The surface of Zero One suffers a slight hail storm as you finish the small cluster of mounds that pass for your hive outpost. At first you pass it off as a simple weather anomaly, but as your drones seek shelter you soon notice chips of bone collecting on the dirt. It is not hail, but remains. Larger pieces slowly appear in the night sky as shooting stars, and through the night you watch as the remnants of the Obsidian Queen’s assault fleet slip silently across the night sky against the drifting silhouettes of the gargantuan living kites.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
Why must these be done on Sunday nights.Now I won't find out what happens until tomorrow.
>>38260904>It is not hail, but remains. Larger pieces slowly appear in the night sky as shooting starsThat's a pretty sight
>>38260904>Current armory269 Thorn Launchers20 Thorn Cannons123 Sting Casters30 Cyclotrons15 Rotary Stingers3 Fire Sprays5 Plasma Spray22 Particle Cannons>Current resource reservesNutrients: 1798605Metals: 507743Credits: ₡2226Credits in Lyle’s account: ₡1,177,450>Hive population and upkeep cost Hive maintenance – 24725Queen – 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 (200) – 800Refinery (40) – 280Sniffer (2) – 8Small Sniffer (200) – 200Fly (50) – 200Wasp (100) – 500Haz-mat Workers (20) – 80Shock Troops (40) – 520Parasite (30) – 120Bio-tank (12) – 300Excavator (1000) – 19000Colossus (20) – 300Harvester (50) – 950Support Fluttercraft (2) – 272Ghost Beetle (5) – 135Heavy Warrior (5) – 95Advanced Relay (69) – 6900 (set as default method of ship control)Upkeep: 310070N>Hive fleetSpace Pod (10) – 300Shuttle (10) – 250Mining Corvette (36) – 9900Patrol Corvette (20) – 10140Scout Corvette (8) – 1800Lancer Corvette (2) – 450Fleet Corvette (44) – 9900Stealth Frigate (4) – 1952Heavy Cruiser (10) – 1215046842NClone 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 [1 day remaining]Lyle Rogers – 471487NTotal upkeepNutrient costs: 358,399>IncomeMetals: 356,000Nutrients: 1,951,250Net: 1,592,851
Wow. Poetic intro.
>>38260963It's raining corpses.
Time to research that big fish fucker.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Tdu4uKSZ3M
>>38260985>the corpses are shining brightly as they burn througheven prettier
>>38260985Bodies, floor, etc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04F4xlWSFh0
>>38260976Hive 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 4040 Aero/fighter Drones and 2020 Shuttles (2525N)>Psionic Shroud (1,000N)>Prison OutpostIndustrial structures>Docking Pylon: (29) (2900N)1990 under construction[100 Vanguard Frigates][16 Heavy fighters][180 Heavy fighters queued][5,000 Shuttles queued] [Empty docks:0/116]Economic Structures>Mine: 245 Excavators, 180 Diggers, +65750 M per day (+25 M per digger, +250 per excavator)>Algae Farm: +1,200,000per day, 12,000 Workers (1 worker per 100N)>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)>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 Heavy Fighters][Empty docks: 0/4]>Mining corvette salvage operations +288000M per day (+8000M per corvette)Deep space waystation>100 docking pylons [under construction]
>>38261005Nah, I'm more of a calmer dude.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KNuo72QuYk
>>38261005Can we count them like sheep to the rhythm of the war drums?
>>38260985>It is not hail, but remains. Larger pieces slowly appear in the night sky as shooting stars
>>38261036New Construction OptionsDefensive structures>Anti-orbital battery – A bunker armed with a massive Particle beam capable of attacking ships in orbit from the ground. It includes the power and sensor systems required to operate it. 250N 1500M>Surface to Orbit Missile System – This massive bunker complex houses a wide range of warheads and a nigh limitless number of missiles within its protective walls, allowing you to launch missiles against approaching invaders from the safety of your hive. The facility uses the ship missile stats and comes equipped with a single Cruise missile silo that can target any detected object within the system, five Stinger missile silos capable of targeting any craft within high orbit, and ten Swarm missile silos specialized in targeting high altitude aircraft and low orbiting targets. The facility itself is a massive complex spread out over several miles, and includes guidance and launch equipment, as well as the means to construct and maintain a stock of warheads and missiles. (1500N 2500M)Military Structures>Hangar Expansion – Construct fortified hangar facilities of +40 aero/fighter drone space and +20 shuttle space. 50N 100M>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)
>>38261039Love me some Zach Hemesy.
>>38261062Industrial 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.
>>38261087Current research>Leviathan dissectionVery fastPicking this vast creature apart should reveal insights into its strange capabilities.>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.
>>38261062>New Construction OptionsI always read that in CABAL's voice.
>>38261112>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.>Genesis ProjectFastBy 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.
>>38261133>Genetic tapestryFastWith 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.The first set of prototype transport tubes have come online. A test canister was sent through the new system, reaching speeds of Mach 3 within seconds. The device reminds you of a railgun, especially when the test canister erupted from the transport tube and wiped out a small forest. In light of the setback your thinkers are placing more focus on braking systems.>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.
>>38261160 Available 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.Flash CloningMediumWhile it may not be healthy for the clone in question, your mastery of biological technology allows you to accelerate the normal growth cycle of a clone, growing it to maturity within a single day, however clones are not as genetically robust as your own drones and doing so may cause undesirable genetic defects that may take time to reverse and result in a lower quality final product.Microfactory chambersFastImprovements in culture growing and bio-forming should allow you to create more compact shipyards, allowing for specially designed ships to construct shuttle or pod sized craft within their hulls. This process is still highly inefficient, however, and research is required to develop a more feasible method of design.
>>38261181Let's hold off research until we've become sustainable
>>38261208We're still currently researching a shitload of things though.And researching doesn't really cost anything except time, does it?
>>38261160>Genetic tapestry>FastCan you hear that? That's the sound of a drone made entirely of arms, and it's coming soon.
>>38261251What if... what if a drone made entirely... out of blades. I spinning ball of death.
>>38261251Why not eyes?Those eyes, whose eyes are they?
>>38261289We already have eyes, they're on the palm of every hand.
>>38261302fuck you anon. I had to look just to make sure they weren't there.... and now my palms itch.
>>38261311Now mine do too... I'm scared.
>>38261251Nightmare inducing drones when?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBsdWW7MOew
>>38261344When genetic tapestry is done. We gonna have some fun with that.
>>38261374Oh man, I can't wait to design some eldritch horrors.We're going to have some great terror weapons to use on population centers.
>>38261181"Thing is done! Done thing for Queen!"The thinker placed on Raligha shouts with glee as it reports its findings from its experiments with the dangerous and hostile plant known as the Greenwall. While the substance is fast to grow, it is parasitic in nature, gathering most of its own food from whatever it can get its roots into while only gathering small amounts from the local star. Despite this, it does offer several interesting adaptations of note. It is, in fact, more hostile and aggressive then your own hive creep, and your thinker, at your request, has isolated the genetic code responsible. You have already gone to work weaving the newly found aggression into your hive creep, allowing it to not only spread, but to do so more quickly and more aggressively than ever before.As well as making your hive creep more potent, the weed's rapid growth has been incorporated into many of your selected crops of choice, and while it was not without some difficulty to do so, your algae now grows far faster then any natural plant on Leeland.You also note several markers indicative of a hive's tampering in the past. You had already suspected, but now it is certain, the Greenwall is not a naturally evolved plant, but an engineered experiment left behind by the Gardener. It speaks to her skill that it had outlived her.Fortunately, now that you have incorporated its own genetic structure into your own, your hive walls are able to contain it safely, as well as allow it to spread in a controlled manner. As it is, your Raligha hive keeps a large pit of the weed were refuse can be tossed in to be recycled. Outside the pit, the Greenwall continues to be a pest to the locals, and your local warriors have driven it back in many areas.[Algae farms now grow in 1 day after construction is finished][Hive creep now damages hostile units attempting to rest nearby]
>>38261374Think of how much we're going to fuck with people with those things.
>>38261387Or terrorize some Union research station in the middle of bumfuck nowhere.
>>38261392>[Algae farms now grow in 1 day after construction is finished]Holy shit thats amazing>[Hive creep now damages hostile units attempting to rest nearby]SO ITS THAT
>>38261406That might have been some of the most fun I had, going full Alien on those fuckers.
>>38261392THE ENTIRE HIVE IS A WEAPOOOON!
>>38261392>[Algae farms now grow in 1 day after construction is finished]>[Hive creep now damages hostile units attempting to rest nearby]Now this is delicious.
>>38261392Holy shit.Could... could we hivecreep bomb a city? Could it sustain itself with the nutrients it basically gets from it's victims?
>>38261392Let's set the thinkers to research Graystalk now.
Wonder if we should give Liz an opportunity to design one to suit her needs instead of giving her stock drones. (Not a lot of course. Just a couple.)
>>38261392Man we are scary
>>38261463I like the way you think anon. Though maybe we should combine it with the cordyceps fungus we ran into back in the day so there's a few people seeking to rest on the creep so it doesn't fight for EVERY meal.
>>38261406This quest is about to get sooooo much fun.
>>38261463We probably could deliver it via swarm missile type packages.
>>38261463>>38261495>>38261502I like where this devious thread is going.
>>38261463take over a city and build a hive at the same time. Good idea if we ever need a quick forward base and need to remove an enemy's
>>38261463Add it to the research que! Hmm. I wonder if we could custom design a corvet that's meant to imbed itself in the center of a hostile population center and act as a hive and spreads a mile or so of creep upon impact with the planet. A literal hive bomb.
>>38261513Holy shit... Its fucking hiver gameplay all over again. Only instead of gates its colonizers...
>>38261495You know we've already weaponized that, we've just never got a chance to use it. But yeah we could incorporate it as one of the plants spread by hive creep.
Did we ever build that pool for the human captives we have?
>>38261510Carpet bomb a base with these and let the whole thing sort itself out.
>>38261513Mix it with a weaker version of our grey goo and metal trees for best affect in urban areas we want to keep
>>38261392Your thinker beams with pride at its accomplishments.>Have your spare thinker study Graystalk, a benign and common plant that shows signs of once being used as a crop, but has since reverted back to a wild plant in the many years since the Gardener's demise.>Have your spare thinker study Bloodroot, a massive tree that grows high above the canopies of other trees across the planet, and possesses a trunk filled with viscus, nutrient rich sap.>Have your spare thinker join the rest of your thinkers in research>Other
Fill pods with brain fungus generating creep and just slam them into planets. They'll bury themselves and spread from there.
>>38261532Oh shit, we didn't. Let's do that this thread why don't we. Also get some movies and porn and shit from Theseus, and build a holograph thing. That'll keep them happy.
>>38261532We still need to build a speaker designed to drone on and on about health and safety procedures around the pool to them.
