Your hive swarms with new children, and your throne room fills with eggs. The first of your new harvesters come to life with throbs of energy as static crackles between the ground and their hover pads. They depart for the shores of Leeland to begin their harvest. Workers carve out endless caverns of bioluminescent plants and your tiny but burdening air force takes to the sky for their first patrol. The air has become cool in recent days, and you have noticed a decrease in local activity. The short and intense summer of Leeland is over, and as the planet drifts further from its star in its odd orbit the far longer winter slowly begins.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>Discussion page http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest_talk:Hive_Queen_Quest
>>37027385>Current armory269 Thorn Launchers20 Thorn Cannons123 Sting Casters30 Cyclotrons15 Rotary Stingers3 Fire Sprays5 Plasma Spray22 Particle Cannons>Current resource reservesNutrients: 748336Metals: 527684Credits: ₡2326Credits in Lyle’s account: ₡577,450>Hive population and upkeep cost Hive maintenance – 1059Queen – 5Fake Queen (2) – 44Worker (5005) – 10010Aquatic Worker (140) – 560Vacuum Worker (200) – 1200Radiator Worker (100) – 400Warrior (1209) – 6045Aquatic Warrior (100) – 700Thinker (1300) – 3900Quantum Thinker (355) – 1775Speaker – (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 (12) – 300Excavator (250) – 4750Colossus (20) – 300Harvester (50) – 950Support Fluttercraft (2) – 272Ghost Beetle (5) – 135Heavy Warrior (5) – 95Advanced Relay (69) – 6900 (set as default method of ship control)Upkeep: 41430N>Hive fleetSpace Pod (29) – 870Shuttle (10) – 250Mining Corvette (6) – 1200Scout Corvette (6) – 1350Lancer Corvette (2) – 450Fleet Corvette (4) – 900Stealth Frigate (4) – 1952Heavy Cruiser (10) – 1215019122NClone upkeep/special projects and expenses25 Human captives of the USV Hope – 7503 Human hybrid clones in production – 180 [1 day left]Lyle Rogers – 47977NTotal upkeepNutrient costs: 61529>IncomeMetals: 113000Nutrients: 125000Net: 63471
>>37027400Hive Territory[G-426]Asteroid mining base: 5 Excavators, 20 Diggers, +2250M per day (+50 M per digger, +250 per excavator)*Leeland (capital)Defensive structures>Surface to Orbit Missile System [under construction]>Anti-orbital batteries: 2/35 (250N) >33 under construction>Surface to Orbit Missile System under constructionMilitary structures>Hangar facilities: Room for 40 Aero/fighter Drones and 20 Shuttles (25N)>Spring Mountain Hive: Original hive contains decoy queen within throne room>*Secondary Mountain Hive: Actual site of Throne Room>Clarke Research Outpost>Hel’s Angel Prison OutpostIndustrial structures>Docking Pylon: (4) (200N)[2 Scout Corvettes][14 Space Pods][32 Space pods queued][Empty docks: 0/16]Economic Structures>Mine: 245 Excavators, 60 Diggers, +62750 M per day (+25 M per digger, +250 per excavator)>Algae Farm: +100000N per day, 1000 Workers (1 worker per 100N) [1000 in production]>Film harvester dock: +25000N per day, 50 Harvesters active (500N per Harvester)M-662Raligha – Automated: defensive focus (No trade active)Defensive structures>Anti-orbital batteries: 4/35 (500N) [31 under construction]Economic structures>Bloodroot collectors: A series of pipes and veins running from the roots of several of the nearest Bloodroot trees provide a passive and low maintenance source of nutrient income, +250N per day (5)>Greenwall pit: Variable income (6 workers consumed in accidents, 2 containment breaches, 1 warrior wounded, average harvest provides net gain of 500N, thinkers report testing not yet complete)>Temple alter: A place for the Ralighan locals to worship and bring offerings to your hive, built in the likeness of your local fake queen, +500N per dayM-323>Orbital docking pylon: Space for docking and construction of 4 sub capitals or 1 capital ship, (50N)[4 Space Pods][Empty docks: 0/4]>Mining corvette salvage operations +48000M per day (+8000M per corvette)
>>37027423New Construction OptionsDefensive structures>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>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)
>>37027470Military Structures>Hangar Expansion – Construct fortified hangar facilities for your choice of +40 aero/fighter drone space, or +20 shuttle space. 50N 100MIndustrial Structures>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 300MEconomic Structures>Harvester Dock – A large pier built along the shore overlooking the spore-producing ocean film that serves as an unloading area for Harvester drones, and contains pipelines to pump collected raw nutrients to the hive’s awaiting processing facilities, includes a single Harvester which is covered by the cost and upkeep of the dock. Provides 500N per day (38N 50M)>Orbital electroponic station – An orbital instillation built near a large source of hydrogen used to fuel a large fusion core, which in turn provides electrical power to a contained algae farm facility. Must be built in orbit of a gas giant. Provides +500N per day and doubles as a gas mining facility, refueling the tritium stores of any ships in the system. (1000M)>Algae Farm – A carved out space used to utilize Leeland’s natural electrical field to cultivate food. +100N per day, 1 worker to maintain.
Fuck yeah, It's my favorite time of the week again!
>>37027498Finished research>Rapid nano-assemblyAdvanced construction techniques utilizing nanomachine filled paste to bond materials together on a molecular level allows for the construction of ships and buildings at a much more rapid pace.[Nano-manufactory – While your workers are capable of efficiently providing for any and all labor you require, construction is still dependent on the growing of tools and the shaping of small components normally created within vats or shaped by workers. By employing large amounts of biomechanical nanomachines held within large centralized vats, this limitation can be removed and construction projects rapidly accelerated. Passively reduces time of all surface construction to a minimum of 1 day, depending on worker availability.]Medical nanomachinesUses injectable nanomachines to assist in healing wounds or performing surgery, reducing the time required for medical procedures and allowing for far more advanced medical care in the field.[Smart-blood transfusions – Medical procedure times no longer accumulate with multiple procedures for non-hive life, and instead use the longest time][Bio-salve – The biological interface can now administer a regenerative salve capable of disinfecting and healing minor wounds, as well as stabilizing more serious wounds]>Skyl controller chipThis small chip in the Skyl skull is all that remains of the complex network of nanomachine based medical systems. The device itself works in a similar capacity to your own parasites, but offers the controller extensive control over rapidly reprogrammable nanomachines capable of a wide range of tasks.
>>37027529New research unlocked>Smart MinesMediumReplacing digger drones with programmable seeds of nanomachines allows the hive to effectively create metal trees. The nanomachines spread roots through the ground to locate ore veins, break them down and assemble them on the surface as metallic fruit-like bulbs for workers to gather.>Liquid metal sculptingMediumBy using nanomachines to maintain metal in a liquid form regardless of temperatures and without diluting it with chemicals, you can improve the quality of the Hive’s metallurgy, decreasing the time it takes your workers to perform metal intensive work in cramped spaces and dramatically boosting ship construction times.>Carbon nanostructure constructionMediumBy using the ancient Raligha ship as a basis, and new construction techniques, you can implement more sturdy nanotubes and carbon based diamond filaments to slightly improve the stability and durability of your ships without impeding maneuverability or increasing cost.>Cellular accelerationMediumBy using advanced medical technologies to assist and boost the cellular metabolism of an organism, clones can be made to develop much faster than normal.
>>37027529so what the difference between this and our parasite?Also can our parasite use the biosalve?If not than i guess its time for a on the field doctor drone.
>>37027529I read bio-salve as bio-slave at first and got really excited. Oh well.
>>37027560It a part of the drone so Yes.
>>37027558Fuck yeah, all of these options are great. Just start researching all of those right away.
>>37027558Current researchJust about everything else.http://pastebin.com/F6t39KSp>>37027560Yes, parasites can administer it to heal wounds. It essentially just gives the bio-interface mandibles a new use outside of the niche use it has now for parasites, and functions similar to how the construction mandibles work with rock, only with flesh instead.
>>37027615>he biological interface can now administer a regenerative salve capable of disinfecting and healing minor wounds, as well as stabilizing more serious woundsMakes it sound like our parasites can only heal internal wounds now(which i believe they could already do to a lesser degree).
>>37027626Its time for a doctor drone, i just wonder what it could need.
>>37027626Add four new research options to researching list.>Smart Mines>Liquid metal sculpting>Carbon nanostructure construction>Cellular acceleration
>>37027666Mandible: Biological interface 20NBlade: Hypodermic 2NArms: Dexterity 1NAlso, actually made some already, but they are planes.
>>37027680toss out cellular acceleration and replace it Ion cannon. Then we'll be good to go.
>>37027846Why not just throw both in? Shit seems cool.
>>37027857This guy's got the right idea.
>>37027846It should already be on the list. Last thread they added Everything, except one research, to the researching list.
>>37027788don't forgetSenses FreeLegs:Sprint 1NAdvanced wings: 4NHoney Pot 4N (might not be needed)No clue if we should give it protection though.
>>37027626Lyle leans back in his seat and watches as the massive space city of Long Island slowly grows before him. It spins gradually on its axis with its solar array outstretched. Even at this distance the massive freighters can be seen like ants against it as they move to and from the busy docking rings.As the Angel drifts into Long Island space and communicates with its control tower, you look over the rest of your hive. Your first pod was just recently finished and has blinked away to the FG-883 system, and even at its great distance on the edge of the system your pod's delicate sensors can detect an increase in local activity. There is something in space resting just on the outer edge of the planet's orbit. Your pod cloaks and begins to drift inward for a better view.Meanwhile, within your hive proper the comatose bodies of the twins and Coil sit in their tanks. Your study of Ceph and Tidaren biology was extensive, and you have gained a wealth of data from them, and about them. You were somewhat surprised to find Coil to be at a ripe age of over 200, and the twin's memories are a garbled mess of chaotic and haphazardly planned events, like a twenty year car crash. In a lone pod rests the deceased head of Seiner, covered in probing arms and sensors working to preserve and analyze the contents of his mind. It is in surprisingly good condition.>Awaken them>Speak with Coil>Speak with the twins>Examine Seiner>Other>>37027649Before they were capable of manipulating the subject's state of mind and administering medicines and other chemicals, but now they can rapidly stop bleeding and seal wounds from within.
>>37027889Nah we left out alot of things actually.Some of which i'm baffled at.
>>37027891>>37027788GuysWhat if we gave a regeneration tank legs?
>>37027901>>Speak with Coil"Why did you come here?"Let's get Coil to go full heretic.
>>37027901>>Examine Seiner>>OtherGive the twins their brother, their DNA should have it.>>37027916I believe a regen tank makes a drone pretty bulky, and an easy target, but maybe.
>>37027908No, we actually added everything QD just has the list wrong
>>37027954I'm not sure if it's a good idea to try and turn Coil from his faith. Things might end badly.But fuck it, it might be cool to try, let's do it. We can kill him whenever we want anyway.
>>37027901>Examine SeinerLet's get some info first.
>>37027901What are the implications of this?>>37027916
>>37027996What? I definitely added them. I did it last night.Well bugger. I'll have to fix it again later, but you are researching everything except the psionic cannon and the ones you just unlocked.
>>37028002I know it could be risky but I don't see how we could use him in any way without doing so. Sides, he was already going against his religion's canon by insisting other life had been touched by Them, we might just need a bit of a push to turn him.
>>37027901>Speak with the twinsask if it's okay to clone them a new brother.>Examine Seinerand>OtherLook into Coils memories in more detail. See how the crystal overlord rule(use) the Ceph and if their standard of living is above "enough to be useful servants".
>>37028053>>37028002Or you know, try to see how he thinks now, with out the control chip.He might even act differently.
>>37028087Sounds like a good idea to me.
>>37027901>Speak with Coil>>37027954>>37028002>>37028053heretic? Oh no, no. More like Either a Schism in their faith or warping him completely so he will make US the ones to worship, not the other ones. either way, we will severely undermined their faction in the long run.
>>37027901>Examine Seiner>>37028034Wouldn't the bulk head be done by now since its a very fast research?
>>37027901Just remembered weren't we going to roll for Gardener Sample?
>>37028415we did last thread, why do you think we have those bracket research unlocks.
>>37028438That was for Seiner's head.
>>37028459nope, we haven't touched it yet.Thats why its an option.
>>37027901You gaze into the memories contained within Seiner's brain. There is a lot to sort through. Countless research studies, experiments, surveys, research papers. The man had lived for over a century, with numerous artificial organ transplants keeping him alive.You peel back the memories further and further. He was a child near the end of the Colony Wars, and his father was a high ranking member of the local government. His grandfather, however, was a leading scientist of the Confederation, and was one of the many who died in the attack on Earth. The memory is clear in his mind, the same conversation you found recorded on his data device, but there is something more to it, something the recording didn't seem to pick up.As the child Seiner ends the call with the press of a button, his head begins to ache.>Search through his mind for information regarding Earth>Search for other information (write in)>Other
>>37028474>>Search through his mind for information regarding Earth>>Search for other information (write in)His passwords to his tech and bank account.Also military codes/bases/research outpost.
>>37028474>Search for other information (write in)what do they actually have about us?
>>37028474Politics and potentially embarrassing military/political secrets.
>>37028468>nope, we haven't touch it yetReread the last thread. We have the touch Gardener corpse. The roll was for Seiner's head.
>>37028531>>37028517>>37028508Supporting all of these
>>37028468We rolled for the head last thread, we were going to roll for gardener. You can check me on it>Try to Access Seiner's memories>We can roll for this now and have the results in next thread, actually.>Please roll 1d100, best of 3>91http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/36910131/
>>37028540*We have to touch Gardener's corpse>>37028474Scientific knowledge please.
>>37028559>>37028540Huh, and the funny thing was i was advocating it, i must have been tired.
