The past few days have been quite eventful. Commander Trevor and his squad have camped by the river for the night and headed back to their small camp in the forest in the morning, spending most of the evening talking about something or other before taking shifts for watch through the night. With the drones that had been hunting them now destroyed you suspect they will have a slightly less stressful time waiting for their rescue. In the meantime your hive has retrieved the melted slag that remains of the two Unity drones, and has placed the salvageable one deep within your hive. It is clear to you that there is much more going on above the clouds of your world than you first thought. Uncharted space turns out to be nowhere as empty as the term would imply.As the sun rises behind the clouds, creating a diffuse yellow blot across the sky, you note that it seems bigger than when you first arrived. The morning dew quickly rises into a steamy fog that blankets the forest bellow your mountain.Welcome back to Hive Queen Quest>Archives http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Hive%20Queen%20Quest>Twitter https://twitter.com/HiveQueenQuest>Various pasta http://pastebin.com/u/QuestDrone
>>32068560>Current armory3 Thorn Launchers2 Sting Casters>Current resource reservesNutrients: 234Metals: 68>Hive population and upkeep cost Queen – 5Worker (17) – 34Warrior (2) – 8Thinker (6) – 18Speaker – 3Nutrient costs: 68>IncomeNutrients: 50Net: -18>Research underway – Local fauna 3/6 thinkers. Available research options>Lightning gunVery slow, potential of failure and destruction of sample device>Human environment suitVery Slow, a bulky looking, yet light weight suit composed of tightly woven fabric and small metallic plating covering the chest and forearms. The suit seems to react to injury to the user, and contains a number of devices the humans use to make up for their frail physical structure and sensitive biology. Study of this technology could offer insight into any number of research fields.>Human technology interfacingYou have determined that the small device you retrieved from the human camp is some kind of artificial data storage. Physically it is worthless, but if you were to spend the time to develop a way to interface your thinkers with it the data within may prove well worth the effort.>Unity Drone salvageThe physical components of the drone are quite interesting. Opening it up and taking a closer look would give you a much better idea of how the device works (grants small bonus against Unity drones, and unlocks weapon, armor, and propulsion research options)>Unity technology interfacingThe drone itself appears to hold only a rudimentary intelligence, a study of how and where it received commands could help unlock the secrets to its behavior, and offer insight into the nature of the Unity
>>32068573So, if the planet is getting closer to its star, then I guess we're in for a really hot summer.As for research, I'd say:>Unity Drone salvagejust in case the Unity sends more drones. Stick our other 3 thinkers on it.
>>32068573Personally, I want to research the Unity junk later, after Fauna is done.
>>32068573Your speaker makes note of Trevor and his squad returning. The commander seems troubled by something, although you are unsure what, and soon the humans set up a perimeter fence surrounding the camp using small metal cables they unravel from several small bags. The wires hum with an electric current, and violent zap a small winged creature that attempts to land on one.Your workers have completed installing the infrastructure in your hive and are ready to begin new construction. In addition your radio antenna is ready to be set up...wait, in the heat of the moment you seem to have forgotten if you produced one or not.>Yes (-6N and -3M)>No>Radio antenna cannot move on its own, but can pick up radio signals with great accuracy and range. Can be used as limited radar.
>>32068834>yes>research unity drone salvage
>>32068828>>32068816current research is being done with 3 thinkers, you have several new thinkers that have just hatched, and can be assigned to boost the current research rate, or can research their own subject. An idle thinker will give a small passive bonus to drones.
>>32068828We have 3 idle Thinkers right now, might as well do some dual research.>>32068834>>Radio antenna cannot move on its own, but can pick up radio signals with great accuracy and range. Can be used as limited radar.
>>32068834Yes. Hell yes.Did not realize metals would enhance it once we have EM antennae biologically. But worth it.
>>32068884Wait, was that last bit a vote to change it to immobile, or were you just informing us that it was?
>>32068573Put the thinkers on the Unity tech interfacing since I think that would make the unity salvage go easier.
>>32068872In that case>Send new three thinkers to get that boost against Unity Drones researchI have a feeling they'll be back soon.Also>yesSensors are important
>>32068834Of course! How silly of you, it had simply rolled behind one of the warrior eggs. You quickly have your workers set it up outside atop your mountain. It may need a guard to be posted nearby, but for now you will be able to get at least some information on what is going on around you.new drones to research Unity seems to be the consensus, please confirm>Tech interfacing>hardware salvage>>32068910I was informing you it was not mobile. Last thread there was a request to make one but I didn't see it, so I promised to deal with it at the start of the next one.You bring the radio sensor online, and attempt to peirce the thick clouds and peer beyond it.Roll 1d100, best of three.
>>32068899*since we have EMFucking autocorrect
Rolled 80>>32069018>Tech interfacing
Rolled 92>>32069018I am 100% okay with the other thinkers researching the Unity systems.
>>32068899The EM antennae are more like a Geiger counter. It only reads intensity and a vague sense of frequency. Its use as communication would be limited to Morse code.
>>32069073QM needs a vote for one of the two options still that was a question not a description.Voting for interfacing
Rolled 71>>32069018>Tech interfacingand, Here we go!
>>32069018>Tech interfacing>>32069113Forgot to say which one I was going for.
>>32069018Writing, will count the vote afterwards.
>>32069149You focus your mind into the new sensor systems, and at first you only pick up the same static of the thick atmosphere that your warriors have long since tuned out, but soon you manage to filter through it and make out a faint signal. It repeats itself every few minuets, and it seems too faint to be in orbit. It must be far out in the system by your guess."SAR automated probe six-eight-nine-nine of the USS Virtue of the Texas Battle group responding to distress. Please respond.">Tech interfacingYour thinkers contemplate on this problem. They assure you you shall soon know the drone's secrets.You you like to keep one thinker idle to boost your drones?
>>32069307NahNot when there's SCIENCE to do!
>>32069307I think we should keep at least one Thinker idle so that our drones always have a boost.
Rolled 33>>32069307What are the drones doing now? If they're out and about, keep a thinker idle to boost em. If idle, then fuck it go full science.But remember that this is a deathworld and we need to keep our drones in tip top so they don't get snagged by predators.
>>32068573So what was the exact plus to metals from 2 Unity drones?
>>32069307Eh, let's keep the one on.
>>32069307Your antenna does not detect much else in the system, although you can make out the strong signal of a gas giant. As you listen, however, the probe seems to be moving. Its signal moving from place to place in the system.A star system is a big place to search. You wonder if you could broadcast a signal strong enough for the probe to detect. Perhaps you should inform the humans, although you doubt your charade of being a primitive race would hold up if they knew you were picking up signals from space.>>32069494+60 metals>>32069479your workers have just completed installing infrastructure, and are ready for a new project.
Infrastructure required a Thinker to become dedicated to it, no?Do we now have only 5 allocatable?
>>32069571we can tease them into asking us for it. Say that odd "sounds" are coming from the sky, especially from the "floating dangerous machines". Manipulate them to ask us to further investigate these odd sounds and see if we can pinpoint anything.
>>32069571Survey for minerals to farm jelly mold?
They know an automated probe is here already. Hence they beacon.Mention nada.
>>32069571Your hive is growing in size and complexity. You have completed:>Reservoir>General storage>Food storage>Laboratory>InfrastructureRecommended projects>Mining survey>Hunting mission>Egg nursery>Armory>Other (write in)>>32069633That's right. Two are working on the Unity drone, three are testing local life samples, and are almost finished, the last is keeping the hive nice and comfortable.
>>32069666Or send em all to forage for a big stockpile of Nutrients for the day.
>>32069720Can't believe that reservoir idea broke our stealth. Tricksy.Let's hunt.
>>32069720I say we continue to expand the hive with a Egg nursery.
>>32069776It didn't. The drone was looking for potential food sources.
>>32069780>NurseryPrimarily intended to further fortify and defend the future of the hive, the nursery is an easily defended room built deep in the hive that is held at a constant temperature and humidity. Will prevent damage to eggs in the event of an attack on the hive.>Nursery>Hunting>Mining survey>Other
>>32069748You do realize that we'll need to be able to turtle as soon as possible.
>>32069896I'd prioritize, in order,>Nursery>Mining survey>Hunting
>>32069805The drone was by the river because it was a source of water.But it paid special mind because of manipulation of it.
>>32069896Actually...we do have those miners on the way don't we? It might be a good idea to do a Mining survey before they hatch and then we can work on the Nursery.
>>32069896Anything but nursery. Not yet.
>>32069896>Mining surveyIs my priority, then the nursery. We should be good on food for a couple days.
>>32069975Yes, you have 3 diggers, and 3 more warriors about to hatch very soon.
