Your stealth corvette drifts through the medium of interstellar space, patiently waiting for signs of the shuttle at the designated point under the cover of its cloak. It continues to wait through the day, but eventually you detect something. There is a burst of radiation in the distance and an object now drifts with your ship through the void of space. You watch it from a distance. A single small, unmanned rocket by the looks of it, tumbles slowly through the great nothingness around you.Elsewhere in your hive you monitor the goings on of numerous activities. Your pods sit cloaked in the orbits of many Union worlds, keeping a close eye on their activities. Elizabeth has continued to work on the strange Skyl computer console, and now seems quite familiar with their computer technology.You find Lyle in a bar. Your parasite is having trouble keeping up with his alcohol intake.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
>>36357182>Current armory269 Thorn Launchers20 Thorn Cannons123 Sting Casters30 Cyclotrons15 Rotary Stingers3 Fire Sprays5 Plasma Spray>Current resource reservesNutrients: 474798Metals: 238634Credits: ₡2326Credits in Lyle’s account: ₡577,450>Hive population and upkeep cost Hive maintenance – 534Queen – 5Fake Queen (2) – 44Worker (4000) – 8000Aquatic Worker (40) – 160Vacuum Worker (200) – 1200Radiator Worker (100) – 400Warrior (209) – 1045Aquatic Warrior (20) – 140Thinker (500) – 1500Quantum 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 (200) – 3800Colossus (20) – 300Advanced Relay (68) – 6800 (set as default method of ship control)Upkeep: 26958N>Hive fleetSpace Pod (28) – 840Shuttle (10) – 250Scout Corvette (6) – 1350Lancer Corvette (2) – 450Fleet Corvette (4) – 900Stealth Frigate (4) – 1952Heavy Cruiser (4) – 4860(Under construction)Mining Corvette (4)Vanguard Frigate (4)(Queued for construction)Mining Corvette (2)10602NClone upkeep/special projects and expenses25 Human captives of the USV Hope – 7503 Human hybrid clones in production – 180Lyle Rogers – 47977NTotal upkeepNutrient costs: 37560>IncomeMetals: 52500Nutrients: 100050Net: 62490
Awww hell yes it's time for the best time of the week!
>>36357195Hive StructureG-426>Asteroid mining base: 5 Excavators, 20 Diggers, +2250M per day (+50 M per digger, +250 per excavator)Leeland>Spring mountain hive>Hangar facilities: Room for 40 Aero/fighter Drones and 20 Shuttles (25N)>Docking Pylon (2) : Space for docking and construction of 4 ships (100N) (1 more under construction)>Mine: 195 Excavators, 60 Diggers, +50250 M per day (+25 M per digger, +250 per excavator)>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 cruisers
>>36357236We didn't add more farms then?
>>36357236New 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/fighter 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 300M>Surface to Orbit Missile System – This massive bunker complex houses a wide range of warheads and a nigh limitless number of missiles within its protective walls, allowing you to launch missiles against approaching invaders from the safety of your hive. The facility uses the ship missile stats and comes equipped with a single Cruise missile silo that can target any detected object within the system, five Stinger missile silos capable of targeting any craft within high orbit, and ten Swarm missile silos specialized in targeting high altitude aircraft and low orbiting targets. The facility itself is a massive complex spread out over several miles, and includes guidance and launch equipment, as well as the means to construct and maintain a stock of warheads and missiles. (1500N 2500M)Ship Construction Optionshttp://pastebin.com/YTwGk8n1
>>36357271>Surface to Orbit Missile System This pleases the Fluff. How ever, we don't appear to have a need of them just yet.
>>36357306Defenses are always a good investment.
>>36357306We need more of these and more of the batteries
>>36357306Construct one on a large asteroid at the edge of an enemy system under cloak. Push it towards their planets. Boom, semi-mobile improvised weapons platform.
>>36357331We need more warriors, too.
>>36357306well, we could always stir up a need for them...
>>36357345Or we could just make a battleship sized carrier and point 41,000 fighters in the general direction of the enemy.
>>36357346yep we keep forgetting to add some every time it seems hell doesn't the colony on raligha have more warriors than us
>Researchhttp://pastebin.com/F6t39KSpYour corvette watches the Valen shuttle tumble lazily through space as its radio beacon crawls its way outward at the speed of light. It's not much of a beacon, simply broadcasting its own existence to anyone who could hear it, which would be you. The tiny shuttle is almost the size of one of your pods, and doesn't seem to have any windows or crew compartments, or even power beyond the meager amount used to broadcast its beacon.>Take the shuttle for salvage and retrieve the package>Take the package and leave the shuttle>Other
>>36357402btw, I found some inspiration for what the relays could look like
>>36357398That colony on Raligha HAS been told to emphasize defense, so that's unsurprising.But yes, we need more. More of everything, but expecially more anti-orbital cannons and these missile bunker complexes.
>>36357407>>Take the shuttle for salvage and retrieve the packageMake sure to disable any beacons too before bringing it in.
>>36357407>Take the package and leave the shuttle
>>36357182Get Lyle to buy a copy of 'Liberation Front’. I want to troll Theseus.
>>36357407>Take the package and leave the shuttleDoubt they'd like us taking their shuttle.
>>36357407>Take the package and leave the shuttleGrab what we came for and just blow up that shuttle if needed
>>36357407>>Take the package and leave the shuttlea minor amount of metal isn't worth the risk it has tracking of some sort.
>>36357407>>Take the package and leave the shuttle
>>36357325I don't disagree, However I feel a stronger navy build up first will be an effective deterrent for the short term. >>36357331In time, I agree. >>36357407>>36357407>Take the package and leave the shuttleWe jack the shuttle, they might come looking for it. The last thing we need is to get any one else looking at our direction.
>>36357407>Take the shuttle for salvage and retrieve the packageNear lightspeed thrusters would be nice.
http://pastebin.com/z4yZdEbK>Warhead types: All missiles contain a warhead of some kind which determines the general effect of the missile itself. The price of a missile is based on its size and warhead. All prices are listed as the cost of a Stinger, with Cruise missiles costing 2x and Swarm missiles costing .25 of listed price. If the warhead is available for both ships and drones, the prices are listed for each.>Atomic: A multi-kiloton thermonuclear device, the exact payload depends upon the size of the missile. These can only be launched from ships or from silos. The warhead detonates when within proximity of the target and deals tremendous amounts of thermal and explosive damage within its blast radius, and a moderate amount of energy damage to anything in a much wider radius, disrupting sensors and exposed electronics with a powerful EMP that can travel for several million kilometers before dispersing. Detonating over a planet can cause ion storms, dealing damage to exposed infrastructure, while bombarding a planet will douse the impact area with radiation, causing long term damage to the local ecosystem. (100N 100M)Pod 60N 50M + Stealth field 5N 15M + Cruise-tier atomic warhead 200N 200M + Thinker 6N = 271N 265M for a Kamikaze Pod for first strikes, to catch the enemy unawares.Wait, how do the Cruise/Sting/Swarm tier atomic warheads map to the Union's classification of 8-, 20-, and 50-megaton warheads?
>>36357427Nah, more excavators needs to be the priority. They mine metal and dig out area's to improve our farms. So get like 500 of them and put them to work making more farms, then once the first batch of farms are up make another 1000 and put them in the mines
>>36357497Presumably our Cruise is their 50, our Sting is their 20, and our Swam is their 8.
>>36357497who caresgood design what ya gonna name it?Fire boat?or just space mines?
>>36357485Any ground-based defenses on Leeland are essentially undetectable, all the time, until someone does a proper land-invasion. This is a valuable thing.
>>36357407>or even power beyond the meager amount used to broadcast its beacon.Wait, the shuttle surely has FTL capabilities on board. It got here, after all. It didn't arrive at sublight, considering that "burst of radiation in the distance" in OP. Right?It must have at least a warp drive, even if it doesn't have a quantum power tap to go very fast. It probably has an FTLComm too.
>>36357554ignore himThere is plenty of support for more defenses by the look of it We just have to remember when we vote on it
>>36357531There's no reason we can't get all these suggestions. We're floating considerable amounts of nutrients and metals.
>>36357554I can see that. But what should we aim for first as our goal here? Build up so we can create our first capital ship (be it a battle ship, carrier, etc) or max out our colony's defense systems?
>>36357570It's probably got an FTL comm so the customer can confirm receipt of product but sublight thrusters and is carried by a larger ship.>>36357594I'd prefer making Leeland a fortress world first. Battleships can be built when we're revealed as a spacefaring species and we need to intimidate people.
>>36357407>Take package leave shuttle.
>>36357554>are essentially undetectable, all the time,That's completely wrong.We have an increasingly large heat signature with every bit of defense infrastructure added.
>>36357618>>36357594Vibe that we gonna get raided soon and need to prep up for iteither by union or cephmy money on the ceph
>>36357618Very well then. I presume the upkeep on the defense systems will be cheaper than a large navy at the moment.
>>36357570Or those gates can send ships at FTL one-way within a certain radius.
>>36357696That sounds very likely considering the Valen can't do stealth.
>>36357407Your corvette moves in close, and a team of vacuum workers drift quickly to the hull and cleanly slice it open. Within is a single box, and a cheap radio. Your workers smash the radio and take the crate back into your corvette, leaving the shuttle to drift. You do note to your interest that the shuttle seems to lack any FLT drive of its own, although it definitely arrived via some form of faster than light travel. It makes you rather curious as to how Valen gates actually function."Brin me an'nther."Lyle sits at a bar somewhere in the lower wards, where the gravity is roughly equal to an earth gravity. A large man in a jacket walks up with a bottle. "You sure you're up for it, pal?"Lyle simply nods and points to his shot glass."Mother! Bad poison, making things go slow!"Your parasite struggles to assist Lyle's Liver. Lyle sends another drink down to tell the parasite to stop that.>Speak with Lyle (write in)>Order him back to his ship>Other>>36357497Swarm is 8, Stinger 20, and Cruise missile 50.
>>36357750>Order him back to his ship
>>36357750You're on the job, Lyle. Freedom has its price.
>>36357750>>Speak with Lyle (write in)Enjoying killing your liver?
>>36357750>Order him back to his ship> OtherBefore he goes, see into what new weapons are being offered for sale and other tech devices we don't have but could use or reverse engineer.
>>36357750>>Speak with Lyle (write in)"I trust you have everything you need? I would like it if you got on with the mission before you overwork my gifts to death."
>>36357750>Speak with Lyle (write in)"You should purchase 'Liberation Front’."
>>36357750>>36357906i like by needs more snark
>>36357906>Lyle sends another drink down to tell the parasite to stop that.Does he even consciously know the Parasite is there, or is it subconscious?
>>36357975He obviously knows we did something with him. He did spend quite a while without any limbs, then suddenly having sword arms.
>>36357649Have to be under the atmosphere's spore-blanket in order to even begin to detect that.
>>36357750>Speak with Lyle (write in)Ask him about who were the crew members so we can do some research to make the Hybrids more accurate.
>>36357975He a blood knight with a deathwishThis is prob Standard procedure with him
>>36357975He doesn't know about that, but he doesn't know exactly what sort of systemic changes we wrought on him either, so we can wave it off as saying that we gave him a superliver if he inquires.>>36357906I like it.
>>36358010Again, that's completely wrong. You just made that up.Visuals don't work from space, but big heat signatures can be detected.
>>36358010Nah, the atmospheric conditions just make it more difficult to detect stuff. The surveillance satellite, for example, is able to penetrate the spore-cover for the most part.
>>36358051The atmosphere is bad enough to scramble radio signals, constantly obscure visuals, and you think they're going to detect any worthwhile thermal information from beyond low-orbit?
>>36358010>>33873660>"Can it detect anything through the clouds?" You ask.>"Not visually. The request was to focus on any signs of gravitational anomalies, Hawking radiation, or anomalous heat sources. I ask what I should send because the monitor is currently detecting all three."The hive would be the anomalous heat signature.
