Your hive continues to grow, but you are not without troubles. The enemy of the humans, the creatures known as the Unity, have found the human camp. You are unsure what their intentions are, but they will be in the camp soon. Your speaker drone struggles to move with its injuries, as do many of the humans who were also injured in the explosion.>Archives http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Hive%20Queen%20Quest>Twitter https://twitter.com/HiveQueenQuest>Biology of the Hive http://pastebin.com/ucjHL4Tq>Available Adaptations http://pastebin.com/dGJN3DT5>Available Technology http://pastebin.com/z4yZdEbK>Current resource reservesNutrients: 278Metals: 10>Hive population and upkeep cost Queen – 5Worker (20) – 40Warrior (2) – 8Thinker (3) – 9Speaker – 3Nutrient costs: 65>IncomeNutrients: 50Net: -15Current research>Local life samples (-10 nutrients)
>>31877269In the sky you can see the three white spheres descending on the camp. The humans referred to them as Unity drones. They are close. Two of them stop with a loud burst of their thrusters and begin to circle the camp while the other arcs outward and moves down towards the far side of the camp. Your speaker is in no condition to run, although you are still not entirely sure if the drones would even recognize your drone as a threat.>Attempt to hide>Request help from the humans>Attempt to flee>other
>>31877424>Attempt to hide
>>31877424>Stay still and observe
>>31877424>>Attempt to hide
>>31877424>othercommit sudoku. dissolve the drone...maybe after watching a little bit to see how bad they kill the humans.
>>31877424>>Attempt to hideSend some warriors for ambush, but do not engage immediatelyWe gotta get that Net Income positive.
>>31877424We could use this chance to gather some tech to reverse engineer.
>>31877424>Attempt to hide and observe
>>31877550>Send some warriors for ambush,bitch it's a whole day's walk if it needs protection from warriors that drone's a goner.
>>31877612I was fishing for weapons to steal without casualties, actually.
>>31877424You decide to take advantage of your drone's pitiful appearance. The speaker flops to the ground and remains still as the first Unity drone moves in. As it enters the camp an arc of lighting strikes it, sending it careening through the air and into the dirt. You expect it to have been destroyed, but after landing with a thud in the ground it begins to make a deep growling noise, and floats back into the air.>send warriors as backup>keep warriors at hive
>>31877643Neither, send workers to retrieve tech after the battle.It'll take like 12 hours to get there anyway right?
>>31877643>keep warriors at hive
>>31877681Yeah, I suppose we don't have enough warriors to risk engagement.but do we have a plan for not starving, guys?
>>31877681A group of healthy workers would make much better time. It took your speaker a day to walk the distance while helping a human with a broken leg. You guess it would take roughly six hours to travel the distance and six back, maybe more if they are carrying anything exceptionally heavy.
>>31877727keep bringing in food? Starving isn't really a concern right now
>>31877727Send 10 workers foraging in the jungle every day to support the hive?
>>31877736Send in workers to retrieve tech if humans don't come back, obviously. Don't send warriors. No need to take risks ourselves, not our problem.
>>31877748This. Starving is really not going to be an issue. Us having more upkeep than we have income just means we need to forage more. Thats not a big deal.
>>31877741>>31877748oh wait, I read the stats wrong.Our reserves will drop under 200, and our Net income will be -50 or more
>>31877736Send... 6 workers?Dunno how much will be needed to carry interesting things.
>>31877736Send 10 workers to collect tech.Send 5 workers to collect foodWhat are the humans doing? Still fleeing? They wouldn't happen to be heading in our direction would they?
>>31877881If they are we need to make sure to get rid of that body and gun.
>>31877881no send 10 workers to collect food.we need more and more of a buffer as we laid more eggs.
>>31877643You contemplate sending your warriors to see if they could help in some way, but think better of it. The distance is too far, and you need them at your hive.The unity drone spins around and lets out a loud and deep beeping sound as the long weapons on its sides focus in on the area the shot came from. A series of blinding bolts of light tear apart one of the large tree shelters, reducing it to ash and smoldering slag. The sphere emanates a series of wide beams of light and seems to scan the area with them before swiveling again to another shelter. The few humans that are still in the camp are swiftly vaporized before you, and the sphere begins to drift through the camp systematically destroying whatever was left of their supplies.The supplies! Such a potential treasure trove of research and technology, and these things are reducing them to heaps of molten metal and plastic!>attempt to pocket anything useful>let the drone finish and remain still>other
>>31877949>>let the drone finish and remain stillit doesn't know we're smart.
>>31877949Drone is disposable, supplies aren't. I'd say pocket.
>>31877949>let the drone finish and remain still
>>31877949>attempt to pocket anything useful
>>31877949>>otherDistract the drone long enough for the workers to arrive?
>>31877949>let the drone finish and remain stillThe drone has advanced scanning technology. I doubt it would miss any movement or missing equipment. Especially while it is focusing on destroying it.
>>31877881most of them have fled to the jungle for cover, a few have remained either while trying to gather one too many crates, or because they were too wounded to run. The sphere does not seem to make a distinction, and with each human found it makes the same loud beep and opens fire.
>>31877949>attempt to pocket anything usefulWe need that shit
>>31877949drone is likely to be recycled anyway. Might as well take the chance.>attempt to pocket anything useful
>>31877949>pocketuh. we have pockets?well time to fail the DC for stealth then
>>31877949>attempt to pocket anything usefulroll 1 d100, best of three
>>31878109>>31878113I don't know, crazy alien robots hover drones...
>>31878220my thought exactly.