>>37028474>>37028474>Search for other information (write in)All the passwords he knows about, we can sell this to theseusthan the earth shit.
Are we mothy yet?
>>37028474>>37028531>>37028517Backing these two.
>>37028634I'm against this idea, and no.
>>37028474>OtherLook for anything science related.
>>37028634We aren't, unfortunately.Really, I thought about the idea for a while, and while it seems awesome, it doesn't seem very thematically correct.
>>37028474>>Search through his mind for information regarding Earth>>Search for other information (Everything; Every thought Seiner had will now be apart of the Hive.)
>>37028659>>37028677I'd hoped it would peter out eventually. Fuzziness would've been silly.
Can we at least have moth speakers? The ones with color changing fur. That's all I want.
>>37028732>Not wanting a massive mane of red fur adorning Speakers like a cloak.
>>37028732It would've. I still want us to have some sort of theme, but perhaps now isn't the time to be thinking about that.Frankly, having everything be Utilitarian would be a little boring.
>>37028761>rainbow speakerspls no
>>37028822We already have rainbow speakers. Our speakers have had memetic skin for fucking ages now.
>>37028789We have red accents.
You guys may have an idea how much joy it fills me to be able to catch up with this quest every monday.
>>37028834>fuzzy rainbow speakerduble no
>>37028474Lay one Moth Speaker
>>37028902I'll second the notion.
>>37028474>Lay one of theseMandibles: Vocalizer 2Arms: Dex 1Legs: Bipedal 4N 2MWings: Advanced 4Utility: Acid Glands 1Carapace: Mimetic skin 2Carapace: Peacock (red/white stripes+red fuzz) 0Size: Small
>>37028474With his brain silent and dead, you do not receive the same feedback as the mind of a live individual. His memory is like a slideshow, flashing from major event to major event.Seiner sits on the floor as his father reads over an intelligence report. The image of the Earth's moon cracking to pieces can be seen on the screen."My god." His father says under his breath. He closes the report. For some reason the young Seiner can still picture the image of the moon as it cascades in chunks to the surface of Earth. He can visualize the evacuation efforts as ships ferrey civilians from the surface, and he can sense a small chunk of the facility where his grandfather had worked as it fell to Earth inside of the larger chunks.His father wakes him up with a worried look. Adam is on his back with a headache as a doctor flashes a light in his eyes."Do you know where you are?" He says."My house." Says Adam, but as he says it he can see the fluorescent lights of the local hospital above him. The doctor speaks with his father in the hall, saying something about a seizure."Does your family have a history of epilepsy?" The doctor asks.Adam isn't sure what that means, but it sounds bad. They speak for a while before the doctor hands him a slip of paper and some medicine.You see his life flash by. The image of Earth never quite leaving his thoughts. You see the endless spires of Mentan's grand cities, and the sprawl of the urban slums below as Seiner looks down from the window of his dorm room. The white halls smell of cleaning fluid and everything seems to glow an eggshell white. He scours the libraries dayly, their cavernous halls of digital and physical media alike seem endless, with what seems like entire city districts dedicated to every subject imaginable, except Earth.
>>37028979You don't know how ugly that looks do you?
>>37029082I think he doesn't know how british popstar it is.At least use dark red or burgundy, but red/white stripes? Hell naw.
>>37029092>>37029082Go back to >>>/fa/
>>37028979I'd rather go with this:Olfactory: Basic 0Acoustic: Basic 0Psionic: Basic 0Mandibles: Vocalizer 2Blade: Combat 1 (for diplomacy reasons)Arms: Dex 1Legs: Bipedal 4N 2MWings: Moderate flight 2NUtility: Acid Glands 1Carapace: Peacock (Fur)Carapace: Mimetic skin 2Size: MediumCost: 13N 2MUpkeep: 6N
>>37029150No, that's the place you should be. lrn2basiccombinations.
>>37029160I can see why you would want it to be medium sized, but I think a small drone would be be less intimidating and more harmless looking, which is what we would want in an ambassador at this stage. And speaking of intimidating, how would combat blades be conducive to diplomacy?
>>37029160Why don't we have better senses on the speakers? Also, combat blades?
>>37029248To help solve matters of honor of course.
>>37029248Not very, since your ambassador alone can already overpower baseline humans without any weapons at all. But that's why they have guards.
>>37029248They are retractable And to settle matters of honor.
>>37029272>>37029296Like, what, someone ruffling their fuzz?
>>37029296Why not lay both and ask Elizabeth what she thinks?
>>37029332>leaving the designs of our ambassadors up to humies
>>37029332This sounds good to me. Human fashion advice is go!
>>37029312A gentleman would never bug out at such an insult.
>>37029332>Why not lay both and ask Elizabeth what she thinks?We have telepathy moron. We could just send images.
I see how things go. After the "red fuzz" you're gonna suggest that our speakers start walking on two legs. Dangerous territory anons.
>>37028987You continue to zoom through his memories. You see parliamentary representatives shaking his hand and offering words of support in passing, but none of them are willing to mount an expedition to Earth. You watch as plans churn and plots thicken behind the curtain of Union politics. Funds are earned and labs are built. Eventually you see Chandra IV settled with a small number of scientists. An automated expedition, that is the promise from his friends in power, but only after the project is finished.A sharp sting stops the rapid pace of memories flowing by, and you see Elizabeth storm out of the room. She yells something but Seiner doesn't know what. Some dialect of Arnimean."It will be worth it in the end. I'm sure of it." He thinks, but in the end there is no expedition.At least several years blur together in a drunken haze from an apartment on Gemini. The sound of a train passing feet from the window shakes the room, and the sirens of police seem to be endless. You take note of the apartment, a small hovel not far from the capital.Eventually there is an announcement. New colonies ripe for the taking in the Expanse region. Uncharted, unknown, and rich with new opportunities. He makes several calls, and calls in the last few favors he has.You watch as once again he climbs the ladder of political influence, earning favors and grant money for all manner of projects. Few are willing to deal with him, but Killinger, for one reason or another, offers to help.With his status in the Union's research division granted back, Seiner feels a ray of hope return. It has been many years, and only now does he feel any closer to his dream. At the time he had no idea what the reports of his father meant, but as he aged he remembered the images clearly and recognized what was stricken from the public records. The moon was never struck with a weapon, it fired one. It nearly obliterated the approaching fleet, and as it annihilated ship after ship it detonated.
>>37029403I know. I just want to take the one she doesn't pick and have that be the one she deals with for the rest of eternity.
>>37029438they already got the human legs thing, which is basically giving our drones high heels(and walk like they have high heels to), and adds nothing else.
>>37029456>The moon was never struck with a weapon, it fired one.Wait is that the weapon I'm thinking of?
>>37029456I'm starting to think it may have been a surviving queen, since it sounds like something the psionic cannon would do, and as far as we know, the Crystals had no weapon like that.
>>37029456You recall the last communication, the one recorded in Seiner's logs."It... speaks to me." He grandfather's words never left him. "It needs to be found again."The Raligha hive interrupts your thought diving to bring your attention to the body of the Gardener. Your workers are ready to attempt to retrieve any valuable genetic data, if any has survived.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 7 (1d100)>>37029608
Rolled 23 (1d100)>>37029608>herewego
Rolled 74 (1d100)>>37029608Let's not be terrible please!
>>37029617>>37029627HAHAHA,i can already see whats gonna happen.
Rolled 85 (1d100)>>37029608
Rolled 86 (1d100)>>37029608
>>37029634Well at least it's not terrible.
>>37029664if only you didn't roll it would be decent.
YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! IVE BEEN WAITING ALL WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rolled 49 (1d100)>>37029608better late then never.
>>37029608Your samples are largely intact, although there is extensive degradation.[New research available]>Photosynthetic cellsFastBy implementing the same cells used in many of the local foliage in infrastructure, you can create stations and buildings that produce energy via solar radiation to produce energy in a manner more safe and stable than fusion, although less efficient.>Genesis ProjectMediumBy studying the practices and techniques on top of the dedicated technologies of the Gardener's hive, you can develop a method that can be used to rapidly spread foliage and life on a planet with to develop a new biosphere. The process is time and resource intensive at the start, but with the use of weather spires the biosphere quickly takes root and becomes self-sufficient.[New traits unlocked]>Green Claw - The target DCs for cloning projects are reduced.cont.
>>37029456>find psychic stone>it speaks to you of ancient truths and knowledge>nah fuck it, let's turn it into a weaponHumanity, fuck yeah!We could probably stand to clone/revive Steiner. Not sure if you guys want to but Infested Steiner could prove to be a valuable asset.
>>37030164[New adaptations unlocked]Rotary wings - What appears to be a set of wings based on the local life, these wings spin on a pair of counter rotating rotaries. They are too bulky to be mounted on a standard drone without causing dangerous instability in flight, but with aerodynamic drones it allows for improved thrust, allowing for double the carrying capacity when used with a Honey pot, although it sacrifices in speed.Barkskin carapace - Less a research project and more an item of interest, this carapace uses densely packed layers of bone and dead plant-like cells to create a layer of protective armor comparable to a combat carapace without the use of metals. The process can be applied to ships as well, and appeared to be the main source of construction material and metal substitute to fuel the Gardener's efforts. What it gains in metal efficiency it loses in upkeep efficiency, leading to expensive and high maintenance units, although with the rich and lush nature of the Gardener's worlds, that issue never became a problem, and she had always considered the natural and plant-like appearance to be worth the additional cost in the name of beauty, a stance your mother clearly never shared. With your abundance of metals the carapace is rendered obsolete, but the appearance can be mimicked through the peacock carapace.
>>37030135Oh for fucks sake fluff.
>>37030178Insofaras giving Killinger a hug and exploding, sure.
>>37030186>Barkskin carapaceJust what our brains needed on the rolly polly planet.
>>37030186As your thinkers relay the findings to you you finish your own study of Seiner's mind. Youn find a wealth of confidential codes and data, but with it comes the knowledge that such codes are changed on a regular basis, or are exclusive to Seiner, who is assumed dead by the Union. However, you do find the knowledge of the locations of a number of military research facilities, as well as a somewhat limited understanding of their objectives, although even Seiner was not privy to much of it.Several research sites reportedly focused on understanding the technology of the Void Cutters, as well as the Ceph themselves are scattered across Union space, with at least a half a dozen located on Tadega or Mentan. Others include weapons research centers and experimental shipyards, as well as a number of dedicated facilities for scanning and removing computer security breaches caused by Theseus, as well as manually performing the duties once given to Theseus before he had escaped.>Offer the information to Theseus>Offer to trade the information for (write in)>Keep the information>Other (write in)
>>37030190What? It's not like I rolled a nat 100 there. >>37030164Nice. This will make colonizing dead worlds much easier and productive when we lay down the farms. >>37030186The wings are nice, but the Barkskin just a memento now.
>>37030347>>Offer the information to Theseus
>>37030347>>Offer to trade the information forIs there anything left to trade for?If not then >Offer the information to Theseus
>>37030347>Offer the information to TheseusAlso, check up on our Earth project and on Elizabeth.
>>37030347>Offer to trade the information for (write in)He already owes us, and we would be using the favor to gain tech again.
>>37030391>Is there anything left to trade for?Quantum communication
>>37030347>Offer to trade the information for Access to his banked Biological samples.
>>37030421Laser cooling or quantum communications.
>>37030347>>Offer the information to Theseus, but as part of a joint plan to gain new technology.
>>37030391>Is there anything left to trade for?resources, and possibly genetic engineering for food sources.
>>37030347>Offer to trade the information for Quantum communication
>>37030484Quantum communication is harder to research and more important.
>>37030481I really can't believe I'm seconding this suggestion.
>>37030523>>37030484Okay.>>37030421Just make this communications than.
>>37030347Making mine >>37030391 Quantum comms then.
>>37030347adding to my post:>>37030504Ask about worlds with Native life in the systems he controls and see about allowing the hive to create a research base there to study the native life if any.>>37030546We have a research sample of it so why trade for it? Seems like a poor decision to me when we can use the information for other thins.
>>37030612the sample can still break, with this we have a 100% to complete a very slow research.
>>37030545I am more surprised people have forgotten that Unity is sitting on a HUGE wealth of genetic data it's files that can give us the chance to find incredible new options to use.
>>37030636We can buy another sample. I'd rather trade it for information we can't buy on the internet.
"Hey Theseus, buddy, we found some secret research bases in Union space. Wanna trade for 'em?""How did you acquire this information?""From Dr. Steiner's lifeless head."
>>37030636Not to mention it's something the Skyl remnant would kill for.>>37030671We can't. They're expensive as fuck. Besides we just trade our bio research for that shit.
>>37030719Good maybe we can do a three way trade of info.
>>37030719Yes we can that's how we got are sample. Just spend Lyle's money if needed.
>>37030771>Just spend Lyle's money if needed.on the subject of Lyle's money did we ever get the stuff we bought with it and have delivered in deep space? (this was a while back)
>>37030871We only bought one thing for some stupid reason, i never understood why people just wanted the expensive modem.
>>37030871Yes after a long ass wait we got it.
>>37030901To reverse engineer which i'm not even sure we're doing right now.
>>37030901Testing the waters, next time we can rob him blind.
>>37030901Because we can use it to learn about Quantum communications without trading tech.