>>36358098Yes, the satellite is literally parked very close over our base though.
>>36358088>you think they're going to detect any worthwhile thermal information from beyond low-orbit?That's actually quite easy unless we're living underwater.
>>36357750Speak (If I knew you enjoyed to drink so much I would have given you a Fermentation gut.)
>>36358088Yes, you moron.This has come up repeatedly with Theseus.>>36358098>>34377234>"With the dramatic increase in ground activity, the tampering may be obvious even from orbit, if they bother to look close enough."
>>36357750let lyle be feel drunk for a while, kind mother
>>36357750Lyle moves to order another, and as he does notices your illusory form sitting on the stool next to his. "Eh fuck." He mumbles, all together as if it was a single word."You have pressing matters to attend to. If you are here poisoning yourself and your gifts to death, then you must be finished with your other business here."Lyle takes a small tablet from a nearby bowl and sniffs it loudly before tossing it into his mouth. The mint quickly dissolves as he tries to speak."Yea yea." With a practiced motion so rote, even his stupor doesn't seem to disrupt it he slips a small fake patch of skin over his thumb and swipes it over the counter. There is a small jingle of sound as the counter displays his purchase, as well as the words "Thank you for your purchase, Mr. Forester!"Lyle moves from the stool, and quickly begins to gain a sober state as your parasite filters out the alcohol. By the time he has reached the middle ward he feels only a light buzz, much to his displeasure."What's your deal, following me around like this? I can work fine on my own.">Direct him to look for [item] on his way to the dock>Speak (write in)>Other
>>36358139>>36358133>>36358098>>36358159Give it a rest guy'sWe grown so big that any faction who comes here gonna find outThe ceph high command know what we are so they aren't gonna be fooled and the humans we can just stomp >>36357750>OtherWould you like me to send a warrior to give you a safe ride home?
>>36358211>Direct him to look for [item] on his way to the dockLiberty Front.
>>36358211>Speak (write in)You need a babysitter
>>36358211>Speak (write in)"I keep track of all my other children, why should you be an exception? Is it so wrong of me to care?"
>>36357750Can we knock Lyle into REM sleep? That way, it'll seem to just be alcohol-induced KO, while we can converse with Lyle about what is troubling him via dreams, while our little parasite helps detox his liver.
>>36358254Adding to this, it can be used to mess with either Theseus OR the doctor.
>>36358211Speak (It's my nature and a learning experience for me. Also, allow me to provide you up to date Intel.)>Direct him to look for [a pet store] on his way to the dock.
>>36358286Man, no. I think we should really play the 'mother figure' thing in subtext only. Act motherly, don't claim to be his mother. Develop stockholm syndrome slowly.If you just plain spell it out to him and start calling him our 'kid' and stuff it won't be nearly as effective, he might panic.
>>36358353I believe we've already called him our child before, didn't we?
>>36358211"You don't have direct access to a distributed biological network who's abilities to hack human computer systems is second only to Theseus. I do."
>>36358286ThisAlso we should ask him if he would like access to our weapons and spy network.
>>36358211"Clearly." You say. Between the link to his mind and your extensive knowledge of the common human language, you think the sarcasm is obvious enough. "Besides, I keep track of all my children, is it wrong for me to care?"Lyle moves to a skip in the half gravity of the middle ward. The inner ward was used mostly for industry and trade, where the low gravity was useful, the lower ward held most of the habitats, hotels, restaurants, and other daily activities that required or were made more simple with earth gravity. The middle ward contained mostly mercantile business, trade offices, shops, and tourism focused activities that used the half gravity as a kind of attraction for planet-dwelling 'groundhogs', as they were sometimes called. Tourists who have never left the surface of their world and bumble around in the microgravity like drunken sorority girls, giggling at their clumsiness. Several passed by, still trying to maintain a natural gait as they fought against the weight of their oversized fanny packs.Lyle doesn't respond, but you spot a small entertainment store in the corner of his eye.>Tell Lyle to purchase something>Have Lyle look for an animal store>Direct Lyle to the ship>Other
>>36358562>Direct Lyle to the shipStart the lunar mission
>>36358562>>Direct Lyle to the ship
>>36358562>Direct Lyle to the shipAfter this mission I'll need you to poach animal to help improve my technology.
>>36358562>>Direct Lyle to the shipWe'll troll Theseus later.
>>36358562>>Have Lyle look for an animal store
>>36358562>Direct Lyle to the ship>OtherWhat is it you want Lyle?
>>36358562QD can we use Canderon to improve the strength of our drone's limbs?
>>36358632So we can get some easy animal samples.
>>36358658Why would that possibly work?
>>36358562>Tell Lyle to purchase somethingLiberty Front. ...I'm the only one advocating for this.
>>36358562>>Tell Lyle to purchase something>>Have Lyle look for an animal storeGene samples and examples of human culture, this is a perfect opportunity. And maybe some groceries for Vaughn if he has the time.
>>36358658I thought we can try to use canderon to make dimensional nuke or something if the psy cannon research stalls
>>36358562>Direct Lyle to the ship
>>36358671Do you know how negative mass works? It's similar to how muscle contract.
>>36358684That is crazy, if you want weaponized black holes, just ask Theseus how he makes them. He used them on the Union camp when he shot down the Clarke, remember?
Here's an idea, for making unique hybrids:We harvest gametes from the humans under our care, and mix and match em to produce unique gene sequences we then copy, and use to produce full-size hybrids.
>>36358722That blackhole was from the powerplant blowing up though wasnt it?And we are facing the equivalent of ctan so fuck it anything that fucks with reality is an option
>>36358731You just want to fuck humans, you pervert.
>>36358731This may be playing god, but I kind of want to see what happens if we do the "Mix and match" clones thing to make a human with a unique appearance, and use our own personality and synthesized memories for it. Just to see what happens.
>>36358684>I thought we can try to use canderon to make dimensional nukeYou do realize that can theoretically be with quantum entanglement right?
>>36358788Is that capable of fucking with eldritch abominations?Then yes it would have my support
>>36358765I'm pretty sure the detachable lab wouldn't be equipped with a power tap, that's something reserved for the mothership, right? I find it more likely Theseus dropped gravity bomb on them.
>>36358562Can we utilize the Cryo chemicals in a ammunition type, seekers, and Air burst missiles?
>>36358731We don't need to harvest anything, we already have their DNA on file to mix and match as needed. This was already talked about anyway, as a hypothetical, in thread 28.5. >>35933646We don't have need of a ton of hybrids yet.>>36358855Theseus never used the weaponized singularity device on the Raligha camp. That only works in short range close to the server ship.
>>36358788That sounds like 'making the universe divide by zero' to me.
>>36358778Are Hybrids are humans with Drone dna in them. so being able to take the dna of different humans and mixing them together or with animals shouldn't be that hard. We could even take the best bits from every person and make a superior human.
>>36358855Pretty sure that was their emergency FTL beacon which had a power tap because who knows.
>>36358855No that was human power supply blowing upIt alerted theseus to where they wereHQ 4http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/31740076/3174683031747738looks like it was the drive then?And in hq5 theseus attacks
>>36358847Quantum entanglement can be used to destroy energy. That property alone could be used to collapse space.
>>36358562"Return to your ship quickly, you have much to do. The workers will warm up your engines." You say."Like hell they will." He snaps back. Your figure simply laughs as it fades away."Then you should hurry."He doubles his pace down the cramped road of plastic and polished steel. It takes him several minutes to move through the various stairways and elevators to reach the central docking ring. He returns to the ship in time to see a worker standing over the flight controls, its claw hovering over several dials."You get away from that, damnit!" The worker whips its head to face Lyle as he leaps the distance from the hatch to the seat and shoves the worker away. "Alright, I'm hurrying. Happy?"The worker clacks its mandibles together. The thought briefly skims over Lyle's mind. Yes, actually, it is rather happy."Get back in the hold!" He says with a quick jab of his finger, "and stay there, I don't need any of you little nutters bouncing around during reentry."Lyle turns back to the console as the worker bounces its way down the hall. With the flip of several switches the canopy clears and the engines come to life with a muffled hum. An automated countdown begins on one of the screens as the ship waits for clearance from the station's control tower. The countdown hits zero and with a tremendous clang the ship is released from its clamps and pushed lightly out into space.A worker sprawls across a room, slamming into something that collapses from the blow with a crunch. As the ship drifts out it manages to strap itself into a nearby seat.cont.
>>36359018Do you think it can hurt invincible crystals?Y or N?
>>36359036>Can being thrown into a black hole hurt you?>Y or N
>>36359020Our children get along so well. We're such good parents!
>>36359069NBecause I am your crystal god slave Now go stomp on some bugs
>>36359107Then the Canderon plan wouldn't work either because it relies on them being vulnerable to black holes.
>>36359020I hope we didn't lose a worker.
>>36359148Then that leave us with the psychic cannon Fuck that sucks
>>36359020You watch as the Angel accelerates outward towards Jupiter. As the ship reaches a sufficient velocity Lyle flips a switch and the cloaking field activates, and the Angel whips back towards Earth orbit.The Earth itself is covered in a dense debris field, making any proper scan of the surface impossible. The planet has a single, thick ring, as well as a dense cloud of scrap and garbage. Pieces of ships, stations, tools, discarded or forgotten equipment, all of countless ages from the dawn of man's voyage into space to the relics of the end of the Colony Wars. A hull chunk drifts by within visual range in high orbit decorated with the crest of the Confederation, an eagle trailing a flowing cape of stars as it carries a bundle of arrows in one talon and a bundle of wheat in the other."Ok. What's the plan? We're already close enough to be popped on sight, and any closer and we'll probably need some rad suits, though I'm not pickin' up anything yet, probably blocked by all this shit." Lyle speaks to nobody in particular.>Move in closer to perform a scan of the sites of interest>Attempt to land and drop off your drones at the sites of interest>Other
>>36359263>Move in closer to perform a scan of the sites of interestWe install a cloak system on this ship?
>>36359263>>Move in closer to perform a scan of the sites of interest
>>36359263>Move in closer to perform a scan of the sites of interestTime to look for more ammo for the Psi Cannon
>>36359283>installMore like reattach the one that we took off it weeks ago to duplicate. This is the Angel, anon.
>>36359196Can't we just create a space ebola and genocide the Ceph mindslaves with no warning via cloaked insertion of infection on all their cities? I mean, they killed mother.
>>36359263>Move in closer to perform a scan of the sites of interestThis will help weed out the false spots of interests.
>>36359263>Move in closer to perform a scan of the sites of interestLet's see what information we can get from orbit then>Attempt to land and drop off your drones at the sites of interest
>>36359263BOTH:>Move in closer to perform a scan of the sites of interest>Attempt to land and drop off your drones at the sites of interest
>>36359319Good>>36359320Mom wasn't killed by mooks, she got ganked by the final boss
>>36359320>I mean, they killed mother.That is currently unconfirmed and it wasn't the Cephs they had their ass handed to them it was their masters.
>>36359370>>36359383Okay, but we can still initiate biological warfare and kill most of their population right?
>>36359263>Move in closer to perform a scan of the sites of interestYou impress upon his mind the location of the sites Theseus is interested in. "Scan these areas for anything unusual.""Can't get a good reading through all the junk.""Then move closer."Lyle rubs his temples with his fingers. "Course. Earth orbit is only a radioactive blender, I'll just wander the fuck on in. Sure. Why not? God damn!" He adjusts the ship's course to move closer and it quickly enters a course to put it into a closer orbit. The density of debris quickly increases.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
>>36359404Fuck if i knowIm not sure if they are even in the our dimensionThey been slaves for over 70000 years
Rolled 32 (1d100)>>36359434
Rolled 54 (1d100)>>36359434Here we go
>>36359434Oh god please don't screw up
Rolled 61 (1d100)>>36359434
Rolled 30 (1d100)>>36359434
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>36359434
>>36359468I am so thankful I rolled decently there.
