Your drones sit in the dense vegetation around the artificial cave. Your sniffers listen to the humans in the antechamber beyond as they rush to aid their wounded and reload their weapons. The sun has risen to midday of the slowly rotating planet.Meanwhile your pods detect a sudden increase in activity in the system of Koenig. A three corvettes and a cruiser have released from their docks and are accelerating outwards towards the edge of the system. After several minutes of acceleration they disappear in a burst of radiation.Your drones have taken casualties on the jungle world of Raligha.7 Warriors6 Wasps5 Shock troops2Colossi2 Sniffers15 WorkersWelcome 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>FAQ ask.fm/QuestDrone
>>34213389>Current armory41 Thorn Launchers2 Thorn Cannons23 Sting Casters1 Rotary Stinger3 Fire Sprays1 Plasma Spray>Current resource reservesNutrients: 2969Metals: 14730>Hive population and upkeep cost Hive maintenance – 75Queen – 5Worker (480) – 960Radiator Worker (40) – 160Warrior (109) – 436Thinker (49) – 147Quantum Thinker (20) – 100Speaker – (1) – 4Digger (30) – 120Refinery (10) – 70Sniffer (2) – 8Small Sniffer (40) – 40Fly (10) – 40 Wasp (59) – 295Antenna (3) – 9Haz-mat Workers (20) – 80Shock Troops (15) – 195Excavator (9) – 171Colossus (2) – 30Advanced Relay (6) – 600Space Pod (3) – 90Shuttle (2) – 50Scout Corvette – 325Lancer Corvette – 200Nutrient costs: 3685>IncomeMetals: 2500Nutrients: 4050Net: 365Hive Structure>Reservoir>General storage>Food storage>Advanced Laboratory>Infrastructure>Hangar facilities: Room for 40 Aero Drones and 20 Shuttles (25N)>Mine: +250 M per day (+25 M per digger)>Algae Farm: +4000 N per day, 40 Workers (1 worker per 100N)>Clarke Research Outpost>Hel’s Angel Prison Outpost>Docking Pylon: Space for docking and construction of 4 ships (50N)Current Construction Projects40 Algae Farms (+4000N, 40 workers)New Construction Options>Algae Farm – +100N per day, 1 worker to maintain>Hangar Expansion – Add on to current hangar facilities for your choice of +40 aero drone space, or +20 shuttle space. 50N 100M>Anti-orbital battery – A bunker armed with a massive Particle beam capable of attacking ships in orbit from the ground. It includes the power and sensor systems required to operate it. 250N 1500MShip Construction Optionshttp://pastebin.com/a7Q1shZehttp://pastebin.com/YTwGk8n1
>>34213389>three corvettes and a cruiser have released from their docks and are accelerating outwards towards the edge of the system.We need to hurry.>>34213425>http://pastebin.com/a7Q1shZeWhy are you still posting this?
>>34213425>Available research optionshttp://pastebin.com/F6t39KSp>>34213457Why indeed. I forgot to remove it from the document I use to keep track of everything. My bad.
>>34213389I think the first order of business is to load 40-50 warriors in our corvette at homebase and ship them out to the frontlines. As soon as it gets there, pull back our Scout Corvette for repairs.Stealth isn't an issue at the moment, time is and we need all the bugs on the ground and functional ships as possible for contingencies.
>>34213618We'll need a 100 of Workers to carry stuff around too.
>>34213512What few drones remain on the planet's surface surround the artificial cave entrance. The humans within are clamoring within the antechamber in a panic. You cannot tell with certainty how many humans there are left, but you know you were able to at least injure several in your assault."Medic! He's been hit!"Several humans huddle around their injured as they drag them deeper into the antechamber.The humans you hold captive within your damaged corvette have been secured in the cargo area.>Use your lancer corvette to bring reinforcements>Retreat from the planet>Send your scout corvette back to the hive>Use your scout corvette to patrol the system>Other
>>34213707>Use your lancer corvette to bring reinforcements>Send your scout corvette back to the hiveAre Unity still in-system? They could help with the patrolling.
>>34213707scout corvette patrol. it does not need to engage while unity's here.bring reinforcement but send it back to hide after.demand surrender from the cave dwellers. We have held back from more lethal bioweapons, it's in their interest to cooperate.
>>34213738The server ship is still visible high above you in orbit, but seems more intent on gathering local specimens before a response from the Union arrives.
>>34213618Agreed, but bring some mini-sniffers too. In the mean time let's have workers start digging holding cells, scout the main ruins with are second sniffer and some workers, have are thinkers start decoding the markings in the ruin, and maybe search for the source of drumming from earlier.
>>34213389Oh boy!My favorite quest of the week!>Use your lancer corvette to bring reinforcements>Use your scout corvette to patrol the systemAlso something I did on a whim, Its horrible I know
>>34213389I haven't had time to catch up, but I DID find this:
>>34213707>Use your lancer corvette to bring reinforcements>Send your scout corvette back to the hive
>>34213787"It is in your best interests to surrender. Your comrades are alive. Even the human Malik. The violence have been unfortunate, but we have only done what was necessary to prevent disaster. For your own survival, surrender."
>>34213707>Use your lancer corvette to bring reinforcements>Send your scout corvette back to the hiveOur lack of tactical flexibility is a bit of a pity, but nothing to be done for that at the moment.
>>34213827>I DID find this:Get on my level.>ahaas.deviantart.com/gallery/
>>34213860This might be a good idea to try but without reinforcements we don't have the firepower to try again, though the humans dont know that yet.We can have the collosi threaten to level the whole place.
>>34213707>Use lancer corvette to bring reinforcements>Send scout corvette back to the hiveYour ship rises into the air with a shudder, jolting its human passengers. As it reaches the depths of space beyond it blinks out of existence for a brief moment and back again. You note several of the humans have become ill.Your lancer moves down to your hive and opens itself for your drones.Which and how many drones do you wish to reinforce with?>>34213821That's adorable, I love it.>>34213827>>34213894Very fitting.
>>34213995as many warriors as possible wait have any of them hatched yet?
>>3421399550 warriors (Equip with whatever we have laying around)5 Diggers (To help us, well, dig out the ruins.)1 Excavator (Ditto.)
>>34213995all warriors and wasps and 5 spy flies.though we never armed them yet. should be all thorn launchers for warriors, half cyclotron half sting caster for wasps.
>>34213995>Warrior (50)>Wasps (30)>Small Sniffer (10)>Worker (15)
>>34213995>Which and how many drones do you wish to reinforce with?100 warriors50 workers20 Small Sniffers
>>34214093Yes. Check the population list.
>>34213995Send in all the flies, half the mini-sniffers, and as many warriors as possible.
>>34213995wait bring some of the knockout sporesSmoke the bastard out
>>34214094>>34214108Why not these two?Also we may want the stealth corvette repaired ASAP.
>>34214108>Worker (15)We'll need more than that. Especially if you want to gather samples of the local wildlife.
>>34214108I like this but up the Workers to (30).I also want a decent number of fire sprays on hand in case we run out of time and have to burn everything to clean up.
>>34214163bring an egg layer and just make a colony then
>>34213995We should get our Speaker to yell into the cave:"Humans. Surrender now. The Hive does not revel in cruelty. You will be treated fairly as prisoners."
>>34214108>>34214175This sounds good to me.
>>34214141It takes about a day to make a new one.>>34214179We should locate the ocean first.
>>34214179We can't, this was a Union colony and they're bound to check on it once they realize that the FTLcomm went dead.
>>34214108Seconding this loadout, manufacture additional weaponry for them
>>34214230The FTLcomm wasn't up when we attacked.But your point stands. They'll come by and check it out, and we don't want to be here when they do.
>>34214230>Union colonyNo it wasn't. It was just a research outpost. They were never going to set up a colony here.
>>34214230yea and there gonna wonder where they bugs coming from?We nailed the ones who saw our ship and pinned it on the unity but on the ground?better set up a good base there unless you want to risk shipping troops there for ever
>>34214265The FTLcomm was actively in use when we attacked, it was just stuck receiving. They definitely noticed when the ship got destroyed and the data stream got cut off.
>>34213995Looks like the consensus is>50 warriors>30 wasps>10 small sniffers>15 workersWith your great number of new drones you no longer have enough weapons to go around.80 warriors and 30 wasps are without weapons.
>>34214325Looks like it's time for honorabu melee combat!
>>34214325there going first wave then
>>34214304We're going to wipe out/abduct everyone on the ground in the next few days, hopefully. There weren't many, it was in the very preliminary stages.>>34214270A research outpost in preparation for colonization efforts. It's a garden planet, unless they find something super deadly, they're gonna want to settle on it.
>>34214325Can we send the resources to construct weapons on site/in transit?
>>34214325Then we'll make more Spike Rifles. In the meantime>Have the ones with guns engage at range and provide covering fire for the charging horde of warriors and their 5-foot long blades.
>>34214397Hive Queen Quest is the story of a bug queen and how it interacts with the other major space faring races through its seven foot tall, reinforced carapace and arm-bladed intermediaries.
