The human shelter is quite large after it finishes unfolding from its vehicle form. You learn that the humans call it a Deployable Command Vehicle. The sergeant makes good on his promise to make stew, although it is high in fiber and much too low in sugar content. The other solders eat through grimaces and clenched teeth as the sergeant lists out in exacting detail the contents of the stew, the origin of each ingredient, and the best method of hunting or gathering it. He eats last, savoring every bite.“I’m sure you know all the best places to get the best food around here.” He says, pointing his spoon towards your speaker. “I’d love to have a cookout before we shove off.”“Everything I saw was a giant but that tried to kill me.” Lee says. His stew resting between his boots half full.“Bugs got protein. Good for the brain!” The sergeant replies, taping his spoon against the side of his head as he does so.“Perhaps in the morning we can make plans for an expedition. I’m not sure about a cookout, but I think a short nature walk is an excellent idea.” Smith says.The DCV holds enough bunks for the humans, although you note the four drop troopers maintain their vigil outside from within their armored suits. 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>FAQ ask.fm/QuestDrone
>>34539991>Current armory121 Thorn Launchers2 Thorn Cannons53 Sting Casters1 Rotary Stinger3 Fire Sprays1 Plasma Spray>Current resource reservesNutrients: 3959Metals: 19575>Hive population and upkeep cost Hive maintenance – 325Queen – 5Worker (1200) – 2400Radiator Worker (40) – 160Warrior (209) – 836Thinker (139) – 417Quantum Thinker (110) – 550Speaker – (1) – 4Digger (80) – 320Refinery (10) – 70Sniffer (2) – 8Small Sniffer (40) – 40Fly (10) – 40 Wasp (59) – 295Antenna (3) – 9Haz-mat Workers (20) – 80Shock Troops (40) – 520Excavator (9) – 171Colossus (6) – 90Advanced Relay (6) – 600Space Pod (3) – 90Shuttle (2) – 50Scout Corvette – 325Lancer Corvette – 200Nutrient costs: 5455>IncomeMetals: 3750Nutrients: 8505Net: 970Hive Structure>Reservoir>General storage>Food storage>Advanced Laboratory>Infrastructure>Hangar facilities: Room for 40 Aero Drones and 20 Shuttles (25N)>Mine: +1500 M per day (+25 M per digger)>Asteroid mining base: +2250M per day (+50 M per digger)>Algae Farm: +8000 N per day, 80 Workers (1 worker per 100N)>Clarke Research Outpost>Hel’s Angel Prison Outpost>Docking Pylon: Space for docking and construction of 4 ships (50N)>Anti-orbital battery: 2 (125N per battery)Current construction120 FarmsNew 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/YTwGk8n1
So the new research options?
>>34540006Finished Research>Union culture researchPhotonic matrices for dummies – A large volume detailing the technology of 3D holographic projector displays.A comprehensive guide to the Colony Wars – A detailed account of the war between the Earth Confederation and the Colonials who would found the Union of Independent Colonies. Features detailed accounts of major battles and events, as well as an analysis of the socio-economic forces that lead the human race into one of its most bloody conflicts, and the resulting repercussions.Foundation – The book details the efforts of a small colony as it struggles with the collapse of the greater galactic government. The book is filled with awards and praise marking it as an example of great human literature of distant past, written before humans even left their home world.2001: Space Odyssey – A work of historical fiction detailing the journey of a slower-than-light space craft as it drifts to an alien artifact in the human home system. The crew is tormented by an artificial intelligence, indicating that the human’s fear and disdain for sapient computers even pre-dates their creation of them.Bettering yourself: A guide to galactic harmonics – An interesting yet highly unscientific “journey into the greater galactic consciousness.”Ender's Game – Humanity is attacked by an unknown alien race called “Buggers” and are nearly driven to extinction. After many years of preparation the humans place their military in a brilliant young child named Ender who proceeds to exterminate the Buggers, destroying their home world in the process. You don't like this book very much…>Carbon liquidThis liquid substance appears to be a kind of carbon based crystal life form. The colony is capable of rapidly assembling their form to suit its needs, gathering data of its surrounds and food in a collective manner as one organism. You wonder if its abilities could improve your own if used properly.
>>34540006We set up that outpost in the mountain range yet?And any word on what that union ship doing up in orbit?
>>34540177Available research: http://pastebin.com/F6t39KSpNew Research options>paralytic flowerShortYour detailed survey of the jungle revealed an interesting carnivorous plant that appears to utilize a set of pressurized barbs to fire a stinger at prey as it wanders nearby, where its roots then react reflexively to close around the prey, constricting it as it releases digestive juices. Study of the plant would yield a greater understanding of both its toxin, and its delivery method.>Hallucinogen fungusShortThis small but potent fungal sample releases spores that can fill a short range before becoming inert. If they manage to enter a target’s system in time it causes powerful and overwhelming hallucinations, causing local animals set on eating it to run off in a confused stupor. The fungus uses it as a defensive mechanism, blowing the noxious gas from a small set of hollow stems growing from the fungus like thorns. Further research would yield a greater understanding of both the toxin and its delivery method.>Panic gasShortDeep in the jungle you discovered a small, soft, pudgy animal that feeds on spore drifts. When threatened they constrict themselves violently, expelling a cloud of potent gas that causes immediate and violent reactions. The predator quickly flees in terror, often sending out its own defensive reaction ranging from camouflage to short range flight to even deliberate dismemberment of a tail or leg that is left writhing behind it. Further study of the chemical compound should yield a greater understanding of it and its potential applications.
have we made any efforts to further our underwater plans? i'm fairly sure we got the most of the needed techs to proceed a bit further.
>>34540217>all these incapacitating agents
>>34540217>ShortIs that faster than fast?
>>34540263Its the jungle babyWere all the good stuff grows
>>34539991Can we get the speaker to if humans eat sweet/sugar based foods? I am wondering what would be the result of eating chocolate to our race.>>34540177>Carbon liquidSo it IS alive. Neat. This could be the basis of OUR nanite tech.
>>34540217>New ship adaptationRapid damage control +15N 20M per 100 metersUsing what you learned from the colony liquid you have developed a thick compound that is pumped through the capillaries of your ships. When severe damage is sustained the capillaries burst and the substance quickly expands and hardens into a makeshift hull, allowing your ships to survive much larger amounts of damage and healing to a small extent while still in combat. The effect is limited, however, and is only intended to keep the ship in fighting shape until it can repair.>>34540207Yes, although with the humans in orbit you cannot use a shuttle without exposing its location. The ship is holding in orbit with the satellite inside its hangar.>>34540290Yes.
>>34540309we should offer the chef a protein bar
>>34540217These new options! We must take them up now. we could get them done in this thread is done.
>>34540309>So it IS alive. Neat. This could be the basis of OUR nanite tech.Seriously fluff do you follow this quest or just post here?We already have nanotech we could research.
Right might as well get this out of the way for the rest of the thread.Frigate Prototype Frigate 800N 1600MSpinal mount Railgun 80MTurret AutoGun 150MFixed Linear 160MAuxiliary Autogun 40MUtility Swarm 600N 300MShip Total 1400N 2330MCrew 5 Normal Thinkers 30N Psychic Relay 200N 250M Total 1630N 2580MThe spinal mount is only 80 meters and the thinkers are to boost and control the weapon systems. Its hull is just standard one cause i figured its cheaper to build in mass and repair than add the expansive options. I saw that the linear cannons provide a bonus to kinetic attacks on the ship paste bin and are a lot faster than the railgun so we can get more shots off while waiting for the railgun to reload.And someone please name the thing
>>34540434That is Another race's nanite tech. I was thinking of the Hive's brand of nanites. This would be LIVING nanites, rather than robotic nanites.
>>34540378"We find many neat things in jungle!"The chorus of thoughts runs through your mind as your thinkers present their findings with pride. They sit idle, waiting for new research orders.
>>34540551we could, we know study both and make something better then ether
>>34540566>>Panic gas>Hallucinogen fungus>paralytic flower>Net gunMay as well start on the these.
>>34540524Do realize the LBP is penalize when not used as a spinal mount.
>>34540551You know we are already using nanites in a way right?Using microscopic organisms for industrial use is the same thingThat space organism is provided just new adaptions for our living ships
>>34540566Regeneration Tank is extremely high priority now that we have human test subjects. Get the twins to help reverse engineer it.With human medical tech understood, we can replicate it as our own organically controlled versions.And then we can knock out the humans and perform exploratory surgery and medical scans to get the kind of in-depth human biology knowledge you don't get from corpses!Once we have a baseline of the good 24 or so normal humans we'll have something to compare the evolving state of Dr. Vaughn to.
>>34540566Has anything happened with the doctor?
>>34540566>>34540618Quick and simple, then we should move onto to Magnetic Levitation, Lyle’s Combat armor, and Drop Suit
>>34540571Exactly! Robotic based nanites have to be programed like any other computer and is subjected to hacking attacks that other races could inflict and disable it, or worse, turn them. Our Hive based living nanites, should be controlled by our psychic powers and thus un-touchable by most other races.
>>34540658We put her in the medical tank, I believe to heal her from her injuries. >>34540638I'll give you that, but nanites can do far more than that. we need to expand and more importantly, be able to fully control them.
>>34540633Really cause it said nothing on the ship docbut still it has a faster rof than the railgun and there are 4 of them so i guess it should cover for that
>>34540566>Panic gas>Hallucinogenic fungus>Paralytic flower>Net gun>Regeneration tank>All above>Add other
>>34540673Are you really that stupid? We don't build computers we create organic beings.
>>34540669>Drop SuitI would rather research the data cube.
>>34540735all above might as well
>>34540735Add Skyl data cubes
>>34540566Basically this >>34540618 and I love our thinkers.They are adorable.
>>34540735did we ever do anything with those eggs we found before? (from that underwater crab/scorpion thing)
>>34540733Linear beams and railguns both have a damage output that scales with the length of the weapon. They will put out the largest amount of damage when used in a spinal mount. You could still add a linear beam to a fixed mount instead, but it would deal less damage and have a less potent special effect because of its lower energy output.
>>34540378Last thread someone suggested tearing down the Docking Pylon. I can't remember if it was confirmed but I second it. Get that shit covered up before they see it.I also vote for an internal Docking Pylon to be built at our Asteroid Base. If the dug out cavern isn't big enough yet, have our Drones focus on the excavation over oar mining.Also, have our Drones construct an artificial cave and build up some earth-works around the Hangar facilities.Make it so the Hanger entrance is set at the back of the cave, instead of just in the cliff-side.
>>34540787Not yet. We could try to hatch them. Maybe attempt to make them smart enough to train through genetic engineering.
>>34540735All above>>34540744You're probably right, it'll give us more longterm tech benefits. I figured we could use an immediate improvement in our ground combat after getting fucked up by assault rifles, grenades, and a few CIP pistols
>>34540791i vote against dismantling our pylonthere already on the planet and no point stalling ourselves cause of them we need to push and build as fast as possible regardless but yeah i agree on building that shipyard on that ast base
>>34540735All of the aboveAdd: data cubes
>>34540735>All above>>34540791Either this or fabricate a cloak for the pylon, the longer we can keep up the ruse the better.