>>36359468Well its alright then Especially after our fuck up when looking for moms corpse
>>36359434The ship moves along as the proximity sensors blair. Hundreds upon thousands of specs and chunks of debris fly past too fast to see with the eye as larger chunks drift by the canopy. Tiny satellites of gold foil tumble like the crumpled refuse of a packed lunch. Bolts, thermal blankets, and bulky screwdrivers speed past, punching fist sized holes into the ancient debris of communication and entertainment satellites, or bouncing off the bulkhead of a Confederate warship and sent spiraling in a new direction.The ship jerks hard to the side and several more alerts fill the screens along the dash."Fuck!" Lyle shouts as he brings the ship back into a stable descent. "That was the goddamn radio!"The rear camera focuses in on the shattered remains of the radio transmitter as it tumbles away, mangled with the remains of a small fist sized box covered in broken cameras and shattered solar panels."Ok, I think we should be better off at this orbit." He says as he activates several thrusters to stabilize the ship in a shallow and unstable orbit. The remains of a small shuttle tumbles down to the ground several thousand kilometers away, igniting like an ember cast from a torch.The sensors quickly scan the first few sites, each one brings back a similar reading. Low levels of radiation. The Angel drifts over the planet as it scans the rest of the sites until you reach the last one."Still got nothin." Lyle says, but he's wrong. Your relay within the ship detects something very faint coming from the largest of the marked craters. You look up its location on a map of Earth given by Theseus. The crater is on the North American continent, near the southern edge of the shor line.>Inform Theseus you found nothing>Inform Theseus you detect tachyonic radiation>Move in to investigate with your drones>Other
>>36359845>Inform Theseus you detect tachyonic radiation>Move in to investigate with your drones
>>36359845>>Move in to investigate with your drones
>>36359845>Move in to investigate with your drones
>>36359845>Move in to investigate with your droneswish we had some drop ship hazmat sniffers to send down there.
>>36359845>>Move in to investigate with your dronesWe aren't sharing with Theseus until we have all the answers.So the crystals may have been puppeteering the Confederation, or trying to. From the moon.
>>36359845>>Inform Theseus you detect tachyonic radiation>>Move in to investigate with your dronesIt appears it is what we suspected.
>>36359845>>Inform Theseus you detect tachyonic radiation>>Move in to investigate with your drones
>>36359845>Move in to investigate with your dronesInform Theseus that we found something of interest at that location, but don't specify what it is, and tell him that you'll investigate.
>>36359906No from earthSo yeah the confederation maybe the crystals doing Explains the machine men, Humans developed before the crystals could take over then so the crystals are making up for lost time
>>36360028These are impact craters from pieces of the moon, jesus pay attention. You are so bad at this.
>>36359845>Move in to investigate with your dronesDon't tell Thesues ANYTHING yet.
>>36359845>Tell Theseus you detect Tachyon Radiation>Move in to investigate with your dronesI've been following this quest on sup/tg/. Glad I finally caught it in the works.
>>36360454Welcome to the party.
>>36360454What faction are you?War, Trade or Pervert?
>>36359845"Ok, this is weird." Lyle says as he manipulates several sensor controls. "This whole planet is supposed to be an irradiated hellhole, but I'm not really detecting much radiation outside of the impact sites.""Land here." You say, his finger moving to highlight the center of the massive crater."What the fuck is there?""That's what you will find out."Lyle shuts down the thrusters and the ship quickly dives into the atmosphere. The ruins of ancient cities tower over the ground, all of them tilted in the same direction. Eventually the ship reaches a shallow incline, and the forest below dips into a massive crater that seems to stretch across the horizon, long ago filled in with vegetation. The overgrowth slowly tapers to a lake near the center where runoff water has collected and the remains of trees and plant refuse drift along the surface.The Angel arcs over the lake as your flies dive from the ship in search of a proper landing spot. One is found several miles away."God damn parking." Lyle grumbles as he jerks the Angel to the side and brings it into the clearing with a loud squelch as the landing gear is enveloped in swampy mud."Fuckin swamps. Nothing but humid fields of shit and swarms of bugs." Lyle says as he finds his environment suit. He looks over to a passing worker in shock."What the fuck did you do to my suit?""You were stabbed, doused with acid, partially eaten, and shot numerous times. Your suit required repair." You say simply. He continues to grumble as he dons the suit and hits the button to open the cargo bay door. Your drones run off, the warriors leaping from tree to tree with their wings, and your workers skittering through the mud.Lyle jumps down from the ramp and lands in the waste deep swamp. "Better be something good at the end of this fuckin rainbow of yours."please roll 1d100 to comb the swamp>>36360454Welcome aboard!
>>36360504Does "Pervert" Include the "Enslave all humans and make them our children" people?
>>36359845>>Move in to investigate with your dronesTheseus is not aware of our tachyonic affinity and has yet to reach that particular level of trust.
Rolled 96 (1d100)>>36360504Factions are idiotic and make you liable to make the wrong decision thanks to an existing bias. I'm for what benefits the hive, not for making snap judgements for one 'side'.
>>36360525Shit that's a fetish on d isn't it?So yeah it does
Rolled 51 (1d100)>>36360519
>>36360559Holy Shit fuck yeah!We're back in business
Rolled 68 (1d100)>>36360519
>>36360559Hell fucking yes.
Rolled 73 (1d100)>>36360519...The Overlord?
>>36360519>"You were stabbed, doused with acid, partially eaten, and shot numerous times. Your suit required repair."Queenie is the best mom.>>36360559Noice.
>>36360559Yeah and guess what, the players do have a bias and start making sides as we see in wafiu wars or quests derailed in smut festsThe playerbase can get so bad the qm has to things like in khorn quest and declare a chaos god gone to deal with it Good job with the roll though
>>36360682Good for them. I'm not going to be a part of factions.
>>36360559>Better be something good at the end of this fuckin rainbow of yourslove you too Lyle
>>36360860What is that a picture for ants?
>>36360860The hell kind of reaction image is that?
>>36360869>>36360907Yes. It is a picture for ants. Enough dawdling back to questing
>>36360519Your flies move out in all directions to scout ahead, your warriors quickly follow from treetop, and your workers move with ease through the swamp as they scuttle through the water, their heads poking up above the surface as they move in on the center of the crater.You watch as Lyle falls into a sinkhole as he gives chase. "I fucking hate swamps, damn piece of shit!"Your flies quickly zero in on the trace of radiation. It seems to be coming from near the center of the lake, beneath the water and the drifting refuse. Your warriors close in around the lake, their wings buzzing loudly as they leap from branch to branch, and your workers have hauled themselves up to the top of the tangled roots of the trees as Lyle fights his way through the vines. A large scaled creature leaps up from the murky waters, its toothy maw snapping at him. He quickly punches it from simply reflex, and his fist passes clear through the animal's torso and sends it flying, landing with a snap against a tree.He lightly shakes his wrist in the muddy water. "Well, that's new." He says.>Have your workers dive down below the water>Send your warriors below the water>Send Lyle to the bottom of the lake>Other
>>36361049>>Have your workers dive down below the water
>>36361049>You watch as Lyle falls into a sinkhole as he gives chase Not sure who I feel more sorry for. Lyle or the gator.>Send two workers below the water to scout first
>>36361049>OtherLyle and a mix of workers and warriors
>>36361049>>Send your warriors below the waterWell we didn't think about water did we.Wait.>OtherSend the Flies under water? They have oxygen recycler.
>>36361049>animal's torsohave the drones retrieve the body
>>36361049>A large scaled creature leaps up from the murky waters, its toothy maw snapping at him. He quickly punches it from simply reflex, and his fist passes clear through the animal's torso and sends it flying, landing with a snap against a tree.>"Well, that's new."Wasn't punching gators an australian pastime? or were those crocs?>OtherSend workers and have the Warriors cover the workers, and have someone drag the gators bady back to the ship
>>36361110I don't think we have the flies with us, do we? We left them on the station, I thought.>>36361145Crocs.
>>36361145punching Gators is not new for Lyle, but punching through them is
>>36361049>Have your workers dive down below the waterLet's keep the warriors' wings dry for the moment. Not sure that even matters, but whatever.
>>36361152I find your lack of reading comprehension disturbing.>The Angel arcs over the lake as your flies dive from the ship in search of a proper landing spot. One is found several miles away.>Your flies move out in all directions to scout ahead,>Your flies quickly zero in on the trace of radiation.You don't send a full swarm of 10 flies into the space station at Mars and expect to stay hidden. Only 4 of the 10 went on the station and then stowawayed on the ship.
>>36361049> Send some flies into the water> have some workers collect the creature.. make note to give Lyle's armor Wings.
>>36361207We only brought 5 flies to the station in the first place.
>>36361235>make note to give Lyle's armor Wings.Let's create something similar to jetpack.
>>36361252...Huh, there was contradictory information looks like.>>36217618 >>36219927>>Flies (5)>>36221594 >"A few" were requested, so 4. All 10 would actually have a hard time remaining sneaky.
>>36361349Muh brains.Captcha: Propagate itthreaGuess we should make more. Captcha has spoken.
>>36361327That's what are warriors use their wings as. So putting that on Lyle should be to hard. We may just need to feed his suit from that point on.
>>36361391We could equip miniature ramjets to give it some additional thrust.
>>36361327The dropsuit he had back in his military days had a high-powered jump jet. Wonder how his current (dismantled?) one is outfitted.
>>36361430>>36361391Wings on the back of his suit, with ramjets as back-up and extra-thrust?That'd look fucking cool as hell. We're the best parents.
>>36361459Totally. We can give it to him as his reward for mission completion.
>>36361459I wish we could spontaneously evolve shit. I know it'd be OP as fuck, but c'mon, how cool would it be if Lyle's suit suddenly sprouted wings when he needed them?
>>36361049Your workers leap into the lake and dive below. They are certainly not quite the best of swimmers, but even without a dedicated adaptation they can hold their breath long enough.Their clacking paints a picture of the lakebed. Twisted, gnarled branches fill the space below, and deep under the soft soil you sense a slight psionic energy. Your workers try to find it, digging in the silt as they take turns returning for air. It is slow work.Lyle finally makes it to the lake itself. Leeches cover the plates of carapace. As he slowly picks at them, ripping them off of the armor plates one by one he snaps to attention, his rifle raised."something's watchin us." He says with a whisper."And you didn't notice the animal until you stepped on it?" You ask. He hushes you and focuses on several areas with his gaze.>Send your flies to investigate>Send your warriors to investigate>Other>>36361349Yea, it's not that bad though since your flies are small enough to not have it make much of a difference. All nighters can have weird effects on how well the brain works.
>>36361430Maybe we should invest in refining the ramjets. They're fairly crude at the moment.
>>36361499We could hide them under some thin membrane and have them pop out at a moments notice.
>>36361525>Send your flies to investigate
>>36361525>>Send your flies to investigatePull your warriors together and out of sight.
>>36361525I was in favor of having a ton more flies, anyway. Like 25. Since they stay so hidden and we need use of them.So an accidental retcon to say we brought 10 or more is fine.>>Send your flies to investigate
>>36361525>>Send your flies to investigate>> Collect Leeches for Study.
I'm glad we're not in central America. A giant crater with odd psionic noise coming from it in Central America would immediately have me moving to nuke the shit out of it from orbit.
>>36361525>>Send your flies to investigate
>>36361525>Send your flies to investigate>otherTake a sample of the leeches.
>>36361528They are meant to be more of a fighter Jet engine at the moment. That's why a drone has to be made aerodynamic to make up for the bulk of them. Adding Ion thrusters on the other hand maybe the easiest option.
>>36361625>>36361603I don't get the reference, Chupacabra? Some sort of ancient aztec vampire god?
