What remains of your forces in the system blink away for repairs while idle corvettes move in to salvage the wreckage and assess the remnants of the ancient shipyard. Your pods continue to scout the region, scouting through the densely populated systems of the Obsidian Queen. Her forces are far more numerous then you had anticipated, and her industrial base is far greater than your own. Even worse, your costly victory against the Scavengers, while denying them the salvage of the Builder’s ships, has depleted your own fleet considerably. You only hope that your technological advantage can compensate for the sheer numbers your opponent possesses, at least until you can grow your own fleet to match.Your docking pylons quickly fill with the skeletons of new ships, and workers scramble over the bleeding husks of damaged craft in a desperate attempt to repair them before any new invasion can arrive. Your allies remain on high alert, and their ships patrol the nearby systems in anticipation for the worst.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
We really need to start ramping up our production of warships and infrastructure.We haven't even built a solar array yet!
>>39024687Also we should have our hive creep look like marmite rather than vegemite, to maintain superiority.
>>39024704I kinda imagined our Hive creep to be a weird mix between Zerg Creep, Tyranid Bio-formation, and the RedLight biomass from Prototype, for that sweet-ass almost-bioluminescence.
>>39024753It also tastes better.Truly she is perfection personified.
What's Marmite? I come from Lyleland so I've only heard of Vegemite.
>>39024804It's basically the same thing, but superior in every way.
>>39024646FarcastYour pods drift into the dim light of the red dwarf as they blink across the system, quickly observing it from every angle. Further out near the edge of the system is a pair of small objects, both located at their opposed lagrange points. Each one is a small organic structure of hive origin in the appearance of an oblong ball covered in long, wispy antennae. They give off no signals, are clearly long dead with wounds and open gashes across their ovoid hulls.Further in is a single, barren planet. Shattered hive spires cover the surface, all of them built in the signature architecture of the White Queen. Defensive bunkers cover the surface, crumbled and forgotten. There is a hint of an atmosphere, but it lacks any breathable air, and the planet lacks any sign of a molten core or magnetic field. The few hives across the planet that lack any sign of bombardment have been detonated from within with their structures bent up and outwards like massive flower pedals frozen in time.You detect no signs of life.>Send a scouting swarm to the surface to search the ruins>Leave the system>Other
>>39024815>Send a scouting swarm to the surface to search the ruinsTime to reclaim our birthright.
>>39024815>>Send a scouting swarm to the surface to search the ruins
White queen still alive?
>>39024868Mom is dead as hell mang.
>>39024868No, She's fucking dead.
>>39024815>Send a scouting swarm to the surface to search the ruins
>>39024815>>Send a scouting swarm to the surface to search the ruins>>39024868If our mom is still alive, she's officially harder to kill than Dracula.
>>39024875You're fucking dead!>tfw we will never know our mother
>>39024815>Send a scouting swarm to the surface to search the ruinsBioarcheology!
>>39024886We do our mother, she's that stain on the broken flagship.
>>39024815You quickly have several corvettes filled with your drones and have them sent to the surface. There are few landing zones to choose from, but your corvettes descend upon several of the detonated hives and touch down on the delicate looking petals of glassed slag. Your drones disembark and make their way into the twisted ruins. The tunnels seem to dive bellow the surface for miles.Please roll 1d100, best of 3 to search.
Rolled 77 (1d100)>>39024909
Rolled 34 (1d100)>>39024909
Rolled 18 (1d100)>>39024909
>>39024909Your flies swarm through the tunnels as your drones follow. The tunnels twist and spiral downward, opening out to the likely source of the blast, a massive bowl of melted slag and petrified remains. Several tunnels move out from the central chamber and flow even deeper beneath the crust, twisting and turning in on itself for kilometers until the walls are no longer scorched. The petrified hive walls grow softer, and the air becomes more humid.Even for your drones, it is an exhausting march for hours, but your flies continue to investigate the strangely preserved tunnels. The hall tapers until it is hardly large enough for a worker, and then quickly opens to a small chamber. There is no light, but as your first fly breaches the room, you can feel something.There is a thought. Distant, and faint, but it is there.In the center of the room is a single thinker, frozen in place with a thick cocoon of mucus layered over it. It pulses with life, as if gasping from holding its breath, and you feel it's thoughts slowly flail about clumsily as it seeks its queen.It's mind latches to you, instead."New Queen!" It shouts. Keep safe for new Queen! Done well!"You feel a surge of thought pulse out from the small drone, and the depths of the planet begin to stir, and you can feel the thinker call out to you with its mind open. It's last memory, of an immaculate white queen upon her throne. She is tired, and angry."My daughter..." She says, "kill her for me."The thinker's pulse of thought is slowly returned by others. Reports from infrastructure, the murmuring of ventilation ducts and the whispers of storage tanks. The silence is slowly filled with the sound of a hive's thoughts. They reach out to you."Mother is dead." They say, "Do thing for new Queen!"cont.
