It has been nearly a week since the humans left your world, and you have enjoyed the peace and quiet their departure has brought. The Unity intelligence known as Theseus has spent the time “reflecting” as he calls it, on past events and mistakes in order to improve himself. He has offered to assist in your research, although you have declined his offer so far due to his claim that such mental activity will cause his available memory to fill up and effectively kill him, although he seems to find this an acceptable use of his existence. His unique perspective would offer a fresh take on your research efforts, and would likely speed up any research project you ask him to assist with.Your diggers have made much headway in their mine. Their enhanced senses let them home in on pockets of ore instinctively, and as a result your new refinery is having trouble processing the sudden income of metals.Your workers have completed construction of the algae farm. Five of the workers will be needed to maintain and harvest the precious nutrients, but it should provide more than enough food for your hive for now.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
>>32513626>Current armory3 Thorn Launchers2 Sting Casters>Current resource reservesNutrients: 386Metals: 325>Hive population and upkeep cost Queen – 5Worker (17) – 34Warrior (5) – 20Thinker (6) – 18Speaker – 3Digger (3) – 12Refinery – 7Sniffer (2) – 8Nutrient costs: 107>IncomeNutrients: 550Net: 443Hive Structure>Reservoir>General storage>Food storage>Laboratory>Infrastructure> Mine: +75 M per day (+25 M per digger)>Algae Farm: +500 N per day (1 worker per 100 N)New Construction Options>Throne room – dug in and fortified position at the heart of the hive made to withstand all but the most dedicated of attacks to protect you and your eggs. Has the added benefit of being both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. 175M (Provides increased fortification and can withstand typical known bombardment technology.)>Advanced Laboratory – New technology and hardware has revealed the need for more advanced testing apparatus and containment devices which will permit more dangerous testing and more advanced research projects. 60N 85M (Permits the construction of prototype weapons and armor, as well as the testing of said prototypes and accelerating research time.)>Hangar facilities – the much needed landing and storage facilities for air and space craft. Has room for twenty aerodynamic drones and landing space for ten shuttles.
>>32513650Research finished 1/2>Unity Salvage 2/5 – Disassembly of the Unity drone has provided great insight into its operation. The drone itself is a very rudimentary intelligence that blindly obeys commands from its deploying ship in a manner not unlike your own thinkers. These commands can be interpreted poorly or with unexpected results if the drone encounters anything not detailed in its instructions, and will often react to such unforeseen events in a violent manner. The drone contains a number of powerful technology that should keep your thinkers busy for quite a while.>Human Environment suit 2/5 – The human environment suit appears to contain several layers. Unfortunately these layers have been heavily damaged from the previous user’s violent demise at the hands of local predators. The first layer appears to be some kind of constrictive fiber weave that quickly absorbs liquids. A number of microfibers sewn into the fabric seem designed to monitor the user’s vital signs, and several such fibers seem linked into the suits various functions, which seem to offer the user a limited form of control over the suit. When torn, the suit “bleeds” a thick black fluid that quickly hardens over the affected area, creating a vacuum seal and make-shift cast, while several secondary layers of fabric constrict and harden when exposed to sudden and violent blunt trauma. A small device on the back serves as an artificial lung and waste disposal system, filtering waste water to a drinkable state and processing carbon dioxide into oxygen using a small culture of micro-organisms.
>>32513626>It has been nearly a week since the humans left your world,Oooh, timeskip.Damn, so we were finishing Day 9 before, where Day 0 was planetfall... this makes it... what. Day 15?
>>32513704Finished research 2/2>Herd Beetle Dissection 1/5 – The Herd Beetle’s biology seems to be built like a massive lawn mower, with a series of blunt teeth lining a long, flat mouth that runs under its body. The beetle’s carapace is a massive layer of hardened bone that is endlessly added to with more and more layers growing over it as the beetle ages. Judging by the number of layers on the current sample, you can guess this beetle was nearly a hundred years of age. The beetle’s carapace is incredibly durable, but also tremendously heavy. It would be useful on larger drones, and as a component in ship hulls and bunker defenses, but it is far too heavy to be used in your current drone designs.>>32513713You can retroactively lay any new drones you wish. I just wanted to skip the boring days of waiting for your farm and mine to finish production. It has been 5 days since the humans have left.
>>32513704>www.xenology.info/Xeno.htmPresent for you.
Yay! Rachni quest!
>>32513650Let's get started on that throne room already
>>32513755Available research options 1/2>Lightning gunVery slow: potential of failure and destruction of sample deviceThis powerful weapon appears to throw rapid bursts of highly conductive plasma in a manner not unlike natural lightning. The humans of the Union call it a “CIP Pistol” which seems to stand for “Concentrated Ionized Plasma”. From what you have seen of it in action, it appears to have devastating damage potential, but is difficult to aim and holds a very short effective range.>Ion thrustersSlowThe Unity drone is held aloft by a series of powerful ion thrusters that use the air particles around it, or stray particles found in the interstellar medium to accelerate and change vector in a highly efficient fashion. No real fuel is needed, only a powerful electrical charge. The only major drawback is that with the increase in efficiency comes a drop in overall performance and power. The Unity appears to have gotten around this limitation by carrying their drones in larger ships that transport them in and out of combat, and by limiting the drone’s size to a bare minimum.>Cyclotron particle beamsVery slow: Runs a potential of failure and destruction of the sample device.Unlocks Liner particle beam researchThe Unity drone is equipped with four powerful cyclotrons, a ring of superconductors that use powerful magnetic fields to rapidly accelerate a series of particles to near-light speeds, which are each attached to one of the four main weapons. The cyclotron is both compact and efficient, but is relatively fragile as damaging any one component will disable the entire system. It also requires a short but noticeable amount of time for the cyclotron to accelerate a new shot. The drone fires them in sequence to account for this and provide more firepower.
>>325137992/2>Conductive armor platingMediumThe Unity drone appears to have been designed with the energy based CIP pistol in mind. Layers of highly conductive struts frame the armor like a faraday cage, protecting the inner working components from electrical fields and directing harmful blasts of energy away from critical areas. It is much less effective against solid projectiles however, and is only as strong as the metal alloy plating covering its chassis.>Large land droneVery SlowDissection of the Herd Beetle has given rise to the question of making larger or smaller drones. Using the Beetle as inspiration you should be able to design a much larger land based drone that could prove highly effective in a number of roles and make use of much more powerful and bulky technology and devices.>Small land droneVery slowWhile scaling your current drones any smaller would cause all kinds of problems, you may be able to develop a new base drone design that is far smaller than your current drones. While such drones would be unable to perform most everyday tasks, they would be highly effective in a number of more subtle roles, such as surveillance.
>>32513755Could we build a psionic relay to communicate with Unity.
>>32513650>New Construction OptionsAdvanced LaboratoryAnd I'd like to propose that we lay13 Workers (52N up front)9 Thinkers (54N up front)7 Diggers (42N up front)3 Refineries (42N up front)5 Warriors (40N up front)4 Radio Antennae (24N 12M up front)Total up front: 244N 12MModified Net Income after hatching: 321N/Day
>>32513848Read the pastebin.>Advanced: A powerful FTL communication system that can beam thoughts to any other advanced relay regardless of distance. (200N 250M)You don't know where a Unity server ship is. You would have to send an FTL relay over there and build one here, and then make first contact all over again, and so on.Wait until you're ready to conquer space, jesus.
>>32513909Additionally, the Unity doesn't communicate via psionics so it'd be pointless for that anyway.
>>32513897No radio antennae.One is more than enough, maybe two.
>>32513897this but maybe with a few more thinkers and workers
we really should create a second base. perhaps miles to the south of the Herd Beetle plains, in that mountain that was impacted by something during the battle. >>32359754 we gotta explore and spread across this planet anyway. first priority is building a farm there. then dedicated storage for said nutrients. then surveying it for a mine. salvaging the object that fell from orbit. and building a safe bunker for the hive queen herself. the deeper, the safer from such impacts or weapon blasts from space. we want one the humans don't know the location of, after all.
>>32513951Hive Drone stated that if we expanded our Antenna array then we would have a proper radar facility instead of just getting vague impressions. That's why I included it, because it'd be handy to know if the Union was putting down any SpecOps teams nearby.
>>32513897>4 Radio Antennae (24N 12M up front)Drop this.
>>32513977Well for that, you only need two more maximum, for triangulation, don't you.
>>32513975I concur, though an intact mountain that doesn't have a point-of-interest on/in it might be better.
>>32513848Theseus is perfectly willing to help you in your research efforts, and admires your dedication to gathering knowledge. His only request is that you make every effort to transmit his data to the Unity after he ceases to hold sentience, although he admits that there would be nothing to stop you from not holding up your end of the deal.You can request Theseus to boost any one research subject. You then roll, in that roll the best of 3d100 will be the progress made, the lowest of the three will be the memory Theseus used.
>>32513993More couldn't hurt (seeing as the flying discs only come along when we broadcast) and all things considered they're pretty cheap.
>>>>32513837birth:23 Workers10 Thinkers7 Diggers10 thinker5 WarriorsConstruct:Throne roomAdvanced LaboratoryNurseryInterface with Black box and (If something is listed more then once my apologizes):>Run Playback>Run Clarke archives>queries:Dr.Dr. Adam SeinerDr. Adam Seiner + Extreme measuresColonelColonel William AckermanCommanderCommander Fredrick Juric. Commander SwimsCommander Richard Schneider
>>32513993Correct.They would be most useful in orbit to detect objects approaching in space.
>>32514015I think we'd all rather keep him around for as long as possible. It gets lonely on this planet now that Lee is gone.
>>32513975I have been wonder if it would be possible to integrate the queen into the hive in such a way that she could grow her body even if the main one is destroyed.
>>32514047Cont.>>32514047>queries :CaptainCaptain Gustav ReynoldsCaptain Trevor GreyUSVUSV Clarke ManifestUSV HopeValen cruiser Sings BlissfullyRyan Lee, Spaceman First class.red crossNetworked SystemSAR SAR automated probeUSS VirtueTexas Battle groupStaff SargentStaff Sargent Gustav ReynoldsIF signalscatmouse horseEarth flora/faunaJuniorTelepathySpacemanCip pistolConcentrated Ionized Plasma pistolcolonial authorityreligious charterReligionExpanse Colonization projectChandra 3Via Maris stationVia MarisAI research and developmentcolony dropTranquility Impactannexed worldshistoryProxima ConventionHR Gigermantis shrimpXenobiologistsurface probesSiegfriedCaladanClarkeAcheronapplesDeckard's ClaimBLACK BOX PROTOCOLClarke Ship manifestRimward fleetservershipsweaponized singularity devicessingularity devicesTankredtrousersshuttleQueenthinker
>>32514039>More couldn't hurtWaste is a hurt, man.
>>32514047>Dr. Adam Seiner + Extreme measuresActually, I think we all misread that very heavily.His 'extreme measures' were 'joining the frontier expanse fleet' as a soldier, ie, on the mission to this planet where we met him.Since his civilian, academic funding was cut.
>>32514047If our Refiner is already struggling with the output from 3 diggers, it certainly won't be able to handle the output from 10 diggers.23 Workers14 Thinkers7 Diggers4 Refiners5 Warriors(2 Radio Antennae)And I approve of the construction plans. Birthing numbers slightly modified because multiples of 5 mang.
>>32513837Linking:>>32514110to>>32514047 Also, adding:Cont.>>32514047 (You)>queries :WarriorDomesticationMotherworkersexoskeletonair filterssolar panelscardboardSehpValenTaidarensTheseusplasmaHuman physiologyHuman nutritionHuman Society/CultureHuman infrastructureUnion lawsEarthColonial ParliamentTinyColonization RequirementsAlien SpeciesSweet Mary and JosephDeep WatersSOLHYDRAWOLFLALANDEPROXIMAHADRIAN'S WALLTOLIMANANTONINE WALLBARNARDSAGITTARIUSDRACO HELAQUILAGODARDVIRGONEW PORTJURIKDAGMARKOENIGTELARUMSENTINALM-199M-662G-426 Known Solar System bodiesDM-759A-295FG-883M-323
>>32514146Oh my god anon no.Stop it.You are not piling this much work on the QM to type up slowing down SHIT GETTING DONE."Initiate playback," at the most.
>>32514146>>32514110You could have prevented this.