>>36361625Oh I dunno. Seems like a good idea for some reason.
>>36361525>Send flies to investigatePlease roll 1d100, best of 3.>>36361658I think he is referencing the crater that is beleived to be from the impact that killed off the dinos. It is also used in the lore of Dead Space as the location that the first Marker was found, as >>36361675mentions.
Rolled 19 (1d100)>>36361675ah deadpsacethe first a good horrorsecond a good shooter thrid just nah>>36361716
Rolled 85 (1d100)>>36361716Into the breach
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Rolled 81 (1d100)>>36361716
Rolled 4 (1d100)>>36361716
Rolled 97 (1d100)>>36361716mother
>>36361716Aye, that's correct. The Yucatan Peninsula's impact crater.
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>>36361736Thank youmaybe the crystals started uplifting one of the local critters in the swamp
>>36361734I always described it as having the exact same progression as the Alien series. The first was mysterious horror with an unknown monster, the second was an action filled thriller with a known monster that has changed a little bit, and the third is a large disappointment that makes you wish you could just never got invested.>>36361770That's the one. I had forgotten the name.Anyways, writing.
>>36361653A hybrid design, maybe? I don't think we have ion thrusters on our drone design doc..
>>36361775>uplifted psionic raccoons>uplifted Mountain Lions>uplifted sasquatchAm I missing anything?
>>36361827Sounds like the Matrix series, tbh.
>>36361827I liked the third one for its story until the DLC made it all entirely pointless.
>>36361857It a swampSo maybe turtles, bugs or lizards, snakes or fish then?
>>36361857>uplifted cougarsMother of god.
>>36361857immigrant Loch Ness monsters who were looking to improve their lot in life in the New World.
>>36361827>>36361858Remember mass effect? any word on how dragon age turned out?
Guise, we have all these poisons from this fucking planet that has only been visited by humans for like a week. Why don't we just put all these things in pods to be later placed in missiles that will spread them when they're hit by counter measures? I'm probably not the first to say this but we should really get the ball rolling if we're going to be interacting at a galactic scale now.
>>36361828We also don't have it on are ship Doc, but it's replaced all of are chemical thrusters. If we can place the Ion on the suit we can even use the thruster in space, because the Rim Jet don't work out there.
>>36361922>>36361862>>36361858>>36361827Please guys don't remind me how much gaming sucks these days.
>>36361895Sweet Jesus, now we know the real reason Earth was abandoned.
>>36361963Ion thrusters don't have a ton of punch though, as efficient as they are. A hybrid ion thruster/Ram Jet that has greater thrust when in an atmosphere could be nice to have.Aerospace fighter drones. Boarder drones that don't require their mother ship to stick around as long to unload them.
while we're on earth, we should scour australia for some samples
>>36361716Lyle stairs into the treeline of the swamp and several flies zip into the brush. The faint images of their sight floats at the top of his mind. He sends them instructions on where to go without any conscious thought being made to direct them, and they send him data on what they find."Wait, go back... shit!" Lyle drops down into the water as a fly passes a simple lump of brush. Only after he dives for cover it seems to get up, brandishing a rifle of some kind, and open fire on your drones."Who the fuck actually lives in this shit hole?" He yells as he drags himself under the roots of a tree, quickly moving along the side of the waterline.Several rounds find their mark and bounce off of your warriors. They turn to the trees as your flies mark several more of the hidden figures as they move through the swamp. You count six in all, likely more hidden elsewhere.>Charge your warriors into the swamp>Have your warriors distract them for Lyle>Fall back to the ship>Other
>>36362224>Other"Well what shall we do, Lyle?"
>>36362224>Have your Warriors distract them for Lyle
>>36362224>>Charge your warriors into the swampTHE BEST WAY TO BEAT AN AMBUSH IS TO CHARGE INTO THEMHillbillies? Really?
>>36362224>>Charge your warriors into the swampI wonder if they're armored very well.This would be a nice time to have some assassin bugs around.
>>36362224>>Have your warriors distract them for Lyle
>>36362224>Charge your warriors into the swampPlus just still be a redneck cult
>>36362277Such drones have actually already been designed, we just never got around to laying them.http://pastebin.com/EyHX9rZu
>>36362224> cause distractions
>>36362224>>Have your warriors distract them for Lyle>>Use are Non-lethal ammo.
>>36362367>Use our Non-lethal ammoDidn't think about that. Good idea. Adding this to my vote. They might be insane hillbillies, but that's no reason to be RUDE.
>>36362367Seconding this. They don't seem like a real threat except for maybe some traps and our warriors are mostly up in the trees anyway. I'd be seriously impressed if they accounted for giant tree-borne flying monster attacks.
>>36362224Supporting this >>36362367
>>36362394>no reason to be RUDE.There is every reason to be rude.We only need one or two alive in order to attach a parasite to their spine to find out what their Deal is from their brains.
Why don't we improve the Queen? I think QM mentioned in like the first thread that we could ball up into a cocoon and improve ourselves with the adaptions we've evolved. Doing so might improve our overall game, like maybe upgrading psychic sensory stuff or maybe adding a quantum chip.
>>36362435That's RUDE thinking. For shame.
>>36362481There is zero reason to change ourselves. Everything that we could change to ourselves we can just build near us.
>>36362481Most of the stuff we have is really only useful on warriors, workers, or the like. Any other upgrades we have are things that are just less powerful versions of queen abilities for drones.
>>36362481A what? What even are those things you're proposing? Besides, we can just cut and paste adaptations now so there's no point with the cocooning thing.There's also no point generally.
>>36362367Seconding. If we have non lethal ammo, use it, we need to interrogate these redneck cultists.
>>36362481Not this shit againNo the queen is not to be touchedWe gone over this again and againGive up already will you?
>>36362481Let's make the queen a throne instead.
>>36362549There may be upgrades we want to give her in the future. There's just nothing better than she has/practical or useful for her to have right now.
>>36362224Your warriors open fire, tearing at the trees with their weapons. You clearly have superior firepower, but you also know all too well the value of knowing the terrain. Several more rounds bounce off of your warriors, one of which manages to land in a joint."Try not to kill them." You say. Lyle's jaw drops in bewildered amazement."Now's the time you want to play nice? Fucking hell." He slings his rifle to his back and the strap tightens, the storage grips latching onto the weapon and holstering it snugly against the armor plates. "Fine, but no promises."Please roll 1d100, best of 3
>>36362569We already have a throne. In our throne room. It's majestic as hell.
>>36362481We've already gone through our larval phase and exited our cocoon. We could surgically augment her but that's completely pointless.
>>36362549Color Changing fur.
Rolled 20 (1d100)>>36362588
Rolled 97 (1d100)>>36362572You given us the same reason again and again>>36360559see this shitAlways a player who cant wont stop>>36362588
Rolled 94 (1d100)>>36362588
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>>36362549Psionic: Ability to detect and transmit thoughts, emotions, and sensations instantaneously via tachyon transmission.Basic: Detect and emit thoughts via tachyon particles. Coverage can cover most of a continent. (free, all drones must have this to be controlled.)Moderate: The same variant as the queen. Can receive and transmit thoughts over vast distances. Coverage can cover most planets with ease, and reach into low orbit. Is free for the Queen only. (50N)Advanced: A powerful FTL communication system that can beam thoughts to any other advanced relay regardless of distance. (200N 250M)I was just looking at this and to me, it implies the Queen has medium and not advanced. If we improved that, it might enhance our over all control. Also, we could add a quantum brain to possibly grant bonuses to our warriors while we watch through them.
>>36362609>same reasonAt this point, he's just a shitposter; we would do well to ignore him.Also, nice roll.
>>36362609I'm not even that anon. Also, I can't decipher what your problem is with not picking a stupid side in favor of actually picking the best solution for a problem.And nice damn roll.
Rolled 95 (1d100)>>36362588
>>36362609If you're the new guy, you're on fire tonight.writting.
>>36362609That would be because their reason is correct.Or that there are many many anons who can reach the same basic conclusion.Or do you mean the ones who won't stop are the "upgrade queen" people?
>>36362597...Okay maybe.I still want us to become giant fluffy moth hive.
>>36362644No, I'm not that rude unless it's a tripfag. I also don't assume anons are the same guy and get egg on my face.
>>36362644No, I recognize him, he's been here for fucking ever, and is really bad at making sense.
>>36362621>Also, we could add a quantum brain to possibly grant bonuses to our warriors while we watch through them.QD confirm this wouldn't work.
>>36362609>>36362616Umm, the advanced relay is as big as the queen, that aside, the queen can interface with the Psionic network just fine without needing to upgrade to an advanced relay.
>>36362654Nah been following since the start>>36362654The ones who wont stop trying to upgrade the queen, they give the same reason again and againAnd the rest of us tell them to shut up about every timeSick and tired of that dance
>>36362687Shit, >>36362687 was meant for >>36362621
>>36362621>>36362684Yea, and we also confirmed the queen really doesn't need an advanced relay yet.>>36362693>Assuming everyone agrees with you
>>36362621She was born with an equivalent or superior to the quantum brain, so no.An advanced relay will in no way give the queen better control because she can seamlessly connect to the one sitting basically right next to her at no penalty. Also consider that the psionic disrupter can affect entire Advanced relay systems if it gets hooked up. 'Upgrading' would actually make the queen more vulnerable to being personally disabled by enemy psionic disruption.
>>36362693I have no idea what a comment about not picking sides has to do with not stopping anything.
>>36362693Crap first line was for>>36362654
>>36362684Well there goes that idea. I figured this had been brought up several times before and most anons would dislike because bitch, queen is fabulous, but with us buggering into fucking Earth and actually interacting with the outside world, the humans might find out of our involvement and come in with an entire fleet. We don't have many defenses so our chances of survival are somewhat slim
>>36362753Damn i am bad at typing was for>>36362644
>>36362754Messing with the queen wont change that.
>>36362754Wait what? When did our chance of survival start coming into question? I don't think anyone knows we're hear. Except maybe crystal fuckers.
>>36362657We can be. But, if we want the entire hive to be cover in fur we'd need to do the queen too. Also, have the fur be red for the hive.
>>36362754You are new to this quest aren't you.>>36362825>Except maybe crystal fuckersThere is actually a good chance they don't know about us. At least not yet.
>>36362754Nothing short of culling entire colonies is going to provoke the Union into rallying a fleet to wipe us out. They're spread thin as is, and are dealing with Ceph pirates, the Commonwealth, and our homocidal AI buddy. At worst they'd be arsed into sending the Texas and a few frigates, but a couple of stealth pods with nukes would sort them out.
>>36362846Of course we'd have red fur. We're the Red Queen. Of course, I think historically queens just changed whatever color they were instead of doing anything major. Like, the gardener didn't make herself tree-bark, just her drones.
>>36362873Yes, I read all the archives the other day when a friend suggested I read it. Bigger and bigger threats keep showing up and I figured it's better safe than sorry.
>>36362968What in the world would upgrading our queen do to increase our survival? We need to get a bigger fleet, damn it.
>>36362968Long story short, the Union won't see us as a threat as long as we don't do anything major like openly attack a colony.The defense of the hive lies in our fleets rather than modifying the queen.
>>36362996Protect us against infiltrators?
>>36362928I know, but just imagine how the queen would look in a coat of red as she sits upon her throne.
>>36362968>YesThen shut up and lurk. If you have questions bring them to QD's ask.
>>36363033Seriously this I won't argue with. I am totally down for cosmetic additions to our queen. Peacock carcapace and memetic skin and all.
>>36363067Well it's after bump limit. Naive newbie questions aren't nearly as troublesome now.>>36362996Yeah.Docking Pylons are extremely cheap, and we have a planet that is completely off the human's radar, the Waystation world in the nebula.We can set up a colony there and build probably dozens of orbital docking pylons. They cost a lot less than ships do, and it's best we remove the current production bottleneck of not being able to shit starships very fast.