>>39025084>"My daughter..." She says, "kill her for me."KILL THING FOR MOTHER!
>>39025084Cool, another thinker. Can it pass on what it knows to us?
>>39025084Our mother is fucking awesome.
>>39025084Yes my Queen
>>39025084We have found our lost siblings, and our mother's final gift to us.We shall use them to fulfill her last wishes. For vengeance
>>39025084>"My daughter..." She says, "kill her for me."I thought this sounded like a really sinister and shocking twist.But now I see how you can read it as a direct address, instead of referring to a daughter in third person that she wants killed. Now it makes more sense. Duh.
>>39025084This is even more hype than Hivestar Remina.
>>39025084You can hardly believe it, something good happening for once. You take account of the new forces. They seem to include a sizable nutrient reserve to tide them over, although there does not appear to be any source of income on the planet. The hive itself is small, little more then a vault, with no real infrastructure other then storage tanks and chambers of dormant drones. They slowly wake from their sleep, and the tanks begin to pump nutrient paste back to the surface as access tunnels and cargo ramps open up into the blown-out husks of the surface hives.+2,000,000N+5,000 Workers+50,000 Warriors+25,000 Wasps+2,000 Colossi+1 Thinker>Retrieve the drones and resources and take them back to your hive>Lay and send an egg layer and re-settle the planet (unknown resource levels)>Recycle some excess drones (write in)>Other
>>39025193>Lay and send an egg layer and re-settle the planet (unknown resource levels)
>>39025193>>OtherDoes the Thinker know any tech it can share with us?
>>39025193>>Lay and send an egg layer and re-settle the planet (unknown resource levels)>>39025209This
>>39025193>>Turn one drone into a Egg Layer and re-settle the planet (unknown resource levels)
>>39025084Awesome. Hype. So what are all new goodies we get? We really should do more exploring, so much awesome stuff everywhere.
>>39025193>Lay and send an egg layer and re-settle the planet (unknown resource levels)>Build some farms or solar collectors there.>Update their biotech with yours.>>39025209This too.
>>39025193>>Retrieve the drones and resources and take them back to your hive>>Lay and send an egg layer and re-settle the planet (unknown resource levels)Both keep some here and take some back with us. Free planet niggas.
I just remembered early on we encountered this liquid creature somewhere in a nearby system. Did we do anything with it? Anyone else remember it?
>>39025232We researched it, it gave us the liquid metal shit.
>>39025193>>Retrieve the drones and resources and take them back to your hiveBring the bulk of the fighting force back to Leeland>>Lay and send an egg layer and re-settle the planet (unknown resource levels)>>Check the thinker for any tech notes.
>>39025193Can we lay a new Queen and send her there to take over our interests in that area?
>>39025232That was planet a-295 I believe, and that's where we got the rapid repair utility for our ships. Wonder how much biomass we could get out of those guys with over harvest.
>>39025260No, that's retarded.
>>39025281>>39025287There will never be a more perfect time to lay a new queen.
>>39025290That's because all times to make one are equally retarded. Save it for the epilogue.
>>39025290Yes there will: when the Obsidian Queen has been dealt with.
>>39025290That's because all the other times have been retarded as well.
>>39025290After the war would be the perfect time.
>>39025235>>39025283Ah, I somehow missed that. So it wasn't some alien species.
>>39025290You mean, aside from when we have succeeded in killing the Obsidian Queen, our own territory is actually secure, and we have made our existence known to Union? Yeah this is fine a time to have kids, what with the whole OQ about to kick our shit in and throw everything she has at us in a war of mutually assured genocide. Idiot.
>>39025260No. We already discussed this many times already. The consensus was always no. Stop asking already.
>>39025320Our kids will help us win, being born now will make them strong, and when we do win we will be more secure in our power. Having them when there is nothing left to do will make them just be spoiled and stupid.
>>39025084Does anyone else feel really, REALLY touched that The White Queen (Mum) believed in her last daughter so much that she built a fucking Hive/Vault on a completely isolated world JUST so she could tell us to eradicate the bitch that killed her?Best Mom.I vote we should start changing certain areas of our carapace to white (Both to accentuate our own Red, and to honor Mother, and so the Black Queen knows for Absolute-Certain just WHO is going to wipe her out.)
>>39025333That is retarded, we've discussed this multiple times. The idea is retarded we're not doing it.
