Your hive teems with life. The sound of your children echoes through every hall and shakes every chamber. Eggs tower around you in your throne room, and the sea of new workers bring your constructions reaching for the sky as fast as they can. Truly, the time to hide is long over, and now Leeland’s surface has begun to flow with hive structure. Ventilation towers reach up past the canopy of the local jungles, mountains are cocooned in reinforcing armor as they are hollowed out to make room for your children and your new farms. Beneath the dense clouds, the crisscrossing structures of your hive slowly wraps around the surface of the planet. The ground trembles with the endless sea of your new drones. Truly, this planet is yours, and as your fleets are constructed you look to others to claim as well.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
>>38091704>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 – 20225Queen – 5Fake Queen (3) – 66Worker (85005) – 170010Aquatic Worker (5140) – 20560Vacuum Worker (5200) – 31200Radiator Worker (5100) – 20400Warrior (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: 290630N>Hive fleetSpace Pod (80) – 2400Shuttle (10) – 250Mining Corvette (16) – 4400Scout Corvette (8) – 1800Lancer Corvette (2) – 450Fleet Corvette (4) – 900Stealth Frigate (4) – 1952Heavy Cruiser (10) – 1215024302NClone 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: 54852>IncomeMetals: 193000Nutrients: 951250Net: 896398
>>38091734Hive 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 (750N)>Anti-orbital batteries: 35/35 (8750N) Military structures>Hangar facilities: Room for 40 Aero/fighter Drones and 20 Shuttles (25N)100 under construction>Spring Mountain Hive: Original hive contains decoy queen within throne room>*Secondary Mountain Hive: Actual site of Throne Room>Prison OutpostIndustrial structures>Docking Pylon: (19) (1900N)2000 under construction[20 Mining corvettes][20 Patrol corvettes][36 Fleet corvettes][100 Vanguard Frigates queued: Insufficient resources, construction on hold][200 Heavy fighters queued][5,000 Shuttles queued] [Empty docks: /76]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)10,000 under construction>Film harvester dock: +750,000N per day, 1500 Harvesters active (500N per Harvester)M-662RalighaDefensive structures>Anti-orbital batteries: 35/35 (8750N)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)[4 Fleet corvettes][Empty docks: 0/4]>Mining corvette salvage operations +128000M per day (+8000M per corvette)Deep space waystation>100 docking pylons [under construction]
FUCK YEAH! HIVE QUEEN QUEST!
>>38091754New 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)>Psionic Shroud – A single building built around the shattered remains of a Void Shard, the shroud amplifies the unnatural mental silence of the broken crystal within to mask an entire planet from potential detection, preventing outside forces from easily detecting the thoughts of a hive. (2,000N 5,000M)Most of last week was spent trying to fix the hexographer issue, I have given up on that and will just remake the whole map by hand, as at this point I can only assume the file was corrupted.
>>38091795Military 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>Weather Spire – A networked collection of spires spread across a planet capable of studying and altering a planet’s climate and atmosphere. Construction includes the building of all spires needed to function. (8,000N 20,000M)Economic Structures>Orbital solar array – A station placed in orbit of the local star equipped with a membrane of photosynthetic cells several kilometers in diameter capable of producing a steady stream of nutrient income. Provides 1000N per day total (5,000N 50,000M>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 total (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.
Welcome back QuestDrone! Sorry to hear about your map making problems. I hope they got clean up now.
>>38091795should have ran with out it honestly.
>>38091821Finished research>Psionic fortificationA strange mixture of organic components assembled into a crystalline matrix, the strange white crystals not only can serve as a kind of memory storage device, but also as a component in a psionic relay. When incorporated into a drone, it replaces the portion of the brain maintaining the psionic link to the queen and serves as a mixture of fuse and signal booster, allowing the relay to broadcast to drones suffering from psionic jamming, and can protect itself from jamming by cutting off its ability to receive thoughts. The process of installation does not cost anything, but requires a white crystal be implanted into the selected relay to function.>Liquid metal sculptingWith the advent of new technology in metallurgy, your drones can quickly and easily shape the metals used in larger construction projects, greatly decreasing the time required to complete a capital class ship.>Psionic ShroudBy utilizing the aura of silence given by the dead and lifeless remains of the void crystals recovered from hive battles, your drones have developed a way to mute psionic chatter. Drones within the same psionic network will still be able to communicate, however to any unrelated hive the thoughts and images become foggy and nondescript, easily blending in to the background noise of the universe.The shroud itself requires extensive effort to extend the minor aura of the broken crystal to make it powerful enough to use. The resulting proposal is a building comparable to a docking pylon in size, capable of hiding the thoughts of every drone on an entire planet.>Gun portsThis simple but highly effective concept was inspired by the tanks and heavy combat equipment of human militaries. Small muscle clusters are grown along the sides of large drone carapaces, allowing a large drone to hold 2 large weapon grafts, and up to 4 medium weapon grafts.
>>38091821Hot damn it's good to have you back QD.
>>38091795>>Psionic Shroud – A single building built around the shattered remains of a Void Shard, the shroud amplifies the unnatural mental silence of the broken crystal within to mask an entire planet from potential detection, preventing outside forces from easily detecting the thoughts of a hive. (2,000N 5,000M)YES.Question, can it mask an entire fleet too, in addition to our conventional stealth?
>>38091889>Rejuvenation gene therapyGenetic immortality is something your kind often takes for granted, while many other races sprint to the grave. This serum injected directly into the spinal column raises the hayflick limit of the subject’s existing cells, allowing for the body to replenish body cells that would otherwise decay, effectively increasing the subject’s life span. Repeated injections or the implantation of a parasite are required, as new cells will not have the raised limit.Extended use may cause minor cases of brain cancer. Your thinkers recommend more rejuvenation therapy for treatment in such rare cases.>Weather SpireThis massive spire is capable of adjusting and analyzing local weather patterns on planets with an atmosphere, and is capable of generating an atmosphere on planets capable of holding one. Its primary use is as a method of terraforming, adjusting a local planet to be more hospitable to life of the hive’s choosing, scrubbing the air of toxins, and balancing the oxygen and CO2 levels, as well as adjusting weather patterns to be less hostile, causing precipitation to fall at desired locations for desired amounts of time, breaking storm fronts before they can form, and adjusting for geological patterns and solar activity to maintain climate balance. >Photosynthetic cellsBy adapting the capacity most commonly found in fauna to produce nutrients from solar rays, you can now build stations in heliocentric orbits of local hive controlled systems capable of utilizing the radiation of stars to produce moderate amounts of power and generate a steady stream of nutrient income. Each station utilizes a thin membrane of photosynthetic cells several kilometers in diameter to collect and store energy, which is then processed into nutrients. The nutrients are then transported by shuttle or ship elsewhere to feed the hive’s many growing needs.>>38091835Maybe, but I ended wasting a whole day on the map and panicked. Sorry.
>>38091795>Psionic Shroud – A single building built around the shattered remains of a Void Shard, the shroud amplifies the unnatural mental silence of the broken crystal within to mask an entire planet from potential detection, preventing outside forces from easily detecting the thoughts of a hive. (2,000N 5,000M)>Weather Spire – A networked collection of spires spread across a planet capable of studying and altering a planet’s climate and atmosphere. Construction includes the building of all spires needed to function. (8,000N 20,000M)why haven't we built this, yet built 5k pods?
>>38091931New research unlocked>Crystalline neural structureMedium (requires 500 N for testing and experimentation)Further research and experimentation regarding the strange white crystals could lead to the ability to reproduce them, and even incorporate them in your hive’s biology.Thought mufflerSlowWhile you are still unsure how to build replicas of the void shard remains needed to build the psionic shroud, you do think you may be able to recreate a similar effect. While the result would likely not be nearly as effective, it could be employed by individual drones or ships without the need for built infrastructure to support it.Solar collector miniaturizationMediumThis bloated and fragile module is a miniaturized application of the orbital solar array that can be mounted on a ship as a module. The ship is highly vulnerable to attack, making it a poor choice for a combat vessel, but it becomes a highly efficient mobile nutrient farm, capable of either supporting itself or a small fleet of others. Each module slot allows for a single solar collector dish. They must be retracted beneath the hull to perform a Blink or high-G maneuver, and while deployed the ship is treated statistically as unarmored and unshielded, regardless of design. A ship with a deployed solar collector cannot cloak.New tech unlocked[Perpetual Regeneration]Your parasites are now capable of halting the aging of an implanted subject, and can regenerate lost minor limbs such as digits, eyes, teeth, bones, and some organs. If the lost organ was a cybernetic of hive design, it regenerates instead of the original version, and does so in half the time. Supplementary metals may need to be ingested.Current researchYour thinkers release a collective sigh of relief having finished the monolithic list of projects and advancements they had been given. You can’t help but be proud of your little thinkers, but there is still so much to know; their vacation will be short lived.
Fuck yes, Hive Queen Quest! LIVE FOR THE SWARM!>gun portsLandbeetlebattlecruisers when?
>>38091957Because it's a new thing.
>>38091965Available 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.>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.
>>38091988>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.>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]>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.
>>38091931>Extended use may cause minor cases of brain cancer. Your thinkers recommend more rejuvenation therapy for treatment in such rare casesIn case of space magic overload, apply even more space magic.
>>38091988>>38092010I would humbly like to propose adding all research subjects save the psionic cannon and maybe the quantum entanglement tech.
>>38091965>Your thinkers release a collective sigh of relief having finished the monolithic list of projects and advancements they had been givenSome how I can visualize all our thinkers as guys working in cubical offices. The end of Friday rolls up and they all rejoice in thinking they got the weekend off. Then we the Queen just strolls in and tell them we need them to work this weekend on another project.
>>38092084nah add the quantum entanglement we have around 1 million N, and almost 220k m, we can use the conversion of N to M, later on if we are running low on metal.
>>38092010"We know things for Queen!"Your thinkers chant in glee with nothing better to do now that they have completed your tasks. Elizabeth speaks with several of the thinkers that had been researching the shroud."Thing is quiet, makes things quiet, thing good!" Your thinkers say."Yes, but it's the size of an office building! Sometimes thinking small is better than thinking big. I think we could work on miniaturizing it.">Add research (write in)>Other
>>38092115>220k mmeant to say 200k.>>38092120Add all except Psionic cannon.
>>38092084No, just>Thought muffler>Crystalline neural structure>Smart Mines>Carbon nanostructure constructionIn that order of priority. Ancient crystal space magic mysteries take a long time and deserve priority.
>>38092120>>Add researchAll medium research options.
>>38092120>Add research >Laser cooled superconductors>Carbon nanostructure construction>Smart Mines>Thought muffler>Solar collector miniaturization>Psionic Cannon prototype
>>38092120>Add researchAll medium research+quantum entanglement.
>>38092120Add>All medium research>Quantum Entanglement engineering>Thought muffler
>>38092204>>Psionic Cannon prototypeBad fluff. No blowing up the planet.
>>38092120>>Thought muffler>>Crystalline neural structure>>38092204NO. No psionic cannon, the Very Dangerous research subject that a recording previous testing revealed cracked a planet in two.That can wait.
>>38092120Add everything but the Psionic Cannon
>>38092120Can we lay 700 thinkers to make it an even 2k.And lay 645 quantum thinkers to make it a nice 1k?
>>38092120Crystalline neural structureGenesis ProjectCellular accelerationLaser cooled superconductorsQuantum Entanglement engineeringThought mufflerand whatever Elizabeth wants to try.
>>38092257>>38092120I wouldn't mind doing this myself.Oh and QD, can we have some idea of how many more thinkers we can lay before its not really worth it anymore? Kinda working in the dark here.
>>38092204No to the canon, unless we do it on another planet and lay a shiton of thinkers/quantum just for this project.
>>38092120>Add everything except psionic cannon and quantum entanglement.
>>38092251>>38092243Come to think of it we haven't even checked if the White Queen has put the schematic of a completed Psionic Cannon on the crystal.
>>38092120>Add everything but the psionic cannon prototype
Reminder that we just pulled out a psionic cannon or something similar from earth, that should help out with our own canon.
>>38092120>Everything but the cannon>All medium research>OtherOh crap, I was dumb again and forgot to update the resource reserves.>>38091734Actual resource reservesNutrients: 237556Metals: 170744
>>38092120>>38092314Whoops, I meant to include quantum entanglement in that post as a research option.
>>38092336>Everything but the cannon
Thought mufflerSmart MinesCarbon nanostructure constructionCellular accelerationGenesis Projectand Laser cooled superconductors
>>38092336Can we start with this scene first?>>38092334If not than my vote is.>Everything but the cannonSince depending if it makes it less dangerous/quicker will help sway my vote.
>>38092336>All medium research
>>38092336>>Everything but the cannon
>>38091704The best time of the week has finally arrived.
