The drop ship shakes from the jolt of the atmosphere. The roar as the engines kick in is deafening even within his suit, and as the engines buck the hull Lyle bites his tongue.“Wake up rookie! You may think you’re a badass, but you’re still a greenhorn in this rodeo!” Leroy yelled over the radio as Lyle held back a curse. Several others chuckled as a drop of blood ran down his chin.“Happens to most on their first drop, man, give the kid a break.” Boomer spoke up in a gravelly voice as the drop ship started to level out. A yellow light lit up on the far wall.“Five minutes to drop!” Someone yells over the radio.Lyle feels himself fall backwards in his seat until he’s hanging upside down within the coffin sized drop pod. The door shuts with a pneumatic hiss, and he is in darkness.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
>>35930719 Going for an all nighter QD?
>>35930719Question left unanswered from last thread:Would building dedicated laboratories improve the speed of research or provide a roll bonus?I expect they can be thematic, from a dedicated physics or chemistry lab to something like exotic matter research or even less experimental fields like archaeology.
>>35930719>Current armory269 Thorn Launchers20 Thorn Cannons123 Sting Casters30 Cyclotrons15 Rotary Stingers3 Fire Sprays5 Plasma Spray>Current resource reservesNutrients: 77651Metals: 47675>Hive population and upkeep cost Hive maintenance – 325Queen – 5Fake Queen – 22Worker (2000) – 4000Aquatic Worker (40) – 160Radiator Worker (100) – 400Warrior (209) – 1045Aquatic Warrior (20) – 140Thinker (400) – 1200Quantum Thinker (150) – 750Speaker – (3) – 12Digger (80) – 320Refinery (10) – 70Sniffer (2) – 8Small Sniffer (200) – 200Fly (50) – 200Wasp (100) – 500Antenna (3) – 9Haz-mat Workers (20) – 80Shock Troops (40) – 520Parasite (30) – 120Bio-tank (10) – 250Excavator (41) – 799Colossus (20) – 300Advanced Relay (16) – 1600Space Pod (13) – 390Shuttle (10) – 250Scout Corvette – (6) 1350Lancer Corvette – (2) 450Stealth Frigate – (4) 1952Nutrient costs: 12672>IncomeMetals: 14750Nutrients: 40050Net: 22395Hive Structure>Reservoir>General storage>Food storage>Advanced Laboratory>Infrastructure>Hangar facilities: Room for 40 Aero Drones and 20 Shuttles (25N)>Mine: 36 Excavators, 60 Diggers, +10500 M per day (+25 M per digger)>Asteroid mining base: 5 Excavators, 20 Diggers, +2250M per day (+50 M per digger)>Algae Farm: +40000 N per day, 400 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)>Secondary hive>Automated Raligha colonyConstruction underway600 Farms
>>35930771>exotic matter researchConsidering we can not reproduce the materials the Ark ship/temple is made out of. Those dedicated labs might be needed to do so.
>>35930802The question is about crunch, so it's directed to QD.
>>35930778Could we move some of our Excavator drones to the Asteroid Mining base? We would literally double their metal income.
>>35930830Or just lay more excavators, say 20 and ship them to the Asteroid base?
>>35930830No we wouldn't.You'll note both Excavators at both locations give +250M. Subtract the diggers' output. Do the math.
>>35930778Is this a new day/turn?
>>35930778The metal polymer box muffles the sound of the engines into a white noise. The radio is cut off until the landfall, leaving Lyle alone with his thoughts, watching the clock count to zero. He can feel the blood running through his skull, his heart is racing. There is a mechanical crunch as the rocket boosters arm themselves, and it is at that moment he truly realized he is inside a bullet about to be fired at the planet below.The clock hits zero and he blacks out. By the time he realizes what's happening he can see the altimeter racing to ground level. A green light flashes on his hud and the retro rockets deploy. It feels like a kick to the head and his pod jerks upward, braking hard and fast until the fuel is gone.The drop pod peels away, leaving him in free fall, hurtling to the ground. The rocket pack deployed at the last second and he hits the dirt, fumbling forward and planting himself visor first in the ground. As he gets up the sound of weapons fire has already filled the air.You ponder why his mind has chosen to bring him here. From his memories, this is his very first taste of combat as a drop trooper. You watch as he sprints up a hill to get into a firing position, arcing rockets into a rebel artillery emplacement not far from his position.>Observe>Speak (write in)>Alter the dream (write in)>Other
>>35930970>>ObserveBackstory, ho.Green little boy recruit.
>>35930830Excavators include a built-in refinery. While they can devour massive amounts of rock at once, they can only 'digest' a set amount. This makes them a rather efficient choice for situations where the ore quality is lower than average, making use of their ability to filter lots and lots of rock very quickly.
>>35930970Observe for now.
>>35930970We should Feed him useful information and subtle suggestions when possible, but for now observe.
>>35931103>The Hive becomes the voice in Lyle's headI like this idea alot actually.
>>35930970Boomer activates his jump pack and leaps into the air. He glides in a long arc over the enemy camp and a stream of weapons fire erupts from his suit. Grenades shatter the small walls and barricades as Lyle's barrage covers the small complex in dust."First one down. Move to the main battery." Leroy said calmly over the radio, his own suit gliding through the air to the top of a nearby cliff. Lyle followed suit. The artillery piece was only the weakest area nearby. It was perfect as a drop point, but their target was several clicks north. Even now he could see the end of the anti-orbital battery slowly turning to track the fleet above.It fired. His visor dims to prevent him from going blind, and the audio mutes to avoid blowing out his eardrums. A shaft of light sears through the sky, burning the air into a white hot plasma. A clap of thunder rolls over the hills as the air moves into the vacuum left behind."They see us, get in there now, now, now!"Tracer rounds fly past their heads and burst behind them as they race through the sky, now plummeting toward the complex of the massive gun. Lyle looks down and his hud zooms in on a group of armed rebels. He holds out his right arm and brings his thumb to his palm. The rotary cannon opens up with a satisfying roar and in a moment the rebels are turned to a fine pink mist. He lands where they were a moment ago with a thud, cracking the concrete beneath him.He watches his squad mates fly overhead, each one landing on a different point around the facility. They would surround it and move in, then meet in the center and silence the battery. Lyle looked ahead, his visor scanning the area. There was a small loading bay before him, probably guarded. Above that was a roof top. He spotted an auxiliary access there, but it would leave him little room to maneuver in his suit.>Advise he use the roof>Advise he charge the bay door>Recommend blowing a hole in the wall>Continue to watch>Other
>>35931189>>Continue to watchWe don't know what actually happened, best to see.
>>35931189>>Recommend blowing a hole in the wallBoom boom assholes.
>>35931189>>Continue to watch
>>35931189>Continue to watchGiving him bad advice will only worsen our relations with him. This is just a memory anyway.
While we're digging through Lyle's backstory, can someone give me a rundown of drone and ship costs when designing a new one?I think there's standard base costs, but I don't recall what all of them are.I'm also not sure about the prices of abnormal component sizes on drones or ships, assuming they're possible.
>>35931337Base costs? Every cost is listed in the pastebin.Also let's save talking about crunch for the end of the thread. We're in storyland now.http://pastebin.com/YTwGk8n1http://pastebin.com/3hWCdbhN
>>35931189>>Continue to watch>>35931337Everything you need is in hereDrone Builder:http://pastebin.com/3hWCdbhNShip Builderhttp://pastebin.com/YTwGk8n1
>>35931364>>35931384So I just add up costs after applying size modifiers? I thought a medium drone cost two nutrients just because it was medium, or something like that.
>>35931428No, you made that up.Technically, a drone without legs or arms or claws or anything, just a carapace with eyes and basic antennae, would be free? but no one makes that.
>>35931462Okay.Does the weapons accuracy and damage data scale with the sizenof the weapon, or is it proportional to medium turrets? I remember one of the early threads said something confusing about turrets.
>>35931189He charges forward to the bay door. He holds his fingers together and bends his pointer finger away with his thumb pressed tight against the side of his palm. A grenade erupts from his gauntlet with a thump and blows away the door as he sprints through the debris and into a hail of plasma. A CIP pistol arcs to his suit and he can feel his leg go limp.He holds out his left arm and a red hot tungsten rod flies from his arm and into the man's head. He drops his pistol as his skull is pinned to the wall. A number of other soldiers open fire, their bullets hitting the armor plating of his suit like hailstones on sheet metal. He feels one of them bounce through a gap in the plates, piercing his forearm and sending shooting pain through his body. He raises his arms to try to shield against the fire and charges forward blindly."Gunshot detected. Administering gause." His suit drones out methodically as he charges, his eyes shut in a mix of panic and agony as a disinfectant foam is shot into the bleeding wound. Several wet thuds hit his chest and he impacts the wall, going through it without slowing and sending him tumbling into a stairwell."Multiple bone fractures detected."Lyle stifles a scream as his undersuit constricts his leg, setting the bone.>Help him back up>Berate him for his mistakes>Remain silent>Other
>>35931552All stats listed are from the perspective of the turret, which is considered the default. It gives no bonuses or maluses. The other weapon mounts increase and decrease stats accordingly.