>>34540790>New Drone Idea.Mimic-Drone:Create Drones that look just like local predators (that centipede thing).If the Humans start snooping around somewhere we don't want them, we can drive them off in a way that won't implicate us.
>>34540735Current research>Panic gas>Hallucinogenic fungus>Paralytic flower>Net gun>Regeneration tank>Add data cubes [Y/N]>>34540777That they are.
>>34540906i like the way you think
>>34540916>Add data cubes YYeah got a long term project at least
>>34540916>Add data cubes [Y/N]Y
>>34540740Anon, I understand you are confused and easily upset, but we DO build computers! Our thinkers and Quantum thinkers are computers. They just happen to be made out of organic bits and controlled by psychic power. So will our hive brand nanites.
>>34540916>Y>>34540906Good idea! I love it.
>>34540916>YCurrent research projects>Panic gas>Hallucinogenic fungus>Paralytic flower>Net gun>Regeneration tank>data cubes
>>34540916Y>>34540888The practicality of using a cloaking field on the docking pylon has been debunked multiple times in this quest. You cannot cloak something that big and in our thick atmosphere.
>>34540906that's actually a good idea and since they nicely hinted they want to track us down >>34539991we gonna need to put the fear in them and disable that machine there using to map our hive they placed
>>34540916>New construction project.Royal Palace:Having our Queen sitting in the known location of our Hive is asking for trouble. If our cover fails, this is exactly where the nukes will fall.I vote we select a location on a different continent and build a Royal Palace.Essentially a Labyrinth with advanced Infrastructure, a Throne Room, a permanent detachment of Warriors and enough Farms to support the garrison.Also, vote to create a Birther to take over the role here. No point having a secret base if Shuttles are constantly going back and forth with eggs.
>>34541150Yeah its prob smarter to move the queen and just leave a birtheror dig even deeper into the planet to hole up
>>34541150>I vote we select a location on a different continent and build a Royal Palace.how about on the bottom on the ocean?
Can we create something that automatically launches a micro-colony away from the planet should shit go south?Maybe station it in orbit concealed as something else?
>>34541150that`s actually a good idea
>>34541050>Paralytic flower>carnivorous plant that appears to utilize a set of pressurized barbs to fire a stinger at prey as it wanders nearby, where its roots then react reflexively to close around the prey, constricting it as it releases digestive juicesI say we make our own copies of these, only bigger and meaner. Hook them up to our Infrastructure via their roots and plant crops of them in places we want the Humans to avoid.Basically, we'd be planting sentry turrets around the entrances to the Hive. Just make them look like natural flora.
>>34541206Digging deeper sounds like a good idea.Nukes can't pierce deep down.All we have to do is collapse all tunnels and leave fake queen in our place, and we can fool anyone into thinking that we've died as we wait it out and rebuild.
>>34541094>and since they nicely hinted they want to track us downWe could express to them that we don't want them anywhere near our base since we were attacked by humans.>>34541276Do you even Bunker Buster?
>>34541276Well with the way we are building farms we are gonna need to go deeper anywayplus more mining sites to
>>34541303Why would they bunker bust us if they have no idea that we're even there. I'm talking very deep.There's also a fake queen for a reason.
>>34541276>Nukes can't pierce deep down.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_bunker_buster
>>34541050The new day dawns as the diffuse glow of the sun bleeds through the clouds in a dim, wide blanket of light. The marines gather around a crate filled with pre-packaged bars, grabbing their food as they gather their equipment. The sergeant is outside relieving himself, wearing only a hat on his shaved head and a cigar between his teeth."Sergeant, we have an ambassador here, what are you doing?" Smith asks through squinted eyes. The shock of the sight nearly sent him falling back into the command vehicle."So what? He's naked too." He replies. "You act like you never seen a man in his birthday suit, now hows about that cookout? I say we find ourselves the juiciest thing on this planet and eat it. Private! Pass me my shorts, please."Smith walks out to the edge of the perimeter and manipulates one of the fence sensors as Lee emerges from the vehicle."It's a lot brighter than when I was here last." He says as he brings his hand up in front of his eyes.>Agree to lead them on a hunting expedition>Refuse>Speak with the sergeant (write in)>Speak with Lee (write in)>Other
>>34541337I meant the explosions themselves, not the piercing thingamabob. They'll have no reason to dig down deep enough to get to our real queen.
>>34541276>Nukes can't pierce deep down.If they throw something more creative at us, digging deem might not protect us. If the know we live in deep tunnels, they'll probably use something they know will reach an underground target.Much safer just to move to a secure location.If worse comes to worse, the Humans can wipe out the Hive with a singularity weapon, claim victory, and we'll still be fine.
>>34541303Ya think they care? and telling them that would tip them off officiallyWe dealing with real politic and they want to intimidate us into behaving and being nice serfsfuck them>>34541303>>34541337We can prob survive if we go a 25 km under the dirt>>34541364>Refuse>Speak with Lee (write in) What is the purpose of you being here?
>>34541150As it is at the moment, your hive would take repeated, concentrated bombardment to breach the throne room, and it is nearly immune to non-atomic bombardment. You can always dig deeper, however, the only limit is how much time and how many workers you are willing to spend on it.
>>34541364>>Agree to lead them on a hunting expedition>Speak with Lee (real purpose here)
>>34541364>Agree to lead them on a hunting expeditionGive him a choice between the Crab, the Centipede, or the Herd Beetle.
>>34541364Agree this way we can show off and our warriors
> digging deeperGuys, guys, Thermosynthesis.
>>34541364>Refuse>Speak with Lee (write in)"We like you Lee, but last time Humans were here, fire and death fell from the sky, we don't really want to hang around you too much."
>>34541454yeah no showing them our warriors>>34541453yeah lets lead them to the the herd beetle and gauge there strength and waste there ammo
>>34541364>Agree to lead them on a hunting expeditionmaybe we should send some warriors to help
>>34541364>Agree to lead them on a hunting expeditionLet them waste their ammunition.
>>34541364>Agree to lead them on a hunting expedition>Speak with Lee Ask Lee why humans wear unneeded clothing for. Also, see if there are any human females in the group. If so, ask Lee why bring their queens here and demand the other male drones obey them. For the Lulz and to prop up the image the hive is primitive.
>>34541441I know we put no troops on the clark but did we at least installed the weapons on to it?
>>34541545I am perfectly fine with this line of questioning.
>>34541364Refuse, guys it's summer on this planet. Our speaker will be roasted in the heat.>Speak with Lee (write in)What is his true purpose here, they have no need for our "primitive" adaptations- they already have technology. >>34541562No, the Clarke has no weapons.
>>34541490Save the Lee conversation until we can get him alone and make sure the other humans can't hear us.Because Lee seems a lot more uncomfortable around us than during his last visit. A lot more awkward. Which is either caused by the pressures of his new role in the human hive, or because those pressures involve orders regarding us that he feels guilty about.Either way talking to him where he doesn't have to keep up appearances is necessary to dig the truth out of him. He's a terrible liar.>>34541545God no, human sexual dimorphism does not remotely resemble eusocial division of reproductive duties, that's not even a funny joke.
>>34541545>>34541612I'm 90% sure women were present when they crashed. They know we've already met Human females, they'll know we're talking shit.
>>34541635>Our speaker will be roasted in the heat.we replaced the old one, and gave it tubes.
>>34541545so you really are a trollmakes sense given you intentional post stuff that gets will always get a reaction out the rest of us
>>34541665We gave him Mimetic skin, not Radiator tubes.>>34541545Let's not go full retard, primitive race.
>>34541659We can pass it off as we did not recognize them as such. >>34541689No I'm not, and not this time. You have to see it as we're kinda messing with the humans. But this is only IF there are human women present here. If not, forget it all. >>34541652These are aliens here. No one knows until they ask.
>>34541364Your speaker clicks its mandibles in affirmation. "There are many large creatures not far from here. Large herds.""Those things nearly killed us last time!" Lee says, somewhat shocked at the statement.The sergeant lets out a laugh as he puts in his environment suit in the enclosed awning. "Even better! It's always more fun if they can get a good swing in! Nothing in this universe can beat the bonding experience gained from a good hunt and a good ol' barbecue. Men! file in, me and my new buddy are hungry, and we're gonna go get some food."You hear a chorus of groans from the marines in response.>Lead them along the edge of the jungle>Lead them over the plains, despite the heat>Direct them in the right direction but decline to join them>Have (write in) drones meet them, using tunnels to move there quickly>Other
>>34541716The whole "full retard, primitive race" is kinda the shtick role we've been playing so the Union won't jump all over us.
>>34541794>Lead them along the edge of the jungle
>>34541364>Agree to lead them on a hunting expeditionCan we add that infrastructure improvement that adds the memetic skin combo to are hive walls and doors.
>>34541805we have been doing primitive yes, but retard not so much. heck we even evolved a diplomat to talk to them thats not the act of retards.
>>34541794>Direct them in the right direction but decline to join them
>>34541794>Lead them along the edge of the jungle>Other show no other drones then the speaker and workers
>>34541794>Lead them along the edge of the jungle>>34541805Full retard is going too far. That's why you never go full retard.
>>34541794>Direct them in the right direction but decline to join themWe don't want to get overly friendly with them, that'll make it harder to keep them at arms length when we need to. If he thinks he's made a 'new buddy' it'll be a lot harder to tall him to fuck off when he asks to visit our crib.
>>34541794>>Lead them along the edge of the jungle>Have (5 worker) drones meet them, using tunnels to move there quicklythe workers are to help move the bodies
>>34541848>>34541881Then lets change it to cheeky primitive then. We're known for cheekiness. Still, asking how the humans arrange how they line up gender/command roles for their race. I get the feeling there are no human females here now.
>>34541839>Chameleon DoorsSeconded.Also putting forth this idea again >>34541275
>>34541545This would be mightily amusing. Let's do it.
>>34541762We already know what the females look like we learned that from the handout lee gave us.
>>34541839That should be easy enough to do.
>>34542012In hind sight, we could have asked, which gender lays the eggs?
>>34542012Yes, but we're trying to maintain the image of a primitive culture, and thus unaware of the gender dynamics of human society. Also the humans are under the assumption that our drones posses a degree of individuality. Its therefore totally believable to them that an individual drone would be curious about humanity, and naturally compare it to his own species.
>>34541794>Lead them along the edge of the jungleThis is a decent opportunity to observe human heavy infantry tactics and capabilities.
>>34541794>Lead them along the edge of the jungleWe know that the heat is killer and the humans are not as resilient as us.
>>34541980I'd be up for that, but I don't want to add a genetically modifed plant to the ecosystem unless we can make it incapable to reproducing. I'm completely up for cultivating the original strands around are hive though.
>>34541794>>Lead them along the edge of the jungle>>Have (write in) drones meet them, using tunnels to move there quickly.Send a half a dozen workers to join in the party.