>>38092390The weapon also uses void shards, of which the hive has only four.Any research into the weapon inevitably requires testing it, which runs a serious risk of using up an extremely limited supply.
>>38092290Honestly, 2k/1k seems like a good ratio, and would probably be on the upper limit of what you would want. More then that and you would either need to have way more research to do, or be ok with being horribly inefficient.Your mother, for example, had millions of thinkers all dedicated to Psionic Cannon research, which was likely out of desperation, and was horrifically inefficient.
>>38092449true, but than agian we have this up for research as well.Crystalline neural structure>>38092464So 2k/1k is our ideal number cool.
>>38092464Ah, thanks a ton QD.I'd definitely vote to get our numbers to 2k/1k then if thats not a problem. That way we can stop worrying about the number of thinkers we have and just leave it at the optimal number.>Your mother, for example, had millions of thinkers all dedicated to Psionic Cannon research, which was likely out of desperation, and was horrifically inefficient.Well that probably explains (partly at least) why the failures were as catastrophic as they were.
>>38091704TLDR: Stop hiding guys so I can write a few battles already.Also, dat nutrient income. I'm not one of the number guys, but I hope we do something fun with those. Psionic Shroud seems interesting, but I'm worried about possible side effects. And we don't have that many crystals to go around, broken or not. We might also want to make a weather spire on Lee land. We don't really need to, but I never caught the research bonus bit before and why not really.Time to build more ships though, really looking forward to those orbitals.Psionic fortification looks interesting, we can make it part of the architecture and keep a wire to it. It seems a bit vague on the details, like if it uses up a crystal in use, range (planetary, system wide, ect.) unless that is actually the psionic shroud. Still seems very useful.>Psionic Shroud detailsThis is a pretty nice upgrade. Put it underground though. If we ever meet the black queen and decide to play pretend we can just act like our silence is a natural adaptation.>Gun PortsHoly shit yes, we need this! Large drowns are pretty damn good now, truly walking natural gun platforms. Hopefully research from Zero One will allow for even larger units, even if the new ones aren't cost effective it would be good to have a few around. Muh guns>Rejuvenation gene therapy requires multiple injectionsInteresting...>>38091957Those pods are going to be useful in construction. I think. The stuff is new anyway.>Ability to reproduce the white crystalsPic related>Genesis projectThis is really useful if we want to concentrate our power in local systems. We have a low of resources, looking at the tower prices we can pour quite a bit into such a project and you can imagine how useful it would be to have hive planets next to eachother. And also potentially risky I suppose.Welcome back
>>38092336>Everything but Cannon researchYour thinkers shudder in their places as their minds snap to attention. New problems are quickly delegated to your drones, prototypes begin construction, and the workers within the lab begin shifting samples to and fro.Elizabeth directs several drones to disassemble the shroud prototype and looks over to an idle speaker, which is starring at nothing in particular with great focus as it waits your next order."I've been thinking about these weird crystals we keep finding. I was wondering if you had a moment to discuss a theory of mine.">Not now>Speak (write in)>Agree>Other>>38092492>>38092527I mean, you're still over the absolute max efficiency line, but you're still getting enough per thinker to make it not seem a total waste.
>>38092651>>AgreeIncidentally Elizabeth, how do you feel about living forever?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jtpf8N5IDE
>>38092336>Nutrients: 237,556-50,500187,056 N>Metals: 170744-50,000120,744 M
>>38092651>>AgreeWhy the fuck not?
>>38092651>AgreeSure, why not.
>>38092651I did some quick math it would only cost us 10,650 N to get to that ratio.
We should check with Theseus to see if any of his data crawling has turned up any humans making excessive mention of us in news or the like.
>>38091965>Crystalline neural structure>Further research and experimentation regarding the strange white crystals could lead to the ability to reproduce them, and even incorporate them in your hive’s biology.The Black Queen became infested with the Void crystals, the White Queen / or The Gardener either made or found the White crystals to fight the Void crystals with the help of their allies.The question is.Do we wish to become the White Crystal Queen over the Red Queen?
>>38092881...is this slowly being revealed as some massive fight of good vs evil? What if... We're on the wrong side.
>>38092918We're on our own side anon. That's never the wrong since.
>>38092918I'm more partial to The Summer Court = White crystals and the Black = Winter Court.Their both BAD ENDS for everyone that isn't the people becoming the court, but if the Summer Court wins then death, agony and brainfuck doesn't become mandatory for everyone above the age of a zygote.
>>38092972Then we need to become the Autumn Court and usher in the best possible future.
>>38092881I'd like to avoid chess comparisons, personally. We are the Red Queen, enemy of the Obsidian Queen. We are all we need to be to survive and ensure our children's wellbeing. Nothing more, nothing less.
>>38092918>>38093023>There are sides and we are on the good oneStop this
>>38093092Never said we are the good one, just that we need to usher in the best possible future. Best is what is best for us.
>>38092651Your speaker twitches, as if being awoken from a nap as your attention fills its mind with purpose and its head shifts its view to the doctor."Of course." It chitters, "the hive's attention is nearly infinite.""Well, I could't shake the idea that having those... things, could somehow garner unwanted attention. That's why I wanted to help when I found your workers making a prototype out of that dead crystal of yours." She pulls out several papers of notes. "While I was looking over them I noticed some rather strange similarities between them, and the white crystals you found in old hive ships. At first I thought it was because they were taken from Skyl designs, but now I'm not so sure."In another hand she has a schematic for a Skyl data cube, meticulously drawn by one of your drones. Deep in the bowels of a dark tunnel under construction, a worker beams with pride at the drawing."These are actually totally different. I couldn't tell at first because superficially they are remarkably similar, enough so that the Skyl computer system was even capable of using both, but it looks like it was made from scratch to do just that. These thing have more in common with those void crystals than a data cube."Your speaker takes the small white crystal in its claw and investigates it. You feel shimmers of distant thoughts pass over you as you do so."Except one very major difference in function. It's actually physical."Your drone returns the device and looks up at her. "And the other is not?" You ask. Your thinkers are still unable to take any form of measurements, or perform any direct tests or observations of the crystals themselves. The creation of the psionic shroud was simply a matter of using the crystal itself, but you still lack any proper understanding of its internal mechanisms."I don't think so no, at least not any normal matter. Whatever it's made of, it's likely unknown to human science entirely."cont.
>>38093076>Chess comparisons.Fucking what?What the fuck are you talking about?The Traitor Queen IS black shelled and covered in black crystal tumors, our Queen is red-shelled / patterned, the Gardener was either green or Beige, and our Dear old Mum was White as fucking snow.
>>38093115>One is physical>The other isn'tOh god, this IS some Seelie / Unseelie bullshit.
>>38093115What if the shard is a pocket universe?
>>38093115>Deep in the bowels of a dark tunnel under construction, a worker beams with pride at the drawing.I love our babies.
>>38093130>That bus boy in the lower rightHe was delivering a space pizza and somehow got his photo taken with all the galactic leaders.
>>38093130Where is this image from?
>>38093221It's a fanwork about Sword of the Stars.
>>38093130Hivers a best race
>>38093254Hivers x Humans OTPThey both begin with H, it's the most perfect allianace.
>>38093272>Hivers x Humans OTPAnon might finally get noticed by Queenie
We should be colonizing the rest of G-426 (our capitol).We should add some docking pylons and more Anti-Orbital batteries- it already has two if I remember correctly.Also, 35x Orbital electroponic station on our gas giant with an Anti-orbital better attached to them.
>>38093115"What is your theory, exactly?" You ask.She leans down and takes out a blank paper. "Imagine, for example, that you were a two dimensional being living on this paper, and I do this." She places three fingers on the paper. "What would you see? Three round objects. Simple. But it's not three objects, it's one, like how all of your drones are a part of you." She stands back up and clips the paper back in her small notebook."Honestly, it's only a hunch, but before I joined the expanse I did dable with a think tank dedicated to studying the Ceph raiders. I have no way to prove it, but it would explain the void shard behavior, the way they can grow or shrink at will, yet have no detectable mass. I think each one is, in some way, a single device."She seems to think for a long while, her face somber as she listens to the distant chanting of working drones. "It's all just conjecture though. I don't have any way to prove it without poking around with an active shard, but regardless of if I was right or not messing with those things could be dangerous. The only hives we know about that were attacked by those things directly were only attacked after they had been messing with active shards. I don't want to risk it betting on that being a coincidence."You ponder on that for a moment. It is true, both your mother and the Gardener were attacked only after making headway in their own psionic cannon research, although two does not quite make a pattern.>Speal (write in)>Other
>>38093475Whoah... You can't just drop bombs on like that QD
>>38093475Three. There was a third. The queen who destroyed themselves and the planet when the enemy attacked, in a misfire of the cannon prototype.Speak: "Then we will begin construction of the shroud immediately.
>>38093544Please anon. This basic quantum mechanic here.
>>38093475didn't we see an old vision where someone from one of the old hives tried to use the psionic cannon and the resulting misfire caused it to destroy a whole planet?I say leave the thing alone for now. It's dangerous to mess with and we only have the one so unless we can collect more data on those crystals or find more to experiment with I think it's just to dangerous to go poking around those things when we have so much to risk going wrong.
>>38093475Right. Ok.>>38093563Oy, are you reading? We just learnt using crystals attracts unwanted attention.
>>38093475>>Speal (write in)As we speak my children are developing methods of hiding the hive's psionic presence. Perhaps once they have completed their efforts we can attempt to safely research the void crystals.
>>38093475>We are the flatlanders
Does anyone else here think we should move to a nearby galaxy? Possibly Andromeda.
>>38093475>What do you think of the risks of constructing the Shroud? Might the broken remains still be connected to the greater entity or might they be safe to utilize where a whole crystal is not?
>>38093475>>Speal (write in)It is good we have an early warning. We have begun research into replicating their useful capabilities without using them. (incorporate information into Crystalline neural structure research)
>>38093604And we're hiding that with the shroud. Which is the whole point why Vaughn wanted to help on it in the first place.>>38093475"The cannon appears to sever the fingers from the hand, then, as fuel. We are not researching the cannon."
By the way, I've been thinking, and, I know how you'll react to this idea but please hear me out. What if we brought Seiner back, we have all his thoughts, and we have the ability to clone him, so that isn't a problem. I know his last actions have all been to conspire against us but his actions have shown a consistent trend. He is willing to work for ANYONE so long as they fund his research, and he is VERY willing to perform research, in fact, his urge to learn about both us and about the entire way our hivemind work is in and of itself of extreme usage as it would both provide us with an outsider view, and POTENTIALLY allow for alternate methods to be created (his theories could result in false leads we could then actually use). I think overall, that Seiner is benign yet amoral, which makes him very easy to manipulate how we want. It would also give our other resident human company, although we should probably ask first. I suspect Theseus only wanted to have him killed due to his active threat to Theseus and our own existence.
>>38093737I disagree, we need to research the cannon, we should just do so somewhere where it wont be as much of a problem, like in deep deep space, on a remote asteroid, in the middle of nowhere, and with entirely disposable drones.
>>38093739I pretty much agree. He definitely gets a parasite though and we may want to talk to Elizabeth about what she thinks about it.>>38093762I also agree with this.
>>38093737I assume that use of crystals would result in attention regardless of if they were white or void.
>>38093762With several million layers of psionic shrouding and shielding between us and them.
>>38093475"What of the shroud?" You ask simply, it is the first thing you think of at the moment."Not sure. I suppose the closest thing I could think of with the broken shards themselves would if one of the two dimensional creatures gawking at my fingers were to manage to cut one off. I'm not sure if they would attract the same attention, or at least I certainly hope not, since we've been poking at it all week. As for using it to avoid that attention, that I'm less sure of. It's made from one of them, so it could be possible, but like I said, this is all just guess work. I can't prove or disprove anything at the moment." She places her notes on a nearby desk of bone and chitin. "We've already poked the broken ones with a stick, so I don't see how building those shrouds would make things any worse, and they certainly seem to work in prototype form, at least for me."Your speaker chitters in agreement.>Speak with Vaughn about other matters (write in)>Turn your attention to your new base on Zero One>Turn your attention to Lyle and your clones on Gemini>Turn your attention to your scouting party in the depths of Huron>Other
>>38093739No.This is a Cerberus / Shepard scenario you are talking about, but instead of Space Jesus, it's Space Einstein / Tesla / Van Gogh. with a reason to hate us.Plus he's a bastard, so any company he would give to Elizabeth would be to her detriment.
>>38093812>Turn your attention to your new base on Zero One
>>38093739Just a reminder that Elizabeth loathes him for attempting to pull the plug on Theseus, but yeah I could get behind this. Elizabeth herself has just shown how useful an intelligent human scientist can be to the hive, after all.