>>32069974It would have followed the river one way or another.
>>32070014Thought so. Voting for Mining Survey in that case.
>>32069720It looks like mining survey is the consensus.Would you like to send a warrior as escort?>Y>N
>>32070009Nursery is very low in its benefits.Would rather have a bigger stockpile buffer for hatching new mouths to feed.
>>32070063Your workers and one of your warriors move out to survey the mountainous valley in search of a place you can construct a mine. With your workers working in tandem, you expect they will be able to cover the area by tomorrow.Please roll 1d100, best of three to survey the area.Meanwhile, you have a conundrum. How will you deal with this new information regarding the probe? You doubt the humans have anything left that could get through the planet's atmosphere, and you can't guess as to how long it will take for the probe to find them on its own, if it ever does.>Tell the human commander of the signal>Don't tell them>Attempt to respond to the signal>Write in
Rolled 53>>32070277>Tell the human commander of the signal
Rolled 12>>32070277Here we go!>Tell the human commander of the signalWe could probably spin it as simply detecting these sort of things naturally, which isn't much of a lie.
Rolled 77>>32070277>Don't tell
Rolled 4>>32070277>Tell the human commander of the signalIn such a way that let's them know we have found something while also seeming slightly primitive. Like >>32069644 suggestion.
>>32070277Don't, didn't they say they already expected a probe must have responded by now? This won't help them. Or us.
>>32070277Didn'tt we have some sort of ancestral memory ingrained hatred episode upon seeing the human's structures?Tell them, but make us still seem primitive. They know we're here so we might as well go all in.
>>32070391Except, they have no way to respond to it right now. I'm pretty sure they're just hoping it will find them soon.
>>32070414The fuck are you talking?
>>3207041What do you mean all in?What's the profit for us or them in this?
>>32070440Good.If they're stranded forever we remain a secret for longer, until we extend beyond this planet.
>>32070277>Tell the commander of the signal>>32070414No, you have no knowledge of human encounters with your kind before nowYour speaker walks over to Commander Grey, who is discussing something quietly with his officers. You make sure to stay clear of the electric fence as it hums and cackles with the moist air.If you wish to add in any other statements or questions, please do so.
>>32070576We are being vague and "primitive" in the way we're telling him right?
>>32070637We hear.... Something like you. From beyond the sphere. Repeating.
>>32070576Hmm, no I don't think there are any other statements or questions that we can make without revealing too much.
>>32070576Let's start by asking what is wrong because something is clearly up. Then let's tell him we can hear something speaking from from the sky.>>32070657Like this.
>>32070704I can support this.They're likely talking about us. We did take down 3 drones when one was sufficient to smack their shit seven ways to sunday.
>>32070637can we actually not be vague and primitive? thanks
>>32070738You want these guys to know that we're a spacefaring race? Look at their relations with the other spacefaring race we've encountered that (we can make an educated guess) has a society organized vaguely like ours.
>>32070738I thought we wanted to not draw attention to ourselves too early?We got like 30 or so bugs in the hive.
>>32070738Fuck no.The vote to even tell them at all was a tie. Minimal disclosure.
>>32070704Yeah if they ask how we detected this signal..We never listened to things beyond the sky before. Quite true.
>>32070704I like this idea.
>>32070817I voted against telling them, but if we're telling them we may as well not intentionally sound stupid. That's like the worst of both worlds.
>>32070800kthey mentioned a union, that kinda sounds peaceful and not the kill and maim that you're implying
Rolled 85>>32070902Not even taking a side in the large debate, but a nation's name is not an accurate reflection of its actions for obvious reasons. Nations generally don't name themselves, "Kill and Maim Everyone Republic" even if that's what they do
>>32070576"Has Lee said anything?""Do you think he would notice anything?""Don't know, but he seems to be the closest to- Ah!" Trevor looks up to your speaker from his circle of officers. You see three others. Doctor Seiner is on the left, drinking a soupy substance from a bag through a straw stuck in his helmet. The bag is labeled "Steak". On the right is a small female you remember the Commander calling Zoe, and closest to you, sliding on the small stump to look at you, is a tall pale man with several metallic devices protruding from the side of his skull. His suit is labeled "Staff Sargent Gustav Reynolds"."You said you had called for help, yes?" You ask.Trevor raises an eyebrow at your question. "Yes, but nothing we have down here can get through the clouds.""We think the Ionosphere of the planet is-" Seiner starts, but is waved off by the commander."Why do you ask?" He continues"The hive can hear it."Reynolds and Seiner both speak up at once."You're receiving a signal?""You can hear radio transmission?"You nod to them, and Seiner quickly goes into a fit of discovery."Natural radio sensitivity? We saw this before in the airborne creatures, but its amazing you can pick up such faint signals. Are you capable of...broadcasting in this manner?"You can, but you are unsure if you should tell them that...>[Y]>[N]Please only respond with >[Y]or >[N]
>>32070902Well the humans are at war with the Unity, the Unity uses a central controlling unit for its drones at at least solar system scale. The Unity seems to hate the Humans enough that they have kill-on-sight orders for them.Not saying that the Humans necessarily did anything wrong, just that we don't know who started those aggressions and why so we should probably keep our cards close to our chests.
>>32070902We can bother with this union after we get squishy FTL space bugships.
>>32070972Seiner claimed that the Union created the Unity, and that they are a "Mistake". While you don't know the full scope of this conflict, they clearly hold a good deal of animosity towards each other.
>>32070962Can we say that we "might" be able but we have never tried before.
Damn divisive votes
>>32071111Do we actually have that ability or are we lying to them?
>>32071155It said in the post we have the ability.
>>32071155read>>32070962>You can, but you are unsure if you should tell them that...
>>32071155We have the ability to take a stab at it. Chances of success are less clear.
>>32070962"The hive has never attempted this, but it may be possible. What would you wish to say?"Trevor immediately leaps to his feet and pulls out a small device mounted on his wrist. "Well anything will get them interested, but we need to give them one of our IF signals to let them know it's us. Here, if you can send them this signal they should be here to pick us up within the week." He hands you a small device, at the push of a button it lets out a small but complex signal, afterwards there is a string of text in the human language."Unity presence detected, suspect server ship in system. First contact protocol broken on friendly terms, classification unknown. Request immediate extraction. Colony not recommended."You look back at the commander. "The hive will try this."You have already recorded the signal and can broadcast it whenever you wish.>Broadcast the signal as it is.>Broadcast the signal, but attempt to edit it.>Don't broadcast the signal.>Other
>>32071348>Broadcast the signal as it is.
>>32071348>>Broadcast the signal, but attempt to edit it.Edit out that they made first contact.
>>32071348>Broadcast as inBetter they leave us alone
>>32071348Roll 1d100, best of 3
>>32071348>Colony not recommended.Yiss.>Broadcast the signal as is.
Rolled 20>>32071499oah boy
I was kind of hoping we would be able to get the unity and the humans to piss off and leave us alone so we could quietly grow. So we could, you know, not end up getting researched or shot up by whoever happens to fly by with a ship.Probably going to be pretty hard to grow quickly now without sounding alarms.
>>32071593>these assumptions>I don't even know where to start
>>32071528Hope this was a high DC then.
>>32071593Well they're not going to colonize the planet, and we're an interesting life form...but we haven't revealed that we're spacefaring (or even industrial) to them. Meanwhile they have a war going on.We're probably a low priority and will get checked on infrequently at best.
>>32071348You take the signal and broadcast it from your antenna atop your hive. You can hear the signal bouncing off the clouds, and you are unsure if any is making it through. Several hours of this pass as you repeat the transmission hoping for a break in the clouds when you suddenly hear a reply! Three rapid bursts of radio waves, followed by a burst of three more. Odd... it seems to be coming from within the atmosphere.Your warrior detects it too, and readies its Thorn launcher. Two large organic wings emerge from the clouds, circling the antenna. Each one peppers the area with a burst of radio waves. They must have heard your transmission!>Attack (write in how for potential bonus)>Attempt to run>Other
>>32071746Dang, these guys are annoying.Well, we got the thorn launcher for a reason.>Use signal to lure beast in closer, without tree(mushroom) cover to hide it>Prepare to hit it with all warrior fire at once>Burst fire, and wait for it to possibly dive.>Try to pin to ground if possible.
>>32071746>Attack (write in how for potential bonus)Blast radio at it and then open fire on it. Go for the flappy parts or even better, the venty parts at the front of the wings.
>>32071746Aah, one of these faggots again.>AttackPepper it with a few shots from the Thorn Launcher to get its attention drawn to the warrior then wait for it to initiate its attack run.When its attack dive takes it within effective range of the Thorn Launcher have our Radio Drone blast it with as much power as it can muster to hopefully stun the thing. Then, if it crashes have the warrior disable it. Otherwise just have the warrior kill the shit out of it.