>>32514146>>32514110These can be answered after the thread is done.
>>32514015Should you wish to do so, you can vote to lay any number of drones and they will be considered retroactive, and will be available immediately. There is currently one proposed drone type you have yet to lay, the Wasp. 11N, 5 upkeep.>>32514047>proposed action23 Workers10 Thinkers7 Diggers10 thinker5 Warriors>>32514137Correct. For some reason his views do not seem to hold much sway among other humans.>>32514110>>32514146Oh god. If it's ok with you, I think I will make a pastebin for this later.
>>32514195He should've put them into a pastebin, jesus.
>>32514110>Cont.When you have to type this,and you're not the QM,it's time to look at your life. Look at your posting.
>>32514214No, don't bother. Voting against.Don't type up any of that at all.
>>32514178I don' t intend for him to answer them now. Just wanted to make a list of queries to find out about. Really should of said that before.
There is such a thing as too much knowledge gathering.
>>32514110>>32514146Anon, please, calm down. No need to dump all that work on the QM now. We have a hive to grow.
>>32514214Add 4 Refineries, we'll need them.Also, 6 Wasps because I'd rather the Sniffers had an escort.
>>32514247>should ofcaptcha: have
>>32514276>>32514214I'll support these.
>>32514214I should also note that you rolled rather poorly on the roll to retrieve the data from the black box. You currently have access to basic information that would normally be considered common knowledge for members of the Union. Sensitive data and time sensitive information would not be included. You essentially collected a few high traffic wiki pages that's covered in dead links.>New drone proposal23 Workers14 Thinkers7 Diggers4 Refiners5 Warriors2 antennae
>>32514276We couldn't possibly need more than 2 new refineries, surely.What's the refinery's metals throughput per day?I don't see it mentioned.
>>32514309accept the new drone propsal
>>32514314Well we've got 3 diggers right now and 1 refinery is barely/isn't keeping up pace.A 2-to-1 ratio of diggers/refiners seems good then. Also though, Refiners take a long time to gestate while Diggers are quick and we may or may not be expanding into a new base soon.All that aside we've got a massive nutrient stockpile and income, so we can afford slightly less than optimum layings.
>>32514314The refinery is mostly struggling at the moment since it hatched a few days after the mine started, so it's churning through a big pile of backed up ore. I'll go ahead and say that with the current richness of your mine, one refinery can take the load of 5 diggers.
>>32514309I accept that.
>>32514378Not on the first day we get nutrient income. The second day, maybe.
>>32514309>4 Refiners2 refiners.
>>32514405Fine then, schedule the Refineries to be laid tomorrow if it bothers you so much.
>>32514309Remove:>2 antennaeThen Accepted.
>>32514309Sounds good to me, let's get into the meat of running the hive now.Does Theseus have any ideas about how we may be able to get into contact with the Unity so he might be saved?
>>32514309>14 ThinkersI don't know, would we see a real outcome from that? How do you calculate our rate of research? If we get that many would our rate about triple since we currently have 6?
>>32514309Reduce it to one or two refinery and include some Wasps maybe? How about 4?
>>32514309New drone proposal accepted.
>>32514392What about the tech the humans left behind?
>>32514557What tech?...We can retroactively go scout for the life ships near their original camp, I guess.
>>32514309Ok, all accepted except the refineries, since that is the only one that seems not to be almost unanimous.Your current refinery is slowly catching up with your diggers, and can at max process the ore of 5 diggers per day.>>32514499You quickly ask Theseus how you might find more of his kind."I know of a location often used to refuel our craft. You may be able to make contact there.">>32514515They can be used for other purposes too. You would be able to research more subjects more quickly, but they can also be assigned missions outside of your psionic range.
>>32514585The lifeboats still have tech.
>>32514581But us dissenters wanted to lay one new refiner, I thought.
>>32514581At least lay 1 more refiner so we can handle the ore all our diggers will bring in.
>>32514595We could see. We do know where they landed.
>>32513650Hey, I realized I forgot to mention last week that you had to make sure to save it as the filename hexographer-pb.jar, and the regular demo copy was deleted/not in the same folder. Did it all end up working fine?
>>32514659We should start at the first campsite and track them from there.
>>32514581Ok, looks like 1 new refinery.I saw a request to produce some wasps, covering that real quick.Wasp. Fast air superiority drone capable of rapid flight and quick maneuvering. 11N, 5 upkeep.>>32514690It seems to be working wonderfully, thank's.
>>32514706Lay 4 or 6.I vote for 6.
>>32514700We'd have too. Lee used it as a reference to say where they landed.
>>32514742I'm not sure we have enough stockpiled to pay the upfront costs of anything more.Attack drones are less a priority than productivity drones.
>>325147065×23+6×14+8×7+14×1+8×5+6×2 = 321 retroactively paid upfront cost.Leaving our retroactive current stockpiles at 65N on the first day of the farm.So zero.
>>325147066, if we can afford it.
>>32514706You currently have 65N 269MYou can afford up to 5 wasps at the moment.
>>32514906>>32514706Let's just do 4 wasps then.>>32514918I think people want to divide them as escorts for the 2 sniffers so they want an even number.
>>32514906Where'd the 50 Metals go?
>>32514961Antenna and warrior production cost 56 metals.Since you have plenty of metal I went ahead and upgraded the warrior armor.
so basically people want to run us dry on resources, when we could use it for research and building.I think our current Hive is a bit too small, and should be spread out more through the underground.
>>32515004What?I'd rather not lay the Wasps, but.You realize laying more workers is exactly what you're wanting, requiring running dry on resources to lay them?So tomorrow, you can lay an additional 40 workers or so to expand production. But we can't afford it today.
>>32514706I'll change my vote to laying 4 wasps.
>>32515042I'm against the wasp mostly, and i figured diggers would be better for helping build the hive's rough shape, while workers fixes it up to save time.
>>325149064 wasps it is.21N 269MYou are currently making 271N and 75M per day.Your many thinkers and workers are eagerly awaiting new tasks.
So could we make a second queen?And have her sent to the jungle planet?
>>32514706I'll second 4 wasps.
>>32515122No. God no.If we're gonna planet conquest we are doing it ourselves, not creating a rival NPC.
>>32515122Theres no need. A queen is simply more competition. We can run multiple planets and have egg creation chambers on those worlds so we are not required to be there as well.
>>32515145>>32515139True, but i figured we would want to have a queen ready at one point.
10 Thinkers on Ion thrusters.9 Thinkers on Small land drone.
>>32515117Here's the link to the construction options post: >>32513650>Construction(In this order, approximately)Throne RoomAdvanced LaboratoryNurseryHangar FacilitiesAs for the Thinkers, let 2 micromanage in general and divide the rest evenly between our current two research projects.
>>32515122That's dumb. Making another queen means at best a tenuous neutrality and mild competition for resources.
>>32515161>evenly between our current two research projects.Read the thread. It's been 5 days. They're done.
>>32514146>>32514110Let's say we did look up some of the more basic ones (like "Captain" or cat, mouse, and other animals) during the week. With no need to write anything up.More complex things we can learn about later.
>>32515117How long will it take to complete the Advanced Laboratory with 20 workers working on it?Does adding more workers make it go faster?
>>32515117set five thinkers on:>Conductive armor plating>Large land drone>Small land droneput 4 on boosting drones.The humans took everything with them from their second camp site right? Including the dead?Did we Salvage the slag from the Ship crash site?We should make sure the Lightning gun is on safety.(Thanks Lee for all that helpful information)How much metal would we need to feed are Infrastructure to reinforce the doors and such?
>>32515117Send workers to scout and retrieve the human life boats near their first camp.
>>32515117Send 10 workers to the southern mountain to check the impact site, and survey it for creating a second hive there.
>>32515173Hmm, that they are. The fractions that were by the explanations confused me. I still think those construction projects are fairly well prioritized though.>>32515220Sure, I can support this. Including reinforcing our infrastructure.
>>32515204Up to a certain point, yes.With 20 workers the advanced lab would be finished in several days.>>32515220Yes, the humans took everything of value. There are a few scraps here and there that were left behind, but it's mostly trash, nothing of any value.You have not salvaged any of the slag from the Unity crash site as of yet.Adding additional layers of fortification would cost 300 metals, and would reinforce the walls of sensitive areas, and the main doors to your hive.
>>32515322Guess we'll skip on that for now then.Starting on the Advanced Lab, and this research list: >>32515220Gets my vote.
>>32515220I don't think we need plating so much.Put 10 on Large land drone, 9 on small land drone.
>>32515220>>3251532210 Large land drone9 Small land droneBuild Advanced Lab, with ~20 workers.
>>32515369It'll be useful eventually, and we're in no rush on anything just yet.As an aside, when we do CIP Pistol and Cyclotron research I think we should have Theseus assist us. It'll probably vastly lower the chances of us destroying our subject material.
>>32513799Reading the pastebin for our space ship acceleration technology.It looks like Ion drives is a big upgrade from primitive "Chemical thrusters". And of course more generally useful than the Skid drive.
>>32515353Your current research options are:>Lighting gun>Ion thrusters>Cyclotron particle beams>Conductive armor>Large drone>Small droneCurrent consensus seems to be:>Build Advanced Lab>Split thinkers between Large and Small dronesIs this acceptable?
>>32515426Yeah, but of the tech things, I think Ion thrusters is more useful, as we'll need proper space acceleration before we need to fight armed humans on the ground.
>>32515433can we make surveillance drones yet, and what do we have as recon/scouting drone?
>>32515433Yes>>32515472We have sniffers already. They're great at surveillance.
>>32515479I remember people wanted to make fly's, and something else for surveillance.
>>32515520That's more along the lines of spying.
>>32515520Small drone research will probably help with that.Since the current minimum size for controllable drones is the size of a dog, two feet ish.We could design a sneaky small drone like that with no mandibles, and no claws, but maybe with a ventral sac for storing stolen discs or samples, and enhanced senses. A stealer drone.But we can talk about new designs at the end of the thread.
>>32513704>>Human Environment suit 2/5Did this not unlock any new research options at all, or offer insight into practical technologies?
>>32515433>Build advanced lab>Split thinkers between small and large drones>>32515472For recon you have the sniffers, which are flying drones capable of detecting objects and creatures at a distance using radar, echolocation, and olfactory senses. Your wasps also have rather effective radar and basic sonar abilities.Small drone research will let you make drones that are much smaller than normal.Your antenna array can still hear the faint pinging of the satellite left by the Union fleet. You can detect it moving across the sky every few days.You wonder if there is anything left of value at the life pods the humans say they arrived in?>Send drones to scout the area and find the pods (how many)>Send drones to salvage the Unity wreck>Other
>>32515661Good to know, also how many workers do we have left?
>>32515570Speaking of which i thought of a way to get around it, by have a walking housing drone for the smaller drones to be inside of.
>>32515661>>Send drones to salvage the Unity wreck
>>325156905 are tending the farm20 are building the advanced lab15 are performing menial tasks throughout the hive, and are available for important duties.
>>32515661Send 5 freed up drones to look for the pods, and send the remaining freed up drones to salvage the wreck.
>>32515706I thought of that too. Hence ventral sac for containing spy fleas that crawl around, too.But let's stop talking about this. Especially since we're researching new possibilities.>>32515661Send 10 of the 20 free workers to scout the life pods.There's another wreck in the southern mountain, isn't there?
>>32515661>Send drones to scout the area and find the pods (5)>Send drones to salvage the Unity wreck (7)
>>32515661>>Send drones, with warrior escorts, to salvage the Unity wreck (10)>Send drones, with warrior escorts, to scout the area and find the pods (5)
>>32515750You know of the life pods, and a general direction they are supposed to be, but you have never seen them. Your sniffers should be able to find them.The Unity frigate crashed several miles south of the plains, and not far from that is the impact crater of the Union Impactor round.
>>325156615 can we send a sniffer with these guys?10
>>32515661Add:Send sniffers with Drones searching for pods.to my post:>>32515810
>>32515823With only the vague direction of Lee to guide you, you send your sniffer drones out to search for the life pods along with some of your idle workers to carry anything you find back to the hive.Please roll 1d100 to search the country side. best of 3.
>>32515823That was an Impactor round?>>32359754>The clouds part with a thunder clap that shakes the very foundations of your hive, and a object impacts a mountain miles away on the south side of the mossy plains.How'd we figure that out?