>>36363031Luckily, we live in the center of a macroorganism psychically bound to our will. That is also our child. We're kind of weird. My point is, the only way anything gets to the queen without getting shitstomped by warriors is by being so overwhelmingly powerful no matter how we upgraded the queen it wouldn't matter.
>>36363033>>36362928As soon as I found there was a corrupted, black colored queen, I became determined that we should make the queen and her drones red. And calling ourselves the Red Queen makes it better. Because chess.
>>36363106I kind of want to start a hive on earth. They can't scan it worth shit from 'safe' orbit and we'd be underground in a supposedly radioactive environment anyway.Mostly it would just be funny though.
>>36363129Wouldn't that be checkers though?Still, though. Yeah. I am totally down for the red color scheme with optional moth motifs.
I've been messing around with ship designs. Carriers are very expensive. As a rule of thumb, a a dedicated carrier will cost 4X as much nutrients as a ship of the next size up. Very expensive, and very high upkeep. But with the right mix of fighter armaments they can be very effective; I've been fitting my designs with autocannon for interceptor work and plasma lances for anti-shipping capability.
>>36363151"They were there the whole time! I bet the Space Jews did this!"
>>36363151... Start calling our drones from there Earthlings or Terrans.>>36363164Originally, chess was also red vs. black, instead of white vs black.
>>36363129>Our mother was White>She lost to a Black Queen>We are coincidentally Red as we seek vengeance for our Mother and the rest of our species>>36363151The Sol system is still a very busy system though, wouldn't take long for some random salvager on the surface to find it.
>>36363108Didn't our hive get breached my a small task force of marines a few threads ago? I might be remembering it wrong, but yeah, that is what I'm concerned about.
>>36363151That idea got kaput as soon as we found out it was inhabited.
>>36363151That's a good ideaMaybe we can piss off the crystals enough and make them think earth is where we are so they launch an attack there
>>36363196We rolled a 1 there, anything can happen when you crit fail.
>>36363196The thing is, we know about everything that happens in our hive constantly. If some one breaches we know, and can redirect drones as needed.
>>36363179My impression from both Lyle and Theseus was that Earth was monitored and approaching it means getting blown the fuck up.
>>36363179The significance is not lost on me. I assume QuestDrone did it on purpose because GMs and QMs like it when accidental awesome gets attributed to them being geniuses.Kidding, of course
>>36363179Mom played chess and we are playing checkers?Are we the dumbass for our kind?
>>36363199I'm not seeing anything that says it was humans just that a bush with a rifle started shooting at us. It could just be seal team 6000 guarding a secret laboratory or it could be fucking bush monsters. Nothing says we can't make a nest anyways.
>>36363151I'd be up for it. I'd also, be up for colonizing P1 in the our system.
>>36363169>ask.fm/QuestDrone/answer/120738551845We'll eventually getting additional "options" for fighters.
>>36363199If these dudes turn out to be more than crazy remnant hillbillies, sure. Basically, if they have FTL comms it's a problem. If they're just abandoned human refuse, there's no real conflict.>>36363196Didn't turn out so well for them. It was also partially because we allowed the ship that ferried them to the surface to do so.
>>36363196Yes, there was some critical oversight there.I thought it was weird that John Smith gave us such an obviously fake name, but I didn't figure out the implications there.Him being an unranked civilian, same deal.We also never decided to keep sniffers watching the camp at all times, which would have allowed us to notice him entering the jungle.As would actually noticing the reduced number of people when we returned, even before Lee said something.
>>36362588Your workers force them to move to cover, ripping into the trees and spraying the area with chitin slugs. Lyle rushes in along the side of the hail of fire using your flies for direction. He quickly closes in on the closest of the strange people. He is a lanky looking man standing a full head over Lyle and covered in an elaborate garb of sewn together foliage and animal skins. His rifle looks ancient and homemade, fashioned and refashioned from repeatedly repaired metal pieces and wrapped in layers of furs and knuckle bone charms. He swings it like a club and it breaks as Lyle swings a blade from his arm across the weapon and it shatters into pieces, the barrel snapping against the blade. He quickly retracts it and places several quick jabs on the man's torso to the sounds of bones snapping, and he drops against a log gasping in desperation.Another drops from the canopy and wraps his arms around him in a grapple. He shouts in a strange language and another turns to them. Lyle brings the back of his head against the man's sternum as his blades unsheath from the elbows and plant themselves in the man's arms. He screams in pain as Lyle turns around and brings a palm to his face, shattering the cheek and sending him sprawling out against a tree. He turns in time to see the third native raising his rifle, and Lyle kicks off against the roots at his feet, sending him into the air and bringing him back down on top of the panicked local."I said-""Damnit I know, and I said no promises."He plucks the rifle from the man's hands and snaps it in two with his fist. He throws it like a tomahawk and you watch as another of the locals drops screaming over a bleeding gash in his arm.Your flies watch as the remaining begin to flee, yelling to each other in their strange language.>Gather the survivors>Pursue the runners>Have your flies track them>Other>>36362794Ah, my bad then. Still, nice roll.
>>36363263 How gave the bush monsters guns?
>>36363322>Have your flies track themYES, LEAD US TO YOUR HOME FOOLS.>Gather the survivors
>>36363322>Gather the survivors>>Pursue the runnersNo witnesses.We can find out where they live from reading their mind.
>>36363322>Gather the survivors>Have your flies track them
>>36363322>Have your flies track them>Gather the survivorsSmash and grab?
>>36363322>Gather the survivors>Pursue the runners with your flies
>>36363322>>Gather the survivors>>Have your flies track them
>>36363322>Have your flies track themThey're clearly leftovers and not affiliated with either human space government. Send the flies to keep an eye on them. Make sure they don't come back with reinforcements and so we can study the language.
>>36363322>>Gather the survivors>>Pursue the runners>>Have your flies track them
>>36363372>>We can find out where they live from reading their mind.We don't have any parasites with us.
>>36363372The only parasite we've got on hand is in Lyle's gut.
>>36363424>>36363432We don't need to find out absolutely immediately, we can call in a corvette with reinforcements and parasites and gilled workers.
>>36363322>>Have your flies track them
>>36363169Strike CarrierHull: Cruiser 1200N 2000MRapid Damage Control: 30N 40MEnergy Shield: 100N 300M2 X Cruise launcher (600N 400M) 1200N 800M2 X Stinger launcher (500N 300M) 1000N 600MSwarm Fighers: 1600 1000X Plasma Lance 600X Auto CannonPsionic Relay: 200N 250MStandard armorSpinal Mounts: 2 2X Spinal Hangar (1800N 900M) 14400N 7200MTurrets: 6 6X Cyclotron Particle Beam 150MFixed: 10 6X Railgun 120M 4X Linear Particle Beam 80MAuxiliary: 0Cost: 18,130N 11540MUpkeep: 9065NSize: 200 MetersPreditorHull: Battlecruiser 2000N 2500MEnergy Shield 150N 450MRapid Damage Control: 45N 60MComposite armor Reflex (50N) 1500N Conductive (15N 50M) 450N 1500M Spinal Mounts: 4 (1200M) 2X Plasma Lance 2X Liniar Particle Beam Turrets: 8 (200M) 4X Auto-cannon 4X Cyclatron Particle BeamFixed: 16 (320M) 8X Plasma Lance 8X Railgun Auxiliary: 10 (100M) 10X Auto-cannonCost: 4,145N 6330MUpkeep: 2072NSize: 300 Meters
>>36363468>we can call in a corvette with reinforcements and parasites and gilled workers.Did miss the part that entering the atmosphere could destroy the ships?
>>36363322>Track the fleeing swamp men, and gather the wounded survivors.Please roll 1d100, best of 3 to track them unseen with your flies.
Rolled 36 (1d100)>>36363512
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>36363512
Rolled 45 (1d100)>>36363512
Rolled 6 (1d100)>>36363512
>>36363534Well maybe we caught another thenGonna let lyle do his interrogation then
>>36363530>>36363531>>36363534Hey, at least it's nothing majorly important. Right?
>>36363169Assault CarrierHull: Battlecruiser 2000N 2500MEnergy Shield 150N 450MRapid Damage Control: 45N 60M4 X Cruise launcher (600N 400M) 2400N 1600M2 X Stinger launcher (500N 300M) 1000N 600MSwarm Fighers: 2400 1600X Plasma Lance 800X AutocannonPsionic Relay: 200N 250MStandard armorSpinal Mounts: 4 2X Liniar Particle Beam 600M 2X Spinal Hangar 21600N 9000MTurrets: 8 (200M) 4X Auto-cannon 4X Cyclatron Particle BeamFixed: 16 (160M) 4X Liniar Particle Beam 12X Railgun Auxiliary: 10 (100M) 10X Auto-cannonCost: 27,350N 15,520MUpkeep: 13675NSize: 300 MetersMermidonHull: Battleship 4500N 10000MEnergy Shield: 1030N 3090MRapid Damage Control: 300N 400MSwarm Hangar X4: 2400N 1200M 100X Autocannon 100X Plasma LanceHeavy armor 5150N 10300MSpinal Mounts: 5 10300M 5X Liniar Particle BeamTurrets: 12 300M 8X Cyclotron Particle Beam 4X RailgunFixed: 18 360M 4X Railgun (acid ammo) 6X Railgun 8X Liniar Particle BeamAuxiliary: 22 220M 14X Autocannon 8X Lightning GunCost: 13,380N 36,170MUpkeep: 6690NSize: 2060 Meters
>>36363575>Lyle>InterrogatingWhy does that make me feel like we'll lose our prisoners via death from sheer terror?
>>36363578>inb4 the primitives radio for help
>>36363493>>36363586I'm really only interested in the Cruiser and Battlecruiser. I don't think we need anything heavier right now.
>>36363594>Help we're being attack by giant mutant cockroaches!
>>36363594We been giving lyle drugs to keep him in a nice moodEither stop giving him the happy pills or make him berserkHe stored a lot of pent up rage hanging around our place
>>36363276An earlier answer said that, right now, we have the option to choose what weapon is mounted on the fighter. The default it Autocannon, but swapping in a plasma lance makes the fighter much better at anti-shipping work. Other weapons aren't really worth it for a disposable fighter craft.
>>36363493Dammit people, stop splitting mountings.
>>36363643Such is life in the D.C. wastelands. At least it's not ghouls and Super Muties.
>>36363677Wait isn't lyle a super mutie?
>>36363670I think we should have at least one well balanced ship. But not every ship, no. That'd be /weird/.>>36363677This is more like one of the swampland DLCs, like Honest Hearts.
>>36363677He's not green and 7 feet tall, no.>>36363677>>36363697>Honest HeartsIt's Point Lookout without the supernatural lovecraft terrorOnly pan-dimensional superbeings.
>>36363697Honest hearts isn't fucking swampland, I think you're thinking of the fallout three one, point lookout.
>>36363719So a mix of point look out and Mothership Zata?
>>36363697Nah its actually Point Lookout,Ancient evil god, Super spy's and super powerful swamp folk >>36363719Sure the crystals count for lovecraft terror
>>36363731My bad. Admittedly I never actually got to Honest Hearts, I keep getting distracted by other games.
>>36363697QD says he doesn't want to deal with the record-keeping of having ship mountings split between different armaments. Fixed, turrets, point defence, each should only have one type of weapon equipped. Yes, even if you have 16 fixed mounts. 1 weapon type per weapon mounting category. Period.
>>36363719It can't be point lookout, these rednecks aren't super bullshit tough.
>>36363758That's kinda shite. He could do it in thirds maybe.
>>36363761They probably are by bog-standard human standards. We're just super bullshit tough.
>>36363758Aaaah. Gotcha. Yea, I'm all for giving the QM less work. As a forever GM, I know that feel.