>>34214357>It's a garden planetWhere everything is poisonous. Which was said so when they landed.>>34214325Cyclotrons for all Wasps.
>>34214357ya and what not explore that site then leave to the union? maybe we get lucky and it self destructs again?
I'd like to look into the local intelligent life to see how far along they are. Maybe get some dna for cloning or get them to masquerade as stone smashers, get the planet shutdown for colonization, then hijack the satellite (if they leave one), and set up a colony.
>>34214325We have a massive stock pile of metals, We should start building an armory of pre-made and ready to go guns for your fighters of all types. As soon as they hatch, they can go get armed and run off to fight.
>>34214325You have the option of making more weapons if you so choose.>Build more thron launchers for your warriors and sting casters for your wasps>Otherweapon options can be found here http://pastebin.com/z4yZdEbK
>>34214467>OtherMake Cyclotrons for the Wasps.
>>34214467>Build more weapons; as listed by QM
>>34214436We could coordinate with Unity on this.
>>34214467build more weapons and some of the plasma sprayers too
>>34214467>Build more weapons100 Thorn Launchers and 50 Sting Casters for the moment
>>34214502Why use weapons that their armor is designed to protect against.
>>34214357>days6.5 hours, optimistically assuming they're only as fast as the Clarke. if those ships were coming here anyway.do not reveal to unity that we are spying at Koenig though.The Union arriving and finding a server ship here is the best outcome, no suspicion on us.
>>34214467>Build more thron launchers for your warriors and sting casters for your wasps
>>34214436or you know we accept that at some point we gonna have to show our hands when it comes to space travel?instead of this obsession with pretending to be primitive to a point we aren't even trying to build up the real hardware?
>>3421446750 Thorn Launcher50 Sting Caster50 Cyclotron Particle BeamShould we make some of the special ammos?
>>34214514Yes we could.
Guys, you seem to forget that this was supposed to be just a quick raid to prevent the Union from finding the secrets of the temple and hopefull glassing the place before they notice that something was wrong.
>>34214584Except the secrets are useless unless we have them.We need those secrets, then we can glass the temple.
>>34214467>Thorn launchers and sting castersEquipping your current force of drones costs 1650 M13080 Metals remaining.>>34214566A drone can equipped a limited supply of a single alternate ammunition. All you need to do is designate which you would like to use.
>>34214539>>34214524>>34214502What are you guy thinking? Their armor is highly resistant against those weapons.
>>34214467Could we make some Sedative pheromones in grenade form?
>>34214558Or we could build are tech, colonize worlds in secret, and only reveal are intelligence when it's no longer possible to hide it.
>>34214467>Thorn launcher for your warriors and cyclotrons for your wasps>15 Fire Sprays
>>34214609Can we equip our guys with acid?To counter their armor?
>>34214609>Y>>34214607Well duh, that is obviously a given>>34214610iirc, their main enemy is the Unity, which use Cyclotrons rather than projectiles.
>>34214655They cyclotrons because their armor does not protect against it. QD said this very early on we took down two unity drones.
Just hurry and unload the prisoners and salvage from the cloaked scout so it can return and take the UNcloaked ship's place.Have said noncloaking ship hide docked at the docking pylon in case they're stopping at home world on the way. Someone in Union intelligence might be justifiably paranoid.
>>34214709How does whether or not cyclotrons work on humans apply to drones?First off, Unity drones are built to withstand electrical attacks, like those the Union prizes. We took them down with our kinetic attacks, which they didn't have the armor for.If the humans expect to fight the Unity, they'll come geared to protect against Cyclotrons, not bullets.
>>34214609Some acid rounds for some of the thorn launchers should fix any "armor" problem.
>>34214733Seconding for smarts.
>>34214609let's make a surplus of all of the ammo, but equipped them with acid ammo and sedative darts
>>34214637yet no one wants to risk setting up a colonyor really building up our fleet to a capable level in secret and our status quo is to launch high risk raids and keep pretending to be primitive at all costs?its alright if we really started to build our defenses and ships you know but we aren't doing that we just keep sticking to building farms and researching tech with nothing to place it on,its a good strategy but if we don't actually build up then whats the point?
>>34214655Their armor is designed to protect against melee and ballistic weapons because they are to protect against primitive lifeforms. These guys have nothing to protect them from a cyclotron.>>34214746QD said we won because their weapon were designed to fight humans not us. Cyclotrons are way better against human armor.
>>34214798Building farms is sort of incredibly instrumental to building up fleets. We're working on it.
>>34214798I want to set up colonies and I want to attempted to do it stealthily.
>>34214733For max paranoia, explore strange new worlds in uncharted space in the Clarke.because it gives off a massive energy signature from its quantum power tap.exploring those systems beyond human borders is a good excuse to keep it from spoiling our home world stealth.
>>34214609>Distribute acid and sedative darts to your drones>Other (write in)Your corvette quickly makes its way into orbit, passing your scout on its way. In a moment you are looking down at Raligha, drifting past the server ship as cruisers stream in and out of its vast hull.Your corvette touches down in the small clearing of the ruins and your drones fan out.57 Warriors36 Wasps5 Shock troops2 Colossi2 Sniffers10 Small sniffers30 Workers
>>34214798Ideally the whole exponential worker growth with the farms idea is what will support the kind of massive buildup you're aiming for, and that's what we've been doing.I also like the idea of starting hidden proxy colonies on other worlds though, since its our advantages that allow settling worlds quickly, so long as we dig in quietly.
I'd like to have half of our thinkers working with the twins to decrease the research time of the subjects listed below, while leaving the other half to translate the markings in the ruins, or to micromanage our drones as we assault the remaining humans and explorer the ruins. research made simpler by working with Huey and Dewey: Regeneration TankDrop Suit Lyle’s Combat armorMagnetic LevitationNet gunCybernetics (I think)
>>34214916Call for the humans to surrender and guarantee their survival (not really, since we still have dissections to do) and leaving the research data on the temple intact (in a way)
>>34214862Also, We should look into farming other types of food stock we can farm on other worlds in case the fungus we have been eating gets wiped out some how. It never hurts to diversify the food production.
>>34214977If we had another human there we could probably get them to yell into the cave to convince them of that. I don't think they'd believe it otherwise.
>>34214977>not really, since we still have dissections to doWe already done that. We need them for mind control weapons
>>34214916>Distribute Acid and sedative darts.And:>>34214977This. We should talk to them."The Hive's component beings do not value their lives. Whether they die in an accident or from gun fire matters not. But the Hive believes you'd much rather not be torn to pieces by our claws. Surrender, and we can guarantee you die of age instead of violence."
>>34214862>>34214877>>34214926yet and the chance to set up our drydocks and build up or fleet from just recon ships is ignoredwe ignore building our ground troops to a point we sent them all on this raid and just layed some after i mean i get what you guys are saying but we are doing actions that are going to expose us very quickly and pretty much make no sense with what we got?frak and lets not even talk about the players you just keep tossing designs every time
>>34214916Do we even HAVE sedative darts? We haven't researched any, so I can only assume we'll be killing 80% of everyone we try whatever improv compound we're using on.
>>34214916>Distribute acid and sedative darts to your drones
>>34215079We researched them.It'll be fine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ow84xSOUH7kHere is a present.
>>34215115No, ya didnt.that was just next on the list of obvious ideas.quit making shit up that never happened.
>>34215075I'm waiting for the asteroid to get mined out to build the capital shipyard. There's really no hurry on that when we don't have the resources to field even a fleet of sub-capital ships.You want to build more docking pylons and get some frigates or cruisers? I'll back that. A lot of people will. In the last few threads, there's been significant support and chatter for maintaining standing military too.The reason we launched this raid now is that it wasn't an opportunity that would come up again. The risk isn't actually all that high, all we /have/ to accomplish is killing the humans.Your concerns have merit, but you seem to think you're the only one with them and that we aren't already taking steps to address them, but that isn't true.
>>34214916Your wasps take to the air and quickly make their way to the cave entrance where your other drones are waiting. Your warriors are not far behind and your sniffers quickly fill the air around the clearing.>Charge in>Attempt to speak (write in)>Look for an alternate way in>Other
>>34215177>pastebin.com/z4yZdEbKAt the bottom>Sedative pheromone: This mild mind altering substance is designed to block the chemical impulses that often result in a violent fight-or-flight response, easing panic and helping to calm the subject. While it is most effective on humans, it should show some limited effect in other life forms, although it remains untested. Symptoms include fatigue, drowsiness, increased gullibility and bloodshot eyes.
>>34215211Are our guys equipped with acid shots?Also:>Attempt to speak, see:>>34215055
>>34214916>Distribute acid and sedative darts to your dronesTry to avoid using the acid too much, though - we want prisoners, not corpses.
>>34215211>>Attempt to speakwith this >>34215055
>>34215211>Look for an alternate way inthen>Charge in
>>34215177Apparently we did because we're doing it now.
>>34215211>Attempt to speak (write in) >>34213860
>>34215211>>Attempt to speak (write in)>>Look for an alternate way inDistact
>>34215055>>34214916seconding this dialogue
>>34215211OP could devote all our Thinkers to boosting our warriors rolls?