>>32515906Based sniffers.Those life pods are full of scented candles apparently.
>>32515906Please to god, say this was a roll over quest, i cant remember that shit.
>>32515884>>32515906Sweet marry and Joseph.Writing.>>32515910You actually have the same tech. Rail guns are a very primitive, but highly effective space weapon. The fact that the blast had no lasting radiation meant that it had no warhead. It was just a slug of metal accelerated to such a speed so that it held the energy of an atomic warhead.
>>32515906What have we found? An intact spaceship?
>>32516010It's entirely possible that he's writing a response to our overwhelming success /as we speak/.
Was this our first 100?
>>32516051Of course, I'm just excited!
>>32515992Lee gives the best fucking vague directions.
>>32515992Your drones spread out and scour the area, quickly picking up the strange scent of scorched metal and smoke. Before long your sniffers circle the crash site cautiously. The fires have long since stopped, but the scent is still strong in the air. Each pod appears to be a small disk shape, with a parachute fluttering from the top of each one, and scorch marks covering the metal hulls. Several appear to have been destroyed upon landing, a few others look partially dismantled for parts. Between them are strewn a number of small pieces of debris, from scraps of metal to fluttering scraps of heat shielding drifting in the wind. Your workers move in to investigate the pods, and your sniffers move up above to look for any predators, when you think you spot something on the other side of the mountain range.You send a sniffer to investigate, and you can hardly believe what you see!Much of the mountainside has been decimated. Some of the fires still crackle, and the shattered hull has been scattered across the ravine, but in a large set of bold letters printed across one of the almost intact hull segments reads "USV Clarke".Judging by the size of the debris field, you guess the ship was at least a hundred meters long, although not much of it is still in one piece. The remnants of a large domed metal cap leaks water into the river valley, while several arcing ring segments can be seen cast across the area.You can detect a very faint amount of radiation emanating from the wreckage.Our first crit should be special.
>>32516377Fuck everything all our workers are doing, they all must come to this place and steal the shit out of them.
>>32516377>The remnants of a large domed metal cap leaks water into the river valley, while several arcing ring segments can be seen cast across the area.So the metal cap probably just... filled up with rainwater, right? It's open to the sky?But what are "arcing ring segments"? Some glowing rings with lightning arcs spontaneously appearing between them once in a while?
>>32516377Can we fit this whole ship in storage?If not can we expand storage?
>>32516464I wouldn't be quite that forward with it. After all, we'll need the advanced laboratory to analyze all of these things anyway.
>>32516377Yeah the humans are gonna come back for this shit, so i say we salvage everything before they come back.
>>32516482We'd probably need to expand our farm, then lay shitloads more diggers in order to get enough storage for an entire space ship.
>>32516377Oh based QM. I love you
>>32516466Several segments of what was once likely a large metal ring, which currently is randomly discharging a very large amount of electricity between them and nearby debris. The cap is not open to the sky, and the water appears to be little more than a trickle now, although you can spot signs of erosion and flash flooding that seems to indicate it was once filled with water.
>>32516486Oh i know, but the radiation does bring up some problems, but good thing our workers are resilient.
>>32516482We can have some Thinkers use some workers to explore the wreckage as a new research option.Probably.It's not really something we want to MOVE.
>>32516502At least all the important bits.Keep in mind that those lightning flashes are going to mean shitloads of predators though, so we'll need to send in warriors in addition to any workers we send.
>>32516523Any large bugs/predators in sight?>>32516510>>32516533This thought just occurred to me, why don't we make a cavern under the ship, and collapse portions of it so that the ships falls through and patch the holes up.
>>32516561It doesn't really matter if it's out in the open though.We can analyze it right here.
>>32516561That's clever. We'll still need a much larger workforce than we have now to do it though.Think we should ask the Black Box what protocol for salvage ops are, especially on stone-age planets?
>>32516597I rather hide it from the humans, i doubt they would leave such tech/ship behind on such a planet for multiple reasons.Plus it can allow us to expand our hive immensely, and have this new cavern( once cleared up) be used for something else.
Residual radiation, and a large structure leaking water? Sounds like a damaged reactor, to me.
>>32516636>hide it from the humans,The fact that it isn't there anymore would be MORE conspicuous.
>>32516631Yeah that sounds like a good idea, plus we can safely have the workers travel underground carrying the salvage, with just warrior set at intervals prepared for worms.>>32516638Speaking of radiation, don't we have something that can fight back its effects?
>>32516636Also they totally did leave it behind. It's illegal for them to come back.
>>32516636maybe they dont know it landed here.
>>32516561I love that idea. Slowly but surely bury it in underground in a huge cavern. Once we are finished researching it we can have it emerge as some sort of infested battlecruiser
>>32516670It's illegal for civilians to come back, but a government-sanctioned salvage crew coming by to make sure the primitives don't get toys they shouldn't have is pretty likely.
>>32516689They probrably have a rough estimate, plus there is a damged mountain.>>32516647Either way we are gonna use it up.
>>32516647We can dig a tunnel to this site and build a cover/base/lab over it to study it safely if we can't move it. Also, post some warriors around it to protect it.
>>32516561No, it appears that after a few days the flyers learned not to go near the loud but horribly deadly ring fragments.>>32516638The cap seems to be located at the front of the ship, judging by the wreckage, and the radiation appears to be coming from an active source, but it is faint. You suspect it is actually more near where most of the ring fragments are located.>>32516667Your warriors are highly tolerant of it due to the metal in their carapace, and a drone with filter lungs would be able to breath in a highly irradiated environment without issue.
>>32516697It might be easier to grind up rock from the mountain range and build walls and ceiling over it with worker cement.Cuz even burying it, it will be obvious the earth was disturbed and something big was here/buried here.
Speaking of which i hope this tech lets us attract the worms(electricity), and maybe we can even learn to make them our cattle.
>>32516709Maybe they think its lost in space. the guys who were here didnt seem to know about it.
>>32516748Didn't they say thier ship crash landed on the planet?
>>32516748I'm pretty sure they would've witnessed/heard a spaceship crashing down onto the planet after they bailed from it. Of course they know it's here.
>>32516764Dont remember, but if they knew the ship was there why were they camping out in the boonies after their power thing blew up instead of going to the ship?
>>32516800They didn't know here it crashed, and the jungle seemed to dangerous to travel through for them.
>>32516764Considering that they left the leave this place alone beacon and they didn't salvage it, they probably thought it was too much of a hassle to remove. They probably didn't even think we'd find it.
>>32516764Lee claimed their "ship was destroyed." >>31613658
>>32516818That is what the ship is, it probably would cost more to fix it up, then to just scrap it and salvage whats left.
>>32516734How long does it take to birth filter Lungs?
>>32516866The same as regular workers probably? 2 days iirc.At least we can afford them now.
Any plans for what to do with the ocean?Or are we just gonna dig under it?
>>32516922Beats me, we need more ecological study before making a decision.
>>32516377The hulking corpse of the Clarke still hums occasionally, as if to stubborn to truly die. The flashing bolts of electricity arc from metal chunk to chunk. You wonder what could have survived the crash within? It clearly still has some form of power, although it is quite obviously beyond repair.>Leave it for now>Send in some warriors to investigate (how many)>Other>>32516866Depends on the drone you design it with. Only a small segment near the rear of the debris field seems to be eradicated to a dangerous level, and even then it doesn't seem to be too severe, although what is causing that radiation could prove to be dangerous.>>32516922The wreckage is east of the original human camp. The life pods are near the base of a mountain range while the Clarke has crashed several miles on the other side of the mountain. Regardless of whether or not they knew about it, you doubt they would have been able to scale the mountain range. Your drones, however could scale the small mountains rather quickly, or even dig a tunnel through it.
>>32516993Yeah, what ever the fucks in there, has parasitic properties, and seems to want to spread.
>>32516377Okay, so.Tomorrow, when we get more nutrients in.Because of course we used every single last scrap retroactively.We lay 20 filter lung workers, to try and help explore this place and safely deactivate the damn radiation sources so we can study them more.Everything will still be poisoned, but it'll be a start.
>>32517007Can we make a cavern in the mountain and just move the parts of the ship inside the giant cavern?
>>32517007Stop all work on all workers send them controlled by 4 thinkers and with half our warriors as escorts. Loot the shit out of the thing. The thinkers are there to make sure nothing goes to hell.
>>32517007>Send in some warriors to investigate (how many)4
>>32517007>Send in some warriors to investigate (how many)Send 4.
>>32517053radiation will hurt the health of the workers in the long run, and can make recycling a bad idea.
>>32517007>Send in some warriors to investigate (how many)4Anyone think we should ask Theseus something about this for insight?
>>32517053>>32517061>>32517068Four seems to be our number. One of those racial quirks, perhaps?
>>32517007>Send in some warriors to investigate (4)
>>32517053Patience anon.We have workers here already.Also we want to analyze all the danger sources first before we make a decision.
>>32517007send in 4 warriors
>>325170074 it is.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.>>32517081I had actually pictured you having four digits on your claws for some reason. Base eight number system maybe?
Rolled 10>>32517136GLORY TO FOUR
Rolled 70>>32517136Love it
Rolled 15>>32517136Base 12 is so much better. Seriously. Base 12 is the shit.
>>32517136Sounds plausible to me.>declares lprimo
>>32517136Your warriors move forward, making their way up the mountain towards the wreckage of the Union vessel. It takes most of the day to get their on foot, but as the sun is setting your warriors make it to the edge of the crash site. You scan the area for a safe way in and find a ruptured bulkhead near the front of the ship. As you enter you note the cramped hallway makes even your hive seem spacious by comparison. Sparks fly from the overhead paneling with irregularity, and a light breeze seems to flow in from the ceiling carrying a scent of burnt rubber.>Split up your warriors>Send your warriors aft (back of the ship)>Send your warriors Fore (front of the ship)>Other
Rolled 86>>32517532>Send your warriors Fore (front of the ship)
>>32517532>>Split up your warriorsfore and aft time
>>32517532>>Split up your warriors
>>32517672We know how radioactive it is and where it's deadly already.>>32516734>Your warriors are highly tolerant of it due to the metal in their carapace, >>32517007>Only a small segment near the rear of the debris field seems to be eradicated to a dangerous level,Reading comprehension.
>>32517672Warriors have natural resistance to radiation.
>>32517532>Split up your warriors
>>32517672Why the fuck do you think we're sending in warriors in the first place instead of the workers who were already at the crash site?
>>32516523>Several segments of what was once likely a large metal ring, which currently is randomly discharging a very large amount of electricity between them and nearby debris.So these had to still have connections to...something linking them to the power source then, right?
>>32517672>do we have those flying sonars thing?Uhh, yes, the sniffer drones are present, because who do you think found the crash site? Really did you read any of the thread before this?
>>32517532>Split up your warriorsWill handle them one at a time.You send two in either direction, marching single file down the cramped hallway. The two you send towards the large cap quickly make their way to a small junction that connects to a number of other hallways that sprout out in all directions. Most of the halls have been torn away or caved in. One hallway leading upwards seems to lead to a small alcove where you see what looks like a floor, with several consoles and a chair bolted down, and hanging upside down. To the left is a small hallway that has been torn in half, and now leads to a seep drop to the ground below, and to the right is a large yellow door covered in black and yellow stripes. In what you consider to be the floor is a another doorway, with a small ladder leading to a poorly lit room of some kind. Brief flashes of malfunctioning electrical equipment give you only the faintest idea of its size. Directly in front of your two warriors is a large circular hatch, with the inscription "Bridge" plastered along the rim.
>>32517826We can ask Theseus for input. He may know if there's any place in the wreck we might find additional compatible memory.
>>32517759>>32517876>>32517733>>32517717Shieeeet, it is like 04:32 here and i am tired as fuck. Sorry.
Rolled 44>>32517896Will you have a vote, on what to do once we finished the scouting?
>>32518029Confound these bulky, muscular yet clumsy warrior arms!They won't be able to type into a console if that comes up probably. We'll have to wait two days.