>>31878063Your speaker crawls slowly over to one of the smaller crates, attempting to only move as the sphere is looking away. Eventually you manage to reach in and pick out the first thing you think can be hidden from the sphere's scanning. A small disk shaped object that fits in the speaker's claw. You stuff it in the ground and lay back down just as the crate explodes. The sphere floats to you and stairs you down as it attempt to understand what your drone is. Its face, if you could call it that, holds a single red eye positioned in a swivel on the right side of its front panel, while on the other side a blank disk flairs with the scanning beam. Eventually it lets out a high pitched beep and with several hisses of its maneuvering jets it returns to the air with the others.The three spheres turn in opposite directions and move off into the distance. You are unsure if it thought your drone was dead, or if it simple didn't care.Regardless, you managed to take a sample of...whatever this thing is.>Move to the jungle and find the humans>Send workers to carry the speaker to the hive>Send workers to take the salvage to the hive, and carry the worker to find the humans>other
>>31878273>Send workers to take the salvage to the hive, and carry the worker to find the humans>Send workers to carry the speaker to the hive
>>31878273>>Send workers to take the salvage to the hive, and carry the worker to find the humansWe can bury the disc in a place the workers can find it.Uh, wait. how long will it take the Speaker to heal damage to its legs? should we hatch a new one now?
>>31878273>Send workers to take the salvage to the hive, and carry the worker to find the humans
>>31878273Send the speaker to find the humans,Send workers to salvage the site
>>31878273Oh, wait.I guess have the workers come, retrieve technology, and some workers move onward to at least track the humans so we can send a fully healed Speaker to them later.
>>31878340Several days naturally, much sooner with medical attention.
>>31878273>>Send workers to carry the speaker to the hive>>Send workers to take the salvage to the hive, and carry the worker to find the humans>>othertell Lee to offer the survivors help if they need it
>>31878273>Send workers to take the salvage to the hive, and carry the worker to find the humans.You mean the speaker? Also voting on this
>>31878273>>Send workers to carry the speaker to the hiveDon't send the speaker after the humans. just watch them silently with two workers so we know where they're running to.The life ships?>>31878427uh anon.Lee is one of the survivors, what are you on
>>31878465>tell Leemeant have speaker tell Lee (since he likes us) that we can offer aid if they need itim tired anon
>>31878427If you mean have Lee ask if they need help I would not mind this.
Can we get a thinker working on ways to convert our food stuffs into something that the humans can eat.Focus on searching the crash site for some way to figure out how humans work better? How badly vaporized? Lightning Gun burned or piles of ash?
>>31878273>Send workers to take the salvage to the hive, and carry the speaker to find the humans
>>31878273You dispatch a team of workers to see if the Unity missed anything of value and tend to the speaker. A small team will suffice, and five workers halt their duties and move out of the hive.Your speaker can still see a few of the humans in the jungle. They appear to be tending to wounded and accounting for supplies. There are far fewer of them now...Your speaker quickly buries the small disk for the workers to collect later, and as you do so a small pile of rubble shifts and a singed hand thrusts forth. It appears Lee was slow but lucky. What do you wish to say?
>>31878630"What is your status?"
>>31878630"I trust you are as unkillable as ever?"
>>31878630"Are you functioning?"
>>31878630>Query. Have you sustained fatal injuries?>Intrigued. What were those things?>Mournfully. Many have fallen, will you move on? >Shelter can be offered by the Hive.
>>31878752>>Shelter can be offered by the Hive.No it can't.Do not make enemies with the drones by giving succor to their enemy.
>>31878776but pet humans
>>31878797The humans are going to a farm with lots of space to run around in, son.
>>31878752>>31878711>>31878668Sounds good to me.
>>31878630Your speaker slowly crawls to Lee, who struggles to free himself from the rubble."You seem to be unkillable. What is your condition." You think you are starting to get used to speech. It's a quaint thing. Inefficient, but entertaining.Lee looks at you and begins to laugh. "For a giant bug you have a hell of a sense of humor. Damn tree fell on me when that thing opened fire. I was lucky most of it was ash or I would have been crushed instead of buried." Lee looks down at your speakers legs. "You look like how I feel..."
>>31878752I am only willing to offer them shelter if they help the hive.
>>31878840We'll probably have the speaker return to heal or be recycled, but I guess it can hang out with Lee for now?
>>31878880Which they can't.We can study their tech they won't need after they're dead though.
>>31878840"Those were Unity? Explain.""Ugh! and here I thought I had taught you small talk." Lee forces himself up on his side and begins waiving frantically to the treeline. A small number of humans sprint towards you and Lee in response."They refer to themselves as the Unity Networked System. Those things were just drones. They don't think on their own, but there's bound to be a ship in the system to control them. If you can blow the ship the drones deactivate. It's easier said than done though." He points to the sky. "Those things will be back to look for looters. In the meantime they will be setting up a search pattern.">Offer shelter>Do not mention it
>>31878943>>31878880Can't we lead to someplace safe other than the hive?
>>31878973>>Do not mention itthey'll look for it in the life pods anyway.
>>31878973>>Do not mention itLet's let the workers do their job
>>31878973We can offer shelter but only if they offer something in return.
>>31878973>Offer shelterOf course they are going to work to earn their keep.
>>31879054what in the world could weak bipeds who can't even breathe local spore infested air well do we can't?>Do not mention itask if they're returning to the life ships.
>>31878973>Do not mention it
>>31878973>>Offer shelter"Lee, if you would work with us then the Hive can offer shelter, if your new commander can bring himself to live with stone throwers"
>>31878973>>Do not mention it"Where will you go now?"Getting a human shaped target painted on our backs is so not a good secrecy and survival strategy.
