John Smith lies dead, as does his guard. While the inner workings of Union politics still eludes you, Lee fears this news bodes ill for his future, both as a newly commissioned officer of the Union, and as a free man. Back at the DCV the marines are quickly packing their things. You hear the sergeant over radio.“We have a problem, prepare for evac on the double!”“Hostile locals?”“Negative, but that may be the case soon. Get in a holding pattern and be ready to take us up.”“Roger.”Lee revs up the buggy once more, swiveling it to return to the camp. As the buggy pulls into sight the marines are half-packed.“What happened? Where’s Smith.”Lee looks up at the sergeant as he steps out of the buggy, its chassis sinking to the ground as it slowly deactivates. “He intruded on the hive, and attacked it. I was too late to stop him.”“Right, let’s go.” The sergeant turns to move back to the shelter, his laid back demeanor gone.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
>>34549455get our speaker and workers out of there
>>34549455>“We have a problem, prepare for evac on the double!”That must have come from the ship and whatever handlers Smith had. Better keep the forces on alert.
>>34549455Time to get some caffeine, this will be a long one.
>>34549455Wave goodbey to Lee. Whish him the great luck.
We should make a point to inform that because of how....individual members of their species are, that we do not blame the rest of the party for this trespass and will not seek hostile action against them, or even force them to leave.We regret the death of the "Soldier" but not that of the trespasser.
>>34549455>Current armory121 Thorn Launchers2 Thorn Cannons53 Sting Casters1 Rotary Stinger3 Fire Sprays1 Plasma Spray>Current resource reservesNutrients: 3951Metals: 19575>Hive population and upkeep cost Hive maintenance – 325Queen – 5Worker (1200) – 2400Radiator Worker (40) – 160Warrior (209) – 836Thinker (139) – 417Quantum Thinker (110) – 550Speaker – (3) – 12Digger (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
>>34549455Call after them."The Hive is one, but humans are not. Fault lies with the individual, yes? Sergeant, your 'barbeque' was not unwelcome. You are not unwelcome, as an individual."
>>34549548The rest other than Lee don't have to know that we killed Smith.
>>34549548I second this statement with hasted amenity.
>>34549591Well, he did just tell them that he attacked the hive. I think they can figure it out well enough already.
>>34549548Yes, this. Quickly.
>>34549566You watch as the marines pack their things. Lee folds the buggy back into a stack of layered metal and hefts it up into its container.>Speak with the sergeant (write in)>Speak with Lee (write in)>Let them leave>Other
>>34549591>“He intruded on the hive, and attacked it. I was too late to stop him.”Are you serious?That's like saying someone broke into your house and somehow managed to die WITHOUT you killing him.
>>34549620Fine, going with >>34549580 and >>34549548then.
>>34549595>>34549591>>34549580>>34549548Are you kidding me?That sergeant knows that this was a black opthey hell do you think they are gonna say back to brasstell to get the fuck out and thats it
>>34549548No. That's pointless.We are done talking to these people. We have nothing left to say.
>>34549626>Let them leavedont let the door hit you
>>34549626>>Speak with the sergeantSame thing we said last time, there are good people out there individually but seriously don't fucking come back here. (Except Lee)
>>34549640Refuses to speak to any human that isn't Lee?
>>34549548Seconding something along this.
>>34549681heh good ideamay save his life
I vote that we immediately get started on what that guy in the other thread proposed.Namely, collapsing and then rebuilding the tunnel network we suspect they mapped out in a new configuration, and then filling all the tunnel networks with traps.
I'm all for saying nothing, maybe a goodbye and goodluck to lee.
>>34549626>Speak with the sergeant (write in)>>34549580>>34549627No that's like saying someone ran into a mine field before you could stop them.>>34549633The nit doesn't matter what we say, does it? The sergeant is pretty chill. I'm interested to see his response.
>>34549626>Speak with LeeTell him he is welcome to stay with us as an ambassador to us.
>>34549695yeah and move the queen
>>34549695By what mechanic do you propose that Smith transmitted the data he gathered to anyone?
>>34549695I second that idea, and also >>34549713 moving our personal place of residence somewhere a little more unknown than its current locale.
>>34549626>Let them leaveGood riddance.>>34549701Yes, let the race traitor who betrayed humanity to collaborate with the bugs serve as ambassador so he can collaborate even more. That makes perfect sense.
>>34549695Mhm, burn everything that got in contact with the android and move the queen.
>>34549722Paranoia, the most effective form of defense. Also, technology.
>>34549722>Black ops>Extensive ILLEGAL modifications to himself>FTLcommunication from ground level is a thing>The drop soldier had his full suit on, which may have maintained an active comm connection to their base or to an outside data receiver.MAYBE WE SHOULD JUST BE FUCKING CAUTIOUS HUH?
>>34549737Where did that come from? If Lee goes back, it's likely a cell for him, Here, we might give him more freedom and he will at least be useful to us in our research as a test subject at worst.
>>34549770>>34549753READY THE CORVETTES(Did we equip the Lancer with a cloak?)
>>34549770amen to that brotherwe need multiple hqs and should just leave a birther at hive 0 and move the freaking queenand maybe move her off world if needed and prep this world into a meat grinder
>>34549626>>Let them leaveWe don't need the sarge to cook, we cooked ourselves a metal human tonight.
>>34549770The smallest FTLcomm we've seen was a giant ass beacon.
>>34549807All of your ships are equipped with cloaking fields, and have been sitting idly in the asteroid belt.
>>34549785We could refuses to let Lee leave and say he's the only one will talk to.
>>34549829Actually, can we put this to rest and ask Theseus what the smallest FTLcomm unit he's aware of is? usually I don't like talking to him but the paranoia is getting thick in here and people are losing focus.
>>34549826ah wait they had a base camp on our planet with ftl comm to the shipand prob some of the away team knew of this op and were covering for themand a comm set in that mech suitdoes that solve your question
>>34549826What?No.The FTLComm in the He's Angel is a terminal with a screen and keyboard.Unity gave us a little FTLComm box to contact them with.The distress beacon was a non-FTL radio satellite that was supposed to transmit to the probe that would come into the system to investigate, it had to go into orbit because the atmosphere was interference. The Clarke's only FTLComm died with it.>>34549785Did you not notice the Union has a command structure and when they say jump, Lee has to say how high? He is not allowed to stay. Period. They don't trust us any more than we trust them, any request for him to stay would have to be approved up the chain.
>>34549829Thank the gods for small blessings.
>>34549829can we start bring the corvettes in to position to wreck that ship of theres?
>>34549770There are massive limitations to FTL communication in this setting here. For one thing it can really only be used to send brief blocks of text, and the devices all seem to be too large to conceal within a cybernetic body. Even if, and this a big if, Smith was using a FTLcom, I doubt he would have had the time to send a coherent message outlining a significant aspect of our defense capabilities before he was reduced to slag.
>>34549890>dumb things not to do hosted by anon at 2:50am EST.
>>34549890Oh my god there is no point that is retarded.
>>34549903It doesn't even have to be an FTL comm. All it would have to be is a small data packet transmitted by traditional radio back to base camp.Anyway, erring on the side of caution is better.