>>32517896Your warriors jab their blades into the door to the bridge, and after a short time manage to pry it open. It opens with some effort and your warriors see what was once a command bridge. The walls have been torn open by the rock wall of the mountain, which has punctured the large cap and the bridge behind it. The room is flooded with almost a foot of water, and a number of computer panels spark as stray circlets hit the water. Some of them seem to still be operational, to some extent at least. Another hatch can be seen above and below. The hatch above is ajar, and a dim red glow emanates from within, while the one below is sealed shut and labeled "Maintenance access."Your warriors could attempt to interface with the consoles, although it may prove difficult.>Enter the maintenance shaft>Enter the room above>Enter one of the corridors in the junction>Other
>>32518353>>Enter the room above
>>32518353>Enter the room above
>>32518353>interface the fuck outta those consoles
>>32518353>Enter the room aboveand>Otherit might be worth it to grow a new type of bug to make and improved interface with human tech like this.
>>32518353I suppose next time we come here we should bring a spare interface device.>>Enter the maintenance shaft
Rolled 23>>32518432Or make a weapon-symbiont type thing of the prototype interface we have.
>>32518432>>32518454You're both dumb.A wrker can just carry the damn Future USB Thing. It effectively is a drone itself, connected straight to the queen.
Rolled 2>>32518485>Future USB Thing.?
>>32518485Why would we want to send a worker carrying another drone along when we could just make something that hooks into one of the warrior's plug'n'play weapon slots?You're pretty dumb.
>>32518502It's made of jellyfish brains.>>32518514Because it is exactly as efficient, and does not take away a weapon slot that is actually needed to use weapons with.There are vanishingly few circumstances we'll be sending warriors alone into places like this, especially once we have radiation-filtering workers laid.
>>32518548There are vanishingly few times we've used both the weapon slots on a warrior, and that aside when we (nearly inevitably) come into conflict with the humans it'll be handy to have a way for our combat units to interface with their tech already developed.
>>32518548>>32518514I was thinking more along the lines of a hybrid warrior and thinker bug. The interface wouldn't be a part of the weapon slot. Might replace the antenna and/or wings slot with a bio-USB device.
>>32518651Occupying the second weapon slot causes a drop in effectiveness.Interfacing is not for the middle of battle. Which is a fine time for accompanying workers to do their interface thing.
>>32518674There's no need to combine a warrior and a thinker when one is linked to the other psionicly.
>>32518353You find it difficult to move in the bridge. The floor is rounded off, with no clear difference between the floor and ceiling. Your warriors make their way to the damaged hatch, and scramble in. There doesn't seem to be a ladder of any kind, so your drones are forced to climb over each other and pull themselves up into the small chamber. Beyond the hatch is a small vertical hallway leading to a small doorway. The door slides into the wall, then jostles back and forth as if the mechanism is stuck on something. Your warrior scales the small corridor and pushes the door to the side with a metallic groan to reveal a square room of paneling covered in small lights, buttons and dials. A screen is embedded in the wall just opposite the door and a chair is bolted to one of the walls. The screen flashes periodically with various walls of text and flashing red readouts.The consoles you find are designed to serve as an interface. Unlike the computer you salvaged it does not require a direct connection, although such a thing would likely prove useful.>Attempt to interface with the computer>Investigate the rest of the bridge>Investigate the hallways in the junction>Other
Rolled 39>>32518729>Attempt to interface with the computer
Rolled 54>>32518729>Investigate the rest of the bridge
>>32518729Oh no. Time to roll and self destruct everything
>>32518729>>Investigate the hallways in the junctionLeave this for when we do have the interface device pls.
>>32518755Wait changing "hallways" vote to bridge vote.
>>32518729>>Investigate the rest of the bridge
>>32518729Your warriors drop down from the small computer room. You can save this room for later.The bridge itself is in very poor condition. Wires and conduits hang from the walls and water still trickles in from the large hole blasted in from the large cap. Your warriors get an excellent view of the interior of the ship from the hole. A massive, empty space divided by a number of shattered metal walls. A few of the more intact areas still hold some amount of water, but it's mostly empty. In the center of the room is a small couch buried under a pile of debris. Your warrior tosses the heaps of slag to the side and find a charred and torn corpse, still clutching the console.After looking over the room piece by piece you find no real threat and move your warriors out. It should be safe for your workers to pick the area clean at this point, so long as they avoid some of the active wiring. They return to the small junction to finish their search. The hallways that lead down and up each seem to lead to a small bunk area, each one covered in scattered debris and personal items of various kinds. You wonder if there is anything of value hidden in the piles of junk.
>>32518729Add:Send are interface device and a Thinker carried by wasps to interface with the bridge tech. Send are guarding wasps and a sniffer to meet with them midway. Keep are Sniffer with are noworking workers.to:>>32518918
>>32519130>and a ThinkerNo, what were you thinking?Send a wasp with an interface device, maybe.
Rolled 86>>32519172the thinker can survive, the only problem is making sure he doesn't get near the radiation.
>>32519226But why is the Thinker's physical location relevant? Telepathic network, remember.
>>32519127Near the rear of the ship your other two warriors have found a number of rooms and corridors that move off in a maze of bulkheads and looping hallways. A small, white room covered in plastic labeled "Medical", a series of cloth cocoons lining a cramped, long and featureless room, and a large padded room filled with heavy metal slabs and bulky mechanical devices. Near the back is a large, heavy door labeled "engineering" which seems to lead outside, and into the next section of hull.">Send a wasp with your interface device to attempt to access the ship's computer.>Send your warriors into engineering>Retrieve the human corpse>Other
Rolled 48>>32519253>>Send a wasp with your interface device to attempt to access the ship's computer.>>Send your warriors into engineering>>Retrieve the human corpseAll>>32519250I figured,that the tinker would have a better bonus.
>>32519253>Send a wasp with your interface device to attempt to access the ship's computer.>Retrieve the human corpseDo not open door to engineering where the radiation levels get higher yet. Not until we get details from computer interfacing.
>>32519172Honestly. I was just sending it to see if anyone would catch the pointless endangerment. Good Job anon.
>>32519253>Retrieve the human corpseHumans might have interesting genetic abilities (I'd be curious as to what makes them special), and we can obviously improve our speaker by making it more human-like.
>>32519253>>Send a wasp with your interface device to attempt to access the ship's computer.>>Send your warriors into engineering>>Retrieve the human corpse
>>32519253>Send a wasp with your interface device to attempt to access the ship's computer.and>Retrieve the human corpseengineering might be flooded with radiation.
>>32519253I hope medical kept the corpse fresh and researchable.
>>32519253Your warriors halt at the door. The radiation seems to be at relatively safe levels bu you don't want to take any risks. A pair of wasps quickly make their way to the ship from your hive with your interface device while your warriors pry the corpse from the small, burnt couch. A good deal of the head is missing, and what is left has been charred beyond recognition, but the torso is in surprisingly good condition, apart from several deep puncture wounds. After nearly an hour your wasps have arrived at the crash site and enter the ship, interface in tow.Roll 1d100, best of 3
Rolled 26>>32519482Come on baby
>>32519482Let's hope lady luck is on our side
>>32519511>>32519512I guess so. Not bad!
>>32519511Hopefully that's good enough.
>>32519482Your drone plugs in the interface and you attempt to gleam some data from it. Almost immediately the screen lights up with a series of numbers and text, with several flashes of detailed schematics.>Primary system offline, analog backup engaged>Life pods deployed>Multiple system failure detected. Hull breaches detected in...Primary habitation ring, Command bridge, Engineering auxiliary containment, Primary Warp ring, maintenance shafts number six through twenty nine.>Weapon systems offline>Shields offline>Gravity drive operating at minimal capacity>Primary data core removed, unable to find archive>FTLcomm offline>Alert, gravity drive containment leak detected, reset containment fields to avoid catastrophic breach.A map of the Clarke, or what the Clarke is supposed to look like is displayed on the screen. Most of it is highlighted in red while a flashing yellow circle appears over the engineering section.>Enter the engineering section.>Attempt to shut down the gravity drive, whatever that is.>Take the corpse and whatever metal you can carry, then abandon the ship.>Other
>>32519773>Attempt to shut down the gravity drive, whatever that is.>Take the corpse and whatever metal you can carryI really don't want to know what will happen when the gravity drive fails. And I kinda want the gravity drive for study, too.
>>32519773>>Attempt to shut down the gravity drive, whatever that is.catastrophic sounds bad
>>32519773>>Enter the engineering section.Time for warriors to reset containment field... somehow.But still.>Take the corpse and whatever metal you can carry,At least get some of the loot outside in case it explodes.
Rolled 51>>32519773>Attempt to shut down the gravity drive, whatever that is.
>>32519814>>32519816Let's wait till we at least explore engineering before turning it off.
>>32519773>>Enter the engineering section.>>have workers take the corpse and whatever metal you can carry.Save this for later if containment cant be be reset:>>Attempt to shut down the gravity drive, whatever that is.
>>32519773>Attempt to shut down the gravity drive, whatever that is.>Take the corpse and whatever metal you can carry, then abandon the ship.Oh man, I want to try to save this from imploding.
>>32519865It sounds like it's going critical NOW
>>32519773There are no instructions for how to reset containment field?...Do you think the black box would tell us?
>>32519773>>Enter the engineering section.>>Attempt to shut down the gravity drive, whatever that is.We must save the ship!
>>32519773>>Enter the engineering section.>>Attempt to shut down the gravity drive, whatever that is.
>>32519773You take what drones you can spare and have them collect the body and whatever scraps they can carry out of the ship.>>32519920You attempt to research what exactly the problem seems to be.>Containment field misalignment detected, Hawking radiation reaching deadly levelsOdd, the radiation levels you detect seem to be harmless in short doses. Your warriors would have to sit in there for several hours to actually be harmed by it. Perhaps humans are more susceptible to radiation?>Containment breach imminent, containment fields must be realigned and reset to prevent singularity breach>Estimated time to breach in, two hours and thirteen minuetsThat doesn't sound very good at all.Your warriors open the hatch to engineering and make their way down the hall. They almost tumble over as the hall seems to slope downwards without warning. The hall remains perfectly straight, yet the farther the warriors move down the hall the more it feels like they are climbing downwards instead of walking across a mostly level corridor.Roll 1d100, best of 3 to shut down the gravity drive.
>>32519903No it doesn't. Soon, yes.But you can take 30 minutes to explore, at least.
Rolled 25>>32520099Nat 1, please!
Rolled 19>>32520099Shit. We're not gonna just realign the containment then?
>>32520099You attempt to shut down the device, and as you enter in the various commands you hear a loud rumbling noise from outside the ship. The hull of the Clarke lurches forward, grinding against the side of the mountain. Your fleeing drones can see a large, glowing sphere, like a small sun flicker into existence just in front of the Clarke's shattered cap and grind into the mountain, devouring it piece by piece as the Clarke is slowly dragged forward. Your warriors are almost torn from the walls as a tremendous thumping sound emanates from deep within the ship and the feeling of falling increases. As they enter the chamber at the center of the engineering section you can see a massive ball of...nothingness, trapped in a cage of spinning rings. The large orb glows lightly, bathing the chamber in a deep purple light.You can see a large chunk of debris has fallen into the device and has become pinched between several of the spinning rings, forcing them to stop.>Warning, singularity unstable. Warp not advisable>Gravity drive breach in thirty minuets>Attempt to shut down the drive again.>Have your warriors attempt to repair the containment rings manually.>Other.
Rolled 16>>32520379Are you serious, 86 wasn't good enough?You should be giving us DC's so we can make better decisions.>Attempt to shut down the drive again.
Rolled 21>>32520379>Have your warriors attempt to repair the containment rings manually
>>32520379>>Have your warriors attempt to repair the containment rings manually.
>>32520379Manual repair. Send them one or two at a time, to remove that piece of debris.
>>32520404The computer was clearly not advising "shutting it down".It was telling you to fix that shit.In fact considering the black hole could well be self sustaining, rolling high might well mean failing to shut it down, as shutting it down might just mean.... disabling the containment field and freeing it.
>>32520379Reair containment rings.
>>32520379>attempt to repair the containment rings manually.Please roll 1d100, best of 3>>32520404It was by far the highest DC in the quest so far, and even still you almost got it.
>>32520453In fact, notice that we lost almost two hours only AFTER we started entering commands to 'shut down'.Which actually starts to support this interpretation.
Rolled 95>>32520451Dammit. This, anyway.
Rolled 81>>32520494>>32520487this count?
Rolled 77>>32520494Please can we use this.
>>32520524>>32520528Probably.Last time I asked, linking rolls didn't get mentioned as a requirement.
>>32520528>>32520524I take the rolls as they show up after requesting them, so yes.Writing.
