You have seen and done much in the past few days. Elizabeth works hard to unlock the secrets of the Skyl console, and you have uncovered a great deal of information regarding your own kind and the fate of the other hives. You have even discovered that at least one hive still lives, the Obsidian Queen, who aided in the destruction of your mother. Union space has been quiet by comparison, with news broadcasts regarding the recent Ceph raid dominating the news and overshadowing the typical torrent of political pol results and local election campaign speeches. Your pod watches as a patrol of frigates and corvettes move through the system, sifting through the wreckage in vain for life pods or signs of life, and then enter a parking orbit over the remaining mining colony.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
>>36209541>Current armory269 Thorn Launchers20 Thorn Cannons123 Sting Casters30 Cyclotrons15 Rotary Stingers3 Fire Sprays5 Plasma Spray>Current resource reservesNutrients: 294071Metals: 74465Credits: ₡2326Credits in Lyle’s account: ₡577,622>Hive population and upkeep cost Hive maintenance – 484Queen – 5Fake Queen – 22Worker (4000) – 8000Aquatic 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) – 500Haz-mat Workers (20) – 80Shock Troops (40) – 520Parasite (30) – 120Bio-tank (10) – 250Excavator (41) – 799Colossus (20) – 300Advanced Relay (16) – 1600>Hive fleetSpace Pod (18) – 540Shuttle (10) – 250Scout Corvette – (6) 1350Lancer Corvette – (2) 450Fleet Corvette – (4) 900Stealth Frigate – (4) 1952
>>36209588Heavy Cruiser - (4) 4860Clone upkeep/special projects and expenses25 Human captives of the USV Hope – 7503 Human hybrid clones in production – 180Lyle Rogers – 47977NTotal upkeepNutrient costs: 28444>IncomeMetals: 62395Nutrients: 100050Net: 76616Hive StructureG-426>Asteroid mining base: 5 Excavators, 20 Diggers, +2250M per day (+50 M per digger)Leeland>Spring mountain hive>Hangar facilities: Room for 40 Aero Drones and 20 Shuttles (25N)>Docking Pylon: Space for docking and construction of 4 ships (50N) (2 more under construction)>Mine: 36 Excavators, 60 Diggers, +10500 M per day (+25 M per digger)>Clarke Research Outpost>Hel’s Angel Prison Outpost>Mountain farm complex>Algae Farm: +100000 N per day, 1000 Workers (1 worker per 100N)>Anti-orbital battery: 2 (125N per battery)M-662Raligha>Automated Raligha colonyM-323>Orbital docking pylon (under construction)Current Construction2 Docking pylons1 orbital docking pylon4 Heavy cruisersNew 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 1500M>Docking Pylon – A large spire or station that contains space for docking and construction of 4 ships, or a single capital ship if placed in orbit. 100N 300MShip Construction Optionshttp://pastebin.com/YTwGk8n1
http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=z4yZdEbKStill no costs for nuclear warheads listed?
>>36209541Oh boy, my favorite time of the week!
>>36209626>25 human captives -750Humans are 30 nutrients a piece to support?Wow, they're really inefficient.
>>36209626Finished Research>Compact hull designThe same principles of the multilayered carapace, but on a larger scale. This allows your ships to be equipped with up to two armor types of different kinds at once.>VibrobladeBy incorporating the vibroblade into your warriors, they now are capable of utilizing small micro muscles to vibrate the blade at a high enough frequency to assist in cutting through material, increasing their armor piercing capabilities.>Reactive armorThrough a series of reactive muscle fibers within the carapace your drone can absorb kinetic attacks with far greater efficiency than normal, but at the cost of being more vulnerable to energy attacks.>Available researchhttp://pastebin.com/F6t39KSp>Updated star system datahttp://pastebin.com/0SEZcPP6>>36209647I apologize, I had a very busy week and have been fighting with hexographer over it deleting map updates. Sorry.
>>36209754Well we need missiles research unlocked before we can make use of them anyway.Is the Skyl console not listed in the current research pastebin?
>>36209732Such backwards and inefficient creatures. I almost want to improve them out of pity.
>>36209754Welcome back QD! Sorry to hear you had some problems with hexographer.
>>36209823He answered that in the ask.fm>You never said what that Skyl thingamajig research project was called or how fast/slow it was... With >Vaughn looking into it it's sort of a skunkworks project, although it is heavily related to the white crystal, so the two projects are moving along together for the most part.
>>36209754Could really do with researching something to cut through the jamming static that cuts us off from our drones. Having even a basic counter, or at least stopping it from inflicting lots of pain and providing some simple direction protocols for cut off units would go a long way to mitigating its effects against us.
Hey, so does anyone remember that idea for an AC-130 drone?Someone want to come up with a design for it?
So, The Skyl ship called us the Red Queen? Makes sense. At some point do we want to redo our colors with some heavier red accents? Or any other patterns?
I think its time we tell unity about the skyl ship, and possible integration between the two, but only if they pay us some tech for it.
>>36209933Why are we called the Red Queen? How does that make sense?
>>36209952Shield tech, ho!We might also consider explaining a bit more about the crystal-demon-gods and such if we're going to tell him about the Skyl. He probably already knows a little himself, and it'd be interesting to see how much.
>>36209903Well yeah any psychic tech should always being researched cause that's our only trump-card against the bitch, squid and crystals Is the god-splitter weapon considered to be a psychic weapon? And is it a research option?>>36209754
>>36209754Your speaker watches curiously as Doctor Vaughn struggles with the innards of the Skyl console, the white crystal is positioned nearby. Her voice is muffled from within the device as she speaks. "I think I figured it out, or at least partially, but now comes the testing!"She emerges with a look of eagerness. "I think that the white crystal and the console are linked, partially because I get the same vibe from them, "She shrugs and points to a small pedestal on the console. "And partially because it has a slot that perfectly fits it. Plugging in strange alien devices just to see what they do isn't exactly the scientific method, but I figured it would need amending once I gained telepathy from an alien orb."She walks over to the crystal and picks it up. "I think this was clearly built by the hive, possibly in an effort to reverse engineer the technology of the other crystals, while the console seems to obviously be of Skyl origin. I think it was a kind of joint research venture, but it's impossible to know more until we flip the switch and see if the lights come on." She looks at your speaker and lightly rattles the crystal in her hand. "I think I've managed to reroute the power from the damaged components, so it should be perfectly safe... for the most part.">Agree, activate the device>No, try to learn more first>It can wait until later>Other
>>36209923I'd love to but maybe after the thread hits the autosage.>>36209954In the ask.fm>The base color of the queen is a pale white, with red accents and stripes along the carapace where it grew and developed most shorty after the queen emerged from the cocoon. There is a dark red ring on the lower left leg where a fracture healed, and the ends and corners of the carapace form are a light red or pink. The color is due to the queen's diet of the red jelly of the hive spring during early adolescent development.Though I don't remember where we started calling ourselves that.
>>36209993>>Agree, activate the deviceSCIENCE!
>>36209995The skyl ship gave us the designation of Red Queen, we didn't give ourselves any sort of name.
>>36209993>No, try to learn more firstAsk the skyl remnant that we retrieved this from the gardeners hive
>>36209993>>No, try to learn more firstCheck out skyl, and maybe inform unity.
>>36209993>>No, try to learn more first
>>36209993>No, try to learn more firstWe don't want to screw this up on the first go of it.
>>36210024I definitely remember anons calling ourselves "The Red Queen/Hive" from way back before we met the Skyl. I think, I may be wrong.
>>36210024no, we called ourself the red hive, and the skyl replied with red queen
>>36210024At some point a few of us decided that we should call the Queen 'Red', or 'Red Queen', due to her coloration. But that was many threads ago.>>36209993>Agree, activate the deviceTime for SCIENCE.
>>36210075No we didn't. The Engram made that name up for absolutely no reason.
Propose new ship design: Mining Corvette Hull: Corvette 400N 800MShuttle Bay 100N 50MStandard armorConsumption beamTurret: NoneFixed: NoneAux: NoneCost: 500N 850MUpkeep: 250NSize: 100MetersJust a consumption beam and a shuttle bay to facilitate the transfer of metal onto shuttles.
>>36209993>No, try to learn more first
>>36210094Large aerodynamic drone with ramjets that is mounting a bunch of guns. Probably an explosive-ammo artillery piece and a smaller gatling stinger.
>>36210108Save it for the end of the thread m80. Have some self-control.Now, to be a bit hypocritical...>>36209993>>Agree, activate the device
>>36210094A flying heavy drone designed for Close Air Support>>36209993>>No, try to learn more first
>>36210108Thats a waste, and we can get more Metal through drones, and maybe faster as well.
>>36209993>>No, try to learn more firsSo what were anons thoughts on a heavy variant of warriors(just having heavy and no wings)?
>>36210169ONE anon suggested it. It's a dumb name.The suggestion was clearly not taken if you read the actual update.
Note, at some point we should go back to mothers grave site and retrieve some obsidian hive ship and drone wreckage. The DNA we salvage from it would provide an excellent base for engineering fungal spore weaponry for when we have to fight them, and would provide an excellent first strike when we do engage.
>>36209993"That may be unwise at the moment."Elizabeth seems disappointed as she places the crystal back into its holding device. "I understand. I'll go over the console again and see if I can find anything that would give us clues.">Speak with Skyl engram>Speak with Theseus>Other>>36209985Godsplitter actually seems to be the codename the Skyl gave to the Psionic Cannon.
>>36209993>>Agree, activate the device
Can we start an original research project to find a way to circumvent psionic jamming?
>>36210208I thought the Queen was supposed to be white/pale but with a color variation depending on diet. Isn't the algae we're feeding off mostly red?
>>36210171IMO, I don't see them being that much useful when we already have Collosi as armor support and the standard warriors themselves already have wings for enhanced mobility.
