A faint signal emanates from the distant reaches of space, silently observing several server ships drift in their orbits. In a split second a corvette blinks into position several kilometers away, giving you a close view of the small, black dot of the enemy pod before it vanishes in a stream of ionized plasma. You sense others arrive at various locations as they continue to search through allied space, and your corvettes continue to intercept them as you detect their gravitational anomalies. As the hours continue, so do your kills, and before too long your patrol ships have intercepted nearly a hundred of the small reconnaissance craft. The stream of probes eventually abates, but your patrols stay on high alert.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
>>38731807>Current armory1169 Thorn Launchers20 Thorn Cannons5823 Sting Casters530 Cyclotrons345 Rotary Stingers3 Fire Sprays95 Plasma Spray422 Particle Cannons320 Lightning Guns120 Lightning Cannons>Current resource reservesNutrients: 4,779,286Metals: 704,303Credits: ₡2226Credits in Lyle’s account: ₡1,177,400>Hive population and upkeep cost Hive maintenance – 32325Queen – 5Fake Queen (3) – 165Small Egg layer – 12Worker (85005) – 170010Aquatic Worker (5140) – 20560Vacuum Worker (5200) – 31200Radiator Worker (5100) – 20400Warrior (11209) – 56045Aquatic Warrior (100) – 700Thinker (2000) – 6000Quantum Thinker (1000) – 5000Speaker – (3) – 12Digger (200) – 800Refinery (40) – 280Sniffer (2) – 8Small Sniffer (200) – 200Fly (1050) – 4200Wasp (1100) – 5500Haz-mat Workers (20) – 80Shock Troops (40) – 520Parasite (30) – 120Bio-tank (12) – 300Excavator (1000) – 19000Colossus (20) – 300Hovertank (200) – 5000Harvester (50) – 950Support Fluttercraft (2) – 272Ghost Beetle (5) – 135Heavy Warrior (1000) – 19000Chinook (100) – 1800Air defense drone (80) – 5920Bomber (160) – 6560Strafer drone (400) – 6000Heavy Interceptor (160) – 4480Light Interceptor (800) – 11200Advanced Relay (69) – 6900 (set as default method of ship control)Upkeep: 447,971N>Hive fleetSpace Pod (5010) – 150300Heavy Fleet Fighter (200) – 13400Shuttle (10) – 250Mining Corvette (36) – 9900Patrol Corvette (20) – 10140Scout Corvette (8) – 1800Lancer Corvette (2) – 450Fleet Corvette (44) – 9900Heavy Fleet Frigate (12) – 17124Stealth Frigate (4) – 1952Vanguard Frigate (100) – 40000Heavy Cruiser (10) – 12150Heavy Fleet Cruiser (6) – 15030282,396N
Have we discovered all the possible applications of nanomachines yet? I know that with genetic tapestry level of biology we could get really crazy with organic machines.
JUST HOW MANY SHIPS WERE CALCULATED
>>38731851We've already made a WMD out of them, have a mining plan with them, and have the ability to literally start a zombie apocalypse with one compromised individual. Granted, using that shit would IMMEDIATELY make us enemy #1 of the alliance and make them focus all resources on us so we shouldn't use it unless need be... however, the ceph on the other hand...
>>38731826Say, the Heavy Fleet comes with its own drone compliment, I thought?
Also remember guys, we have operation whistleblower ready to go on your approval. We can cause serious damage with it to the men in black. Even more so with the fact that the actual government appears to be pissed at them now. Spreading the fact that they are doing research that makes anywhere housing them a target for the unity (they've already struck at least one facility) is even better for that.
What are the chances of getting a handful of drones and bio-tanks down to the planet Lyle is currently on?
>>38731826>Formed fleetsSmall Heavy Defense Fleet (under construction)Heavy Battle Fleet (queued)Clone upkeep/special projects and expenses25 Human captives of the USV Hope – 7503 Human hybrid clone upkeep – 90Specializations:>Brawler>Tech>EngineerLyle Rogers – 47887NTotal upkeepNutrient costs: 731,854N>IncomeMetals: 356,000Nutrients: 2,401,250Net: 1,669,396N>>38731857I calculated and added to the pastbin all the ships in your defense fleet, as well as all the drones in the air garrison swarm.>>38731913It does, heavy warriors, workers, thinkers and the like.
>>38731952Hive Territory[G-426]Asteroid mining base: 5 Excavators, 20 Diggers, +2250M per day (+50 M per digger, +250 per excavator) [obsolete]*Leeland (capital)Defensive structures>Surface to Orbit Missile System (750N)>Anti-orbital batteries: 35/35 (8750N) Military structures>Hangar facilities: Room for 4840 Aero/fighter Drones and 2420 Shuttles (3025N)>Psionic Shroud (1,000N)>Prison OutpostIndustrial structures>Docking Pylon: (100) (10,000N)1869 under construction[16 Heavy Fleet Corvettes] [Empty docks: 384/400]Economic Structures>Mine: 245 Excavators, 180 Diggers, +65750 M per day (+25 M per digger, +250 per excavator) [obsolete]>Algae Farm: +2,400,000per day, 24,000 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: 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) [Empty docks: 4/4]>Mining corvette salvage operations +288000M per day (+8000M per corvette)Deep space waystation>100 docking pylons [under construction]
>>38731943We don't need to do that even, we can turn one of our hybrids into an egg layer now. Also remember, we can make nutrient ships now and should probably work on a few logistics cruisers. We also should try to figure out a way to upsize our anti drone weaponry thing that we got from that planet, if we can make ships black out we can cause serious damage.
>>387318575000 pods. Seriously those things are going to be replaced by fighters when we get the Ripper Drive.
>>38731989New 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)
>>38732006Wait, what? I thought we had clones on the surface, not hybrids. Or can both be used to mutate?
>>38732016Pods are an effective applicator for the literally dozens of horrific WMDs we have created. They can also be used for covert ops dropping of our forces on hostile planets. >>38732040We can mutate anyone if they so much as have one of our parasites embedded in them. We have so much room for horrifying antics its amazing.
>>38731952Could we allow those 25 human captives to roam about the hive instead of being cooped up all the time? It's impossible for them to cause any damage, and escape is just as impossible with eyes and drones everywhere.
If everything fails, the Queen can always become a stripper. I know what the others said, but I believe she has the thorax for it.
>>38732038Industrial 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 10,000M>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.
>>38732006I actually cringed when I saw that the price was 10000M for one Solar collector glad he changed it.
>As the hours continue, so do your kills, and before too long your patrol ships have intercepted nearly a hundred of the small reconnaissance craftSweet jesus that's a lot of pods.>>38731952I got this piece off art done from the drawthreads. How close is it to your vision of a Chimera?
>>38732040They're hybrids, how could we directly control clones without parasites?That aside, even if that weren't the case we could just have our Fly-turned-Small Egglayer lay a parasite to implant into a person to cause that person to mutate into anything medium-sized we might need.
>>38732065Well then shit, we need to birth a shitload of flies and have them scour the city for large abandoned areas we can inhabit and tunnel under for a young hive.
>>38732075No. It's not a matter of damage, it's secrecy.
Daily reminder to Gas the Ceph, interstellar race war now!
>>38732087Finished Research>Sea Stalker dissectionThrough a mixture of high performance hydrodynamics and water jets, this creature is capable of evading and pursuing targets for long periods of time, but it does not hunt, instead following slower predators at a distance until they make a kill, and then stealing the spoils and discarded refuse. You should be able to easily mimic the shape and mechanics of this creature in your own drones.>Solar collector miniaturizationThis module allows a ship to serve as a mobile solar collector, gathering energy from a star to be converted to nutrients by way of photosynthesis. Each module unfurls into a multi-kilometer long, slender sail trailing from the hull of the ship, hindering movement and making the ship unable to blink, shield, or cloak. Once the ship has deployed its solar array each collector has a nutrient income of 400N per day. (1,000M)In adition, research in miniaturization technology has improved the efficiency with which you can build the larger and more stationary solar array.>Alien studyWith a parasite implanted and its mind open to you, you have been able to gather a variety of data from the living Scavenger.
So what do you guys think about what the QM siad about why the humans would prefer human representatives?to me it basically destroys one of the biggest anti-human arguments
>>38732122>how could we directly control clones without parasitesTheir brains are psionically altered when grown to allow us control, aren't they?
>>38732090You mean 50,000M?
Hey guys, new to this Quest. Looks cool and want to be a part of it.Is there anything bit I should know about our civilization? About what we're doing/need to do right now?
>>38732178Only in hybrids. Clones (Replicants is the word used) are just normal members of whatever species.For example, the Skyl have 10 replicants.
>>38732164>Carbon nanostructure constructionA combination of carbon nanotube weave and diamond filaments are used to improve the durability of your armor, increasing the durability of your ship hulls passively. In addition, this has led to new avenues of construction techniques.>Smart MinesNanomachines work together to form into roots and vines made of metal that grow across a planet and sprout from your hive infrastructure. The roots seek out and disassemble any source of metals that are not a part of the hive, and pull them to the surface, using them to continue building the roots and to form gained metals into ripe, fruit-like bulbs ready for easy and convenient harvest by passing drones. Your hive infrastructure is now capable of very quickly extracting metals from the crust of a planet or planetoid at a rapid pace at no additional upkeep cost, replacing the need for dedicated mining drones. Overharvest will now also strip a planet of all metal.>Razor mineFitted to either the back like a utility adaptation, or to an equipped tail like a blade, the Razor Mine fires a harpoon of chitin lined with a shaped explosive. Upon contact with an enemy, the barb will detonate and send spinning microscopic blades in all directions to deal massive amounts of damage to soft targets. The harpoon itself is armor piercing, but the blast cannot harm armored targets. A tail can hold 5 barbs bundled together, and can be fired at short range. A medium drone can hold 10 barbs on its back, and can fire them in an arc to deploy them at very short range to create an anti-personnel minefield. Large drones can carry 2x as much in both cases. A drone can be equipped with both a tail and back mounted Razor Mine, and it pays the upkeep for both as individual adaptations. Small drones cannot equipped this due to size limitations.In addition, hive creep now can grow Razor Mines in the form of bushes and small fields, aiding in defense against attack.
>>38732181Have you caught up with all the threads in the archive?
>>38732179The module anon. It was suppose to be 10000M and it got changed to 1000M.
>>38732181Go binge in the archives. Might take awhile but having context on how we got here helps immensely in making decisions.
>>38732181Read the pastebins and the wiki to get familiarizedhttp://pastebin.com/u/QuestDronehttp://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:Hive_Queen_QuestIt is also very highly recommended that you read through the archives.
>>38732181Hit the archive faggot.
>>38732222>>38732242I see there are about 40 threads... Guess I will have to binge read them. Not exactly good at saturating stuff, but thanks. Good luck with today then.
>>38732214>this has led to new avenues of construction techniquesoooh
So guys, should we try to get ourselves working directly with our G-Man contact who is now interested in investigating (either directly or indirectly), go with operation whistleblower (can be renamed), or go on our own still? Alternatively, we can start zombie raiding planets until we find him?
>>38732214So Antigravity now?
>>38732214>Smart MinesHoly shit.
>>38732272Given how long sessions usually runs, and if you have nothing better to do, you may be able to catch up today if you're a fast reader and if QD decides to make this week's session a 2parter
>>38732214[New research unlocked]>Ground-orbital mega-constructionSlowBy using new construction systems to improve efficiency, the hive can build new projects capable of reaching orbit, using the rotation of the planet to remove the requirements of a free standing structure and instead essentially hang a station in orbit from the surface of the planet. Such a construction project would double as a docking pylon capable of constructing capital ships at a much faster rate, and replace the need for shuttles to ferry goods to and from orbit. [Unlocks the Capillary Tower construction option]>Mantle excavationSlowBy using advancements in the operation and function of the metal trees, you can force them to focus their attention past the rocky crust of a world and have them dive their roots clear into the mantle of a planet, tapping into a vast wealth of metals>>38732093It's a beautiful, beautiful butterfly.
