Lyle sits in front of a holoscreen within the Angel as one of your flies digs its head into the wound on his artificial arm. He flips through several channels idly.“A brief meteor shower caused a hold for several shuttle flights over Huron this evening, however the local weather service-” He changes the channel with a flick of his finger. The screen shows several atomic blasts spreading across the desert surface of Tadega. As the shockwaves roll over the shallow hills there is an almost imperceptible flash of light near the edge of the blast, like secondary explosions among volatile debris. “-has announced that the event was a scheduled test of anti-bombardment weaponry. The military has not commented on the incident since the initial press release.”“Damn it!” Lyle tenses his arm as your drone jerks out its head with a small, warped bullet in its tiny, under developed mandibles. It quickly crawls to his shoulder and takes flight down the hall as Lyle’s arm begins to bleed a thick, black ooze of medical paste. By the time the launch clearance is sent it has scabbed over. As he gets up he waves his hand to dismiss the holoscreen as a ticker crawls under several talking heads arguing over politics: “Local astronomer hobbyist claims sudden increase in visible novae ‘unnatural’, officials dismiss findings as coincidence.”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
>>37781137>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: ₡1,177,450>Hive population and upkeep cost Hive maintenance – 4350Queen – 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: 84733N>Hive fleetSpace Pod (64) – 1920Shuttle (10) – 250Mining Corvette (14) – 3850Scout Corvette (8) – 1800Lancer Corvette (2) – 450Fleet Corvette (4) – 900Stealth Frigate (4) – 1952Heavy Cruiser (10) – 1215023272NClone upkeep/special projects and expenses25 Human captives of the USV Hope – 7503 Human hybrid clone upkeep – 90Specializations:>Brawler>Tech>Engineer10 Skyl replicant clones in production – 600 [9 days remain]Lyle Rogers – 471487NTotal upkeepNutrient costs: 109492>IncomeMetals: 177000Nutrients: 236250Net: 126758
>>37781160Hive Territory[G-426]Asteroid mining base: 5 Excavators, 20 Diggers, +2250M per day (+50 M per digger, +250 per excavator)*Leeland (capital)Defensive structures>Surface to Orbit Missile System [under construction]>Anti-orbital batteries: 12/35 (1500N) >23 under construction>Surface to Orbit Missile System (750N)Military structures>Hangar facilities: Room for 40 Aero/fighter Drones and 20 Shuttles (25N)>Spring Mountain Hive: Original hive contains decoy queen within throne room>*Secondary Mountain Hive: Actual site of Throne Room>Prison OutpostIndustrial structures>Docking Pylon: (8) (400N)>11 under construction[16 Space Pods] [Empty docks: 16/32]Economic Structures>Mine: 245 Excavators, 60 Diggers, +62750 M per day (+25 M per digger, +250 per excavator)>Algae Farm: +200,000N per day, 2,000 Workers (1 worker per 100N)>Film harvester dock: +35000N per day, 70 Harvesters active (500N per Harvester)M-662RalighaDefensive structures>Anti-orbital batteries: 13/35 (1625N) [22 under construction]Economic structures>Bloodroot collectors: A series of pipes and veins running from the roots of several of the nearest Bloodroot trees provide a passive and low maintenance source of nutrient income, +250N per day (5)>Greenwall pit: Variable income (average harvest provides net gain of 500N, thinkers report testing not yet complete)>Temple alter: A place for the Ralighan locals to worship and bring offerings to your hive, built in the likeness of your local fake queen, +500N per dayM-323>Orbital docking pylon: Space for docking and construction of 4 sub capitals or 1 capital ship, (50N)[2 Mining Corvettes][Empty docks: 2/4]>Mining corvette salvage operations +112000M per day (+8000M per corvette)
>>37781137Lyle, I hope you listened when it was suggested to bring us that imposter's corpse.We need to read his brain to find out about Nikolai, if we want to find out about what went down there.But meanwhile, gotta drop off our hybrids on Deep Song.
>>37781137>That news report.Ha!
>>37781205New 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
>>37781242Economic 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.
>>37781271Finished research>Immolator warhead[Can only be fired from cruise launchers]This devastating and highly unstable warhead is capable of destabilizing the surface of a planet to cause planet wide destruction, triggering violent geothermal activity and weather patterns and rapidly turning the planet’s surface to molten slag and rendering it totally uninhabitable. The production of the weapon itself requires a lengthy and highly expensive process of condensing highly unstable exotic matter that is far too volatile for productive use and encasing it within a powerful magnetic field held within a shielded canister. Upon detonation, the canister releases the supply of anti-matter within the planet’s crust, causing a chain reaction of matter-anti-matter annihilation that ignites any atmosphere, immolates the surface, and obliterates any sign of infrastructure that may have existed.(500,000N 500,000M[Ship])>Molecular disassembler warheadThis warhead disperses a cloud of nano-disassemblers that promptly utilize all sources of metals and nutrients to replicate more disassemblers, which do the same. The process quickly reduces any infrastructure, ships, and life to dust in a chain reaction that can spread across entire cities. The nanomachines require a minimum amount to reach a critical mass before they begin to deactivate, but even a small warhead can potentially spread across a wide area.(500N 500M[Ship])
>>37781271So about that passive growth.
>>37781320>Thermal BladeConductive polymers are added to the combat blades of your drones. When an electrical current is passed through the blade it quickly increases in temperature until the blade itself begins to glow. All drones equipped with combat blades gain the capacity to penetrate thicker armor by allowing them to slowly burn through dense metal plating. This passive upgrade stacks with the Vibro-blade passive upgrade.>Laser coolingThis 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.[Ventilation ray – Improvements in ship construction passively reduce the heat signature of all hive space craft by allowing some of the heat to be beamed away from the direction of enemy sensors instead of radiated into space and increasing the amount of time it can spend under cloak.]>Ion cannon – This focused energy weapon is in essence a combination of CIP technology, a plasma lance, and a particle beam rolled into one device. It utilized powerful magnetic fields to funnel a stream of high energy particles at a target to cause the effect of a highly focused EMP on enemy electronics and sensors, wreaking havoc on the target’s sensors and other systems. While shields and conductive armor are highly resistant to it, the Ion cannon can pass through other forms of armor undeterred.Dmg: Low energyRoF: LowRng: ShortAcc: HighSpecial: Blackout – If the target is not shielded, all sensors are blinded for a short duration, and there is a large chance of a random system being permanently disabled. If a ship’s drive and weapons are disabled, it is considered a derelict.
>>37781320>>Immolator warhead is finishedOh baby...
Since we seem to be starting to go all out, might be a good idea to solidify control of our home world and build hive bases across it. Rapidly expand the food and worker force.
>>37781320>Immolator warhead costholy fuck. can we stick a stealth unit on that thing or something cause I'd be pissed if the guy's we shot that at shot it down before it could deliver it's payload.
>>37781356New research unlocked>Laser cooled superconductorsMediumUtilizing powerful cooling rays to maintain a temperature of near absolute zero, superconductors can be constructed and maintained out of cheap and easily replicable materials and nearly no cost. This would allow for the construction and maintenance of various mass transport and logistical systems that would improve the efficiency of hive activity.>Quantum Entanglement engineeringSlow [50,000N 50,000M development cost, paid once]Experimentation with the behavior of entangled particles could reveal potential uses beyond simple communication. Your thinkers have several tests ready to proceed to test the interaction of quantum entanglement with your own technology, although the tests will require the construction of multiple prototypes and test devices that will likely not survive the experiments.>>37781331We can certainly discuss it at the end of the thread, and I think it's a good idea.
>>37781391So many researchs finished. So many researchs to start.
>>37781391>>Quantum Entanglement engineeringI think this is a good time to begin researching this.
>>37781391>>37781391Neither of those were added to the pastebin as research unlocked though?
>>37781391Current research>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.>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.>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.>>37781386Well it does destroy a planet, afterall.
>>37781503Start researching.>Laser cooled superconductorsMedium>Quantum Entanglement engineering
>>37781503Available 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.>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.>>37781498I actually stopped adding in newly unlocked research options to the pastebin ahead of time, since I felt it kind of ruined the surprise.
>>37781559>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.>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]
So are we still going with the idea that Theseus is Senator Armstrong with a dumb computer monitor on his head?Because I may have made some art for that... Should I post it?
Jesus fucking christ so much research so little time! You're going to drown us in technobabble!
>>37781616We have a lot of thinkers freed up, fortunatly. From this research update and last thread's.
>>37781593>Genetic tapestry>Gun ports>Photosynthetic cells>Cellular acceleration>Carbon nanostructure construction>Liquid metal sculpting>Laser cooled superconductorsLet's research all of these.Also when will our drones be getting a hibernation mode?
>>37781593Your thinkers recite their new findings to you with glee. "We have learned many things for Mother!"Indeed they have, and you let them have their pride as you sort through the new technology, and the technology you have yet to master.>Maintain current research list (speeds up remaining research options)>Add additional research option (write in)>Other>>37781616I have an unhealthy love of nonsensical technobabble.
>>37781696Why would we put them to sleep? There's always work in the hive.
>>37781596More art is always appreciated.
>>37781596Let's keep long-term planning and fanart, like micromanaging and adaptation debate, for after bump limit. Something to look forward to.>>37781715Liquid metal sculpting and photosynthetic cells.Especially sculpting. Faster construction rate is an absolute must.
>>37781729To increase growth speed.Hibernation would decrease upkeep cost.>>37781715>Genetic tapestry>Gun ports>Photosynthetic cells>Cellular acceleration>Carbon nanostructure construction>Liquid metal sculpting>Laser cooled superconductors
>>37781715>Add additional research option >Liquid metal sculpting>Photosynthetic cells>Gun ports
>>37781696Actually this, along with the auto-growth and other things would be good for discussion after the thread. I have been wanting to start scaling things up and remove some of the micromanaging now that you are dealing in bigger numbers and are no longer at risk of starving.
>>37781729Mainly for warriors who don't do much other than those on guard.
>>37781715>Maintain current research listPsionic research is top priority.
>>37781801I think you should give a time on when research finishes, so that we have a general idea.
>>37781715What this anon said >>37781788
>>37781715>Photosynthetic cells>gun portskinda want to get some of the slow stuff out of the way first and since fast is well, fast, don't see to much harm thing some thinkers at them. Mostly want to get 1 or 2 slow research projects out of the way and then have our thinkers tear apart all the medium research we have building up.
So I haven't read the quest since like...thread 22.Is /tg/ still obsessing and diverting resources to find whatshisface? That guy we met all of twice?
>>37781715>Add additional research option (write in)>>37781593 #>Genetic tapestry>Gun ports>Photosynthetic cells>Cellular acceleration>Carbon nanostructure construction>Liquid metal sculpting>Quantum Entanglement engineering >Laser cooled superconductorsFaster but with lesser results? Pfff.
>>37781756>>37781765Posting it is.
Oh hell fucking yeah! Best quest!>>37781715>Add EVERYTHING to the research listBecause why not? There's never enough research. NEVER.
>>37781866Whoops forgot to drop the name.
>>37781715>Gun ports>Photosynthetic cells>Liquid metal sculptingHave support>Add other>None>>37781830A lot of times I don't really know either though, since I roll for early breakthroughs and setbacks and the like.>>37781861The filename really gets me.
>>37781898>>NoneLet's just reap the benefits of Psionic Shroud and such first.
>>37781898> NoneBQ is definitely biggest threat right now.
>>37781391>Laser cooled superconductorsMiniaturize the FUCK out of this tech, and we become broken beyond words.Like, shooting out lasers capable of coring stars kinda broken.
>>37781977You mean OQ. She ain't just B any more.
>>37781998That's all I made, apart from the two I did last thread.
>>37782017Sorry, my mistake.
>>37781898>Add more>Genetic Tapestry>Carbon nanostructure construction
>>37782003This technology is the key to diplomacy with the star species. Possibly transportation to a new star as part of a deal too.
>>37782070So we get them on our side by freeing them from the Union? I can get behind that.
