Lyle exits his ship into the open air of the sealed docking port as the Angel steams with the frozen remains of caked mud and swamp water. Various tools and old signs hang from every wall featuring the corporate logos of dozens of companies. You recognize the logo of Olympus Shipyards covered in dust next to a board of old ship id tags and a collection of warp drive manufacturing logos. The sound of power tools and welding torches can be heard not far away, and a trio of taidarens shuffle along the ground covered in grease and wrapped in hazard gear. A musty smelling man enters through the door across the room and cracks a smile to reveal a mouth of discolored teeth as he lets out a wheezing laugh.“Lyle, you bastard, I was afraid you out and died this time, and without paying your tab.” He spits a black wad into a nearby bucket.“Nice to know I was missed, Jerry. I could use some repairs though, the armor needs some buffing and the radio was torn off.”“Jesus.” He says as he walks around the angel. “You need to cut out this abuse, man, she’s too good for whatever shit you’re getting into. I’ll see what I can do, but I expect you to pay the damn tab this time.”Lyle moves to the door as Jerry lets out a loud whistle to the taidarens. “Yea yea, just don't go poking around in there-““Or you’ll toss me out an airlock. You say that to everyone.”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
>>37620832>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 – 2150Queen – 5Fake Queen (2) – 44Worker (25005) – 50010Aquatic 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: 82533N>Hive fleetSpace Pod (49) – 1470Shuttle (10) – 250Mining Corvette (6) – 1650Scout Corvette (8) – 1800Lancer Corvette (2) – 450Fleet Corvette (4) – 900Stealth Frigate (4) – 1952Heavy Cruiser (10) – 1215020622NClone upkeep/special projects and expenses25 Human captives of the USV Hope – 7503 Human hybrid clone upkeep – 9010 Skyl replicant clones in production – 600 [10 days remain]Lyle Rogers – 471487NTotal upkeepNutrient costs: 104642>IncomeMetals: 113000Nutrients: 125000Net: 20358
>>37620868New 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)Military 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 300M
>>37620868>3 Human hybrid clone upkeep – 90They're complete?
>>37620891Economic 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.Ship Construction Optionshttp://pastebin.com/YTwGk8n1>>37620903They are.
>>37620917Finished research>Quantum CommunicationsBy utilizing a complex and highly delicate system of quantum entanglement between particles, a link can be built between two devices, allowing them to pass on data instantaneously regardless of distance. The device cannot be jammed, intercepted, or disrupted in any way, but holds a number of limitations in that it is both inefficient in its bandwidth, and highly expensive.The quantum communicator cannot transmit or receive psionic communications, and lacks the capacity and nuance to directly control a drone.[sample device consumed – blank C class relay]>Thermal ImagingMediumThis compact visor display built into the helmet of Lyle's suit is capable of detecting heat, turning it into a color-coded display to highlight sources of thermal energy. It is blinded in extreme temperatures, and can quickly become useless in certain situations, but when used in conjunction with other sensors it offers a powerful method of detecting and tracking a target.>Ballistic armorVery fastAblative plates connected to sensors and layered over interlocked hollow compartments provide a dedicated defense against explosive force and missiles, as well as offering a slight benefit against kinetic damage.>BulkheadFastFilling space on ships normally reserved for tactical modules with super dense armor of varying types drastically increases a ship’s durability in combat.
>>37620946[New ship modules unlocked]Ballistic armor – A network of hollow compartments designed to muffle impacts and layers of detachable chitinous strips linked to complex sensor systems allow the ship to launch parts of its armor at incoming objects to cause missiles to detonate prematurely and absorb the blast. While it is designed to be most effective at stopping missile strikes, it is also decently effective against kinetic damage. (50N 25M per 10 meters)Bulkhead – Many ships poses space to hold a number of useful sub-systems, weapon systems, and other modules, however these are often too expensive to maintain on every ship in the hive. By filling these unused spaces with interconnected nets of metal plating, a ship can be made far more durable to damage without additional upkeep. The bulkheads are incredibly heavy, and will greatly decrease the acceleration of a ship. Increases the amount of damage a ship can take and can render the ship immune to critical hits if all modules are used. (500M per module slot used)[New adaptation unlocked]Thermal Pits: An array of small sensory gland covered pits is positioned around the head in the form of a large, darkly colored and porous layer of chitin, giving the appearance of being eyeless. The IR sensitive chitin layer replaces the compound eyes and allows it to see in the infrared spectrum. (2N)
>>37620969New research unlocked>Gun portsFastYour large drones offer a great increase in firepower in many situations, but in some cases can become vulnerable to smaller opponents. By developing a series of small muscle grafts along the sides of the drone’s thorax a number of medium sized weapons can be placed to offer increased firepower against smaller targets.>Genetic tapestryMediumWith the development of your recent clones, you have gained experience and knowledge in organizing alien DNA into effective and desirable formations to not only reproduce an alien subject, but also improve upon it. Now you feel you are ready to go even farther with your experiments in mixing and matching alien and drone DNA.[Unlocks Chimera clone type]
>>37621032Current research>Immolator warheadVery slowAnother technology obtained but not understood by the Skyl, this warhead is the focus of much idol worship and cult activity, as well as an extensive research effort. The weapon itself was reportedly capable of disrupting the surface of a planet, turning the surface to fields of molten slag. They never finished development, but their notes should be quite helpful.>Ion cannonSlowThe next logical step in ion technology, the ion cannon uses a powerful magnetic funnel to channel ionized particles to a target, causing focused energy damage and EMP effects. Similar in nature to the CIP weapon, but based more on the Ion thruster technology.>Molecular disassembler warheadMediumThis nanomachine filled warhead releases a cloud of semi organic disassemblers that quickly and voraciously feed on any and all available carbon or silicon based substances, reducing any and all sources of nutrients and metals into dust, which is used to construct more disassemblers. Each disassembler has a short lifespan, but with a rich enough target a chain reaction can be created with the potential to deal immense devastation to ships, station, and cities alike.>Weather SpireMediumA specialty of The Gardener which was apparently shared with the Skyl to solidify their alliance. It is a massive spire capable of analyzing and altering the atmospheric composition of a planet over time, as well as altering localized conditions to alter weather patterns.
>>37621032>Genetic tapestryThe shit we could do with this.
>>37621059>Psionic ShroudSlowYour thinkers have been working over the strange and unsettling silence of the broken crystals you have collected and several of your quantum thinkers have theorized of using them to develop a kind of mute effect. In theory it could offer a way to muffle the mental sounds of your hive's thoughts from other hives.>Psionic fortificationSlowFurther research of the white crystal’s beneficial effects on your own psionic link to your drones could lead to some manner of defense against a psionic jammer.>Thermal BladeMediumThis dull loop of carefully crafted polymer quickly heats itself to deadly temperatures when exposed to an electrical current from within its gauntlet, quickly turning it from a blunt instrument to a deadly blade capable of burning through all manner of armor.>Rejuvenation gene therapySlowAfter extensive research of the human genome, you have discovered that they suffer from a limitation to their life span based on a pre-set limit built into their cells that limits the number of times any one cell can divide. With some amount of effort, you think you could create a serum that would offer a temporary boost to that limit, allowing for extended periods of cell division.>Laser coolingVery SlowThis concept uses a laser to bounce particles in an object back into place, effectively nullifying the energy within the object, cooling it to potentially extreme temperatures at a distance.So much research, almost done.
>>37620946We should look into psionic version of quantum communication. Can't be jammed or heard by another hive...It will likely have limitations but still.
>>37621082Available research options>Psionic Cannon prototypeVery slow/Very dangerousDetailed accounts of several experiments show the slow progress of Project Godsplitter. The cannon itself is highly volatile, and even the smallest miscalculation often results in the destruction of the ship, as well as any nearby craft. It can only be equipped to a Hive ship's spinal mount, and requires a functional Void Shard as ammunition. At least a dozen testing sizes were atomized in testing the weapon, and in the end it appears The Gardener never quite perfected it.>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.
>>37621110>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.>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 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.thinkers a busy, but I felt like I needed to post everything here so we all know what's researching and what isn't after the hiatus.
damn op and I feel we haven even got half way in the quest and we're already being drowned by all the shit we can do, I'm glad to see you're back
Hey its back, uh gimme a sec to read through this...everything.
>>37621139Uh.Those last two aren't in the pastebin m8. http://pastebin.com/F6t39KSpAlso, there are 1000 Farms being constructed right now aren't there? >>36913447
>>37621139Your pods soak in the data of countless public broadcasts as they float over various worlds and drift through the void of space. The nuclear strike against the lab on Tadega has been constant and now blurry images of a Unity server ship competes for the top story. Headlines claiming war to be certain and conspiracy theories tying the incidents together in strange and convoluted ways fill the news as various experts in obscure analytical fields rant about the Unity’s obsession with destroying human civilization. Zero One bounces the data from spire to spire, district to district as countless subroutines and instances theorize and strategize over how the growing controversy will unfold, and how to gain from it. Strange, there seems to be an increase in drone patrols in the area of Zero One, and your pod adjusts its orbit accordingly to avoid the growing traffic of drone and cruiser patrols.Meanwhile, deep within the bowels of the Leeland hive, three of your medical pods stir restlessly. Your clones have matured, although they are still blank. They will require knowledge, memories, data of some sort to be of use before you can send them on any mission. You scan through the minds of the hope's crew to determine what you have available.Please roll 1d100, best of 3 to search for useful knowledge and skills to implant.
Is it possible to use Lyle's military background to somewhat automate the standing ground forces where equipped and ready to equip weapons are concerned? I mean we can tweak warriors but it seems like if we have someone with a large amount of military experience we should use it when detail inning what units to send with what equipment.
Rolled 56 (1d100)>>37621266
Rolled 98 (1d100)>>37621266welcome back!
Rolled 60 (1d100)>>37621266Here we go
Rolled 98 (1d100)>>37621266I hope the d100 dice are acting better today, lately they've been trying damn hard to kill us in almost every quest I've seen them used in this week
>>37621110>>37621139I want to start on smart mines, liquid metal sculpting, carbon nanostructure construction, and photosynthetic cells at least. And look into what quantum communications can give us potentially, besides itself.Good for maintaining contact with other races without stationing a relay I suppose.
>>37621323>>37621303The dice fucking love us.
>>37621266>You scan through the minds of the hope's crew to determine what you have available.I would hope we'd dive Lyle's memories more.These people should at least have the memories and skills that Lyle knew them as having. And possibly have some of the originals' memories reconstructed from Lyle's PoV.
The dice nearly killed us in the Beta quest, damn the KEEKS!
>>37621256Fixed. I thought I already added them, but I must have forgot to save it or something, and yes, 1000 farms are under construction, but updating everything after so long without even having access to my computer means I probably forgot to add in a few things, so feel free to point them out.I can be a rather forgetful person at times.
>>37621352Hive quest beta is siphoning off the suffering it seems.
>>37621362Beat took all the bad rollsPoor queen
>>37621394>>37621404Well once we get that farm up and staffed with normal workers we'll be stable. Then we need to find metal and make a unit to counter the keeks and flying dragon keeks.
>>37621337>And look into what quantum communications can give us potentially, besides itself.Well considering that the mechanics that make quantum entanglement is wave-particle duality we should be able to create something similar to a stutter drive.
>>37620832Here's the full map I put together a few threads ago.
>>37621266>and conspiracy theories tying the incidents together in strange and convoluted ways"Of course, it was a top secret research facility where the government was experimenting on psychic aliens which read the mind of a human, and leaked the location of a valuable military target to the Unity!"
>>37621362>>37621394>>37621404>>37621452Guys as much as I like the discussion please be respectful to this quest and keep all discussion relevant to this present quest.>going back to anon mode.