>>34215211>Look for an alternate way in>Attempt to speak (write in)Attempt to get them to surrender. The other humans from the camp did so and it would be wise for them to lay down their arms.
>>34215227I'd strongly prefer a combat-effective tranquilizer agent.>Attempt to speak (write in)"You have not asked to enter, we demand your surrender immediately."They can come to their own conclusions, but it'll shake up cohesion between them. Especially with that civvie in there.
>>34215301I second this.
>>34215211>Attempt to speak with this >>34215055
>>34215301Probably only a handful are necessary, but it's something I've wanted implemented as standard practice for a while now. We might want to devote a core of Quantum Thinkers to train for it even. Hunting excursions, mock combat, that sort of thing.
>>34215301the shock troopers are the officers they do that if we mix them in with the warriors
>>34215211>Attempt to speak (write in)"You have Intruded on our temple! Surrender now, and you will be spared and treated as a prisoner of war."
>>34215403They provide bonuses via their advanced sensory capabilities which is a different and stacking bonus to direct Thinker support.
>>34215403They really don't. Only Thinker can be used like this.
>>34215211>>Attempt to speak (write in)>>34215055At the same time,>Look for an alternate way inJust in case.
>>34215211>Attempt to speak (use >>34215055)If that doesn't work:>Look for an alternate way in>Charge in
>>34215211Your speaker slowly inches itself to the mouth of the cave, keeping itself just out of view."You are individual. We are not. Surrender immediately and you will be unharmed."Your sniffers inch up to the cave, listening for any response."Doctor, can you tell me what the hell is going on?""I- how did they learn our language? Captain, if I could speak wi-""You are not. Those things have made it plenty clear that their hostile.""But what if we are the trespassers? If this is their territory we at least need to know more.">speak (write in)>OtherYour small sniffers scatter across the valley in search of an alternate entrance.Please roll 1d100, best of 3 for search.
Rolled 24 (1d100)>>34215601Sniffer, I choose you!
>>34215601>>speakPretend to be the chosen ones of the temple or some shit like that
Rolled 51 (1d100)>>34215601
Rolled 38 (1d100)>>34215601
Rolled 57 (1d100)>>34215601
Rolled 91 (1d100)>>34215601
>>34215601>speak"Even if you do manage to enter those ruins you be endangering your entire race as well as our own."
>>34215701WHERE WERE YOU ANON?
>>34215729*you will be
Rolled 44 (1d100)>>34215601>>34215641>"Why have you come here? Why do you defile our temple? You bring fire to the sky and war to this planet that hasn't seen it for millions of cycles, pain we haven't felt since the masters left us here! Why?"Or some shit like that.
>>34215601Get the fuck out of our tombs
>>34215601>speak (write in)"You do not listen to your wise component. This is why we cannot allow you to violate this place. Surrender to our custody and none shall suffer further violence."
Rolled 91 (1d100)>>34215601>mixSome form of warning - gas, flame burst past the cave opening, whatever - and repeat a demand for surrender. Let them know we'll get them out of the cave eventually anyway, best they do so alive.
>>34215772I'll second this since it doesn't involve bullshit about masters or endangering our species, and it actually makes sense.
So why haven't we used space Amazon?We should have decent amount of money and our scavenging this place should bring up more money.
>>34215772This.We should also move up our fire-shooting guys, so we can bake them out of the cave if we have to.
>>34215922We need to learn more about space Swiss Banks first.
>>34215772This sounds good to me.
>>34215951We have unity for that.
>>34215601Your sniffers begin to search the valley, scattering in all directions as they take to the air.You sense the female move forward for a moment as she calls out through the cave."Who are you? Why are you here? We-" The other human tackles her to the ground."What the hell are you doing? Are you trying to get us all killed?"Your speaker interrupts. "This is our temple. Why have you come here?"You hear the woman speak again. "Captain, I possess a dozen xenological degrees. If you don't let me at least try to open a dialog with them then we can just sit here and starve. I don't see a better option, do you?""Fine. See if you can talk your way out, but if things go south, we're doing this my way.""Fine."The human woman rises to her feet and slowly closes in on the far side of the cave. "We're explorers. We found this place and didn't know it was... inhabited. We're human, my name is Elizabeth Vaughn, who are you?">Speak (write in)>Other
>>34216001As long as we're not letting them handle our banking themselves, for obvious reasons. The banks seem pretty neutral though, just gotta figure out how to start an account.
>>34216082We are the caretakers of this place
>>34216082>Speak (write in)That does not matterget out of our temple our die
>>34216082"We are the Red Hive."
>>34216082Your hosts, or your executioners. Your choice.I like not outright lying.
>>34216082>Speak"We are the Hive. We already know that you are humans. We have already encountered your kind. Surrender and you will be treated fairly as our prisoners."
>>34216082We are the red hive
>>34216082"We are Mother's Children. We request that you leave this temple and surrender yourselves to us. We will guarantee your safety as we had with your comrades at your main camp. The alternative is extermination"
>>34216082>Speak (write in)"We are. Distinction is crude, Elizabeth Vaughn human. We ask that you surrender your weapons and come out. You will not be hurt."
>>34216082Human obsession with names does not need to be indulged.We offer you survival. Malik and your comrades at camp are alive as our guests. Come politely or come violently.
Should we tell them we ate similar to their human ants, Lee did tell us that.
>>34216082We are the Hive. Exit and surrender at once, Elizabeth Vaughn.You hear a whisper. They clearly underestimate the sensitivity of your sniffers."Doctor, they blew up the Hope, and burned base camp to the ground, and their working with the damn Unity.""Um, we had a ship in orbit. Why did you attack it? How do you know the... machines above us in orbit?"You detect several humans moving further back, just beyond the range of your sniffers senses.>Speak (write in)>OtherYour other sniffers think they have found something deep in the jungle, but it appears to be covered in some form of activity. A strange howling and drumming.>Investigate>Avoid the area and keep looking for another way in
>>34216082I'm reading the archives and I just got to the part with the throne room, and I want to say that shut was glorious.
Speartell them that the hive does not appreciate having nuclear delivery systems put in orbit of the homeworld
>>34216416>>InvestigateTell her that they betrayed us
>>34216468But they know we attacked all their shit.>>34216416I may have missed something but is there any reason we cant just gas them?
>>34216416>>InvestigateOh boy, what are the natives up to now?>>34216416Tell her that we do not appreciate manipulation of underdeveloped sapient civilizations and threatening them with nukes in orbit. But would she know about that part?
>>34215641Duck that noise, they already know about unity.
>>34216416"The machines offered to help us reclaim our temple. They said we had to first ensure that we could not be, in their words 'bathed in atomic fire'. The machines are blind to the Hive's actions and thoughts. Now surrender, Elizabeth Vaughn-human. The Hive grows impatient.">investigate
>>34216416They are curious and inquisitive beings, who wished to learn from us. They did not try to plunder the temple, and agreed to help remove the ones who did.The ship was an armed threat. As are you. Unless you disarm and surrender.
>>34216514Its a last resort, same with shooting them.
>>34216416>Speak (write in)"Machines have not interfered with the Hive. They are of no concern to us. The temple must remain un...explored by outsiders. Destruction was an unfortunate necessity.
>>34216552This works for me.
>>34216514I'm not sure we have an adequate gas delivery method on hand. The colossi can probably delivery a decent amount, but they're artillery. Cant really shoot into the cave.
>>34216416the machine told us of what you doInvestigate the drumming
>>34216416we do not appreciate manipulation of underdeveloped sapient civilizations and exterminating the one viewed as dangerous.
>>34216416We have deadlier weapons than projectiles, humans. We have not used them. Do not make us by trying our patience.
>>34216416We found nukes hovering over our planet, unity took them away.
>>34216664That is a lie, we could Cate less, the thing we didn't like is the nukes hovering above us.
>>34216416The machine rained down in bright red fire. Crippled and dying. One was saved. The stars seen again. The guardians lay dead upon the holy site. The hive returns.
>>34216712they arent going to live through it
>>34216552This works, it doesn't reveal too much and it's not preachy or viewed as hostile.
>>34216712We're intending to use them for experiments.
>>34216731Sure they are. They're intelligent professionals, at the very least we should know what they know.
>>34216724>>34216552A combo of these two.
>>34216724I like this.
>>34216773>Implying they'll get away.
>>34216816>implying humans aren't total motherfuckers
>>34216810They could only carry spore grenades, unless we make a special position drone full of spores and poison gas.
>>34216724Tells them what they know without giving too much away so I like this.
>>34216816Lee could get away, and the Tucker has no arms and legs, short of amputation them, the same could be said about them.
>>34216851just make a banling variant then
>>34216851They can carry any chemical payload we have. Including the poison gas.