>>37781898>Add other: Quantum Entanglement engineeringIf we can install a secondary communication system in our Relays, our navy will be able to tank a psionic disruption with minimal penalties- it would suck for carriers, but most ships would be ably to communicate fine with Quantum communication and direct neural interfaces.
>>37782070>>37782113Neither of you make any fucking sense.Getting primitives "on our side" is useless, they have no tactical value.Second, this is like offering 10,000 BC humans the chance to live on another planet instead of their own, letting aliens take it over.That's not freeing them. That's exiling them.And finally, what other star is cool enough to support chemical bonds that form life? Wolf is said to be uniquely cool enough.
>>37782188Bitch they've been reduced to a miner species for years. Miners generally don't want to fucking mine.We can probably jury rig some kind of living space with the laser cooling superconducter.
>>37782188There was talk about colonisent a star amongst them after the Union made contact, and studying their unique biology could prove intriguing. Also, they could still work for the Union if you prefer it that way, but not having them get the raw end of the deal is preferable.
>>37782188Are you saying you don't want the chance to study a being made of pure, fucking energy?
>>37782311Supporting. Helping more primitive species might help in getting recognition from the Union. Or we could subvert their biology and be even harder to kill.
>>37781898>NoneYour thinkers dive into the new data, but you make sure to not overwhelm them. A few quickly finished research subjects is better than churning on them all for months, after all.Your mind is in many places at once. You watch the locals of Raligha as they make their offerings to you, you watch your drones assemble the ever growing defense grids across both your worlds, you see the strange images of distant creatures move in and out of your sensor view at the bottom of Huron's ocean atop a small plateau, you see dozens of worlds through the eyes of your pods as they lurk through alien territory, and you watch as Lyle detaches the docking clamps as the small garage depressurized. You hear Jerry shouting over the radio. "You bastard, skimping out again?""Don't worry mate, I'll wire you the money later. I'm in a rush right now.""My ass. I'm too charitable, you know that? You send me that money or so help me I'll call out a hit."Lyle lets out a chuckle. "What are you going to do, pay me to kill myself? Quit bein' a nob and I'll send the money later."Beyond the hull of Long Island your pod drifts in silence. The clones you have prepared wait for their commands.>Send them to Gemini to assist Lyle>Send them to Valen space to find Deep Song>Other
>>37782417>>Send them to Gemini to assist Lyle"I got you some new crew members. Any resemblance to your previous crew is purely coincidental."
>>37782417>Send them to Valen space to find Deep Song>Tell lyle to pay the man
>>37782417>Send them to Gemini to assist Lyle
>>37782417>Send them to Gemini to assist LyleWell.The point is they can't arrive at Deep Song in a Pod. That would be stupid.They have to arrive in the Hel's Angel.Also where is that corpse's brain, Lyle?
>>37782417>Send them to Gemini to assist LyleWe'll send them all to Deep Song afterwords.
>>37782518We already plumed it for info.
>>37782417"Sweetie, I made you some new friends"."UGH, get out of my life Mom!"
>>37782417>>Send them to Valen space to find Deep Song>>Tell Lyle to pay Jerry already.
>>37782653"Lyle, I hired some new crew members to replace your old ones.">A group of dead eyed, drooling people who look like his old crew approach Lyle."Oh, hey guys... how you doing?">They hiss and vomit acid on his ship."Mooooooom!"
>>37782379>might help in getting recognition from the UnionThe Union?You mean those guys that annex species and make them totally dependent on their (Humans) method of FTL travel right? The one where they control not only the distribution of the FTL drives themselves but also the materials necessary to construct them?That Union?The only recognition we NEED from the Union is the recognition that we are not to be fucked with, to fuck with us is courting death and destruction, even Theseus wouldn't step in to prevent them from getting their shit so righteously handed to them unless we threaten out and out xenocide.
I'm still confused as to why we are risking our highly experienced merc / agent on rescuing a guy we met twice, and the first time was solely so we could study his species.
>>37782857Maternal instinct? We're sentimental?
>>37782565Then quote the post where that happened last thread. >>37626749Because it doesn't exist.>>37782857I just want them to open a damn bank account. Lee can wait.
>>37782857Because he is an excellent choice to use as our species representative to the humans in a way that uses their own laws against them. Something we need to use to avoid entering a war.
>>37782857I think it was originally a joke that transformed into a priority or something.
>>37782776I think he meant recognition as in, once we come out to the galaxy, they can't immediately attack us because that would PUBLICLY make them seem evil.
>>37782896It's more or less none of those reasons and /tg/ is just full of spastic retards that care about the most inane shit and drag a beaten and bloody joke into something serious.I'm personally still kinda mad about "Leeland"; Yes, I know it's a joke, no, I don't care, it's fucking stupid.
>>37782901Hold on, which corpse are we talking here?I was under the impression that it was that science guy from the lab who hired Lyle, we may be on about different corpses.
>>37782857Basically we want to use him as our representative to abuse the fuck out of their legal system
>>37782857More cynically, his interrogation may give an idea how much the Union knows about us.
>>37782923But he's not an excellent choice.He's a schmuck, not even trained in any noticeable diplomatic skill, he, even if he isn't brainfucked or spinewormed by that point, would probably end up tripping over himself enough to convince people that we DO brainfuck people.
>>37782986He's talking about the corpse of fake lee. People wanted to probe his brain for information.
>>37783004His skill doesn't matter. His position matters, the position THEY gave him. He's high ranking in their circles, no matter how shit he is.
>>37783018oh, righto.>>37783004Hes also really high profile in the media, on our side and not someone they can bump off without it looking really damn dodgy, which plays into our plans.
>>37782417The pod moves after the Hel's Angel as it closes in on Gemini. The binary planets are tidally locked, and close enough together to be considered the same location by most. Between the two of them, at their communal lagrange point is a small starport surrounded by a multitude of shuttles moving from one planet to another, and from the station to locations beyond. Most of them appear to be automated freighters, slowly from one gravity well to the next. Several are in the process of deploying or retracting solar sails as they drift along the space lane, and after a short wait in a parking orbit the station responds to the Angel's hail. A spiraling path is laid out along the ship's hud and it descends.The planet is oddly lopsided in its settlement, you note, with the half facing Gemini's twin, the military capital, nearly covered in city scapes and urban sprawl. The side facing away is nearly blank, a vast rural area of temperate forests and mild jungles mixed with farmland and sparse townships.You see the capital of New Prescott directly under the twin Gemini, shadowed by an eclipse. The position, you note, would make any long range bombardment difficult at best. You wonder if that was intentional, or simply a result of their settling both worlds together.The flight path leads near the edge of the city, where the city is at its densest. The sprawling megacity appears almost suburban near the center, where laws and aesthetic regulations likely prevent more than a select few high rise buildings, while further out the skyline reaches upwards to scrape at the lower atmosphere.You ponder how to get your pod to the surface unseen. There are likely many security measures in place to monitor traffic within orbit, although the rural half of the planet does appear almost devoid of traffic.>Have your pod attempt to remain cloaked and land near the city>Have your pod land in the country beyond the city limits>Other
>>37783004A 'common man' approach may work better than sounding like a slimy politician. He wouldn't be great in a formal role sure, but he could be pretty popular.
>>37782986Why the fuck would Lyle, the character being addressed in that post, have Seiner's head.Use your brain anon.>>37783106>>Have your pod land in the country beyond the city limitsI uh. I thought we were gonna dock with the Angel somewhere in deep space discreetly.
>>37783106>Have your pod land in the country beyond the city limitsThis seems like a good idea if we want to fuck around a bit before getting to Lyle.
>>37783106>Have your pod land in the country beyond the city limitsthey can hoof it. Plus we do have a tech specialist that could probably slip them inside without much fuss.
>>37783106>Other>Have your pod enter the atmosphere on the rural side of the planet then fly cloaked at low altitude to the outskirts of the city
>>37783106>Have your pod land in the country beyond the city limits
>>37783106>Have your pod land in the country beyond the city limitsDocking with a cloaked pod in deep space would make your pod far too visible for your liking, and dropping in above the city could go wrong in many ways. You decide on the safer method, even if your clones will need to find their way into the city the hard way.Your pod descends slowly into the atmosphere.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 57 (1d100)>>37783329
Rolled 69 (1d100)>>37783329oh dear
Rolled 15 (1d100)>>37783329
>>37783348>>37783351>>37783354really glade we chose to land outside of the city now
>>37783354>>37783351>>37783348Really niggas? Your queen asks you to roll and this is what you give us?
Rolled 18 (1d100)>>37783329
>>37783581C'mon Fluff, this getting ridiculous...
>>37783329Your pod feels the friction of the atmosphere as it descends, and its cloak begins to flicker. Your pod is quickly engulfed in fire as it plummets to the ground.It is well into the night over what appears to be some sparsely populated farmland. A few floodlights reveal a number of crop fields being worked by large machines, while others remain dark. Your pod fires its thrusters in an attempt to slow its descent and grinds its hull against the soft soil as it comes to a stop. The hatch of the pod pops open and your three clones emerge. You observe the landing site through their eyes.The pod has landed in what appears to be a kind of wheat field. The crop is high enough to offer some cover, but the smoldering hull of your pod has singed the surrounding plants, causing wispy streams of smoke to flow from the landing site. You can hear the barking of dogs in the distance and several hundred meters away a light flicks on from within a small house.>Have your clones run to the woods nearby>Have them hide among the crop fields and sheds>Have them act of their own accord>Send your pod back into space and cloak>Have your pod hide itself in the wilderness beyond the farmland>Other
>>37783430These Takarada shops always gets me man>>37783673>Have your clones run to the woods nearby>Have your pod hide itself in the wilderness beyond the farmlandIt's like that one movie. Signs I think?
>>37783673>Have them act of their own accord
>>37783671Well, I was wondering what my dice roll would be, Even though I was a bit too late to count. >>37783673>Have your clones run to the woods nearby>Have your pod hide itself in the wilderness beyond the farmland
>>37783673>Have your clones run to the woods nearbyThey can act by themselves later.>Send your pod back into space and cloakIf they need a ride, they can hitch a ride with Lyle.
>>37783673>Have them act of their own accord>Have your pod hide itself in the wilderness beyond the farmlandwe can send it away later when no one is around.
>>37783711I can't explain it, I just love drawing the eyes and grill.
>>37783673>>Have your clones run to the woods nearby>Have your pod hide itself in the wilderness beyond the farmlandWe absolutely cannot afford to have one of our pods get captured on the Union's capital planet. Have our clones do everything and anything to ensure the pod is not discovered.
>>37783673>Have your clones run to the woods nearby>Have your pod hide itself in the wilderness beyond the farmlandIf anyone sees us go back into space, it could be very bad for business.
>>37783784It doesn't help that this is what I think the Queen looks like now.
>>37783673>Have them act of their own accord>Send your pod back into space and cloak
>>37781137>“Local astronomer hobbyist claims sudden increase in visible novae ‘unnatural’, officials dismiss findings as coincidence.”Our blink drive?
>>37784073That or our cloak.
>>37784073>>37784091I can only hope it's just that.
>>37784073no you think.
>>37784091isn't our cloak based tech based off ceph tech?
>>37784113AH SHIT. ITS THE FUCKING CEPH.
>>37784073I don't think a couple or so of visible novae would count as a huge increase, considering that we visited each union system barely half a dozen times at most.Unless those blink signatures aren't ours....
>>37784175What is the black queen doing?
Does anyone have an image of the Ceph?I'm gonna do a "AROUND CEPH DONT HOLD YOUR BREATH" pic.