>>32071746You let out a burst of radio waves at the circling creatures, and your warrior takes aim.Roll 2 d100, best of 3 for each. First for radio distraction, (debuffs them) second for warrior's attack.
>>32071746Stupid local florauna.>Attack>Bait it into diving a 'vulnerable' target>Wait until it gets within firing range of equipped warriors>Surprise burst of fire at its midsection>Target it was aiming at dodges>Hopefully rupture enough organs for it to crash and burn
>>32071746>>Attack (write in how for potential bonus)Snipe it with the thorn launcher. If it gets close use the sting caster.
Rolled 100, 10 = 110>>32071889
Rolled 11, 46 = 57>>32071889
Rolled 47, 91 = 138>>32071889
Rolled 43, 65 = 108>>32071889You think bugs sacrifice to the dice gods?
Rolled 64, 76 = 140>>32071889
>>32071913Nice.Mind, we want to capture it intact if possible.
Rolled 93, 82 = 175>>32071913Our noise is a dreadful thing.
>>32071889>>32071919I don't know, but they clearly love alien crustaceans.Writing.
>>32071746Hell yes.I wanted to hunt these infrasonic blind fuckers to study anyway! Also glad we can't contact the probe.
>>32072018We could harness them as pack animals too.Sure we're infinitely mutable bugs, but that doesn't mean we can't domesticate animals too. After all that's resources we don't have to spend.
Rolled 89, 81 = 170>>32072018I wouldn't say that just yet anon, unless the radio breaks the message is going to keep being sent. For all we know it's already been received.
>>32072055>using them as pack animals>not using them as winged mounts
>>32072055Domestication requires certain traits. That I suspect they lack entirely.Also how would we feed them. We'd have a net loss of nutrients. We do not require a diverse diet.
>>32072076That too, of course.
>>32071889The flying creatures shake in the air, swerving from side to side in a panic. The first one pulls off, leaping into the air as it barrel rolls across the sky in agony while the other lunges toward your position with a mighty burst of air from its jets. The cone shaped head splits open like a flower lined with teeth, and as it does your warrior places a bolt of chitin squarely in its mouth. The creature jerks upwards far too sharply and looses its lift, tumbling downwards towards your warrior. You swiftly roll to the side, letting loose another bolt into its wings as it thrashes about in an effort to get back into the air.The first one has finally doubled back after hearing the death cries of its partner, although its flight is still clearly impaired. Your warrior quickly places several bolts into a number of locations that you guess could hold a brain and eventually the wounded beast stops its thrashing, but you still have one more to deal with. It has already entered a dive towards you, more of a fall than an attack.Roll 1d100, best of 3
>>32072055Yes it does. Units require resources. Spending on non mindslave units is stupid.
Rolled 99>>32072144Here you go.>>32072151>>32072107I was thinking of running them in a slightly different way, where we subdue a a given nest/hive so that we can use them whenever we want but they mostly tend towards themselves.
>>32072057Nope. We tried and that's it. It's a foolish risk to keep taking as a favor to some xenos who will never hand over the tech secrets we covet.
>>32072144The creature slides across the mountain, scraping your warrior off as it falls off the cliff and back into the air, with the warrior in tow. You look around to try and get your bearings. The creature is snapping its mouth at your drone as it holds on for dear life, its claws sunken deep into its wing. The creature is gaining altitude, thrashing from side to side as it tries to shake your warrior off.>Keep shooting it>Attempt to force it back down>Other
Rolled 36>>32072212Anon, if they're aware of us then we'll come into contact with them. If we come into contact with them then the possibility of surreptitious acquisitions exist.Like our Speaker drone and the mini-bugs we planned for it to have. It'd be easy as pie to analyze their systems so long as their around for us to do so with.That is provided they're friendly with us, of course. That way we're not subject to ultra-intense scrutiny.
Rolled 10>>32072303>Attempt to force it back down>With chitin spikes
>>32070962No one noticing that the electriux fence is probably meant for us? That they're afraid of us now?That they suspect based on battle location it was we who killed the drones?
>>32072303Attempt to force it back down.
>>32072303>>Keep shooting it
>>32072303>Attempt to force it back downWE WILL RIDE THIS BEAST
>>32072332Its probably meant for all the horrible jungle fauna that killed several of their people before we met them.
>>32072303>Attempt to force it back down
>>32072332I thought it was for the jungle fauna and also the Unity drones.They didn't deploy before they detected the Unity...but they did afterwards.
>>32072303>attempt to force it back downPlease roll 1d100, best of 3>>32072057Space is big, depending on how far away the probe is it may take many hours for the signal to reach it, if it managed to get through to clouds that is.
Rolled 68>>32072435ROLLING FOR GREAT JUSTICE
Rolled 41>>32072435QUICK TIME EVENTS ARE BEST EVENTS
>>32072372But also for us. They're quite afraid and paranoid.
Rolled 71>>32072435Here we go!
>>32072484No, I don't see any reason to think they are afraid of us. They are pretty friendly to our speaker. Maybe they are afraid of whatever mysterious creature attacked and killed the drones though.
>>32072435Writing>>32072483could it be called a quick time event in a text based game? It isn't very quick after all.
>>32072484Is that why they gave us one of their IFF tags and let our Speaker live among them?They definitely have their...questions about us, given. Otherwise they wouldn't have been talking about asking Lee something.
>>32072484>But also for us. They're quite afraid and paranoidI'm pretty sure you're the only one who's afraid and paranoid bud. If they were would they really have let one of our drones into their camp and let us see everything they do? I don't think so, and if you put a little thought into it I don't think you will either.
>>32072484Maybe. Still it would be dumb for them not to set up a fence like that.
>>32072309They aren't stupid.Stealing from castaways.... We still have to scout for their life boats-- is probably the only chance of seeing them with their guard down.It's better if this world kills them and we remain in shadows until our ascension to the heavens.
>>32072525I'm pretty happy that this combat is going quick actually. It helps alot that we have at least 5 people paying good attention.
>>32072539On a semi-related note does anyone want to make our next Speaker unnecessarily horrifying?It might just be me but when the Commander let out a little shout of alarm when he saw our Speaker approach the meeting I was like "Now what if we did that all the time for no real reason."
>>32072519>>32072530They're watching us. Just as we're watching them.Did you even read the dialogue there? The dialog of suspicious people suspecting suspicions?
>>32072559This anon gets it. I'll admit that we decided to sort of help them a while ago, and decided to not kill them all a while further back. I wouldn't call for a re-vote unless our situation changes.
>>32072559Yeah they aren't stupid, but neither are we, and we can approach the issue from avenues that they wouldn't expect.
>>32072620>The dialog of suspicious people suspecting suspicions?you're not even making sense anymorecalm those shadowruns the fuck down, they're outta control
>>32072620Let them be suspicious. Wont make a difference. Not like we are dumb enough to get hit by the fence.
>>32072620And so? Of course they're watching us, just like we are them. They'd have to be stone-cold retarded not to. We've been nothing but friendly though, and they're not going to start hostilities if they can avoid it.
>>32072620We should put up radio jammers in a 200m spread around our land so that those birds can't spy on our queen.Hopefully our tinfoil mine gets done soon...
>>32072677What birds? The native fauna that are clearly non-sentient predators?
>>3207262 w have a good honest reason not to retransmit anymore at least.It attracts hostiles.
>>32072435Your worker stabs its claws deep into the creature's back, slicing into the firm, bone like wing. The creature lets out a burst of radio static as it enters a spin, and your warrior throws itself to the side, forcing the beast to turn into the dirt. As its belly grinds into the gravel and sand of the river's shore your warrior plunges its head into the ground, sheering off most of its jaw and flipping the beast to its back. Your warrior manages to leap from the crash and rolls to the side as it flops to the ground, dead. The few workers you have as a skeleton crew moves out to retrieve the bodies. Each one is quite large, but your workers will be able to manage the job by sundown.Your warrior takes up position between the antenna and the workers as they move the bodies of the strange beasts.>Keep the warrior posted by the antenna, and have it keep an eye out for signals>Bring the antenna into the hive (cannot broadcast or receive through the rock)
>>32072736>Keep the warrior posted by the antenna, and have it keep an eye out for signalsNeed to be on the look out for more robots
>>32072736>Keep the warrior posted by the antenna and have it keep an eye out for signalsSend another warrior or two with ranged weapons up there too though. Don't want to just have one.
>>32072736>Keep the warrior posted by the antenna, and have it keep an eye out for signalsMaybe having the thinkers study the asshole flying things would make for good radio improvement.
