With the arrival of new and hostile creatures, mostly human with a mix of other beings, you have flexed the muscle of your hive. Your warriors have beaten them back to their ship, the Hel’s Angle, and your drones beat at the loading bay door. The door bends slightly, but holds fast for now. Your victory has come at a cost, with half of your warriors dead, and most of your wasps wounded you find yourself in a difficult position, although you doubt the humans know of your current weakness. Of the eight warriors and four wasps you sent in, one wasp has been gravely injured and has returned to the hive to heal, one has been captured and is now loose in the Hel’s Angle, and three warriors survive. Your sniffer has been brought to the brink of death, and in its current state you are unsure if it will survive its injuries. 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
>>32806162Your wasp stands in the hallway leading from the cargo bay with the shredded bodies of two humans strewn about. The Ceph, Coil, has bundled into a dense knot of tentacles in an apparent effort to sooth the pain of its wounds. It pulses a bright yellow and red pattern as it passes Lyle and retreats down the hall.“Go float it off, they grow back.” He says, his eyes locked to your wasp’s. This is the first time you have managed a good look at the man. A fresh set of bandages are wrapped around his chest and shoulder. Two small dapples of blood stain the white cloth where your drones had punctured his armor. A towel is casually draped over his shoulders, offering only a glimpse of the crisscross of scars and the set of revet-like protrusions along his color bone. His arms are covered in small metal plugs and strange tattoos. On his left is a small string of lines with a set of numbers and the line “Helviti Penal Colony” written below, on his right is a stylized and archaic looking helmet engulfed in flames with a decorative scroll inked above and below that read “Orbital Shock Troopers: 137th brigade” and bellow the phrase “quoniam bonum est, in infernum saltu”
>>32806162>Current armory8 Thorn Launchers4 Sting Casters3 Fire Sprays>Current resource reservesNutrients: 386Metals: 325>Hive population and upkeep cost Queen – 5Worker (60) – 120Warrior (5) – 20Thinker (20) – 60Speaker – 3Digger (10) – 40Refinery (2) – 14Sniffer (2) – 8Wasp (4) – 20Antenna (3) – 9Nutrient costs: 319>IncomeNutrients: 550Net: 231Hive Structure>Reservoir>General storage>Food storage>Laboratory>Infrastructure> Mine: +250 M per day (+25 M per digger)>Algae Farm: +500 N per day (1 worker per 100 N)Current Construction>Advanced Laboratory>Clarke research outpost>Connector tunnelNew 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.)>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.
>>32806240Current Research>Small land drone>Large land droneAvailable research options>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.
>>32806264>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.>Oxygen recyclerSlowIn the process of disassembling the human environment suit, the thinkers found a culture of artificially mutated microorganisms. They were able to take several samples and have set them aside for further study and application. The humans appear to have used them in a small tank to turn CO2 into breathable oxygen, you may be able to do the same, reducing the rate at which your drones need to breath, allowing them to work in areas even a filter lung would not function such as underwater or in vacuum.>Reactive armorSlowWhile most of the human suit systems are designed to solve various failing of the human body, you may be able to learn from their chosen method of protection. The suit has a thin layer of microfibers that rapidly solidify into a dense shell when subjected to dangerous kinetic force, both serving as a cast for broken bones and protecting against blunt trauma. Developing a method of weaving a similar substance into your drones would greatly improve their resistance to impacts and ballistic attacks, however it would have no mitigating effect on directed energy weapons.I really hope I didn't forget something again.
>>32806162Hey i thought of an idea, of an advanced version of the workers.(also putting this here since my internet gonna get cut off soon)OlfactoryModerate(1N)AcousticModerate (1N)Electrical sensitivity: Moderate(2N)Mandible Construction(1N)Too(1N)Arm/graspers:Dexterity (1N)&Strength (1N)Legs:Endurance(1N)Wings:Basic glider(1N)Honey Pot(4n)(might take off)Carapace: BasicChassis: Standard: +Make it have 2 pairs of arms.It can either be 10 nutrients or 14.
>>32806351Why would we ever want to invest that much into workers?
>>32806264>>32806240>>32806176>>32806162So are we making predators?
>>32806380More efficient workers, but i'm probably thinking too much about it.
>>32806176>“quoniam bonum est, in infernum saltu”My Latin is rusty, but first part is "For it is good," but the second part... presumably meant to be "to leap into hell"? if saltu is supine form of 'salio'...http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/verbals/qt/112307Supine.htmbut that's the wrong form of 'to leap', you probably wanted the infinitive? Or else I have no idea what I'm talking about.
>>32806351That's pretty expensive upkeep wise for workers.>>32806176Let the wasp engage murder mode via shooting.
>>32806399Eh, our workers are good enough as is. These guys can't do anything that 2 workers supported by specialist detector drones can't do, so it's not worth the upkeep.
>>32806399>efficientWhat's it like in bizarro world?
>>32806454It was a design proposed in one of the earlier threads.
>>32806498Which design, give us the basics. You're not talking about the shock troop warrior variant are you?
>>32806454this bad boy.>>32669240here is the QM thoughts about them>>32669321>>32669274
>>32806454>>32806498You mean the Shock Troopers?
>>32806289Lyle spins a large knife in his hand with a single motion and smiles at your drone. "You know if I knew I would have this much fun I would have taken the job pro bono.">Attack at range and attempt to stay away from melee. (the hallway is cramped, however.)>Charge into melee and attack.>Other>>32806411I had a busy day, so it's literally just five seconds with Google Translate. I don't expect it to be very accurate but I didn't have the time since I was already late for posting.
What the point of expensive workers at this moment?When we get the hive to proper scale we can think about it.
>>32806548>>32806518I was talking about the shock troops yeah.
>>32806556>attack at range
Run and try to get the other warriors inside?
>>32806569I was thinking too far ahead, but yeah i agree.>>32806556>Attack at range and attempt to stay away from melee. (the hallway is cramped, however.)
>>32806556>Attack at range and attempt to stay away from meleeUnless the opportunity for a good strike presents itself.
>>32806556>Attack at range and attempt to stay away from melee. (the hallway is cramped, however.)Would a knife thrown by a human be able to pierce wasp armor?
>>32806569Not really ever needed, though.You only need a minority of specialized workers for the few tasks that require greater capabilities.
We are still some tiny village when compared to what our kind can really do
>>32806638Even if it could, the wasp has reflexes and he only has 1 knife.I'm worried about those bionics though.
>>32806556Shoot past him and get ready for melee
>>32806556>Attack at rangePlease roll 1d100, best of 3>>32806638Depends on how hard it is thrown. There is a chance, since your wasps is more lightly armored to give it more maneuverability in the air. It should be noted that he seems to have a sidearm holstered, but he appears to have chosen not to use it.
>>32806705Stab him in the head, easy enough. Or get a thorn into his eyes.
>>32806638This guy isn't human. He's cyborg.
>>32806545So any thoughts about the shock troop guys since everyone is here?
>>32806804We'll hatch some, but after we get conquering the ship done.The first 5 will be reserved as queenly guards though.
>>32806749Writing.While we wait we can all talk about my glaring ignorance of Latin.
>>32806804My thought is not to talk about specializations until after the 300 post bump limit is reached, at the very least.We only get this once a week after all.
The standard warrior template doing fine right now,we need something to really give us air control cause the wasp arent really armed with anything that can do damage to a ship
>>32806804I'd like to expand our hive and start taming this world. And the warriors and wasps are sufficient enough to do that. (I hope)
>>32806856there was the bomber idea, that some anon threw out.
>>32806856That's what the Ram Jet drone chassis is for.We've yet to develop weapons that hit hard enough to bother hatching some of those yet though. We'll also need hangar facilities first.
The heavy combat robot was what killed our warriors right? there infantry did squat right?
>>32806910Their infantry were pretty lame. Bob did most of the work.
>>32806856>>32806878There was also the Specter-style gunship drone that some anon suggested near the end of the last thread.>>32806910IIRC, their rifle rounds did squat, though they were using hollow points against hardened warrior armor.
>>32806924>>32806910they were being retarded and were using useless ammo on our warriors.
>>32806856If you want to damage a ship you need the Ram Jet drone chassis.
