“Good immunity?”“Yes.” Your speaker chitters as a worker holds out a pair of parasite drones. “Protects against all manner of illnesses.”The twins share a quick glance before whistling out their agreement and quickly follow the worker to the medical pods. They are quickly subdued before they reach the entrance.That was almost too easy.Lyle walks slowly through the Hel’s Angel, taking note of where the twins left stains or trails of dirt. Several workers move to clean the floors and panels, and Lyle makes an effort to avoid them. He eventually makes his way to the cockpit where he slowly seats himself at the controls and reclines in the seat with a sigh.“Just, just give me a minute here.” He says.As your drones prepare the Angel for takeoff, a worker hears a beep from the FTLcomm."Your order has been sent to the requested coordinates, please confirm the receipt of your delivery upon its arrival."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
>>36217992>Current armory269 Thorn Launchers20 Thorn Cannons123 Sting Casters30 Cyclotrons15 Rotary Stingers3 Fire Sprays5 Plasma Spray>Current resource reservesNutrients: 365677Metals: 151610Credits: ₡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) 1952Clone upkeep/special projects and expenses25 Human captives of the USV Hope – 7503 Human hybrid clones in production – 180Lyle Rogers – 47Total upkeepNutrient costs: 28444>IncomeMetals: 62395Nutrients: 100050Net: 76616
>>36217992>“Protects against all manner of illnesses.”Brilliantly sneaky.
>>36218024Hive 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
>>36217992>That was almost too easy.Hah.Now, to drink of the river Lethe with their pal, Nepenthe.
>>36217839But they need to smoke a pipe and sound like a aged southern gentleman.
>>36218058That would be pretty dismaring. Can the rest of the hive get moth motifs?
>>36218043Really should send a Pod to Sol to scout ahead of time.
>>36218135Yeah, So that at least we won't go in blind.
>cratersBut those craters are from lunar debris......Does Theseus think a crystal was on the moon?
>>36217992>He eventually makes his way to the cockpit where he slowly seats himself at the controls and reclines in the seat with a sigh.>“Just, just give me a minute here.” He says.Well, when he's had his rest, I'd like to ask him how he feels about this situation. Maybe tell him that Theseus has spoken quite highly of his exploits. Or just, like, mind-read him. We're best buddies now.>>36218135That sounds like a good idea.
>>36218175Lyle isn't a feelings kind of person. Just quietly read his mind. Don't try to talk.
>>36218151Supposively a nuke blew up the moon.
>>36218160Queeny can get some nice mothy wings with some fur accents around, have a nice fur collar to immitate a fur coat sorta feel. Maybe throw in a deeper splash of red somewhere. Get the drones all moth looking. Maybe leave the warriors alone. Speakers are big fluffy color things.
>>36218175Might be a wise idea. He has had one hell of a week.
>>36218043Finished Research>Cryo sprayThis is now available as an alternate ammo for the chemical or plasma spray weapon.>MissilesThese powerful guided missiles can be loaded with a wide range of deadly warheads. The missiles are loaded within disposable missile racks, and ammunition must be paid for after firing, however, they offer a wide range of powerful weapon systems.[New adaptations unlocked]>Swarm Missile podThis missile pod is capable of holding a vast number of tiny short range missiles designed to overwhelm enemy point defenses with sheer numbers, dealing damage through a thousand cuts. They are highly maneuverable, and effective against smaller craft.>Light Missile podThis pod holds a decent number of medium ranged missiles each capable of holding a modest payload, and is most effective against sub capital ships.>Cruise Missile podThis massive pod is capable of holding a select few massive long range missiles, each capable of potentially destroying anything short of a capital ship. They are extremely slow to accelerate, and are typically only useful against ships of capital class.>Surface to orbit missile launcherThis anti-orbital weapon is capable of firing a planetary missile from a launch silo on the surface of a planet to intercept approaching or orbiting enemy craft.[Research unlocked]Laser coolingVery SlowThis concept uses a laser to bounce particles in an object back into place, effectively nullifying the energy within the object, cooling it to potentially extreme temperatures at a distance.
>>36218206No it didn't.>>34551733 > Little tactical data of the event remains, but in the fray a stray kinetic round is believed to have struck a military facility on the lunar surface. The resulting explosion fractured the moon
>>36218206To be specific, it was a stray shot from a space faring ship caused a catastrophic explosion in a battery installation running deep within the Moon's crust. A one-in-a-million chance shot was all it took.I suspect They had a hand in it.
>>36218226>All these adaptations
>>36218226>Laser cooling>Very Slow>This concept uses a laser to bounce particles in an object back into place, effectively nullifying the energy within the object, cooling it to potentially extreme temperatures at a distance.That's only the tip of that iceberg. Eventually it will allow us to shoot beams of supercooled plasma to freeze objects at a distance and it has better range than hot plasma.
>>36218297>beams of supercooled plasmaIf it's supercooled, is it gonna be 'plasma' anymore?
>>36218207Nah, just one speaker.
>>36218325Plasma is just ionized gas. It doesn't need to be hot.
>>36218359If it's really supercooled it's not gonna be a gas anymore.
>>36218226Lyle sits in his chair, his eyes sealed shut. His mind wanders to when he first came into possession of the Angel, during his escape from Helviti. You can see the memory unfold as he cleanly places the blade of a plastic, home made knife into the jugular of a guard under the cover of a riot. As the ship touches down to bring in reinforcements, he slips in wearing the guard's armor and cracks open the skull of the pilot with a stun stick."Remembering the good times?" You ask, his mind projects the flash of your image in the copilot's seat for a split moment. He scrunches his nose in frustration."I worked damn hard to get this ship, and I worked damn hard to keep her.""And the hive has worked hard to keep you in good shape. Now you can prove yourself worth it.">Have Lyle leave immediately>Send a pod in first>Send a pod in first a light day away and approach under cloak>Other
>>36218416>Send a pod in first a light day away and approach under cloak
>>36218416>>Send a pod in first a light day away and approach under cloak
>>36218416> Send 2 pods in 1 light-day from pluto
>>36218390>Not know how exotic states of matter work.
>>36218416Oh, now that he's up and out of his pod.We can trick him into unlocking the password-protected part of his computer to let us surreptitiously download whatever he's keeping secret.inb4 it's all just sentimental family holo-photos.
>>36218502I thought all it did was access the online black-market?
>>36218514That's the FTLComm. that's a completely different thing.
>>36218416Tell him that his previous mission has failed and his account is on lockdown.Also get his opinion about his new body modifications.
>>36218502Why wouldn't we just have token that information in the pod.
>>36218568Because it's voice specific, we've been over this.>>33097651 >...most of it at least. A small corner of the network is still sealed, under lock and key from Lyle. It requests a password and voice recognition.
Hey op I sketched something for you. Sorry if i got any details wrong.
>>36218597Boss as fuck
>>36218597Fucking killerExcept maybe the eyes that is off the canon description, but who cares, the awesomeness clearly makes up for that.
>>36218416"You will have a day to prepare." You say as a pod vanishes from Leeland orbit with a burst of radiation, appearing in a moment a light day from Sol.It takes a moment, and then Lyle erupts into a sense of horror. "Shit! Wait, the broker, damnit, that piece of shit cunt!" A dose of sedatives enters his system."What about him?""That little shit's gonna want to know where I've been all this time. I should either be dead or asking him where to stuff a bug. If I start going around like nothing's wrong, he'll want to know what the fuck happened.">Contact him, make up a story>Offer a disposable, self destructing drone>Ignore the broker>Other>>36218597Wow, that's great, and damn terrifying. You'd need more than moth fur to make that anything but pants shitting scary, especially when there's a thousand charging at you at the speed of a muscle car.
>>36218701>Contact him, make up a storyYou were sick for a month due to native fungus>>Offer a disposable, self destructing droneDidn't we prepare for this?
>>36218701>OtherYou aren't going to be visible for this mission. We will prepare some drones for you to present to him.Now, we lay 20 drones with quantum brains and exploding acid sacs. For a cool 1 million credits. Most of which goes to the Hive.
>>36218731We only talked about it. We didn't actually create the drones.Like >>36218746 said.Worker drones, but with those modifications added on.
>>36218701>"You will have a day to prepare."THIS IS A SNEAKING MISSION.
>>36218701So this quest is orders of magnitude better than any others. Everything about it is great. All the characters are amazingly well written and interesting, even the less important one. And you've managed to make characters like Theseus, Elizabeth, Lyle, and the twins really likable despite their introductions to the story.You're a really great writer QD and I just wanted to let you know I appreciate having these threads to read.
>>36218701At least tell Lyle we faked his illness.
>>36218804>we faked his illness.No we didn't.I suggested claiming there was a fungal infection, but we discarded that plan. We just let Coil claim the engines were under repair.
>>36218701>that piece of shit cunt!"Ah there we go, canon proof of Lyle's identity as a Strayan.>Offer a disposable, self destructing drone
>>36218746Have him mentions some of the drones explode, so they won't be mad at him for handing off suicide bombers"Here are your bugs, also these fuckers are full of napalm have fun."
>>36218746Replace the worker claws with combat claws so they can stab themselves and commit sudoku better, too.
>>36218746Excellent idea, how about we surgically implant some of those Scorpion assassin drones we never used, it would make it seem as if our drones were capable of live births, and would fuck up whoever is behind this.
>>36218812I'm 90% sure we still had Coil claim Lyle was sick/ill somehow. But vague normal sickness, not retarded sickness.