>>38261550>>Have your spare thinker study Graystalk, a benign and common plant that shows signs of once being used as a crop, but has since reverted back to a wild plant in the many years since the Gardener's demise.>>Have your spare thinker study Bloodroot, a massive tree that grows high above the canopies of other trees across the planet, and possesses a trunk filled with viscus, nutrient rich sap.I think we have more than enough thinkers to spare
>>38261550>>Have your spare thinker study Bloodroot, a massive tree that grows high above the canopies of other trees across the planet, and possesses a trunk filled with viscus, nutrient rich sap.>Lay new thinkers on Raligha to aid it.
>>38261550>Have your spare thinker study Bloodroot, a massive tree that grows high above the canopies of other trees across the planet, and possesses a trunk filled with viscus, nutrient rich sap.Can we reinforce that thinker?
>>38261550>>Have your spare thinker study Graystalk, a benign and common plant that shows signs of once being used as a crop, but has since reverted back to a wild plant in the many years since the Gardener's demise.>>Have your spare thinker study Bloodroot, a massive tree that grows high above the canopies of other trees across the planet, and possesses a trunk filled with viscus, nutrient rich sap.
>>38261550>>Have your spare thinker study Bloodroot, a massive tree that grows high above the canopies of other trees across the planet, and possesses a trunk filled with viscus, nutrient rich sap.
>>38261554If we ever do this, we'll need to do it with overwhelmingly.Try to position pods or corvettes with fungus creep missiles over every planet, and let loose at once. That way they can't save all their worlds.
>>38261550>Have your spare thinker study Graystalk, a benign and common plant that shows signs of once being used as a crop, but has since reverted back to a wild plant in the many years since the Gardener's demise.>Have your spare thinker study Bloodroot, a massive tree that grows high above the canopies of other trees across the planet, and possesses a trunk filled with viscus, nutrient rich sap.Can we just add this to our normal research? If we do that it should go a good deal faster.
>>38261550>>Have your spare thinker study Graystalk, a benign and common plant that shows signs of once being used as a crop, but has since reverted back to a wild plant in the many years since the Gardener's demise.>>Have your spare thinker study Bloodroot, a massive tree that grows high above the canopies of other trees across the planet, and possesses a trunk filled with viscus, nutrient rich sap.>>Build a pool for the humans.
>>38261550>>Have your spare thinker study Graystalk>>Have your spare thinker study BloodrootLets do these and lay some Thinkers to help him out.
>>38261550>Have your spare thinker study Graystalk, a benign and common plant that shows signs of once being used as a crop, but has since reverted back to a wild plant in the many years since the Gardener's demise.>Have your spare thinker study Bloodroot, a massive tree that grows high above the canopieGet them back to work. Hells bells. Have the workers scour the planet looking left overs that the Gardner might have still alive.
>>38261539If we had a false queen and a thinker or just general controller imbedded inside the bomb ship, and a cadre of warriors and shock troopers tailored for the mission ready to hatch upon impact (maybe making a specialized egg that can withstand the impact and will only hatch when ordered?) it would be a hell of an opening salvo to get a foothold in the center of enemy territory.
>>38261581Whoops*we'll need to do it overwhelmingly.
QD look at what you have done.I don't regret one thing.[.spoiler]
>>38261581We don't even need to do it just as a weapon. It's a rapid way of generating a hive planet. Especially if we teach creep to release smart mines when it hits metal veins.
>>38261550>>Have your spare thinker study Graystalk, a benign and common plant that shows signs of once being used as a crop, but has since reverted back to a wild plant in the many years since the Gardener's demise.>>Have your spare thinker study Bloodroot, a massive tree that grows high above the canopies of other trees across the planet, and possesses a trunk filled with viscus, nutrient rich sap.>>Assign more thinkers to speed it up>>Build a pool for the human captives.
>>38261550>Have your spare thinker study Graystalk, a benign and common plant that shows signs of once being used as a crop, but has since reverted back to a wild plant in the many years since the Gardener's demise.>Have your spare thinker study Bloodroot, a massive tree that grows high above the canopies of other trees across the planet, and possesses a trunk filled with viscus, nutrient rich sap.Try to do both maybe? If not then do Bloodroot.>>38261513I love this quest and everyone in it so much.
>>38261550>Build a pool for the prisioners>Weave a speaker head into the pool wall and give it the instructions of "No Fun Allowed"
>>38261550>Have your spare thinker study Graystalk, a benign and common plant that shows signs of once being used as a crop, but has since reverted back to a wild plant in the many years since the Gardener's demise.>>Have your spare thinker study Bloodroot, a massive tree that grows high above the canopies of other trees across the planet, and possesses a trunk filled with viscus, nutrient rich sap.I have a feeling we're going to need all the food we can get if we're going to war.
Also, I agree with building a pool.
>>38261550>Study both Bloodroot and GreystalkYour thinker is fully capable of running the experiments alone, but you suspect some assistance would be helpful.>Divert thinkers from Research subjects to Side Projects>Keep your thinkers tasked on your current Research>Other>>38261607Creep is made of the same thing as your infrastructure. Your hangars, anti-orbital batteries, docking pylons, and other such construction projects are all pieces of your hive creep, so yes, you could do so easily.
>>38261687>>Keep your thinkers tasked on your current Research
>>38261687>Divert thinkers from Research subjects to Side Projects
>>38261687>Keep your thinkers tasked on your current Research
>>38261687>lay more thinkers
>>38261687>>Keep your thinkers tasked on your current Research>>OtherLay more thinkers on Raligha. He needs some buddies to think with.
>>38261687>>Divert thinkers from Research subjects to Side Projects
>>38261687>>OtherLay more thinkers. Nigga's lonely.
>>38261687>OtherLay more thinkers on Raligha. That fellow needs friends.
>>38261687>Divert thinkers from Research subjects to Side ProjectsBring us up to the ideal ratio of 1k Quantum Thinkers to 2k Thinkers.And then we can stop having to worry about adding anymore thinkers.
>>38261687>Give him more thinkers to think with.This is why we put an egglayer on Raligha.
>>38261754That's the same damn thing as diverting thinkers to help him.We are well into diminishing returns on research, diverting some helps him a lot and impacts the research very little.
>>38261762No we need those guys on our main projects, that's why we need to lay more to help him.
>>38261687>>Keep your thinkers tasked on your current Research>>Have egglayer on Raligha lay more thinker eggs.Seriously, she's built a whole damn hive she can lay 10 more thinker eggs.
>>38261762>idealYou mean excessively wasteful. The high end of diminished returns, for miniscule gains.
>>38261776Yes, on the subjects we are researching, not these ones.
>>38261797I think of it as a good place for a hard cap.
>>38261687>Lay more thinkers>Increase thinker population to 2k thinkers and 1k quantum thinkers>OtherThe sun rises slowly in the north west of Zero One, and your drones emerge from the shelter of the small hive outpost, shaking under the strain of the local gravity. You can hear the sound of distant creatures, and the periodic shadow of one of the gargantuan living kites move across the plains, mixing with the clouds above.Your workers quickly move out to secure the area, making sure no structural weaknesses have revealed themselves. On this world, even a minor roof collapse would be certain death. Even a minor trip could snap a leg or worse. As they reinforce the hive structure your drones spot several moving figures through the morning fog, squat and slow on the plains.
>>38261620>B-baka it's an exercise pool not a recreational one>I mean it! If I hear you were having fun, no more chocolate flavored nutritional paste for a week>Ok... three days then>Yes you can still have the vanilla flavor, but it's not because I like you or anything... baka...
>>38261807Is there anything like pic related on the planet?
>>38261807>Increase thinker population to 2k thinkers and 1k quantum thinkers
>>38261823When she isn't being cheeky, the Red Queen has been known to be a total tsundere to human she interacts with.
>>38261807>>OtherIt's only one thinker at the moment on Raligha. So 199 thinkers will be fine for two research projects. Plus this way we have a nice division of thinkers working on each project.
>>38261807>>Increase thinker population to 2k thinkers and 1k quantum thinkersThis way we can just leave it
>>38261845No, it's a speaker with a quantum brain. So it just shouts autistic commands at them to stop.
>>38261807>OtherI think 199 thinkers is a good idea, leaves us with 100 on each project.
>>38261807>Increase thinker population to 2k thinkers and 1k quantum thinkersYou send out your drones out to scout the edges of your small patch of claimed territory and find the odd creature grazing on the thick grass. It appears similar to a massive slug, fat and bulbous, but supported by a hard shelled dome that helps distribute its weight. It leaves a depression of packed and barren soil behind it as it feasts on the grass.>Search the plains for adaptations>Send your expedition to search the tundra>Send your expedition to search the forest>Other>>38261827Not that you can detect. The high gravity creates a dense atmosphere, allowing for incredibly large flying creatures to exist that would seem counter intuitive at first glance, but can fly due to dramatically improved wing lift. If they were to land, however, you suspect they would crumble under their own weight in most situations and appear to spend most of their time riding wind currents.
>>38261971>>Search the plains for adaptations
>>38261971>>Search the plains for adaptationsLet's do what we came here to do, finally.
>>38261971>Search the plains for adaptations
Hey, moocow.Or mooslug in this case.
>>38261971Your workers spread out and scour the plains. While the strange slug is interesting, it does not appear to have any revolutionary adaptations, although you do have a few workers stay in case a more interesting predator comes along.Please roll 1d100 best of 3 to search the area.
Rolled 27 (1d100)>>38262083
Rolled 70 (1d100)>>38262083
Rolled 11 (1d100)>>38262083
Rolled 6 (1d100)>>38262083moo
Rolled 10 (1d100)>>38262083
Rolled 86 (1d100)>>38262170
>>38262191Steel beams, you say?
>>38262207Fucking, space /pol/. Holy shit, I'm dying.
>>38262207>The Ceph couldn't have attacked us, they have no backbone.Errytime
>>38262083Your drones cover a wide area as quickly as they can, although the heavy gravity is hard on them, slowing them to a glacial pace. You suspect a human would snap in two on this planet just from the act of attempting to stand, but your workers soldier on.As they continue your drones detect a series of seismic disturbances, and in the fog you find a large creature lumbering across the land, leaving deep impressions in the ground as it moves. Its back is covered in the thick grass stalks that cover the rest of the landscape, and its stride is rather awkward, leaning into each step in a manner you would think would cause it to topple. In the distance you see another as it leaps from the top of a small hill and appears to float to the bottom. Their bodies and heads are bloated, and their head drifts in the air as if anchored by the neck, not supported.After several hours of observation, you suspect they are filled with a buoyant gas to aid in their movement, and not long after that your suspicions are confirmed.Cont.
>>38262297we're totally researching these fuckers.
>>38262297What are those things hanging around it?
>>38262297>picI loved that show!
>>38262297This sure is a lot of effort to go through just to discover helium balloons.
>>38262413Someones opinion is awfully wrong...
>>38262413And what the skin and tissue is made out of, and how it is arranged may yield improvements to our drones.High gravity worlds have to produce adaptions to deal with the strain. Said adaptions are going to be make our drones even hardier.