We own the ground, its the sky that will be a problem and lets not even think how hard space is gonna be
>>32806942Basically the problem is this: >>32806879Until we research the CIP or the Cyclotrons or the upgraded Spike Rifle or bombs or something heavy platforms are fairly useless.
>>32806910Armor pierce would presumable do the most damage, followed by incindiary or acid rounds.Laser tech seems to do the most damage to us so far, though.
>>32806989Actually we already have heavy weapons they're called railguns
>>32806989IIRC, there was the biological grenade idea from much earlier, though I forgot the fine details of that one. My suggestion was to use Spike Rifles in a gattling configuration as a stopgap measure until we can develop better weapons.>>32807049We have yet to research that.
>>32806988We don't necessarily "own the ground" yet, our Warriors could use some more armor and maybe an "overwatch" type Thinker who can direct them and accurately process battle data.
>>32807049That would call stampedes on us all day everyday. Let's do it when we're ready.
>>32807068We don't need to OP said our race uses railguns.
>>32807049>>32807120What we need is plasma bugs, a la Starship Troopers.They're good for ground -> space shooting, and can be fired as artillery pieces, too.
We got the corpse of those giant beetle to use as a base for our heavy drones
>>32807136I haven't seen Starship Troopers yet, is it any good?Also to the guy saying our race uses Railguns. We still have to find the materials to build them with.
>>32807049Those are, presumably, ship mounted.Now please say something useful instead.
>>32807186I see mobile artillery units in the distant future.Or mobile bases.
>>32807202we have a shit tone of metal and we 'build' using genetics.were good.frankly we should design a tank bug based off of the beetle and stick a big ass gun on it.
>>32807217We can scale them down.
>>32807202Read the book Starship Troopers. The movie is a parody you won't understand.
>>32806749Your wasp chitters its mandibles, the rapid cackle briefly echoes down the hall and your wasp opens fire, filling the air with deadly barbs. Lyle drops, his legs crumpling under him into an almost bestial stance and he quickly lunges forward. Your wasp follows his movement, ripping into his arm and tearing off several large chunks of flesh. The muscle beneath glistens with a silver sheen and he quickly closes the distance. Your wasp leaps into the air, running along the ducts and piping of the ceiling as his combat knife slices through the air inches behind you."You're a nimble little bastard, aren't ye?"Your wasp moves to line up another shot, but Lyle has already moved, dashing from wall to wall so fast he almost leaves the ground entirely. His boot spins in a wide arc and impacts your wasp's leg, snapping it in two as your drone leaps away.>Continue to evade and attack at range>Move in to melee>Attempt to flee>Other>>32806989I promise I will give you at least a choice of two basic weapons whenever you make a new design. You have some good tech available that I don't bring up because it's irrelevant to the moment. You don't need to know about starship hulls, for example, when you are focused on making your first farm. Your two basic weapons can be scaled up as needed. At larger levels the Thorn launcher becomes a cannon, and the sting caster like a heavy machine gun. For space ships the Thorn launcher becomes the rail gun, and the sting caster a close range auto cannon.
>>32807271>Attempt to fleebut keep shooting behind us as we do so.denying them specimen samples is our primary goal here.
Are we gonna start the secondary breeder production yet,we still only have only our queen breeding
>>32807271>>Attempt to flee
>>32807271>>Attempt to fleeFuck this guy, let the heavy warriors handle him. Find something else in this ship to deal with.
>>32807271>Attempt to flee
>>32807229A Thinker enclosed in beetle armor?Or a thinker riding in a dedicated beetle carrier platform.That's actually a good idea for forward command in far off locales.>>32807271Well that takes care of the basic weapons.>Attempt to fleeWe need more numbers to take him down. My concern is that he uses the breather to call for help, if the radio signal can pierce the atmosphere.
>>32807271>Attempt to flee>>32807313Why would we? Our queen is more than sufficient for all our needs for the foreseeable future.
>>32807271>Flee!>>32807202Pic related is a plasma bug.
>>32807353Or we could just, you know, have a single super psionic relay built on our planet/in our star system.Why do people keep wanting to stick thinkers in things they don't belong in?
>>32807313Can you quit taking up posts with things that won't be relevant until you conquer a new planet?
>>32807359It will boost egg laying for drones and equipment, and we can start setting up more sites father away from us
>>32807271>Attempt to fleeJust to specify, would you like to...>Flee the ship>Flee to another part of the shipEither way, roll 1d100, best of 3. The best of the first three will be taken regardless of what the vote is.
>>32807271attempt to flee
Rolled 51>>32807367Link related.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_9moZ0ZzhY>ask not what your hive can do for you, but what you can do for your hive!>>32807463>another part of the ship
Rolled 73>>32807463>Flee to another part of the ship
Rolled 64>>32807463>Flee to another part of the shipTry to get the door open for our warriors.
Rolled 83>>32807390I'm a forgetful person anon. My memory is bad without dedicated notes.>>32807463
>>32807463>Flee to another part of the ship
Rolled 91>>32807463>>Flee to another part of the ship
>>32807353I was thinking the beetle carrier platform.>>32807268Will do! But isn't that the one that's basically a propaganda piece and there-in lies the parody?
>>32807510>memory is bad without dedicated notesWhat a fortunate thing then, that you have them.http://pastebin.com/u/QuestDrone
>>32807530The book has an entire political philosophy behind it.The "joke" of the movie is "hurr durr, that's fascism," which if you read the fucking book you'd know it wasn't.
>>32807271If we switched positions, start running away, deeper into the ship before ambushing him.If not, slowly back away while firing, then charge forward at the last moment in a mandible tackle.
>>32807390I don't think one super psionic relay will be able to handle the minutiae of several thousand Warriors all in battle at once.It will however be able to direct a 100 or So Thinkers in what there general directives are and direct a couple of fights in key areas
Rolled 9>>32807640I'm pretty sure that super psionic relays are specifically designed for directing millions of warriors in battle all at once.
>>32807640Look, I was in your position once: stop it. We'll deal with it when our Hive spans more than a continent AT LEAST.
>>32807578Okay thanks!I look forward to reading it!
>>32807558Oh look, it's the Lord Asshole McSperg again.
>>32807640Warriors may be dumb, but we don't have to hold their hand all the time. Think of them as actualization engines without any self preservation instinct:They see the way the world is, understand how the queen wants it to be, then act to make it so. But they have no personality aside from that.
>>32807640Yes it can. It's fucking space-magic tachyons.We're nowhere near an egg laying bottleneck, and there's no limit to our psionic bandwidth. If there were, you could build a second relay.
>>32807717It was also confirmed that we don't directly control them, but instead have them follow our will.
>>32807673Oh okay then.I imagine that that'll be massively expensive though and the Overwatch build could be something we use before we build it.
>>32807463>Flee to another part of the shipWith Lyle now standing between you and the cargo bay, you question if your wasp is quick enough to get past him. You can see two small hallways leading off to either side of you, and a ladder leading directly upwards. You are about to make a decision when Lyle makes it for you. He plunges his knife into the wall under you just as your wasp leaps through the porthole above you with a beat of its wings. You can hear the grating sound of tearing metal as he pulls the knife from the deep puncture in the wall."Get back here, I was just getin' warmed up!"Your drone fumbles its way above and quickly enters another small corridor, this one lined with various panels and instruments. At the far end you can see the windows of the cockpit, with a small armored woman frantically tapping at the controls, cursing all the while.>Attack the human from behind>Destroy the various instrument panels around you>Ready an attack as Lyle enters the room>Other
>>32807762>Destroy the various instrument panels around you
>>32807758Nevermind that. I withdraw my idea
>>32807762destroy panels,lets trap them on planet
>>32807762>Attack the human from behind
Rolled 32>>32807762>Attack the human from behindWell fuck, Lyle would probably attack us if we don't deal with this one quickly enough.
>>32807762>attack the human from behind
>>32807762>>Attack the human from behindNo liftoff.
Rolled 6>>32807762>Attack the human from behindWe can destroy the panels after we take her out. I'll roll ahead of you, you can just take this crit.
>>32807758It's not that expensive, all things considered. (200N 250M, so 100N upkeep afterwards) Also our inherent psionic connection from our queen spans a continent.