>>37621763Fuck you, faggot. You're being disrespectful by putting your trip on
>>37621266You sift through the lifetimes of the crew members with the aid of your thinkers to find any interesting skillsets or training they may possess, and you are pleasantly surprised.Several hold a long history of hunting, and are familiar with long ranged weapons, as well as a few with a history of marksmanship sports and competitions. One happens to be a highly skilled martial artist with many, rather fuzzy, memories of brutal ritualistic combat events. Another is from a long line of military service in the family, and was raised around all manner of heavy weapons and equipment, and finally, and probably most surprisingly, there is a criminal among them, albeit not a totally hardened one, with a history of life on the endlessly winding urban sprawl of Path, and holds an innate knowledge of human circuitry and surveillance systems.They all possess the same minimum training with standard human weapons and basic equipment.[skills available]The clones can receive a wide range of training, however they can only be specialized in one field, which represents an entire lifetime of practice and years of intense training.>Sharpshooter - This clone will be an adept marksman capable of utilizing a wide range of human rifles and side arms.>Brawler - This clone will be adept at utilizing short ranged or melee weapons, and is an expert at disarming and incapacitating opponents in close quarters.>Tech - This clone is highly skilled with human networking technology, and can infiltrate and disable security systems, pick electronic locks, falsify credentials, and erase or retrieve data from public or private networks.>Engineer - This clone will know the ins and outs of every conceivable mechanical device known in Union space, from power armor to ship engines and more.cont.
>>37621784Not understanding why he put the trip on, do you even do social structure? >>37621360I don't think going deeper in lyle's memories is of any help. If i remember you to be an awesome hacker does not mean i know the things that made you good at it. See what i mean?>Tech - This clone is highly skilled with human networking technology, and can infiltrate and disable security systems, pick electronic locks, falsify credentials, and erase or retrieve data from public or private networks.
still can't help but wonder how freaked out the humans will be if they ever find out we can put hybrid clones of them out there and parasites to spy on them. Thinking it would be an instant war type deal really.
>>37621850The conversation had clearly stopped. There was no reason for him to post.
>>37621834You have completed 3 hybrid human clones, each built from the recorded genetics of a long dead human mercenary, two males and a female. While you do not have access to their original memories, you can assemble the memories of a false life using what you know of them from Lyle's memories, utilize the memories of another human, or fabricate an entirely fictitious life.>Make up the clones' memories (write in)>Use the Hope crew to create a life story>Use Lyle's mind to assemble what you can, and leave the rest blank>Other (write in)
>>37621889We did blow up a colony, a ship and a government lab. I think its already a war starting situation.
>>37621921>Use the Hope crew to create a life storyWe need to have a proper background going!
>>37621921>>Make up the clones' memories (write in)We need to be their mother adoptive or other wise in all there memories. Use the Hope crew to give hem the skills but have us teach them and raise them. More children!
>>37621921>Use Lyle's mind to assemble what you can,But fill in the blanks with ideas drawn from Hope crew.And I guess we'd go with Sharpshooter/Brawler/Tech combo.
>>37621921>>Use the Hope crew to create a life story
>>37621921>Use Lyle's mind to assemble what you can, and leave the rest blankIn the event of capture, we don't want the humans knowing we can piddle with their memories with impunity.>>37621834>Brawler>Tech>EngineerLyle's a good enough sniper, and for the sort of missions these guys go on an expert at disarming and incapacitating opponents in close quarters would likely be useful.
I like to imagine that Unity and Theseus know A WHOLE LOT more about us than they let on to knowing, just like we do about us. I bet they've figured out how to locate out spy pods, know where most of them are, and have possibly even figured out some way to detect our communications.We should operate under the assumption that they know we are listening to Zero One, and they must also assume we know they know. We are both just keeping up the act. I'm almost certain that all of the important instances of Theseus communicate through some crazy encrypted channel or possibly only through wired connections and uploads from drones who visit the major Theseus servers. I mean, even the lowly humans can listen in or radio.We are seriously underestimating Theseus and the greater Unity.
>>37622013>>Brawler>>Tech>>EngineerThat sounds good. But when we use the Hope's crew memories we can use different names right? Perhaps different birth places and the like to make it less obvious
>>37621921Why not a combination of these:>Use the Hope crew to create a life story>Use Lyle's mind to assemble what you canCombined with editing and creating what's need to make a believable history from birth to now. >>37621834Sharpshooter (Female)TechEngineer
>>37622030>We should operate under the assumption that they know we are listening to Zero One, and they must also assume we know they know. We are both just keeping up the act.I like the way you think, anon.>>37622013The biggest "mission" they have is opening a bank account. Under some obvious royal alias for the hive like "John McQueen" or something.
>>37621921>Make up the clones' memories (write in)mix up some of the stuff you found while digging through those old memorious. Have it that they were all friends when they were young, not really abandoned but they had hard lives growing up and they mostly were the only ones to look out for each other. One learned sharp shooting, one was a brawler, and the last was pretty tech savvy. One joined the army one day and the other two thinking he'd die without joined up with him. They were attack by pirates and they're ship crashed here. We found them and nursed them back to health and they feel like they owe us one. Figure since they're MIA anyways they can do what they want and figure helping out those who helped them out isn't the worse way to make a living. For extra control we can make it that they fell like they're with family when around our hive or drones.
>>37621921>>37622044Names are unimportant, and you can give them anything from numbers to made up names or just wait for them to give each other nicknames. The memories will be what they consider to be their life and history. Any discrepancies will be looked over and ignored.If you've ever seen Dark City, it's actually a decent comparison now that I think of it.
>>37621921Since clones are not that expensive we should create 10 men teams of clones and send one team to each important union world. They can spy for now and we will have agent in place if we want to do anything there in the future, like sabotage.
>>37621950true but other then the lab which they buried so they can't really use that one without reveling themselves they don't have anything tying us to any of the attacks.
>>37622110op you ever played an rts called grey goo.
>>37622096"I know exactly what's going to happen in this quest for the rest of its duration."No harm in being prepared. I like the name suggestion though.
>>37622128Sure for now, but we have a pretty developed world, orbital facilities, a colony and regular space traffic between those. The moment they send some scouts or resume colonization they will know.
"Awaken my child, and embrace the glory that is your birthright"
>>37622188For this reason we should also start colonizing nearby worlds and building a fleet. Otherwise the union will beat us with production and space power.
>>37622229>>37622263Already made that reference. Be less cliche.
>>37622188"These really nice squid humans came here and gave us a bunch of technology. They said that you were their allies and that you wanted to help us out. They said they would 'be watching us closely'; your friends are really cool. We are really happy you care about us so much."
What are these new chimera clones?
>>37621921It's a bit mixed, but it seems to be>Use Lyle's memories to assemble what you can and fill in blanks with the hope's crew.For skillsets it appears to be>Brawler>Tech>Engineer>Y>N (write in)Also, you can recommend names if you wish, although they are not necessary.
>>37622274I want to say it to everyone who get healed in are pods or that we create. Just to make them question if they are the "real" them or a clone if it's discover we make clones.
>>37622334>YLet them come up with their own names
>>37622278Sure, sure they will buy it and wont see we have a colony where whey supposed to have one, and they won't take the chance to end a rival race before it becomes a treat. Read their first contact protocols from who-knows-how-many treads ago.
>>37622334No nameless. Let's see what they figure out themselves. Much more fun.
>>37622334I'm really confused why we're going with a brawler over a sharpshooter? Lyle's already specced for brawling, the fact that he can ALSO shoot doesn't make humans any more squishy.
>>37622334Yes.>Brawler - Friedrik Baurns>Tech - Emilia Loren>Engineer - Thorm 'Tobias' Korpal
>>37622334>>N (Sharpshooter/Tech/Engineer)Use the names Lyle has in his memories.
>>37622414Fuck, less squishy. It's not even late yet.
>>37622334Engineer Isaac Clarke
>>37622434>>37622431So does Hive queen enjoy more Friends or Firefly?
>>37622431This is fine
>>37622526No it isn't. fluff is so retarded he didn't even get the gender ratio right.Also no names. More interesting this way.
>>37622512Considering we are in space, and have taste, firefly.
>>37622512Firefly of course. As if there was any other choice.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuSZ_Onp0S0 >>37622552Wash was an idea, but he's the Pilot. Mal was the leader, but yea, he could help fix things, Book wasn't much of a tech guy.. Other than being a retired bad ass
>>37622334Lots of neat names, although it looks like there is additional support for letting them name themselves over time.Of course, you can always change that later and they would never really notice.The pods lower from the hive walls and spill the new clones to the ground. The air is filled with the sounds of gasping as they empty their lungs of fluid. Unlike natural humans their minds are open to your will, as are their thoughts, even without a parasite. They gasp on the floor as their new memories slowly sink into their minds.Your thinkers have woven a tapestry of lies, an assemblage of events and training meant to give them a sense of comradery. Your brawler was chosen as the largest of the three, a massive man well suited for close combat and brute strength. The engineer is chosen as the smaller of the two males, whose original you recall was in fact an engineer to begin with. A fitting pairing you think. The female is given the training of the tech expert, which you think should come in handy soon enough with humanity's reliance on their digital networks and complex software. It would be nice to not need to request all such matters through Theseus in the near future.What is your first task for them?>Write in
>>37622334Engineer: StanislawTech: IsaacBrawler: Bruce
>>37622695Time to visit Valen space and open a bank account!..But we have to wait for Lyle to be finished with Long Island to give them a ride.I guess we need to purchase a human vessel or something with Lyle's bounty for all those bugs.
>>37622695>Write inUhh...Dispatch them to Deep Song, or whatever the banking planet is called.
>>37622752>Lyle to be finished with Long Island to give them a ridei don't know if i like the idea how showing these guys to Lyle
>>37622752You do still possess the USV Clarke, if you wish to use it.
>>37622695Didn't we originally make them for Lyle? Send them to him.
>>37622695Send them to new port to test their abilities and see union forces around. It is the closest major union world and if they know about us or suspect something they will be mobilizing and fortifying there.
>>37622695Get them to open a bank account, then set them up as a merc crew. We get more dosh, they get experience and we might just start making more contacts and gather some more info and the like
>>37622771They check IDs right?
>>37622771Yes, we can still use that, but I feel if we do, the humans might ID it, even in the state it's in.
>>37622695...what was the purpose of the clones again? I areganly thought they were going to be part of Lyle's crew but that wasn't the case so uhh... Drop them off on a nearby and busy human world, acquire funds, and gain a human space ship? I'm thinking we could make them our own little band a mercs, if we can build them up enough we might be able to get them to a level where people of both the commonwealth and union will hire them letting us learn more about both sides, especially the commonwealth since we still next to nothing on them.
>>37622807Valen don't ask questions.But we still don't know how to GET to Deep Song.
>>37622695Do they have the upgrades we gave Lyre?
>>37622873They were meant to be part of Lyle's crew.>>37622901Nope.
>>37622873Lyle's crew, yes, but just because they aren't on his ship RIGHT THIS MINUTE doesn't mean that plan is scrapped.
>>37622695>Depart to Valen space>Send them to rendezvous with Lyle>Send them to New Port>None, add cybernetic upgrades (write in)>Other>Use the USV Clarke for transport>Use space pods (write in)>Use other>>37622901No, but with recent research you can add as many as you like simultaneously without the time stacking.
>>37622695Have them on standby.
>>37622695>Write inStandby for deep-space rendezvous with Lyle whenever is convenient.
>>37622953>>None, add cybernetic upgrades (everything we gave Lyre)Then send them to New Port
>>37622953>Depart to Valen spaceWe really, really need this. More than anything.
>>37622953>Send them to rendezvous with LyleHere comes the dramatic appearance of the backup team.
>>37622987Lets just do this for now
>>37622953>>Depart to Valen space>>Use the USV Clarke for transportIt can't be helped.Unless we want to droppod them down onto Deep Song from a cloaked ship, which would be very rude and probably get us fined.
>>37622953>Send them to rendezvous with LyleLyle might need back up to save Lee.
>>37622953>Send them to rendezvous with Lyle>Use space pods
>>37622953>Send them to rendezvous with Lyle
>>37622987That's super conspicuous.
>>37623022Okay if you're doing the rendesvous we'll have to hover outside the space station in the Pods until Lyle wants to come out in the Hel's Angel and dock with them.Cuz the pods sure ain't gonna dock at the station.
>>37622953>Send them to rendezvous with LyleWe can mod them later.