>>36218847There was only the one time we ever replied to the Broker, wasn't there? The Broker sent a message twice, we responded the second time.>>33543314>>33543682>"Engine damage sustained. Repairs underway. Will take time."
>>36218846No. Acid to the face is more than fucking up enough.We shouldn't even let the drones stay alive long enough to get near anyone "behind this", because then they might manage to take some kind of sample before they kill themselves in agitation at being in captivity.
Make sure to make the fake drone colorful for extra dosh, guys!
>>36218701Many ideas, most of which painful and nightmare inducing.>Offer self destructing drones (such as speaker)>Offer self destructing drones and implant them with self destructing parasites (write in)>Other>>36218792You made my week just then, you guys are awesome.
>>36218892But the assassin drones also explode. Making it seem like individual drones are capable of reproduction would help redirect attention away from the queen herself, and in this circumstance would help destroy the lab where they may have obtained samples before the speaker drones exploded.
>>36218924>>Offer self destructing drones (such as speaker)But not the speaker.They should appear to be normal workers. Except they have quantum brains--so they can commit suicide on our order and appear sentient when cut off from us -- and exploding acid, yeah.
>>36218924>>Offer self destructing drones (several speakers) and implant them with self destructing parasites (scorpion assassin drones).
>>36218924>>Offer self destructing drones (such as speaker)What this guy said >>36218934
>>36218934This 'piece of shit cunt' was offering something like double the creds for speaker drones specifically. The hive could use those creds.
>>36218931But tiny versions of the bugs is goddamn weird and raises too many questions.Since they've seen how hive bugs are hatched by Lee's testimony. There is no tiny phase for juveniles.And the regular sized workers are just as good at destroying the lab in a rampage.
>>36218934Speaker are worth more however.
>>36218924>>Offer self destructing drones (such as speaker)Also, now that several other quests I've been following are kill, this quest is one of the highlights of my weekends.
Oh right, we have any drawings of our speaker/s?
>>36218956Then we can double the number of drones "captured", or send ONE speaker drone, modified to have exploding acid (not just self-dissolving acid), a quantum brain, and no mimetic skin.The idea of the hive randomly having multiple speakers when the one was obviously expressly created for interacting with humans... it would raise too many weird questions.
>>36218924>Offer self destructing drones (such as speaker)Keep it simple, stupid. Also, all the reasons people are coming up with to not use speakers are retarded and make no real sense.
>>36218987>all the reasonsSuch as?
>>36218792Seconding. This is best quest and QM is amazing writer.
>>36218966More drones are also worth more.But multiple speakers would make no sense, and have implications that the hive has been talking to enough humans that it needed more than one.
>>36218984What. Where the hell are you getting that notion? It's obvious to US that that's what's up with the Speaker because we made the damn things.The humans are just full of questions, hence the price tag. Hell, it's better to lead them to believe there is a Speaker caste or something than anything that could possibly lead them to the 'purpose made drone' theory you're advancing.
>>36218962They only have the brief account of a Union soldier (now wanted criminal) of our hive, implanting smaller drones would help confuse and obfuscate them. Look here's a proposal for an implanted drone:Acoustic: Advanced 2Olfactory: Moderate 1Blade: Hypodermic 2Legs: Sprint 1Wings: Advanced 4Carapace: Adaptive camouflage 8Mimetic skin 2Tail 6 (hypodermic)Explosive glands 2Quantum Brain 4Size: SmallCost: 8NCapable of independent action, stealthy, and very deadly.
>>36219011The existence of the caste makes no evolutionary sense whatsoever, if they've never encountered humans before.Seiner already was pondering the mystery of how the hive could adapt so rapidly when he was still on Leeland-- he KNOWS. Because the alternative is even more ridiculous than a bizarrely rapid adaptation ability.
>>36219010Not sure where you're getting the idea the humans are privy to the nature of the Speaker besides a colorful bug that can talk and maybe appears to have a leadership position.
>>36218597Do we actually have this as a unit?If not, correct this mistake, now, Do it immediately, I don't care if it's expensive as fuck, we can pretty them up with bio-luminescence and some taunt flaps of decorative skin, like a cobra hood or those spitting dinosaur things or some shit and have them as Royal Guard if they are that expensive.
>>36218792Too true, anon, too true. This is my absolute favorite quest right now, nothing else I follow comes close.
>>36219031They didn't study the Speaker's mandibles in depth. They have no clue of the Speaker's vocal range. The Speaker could be a near-perfect mimic that uses calls to lure prey for workers to ambush for all they know.The mystery of the hiver communicating has more to do with the rapid understanding of their language than the presence of vocal structures capable of reproducing human speech.
>>36219034It's the obvious conclusion. It's a bug with human vocal cords. It was born from an egg that was only laid after meeting humans for the first time ever.You'd have to be supremely stupid not to conclude the possibility it was an extremely rapid custom adaptation.>>32211449 >I'm still trying to figure out how they adapt so quickly though. Have they said anything about it?"
>>36219010You do realize we could send one speaker.
>>36219040>Making them have glowy bits and decorative hoods associated with things that spit highly potent acidic venom at you.Whelp, that's even more terrifying.
>>36219065And have they closely observed those vocal cords and that egg-laying process? Got tiny spy cameras and biopsy nanites crawling around everywhere?
>>36219076That's what I was suggesting, yeah.
>>36218984That's the point. The more misinformation we can feed this guy the better off we are in the long term. Having more speakers would challenge the notion that they are born for a specific purpose, and make the hive seem less capable of intelligent design.
>>36218924It looks like most of the support is between>Send 1 speaker (based on original design) and several workers (write in)>Send 1 original speaker>Send multiple speakers (write in)With a bit of people on the fence over>Implant them with deadly, explosive, chest bursting parasites>Don't
>>36219133>Send 1 speaker (based on original design) and several workers
>>36219103If the misinformation only raises further questions and thus makes them more curious, that might be a net negative.>>36219133>>Send 1 speaker (based on original design) and several workers (write in)I mean, modified to all explode with acid and quantum brains, obviously.
>>36219133>Send 1 speaker (based on original design) and several workers (write in)>Don't
>>36219133>Send multiple speakers (write in)But ALSO a few workers. 3 speakers, 5 workers.
>>36219133>>Send 1 speaker (based on original design) and several workers (write in)20 of them.>Don'tTiny death bugs would only make Seiner's penis harder.
>>36219146Then we shouldn't be sending exploding drones at all, really. There's no compelling reason to think that the humans strongly suspect purpose-made drones at this point.
>>36219173we don't want them studying the drones though
>>36219040I primarily based it on image I had for the shocktrooper bugs, I.E. Combat form but a little more 'built' and with the leaping wings.
>>36219173Exploding acid when captured by predators is a believable evolutionary adaptation.And with quantum brains, they can demonstrate sentience even when cut off from the Queen. Which will shut down the bounty program promptly, since that's how Seiner justified it.
>>36219189>>36219040Of course if thats inaccurate do what you will. I plan on sketching out a few more bug designs, both what we already have and some design concepts.
>>36219133>>Send multiple speakers (ten)>Implant them with deadly, explosive, chest bursting parasites
>>36219213I'm kind of sad we can't design them like mechs in mekton.
>>36219186My point was more that if we don't want to pique interest at all, dangling drones and then detonating them doesn't make sense.>>36219201A more intelligent leader caste is also a believable evolutionary adaptation.
>>36219133Agreeing with the version that doesn't let them study our drones.
>>362191331 speaker18 Workers1 Warriordon't
>>36219250But the giant bugs clearly don't use vocals to communicate and command.They appear to use radio.
>>36219269No version of these options would let them study our drones, anon. This is a vote over how much we want to screw with whoever first sent Lyle.
>>36219133All of the drones would have quantum minds and Explosive glands correct.
>>36219133Looks like it's>1 speaker (original design plus quantum brain)>10 workers with quantum brains and acid glandsThis look good?
>>36219271Voting against this option. Nobody except Lyle know of our warriors or this effectiveness, and this would be a terrible way to let the secret out.
>>36219302Original design had just acid glands? If that's upped to explosive glands, it's good.
>>36219302I would like to vote for at least a few more speakers, on the assumption Lyle will forward part of the proceeds to the Hive.
>>36219322>>36219297I think the original did have only acid glands, both of the disposable drone types in this case will have explosive glands.
>>36219302Explosive glands for everyone please.>>36219338no.
>>36219302Could we give them all explosive glands instead? We'd be better off if the lab in question was trashed.
>>36219338If it's money you're after, just include double that amount of exploding workers.
I'm against sending any drones at all. Rather prepare a force to take out this mysterious broker. Prepare for him taking on Lyle, kill his forces an then go after him.
>meanwhile, in real time>only a second or two has actually passed>Lyle is still sitting there worrying about the BrokerSo, that's 600k credits worth of drones.How about Lyle gets to keep 30k --- the exact price he would have gotten for that single dead wasp in his cockpit that he killed.The rest is deposited into the hive's new pseudonymous bank account.
>>36219421How about we cover whatever expenses incurred in repairing the Angel from our battle. He loves this ship like a lover, and we could take it as an opportunity to cement his loyalty further.
>>36219501Pretty sure we just repair it ourselves. No way I'm letting alien techs fiddle with the ship after our upgrades.
>>36219501But it is repaired?