>>38732325holy shit... I want...
>>38732325>>Ground-orbital mega-constructionOH SHITSHIIIIIIIIT
>>38732285To be honest dealing with the Scavengers is more considering that they will attack us soon.
>>38732325>Ground-orbital mega-constructionA Space elevator?
So, things that had some support at the end of threads:>Thinker skunk works.>Implanting fauna on our planet with parasites, then turning them into hybrids.
>>38732371Oh right, those assholes, who we know LITERALLY nothing about, other than that they are assholes who tried raiding us for resources.
>>38732325>Ground-orbital mega-construction>Mantle excavationJesus christ this rate of advancement, how the fuck did our ancestors NOT conquer the entire galaxy?Or are we just that hyper-competent?
>>38732388We'll probably get some exposition on them this thread, seeing as our parasite just went diving in his memories.
>>38732383Don't forget the whistleblower idea as well. Although there was debate over whether to use seiner as the straw man for it.
>>38732388>http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:Hive_Queen_Quest#ScavengersThey're space raiders.
>>38732325Current research>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.>Bored chitin slugsFastBy improving the shape of your kinetic slugs, as well as increasing the spin imparted to them as they leave the weapon, you can improve the armor penetration potential of your kinetic weapons. [passive upgrade]>SirenFastTaking the form of an elaborately shaped head similar to a radar dish, this adaptation allows a drone to emit a powerful mixture of sonic frequencies and directed electrical pulses to cause severe disorientation to a target. The effect causes blackouts to your own drones, but the drone is immune to its own effect, and the pulses are shaped to prevent friendly fire. Causes nausea, loss of balance, and muscle spasms to subjects in a 45 degree cone in front of the drone with an effective range of roughly ten meters, depending on atmospheric conditions. Long term exposure can cause seizures, irregular heartbeat, and may lead to cardiomyopathy.
>>38732412We've got a lot more races to reverse-engineer from than they did.
>>38732412Maybe all the queens in such a relatively small area imposed restrictions on certain technologies and weaponry. Maybe they got complacent.
>>38732431Hey QD, did we get details of known Scavenger systems from our new friend?
>>38732431>Those aren't done yet.Why?
>>38732412>how the fuck did our ancestors NOT conquer the entire galaxyThey did, and than got their shit pushed in when the crystal gods showed up.Remember how when our mother left her family thinking the nigger queen was shifty she left behind a shiton of planets.
By the way, after having read some pornographic reading material on the matter. I can safely say that launching random hive queens at candidate planets in distant galaxies we'll never bother to visit is a completely valid method of spreading the species and would allow it to be extremely widespread. Also it likely has been done in the past.
>>38732431>Unknown directed energy weaponmediumA mysterious weapon of unknown composition and capability, picking apart the various remaining samples should reveal more about its nature.>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.>Laser cooled superconductorsMediumUtilizing powerful cooling rays to maintain a temperature of near absolute zero, superconductors can be constructed and maintained out of cheap and easily replicable materials and nearly no cost. This would allow for the construction and maintenance of various mass transport and logistical systems that would improve the efficiency of hive activity.>Quantum Entanglement engineeringSlowExperimentation 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.>>38732412Actually, both of those technologies are already known to humans, in fact, Mars has had a space elevator for centuries, and many of the smaller moons across human space have been mined to dust to fuel shipyards nearby.
>>38732544WHO HATH SUMMONED THOU?
>>38732540Available 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.
>>38732602Can we lay some biotanks to quickly produce the Skyl clones and prepare a Chimera army for the Scavengers.
>>38732660holy shit, if we impersonated a bunch of them, put some loot crates (maybe with more monsters in them), and then tried to get back to wherever they came from we could fuck shit up. Gas the scavs race war now! Lets Tom Cruise it up!
>>38732660I want a hundred flies laid on the planet Lyle is currently on, so we can get eyes everywhere. And to search for a suitable location for a undercover hive.
>>38732602Other than flash cloning, That Psionic Cannon is the only thing left we haven't picked up. Are just going to wait and clear out all the R&D and THEN pick that one?
>>38732741Or maybe we don't pick that one at all. Seeing as it summons crystal-godthings on our asses and we're barely established as a proper faction.
>>38732741>Are just going to wait and clear out all the R&D and THEN pick that one?When we've cleared out all of the research we're going to look for more research.
>>38732741I have my misgivings because from the visions we've seen, the Void shards themselves only show up whenever a queen was tinkering with the psionic cannon.
>>38732602Have we looked through the other white crystals?
>>38732805Nope but we should.
>>38732805I almost forgot about this. We still have the one we found from Mother's ship and the other one from the Builder.
>>38732602We still need to call Theseus about those Black Hive corpses we'd like a chance to look at if he has any floating in his space.
>>38732825We really need look through them both.
>>38732825Don't forget the one for the derelict ship.
>>38732537Not until we eradicate the freaking crystal assholes. We don't want niggerqueen mk 2 to happen.
>>38732820>>38732825Wait, aren't those the dangerous ones?
>>38732852...What the fuck did you think "the Builder's" meant anon.
>>38732864Nope, you are thinking of those inferior black crystals.
>>38732864No, they're apparently the ones that record a Queen's thoughts like video.
>>38732864The black ones are. The white ones are data storage devices. One of which belonged to Queenie's mother.
>>38732842We can do that when we inform Theseus of the danger the Scavengers pose.>>38732864The white crystal aren't dangerous moron.
>>38732924We already informed him of that last thread.
>>38732948We didn't have this information last thread>http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:Hive_Queen_Quest#Scavengers
>>38732870...The derelict ship crystal. Thought we had four for some reason. it's been a while since we talked about them.
>>38733042No anon Heretic will want us to work on the Psionic cannon and if we refuse negotiations may breakdown.
>>38732987Think we could mess with their pheromones when we meet them again?
>>38733119I was talking about the white crystals.
>>38732602The strange alien creature convulses in your pod and your newly adapted parasite digs into it. It has no spine, but a liquid circulatory system that shares its use as both a blood stream and a nervous system. Your drone burrows into what could be called a heart, replacing its function with itself and linking into the creature's mind. You can see images and memories of a vast fleet. One of the scouting fleets, one of many, had arrived in the region not long ago, encountering a small cluster of ships. This alien was a member of that fleet as well, one of the leaders. You can see through its vision as blank displays produce patterns of heat across its vision, indicating the fleet is shielded.The scouting fleet opens fire, and quickly manages to secure several boarding ships to the sides of derelict vessels. The pack of boarders lunge through the tube to the damaged craft. The enemy is strong, solders encased in metal shells with powerful weapons, but they eventually overwhelmed. There is a signal from the bridge of the craft to the rest of the ships."IFS Arizonan to fleet, this is a general retreat. Return to base and alert command. We have been boarded and are initiating self destruct. Repeat-" An explosion in the background cuts off the human on the radio, and the sound of gunfire fills the channel with static before cutting off. The surrounding ships begin to accelerate away backwards, firing their guns wildly and sending missiles into space. The Arizonan begins to break up, and your watch, through alien eyes from the safety of the command deck of the now disconnected boarding craft as the human ship implodes in on itself.The alien rattles out a command, and its bridge staff quickly begin to calculate the trajectory of the fleeing ships.cont.
>>38733248>You can see images and memories of a vast fleetuh oh
>>38732164Solar Collectors have been added to the wiki.(I'm going to start working on a hive ship design now.)Now, lets build 45x Orbital Electroponic stations on out local gas giant.
>>38733155Well we could do that or we could have a leader clone hijack control over them or we could flood their ships with parasites until the problem resolves itself.>>38733275Told you they were a big problem.
>>38733275According to the wiki, it's the commonwealth.They met the scavengers first.
>>38733248>a liquid circulatory system that shares its use as both a blood stream and a nervous systemShit, does that mean they're naturally immune to our fungus?
>>38733350Well, now we can try to find a way to get around that problem. We have their DNA.
>>38733350Doesn't matter, they don't live in environments the fungus would be effective in anyway.
>>38733248>Your drone burrows into what could be called a heart, replacing its function with itself and linking into the creature's mindWell, at least we know they'll never be able to remove our parasite without killing the host.
We could totally bait these guys into turning over there entire upper command to us... we just need to make good ""target"" ships and set up this commander to score a few victories (in reality him getting all his crew implanted and coming back with supplies and memories of conquest.)
>>38733483We are so well suited to complete hostile takeovers from within it's ridiculous.I love it.
>>38733560We also can just start zombie attacking them using boarding/forcible implantation and hybrid transformation to do even more damage. Literally we could have people escape with even one compromised individual and still get fucked over by us.
>>38733560>>38733483We need to build that clone army immediately.
>>38733248Your pod arrives in the system the ship was heading to, and you can recognize several of the distant signals of ships. Your pod has arrived just before the Scavenger ship and you watch as it slows back down bellow the light barrier. It quickly moves past your cloaked pod and joins the rest of the scouting fleet within the system, and your pod slowly follows.The system of the blue giant is largely unappealing for settlement. On the distant outskirts is a faint and low density belt of frozen gas and rock, while inward is a low mass, "puffy" gas giant that holds a small group of rings made of gases and trace amounts of water ice. The gas giant is surrounded by ships of varying shapes and sizes, all of them feeding on the giant like animals over carrion. The ship you had fought with docks with one of the larger craft, which looks more akin to a station with thrusters, and armatures reach out and begin to repair the heavy damage across its hull.You can see other craft coming and going as well, other scouting skimming over the various nearby star systems in search of resources. You are unaware of how it functions, but now that you know what to look for you can spot the moment the Scavenger ships activate their drive, as it seems to jerk ever so slightly. The Flicker Drive, your new guest recalls, seems to actually be rather similar in function to your own blink drive, but while your drive permits long range jumps with a short charge time, theirs seems to... adjust the position of the ship, effectively teleporting it in space, but by only a Planck's length at a time. While the ship itself seems to functionally be moving at a steady pace, it is actually not in motion at all, but simply undergoing billions of teleportations per second.Cont.
>>38733483>>38733560>>38733609I suddenly thought of us fielding a massive army of cloned humans and attacking the Union with it.Just imagine, endless hordes of soldiers from deep space that look just like your own, refusing to communicate and refusing diplomacy.
>>38733704Wasn't that the big twist of Oblivion? Tom Cruise clone army destroying the world
>>38733649I think we should focus on completely annihilating these creatures first. Best to get them out of the way, and take all their resources for ourselves.
>>38733649Probably stole it from space dolphins.Also I made this. It was supposed to be a stylized queen's headcrest, but I got lazy near the end.
>>38733736Yes actually... and it was demoralizing as fuck. It literally would've worked had one of them not gone rogue.
>>38733756Huh, that flicker drive is interesting tech, although it appears inferior to our own, and would probably give everyone near it motion sickness.
>>38733649>t is actually not in motion at all, but simply undergoing billions of teleportations per secondHow terrifying
>>38733704>>38733762That also reminds me of just about every other Team FPS online game these days. No matter how many times you kill that guy, he just respawns in a short time. >>38733649Damn, that drive is interesting and disturbing as well.
>>38733649A Stutter Drive variant.
>>38733940We could definitely sell that tech to theseus for good money, it'd make him even sketchier to humans and would probably be effective for him.
>>38733984In exchange for Space Fold tech, I'm willing.
>>38734024There is else even better he would want Gravity Reflection.
>>38734057And come to think of it this would most likely unlock Space Fold anyway.