>>31878973"Do you require assistance?""Probably, yea. A Union patrol will be here to look for us, and if the Unity are focusing on this planet it should give them a good idea of where to look. We just need to keep playing cat and mouse till the cavalry arrives.""Cavalry?" You ask."Uh, in old military terms it was like, troops on horses that would come to save the day.""What is a horse.""That isn't important right now." Lee waves off one of the humans "Help...ah...my buddie over there too." He turns back to your drone. "By the way what's your name? You have a name, right?"
>>31879070They have their own strengths while we have ours.They are more on the Machinery Tech while we are more of the Bio side.They are also the only semi-friendly people we have met as of yet.They don't have to stay in the hive forever i'm just saying for the moment we offer shelter.
>>31878973Third option, ask How they would require assistance.We can build them their own shelter away from the hive if they need it. We don't need to take them into the hive to help them.
>>31879201"Call me.... [unintelligible bug noises]"
>>31879213>They are more on the Machinery TechYeah so we just take their tech.Nothing about their biological bodies and what they actually do is useful though.
>>31879244You mean [unintelligible crustacean noises]
>>31879201"This one is merely a speaker."
>>31879201voting for Admiral Bug
>>31879244seconding this or crustacean
>>31879244>>31879254Lee:"......I'll just call you Steve"
>>31879271>>31879254Sounds good enough for me.
>>31879244>>31879254Let's do it
>>31878973>Unity Networked SystemWait, the Unity are a hive also. Their hive has a thinker or a queen somewhere, the thinker must be transmitting to it's drones constantly if they shutdown as soon as the Queen dies.So we need to figure out how to confuse the drones, or plug into them ourselves. EM modifications can pick up radio waves, so we just need a thinker and a few ways to scan for the Unity Drones until we can figure them out.
>>31879393that's why we're laying a radio antennae specialty sensor.We are, right? We never got told the nutrient cost of laying that.
>>31879393>>31879422We need to tech up and get hacker drones, as well.
>>31879213You ponder that question for a moment. A name... A moniker that signifies ones self as individual from others. You feel it would be appropriate to give yourself one, but what could possibly identify yourself in your entirety using only verbal speech?You decide to take attempt to translate your thoughts and sense of self into sound. It would be the closest thing to a name you would have."I am ..." Lees smile disappears as your speaker utters a string of clicks and chirps."Ah... I think I'll just call you Junior...."The human Lee waved to you kneels in the mossy grass and hesitates to touch you. She has a look of confusion on her face."Ok, c-can you walk?"You stair back at her as one of the snapped legs twitches. "We require a brace."Under your vague direction you manage to tie several sticks to your legs. It isn't much, but it should help them heal more quickly.>Join the humans>Return the speaker to the hive
>>31879461>>Join the humansadventures
>>31879461>Join the humans
>>31879461I guess, if that...counts as medical attention for faster healing?
>>31879461>Join the humansSpeaker's purpose is to interface with humans.
>>31879461>>Join the humansBut hand the disc to a worker first.
>>31879590covered already.>Your speaker quickly buries the small disk for the workers to collect later,
>>31879590Workers are about 6 hours out.Bury the disk for the workers if we haven't already.
>>31879461Your speaker is carried off with Lee to the edge of the jungle where the others are tending to much more severely wounded. Several of them have had limbs torn off while most seem to be broken bones. They move further into the jungle before too long and soon after you hear the loud blast of sound from the camp site. A loud horn like the cry of a dying animal. Sure enough, they had returned to search the camp once more. As your workers arrive the drones are gone, but the small disk is still buried in the dirt. They retrieve it along with anything left that could be of worth, which isn't much.Roll 1d100 for salvage, highest of 3>>31879508about as effective as a cast for one of the humans at any rate. Primitive but effective
Rolled 36>>31879605>>31879608I am making so many mistakes today. Fuck it, I'll come back later and read through the archives.>>31879636
Rolled 78>>31879636speaking of salvage...the rest of the workers should be combing the forest for food today or something, right? we rolling for them later?
>>31879636Your workers manage to find several piles of metal slag within the rubble.+ 78 metals>>31879673Most of your workers have been busy installing the infrastructure in your hive, which includes doors, air filters, and ventilation ducts
>>31879751>+78 metalwe should arm our warriors when we can
>>31879787I would be up for getting some more thorn launchers for the one warrior we have and for the others that will be hatching.
>>31879900We need to diversify. With fire.
>>31879914I like fire, but the chief alien threats here don't seem very burnable.
>>31879926Acid is the way to go.
>>31879751>current metals 88The workers begin their trek back to the hive with their haul. Several large slabs of melted slag that was no doubt once a collection of technology. You wish you could have taken them in their prime, but at the very least they can feed your growing hive.The humans are in poor shape. There are hardly a dozen remaining, including the ones you spoke to before, Trevor and Seiner. The doctor seems preoccupied with wounded while Trevor is looking rather intently at a small map he has crudely carved into the dirt."If we can get to high ground here, we would at least be able to get a signal when the fleet gets here." He says.Another human is stooped over the map with him ."Or we could set off the drones' sensors. We should stay around the jungle area, they will have a much harder time finding us." She circles a plot of the map with her finger."The jungle is how we lost the first few men. This place is just as deadly as the drones."They continue the argument until night. Your workers return their metals and the humans begin to sleep. The first few sleep in their suits while most remain awake, lighting guns at the ready. They take shifts through the night.