>>34549890I like this idea.
>>34549872That's barely even coherent. Go to bed.
>>34549874Lee isn't blind. He knows he's a scape goat for this black ops. Not sure if he'll quit, but giving him and letting the others know they have this option for Lee MIGHT give him some wiggle room to come back and not be locked up in a jail cell.
>>34549890You just went full retard. Never go full retard.
>>34549626>Let them leaveYour drones move away to give them space to pack their things. Despite their haste it will still take them some time to break down camp completely.Meanwhile, you are troubled by the knowledge of Smith's true state. You wonder if Theseus would know more on the subject, and if he did, rather or not it would be free.>Update Theseus on the situation>Ask him a question (write in)>Other
>>34549973>Update Theseus on the situation
>>34549973>Update Theseus on the situationMight as wellAnd ask whats been going up in space
>>34549973Wha, what about all the support for the talk? Maaan.>Update Theseus on the situation
>>34549973>Update Theseus on the situationWell, if the info is free, why the fuck not?Speaking of corvettes, can anyone post what weapons we armed the two corvettes with?
>>34549973>>Update Theseus on the situation
>>34549973Presumably, the update on the situation itself is payment for the nature of Agent Smith.>Ask him a question (write in)Have you heard of full body cyborgs who do not fear death before? Could he have fit a small FTLComm within his body, updating his headquarters?
>>34550009I think they are both equipped with the plasma lance as there main gun.So needs to be in close range to attack
>>34550009Think they've both got Plasma Lance for the forward mountings, Cyclotrons for the turrets, autocannon PD, and one of them has a rail gun spinal mount.Just a reminder that attacking the ship here is basically entirely illogical.
>>34550131Wasn't supporting attacking the ship because why the fuck would we at the moment? Theseus would just blow the nukes on our orders.
>>34549973You quickly send Theseus the data regarding Smith. You receive a ping in confirmation from the Clarke as it drifts through the void of interstellar space several light years away."From this information it appears to be what humans refer to as a 'full mod', or a full body modification. The process leaves the human brain within highly unstable. It's a limitation of the human brain. Their physical prowess is exceptional, but yes, they have been known to act recklessly. Even we have a difficult time capturing one when they are sent against us, and they usually self-destruct when capture becomes inevitable.There is a short pause. "What exactly did you do to attract this kind of attention?"
>>34550184Yeah that was for other people.
>>34550194You tell us cause this is insane
>>34550194"We've intrigued their Intelligence Division, apparently."
>>34550194"Honestly we have no idea. It's not like we had an opportunity to question him."
>>34550194"I wish I knew."
>>34550194>The process leaves the human brain within highly unstable.No shit>What exactly did you do to attract this kind of attention?Umm, pretending to be a primitive species towards humans whilst in actuality being possibly the last of a space-faring civilization?
>>34550194Unclear, besides their clear suspicion I am more than I present myself as."
>>34550009No. It's in the pastebin. Stealth Corvette and Lancer Corvette.http://pastebin.com/EyHX9rZu>>34550194Unfortunately, a few things.- 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'.
>>34550265We still have no evidence on that last bit.
>>34550283>http://pastebin.com/EyHX9rZuFucking A been looking for this>>34550294That's why I said "possibly"
>>34550283That guy in the intel division pouring over his notes is gonna be pulling his hair out. The big fat director is gonna have a heart to heart talk to him about "ancient alien" statistics. Poor guy.
>>34550283I'm iffy on going into so much detail on the pod as it provides Theseus with a solid timeline of our presence on the planet and therefore the rate at which we have expanded and therefore a bunch of other stuff as well.
>>34550194"Nothing apparent.""Well, they clearly believe you to be of some interest. The name, by the way, is a moniker. All such agents typically claim to be named as a Smith of some sort.""Would it have any transmission capabilities?""Impossible to know for sure. It is possible to conceal a quantum communications device within such a body, although it would be capable of only the most rudimentary of communication. Low definition still pictures would be the limit, and it would take a short time to finish transmission. Such a device would be exceptionally expensive, however, and we rarely ever find them. Typically such devices are used only in suicide missions of great importance. Have the humans left yet, or have they been destroyed?""No, but they seem to be leaving.""Excelent." You sense the Clarke accelerate back towards your system, although it remains below light speed for now.
Man, we need to make our equivalent to the creep.Would make things so much easier, automatically absorbing nutrients from our farms and spreading out all over the network as an easy "Stop and graze" food source, nervous tissue so we can feel when someone is stepping on it who isn't supposed to be, both reinforcing AND structurally supporting our tunnels with it's thick tissue.There is literally no down sides to making our own creep, we don't even have to put it everywhere we set down and build.
>>34550551Our hive IS creep. The walls are covered in flesh film, and we can sense everything.
>>34550551Dont we already have that on the wallsHell the stuff on the walls tipped us off on them
>>34550578>>34550576We already do?Well, don't I feel like a retard.Does it have eyes scattered about occasionally to act as security cameras? With different modes of vision?
>>34550551We have the majority of what you just said. All we're lacking is the automated harvesting. We can make the infrastructure stronger by feeding it more metal.
>>34550601That would cost extra.
>>34550349>been looking for thisBut it's linked in OP, yo. with all the QuestDrone pastes.>>34550601>Does it have eyes scattered about occasionally to act as security cameras?Have you read the quest?Because yes. The narrative has frequently referred to eyes on the walls of the hive, particularly when describing our prisoners' behavior in their cells, watching them.
>>34550601Yes, we have that aswell.
>>34550617>>34550551Frankly the automated harvesting sounds like a good idea, frees up more workers for other important shit. But I don't really think we can do it now considering that our current nutrient source is algea that needs a planetary electric field. Maybe if we can find a more effiecient source of food,.
>>34550601Yeah, the flesh has eyes, how the fuck do you think we keep spying on Lyle? Or all the other prisoners?>>34550632To be honest, I often forget stuff like that sometimes as well.Hell, until he brought up the eyes, I had forgotten that we made Doors/Airlocks with the equivalent of advanced sensor suites built in.
>>34550601Yeah, it's called Infrastructure. It had eyes and ears.It has lungs to circulate and filter air. Tubes to carry food and water. All that stuff.
>>34550663I figure the automated harvesting would cost about as much more in upkeep as the workers do.
>>34550689I really want to give it the ability to disguise it's self as just regular stone with the skin combo.
>>34550704But, if this quest was considerably more micro-management than it currently is, it would bring about a great increase in efficiency.Workers wouldn't need to go and eat harvested food, just reach down and rip up a piece of the flesh covering the ground, or pick up a bulb growing from the ceiling for all their nutrients.But that is only IF this quest was Micromanage: The Managing, which it is not.
>>34550663>automated harvesting sounds like a good idea>Maybe if we can find a more effiecient source of foodWe need to tap into the Ocean Fungus. Now that we have countermeasures against the spores, nothing's stopping us from harvesting it. It's a, literal, ocean of food.We might be able to plug the Infrastructure directly into it and just pipe-line the food out. Failing that, breed Honeypots with mosquito-like feeding tubes that can move over the surface of the fungus and collect the jelly.