>>32072796We'll add it to the list I guess.
>>32072736>Keep the warrior posted by the antenna, and have it keep an eye out for signalsWould it be possible to boost the power of the antenna with a dedicated thinker?Also, is anyone imagining the Unity as the Unity from Sins of a Solar Empire?
>>32072777I think that one warrior is our last one anon.
>>32072736>>Keep the warrior posted by the antenna, and have it keep an eye out for signals
>>32072736Well as long as no voters are dumb enough to transmit anything later...Cuz next time it might be a robot hearing us.Guard it.
>>32072736>>Bring the antenna into the hive (cannot broadcast or receive through the rock)
>>32072736Can we upgrade that warrior with any resources?
>>32072813I got the feeling they were some sort of AI myself.>suspect server ship in system.Server ship implys AI
>>32072815Oh really? We made 2, at first right? with 2x Thorn Launchers/Sting things apiece?Did I miss a thread where we lost one?
>>32072852>>32072855In the fight with the drones.
>>32072852Yeah, I'm with anon. They're definitely AI, especially with the backstory Hive Drone provided.
>>32072875Aah, I thought that one just got its chest plate damaged. My bad.
>>32072881No. Really.I don't think this was ever even a question once the scientist doctor described them,
>>32072813A thinker would give a bonus to interpreting data using it, and it would be effected by an idle thinker's passive bonus, which is essentially the thinker micromanaging everything to be more efficient when it doesn't have anything to do, because it wants to be helpful.>>32072815one is escorting the survey team, the other is guarding the antenna, three more will hatch tomorrow, but you already made plenty of weapons to arm them.>>32072904Yes, he later ate the damaged plate to regrow it, he's all better now.>>32072848It has already been upgraded with metal in its carapace, making it much tougher than normal.
>>32072955Right, I forgot about the one who healed up.
>>32072736Your workers pull the corpses of the two creatures into your hive, you think it best not to eat them, but study them. At first glance it appears the creature has a natural ram jet as its method of propulsion, with the wings used only for lift and maneuvering. You add it to your list of things to study, and check on your survey team. They are returning to the hive, and have found signs of metal deposits in the river valley just to the north. You could build a mine immediatly if you wished, although drones would be vulnerable as they moved from the mine to your hive. Your diggers will hatch tomorrow, and should be able to dig a tunnel to the site within two days, if you so choose.>Build the mine on the surface>Dig a tunnel to the mine underground>Other
>>32072672I never said there was a problem.I am asserting they're afraid of us. Letting the Speaker remain ijs not contradictory to that.
>>32073049>Dig a tunnel to the mine undergroundFar safer this way. And it's not like we're in a rush on the metal thing.
>>32073049>Dig a tunnel to the mine underground
>>32073049>Dig a tunnel to the mine undergroundCan we check up on that research on local flora/fauna? We're running a nutrient deficit and I'd like to fix that.
>>32073049Can we do a detailed search for any underground dwelling creatures and or flora between here and the mine?Gotta be prepared
>Dig a tunnel to the mine underground
>>32073121Tomorrow, we hunt.Need to hatch some extra enhanced olfactory drones still to help with that.
>>32073049>Dig to the site and make the mine undergroundRoll 1d100, best of three for effectiveness and efficiency.Writing up for the next day.>>32073121Will be done next day...so now, actually.>>32073127The area in question is very rocky, you doubt a natural creature could live tunneling through that terrain, and if it did you suspect the soil would be much looser as a result.
Rolled 34Maybe we should do something about our food?>>32073216
>>32073235That's what the local flora/fauna research is for. We have a sufficient stash saved up so that we should be able to initiate further production before problems arise though.
>>32073235Once our thinkers are finished with our research i'm sure we might be able to do something about that or research something that might help with that.
>>32073235We should make some drones that filter the sea water into nutrients. We could set them up along the shore.
Rolled 40>>32073241The gods continue to bless us in our quest. We must not stray.
>>32073286We'd need to secure them first. I'd like to find a fungus that we can cultivate in cave-farms myself. We have nutrient-rich water to feed them with, after all. After that, any crop that we can use for agriculture is fine, even if it requires large farms in the mountain's vicinity.
>>32073286Mimic the ocean squatter?We'd have to then remove vast swathes of it to take over its niche.
Why didn't I think of it earlier? We could make diamond armor.
>>32073410Well, provided we find enough diamonds.
Rolled 56>>32073410Diamond isn't really that resistant to damage. Yeah, they don't get scratched, but you can smash them with hammers easy.
>>32073410why would we want diamond armor?
>>32073216As the sun sets you make note of the humans carving holes into the trunks of the mushroom trees. Commander Grey walks up to your speaker. "Were you able to get a response?" He asks."No." You say simply. He glances the ground for a moment before looking back to you."Well, thank's for the effort." He walks back to one of the mushroom trees and plunges a stick into the trunk, then another, until eventually there is a makeshift ladder. Through the night they take shifts, with some sleeping while others work or keep watch. You can hear something in the distance, a faint rumbling, but none of the humans seem to notice.Your thinkers announce they have completed work on the samples you have taken from the jungle. Most are strange weeds or wild creatures, but several interesting specimens were uncovered.The first is a small bush covered in what at first glance appears to be a kind of berry, however upon ripening the berries unfold into small, leathery bird like creatures and take flight. The small bird holds no digestive organs, but seems chemically attracted to other birds from other bushes. After finding a mate, the creature dies and becomes a seed for a new bush.The second is a bulbous fruit filled with a highly volatile substance that bursts when handled roughly or pierced. The seeds are small, sharp thorns embedded within that fly outwards like shrapnel when the fruit bursts. The fruit grows on a vine, apparently sucking nutrients directly from a host, and the seed seems to rapidly root itself in nearly anything it becomes embedded in.
>>32073439Diamonds also just turn into graphite if burned.
>>32073439>>32073453Not that Anon, but Minecraft Joke.
>>32073508The last is a small, thick algae that you have seen growing almost everywhere, regardless of sunlight. Your thinkers have found that the algae contains incredibly deep roots, going as far as six to seven feet into the soil. The roots are highly conductive, and respond to magnetic fields, while the soft mossy layer above ground is filled with nutrients in the form of tiny spores. The spores are perfectly non-toxic and edible, and when mixed with water become a thick nutrient rich paste. Your thinkers have come to the conclusion that the roots gain energy bu absorbing electrical currents in the ground, possibly caused by the same phenomenon that blocks the human's transmissions.All three could be made into an excellent crop, but each would need a very different environment. You will only be able to build the infrastructure of one, at least for now.
>>32073508>The seeds are small, sharp thorns embedded within that fly outwards like shrapnel when the fruit bursts. The fruit grows on a vine, apparently sucking nutrients directly from a host, and the seed seems to rapidly root itself in nearly anything it becomes embedded in.Ohhh, Bio-grenades. That could be interesting.
>>32073508>Natural grenadesSounds useful. We should grow some.
>>32073631We need to grow this last one, more nutrient generation.
>>32073631I like the electroalgae. It could also lead to research into bio-batteries and growing better conductive material, as well as communications shielding.
>>32073631Grow pomegrenades since they can double as weapons.
>>32073631>All three could be made into an excellent crop.>The seeds are small, sharp thorns embedded within that fly outwards like shrapnel when the fruit burst....sucking nutrients directly from a host.wut.Anyway, for the moment let's go for the algae. We can diversify our crops later.
>>32073631I like the last one.
>>32073631I like the algae.We can grow it underground just as well as above yeah? Electric phenomenon is everywhere?
>>32073631As a crop to grow for food, I like the last one. The second seems more weaponish. Especially if we can make bombs that can be dropped, possibly by something we evolve from the native flyers.
>>32073631>Mix the first two together>Enemy comes into our territory>Suddenly exploding shrapnel birds swarm them
>>32073631>Bush berries that can fly>paracitic vines>moss carpet that doesn't need sunlightSeems like the carpet will give us more food and be less of a pain to manage, especially if we can get it growing in three dimensions.
>>32073508>>32073631Props on your imagination, OP. You're good at this.
>>32073631Let's put the algae in a cave down where things can't get to it.
>>32073631Looks like the algae is the winner. You and your thinkers believe that you could hollow out a cavern to grow the substance in a few days>>32073674The fruits themselves are quite large and sweet, and it is clear that it has developed its seeds to prevent animals from trying to eat it.
Rolled 54>>32073761Get work started on it.
