Your patrols continue to intercept patrolling pods from the Obsidian Queen, although they appear infrequently and sporadically, hopping from system to system in an apparent effort to properly scout the region and spread your patrols thin. Even in your own systems you have detected them scouting the perimeter of the system, only to be intercepted immediately. Even through her pods you can feel a mounting level of frustration from the rival queen, and you can’t help but wonder when she will attack again.Elsewhere, your forces continue to grow. Beneath the waters of the recycling plant’s water tanks your drones stir from their eggs as flies emerge from the water to dry their wings and take flight. The sound of buzzing echoes through the chambers as your drones begin to map out the sewers of Gemini’s capital.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
>>39014538>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 – 52325Queen – 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 (1100) – 4400Wasp (1100) – 5500Haz-mat Workers (20) – 80Shock Troops (40) – 520Parasite (80) – 320Bio-tank (512) – 12800Excavator (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: 480,871N
IT IS TIME ONCE AGAIN
We should make some ships with cloaks an nukes to do a fire run of Autny's shipyards.
>>39014577THE BEST TIME ONCE AGAIN, MY FRIEND
>>39014554>Hive fleetSpace Pod (5010) – 150300Heavy Fleet Fighter (200) – 13400Heavy Gunship (12) – 360Shuttle (10) – 250Mining Corvette (36) – 9900Patrol Corvette (20) – 10140Scout Corvette (8) – 1800Lancer Corvette (2) – 450Fleet Corvette (44) – 9900Heavy Fleet Corvette (16) – 18752Heavy Fleet Frigate (12) – 17124Stealth Frigate (4) – 1952Vanguard Frigate (100) – 40000Heavy Cruiser (10) – 12150Heavy Fleet Cruiser (6) – 15030301,508N>Formed fleetsSmall Heavy Defense FleetHeavy Battle Fleet (Under construction)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: 783,129N>IncomeMetals: 438,000Nutrients: 2,401,250Net: 1,618,121NIn an embarrassing and painful display of poor dexterity, I nearly split my head open against the toilet this morning while entering the shower, so while I think I have everything updated if you find an error just assume I forgot it due to high impact porcelain based violence and let me know.
>>39014647Jesus, dude, how you feeling? Nothing too major, I hope?
>>39014647Hive Territory[G-426]Asteroid mining base: 50,000M per day.*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: (200) (20,000N)1769 under construction[12 Heavy Fleet Cruisers][24 Heavy Fleet Frigates][32 Heavy Fleet Corvette][6 Patrol Corvettes][72 Heavy Fleet Fighters][24 Heavy Gunboats] [Empty docks: 630/800]Economic Structures>Smart Mines active: 100,000M per day>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)[4 Heavy Fleet Battlecruisers] [Empty docks: 0/4]>Mining corvette salvage operations +288000M per day (+8000M per corvette)Deep space waystation>100 docking pylons (10,000N)[Empty docks 400/400]
>>39014554>Desmond, a-295, Wonder, Refuge, DriftWe need to capture these systems soon.Also we need more patrol ships.
>>39014538>The sound of buzzing echoes through the chambers as your drones begin to map out the sewers of Gemini’s capital.Soon
>>39014695New 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)>>39014688I think it's fine, just took some pain meds, and even if it's a concussion what better way to stay awake then to run all night?
>>39014767Just be careful.
>>39014767Military 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)Industrial 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)
>>39014554>>39014702We should wipe out that Dagmar mining operation.
>>39014688He probably just invented time travel.
>>39014809Economic 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 5,000M>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.>>39014802Just the Curse is all.
>>39014876Finished Research>Bored chitin slugsBy 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. A kinetic weapons now deal more damage to armored targets. [passive upgrade]>SirenTaking 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.>Microfactory chambersUsing advanced compact assembly designs lifted from human industry and combined with your own biological and nanomachine based assembly processes, you have developed a relatively effective method of manufacturing small craft within the hull of a ship. A ship equipped with a microfactory will automatically replenish any lost strike craft it carries, or if it is assigned to a fleet, it will automatically replace any lost strike craft within the fleet itself. Hive ships gain this ability for free, while other ships must be equipped with the chambers.
>>39014912>>SirenSo how effective would these be in the sewers on Gemini?
>>39014647>Space Pod (5010)You know I just realized how easily these can be shot down. Since when they blink they broadcast their position to everyone in the system and they have poor maneuverability they rendering cloaking ineffective.
>>39014538YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS IT RETURNNNSSSSSS YEEESSSS TOO LONG I WAITED!!!!!!!!
>>39014912>Laser cooled superconductorsUtilizing powerful cooling rays to maintain a temperature of near absolute zero, superconductors can be constructed and maintained out of cheap and easily replaceable materials and nearly no cost, allowing the hive to construct and maintain efficient mass transport networks across a planet to increase the speed at which the hive spreads, and removing the need for shuttles to transport drones and resources across a planet.>Crystalline neural structureWith your new understanding of the memory crystals and their function, you have gained the ability to construct your own, as well as entered into the new field of crystal computing.
>>39014941Thats why they're supposed to blink a light-day out of a system and slowboat it from there. As for combat, they're more of a means to overwhelm an enemy's point defence through sheer numbers, with anything actually taken out as a bonus.
>>39014974[New research unlocked]>Gravity reflectionSlowUsing superconducting polymers at near zero temperatures, you can interact and direct gravitational forces. Further research could lead to interesting applications of this new discovery.>Advanced PsionicsMediumWith your understanding of your own mental capabilities expanding and recent discoveries hinting at even more applications, you feel that a full and detailed study using your new knowledge may reveal even more avenues of research. >Neural crystal fractalsMediumFurther experimentation into the advantages of crystalline neural structures over your simpler organic computing has led to a potential breakthrough. By creating redundant designs the method of interaction with psionic signals can be adjusted, potentially leading to a sturdier defense against psionic based attacks.
>>39014912Could we use the Siren genetics in mines and our creep? Have dish shaped emitters that trigger on depression would seriously screw over a ground assault attacking a fortified position.
>>39014974Hyped.Crystal thinkers when?
>>39015004>Gravity reflection>Advanced Psionics>Neural crystal fractalsTechnological singularity soon.
>>39015004>Advanced PsionicsThis feels like a priority research.
>>39015008We might be able to use it to ECM burst the nigger queens drones, as well as potentially blinding battleships.
>>39015004Current research>Unknown directed energy weaponmediumA mysterious weapon of unknown composition and capability, picking apart the various remaining samples should reveal more about its nature.>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.>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.
>>39015004>Advanced Psionics>Neural crystal fractalsGravity control sounds cool, but let's focus on these two as priority due to current events.
>>39014974>>39015004>With your new understanding of the memory crystals and their function, you have gained the ability to construct your own, as well as entered into the new field of crystal computing.
>>39015004>Gravity reflectionThis could negate the way our AI friend detects our cloaked ships, if used precisely. Not to mention a shit ton of other uses. Wormholes anyone?
>>39014984>As for combat, they're more of a means to overwhelm an enemy's point defence through sheer numbers, with anything actually taken out as a bonus.Why not just set up an ambush with cloaked fighters armed with plasma lances? It would be ten times more effective.
>>39014538Gas the squids, space war now!
>>39015056 Available research options>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>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.
>>39015078what if we attempted to overload a system by jumping thousands of pods in from all angles, so that there detection of supernovae isn't enough to figure out where exactly our fleet jumped in from, they know 5000 of something will have jumped in, with no idea how we did it exactly. >Flash CloningSupporting this so our evil zombie apocalypse plans can occur one day.
>>39015104>Ground-orbital mega-constructionmuh>Mantle excavationdick
>>39015104 Available research options>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>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.
>>39015078Tue, but IMO the pods are a stopgap weapon since we're still trying to unfuck our industrial capabilities.
Double posted, dude.
>>39015104>>39015134The QM is skipping. Somebody hit it again.
>>39015134You already posted that, QD.Maybe you do have a concussion?
>>39014876>>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)Well, its the start of a new thread again, and I must repeat the proposal to colonize our capitol system's gas giant with 45 Orbital Electroponic stations.
>>39015161Seriously, if you can't run, don't run. I'm legit worried.
He since we can make our own crystals can we make them red?
>>39015104Your thinkers continue to churn on your research subjects, prioritizing those that can be completed quickly.>Add more topics to the research list>Wait to finish your current topics>Other>>39015134huh, weird.>>39015183Na, I'm fine, it was early this morning and there's hardly a bump left.
>>39015231>Add more topics to the research list>Flash cloningCeph/scav zombie apocalypse when?
>>39015076I the one who suggested that shit to QD and you don't even know what kind of crazy shit that leads to. Potential Graviphotons, gravity beam emitters, and kaiju bugs >>39015126That would take millions of pods and mine would take a handful fighters. And those fighters would be able to destroy an entire fleet.
>>39015231If you're sure.
>>39015231>>Add more topics to the research list>Gravity reflection>Advanced Psionics>Neural crystal fractals>Ground-orbital mega-construction>Mantle excavation>Flash Cloning
>>39015231>Add Advanced PsionicsI don't like giving the thinkers a ton at once.
>>39015231>>Add more topics to the research list>Ground-orbital mega-construction>Mantle excavation>Flash Cloning>Gravity reflection>Advanced Psionics>Neural crystal fractals
>>39015273Kaiju bugs would be hillarious. Not to mention we could recreate godzilla or something and put it on earth
>>39015078>It would be ten times more effective>than nukes you can't even see until they blow up in your faceLances are good, but not 50 megatons of heat good.Cloaked nuke pods for the big targets, plasma lances for the smaller ones.
>>39015231>Add more topics to the research list:Gravity reflectionAdvanced PsionicsNeural crystal fractals Flash CloningMantle excavationGround-orbital mega-construction
Does anyone actually think we need more docking Pylons than the ones we already have?
>>39015231>Add more topics to the research listGravity ReflectionAdvanced PsionicsNeural Crystal FractalsMantle Excavation
>>39015273Can we at least do flash cloning, I'm pretty sure we could start cloning a massive amount of rogue scavs and completely fuck with there pheremone system, or just use targeted biotoxins or space aids on those bioreceptorsAlso friendly reminder that we can whistleblow at any time on the shadow government activities. Or construct an elaborate fake conspiracy in which Seiner is the BBEG of all of it and not us. >>39015353You must construct additional pylons
>>39015353Not really, overall we have the capacity to make 600 capital ships or 2400 subcapitals at a time with our current industrial capacity, though I would like to make that 1000 docking pylons because I like simple numbers.
>>39015353Constantly.>1769 under constructionBut we await the current queued up batch still.