>>37783673The thrusters of your pod hum to life and it lifts itself into the air as your clones gather their things. A sudden urge enters their mind as they pack their gear and they sprint away from the fields to the treeline. You can hear animals barking and the shouting of voices, and your pod quickly sends itself into the forest. You hear the sound of treetops cracking and branches snap as it passes through the dense foliage of a pine forest.By the time your clones have entered the treeline you can see flashlights behind you within the fields where your pod had landed. You feel confident in your clones' survival skills on such a hospitable world, and you turn your attention back to Lyle.The Angle cruises over the metropolitan districts of the Gemeise megacity on a course for a small docking facility. The area is worn in appearance, with towering buildings covered in machinery and infrastructure. Residential blocks, factories, and low class market streets cover the ground in a mix of old buildings of all sizes and designs. Sandwiched between a hydrogen processor and a warehouse is a small circle in the ground. A large elevator rises from below and the Angel slowly lands on a set of outstretched docking clamps before lowering the ship into the circle and sliding it into one of the many small hangars within.Cont.
>>37784172I love it.
>>37784225As far as the very limited intelligence that we gleamed tell us, nothing on this side of the nebulaAnd judging from how isolated Reprieve was, I'm hopeful that her actual territory is FAR FAR away from this sector.
>>37784238Here's what imagine when I think of Coil.
>>37784385Wait, no, here it is.
>>37784408>Those fucking ads on the Citadel for Blasto.
>>37784259A quick stutter of static precedes a simple broadcast."Welcome to Moe's starport. Fair is paid prior to departure.We reserve the right to impound your craft in the event of non-payment."You look to Lyle. "Have you been here before?" He grimaces."Yes, I have, and no, Moe had that policy before I met him."Lyle moves to the locker where he takes a small sidearm and tucks it in a dark brown jacket. A "privy coat", you realize. Made of a special cloth designed to defeat customs scanners. They often could only reliably conceal a basic sidearm before becoming a liability, and even then they always had issues with more advanced scanners typically found around high class starports, another reason Lyle had chosen this as his port.Just outside the ship is a set of gates leading along a labyrinthine rout from the center of the port to the customs booth. A bored looking man sits within."Hello Mr. Forester." He says, "Do you have any freight to load or unload, or is there a possibility of you requiring the need of a loader?""No, I have a visa already, can we speed this up?" Lyle passes a forged document to the official, who glances over it and passes it back. "I would also like to register my ship for protection under the Homestead act.""Yes sir. What items would you like to register?"Lyle seems to think for a moment. "Ah, let's see. Several pounds of plastic explosives, a combat hard suit with move asist capable of several times the legal force, a high capacity autocannon, six micro-pod guided missiles, and a sonic sledge."The man looks far more attentive. "What exactly-""I don't need to tell you why I have it, so long as I tell you it's there and it stays in the ship." Lyle says smugly. The man quickly presses several keys and passes a ticket through the window. As the gate opens your ghostly figure gazes at him sternly."What? Homestead act makes honesty the best policy, unless you plan on smuggling."Cont.
>>37781137ITSSS BAAACK YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS I WAITED SO FUCKING LONG CHECKING EVERY DAY FOR ITS RETURN YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
>>37784740Now i'm curious of what the Homestead act is.
>>37784742You do realize it's every Sunday at 7pm est, right? Checking every other day is redundant.
>>37784742You know you could just follow the quest twitter, right? Or just put it in your bookmarks if you don't want to make a twitter.
>>37784740"So long as it's disclosed, a man's ship is considered immune to local law pertaining to the ownership and use of any item, product, substance, or commodity." Lyle rehearses it like a well practiced verse. "So long as it never leaves the ship. It's a great policy, if it weren't for the fact that not invoking it also waives your right to privacy. Of course, not many people actually know about that one-line earmark in that particular law."Lyle steps outside into the strange light of Gemini. It was frigid and windy, with a partial eclipse overhead as the planet's twin hangs in front of Tau Ceti. The sounds of trains and passing shuttles is deafening, punctuated by periodic curses shouted from the sites of fender benders.Elsewhere, in the depths of Huron's ocean, your corvettes have sealed the leaks in their hulls and have settled into the reef and rock outcropping of the plateau. Your drones are waiting for your orders, and are eager to prove themselves on this new world.>Have your drones scour the plateau>Send drones to the edge of the plateau to explore the surroundings>Send your drones closer to shore to search the shallows of the coast>Other>>37784742I always try to announce ahead of time on the twitter.https://twitter.com/HiveQueenQuest
>>37784939>>Have your drones scour the plateauSecure the area first, then we go sight-seeing
>>37784939>>Have your drones scour the plateau
>>37784939>Have your drones scour the plateausecure the immediate area around the shuttles first and then spread out.
>>37784939>Have your drones scour the plateau
>>37784939>Have your drones scour the plateauYour drones emerge from the airlocks of the two corvettes and begin to explore the reef. They are slow in the water, but once they reach the rock below they can easily move with their claws.Please roll 1d100, best of 3
Rolled 92 (1d100)>>37785127hydrophobia
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>37785127
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>37785127Let's not do shit this time.
Rolled 1 (1d100)>>37785127
>>37785148Not today anon. Today we are the sea monsters.
>>37785196Oh holy fuck that was close.
>>37785196O_Oholy fuck that was close
>>37785196Sweet jesus anon
>>37785196were you trying to ruin us?
Rolled 42 (1d100)>>37785287>>37785274>>37785252>>37785229>that being close, when it was a minute late
>>37785320I watch youtube videos between updates I just saw all the results at once.
>>37784801>>37784838you do realize I didnt give a fuck about that line of thought since he said he was going away for a short time for holidays and had not returned when planned due to "computer trouble". Also I dont use social media so stop wasting thread space and save it for after the bump limit. >>37785196oh boy this is gonna be a fun read this time! I havent seen a 1 in a while.
>>37784939>Space lawyers, not even once.
>>37785423It doesn't count, Fuck knuckle.
>>37785532what's that gif from?
>>37785557It's a Fnaf tumblr.Made the purple dude, with the ponytail.
>>37784408You realize Coil is a weak cowardly traitorous religion obsessed easy to manipulate piece of shit right?
>>37785659we're trying to help him get better
>>37785659Yes but he's weak cowardly traitorous religion obsessed easy to manipulate piece of shit.He's also this weird squid thing, like cthulu but shit.
>>37785127Your drones march along the sea floor. You find all manner of strange creatures drifting along in the darkness. They find small, spinning creatures like fluorescent strips of living rubber, a long, snake like creature stuck to a rock like a leech, and a number of gossamer specters dragging tendrils behind them as they pulse light jets of water behind them.There is more crunching, like grinding stones against bone, but it is from a great distance beyond the ledge of the plateau, and your drones are perfectly happy where they are. You move to investigate a small creature that bursts open in response, spilling its innards over your drone's claw. Your drone moves away and to your surprise it sucks its organs back into its belly and quickly swims away. Fascinating.As your drones search the area you hear a loud ping from under a drone. It stops to move the silt away with its claw and dig below, and you find heavily worn letters. You continue to wipe away the silt until you can make out what it says.USV Spirit of HuronYour other drones find similar pieces of wreckage scattered along a line, a corvette sized shipwreck of an ancient starship. You detect no signs of unstable matter, and no apparent blast from an imploding Power Tap. You wonder if this wreck is old enough to have been before the Union's use of such technology.>Begin excavating the ship>Salvage the metals of the wreck>Other
>>37785806ooooh>Begin excavating the ship
>>37785717Forgot to include the word "our."But yeah, he's all those things but we're basically pulling a more subtle Medusa on him.
>>37785806>Begin excavating the ship
>>37785806>>Begin excavating the ship
>>37785806>Begin excavating the shipNew tech!
>>37785806>Begin excavating the shipOh boy, research a best.
>>37785806>Begin excavating the shipand on a side note I have to say this world is going to be really helpful for building better underwater drones for when we eventually find the ceph home world.
>>37785648>>37785532>still wasting thread space on me when the bump limit has not been reached>>37785806Was it ever made clear the kind of tech humans used before power taps for interstellar travel? Also thank god that 1 didnt do something hellish like make the drones land on a giant sea monster as they touched the bottom.
>Preventing Lyle from getting his warriors death>Clones/mind parasites>Humans are people too though!>Muh husbandoIf people push to open diplomacy (Read: Take care of) with lesser races I might start getting upset about this.>>37785806>Begin excavating the shipMight as well, don't know what we would find though. Doubt it's tech.
>>37785939>Humans are people too though!When did that happen? We slaughtered the fuck out of the last bunch of Humans we met.
>>37785939Well so far the opinion is mostly leaving the lesser races alone and telling the humans to not fuck with us and a vocal ASSIMILATE and EXTERMINATE minorities
>>37785919>Also thank god that 1 didnt do something hellish like make the drones land on a giant sea monster as they touched the bottom.Are you retarded? The 1 obviously didn't count anybody who follows this quest knows that.>>37785806>Begin excavating the ship
>>37785806>Begin excavating the shipWe sent Bio-tank with these drones correct? If yes,Then have some collect samples to place into the tanks for dissection. Also, I think you removed the Bio-tanks stats from the drone details QD.
>>37785939eh, I kinda want to build up a decent space fleet before we start any talks and mostly just try and keep the union away from us because I feel once it becomes public knowledge that we're actually advance and not stone age hicks the ceph will probably find out about us and I rather not fight a war on two fronts.
>>37786019The humans we have stuck sitting around in the hive that the doctor knows about. I admit it's more of a general mood thing I've seen written a few too many times.>>37786034The first lesser race we have had contact with, the hand balls, caused a major discussion in the thread for hours about how to help them 'in return for all the food' via knowledge and hive tech.
>>37786064That's what we're trying to do.Also, I think the Ceph don't really have any intelligence assets outside of their homeworld, what with them being ultra-religious and the only Ceph offworld are outcasts and dissidents who would be killed otherwise. Of course, i'm just speculating.>>37786108I thought we agreed to give them basic agriculture to jumpstart them but otherwise just let them be.
>>37786155>I thought we agreed to give them basic agriculture to jumpstart them but otherwise just let them be.We agreed on nothing.
>>37786155I remember that thread. We kept arguing till the thread closed.
>>37786155about the ceph, while I don't think they have an in-depth knowledge on the union I feel like they have enough ears to the ground to at least hear about common knowledge topics. I mean they seem to have some kind of relation with the space banker race who's name I can't remember. You know the one that controls the warp gates. Though I will admit it's mostly just a feeling I got
>>37786064Have you ever considered the possibility that the Ceph might not give a damn if they found out about us? From what I've read in the threads I get the impression that the Ceph just attack whoever They order them to, and the Ceph don't seem to think much about their targets once the battle is over. Coil had no idea of our existence, even though his people had engaged in a major military offensive against the White Queen shortly before he encountered us.
>>37786265It's my understanding that almost all off-world communication with Valen smugglers is handled by Ceph dissidents, who would have no reason to report anything to authorities.>>37786307Yeah that's the impression I got.
>>37785806>Excavate the shipYour drones proceed to dig into the sea floor, quickly finding and entering hull fragments to take account of the wreck. The debris is scattered over several miles of the plateau and not much remains intact. Eventually you do find several modular cargo pods containing processed food. While you doubt any of it is still acceptable to eat, your drones have little problem digesting it.+623NYour drones continue to search for anything more among the segments of hull and discarded cargo pods.Elsewhere, in another expedition site, your drones have finished repairs of your damaged corvette, and your workers have freed the chunk of lunar debris from the lakebed in the center of the swampy crater on Earth. Your warriors have split their patrols between the corvette's crash site and the dig site, but apart from the occasional movement from the brush, the swamp has been calm in the past few days.While your workers have removed the debris from the mud of the lakebed, it is still far too heavy for them to lift. You could have them simply pry open the object within the water, or have your ship lift it.>Cut into the capsule under the lake>Lift it out of the water using your corvette>Other>>37785919According to records, they used nuclear fusion, which meant ships were very limited in speed. According to records, ships of the day were often around a light year per day, sometimes less.Many civilian ships and freighters still use fusion, although advancements mean they can go somewhat faster.
>>37786307And how long was Coil away from his? The attack was only a year ago which was after he left his kind.