>>32520487Your warriors move into position, climbing the walls until they reach the gaping hole in the ship's hull. Your warriors take hold of each other and one lets go while the other does its best to anchor the two to the wall. The first warrior can almost feel itself stretching towards the singularity, and as your drone grabs hold of the chunk of bulkhead it jostles back and forth in the grip of the containment rings. Your warrior unsheathes its blades and hacks at the debris, slowly slicing through the twisted bulkhead until it snaps like a piece of rope and is sent spiraling into the singularity below. The rings quickly pick up speed and your warriors fall to the ground with a loud thud.The Clarke grinds to a halt after devouring a large portion of a mountain, the gravitational distortions dissipating quickly as the warning lights cease.>Gravity drive containment restored. Warning, energy shielding offline, Hawking radiation at lethal levels.Your warriors pick themselves up and exit the engineering section. You will find time to study this device in more detail later, but for now you're just glad it didn't destroy the entire mountain range.
>>32520771Whew.That could have been bad.
I did like those Union ships' nifty "generate a glowing sphere of gravity in the direction you want to accelerate" thing, way better acceleration than we have right now.But they seem so sensitive and explodey.
Rolled 41>>32520796Our is more safe, and better actually since its so small and uses fuel.
>>32520796I agree, but if we're to beat the Union to planets, we have to go at least as fast as them.
>>32520771Crisis averted it seems.
>>32520822Chemical thrusters aren't good for acceleration.The only real accelerator we have is the non-general Skid drive, which is only good for leaving the surface of a planet and landing again.
>>32520840Admittedly not good for space travel, but for getting to destinations it does enough.
>>32520771Yesss.Advance to next day, so we have nutrients to lay workers with?We need like 10 basic workers + filter lungs.
So should we colonize the mountain or make an underground cavern?
>>32520796Indeed, while yours is much safer, but it requires you to be leaving or approaching a planet. In those situation you can accelerate very quickly, while this gravity drive seems to be capable of accelerating in any direction required, meaning it would be incredibly useful for combat situations.
>>32520880Colonize the other mountain?I'd say yes. Not have all eggs in one basket.
>>32520899ACQUIRE ALL THE DRIVES!
>>32520880the mountain seems like it has a huge crater already, so why not capitalize on it, plus through it we can make an underground caver as well plus, we don't have to move the ships parts too far.though the cavern gives the same bonus.
>>32520880Yeah. Have an entire colony dedicated to researching the ship and recycling its metal. If humans show up and ask "where is the ship?" we can tell them we wanted every trace of their presence erased save for Lee's lighter.And we should probably start researching deep space relays too.
>>32520935Nah just tell them that robots that speak like us took the ship for research.
>>32520935That's not a research subject. But it doesn't matter, we don't even have a hangar yet let alone a ship.
>>32520899thread still going up on sunday?
>>32520771Another day as come and gone, and hopefully replaced with a quieter, less eventful one.292 N519 M
>>32520880Colonize, but connect them by a intersecting Cavern designed to be collapse-able if separation was needed.
>>32521010while we grow the hive, we can also now pick apart the ship and learn ALL of it's secrets. I wonder if our unity drone can connect with the ship's computers and extend it's life span?
>>32521049I wonder if we'll be able to use some of the more virulent fungi to commence Operation "Fuck the Universe"...
>>32521062That's a pretty good idea, can we ask Theseus this?
>>32521010I'd like to send spare workers to start ferrying the miscellanea of the ship back for research. Or... maybe start construction on an underground research bunker nearby. We'd have to worry about feeding the drones present.>>32521062That's a pretty great idea. Gold star. I wouldn't be surprised if the ship had anti-AI measures, but it's feasible to work around those if we're just scavenging storage.
>>32521070It'll come up when it comes up. As we catalog what we can get out of this wreck.
>>32521103We could just blank the computers and let Theseus use all of the new extra space.
>>32521103There's no need if the ship itself is to be researched remotely.
>>32521137I think the ship will have to be researched piece by piece. It's a great excuse to have another colony dedicated to picking the damn thing apart. It's a gold mine of useful nick nacks and metal that has to be reprocessed.
>>32521063I don't see any reason why we wouldn't be able to weaponize the fungi as a bio weapon further on.
>>32521137Dedicated research facilities seem necessary for some things. We'll probably need an advanced lab for some of the more exotic findings.
>>32521062If it connects to the computers it would also have direct control over what information we can and can 't get. I don't trust the thing.
>>32521010Your warriors emerge from the remains of the Clarke. The entire front half has been dragged into a newly carved out cavern, which seems dangerously unstable at the moment. Your warriors regroup with the rest of your drones and your wasps take to the sky once again. You ponder the possibility of spreading your hive to this new location.>Have the workers construct a new hive in the mountain around the ship>Construct a new hive within the ship, using already existing corridors and what few intact systems exist to help speed up development>Work on breaking up the ship and taking it back to your hive>Other>>32521062You would need to carry Theseus to the ship. His console does not have any broadcasting equipment, and even if it did the ship doesn't seem capable of receiving any signals. You would need to hard wire his console into the ship's computer, but that would be doable.
Note to self, query "gravity drive maintenance" from black box.
>>32521185The primary data core's missing, possibly the damaged disk we've got. The juicy stuff's already gone. Now, general software architecture and system's information is useful too but, eh.
>>32521206>>Have the workers construct a new hive in the mountain around the ship>>Construct a new hive within the ship, using already existing corridors and what few intact systems exist to help speed up developmentBoth
>>32521206>>Have the workers construct a new hive in the mountain around the shipDon't bother Theseus.
>>32521206>Have the workers construct a new hive in the mountain around the shipAlso, should find a way to cover our tracks here.
>>32521156It might be safer to create a warehouse like construction over the ship and work on it on site than move it into the hive. if there is a foul up and it blows up or divide by zero, it might not kill the hive. also, our diggers can make safe tunnels to it to avoid the local wild life.
>>32521206What ever we vote on, i hope we get there through an underground tunnel.
>>32521242More like, find a way to get the radiation energy shielding back online so it stops poisoning the area.
>>32521206>Construct a new hive within the ship, using already existing corridors and what few intact systems exist to help speed up developmentLet's try to figure out ways to hook up Theseus to the ship's computers via theorizing rather than trial and error. Look for anti-hacking shit and delete it.He shouldn't be bothered unless we know we've got something.
>>32521258that as well.
>>32521206>Have the workers construct a new hive in the mountain around the shipRather not have the hive or the ship messed up by processes of the other, especially during research.We should lay 15-20ish more workers too.
>>32521206>>Have the workers construct a new hive in the mountain around the ship.and after we have learned all we need from it:Expand the hive to within the ship, using already existing corridors and what few intact systems exist to help speed up development.
>>32521206>Have the workers construct a new hive in the mountain around the ship
>>32521266Or.... let's not.Theseus really isn't that important. Even if it were, it won't even be urgent for a while now.
>>32521258That would be nice.
>>32521206>Have the workers construct a new hive in the mountain around the shipOr more likely, under ground tunnel access from our farms to the Clarke. The Clarke is still too dangerous for our queen to be anywhere near it for some time.
>>3252128110 more lung filter-equipped workers.
>>32521298I dunno. If his life expectancy can be improved, then we have a very willing research partner.
>>32521206What is the status of the buildings/research/eggs?
Why do so many people have a hard on for the AI? Is it because he complimented us once or twice?
>>32521298Theseus represents a useful asset in researching this nifty neato tech we're finding all over. Being able to use it without consuming it would be nice.
>>32521327no clue, i'm up for scratching his back if he scratches ours though, but giving him a sample of us could be bad, unless we make a shit drone on purpose to them.
>>32521327An assistant familiar with the tech we're researching is really useful, especially when there's a chance of failure destroying the research specimens we have access to. Its assistance could the difference between losing access to a research route or not.
>>32521334Simply laying more Thinkers outweighs his usefulness.>>32521361Don't be so sure that his tiny bit of databanks contain any info on the specific splodey-prone technologies we got here.
>>32521327Because Theseus is moe.
>>32521206>>Have the workers construct a new hive in the mountain around the shipI want to stick with a strictly Hive theme.
>>31741680>>32365715 So it it spelled Sehp, Seph, or Ceph?
>>32521361Might be over estimating his usefulness, he even said that he can't tell us much, but would be willing to help.
>>32521372It is more familiar with general form and architecture of the tech than we are. Even without specific data, it is more capable of disseminating the data on the subjects safely.Also, my understanding of the way the potential failure will be rolled for and the bonus that Theseus will offer us, I don't believe that his potential benefit specifically regarding preventing specimen destruction can be replaced with massed Thinkers.
>>32521209This is a good idea>>32521258The new Hive should handle that. A shield the size of a mountain SHOULD be enough, right?>>32521318yeah they're going to be digging for a long time, the lung filters will keep them alive.>>32521257This is also good, but we may need to divert some digger/miners for that.Also, don't forget to secure a new food resource near the new hive to keep up with food costs.
>we never dissected human cyborg Gustav Reynolds
>>32521206You make every effort to avoid the gravity drive control system, instead focusing on finding any other thing that is on the verge of annihilating half the continent. You are happy to find that with the singularity safely contained many of the Clarke's systems are coming back online. While much of the hardware has been destroyed, you find that the Union's engineering is quite hardy, with multiple redundant systems scattered across the ship. The computer runs a new diagnostic.>Multiple hull breaches detected.>Shields offline.>Quantum power tap re-established. Primary power systems online.>FTLcomm offline>Weapons offline>Sensors offlineYou decide you should have your new workers start up a new outpost here where you can research the ship in detail.>Dig a tunnel system leading to the new hive (will take several days to complete)>Use above ground>>32521417Ceph. Anything indicating otherwise is just me being terrible at typing again.
>>32521496>Dig a tunnel system leading to the new hive (will take several days to complete)Safer, and helps connect the hives.
>>32521496>Use above groundWe can make the tunnel AFTER this place is setup.
>>32521496>Use above groundWe can dig a tunnel later. Let's get this base set up.
>>32521496>>Dig a tunnel system leading to the new hive (will take several days to complete)>>Use above groundSend worker above ground, while diggers make a hole.
>>32521496>Dig a tunnel system leading to the new hive (will take several days to complete)much safer this way and it helps to hide it all from anyone watching from space.
>>32521496>Use above ground>>>FTLcomm offlineOkay, we need to make sure that this is thoroughly disabled and removed so it doesn't ever come back online.Because, as soon as it does, they'll know it was specifically the Clarke's FTLcomm.
>>32521496>>>Dig a tunnel system leading to the new hive (will take several days to complete)>>>Use above ground>Send worker above ground, while diggers make a hole.
>>32521496>Use above groundFor setting it up at least. We should start building a tunnel as well, just not wait on the construction of that to start the base.So.>Both.
>>32521540Just have the thinkers fuck with it.
>>32521535We have impenetrable miles of clouds and water vapor making the surface unscannable for that.>>32521496>Use above groundWait until we hatch more and more digger drones to build a connecting tunnel.
>>32521540I wonder if we can repurpose it to order/smuggle some shit to the planet.
>>32521496>>Dig a tunnel system leading to the new hive (will take several days to complete)>>Use above groundbasically >>32521545
>>32521574You can't. Reread how FTLcomms work from last thread.
>>32521496>Dig a tunnel system leading to the new hive (will take several days to complete)>Use above groundDiggers dig tunnel while Workers setup the base.
>>32521496Both, but have equal amount of warriors protecting both.
>>32521584What does it say exactly?I figured all FTL comms were the same.
>>32521594>warriors protecting diggers from inanimate dirtAre you sure you understood what the choice was...?
>>32521496>Make a shelter at the Clarke first,>Split your workers between building a shelter and creating a tunnel to your hive,>>32521533It should be noted that your diggers are not necessarily much more effective at actually digging than your workers, they are just able to sense ore in the ground and dig directly for the ore vein. They dig smarter, not faster.
>>32521496Also:>Quantum power tap re-established.Damn that's nice. Real nice.
>>32521615underground worms, but probably less warriors.
>>32521574even if FTLcomms work, we'd need to forge an ID to order under. Since the humans here evaced successfully, they'll know if their ship just starts ordering stuff under their name.If we hack it, It might be good for siphoning information, but goods and machines leave a paper trail.