>>39015231>>Add more topics to the research list>Mantle excavation>Neural crystal fractals>Advanced PsionicsHopefully this will give use the foundation to make a psionic cannon without needing crystals.
>>39015341>Lances are good, but not 50 megatons of heat good.Anon all our ships have 50 megatons of heat by default and it'll only a handful of fighter armed with lances to take down a battleship (about 20 to be precise).
>>39015231>>Flash cloningThe only time sensitive one.
>>39015231Add:>Advanced Psionics>Gravity Reflection>Mantle Excavation>Neural Crystal Fractals>Flash CloningSeem to be the general consensus>Y/N>Other
>>39015353Resources sat in the bank do no good for anyone.Production power needs to keep up with income to achieve true exponential growth of forces, and that is something we need vs the obsidian queen. She has had much longer to build up and is starting from a stronger resource position.
>>39015510>YCLONE WARS SOON
>>39015231>Add more topics to the research list>Gravity reflection>Neural crystal fractals>Advanced Psionics>Ground-orbital mega-construction>Mantle excavation>Flash Cloning
>>39015510>YSoon. We shall be unstoppable!
>>39015510YZOMBIE END SOON!
>>39015539>Clone Army of Lylesmake it happen, they can be the police/militia force for any human planets we conquer.
>>39015611I think Lyle might find that disconcerting.
>>39015611Why would we conquer human planets again? Causing mass economic chaos is more fun.
So if I recall.We were about to open up the box. Possibly let Elizabeth witness it through telepathy while she's getting checked out in a mad tank. Sort through OQs ships to see what's different. And maybe catch some wild animals to put parasites inside on the side.
>>39015630Whatever he can deal with it, and who doesn't want an army of clones they are able to boss around anyway?
What if we made a mass scav commander army, the raw amount of conflicting pheremones would immediately clusterfuck any subservients in the ships.
>>39015683I thought we were going to let the tank do its thing first, then open the box with her.
>>39015510Your flies fill the air and spread through the pipes and tunnels of the sewers surrounding the protein recycling plant and slowly rise to the surface, watching and listening as humans go about their daily lives. Back bellow the streets your hybrids stand around an egg as it cracks open and a parasite squirms out, writhing within the soft shell.Your hybrids are obedient to your mental commands, but they will require a parasite to control the metamorphosis to becoming a chimera capable of laying any larger eggs then your small egg layer.>Implant your Brawler>Implant your Tech>Implant your Engineer>Other (write in)
>>39015683I thought we were going to go through the Crystals.
>>39015734Right>>39015730QD get on it.
>>39015730>>Implant your Brawler
>>39015701That'd be fun. The great thing about Scavengers is that we can really let loose on them militarily without worrying about the same degree of blowback we'd incur attacking humans.
>>39015730Implant the... hm>Implant your BrawlerOur tech and engineer can be much more useful.
>>39015730>>Implant your Brawler>>39015770I think that's why QD added them, as something to vent all our murderhobo on with few to no consequences.
>>39015730>>Implant your BrawlerUh we already voted for this one last week.Did you just forget last week that we needed to wait until we had parasites inside them?
>>39015730>OtherDon't bother instead go through the crystals like we voted to last thread.
>>39015730>>Implant your EngineerHow mentally independent are our chimeras by the way? I know they're perfectly telepathically linked with us, but do they still retain their skills and knowledge?
>>39014941>they have poor maneuverabilityYou couldn't be more wrong, friend.
>>39015730>Implant your Brawler
>>39015611>Not making an army of the Horrifying Ball of Arms Man on the 1d4chan talk page.
>>39015835>You couldn't be more wrong, friend.They are. The fighters are specialized for in system movement and combat, the pods are specialized for interstellar movement and scouting. The ion thruster on the pods are much weaker.
>>39015932We need to engineer some necromorph horrors is what we need to do.
>>39015833Yes, they're completely independent. They require no direction from us to do...anything. Give'm and objective and they'll devote their own skills and knowledge to achieving it.Perfect for special operations.>>39015952The only ships that outclass the pods' maneuverability are Fighters. That's it. They're pretty damn maneuverable, one outran a nuclear bombardment once.
>>39015730>Implant your brawlerAs your hybrids see to the procedure you turn your attention to more interesting matters. The remaining memory crystals left by your predecessors. You had looked through the crystal belonging to the Gardener, as well as skimmed the memories left by your mother, but you still have the crystal found in the wreckage of the desolate, crumbling world that was once the home of the Builder. You have your workers move them into position and you focus your attention on its contents.Please roll 1d100, best of 3 to search the data within.
Rolled 57 (1d100)>>39016039fug not rolls
Rolled 38 (1d100)>>39016039
>>39015979The horrifying ball of arms man fits the bill. Just imagine seeing a big ball of biomechanical arms and legs hunched over a fallen, comatose person you know. Its mouth is inserted into said person's spine and it hasn't noticed you yet...then you see its eyes lock on to you as its hypodermic needle tail twists to face you.Then another one descends down a vertical wall behind you without making a sound.
Rolled 20 (1d100)>>39016039Oh dear.
Rolled 67 (1d100)>>39016039
>>39015992>The only ships that outclass the pods' maneuverability are Fighters.That's not saying much since all of our ships have shit maneuverability because of the skid drive.>They're pretty damn maneuverable, one outran a nuclear bombardment once.>Speed = maneuverabilityYou have not idea what your talking about.
Rolled 78 (1d100)>>39016039Lets see what could have been.
>>39016106Actually, all of our ships have the ion drive. And before that they had chemical thrusters, which were nothing to sniff at despite their relative inefficiency. >all of our ships have shit maneuverabilityExcept for all the sub-capitals (see: most of our ships) and the battlecruiser (see: all but 2 of our ship classes). So yeah, you're wrong.
>>39016164Why is it that every single roll we've ever made to research or salvage knowledge from the ancient hives we've completely and utterly failed?
>>39016214With the thing Elizabeth said about no one is supposed to know a lot about the void crystals unless they want to get exterminatus'd, i think this is becoming a plot point.
>>39016214Because its hard.
>>39016214We are not meant to know this dark knowledge
>>39016173>Actually, all of our ships have the ion drive. And before that they had chemical thrusters, which were nothing to sniff at despite their relative inefficiency.>Except for all the sub-capitals (see: most of our ships) and the battlecruiser (see: all but 2 of our ship classes). So yeah, you're wrong.The ion thruster is a secondary drive, the skid are the primary and they decide the overall stats and that means their default maneuverability is almost zero and the ion thrust modify the maneuverability slightly.
>>39016348>The ion thruster is a secondary drive, the skid are the primary and they decide the overall stats and that means their default maneuverability is almost zero and the ion thrust modify the maneuverability slightly.In any system our ships will have several gravity wells they can lock onto for acceleration, not to mention that they can also use the gravity wells created by human drives.
Now that we can hibernate our drones we should keep a supply of parasites suspended until we need them. Waiting for them to hatch before impregnating new arrivals on the planet is mad gay.
>>39016769Most definitely.THE PLANET SHALL BE OURS.
>>39016039You feel the memories of the long dead hive wash over you as you peer into the crystal. You can see the warriors of the Black Queen burst into the chamber and attack the effigies of the other queens, carrying them away. The image goes blank as the Builder's own effigy destroys itself and you can feel the panic of the hive spread across the planet. Bunkers are built to house drones and cannons, and airborne drones fill the skies. After several short days of this, you hear something as a single pod blinks into existence on the edge of the picket fleet."I have finished it, but it has not been tested."You recognize the voice, and you watch as the Builder and your mother begin to prepare.The Builder's planet is grand in size and scale, filled with towering monoliths and spires mounted atop the bedrock of hard granite and metal ores. Entire spires are collapsed to make room for defenses, bunkers and pylons alike cover the planet as the White Queen's ships deliver a small package, and it is quickly grafted within the Builder's hive ship."Will it work?" The Builder asks. Her carapace is jagged and angled with horns covered in rings and metal ornaments. Her hive is almost entirely metal, woven from carbon strings like a spider's web. Your mother's response is cold."I do not know. I cannot test it without alerting them."The Builder clicks her mandibles together once, harshly like a dropped brick, "You wish form me to test it for you.""You will have the opportunity. Inform me of its success, or its failure." She says. Her ships retreat as the Builder's forces take the delivery, and one by one they blink away.Cont.
>>39016769I meant on our capital planet but yeah we should be laying some parasites in humanland as well. It's important that these things do NOT get discovered so we should try to minimize that possibility as much as we can. Ideas?Personally I believe we should be very selective about who we infect, higher ups only, shadow government types are a high priority. Maybe we can come up through their toilets when they're asleep and paralyse them with our flies before impregnating them. Obviously everything on the human planet should have self destruct built in.
>>39016906I honestly think we're overdoing the shadowruns.
>>39017013You think incorrectly anon.
>>39016906Imagine if we did start infecting civilians, I mean, assuming we don't go loud and crash one of those citadel-esque ships into the planet and start throwing creep everywhere.Imagine a family where the father gets infected. Biding his time, acting like nothing is wrong. He's still essentially the same inside, just with new motivations and another mother for the family to meet. No one even gets suspicious. Until an opportunity opens up. Ambushing the wife, knocking her out or just dragging her off. Tearing her open and pushing strange creature inside of her. Then she's up and about like nothing ever happened. She might not even remember. Then they get the kids while they sleep. Then the get the neighbors.Imagine if word got out. What if you found out your SO had a parasite? What if they were attacking you to try and infect you too? Perhaps you'd convince yourself that they aren't the same person anymore. But your loved one is still in there, somewhere. And if you tie them up, or lock them somewhere, that won't hold them for long. Maybe a day. Maybe two. And a horrific changes start happening to them. The longer you delay, the more the person you loved starts slipping away.
>>39017013Union foreign policy being what it is we can't afford to take any chances with them, I want to infect these shadow gubbermint cunts.What exactly does shadowrunning mean?
>>39017126You ever watch the old Invasion of the Body Snatchers film?
>>39017126We are a living horror movie to this universe. I am not entirely sure how to feel about that.
>>39016818>and it is quickly grafted within the Builder's hive ship.>hive shipNani?But we found the failed cannon in the ruins of a battleship.
>>39016906Yes and...>>39017126...than this
>>39017126Yeaah, let's not go there. If we pulled a stunt like that a single Union planet and word got out, their fleets would turn Leeland into a nuclear holocaust in a month. Never underestimate how extreme the actions of humans can be when sufficiently motivated. And nothing would motivate them like fear of body snatching aliens eating their loved ones minds.