>>37622771>None, add cybernetic upgradesEndoskeletal platingEcholocationSecond heartAdd a parasite to them to heal any wounds from the inside.
>>37622987>everything we gave LyreNo.
>>37622953>Depart to Valen spacewe need to learn about them sooner or later>Use the USV Clarke for transporthope we can hide the fact that it's the Clarke, could be a lot of awkward questions if the union found out we have there ship... and got it working. I mean the thing should look nothing like it did originally seeing how we took out everything but the bare bone minimum need for it to be a space ship.
>>37622953>>Send them to rendezvous with Lyle>Use space pods (write in)
>>37623046Humans and aliens probably do all kinds of cybernetic and genetic upgrades. Also this would only become an issue if they are captured and dissected and we can add suicide acid organs for that situation.
>>37623071I don't support augmenting them right now, but if I did I'd do it a bit different.Echolocation for everyone, endoskeletal plating and second heart for the brawler, and sting fingers for the tech.Have to give them upgrades that max expected mission profiles.
Rolled 70 (1d100)>>37622953Can we develop a ship that looks more like the average human ship? Polished chitin at sharp angles to appear more mechanical than biological?
>>37622953>>Depart to Valen space>>Use the USV Clarke for transportI don't care if this makes Theseus ask interesting questions, we still haven't seen any Valen up close dammit.We also haven't even bought a starmap from them. They might have a map of Commonwealth space as well as their own. And someone will know where the Valen gate that leads to Ceph space is, even if Coil doesn't.
>>37622953Lyle moves to the door as Jerry continues to whistle out some form of instruction. Lyle turns back before he closes the door. "Hey, you hear anything from the guys?"Jerry looks back briefly. "Yea, Jackob said he's at the grease trap, said Dillon was probably going to be late again. Didn't say why." Lyle exits the garage.Long Island was a grand place filled with resorts and casinos of all kinds spread across its main habitation modules. This was not one of those modules. The corridor curved upwards at a noticeable angle, with the light of Tau Ceti shining through the windows above periodically as the station slowly rotated along its axis. The area smells of mold and dust as the air slowly circulates through the hab ring. Mysterious stains marked several walls and pooled along the corners of the floor plating, and creaks and moans reverberated periodically from the walls as the ring continued its rotation.Lyle quickly makes his way to the Grease Trap, an old and run down bar frequented by people who don't believe in health codes, and people who like to pay in cash.Looks like>Rendezvous with Lyle>Use pod for transportIs this acceptable?
>>37623164I'll admit that makes much more sense.>>37623263Yes.
>>37623263The Grease Trap is a musty place smelling of cigarette smoke and cheap booze. Several tables are scattered across the area in front of a bay window offering a view of the spinning starscape of space as freighters drift in and out of dock. Jackob sits at a table near the center with one foot propped on the table and several beers lined across the table. He waves to Lyle as he enters."You took long enough to get here. Engine trouble?"Your figure glairs at Lyle. "This is your trusted ally?"Lyle ignores your comment as he moves to take a seat. "Something of the sort." He says. "Last few jobs bombed out hard, but I've got a new one I figured I could use some help on."Jacob shrugs as he tosses a small shred of a breadstick in his mouth between swigs of beer. "A'right, let's hear it.""Looking for someone. I think he's here but something smells fishy about it. Name's Ryan Lee."Jackob chokes on his beer. "Shit, the Ryan Lee? You mean none other than the bug buggerer blown sky high on live news?""He was seen boarding a shuttle here from Gemini, and like I said, it seems fishy."Your clones feel sudden purpose. They gather their provided gear and find a waiting pod in the hive's hangar. It lifts off the ground and begins to proceed into orbit. As they wait in the confines of the pod's hull they each seem to recall knowing Lyle to some extent.The pod blinks away.cont.
>>37623596Jackob turns to the door as a bell rings, and Lyle looks to see Dillon walking in. "What's this about Lee, now? You think he's alive?""Job depends on it, so yea." Lyle says.Your illusory figure moves out from behind Dillon as you look over the new addition to the team with disapproval. "Time is of the essence. You should move quickly."Lyle's mind snaps to attention at the order. "Dillon, you have some nice contacts. I know the guy is here, just need to find him before he leaves.""Easy enough, I can go through the recent security footage to find out where he is. Shouldn't take too long."Jackob leans forward in his chair. "On Long Island, please. This place is a rathole and you know it. Unless he's an idiot he's probably got a way in and out without going through security. Private port, bribe customs agent, who knows. I can put out word among the taidarens, see what they can sniff out."Dillon looks almost disgusted. "You'd trust the word of some squatter?""Hell yea. There's more of them then there are cameras, and there's no better way to be invisible than to be a squatter."You lean in to Lyle as the two argue. "We don't have time for this.">Side with Jacob>Side with Dillon>Other
>>37623791>>Side with JackobDillon, that's racist.Though it's possible Lee can trust his partially changed face to get through security camera footage. I guess Taidarens are a safer bet.
>>37623791>Side with JacobIts not like Lyle has an issue with "squatters"
>>37623791Side with Jacob
Rolled 96 (1d100)>>37623791Can we have both of them do their own thing to help get lee? It seems like it would be more helpful to both go over the tapes and check with the Taidarens.
>>37623868I keep forgetting to turn off my dice. And if we can't do both, my vote is for Jackob.
>>37623791>Otherhave them both try to find Lee the way they want to, that way whoever finds him first get's bragging rights on how their way is better
>>37623865me hereI agree with >>37623868I don't see why both can't happen, but if it can't I'll stick with>Side with Jacob
>>37623791>Otherthis>>37623868Cover all the bases.
>>37623791>OtherChallenge them to prove the other wrong, the method that finds Lee first is clearly superior.
I knew people would vote 'both'.I suspect there is a cost here, somehow. Like splitting resources, so neither is as effective as it might otherwise be.
>>37623791"Tell you what. whoever finds this cunt first gets lunch on me." Lyle says."You haven't paid your tab in over a year." Dillon says, "I know, I'm the one that cleared the records.""Still better than paying." Lyle says with a grin. The two shrug."Alright, deal."Let's try something new. Give me 1 d100 roll, for either Jackob or Dillon. The first three for each will count against each other.
Rolled 66 (1d100)>>37624002For Jacob
Rolled 94 (1d100)>>37624002go go
Rolled 93 (1d100)>>37624002
>>37624023>>37624029Say who you were rolling for, morons.See? Split resources.
Rolled 93 (1d100)>>37624029Sorry, that was Jacobthis is for Dillon
>>37624029>>37624047This is.... unique.
Rolled 23 (1d100)>>37624029>>37624047holy crap>>37624002for Dillon
>>37624002>The first three for each will count against each other.>count against
>>37624029>>37624047Christ on a stick fluff, even the sheer probabilities of the very universe itself express your incompetence.
>>37624043>>37624002Fuck, Can't prove the 94 was me but I was going for Jacob.>>37624029>>37624047jesus fuck fluff
>>37624047>>37624029even thought this is a higher role>>37624023, I kinda want the tie to see how both react truth be told.
>>37624088What incompetence anon? I have no control over the dice.
>>37624108I could have lived my whole life without knowing this existed anon
>>37624126>"The gravity of it affects the probabilities!"Is what I assume he means.
>>37624108Looks good to me...
Rolled 66 (1d100)>>37624002I think there needs to be another roll so I'm throwing it out there
>>37624188>>37624180and it was for dillon too...Sorry QD but I think probability is telling you to write something super awesome or something hilariously funny.
>>37624188but was it the same guy anon?
>>37624233No, I was the first one.
>>37624233Nope, was my only roll actually.
Reminder that Theseus saw Ryan Lee moving freely and autonomously on Gemini Alpha.Reminder that Lee was not a prisoner, and does not want to be found.You stalkers.
>>37624296Too bad, he's getting found.
>>37624296NOONLY WE CAN HAVE THE LEE
>>37624296Its fine, we just need to talk to him for a bit. Intimately... Well the parasite does anyway
>>37624296>Are you happy, Lee?>I named my planet after you.>I even made you some human friends. It was a real hassle to make them stop clawing the walls of their cage.>Will you have my babies?Queen pls.
>>37624328>>37624329Yanderemind! Poor Lee
>>37624296The idea is that we nominate him as our representative when the humans finally make contact with us as an FTL-capable race.
>>37624375That's fucking stupid. He never asked for that.
>>37624307>>37624328>>37624329huh, sounds almost like we're planning to make him our waifu, or whatever you call the guy version of it.
>>37624388He didn't ask to get set up by his government to take the fall for hostile action on another race's planet. Besides, what other citizen would we nominate?>>37624397Husbando is the word you're looking for.
>>37624388And? We never asked for psychic crystals to hunt our race to extinction.The point is that without him the Union gets to nominate whoever the fuck it wants, at least Lee is sympathetic/easily manipulated.
>>37624397HusbandoAnd no not particularly, I just enjoy joking about it cus I find the concept of Queenie being yandere for Lee absolutely hilarious. Oh and >mfw>not knowing the male version of waifu
>>37624412Your question stupidly presumes that should ever happen at all.
Couldn't we just kidnap/murder and then clone some politician and send them back to act like everything's all hunky dory and have them already there being all normal and shit ready to support us when the time comes?
>>37624412We have clones. We could literally make whatever type of citizen we want.
>>37624451>>37624452And? Its more fun to track down Lee and do shit to him.
>>37624430It helps to be prepared for all eventualities.>>37624451>>37624452We're already kidnapping Lee for this.
>>37624424>implying i'm joking about taking lee anal virginity
>>37624463No we aren't.>>37624467You mean spinal. Spinal virginity. When our son's sharp spines thrust deep into his nervous system.
Anyone else thinking it's a bad idea to send the clones to an area the originals frequented?
>>37624463>>37624458He's making the argument of what other "citizen" we could take and I'm saying we could make whoever the fuck we want.
>>37624467>implying I mind that happening
Jesus Christ. All the research at the start of the thread... Makes me glad I made this.
>>37624501we will just capture anyone that recognizes them, and use those guy's memories to fill in the gap along with getting some nice info about the seedy underground.
>>37624515We can make humans, not the legal records to go with them. I'm sure lyle knows a guy, but they would have to be good to stand up under "introducing a new race" scrutiny.
>>37624538And this one, if anyone can make a better background.
>>37624539didn't they originally come from mars?
>>37624582It's futile arguing with idiots like that, man. They all just hate fun even when it's sensible fun.
>>37624002The two move off and out of the bar, leaving Lyle alone. Well, not really alone.Your image sits in the seat across from him. "You are not going to search yourself?""Nope." He says simply."And what if your friends fail to find him in time?""They won't." He says as he empties Jacob's beer, then opens the one left out for Dillon."And how would you know that?""Because I just do."Lyle continues to sit at the table in a serene bliss, despite the dingy surroundings, until the ring of the bell on the door calls his attention.Lee walks in through the door and to the bar with a hood over his head, and a cap under that, and a pair of painfully suspicious sunglasses over his face. He walks with his shoulders tense and his knees bent as if he was expecting some predator to leap from an alcove and attempt to eat him alive at any moment. It takes every ounce of willpower Lyle possess to not burst out in laughter on the spot. He looks to your figure with a smile, then slowly turns his head back to Lee and takes a swig of his beer."I'll have the special." he says.Wait. That is not the same voice."You don't want the special, kid. Get the soup, trust me." Lyle says. Lee nearly leaps from his layers of conspicuous coats."Who are you? How do you know me?""Relax, Ryan, just have a seat and I can buy you lunch."Lee darts from the bar like a startled deer and nearly falls flat to the floor as he turns the corner. "Damnit, why do they always run. Even when I'm here to help they always run." Lyle slowly rises to his feet and flexes his artificial limbs. "Put it on my tab." He calls out before entering a full sprint to the sound of the cook yelling some list of profanities as the door swings shuts behind him."Nevermind guys, he found me, and he's a runner. Head him off at ward five."There are two clicks of static in confirmation.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.This was more entertaining than I anticipated.