>>36363619I was mostly using the battleship as an example for comparison, but if you would look at my post closely you will notice that the battleship is cheaper than the assault carrier, at least in the long run. The battleship is mostly metal, thus has a low upkeep, while the carrier battle-cruiser is mostly nutrients and has an upkeep HIGHER than a battleship's nutrient cost.We shouldn't need a carrier bigger than as Strike Carrier for a while anyways.
>>36363774Just escort ships properly and it's not a problem.
>>36363825Seriously. It's not like every single god damn ship is going to be totally effective completely alone. That'd be boring as hell.
>>36363777>Hillbillies on drugsVS>7 foot tall Space Crustaceans than can shrug off 5.56 hollowpoint>Former soldier with augmentations and organic body armor
>>36363811That's kinda fucked up. Funny, but fucked up. Still, if QM wants us to keep using specialized ships, I say we should for the sake of giving him less to deal with.
>>36363846"Those mud-lovers want me dead, and haven't extended the common fucking courtesy of telling me why!"
>>36363847I figured it was because we gonna do more large fleet actions than individual battles between shipsWe are the horde race after allLots of cheap units on the field
>>36363322Your flies zoom past Lyle as he investigates the bodies. Two are dead, one is sprawled out over a log clutching his chest in agony in shallow gasps, and another bleeds from the arm as he tries in vain to remove the wood and metal rifle fragment that has pinned him to a tree by his bicep."See? Alive. More or less." Lyle says as he walks up to the pinned man. The man's screaming increases as Lyle slowly walks up to him, the warriors buzzing in behind him, and with a hefty and obviously painful tug he pulls himself free. He swings the rifle piece at Lyle, who quickly catches it tears it from his grip, snapping the arm at the elbow in the process."Fuckin' cunt, stay down or I'll break the other." He says as the club of metal and bone cracks in his grip, then breaks in two.The man cradles his arm as it twitches in agony.Your flies continue to pursue the swamp men, but they have already lost two in the dense foliage. They know the swamp well, and it shows in their movements."Ok, so I managed to not kill them all, now what?" Lyle asks.What indeed?>Bring them back to the ship>Attempt to communicate with them (write in)>Other>>36363758It's a mix of balance and trying to prevent crunch from totally overwhelming ship design. Other faction ships have the same constraints.
>>36363847>shouldIt's more like you have a choice in the matter. You will. It's the game mechanic.That's the granularity we're working with. I'm also tired of people constantly trying to split mounts repeatedly, with the result that it gets quietly overriden when the design appears in the pastebin.
>>36363758In that case:PreditorHull: Battlecruiser 2000N 2500MEnergy Shield 150N 450MRapid Damage Control: 45N 60MComposite armor Reflex (50N) 1500N Conductive (15N 50M) 450N 1500M Spinal Mounts: 4 (1200M) 4X Linear Particle Beam Turrets: 8 (200M) 8X Cyclatron Particle BeamFixed: 16 (320M) 16X Railgun Auxiliary: 10 (100M) 10X Auto-cannonCost: 4,145N 6330MUpkeep: 2072NSize: 300 Meters
>>36363943>Bring them back to the shipWe don't know their language, and we can't communicate psionically that we know of. Best to take what we have, do what we came here to do, and get out.
>>36363943>Leave them>Attempt to complete the mission.>>36363976>PreditorReally?
>>36363911The one time we had a large-scale fleet battle should have taught us what we're supposed to do in fleet engagements.But then again that one was a fluke because that wasn't ours and it probably took years to build up a fleet the size of Mom's and the Obsidian Queen's.>>36363943>Bring them back to the shipOnly there should we attempt to communicate>Hurry up the workers
>>36363943>>Bring them back to the shipObviously. Prepare for Leeland arrival.
>>36363586First of all, why on leeland would we put more cruise missiles than stinger missiles on ship, cruisers are basically only practical for use against capital ships.Second, we can't split mounts, it makes things too complicated for QD to keep track of.Third, please check your spelling.
>>36363943>Bring them back to the ship
>>36363976Consider why you're giving it Conductive armor.The only faction we know of thus far that uses weaponry Conductive armor would be useful against is the Unity/Theseus. We're allied with Theseus.I don't think Ceph Neutron Beams qualify as energy weapons.
>>36363943>>Attempt to communicate with them (write in)Who are you and why are you trying to kill us?>>Send workers to resume salvaging the thing.
>>36364042>>I don't think Ceph Neutrino Beams qualify as energy weapons.They do.
>>36364064Well at any rate they seem to mostly ignore armor and shields, and so I doubt Conductive Armor would help against them.
>>36364056"I'm a hillbilly and I'm a god damn hillbilly."
>>36363943>Bring them back to the ship>othercontinue the work
>>36364064Neutrinos don't count as kinetic? Weird. But they sorta ignore armor anyway.
>>36364064I think Anon is saying they think Ceph Neutrino Beams have the same shield/armor bypass ability our Plasma Lances do.
>>36363976Conductive armor is rather useless right now, and that composite armor won't stop explosions. Make it a combination of standard armor and reflexive and I would consider it.Also, for fucks sake, check your damn spelling. Anons going to have trouble taking you seriously until you do.
>>36364100Speaking of, the greatest observed range of their weapons, as told to us by Theseus, puts them in the same range class as our upgraded Plasma Lances.
>>36364100Neutrino Beams must be powered by the crystals in the ships Maybe they are low power versions of the psychic cannon
>>36364148Doubtful. Neutrinos have nothing to so with psionics.>Neutrinos do not carry electric charge, which means that they are not affected by the electromagnetic forces that act on charged particles such as electrons and protons. Neutrinos are affected only by the weak sub-atomic force, of much shorter range than electromagnetism, and gravity, which is relatively weak on the subatomic scale. Therefore a typical neutrino passes through normal matter unimpeded.TL;DR/layman's terms: They're particles which have so little mass, they may as well not have mass at all.
>>36364173Well, I fucked that up.
>>36364148Neutrinos are real world particles you moron.
>>36363943>Attempt to communicate with them (write in)Find out who they are and info about the surrounding area.
>>36364096>>36364086>>36364100Neutrinos are highly penetrative but low damaging which is what I don't get about these Neutrino beams. If plasma weapons are impractical then Neutrino weapon are flat out impossible.
>>36364212They don't speak English.Just imprison the bastards and dissect their brains later.
>>36364173If I had to guess, the neutrinos are basically launched into the ship, and then via technobabble, they add an electric charge to the particles, suddenly giving them mass and causing them to damage a target without having to punch through armor or shields first.
>>36364235QD said the weapon wasn't typically researched due to the ridiculous power requirements. Presumably to create an actually damaging beam.
>>36364242should have posted this to >>36364235
>>36364236So? That's what we have our thinkers for. And Lyle is there so we just use him if we don't have speakers there. Should work out better since he at least looks human.
>>36363943Your warriors move in and drag the wounded away. They are slow carrying the wounded swamp men, but with your workers still busy digging for the source of the signal you seem to have a bit of time to spare."Found thing for Mother! Is thing good?"Your workers gleefully dig at... something. A smooth surface beneath the dirt and silt of the lakebed. Your workers continue to uncover it. It's surface is smooth like glass, and from the sound of it is quite large. Like a building of some kind, sealed into a massive stone. You're not sure how something could have survived an impact of such a magnitude, but it's all that's left. The inside is a hollow series of chambers, but the shell is far too dense to get a good look.>Attempt to blast it open with the Angel>Commence efforts to dig it out>Leave it for now>Other
>>36364242Or maybe it has such an impossibly high concentration of neutrinos it becomes highly damaging?I mean, it's said it's infeasible for other factions because it has ludicrously high power requirements.And one of those other factions has the Quantum Power Tap, of all things.
>>36364289>Commence efforts to dig it out
>>36364289>Commence efforts to dig it out>OtherKeep checking the local area for any more swamp folk.
>>36364289>>Commence efforts to dig it out>Notify Theseus on our progress
>>36364297Also possible! Not sure which possibility I like more. >>36364289>Commence efforts to dig it out
>>36364289>>Commence efforts to dig it outOh boy this is gonna take a while.Did we ask Theseus about what we're looking ay?
>>36364328>>36364324Yea, let's give Theseus a call about how we're doing.
>>36364289>>OtherI wonder if it could fit into a ship if we blinked one in.This would be the Earth Confederation's secret, big, monolithic Moon Fortress, possibly carved out of a Singing Stone, or something.
>>36364256Oh I know that. It just seems so pointless.>>36364297>Or maybe it has such an impossibly high concentration of neutrinos it becomes highly damaging?If that were the case then they might as well be shoot off black holes.
>>36364289>OtherBring in a corvette with reinforcements and to Plasma Lance this goddamn water out of the way.
>>36364289"Digging out thing!" Your workers dive back under and resume their efforts.This is going to take a while.As your drones dig and patrol the area you contemplate sending Theseus an update on your findings.>Inform Theseus of the intact object>Inform Theseus of the Tachyonic signal>It's too soon, you will contact him when you know more>Other (write in)
>>36364405>>Inform Theseus of the intact object>>Inform Theseus of the Tachyonic signal>>Prepare a Stealth Corvette with reinforcements and extra workers just in case.
>>36364405>Inform Theseus of the intact object
>>36364405>Inform Theseus of the intact object>Inform Theseus of the Tachyonic signalAsk if there a easier path onto the planet so we can bring reinforcements
>>36364383>Inform Theseus about the tachyonic signal, it's too soon to inform him about the object.>>36364383Come to think of it, wouldn't an impossibly dense cluster of neutrinos just basically act like a normal kinetic round? It would have enough mass to be affected by armor. IT'd be fairly pointless.
>>36364405>>Inform Theseus of the intact object>>Inform Theseus of the Tachyonic signal
>>36364405>Inform Theseus of the intact object>Inform Theseus of the Tachyonic signal>OtherRequest more intel on just WHAT we're digging up here.
>>36364451>Request more intel on just WHAT we're digging up here.Fluff you're idiot.
>>36364422add an egg layer and emitter
>>36364405>Inform Theseus of the intact object>Inform Theseus of the Tachyonic signal>Inform Theseus of the inaccuracy in planetary conditions and the presence of humans. >>Prepare a Stealth Corvette with reinforcements with gilled workers and a fake Queen.
>>36364451Fluff, Theseus wants us to investigate it because he CAN'T. He doesn't know what it is, just that it's interesting.
>>36364405>Inform Theseus of the intact object>Inform Theseus of the Tachyonic signal>>36364422>>36364497Seconding the reinforcements, egg layer and emitter
>>36364545He knows that something fell here, he could at least tell us what made him want to investigate it or what his suspicions are.
>>36364493>>36364545Theseus is likely holding back information about the size of this thing and other important intel. Or even guesses that would be HELPFUL at this point. We might need to bring in more workers, or even diggers if it's really big.
>>36364289Is that the crystal tree seed then? It just went dormant because there was no life around it?>>36364504Backing
>>36364660QM didn't say it was black exactly, but maybe.
>>36364581>he could at least tell us what made him want to investigate it or what his suspicions are.>>36364590>Theseus is likely holding back information about the size of this thing and other important intel. Or even guesses that would be HELPFUL at this point.He doesn't know what it isAnd something you need to think about is why are the Ceph's just doing raids?Why haven't the crystals purged these humans from the universe?
>>36364405>Inform Theseus of the intact objectTheseus doesn't know shit about Tachyons. The time is coming close that we should tell him, but it's not now. I want to at least know what he makes of this discovery first, yeesh.
>>36364701Fuck. I forgot about that. Change my vote to only telling him about the object.
>>36364694Humans aren't a threat? And the crystals are waging war all over the galaxy so the may not care about some backwater species
>>36364694He also might very well holding back on us. I don't blame him, we've done the same to him.Those are good questions, but we are lacking evidence and any data to point to an answer just yet.
>>36364712How in the- did everyone forget? It's still too early for everyone's brain to shut down.