>>31879900What about we make another thorn launcher, two sting casters, and a fire spray.
>>31879965The Speaker should ask how their lightning guns work. Maybe it will make it easier for the thinkers to figure out what they need to do.Plus we'd be sociable, plus it'll distract them from impending doom. Too bad we can't figure out what humans can eat on the planet.
>>31879965Your metal reserve is over flowing, the idea of arming your other warrior seems rather promising.>Thorn launcher>Sting caster>Fire sprayEach will cost 15 metals
>>31880050>>2x Sting casterLet's save the rest of the metal for lightning guns when get to researching it.
>>31880050Fire Spray, I imagine it will be rather effective against the fungal environment.
>>31880066Lets do that
>>31880050>thorn launcheru and fire spray>one on each arm
>>31880066Sounds good to me.
>>31880050>>Thorn launcherOne per warrior. Don't want to lose accuracy or whatever.
>>31880033"Your lighting weapons are powerful, how does it function?"The leader of their group, Trevor, looks at you, then back to his pistol."It's called a CIP pistol. In our language that stands for Concentrated Ionized Plasma. It's rather complicated but the gist is that it makes a bunch of this stuff called plasma, then throws it at the bad guy. You should get some sleep... I think.">2 sting casters>2 thorn launchers
>>31880173"This unit does not require sleep. We require more nutrients."I'm fine with arming our warriors with those weapons. Can we give them stronger carapaces too?
>>31880173'We would like to know more.'
>>31880287>>31880173"This unit does not require sleep, only more nutrients."I agree with armoring our warriors if we can.
>>31880173Are we making 2 of each, or is this a vote?
>>31880287All I know is I read that and my mind changed that to "We require more minerals">>31880173Little do they know that are just giving us more information for our crack team of super brains that will figure out how their weapons work.
>>31880173No double-arming warriors though.That had a downside, didn't it?
>>31880173Okay, so we need to research biological plasma.>>31880339I'm reminded of Starship Troopers.>>31880342And this tooOn a sidenote, does equipping two ewapon systems on a warrior passively reduce their accuracy or only if they fire them at the same time?
>>31880385i assume it's passive, because they use both arms for steadying and aiming.
>>31880383The thorn launcher gets an accuracy penalty.
>>31880173-60 metals.Your new weapons can be grafted to your warriors, and removed and re-equipped however you see fit.>>31880383Using two weapons will decrease accuracy by a small margin.The next day dawns.>252 nutrients 28 metalsShould you wish, you may feed your warriors 10 metals each to increase their durability in combat.>Y/N
>>31880441NWe still need some metal for the lightning gun.Also why did we make four guns? There were no votes for that.
>>31880441would the metals be recyclable upon their death by consuming them?
>>31880441Yes.Graft 1 of each onto each warrior. The slight accuracy penalty will be made up for by additional versatility and firepower.They still keep their CQC prowess yes?
>>31880466Matters not in the long run.>>31880441Feed the close-range one 10 metals.>>31880482As is everything, glory to the hive.
>>31880441YEquip each warrior with 1 of each weapon.
>>31880466People seemed to be in favor of it. You also have several more warriors that will hatch soon, and they would be able to use those weapons.>>31880482for the most part, yes. It is also a permanent boost.>>31880488yes
>>31880488We should graft two sting casters on one of the warriors and leave the other with one thorn launcher.
>>31880488Wouldn't both weapons severely hurt their mobility?
>>31880441>YEquip the other warrior with Thorn Launcher while the rest can be given to the others when they hatch.
>>31880441Yes.One of each weapon onto each warrior.
>>31880441No, wait for the mining caste to find metal. We don't know that their current armor is insufficient for common predators
>>31880441>Leave the first warrior alone.>Graft two sting casters onto the second warrior
>>31880551I am all kinds of okay with this.
>>31880441Yes, up-armor them.1 weapon of each type for each warrior.Also have the Speaker relay a message to the humans: it may be possible for us to assist you in taking refuge in the 'jungle'.We could send some workers there to carve them out an underground complex, which ought to be hard to detect, and then have a warrior or 3 patrol around its area to deter local predators from picking on them.
>>31880507>Y-20 metalsYou equip one warrior with two sting casters, and have the other keep its thorn launcher before letting them feast on some of the remaining slag. They are the ferocious warriors befit a queen such as yourself, and they rejoice in your pride of them.8 metals remain.>>31880518Not their mobility, but it will make them slightly less accurate (essentially no iron sights)
>>31880636I missed a thread somewhere, what're the basic lowdowns on the Sting Casters/Thorn Launchers?
>>31880682I believe sting casters are smgs and thorn launchers are rifles.
>>31880636As you organize your warriors you detect one of the drones flying closer. It quickly reaches the river before shinning a bright light across the water and along the riverbank. It swivels back to the jungle several times before returning to the water, slowly gliding over the stream. You are not sure if your hive entrance is visible from its position, but the worker standing watch can see it in plain view. Your worker ducks behind cover to stay out of sight and quickly looks around. None of the other drones can be seen in the fog, perhaps this one is alone?How will the hive respond to this strange creature?>>31880700essentially, yes.
>>31880754>Try and stay hidden
>>31880754I want its weapons.
>>31880754I would be surprised if it didn't have infrared vision, so I guess keep working and pretend to be dumb animals.
>>31880754ignore and observe.so long as no humans are nearby, we should be uninteresting to them.(can't get that radio sensor up fast enough)
>>31880754>ignore and observewriting.>>31880834you would need to kill it first
>>31880834ha, if only. one of them survived a lightning gun blast.we can't take it down with kinetic energy thorns.