>>39017132>Union foreign policy being what it is we can't afford to take any chances with them, I want to infect these shadow gubbermint cunts.Not really. The Valen have managed to deal with them. We just have to ask the Union how they want to deal with a hive mind voting, and they'll shut the hell up for fear of us gaming the system horribly. Also, we can have theseus have politicians we don't like short medical stock. Then reveal it to the media.
>>39017132Paranoia, anon. Very often the byproduct of a Shadowrun board game.
>>39017232The Valen aren't planning on implanting mind-control parasites in the Union's constituents.
>>39017178Wait never mind I don't know why I thought the derelict was smaller than it was. >>35192884
I'm...not exactly onboard with all this infestation stuff. Unless they attack us.
>>39017306I agree, Why infest the humans when we can lay our better drones.
>>39017221And... how would they find out it's our doing? A sudden infection of some strange parasite is all they would know.
>>39017306Ssshh, they've been at it since day one. Just refute them when their arguments get sufficiently unfeasible.
>>39017291You're right. Clearly, we should rethink that plan.
>>39017306I have my reservations too. It's an ugly process and it will destroy any diplomatic standing with the Union if discovered. However, we've already been under attack from some shadowy faction within the Union. We can't let them tell the other Queen where we are.
>>39017306Technically they did attack us twice now. First with lyle and second with the android guy.
>>39016681It take many gravity wells to improve its maneuverability and even then it would it be marginal at best because more gravity wells improve the directions it can turn not how well they can turn.
>>39016906Ideall first you implant the medical personnel that are capable of detecting them in the first place.But as a first start, Taidaren squatters and the impoverished that no one will notice are a good beginning. You just find people that have a number of degrees of separations to the doctors of the valuable targets.
>>39017411"An alien insectoid hive mind has taken control of all the hospitals! They're implanting people with parasites that take over their mind! DON'T GO TO THE HOSPITAL!"Man, we sound like a crazy fucking conspiracy theory.
We could implant some college students from Mentan and use them to steal tech while making them seem like a genius.
>>39017404Whatever part of the government (if it's even government proper) attacked us. I get wanting payback, of course. This just feels like disproportionate retribution, that's all.
>>39017395That shadowy faction attacking us. There is no proof about it, but we can't rule out the possibility that the Black Queen is playing the same game of 'Infest the humans' and use them to attack us now. What a twist if the black queen and our queen is just using the humans this way.
>>39017467Haha, Holy shit. Alien bodysnatching wars. That'd be a fucking mess, humans as a proxy race.
>>39017404Those were probing, scouting attacks conducted by operatives with very questionable mental states. A contracted, prolonged assault on the Hive has never occurred and the wider Union wouldn't stand for it without provocation.
>>39017467Fluff I beg you, don't start that. Our shadowruns are going through the roof as it is.
>>39017467>Black Queen is playing the same game of 'Infest the humans'Fluff that's impossible she doesn't even have stealth tech and Theseus is separating from the humans.
>>39017501As evidenced by the uproar with Lee's imprisonment. There WERE protesters technically on our side, if anyone else recalls. (Naive though they may be, they were supporting us. Or at least Lee's interaction with us.)
>>39017467I'm going to rule that out, if only because that would mean the Black Queen already knows where exactly we are. However, that doesn't mean that it can't happen at a later time.
>>39017465Fuck em. Dont have to be nice to every alien we meet.>>39017501They put nukes over our heads for the purpose of wiping us out before we reached a level where we could threaten them. Thats good enough for me.
>>39017494Indeed, the black queen doesn't know where we are at just yet. (I think) But she might know the humans might be getting clued in. Hence that idea of mine. >>39017528Alright, but we might not be able to rule that out.>>39017539We don't know her tech pool yet. She might or might not have it.>>39017552That too is likely.
>>39017528It's hard enough keeping the KILL EVERYTHING and INFEST EVERYTHING anons under control.
>>39017596>We don't know her tech pool yet. She might or might not have it.If she had stealth tech she would have used it against us by now moron.
>>39016818Days pass before the first signs of the attack can be seen. Several pods across the system blink in and out, observing and retreating before they can be attacked. They continue to observe for another day, and then vanish.Just beyond the range of the Picket fleet a formation of capital ships blink into existence. They charge into the waiting line of defending ships and are quickly overwhelmed by sheer numbers. You feel confusion from the queen as her sizable picket moves around the attacking forces, and then a sock of panic as... something... pours itself from an error in space like a liquid seeping from a cracked glass.The Hive ship fires, and there is a terrible scream of mental anguish, then then nothing as the ship snaps in half under the stress, engulfing entire formations within the blast.You put down the crystal as the memory of the stellar object sliding through the picket fades away, and you note your patrol ships report no more pod activity. They slowly drift back to their standard patrol routes, reporting no further disturbances to intercept.Elsewhere your flies have spread across the district, filling the sewers and patrolling the streets. They are ignored by the crowds, or met with lazy swats of the hand. A short man behind the desk of a store sprays one of your drones with the contents of a spray can and forces your fly to flee, but he only grumbles and returns to his seat.>Have your flies scout the Capital District>Have your flies map out and monitor the area around your new hive>Split your flies between the tasks>Other
Would our be possible to clone ourselves, memories and all, and send it far away? Possibly so the quest Continues if we lose.
>>39017674>Split your flies between the tasks
>>39017715that was asked way back, believe the answer was 'no'.>>39017674>Have your flies scout the Capital District
>>39017674"Man, is it just me, or is there a ton more insects now?""Eh, You're probably just imagining it.."
>>39017715We could just go to Andromeda. We have almost all the tech to do it.
>>39017674>>Split your flies between the tasks
>>39017674>>Have your flies map out and monitor the area around your new hive
>>39017674>Have your flies map out and monitor the area around your new hive
>>39017674>>Have your flies scout the Capital DistrictHow many flies have we got working on this task currently?
>>39017674>They continue to observe for another day, and then vanish.>Just beyond the range of the Picket fleet a formation of capital ships blink into existence.>and you note your patrol ships report no more pod activity.HAPPENINGS SOON
>>39017674>Have your flies map out and monitor the area around your new hiveScout where easy first.
>>39017779Well at least the Heavy Defense Fleet is complete.
>>39017561>They put nukes over our heads for the purpose of wiping us out before we reached a level where we could threaten them.Where did you get that idea? You have no clue what the protocols of contact and engagement are. Keep in mind that nukes are a standard part of any Union armory, every combat capable vessel carries more of them than a modern day missile silo. They've got far less stigma attached to them than they do IRC, and even then the satellite wasn't even carrying enough to wipe out an entire civilization. Heavily disrupt their industrial capacity and population centers sure, but not enough for an extermination.
>>39017674>>39017674>Have your flies map out and monitor the area around your new hive
Captcha freaking out for anyone else?
>>39017913I hate to say this, but the entire reason that the 'Fuck the Union' people are like that is the fact that we know exactly what their First Contact protocols are.They're pretty jerkish, but considering what we're doing, I think there's a slight bit of justification there.
>>39018120And we are fully justified if we attack them.
>>39018120Understandable, but no need to give them an casus belli so good that only an idiot would ignore it with all the infestation we're planning. The last thing we need is a to-front war right now.
>>39018172No, I agree with you entirely. Just being square about the situation. I really don't want to fuck with the humans beyond first contact 'don't fuck with us' intimidation.
>>39018172That's why the don't find out about it.We have extreme stealth and subterfuge on our damn side, they won't find out unless we let them or go full scale war against them.
>>39017913I don't even see how that nuke is relevent. It wasn't supposed to fire autonomously, and for the level of tech they thought we had, a nuke in orbit would have meant shit if they brought in a warship
>>39018215I honestly think you're underestimating the humans a bit. No exaggeration.
>>39018230People are spiteful, I guess.
>>39018172>The last thing we need is a to-front war right now.No the last we need is the Crystals attacking us we could easily conquer the humans.>>39018233You're severely overestimating them.
>>39018215Easier fucking said than done, remember, we're going with rolls here. And we already fucked up one roll with letting the agent escape.
>>39018120The more dangerous steps we make, just out of self-defense, the more cause it gives them to do the same. We're back to Cold War game theory.
We already have four different species we definitely need to perform a significant genocide on, humans are not one of them, lets not throw them into a major war please. Plus I always loved the idea of a terran zerg joint operation.
>>39018261>We could easily conquer the humans>They have a space-elevator on mars since forever>They can mine on the surface of stars>We can do neither of these thingsYeah, easy bruv.
>>39018120We found a document on a hard drive on a wrecked ship detailing how to make an alien society economically dependent on the Union for higher tech. A bunch of anons somehow seem to have interpreted that as a declaration of intent to commit xenocide.In the mean time, barring the actions of a rouge faction and their deranged agents, the Union have been relatively up front and diplomatic with us. I say we should base our exchanges with them on their actions and political environment, not a single file based on one of their obscure bureaucratic protocols.
>>39017674>Have your flies map out and monitor the area around your new hiveYou send your flies into patrol patterns and have them find hiding spots to keep watch of important junctions. Even within the sewers there is an abundance of activity as Taidarens scavenge among discarded refuse, drunkards stumble through sludge safe from the biting cold, and shifty-eyed criminals exchange merchandise and information bellow the plastic and enameled skyline of the office buildings and condos above.Your Brawler bends over in pain as the wounds seal themselves across his abdomen and you can feel a desperate hunger was over him. The hybrid claws back to his feet and quickly makes his way into the twisting tunnels under the guidance of your patrolling flies. A guttural cry echoes back from the poorly lit tunnels as your clone turns the corner.Your patrols continue to report nothing of interest, and it begins to worry you.>Have your ships reinforce Raligha>Have your ships reinforce Leeland>Have your ships reinforce M-323>Keep them spread out on patrol>Other
>>39018284We might not get the chance; we cannot afford to get into a conventional fight with them.
>>39018296We focus on raw numbers they focus on quality. An army of cloaked ships armed with plasma lances could utterly demolish their fleets and on land we're a nightmare.
>>39018315I agree with you.>>39018318>Have your ships reinforce Leeland
I get the feeling Red v. Black (Obsidian): Round 2 is about to start...>Have your ships reinforce M-323I feel like she's not gonna just throw everything at our base planet from word go.
>>39018318>Have your ships reinforce LeelandAlso, we have spare minerals and dock space. 600 stealth plasma boats please.
>>39018318>>Have your ships reinforce RalighaOQ knows this planet very well, and it's the closest to where she battled our mother. Time to show the natives a rematch.
>>39018318>OtherSend some pods to find her systems and try to crash one into her planet.
>>39018406I'm doubtful of that. If the humans were so easily wiped out why haven't any of the other factions done it already?>>39018318>Have your ships reinforce Raligha
>>39018318>Keep them spread out on patrolWe can always move them should an attack happen.