>>36364750I'm tired and have wine in me! Totally not my fault!
>>36364750>>36364701Ya, I thought he didn't know but everyone was voting to tell him so I was confused for a second. Now he knows and he could possibly completely fuck us up if he tried.
We on Auto sage QD.
>>36364405>>It's too soon, you will contact him when you know more
>>36364781I doubt he can fuck us up. Him knowing tachyons exist and that we use them doesn't mean he can detect or manipulate them himself.
>>36364739>>Humans aren't a threat?I thought that at first but that makes no sense considering the Cephs are preforming raids.>>36364701>Theseus doesn't know shit about Tachyons...We told him about a them long time ago.
>>36364422>>Other (write in)Send the gilled workers, you mean.
>>36364405>>Inform Theseus of the intact object
>>36364823Training runs and just to keep the humans under controlIf they were a real threat the black queen would be sent inActually they were both busy dealing with mom and the others till recently so maybe they just couldn't send the troop needed to deal with the humans Only been a year since mom's death after all and mom did not go down quietly
>>36364917Nothing you're saying makes sense. The first thing they would have done is enslave them just like they did with the Skyl and Ceph not let them roam free.
>>36364823>We told him about a them long time ago.Mind sharing when? I have zero recollection of even the briefest mention of Tachyons to Theseus. I do recall deliberately choosing to not mention them to him thought.
>>36364405Theseus is eagerly awaiting your news when you send a packet of data regarding your vague map of the strange object."Will you be able to extract it?""That will take time." You say as you send the rest of the data."Please, attempt to gain entry into the object.""Why did you suspect this area specifically?""That is a matter of much debate." He says. "It is commonly believed that the moon was struck by a stray weapon, which impacted a facility that ignited enough atomic munitions to destroy the moon, dousing the Earth in toxic radiation and bombarding it with irradiated debris. The details of the incident, however, have always remained hidden from public view. No recording exists that shows the events unfold, only still images or recordings of the aftermath."Said images and recordings flash across your mind. All of them show the moon in drifting chunks, but there is nothing depicting the detonation itself, or of the battle prior. He continues, "I suspect remains of this facility may yield interesting information, especially regarding various accounts from the battle itself. None of the statements are first hand, or very credible, but when parallels were discovered between these accounts and the data regarding these entities, I felt a proper investigation was in order."Other images come into your view, this time they are from some cheap looking entertainment show. An old man speaks with a smiling man with wild eyes and a long coat about what he refers to as a lunar death ray. Nothing about the show itself is credible, as Theseus says, but you do find the similarities slightly off putting. The camera changes to video from another entertainment show, this time with a strange looking man with wild hair sprouting in all directions."The idea that we have been visited in the past, that humanity was helped up, isn't a novel theory." He says. "We know we are not alone, we've met aliens on other worlds. The question is, if they met us before?"
>>36365032When we told him about the Skyl.
>>36364999Already lost the chance to enslave them, the crystals start early in a species rememberAnd mom and the other queens can put up a hell of a fight compared to the humans so the crystals just focused on the bigger threatHow does that not make sense?
>>36365057Hey, I think you're right.>>36365052Oh jesus, it's the aliens guy.
>>36365064Seems you you spoke too soon.>>36365052
>>36365032We don't mention them. But we told him about the Skyl, who were uplifted to use tachyons.
>>36365052>>36365090The real question is, How is he still alive after all this time?
>>36365057Didn't we deliberately leave out mention of Tachyons when we did so? I believe it was explicitly noted in the summary of our communication to Theseus.
>>36365112>>36365157We did tell him about the tachyons. Most people voted to do so. QD even confirm that was what we were doing.
>>36365052FUKKEN CALLED IT
Page 9 warning. Also, I had fun, but it's time for me to get to bed. Seems like this thread is about over anyway.
>>36365052The screen pans over various ancient Earth monuments as the man speaks. "We could have easily been guided down a certain path, but why? how?" The camera moves back to him, his toothy grin stretching from ear to ear. "Is such a thing even possible?" He glances to the side, as if to give the audience room to breath from what you are sure he thinks is a startling revelation. "Maybe.""Like I said." Theseus says. "None of the sources are credible, but the similarities raise suspicions.""My workers will dig up the remains, then.""Thank you."Your pod of Tadega detects a burst of radiation. After a short while you confirm the approaching ship as the Moray. They made excellent time, and as it approaches you link back up with the drones within. The flies have hid themselves within the conduits and air vents of the ship, avoiding detection until they could receive further orders.>Send them to the bridge>Have them keep an eye on your other drones>Other
>>36365157That is literally the opposite of what happened, you are bad at reading.
>>36365185>Send two to the bridge, the others stay where they are.
>>36365185>>Send them to the bridge
>>36365194Nah, memory fault all the way.
>>36365185>>Send two to the bridge, the others stay where they are.
>>36365185>>OtherSplit em up, worked the last time.
>>36365126The hair is a parasite, it just changes hosts>>36365185>Send them to the bridge>Have them keep an eye on your other drones>Other look for their powerplant on the ship
>>36365185>OtherSplit them up so they can cover more of the ship.
>>36365185>The screen pans over various ancient Earth monuments as the man speaks. "We could have easily been guided down a certain path, but why? how?" The camera moves back to him, his toothy grin stretching from ear to ear. "Is such a thing even possible?" He glances to the side, as if to give the audience room to breath from what you are sure he thinks is a startling revelation. "Maybe."I fucking love this quest.
>>36365185>Split them up, send two to the bridge, the other two will stay where they are for now.Please roll 1d100 to safely navigate the ventilation system to the bridge.
Rolled 73 (1d100)>>36365291
Rolled 45 (1d100)>>36365291
Rolled 92 (1d100)>>36365291
Rolled 79 (1d100)>>36365291
Rolled 60 (1d100)>>36365291here we go
>>36365328Our mother was a Queen of war.We are one of sneaking.
>>36365313>>36365328too bad there not facehuggers It would make the second movie proud
>>36365291Your flies navigate the air vents with a speed and grace that would make one question if the humans had built them specifically for alien creatures to use. The layout of the craft itself is not all that different from the Clarke, with the bridge a small room huddled under the forward shield cap. A man sits in a couch, enveloped in a thick cushion of memory foam as he navigates the interface of a console on his armrest."Parking orbit has been achieved. We're being hailed by picket forces, sir."The man speaks without looking up from the tablet. "Transmit our credentials and have the shuttle launch immediately.""Yes sir." A young woman replies as she speaks into a headset. "This is the commercial vessel Moray for cargo transport to base sixteen." She presses the headset into her ear. "Roger that, launching shuttle at once."You feel the drones within the cargo bay lurch with movement.>Have your flies follow and enter the shuttle as it launches>Keep your flies in the Moray>Split your flies>Other
>>36365450>built them specifically for alien creatures to use.They're coming from the vents.
>>36365450>Split your flies
>>36365450>>Split your flies
>>36365450>Have your flies follow and enter the shuttle as it launches
>>36365450>>Have your flies follow and enter the shuttle as it launchesThis ship is of no interest once the cargo is unloaded.
>>36365450Can we research something that allows any one flier to split into two smaller fliers, so that we can have our fliers split up ad infinitum?
>>36365450>Have your flies follow and enter the shuttle as it launchesKeep them with the workers.
>>36365450>OtherKeep all flies where they are. Bridge flies at the bridge, other flies with the rest of our drones.
>>36365585You mean reproduce asexually?
>>36365450>>Have your flies follow and enter the shuttle as it launches
>>36365585We have egg sacs for creating more drones. You're asking for the ridiculous.
Stated Bipedal Moth Speaker, but need to ask should it have wings for moth aesthetic?Olfactory: Basic 0Acoustic: Basic 0Psionic: Basic 0Mandibles: Vocalizer 2Blade: Combat 1Arms: Dex 1Legs: Bipedal 4N 2M Wings: ?Utility: Acid Glands 1Carapace: Peacock (Fur)/Mimetic skin 2Size: MediumCost: 11N 2MUpkeep: 5N
>>36365845Of course it should have wings. Mothy wings. Although I'm not sure why it would need to be bipedal.
Page nine warning QD.
>>36365845Oh hang on, I was thinking of something similar myself.Speaker Variant: Adorable Moth DiplomatMandibles: Vocalizer 2Blade: Hypodermic 2Arms: Dex 1Legs: Bipedal 4N 2MWings: Advanced 4Utility: Acid Glands 1Carapace: Mimetic skin 2Carapace: Peacock (red/white stripes+red fuzz) 0Size: SmallTotal Cost: 4NDesigned to address the inexpicably intimidating effect your children have on certain species, this drone is built to be disarming as reasonably possible to humans. The regions of its carapace not sporting soft, fluffy fur are covered in Mimetic skin that can change color or display images, and it's small size can be offset by it's bipedal legs if the need arises. If given a less than welcome reception, it can deliver mind altering drugs with its blades to make a specific individual more agreeable, or toxins to defend itself.
>>36365867Presumably to hand with the humies more naturally. Be tall as fuck tho.
>>36365867Less likely to freak out the skittish humans dude.
>>36365920So... a midget?
>>36365845>>36365920Why do they have blades?
>>36365938I can't imagine weird bipedal legs being any less likely to freak humans out. Instead, I say we should give them adorable stumpy legs.
>>36365867What I meant to ask was which set. Maybe we can get a free, but completely useless, set weith the peacock. The bipedal is just because its stature and stride are both elegant and formidable with the legs. I also, just want to see how well it works.
>>36365938Alternately, what fun ways could we non-violently freak other species out? I had an idea of talking through tons of speakers, a different word per speaker.
>>36365957That's just how the speaker base was designed.
>>36365450The flies within the crate remain tucked close to your workers, while you're others pull back from the bridge. As they leave you overhear some of the crew speaking."So what are those things, anyway?""Not sure. Suttlebutt says they're from that planet the Clarke got scrapped over.""How the hell did they get out here, then?""No idea, and we're paid not to ask. You know better than that, man."Your flies drift past the two humans as they float down a hall and climb their way into the hab ring and quickly make their way back into the hangar, where the large quarantine container is being moved into the belly of a shuttle. Your flies easily drift along the cords and wires of the shifting cargo crane, and they slip into the shuttle as the doors seal. A moment later you feel the lurch of the shuttle being freed from its docking clamps and it begins its descent. Your orbiting space pod lowers its orbit.As the shuttle touches down on a landing pad the pad descends down a shaft that quickly seals above it. Your flies watch from the windows as the shuttle is slowly lowered into a large cavernous chamber filled with gangways, catwalks, and steel box buildings carved into the stone. You find it tasteless and a waste of space and resources.There are a number of armed soldiers standing by in the hangar, as well as several large mechanised devices similar to a drop suit, but the soldier within is protected only be a roll cage, and its arms are a pair of massive clamps like that of a crain. They are hauling various crates to and fro in the room. As the doors to the shuttle open you see more humans running up from the base within."Get them loaded onto the trolley, and be careful!" Someone yells."Yea, they have meter long claws, so keep away from the cages.""No, I mean careful with the specimens! You have no idea how important they are!" The voice is... familiar. A man parts the incoming sea of white coat wearing humans and armed guards.cont.
>>36365963So essentially instead of usable wings, just a movable, fluffy cape-like thing?Yea, that sounds reasonable.
>>36365867>>36365931>>36365938We're giant bugs, guys.We're gonna freak them out anyway.On the topic of mothing our drones;Provided we could add a little mothy-ness to each of our drones with no loss in function, who would be up for that?I am, of course, assuming that our speaker resembles Poofmaster 80s, and our regular drones would resemble Mothguy.
>>36365957To settle matters of honor.
>>36365967Fuck it take it farther, have a horde and have each speaker dedicated to a specific phonemes, like a kind of horrid symphony of speech. each speaker being a note
>>36366007I'm so up for mothing everything. Hell, I originally came up with the idea! Thumbs up from me.Also, I still say we should give them stumpy little legs. Maybe take inspiration from the twins with their flailing. They sound kinda cute.