>>37786307well I mostly just use the word ceph since we actually haven't got a damn clue who's pulling there strings.For all we know it's the black queen since back in the thread when we saw here talking to Gardner and the other queens she claimed to have access to the black crystals. Not that I really believe that just saying we really don't know who the ring master is.
>>37786407>>Lift it out of the water using your corvette
>>37786407>>Lift it out of the water using your corvetteWouldn't want to risk damaging any electronics in there.
>>37786407>>Lift it out of the water using your corvettePray that no one is watching
>>37786407>Lift it out of the water using your corvette
>>37786407>Lift it out of the water using your corvetteI want to see this thing intact... or at least as intact as we can get it at any rate.
>>37786444We really need to know more about what happened back then. Didn't we still have two more White Crystals that we have yet to review in depth?
>>37786407>Lift it out of the water using your corvetteBest not spoil any sensitive innards.We might want to check the moon to see if it was destroyed by the remnant of an experimental psionic cannon or something similar.
>>37786444We know exactly who's pulling the strings, it's the void god we saw when we Hermit Purple'd their crystals.
>>37786484Water only damages electronics that are on.
>>37786444The same question could be applied to Them themselves I suppose. They don't seem to actively attack military targets without provocation. In her memories our mom was rather surprised she managed to gain Their attention when the Ceph (or whoever they were) attacked her. Maybe They were already aware of her existence long before they killed her.
>>37786533> remnant of an experimental psionic cannon or something similarThis is the part that intrigues me. So far only the Hive and it's allies are the only ones who have developed the psionic cannon. And the destruction and power of the weapon used on Luna matches that of a psionic cannon. If what the humans found on the moon were the void shards, They wouldn't have any reason to give the humans tech that uses one of their own as ammunition.Unless, what was at the moon wasn't a void shard.
>>37786527which reminds me I have a question. remember when we found Gardner's body and through her we learned all of her drone designs. Think if we could actually find our mother's body it would help us develop the psionic canon?
>>37786660Most probably, if we ever mount an expedition to Repreive again, and if QD doesn't say that the 1 we rolled means no more chance of finding mom's body.
>>37786645It might have been a large void shard like what the Skyl had.
>>37786645They found the shards, the void gods presumably wanted them to do... Something. They used the shards for a canon. Since Humans aren't psionic sensitive the crystals opened Steiner's dad's ears or something. In Steiners memories his dad mentioned "They want to be found." Alluding to the crystals wanting to get back to the void gods or something similar.That's all the knowledge relating to the moon and crystals being related
>>37786407Your corvette lifts from the ground, sending plants and mud spraying into the air as its thrusters come to life. It drifts over the lake and soon your workers have hooked a series of tendon wires to the sunken capsule. It is quickly plucked from the water and placed on the shores.Your drones slowly carve into the thick shell and eventually pry open what appears to be an eroded hatch. Water pours from the capsule and spoiled paperwork and ancient lab equipment spills onto the shore. The bones of a human collapses into pieces in front of you, and your drones move into the small chamber to search its interior.Various forms of plantlife hang from the walls, and everything is covered in a smooth layer of algae. Near the center is a collection of machines and tubes running into a large canister, within which is a faint mental signal. Somehow after all this time, a select few of the machines still seem to hum with life. A skeletal hand from the human remains clutches the side of the canister.There is a familiarity to the signal, like an echo, but it is far too weak to hold meaning.>Open the canister>Take the canister and leave the planet>Leave the canister for now>Other
>>37787007>>Take the canister and leave the planetAlright I think we got what we wanted
>>37787007>>Take the canister and search remains for indication of what this man was working on.I think this may be Seiner's grandpa.
>>37787007>Take the canister and leave the planet
>>37787007>>Open the canisterfuck it
>>37787007>>37787064>Take the canister and leave the planetYeah, this and take whatever working devices that may be able to shed light on what was going on, like a hard drive or somehting
>>37787007>Take the canister
>>37787007>ancient lab equipmentThis a research vessel. Is there anyway we can take the entire ship with us? Cause if not >Leave the canister for now.Wait until we get all the research specimens we can take back with us.
>>37787064This is good but I think we should set up a base here.
>>37786039I remember a 1 fucking us at one point in the past, its been some time since I have gone over the archives so ill just look em over after this.>>37787007>take the canister and leavecan we take all of the nick nacks we found and maybe clone the remains?
>>37787007>Take the canister and leave the planet>Collect the human remains, the lab equipment, and samples of the various plant life.
>>37787315As far as I can remember, the 1s we had were>Going up against Lyle for the first time ever>Letting the Union cyborg agent run loose around the hive>Not finding mom's corpseAnything else i'm missing?
>>37787007Your corvette descends for your drones to begin to load the newly found relics. As your drones prepare to load the materials you hear a crack followed by a loud ping as something ricochets off of your ship's hull.Your warriors quickly take positions along the edge of the swamp, and one of them spots movement among the trees. There is a muzzle flash and you feel a small slug slap against your warrior's carapace, leaving a small crack along its arm. Your workers pick up their pace, but the materials are heavy even for them.>Take only the canister>Take everything (will take longer to load)>Other
>>37787007If we take all the lab equipment, will we be able to make an educated guess on what they were researching based on the type of stuff they were using?
>>37787393>Take everything (will take longer to load)
>>37787393>Take everything (will take longer to load)we have warriors for a reason. fire back and scare them off.
>>37787393>>Take everything (will take longer to load)Have the warriors try to keep the prims busy.
>>37787393>OtherJust torch the bastards then>Take everything
>>37787419Potentially, but at this point you can only guess.
>>37787465oh and make sure not to leave behind any drone bodies if we can. Don't think anyone from the union or the common wealth actually pays attention to earth anymore but at the same time I don't want to take the chance.
>>37787393>Take everything (will take longer to load)>Lay suppression fire with an auxiliary weapon.We've got air support, might as well use it.
>>37787393>Take everythingTime to show these guys a party.
>>37787393>Take everythingYour warriors are advanced, they have the advantage in both strength and speed, but you have a hard time seeing the natives before they can fire, and they clearly know every inch of the swampland by heart. Several more rounds slap against your drones, each one leaving a small crack. These weapons are not powerful, but it appears there are many more than before.Your drones open fire, filling the air with chitinous slugs and tearing into the foliage. Shots continue to ring out as they move from bush to bush and tree to tree, with weapons fire coming from what seems like all directions.>Return fire with your corvette's weapons>Defend the position with your warriors until the cargo is loaded>Have your warriors move out to engage in close quarters>Other
>>37787513Come to think of it, let's not leave their bodies behind either. Telltale wounds and so forth.
>>37787655>Defend the position with your warriors until the cargo is loaded
>>37787655>Return fire with your corvette's weaponsthat should run them off
>>37787655>>Have your warriors move out to engage in close quartersThese are prims, they can't stand against something that will give drop troopers a run for their money.Be sure to leave a couple to watch over the workers though.
>>37787655>Defend the position with half your warriors until the cargo is loaded>Have the other half of your warriors move out to engage in close quarters
>>37787393>>Take everything (will take longer to load)
>>37787655>Return fire with your corvette's weaponsLets leave an impression on the primitives.
We still have those humans in a hold correct? could we take them outside to show them that they are still alive?
>>37787655>Defend the position with your warriors until the cargo is loaded>Have your warriors move out to engage in close quartersOur Speakers gave augmented security personnel, our fucking warriors are leagues stronger than them. So the primitives are fucked.
>>37787795No, they don't care about the hostages we have. They were attacking us before we had them.
>>37787655No reason we can't do it all >Return fire with your corvette's weaponsand seconding >>37787733
>>37787655Your warriors split, half huddling around your workers and the decrepit, sensitive equipment that they carry while the rest charge headlong at the nearest source of gunfire. You hear several screams of surprise as your warriors close the distance at the speed of a human vehicle, and you quickly spot the first of them, although even now they seem to be slipping away into the swamp. They know the terrain well, and they know how to use it to their advantage.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 34 (1d100)>>37788016Fuck locals.
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>37788016FOR THE HIVE
Rolled 1 (1d100)>>37788016
Rolled 39 (1d100)>>37788016pls
Rolled 35 (1d100)>>37788016
Rolled 41 (1d100)>>37788016ALOHA
Rolled 69 (1d100)>>37788016for the red queen!
>>37788045GODFUCKING DAMMIT FLUFF
>>37788045well fuck, thanks fluff
>>37788045Lucky we didn't send quantum brains to that location right? Or are we screwed?
>>37788045The dice has failed me!
>>37788045OH FOR FUCKS SAKEthis is because we were talking about 1s earlier isn't it?
>>37788084Yea pretty muchWe had it coming
>>37788076>>37788045>>37788016>>37788080>>37788082>>37788083>>37788084Inb4 the prims go full haji and rigged the place with IEDs
>>37788084I guess so.
>>37788045This is haraam
>>37788045Fluff, it's time to stop rolling.
HOW THE FUCK DID PEOPLE WHO HAVE SPENT THEIR ENTIRE LIVES FUCKING A ROTTED LOG MANAGE TO BEAT OUR WARRIORS?
On the bright side it may be a combat roll but we aren't fighting anything important.On the other hand we could lose the container. Forever.Yeah we are going to lose it all. It's falling in the muck onto a mine that blows our ship up and alerts the space patrol, calling it here.
>>37788139Time for me to get a fresh set of dice and sacrifice those on the alter of the dice gods.
>>37788184IEDS AND MILSURPTHE ANCESTORS OF THESE HICKS PROBABLY SURFED /K/
>>37788184I know right? Even if they had full automatics they shouldn't be able to take us on. With our senses they shouldn't even be able to hide unless they go swimming.,
>>37788213Just get the fuck out you piece of shit.
>>37788213NO! At this point you're just a beacon, designed to let the dice gods know when to push our shit in.
>>37788214Well then, there's our answer on how to fight them. Can't beat them drones man.
>>37788184Because of fucking fluff, that's how.
>>37787367your forgetting whatever hilarious stupid failure our warriors are about to get into, that or I am going to hope that "1s dont affect us much" really is correct in this case.....
So... I'm going to make a piece of art based on Fluff fucking up, is anyone opposed to this?
>>37788530Make it mean.
>>37788542>>37788530I'm not, go ahead
>>37788530Fluff's chargeLike Pickett's charge, but with drones, and more death
>>37788530Shit, go ahead and do it. It'll be something to look back and laugh at.
>>37788530Make it painful.
>>37788509Well, We could at least hope that only charging warriors are fucked up and not the drones handling the cannister.
>>37788585Fluff's last standThe charge of the fluff brigadeOperation Desert Fluff
How is QD going to write us losing our superior master-race warriors to a bunch of bumfuck humies with antique glorified slingshots?
>>37788588Nobody's going to look back and laugh you shithead. The day you get banned is the day everyone will celebrate.
>>37788734Probably just have us lose the majority of our warrior drones due to IED trap.
>>37788740You seem to be mad there anon. There is no need to get your jimmies russled.
>>37788734Suddenly, giant mutated croc attack.IED-riddled, gigantic, mutated crocodiles with armor plating.
>>37788016The first of your warriors sprints at the enemy position, and you see the native reel back in panic as your warrior brings its blades to bear. You watch the native fall back and vanish beneath the algae encrusted water, and before you can plunge your claws in after him a set of large mechanical jaws clench around your warrior. You feel its legs crumple and the metal spiked teeth sink into its carapace with the grating sound of rusty springs. The drone sees a spiked tooth enter its compound eye, and it winks out of your mind.The other drones blanket the area with chitinous slugs, but the natives have already managed to move. A slug pierces the wings of a warrior as it leaps through the canopy, and you watch from its eyes as the straw covered ground gives way to a pit of lined spikes and sharpened wooden stakes. Most of the stakes break against your warrior's carapace, but enough don't, and your drone becomes pinned in the ground.You see a shot rupture the eye case of a warrior as it searches for the source of the incoming fire, and you call your warriors to pull back to the corvette."Mother! Bad things have tricks!" A warrior calls to you in anguish as a spring loaded spike pins it to a tree like a mouse trap. It struggles to free itself, forcing the spike further into the cracked carapace until you feel it fade. "Could not kill for Mother..."Your drones call back, forming around your workers as they continue to take heavy fire from the primitive rifles. Each shot stings, but your warriors are well defended against it. They bounce off at best, leaving a small crack for the next to find its way in, but they seem to have learned from their past battle. They aim for the cracks along the legs and arms, and the soft casing of your drones' eyes.cont.