>>34216416"They fell from the sky and were willing to assist us. You have proven to be a threat, disarm yourselves and surrender now."Your sniffers move in and the noise quickly stops. You find a number of small, hollow spheres covered in holes hanging from the trees in small clusters. You can detect movement inside. As your sniffers approach the small structures you hear a horn blast from within a tree, its hollow roots filling the air with a deep howl. Several round shapes spin along the vines overhead, each one a round, bloated cylinder with ten limbs on either end. It rolls under the vines like a wheel as several of its limbs beat against bloated air filled membranes along its sides like drums. One of them stops briefly, hanging from a tree by a slender arm as is looks to one of your drones. You can't find any eyes, but you feel as if it is looking at your drone with some sense.Just beyond the village is another artificial cave, covered in the colors of smeared fruits and wreaths of vines. At the mouth of the cave is a crude statue of woven foliage of a six limbed creature. It is too simple in its design to make out any details."Doctor!"Elizabeth quickly glances behind her and back to the cave. "I'm sure more of our kind are on the way to find out what happened to our ship. We would be more than willing to leave with them and never return here." She pauses, then continues, "But I would hope we could learn more about each other."
>>34216953We know of your FTL communication and that it is disabled, surrender now or face death.
>>34216953Convince them to leave the cave, then when they're in the open, tranq them (we do have tranquilizers right?)
>>34216953"Your kind will not be coming. The Unity has made sure of that."
>>34216953"Time is of the essence, Elizabeth Vaughn-human. The Hive is more than willing to speak to you as an individual once you as a group have surrendered, as we do not pride ourselves on cruelty."Have our speaker pause for a moment, and approach a little closer."The Hive has decided that you have been given enough time. You will come out in thirty moments, or the Hive will come in."
>>34216953Learning more is precisely what is forbidden.
>>34216953>First contact protocolSeries of laws to prohibit unintended rebellion or violence on newly annexed worlds. Discovering commanders are required to adhere to these protocols or forfeit all charter rights and dividend payments. All new sentient races MUST be classified as one of the following.0- pre-history. No development or invention. Avoid contact.1- pre-industry. Tendency towards tech worship and sudden acts of violence. Avoid contact.2- industrial. First contact is recommended. Introduction of new manufacturing processes to produce dependency recommended prior to annexation.3- post industrial. First contact must be performed at once. Prevent further development. Introduction of quantum computer processes to operate infrastructure to develop dependency is recommended prior to annexation.4- pre-FTL. Classified as the moment a member of their species breaks orbit.First contact recommended. Halt development via commodity and commerce based dependency prior to annexation.5- FTL. Avoid direct contact. Alert Parliament immediately and await further instruction.
>>34217107sure why not say the machines told us
>>34216953"We lied, we are not from here and whatever is here is starting to move. We do not want you to die unnecessary and i can guarantee you that we will not harm you if you come peacefully. We can not say the same for what is in this temple."
So did we meet the natives or drones from another hive?
>>34217077Ultimatum yes. This distraction is tiresome. All it's good for is preventing them from spending time trying to enter.Make the time limit 10 minutes."We have learned all we care to know of humanity. Theseus has had much to say."
>>34216911They can, but we don't have any. Seeker-carrying drones, that is.
>>34217219>"We have learned all we care to know of humanity. Theseus has had much to say."No on that part, we should remain looking neutral.
>>34217219I was thinking 30 moments as 30 seconds.I think they're planning to blow an entrance into the temple, so we need to get them to surrender ASAP.
>>34216953>At the mouth of the cave is a crude statue of woven foliage of a six limbed creature.It's a temple to a hive and these are intelligent lifeforms.
>>34217272Yeah.We should really investigate further with our sniffers.
>>34217219Let's not tell them we're /that/ sympathetic to their enemy.
>>34217272Or drones of of a queen thought be dead.
>>34216953Combine quoting parts of this >>34217107 WithThreat too great. Outsiders may not know too much. Would Elizabeth like to know more?
>>34217272or these are a remnant of the local hives
>>34217345>Or drones of of a queen thought be dead.That's impossible.Drones without are brain dead corpses.
>>34217272>master of the obvious.jpgIf I weren't away from home I'd post that.Time for Ewoks to meet their golden god, yes. With their divine, alien bilateral symmetry.>>34217270Oh I misread moments as minutes, sorry. Were speaking English though we can say 30 seconds.
>>34217414Not if they have thinkers around.Although it is conceivable a thinker would die of depression if its queen died, leaving it the sole survivor.
>>34217405>these are a remnant of the local hivesThat is impossible. Would have heard them talking by now.
>>34217414More like coma patients. Not that they'd live long without eating. Also, Thinkers can direct drones at a vary basic level. They wouldn't be doing all this tribal crap though.
Do we know how old this temple is?If not then it could be pretty recent and belong to family.>>34217414Could be a new adaption.
>>34217451I was thinking we should give off a little of a primitive vibe, or one of not knowing a whole lot about humans/humanity.So that instead of turning themselves into the bugaliens who're allied with Skynet, they're turning themselves into the bugaliens who are new to this whole spaceships thing.
>>34217462Maybe they have De-evolved from being able to use telepathy? OR we are seeing another race altogether?
>>34217479True.Hey, QM, if Queen were to die, would her thinkers default to depression then suicide, or try to hatch a new Queen (assuming egg-layer is around)?
>>34217451>master of the obvious.jpgNot all the people here are smart enough to figure it out.
>>34216953Your speaker turns the corner to look at the human, startling her for a moment. "We know much of humans already. You have wasted enough time. Surrender now. We will not ask again."Your drones begin to move into position around the cave and you see Elizabeth duck back away from the cave entrance to the other human."I think your negotiations broke down.""The site is clearly important to them, but they already know enough about us to negotiate.""You think we should surrender?""I don't think we should sit in here and die, which is the only other option I can see, captain.""I think we've found a third option, actually. Smith," He whispers even lower, "You done? Get the grav bike set up, hurry.""You wouldn't! We have no idea as to the cultural importance of this place!""Yea, and now you'll have plenty of time to write about it once we get out of here."The small creatures are each almost a meter long, with twenty limbs in total, each curled inward towards their bulbous bodies. Several of them quickly reach the ground and slowly approach your sniffers, rolling along the ground like living wheels. Each one seems to keep several limbs close to its body, lightly drumming its knuckles against its swollen, red cheeks.
>>34217527I guess that's feasible now that quantum thinkers are a thing. Heck, maybe they organize the species to not need a queen.
>>34217602Shit.Storm the place.
>>34217602fuck this shitcrush them
>>34217602Oh hell no. Charging time. No blowing up walls!
>>34217602Shout at them in a calm voice."I WOULD NOT DO THAT IF I WERE YOU"
>>34217602Storm the place, get the wasps in the air. If they try to fly out, we shoot them the fuck down. If they try to break in to the temple, we shoot them in the back."We heard that. Time is up. If you surrender, lay on the ground."Have our sniffers avoid getting into grappling range of the natives (without hurting the natives), but try to discern details of them.
>>34217602See if the good doctor makes out alive, every one else is good as dead.
>>34217602Have the speaker call out to the doctor chick. Something like: "Any individual surrender will be respected, come out now!"It'd be a pity to lose her in a number of ways.>weird round thingsUh, try to have the sniffers look impressive? accentuate their six-limbedness.
>>34217602>Charge inPlease roll 1d100, best of 3 to attack.
>>34217602kill them, try to capture the obvious science people.
Rolled 10 (1d100)>>34217769goggog
Rolled 14 (1d100)>>34217769Try to make sure the scientist stays alive.
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>34217769FOR MOTHER AND HIVE.
>>34217769Also have Thinker add their bonus.
>>34217602Storm the place. Utilizing acid ammo to destroy there devices and armor. Utilize the sedative dart to capture them.
>>34217769Writing, in the meantime, please add in any actions you would like to specify with the locals.
>>34217859Are you adding the Thinker bonus?
>>34217769We are utilize are thinkers to boost.
>>34217859just observe the locals
>>34217859Do:>>34217767Also have our sniffers move towards the statue.
>>34217880>>34217888I always assume you are adding the bonus if you have free thinkers.
>>34217913They are wearing reactive armor?
>>34217859Task several Thinkers to start analyzing their drumbeat language.Back up slowly to stand in front of the statue.
>>34217859I want the sniffers to act, uh, regal? They should emphasize their 6 limbs in the way they stand if they can. Maybe buzz their wings a bit, but not aggressively or as though nervous.Accept the approach of the creatures, basically.
>>34217956Most likely, but we are utilizing acid ammo to deal with it.
>>34217809I'm guessing a bad roll mostly means they get their explosives off in time.
>>34218003The Cyclotrons have bigger bonus when used against that kind of armor.
>>34218041I know, I suggest building some.
>>34218041Not sure cyclotrons are really rugged enough for close quarters combat. The rate of fire isn't great either.
>>34218124The Cyclotrons on the Scout Corvette are still working after all it went through.
>>34218169It suffered a single hit that obviously didn't strike either of the cyclotrons.
Well each roll keeps showing how bad a decision this was
>>34218124And one hit is all they need to stop a human and they are very accurate which >>34218203It was also in the blast radius of the nuke.
>>34218216That's backwards logic and you know it.