>>38733649In the system of the red giant, you notice more than just the system. While the nebulous wall of gas prevented long range sensors before, this new vantage point offers your drone a glimpse at Commonwealth space.[map updated]The system itself is as you would expect for such an old star. What was once a gas giant sits near the edge of the system, frozen into a dense ball of ice and its gas blown away by solar wind. It likely formed closer to the star when it was younger, and was blasted out here as the start destabilized. The planet itself is small in appearance, but with a powerful gravitational pull. Mountains of diamond shimmer in the dim red light, frozen in still tidal waves and motionless ripples like a frozen ocean.Further inward there is a small planet a moderate distance from the star, with a hint of an atmosphere. You detect no life, however, or any means for it to develop, with no detected liquid water, no geothermic activity, and what little there is of the atmosphere is mostly toxic chemicals.Further in still is a charred husk. A burnt rock scorched black. Signs of long lost liquid water rivers trace across the surface, with traces of a rich atmosphere found in the form of wind swept deserts and mountains. The planet was likely once a rich and fertile world, until the sun expanded and blasted away its atmosphere, boiling the seas and scorching the soil. Even your drones would be unable to survive for long on the planet, and it shows no signs of resources in any bountiful form.>survey more of the systems your pods have scouted>Manage your drones and hybrids on Gemini>Speak with your allies Theseus and Heretic (write in)>Other
>>38734163>>survey more of the systems your pods have scouted
>>38734163>>Manage your drones and hybrids on GeminiNothing much interesting other than Union systems, so lets go back to Lyle.
>>38734163>Look through the crystals
>>38734163>Speak with your allies Theseus and Heretic Another invasion fleet is heading our way>Manage your drones and hybrids on GeminiFinish this arc quickly
>>38734163Lets discuss ways to combat that shadow organization we now are aware is NOT operating under legitimate government operations. We can go with our original plan of going at them alone. We can retask lyle to directly assist him (use him as a middle man for our intel). Or we can whistleblow on the entire government using investigative journalism, there ego, and an added sense of "mystery" to it. I will label these plans A, B, and C, respectively, lets discuss them.
>>38734163>>Speak with your allies Theseus and Heretic (write in)Give Theseus and Heretic the dirt on these scavenger guys. We may need their help later on if these couchless assholes decide to become a problem.
>>38734163>Manage your drones and hybrids on GeminiHey QD, how did your system handle rendering the map?
>>38734292Addendum: and sell Theseus their biology information.
>>38734163>Manage your drones and hybrids on Gemini
>>38733279BumpWe should also add a solar collector to all mining corvettes. They are meant to be vulnerable resource generators, so it makes sense.
>>38734163>>Manage your drones and hybrids on GeminiWe egglayer now.
>>38734350Dont think it would work dudeThe solar farms are immobile once they unleash their sails So cant mine
>>38734163>Set thinkers to survey more of the systems your pods have scouted and look at the information inside the other White Crystals. >Manage your drones and hybrids on Gemini>Speak with your allies Theseus and Heretic (Inform them about the Scavengers)
>>38733649Oooh... Liir tech. Liir and Hiver FTL tech were always my two favorites...
>>38734163>survey more of the systems your pods have scouted
>>38734163Oh Fuck their next targets are Heretic and the Valen.
>>38734334After updating the program and remaking it from scratch, perfectly fine. I had to size it down to get it to fit on tg though.
Voting to rename the scavengers to scavs so we can make oblivion jokes! Also holy shit, captcha has gone full retard to the point I had to use the audio varient
holy shit, I just realized something. We know the scavengers use pheremones as a major form of communications, this biologically works through having receptors designed to bind and transport these molecules to the inside of the body and then they are converted to whatever the message it is significant for. We can hijack this system very easily by designing toxins that bind on these receptors and are then absorbed. This is effectively how viruses normally infect a body, so the concept is already functional.
>>38734481Aye, fooken scavs be squattin in our systems, hooliganing our fooken neighbors! I'll glass em in the gob, sware on me mum!
>>38734596[chemical warfare intensifies]
>>38734163>>Manage your drones and hybrids on GeminiWe simply cannot afford to allow that spook who saw our fly to escape.
Lets just lead the scavs to the humies and let them kill each other wait actually lead them to the fallen queen and get them to kill each other
>>38734647You do realize the Scavengers ruin every planet they come across.
>>38734647>>38734716And that inbetween the Scav's and the Black Queen is literally everyone else's territory, including ours.
>>38733761That's a damn nice glyph, anon.
>>38734716So?Were between a fallen hive, ceph an 2 human empires and now these idiots are joining inIts going to take every thing we got to fight crazy auntie,The scav's didn't have a clue of how our ship worked so maybe we lead them to auntie and buy us time to build up
>>38734163>Survey more systemsWe only have 2 settlements that can be significantly developed, and 1 settlement that has to stay under the radar.We really require more habitable planets.
>>38734870>Letting a fully war-oriented nomadic race with massive fleets that has a demonstrable willingness to undergo radical surgical procedures to improve their combat capacity get ANYWHERE NEAR HIVE BIOTECH>I SHIGGY FUCKING DIGGY MOTHERFUCKER
>>38734917I'm pretty sure auntie would win, may cost her but she would win
>>38734870You do know we don't NEED to go to war with the human empires, we can DEFINITELY win them over through propaganda, especially seeing they already have a whole mass media set up, we literally can even trick out some of our hive creatures to look slightly less horrifying just for diplomatic purposes.
>>38734770We need to start conquering more territory.>>38734870Most of her ships were destroyed by the White Queen which is why we saw only a few ships.Also.>>38734917Stop being an idiot.
>>38734956The commonwealth, yes.Union, not so much.
>>38734956all of our children look beautiful anon
>>38734971Anon is obviously being hyperbolic about it, but there are indeed reasons we might not want the Scavengers to encounter our technologies. They're expert reverse-engineers just like us, and nothing good for us would come of them figuring out any of our tech.
>>38734974>>38734956We need to contact the Valen immediately this is our best chance to start getting a debt out of them.
>>38734956You're right anon, we should just replace them all with hybrids!
>>38734956They still need to expand and we are in their way And we still don't know how far this conspiracy goes cause kyle friend is prob low level in the scheme of things
>>38734974I am personally pitching my whistleblower idea as a way to get subtle support for us and to get our enemies fucked over by scandal and internal review. If we don't get that senator arrested at a minimum we'll end his political career.
>>38734974The opposite, actually.The Union has proven that they can deal with aliens peacefully, and have extensive working relations with the Valen. The Commonwealth are militaristic to a fault.
>>38735037Doesn't matter where he is, we know this is not a government sanctioned operation, meaning if it gets out everyone who wasn't in on it will be very pissed off. People who were on the fringe of it will likely act pissed off, and anyone who is in on it will likely cut there losses.
What if we directly supported lyles friend. We tell him to tell that guy that his boss (who wishes to remain anonymous due to reasons that shant be explained) wishes to assist him in this venture and has a significant amount of data that he can use, as well as surveilence ability and electronic warfare capability. We can offer him all the tools he needs to move forwards and get the bust of a lifetime, in exchange for remembering our kindness as well as fucking over these assholes to the best of his abilities, and assisting in the recovery of a certain individual.
>>38735071Peaceful with aliens that can actually fightOppressive to ones who cant
>>38735175And what's wrong with that for us?
>>38735204We still seem to be weak
>>38735204Because...uhm... shit... you actually have a good point.
>>38735175And ironically our existence and build up is likely will prove their stance was right one to have. Too bad we caught on and it's too late for them to stop us. Double ironically we are more or less doing the same thing.
>>38735204>>38735212Plus they want to exterminate our ai buddy
>>38735212We just have to set up a picket fleet in a day or two to dissuade them of that notion. We've pretty much gone into full ramp up mode anyway no reason to play things too close to the chest.
>>38735236Our AI buddy is actively pushing that image to keep them focused on him and not the commonwealth... this isn't a valid reason to hate them.
>>38735212That's why we should survey more planets before dicking around with Lyle and Co., as interesting as that is.Either way, we're not initiating first contact yet, and our forces are growing at a good pace. That won't be an excuse for long.>>38735236No one needs to know about our alliance with Theseus, and the only ones who could tell about it are either Black-Ops or in our prison. There's also the slim chance of influencing Union first-contact laws to include him.
>>38734163>Manage your forces on GeminiWe have all night to do everything, I just wanted to know what you wanted to do first.Bloated and immobile, the cocoon of your new small egg layer cracks open. It is limited in what it can do, but it is still incredibly useful, allowing you to lay new small drones without sending forces yourself. In addition, your hybrids have rented a low class room to stay for the week, and have given your egg layer a place to stay for the time being. Your drone idly munches on nutrients, its head stuffed inside of an open bag of snack food taken from a vendor nearby as its abdomen swells.Lyle and the others make their plans. Dillon has been speaking with various people all morning. He barges into the safehouse with a large crate in his arms, slamming it onto the table which gives out a creak in protest. Jackob sits on the couch with his arm in a sling, although the wound has nearly healed already, and Lyle inspects his breakfast, a plate of eggs and various spices from the small and dingy kitchen. Dissatisfied, he pours a portion of his beer over it, igniting a pillar of flame."Want me to make you one?" Lyle asks as he flips contents of the pan."I'll pass." Dillon says. He unbuttons the crate. "But now that this is official SecCom business, I get to call in the big guns."The crate opens and Jackob's face lights up. "Christ, man, is it my birthday?" He says. Inside are several sidearms, two shredders and two variable-strike hand rifles. Dillon picks up one of the shredders and tosses it to Jackob's good arm. "Ladar ranging sights, and the darts have a magnetized bore, gives it some penetration when you need it." "I love you. I ever tell you that?" Jackob says."Don't I know it. I also have a multi phase pulse rifle. It's a miniaturized cyclotron with a linear attachment. You won't find it on the market and it's got more range then anything else man-portable."cont.>>38733761That's one hell of a banner.
>>38735308>Your drone idly munches on nutrients, its head stuffed inside of an open bag of snack food taken from a vendor nearby as its abdomen swells.thats adorable
>>38735341I'm just imagine one of those zerg queens eating potato chips or twinkies. Its the best image I can think of for that.
>>38735308>"Don't I know it. I also have a multi phase pulse rifle. It's a miniaturized cyclotron with a linear attachment. You won't find it on the market and it's got more range then anything else man-portable."My research boner is hard.
>>38735370We've got cyclotron knowledge down, I guarentee you those weapons are too expensive to be worth mass producing, and we've got enough bioweapons to make them impractical. They are still fucking awesome however.
>>38735392Well if we could miniaturize them for our drones to use. It might be worth researching.
>>38735423Don't we already have miniaturized railguns? Besides, as is it looks like our main ground war tactics will involve copious usages of weaponry that likely violates the geneva convention and everything it stands for.
>>38735463Not to mention once we develop those creep and biomass missiles we were talking about last time
>>38735463Well, I always like to have weapon options to chose from.
>>38735308Hey questdrone, does the union and commonwealth even have some sort of international agreement banning certain types of weaponry? Not that this matters for us in any way but I am curious if we have a law to refer to in this?
>>38735480I'm looking forward to hive bombing cities.
>>38735524They need to be programmed with parasite mines or they spawn infestors quickly
We should work on creating some mass producible paralytic gases for humans so that we can easily infest them with parasites. This should, in theory, be easy, especially seeing as our target is literally exposed humans. It just needs to be mucus membrane permeable.
>>38735592This is a good idea. Incorporate it into the 'hive bomb' idea too, upon impact blasting out clouds of the stuff.
>>38735639I am pretty sure the NSA must be having a field day with all my discussion about chemical weaponry today, and seeing as I am one of the people trying to use peaceful means to forward our goals I should probably stop suggesting completely viable methods of aggression...
>>38735308>It is limited in what it can do, but it is still incredibly useful, allowing you to lay new small drones without sending forces yourself.Lay some Small Workers and start burrowing through a sub-basemen wall to start a hidden base.>>38735370>My research boner is hard.>>38735392>We've got cyclotron knowledge down, I guarentee you those weapons are too expensive to be worth mass producing, and we've got enough bioweapons to make them impractical.>They are still fucking awesome however.Actually, I think those are effectively the same as the ones we are equipping our wasps with.