>>37030347You call on Theseus and he responds promptly. You send a synopsis of the data for review."Yes, this data would be most beneficial." He relays the data to Zero One and it sends its reply. "And the requested price is reasonable."[Quantum Communications boosted, will finish next day]"Your intelligence efforts are highly impressive, even to the greater Unity." He says. Your pod detects a server ship breaking off from orbit as it fills with cruisers. It folds space soon after and vanishes from view.A system wide alert fills Virgo and local defense forces quickly assemble. Your pod detects a server ship drifting on the edge of the system, and with a burst of energy it fires its main gun at what you now recognize as one of the cyber security facilities you had just sold the location of. The server ship vanishes as the local forces burn out to attack. Nearly an hour later the security lab detonates with a multi megaton blast as a ferrus slug impacts it at a small percentage of light speed."I will not ask for details of how you obtain these kernels of information, although I can only assume it had something to do with the incident on Tadega." The Clarke returns to its patrol pattern in Leeland's orbit, slowly accommodating the monitor satellite.>Speak with Coil (write in)>Speak with the twins (write in)>Speak with Elizabeth (write in)>Other
>>37030973Ahh, Long range C-Strikes, you don't see that utilized in scifi everyday.>Speak with CoilShould we go about breaking his faith?
>>37030901Not expensive. Stop lying about that. It was one of the cheapest things ever.
>>37030973Memory dive Coil. Like Lyle back story.
>>37031059Didn't we find out they were somewhat expensive?Than agian we have no concept of money and lyle seems like he is rich.
>>37030973>Speak with CoilTime to change his religion.
>>37030973>>Speak with Coil (write in)Memory dive. Set ourselves up as an object of worship.
>>37030973>he server ship vanishes as the local forces burn out to attack. Nearly an hour later the security lab detonates with a multi megaton blast as a ferrus slug impacts it at a small percentage of light speed.I am so fucking happy you actually utilized that capability in the quest. I fucking love you QD.
>>37031198What happened exactly?
>>37030973>Speak with Elizabeth (Time to search though the other crystals)
>>37031232Unity knew a slugging space battle was too much a pain in the ass, so it just accelerated a slug to near C, and pointed said slug at the lab.Due to math, this means the slug impacted with the force of a nuclear bomb/orbital bombardment, and probably destroyed the lab totally.Due to Hive construction methods, however, we are VERY hardened against such attacks.
>>37031098Read the damn archives, don't make shit up, the price is listed right there. Only 2 thousand credits.
>>37031276Red Queen, Daughter of White Queen, Eternal Eternal Enemy of Black Queen too OP, plz nerf.
>>37031232Most scifi would have ships close into the planet and bombard it, giving local defense forces time to react.Here, Theseus calculates the planet's trajectory shoots a railgun slug at a good percentage of the speed of light at the estimated location of the facility a few hours later. It can't be avoided and this brings little risk to Unity's ships
>>37031309>>37031276That's fuckin' metal.
>>37031276>>37031309On that cheery thought, maybe we do need to make our hives even MORE harden to that kind of attacks. Unity can't be the only one who can do that trick.
>>37031287I was talking about the ask page, i beleive we got C.>They are split down the simple designations of A, B, C, and D class relays. Ds are cheap and slow, and can transmit or receive text at a rate of 1 character per second. They cannot transmit or receive pictures or other media, and can only either transmit or receive, not both. Cs can handle live text chat, or send or receive images or sound with painfully slow speeds. Bs can handle video with sound rather quickly, but can still only transmit or receive, and As are restricted on the open market, and require a license to operate. They can handle live, 2 way video chat, but are far, far too expensive to be useful as anything but vanity projects for the super wealthy. Most military ships have either B or C class relays, while typical consumers will usually either have a D, or C class, with the C class being considered something only purchased if you intend to use it for work, or are a tech obsessed geek.Each one comes with two, which are built linked to each other. This means that if you want to use it, you need to give one of them to either the person you intend to talk to, or to a relay network service provider, which lets you avoid being nickel and dimed with the rental fees. In your case I assume you intend on breaking it apart and figuring out how it works, so that bit won't really matter much.
>>37031357Hive creep basically auto-repairs the damage such a thing would do.For some odd reason I feel ashamed that we haven't made a Spider-based warrior drone yet.Maybe our equivalent to light mortars?
>>37031357we need planetary energy shields, or hive ships.
>>37031357It may be wise. Though IIRC all of our important stuff is very reinforced already.
>>37031431I second the idea of a Hive ship.
>>37031414I would imagine such a strike would wipe away hive creep as well.>>37031431That will help.
It just occurred to me how utterly and completely terrifying our rate of progression has been.How long have we been awake, five, ten years?
>>37031490More like a few months. .... Be very scared.
Isn't our hives nuke proof?>>37031490less than a year, but the QM said this is normal since every queen acts like a starcraft player.Speaking of which the thought of a queen nuking a planet becuase of a misplaced egg sac is a funny thought.
>>37031490It's been less then three months.
>>37031431Both and Battleships>>37031490Nope, At most three months.
>>37031490Not even a year. But in everyone else's defense, the older hives were very factional and would do anything to keep a dynasty's tech hidden and keep other dynasties down. We had the advantage of growing up alone with almost no opposition.
>>37031533>>37031519I was being very generous with the time frame on purpose, because the reality is several thousand times more terrifying than the alternative.I mean seriously, less than a year from supping at Fungus-Blessed Red Water to SURVIVE to being one of the "Big Boys" of the immediate space with some of the most advanced technology, certainly the most advanced biotechnology.And we basically had to either reverse-engineer everything or go from scratch, even our FTL was scrounged from the pod.God damn.
>>37031574Don't forget that killing queens was considered tabooed, and the worst that can be done was kicked off your starting planet.
>>37031595Now you know why Quest drone described our race as Starcraft players.
>>37031490You have to remember that we pretty much have a catalog of research from our ancestors also we specialize in reverse engineering.
>>37031490Speaking of progression, we need more workers and farms and everything.And, while the red fungus is great and all, it seems like it may be a tad lacking. Not inefficient, just that we may be better off with something a little more filling.Might be worth it to assign a thinker to find more food sources on Leeland.>>37031574I'd imagine it would've been considered bad form to shoot at a newbie queen; recall that our total drone population has yet to breach even 1 million.
>>37031600I will freely say that the Hivers / Whatever the fuck the Old Queens called themselves, are the Apex Race of the Universe.Barring Eldritch horrors and borderline True-Space-Fae bullshit, of course.
>>37031595>>37031642I think we were given the barebones of tech, like ships and FTL, but everything else we use to great effect? Reverse-engineered or traded for. Holy shit I realized how fucking OP we are. It's a miracle the older hives haven't conquered the Galaxy.
>>37031622I'd play the shit out of Hive Queen RTS.
>>37031628We weren't even given that anon, just FTL and the Pod and barebones thinkers and drones.Just us, the shit they could cram into a pod, vague ideas of what our ancestors possibly did, and a lowly thinker.
>>37031673Hive vs Unity vs Human vs Ceph Free for allI want a HQQ 4X
>>37031728More like Hive+Unity+Human vs The Ceph's evil Gods.
>>37031728>Implying the Hive and Unity are even allowed to fight each other unless it's a counter-intelligence op.Need I remind you WHO spewed large quantities of piping hot data all over the Queen's most private parts? (Brain)
>>37031728>>37031673you mean what starcraft already is right?
>>37031782Nah, this would be Starcraft if the Zerg ever reverse-engineered Protoss and then Terran Tech and wasn't shackled to the will of either a crippled / Hard-coded Overbrain or a stupid rampaging cunt.
>>37031657A million years ago they were in control of the galaxy then the void crystals happened. And come to think of it when we get Warp gates we try conquering the nearby galaxy.
>>37030973"Don't worry, the human is in need of a navigator, and you say you are highly skilled. Humans will not often deny a skilled individual."The mechanical puppet appears in the hall as a humanoid shape, but it makes no pretense at being human. The large viewscreen on its face shifts through various colors and patterns in the Ceph language, and a speaker on the front offers the ability to speak in the myriad of human dialects and languages, although this one is only programmed to interpret Esperanto, the most widely spoken trade language. The speakers remain silent as it speaks to coil."Humans are reactionary, are they not? This was a well known and well taught lesson." Coil says as the two walk down the hallway, or at least the puppet walks, while Coil floats. The Valen smuggler is still aboard his ship, somewhere within the vast tanks of water built in the command deck. A massive waterlock connects from the bow to a deck further up for Valen, but they would likely not even fit in the corridors of the merchant deck. Coil thinks he would be more comfortable on the upper decks, but he was denied access on several occasions."Be sure of yourself. Humans are territorial and aggressive by instinct, but it is only a show to test each other. It helps them assemble a social order and hierarchy. Show your skills and he will accept you."Coil is unsure of himself, but as they continue down the hallway the port comes into site. The Hel's Angel sits outside the window below the loading bay, and a rather frightening human stands at the airlock. He looks to Coil as the puppet drops the cargo to the floor. "This it?" He says. "You got a name?"Coil's translator fissles and comes to life. "I am known as Born-in-coiling-bundle.""That sounds dumb as hell. Well Coil, you said you had something to give me in exchange for this job, let's see it."He waves the Valen's puppet away as Coil lifts the crate's lid and Lyle's eyes go wide.Cont.
>>37031813So THIS is what happened to that Zerg Queen we left on that protoss colony ship and never heard from again!If I had absolutely any ability to code I would already be working on this as a custom-campaign.
>>37031817We really need to learn more about what started the whole war. I mean the oldest memory the Skyl have was fighting us.
>>37031859I fully believe there are several tens of Theseus' that routinely mutter "muh bug-girl waifu..." whenever the Queen and Theseus converse.I refuse to believe otherwise, he's been on whatever passes for the internet the Union uses enough to become tainted.
>>37031859Whenever I think of that, my mind brings up a picture of QD up there, huddling in a corner wrapped around the link and hissing at anyone that approaches that it is his and his alone.
>>37031850The waters are warm today, a rarity in these parts so far from the sacred waters of the spires. Coil pulses a gust of water and shoots up closer to the surface. It is still black. Not a single star above. They are only in the crystals, as he was taught time and again at the temple universities, but for some reason he still liked to check now and then. They once filled the sky with light at night, and there was even a day once, long ago, but there is neither now, nor will there ever be.He still likes to check.He skims the surface for a while as he makes his way to the jetstream and tries to picture what it would look like to be so close to a star as to have it actually turn the sky bright with light. Maybe he will find a world like that soon.>Observe his memories>Speak with Coil (write in)>Other
>>37032117>Observe his memories
>>37032117>>Observe his memories
>>37032117>>Observe his memoriesMy only idea of what to do to him is show him visions of a night sky, but I think it's too early.
>>37032117Did we ever set a number for Skyl cloning? Or did we decide not to? It had support at the end of the last thread so I don't now if were doing it or not.
>>37032117They once filled the sky with light at night, and there was even a day once, long ago, but there is neither now, nor will there ever be.So it's either a very cloudy moon or planet away from it's star, or a rogue planet.
>>37032439>rogue planet.On a rogue planet stars are more visible.
>>37032439Or something ATE their sun.Y'know, like that thing we saw eating a star when we first fucked with the void crystals.
>>37032488Just hashing out theories. It could still be cloudy but>tries to picture what it would look like to be so close to a star as to have it actually turn the sky bright with light.Implies that whatever planet the Ceph homeworld is, it's fucking far away from it's star.
>>37032117The jetstream takes him and hurls him across the Divide at great speed. Even at his velocity it takes a great deal of time to make the journey. He always hated it, the endless blackness of the depths below, especially with nothing but the blackness of the sky above. Even space did not feel as empty.Something moves in the depths. A goliath tail whips in a flash across his view as something moves along the edges of the abyssal drop off. It crunches the rock as it slides along it and Coil flashes a bright yellow for a moment. He hated Divide.Eventually there is a reflection in the waters above, and the distant lights of the Reef can be seen in the distance on an island standing in the center of the abyssal depths. He hops from the jetstream and shoots himself down to the outcropping of buildings. Further in is the spire, the center of the Reef and source of the sacred crystals themselves. He knows what he needs, and he needs to get them tonight, but doing so could be considered a heresy by many.The security is tight, but he is a Pilot, one of the trusted given the sacred privilege to swim in the void above, at the very least he will be able to get to the hangars, even if his training is not quite complete yet. Hopefully.The temple is vast, and filled with activity as always, but the hangars are typically vacant at these times. He quickly passes the doors and makes his way through the twisting tunnels and corridors, all filled with busy students and observant locals carrying supplies and tributes through the temple grounds. He blends in perfectly with his case held in his grip, and quickly makes his way to the hangars.The doors bend at his touch and he enters. He can hardly move in the presence of the sacred craft. He can't even believe what he is doing, how could the clergy be mistaken? It was he that is wrong, and this is madness!cont.>>37032345It had support, but the number was tied between 5 and 10.
>>37032652So the Ceph raiders are battle priests?
>>37032652But he had seen the records himself, he had studied the history and it just didn't add up right. No, he knew he had to be right, he would bet his life on it.Coil shuddered as he realised he was indeed betting his life on it. It was a stupid decision, but it had to be done. If he could find one, just one other world with this grand gift and return with the news, it could change everything. He opened the case and reached for the Slip drive. Each shard shivered at the touch, and it's roots retracted from the Void Cutter as he pulled them from the compact hull and placed each in the case. He quickly made his way from the room.There is a hiss. The sound of an air jet as someone enters the room. He turns to see his mentor, Flowing-in-Faith drift above the work tables."Why did I know you would be here?" He asks. "Despite my warnings."Coil stamers for words, his skin flashing in vain.>Run>Make an excuse>Confess>Other
>>37032652Go with 10.Make plans to Contact Skyl engram after Mind Diving to ask for all available data to give Revived Skyl a fuller understanding of their Culture and net us free information. Also, offer technology for technology.
>>37032846>run ya inky biatch
>>37032846>>RunYour faith will save you, but not your false gods
>>37030973We should give Theseus our memories of Tadega, minus the part where our drones start doing their best xenomorph impression. They're basically video evidence of the Union government kidnapping, torturing, and vivisecting a newly discovered species. If they were leaked to the net, not only would it cause a huge political shitstorm but it would give us a lot of leverage when we finally reveal ourselves.