>>37788813I'm still mad that you killed AI quest and you expect me to stop hating your ass.
>>37788822>a set of large mechanical jaws clench around your warrior. You feel its legs crumple and the metal spiked teeth sink into its carapace with the grating sound of rusty springs.Blast. We're up against the unstoppable beartrap security from AI Quest!The crossover from hell.
>>37788822fuck it, have the corvette blow this fucker back into the mud.
>>37788907>>37788872What happened there?
>>37788917*thesenot this, these
>>37788872Um, no. No I didn't 'kill' anything. Program0 needed time off due to personal/family reasons and he's coming back this Friday. He said so on this twitter account.
>>37788822You can see some of them moving closer to improve their aim, and you begin to pick off their forces as they advance. Your warriors manage to cut down at least a dozen of the howling humans as they move from cover to close the distance, and as the foliage grows thinner closer to the dig site their advantage wanes. They are forced to halt several hundred meters from the lake, and they dig into cover behind the trees and thick, gnarled branches.Red and green mix in the murky waters as the bodies of human and warrior fill the swamp.-11 warriors6 gilled warriors, 40 gilled workers remain.>Have your warriors dig in and attempt to suppress the natives>Bombard the natives' position with your corvette>Other
>>37788917>>37788822Agreed, burn them all.
>>37789000>Bombard the natives' position with your corvette
>>37789000>Bombard the natives' position with your corvetteno more fucking around
>>37789000>Bombard the natives' position with your corvetteKill them, get the thing, blink out before anyone comes to investigate. Jobs done.
>>37789000> send in spare workers
>>37789000Wait, mistyped, you also have 10 normal workers and 10 shock troops.
>>37789003More importantly. burn all the warrior corposes.Leave nothing.
>>37789000>OtherI think we've blown what opportunity we could. Let's bug out while we can. Bombarding the humans I feel might have bad unforeseen consequences, if they're at all in communication with off-world humans.
>>37789000>Bombard the natives' position with your corvettelet's see how their bear traps stand up against plasma
>>37789062> Shock 'em
>>37789000>Bombard them with your corvettePlease roll 1d100, best of 3
>>37789077Motherfucker does it look like they are? It's a little late to put that cat back in the bag anyway.Ensuring as few survive this day as possible is the next best thing.Also the workers ain't even done loading up the corvette yet or we would be taking off.
>>37789077Ain't no damn human doing to get the best of us. You want them to spread stories ? Maybe show a few trophys?
Rolled 89 (1d100)>>37789114Without fluff this time
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>37789114SCORCHED EARTH
>>37789117>>37789119Points taken. Let's see how many we can clear out.
>>37789077They fucking don't and can't.
Rolled 17 (1d100)>>37789114
Rolled 68 (1d100)>>37789114pls
Rolled 40 (1d100)>>37789114
>>37788907That shit still cracks me up.>>29597027>>29597107
Rolled 33 (1d100)>>37789114Still, a bad engagement is a good learning opportunity. What would've helped here?
89. Good stuff.
>>37789077Dude, these are fucking prims who've never seen modern society at all, If they were in contact with anyone out there at all they wouldnt be living in this hellhole.
>>37789172Tanks and scouting gunships.
>>37789174They would also be speaking Human Standard or English or whatever.
>>37788822so whos for bringing a force back here to scourge this area clean in the name of mother and her vengeance?
>>37789199Wait. The Colony Wars weren't that long ago. Seiner was a shota at the time. It can't be more than a century.How did language diverge so fast?
>>37789172Umm, do not close on an enemy who knows the lay of the land and who may have set traps in advance?As awesome as Warriors running down weak humans is, long range bombardment gives you less fuss?>>37789199They didn't when we captured a couple of them threads ago.They were talking in hick-speak.
whatever we do we're going to have to collect our fallen warrior's bodies before we take off. I don't trust leaving them behind.
>>37789228Around a hundred years ago according to the dates. Probably some wierd mix of cajun and mexican enough that Lyle didn't understand a word of it.
>>37789231I.. know that? Duh That was my whole point.
>>37789278Sorry, I misread your post.
>>37789197Yes, scouting units would've been good. Maybe all warriors with some sort of sensory specialist like the shock troopers we didn't use.
>>37789172There's no learning opportunity for critfails.
>>37789272>>37789231these two combinded, I am thinking we need a slightly smaller colossus drone that is bigger then normal drones and slap a bunch of area denial weapons on him or heavy weapons and advanced sensor suite so we have a "armored commando" unit for small raid/exploration parties like this.
>>37789336I've been advocating for a while now that we integrate flies to serve as scouts and spotters for our combat units.
Could have brought sniffers and or wasps.
>>37789376No. Dammit no.Sensors go on small drones, it's the only place they make sense. Larger drones can share their smaller brethren's senses through the hive network. Anything else is wasteful.
>>37789407We could have.Except we voted to send all the flies with Lyle instead when he left Earth. >>36912914
>>37789407This seems the easiest change to make to doctrine. >>37789367Oh hush, you defeatist.
>>37789427then we need to make a drone thati s hard to kill, and can find just about fucking anything short of a god hiding in between dimensions and bring it along from now on so we can get mad bonuses on fighting in terrain we dont know, and we should make a larger more robust much more terrifying drone to be used as a direct fire support unit for the warriors, something with explosives and other area of effect death.
>>37789376That sounds cool actually. We could design a large drone with hover legs that allows it to stick closer to warriors and bring heavy weapons into the fight.
>>37789114There is a shutter in the air as your corvette's drive flickers to steady itself, and its auxiliary weapons swivel in all directions. They unleash a hellfire of superheated slugs into the swamp with the sound of rolling thunder. Trees vaporize into splinters in moments and wisps of pink mist fill the air around you.They stop, and for a moment there is silence. Then you hear screaming. Your corvettes swivel their main turrets and a beam of light cracks out to the ground like a bolt of straight lightning. It carves a smoldering path over the locations of your fallen drones, incinerating any remnants in a single pass and leaving a burning scar on the landscape. As the turrets of your ship carves into the swamp like a scalpel into tissue your workers finish loading the valuable cargo, and your drones quickly enter the ship.The corvette lifts into the air and accelerates into orbit, quickly reaching the dense debris field. Before you can even bring your cloak back up you feel the light peppering of the innermost layers of space junk and lunar silt.Please roll 1d100, best of 3>>37789199Actually, most humans in the Union speak Esperanto. English is still somewhat common, but is mostly found in the Commonwealth. These people speak a mixture of mostly Spanish, Cajun, and various latin languages, with only hints of English.
>>37789489see this is why I wanted a big ass drone that is just for long range detection and artillery fire. >>37789494last time we got a 1 on looking for our mother's mother and we found absolutely nothing, so I wouldnt be surprised if the only thing we learned was "dont charge blindly into a swamp filled with possible traps and swamp assholes"
>>37789494Critfails are a you fucking fail period sort of deal. QD has never really allowed us to elimate the problem the of critfails.
Rolled 97 (1d100)>>37789603Please
Rolled 90 (1d100)>>37789603
Rolled 19 (1d100)>>37789603
Rolled 83 (1d100)>>37789637Hot damn i'm on a roll today.
Rolled 21 (1d100)>>37789603
>>37789637>>37789645Okay....nobody roll now, this should be enough.
>>37789637Fly good for Mother!
>>37789637>>37789645YES YES YES >>37789603
FLUFF, DON'T ROLL OR I'LL KICK THE SHIT OUT OF YOU.
Rolled 15 (1d100)>>37789603ok let's see if we can't get through this damn junk field without something bad happening for once
>>37789688fluff is not for bully
>>37789707Then he shouldn't give us reasons to bully him.
>>37789707We don't bully him enough.
>>37789603Do we still have those prisoners in the corvette or did we bring them back to Leeland already for interrogation?
>>37789735>>37788872>>37788740stop fucking raging already, we get it your mad at fluff for "ruining" some quest you liked and his rolls suck big deal. You sound like fucking whiteeagle spraying asspain all over the place because you dislike 1 person.
>>37789802Hey, one of those was actually funny.
>>37789827you mean >>37789688yeah that is funny nice timing due ti fluffs shitty 1, I just want the dude to chill out a bit and save his "RAR FLUFF YOU RUIN IT ALL I HATE YOOOOOOU!!!!" for the end of this.
You know, it was a mistake not to deploy more egglayers on away missions.Like, Lyle and the hybrids. they could use a small egglayer to keep them supplied with Flies and Parasites as needed, for all your infiltration needs.And Huron, seriously i think QD was heavily hinting that it was a good idea to send one, because otherwise we have to spend a day sending a new corvette, and then rolling to land through the hypercane weather, to send down new kinds of drones.And we do want to lay new, more ocean-adapted drones once we unlock an Aquadynamic chassis or something with fins, that doesn't have to crawl like a crab.
Rolled 1 (1d100)The drones we sent have acid glands right?
>>37789903Not anymore they don't
>>37789903That's the third time this thread.Someone here is a witch!>>37789799Captive natives are in corvette which has not left Earth until now, obviously.
>>37789913Here is hoping no one finds the bodies than.
>>37789802>Implying it's one person>Implying most people here don't hate his assNext you're going to tell us we shouldn't laugh at him for being an autistic moron.
>>37789941Honestly, most of his problems would disappear if he would drop his fucking trip and name already. So everyone's anger wont focus on him if he fucks up a roll like most people.
>>37789903no but that's why we had the corvette fire open where their bodies laid so there would be nothing but ash.
>>37789603Your corvette emerges in a largely debris-free section of Earth orbit, although you can see patches of lunar chunks and starships closing in on all sides. Within the ship's halls a sound like rain against a tin roof echoes through the hull as the ship deflects clouds of microscopic debris. It quickly envelops itself in a cloak of twisted light as it leaves orbit and accelerates to the edge of the system.You take account of the two Earthlings you had taken from the surface. They remain unconscious and healing from now minor wounds. Within the day your corvette should be far enough from the system to blink safely back to your hive, and you will be able to more appropriately accommodate them.Surprisingly, you have accomplished much of what you needed to do today, and while the tasks of a queen are never done, you delegate the menial tasks of construction and maintenance to the back of your mind as you review the activities around you.Lyle has boarded a tram en route to a residential district to regroup with his... friends. Your clones have hidden your pod under collections of foliage and branches, and have settled into a small cave for the night, intent on moving out in the morning. Coil has been in a depressed pile of boneless goop for the past few days, and as you peer into his mind you can tell he is still having trouble digesting he latest revelation. His world is shattered, and while your parasite is guiding him along, he is still clinging to his teachings to some extent. Huey and Dewy have been given a parasite each, and you have studied their biology in great detail with their time in your medical pods. Theseus is still expecting your dispatched settlers to Zero One, as you had agreed, and Elizabeth appears to have found some source of inspiration, and is currently assisting your thinkers with the Psionic Shroud prototypes within your labs.>Speak with... (write in)>Load Zero One expedition (write in)>Other
>>37790170>>Speak with... (write in)The Ralligha natives. It's high time we formally introduced ourselves.
To get to Ceph space, we probably have to pay Valen smugglers to get us there.To pay smugglers, we have to make mad dosh.It looks like there's a fairly simple way to make bank fairly anonymously, since we have limitless free labor in our drones.>>35935739>Tempest matter-energy shielding: 250,000₡>Premium Used fusion reactors: starting at 300,000₡We can sell brand new fusion reactors built according to human specs. We just load them into the USV Clarke or some other non-hive ship, and drop them off with a middleman Valen retailer.