>>31880983What about acid?
>>31880999We would have to know what its hull is made out of so we could make an acid that dissolves it.
>>31880999lightning gun. blast.not sure, but i suspect corrosion isn't going to be better than raw plasma.
>>31880895Your warriors detect a large amount of radio emissions coming from the sphere and it lets out another loud beep as the scanning light drifts over one of the small, dried up strips of land that mark where the water used to flow from your hive. You had diverted the water to a reservoir several days ago, but the marks of erosion remain quite evident.The two other drones shoot past and follow the river up stream. One banks off into the canyon past your hive, while the other flies off back toward the remains of the human camp as it follows the rain runoff. The third slowly floats up the mountain, following the dried stream.>>31880983while I won't say if that's true or not, I will say that different damage types have different effects on different kinds of defenses
>>31881032Your worker dives back into the hive and you realize that the dried stream it is following leads directly to your throne room!>have the worker run in and seal the doors>seal the doors and attempt to distract the drone>send out your two warriors to attack>other
>>31881121>>seal the doors and attempt to distract the drone
>>31881121>Seal the doors
>>31881121>Send out warriors to attackI want dat weapon
>>31881121>>seal the doors and attempt to distract the dronefuck it looking for any kind of artificial changes...
>>31881121Oh, and if we attack it, aim for the bright red eye. Might be weak.I am >>31881156
>>31881121>seal the doors and attempt to distract the droneFuck it knows how to detect intelligent life
>>31881121>seal the doors and attempt to distract the drone
>>31881121>send out your two warriors to attack
>>31881121>>otherOkay, we just need to make it look like the water was diverted by a random boulder instead?But fuck no the water got diverted way the hell inside our hive, we'd have to.... re activate flow, and then put a boulder further downstream to re divert the flow down there, somehow?Not enough time.
>>31881121If only we had a drone that could fly.
>>31881121Your worker seals the door to the hive and moves out to attempt to distract it, hopefully luring away from your hive.roll 1 d100, best of 3describe how for potential bonus.
>>31881256>Wave tiny head around>Chitter>Skitter into bushes
Rolled 55>>31881256Have it, uh.... tear up a bunch of the dried stream bed and surrounding dirt and sever the trail?
Rolled 9>>31881256Act unusually!If we act naturally then it'll ignore us. If it thinks we're interesting then it'll follow us. Once we distract it THEN act natural so it doesn't come back later!
>>31881256Have the drone shake branches wildly above its head.
>>31881256Have a drone jump onto the drone if its low enough to the ground, then attempt to flee, with the drone following it
>>31881256Your worker does its best to obscure the trail of erosion as the drone grows ever closer. It continues to let out a series of beeps as it moves closer.Once you finish kicking up the mud along the dried stream you send your worker skittering down the side of the mountain, kicking up rocks and small plants. The drone swivels toward you and emits a loud roar in your direction as its weapons zero in.The drone opens fire, pulverizing the rock around your drone in a hail of blind fire. Your worker drops to the ground and attempts to dodge the attack, ducking into a small alcove in the mountain as the drone's weapons pound the stone to dust.At least it seems distracted.>ambush it with your warriors>attempt to rush it with your worker>jump to the river below>other
>>31881491>ambush it with your warriors
>>31881491>>jump to the river below
>>31881512How do you want to bring down a flying drone capable of pulverizing rock and melting metal into slag with a flamethrower and two inaccurate SMGs.
>>31881491>>31881491lead it into the forest, hopefully we can hide and lead it to something hungry
>>31881550With our rifles?We got that other weapon, too.Besides, we toughed up our warriors already. I want to see them in action.Also, tech pls
>>31881491>jump to the river below
>>31881550Hit and run. We have two warriors so just keep smacking it form different angles till it dies. The biggest problem will be if it tries to haul ass. I don't have a solution for that.
>>31881550Thorn launcher its eyes out then take out its propulsion.
>>31881575Which isn't mounted on warriors.Are you going to throw those rifles at it?
Rolled 54>>31881491>jump into the river
>>31881605It's not? I swear we had the bolt thing on, not the pea shooter..
>>31881624Right, my mistake. Double checked.
>>31881491This looks like a split vote>[A] Attack with warriors>[B] Don'tplease quote this and respond with just A or B>>31881605one has two sting casters, the other a single thorn launcher.
>>31881628Ah, well thats okay. I wouldn't want to fight it with the pea shooters either. But I figure the bolts have penetration, ya know?
>>31881640Well... I guess it wasn't a split vote.Roll 1 d100, best of 3 please
Rolled 34>>31881713I missed the vote.
Rolled 14>>31881740Welp, hope 70's enough again a super-powerful drone
>>31881740that was too close
>>31881713I changed my mind at the end. We might as well start attracting attention to ourselves and having some fun
>>31881776Plus now we know we can pick up their communication, now we need to examine their corpses to figure out how to build a Unity Speaker Drone.
>>31881848Yep. I'm expecting a rather rapid expansion shortly.