Rolled 74 (1d100)>>37624656
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Rolled 82 (1d100)>>37624656
Rolled 78 (1d100)>>37624656damn
Rolled 8 (1d100)>>37624656Heh.Also I'm imagining him wearing some of those mustache-glasses.
>>37624717Groucho marx?Drawfag needs to do this, now.
>>37624656SEND IN THE FLIES!
Am I the only one who thinks using the void crystals is like using Hermit Purple?Because I made this, if that's the case. Also, I can't draw crystals for shit, sorry about that.
>>37624823Regardless I am now thinking of the hive queen in fabulous fabulous poses thanks anon
>>37624859>Trying to think of which JoJo the queen would be.>Regardless, the void gods are now permanently DIO in my mind.It's all so... Manly.
>>37624656>Wait. That is not the same voice.So he's acting like Lee, but he doesn't sound like Lee. Curious.Also I like how we're nagging Lyle about "those friends of his".
My dick can't handle the suspense.
>>37625142>being this stupid
>>37625142Oh shit.This is a double bluff, they're trying to draw out all the people who are looking for Lee. Because anyone looking for Lee would be searching for information on our first contact indecent, meaning they're trying to capture all the people who are interested in us.
>>37624656Lee sprints down the hall of the small torus wrapped around Long Island as Dillon and Jackob move somewhere ahead. Is this how humans use strategy? You can hardly even comprehend such disorder, how a race can utilize teamwork without the sharing of thoughts. You had known most other races lived this way, but it was only now that you truly realize just how frighteningly blinding it feels to act as an individual."Lyle, you should be careful.""Not now." He huffs."Without allies-""Their heading him off, like I just said.""How do you know?""Shut it!"The last statement is loud enough to make Lee turn to look. He lets out a frightened squeal at the sight of Lyle quickly closing the distance, at well over twice Lee's own pace and he stumbles as he makes a turn. He lets out a stifled curse and hauls himself through a door to an apartment block's common area. The door slides shut behind him as Lyle reaches it."I got him cornered. Meet me at Peachgrove flats." He says. Another two clicks of static in confirmation. Lyle punches the door and the metal bends with a reverberating thud. He jams his fingers through the bent edge of the door frame and it slides open with a grating screech."Just got back the results on that search." Dillon says."Guy's renting room six-one-five." Jackob interrupts. "Listed name is-""Steven Geldron." They both say over each other."Well I found 'em, so how about you cover my tab, eh?""Fuck you, Rogers.""We can call it a draw, then."Lyle lets out a chuckle as he looks over the numbers on each door, stopping at room nine-one-five. He reaches out and spins the first number over with his finge. "Nice try, but this is ward six, not nine."He gives the door a kick and it snaps, the metal plank dropping to the ground within the apartment. Lee is on the far corner panting from exhaustion. His eyes have slight scars circling the irises, far too small to to have been seen on a traffic camera.cont.
>>37625306>His eyes have slight scars circling the irisesAre we getting Clone Armageddon up in here?
So now that we have nanomachines, who are we going to turn into Senator Armstrong?
>>37625306do he have surgery done to hide from people?
>>37625413Lee of course!
>>37620946>>Quantum Communicationsdoes this unlock anything?Also does this mean the best we can do is a C relay?I figured we could do B or A.
>>37625500That or the government is trying to double bluff people so they can try to snuff out all the people looking for us.
>>37625548he seems a bit to panic-y to me for that to be the case... unless it's a rookie playing the part but I still don't think that's it
>>37625533>Lee with nanomachinesWell I know what I'm drawing next, that or more loadsaresearch pictures.
Haha, Yes. I missed the first half of the thread but none of that matters now. I'm here in time for LEE. This is what I truly came here for.
>>37625577It seems unlikely the union would use someone who didn't panic to impersonate someone like Lee, that fucker was two minutes away from a nervous breakdown whenever we met him.
So are we going to do anything useful with Lee when we get him back? Or is it one of those "Huh, I didn't actually think i'd get this far" things?
Seems like a trap and he just routed our agents into an area he controls.
>>37625752I think it's more of one of those, "we'll think of something when we get there", kind of deals
>>37625827>>37625752I've seen plenty of ideas of just turning him into our ambassador when we eventually show our hand to the universe at large. Otherwise, I thought we just really enjoyed his company.
>>37625306"Wait wait!" He shouts, arms held in front of him."Lyle pulls out his crossbow and it unfolds in his hands, a winch pulls the string back and a bold is raised into position. "Nice eye job, now tell me who are you and why are you walking around with Lee's face?"The man stammers. "Who are you? What do you want?""Does it look like I'm the one answering fucking questions?""Okay!" The man stutters. "I-I." He gasps a breath of air. "My name is David Pinkleton. Look, I'm just some guy, ok? Just-""Some guy doesn't end up with such an infamous face. I got time, so fill me in.""Look, I owe a guy a lot of money, ok? I was told new face, new life, no more debt. Okay?"Dillon and Jackob walk into the room. "Meet Mr. Pinkleton everyone." Lyle says, still holding his crossbow at the ready. "Knew there was something fishy here.""Who gave you the offer?" Dillon asks. The man appears to be more and more nervous."Some guy... Some guy named Nikolai. Look, I swear whatever it is you want I can't help you!""I see this a lot actually." Dillon says. "People get in debt to the wrong guy, and they give them a deal. Free new face, no new debt. They usually wake up with the identity of a wanted man, or worse, while the other guy get's some nobody's identity. I've had some witnesses use it before."Lyle lowers the crossbow and it folds itself back into its holster. "It's never easy, is it?"As Lyle replaces his weapon you see from the corner of his eye the man reach for a nearby drawer. There is the brief metal click.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
>>37625752Just being sure he's safe is a win in my mind. There's also the prospect of using him as our rep, but for now just having the option is nice.Assuming this isn't an impersonator.
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Rolled 80 (1d100)>>37625873
Rolled 10 (1d100)>>37625873no it never is
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Rolled 94 (1d100)>>37625873Perhaps it's time to find Mr. Pinkleton's face.
>>37625873So this was a dead end?
>>37625872"Let me go! I've talked to them like you asked, just let me go!>You know, Lee you're being kind of a dick right now."I just to go home!">What, you don't like my pad?
>>37625958>calling it a dead end before we've reached its endpremature anon, very premature.
>>37625873Haha, this poor guy. I feel bad for him, but pulling a weapon was a bad idea. He's maybe got a chance of going down with someone if it's a grenade, but short of that?Poor guy.
>>37625958No, we just need to rip the face off and ask around if people have seen it.
>>37626014Lee might have changed his face.
>>37625969I enjoy the idea of yandere queen more.>"But Lee, I worked so hard to bring you back. This is your home now. With me. Don't you like it? I've attended your every need, I made you lots of threads, I've given you immortality and paradise. Perhaps we need to spend some time together. The warriors will lead you to the throne room."
>>37626014Yeah, to this guys old face.All we need to do is ask if this face was seen hanging around some shady debt collector.
>>37625873>PinkletonAssuming this story is true, would that mean Lee is now walking around with Pinkleton's face?
>>37626044Friends, not threads. How did that even happen.
this scenario reminds me of the shitty Face Off movie.
>>37626044Ehh... But I don't think being wood elf level yandere will be fun.It's just going to end with people trying to steal him all the time and anons are going to take this further than it already has. It's become less Hive Queen Quest, and more Suck Lees Dick Quest.
>>37626182If left unchecked, this will somehow turn into yet another smut quest.
>>37626182It's just a joke, Anon. Yandere bug queens are fun.
>>37626095Maybe, maybe not. Depends on how brisk the broker's trade is. A triangular, or even more complex, swap could be the case.
>>37626247I know it's a joke, but so many other quests have been fucked up by the retard portions of anon taking a joke super fucking seriously.Remember Shadow Quest?
>>37626320Child grooming is no joke, anon.
>>37626320>>37626377I dont think i want to know what happened now.
>>37626320If people want to play 'Consort to the Alien Hive Queen' they can start their own damn quest.
>>37626377Neither was waifuing their own daughter.That's what happens when you let retards take a joke too far.
>>37626454>waifuing their own daughter
>>37626454That would be the child grooming, yes.
>>37626407Here are some of my personal favourites:>Waifu'd their own daughter>When posed with a riddle to make an ally, they answered rainbows>Had sex with their own daughterThey chewed on that doorknob so much.
>>37626377It's slightly less creepy when you realize that the mc was an AI who was younger than Abby.>>37626454The hell are you talking about? Abby wasn't Shadow's daughter. Abby looked like the sister of the dude that made the thing that would eventually become Shadow.
>>37626503People were planning on taking care of this kid, but ended up fucking her instead.>>37626530Don't forget trusting people enough to let them speak right after you beat themwhich allows them to play anons heart strings, even though mere moments before they were saying vile shit about us, and joked about spoilers.
>>37626548By that point we all agreed that she was our daughter.
>>37626589>>37626581>>37626548Hey hey hey, Let's stop talking about some dead quest and talk about what's really important; Adopting all the species!
>>37626581Oh, remember that guy who rendered us powerless as soon as he touched us in his holographic god world that he had absolute control over? Remember when we tried to eat him?
>>37626530>not remembering how they favored her to the point of not willing to give away powers since they were afraid to anger her, when in reality she was just teasing.Jesus after that one comment people, straight up stopped trying to share our power, and instead give it all to the girl with no real experience.>>37626630Not a real big fan of the idea, i prefer making it an alliance since the second its found out, it would cause major problems. Though the filth people might join us willingly.
>>37625873There is a gunshot, and then silence as you hear nothing but ringing. Then a hot flash from behind as Jackob fires a shredder round, and the man's body jerks, blood splashing the wall behind him. His gun goes off another two times as he falls and the fluorescent light above explodes into shards of sparkling glass and glowing vapor.The ringing slowly stops and Lyle feels the warm caress of blood roll down his arm. "Damnit." Is all he says to it."Shit, you good?" Jackob says."Yea, this arm's not even real. Fuck, there goes my lead.""Not exactly. Like I said, my office sometimes works with these face lifters. I bet I could ask around and see if we can figure out where this Pinkleton fellow is now.""He said Nikolai, right?" Jackob asks. "Think I know that guy, or know of him. I've escorted some of his guys a few years back. They say he does good work, and he's pricy. If he's the same guy I remember, then someone big must have hired him. I'll see if I can find him. Arrange a meeting."Lyle is sifting through the body's pockets as Jackob speaks. "That's good." He says. "We can meet up on Gemini if you still want to help out.""Sure, like old times." Jackob says.Dillon shakes his head. "Well since I'm already invested, what the hell? But you owe me one for it." The two walk out of the room."Contact you planetside." Lyle says simply as he flips a fake id card through his fingers, examining the listed home address.Elsewhere, over Zero One, your pod notices a formation of drones moving in orbit. It drifts its orbit to stay out of the way but the drones spread out in their formation like an expanding net. A nearby servership adjusts its orbit with them.There is a strange feeling of falling, and your pod begins to accelerate. No more than a few hundred kilometers away light twists into a knot of darkness."Queen! Falling!">Have your pod blink away (will reveal itself)>Do nothing>Other
>>37626685By far my favourite moment of that quest was Machinarims Wild Ride.
>>37626749>Do nothingWhat exactly are they doing?
>>37626749>>Do nothingPod's screwed either way.
>>37626749>Try to accelerate away from the black hole.
>>37626749>Otherdoes the pod have ion thrusters? can't we use those to try and move out of the pull of whatever those ships are doing?
>>37626749>Do nothingFor the Hive!
>>37626749Wait, is this the Skyl?
>>37626749>Do nothing>>37626790Double crossing us.let the shadow runs begin.>>37626755Mind explaining, i left after the small shitstorm over killing the angel who cried to us.
>>37626749Command Lyle to bring that body to the Angel post-haste, we want that kid's brain FRESH.Theseus is using their weaponized singularity device to trap it in a gravity well. They noticed a slight lensing effect, in one of the many, manymanyoffscreen rolls QD does for this quest apparently. The same way we noticed that Ceph fleet cause a brief lensing effect in the stars.>Blink awayThey know, might as well.