>>32073761The next day dawns, and with it your new drones.Warriors +3Diggers +3>resourcesNutrients: 204Metals: 5Your diggers immediately strike the stone of the hive wall, burrowing through it with ease. In two days they should reach the site of your soon-to-be mine, and by then the refinery drones will be ready and waiting. Your workers, meanwhile, start work on your new algae farm. With a quick survey from one of the diggers you find that the deeper you go, the more of a natural current exists. You quickly make plans for the farm, and your workers leap to the task.Your thinkers beam with pride, and wonder what their purpose should be now?Available research options>Lightning gunVery slow, potential of failure and destruction of sample device>Human environment suitVery Slow, a bulky looking, yet light weight suit composed of tightly woven fabric and small metallic plating covering the chest and forearms. The suit seems to react to injury to the user, and contains a number of devices the humans use to make up for their frail physical structure and sensitive biology. Study of this technology could offer insight into any number of research fields.>Human technology interfacingYou have determined that the small device you retrieved from the human camp is some kind of artificial data storage. Physically it is worthless, but if you were to spend the time to develop a way to interface your thinkers with it the data within may prove well worth the effort.>Unity Drone salvageThe physical components of the drone are quite interesting. Opening it up and taking a closer look would give you a much better idea of how the device works (grants small bonus against Unity drones, and unlocks weapon, armor, and propulsion research options)>Flyer dissectionThe strange flying predator uses a form of natural jet propulsion, and seems to hunt by using a natural radar system. Dissecting it could prove quite useful in understanding how these creatures function.
Contact with Guild when?>>32073919>Flyer dissectionWe shall rule the skies!
>>32073919Half work on the lightning gun, half on the flyer.
>>32073919I'll put my vote for either>Lightning Gunor>Human Environment Suitor>Unity Drone SalvageWe need something to level the playing field in terms of arms.
>>32073754Thank's>>32073938Heh. Well you need to get to space first.
>>32073919>Unity drone salvage
>>32073919>Human technology interfacingIt might help us make contact with their probe in space.
>>32073955I'm this anon, not voting, just explaining my position.In the fight with the Unity drones, our Thorn Launchers only dented armor and we only took them down from shots to unarmored parts. And I'm thinking those aren't even the worst that may come. Chitin won't really cut it, the way I see it.
>>32073919The vote appears to be for the Flyer. You have two thinkers working on Unity tech interfacing, and you have three thinkers available to research, would you like all three to work on Flyer research, or split them up? If so, how?
>>320740402 on Flyer1 on Human Tech interface
>>32074040Two flyer, and one lightning gun?
>>32073919>>Unity Drone salvage
>>32073919Human technology interfacing.Hope it's a star map or something.
>>32074040How long will the flyer take?
>>32074070This gets my vote.
>>32074040Two on the fliers, the third helps with the unity interface.
>>32074040Just put them all on the Flyer, there's no reason to further sub-divide our researchers.
>>32074108Why would you sub-divide the already divided researchers? That one Thinker alone ain't gonna get much done.
>>32074134We might as well get started. The interface doesn't have a risk of blowing up in our face, which is why I didn't choose lightning gun, and the Flyer should be relatively quick.
>>32074040Vote seems to be 2 thinkers to study the flyer, and one for Human tech interfacing>>32074038Actually you did a lore more damage than the lighting gun did to them. That much you can tell from watching them fight. Different armor will respond better or worse to different weapons.>>32074098Two or three days. I actually roll for each day to give it a little bit of variation, with crits being instant research and crit fails being either totally stumped for the day, or damaging the sample. I try to keep the crunch behind the curtain though.>>32074084My god, it's full of stars
At least we got Infrastructure going before elliptic orbit based global summer hit.How short are the years of this world from when Thinker scxaned it?
>>32074198Plamsa based weapons are pretty weak in atmospheric conditions.
>>32074200You estimate the year to last nearly four hundred days, with each day lasting roughly 27 hours. You estimate that it will get much, much hotter before the end of summer, although you don't have a precedent to use to predict with any accuracy. Because most of the year is spent moving away or coming close to the star, most of the year is spent in winter, although the atmosphere keeps in a lot of the heat, so you doubt it will ever be extremely cold.
>>32074198As the day moves on you suspect you may actually have a quiet and uneventful moment. You can hear the distant calls of the flyers as they screech at the ground on the southern side of the jungle, likely tormenting some herd of creatures, and the humans are making good progress on their camp site, although the distant rumbling has become slightly louder, as if something is demolishing the jungle. Even still, things remain relatively peaceful as your speaker listens to the hum of the fence's electric current. You have noticed the ground moving ever so slightly as small creatures writhe in the current, with several decent sized worms coiling themselves long roots and branches that have come in contact with the fence. A few even try to get at the source, but are quickly fried for their trouble. Your speaker makes a meal out of the ones that had proven themselves just a little too brave.
>>32074362We should offer the humans refuge in our hive. We can feed them, hopefully.
>>32074362Again, the distant rumbling can be heard deep within the jungle, this time it looks like some of the humans hear it, although they seem to dismiss it as simple ambiance.Suddenly you feel your antenna's sudden fright as it is startled by an unexpected signal."Sig..eak...ease repeat las.....attle group Texas re........say again."Well maybe tomorrow can be boring. The human commander will want to hear this, but do you want him to know?>[Y]>[N]
>>32074362Man,Guess we should send a foraging party that also scouts that rumbling.
>>32074455>[Y]No real reason not to tell him.
>>32074455Yes. Tell him about the signal. Including repeating exactly what we heard.But warn that the hive is not entirely sure if it's the Unit pretending, or actual human aid.
>>32074455writing>>32074484>>32074492>>32074498Still want to give the options though.
>>32074436No.>>32074455N do not tell.
>>32074455>[Y]I mean we already decided to talk to them about the radio. Might as well.
>>32074455No.Can ANYONE give a good reason to?
>>32074455We really need to send a few workers to investigate that rumbling, just incase it could mean danger.
>>32074498There is if we prefer them not to make contact and take their tech away.
>>32074556>>32074539We need to scout that noise>>32074436No. I'm going with working with the humans to a limited degree since thats what we voted, but inciting them in is way too far.
>>32074556yes, they requested this information, it's a sign of goodwill between our two groups, and it unifies us against the drones that keep coming down to attack us
>>32074539One stupid decision doesn't justify others.
>>32074604>attack usnot anon, but at no time did the drones attack us where they weren't directly provoked by us. We ambushed them when one of the drones was heading towards our queen our of paranoia.I actually wanted to keep out of it, I didn't think the drones would bother us.
>>32074592They've proven to be non-aggressive to us. After all, they're pretty much first contact/pre-colonist guys. They have no reason to hurt us.At the very least we could give them some food to keep them alive. Having people who can vouch for us being intelligent and not an all consuming blight is really useful.>>32074652This is very true. I think we've been running off the hope the controller of the drones will think the local fauna got them.
>>32074604Typical diplomancer delusions.Unification is not happening.
>>32074652After attacking the humans they started searching the area and came close to our hive. Believing they would attack is was reasonable, as was launching a pre-emptive strike.>>32074692What are you even talking about? Are you that shadowruns guy? Don't you have a tinfoil hat to wear or something?
>>32074684Who cares?We can establish sentience ourselves by TALKING.We can be nice to people at the next First Contact.It isn't usefulk at all.
>>32074684Giving them food is alright, but we can't let them in for numerous reasons, including us having the tech remains of one of their people>>32074720I don't think it was reasonable. They are there to kill the humans, not target the locals.
>>32074523Your speaker jerks to attention, a small electricity-eating worm hanging from its mandibles. It quickly finished its meal and looks for the human commander, who is sitting on a small rock manipulating a device on his arm."The hive has heard something."Trevor looks to you, eyes wide. "You mean a signal, from space?" You nod."That's perfect! What did they say."You do your best to interpret the signal. "It asked to repeat, and spoke of a texas.""That would be the name of the fleet assigned to the frontier expan...ah I mean, well its the name of the group of humans that patrol this region. If they got the warning then they should send a small fleet to clear out any other Unity in your system and then pick us up. How do you send the transmission, if we could use what we have to try and boost the signal we could get a clear transmission.An interesting proposal at the very least. You are unsure if such a thing would be possible, and you are even less sure why he would think so, but you and your thinkers agree that there is a slight possibility of such a thing working.>[Y]>[N]Diplomacy seems more intense than dealing with an invasion, my goodness.
>>32074793Are you a Unity Drone? How do you know what they're here for?
>>32074797>[N]Just tell them it isn't possible
>>32074797No. It is as good as it gets.
>>32074797>[Y]We might be able to analyze some of their tech if they hook up to our relay thing.
>>32074797NO.I swear you guys better not break our secrecy for durr diplomacy with the ever expanding space Confederacy.