>>31881848unfortunately, if their mission is not merely elimination of humans, but the elimination of all rival sentience in the form of organic life, all that speaker will be saying is "oh god they're killing me help"
>>31881713You decide it is time you test your warriors in battle and send them forth. They emerge from the hive and see the drone firing into the mountain side. It must have a weakness, everything does.You split up your warriors. The first takes position above with the thorn launcher while the other moves down behind it. The back of the drone is covered in small ports, thrusters and exhaust valves. They seem to be the only feature of the drone's otherwise blank armor.Your warrior opens fire, peppering the floating sphere with chittinous slugs. They bounce off the armored shell and the drone's weapon arm swivels completely around and returns fire. Before you can react the warrior is thrown back, the carapace across its thorax melted into a twisted heap. Your other drone has better luck. The first shot of heavy chitin creates a dent in the side of its armor and knocks it off balance, causing it to hold its fire as it wavers back and forth. It doesn't last, however, and with a loud buzz of anger it turns to face the warrior, weapons at the ready. Your warrior drops behind the cliff face as the bolts of light tear apart the stone from below, its focus now entirely on the one warrior.Your other warrior is alive, although damaged. The carapace along its front is too badly damaged to deflect another hit like that, and your worker managed to avoid being hit.>tackle the drone with the worker>tackle the drone with the warrior>open fire with the Sting launcher>other
>>31882007>>tackle the drone with the worker>>open fire with the Sting launcher
>>31881989That just means it's a competing hive?We kill the queen and take control of it's drones, to upgrade our technology. In addition being able to understand their transmissions gives us an additional advantage over humans.
>>31882007>>tackle the drone with the warriorthose ports are dead.point blank range firing in addition to rip and tear
>>31882007>open fire with the Sting launcher>tackle the drone with the worker
>>31882007>tackle the drone with the workerAt the very least that might throw off its balance
>>31882007>tackle the drone with the worker>tackle the drone with the warrior>open fire with the Sting launcher
>>31882007>tackle the drone with the worker>hold on to it to slow its mobility, maybe cover its sight or hold down its engines etc.>open fire with the Sting launcher
>>31882007looks like>tackle with worker>open fire with sting casterplease roll 2d100s each, best of three posts. First roll applies to the worker, the second to the warrior.
Rolled 87, 83 = 170>>31882129COME ON DICE GODS!
Rolled 25, 86 = 111>>31882129
Rolled 8, 85 = 93>>31882129GOOOOO
Rolled 20, 58 = 78>>31882129
Rolled 63, 87 = 150>>31882129Am I doing this right?
Rolled 5, 51 = 56>>31882129achilles heel pls
Rolled 57, 16 = 73>>31882152>>31882153>>31882159Glorious
>>31882216Sweet sweet tech loot, eh?I am prepared. Are our Thinker's bodies ready?
>>31882216>pictured, all ours.
>>31882246We need more thinkers.
>>31882216shit the appledrones won't see what's coming
>>31882287found the sauce btw.http://torfrick.com/info/Drone.htmBadass looking Drone
>>31882216Your worker emerges from the small alcove and climbs over the smoldering rocks as your warrior takes aim. The worker lunges into the air, its claws outstretched towards it. It is surprisingly difficult to grip the surface, and even the vulnerable looking eye seems to be impervious to your workers jabs. It does, however, knock it off balance. The drone reels to the side as it dips downward from the lopsided weight of the worker, and soon the drone enters a wild spin. The worker starts to loose its grip, and despite it jabbing and slashing at the sphere it soon flies off and slams into the rock. The drone impacts the ground and rolls into the cliff wall before returning to the air, albeit slightly more shaky that before, and fires at the worker.The worker dives out of the way, its leg catching enough heat to sear the flesh beneath the carapace as the drone turns to follow. As it does so your warriors line up their shots, and a hail of chittin peppers the drones back, denting and scraping at the small ports.Either through luck or skill a pellet enters one of the maneuvering thrusters, causing a small explosion as it backfires into the delicately balanced mechanisms within, and the drone lets out a high pitched scream as it spins back into the dirt. The best it can manage is to spin in circles as it lets out a hail of weapons fire in all directions before bouncing off the mountain and rolling down to the riverbank, where it grows silent and still.A moment later your warriors detect a faint radio pulse flickering rhythmically from the corpse...How shall the hive respond?
>>31882511Break whatever part is emitting the pulse.
>>31882511Aw man, it has a recovery beacon on it.I say we take it to an isolated part of the hive, and think the FUCK out of it, figure out what's making the signal, and either destroy it, or throw it in the mind control slime.Weapons, though. We can use those. Maybe hover engines too.
>>31882511Immediately destroy the part causing the radio pulse and further disguise the river bed. Attempt to make it look like something natural stopped up the river and seal ourselves into the mountain after disabling and retrieving the drone
>>31882511Cut that shit open. Deactivate
>>31882511It's not dead enough, make it deader.
>>31882511You attempt to deactivate whatever is causing the pulse.Please roll 1d100, best of 3
Well hopefully 76 is enough to do this.
>>31882641I would have punched myself if I rolled 1.But at least we can bring the remains back to the hive.
>>31882618Your drones rush the drone and begin to mercilessly stab at it with their claws in search of a way to silence the beacon. It seems nearly invincible against your attempts, but eventually your worker manages to pry open a small panel, revealing an intricate layer of circuitry and mechanical devices. Your worker stabs it repeatedly, and after a short amount of time you seem to find the right spot and the signal ceases."What the hell was that?" One of the humans says. They rouse those who had been sleeping and Trevor raises his head to try to hear the sound again."It sounded like drone fire. Zoe, Aldin, with me."The three begin to move out in the direction of the sound of combat.In the distance you can make out the wailing cry of the other two drones. The same echoing sound like a dying animal.>pull the drone into the hive>leave it there and ready an ambush for the other drones>leave it there and hide>other
>>31882818>>leave it there and ready an ambush for the other dronesLets do this shit
>>31882818>>leave it there and hide
>>31882818>Pull drone into the hiveGogogo hide get out of there.