>>37032972the only thing we could "leak" is our recollection of what happened. We have no audio, no video, no proof.
>>37032943Come to think of it doesn't Coil think his Gods are invincible or something?
>>37032883He is older than us.
>>37033036Unless we figure out technology to convert memory to video. I don't think that's happening anytime soon.
>>37032972>>37033036Perhaps we can recommend to him to hack into facilities on the planet and see if he can find any such data.
>>37033058Well so is Lyle and we call him our child all the time. I don't think Age really comes into it.
>>37032972But that would raise even more questions, like "How the fuck did they get the video when the when the whole place was destroyed" and "Are these alien helmet cams? what the fuck?"
>>37033059We've used Mimetic Skin for the very same purpose, though for things not quite as complex as video.
>>37033075We only did that when he was a child in his memory.
>>37033058Mental age is a thing, and in that sense, we were born millennia older than him.
>>37033057Well we managed to convince Lyle that we're a mother figure, I think swaying his faith might be of the same difficulty
>>37031673>>37031728So would I anon, but none of us make games or have the money to fund games.>>37031777Ehh?>>37031859W-Wha? I didn't know you had it in you Fluff...
>>37033133Fluff didn't write it.
>>37033094It wouldn't matter how it got out. The only one who knows about the project at this point is Killinger and he would be at the center of the controversy. I assume we would use the images from our flies which were outside of the containment cells.
>>37033133That was not me this time. I have yet to create a Lewdfic. Not yet anyway.
>>37033036>>37033059We send images and research to Theseus all the time, this wouldn't be any different.
>>37033117We could put him through a hallucinatory trip and show him the truth.
>>37033167One thing though, that would reveal that we have flies that can act as spies and data recorders, once that gets out, they will take appropriate measures to counter them.
>>37033209How? Have him witness the Gardener's battle up close with our narration, or what?
So, does Killinger possess a magic murder bag?
>>37033216Not necessarily. They could just be like, goddamn security cameras.
>>37033216It wouldn't reveal anything, the facility was completely destroyed. As far as they would know somebody planted a camera there.
>>37033230>Gardener's battleYou mean the White Queen's battle right? Shit was like 300.
>>37032846Coil slowly drifts back. "You would not understand." He stammers. "But I will return, and then you will!"He rushes to the door.Please roll 1d100, best of 3>>37033059Well, with the interface technology you developed you can to some extent, but it looks really weird, like Natural Selection 2 gameplay. It would have an almost 360 degree field of view, with everything being really blurry except the small line of sight of the forward ocular eyes. Visual representation of your drones' other senses could appear as highlighted objects added in during translation to digital signal.
I want a lewdfic of queenXElizabeth.
>>37033302Here we go
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>>37033314and I want a fic of White QueenxRed Queen(Our Queen)xElizabethIt's not going to happen, so shut up.
>>37033318>>37033326Oh boy, Coil fucked up there>>37033338Better
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>>37033358Necrophilia is eww anon
>>37033367A calm evening, an ontological hierarchy discussion, and several nicely scented cups of nutrient tea and paste biscuits. As the discussion slowly ebbs into unknown territory, something deep within the Elizabeth and the Red Queen stirs...
>>37033302It would be really convenient for us if Coil has KOS orders on him with his people. We have wrung about as much use out of him as we can get, especially now that we can read his memories. Maybe it's time to get rid of him after this.
>>37033386At the rate we are going anon, and our tachyon-bullshit, time travel will be a thing before we pass the half mark of this decade.
>>37033314 Sooner than you think, I just might do this
>>37033441no anon ur thoughts too smallmake coil into ceph terroristceph terrorist that is very unlike coilbecomes infamous by destroying stuff we dislikewith nothing coming back to us 'bout titorclone ceph army, all shall fear their floppyness
>>37033302I imagine it would be more 'normal' as a holographic recording? Especially the bits where we had multiple drones present for.>>37033441No real point and if we're killing him it's silly to not just kill him ourselves. His people's feelings towards him are irrelevant.
>>37033423Oah, a white Lilly encounter? Maybe in a spire with a nice view andOk, hold on.
Obviously we need to turn Coil into Blasto.
>>37033473>>37033524I don't find myself highly opposed to any of these ideas.
>>37033524>COMING SOON TO HOLO-VIEWERS>COIL 3: SLIP TO DRIVE ANOTHER DAY>THIS SUMMER, IT ALL COILS DOWN TO THISApproved.
>>37033524>Described as having "a lover in every port and a gun in every tentacle" Blasto roams the galaxy meting his violent brand of justiceWell that's interesting.But we are throwing a chip and worm in his head right even if we don't kill him right?
>>37033678We have placed a Parasite.
>>37033678>>37033622Mindbreaking and memory crafting is fun as long as we're not on the receiving end.
>>37033678>right rightObviously. We should probably do the same with the twins. At this point it should be a standard procedure for reliably utilizing other species, anways.
You know, when several anons first started getting into the whole 'mind parasite' thing I was worried about the direction it would take. But you guys have kept it pretty muted. Good work anons.
>>37033710We could offer to them in their dreams to "revive" their dead brother.
>>37033775That's fucking cruel.Let's do it.
>>37033840What, didn't you have that idea before? It's certainly valid. We have the technology. We can rebuild him (Louie).
>>37033840You do realize that their brother shared the same memories as them.
>>37033751There is simply no strategic advantage to "those things," anon, at least not yet.But you will eat your words when there is a seemingly legitimate "necessity" for such things and everyone swarms them like the creeps they are deep down in their hearts.
>>37033302"Stop! It is you that lacks understanding!"But Coil is already at the door. He hears the door bend open and a rush of water behind him and he bends an eye stalk to see. Coil manages to swim from view as his mentor moves frantically through the crowd in pursuit.The city was highly secure, but even outside of a cutter Coil's talents as a pilot was prevalent. He dashed into the hollow reaches of the Reef below and into the twisting and turning tunnels of the superstructure where his contact was waiting. He did not know his name, but he was known to lead the accursed and those who would shelter them away from this world. It was a path of heretics and betrayers, and to take the holy relics of the Slip drive along such a route was a heinous blasphemy, but he has no choice.The building is a small home assigned to workers of the heat distribution plant, but he doubts the contact is the assigned dweller. They exchange the codes, flashing a series of patterns in the tunnel before the door opens and he follows the contact inside. Within there is at least two dozen cursed mutes, their blank faces stair like corpses without a single hue of emotion or a trace of speech. They are unsettling. Coil finds a corner as far from them as he can, and wraps his arms around the case, holding it like an egg."We're moving out soon. Get your things and follow the tunnel." The contact says, and he opens a wall compartment to a cramped and unlit passage. It takes hours to navigate, but opens to a decently sized chamber. Wires and power conduits flow into a device in the center of the room. "The other side will be dry, hold your breath and wait."The device hums with energy, and a sphere of darkness grows in the center. It draws in the water around it and he can feel himself being pulled in. The contact has strapped himself to a console, and Coil passes by in a panic of thrashing tentacles and vibrant color flashes. He falls into the sphere and there is nothing-
>>37033972-and then there is everything.Stars, stars everywhere, filling the space around him with motes of light more beautiful than anything he had imagined.He hits a metal wall as the airlock shuts behind him, and the stars disappear. Most of the water sucked through drifts in the chamber in globules for a moment before the room is flooded. The others twitch as they take in deep breaths in a grotesque display like dancing corpses, their blank white bodies soic in absolute silence.A door opens and several lights flash around it."Welcome aboard. Please find yourself a place to sleep for the duration of the voyage. Payment for your ticket will be discussed prior to docking procedures."Coil tightens his grip on the case.Cont.
>>37034131>>37033972So they use a human warp drive huh. Does that mean it's useable on a planet's surface?
>>37034131You search through his mind for deeper memories, he has lived a long life, although among Ceph he is still young.The spires of the university reach all the way to the surface. They are a marvel to behold. Coil drifts down through one of the apertures to the library within. Only a select few are granted access, and he is proud to be counted among them. The entire history of his people are recorded within the endless caverns and twisting halls of records, from the earliest carvings to the latest scriptures of the prophets.>Speak with Coil (write in)>Interact (write in)>Do nothing>Other
>>37034283>>InteractView the history of the Crystals>Speak with Coil Why does he feel that the clergy are wrong?
>>37034307Seconding this because I'm unoriginal.
>>37034307Sounds good, will third.
>>37034283Speak with CoilDo you know anything of the other races that serve the Gods?
>>37034585that was supposed to be a vote to back his opinion, but 4chan is being weird for me and posting before I'm done.
>>37034283"Why are you here?" You ask.When Coil was first granted access to the library he dove into its wonders, taking in all there was to see. The deeper he went the stranger the lessons became, and eventually he found several... discrepancies.That, of course, would be heresy, so he was sure he was mistaken."I am here to check something." He thinks to you. He seems to already be accustomed to you, his thoughts bouncing between the tiny quasi-brains and your parasite before forming a proper thought.He finds the section devoid of activity. The room contains only ancient data, history long forgotten by most. Most of the shelves are empty, including several he could have sworn were filled not a week prior. He must be mistaken, like he was with the discrepancies."You know what they say is false." You say simply."No!" He replies. "It cannot be wrong, any more than water can be dry! It is something far more simple, a forgotten scripture. Yes."You watch as Coil moves from shelf to shelf in search of the right tome. He finds an ancient carving, from near the beginning. It shows the Singing Stone coming to the world and shattering, bringing them into their glorious service. It was not long after that they had banished the sun and the stars to protect their devoted people, and displaying their powers in a way that none would ever forget.And there is is, just beneath it. A tiny symbol of a swirling creature unlike anything he had ever seen. It's wings seemed to reach out in a fluttering motion and its body coiled around a shard of ice, the symbol of death. He could find no other reference to them directly, but the carving clearly went on to become the character for heretic in the ancient carved languages of the first tribes to be born in the shadows of the Reef. Here, they seem to hold a special significance."You know it means something important." You say as he toils over the carvings, reaching out for stone totems and ancient tomes bound in and Reefer skin.
>>37034888>It's wings seemed to reach out in a fluttering motion and its body coiled around a shard of ice, the symbol of death.Insect wings? The shard of ice makes me thing of the dead crystals discarded by the Psionic cannon but i'm not sure.
>>37034888"It is damage to the stone." He says, but he knows otherwise.He had found a tome that seemed to hold a similar symbol, referred to as the Doom Seekers, literal embodiments of sin and corruption. The tome seemed to speak of them turning from their masters and reaching to the stars for their own hunger like spoiled children. The ending chapters celebrated the guidance of the crystals as the first of the Void Cutters brought them down, granting them oblivion for their arrogance.The tome is gone now, an empty space on the shelf marks its proper place."Are you sure?" You ask, knowing the response perfectly well."No, but I should be! I should not be here, to question is to doubt, and doubt is heresy!"Even as he tries to turn himself away, he reaches for another tome, this time searching for more of the so-called Doom Seekers, the belligerent children that appeared to have been struck from history.He digs deeper and ever deeper in the library, and finds another symbol. He recognizes it immediately as the ancient symbol of destruction and corruption, a circle with six sharp edges coming from the sides, and a horned spike at the top. It was the mark of evil, but here it was far more descript, like a drawing of a creature. The tablet upon which it is found has been shattered long ago, but several pieces remain. On one is a shard of ice in two pieces, on another is the strange symbol, and between them is a missing piece, with a strange beam of energy connecting them.Without the destroyed fragment a translation would be impossible, but there is significance to this unknown symbol, a strange eight pointed star, the six outer points thin and wispy while the top and bottom point are larger, with a set of what appear to be horns set atop it.They looks almost like...Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
>>37034965Probably that. And since we are those creatures they would attack us even without instructions from their boss if they ever connect the dots.
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>>37035225>>37035261>>37035273>>37035274THE SYMBOLS COILWHAT DO THEY MEAN?!!
>>37035323A direct translation.
Rolled 72 (1d100)>>37035225
>>37035225"No. No!" Coil is in a panic as he hurls the slab away. It shatters to nothing against the wall and cracks run up the walls. Fractures form as the illusion slips. "That can't be right, I wright, I was wrong!"His body thrashes within the pod. "It is you! The evil, the ones that corrupted the ancient servants and caused them to be stricken from history!"An eye opens in a panic within the tank and thrashes on its stalk."What does the slab say?" You ask calmly, his fragmented mind slowly processing the question as panic runs through from sub-brain to sub-brain."Death slayers." He says finally."Now, how can one who kills death be evil? How can you say such things without the missing piece?"Your drone collects his fragmented mind together, bringing them into a semblance of order once more as you work to shape his logic. You have long ago removed his Thought Shell and have had your parasite take its place, his mind relies on yours to think, and it gives you a level of freedom beyond your normal limitations. He slowly calms, his body slowly writhing in terror within the pod as you bring his many sub-brains back into line.>Speak (write in)>Interact (write in)>Other
>>37035579>Speak Would you us to tell you our side and the side of the discarded?
>>37035225>eight pointed starI need to see a drawing of this or something, cause I'm having trouble imagining exactly what it looks like.Also, anyone notice that slaves of the dark crystals always get cybernetics as their gifts?Maybe we're dealing with angry psionic robots as our enemies; or those whom evolved from robots.Doesn't explain the crystal technology, though. How does that shit work?
Rolled 4 (1d100)>>37035579So coils people had records of the skyl?>>37035664And if that's the case, and wonder what they would think of unity
>>37035652I will second this.
>>37035579Hope we get some good write-ins. I have nothing except the obvious.