>>35931553>Help him back upGee, QD, I sure hope this transparent manipulation is something that Lyle is stupid enough to be convinced by.
>>35931553>Help him back upYOU CALL YOURSELF AN AUSSIE CUNT?
>>35931553>>Berate him for his mistakes
>>35931553>Help him back up>Berate him for his mistakesWhy not both? Act like a stern mother. "I thought I taught you better then this!"
>>35931553>>Help him back up>>Berate him for his mistakesTough loving alien mom time.
>>35931553>>Help him back up>>Berate him for his mistakes
We are the best alien mom.
>>35931609You know we've been calling him an aussie since he first showed up, but after thinking about it I get a more South African vibe from him. Seems more of a hardscrabble war weary boer than a (future)Australian.
>>35931818So, is there a male equivalent to a daughteru?
>>35931553Lyle feels something pull him from the pile of twisted rebar and crumbled cement. A soothing voice speaks into his mind like a faint whisper. "You're supposed to aim first, you know."He shakes his head and looks above him. The hole in the wall is stained with blood. A figure with an outdated rifle looks down at him and yells out something. Lyle lobs a grenade through the hole."Rogers! What's your status?" Leroy comes in, the sound of static and heavy fire in the background."Meeting resistance, but I'm ok.""Well that's good. Take your time and all. Of course there's fucking resistance. Get to the goddamn fire control center, the fire doors are sealed on my end!"Lyle pulls up the schematic of the facility on his hud and quickly finds a rout. The voice whispers in his mind again. "Are you going to wait for an invitation?"Lyle thinks for a moment and with a swift swing of his fist the wall is reduced to rubble. He notes with satisfaction as the rout on his map is cut in half. Most of the area on this level is maintanance, and there are few rebels. Those he encounters are vaporised in passing, or flee at the thundering echo of his footsteps. He quickly reaches the door to the fire control."Ok, I'm at the rendezvous point. Where are you?"There is a crack of static. Boomer comes in a moment later. "Leroy's gone! Rogers, we're not gonna make it in time at this rate. Blow the fucker already!" There is the sound of a bolt of plasma arcing against armor and the radio crackles. "These aren't rebels! Union black ops maybe, but shit they have gear!" Another arcing plasma blast. The radio comes back weaker. "Their goddamned fast. Blow the place before they-" The radio cuts to static as an explosion rocks the facility.1/2>>35931603Well he isn't exactly in a right state of mind at the moment.
>>35931822>>32912591>"Stop yer gibbering and get to fixing ya bloody galahs!"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GalahThat insult is an Australian bird.Also come on.>spent time on a planet that was a penal colony>Australia
>>35931903>>35931822Well Lyle probably already looks like this by now.
>>35931983Forgot my fucking pic
>>35931878Lyle moves to the door and places his armored fist to it. He forms his left hand into a fist with his pointer and little fingers outstretched and the sonic breacher shatters the door, frame and all. On the far side of the wall are a group of rebels, and a man in a black suit of fibre armor. He turns to Lyle and grins ear to ear."Oh good, you know we were just talking about you. Clumsy and crude things you are."Lyle presses his thumb to his palm and the room is filled in cannon fire. A dozen rebels are vaporized like tissue in a jet turbine and the terminals turn into a cloud of vapor. The man is gone, and a moment later Lyle feels his arm snap. The cannon jams and cracks. He clicks his teeth and it jettisons from his suit, impacting the wall like a rocket. He turns to see the man as he flips over him, somersaulting across Lyle's helmet and ripping a pneumatic tube with his bare hands. His right arm goes limp as he feels the full weight of the armor plates.>Help Lyle fight>Help him keep track of the man>Watch silently>Other
>>35932000>Help him keep track of the manHe needs a backseat controller
>>35932000>Help him keep track of the man
>>35932000>>Help him keep track of the manAh, a full mod guy. Of course.
>>35932000>>Help him keep track of the manShow him the benefits of having the queen with you at all times.
>>35932049We shouldn't be in direct control, of course. He still needs to be able to fend for himself. But we'll help him, because we care.
>>35932067Oh I completely agree, that would strip him of any value as an agent, but we can offer some pretty damn good advice.
>>35932000There is a slight tug on Lyle's remaining arm as the man sprints past for another attack, and Lyle cuffs him in the jaw. There is the satisfying smack of steel to flesh, and the man's head plants into a wall. He props his arm on the wall and pulls his skull from the rubble. His skin is torn from his skull, revealing a metal plated skeleton staring back at him with unblinking eyes. The skull opens its jaw and lets out a cackling laugh.It charges again, flipping out a combat knife with a practiced motion. Lyle feels the blade jam through a gap in the plates of his leg and it goes limp, but not before he finds a grip around the cyborg's skull. He squeezed tightly and brings his fist down into the ground again and again. As he picks up the man by his head for another strike the legs kick up and wrap around his arm. Its feet kick into Lyle's shoulder and there is a crack from both the suit and his arm. He falls back to the floor with a thud as the man's skeletal face fills his view."No, mission, everything's fine here." He says in a quiet tone, still staring into his visor. "Just mopping up now." He pulls the knife from his leg and stands up, twiddling the blade between his metallic fingers.You sense Lyle's heart racing as the suit's systems shut down one by one. His body runs cold and numb as the power signature drains percent by percent.This, you note, was the second time he has felt this kind of terror. The first was on the day of his father's death. The last, was on the surface of Leeland.You feel him click through several mental commands, and the suit opens, the plates unpeeling from his body and rumpling to the floor. The skeleton laughs again."Fisticuffs, then? How wonderful."1/2
>>35932231>"No, mission, everything's fine here." He says in a quiet tone, still staring into his visor. "Just mopping up now." He pulls the knife from his leg and stands up, twiddling the blade between his metallic fingers.Fucking hell, are all full mods this sadistic? What about the augmentation process fucks them up this hard?
>>35932231Lyle you suicidal motherfucker.
>>35932231>You feel him click through several mental commands, and the suit opens, the plates unpeeling from his body and rumpling to the floor. The skeleton laughs again.>"Fisticuffs, then? How wonderful."if there was ever a time I wanted Lyle on team HIVE its now
>>35932312I really really want to adopt him now
>>35932312But the cyborg is the sadistic one laughing and saying that.
Personally I think this would be the point at which Lyle would whip out his hive-supplied bio-augs.
>>35932231The figure grabs Lyle by the collar of his skinsuit and hoists him to the air with one arm before tossing him across the room. "You have more balls than anyone I've seen, I'll give you that. Not so sure about brains, though."Lyle spits out a tooth and attempts to stand, his left arm cradled under his chest. The man kicks him as he approaches, then pulls him up by the shoulder and slams him against the wall.You hear a faint beep from the suit as the self destruct finishes charging. The man drops Lyle to the floor and turns to look. Lyle is laughing meekly through his wounds, and in his left hand is the detonator.He jams his thumb on the button, and his memory goes dark.There is the sound of breathing. Mechanical breathing. Lyle opens his eyes to a blinding light. An egg white plaster room flooded in fluorescent lighting. He tries to speak, but there is an oxygen tube lodged into his esophagus. He is submerged in a dense, numbing liquid, most of his arms and legs are burnt and charred.>Speak with Lyle (write in)>Ask question (write in)>Other
>>35932321I agree with this. BUG MOM. I feel like we're already well on the way there.
>>35932345>OtherPerhaps replace the human medical facilities for our own?
>>35932345>Speak"Where did your life go so wrong?""mental instability", they said. Into the penal colony they tossed him.
>>35932345>>Speak with Lyle (write in)"You're very lucky to be alive you know, or maybe just stubborn. If you're willing we can put you back together, stronger, faster, better than before. We all need a helping hand sometimes Lyle, lets us help you.">>Ask question (write in)>Why did you choose to go out like that?>Why do you fight?
>>35932360This probably sounds like a decent enough transition.Maybe ask/tell him "you will need new body parts"
>>35932384This. Also goes well with this >>35932360
>>35932360Or transition to him being in the Hel's Angel regen tank.I would like an excuse to put him in front of his computer.
>>35932384So, this, with shifting to a hive and new limbs? I can support that.