>>39025333It's not that we wouldn't trust our Children, who would definitely be Blue, Green, and Yellow in order of birth, it's just that we don't want to deal with any sibling Star-System Spanning wardisputes utilizing valuable resources while we have such a Threat as the Black Queen around.Afterwards is a different story.
>>39025341I felt some feels, I'm not crying, but I'm teariing up a bit.
>>39025341What are you even saying? There's no "believing" in you in handing you a bunch of weapons and saying to avenge your death. After a year of leaving you in the dark on what is even going on in the universe.
I had a quick though. Is it possible for us (the queen) to transfer our consciousness like theseus? Because if we could, we could make pseudoqueens on all our worlds that are basically super specialized thinkers, and if our true body is ever attacked we could just transfer our will to the other bodies.
>>39025333A queen is not any more productive than an egg layer. Or an autonomous base like we had on Raligna.Except those can't get rebellious teen phase and are perfectly synced with the hive rather than having to coordinate through diplomatic communication and hope they do what we want.
>>39025341I thought we actually were mostly white with red highlights due to our diet of red algae. And yes I thought it was amazing.
>>39025373We are not color coding our children. That's not how it works.
>>39025333There are so many flaws in that line of reasoning I don't even know where to start.
>>39025391I personally thought we were a Hiver/Formick version of Elesh Norn but without the flayed-skin.
>>39025341I'm partial to a distinctive candy cane peppermint stripe pattern myself.
>>39025333There is no overwhelming benefit to birthing a new Queen. She could marginally do better overseeing a hive or strategizing, but since we have relays and quantum thinkers that benefit is effectively net zero. Every time this topic comes up, it is downvoted by the majority. Either come up with tangible reasons we should dump so many resources into essentially an unnecessary side character or shut the fuck up about it already.>>39025341Our carapace is already mostly white with red accentuations.
>>39025193>Lay and send an egg layer to re-settle the planetYou probe the thinker's memory as it connects more firmly with your network. You technological advancements make communication with the rest of your hive awkward at first, but the drones are quick to integrate.The thinker opens its mind and pours over what little it remembers. The vault bellow the hives was dug out and filled with dormant drones, with nutrient stores filled to last for centuries. The thinker was given the simplest of orders: wait for a familiar queen, pass on its instructions, and awaken the hive. As the thinker settled in and watched the drones enter their sleep, the hives above detonated as the fleets in orbit vanished, recalled to a distant battle.You search through its mind for any research, and while the White Queen knew much, very little appears to have trickled down to this thinker. Its understanding of memory crystals is decent, it is even aware of the liquid carbon pools you discovered, although your mother never managed to finish the research before fleeing from this world. You compare your own technology to what the thinker knows of your mother's and yours is by far superior in most respects, with your own technology base having been greatly boosted by your study of other races.There is also something else, a locked memory, forced to be forgotten and cleansed from consciousnesses. The thinker resists the attempt to search through the memory.>Persist in your attempt to recall the information>Leave it alone>Other
>>39025392Well, we don't have Names, or at least we haven't seen evidence of us having names, unless I'm completely misremembering the Memory-crystal scene, and the players are only human, so we need SOME way to differentiate between them, so why not color?Mind you, I'm against determining their color, but if they were to pick up a color or other physical change due to certain adaptations whatever world they pick as their own makes to them, why not use it?
>>39025421>Leave it aloneIt's either Black Crystal contamination, or it's a situational thing that Mother left to be found when triggered correctly.
>>39025421>Leave it alone
>>39025421>Persist in your attempt to recall the information
>>39025421>Leave it aloneTry to bring back the thinker so we can get other thinkers or Elizabeth to tinker with it. It might have safeguards if we try to persist in recalling the info.
>>39025421>Persist in your attempt to recall the informationBut do it at a later date.
>>39025421>>Persist in your attempt to recall the information
>>39025421>>Persist in your attempt to recall the informationeven if we have to fry it
>>39025444Reminds me of the Angel of Death from Hellboy 2 to be honest....Oh god that's what our Siren-headed Drones look like isn't it?
>>39025455Yes, we must design it to look like that.
>>39025444>Red Queen in a Nun HabitOh god my dick.
>>39025421>Leave it aloneFor now.
>>39025461I am perfectly okay with this.Fits right in with all the Bodyhorror our Chimera soldiers have going on.
>>39025421>>Persist in your attempt to recall the informationHave our original pilot thinker try to connect with him, perhaps?
>>39025421>>Persist in your attempt to recall the informationYeah, mother also didn't want us returning to the Cradle, but we decided it was worth the risk, and it paid off. We've come further than mother could have anticipated, and we need every scrap of information we can gather about her.
>>39025421>Leave it aloneFor now at least, as >>39025440 said bring it back for Elizabeth and us to tinker with later. We don't want to risk the information now by brute forcing it.