>>37035664Will try to draw up a really crappy paint image for illustration, but my best art is crappy stick figures, so it won't be much.
>>37035664Cybernetics are the cheap, Non-complicated way of imbuing a killswitch into virtually anything.It's like, Plug 'n' Play dependency and indoctrination vs Full-On Gene-reprogramming.
>>37035664Maybe ascended machinists from another reality?
>>37035664Not much, but this should be the gist of it.The Ceph developed a rudimentary written language before they developed screens that could convey colors and patterns so that they could record history, and it has since become a kind of holy language that only the privileged are taught to read. This translates roughly to "spreading, all-consuming evil."
>>37035908>cheap non-complicated killswitchIf you don't play with genetics the same way a robot god plays with robotics.
>>37035978Generalist Principle that works on 80% of everything and is relatively simple and fast, versus Genetic Fuckery that is slow to proliferate, only works on that one specific species, and requires a good deal of attention beyond "Plug this into your brainmeats, also everyone else needs this jammed into their thoughtblobs too."
>>37035972Oh well, not that anon but I was already finished making my own interpretation
>>37036075Oh, it's beautiful.Just ignore mine, yours is far, far better, and closer to what I was trying to go for anyways.
>>37036075I think they were calling us fat.
>>37036187t-thanks QD>>37036217>Death slayersIt even sounds metal
Rolled 52 (1d100)>>37036253I'm offended. Our posterior is not nearly so rotund.
>>37035579Soothingly reassure Coil"Even if there used to be an evil so ancient in your races history would it have been likely to be me? Think on all that I have done with relation to other species. Before you came to me I had been unaware of your culture and past. Coil have helped the hive grow it's understanding and we will work together to discover the hidden mysteries of your peoples past that have been wrongfully kept out of reach.
>>37036253>>37036270Our egg-sac is not fat!It's only above average for a young queen!
Rolled 6 (1d100)>>37036306Unity-kun like's our big egg sac though, r-right?
>>37036306What if having a large egg-sac is considered attractive for queens?
>>37036075>>37035972>totally outclassed;_;Might work on this more; make us a proper faction symbol.
>>37036398It's a half decent symbol. The good one is really evil looking, having something a bit friendlier might work in our favor.
>>37036273I can dig it.
>>37036422>Evil looking>Giant Space Bugs that are Starcraft Players on crack>Casually mind fucks people by going into their memories and dreams and pretends to be a supportive, friendly, or out-right motherly figure to indoctrinate them>Spinal/Brain worm symbiotes to hijack people and control their minds when subtle measures don't work.>Secretly building up an army to eradicate everyone opposed to us, and are considering using biological warfare to ensure that we have no future problems on any worlds we conquer.>The greatest past time of our people was making war on one another while having tea and biscuits with the one we are making war on, burning entire worlds to ash while talking about how the pool has nicely positioned bubble jets.Yeah no, go fuck yourself, just because we aren't Eldritch Horrors doesn't mean we aren't evil/hardcore as fuck, and need a symbol to convey that.
>>37036502>burning entire worlds to ashI disagree with you there because they still need the planet to be intact and habitable.Otherwise it's spot on.
>>37036526>Habitable>Oh hey guys, let's build an organic space station! We just need to research photosynthesis to cut down on the energy used.I don't think burning the atmosphere off of a world would be that much of a detriment anon, bit a bitch to seal the initial caverns to set up farm production, but we have airlocks on worlds with atmospheres anyway.
>>37036253No, the symbol is obviously round, and therefore we are the most round therefore the most speakerest of speakers.
>>370365859/10 would lol again
>>37036502They don't need to know that, advertising ourselves as the incarnation of pure evil wouldn't help our negotiations with other species in the galaxy.
Rolled 5 (1d100)>>37036526well, we did develop a creep that can consume an entire world and eat away all the native biosphere, and nanomachine trees that harvest metal like fruit. So I would have to disagree that we need a planet to be habitable. Speaking of which, we should start colonizing uninhabitable planets with said technologies.
>>37036585Hmmn, is the round speaker related to the natives of Raligha?
>>37036601I'm on board with this so long as we do it so others don't really notice it. Maybe we can start on earth since it seems to be so ignored? /s
>>37036607I don't know what that picture is but damn does it make me more uncomfortable than anything else i've seen in this quest.
>>37036598It's a coincidence.>>37036526We already make our Hives pretty much sealed from any and all outside forces, so the lack of atmosphere means fuck all, now we just need to get bullshit strong construction so we can either just shove the bits and pieces we can find back onto a planet, or tether them all together in a massive open-void hive structure that just takes advantage of the exposed resources a cracked open planet presents us.The fact that I am 200% serious when saying this really fortifies the fact that we are ridiculously fucking terrifying.
>>37036500neat, thanks!Since it's satisfactory I'll go back to lurking now
>>37035579Do you even know who you serve? Or to what end?You would rather live as a slave than die free?(Lyle did mention his cowardice.)
>>37036630Ball of Arms man hears you committing crime, and will arrive to beat the shit out of you soon.
>>37036619I meant moreso planets that other species consider completely uninhabitable, due to lack of atmosphere or some other reason. Just imagine their reaction when they come across a planet who's entire surface is literally covered in our biomass, like the entire planet is a singular alien entity.
>>37036655"Stop! You've violated the law!"
>>37036639Upon reading your post, I now understand why the Gardener Queen came out he way she was. Yes we can live sealed up underground forever, but it is a hell of a way to live and more or less cuts off any possibility of native life from growing and producing useful D.N.A. adaptions for us. That and it should be easier to farm food on the surface than underground.
>>37036705Some one remembers! That is honestly my biggest ambition for the hive in this quest.
>>37036702Queens can live directly through their drones, hell, we are living Directly/Vicariously through our drones wherever they are, just need to focus on the one in the arcade room...or that one over there with his internet box...
>>37036760but a biologically diverse world does offer up good research opportunities
>>37036702We already do all our farming underground.
>>37035579"You would condemn the hive over a forgotten translation?""I should have never left! I was warned.""They kept you in ignorance, how is seeking to learn of your past wrong?" Your questions sting, and he can bring no answers to mind. "You only wish to know the truth, but what if the truth uproots your beliefs?"His eyes twitch on their stalks. "Impossible! You were removed from the records to protect those who would be turned from the truth!""Knowledge grants power, not ignorance. Why would your people hold a library if not to learn from the past, and why would it be restricted from your people if not to control them?"He is in no position to argue, the thoughts feel correct in his mind as you form them for him. He is arguing with himself as much as he argues with you, and he is losing."They seek to guide us on their plan, that is the way we have lived. I thought I was fulfilling that plan." His skin turns a deep purple and flashes hues of dark grays and browns as his panic ebades to sorrow."What plan? How does it lead to anything but death, for you and others?" You ask, but the thought is formed in your drone's mind, now partially his own mind. He cannot help but agree even as his many sub-brains try to deny it."I-" He stammers as his minds try to avoid forming together. "I do not know.""They removed the sun and stars of your world, and would have you fight their wars for them. Will you continue to serve in ignorance, or do you wish to accept the truth?"Coil does not respond, his skin ripples into a texture akin to a stone and a dark gray covers his body. His sub-brains can find no response, and your own drone serves as his central brain, finding no flaw in your logic.Your pod opens and Coil's form pours out onto the floor in a heap of flesh, a living embodiment of dismay. "I wish I had never left." He thinks.You respond softly. "Ignorance may make us happy, but the truth makes you stronger. Which would you prefer?"Cont.
>>37036778How many adaptations do you expect to gain in an environment that evolves through natural selection? The Hive's method of crafting adaptations through engineering is infinitely more efficient, and faster.
>>37036815We still need to use a process of natural selection at some point.We either reap the benefits of a world which has naturally evolved, or we throw our guys at other guys until we've figured out how to make superior guys.Getting the evolution of another world to do the legwork is just plain simpler.
>>37036790We just don't HAVE to is what I am saying. >>37036815Quite a bit really, We are not all that imaginative about what to make without seeing it in action in nature.
So...we're turning Coil, have turned Lyle for the most part, and Elizabeth...we can probably just ask her point-blank 'hey, wanna make this official?' Anyone else we're trying to convert?
>>37036800A worker brings the small hover harness and places it on the floor beside him. An eye stalk leans over to look at it. It takes a long while for him to gather his thoughts again, but eventually a tentacle reaches out to the harness."I suppose" he says, "I will become stronger."Your worker leaves as he floats away like a gray cloud of tendrils.>Speak with the twins>Speak with Elizabeth>Other (write in)
>>37036856The rest of the humans we got as well as the twins.
>>37036815But the more random process of natural selection could offer up good mutations out of serendipity that we may not have even thought of. So while our engineering is more efficient, having a natural biosphere is good to keep a fresh batch of random mutations to research that we wouldn't be able to discover otherwise.
>>37036860>Speak with Elizabeth>>37036876Exactly. Nature ALWAYS can cook up new ideas than you realize.
>>37036856"Elizabeth, I have a question for you. Do you want to make this official?""W-what? Official!? I'm not ready for that responsibility!""W-""Oh god I need to buy a dress! How are we going to walk you down an aisle!? What are my parents going to think?!""Elizabeth, I want to make you an official citizen of the hive.""Oh, r-right. Yeah. Of course."
>>37036860>>Speak with the twinsOkay if it is possible with our present technology to rebuild their third brother? If it is, offer to do so.
>>37036871For once I'l agree with fluff here.
>>37036860>Speak with Elizabeth
>>37036897 Sorry Elizabeth, but we already have a husbando with Lee.
>>37036856>>37036871Seiner as well. I mean we got his DNA and his memories... all we gotta do is just bake up another body and he's good to go.
>>37036925We're only turning people we care about.The only reason to revive Seiner is to torture him.
>>37036831>>37036832>>37036876You are aware that in a stable environment the adaptations you're talking about will take centuries if not millennia to come about, right? Evolution by natural selection moves at a snails pace compared to us, we're only 2 months old and we're already cloning other species.
>>37036871I really don't care about the random human prisoners we've got. Let's not and say we did.The twins? They'll cooperate for literal garbage, there's no point.
>>37036915Lee is a complete and utter shit Husbando, all he has to his name is to suck and nearly die, and then be distantly nice to a drone, and everyone who thinks of him as one should be put to the sword like the subhuman filth they are.
>>37036969I thought we were past starting waifuwars with asexual characters, anon.
>>37036969I don't agree with you but I preferred elizabeth
>>37036969Dude, chill. We are Queen, there is no reason why we can't have a harem. :3
>>37036860>>Speak with Elizabeth"If offered, would you want to return to human society?"
>>37036951Yes?I never said anything about sticking around and poking genes with sticks. Just swooping in, collecting adaptations, and then building a house or leaving.Also, our adaptations I mentioned only come about from experience.
>>37036925That...That is crazy enough to try it. Lets see if we can bring him back to life.>>37036944Turning Seiner 2.0 would be awesome. >>37036951That depends if we can't boost the change any faster if we really wanted too.>>37037009You make a good point, we can have them all!
>>37036944Did you actually pay any attention to what we've learned about him lately? His position was actually amusingly parallel to our own, in a strange way. Left with a vague legacy to pursue, he prioritized it before other matters.Seiner's memories in a Seiner body is useful and we now know he's easily convinced to work with us. He never thought of us as some grand threat, we were the key to the puzzle he has grappled with for most of his life.Seiner is an interesting character, people are just getting hung up on the small stuff.
>>37036944Why torture him? He already paid the ultimate price for his hubris and slacked morals. It would be much more efficient if just put him into our growing human research department. He's been desperate to investigate Earth for nearly a century, and we can give him a front row seat inexchange for his analysis and expertise.
>>37037016How would we even do that?No, better ask her about how her chat with Theseus went, and confirm that the Ceph do indeed serve the Crystal menace. Then float the idea of what she thinks Theseus would do if he knew the whole story. He's likely caught on to almost everything, but there is still that doubt in his collective minds. Would Theseus run? Help us? Join them?
>>37036969Lee's fine. Out of all the humans we've encountered he's the only one who hasn't tried to exploit us somehow.
>>37037060I uh, didn't actually think about her saying yes.Really I was trying to aim more for leading to a conversation about officially inducting her into the hive, but I guess that is kind of a dumb way to go about it.
>>37037088That and by his nature, he seems to be a nice guy all around. He may not be the smartest, but he is pleasant to be talk too.
>>37037125If this were fantasy, Lee would be that farmboy we maybe fancied that was nice to everyone.And then we explored the entire world and slew Dragons, Gods, Demons, Demon Gods, Dragon Gods, and other various abominations, dined with Gods we didn't kill and maybe walked across several alternate planes of creation and may or may not have seduced a Lord or twelve.It's just how it is, man.
>>37037105Why not just flat-out ask her? She's already psionically attuned, so she'd be able to sense the parasite in her.
>>37037160Someone is going to have to deal with the humans eventually we might as well make the nice farm boy. Who technically is still our ambassador.
>>37037191We don't have to put a parasite in everyone we hang out with, you know.
>>37037352Then what are we asking of Elizabeth?
>>37037368I guess we're offering our improvements to make her our pseudo-child, which is basically our equivalent of a citizen. I think if we do that we should wait until we can offer immortality to her.
>>37037368If she voluntarily wants to go full Kerrigan with us, I thought. That wouldn't include a parasite, we'd just genetically augment her in places. Just what I personally imagined.
>>37037368Different anon, but I'd guess the equivalent of saying "Hey buddy, you've ben crashing on my couch for a while now, do you want to officially just move in?". No substantive change except for the expectations and understanding of the respective parties involved.
>>37037402I really don't get the obsession of some with augmenting persons. As a goal in and of itself, I mean. There's a tone of deciding to do it first and coming up with justifications after rather than doing it when it's useful and makes sense.