>>38262413It's not as if we can come up with those adaptations in leeland.
>>38262413>mfw this shitty attitude
>>38262431>>38262443>>38262460>>38262476>thinking that post is serioussasuga
>>38262495>I was only pretending to be retarded, I wasn't serious!Sure you were faggot, sure you were...
>>38262297The buoyant herbivore seems to detect the predator before you do, which you suspect is good, as it is far slower than your drones. It begins to run with a strange skipping motion that appears to almost mock gravity itself, but despite its somewhat whimsical appearance you do not mistake the urgency in its movements. A moment later another creature quickly moves in from over a small hill, its gait an awkward and delicate series of motions more like a power walk than an actual run, which you suspect would be a lethal action on this planet.The hunter quickly gains on the floating creature, and you hear a strange snapping sound as a cloud of spindly thorns erupt from the creature's back. What once you thought was grass are now clearly some manner of natural missile, and they arc behind the creature as it runs and embed themselves upside down into the soil. Their roots, now clearly a series of razor sharp barbs, stick up into the air in wait.The hunter slows, and you suspect it has lost its meal, but it quickly protrudes a strange appendage from beneath its head, uncoiling like a drill bit. The animal puffs up its body and with a great gust of breath, hurls the spiked barb clear over the razor-filled minefield, landing it clean into the side of the fleeing beast with the sound of a tremendous pop, followed by an anticlimactic wheezing whine of escaping air. The creature stumbles, and its leg snaps under its full weight as it collapses, rumbling the ground beneath it as its hollow torso slowly deflates.The hunter, victorious, slowly moves around the mine field of razors and begins to eat its morning meal, and your workers watch with fascination.You didn't think I'd just give you a balloon for a 70, did you?>Have your drones attack the hunter from behind>Surround the hunter and close in from all sides while it eats>Other
>>38262557>>Surround the hunter and close in from all sides while it eatsinb4 we roll a fail
>>38262557>Surround the hunter and close in from all sides while it eats
>>38262557>>Surround the hunter and close in from all sides while it eatsAw shit nigger, this fucker be serious.
>>38262557>Surround the hunter and close in from all sides while it eatsoh we need this shit. But god damn it's going to be a pain to fight this thing in this gravity. Hopefully it does fuck with our projectile based weapons.
>>38262557>Surround the hunter and close in from all sides while it eatsTwo for one.
>>38262557>Surround the hunter and close in from all sides while it eatsMan this shit is soooo fucking cool
>>38262557>>Surround the hunter and close in from all sides while it eats
>>38262557We can still salvage the corpse, right?
>>38262532Sounds like somebody takes shit too personally.>>38262557>>Surround the hunter and close in from all sides while it eats
>>38262609>Defending your bad taste this hard.
>>38262557>Surround it and close in while it eats.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 44 (1d100)>>38262633
Rolled 88 (1d100)>>38262633woop woop
Rolled 37 (1d100)>>38262633
Rolled 62 (1d100)>>38262633
Rolled 96 (1d100)>>38262633
Rolled 70 (1d100)>>38262633
Rolled 48 (1d100)>>38262633
>>38262651not bad anon
>>38262651Now that's some good shit.
>>38262651Woop woop indeed, Anon...
>>38262633Your drones move in slowly as the creature eats from the dead beast's underbelly. All in all, it is surprisingly small now that its large gas membranes have deflated, but it is still far too large to move without them..Soon the creature seems to notice you. It sways its short, bushy tail back and forth in a show. From the back, the color appears to be similar to that of the front, giving a slight illusion that the creature is facing you as it eats. Clever, but not quite a technological leap. Your drones continue in, and the beast tears out a chunk of flesh as it rears its head to your drones and lets out a bellowing roar. Its stance, you note, has not changed, but its legs tense as you move closer.Its chest mounted spine erupts forth and bellows out a harmless puff of air. As you suspected, it can only fire a single barb. You are unsure how long it would take to grow back, but you suspect that they do not use them lightly. You have your drones charge in, and the creature makes a break for it, almost entering an actual run, but your drones are already surrounding it, and as it attempt to pass a worker it extends it blades, slicing into the creatures leg. Under normal circumstances it would be a moderate wound, giving the animal a limp at worst, but that limp is a deadly problem on this world, and as the animal contorts its leg in pain you hear the crack of bone, and it slams to the ground, its head breaking open as if it had fallen several stories instead of half a meter.cont.
>>38262920Jesus, high gravity is a bitch
>>38262920Wow... We basically just stuck our leg out to trip it. Fucking brutal.
>>38262920[new research unlocked]>Blimp Walker dissectionVery FastThis strange creature not only uses organic helium balloons to aid its movement, but is also capable of deploying a mine field of razor sharp spines to cover its retreat. Dissecting this animal should help you learn more about its interesting defense mechanism.>Minesweeper dissectionVery FastAn endurance hunter, the minesweeper is built for low speed, long distance moving. While incapable of high speeds, it can track a target to exhaustion, likely over several days. Despite its normal moda operandi, it possesses an ace up its sleeve in the form of a powerful gas-propelled barbed projectile that can be launched from a hollow tube running from the base of its throat, likely connected to its lungs. A detailed study of this animal should reveal more as to the nature of its strange trump card.>Add Blimp Walker dissection>Add Minesweeper dissection>Add both>Not now
>>38262920damn, now we just got to drag this thing and the big fucker it brought down back to came and see what makes them tick. Oh that alone is going to be a bitch and a half.
>>38262959>Add both>>38262966never mind
>>38262959>>Add bothThey're both very fast, it should take a day at most to research it.
>>38262959>>Add bothOh yeah>>38262966Well, this isn't going to be like Beta where the weather will kill you and you have a nigh-invincible super-predator watching your every move.
>>38262966Just use more worker's, it should help distribute the weight and make it easier to carry.
Rolled 35 (1d100)>>38262959>Add both
>>38262988Is Beta still running? I never checked it out.
>>38263088Hasn't updated in a while. We might assume that that Hive was tragically destroyed by the Keeks.
>>38262959>Add bothIt takes some time for the rest of your workers to arrive, and it takes all of them to carry the horrendously heavy creatures. As your drones labor away you can hear rapid footsteps in the distance. A drone crones its head to look, and you see a pair of large metallic devices moving across the land. One shifts its view to you, and you can see an ocular lens shift with a click as it brings your drones into focus without slowing its stride. It gives you a long look, and then shifts its head back to look forward as the two drones continue over the horizon.Your drones spend the rest of the day dragging back the new samples. They were easy to claim, but dragging them to your hive outpost is proving more difficult then it was to kill them.Meanwhile, your first proper patrol craft continue on their rout.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
>>38263088No, I think once they saw Quest Drone started running again he realized his job here was done.
Rolled 28 (1d100)>>38263088Hasn't run last week but the QM said he could run this week.>>38263111
Rolled 2 (1d100)>>38263111They look so cute.
Rolled 9 (1d100)>>38263111Oh spider drones
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>38263111
>>38263118>>38263129>>38263132Don't tell me, a raid by either the Obsidian Queen or the Ceph? Or the humans stumbling onto us?
>>38263118>>38263129>>38263132Ouch. That's distressing.
>>38263150Why not all three?
>>38263150or we hit an astroid field.
>>38263173That'll be a clusterfuck of epic proportions. But it's still not a 1
>>38263193Don't call Fluff over! Are you trying to kill us?
>>38263118>>38263129>>38263132Oh god this like our search for mother all over again. Weep, for the dice gods hath abandoned us.
>>38263204If Fluff shows up everyone gets blown up.
>>38263247"Around Fluff... You're stuffed!"
>>38263279Oh god we need a drawfag to get on that.
>>38263111As your patrol drifts through the rings of M-323 your patrol ships detect an unusual gravitational signal from the edge of the system. You signal your ships to hide and your mining ships cloak, although they are all already deep within the densest parts of the debris ring.Your patrol ships creep to the edge of the rings and train their sensors on the detected source of the gravitational disturbance. Several hours later the light reaches you, and you see a flash of movement as an object appears on your scope without warning. Brief rings of radiation emanate from it and spines begin to extend from the hull, glowing vibrantly.Whatever it is, it appears to be accelerating into the system towards the debris ring at a leisurely pace, and will reach the edge of the field in several hours.>Contact the unknown craft>Move in and attack the craft>Ambush it as it enters the field>Bring in additional ships (write in)>Other
>>38263314>Ambush it as it enters the field
>>38263247>Mfw people saved my artFeels good nigga.
>>38263314> Contact the unknown craftFirst Contact with the union seems to be happening, whether we like it or not. Still, best to make sure before we open fire.
>>38263314>Contact the unknown craftThis appears to be an unknown class of spacecraft, possibly a new alien species
>>38263314>Otherready weapons and get ready to ambush but see if you can't follow it undetected and see where it goes.
>>38263314>Contact the unknown craft
>>38263314>Ambush it as it enters the fieldBut ask it to identify itself before we open fire.
>>38263314>Contact the unknown craft>Have some ships cloak and prepare an ambush in case things go South.
>>38263290I should have it done by next thread.
>>38263314>>OtherWait for it to get closer and analyze it from a distance/under cloak. Compare to existing ship designs.
>>38263314No. No contact. Send a cloaked nuke pod to detonate it.>>38263314>>Move in and attack the craft
>>38263372That's a good plan. I switch my vote to this.
>>38263373You're doing god's work anon.
>>38263314>Contact the unknown craftbut prepare>Bring in additional ships (write in)this for in case of emergency
>>38263314Do this >>38263372
>>38263314Switching vot to this one too. >>38263372
>>38263314>>Move in and attack the craftAlternatively:>Othercloak fucking everything, and watch what it does.
>>38263314Supporting this >>38263372
>>38263314Wait for it to get closer, observe and see if it matches any Valen or other known alien designs.
>>38263314>Send Theseus an image and ask if he can identify the ship.
>>38263314>Contact the unknown craftAs the vessel approaches you have your ships move into position to ambush it at the edge of the debris field in the event it may be hostile, but you have one of your corvettes move out of the field to allow for a clearer transmission without the reflected static of solar wind scattered by the debris field.>Transmit a language cipher (allows target to learn Hive's constructed language)>Transmit a message in Esperanto (Union official language)>Other (write in)
>>38263492>Transmit a language cipher (allows target to learn Hive's constructed language)
>>38263492>Transmit a message in Esperanto (Union official language)>Transmit a language cipher (allows target to learn Hive's constructed language)First in esperanto to find out it is human/valen and the hive cipher if it doesn't legibly respond
>>38263492I bet we have a fucking awesome language
>>38263492>>Other (write in)A simple sequence of radio waves to hail it, and then study it's reaction.
>>38263492>>Transmit a language cipher (allows target to learn Hive's constructed language)It's probably going to be the Valeen.
>>38263492>>Transmit a message in Esperanto (Union official language)If no response then try the cipher, no need to reveal ourselves just yet since they might be Union or Commonwealth.
>>38263505I support this.