>>38735592>>38735639>>38735662Clouds of paralytic gases laced with cordyceps spores.
>>38735676No, too close to civilization, we want to pick a landfill or a similar structure that nobody wants to go near and only will to drop off more shit at. Those will be our best spots.
>>38735662That would be a good start. This Hive can so easily become a bad a villain as the Black Queen herself. >>38735692And then we are the ones to make the Game 'Last of us' a reality here.
Alternatively, we could take a line from Whiskeys Star Wars Republic Commando quest and create some kind of organic acid weaponry, that'd be downright horrifying.
>>38735676>>38735697Find an abandoned warehouse or something equally cliche for storage and tunneling purposes.
>>38735676>>38735697We need to put acid gland on all of drones we produce in enemy territory.
>>38735758This is wise. Leave no evidence.
>>38735793We still haven't put acid glands on the drones at Huron.
>>38735793Don't lie to yourself, if our drones get caught there will be biological evidence, we might be able to fuck over all its organs and most of its tissue samples, but they'll get enough for a rough genetic sampling, they can't recreate them without us knowing however as they don't know enough about our hive mind system to perform lobotomies.
>>38735308Lyle moves over to inspect the weapons, his eggs still simmering on the pan in one hand."And here we have a little something we call the Compensator in the office." He hefts up a bulky slab of metal. "Remove fire missile system, with networked drone support. Set it up in the distance and you can use it to track just about anything in the combat zone and lets you call in an artillery strike with the convenience of ordering pizza. It doubles as a portable SAM site, I doubt we'll exactly need that, but shit it's worth mentioning." Dillon is smiling ear to ear as he places the device back in the crate, then points out several small orbs. "And of course you have your grenades, EMP, concussion grenades, enough tear gas to make a nun cry, couple plasma charges, and a half-dozen breaching caps, because every single time I figured I wouldn't need a breaching cap I immediately regretted it."Lyle reaches in and pulls out one of the variable-strike weapons. It lets out a light beep as a light turns green. A rough digital voice reads out, "Hand print identity registered as new user."Dillon takes his own weapon out of the holster. "It's voice activated if you want, but it's got a thumb switch as well. It can switch between anti-armor, soft target, micro-rocket, high-ex, and plasma rounds, and the first two have semi or fully automatic settings."Lyle looks over it curiously. "So what's the occasion? I thought we were running an investigation, not starting a coupe."Dillon looks back to Lyle. "If BFI is running rogue ops in the capital, there won't be much difference."cont.
>>38735838OP stated that acid gland destroy all biological evidence.
>>38735871Oh god I think my inner /k/ is coming out, those weapons sound fucking awesome! Lets remove ourselves some rogue government kebabs! Also we might want lyle to go out for a "call" and come back after a few minutes offering up support from his personal backers (us). I'm sure they'll need everything they can get if they intend to go hot.
>>38735871I so want that weapon for our drones.
>>38735871I think we're going to need a lot more hybrids.
>>38735871I am the LAW
>>38735935I think we already have it... the big issue is that weapon is designed to be overly pricey so its owner can be the termanator, we literally don't need that as our normal method is to take advantage of our extreme coordination to outmaneuver any enemy which exists. Even seal team six couldn't work as smoothly as a unit of our drones do.
>>38735970Give them to all of our infiltrator hybrids.
>>38735933There's no need to go out, he's a heavily augmented individual. It's not unreasonable for his employer to contact him at any time and speak in his ear without anyone else knowing.
>>38735871reminds me of something...
>>38736024But still, its clear that our friendly G-Man has decided to invest significantly into this venture, we should support him equally.
I really want to absorb Lyle's associates into the hive's fold.
Remember when our biggest decision was to put either a flamethrower or a spike launcher on the few soldiers we had?
>>38736098No reason to, in fact, its better we leave them independant, they are trustworthy operators who actually have potential ability to use as outside agents if we need deniability or potential middlemen inside the union.
>>38736124Don't worry.I'm sure eventually our choices will become, 'do we want to consume this planet, or that one?'
>>38736151No I wasn't worrying. Just reminiscing.
>>38736124Good times... Good times...
http://keiththompsonart.com/pages/needle.htmlSomething we could aspire to.Creature loaded with a Fatman sized nuke or a chemical warhead lands with a pod, can live in wait for the opportune time to launch. Could possibly seed worlds with multiples as a precaution
>>38736124Those where the days.
>>38736210Nukes? Bitch please, we've got nanite swarms!
>>38736210Oh, so literally a Ghost Beetle with Cruise Missile Launcher.Alright, real creative you're getting there.
>>38736250Fun part of these things is you can load any kind of missile into em
>>38736127>No reason to,There is. They're a weak link, we at least want to slip parasites inside them while they're sleeping, so that they have medigel healing and can either suicide or be tracked down in case of capture and interrogation. And also learn what we can of the internals of this "not officially recognized by any authority" anti-terrorist task force Dillon works for.
>>38736277Cant tell if sarcasm
>>38735871"And finally, the Sun Caster. Drum-fed magnetized plasma-coated light machine gun. It fires micro-pellets of magnetized copper laced in a plasma coating. The magnetic core keeps it from plumeing while the plasma burns through armor and cover alike. The magnetic fields typically break down in the target and detonate the plasma coating. Don't ever say I don't bring the goods.""So where did you even get all this?" Jackob asks. Dillon shrugs."Office supplies."As the three look over their new equipment your hybrids observe the streets from the window of their room as your small egg layer struggles to crawl its way into a bowl of mints.>Have your hybrids search the area for a secure hive site(write in)>Speak with Lyle (write in)>Lay new drones (small size only)>Other>>38735970That model was actually intended for use in police forces, but was deemed to be overkill and caused protests over the idea of anyone wielding such a monster. After that a few military contracts were attempted but failed, since it was just too expensive for a sidearm. Eventually it became overwhelmingly popular among special operations units, private security companies, and criminals, but is otherwise considered to be so powerful that most people who could use them would usually prefer to just go with a tank, and those who can't use a tank usually don't need one.>>38736124Speaking of which, I think it would be best if we started considering weapon loadouts into the drones themselves. It's gotten to the point that it seems that all the drones of a certain design are used for a single niche, and thus all have a single weapon loadout, so I think condensing weapons into general design would simplify things.
>>38736303>your small egg layer struggles to crawl its way into a bowl of mintsITS SO FUCKING ADORABLE
>>38736303>>Lay new drones (small size only)We want 200 Flies and 50 Parasites. It's better to have too many than to find ourselves short when we need some. Also any hive site, we want to be somewhere filthy, but not likely to be discovered by Taidarens.
>>38736303>Lay new drones (A dozen flies + six parasites)>Speak with lyle (offer our investment into this venture, so long as they also remember to try to rescue our friend (lets face it, they know we are interested in finding him).
>>38736303>Have your hybrids search the area for a secure hive site(write in)Landfill or the undercity
>>38736357sewers would work too. Hell, if they have any kind of a catacombs we could also use that.
>>38732540Are those stitches holding in a plastic ring? And is that a severe bacterial infection of the Retina? Christ.>>38733761Damn good work there anon.Two questions. Do we have farms in construction and who has M-199? Theseus?
>>38736303>Have your hybrids search the area for a secure hive site(write in)Preferably subterranean.>>Lay new drones (small size only)50 flies and 10 parasites, this is a cleanup op, not an invasion.
>>38736366Taidaren squatter communes are likely to be there. So they'll need to scout out something not claimed and that can be sealed off and hidden.
>>38736303>Speaking of which, I think it would be best if we started considering weapon loadouts into the drones themselves. It's gotten to the point that it seems that all the drones of a certain design are used for a single niche, and thus all have a single weapon loadout, so I think condensing weapons into general design would simplify things.I can dig it.
>>38736303>Speak with LyleSee if we can get a copy of those guns. We'll need them in the future.>Lay new drones (A dozen flies + six parasites)>Have your hybrids search the area for a secure hive sitelook for an abandoned building or warehouse.
>>38736303>That model was actually intended for use in police forces, but was deemed to be overkill and caused protests over the idea of anyone wielding such a monster. After that a few military contracts were attempted but failed, since it was just too expensive for a sidearm. Eventually it became overwhelmingly popular among special operations units, private security companies, and criminals, but is otherwise considered to be so powerful that most people who could use them would usually prefer to just go with a tank, and those who can't use a tank usually don't need one.Could we use advance industry techniques to mass produce.>>38736342>Also any hive site, we want to be somewhere filthy, but not likely to be discovered by Taidarens.The Taidarens would love to have our parasites inserted into them.
>>38736303Oh shit, I love the weapon loadout idea, it would definitely help streamline things.
>>38736303>Have you hybrids search the area for a secure hive siteLandfills seem like a good start, but might not exist these days. Otherwise, the sewers maybe.>Lay new drones50 Flies [Add Thermal Pits, Hypo Tail]10 Parasites
>>38736303>As the three look over their new equipment your hybrids observe the streets from the window of their room as your small egg layer struggles to crawl its way into a bowl of mints.Why are our drones so adorable?Are we the players beginning to adopt the Queen's way of looking at them?>Have your hybrids search the area for a secure hive site(write in)Sewers or large abandoned buildings, condemned ones.>Lay new drones (small size only)100 flies and a dozen parasites.
>>38736374>not an invasion.Sure anon. Sure it isn't.
>>38736303>>Have your hybrids search the area for a secure hive site(write in)Something underground. Sewers, maybe. Somewhere warm and damp, probably with plenty of things to eat. (Humans throw away a lot of perfectly good food...) And it's thematic! Sewers!
>>38736432My god... were basically the Pandemic Legion of this galaxy...
>>38736412What the fuck's your point? Taidarens are gossipy informants anyone doing legwork can get info about us from. The goal here is to not be noticed by anyone.
>>38736303We should make a new drone design. Litterally just vocal interface and a computer hacking device in as small a package as possible. Possible acid glands as well.
>>38736303>>Lay new drones (small size only)100 Flies, 50 Parasites, and 10 machine-interface things. Those specialty drones. In case we find a system we want to ask Theseus for help with.
>>38736303>>Have your hybrids search the area for a secure hive site(write in)Waste processing facility. We just need to buy it out, do a bit of unauthorized renovation in the basement, and skim a little off the top.
>If they don't fuck with us we won't fuck with them>We will open diplomatic negotiations eventually, just on our terms.>Proceed to begin invasion of the planetAlright guys, get things straightened out.
>>38736452im so happyso proud of our little infestation
>>38736503Insurance policy.They get uppity, we eat their planet. It's like if we placed a nuclear satellite over their world, only biological. And more horrifying.
>>38736503I'm really hoping people don't go completely retarded with this and keep it restricted to an operational HQ for supporting current activity on the planet.
>>38736565Yep.Just gotta catch and implant one human/taidaren to get a medium egglayer in there. Then we'll just leave it be.
>>38736565We can use it to set up a bunch of bio-tanks and implant/clone any important people we manage to kidnap.
>>38736423We already changed the Fly design to include Hypo Tail. And we should have two variants of Flies: regular Flies, and Heat Flies with Thermal Pits. Because thermal pits aren't a perfect win, are they? They give up the compound eyes. We want both. 100 Flies, 100 Thermal Flies, 50 Parasites.
>>38734596I support this idea. Let's just go Resident Evil on these fuckers and drop a vial of whatever we make to infect them.
>>38736618We don't even need to do that, we have hybrids on the planet, we can make a medium egglayer out of one, make a biotank, and then make a new replicant of that individual.
>>38736673We don't need 50 parasites! A dozen is more than enough for anything we'll ever need.
>>38736698We will need them to turn people into a lot more hybrids anon. Hybrids with pre existing identities.