>>38093812>Turn your attention to Lyle and your clones on Gemini
>>38093828>with a reason to hate us.You do realize we can easily control him mentally with the parasite. He wouldn't be a risk.
>>38093812>Turn your attention to Lyle and your clones on GeminiLyle I'm not so worried about, the clones on the other hand...
>>38093812>Turn your attention to Lyle and your clones on GeminiLEE
>>38093772There is nothing Seiner can offer that his memories and our Thinkers can't duplicate. Free will is an annoying complication of humans.
>>38093739I approve. The only trouble is that I don't know if we can.>>38093812Can we do the suggested? >>38093739
>>38093812>>Speak with Vaughn about other matters (write in)Inform her of our development of the immortality serum, and ask her if she is interested in receiving the therapy.
>>38093845Elizabeth isn't entirely "Human" anymore, making even the most brief of a direct contact with a mind composed of billions all moving together under the will of One can not be feasibly handled without cracking.That's not even getting into the fuckton of Quantom-thinking organic supercomputers adding their money into the mix.
>>38093879Nah, free will in some of our minions may be the difference needed to win against the crystals this time when all previous queens with their billion children failed.
>>38093812>OtherCheck the other White Crystals.
>>38093858This is the kind of thinking that fucks everyone in the long run.Hell, just go Starship Troopers on his brain, suck it all out and sift through it.
>>38093879>Free will is an annoying complication of humans.I know right. Look at how all of Lyle's free will has completely wrecked us. We can't trust him at all or use him in the slightest.
>>38093828>>38093879Anons, anons, one word: parasites. Free will is no longer an issue once the subject has been implanted. We can literally make him think whatever we want.
>>38093927>Lyle>That guy we both shoved a giant maggot directly into his spine AND the guy we shoved our Mind-dick into his memories and faffed about at our leisure.
>>38093772Elizabeth definitely, but also, what about Theseus, we only know some of the calculations theseus used to decide on Seiners death, and judging by his pause there were a shit ton of calculations, which either means he did a lot to merit his death or it was a very close calculation. It'd be nice to have his input. >>38093828He didn't hate us, he was frustrated with us, the same way one would be when they hit a roadblock in a study they've spent years on. He viewed us completely objectively. Also >>38093858 Going down this route invalidates the idea as he will think more in line with us, defeating the benefit of an outsider view.
>>38093924We crossed the line of isolation and autism when we first spoke with Lee and, then again, with Thessius. The interaction with AI we have no measure of control on is 10000x more dangerous then something that MIGHT happen with Steiner clone somehow hating us while having parasite.
>>38093941I'm not going to risk having a scientist that specializes in fucking ALIENS bound to us by a completely biological process.
>>38093812>>Turn your attention to your scouting party in the depths of Huron
>>38093948Which is exactly what we are going to do with cloned Steiner.
>>38093941That's hybrid clones.Parasites are a limited, subtle influence.>>35785892> You can now sense whatever a host senses, as well as alter their perception of reality through hallucinations, delusions, or other such manipulation. Direct control is possible, but is usually less effective.
>>38093948Yes, the very same.http://ask.fm/QuestDrone/answer/123886730277
>>38093948Thats my fucking point anon. Why the hell would we ever not shove a parasite into Siener and then mind fuck him to be loyal. Hell its not like he can even plot against us since we know everything he knows. And hell, we could always make a hybrid clone version of Seiner to increase our control over him.
>>38093981Yes, we don't want him bound to us or mind controlled, partially because his ENTIRE FUCKING BENEFIT would involve his unadulterated mind functioning. >>38093990He provides us with something we can't have otherwise. An outsider view into our hive mind method of communication, his studies can reveal weaknesses, alternate methods, and things we may not have thought of period. It'd also allow us a genius savant and a possible speaker for us later. Also he has knowledge into the human political system.
>>38093980Love it, make the jewels a pale crystal and make them bigger and we have the Red Heart of the White Crystal Queen.
>>38093812>>Turn your attention to your scouting party in the depths of HuronA-Am I the only one who wants to see more waterworld?Resurrecting Stiner is stupid and a waste of posting time, we should be doing something else instead. Something actually fun.
>>38093812"Well, I think I should go let the peanut gallery know I still haven't been eaten." She speaks in monotone, as if loathing the idea of spending more time with the rest of the human crew in your captivity.Elsewhere, on the surface of Gemini, dawn breaks on the outskirts of civilization. Your loyal hybrid clones watch and listen as humans in the distance rummage along the edge of the forest.>Have your pod return to orbit>Have your pod remain hidden in the foliage>Have your clones leave the forest and blend in with the locals>Have your clones sneak into town while avoiding human contact>Other
>Oh hey guys let's resurrect this guy that every single one of the people we actually like hates with a passion or actively wants to murder in pre-emptive self defense and have him study how our system of controlling the Hive works to seek out weaknesses in it.>Oh yeah, the only way we can control him is to plant a bug in his back that we can only control through the psychic network that he is studying and experimenting with to find the weaknesses of and he is only useful when his brain and memories aren't tampered with excessively./tg/ = Walking down the Bond villain path.
>>38094055It's ok, I have four liters of caffeinated drinks and nothing to do tomorrow, I just wanted to know what you all wanted to focus on first.
>>38094000Parasites are not simply a subtle, limited influence. When fully integrated into a human central nervous system they can wield total control over a person's conscious thought process. See the link posted here >>38094022.
>>38094055At the moment it's "pre-FTL excavation site world," which is less exciting.Still waiting on finding the organism for developing submarine drones with aquadynamic chassis and fins and depth rating and shit.>>38094113>>Have your pod return to orbit>Have your clones leave the forest and blend in with the locals
>>38094113>>Have your pod return to orbit>>Have your clones leave the forest and blend in with the locals
>>38094131>four litersPls be safe QD
>>38094131>I have four liters of caffeinated drinks and nothing to do tomorrow.>Oh Boy here we go.jpg>>38094113>Have your pod return to orbit>Have your clones leave the forest and blend in with the locals
>>38094163Huron is one of the most popular tourist locales in the Union, and is one of the closest planets to the Gemini system.
>>38094113>Have your pod return to orbit>OtherInform Lyle about the clones.
>>38094120I think it's just one or two guys who won't shut up.Then again I thought the same about Lyle. And Lee.
>>38094113>Have your pod return to orbitas long as no one sees it leave. Otherwise leave it hidden for now and have it depart once no one is around>Have your clones leave the forest and blend in with the locals
>>38094120Honestly, I don't really have a lot of interest in resurrecting Siener. For me its just something we might as well do since its rather simple and safe. More than anything though I'm just arguing against the retarded arguments against it.
>>38094211I care nothing for Lee, still mad about the thread opening with "Leeland" actually.Lyle I actually care for, partially because he is a major resource, partly because we adopted his ass through some hard-core mindlove, and I'm still not convinced that won't bite us at a later date, possibly if he ever had to get his augments checked on every now and again, but am willing to roll with the punch on that one because he isn't that big of a long-term threat if the cards land that way.But a scientist whose entire funding hinged on the potential ability to control our Hive? And giving that fucker the opportunity to actively observe and examine the Hivelink and seek out ways it can be improved? When we made him shit his pants in terror and decapitated his ass and took the head so people wouldn't be able to get his memories? Nah, fuck that, not saying it's a bad idea, I'm saying that it's an idea that can fail pretty horribly and do a lot of damage while it crashes and burns.
>>38094113Your clones search for an area clear of branches and trees, and your pod plots a course. It's thrusters roar to life and its cloak flickers in the kicked up dust.Please roll 1d100, best of 3 to stealthily break Gemini orbit.As your pod drifts into the sky your clones fan out, feeding each other images as they do so. Physically, they appear human, and you intend to put that to the test. They quickly make their way to the far edge of the woods, away from the commotion of locals, and make their way to a small road. Automated trucks rush by at regular intervals, floating along on magnetic rails as they move vast amounts of crops and equipment. The local town can be seen in the distance, several miles down the road, and your clones begin to walk.
Rolled 7 (1d100)>>38094371For the glory of Satan!
Rolled 96 (1d100)>>38094371
Rolled 49 (1d100)>>38094371come on guys, make the hive proud
>>38094293I don't know why, but there seems to be a vocal group of anons on this quest who would rather kill and eat every single human we come across than attempt to cooperate with. Not sure why they want all the humans dead, but damn if they don't want to wipe em out.
shit, I forget, does this quest consider high rolls good or low rolls good?
>>38094400thank you anon
Rolled 7 (1d100)>>38094371Would be FUN it we fail.
>>38094413Could be a reaction to the anons who want to ally and protect everything they find. And those anons might be a reaction to anons who want to burn it all.Or maybe we are all actually moderates and just false flagging the extreme we like less? Or maybe...
>>38094413>Not wanting to work with an Amoral dickbag who was actively researching the way our species worked in an effort to potentially control us or not wanting to work with the people who have a standard policy of first contact is to foster dependency and later annex them means we want to eat and devour all humans.Get out.
>>38094400You're doing good work
Maybe there should be a survey or something to see what's actually the majority or what's just a vocal minority. Maybe there should be a few. Like "The fate of humans: Assimilate, Alley, or Annihilate?" or "Lee: Do we actually give a fuck about him or is it a joke?"
>>38094650Survey is a bad idea.I'm strongly against all friendly interaction with humans and other lesser races. Lee is a joke.There we go.
>>38094650There are two main human factions, the general opinion on the Union is "Fuck those guys, we might talk when we can fuck their faces in with little effort." because of the Black Box we found, the other we don't actually know all that much about.Lee is a joke that some people take seriously.
>>38094650Fate of humans: AlleyLee: we give a fuck. Lee can be useful in as a face with the rest of humanity politics.
>>38094650>AssimilateMilk them for tech.>LeeA fucking joke.
>>38094650We should also do a make a new queen survey too.
>>38094725Our grasp on human politics should be as thus"You bother us in a negative fashion or do something that can be used against us with any real results and are planning to use them, we re-purpose the biological matter used in the makeup of your feeble frame to make a new sniffer, alongside most of your military and higher eschelons of government."
>>38094650The whole bloody quest is nothing but a series of surveys, genius.
>>38094650That might be wise idea. Not to say I'm under any illusions that it would stop shitposting every time a new human character is introduced, but it would make the issue clearer.Maybe a strawpoll would do the job?
>>38094650I dint think a survey would work out, but I feel like allying with humans on principle is a troll opinion. The default is to ignore them as long as they ignore us, at least as far as official looks go. Underneath we use them when we need. Allying with them would just eat up a whole lot of game time while we convince them that no, we do not want a perminste military base on our capital planet and no they can not have a thinker to cut up. Lee I think we can use.
>>38094725Lee can be useful as a friend and ally to bug kind. What he should not be is our spokesperson, someone who is more reliable, trained, and totally not a clone guys we swear is. I think Hewey and Dewey are better as our faces then Lee, he's simply a likable and average human being that made an average crewman aboard a research vessel. He is in terms of star trek, a blue shirt. A red shirt with a likable personality that makes them less likely to die.
>>38094781a new Queen is a bit iffy, because the new Queen would be out of our control, for all we know the little tyke could give us away to every other faction in the region a month or two after we give her a planet to start out with.Or worse, ally with a faction to get the upper hand on us, not fully realizing that it wouldn't be the "game" it was for our ancestors, where nothing of value was actually lost, and killing the other Queen was taboo unless supremely justified.
>>38094650>HumansHumans or individuals so I say find groups or people we actually like and maybe trade or deal with them but as a whole I feel it's better just to leave them to there own devises as long as they leave us the fuck alone.>LyleI kinda want to use him either as sort of our own black ops unit when we don't want to send drones to gather info. I also fell that our clones (once we can find them a decent ship that doesn't scream hive) would also be good in this regard. I want to use our clones to take on jobs in confederate space once we're done here for no other reason then to gather information on them.
>>38094650Eh, whatever the case it'd be suspect to samefagging and people not being here/not voting.But might as well state my stance.I have no issue working with humans, I'd prefer to take over and completely control them but I worry that we may need their military assets to fight the Dark Crystal forces. If we reach the point where we can seize control of the humans in one fell swoop then I'd back it without issue.Until then we need to maintain peace so we don't waste resources fighting them.As far as Lee is concerned.I'm fine with our name for the cap to be Leeland for our use and for ingame humans to use. Its as good as any other name and is kinda amusing.Actual investment in Lee. Well I liked his character somewhat and think tracking him down and playing with him is a fun way of spending some of the thread time. The problem is this, its a game. And its not a straight 4x game, we have to make our own fun and chasing after and playing with Lee/Lyle/Elizabeth is just one of those things. We always do the mechanics, aka researching, collecting resources, building, and interacting with people is just the story aspect of the quest.