>>35932438We haven't reattached his limbs yet.I mean, we could. I guess.
How do our augmented limbs compare to his previous limbs, anyway?
>>35932446I think we should get his opinion first, preferably when he's fully conscious. We can offer them as a down payment for tracking Lee, and he can pick out which 'models' he wants. Consider this a demonstration of sorts.
>>35932469What.There is no 'down payment' his payment is getting to leave at all.
>>35932451http://ask.fm/QuestDrone/answer/119653388325Pretty much similar capabilities, but ours are bullet proof and self healing.
>>35932486If we 'hire' him to track down Lee, we could offer him our augs as a deal sweetner, show him how buisness with the hive is worthwhile. Plus, if it makes him more capable of getting our job done, I say we give it to him.
>>35932513There is no reason to "sweeten" anything.When you give him augments for literally nothing, you can't give them to him as payment later anymore. You make no sense.
>>35932345>Speak with LyleYou are a very brave personYou are a very lucky personAnd i have chosen youYou are chosen
>>35932345You walk into the room slowly. A white glowing humanoid figure wrapped in a silken dress of insect wings. Flowing streams of thought trail from a twisted crown of glass. The large, black orbs for eyes gaze into the tank to Lyle, and you press your palm against the glass."You are lucky to be alive." You say as the glass warps. The tank quickly becomes a sickly yellow-green membrane. The hospital melts around him into a dark labyrinth of tunnels. Chittering echoes from the tunnels as drones skitter from place to place. "Or perhaps it is more than luck."Your hand phases through the membrane and you reach out to Lyle's arms. The charred flesh cracks at your touch and the flesh peels and sloughs away into a cloud of mucus and blood. As the pod dissipates the dark red cloud his limbs are a sleek black of sliding metal plates."Why did you try to blow yourself up?" You ask, your mind stuck on the image of him grasping the detonator. You recall he attempted a similar thing when you first captured him.He speaks as if the fluid of the tank were air. His voice his hardly a whisper. "It's just standard procedure."You tilt your head and retract your hand from the pod. "That was anything but."He blinks slowly, his gaze drifting lazily over the strange arms on his shoulders. "I was already dead." He says."But you survived." You say. He doesn't respond, simply looks at you with a tired gaze. You feel his thoughts drift between the fight in the bunker, and the fight on Leeland. He doesn't seem sure which moment you are referring to.1/2
>>35932520Not for nothing, for agreeing to the terms of our job. If Theseus' account of him is accurate, we can rely on him to complete the job if nothing else. If you're that concerned about him going back on two employers, you can always rig the augs to fail at our command.
>>35932587>Not for nothing, for agreeing to the terms of our jobhe's agreeing to the terms of the job in exchange for freedom. That's the price. That's it.That's the standard price Unity paid. Unity gave him augments as payment for jobs he wasn't captured beforehand for.
>>35932578If he's so lucky, why do we keep rolling crits against him?(other than the 1st and only time he rekt'd us)
>>35932611Because we're luckier, obviously.
>>35932578"Why do you fight? Why do you continue?"He is confused at first. Why wouldn't he fight? After some time of thought he mumbles, "Because I have to." His mind drifts freely from battle to battle. "Because I wasn't strong enough.">Speak (write in)>Other
>>35932624>>SpeakWe can make you stronger. We can give you a reason to fight. Help us, and we'll help you
>>35932624>OtherCarry him to the Angel bridge?Maybe his password protected computer just contains sentimental photos of his dad or something.
>>35932624>>35932631Add "You will be."before transitioning.
>>35932629He fights because he wasn't strong enough to save his dad, I think. Perhaps a different approach is needed. Something like..."I have seen your battles.You are very strong. The hive needs that strength. Please, let me care for you. All I ask is you care for us in return."
>>35932624"I can make you stronger."You feel the his mind recall the sting of your drones as they tore into him, his armor peeling away from claw and mandible piece by piece. The numbing terror, and, strangely, satisfaction as they rendered his flesh."I had to protect my children." You say, "I had to help them, and now I can help you." The pod melts away like a watercolor. The cave twists until you both stand on the in the common area of the Hel's Angel. "I can give you a new reason to fight."He walks to the hall and runs his hand along the wall, his armored fingers sliding across the metal with a faint scrape. He leans against the wall, the crown of his head pressed against the bulkhead. Tears begin to stream down his face, and he says nothing.>Speak (write in)>Add cybernetic implant>Other
>>35932771>Speak (write in)"No one else must learn of us. Speak nothing of what you have seen on this world."
>>35932771>strangely, satisfaction as they rendered his fleshDamn Lyle, you into some freaky shit.
>>35932771>Add cybernetic implant
>>35932783Little early for that!
>>35932771>OtherReattach his old limbs. We're done with them now.He can earn his upgrades with repeat jobs like usual.
>>35932771> Add cybernetic implant
>>35932791>>35932816There are a finite number of implants you can give him. That's a finite amount of jobs you can get in exchange. Why give one for free and lose out on a job?
>>35932771Give insect hug, or a hand on the back or whatever equivalent that isMaybe put his old limbs back> Add cybernetic implantStrider Legs and Lifter Arms.Let him have a taste of the power
>>35932833>Maybe put his old limbs backYeah this. He's completely 'armless now.
>>35932771>Speak"The Hive is growing, it is strong but it can not handle all the universe has.We need your strength. Your subtly. Help us, and I will help you. ">>35932833Also agreed with this. We're still in the dream in our humanoid form so we can just give him a normal hug.
>>35932771>>Add cybernetic implant
>>35932771>>OtherStart making a clone. We need backup Lyles.
>>35932833Supporting, but give him leaper legs instead, seems more his style.
>>35932771You lightly rest your hand on his shoulder, and his mind drifts away into unconsciousness.>Leaper and Lifter (equivalent to his original augmentations) 20N 20M>Add skin graft (4N)>Add other http://pastebin.com/z4yZdEbK>Other
>>35932885>>Add skin graft (4N)
>>35932877Make sure to keep the clones in a super secret separate area. Another laboratory would probably do. Humans would probably freak out if they find out we are making clones for infiltration and other purposes.
>>35932885>Add skin graft (4N)At the very least. Also, give him>Leaper and Lifter (equivalent to his original augmentations) 20N 20Mbut offer to give back his original limbs if he doesn't like them. If he asks why we gave him those ones instead of his original look confused and say something along the lines of, "I want to improve you."
>>35932898Just sealed in a room that won't open works. We keep them in a coma until they need to wake up.I don't even mean for infiltration. I mean as an extra life, a reset button to hold in reserve.
>>35932885>Leaper and Lifter>Add skin graftAll these are on the house, everything else needs that he do jobs for us.
>>35932885Aren't his original limbs still attachable?
>>35932885>>Leaper and Lifter (equivalent to his original augmentations) 20N 20M>>Add skin graft (4N)
>>35932885>>Leaper and Lifter (equivalent to his original augmentations) 20N 20M>>Add skin graft (4N)Doesn't he already have the Unity equivalent of Endoskeletal plating by now? Just wondering.
>>35932885>Leaper legs and Lifter arms (20N 20M)>Skin graft (4N)[Secondary heart and endoskeletal plating are pre-existing augmentations]>Add internal augmentationReactive pupils – Your own eyes are naturally highly capable even in darkness. While you cannot outright copy your drones’ eyes, you can improve upon the human eye to bring it close to your own. Grants vision in near total darkness as if using a night vision visor. The irises themselves are light yellow in color, with slight green discoloration along the edges of the eye itself. (2N) Echolocation – An enhanced sound processing organ replaces the inner ear, granting a vast increase in the perception and identifying of sounds and their source location. (2N) Arm blades – These retractable blades sit hidden within the forearm in a sheath of cartilage. At will, the user can extend the blades, unfolding them to a foot in length. The sheath runs the length of the forearm, and can extend the blades from either the elbow or wrist. While sheathed, the blades regenerate from damage, with small bones within the arm serving as grind stones to maintain a cutting edge. Due to design limitations, this is only available for the Lifter arms. (6N 10M) Sting fingers – Small retractable hypodermic claws embedded within the cuticles of the fingers. Upon a successful melee strike the target takes additional slashing damage, and if the user chooses is injected with whatever material was loaded within the claws. The claws do not produce any toxin, but can be loaded either by absorbing the material through the claws, or by injecting it into a small compartment sack within the back of the hand. (6N 10M)>Other
>>35932909Oh let's do this. We don't know if these limbs will work with tech like the drop suit.We should at some point offer him other augs, but only as payment for services rendered.