>>37036860Your speaker moves to the door and it flexes open. Elizabeth appears to have finished her conversation with Theseus. She wipes at her eyes as you enter."Ah, I wasn't expecting, well-" She pauses as she gets up from the chair. "Thank you. For the conversation I mean. It's been a while since I last spoke with him and ever since all I hear is how the Unity blew up this base or killed these people or hacked into such and such and stole everyone's bank accounts. It's nice to actually hear from him again and get his side.""And what was his side?" Your speaker asks.She taps a key and the screen of skin goes blank. "He does what he needs to to survive. The Union makes no qualms about wanting to kill him. He would be perfectly in the right to to a lot more damage than he has, but he hasn't. He even fell back from the expanse when the Union started moving in, and I'm sure that hurt his industrial base."You remember the other humans still in your prison area. "The other humans" you say, "they seem to have been agitated at you."She sighs. "Yea, they're getting cranky I suppose. Humans can get stir crazy like that, and I suppose it's not without merit. We'll have to figure out what to do with them eventually."Your speaker turns its head curiously. "You do not care of the other humans?""Well of course I care! I just..." She rests a hand on her forehead and starts to pace. "This is a lot bigger than a few lives. Your species is at risk, and I'm willing to say that an entire species is more important than a few humans. I made the exact same decision with Theseus." She picks up a mug on the nearby counter and takes a sip of the sweet spring water within, then takes a deep breath. "I don't think I was quite ready for the consequences of that at the time, but I think I am now." She takes a sip of her drink. "So, was there anything in particular you wanted to discuss?">Speak (write in)>Other
Okay, so time to craft a cover story for Lee that is semi-plausible and can be sold to the public. We can clean it up as we gain more information.Lee was captured by dangerous radicals who managed to escape from. Wanted by both the Union government and the terrorists, he managed to charter a vessel and fled to Leeland hoping to hide among the natives who were friendly with him since nobody would be likely to follow. Not his best moment, but he was scared.Then! It turns out Leeland was a nursery planet/conservatory of an intelligent space-faring civilization. They learn of his actions and decide that he is suited to being their representatives to a foreign polity they cannot help but to contact, if only for the sake of the innocents they guard who have been interfered with.Sloppy first draft, woo.
>>37037492>>Speak (write in)The humans are getting agitated in their present situation? How might I alleviate this?
>>37037492>>Speak (write in)How can we help alleviate the agitation of the other humans?
>>37037492"While we have frequently exchanged information with Theseus, The Hive has never made mention of the exact nature of our communications, nor the nature of the coming war. It is likely that he knows of this possibility, but is simply not confident enough. What do you think his reaction would be to knowledge of the coming conflict? He would be a powerful ally, but a very dangerous foe.
>>37037444I think this is some kind of fetish.
>>37037552"Besides releasing them, that is."Also, when we make The Offer to Elizabeth, I kinda want us to do it in person. Have her come to the throne room again, have a one on one with her.
>>37037492>Speak (write in)"I have learned some details of the destruction of the human homeworld's moon. And Seiner's involvement. I do not know everything yet, but his grandfather was a researcher stationed on the moon. They had found something ancient which spoke with thoughts and fired a weapon that resulted in the devastation to the moon when it detonated. Seiner spent his life trying to uncover the full truth."
>>37037492>Speak (write in)I learned quite a lot about the Ceph, acquired a few research projects from the Gardener's remains, and have begun to look into Seiner's motives for what he did. Namely, what really happened to the moon of Earth. It was why he did what the politicians told him and sacrificed his ethics, to mount an expedition and find out what his grandfather was working on at the time. Would you assist me? I have some agents there right now.Also, I'll try to make the humans' current living conditions more pleasant if you which. Giving different tastes to nutrients, providing furniture, and finding some entertainment would not be difficult.
>>37037492Offer her proper citizen ship with biographs and all the other perks and upgrades
>>37037603They need sexy harem drones. For morale.
>>37037616While I don't think this is what we should do right now, I think it would be interesting, once we open up formal negotiations we should offer citizenship and immigration opportunities. visas can be parasites!
>>37037622You know, that really would make the hive the absolute greatest POW camp in all of history.
>>37037659Formal negotiations for what? I don't see us as quite being the type for casual, peaceful parlay.
>>37037659Pros of becoming a Child (Citizen) of the Hive;Free biological implants, immortality, the best healthcare in the goddamn galaxy, never being alone, and to top it off, an incorruptible government! Cons of being a Child of the Hive: Never being alone, being a race traitor, Having no privacy.
>>37037691Not yet, because we still need to amass strength so anyone who wants to go to war will have second guesses about their chances of winning, and not do so on any sort of whim.Afterwards though, officially revealing ourselves and diplomatic talks are on the table.
>>37037716At least you're being fair about it.
>>37037691No no, it'll be hilarious. We can insist on only dealing with that one hardass military chick in their leadership. Queen-to-queen diplomacy, you see.
>>37037716Don't forget free cool cyborg implants of your choice.
>>37037716Very good points, maybe if we designed a parasite that the host could order into a sleeping state humans might accept it.
>>37037751That was covered in "Free biological implants", really anything technology can do we can do better with genemodding.
>>37037492"The humans are becoming agitated?""Well yes. I figured you'd know with your little spine spies, but regardless, short of letting them go there probably isn't much to do. Their bored more than scared at this point, so I suppose some simple entertainment would help, but beaming mind numbing holovision at them could bring about other questions." She empties her mug and places it on the desk.>Speak (write in)>Other
>>37037780...Wasn't aware she knew about the parasites. When did that happen?
>>37037792And she's apparently okay with them, too.
>>37037799For a relative term of 'okay'. I read it as more 'That's kinda annoying, by the way, but I'll let it slide.'
>>37037792She's psonic, she's connected to us and by extension our drones- including the parasites
>>37037780>>Speak (write in)What kinds of entertainment could we provide then? I am not worried about my technological level, I only intend to release them after I have made full contact with the Union.
>>37037780>Speak (write in)talk about the earth's moon. What happened to it, what we uncovered, and what we're doing.>OtherProvide prisoners with furniture and change the taste of nutrients to something each would enjoy individually.Look into human sports too.
>>37037780>Install flesh tv in the common room>Install a poolMake sure to put speaker heads on the pool to inform them of pool safety 24/7.
>>37037828Second, to an extent. See if we can give the humans something of a roaming ground bigger than what they have for now. Nothing too huge so as to prevent chances of escape, but otherwise decently sized.
>>37037842The pool will either be filled with fresh spring water or blood.
>>37037780allow them a passage to the surface.
>>37037780How about finding them something to do for a change? Even if your workers can do it better than them, at least it can alleviate boredom. Maybe let them in on some secrets, small ones they can process that is.Turn them as we turned Lyle. Get them to be our extra Thinkers or something.
>>37037858Ok, but we're keeping the pool safety thing, right?
We don't have access to human programming yet, or any recordings thereof, and we don't have a library with a lot of books to choose from, so right now we can only provide entertainment in the form of activities such as swimming, climbing, and various sports (building a soccer field or basketball court shouldn't be hard).
>>37037780Drug them up with happy gas, allow them to roam the corridors. Call them back at dinner time for salty greasy food, with bread.
>>37037883If we do that, make clear in no uncertain terms they report to Elizabeth, whether they like it or not.
>>37037780Could we bring them items or food they want? We have already engaged in covert trade with their companies.
>>37037898We need to build a speaker based off of pic related, and just have it stay around the basketball court.
Enough with the jokes for now, QuestDrone might start thinking some of you are serious.>>37037780We can provide them with a speaker to talk with. Who won't stop talking.
>>37037892Speaker drone lifeguard. Ready to perform mouth-to-mouth~Also wearing a red skimpy swimsuit. Or using the carapace to make it look like it is.
>>37037780>Speak (write in)Give her a rundown of our Seiner (without mentioning his murder) and Ceph discovery.I really want to get back to Lyle and tracking Lee >>37037828I'll also second investing in human entertainment. >>37037855I doubt they'll be able to make a spacecraft and make it past our defense fleet by themselves. Just make sure they can't spy on our military stuff, but otherwise they could go practically anywhere on the planet. Parasite=Tracking device.
>>37037858Every second Tuesday of the month is nutrient slurry day in the pool!Also you guys seem to forget that our prisoners know very well that we are in league with Unity, and that the hive is not individual (we said so ourselves). Potentially not huge problems, but freeing them at any point would bring up Unity/Hive relations as a political issue in Union space.Not that we would care, but it might sabotage Theseus's plans.We could probably provide the prisoners with holovid shows and tell them Elizabeth negotiated for it.I'd like to fill Elizabeth in on recent plot developments, and ask her for insight on Theseus's reaction.
>>37037780>Speak (write in)Really want to tell her what we learned about Seiner's motivations. And the stuff about the moon, I guess. I guesssss.>OtherSet up cockfighting but with drones. They can bet on which warrior wins! Hand control over the drones to quantum thinkers, they can have a tournament.
>>37037937Mandibles: Vocalizer 2Arms: Dex 1Legs: Bipedal 4N 2MCarapace: Mimetic skin 2Carapace: Peacock 0Capable of shifting it's colorful skin into the designs of any sports team.
>>37037960>20XX.>Not making a David Hasselhoff drone to keep the humans safe.You can't waifu an asexual drone.
>>37037996Welcome to the jam.
>>37037996I support this.
>>37037780Your speaker chitters. "Spine spies?"She taps her head. "I can feel them, you know. It's weird, like someone with headphones playing too loud. At first I thought I could hear their thoughts, but eventually I realized they must have been something of yours." She shrugs. "Honestly I was a little disappointed that I couldn't read their minds, it would make talking to them a lot easier, but I suppose it makes sense as a security measure. No way it would slide if they found out, though, but humans are weird like that, sticklers for individuality, but by god they will follow a leader right off a cliff." She seems somewhat frustrated with them, her mind briefly leaks several thoughts of dealing with them in the past, but nothing beyond a few flashes of images.You probe through their minds for concepts of human entertainment. "Would a pool be acceptable for them?"She bursts out in laughter. "Yes, yes I do suppose it would! A prison camp with a pool, how the hell will they ever spin that one?" She lets out a long chuckle as your speaker chitters. "The hive has discovered news regarding the human homeworld and it's moon, however."She stifles her laughter and wipes a tear from her eye. "You mean Earth, what about it?""It appears a device was found within its moon, which lead directly to its destruction after it was used as a weapon. It was discovered by Seiner's grandfather, who claimed it spoke to him.""What?" She snaps at the sudden change in subject. "Hold on, Seiner, Adam Seiner? That old sack of-" Her fists clench. "His grandfather found an alien device that can talk, and he uses it as a giant gun? What in the hell is wrong with people?" She paces the room in frustration, circling the chamber before returning to your speaker. "Wait, how did you get this kind of data? I doubt anyone from the Hope would have been important enough to have that kind of information. They didn't exactly send the best of the best out into the expanse, afterall.">Write in
>>37037780>little spine spiesSpine Pals?
>>37038054>Write inWe had a run in with Seiner, In the aftermath, we were able to extract data from his person.
>>37038054>"I managed to pry the information from him, after a chance meeting."
>>37038054>Write inShare the recording of Seiner's grandfather's message with her.
>>37038054I recovered data from his body when my drones escaped from a lab he was in charge of.
>>37038100>>37038103This.Don't tell her we murdered him, might make re-introducing them awakward/painful for the clone if she blathers about him dying
>>37038150Why not tell her he's dead, it'll make her happy, she obviously hates the bastard.
>>37038100This.Also no, seriously, immortality or no, I'm starting to think we're probably gonna want to ask her sooner than later. She's sounding super disillusioned with people right now.
>>37038054"It is likely for the best that humanity did not begin to listen to the void shards, lest they become like the Skyl or the Ceph. This is not the first time the Void Shard has been weaponized.As to the origins of the data, Seiner pulled strings to obtain hive specimens. Upon attempted dissection, the drones were revealed to be explosively caustic. The research facility was later lanced from orbit by Union forces.Upon request from Theseus, Dr. Seiner did not survive. However, his head, brains, and memories were successfully retrieved."
>>37038187I guess you can not include the bit about Theseus. Otherwise, it's as good an explanation as any without being frustratingly vague.
>>37038054"Seiner spoke with the hive after several chance meetings. The information was gained then."She looks to the floor as she loses herself in thought for a moment. "So you've had proper contact with the Union already.""They believe the hive to be primitives."She nods thoughtfully. "And if you're getting sensitive data like that from someone like Seiner, I can only assume it didn't blow over too well. Was this before or after we met?">Answer>Other
>>37038054"The information is from Seiner himself. He learned of the events as a child just before his grandfather died and has been searching for the truth since."
>>37038207>frustratingly vagueHave you and I been reading the same quest?Being frustratingly vague to everyone is the name of the game for Red.
>>37038215Say this >>37038187or a variation thereof. Still sounds good.>>37038223That and being cheeky.
>>37038187Ship this one please.
>>37038215>afterSee this >>37038187
>>37038215>"This was after. As far as Seiner was aware at the time of our meeting, you are dead. The Union still believes the Hive to be primitives, albeit frustratingly dangerous and uncooperative ones."
>>37038063>"So you want to move in to a Hive world. but you worry about coordinating properly with the inhabitants? Drop by your local medical bay then, and get your very own SPINE PAL(tm)!"
>>37038215>Answer"Seiner was onboard the human vessel sent to chart this system some time ago, but the information was obtained only recently. Seiner's theories regarding Earth's moon are not popular. He tried unsuccessfully to gain the political capital to launch an expedition."
>>37038215>AnswerShow her the recording. Also show her how Seiner died. Hell, show her everything, how they supposedly "captured" the drones, Seiner's interrogation of our speaker, etc.