>OtherNotify allies that there MIGHT be a large attack soon and to be very afraid.
>>39018433Seconding. We cannot yield the initiative.
>>39018296Infestation /=/ conquer
>OtherTell our allies that something is up and to prepare their anuses.
>>39018318>OtherTake the Theseus observation satellite and hide it somewhere deep in a bunker.If it's destroyed in battle, the quantum string is severed, and the Union will schedule a maintenance crew to investigate it.
>>39018442>I'm doubtful of that. If the humans were so easily wiped out why haven't any of the other factions done it already?To be honest none of the faction focus on numbers besides the Skyl. Unity isn't that good at war, the Scavengers are currently annihilating the humans, and the Valen are too peace.
>>39018318>OtherPrepare to evacuate to another planet. We do not know their strength and must be willing to give ground at the worst case.
>>39018573> the Scavengers are currently annihilating the humansWait, what? Since when?
>>39018576We have 5000 pods why don't we fucking use them to zerg rush her systems.>>39018592The Commonwealth is getting rekt by them.
>>39018592Well see, the anon in question doesn't care for facts. So he takes the Scavengers capturing a single Union vessel and then being driven off as "the Scavengers annihilating the humans".
Hey, why don't we make first contact with some of the commonwealth factions before we make contact with union?
>>39018657They'll probably tell the Union.>>39018614IIRC we don't know where exactly to strike.
>>39017674>You put down the crystal as the memory of the stellar object sliding through the picket fades away,Huh, it didn't even include the message sent to probably-White-Queen at the end or confirm she was the recipient.
>>39018703>IIRC we don't know where exactly to strike.>Implying we can't find them with 5000 podsWith players this stupid we're doomed.
>>39018318we need more hive ships so we can reinforce and rebuild medium sized ships on the go, have we made a dedicated drednoght sized or bigger support ship? like a giant armored factory that has little in the way of weapons sans for defense and a metric asston of shipborne production?
>>39018630In a similar vein, we can conclude that the Ceph are annihilating the humans.
>>39018739Not as long as you're here to educate us, Great Leader.
>>39018746Why would we need one instead of just docking pylons?Like, really why? We're not really widespread yet, we don't have anyone going out on grand voyages, why can't we just use docking pylons?
>>39018809Pods are designed for scouting and we only have 15 systems to look through.
>>39018836Well I guess you're right, that sounds feasible.
>>39018836I hoped Thought muffler research would finish so we could put that on pods before sending it into enemy hive space. Since that would preclude them noticing that anything has entered the system at all.I'm not sure how useful scouting out a point of attack right now is though. It might be better to have it be on our own homefield, where planetside missile silos exist.
>>39018901It would force her to divide up some of her forces for defense instead of attacking us.
>>39016730This is what we need the drone made of parasites for.
>>39018901I want to disrupt her attack before she even gets a chance to launch it also if she does attack she'll have to realize that she'll be leaving an opening for us to exploit. Also we need to know what we're going up against.
>Your Brawler bends over in pain as the wounds seal themselves across his abdomen and you can feel a desperate hunger was over him. The hybrid claws back to his feet and quickly makes his way into the twisting tunnels under the guidance of your patrolling flies. A guttural cry echoes back from the poorly lit tunnels as your clone turns the corner.Man, didn't even buy some happy meals in advance for him when he got parasited.Those other two hybrids are slacking. They had a whole day to prepare for the parasite hatching and chimerazation.
>>39019089He's just gonna go munch on the hobos and Taidarens.
>>39019089There's plenty of turds floating around for him to eat.
>>39018318>Reinforce LeelandYou recall a number of your ships from their usual patrols and trade routes to reinforce your picket over Leeland.A quick signal is sent along your lines of communication, and the Skyl and Union fleets take their own defensive positions. Hopefully you are wrong, but you would prefer to look foolish then to face another surprise attack. All there is left to do now, is wait."Are you sure you couldn't find anywhere closer?" Jackob says as he drops his bag. Lyle inspects the kitchen of the cheap hotel room. A high rise "business suite" offering little more then what is absolutely necessary. Oddly enough, it was still more luxurious then the usual safehouse. Even cheap lobbyists had standards, after all."The window has a perfect view of the target, it's only a few miles away. I didn't want to run the risk of any of their guys spotting us." Dillon says as he setts up the bulky weapons platform near the window. "And by the way, just stating the obvious, we can't set up this thing on the roof without running the risk of somebody noticing, so lets try to not use it unless the shit hits the fan. I'd like my security deposit back at the end of this."Jackob snaps his fingers at the holo-screen and waves over the local news. "Hey you know anything about that?" He asks, pointing to the image of the crater your pod had left in the fields outside the city."You know I couldn't tell you if I did." Dillon says "Besides, wasn't it just a satellite?" Jackob scoffs."Then why'd BFI find it so interesting, and look at that level of security, they didn't even let the locals near it."You give Lyle a nudge."Maybe it was just their satellite? They need them too you know." He says."You're telling me that we're staking out a secret BFI office after all the shit we've seen, and you think nothing of them stealing some space shit before anyone can see it?" Jackob asks. "It's Dillon's job to be a fuddy duddy but I expect more from you."cont.
>>39019258Wait can't we scout her systems out? We have enough pods to do it.
>>39019287Are they all fitted with self destruct mechanisms? I don't want the nigger queen getting a hold of the cloaking tech.
>>39019402>Are they all fitted with self destruct mechanisms?All of our ships are fitted with self destruct mechanisms.
>>39019258"What, you want me to agree with you that it's odd? Sure, it was probably an illegal sat, but I still think it was probably their sat. What else could it be?""Alien insurgents, rebel terrorist plots, a Commonwealth invasion, anything." Jackob throws up his arms for emphasis. "I heard that by the time the cops got there it was already gone. That one of the locals saw it lift off the ground and disappear into the woods, as in a ship, not debris.""And where did you hear that?" Dillon asks."Bet he was higher then Olympus Point when he told you, whoever it was." Lyle adds. Jackob flicks the channel to something else in annoyance."That is besides the point."You split your attention between your many tasks, and you plot out locations for your pods idly as you mull over your options.>Send your pods out to search for and intercept the Obsidian Queen's forces>Keep your pods in your space and have them keep watch for any attack>Other
>>39019464>Send your pods out to search for and intercept the Obsidian Queen's forcesWe have over 5000, that's more than enough. And information is valuable.
>>39019464>Send your pods out to search for and intercept the Obsidian Queen's forcesLet's get Heretic on this as well.
>>39019464>Send 1000 pods out to search for and intercept the Obsidian Queen's forces>Keep 4000 pods in your space and have them keep watch for any attack
>>39019464>>Send your pods out to search for and intercept the Obsidian Queen's forcesNot all of them though, 1000 should be plenty. We made a surplus of these things for situations like this after all.
>>39019464>Send your pods out to search for and intercept the Obsidian Queen's forces
>>39019464>Send your pods out to search for and intercept the Obsidian Queen's forcesYou grasp a thousand out of your swarms of pods with your mind and begin targeting the nearest systems away from hive space.Please roll 1d100, best of 3 to scout enemy territory.
Rolled 29 (1d100)>>39019732pls
Rolled 25 (1d100)>>39019732Here we go
Rolled 58 (1d100)>>39019732
Rolled 30 (1d100)>>39019732And here we go...
Rolled 54 (1d100)>>39019732
>>39019747>>39019752>>39019755We sure are high rollers tonight.
>>39019755Well we didn't fail.
...Jesus fuck, dice gods.
>>39019765With 5000 pods how could we?
>>39014681What's this from? I can't remember the name
Rolled 7 (1d100)>>39019732I wonder what was behind door number 2.
>>39019869Well, that roll was not the roll you got. So we are doing better.
Rolled 33 (1d100)>>39019778Quantity is it's own policy.>>39019782I don't know, I just grabbed it from Decu's twitter and edited it.
>>39019897Good thing I stay out of the rolls that counted.
>>39019732You lack any up to date sensor data of the region, but you are confident from the sheer number of your pods that you will at least find some information. You cluster your thousand pods together and blink them to the several of the systems.First LandingNamed by your ancestors as the first settled hive world beyond Raligha, known then simply as the Garden. It was actually held by your Mother, offering a decisive advantage that likely led to her position above the other queens. A collection of worlds can be seen orbiting the white dwarf star. Near the edge of the system is a belt of debris and stellar gas, while closer in is a small rocky planet, its surface covered in frozen slag and the solid waves of molten rock. Craters mark the surface, and shattered towers show where contested hives fought and died along hundreds of hotly contested landing zones, likely in the wake of the White Queen's retreat. Open veins of metals form on the surface like gashes in flesh, shimmering with ice. A black mat of living hive is spread across half the planet like vegemite spilled across a globe. It churns and moves with activity, with pylons sprouting from the surface by the thousands like hair. A globe of sub-capitals, mostly corvettes, are formed in orbit around the planet, and clusters of orbital pylons in the hundreds drift amid them, each attached to some manner of half-finished capital ship.The next planet in is a ball of ice, likely once a lush oceanic world before the star withered into the cold white ball it is today, but that was long before even the queens arrived. Tubes cover the ice sheets in thin lines, piercing the surface to the liquid water bellow while massive hive spires swell with liquid water and nutrient paste. Corvettes and shuttles swarm over them, quickly moving back and forth between the surface and the fleets above.cont.
>>39020296>A black mat of living hive is spread across half the planet like vegemite spilled across a globe. It churns and moves with activity, with pylons sprouting from the surface by the thousands like hair. A globe of sub-capitals, mostly corvettes, are formed in orbit around the planet, and clusters of orbital pylons in the hundreds drift amid them, each attached to some manner of half-finished capital ship.Goddamn we need to step it up.
>>39020296So guys... lets not jump to conclusions or insanity, but we could totally drop a fungal bomb exterminatus on the planet.
>>39019782I think it's from Tamen De Gushi.
>>39020296send the coordinators to Theseus so he can launch a Rod from God at near light speed.
>>39020413Is our creep stronger than her creep?
Guys, guys, what if, and I'm saying what if, hypothetically speaking... we pull a Fuklaw on the Black Queen?
>>39020413I think it's a good idea for a spoiling attack, preferably using fast growing single-use craft like pods. Do note however that the nigger queen would also have the ability to rapidly analyze and immunize herself from whatever biological agent we might use.
>>39020459A what? I know that's a 40k reference, but I dunno what you mean exactly.
>>39020452Doesn't matter, that fungi hijacks receptors and turns all her drones into a bunch of adorable insane jihadists ready to burst into more fungal attacks.