>>35932911Its just a possibility someone might see it and over react. Its also possible if we get attacked again like before with that agent. If he could find reliable information on the fact that we have clones the government might be paranoid enough to abuse that info and start purging their internal opposition with an actual cause.
>>35932940No other augs,Okay, maybe the Arm Blades (6N 10M)
>>35932940>Echolocation>Arm bladesI think he would like these, but can we get his opinion first? Better we give him augs that match his style.
>>35932940Say could we graft Memetic skin over his augs, hypothetically speaking?
>>35932966This.Let's not become a soccer mom who lives her dreams through her children.
>>35932940Arm blades. Otherwise ask for his opinion.
>>35932979>>35932982Good idea, we can show him previews of them in his dreams.
>>35932940Leaper/Lifter (20N 20M)Skin graft (4N)Arm blades (6N 10M)Total cost: 30N 30MProcedure time: 4 daysThe pod begins to go to work on growing the augmentations and grafting the new limbs in place.You suspect the augmentations will serve him well, although you still wonder how to deal with his ship.>Re-equip the Slip drive>Equip a disguised Blink drive>Jerry rig a Warp drive>Other
Ask his opinion
>>35933041>Jerry rig a Warp drive
>>35933041>>OtherSTOP. STOP. STOP.DON'T DO ANYTHING WITH THE DRIVE UNTIL WE CAN GUARANTEE COIL WON'T BRING THE CRYSTALS TO OUR DOORSTEP.
>>35933041Dude. Why not aak him first?
>>35933041I'd rather ask his opinion. Though we REALLY need to finish dealing with Coil first.
>>35933056This Anon knows what's up. Those crystals are nothing but supremely bad news.
>>35933056>>35933072Just isolate Coil. Install a warp drive. Lyle, the 2 taidarans and perhaps some sort of drone force can operate the ship.
Just a naive questions:are we humans the bad guys?
>>35933062>>35933072Well, his limbs were already artificial, all we've done at the moment is given him upgrades. Internal augs like the eyes or ears would be a somewhat different case, on the other hand.But yeah I vote to not do shit until Coil is securely on our side.
>>35933109Also, if we need to bargain with him, offer him ship upgrades as payments for jobs completed and free medical procedures if he ever needs it. Also try and make him dependent on us via augments, medical procedures, ship upgrades and anything else we can think of.
>>35933109The slip drive is superior to the warp drive in nearly every respect, I'd like to at least hold off on making the call until we're able to inception Coil.
>>35933128Its better if he can still be independent but we have bugs on his ship (ie spying on him). Allows longer missions and still soaks up useful info.Avoid becoming like the human protocol will be a good thing for us.
>>35933120Naw man, the government is the bad guy. Individual humans like Lee and Elizabeth are alright.
>>35933120??? We're not humans, but the human governments are definitely bad guys based on the first contact protocols. Steiner (the scientist) might be one too. And whoever sent Lyle is after a specimen of us.>>35933138but we can't trust Coil and the slip drive. I definitly don't want to give our our blink drive, so that leaves the warp drive.Just a thought: we could have a cloaked vessel on standby to bail Lyle out if he is in any danger.>>35933153Yes, I agree, by dependent on us I don't mean physically but rather resources, i.e. that we are his first port of call for anything he needs rather than other factions
>>35933041With coil still in his own pod undergoing a detailed analysis, you contemplate the various details of the drives.>Slip driveUses unknown alien technology to shift the ship into and out of an alternate space. Coil can pilot it with ease, describing it as an art. Is known to be incredibly fast and very difficult to detect, but is based on unknown principles.>Blink driveThe internal mechanisms can be made small enough to fit within the depths of the Angel's hull, with the Tachyon condensers disguised within the ship's main thruster casing. The blink itself releases substantial radiation, but the ship can blink in at great distances to avoid detection.>Warp driveSlow by comparison, and energy intensive. You could take some of the canderon from the Clarke and use it to create a warp ring for the Angel. The angel does not have the power output needed to maintain high speeds for long periods, and it would be limited to a cruising speed of 5 light years per day.>>35933062>>35933072It's ok, you can read his mind. He's cool with it, even if he doesn't know it yet.
>>35933191>Blink driveI'd rather we limit any and all possible contact with the Crystals as much as possible. And don't forget to add a remote self-destruct.
>>35933185Why can't we be emotionally invested into him.as a queen we saw into his mind and saw him withh every flaw and perfection he is.Sure, we are augmenting him. But, is it possible to go further and see what happens?And don't come at me with magical realm here.lyle is perhaps someone we know and like the most from all humans.
>>35933212Maybe later, once he's proven himself, but now? No, that would be stupid on our part.>>35933191What about his crew? Could we send some drones or perhaps clones/hybrids on his crew to assist him? If so then I'm OK with giving him a blink drive. Otherwise not so much.
>>35933244I am not objecting.carry on good sir or madame.
>>35933191>>35933210I'm with this Anon. As powerful as Slip Drive is, using it with what we know about the crystals is a super bad idea.
>>35933244There is enough room within his ship to fit an advanced relay (although you would need to either have it sitting in the middle of the bridge like a giant Flood growth, or fill one of the unused crew cabins with it), and of course you could always send a drone with a thinker with him, or simply send normal drones with him and use the relay.Either way, his parasite also has a quantum thinker, and so could be ordered to serve as a navigator on his behalf.That's all up to you guys.
>>35933283I like the idea of human clones and hybrids on his crew. They would fit in on missions to human worlds and wouldn't easily expose us. The blink drive should also be safer with some of our troops on board.Do the clones and hybrids need an advanced relay?
>>35933283>Advanced Relay in one of the Crew cabins>Have a couple of the Shocktroops (no drama pls) we have left to guard itAny other drones we send with him should have acid glands.
>>35933316Both kinds of clones have the same level of independent capabilities as a normal human, but the hybrid is psionically sensitive and receives commands as an obsessive compulsion. If they are outside of your range the obsessive compulsion will remain until it is fulfilled just like a thinker, but they will be able to use their full individual creativity to accomplish it. Once the job is done, they feel an overwhelming need to return to the hive, even if they lack any memories of the hive itself.Normal clones are biologically just normal humans.
>>35933319I like this idea, I think Lyle would appreciate having a few murderbugs at his disposal. Why don't we throw in a few flies or mini-sniffers to recon the both of us.
>>35933316Also if we create clones can we alter their appearance and genes from the humans we have already captured so that they are not recognized by the Union? So they won't technically be clones but yeah you know what I mean.>>35933355Ok, that's good to know, sounds better and better. So now I definitely want some clones and hybrids on his crew.>>35933356Yes, they might be useful. Agreed.
>>35933355So the general consensus is>Add advanced relay to Hel's Angel>Equip Blink drive>Rig all hive components to self destructThere is also some suport for initiating a cloneing project>Start Hybrid project (who)>Start replicant project (who)>Not now>OtherHuman cloning project requires 10 days with a cost of 60N per day to complete.
>>35933382I wonder how Lyle would react to hybrid clones of the Mercs he picked up on Mars and we tore to pieces? Maybe we should start making them, but leave the option of whether or not to assign them to the Angel up to Lyle. In either case I really would rather not risk the Union getting a hold of them. If they realized we were actually capable of making human replicants, or 'time-traveling space jews', we would have a fleet bearing down on our world inside a week. Not to mention /pol/ would explode, but that's pretty much a given.
>>35933401Would fully grown clones be put in hibernation until they are ready to be used?Otherwise>not nowI don't even know who we're supposed to clone. Certainly not the Union prisoners because they might be ID'd if they set foot on Union worlds
>>35933401How long would it take to install a slip or blink drive? If it isn't long I would prefer to hold off until we can interrogate Coil properly. The slip drive really is ideal but a huge risk before we have all the facts.
>>35933449You could have a Blink drive grown and installed in about a day. You could install the void shards back into the ship within a few hours.>>35933440You could leave them dormant within their pod until you need them, keeping them in a state of suspended animation.
>>35933471Alright in that case, definitely hold off on installing any drives.Also>Start Hybrid project (who)If we still have DNA samples of those Martian Mercs we slaughtered.
>>35933401Well I'm all about hybrids.And what>>35933488wrote, we should have some genestock lying around.
>>35933488Supporting this. Also did everyone fall asleep already?
>>35933511Kinda looking like it huh? Buncha lightweights.This is why we need a wiki or something, there is only so much time to bitch and moan over things like drone design, and most of us are sleep deprived for most of it.