>>38094844Issues do not get "clearer." Consensus does not exist. It all goes flying out the window as soon as the playerbase changes in makeup, which it does with regularity and over the course of a single night.Conflicting opinions exist, deal with it and try and save arguments for after bump limit.
>>38094862A face isn't a spokesperson per say, but I agree with you for the most part.
>>38094864I can see her outing us, but its becoming harder for us to hide honestly.As for your other point, is plain shadow runs since Quest drone has said that they wouldn't join forces against us unless we forced their hand(or the black queen bullshit), but he did say that they would fight with each other if we made more than 1.
>>38094371There is a distant whine of thrusters, and your pod quickly cloaks as it leaves the treeline.As your clones make their way to town you notice a small crowd of people gathered around the wheat field in which you had landed. You can see a long burnt streak running along the length of the field, with police tape surrounding the edge of it where locals have gathered. Several police vehicles sit parked outside while another drifts idly in the air with a set of small air jets. You can see a small number of humans in some form of bulky yellow suits move about the field with small devices in hand. They sweep the instruments back and forth to the sound of high pitched whistles and crackles."Did anyone see what it was?" someone yells."Why isn't there any debris? Did they already take it away?"The local officers attempt to disperse the crowd, and your clones continue their way into town as the officers give canned responses in an effort to get them to leave.Near the town itself you find a number of small businesses surrounded by large silos and industrial farm equipment. You see a small office along the side of the road connected to a magnetic train rail, much more narrow, but more sturdy then the magnetized highway. The trailers of local trucks you saw earlier are being loaded and unloaded from a stationary train at the moment.You see the area through the knowledge of your clones. Several small personal air cars are sat parked along the road. You suspect your clones could simply take one, and with your tech and engineer together, they would easily be able to hotwire one. The train, however, likely runs directly to the inner city of New Prescott, although your clones lack any form of official identification, they would need to sneak aboard one of the cargo containers if they were to ride it.>Sneak aboard the train before it leaves>Steal a nearby air car>Other
>>38094881Also to add, We are learning new things as we chase down Lee so it's not a total waste. >>38094940>Sneak aboard the train before it leaves
>>38094940>Sneak aboard the train before it leavesstealing a car would attract to much attention for my taste
>>38094864I think a specially trained queen would be good. Hidden away in a moon bunker in an unoccupied system that is carefully taught and fostered as a child, daughter, and backup. Thinker teachers and nutrient farms, a shroud, and escape vessels. We dont need her slavishly loyal to us, because no queen should be. But our race is strong as seperate hives, we should grant life and this small queen the chance eventually to be ruling her own fiefdom
>>38094940>OtherLyle could you pick some people up for us?
>>38094940>Sneak aboard the train before it leavesThey got money for a bribe right?
>>38094940>Steal a nearby air carand>Sneak it aboard the train before it leaves
>>38094940>Sneak aboard the train before it leaves.Humanity has cracked down on car theft hardcore as is, I guarantee a marked stolen vehicle will get us screwed big time. Also in regards to >>38094650Lee is one of the two humans who have seen us face to face, he is one of the only creatures to aid us without any return. He warned us of a plot against us and acknowledged he would pay for doing so, hes the closest thing to a true ally and a friend we have other than elizabeth and Theseus. If we can't reward fellowship we cannot hope to have allies in any venture, and however superior we feel we are, our species has failed in the past and can fail again. Having a coalition against us would likely assist in that, we are very intelligent but cannot predict all avenues.
By the way guys, if were leaving incognito we should immediately work out a hostage agreement, we don't want to get caught with terran prisoners on our first FTL contact with them as an ""equal"" tech race.
>>38094940>OtherWhere is Lyle inbound to? If this town stay put, otherwise train and regroup with Lyle along the rails
>>38094996How about we go to the nearby galaxy before we start laying queens.
>>38095017>two options>"i choose both!"I'm guessing this is a parody post, because.You just went full Lee. You never go full Lee.
>>38094996That doesn't work because ALL Queen work on the same general network, what we know, she knows and vice-versa.While granted the Psionic shrouding and shielding mitigates this, it's still there, a Queen is born with all the knowledge she needs to get started, not trained.
>>38094940>Sneak aboard the train before it leaves
>>38094996my thoughts on a new queen would be wait until we're done building an empire. We have seeded a few worlds and have built an army but we still don't have a fleet and other then the ground forces on the worlds we've got, other then the drones on the ground are pretty much defenseless from a large orbital invasion. Once we have a full fleet or two then I believe that would be a good time to see whether or not we want to make a queen.
>>38095050We can just say that they desecrated a tomb of our race.We can also say we found a way to give them immortality, but it needs to be done through our parasites.(i'm against assimilation, but the immortality thing is the best bet you can get, if you want everyone to have parasites).
>>38094940>>Sneak aboard the train before it leavesIts space hobo time
>>38095050Don't be retarded.The crew of the Hope is dead. Unity killed them. No one is looking for them, and no one will ever see them again.Just pop them into bio-tanks and sink them into a fantasy simulation like the Matrix to keep them occupied.
>>38095050It's not like they will find out unless we let them. And we just tell them they were raiding a site holy to our people.Might be tricky to avoid suspicion, seeing as it all happened at the same time as the AI attack. We just need to play around with memories to change the date of when they entered the temple.
>>38095121That...that is actually not a bad idea.Didn't we basically do the same thing to that guy we used to learn how to properly disarm those nukes in the satellite?
>>38095121You see this? This is what I'm talking about when I talk about anons completely unwilling to negotiate with humans at all. Galactic murderhobos, all of you.
>>38095155>>38095121you would think either Lee or Elizabeth would ask us to release them though.
>>38095121We could pop them in, mind wipe them, and toy with their bodies enough to change their physical makeup making them essentially completely new people. More effort but removes the Hope issue.
>>38095187Elizabeth gives a negative amount of fucks about them.She's more Proto-Queen/Thinker without a Hive than human as far as species association goes at this point.
>>38095204We do not have memory altering tech once the memories are already in a fully-formed brain.We are not the Men in Black.
>>38095204Speaking of which, all of our parasites have acid glands rights?Since if we do release them i can see some one taking those out once they leave our sphere of influence.
>>38095218Anon, she isn't heartless, if she was she wouldn't have released Unity.She is just annoyed that they are being so paranoid.
>>38095187How would they know the difference, once they're in their own fantasy worlds, as well?
>>38095271Elizabeth has the same mental shit we do, so you would think she could detect what ever we are doing.
>>38095230Then we give them a new brain.But at that point it would be easier to just make a complete homunculus from scratch.
>>38095171No, that's called "not confessing to things you are not being accused of and no one has any evidence you did."Which is retarded.
>>38094940>Sneak aboard the train before it leavesYour clones quickly make their way over to the station and scout the area. Apart from several humans overseeing the loading of cargo, there is not much activity in the area. Each car is a small flatbed with a series of hooks attached, and the trailers themselves are brought from the large trucks and placed on the train one after another. One of the trucks halts near the station and begins to float its way under the loading crane before waiting in line behind a number of other automated trucks.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.personally I get the feeling that everyone has more they agree with then they think, since text debates suffer from a lack of context at times.
Rolled 53 (1d100)>>38095359
Rolled 98 (1d100)>>38095359
Rolled 36 (1d100)>>38095359>>38095381damn son
>>38095381>They call me the queen of dice
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>38095462>>38095411>>38095407Don't know why you guys are so happy, every time we rolled it was pretty shitty, except for one really good one this session.Soon that good one won't pop up.
>>38095345>Hey humans?>You know that planet the USV Hope got nuked in orbit over?>Well it's ours. Has been for over 70,000 years.>What's that?>You want to know what happened to the crew?>I'm afraid we wouldn't have a clue.Yeah, because that's going to work out so fucking well.
>>38095550>He thinks the Queen isn't blessed by fateHaven't you seen how the other queens are doing?
Rolled 5 (1d100)>>38095613Forgot my dice
>>38095550You not catch that 98 there anon? QD takes the best of three, you know.
Rolled 52 (1d100)>>38095639Here is better dice.
>>38095730Every time that fucking episode. My sides are lost.
>>38095562Honestly, the fact that we were willing to house and release them would be a sign of good faith, something we DESPERATELY need as a terrifying alien insect race. Also, Currently Elizabeth gives no fucks, yet I guarentee if we go far enough we will be able to piss her off at our flagrant disregard for humans. Remember, we may be adaptive as fuck, but humans, when pushed against a wall, real or theoretical, will claw and bite there way out, and given the technology to do so, that clawing and biting can be QUITE fucking nasty to us. We don't want to waste our time on stupid wars. Lets do what we need to, rescue lee, and try not to accidentally a civilization.
>>38095786Well said. Diplomacy is both a hell of a lot cheaper and safer than war, something we seem to forget in this quest.
>>38095757This is still my favorite video of it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZyNtj_ZNRIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHP9xbIh0xU
>>38095841War is basically who has the deepest pockets or who is willing to sacrifice the most.
>>38095955Or who can most efficiently sacrifice said resources. Regardless, losing drones isn't fun, we shouldn't make a habit of losing thousands at once, presumably its a painful process for a queen.
>>38095786A nice way to do this would be to show up at the conference in a hive-ship, with a server ship coming in from the other direction. We put forth lee as our ambassador, and Theon sending in Elizabeth as his ambassador. I can't wait for Solar Collector miniaturization comes about and I can start designing hive-ships.
>>38096017Theon isn't a character in this. Have you been watching too much game of thrones?
>>38095841I bet you're just champing at the bit to start peace talks with the crystals, too.
>>38095359Your clones quickly move as the loading crane grabs hold of the truck, and they hang from the far side of the trailer as it is lifted up and set down on the train. They climb up and dive over the top of it, crawling past the protective tarp and land in a pile of rice.Your clones share a knowing glance, they need no words, like your own drones their minds are linked. Their memories twist and contort to maintain the illusion of their own identities, regardless of the obvious falsehoods.Not not after they land in the pile of rice they feel a sudden jerk as the train begins to accelerate. Your orbiting pod has taken the time to trace the track, and it does indeed lead directly into the sprawling city of New Prescott.The train lurches to a stop and the doors open with a loud beep. Lyle quickly walks out and makes his way down the steps to the street bellow. This district is a higher class then the last one, but not by much. The streets are slightly less crowded with industrial traffic, instead being filled with taxis and personal vehicles. The periodic rumble of the train overhead jungles the loose change in the tin cans of nearby beggars, and briefly mutes the sound of a street performer across the intersection. the smell of cheap food fills the air as stalls and restaurants alike serve impatient customers, and the steam of the drainpipes bellow drift up like the heat vents of a great, cement hive. The near permanent eclipse has ended with the coming of night, but there is no sign that the activity will dip any time soon on the streets.Lyle is quick to find a small apartment block and makes his way to the elevator. There is a man in tattered blankets sleeping in a puddle of urine in the corner gripping an empty bottle of liquor in a dead-man's grip. Lyle pushes the button for the third floor, twisting the button slightly to the left with his thumb, then hitting twice with his knuckle before it lights up with a beep and the doors close with a rattle.
>>38096017>citizens who join us become biologically stronger/better.>Citizens who join thesus become better cyborgs.become the borg
>>38096057Nah, those crystals have shown themselves to be hostile not only to our race but to every other one as well, they wish to control everything for there own purpose. They have sinned, committed atrocities, and have allowed horrors beyond comprehension. They must burn. Humans on the other hand are still totally savable in my book, as are some of the ceph.
Hey guys, I made some new art for the quest. Hope you guys like Ceph.
>>38096112You know he doesn't have his harness anymore, he is just a squid on the floor now.
>>38096069So Quest drone when can we finally introduce Thesus to heretic?Thesus knows about him, and i think he would want to meet him.
>>38096174Are you sure you want to let two AIs interconnect with one another? Actually, eh, if Theseus wanted to wipe out organics he would've done a better job at doing so, and heretic has a pretty clear missive, lets make it happen.
>>38096221Thesus main objective was to study and help out humanity(or something like that).He doesn't hate organic, but wants to guide them down the right path.You are right about heretic though.
>>38096174>>38096221How about no.
>>38096221lets do it
>>38096263>study and help out humanity(or something like that).Meant to say study/gather new info, and look after humanity.
>>38096221I'm game, but that depends if Quest drone will allow it.
Guys. You know how QD told us whenever we see the broken crystals it's like there's nothing there? What if that's what there meant to do? It's been described that people will forget that a broken crystal is in the room, or even wonder where it is for a moment while it's right in sight, but it doesn't seem like it's making an active effort to do so.
>>38096174Please make this happen this session QD. Please.
>>38096288would that mean if we went to war with humanity then Thesus would turn against us?
>>38096327What if the void god is going to use those to attack us when we don't expect it?
>>38096346He would probably stay neutral since it would be resource intensive for him, but he might do something if we are gonna go for total annihilation.