>>38263492>>Transmit a language cipher (allows target to learn Hive's constructed language)
>>38263510It is the language you discovered from study of the Gardener and her allies, and uses the Skyl alphabet, although it does not share any similarities in grammar, spelling, or sentence structure, and has not proper spoken form.
>>38263492>Other (write in)Transmit an image of Lyle's dick.
>>38263492>>Transmit a message in Esperanto (Union official language)
>>38263534Oh fuck yeah we're sending them that. That sounds fucking awesome.
>>38263492>>38263534Definitely sending them it then.>Transmit a language cipher (allows target to learn Hive's constructed language)
>>38263492>Transmit a message in Esperanto (Union official language)Better to start off with this. The other language could arm them to translate works left behind by our ancestors, and we don't know their aims.
>>38263552>>38263559Why does that make it more suitable for transmission? If whatever faction this ship represents has found ruins of our people, this could be the key to unlocking them. It seems foolish to give such a thing away for free.
>>38263571They would need psionics to really do anything meaningful. And if they do we may have found a potential ally.
>>38263492>Transmit a message in Esperanto (Union official language)
>>38263492>>Transmit a language cipher (allows target to learn Hive's constructed language)Oh yeah. we found some shit.
>>38263534So it's reverse-Navajo. Written but not spoken in a sense.
>>38263492>Transmit a language cipher (allows target to learn Hive's constructed language)I got a good feeling about this.
>>38263492>Transmit a message in Esperanto (Union official language)So nobody has these guys in their records? First contact, neat.
>>38263685Wait, no. I meant>Transmit a language cipher (allows target to learn Hive's constructed language)
>>38263685We have no idea who these guys are anon, could be the Obsidian Queen for all we know.
>>38263732They didn't use blink and if it was Obsidian you'd think we'd recognize her ships.
>>38263732We have had contact with her ships before. Queens usually don't change their... Sort of theme, ever.
>>38263492>Transmit a language cipherYour corvette emerges from the field and sends out a quick series of pings, then beams the language cipher, similar in nature to the packages sent between Theseus and Heretic, or the first contact package granted to you by Lee, it offers a quick lesson in the basics of the constructed language once used to facilitate communication between your ancestors and non-hive life.The ship's radiator fins have slowly stopped glowing and retract back within the hull, and you see a set of large antenna extend from the front of the craft. It continues to drift, and you detect a pulse of gravitational anomalies as the craft adjusts its course to intercept your newly designated envoy. A torrent of radar, ladar, and a wide range of other sensors erupt from the ship directed at your craft, then sweeping along the edge of the debris field.You detect several small objects fire out from the hull, directed above and bellow the stellar ring, each one bombarding the area with active multi-frequency scans. After several hours of silence, the craft transmits to you."Board. Trade.""Friend."The craft halts several light seconds from the edge of the field, expectantly.>Move your corvette out to dock with the alien ship>Bring in drones in a separate ship and dock with the alien ship (write in)>Transmit response (write in)>Other>>38263617Yes. Essentially it was built solely for speaking with non-psionic races, which is why all of the characters are plagiarized from the Skyl alphabet, but are used at random to express basic but decently useful concepts in ways designed to be easy to translate. It doesn't have a spoken form because the language itself is essentially a made-up code, not a naturally evolved method of communication.
>>38263753>Transmit responseWho are you?What are you doing here?>Move your corvette out to dock with the alien shipDo we have a speaker conveniently onboard due to plot?
>>38263753>>Bring in drones in a separate ship and dock with the alien ship (write in)10 workers and 10 warriors should be fine if anything goes down.
>>38263753>>Move your corvette out to dock with the alien ship>>Send another ship carrying your speaker and any supplies that they might be interested in trading.
>>38263762They're clearly here to trade, anon.
>>38263788For all we know man they could be prolific liars and backstabbers and live a by a raider lifestyle. Never hurts to be cautious.
>>38263753>Board. Trade. Friend.Board and trade your friends.
>>38263798Hedonistic space slaver market ship?
>>38263753Inb4 they use something similar to a mass effect drive
>>38263797But what if we miss out on that leather sofa we've been looking for at the low, low price of $160!?Do you really want to take responsibility if that happens?
>>38263753>Transmit response (write in)LIke >>38263762 ask for infoMeanwhile, also ask Theseus if he is familiar with them.
>>38263753Do we actually have any trade goods whatsoever? I have a feeling it'd be a bad idea to board without any.
>>38263827Later that day in the queens throne room..."Are you sure this is the best sofa they have? I mean, its hardly regal is it?""My queen you look magnanimous oh which ever sofa you acquire"
>>38263836Information is always worth something
>>38263753This >>38263762>Move your corvette out to dock with the alien ship
Guys... I don't think they're going to sell us a sofa...
>>38263926I don't think so either. But they're surrounded, so whatevs.
>>38263753It has been some time since you last had to use this language, and it is the first time you have ever actually used it to communicate, but it is a purposefully simple language. You sift through the archives for the proper words. Without inflections or proper sentence structure, the language relies on simple and direct statements. Crude, but very difficult to misunderstand."Identify self: Identify purpose."You wait for a long while. The craft's probes continue to cast their sensors over the debris field around you."Traveler: Seek resources." It finally says. You doubt whatever name they call themselves would be able to translate. Even well known species often simply invent their own terms for each other instead of going through the headache to translate names.As it speaks the probes systematically scan the surrounding area, until they are trained on your lone corvette."Board. We are friend." It repeats.>Bring in a ship to dock with the craft (write in drones to bring)>Dock with your patrol corvette (single lone speaker for convenience)>Other
>>38263836Why not load up another ship on Leeland with trade goods and a speaker, and send it rendezvous with them.
>>38263926That is because they sell couches
I'm warning you guys: If it turns out they sell slaves, I'll vote to buy the ones who's biology we don't know or have never encountered. That includes variations of biology we do know, like a pale Ceph to study their genetic disorder.
>>38263941They never were going to sell us that sofa, were they?
>>38263949>>Dock with your patrol corvette (single lone speaker for convenience)>>Send another ship filled with resources and goods they may want to trade such as couches
>>38263949>>Bring in a ship to dock with the craft (write in drones to bring)>>30 Warriors>>15 Heavies>>1 Speaker
>>38263941Surrounded three-dimensionally, right? FTLing 'up' or 'down' to escape is completely valid in space.
>>38263964You forgot to bring stuff to trade! Unless you are thinking of livestock.
>>38263949>Dock with your patrol corvette (single lone speaker for convenience)This carries the least amount of risk. If they sell slaves, can we buy the ones we haven't studied already?
>>38263949>OtherWrite-In: "Inquiry: Resources: Preferred type."
>>38263949supporting this >>38263985
>>38263960No, we want the couches. They probably have them... That or slaves, I'm fine to buy both.
>>38263949Trade resources for couches, please.
>>38263996Maybe there's a discount if you buy in bulk pairs.Slave's ain't no good without couches or sofas, as far as I know.
>>38263985>>38263989We could always ask them in person over a nice cup of tea from the comfort of their quality sofas, you know.
Whoever this new race is, can we just call them Couch Traders? I think it's great.
>>38264003>Hi, I'll take two vahleen and a leopard print please.
>>>38264034Fuck, that's tacky. Bugga, you just went full human.
>>38263949>Bring in a ship to dock with the craft (write in drones to bring)Bring things to trade.
>>38264021>Immediately asks to tradeHow could this not be the Ferengi.
>>38264059>Around the galaxy, Humans are known to have the worst taste.Yes.
They were coming towards the rings of M-323, right? So it would make sense that they perhaps intended to get resources from the rings?
>>38264101And trade some couches, yes.
>>38264129God damn it what is it with you people and couches?
>>38264161Board friend. Trade couch.
>>38264161I think it might just be one guy who gets really fixated on things. Maybe cut him some slack.
>>38264161Do you not like couches? If so, get out of my, and my couch salesmen friends face.
>>38263949>Dock with your patrol corvette (single lone speaker)Your corvette slowly moves out and its umbilical extents, attaching to the alien craft's hatch. It is a poor seal, but your ship oozes a small amount of reactive paste to make up for the lack in compatibility. As the umbilical pressurizes you feel a light thump and a probe flies out from the back of the ship. You detect a sudden gravitational disturbance and its form stretches, the front accelerating faster then the back. It continues to stretch, and the gravitational anomaly continues to increase around it until it rapidly compresses into nothing near the edge of the system, heading core ward towards the unknown systems.The doors open, and you see the crew emerge. They are bipedal creatures, but the similarities to humans end there. They swing out into the umbilical on hooked feet, each ending in two long, curved toes on digitgrade legs. Their bodies are slender in build and clad in plated suits that hide most of their features while their arms and legs show hints of pale flesh beneath. Their arms are equally slender, ending in a wrist covered in a set of long claws on one hand, and a cylindrical mechanism on the other that hums softly with streaks of wires running into their forearms.They flip by their feet and land onto the walls, where they quickly scale along the soft umbilical interior on all fours. Their heads are obscured by helmets, but manes of bone rattle in brightly painted crests across the tops of their skulls, each one holding a different pitch. They sound hollow, like carved wooden chimes shaking against each other.The door to your corvette opens, and your ship broadcasts another request."Identify resource request."Their response is much faster this time."All."The creatures move in, their helmets appear grafted to their faces, fused with the bone and pale skin like a blank beak shaped face of glossy metal.cont.
Guys. I think I found their spaceship.
>>38264161>>38264161Hey!I like couches! They're comfy and easy to lounge on.We should get on for our human prisoners, if they'rr really good.
>>38264206>Their response is much faster this time.>>"All."We are getting mugged. Quick explode into an acid cloud and cut the cord.
>>38264206Those feet and personal decorations are not couch friendly. I demand a retcon.
>>38264206>"Identify resource request.">Their response is much faster this time.>"All."Well this isnt ominous at all.I keep getting reminded of that one species in the last Star Carrier book.
>>38264206Muggings are not couches. I demand a refund.
>>38264206Looks like we found the token Craver race, the Hun's of space.
Pfft, what are they gonna do? Can't mug us for shit. Our ships don't have crews, they ARE crews.
Well shit. Next thing you'll know they won't have any couches either.I say keep a mental finger on the psychic murder-death-kill button.
>>38264269Can't we vent plasma from the lances out of the airlock?
>>38264275I'm still pretty partial to the acid cloud myself.
>>38264275We should let them board then abscond with their crew if things turn sour.
>>38264206All our resources seems like a lot for a couch...
>>38264275Or just disconnect and let them float.
>>38264279But anon, we ought to try to study their corpses.
>>38264283Looks like we just got some new specimens to study. Hope they like parasites.
>>38264292>>38264283I've been looking forward to a tough unsympathetic race that we can wage parasitic zerg warfare upon.Now all those insane ideas will gain meaning in some first hand trials.