>>34550748The Infrastructure already pipes around refined Nutrient slurry.
>>34550728Having Chameleon Doors would be a good idea. It's been suggested and seconded a few times, but doesn't seem to have been picked up by QD.
So a quick list of things that need to be done once the union are goneCheck to see if the sat is still disabledMove the queenRedesign the tunnel mazesMore farms( maybe 500 this time)Mine more metalMore warriors and wasps plus seed the jungle with those venus fly trap sensorsBuild some more defenses Build the shipyard at the asteroid baseAnd start building up fleet Oh and set up that colony on the temple worldAnything I Miss?
WAIT JUST A DAMN MINUTE.John Smith, before we melted his ass to slag, jumped behind the head of one of our Colossi and did something.It COULD have just been a failed attempt to blow it's head off with a Lightning Gun, or it COULD have just melted the carapace enough for something to be implanted.From what I remember of the Lightning guns, it should have done a hell of a lot more to the Colossi than it did, or the Colossi was just lucky, or I'm remembering wrong, Or I'm paranoid as fuck.
>>34550728Seconding this. We could possible give the infrastructure the ability to break it down into the nutrient paste we eat.
>>34550779Well would it matter?They just blasted there way in,Hell they used that drone to guide them and started blasting holes in the wall to cheat our mazeWait did we kill that drone yet?
>>34550804Collossi have starship-rated armor. Maybe you're just paranoid anon, still, better check it out?
>>34550804Our Colossi are the equivalent of Land-starships, armor wise.But still, Paranoia is the best defense against everything, especially technological.
>>34550791>More farms( maybe 500 this time)That would take years.
>>34550804I agree.Lets tear that Colossi apart until we find out if he's hidden anything.And that means not letting it near any of our non-primitive technology.
>>34550830Yes we should check it out.
>>34550859dude we built 40 in 3 daysit not gonna take a year man
>>34550807No.Guys the hive is already operating at peak efficiency, they have had millenia to genetically engineer this shit.You are not gaining any game-mechanically relevant advantage here whatsoever.>>34550791We have to wait until the current farms are online to have the upkeep to support *any* of this.After that we bring worker count up to 2000 to build 200 new farms. Or if you really want more, bring the count up to 6000 workers to build 600 farms, but that means using up most of the income towards getting more income.As far as fleet building goes, first you build a bunch of cloaked pods to establish our spy network across space here. We need like 5 more of those. And we can explore space outside the Expanse for a place to build and store our fleets until we need them. We shouldn't build them here, under Union scrutiny.
>>34550875So we shouldn't attempted to improve upon what we can do, with thing's we've discovered, because of tradition?
>>34550875So get the queen the hell off this planet at least then?
>>34550551>There is literally no down sides to making our own creep, we don't even have to put it everywhere we set down and build.Cerebrate Anon, here!The downsides to the Creep are as follows:> It consumes resources: it is essentially a bare, land-based circulatory system. This requires loads of biological resources to maintain, just like any other circulatory system. You are basically structuring your buildings such that they require a massive physical network of unbroken structures to keep them alive. This is a lot of work, and if your structures are not currently set up this way, it's going to require LOADS of effort to adapt them to this system. Once adapted, you MUST ABSOLUTELY require that they are connected to the system, or they will FUCKING DIE.> It requires Creep ColoniesUnless you develop heart-like buildings, your circulatory-like system will fail. You are going to need to spend the time and effort to develop these buildings and organs, followed by the extreme resource-intensive effort to retrofit every single colony you have to support such a system, not to MENTION the cost in time and resources to BUILD the structures to support this new network.You might as well ask that the entire world change over to nuclear power on Tuesday. It's just unfeasible. At best, this is asking for new colonies to work under the new principle, and for the old things to be converted slowly over time. This could take generations.>we don't even have to put it everyhwere we set down and buildIf and only if we don't want our buildings to reap the benefits of this system. You don't gain the benefits of a big, central heart if you have fully-functional individual heart. You don't gain the benefits of a big, communal liver unless you are willing to sacrifice some functionality of your individual organ in favor of the communal organ.In full, if you have interdependence of the community, you must have interdependence.
>>34550875Wait where did you get that number? it takes 1 worker to man a farm and hardly 6000 to build 600, We just have a construction crew making farms and the workers are fast manwe almost done the 120 we built and it hardly taking the full 1200 workers we got to do so
>>34550875>After that we bring worker count up to 2000 to build 200 new farms. Or if you really want more, bring the count up to 6000 workers to build 600 farms, but that means using up most of the income towards getting more income.No most of that should go to building our fleet because that is the most important thing here.
>>34550529You take account of the damage that has been done. Multiple tunnels have been collapsed, hive walls torn down, and the breach in the hive has let in all manner of local life. You send workers to deal with them, shooing the small animals out and sweeping away the spores as others chew on the stone to seal in the hive once more. The rubble is scattered about the hive and dust fills the air deep into the tunnels.Your drones watch from the shade of the jungle as the gunship descends. You note it takes considerably longer to fold the DCV back into its mobile form than it takes to deploy. After the long day you realize that there is still much to do elsewhere. The activity of the primitives of Raligha has been steadily increasing, while the search party continues to comb the jungle. Their search appears to be winding down, although air patrols have been steady for the past few days.The pods keeping watch in the other human systems detect little change, although you intercepted a mail transmission from Kaltara to the nearby station. Its contents were rather mundane. A mix of personal correspondence and simple search queries.Meanwhile, your other guests still sit in their cells, although now you have created enough additional holding cells to separate the officers at least, the construction of additional expansions has been all but halted in light of the need for repairs.
>>34550804Probably nothing, but no reason not to check.
>>34551000Can we please rename G-426 to Throne?Also, lets interrogate our human prisoners.
>>34550950>Listing disadvantages to stuff we already have and have had for ages.Keep up Cerebrate
>>34551000It appears we still haven't explored M-199 and M-323. We should pobably make a couple of pods and send them there.
>>34551000>OM-759That place is perfect for a colony.
>>34551030Supporting this. With our speaker now freed up we can have a bit a chat with our prisoners.
>>34551043The asteroid belt is a bit scarce to make it into a shipyard, maybe a remote outpost of some sort?
>>34550993You want it done quickly, 10 workers to excavating out a farm is quick.Back when we had 119 workers and wanted to build 40 farms, it was explicitly said to be slow.>>34551000We really should ask the guy in charge to give us a list of each of our prisoners, their ranks, their names......and most importantly, their expertise. We want to find someone who can help us study atomic bombs, after all. And a surgeon, to help us study human anatomy via live demonstration.>>34551033Yeah. We need like 5 new cloaked pods.I'd also like to sacrifice speed of arrival so that we gain more stealth: blink in like a light-day out from the system so that the giant flash the blink drive gives off is undetectable to the naked eye, and hopefully will be dismissed if any sensors notice it.
>>34551000Wait OP why did the Colony wars happen?>>34551076>Back when we had 119 workers and wanted to build 40 farms, it was explicitly said to be slow.Diminishing returns on construction is a thing.
>>34551031I swear, I only just came to /tg/ for the first time in like, a year and saw somebody saying the Creep was a totally low-impact, no-problem thing you could implement with no downsides, forever.I understandably called bullshit.My bad.