>>32807762>>Attack the human from behindThis chick seems important, i rather kill her.
>>32807762>Destroy the various instrument panels around you.
>>32807682The movie's good too, even if I dislike what it is trying to do.The special effects still live up to today's standards.
>>32807682I love the movie, but only the first one. I consider the book and the film two totally separate entities, like the Stalone Dredd film, which I also love as a comedy more than a Dredd film. Either way, the movie is worth a watch, even if it totally disregards the source material.>>32807640>>32807673I didn't think it would be fun if you had to jump through hoops to be able to control a large number of drones across a vast area, so I made the relays relatively cheap.
>>32807839>>32807784>>32807800I see where you're coming from, but we've already destroyed the communications dish and the propulsion system from the outside.
>>32807862thats because its not CG bullshit.
Rolled 93If they get away our base will probably be found and put under siege. They might even shoot from orbit. The worst part? They still have a live specimen aboard their ship.
>>32807835Yeah I realize that now.I just thought that the sensory overload might be too much for the Queen but obviously I underestimated her.
>>32807884We have workers on route to do clean up right?Also how long until they get help?
>>32807715Also, this.You don't direct their every muscle twitch, but feed them basic instructions. During the previous battle your instructions would have been something like "I don't like those engines" and your warriors would then respond with "MOTHER HATES THING, WE KILL THING TO DEATH" and then prioritized the engines over all else, even their own safety.
>>32807888I want to destroy any possible self-destruct mechanism they have in place.
>>32807939our drones are so Moe.
Rolled 89>>32807762Step one: Eliminate the human discretely and quickly, so it can't fight back, or help Lyle.Step two: Prepare for the Lyle biped to enter the room, and ambush it, hopefully lethally. Position our Wasp above the door in a blind spot, and shoot him in the back of the head when he enters. If we miss, we'll be there at the door so we can at least flee.
>>32807946They're mercs, they're not going to self destruct.
>>32807890nah, by the time they do another mission here we will be alot stronger
>>32807762>>Destroy the various instrument panels around youWe're not giving him a fight until he's desparate or surrounded
>>32807762Looks like>Sneak attack humanAlso note that you have already destroyed the engines. One of them has actually fallen out of its housing and is splayed out on the ground in a mess of wires and circuits. The human appears to be operating the turrets, mostly.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
>>32807939>>32807835>>32807756Thank you guys very much for explaining that to me.Now let's kick some ass.
Rolled 34>>32808045Here is for sneaking the human.
>>32808091I'd assume they're dead.But the human is armored, and the wasps rolled 100 against Lyle the first time, and he survived.
Rolled 98>>32808094Goes in the email field.I want to do this next:>>32807997Rolling for part two.
>>32808091hue hue hue hue hue
>>32808091FOR THE HIVE!>>32808120But Lyle is a former soldier and a cyborg, for all we know, this bitch is just a technician.
Rolled 79>>32808143I'll bet she makes excellent jelly. :3
>>32808123>Rolling for part two.You don't get two turns in a row just because you say so, what are you doing broThe enemy has to go next.
>>32808019Well they're poachers right?And they're pretty badass right?So I think they specialize in obtaining either newly discovered or dangerous species.It would make sense if they had a self-destruct button in case their cargo turns out to be some sort of galactic menace.
>>32808091>>32808123I'm not even going to roll.God this planet hates invaders.
>>32808120Lyle is Australian though, so this planet and our drones are all just like a pleasant stroll to him.
Rolled 63there morale is shot to hell,so is it the midpoint of the horror flick or just the beginning
>>32808189inb4 the planet realizes we are invaders too and kills us.
Rolled 64>>32808175Nah dude, I'm just getting ready. If we successfully kill her quickly enough by snapping her neck or something, we might have time to get in position to attack our pursuer.
>>32808205I don't think we have the firepower to kill them all this round. We got their engines, once we kill the controls so they can't send a message any time soon we can fall back and get more troops.
>>32808187As a general, absolute rule no job is worth your life.Who cares if the cargo is a galactic menace? Vent the airlocks/cargo bay, or take an escape pod. Let the goverment deal with it. Self-destructs are expensive and dangerous.'Course if they wanted to they could overload their singularity core, but I don't think they have one. I suspect that's military and/or large ship technology.
>>32808239Oops, forgot to take off the roll code, please ignore this.
>>32808239Getting ready? You have to wait for the QM to ask for rolls.
>>32808259I'm planning on sending workers for clean up, either to take the ship or kill the stragglers.
>>32808045"Shit shit shit." The human shouts as she tries in vain to pivot the turrets to the blind spot just behind the loading bay door where your three warriors are. Your wasp quickly moves closer, it's last two legs softly thumping on the metal floor. As your drone's shadow falls over the chair she looks behind her. "Rogers, we lost Len-" She stops mid sentence as your wasp opens its mandibles and moves in, quickly tearing into her armor plating and gouging the flesh below. By the time she brings her sidearm to bear her skull has been torn in half and scattered across the glass canopy.
>>32808259You know, even if they send a message it'll be a distress/"Help, there are a fuckload of bugs attacking us!"They're here illegally though and this is a certified deathworld with insect-esque life having been observed on it before. We're using never before seen by human eyes strains of bugs too, so there's nothing to link us to this explicitly even if they manage to transmit recording data.
>>32808308You serve the Queen well, Wasp. Bravo.
>>32808308Goddamnit we're terrifying
>>32808333you mean mother.I wonder what we thought to him.
awesome hope there is a vid recording for the next batch of suckers
>>32808314Though I guess we have used projectile weapons. Circumstancial evidence though, not enough for the Union to justify any official action.
>>32808347"I do not like the fact that human is still alive.""I WILL KILL IT FOR YOU, MOTHER!"
>>32808314They could send a message to whoever they got the contract with though. And their reaction time after the beacon was put up hints the crime world is pretty large in this universe, even with the wars.
>>32808266You're right of course.I could argue whether or not Lyle is insane enough or patriotic enough to actually do that or what if he was contracted out by a corporation that requires it but I'd be grasping at straws and still be wrong.But wouldn't it be cool though?On a different note do you think these guys are independent or contractors?
they dont havent even seen the warriors forms yet so still have denability
>>32808308Your drone takes note of the series of joysticks and dials linked to the various turrets across the ship. You could attempt to ambush Lyle as he enters the room behind you, but he knows you are here. You could also choose to destroy these controls to save your drones the danger of such weapons being used against them as they move in to clean up the area.>Attempt to ambush Lyle>Attempt to destroy the weapons controls>Other
wait this planet has alot of weird lifeforms,the locals can detect and react to radio and electricty
>>32808400>Attempt to destroy the weapons controlsI don't see an ambush working. He knows we are here.
>>32808375I love it.
>>32808381I'm blaming the good herr Doktor with the expedition for this, myself.>>32808384They're contractors insofar as they didn't come here on their own for shits, giggles, and samples.
>>32808400>Attempt to destroy the weapons controls
>>32808400>>Attempt to ambush LyleSince I don't think we can find the 'open the doors' button in the next 3 seconds.
>>32808400Hide above the doorway, then sneak out the corridor while he's distracted by the corpse.We'll exhaust him before finishing him off with proper warriors
>>32808414Whenever they're pumped into the air and ground respectively>>32808400Destroy those turrets!
>>32808421>>32808436>>32808440But the weapons aren't even a threat now. The drones are banging at the door.
>>32808400>Attempt to destroy the weapons controlsPlease roll 1d100, best of 3.
>>32808445I think it's less trying to find the 'Open the doors' button and more trying to blindly destroy the 'Fire the turrets' button by smashing everything with claws and SMG rounds.>>32808451A standard tactic of Australian man-hunting spiders, he'll see it coming from a mile away.
>>32808414The amount of electricity is vastly different, and the other humans were channeling it directly into the ground in the open.And I don't know how many times this is going to come up, but it took days or at the very very least a bunch of hours for planetary defense forces to arrive.
Rolled 73>>32808466>>32808475Fuck you buddy.
>>32808475>The drone accidently hits the 'kill all bugs' button.
Rolled 34>>32808475Seriously anon>>32808491One post too late anon.