>>35933471>Start hybrid project: Lyle's merc crew (Archived DNA sample, Very Hard)The original crew consisted of a number of hired guns, and three weapon specialists. You quickly find the archived gene samples of the specialists.The heavy weapons specialist you're warriors devoured, the technician your wasps severed in half and carried away into the jungle, and the sniper your captured wasp decapitated in the cockpit of the Angel.180NPlease roll 3 sets of 3d100, best of 3.
>>35933426That's we send both clones and hybrids. If there is any danger of the hybrids being discovered then they can stay behind on the the Hel's Angel and the clones would assist out in the field.>>35933401>>35933488>>35933498Can we combine genetic material from the different humans that we have, so that they aren't exact clones and would be harder to recognise by the Union.
Rolled 32, 33, 42 = 107 (3d100)>>35933570
Rolled 55, 86, 72 = 213 (3d100)>>35933570
Rolled 93, 61, 15 = 169 (3d100)>>35933570
Rolled 15, 9, 36 = 60 (3d100)>>35933570
Rolled 4, 33, 23 = 60 (3d100)>>35933570do thing for queen
>>35933596>>35933598>>35933601>93,86,72Well then I hope this is a case of 2 outta 3 ain't bad.
>>35933511>>35933542I'm dead tired, but I'm gonna keep going until the end.Hive Queen Quest a best.
>>35933584Well since they are hybrids they are not genetically human, but if you mean appearance wise, you can always perform facial reconstruction surgery to change their appearance.
>>35933596>>35933598>>3593360193, 86, 72Not too shabby.
>>35933616I actually meant the clones. Technically makes it not cloning, more like rapidly engineered sexual reproduction. So we basically design the clone based on existing human genetic material we have, but it is still a fully normal human rather than a hybrid.
>>35933570You designate three pods to commence their work, and recall the genetic material sampled from the mercenaries of Lyle's original crew.>Next day>>35933615No, you a best.>>35933646Makes sense. It would be a tad bit more complex than cloning, but I'll add that to the research list.
>>35933663>Next dayAwesome, it's the next day.
>>35933663So how did caving a specialized laboratory under that mountain end up going?
>>35933663Thanks. You're a best, too, QuestDrone.
>>35933663>Current armory269 Thorn Launchers20 Thorn Cannons123 Sting Casters30 Cyclotrons15 Rotary Stingers3 Fire Sprays5 Plasma Spray>Current resource reservesNutrients: 77651Metals: 47675>Hive population and upkeep cost Hive maintenance – 325Queen – 5Fake Queen – 22Worker (2000) – 4000Aquatic Worker (40) – 160Radiator Worker (100) – 400Warrior (209) – 1045Aquatic Warrior (20) – 140Thinker (400) – 1200Quantum Thinker (150) – 750Speaker – (3) – 12Digger (80) – 320Refinery (10) – 70Sniffer (2) – 8Small Sniffer (200) – 200Fly (50) – 200Wasp (100) – 500Antenna (3) – 9Haz-mat Workers (20) – 80Shock Troops (40) – 520Parasite (30) – 120Bio-tank (10) – 250Excavator (41) – 799Colossus (20) – 300Advanced Relay (16) – 1600Space Pod (13) – 390Shuttle (10) – 250Scout Corvette – (6) 1350Lancer Corvette – (2) 450Stealth Frigate – (4) 1952Clone project – (3) 180Nutrient costs: 12852>IncomeMetals: 14750Nutrients: 40050Net: 27198Hive Structure>Reservoir>General storage>Food storage>Advanced Laboratory>Infrastructure>Hangar facilities: Room for 40 Aero Drones and 20 Shuttles (25N)>Mine: 36 Excavators, 60 Diggers, +10500 M per day (+25 M per digger)>Asteroid mining base: 5 Excavators, 20 Diggers, +2250M per day (+50 M per digger)>Algae Farm: +40000 N per day, 400 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)>Secondary hive>Automated Raligha colonyConstruction underway600 Farms
>>35933401>>Start replicant project (who)It's simple.One replicant of Coil, one hybrid of Huey and Dewey, and two replicants of them.Clone Lyle too, but mostly as a means of backup of his memories. can we copy those via the parasite if he's not at home in the hive?
>>35933712New 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
>>35933724Brace for research unlocked.
>>35933712So what news does the new day bring from the Union? What is the response to yesterday's announcement?
>>35933750Here's to White Crystal and Atomics.
>>35933732I'm braced bro, hit me!
>Nutrients: 77651>Metals: 47675These should be higher, right?
>>35933814Oh yeah, they should.
>>35933814I think my brain short circuited there. I'm not even sure where I got those numbers. The resources I have listed in the spreadsheet is>99836N>62395MFinishing up research unlocks now.
>>35933724>>35933724Research finished>Space dustWhile it was too minute to analyze in the field, this space dust contains trace amounts of nutrient contents. Testing should reveal if it is a form of life, or simply some strange natural phenomena, as well as how to make use of it.>Ceph biologyYour study of Coil's biology is going surprisingly well, and after several quick scans you are able to make several interesting observations. Despite the large head of the Ceph, there is actually no real brain, instead the Ceph possesses a distributed nervous system made of small clusters of nerves within most of the major organs. What's more is that each cluster is itself sentient to some small degree, and is aware of itself and the other clusters. The head contains three such clusters, one controlling the skin pigmentation, the other internal buoyancy organs and water jets, and the last possessing the greatest amount of higher reasoning. The third cluster is attached directly to a series of porous plugs that seem to be used to interface with the shell, which is the next focus of your research efforts.>Drop SuitThis set of powered armor contains a wide range of weapons and equipment. Your thinkers are giddy with excitement as they review their findings. The suit itself uses a powerful set of artificial muscles to lift its great weight, imparting enhanced strength and durability. By mimicking the suit's strength enhancements you can now equip Heavy Armor carapace to normal sized drones, granting them extraordinary durability at the cost of speed and maneuverability.[New Research Options]>MissilesSlowThese powerful guided warheads can be loaded with a variety of damage dealing systems.>Ultrasonic SledgehammerSlowDesigned to be used to breach doorways and walls, this fist-mounted device uses a burst of ultrasound to annihilate a physical object. While it is intended for use in demolition, it is frighteningly effective against live foes as well.
>>35933904>Testing should reveal if it is a form of life, or simply some strange natural phenomena, as well as how to make use of it.And....?
>>35933904>Space dustThis strange space borne microorganism seems to have infected what was once a rich debris field. Its unique chemical composition allows it to feed on various kinds of metals and produce a usable semi-organic material. It can be used to process metals to nutrients at a rate of 2M to 1N.>>35933924Sorry about that.
>>35933936>It can be used to process metals to nutrients at a rate of 2M to 1NEh, not exactly what we were looking for. Oh well.
>>35933936Well, that could come in handy on particularly hostile worlds, could we somehow engineer a strain to do the reverse?
>>35933936Well, it did say 'trace amounts'.
>>35933936So is that all the concluded research, because I don't know how much longer I can keep myself awake.
>>35933936If we take the genes required for this and put them in our soldiers, stranded or isolated drones could have opportunity to remain active for much longer at less of a risk in certain environments and situations. It could be very useful.
>>35933981That seems so niche it's really unlikely to ever matter.
>>35933989Boarding actions:Have to pull out, but still have drones aboard. Now they could hunt and eat the crew, but if they are weakened or if they need to lay low until another time e.g. ship is isolated/alone, then eating the metal decking in far off sections of the ship would allow them to remain undercover for much longer.Just one example.
>>35933953Actually that's very useful. It means that some ships or colonies could be cut off, isolated or hidden entirely in for example an asteroid belt or other mineral rich environment and still function without outside support.
>>35934006Our ships can teleport lightyears away and are invisible. And this assumes they can't just bring their own damn rations. Still niche.
>>35933904Your space pods watch in silence as the daily life of various worlds of various races unfold under your watchful eyes. The Skyl ship has finished the strange logistics frigate, and it in turn begins to retrofit the rest of the fleet while the drive ship continues to construct new corvettes.Far away in the human systems the news from Gemini is starting to reach the distant colonies. You see reruns of the speech being played through Koenig, and you take note of several small riots and protests forming within the local station.>>35933978Yes, that is all the research of today. If you guys want we can use the rest of the thread to get designs/unit production out of the way.>>35933954Nanomachines
>>35934011Honestly I was expecting some sort of of spaceborne miracle food that only needs sunlight and is not constrained by things like gravity or electromagnetic fields.
>>35934014You have no imagination.
While it is niche due to the inefficiency, I wanted to make sure to include it because having too much of the only resource you don't need is one of the worst problems to have.
>>35934025We still need to finally start experimenting on the human test subjects with those drugs and pheromones.