>>37038215Supporting this >>37038187
>>37038215"It was before, but the second meeting was after.""Well that certainly explains the hostility. Seiner doesn't exactly make the best first impression.""His theories from his grandfather were not popular among the other humans. He tried to capture and learn from the hive's children. The information was found after they had escaped his facility.""Well it sounds like a lot managed to happen." She says, "I assume that Seiner didn't live very long after that. Your drones don't mess around with that sort of thing."Your speaker chitters in agreement, and she takes a seat in her chair again, propping her elbow on the desk. "I always thought he was a bastard and a nut, but I never thought he would actually be right about something. Who knows what they found on the moon, or how long it's been their? Or what kind of knowledge it could have contained, instead they blew it up along with the whole moon!""Perhaps it is best it was not listened to. Similar weapons have been made in the past using the crystals of the Ceph masters. Listening to them is ill advised." Your speaker chirps.She runs her hand across her face and lets out a yawn. "Well I suppose you have a point. As much as I hate to admit it, some things are too dangerous to use." She rubs her eyes. "Wish we could find our own Mount Doom for these crystals of yours, no such convenience in sight though.">Speak (write in)>Other
>>37038404>>SpeakThe psi cannon might be the closest equivalent, but I'm afraid we might blow ourselves up in the process.
>>37038404>>Speak (write in)What is a 'Mount Doom', and would it be possible to construct one?
>>37038404>Speak (write in)"So anyway, I'm going to clone Seiner and shove what of his memories I could scavenge from his severed head in it, cool?"
>>37038445>>37038404It took me three minutes to connect it Lord of the Rings.
>>37038445>>37038489Still a valid question!
>>37038445You know it wouldn't be all that hard for the queen to make a giant Pylon with a bigass ocular eye on it. I want this
>>37038441The disruptor is close, but it only disrupts tachyons and doesn't cause damage.>>37038404"The void shards are the only weapon known to be capable of causing damage to their creators. My mother managed to perfect the weapon, but her triumph was short-lived. I intend to finish this battle, for it is the reason of my birth.There is currently an excavation on Earth in order to find remnants of any artifacts from Luna that were not destroyed.You are tired. The Hive is capable of enhancing your biology. Are you interested?"
>>37038535Wow. Every part of this is awful. That's some half-baked ham if I ever saw it.
>>37038550>not eating your ham raw
>>37038404>OtherGet back to Lyle. Also give our lovely doctor free reign on whatever for the prisoners. She's not dumb.
>>37038404>OtherTell her to rest and let's either get back to Lyle or investigate FG-883
>>37038463Let's just clone his head and shove the memories in there. Talking head Seiner would be even cooler.
>>37038626>>37038658Lyle is next thread. Let's finish up this threads stuff first.
>>37038626Can't you tell QD is too tired to narrate that rather important section right now?
>>37038404"What is a mount doom?"She waves her hand at your speaker dismissively. "Oh nothing, just an old human story. Anyways, I should probably get some sleep before something new explodes or you find something new to study.""Yes. Excavations on Earth are going well, you will be notified of the results."Your speaker leaves. Elizabeth does a double take at the door as it flexes shut."What?">Design ship/drone>Lay drone/ship>Build construction>Resume trade with Raligha>Other
>>37038404>>37038715>Speak (write in)"Would you like to be responsible for your fellows' wellbeing and entertainment? Our attempts at servicing them would not be as efficient as your own.The Hive notices that you are tired. We have the means to address that if you should desire. We might also address your frailty."
>>37038715>Resume trade with Raligha>OtherImprove the humans' living conditions with ideas previously discussed.I'll leave deigning, laying, and building to the rest of you.
>>37038748Our speaker left. Figured that means talking is done for now.
>>37038715>>OtherIf it's possible could we retroactively alter the fluttercraft to include strong arms with thumpers? Considering they've already got missile and seeker pods it seems like a good idea.
Would it be possible to use the new rotary wings with one of the larger drone bodies and then load it up with all kindsa weapons to make some kind of gunship?
>>37038715>>Build constructionQD do the thirty some odd batteries being built around the planet have areas to recieve and house aerodynamic drones? If not, can we include them now?
>>37038748Stop being autistic about offering her bio-mods. We don't even have anything on our list of mods that would really help with general/mental fatigue.
>>37038715>Lay drone>>37037996Barkley drone is go.>Resume trade with RalighaGet the corpses of the Ball of Arms Man rip-offs.
>>37038715>Lay drone/ship>Drones20k workersModify Support Fluttercraft to include strength arms w/ Heavy Thumpers if possible. Also add honeypots if not already included and make it standard procedure for them to carry warriors inside them on patrols.>Ships10 Mining Corvettes, to be sent to the Skyl megastructure.Modify Mining Corvette design to include a Stealth Field, retrofit current Mining Corvettes.>StructuresBuild 15 Docking Pylons on Leeland.Build 10 Surface to Orbit Missile Systems on Leeland.Build 33 Anti-Orbital Batteries on Leeland. (complete defense grid for Leeland)20 Harvester Docks.
>>37038776Well you could certainly surgically alter it to add arms if you wished.>>37038790I will stat out the new rotary wings and add them to the pastebin. I will also be adding in more official carrying capacities for large drones with honey pots to make things a bit more simple to calculate.It seems like you guys unlocked a massive amount of stuff lately, it's been nuts getting it all stated out properly.>>37038798At this point it would be best to consider hive structures to be a bit more diffuse as the scales get bigger. Assume structures are built where they need to be so long as it's on the right planet. I think it's safe to say we have gone from RTS scale to 4X scale by now. It matters less of where on the planet something is built and more about on what planet it's built.
>>37038823Just figured I'd throw it out there since (at least one) anon seemed to want it, and if others wanted it it'd get voted for.A parasite could help with mental fatigue.
>>37038858That reminds me, wasn't there other terrains on Leland to explore, but we only brought something back from the scorched badlands? Might be something interesting in the desert for example.
>>37038858Aside from the fact that we're already constructing a complete anti-orbital and surface to orbit grid, these are all fine ideas.
>>37038715>Build constructionPylons. 16 on Leeland and 5 orbital in M-323. We need capital warships, and soon.250 Harvester docks. We'll need nutrients.Queue 8 mining corvettes.
>>37038884Indeed. And our Fluttercraft would be perfect for deploying explorers all over the world.>>37038858Support.
>>37038884That was the desert. We haven't explored the artic yet, I don't believe. There's more ocean exploration we could do.
>>37038715> 100 large aqua drones to completely explore Leelands oceans.
>>37038887Were we? I thought that we had a complete anti-orbital grid under construction on Raligha, not Leeland. I haven't had the chance to keep the most up to date though.
>>37038896No, I mean we brought back cooling tubes and scorpion tails from the burned up equator, but we didn't see what lives in the deserts surrounding it yet.
>>37038907>*Leeland (capital)>Defensive structures>>Surface to Orbit Missile System [under construction]>>Anti-orbital batteries: 2/35 (250N) >>33 under construction>>Surface to Orbit Missile System under constructionIt's in the third OP.
>>37038858It should be noted that the missile grid is actually a once-per-planet thing. Just the one you are currently building is capable of targeting anything anywhere on the planet, or anywhere in the system with regard to its cruise missile.It could be comparable to a kind of military wonder.
So, when the union comes to check up on their sattelite and notices us, what do we do?
>>37038957"Thanks for the lighter"
>>3703896311/10Top cheeky, would support.
>>37038957"I have 20 battleshps." as a variant?>>37038963Cheeky bugger Queen works as well.
>>37038957We need to kick worker and warrior production into high gear.Gotta aim for the old high scores of billions of workers, millions of warriors.
>>3703871510K Mini-Sniffers10K Gilled Mini-Sniffers 70K Workers4920 Diggers 990 Refineries1750 Excavators771 Warriors200 Thinkers150 Quantum Thinkers68500 Farms (Place bout 2000 near each of the batteries)10K Harvester Docks50 Docking Pylons on Leeland10 Docking Pylons at M-32350 Hanger Expansion aero/fighter drone space on Leeland50 shuttle space on Leeland50 Space Pods100 Mining Corvettes2000 Shuttles
>>37038957Ideally, we'd prevent close scrutiny of the planet itself with our picket fleet. I would prefer they not witness our industrial prowess first hand. It is better if they assume the planet is getting support from elsewhere.
Has it ever been mentioned that we might be reaching farm capacity? Like, there is only so much mineral water to feed thise farms. Or do they use some other source of energy?
>>37038991We need to actually, you know, have the nutrients to build something before building something, I hope you realize.
Can we get an update on space /pol/? I want to know what their happenings are like in the future.
>>37038715Add these to current research:Smart MinesLiquid metal sculptingCarbon nanostructure constructionCellular acceleration
>>37038996Ah, fair enough. But do we really want to implicate Theseus? Could we claim Heretic helped us?
>>37039009Our primary crop feeds on the unusually powerful magnetic field of the planet.
>>37039009I think we to the point where we water most of our farms with water from elsewhere, I mean we have 1000 of the things.
>>37039024Thanks for clarifying, i forgot that part.
>>37038764I'm adding "look at other biomes of our planet for the local life."Just to have that out of the way.
>>37039027>>37039009A great deal of the water comes from rivers, lakes, and springs located in or near your other mountain hive sites and wells dug during farm construction. Leeland is humid enough so that water is never all that hard to find.
What we really need to do is capture some of those things that live in stars so that we can colonize even more extreme hostile environments.
didn't we send a corvette to that water planet to get some samples of the wildlife?
>>37039022alsoPsionic ShroudBallistic ArmourBulkheadPhotosynthetic cellsWeather SpireGenesis Projectwould also be nice, though I wonder if we should wait until other thinkers have finished and are freed up first.
>>37039059this, we starbug nowwe can ask Unity if he has a sample
>>37038715has the time to modify drones been decreased by the finished research of Medical nano machines?
>>37039069We should probably hold off on a couple of those until more thinkers are freed.
>>37039023I think at some point we should take advantage of the satellite and "arrive" and act pissed off at this satellite over our nursery planet.
>>37038715Adding to my post:>Genesis Project>Photosynthetic cells>>37039022
>>37038715Looks like lots of support for>20k workers>retrofit Fluttercraft design to add Strength arms and Heavy Thumpers. Will assume always carrying a full compliment of warriors.>10 mining corvettes>Retrofit Mining corvette to add stealth field>Build 15 docking pylons on Leeland>20 Harvester docksIn addition, there was support last thread to start a Skyl cloning project, but there was no consensus on numbers.>Start 5>Start 10>None>Other
>>37039102Can we also get some more farms with those drones? I think we have the bank for it.
So I've been thinking about Seiner. From what we gleaned from Elizabeth's memories, he looked like a sleazy political player who threw her and Theseus under the bus to further his own agenda.And he /did/, but it didn't help him at all. He just wasn't as capable as intrigue as I thought he was. I think all those times he assured Elizabeth he'd work things out he actually meant it. He got played by his sponsors who threw /him/ under the bus.
>>37039102Do we have enough thinkers free to add these research options without hindering anything?:Smart MinesLiquid metal sculptingCarbon nanostructure constructionCellular accelerationGenesis ProjectPhotosynthetic cells
>>37039102Umm, what were we going to do with the Skyl again? Bring them to the AI? Give them a ship and kick them out the door? Just let them chat it up in the hive?
>>37039130You always have enough thinkers, they just think slower the more you add.And you recently added quite a lot.
>>37039102can we ask Unity if he has a sample of those beings that lives in stars we can have?
>>37039102Add orbital pylons for M-323? At least 3, preferably more.Anons, we need to start on actual fleet. We have resources, time to use them.
>>37039054QD, can we set up a 'standing build/hatch' order, to be started each time it completes itself?Something like laying X number of drones each time we complete Y number of farms.Lesse; one worker can feed himself and 49 other workers, in a farm?So at 50/farm, we'd want a standing build order of...10k workers1k farmsAnd that'd give us 40k worker surplus.A worker costs 5N to lay, and a 40k worker surplus would be 80k nutrients, which means we can lay 16k workers on the surplus from the sweat off the backs of our previous drones, immediately.That gives us a 6k worker laying surplus, or 30k nutrients.So assuming we stagger the build order to that each 10k drones are laid just as their farms come online, we'll be making a 30k nutrient surplus. Which is kind of thin for a 4x, but then again we'll have a fuckton of drones.This is of course, not mentioning that 9k of the 10k drones are not needed to farm.So that's 9k drones free to help build the next 1k farms; forever accruing.>>37039142How many workers would it take to finish a farm in a day?And do my crazy growth desires make sense?
>>37039102>>Start 10I think it's been mentioned before that Heretic was made from the collective psyches of thousands of Skyl, we should see about getting 10 of them for this experiment.
>>37039138They can chill out with us. They cool, bro.>>37039145They only live on a comparatively cool star.
>>37039138Giving them to the AI as a testament to their legacy and to help it revive the race if it wants.Or just use them for study, or just as a general fuck you to their masters.
>>37039102>10>>37039138Bring them to the AI, possibly keep one if it wants to stay.
Also; giving bio-tech enhancements to the natives on Raligha; yes or no?We must show them our benevolence as gods, mustn't we?
>>37038935Yeah, that's what I understood it to be. I didn't notice we were already building them.
>>37039171I thought we didn't have extensive bio-tech augments yet- Lyle was a reverse-engineering thing, wasn't it?
>>37039102>20k workers and shit>yes>start 10
>>37039171Aw hell yea. We invite a few into bio tank to let them commune with us.
>>37039152Not sure we want to lay so many workers though. Explosive growth for the farms is great, but more ships and task-specific drones are what we been atm rather then workers.