>>36210208Red Hive is a dumb name, yeah. Red Queen isn't all that bad, and it's not like we have any certain skillset to name ourselves after like the Gardener.
>>36210244>>Speak with TheseusMention the skyl
>>36210254The first renewable food source we got was red fungi spring, so it would make sense for the queen to be red, even if the hive drones are not.
>>36210244>Speak with Skyl engramAsk about any research projects with the Gardner and about the Psionic Cannon.
>>36210231For that matter, We should keep looking for Mother's remains, or any other members of her hive. The DNA from them would be worth while. >>36210244>Speak with Theseus
>>36210208>ONE anon suggested it. It's a dumb name.now that i can agree with,>The suggestion was clearly not taken if you read the actual update.i would have to disagree on this point
>>36210244>>Speak with Skyl engram
So why haven't we upgraded the queen yet?
>>36210244>Speak with Skyl engramUh, speaking of which. You didn't add said Godsplitter data packets to the research pastebin, did you?Regardless, I'm only interested in acquiring the design of their FTL drive ship.
>>36210299Yeah.. about that.We rolled (well i rolled) a 1 when looking for her remains.I doubt we are going to find them unless we had a full on salvage fleet looking. If the QM is feeling generous.
>>36210244>Speak with Skyl engramSo can we research the Psionic Cannon?I presume that researching the dead Crystal also benefits the Psonic Cannon and vice versaSo guys, when do we let Theseus in on our game?I think we pretty much have all the tech we needed to trade from him, but additional military assistance in exchange for info could be useful, unless we can somehow wrangle him up into a binding military alliance.
>>36210244>>Speak with Skyl engram>>Speak with TheseusHave them comunicate with each other.
>>36210302>i would have to disagree on this pointThen quote where "Red Hive" is in the actual update. Disagreement should be based on facts, no? The queen literally only transmitted information about a dead hive.>You send the ship footage of the ancient hive on Raligha, as well as basic information surrounding the circumstances of the hive's destruction as far as you are aware.A *dead* hive, not a red one.
>>36210335We still need shields. Shields would make our ships much more resilient against non-crystal-aligned enemies.
>>36210365We can order shields that can be reverse-engineered from the black market using Lyle's funds, though I doubt they would be top of the line.
>>36210309Because, mate, that would require disassembling the Queen.That, and any scenario where the Queen has to go mano a mano with something/someone else is a scenario where we've already lost.>>36210335We could still get shield tech from him.Although shielded ships are likely to be significantly more expensive than unshielded ones. So we may want to save shields for important ships.>>36210354You're being a faggot, anon.
>>36210336>Have them comunicateHahah no. Why.The hive is in a position of information arbitrage so long as they remain ignorant of each other. They can't gain except by trading through us.
>>36210309There will never be a point where the queen will actually encounter another living being that we don't trust. That's what we have speakers for.We could change around our color if we want, though. For fashion I guess.
>>36210410>Because, mate, that would require disassembling the Queen.>That, and any scenario where the Queen has to go mano a mano with something/someone else is a scenario where we've already lost.It never hurt to be careful, and i rather up our chances of survival.>>36210421Its for survival reasons and also to upgrade her antenna.
>>36210244>speak with the Skyl engramThe drive ship sits in orbit devouring chunks of metal and shattered hulls as your pod sits in silence. The fleet has long since stopped paying attention to the surface of the world, and seems to have returned its focus to growing its numbers.>Introduce the Skyl to Theseus>Ask about the Gardener>Ask other (write in)>Other>>36210273You could always elect to give yourself a proper verbal name. Until then though, "red queen" is essentially just a descriptor, so it seemed to make sense as the default title.
>>36210446We pyshically can't move without assistance because of our bloated eggsack, And we can already just put pylons around.
>>36210336>>36210419I don't think the remnants give a shit about anything other than killing the crystals >>36210244Actually where are the remnants now anyway?
>>36210325>Salvage FleetNow that isn't a bad idea there. We should look into making drones/ships made to do just that. But but that idea off for now.>>36210410>>36210446A better Idea is to instead of upgrade her, give her 'Regalia' or equipment she can wear. Stylish and functional as needed. No need to break her down or anything.
>>36210473>Ask about the Gardener>Ask other (write in)Our mother.
>>36210473>>Introduce the Skyl to Theseus
>>36210446>upgrade her antennaeOh, you're that faggot who wants to give her an advanced relay?Listen, advanced relays are not something you mount on a drone. They are literally emplacements. Like your fucking kitchen stove. You can put a chemical burner, even a lighter on your person no problem. But you're telling me you want to mount a kitchen goddamn stove on your head?Also, if they get to the Queen, they've already killed off most of our drones, and still have the strength to get to us. We'll be dead in that situation.
>>36210473>Ask about the Gardener>Ask other (write in)The god-splitter and what are they building that fleet for
>>36209923I have two fighter designs. Strafer Bug is like a mini AC-10, being slow, low to the ground, and dropping tons of bombs. Strafer BugOlfactory: Advanced 2NAcoustice: Basic 0Radio: Moderate 2NPsionic: Basic 0Mandibles: Combat 1N Chassis: Aerodynamic 4N 10MCarapace: Combat 3N 10MSeeker Pod 10NStandard Weapon: 2X Sting Caster 30MSize: NormalCost: 22N 50MUpkeep: 11NFor the big one:Heavy Fighter BugOlfactory: Basic 0Acoustice: Basic 0Radio: Moderate 2N (4N)Psionic: Basic 0Mandibles: Combat 1N (2N)Chassis: Aerodynamic 4N 10M (8N 20M)Carapace: Combat 3N 10M (6N 20M)Ramjet 16N 6M (32N 12M)Forward Hardpoint: Cyclotron Particle Beam (30M)Central Hardpoint: Rotary Stinger (30M)Size: Large (X2)Cost: 52N 112MUpkeep: 26N
>>36210473>Ask about the Gardener>Ask otherAsk about the White Crystal and the Skyl ConsoleAsk what it thinks aboujt us cloning Skyl
>>36210473>>Ask about the Gardener
>>36210473>>Ask about the Gardener>otherHow does their FTL work.
>>36210473>>Introduce the Skyl to Theseus>>Ask about the Gardener
>>36210473>ask about the gardener>ask about Engram's intelligence "Tell me about your technical specifications."
>>36210473>Ask about the Gardener>OtherAsk it a what if question. "If there were new born Skyls found, what would your response be?" Seeing we could possibly clone new ones, that might alter the Skyl engram's actions quite a bit.
>>36210493Our mother probably wasn't even interacting with the Skyl, who died 70,000 years ago with the Gardener.Mother probably isn't that old. I mean she could be. Maybe. I guess it doesn't hurt to ask if he knows any other queens besides the one.
I'll probably be gone within the an hour so I might as well post this.I tried to keep it as close to the fluff as possible but eh, I tried.
>>36210473>>36210493>>Ask about the Gardener>>Ask other (write in)>Our mother.Also apprise him of the current political situation: Two factions of humans, several non human client species, and Theseus. offer introductions for Theseus.
>>36210473>Ask about the Gardener"Were there any other projects she was working on?"
>>36210569Also updated the warrior with more appropriate colors and wings
>>36210473>Introduce the Skyl to Theseus>Ask other (god slpitter, and rival queen)
>>36210570He doesn't care, and I don't see a reason to tell him about local politics. And we can't UN-tell him.He only cares about vengeance.
>>36210592And I fixed up the old one too.
>>36210473>>Ask about the GardenerOnly after we've mentioned the Skyl to Theseus and gauged the Unity's reaction should we introduce them. We have to remember that we would be introducing not just Theseus, but the entire Unity to them.
>>36210473>>Ask about the GardenerThere's no benefit to introducing people or telling people about each other. Why risk it?
>>36210473>Ask about the GardenerThere is no current benefit to introducing the Skyl to Theseus.
>>36210517These are good questions, seconding.
>>36210473>Ask about the Gardener
>>36210517These are good questions to ask.
Closer to home we have Coil in a tank.We can just dive into his memories and find out how Ceph society works. They have an ever-shifting chain of command? How do they organize it?How many star systems have they conquered already? How was Coil hatched and how'd he turn heretic?We need his origin story.
>>36210836Wouldn't it be organized by the crystals? The ceph are just cannon fodder after all
>>36210513I think that any airborne drones should come with Advanced Radio senses. Radar, you know?What does the Strafer bug use to get airborne? I don't see wings or a ramjet listed.
>>36210473You quickly send a burst of data through your pod, translated to the Skyl language. The drive ship turns several sensor devices to your pod in response."You were seeking the Gardener, why?"The ship sends a signal in return."Proposed rendezvous designated at this location at request of Gardener for testing of first Godsplitter prototype. Location of prototype unknown, assumed failed and destroyed: location of agent Seer unknown, assumed dead.""You were working together? What was the extent?""Proposed research efforts unknown: security clearance insufficient. After rendezvous and testing all critical information updates were to be made at discretion of research agent Seer."You have a suspicion that this agent may have been the Skyl body found within the Raligha hive. You send images of the white crystal and the console."Detailed operational schematics unknown. Designation: project Godhead."You hear a spark within the console as Elizabeth lets out a muffled shout. She flicks her hand back and forth several times in pain before returning to her work.>Ask (write in)>Speak with Theseus>Speak with Elizabeth>Other>>36210569>>36210592>>36210617These are really good, man.
>>36210836Good point, all in due time anon. Let's get a possible diplomatic sync between the three hive minds addressed before we inception Coil.
>>36210836I can agree to this. Also scan him proactively cloning data.
>>36210908>Speak with Theseus
>>36210887Also you might as well give the Heavy Fighter bug Seekers.
>>36210908>>Speak with Theseusand send the info to the skyl about the godsplitter being fired
>>36210908>Ask: "What is project Godhead?">Ask: "What is the extent of your intelligence?">Speak with Theseus: "What would you say if I told you I had found another machine intellect?"