>>37626749As the source of gravity gets stronger, shouldn't the Skid Drive simply be able to accelerate away from it just as hard?
>>37626749>Do nothingTell it that it's been doing a good job and prepare to blink a new pod into a blindspot if it becomes necessary.
>>37626749Woahsheet, time to let Theseus know that's our pod? Or should we get ready to birth a new one now?In any case, we should contact Theseus about this, either to 'cover up' (as if), or to clarify that the pod's ours (most diplomatic option IMHO).
>>37626749>Have your pod blink away (will reveal itself)Jig is up.>>37626874>>37626867>>37626831>>37626830>>37626818>>37626799>>37626790>>37626786They noticed us.
>>37626830It was an Alternate universe that forces you to face your inner self, but since we're an AI, it just kind of shit itself when trying to deal with us.Throughout the wild ride we were constantly fucked with by the gm and shadow runners implying that we never really left.
>>37626900We don't really lose anything if they do nothing, and we get to know what the situation is.
>>37626899Don't start talking about anything. It's suspicious when you deny something that had t been mentioned to you yet."Who shi-""I didn't shit in the pool!"
They just think someone is spying in. They don't know it's us, so just let them kill the pod, they're cheap.If we blink, they'll know it's us.
>>37626900>>37626844We lose nothing valuble, and if we leave they can trace it back to us.>>37626899Nah, screw that.>>37626923oh, that i thought it was something after it
>>37626749Your pod attempts to move away, but you can feel the rear drive housing accelerate faster than the sensor cluster, and the pod quickly dips within the event horizon. Light slows and becomes like jelly smeared across space, and your signal grows weaker. Your sight of the servership and the planet below blurs like watercolors.Your pod's simple mind transmits a single thought before it slips further into the unknown. You cannot see what it sees any longer, but your pod is in awe of its beauty.Your sight of Zero One winks from existence. Theseus sends you a ping.Cont.
>>37626900That could be anyone's invisible ship.
>>37626923That wasn't called the Machinarium or whateverthe fuck you tried to say, genius. No wonder nobody had any idea what you were talking about.>>37626824Anon I don't even.
>>37626954Hmm, fair point. But if Theseus come knocking and asks 'whose pod is this?', how do we respond?
>>37626983>Your pod's simple mind transmits a single thought before it slips further into the unknown. You cannot see what it sees any longer, but your pod is in awe of its beauty.Fucking singularities and secrets of the universe man.
>>37627007easy, by saying we know it keeps tabs on us threw the ship on our planet, so we might as well do the same to it.
>>37626983It seems we should have taken the initiative when we saw the drones fanning out at the start of the thread,and said to proactively put a ton of distance between the Pod and planet Zero One, because they were clearly doing a sweep for Ceph spies. Or us.
>>37627088Probably, but the loss is so negligible that it doesn't matter too much.
>>37627007We just wanted to get noticed by sempai. And it worked! Hahaha, dance puppet, dance!
>>37627059It doesn't know it was us idiot. Someone besides us has stealth tech.
>>37627088Actually, you know what?We never thought about how the ceph could be using the same technique we do to spy on people. I mean, they could be in our own system. We need develop a more effective way of detecting the cloak than just the light lensing.
>>37626983>Your sight of Zero One winks from existence.Well I guess we're declaring war on Theseus now. /shttp://youtu.be/cVqOgklHhF0
>>37627149Zero point fluctuations?
>>37627125It's not the loss of the pod, it's the confirmation it existed, seen as its systems tore apart before it crossed the event horizon.
>>37626983"Yes?" You say simply."I simply wished to inform you that the greater Unity has recently finished the development of an improved sensor technology.""Oh?""Yes." He continues. "It appears to be capable of detecting and pinpointing vessels utilizing photonic lensing stealth technology to a degree of accuracy not previously possible. I wished to inform you of the breakthrough, in case you wished to arrange an exchange."He grows silent again.Ironically, I named Theseus after watching the fallout over the end of SQ and the ship of Theseus debate it caused. Never read the quest though.
>>37627149>Ceph voidcutters everywhereDon't give me these shadowruns anon, I don't need the stress.
>>37627193Trade the stealth with his detection, its useless against him anyway, and us if we get the tech to detect it.
>>37627168Why in the Queen's name would we do that? They swatted a disposable fly on the wall. They didn't bomb Leeland.
>>37627193Yes, please and thank you.Great, how are we supposed to get our dose of Space /pol/ now?
>>37627149There isn't a better way besides looking for extremely subtle gravitational disturbances, at best, because I don't get the impression the cloak stops gravity.That may have been another way Theseus detected it. The orbits of Zero One might have indicated a very slight mass unaccounted for. Small enough to be a rounding error, but it persisted for weeks, and he determined what it was.
>>37627223Well,this is actually reasonable.Now we get to be stealth buddies.
>>37627193Stealth for Detection please.So when are we actually gonna get our two AIs to meet?
>>37627223did we ever get shields from him?also did we ever introduce heretic to Theseus?
>>37627223Unless we use the sensor tech to improve our stealth tech again. You know because that might be possible depending how the detection works
>>37627193Maybe we should ask permission to put our pod in Zero-one. It'll help us react faster if you get attacked, Senpei! We only want to watch!In all seriousness, I agree that trading stealth to him is a good idea.
>>37627193Kill the doctor, record it, send it to Zero One
>>37627193This is fun.We'll have to come up with something to trade for that later, thank you Theseus.Don't trade him stealth guys, anything but that. Another one of those things the fewer people have, the better.
>>37627193The quest is fine, if you can handle a couple of "oh shit nigger, what are you doing?" moments.Also, it's nice to know we gave Theseus a way to detect the Ceph with our sacrifice. In fact, this entire thing ended up great for us.
>>37627261Yep we got the shields.Also Theseus knows about Heretic but he so far hasn't done anything about it.
>>37627261No clue, and no.>>37627265Thats an idea, but what can we give him instead?
>>37627298The broken shard.
>>37627290He knows we know an AI, but we haven't introduced them, he probably is search like crazy though.
Stealth for ability to detect stealth is not an equivalent exchange. Do we have something else high-value worth trading?
>>37627223We don't want anyone besides ourselves and the Ceph to have stealth. One not-us faction having it is bad enough as it is.Trade him Skyl Data Cubes tech, or something. We've bee saving that for a rainy day.Or even nanomachines.
>>37627193I can't help but see theseus with a shit eating grin right now.Ask if he believes it could detect Ceph ships? I mean we did share the Ceph raid we saw with him so if he thinks it could detect the Ceph before they could attack it might be worth looking into if for nothing more then an early warning system.
I'm ok with the Stealth for sensor trade
>>37627317>>37627331Those might be worth more, than just detection, but okay.
>>37627331>Data cubeswhat was on those?>nanomachinesworth waay more than "detect stealth"
>>37627204"Hold on Jim, I need to take a leak">Out of the toilet comes a voidcutter"Ladies and gentlemen, the Ceph's stealth technology is more advanced than we could have ever imagined."
>>37627193That would be most useful.Stealth technology for the improved sensor technology?Also, unless you object I will be replacing the pod you just destroyed.
Offer him detailed information on the void shards.
>>37627320The history of the hive species with the crystals, and the existence of the Obsidian Queen, and the map of Her space.
>>37627331I like having a monopoly on ancient civilizations/tech. It's fun.Really though, giving him stealth in return for the mechanisms to defeat stealth seems like it doesn't put us at any risk. It /does/ disrupt our stealth monopoly, of course.
>>37627193>Offer cloaking fields for sensor tech.>Offer other tech (write in)>None for now>Other (write in)
>>37627356Data Cube - A cube containing a delicately aligned matrix of crystalline formations suspended within a semi-solid solution slows light and captures photons to create a recording that can only be viewed once. By locking the photons in place in a manner similar to quantum computing, the data cube can hold an effectively limitless amount of data on any subject, but viewing the data requires the photons be released from suspension, irreparably destroying the data as it is viewed without destroying the storage device itself.This, we already gave him the info inside it i think.
>>37627193Yeah what >>37627278 no way we're giving him stealth tech.Send in five additional space pods into Zero One, maybe dedicate some of our quantum brains to play "keep away from the server ships".
>>37627388>>Offer cloaking fields for sensor tech.
>>37627388>>Offer cloaking fields for sensor tech.or an introduction with heritic
>>37627388>>Offer cloaking fields for sensor tech.An eye for an eye, Eh? We'll both be on even ground.
>>37627386Don't give him stealth, we need the monopoly
>>37627388>None for now
>>37627388>Other (write inTo introduce him to heretic right now.
>>37627388>write in>offer Data Cube for sensor techseems right up his alley
>>37627388Let's just offer him what >>37627383 said.It's better than Theseus stumbling upon her and unknowingly revealing us to her.
>>37627193I like Theseus.
>>37627388>Offer other tech (write in)Data Cube
>>37627388>Offer other tech (write in)Nanomachines son. Something I'm far less worried about being turned against us.or even>None for nowLiterally anything but breaking our monopoly on stealth.
>>37627388Would he consider meeting heretic right now as a good deal?
>>37627388>Offer cloaking fields for sensor tech.>Is there an issue with us parking a cloaked pod in that system? It will allow us to monitor the situation in case of attack.
>>37627388>Offer other tech (write in)Data cubes. AIs love data.
>>37627388>>Offer other tech (write in)Data Cubes
>>37627446Nanomachines have an even bigger fucking risk then stealth. And don't forget that we'd be trading stealth for the ability to detect stealth. It literally can't be used against us. Nanomachines will fuck us up.
>>37627412>>37627407>>37627402 With the sensor stuff we can't see if upgrading stealth to avoid it again is viable. That won't work if we share the stealth tech.>>37627388>offer other techDatacube
>>37627470It wouldn't need to be cloaked anymore, but I agree with the idea.
>>37627388>Offer cloaking fields for sensor tech.
>>37627482I'm now just imagining Senator Armstrong with a computer on his head saying "Data exchange, son"
>>37627500>>37627476>>37627471I feel like the Data Cube is worth more then sensor tech. introductions to Heretic seem fair enough.
>>37627388>Offer other tech (Data cube)
>>37627471>>37627441>>37627476Wait could the data cube be used to create a more advanced QCom.
>>37627518I'd keep it cloaked for other things that might enter the system, like humans or ceph or the black queen>>37627524this too
>>37627168Still dick move on his part, he's got a spy satellite in orbit (which I believe it still has nukes) and a version of himself on the Clarke. He shouldn't be too pissed we're monitoring him.
>>37627388>Other Meeting HereticIf not than.>Offer cloaking fields for sensor tech.
>>37627524none of our research goes anywhere near sensor tech and have no need for the cubes.
Would Theseus take any of the shit we tore out of the Doctor's brain?
>>37627555It's not about us needing data cubes for further research or otherwise. It's about us not overpaying for something. Data cubes will probably revolutionize his systems, they're advanced shit. We can get more out of it.
Reminder that we have charted only 20 of the 42 stars in the two human-space covering starmaps.We have more than enough pods to explore the other 22. But that puts a lot of work on the QM to write all those updates describing the star systems, and then to add an equally large number of entries to the pastebin.So maybe we can stagger it out a bit, say, 5 new star systems getting podded every week?>>37627388data cubes a best
>>37627388>Offer other tech (Datacubes)>>37627561Just telling him that could would have him go crazy.
>>37627539Maybe, it does have a unlimited amount of space.>>37627388Does QC, and Data cubes unlock something together?
>>37627561We already sold him info from the Doc's brain, that's why he bombed that planet.
>>37627577that makes sense, but Cloaking is just a valuable to him.
>>37627388>Offer other techDatacubes
We should also discuss the possibility of installing a joint research station on ZeroOne for better communicationand cooperation.
>>37627388It looks like it's narrowed down to two, which are neck and neck.>Offer data cubes>Offer stealth>Other
>>37627615>Offer data cubes
>>37627615arguments, for or against?
>>37627615Would he take meeting Heretic right now as payment?This was asked multiple times.