>>32074797At this point we have not lied to them. Everything that they have assumed about us that is wrong can be thrown to miss-communication pretty easily, I say we continue down this path. Lets say >[N]And if they ask why we come up with some easily misunderstood reason.
>>32074797>[N]War is easy, just shoot the other guy.Diplomacy means getting to know him.
>>32074788They'd already know we're sentient.But we'd need to prove we're both sapient, and can show empathy for them. A giant chittering bug thing is not the definition of empathy and caring for anything but the next meal.Having someone who can say 'oh yeah these guys are bros' is a worth-while thing to have.>>32074797>[Y]
>>32074829Well they shot down the humans and scanned us before moving on to kill more humans. If you can think of a reason of why they would kill us other then 'just because'...We are doing a good job of blending in as locals so far.
Rolled 31>>32074797>>[N]Fuck that, we got other priorities.
>>32074902What are we hiding that will be revealed by this decision? Our relay drone is simply an organic drone adapted to allow us to pick up odd signals. Nothing is being revealed that they don't already know or suspect.
>>32074498Yes. There is.He asks awkward questions like this one.Nobody gains from this information sugaring. At all.
>>32074951Look anon, the human ship is here, It is going to find them anyway. There is absolutely no need to let the humans see our tech just to appease their impatience.
>>32074966>We are doing a good job of blending in as locals so far.>As giant insects on a world where just about all the lifeforms are fungus.Those shadowruns are affecting your brain man. You gotta stop. It's not healthy!
>>32074720We are rock smashers not potential allies. A duhhhh.
>>32074797"Not possible." Your speaker chitters quickly."Of course, sorry I mentioned it..." He turns to go back to his apparatus, but seems to remember something and asks. "Oh, and you wouldn't happen to have seen those drones recently?"You shake your head."Ah, yea. We found some remains few days ago, but it looked like there was only enough wreckage for two, I was worried the other might still be around. This planet has some big predators though, I'm sure one of them ate it or something." He smiles, and turns back to his device.
>>32075023>What are giant centipedes>What are those flyers
>>32074652They shot first. At the worker who was just running around to distract them. Before we sprung the ambush. They're hostile.
>>32074988They don't know or suspect we can create drones for specific purposes like that. All they know is that we are bug people on a planet with fungus and bugs. Seeing an organic radio is a big step up from that.
>>32074951Nonsense.If they are really the benign federation they claim to be they will talk it out first.If they arent , do you still want them for allies?Also we as rock smashers are not ally material.
>>32075071>Directly giving examples of creatures that are not fungus.If you can't figure out that I'm saying we blend in I don't know what to tell you anon.
>>32075098Except, Lee saw us lay the Speaker's egg, and then a drone with a humanish mouth popped out. If he mentioned that fact at any point, they can probably guess we're a weird species.
>>32075123those flying things were fungusthey turned from weird fruit things into fungus
>>32072653Read the dialog anon.They are talking about us before we interrupted. Talking about suspicions.And now Mr smiles and lies is throwing our lies and secrets in our face too.
>>32075120>If they arent , do you still want them for allies?If they aren't they will want to study us and maybe kill us. If they are then they will want to study us.We don't want them studying us and finding out that we have explosive growth potential.
>>32075141No. We don't know where the flying ray things come from. We haven't analyzed them yet. You're thinking one of the fruits.
>>32075034"Message repeats. Signal weak, repeat la..... Battle group Texas responding to distress... Fleet E.... thirty hour...lease say again." You can hear the signal again, this time much more clearly. The source seems to have become closer, and the signal much more directed, when suddenly it stops. In its wake you sense a wave of static. Raw radiation has if the system had a second star for a brief moment, and then nothing.
Rolled 71>>32075165That's not strictly correct. From what learned of their diplomatic policies: [QUOTE]"Ok people, it's illegal to be here. Class zero on the scale, we should notify Parliament once we get off this place. If we get a charter we might be able to trade for herbs or something but until then no more talking. Contact with stone-age cultures is strictly illegal."[/QUOTE] You generally don't want to trade with the same people that you are dissecting and studying.
>>32075178Well then. Fuck the humans and fuck us too I'll bet.
>>32075178Awwwww shit dey dun gon get blowed up
>>32075134Weird, but not the universe consuming race that we have to potential to become. They probably expect to come across plenty of weird species, and their commander didn't seem too impressed if you remember.
Rolled 58>>32075192Shit, why did I use quote function there instead of >>>32075178Welp, here we go
Rolled 92>>32075149Those shadowruns have wormed their way too far into your brain. Not only do your posts have no relation to what's happening in the quest, they're barely understandable. Please go to bed. I'm sure it's been a long day.
>>32075209Exactly, so why is the idea that we'd have a drone specifically for picking up, what is to us, weird noises that tingle our normal drone's senses.
>>32075192Thats the whole thing though, if they see our drones/devices doing things we shouldn't be able to do we would get bumped up on their scale.
>>32075172We aren't similar to the flying creatures. We're only MAYBE similar to the centipedes. It doesn't even matter, like >>32075076 pointed out, they attacked us first. They're hostile. The humans aren't. End of story.
>>32075192Your speaker walks back to its comfortable little corner of mossy algae, almost tripping over a thrashing worm that bursts from the ground as it thrashes after the electric fence. The apparent destruction of the human probe is concerning, but you feel you should focus on more direct issues at the moment.The distant rumbling that periodically echoes from deep within the jungle, and is getting closer. You have thought about sending a small scouting party. What kind and how many drones do you wish to send? If any.
Rolled 61>>32075247If we get bumped up their scale, then they are recognizing us as a species of higher intelligence than before. That's going to decrease the probability of wanton dissection. Regardless, we would probably do well to have a discuss with Lee about how their hives handles interaction with other hives.
>>32075192stone age is class zero
Rolled 100>>32075280Yes to scouting party, I would send 2 of the newly hatched warriors and few spare workers.
>>32075247Thing is, the flyers, which are native to this world, also can pick up, and are affected by, radio waves. >>32075272The hell are you talking about? I was just saying that we don't know what the Ray things are based on. I've said nothing about anything else you're raging about. In fact, if I understand your last couple of points, I actually agree that the Unity Probes were probably hostile. Calm down man.
>>32075280Send 1 (or more) warrior(s), and 3 workers.
>>32075280I'd just send a couple of workers for now. If we need to respond to it somehow, we can once we know what it is.
>>32075312Then who the fuck keeps arguing that we should completely cut off contact with the humans and pretend to be a local species so the drones don't attack us? Get out here and fight me.
>>32075280Send a few drones and one warrior. We don't have much to spare.
>>32075280>Send one warrior and three workers>Send two warriors>Send five workersYou currently have 5 warriors and 17 workers.
>>32075369We need to make more workers, then.1 warrior and 3 workers will do.
>>32075280I'm starting to think we should lay a batch of tiny transmit only spy bugs from that idea earlier.Want to hear what humans are saying about us now.
>>32075344Alright, I think your not getting what I've been trying to say or maybe I'm just shitty at saying it.I'm not saying we should cut contact, Just that we shouldn't let them see our new stuff. And I was also saying we blend in as a local species and the drones were just there for the humans. Not that we should dedicate ourselves to acting local or something.
>>32075369>Send one warrior and three workers
>>32075369One warrior, 3 workers
>>32075369>Send one warrior and three workersThis will work.
>>32075369>Send one warrior and three workersThe workers are easier to replace.Also, I don't think anyone is suggesting that we side with the drones, it's all about to what degree we side with the humans.
>>32075392KI agree we should keep some capabilities secretI disagree that we blend in as a local species, these humans just aren't trained to recognize it. Plus they're fucking dumb. The drones aren't just here for the humans, they attacked our worker on sight. That wouldn't have happened if we blended in or if they were here just for humans.
>>32075229Well yes it has. But that's unrelated. I'm perfectly lucid. How do you not see the basic facts I pointed out, or the inferences from them?
>>32075369>Send one warrior and three workersWriting, roll 1d100 for sneaking and recon.
Rolled 49>>32075470Here we go!
>>32075447you're ah, mistaking hallucinations born from sleep deprivation as basic facts. You really should retire for the night. For your own health.
>>32075438Yeah, admittedly when I was pressing that the drones weren't our problem it was before someone reminded that they shot first. Still don't think they would go out of their way to kill us though.
>>32075447Not that anon, but can you please post the basic facts, all I've seen, possibly because of all the other fucking arguments, are your inferences.
Rolled 49>>32075428I am not sure what people are arguing anymore, but a suggestion. We should not shelter the humans in our hives as I saw suggested earlier in one of the posts. It's basically a cost-benefit analysis. We gain very little from providing shelter to humans (we already helped them quite a bit). At the same time, we risk a much higher chance of unions attacks if we shelter humans.