>>38736673That's approximately 3 times as many drones as we need right now.
>>38736303>50 flies and 10 parasites>y/n>OtherYour hybrids move out, leaving one to guard your egg layer. She lightly picks up the drone and plops it into the bowl of mints. It swells up as it begins its work, interrupted by the sounds of periodic munching from within the bottom of the bowl. The other two move out and begin to search the district for a secure location.Please roll 1d100 best of 3.
Rolled 94 (1d100)>>38736777FOR THE EMPRAH!
Rolled 12 (1d100)>>38736777>100 flies and 10 parasitesGIVE ME YOUR FAVOR INSECTOID GODS
Rolled 72 (1d100)>>38736777
Rolled 79 (1d100)>>38736777Y
>>38736788The First Queen protects.
>>38736777>50 flies and 50 Thermal Pit flies and 30 Parasites
>>38736777>She lightly picks up the drone and plops it into the bowl of mintsdaww>>38736794HOLY SHITDA EMPRAH PROTECTS
>>38736303Should we eventually infect Dillon and Jackob? Both are very resourcefu and have extensive connections to useful networks within the Union.
>>38736817for what reason was this one linkedit keeps happening>>38736788
>>38736777Y>Add 50 thermal fliesHaha, drone layer in a bowl of mints, so adorable.
>>38736777YExactly that number and no more.>>38736831Nah, that makes it harder to keep our presence under wraps. Dillon especially could be subjected to any number of incredibly erotic invasive medical examinations as part of his job.
>>38736831No... They are reliable enough without us infecting them and we can likely get there contact information through lyle.
>>38735711Why is that a problem? I just want to see Black Queen out of the picture.We're not evil, we know better than everyone else about everything, so their definition of 'evil' doesn't really matter.
>>38735308I want more experiments into nano biomachines so we can start getting crazy mind control and mass parasite infections.
>>38736777Y>Add 50 thermal flies
>>38736889>It's not wrong when WE do it
>>38736949Well yes, we are superior.
>>38736431They were always adorable. Remember all the times they said "Did thing for mother!", fucking adorable.
>>38736949See, you get it.>>38736991And so do you.
>>38736991I can't tell if you're completely autistic or trying to RP a hyper darwinist tyranid, which the queen is not. If you paid attention to the behavior of the past queens, you can see they have no compulsion to cleanse all sentient life from the galaxy, and were quite eager to ally themselves to other lifeforms and were at times very concerned for their well being.
>>38736991I'd argue with you but I'm pretty sure you know exactly why that's retarded and you just don't care.
>>38737175Okay, that doesn't change the fact that we are superior.
>>38737175All I'm saying is, we can make entire fleets in about a week. Clearly we're the inferior race.
>>38737195I think anon's just more worried that while yes, we're obviously superior (and always will be), we're going to be a dick about it and just turn into another swarming 'kill/eat everything' swarm-type race. Which I can get behind not wanting to happen.
>>38737243And drink in knowledge like it's water.
>>38737195We don't have to be dicks about it.
>>38737195Of course we are, we've been biologically engineered continually for over 100,000 years. Natural selection ain't got shit on that.That doesn't mean it makes a lick of sense for us to wipe all other life from the universe just for the fuck of it.
>>38737255Well, we're already allies with two machine intelligences.And possibly soon to be reborn Skyl.
>>38737277Especially seeing as we all knows what happens when you throw a species into a corner... You may be able to kill it but it will fight like a rabid ferret in its dying throes, and who knows what kind of pain it'll give you. Hell, our mother managed to almost destroy the crystal forces themselves, after wrecking the hell out of the nigger queen and the ceph. Imagine what would happen if humanity was thrown against that same wall, they'd launch every weapon they've ever thought of at us, and if one of them was effective we would be totally fucked.
>>38737195Our superiority doesn't grant us /moral/ superiority. If the humans and the spooky crystals are shitstains for trampling all over weaker races, then we too are shitstains for trampling all over weaker races.
>>38737270We're not dicks, we're just better.>>38737277>>38737255We're not going to wipe out everyone, just the ones that deserve it.
296 / 30 / 36 / 1
Ever since the 'ALIENS waifu' fiasco, I've been significantly less inclined to side with the 'diplomacy' side.Wanting to keep her alive simply because she had a vagina was absolutely disgusting.
>>38737288Personally, I feel like that's more a result of 'we can't control/kill/eat metals/machines' than anything else. If we ally with the Skyl, then I'll probably change my tune a bit. But it seems like for most organics we immediately start talking about subsuming them. (Disclaimer: I'm actually personally for fucking over the Scavs in the worst way possible, and maybe doing some subterfuge/subsuming to the Union (or Unity, whatever the fuck this human group is.) Like, I'm not COMPLETELY against brainjacking folks or doing the 'join us and you live forever but parasite' thing . I just don't like the idea of forcing it so hard.
>>38737359The fuck you talking about?
>>38737316Yes, but we've built up immunity to all their weapons... Except for wooden logs with sharp sticks stuck in them. I'm still mad about that, Fluff why did you roll?
>>38737385During the escape from Seiner's lab, the last survivor was a scientist lady who actually showed emotion. That tugged at a few heartstrings and some anons wanted to spare her. It didn't happen. (Note: I was one of the ones that wanted to spare her, I see now that it was a foolish thought.)
>>38737385>>38737388Remember when we went full Aliens against that scientist dude... whats his name? That chick that was with the group that he gave the data drive to when we fucked him up.
>>38737359I presume you are speaking about the girl half of us wanted to save when we were in the underground research bunker?
>>38737393Hey, The dice do what they want and the dice gods laugh.
>>38737377The scavs are ruining planets for all races. They're an environmental nuisance
>>38737388>>38737385I think it was when we pulled an Aliens on Steiner's lab. There was this one girl who some anons wanted to save so that the humans would not see us as monsters. After we had already purged the lab off everyone but her, so a little late for that...
>>38737436Agreed on that front entirely.
>>38737419There were other reasons to not kill her, for example, having another government body to use would be great for my whistleblower plot. Besides, the union and commonwealth literally have warehouses filled with secret chemical weapons and other dangerous weaponry.
>>38737415I wanted to spare her as well. Hell, I wanted to take her with us alive so Elizabeth could have an assistant or at least someone to talk to besides us.
>>38737478...wonder how she's holdin' up, by the by...
>>38737415Some people are just wimps apparently when they realize the enemy has emotions. That doesn't mean there's a good reason they should live.
>>38737451>warehouses filled with secret chemical weapons and other dangerous weaponry.Hook up a blink-drive or other teleportation tech, zip the entire facilities dead center of a metropolis and detonateNasty
>>38737415So what, you're now going to vote for wiping out the humans wholesale? Way to be a completely reactionary retard.And for the record, that was less a matter of sparing the female as it was recruiting a possible slave lab assistant for Vaughn. She proved herself that a sharp and intellectually inclined human can be pretty useful to the hive. I would've voted to spare Siener and kidnap his ass if Theseus hadn't asked us to kill him.
>>38737443Eh. Most of the deaths we caused were incidental or in pursuit of a specific objective. I didn't care about killing her one way or another. Both the anons wanting to go FULL ALIEN KILL KILL LET'S BE SPOOKY and waifu random lab assistant #2415 were dumb.
>>38737519Wait, what? No. I meant in that specfic instance I no longer think it was a good idea. I'm the same anon as in >>38737255 and>>38737377
>>38737496For that matter, the other human POWs we got.
>>38737519>So what, you're now going to vote for wiping out the humans wholesaleWay to put words in my mouth.I'm much more reluctant for diplomacy with the Union, given their oppressive track record with alien species and the damn nuclear satellite still in orbit of our homeworld.
Once again, I was anti murder because we can use memories, skills, and identities of these people to our advantage. Who knows what incriminating shit she might have known, or flaws in the security, or other outposts or projects. We could've potentially had enough to get theseus to wipe more outposts off the map.Regardless, I'll still continue pitching my whistleblower plot.
>>38737519I kind of wanted to kidnap him anyway because forcing a conversation between the two of them would have been hilarious. Still kind of want to clone up a body and fill it with his mind juices.
>>38736777It is already a poor district, but your hybrids quickly manage to find the dirt beneath the grime, searching through old drain pipes and squatter towns lodged beneath overpasses. Near a drainage canal you find a large pipe leading into a maintenance corridor. The area is filled with rain water and the sound of distant taidarens fills the air with sharp whistles. Eventually the area opens up to a large overflow tank. You find a series of connectors and corridors nearby that seem to lead to a protein recycling plant, one of many scattered across the planet dedicated to recycling water and breaking down food, trash, waste, and even bodies into compost for export to the farmland outside the city.The canals seem to all feed into or out of a single set of connectors that leads to the plant itself, sealed waste pipes lead up to the processors above, and various waterfalls of drain water flows down, carried off to a more dedicated water treatment plant, or to just be dumped into a river.The plant itself is mostly automated. The surface appears as a factory of moderate size, with areas dedicated to different forms of waste disposal. Trucks bring in compost and waste food from nearby sorting facilities and restaurants from across the district, while occasional shipments from local hospitals and mortuaries arrive on occasion to dispose of bodies, organs, and other biological waste. Pipes from below bring up sewage and other waste to the filters in the basement level where your hybrids stand, a large cylindrical tank of crisscrossing catwalks, pipes, and waterfalls. High above the filtration tanks hum loudly, swishing about with sludge and condensed nutrients waiting to be shipped off to some farm in the country.>Have one of your hybrids morph into a chimera egg layer here (will take 2 days)>Bring your small egg layer and attach it to the nutrient tanks>Look for a different location>Other
Actually, yeah, after the immediate issues are done, can we take a quick second to check up on Vaughn and the POWs?
>>38737561I think everyone was under the assumption all drones at that science facility were expendable. I certainly didn't expect them to make it back to the hive.
>>38737553To be fair, we're teetering on the edge of their level of oppression these days. Personally, I feel heavy handedness like that is to be expected in interplanetary politics, and a healthy degree of skepticism behooves us.Nothing the Union has done has me convinced genocide is the answer. I'm happy to see voices sharing that opinion, at least tentatively.
>>38737593>You find a series of connectors and corridors nearby that seem to lead to a protein recycling plant>protein recycling plantNutrient jackpot
>>38737614I didn't either, honestly.
>>38737625I'm of the vein of any large scale aggression being used against us will result in several of their planets being infested and used for our own purposes in response.
>>38737593>Bring your small egg layer and attach it to the nutrient tanks>OtherCan we up morph the small egg layer into a normal egg layer?
>>38737625Yeah, nah. At worst they need to SERIOUSLY curb their paranoia, presuming that's why all these nutty rules are in place. (Besides, it seems to be an issue of government more than people, if that whole rally with opposing sides way back when that leader lady first introduced the Consolidation Bill means anything.)
>>38737644Anyway, can you answer whether or not there is some equivelent to the geneva convention regarding space weaponry and what isn't allowed in warfare? Not that this matters for us but its a nice bit of fluff. >>38737653The size difference is MASSIVE.
>>38737593>Have one of your hybrids morph into a chimera egg layer here (will take 2 days)>Bring your small egg layer and attach it to the nutrient tanksAnd have remaining hybrids>Look for a different location
>>38737593>>Have one of your hybrids morph into a chimera egg layer here (will take 2 days)>Bring your small egg layer and attach it to the nutrient tanks
>>38737650Just as long as it's not the first response to a conflict of interest (like if both parties claim a planet or outpost or something).
>>38737665I know, but a normal one can give us all the options we need to make a full colony here.
>>38737593>>Have one of your hybrids morph into a chimera egg layer here (will take 2 days)>>Bring your small egg layer and attach it to the nutrient tanks>have remaining hybrid Look for a different location
>>38737702We can mutate one of our hybrids into an egg layer.