>>32521624Will studying the giant worms help with designing drones made for digging?
>>32521647We'll call it the Lee, obviously.
>>32521624Don't you need diggers for the tunnel, not workers? We can grow the tunnel pathways later, what's important is having an unobtructed walkway
>>32521614First of all, the idea of 'smuggling' to a planet that isn't even colonized is laughable. Second, you have no black market contacts. Third, the hive's secret advanced nature would be out so goddamn fast.Fourth, well, read how FTLcomms work, just ctrl-f for it in last week's archive. 1-1 connection.
>>32521647Their FTL communications are done via entangled particles. You CAN'T forge a signature, since they'll know exactly what FTL comm is sending queries and whatnot.
>>32521614Union FTL communication uses quantum entanglement to create two particles that are effected by each other at any distance. They must be built at the same time, in the same place, and with a pre-existing connection. Any one comm can only connect to a single other comm. If it is destroyed, or the entangled particle lost then it becomes useless.>>32521664>>32521674Your workers are quite effective at digging already, and much of the ground between your hive and the Clarke is soft soil, so they should be able to make excellent progress.
>>32521674We only really need one or two workers/diggers making the tunnel. It's not urgent.Making a proper hive is much higher priority.
>>32521683...let's not try to hack the system anytime soon, then.
what we should do is destroy the satellite so we could get some more visitors. Visitors mean alien tech which means more research.
>>32521736why not alter the satellite instead.
>>32521703Kind of like that thing in ME2?
>>32521736LATER. MUCH LATER.
>>32521736They aren't going to visit. The satellite is basically just a reminder of the obvious. The information will still be in the Union starmaps.
>>32521764>>32521764We don't know that>>32521761It may be too late then, anon.>>32521755Why not indeed
>>32521764I think its better to change the beacon a bit, which would allow stranglers to come.>>32521764Also i feel like the star map doesn't get update all that much, maybe done in bulk.
>>32521784It's almost certain they're going to spread the news so that at least Union military is aware of the designation of the planet. It would be unreasonable to assume they wont.UNLESS IT'S ALL A TRICK!
>>32521784Too late for what?Although really, I just want time to set up a false Hive that portrays a much more primitive level of technology.
>>32521784>>32521796The Clarke also needed a charter to check out this system.Odds are no new charter will be authorized.
>>32521822well they are chartering for colonization, so that means that this star system is still open, but not our planet.
>>32521854Maybe we could alter the beacon to lead the next ship here?
>>32521854There isn't any other habitable planet. They can't colonize this system.>>32521883That's not how it works. It's a perfectly ordinary non-FTL radio beacon.
>>32521897Really, i figured there would be more planets in this star system, and that the humans would try them out.
>>32521939If there were habitable planets here, WE would have detected them in the very first thread.They would also have been mentioned in the black box under G-426.
>>32521703Did the humans leave this star system for another, and what are the possible consequences for trying to alter the beacon?
>>32521976Of goddamn course they left the star system. They were getting rescued.No beacon altering. Altering it will give away what we did as soon as someone visits the system again.You can't even try to do that until you build a hangar and a space ship anyway.
>>32521897What other planets are there in this system?An asteroid belt might be useful as a stepping stone to a colonization fleet. I remember the garden world was being colonized by religious fanatics, so we'll be in for a fight there. Will have to bring a troop of warriors just in case.
>>32521624Your workers begin to dig into the stone of the mountainside around the Clarke. The steep, unnatural cave begins to crumble around the ship, and a small cave in buries most of the Clarke's mushroom cap shaped water tank. A small shelter for your drones to stay safe is quickly constructed, and several of your workers line up to the wall and start work on a tunnel to your hive. Your sniffers patrol the skies above your ever expanding territory, and the flyers in turn keep a watchful eye on your drones. Occasionally one swoops in towards a lone wasp or sniffer, but they have started to learn your drones are not so easily killed, and have started to search elsewhere for quick meals.A brief whiff of a strange smell catches the attention of one of your patrolling sniffers, but it quickly disappears.You realize after all this commotion that with all your new warriors and your newly hatched wasps, you are now rather under-equipped. You currently have 3 Thorn launchers and 2 Sting casters, but 10 warriors and 4 wasps.>Make new weapons for your combat drones>Save the metals for later>Other
>>32522018No clue>>32513799All we have is this map, stating the systems.
>>32522037>Make new weapons for your combat drones
>>32522037>Save the metals for laterWe have a research up grade coming up soon.
>>32522037Okay, 5 Thorn casters.
>>32522018Your antenna array can detect the distinct cracking of a gas giant, which likely has moons created from captured celestial bodies, and the gas giant's signal seems to be strangely diffuse, as if refracted from a number of smaller objects. You can guess there is some form of debris field or asteroid belt present, but any more details would require entering orbit.
>>32522094Sounds like we got lot's of metals and gases floating around in space, just waiting to be mined.
>>32522037>>Make new weapons for your combat dronesFlamethrowers
>>32522037>Make new weapons for your combat dronesI support some Sting Casters and maybe one or two Fire sprays.
>>32522119it's more like Agent Orange. And no, not making those.Make 5 Thorn launchers.
>>32522037Thorn Launchers seem like weapons that will always be useful, while keeping a fire spray or two in every hive sounds good for culling any spore outbreaks.Aside from that, I'd prefer to invest the metal in infrastructure and fortifications.>7 Thorn>4 Fire>10 warriors>2 waspssound good?
>>32522144No.1 Fire, at the most. It's very rarely called for.
>>32522037>>Make new weapons for your combat drones 4 Thorn launchers and 5 Sting casters.Upgrade there Armor if we haven't, yet.Did the other drowns harvest the Slag,yet?
>>32522037>A brief whiff of a strange smell catches the attention of one of your patrolling sniffers, but it quickly disappears.2spooky.
>>32522037>Make new weapons for your combat drones4 or 5 Sting casters4 Fire Sprays
>>32522144Agreed, thorns and flamethrowers are needed.
>>32522037>make new weapons for your combat dronesYou currently have three weapons to choose from, each cost 15 metals per weapon.Thorn Launcher – Powerful single shot projectile weapon that fires a high caliber chitin slug at high velocity, dealing large amounts of damage to a single target. Highly effective long range weapon, the only major drawback is its low rate of fire. Ammunition is naturally replenished over time as the warrior grows more chitin, and holds a medium amount of ammunition.Dmg: Medium RoF: LowRng: LongAcc: HighSting Caster – Rapidly fires small caliber chitin slugs at high velocity, shredding unarmored targets with a hail of low damage rounds. Poor accuracy limits effective range, and the high rate of fire can burn through the built-in ammo supply quickly if not rationed.Dmg: LowRoF: HighRng: MediumAcc: LowFire Spray – Sprays a highly volatile chemical compound from a pressurized nozzle, igniting any surface the compound encounters with flame. The substance itself does not burn, but reacts violently to other materials by dissipating rapidly and emanating large amounts of heat, igniting the target in the process. Causes severe chemical burns on anything it touches and ignites any flammable material immediately. The ammunition is stored under pressure, and will explode if damage is dealt directly to the weapon or its ammo storage. Ammunition can be very quickly consumed if not rationed properly, and fires can quickly spread to unintended areas, making it almost as dangerous for the user as it is for the intended target.Dmg: HighRoF: Very highRng: shortAcc: MediumYou currently have an income of 250 metals per day.
>>325220374 Thorn Launchers4 Sting Casters1 Fire Spray
>>32522144take 2 fire away, and add sting instead, then you have my vote.
>>325221955 thorn casters2 sting casters3 fire sprays
>>32522195Just make 7 Thorn launchers.1 fire spray, maybe.
>>32522212Seconding, that's 150 metals right?
>>325221956 Thorn launchers 7 Sting casters.3 Fire Sprays.
So i say our next two research project should be the weapons.
>>32522195Don't build more then two flamethrowers. They're situational.
>>32522212Sounds good to me.
>>32522250Absolutely not.We're not researching "may literally explode and then you have nothing" subjects until we get the advanced lab finished, AND have a fuckton of Thinkers to dedicate to them, since more = less risk.
>>32522279by the time we finished our current projects the advanced labs would be done.
>>32522195>5 Thorn launchers>2 Sting casters>3 fire spray150 metalsYou currently have 369 metals, 292 nutrients.
>>32522305Okay then. Let's lay 20 new standard workers that'll hatch in 2 days.And another 20 nonstandard workers with filter lungs added.
>>32522325Filter lungs will increase the cost by 4 nutrients for a total of 9 with an upkeep of 4.
>>32522369Ill support >>32522325
>>32522325>>32522369sure, that works
>>32522305Ok, 20 new standard workers, and 20 haz-mat workers.280 nutrients, 120 upkeep.>Y>N
>>32522452Ytime to find new income
>>32522452What is are current upkeep with all the drowns we have produced lately?
>>32522482We have 271N net income.After these hatch, we will have 151N net income.Which I think we should maintain while we get a second farm going at the new hive.
>>32522452Ok, that's confirmed then.12 N519 MIncome: 550 N, 250 MTotal upkeep: 319Total income: +231
>>32522470We can expand the farm. Only problem I can foresee is making it so large that the electrical activity attracts pests.
>>32522510Wait did upkeep go up by 40 somehow since >>32515117
>>32522545I was including the drones you just produced, so you know what the new upkeep will be.
>>32522525thats good actually, I we hope to learn to harness electricity so that we can make cattle of those giant worms.
>>32522568Good in the long run. It'll hurt farm production in the short term, if it happens.
>>32522568we don't need or want cattle. They're useless as beasts of burden when we can make drones. They're worse than useless as a source of nutrients compared to going lower on the food chain, too inefficient to feed them then eat them.
>>32522607Actually its pretty efficient, and gives large rewards. its why both human and insect have cattle.
>>32522565Anyone cool with paying the 300 to improve Infrastructure? Because I am.
>>32517136>I had actually pictured you having four digits on your claws for some reason. Base eight number system maybe?Lol, probably my doodles on Twitter...
>>32522655I am as well
>>32522607They turn anything we can't eat into food.
>>32522627That's just plain wrong.You always get less than you put in to feeding an animal. Food webs always peter out towards the top for this reason.Humans have cattle because we want a diverse diet. The hive does not want variety, they want a maximized number of nutrients.Ants' 'cattle' process food into a form that the ants themselves can digest easier. We do not require a second species to do this for us. IF we did, we could dissect them and duplicate the process.
>>32522684The farm already does this, with the planet's electric field, at maximum efficiency.And doesn't require some absurd 'taming' process.
>>32522692Considering that one large worm gives us 500 nutrients each, i see them as an investment.
>>32522510Your workers continue their efforts throughout the night, and as the sun rises your workers still toil away in the growing tunnel.Strange, you don't hear the satellite's broadcast today.Your flying drones make several supply runs to and from your hive while the tunnel is still under construction, and your workers at the Clarke have completed a rudimentary shelter that will protect them from any wandering animals or storms. They await your next set of orders.>Build food storage>Build general storage>Build laboratory (thinkers will remain at your hive, but testing apparatus will be either moved or constructed at the new location and thinkers can perform experiments through workers.)>Other>>32522627Actually, termites are known to build subterranean mushroom farms, which they use to process wood into nutrients.
>>32522689300 metal for the bunker upgrade. I'm pretty ambivalent on it.
>>32522684Don't forget manure, shit's mad useful (pun intended).
>>32522689>Adding additional layers of fortification would cost 300 metals, and would reinforce the walls of sensitive areas, and the main doors to your hive.
>>32522716>>Build general storage
>>32522716>>Build food storage>>Build general storage
>>32522711You are wrong again.It took 5 herd beetles, which are not worms. they were 100 each, in the end.And those things take rolling a 99 to kill.
>>32522716I was thinking of ants, but yeah that is true as well.
>>32522716awww, fuck, we got company again.>Build food storage
>>32522716>Build general storage
>>32522716>Strange, you don't hear the satellite's broadcast today.Well, maybe Theseus is going home after all.
>>32522716>Build food storage>Build general storageYour workers divide their numbers yet again to build the new rooms. As the food storage is dug out your workers focus on completing several storage units first, and your flying drones quickly fill them with nutrients from your hive. As one of your sniffers is returning to the hive to get another load of supplies it hears something in the jungle. A strange, rapid yipping noise, almost like a high pitched human laugh. There is that strange smell again.