>>39020481Dropping multiple frigates on her head... although it'd be more effective if they were terran, a shame we can't get the warp core substance to make singularity bombs out of.
>>39020499Just swarm pod bombs at her pylons.
>>39020452The creep will not take root on a planet until if it isn't under our control.
>>39020605Also they can just orbital bombard it to keep it from spreading, so basically we need ships for that to work.
Well, I'll have to post my wall of battle fleet on the wiki tomorrow. It shouldn't be too hard, I already have the task forces set up.
>>39020296The last planet is another rocky world, close enough to the star to just barely maintain its warmth. You detect a hint of an atmosphere and trace signs of liquid water along the surface, although there is no life. At least, no native life. The entire surface is covered in black hive structure, and swarms of drones can be seen even from space as they move by the millions from construction project to construction project, or simply on patrol, moving from whatever hive they emerged from to an awaiting corvette. A Hive ship sits parked in orbit while streams of shuttles flow to and from it like a stream of liquid from its side. As the system's defenses shift to intercept your pods you detect the Hive ship charge its drive, and in a pulse of radiation that briefly illuminates the surrounding fleet it vanishes.Several wings of corvettes are quickly moving to intercept your pods, flanked by swarm drones.>Blink your pods away>Blink to another system in the region>Attempt to attack (write in)
I've got an idea, an evil evil fucking idea... what if we put some tech that was superior to her, and modified it slightly with a backdoor, something that made it so some signal, when activated, causes them all to either go rogue or horrifically die. We could use this to in theory hijack her ships and cause all sorts of chaos.
...Iiiiiiiiii do not think we are ready for this.
>>39020669>>Blink your pods away
>>39020669>>Blink to another system in the region
>>39020669>>Blink your pods awayInto the sun?
Rolled 89 (1d100)>>39020669>Blink to another system in the region
>>39020699we need to do some harassing attacks if we don't want to rolled over in late game.
>>39020669>Blink to another system in the region
>>39020746Damnit, money says that's the only good roll we'll get tonight.
Rolled 48 (1d100)>>39020777We'll be fine, I sacrificed a goat to the dice gods just this morning.
>>39020798Looks like it had to be a young virgin woman.
>>39020669What why aren't we sending the a few pods to a bunch of systems at the same time.
>>39020669Well damn... These look like a good couple of targets for some Immolator warheads.
>>39020833Well you are, but we're dealing with them one at a time to avoid things getting too nuts.
>>39020859Our pods will self destruct if they die right?
That reminds me, we have at least one Burnout Drone from our boarding swarm- QD said it would cause lots of chaos if we could get it to one of the Obsidian Queen's relays.
>>39020956We should get a siren in our boarding parties also... it has a really nasty effect on hive style life forms.
>>39020669ClusterThis system is not a system at all, and had the map data you recovered not include it you would have likely never known where it was. One of the hives of the Nomad, Cluster is a collection of asteroids, stellar debris, and ancient ship remains held together by hive structure and tendon cables. It is far too large to be mobile, although many of its components appear to have once been mobile, with dozens of derelict hive ships forming into catacomb like structures interspersed with rubble and pylons.Several battleships are docked to the carved chunks of hive ship hull that makes up a portion of the Cluster, and they open fire as they detect your pods. Swarm drones pour from the cavernous structure in twisting formations as they close in on your scouts.cont.>>39020925If they are dealt enough damage to die without being outright destroyed they will attempt to self-destruct.
>>39020982>>39020956Given our available research options, and the Obsidian Queen's apperance...I'd say the burnout drone would do less than we'd hope.
>>39021093So... I think we found a candidate target for our nanomachines. Now, how will we actually get there safely?
>>39021093>This system is not a system at all, and had the map data you recovered not include it you would have likely never known where it was. One of the hives of the Nomad, Cluster is a collection of asteroids, stellar debris, and ancient ship remains held together by hive structure and tendon cables. It is far too large to be mobile, although many of its components appear to have once been mobile, with dozens of derelict hive ships forming into catacomb like structures interspersed with rubble and pylons.We need to study this shit.
>>39021178If we can survive it shooting at us.
>>39021178On the contrary, we need to vaporize this shit. Its basically a static deathstar.
>>39021212More like cannibalize it into our own ships.
>>39021212You do realize this was most likely Nomads main hive.
>>39021106>Given our available research options, and the Obsidian Queen's apperance...I'd say the burnout drone would do less than we'd hope.QD was vague on the ask page, but he confirmed it would cause a great deal of chaos. Remember, the burn out drone is designed to use her own relay network to distribute the jamming signal (until the captured relay suicides or burns out).
Guys, we can task around a couple hundred pods with fusion bombs, blink just outside the system, the sublight in under stealth, until we're right next to the nigger queen's pylons and then blow them the hell up in a spoiling attack.It won't do much outright damage compared to the size of her fleet, but at least we can slow down her production of capital ships and buy us some breathing room.
>>39021093huh I wonder what kind of tech we could create from biosamples. Hey QD is the possibility of using the ocean spores and nanomachine based cloud bombs a possibility? I wanna go full on total annihilation on OQ and wipe her off the face of the universe for her treachery.
>>39021539At this point it may be our only hope to survive the first part of the war unless the advance psi research gives us something to wipe out her network
>>39021093JewelYour pods erupt into space around the system and begin taking notes as quickly as possible. It is a rich system, appropriate named, and even after the brutal wars of contesting hives it remains, not quite pristine, but still a prize to be had. A gas giant skims along the edge of the asteroid belt at the edge of the system, and among the many moons and rings you see thousands of small pylons and corvettes mining gas from the planet as corvettes strip the moons and nearby asteroids bare of metals.Further in you find a planet with a dense atmosphere, placed firmly on the edge of the habitable zone of the main sequence star. Weather patterns and plentiful signs of liquid water cover the surface, and through the clouds you spot the tips of hive spires and docking pylons. A Hive ship and two battleships orbit closely, their massive hulls covered in the dark specs of corvettes and other smaller craft. Orbital pylons drift in the orbit of the planet's two moons, both seemingly rich with metals.Further in is another habitable world, this one more dry but still suitable for life. Blankets of bright orange flora covers the planet's wind swept mountains, pierced by the constantly spreading hive structure of the Obsidian Queen like an infection against the bright colors of the native life. A harsh buffer of lifeless gray soil marks the end of the edge of the hive structure and the start of the wilds. At least a dozen battlecruisers drift in orbit as hundreds of sub-capitals stream from the pylons bellow.The pickets are quick to respond. Your pods begin calculating for their blinks as swarmers emerge from the asteroid belt, blurring your sight of the gas giant.>Have your pods explore the coreward systems of Farcast and Wonder>Have your pods continue to explore Spinward>Other
>>39021605not worth the cost and would be rebuilt in the time it would take us to move a fleet of meaningful size over there to take advantage of that. Lets save that tactic for when we are desperate and unable to handle things. Now if we took the concept of a suicide unit, slaped its template into a carrier with microfabs, then this tactic would be fucking devastating. We have not made either template yet and im too lazy to draft it up my self.
>>39015084I believe you got the wrong line there, pal.
>>39021638>>Have your pods explore the coreward systems of Farcast and WonderWe better hope these are still clean because we need more resources.
>>39021638>Have your pods explore the coreward systems of Farcast and WonderWe'll need these systems any way.>Have your pods continue to explore SpinwardShe most be on those worlds.
>>39021638I think we may be slightly outgunned.
>>39021638>>Have your pods explore the coreward systems of Farcast and Wonder
>>39021705Understatement of the year.
>>39021638>Have your pods explore the coreward systems of Farcast and Wonder
>>39021638>Have your pods explore the coreward systems of Farcast and WonderPlease roll 1d100, best of 3 to evade the engaging picket forces.
Rolled 96 (1d100)>>39021915
>>39021933NIIIIIICEI DON'T WANT TO ROLL NOW
Rolled 52 (1d100)>>39021915>>39021933NICE!
Rolled 85 (1d100)>>39021915
>>39021638>>Have your pods continue to explore Spinward
Rolled 17 (1d100)>>39021915>>39021933Finally.
ABOUT DAMN TIME.Broke 'em off at the ankles.
>>39021933>>39021974Shook outta dey shoes.
>>39021915>>39021933THE RED QUEEN'S CHILDREN ARE THE SUPERIOR BREEDGLORY TO THE RED QUEEN
>>39021915Your pods weave through the incoming fire and hurl themselves off along a drifting course away from the picket forces as they quickly charge their drives. As your swarm of pods begin to blink away you can see from the last few to leave the white specs of explosions as swarm drones collide in their desperate attempt to intercept. You can hear, feel, a distant cry of frustration echoing through the minds of the pickets, and you are in a new system.Cont.
>>39022026Hey. Hey guys.Guys....I think she's pissed.Maybe.
>>39022026>You can hear, feel, a distant cry of frustration echoing through the minds of the picketsHAHAEAT IT
>>39022026Eat shit bitch.
>>39021933My computer died for this roll.
>>39022084A WORTHY SACRIFICE.
>>39022084It was a worthy sacrifice.
>>39022084The dice gods are pleased with your sacrifice.
>>39022026>You can hear, feel, a distant cry of frustration echoing through the minds of the picketsThis bitch is even more fun to troll than Theseus.
>>39022026You know, if she's smart like us, she might think that we're preparing for an assault on her systems, since we're apparently using the same scouting tactic she is. This may cause her to delay an attack on us.
>>39022084Ut sit in aeternum requies animae , gloria eu anon's computer
>>39022084Clearly the dice gods are no longer satisfied with virgins, they want our rigs.
>>39022084The sacrifice had pleased the dice gods. Be proud!
>>39022172>>39022135>>39022133>>39022115>>39022097>>39022094Sacrifice? It died immediately after the roll.
>>39022249The Dice gods work fast.
>>39022249Yes, the sacrifice.
>>39022026WonderOne of the Builder's hive systems, there is little remaining of its natural form. Several small planetoids drift in uneven orbits, but they are little more then barren moons. Within the system, behind the veil of stellar debris, is a massive structure of hive design. At least a thousand kilometers long, it appears to be a station, or a space city, built from the surrounding debris. Half a dozen unfinished Hive ships cover the surface, their bodies withered. Around its massive bulk, like vultures, is a fleet of Scavenger ships. They are towing a number of ancient ships with them, prying them from the pylons of the superstructure and ripping the hull of the Hive ships apart. They take notice of your pods before too long, and begin deploying strike craft into defensive clouds around their larger craft while the smaller ones move to intercept.They appear to have at least two dozen corvette or frigate sized vessels, with another three cruisers in the center of their fleet.>Have your pods blink out of the system>Have your pods attempt destroy the scavengers>Blink in reinforcements (write in)
>>39022324>>Blink in reinforcements (At least equal number of vessels)
>>39022324>Have your pods blink out of the system...We should come back here and capture these guys later though.