>>36219302"You will call this broker, then, and tell him you will have his delivery. Tell him a believable story of why you were so late." You bring Lyle's attention to the FTLcomm down in the common area."Fine, fine." He says dismissively as he gets up from his seat. The workers skitter away as he moves to the small console, leaving the area cleaner than when they arrived.Lyle sits at the keyboard and types a single letter."?"There is a long wait, and then a torrent of text."YOU SONABITCH WHT R YOU TRYN TO PULL YOU SHIT?"Lyle smirks. "He must be pissed if his writing is that shitty." He slowly types out a response."Cool your tits, this place is a hell hole. Just got over goddamn space-malaria and put the ship back together. Next time you want be to go on a bug hunt make sure to give me an industrial sized bottle of Raid." He clicks enter, then starts typing again. "Got your bugs, where's the drop?"Another long wait."Mars, Olympus point. Man will be waiting in dock 15, hangar 6, tell tower you have a haul of Huronese Razor Trout and they'll send you to the right birth."Lyle nods approvingly. "Ok, so his undies don't have his nuts in a twist anymore, now what?""Now, you go to Mars and unload the drones, then you go to Earth." Lyle leaps from his spot, making the bolts holding the chair down creak as his knees hit it with more force than a human should be capable of. He yells at no one in particular, alone in the room."Earth? What in the hell do you want me to do there?""Just a simple scouting mission. You will have my other children with you to assist you. You will do fine." You sense the reassurance is almost taunting to him. Of course he'll do fine! He's always done just damn fine on his own!You sense him catch himself before he actually says anything in response, and he storms off to a storage bay to take account of his inventory."Who ate all the goddamn Jerky?" He shouts as an empty tin impacts the wall.1/2
>>36219573"Who ate all the goddamn Jerky?I bet it was the Twins.
>>36219589We also used a lot of rations on the other human prisoners that Lyle doesn't need to know about.
>>36219573>send you to the right birth."That sound so lewd---Oh you meant 'berth'.
>>36219573We should send him off with a big vat of green paste. Just like momma used to make.
>>36219613Nah, he meant birth.
>>36219537Yes, but if our repair of the Clarke was any indication, the Hive's handiwork still looks decidedly alien when finished. Even if repair is purely cosmetic I'd expect Lyle to have it done, having a ship that looks like a metal wasp's nest sort of defeats the purpose of an infiltration agent.
>>36219656IIRC, we hid our drive system inside the case of the previous one.
>>36219573"You know, I bet if I had a few months to take a really good look at this, I could probably make modern Union circuitry obsolete within the decade, these things are astoundingly advanced!" Elizabeth says between mouthfulls of dried beef. "Odd thing is is that nothing seems to be a proper storage device. I think it functions along a similar principle as the ancient punch card computers of historic Earth. I still don't want to jump the shark, but I bet the white crystal may serve as the punch card. Probably. I think." She takes another bite as she stares into the gutted alien device from her seat on the floor. "Or maybe it's more like a keyboard, like a jack for telepathic beings?"You take account of the various things in the system as your pod drifts in. You don't have a good visual on most of the system, which is crowded deep within, huddled close to the star, but your pod has plenty of time to digest the endless stream of media coming from the various colonies. There are several gas giants, three of which appear to hold colonization efforts on their many moons. Jupiter and Saturn show the largest amount of traffic, while the various frozen moons of Uranus appear to be mostly military in nature. There is a tiny binary dwarf planet along the edge of the system, and a similarly small worldlet even further from that, but nothing that seems interesting. Beyond the gas giants is an asteroid belt rich with metals and minerals, and filled with mining ships collecting all manner of resources. Further in you detect what must be Mars, a loud and obnoxious hub of cultural and economic activity. Even from halfway out of the system you can detect the wire thin elevator spanning from the surface to orbit, the so called Olympus Point station.>Find a location behind a planet and have the Angel blink in>Have the angel blink in a day away>Let Lyle take the ship to Mars on his own>Other>>36219613autocorrect can be a bitch sometimes, but yes.
If we're doing this drone bounty thing, and making it happen. We should lay several more pods to set up our dragnet throughout Union space.So that we can detect them when they warp in to whatever system is their ultimate destination. It might not be Mentan, after all.
>>36219673Yeah I know, but I'm assuming the patch up job we did on the armor plates we dissolved has the same outward appearance as the one we did on the Clark. Decidedly organic and clearly not of human design. QD mentioned the Clark would never pass as a Union frigate it's current state, even at a cursory glance.
>>36219706>>Have the angel blink in a day awayThe entire system is too crowded to just blink in behind a planet.
>>36219706>Have the angel blink in a day away
>>36219706>>Find a location behind a planet and have the Angel blink in
>>36219706>Elizabeth says between mouthfulls of dried beefGoddamn QD have mercy, my sides can't take much more.
>>36219710If they have quantum brains, we may be better off telling them to explode/hollow themselves out with acid when they begin to feel sleepy (due to gas), or the possibility of dissection otherwise seems to rise.
>>36219706>>Have the angel blink in a day awayConveniently sealing the deal in time for our mission to Earth.
>>36219730We should do that as a contingency plan, but also send out waves of pods to track them. That way we can identify and locate whoever wants to dissect our children.
>>36219730We should, but we also want to have a better chance of being able to see through their eyes in whatever shady facility they might end up at.
>>36219706>Let Lyle take the ship to Mars on his own
>>36219739>>36219742Let's hope it isn't a deep space location.
>>36219794Why would it be? Not many reasons a human scientist would want to set up shop a hundred thousand miles from anything. Especially not for a customary dissection and analysis of a newly discovered stone-smashing species that may or may not be self aware.
>>36219706>Have the Angel blink in a day away.Your drones are quickly loaded into the ship. Despite their size they don't take up nearly as much room as humans, and huddle together in several of the cramped crew quarters.>Flies (5)>Worker 10>Shocktrooper 10As well, the eggs of several new drones, made for this singular purpose, are loaded into the cargo canisters.>1 explosive quantum speaker>10 explosive quantum workers121N, no upkeep due to extenuating circumstances.Your workers have finished sculpting out a launch pad from the soil and rock around and over the ship, and Lyle grips the controls with an unrelenting joy. The thrusters open and the ship begins to float into the air with a thunderous roar, and for the first time in months, the Hel's Angel takes flight again."Holy shit." You hear Lyle say under his breath as he lifts into the air to the sight of a docking pylon in the distance with the skeletons of your newest ships hanging from the top. The foundations of two more not far in the distance. Organized patrols of wasps run along the jungle as shuttles lift off and touch down in the hangar bay carved into the mountain, the colossal pillar of an anti-orbital battery scraping the sky not far from it."The hive is stronger than you ever could have suspected." You say as a shuttle cruises past the Angel flanked by a dozen wasps. "One against a nation: impossible odds for even the greatest warriors."Lyle quickly breaks the clouds only to find the blockade of patrolling corvettes and frigates in orbit. "Christ, mate. How long was I out for?"The Angel accelerates under the power of its new Skid Drive, and as it breaks orbit Lyle shakes himself loose of the awe of the hive fleet to ask. "Hey, how am I supposed to work this new drive, anyways?"The Angel blinks. Lyle immediately covers his eyes and reaches for a sick bag.1/2
>>36219927As the Angel drifts into the system on auto pilot, you have many other facets of the hive to attend to.>Speak with (write in)>Design drone/ship (write in)>Lay drone/ship (write in)>Add research project (write in)>Send drone/fleet on mission (write in)>Other
>>36219954>>Speak withElizabeth, lets see to that damn console thing.>Lay 10 Pods
>>36219954>Lay drone/ship (write in)>Send drone/fleet on mission (write in)Lay 13 pods and send them to cover all the systems far off beyond The Cradle and The Claw. Also one stationed at reprieve if we don't have one there already.>Add research project (write in)
>>36219954>>Lay drone/ship (write in)10 Pods.>>36219954>>Add research project (write in)Broken Crystal. Skyl controller chip. Laser Cooling.The first two because related to void shards shenanigans. The latter because it sounds ...cool
>>36220004We need the pods to monitor Union space right now more, really.
>>36219954Let's lay...200 Vacuum workers (worker variant with oxygen recycler)And set them to constructing several orbital docking pylons around the Advance Waystation planet the Skyl used to use.
>>36220013Then lay additional pods for union space as well.
>>36219954>>Design drone/ship (write in)How's about we get those mining corvettes that anon mentioned earlier going?Mining CorvetteHull: Corvette 400N 800MShuttle Bay 100N 50MStandard armorConsumption beamTurret: NoneFixed: NoneAux: NoneCost: 500N 850MUpkeep: 250NSize: 100MetersThis would really help boost our metal income. Might want to add some auxillary weapons just in case though.
>>36219954>lay 10 stealth scout pods; get them to investigate human space
>>36219954Speak with Human's to see how they are doing.Lay 159 ExcavatorsLay 100 ThinkersLay 10 PodsLay fake Queen for main HiveAdd Research:Bipedal LegsFlak JacketDrop PodMission:Send Aquatic Workers and Warriors on under water scouting for hive.Send Ship to retrieval Communicator.
>>36220035There is no need for dedicated mining corvettes. Just use the existing scout corvettes.
>>36220006Supporting this, and vote to add grenade launchers to research.
>>36220035>Might want to add some auxillary weapons just in case though.No need, just have corvettes and other military ships patrol the area. Specialization is our strength.