>>32522790>Unity>being this optimistic
>>32522821Awww sheeit son, we got guests. Better make em 'comfy'.WARRIORS, ASSEMBLE!
>>32522821Its fucking smugglers or slavers boys, get your warriors ready.
>>32522821Curious. The sniffer should investigate further, if only to get a more concrete lock on the scent for future identification.
>>32522821Well this is some horror movie tension building.One one hand, investigating.On the other, making progress while we still can.
>>32522821Ingage PANIC mode. Bring the warriors and get a flyer out there to figure out whats going on.
>>32522867>>32522862I can narrow it down pretty easily to these 5 options.1.Smugglers2.Slavers3.Earths government4.Other aliens5.gangs
>>32522856Yes, because that makes total sense.
>>32522821You can't help but wonder what is making that sound.>Send the sniffer to investigate>Send some wasps to patrol the area>Send some warriors to search the jungle (4 warriors are two hours walk, the others are much farther)
>>32522893>Send the sniffer to investigate>Send some wasps to patrol the area
>>32522893>>Send the sniffer to investigate>>Send some wasps to patrol the area
>>32522893>>Send the sniffer to investigateIts radar should let it see them before it sees the sniffer.
>>32522893>>Send some wasps to patrol the area
>>32522889It does since it seems they are jamming the signal, and a level 0 planet with cave man levels of species sound like easy pickings to me and anyone wanting to make a profit.>>32522893>Send the sniffer to investigate>Send some wasps to patrol the area
>>32522926#ignore the level 0 planet comen, i was mixed up some stuff from a HFY pic.
>>32522893>Send sniffer to investigateRoll 1d100, best of 3>Send some wasps to patrol the areaYour wasps halt their supply runs and converge on the jungle. The sniffer is by far the closest, but the wasps should start arriving on the scene in less than half an hour.
Rolled 71>>32522977What i like the short stories.>>32522963
>>32522926Or, you know.They scrapped the satellite entirely.Because they are tech scavengers. They're after the ship wreck we just salvaged.
>>32522926Why would they need to radio-jam a classification-0 species?
>>32523038that too, but we do need 1 more rolls guys.
>>32523052no we don't. unlinked rolls count. didn't you see when it was all, Rolled 95 earlier?
>>32522963Your sniffer drone dives down to the canopy of the forest and attempts to zero in on the source. Radar doesn't pick up much. Below the canopy everything becomes jumbled up, and echolocation isn't much better. Your sniffer can hear movement, however, and the smell seems to be coming from this direction. You focus in on that area and you pick up a small moving creature, about four feet long, but thin and lanky. It scuttles through the jungle and curls around a tree before making that same high pitched yelping sound.>Move in for a visual>Land nearby and try to sneak up on it>Fall back and wait for your wasps to arrive>Other
>>32523089>>Fall back and wait for your wasps to arriveLet's just... get ready. Without being seen.
>>32523089>>Fall back and wait for your wasps to arrive
>>32523089>Land nearby and try to sneak up on it
>>32523089>>Land nearby and try to sneak up on it
>>32523089It's like it wants to be eaten.Or isn't afraid of anything in the jungle.
>>32523089>Land nearby and try to sneak up on itWe have to know at least, if they are humans.
>>32523089>Land nearby and try to sneak up on itSniffers are fairly expendable, so it won't be much of a loss if it does die.
>>32523139How in the world would sneaking up on it help with that? It's alone. And we know it's not human.
>>32523089>land nearby and try to sneak up on itRoll 1d100, best of 3, please.
Rolled 3>>32523161Is it the bloodhound, or the hunter?
>>32523158I thought it was a human with a pack of tracking animals honestly.
>>32523189While it may be a nonsapient trained tracking animal, or not, we would've noticed if there was more than one, or a human nearby.
Rolled 20>>32523189It does sound suspiciously like a dog.
>>32523265I blame the Ceph. Probably in perfect stealth mode, using this critter to smoke out threats.
>>32523292I missed where ever the Ceph came up, what's their deal?
>>32523305We only know the name, basically.
>>32523319Are they another sapient ftl race?
>>32523345Yes. >>32365715 They are in the Union.
>>32523161Your sniffer banks away and lowers into the canopy of the jungle, landing in a small clearing and quickly moving into the foliage. The creature's strange noises make it easy to keep track of, and your drone manages to move in closer to get a proper look from the shadows.You see a small, petite looking creature with six limbs, each one an identical grasper that seems as useful as a hand as it is for a foot. It quickly moves along in short bursts in all maner of ways, first rushing through a bush on all six limbs, then raising itself on its hind legs to look to the sky, then bounding off on its lower two limbs again. Its head is a small, stubby ball with a single beady eye in the center and a small straw-like mouth of bone sticking out at the bottom of its head. You watch it silently for a short while until it stops, looks back up to the sky, and starts making that strange yelping sound again. Small flaps on the side of its head seem to vibrate as it calls out, and then runs off. You make to follow it, climbing a tree to get a better view. It's then that you notice it's bright yellow color seems to be artificial, like a small environment suit. It calls at the sky again, and then runs off, this time completely disappearing for a few moments before you hear the call again, some distance away.>Continue to follow it stealthily>Fall back>Move up to it directly>>32523305Lee mentioned that the Union has a decent population of Ceph that seek refuge in the Union because "They cull Ceph that can't change color." Lee was not very specific.
>>32523367>Continue to follow it stealthily
>>32523367>Continue to follow it stealthilywhat are these, alien meerkats?
>>32523367>>Continue to follow it stealthily
>>32523367Please roll 1d100, best of 3 to find where it has gone.
>>32523367>>Fall backNot sure what we stand to gain from visual tracking, rather than safer nonvisual.Surprised no predator attacked it yet.
Rolled 97>>32523401so many rolls, so many chances to fail
Rolled 7>>32523401Here you go.
>>32523420Thank you based god
>>32523420Well yours definitely isn't!
>>32523431>sniffer rolls to scout>rolled 100>sniffer rolls to track this guy>rolled 99>sniffer rolls to track this guy again>rollled 97Why are sniffers so perfect?
>>32523450I prefer to think that it's this sniffer specifically. Maybe it'll become a hero unit.
>>32523469>Hero Unit>Codename "Fido">Auto Succeed any scout operation he is included in>Bonus to Stealth>Is a very good sniffer, yes he is
>>32523401Your sniffer moves in again, jumping from tree to tree as quietly as possible. You eventually manage to track it down and spot it hunched over a small bush of bird-berries. It jabs at them with its small proboscis, causing them to burst open with their small leathery wings and scatter into the air. The creature leaps back with a squeak and tumbles across the ground before getting back up again. It seems to have changed color to a light green since you lost it.Very briefly it tilts its head to one side and glances in your direction, making a faint yelping sound as it does so, and then turns away and bounds over to a tree. You move to follow and as you start climbing a tree to look at where it's heading you hear another yipping sound behind you. You turn quickly and see the small yellow face of the creature you saw earlier. It shakes its head back and forth as it makes calls out towards your drone, then you hear the other answer from just a few feet away.>Attempt to hide in the tree>Leap into the air and fall back>Move into the open and investigate them directly>Other
>>32523591>Attempt to hide in the tree
>>32523591>>Attempt to hide in the tree
>>32523591>>Move into the open and investigate them directly
>>32523591>Attempt to hide in the treeNever know if they were expecting this other alien instead.
>>32523591>Leap into the air and fall backI don't trust this info gathering mission. Too much visual contact.
So shouldn't 1 of the thinkers be able to translate what we have heard?Or have they not heard enough?
>>32523647For all these things know (they're obviously non-native, what with their reaction to the bird-berries) we're just another native species.
>>32523657>>32523647Plus i doubt they would notice us thanks to the 90s.
>>32523591The green creature scuttles around the tree, and the yellow one leans back on its hind legs, yelping at the sky. You attempt to hide in the cluster of spores and dangling luminescent tendrils of the tree.Roll 1d100, best of 3.Your wasps are nearly on the scene now. Your sniffer can make out the faint buzz of their wings in the distance.
Rolled 77>>32523670They JUST did notice us, genius. The 90s, they do nothing!
>>32523693Could be that they we calling to each other, and just so happen to meet up that way.
>>32523697It's like winning every gamble
For the record, just in case people decide to take a prisoner again like with Lee.Let's learn and do better this time.Don't bring them to either of our two sensitive hive locations for holding.Carve out a dedicated prison cave somewhere else.
>>32523723Indeed. Workers can do that shit easily in a matter of minutes/hours.Anyone think we should ask Theseus if he recognizes the physical description of these things?
>>32523760We should do just that
>>32523760We can just ask the black box for 'Ceph' description. Since there aren't many species this could be, unless it's entirely unknown.Since they seem like Space Chameleons. but each being monocolored. But life sucks both on homeworld and in human controlled Union, so they've turned to a life of crime.
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>>32523680You can see the two creatures circling the tree in confusion and eventually they look at each other. They yelp and squeak at each other briefly before pulling out a set of small devices from their suits and tossing them into the air. Four small orbs fly into the sky from their hands, each one emitting a series of high frequency beeps as they move through the jungle. The yellow one pulls out a small tablet which quickly forms a map of the local segment of jungle. They freeze as they hear your approaching wasps, and quickly slap at each other before running to a small clearing and pulling out a pair of long, metallic objects from the brush.You have four wasps approaching at high speed from two directions, and they do not seem to have detected your sniffer.What will you do?
>>32523799Damn i wish we developed a way to knock these things out.
>>32523794We got over an hour.
>>32523812There's always the option of slicing off their arms.
>>32523799Have the wasps attack the flying mapping orbs.Steal them.
>>32523817I can't tell how far off we are from falling, so i though i mention it, also that just leaves 2-3 post from the QM.
>>32523799Make the wasps investigate the orbs, but completely ignore the creatures.
>>32523830>>32523845That's a good idea. I like these. Try to steal them if possible, but don't bring them back to either of our bases yet.
>>32523830Of course, we want to make sure that they stop functioning when we steal them, otherwise it creates a map to wherever we take them.
>>32523845Seconded.Also updated archive.
>>32523799>Have wasps attack the flying orbs>Have wasps attempt to steal the flying orbs>Have wasps attack the creatures>Other
>>32523799>each one emitting a series of high frequency beeps as they move through the jungle.Yes. the perfect excuse for wildlife to be interested in attacking/trying to eat the echolocation mappers.
>>32523869>Have wasps attempt to steal the flying orbs
>>32523869>>Have wasps attempt to steal the flying orbsThen we can hack at them till they stop making beeps once they're in our clutches.
>>32523869>Have wasps attack the flying orbs
>>32523869>Have two wasps attempt to steal the flying orbs and have the other two sneak up on the creatures.
>>32523869>Have wasps attempt to steal the flying orbsPlease roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 37>>32523901How will non sniffer rolls go?!
>>32523901Huh, maybe that sniffer really is just blessed.Writing.
Rolled 49>>32523913>>32523908>>32523905>>32523903>Sniffer master race>Dirty Wasp peasants.
Rolled 97>>32523918It occurs to me.Our sniffers are great trackers.What if we set the second sniffer to follow these guys' trail, to find where they walked from.They must've landed in a shuttle somewhere. This scouting party. (Scouting for an illegal colony? Why destroy the satellite then.)
Rolled 49>>32523978I'm going to go ahead and venture a guess that we lack sufficient information to guess at what their aims are.
btw guys, page 10, anyone mind archiving?
>>32523994It's already archived.
>>32523901Your wasps spot the small orbs flying just above the canopy and split up to move in on them all at once. The orbs quickly shift their movement to evade, and immediately dive into the canopy and through the trees. Your wasps keep pace, chasing the orbs as they bob and weave through the jungle at high speed.There's that smell again. A musty smell. almost like smoke.One of your wasps is hit by something. It hits a tree and is quickly enveloped in a thick film of some kind. Your other wasps move to help their brother, but with a loud twang another of your wasps is swatted from the sky. It hits the ground with a thud, a large metal rod stuck in its carapace has pinned its wings. Your sniffer watches as the two small creatures run off after the wounded wasps, and as they do so you spot a figure move out from the brush. He is clearly human, clad in a black metal armor and covered in a densely woven net of fungus and algae. A large mushroom cap is situated directly on his helmet. In his arms is a large, bulky contraption of pulleys and cords, and with a quick pump of its handle a new metal bolt is loaded and ready to fire.As the figure steps forward into the clearing he pulls back his helmet's visor, revealing a pale human male, covered in scars, and a lopsided smile across his face."Roger that Coil. Bagged on, hit another. See you in ten." With a quick motion he slips a hand into one of his belt pouches and takes out a small, fat roll of foul smelling, brown paper and lights one end. "God, I love this job."And that's it for tonight. Will try to stay till we 404, but I have work tomorrow so I may have to go before then.