>>32808479>I think it's less trying to find the 'Open the doors' button and more trying to blindly destroy the 'Fire the turrets' button by smashing everything with claws and SMG rounds.I was referring to a hypothetical 'Other' writein I wanted, but which seemed impossible.Destroying the consoles is pointless, since the weapons aren't even a threat anymore being inside their blindspot, and no one to man them.
Rolled 69>>32808475>You attempt to destroy the console, but instead you activate the auto-targeting system and electrocute yourself!>Lyle walks in "What the fokken 'ell is goin on in 'ere mate? We 'ad an autotargetin system all along? Croikey!"
>>32808475Hahaha. Time to learn a lesson.
>>32808540We accidentally activate 'that'. Good quest everyone. It was fun.
>>32808544Possible he just catches up and kills our wasp before we get anything done....And then he operates the weapons systems. With cyborg magic.
>>32808546The only lesson I want to learn is How To Not Die 102.
Rolled 12>>32808546We all knew his spree was going to end soon/eventually.It actually went on far longer than I ever expected. He more than made up his nutrients.
cant we just barrcaide the hatch
Rolled 29>>32808650A wasp doesn't exactly have the best grasping appendages.
>>32808650Too late for ambushing/preparing for Lyle, you had your chance.Too busy trying to cut up the console and just breaking a nail/getting electrocuted.
So, that one means he either hit the self-destruct, or turned on the turrets.
>>32808797Or maybe he just fails completely at cutting stuff up. Crits haven't been too strong in this quest so far.
>>32808699I imagine Wasp trying to build a barricade, it just falling over, and it getting just so adorably frustrated.
>>32808797turrets were already on.bug dies, or hits the launch button.
we got a 59 remember so bare pass
>>32808868Crits override. Also this isn't a retarded quest with flat DC.
>>32808540Your wasp quickly stabs at the displays, tearing at the wires and dials. Sparks fly as you rip open the paneling and slice into the sensitive equipment. You can't be sure how much damage you actually do to the device without knowing how it works, but as you bring down your blade one last time you feel a sudden jerking motion. Your drone is lifted into the air and brought down backwards onto its head, a bloodied arm wrapped under the mandibles. Lyle drives your drone's face into the floor and quickly rams a knee into its thorax with a loud crunch."You know how much one of ya buggas is worth alive?" he says, his elbow pressed hard against the back of your wasp's head. "Fifty thousand creds a piece, thirty if dead. I don't know why and I don't ask, all I know is you and your buddies' little tantrum out there means me an' coil get to keep that much more of it."Your wasp lashes out with its claws, reaching in vain for Lyle's head. A knife quickly pins the arm to the deck while the other is pulled up behind the wings and crushed beneath his knee."Now, I'm gonna go take a piss, and then I'm gonna think on all the things I can buy with thirty thousand creds. Now for givin me such a fun ol' time, I'll let bygones be bygones, but if I see ya start making somthin personal outa this, I'll have to get serious." He leans in close. "Hear that, ye' majesty?" With a quick jerk of motion and a loud crunch your drone's head splits open and the wasp's senses become blank.
>>32808971Haha, they know.Alright guys. Rapid militarization is required.
Rolled 15>>32808971Fuck him, he is dead meat.
>>32808971>A single drop marine and a squid think they can threaten usHAHAHAHAHA
>>32808971>ye' majestyHE KNOWSSSSS.I think we should retreat, pop out a bunch more warriors, then go back in for the kill.
Rolled 79>>32809014So shock troops is a go?Also who is up for letting this guy live, and just research him while he is alive?
>>32808971Welp its time to send in the workers.
>>32809042Shock troops go.And we're killing this Aussie fuck, make no mistake.
Withdraw, we are not ready for this shit.salvage what we can via items and bodys. take everything we can carry.
>>32808971He's a dead human! But see if we can take his body mostly intact. Those cyber parts might be worth studying.
>>32809073I was thinking that, torturing him and give a slow death would work, but okay.
>We are going to have to rush military after we only get a single good food tech spat out
>>32809087We can't retreat right, now.We have 3 warriors inside, our only objective is to cause as much damage as possible.
>>32808971>Pull back your warriors>Send in workers to salvage the area (retroactive, I assume you sent them earlier, just say how many and they will arrive immediately.)>Have warriors stay at the door and siege the ship>Ask Theseus about this topic>Other
>>32809033Warriors take something like 3 days to hatch. Definitely need a larger standing military force though.And more Thinkers and a bigger farm and... things.
>>32809138>>Send in workers to salvage the area (retroactive, I assume you sent them earlier, just say how many and they will arrive immediately.)>>Have warriors stay at the door and siege the ship
>>32809121our warriors are outside not in, we cant risk losing them and leaving the queen defenseless.we have lost this fight.>>32809138>Pull back your warriors>Send in workers to salvage the area (retroactive, I assume you sent them earlier, just say how many and they will arrive immediately.)
>>32809138Ask Theseus and seige the ship
You could have prevented this.You could have not transmitted that SOS signal for them.You could have let them vanish and never be heard from again.
>>32809138Keep the warriors going. Maybe we can wipe them. If we can't kill Aussie with the three then pull back and wait for more warriors. If we kill him the rest should fall.
>>32809138>Send in workers to salvage the area (all of them sans 5 to tend the farm and 10 in addition to that.)>Ask Theseus about this topicHe would know much about cataloging new species, that was his job in the Union after all.
>>32809138>Have warriors stay at the door and siege the ship>Ask Theseus about this topic>Otherbirth a new batch of warriors asap!
>>3280915730 workers>>32809166They are inside the ship, last thread we voted to rush in.
>>32809172Oh shush you. It doesn't matter now anyway.
>>32809199That would take three days.
>>32809138>Send in workers to salvage the area (20)>Have warriors stay at the door and siege the ship>Ask Theseus about this topicAsk him,if SOS signal is being sent out.
the door was sealed and they were trying to break in
>>32809138>Tell the warriors to make sure the engines are totally destroyed.We ain't letting this fucker leave the planet till he's fucking dead.
>>32809138>Send in workers to salvage the area>Have warriors stay at the door and siege the ship Warriors should stick around at least as long as the workers do.
>>32808971>Have warriors stay at the door and siege the ship>Ask Theseus about this topicWe definitly need more warriors, more are going to come soon.
Rolled 42>>32809138>Pull back your warriorsWe have no idea if the turret controls are down, and with at least two of them still alive inside the ship, they could fix it probably. >>32809247This too for good measure.
>>32809253We're not letting them go. We're going to dismantle this ship around them with workers if we have to, but they're not going to live.
>>32809166We kept 2 warriors back at base.
>>32809138Would asking Theseus kill him?
>>32809166> she tries in vain to pivot the turrets to the blind spot just behind the loading bay door where your three warriors areWe are basically inside the ship.
>>32809291Theseus is in mental bleedout mode. If we get him to research, he dies faster. But asking a simple question is liable to only speed up the process by a few minutes at most.
>>32809278They need to engage in some serious engine repairs before they can leave. There's not much of a rush.
We can probably take systems of the ship to improve Theseus
>>32809138>>32809138>Ask Theseus about this topicHow to effectively take out cyborgs, and any useful info on ships.
>>32809302were at the doors, not inside. The difference is there.
>>32809326>We can probably take systems of the ship to improve TheseusNone of you ever learn. The reason we need to deal with these guys and maybe more is because we decided to involve ourselves with humans. Fuck the AI, they would probably be worse.
>>32809138Your workers arrive at the clearing around the ship and quickly find some items of interest.Roll 1d100, best of 3 for salvageAlso please note that falling back will only send your warriors back to the jungle and out of sight of the ship, not all the way back to the hive unless you were to specify that. You have three warriors at the ship, one warrior defending your hive, and one warrior defending the Clake crash site. You also have two wasps at the ship, and one healing at the hive.>>32809291No.what >>32809316 said.
>>32809354Nothing saying we have to actually return the AI to its...elf. Giving it memory banks so it doesn't die while serving us though? Useful to us.
Rolled 62>>32809360I an hephaestus, god of scrap and metal. Watch as I forge wonders.