>>34217769You hear the roar of a machine coming to life and your drones swarm into the cave entrance. Immediately two humans lean out from cover and open fire, cutting into your advancing warriors. A chitin slug impacts one of the soldiers, bursting open with acid and covering the human with caustic chemicals. He screams as his body becomes clouded with a wispy smoke and the smell of cooking flesh. The other human rolls a grenade down the cave and leaps out of the way. Several of your wasps leap through the cave as it goes off, engulfing several warriors and peppering them with shrapnel. You see a small metal object hovering in the air, behind it is a large sphere, and in front of it is a glowing orb of light. Bits of welded metal are quickly pulled into the glowing sphere as the bike rams into the far wall, slowly tearing into the alien surface of an ornately carved doorway.Lighting licks at your wasps as they dive into the next line of humans. Acid filled slugs burn into the armor as your wasps close in with their claws. You feel several wink out of your mind as bolts of plasma sear into their carapaces and metal slugs shred them to pieces."They just keep coming!""Need a reload!"The bike breaks through, flying into the carved hole and impacting with a grinding bang on the far side of the wall."Fall back! You first, doctor." The human leader says as he pushes against the doctor's back. She quickly moves to the small hole and crawls through, followed by another human."Let's go, people!"Your warriors break through the hail of fire, pouring through the bottleneck. The humans spread their fire in desperation."I'm out!" One yells as he backs towards the hole in the wall. You see several humans dragging wounded away from your advancing drones."How many are there?""Just fall back! Wounded first!"The Union troops hoist up several bleeding soldiers and toss them through the hole. As they start to scramble through themselves your warriors close into melee.1/2
>>34218532Avoid killing incapacitated guys!We need captives!
>>34218532Could we use their CIP pistols against them?
>>34218701Claws, we need special versions for us.
>>34218694We have captives.
>>34218739The more the better
>>34218754At this point I stopped caring about taking captives.
>>34218780yeah me too, we have lost too many warriors trying to take these humans captive.
>>34218780You can never have too many. And you should care, They have value, either has hostages, or test subjects.
I wonder if they would shut themselves once they see our shock troopers or large drones.
>>34218532You hear a click from their leader's weapon. He throws it at the nearest warrior and pulls out a knife as the last soldier makes it through. A warrior moves in and he rolls to the side, planting the small blade into the joint of a leg. He pulls it out, sending a thin stream of blood arcing into the air and a blade pierces through his shoulder from behind and sending him face first into the ground and his knife sliding across the floor.You take a quick account of the scene. Including the doctor, nine humans managed to escape through the hole, while the room is littered with bodies, both human and drone. You count twelve humans dead, three wounded, and the captain, alive but bleeding.>Drag them back to your corvette>Kill them and continue your charge>OtherAt the small village you hear a tremendous noise echoing from the cave, sending the locals into a panic. They spin in reverse, rolling up the trees with impossible speed and grace and go spiraling through the vines.Inside the artificial cave you hear what sounds like stone grinding on stone, and several of the carved patterns begin to light up with a soft glow on the walls.>Enter the cave>Avoid the cave>Follow the natives>OtherYou have41 Warriors13 Wasps5 Shock troops2 Colossi2 Sniffers10 Small sniffers30 Workersremaining on the planet.
>>34218822Eh they are easily replaced.
>>34218780The more we have, the more aggressive testing is on the table as an option.>>34218822I'm not sure we really have. At the times that capture was emphasized as a priority, we steamrolled them with minimal losses. We lost a lot of drones because an entrenched enemy had a chokepoint.
>>34218867>Continue charge, but have workers come in to secure the captives to the ground, and/or bind their injuries.>Enter the cave.
>>34218867>Kill them and continue your charge>Enter the cave
>>34218867Can we continue the charge and let the workers drag them out?
>>34218867>Drag them back to your corvetteTry to not let them bleed out.>Follow the nativesWhen in Rome.
>>34218867>Have workers drag them back to your corvette>Continue your chargeand>OtherSplit the sniffers. Follow the natives and enter the cave.
>>34218867>>Kill them and continue your chargeKill all of them except the captain.
>>34218923This.>>34218930Our workers can handle them, and we have sniffers to spare. Lets investigate.
>>34218867>Drag them back to your corvette: Workers>continue your charge>Enter the cave>Follow the natives
>>34218867 One warrior stays and guards these four.Rest, charge.Check out what the cave's security system says, sniffers.Send a tachyon query to it maybe.
>>34218867>Drag them back to your corvette with workers and continue onward with soldiers.>Enter the cave>Follow the natives
If sniffers are split, focus on the cave. I only want one to go with the natives so they're easier to find later if there's time or opportunity.
>>34218867>Have workers take injured to the corvette>Continue your chargePlease roll 1d100, best of 3 for attack.>Split sniffers
Rolled 11 (1d100)>>34219076
Rolled 37 (1d100)>>34219076
Rolled 48 (1d100)>>34219076
>>34219097>>34219109>>34219113Like I said before,>assuming humans aren't total motherfuckers
>>34219097>>34219109>>34219113These fucking rolls.I really wish I could change out my BC dicebot with the /tg/ one.
>>34219097>>34219109>>34219113The dice are not with us today.
Rolled 23 (1d100)>>34219076
Rolled 19 (1d100)>>34219076damn it
>>34219097>>34219109>>34219113Okay I'm done with taking the humans alive.
>>34219097>>34219109>>34219113It's a good thing our drones are entirely interchangeable entities with no hopes, dreams, desires, or even thoughts besides serving as instruments of our will or I would feel bad for them.
>>34219149They haunt been with us since the start of the attacks.>>34219159Only 9 left and they are scientist I think we killed them by accident.
>>34219159Who said we're trying to? If it happens, it happens. The only one I'm invested in capturing is the doctor, and she's unlikely to even attempt violent action so there's no reasonable expectation of her resisting to the point that lethal or even particularly violent measures would need to be taken to capture her alive.
The dc should no low for this especially, considering the ones left are mostly cities and shouldn't have armour.
>>34219205Ancient temple must be interfering with us at this point. Curses of the meta-temple!
>>34219354>>34219205They're at least mostly injured, not sure if there's civvies besides the doctor. Should be easy to track them down by scent if they're bleeding all over the place anyway.The real danger is the random bullshit found in ancient temples.
Great. Did it again. Rushed headlong into bump limit early, once again vastly reducing our once weekly play time. gg guys.
>>34219482Dude, what is it you think we're supposed to do besides what we've done? No drone designs were discussed, there were almost no dumb redundant questions, and arguments were short and to the point.
>>34219482OP will create another thread if it's not past 12.
>>34219076"Captain!" You hear from the other side of the wall as the captured leader is hoisted into the air by your warrior's blade and tossed to the surging tide of workers as they fill the room, silently gathering discarded gear, corpses, and wounded alike and dragging them back into the jungle.Your drones move to the wall, and are immediately hit with a hail of lead and lightning."Get going! Find another way out!" A human shouts as he opens fire while leaning on the wall. Another tosses him a small bundle of ammunition."Give 'em hell." He says as the others run down the hallway. It is poorly lit, but you can see it continues on for some distance before splitting into a labyrinth of hexagonal tunnels. Your drones begin to crawl through as the human lays down a wall of fire, stopping only to reload. A wasp gets through the hole and takes flight, then another as he solder adjusts his aim. Several warriors shimmy through the cramped space and the injured human spreads his fire in wide arcs, peppering your drones as they rush in from all directions. He lets out a single, stifled yelp as your drones roll over him and continue on their way.Your drones fan out. You can sense that most of the tunnels are interconnected, moving in spiraling patterns for miles in either direction, while a main hall moves directly across the mountain side to the cave on the far side near the village. Your drones can't make out the entire temple, but it appears to taper slightly along its axis.>Charge them down>Follow them from the darkness>Other
>>34219594>Charge them down
>>34218532>>34218867>posting multi part updates not one minute apartQM please don't do this. Best to get it all in one shot than piecemeal.
>>34219594...Is this temple actually a sunken ship?
>>34219594>>Charge them downOur shock troopers can easily track them down.
>>34219649I thought so for a while. We could probably take the entire ship with us.
>>34219594>Follow them from the darkness
>>34219725What are the Shock troops specs again?
>>34219594Attempt telepathy on temple. Or something.
>>34219594Outside half of your sniffers follow the native creatures as they spiral and roll in the air through the vines while the other half move in on the cave. As you follow the natives you notice the size and shape of the mountain range. It is unusually uniform in height, gradually decreasing to a large waterfall where a lake has formed near a massive overhang. A small collection of settlements have formed in the shadow of the mountain surrounding the lake and you see the creatures drumming increases as they approach, triggering the sound of horns and deep bellowing from the collection of villages.Your other drones move into the cave and quickly spot the crashed bike, snapped in half and half-buried in a crater as it chewed through the doorway. What remains of the door is spinning and slowly separating in rings, folding aside peice by peice.>Charge them downPlease roll 1d100, best of 3>>34219648Sorry, I just ran out of space is all.
Rolled 98 (1d100)>>34219796
Rolled 75 (1d100)>>34219796
>>34219768Basically a warrior with wings, exploding glands, and various sensory capabilities.
