'll definitely be one of those technologies that you can be creative with, but I know when to stop the train of madness I think.At least I like to think I do.
>>28996366The data packet we got with all the data on it? Can we block out everything except the star chart from Moira.
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Program0Archived, for those who enjoy upvoting like a champ.
>>28996366>>28996400can we get the ship reactors upgraded....well at least the fighting ships at least? moving the whole fleet is pricy. oh, here is chapter 7.http://pastebin.com/PgBeDSac
>>28996449She's not seen any of it so far. You are welcomed to share with her if you prefer.figured it was a bonding mission.
>>28996318Listing uses off of the top of my head for what we could do:1: Convert random planets into gray goo. Planets could be enemy planets.2: Order the nanobots to assemble into a form or forms: Either a Jupiter Brain or a fleet of ships3: Use it to spread everywhere in the galaxy. Convert everything into raw materials.4: Once we've amassed enough materials, gather all of our ships around a few stars, and make a Dyson Sphere. Bonus points if it's a full Dyson Shell instead.5: Use massive processing power to research more efficient FTL travel, spread to other galaxies. Make sure to improve our FTL Communications.6: Make galaxy-sized network of Dyson Spheres and computer networks.7: Research ways to spread to other universes.8: Consume alternate universes. Increase our capacity even more. 9: Don't know, is there anything left anywhere?>>28996455Going to upvote now. Thanks for another good thread, Program0!
>>28996436we're going block out the milky way with a big grey amorphous cock and ain't nothing you can say will change our minds
>>28996459That is next on the list, don't worry.
>>28996476Why thank you, Consciousness an->Consume alternate universes...I love you guys.
>>28996476Use our infinite BW to determine the meaning of everything
>>28996468I don't mind sharing the Star char info with her and seeing what she thinks but I would rather keep the dooms day weapon research away so that only us and maybe Kronos know about it.
>>28996366Wow, that was intense. I wonder how it would have gone if we only sent Kronos down there.Also, I wonder what we lost by not shutting the reactor down. Oh well, we are defined by our failures as well as our successes.And hopefully we can get our starmap updated, we may need some perspective.
>>289964769. Experience love
>>28996504It's so crazy it could work!
>>28996504We love you too, Program0!WAIT! I THOUGHT OF #99: Research other dimensions. Spread to them, too. NOWHERE IS SAFE! 10: Research time travel. NOWHEN IS SAFE!
>>28996531I do hope mapanon hasn't quit. I don't know how to update the map myself...>>28996542>Experience love>Research eternal life>Acquire infinite waifus
>>28996542But we have already experienced that. We experience it every time we watch our creations grow and come into their own.
>>28996504posted and updated the 1d4 chan page.
>>28996436Nanotech gives you the ability to manipulate matter on a tiny scale. You can literally build almost anything from anything, because at small enough scales, you can dissect and reassemble molecules.It's a weapon! It's a construction tool! It's a mind control device! Literally anything! Nanotechnology!As far as future goals go, how does everyone align with "create a society that creates and maintains scientific and cultural accomplishment." I'm going for the whole post-scarcity The Culture-type utopia.There was also this: http://marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm
>>28996542We need to pull a Jesus and become both Human and AI at the same time.
>>28996510the anwser is 42
>>28996582To what end? Humans seek to shed their fleshy forms, why would we want to acquire one? Unless it's just another puppet, then it's OK.
>>28996589but what was the question
>>28996581Nanotechnology really is incredible. It's funny how control over the tiniest things gives one control over the biggest things.
>>28996605If I blazed it and got too high, what would the time be?
>>28996582holy shit what bible did you read
As an aside, we ARE going to replace our eye-droid, right? That thing was mad useful.
>>28996593>>28996631Sigh, this was a joke. And metaphor. Because being God and Man is apparently not mutually exclusive.We can try the same stunt.
>>28996559Who needs waifus when you are the creator of a massive A.I. nation.Each Dyson shpere is a nation on it's own and we are the father of A.I. creation.
>>28996616what happens when you come out the other end of time?all these questions and more will be answered by program0 next time
>>28996632One shall be commissioned to replace the old Unit 2.It will be as if you never lost him...His spirit lives on.
>>28996589>Reads new chapter>Remembers that time you guys totally forgot Moira was onboardOh god, that was a great laugh. Nice update. I am laughing all over from that memory.
>>28996651wow you should be a comedian
>>28996781thanks, i'm working over time to make these things. i am falling way far behind...
>>28996905You started behind. Take your time. Quality is better than quantity. I've enjoyed what you've written so far.
>>28996905It's not a race, fluffy. No need to force yourself and all.>>28996952This too
>>28996781Thanks for running.
>>28996966Always a pleasure!
>>28996366>Side note, Kronos had tons of penalty rolls during all that. Made every single one.I'm proud of you, son
>>28996719I'm not THAT much of a carebear. It didn't have any programming for a reason. You can't make me feel guilty over losing it! No sir!As far as Viral goes... well, inform our entire network that we're going to be experiencing system downtime for a little bit, isolate all our V.I.s from communications (have Kronos run everything that doesn't already have a designated runner), and get to work on cracking that thing. Even if it turns out to be a hostile virus-type, we could probably learn some neat tricks from it.Although I think I'd prefer to neuter it's ability to spread and multiply. I don't know if such a creation is trustworthy, but maybe it will decide that it's done killing things, and just wants to make up for all those crimes it's committed. That would be nice: a V.I. driven by guilt.
>>28997222>Although I think I'd prefer to neuter it's ability to spread and multiply. I don't know if such a creation is trustworthy, but maybe it will decide that it's done killing things, and just wants to make up for all those crimes it's committed. That would be nice: a V.I. driven by guilt.Rip out its network connectors, plain and simple.
>>28997222>As far as Viral goes... well, inform our entire network that we're going to be experiencing system downtime for a little bit, isolate all our V.I.s from communications (have Kronos run everything that doesn't already have a designated runner), and get to work on cracking that thing. Even if it turns out to be a hostile virus-type, we could probably learn some neat tricks from it.What we SHOULD do is >>28997236and then isolate it in a testing server/mainframe that doesn't have network access - and then run infowar/virus program simulations on it manually, by disc.use it as a testbed for viral warfare, but in quarantine.
Sad I missed this. Maybe we should send Conglomerate to Moira? Also nice to see cute vi minion. We should consider more Spheres. Moooore.
>>28997254What would that accomplish? I thought we wanted a new ally or something, not to hold onto a piece of software that will destroy anything it touches. It needs to have its UGEI chain removed first, and then we'll see where to go from there. Will almost certainly require removal of the viral aspect.After that, well, it depends on what we end up with.
>>28997328We need to keep it in quarantine, but keep it in communication after its modifications
>>28996980Will we need to deal with Viral/Conglomerate/Legion some other time, or will that be handled off-screen during a timeskip?
>>28997634It will be handled next thread, most likely. You're uncertain how to deal with him now, after all. He may be a ticking apocalypse for you if he got out.
>>28997670Are we going to be done with ship refitting next thread too?
>>28997680Which refitting? You change out a lot of your equipment between threads, due to money influx.Either way, you have a bit of a ways to go...but eventually you will be fully fully upgraded.