>>36220006>>36220027Do these, plus lay 59 Excavators and pick up that drop shipment of the FTLComm we ordered.
>>36220048These would be dedicated to harvesting metal from the superstructure, and would streamline the logistics involved in doing so. As >>36220059 said, specialization is our strength, and mining is something the hive can always afford to increase. Fleets of warships aren't cheep to run, after all.
>>36220101Normally I'd agree with specialization, but the scouts aren't really occupied much. They can be used as miners slurping up metals.
I was thinking. Now that we have compact armor. We could use a vanguard, one that can do a devastating first strike with the plasma lance by getting close under stealth, and that can also take a pounding from the enemy after stealth is broken.Hull: Frigate 800N 1600MArmor: Reflex 750N, Conductive 225N 750MStealth field 75N 225MRapid damage control 22N 30MSpinal x1: Linear particle beam 150MFixed x8: Plasma lance 160MTurret x6: Railgun 150MAux x4: Auto Cannon (explosive ammo) 40MCost: 1872N 3105MWith 8 fixed hardpoints, it's a lot deadlier than the scout corvette. And just more suited for combat in general, with an occupied spinal slot.
>>36220111They've being used to ferry drones and materials between the hive and it's colonies. They're good at scouring materials for examination, but for sustained industrial scale mining in a vacuum, a specialized ship with a shuttle bay would increase the rate at which we gather metal by comparison.
>>36220129Looks okay, if a little on the expensive side, but how long could it keep it's lances trained on it's target once it's stealth has dropped? If your aim is a stealthy ship that can take a pounding, why don't you just give it heavy armor? Slightly less agile, but would cost far fewer nutrients and could weather more abuse.
>>36220154>increase the rate at which we gather metal by comparison.How so.It consumes metals at the same rate.
>>36220211Because it can then make the first strike and remain extremely mobile afterwards.We now have an abundance of nutrient income and now that our nest egg has grown a great deal, I think it's worthwhile to spend it on combined hull armors for ships that are both fast and durable.
>>36219954>Lay 10 Space pods>Retrieve packageseems to have enough support.Other suggestions include>200 Vacuum workers (will boost construction projects in space or in other environments without breathable air)>100 thinkers>159 excavators>Fake queen>Add to researchBipedal LegsFlak JacketDrop PodBroken CrystalSkyl controller chipLaser Cooling>Design mining corvette>Design Vanguard FrigateIt may take a long time, but I would prefer to take ages to get through this than to have things added in the heat of the moment that you may not really want.
>>36220235>Broken Crystal>Skyl controller chip>Laser CoolingAlso add:Grenade launcher>159 excavators>200 Vacuum workers>Design Vanguard Frigate
>>36220235Yes to>200 Vacuum workers >100 thinkers>159 excavatorsWhere are we supposed to put the fake queen though?>Add to researchBipedal LegsBroken CrystalSkyl controller chipLaser CoolingWould the mining corvette really have any advantage of our current method of salvaging metal from ship graveyards?
>>36220235>>100 Vacuum workers >>100 thinkers>>159 excavators>Design mining corvette
>>36220235Adding this to my vote here>>36220260>Add to research>Flak Jacket>Drop Pod>Broken Crystal>Skyl controller chip>Laser Cooling>Grenade Launcher
>>36220235200 Vacuum workers100 thinkers159 excavatorsFake queen>>Add to researchBroken CrystalSkyl controller chipLaser CoolingBipedal Legs>Design Vanguard FrigateWe would put it in the main hive and place the Queen in the hidden bunker.
>>36220259forgot to link response:>>36220281
>>36220259I'm thinking about from a logistics angle. With mining vessels focused entirely on salvaging the Skyl superstructure, they can work at it constantly while exchanging supplies and metal with Scout ships (via shuttles), which can then take it directly to the hive. That would be more efficient in theory, but I suppose whether or not it would actually improve our metal income depends on how QD calculates that.
>>36220305Besides, if we're going to build more ships dedicated to strip mining space borne objects, we might as well go with a design that's cheaper and better suited for that role.
>>36220235>200 Vacuum workers >Drop Pod>Broken Crystal>Skyl controller chip>Design Vanguard Frigate>>36220305Don't you want Stealth field and Rapid damage control added as standard? Those are pretty cheap addons anyway.
>>36220305>>36220360Well If QD says that it is more efficient crunchwise, then it has my support.
>>36220281adding: >>Design mining corvetteto my post:>>36220281
>>36220394and that's the sign that I need to go to sleep.
>>36220235Supported actions appear to be>Add researchBroken CrystalController ChipBipedal legsLaser CoolingGrenade LauncherDrop Pod>Lay workers200 Vacuum workers100 thinkers159 excavatorsFake queen (takes your place in the throne room, new throne room built in hidden bunker)And the last vote on the ships>Vanguard>Mining>>36220305It could allow your scouts to, well, scout instead I suppose. There is a docking pylong being built near the superstructure, so most mined metals would be sent there to be used in ship construction. The main reason your income would increase would simply be because you would have ships doing nothing but mining instead of other tasks.As it is, idle ships are used to ferry goods between colonies and maintain patrols and blockades around important locations, so idle ships to serve an important purpose. Similarly, idle excavators assist in the construction of new hive projects like farms, but do not count towards metal income, which was one of the reasons you were able to build your farms to quickly until recently, when all of your excavators were assigned to the mines, bolstering your income but decreasing the speed of underground construction. As a rule, a drone or ship can only do one thing, and it is assumed that they are always being productive in some way. Think of it like Evil Genius, the drones will do what you tell them to do, but if you leave them alone they will tend to the hive's maintenance and do the things you want done on their own.
>>36220425>VanguardBetween this and the Fleet Corvettes, it'd be nice to have something we can start mass producing with the new pylons.
>>36220425So maybe 4-6 of the mining corvettes.I'm still not sure about the Vanguards, I don't really sea the difference between them and lancers(if we upgrade them of course)
>>36220425So then we could just assign the 4 scout corvettes to start mining M-323 then.And all the numerous other corvettes can do the ferrying instead, since there are more than enough.
>>36220461>the difference between them and lancersLancers are corvettes. Smaller and less sturdy.They also have no point defense, or much defenses at all really.
>>36220425So having Idle ships is actually vital to maintaining territorial integrity. So it would pay us to lay new ships dedicated mining metal rich deposits in space? If that's the case then I support both designs.>>Vanguard>>Mining
>>36220425when construction possible:>>Vanguard 4>>Mining 6I'd like to propose a construction project and a mission:Make the crater show in images sent to humans for use as a rain catching reservoir and scout inside the large portions of the Skyl construction for tech.
>>36220463We will only have 2 more scout corvettes left over if we do that, and QD just stated having ships with unassigned duties is actually important to a functioning interstellar hive. We'd be better off laying new ships for mining, so why don't we go with ones designed explicitly for that purpose?
>>36220473Oh shit my bad, I thought they were corvettes. So they're focused more on a first strike role than general fleet defense compared to the regular frigate?It has my okay then.
>>36220500>, and QD just stated having ships with unassigned duties is actually important to a functioning interstellar hiveAnd we have plenty of other corvettes that would be idle. It's not just scout corvettes that can ferry, you realize?
>>36220463Indeed. So far the default duties of idle scout corvettes is to ferry goods between Leeland, Raligha, and the M-323 Pylon construction site, and to use the consumption beam to mine Tritium from the local gas giant and distribute it to the rest of the fleet.
>>36220476Maybe break the vanguard into 2 separate designs:1. Extremely fast and expendable strike vessel for the initial surprise attack. Has camourflage.2. The tank, heavy armor, takes a beating, comes in after the strike vessels with corvettes as support
>>36220516I don't think we should do heavy armor to slow ships down unless the ship is already big and slow because of its hull size.We can afford double armor easily now.
>>36220507Certainly, all I'm saying is that in the long term it would be more cost effective having ships dedicated to mining all day every day if they were designed specifically for that, without the armament or accessories of the scout.
>>36220516>1. Extremely fast and expendable strike vessel for the initial surprise attack. Has camourflage.Isn't this exactly what the lancer corvette is?
>>36220534Seconding this. We should do more specialized designs. Our advantage is large amounts of cheap specialized drones after all.
>>36220425Looks like>4 Vanguard Frigates>6 Mining corvettesThe idle drone/ship rule is more for convenience than anything else. Like that frighteningly perfect functioning homeschooled family that lives down the street with the kids that do all the chores without being asked. All your children want to do is make things more convenient.>Next dayPlease wait while I run up the calculations.
>>36220545We are currently processing your order.Please hold.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYxbSRpVJ3s
Of course we have to wait until next week when the missile pods are statted up for ship design.Then we'll have nukes to equip ship designs with. That'll be a whole new ballgame.
>>36220566https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yERFv6LxzHQThe theme of the Hive race.
>>36220566This tune made me imagine a hive worker drone operating a cash register at a fast food joint. I need sleep.