>>34219804Hahaha, first roll in few weeks too.
Rolled 17 (1d100)>>34219796yes
does anyone else wish pic related is the guy in charge of this expedition trip?
>>34219835So we can hit him until there's naught but pulp left? Yeah.
>>34219796Well yeah. I realize that.But you should generally draft in a text file that you auto save in case of crash. Then post it split into parts all at once.
>>34219835No way. SG personnel is way too good at escaping like lucky fucks.
>>34219825So they can easily track the humans and are one of our faster troops?
>>34219835Come on now anon.
>>34219871it would explain why they have been doing so well so far.
>>34219835No.Also Stargate sucked so hard.
>>34219904The first fourish seasons of the first series didn't. Everything sucked after the idea of metaplots got introduced. Which you can blame on the actor playing Daniel.
>>34219904you shut your whore mouth
>>34219835No.>>34219887 on the other hand...
>>34219957If Jack O'Neill is in charge of the expedition we may as well quit now.They'll get to the center of the temple ship and launch it into space and then jump to human space and then RIGHT as we try to open the door to the room they've sealed themselves in they'll let in reinforcements from the human ships around them and abloo bloo aliens lose.
>>34219940>>34219949It was Enterprise tier.fite me nerds
>>34220028>Enterprise tier.Now you are just baiting
>>34220017And then they gonna lose the ship over something completely silly.
>>34219875Faster in sprints, yeah. They're heavy with all the armor they've got so they can't full-on fly for long.
>>34219544Why would you do that anon?Go on the internet and tell lies like that?
>>34220055Yeah, like they can't fuel it or they can't translate anything beyond basic jump capabilities or some self destruct measure triggers because of inane tampering.
I wonder how much our shock troopers have learned, since quantum brain allows them to be better thanks to remembering shit.
>>34220299given our casualty rate not much
>>34219796You can sense the humans running down one of the halls. Your drones quickly give chase, closing the distance."Their gaining on us!""Already? How?""Doesn't matter just run!"one of the humans turns and fires, spraying into the darkness in the direction of the buzzing and skittering of the coming flood of drones. He continues to run backwards until his weapon makes a click and he spins to run again, dropping the empty magazine."Here! There's something here!" You hear the doctor yell and the group moves through a large aperture and into another chamber."What the hell is that?"A chitinous slug impacts one of the soldiers as he limps towards the aperture and he drops in a heap."It doesn't matter, shoot!"Several more slugs fly from the darkness and tear into the remaining troops. Just beyond you see a large sphere of metal suspended in the center of a circular room. It twists and ripples like mercury as the doctor approaches."The hell are you doing?"She reaches out slowly. "I think it's... communicating." The sphere latches onto her arm and pulls her in, then lets out a scream of energy that tears at your mind, sending your drones into an agonized frenzy. A short moment later the sphere explodes, sending the remaining humans flying through the air and slamming them into the walls. Your drones recover and your control over them returns. Most of the humans are dead, either by your drones, or by the explosion, but in the center you see the doctor unconscious in the center of the room.You feel a ping in your mind, it's Theseus."We have detected a Union probe enter the system. We are engaging. Additional Union forces are expected soon.">Gather the surviving humans and leave>Kill the survivors and leave>Prepare to engage with the Union fleet>Drop your advanced relay onto the planet and hide while sending the corvette back to the hive>Other
>>34220082Oh man, our ships would be the worst to try to hijack. We have NO CONTROLS and the entire ship is made out of hostile drones.
>>34220370Welp.That fucking doctor just got some bullshit plot armor.
>>34220370Dammit. I was afraid the temple would transform the doctor into a Queen or something but I thought I was paranoid!
>>34220370Try to communicate with the ship.
>>34220370>Gather the surviving humans and leave>Drop your advanced relay onto the planet and hide while sending the corvette back to the hive
>>34220396Sam would probably just jam her iPad into a wall and hack it.
>>34220370>>Gather the surviving humans and leaveGood job making that doctor important
>>34220370>Drop your advanced relay onto the planet and hide while sending the corvette back to the hive
>>34220370>Gather the surviving humans and leaveLet's get out of here with our loot. Especially the doctor, who is clearly now awesome. Yay.Realistically we can't hide effectively and the humans aren't really going to slow us down, so let's book it with them.
>>34220370>Gather the surviving humans and leave
>>34220370>ninety-eights, they ain't so great.>>34220458Can totally see it happening. Some "interfacing with its neural synpases to trick it into following direct stimuli" bullshit.
>>34220370I don't think the good doctor is human anymore but yeah. Drop the relay and hide, withdraw corvette with the doctor inside.
>>34220370>Gather the surviving humans and leaveTry communicating with the temple. If its a ship and we can pilot it, then good. In the meantime, have our drones gather the surviving humans and dispose of the corpses. Do we have anything that could clean our mess up nice and quick?
>>34220482>>34220486>>34220474>>34220514You want to give the humans an alien ship?
>>34220370>Kill the survivors and leave
>>34220370>Prepare to engage with the Union fleet>Drop your advanced relay onto the planet and hide while sending the corvette back to the hive>Gather the surviving humans and leave
>>34220370Gather the surviving humans and leave>Drop your advanced relay onto the planet and hide while sending the corvette back to the hive
>>34220370>>Drop your advanced relay onto the planet and hide while sending the corvette back to the hive
>>34220482Seriously should have focused on getting inside the temple apparently. Then the humans wouldn't have tried to get inside, if we chadnt attacked.
>>34220555We don't have time to go poking the ship if it even IS one. Besides, the doctor just got turned into the macguffin that controls it.
>>34220370>Gather the survivors and leaveseems to have the most support, but there also seems to be some support for leaving some drones to hide on the planet with an advanced relay.>Leave some drones behind (what kind, how many)>No, fully evacuateYou have32 Warriors10 Wasps5 Shock troops2 Colossi2 Sniffers10 Small sniffers30 Workersremaining on the planet.
>>34220565Do not engage ships with working FTLComms. Don't be retarded.
>>34220644>Leave some drones behind(5 Shock troops)
>>34220565I... I don't think those options mean what you think they mean.The first means fighting ourselves, the second means retracting our corvette from the system without waiting to load it, pretty sure. The last doesn't work with either of the other two.Also: >>34220656
>>34220627This is in fact exactly like that one stargate episode where O'Neill was held hostage by hostile aliens because he could use ancient technology that they wanted access to, but was too Humanity Fuck Yeah to budge.
>>34220644This works for me: >>34220669They can dispose of themselves and, if they cluster, neatly destroy the relay too if need be.
>>34220644>leave behind:>15 workers>5 warriors
>>3422064410 Small sniffers30 workers to hide all entries to the ship and start ground for a colony
>>34220704Yeah. Suicide is a requirement
>>342206445 (Shocktroops)6 Small Sniffers
>>34220744Small Sniffers don't have Acid glands.
>>34220742>>34220704This.They need to be able to erase all traces of our existence.
>>34220644Let's lay 5 more shock troops.Also leave the 5 here.
If only we had Flies with us.
>>34220644UhWhy do we need a planet side relay when we have a cloaked pod in orbit with a relay?
>>34220644>5 Shock troopsseems to be the consensus.>Leave behind small sniffers>Only leave the shock troops
>>34220831Because we're apparently not that bright.
Variant: Small SnifferOlfactory: Advanced 2Acoustic: Advanced 2Radio: Medium 2Psionic: Basic 0Mandible: NoneArms: NoneLegs: sprint 1Wings: Medium 2Carapace: Basic 0Radiator Tubes 4Size: Small X.25Cost: 3NUpkeep: 1NThis modified cousin of the Sniffer improves on the original in every way. It is cheaper, more compact, and more effective. It is much less durable, however, and is entirely incapable of combat, but as an early warning system and territory patrol unit it is unmatched. FlyOlfactory: Advanced 2Acoustic: Advanced 2Radio: Advanced 6N 3MElectrical: Advanced 3N 2MPsionic: Basic 0Arms: NoneLegs: Sprint 1Wings: Advanced 4Carapace: Adaptive Camouflage 8Mimetic skin 2Radiator tubes 4Oxygen recycler 8Acid glands 1Size: Small X .25Cost: 9N 1MA literal fly on the wall, this drone can infiltrate and observe in virtually any situation. It is almost impossible to detect or catch, and is more than capable of observing the enemy from under their noses unseen.Why do you guys want the Small Sniffer again?
>>34220845>>Only leave the shock troopsJust for the sake of maximum paranoia.At least one will remain with the relay at all times.
>>34220830I voted to send them.And said to have the cloaked scout at Raligha and send the other home again.But nooooooo.
>>34220871Voice lost in the mirth, etc.
>>34220831Good point, if you keep the pod in low orbit it should be sufficient.It had slipped my mind.
>>34220831Think QD forgot pod existed, otherwise we wouldn't need Theseus to tell us someone warped in.
>>34220865I still don't get either.
>>34220940Get it either*
>>34220916Then we should leave workers instead of shock troopers. They can explore while we fuck off.