>>36366007Moth it, moth it all.
>>36366007I'd rather not moth everything. A moth diplomancer amuses me, especially if it confuses the humans or we can get away with them thinking the moth is another species entirely.
>>36366057I want to save it for if we go to war with the humans and them make them thinks the midget moths are the leaders.
>>36365920I 2nd this, no weapons though.
>>36366077They already think our speakers are important.
Why not lay both:>>36365845 (with useless wings or Advanced)>>36365920An ask Elizabeth's opinion?
>>36366084But, what if we want them to commit seppuku?
So, Our colors are red and white? Our main color being Red, signifying our revenge and blah blah it was all said before, and white to honor our mother?
>>36365979The man walks up to the loading bay of the shuttle and looks in with a smile, a pair of guards in sleek black armor follows close to him, each with a rifle at their side and their faces covered with a visor."I trust they had a pleasant trip? If you wouldn't mind I'd like to see them." The man is smartly dressed in a tailored suit, his hair is perfectly combed, and a small pin of the Union's crest is placed on his color."I'm sorry sir, they were digging clean through the cages when we put them in. Can't risk them getting out."The man remains calm, but a sharp gaze drifts over the technician for just a moment."I didn't come all the way from Gemini just to look at a box, and I'm sure it's stuffy in there. Come now, let's get a look at our guests."The man looks concerned, but waves to have the crate opened."-and then fall into a- Oh, the box is opening! More humans! Is the Lee here?"The man walks closer, ignoring the warnings of the others."Well I don't believe so, but maybe we can find him for you and he can visit later.""This one is a speaker, are you a speaker too?"The man lets out a chuckle. "Why yes I am. Conrad Killinger, Representative-elect of Talgo, at your service."You remember now. He is the voice you heard over the phone in the office over Mars.>Speak (write in)>Babel constantly and uselessly>Other
>>36366200They can spontaneously explode newfag.
>>36366213>>Babel constantly and uselesslyWhat's a Talgo?
>>36366213>Babel constantly and uselesslyHuh thought Talgo was commonwealth
>>36366213>>Babel constantly and uselessly
>>36366213>>Babel constantly and uselesslyWhat is a Talgo? Is it nutritious? Have the stunsticker try it first! Are there lots of stunstickers? Are there gonna be more boxes?
>>36366239Been here from the Start and they burst on death not at will. Maybe you should read what things do before you tell others about them.
>>36366213>Babel constantly and uselessly
>>36366213explode like right the fuck now
>>36366213>Speak/Babble Uselessly; "You are a Conrad Killinger Speaker? Do you Conrad Killing when you are not Speaking? Where are your tools for Conrad Killing? Where is this hive? It is a very large hive. You must have lots of food here. This delegation is hungry."Then a pause;> "Does this hive possess The Tool?"
>>36366213>Babel constantly and uselesslyMore speakers are good! Do you like speaking? I like speaking. Are you good at speaking? I think I:m good at speaking, I haven't stopped speaking yet! I don't think you re speaking enough. Are you a bad speaker then?
>>36366213>Babel constantly and uselessly; While asking about E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.
>>36366213I don't suppose we could pry some information out of this guy before exploding?
>>36366287>Maybe you should read what things do before you tell others about them.You should do same considering that QD told us that drones can explode on command.
>>36366213>Babel constantly and uselesslyIs Talgo his queen? He is a speaker but he is not round like other human speakers, is he sick?(Also, he's probably a robot.)
>>36366349When the adaptation first got introduced, it was said they needed to be triggered via trauma.
>>36366379And QD said otherwise.
>>36366379We specifically made these drones to explode on command.Also we forgot to mention that even if the drones die. Conrad will still reap the benefit of being able to study our corpses. He may be able to create a biochemical weapon specifically for us.
>>36366349Really, because It's been that they explode on death not at will.--Self-destruction: Disposes of the drone’s body to prevent capture or research, but run a risk of killing the drone when severely damaged.Acid glands: Glands of acid burst open on death, rapidly disintegrating the body in a manner that does not cause harm to others.(1N)Explosive glands: Pressurized organs of highly volatile chemicals burst on death, splashing everyone and everything within melee range with caustic acid.(2N)--
>>36366407Middle of page 10.
>>36366417And QD said they can die at will.
>>36366414The explode on command thing was specifically made to prevent research, Our DNA will be scrambled or melted or something.
>>36366213"You are less round than the Jeffrey. Are you better at speaking?""Well I certainly-""This speaker likes speaking. It is good at speaking, would you agree?""Well I-""This is a big and very heavy hive. Why are things in your hives all different weights?""What do you-""Is a Talgo big? Is it nutritious? Do you have a Talgo with you.""Well Talgo is-""Why do humans like boxes. This one is in a box that was in a box. Humans live in boxes. So many boxes."The man's smile leaves him and he turns to the technician. "Get them to containment, and put the chatty one in an interrogation room, let it speak all it wants into the mics and see if anything slips.""Yes sir!"The auto loaders march up the loading bay and begin carrying the crates to a small trolley."Big workers! Shiny and yellow! Why are big little workers inside big workers? Do big workers need help? Are there more boxes? Well this one see a Talgo? Will you grant one to take back? Why are other humans not working in boxes?"The human smiles and waves at the speaker as it passes. "What does this mean?" Your speaker mimics the movement. "Do human arms malfunction often? Is it in pain? This speaker hopes it becomes better!"Gonna need to call it for tonight before we get bumped off. I'll stick around until we 404 for any comments, questions, feedback, or design votes.
>>36366414He'll have the benefit of studying destroyed carapace, and melted goop.Besides, humans should hopefully understand the whole "biological warfare is bad mmkay" thing, even in this universe.And if there is one pissing contest you do not want to get into, it's flinging pathogens at a race of ants who treat genetics like a child's toy.Also, as long as they don't get to study the tachyon things in our drones, we should be fine.
>>36366446Thanks for running QD, was a fun thread as always.
>>36366446Drones can explode at will right?
>>36366446>The human smiles and waves at the speaker as it passes. "What does this mean?" Your speaker mimics the movement. "Do human arms malfunction often? Is it in pain? This speaker hopes it becomes better!"I keked.Thanks for running.
>>36366478These ones were built to do that.
>>36366450They wouldn't have the body they'd have goo.>>36366436Really? Let's ask him then?>>36366446Do the acid glands activate at will or does death need to occur first?
>>36366446Wait, You're cutting it off? There's not going to be a part two? I-I can sleep? I can sleep! I'm free! FREE!
>>36366478Yes. The glands are designed to burst on death, but they are also rather fragile. There is nothing stopping you from forcefully popping them prior to a drone's death, and thus melting on command.
>>36366446Thanks for running QD.
>>36366468>>36366518And thanks for playing!>>36366501Yes, I have a busy day tomorrow, so I can't stay for another all nighter.
>>36366446Thanks for running! Say, there seems to be a rather lot of support for mothing everything. How will this take effect? Will our cosmetics just change or will it be a gradual thing of phasing out those without moth cosmetics?
>>36366501>looks at clock>2 AMhuh.
>>36366503Have you heard of Infinite Space for the DS? It seems like it's one of the few games that does spaceship combat well.
>>36366446Thanks for running QD.Can we vote on adding a dusting of moth to our drones, from here on in?Also, to the other players, I have a devious idea: The moment they pop the speaker into the interrogation room with no one to talk to, he goes stock still and quiet (like a shut off robot), and we get our workers to immediately begin acting like a bunch of cats; burrowing through concrete, chewing wires, etc.And as long as there is someone in the room who isn't wearing headphones, our speaker will talk and our workers will display less movement.We get the humans to think there is some sort of cause and effect they don't understand at work.This sets us up for much fun when we break routine. And containment.
>>36366527Thanks for running QD, given any thought to setting up a forum thread on 1d4chan's IRC or anywhere else?
>>36366547Maaaybe 3 people were in support and it's been kind of quiet all night. I doubt a 'mothing' vote would pass if posed.
>>36366585Well I'd vote for it, at least for the speakers, but yeah let's hold off on it for the time being.
>>36366573I looked it up and it looked interesting. I don't own a DS though, sadly. Might pick one up eventually.>>36366547That's adorable. Since you have cybernetics you can surgically alter your drones with the appropriate alterations, in this case, the Peacock carapace for any drones you want especially fluffy.>>36366584Unless there are any objections, I think 1d4chan would work decently well. Still not totally sure how to work the whole thing since I have never spent much time on the site, but I'll be looking into it. Let me know if there's anything I should know before hand.
>>36366583>The moment they pop the speaker into the interrogation room with no one to talk to, he goes stock still and quiet (like a shut off robot), and we get our workers to immediately begin acting like a bunch of cats; burrowing through concrete, chewing wires, etc.>And as long as there is someone in the room who isn't wearing headphones, our speaker will talk and our workers will display less movement.>We get the humans to think there is some sort of cause and effect they don't understand at work.That's devious and hilarious.>>36366658I'll set it up in a second hang on.
>>36366607For the speaker, sure. Pretty sure that'd pass easy, at least if it was a variant deal.
>>36366583That sounds quite nasty, and has some support already. I'll keep it in mind.
>>36366583I'm supporting this it just to good not to.
http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest_talk:Hive_Queen_Questis the talk page and http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:Hive_Queen_Quest is the quest page. Edit as appropriate.
>>36366583I like the way you think anon.
>>36366658If's it's not to flamboyant, couldn't we keep it a simple cosmetic change? Did the gardener have specialized carapaces for their...tree barkyness?
>>36366658>I looked it up and it looked interesting. I don't own a DS though, sadly. Might pick one up eventually.You could try using an emulator.
>>36366730Magnificent. Thank you!>>36366736Sure, some mild fuzz wouldn't be too big of a deal. It's the magnificent fluffy mane that requires the Peacock carapace.
>>36366761I think most people advocating for mothy-ness that isn't speaker related are requesting a mild fuzzing on drones as standard.
>>36366730Sweet, now we have somewhere to hash out new drones. Well done anon.
>>36366784Sure, that would just take a vote, and some time to properly take effect.
>>36366784Yeah, just sort of vaguely mothy looking guys with some red and/or white coloration. The speakers are the magnificent moths.
>>36366761how much is mild?
>>36366826The speakers AND the Queen.
///RESEARCH LOG DAY 2///Xenomorphs shown to be highly unstable. Explode on contact.Would not recommend.
>>36366829Presumably somewhere on the scale between 'Butterfly Fur' and 'Not Particularly Fuzzy Moth, Yet Still Fuzzy'.>>36366844>The QueenAs long as she doesn't have to do anything beyond just willing it to grow.>>36366826Red/white/pink coloration would be best coloration.
>>36366829Like, patches of honey bee fuzz. It would be up to you in the specifics of the appearance. They would look decently fuzzy, but the hairs themselves would be a bit coarse and bristly. The peacock carapace, on the other hand, would be able to get anywhere between an elegant coat of fur to giant puffballs and anything inbetween.
>>36366880I'd vote for red and white stripes. We'd look like fuzzy candy canes.
I'm really not a fan of the blanket fuzzy/moth-like aesthetic.I just think it'd look silly on most of our drones. Magnificence or nothing, I don't want lame half-fuzzy drones at all. Ruins the aesthetic.
>>36366935They could be like, a royal guard set up thing?
>>36366935How about our default drones retain their sleek carapaces, but with a strong red color to it?
>>36366935See pic related. Honey bee and its fuzz.>>36366908Maybe they are red-fuzzed, but it slowly shifts to white as it reaches the end of their limbs? So they would have white hands and legs, but red bodies.
>>36366935I'm not a fan either, from what QD's said it would be just a light coating of fur. Some sort of theme would be neat, but doing so will almost certainly forfeit any sort of cammo