>>37790225That's not such a bad idea at all.
>>37790170>Load Zero One expedition (write in)Lets get this done with.
>>37790170>Load Zero One expedition (write in)One egg layer, 40 warriors, 40 wasps, and 50 small sniffers.We gotta subdue the local wildlife and dissect it.
>>37790170>Speak with... (write in)let Theseus know we found that thing he wanted>Load Zero One expedition (write in)ok and what reason did we want to set up shop here again? I think it was because we could no longer spy on them with our pods but I can't remember if there was any other reason we wanted to set an outpost up here. Only other thing I can remember is Theseus telling us he doesn't want us to use Zero One to experiment with dangerous experiments that could harm the planet.
>>37790225Sounds fairly not horrible.
>>37790254>>37790225How about also loading a program of thesus in them?If we can.
>>37790170>Speak with ElizabethFound out something?and>Load Zero One expeditionA load of workers and an Egg layer.>>37790225I agree with this.
>>37790225>>37790292omg this will be so fucking devious in hte long run provided it doesnt get sniffed out before we can harden our worlds into military citadels.
>>37790277Superterrestrial have lifeforms designed for heavy gravity.
>>37790225>We can sell brand new fusion reactors built according to human specs. We just load them into the USV Clarke or some other non-hive ship, and drop them off with a middleman Valen retailer.One problem. The reactors are biological.
>>37790170>>Load Zero One expedition (write in)Then call Theseus up to let him now and start enquiring about constructing reactors >>37790225
>>37790272Amending this. Up the warrior count to more like 140 or 340. Because you never know.
>>37790401what about workers? we do need someone to build the place.
>>37790373>built according to human specsWe know perfectly well how to do it the human way, it's just less efficient.>>37790391We don't need to tell Theseus about the plan. We know how fusion works, we know how humans like to have things with "instructions" and "not ooze all over everything", it's not difficult.
>>37790373>built according to human specsDoesn't that imply we can build non-organic reactors, or have we not the infrastructure or capability?
>>37790170>Send expedition to Zero One>Lay and send Egg layerHas support, with some other various drone counts that do not appear to have consensus.>Send workers (how many)>Send warriors (how many)>Send flies (how many)>Send wasps (how many)>Other
>>37790401Yeah, 40 is like nothing. Our strength lies in numbers.
>>37790432I know but he's a supercomputer AI with a vast industrial capacity. Heck, he might even give advice on making money in human markets, he has billions in credits to call on, you know.
>>377904421 egglayer, 200 workers, 300 warriors, 50 wasps, 100 small sniffers.
>>37790442>Send workers 300>Send warriors 140>Send wasps 60>Send flies 50
>>37790479To be honest he would laugh at us unless we told him about the clones.
>>37790442we fucking need more scouts this time, how well do the flies sense living entities with means other then sight and sound? I dont remember if they had a psionic sense life ability but we fucking need something that can perceive its environment far better then our current senses on our drones can, damn traps.
>>37790442>>37790482Gonna support this, with fewer flies. We only have 50 to begin with.
>>37790479The plan is useless to talk about right now. There's no point until we open a bank account.I was just putting it out there as yet another motive to get the hybrids to fucking Deep Song already, the sooner you have an account the sooner can start making those numbers climb.
>>37790520We can always lay more.
>>37790482We don't need Flies, we're not spying on intelligent beings....not using them, anyway.Just send 50 small sniffers, which we actually have enough of. We don't have that many flies to spare.
>>37790557I like the cut of your jib.
Rolled 98 (1d100)>>37789938rolling for pitchfork and torch supplies
I made the Fluff pic.Can you find the secret message? If you can Fluff, I hope you read it aloud.
>>37790531Problem with that is that we have absolutely no idea where Deep Song actually is. Fuck, I don't think even the Ceph know where their planet is.
>>37790567You have a point. >>37790442Supporting>>37790582:^)
We could always build the reactors as we normally would, all bio-y and shit, and load them up with Acid shit so that we can explode them if people try to take them apart.Or just detonate all of them once they're sold.
>>37790442>Send workers (how many)around 200? that should let us get set in at a good speed.warriors (how many)150 sounds good, I mean Unity is one the planet right? it's not like we're going to attack him and we seem to be more or less allies or at least partners at this point. that should be enough warriors to fight off any local wildlife and if we need more the egg layer should fix that>flies50 to start sounds good.>waspsit's high gravity right? I say send about 50 just to see how they fair and go from there.I take it we're leaving the big guys at home so Unity doesn't know all the drones we have right?
>>37790591It's simple.We'll just have to have Lyle pay the toll to take the Hyper Gate at Virgo, and take that to Deep Song. Then we'll know where it is.
>>37790582Should have been "ur a faget."
>>37790611Human engineers need to repair and maintain things when they go wrong. It would be too suspicious to have a rigged exploding blackbox power source.
>>37790611>>37790635Can't we just make plain old counterfeit fusion reactors like honest conmen?
What other sabotage products could we seed into human markets?
>>37790170>Theseus is still expecting your dispatched settlers to Zero One, as you had agreedRight, about that. If we do this we have to limit what we send and what we do. Our drones will be under heavy heavy surveillance, and he knows that we know. And we know that he knows that we know, and he knows that we know that he knows.Our decision to send drones to zero one and his offer was a kind of trust arrangement, showing that we trust eachother. We both have a lot to lose of the other party has other plans, but I don't think we should establish a base. Just gathering specimens.
>>37790582Approved. Thanks Drawanon.
>>37790670>Not wanting to make glorified nukes and sell them to people as spaceship enginesI bet you've never even sold someone a gel capsule full of dogfood and told them it's pain meds.
>>37790683Are you insinuating that we were planning to betray our best friend?
>>37790442No egg layer please. The rest is fine.
>>37790692I've been on the receiving end, no thank you anon.
>>37790723This. We're collecting specimens, not starting a base.
>>37790442>1 egglayer, 200 workers, 300 warriors, 50 wasps, 100 small sniffers.Seems to be a general consensus, somewhat.>Y>N>Add (write in)>Other
>>37790442Egglayer pleaseAnd 40 warriors.
>>37790742>Add (write in)1 Immolator Warhead
>>37790739A specimen-collecting base with a dissection lab.We're not gonna FTL every single time we get a sample.
>>37790742>OtherNo egg layer. rest is fine.
>>37790742Voting against Egg Layer, but with everything else.
>>37790742Y>>37790758You're a funny anon. We eat you last.
Honestly, I don't want to send an egg-layer. But it's not like Thesius can analyze out biology with lasers and radiowaves. We should be fine.Probably.
>>37790791For immolation, of course.
>>37790791He was probably joking.That's for later.
>>37790802You can't immolate software
>>37790742>>Otherremove egglayer, otherwise it's good.
>>37790829It's not like there's a downside to being prepared. At our current scale the cost is negligible.
All these new research specimens.
>>37790742Keep the egglayer, we don't want to have to ferry shit over every time we need a new unit.
>>37790742>YYou have your drones loaded on a corvette and it quickly makes its way to orbit. Your ship blinks in near the edge of the system to avoid the heavy traffic, and begins to make its slow approach to the giant terrestrial.>Land your expedition in the plains>Land near the squat forests>Land in the polar tundra>Land along the edge of the coastal swampland
>>37790881>Land near the squat forests
>>37790881>The PlainsTime to collect animals and crops!
>>37790881>Land your expedition in the plains
>>37790881>Land your expedition in the plainsI want my megafauna
>>37790881>>Land near the squat forests
After bump limit, so. Hive growth-wise.We aren't growing as fast as we could. For instance, Film Harvesters? There's zero mechanic preventing us from saturating the film by as much as is sustainable immediately.With farms, creating them takes effort from workers. But Film harvesters? We just have to lay the eggs, and we don't have a limit for how many eggs to lay in a day. We can bring the number of them up to 2000 or twenty thousand, or whatever the planet can support, almost immediately.We also haven't colonized the Waystation planet, which would make a good, very well hidden base to put hundreds of docking pylons, which we need to grow the ship fleet.
>>37790881>Land near the squat forestswe're use to jungles so woods couldn't hurt. Unless we're trying to find more areas to expand the habitats our drones are good in and if so I'll switch it to tundra.
>>37790881>>Land your expedition in the plainsLet's get more colossal upgrades for the big drones.
>>37790931Patience man, we'll get there one step at a time. Complex plans in collective games require a long time to get the needed consensus for something like that.
>>37790944After Hive Queen Beta's troubles, I'm kinda antsy about the cold...
Technically this is just for where to establish the local laboratory base.it doesn't matter which biome we research first, this is more picking a location to dig a hole in.
>>37790931The film is a limited resource. Simply spamming film harvesters may lead to a nutrient crash if we run out.>>37790987Winter is coming.
>>37790881>>Land in the polar tundra
>>37790987Oh come on, we have orbital support and actual numbers of upgraded warriors, what's the worse that could happen?
>>37790977That wasn't even complicated. It's just "approve this large number". Increasing nutrient income is the simplest decision we have in a 4X.
>>37791006But it's not limited, it's renewable. It's alive, it heals at a regular pace.QD said he'd explicitly warn us if we go past the point of renewable harvest.
>>37791023>>37790931Well, what did that one anon said about organizing drones into units and using that?Like, 1 unit of workers is 100 workers and we order like 10 units to start working on farms. Like in most RTS games that try to keep up with scale.
>>37790881>Land in the plainsYou are unfamiliar with planets of this great of gravity, and you send your ship into a very gradual descent. It slowly enters the atmosphere and begins to glide on the thick blankets of air. Even before you touch down you spot strange creatures. Massive birds the size of buildings glide through the sky on wings spanning nearly fifty meters or more, held aloft by the dense atmosphere. Their heads hold large crests of wing-like formations to aid in lift, and their tails are long and flat, and from their underbellies hangs collections of small tumorous growths where nests have been carved by what appears to be a young similar to a kind of giant larva. Half-mile long trails of skin drag from behind, and at the end of each one is a smaller creature, possibly adolescents learning to fly.Your ship slowly drifts by a formation of the elegant beasts, who gracefully evade your approach, circling your ship with curiosity and hesitation. They seem to tire of watching your meandering landing and move on.That's all for tonight, we can spend the rest of the thread discussing ways to automate micromanagement issues, as well as voting on designs, new drone/ships, and construction options.
>>37790987Due to Leeland's highly elliptical orbit, it has a brief spring/fall, a harsh summer lasting hardly a week, and a winter that can last potentially for an earth year or more, during which it grazes the asteroid belt, causing frequent meteor strikes across the planet.
>>37791128Thanks for running QD!You make mondays more bearable.Hope to see another thread next week
>>37791128Thanks for running dude, great to have you back.
So any requests for art of the quest for me?It's that guy who made the Takarada edits if you have any concerns.
>>37791128Thanks for running!
>>37791128>construction optionsMore Docking spiresAlso could we have patrols for searching for new lifeforms to dissect on our planet?
>>37791198Can you do a vector for this one?
>>37791128Thanks, QD, for this story
>>37791128We can automate farm expansion, which also just finished just now.But it depends. How much faster does having one Excavator per 5 new farms being built accelerate the project? One excavator and 5 workers to put the finer touches on each farm?I figure we want to dedicate between 20 and 30% of farm income back into building additional farms, but not more than that.
I have an idea of what to do with the Ralligha situation. I propose we tell them to hold an election among themselves, and hold three elections. The winner of each election will then be 'risen above' to become the new gods of Ralligha. We take them to an orbital ship that we convert into their living quarter populated with specialized speakers. We tell them they are now gods, and let them make decisions for what to do with their people using our drones. We will say the speakers on the ship are their drones, and they will only operate under their command. They will follow any orders given by at least two of the three new Ralligha gods, and 'command' the other drones to action. The natives will think they are actually gods and begin to fight among each other over needing two thirds to take out any action. The Ralligha should develop more organically, since it will be there own people trying to use tools to fix their situation in a way that they understand. It should be an organic process. Also whenever a 'god' dies, the Ralligha should hold a vote for a new god.Should also be entertaining.