>>36220545Finished Research>Bipedal legsThese legs are capable of folding into one another, posing naturally as four stable legs, or propping the drone up on its hind legs to appear nearly twice its normal height. While upright, the drone is extremely limited in its land speed, but by human standards it would appear to have an elegant and somewhat intimidating stature and stride.>Lightning gunThis short ranged weapon sends a harmless ray to the target, causing a buildup of charged particles before releasing a powerful bolt of energy, effectively simulating a natural lightning strike. In the hands of a drone, it is a short range weapon with poor accuracy but tremendous damage, in space, it is a short range weapon with high accuracy, as it is naturally attracted to the target’s hull, but does much lower damage. Critical hits have the chance of arcing to adjacent targets.>Ion thrustersThese compact and highly efficient thrusters use a powerful electrical charge to ionize particles found in an atmosphere, or those collected in interstellar medium. Small, automatically refilled tanks provide the main source of propellant, allowing ships to discard the weighty fuel tanks required for chemical maneuvering thrusters. All ships are now slightly more mobile, with smaller craft being affected to a greater degree, and space pods are now capable of powered flight within an atmosphere.[New Research unlocked]>Ion cannonSlowThe next logical step in ion technology, the ion cannon uses a powerful magnetic funnel to channel ionized particles to a target, causing focused energy damage and EMP effects. Similar in nature to the CIP weapon, but based more on the Ion thruster technology.
>>36220686[New tech purchased]>Defense shieldsThis powerful energy field is projected from a number of redundant generators to create a series of overlapping energy walls that protect the ship from damage. Technically the shields will stop any and all damage, however in practice, overwhelming damage can quickly do damage to the generators, knocking the field out for the remainder of combat. A kinetic strike may break the generators free of their housing, while an explosion or concentrated energy weapon may cause the generators to overheat, melting them to slag. Purely thermal weapons such as the Plasma Lance bypass the shields completely, roasting the ship within like a turkey in a pressure cooker.
>>36220686>All ships are now slightly more mobile, with smaller craft being affected to a greater degree, and space pods are now capable of powered flight within an atmosphere.Fucking righteous.
>>36220686>Ion thrusters>All ships are now slightly more mobile, with smaller craft being affected to a greater degree, and space pods are now capable of powered flight within an atmosphere.I always like passive upgrades.
>>36220694Lyle has spent the day strapped to a strange machine of pulleys and weights testing the limits of his new augments. He long ago reached the limits of what the machine is capable of, and appears to now simply test his endurance, or simply pass the time. Regardless, he has spent much of the past day strapped into the zero-g bench, lifting the equivalent of a small car. He seems more than impressed, although he did accidentally impale a coffee jug during his breakfast.He floats leisurely to the cockpit in response to a proximity alert from the ship's computer."Attention unidentified vessel, you are entering Martian space without a clear ID."He reaches to the comm button and flips it with his thumb as he straps himself to the chair. "Hel's Angel to Tower, ID was destroyed due to heavy damage sustained by... indigenous life. Nearly tore the ship in half."The voice on the radio seems incredibly interested. "What is your business at Olympus Point?""Unloading a haul of Huronese Razor Trout."There is a pause."Roger, Hel's Angel, you are clear to dock. Dock fifteen, hangar six. You flight plan has been transmitted."A series of lines trace themselves along the canopy. "Roger that, flight plan received. You have a good day, now, tower." The radio cuts out. "Ya little wankers."The station itself is a massive torus spanning nearly seventy kilometers. Near the center is a large hollowed out docking facility, with the elevator in the center on the far side of the station. like a massive wagon wheel. The Angel quickly moves in and adjusts its vector to match the berth as small cubicle drones drift towards it powered by tiny gas thrusters. They lock to the hull and their tethers draw the Angel within reach of the docking clamps, which close with a tremendous clang over the hull. The canopy quickly becomes opaque as Lyle hits a button, and then crains his head to look at a bulky warrior as it awkwardly spins in a tiny circle in the hallway.1/2
>>36220831>and then crains his head to look at a bulky warrior as it awkwardly spins in a tiny circle in the hallway.So cute
>>36220831>"Roger that, flight plan received. You have a good day, now, tower." The radio cuts out. "Ya little wankers."Well look at this, we're all one big cheeky family now, aren't we Lyle.
If we put fluff on a warrior or speaker, will they look like this?
>>36220917Speakers are already fluffy.
>>36220924They aren't they've got memetic skin for visual communication. Fluffiness is an attribute of the peacock carapace.
>>36220924but are they liars?
>>36220831"Go to your room, and stay there, dammit."The drone looks at him for a moment before unsheathing its blade to hook itself to a handhold and propels itself to the sleeping quarters. Lyle shrugs. "Well that was more than I could ask from those twins at least."As he makes his way to the airlock the various drones in the ship slowly drift to the ground before skipping off in the low gravity. The docking ring was a large area nearly five hundred meters in diameter, and its rotation offered a meager .3 gravities. Not much for day to day life, but perfect for the loading and unloading of cargo. He eyes the crates in the cargo bay, and as he passes each one the simple thoughts of the newly hatched drones slip across his mind in a rather uncomfortable fashion. A clacking can be heard from one."Where is the Lee? Does he live in this hive?""Hey, save the performance for when it counts." Lyle says as he hits the controls to the door.As the gangway lowers there is a squad of armed men standing ready, each wielding a long metal rod Lyle recognizes as a 'stun stick', they quickly skip into the cargo bay as a well dressed man in a business themed G-suit walks in, his steps punctuated with the sound of his suction boots as each step starts with a slight jerk from the floor in an almost comical fashion."Are these the crates?""Yes sir."A muffled chatter is heard from one of the crates."Where is the Lee, does he live in this hive?"The short chubby businessman rubs at his fingers, as if to wipe off perceived grime, and motions to the armed men who quickly haul the crates away. Your pod keeps a close tab on their location from its cloaked position nearby."Wonderful. We will have them counted up and payment sent through your employer, as usual." He turns on his heel, a hilariously awkward thing to do in suction boots, and hobbles his way out behind the guards. As the doors close a muffled chitter is heard once more."Are you to take us to the Lee?"cont.
>>36220977As the doors seal shut Lyle looks to no one in particular and says. "Ok, now what? What do the spooky damn ghost voices want me to do now?">Enter Olympus Point and purchase anything you may need>Undock and head to Earth under cloak>Other
>>36221001>Undock, head to Earth.>Have a pod try to keep tabs on our quantum drones.Will our drones explode/die if it seems like dissection is on the menu?
>>36221016Those are their standing orders, yes.
>>36221001enter Olympus, purchase hookers, and booze
>>36221023We don't need anything from Olympus, though.
>>36221001>>>Undock, and head to earth under cloak
>>36220977>Enter Olympus Point and purchase anything you may need
>>36221001>Enter Olympus Point and purchase anything you may needLet's stick around for a little bit, get whatever supplies and see where they take the drones.
>>36221048Nigga please.Lyle can enjoy his Sugargoop.
>>36221016>Enter Olympus Point and purchase anything you may needWhat human tech could we realistically get off this station? I'm pretty sure they're holding some rare wildlife we can use to upgrade ourselves.>>36221016That seems to be our only option
>>36221001Ask him if he needs anything, if so then>Enter Olympus Point and purchase anything you may needotherwise>>Undock and head to Earth under cloak
>>36221001>>Enter Olympus Point and purchase anything you may needHave Lyle make a quick pit stop for bullets, equipment, and the vital beef jerky.
>>36221001Are we meeting up with Unity at Earth, or are we doing this mission solo?
>>36221177Solo, we're scouting for them.
>>36221001>Have a couple of Flies try to follow the menWe have them there for a reason.
We should really get around to researching those ball of arms guys.I want ball based locomotion damn it all!
>>36221188OH SHIT I FORGOT ABOUT THEM, SEND EM OUT ASAP!
>>36221001"Gather anything you may need before leaving."Lyle stairs at a wall for lack of anything else to direct his response to. "I could use a drink for one thing." He skips to a hatch and quickly exits the ship. The hatch has been attached to an umbilical that leads down into the station itself. Tourists, mercenaries, and Space Forces recruits alike skip or drift along on automated handholds. Lyle quickly grabs one as it passes by and is swept off his feet like a leaf in a breeze. He lets go and gives the wall a light kick, sending him drifting towards another hall.The gravity of the docking ring meant several things, first, elevators were potentially deadly, and second, stairs were a waste of time. Handholds and half-baked ladders were typically all that were necessary until the first ward, and Lyle, like anyone used to life aboard a spacecraft, was often more comfortable in microgravity than most civilians were in normal gravity.As you let Lyle make his way to the commercial wards, where his mind chases after a box of beef jerky, a bottle of scotch, some cigars, and several boxes of ammunition, you turn to your pod, and by proxy your drones.Your speaker has maintained a nearly constant chatter, and it is clearly becoming aggravating to the chubby businessman, although the armed guards pay no attention one way or the other, their faces masked by their vacuum sealed helmets. Your drones sense themselves quickly moving away from the ship.>Send out flies to tail the crates>Tail the businessman>Keep your drones within the Angel>Other
>>36221188I thought that reason was to have a scouting party.
>>36221213>>Send out flies to tail the crates>>36221215Thats why I said a couple, hell even one will do.
>>36221213>>Send out flies to tail the crates>>Tail the businessmanSend out several to track both, completely incognito of course.
>>36221213>>Send out flies to tail the crates>>Tail the businessman
>>36221213>Send out flies to tail the crates>Tail the businessman
>>36221213>Send out flies to tail the crates>Have our speaker continue chattering, to annoy him; "This delegation wishes to see the Lee." "This one wishes to know if you like the Lee too." "Does this hive have 'fire' inside? This delegation wishes to worship the Lee."> "Who is the mother of the Lee?" "What is your delegation's thoughts on the Lee? This delegation likes the Lee."I wanna see if we can make him crack.