>>39022324>Within the system, behind the veil of stellar debris, is a massive structure of hive design. At least a thousand kilometers long, it appears to be a station, or a space city, built from the surrounding debrisI WANT ONE.
>>39022350>They appear to have at least two dozen corvette or frigate sized vessels, with another three cruisers in the center of their fleet.Never mind.
>>39022324>>Have your pods attempt destroy the scavengers
>>39022324>>Have your pods attempt destroy the scavengersTAKE WHAT IS OURS.
>>39022324>Have your pods attempt destroy the scavengers
>>39022324>Have your pods attempt destroy the scavengers>Blink in reinforcements (write in)Send in as many as it takes to outnumber them by a little bit.We can't let these fuckers steal hive technology.Also, here's a picture of the scavs my friend made based on a very poor description I gave him.
>>3902235450 vanguard frigates teaming with 250 warriors, wasps, and colossi for boarding?
>>39022324>>Blink in reinforcements (write in)Guys, don't forget.>5 Heavy Cruisers>30 Vangaurd Frigates>20 Fleet Corvettes
>>390224212500*That was an important digit.We do have to get a Flicker Drive sample as well as stopping any salvage work here.
>engagingHere comes the low rolls.
>>39022324Question QD, Is it possible for one hive to make use of another hive's derelict hiveships or are they just good for scrap, albeit a LOT of scrap.
>>39022324>Blink in reinforcements (write in)50 Vanguard Frigates20 Fleet Corvettes2500 warriors, 2500 wasps, 20 Colossi. And enough advanced relays for every enemy ship, to be brought on board in case they try to FTL away and aren't destroyed.
>>39022480Ships are giant man-o-war collections of drones.Drones can't be hijacked by another queen.So logically you already have your answer.
>>39022480I assume if the Queen is gone but the drones survive, they might fall under the control of the first psionic signal directed to them.
>>39014645 >Autny's shipyards.Literally what? What location are you talking about?
Isn't Black Queen also our aunt or something?
>>39022324>>Have your pods attempt destroy the scavengers>>Blink in reinforcements (write in)20 Vanguard Frigates20 Fleet Corvettes
>>39022574I don't think that matters at the moment.You know, because she wiped out our race...
Reminder that the egglayer in the sewers is fucking adorable.
You know I just realized something. Remember that Gas Giant core we saw. I think that's what the old queens used to make their crystal ships with if studied it we could probably recreate it.
>>39022626Note to self: Have flies collect blood samples from local vermin, the Geminese equivalent of pigeons, rats, cats and dogs, and see about cloning hybrids of them.
>>39022626We need to feed it more snacks.
>>39022324>Blink in reinforcements20 Fleet corvettes50 Vanguard Frigates5 Heavy Cruisers>Y/N>Other>>39022480If the queens are related and the ship is still alive, then potentially, yes. otherwise, just used for scrap. In this situation, however, the ships have been dead for a long, long time, and are decomposed and partially petrified.
>>39022712>Y>Give the egglayer in the sewers a pack of chips
>>39022714We still have to wait for the chimera to cocoon and grow an egg sac, and then for it to lay bio-tanks on Gemini.So it'll be a few days before we can send in the clones.
>>39022712The enemy forces continue to move in to intercept, and as they close in your ships blink in around them.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 1 (1d100)>>39022792SHIT
Rolled 11 (1d100)>>39022792K
Rolled 1 (1d100)>>39022792LET JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL!
Rolled 29 (1d100)>>39022792
Rolled 86 (1d100)>>39022792
>>39022796...We dead.>>39022806Double dead.
>>39022796Oh noOH NO, I HAD A PREMONITION BEFORE I POSTED.I THOUGHT, WOULDN'T IT FUCKING SUCK IF I ROLLED A ONE.THEN I ROLLED A ONEI'M SO SORRY
>>39022796>>39022803>>39022806>not one, but four 1s
>>39022806>>39022796>>390228031, 11, 1...JESUS HAS ABANDONED US! MAYBE ITS BECAUSE WE DESECRATED A HOLY SPIRIT IN ANOTHER THREAD IN HIS NAME!
Rolled 99 (1d100)>>39022792
Quick! Someone write a huehuehue bad end!
>>39022470Wow>>39022792>>39022796>>39022806I totally fucking called that one.
Rolled 2 (1d10)Uhm... Questdrone... on a scale of one to ten how fucked are we? Rolling to check...
>>39022840Both too slow and not high enough.
Okay, so this effort was a wash. I'm automatically assuming every one of our ships got blammed. Hopefully they didn't trace us or anything. What's our next course of action?
Rolled 81 (1d100)>>39022672This is seriously a great idea.
>>39022796>>39022806Are these real? The only way it could get this bad is if the Black Queen showed up.
>>39022806>>39022796I Don't know what to say...>>39022840EVERY FUCKING TIME SOMETHING BAD HAPPENS, YOU EITHER CAUSE IT OR YOU WERE TOO LATE. WHY?
>>39022869don't fucking give him ideas.
>>39022869What if that orbital nuclear facility went off?
>>39022869>>39022887It's not a new idea. That's what the last critfail caused.
>>39022796>>39022806>>39022840Fluff my hatred for you right now could fuel a ion drive.
>>39022796>>39022806/tg/ dicenot even once
I for one never really liked this dice system. Hell I hate most quest dice systems
>>39022880>>39022914Then stop hating on me, so I might get a good roll in that counts.
>>39022796>>39022803>>39022806Sooner or later it catches up. Every single time.
>>39022860This is bad. We're down a significant chunk of our fleet now, and we're just about to face a likely extermination campaign from the Obsidian Queen. Outside of military assistance from our allies I'd say we're about fucked.
If this is how the quest dies I'm gonna be ripshit pissed.
We are going to be homeless after this is over.
>>39022966>Then stop hating on me, so I might get a good roll in that counts.I'll stop hating you when you stop being a shit.
>>39022860Our ships blink in and telefrag with our pods.Our own pods proceed to prematurely detonate in a chain reaction that consumes all of the ships that were just sent in except one, which just loses its ability to blink away and is raped by Scavengers in all its holes.
>>39022966Well then you fucking moron how about you stop rolling deliberately after the first three rolls? You're not accomplishing anything except sending the thread closer to the bump limit.Even better, stop rolling altogether.
>>39023028Stop arguing with yourself to push the thread past bump limit.
>>39023001>>39023021>>39023028Enjoy your crit fail karma then. All the results of this thread is not by my dice this time. It's your dice this time. But for tonight, I'll give you what you want. I'll zip it for this thread.
>>39022796>>39022803>>390228061 11 1, that has to give us some improbability bonus
>>39023244New research unlocked!>Improbability Drive
>>39022792Your ships enter space in a series of blinding flashes and open fire. Your weapons cover the shields of the Scavenger ships as the lead craft loose their spinal mounts. The streams of weapons fire quickly pass each other, filling space with shrapnel and invisible beams of energy. The shields of your own ships light up as they deflect the incoming fire, and the strike craft move out to swarm your fleet as the lead ships loose several slow missiles.After a short moment of exchanging fire with the smaller ships, the first salvo from the distant cruisers impact. You feel several of your corvettes blink out as the kinetic impacts tear through their hulls, and the shields of several of your frigates flicker and die as they are sent reeling from the impact. Their weapons pivot and swivel as they attempt to track the enemy, and their thrusters flair in an effort to right themselves as the strike craft slowly rip into their armored hulls. Your corvettes fill the space around them with explosive chitin and you watch small craft burst and flair into balls of flame.The next salvo hits, and you see more shields flicker. The emitters of others strain and melt under the pressure, and the flurry of cyclotrons from the corvettes and frigates burn away your ships. Several of the Scavenger ships are smeared across space as your cruisers slowly turn to face them, and your corvettes scatter to engage, their own hulls whittling down and filling with holes as they trail streams of blood and medical paste.Another salvo, this time met with your own as your cruisers return fire against the enemy lead ships. You watch as they are engulfed in the fires of your kinetic strikes, and then more of your own ships shatter from the impacts, and your cruisers blink out of your mind, replaced with five orbs of atomic fire blossoming in the center of your fleet. The remaining ships enter a frenzy.cont.
>>39023342We're gonna have to make some desperate plays to shake back from this in a timely manner. And by desperate I mean possibly do things that aren't necessarily RISKY, but stuff we don't wanna do.
>>39023342>That entire postSo this is what absolute despair feels like, huh?
>>39023363Like ask Theseus for any tech he has that speeds up space construction?
Hope I made it here in time.Probably not
>>39023437Just in time for us to burn.
>>39023404Stuff like that.
>>39023342You feel a sting of pain as a frigate impacts another ship, its hull piercing the shield and shattering the armor of a scavenger ship, splitting it in two while one of your corvettes is cracked open as a pair of Scavenger corvettes drift on either side, punching holes through the hull with their spinal mounts. Blood and bone mixes with steel and polymer, and eventually you see the remaining craft begin to retreat. They begin to accelerate away from what is left of your fleet and towards the blue giant in the distance.You have driven them off, but you are not sure if you would call it a victory.>Have your pods close in and detonate to stop their retreat>Have your remaining ships close in to press the attack>Allow them to retreat.Ships lost18 Fleet Corvettes33 Vanguard Frigates5 Heavy Cruisers
>>39023478>Ships lost>18 Fleet Corvettes>33 Vanguard Frigates>5 Heavy CruisersFUCKFUUUUCK
>>39023478>>Have your pods close in and detonate to stop their retreat
>>39023478>Allow them to retreat.We've taken enough losses this day.
>>39023478>Allow them to retreatWe really can't afford to pursue. This is a Pyrrhic Victory at best.We need to retreat, and shore up our defenses as best we can by whatever means possible before she launches a counter-offensive.
>Have your remaining ships close in to press the attackSend them all, after this I just want to kill the fuckers.
>>39023478>>Have your pods close in and detonate to stop their retreat>>Have your remaining ships close in to press the attackin that order
>>39023478>Have your pods close in and detonate to stop their retreatDo they really think we're going to let them off easily after that?
>>39023478>>Have your pods close in and detonate to stop their retreat>>Have your remaining ships close in to press the attack
You guys are too bloodthirsty for your own good.You're going to get the rest of our fleet in this system obliterated.
Not voting, but would recommend caution. Unless they have the location of one of our colonies.
>>39023478>Allow them to retreat.