>>34541794>Lead them along the edge of the jungleThe short walk to the shade of the vast mushroom trees is still stifling, even in the morning air. Your speaker and the few workers that had accompanied it lead the way flanked by Lee and the Sergeant. Smith, as well as three of the drop troopers remain behind."How does anything live in this heat?" A marine asks."You ever visit Pilgrim in the middle of summer? Feels like winter here." The sergeant exclaims. "You sissies got your climate suits and you want to complain about a little heat? Back in my day we called them trash bags. You'd lose twenty pounds in a day in those."Elsewhere, in the buried remains of the Hel's Angel, your patrolling worker detects an alert from the medical bay.[SCAN COMPLETE: FOREIGN ANOMALY DETECTED]Your worker examines the results. The doctor's body appears to have filled with clusters of small, semi-mechanical devices, concentrated within the brain. According to the medical tank she is otherwise stable, although there is scarring along the temporal and Parietal Lobes. You can't yet be sure what the effects would be, but her condition is steadily improving on its own.>Return her to the captured crew>Isolate her in a cell>Inform the captured crew of her condition>Other (write in)
>>34542125EXACTLY! Well said!
>>34542107I'd be up for asking that if it wasn't covered in the pamphlet.
>>34542209>Isolate her in a cell>Inform the captured crew of her conditionInteresting.
>>34542182I was thinking of making our own copies, hooked up to the Infrastructure.Not that different from the weapon attachments we make for the Drones. Just based on the Parasitic Flowers and plugged into the Infrastructure instead of a single Drone.
>>34542209>>Isolate her in a cellThere is no Vaughn, there is only Zuul.Man I hope they don't have superpowers that lets them break out or otherwise draw the attention of the non imprisoned humans or something.
>>34542209We have only one Speaker.
>>34542209>>Isolate her in a cell>>Inform the captured crew of her conditionMight as well through the poor bastards a bone. In an exceedingly cheeky manner of course.
>>34542209>Isolate her in a cell>Inform the captured crew of her conditionShe is recovering.
>>34542209>Isolate her in a cell
>>34542209>Isolate her in a cellstudy her asap
>>34542209>>Isolate her in a cell>take samples of the nanites that aren't in her brain"concentrated" means "only mostly in the brain", right?Also don't tell the human prisoners about this, because we don't have a Speaker, and because fuck those guys.
>>34542209>Inform the captured crew of her condition
>>34542209>>Isolate her in a cellInteresting... I have no idea where to proceed from here.>Inform the captured crew of her conditionNot like they can do anything about it.
>>34542246I'd be up for that.
>>34542259Yes, but you can still give a message through Coil if you wish.
>>34542125On the other hand, does it even make sense for a hive species to even really make sex distinctions? I think you'd sooner see a discussion on differences in number of limbs, honestly.
>>34542308>still give a message through CoilNo. Just no.
>>34542209>>Isolate her in a cell>>Inform the captured crew of her condition>>Other (write in)See if we can get some samples, if not ask Unity if they know a way.
>>34542209>Isolate her in a cell>>34542308I could have sworn we laid more of those. Oh well. Can we do that now, just so we don't forget? Bring it up to a totally of 5, just because I arbitrarily like multiples of 5.
>>34542209>Other (write in)Get some samples
>>34542209>Isolate her in a cell>Inform the captured crew of her condition> heal the severally Injured humans so they'll be more cooperative to what we tell them to do. (Need to keep the test subject health)
>>34542348Let's not bring Theseus into this.
>>34542209>Isolate her in a cell>Inform the captured crew of her conditionIn regards to the captured Humans. I vote we keep them alive and well for now. They could be bargaining chips in the future, best not to waste them.They could also be a source of information if we could convince them to cooperate."We are aware of Human First Contact protocols. So long as your kind maintains an official policy of suppressing and subjugating alien races, we can not let you leave to report what you know of us. If you are willing to cooperate and provide us with useful information, we will be willing to provide you with more comfortable living conditions while you are here."
>>34542209>temporal and Parietal LobesShe's connected to the ship's database.
>>34542377>>34542348Samples of what, the shit that's currently inside of her BRAIN? Yeah how about no. Especially not before we even know what effect they're having on her.
>>34542411You do know technology has gone pretty far, if you can bring some one back from death in the tank.
>>34542391What if we could jury rig some sort of audio-based translation software to be used with the device we use to communicate with Theseus?
>>34542411Its not like, we are tearing her brain apart, all we are gonna do is take a few cells with the robots.
>>34542370Sure.>Lay new speaker (how many)>Don't>Other
>>34542403We need to research memory manipulation.
>>34542461>Lay new speaker (how many2 more, also give one of them radiator tubes.
>>34542209you know if we research this >Skyl controller chip we can prob tell what is happening to hercause you guys know when she wakes up she gonna be psychic
>>34542461>Lay new speaker (3)
>>34542461>Lay new speaker (how many)I think just two will suffice for now. The upgraded variant of course.
>>34542461>>Lay new speaker2. One for the prisoners and one for being cheeky with Lyle.
>>34542308>>34542370>I could have sworn we laid more of thoseYeah, we did. One had the Chameleon skin and was learning Coils language.
>>34542503>>34542497>>34542496No heat tubes?
>>34542461>Lay new speaker, 4 more.
>>34542526Sure why not?
>>34542526Probably not needed. We won't be exposing them to high temps like the workers and warriors are.
>>34542526Seems unnecessary. Sides, it'll risk cluing the humans into just how easily we can modify the physiology of our drones.
>>34542526Not much reason to.
>>34542410your going to end up being right, and we are going to be in for a world of hurt
>>34542567Doesn't hurt to have one with tubes.
>>345424614 more. One for each of the following:.test subjects.coil.twins.Lyle
>>34542410>>34542613what do they control?
>>34542209>Lay 2 new speakers>Isolate the doctor>Inform the captured crewmates of her conditionSeveral workers quickly drain the tank and carry her to a newly constructed cell. Your workers have made excellent progress on expanding the prison in the short time they have had, although there is still much work to be done.
>>34542410And how did you jump to that conclusion anon? No really I'm curious.
>>34542703The temporal and parietal lobes are all about memory and sensory information.
>>34542651Double check that the prisoners have no communicators, if they broadcast with the expedition still on the planet, we will be screwed.
>>34540916so are all of these being researched at the same time?
>>34542751That they are, but to my knowledge nothing has suggested thus far that she is developing any connection to our ship, only that she was exposed to some kind of psionic device.
>>34542784That's the first thing we would have done.
>>34542802>Thinker (139)>Quantum Thinker (110)With 249 thinkers we better be.
Hey if any of you guys are looking for some cheap sci-fi games humble bundles doing a sell on some.Stuff like sins of a solar empire: rebellion or space hulk
>>34542859sins of a solar empire is what this quest feels to me to be honesti gotten back into the game after these quests after so long
>>34542651"Sweet merciful mother, that is one hell of a big bug."The sergeant seems impressed as he sizes up the loose formation of herd beetles as they roam across the fields like giant lawn mowers. "Get the anti-armor and the hi-ex. Tankred, boost over and get a good view. When I shoot, you put down the hurt and spook the rest away, we don't want them stampeding in our direction.""Aye, warming boosters." The voice of the drop trooper is deep as it echoes from the suit. A set of thrusters unfold from the back and they slowly spin up.The sergeant takes a long rifle from the back of the drop trooper's suit. The gun is twice as long as he is tall, and is clearly intended to be fired from a vehicle. He mounts it on a small tripod, and as he loads a solid round of metal into the chamber he turns to your speaker. "These things aren't sacred or nothin', are they?""No.""Jus checkin'."The sergeant looks through the scope of the massive rifle, and as he slowly pulls the trigger you feel the ground tremble from the kinetic force. The human slides back several inches from the force and the spores along the ground are kicked up into a dense cloud. Some distance away a beetle jerks violently as it lets out a thunderous roar and the drop trooper leaps skyward, drifting through the air on his thrusters. A quick hail of fire rains down on the others, tearing apart several smaller creatures nearby and sending the herd scattering."Yippee kayee, motherfucker!" The sergeant yells as he spins his shoulder. You can hear it pop back into place. "Ok boys, go fetch! That's why I bright ya!">>34542859Both of those are grade A games, would highly recommend.
>>34542804More likely, when she messed with that ancient xeno relic inside the temple, that was what did it to her. We will likely be talking to the xenos there. Or the computer network that was left behind.
>>34543000>>34543015Did the Shocktroopers we left behind in the temple find anything?
>>34543000>"Yippee kayee, motherfucker!" The sergeant yells as he spins his shoulder. You can hear it pop back into place. "Ok boys, go fetch! That's why I bright ya!"fuck.
>>34543000>Yippee kayee, motherfucker!" Damn it! i just read all of that in Bruce Willis's voice now!
>>34543068Last update we got, it seemed totally deserted/looted.
>>34543000The marines let out several curses under their breath as they stream from the forest. They remind you of your workers in a way as they move to saw off manageable chunks of the beetle. Of course your own workers are always happy to server their mother, the humans show no such eagerness in their work."This smells like sweaty ass, sarge, you sure you want to eat it?""Yes I do, and while we're at it you can keep a slice in your bunk as a freshener.""It's oozing black pussy stuff, what if it's poison?""That's how you know it's fresh!"The marines assemble a small sled that the drop trooper pulls along the ground, filled with slabs of carved meat. Pieces of carapace are carved into bowls and used to carry more of the beetle steaks."Don't forget the eyes, that's where the good stuff is."Back at the command vehicle you spot two of the drop troopers flanking the shelter and the marines quickly begin digging what the sergeant calls a fire pit.>Speak with Lee>Turn your attention elsewhere while the humans prepare their fire pit>Other
>>34543191>It's oozing black pussy stuff, what if it's poison?"Thats not what you think it means Quest drone.>>34543191>>Speak with Lee
>>34543191>Speak with LeeGo on a walk with him where others can't hear us."You act differently from your last stay here. Why?""How long will you be staying? Do you command all the others now?"
>>34543191>Speak with Lee
>>34543191>oozing black pussy stuff
>>34543191>Turn your attention elsewhere while the humans prepare their fire pit
>>34543232No, it means that too.>>34543191>Speak with Lee"Do you require help with the fire pit?"Act excited and eager. Hopefully he thinks we want to try out the lighter and flips out a bit. Then we tell him to calm down, we're joking, and that we're glad to see him acting more like his old self.
>>34543232It's a perfectly cromulent word.https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pussy#Adjective>>34543191>Speak with Lee"You do not appear to be 'scrubbing air filters and solar panels' any longer, Spaceman Lee. Your role has changed. How?""You hold authority. Do you command the others? Do you decide everything? Whether to stay or go?""You have lifted one rule. You are permitted to speak with us now. How many other rules still constrain you? What mandate governs your visit here? Who commands you?"
>>34543191>Speak with LeeIn a mix of horror and curiosity. "Are you humans able to eat everything your kind comes across?"