Rolled 88>>32809223I know, but this fight with this human might drag on. Also, we will need to replace our losses.>>32809360
>>32809360Falling back is fine and prudent then. We inflicted non-repairable damage to their defensive perimeter so maintaining our current foothold is not vital.
>>32809321Preventing samples from getting off the planet is of the highest priority.
Get the workers to cut up openings in to the ship so we can end this fight
We also need to save the injured scout by a worker carrying it back.
>>32809360The warriors are still banging away at the entryway then?
>>32809219>learning from the past doesn't matterNow anon you know that's not how it works.
>>32809447That goes without saying.Maybe not now though. Considering he's pretty much inaccessible to our workers
>>32809429It is important, yes. There is also no imminent risk of such a thing occurring.
>>32809476It's not like it's going to change anything at this point.When we expand to other planets, sure. But not now.
>>32809452Yes, although the door is quite durable. They don't seem to be making all that much progress other than a few dents.
>>32809360QuestDrone, what are the armaments of our remaining warriors at the ship?
>>32809476Dwelling on the past will only slow our progress.
>>32809476If they found out that we'd destroyed the SOS they would've tried to kill us.They also might have set up data caches classifying us as developed and hostile.
>>32809518Two thorn launchers and a fire spray. The two wasps have sting casters.
>>32809514If we can't knock the door down, can we tear it off the sides of the ship? Work around the door?
>>32809531> that we'd destroyed the SOSDestroy?The SOS was a radio transmission transmitted with the radio drone at their request. The drone in the system that received it was destroyed by the Unity server ship, not us.If the humans never get rescued, no one knows any bugs exist. It's trivial to hide--we were hiding just fine except when we chose to reveal ourselves.
>>32809493Alright.As long as we're on the same page as to what the priorities are.
>>32809571Let's have the warriors outside search for an alternate mode of entry. Windows that can be shattered, like the canopy or "windshield" of a cockpit.
>>32809571Can we get a confirmation that we laid more warriors? regardless of if we need them currently we will need to restore the lost numbers.
Rolled 38>>32809622Also the shock troops.
>>32809601Consider that it is quite possible that revealing ourselves to the extent that we have and the ensuing events that happened as a result has prevented a more thorough investigation on the part of the human government. It is difficult to predict precisely how things would have turned out.
>>32809601The SOS was destroyed by Unity. They would have been coming whether we wanted them to or not.
the engine dropped off right,there should be an opening there then for a worker to start digging through it
>>32809601I'm sorry.I thought you meant distort the message instead of just telling them we couldn't broadcast it.Again I'm sorry.
>>32669240>>32806545Legs/mobility: Endurance: (1N)Any reason why these guys have endurance for legs, instead of sprint.
>>32809669problem is, might bring them in range of the guns.
>>32809641> It is difficult to predictNot really? Like, the current course of events was predicted. It's not hard to reason about at all.Said investigation would have been possible to hide from, especially once they found what they were looking for and stop looking. And if they did find the existence of the hive, then it would still be an objective win, because it delays the discovery by however long it took them to get here.
>>32809683I made them like that since, i thought of them as trackers, and so that they can last in long distance fights(chasing some one or hours of constant combat)
>>32809360Your workers quickly scrounge up what they can from around the ship and move away as quickly as possible. You are still unsure of you disabled the weapons, but they don't seem to respond to your workers.>BobYour workers quickly find the remains of the massive defensive walker named Bob, hoping to find anything of use. The frame has been torn into tiny pieces, the bits of metal shrapnel tossed around the area. You find nothing of use, but plenty of scrap. +78 Metals.>Human bodiesYou find the two humans you had killed. The first has had its torso ripped open. The ribcage has been split apart like a flower, and the insides scrambled into a thick paste, but the head and lower body seem intact. The other has been split in two, and you can't find the legs anywhere. The torso is found a short ways away from the ship in the jungle. Between the two you should be able to perform a proper dissection.>SnifferYour sniffer drone is found not far from the human torso. Half of the thorax has been ripped apart, and the legs and an arm are missing. It is still alive, but you are unsure if it will survive its injuries for much longer.>Take it back to the hive>Recycle it and lay a new oneYou feel it is time you had a talk with Theseus to see if he knows anything on these matters. He is still unaware of your discovery of the Clarke, or the arrival of the hunters.What do you ask him?
>>32809823>Recycle it and lay a new oneAsk him,if SOS signal is being sent out.How to effectively take out cyborgs, and any useful info on ships.
>>32809797Except said investigation might have lead to a full scaled war with us at dangerous disadvantage.
>>32809823>>32809874Ask him what he knows about any organizations we've seen mentioned, like the penal colony or whatever.
>>32809823Theseus, you used to catalog new species yes? Can you give any examples of secret operations performed by Union forces against newly discovered races?Take it back to the hive, this Sniffer deserves better.
ask if he know the ship design
>>32809797As >>32809886 points out, it's possible we wouldn't have gotten the civilization designation we ultimately received if we had delayed contact.
>>32809823>Take it back to the hiveIf we can save it, so much the better. If it dies, we'll lay a new one and eat the body.
>>32809823>>Take it back to the hive
>>32809886How so? Would it be somehow more difficult to pretend to be stonesmashers?
>>32809901I can support this line of questioning.
>>32809823>Take it back to the hiveMuh hero ect.Ask about the human governments and how shifty they are. See if they are likely to set something like this up under the table. The fact that survivor man knows about The Queen means he had information directly from the group of survivors that we helped off. Also, only our human friend knew about the Queen and likely told his friends. Once again, we have already lost yet another advantage now that they know of the Queen. Damn it guys.
>>32809823Lay warriors. Lots and lots and lots of warriors. And wasps.
>>32809797Look, if we hadn't helped the humans we'd be dealing with the Unity. Personally I prefer dealing with the humans.
>>32809823I'm against talking to Theseus about the Clarke, it's irrelevant.Describe the ship design of the bounty hunters, and as about its weaknesses or communication capability.
>>32809965They would've figured it out when they noticed our drones don't have reproductive organs.
>>32809823Can we lay some wasp worker variants?
So who here thinks that the scientist sent these guys?We know he was laughed at for thinking of a hive mind species, but when he finally finds one he can't take a sample.
>>32809962Depends on how far our infrastructure and general influence on our surroundings had advanced. It's worth noting that the arrival of a later exploration ship might not involve its crash on the planet and having all of its survey instruments destroyed.We were super lucky to not have to hide from any real high-tech scrutiny.
>>32810014He sent these guys.
>>32810014I feel more like it's the government myself.
>>32809965To be fair, we don't know for sure they DO know of the queen. This guy's statement could easily be colloquialism couched in personal assumption/misunderstanding of his briefing. I mean, when you see giant space bugs you think "queen" and "hive".
>>32809996>prefer dealing with the humansThe Unity does not have an obvious conflict of interest with the hive.>Unity>hide in distant star systems>blood feud with creators>no ill will to other factions>science all day every day>willing to respect hive's right to secrecy>humans>expansionists, rivals for territory, manifest destiny over the whole Frontier Expanse>blood feud with Unity>desire control over all other civilizations in their way>hire bounty hunters to discover the hive's secrets
>>32809823>Recycle it and lay a new one
>>32810092you forget, that these unity robots want samples of our species, and could view us as something that obstructs their chance to advance in science.
>>32810089I didn't consider that. Next time I see a space bug race I won't immediate fall towards assuming that horrible always true stereotype.
>>32810092Nonsense, the Unity would've moved in to harvest us and there would've been little we could've done about it because they don't have a bureaucracy to delay action.Oh wait, is conjecture on what could've been different annoying you?
>>32809823>take it back to hive
>>32810130We checked that possibility.If the hive refuses to share bio samples, the only consequence is they will not share their treasure trove of research and data in return.Quid pro quo.Hence the "willing to" etc.
>>32810130How?"Can genetically engineer selves and creations at will. Suggested action: map genome, assume they can do everything."