>>39023553I highly doubt they are leaving the system empty handed. They probably have researched the blink drive or something and are bringing the data back to their armada.
>>39023478>Have your pods close in and detonate to stop their retreat>Have your remaining ships close in to press the attackPlease roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 53 (1d100)>>39023601
Rolled 96 (1d100)>>39023601ONE MORE ROLL! ONE MORE TO BRING IT ALL BACK BABY!
Rolled 84 (1d100)>>39023601
>>39023601For afterward:Get some ships out here to salvage our wrecks. They can probably be reincarnated into new vessels fairly handily.
Rolled 17 (1d100)>>39023601Oh god oh god oh god
>>39023618>96>ONE MORE ROLL! ONE MORE TO BRING IT ALL BACK BABY!You're a faggot but I'm impressed.
Rolled 15 (1d100)>>39023601
>>39023618...I cannot believe you right now.
>>39023478Jesus Christ. That's half of our Heavy Cruisers.
>>39023618Flicker Drive recovered?
>>39023618ALL HAIL SPIRAL POWER!https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VT6LFOIofRE
>>39023637>So this is faggot power, huh?
>>39023601You watch as the remaining hand full of enemy ships accelerate away, and you send your pods rocketing after them as your few remaining craft fire their spinal mounts. They are quickly engulfed in atomic fire and their hulls ruptured from weapons fire as particle beams and kinetic strikes alike tear into them. As the blinding streams of radiation subsides, you see only slag and chunks of hull.10 space pods detonated, 5,000 remaining.I think that's it for this thread, if you want to start any new construction or ship/drone orders now is the time. If you guys are up for a second thread I can set one up once we are about to drop off.
Let's get to work on repairing those losses.And HELL YES I am up for a second thread.
>>39023788Second thread please.If we don't already have ships in queue to replace the ones we just lost we should queue them up.I'd also like to try doing this>>39022672
>>39023788Because those ships were in a fleet they should automatically be set to be replenished, right?
>>39023788I'm up for a second thread.Also what's the sewer egglayers favorite snack?
>>39023788Have to get salvageable bits of scavenger ships on some luckier day then.Lay 100 psionic disruptors. We really need some on hand on our ships in case we need them.
>>39023788Can we start to convert some of those nutrients into metal so we can make more ships?
>>39023788Can we scavenge the rest of the builders shit? We probably won't get much but scrap, but there's always a chance we could get her blueprints out of one of the dead drones.
>>39023788I'd like to propose a vote to modify some designs:>Remove the Mandible from the Harvester design>Add Quantum brain to are Bio-tanks
>>39023788What would you say is the idea amount of harvesters we can have?
>>39023788>As the blinding streams of radiation subsides, you see only slag and chunks of hull.That's not a guarantee that none of them FTL'd away in the blinding light... is it?>>39023876There is no reason to do the second thing. Using separate Thinkers to control cloning projects is more flexible, since tanks aren't cloning 100% of the time. Thinkers can switch between contributing to research and running cloning projects as they're needed.
>>39023788Second thread get!
>>39023788We have a disproportionately low number of Colossi compared to warriors and wasps.Up the number of Colossi to 1000, and up the number of wasps to 5000.
>>39023788>Bigger space mining operation! At least double the current size!
>>39023788Shouldn't we have a Pod at A-295? It was sent there a long time ago.Same with Tannhauser, we've had one there since it was called FG-883.
>>39023788We need at least 1000 more sub capital ships but I don't know what kind we should get.
>>39023788Can we replenish our fleet to double the current size? Because it seems all our ships get destroyed instantly after a 1.
I just remembered. I know we're pretty busy and all trying to not get rekt by OQ, but I'm hoping that we get to see what that nat 100 for Elizabeth was this thread. Priorities, though.
>>39023788For our aquatic environments we need new drones with the hydrodynamic chassis so they're actually good at swimming.Like a Fly equivalent. Lay 200 of these on Huron:MinnowSight: Basic 0Olfactory: Advanced 2NAcoustic: Advanced 2NRadio: Advanced 6N 3MEM: Advanced 3N 2MPsionic: Basic 0Legs: Sprint 1N (Fins)Carapace: Adaptive camouflage 8NCarapace: Mimetic skin 2NChassis: Hydrodynamic 2N 5MUtility: Gills 4NUtility: Tail 6N Utility: Acid glands 1NSize: SmallCost: 9N 2MAnd an electric eel kinda thing, like underwater wasps:Sight: Basic 0Olfactory: Basic 0Acoustic: Advanced 2NPsionic: Basic 0Mandible: Combat 1NArms: Strength 1NBlade: Combat 1NLegs: Sprint 1NCarapace: Bio-electrical 8N 15MChassis: Hydrodynamic 2N 5MUtility: Gills 4NUtility: Acid glands 1NUtility: Tail 6NSize: MediumCost: 27N 20M
>>39023975She didn't get possesed by evil bullshit is my guess.
>>39023978...This requires turning one of the workers on Huron into an egg layer, which is also definitely something that should be done.
>>39023788500 Vanguard Frigates100 Heavy Fleet Cruiser200 Fleet Corvettes100 Patrol Corvettes200 Mining corvettesThere that should occupy the currently empty docks.
>>39023833Supporting, psionic disruptors are a thing we really ought to invest in, but only if there are quantum thinkers wired into every ship. Actually, they only cost, what, 8N? Why don't we just include them as default part of our ship designs?>>39023921Supporting the bit with the Colossi, how much would it cost to equip them with gun ports?
>>39023788Setting up the next thread. General consensus seems to be in favor of replenishing lost ships.Feel free to vote on and discuss other plans while I set up the OP. You still have a lot of ships not in fleets as well.>>39023975A part of that was the newly unlocked tech Advanced Psionics, but yes, hopefully we will get to that.>>39023902You appear to have prevented them from escaping, yes.>>39023891The film harvesters? Probably a few thousand spread across the shores of every ocean. You could probably have a lot more, but it would start to run the risk of harming the film's ability to grow back over time.
>>39024066Can we also have a vote for what drones to put into hibernation?
>>39024066Then we could probably fit, say, 3500 more Harvesters and stay sustainable.
>>39023813We can't even start to do that until we lay bio-tanks in Gemini sewers, ideally gilled so they can stay under the water, so it's not a concern right now.>>39023997We should definitely make a Huron egglayer.
So is every space battle we involve ourselves in just high velocity spaghetti spilling?
>>39024066Then lets lay the maximum amount of harvesters that sustainability will allow.
>>39024122No, sometimes we actually do alright through and through.
>>39024066>Turn a worker into an egg layer on Huron>Build more Film Harvester docks (write in)>Place drones in hibernation (requires a day of no activity and full upkeep to hibernate, after which the drone has no upkeep cost. Waking from hibernation likewise requires a full day of full upkeep before the drone can be used.)>Other
>>39024087I don't think hibernating is a real concern right now until there's actual nutrient scarcity.Like if we ship drones in the mail or something.
Bioarcheology on the space station and studying what remains of the enemy ships, here we come. Woohoo!New design for Aquatic Drones because those need an update.Sight: Basic 0NOlfactory: Basic 0NAcoustic: Moderate 1NPsionic: Basic 0NMandible: Construction 1NTool: Tool 1NArm/graspers: Dexterity 1NWings: Basic Glider 1NGills 4NTail 6NCarapace: Basic 0NChassis: Hydrodynamic 2N5M17N5MThis is my first time submitting a drone design.
>>39024146>>Turn a worker into an egg layer on Huron>>Build more Film Harvester docks (maximum amount of harvesters that sustainability will allow)>>Remove Mandible from Harvester design
>>39024146>Turn a worker into an egg layer on HuronLet's not put drones in hibernation, at the rate we're going I don't think nutrients are a problem, plus with the black queen being silent I don't think we can afford to take a nap.
>>39024146>Turn a worker into an egg layer on HuronAnd 3500 new harvesters.And these things:>>39023833>>39023921>>39023949>>39024044
>>39024153Hibernating drones are basically a military reserve.
>>39024146>Turn a worker into an egg layer on Huron>Build more Film Harvester docks>OtherIn case we run into the Ceph... something designed to counter a large number of small strikecraft like Void Cutters.Swarm CorvetteHull: CorvetteSpinal(x0): n/aFixed: Ion CannonTurret: Cyclotron Particle BeamAuxiliary: Auto CannonArmor: Standard Utility: Rapid Damage Control 15N 20MUtility: Cloaking field 50N 150MUtility: Spinal hangar x1 3600N 1800MModule: Swarm launcher 400N 200MModule: Swarm launcher 400N 200MTotal: 4865N 3340MUpkeep: 2432NLike 100 of these.
>>39024210That means nothing. They'll be useless for a day while they come out of hibernation, best to keep them all alive as long as we can afford it.
>>39024146>Turn a worker into an egg layer on Huron>Build more Film Harvester docks (maximum amount of harvesters that sustainability will allow)>Remove Mandible from Harvester designSeconding this >>39024172>>39024160Sounds good. I think we should lay 100 of those. Also seconding 100 of >>39024212
>>39024146>>Other>Create 50 advanced psionic jammers>Add quantum thinkers to ever ship, and add them to every ship design
>>39024238>Add quantum thinkers to ever ship, and add them to every ship designFor what purpose?
>>39024146>Make an egg layer on Huron>Build more harvestersseems to be the consensus.Additional options:>Increase colossi to 1000 and wasps to 5000>Salvage the remains in the Wonder system>Add to build queue500 Vanguard Frigates100 Heavy Fleet Cruiser200 Fleet Corvettes100 Patrol Corvettes200 Mining corvettes
>>39024225>They'll be useless for a day while they come out of hibernationAnd that's a problem how? Most of them we don't even use.
>>39024160Seconding>Create 50 advanced psionic jammers>Add quantum thinkers to ever ship, and add them to every ship design
>>39024212Why doesn't it have any spinal mount?
>>39024146Get some of the Raligha natives into Bio-tanks for Science.
>>39024259It would allow the ships to remain fully capable and autonomous even if they're subjected to psionic jamming.
>>39024267Replaced with the spinal hangar filled with swarm hangars.You won't get the chance to orient the ship to aim at small agile targets like that with a spinal mount usually anyway.>>39024260>Increase colossi to 1000 and wasps to 5000>Add to build queueWe were gonna lay 50 or 100 psi disruptors too.
>>39024260I agree with all of these.>>39024261They'll be useless for a day while they come out of hibernationHow do you not see the problem with this? If we need to take the drones out of hibernation, it's probably because they're under attack. They need to be awake.