>>34220939Well Theseus can't see the pod, so he assumes you are blind to what's happening in space.
>>34221012Workers can't explode anon.
>>34221012Workers can't self-destruct.
>>34221012The pod doesn't change anything about the ground conditions. Humans are still gonna be investigating shit after a short while.>>34220940I think people wanted to use up some of the sniffers.
>>34221012No!We still need suicide drones only, that doesn't change.
>>34221034Yes, but you would have mentioned sensing shit before he said it.
I think we should only build flies from now on for sniffer purposes.
I do hope those drone blood stains got cleaned up.And all the stray bolts of chitin.I'd have wasps wipe away footprints but time is short.
>>34221139No. Small Sniffers are fine for their intended purpose, covering controlled territory.Investigating hostile territory is for Flies, people were stupid.
>>34221182Why do we have the normal sniffers?Even their description say they are obsolete.
>>34221182Not really, The planet was already under our control, we just weren't expecting the union to send reinforcements so quickly.
>>34221269Read the first post of the thread.
>>34221269They were pretty close and people assumed that they couldn't call for help, even though when we attacked they were comm connected.
>>34221269The Koenig ships leaving was the first post in the thread.It was obvious they weren't waiting a week,
What do you guys think of updating our basic Warrior design to include Basic Gliders? It's 1N and should let them traverse rough terrain faster as well as allowing air drop deployment.
Something that might have helped with the cave.Scorpion Assassin Acoustic: Advanced 2 Olfactory: Moderate 1 Blade: Hypodermic 2 Legs: Sprint 1 Wings: Advanced 4 Carapace: Adaptive camouflage 8 Mimetic skin 2 Tail 6 (hypodermic) Radiator tubes 4 Acid glands 1 Size: Small Cost: 7N Upkeep: 3N
>>34220845>Leave shock troops onlyYour pod pulls into a close orbit and your drones take what they can and make their way back to the ship. You detect a sudden release of energy just past the outer reaches of the system as the Union probe's signature reaches your pod. Shortly afterward you see a patrolling Unity cruiser reduce it to an expanding cloud of vapor.Once you are sure the probe has been destroyed your corvette lifts off and away. It is a short trip to orbit and then in a moment you are looking down on your hive from a distance.Your shock troops remain in the buried ruins. You have them walk out to view the orbiting server ship. After another hour it spins abruptly and releases a kinetic round, then twists space around it into a tight knot as you see the small formation of Union ships drive it off."Malihan to Hope, do you copy? Malihan to Hope, do you read? Ground team?"Several shuttles and fighter craft drift from the cruiser and drop below the atmosphere. They fly low patterns over the jungle near the burned scar of torched jungle where the camp once was."Malihan, this is flight three-three, we're not getting anything down here. No beacons, no transmissions.""Keep up a search pattern for now, we'll send some marines to look through the rubble.""Roger that. Flight out."The small craft flies overhead. You know first hand how difficult it is to spot anything of interest through the dense jungle. You feel confident the searching patrols will not uncover anything on their own.>Stay in the ruins and prevent intruders>Move out and observe the search party>Move out and find the locals>Other
>>34221410>Stay in the ruins and [STEALTHILY AMBUSH] intruders
>>34221410Other.Study and memorize the ruins carvings.
>>34221410>Stay in the ruins and prevent intruders
>>34221410>Move out and observe the search partyOur troopers should be able to observe them from a great distance.
>>34221410>>Stay in the ruins and prevent intrudersMay as well find out more about what we came here for.
>>34221410We need to somehow figure out how to communicate with the locals. They seemed hostile towards the humans.
>>34221410>Stay in the ruins and prevent intruders while studying it.
>>34221410>>Stay in the ruins and prevent intruders
>>34221501Adding:Send one shock trooper to find locals.
>>34221497One of them touched a fence they'd never seen before and got zapped to death.More like they're just afraid, unless I forgot something else.
>>34221410>Move out and find the localsIt's unlikely they'll find the ruins since its existence didn't get communicated off-world and the camp got vaporized.
>>34221554>what is a trail of stomped ground leading into the ruins
>>34221587Did we destroy the security cameras?
>>34221620Anon we destroyed everything.
>>34221517Not sure if attacking when someone does find the temple helps anything.The liquid sphere at least is gone. The carvings are intriguing but risking the knowledge of giant bugs is even worse.
>>34221527Sounds good to me.
>>34221660The knowledge that they are on planet at all, I mean.
>>34221410Explore dem corridors man.
>>34221410>Stay in the ruins and defend from intrudersYour new guests are unloaded into the prison built around the remains of the Hel's Angel. For now they are placed in a number of large rooms, but your workers quickly begin work on more personal housing accommodations.You watch as your drones finish the construction of your farms. They should start bringing in nutrients in the next few days, and you ponder on what to spend it on.>Lay new drones (write in)>Build new ships (write in)>Neither>Other
>>34221737720 new workers. To build 120 farms next for an even 200.
>>34221737>Build new ships (Stealth Corvette)>>34221776No
>>34221737>Lay new drones (replace the ones lost, and add more shock troops)>Build new ships (at least one more warship.)>other The defensive batteries, we're going to need them
>>34221737151 quantum thinkers.
>>34221737Well make the lancer cloaked now anyway.And lay 4 more cloaked exploration pods with relays.
>>34221737Seconding >>34221776>Replace Drones we lost>10 Shock Troops>1 Stealth CorvetteAlso, We need to start mining more metals to prepare for building more ships.
>>34221807This sounds good to me.
>>34221789Exponential growth requires constant reinvestment in farming, in order to support larger flets.
>>34221823>>34221776Sounds good to me.
>>34221776This, plus we replace lost drones.
>>34221844Which will get us killed if we keep doing it.Remember that we benefit more from having additional planets then exponential growth.
>>34221737Current popular decision seems to be>Replace lost drones>10 more shock troops>720 workers>build 120 farms>Re-design lancer with stealth field>Build new ship (write in)
>>34221909Yes, and add a defensive battery as well?
>>34221901This hasn't really been established at all. Nor are they mutually exclusive.>>34221909I want to add Basic Gliders to our basic Warrior design.
>>34221909>>720 workers>>build 120 farmsNo I would rather some Stealth Corvettes.
>>34221946Large Drone+Ground to Space Cyclotron= PLASMA BUG.
>>34221909Add 60 excavators Have the twins show us the workings of the healing tube and have repair the ship to contact coils people
I think spinal mounts are too expensive, at 1000M per corvette, if we're being stealthy, we should focus on ambush tactics.Perhaps a small retinue of 4 corvettes with plasma lance on two of the mounts, and linear particle beam just for point defense on the third.No relays, they'd be controlled from a nearby cloaked pod.Then they could quickly cripple enemies. We'd need more for larger groups or targets eventually but that's good for now.
>>34221909Seconding Include a defensive battery per >>34221946At this point if they come back to our planet the jig is up, might as well be able to defend ourselvesI will also second the addition of basic gliders to our basic warrior design >>34221955
>>34221970Coils people are confirmed cultists of evil gods.We're best off not making friends with them.
>>34221970No you stupid shit stop being shit.One, Coil probably can call them through the void shard.Two, are you retarded?
>>34221963Indeed! And if that is so. It will be mobile and we can hide it underground so it will be hard to find and be targeted.
>>34221909No battery pls.Two more pods?
>>34221974We could just reserve spinal mounts for Frigates and larger. Frigates should still be able to stealth decently, if not amazingly.
>>34221909>Stealth corvetteThere is also some support for anti-orbital batteries. 250N 1500MHow many, if any would you like to build. I'll add up everything on the list later and anything that can't be afforded will be stalled for a day or two until the nutrients are available, with priority for drones, then ships, then structures unless you wish to state otherwise.
>>34221909Dude we laid more diggers an reifineries a few threads ago. Them and their sweet metrals income is missing.Fuyck this phone and its typing interface
Guys can we go hunting those big beetles on the plains and building a pipeline to the ocean.
>>34222065I can support this since we've got a docking pylon now. No real hiding from investigators.
>>34222083use the speak option, that's what I do, I just fix the mistakes after I'm done.
>>34222065I would say build two for now.
>>34222083I'll double check the last few threads. Do you remember which one it was?
Ocean diving imminent.Aquatic Warrior Olfactory: Basic 0 Acoustic: Advanced 2 Psionic: Basic 0 Radio: Moderate 2 Mandible: Combat 1 Blade: Combat 1 Arms: Strength 1 Legs: Sprint 1 Carapace: Combat 3N10M Gills 4 Cost: 15N Upkeep: 7N
>>34221811So why is no one voting to Lau more thinkers?
>>34222065Go for two for now. BTW, are these upgradeable once we get better guns? Just asking.
>>34222Two threads ago? 18. 50 new diggers I think.We need even more.
>>34222189your that guy who keeps spamming thinkers aren't ya?stuff it we need the resources else where
>>34221776Why not 420 farms for an even 500? Plus some new miners and refineries.
>>34222220Research is more important and right now we have an influx of workers doing nothing, except eating.