>>31882818>pull the drone into the hive
>>31882818I seriously doubt we can pull off another ambush.>pull the drone into the hive
>>31882818>>pull the drone into the hive
>>31882818How many workers can we haul out there right now? If we can get a dozen of them out there then move it inside. Otherwise, keep rolling it downhill! If the radio signal is cut then they can only look at the last location. Just keep it moving and cover our tracks so the other drones can't find it!
>>318828333 to one barely got us out alive. and you want to take on TWO?
>>31882818>direction of the sound of combat.That means the combat we just had, right.I didn't think we were in audible range of the humans.
>>31882868Humans'd be there to assist us, I'd assume.
>>31882878>Humans who did nothing against the drones themselves
>>31882869Gunshots are quite loud.>>31882864you have 19 other workers available.
>>31882868well, maybe if we had like 6 workers leap onto each of them, swarming them and weighing them down and stabbing at the ports willy nilly...uh.maybe?
>>31882818Seems to be>pull drone into hiveroll 1d100, best of three for nabbing the drone and getting out of dodge.
Rolled 14>>31882936We be sly
Rolled 9>>31882936I cast GTFO
Rolled 25>>31882936aww shite. you'd think something that simple would be easy.
>>31882964it had to happen i guess
>>31882974Look at it this way. We still broke the transmitter, and even if our faithful children are slain, the hive itself is safe and camouflaged.Still, I don't know if they'll actually salvage the remains or just eliminate whatever broke it.
>>31882936It takes the help of five of your workers to lift the drone. It is far heavier than its size would imply, although you wouldn't quite call it small. They lift the drone and quickly make for the hive with the sound of the drones getting closer and closer with every moment. Your warriors take up a position to protect the workers, and soon that precaution is justified as two drones move into sight. The first swoops down from above the mountain, laying waste to the patch of dirt the damaged drone once inhabited while the other moves in from up stream. It stops abruptly as it reaches the drone and lights shoot from each side of its armored chassis.It lets out a loud buzz and swivels its arms downward, eviscerating the closest worker with a hail of fire. Your warriors return fire, aiming for the ports along its back but the drone is moving too quickly to line up a shot. It swivels from spot to spot, ripping apart the landscape with its cannons as it guns down the workers. You make them scatter in search of cover, or at the very least to try to confuse it, but as they spread out the second drone moves in once more.-3 workersSuggested actions>continue to scatter and seek shelter>gang up on one of the drones with the workers>charge with the warriors>other
>>31883131>>gang up on one of the drones with the workersGlory to Mother
>>31883131It's out to destroy the drone. >gang up on one of the drones with the workersNo way are we letting out efforts go to waste.
>>31883131>gang up on one of the drones with the workers>charge with the warriorsGet rekt drones
>>31883131>>gang up on one of the drones with the workersit can't get all of them
>>31883131We know it's weakpoint now, right? So the DC has to be lower...um...Gang up on one at a time. Target the port we hit on the other one
>>31883131>gang up on oneroll 2d100, best of three posts. One for the workers and the other for the warriors.>>31883179I don't like revealing DCs, but yes. You at least know what to aim for, but it's still a difficult shot to pull off.
Rolled 62, 49 = 111>>31883215here goes nothing.
Rolled 87, 15 = 102>>31883215it begins
Rolled 99, 3 = 102>>31883215
Rolled 71, 92 = 163>>31883215
>>31883254One ded.I think?Hope so.
>>31883238well it looks like I shouldn\t have posted. oh well. at least one roll was good
>>31883254Glory to Mother indeed...
Rolled 3, 10 = 13>>31883254god DAMN those workers are efficient.>>31883131>, laying waste to the patch of dirtThat was... odd. It's clearly not there anymore. eliminating stuff that could be studied?
I'm not liking what's going on right now. We need those things dead quick before they attract even more attention.
>>31883215Your workers leap into the air, crawling over the crumbling debris as they claw at the nearest drone. It attempt to evade but is soon overwhelmed by the remaining two workers. It struggles to maintain its balance with the added weight and hits the ground with a thump. Its cannons swivel in a mad panic in an attempt to throw them off, but the workers persist, clawing and gnawing on whatever they can reach. One of the workers jabs at the panel on the drone's face, and manages to pry it open, and with their powerful jaw their rip the wires and circuits and tear at the sensitive gyroscope keeping it aloft. The drone enters a spin, still firing blindly and several of the bolts graze the second drone, which has moved in closer to attack.Your workers finally loose their grip, but as they fly from the panicked drone it launches itself to the side, impacting the other drone and sending them both into the ground. Your drones dive for cover as the riverbank explodes from the collision and the Unity drones disappear into a column of blue-white flame. You quickly send out several other workers to retrieve the damaged drone, and the bodies of the lost workers.Soon after your lookout spots the humans at the edge of the jungle. They poke at the smoking crater with a number of small metal objects while Trevor looks up to the mountain, examining the signs of combat at a distance.I think I'll have to call it here since it's getting so late. Will try to stay around for questions and feedback as always.
>>31883427so both new drones were burned to slag just now, and they're only retrieving the original one we damaged?Did the drones fly across the river to the jungle side then if the humans are reaching them?
>>31883427Hahaha. Damn that was awesome QuestDrone. Thanks for the thread, I look forward to next time
>>31883427>We beat us three Unity DronesSweet. There is some mad tech loot to go around. Or at least, metal loot. I love it.Good thread QD, glad I could make it after I was done with my questThanks for running!
>>31878973>back to look for lootersThis word choice, I couldn't figure it out, and I still can't.They want to destroy all these humans regardless of looting activity.also i'm assuming the beaconsplosion would have happened even if our speaker never visited the human camp?