>>39024260And increase the number of Biotanks to 1000
>>39024285Technically ships are already kinda like that. Semi autonomous.Remember the one time the hive got psionic jammed? The ships were still active, and told us what it was like being cut off.
>>39024285Don't ALL drones go batshit if they lose their connection to us? No matter what they're going to be lost and confused.
>>39024260Yes to allWe should also lay 50 psi disruptors. Better to have them laying around and ready to use than to need them and not have them.
>>39024260Add placing some of the Raligha natives into Bio-tanks for Science.
>>39024306They don't go batshit, they go comatose.Ships are different. They're advanced and semi autonomous collection of drones.
>>39024296>How do you not see the problem with this?Most of them we don't even use and if we are attacked by the Black queen we won't have the chance to use the drones anyway.
>>39024260>All of the above>Create 50 advanced psionic jammers>Add quantum thinkers to ever ship, and add them to every ship design
>>39024322So all of our drones are worthless and we should just get rid of them right?
>>39024260Oh, QD, you forgot to add the ongoing cloning project of the 100 hybrids in the copypasta still. That is happening right?In which case we need to lay 100 parasites to implant inside every hybrid. Just in case they want to chimerize later, and it has the bonus of regeneration medical paste.
>>39024344Wasn't it 100 Skyl? Why would we put parasites in them?
>>39024322Yeah, but the question is either laying new drones which takes two or three days, versus taking one day taking them out of hibernation, versus 0 days if we just keep them around as is.Hibernation recovery just isn't fast enough to justify, since we don't know how sudden future needs for them might occur.
>>39024305Yes, but it had no idea what to do without us giving it explicit orders. It just sat there within the jamming zone pissing itself, and likely would have continued to do so until it received a command from us to do otherwise.That's the big advantage of quantum thinkers. They still require our commands for guidance, but are capable of lateral thinking if cut off from us. Instead of just waiting around for us to get to them it will think 'how do I best please Mother in this circumstance' and attempt to do so without being prompted.
>>39024260Okay, this should be the last vote before the next thread.>lay 50 Psionic disruptions>Increase bio-tanks to 1000>Collect several Railighans for study>Other>>39024344Yes, I just forgot to add in some things to the op stuff. My bad, but it is happening.
>>39024359Normal thinkers will do that if we just tell them to do X in case of Y.
>>39024260Seconding this. It could really save our bacon in the future. And frankly its not a large addition to the current cost of ships anyway so better to be safe than sorry. >Add quantum thinkers to every ship, and add them to every ship design
>>39024369>>lay 50 Psionic disruptions>>Increase bio-tanks to 1000>>Collect several Railighans for studySure. Just dose the Ralighans with Nepenthe to give them the proper religious experience of not being able to remember what the fuck.
>>39024369>lay 50 Psionic disruptions>Increase bio-tanks to 1000>Collect several Railighans for studyAll of these are good.
>>39024334>So all of our drones are worthless and we should just get rid of them right?Way to twist my words anon. The only threat that could catch us off is the Black Queen and the Cephs everyone else we could see coming a day in advance.>>39024344>That is happening right?Nope.
>>39024369>>lay 50 Psionic disruptions>>Increase bio-tanks to 1000>>Collect several Railighans for study>>Add quantum thinkers to every ship, and add them to every ship design
>>39024369>>lay 50 Psionic disruptions>>Increase bio-tanks to 1000>>Collect several Railighans for study>>Other>Add quantum thinkers to every ship, and add them to every ship design
>>39024369>lay 50 Psionic disruptions>Increase bio-tanks to 1000>Collect several Railighans for studyYesI also agree with doing adding thinkers to our ships for the reasons pointed out here >>39024378
>>39024395>>39024394>>39024388We don't need quantum thinkers on every ship, normal thinkers will do just fine. All we need to do is give them a set of instructions on what to do.
>>39024352To monitor their health and how their society develops in a vacuum.But wasn't talking about Skyl clones. Was referring to the human hybrids, so that they can be cocooned at any time we choose.
>>39024369Alright, looks like all of those are confirmed too, as well as there appears to be a good amount of support for adding quantum brains to all ships. At the moment it is standard to equip all ships with a relay, would you like to adjust that, or add both a relay and thinker to every ship?
>>39024417Think they meant both, since it's an "in case of jamming break glass" measure.
>>39024371Normal thinkers can only follow commands to the letter, and simply sit and wait until they receive new ones. Like Heretic spending 70,000 years waiting for refugees that were all already dead. Quantum thinkers can adapt, and think up new ways to fulfill our orders when cut off from us. They are significantly better equipped for independent action in the event of psionic jamming.
>>39024417A normal thinker will work fine.>>39024414The health thing makes sense, but why do they need to develop a society? They should have no personality or desires other than what we tell them to do.
>>39024417Both. For the amount of nutrients it costs, it's well worth it.
>>39024417Both, its a relatively cheap failsafe device.
>>39024417Right, so then it's>Add quantum thinker to all ships>Add standard thinker to all ships>Keep current standard>Other
>>39024433That's why we give them the instructions, stuff like "In the event of X, do Y until Z happens." They'll operate fine under those orders.>>39024454>Add standard thinker to all ships
>>39024454>>Add quantum thinker to all shipsAutonomy and the capacity for independent action is literally the biggest advantage of a quantum brain.
>>39024454>>Add quantum thinker to all ships
>>39024454>Add quantum thinker to all shipsWe're at too many votes already, but it occurs to me we should send the Clarke to scout for Deep Song's coordinates later, since it can't run out of fuel unlike a blink drive.
>>39024454>>Add quantum thinker to most important ships in a fleet>>Add standard thinker to all other ships in a fleet
>>39024454>>Add quantum thinker to all shipsgotta sleep now, don't get us killed while i'm gone
>>39024460Stardard thinkers operate under a penalty when not working with a queen.
>>39024460And what happens if something unexpected happens, or we get jammed in a situation we weren't prepared for it, or expect the ship to pursue an objective of any kind while under the effects of jamming? The quantum thinker is better equipped for all of those scenarios. It's simply better at acting like an individual on it's own, it's right there in the pastebin.
>>39024474Nobody, not even the Ceph, have the foggiest idea where in three dimensional space that is. Not even the general direction.The phrase needle in a haystack doesn't do it justice.
>>39024454QD, I just felt I had to say. Thank you. Seriously. You have done an insanely impressive job in creating this setting and building such a robust creation system and research tree. I am continually amazing at the ever growing complexity and immense creativity you show and incredibly grateful that you spend all this time to bring us all such enjoyment. Thanks QD. Your hard work is really really appreciated.
>>39024461There was also an idea just to borrow a few million credits from Theseus to buy a freighter for the set up bank account and sell shit plan, just to be extra paranoid instead of using the Clarke.>>38747108But we'll probably end up using the Clarke anyway.
>>39024483>>39024484I suppose that's a good point... How about this?>Add quantum thinker to all ships>Add standard thinker to all shipsKeep the standard thinker there to overide the quantum thinker if it does something too autistic. My main problem with letting the quantum thinker's was that they were designed to be autistic, so I thought at one point they would try out an idea they thought was great, but was actually really retarded.
>>39024511Deep Song is the Valen bank anon. Not the nameless Ceph homeworld.Also Valen smugglers smuggle to and from it with Hyper Gates, so some people must know the homeworld's coordinates to do that.
>>39024518I don't know where you're getting this idea that they're autistic at all, they're significantly less autistic than normal thinkers.
>>39024559>assembling input in ways that would seem absurd or illogical at first, guided more by intuition, guesswork, and curiosityThey will often make their own tasks and goals when left to their own devicesI'm just worried they'll do something really retarded when they get disconnected from us.
>>39024433>to the letter>simply sit and waitThey're not complete retards, anon. If they don't have orders they'll attempt to find us and get orders. They also won't attempt to do something repeatedly if shit isn't working.Quantum thinkers do have a weakness that you have to keep in mind: They argue. If we equipped every ship with one, our individual ship prowess might be improved, but they'd argue on how to carry out fleet-scale orders.Quantums on our command/flag ships and standards everywhere else is the way to go.
>>39024369I think we should re-brand our parasites as symbotes and never refer to them as parasites again. Better for PR.
>>39024591There is only one constant in The Hive."WE DO THING FOR MOTHER!"
>>39024532Well, wait. With the use of what looks like a small hyper gate on Ceph homeworld, it's possible they only know a rendesvous point.>>37033972> a decently sized chamber. Wires and power conduits flow into a device in the center of the room. "The other side will be dry, hold your breath and wait.">The device hums with energy, and a sphere of darkness grows in the center. It draws in the water around it and he can feel himself being pulled in. The contact has strapped himself to a console, and Coil passes by in a panic of thrashing tentacles and vibrant color flashes. He falls into the sphere and there is nothing-Which would mean at some point, a long time ago, Ceph criminals managed to get offworld and trade with the Valen for a hypergate that they then smuggled back to their world. But didn't necessarily tell them where it was. And so they just use a rendesvous point to teleport to and from it without void shards.>>39024596We talk about them to literally nobody.
>>39024596They actually are more or less symbiotes, they only "really" count as parasites because they are our hijacker unit.
>>39024596No. There is no Symbiote, only Parasites.
>>39024608>We talk about them to literally nobody.At some point we are going to have to. Would be better if we start thinking about them as symbiotes now to make things smooth later.
>>39024595>Quantum thinkers do have a weakness that you have to keep in mind: They argue.>Implying that's a weakness.Theseus argues with himself all the fucking time.
>>39024626No. We're not changing their name just because you feel uncomfortable.
Would Elizabeth be able to help us design an organic body with a quantum brain for a Theseus instance?
>>39024626>At some point we are going toNo we aren't.
>>39024454>Add Quantum thinker to all shipsSeems to be the general consensus. Ships cut off from your mental connection will attempt to complete their current given task, and will return upon completion. Due to the individual capacity of free thought Quantum brains posses, they may adjust or bend the instructions given in order to more effectively perform their duty, or in the event that their task becomes impossible.>>39024515Thank you, that means a lot.>>39024646New thread's up.
>>39024647That sounds stupid as hell.
>>39024631Yes but he agrees with himself at some point. Quantum thinkers never agree with themselves, ever.>>39024647We would never need to do that.
>>39024642When it bites us in the ass later you'll be sorry.
>>39024631But Theseus isn't 200% autism by design. He can accept he's wrong without having to be browbeaten by others.You're essentially saying that because well adjusted, open minded adults can argue to a resolution about a course of action, that autistic dog-intellect alien brains can do the same.
>>39024671Why would it bite us in the ass? We're never going to tell them about the parasites.
>>39024690Even if we have to, we just refer to them as "our beautiful children."