>>32809823>Take the sniffer back to the hiveYou direct your thoughts to Theseus, although you still find it strange how naturally you seem to be able to do so. His response is a brief pain in the back of your mind which you seem to feel is something called a "handshake protocol", you're not sure how you know that."What do you know of this design?" You say, to the point. Direct thoughts tend to be much more direct than what you have experienced from the strange dance of verbal speech."It appears to be a customized Spartan patrol cruiser outfitted with a Ceph Slip Drive. Some of the modifications are different but the design seems to match that of the Hel's Angle. How did you encounter it?"You can't help but be shocked at the response. You were expecting a far more vague answer. "How do you know this ship?" You ask, although the urgency seems to make it more of a demand. "We have made dealings with the owner in the past. A man named Lyle Rogers. I can assume you have met him?"What do you say?
>>32810203"He is attempting to capture hive drones to obtain items called 'creds'. His artificial body modifications make him very difficult to kill."
so the rest of the unity is screwing with us,and this merc cuts deal with everyone
>>32810203"We have. He attempted to capture one of my drones. I deployed my warriors, and fought him, believing him to be a threat to the hive. So far I believe my drones have slain all of his crew members, except for himself and the Ceph aboard his vessel.
>>32810169In fairness, we've as little guarantee that the AI was telling the truth as it has that we'll return it.
>>32810203"We have recently encountered him on the planet."
>>32810203A mix of >>32810261and>>32810290seems to do well.
To Catch a Lyle: A Hive Powerpoint PresentationBy Thinker Seven1. Swarm with workers2. Workers seize four human limbs in strong, stone-crushing mandibles3. Workers de-swarm, pull human spread eagle4. Warriors advance, use sharp mandibles to sever all limbsSuccess!
>>32810430You lost me after step 2.
>>32810290Concur with this too really.
>>32810203Can we send in our workers to help the warriors?
>>32810486I tend to think that sending workers (no matter the number) against Lyle is likely to end in slaughter of the workers.
>>32810510we just need to distract him, while or warriors fuck him up, plus workers are our cheapest unit.
>>32810524I think the interior of the ship is too cramped to really pull this off, sadly.
>>32810486How about this plan. If the ship is disabled and the outer weapons are busted. Then why siege it? We just get the workers to BURY the ship in rocks, mud, and other junk so he can't get out. that way we can buy time to grow new troops and then unearth it and tear him a part.
>>32810555sounds like a plan.Kill the antenna, weapons and engines form outside, bury it for a week, swarm with a small army.
>>32810555>>32810608He's got an entangled comm unit, for sure.Honestly now that we hear that he's cooperated with the Unity before and that he's willing to not take things personally I would be willing to work with him for mutual gain.After all, what difference does it make to him if he takes home a wasp or a specially grown worker who has the most plain genetics possible?In return we can acquire basically whatever we want.
>>32810555>>32810608You'd somehow have to find enough rocks to do that in the middle of a jungle.
>>32810203He has attacked and captured a drone with the promise of 'credits'. My warriors have attacked and damaged their craft, and killed much of the crew. What do you know of this?""Energy Credits" he says "A form of politically neutral currency deviced by the Earth Confederation to facilitate interstellar trade. It is used by both the Union and Commonwealth, and is used to some extent by all other known races. We hold many thousands of false accounts with Union, Commonwealth and Valen banking authorities. While it is usually universally accepted, the mercenary Lyle Rogers has been known to accept technology as payment. We have found him to be very reliable in missions of espionage and technology gathering, although we find he is hired to move against us just as frequently. We have always tolerated this due to his efficiency and professionalism.""Professionalism? Explain.""He has never informed us of his other employers' identities or locations, even under duress, although he typically offers a free 'job' after extended interrogation. Despite lack of pay in such assignments he has always delivered.""Did the Unity hire him to come here?""I do not know. It is always possible.""What do you know of him?""He served in the Commonwealth military for a time as a deep strike shock trooper, but was dismissed due to mental instability.""What of 'Helviti'?""A Commonwealth prison colony in the Hel system. It is highly volcanic in nature."
>>32810608>Small army I have a feeling Lyle is going to be a recurring character just because we want him dead so much. Who's true goal was the first thought of humanity since it's conception"Can I fuck it?"
>>32810624How about a suicide drone with a Thinker stuffed inside? Thinker has standing orders to trigger the drone's suicide function as soon as the drone is injured or sedated in any way.I don't actually support this plan, mind.
>>32810624You have a point...we can make this work to our advantage if he's willing to cooperate.
>>32810637"How do we defeat or otherwise disable his cybernetics?"
>>32810657I would be pretty upset if he got away, and with a drone, after some hand wave. If he does get away at this point it would have to be from us screwing up.
Depends, he could be persuaded to work for us, but if his professionalism is to be believed. I don't thin he'll rat out on his current employer in the middle of a job.
>>32810637"You have captured him before, to put him under... 'duress'. Did you exploit some weakness?"
>>32810657Why kill him when he can be of use?
>>32810637Good to know that torturing him is a waste of our time, I guess.Damn, I'm starting to have terrible ideas involving cooperating with him.
>>32810799Because we have no real method of paying him.
>>32810637Describe a Ceph Slip Drive, we have disabled his apparent primary propulsion. Is there danger of him escaping?
>>32810630We're digging under ground tunnels, there is plenty of rocks there.
>>32810730The real challenge does seem to be getting him to abandon the pursuit of our drones in any form.>>32810821Funny you should say that because we do. Basic melee warrior drones with a Thinker to command them that is instructed to follow Lyle's instructions. Without us they'd be dumb brutes, but they're damn good meatshields.
>>32810826Alright, cant we just dig under the ship, then collapse and bury it?
>Everyone wants to kill him or experiment on him>"He is a mercenary. He won't rat you out">LETS HIRE HIM GUYZWhat the fuck?
>>32810898I think its the same guys that blindly trust the robots.
>>32810821What are you talking about? We clip the excess genetics off of a worker's corpse and that's 30k credits RIGHT THERE.
>>32810881Good point! That should be easy to do with the workers on hand.
>>32810637"What are his capabilities?""Most of his implant technology is designed to allow the operation of a Drop Suit. We have analyzed them extensively the first time we captured him infiltrating our territory. Many subsequent implants and modifications are of our own design, and were provided as payment for a variety of espionage efforts. His skeletal structure has been reinforced, artificial muscle tissue offers enhanced speed and strength, and much of his nervous system has been replaced with high performance fiber optic micro-cable. His skin is also interwoven with a high quality polymer that is resistant to puncture or slashing.""What of this, 'duress'"?"During our first interrogation he was subjected to extreme electrical currents. While he stated that 'it tickled', he eventually offered a free job in exchange for freedom. The previous three times we captured him he said 'good game, guys' and offered the same deal.""What do you know of this 'Ceph Slip Drive""I do not have this information. The Ceph are a highly isolationist people and we have yet to obtain a working sample for proper study."
>>32810898Basically, he could be a possible contact operating within the union. Also, he seems to give no fucks about whoever hires him so long as he gets payed.Emphasis on COULD and SEEM
>>32810945Well at least nobody will miss a mercenary.Thanks Theseus. Time to plot his downfall.
>>32810945What I'm really curious about is how he handles failing a mission. If he's fanatically loyal to his current assignment, he's basically useless to use because we're his target.
>>32810945"How do you suggest I capture him?"Also, I agree with Fluff. We should put the ship into a hole.
>>32810946Even if I accepted that he would have some value, we have nothing to pay him with. Unless you want to go with what anon posted above about giving him several drones and thinkers. You know, the thing we have been fighting to prevent this whole time.
>>32810945>The Ceph are a highly isolationist people and we have yet to obtain a working sample for proper study."Almost as bad as the humans.
>>32810945I look forward to throwing his body to the thinkers.We could learn to artificially augment our own drones in a similar manner.
>>32811031The Unity caught him infiltrating their territory and managed to dissuade him from completing his mission.We can too.
>>32811050Maybe its best that we just make sure they won't be able to escape for now by dropping the ship into a hole. Then we can debate on what to do with him.
>>32811073One problemo, hombre:That means letting him leave in a ship. Which we need to dissect for delicious cloaking technology and everything else, too.
>>32811087Meh, we could always pay him to acquire delicious cloaking technology and such after he leaves.
>>32811073We have nothing to pay him with no money or anything unless we capture him and begin a mind control drone program
>>32811059Seriously, every time someone says diplomanser I see assurances that no one wants to diplomance, yet here we are.