>>39025421>Persist in your attempt to recall the informationKnowledge is power.
>>39025421>>Leave it alone
>>39025421>Leave it aloneYou decide it best to leave the memory buried for now. The drones are quickly picked up and ferried to your other hives, distributing them as needed as the workers begin to repair and rebuild the hive structure across the surface.cont.
>>39025479>>39025482>>39025483If this contains information about the cannon it may draw the attention of the Crystals.
>>39025514QD I count the vote at the time of that post as 9 in favor and 8 against persisting. Even with >>39025517 that's still a tie.
>>39025518I've noticed a pattern, that the Void Crystals themselves only send out their "combat blob" whenever someone is testing out or is about to test out a psionic cannon.
>>39025530I count the same. It might be different depending on when you cut off the vote though...
>>39025534They sent it out once. There's no pattern if it's only once.
>>39025534Yes, the queens were keenly aware of this and only test fired when prepared for a full assault. If Elizabeth's theories on them are correct, the crystals are actually a third dimensional manifestation/extension of higher planed being. In other words, firing the cannon (and thus destroying the crystal ammunition) is akin to partially dismembering the being behind all this shit. It makes them bleed.
>>39025545>Once when the Builder tried out her failed prototype>Again during mom's last standAnon please
>>39025561Wait, that was the void god?
>>39025582That was the OQ, followed by the Ceph, who were in turn followed by some sort of incarnation of the void god itself.Our mother sure as shit didn't didn't go out quietly.
>>39025582>>36076047>Finally, you sense space open before you, and an elongated ovoid of reflective metal emerges. The surface ripples like water. You finally have their attention. You must be more of a nuisance than you anticipated.Thread 29.2>>39017674>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.Last thread
>>39025602So the void god is basically Anti-Spiral with crystals all over him, right? Because otherwise my art is super inaccurate.
>>39025630We ain't got a foggiest idea of what it actually is, only that it1)Shits out crystals to take control of races2)Barfs out a planet-sized T1000 if shit gets serious
>>39025582>>39025602There is no reason to call the Planet Eater "void god."Because you're making the optimistic that there's only one of it. Instead of possibly more than one serving the crystals.
>>39025673Why would you assume that I thought there was only one Void god?
>>39025514As your ships ferry your new drones to their new posts your patrol ships continue to monitor your space, as well as your allies. Hours pass, and as the day goes on you suspect your brash and aggressive reconnaissance may have scared her off for the time being.Your patrol craft detect an anomaly appear several light-hours from Raligha's orbit, shattering your hopes for your good luck to continue.Your patrol ships intercept the scouts, and they are not scouts. Your ship's blink places it within visual range of a battleship, its fleet filled with corvettes covered in auto cannons as layers of swarm drones ripple over it like armor. They open fire, and your patrol corvette jinks as a stream of chitin slugs slam against it. It shifts its position and manages to blink away as the swarmers reach out like a claw after your ship.You can count a single battleship flanked by seventy corvettes that appear to be dedicated to point defense from your inspection, at least a dozen frigates, and four cruisers. A pair of battlecruisers drift along the sides of the battleship covered in swarm drones, and you suspect they are carriers in design.>Intercept the fleet with your own ships (write in)>Reinforce Raligha orbit and have your ships enter low orbit and hold position>Reinforce Raligha orbit and have your ships spread out in high orbit>OtherYou send a quick ping to your allies, and you can detect Heretic and Theseus both begin to mobilize a response fleet.>>39025530By the time I finished writing a few more votes came in an swung it, then tied it again. Either way it's close.Since this is a vote of "do the thing" or "don't do the thing" I'll consider a tie to be "don't do the thing", since you can elect to do it later any time, but if you did it now, you wouldn't ever be able to undo it.
>>39025681>Intercept the fleet with your own ships (write in)>Reinforce Raligha orbit and have your ships enter low orbit and hold position>Reinforce Raligha orbit and have your ships spread out in high orbitFire every gun we have.
>>39025681>>Reinforce Raligha orbit and have your ships spread out in high orbitTime to put our missile defence network to use.>>Contact your allies and request military assistance
>>39025681>>Reinforce Raligha orbit and have your ships spread out in high orbitLow orbit is bad and limits our movement,we can always rebuild Raligha again assuming they dont use immolators.>Have a task force of 5 cruisers and 20 corvettes for PD focus on each enemy battlecruiser
>>39025681Will they begin an assault on Leeland while we're intercepting this one, though. Might not want to commit everything.>write inBlink in by Raligha, cloak, then intercept them with the cloaked units to fire the plasma lances to destroy them.