>>35934041I know QD, and I understand that sometimes you have to balance things to keep us from being too OP.It still won't stop our manifest destiny of ruling the stars though
>>35934025One little suggestion:Utility pods.Essentially a soup of cells in a cocoon like structure the size of a small package, that can be triggered to turn into any variety of tools once. E.g. a computer interface, carried by a few of the warrior drones, for some extra long range utility.Not much use right now, but if we end up running black ops or deep space missions with limited resupply, it could act as a lifeline away from the egg layers. Even having a variation mode were it reproduces into two copy's would up versatility. Uses the nutrients of the activator to replicate or produce, but has enough nutrients on its own to form into the utility package.
>>35934025How about we finally set up a Valen bank account for our credits?
When can we start expanding to other systems?Let's colonise all the surrounding star systems with no human presence. Start massive mining operations for our soon to be built fleet and prepare for the possible human invasion.
>>35934065That seems kind of ridiculous. "it turns into ANYTHING!"That's like, the full power of a queen's eggsac being able to produce anything.
Can we send an exploration vessel west and south, to see what's beyond the map's border.
>>35934088Since it does not need a full independent organisms genome in it, being primarily parasitic for most metabolism, it could hold several designs.E.g. one weapon, one interface, one medicaid.It does not have to be able to turn into everything to be useful.
>>35934065What >>35934088 said. Also we have fake queens for that already, right?
Okay, so we can find out where Ceph space is if we first go to Valen space and use one of their gates leading to it.I wonder if trying to slip a pod through a gate alongside another ship would break stealth.We just need the coordinates of the systems with those gates, now.
>>35934114For use were a layer is not possible. its primary role is to cut down on resupply logistics.
>>35934131So basically the fake queen egg sacc without the fake queen?
>>35934131Resupply logistics appear to be abstracted away in this game. We really don't need more micromanaging. Literally, it's not needed because game abstractions don't get that granular.
>>35934025>Scout new system (where, sending what ship(s))>Use FTLcomm to Valen banking world>Lay new drones/ships>Design new drones/ships>Other
>>35934169>>Use FTLcomm to Valen banking worldSpace Switzerland, hello
>>35934169>Use FTLcomm to Valen banking world
>>35934169>Use FTLcomm to Valen banking world>Lay 5 Space Pods
>>35934194Yeah pods too.
>>35934169>Use FTLcomm to Valen banking worldWe really, really need to start talking to the Valen. For all we know they could be much more powerful that the humans we are investing so much effort on gathering intelligence on.
>>35934149No? a small pod that you stick on a few drones and keep a small supply of to pass round. When needed, they turn a portion into the tools needed and keep a small stock to resupply from. Unlike the eggsack its not able to gain new designs, that would have to be a new varient.>>35934159It is literally a way to have a drone use a tool without having to send specific variant drones every single time. Cuts down on the micromanaging directly.Want to know how much micromanaging it takes? choosing the initial designed and then distributing it the first time, after that the DM can just hand wave any specialist tool use (as predefined) as one of these.
>>35934169>Scout new system (where, sending what ship(s))One scout off the edge of the map west, and one scout off the edge of the map south.>Use FTLcomm to Valen banking worldThis too.
>>35934169>>Lay new drones/shipsSmall SpeakerOlfactory: Basic 0Acoustic: Basic 0Psionic: Basic 0Mandibles: Vocalizer 2Blade: Combat 1Arms: Dex 1Legs: Endurance 1Wings: Advanced 4Utility: Acid Glands 1Carapace: Mimetic skin 2Carapace: Adaptive camouflage 8Size: SmallTotal Cost: 5NThis design is intended to serve as the voice of the hive in covert missions in regions of the galaxy we need to keep a low profile. Which is to say, just about everywhere.
>>35934203There is no need for a scout to be sent spinward, because we already have an ancient star chart of what's on the other side of the nebula.We just haven't bothered visiting yet.
>>35934169>>Use FTLcomm to Valen banking worldAdding this to >>35934211
>>35934169>>Use FTLcomm to Valen banking world>>OtherTrick Lyle into using his voice-specific password on his computer?There might be a chart of Commonwealth space in there, who knows.
>>35934239>TrickNot just ask?
>>35934239>>35934254Isn't he still being augmented? 4 days and all?
>>35934254Making him have a mundane dream about using his computer is guaranteed. The other has a small chance of not working.
>>35934169"Hello. This is the Queen. I'd like to open a SPACEBAUCKS account. 40% interest."
>>35934270The biotank he's in can visit the Hel's Angel and he can stick his head out of water long enough to say a few words between surgeries?
>>35934223That chart showed a much larger portion of the galaxy without the local details. I'd like to map out the surrounding areas around us, look for resources, etc. Might also be useful to have areas where the humans and the Unity haven't been yet. We can trade new info to Unity, and perhaps build a fleet away from human space.
>>35934299It specifically gave the coordinates of the stars the crystal hives colonized.
>>35933936Well now all we need is some Tiberium-esque organism and we can turn everything into minerals and minerals into nutrients. Its all coming together perfectly...
>>35934270Yes, and we can communicate/brain rape him through the parasite.
>>35934331You mean Phazon/Imulsion/Tiberium.
>>35934365That works too
Ok, I'm going to pass out now, just to remind you all, we have 400 thinkers and 150 quantum thinkers, so it pays us to research as many things as possible. Good night anons.
>>35934330Is it this one? Where exactly are we on this map?
>>35934331>>35934365>>35934376See the spoiler here >>35934025, son.
>>35934169A drone moves to the small quantum communicator within the Hel's Angel and carefully types out the commands with its claws. You make the connection and in a moment what you assume to be an automated process responds.>Welcome: DONOVAN FORESTERPlease enter your confirmation code [HERE]You quickly rifle through Lyle's mind and pluck the code as his surgery is underway. The screen flickers and the device hums with activity.DONOVAN FORESTER private account: 579,622 ₡ESCROW: 2,326,688 ₡ ::ASSETS FROZEN::SAFE DEPOSIT BOX: Your deposit box rental set to automatic withdrawal>Schedule personal deposit>Make digital transaction>Account management>SIGN UP FOR OUR LINE OF CREDIT IN CELEBRATION OF YOUR SIXTH YEAR OF PATRONAGE
>>35934396That's a fucking reference pic it has no bearing on what's actually on the damn chart.Did you think the temple had actual drawing of xenomorphs on it too?The star chart was never described as showing the entire galaxy. The text written by the QM is canon, the images are just flavor.
> ::ASSETS FROZEN::How. Why?
>>35934447They think he's dead.
>>35934423>Account managementTime to try and unfreeze the account
>>35934436>It specifically gave the coordinates of the stars the crystal hives colonized.So then where are these coordinates?
>>35934396>>35038790 >"It's... not a map at all, really. It's more like a chronicle.">>35484928>The chart itself is a chronicle. An overview of the history of a great stellar empire dating back for thousands of years.>At the end of the tablet is a series of instructions on accessing the ship's systems, as well as a series of coordinates that seem to be nearby, just on the far side of the neighboring nebula.
Anons, I'm drunk and I'm sleepy. Please try not to destroy the entire hive, ok?QD, thank you in advance for running, Hive Queen Quest makes Mondays a little bit more bearable.
>>35934468Why don't you actually read the quest? >>35934482
>>35934482Ok, but that doesn't help me. The whole point of exploring the surrounding area is to look for1) resources and2) areas outside human and unity control.
>>35934423>Account managementGet theseus to help Maybe away in the valen systems
>>35934423Just like I thought. Accounts are identified by FTLComm.We need a way to get our own FTLComm to the bank. Probably.
>>35934423Your drone taps the small arrow key twice and hits enter. The device churns for a short while as it sends and receives data.DONOVAN FORESTER ACCOUNT MANAGEMENTWelcome back to Deep Song bank and trust. Due to a freeze request initiated by [GET OFF YOUR SICK ASS AND GET ME MY ROACHES] your escrow account has been frozen. Please contact the aggrieved party through your own means, or via relay link [HERE]. If this is a mistake, please contact our help desk support line at relay link [HERE] between the hours of 0200 and 0800 on any applicable business day, observing all Valen holidays. [NOTICE: ALL HELP LINES CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF THE MONTH OF THE SANGUINE TIDE]>Language settings>Transfer to native Valen currency: exchange rate 6 ₡ - 5 ₪>Contact [GET OFF YOUR SICK ASS AND GET ME MY ROACHES]>Back
>>35934503>Dat fucking pic.I too know the feel of being drunk sleepy, and hopeful that /tg/ doesn't wreck the hive as I slumber through my Tuesday morn. If I can fall asleep. That pic will not make it easy.