>>36210908>>Speak with TheseusSo that was what was on that console. We'll have to see if we can't get the engram to give us some Skyl programming advice.
>>36210908>Speak with Elizabeth>Ask (write in) the skylWe found the remains of seer and the terminal used at Gardner hiveHow do we use it>>36210836I got the vibe the ceph are drones in a crystal hivemind during that flashback cause look how they reacted to the psy jammer
>>36210908>>Speak with ElizabethShe has a cache of memories that were placed in the temple, on the same planet the Gardener lived.Do her memories have any association with the name "Project Godhead"?
>>36210908>AskHow would okay would it be if we were to clone the Skyl?>Speak with ElizabethMay as well go ahead with it, since it appears that the engram doesn't know
>>36210908>>speak with Theseus
>>36210908>AskYou at least must know how your FTL drive ship works though, right?
>>36210908>Ask About recreate/cloneing New Skyl. >Speak with ElizabethBe VERY careful there. I have learned that is a weapon system you are working on.>Speak with TheseusAsk a what if question of how he/they would react to encountering another A.I. (or close to it) entity?
>>36210908Er, why didn't you ask Heritic about the cloning project?>Speak with Theseus
>>36211081>Be VERY careful there. I have learned that is a weapon system you are working on.What. No. Dammit fluff.Project Godhead is completely different from Project Godsplitter. There is no indication it's a weapon.
>>36211093Probably because it's a bad idea.What's the point of clones with no continuity with the Skyl civilization or culture?They might as well be aliens.
>>36211116That doesn't mean it won't be just as hazardous to us if it goes off wrong. The last thing we need is for it to back fire or we roll a crit fail to activate it.
>>36211180O...kay?Only point was> I have learned that is a weapon system you are working on.That never happened.
>>36209754You have Lightning gun and Ion thrusters on the research sheet twice. Vibroblade is also still on the list of possible research subjects.
>>36210908"What is Godhead, and what is the extend of your intelligence?" You ask the question somewhat awkwardly, although you're not sure if there is a way to question a being's sapience that isn't awkward."Godhead details unknown. Results of research to be uploaded to archives after rendezvous." It seems to pause for a moment, as if to catch its breath. "Engram designation: Heretic. Synthetic psychology derived from Generationals: Skyl born free of enhancements after rebellion. Engram systems are based on the thought processes of one hundred and thirty seven thousand individuals."You think for a moment before you make your offer. "There is a possibility of using records to bring back the Skyl race, would you approve?"It's response is simple and blunt. "Born free or as servants?">Say (write in)>Speak with Theseus>Speak with Elizabeth>Other
>>36211201Alright, I made a mistake there. I got Godhead and Godspliter mixed up. Still, we are poking around in tech we know way too little about. I will ask to amend my post with "Just be VERY careful with that. We do not want it blow up on us."
>>36211269>Say (write in) free
>>36211269>>Say (write in)Born free.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEdk8YhieSQ
>>36211269>>Speak with ElizabethYou have implanted memories. Do you know the name "Godhead"?
>>36211269"Born free. Why would I desire organic servants? My children are happy to serve me, and quite capable."
>>36211269>SayWow, blunt as hell. I like you not-geth-reaper-AI thing."They will have aid in the destruction of the dark Crystals, after that, they may go as they please"
>>36211269>SayFree of course. We have no need for slaves nor want any.
>we'll never find out how to duplicate Skyl FTL drive
>>36211406>implying we need Skyl FTLBlink Drives are arguably the best FTL.
>>36211269>. Synthetic psychology derived from Generationals: Skyl born free of enhancements after rebellion. Engram systems are based on the thought processes of one hundred and thirty seven thousand individuals."Made of thousands and thousands of brains. Delightful.
>>36211438Skyl's is just as fast.But the Blink Drive has a limited range to blink safely before you run out of fuel. We don't know what range limit the Skyl have.
>>36211327Yup, pretty much.
>>36211392>We have no need for slaves nor want any.Oh the irony.Seriously though some Hybrid Skyl wouldn't be so bad an idea. They'd be free...most of the time.
>>36211438The Slip drive offers it's vessel an absurd maneuvering capacity, though.
>>36211554Yes, at the price of being a palantir for the dark gods.The same dark gods who, evidently, see us as competition.
>>36211537I don't know if Skyl can be hybrid-ed like humans can. We will have to work on that thought some other time.
>>36211269"Born free," you say, "of course. My children are happy to serve, and are more than capable." You feel the pod shimmy slightly with pride as it relays the message."That is agreeable." The engram, Heretic, it seems to call itself, continues to devour the debris field without slowing. "The Skyl were born servants, but died free."You ponder on the ship's design for a moment before you change the subject. "What are the mechanics behind your drive?"You are sent a mixture of images in addition to a normal response, of strange, semi-organic devices throbbing with radiation. Skyl engineers stand behind blast shields as worker drones in lead lined carapaces make inspections. "Designation: Rip Drive. System constructed from samples of holy relics integrated with hive technological systems. Technical data restricted at top level."A newly completed frigate emerges from the splayed out hull of the drive ship.>Say (write in)>Speak with Theseus>Speak with Elizabeth>Other
>>36211720>System constructed from samples of holy relics integrated with hive technological systems.Holy relics?What eve are those? We detected exotic matter within the ship.
>>36211720Huh so they are using something based on the blink drive, they just don't have th same control over it?>Say (write in) How do the crystals wage their campaigns ?
>>36211720>SayHow did the ancient Hives get involved with the war against the Crystals?
>>36211773crystals manalso used in the god-splitter
>>36211720>Say (write in)we need to ask about how the crystals corrupt, and how to avoid it
>>36211720>Ask: "Is the Rip Drive reproducible, or does the presence of the relics make it a wholly unique design?"
>>36211720Wait, is Heretic producing Hive bio-ships? How the hell is he pulling that off?
>>36211819He's clearly not. He's making Skyl frigates. Only his battlecruiser has the Rip Drive.
>>36211819Nanites son.jpg>>36211720>Speak with ElizabethJust relay what we have learned so far to her. Ask if she needs/want any more help.
>>36211800Except void shards have always been detected as telepathic whispers, whether the ones we have here on Leeland or the one we detected in FG-883--whereas this drive ship, we didn't sense any such whispers. Only detected this:>>35330330 >you detect signs of exotic matter within the hull.
>>36211720>Say (write in)Do you have a method to protect allied vessels from psionic disruption?
>>36211720We've got the ok from the group that might have been unhappy about it. Let's get cracking on cloning a few of them.
>>36211923...To what benefit?
>>36211884They prob found a way to defend against that and tame that crystalMother were using them as ammunition after all
>>36211942Presumably we could convince the cloned Skyl to convince Heretic to help us out in a capacity it may not have otherwise.So, infiltrating Heretic by using its dead masters.Although I get the feeling if we tried anything too overt it'd notice and tear our fleet a new one.
>>36211923>>36211942Guys,I suggest that we only start the mass cloning AFTER the war, since cloning the Skyl would be a drain in our resources with very little apparent returns.
>>36211942New race to study and gain the undying love of
>>36211993Plus would need to find them a planet to live on
>>36211993Yeah no duh. That shit's epilogue material.
>>36211993Not mass, just one or two for knowledge-gathering reasons.
>>36211993Not mass cloning. Maybe just a hand full? Couple dozen. Even mix of males and females! Let heretic teach them about their ancestors and leave them to their own. Would improve relations, yeah?>>36212007We seem to have a soft-spot for "Adopting" other species. I wouldn't mind us being called Mother or some variation of that
>>36211993On the other hand, If we had the clones now, they can be used as leverage with Skyl fleet. That we don't have to grow many at first anyway, Just a few. We could learn quite a lot from them.
>>36212049That doesn't make any sense. Where would you gather the knowledge from -- their entire being comes from data you already have.
>>36212063>Mother.Do we need to modify our drone aesthetics so that they're all covered in soft moth fur?
>>36212063We can be the godmother, for what it's worth.>>36212121Only on the noncombat drones and you got me.
>>36212150Why only on the noncombatants?We could simply give our combat drones scary moth fur.
>>36212090Physical, yes. But we don't have hardly any data on their psychological layout besides what we can glean from the data cube data.
>>36212007>>36212063Please no. We have enough non drones running around the place.
>>36212121>>36212150Moth fur on our drones sound adorable and wonderful. And you know, it's just an aesthetics choice, it wouldn't effect the combat capabilities or our drones.
>>36212169>>36212201Guys plsI have a phobia towards moths
>>36212169>Awww how cuuutee-AUUGGHGH OH GOD IT JUST RIPPED MY ARMS OFF! AHHHHH!I love it.
>>36212201We've inherited utilitarian sensibilities from our Mother. I'd really prefer the current designs to randomly playing Dress Up Barbie with the kids.
>>36212201add the Mimetic skin to them and they can color changing fur too.
>>36212241 Damn it, there is moth in my room I can't catch and it's won't stay still.
>>36211720"Are you in possession of a method to prevent the jamming of drones?""Project not complete. No available data on the status of research project designation: Siren."That is a shame, but at the very least you now know it is possible. Perhaps it was another one of the joint projects the Skyl and the ancient hives were developing?"How did you encounter the hive?"You are sent another series of images. Skyl ships equipped with Slip Drives bob and weave through hive fleets. Automated defenses come alive as warrior drones pour into a ship through a proboscis piercing the hull."Hive forces were designated as demons prior to rebellion." The images switch to Skyl against Skyl. Those with Slip drives swirl around the cumbersome craft, but are slowly drowned in numbers. "Assistance rendered lead to enablement of rebellion's success."The drive ship begins taking in more metals, its refineries burning away the rusted remains of the hive fleet rubble as it separates bone from alloy. Black clouds stream from its open belly as small craft bump more chunks of debris into the gaping maw.As it completes its response it begins another signal. "Local charts outdated. Please provide appropriate location for new facility construction.">Send Heretic a system location (write in)>Say (write in)>Other>>36211819No, the drive ship is producing modified Skyl designs, which focus on contemporary kinetic weapons and missiles combined with durable armor, but low maneuverability.