>>39025681Oh and I'd like to add to my vote here>>39025710>Intercept the fleet with your own ships (write in)500 stealth pods to intercept them and wear down the fleet.
>>39025666Sp I can keep drawing him as Anti-Spiral? Because I really like drawing it as Anti-Spiral.
I feel like we're not using our stealthed ships enough. Unless the stealth system itself is unsuited to protracted battle, but we should at least see wolfpacks of frigates getting close to enemy ships and hosing them down in plasma fire in an alpha strike.
>>39025725Leeland should be well hidden and shrouded. Raligha was the obvious choice for investigation / attack since it belonged to the Gardener. OQ is also probably trying to expand and Raligha is a good choice for that along with some Unity systems.
>>39025764We haven't been in a battle where we could ambush like that until now. And that's what I said basically. >>39025725
>>39025775What i meant is that even if it wasn't an ambush and more of a defensive battle, cant we have groups of frigates cloak, make their way behind the enemy ships, and then open up once they're close?
>>39025774Speaking of shrouds, we ought to institute a policy of constructing one on every planet we settle from now on.
>>39025799Good thinking, we can use our stealth vessels and our vanguard fleets to flank and encircle the enemy. Hell, that ought to be a default tactic of ours for using stealthed ships in defensive maneuvers.
>>39025799...Did you read what I said? We haven't been in a battle where that was remotely possible until just this now.We can and should be about to ambush them right now.
>>39025799We could, but most of the battles have been us blinking in the middle of a group of guys, so we can't most of the time.
>>39025681You have your picket forces hold position in high orbit. It's near the outer edge of your anti-orbital defenses' range, but will allow you to intercept any attempted bombardments more easily.>Have your cloaked ships attack from behind after the enemy fleet has decelerated into orbit>Send in your pods to intercept the approaching fleet>Have your picket fleet fire salvos at long range>Other
>>39025832>Have your cloaked ships attack from behind after the enemy fleet has decelerated into orbit>Send in your pods to intercept the approaching fleet>Have your picket fleet fire salvos at long rangeFire every gun we have at the same time.
>>39025832>Have your cloaked ships attack from behind after the enemy fleet has decelerated into orbit>Send in your pods to intercept the approaching fleetWhat with us only having Cruisers at the biggest, they'll have the advantage in firepower at long range.
>>39025832>Attack from behind with your cloaked ships>Have your pods attempt to interceptYour defensive fleet enters its formation over your world, and your stealth craft move out and around the incoming fleet as your pods charge in to detonate at close range.Please roll 3d100, best of 3 for picket fleet defense, stealth ambush, and pod attack in that order.
Rolled 91, 16, 1 = 108 (3d100)>>39025875Oh no.
Rolled 51, 56, 18 = 125 (3d100)>>39025875I beseech thee
Rolled 76, 83, 81 = 240 (3d100)>>39025875...Are crits active?
>>39025832>>Send in your pods to intercept the approaching fleet>>Have your picket fleet fire salvos at long range
>>39025877>>39025879>>3902588191, 83, 1Our pods aren't in top form today.
>>39025877>Another nat1Holy shit, dice gods have something against us in space warfare today
>>39025875I really really really hope crits aren't active
>>39025891At least the stealth ambush and the fleet will make up for it. I hope.Battle theme:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMejhjMfKj4
>>39025877>>39025879>>39025881Picket fleet did great, stealth ambushed did good, pods failed utterly. Maybe she remembers when we used it last time?
>>39025904>Maybe she remembers when we used it last time?She does>You can count a single battleship flanked by seventy corvettes that appear to be dedicated to point defense from your inspection, at least a dozen frigates, and four cruisers. A pair of battlecruisers drift along the sides of the battleship covered in swarm drones, and you suspect they are carriers in design.>seventy corvettes that appear to be dedicated to point defense
>>39025891The dice have always hated our space warfare.
>>39025875Your picket fleet forms into a defensive formation and waits. You have them hold fire to avoid striking your stealthed forces as they approach, and they spread out in their orbit as you see the flashes of distant railguns firing in the darkness as they decelerate towards you. Your pods twist around them in an effort to evade, but several lucky shots glance against unlucky pods, incinerating their thin hulls like tissue paper in a turbine, leaving nothing but powder as the slugs continue on. Your picket bares the brunt of the salvo, eating the few rounds that would have impacted into your hive, while others rip through the atmosphere like thunderbolts, igniting from the kinetic force with several megatons of force. Blossoms of fire bloom beneath you and the shields of your cruisers flicker, but do not fail as they fire their thrusters to stabilize their orbits.Your pods shutter back and forth in the torrent of kinetic fire. The flights of corvettes move forward in sheets, spiraling around the larger ships as they fill space with shrapnel. The swarm drones of the battlecruisers spin just beneath like ablative armor, intercepting the pods that get past the corvettes like a massive macerator of chitin and bone. Ripples of flame and boiling blood spews from the shell of swarm fighters in delicate, wispy streams as your pods vanish, ground to dust in a wall of flesh.The fleet continues to slow, and you can see the frigates split from the rest of the fleet before diving to the ground bellow. Shuttles stream from the cruisers and they drop bellow the fleet as the battleship closes in on your picket, its armor rippling with bubbling ooze and sublimating skin against the hellfire of your picket's weapons.On the surface of Raligha, the sound of thunder rolls over the hills and crags of the dense jungle as the pricing white beams of your anti-orbital batteries flair against the dull glow of distant bombardment sites and raging forest fires.Cont.