>>36221213>>Send out flies to tail the crates.>>Send Lyle to buy Exotic Animals we can use.Don't you guys want some cool new shit?Doesn't even matter if they cost a lot, it's Lyle's money.
>>36221267Maybe we could get him to just collect gene samples of a lot of different life forms, like hair or blood samples. That should be enough for our thinkers to research.
>>36221213>>Send out flies to tail the crates>>Tail the businessman>>Have Lyle get animals.
>>36221292I don't think they're going to let a crazy Australian root around in animal cages for hair. Trust me, i'm Australian and they won't let you do that shit. Better to just buy them.
>>36221338What if he pays somebody for the samples? It probably be cheaper and I damn sight more convenient. I doubt he would enjoy establishing a holding pen for glowing space tigers on his ship.You know what, after reading that last sentence I realize just how funny this could be, let's do it.
>>36221213Several flies buzz from the Angel and into the corridor after the guards. The chubby businessman is panting from his excessive effort put into his suction boots, and riding along on the cart to which the crates are attached."This hive is very strange. Things are light inside it. Are all your hives light inside?" "It was lighter in the tiny hive of the mean, ugly one. Why are things in this hive heavier?" "You are much rounder than other humans. Are you a special caste? Are you a speaker? Is that why you are round?""Enough! Quiet you stupid bug, or I'll have you stuck with a stun stick!""What is a stun stick? Is it nutritious?"A metal pole jabs in through a breathing hole in the crate and an arc of electricity sends your speaker reeling."Pain! They are not nutritious!""How someone spend three days alone with you is beyond me.""The Lee's leg was injured. He was unable to leave.""That sounds like a fresh kind of hell." He says as a fly drifts past him, near the ceiling."You are mean, round human, but you are suficient at communication. Round humans must be speakers."Another stun stick jabs at the speaker."And shiny humans are no good!"Please roll 1d100, best of 3 to tail with your flies.
Rolled 62 (1d100)>>36221378This is fucking amazing QD. I'm laughing my ass off here
>>36221355It was Tuesday.
Cheeky speaker is best speaker
Rolled 31 (1d100)>>36221378My sides>>36221397Fuck me i need sleep
Rolled 16 (1d100)>>36221378
>>36221378>"Pain! They are not nutritious!"Ok, that got me well and good.
Rolled 63 (1d100)>>36221378Rolling!
>>36221378Fucking all my keks QD.
>>36221378Jesus i went to sleep 5 hours ago and spent half an hour watching porn, and this is still up?
Rolled 85 (1d100)>>36221444Messed up the dice.
>>36221396At this point it wouldn't surprise me if cheekiness was somehow genetically encoded into the Red Hive's collective genome.
>>36221452Oh i know, i went to sleep as this one went up, everything went good except of the mining vessel, but that is mainly because i think we would get more metal from drones unless i'm mixing something up(that the mining vessel is supposed to scavenge the old ship tech instead, which i'm all for).
>>36221389>62Not too terrible.
>>36221481Its a fly, they are the best of the best.
>Cheeky Queen QuestCurrently Researching:>Rhetorical questions>Tongue twisters>Human Psychology: This subject will let you know a humans innermost thoughts just from looking at them. Who knows what this will allow your thinkers to invent? Probably more ways to fuck with people.
>>36221475Mining vessel is just a dedicated rock cutter/hauler. I.e. a big drone with an engine on its butt and a cargo hold. Saying your against them because drones could do it is a bit like saying your going to axe-cut down and haul trees from the forest to the lumber mil by hand because you can do that instead of using a truck and a chain saw. While true, its less efficient. Plus: shit tone of space rocks to mine, cost/benefit is not a concern.
>>36221510Ah my bad, i thought it was still based off the old design that used the consumption laser that gave metal at a loss.If its a cutter/cargo bay.I'm all for it than.
We should have lyle buys some books for us!
>>36221378With the crates attached to a cart, which slowly glides along on a cargo rail, it is easy enough to follow them until they reach a large door. You watch as the businessman sticks his feet to the floor and waddle his way to the console on the wall. "Jeffrey Langley, clearance four." He says in monotone. A rapid light moves over his eye and the doors begin to part. The interior is a large room covered in what appear to be sweeping sensors, with a large sign near the top reading "Attention: For the safety of yourself and the public remain still while undergoing bio scan. Unauthorized pathogens harm us all: Olympus shipyards Public Relations Division.""You are called a Jeffery? What is a Jeffery? Is that what your task is called? Do you Jeff? Are you good at Jeffing?" Another stun stick hits your speaker. The electrical current is actually rather diluted through the drone's carapace, but it makes a show of chirping and thrashing in the crate. It points its claw through the breathing hole to the guard. "This one must be named Stun sticker, it is all it does!"Your flies watch as the crates are hauled into the quarantine chamber and quickly scramble to find an alternate way around. Your drones spot a tiny air vent near the ceiling, although there is no guarantee it will head in the right direction.>Attempt to have your flies enter the chamber and avoid detection>Attempt to enter and navigate the air vents>Other (write in)>>36221444Mondays are often slow at my work, if I can't run more than once a week, this is the next best thing in my book.
>>36221540Next scene with queen: reading101 ways to cook human (spoof book)while being visited by a delegate.
>>36221475There's nothing stopping us from loading hordes of freshly hatched vacuum workers onto mining ships. The ships themselves are basically there to salvage the inert metals of the superstructure, we can send workers into the more substantial bits to raid the tech if we want to.
>>36221549>Attempt to enter and navigate air ventsChances are they'll pick up our flies being in the chamber.Although I don't see any good options here.
>>36221549>Attempt to have your flies enter the chamber and avoid detectionThe air vents probrably have more secuity in them.
>>36221549>Attempt to enter and navigate the air ventsWe can see and hear from the drones anyway, we have time and theres no point risking detection.Besides, we might find something interesting.
>>36221549>Attempt to enter and navigate the air vents
>>36221549>>Other (write in)Split them up. Send a few through the vents in case the ones in the chamber are found. How many have we got out there, anyway? All ten?
>>36221563Depends on vent size.Mind this is a station, so it is a good chance they are large enough to accommodate a human inside for maintenance purposes.
>>36221572"A few" were requested, so 4. All 10 would actually have a hard time remaining sneaky.
>>36221576I figured, that if this as top secret as it implies it is, than the vents should have tough sensors around this area.>>36221572FourthI wonder if we can forcefully put a parasite drone into a host(no tank just straight up open some one ,and shove the bugger inside).
>>36221572Gonna go with this, actually.Have the one(s) going inside the decontamination chamber try to temporarily hide in a worker box. Maybe make a ruckus with one of the other workers, to divert their attention for a moment?
>>36221572Send one to trigger a fire alarm
>>36221572Supporting this so if one ends up a dead-end the other has a chance
>>36221549>attempt to enter and navigate the air ventsOh, boy! Time to become Liam.
>>36221549>Split them upPlease roll 2d100, best of 3, first one for the two in the airlock, second roll for the two in the vents.I just realized this is essentially a timed stealth escort mission and I suddenly hate myself for it.
>>36221626>trying to create real life VN with crippled chicksI still find it funny that the joke has gone so far, that people they personally know believe its real.he gets salty on his streams when ever its mentioned, and goes quiet in LP when its brought up.
Rolled 55, 25 = 80 (2d100)>>36221636
Rolled 56, 93 = 149 (2d100)>>36221636Why the hate?
Rolled 60, 36 = 96 (2d100)>>36221636
Rolled 98, 96 = 194 (2d100)>>36221636
Rolled 22, 2 = 24 (2d100)>>36221636
>>36221655>>36221658>>36221659>60, 93Hey, I'll take it.>>36221661>98,96Fffffuck.
>>36221661Why, Anon! Why were you so slow?!
>>36221661So close60, 93 still good.
>>3622163660 for airlock, 93 for vents, writing.
>>36221661Why, Dice Gods? Why?
>>36221636Can we do this>>36221604To lower the dc for the drones going into the chamber?
>>36221655>>36221658>>36221659Okay, not perfect but satisfactory->>36221661...It's at times like these I wish this quest had some kind of fate save mechanic.
Now i'm getting worried about the outcome. Was a 60 not high enough?
>>36221795We have 10 quantum brains in the room ready and willing to boost our roll.We just need to hope they didn't crit.
>>36221807Quantum brains, as QD explained it, boost the impact of a crit, be it high or low. They won't do much for the 60 but the 93 might be significant.
>>36221807Oh yeah, I thought we just got a relay.So what animals is Lyle going to buy for us? Because we're not leaving without some rare animal, even if we just steal the fuckers while in a shoot out.
>>36221847We still have Unity busting a nut trying to find out, hwat we know.
>>36221840If Quantum brains boost crits. What would happen if we just had server ships just filled with brains when we have space battles? Would we obliterate the enemy if it was even fight?
>>36221869Remember, that includes critical fails as well.