>>32524070Black box query: Ceph, appearance?
>>32524070FUCKING KNEW IT
>>32524070Poachers, eh?So we can kill these fuckers willy nilly. Sure wish we had laid more warriors....HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
>>32524070Time for exploding kamikaze wasps.
>>32524098We just need to track them to their out post, and have our warriors sneak up on them.
>>32524108later when they get to their ship/hiding spot.
>>32524070I'm guessing that since they seem to not communicate verbally, that Ceph normally communicate by color shifting, like cuttlefish, so these guys are effectively equivalent to humans born mute.
>>32524110We have any number of things we could do to them, but yes they all start with tracking them back to their outpost/ship.Lucky for us we retained the guise of non-sapient.I kind of want to get into some shenanigans with our Speaker while we dispatch a clutch of workers to start digging a cavern out under their ship to collapse them into and get ambushed by warriors in.
>>32524122>we retained the guise of non-sapient.You sure about that?They may have been looking for giantbugs, specifically. The local class-0 sapient species.
>>32524085There doesn't seem to be much data on the subject."An aquatic race largely known for their isolationism and rigid, militarily structured society. They are often demonized in media for there well known state organized selective breeding programs.">>32524091You guys pick up on everything. I can never catch you off guard.>>32524098Possible, although you can't be certain how they arrived here, or if they are after your drones specifically or just exotic creatures.>>32524121Like I said, I can't get anything past you guys.
>>32524138Well, we've maintained the non-technological guise (thank goodness our Wasps didn't have weapons equipped yet) and might be mistaken as non-sapient.*Would be more accurate.
>>32524070Oh and damn, that leaves two wasps to attempt rescue or counterattack next thread.or to run the fuck away.
>>32524143Yeah, I know we can't know anything for sure but I can hope that we finally will get the chance to perpetrate some unadulterated horrific alien bug violence can't I?
>>32524160I like the cavern idea>>32524122Proposed here honestly.
>>32524159They'll be running away until we track them to their home(s).
>>32524169>tfw those are both meToo bad we didn't lay more refiners (and how many flamethrowers did we get?), those could serve up a real nasty surprise.
>>32524170We only need to leave one wasp with them for that.They might still at least retrieve or eat the wounded one.
>>32524184Mental connection anon.
>>32524121I will go ahead and give you this bit though. The two little guys with the human are Taidarens, a minor race absorbed by the Union before they developed FTL.
>>32524184We're not going to use a wasp for that at all, just the Uber-Sniffer.
>>32524190>We could've been used to make cannon fodder for the UnionI've never wanted be this wrong before.
>>32524203I can't tell if you were one of the diplomancers or against that nonsense.
>>32524187I...know that?They captured one wasp that will be our spy. they don't need to catch the wounded one too. Make them work for their samples.
>>32524143Can we drone design before 404?Something like a wasp with Explosive glands added?
>>32524241Sure.Self-destruction: Disposes of the drone’s body to prevent capture or research, but run a risk of killing the drone when severely damaged.Acid glands: Glands of acid burst open on death, rapidly disintegrating the body in a manner that does not cause harm to others.(1N)Explosive glands: Pressurized organs of highly volatile chemicals burst on death, splashing everyone and everything within melee range with caustic acid.(2N)
>>32524190I kind wanna know, for personal reasons. How often do you read the paranoid ramblings within your thread, and think "...What the fuck...well that IS a pretty good idea..."I feel like everyone here goes paranoid OVERdrive for some reason.
>>32524228On that note though, if we get the chance then our wounded wasp is going to play dead and then maul a motherfucker.>>32524241I've also wanted to propose an AP-type rifle. It's just an upsized or modified Spike Rifle that fires a larger spike filled with acid.Payload could be modified with biological agents or other chemical ones once we develop them though.
>>32524254Would it be worth the cost?That is, would they be Baneling cost worthy?
>>32524265It also prevents capture. So that at least is something.
>>32524265Well current wasps take 11 nutrients to make, but they have the top-notch wings. I figure that for kamikazes we could make do with mid/shit wings and could even make them nearly sense-less (using other nearby drones to direct them), and if we do that it'd be relatively cheap.But kamikazes are never going to be the most resource-efficient units anyway.
>>32524276That doesn't concern me too much. Not like these guys are enemy scientist.>>32524284I meant more like, would they provide a heavy enough threat to infantry to make this shift and distinction necessary?Because otherwise, just send warriors. More cost efficent.
>>32524254What's the current laying cost of wasps?combat claws (1N) + Strength arms (1N) + Combat mandibles (1N) + Advanced wings (4N) + Sprint legs (1N) = 8?We could drop the legs entirely. And maybe the mandibles too.
>>32524300Wasps have some fancy antennas too, that's why they cost 11N
>>32524213Well not certainly one of the SURE LETS TELL THEM WERE ADVANCED ALIENS. But I wanted some form diplomacy or alliance, I've seen the error of my ways.
>>32524310Huh, weird, was trying to find what went into them and it looks like it was 10N last thread >>32213302 I can't find where the better senses were mentioned.
>>32524255Actually, not all that often. You guys leap on to just about any hint I drop. Like the cordyceps.>>32524265That depends on your point of view. On the down side, a combat drone with explosive glands will end up dying a lot more often when a normal drone would just be injured. It wouldn't happen every time you get hit, but it would cause more casualties in combat that you would take otherwise. On the bright side, it splashes acid in the face of whoever killed it if you're close enough.>>32524298but anon, there needs to be demand for an animal for a poacher to hunt it.>>32524300Wasps are 11N, they are high quality, fast and nimble air units.
>>32524324You were really dumb then.Did you not notice the human supremacist structure? Aliens don't get votes in Parliament?
>>32524331Haha, the good Dr. is after us is he now?
>>32524337I didn't until we read space wikipedia. I've read too much non-asshole HFY
>>32524347It was spelled out by Lee in like the fourth thread. Go look.
>>32524344I know nuting!
>>32524331>SpoilersHa.>Cost effectivenessThat tells me that no it wouldn't be. Not yet, anyway. Enemy infantry would need to be densely packed for splash to be effective, right?It just feels like an unnecessary step, when we can just make more sturdy warriors.We need more parts and weapons to make effective air superiority units, also.>PoachersTrue, but I doubt it's for us...I mean, that wouldn't make much sense since our existance wasn't known a week ago. But there is plenty of other shit around for these guys to poach.Part of me wants to overwhelm them, and take their shit. Part of me wants to leave them alone.And stock up Warriors. Just in case.
>>32524331Yeah, I can see that they're 11N.I just can't find the missing reason WHY. where that extra 3N go into.
>>32524364Why the fuck would them poaching random shit that nobody also ever heard of a week ago be MORE likely than poaching exotic sapients discovered a week ago?
>>32524328>>32524370radar for 2, air superiority for 4, and basic sonar for 1. The unaccounted for 3 are likely from the radar and sonar. They are nowhere near as effective at recon as your sniffers, but they still have some good quality senses for closing in on potential targets, or evading something that's too much for them.
>>32524364Kamikazes aren't entirely about the hardcore numbers of their kill effectiveness though. They're primarily a psychological weapon, and secondarily used to take out high value but difficult to reach targets. No soldier wants to face an enemy that'll spew acid all over your face even if you manage to kill it past its razor-claws and ravening chitin mouthbits.That being said, if we roll out kamikaze units then we're basically assuring anyone who's watching that we have a centralized hivemind, because the only way for sapients to have kamikazes is religion/patriotism or not having enough brain to drive the survival instinct in anyway (which can't evolve naturally).
>>32524384The planet was known about, just not well charted. We don't really know it's history, either. There's plenty of life on the planet that's been here way longer then we have. Assuming no one knows any of them above us seems off to me.>>32524344But I forgot bout the doctor...I am surprised if that's true, though. I mean, hiring poachers? Dang. that's cold doc.
>>32524398Was the sniffer able to identify the strange scent? Is it connected to the hunter in any way?
>>32524399Already known as a gestalt intelligence, officially. Sacrificing the individual makes perfect sense already.
>>32524408not charted at all until a week ago. This was the big mission to chart it now.>>32524409It's obviously his cigarettes. Read the passages.
>>32524409It's his cigar.>>32524408who knows? There are plenty of people out there who would love to study your drones even the Unity.
>>32524399I reckon that's fair enough too. Good against a foe like that.Let's get a better look at their numbers, I say, before employing kamakaze weapons. If they do have some hard to reach high value targets, then I can get behind that.Not totally sure how good psychological warfare will be on asshole poachers...but I guess we can always give it a shot, if they have quite a few heavies and such.
>>32524415Eh, maybe. I'd still rather not give them dead solid evidence.>>32524408You've never met a scientist that's been really desperate for funding, have you?
>>32524433It's no more evidence for a "centralized" hivemind than for a decentralized one. Which is what they think already.
>>32524433To be dead honest? No no I haven't.But it doesn't matter I suppose. We can defend ourselves against a few poachers.
>>32524428Psychological warfare usually works better/best on non-state militarized forces. They don't have a reason to stick around, no paycheck is worth your life.I mean, shit, Machiavelli laid it out in the Prince that you need 3x as many mercs as your own soldiers for any given operation because they'll turn tail at the first hint of trouble.
>>32524433Also technically, they won't be kamikaze in the traditional self sacrifice.They'll be melee attackers that will stab you until you kill them, and THEN they explode.>>32524445>A FEW
>>32524446Ha, I suppose that is true. Fair enough.>>32524447>ImplyingComon anon, the doctor ain't gonna hire an army of poachers just for a few bug samples. If he was that loaded, he would probably have brought his own fleet here.
>>32524463I really wouldn't be surprised if this was the Union and the doctor wasn't the financial force behind this, but was one of the primary drivers for it.We certainly didn't see any poachers before they got off planet, you know?
>>32524463>implying this isn't the Union's non-publically known black ops divisionI foresaw this threads ago.
>>32524479>Unity hiring human poachersSomehow, I doubt it. I would expect giant metal soldiers from them. You know, something to REALLY worry about.
>>32524479They don't seem professional enough for that, and don't act like you were the only one.
>>32524487We ought to ask Theseus if Theseus ever uses human agents to gather information inside the Union/Free States.
>>32524488Anyone else who saw it coming stayed silent then, cuz nobody else spoke up except the "everything will be fiiiiiiine, don't worry" skeptics. >>32076152
>>32524514It's not like things would be different if we had kill-murdered them all. Then we'd have a big angry human fleet in orbit.
>>32524530No we wouldn't. That probe didn't even know where the SOS came from until we blabbed about it with our radio transmission.Then Unity would have destroyed the probe, and the Clarke would have just mysteriously been wiped out by Unity.
>>32524541The Unity would still know where we are, and would come to take some samples of their own. Their presence may have even attracted human attention.Point is, we were gonna get found out either way.
>>32524551Way to keep backpeddling and changing the topic.Obviously permanent secrecy was impossible with star conquest on the way regardless. The point is to put off discovery longer than it would have. And that no, there would not have been "angry human fleet" if we just let the humans get wiped out by local wildlife.
>>32524565How does that change topic?My point was we were going to get found out sooner or later, and advocating for murdering everything in sight wouldn't have solved that.Hell I didn't even care to talk with the humans, but hunting them down was just dumb.
>>32524581Unity is not the same threat as the Union. For one, they weren't trying to colonize. And also, we did deal with those drones by...murder-izing them. Did you think THAT solved nothing?>murdering everythingWhy do you keep assuming this? Letting them die isn't murder. Who suggested direct attacks? And it would have solved it by making it "later". Much later. That's the whole point.
>>32524070Actually, since the wasps have radar / radio sensitivity, did they sense the transmissions this guy was using to talk to "Coil"?
>>32524514Everyone else stayed silent because it's an extremely obvious conclusion.Also, it's not like this is a terribly big deal or even much of a hassle. We just have to kill a few fuckers, easy as cake.