>>34551000>RalighaUnless something drastic changes, I'd rather wait for the humans to leave before engaging the natives.>PrisonersCould talk to them now. If their commander hasn't awoken from his injuries yet, I'd be in favor of moving him to the healing tank on the Hel's Angle as soon as we have the tranq drugs to keep him reliably unconscious for the whole procedure so he doesn't realize we have it.>Hive SecurityI think it is time to start expanding to other locations for security purposes. We should probably increase our number of shuttles too.
>>34551000Can you give us a info dump on everything we learned from the books? I would prefer it to be later and in a paste bin, but whenever is good.
>>34551161Oh, and some cloaked shuttles too. They're not so expensive we can't afford them.>>34551030Might as well, it's not like we've been spreading what we call things around the place and it's easy shorthand.
>>34551116>>34551076No it means we just schedule better how they come onlinethe farms are not giving any less resources or require more workers to operate.Again it took use less than a week in game time to build 40 farms.600 farms mean it just take a couple of months for them to come online
>>34551000Could we apply the newest ship adaption, the one from last thread, and apply it to are "creep" for rapidly built walls and for reinforcing damaged ones?
>>34551206In other words exponential screw us in the long run.
>>34550989It's a shade from NS2. Similar concept, but within a small radius.
>>34551229You mean Bone Walls?
>>34551000Current supported options appear to be>Speak with prisoners>Read over your findings of your research into the Union in greater detail>Alter ship designs>Design new ship/drone>Other
>>34551257>Speak with prisoners>Read over your findings of your research into the Union in greater detail>Build more pods
>>34551257>>Speak with prisoners>>Read over your findings of your research into the Union in greater detail
>>34551257Interact with natives
>>34551257>Read over your findings of your research into the Union in greater detailcurrently political mood towards aliens among population?
>>34551257>Speak with prisonersLet's look through their useful skills.>Read over your findings of your research into the Union in greater detail
>>34551257>>Speak with prisonersAnd lay four more pods to send off.But only 3 relays, take the relay out of the lancer corvette and put it in one of them.Let's not go into research findings pls save it for a pastebin update when we can be actually questing and doing things.
>>34551256Sure. Rapidly forming bone walls.
>>34551257>Speak with prisoners>Read over your findings of your research into the Union in greater detailThis is fine if it ends up in a pastebin, honestly. Or just confirmation on if we've got enough out of it to research hologram tech.>Alter ship designsAdd the rapid damage control to our existing designs and I'm happy. It's cheap as shit.
>>34551314Bones require painful and relatively permanent growth (if the bone walls are to be at all effective, that is), nevermind the permanent investiture of calcium and other materials.To make this happen swiftly requires an even greater devotion of resources, as you have to invest in the materials to set the calcium in place AND the materials to construct whatever compounds set them into place.If you want these boundaries to change over time, you have to be willing to devote time and resources to break down the old boundaries and erect new ones. This is incredibly time- and resource-intensive.
>>34551256>Speak with prisoners>Read over your findings of your research into the Union in greater detail>Create more pods (only if the human are gone)>send one shock trooper to locate native life on the one planet.
>>34551257We're gonna need a heavy hitting ship soon, building a cruiser with a swarm mod and the reinforcing mod would be wise. Preferably, before we're defenseless to a Union orbital bombardment.
>>34551364Read the new ship construction option , from last thread, that's what I was talking about. Then a anon asked if they'd be bone walls and to simplify it I said yes, but they aren't really bone walls.
>>34551287Is the Hive not the primary native?
>>34551450He meant the natives on Raligha.
>>34551450The Hive is native to every world, star system, galaxy, other various celestial bodies, and dimensions.Or at least it will be.
>>34551397We have ground to space batteries.
>>34551467You forgot to mention every timeline.>The Hive was behind the pyramids all over the world>The Hive are why the Chinese are the way they are, unknowingly attempting to imitate the Hive>The Hive were the alien mind behind Tesla
>>34551257As you watch the humans file into the vehicle your drones start to make their way back to the hive, disappearing into the many hidden tunnels throughout the jungle. As the gunship lifts the DCV into the air your speaker makes its way to your prison to speak with the other motley collection of humans.As you do so you look over the collection of data on Union culture and history. Human history, at least according to your limited sources, has been filled with strife and blood shed of one kind or another for almost all of recorded history. After a number of globe-spanning wars and a brief yet terrible nuclear conflict the bulk of humanity was swept up into the all-encompassing Earth Confederation. The book is very adamant on emphasising their dogmatic nature and totalitarian rule.The Confederation spread through the system quickly, engulfing what few private enterprise founded colonies there were through either force or coercion, and turned their resources towards the wounded and bleeding Earth. The first Warp bubble was generated in the year 442 EC, nearly twenty years after the end of World War Four. The result was an unprecedented rate of expansion encouraged by the hope of more lenient regulatory laws on worlds separated by light years. So long as information was restricted to data packets carried by ships, the Confederation thrived, slowly becoming a loose empire that used the strict limitation on information to control the spread of information.In the year 122 EC the invention of the Quantum Communication device revolutionized society as it was known. The Second Information Revolution sparked not only a rebirth of the thirst for knowledge, but also lead to the collection and spreading of data on a previously unprecedented scale, as well as a number of violent riots and bloody revolts. The tipping point of these events was undoubtedly the Massacre of New London, a bloody riot that left dozens dead.
>>34551702While it was by no measure the worst such riot, it was one of the first to receive the scrutiny of a fully formed interstellar community, resulting in widespread outrage and public dissent. These displays of dissent turned to outright rebellion in the year 36 EC when the world of Gemini and its binary twin Gemini Minor, announced their intent to secede. Nearly a dozen worlds followed suit, with the admirals and captains of the antiquated space force of the time to split nearly down the middle. Earth continued its efforts, and in the core ward worlds it had much success in cracking down on dissent and rebellion. In the rim ward systems, however, the colonies were quickly rallying behind Gemini, and her picket fleet soon swelled with the gathered forces of what would soon be known as the Union. The fleet, under the command of Fleet Commander Delian Cobalt, carved a bloody path through Confederate space and launched what would become known as the bloodiest conflict in human history.
>>34551711The infamous Battle of Sol began with the Union fleet engaging at high speed against Confederate picket forces. Little tactical data of the event remains, but in the fray a stray kinetic round is believed to have struck a military facility on the lunar surface. The resulting explosion fractured the moon into several pieces which entered a decaying orbit around the Earth, prompting the complete surrender or retreat of the remaining Confederate fleet. Under the command of Admiral Kal Alana the remaining forces of the Earth Confederation’s interstellar fleet reformed into the Commonwealth of Free states, where it remains an oppressive regime under the rule of the Admiralty Council to this day.
>>34551702>>34551711It would appear as though you've written this all up ahead of time.Clever girl.