>>34543328>In a mix of horror and curiosity. "Are you humans able to eat everything your kind comes across?"Have you ever considered renaming yourself shit bringer? Because that's all you ever bring.
>>34543322>>34543314Huh didn't know that, i guess i'm wrong. but there is a better word to use for it, or a better structure.http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pus?s=t
>>34543379Huh i just noticed he changed his name from provider to bringer.
Do we have a genetic sample of the twins?
>>34543379You seem to be upset tonight anon. Why is that? I was aiming to present the image of a being rather shocked by how eager a xeno race like the humans are to eat something that could well be toxic to them with out testing such things. The last time the humans were here, they decided not to eat the local fauna.
>>34543388Maybe. But it WAS dialogue, so the distinction would be clearly evident in speech, and the form used was the more casual.
>>34543473That just means this sergeant fellow is FUN. Besides, Lee's seen us eat ourselves so it's kinda weird.
>>34543524pussy is used less often to describe pus in dialogue since it is often associated with the slang term,but okay
>>34543524Eh, i guess i have a different vocabulary then, since its the first time for me its ever been used in that connotation.
>>34543191>Speak with LeeAs you walk up to Lee you notice he looks rather nervous. He speaks before you get the chance. In a hushed tone."I think we should talk somewhere quiet." He points to the remains of several molding gord trees. You remember when they had been hollowed out huts for the survivors of the Clarke crash. All that are left now are three moldy chunks, hardly still standing on their own roots, and a rain-worn crater. Lee turns to the others. "We're gonna... go find some water... for putting out the fire." The sergeant gives him a passing glance, "Sure thing, Romeo. Just keep your pants on.">Speak (write in)>See what he has to say first>Other>>34543388Sorry, I was in the mindset of an underpaid and poorly trained low ranking enlisted soldier who wants to be absolutely anywhere but waist deep in giant dead insect. You're right though, it was awkward wording.
>>34543639>See what he has to say first
>>34543563They're not said the same way.
>>34543639>>See what he has to say first
>>34543639>See what he has to say firstIncoming heartfelt confession.
>>34543639Better remove his pants. For cover.And to study pants so we can make hilariously awkward looking suits for our diplomat drones.THE HIVE MUST ASSIMILATE PANTS TECHNOLOGY.
>>34543639>I was in the mindset of an underpaid and poorly trained low ranking enlisted soldier who wants to be absolutely anywhere but waist deep in giant dead insect.We should bring them crab hunting next.
>>34543682More like, the scientist pulled some strings to check out what happened to lyl and also the clarke.
>>34543639>See what he has to say first.Do we have a genetic sample of the twins? For cloning purposes.
>>34543783go back to >>>/d/
>>34543808That isn't really /d/.
>>34543712>We should bring them crab hunting next.I don't think they'll be up for underwater adventures. But you did give me an idea.We should have a Drone gather some of the white spore-powder. If shit starts going bad, we can have a Sniffer or Wasp dust the Humans with it.They all die to local fungus. Completely natural and not traceable to us.
>>34543842Soon your gonna ask to make hybrids or have thinkers with the parasite upgrade made inside to have a portable spy drone.
>>34543848What about Lee?
>>34543902What about him? The Hive comes first.
>>34543808I was thinking more about growing some clones for biological testing and possibly studying their species for any adaption possibilities.
>>34543848The marines will all be wearing environmental suits to protect them from contagions dude, as will Lee. The only one who wouldn't be wearing one is the batshit insane sergeant, and I like him and his barbeques to much to kill him.
>>34543933Wiping out the ground forces is still going to cause shit. Dudes up in the ship probably wont be too happy, whether or not it's our fault. After losing their senior diplomats and their badass sergeant guy, they'll most likely carry out an investigation that will uncover our surface structures. And then everything comes toppling down.
>>34543639Your speaker follows Lee to the gords. The heat is unbearable, but the shade makes a great difference in temperature, despite the humidity. Lee fidgets back and forth as he assembles what he wants to say."Ok. Well." He gulps quickly. "You know that Smith fellow, right? Well. Ok, first off, I guess I should explain ranks. See, humans are very much individuals, and we need to make strict rules for what we do and who tells who what to do and when, that's what ranks are for. You go up in ranks for doing impressive things and with it you get more pay and- well I can explain money later I suppose. My point is that John doesn't have a rank. He technically doesn't exist at all, and when we leave no record or report in the Union will say he was ever here. I don't even know why he's here and I'm supposed to be the ambassador on this mission." Lee looks back to the shelter, then back to your speaker."He isn't here, along with one of the drop troopers. I'm not sure why he's here or what his mission is, but I'm pretty sure he works for the Ministry of Intelligence... well I guess you don't know what that is... but that's not important. I just don't trust the guy, and he's missing."
>>34544063fuck we know who sent lyle
>>34544063We have a general idea, on why he here.
>>34544086We already knew that basically.>>34544063[sniffers patrolling intensifies]We smelled the humans, we were very close. Track that scent down.He must die.
>>34544063>I just don't trust the guy, and he's missingHave the Sniffers search.
>>34544086I'm still thinking that the scientist pulled some strings.>>34544126We need to use our Fly drone actually.
>>34544063if he disappears it not a problem eh?>>34544126
>>34544130>>34544126Sniffers are on a different planet.We still have the better flies and small sniffers though.(why do we have regular sized sniffers?)
>>34544063He's probably going to check on the last known location of the Hel's Angle. Time for Sniffers and Flies.>>34544137If he disappears then the humans will notice why TWO of their agents disappeared on this planet.
>>34544063Well hopefully he's being sneaky enough to maintain radio silence when we kill him.Anyway, thank Lee and tell him we trust him and that we like the Sergeant.
>>34544063"He's been giving me this stink eye for a long time now, ever since we first met. I even remember seeing him when I was promoted. He was standing in the back of the crowd in a Major's uniform, looking right at me the whole time.">Ask a question>Speak>Other
>>34544019>they'll most likely carry out an investigation that will uncover our surface structuresThe point of my suggestion is to do that if they ALREADY found something we don't want them to and need to silence them in a non-incriminating way.Although, the Mimic-Drone idea from earlier would be better for that. QuestDrone, that got a few supporting votes, we working on that?
>>34544170>>Ask a questionWhat were to happen if he were to disappear...permanently?
>>34544155Too lazy to recycle them. Also, realistically they'd be able to move faster/farther which might be useful in some situations.
>>34544170>>Ask a questionwould his death be a problem?
>>34544155>Sniffers are on a different planet.No they aren't. We only left the Shock Troopers behind.
>>34544170We have their scent. Track them. We have 40 small sniffers and 10 flies to get close to them when we find a scent trail.Ask him what the official orders for this mission were, exactly? When exactly were they supposed to pack up and leave this world again?
>>34544205>Also, realistically they'd be able to move faster/fartheThe flies have advanced wings, so they lost there/
>>34544202NO! Don't ask that you fucking idiot. Don't TELL him we're going to kill anyone.
>>34544170>Ask a questionWhat exactly is the goal of the diplomatic mission anyhow? Yeah, 'cultural exchange', but what is it his superiors actually want him to be accomplishing here? If it's not too much trouble to just GIVE it to him, we could cut the mission- and by extension sneaky sneaky spy missions- short.
>>34544202>>34544218He wouldn't know the answer to that, you retards.You'd have to ask the Intelligence office who sent him. Obviously, the ideal thing is for him to only find a bunch of worker drones that react with hostility and ensure he goes back to the camp.Then we guard the perimeter very closely and keep track of every single human who tries to move into the jungle.Fuck the jungle cover from the heat that we chose as a path is how he slipped away.
>>34544282Lee's "official mission statement" is completely goddamn irrelevant to the real reason the intelligence officer came here.Which is fucking obvious. He wants to find the Hel's Angel. And double check that the Clarke is really destroyed in a crater. And that the satellite wasn't lying about anything else.
>>34544170>OtherDeploy survey drones to find the trooper. 'John Smith' doesn't seem like a huge risk, comparatively. Also probably less conveniently located for 'disappearing'. Trooper wanders off and gets eaten by giant beetles? Not our fault.
>>34544376He took the trooper as a bodyguard against local wildlife.He could be heading for any of our three bases. The Hel's Angel clearing, the Clarke "crater", or the mountain hive.We need to start a fanning search pattern from them, starting with the closest one.Or follow their trail starting from where we last saw him.
>>34544351Yeah but if we can satisfy Lee's official mission, maybe he can pull it early be declaring it finished. Playing dumb plays to Lee's strengths, after all.Besides, don't you want to know more about our husbandos job? And, you know, the official party line that we can use to manipulate our relations with the humans favorably.
>>34544351He's here as a ghost. If the Official Mission is complete, they'll have no justification for being here and have to pull out. Then the spook will have to go with them.Granted, they could just move the goal posts and tack on some extra mission objectives. But depending on what kind of oversight they have and how much discretion the have with their orders, they might not be able to do that.
>>34544170In a swarm of buzzing a cloud of drones fills the air around your hive. They will not last for long in this heat, but the person you are looking for will likely be in the shade.Your speaker lets out a quick chitter as it speaks. "Truly, why are you here.""I... don't know for sure. After I was promoted someone from Fleet Command talked to me and said he had a diplomatic mission for me. In the briefing they just told me to smile and wave, and let the agent deal with everything. Then you stonewalled him and I guess he's off to... shit. We need to get to your hive, quick! Do you know a shortcut or something to get there quicker than through the jungle?"
>>34544487this cant be any good
>>34544487"Why would you need to go to the hive?"No.
>>34544487Get naked first, then you can come with us.
>>34544487>Show Lee our secret moist tunnels.Kyaaa~ sempai don't look~
>>34544487The Hive can hear you from here.
>>34544487NIGGA I AM THE HIVEGET YO SHIT TOGETHER
>>34544487"When Humans visited before, fire and death fell from the sky. We do not want Humans in our Hive."
>>34544487You can only come, if blind folded and naked.
>>34544487Have all our drones on high alert, and damn, from what Lee said, it looks like this was a Ministry of Intelligence job, which means that they'll keep boots on the ground until their curiosity is satisfied.
>>34544645We need to lay more sniffers, wasps, and warriors. This ghost is likely to be on par with Lyle.
>>34544487stonewall lee and send out the troops to the tunnels and pylon get contact with theuses for knowledge >>34544678ambush this fucker and prep for an assualt on that shipand hes right
>>34544487>They will not last for long in this heat, but the person you are looking for will likely be in the shade.But small sniffers and flies both have radiator tubes. They should be fine.Lee:"Then how do you make your humans leave and take 'John Smith' with them? What is the time limit?"
>>34544487If this guy has a bodyguard in a drop suit, we'd better rally our collusi, or at least the ones that are armed, in addition to the warriors and sniffers.
>>34544553Add Except for Lee and it would be golden.He is different.
>>34544764I wonder if we should tell Lee about the Skyl.
yeah for now do not bring lee to the tunnelshe prob was known to have sympathy for us and may have a tracking device on him without him knowing but thank him for the knowledge
>>34544825Whoa slow down anon, one thing at a time. He probably doesn't even know we're space-faring yet.