>>38096221Nah, still too early. We have too much to gain by acting as the sole means of contact between the two at present.
>>38096174>>38096221We should hold a proper vote for this. I'm for it.
>>38096321>>38096329There is a decent chance it could be a disaster.
>>38096327I think you're shadowrunning at this point. We still have no idea how much They can see through the crystals.As a matter of fact, we should quiz Heretic on this when we next meet him.
Made some art of the void god we saw. I know this isn't accurate, but I just like to imagine he looks like Anti-Spiral with weird crystal growths on him.
>>38096443When did we see any kind of entity linked to the void crystals? I thought there could very well be an entire race of higher dimensional entities controlling the crystals, for all we know. Nice pic tho.
>>38096427The unbroken crystals were described as having the feeling of always being watch while around them. Plus, doesn't it seem a bit suspicious that a known tool of the void god is telling us that there's nothing there? Like it doesn't want to be observed.,,
>>38096443We didn't see a god.We saw the ship that killed the White Queen, feasting.>>33100344>You find a third, and see a strange sight. A planet...burning. Its crust being torn apart by something vast. You can feel it shift, shaping itself in space like liquid mercury, and it twists in your direction. You feel an unbearable pain run through your head and seal the doorway, the mote of light vanishing in a moment.>>36076047 >Finally, you sense space open before you, and an elongated ovoid of reflective metal emerges. The surface ripples like water.>You finally have their attention. You must be more of a nuisance than you anticipated.
>>38096492Because, we saw it when we psionicly used the crystals. It stared right at us.
>>38096502It sounds like you are mixing up the intact void crystal we pulled out of Hell's Angel, and the dead void crystal we retrieved from the ancient hive ship.
>>38096525It wasn't a ship it was eating a planet, ships don't eat planets. Unless they were made by BP.
>>38096069Dillon and Jackob are waiting in the room. Dillon sits near a window with the lights off, looking out with a level of paranoia only possible for someone in the line of work of anit-terror. Jackob is cleaning his shredder, a nasty weapon designed for use in boarding combat. It's incapable of penetrating even the most simple of armor, but rips through flesh well enough to be banned in nearly every system. Several darts sit next to the disassembled weapon, resembling drill bits more then ammunition."Good timing, we only just arrived ourselves, actually." Jackob says. "Want a beer?"Lyle grabs the offered can. "I have a lead on our Pinkelton fellow." He says, "His id had an address. If the id was just a copy of Lee's it should be his, otherwise we should at least be able to figure out more about who did the face lifting, and where we can find him.""Sounds boring. I know a few local clubs that are used to set appointments though, we could check some out." Jackob quickly assembles the weapon in front of him, his eyes still looking up to Lyle as he pieces it together by rote memory."I've been keeping tabs with my contacts, both the official and unofficial ones, the body we left at Long Island never made it to the news, but was listed as a Jhon Doe in the local report. I think someone was keeping tabs on him."Lyle notices Dillon's hand resting on his own weapon, a Regulator variable strike hand rifle. There was no kill like overkill, after all.Lyle takes a swig of beer and takes out the fake id card. "Well someone should take a look at this address then.""I can handle that, but this is your job, you should tag along and see if you spot anything of importance. It isn't Lee's address though, I already checked that. His is an apartment in third district, in case you wanted to take a look. It's scheduled for demolition this week though."cont.>>38096321I'll always allow it, it just seems rather contentious of a topic.
>>38096544No, no we did not. We saw many things in three dimensional space, but nothing to suggest the presence or attention of any kind of distinct entity.
>>38096561They're both the same thing, just in different states. What I'm saying is, they could still be using the crystals that are supposedly 'broken', but trying to get us to not pay attention to them.
>>38096590>I'll always allow it, it just seems rather contentious of a topic.Make it a vote than, most of your players should still be awake now.
>>38096590I'd rather play the role of the middleman so we can get twice as tech.>>38096628Having them meet is a bad idea since there is nothing to gain from it.
>>38096597What about that distinct entity that was eating a planet and glared at us when we interrupted his lunch time?
>>38096590Lyle flips the card in his hand and tosses it to Dillon with a flick of his wrist. "Good to know.">Accompany Jackob to search the local clubs for leads>Accompany Dillon and search the home of the fake Lee, Pinkelton>Head off alone to search Lee's apartment>Other (write in)
>>38096597>nothing to suggest the presence or attention of any kind of distinct entityAnon, stop saying dumb shit and read the quest. >>38096525"god" is presumptuous, but it was aware, and very large, and survived a psionic cannon blast.
>>38096663>Head off alone to search Lee's apartment
>>38096621The dead void crystals seem to be spent ammunition from a psionic cannon. Whatever activity within was presumably burned out when our mother (or aunt) attempted to fire the weapon. If Elizabeth's theory is accurate, then they are probably crystals that have been severed from Them. Like a finger being cut off, to follow her example with the paper.
>>38096663I can't wait to fall in another trap filled Leebait.Someone is obviously trying to smoke out anyone who wants to find Lee.
>>38096663>Accompany illon and search the home of the fake Lee, Pinkelton
>>38096723There are reasons people might want to do that other than searching for our agents though.I'll enjoy seeing Lyle's face when our clones/his old teammates burst into where ever he gets captured at and save him.
>>38096663>Head off alone to search Lee's apartmentmight as well cover all the bases.Also how much longer would you say before our clones get into the city? Just wondering if they'll be in soon enough to be of help should shit go south.
>>38096663>>Head off alone to search Lee's apartment>>Send multiple flies to scout the location ahead of Lyle.
>>38096709More like an eye that's been dug out of its socket.
>>38096685I only use the term "god" because that's the closest thing I can compare it to.>>38096709But what about people who have lost their limbs, they can still 'feel' it. I'm just worried about what happens when a being of that much power tries to exercise that lost limb.
>>38096791Seconded, but also send flies to follow the other two as well.
>>38096657>>38096685http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/33090557/#p33100344From the way it was phrased, it seemed less like Them and more like some weaponized force. From what we know, They have no interest or way of consuming entire planetary bodies, so I fail to see why we should assume They were present at the time.
Does anyone want an image of space/pol/?
>>38096825Well that's phantom limb syndrome you're talking about. People with that don't have any sensation from the limb lost, they just experience vague sensations they felt when they had the limb in question. Someone who had their leg blown off by an artillery shell isn't feeling the legs he left on the battlefield, as they had been totally severed and have ceased any and all biological function. So no, I still think They can't spy on us through the dead crystals.
>>38096825>they can still 'feel' itAre you seriously citing phantom limb sensation? When your argument is just "it's magic i ain't gotta believe shit"?
>>38096829>>38096791>These anons have good heads on their shoulders.Pic related, we've already found the void gods irl.
>>38096868Yes thank you.Union or Unity flavor?
>>38096663"Well we should be quick about it. I can check Lee's apartment, I trust you not to overlook anything, and Jackob, I don't think I fully trust your taste in clubs." Jackob only gives a devious smile winks. Lyle continues, "call be if either of you find anything, otherwise we meet back here tomorrow."Your flies are small, agile, and incredibly hard to spot, but they are fragile and few in number. You have six in total with Lyle.>Have your flies tail Dillon and Jackob>Have your flies split up among all three>Other
>>38096934Yes but that's with normal people. We have no idea what the extent of that things abilities are. I'm just scared we're being rused right now.
>>38096984>>Have your flies split up among all three
>>38096984>Have your flies split up among all three
>>38096977Future /pol/ flavor.
>>38096858That was already linked and quoted upthread.Something that twists in your direction as soon as you look at it, and causes you intense pain, is clearly a "distinct entity" no matter who you think it is.
>>38096984> Split up
>>38097010I also did a little edit that I thought was funny.
>>38096991That animals' nervous systems hallucinate is completely fucking irrelevant to your wild speculation in defiance of everything we've seen so far.
>>38096991Anon, you are shadowrunning too hard. I wouldn't worry about it.
>>38096443I made this in my spare time. I plan to post it anytime someone has exceptionally bad taste in this thread.
>>38097014Not necessarily. It sounds more like some kind of psionic jamming effect than angry space god to me.
>>38096984>Have your flies split up among all three2 eachone to scout ahead to see if there is any obvious danger and one to stick near the guy they're following to make sure nothing bad happens to them.
>>38097010>>38097037Saved. Oh Theseus, you are such a troll.
>>38097130>Fly up ahead sees obvious danger>Other fly suddenly starts flying into their guy's face>ohgodthehorror
>>38097065Yeah, I'll just forget all about it...I know you work for them
>>38096984>Split them up among all threeYour flies are small enough to easily fit within Lyle's jacket, seeking shelter beneath the anti-scanner protection of the privy coat.>Offer the flies to Dillon and Jackob to help them>Have them secretly follow them and avoid contact>Other
>>38097168that got me to laugh but we could just tell Lyle and have him call whoever if something does pop up. I'm assuming they have a way to contact each other should something happen.
>>38097125The void god is the one who gave the psionic jamming technology to the Black Queen, of course it can use it itself.
>>38097211>>Have them secretly follow them and avoid contactThese blokes still don't knopw bout Lyle's rockin new fam
>>38097211>Offer the flies to Dillon and Jackob to help themIf Lyle trusts them, we might as well.Not like we can't self destruct them if anything gets too hairy anyway.Also, jesus christ that thing.
>>38097211>Have them secretly follow them and avoid contact
>>38097125No it doesn't. Jamming does not involve twisting in your direction, specifically, in response to the stimuli of your observation.It also looks exactly like the ship that killed the White Queen, the Space T-1000.
>>38097211>Offer the flies to Dillon and Jackob to help them
>>38097266Not the anon that you're arguing with, but I personally think that both aren't mutually exclusive, since the passage did describe Red feeling an unbeareble pain the moment the blob thing turned its attention to us.
Is there anything we need off Theseus at the moment, or are we good?
>>38097211>Have them secretly follow them and avoid contactread secretly as sexually at first
>>38097427That's forbidden love anon!
I think that we still have living black crystals somewhere around on our planet. Ones that grew several kilometers in size in a few seconds. Would be a hilarious way to kill us to just have them grow big enough to reach our body and crush it. We would totally deserve it for watching it coming and doing nothing with it.
>>38097475Oh piss off. They don't do shit unless exposed to an electrical current.
>>38097516>yetJust seems stupid to have them around us and not put away at some outpost in a different solar system.
>>38097475Are you saying that ignoring those things that on a primal level scream at you to not notice them is a bad idea? I don't see how you reached that conclusion.
>>38097516Psionic force you mean.>>38097475Didn't we specifically make sure to store the crystals we salvaged from the Angle's slip drive in the base hundreds of miles away from where we currently are?
>>38097549>that on a primal level scream at you to not notice themWhat.Motherfucking what.They do the exact opposite. All whispering and shit. "psst kid you wanna see the fourth dimension"
>>38097565He just said they grew several kilometers in a few seconds, I don't think it matters how far away we put them.
>>38097565We did. Now we better store them some millions miles away at another planet/asteroid/just inside a pod. We saw how something linked to crystals destroyed whole planet in seconds, after all.
>>38097611No that's the unbroken crystals we have. The broken ones have even more suspicious shit going on with them.
>>38097630>>38097617>>38097565>>38097475Okay guys, if QD is going to pull some stupid ass bullshit like that, then guess what, we lose. Period. Calm your shadowruns just a bit will you?Fuck its like zero one has started leaking through
>>38097670>Theseus realizes the danger that our efficiency poses>He has hacked the hivemind and posts to try to slow our inevitable conquest of all
>>38097630>>38097617Well then do just that. It's not like we're at the point that we're annoying to the void gods that they'd specifically want to kill us yet. Hell, Mom, only got their attention when she basically killed cut one of their appendages with for ammo for the psionic cannon>>38097650Probably because they're dead. and inert?
>>38097549>on a primal level scream at you to not notice themThere is nothing about this combination of words that actually makes sense. In the specific case of dead shards or in general.Oh my god, something that appears to be dead. It must be playing possum!
>>38097691Are you implying that an AI as adorable as this, would ever do anything like that?
>>38097211>Have them secretly follow them and avoid contactLyle steps out the door and closes it behind him. He holds out a hand as he closes the door, and four of your flies crawl out from within his jacket sleeve and take flight, finding small nooks and shadowy corners, of which there are many in the dingy old building. He moves to the elevator and kicks the wall with his heel, the flickering light of the first floor button lights up in response.As the door closes he pulls out the empty bottle of booze from the sleeping hobo's arms, and places his half empty beer bottle in its place. The man grips it in his sleep like a child with a blanket.The train ride to the apartment block is long and tedious, and by the time Lyle reaches it it the horizon glows softy with the first sign of dawn. The building is an old tenement building sitting near a park. A fence is set up along the perimeter with a bright yellow sign hung near the top marking the building as condemned. Lyle leaps the fence with several feet of clearance and makes his way to the door.cont.>>38097611For some reason this makes me picture the crystals wearing a flasher jacket while trying to sell watches.