>>31883427You know, if they'd have lost one utility drone, they might have written that off to hostile wildlife, but three makes them extra suspicious.
>>31883516Eh, for all they know, a bunch of bugs got lucky. They've seen plenty of monsters around, I'm sure.I doubt they'll come hunting for a few lost pieces of hardware. They seemed to want the humans, anyway, and the sooner we get them off this planet (aka 'help' them) the better, I say.
>>31883476>>31883461Thank you too.>>31883455The wreckage is a massive, burning heap. The humans don't seem interested in the salvage so much as what could have destroyed them. Your drones didn't have the time to wait for the fires to burn out before the humans got their, but you will be able to salvage the slag later.>>31883465which quest?>>31883495Well after the first attack the drones would want to make sure nobody tried to return to look for supplies later, just in case. They have...had a large search area to cover, so any location of interest would be useful.That's why they were looking at the river, searching water and food sources.
>>31883545Nothing big..A.I. QuestFan of this quest..
>>31883545>so, Next Time on Hive Quest: Welcome to My Crib Insect Edition?
>>31883581two hours of arguing about potential drone configurations before the plot advances?
>>31883577I knew it.
>>31883545>>31883581How far away exactly are the humans from the hive? And how far away was the scene of the fight from both camps?
>>31883545yo did we lay the egg for the radio array or not, what was its cost and upkeep
>>31883577I'm a huge fan of yours. One of the things that inspired me to run this one, actually.
>>31883592Aw, was it that obvious?>>31883604Whoa, really? I'm flattered, you're too kind. Also it feels like all my favorite quests run the same day mine does, so I usually play catch up.
>>31883590I really need to clean that part up. Hopefully it will move faster in those parts, especially once you get a decent number of designs set up.>>31883598After they ran into the jungle they were just a mile or two from the hive. It still took them a few hours to get to the river, but they could hear the drones rather easily.>>31883602I don't think you did, but it would be quite cheap and fast to make, so I will assume you layed it earlier and we can finalize its design next thread.
>>31883651Speaking of which. What days and times would be best for everyone? I usually try to find a day on the weekend I know i'll be free, but I DM for a bunch of people and it tends to make for a hectic schedule.
>>31883706for me, whenever
>>31883706Whenever is generally fine for me.
>>31883706Any day should be just fine by me. Pick whichever is freest for you.
Cool. Will probably go back to Sunday evening for next week, but i'll post on the twitter when I know for sure.
>>31883651Timing was clear man. You got saved by the 404 there.
>>31883850Heh, ah I see. Well it always dies fast, around 12 or so. Not sure why.Weird that the first part of this quest went into autosage...wonder what was up with that.
>>31883894Some mod hated the arguing going on there and lack of...quest-ing?we did advance a cycle at the end there right i didn't see much voting
>>31883953It was a rich charged debate on methods of mining minerals on a fungus planet.And we still haven't mined anything.
>>31883953I've seen worse arguing in threads that warranted less response.I assume glitch.Yup.
>>31883953Well it did help move things along I guess.I think I'll set up a couple of "recommended" builds to try to speed up the design process, because it does chew into questing time that could be better spent eating things of unknown origin and swarming horrible death robots.
>>31883983>mining minerals on a fungus planetdamn for a minute there i forgot which quest you were talking about.
>>31883993That's what I think. Things have been acting wonky lately and if it was a mod who just didn't like the quest he could have just deleted it.I blame the curse.
>>31883995Oh hey, about that.I find the best thing to do when you have a lot of minor choices and can't get people to vote on each and every one is to take the most logical suggestions proposed, list what they will entail, then ask 'will you make/keep this, and if not, explain one better'.If you don't get many talking about what they want to change, just that they disagree, then it's better to move on.I use to run into the problem of wanting to fluff every post, even with minor decisions.Sadly, I just don't have the time anymore. Even tho I keep trying to do it.>>31884004Holy shit, is this Aquil?
>>31884019Indeed, and mods aren't allowed to delete entire threads based on personal preference like that.Hell, I don't even think there's a mod option that lets them turn off bumps.If there is, that's weirdly cruel, when you could just delete something.
>>31884021Yea, that's usually what I try to do, but I guess I'm still new at this. Even still, a few starter builds should be able to get a conversation going in a general direction, like the crappy pre-made ships in Galactic Civ.>>31884038Yea, it's like shooting you in the gut and leaving you in the streets. I think it was just random chance, and I wish the anon that archived it didn't blame the mods.Oh well, shit happens, as my dad always used to say.
>>31884071Pfff, haha, Galactic Civ's pre made ships.Holy crap man. Those were the worst.Wonder what things would've been like if we never helped the humans, also. Just milling around, exploring the wilderness.Still wanna eat those herbivores man.
>>31884071I find it funny you've had two 4chan glitches and you've not even broke 10th thread.Gonna be a fun ride.>Archive anon blamed modsAw. Well that's unfortunate.
>>31884021you never replied to the mysterious hologram suggestions either also, did you see them
>>31884089Your guess is as good as mine. I would probably have done some rolls to see just how far up shit creek they were, and how often they would find signs of your activity, and just how spooked they would get from it.>>31884100Smooth sailing makes for a boring journey.
>>31884146I wrote em down, yeah.>>31884161>Your guess is as good as mineNow that's the right attitude for adventure!
>>31884161Maybe we can propose designs to you with certain purposes, and then you translate that into template that we can pick from?Forbid individual part choosing to speed things along.