>>36211720Do you know where to find more holy relics?
>>36212241Then I guess you shouldn't turn around.~ moths
>>36212317My screen is usually the brightest thing in the room at night, so any moth that gets in just hangs out on the screen all night while I run.
>>36212369Guys. it was meant to be.We will become the godMOTHer.
>>36212332Only suitable location known is within the nebula, or OM-759.All other space is occupied by aliens.Speaking of which, we should start building docking pylons at the hidden nebula planet. No one can detect that.
>>36212332>OM-8759It looks isolated, though there is the lak of useable metal.
>>36212433Hidden nebula planet doesn't even have a sun.Also, if we were to mass-revive the Skyl, why not plop them down on Raligha? I'm sure the natives would be happy to have more gods living amongst them.
>>36209588So which of these stars was the one Mother made her last stand at?was it The Cradle?Where in the nebula is the sunless Skyl planet?
Why don't we suggest Thesus space it should be isolated and protected?
>>36212459>Hidden nebula planet doesn't even have a sun.Yes, exactly.We hardly need a sun to build ships there.
>>36212484Because that would be rude and dumb?
>>36212469It's in the pastebin>Reprieve – Yellow main sequence star• Throne: Sheltered from the harsh radiation of the Cradle by the nebulous alcove, but bathed in enough of its harsh light to make it difficult to detect at long range, this was the fortress world of the White Queen, and the location of her last stand. It’s crust has been upended by some force, causing what was once a radioactive desert world to become a volcanic ocean of lava. It holds a thin atmosphere of methane and other noxious chemicals and volcanic gases, although it was once breathable. It has a thick ring of decimated ships and docking pylons in its orbit.• Storm eye: A gas giant with the ruined remains of tritium mining platforms, as well as the rubble of docking pylons in orbit.
>>36212433What about the system with the carbon life form and the space dust? It was isolated, uninteresting, but had a decent amount of metals right?
>>36212491Hidden nebula planet was scouted by the Black Queen though, wasn't it? So we don't want anything that could give us away there.
>>36212522That system is OM-759>>36212543I think he meant the Waystation system where the Skyl Drive ship first went to.
>>36212543No it wasn't.Only the Skyl have ever been there.
>>36212332>>Say (write in)how did the black queen fall?
>>36212469The Cradle is the name of the upper part of the nebula and the globular cluster within, while the Claw is the lower arm of the nebula. The system that your mother's fleet was found in was the Yellow star Reprieve just above the globular cluster.The map is not finished, since Hexographer deleted the entire sector 5 mins from thread time, and I had to use the work-in-progress version. I apologise for that.
>>36212332Ask for facility requirements and any preferences so the hive can provide the best, currently known, location.
>>36212585Anon, even I can answer that for you:She didn't.
>>36212332>Say (write in)Give Heretic our current star charts, including political summary.
>>36212599This, though i still think Unity space would be the safest location.
>>36212759Not sure we want two machine brains in the same space.They might start getting ideas.
>>36212332"What would be most suitable?""Easily accessed metallic reserves. No pre-existing Skyl or hive activity or structure. Sufficient solar activity to permit long term energy collection."You think it's a simple enough list.>Offer your updated star charts>Advise a system (write in)>Other
>>36212599I will second this! >>36212759I think it's time to tell Unity he might be having guests coming over.
>>36212775one want revenge, the other wants knowledgesounds like a recipe for a good time
>>36212778...We know no such system.Unless of course we direct him to a human system and suggest conquering it.
>>36212778>>Advise a systemOM-759 since it's uninteresting enough that the Humans probably won't lookIf it doesn't fit the bill>Offer your updated star chartsStrongly advise it to stay away from Human systems, though I guess it already wants someplace where it wont be disturbed.
>>36212778maybe M-199 – Red dwarf seems to have now union or unity presence or our own home system Will need to tell unity though
>>36212778>>Offer your updated star chartsWith a suggestion of OM-759
>>36212778>>OtherTalk to Theseus and bring him up to speed. See if he can give any recommendations for Heretic.
>>36212836Its doesn't have much minerals though
>>36212778>Offer your updated star charts
>>36212853has my vote
>>36212778>Advise a system (write in)I don't care which.But no chart sharing.>>36212853In exchange for what? The knowledge of resurrected ancient military AI is pretty valuable.
>>36212778A-295 – White dwarf• Frozen ice planet• Monitor satellite orbiting ice planet• Binary volcanic planets, high metal concentration• Barren, irradiated planetoidThis looks good
>>36212873Would forcing him to help us fight the Crystals be enough?>>36212894> Monitor satellite orbiting ice planet> Monitor satellite
>>36212894crap nevermind didn't notice sat
>>36212914Man stop pushing for that. We are a free and independent queen who don't need no permanent binding agreements.
The thing is, we can't keep this secret from Theseus forever, so we may as well get something useful from him knowing about this whole shebang. And may I remind you this whole shebang has a shitton of new knowledge that Theseus would die to know about.
>>36212914Theseus is not a military machine. he's a science machine.His ships are far too valuable to put on the frontlines of anything. He sticks to occasional raid for a reason.>>36212961I really don't think any knowledge of Theseus can help.We just have to suggest the Skyl machine conquer a human system. Like Dagmar.
>>36212778>Recommend staying in current system (M-199)>Recommend OM-759>Speak with Theseus (write in)>Other
>>36212993No knowledge of Theseus will help.But getting Theseus to deal with the satellite WILL.
>>36213009>Recommend staying in current system (M-199)
>>36213009>>Speak with Theseus (write in)
>>36212993>Recommend staying in current system (M-199)
>>36213009>Speak with Theseus (skyl)
>>36213009>>Speak with Theseus (write in)Come meet the neighbors
>>36213015I wanted to talk to him about doing that threads and threads ago. I was curious what was down on that ice planet that needed monitoring.But I suspect it won't be that easy. The last time Theseus hacked a satellite, it was in maintenance mode--it had ceased reporting any unusual activity, like, say, radio transmissions.The satellite in A-295 won't be similarly disabled. We should ask though, if it's possible to compromise it without it also alerting the Union that some robot is transmitting at it first.
Innitiating hostilities with humans is both wasteful, and should be put off until we at least have some battle-cruisers to deal with their battleships, if not later.>>36209754What research is currently in progress?
>>36213009>Speak with Theseus (write in)
>>36213009>>Recommend staying in current system (M-199)
>>36213009>Speak with TheseusInform him about our plans with the Skyl fleet.
>>36213009>Speak with TheseusShare some information.It's stupid to hide all the stuff we know from Theseus, we're going to need him on our side when the black ships finally arrive.
>>36213077Tossing a rock at it might be effective, then. By the time they come knocking, we'll be long gone and the only thing they'll find is a satellite with a rock lodged in it.Or a bunch of metal/rock shards.
>>36213114No. Don't.Besides, Theseus might consider these guys dangerous, you never know.But I guess if we're gonna talk to him. We exchange knowledge of Skyl fleet's existence for, say.Knowledge of singularity weapons. Or their own FTL drive.
>>36213155We know how the Unity FTL works. They use human FTL.What we might want is shield technology.
>>36213155>Theseus might consider these guys dangerousTheseus also might consider an extra dimensional slaver and its slave races dangerous as well
>>36213130Telling him shit or not doesn't change what his reaction will be when the Ceph menace arrives. It's not like there's a relationship meter here this isn't a dating sim.
>>36213179>We know how the Unity FTL works. They use human FTL.Except they clearly don't.The warp drive, you have to accelerate to great speed.Unity server ships just fold space around them, they don't accelerate.Also they clearly have to refuel from gas giants. The warp drive does not.
>>36213009OM-759 doesn't have much in the way of metal.M-323 has metal and sun, but contains Skyl ruins.A-295 High metal, has monitor satellite.not much anything else free that mentions metal
So is anyone else wondering about the 10,000 year lapse between when the Gardener sent off our Thinker and when we woke up?
>>36213231The current system M-199 is fine though. There's wreckage to get metals from.>>36213009>>Recommend staying in current system (M-199)
>>36213155Is that just the same of telling Theseus about what we are doing with the Skyl fleet? He/they are going to want to know more about them. Besides, it's better we ease them into a relationship than for them to knock heads (or hard drives) together blindly and start conflicts we would be better avoided.
>>36213241White Queen sent us off. The Gardener has been dead for yonks.
>>36213200Yes and?Both can be bad news and untrustworthy at the same time.>>36213241Man have you not been paying attention.
>>36213241could be that they had our blink drive to take us way forward in time to when it would hopefully be safe?
>>36213241No.Our mother the White Queen sent us off and was defeated no more than a year ago probably.The Gardener was dead for nearly 70,000 years.
>>36213249I'm thinking offer him options: stay, OM-759 despite low metal, or M-323 despite ruins.
>>36213209I understand that, but it's possible to say "hey, these guys have wiped out civilizations, maybe prepare for war because my presence here alone indicates that White Queen has failed and they will come for me and the other sentient species here.">>36213241>>36213289Gardener isn't our mother.
>>36213009Theseus might have more data on possible systems the Skyl could use.
>>36213323Right was our mother actually called the white Queen?If so I like the name Red Queen even more, angry daughter come's back from space
>>36213323The logical course of action, given that knowledge, for Theseus.Based on his track record.Would be to run the fuck away. He can't risk his valuable data being lost in a war.
>>36213362Yeah that's a good point actually
>>36213362Where is he going to run to? There is nowhere to go. Back into human space? Or further into the frontier where the Black Queen rules over the wastes?