>>38737593>Have one of your hybrids morph into a chimera egg layer here>bring your small egg layer and attach it to the nutrient tanks
>>38737653>small egglayer can only lay small drones if you actually pay the fuck attention
>>38737718True, But I would like to keep them around to help protect the egg later in case we get found.
>>38737593>Have one of your hybrids morph into a chimera egg layer here (will take 2 days)>Bring your small egg layer and attach it to the nutrient tanks
>>38737593No more mints for the small egg layer.
>>38737593>>Bring your small egg layer and attach it to the nutrient tanks>>38737662From the pastebins and wiki articles, QD makes it sound as if most of their actions are motivated by bureaucratic habit than calculated paranoia of new alien races. Aside from Conrad Killinger's actions, of course. Fuck that guy.
>>38737665Oh, right, I actually did earlier but then ran out of space, had to remove it, and forgot.Essentially the only big things banned across boarders are things that cause long term damage to planets. Dropping asteroids, nukes, things like that. There are laws regarding chemicals and bio weapons, but they are typically loosely worded and usually only pertain to weapons that are behind the curve anyways. There are things in your arsenal that could be considered questionable, but you never signed any of those treaties anyways.
>>38737593We're going to need more hybrids. Those parasites are going to be needed.
>>38737593>OtherCan we have mutate one of our worker drones on the Hell's Angel into a genetic duplicate of one of the clones, and then load said clone's memories into it?
>>38737748What does >One of our hybridsmean to you? Because to everyone else it means there are still badass motherfuckers wandering around, and whatever drones we lay.
>>38737803The things we'll do to planets would probably qualify as 'Long term damage' part.
>>38737803You heard him guys, our weapons are only of dubious legality! We must go further! We have to perfect the art of exterminatus!
>>38737830What? There are none. They were all left on Earth, which was the point of their mission, and now they're back at the hive taken back in the Corvette.And a good thing, we wouldn't want them so easily discoverable by nosy agents. Although we should set some Flies now that we laid some more to go watch the Angel.
>>38737803I imagined our ability to consume entire planets would be a bit of a no-no.
>>38737833I am talking numbers here. Yes our hybrids are hard core, but the there are lots of humans who can kill them with mass fire from guns. I just like to keep our combat capable drones freed up.
I just realized... we possess the technology to make earth habitable again. We could DEFINITELY do this as a way to gain the favor of the union back.
>>38737888Earth is already habitable genius.
>>38737881What do you think the point of having a fucking medium sized egglayer is?
>>38737803>Essentially the only big things banned across boarders>NukesGee, they sure did adhere to that ban that is enforced by all the other races. Could be a little card to hold up our chitinous little sleeve...You know, just in case...
>>38737890Its an irradiated shithole, its habitable but the vast majority of it is flooded swampland or barren wasteland. We could make it habitable like it was BEFORE humanity completely fucked it up.
>>38737888>>38737890Yeah, it's more... the space around it being the problem.
>>38737803>There are things in your arsenal that could be considered questionableI highly doubt the Immolator is questionable.
Have any of you ever played a Civ III game that dragged on too long? Where the ice caps melted and flooded everything, where everyone stalemated and all the usable land was flooded, radioactive, or contested? The earth is basically that irradiated bogged down shithole of a world you'd have. It definitely is habitable, but its by no means pleasant to live on. We can fix that. We also can probably fix the garbage issue with a generous application of plasma.
>>38737830You can't turn drones into anything but other drones. Drone are drones, clones are clones, and never the twain shall undergo a horrifying metamorphosis into the other.
>>38737892Anon, I meant while the egg later is converting, don't reduce the freed up units.
>>38737958Hey, they haven't specified NOT to use antimatter bombs to obliterate the surface of a planet!
>>38737962If hicks can live there, than the Union can stop their whinging.
have we thought about the idea that the obsidian queen has been active longer than us, should already know about the human factions and probably has the same biological techs that we do. just saying that there are probably hostile hybrids and other things like that running around human space
>>38737593>Bothwriting.>>38737839Well, if you really wanted to lawyer it, most of your tech could probably be passed off as terraforming, or hive-forming I guess.Obviously such a distinction wouldn't make spreading hive creep across a human planet any less of an aggressive action, but still.>>38737901Technically the ban only applies to using nukes on other factions' worlds. Nuking your own planet is perfectly legal, if a bit nonsensical. There are also lots of finer stipulations regarding how big the nuke is, how much radiation it gives off, how close the blast was to a civilian population, ect ect. The treaties also only protect other factions that signed the treaty, so it only aplies to wars between Commonwealth, Valen, and Union forces, and even then not all of the Valen clans signed it.
>>38737888Yeah, one of the biggest fruits of the genesis project is diplomatic in nature. The other races will be lining up to kiss our magnificent ass if we let on we're capable of terraforming a planet within a week.
>>38738028Exceedingly unlikely. Infiltration doesn't seem like her style, obliterating everything seems her style. She never came into this part of space before, presumably because the White Queen occupied her attention.
>>38738034>Well, if you really wanted to lawyer it, most of your tech could probably be passed off as terraforminghuehuehue
>>38738061Well we could start with the Valen.
>>38738034You heard him... we have to make really big, really radioactive, and civilian targeting nukes, in fact, we should make them only out of materials harvested from systems known to use child labor.
>>38738034Can we start making a new body for the clone we're about to turn into an egglayer? These things are the only drones we have capable of openly infiltrating human worlds.
>>38738061EVERY PLANET A LUSH PLANETYOU GET A LUSH PLANET, AND YOU GET A LUSH PLANET
>>38738034So since we didn't sign the treaty... Can we Hivestar Remina a small moon and then send it hurtling towards one of their planets?
>>38738078>Infiltration doesn't seem like her style, obliterating everything seems her style. deception certainly was her style, and beside its not her style that matters its her void god masters, and we have proof of their interference with human history already>She never came into this part of space beforebut the Ceph certainly have,
>>38738119My god... you just inspired me... We should work on creating swarms of small drones that look and act exactly like bees! We could bee the oprah winfrey of bees, and release them en mass in a battle!
>>38738116The plan is to make a medium egglayer, then lay a medium regeneration tank(s).The tank(s) then grows clones/hybrids for us.
>>38738167And also maybe use to put important people into, jack their memories and put them in a hybrid with the hive's will.
>>38738145The Ceph and Obsidian Queen seem to be tangentially related. Ceph voidcutters sliced her ships to ribbons as much as they did the White Queen's.
>>38738192Parasites are better in almost all ways for memory-diving.
>>38738224But parasited people aren't exactly very willing to do as the queen says.
>>38738193The Cephs think our race is evil.
I feel as though the Dead Space 2 soundtrack would work well as the hive's theme.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM3KI7q-DNYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl1HnAgSnT0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqz4FHatAqk
>>38738236Oh yes they are anon, the parasites can make them think whatever we want them to think.
>>38738236I don't see Lyle resisting.
>>38738236They don't have to know about the parasite, and any plan that involves putting them in a regen tank could equally get a parasite in them.>>38738278So why would the Ceph tell the Obsidian Queen about the goings-on in this corner of the galaxy?
>>38738293I think we kinda broke Lyle psychologically.And look at our other human captives currently locked up in the hive.
>>38738278And we think there race is lame, so were equal.
>>38738193The ceph are dumb ass cannon fodder who can barely control their ships without being mind-jacked
>>38738316Dumb ass cannon fodder that've never lost a ship to any Union (or likely Commonwealth) military action?
>>38738309No, the parasite is what makes him do our bidding. That's what it's designed to do.
>>38738328>>38738316>>38738301>>38738278Gas the ceph race war now!
>>38738034Your hybrid gets up from the chair and moves to pick up your small egg layer, it writhes its under developed legs in response, clawing at the air after the bowl of candies. She carefully places your drone into a nap sack, and then dumps the remaining mints into the bag with it. Your hybrid swings the bag over her shoulder and moves out the door. Occasional muffled crunching sounds escape the bag she quickly makes her way to the other two clones.Once at the junction, your clone takes out the egg layer. The three fan out and quickly find an access port to the tank above to plant the egg layer.>Mutate your Brawler into a chimera>Mutate your Tech>Mutate your Engineer>Other
>>38738348even better, get some samples of them clone some of our own and install ourself as their new god
>>38738348Oh boy! Someone wants the Space/pol/ image!
>>38738365>>Mutate your Engineer
>>38738365>Your hybrid gets up from the chair and moves to pick up your small egg layer, it writhes its under developed legs in response, clawing at the air after the bowl of candies. She carefully places your drone into a nap sack, and then dumps the remaining mints into the bag with it.why do you make something so disgusting so adorable
But anyway, its been great but its 2 am here and I have school in 6 hours... night all.
>>38738192...That's what parasites cocooning people and turning them into hybrids is for, anon. No copy and paste memories is needed when you can convert the original. We just need to lay more parasites. And implant the hybrids we already have... actually, don't we literally have to do that to turn one of them into a chimera right now?
>>38738365How can one egglayer be so adorable?>Mutate your Engineer
>>38738365There isn't any point to this as far as I can see.
>>38738340No. anon is right. All the parasite does is induce delusions and hallucinations. It's not an effective direct control method, it's a manipulation method. Turn people into hybrids for control.
>>38738340>>38738424Could have sworn the parasite just allowed us to give hallucinations, allow us insight into their mind and subtly sway the host. Not outright control it.
>>38738365>Mutate your BrawlerThe tech and the engineer are both combat proficient, and can be used to jury-rig the plant into being less likely to detect our insurgency.Or automatically summon maintenance personnel, that sort of thing.
>>38738365>Mutate your Brawler into a chimera
>>38738365>Mutate your Brawler
>>38738448I figured a terrifying bodyguard for our new little area of operations. Anything that wanders in gets shredded if it finds something it shouldn't.
>>38738365>it writhes its under developed legs in response, clawing at the air after the bowl of candies.No, the kawaii is too much captain, we cannae take much more! ...Also how, exactly, will we mutate them, without parasite inside them? Do we have to wait for a parasite to hatch?
>>38738461Reading comprehension anon. That's why I said >turning them into hybrids
>>38738518Was more for the first guy.
>>38738406>>38738428It's just so innocent the way it does that I guess. And yes, it is cute. We should call it Minty.
>>38738424You do realize we can do that without the tanks since we gave the parasites arms and legs they can just burrow under the skin.
>>38738448The point is the ability to start a base in the capital. Even if we never choose to activate the base for anything, it's an indispensable asset that's worth risks to acquire.
>>38738548Yes, that was...my entire point. Uh, thank you for agreeing with me?
>>38738365That reminds mewhat ever happen to the twins?Are they still in the med tanks?
>>38738548And have the host immediately die from the massive entry wound? The parasites still require surgical implantation to effectively bond to a host.
>>38738551There is no point to mutating a clone right now especially since any workers around here would have radios with them.
>>38738593Parasites produce medical gel now. Field surgery is actually much more viable nowadays.
Are those banelings we made a long time ago medium or small sized?
I think all drones made on the human planet should have the self-destruct ability. It would be really stupid if we just delivered drones to the humans.
>>38738596ehits an automated facility and i doubt its being mutated in plain sight
>>38738593Technically, they just need to bite the spine and tap into the bloodstream, which they could from the small of their back. To be actually hidden well they need to be inside though yeah.
>>38738647Things to have: exploding acid glands, camouflage carapace, and gills. So they can hide under the surface of the water here in the sewers. Humans never look too deeply under the water.
>>38738687Just hope they don't have thermo scanners.
>>38738596It's an automated facility. It'll get routine checkups from actual personnel every once in a while but not often (and if we keep our Tech and Engineer hybrids around they can sabotage the automatic sensors that would summon such personnel). After the egglayer is actually created it can be effectively hidden without anyone being able to find it by our workers.
>>38738702>>38738649>automated facilityAnon the Union doesn't allow shit like that due to Unity.
>>38738700We kill those.