>>38264307Honestly, I was a bit concerned. I mean, yeah those unrestricted biological warfare weapons are fucking cool and all, but it just doesn't seem right to me to use them on humans, but now we have discovered a race of fuccbois who graciously volunteered themselves as a testbed for our latest innovations.
>>38264334>race of fuccboisI chortled.
>>38264334The Humans volunteered as well. They set a nuke above our head in case we weren't being good little buggers, and they TRIED to raid our base.
>>38264206 Small tubes extend from their shoulders and deploy into multi directional thrusters that send them into the air with puffs of compressed air. One of them appears larger, its limbs encased in layers of the same glossy metal as its face, and it moves up to your speaker, which stands alone in the chamber, anchored to the floor by its clawed legs. It looks up at the blank face, and your speaker's hide shifts in color to present its request."Request resource exchange: Convenient seating."The mane of bones on this one is larger, which each one being longer and with a much lower tone. It rattles loudly as it makes to stand, clawing into the ground. It stands on the tops of its claws, with its toes curled into an arched knuckle. At its full height, it is nearly two and a half meters in height.The others quickly move out, scouring the area around your speaker. Even having just met, you at least think you can identify confusion as several squads of the creatures move back, shaking their manes at what you suspect is the leader. It clacks and rattles in return, and it brings its cylindrical device up to your speaker. It hums lightly, and in a flash of heat you loose contact with your speaker.You don't think they ever actually wanted to trade.Several small turrets swivel along the craft's hull, and hooked cables fire out, anchoring into your hull. Once more, you detect a gravitational disturbance, and the ship begins to accelerate away from the debris field.>Open fire with your patrol corvette>Uncloak and attack with your ships>Bring in reinforcements (write in)>Other
>>38264334Has anyone considered that they are just desperate for resources for a legitimate reason? They could be 'travellers' because they lost their homeworld in a cataclysmic event. They might have lost all of their couches anon. What then?
>>38264366>>Open fire with your patrol corvette>>Uncloak and attack with your ships
>>38264366>Uncloak and attack with your shipsBurn these fuckers down.
>>38264363To be fair, i think we can grasp the idea of individuality enough to know that humans have not yet really been given much of a chance to represent themselves as a whole.Which is kind of the same for these guys, apart from the fact attempting to mug us on first contact is going to be hilarious.
>>38264366>Uncloak and attack with your ships>Open fire with your patrol corvette>>38264370Anon, you don't just STEAL a ship. No mattern what your excuse.
>>38264363Yes, and that faction we'll have to deal with eventually.But think anon, an entire RACE of fuccbois to use our bioviolatech on, without restrictions.Can you honestly say you've got zero boners?>>38264366>Uncloak and attack with your shipsTarget engines, then weapons.
>>38264366>"Request resource exchange: Convenient seating."Fucking legendary.
>>38264366>Uncloak and attack with your ships>"Request resource exchange: Convenient seating."Stop encouraging the fun.
>>38264366Uncloak and demand their surrender.
There were never any couches were there?
>>38264366>Uncloak and attack with your shipsWreck their shit.
>>38264363In their defense, they were wary of a possibly advanced species and they weren't wrong.
>>38264366>Uncloak and attack with your ships"Big Mistake."Take out their engines. I wonder how they'll like being salvaged and dissected.
>>38264366>"Request resource exchange: Convenient seating.">mfw>no, really, I actually did this.
>>38264370Then we shall make couches out of their dying, screaming husks.Uncloak and attack!
>>38264366>OtherBLIND JUMP!I want those delicious captives.
>>38264366>Uncloak and attack with your patrol corvettesPlease roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 45 (1d100)>>38264458
Rolled 2 (1d100)>>38264458
Rolled 89 (1d100)>>38264458For the Hive.
>>38264466Fucking close one m8.>>38264474Thank ye anon's sweetits roll.
>>38264474Hahaha. ALRIGHT BOYS. WERE GETTING HIDE COUCHES TONIGHT
>>38264474For the hive indeed.
>>38264366>"Request resource exchange: Convenient seating."I chuckled.>Open fire with your patrol corvette>Uncloak and attack with your shipsFuck these guys. When we scour the wreckage make sure to take their couch.>>38264404I do love me some biologic weaponry boners...
>>38264458>>38264474Transmit"You should have just sold us a sofa"
>>38264506That's what I get for going with Telstra.
>>38264474So here's a question: do we put these aliens in with the human prison population or are we not quite that cruel?
>>38264366>"Request resource exchange: Convenient seating."Wait what? For what purpose?
>>38264548If we kill any prisoners we do it ourselves. Never know when they or their genetic material becomes useful.
>>38264548Dude, slow down. For all we know, these things ear humans.
>>38264548We put them in a separate prison. One with NO COUCHES
>>38264548Nah, these guys get dissected, data drained and their skin turned into a couch for Queenie.
>>38264548I want to read their minds.
>>38264555Because fuck you and your hard, uncomfortable seats, that's why.
We could grow our own fur-lined couches that would comfy as fuck
I feel bad for these space pirates. Imagine coming across some new gullible species. They dock with you, you march in with your boarding party. They only have /one/ person meet you. Hilarious....Wait, they're asking for... comfy chairs? Does this chamber even have exits? Why isn't there anything else in this room? Oh god where did all of those other ships come from. Shiiiiit.
>>38264599Moth-Downy Couches?I guess now we know how we'll corner the organic couch market.
>>38264623I feel bad for their furniture. Mainly because it'll have to be saved from the burning wreckage, and not paid for like a proper couch should.
>>38264623Deception and subterfuge is the lynchpin of many a successful exchange.
Fucking couches everywhere it's like Zerg Quest all over again. Next up Dick Drones and HiveTV.
>>38264458Your corvette's weapons pivot to face the alien craft, and its weapons pivot in turn. The two open fire against one another in a close range broadside the likes of which you have never known. The hull of your craft boils and crumbles, and the turrets ignite as their weapons target your ship's offensive capabilities. Your weapons impact against a shield, but damage bleeds through several small pockets left unshielded from the deployed cables. Your other ships quickly accelerate after them, and you feel the sting of weapon fire as the probes accelerate after them, lashing out with bursts of energy weapons that boil away fragments of your corvettes' hulls.Your patrol corvettes pivot their weapons to face the small drones and unleash a hail of explosive anti-strike craft slugs against them. The impact of shrapnel causes their shields to flair like tiny suns, and they bounce back and forth tumbling from explosion to explosion before spinning out of control, their hulls disintegrating from the force of their spin. One of them looses a small missile salvo as a last act, and your corvettes fill the space around the warheads with weapons fire. They disappear in the void of space, leaving behind nothing but vapor.Your corvettes turn back to the fleeing craft as the broadside continues, their ship burning away the weapons from the captured ship. You can feel the boarding party moving within it, blasting through hallways and tearing at veins that they must suspect as controls. You can sense their frustration as they search for a command deck.>Fire swarm missiles>Continue to peruse the alien craft>Other
>>38264677>>Continue to peruse the alien craftThey can't actually take control of the ship, can they?
>>38264677>You can feel the boarding party moving within it, blasting through hallways and tearing at veins that they must suspect as controls.Poor bastards. They don't realize they're stuck with us now.
>>38264677>OtherSeal the boarding party in, while pursuing
>>38264677>>Blink the captured ship away.
>>38264677>>Continue to peruse the alien craftThese Fuccboi's ain't going to find shit anytime soon. Besides, We need those corpses, and their couch.>>38264695They don't have psionics, so they can't do one single once of shit.
>>38264677>>Continue to peruse the alien craft
>>38264677Yeah son, fuck your salvage corvette. In Red Queen's Hive, ship salvages YOU!
>>38264730We are the space commies. We might as well be calling our selves space China.
>>38264677>>Continue to peruse the alien craft>>OtherBlink the ship with the alien boarding crew still on it back to Leeland.
>>38264677>Continue to pursue the alien craftPlease roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 45 (1d100)>>38264749
Rolled 35 (1d100)>>38264749I want my couches
Rolled 2 (1d100)>>38264749
Rolled 92 (1d100)>>38264749
Rolled 13 (1d100)>>38264749
>>38264764ONE TOO LATE ANON
>>38264762Somehow I knew this roll was going to be shit.
>>38264632>Moth-Downy Couches?No anon you do not go far enough. It is not longer the age of singular product shilling, but the age of consumer-pandering service aggrandization.>Have relaxation troubles with your old, inefficient, humdrum seating conveniences?>Buy a brand new HivoTech™ Couch through customized order via our website!>Choose any color combination you can imagine, on any color spectrum in existence, including those invisible to your eye!>Choose between sleek, furtive designs or comfy, alluring loveseats, and any variation besides and inbetween, you may even go in-depth in our 3D modeler program to add placements for cup holders, drawers, easy access trays, extendable tables, beds, and many other accessories!>Want it super-soft, or super-firm? You decide! Between un-stainable leathers and unparalleled softness or fuzziness or any combination thereof, the choice is yours!>100% Organic, and guaranteed to last as long as you feed it.>Every last one is Queen Sized, get yours TODAY!*>*Deliveries may take up to two light-days upon order confirmation, additional time for those latterly placed in queue.>beam advert to every world>???>PROFITAbsolutely nothing could go wrong with this.
>>38264789Incredible.Buy one get one Queen.
>>38264789The entirety of human space would double take, the xenophobes would elicit so many face palms.
>>38264789In fine print;Free egg layer. Disguised as or within vibration/self-heating organ.
>>38264799>We include a fake Queen with every purchase.>It's four inches taller than the customer, no matter what species.>All it does is stare at you and breathe heavily.>If you throw it away it comes back.>In the exact same spot it used to be.
>>38264789This is amazing. We must do this.
>>38264836>not giving bulk buyers a free complimentary speaker mini-queen which does moth clickchirps and spouts parrot like cheeky quips
>>38264838It's not amazing nor does it need to be done.This couch gag has run its course.
>>38264854Fine.>It also makes bad puns about bugs.
>>38264838While I suggested it, it's certainly in jest.Cuz, y'know, that's our biotech results we'd be selling.
>>38264836Lyle, we'll never let you go.
>>38264749You are surprised at the capabilities of the alien ship, but despite its speed you are still closing in. You open fire with your cyclotrons, loosing bolt after bolt of energy against the target. As your formation closes in to lance range a torrent of fire engulfs the ship.You feel the wires snap, whipping at the hull and sending your corvette tumbling away. With the sudden loss of mass the alien ship shoots ahead, plowing through the flames of plasma, its armor glowing and warping from the heat. Glowing canisters fire from the sides of the hull in rapid succession and the hull itself stretches out, its bow accelerating faster then the stern, and then compresses to nothing, leaving behind a burst of radiation, a fine mist of boiled armor, and the alien boarding party.Your corvettes can still follow the gravitational disturbance, for a split moment as it leaves your sensor range at ever increasing multiples of light speed, on a course for the uncharted blue giant directly core ward.After the sudden and violent jolt, you are unsure of the condition of the boarders. Your ships are capable of negating the sensation of acceleration, but impacts or sudden maneuvers are unaffected.>Dock your corvette on Leeland and send in boarding drones (what kind and how many)>Send in boarding drones in orbit (what kind and how many)>Attempt to vent the boarders into space>Other
>>38264882>>Send in boarding drones in orbit (what kind and how many)No need for unnecessary risks.