>>32811112We could pay him with warrior drone goons, but that's a problem if he's going to turn around and sell them.
>>32811130Just an addition, I have no problem with diplomacy, I voted to help the humans before, but getting buddy buddy with the robots or letting the mercenary live is just stupid.
>>32811144He probably would sell them.At this point, we just need to stop him from leaving, and ensure he dies here.
>>32811144>>32811104so WHY do we want to let him live?
>>32811073Unity also has a massive power and Tech base as well as credits. Also, we need to keep ourself hidden. Giving him samples of our drones will make others ask questions and start to look for us.
>>32811175To acquire technology.
>>32811185lets just kill him then.
>>32810945"How do you propose to capture him?""I would not know, I do not have access to his detailed psychological profile. Many of our serverships' internal defenses are designed with him in mind, and he has proven highly effective at finding errors in our applications."
>>32811185How about we just look for tech among the TWO SPACESHIPS we now have?
>>32811175He needs to die. He knows about the queen. That and the implants would make a great thing to study for the thinkers.
>>32811153I agree with you, i'm just boggled that people bitch about the humans so much, but are acting the same way towards the robots like we did to the humans.
>>32811199Have workers tunnel under the ship, then collapse the tunnel, burying the ship with it.
>>32811204>>32811193Suit yourselves. I doubt it'll be quite that easy, I have a feeling he'll have quite a few 'favors' stashed up among people we don't want to displease at this stage in our development.If I was devising this NPC I'd sure have him with those connections.
>>32811175Because.. Uh.. Er... Um... "Reasons"?There's damn little he can give us that we can't get from dissecting him, or haven't already taken when our drones disabled the ship.We have TWO SPACESHIPS to play with now, as well as human bodies, spacesuits, all the guns we can shake a mandible at, and something to stick our pet AI in so it doesn't croak.He either knows too much, or was hired by someone who suspects too much- We can't let him get away.
>>32811153Robots don't make 'buddy buddy'. That's not even on the table.They make a valuable offer of quid pro quo, which is irrelevant right now since it's impossible to make the transaction while planetbound. That's it. A one-off tech tree unlocking bargain.
>>32811220There's like 1 or 2 people who bitch about humans, the rest of us are fine with how it turned out. At least it's entertaining.
>>32811199This is a lot of new information to take in at once. You ponder on what you should do.>Have your drones fall back to the edge of the clearing>Besiege the ship with your remaining warriors>Bury the ship>Other
>>32811276>>Besiege the ship with your remaining warriors>>Bury the ship
>>32811220I know anon, and I guarantee you there will be a discussion for making friends with the next invaders as well.>>32811255Lot more then 1 or 2, I'm not happy intel about the queen got out.
>>32811175I don't, I think he's not worth it. Even if he doesn't directly compromise us, we know he'll probably just get sent after us again, with the advantage of foreknowledge. The robots are established enough they can afford the give-and-take of dealing with him, we can't.
>>32811276>Bury the ship
>>32811276>Besiege the ship with your remaining warriors
>>32811276>Besiege the ship with your remaining warriors>Bury the ship
>>32811276>Besiege the ship with your remaining warriorsWe press the attack before they can try something cunning. We only need one more good roll.
>>328112361) Blood Knights MIGHT have people who would rescue them, but not a lot of people who would avenge them.2) A lot of people don't like someone who deals with all sides.>>32811276We need to disable his legs, literally and figuratively. Giant Blade Launchers, ambushes, lots of little hacker drones, etc.
>>32811276>>Besiege the ship with your remaining warriors>>Bury the shipShort term, long term. if one gets results first, the latter might be less necessary.
>>32811276>Besiege the ship with your remaining warriorsMaybe bury the ships, if things go south.
>>32811276>Bury the ship>While besieging it
>>32811276>Bury the shipThat way we will have time to grow more troopers, and desire to either make him work for us or kill him at our leisure.
>>32811255And the QM would have made the alternative just as entertaining, it ain't like that's dependent on making poor decisions and dismissing the blatantly obvious consequences as "shadowruns".
>>32811339He'll likely be inside repairing systems, and we don't know how the Ceph Slip Drive works. It might be able to teleport him right out of a cavern.
>>32811331>>32811333Seconded, lets not bury if we take him out.
>>32811339ugh, I meant 'Decide to either.
>>32811276Looks like>Bury the ship while besieging it with your three warriors.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.We can also cover drone design and laying while we wait for the besieging and tunneling to be done.
>>32811220Unity was only a preferable neighbor to deal with than humans in *relative* terms, wasn't suggesting to outright reveal our existence deliberately or any other dumb action of trust again.
>>32811354That might happen, but I am betting on that it won't happen.
Rolled 28>>32811454Just one more good crit...
Rolled 91>>32811454>>32811470oh god what.
>>32811331I'm not confident we can take him out with the three warrior drones we've got. I have a feeling his "taking a piss" is really putting on his armor and otherwise gearing up.
Rolled 1>>32811469>>32811470>>32811471Fuck this shit. DOOOOOM
Rolled 77>>32811469>>32811470>>32811471>>32811473>>32811483Hahahahaha, betcha wish we had negotiated now!
>>32811454>Looks like>>Bury the ship while besieging it with your three warriors.>>Please roll 1d100, best of 3.>>32811469>Rolled 1d100: 9GOD>>32811470>Rolled 1d100: 16DAMN>>32811471>Rolled 1d100: 2IT.
>>32811495Nani?Lyle only negotiates after he's tied up. He's kinky like that.
>>32811469>>32811470>>32811471>>32811473>>32811483The balance must be restored...
>>32811495no, because negotiation was dumb,
>>32811561Come on anon.From previous bad rolls I'm going to guess that one warrior dies, one is injured, and the tunnel is delayed. But they also get injured, and remain in the ship.
Rolled 62Welp. Time to grow some warriors and shock troopers fast.I was wondering, If we have the large land drone tech plus ramjets, would it be feasible to create a large transport drone that could quickly carry groups of warriors and workers to hotspots? I mean, it could be better than waiting hours for them to get there on foot.
>>32811588Their not in the ship. Infront of the door is different from inside.
>>32811454The soil under the Hel's Angle is soft and muddy. The tunnel collapses faster than it is dug, and requires extensive reinforcing to make any progress. This may take a while...You can hear several loud thumps from within the loading bay and a brief crackle over a loudspeaker."The loading ramp is for loading and unloading only, loiterers will get their crusty little asses kicked." After a short while you hear the whine of hydraulics."So you wanna play hard ball is it? Alright, let's play for keeps."
>>32811588What does any of this have to do with 'negotiation'? With whom? How? For what terms?
>>32811469>>32811470>>32811471So Lyle is Sly Marbo?
>>32811664For fucks sake.
Rolled 64>>32811664Shit he has a battle suit.
>>32811664he's gonna open the doors, at least.Fugg, if we sent in the Speaker, the only drone we have with self-destruction, it could quickly devour the wasp corpse and then either escape or dissolve everything.Too late though. Abort abort
>>32811669I was just quoting you for the first sentence. You shouldn't just leave it at 'that's dumb', though I agreed with you.
>>32811718no, we have to damage that suit enough, so that he doesn't fly away.
>>32811664We are on page 9, and it sounds like you have a lot of drone design to do, so I think we should just have the rest of the thread for that.I also have both good and bad news. The good news is that the next thread has been pushed up to Friday due to travel, the bad news is that the thread after that will be postponed due to the same trip.>>32811609That sounds like it could work.
>>32811733Fly... away? From... the planet? Or what? What exactly are you proposing?
>>32811739We already have most of the plans, we just need to finish this encounter.
>>32811739the drone designs to come that are useful all depend on pending research still, unfortunately.
>>32811739Well good luck on your trip. Drop some posting on your twitter account so we'll know you're alright QuestDrone.
>hit bump limit in just 3 hoursMan I wish we'd save drone design for end of threads.>>32811739So, yes quest on Friday the 20th, no quest on Sunday the 29th? Postponed till when?
>>32811739We researched those superheavy armored beetle things, right?Could we make a drone that's basically a shell with fucktons of weapons mounted on it / recessed into the shell?