>>34551733As you continue to read through the data it starts to move from a historical piece to a propaganda piece. You note a stark lack of any data on the Unity, as well as a great emphasis on the effectiveness of the election system, which, to you, appears excessively convoluted and needlessly obtuse. Between the legal requirement to vote and the strict party system, it appears that on some planets there could be as few as two nominations, with only one being from a "reputable" party in many cases. Theseus may be able to offer more clarification on the last few chapters then this particular piece.You move on to the next event for today.>Speak with the prisoners (write in)>Speak with Theseus (write in)>New drone/ship designs>Build/lay new ships/drones>Other
>>34551824>>Build/lay new ships/drones3 new cloaked shuttles.Four new cloaked pods with relays, one relay taken from the lancer. It can take commands from the nearby scout corvette or another cloaked pod instead.>>Speak with the prisoners (write in)Get everyone's names and expertise.
>>34551824>Speak with the prisonersLet just figure out what their abilities are.
>>34551824>election system, which, to you, appears excessively convoluted and needlessly obtuse>this coming from a civilization of oneI chuckled heartily.>Speak with the prisoners>The man in charge"How are you finding the accommodations, human? To your taste?""Regardless, the Hive wishes to speak with you on some things....">suggest discussion topics here
>>34551824>Speak with the prisonersI don't know, some Q & A to assuage (or exaggerate) their fears>Build/lay new ships/drones5 Pods w/ Advanced RelaysEquip all our current shuttles with cloaksAlso fill a shuttle with workers so they can start construction of a shipyard/docking pylon in our asteroid base
>>34551824>>Speak with the prisoners (write in)Let them know how the good doctor is doing, and inquire about their well being and accommodations. Perhaps offer them a more comfortable holding cell for their cooperation.
>>34551908>a more comfortable holding cell"What the fuck is this.""A simulation of the sexual characteristics of the female of your species.""Why.""For your comfort.""But.. there's no chairs or beds or anything. And I still have drink slop out of the wall-nipples.""It is for your comfort. Goodbye."
>>34551824>Speak with the prisoners (about the doctor being fine and to collect the next patient( I plan to experiment on them and just want to make sure they have any previous conditions we should know about)>Speak with Theseus (about learning the truth of humanity's history and possible cooperate research into union related tech to see if they have made any improvments in design)Wait for the humans to leave before building ships.
>>34551942>>>/d/I kek'd tho
>>34551942Fuck I remember that suggestion. Weird ass anon.
>>34551824Your speaker makes its way to the common holding cell where the humans have remained in largely the same position. The wounded are still wounded, coddled in the back and wrapped in bandages, while many of the officers remain near the middle where they whisper to each other about inane escape plans and theories of your species as if you can't hear them. None of their ideas have been sane enough to cause you concern yet.As the door flexes open the humans look to you. Your speaker walks in wearing a vibrant display of color along it carapace, hopefully denoting its importance, and steps just past its flanking warriors to face the officer who claims to be their leader, Major Michael Randolph. You make note of the leader of the expedition team you captured is still in the back, wrapped in bloodied bandages. Human physiology is surprisingly adverse to being impaled through the shoulder. A warrior can have half its limbs blown off and still fight, but you stick a blade through a human's torso and suddenly he can't even stay conscious."You are human leader?""Yes, my name is Major Mich-""Yes. You have said this before. How are your accommodations?"He clears his throat nervously, clearly unsure of how to proceed. "We are concerned over our crew member, and we are still in need of more thorough medicine for our wounded.">Inform him of the doctor's status>Ask question (write in)>Offer medical aid>Other
>>34552041>Inform him of the doctor's status>Offer medical aid
>>34552041"Medicine will be provided later. For now you will answer questions."
>>34552041>Inform him of the doctor's status>Offer medical aid in exchange for their assistance.
>>34552041>>Inform him of the doctor's status>>Offer medical aid>>What other questions we need to ask
>>34552041>>Inform him of the doctor's status>>Offer medical aidNo point in making them suffer, and we want our potential test subjects in as healthy a state as possible.
>>34552041>>Inform him of the doctor's status>>Offer medical aidnot saying we shouldn't try to be civil to them all things considered, but anyone else thinking they'd make great trial subjects for our mind control
>>34551975It was a joke!>>34552041Your crew member is recovering. You will receive advanced medical attention later. [After we research our own regen tanks.]For now we require information....I thought we had the officers separated though, which would include this guy?
>>34552090> anyone else thinking they'd make great trial subjects for our mind controlWe have to research how to read minds first. All that will be require for that is brain scanner.
>>34552041"Vaughn is recovering elsewhere. Your wounded can be tended to by the hive." The humans seem quite apprehensive at your statement, and as your workers move in from the hall they scoot further away from the door, some pressing against the walls.>Ask questions (write in)>Take wounded to the medical bay>Separate the officers from the enlisted>Other>>34552097No, but the needed rooms are now complete if you wish to do that now.
>>34552146>>Separate the officers from the enlistedNobody goes to the medical bay. That's in the Hel's Angel.Nobody gets to know about the Angel.We wait until we create our own regen tanks.We separate the officers and ask them one by one about the various skill sets in the crew, to compare their stories and make sure they didn't hide anything.
>>34552146>Separate the officers from the enlistedUmm, question, what sort of medical aid CAN we give?
>>34552146>>Ask questions (write in)>>Separate the officers from the enlisted"We understand your apprehension, the option will remain open in the future should you wish."Ask about>Crew skills>General info about them>machines in the doctor's head?
>>34552177We can make fleshy suction cups suckle them and make suckly noises and say that it helps.
>>34552146>Take wounded to the medical bay (keep them sedated during the trips and treatments)>Separate the officers from the enlisted
>>34552146>>Take wounded to the medical bay>>Separate the officers from the enlistedDid we search them already?
>>34552177Absolutely none. Until regen tank is researched.>>34552185>>machines in the doctor's head?No. There is no point in asking that, keep it a secret we know it came from the temple.Also no questions until the humans are individually separated so they can't keep their stories straight.
>>34552177Many of the wounded are still unconscious, so the regeneration tank in the medical bay would be perfectly suitable without them ever knowing you have it.
>>34552146>>Separate the officers from the enlistedThey are clearly too frightened, and they aren't gonna die in day.
>>34552146Your speaker turns to the collection of officers as a whole and lets out a quick chitter. "Follow."The small group get to their feet and nervously follow as the group of warriors escort them through the door and down the hall where a series of cells have been constructed for each of them. The rest of the humans remain in the common area, although you hope to have enough room for the rest of them soon.>Have your speakers question them (write in)>Other
>>34552146Have the twins finished showing us the workings of regenerative tank?
>>34552199>Absolutely none. Until regen tank is researched.We have regen tanks. We had Lyle in one. We just took the Doctor out.The Med-bay in the Angle has them. Or one at least.
>>34552304Why have you enter are territory?
>>34552307We'll know when they have.>>34552304One by one then. Give a roster of your crew?What are their occupations? Their skillsets and expertise and education?
>>34552304Ask>Name>rank/postion>skills>why they were on that planettime for Stockholm syndrome
>>34552395Change that to this. Misinformation
>>34552395I'll second this.
Am I the only one who wants to build projectors into the cell walls and then only give viewing of planets, beautiful landscapes, or how we mentally viewed the events of the books we read went (with lee being the protagonist everytime).
>>34552495Do we even have that sort of tech?