>>38264882>Dock your corvette on Leeland and send in boarding drones (what kind and how many)Warriors. Mob their asses. Preference: CaptureDoes not have to be all in one piece.We should really do some research to combine the stealth and shield generators into one that can toggle between the two.
>>38264882>Send in boarding drones in orbit (what kind and how many)>50 Heavy Drones >100 Warriors>Send a Pod to the Blue Giant
>>38264882>>Dock your corvette on Leeland and send in boarding drones (what kind and how many)Any that can fuck them up. Leave one alive so we can read it's mind and find out all we can about the system they went to, how many of them are there etc.
>>38264882>>Dock your corvette on Leeland and send in boarding drones (what kind and how many)>50 Warriors with non-lethal ammo>5 heavy warriors >1 Speaker>5 parasites
>>38264854>>38264867Two words, anons, two words.Designer Pets.
>>38264882Couldn't we just pump Nepenthe vapor into the ship?
>>38264910Seconding this.>>38264897And seconding Pod to the Blue Giant.
>>38264882>Send in boarding drones in orbit 50 Warriors with non-lethal ammo5 heavy warriors 1 Speaker5 parasites20 FlyesWith bio-tanks on stand by.
>>38264882>Send in boarding drones in orbit (what kind and how many)Heavy Warrior (5)Warrior (50)Non-lethal armament as possible.
>>38264929If we can you have my second.
>>38264915Fuck you're brilliant.
Although I think they have a mobility advantage in space because of their suits, I think orbit is overall less risky since they could potentially fuck up the ship during a landing and lose us them.
>>38264953Then we are in accord.
>>38264915>remove allergenic properties from cats and dogs>make cats and dogs that stay kittens and puppies forever without incurring health risks while extending their lifespan>whoopdeedoo forty dozen trillions
>>38264929You are unfamiliar with their biology or their technology. They could be equipped with their own supply of air, or even be immune to the effects.You can still try it, of course. Your own drones are immune to the chemical, so there is no harm in it.
>>38264967Like you said, there's no harm. Make it so.
>>38264967Then let's combine it with a boarding action.
>>38264967Let's try it.
So I say we approach that blue star demanding trade for couches.We should also measure these strange aliens to determine optimal couch design for their physiology so that we might be best equipped to trade in our own couches. We shall not lose this battle of couches.
I cought up and it's still running ..sweet
>>38264967This has my support.
>>38264882>Send in boarding drones in orbit (what kind and how many)same as >>38264941
>>38264989Jokes aside, I think we should just observe their ships weaknesses/strengths with some stealthed Pods. Do some covert operations on them depending if they seem to have something we want and whatnot.
>>38264989I suggest we steal their couch technology for our own. And then wipe out their species so we have the monopoly on all furniture related fields.
>>38264882>Send in boarding drones in orbit50 Warriors5 heavy warriors 1 Speaker5 parasites20 FliesYour ship manages to blink back to Leeland and a shuttle meets it in high orbit. You send in your drones with the intention of trying to take prisoners, loading your warriors with non-lethal rounds.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
On a totally different note :Could we research a dyson-seed ship,that uses the creep and gray goo nanomachines and the orbital, solar powered nutrient farms to grow itself into a dyson sphere?
Rolled 24 (1d100)>>38265063
Rolled 61 (1d100)>>38265063I don't care how many civilizations we need to end, we will have our fucking couches.
Rolled 8 (1d100)>>38265063
Rolled 86 (1d100)>>38265063first dice throw in this thread woo
Rolled 85 (1d100)>>38265063Let us reclaim our couch.
>>38265073At the very least we thankfully have your roll.
Rolled 79 (1d100)>>38265063
>>38265083>>38265085Unfortunately, one post too late>>38265065The gray goo nanomachines aren't effective at mining metals in space.
Boy I sure do love Hive Couch Quest.
>>38265098What about if we set it up over at the Skyl ring's sun.
>>38265101I love how corporations convinced people that cheaply made uniform and utility furniture with simple form is "modern" and "better" while selling it eighty times its making cost.
>>38265101>Not Couch Queen Quest.
>>38265098>The gray goo nanomachines aren't effective at mining metals in space.Uhm... they are for converting part of the produced Nutrients into metal, for growing the Sphere.It would probably take years to complete a sphere but it would be pretty simple and soooo worth it.
>>38265123Oh shit everyone watch out, we've got an expert couchpotato over here.
>>38265123In the noble brightness of the near future, there are only couches.
>>382650651. Gonna be hard to protect such a massive project, let alone make any headway in our lifetime.2. Let's not even consider this until we're known to the union because we bloody well will be with a dyson fucking sphere
>>38265143Oh, my bad, I confused them for the nanos in the smart mines. Well, yeah, we could use them like that. It's not like we're in any rush.
>>38265143It's not possibly with really any materials we could use. The star will tear anything big enough into pieces.
>>38265182Huh how so?If we put it into a stable orbit there should be no strain on ther material at all...well maybe not the full sphere but a ring, we got plenty of time to research better materials while that is growing.
>>38265218The nutrient/metal conversions are... abstractions to an extent. I doubt QuestDrone would allow us to use solar energy to produce nutrients to convert to metal indefinitely without external input because to do so would be contrary to the established mechanisms.It's not so much an issue because we have tons of ships that distribute and redistribute resources with arbitrary ease, but still.
>>38265218A solid structure like that would never, and will never work. Dyson's Dyson sphere was actually hundreds of thousands of individual pieces, orbiting freely from each other.It just will not work.
>>38265244We would need to figure out how to do the energy to matter action used by star trek replicators before a free floating space station could grow from nothing but solar power, or any power for that matter.
>>38265252I never said it had to be solid....>>38265244Waiting for QD to decide if we are allowed to try it or not then.Because as far as my understanding of the mechanics go it might be possible.And the sooner we start on it the better.
>>38265063Your drones surge through the damaged corridors of the corvette towards the boarding party. You can hear them rattling at each other, the clacking of their manes echoing through the halls. Your flies scout ahead, and quickly find the first of the creatures. They are attaching small devices to the walls of the corridors, and as your flies close in several of them take notice. They swing their weapons at your drones and bolts of light leap out, detonating against the walls. One of the blasts hits one of your flies, and its leg vaporizes, the matter detonating in a flash of super-heated air. Your flies quickly fall back, and you have your warriors move in from all sides.Several chitinous seals flex open where they likely assumed was only more wall, and warriors begin to move in. One of the aliens is hit with the non-lethal weapon, covering its torso in a layer of constricting membrane. It claws at it, then returns fire, its weapon vaporizing layers of chitin and sending your warrior reeling back. Others take its place, and soon there is a crossfire in all directions as your drones force the aliens to fall back down the twisting dark hallways.A heavy warrior lands on the wall where one of the aliens had attached itself, crushing its body beneath it as it digs its claws into the living wall for grip. It reaches for the alien and tears its head from its body, tossing it aside and sending it bouncing against the far wall. The body thrashes, clawing at the thick armor of your heavy warrior until it brings its arm down on its torso and triggers its sledgehammer. The body explodes, sending globules of purple gore scattering in all directions. The metal chitin rod of the hammer slides back with a his and your heavy warrior turns its gaze to the next group. They open fire, and armor bubbles and ignites across your heavy warrior, the force of sublimation sending it tumbling down the hall, but more quickly take its place.
>>38265294Yeah... We're researching those weapons as soon as possible. After we get our fucking couch of course.
>>38265294Queen damnit sergeant Bugskinski, you're supposed to leave something for the Thinkers! You're a loose cannon! Hand over your chitin!
>>38265321After all this shit, that couch had damn well be the best couch ever.
>>38265294>A heavy warrior lands on the wall where one of the aliens had attached itself, crushing its body beneath it as it digs its claws into the living wall for grip. It reaches for the alien and tears its head from its body, tossing it aside and sending it bouncing against the far wall. The body thrashes, clawing at the thick armor of your heavy warrior until it brings its arm down on its torso and triggers its sledgehammer. The body explodes, sending globules of purple gore scattering in all directions.You can never go wrong with brute force.
>>38265326This needs fanart.
>>38265326Hah!Anyway, battle of attrition it is, get me those prisoners!
>>38265329You can never go wrong with force in general.
>>38265294Is this what they look like?
>>38265386Not spindly enough.
>>38265321We already have weapons like that, they're called lightening guns.
>>38265386I've been imagining them as a mix of Predators and species 8472
>>38265431From the description, these seem more like plasma guns.
>>38265451They're more likely to be high energy lasers.
>>38265431Oh, I must have misread it. I thought it was erasing the matter entirely.
>>38265294So, plasma heat/energy level resistances would be swell but not entirely required.Also, did the alien's body move quite too well after its head was severed or am I reading this wrong?
>>38265451That's more or less what lightening guns are.
>>38265435Reminds me more of the Vaygr concept image.
So who do you guys think these aleins are?
>>38265294As your warriors continue to press further, they continue to give ground. As you push them further back they seem to sacrifice each other, with one attempting to slow your advance as the others continue to fall back. You watch as the larger group places more of the small round devices onto the walls of your corvette interior, and then continue to flee as your drones herd the groups into a central location. A lone alien remains behind, placing down heavy fire in the corridor. The pack of compressed air let out minor hisses of corrections as it fires. They do not appear to suffer noticeable recoil from their weapons, and their packs allow them to swivel with astounding speed to face any direction. It lands several well placed shots in your approaching warriors, ignoring the splattering of cellophane from the non-lethal rounds.The warriors finally close the distance and claw at the alien. It swipes at them with its free claw, its long blade-like talons burn into the chitin of your drones as it enters the melee with surprising effectiveness, placing its claws deep within the warrior's thorax and carving out a swath of chitin. Other drones move around it in an attempt to capture it, and it thrashes out with its legs, grappling a warrior and pulling itself behind it with its curled talons.A warrior's blade catches it as it flips, the glowing hot metal hits the pale skin and drags itself deeper with the vibrations of the serrated edge and slicing clean through the thin arm. It is nothing but bone, a dark purple pouring from within. Another blade claws at it, seeping into its torso with a sizzle and the alien twitches, then grows still.You continue to drive them back, and they continue to sacrifice themselves to slow you down as their main forces converge in a central chamber, all the while leaving small disks implanted into the walls. A passing fly investigates one of them, watching as a small light flickers on and off regularly in the center of the disk.
>>38265451It's the same concept, just in melee/wand form, and in bigger globules. I presume they're slightly more limited in their range but I wouldn't bet on it.
>>38265501Oh yeah, that fits pretty well.