>>32811892no passage of time yet, which is why i wanted to end this encounter in this thread, we still have 1-3 hours left.
>>32811832Sure thing, i'll update with more specific dates later in the week.>>32811857Won't know till later. I'll update when I do know. I'll be leaving before this Sunday and getting back just after the next Sunday. I hope Monday but that would depend on work. Also, yea we seem to be burning through threads real fast, and I think the board has gotten a bit faster recently, which is why I wanted to deal with drone design now and finish up the fight at the start of the next thread.>>32811892You are researching that now, but you can design a drone and have it made when the research is done.>>32811920That's another reason. It's well into the night at this point, so you have effectivley reached the next day. I figured it would be best to be able to set up drone production now instead of the next day so you don't have as long to wait.
>>32810089We do for sure. Lee told the Clarke crew everything about what he saw, they logged it all in the First Contact report.Anyone except a scientist with tunnel vision for his pet theory would conclude based on those observations (giant-ass bone-headdress-antennae on queen? talking to drone is like "talking to someone on the phone"?) that a centralized command structure was more likely than a decentralized gestalt intelligence.
>>32811991I also wonder if the government had had encounters with other Hives/Queens before? It might be the reason for where we are at now.
>>32811982What are our troop count, and nutrient count?
>>32812064That is so unlikely as to be ludicrous, as our species has never met aliens like this before, and also this is uncharted space, ie our race has never been near human space to encounter them.And this is their 'Frontier Expanse'. They haven't been further than this before, either.
>>32812064We came from an uncharted nebula, remember?
>>32812065292 N597 Mcombat drones are3 wasps5 warriors2 sniffers, although one of them is in critical condition
>>32812100>>32812099>>32812083Yes, we did. But who knows how long we were out there. The humans might have came in behind us and found out that way. But right now, I'm just guessing and it's more likely we'll never find out.
So what was the plan for shock-troop drones again? Because those sound like they'd really come in handy. Also, we should probably research heavier weapons next. Also, using the upcoming heavy carapace with upscaled weapons would be good, if only for dealing with armoured enemies.Also, I propose we name a heavy varient "Bobslayer" for giggles.
>>32812164Bro. 'Frontier Expanse'. As in 'humans are still just starting to chart this part of space for CONQUEST'.There is almost no possibility they made it so far past the spinward nebula.
>>32812214Basically the idea is Explosive Warriors. That explode when they die.
>>32812154extra 5 warriors7 more waspthats 55 nutrientsmake 5 shock troops as wellwhich should bring total cost 170N, and 75M
>>32812264With wings, if I recall.Jeez, tg is fast tonight.
Rolled 21>>32812264Nah, it was more complex than that. More like "Elite Warriors". They could be used as a queenly bodyguard, shock troopers, or long ranged recon-in-force units.Olfactory: Advanced: (2N) Acoustic:Advanced(2N) Radio: Advanced:(6N 3M) Electrical sensitivity:Moderate(2N) Mandible: Combat: 1N)Tool/weapon: Combat: (1N) Arm/graspers:Strength: (1N) Legs/mobility: Endurance: (1N) Auxiliary/utility Moderate flight (2N) Self-destruction: Explosive glands: (2N)Carapace/chassisCarapace: Combat:(3N10M) Chassis: mediumIts a bit pricy, but i like to think these guys are the elite of the elite.23 nutrient, and 13 metal.
>>32812154Make 30 more workers.>>32812281Here is my design for reference>>32669240>>32806545
>>32812295>Endurance legsbut why?>absurd sensesLet's not and say we did? Like, in a dedicated sensor drone? One that can have escorts like these guys.This is a hive, we don't need the common drone to have keen elf-eyes when it can be guided by its brothers with but a thought.
Rolled 49>>32812295Although looking at it we should probably split the legs between endurance and sprinting, for more combat efficacy.
>>32812348>split the legsbro, sprinting *is* combat efficient model. just pick sprinting.
>>32812334>but why?Sprint is only good for short burst of combat, while endurance is for long fights and trecks.>>32812334>absurd sensesLike i said last thread, they are dedicated elite units that go in and fuck shit up or hunt things down.
Rolled 95>>32812334It's a generalist combat drone designed to operate on its own at long range and to be able to detect any threats that may be incoming towards the queen. >>32812372Yeah, but with their given senses they're suited to going off on their own for long times. Giving them purely sprint would be eliminating that possibility.
Rolled 59>>32812399>>32812372>>32812348Oh, now that I look at it I think the moderate flight was supposed to make up for the lack of sprinting legs. Makes sense now.
>>32812399"split the legs". what does that even mean? You want to have your cake after you've eaten it already?
>>32812449We have 2 pairs of legs. We can choose one specialization for one pair and another for the other pair to gain generalization at the expense of specialization.So yes.
>>32812434Also the wings are used for.> They could leap over walls and barriers, attack from above and charge in ahead of the others in a suicide run. If you were willing to throw them away in an attack, they would decimate things just by dying next to them.>you get a lot of bang for you buck. Your warriors were shrugging off assault rifle attacks, and when they fought the Unity drone one of them took a particle beam to the chest and was fine.
>>32812399Well even with the "sprinting" legs they still have great endurance. The difference is that endurance legs can just keep chugging along all day without rest, but simply can't move very quickly, while the sprinting legs can expend lots of energy very quickly but doing so will tire the drone. The drone can leap out of the way of things, charge an enemy position, or just move really quickly in a forced march, but if they go for too long they start getting penalties as they tire out.A warrior can walk all day and not tire out, but after a battle it won't be very effective until it has time to rest.
>>32812295Really don't need most of that sensory junk.
>>32812571I think an exploding warrior with moderate wings is enough of an upgrade over the base model, personally. Maybe moderate acoustics and basic radio if we want decent commando capabilities.
>>32812295Well I still like it, Anon, and I'll vote for it when it comes up.
Got the thread archived. http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/32806162/I'm still shocked at how fast tg has gotten recently. I have no need to sleep for the trip since I won't be driving, so if we have the same problem I might do a double thread this Friday.As always, I'm always open to questions, comments, or complaints.
>>32812636its an elite commando, instead of an upgraded warrior, if last thread and this thread is anything to go by.
>>32812695Run, like, 8 threads before Friday
>>32812695so what are we laying building?
>>32812636Yeah I agree with this.
>>32812636>>32812730Why not design and make both?
>>32812636I think exploding workers with wings would do better for that role.I want the uber-commandos, but by no means should they be numerous.
>>32812720That would probably kill me. I wish I could though.>>32812727looks like either more warriors and wasps, or these Elites, although the design has not been finalized yet.
>>32812827>That would probably kill me. I wish I could though.If it kills you, it's not like you'll be around to care about it.If you survive, then you'll be stronger than ever!
>>32812827no more workers?
>>32812772I don't think concentrating a lot of things into one drone is the good strategy. I mean, radio signals receiving?I guess a heavily armored, rather slow scout is a niche we can fill. We'd only need 2 of them though.it would be exploding flying warrior plus loadsa senses then.
>>32812866We could afford a few more. Have them Make a proper throne room for the queen. It's protection appears to be needed now.
>>32812866We can only lay so many things, we have to make tradeoffs here.I think laying workers might be better to do sooner than martial oriented ones though. Odds are this situation with the merc will be finished, one way or the other, within the... what, 4 days it'll take for combat drones to hatch?
>>32812889I can kind of see the benefit of a self-destructing combat scout, but I'm not a huge fan, and it doesn't seem terribly applicable to our current situation. Thinking ahead, I guess.
>>32812955If we win, yeah. We can probably delay their departure with harassing tactics though.
>>32812695How damaged do the engines on the ship appear to be?
>>32813035I doubt it. Hence the spoiler tag.The Taidarens could well jury rig it back into functionality while we're shredded/driven off by the big guy, preventing further sabotage.
>>32812960To be honest, we have a fuckmassive nutrient surplus per-day and a ton of them stockpiled. I think it'd benice to have a heavy hitting jack of all trades unit.
>>32813130They are in shambles. Holes have been punched through various components, and you can still hear a slight hissing coming from it. One of them has even fallen loose from its housing.
>>32813187But for every such drone we don't lay, we can lay twice as many heavy hitters.