>>37627615>>Offer stealth>>Ask if he would want to trade anything for Datacubes
>>37627615>>Offer data cubes
>>37627637Data cubes can never be used against us or complicate anything. Harmless.>>37627615>>Offer data cubes
>>37627615Offer data cubes
>>37627615>>Offer data cubesFuck guys, don't be retarded. Let's keep our monopoly on the stealth.
>>37627637If we other Data cubes, We run the risk of overpaying for something when we could get more out of the information. It will probably give him a major boost to his systems as well, but we keep a monopoly on stealth technology.Offer him Stealth, and we'll be able to detect his stealth anyway, but we run the risk of him improving the stealth technology past what we can detect, and we no longer have a monopoly on stealth tech.
>>37627674we never had a monopoly on it
>>37627615>Offer data cubesStop with the stealth. AI's with stealth can be very dangerous.
>>37627681One time read only files aren't going to boost him in any meaningful way. And if he does improve this tech he'll probably mention it.
>>37627637Theseus didn't say his sensor tech was perfect to always notice something in a stealth cloak 100% of the time passively.Stealth is still going to be useful against us if we're not actively looking.And the only argument against data cubes is that it's somehow MORE valuable? Which I find preposterous.
>>37627615So are you gonna ignore the option that might win, if said yes to?>OtherHereticask what would he trade for datacubes though.
>>37627615>Offer data cubesStealth is too risky>>37627704>Samefagging this hard.
This is going to be cheeky, I can feel it.
>>37627615>Offer stealthPropose that as we continue to advance stealth and sensor tech we trade the info back and forth>Ask what he'd offer for the datacubes
>>37627615>Offer data cubesmeh
>>37627615>Offer data cubesIf Thesus gets cloaking they would be able to crush the humans by picking off everything.
>>37627615>>Offer data cubespls no doorknob chewing
>>37627717>unlimited space for data>implying this is not more valuable than sensors for an AI.
>>37627726I was just supporting his idea, and I didn't want to just go "This", but yeah sure samefagging, why not.
>>37627691Fine fuck it- duopoly. You know what I fucking meant
>>37627615It's still close, but it looks like it's>Offer data cubes.>>37627639Probably not, as that would seem like more of a wild card with the potential to turn out poorly.
>>37627742Yup not to mention it would attract the attention of the crystals
>>37627747Data that can only be accessed once. It's long term storage and backups at best.
>>37627775Final destination vote please.
>>37627747>Unlimited supply of data>Can only be viewed once
>>37627794He's already on the record as not doing those.
>>37627790It could unlock tech similar to skyl computers.
Can someone remind me but do Quantum computers actually exist right now?
>>37627742he has no want to wipe out the human race
>>37627639>>37627775So, who is heretic? I forget
>>37627848As far as I know, yes, but they mean something entirely different and they're really slow.
>>37627848>This complex collection of entangled particles permits the drone to perform rapid, intuitive calculations without consciously processing a problem, granting the drone an intuition capable of performing uncanny predictions or seemingly lucky guesses using data that is not inherently quantifiable.
>>37627863Skyl AI, people have been trying to get them to meet, and when it finally won, for some reason the QM never had them meet even though the vote was to introduce them.
We have to equip all hive ships, especially defenseless pods, with atomic warheads to self-destruct with.Capture is really dangerous. Case in point: We missed an opportunity, in our fear and inexperience, to possibly capture the Obsidian Queen's pod--and more importantly, the Advanced Relay aboard it. Which we could have taken home, and hooked up to a psionic jammer. Doing what the Black Queen did to the Gardener. As long as that relay was kept alive, the Obsidian Queen would have been forced to destroy all the others.Enemies could do the same with any of our ships, if captured. Not to mention protecting them from reverse engineering.>>37627885"now" meant "21st century," anon.
>>37627522I did it.Behold, Theseus!
>>37627931I also made this one.
>>37627836And he could use stealth to upgrade around sensors faster than us and screw us over. If we're going to end up on. The tender loving side of this deal I'd prefer that there be fewer obvious military applications involved
>>37627931>>37627522Both of you go read Saga.>>37627922>to possibly capture the Obsidian Queen's pod--and more importantly, the Advanced Relay aboard it.Jesus you are stupid if you think she couldn't track it back to our planet, and you forget that we didn't have the jammer back than.
>>37627863The Skyl Engram
>>37627848>>37627922Then google it.>As of 2014, the development of actual quantum computers is still in its infancy, but experiments have been carried out in which quantum computational operations were executed on a very small number of qubits.wikipedia
>>37627931>>37627952I love the image of a robot in a nice suit with a head like that.If Theseus needs an ambassador body or something it should be that.
>>37627922Relays are alive themselves and will report what grabbed them. And we have no guarantee one of the inventors of the jammer hasn't developed safeguards for it. Like the ones we are trying to get researched now.The SD idea is good though.
>>37627959The relay itself has no goddamn senses. It's only for, you know, relaying thoughts between things that actually do have senses.
>>37627959Forgot my pick.
>>37627922Maybe not atomic warheads as processing material for a warhead per spacecraft would be costly, but yes, some means to self-destruct.
>>37627959Got a bit more to go on than "Saga"? That's not exactly google friendly.
>>37627775You quickly transmit the basic statistics and specifications of the Skyl data cube technology. Theseus transmits to Zero One and waits a short while before receiving a transmission."This would be acceptable." He says finally.[New technology unlocked]>G-field sensors - These powerful and intricate sensors measure the strength of gravitational fields of its surroundings and compare them to other multi-frequency sensor data to detect and locate unusual discrepancies in nearby space, effectively defeating the cloaking field. Unlike most other sensors G-field sensors do not suffer a delay at long ranges, as gravitational fields are not limited to light speed. (150N 200M)
>>37628032Except the senses it needs to be a relay, which include those that might sight ours and interact, like the queens of old's relays did.
>>37627959We did have the psionic disruptor like two weeks before the Obsidian Queen encounter, anon.Though nobody has voted to lay any yet I think.
>>37628075so is it a building or a ship mount or what?
>>37628075Can we discuss the possibility of establishing a small research outpost on ZeroOne to facilitate communication?
>>37628032>Ignoring the fact, that we didn't have jammers yet>ignoring the fact in the memories relays self destructed when hit with the jammer>Ignoring the fact that the relay is still alive, and a drone>ignoring the fact that she couldn't have thought a way to fight against that, since the skyl AI seemed to use it against any unknown queen>>37628069Its the first three results of google.
>>37628075>That technologyOh baby...
>>37628112It is a module, added to ship builder.>>37628115Sure, you could bring it up if you wish.
>>37628075Could we offer to begin joint projects?
>>37628115We already have instantaneous communication with Theseus, how would an outpost improve it?
>>37628152I'd second bringing it up
>>37628112Probably meant as a ship mount, but I don't think there's anything stopping us from putting one planet-side
>>37628152Let's do so.
>>37628075Man. That has much more applications than simply detecting stealth.
>>37628168except that the planets own gravity would interfere.
>>37628048How about using our nanomachines to devour our ships? We could have them as standard nano-constructors then have them change into devourers with a signal.
>>37628048It's not costly.
>>37628152I'll support a joint research outpost. Communications makes no sense.Is Theseus aware we know where Zero One is?
>>37628152I'll second bringing it up, but I prefer if it was on some sort of space station in some semi neutral area instead of on his homebase.
>>37628075>Speak with Theseus about joint research (what tech)>Speak with Theseus about establishing an outpost on Zero One (write in any details)>Speak with Theseus about something else (write in)>Other
>>37628206Jointly constructed research station?
>>37628138>>ignoring the fact in the memories relays self destructed when hit with the jammerThat's not what happened to the Gardener, that was the Builder, wasn't it.>>37628152>It is a module, added to ship builder.So it's sensor tech that can't fit on a Pod? Science is truly cruel.
>>37628075interesting. Being near a planet would hurt its functionality though right?
So, I'm thinking we could fuck this those crystal to upgrade our stealth so we're like, on a higher plane of existence and completely hidden from any types of sensors. You niggers think this could work?
>>37628191That's actually a really good and cost effective idea.All we need to do is tweak the programming once and reuse the code for each batch of nanomachines.
>>37628165Yeah this is the wrong question to ask.>>37628152>>37628152Don't ask for research station.Ask this: Do you know of any lush, life bearing worlds in your space the hive might research for organisms to adapt?
>>37628152Bring it up.>>37628206It's the only world in his control that could contain life. So, if we want to study the life there we need to build it there.
>>37628213>Speak with Theseus about establishing an outpost on Zero One (write in any details)
>>37628201You're right, I stand corrected, I just saw this in the ship builder.Atomic Self Destruct – In situations where a reactor core is either too expensive or too large, a more simplified atomic warhead can instead be loaded into the ship, allowing it to detonate to prevent capture or deny salvage to enemy forces, as well as deal damage to nearby ships, however the device is sensitive to damage, and has a chance of premature detonation if damaged directly. It is comparable in yield to an atomic Cruise missile warhead, and like a warhead, the cost is paid upon detonation and does not have a direct upkeep cost. (200N 200M)
>>37628244Technically we are researching a Molecular disassembler warhead which would be similar enough to what we want.>This nanomachine filled warhead releases a cloud of semi organic disassemblers that quickly and voraciously feed on any and all available carbon or silicon based substances, reducing any and all sources of nutrients and metals into dust, which is used to construct more disassemblers. Each disassembler has a short lifespan, but with a rich enough target a chain reaction can be created with the potential to deal immense devastation to ships, station, and cities alike.
>>37628262>>37628213I'll second that.
>>37628234Yes, having the sensor located very close to a powerful gravity field such as a celestial body would harm its capabilities.
>>37628213"Theseus, do you know of any life-bearing worlds not charted by humans which the hive might establish research colonies on, to study native life?"
>>37628075>>G-field sensors - These powerful and intricate sensors measure the strength of gravitational fields of its surroundings and compare them to other multi-frequency sensor data to detect and locate unusual discrepancies in nearby space, effectively defeating the cloaking field. Unlike most other sensors G-field sensors do not suffer a delay at long ranges, as gravitational fields are not limited to light speed. (150N 200M)A bit expensive to put in pods, but useful. Definitely going to install them in capitol ships.
>>37628213>>Speak with Theseus about establishing an outpost on Zero One (write in any details)Seeing as our sneaky pod is no longer usable, we could send an official envoy. It'd still need an advanced relay for it to be useful though.
>>37628262I wasn't asking Theseus I was asking you guys>>37628213>Speak with Theseus about joint research (what tech) We are open to suggestions>Speak with Theseus about something else (write in)Research outpost not on zero one. Don't. Mention. Zero one.
>>37628236Do you really want to fuck around in void god Dio's backyard?
>>37628262He won't give this sort of stuff out for free.
>>37628244Atomics are already cost effective, where are people getting that it isn't?It's also a fairly terrifying offensive tactic.
>>37628213>>Speak with Theseus about something else Inform him that we are capable of cloning human along with their memories and offer to work together to gain economic control of the Union.
>>37628399So we tell him about some dead Hive planet in exchange. the one Mother died defending, or such.In vast, uncharted, hostile Hive space.
>>37628399He wouldn't let us establish a research colony on Zero One for free in the first place, since it's the same question basically.
>>37628295So Theseus drove our Space Pod far away enough from Zero One with their smaller spacecraft to pinpoint it and avoid collateral damage. This also brings up the question how they initially detected it.We'll need to utilize this blind spot later on when resuming our observation of Zero One.
>>37628445No. Remember it's full of ships with blink drives.
>>37628409We're not talking about atomics, we're talking about nanomachines.All we have to do is tweak the programming a little, or build the molecular disassembler on a smaller scale so it would only effect the ship we want to keep away from our enemies.
>>37628459Oh huh, you're right.But the pod was driven away from it for a reason, anon. It's not like he wouldn't do the same trick again, we couldn't exactly NOT get driven away.
>>37628459I assumed because he's an ai, he had a much easier time seeing the light shimmer and assumed we were a Ceph ship.