>>34552532Didn't we just read a book about it?
>>34552495Well now that you've said that the answer to your question is no, but I think time is better spent elsewhere.
>>34552532yeah, we got mimetic skin, which is basically an hd tv right?
>>34552532>Union culture researchPhotonic matrices for dummies – A large volume detailing the technology of 3D holographic projector displays.
>>34552495No doing that.They might earn creature comforts later, if Stockhome syndrome takes hold.So no, they get slimy pulsing walls and they will learn to be grateful they even have that.
>>34552556>mimetic skin tv
>>34552566Dewey, you fool! Your decimal system has played right into my hands!
>>34552304Your speakers move from cell to cell to ask their questions, after several hours of corroborating stories you are able to determine the composition of the remaining crew.Of the officers are Major Michael Randolph, Captain Gabriel Peters and Randall Sanders, Lieutenant William Davids, Staff Sergeants Ryan Stevens, Hideki Akagi, and George Thurston, Technical Sergeants Norman Udeme, Tyler leonard, and Dave Williams, Senior Spacemen Bruce Udeme, Terry Winslow, Bernard Ikati Reginald lockhart, and Michael Foreman, and Spacemen Ryan Russman, Garry Stamford, and Derrick Demichev.As for the questions of why the Hope was on the planet, the answers vary somewhat. The most common response is "Survey" or "Scouting" while others respond by explaining some piece of the colonization process. Once a planet is surveyed and cleared for settlement, the crew of the discovering shit receives royalties from a percentage of the colony's taxes, and the Commander, should he choose to accept, receives an honorary commissioner as governor of the planet.
>>34552594>holofleshdecks>can they portray images of stuff>and take the forms of things you can feel
>>34552597>the crew of the discovering shit receives royalties from a percentage of the colony's taxesI take it that was verbatim, or did you mean "ship"?
>>34552616That was a typo, but we can say that this particular officer has poor manners.
>>34552603I was thinking we could do a reality tv show with the crew. Tell them they are free to go, and when some one takes up the offer throw them into the woods with no food, water, or protection of any sort. Then have a sniffer follow them around, and broadcast everything the sniffer sees onto the mimetic wall, and have multiple speakers mimic the sounds that are going on. then when they see their comrade horribly gutted and eaten, they'll be happy to stay.
>>34552603>>34552643If ever we don't kill each other in the inevitable fighting, I think we know what niche market we got cornered
>>34552638I for one would really enjoy that and when we start cloning people we can keep the fun going forever.
>>34552659Yeah, but would we want a load of humans having sex with our memetic skin walls?You know that's what they'll use it for.
>>34552597We should ask them how long their allies will search for them, and what materials humans use to construct their bodies.
>>34552597Your speaker runs through the questions a final time with the last officer, the Major himself."Yes, as I said, the colony rights go to the crew, the governorship goes to whoever the acting commander is, and usually everyone retires comfortably, especially if the planet is mineral or resource rich." He is seated crosslegged in the center of the empty room, his eyes level with your speaker as it hunches over near the door. "Now that I've answered your questions, who, or what, are you?"
>>34552684>what materials humans use to construct their bodies. Wut? The fuck would we ask a stupid question like that?
>>34552681Who said it would only be humans?
>>34552701But where is the list of expertise? Of them and the rest of the non-officer crew?Need to find the engineers or medics or whatever for atomics/human biology research."The hive is the hive. We are your hosts. To learn more you must cooperate."
>>34552701"We are the Hive. We are the ones you disturbed. We are the ones whose home you claimed as your own. We are the ones asking the questions Major. To learn you must cooperate"they don't need to know we weren't already on that planet
>>34552701We are the hive. We, like you, wish to grow and explore in peace. We may even have become allies had it not been for you "first contact" protocols.
>>34552701We are the hive. We are one, we are many.
>>34552701"We are the Hive. We first encountered Humans a short time ago. We learned of your First Contact protocols. It is your official policy to suppress and subjugate alien races you encounter, because of this, our existence must remain hidden. That is why your discovery of the Temple had to be silenced.Until peaceful coexistence is reached between Humans and the Hive, you can not be released with the information you hold. If you cooperate and provide useful knowledge, we will provide you with more comfortable living conditions."
>>34552701We are the Hive. Why is Annexation a requirement?
>>34552701"We are the Hive, and you are the ones who intruded, and so you are the ones answering. Explain the division of expertise among you."The Major sighs briefly before answering. "Well the doctor is the resident xenologist. Bunch of degrees in all manner of fields of study. Other than her a few of us have some basic training in field medicine and combat on top of our standard training.""Who among you knows the secrets of your technology?""You mean engineers? Most of them were on the Hope, the Technical Sergeants cover basic repairs and maintenance though. Now if I may ask, when will you be starting negotiations? I'm not sure what you want for our release, but I'm sure we can come to some arrangement."
>>34552850Yeah, the arrangement is you'll be mighty fine experiments. Don't worry, it's already been arranged.
>>34552850What we want is the Union to fuck off, but I doubt that they'd listen at the moment.Maybe you'll just have to wait a few more months at least chaps, before we can start formal negotiations.
>>34552850"When you need to know such things, you will be told."When = never
>>34552850>Most of themMost? Not all?Are the other engineers dead?
>>34552850"Irrelevant." Your drone says. "Where are your engineers."All that's left of them are Udeme, Leonard, and Williams, and they were primarily maintenance. The rest of us would be communication officers, geologists, and of course Doctor Vaughn. Now we have been more than cooperative under the circumstances, I would be more than willing to help you contact the nearest Union office to start proper negotiations. I think that's more than fair.""You will be informed when such arrangements are to be made." Your speaker backs out of the door as it flexes open and shut, sealing in the human just as he gets up from the floor. "You can't just keep us here forever! There are procedures for these kinds of things!"With your questions concluded you look over the crew again. The officers are almost exclusively administration, while the three technical sergeants are trained in maintenance of Union technology. The others appear trained in combat, although they all are in some small way knowledgeable in medicine.
>>34552850>what you want for our release"While your official policy is the suppression and subjugation of alien races, you can never be released to share what you have learned. Cooperate and provide useful information and we will provide you with comfortable living conditions. Refuse and you will be made far more uncomfortable."
>>34552907But has the Dauntless left yet? Can we ask satellite-Theseus how it went and if the nukes are still there?
>>34552907I doubt we'll get anything useful from them in the meantime. Why don't we investigate what's up with the doctor?
>>34552907honestly think its time to start working on the mind control spores, we can't let them leave after all they've seen, but some "willing" human comrades could go a long way
>>34552907>There are procedures for these kinds of thingsYeah, problem is, we know what your procedures are. They involve a nuclear armed spy-satellite watching to see if we need to be 'suppressed'. Fucker, unless the situation changes drastically, you never leaving this place.Can we get an update on the other humans? Have they lifted off yet? Any signals been sent?Honestly, I'd bet half the HIve that Cybory and/or the Marine in the mech suit had a transponder that broardcast at least some of what they saw. We're probably about to be attacked.Ready the cloaked ships, have the surface weapons pointed in the right direction and tell the A.I. to ready the nukes in the satellite.