>>38265525> small light flickers on and off regularly in the center of the disk.totally not a mine/explosive
>>38265525EMP the ship, anything to disable the explosives
>>38265525>You continue to drive them back, and they continue to sacrifice themselves to slow you down as their main forces converge in a central chamber, all the while leaving small disks implanted into the walls. A passing fly investigates one of them, watching as a small light flickers on and off regularly in the center of the disk.Explosives.
>>38265552Unforch, since we have not seen this before we can't do much about it.
>>38265525Well fuck, they planted charges.
>>38265525Pfft. Like those explosives are going to do anything meaningful.
>>38265525-11 warriors21 out of 25 aliens remain>Have your drones fall back>Have your warriors switch to lethal rounds>Attempt to move in and capture them alive>Other
>>38265573>Have your warriors switch to lethal rounds
>>38265573Can we have a Fly attempt to interface with the probably explosive disks?
>>38265573>>Have your drones fall back>>Take back any corpses/captured aliens>>OtherDo we have something to disable the obvious explosives? like an EMP?
>>38265573>Attempt to move in and capture them aliveEverything is expendable here, plus we know where they live.
>>38265573Why haven't we been pumping the memory gas?>Have your drones fall back
>>38265573>Gas them.Use whatever chemicals we have.
>>38265573>Attempt to move in and capture them alive>Othercan the ship pass the bombs through the ship?Like a membrane or something like that?
>>38265573>>Attempt to move in and capture them aliveHahaha they think threatening lives or ships will stop us
>>38265573>Attempt to move in and capture them aliveThe more live prisoners we take the more intel we gain.
>>38265573>Attempt to move in and capture them alive
>>38265602>>38265590>>38265603Any reason why you guys are falling back?we can easily have some drones take the captured back right now, while the rest keep trying to capture them.
>>38265621That sounds sensible, I'll second your suggestion.
>>38265573>>38265605Agreeing with Hitler here. Gas the Jews aliens
>>38265573Drones fall back and take captives with them.Leave a few drones to keep the pressure up.
>>38265621To not pressure them into detonating the explosives before we at least drag the bodies of the dead back for analysis. If they blow up the ship then no bodies and tech to research.
>>38265621Welp.>>38265573Attempt to move in and capture them.
>>38265590We have the Ion cannons.
I kind of want to try venting them and then pick them up in space.
>>38265648Let's use 'em.
>>38265587Kill flys ontop of them, acid burst will destroy the devices.
Why do I sense a curveball coming our way? Like the discs are not explosives but anchor devices for theit ftl?Do we even have EMP capabilities? If so, I support using it here
>>38265665If that's the case than we really need to land the ship.
>>38265573>Attempt to move in and capture themThe aliens meet each other in a central chamber, and as they attempt to assemble a form of fortification your warriors swarm from the surrounding corridors.>Attempt to interface with the devices (write in)>Attempt to destroy the devices>have your non-combat drones remove the bodies>Other
Did anyone actually expect friendly traders when they showed up immediately after a really low roll?
>>38265679Hold up.. what happens when FTL is activated inside an atmosphere? Has QD ever mentioned that?
>>38265703That depends entirely on the FTL in question, but it is almost universally bad.
>>38265697>Attempt to destroy the devices>have your non-combat drones remove the bodiesSwitch to lethal, we only need enough intact bits for one body after all.
>>38265697>>Attempt to interface with the devices (write in)if they're attached to the walls, can't we just remove them and the wall they're on, then dump them into space
>>38265697>have your non-combat drones remove the bodies>Attempt to destroy the devices
>>38265723This. Just have the wall membranes they're on cut and tossed out into space.
>>38265697>>have your non-combat drones remove the bodies>Attempt to destroy the devices, except for one attempt to interface with that device.
>>38265697>Attempt to interface with the devices (write in)i suggested this before, but can our organic ships just pass these devices into space?>have your non-combat drones remove the bodies
>>38265723Wait isn't the ship made of creep? Lets swallow that shit.
>>38265697Remove the bodies, destrooy the devices
>>38265697This isn't a bad idea, if it's feasable >>38265723>have your non-combat drones remove the bodies>>38265702Nope, and the thing about repeating "friend" and "dock" had alarm bells of their own.
>>38265697>REMOVE DEVICE remove device They are worst couch seller.
>>38265697>Have non combat drones remove the bodies and attempt to remove the devicesPlease roll 2d100, best of 3 each. First for your warriors attempting to capture the remaining aliens, and the second for interfacing with the devices.
Rolled 43, 40 = 83 (2d100)>>38265768DIIEEE IIIICCCEE
>>38265716>FTL inside atmosphere is badall the more reason to deactivate those devices, even if they're just explosives.
Rolled 81, 5 = 86 (2d100)>>38265768go
Rolled 51, 44 = 95 (2d100)>>38265768
Rolled 74, 80 = 154 (2d100)>>38265768for the Hive
>>38265697>have your non-combat drones remove the bodiesThen>Attempt to deactivate one device for study.
Rolled 34, 29 = 63 (2d100)>>38265768for mother?
So, we get the aliens and then the bombs go WABAM.
>>38265781>>38265783So much for not blowing things up.
81 for capture, 44 for devices.. We need to leave asap
>>38265800Or we get FTLnapped. We'll just blink back and forth until the devices get interfaced/removed is all.In any case, we could form a warrior-ball around our captives while going through one of the unmined passageways.
Rolled 24, 12 = 36 (2d100)>>38265768
>>38265830Good to know Fluff still rolls terribly, so at least that's still normal. Too bad normals going to go out the fucking window when their ftl activates.
>>38265930It's a hit or miss with me it seems.
>>38265768The warriors swarm over the alien creatures, tearing into flesh and snapping bone. They return fire with their weapons, boiling away chunks of your drones' chitin in steaming heaps. As each warrior dies the next moves up under the provided cover, and soon they have encircled the few remaining aliens. Motes of blood and chunks of armor and bone float in the air, filling the room with a morbid stench. The aliens fight to the last, and the largest among them rattles its mane in defiance as it clicks a small button along the side of its weapon arm.Your flies move over the small disks, slicing into the walls around them. Small strands of metal reach out in all directions, twisting through the living walls like an infection. Your flies attempt to remove it, pulling the thin wires from the flesh of your corvette. You feel a sudden jolt of heat, and the wires glow white for a moment, and the walls around them vaporize.The blast funnels through the halls of your ship, cracking the hull from the inside and sending super heated vapor spewing through space like a bottle rocket. You can hear the blast rushing through the halls, and feel the heat. A heavy warrior charges the alien leader, arms outstretched."Capture for Mother!"It's brief and simple thought fills its mind as it winks out, its body enveloped in flame. Encased within the chared body is the last of the alien raiders, battered and wounded, but alive. Additional drones are quick to enter the blasted out hull of your ship and they quickly retrieve what is left.-39 warriors-5 heavy warriors-10 fliescont.
>>38265944At least you're always here for us. It's not really a good thing, but at least we have it going for us, I guess...
>>38265944>>38265930It's almost like the dice really are random :O
>>38265965[new research unlocked]Unknown alien dissectionVery fastAt the moment you know next to nothing about these creature, other then that they are hostile. Dissecting the various remains of their dead should reveal more about them, and how to better kill them.Unknown directed energy weaponmediumA mysterious weapon of unknown composition and capability, picking apart the various remaining samples should reveal more about its nature.>Add Dissection to research>Add energy weapon to research>Add both>Add neither>Other
>>38265987>Add Dissection to researchThat ship got away, we need to know what or who these guys are. Because they will be back. Without shielded ships, they wreaked massive damage on us. We need to kick that battle fleet into production.
>>38265965>Add bothBipedal, apparently has a redundant nervous system enough that the body was still struggling after we took it's head off.The weapon is probably a man-portable laser, which is cool, but I wonder how it stacks up to a lightning gun.Also we finally found a need for conductive armor
>>38265965thank mother they were just regular explosives.>>38265987Also:>Add both
>>38266018>Also we finally found a need for conductive armorIt's time.
>>38265987>Add bothI think that's it for this week. I'll stick around until we 404 for any feedback or last minuet voting. Thank's for playing, everyone.
>>38265965>"Capture for Mother!"He's getting a statue, he earned it.
>>38265987>Add bothAnd just for posterity exchange data on the new race with Theseus.
>>38266031Maybe a bit of a status update on the whole Theseus/Heretic situation since it's been a while and we haven't heard from them.
>>38265987>Add Both>>38265968There is no need to be a downer like that. The other anons roll just as randomly as I do. I'll own up to what I get. >>38265969There are times I wonder if they are truly random or if they have a slight bias.
>>38266035More like he's getting recycled and repurposed as one of our goliaths. (i think that was the name for our huge warriors with the massive weapons.)
>>38266052That was badly worded, tired from staying up 40 hours to read this. Also thanks for running, always makes my week.
>>38266035You were a loose cannon, Bugskinski, but you're Mother's loose cannon. *salutes*
>>38266054Shhhhhh... Do you hear that? Hillbillies...
>>38266031thanks for running.
>>38266098Bugskinski... Had a hard life...
>>38266031Thanks for running QD.Great run today.
>>38266052They have continued to fortify Unity patrolled space from the looks of it. Heretic has incorporated newly acquired technology into his own ship designs, making new ships smaller and more compact, although he does not appear to be retrofitting old craft. The produced ships are periodically sent through rifts, presumably to fortify the picket forces of other Unity systems.Theseus's server ship also has improved the output of Skyl attack ships, producing improved corvettes at almost twice the rate as the Skyl drive ship alone.Repairs of Zero One also appear to be coming alone nicely, although large swaths of infrastructure still remain obliterated.>>38266126>>38266143>>38266065And thanks for playing, it's always a pleasure.
>>38266150Will there be a couch on their home planet for us to raid?
>>38266150Can we vote to produce more pods and send them out? I don't think anyone would really object to that.
>>38266150Are we making a pool for the humans?
>>38266150Thank you QD. Take it easy my good quest master.
QD, because you mentioned earlier that FTL-ing inside an atmosphere was a bad idea, and it makes sense considering humans use black holes, Theseus warps the fabric of space and the Ceph use the crystals, but what would happen if we "blinked" while still inside the atmosphere of a planet?
>>38266150Should we inform them of these new aliens, so they don't get conned like we would have if we weren't properly paranoid?
>>38266179I'm sure we already did that, offscreen. We can assume it anyways, we had a whole discussion on it some threads back.
>>38266194What happens when a supernova-level burst of radiation occurs near a biosphere?
>>38266194I think the sudden burst of radiation would ignite the atmosphere in the immediate vicinity.
>>38266195Well we should. Since Heretic's base is pretty close to M-323 and we are sure as hell likely to see more of these pirates
>>38266212I'm guessing everything gets scorched. Thanks for answering.on another note: Does that mean all FTL-drives are WMDs if used incorrectly?
>>38266150Can we vote on contacting Heretic and updating him on the clones?
>>38266195Tell Theseus to not believe them if they say they're selling couches.They're no good swindlers.