>>39026037>The fleet continues to slow, and you can see the frigates split from the rest of the fleet before diving to the ground bellow. Shuttles stream from the cruisers and they drop bellow the fleetDid we transfer ground swarms to Raligha?
>>39026037Your feet opens fire against the larger enemy force, their blows impacting your shields and yours digging into the swarming ablative layer of fighters spinning about the battleship. Concentrated fire from your batteries quickly burns through the corvettes, and you watch as approaching frigates shed shuttles as they incinerate in beams of light. Your air born drones are quick to intercept, launching en masse from your hive.>Focus on intercepting the shuttles before they land>Focus on bombarding the enemy ground drones after they land>Other
>>39026090>Focus on intercepting the shuttles before they land
>>39026090>>Focus on intercepting the shuttles before they landHow many ground forces do we have on Raligha?
>>39026090>Focus on intercepting the shuttles before they landWe can't let them touch down.
>>39026090>>Focus on intercepting the shuttles before they land
>>39026090Focus on the battleship's escorts to open the way for getting a boarding swarm into the battleship itself.
So, we ramp up Fleet Production, and then we attack one of her major worlds and we can FINALLY test our Kinetic Kill Hive Deployment Vehicle? (AKA: Ramming a specially designed Hiveship into the ground and then fortifying the FUCK out of it, including several Self-destruct methods up to and including a Grey Goo scenario.)
>>39026124>including a Grey Goo scenarioNigga, that's the main plan.
>>39026124We would need to secure orbital superiority otherwise nigger queen will just glass the area around the creepship.
>>39026090The battleship above slowly eclipses the local star as tiny blemishes of light flicker along its hull as your anti-orbital grid concentrates its fire on the fleet while your picket force whittle them down. Your cloaked ships arrive within weapons range and drop their cloaks as they lash out with their lances, burning swaths of swarms and slicing subcaptials in half with sweeping torrents of plasma. Secondary explosions ripple through the battlecruisers and they break up from the unrelenting hail of fire. The swarms of ablative drones spiral away without their parent ship, and your fleet digs into the hull of the battleship, ripping out chunks with their weapons like claws in flesh.There is an explosion, and a hole the size of a cruiser is punched through the side of the ship. A server ship emerges from below Raligha's horizon and fires again, severing the Battleship's drive wing. It pivots and enters an uncontrolled tumble, and another shot breaks its spine, snapping the hull in half. Skyl corvettes, unusually tiny and exceptionally nimble, pour from the crevasses of the server ship and open fire on the remaining craft.On the surface, your drones move to intercept the approaching landing craft amid the chaos of bombardment.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 62 (1d100)>>39026182
Rolled 10 (1d100)>>39026182
Rolled 21 (1d100)>>39026182
Rolled 18 (1d100)>>39026182
>>39026182>There is an explosion, and a hole the size of a cruiser is punched through the side of the ship. A server ship emerges from below Raligha's horizon and fires again, severing the Battleship's drive wing. It pivots and enters an uncontrolled tumble, and another shot breaks its spine, snapping the hull in half. Skyl corvettes, unusually tiny and exceptionally nimble, pour from the crevasses of the server ship and open fire on the remaining craft.About damned time guys
>>39026200give them some credit; They don't have teleporting FTL.
>>39026223They can at least help with the ground cleanup.
>>39026231Labor is not a thing we have a shortage of.No, all the salvage is ours, we're not sharing.
>>39026240I didn't say a thing about salvage sharing. I meant cleanup of any of nigger queen's drones that manage to land.
This is going to be annoying given they almost certainly have jammers. I bet Obsidian will try to find a relay to hook a jammer to.
>>39026290There's almost certainly a relay in the tumbling battleship that we could use.