>>34552945There are no mind control spores. "mind control" is an absurd pipe dream so far down the strictly hypothetical tech tree as to be fictional.We're going to have to perform exploratory surgery on some humans to understand their biology more intimately before you can even begin to do something more than mood manipulation.>>34552937She's still recovering, so we can do even less there.We just need to put Leonard in a shuttle with a nuke and tell him to explain dat shit.We're stalled until we have nukes again. Until then, we can just lay Pods and explore the universe.
>>34552980>We're stalled until we have nukes againNot really, we don't need nukes to build and arm ships. What's keeping us down is our lack of production and infrastructure
>>34552945>mind controlFor that, we should take a look at Lyle. He's got cybernetic implants and an artificial nervous system.That means artificial implants plugged into his brain. That would be a good place to start in developing our own brain implants.
>>34553004Stalled on *making prisoners useful*.I said right after that we could make more Pods and shit.
>>34553005OR we could potentially take the concept and use it to alter our Bio-computer that we used to interact with Theseus / Unity Drone.Surely such implants have access ports to have improved software installed.
>>34552907The day draws to a close, and what a long day it has been. You watch as the gunship streaks across the sky on its approach to the Dauntless, and eventually the lumbering ship lurches out of orbit and accelerates out of the system. The monitor realigns its orbit, its broadcast signal once more as strong as ever. When the Dauntless disappears in a brilliant flash of radiation you sense a quick ping of radio signals bounce through the clouds to your hive."You have no idea what I had to do to stay hidden in that thing. Typical maintenance procedure. They ran some scans and reinstalled their monitor software."As the Clarke enters the system the two Theseuses join back together. You sense a slight snicker of humor run through the Clarke's computer. "Well, I was able to upload several copies of myself into the Dauntless, so I suppose it wasn't a total debacle."You sense another ping of thought, this time faint. A small hint of raw emotion that skims the edge of your mind. You follow it and quickly find the source as Elizabeth opens her eyes. She slowly picks herself up from the soft floor, looking around the room. It feels like a light field of static emanating from her, a random collection of thoughts drifting in and out of her mind. Eventually you manage to gather a sense of confusion and curiosity.
>>34553058What? You're not making any sense. the Space USB port doesn't have room for improvement, what limitation does it have right now?>>34553005Forget mind control. It's a far, far, far, far, far off "dream wishlist" item.>>34553076Ah, great. Can't put this off then. "Hello. Who are you?"Want to check if it's Vaughn still.
>>34553076>Try talking to her>Think calm reassuring thoughts
>>34553076Try speaking with telepathy, see if she can understand. Failing that, use the Speaker."Hello Doctor, it was unwise handling an unknown alien artifact like that. We almost lost you. How are you feeling."Offer a sense of concern. Mention we provided care for her. She'll be more likely to cooperate with this approach.
>>34553095>Forget mind control. It's a far, far, far, far, far off "dream wishlist" item.So you're taking over as QM are you? You decide our options fore tech development?We have a living example of brain implant technology. It's entirely possible that studying will allow us to develop some form of brain implant ourselves.
>>34553076telepathically speak "hello Doctor..."
>>34553076Send a shuttle up to the satellite.It's time for Mr. Technical Sergeant to meet Mr. Nuke.
>>34553076You send a simply string of thought to her out of curiosity."Who are you?" The thought is like a whisper as it echoes through the hive, and you see her jump. She whips her head around, looking in all directions franticly."Yes, hello? I'm Doctor Elizabeth Vaughn, who's there?" She says the words, but as she forms them in her mind you can feel them leaking from the top of her consciousness like an overflowing glass."You have been asleep for some time now, how are you?"She keeps looking in all directions as she tries in vain to find the source of the voice."What happened? Where am I? I... can't remember what happened." You can feel her reach back for the memories, and a shock of sensation erupts. You can tell they are not natural memories even with your limited understanding of human psychology. The memories are... yours, or at least they are similar in nature. They come in pieces, crumbled into tiny shreds. Glimpses of massive black ships and vast courts of crystal and glass.Her head reels back from the sudden rush of memories and she collapses to the ground.
>>34553230Umm, send workers for help?Would her presence register as a foreign queen to them?
>>34553230See how far our telepathic access goes. Can we take a look around in her head? Can we get copies of all her memories?The real memories and the new implanted ones?
>>34553245If that's the case.She dies.
>>34553260I somehow doubt that.We get what she transmits. She transmits because she's an undisciplined telepath.We'll just have to try more next time she wakes up. We have other projects to tend to until then.
>>34553265Why? Are drones are genetically programmed to ignore the orders of other queens.
>>34553245>>34553265Chill, foreign Queens can't control Drones from other Hives.Even if she did register as a Queen (unlikely) she wouldn't be a threat. This woman is now an information Gold Mine! We will take good care of her.
>>34553280>I somehow doubt that.We don't know that. It would be retarded no to try. We could be passing up a fucking gold mine.
>>34553298>>34553294You seem to imply that this ~technologically~ obtained tachyon link ON THE SAME FREQUENCY as us works in the EXACT SAME WAY that our evolved to.It could adjust itself to our line SPECIFICALLY and OVER RIDE our input.SHE IS NOT A QUEEN OF OUR RACE, THEREFORE SHE DOES NOT FOLLOW THE SAME RULES AS QUEENS OF OUR RACE.God Damn.
>>34553320We have encountered other telepathic races before. Chill. All our Drones are designed and built to serve us. They didn't evolve naturally.It is staggeringly unlikely that she could just magically take over.
>>34553382He DOES raise a point though, it's ridiculously advanced, and ancient, machines and not something evolved like ours, we don't know it's capabilities for adapting, it's strength or range, anything about it really other that we can talk and apparently has mind-fucked her.
>>34553230You reach out with your mind and attempt to make a proper connection to see more of the implanted memories. You send a quick image you had gleemed of a strange, stubby worker crawling through a marsh. The image is echoed back, along with another burst. You may not have any control over her thoughts, but neither does she. As another barrage of alien memories wash over her mind she grasps at her head with her hands, letting out a stifled scream through clenched teeth. The images come more clearly this time. You see a massive royal court, filled with large, slender creatures. Effigies, each one with a link to a distant queen countless light years away. The great chamber itself appears to be made of a gossamer film of flowing glass, swaying in the breeze like silk around crystalline supports. The hall stretches up and down seemingly endlessly, with thousands of effigies arranged according to dynasty and family rank. The image is gone as quickly as it arrived.Elizabeth "Stop it! What do you want? Who are you?"
>>34553424"I wanted to wake you up again. You fainted."
>>34553230Hey quick question are using the twins to boost research of the net gun or the regeneration tanks? Can't remember if we are.
>>34553424We want answers too. We want to help you.
>>34553404>we don't know it's capabilitiesThat's a point. We need QD to give us an update on the Shock Troopers we left snooping about the Temple. They might have learned something. Our game-focus has been here with the Humans but their exploration has been ongoing.Just the carvings on the walls told us a lot. Even if we can't get shit to work yet, just looking at more walls could tell us a story.