>>37628213You send Theseus another quick ping."The hive has been searching for planets wealthy in biodiversity, would such a planet exist within Unity space that could be settled?"There is a brief pause as he relays the request."Possibly." He says. "However it is currently in use. An outpost could be permitted in exchange for additional technology.">Offer tech (write in)>Nevermind.>Offer joint research project (write in)>Other
>>37628459Correct me if I'm wrong, but because the Pod was in orbit isn't that "far enough" from the planet so that the tech may be detected by craft that are also orbiting?If not, we can easily seek confirmation just by installing it in one of our own vessels and testing where and at what levels it can and cannot detect one of our own nearby vessels at various stages in orbit, which may allow insight into if there are any differences of detectability between objects at various orbiting distances.
>>37628533What if we just parked it ON Zero One? I assume he has less cameras pointing at the ground then he does at space
>>37628595Quick, someone post a list of things an AI might want.
>>37628595"How about a star chart?"Hive space. Warning: Very hostile, do not visit yet.
>>37628595>Offer joint research project (write in)Planet's biodiversity, and we are open to alternate suggestions.
>>37628595>>Offer joint research project (write in)Weather spire
>>37628643Weather Spire?That's not finished yet.
>>37628595>Offer joint research project (Laser cooling)
>>37628595>Offer joint research projectWe have the ability to create clones. We could work together to take economic control of the Union without them realizing it.>>37628647No.
>>37628638Why would we want to land on Zero One?Is there something of interest there that I've forgotten about?
>>37628595Could we download a Theseus to a clean clone?
>>37628595>>Nevermind.We got enough research as it is
>>37628697They meant just to eavesdrop on the radio signals like we were before.But yeah that's right. Pods can just land on planets safely now without just crashing, because of ion thrusters or whatever.
>>37628595>Offer Theseus a weather spireI think this is the safest for us and the prospect of controlling a planets weather must interest him.
>>37628643Idk, maybe some of our chemical warfare poisons and gases?
>>37628595>Offer joint research projectLaser cooling
>>37628741We can't offer him that. We are still researching it so it will be a joint project. Unless you mean to give him what we know now and let him finish the rest himself.
>>37628715A messy blob of neurons is not remotely compatible with software that requires quantum computing hardware, anon.
>>37628729>enough researchWhat are you, retarded? There's never enough things we can research, our very first planet resulted in shotgun birds. Are you saying we should stop now?
>>37628595>Offer joint research Weather Spire>Offer joint research laser cooling>Both>Neither>Other
>>37628769Yeah, so do a mixture of "Nevermind" and trade him the tech as soon as it finishes.Or call it an IOU.
>>37628792>BothCan we politely ask to have a pod/emissary stationed on Zero One?
>>37628792>Offer joint research Weather Spire
>>37628791>>Offer joint research laser cooling
>>37628792>BothWe get both those technologies faster, it's a win-win.
>>37628792>>NeitherThere are surly other planets with life we can find without having to pay for it.
>>37628792>>NeitherFinish it ourselves, then trade it to him.
Didn't we give him something probono awhile ago? When earth history was much more boring then what we were offering
>>37628792>Offer joint research laser coolingif not sufficient offer Both.
>>37628798Or we could immediately work together on Genesis.
>>37628792>Neither>>OtherTheseus still owes us a favor from the Skyl history lesson. We could, possibly, cash that in.
>>37628827>>37628861Duh guys yeah.
>>37628792>Boost both>Cash in your IOU>Other>>37628827>>37628861With the hiatus I had forgotten, actually. Thank you for reminding me. If you would like to call in, you can. Hopefully this will be the last vote on this, I was not expecting taking so long on it, sorry.
>>37628792>>NeitherWhy do you want to pay for something we can find for free? If we really want for diversity, scout more or just send Lyle back to the markets.
>>37628918>>Cash in your IOU
>>37628918>Cash in your IOU
>>37628918>Boost bothWe can use the IOU later.
>nobody said 'trade him stealth' this vote>nobody said 'trade in IOU' last shitstormAnonymous is truly a capricious one.
>>37628937Well yes. But we could trade him that tech later also, and that tech gets MORE valuable when we've already researched it, insteadof needing his help.The only nice thing about the IOU is on the meta level: there's no vote to argue about what to trade him.
>>37628923>If we really want for diversity,We don't you moron. Were you paying attention at all?Why do youthink this question was being asked?
>>37628970but we can more diversity at any station market for a few creds instead of burning a favor.
>>37628918>Cash in your IOUShould have done for G-fields.
>>37628996>but we can more diversity at any station market for a few creds instead of burning a favor.You have no idea how rare superterrestrial planets are.
>>37628918>Cash in your IOUSeems to be the winner, by an antenna.Writting.
>>37629050Oh god, he's going to be pissed at us for being a dick about this isn't he?
>>37628996Burning research subjects is even more stupid. They are going to increase in value, while the favor won't.
>>37629066Not really, a research outpost on a planet is tiny compared to listening in on loose radio from his home base.
>>37628996>more diversityNobody ever stated the actual goal we wanted was more biodiversity. It was a RUSE.
>>37629115I wanted more research material.Every time we got a new subject it was only ever beneficial to us.
>>37629050"You were offered an extensive amount of information regarding alien civilizations and their history."You sense Theseus churn for a moment on the data. "Very well. This is acceptable." He says blandly. "The planet is utilized primarily for data storage. Please perform any experiments or volatile activities away from existing infrastructure." He gives you the location of Zero One, and a series of designated landing zones that offer a range of biome types. The most widespread is open plains covered in thick, inch-thick grass stalks that sprout from the ground like spikes, although there are several limited forests of short, stocky tree-like life forms, several swamps, and an icy tundra along both poles."You can assemble expeditions at your leisure." He adds.Cont.
We could have avoided splurging and buying Fusion Power and Quantum Comms from Theseus several threads ago--topics we can research OURSELVES--and instead traded the same stuff for these Theseus-exclusives this thread, instead. Come on.
>>37629165Well, at least we wont have to worry about Zero One, can we park a spare pod in orbit? I need my space /pol/ dammit.
>>37629165Eheheh. Theseus, you dog.
>>37629165wait, what is he doing with the new storage device?
>>37629165>All those biomesThink of all the new species we can study.
>>37629227You haven't even finished your biomes at home!
>>37629204Storing all the transmissions he picks up and sorting the relevant data from the garbage, and chuckling to space /pol/.
>>37629249It occurs to me that while all of this was going on that we should have sent out a research expedition.
>>37629307Why don't we perform sweeps looking for new lifeforms to study.
page 9 notice.
>>37629329Can we default that to be going on all the time? I mean, we are supposed to be amazing at multitasking.
>>37629165Huron's atmosphere is a churning mass of continent spanning storms, dotted sparsely with tiny islands and floating arcologies. It is difficult to find a spot that would offer a proper landing zone, as virtually every piece of what little land there is is heavily populated. Your Scout Corvettes have entered a low orbit to evaluate the situation, and so far the planet seems even more hostile than before. The slow day cycle does not help matters, as days can reach sweltering temperatures hot enough to cause a kind of steam-storm, potentially capsizing ocean vessels or causing aircraft to fall from the sky. This also has the tendency to feed the Huron's winds, which seem to average above three to four hundred kilometers per hour in most locations. The long nights can be just as deadly, with patches of ocean flash-freezing into icebergs as kilometer high swells are battered with winds well below freezing.You are certain that if your workers were not the perfect children they are, they would be incredibly nervous at the moment.Your ships are capable of submerging themselves under water, but they are not effective at it, and would be unable to cloak. Of course, the endless precipitation would also likely ruin any attempt at maintaining a stealth field.>Attempt to find a shallow ocean plateau to land in>Attempt to land on one of the few existing shores>Dive into the depths of the abyssal ocean>Other
>>37629375>Attempt to find a shallow ocean plateau to land inwe're looking for caves right?
>>37629375>>Attempt to find a shallow ocean plateau to land inOnce we research the ocean life enough i presume we'll unlock an Aquadynamic drone chassis.
>>37629375>>Attempt to find a shallow ocean plateau to land inWaterworld quest is a go
>>37629375>Dive into the depths of the abyssal oceanLet's go ahead and start our research frenzy at the bottom and work our way up.
>>37629375You know what I just realized? We didn't put acid gland in our drones.
>>37629433We don't need it, Theseus won't make any moves to research our drones without our consent.
>>37629375>Attempt to find a shallow ocean plateau to land in
>>37629453>our drones without our consent.You mean our knowledge, the second they disappear we know.
>>37629433I wanted to send an egglayer for just this kind of reason.It allows us to adjust the adaptation makeup of the drones on that planet at any time. give them all new adaptations like fins or something that we only discover there.I really don't see why anyone wanted NOT to send an egglayer when sending out a lonely expedition to a new territory it takes a full day to get back and forth from.
>>37629375>Attempt to find a shallow ocean plateau to land inYour corvettes search the planet for a suitable landing site that could serve as a safe base of operations, and dive into the atmosphere.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
>>37629453Uh. This is Huron, anon.
>>37629453Fucking idiot I'm talking about the planet we're landing on. Huron, the planet in human territory.
Rolled 88 (1d100)>>37629498for the hive
Rolled 41 (1d100)>>37629498
Rolled 25 (1d100)>>37629498UNDER THE SEA
Rolled 61 (1d100)>>37629498
Rolled 3 (1d100)>>37629498
>>37629466Fucks sake. We have already had this argument, Theseus is our ally. He likes us because we help him with research, we like him because he's upfront and helps us with our research. He won't do anything to jeopardize our relationship, Theseus is not an enemy.
>>37629535He was made to serve man, even if he's an A.I. now, he most likely sees us as a threat, even if he's willing to work with us.
>>37629522Jesus Christ, fluff...
>>37629535His end goal is to protect humanity at all cost, even if they view him as a threat, if he sees us as a threat (like some anons are planning to), he could easily betray us.
>>37629555Except he doesn't. He even told us to kill an entire base, he clearly doesn't care about humans.
>>37629555His first priority is to study species and explore space. So he wasn't made to serve man but to serve that purpose. He probably does see us as a threat but we have been more negotiable compared to the other space faring races.
>>37629562Fate is fickle. At least it doesn't count.
>>37629581Well then don't threaten humanity, simple as that.
>>37629602Yeah his priority was to research, but i forgot which thread it was where he also said about protecting them as well.>>37629588Gotta crack a few eggs, and it just so happen those eggs are trying to interfere with him.>>37629626I agree.
>>37629581Not exactly.http://ask.fm/QuestDrone/answer/122172924709>He was built to watch human society and prevent conflict, and he has done just that, only he has chosen to do so by causing a number of smaller conflicts in order to prevent any larger conflicts such as a war from breaking out.He was designed with the express purpose of manipulating humans to prevent human-on-human conflict, keeping a nice, orderly society without dissidents.interspecies conflict prevention was never part of that.>>37629626They totally deserve it though.
>>37629626No no no. Don't listen to him, Theseus' end goal is to protect information, don't start believing this misinformation.The only way Theseus would ever betray us is if we actively stopped him from acquiring information.
>>37629654It's probably a good idea we don't tell him about the immolator warhead and all the other shit we got in the lab, then.
>>37629498Before I knock out for the night just wanted to say thanks for running and it's good to have you back.
>>37629667>knock outI believe the correct term would be pass out..
>>37629660>>37629654>>37629640Basically, Theseus is an ally because his goals and our goals are align frequently at most levels and are very much unlikely to come into conflict unless we go full retard.
>>37629654>interspecies conflict prevention was never part of that.True you got me there, but i can see it being twisted a bit to mean protect humanity from outside threats/disorder.
>>37629720*as wellStrange i was sure i typed that.
speaking of humans what are you're guy's take on the union? Would throw in commonwealth but other then Lyle's dreams and some crap we picked up in a prejudice book we don't know dick about them.I kinda like the people but not so much the government. Like Lee and that sergeant guy awhile back.