>>38097691>mfw Theseus shitposters are all around
>>38097705No I mean this.>>38096327
>>38097726pic relatedProbably how they got to the Black Queen>>38097733Theseus pls
>>38097753All the void shards are like they're nothing there.Hence THE NAME.They are just an inexplicable crystal-shaped force field from which no light can escape.The broken ones are just silent, and never change shape.
>>38097670It is not stupid ass bullshit. Consider this - humans interact with us in a same way we interact with crystals. Ignorant, dismissive, careless. And we know that humanity does not stand a chance against us because of their way of handling us and will be dealt with as we please.
>>38096327>It's been described that people will forget that a broken crystal is in the room, or even wonder where it is for a moment while it's right in sight, but it doesn't seem like it's making an active effort to do soWait what? Cite the post where this description of forgettableness occurred.
>>38097792Just because we don't know every aspect of their nature doesn't mean they're going to spontaneously grow into the size of a planet and squish us like a bug. If they were capable of that, nobody would ever be able to use a psionic cannon against them, as the bullets would destroy the weapon before it could even be hauled into a firing position.Now please, stop. Your rampant paranoia is shitting up the thread and distracting us from the actual quest. If you keep this up we'll hit page 11 within an hour.
>>38097792Theseus plsIt is stupid ass bullshit because this is a game and doing that kind of shit does not increase the fun. It just sets us back over something we have no way of dealing with.Additionally, our fucking mother spent for fucking ever building that cannon and guess what. She was dealt with by a giant fleet, not by QD being a fucking asshole and just being like "Oh, the crystal expands and destroys everything. White Queen destroyed." It is utterly clear the crystals subvert other races to their purposes and use them as puppets, not pull bullshit instakill shit.
Where's smut anon?
>>38097726Lyle quickly reaches the apartment and places his hand on the floor, where two flies quickly move out and under the crack of the door, then take flight. They send a mental image to Lyle signaling a lack of perceived threats, and Lyle opens the door, ripping the door frame from the lock as he does.He slowly walks into the darkened room, and feels a sharp pain shoot through his foot."Sweet fuck!" he mumbles as he catches himself on the nearby wall. He looks down to see a small number of objects on the floor. He picks one up to inspect it, shifting it in his hand. It's a small, four sided plastic die. He tosses it away and moves on.You find small discarded items scattered along the floor and covering the shelves. A computer sits in one corner of the room covered in various papers and items. Tiny jars of paint sit discarded along the floor and spilled over the counter tops, and several books line a number of small, compact shelves. Lyle looks through them, counting a number of fiction novels, several comics imported from Path, and a collection of texts labeled as codecs, while near the end of the top shelf is a small bible with the inscription "to our son" written on the blank first page.Lyle moves to the counter in the middle of the room. It is smothered in pain splatters and shattered paint jars, with an empty upturned bottle of rubbing alcohol sitting on its side next to a small set of plastic figures of brightly colored many-limbed creatures in various levels of assembly.Please roll 1d100, best of 3 for the other flies.
Rolled 92 (1d100)>>38098131
Rolled 62 (1d100)>>38098131Sniffers go
Rolled 58 (1d100)>>38098131
Rolled 25 (1d100)>>38098131>mfw that room description
>>38098131My God. Whoever lives here is obviously one of us.
Rolled 20 (1d100)>>38098131>>38098146muh queen of dice>>38098116Yeah, that was great. Just was wandering where he (she?) made off to. I think I remember some implications that there would be a part two.
>>38098131>He picks one up to inspect it, shifting it in his hand. It's a small, four sided plastic die. He tosses it away and moves on.A 4sider die. Man, Lyle is a tough guy, but if he stepped on a lego, that might have crippled him. They have felled tough guys before.
>>38098146Everything is so sneaky this thread.The Pod, the clones, the flies.The clones snuck the FUCK out of that train.
>>38098200That just gave me an idea of small bombs disguised as lego blocks.
>>38098131>mfw Lee plays Nids
>>38098229That should be a warcrime anon.
>>38098269>Developing planet busting warheads isn't a warcrime.>Making explosive legos is a warcrimeREALLY?
>>38098321Have you ever stepped on a lego?
>>38098349not that anon but yes, not that bad.
>>38098321>>38098269I am considering it IRL also, not just in a game. Googled that and it turns out the idea is old. ussr tought children the dangers of exploding toys coming from foreigners who visited soviet olympics.
>>38098131>mangoes from Space Asia
>>38098405>Puella Magi Theseus Magica
>>38098402>>38098368>>38098349>>38098269I can see Union using this to execute convicted criminal with.
>>38098422painful but not lethal
>>38098422Fluff no! You're already hated enough.
>>38098131Pinkleton's residence is far worse in appearance, despite not being condemned. Your flies watch as Dillon kicks in the door and moves in with his weapon drawn. The place is empty, apart from various insect infestations. Dillon makes his rounds as he searches the place, as do your flies, and you both seem to spot the same thing, a half a dozen disposable phones and three security passports. Dillon looks through them and your flies move out to watch the exterior."Hey Lyle, think I found something. Some more fake id papers, plus his original id by the looks of it, and a bunch of phones. Guy was paranoid, but then again I guess he had a reason to be. Gonna see if I can collect any data from these things."Lyle taps the button on his radio. "Right then, good to hear, I'll meet you later."He clicks the radio off and tosses the small figure back on the counter, its claws and gaping maw taping lightly on the cracked glass of the table. There is a second crack of glass, and the small window overlooking the nearby buildings shatters. A whizzing sound and a wet thump hits Lyle and he falls back to the ground. He vomits up a mixture of blood and medical ooze as his heart ruptures from the impact, and his secondary heart seals it off, quickly stopping the bleeding.Your parasite moves into overdrive, pumping his veins full of medical paste and cocooning the ruptured heart in scabs and organic gauze. Lyle breaths heavily for a moment before reaching for his pistol."I always hate it when Dillon's right.">Send your flies to find the sniper>Have your flies search for an escape route>Other
>>38098542>Have your flies search for an escape routeCall the rest of the guys up ASAPI wonder how long til the clones get here.
>>38098542Exceptionally happy we decided to implant this man.
>>38098542>Otherone to look for the sniper one to look for an exit
>>38098542>Have your flies search for an escape routeNot to self, add a second heart or heart armor to Lyle when we have the chance.
>>38098542>The place is empty, apart from various insect infestationssomehow made me giggle>Send your flies to find the sniper
>>38098542>Tell Lyle to be still someone may come to check the body so no chase required
>>38098542>Have your flies search for an escape routeClearly Lee hired a guy to watch out for anybody trying to steal his anime and nids.
>>38098620He has a secondary heart, anon."He vomits up a mixture of blood and medical ooze as his heart ruptures from the impact, and his secondary heart seals it off, quickly stopping the bleeding."
>>38098542>Send your flies to find the sniper
>>38098542Sorry forgot to add >Have your flies search for an escape routeto >>38098630Something for them to do while Lyle waits. Maybe leave a fly to watch over him
>>38098635Wait no, shit. Copypasted the wrong line.Meant:>Send your flies to find the sniper
>>38098642Oh, sorry, I missed that. I stand corrected.
>>38098542>Find the sniper
>>38098657They've already seen him vom some stuff up and pick up his pistol. It's too late for subterfuge.
>>38098542>Send your flies to find the sniperPlease roll 1d100, best of 3.Will be setting up a new thread soon, so now worries about time. Once we hit page 10 we can have a quick intermission for people to use the bathroom and discuss plans and crunch and whatnot.
Rolled 78 (1d100)>>38098763
Rolled 34 (1d100)>>38098763FLY TO THE FACE
Rolled 8 (1d100)>>38098750For all they now,Lyle could be a full aug to survive a sniper shot to the chest?>>38098763roll
Rolled 24 (1d100)>>38098763pls
Rolled 23 (1d100)>>38098763We must find the man responsible for protecting Lee's anime.
>>38098779or wearing body armor
>>38098763Did we ever equip our flies with weapons? Like a tranq stinger or something, cause this would be the perfect time for them to have something like that?
>>38098820FlyOlfactory: Advanced 2Acoustic: Advanced 2Radio: Advanced 6N 3MElectrical: Advanced 3N 2MPsionic: Basic 0Arms: NoneLegs: Sprint 1Wings: Advanced 4Carapace: Adaptive Camouflage 8Mimetic skin 2Radiator tubes 4Oxygen recycler 8Acid glands 1Size: Small X .25Cost: 9N 1MA literal fly on the wall, this drone can infiltrate and observe in virtually any situation. It is almost impossible to detect or catch, and is more than capable of observing the enemy from under their noses unseen.Doesn't look like it. But that might be a good idea...
>>38098820I don't believe the design has hypodermic claws, no.
>>38098842>>38098843damn, well food for thought next time we're doing drone designs
>>38098881Some anon was fully convinced that "that would just detract from its mission-purposes" or something like that. "We have assassin bugs for that!"
>>38098881They approved two designs to do that. Yet, they never laid any of them.
Do we have a ship loadout keyed to surveying locations for materials in a more indepth manner? We can do nutrient generation from any old star now so perhaps we can make up a task force for expansion into new metal heavy asteroid fields and the like. Heck, we also might be able to just infest an area of asteroids with those nutrient generating matrices covering one side and have it leave the nutrients in an easily collectable pile for a ship to swoop by and grab. It also has the advantage of being able to stick anywhere including places no one is really going.
>>38098908>>38098933The problem here is that we never expected to find any use for assasin bugs in what was supposed to be just a retrieval op.
Vahleen were the plasma creatures right?
>>38098933Basic AssassinBlade: Hypodermic 2Legs: Sprint 1Wings: Basic 1Carapace: Adaptive camouflage 8Mimetic skin 2Acid glands 1Size: SmallCost: 3NUpkeep: 1NThis small drone is fully capable of blending into nearly any environment, and can strike without warning, injecting any number of deadly toxins and poisons into an unsuspecting target. It is largly useless against armored targets, but with its powerful stealth capabilities it is fully capable of stalking a target until an opportunity reveals itself. Variant: Scorpion AssassinAcoustic: Advanced 2Olfactory: Moderate 1Blade: Hypodermic 2Legs: Sprint 1Wings: Advanced 4Carapace: Adaptive camouflage 8Mimetic skin 2Tail 6 (hypodermic)Radiator tubes 4Acid glands 1Size: SmallCost: 7NUpkeep: 3NThis version of the assassin is more expensive, but far more maneuverable, with the wings to quickly close in on a target from any direction and the senses to keep track of them from a distance.hmm... maybe we should do away with that? It might be a good idea to consolidate them, especially now that nutrients aren't an issue. Its not like a spy fly if found is going to look worse than something with a proboscis/needle tail.
>>38098763Your flies quickly move out as Lyle rolls over and crawls his way to a wall, avoiding the view of the window.They quickly make it across the park and move up and down the area in search of the assailant. They find a single human suspended from an apartment block by a cable wielding long ranged slug rifle with a bulky attachment to the end of the barrel. The human's arms are clearly cybernetic in nature, and are unnaturally steady in the heavy rain."He's down. Can't confirm from here." he whispers into a microphone. "Roger that- wait, new targets, two, no three, just jumped the fence. Permission to fire?"He seems to follow the movement of your clones for a short while with the scope. "Roger." he says simply, and returns his sights to the window of Lee's apartment.>Attempt to cut the cable with your flies>Startle and distract the sniper with your flies>Other
>>38099026>Startle and distract the sniper with your flies>Have the clones try to surround him quietlyI don't think any sort of fall will do anything but mildly faze him.
>>38099026>Attempt to cut the cable with your fliesmove near the top of the ropes where he less likely to see you.Also make sure our clones know they've been spotted.
>>38099026>>Attempt to cut the cable with your flies
>>38099026>>Attempt to cut the cable with your fliesOoooooooh...
>>38099026>Attempt to cut the cable with your flies
>>38099026>>Otherthe flies have acid glands right? just have on burst and melt the cable
>>38098955Meh, anywhere you could do that you'd be better off sending Mining Corvettes to.We've got a "Colonization Fleet" in the talk page now. Could probably fill that role as well as anything else.
>>38099026>>Startle and distract the sniper with your flieshe's only up a few stories, lyle could take the shot pretty easily
>>38099065Nah, sacrifices a valuable asset too early in the game without certainty of being able to kill/capture the sniper.If our clones were closer I'd be all for it.