>>32075447I'll be honest with you.You're idiot not because you're wrong but because you never quoted the dialogue.>"Has Lee said anything?">"Do you think he would notice anything?">"Don't know, but he seems to be the closest to- Ah!"There I did your argument for you.
>>32075470Your drones move out, circling around the human camp and making their way through the jungle towards the strange rumbling, which has become more and more constant. Eventually the rumbling begins to shake the fungi trees, sending the strange not-quite-animal creatures scurrying from their parent plants and into the sky, although you note many of the ground based creatures are heading in the same direction, towards the human camp....Eventually your drones come upon what sounds like a giant tearing the jungle apart, and a massive creature bursts forth, nearly trampling your workers. On each side, and behind it are many more like it, and even more smaller creatures. It's has if the entire jungle was converging on one location in a blind rampage. What has gotten into them?Your speaker hears a loud, satisfying zap as another worm is fried in its attempt to coil around one of the fence's posts. These worms are pretty good, actually.I think that will be it for today, leaves us something to look forward to. Will be staying till we 404 as usual for questions, feedback, complaints and the like.
>>32075178So is it a pretty sure thing that the rescue ship got blown up?>"Message repeats. Signal weak, repeat la..... Battle group Texas responding to distress... Fleet E.... thirty hour...lease say again."And is he saying a rescue fleet is 30 hours away?
>>32075651Good news for the humans, the probe claimed it was automated. It likely contained a communication relay of some sort.>rescue fleetPerhaps, although now that the probe is gone there is no way of contacting them until they get to the system, if they get here.
>>32075649Don't tell me we're in that place.We their fucking sentries.
>>32075712Never watched valley of the winds, what are those things exactly?
>>32075649Honestly, the main reason I am supporting the humans is>Good relationship points with first contact>Gets us out of being bombarded by the first thing to spot us later on>Gets the humans off our planet>Lets us live in peace without needing to murdalize them and cause other people to come here>Human's friends will clear the Unity from the area, who appear to be dicksOh, and alsoWe need to tell the humans to turn off that fence.Like, now.Seriously, it's basically a giant dinner bell.
>>32075649> nearly trampling your workersInteresting. They didn't trample us. I'm guessing if this is some sort of vegence of nature thing then we are safeish.
>>32075746what if it's super powerful and shocks the stampede to death?
>>32075712Best pic I could find to convey the scene.Alien deserts? millions of pics, big evergreen forests? plenty. Giant insect filled fungus planet? All I could find was star wars, high fantasy, and Valley of the Wind pictures, but I won't let that limit how weird a planet can get.>>32075745In the movie they are called Ohm, and are giant bug things that live in a toxic jungle. I actually only realized the similarity in this thread, and was hunting for some good pics between posts. Any more detail would be spoiler territory, and it's a good film so I won't say.
>>32075746Do we know the fence is calling them? I agree we need to tell the humans to move though.
>>32075745The guardians of the forest. You serious don't want to fuck them.
>>32075793Because of all the hints, mostly>Worms keep rolling right into the fence>Stampede was distant at first, much closer now>Tons of animals in a blind rageIf nothing else, at least tell them to turn off the fence for a bit to see if they stop. I'd rather they didn't get stomped to death with their extraction so close.
>>32075780>>32075784>>32075793The sun is very faint in the sky, making photosynthesis a poor food source. You know for a fact that the algae feeds on electricity, and The giant centipede things can sense electrical fields
>>32075800>fuck them.* fuck with themAnd that is a sign I need to sleep.
>>32075841or we could let them be stomped to deathand loot all their shit
>>32075845So that is a definite 'yes, turn off the electric fence now, unless you want death by giant feed'On the other hand, this makes hunting (in the future, anyway) much easier.
>>32075870Eh, extraction's too close. We got plenty of tech out of them so far, letting them die here, and have that big ship roll in doesn't strike me as a good idea.I just want em off my planet, yo.
>>32075845Oh right. So logically, there could easily be other creatures on this planet that feed off Electricity, natural or otherwise.
>>32075891I would vote to let them die just because I'm convinced they would not leave us alone once they get off our planet, and unlike most everyone else it seems I want to stay a secret until we have some power.
>>32075643Yeah it is an unfortunate consequence of not having access to a real computer instead of this stupid tablet so I can't easily copy paste.
>>32075845Ever seen this before?>www.orionsarm.com
>>32075948What makes you think that?It's not like we're the first alien they've ever seen. Hell, it seemed like those guys don't really give a fuck about us, and even have laws against interfering with new life on worlds.
>>32075948Except, their laws state they have to leave us alone.
>>32075891And I'm sure they want to leave too. Everything is poison, everything wants to eat them, it's hot, humid, dark, always rainy, and they can't even tell if stuff is a plant or an animal.The last part is actually rather common. Earth live evolved into plants and animals, but there was theoretically nothing stopping the development of three or more such categories, or having only one category that shifts between them all the time.>>32075894Yup, and that fence has one hell of a jolt.>>32075953I know this feel. Especially when scrolling on my phone and I click reply by accident. My thumb is too large to cancel it without zooming in, it's awful.>>32075961No, but it looks cool and I will read through it as soon as I can.
>>32075993I don't believe public policies encompass secret ones.Odds are their government has secret research components that the notes about this first contact would draw attention from.
>>32075993>>32076006I guess I was thinking that because I got paranoid and we are always talking about what would happen if they learnt how smart we really are.
>>32076013I figured as much, that's why I want to help them off our world.The way I see it, helping them will most likely>Cause them to quarantine our planet (As both a dangerous wild planet, and also a developing world not to be interfered with by their government)This not only means they don't mess with us, BUT they might even actively protect us from Unity drones, and pirates n' shit.I highly doubt they're gonna be eager to dissect everything planetside. This place sucks ass. And we even helped them/were friendly enough that they wouldn't WANT to push for anything like that.Oh also, good job on the crazy flora/fauna stuff man. It's really interesting I love it.I wish I was half as good at wildlife n' shit with my writing.
>>32076053So they might have observation drones? Maybe. But I doubt it'd be more than that. And all that means is we'd need to develop a way to hide from radar. Or hell, just not do anything above ground (I highly doubt they'd invest in a radar expensive enough to detect below layers upon layers of rock) when we can literally build our entire empire underground, yeah?Don't worry yourself, mate, they aren't gonna find nothing, as long as we keep our nose clean (and our asses underground)
>>32075891We most certainly did not.We got a gun suit and ONE disk.They have a lot more. Like power generators.
>>32076113Black research departments don't stop at observation.
>>32076064Thanks, that means a lot, although I must admit the big exploding fruit were totally ripped from Metroid Prime, I just stuffed shrapnel seeds in them, which, by the way, do not naturally have the piercing power to get through standard combat armor. Your warrior could shrug it off, although it might give one of the humans a rather bad day. They are in survival suits, not armor.
>>32076120They do have a lot more, but we still got a good sample for first contact.>Power GeneratorsYou mean the one that almost killed them all?Nah, we can do better. Probably organic designs, but you know.
>>32076152Alright anon, I admitted I was being paranoid, you take a step back and do the same.Even if they do have some kind of off the records thing going on we should have the planet under our control by the time they get anything over here and set up.
>>32076170Nah no problem. It fits the strange world pretty well. All of it delicious.Happy we finally got a farm too.>>32076152Like I said, I doubt they're going to invest that much in a dinky world like ours, with a few 'stone age' level critters, just because we figured out how to talk to humans.
>>32075845Oh right duhhhh. That electro moss did finally answer my question about the food chain's ultimate energy source. Why didn't I notice?
>>32075746You know what's better than humnans taking their toys and leaving?Them dying and leaving us toys to play with.
One week. In one week the justice of the moss people will fall on the heads of all humans. They will be taken from our world by the will of the moss so that we may prosper.Worm is love.Worm is life.All hail Worm.
>>32076231Yeah, but all that really gives us is a few extra research topics (their base was mostly destroyed, remember) that would still take forever to learn, at the expense of having the human's big ass ship arrive and go "How the hell did all this happen" and only have us to answer them.Much better to kick the humans off world, and play with the toys we got already, and expand and grow.Tech is good, but if you have no economy, or military, it's not much good.
>>32076231Actually I think they need to abandon it after all it is getting them killed.
>>32076279Hm. That's a good point.If they listen to us, maybe we'll get to discover electricity next.
>>32076172This is our one big opportunity to learn.They will clam up and never share voluntarily because stone smashers. Only shot here.
>>32076279They'll just shut it off and pack it.