>>36221636"The walls have lights!"A laser scanner activates on the far side of the room, and slowly begins to creep across the airlock chamber. Your drones collectively panic. A meter long gardening blade lashes out and slices into one of the guards."Christ! What in the fuck?" The guard grabs his arm in pain and the rest close in around the crate, jabbing their stun sticks into it. As they do so your flies quickly glide into the crates and latch themselves to the carapace of one of your workers."What is thing? Is it bad? We should run from bad thing!" The scanner slowly moves over the crates and your drones enter panicked spasms as it passes over their crates. As it passes they step back up, looking around in confusion."Nevermind." Your speaker chitters.Meanwhile your other flies quickly enter the tiny air vent. Within they find a view of a hallway covered in office doors, small water fountains, with refillable bottles along the side, and rows of cheap plastic plants set in dirt colored foam. Bellow your drones is a young woman sitting at a desk filing her nails as a series of shipping manifests roll across the screen. Your flies move to the wall for a better view, and on the screen is the entry "Huronese Razor Trout: 11 cratesFreighter: Moraydestination: TadegaDown the hall is the airlock, slowly opening as a pair of medics rush in. Blood droplets trickle out in the microgravity as the guard in question cradles his arm."It isn't bad, just get it bandaged.""Fuck, fuck it's bleeding so much!""That's just the gravity, it's practically a paper cut.""Did you see the size of that fucking claw?"Your speaker chitters in response, "They are not sharp. Human has soft skin, not good warrior."Someone hits it with a stun stick.>Continue to follow the crates>Have your flies attempt to
>>36221906>"They are not sharp. Human has soft skin, not good warrior.">Someone hits it with a stun stick.QD, I have no words to describe how much I'm enjoying this quest right now.>Continue to follow the crates>Have your flies attempt to read the documents or otherwise interface with the computer.Have the flies that went through the chamber tail the crates, and the flies that took the vent attempt espionage.
>>36221906>Have your flies attempt to
>>36221906>"What is thing? Is it bad? We should run from bad thing!">As it passes they step back up, looking around in confusion.>"Nevermind." Your speaker chitters.>Your speaker chitters in response, "They are not sharp. Human has soft skin, not good warrior."Someone hits it with a stun stick.My sides>Continue to follow the crates>Have your flies attempt to find the Freighter Moray>Send a pod to Tadega
>>36221906>Have your flies attempt to steal some goddamn animals.I want me some batshit genetic material.
>>36221906>Have your flies attempt to scout the officeMy bad
>>36221906>Continue to follow the crates>Send a pod to Tadega>Have Airventflies attempt to learn more; but keep out of sight.
>>36221906>Continue to follow the crates>Have your flies attempt tohave Vent fly do this one
>>36221906>>Continue to follow the crates>>Have your flies attempt to scout the office
>>36221997Left your trip on there bud.
>>36221906>Continue to follow the cratesWe have 2 flies in the crate so no need to follow them>Have your flies attempt to scout the officeDo this
>>36221906Also ready/lay a standby team for wherever they are taken.
Can we at least get a list of the animals on the station? Then we can decide if we want to steal them or not.It doesn't even have to involve our drones, just say "Lyle sees X does Lyle decide to buy X?"Besides he has loadsofmoney, cost is not a concern.
>>36220831>"Attention unidentified vessel, you are entering Martian space without a clear ID.">He reaches to the comm button and flips it with his thumb as he straps himself to the chair. "Hel's Angel to Tower, ID was destroyed due to heavy damage sustained by... indigenous life. Nearly tore the ship in half."Does Lyle need to buy a new ID while he's there?
>>36221906Your pod in Gliese quickly accelerates into Tadega orbit, if that record was correct, then you will be ready.Meanwhile the remaining guards quickly rush the crates down the hall. Two of your flies sit safely within the crates while the others stay behind in the office. The sound of phone calls and typing can be heard, although a number of humans are looking up from within their felt covered cubes, phones tucked in their shoulders as they look on in morbid curiosity at whatever horrid creatures are apparently being transported through the hall."Oh! Are those workers? Their places are so tiny, we work in bigger spaces. Do round humans get bigger spaces?"Several workers gnaw on the interior of their crates, the metal easily bending under their bites to the horror of several nearby employees, as well as the guards."Get these things into quarantine immediately." Jeffrey says, his patience and sanity both equally worn. They quickly bring the cart into a new hallway, and through several more doorways until they reach what appears to be a private hangar."Is that another hive? Will it be light inside like the tiny hive?""For the love of god get them in the damn ship!"Your other two flies are quick to scout the office. It is a large floor filled with humans in matching business themed jump suits, many of whom have suction boots. The reddish mountainous logo of Olympus Shipyards is emblazoned on nearly everything, from the wall panels and doors to the water fountains and even the pots holding the fake plants. Humans may not have a genetic caste system, but they are clearly organized in a strict social hierarchy. Lowly workers toil in tiny, cramped boxes while along the edges of the room various businessmen move to and from large offices.>Search for a leader and attempt to overhear useful information>Listen in on phone calls and observe shipping manifests>Attempt to find a more sensitive area>Other
>>36222243>Search for a leader and attempt to overhear useful information
>>36222243>>Search for a leader and attempt to overhear useful information
>>36222243>>Search for a leader and attempt to overhear useful information>>Listen in on phone calls and observe shipping manifestsI assume we have enough flies in the room to do both.
>>36222243>Listen in on phone calls and observe shipping manifests
>>36222243>Search for a leader and attempt to overhear useful informationPlease roll 1d100, best of 3
>>36222243>>Search for a leader and attempt to overhear useful information>>Listen in on phone calls and observe shipping manifests
>>36222243One does this:>Search for a leader and attempt to overhear useful informationand the other does this:>Listen in on phone calls and observe shipping manifests
Rolled 35 (1d100)>>36222283
Rolled 18 (1d100)>>36222283
Rolled 64 (1d100)>>36222283
Rolled 84 (1d100)>>36222283
>>36222243>Listen in on phone calls and observe shipping manifests.Let's get that rare genetic code.
>>36222306Yep, same anon who rolled the double 90's funnily enough. I have got to learn to type faster.
Rolled 45 (1d100)>>36222302
>>36222316Not a bad idea. We could get their entire shipping logs / manifest and then raid all their shipping lines.
>>36222295>>36222294>>36222290Man i'm glad we sent our flies, if it was the small sniffer, they would have been found out long time ago.
>>36222355Variant: Small SnifferOlfactory: Advanced 2Acoustic: Advanced 2Radio: Medium 2Psionic: Basic 0Mandible: NoneArms: NoneLegs: sprint 1Wings: Medium 2Carapace: Basic 0Radiator Tubes 4Size: Small X.25Cost: 3NUpkeep: 1NThis modified cousin of the Sniffer improves on the original in every way. It is cheaper, more compact, and more effective. It is much less durable, however, and is entirely incapable of combat, but as an early warning system and territory patrol unit it is unmatched. FlyOlfactory: Advanced 2Acoustic: Advanced 2Radio: Advanced 6N 3MElectrical: Advanced 3N 2MPsionic: Basic 0Arms: NoneLegs: Sprint 1Wings: Advanced 4Carapace: Adaptive Camouflage 8Mimetic skin 2Radiator tubes 4Oxygen recycler 8Acid glands 1Size: Small X .25Cost: 9N 1MA literal fly on the wall, this drone can infiltrate and observe in virtually any situation. It is almost impossible to detect or catch, and is more than capable of observing the enemy from under their noses unseen.
>>36222349But only the exotic ones. Ones such as Huronese Razor Trouts, Europan Jellies, Medical Samples and such assorted delicacies. Then we get their DNA...Anyways, if there's a tech that we need, it's that bio scan laser thing. Imagine getting an upgraded version of that onto a stealthed scout or pod, and have it scan the cargo for tasty, tasty DNA samples.
>>36222349Oh shit. I was thinking of just raiding the station to see what they have, but they're trade routes...If we could raid those covertly, we have an indefinite supply of diverse genetic material to fuck around with.Let's go Sam Fisher on these chucklefucks.
>>36222389>Dat pic>Bitches ain't shitBut aside from that what's your point?
>>36222398>>36222413Raid 'em all. This is revenge for messing with The Hive.
>>36222431Just to show how useless the normal ans small sniffer really is.the guy is the dick actually, since he is basically pressuring her in a public setting with all their friends there, so if she says no, she would be considered a cunt.
>>36222438While raiding these punks would certainly be interesting, this is mankind's heartland we're talking about. Ambushing them here will be more than enough to get them to go all HFY on us, and we don't have the resources for that just yet. Let's just stick with sending hordes of flies into the station for harvesting intel and gene sequences. Think of all the clones we'll be able to make!
>>36222455While I agree it sucks for that guy. Massive proposals like that really are a dick move, baring the conversation of marriage having come up and it being very much a positive things.
>>36222478We target this company and only this company. Hit all their ships simultaneously. In and out. Humanity has no chance to retaliate. Sends a message not to mess with us.
>>36222455Dude, have you read that design list you just posted? The great virtue of the fly is it has memetic skin, which is the only thing that got us this deep into the station undetected. It's a covert unit, as opposed to the small sniffer which is a mass produced general purpose observation drone. Sure the fly is more expensive but you get what you pay for. This isn't even counting the advanced electrical organs or oxygen rebreather it has.