>>37039142In that case, add some to Psionic ShroudWeather SpireSmart MinesLiquid metal sculptingCarbon nanostructure constructionCellular accelerationGenesis ProjectPhotosynthetic cells
>>37039185We might not have them specifically adapted to the Ralighan native's biology. But we do have bio-tech augmentation technology.Well, that and the parasite bugs don't seem to care who or how you put them in.>>37039200Right, man?
>>37039191Dude I know, I'm starting to wonder where they'll spread to with that many of them. I'd bet the mountains we're based in will get honeycombed by them all.
>>37039208I say hold off on adding more research for now.>>37039171I'd think they'd benefit from things like, say, a nice cave or house more.
>>37039102>Start 10 Skyl clone projectshas support.>>37039138Judging from initial plans, it sounded like the intention was to give them to Heretic to assist in resurrecting the Skyl.In addition, your Raligha colony is growing at a decent rate, and it appears that it's distance from Union space has resulted in them not returning despite its lush nature.>Open trade (excess resources are automatically transported by idle corvettes and picket forces to where they are needed most, and the local hive population, upkeep, and income rates are added to the official list. Automatic population growth will be stopped, and drones will be transported between colonies as needed.)>Keep it isolated>Other
>>37039115I believe we already have 10k farms on order. So no real need to update that for now.We also have those 20 HArvester Pylons on order, which is plenty excess nutrients too.
>>37039232With all your farm construction, several already are.
>>37039235>Keep it isolatedWe'll accept it into the fold properly next thread.
>>37039235>>Open trade >>Begin biologically analyzing the natives and designing a drone they can communicate with.
>>37039235Are the Orbital batteries finished?then >Open trade
>>37039207>more shipsI agree; ships are great. But we gotta get the most out of our planet, man. What I'm suggesting is a sort of 'on the backburner' thing, that goes while we do more interesting shit. Like telling the AI governor to handle your crop rotations while you handle diplomacy.>task specific dronesAlso great; although we should focus on more nutrient intake.If you wanna crunch the numbers for explosive film harvester growth, I will back you up on that 100%. Worker farms were just easier.All I'm proposing is we set up a system for explosive growth to run in the background while we do other shit.
>>37039156yeah but that could be us living on those comparatively cold stars and imagine what we could to with fire resistant bugs and even spaceships,we could ambush our enemy by hiding our ship in a star and we could start mining stars
>>37039235>Open trade (excess resources are automatically transported by idle corvettes and picket forces to where they are needed most, and the local hive population, upkeep, and income rates are added to the official list. Automatic population growth will be stopped, and drones will be transported between colonies as needed.)
>>37039258>a drone they can communicate withApparently a drum and or stick and tree work just fine for this.But yeah we should start poking at them, and see if they take to bio-augments well.
>>37039235>Keep it isolated
>>37039263I actually worry about using Film Harvesters too much, seeing as that's not a proper agricultural crop. It's a natural resource, and while our hive isn't big enough to really damage it just yet we'll get there relatively soon.So in my opinion we should stick to algae farms mainly.
>>37039286It's a renewable resource, and it's a very big ocean.
>>37039286Our hive is only scratching the surface.We won't start damaging it until QD says we are. Until then, we Xploit.
>>37039102>Retrofit Fluttercraft design to add Strength arms and Heavy Thumpers. Will assume always carrying a full compliment of warriors.I love you QuestDrone, and I appreciate you letting me have my ridiculously expensive Warthog/Hind combination drones without insulting their extravagance. <3
On the natives, I think just shoving biomods at them is... unfair. Shelter, food, education, these are all things that could improve their lives in meaningful ways. Giving them combat mods is like trading beads for gold, and I'm not keen on taking advantage of their religious fervor either. How would we be better than the Ceph's masters?
>>37039235>Open tradeYour ships move in and you take a proper account of the resources as a picket fleet of corvettes blinks into orbit to collect resources.Elsewhere, Lyle is roused from sleep by the thump of the thrusters changing the Angel's vector. He looks to see the autopilot directing the ship to the lower docking ring where the designated berth sits with its docking clamps outstretched.I think that's all for tonight. Next week Lyle reunites with old friends in search of the missing Lee.Will stick around until we 404 for any questions, comments, or feedback.
>>37039326I agree. Besides, the Ceph have their heretics and detractors. If we actually provide something other than death for the Natives, we can ensure their loyalty.
>>37039326>How would we be better than the Ceph's masters?By virtue of us no being the Ceph's masters, we already are.
>>37039342Thanks for running QD
>>37039326We don't have to give them combat mods.Better eyes, ears, even just a better immune system or longer life are all things they'd love.Hell, we could even give them modified hive creep that turns into buildings, or crops that won't try to eat them when they farm them.
>>37039342has the time to modify drones been decreased by the finished research of Medical nano machines or is that further down the tech line?
>>37039342Thanks QD! Have a great night!
>>37039263I'd throw some numbers but I'm literally falling asleep. Just think we need better margins of surplus then what you were posting.
>>37039342Thanks for running.
>>37039361>>37039369>>37039377And thanks for playing, it's always a joy.>>37039364Yes, it takes 1 day flat now.
>>37039362I fully support this. Blind fanaticism will wear off over time. Bettering their lives will pay off in the long run, especially if the Union sends some people to "Free the poor oppressed natives", which could turn the human sympathizers against us.
>>37039326Why should be help them to that extent? Sure they game us some food, but assisting them will just obligue us to aid them more. We aren't running a charity here. Leave them to their own tech.
>>37039342Thanks for running. Also:How many baseline worker drones does it take to make a farm plot in a single day? To get it up and running?Would you let us set up a standing build orders thing?>>37039376That's only for the first day of operation. It returns a 30k surplus on the initial investment, and then continues to spit out enough nutrients to support 49k workers each day afterwards. Which is roughly 98k nutrients.The cycle I'm imagining is thus:Make drones;Drones make farms;Farms up and running;Lay drones using profits from first day operation of farms (see step 1);Repeat until the planet collapses under its own weight.
>>37039409Why not run a charity here? Especially one as low-cost as uplifting such a primitive species.
>>37039409That's the other option I support. Either leave them to their own devices or give them sensible, sustainable, aid. Jamming them full of biotech doesn't help anything.
>>37039398>Bettering their lives will pay off in the long runWhat? I can think of plenty of ways uplifting then can backfire but not many it can help. Enlighten me to why I should give a shit about the hand balls.
So I've been looking into modern advances (for stuff we might learn) and besides people already looking into regeneration, I also came across this:http://www.medgadget.com/2014/04/xstat-gunshot-wound-system-approved-by-fda-for-use-on-battlefield.htmlCan't let the humans outdo us I say.
>>37039430>Why not run a charity hereWell I could think of lots of reasons, some involving safety and others efficiency, but let's go with "I don't want to".I don't want to be a nice good race rushing to save the universe and asking everyone how we can assist. We are here as the hive to fight for the hive. No one else.
>>37039430This.Also, the important distinction is that the Ralighan natives were sapient before we showed up and kicked in their door.The black crystals are cradle robbers; Coil and his ilk would probably be quite literally nonsapient without the aid of cybernetics, and the Skyl were being actively targeted before they even achieved sapience.>>37039435Because we like having good diplomatic relations with everyone but the black crystals, queen, and humans.Also it would be rude to not answer their prayers once in a while.>>37039431>jamming them full of biotech doesn't help anythingHow? They're literal hunter gatherers. A Ralighan with biotech enhanced immune responses, or self-knitting bones is going to have a hell of an advantage.
>>37039455>"I don't want to"There are other players, you know.:^)
>>37039430There's also leagues of middle ground. Pointing them towards a slightly better stick doesn't mean we're giving them spaceships all of a sudden.I just want to be aloof neighbours who are also bros, honestly.
>>37039413It takes a single worker per farm to maintain, and technically only one worker is needed, but up to about a dozen or so can work on building one at once without getting in eachothers way.As it is your workers will automatically migrate to a new construction site and focus on the tasks you give them as much as possible, so your caverns are filled with piles of workers making farms right now, as well as many of the defensive sites, but many of the more distant batteries and your planned pylons, for example, are suffering until workers get to them in big enough numbers. Standing build orders would most likely soak up a lot of workers all the time and slow down the construction of other things.As it is, your drones will always assemble in a fashion most efficient to get what you want done done. Hives will trade drones to be most efficient, as well as trading resources freely to pay for whatever is needed.
>>37039458>Because we like having good diplomatic relations with everyone but the black crystals, queen, and humansNo, we like haveing no diplomatic relations or neutral relations with others. And we can answer their prayers by talking or sharing food. No need to make then reliant in our tech. That's a pretty big step.
>>37039470Yes, when I say "uplift" I don't really mean that I want to take them straight to the space-age. Just...make their lives at least a little better. Sedentary agriculture and whatnot.
>>37039458Giving modifications to a select few is going to have far-reaching sociological ramifications. I'm opposed to providing any aid that might require we essentially take over their systems of governance to prevent massive religious wars.Biomods also increase food consumption by quiet a bit. Stronger and faster isn't always better if the boost doesn't help in getting food, or if there is no more food to get.Shoving biomods into them is lazy thinking.
>>37039467I guess there are aren't there
>>37039470As it is, you already get credit for just about any good fortune.Of course, bad luck also ends up being explained as someone somehow angering you.
>>37039490>neutral relationsWhat's the thing with the space robot, then?>reliant on our techWell, we could give them the means to produce some minor equipment and stuff (egglayer modified for limited production capability; use by Ralighan natives), but I get the feeling most people might object.>>37039503Okay, so doing like what >>37039493suggested is, in your opinion, better?Then lets do that. Give em agriculture and slightly better spears and basic medicine and whatnot. We could just dump our gifts in the center of the village. Hopefully that explains the whole 'for all of you; not just some' well enough.
>>37039508See, this is the kind of trend I'd like to guide them away from, or at least not reinforce.Tempted to tell them their destiny is to be Builders themselves, that they have, and always have had, the potential to grasp that which they perceive as divinity by themselves and that we have returned not to aid them, but to watch the growth of equals though it will take many of their lifetimes.But that'd probably complicate things.
>>37039541>giving another race a modified egg layerHere we go.
>>37039541Basically, but even more mild, ideally. Gotta be chill.A lot also depends on their biology. Deferring final judgement till we know more about them.
>>37039562Yeah, that doesn't sound like not making them reliant on our tech at all. In fact, that sounds like the exact opposite. Also, they wouldn't' even be able to operate such a thing without us and the drones would be- no, not even going to list all the problems with this. It's a recipe for maximum reliance no matter how you cut it.
>>37039480>about a dozen or soFor simplification, going to assume 20. The higher simplification of 1.5 dozens.This means that in a brood of 10k, with 1k immediately leaving to man farms (leaving 9k left), you end up with the optimal building capacity of 450 farms. This is less than ideal.We would need 20k workers to produce 1k farms at an ideal rate. Then a further 1k workers to staff those.So we'd want clutches of 21k workers.This costs 105k Nutrients to achieve, and the 1k farms will give off 100,000 nutrients when they first start up, or 100k.So we're actually in the hole by 5k nutrients if we try this.That said, if we focus on farms instead of pure drones, we can keep the 20k drones, and just lay the 1k drones to man the farms the 20k drones have made.This makes things much easier.
>>37039568I added in some stuff on minor races in the wiki.http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:Hive_Queen_QuestSpeaking of which, feel free to edit or add to anything on the page.
>muh slippery slopeWe are already talking about throwing parasites into all the humans, it's perfectly reasonable to force the ball creatures into being relyant on us, uplift them, and force them to fight for us.
>>37039562>sarcasm>implying I didn't just say 'most people might object'You need to read, my friend.>>37039594>wouldn't be able to operate such a thing without us>drones from an egglayer modified to spit out toolsCome on man, you can read better than this.
>>37039612I'm not sure everyone shares your definition of "reasonable". It would even be a stretch to argue it is consistent.
>>37039612To clarify, maybe not force them to fight for us, we aren't the crysrals, but they would end up fighting for us in the end.
>>37039598I should add; it costs 105k nutrients to lay; half that (52.5k nutrients) to support. Which is easily handled by the farms we just made.Actually, on second thought, this seems a lot more feasible than I previously considered.Cause the farms are gonna produce a net 98k, the 20k drones leftover will eat 40k, so we end up with 58k left; or 116k nutrients after two days.So depending on how long it takes 20 drones to make a farm, we could be looking at a pretty hefty growth rate; that assuming we actually slow the fuck down enough not to crush ourselves under so much egg production.
>>37039623That's not how egglayers work. There's basic hive infrastructure that does that. I was giving you the benefit of the doubt, but it appears I was mistaken. And they still wouldn't be able to operate it without us or our Thinkers running it because if it's truly independent it shuts down. And they wouldn't be able to produce these tool-producing devices in the first place, meaning that their population is entirely reliant on our providing them. Again, simple extrapolation of consequences.
...let's talk about this next thread guys...When we are all properly awake and reasonable.
>>37039651>benefit of the doubt towards assuming the worstI'm not sure that term means what you think it means.But alright, you caught me in a naming wibbly-wobbly mistake, and I was going to bring up the production of tool-producing devices in a proper proposal. Though I will admit you got me on the thinkers.Now, to satisfy your intense desire for the people you speak with to lay out exactly what they're thinking:An organic 3d printer von neumann machine capable of producing additional copies of itself; as well as a library of shapes, objects, and materials that can be utilized by the user to create (within the limits imposed by the creator of the original printing device) whatever they so please; namely building materials, acid sacks or similar, spear weapons or similar, cloth or similar, and the eggs or related methods required to produce additional organic 3d printing von neumann machines.Or as you would refer to it: Hive infrastructure.Alternatively, we figure out how to get a society of spearchuckers to figure out bioengineering of their local environment.