>>36213360She was. Check the ask.fm some timehttp://ask.fm/QuestDrone>>36213362If that were the case, it wouldn't matter if we were to tell him now or when the enemy is at our doorstep.
>>36213360Not as far as we know. Though I wouldn't be surprised if her name/title was something vaguely militaristic.The [Color] Queen designation is more like shorthand for Queens that don't have any actual name or title we know, or have not taken one.Which, amusingly, makes [Color] Queen a name and title in itself.
>>36213362Running would be sensible for him, but he might be willing to at least buy time to study what he hasn't gotten to yet.
>>36213413He'd try all directions. He didn't have much idea of where he was running when he first fled the Union, either.He was improvising. He can do so again. Who knows what's coreward, for example?>>36213423It would matter, because presumably it would take valuable time to completely evacuate his civilization's data stores. Zero One is pretty big. Not to mention all those biosphere samples in the server city.If he doesn't have time to evacuate, he's forced to stay and fight.
>>36213009>Recommend staying in M-199>Speak with Theseus"This location is the most prime location for such activity." You say, the engram fires several anchor cables in response, pulling itself closer to the hulk of a derelict battleship."It will be sufficient, then."Meanwhile you send a ping of thought to the Clarke as it sits in orbit, and Theseus promptly returns it."I have made little progress in efforts to locate either Seiner or your missing Lee, but roughly seventeen percent of the Union's major surveillance network has been compromised and is dedicated to the search." He says. "You will be alerted if any progress is made.">Offer information of skyl for (write in)>Offer to introduce Theseus with the Skyl engram>Mention other (write in)>Offer other information for sale (write in)>Other>>36213426Exactly, since the queens communicated mind to mine, names were often more along the lines of a description than a cultural title, since mentioning a queen would simply involve sending a mental image of them.
>>36213476Theseus is in a different position now. He's got his own real estate, he's got cars and property. It's different when you're fleeing a country with just a bag or two and when you need to pick up and move your entire business.
Rolled 20 (1d100)>>36213546Is this more or less the shape of the map now?
>>36213546>>Offer information of skyl for (write in)>>Offer to introduce Theseus with the Skyl engramwe want shields for this
>>36213546>Mention otherWhat would you do when a potentially hostile entity with superior military forces bears down on you?
>>36213546>Offer to introduce Theseus with the Skyl engram
>>36213546>Offer to introduce Theseus with the Skyl engramExplain the crystals and cephWarn of bitch
>>36213593>shieldsThat's lowballing it m80.Also we can get shields our own damn self.>>36213546>otherThe monitor satellite at A-295. Have you compromised that?
>>36213546Offer to tell him a story of the circumstances of our existence.>>36213595This is a good segway into pretty much anything we're going to say, and is worth asking anyway.
>>36213546>Offer to introduce Theseus with the Skyl engramExplain the crystals and their MO of course>In exchange for the above, information on shields and the singularity weapons his ships use
>>36213616>>36213641>Explaining everything to the guy whose currency is informationYou'd have to ask for a fuckton of tech in exchange for that.
>>36213655Hey he's willing to give us free dirt on the union so we owe him information about our enemies
>>36213580Yes, that's perfect.Hexographer makes my potato of a computer start to stutter when I zoom the map out too much.
>>36213546>Offer information of skyl for Shields and quantum communication (or any other tech we can get)after deal is done. >Offer to introduce Theseus with the Skyl engram
>>36213655We should ask him for everything he knows then.
>>36213698Only the cheap dirt.So, laundry list:>>33235372- How to disable Union ships from imploding so you can steal their Canderon.- Unity-invented singularity weapons- Unity-invented FTLThese are things we can't get elsewhere. We can order shields on the black market. But we can't get these anywhere but Theseus.
>>36213747so are wewe aint giving any tech designs just a warning about whats coming
>>36213546Supporting this>>36213724 and any info on the neutrino beams and any other Ceph military tech.
>>36213580Between a rock and a hard place eh.
>>36213633>Offer to tell him a story of the circumstances of our existence.Okay now that sounds better. Zero One will be so excited.
>>36213546You know what, just ask Theseus what technological information he would be willing to trade for info of the Skyl and their background. He likely has vast amounts of knowledge on subjects we don't even know about.
>>36213633>Offer to tell him a story of the circumstances of our existence."Humans have a concept of manifest destiny, but they are ignorant. The Hive has been in these systems millenia prior. However, in their ignorance, the humans have their blessing. They are not linked like you and I, and they cannot be manipulated like the Ceph or the Skyl. Not without modifications.The war that rent worlds in twain and decimated entire species is coming to this sector. My presence here and the destruction of my mother hive is testament to that. Heed well this warning, for the enemy is already near, and by running to whence you know not you risk running into the Black Queen and her forces."
>>36213546>>Offer information of skyl for (shields)>Mention other (Elizabeth)>Offer other information for sale (Information on Natives of Raligha and language)>Offer other information for sale (Information on Ceph culture and genetic Sample)>Offer to introduce Theseus with the Skyl engram>Offer other information for sale (Updated map)
>>36213863>and they cannot be manipulated like the Ceph or the Skyl. Not without modifications.Dude what.The Skyl and Ceph couldn't be manipulated without modifications either.So they modified them.They modified them a alot.
>>36213580Is this map of the cradle and beyond canon? Because that is a ridiculous density of systems for such a small region.
>>36213863Good enough monologue. Bit melodramatic but I'm cool with it.
>>36213893yep and i think the humans are on the same path given that smith guy
>>36213889One step at a time anon. Meting out an exchange of info on that scale will take some time, /tg/ is no hive mind after all.
>>36213893Well, you get my point.Baseline humans aren't infested yet and that's their blessing. Who knows what baseline Ceph or Skyl were like.I don't really care for using that monologue directly, I just wanted to monologue for a bit.
>>36213900It's a nebula which is till forming stars, presumably they drift apart in a couple of million years.
>>36213953>Who knows what baseline Ceph or Skyl were like.Uh.We do.They sure as hell weren't telepathic.
>>36213893Crap forgot the fact that the crystal was trying to talk to lyle whenever he would use the drive
>>36213702I don't have Hexographer. I just threw that together in paint with your images.
>>36213900It is a globular cluster. The stars themselves hold no planets and the radiation within is deadly even to most ships. The only habitable system within the cradle is Reprieve.Once again I apologize for the unfinished map. Lots of things that should be labeled aren't and as a result it isn't all that clear.
>>36213971Didnt take much to create a psychic human with the doctor did it?
>>36213985No worries QD, take your time making that map. Thanks for clearing that up.
>>36213546Adding:>Offer other information for sale (The Metal-nutrient conversion microorganism)>Offer other information for sale (Data Cubes)to >>36213889>>36213943I know. It's really just there to let people know that all of those are options.
>>36214002Took psionic space magic we currently don't have.See, now the more we get into wondering about psychic shit, the more I find myself wondering about how the hell The Hive evolved.Like, we know the Skyl weren't particularly telepathic until the crystals showed up. And then they were slave raced.But the Hive has telepathy as an intrinsic part of how it functions, and it's no slave race. Even if they were at some point, you'd imagine there'd be genetic memories of a rebellion.So, how did the Hive evolve telepathy when the only other way to get it is to become the buttslut of the dark gods?
>>36214063Because they were the first race too have psionics.
>>36214063pretty sure the crystals got that tech down flat given its use in the skylbut yeah how did the hive form is a good question and the hives must have been fighting the crystals forever since we were what the skyl was fighting before their rebellion
>>36213889Geezus, control yourself anon. This is a ridiculous amount of things.
>>36213546"That is good news, but I have potentially valuable knowledge to share." You sense the remainder of the Clarke's processing power shift to you as you finish the offer. "I have received a great wealth of information regarding the ancient inhabitants of FG-883. What would you estimate it be worth?"Theseus thinks for a long while. "Cultural knowledge for cultural knowledge, perhaps? The history of their race in exchange for the history of Earth? It would be worth more if the data has more practical applications.">Agree (Skyl cultural history in exchange for Earth history)>Offer the Hive/Skyl saga in exchange for Earth history and (write in)>Offer information on Raleigh natives in exchange for (write in)>Other
>>36213889Well I like it.
>>36214124>and the hives must have been fighting the crystals foreverNo shit. Both the ancient star chart and Vaughn already explained that. It's been a very long war.
>>36214164Didn't introduce win out?
>>36214164>>Agree (Skyl cultural history in exchange for Earth history)lets ease into the revelation of a new faction
>>36214164>Agree (Skyl cultural history in exchange for Earth history)I suppose that fits.Gets him up to date on the crystals and such. And including I guess what the ships that exterminated the Skyl looked like--- Ceph void cutters.
>>36214164>Agree (Skyl cultural history in exchange for Earth history)>OtherWhen that is done, ofter tech exchange.
>>36214164>Agree (Skyl cultural history in exchange for Earth history)
>>36214164>>Offer the Hive/Skyl saga in exchange for Earth history and shield and Quantum entanglement tech.Can't really separate the tale of the Skyl from that of the Hive, so we might as well use this as an opportunity for a bit of bartering.
>>36214191It has quite a bit of support, so that will be included, yes.
>>36214264Did the Engram not give us enough technical data on the Rip Drive to duplicate it?
>>36214164>>Offer the Hive/Skyl saga in exchange for Earth history and (Fusion power)>Offer information on Raleigh natives in exchange for (Shields)>Offer information on Data Cube
>>36214164>Offer the Hive/Skyl saga in exchange for Earth history andWhat will Theseus do given that once the Obsidian Queen knows that we live, she'll come here and exterminate any who may know of the Crystal's secret?
>>36214334It said it used relics, and was apparently a classified technology.Even if it did give us the know-how on how to duplicate it, we might be lacking in the unique phlebtonium required to get it working.
>>36214351Yes, again, that is definitely a good question to ask.