>>37791128hoboy I just got an idea for a massive "floating fortress" drone for high altitude combat drops/production and terraforming/explotation and we gonna need to consume these neat new bird things biomass to get it! Thanks QD awesome to have you backNOW IF YOU WANT TO BASH FLUFF BY ALL MEANS DO IT ANGRY ANON WE AT THE BUMP LIMIT.
>>37791197>>37791170>>37791200>>37791236Thanks for playing, although I am somewhat hesitant to start carving out micromanagement things without your approval first.
>>37791128Let's build orbital docking pylons.Like, a lot of them. A hundred? In orbit of the Waystation planet.We'll just need to lay another 1800 vacuum workers to build them with.
>>37791217I can try...Umm, quick reminder on how to do that?
>>37791259just throw your ideas at us and we'll say yes, no, or change them into something we think would work better.
>>37791217Different anon here, I did that and was thinking of doing something similar.What is a vector?
>>37791266I have no idea either. I've yet to actually use Photoshop and most of the shit i made for this quest was done on Illustrator.
>>37791262Why not build some non-orbital ones at Leeland too? Non-orbital ones will be just as hidden/visible as all our other infrastructure, so it shouldn't be too big of a deal to stack shittons.
What did we decided on as far as new research? I thought >>37781696 was a good list.
>>37791308>>37791301So I'm not the only one who has no idea how his art program of choice works! Fuck yeah.
>>37791239If we double the number of farms consistently, it would run numbers like this: 2k 4k, 8k ... 512k, 1 million farms, after 9 doublings.If we set the number of workers at 10 per farm, that's 20N / 20% of farm income.If we add 1 Excavator for every 5 new farms, dedicated to accelerating construction only, it would add about another 4% of farm income total.Excavators as miners are less efficient than just using mining corvettes anyway, and they'll be obsoleted by Smart Mines soon. So on to their original purpose: Constructing really fast.>>37791329Waiting on Psionic Shroud. Wished we added Smart mines though.
>>37791301Its a scaleable image made in certain programs such as Illutrator, most noteable in fanmade remakes of images from cartoons and anime.>>37791344Hell I cant even draw. What I just did was trace over some other art and then fiddled with it until it roughly fit the descriptions of the drones in this quest. I was the guy who made those worker and warrior drone pics from way back
>>37791211While every animal is adapted to its world, you are advanced enough so that you can only really gain useful adaptations from apex predators and unusually well adapted creatures. Leeland has been tapped for the most part, but the drones sent to Zero One will be searching.
>>37791344can't you just import the image from photoshop to illustrator? shouldn't that change to vector automatically?
>>37791266>>37791308Don't you have some kind of transformation thingamajigger in corel/illustrator to vectorize raster pictures?Otherwise, import image to illustrator, trace over it?
>>37791392That's exactly what I did for the Takarada pics.>>37791407>>37791429I use SAI, so I don't have a fucking clue.
>>37791396What about the arctic of Leeland? We didn't find anything of adaption worth there?
>>37791396speaking of Leeland how much of that world do we actually live on? I mean are we still just stuck in the jungle we crashed in with that one base we hide off in a mountain originally for research which we later made into a bunker for our queen or have we spread out past that point? Also with the mountain bunker, did we ever move that red fungus that we found in our first cave over there yet to turn the water red and add to our nutrient count? I seem to remember that our queen has a sweet tooth for that stuff.
>>37791259There's pretty much no reason not to lay 1950 Harvesters right now, considering it can support "a lot alot" of income right?Then, with the income from that, we can support building 100 new Vanguard Frigates as our ambush tactics focused fleet. 20 miner corvettes too, to increase income there.
>>37791239>>37791377Your farms have now officially hollowed out the mountains around your hive, and you are well on your way to hollowing out the mountains of other sites as well. So far I have assumed you have been wanting to avoid spreading your hive over the surface of Leeland unless absolutely needed, but it's getting to the point that you will need to start spreading the hive creep to better accommodate drone travel and resource allocation.And as for your diggers, they are essentially workers, but their additional senses allow them to locate ore by their magnetism. Your smart mines will, sadly, render them obsolete entirely.
>>37791392Same anon who did the image here, and I'm not sure what you're asking for here. If you're asking for the crop of the Queens head I used, I do have a rough edit of it.
>>37791128>>37791259>Construction-2000 (non-orbital) docking pylons on Leeland.-1430 Harvesters (and appropriate Harvester docks).-Contact Skyl, ask for permission to construct 100 Orbital Pylons in the Waystation System-10k Farms-100 Hangar Expansions (Leeland)>New Drones!-75k Workers (5k of each worker variant included)-Bring us to an even 1000/200 Excavators/Diggers. Appropriate Refineries also.-200 Heavy Fleet Fighters-5k Shuttles
>>37791429I just trace over the jpg. I don't actually know if Illustrator has that function. Must have glossed it over in class.>>37791441The things we do for the things we love
>>37791470Huh? I didn't mention diggers, did i?
>>37791478Supporting that.Add 10k Thinkers though, and 1k Quantum thinkers.>>37791329Supporting that too. Add Smart Mines though.
>>37791478No, no more explicitly ordering farms.We just set an automatic farm growth pattern. There are other mountains on Leeland.
>>37791442Leeland's poles are inhabited by hibernating creatures that only emerge in the more temperate seasons to feed on lichen like growths that cover the ice sheets and rocks.>>37791495My bad, I misread you mention of excavators used as miners.
>>37791492There's a class for this stuff? I just started fucking around until I found out what worked.
>>37791478I'll second that.and the addition of thinkers here >>37791514
>>37791536I'm taking IT and we had a section about it in Multimedia classI wasn't mostly listening so most the thing I know were made by trial and error.
>>37791478>-75k Workers (5k of each worker variant included)I think we'd better stat out the actual upkeep costs for all this first. The farms will take a while to come online. Can we afford all that while they're still being built?
>>37791470Couldn't we just build more tunnels to allow for better accommodate drone travel and resource allocation?
>>37791575Truly, we are the greatest artists of our time.
>>37791519Yeah, and Excavators were said to provide acceleration to construction. You still didn't clarify there.
>>37791514No more thinkers, what. we don't need to spend 30,000N on upkeep on goddamn diminishing returns giving Thinkers.
>>37791614and how do you know we've reached the point where they aren't giving returns to make up their cost?
>>37791478>FightersWhat?I assume you mean Frigates.
>>37791457Your original hive has become a kind of spaceport, with most of your docking pylons near it, as well as the hangar bays. The missile system is located along the open planes on the other side of the jungle.You have also settled numerous other mountain ranges to be used as defensive locations, all of which are filling with farms. Subterranean highways are slowly being built, using capillaries for liquid resource transport, while shuttles are used to move drones quickly. If you allow your hive creep to begin overtly creating surface infrastructure, then large networks of resource capillaries will connect the hives, with pressurized highways used to send drones from place to place in capsules, similar to a bank's air pressure pipes used to move letters, but on a larger scale. It will also begin extracting nutrients from the surrounding landscape as it builds, temporarily boosting income.This will, of course, mean that anyone in orbit will clearly see your hive, as it will at that point cover nearly a quarter of the surface of Leeland as it runs from hive to hive.
>>37791615I fucking can't.
>>37791517That's going to take a while to get actually agreed upon. Just voting on farms is fine for this thread until someone comes up with a concrete farm-reinvestment plan.
>>37791627QD literally explained you get diminishing returns past 25 Thinkers per research subject.We already have too many. We shouldn't spend what can give us a small star fleet for the same cost.
>>37791583Even if we can't afford it right away it's fine. We're not going to starve ourselves out with egglaying, QD will just stagger the construction/laying so we're fine.
>>37791636I'm okay with letting our creep grow as soon as our research is finished.
>>37791675link? Also, again, diminishing returns is not the same as no returns. It really does matter what the rate is.
>>37791671>until someone comes up with a concrete farm-reinvestment plan.We have. If not now, then when do we start the "agreeing on it" process?
>>37791632Nope, FIGHTERSTo occupy the additional hangar space. No reason not to keep fighters stationed in-system.
>>37791685>We're not going to starve ourselves out with egglaying
>>37791478I can agree with that.Though with 5k shuttles we may need more hangar expansions.
>>37791704>fightersSwarm hangar drones are superior hive style. Zerg rush or bust.
>>37791752Swarm hangar drones are excellent for use on carriers and spacecraft, but for system-wide stationed defenses fighters are better. Leeland is our homeworld/capital, I feel that it is appropriate to have large numbers of every defensive option available to it at a moment's notice.
>>37791704You know what we need? We've been talking about it since the first threads.I am talking about the planet wide cloaking plan. QD has recently hinted with some research we can shield the entire planet, and cloaks work on basically the same principles.It can be done, anon.
>>37791478Waystation is obviously rekt, and of no value to anyone now. We're fine. Build away.Also, excavators and diggers? There's no point. You get more M per N upkeep by building more mining corvettes. And diggers are obsoleted by future Smart Mines research. Nix those.I don't even know why you want any shuttles. They don't really do much past having a minimal number of them for logistics.
>>37791743Oops, I support the extra thinkers too.
hey, are we going to build any ships anytime soon that use that radar that lets us see cloaked ships?
>>37791636Why can't we build large networks of resource capillaries and pressurized highways underground?
>>37791478>Construction-2000 (non-orbital) docking pylons on Leeland.-1430 Harvesters (and appropriate Harvester docks).-Contact Skyl, ask for permission to construct 100 Orbital Pylons in the Waystation System-10k Farms-100 Hangar Expansions (Leeland)>New Drones-75k Workers (5k of each worker variant)-Bring us to an even 1000/200 Excavators/Diggers. Appropriate Refineries also.-200 Heavy Fleet Fighters-5k ShuttlesSeems to have support>Y>N>Edit (write in)As for removing micromanagement, my initial thought was to essentially simplify drone and ship construction into swarms and fleets. Instead of voting to lay a number of drones, you would instead vote to create a hive fleet of ships, or a swarm of drones and they would be formed from any existing units, with additional weapons, drones, and ships being made to fill any missing numbers, with any lost being automatically replaced.I was thinking it would work pretty much like the fleet mechanic in Distant Worlds.For example, you could vote to make a 'raiding fleet' which could include a number of corvettes equipped with shuttles and drop pods, and a pre-selected compliment of combat drones such as heavy warriors, wasps, and colossi. Whenever you loose deployed drones in combat, new ones are layed and sent to replace them.How do you like it? Thoughts?My main goal is to make choices simple, yet important.
>>37791478Really don't think we need more than 500 Shuttles total.Though I think you don't go far enough with the Film Harvesters. Bring the number of them up to 4000 harvesters.You didn't even build any proper ships all. Let's build:- 100 Vanguard Frigates- 50 Fleet Corvettes- 20 Mining Corvettes
>>37791839We should probably retrofit some pods with that, eh?>>37791860>Y
>>37791790With a cloaking shield that size it'd be down every five minutes to vent heat.
>>37791839Right. Shit. We need at least 20 of these ASAP to patrol al lthe system we know of.Patrol CorvetteHull: Corvette 400N 800MCapacity: 200/20Size: 100 MetersModule Limit: 2Spinal Mounts (x1): Linear Particle Beam 100MFixed (x2): Plasma Lance 40MTurret (x2): Cyclotron Particle Beam 50MAuxiliary (x8): Autocannons (Expl) 80MUtility: Cloaking Field 50N 150MUtility: Rapid Damage Control 15N 20MModule: G-field sensors 150N 200MModule: Swarm launcher 400N 200MTotal Cost: 1015N 1640MUpkeep: 507N
>>37791860>YI like it.
>>37791860I think that would be good. Less to argue about, less juggling of tiny numbers, etc.Glad i got my fluttercraft and ghost beetles pushed through when I did.
>>37791860>YI actually quite like that. Sounds good to me.