>>35934600Ha. Figured.I really want to see if we can learn some Valen language by fussing with Language Settings, but...>BackGo to digital transactions.Buy us a new FTLComm / bank account I guess?
>>35934600>BackThis is going to be something he needs to sort out.Or one of his first missions could be to track this chuckle fuck down.
>>35934600>>Language settings>[GET OFF YOUR SICK ASS AND GET ME MY ROACHES]>ALL HELP LINES CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF THE MONTH OF THE SANGUINE TIDEMein sides
>>35934503And thanks for playing!>pic relatedI know that feeling.
>>35934600Have the AI help screw them over
>>35934600Your worker sits confused at the screen, hunched awkwardly over a chair intended for a human until you decide to try something else. Your drone clicks through to the digital transactions page.WELCOME: DONOVAN FORESTERRecently purchased items:>5.56x45 military surplus ammunition>7.62x39mm military surplus ammunition>military surplus Premium fragmentation grenades>military surplus Premium plasma grenades>Oldies of Earth: Volume 6People who made similar purchases to you also purchased>Premium depleted uranium>military surplus personal defense armor>BattletoadsDON'T MISS ON THESE AMAZING DEALS>Military surplus>Communication services and equipment>Contract and freelance workers>Space craft and engineering>Misc>Schedule wire transfer
>>35934822>>Communication services and equipmentNow we're in business!Although we might need that depleted uranium later
>>35934822>Premium depleted uraniumDoes that mean its unleaded?!
Just finished class.To the anon asking about the lewdfic, I have it done but it's on my laptop which I won't get again till later today. If the thread isn't still up I'll sent it to QuestDrone through twitter.I would have posted it before but I missed the start of this and last thread.
>>35934822>BattletoadsMy siiiides>Contract and freelance workersWe should mix up our hybrid/clone crew with authentic humans, maybe?
>>35934822>>Communication services and equipmentWait how did we not find plasma grenades and frag grenades in Lyle's combat suit or something?We never did research anyone's grenades. If that's a thing.
>>35934894Oh, right, thanks for reminding me. I had completely forgotten about the grenade + launcher research unlocked from the drop suit.
>>35934858Bless you anon, you doing God's work.
>>35934858You have like an 8am Monday class? Fuck.
>>35934922>grenade + launcher researchI am honestly considering pulling an all nighter right now just to see this get voted on. How much longer you plan on running QD?
>>35934822>Communication services and equipment>Space craft and engineering>>35934948Yea, every M Tu Thr. It's a high level CHM class too. Chemical Kinetics.Its rough.
>>35934822>Communication services and equipment>Contract and freelance workers>Space craft and engineering
>>35934822>>Communication services and equipment>>Space craft and engineeringMore things to reverse engineer, c'mon shields....
>>35934822Your drone taps the keyboard several times.COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES>Quantum relay rental: Our premium Quantum Communications network access offers relay connections to all of the most lively regions of space! Supply is limited, reserve yours today!>Purchase Quantum Comm box set: Own your very own Quantum Comm set! Comes with TWO pre-linked PREMIUM C-Grade Quantum Communicators>Replace/repair Quantum Comm box set: Proof of purchase necessary.>Access Relay network [PURCHASE MONTHLY PLAN NOW!]>Back
>>35935089>>Access Relay networkhahahaHAHAHAHAHA
>>35935089>>Purchase Quantum Comm box set: Own your very own Quantum Comm set! Comes with TWO pre-linked PREMIUM C-Grade Quantum CommunicatorsOh sure, don't list the price till we click it. I see how it is.Man I thought for sure they'd sell an FTLComm with one end already at the bank.
>>35935089Look, I just want to browse, so can we look at but not spend any money on>>Access Relay network [PURCHASE MONTHLY PLAN NOW!]
>>35935193You can't look at it, you have to purchase the first listed thing:>Quantum relay rentalIt's just that when you actually want to use your purchase, you use that "Access Relay" option.
>>35935089>>Purchase Quantum Comm box set: Own your very own Quantum Comm set! Comes with TWO pre-linked PREMIUM C-Grade Quantum CommunicatorsAt least look at the price.Then check out what was under>MiscBack there. Maybe Misc includes setting up new pseudonymous bank accounts?
>>35935089You think Theseus has access to all this? If we're running for parliament with him we might as well let him know what we're looking at.
>>35935243Of course he already has access to it? He has tons of his own false bank accounts.
>>35935089Gotta question: How hard would it be to give him some roaches to examine? Only these roaches would be designed to give hilariously inaccurate conclusions about our biology.
>>35935271I like this, but not sure if it's a good idea.
>>35935271If by 'hilariously inaccurate' you mean 'explode at the slightest touch' then sure.
>>35935089Your drone looks through the options, looking up the prices available for the listed items.>Purchase Quantum Comm set: 2,000 ₡>Access Relay network NOW ONLY 199.99 ₡ PER MONTHYou look over the other options. It appears Lyle has already purchased the rental plan, which you are currently using. Your drone moves back and investigates the alluring "misc" option.MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS AND SERVICES>Place items for sale>Place public buy request>Post public contract listing>Back
>>35935297I was more thinking deliberately leading them down a blind alley with regards to our capabilities, probably to one of the less disturbing theories about us in the scientific community.
>>35935336>>BackSpacecraft!Probably shields are there.
>>35935336>Space craft and engineering
>>35935336You click through the menus againSPACECRAFT AND ENGINEERING>File insurance claim>Search new and used spacecraft>Search new and used ship components>Find mechanic near you>Back
>>35935459>>Search new and used ship componentsShielding?
>>35935459>Search new and used ship components
Huh, no section for commercial-grade holo-projectors apparently.
The funny thing is we could easily re-engineer the cloaking field into shields.
>>35935505Probably a consumer good and this store focuses on industry and military.>>35935459>Search new and used ship components
>>35935459Your drone clicks at the keyboard.>Canderon 50,000₡ per Kilo>Tempest matter-energy shielding: 250,000₡>Premium Used fusion reactors: starting at 300,000₡>Power tap: 880,000₡>Back
>>Broken Crystal>Very slow>This black crystal seems to be suspended in time, as if it was a still image of shattering glass. It gives off no signals or emissions of any kind, not even reflections. It has no measurable weight or mass, and does not react to your efforts to contain it within your vaults. Until you can examine it with more scrutiny it has been sealed away deep underground.>does not react to your efforts to contain it within your vaults.>it has been sealed away deep underground.If it can't be contained how is it sealed away? Is it passing through walls or something? We managed to pick it up and take it home somehow.What makes it hard to contain? I was under the impression it was like a crystal-shaped force field that completely absorbs all light.
>>35935739>>Tempest matter-energy shielding: 250,000₡Lyle won't miss this. Right?Especially if you don't let him see the transaction in his history?
>>35935740>does not react to your efforts to contain itDo you even read?>>35935770We have our own money remember?
>>35935740It's a comparison to the normal crystal. While the void shards seem to shift and move in the corner of the eye, the broken crystal is entirely inert.
>>35935791We don't have 250k.
>>35935791>>35935816Oh, right. oops.
>>35935791It's Lyle's account, so you can only spend his money here.
>>35935739Regardless of the decision on shields, we should totally buy that Quantum Comm.Even if just to reverse engineer it out of curiosity. Maybe we can even get it replaced under warranty after research.
Just a reminder that his boss will probably see his history since he has the ability to freeze his account. If he sees us buy something he might even give us a call.
>>35935739You recall the options several pages prior. Perhaps you could find a way to deposit the credits found within the Clarke? You would need to deposit it in person, if the site is accurate, but if your clones manage to finish in one piece that may not be a problem.You also wonder how purchasing these items would work, exactly?>Purchase Quantum comm set>Contact [GET OFF YOUR SICK ASS AND GET ME MY ROACHES]>Close the terminal for now>Other
>>35935931We need to avoid that since it will attract attention to our planet.>>35935962>Close the terminal for now
>>35935962>>Purchase Quantum comm setYeah, can they just deliver it to a dark space coordinate a lightyear coreward of Sol or something?
>>35935987You want to set us up for an ambush?
>>35935931The Broker only had authority over the Escrow account. That's a really specific thing, it doesn't mean privacy is compromised.
>>35935739How much canderon do we have again? Might be able to liquidate it.
>>35935931https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escrow>>35936020We would be the ones ambushing here. We'd be cloaked and waiting for someone to just warp in and drop it off and then leave, then we take it.
>>35936020>>35936046I doubt very much they would agree to deliver to such a location for these very reasons. Looks like a setup.
>>35936046Alright, sorry.>>35935962>Purchase Quantum comm set
>>35936045I think I know a way to produce Canderon but if we sell it we won't be able to attempt it.