>>36214371It would be a good question to know the answer to before telling it to the person you're asking it about.The answer's not much use to us since we'll find out anyway soon enough.
>>36214455Well, the discussion goes something like "here's their story, but their masters are still around and probably killed my mother hive and will come to kill this hive as well. What are you going to do now that you know all this?"
>>36214455Yeah, how about we gradually feed him info and watch how the Unity on 0-1 reacts. On an unrelated note, I wonder what the AI equivalent of spit take would look like.
>GodheadI'm telling ya, we should have activated it. for Science.It could be a remote viewing device that will be able to spy anywhere just like the void shards can.
>>36214562We managed to NOT push that shiny red button for once. That I am glad for.
>>33100344>You find a third, and see a strange sight. A planet...burning. Its crust being torn apart by something vast. You can feel it shift, shaping itself in space like liquid mercury, and it twists in your direction. You feel an unbearable pain run through your head and seal the doorway, the mote of light vanishing in a moment.>>36076047 >Finally, you sense space open before you, and an elongated ovoid of reflective metal emerges. The surface ripples like water.>You finally have their attention. You must be more of a nuisance than you anticipated.So the Planet Burner was some kind of...supercapital psychic ship.
>>36214164You transmit the first segments of data regarding the Skyl's development, and its alterations by the strange alien crystals. Zero One immediately shifts its attention almost uniformly to you. As you transmit data regarding the wars between the ancient hives and the Skyl Theseus briefly interrupts you. "When did this rebellion occur"You respond with the detailed time table "Estimated seventy thousand Earth years.""Interesting, please continue." Zero One enters a frenzy of activity as it processes the data. You leave out the portions of data regarding your psionic capabilities, as well as the sensitivity of the crystals themselves. When you send the footage from the data cube showing Ceph void cutters swarming over free Skyl defense fleets, he stops you again."This information is also from the same time frame?""Yes." You say. You were about to get to that part. Once again Zero One enters a frenzy. Theseus interrupts you once more when you show the details of the activities of the Skyl and the hives after the rebellion. A worker on the clarke drops a bolt in frustration and glares sternly into the security camera."I apologize," he says, "but Human history is far less... eventful, and is far more readily available. Are there any other pieces of cultural data you wish to acquire?">(write in)>Pro bono, you can return the favor later
>>36214641Also probably the same thing just starting to warp in:>>35195165>and just before the image cuts out you see a shadowy shape twist space around itself behind burning enemy formations,
>>36214687>(write in)maybe tech
>>36214687>>Pro bono, you can return the favor later>>Continue with the story
>>36214687>>(write in)Shield tech would be nice.
>>36214687>Pro bono, you can return the favor laterThere is more.
>>36214687>>Pro bono, you can return the favor later>A worker on the clarke drops a bolt in frustration and glares sternly into the security camera.lel
>>36214747We're getting shield tech on our own. We don't need Theseus for that.>>36214687>Pro bono, you can return the favor laterBest to save it for a rainy day.
>>36214687>Pro bono, you can return the favor later
>>36214687>>Pro bono, you can return the favor later
>>36214687>(write in)>Offer information on Raleigh natives in exchange for (write in) any and all culture info on the Cephs and other xeno races living inside the Union worlds.
It said cultural data guys.
>>36214687>You respond with the detailed time table "Estimated seventy thousand Earth years.">"This information is also from the same time frame?">"Yes."Wait, how much time passed between rebellion and extermination?They had a lot of time to get to the stars on their own sublight speeds after all.
>>36214687Still want information on human agriculture, specifically genetically engineered foods.
>>36214799Yeah not really much we want in that area, generally.
>>36214873If that could increase our yield of our algae farms... a significant advantage
>>36214941Not really much of one though. Considering it's easier just to build more farms to increase income.
>>36214959Not really. If all farms make 25% more food per farm, we will always have 25% more food to play with, no matter how many farms we make.
The Valen Hyper Gate.Can cloaked pods slip through it unnoticed, or would entering its event horizon break cloaking?We need to smuggle some pods through the Valen gate network into Ceph space if we want to figure out their deal and prepare for the war.
>>36214780While that is highly relevant, we can probably find that information ourselves by using our pods to hack into the Union internet. Along with a little input from Vaughn about were to start looking.
>>36214994We need to find the Valen gates first of course.
>>36214687"You are a terrible listener. You can determine its value later." You say, and you resume uploading the data into the Clarke. You watch from your cloaked pod as Zero One divides into districts, each dedicating itself to scrutinizing and dissecting the different pieces of data. You end the story with recordings of your mother's last stand."And what time frame is that?""Recent. Within the year."Zero One surges with activity as he responds. "A server ship was once sent to render assistance to you. I must now request similar aid of you." Zero One churns for a moment in perfect chaos. "A scouting mission must be done over Earth, in exchange I would be willing to offer knowledge of defensive shields. This is of course in addition to the history of Earth.">Agree>Refuse>Other>>36214819About a thousand years or so. When you have seventy thousand to work with, a few centuries here and there doesn't seem all that important.
>>36215048>AgreeWe have really good stealth.
>>36215009>pods to hack into the Union internetWe can't into hacking anon.>>36215048>Agree
>>36215048>>Agreehuh, What's so important on earth?We could stop over on 0-2 to refuel
>>36215048>Other...It would take a day.Were you planning on needing this scouting mission before this information? Why is this now urgent?
>>36215048>>Agreesegue into the introduction with the skyl
>>36215048>>AgreeStealth bug time!
>>36215048>Agreeis lyle ready for deployment?
>>36215048>"A scouting mission must be done over Earth, in exchange I would be willing to offer knowledge of defensive shields. This is of course in addition to the history of Earth."...Does he suspect there was a Singing Stone that landed on Earth at some point in history or something?Something brought this on suddenly.
>>36215155Is it time?
>>36215155That takes days and days.And it'll be another six days until the 3 hybrids are ready to accompany him and serve as backup / ship mechanics. (Because the twins are gossipy little things and can't be leaving.)And one of them can set up a bank account on Deep Song or whatever.
Oh sweet jesus yes
>>36215212Well, we can install parasites into the twins.And switch out the Ceph's suit's central unit with one of our parasites.
It might be Happening. Theseus is preparing to flee this sector of space and wants some last pieces of data to tide him over before he starts gathering himself up.
>>36215169I get the impression he dropped this on us so suddenly because prior to our revelations he was unaware of the possible extent of our technological sophistication. We just jumped from 'bizarre bug aliens with unknown FTL capabilities' to a progenitor tier civilization in the eyes of the Unity. In addition to being a display of trust of sorts.
>>36215257Parasites aren't generally direct mind control. They're mind-reading and hallucination-inducers.They can't stop them from gossiping.
>>36215264I think the humans on earth might have one of its crystals there, but it seems they never used it.
>AgreeMake sure the expedition can make hybrids. We may need pod people. Hell, lets send an aquatic fake queen to build a secret observation base at the bottom of an ocean.
Well, if we're going to agree, might as well as if Theseus needs any kind of special scanning equipment installed.
>>36215277>he was unaware of the possible extent of our technological sophisticationHe knew we had cloaking and he knew we had FTL. Which are the only things relevant to this mission.That's definitely not it.
>>36215048>>AgreePull a pod, whichever can get there faster. Start shifting things to be ready if this gets hot.
>>36215048You check on Lyle within his pod. His surgery is complete, and he is now recovering."Such a mission would take a day at least to prepare. Why is it so urgent now?""Data must be cross referenced. I lack the needed technology to approach the system unseen, and lack the spare resources or inclination to attempt to take the position by force.""Agreed, then."Theseus's conduits seath with energy. "Excellent. Please alert me when your expedition is ready and payment will be rendered.">Awaken Lyle Rogers>Ready a stealth corvette>Other (write in)>Browse Earth history first
>>36215287We are literally just sending a Pod to go into orbit over a mostly-dead world.The 'expedition' doesn't have to do anything but look.
>>36215155Well, the procedures performed on him took 4 days total, and began about 4 threads ago, so he should be waking up fairly soon. But his clone crew began in the same thread, and take 10 days to reach maturity. We also need to plant Coil with a parasite before we let him go anywhere with that drive of his.
>>36215327>OtherWe obviously lay like 5 pods and send one to Sol.A lightday out past Pluto.
>>36215327>>Browse Earth history firstIntel is key people.
>>36215327No telling thesus bout the Skyl ship?
>>36215327>Awaken Lyle Rogers>Ready a stealth corvette>Browse Earth history first>Other (write in) mission specs
>>36215327>>Browse Earth history first
>>36215327>>Awaken Lyle Rogers>>Ready a stealth corvette
>>36215327>Ready a stealth corvette>Browse Earth history first
>>36215340>before we let him go anywhere with that drive of his.The Angel's drive was already replaced, Coil is not the pilot anymore. He's staying.>>36215327>>Other (write in)Send a pod. It can stay in the system permanently.
>>36215327>Data must be cross referencedOh shit, something's on Earth isn't it?>Browse Earth history first>Ready a Stealth Corvette
>>36215327Could we send Lyle on this expedition to test his capabilities. We could stick him on a stealth corvette and I really wanna see what he thinks of those arm blades.
>>36215327>>Ready a stealth corvetteLyle is more or less ready, is the Angel? without his replacement crew, we'll need to send drones with him.
>>36215327>Awaken Lyle Rogers>Ready a stealth corvette>Browse Earth history firstWe can do all three of them.
>>36215398No it wasn't. We opted to leave the Angel without a drive until we implanted a parasite in Coil.
>>36215408Yeah. Presumably a crystal landed sometimes between the 21st century and the present, maybe.>>36215418The mission is to go "over Earth", not to land on Earth. Which is mostly a wasteland.
>>36215327The wording of the request implies a fly-by, something a pod can do. If not, make sure whatever we send has an egg sac we can plant.