>>34544487"I am the hive."Lee begins to pace back and forth, muttering to himself. "Ok. Ok. He must know where the entrance is... what if he's just on a nature walk? No, that's stupid. Dammit, why are we here?" He turns back to your drone. "Look, union stuff is... complicated. People almost never mean what they say, and never say what they mean. I never wanted any part of any of this. Hell, I told them it was best if we just left the whole system alone.""Then tell them to go." Your speaker says simply."I can't. I'm only in charge on paper. Wait, shit, I'm so stupid! I bet I'm a fall guy here. He goes off and violates protocol, I get blamed and they make the best of it!" Lee starts to shake visibly. "Hell, I'm violating protocol just by saying any of this right now! Forget criminal incompetence, they'll charge me with treason." As he paces in a small circle his legs buckle and he slumps to the ground, his back sliding down the side of the soft gord tree roots. "I'm screwed." He says as he covers his visor with his hands. "Either he does whatever crazy spook mission he has, and I get blamed for him making you mad, or you stop him and I get blamed for an international incident, or worse, leaking critical mission data."Your sniffers of all sizes and flies cover the skies across your hive in a cloud of buzzing chitin.Roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 82 (1d100)>>34544988Poor Lee
Rolled 98 (1d100)>>34544988yep
Rolled 1 (1d100)>>34544988
Rolled 46 (1d100)>>34544988Lee "can" always stay with us.
>>34545028Seriously. FUCKING NOW? WHY?
>>34545022FUCK YE->>34545028FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCKSHAME ON YOU AND YOUR ANCESTORS
>>34545022>>34545028Fuck. that was so close.>>34544988Given that trouble...Theseus, some facts, in exchange for your consultation on likely outcomes.- A few stranded humans briefly observed our Pod at the impact site, before fleeing noises in the jungle. The Hive disposed of the pod and it was not present when they returned to investigate again.- The humans found the flaming wreckage of two of the Unity drones, all 3 destroyed near the hive in battle. They appeared suspicious and asked if we had seen the drones again, we denied this.- We told the humans we heard their rescue probe from space, and offered to convey their SOS to it. We did, and summoned the Texas. Though their First Contact questioning established us as class 0, their SOS listed us as classification unknown. We overheard conversations that indicated suspicions that the Pod was ours, but they have no further evidence.- The bounty hunter Lyle never returned from his mission to obtain specimens. You also suspect the Union intelligence office put out the bounty, yes?- Now they sent this John Smith no-doubt intelligence agent. Who has vanished with a drop trooper from the human 'diplomatic mission'.Given this and what you know from the satellite, what is Smith's likely first investigation priority, and what are the consequences if he disappears in the jungle and does not survive? He no doubt maintains radio silence, but might they have equipped him with an FTLComm for this reason?
>>34545028YOU BLEW IT! WE HAD A 98!
>>34545012>>34545022Yes! YES!>>34545028GOD DAMN IT!
>>34544988There any extra electro-fence? If we can smuggle some out of their camp and set it up at the site of our murderin' then we can pass it off as the dumbass going on his 'nature hike' and retardedly turning on the electric fencing he brought along. Native (nondescript, and largely undocumented) wildlife went berserk, killed em. The Hive of course doesn't care, so there is no international incident.
i think we should start plan b and figure a way to blow that ship and let none of them leave alivecause lets face it our cover already pretty much blown
since we rolled a one, I say put everything on hard lockdown, after we see how fucked we are
>>34545028Hahaha. Priceless.>>34545088Theseus doesn't need to know that and his advice isn't likely to be very useful.
>>34545152Better.If we can't track down scent, we can just stonewall them. We have 1200 workers. We take enough off farm construction and put them onto jungle duties.They will appear to be "foraging for food", but will in fact be presenting a barrier it should be difficult for those humans to cross without being noticed.The barrier combs through the jungle.
>>34545146Am I alone in thinking that reacting with indiscriminant deadly force is the worst way to deal with our cover being truly 'blown'?Killing people to keep secrets makes sense to me because if we're successful, nobody knows. It mitigates risk.Killing people because our secrets are widely exposed is silly because it will only cause tension. It is risk for no benefit.
>>34545028WE ARE SO SCREWED
>>34545229killing people who have 16 nukes above us and have a history of conquering weaker species is a smart moveto the masses we are primitives but to the higher ups we aren't and must be dealt withpush them out of our system and rush a fleet buy us space and hope we can ambush the Texas when it shows up to kick our assesthat's all we can hope for since they are not idiots and arent falling for our ruse
>>34545363Why did we give them the nukes back again?
>>34545363After this, we HAVE to put up a docking polyon up on the asteroid base. That way we can create bigger ships to take on the Texas.
>>34545409cause we warmongers got out voted
>>34545409We put them back so they would be less likely to discover our nature. Missing nukes would definitely have triggered an investigation.>>34545426Stop saying that. It is a different structure of similar function.
>>34545428You mean the smart people.
>>34544988Lee is busy punching the faceplate of his helmet and doesn't even seem to notice the radio click."We're picking up some activity on the scanner.""I can hear it, what the fuck is that?""Spawning season for a native species?"Your cloud of drones expands over the jungle in a frenzied search pattern, their collective buzzing fills the air as the cloud roams some ways past the camp site."Looks like it's passing by. False alarm, but I'd stay out of the open air.""They can smell it. Even the animals love my cooking. Besides, what's a barbeque without a swarm of skeeters? Why I feel more at home here every minute. Maybe I'll get a summer home here when I retire.""Sarge, it's a restricted planet with natives.""And after one taste they won't ever want me to leave!"Your drones cover a large swath of ground quickly, but there is simply too much jungle to cover, and not enough time.Suddenly you feel a ping. A burst of radio waves and a blast of high pitched noise from the jungle, then another, and another. The three pings are tremendous, briefly blinding your drones of radio and sonar alike as they pulse.>Investigate the sources>Attack the pings immediately and with prejudice>Other
>>34545474>Attack the pings immediately and with prejudice
>>34545474What?That sounds like a distraction. Only put three drones on that.>>34545458No, keeping the nukes would not help. They can't use them against us, Theseus will blow them up before he allows that order to go through.
>>34545474>Investigate the sources
>>34545474>>Investigate the sourcesHave a few check them out. But still keep the other drones on high alert. They probably remembered our sensitivity to radio and let those out as a distraction.
>>34545474They're trying to detect shit with radar and sonar?They're trying to find underground tunnels. And/or above-ground infrastructure like the docking pylon.
>>34545474>Investigate the sourcesSend the Flies.
>>34545474Have warriors guarding both the mountain hive entrance and the hel's angel prison outpost.They'll probably find the latter in the jungle with that radar.
>>34545474Maybe they're trying to disassociate the Hive? They don't know about Tachyons but seem to suspect we're interconnected. Trying to blind us, I bet. Maybe to get close.
>>34545474>>Investigate the sourcesSend in flies and sniffers, have the warriors and wasps ready to dive in at a moments notice.
>>34545565hes signaling the ship in orbit rememberhes found something
>>34545660He wouldn't have three different pulses simultaneously to do that.He'd also have actual data on his transmission.
>>34545474If they set those transmitters one by one and then waited for them to go off simultaneously...Maybe they were waiting in the center of the triangle? Or at one of the points.
>>34545690we got a 1 remember
>>34545758That has nothing to do with this being a signal.It's obviously not a signal. You wouldn't have three to do that.
>>34545792Wait, could he be attempting to locate the Angle?
>>34545817No shit.He's trying to locate anything and everything.He'll find anything aboveground and underground with sonar like that.
>>34545474A hundred warriors. Ready to burst from the ground near where the Angel is buried.Small Sniffers, in a ring around it, please.
>>34545474Your drones move in to investigate. The pings freeze your senses with each pulse, slowing the progress of your flying drones to prevent them from crashing out of the sky. As they arrive they each find the same thing, a small cylindrical device on the end of a long metal rod, stuck deep in the dirt. Every ten seconds they let out a burst of raw signal and sound that echoes through the jungle.>Destroy them>Leave them, as if you never found them>Other
>>34545878>Destroy themother try to pick up the scent from here
>>34545878>>OtherThey didn't block our sense of SMELL!They must have left a trail.
>>34545878>>Destroy themThey already know we can receive radio waves. So us destroying something disruptive to our colony should be relatively fine.
>>34545878If this is a trap, what would we do in their situation?Set them to explode on tampering?Have a louder set of three transmitters elsewhere immediately start transmitting once any of these three fall silent?Be waiting to ambush?
>>34545878>>Destroy theminb4 it explodes, inb4 this was all a diversionfucking hell the nat 1 has got me all paranoid
>>34545917>>34545931This is really more important than silencing them, which seems like exactly what they'd *expect* us to do.
>>34545878Destroy it, but make it look like it was because the sniffers were trying to eat it. Also, did we learn anything about all the worms in the area?
>>34545878>Destroy themPlease roll 1d100, best of 3You watch as Lee reacts to the sudden pings. You are surprised at the sudden display of speed as he leaps to his feet."No you don't goddamnit!" He turns to you briefly before sprinting back to the shelter. "I'm gonna fix this, don't worry."As he sprints he looks back to your drone again, nearly tripping in the process. "Don't worry!" He repeats.
Rolled 18 (1d100)>>34546124go
Rolled 87 (1d100)>>34546124"Lee. Explain!"God dicerolls are ominous. It's never simple. Such a trap.
Rolled 21 (1d100)>>34546124
Rolled 50 (1d100)>>34546124
>>34546124Follow that Lee.
>>34546144thank you kind sir
>>34545660Okay, revisiting this...They're emitting high pitched sounds. The ship is in space. There is no possible way it's intended for them.Though a paranoid part of me thinks that establishing radar transmitters near the target *would* help with aiming orbital weapons at the ground, 'lit up' by radar.
>>34546213And the fact that Lee thinks he can do something to prevent disaster by running to the shelter suggests that he might be about to contact the ship.Because I can't imagine there's a control switch in the convoy for these radar emitters?
>>34546124Wait. Wait!We could have stolen them and brought them to one location all 3 together, rendering triangulation useless. Fuck. I just thought of that.A location at the far end of the jungle or something. On the ocean fungus plain?
>>34546213yep and we are gonna go thur what the lizards went though i feel
>>34546292What is the point of that when we can simply permanently disable them. And its not like they can prove we did it to cripple their triangulation efforts. Life forms on this planet have evolved to be hypersensitive to exotic forms of electromagnetic radiation, after all.
>>34546360I thought there might be a chance it would confuse them and produce misleading and error-prone data, rather than sudden silence.But yeah dunno how sensible I was being.
>>34546124Hey OP, we're gonna autosage if we haven't started to already. Make second thread plx.
>>34546124If Lee can /actually/ fix this, I don't want to screw with his screwing of the fucker's plans.
>>34546447>doesn't know how to read post count and autosage statusYours was the 344th post. You're 44 posts behind.