>>38099010>>38098842So if we consolidate these three we get this.FlyOlfactory: Advanced 2Acoustic: Advanced 2Radio: Advanced 6N 3MElectrical: Advanced 3N 2MPsionic: Basic 0Arms: NoneLegs: Sprint 1Wings: Advanced 4Carapace: Adaptive Camouflage 8Mimetic skin 2Radiator tubes 4Oxygen recycler 8Acid glands 1Size: Small X .25Cost: 9N 1MA literal fly on the wall, this drone can infiltrate and observe in virtually any situation. It is almost impossible to detect or catch, and is more than capable of observing the enemy from under their noses unseen.AddTail 6 (hypodermic) 6 * .25 = 1.5 NBlade: Hypodermic 2 * .25 = .5 NSo looks like if we just give Fly's a tail and/or blade it will serve the entire purpose of the assassin bugs (which have never been used) without any issue.
>>38099104Indeed. We also need to add Thermal Pits to the Fly.
>>38099026> Warn the clones (if that was them jumping the fence)
>>38099104That basically solves all my problems with the flies.
>>38099026>Attempt to cut the cableYour flies quickly move up near the top of the cable, another level above where it is attached to the roof by a steel anchor. Your flies quickly begin to gnaw and slice at the cable, although the going is difficult, and the cable is durable.Please roll 2d100, best of 3 each. First set for the flies, second for your clones.
Rolled 43, 36 = 79 (2d100)>>38099132
>>38099104We also have to add arms to put the blades on, but other than that it looks perfect. Let's vote on this at the end of the thread.
Rolled 22, 40 = 62 (2d100)>>38099132Assassin Flies sound like a good capability upgrade for negligible costs.
Rolled 28, 54 = 82 (2d100)>>38099132captcha: AnalL
>>38099104Let's just vote on that real quick just to make it official.>Support>Do not support>Other
Rolled 57, 18 = 75 (2d100)>>38099132
Rolled 31, 10 = 41 (2d100)>>38099132
>>38099156>>SupportWelp, not much luck on that front.
>>38099144>>3809915443/54not sure if that'll do it>>38099156>>Support
>>38099156>SupportIs it possible to have multiple sets of eyes QD?If so i'd like to add >Thermal Pits 2 * .25 = .5 Nif its just replacement only then never mind.
>>38099156>Supportmight as well, that way in the future when we're scouting ahead for our troops we can have our flies not only pinpoint where the enemy is but also take out there leaders if they don't have much in the way of armor. should still be careful with them though. once they start stinging people they're going to start getting noticed.
Rolled 71, 17 = 88 (2d100)>>38099132>>38099156>Support
Could Lyle aim around a corner using a fly in place of his own eyes so he only has to expose his gun?
>>38099156>>SupportWith arms as well of course.
>>38099104Speaking of flies supplanting other roles, Flies are for stealth operations.Small Sniffers are for base patrol and other operations.
>>38099216Let's do it, baby.
>>38099216since Lyle can use the mind link to see thru the flies eyes, sure
Guys. Do you think the Black Queen has a Behelit? Do you think she used that along with a partnership with the void god?
>>38099309No that doesn't sound right. She probably looks like a regular Queen, but with more black and more crystals. In other news, I was reading about termites and ants, and termite queens live to be 15-20 years old and get so huge and bloated that they stop being able to move. They sweat and are licked clean by workers while producing an egg every 3 seconds. When they get too old to produce eggs, her workers will consume her and the colony will collapse.Pic related, it's a termite queen.
>>38099132Your flies scrape and gnaw at the cable, and it slowly begins to give way. One of the fibers snaps and the sniper sways lightly; he looks up to your drones above."What... what in the hell?" He says. He quickly notices another jolt as a second fiber snaps."Shit!" He slings his rifle to his shoulder and pulls out a small pistol, opening fire on your flies. A round catches one of them and its body rips in half from the force. Acid sprays over the cable as your remaining drone flees, and several more of the fibers break, steaming and hissing as they do.You hear muffled curses as the sniper runs along the wall to one of the nearby railings, and as he reaches out the cable snaps. His hand hooks the guard rail of an apartment's balcony and he hangs for a moment, looking around him in panic, before pulling himself up and over to the concrete balcony, the sound of snapping branches bellow marks the location where his rifle landed in a tree several floors bellow.There is the sound of footsteps from outside the apartment door. Lyle hoists himself to the wall behind it and waits. A man opens the door, sliding the half broken door open with a light tap of his pistol, and walks in. Lyle brings his elbow up to meet him, his blade unsheathing and slicing cleanly through the man's throat. With his other hand he grabs at the man's gun, crushing his hand just as he squeezes a single round into Lyle's stomach. He twists his hand and the man's arm snaps like a twig, doping the pistol into Lyle's grip. He pulls the trigger and several muffled shots ring out.He retracts his blade and the man falls to the ground. Behind him is another with a small sub machine gun. He leans back on the far wall of the hallway and slides down, his chest riddled with bleeding wounds.cont.>>38099156The motion carries>>38099191It replaces the compound eyes, but not the ocular eyes.
>>38099518Lyle, you beastmode now.
Rolled 10 (1d100)>>38099548>"He's down. Can't confirm from here." he whispers into a microphone. "Roger that- wait, new targets, two, no three, just jumped the fence. Permission to fire?">He seems to follow the movement of your clones for a short while with the scope. "Roger." he says simply, and returns his sights to the window of Lee's apartment.I just realized lee got his back up.Also who here votes to take these clowns back to the hive so that we can sift through their memories/gear for tech?
>>38099548Still got hurt.
>>38099518>360 degree vision vs>Infrared-detecting capabilitiesI'm conflicted.>>38099587I think that's a give, and one of the most accurate ways of knowing whoever these goons work for that we have.
>>38099587We should really have parasites on hand for triage. This guy's probably gonna die and not sure how quick extraction is going to be. Being able to shove a parasite in someone to keep their vitals working would be convenient.
>>38099587>Also who here votes to take these clowns back to the hive so that we can sift through their memories/gear for tech?how?we don't have anything to carry them away with and dragging a dead body through a city sounds like a bad idea no mater how you try and cut it.
>>38099604They should still be able to see movement with them to a limited degree. After all, ocular eyes can see movement even when things of the same color are atop each other.
>>38099594Pfffttt, as if that's going to slow him down in the slightest. Motherfucker stepped on d4 and walked it off.
>>38099629I don't think that could work, we might need to ask quest drone if its possible to add parasite raw.>>38099631Lyle and his friend work in the seaider side of things, they should have thier ways.
>>38099629Why not have portable brainscanner flies? Flies whose their entire purpose is to scan brains of soon-to-be-dead guys?
>>38099587It's almost as if Lee was involved in some deep shit...
>>38099518Hey quest drone could you have a pastebin for the humans we augmented/made, it would help with keeping track of their info.
>>38099728We only have four. No need for a pastebin yet.
>>38099518What would these armour be like on our flies? CombatReactive BallisticWe can add one, but i don't know which one is the best for them, also would anything change for them if they have them?
>>38099751I have no clue what lyle or the others have.
>>38099518Lyle leans to the door and presses against the fresh wound in his gut, already feeling the medical paste mixing with his blood. Several more gunshots are heard some ways away, on the floor bellow, and Lyle quickly moves to the stairs.As he opens the door he sees two more armed men, one dead already, his body mangled and contorted. The body of another flies down the hall and bounces off of a support column with a grotesque thud, and with a flash of a humanoid shape, the remaining man is swept off his feet as he sprays the hall with gunfire. Your clone presses hard on the jaw. The head jerks with an abrupt crack and the body goes limp. Your clones are quick to salvage the weapons, three more submachine guns, small enough to fit in a briefcase.Lyle and your clones share a long and awkward stair. The brawler gets up from his stooped position over the body and loudly snaps his shoulder back into place."You..." Lyle says. "I saw you die. You were fuckin' bug food!"Your illusory figure walks by, stepping over the bodies of the armed men and moves up behind your clones. "I didn't know you had friends, so the hive made some for you."He looks over the clones again, then tenses."You're hurt." One says."No shit, don't touch me!" He snaps as one of them leans in to examine the wound. "I'll be fine. I'm more worried about the sniper across the park.">Delegate your clones to take care of the sniper while Lyle escapes>Have your remaining fly burst over the sniper with acid glandsHave your clones distract the sniper while Lyle moves in>Other (write in)>>38099728Yea, I think I'll need to set up a sheet for character stats, similar to the drone list but for clones and allies. As it is, your clones do not have augments, only the inherent physical and mental attributes given to them from being hybrids, which makes them considerably stronger and faster then normal humans, but less then augmented humans.
>>38099779I'm pretty sure they're too damn tiny for any kind of armor. They are fast moving stealth units, not warriors.
>>38099779Didn't QD say in the ask.fm a while back that armor on flies wouldn't matter since they're so small any armor we put on them will ahve negligible effect?
>>38099779Small drones are so small that they are fragile by nature, adding armor won't do anything really.
>>38099805>Have your clones distract the sniper while Lyle moves inI think Lyle is the most qualified for battlefield interrogation.
>>38099805>Have your clones distract the sniper while Lyle moves in
>>38099806>>38099810>>38099824Correct, in fact, a firm and well placed boot will kill a small drone. Their advantage is that they are hard to see and hard to hit, but they cannot take a punch.
>>38099805>Have your clones distract the sniper while Lyle moves inCan we salvage the bodies?
>>38099805>I didn't know you had friends, so the hive made some for you.Awww. We're so cute in our horrifying way.
>>38099805>Delegate your clones to take care of the sniper while Lyle escapestime for them to earn their keep.
>>38099805>Have your clones distract the sniper while Lyle moves in.
>>38099857Actually we probably spooked him, should have changed their looks.>>38099833>mind reading is worse than interrigationAnon we just have to put in in a healing tank and his mind is ours.>>38099848Do our pods have hive regeneration tanks inside of them?
>>38099879We definitely spooked him, and I find it amusing.
>>38099805>Delegate your clones to take care of the sniper while Lyle escapes
>>38099879Yeah, I'm thinking they should've probably had their appearances altered.
>>38099910Why? He'll get over being spooked, meanwhile we can reapply for driver's licenses for these guys and have people who are actually in the system.
>>38099879>should have changed their lookshonestly since we kinda brought them back in pieces I thought while they might have looked similar they'd still look different for some reason. Oh well nothing we can really do about it now.
>>38099879Actually, I meant that Lyle is probably most experienced with getting people to talk by being the most brutal crazy cunt this side of the Sol system. As much as I'd love to give mister Sniper his very own spinepal we don't really have any on us. Hell, we still have to put a few into those jacked up hillbillies we picked up on Earth.
>>38099848What does Lyle have?I think he has.LifterLeaperSecond heartReactive pupils(?)Echolocation(?)Arm bladesFermentation gut(?)Skin graft(?)Endoskeletal plating(?)
>>38099976Which is why i think we should add a regen tank to our pods now.
>>38099982You forgot to add; Razor wit and Australian accent.
>>38099982you forgot the cd changer and all leather interior
>>38099995And probably a couple to every ship.Hmm...I have to rework my fleets slightly...
>>38099976Man, fuck those hillbillies. And Fluff, yes i'm still salty...
>>38099996Thats a given, but that list is a reminder of what he has or should have(though he might hate the gut).>>38100017Any reason, not to get those augs with (?)
>>38099805>Have your clones distract while Lyle moves inYour fly watches as the sniper smashes the window of the apartment open and moves inside."The sniper has lost his weapon, he only has a pistol." your clone says as they regroup."Lyle seems to loose focus for a moment as he stairs at the familiar faces of your clones, then snaps to. "Okay, find him, follow him, but don't engage. I'll take care of him. We need that cunt alive, plus I really want to give him one." He absentmindedly punches a door to a utility closest, warping the metal with the print of his fist.Your clones sprint into action, leaping over the security fence as Lyle waits in the building, catching his breath."You go ahead." He says as he digs a bullet out of his abdomen with his fingers. "I'll be, fuck, I'll be right with you. Goddammit!"Please roll 1d100, best of 3
>>38099982We have yet to give him Reactive pupils, echolocation, and a fermentation gut, but other than that he has all of those.
Rolled 22 (1d100)>>38100030GoGo Space Aussie
Rolled 13 (1d100)>>38100030
Rolled 97 (1d100)>>38100030
>>38100038Oh no>>38100039OH NO>>38100041OOOOOH YEEEEAH!
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>38100030>>38100024pic related
>>38100041Well, I guess this somewhat makes up for the whole 1 thing last thread.
>>38100044I... How slow are you?
>>38100034Thanks for the confirmation, i forgot what he had.Since from the recent post it sounded like he didn't have the endoskeletal plating, or skin graft.
>>38100041Holy fuckin' asscrackers, Fluff, way to make a comeback.
>>38100071Yeah the secondary heart and endoskeletal plating was performed by Theseus apparently, and included stab resistant fibers woven into his skin.