>>36215440Except this happened:>>35933401>So the general consensus is>>Add advanced relay to Hel's Angel>>Equip Blink drive>>Rig all hive components to self destruct
"Awaken my child and embrace the glory that is your birthright..."Also, has pic related been brought up before?
>>36215536Can we say that quote when lyle wakes up?
>>36215033There's a Valen gate in Virgo, as predicted.It was only logical to include an instantaneous-travel gate at the furthest point in Union space from Valen space.
>>36215487And then we voted to hold off on that until we could control Coil and knew where he stood.
>>36215327>Other (write in)Take some of those nukes off the sat and put it one the ship in case everything go south or we need to destroy evidence
>>36215680No post of QuestDrone's confirms any such vote.Exactly one person suggested waiting.
weren't there some plans to make a crew for lyle's ship using cloned humans, or was that shot down? are we even capable of that yet?
>>36215742They're still growing in the tanks. Another 6 days.
>>36215742I think that was initiated at the same time as his augmentation surgery.If not, QD has a history of letting us retroactively do that sort of thing.
>>36215768ahh, thanks. my memory is rather fuzzy at the moment.
>>36215768We don't even have the memories of the original guys, so how do we improvise?We shove all the knowledge Lyle has that they could reasonable also have in their brains?And maybe repairing-the-Angel knowledge from the twins to make them more helpful.They're going to have huge gaps in their biographies, though.
>>36215327As you look over Lyle's wounds and prepare to wake him from his slumber, Theseus begins to explain the history of the Human race."The Earth has a long history of conflict, but most of the major events that shape what humanity is today occurred within the past thousand years." You interrupt him, with a perverse joy."Also, the hive has knowledge of the location of a functioning fleet commanded by a machine intelligence of Skyl design." A light bulb pops in a nearby utility closet. "Please, continue." You say.After a few moments he continues. He shows you several diagrams, paintings, and lengthy legends that seem to cover the early ages of mankind. Eventually there are photographs. The gun, the light bulb, artificial flight. There is a grainy black and white video of a sporting event of some kind. Men dressed in military uniforms parade about and salute each other before athletes compete in strange events. Theseus explains that with the calendar used prior to the Union, the year is 2047 when he considers the "eventful" history to begin."By this time the major political landscape is balanced between the Empire of the United Americas," An image of the earth is transmitted, and the entirety of the two continents labeled north and south america are highlighted. Its capital is marked as Washington DC. "The Pan-european coalition, formed from the ashes of the European Union, which collapsed into economic turmoil after the United Kingdom left," Most of the continent of Europe is highlighted, as well as segments of land to the north. Much of the eastern region is left out, however. "The Holy State," Most of northern africa and the bottom segments of Europe are highlighted. "And the Oceanic Alliance." Several island chains and a large island labeled Japan is highlighted.
>>36215786Simple, we trawl the memories of the Hope's crew for training, and edit 'Mother' into all of them to ensure loyalty.
>>36215887>A light bulb pops in a nearby utility closetDon't we just love trolling the fuck out of Theseus today?
>>36215887>A light bulb pops in a nearby utility closet.Thanks for the laugh.
>>36215887>You interrupt him, with a perverse joy.The Queen's cheekiness knows no bounds.
>>36215887>the European Union, which collapsed into economic turmoil after the United Kingdom left,"Always the barbed commentary.
>>36215887Not quite Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia, but I'll take it.
>>36215887>after the United Kingdom left,"Not Germany?
>>36216047Germany IS the EU dude, UK is the outlier that's been on the fence about the EU since day one.
>>36215887"At this point in time, the Earth is being worn down by overpopulation, widespread famine, disease, and economic and political instability. As the oil reserves of the Holy State begin to dry, they began to initiate hostilities, becoming more aggressive to their neighbors in an effort to gain resources. It culminated in war when nuclear strikes were carried out over the cities of San Francisco, Mexico City, and London. Retaliatory attacks were quickly carried out. The brief conflict ended when an attack against one of the few remaining independent nations within the region of the Holy State provoked what was since known as the ‘Sampson Option’, resulting in the decimation of the entire region, and the heavy irradiation of much of the African and European continents. This event led directly to the signing of the White Covenant, and the formation of the Confederation.At the same time the nation known as China was experiencing a time of great strife, with much of their resource mines running dry. Widespread famine, poverty, and disenfranchisement of the state of government lead to a popular revolt, bringing about the Chinese Federation, a democratic state that, so the surprise of many, held many similar values to their once hated enemy. Seeing opportunity, the Japan lead Oceanic Alliance offered to render aid in rebuilding the destroyed infrastructure of the nation, creating an ally and using their still impressive military might to assist in international politics. The alliance was eventually sealed with the joint colonization project, which was meant to cement relations and ease overpopulation at the same time, resulting in the founding of Path.
>>36216231Reminds me that I still have yet to read the Star Carrier Series.
>>36216231Meanwhile, with the European Union in tatters, the nation known as Germany used its significant financial influence to centralize its political power in the region, founding the Pan-European Coalition and pulling its surrounding nations into its borders. After the events of the Sampson Option caused widespread crop failure, the Coalition began mass scale construction of colony ships with the intent of spreading its influence to resource sites elsewhere, founding Arnim, among other colonies.After the events of its war with the Holy State, the Empire of the United Americas became completely reliant upon its Martian and lunar colonies. The colonies eventually rebelled. As a result, the Empire of the Americas forcefully annexed the irradiated territory of the Holy State and southern Africa in an effort to gather what resources remain, forming the Earth Confederation in the process. The Confederation quickly began manufacturing of combat capable spacecraft, retaking its nearby colonies and then using its space based dominance to attempt to force the remaining nations into the Confederacy.
>>36216332While it had remained mostly neutral for the duration of the Confederacies’ rise to power, the New Soviet Dominion initiated a preemptive attack against the approaching Confederate fleet using a nuclear arsenal hidden within a series of communication satellites. The conflict resulted in the widespread EMP effect upon most of the world, causing massive infrastructure damage as well as destroying nearly half of the Confederate fleet. With its technologically advanced power base so heavily damaged, the Oceanic Alliance and the Pan-European Coalition was quickly forced to surrender under the threat of bombardment. A long and bloody conflict then ensued against the well-entrenched Soviet Dominion, ending with the president, Joseph Putin, committing suicide via the detonation of a nuclear warhead within the Kremlin as Coalition forces began landing in the city.By the time the Coalition had cemented its power, the cost had become astronomical. The starving and desolate earth was entirely reliant on the resources of its colonies, which had been founded mostly by the Confederation’s enemies, or by independent corporations. The Great Expansion began as Confederate forces first exited the Sol system, quickly taking the motley collection of independent, still developing colonies and placing them under the rule of the Confederation. It was not until the events of the Colony wars that the Confederation would be properly contested, with the end of that conflict being marked with the destruction of the Earth’s moon, which marked the final blow to the desolate, irradiated Earth.
>>36216543Theseus completes his story, and seems to wait for your feedback."You're right, it wasn't nearly as eventful." You say.>Awaken Lyle>Request more info on hired mission (write in)>Other
>>36216575>>Request more info on hired missionWhat are we after? A simple observation and recon or do we have to pick up anything?>"You're right, it wasn't nearly as eventful." You say.Cheeky
>>36216575>Awaken Lyle (and his crew?)>Request more info on hired missionWould a groundside agent be needed for this mission?
>>36216543>Joseph Putin, committing suicide via the detonation of a nuclear warhead within the KremlinMy god my sides, have you seen them.
>>36216575>>Awaken Lyle"Awaken my child and embrace the glory that is your birthright..."
>>36216575>>Request more info on hired mission (What is the objective of this mission? I would like to know what to prepare for.)>Awaken Lyle
>>36216611Now we see, that the QM is also a /pol/ack
>>36216575Why would we awaken Lyle?This isn't a mission he can help with. It's scouting from orbit, isn't it? His body is not useful for this.>>36216575>>Request more info on hired mission (write in)What portion of the planet are we focusing on?
>the New Soviet DominionWait how were these guys never mentioned before that last part?
>>36216714>While it had remained mostly neutral for the duration of the Confederacies’ rise to powerThey've been quiet
>>36216714Don't rely on a quest thread to provide a realistic score of geopolitics.
>>36216575>Request more info on hired mission (write in)I really just want whatever info Theseus thinks would help us do a better job.
>>36216575>>Awaken Lyle>>Request more info on hired mission (write in)Figure out if Lyle and his ship would be of any use on this mission, but wake him up in any case. He could probably use a week to get used to his new augs and tidy up the Angel.
Since we have Atomics unlocked, how about we now manufacture enough warheads to install into every hive ship as a self destruct mechanism?
>>36216846too risky, plus we don't have any large ships to warrant it.Its a waste to do it with the smaller ships/medium ones.
>>36216859How is it risky or a waste?If anything the more expendable ships are the ones you want to have kamikaze option in.
>>36216616I hope you know the origin of that quote. Then again, it's been a while since starcraft was relevant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DDjrm-GLzA
>>36216673Having Lyle out doing stuff might help in his recovery, and we can interact with him some more. He's never actually had any experience interacting with the hive beyond hanging on a wall with no limbs, so it'd also help him get used to us in general.
>>36216846>>36216859We could just equip them with fusion reactors you know.
>>36216575"What are the details of this scouting mission?"Theseus responds with a map. "There are several locations of interest that need to be scouted. A low orbital observation may be sufficient, but if it is possible to land a search party that would be preferable." A series of dots appear, marking a number of craters from major lunar debris. "Once direct observation is made we will be able to determine the next step."You reach out to Lyle's mind through the parasite within him. He is drifting within an endless sea, water reaching the horizon in every direction. He feels himself begin to sink below the waves."Awaken, my child." Your voice fills his head as sinks deeper into the abyss. "Embrace the glory of your new birthright."He opens his eyes within the pod, the spindly arms latching to his newly finished prosthetics. In a panic the blades of his arms unsheath, rupturing the membrane of the pod and sending him sprawling onto the floor. He doubles over, sending the contents of his lungs out onto the floor with desperate, choking coughs as the pod stitches itself shut behind him. He looks down to his arms in confusion, and by instinct the blades retract into his forearms.>Speak (write in)>Other
>>36216884Considering the cost, and the damage it can do to our own ships, its a dumb plan.