>>34546447Don't we have a ways to go yet? We're still on page 7...
>>34546465Believe me, it goes faster than you'd think.I doubt we can coax QD to do a double thread night though. Probably a cliffhanger incoming.But we can always beg.
>>34546458Just making sure OP knows, calm your tits.
>>34546491>he thinks QM is that oblivious and doesn't know alreadyDon't be silly. He always runs till page 10, so he's quite aware. And he almost never starts a second thread, anyway.
>>34541276>Nukes can't pierce deep down.These fuckers have FTL ships.If they don't have nukes capable of killing us through a bunch of dirt, I'll be surprised.
>>34546537Posts like yours certainly won't help him decide to make a second one. Now quit making useless posts and justifying them because someone else stated the obvious.
>>34546566Helping, hindering. None of these posts yours or mine make any impact at all and are equally useless.It's past bump limit so posting at least isn't shortening our time here.
>>34546124Your drones quickly dismember the devices and they shatter to pieces with ease. In that same moment you feel the pain of an explosion ripping through a hive wall. A tunnel has been breached, the capillaries oozing nutrients and the organs of the infrastructure screaming in alarm at the damage. The dispersed sensors within the hive is enough to hear the intruders. The mechanical thump of heavy footsteps, and a light tap shortly after."The triangulators are down, sir.""Expected, and perfectly fine." You hear the voice of Smith, his light steps almost inaudible as he moves further in."The hardened structure is the other way, sir.""We're not looking for a crashed ship, they can keep it. Now follow me and stay close."You hear the shrill whine of a scanning orb as it lifts off and buzzes down the hive tunnel, directly towards the mountain."I need this!" Lee shouts as he opens a large cargo lid along the side of the command vehicle. A small, two seater buggy quickly unfolds from a layered plate of metal and with a light hum jolts itself several inches above the ground."Lee. Explain." You ask, and at the same time the sergeant yells out, his cheery demeanor vanishing in a moment."What in the hell are you doing?"Lee stops only for a moment. "Smith is gone. He's violated contact protocol and is to be found and detained.""Are you trying to be funny, because you aint.""That's an order!" Lee snaps, startled by his own outburst, the sergeant even more so."Alright. Your orders." The sergeant turns to the other marines and bellows out a series of orders, sending the marines into a frenzy of comotion. As Lee finishes setting up the buggy he looks back up. "Sergeant, keep an eye out for him here and near the jungle, I'll try to get him back if I can. After six hours, leave."Lee hops into the buggy and speeds away, your speaker nested snuggly in the passenger seat. Human chairs are awkward to use, but manageable.
>>34546595>yours>he thinks I'm the first guyMan, I thought you were seasoned. Lurk moar.
>>34546641I know you were a third guy, man. I was speaking generally.
>>34546611Where did we station our warriors? Fuck this shit. Fuck John Smith and Fuck the Ministry of Intelligence.
>>34546611Well the warriors and wasps are converging down the tunnels I hope.
>>34546563I'm sure they have them. I doubt they have maximum overkill nukes on hand right now or expect us to be as well defended as we are.
>>34546611Tell Lee where he is, also whats in the mountain?
>>34546611>A tunnel has been breached,But where? How far from the hive and from the Hel's Angel?Good thing we made that labyrinth. Those damn mapping drones though.
>>34546685We sent a decent amount into the mountain, but which mountain he is going towards its better, is he going to the queens or the the lava one.
>>34546695us dumbassseal off the queen and thinkers then
>>34546695>whats in the mountain?Have you read this quest at all?It's the fucking original hive location they knew, genius, where they know Lee met what was clearly a queen figure.
>>34546611Those assholes can go fuck themselves. Suicide Shock Troopers go. Normally, I wouldn't want to use them like this, but the armor mitigation is important against the drop suit wearing asshole.
>>34546725>the lava one.That one is really far away and not connected to any tunnels at all.Its whole point was to be isolated and out of the way, after all.So there's only one mountain with tunnels to it, or that is even in this region.>>34546611Lee, Lee, what are you doing?You aren't allowed to see the hive secrets either. We have to divert him and quietly kill those two.And we have 200 warriors to do the job.
>>34546783If we had cyro weapon armor wouldn't matter
>>34546813Explosive acid dissolves armor too, m80.We'd never have completed cryonics between when it became available as a research subject and now, anyway.
>>34546813I do want those. A sprayer weapon with comparatively limited collateral damage is sexy. Also laser cooling.
>>34546611"You don't want to talk to me? WELL THEN I'LL BREAK INTO YOUR HOME AND HOLD YOUR QUEEN HOSTAGE UNTIL YOU DO."John Smith-kun is so yandere.
>>34546860>Also laser cooling.AKA Freeze rays.
>>34546611I hope our Collusi can move though the tunnels to guard the throne room. I want to see the fear on his face one he stares down the barrels of his guns.
>>34546611Now... now might be the time to try jamming their radio frequencies, when we engage.Just transmit our own tons of noise, see how they like it.
>>34546695>Tell Lee where he isI'm sorry what. You want to let Lee meet this guy? Why?Lee is not any more help than 200 Warriors.Also we don't want to let Lee know too much. You know what happens to humans who know too much.
>>34546888I know, can you imagine their reaction if the plasma spray was directed straight into the tunnel they were using?
>>34546887Not sure if it's lasers that cool or cooling for lasers, actually. Happy with either.
>>34546950>plasma sprayHaha shit we finally have a use for that!It's very short range though, so we have to surprise them from around a corner.Or break through the hive wall like the Kool-Aid Guy, only instead of kool-aid it's napalm.
>>34546611Your drones quickly refocus their positions, funneling down the hive tunnels in chase. Smith is already closer to the inner hive than you would ever be comfortable with, and is moving fast."Left, now right. Take the lower one. Ok, right here. This place is built like a maze, quite fascinating.""I'm picking up multiple contacts on short range, sir.""Yes, of course. One moment please."After a brief pause there is another detonation and the two move through a breach from one tunnel to another."Quite the architects, these things.""Lee. What are you doing?""I have to stop Smith from doing something crazy, hurting your hive, and blaming me for it. If I can get to him I may be able to convince him to stand down.""You said he had no rank. He is not a part of your rules."Lee looks to your drone briefly. "Well the drop trooper is. He has to listen to me at least.">Lead Lee to the hive and let him help>Lead Lee to the breach and have him give chase>Tell Lee to stop, and to stay away.>Other
>>34546997>>Tell Lee to stop, and to stay away.we gun kill the guys anyway, don't want unnecessary casualtys or for him to be turned into a hostage
>>34546997>Lead Lee to the hive and let him help
>>34546997>>34546997>>Tell Lee to stop, and to stay away."It is too late. They are attacking drones. You cannot arrive in time. Either the enemies of the hive will die, or we will."
>>34546997>>Lead Lee to the breach and have him give chaseIf nothing else, this can buy us time to marshal our forces to defend the tunnels.
>>34546997>Lead Lee to the breach and have him give chase
>>34546997>Tell Lee to stop, and to stay away.
>>34546997>>Tell Lee to stop, and to stay away.Or, we can lead him on a wild goose chase maybe? Lie about where they are.No wait that's stupid, he'd arrive and they wouldn't be there. Never mind.
>>34546997>>Lead Lee to the hive and let him help
>>34547073>>34547108>letting Lee know about hive Infrastructure organic wallsThat's bad.
>>34546997Sounds like John Smith either has some really fancy tech, is a cyborg, or both.>Tell Lee to stop, and to stay away.We've got this. We can handle him. What we can't do is run damage control over the Big Picture like Lee can.
>>34546997>OtherHave Lee and the others to rally at a place nearby the Hive just in case we need them and for them to pick up the ghost's remains. Just not close enough for them to know where it is.
>>34546997>>Tell Lee to stop, and to stay away.>Lee, you are too late, you are not a warrior, and this is the time for a warrior's duty.
>>34547192>pick up the ghost's remainsHELL no.Our cover story is either that he got eaten by a predator, or he was hostile and we ate him.We aren't letting them find out his cause of death were ballistic weapons we shouldn't have.
>>34547223Hey everyone, why don't we just kill him in the tunnels, and claim he was buried alive. He was being pretty liberal with the explosives.
>>34547247>posting HQQ votes in imouto questDid the spam filter stop you from pasting it here?
>>34547277It was an accident.But then I decided to make it deliberate.
>>34547223What the hell am I thinking. We're going to cook him with the plasma sprayer. There WON'T be any remains left.
>>34547312> Tell Lee about the wonders of beef stew and how awesome it is!! Oh and I'll make it for you, I'm sure you'll love it too!
>>34546997>OtherHey, can we relay Lee's radio signal? Maybe he could try talking down the drop suit dude remotely?
>>34547352Sounds like a great idea.>not asking her what her favourite food isIt's almost like you don't want to serve your onee-sama
I think we need a drone to act as a throne and quickly carry the queen around.
>>34547354I imagine if Lee could contact this guy over radio, he would.But we don't want him to hear what the other guy has to say, so yeah maybe one-way relaying his messages is good.Tell him to encode his orders and give them to us to transmit to him.They're supposed to be under radio silence for the mission though, I wonder if dropsuit's radio is even on.
>>34547414The throne room is as reinforced as a bunker. It can withstand orbital bombardment.His handheld bombs won't make it inside, surely.
>>34547414But then when they enter our regal hall we want be there sitting majestically. Which is fine, I guess, if you're into disappointing shoot happy intelligence officers.
>>34546997"No Lee, he is in the hive already.""What? Well then we need to hurry.""No. You cannot enter the hive either. None may enter.""But, if I can't get him to come back, then...""It is too late. The hive will defend itself."The buggy begins to drift to a halt. Lee slumps back in his seat. "So then I guess that's it. I'll be held responsible for the loss of life, loss of equipment, breach of contact protocol.""Could you use radio?"Lee shakes his head. "I tried that already. Total radio silence, and if he's already there then... well, I guess your hive will handle that.""Move, faster!""Multiple contacts closing in from behind.""Fire a salvo at three o'clock high and move through."Another explosion rocks the hive and you feel them pass through from one tunnel to another.>Send your colossi to attack from the walls and burn them out>Try to encircle them with warriors and wasps>Other
>>34547414No.What we really need, to improve this Labyrinth, is TRAPS.Acid pits that open up for unauthorized intruders who try to cross hallways.Rotary Stinger turrets in the walls.
>>34547479>Send your colossi to attack from the walls and burn them outHere's johnny.
>>34547479>>Send your colossi to attack from the walls and burn them outNo kill like overkillcapcha: savage guntsH
>>34547414Probably not worth it before mag lev tech.
>>34547479>Send your colossi to attack from the walls and burn them out>Try to encircle them with warriors and waspsdo both
>>34547479>Send your colossi to attack from the walls and burn them outHe really didn't think this through did he?
>>34547479>Try to encircle them with warriors and waspsSave the Colossi. It's our ace in the hole.