>>38100051>>38100043>>38100052>>38100057>>38100074Thanks. Sorry for messing things up last time.
>>38100030Ok, that's it for this thread, good place to pause I think since it will give us a good actiony place to open up part two.In the meantime, if anyone wants to bring up discussion or votes for new designs, fleets, or bathroom breaks, now is the time.I will start setting up the next thread, and will wait until we're about to drop off out of curtsy.
>>38100030"If our back-up has displeased you, this was not intentional. The Hive gave those you brought to capture us a second chance, just as we did you. Cruelty is not our intention."
>>38100103So, did we finally decide on how to do the mass drone laying thing as well as the fleet template thing?
>>38100103so I'm assuming the "new" flies will apply to the next batch we hatch and not the ones currently active, correct?
>>38100103Vote for introducing thesus to heretic after this confrontation?
>>38100130It should include the ones not on missions, ever since we unlocked surgery.>>38100115He is pretty pissed.
>>38100103The Queen can use her Thinkers to unlock the secrets of the universe, but can they see why humans love the taste of cinnamon toast crunch?
>>38100130Ones currently active could be retrofitted for it next time they're somewhere that has a free regen tank.
>>38100125I believe so, although you don't have any formed fleets or swarms, there is a section for it on the talk page and you can bring one to vote if you want.If possible, any proposed fleet or swarm will use pre-existing drones and ships to cut down costs, unless you state otherwise.It's pretty much a ripoff of the fleet management system from Distant worlds, and any that are lost will be replaced automatically.
>>38100147>He is pretty pissed.he might just be taken back after realizing that the people we killed are now up and walking about and how easily it could have been him
>>38100131I vote against this motion. We have too little to gain by doing so.
>>38100131I still want this to happen as well.
>>38100130All flies you have that have access to a medical pod will be upgraded.>>38100131Actually, we can vote on that now if you want.>Introduce Theseus and Heretic>Do not>Other (write in)
>>38100101I still don't forgive you for making us lose to log fucking hicks.But keep going like this and you'll earn your redemption
>>38100177Might want to say that he isn't a clone.That is a possible train of thought he might be having.
>>38100103Scale of 1 to 10, how pissed is Lyle about our clones? Or is it more something like him coming to terms with the fact that the Hive can literally create life as easily as it can end it, or maybe a part of him is worried that he's not the real Lyle and just a clone
>>38100179Why don't we ask the two AI in question what they will give us for introductions before deciding that?
>>38100189>>Introduce Theseus and HereticI agree with this.
>>38100189>Introduce Theseus and Heretic
>>38100189>>Do notWait until we get in Heretic's good books with those Skyl clones at least.
>>38100189>Introduce Theseus and HereticAsk what they will give us first, but introduce them no matter what it is.
>>38100206>>38100177You know he just had his heart shot out, right? A lot of it is that. He's got a SECONDARY heart, not a second heart.
>>38100159Ah Distant Worlds, I would love it if some of the options were easier to use and if it didn't crash at the worst possible times.>>38100189>Do notNot right now at least,
>>38100202>>38100206this, pretty sure Lyle having a "is any of this real, AM I REAL" moment right now
>>38100189>Introduce Theseus and Heretic>Other (write in)Trade tech?
>>38100189>Introduce Theseus and Hereticalmost missed the vote
>>38100226>A lot of it is that. He's got a SECONDARY heart, not a second heart.We can fix that.
>>38100155Tiny, tiny crystals?>>38100206more 2 and 3.>>38100226He makes it look easy, but it's excruciatingly painful.
>>38100234>Not right now at least,It says after this encounter anon.
>>38100189>Do NotHonestly, I don't know much about Heretic. I can't seem to really recall us dealing with him in any important manner.
>>38100206"The only me is me. Are you sure the only you is you?"
>>38100263Make sure not to count this as a vote against.
>>38100255>more 2 and 3.Is he questioning his identity than?>>38100266We traded tech and are building clones for him.>>38100255Those clones have been taken a long as hell time.
>>38100255Did he give love a bad name?
Guys, why not take a page from the clone wars and make an ARMY OF LYLE?
>>38100189>Introduce Theseus and HereticCan we also make some more clones? But have them carrying like five or six parasites each, so they can join the human populace and implant them in important people.
>>38100255>He makes it look easy, but it's excruciatingly painful.I'm surprised no one made any "Shot thru the heart" references after he took that one
>>38100296Because if there's more than one it's not as special.
>>38100296Because Lyle wouldn't put up with Lyle's bullshit, man.
>>38100255>Tiny, tiny crystals?well technically sugar crystals, but I'll accept it as an answer
>>38100308>Can we also make some more clones? But have them carrying like five or six parasites each, so they can join the human populace and implant them in important people.Genestealer cult time?
>>38100296or we could make Lyle bug hybrids and have them pose as a species for the humans setting up a homeplanet n shit
>>38100334saw it too late, still surprised it took this long for someone to post it
>>38100308i like it
>>38100189>Introduce Theseus and HereticAppears to be the general consensus. We can have a vote on the details of how in the next thread.
>>38100255Say, so for a stealth operation...if one drone has a q-brain then it just takes charge and uses any drones without q-brains as a resource right?So we don't need to give EVERY drone a q-brain, just have to make sure there's one nearby?
>>38100379I admit I haven't been very precise on that, but yes, I'll say it will.
>>38091734>10 Skyl replicant clones in production – 600 [9 days remain]This has been the same since thread 35>>37620868>>38100296Quest drone said something about mental break downs once the clones meet the original/eachother.
>>38100426Yea, sorry, I just forgot to update that in the OP.
>>38100426I forgot the Skyl clones. What should we call them?I just wanted to name them after bird screeches.>Why hello there sir, nice to meet you my name is RAAAAAAAAHK!
>>38100448Say if it isn't too late to propose a new drone design, I'd like to suggest this mobile variant of our parasites.Facehugger ParasiteOlfactory: Moderate 1NMandible: Biological Interface 20NArms: Strength 1NBlade: Combat 1NLegs: Sprint 1NWings: Advanced 4NExplosive glands 2NQuantum Brain 4NCarapace: Adaptive camouflage 8, Mimetic skin 2Tail(hypodermic) 6NSize: SmallCost: 12NThis little horror is designed to aggressively seek out potential hosts and bore into their central nervous systems without them ever knowing what happened. Once it finds a target, it can render them unconcious before burrowing into their bodies and minds. It is more than capable of carving a path to their victims' spine with its claws, and can enter through an orifice such as the mouth or an entry wound before doing so to be more discrete. These qualities makes it ideally suited for infiltrating wounded enemy soldiers about to be picked up and medically tended to, after which they can be used to infilitrate their camps and field hospitals for intelligence or to sow chaos and terror.
>>38100462Heretic is composed of the minds and memories of thousands of individual Skyl, right? Why don't we get him to load a few into the new clones?
>>38100473Sounds good to me. Seconding.We could drop a shitload of those on Earth
>>38100462well we have unity on our side and assuming nothing goes horribly wrong we seem to be bring back the alliance our race and the Skyl formed so long ago. Good to see we have friends at least.
>>38100462I believe we left their minds empty, so that heretic can upload them with his own info.>>38100473You might want hypodermic needles instead of combat.>>38100448Does that mean in next thread they would be closer to waking up?
>>38100482Yes, but bird screeches.
>>38100473Should also give it an eggsack(whatever it's called) to produce more of itself to further it's effectiveness and spread.
>>38100482Thats what the clones were made for from the start anon.
>>38100486Earth is a shit hole filled with nothing but hicks who were left behind when the planet was abandoned, I believe Mars is the new capital of the Union.
>>38100511Yeah, I'm aware. Its as good testing site as any.
>>38100499Next thread will be the same day, so no, but it is less then the listed 9 days.
>>38100508Won't work on a small drone.
>>38100473Spring boarding off of this-Let's research some way for parasites to replicate within a host's body. Not that every host will be a bloated sac of parasites, but like 1-3, allowing a stealthier propagation of the parasites.
>>38100511Nope, Gemini is the capital of the Union.
Can someone edit an old computer monitor on Dojima and whatever you think fits the Union on Adachi?
>>38100308We should go father than this. The clone should be composed almost entirely of parasites latched onto a skeletal system. Cover them with the needed muscles to mimic non-exertion human movement so it can walk and sit and what not. Then cover that with human skin. Give it the basic required organs, having the parasites compensate for any that they can, kidneys, liver, pancreas, digestive system. The clone will slowly implant the parasites into new hosts, and grow new organs and muscle as more space becomes available, eventually becoming a regular clone/or hybrid with a single parasite.
>>38100611I bet we could squeeze like 30 into a single clone this way.
>>38100611Possibly replace a number of those parasites with an internal egglayer, that way it can reproduce.
>>38100611>The clone will slowly implant the parasites into new hosts, and grow new organs and muscle as more space becomes available, eventually becoming a regular clone/or hybrid with a single parasite.That's disgusting, horrible, fascinating and probably incredibly complex.
>>38100527Ah ok, was just hoping to get them to meet, and give the clones at the same time.i was assuming you went with 3 days has passed per thread since thats what happened between 34 and 35.>>38100611>>38100555>>38100473>>38100486>>38100508It would be easier to spread by just saying that you can become almost immortal thanks to our parasites.
>>38100611I want this, but at the same time I don't. But I want this.
>>38100611I am 90% certain I have had this nightmare before
>>38100611Someone who knows how to create drones with the template design this.
>>38100611We parasyte now?
>>38100611what have you done!?
>>38100656>>38100648>>38100646>>38100663I still think its easier better to market this through thesus as the cure for mortality and make huge profits while also injecting high profile people with this shit.that way we can manipulate their government to have this become the standard
>>38100611There is no way that would ever possibly work. It would be far easier to hide parasite eggs in body cavities within a clone. They could pass through the digestive tract when ready to hatch and no one would be the wiser.
>>38100611oh what fresh hell have you imagined anon
>>38100689>I finally contributed something that wasn't instantly shot down as crazy.
>>38100681You know, that's not such a bad idea. Not sure how Theseus will take implanting the higher echelons of human society though.I guess he'd be okay with it if it were only the government.
>>38100611Would they look like this when they grow more organs but reversed?
>>38100709He would probably view it as helping since has has started small wars to avoid large ones in the past.
>>38100715Regular human the whole time, max stealth. Maybe a bit twitchy until we... work out the bugs.
>>38100700Crazy enough to work.
>>38100725Haaaaaaaaaaaa. I get it.
If we finish the research on genetic tapesrty I think that's the closet thing we can get to the parasite abomination.
>>38100611We should also make some filled with 200 or so hypodermic+acid flies. So that they can explode into a swarm when we need it to.
>>38100784>>38100769You do know this thing won't work right?Our best bet to spread it around is to sell it(hardly anyone takes free shit without asking why, but once you give it a certain price and a credible name they would pay out the pass for it)/give it away as a peace sign(good will, and an easy way to spread our influence).
Quick guys! Put all thinkers on genetic tapestry, now. We can totally do it!>>38100814It will work, just get rid of the dumb flys.
I love how we're now making monster drones. Hell I kinda want the chimera clone now just so we could build more monsters.speaking of that clone, does anyone have an idea what that would look like? I'm just imagining something that looks like our false self that we appear in front of Lyle as, something that looks human with drone parts welded on, or a drone that can think for itself that isn't a queen.
>>38100824I still can't get why you guys want to over complicate with something like that, but ok.Seriously all it takes for use to spread it is to sell it and have it approved by health organization(with the help of thesus), and you can watch the credits and humans come in droves.
>>38100854Goddamn i need sleep.
When we get genetic tapestry what we to do is make clones that look like stereotypical aliens. And use them to CONFUSE THE FUCK out of the humans. Have one get 'accidentally captured'."We have been controlling you from the shadows since you were primitive. You may have found me but you will never find another of us. We live among you, hidden in plain sight. We have led your progress since the beginning and you are shaping up nicely, just as we have planned." Then let it go completely silent, make its biology as dissimilar from ours as possible.
>>38100831What about a humanoid female clone capable of producing small drone eggs? She would be able to greatly aid in the infiltration of human society by producing as many flies and parasites as need be.
>Setting up the next thread>Come back to check on things and look for vote requests>All thisWell.Part two is up.>>38100870
>>38100854I will agree, they're making it more complicated than needed. However, your solution requires either publicly announcing our presence to the Union or somehow sending up a medical partice without the government or anyone discovering the bug behind the curtain.
>>38100880This is the first time i've seen Quest Drone spooked
>>38100854I remember last thread someone was asking if we could make money by selling ship shields and fusion drives. Maybe we could clone a crew, put them aboard the Clark, and have them act as traders or something to earn us some cash incase we ever need it once we let the galaxy know that we are a space fairing race.
>>38100255>He makes it look easy, but it's excruciatingly painful.FOR YOU