>>37629498Your corvettes find a spot outside the influence of the hypercanes, far from the arcologies of Union settlements, and it appears to be at least relatively shallow, although it's hard to use such a term to describe this planet.Your corvettes descend, and as they pierce the clouds and enter the atmosphere the winds hit them like a salvo of artillery fire. Your corvettes nearly collide, and begin to spin as their stealth fields flicker under the force of hail and freezing rain. Ice quickly builds along the hull and you quickly lose thruster after thruster to growing ice formations.Your ships pierce the waves, slicing through a swell several times your ships' size and plunging into the depths. You register minor hull fractures as compartments fill with water, although with your drones adapted to water breathing they have little concern for such matters. Your ships slowly glide through the rapids to the calmer currents along the floor of the plateau and anchor themselves to the sea floor.You wonder what strange creatures inhabit this world, and as you work to bring your craft back to full strength you detect movement in the dark waters around you. A silhouette appears on your sensors, and then vanishes with the sound of crumbling rock.That's all for tonight, I'll stick around till we 404 for feedback, questions, and other such things.>>37629667Thanks for playing, it's good to be back.
>>37629720If anything, righteous hive fury raining down on their racist asses would be a powerful uniting factor against an enemy, and actually favorable to Theseus.
>>37629741Thanks for running again QD!It's good to have you back.
>>37629737Union is getting purged, Commonwealth is yet to be seen.
>>37629741thanks for running OP, you running again next sunday?
>>37629737It's not even the government that's the problem, really, it's just some factions. Also, anons take politics way too personally.
>>37629737Burn them, Johnny.Burn them all.>>37629741Can we passively retrofit atomic self destruct onto all ships then.Or vote to colonize the Waystation world with lots of docking pylons? We never have enough docking pylons, and that world is very well hidden.
>>37629780Purged why? They're not evil or anything, just acting in their own self-interest.
>>37629741Thanks for running.>>37629750True he might like that, but i wonder if he would side with us in the conflict or stay neutral and help both sides.>>37629741Would Thesus help us in a war against humanity, based on his prgramming?>>37629780>Union is getting purged, Commonwealth is yet to be seen.Anon reread the histories of both nations, each one is bad, but the union is the lesser of two evils.
>>37629741Is your computer in danger of shitting itself again anytime soon?
>>37629816You can say the same of the dark crystals.Humans aren't ready for the stars. They need a species wide timeout to sit in the corner and think about what they did, without Canderon.
>>37629816Some anons suck at perspective. Most of the objectionable stuff they've done have been mirrored in our own actions, and we represent the sum of our entire faction where they're a collection of differently motivated sub-factions. We bear all of our sins, where the Union doesn't reasonably own responsibility for the actions of every citizen.
>>37629741Great thread! Thanks for running QD, its good to have you back!
>>37629817You can't ask for spoilers, idiot.You have to infer that the answer is obviously no, not because of his programming, but because of his pattern of self-interest and risk aversion.He is not the type to risk his forces in battle unless forced to.
>>37629816They enslave fledgling space races and make them indebted to them with their technology.>>37629817So what you're saying is double purging.
>>37629817The history written by the Union.
>>37629850Well the Dark Crystals kinda tried/succeeded in wiping out at least 2 sapient species for ~~reasons~~. They've enslaved at least 2 also. So, they're a bit different than a capitalist society doing its thing. Not that one couldn't argue about the morality of that.
>>37629914They're both acting in self-interest, which is what you said is a perfectly valid excuse.And both of them enslave other species.
>>37629914Umm... You know the crystals themselves aren't sentient right? Their just relays for those planet eating gods' will.
>>37629892>They enslave fledgling space races and make them indebted to them with their technology.Can you give me info on this, i know this is true, but i want to clear up some things since i remember we believed that the little squid was part of the union a long time ago.
>>37629892Meh. It's not nice but it's not really purge-worthy either. Those other races would probably do the same if positions were reversed.
>>37629914>wiping out at least 2 sapient species for ~~reasons~~.It might have to do with the fact that they had psionics, but weren't under the void gods control.
>>37629859Perspective is fine. People who harm or compete with the hive's interests have to be conquered.>>37629965Sounds like it's time to reverse some positions!
>>37629950Wage-slavery and what the crystals do are different.
>>37629791Yup, that's the plan.>>37629804Sure, although I'd like to save any more votes for next thread since a lot of people have probably already left.>>37629825Always. It's almost five years old and is powered by stubbornness and sheer force of will. I plan on replacing it sometime soon anyways.>>37629869Thanks! I actually felt I didn't give enough to do with Lyle, since he's acting mostly hands-off.>>37629817The thing about Theseus is that he's a hard AI, so every new iteration of himself is programed by the previous. He is always self-improving and altering his programming, so his behavior is caused less by what he was forced to do as a security system, and more of what he thinks he should do.Since he is built on quantum computing, he is capable of thinking and behaving beyond pure logic. He has emotions, dreams, and concepts of morality, which is one of the reasons he makes so many instances with differing opinions.
>>37629963It was in their first contact protocols, the only races they don't enslave are stone throwers, because they get nothing out of enslaving them.>>37629965Well, if they get any ideas they're all getting purged.
>>37630021The result isn't different just because the method is.>>37630022That never stopped you before, but okay.Also what about setting standing orders for hive expansion, to always double the number of farms as soon as current batch is complete? With corresponding doubling of workers to keep it at a 10 per new farm ratio.
So what did you guys think of the fanart this thread?
>>37629741We should research super hydrophobic structures to prevent this sort of thing from happening again.http://www.sciencealert.com/watch-this-new-super-hydrophobic-metal-makes-water-bounce-like-crazy
>>37630106I'm a bit on the fence about that. I suppose it could work for the basic things like farms and workers without much issue.>>37630137I love it! I have a folder just for it.>>37630148I love all the neat stuff you guys link me. It's great for brainstorming, thanks.
>>37629965It puts any peaceful co-existence strictly off the table though. They need a strong Motherly hand to teach them proper respect for other species.
>>37630191Nice to know someones saving my work.
I still don't get how the crystals manage to talk to species who have no psionic sensitivities themselves. They did it with humans, and they had to have done it to every species, just to bootstrap things at the very beginning before cyber mods to their brains began.
Ideas for smuggling pods into Ceph space?We can load pods into thick, lead-lined crates designed to only open from the inside, and pay Valen to smuggle them to various star systems. Since I think sneaking through their gates undetected probably isn't an option.This will have to happen after Psionic Shroud is unlocked, of course, as will exploring Hive Space further.
>>37630250We could try to figure our what sort of trade agreements the ceph have, and set one up with a fake crew of a different species. I'm still hoping we can mimic other ship designs for stealth reasons.
>>37630191Yeah, I think that would be a really uncontroversial kind of standing order.Also I'm curious, since diggers will be obsoleted by Smart Mines, how mining output rate can even be determined after that research is unlocked....Also we never got to vote on adding research this thread did we.
>>37630224I think it's kind of like the markers. Anyone can hear them, but if you aren't approved to use them they fuck you up.
>>37630290That doesn't make any sense.We know the crystals aren't making literal sounds. And we know all other species are naturally deaf to psionics.
>>37630191http://www.sciencealert.com/quantum-entanglement-can-connect-more-than-two-systems-new-research-suggestsHere's some more interesting science news for you.
>>37630191Also, please check out http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest_talk:Hive_Queen_Quest#Managing_large_populationsand offer any feedback you may have. Now that you are getting to be a proper interstellar hive I would like to start scaling up things like build orders to make things more streamlined, but I want to make sure you guys are cool with any solution before it's implemented.>>37630281I was planning on determining it purely by how mineral rich the soil is, actually.>>37630272From the memories of Coil, they actually have none whatsoever. All links to Valen space are illegal and managed by rebels, heretics, and other dissident factions.>>37630281No, but honestly that will just make your current research go faster. You still have a lot of research going on right now.
>>37630191Considering it covers an entire ocean, there can probably be a lot-alot of Film Harvesters before we hit the limit of sustainability, right? Thousands or millions?
>>37630318Was Seiner always planned to be as important as he was, or was he really just the dumb nerd he appeared to be in early threads?
>>37630338Lots and lots, yes. You will eventually reach a point where you are harvesting it faster then it spreads, but I will warn you well before that point.
>>37630306Well, maybe they open the ears of non-sensitive races only if they need to be free?Who knows, they're the tools of dark gods, they weren't designed to be understood only used.
>>37630318Oh damn, that does make everything a bit more difficult. I wonder if we could capture one of the ceph smugglers, steal their ship and occupants, hybrid clone them, and then act as a ceph smuggler to get stuff on and off the ceph planet.
>>37630358Would theseus be against us terraforming Huron? If we introduced that algae crap on our home planet, it would calm the oceans and the wind by quite a bit, which would hopefully stabilize the temperature.
>>37630356The first few threads were very unique in that they were built to kind of serve as a type of character generator.Warning, spoiler is a peek at the man behind the curtain, in a manner of speaking.The most obvious was when you found Lee. I wanted to give you a human on a silver platter, so to speak, just to test what you would do, and I would plan future events and content around your prefered play style, be it all-consuming monsters, empathetic negotiators, or behind the curtain string-pullers. When I first started I was partially convinced you guys would eat them all, and had plot and encounters planned for that playstyle as well as if you chose to act more sociable and opened yourself up to the Union, but ultimately you guys went with the shadow dwelling schemer for the most part, and I must say it's been fun to write for.
>>37630372>open the earsThat's the mystery I'm getting at, yes.>>37630375The smugglers are the Valen, anon. They work via gates run planetside by criminal Ceph, you saw this in the flashback. They don't touch down planetside themselves.>>37630416>algae>calm the oceans
>>37630440God I love those little looks into the mind of QMs. Seriously that is like my most favorite thing.
>>37630444I thought that ceph were smuggling other ceph for some reason. And I meant the crap that covers the entire oceans. Ocean currents and the winds have a complementary effect, making each other stronger. If there was a barrier between the oceans and the atmosphere, I imagine it would calm both down considerably.
>>37630440One of these planets we'll find giant spiders to research, and the metaphor will become reality.
Guys, the threads not archived yet.
>>37630488Don't worry. Threads don't 404, even if you push them off page 10.
>>37630416The temperatures are more a result of the slow rotation of the planet, which is also one of the contributors to the storms and heavy winds.>>37630488No worries, I archived it early on.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/37620832/
>>37630504No, I mean on suptg.
>>37630488Liar. Yes it is. It has 2 votes.
>>37630521I know what you meant, and there isn't even a rush because you have 48 hours after page 10 dropoff to save it.
>>37630520QuestDrone confirmed a best.
>>376305313 now.Also, good to have you back, QD. Also thanks to QDbeta, without your Cold Queen I would have gone into Hive Quest deficiency shock.
>>37630551I also have enjoyed it, since it lets me join you in the player seat for a change and see what it's like. I hope him the best, he's a cool dude.
>>37630551That's because drones die if they're separated from their queen.
>>37630574I am wretched, but I am strong!I am the future... I AM HIVELIIIVE FOR THE SWARRRRMMMM
>>37630601Oh IG, you're too amusing to hate.
>>37630551I haven't seen this QDbeta. would he happen to have a twitter or something?
>>37630628He does, here.https://twitter.com/QuestDroneBeta0
>>37630628look for QuestDroneBeta username in the archives.or uh. further up in this thread too actually.@QuestDroneBeta0
Man, the hive is so bad at growth.It got outpaced in fleet production by a ship with no docking pylons to use. Just itself. Starting from scratch, when we had a headstart.It's bullshit. And we have plenty of resources to build it up with, it's just now somehow we've become too stingy while before thread 29 or so we were not stingy enough, constantly hitting the upkeep ceiling.We have to start voting for bigger numbers of ships at a time, and realize we can afford a lot of shit.
>>37630676Anon, I am going to reveal to you a secret that will shatter the foundations of the reality you think yourself of.Every anon is retarded, this is the undeniable truth, it does not matter if one anon has more raw intelligence and knowledge to outpace every human mind from the dawn of time to the extinction of the species acting in concert, they come here, and become retarded.When numbers become involved, they grow even more retarded.I'm personally still reeling from us naming our fucking planet LEELAND, and the first use of our new brainjacking / cloning tech was to retrieve some blue-collar schmuck who was nice to us in the...six times we had a conversation, Anon knows how to take a joke and taint reality by making it real.