>>37791860That is entirely too many shuttles, and absolutely zero ships, which is what we desperately need growth in.Also more film harvesters. 4000.
>>37791858They are, but you still need to use the surface for things like ventilation towers to regulate temperature and provide surface access for patrolling drones. The waste soil and rock produced from excavating also causes large hills, which are usually packed into defensive bunkers to protect the infrastructure bellow.
>>37791876>podsRead the pastebin. It's a ship module. Not happening. Corvettes are the smallest.
>>37791860>YThere is also support for adding ships, since we are starting with our (hopefully) less crunchy unit management, we can vote for fleets instead of individual ships.By default, if ships already exist to fill the fleet, they will be used first, but if you wish to build the fleet fresh you can specify that.
>>37791899We have 0 ships that can detect cloaked enemies, we need these G-field sensors.We need these as much as we need Pods. It's an urgent shortcoming.
>>37791899I'd be okay with 20 of these then. >>37791978
>>37791978I'm not sure how voting for constructing new fleets differes from voting for building new ships.100 Vanguard Frigates, 40 Fleet Corvettes, 20 mining corvettes?
>>37791978How large would a hive swarm and fleet be?
>>37791978Advanced psi disruptors! That's something we forgot to ever lay.We probably want a bunch of those to distribute throughout the fleet, too. 100?
>>37792041Enough to swarm someone.
>>37792025You would build the fleet for a purpose, and replacements would be done automatically.As it is you have a bunch of ships, and when you want any of them to do something you need to make sure you have the right ships, then choose which ones to send, and what drones to send with them. With fleets (again, I hope) you will be able to simple order a fleet that can accomplish a kind of goal, like a patrol fleet, or a picket fleet, or an assault fleet, or an escort fleet, ect, and that way you don't need to fiddle with numbers just before sending troops into battle, or worry about replacing them.If it doesn't work I'm always willing to toss it and replace it with something that does.
if we do build highway and get noticed do you think we should go ahead and build our diplomat drone sooner so when the Union finally do figure out we're not just simple stone smashers we're ready to go?Also on the note of the diplomate I had an idea. do you think we should give it some extra sensor organs? not as much as a sniffer or fly of course but maybe something to help it pick up a conversation from across the room. Or simply say fuck that noise, give it a fluffy collar or something and just sneak flies into meetings by hiding them in the fluff and having them fly out when no one is looking.
>>3779197820 of >>37791899plus>>37792025
>>37791978I'll agree with this guy >>3779207620 of >>37791899plus>>37792025
>>37791978Seconding this:>>37792013I would be for allowing the hive to build infrastructure on the surface, but can we keep it from destroying the ecosystem?
>>37792064There are still like 22 out of 42 stars we haven't looked at yet.How painful would it be if we blinked pods to all 22 of those at once and you had to write updates for their arrival?
>>37792070I like the idea of an advanced diplomat drone and we can include sniffers and flies. No reason we can't do both after all.
>>37791978>add 20 Patrol CorvettePatrol CorvetteHull: Corvette 400N 800MCapacity: 200/20Size: 100 MetersModule Limit: 2Spinal Mounts (x1): Linear Particle Beam 100MFixed (x2): Plasma Lance 40MTurret (x2): Cyclotron Particle Beam 50MAuxiliary (x8): Autocannons (Expl) 80MUtility: Cloaking Field 50N 150MUtility: Rapid Damage Control 15N 20MModule: G-field sensors 150N 200MModule: Swarm launcher 400N 200MTotal Cost: 1015N 1640MUpkeep: 507N>Plus 100 Vanguard Frigates, 40 Fleet Corvettes, 20 mining corvettesHas support.Ships not in a fleet will randomly run patrols in Hive space, serve as trade ships between your planets, and extract resources as needed. We can go ahead and say they are a reserve, and will be enlisted in fleets as needed.Mining corvettes will, obviously, mine metals.
No more hiding on Leeland. We won't revel ourselves, but at this point we can take on the puny humans.
>>37792116I have most of them stated out with planets and histories, but it would be rather time consuming to write them all out at once, as well as likely make for a boring thread.
>>37792064Okay, so fleets are just an organizational thing.That has nothing to do with ship *construction*, which we still have to do. Right?
>>37792132Sounds good to me.
>>37792143I'd say we need one or two more planets to our name before getting too much more brazen.
>>37791978>Fleets2 Stealthy Patrol Fleets2 Stealth/Raiding Fleets4 Picket/Defense Fleets1 Small Heavy Fleet1 HUGE Mining Fleet>>37792146I rather like the descriptions of worlds and such myself.
>>37792054We need psi disruptors if we're ever gonna attack the Ceph for their delicious void shards.There's a chance the disruptor can prevent their automatic retreat into slipspace.
So when are we going to replace the human population with hybrids?
>>37792147Yes, but you only need to do it once now, instead of every time you loose a ship, or every time you want to organize a fleet.But yes, it's mostly an organizational thing. If you think it causes problems down the road let me know and I can try to tweak it, or just redo it.
>>37792164>to Lee's namefixed
>>37792132>>37792164QD, can we expand to the south of the map in search of more unihabited planets to settle?
>>37792172Once we actually get some hybrids among a human population.After they open up a bank account for the mysterious "John McQueen."
>>37792167I can dig it. Feels kind of weird not voting on individual ships but I can get used to it?Do we need to specify numbers for these and stuff?
>>37792185Of course. That is uncharted space, so nobody is likely to live there.probably.
>>37792185You mean Coreward.>>37792179
>>37792206Yes, when you first make a fleet, you will need to specify what ships you want in that fleet, and how many, so making the fleet itself may be a little crunchy, but after that it will act like a single unit, so it should save crunch in the long run.
>>37792179Given all the humans' brains we have to pick through, surely one of them has an idea of how much the toll for using a Valen Hyper Gate to get to Deep Song would be.
>>37792132I support it. Have you rolled for finding stuff in the Skyl debris field?>>37792164We could look into the Ice planet with a human satellite circling. might find something interesting.
>>37792195>Not "Hugh Mann"Step up, senpai.
>>37792132>Y Supporting construction
>>37792226According to Lyle's memories, it depends on the mass of the ship. The Angel would usually cost around ten thousand per jump, depending on how much cargo was loaded. Distance doesn't matter.>>37792232Yes, I periodically roll for each week or so, but it is still very unlikely, as the debris has spent thousands of years being blasted by radiation and knocked around in unstable orbits. Just about everything functional was activated by the Drive Ship when it jumped away.
>>37792132Wait, wait, wait, if it's not too late to interject, could we maybe not put advanced relays on every ship? Those things can connect with any drone on a planet's surface or in space, and they are really expensive.
>>37792224When we shopped on Space Amazon.>>35935739>Tempest matter-energy shielding: 250,000₡>Premium Used fusion reactors: starting at 300,000₡Does the price of shielding not vary with the size of the ship, or what size was that price for?Given the fusion reactor prices are 300k "and up," what makes the costlier ones costlier, and how high do they go?
>>37792286>>37792287You just reminded me.We agreed to vote to add atomic self destruct to every ship, from pods on upward.That will prevent any vulnerability there.
>>37792310Yes, it would cost more for larger shields, which would increase the price. The same would apply to the reactors, although the quality of the "premium used" products also comes into play there.>>37792328Yes, I'll calculate that in this week.>>37792287Actually, since a fleet will always stay close, you could theoretically design a relay ship just for that, and have all your other ship designs have thinkers, who will attempt to return if the relay ship is destroyed.
>>37792286Wait!QD, the Skyl said they were unable to die.We completed the Skyl controller chip, and we still have no fucking idea why they all just died as soon as we self destructed the void shard.Why couldn't they die? Why couldn't they just break the shard manually the old fashioned way? How was the Skyl controller chip linked to the void shard like a fucking Horcrux?Research should have revealed more than just nanomachines programming, right? Space crystals magic.
>>37792353I'd like to do that. Would really cut down the cost of ships.
>>37792353>Dedicated Relay ShipsThis sounds perfect. Maybe we could have a couple of them dispersed throughout the larger formations to even up the odds, but I would love to do this. It would definitely help keep the cost of the fleet down.
>>37792378Surprisingly little, proportionate to their general costs. Saves 100N upkeep each, but decent ships cost a lot more than that.
>>37792353So was 250k for Corvette shielding?
>>37792353I'd rather not do that. Doesn't save us much for having that massive of a weak point in our fleets.
>>37791217>I'm not the anon you asked, but here.
>>37792132Let's lay 100 Mining Corvettes as soon as we can too.
>>37792353FTLComms statted someday?
>>37792397Strike craft, actually.>>37792364Answering that would probably be a bit spoilery.>>37792429Someday, yes. I'll try to get to it this week, but jeez last week was really busy. Sorry.
>>37792477So researching the Skyl controller chip that seemed to be connected to it revealed nothing?
>>37792477>I'll try to get to it this week, but jeez last week was really busy. Sorry.Sorry? How dare you QD! You do this for free! Don't you know that means you have no excuses and no free time. How dare you be so selfish QD!I love you so much and I'm continuously blown away by how much work you put into it. Thanks for running as always QD!!!
>>37792477As the Germans say, I'll be waiting warmly.
>>37792485It unlocked some advanced nanomachine related techs, but nothing regarding what the self-destructed nanomachines within the skyl themselves did, although you can suspect it functioned similar to your own rejuvenation therapy, but through mechanical means instead of genetic.>>37792500Thanks for playing.I'm still trying to find the time to fully figure out the wiki and get it formatted and set up properly. I'm kind of a dunce with that. Still not sure how to add in pictures. Once I do i'll hopefully be able to start moving all the info from the ask to the wiki, then start removing the old ask questions to try to keep it from being such a monstrosity. As it is, it looks like someone stuck the Mass Effect codex into a blender and it makes it impossible to find info.
>>37792353we are going to need to train those thinkers on the ships for space combat incase the humans get smart(or what ever lurks) and start sniping our relay ships.so what kind of reaction would the union normally have to finding a race that was once primitive now space faring be? because I would like to see creep start spreading out since we do have the numbers in orbit to fend off intruders, however the idea of a cloak that anon mentioned before got me thinking of a system wide jammer array to prevent anything but psi based communication in the system so we could dispose of any nosy whatevers that attack us. also is it possible for us to build our own hyperspace gates or a gate network like it?
>>37792540Oh, yeah I assumed the chip was more directly linked to the void shard somehow. Magically.Guess not.Also, wait, what would researching the controller chip have unlocked if we had never unlocked Nanomachines from the data cubes before, when we first dissected the Skyl?
Also made this.
>>37792609Sure, but you would need to get the tech from the Valen, and that would probably not be very easy.As for thinkers knowing combat, they already do, but a thinker acting totally alone and without your guidance will always be slightly less organized.The first thing the humans will probably assume is that there is a commander caste or similar aboard the flagship.>>37792616It would have made nanomachines available for research, but the research would have been slower.>>37792643The vectorized star field in the background reminds me of the background art in the homeworld games for some reason.
>>37792664They are constructing one in FG-883.If only we had enough covert agents established already to be able to slip parasites onto the spines of their engineer-priests while they sleep.
>>37792664The current hive's metallurgy was said to make the Clarke, to the human eye, look "like shit."Would liquid-metal sculpting research mean metallurgy on, say, fusion reactors, would be viewed less skeptically by human aesthetic senses?
>>37792748Probably.Hive metallurgy processes result in the metal taking a shape similar to shaped clay, or a wave of liquid suspended and held still. Currently, metals are melted down and diluted in a solution of chemicals, which result in a kind of metallic cement that can be applied and shaped as needed. Liquid metal sculpting will improve the purity of the metal involved, but not the resulting aesthetic.Humans utilize prefabricated sheets welded or riveted together, and while you would be able to mimic the design if you tried, it would increase the cost of production and the time required. Although it may also be possible to attempt to market the alternate aesthetic as a feature.
>>37792643The, uh, photoshop background indicator is visible just a bit right at the top.