>>39026182Your interceptors are on the scene almost immediately, and the heavier drones soon follow. Chitin slugs rip into the thrusters and fragile hull of the enemy shuttles and send them tumbling to the forest floor, sending drones scattering like leaves in the wind to the sound of loud, crunchy thuds bellow. Your drones begin patrolling the area for ground forces as your interceptors make short work of the slow and cumbersome shuttles.You have your strafers and bombers running air strikes through the night as sniffers search high and low for the surviving invaders. You can detect no mental connection on the surface, so they appear to be using thinkers. The Ralighans have piled sacrifices of food and totems into the center of their villages, even the ones far from your hive, and you can hear the drumming of prayers between the rumble of bombing runs as your drones continue to weed out the infection of enemy forces.You take account of your losses, and you are surprised and revealed. Things could have gone far worse, and while now the Obsidian Queen knows you have Raligha, she also knows you won't give it up easily. You watch as the remains of the assault fleet falls from orbit.Ships lost230 Space Pods6 Fleet Corvettes4 Lancer Corvettes2 Vanguard Frigates1 Heavy Cruiser
>>39026231I don't think ground combat is their kind of thing.
>>390263292 Lancer corvettes*Sorry, typo.
>>39026290Our m.o. is to stealth our relays in orbit isn't it? I'm pretty sure she's not going to find one lying around on the planet no matter how hard she looks.
>>39026329Whew. We really need to ramp up our production and improve defenses.
>>39026329>Void Gods face when he finds out Black Queen failed to capture a planet populated by arm balls
>>39026329Are you still typing or would you like some input?
>>39026370The only way to do that is to perform trade with our allies and possibly the Valen.
>>39026419huh? production is improving all the time, remember all those ship building dildos we have in production?
>>39026370That's a constant. More docking pylons, more ships, etc.
>>39026329The Skyl ships retreat within the Server ship and after venting the hull of several intact ships to ensure they are no more, it folds space, curving in on itself and vanishing in a twisting knot of spacetime.Back on Leeland, Elizabeth stirs in her pod. The membrane drains of medical fluid and she collapses to the floor as she wakes, coughing up phlegm from her lungs.Your analysis was quick and efficient, and interesting. The nanomachine infection within her brain has progressed. While previously you detected scaring throughout the cerebral cortex, there is now... growths, where the scar tissue once was, almost like a new segment of brain grown from old tissue. Crystaline structures have begun to form through several portions of the brain, and there is apparent damage to her genetic structure akin to that of hybrid dna, not human.She grabs the folded clothes from the claw of a waiting worker."So? What did you find?">write in
>>39026419What the fuck is your obsession with the fucking Space Jews?No really, what the hell is it?The Valen have NOTHING we want except POSSIBLE Heavily-In-Their-Favor in roads to the Union.We are an industrial MONSTER because we have NO NEED for a fucking economy beyond Energy = Food: Food + Minerals = Production and have a constant Micro-second based form of communication and Total control over every body in the network.
>>39026456Unknown brain alterations.Still not sure about that vein.
>>39026456>Elizabeth, I'm afraid that you are turning into a hybrid as a side-effect of the thing that allowed you to psionically communicate.
>>39026456"Question, Do you like kaleidoscopes?
>>39026423>huh? production is improving all the time, remember all those ship building dildos we have in production?That's a gradual increase if you want to ramp it up to fight the Black Queen you'll have to get more tech quickly.>>39026456>write inI guess I should refer to you as Sister Elizabeth.
>>39026456>"YER A FOOKIN CRYSTAL PRAWN!"
>>39026456Your brain is still undergoing changes and forming new structures, it is uncertain when this process will stop. In addition, your DNA is also undergoing change. Would you like a parasite implanted to monitor your health?
>>39026456Tell her what the analysis showed and that she may be turning into a hybrid.
>>39026456Still not sure....Can you transmit to us your exact memories of the room in the Raligha temple before you were knocked unconscious by the sphere?
>>39026472>>39026532Stop. That term isn't going to mean anything.And we certainly shouldn't explain what it is, it's a secret there is no reason to be sharing at all, and extremely strong reasons not to.
>>39026456Tell her what we found and ask if we can improve plant a parasite to monitor her health.I like this wording>>39026527
>>39026545>And we certainly shouldn't explain what it is, it's a secret there is no reason to be sharing at all, and extremely strong reasons not to.Care to explain why? I mean, if she even has the barest understanding of whats happening, that would make her less likely to freak out if the changes get progressively more extreme.
>>39026527>>39026546At least call it something more generic like 'a drone'.
>>39026571Nobody but the queen and Thinkers need to know what the fuck "a hybrid" is, the secret human impersonator mindslave project. There is no reason to use that word as a term of comparison except in our private thoughts.
>>39026456Crystaline growth within the brain and Genetic damage akin to hybridization (Tell her about hybridization). You're not technically human anymore.