>>38266195That's probably a good idea. At least inform Theseus. I can't really imagine Heretic getting any trouble from them for some reason. I feel like he would just mercilessly beat them down and take their stuff before they got the chance.
>>38266205Just because we had a discussion about something doesn't mean it happened.
>>38266150Could ask Heretic if he is willing to share his technology so that we can implant the knowledge about them into the clone's memories? We should also him what are the parameters of the memories we put in the clones should be.
>>38266238That's what WE'RE going to do the next time we see them: uncloak a cruiser, surprise attack their thrusters, and take their ship for dismantling and analysis.
>>38266228Ever heard of the Kzinti Lesson?>Any propulsion system powerful enough to be interesting, is powerful enough to be a weapon.
>>38266276You mean...>A reaction drive's efficiency as a weapon is in direct proportion to its efficiency as a drive.Here's a counter argument.>A weapon's output is in direct proportion to its potential as a maneuvering thruster.
>>38266194Things *could* be fine, such as a pod blinking from a moderate altitude. The most likely event would be that the ship would appear in a random location within safe blink distance, but there is also a decent chance that the ship would be atomized, with its component matter smeared across spacetime like melted butter on toast, or that the random location it appears in happens to also be the same location as the core of a planet, or a sun, or a black hole, or another ship (which would be both exceptionally rare, and horrifying for everyone involved)As for the burst of radiation, it would depend on the ship blinking, but for reference, a pod blinking away would be similar to a moderate meteor strike, and could flatten several acres of forest, and cause a shock wave capable of shattering windows and causing permanent hearing damage to people within a mile, and lethal amounts of radiation to anyone much closer.
>>38266329ok. So on-planet = Bad for everyone involved.But could we use a ship outfitted with not our-FTL to destroy a planet if needed? (such as the obsydian queen's planet)
>>38266329Think we could perfect a drive variant that could blink in atmosphere safely?
>>38266359The whole planet? Probably not.Folding space would just bring whatever is nearby with the ship, resulting in a large spherical crater and a large blast wave as the air fills the vacuum. Larger ships blinking in an atmosphere would be comparable to nukes. A Valen gate simply can't work outside of a vacuum due to technical limitations.Probably the most destructive FTL effect would be ramming a warp drive into a planet, which could potentially devastate an entire continent.>>38266409Not safe enough to be perfect, but you could potentially improve the likelihood of survival.As it is, you already did it once. Your pod evacuating your drones from Tadega blinked away from the blast of the bombardment and into a random location several light years away.
>>38266441Well, something to think about for the future i guess. Even if we can make only minutely short jumps safe from in atmo then it will be a win.
>>38266329So, What would happen if we had say, A thousand pods Blink right into a city at the same time?
>>38266031So this was the Happening this week you had to prepare the expanded map for.Also, how feasible a research option is it to create a tech that interferes with enemy blink drives into an area, making them less accurate? Or blinks out of an area?
>>38266441So ramming OQ's planet with human FTL-drive shuttles from all directions is a legitimate method of killing her hive?
>>38266150Thanks for running. Also, thanks for putting up with the couches.
>>38266485We're gonna need lots of Canderon
I'm thinking of having a few thinkers and Quantum thinkers just sit around thinking and not researching. It's to have them come up with topics for innovation and research, just from perusing the knowledge we already have. Plus, if we need them to analyze something we're seeing through our drones, they're available. What do you Anons think?
>>38266485>>38266524Or we could just use the Immolator warhead.
>>38266534I'm fine with having a Skunkworks sitting around philosophizing until we need them crunching numbers for battles.
>>38266473Like a mix between a nuke bombardment, a microwave oven, and the plot of Half Life 1.>>38266481Theoretically, anything that could alter gravitational forces on a blink capable ship would be able to decrease the ship's ability to safely blink away.Also yes, between the new species introduction and Theseus's poor first impression of your distant cousin, quite a few things needed an updated map. I'm just glad I got it sorted out now.>>38266485I'm delirious from sleep deprivation, and am no good at math, but I think that the amount of canderon needed would actually be more expensive then an Immolation warhead.But yes, I suppose that is one way to ruin a planet.
We need to lay bio-tanks, large bio-tanks, and parasites in preparation for the hybrid clones coming to maturity still, QD.
Night QD, hope you have a good nights rest on the couch
>>38266578What about this?>>38266270
>>38266534I can get behind a skunkworks.
>>38266597Engram is made of plenty of dead Skyl's minds.We could techincally duplicate one of those minds maybe if they're not lost to the melting pot.
>>38266619Yes, but they still could have that couch.
Dammit so we didn't take any of them alive?
>>38266677We got one alive as well as its equipment by the heroic actions of one heavy drone. The corvette was trashed though.
>>38266677See >>38265965>It's brief and simple thought fills its mind as it winks out, its body enveloped in flame. Encased within the chared body is the last of the alien raiders, battered and wounded, but alive. Additional drones are quick to enter the blasted out hull of your ship and they quickly retrieve what is left.
>>38266677Read the thread.Fucking hell, man.
>>38266524This is extraordinarily silly. If you can make it to the surface of the planet you can just give her an anti-matter bomb like she did to Mother, and see how she likes it.
>>38266578Do we need a Large bio-tank in order to clone hybrids of Valen, or this guy?Seems like we might need Large bio-tanks just to be ready.
Well, at least I managed to catch this thread before it archived.
So they weren't couch salesmen this entire time?
>>38266690Lack of sleep is a helluva drug.No research option for the living guy's language or brainjacking made me forget he was there.
QD is kill
>>38266737That is correct. An average Valen is the size of a small house, one of several reasons they use remote controlled robot puppets to speak with humans.>>38266789That it is, and as for research, you need to perform a basic study of their biology in order to customize your parasites to work on them first. After the dissection is finished, you will be able to start poking in the survivor's head.>>38266826No, but I'm drifting.
>>38266858Then let's do some egglaying pls.50 Large bio-tanks488 medium bio-tanks970 parasitesAlso, we should create a Small Sniffer variant with Heat Pits to help their eye-having brethren.
>>38266879We really don't need any of that.
>>38254140Okay I know i read it somewhere but I can't find what thread the radiating, incomplete Hyper Gate was described in.>>37027901 was really vague about increased activity, so that wasn't it.>>38254057And where in the ask.fm was the gate mentioned? searching for 'gate' didn't give any results.
>>38266922Not yet, but it takes a few days for eggs to hatch, so it would be good to have at least a few large bio-tanks around instead of having zero. We already committed to a hundred hybrids, so we need more bio-tanks anyway, if not that many.
I still think we need to have a sit down with Heretic and Theseus and make a proper allegiance. Agreement to support eachother's military, agreeing to share all information on the obsidian queen and the black crystals with eachother.What do you guys think we could call the alliance? The Gestalt alliance? Legion?
>>38267004Yes but what're all the parasites for? We have nobody to put them in, maybe 30 prisoners but that doesn't justify 970 of them.
>>38266879I'm pretty sure we just finished laying a fuckton of tanks.
>>38267035Formal names are unnecessary, as are formal agreements.
>>38267051Those were cheap, and could be used for the infiltration mission the hybrids can do when they go to alien worlds.It could be a more modest number, yeah, like 70.
>>38267057Where's the post where QD prompted that vote?It still lists only 12 bio-tanks at top of thread.
>>38267094See how easier that makes it? 70's a good number, don't need 970 parasites crawling around the hive like stray kittens.
>>38267130They can get piggy back rides from the workers as they go about their day, leeching off their blood from the back of their thorax.
>>38266858So you'll be rolling 100d100 offscreen for the cloning project then?Once we've mastered 100 entirely newly generated human genomes, we might want to just keep using those same genomes, and then alter the face, retina, fingerprints, or other biometrics after the fact with surgery.
>>38267156The next thing you'll say is...> I'm only pretending to be retarded.
>>38267035We don't need a formal agreement with them because we already have one. Heretic hates the Void Gods and by extension Black Queen for what they did to his masters.Theseus will help us because they've proven to be an active threat to him.Also, there's only the void crystals in different states. The White crystals are when they're active and have power in them. The Black crystals are what happens to white crystals when they've been used in the psionic cannon or broken by something else, these are basically husks.
So, when are we colonizing Desdmond P2, and can we please give G-426 a name? I'm in favor of Bastion.
>>38267296You build that wall, I'll dig a hole...
>>38267246>The White crystals are when they're active and have power in them. The Black crystals are what happens to white crystals when they've been used in the psionic cannon or broken by something else, these are basically husks.No.White Crystals we can actually produce, they are made of actual matter.Living void shards are the fuel for psionic cannon, and using them like that turns them into dead shards. Neither of which are made of matter.There's no indication yet if one can turn into the other, but their composition seems incompatible. They mimic each other, but they seem way too different.
>>38267200I was just pretending to be--Fuck you're good.
Prepare for death.
Catching up on this thread I'm once again reminded how you people often and regularly drive a joke into the ground and then resurrect it to tell it again.>Couch has 55 results>Queen has 31Not to go no fun allowed or whatever, it was funny for a bit. I just fully expect you lot to turn it into a vote.
>>38267411Somehow Leeposting and couchposting will combine in the next few weeks, just wait.
>>38267411At least it wasn't the moth thing this time.
>>38267421I'm sure Lee would appreciate a nice couch.
>>38267353White crystals are the fuel for the psionic cannon. And when they're spent they become the weird dead crystals. They're the same thing as living crystals, because living crystals are white crystals and vice versa.You nice person
>>38267440A living one.One that cleans itself.
>>38267450And is moth themed of course.And is actually a skeleton made up entirely of parasites.
>>38267446>White crystals are the fuel for the psionic cannon.Read the fucking quest.If they were, Mother would never need to run out of ammo.> QuestDrone !!tu02dh0DlTY Mon 10 Nov 2014 08:13:44 No. >>36075397 >"Work is done!" The chant of your workers from the bowls of your Hive ship. It is ready, the dark crystal that has caused so much conflict has been loaded into the main gun. You have only three.
>>38267446Then what the hell do you call those four whispering shards we took off the Hel's Angel.
>>38267464That's because she didn't reseacrh that shit. The only reason we have a few is because of Lyle's ship and those Skyl ruins.Anon, I swear you must be remembering things wrong, but that's okay we all make mistakes. And if I turn out to be wrong I will apologise
>>38267501Active/White/Lining Crystals they're all the same thing.
>>38267533>didn't research that shit>Mother perfected the psionic cannon and actually used it successfully>didn't researchWhat?She used the dark crystal as fuel. It became a dead shard afterward.There are living void shards, that are clearly not white crystals. The dead shard we salvaged is entirely different from them. It's dead. It doesn't whisper.Those are the 3 kinds of crystals we've found so far.
>>38267552>all the same thingExcept they're nothing alike.The white crystal is white. The void shards are black, and come in two flavors: those that whisper and are alive, and void shards that are eerily silent, being used up fuel.The Angel shards whisper, and are alive, and are clearly not white, they don't resemble them in the slightest.