>>36216906>>Speak (write in)Calm the fuck down wolverine.
>>36216906"You have a new assignment."
>>36216846Maybe on the ones sent deep into enemy space at risk of capture, but by the sound of it they're too expensive to equip on every single craft in the fleet.>>36216892Cold fusion generators are stucturally incapable of initiating a fission-fueled explosion, even IRL. H-bombs work by enhancing a fission reaction to achieve that.
>>36216935My poor sides... this
>>36216906>Speak (write in)Calm, my child. There is no reason to be afraid. I have need of your services.
>>36216910>Considering the costLiterally what cost? We'd need numbers before declaring it's too costly or just costly enough.
>>36216906>"Awaken, my child." Your voice fills his head as sinks deeper into the abyss. "Embrace the glory of your new birthright."I think my sides just achieved FTL travel.>>36216935Oh let's do this.
>>36216906We should probably tell him that we replaced the crystals with a drive that won't spy on him.
>>36216935I'm sorry, we have to do this.
>>36216935>>36216954>>36216969>>36216978We don't even know that pop culture reference.
>>36216846Speaking of attomics, I think we should assign some of the swarm fighters on any ship carrying them to use to be armed with a bomb rather than a standard weapon (turning the swarm fighter into an anti-shipping missile).I say 10-20 of the swarm fighters on our cruisers should be equipped as such.
>>36217000I'm sure queeny can find some other way to be a cheeky cunt.
>>36217000I wasn't even being serious bruh
>>36217000FTL internet via space pods. Queenie is very good at multitasking.
>>36217016Well I figured the first guy wasn't saying to literally say that.But not everyone seems to be on the same page there.
>>36217000How could Theseus have spoken of Earth culture without noting the most famous Canadian of all time? Surely it was simply abstracted into the early infodump.
>>36217003Nukes are small time to the Union. They give them to their small ships so they can pack the same punch as bigger ship's railguns.So why limit them to just 10-20 drones in our swarm?
>>36216906If you wanna be cheeky m8:"Congratulations on assassinating your first target. That defenseless membrane didn't stand a chance."
>>36217092Well its at a sufficient level of cheeky.
>>36216906>Speak (write in)"Lyle, I find myself in need of strength. Will you be that strength?"
>>36217092This can work as well.
>>36217092>>36216935Why not both?
>>36217016>I wasn't even being serious bubftfy
>>36217145The Queen's cheeky style throughout the quest has been more simple deadpan than making references.
>>36217185the queen is the cheekiest breeki
>>36216906"Calm yourself." Lyle looks around in a panic, straining his eyes in the darkness of the hive tunnels. There is a worker standing some ways distance, its carapace glistening slightly. Lyle falls back at the sight, and the worker places a small pile of neatly folded clothes on the ground, then scurries away. "The hive has need of your services," you say, "and it will likely be more difficult than stabbing a medical pod. You will need to gather your strength."Lyle looks up and around in vain. "Where are you? Where am I?"A spectral image of yourself appears within the tunnel, emerging from the walls. "You are within the hive, you are safe here, now put your pants on." He quickly reaches for the folded fatigues on the ground and puts them on. The small cut on his arms where the blades emerges hardly bleed at all. He runs his fingers over them, feeling the strange coarse carapace beneath the skin."You have been improved." You say in response to his curiosity. "And so has your angel." His eyes lock to your false image in a mixture of surprise and dread as you fade down the hall. He sprints after you, his steps guided in the dark tunnels by the parasite until he finds the airlock to his ship half buried in the hive wall. It slides open.>Speak (write in)>Allow the twins to go with him>Allow Coil to go with him>Send a drone(s) with him (write in)>OtherLooks like the thread's dying early tonight, you want me to set up another?
>>36217294Oh god, this feels like we are Angel from Borderlands 2 or some shit.
>>36217294Do itSend him the twins and some drones
>>36217294Oh hell no, the twins and Coil ain't going with him."You will find the ship faster than ever before."
>>36217294How quickly can we plop some parasites in the twins?
>>36217294>Send a drone(s) with him (write in)>Flies (5)>Worker 10>Shocktrooper 10>Allow the twins to go with himBut only if they've been infested
>>36217294>Send a drone(s) with him (write in)send some of our best warriors with him and some sniffer typesand yes, start a new thread quick!
If the Skyl didn't, and couldn't, use the void shards as a drive on their ships anymore post-rebellion.Why was there a void shard aboard the wreckage we found?
>>36217339Agreeing with this.
>>36217294>Allow the twins to go with him>Send a drone(s) with him (write in)>10 workers>5 warriors>1 Shocktrooper>3 wasps>2 of the smaller sniffers
>>36217339This, and not Coil.We switched out the drive, right? I don't want Lyle going through dark-space again. It used to talk to him before, and now that he's infested, he'll be able to hear much more.
>>36217339Parasites don't do direct control effectively. They're not really enough.They just generally induce delusions.
>>36217294>Allow the twin to go with him if they want, but provide them a climate controlled area if they don't. Also, offer them the chance to get a brand new parasite!>Allow Coil to go with him if he wants, but provide a climate controlled area for him here if he doesn't.>Send drones with him (How many can fit into the space ship?)
>>36217381It appeared that the Skyl in the crashed ship were of the earlier generation that have been modified by the Crystals to be immortal. That still doesn't explain the void shard though so yeah.
Man, we really gotta add that Skyl controller chip that somehow used the void shard as a Horcrux to keep itself alive.And the Broken Crystal too. They both touch on the weirdness of how void shards function.
>>36217339How would you use parasites to stop the twins from blabbing when on shore leave at their terrible restaurants?
>>36217381According to your ever growing records of Skyl history, they had a very small and ever dwindling number of them after the rebellion, which were used with hesitation for obvious reasons.
>>36217294Hell yes, I wait all week for this quest.
While we're waiting on the new thread, I propose a re-design of our current speakers.
>Reactive armor>Flak jacketThese are both for protection from kinetic damage. What's the difference in results between the research subjects?
>>36217597If we add any fluffbutt to the Hive, it should be on the Queen.Fluffy collar, just cause.
>>36217294>Flies (5)>Worker 10>Shocktrooper 10There is some contest over the twins. You would be able to implant them with a parasite within the day, although it would take a bit longer for them to "settle" so to speak, since you are less familiar with their biology.>Let twins accompany Lyle>Don't>OtherSetting up the next thread now.
>>36217294I'm game for a few more hours.
>>36217618>>Don'tMaybe on the next mission.This one is only to Earth, after all.
>>36217618>>Let twins accompany LyleHow much trouble could they possibly get in with all our drones on the ship with them?
>>36217612Reactive armor is kinetic, flak jacket is decent against kinetic, but is primarily a defense against explosive damage. Shrapnel, bombs, and the like.
>>36217618>Let twins accompany LyleInfest them but don't let them out of the ship once they get to Earth.
>>36217618>Don'tLyle policed them before on his ship, he can do it again.
>>36217618Eh, don't send them.Implant them with parasites now, though.
>>36217618>Don'tThe mission takes a day, the parasite implanting takes a day...It fits.
>>36217618>Don't allow them to go.There seems to be enough support to give them parasites, though, so that will be done while Lyle is away. If you have any specific prefered method of getting them into the tank, go ahead and propose it. I'll link here with the new thread link if this one is still up, otherwise I'll just link in the twitter.
>>36217618>Don't Dis be a scoutin' mission, mon.
>>36217719Be straight-up with them about it.
>>36217719>If you have any specific prefered method of getting them into the tank, go ahead and propose it.Drug their food?Wait, is any anesthetic we got even remotely strong enough to take down a Taidaren?
>>36217719Tell them they'll get new parasite friends.
>>36217719offer them a parasite from are habitat. Then put the drone in.
>>36217744>>36217775But if they know we implant parasites, they can tell people about it.We probably don't want that. Others like Lyle might figure out that they could have one too.
>>36217719Just tell them we want to stick parasites in em, they'll likely be ecstatic.
>>36217719Compromise:Tell them they're getting new parasite friends.Then use alien Rohypnol (Nepenthe) to make them forget what we said we were gonna do.
>>36217597Some variance would be nice, what are you thinking?
>>36217560Seconded. New thread please.
>>36217719Put some food in the tank. Some rotten food.
>>36217792We can tell them to not talk about. Or we can keep them in the ship at all times when off-world.
>>36217819They aren't that stupid......are they?Worth a shot.
>>36217808Does that stuff work on them? If so, second.
>>36217810The picture, basically. I just wanted to turn them into colorful moth-things. Adorable as fuck.
>>36217827>tell themYeah and how do you enforce that.>keep them in the shipThey're going to whine about that so much. You saw how much they love their shopping and restaurant-ing.I'm for Nepenthe-ing their memory away.
>>36217808> It inhibits the formation of memory, causing the subject to forget recent events and preventing them from memorizing new events until the toxin wears off. While the subject is under the effects they are unable to recall even basic knowledge or memories, and will accept nearly anything as truth. Maybe we can even give it to them ahead of time to test that it works.
Hey wait, if Lyle is awake, our quantum comm order should be shipping very soon too.
Has anyone thought of checking A-295 for sentient life?
>>36217934Should we tip?
>>36217951Drop shipments don't take tips.
>>36217839But they need to smoke a pipe and sound like a aged southern gentleman. It would be disarming as fuck.
>>36217959Ours would if we told them too