>>36222283Your two flies quickly move to the edges of the room and crawl their way into the offices one at a time, looking for the human with the largest office and the roundest shape. Eventually you find a man in an office with the shades drawn on a phone. He is speaking in hushed tones, and the obvious attempt at secrecy attracts your immediate and full attention."Yes sir. No sir. Of course, there won't be any problem sir. Yes, it arrived just as instructed. We had a... minor incident but nothing came of it."One of your flies lands nearby, quickly turning a shade of green to match the gaudy decorations adorning the office and adjusting its shape to match the shaggy velcro carpeting. They move in closer in an effort to overhear the other person on the phone."Just make sure the cargo arrives alive and intact." It's a man's voice, almost unnaturally calm in demeanor, especially considering the nervous state of the man in the office."Yes, all of the samples were in perfect condition.""Were?""Are! They are in perfect condition.""Good. I appreciate your help in the matter, even if it's not exactly your forte. You can consider next quarter's budget to give your contract another look over. I'm sure there are a few areas that need shoring up."The man wipes sweat from his brow. It slowly drifts to the floor in a wide arc. "Thank you sir, a-any thing I can do to help.""Eager to please. That's something people take for granted in today's age. Keep up the good work, Randy, you have a bright future."The phone clicks abruptly and the man lets out a sigh as he slumps back in his chair.You detect the Moray begin to prepare for launch as the hull hums with the increasing thob of its engines. Your drones are being loaded into the ship, where a large, airtight box sits attached to a small life support system.>Send your flies to infiltrate the rest of the Moray>Keep your flies where they are>Other (write in)
>>36222478Okay, yeah I can see your point.Can we talents make Lyle buy some fucking animals or something, they don't even have to be rare. So long as they have some unique feature.I'd be happy even if was something dumb and not useful, like this.>"Rare ceph rabbit. Your thinkers believe with this they can make your horde 35% cuddlier."
>>36222557>e, looking for the human with the largest office and the roundest shape.Hah
>>36222528When I said an open attack would get them to go full HFY, I meant that attacking even a private company would be sufficient motivation to prompt the Union to come together to mount a full offensive against the perpetrators. We don't want that shit, it's just not worth it at this point.
>>36222557>looking for the human with the largest office and the roundest shape.JESUS QD>Send your flies to infiltrate the rest of the Moray
>>36222557>Send your flies to infiltrate the rest of the Moray
>>36222557>Send your flies to infiltrate the rest of the MoreyAlso did we hear enough of that conversation to tell if it's the doctor guy from the ship crash?
>>36222557>>Other (write in)Can't we split them up again? How about 4 stow themselves on the Moray, 2 remain in the office as bugs (no pun intended), and the rest return to the Angel to ensure Lyle succeeds in his mission.
>>36222557Damn it this is a hard one. I want to do both, but let's go with >Keep your flies where they areWe can always send more flies directly to Tadega if they're needed.
>>36222608We only have 4 out there, anon. 2 in the Maray with the others and 2 in the office.
>>36222625We do? I thought we sent all 10 of the flies we sent with Lyle out to follow the round human.
>>36222557Your flies quickly move out to make their way deeper into the Moray's decks. The flies within the crates easily rush out and into the network of wires and piping, but your other two rush to make it into the closing cargo bay door in time.Please roll 1d100, best of 3 to infiltrate
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>36222752
Rolled 34 (1d100)>>36222752
>>36222557If we send the Flies on the ship with the workers and speaker, we'll lose the connection since we won't have an Advanced Relay nearby. Stay in the office and try to find out where it's heading.
Rolled 78 (1d100)>>36222752
>>36222763We already know it's heading to Tadega.
>>36222763Well we'll just have to send a fly or two to infiltrate the office after the Moray blasts off then.>>36222768Way to save the day anon.
>>36222763We already know, It's heading for Tadega, and we already have a pod in position over there.
>>362226512 in Moray, 2 in crate in office, 6 haunting the station, I guess?
>>36222792No, all 4 in the Moray now, the other 6 stayed in the ship.See >>36221594
>>36222792We need the other 6 when we get to treasure hunting on Earth
>>36222792The crates have been loaded onto the Moray and are headed to Tadega.
>>36222786>>36222782>believing they will go to TadegaIf anything is to believe, it's the chance that Tadega is but a cover. They have faked the manifest, why not the destination?>>36222797>>36222800Doh, yeah, I misread. Carry on!
>>36222792No, 4 in Moray (what we just rolled for), one maybe two in the office, and the remaining flies accompanying Lyle on his mission.
>>36222814>Tadega is a harsh world originally settled as a military testing ground for the Earth Confederacy, it quickly out lasted its purpose and is now a training base for new recruits of the Space Force’s Mobile Infantry division, as well as the site of several top secret facilities and suspected weapons labs of unknown location.>site of several top secret facilities and suspected weapons labs of unknown location.Sounds legit enough. And cargo is easier to fake than the destination of a freighter.
>>36222814Yes, that's why we should have left at least one fly behind, but it most likely is Tadega since they are supposedly transporting Huronese Razor Trout.>>36222815No, there are none left in the office.
Yo anons, I just checked the pastebin on known worlds and peeked at the entry on Tedega.>Tadega: Population 930 million. Tadega is a harsh world originally settled as a military testing ground for the Earth Confederacy, it quickly out lasted its purpose and is now a training base for new recruits of the Space Force’s Mobile Infantry division, as well as the site of several top secret facilities and suspected weapons labs of unknown location.>training base for new recruits of the Space Force’s Mobile Infantry division>Mobile InfantryI see where this is headed, and I like it.
>>36222844I'm saying we could send one of the six flies on the angel into the office to sift through whatever intel we can gather there. We already know the route, so we're quite capable of doing so.
>>36222841>>36222848Excellent. There will be a chance to nab some tech! Maybe experimental tech, even!Do we have the USB interface bug? It's very possible that there exists a dormant Theseus in Tadega.
>>36222752Your flies rush in just as the doors seal with a clang and they rush into the rafters where cranes and cargo lifters hang idly, their cables and pulleys bound tightly to prevent them from shifting."Did you hear something?" One of the crew asks."You kidding? I can't hear myself think with that thing over there."Your drones are being lowered into the quarantine container as your speaker continues to ask questions."What is this? Another box? Why do humans put things in so many boxes? Do you know of the Lee? Are we going there? Please make sure the stun sticker stays in this hive. Will there be nutrients soon? The workers are nervous at the strange hive, the human's boxes will be damaged from the chewing. Are the boxes valuable? Where did the round Jeffery go? Has it gone to Jeff? Does that require roundness? If there are more tha-" The box seals shut and the sound is cut off. Your flies watch as the crew sigh in relief.We have been going for a long time now, I think this is a good place to call it. Next week, we explore the ruins of Earth and the drones arrive at Tadega.I'll try to stick around for feedback, comments, questions and the like.
>>36222876None of the flies are equipped with the interface and the captured drones are supposed to kill themselves once they get there.
>>36222899Probably one of the more humerous couple of quest threads in a long time, well done.
>>36222899>Where did the round Jeffery go? Has it gone to Jeff? Does that require roundness?I cant keep my sidesThanks for the awesome thread again as always QD.
>>36222906Ach, what a shame. Well at least we can do the ol' eyeball treatment on Tadega.>>36222899Thanks for running this quest, yo. Always a great source of mirth (and cheek).
>>36222899What happens if we give a drone no legs and a tail?
>>36222925>>36222927>>36222936And thank you for playing, as always.
>>36222899Great time as always, QD! Thanks a lot. Now that everything is over, you guys think we should offically adopt moth motifs? Adorable fuckers.
>>36222899I'd like to lay a Speaker with Bipedal legs and a moth appearance.
>>36222959Thanks for running this QD, this really is my favorite quest by a wide margin.
>>36222959Thanks for running.
>>36222964Speaker only, sure.When we dont have to hide anymore we can really go crazy and try many different stylistic drone looks until we get one we love.
>>36222964How about we make a small speaker with a red moth motif? The smaller it is the less intimidating it will be to humans.Small SpeakerOlfactory: Basic 0Acoustic: Basic 0Psionic: Basic 0Mandibles: Vocalizer 2Blade: Combat 1Arms: Dex 1Legs: Endurance 1Wings: Advanced 4Utility: Acid Glands 1Carapace: Mimetic skin 2Carapace: Peacock (red)Size: SmallCost: 3N
>>36223016I'd like to make the sniffers and flys into moths, but that's just because I want people to think they aren't us and that they can be kept as pets.
>>36223052Just so we can place spies into every home.
>>36223016>>36223046>>36223052A lot of the time we have other drones join our speakers when they meet people, why not keep a bit of consistency and start phasing in some moth-workers?
>>36223102Start making fuzzy workers? Well it wouldn't cost us anything, but it's sorta pointless, as a default design. Maybe a handful of warriors could be equipped with the peacock carapace along with the combat or heavy one and used as a sort of honor guard for the queen in diplomatic situations.
>>36223102I don't want the moth to be considered a part of the hive though. I'd rather they be considered just native life of Leeland and that the hive keeps them as pets and then push them as pet to people. All so people we have spies in their homes and wouldn't suspect it.
>>36223176The point would be mostly just fashion sense, like the gardener and her tree drones. And of course, so we can be the Moth-er
>>36223176Unless QD says otherwise, I don't think a light dusting of moth is going to cost us, warrior-wise. As long as we don't go beyond 'hey kinda fuzzy moth guy' we should be fine.Although, I am assuming the peacock carapace is really, really fancy. And what we're doing with our proposed fuzzy drones is more subdued.
>>36223279Yeah, We should be able to just add some mothy looking features without really changing out the carapace at all.
Can we sneak a egg layer onto Tadega and start prepping warriors and supplies and after we break out those drones start making attacks on the human settlements on the planet by pretending those escaped drones started a new hive on there like how it is with feral orks?It would be good combat experience
>>36222899Is our Speaker going to ask the scientist types when it can go home to its mommy?