>>34547479Both. Colossi first, then if they escape those have the warriors on standby.
>>34547479Damn. There are just too many tunnels.>Try to encircle them with warriors and wasps"Burn them Johnny" is tempting, but there won't be anything left to torture and interrogate out of little Smith-kun.
>>34547479>Burn them outPlease roll 1d100, best of 3
Rolled 15 (1d100)>>34547563
Rolled 73 (1d100)>>34547563OH YEAH!
Rolled 23 (1d100)>>34547563
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>34547563
>>34547479>Try to encircle them with warriors and waspswith>Send your colossi to attack from the walls and burn them outon hold.Ask Lee what he thinks of being made the Hive's official emissary to Union? Obviously we don't know politics, but would they interfere with an adopted member of the Hive?
>>34547581I guess it will be good enough.
I suppose, once their agent rushes off into the jungle and disappears, they'll send something less sneaky.Or even more sneaky. Like a bunch of these commandos.Time to lay like 260 new Small Sniffers to really comb that jungle for saboteurs in the future.
>>34547581Boy Lee, we sure put that lighter you gave us to good use...
>>34547687Flies would be preferable, since they're small and hard to detect.>>34547726Cheeky as always.
To think, I thought the hunting expedition would be a good distraction to stop them noticing us talking to Lee alone.But it turns out, the hunting expedition was a distraction to us, to not notice Smith splitting off from the group.Another lesson in paranoia and counting your guests more stringently.>>34547726Heh.
>>34547687fuck that we need something like this now>>34540524
>>34547754Lack of detection isn't a priority compared to us detecting them, and we can lay 4 times as many Small Sniffers as we can Flies.We need to cover all the ground at once. Acres and acres.
>>34547783We could make Large immobile sensory stations using camouflage.
>>34547783Just one of those won't make much difference, and that's all we can afford right now, one.We can't start shitting starships properly until the new farms come online.
Could we create a trap where we close off tunnels and fill them with acid to digest them?
>>34547858That works too. Like the blood scene in The Shining.Better than an acid pit trap, because they can't detect it as easily.
>>34547875I don't know about the acid, but I wholeheartedly agree that we should use the tunnels to trap him. That's what we built them for after all.
>>34547924>I wholeheartedly agree that we should use the tunnels to trap himExplosives.
>>34547924We didn't design the tunnels as a trap at all.We designed them to be confusing and labyrinthine. Which is less useful against people with floating radar drones.We never designed traps, yet. And they can use bombs to get through any walls we have, so we'd need a prepared trap to distract them and stop them from using such bombs to escape a simple closed room.
>>34547952We should make our tunnels explosive.
>>34547952We haven't researched explosives more potent than the Grape Shot.The people in the cave on Raligha used grenades against us, so we should have grenades to research now though.And once we tear open Lyle's drop suit we'll have his missile explosives too.
>>34547858I'd support that. Combined with the memetic walls and doors as well as the hive defenses that look like local plant growths. We'd have a good defense system.
>>34547563"Do you feel that?""The sound of progress.""Multiple tremors, something big, sir.""Perhaps a new variant? Oh, well let's hope.""Incoming!"The wall bursts into pieces as a colossus shatters the hive wall, quickly facing the two intruders."Anti-material, now!"Several large bolts of hot metal rip into your drone. As the bolts connect your spray unleashes a torrent of flame that envelopes the tunnel like rushing water, the liquid spraw flowing along the floor and walls, engulfing the drop trooper in a sea of fire. you hear the sound of twisting metal as the chassis contorts form the heat. Bolts pop loose, hydraulics burst, and the helmet shatters as the trooper's brief scream is quickly stifled by the sizzling of burnt flesh."Outstanding!"You feel Smith land just behind the head of your drone and feel the sting of a lightning gun sear into the back of the head. As you feel the layers of chitin slowly burn away you sweep the cannon to the side, bringing the massive barrel slamming into the human's side with a thud and send him crashing into the wall. You finally manage to get a decent view of him. His environment suit is gone, torn and melted to nothing, and underneath you see a weave of dark gray fibres like bare muscle, his face burnt and crumpled into a steel skull. His lidless eyes are still remarkably human, and as he stares into your drone's eyes he opens his mouth and lets out a long, deep laugh.Your drone sprays him with burning plasma, enveloping his gaunt body in layers of boiling jelly as he continues to laugh until, eventually, you feel a snap as the tendons break, and the remains begin to melt to slag. As his body falls limp to the floor as nothing more than a metal skeleton his skull still twitches as the last few servos die out.
>>34548021Local plant growths and mimetic walls are useless against the intruders that actually pose a threat.The ones in armor, with radar.>>34548030...Oh dear. He did not fear death.Making me think he was a remotely controlled android now. Shit.
>>34548030Mark my words he was recording this and it's been sent out there. Bet he's not even dead as it was remotely controlled.
>>34548030This is some Imperium of Man bullshit right there that is.
>>34548030Oh god not another one, make sure he's dead this time. Wait, was he an android or a cyborg?
>>34548030Wow! That went better than expected.
>>34548030You're really doing everything you can to get us to go to straight up war with the Union ain't ya?
>>34548030...Locate the quantum communication.
>>34548097We will findout soon.
>>34548030Shit. I bet he had an FTLComm installed in his skeleton.Panic and need to consult with Theseus about what he's heard of the intelligence agency's level of technology rising.
>>34548131This. We converse with Theseus, and ask just how small a quantum communication device can be.
>>34548067Looks like we'll need to add metal re-enforcement on the hive walls.>>34548086Might be, hard to say. >>34548090Oh God, the Black Crusaders are heading for us now.
>>34548030"...He was a robot. John Smith was a robot. Did Ryan Lee know that John Smith was a robot?"
>>34548177"...Are you a Robot too, Lee?"
>>34548177He can infer we know more than we're telling him if we say that.We can ask why John Smith was made of metal.
>>34548192I mean we can use more general terms, like he was made entirely of metal beneath his skin.>>34548210I was planning on that. I was just making The Reference with that phrasing.
>>34548210And we learned to use fire on John Smith from that pocket lighter.
>>34548030You watch as Lee sits solemnly in his seat."It has been dealt with. The hive is safe."Lee brings his helmet down on the steering wheel of the buggy, lightly thumping his head against it in frustration."It's all my fault. I wish I never got that promotion. I wish I was never swept up into this. I should have never left Ockham in the first place.">Ask Lee a question>Speak to Lee>Contact Theseus>Other
>>34548248>>Contact Theseus>Ask Lee a question"What are the consequences you face?"
>>34548248"John Smith is made of metal. Why is this, Lee?"Also,"The Hive thanks you for telling us of fire. It was most useful."
>>34548248>>Contact TheseusWhat does he know about Union cybernetics and robotics.>Speak to LeeIt wasn't your fault yada yadaHe was a metal manWhat are you gonna do now?
>>34548275It's funny, but if Lee goes back to the Union it's best we not give him more info to spill.As we've seen, he has no guile in him.
>>34548275thirding. most useful indeed.
>>34548248>>Speak to Lee>>Contact TheseusQuiz Theseus about Union cyborgs, and see if we can't work out some sort of diplomatic deal with Lee, so he can say his role as ambassador was successful.
You know what guys we should ask Unity for help on constructing farms lots of them.>>34548248Would everyone be fine with telling Lee about Them?
>>34548300Don't be stupid anon.Who, exactly, do you think you're making a "deal" with, and how stupid they are?Lee was a distraction, an attempt to keep us friendly and unsuspecting. It not only failed, it was counterproductive to keeping us complacent.They have no more use for him.
>>34548248>Speak to Lee"If Lee does not want to return to his world, We will allow you to say here as an Ambassador." We can trust Lee. The rest will have to leave for now.
>>34548316No.That's retarded. Exotic knowledge of the Ceph's dark masters would be idiotically impossible to explain as primitives. Raises far too many questions to be asked.
Maybe we should introduce Lee to Theseus? Could be interesting
>>34548334That's just about what I was gonna post.They'll just get rid of him because this has gone tits up, he'll never be a spacemans again.
>>34548367>Could be stupidNo.
>>34548248>Ask Lee a question"Would it help if we gave you 'promotion'?"He might become politically untouchable if we sanction him as our ambassador to the Union.
>>34548396>politically untouchableOh yes, whatever would they do if the primitives on a backwater world disapproved of the Union's decisions!Jesus fuck no we have no authority here.
>>34548396Hahaha, that's the sound the Union makes when you think your interracial negotiation titles have any meaning when they're unenforceable.I mean, what are you gonna do really, sanction them?
>>34548367I would like to remind you that Theseus was responsible for shooting down the Clarke, which Lee was stationed on, killing most of his fellow crew.
>>34548248>>Contact TheseusUpdate on the course of events. Query on just what John Smith was, and if he could have been FTLComm networked. An android? He did not seem to fear death.
>>34548248>Ask Lee a question(s):"can the hive help?""John Smith is made of metal. Why is this, Lee?""Would you like to stay with the hive?""What is Ockham?">Speak to Lee>Contact Theseus
>>34548248>Speak to Lee"Do not blame yourself, Ryan Lee. Your Union would've found someone else or another excuse to come to here. Without your help things would've gone down a much darker path."
>>34548454This is good.
>>34548300>>34548316>>34548367>>34548396Is there an assembly line where all the dumb players come from and did it just finish a batch?
>>34548396>>34548412>>34548431It would be less a 'untouchable promotion' to be more of a way to get out of being a Union scape goat. He can be of use to us in this way.
>>34548412No you dumbass. As a symbol. A PR piece. A Hero. As generic diplomatic immunity.The Union isn't monolithic and different factions will try to spin events to their own benefit in different ways. It could be enough to keep his life from turning into a complete shitstorm.>>34548440That's dumb.
>>34548487I know, right? Blame it on page ten psychosis.
>>34548487More like people here just like Lee.
>>34548507It started long before that.
>>34548505>A PR pieceNo, you dumbass.The Union controls the narrative. Lee will be quietly threatened to keep his silence and court martial'd. He will never make it to the media.You have no voice in the Union and what it does, and Lee has little.
>>34548518Being an idiot is completely independent of likes or dislikes.
>>34548546Then he stays here, simple enough.
>>34548546All the more reason to let Lee stay with us.
>>34548505>No you dumbass. As a symbol. A PR piece. A Hero. As generic diplomatic immunity.That doesn't make any sense at all.You're just saying a bunch of words.
>>34548571>Being an idiot is completely independent of likes or dislikes.No they aren't.
>>34548518You can like Lee and not be dumb.Those suggestions were really really dumb."Diplomat Lee" is impossible, Lee can do jack and shit with the knowledge of "Them", what possible advantage is there in that? And introducing Lee to the murderer of his peers is beyond full retard.
>>34548628You would mean "No it isn't." Moron.
>>34548546Way to willfully misinterpret my claims. It would make Lee a better piece of propaganda. Frontier explorers befriending natives, all of that junk. It makes him a slightly less disposable tool.
>>34548628Bad taste is subjective.Inability to recognize the consequences or feasibility of courses of action isn't.