>>38738365>Mutate your brawlerYour small egg layer gorges on the nutrients of the tank, and it begins to lay the first of its eggs, placing it carefully among the rafters.>>38738424Yes, you could wait for the small egg layer to finish making them, or mutate an existing fly into one quickly and easily. In fact if you want to expend the last fly you could consider it already done, since I think there was talk of that in the last thread.>Mutate your last fly to a parasite>Wait for your egg layer to make more>Other
>>38738732>Wanting to draw attention.>>38738753>Wait for your egg layer to make more
>>38738728Except they do, for automated facilities like factories or waste recycling facilities.They're all non-networked, with a lot of landlines and custom industrial operating systems that would be difficult for theseus to hack and do anything with.Automation is too good a thing to retire entirely over one little AI.
>>38738753>Wait for your egg layer to make moreMight as well wait and keep that fly for an extra set of eyes on the lookout.
>>38738753>>Wait for your egg layer to make more
>>38738753>Wait for your egg layer to make more
>>38738763>waste workers drawing attentionFine then.Parasite/clone them instead.
>>38738728Wrong. Pay attention, they only banned the ability to think from software. Automated industry is standard.
So, now that we're essentially taking over the sewers, we'll eventually start growing hive creep, right?If so, is it possible for us to regulate it's growth so it doesn't start overflowing into the streets of the city and attacking everything.
>>38738728Sorry anon, apparently this was information that wasn't in the quest itself. http://ask.fm/QuestDrone/answer/118709641253Sorry anon, apparently this was information that wasn't in the quest itself.>Your understanding of the human economy is still somewhat limited, but automated factories would still be one of the main methods of manufacturing for many kinds of goods. The irony of the Union's primary method of defense against the Unity is that their military ships have some of the worst computer technology available, while the private sector is only limited in that the machines can't be able to think.
>>38739005>while the private sector is only limited in that the machines can't be able to thinkWhich they can't. It's automated, not intelligent.
>>38738997It's our creep, I guess we could.
>>38738997We can build a little wall, maybe...Nothing to worry about though, probably...
>>38738997>>38739082>forget to restrain the creep>grows outside of the waste facility>starts absorbing passerby's and attacking passing vehicles
>>38738997Well we're building a hive underneath the human's noses right?Let's do this thing.
>>38739153You mean like that thing from Tile Quest?
>>38739044Oh, I know what our first new hybrids on this planet should be. Taidaren hybrids, in sets of 3. They're all undocumented squatters anyway, no one will notice more appearing.
>>38738753>WaitYour hybrids begin shuffling the eggs to new locations, storing them safely just beneath the surface of the water of the surrounding overflow pools and drainage tanks where the water is calm. Others are placed along alcoves and suspended from walls, or embedded in clutches between pipes and conduits.Theseus sends you a ping."Your request to locate a particular human has been done. Here is pertinent data found on the targeted individual."Without pause the Clarke transmits the data to you. The man's listed name is Shigeki yune, a special agent of the Bureau of Foreign Intelligence. You skim over the various details. Age seventy three, native to Path, a long service record on the local PDF until the age of thirty, where the fire becomes classified. That doesn't prevent Theseus from gathering that data, but he placed a small note there just to let you know that fact.Medical history indicates only a few minor medical augments, and his service record lists several awards and commendations for marksmanship despite having a disorder in the right eye.Included in the data packet is a sighting from a traffic camera of the air car touching down in the capital district. It moves into an unmarked office building's parking elevator and disappears from sight. According to the provided documents, the address is listed to be the headquarters to a paper printing company."I will notify you if more information is uncovered." He says, then goes silent again, preoccupied with some other matter.>Have Lyle investigate>Inform the others and allow Dillon to investigate>Other
>>38739226>>Inform the others and allow Dillon to investigate
>>38739226>where the fire becomes classified.We didn't classify the fire. It's been burning since the galaxy's been turning.
>>38739226>the address is listed to be the headquarters to a paper printing company.uh oh>Have Lyle investigate>Inform the others and allow Dillon to investigatehave them all investigate
>>38739263Wait, why uh oh?
>>38738365Why are we wasting one of our operator hybrids to make the egglayer? Let's just grab some bum off the streets and feed him a parasite then make HIM the egglayer instead of wasting one or specialized hybrids?
>>38739263No, Lyle's involvement must be secret. It's too much of a clue pointing to us.>>38739226>Inform the others and allow Dillon to investigate
>>38739226>Have Lyle investigate>Inform the others and allow Dillon to investigate
>>38739226>Have Lyle investigate>Inform the others and allow Dillon to investigateAll in!
>>38739276>feed him a parasiteEither way we have to wait until our parasites hatch. Since we have none yet. Though you're right we should totally start Operation Hybridization when we do have parasites.
>>38739275figured he found out what our fly really was and was going to spread that info far and widecould just be a front though
>>38739226>That sewer from the Hellboy moviePanic.>Inform the others and allow Dillon to investigate>>38739250It was a quest where we were a bathroom tile. After one thread we were a living abomination of ceramics, screaming flesh, a train and giant spider legs. There was also this one old dude who liked our taste in music.The guy never ran again, shame really.
>>38739226would it be possible to turn a chimera into a normal egg layer or can we make a small sized combat dedicated drone? I was thining some kind of beetle that spits acid or a swarm of small toxin carying wasp.
>>38739302What the fuck does that have to do with a printing company? No shit it's a front.
>>38739321oh waitPRINTING companyyeah that went over my headits two in the fucking morning
>>38739250I think they mean Floor Tile Quest Floor Tile Thu 30 Oct 2014 22:32:31 No.>>35864111
>>38739226>>Have Lyle investigate>>Inform the others and allow Dillon to investigateGet Lyle and the hybrids armed to the teeth and have Dillon stay behind to investigate. We need this asshole six feet under before he can tell others of our flies.
>>38739250Here you go, give it a quick read.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/35864111/
>>38739390Holy shit that's horrifying.
>>38739226>Inform the others and allow Dillon to investigateLeave Lyle out for now.
Man. If only the parasites had hatched already. We could implant and hybridize Agent Yune.
>>38739423It was Halloween. It was also really fun.
>>38739226>Medical history indicates only a few minor medical augments, and his service record lists several awards and commendations for marksmanship despite having a disorder in the right eye.And it was his funny eye that spotted our standing-stock-still, perfectly camouflaged Fly. Without cybernetics. Was the disorder such that that eye tended to ignore color, and thus spotted the drone? What can we reason about how he spotted it?
>>38739496I recall it being a lazy eye
>>38739496We weren't Standing-stock-still. We were acting natural aka pretending to be a fly, a giant, grotesque, looking nothing like a fly, fly.
>>38739544Dude that was the awkward attempt at a save AFTER he spotted us.
>>38739544I imagine they are something like oversized horse flies that look like mini cazadores with camouflage
>>38739437Don't thank me, thank the Tiles.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hZqLB2arp0&feature=youtu.be
>>38739226Lyle is finishing reassembling his new weapon when you interrupt."You have work to do." You say simple, and the images of the agent flood the surface of his mind. He pauses for a moment, and then turns to the others. "I think I have some new info on that agent. Goes by the name Shigeki Yune. My... employer, just found an address where someone matching his description was seen entering. It's a printing company in the capital district.""Printing, like paper? That's the best front they could come up with?" Jackob asks. "Who the fuck uses paper still?""Doesn't matter, we can't just barge into one of their buildings, no matter how suspect it is. I'll go case the area for a good vantage point nearby, we can set up a lookout and case the place."The group begins to back their equipment."Anything else on this guy?"Lyle stores his weapon into his jacket and nods. "Used to be in Path's PDF, apparently he's a damn good shot, not sure about augs but he doesn't have anything my source could find, so it's probably safe to say he doesn't have any.""Well now he does." Jackob says. "At least a forearm.">>38739583More around the size of a Japanese hornet with camouflage.I will go ahead and start setting up the next thread now, feel free to discuss anything of importance, bring up votes, make plans for horrible body snatcher invasions, or what have you.
If they don't take Yune alive, I hope Lyle can convince them to give them his head as a trophy.
>>38739689>make plans for horrible body snatcher invasionsI like this one. This one is good.
>>38739689We still have yet to ask Theseus about those Black Hive corpses. Hopefully we'll remember to ask next time we call.
>>38739689QD, can you fix that miscount from a couple threads ago now? >>38571386
>>38739689TIME FOR BEDCan't stay up any longer
>>38739718We use Taidaren hybrid clones as the snatchers. They're the natural bamboozlers anyway.
>>38739689I vote for a vast and complex tunnel system under the waste plant when we get the drone power.
>>38739768That seems counterproductive to the whole, evade detection thing. Just have all drones have gills, and have them underwater in the sewers and the river it connects to.
>>38739798>That seems counterproductive to the whole, evade detection thingHow so?
>>38739728About the clones? Yes, that was my bad. It does look like the general consensus was for about 50 or 100 of them. That, and the Skyl clones. I decided to have them both on a hold until it all gets sorted out, preferably at the end of a thread like here so it doesn't halt anything, and just count them has being in production since they were voted for.At the moment, however, you only have 12 biotanks, so it is a bit of a bottleneck.
>>38739798There's not a whole lot of risk involved, it's a fucking sewer. Who's going to go down into a sewer and find us?
>>38739805>vast and complex tunnel system
>>38739805Hiding in existing structures allows us to simply hide if someone passes through on some legitimate errand, leaving them none the wiser. Digging our own infrastructure leaves something discoverable, which cannot be relocated at a moment's notice.
>>38739836...yes? As in underneath the facility, deep underground.
>>38739834Sewers actually require a fair amount of surveying and maintenance, you know, even if this facility is largely automated.Also hobos. Or Taidaren.
>>38739820is it possible for us to make a new small sized dedicated combat drone? Baring that can we morph a chimera into a new egg layer? Also can we please try and experiment using that mind control spore, human genetics and nanomachines for delivery? We could make a crazy method of mass parasite injection/infection....
>>38739689Ok then who else here thinks we should start thinking about how to design our the aerial combat arm of the hive? QD just updated the pastebin with a bunch of new aerodynamic drones, we should probably start thinking about how many of them we're going to lay.http://pastebin.com/EyHX9rZu
>>38739820We could have a vote to up that to 1000 bio tanks or so to cover both? We'll also need parasites for every one of the hybrid clones, possibly more.
>>38739866Any workers we find we can just clone them and have them go about their business, they can't tell about us if they're not them.Plus, nobody's going to miss hobo's.
>>38739880>Baring that can we morph a chimera into a new egg layer?That's what we're fucking doing anon. That chimera egg layer can then lay a regular egglayer so it can go back to being a hybrid.
>>38739850I think this might be good if it digs into the planet and makes like an ant hive, we need to be careful however as that kind of thing would certainly piss off the local government and make me pick a fight we dont need right now. I know QD is saving some crazy asshole OP void alien bullshit for the moment we try to go full conquer on the universe and cripple one of the major (see ally agaisnt common foe) factions out there.
>>38739900Why don't we keep the biotanks to 500 in number, no need to go overboard. I mean, the things cost of 50N a pop, and we're not going to be using them for anything after the Skyl cloning project is done.
>>38739916ah yeah I see it now, I am tired and gonna have to miss the next thread. We should make some kind of tiny terror wasp thing, or spiders...damn a horde of hiver spiders would be scary.
>>38739911>we can just clone themThat takes five fucking days anon. That is a terribly suspicious absence in which they will send more workers, causing an exponential buildup of people we have to replace. What you want is malleable genetics conversion into hybrids with parasites. Which still takes 24 hours.
>>38739930Uh, what about mass cloning/hybrids of humans?
>>38739920I know they're a potential ally, but they're kind of shit against everything...
>>38739820>Lay more Bio tanks (how many)>Not now>Other>>38739880Any combat done with small drones would be limited to massive number swarm tactics, and would only be effective against soft targets.They would be bees, essentially, especially deadly and horrifically well coordinated, mind controlling, mutating, industry building bees, but bees nonetheless.