>>35936062This bank has a no questions asked policy. It doesn't even know Lyle's real name.Unity also somehow gets goods delivered without revealing who they are, somehow, to the space delivery boy.The black market probably does have someone crazy enough to deliver to darkspace.
>>35935962>Close the terminal for now
>>35936089>inb4 we encounter space hasaan
>>35935962>>Purchase Quantum comm setI guess we can ask Lyle or the clones to get the other end of the comm to Deep Song as a new account?
>>35935962Your drone shifts through the menus to purchase the quantum comm set.THANK YOU FOR YOUR PURCHASE. PLEASE SELECT METHOD OF DELIVERY.>Hold for pickup>Billing address [981 Callaway, Ring 4, Long Island]>New Union address>New Valen address>Drop Shipment [NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGED OR STOLEN PROPERTY. SHIPPING INSURANCE IS UNAVAILABLE.]>Empty shopping cart
>>35936079Here's a good plausibility check for your method: is it something the Union could have easily attempted already? If the answer is yes (it is almost certainly yes), then the question becomes why it appears as though they do not have a practical canderon generation system in place.
>>35936177>>Drop Shipment [NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGED OR STOLEN PROPERTY. SHIPPING INSURANCE IS UNAVAILABLE.]There it is.
>>35936190It requires tachyons to attempt.
>>35936207Why don't you just say what it is so it can be added to to research queue if it's viable?
>>35936207Out with it
>>35936177>Drop ShipmentI think we need to dive into Lyle's memories to find how he created his bank account. Did they require him to be there in person, or...?
>>35936308>>35936315Time loop anons
>>35936333QM has nixed all weird time shit already.While tachyons break relativity entirely, time travel or seeing the future still isn't possible.
>>35936367I'm talking about physical time loops but if he wanted to eliminate the problems of true time travel he could just include Novikov self-consistency principle.
So guys, anybody up for trying to develop those wiretapping bugs i wanted to create a long time ago? Basically equipping some tiny drones with mandibles that read electric signals so they can bite into electric cables to read its content, maybe even change it. And of course equipping them with all the standard stealth equipment.
>>35936177DROP SHIPMENTPlease enter the coordinates you wish to have your package sent. An automated shuttle will be dispatched from the nearest applicable gate and will arrive within 3-5 business days.Your drone looks through the various options. There is a small symbol next to the expanse with the words "DISTRIBUTION COMING SOON!"You note that the closest distribution center appears to be in the Virgo system, with a coverage of six light year radius around the system.>Send it to deep space and attempt to find it>Send it to Zero-Three>Send it to Zero-Two>Other
>>35936480>OtherHow about just one or two lightdays out from Virgo itself?We send in a Pod ahead of time to watch for ships that head out that far.
>>35936480>Send it to deep space and attempt to find itor >>35936529
>>35936480How did Lyle set up his account and tie it to his FTLcomm string here then.
>>35936480You quickly designate a location in deep space just several light years from the system and submit. WE ARE PROCESSING YOUR ORDER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PURCHASE! YOU WILL BE CONTACTED WHEN THE SHUTTLE HAS BEEN LAUNCHED.Now you suppose you just need to wait 3 to 5 business days. You have one of your corvettes at the ready to move out to retrieve it.I think if we keep going we're going to die, so I think that's it for this week. If anyone has any drone/ship design or production now would be the time.
>>35936682Ah yeah.We do need to expand the fleet to keep up with the Skyl.Also building more docking pylons on the opposite side of the planet from the hive would probably be good, so we can eliminate the local one's heat signature and increase production capacity.How about 4 of this much more balanced, and much better at point defense, Corvette???? CorvetteHull: Corvette 400N 800MStealth field 50N 150MRapid damage control 15N 20MSpinal: Linear particle beam 100MFixed: Railgun 40MTurret: Cyclotron particle beam 50MAux: Auto Cannon (explosive ammo) 80MArmor: BasicCost: 1240M 965NUpkeep: 232NSize: 100 Meters
>>35936716>need to expand fleetShould've nipped it in the bud. Then we wouldn't have needed to do this at all.Now we have third major power to deal with, and it's only going to grow bigger.I don't really understand why people let them free, now we can't control it.Seconding the corvettes.Also do we have costs for bigger ships?
>>35936682Can't we use quantum entanglement to destroy energy?
>>35936682You said the Skyl drive ship was about the size of a Battlecruiser?What are the stats for Battlecruisers, you haven't posted that yet I think. They're the smallest capital ship?
>>35936716>965The cost should be 465N there. But yeah.
>>35936682We could use more pods, as well as more corvettes.5 pods?
>>35936682Do Corvettes and Frigates have different production times?And only four can be constructed at once per Docking Pylon, right?
>>35936754At the moment it's 8 hive Corvettes + 4 Frigates vs. 15 very fat and clumsy "corvettes", 3 comparable ones, and a battlecruiser we want to capture alive.So it's not completely clearcut who comes out on top here right now.
>>35936682Let's finally dump "shock troopers" as a class of drone and replace them with "kamikaze warriors". They keep the quantum brain and exploding glands, but rip out all the senses.They're like half the cost of the drones. And nearby other, smaller drones can provide the same awareness bonus.
>>35936906We could've disabled it without destroying it with our superior numbers back then. Now instead of it being one sided, it's uncertain who comes out on top.And their fleet is still growing.What am I getting at here, is that it needs to be dealt with ASAP, while we still have superior production capabilities and ships.
>>35936970We didn't have the Frigates at the time, so it would have been 8 corvettes versus 15 clumsy corvettes plus the battlecruiser. I think the odds actually improved.
>>35936716Looking at the numbers, the number of Docking Pylons does seem to now be the bottleneck to fleet growth rather than nutrient income.
>>35937002Wait it had corvettes back then? Could've sworn it was just a battlecruiser. Nevermind me then.
>>35937040Well then let's do what that anon wrote, make more docking pylons on the other side of the globe. Unless it'd somehow stunt the production, then might 'swell just make them close to the hive.
is QD kill?>>35937061Since if we filled all the current net nutrient income with corvettes, we could support about 100 corvettes if we wanted to.And assuming it's 7 days until the next round of farms raises that cap further.We could probably make 12 a day continuously, so we want 3 new docking pylons if we're eventually removing the current one.
>>35937157Wonder how far into the asteroid we are.
>>35936682Proposed actions:>Build 4 Fleet CorvettesFleet CorvetteHull: Corvette 400N 800MStealth field 50N 150MRapid damage control 15N 20MSpinal: Linear particle beam 100MFixed: Railgun 40MTurret: Cyclotron particle beam 50MAux: Auto Cannon (explosive ammo) 80MArmor: BasicCost: 465M 965NUpkeep: 232NSize: 100 Meters>Build 5 more space pods>Build 3 new docking pylons (do you wish to build them on Leeland, in your asteroid mine, or elsewhere?)>>35936792The Battlecruiser comes in at about 300 meters, and yes, it is the smallest of the capital ships.>>35936868Correct. They do have differences in production times, but not much. Only 4 sub capitals can be built at a single docking pylon at once, or if it is in orbit, a single capital ship.>>35937223The asteroid still has plenty of resources remaining, but a great deal of space has been carved out at this point.
>>35937283Yes to pods.Build the docking pylons on Leeland, but far from any hive.Also I typoed the upfront cost there on the corvette.Definitely build the corvettes, but maybe we should queue up more?like 8 Fleet Corvettes, and 4 more of those Frigates we have?
>>35937283Build pylons on asteroid.Let's get this party started.So what's the basic cost of a battlecruiser hull? I'd like to see if we can get one out for eventual fight with skyl BC.Yes to all.And 2 more of these corvettes, and 2 more stealth frigates.For a total of 6 fleet corvettes and 2 stealth frigates.
>>35937283Can we expand our asteroid mining operation? Mine out a few more asteroids.
>>35937579Your asteroid base is actually one of the largest and richest in the belt, but you can send out your corvettes to scour the system for minerals if you wish. The same applies to the other systems with sources of metal.
>>35937579When it hits a bottleneck, then maybe.>>35937365I dunno about building docking pylons in space until we QD explains the costs of the capital ships.Can he post those?
>>35937660Even then, we can still build subcapital ships in space.And nobody's going to detect those pylons on leeland even with full planet scan. Because they're not there.
>>35937660I'll have the capital ship details added to the pastebin this week.In the meantime, it looks like it's a yes to the 4 Fleet corvettes and 5 space pods, with additional docking pylons being a maybe.
>>35937660Could we build the docking pylons in another system further away from human space? Should be safer that way and we keep our tech level hidden from the humans.