>>34548248"It was not of your consequence. Humans are individual."Lee doesn't look up, but his head comes to rest on the wheel. "Maybe, but I was still responsible. Like I said, human government is complicated, and not always fair. I still don't know what his real mission was, but I was always supposed to get blamed for it.""What will happen now?""I don't know." Lee leans back in his chair, looking up into the dense clouds. "Depends on if the media catches wind of it or not. I'll probably have my face plastered on every news station, blamed for the death of his troops. They'll probably exaggerate the numbers too, two turns into two dozen. They might even drag up the Clarke incident. Public opinion's a nasty thing. At best I'll probably end up in prison until the voter base forgets about me, then get shunted into some desk job.""Is there any way for the hive to help?"Lee looks at you and smiles. "Thanks for the offer, but nothing official. The Union doesn't recognize a species as fully sovereign until they have spaceflight. In that case there would probably be some embassy treaties or something. I'm not totally sure on the details.""Smith was metal, is this normal for humans?"Lee looks at you with a shock of terror, then disgust. "God no, cybernetics anywhere near that extensive are banned. Shit, if he was a full op he must have been important to somebody. Damnit, I really am screwed."That's all for this thread, will start setting up the next.By the way, surprise! two parter.
>>34548662What the hell are your claims?Explain the steps in this plan, of how you will get the word out at all about this to anyone who matters.
>>34548643Lumping every plan that you do not share together into any kind of grouping is... unwise. Peeps diverse, yo.
>>34548662All this talk of propaganda and we all forget one tiny little detail.WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA HOW THE MEDIA WILL PORTRAY THINGS IN THE UNION.For all we know, it could be like in North Korea where the media is just the government's mouthpiece and Lee will be imprisoned or worse for failing the mission.
>>34548662And have you thought how you're going to get this message across in a way that successfully protects him as a propaganda piece? Have Theseus hack their extranet? Spread flyers with our frigates on Union worlds? Or how you'll keep the people who've done this kind of stuff for years from silencing whatever the hell your lame attempt is?
>>34548694That's not part of the plan. To the dudes in the Union calling the shots, it would -to at least some degree- shift the equations in determining Lee's individual value.
>>34548699Describing a trait they have in common, namely being retarded, is not 'lumping them'.It is judging them.Player suggestions aren't some minority that's being unfairly persecuted and generalized.
>>34548684>By the way, surprise! two parter.I am so hard right now.
>>34548737They consider us interesting specimens to be kidnapped.The fact that they will inevitably figure out that Lee *collaborated* with us means they will never, ever allow Lee to contact us again.And they'll figure it out because Lee is a terrible liar.
so we really should get to studying lyle now shouldn't we
>>34548684You are my jesus.
>>34548684>two parteri love you questdrone
>>34548737>shift the equations in determining Lee's individual value.His value as a deception to pull over our heads?That's been shot. He's only as useful as he is obedient. He obviously isn't, since he tried to compromise Smith's mission just now.Unfortunately he rushed off before we could stop him from screwing his cover.
>>34548748You sure do like extrapolating unnecessarily tenuous corollary.
>>34548825Look, there's plans I disagree with, but that don't indicate a complete inability to reason on the part of the planner.These were not one of those plans. They were of unusually poor caliber by questing standards. I don't know what point you're getting at.
>>34548825pls stop complex word my brain hurt
>>34548825Are you hexing me or something?BURN THE WITCH
>>34548858We'll I suggested introducing Lee to Theseus out of pure curiosity. I thought it would be interesting to see these two get into a debate of some sort
>>34548858The 'minority' thing, for example, was pulled out of your ass. Not /entirely/ out of your ass, but it was a stretch. That kind of off-base guessing of intent looks like a trend.
HEY GUYS- WHY DIDNT WE RIG THE NUKES ON THE SATELITE TO EXPLODE- that way if they tried to screw us BOOM goes their ship (bc repairs are conducted inside their welldeck.ALSO if they were to use them we could just self destruct themi read from the archives..... i feel ashamed i wasnt there to present this idea then...
>>34548914>what could go wrong?Lee will turn on us if we reveal we're friendly with his mortal enemy.
>>34548936Read archives better.
>>34548936That idea was suggested. We decided on asploding them if they try to launch them but to leave them alone otherwise because blowing them up would've been bad for our cover.
>>34548936>i read from the archives..... i feel ashamed i wasnt there to present this idea then...They are rigged to explode, Theseus will blow them up.He asked on what condition should be detonate the nukes. We told him the condition to detonate them under. This was last week.>captcha: contempt
Anyone think we might be able to adapt something like Creep from that living lake stuff?
>>34548930I couldn't figure out why anyone would possibly care about various plans being "lumped together" because they're of similar levels of quality.As if it were a matter of prejudice or something? It was the closest metaphor I could find to respond with sarcastically.
>>34548949Forgot about that. Whoops.
>>34548949After what just happened. I don't think he could blame us. The Unity doesn't tear into our hive. That and I don't think he knows the truth about how the Unity came to be.
>>34549010No shit.It was also pointed out to you in reply many posts ago already.
>>34548999As a self-expanding building material? Maybe, if we can engineer it to dig through rock at a meaningful pace. But even f it was possible, I doubt we can make something like that anytime soon,
so is there a transhuman cult in the union or are they connected to the ceph dark masters? or is this ai quest where the union is controlled by an ai?
>>34549037I know that. However, I felt the need to justify my reasoning, as at the time I had forgotten the whole mortal enemy thing. With what you replied to that, I felt that would have been a good post to reply to to show that I had done goofed.
>>34549074>cognitive therapy needed please help: the post
>>34549009I was suggesting you shouldn't get so worried about a confluence of perceived dumb posters. They aren't uniform. They aren't a threat.
>>34549065Nah, the Union hates AI, given the existence of Unity. Though from what Lee said, extensive cybernetics like what Smith had earlier in the thread were apparently illegal.
>>34549065Look, all my shadowruns have been proven correct so far since the humans were first stranded, so I'm gonna go out on a limb and suggest they're the usual black budget government that deals in paranoia and lies.They break the official laws that apply to civilians routinely because they have secret laws giving them blanket authority.They could have their fingers in any number of sticky little space pies, but I don't think the use of androids or full cyborgs indicates that anyone but humans are in charge.They tried to exterminate the only AI we know of, and banned their development, and started using more primitive computers. If there were another AI in the shadows, that wouldn't happen--the AI would be counter-hacking Theseus instead.
>>34549074So you mean you forgot in the past until the earlier reminder that Theseus killed some dudes. Not that you had forgotten until just now when 'mortal enemy' was mentioned? Okay that clarifies.
It's kind of too bad we melted that cyborg. Coulda cracked him open with Theseus for delicious secrets. Theseus would have totally ripped us off, but that's not a huge deal. The intel on us would be the worrying part.
>>34549114>>34549139But they guy was happy and no fear examining us and our dronesplus it sounds like he hated lee for encountering us firstkinda sounds like a trans-human cult cause lets face we are the wet dream of their utopia plus unity went renegade and is a dangerous loose end so we don't know what their story is only what propaganda they tell the grunts
>>34549222Honestly the transhuman thing sounds a bit farfetched. Though maybe if we can ask Unity (because they still monitor Union activities) and Lee, we could get a clearer picture of what's going on in the Union.
>>34549106I wasn't really considering them a threat. They were just so unusually scorn-worthy, the stars aligning so has never happened before.
>>34549222It's difficult to tell how much John Smith's mission was representative of the Union government as a whole. It could be the popular move, could be that Intel division thingy, could be some kind of shadow intel organization. Might even be private industry, or even spies from that other group of humans. Or one crazy guy.Too bad we melted him.
>>34549292Maybe there is something left to investigate off his remains. We should ALWAYS double check that for good measure.
Actually this is pretty useful to know, all things considered.Pretty much any high ranked human can be a stealthborg working intel. Should we invent some sort of sensor for that?
>>34549222He might be someone with many bodies.That doesn't mean an AI is in charge. He was a full body mod, his semi-human brain might be remotely controlling it over FTLComm from the inteligence office.He might be nothing but a brain in a jar at this point, poring over thousands of reports and his baleful gaze has turned towards our system.But yeah, that he seemed to be staring at Lee weirdly even just as Lee was getting back from Fungolia and getting promoted was weird. I've got no explanation for that. Could well be envy of meeting exotic and interesting species.He wanted to be our friend. But we gave him the cold shoulder and he went full yandere on us.
>>34549321Can't we through the him in the healing tank?
>>34549354I don't think there's enough Burn Heal in the galaxy.
>>34549354Don't think it heals metal. Might work as a decent diagnostic on what, if anything, remains though. Somewhat suspecting that the vat just happens to know Lyle's implants already and that's why they can fiddle with them.
>>34549352I presumed the staring at Lee thing was merely a gesture of "soon, you'll be our tool." I have a feeling they planned this for a while, given their annexation protocols and everything else they've shown themselves to be.
>>34549352"Breaking into our home home, mapping it out, using geological equipment and shooting at us when we responded" is a bit more than "Yandere" buddy boy.We have express PROOF that the Union fucks over every race they encounter that they can beat or manipulate.If we HAD FTL they would have subjugated us, if we gave off a more industrial-age vibe they would have "uplifted" us by making us dependent on their technology and FTL devices only THEY can make.We need to re-arrange our entire tunnel network, collapse it all and rebuild it.
>>34549403Which reminds me, espionage and spy games aside, we still need to build up our industry, first stop would be building an off-world shipyard.
Hasn't the Union technically won this fight? The headlines being 'Men lost to savage natives, diplomat (and therefore diplomacy) ineffective, war drumdrumdrum.'
I just really hope that the reason he did not fear death was because they took a page out of our book, and created an underling that does not fear death.Only instead of being born that way, genetically, they removed the ability to fear from his brain cybernetically.The alternative being we had a horrible information leak just now.
>>34549455New thread is up.
>>34549447He wasn't supposed to be here, and the Soldier would be shown as disobeying orders and trespassing into our home, and then shooting at us when we tried to get him to leave.But, spin-doctors and all that.Yeah, they technically won.
>>34549447Their official policy is still to leave undeveloped species alone and not attempt annexation.And their annexation methods officially do not involve martial conquest, but commerce.So no, headlines and the public opinion are irrelevant, any action they take against us will be off the books.
>>34549487"Official Policy" is just fancy talk of saying "We are totally doing everything besides this, but we want you to think otherwise"
>>34549440>is a bit more than "Yandere" buddy boy.That's the joke, yes.More importantly, we add lots and lots of traps so they can't traverse between compartmentalized areas without getting caught in them.
>>34549588No duh.Hence public opinion is irrelevant. There was no winning here.
>>34549626A pity, we'll never see Lee again unless we conquer the planet he's wearing an orange jumpsuit on in the near future.If he tried to stay, the Union would return to capture and jail him even harder for going AWOL. They wouldn't let him live in exile.
>>34549696inb4 the Union holds Lee hostage