>>38739930Yes we are. Also we are flush in nutrients at the moment, as a percentage of our income it's negligible. And producing more hybrid infiltrators en masse is definitely a reason to keep plenty of them around.
>>38739964>Lay more Bio tanks (how many)Lets split the difference to 250.
>>38739951We have flash cloning, we could use those until we have the high quality ones ready.
>>38739964>>Lay more Bio tanks (how many)Increase number to 1000. That covers Skyl and the hundred human clones.
>>38739964>Lay more Bio tanks (250)
>>38739953see >>38739951we can just morph infested humans into hybrids, like zerg only more efficient and horrifying
>>38739971That's not splitting the difference, splitting the difference would be 750.
>>38739964Hey QuestDrone, how exactly is Smart Mine metal income gonna work, exactly? Or did I miss that in the OP and I'm an idiot?
>>38739960never said we shouldnt fuck em over entirely once its all over with the shiny loot we pry out of the void. Just think that for the time being galactic war would be detrimental to our wellbeing
>>38739983It's useful to do both, though. We need some hybrids to immigrate to Deep Song, for instance.
>>38739964yes but we can make those bees crawl into crevices and be full of horrible acid and or other toxins/nanomachine death ooze/mind raping spores we can fit in them!
>>38740021So essentially mines with wings.
>>38740003First person said 1000 biotanks, the next person said 500. So any compromise between them would be in between them.
>>38740031I messed up the difference, but I was referring to the guy that wanted 500.
>>38740028more or less, if flies can get into vents and into black ops research and effectivly fuck a assassin's kill shot then they sure as fuck can be leathal as fuck when they have the ability to turn into chemical grenades and or use giant stingers to deliver toxins. I still say we should experiment with mind controll spores, nanomachines and human genetics.
>>38740060>spore zombies roaming the sewers
>>38739964>>Lay more Bio tanks (500)
>>38740000It will just start sucking out all the metals in the planet. Depending on how rich the planet in question is in usable metals, that could range from anywhere between "a decent amount" "lots" and "oh god what will I do with all of this metal". The downside is that it won't last forever. At the moment your mines would last for a long time before drying up, but they don't bring in that much at a time.Letting smart mines loose on Leeland would likely bring in around 100,000 metals per day.>>38740021Of course!
>>38739964>>Lay more Bio tanks (how many)250
>>38740103I'd prefer to use that on planets that aren't our homeworld to be honest.
In light of the enemy having antimatter bombs that can completely destroy planets, I was thinking in terms of ecological preservation. We could, with cloning ability, re-create the ecosystem in its entirety if we had the genetic archives of every single population on the planet. But to make it into Very Easy cloning projects instead of Very Hard, you have to clone them once already. What if we set some thinkers to go mad with cloning, terminating the clones once they're mature, solely to make cloning them easy in the future? Combined with implanted parasites preserving all the memories and knowledge of the more intelligent creatures, everything about the planet can be stored in the hive.
>>38740005Of course we're going to fuck them over. I'm just saying that they wouldn't be much help... You know, cause they're shit...
>>38739964Narrowing the options it seems.>Lay 250 bio tanks>Lay 500 bio tanks>Other>>38740103It's essentially just a new ability of your infrastructure, which allows mining much more rapidly and more efficiently. Since the metals are brought back up to easily accessed growths it doesn't do much harm on the local life itself.
>>38740103>Letting smart mines loose on Leeland would likely bring in around 100,000 metals per day.So the equivalent of 400 Excavators, and about a 50% increase over what we're already mining, only with no upkeep cost?
>>38740135My evil science boner is fucking THROBBING at this idea.
>>38740176>>Lay 500 bio tanks
>>38740176>Lay 250 bio tanks
>>38740190>>38740191This is going nowhere.
>>38740176>lay 500 bio tanks
>>38740176>>Other>Lay 325 bio tanks
>>38740176>Lay 500 bio tanks>Let loss the smart mines>Turn Diggers into regular workers and set all Excavator to construction.
>>38740176>Lay 500 bio tanks
>>38740135Holy shit. Thats perfect. Theseus is going to love that we are doing that too. Might even be jealous we can do it better than him...
>>38740234You a funny Quantum Thinker, I recycle you last.
>>38740176>>Lay 250 bio tanks
>>38740176>500 bio tanks.Ok, setting up next thread.
>>38740135We Brainiac now? Sheeit, we can market this to Theseus for those sweet, sweet research-dosh.
Oh, I guess we should start producing some fusion reactors, human style, to sell on Space eBay so that they're done at the same time the 100 hybrid clones are done.The original USV Clarke had 50ish crew, so 50 of them stay onboard the now nameless merchant vessel as the official yet utterly unnecessary "crew" as cover, while the other 50 are just hitching a ride to immigrate to Deep Song, or to whatever other planets they can spread out to and infiltrate from there.
>>38740135I'm totally up for doing this.
>>38740343We really should give the totally-not-the-Clarke a makeover and give it heavy armor again. Way back in the early threads, I think it was said that it ended up pretty lightly armored after repairs? And it's missing shield generators too, which burnt out on entry. We have that tech now so we can re-add it....how unusual is it to see a Stiletto-class corvette with a quantum power tap, heavy armor, and shields that isn't military owned? We have to check how attention-grabbing that would be.
>>38740381Just give it medium armor, that way it won't look too suspicious.
Can we make a bunch of Clone Troopers of Lyle?He can be our Jango Fett.
>>38740410Unless heavy armor is more common after all, since weight is no object with the gravity drive. We literally have no idea, we have to check what's common for merchant or pirate vessels.
>>38740410Even then, it's going to be blatantly obvious it was repaired by someone who wasn't human. The hive's metal work looks nothing like it's human equivalent.
>>38740373We can run the project on Leeland, Raligha, and Zero One. From the lowest viruses and microbes to the apex predators. Future planets pending conquest.
>>38740421And Lyle will be our Mandalore the Ultimate.
>>38740432Than how the fuck are we supposed to pass off the fusion reactors as human made when our metal working technique is literally just spewing metal in a vague shape of what we want?
>>38740432QD said it was technically possible to artificially mimic human construction techniques, just more energy intensive. We could do that in the Clarke makeover.What should the ship's new name be. The Generous Profit?
>>38740493The Cheeky Bugger.
>>38740504The Firebringer, to satisfy the Leeposters.
>>38740493I don't really see much point in risking the Clarke on espionage missions. Our own ships are completely undetectable to the Union, and the risk of someone identifying the Clarke even after extensive modification is too great. Besides, it's what houses the instance of Theseus we do all of our negotiating with, and I'd rather not jeopardize him in such a way.
>>38740530I'm not sacrificing this pun, anon. You can't make me.
>>38740548This is not a mission that is even possible to send a cloaked ship. It has to be a ship that can masquerade as normal and human-crewed so the hybrids onboard can go sell the fusion reactors and the captain hybrid can set up a bank account. Then we use the proceeds to buy an entirely new ship, and we don't have to use Theseus as our delivery boy again.
>>38740548We have contact with all the other instances of Theseus, and we're heavily modifying the Clarke. The chance of them recognizing it are zero to none.
>>38740176Just to clarify, the metal wont last forever because it's an incredibly efficient and much faster method of harvesting the metal that is present NOT because it's somehow destroying a metal source that would otherwise last indefinitely?
>>38740613>>38740176Seconding request for clarification
>>38740613>>38740630Of course it isn't destroying a metal source, that's retarded.
>>38740636They're just wondering if this runs off of real world logic or video game logic, where in some games a resource node can last literally forever as long as you don't take the "strip mine" option.
>>38740574Look man it'll still be pretty clear it's a warship in design, and that'll raise no end of eyebrows in port of call it tries to dock in. Any warship not identifying itself as a part of the Union Navy is going to raise a crapload of red flags. It won't take an incredibly thorough examination for someone to link it to the USV Clarke. Especially considering it was only shot down a few months prior. Over our own planet no less. How long do you think it'll take for somebody to connect the dots and figure out it must've come from Leeland then? It's just too damn risky. We'd be better asking Theseus where we could acquire a civilian vessel for discreet trade within the Union. He's already got extensive contact within the economic structure anyway.
>>38740636Anon, its always better to confirm this kind of shit instead of just assuming it works realistically.
Does anyone think we should offer to make a world for the Skyl to inhabit? For a price of course. Possibly use samples of creatures from their home world which we can also trade to Theseus due to how rare they are.
>>38740644Oh, no. The metal sources would have run out eventually, this just gives us all the metal much faster rather than less straight up but the mine lasts longer.With both options the maximum number of resources is the same, but with smart mines we get those resources much faster and upfront.
>>38740661>it's a warship in design,It's a reconnaissance ship, but sure. I don't think the Valen have eyebrows to raise though, literally or metaphorically in this case. The cover could be smugglers from the Commonwealth, which seems more likely than the dead ship their satellite told them had been reduced to a crater in the ground.
>>38740644That, and concrete answers are a nice way to head off retarded speculation and dumb opinions.
>>38740691I don't think they have any authority over their home world. You know, because they've been dead for centuries.
>>38740613QuestDrone already SAID that metal mines won't last forever, back when it was drones mining them. He said this about the asteroid, that it wouldn't be exhausted any time soon. But of course it will be eventually, it's not abstracted away as a continuous source.
At least with N-to-M conversion we have an infinite source of Metals made out of common carbon atoms.
i can't believe QuestDrone is fucking dead
>>38740762With M-to-N conversion, we can grow infrastructure on barren rocks without any nonsense steps in between. Obviously slower, but hey.Completely unrelated, but it looks like FTL comms are statted now. Woo!
>>38740783He's been dead a lot tonight.
>>38740783QuestDrone is kill?! Who could have predicted this tragedy.
>>38740762That's a large amount of nutrients...
>>38740717I was saying we could find a planet and terraform it for them for tech. Possibly use the samples of creatures from their world we have, due to the data cube, and recreate their home world. Also, possible see about sell those samples to Theseus.
>>38740783I can't believe we've gotten fuck all done in the span of an entire thread. Finding the bad guy's hideout and voting to make a sewer hive, that's it. So very productive...
>>38740482Well don't let anyone claim false advertising.>>38740613Correct. Your current rate of metal extraction makes it last longer because you are spending more time to get less metals per day, while the smart mines get lots and lots of metals per day over a shorter time span. They will both bring you the same total in the long run. As for disruptions to the planet, the worst issues it would cause are occasional sink holes.>>38740644That would only apply to nutrient when Overharvesting, and even then such an event won't effect the output of your hive's internal farms, only strip the wildlife.>>38740789I've been getting a weird "capcha can't connect" error occasionally, bit annoying.Anyways, new thread. >>38740820
>38732325> Such a construction project would double as a docking pylon capable of constructing capital ships at a much faster rate,Faster than orbital docking pylons already are? Despite being deeper in the gravity well? How's that work.
So are we going to try to capture a Skav scout ship or what?>>38740833Sweet. Sinkholes are awesome.
>>38740832I know anon. There's so many damn things to do and we've only got a single thread a week to cover all our bases.
>>38738428>My Little Egglayer Can't Be This Cute!
These last three threads have really, really cemented the idea that /tg/ is terrifying when ideas of terror warfare are involved for me.
>>38738495Our Genetic manipulation is almost literally magic.Like, we can just be on the other side of the universe completely, if we have enough buoys between us and these guys, we can make them mutate into a proper Chimera, and a Chimera into a Hybrid, or a Brainjacked into a Hybrid, or a Hybrid into a Brainjacked if we wanted.
>>38741547>Our Genetic manipulation is almost literally magic.Except no. The whole point of that post is that it requires a parasite inside the clones to do it. That is the sole requirement to transform non-drones, and it isn't being met here.