>>34553424Try using the Speaker. We don't want to scramble her."You trespassed upon an ancient Temple of our species. It was unwise to tamper with an unknown alien artifact. We almost lost you. It seems to have implanted an archive of some sort into your mind."
>>34553424Give us back are history
>>34553447No. They don't know anything about the working of the medi-tanks and I don't think anyone mentioned consulting them on the net gun.
>>34553424If we aren't using the twins to boost research currently I'd like to have them do so. First with the Regeneration tank and then the net gun.
>>34553511They know how to fix the machine and how to take it apart just not the science behind it.
>>34553424"You tampered with an ancient device. It appears to have implanted memories in your mind."Elizabeth slowly gets back on her feet, one hand pressing against her temple. "What do you mean? How is that even possible?"The door flexes open as a speaker walks into the cell. The sight sends another shock of memories loose through her mind. "Ahh! I... I remember you now. That was your temple. No... no it was more than that, wasn't it?">Ask a question (write in)>Talk to the doctor (write in)>Other>>34553447Any time the twins have the skill to boost a research project, I assume you have them do so automatically.
>>34553648"Yes. It was." [It was a ship or something. Let her complete the thought.]
>>34553648>Talk to the doctor"That place was left by the Queen of Queens. It must be truly ancient. Beyond even my own memory. We could not let your kind claim such a place of history."
>>34553648QU, can we get an update on the Drones left at the Temple?The talk with the Doctor would probably go better if we were less in the dark about that place.Even just info on the carvings. The walls of that place seemed to tell a story.
>>34553728*QDNot a clue how I managed to hit the U key.
>>34553648Yeah. I've got to agree with this anon.,
>>34553728All the informative and instructive carvings were on the outside, though. They've never seen any inside. And it was voted to keep the drones only inside it.>>34553705Let's not...build that particular lying house of cards when we can just be vague.
>>34553648>>Ask a question (write in)>>Talk to the doctor (write in)"It was, tell me what do you think it was?""Tell us doctor, from our experience humans seek to spread to other worlds enslaving or exterminating native life. Why did you attempt to talk with us? What did you seek in our legacy?"
>>34553749>All the informative and instructive carvings were on the outside, though. They've never seen any inside.I don't remember much of the inside being described. We only had game-focus in one room. The Drones could have found more.>Let's not...build that particular lying house of cards Everything said is evidently true. We saw memories of a great Queen of Queens. Must be old as fuck because that's not in our memories.
>>34553648"What you found was one of many ruins" Send her the mind pictures of the temple. "Ruins of a people who were once enslaved" Send her pictures of the ship buried in the desert "To those of terrible power" Send a imagine of the one locked in the core of the ship. "We were given the task to help stop what had happened from happening again" Send her pictures of that thing we saw the first time we touched the void crystals.
>>34553648"Yes." Your speaker says. "It was ancient and of great value."A twinge of pain passes over her again as another flash of memories passes. Her thoughts are not attuned to your network so it is difficult to make out much of them. This time you see the interior of the temple, only a long time ago. The corridors are filled with drones of some unknown breed. The rooms are filled with eggs and cocoons of countless kinds.Your speaker continues. "The humans we have seen, they seek to conquer and destroy. What do you seek?""You're right. Humanity has been caught in an endless cycle. It always seems that no matter how far we advance, no matter how much we evolve there is always corruption and war, but there has to be something we missed. If these memories can help stop that cycle, then all the better.""You seek peace?""I seek to better myself, and others. That's why I study alien life, to learn from their mistakes and their strengths alike. That's the objective of Xenology.">Have your shock troopers investigate more of the ruins>Speak (write in)>Other
>>34553744>he said, replying to QD>>34553925Investigate I guess.It's a big place.
>>34553925>Have your shock troopers investigate more of the ruins.
>>34553925>Have your shock troopers investigate more of the ruinsSo since the union now knows about us, we should probably get that laser started and atomic warfare ready right?
>>34553925>Investigate more of the ruinsYour drones move deeper into the vast caverns of the ruins in search of anything that may prove to be of interest.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
>>34553954Meh. It been an all night sue me.
Rolled 6 (1d100)>>34553982
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>>34554018>>34554008>>34553994you useless pieces of shit
>>34553981Agreed, nuclear warefare when?
>>34553994>>34554008>>34554018Looks like we didn't find shit.
>>34553925>Speak"Seeking to better yourself and achieve peace for your race is admirable. I am afraid peace between us is currently unlikely. We are aware of your protocols regarding newly encountered species, we do not wish to be subjugated or assimilated. If you are willing to work with us, you will be made comfortable, you may be able to return to your own kind some day when the knowledge you possess no longer endangers the Hive. Will you cooperate Doctor?"
>>34554155>>34554155bit late there champ
>>34553982Your drones move out into the weaving corridors in search of some clue as to its origin. The halls are silent and empty, but with the visions of the distant past you are able to get an appreciation for what was once here. Vast collections of queens-to-be kept in the countless chambers. This was clearly not simply some ancient hive. No one queen could have accomplished such a grand feat alone. You flip through the ancient memories skimmed from Elizabeth's mind and see drones of thousands of kinds crawling over and through the halls. Drones of varying size, shape, and color swarming through the walkways and chambers in a frenzied chaos. Near the far end of the ruins your drones reach a dead end. A circular room similar to the chamber with the sphere, but in the center is a small podium. On the podium is a small carving, perfectly smooth and preserved, of a star map. The formations are alien to you, and the markings are indecipherable, but its significance is unmistakable. The chamber itself looks out through a bay window to the lake below as a roaring waterfall cascades over the windows. You can just barely make out the smattering of villages around the edge of the water.At this point I think we all need to be getting some sleep. I'll try to stick around as long as I can for comments, questions, and feedback.
Thanks for the thread QD.
>>34554168Thanks for the quest QD.I vote to start off the next thread with breeding some relay pods and sending them off to every named world on that star map. A history of our people greater than anything we imagined could be there waiting for us!Maybe trade some info to the Unity for star charts if we can't figure it out on our own.
>>34554168Thanks for running. Did we learn anything about the worms from are nature study?Will you post some of what we learned from are culture study into a pastebin?
>>34554215I can second this, but have a few extra that way we can switch out ships to resupply and such.
>>34554168Hey, question.if we blink into a new star system a light-day away from anything, the blink drive flash will be far more miniscule and likely nonvisible to human eyes at that distance.It has the tradeoff that it takes a day to approach the system at relativistic speeds.Much higher chance of non detection and blending in to the stars?
>>34554168Nigga thats Homeworld, are we going home to Karakh?
>>34554989Kharak, the Garden of Kadesh, Well of Lost Souls, the whole nine yards.Also, it makes a bit of sense that we have our Raynor and Kerrigan now. Lee = Raynor and Elizabeth = Kerrigan.
>>34555010I'm not exactly sure if that's the most fitting analogy, but I'm wondering if we're going to do a reversed homeworld journey and go find the blasted ruins of our homeworld in the edge of the galaxy. Looking forward to next week.
>>34554924Yeah, might be a good idea to make that SOP from now on.Blink to a spot outside the system and fly in at sub-light.We've already had a few close calls with the humans, if it keeps happening, they'll notice a pattern and find a way to detect us.