>>32076310I still save immediate safety and securing our homeland is a better option then jumping on possible tech that'd take a long time to research, yo.But that's my opinion.
>>32076273You are also rather advanced too, just in different ways. You don't know how to build a space suit because you can just make a drone that's vacuum sealed, you don't need to build a nuclear reactor because you can just make a giant organic stomach that does the same thing. I tried to give everyone different solutions to the same problem, so for every alien race there is a different answer to space flight, weapons, ect. That's one of the reasons you were able to take down three flying drones with energy weapons using two warriors with projectile weapons. They were adapted to fighting a different tech.They will learn
>>32076273Some are forever. Some aren't, like tech interfacing.Just don't want to miss a rare opportunity. For the long term tech tree potential.
>>32076347Which I think is awesome and that people seem to keep forgetting. We are not some pathetic creatures without access to tech, we just need infrastructure to utilize it.
>>32076336Their deaths do not make the homeland less secure. Only help us.
>>32076347I thought as much. Half of our tech limitations seemed to be 'imagination!' too, which is nice.Not that we really need nuclear reactors, at the moment. But the time will come, I suppose.I wonder if the Unity is A.I. or something, as a side note. They seemed oddly hostile, and I remember someone saying the humans 'created' them>>32076370Yeah, I can appreciate that.I wouldn't mind getting that tech, if something bad happened to the humans, but I'd just prefer to get them off world safely. I am really hoping it'd basically make our world off limits while we take it over.Would be sweet.
>>32076347A giant stomach that does nuclear fusion?
>>32076397It's not their deaths in particular, it's everything that's happened so far, and then their deaths.>Signal goes out>Comes in>Unity tried to kill our dudes, what dicks>Wait what's this? New species? Well there's no data, so we better analyze.As opposed to>Oh you have that species analyzed?>Yep, stone smashes man. They are radio sensitive tho>Okay, cool. Locking down system, as is standard for emerging species.
>>32076334They can try but it will slow them down and make them vulnerable to predators.>>32076397It attracts attention. Something we want to avoid.
>>32076413Wonder?Dude it was the most oibvious thing since the moment they were called a mistake. So oibvious it didn't merit commenting on.
>>32076468Ha, I suppose it is heavily hinted on. I just try to not make assumptions, is all.
>>32075961Looking through this site and it looks really nice. Most of the time spent between threads has actually been spent world building, it's always been a favored pastime of mine. I have always been the kind of guy that asks "Why is the dragon sitting in the room?">>32076425Well, maybe not exactly, but you get my point. Other races would put fuel in their ships, you would "feed" it just like a really big drone.>>32076413I would love to tell you, and I will when you finish Unity research.
Oh can we do drone design and laying at ends of threads?So it doesn't sloiw down action?I want a super olfactory worker.
>>32076551Sure, It's probably the best place for brainstorming new designs.
>>32076576Alright then I had an ideaRather, I had an idea I stoleYou ever see 'Aliens', QuestDrone?
>>32076593It and the film before it are two of my favorite films of all time, and I refuse to acknowledge that any others were made.In fact, if it has space bugs in it, I am probably a fan of it, and if I haven't seen it I would like to.
>>32076576http://www.avpgalaxy.net/games/avp-extinction/aliens/See this for what I am referencing I know it wasn't that good a game, but I loved it as a kid.What do you think of:>A 'Scouting specialist' drone, built for extreme speed, and maneuverability, can fly, and run faster then most land creatures are able. Claws possibly poisoned to allow for hit and run, if the thing is ever attacked. If killed, it's exoskeleton collapses, and explodes like a grenade, releasing shrapnel into all nearby foes. Venom in it's claws, if used, would also allow for tracking done by a tracker drone (or simply put superior oilfactory receptors in this model. (Based off 'Runner')>'Improved' Warrior: Possible additions to the warrior model, or special models. Make it's blood acidic upon death, and causing it to explode and spray all nearby foes (our units are always resistant to whatever acid they have). Improved carapace resilience too, to allow Warriors to function even when severely damaged and still prove a threat. (Based on (duh) Warrior)>Heavy Hitter 'Terror' Drone: (A fusion of Predalien and Ravager) comes equipped with massive scythe arms designed to carve through armor, and flesh (four arms possibly?) and be terrifying to organic beings as well. Carapace is heavily reinforced (slow as hell) but if sufficiently damaged, can take time to regenerate it's health (either by eating foes, feasting on nutrients, or simply going dormant for a time in the field, whichever is most possible). Hyper evolutionary carapace means it slowly, after every battle, grows tougher and harder to kill.One quick question, will we ever gain creep/hive nodes/obligatory floor covering substance bugs get in movies because shut up?Cuz I kinda really like that shit. Cliche or no.
>>32076652>www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxzWhxxbXSAPresent for you.
>>32076828I loved that game so much, I wish it had a skirmish mode.While I would love to make you guys the 'Perfect' organism, it would be just slightly OP. I'm a "yes, but" guy, so I'm cool with a lot of these ideas, and in fact the chemical forge will actually explode upon death since the forge is under pressure with highly volatile chemicals, and the speaker will dissolve itself on death, although in a less violent manner. Your drones, however, would be vulnerable to the explosions of a dying drone if they were within range.And the organic infrastructure you just finished? That's the gooey wall stuff. I would never forget that.
>>32076833I love that game. There are few things more entertaining than playing as an invisible alien rhino, although skulks are loads of fun too.
>>32076918You too? Man I thought I was the only one to play it.Glad to meet someone else then heh.>Don't want us to be the perfect organismYeah...a lot of the ideas do sound dangerously good...Well, maybe it's a end game hope maybe? I really want to have something like the Ravager around at one point. That fucker was amazing.>Infrastructure IS the goo!Awww shit our cave just got way cooler in my head. How did I forget about that.
>>32076943The guy who made the video is one of the creators of the game I suggest watching his videos if you haven't yet.Also can we create some NotFades
>>32077017Yea, I was in the beta with some friends. It's a damn fine game. Fades, you mean the teleporting dudes? Hmm... well that would need a very, VERY small FTL drive. As it is your FTL is very large, and takes a while to charge up before jumping. It would be rather tricky to put them on a land based drone, and very dangerous even if it worked, since jump calculations are made much more difficult by gravity. A micro-jump on a planet's surface would have a very high chance of ending up inside a wall, or in orbit. Cloaking, however is another story, and would be possible, but very difficult to develop.>>32076981End game I could see all sorts of things being used. As for a flying scout drone, that would be rather easy to design. A drone with wings and enhanced senses, but it would be small, frail, and have poor damage potential. Essentially a "sniffer" drone. A combat oriented flying drone, however, would be able to use its speed to put more force behind its attacks, giving it much more of a punch than its small size would imply, while you would be able to graft small weapons like Sting casters, or any reverse engineered weapons that you miniaturize enough for it to carry.
>>32077157Interesting. I like the idea of having flying sniffers, and hit and run style flyers, I am also interesting in more variety in weapons...What do we need to research to develop poisons, acids, diseases, etc?
>>32077157>Fades, you mean the teleporting dudes?They don't teleport.>wiki.unknownworlds.com/ns2/Blink#Blink
Hey QD, I'm curious. Is this your first quest, you've run? If so your doing a damn good job.
>>32077220You already have acid, which is currently used in the chemical forge. A chemical forge drone can vomit up the volatile chemicals when in danger, causing massive burning damage to anything it touches. Poisons and toxins are all around you, in the air, the water, the soil, (especially the ocean) so you just need to study a specific toxin enough to develop a drone that is immune to use it in combat. Same with diseases, although you would need to study the biology of the target race to develop it properly.>>32077245Ah, my bad, although it does seem to use FTL tech, so if you used your own FTL tech you would have the same problem of ending up inside walls or flinging yourself into orbit half the time, while the Human's FTL is incredibly volatile and would probably just end up making another black hole where the drone was standing.Cloaking is a go, though. It's just a while down the tech tree.>>32077253Thanks, and yea, first quest I ever ran.
>>32077407>Chemical forges already use itNeat. It'd be a perfect secondary weapon, I think. For pretty much all our forces, if it's not terribly expensive. I'd be interested in developing higher and higher level acids too, if we can.>Diseases and toxins all around youOh, right. Did we pick up any from studying the fauna?Or do we need biology for that first?
>>32077442You will need to study a toxin specifically to weaponize it. That kind of work is a lot more complex than farming.As for the chemical forge, it comes with a few drawbacks. Its volatile nature means that the drone explodes upon death or extensive damage, and the forge itself along with the necessary adaptations to contain the chemicals means the drone is very large and cumbersome. It is also quite expensive, although it makes up for that by providing much needed metal alloys.