>>34222065>2 anti-orbital batteriesI think that's it for tonight. I'll stick around until we 404 for questions, comments, or finalizing any drone or ship designs.I'll also try to answer any questions on the ask.fm throughout the week, and I'll try to remove old questions as they are handled to keep the page from becoming too bloated.>>34222193I'll check through it tomorrow then, and fix any resource discrepancies before next thread.
>>34222189We got enough to do research pretty fast already.Now we need the twins to teach us REgenereation Tank so we can create an amniotic sac version of it to keep our humans in. Like the Matrix.
>>34222251On the contrary, our workers are currently building more farms, and presumably we'll soon have them building some new ships.
>>34222251Yes, before we 404, if you would like to set research options.Available research here http://pastebin.com/F6t39KSp
>>34222258We need to retroactively choose researches.The dark temple needs to be a subject. And that stupid plot armored doctor right?
>>34222259We got 20 quantum thinkers and 49 normal thinkers.If we are growing our resources exponentially, we might as well do the dame to research since the more we know the better we are in everything.
>>34222279The fastest research first.
>>34213389Finally caught this quest! ok guys an idea here:colonization projectthinker queens (queens with thinker brains so they're loyal to us)and dormant queens in pods. when and if red dies, thinker gives a dormant queen all information about red, how she thinks, etc. they will be named red. they will already be positioned at different planets that are being taken cared of by the thinker queens.we'll be an organic theseus!
>>34222293And not to mention the research options have been piling faster than we can research them.
>>34222293Not comparable. Workers scale linearly at construction speeds. Thinkers give diminishing returns.How about research Union culture, Regen Tank with the twins, and develop new tranquilizer bioweapons, and a pheromone to slow down human thought, like alcohol, or truth serum.
>>34222279put in>Extended nature studyand>Lightning gun
>>34222326I think that was part of the decoy queen idea, and egglayer made to look like a queen and given a thinker for brains.Still don't see the use of it though.
>>34222353We haven't even hit the diminishing returns Mark, where everything takes a day.
>>34222279The stealth blink problem.How distant from a ship must we be before the blink drive flash is not detectable?
>>34222279The tanks, and both armours.How much faster do quantum thinkers make research?
>>34222372OH, yea, before I forget. this as well.>Lyle’s Combat armor
>>34222279Is it too late to lay more quantum thinker?
>>34222388>>34222353Forgot to mention that they lower the risk of dangerous research as well.
>>342224273 solutions, each sucking in a different way:Blink in close to the star, present as a solar flare. Iffy in effectiveness and safety from heat and gravity.Blink in a light-day coreward of the system, since coreward is unexplored space. Present as faint pulsar.Blink in beneath the clouds of a gas giant. They're big, hard to miss, but need a corvette to escape its gravity possibly.
>>34222374ah crap haven't read that part yet.. dammit been saving this idea for weeks lol
>>34222279current choices are>Union culture>Regeneration tank (boosted with help)>Tranquilizer bioweapon (enhanced version of current sedative)>Nature study>Lightning gun>Combat armorYou have a good number of thinkers, but the current workload would stretch your thinkers thin.>Focus on (write in)>Distribute across projects>Other>>34222427Technically, infinite, but if the locals are not looking out for it or it's obscured by a planet it is easy to miss. It may be a bright display of radiation, but it only lasts for a moment.>>34222441Depends on the research. They are much faster at inventing or innovating new technology, but are about the same at reverse engineering.
>>34222279Have the twins assist in everything they can......anything in the Angel, huh.What about Lyle's legs? Gruesome and fun for the whole family!
>>34222279>Union culture research>Extended nature study>Carbon liquid>Magnetic LevitationUnion culture research should offer insight into both holographic tech, which is awesome, and Union space combat and general warfare technology. It covers a civil war after all.Nature is fast and an obvious choice.Carbon liquid offers a very interesting platform for all sorts of potential applications,Magnetic levitation would make our large drones far far more nimble.
>>34222279Carbon liquidMediumThis strange substance appears to be alive, and reshapes itself by assembling itself into various crystalline structures as needed. You're still not sure if it was trying to attack your ship or if it was simply reacting automatically in some fashion. An extensive battery of tests should reveal more regarding the substance. >Space dustMediumWhile it was too minute to analyze in the field, this space dust contains trace amounts of nutrient contents. Testing should reveal if it is a form of life, or simply some strange natural phenomena, as well as how to make use of it. >Union culture researchMediumDesignate several thinkers to read through and disseminate the information within the samples of human literature found within the Clarke. With the wide range of topics covered this should reveal some bits of interesting information on all manner of subjects. >Extended nature studyFastUsing your new drones you should be able to quickly cover the remaining areas of jungle and study the rest of the local life, especially the various forms of worm that seem to fill the soft soil of the area.
>>34222557Combat armor is accelerated by twins though.Also research space dust.
>>34222557>Focus on (write in)>Union culture>Tranquilizer bioweapon (enhanced version of current sedative)>Nature studyBasically fastest stuff first. Combat armor would be the next most important, in my eyes.
>>34222557>You have a good number of thinkers, but the current workload would stretch your thinkers thin.Now you know why I w a noted more thinkers, also they add a bonus to both bio tech trees for us.
>>34222557focus on regenerate and tranquilizer. Captcha: chloroform
>>34222557>Nature study>Lightning gun>Combat armorand>Distribute across projects
So can we lay more thinkers now?Even when they are not researching they help out the hive as a whole.
>>34222557>Focus on Union culture, nature study, carbon liquidYour thinkers leap to activity studying the new subjects.I'll stick around for feedback or new designs till we 404, but I think we should call it here for tonight.
>>34222730Maybe yeah.No more quantum thinkers though. Their randomness is useful but can also be counterproductive. Not worth more thganb 20 of them.
>>34222557>>34222279Your missing both Bio research options.
>>34222800Does that mean the other projects get less thinkers, or none?
>>34222802>No more quantum thinkers though. Their randomness is useful but can also be counterproductive. Not worth more thganb 20 of them.How is it counter productive?They haven't shown anything to warrant that.
LurkerOlfactory: Advanced 2Acoustic: Advanced 2Radio: Advanced 2Psionic: Basic 0Mandibles: Combat 1Blade: Combat 1Arms: Str 1Legs: Sprint 1Wings: Basic Glider 1Carapace: Adaptive Camouflage 8Mimetic skin 2Radiator tubes 4Acid glands 1Tail (Combat) 6Size: MediumCost: 32NRecommended armament: Thorn LauncherI've been fiddling with this design for a dedicated ambush/silent hunter/sniper unit but the cost is pretty up there. Considered dropping the Radio all together and the radiator tubes.
>>34222802God you are stupid. I do not understand how you can so terrible misunderstand how Quantum Thinkers work. Its physically painful.Quantum thinkers are better than thinkers. Full stop.
>>34222509QD since planet orbits are perfectly predictable, we could take scans from one light year away, then blink into gas giant with corvette, drop off pod in orbit, then retreat with corvette. Right?
>>34222847They divided their attention on pet projects and solutions, often failing and restarting, as we saw several threads back.
>>34222858Change his blade to the new poison one.
>>34222938We can tell them not to peruse them, and the project presented would greatly help us.
>>34222967That was ONE thinker whose idea was progressed enough to present to us.Many others were apparently dead ends they pursued with wild abandon.
>>34222812It didn't look like it got much support.>>34222837None, but with your thinkers focused you should have some freed up by next thread.>>34222878Into, or near?The issue with using the blink drive close to a planet is not that you are not sure where the planet will be, but that you are not sure where you will be. Using the Blink drive close to a source of gravity causes it to become more and more random, so jumping directly into a planet's atmosphere would require a roll, and run the risk of ending up somewhere unintended.Targeting one side of a gas giant with the intent of obscuring your blink would be much more easy and less risky, but would require a pod or ship in the system to accurately calculate the position in a reliable fashion.
>>34222837They get none.
>>34223011>It didn't look like it got much support.I meant in the paste bin.
>>34223011Is what this anon saying true?>>34223010>>34222938>>34222847>>34222802Also can we lay thinkers.
>>34223011QD, I'm curious. Some people think that Quantum thinkers are worse than regular thinkers. I am of the understanding that Quantum Thinkers are pretty much a flat upgrade and simply better than their normal counterparts. Can you give us an idea of which point of view is correct?
>>34223032Oh, right.Well the proposed tranquilizer was just proposed as a new invention, so I hadn't been able to add it yet. The sedative it was compared to has already been researched and is in the tech section.
>>056Not>>34223056 worse.They just divide the thinkjers into 20 factions.
>>34223056Quantum thinkers are capable of more randomized, independent thought. This makes them much better at inventing new technology, or innovating technology into new forms, like research linear particle beams after reverse engineering cyclotrons, or inventing a new bioweapon. They are roughly on par with other thinker duties, but are more expensive.
>>34222942Considered that, but they're not terribly effective vs armor. Tranq darts from the Thorn Launcher should be sufficient for non-lethal takedowns.
>>34223109So an upgrade more or less.>>34223065I remember seeing two different bio research tech options in the last pastebin, it's why I ask about.