>>39026598>(Tell her about hybridization)>tell someone about the mindslave project...Why would you do that.
>>39026591Well fine, but we still need to tell Elizabeth what the fuck is going on in her head.
>>39026545you don't need to be a hive queen to understand the term hybrid, it's a pretty common fucking word.>>39026605>hey you're turning into some kind of hybrid of our two races>OH MY GOD HIVE QUEEN CONFIRMED FOR MAKING A SLAVE RACE AND SECRETLY INFILTRATING UNION SPACE WITH THEM CONFIRMED CONFIRMED
>>39026605it amuses me and that's the only reason I need anon.
>>39026605It isn't a mindslave project to anyone but you. It's just a thing we know we can clone, which we could depending on needs.>>39026598Let's explain if she asks.
>>39026456>write inTell her what we found. Ask her what she would like to do?
>>39026641Huh? That is literally their defining attribute, to be bound to obedience to the hive. Whether you choose to make them or not does not make them not a mindslave project.
>>39026663this is all a moot point anyway since we can word it in a way that doesn't imply we're making hybrids. we don't even have to use the word hybrid if you're going to cry about it, dry your eyes and crack open a thesaurus, post suggestions here.
>>39026456Just tell her she's become a fucking hybrid and get it over with.
>>39026419>>39026423>>39026429>>39026462Sure but so is OQ and she is way ahead of us. She also has the void gods behind her. We also have that scavenger race and the humans to worry about. There is no way to catch up to OQ without more allies and the Valen and humans might just be those allies if we play our cards right.
>>39026456>write in"The nanomachines that entered your body have altered the physiology of your brain structure, adding crystalline elements, and manipulated your genetic tapestry. I should have further insight for you pending research projects on similar subjects."
>>39026456>The nanomachine infection within her brain has progressed. While previously you detected scaring throughout the cerebral cortex, there is now... growths, where the scar tissue once was, almost like a new segment of brain grown from old tissue. Crystaline structures have begun to form through several portions of the brain, and there is apparent damage to her genetic structure akin to that of hybrid dna, not human.We should tell her word for word exactly this, but with the proper pronouns.
>>39026695>humansThat's a good laugh.
>>39026699>"The nanomachine infection within your brain has progressed. While previously I detected scaring throughout the cerebral cortex, there is now... growths, where the scar tissue once was, almost like a new segment of brain grown from old tissue. Crystaline structures have begun to form through several portions of your brain, and there is apparent damage to your genetic structure akin to that of hybrid dna, not human."Lazy nigger.
>>39026598We don't know for sure that it's hybridization. I mean it's more like she's being psionically enhanced.
>>39026456>write in"It says you're gay."
>>39026456I'm sorry to say this but you seem to be infected with an advanced case of...
>>39026714In the same way that the humans don't want to conquer all the xenos, they just want to culturally enhance them. Right?
>>39026709I don't know anon, those terminator dudes were pretty badass. If they were more prepared they could have done a lot more damage, possibly even destroyed our hive.
>>39026714Do you even know what "hybrid" means? Because it doesn't mindslave it means "an animal or plant that is produced from two animals or plants of different kinds" and she knows damn well what that is.
>>39026695The Valen are fucking Banker jews, and they can't make a profit from us or infiltrate our economy.Trusting the Humans is a stupid fucking move, always has been, and always will be.We have two AI allies, Allies we don't have to fucking worry about backstabbing us for their own gain, and who may or may not have made us their Waifu.OQ -is not- ahead of us, she's a moron, the Void Crystals actively cripple their thrall races of technological progression so as to seem glacial so they never become a threat after the Skyl.The sad thing is, is that I bet you are one of the people most adamant against us having a Daughter Queen.
>>39026456Exploding wommblosis. I'm sorry it's terminal.
>>39026751I agree with all your points except for laying a daughter queen.
>>39026745That was when we were feeble and weak, and our main armament was a chunk of chitin being fired.Speaking of which, we really need to start making more advanced Drone-sized weapons.Bio-Chain lightning anyone?
>>39026745>I don't know anon, those terminator dudes were pretty badass. If they were more prepared they could have done a lot more damage, possibly even destroyed our hive.That's an even funnier joke.
>>39026770>>39026751Would you look at that.Someone I can agree with.
>>39026770I wasn't advocating laying a Daughter before The Obsidian Queen is dealt with.Just saying that he probably doesn't want us to have a Daughter that is probably 90% Loyal to us, but wants us to ally with Humans who are more than likely to dick us over than literally anyone else, barring the Scavengers.
>>39026751>who may or may not have made us their Waifu.And opinion disregarded.
>>39026663I don't see what the problem is.She already knows about the parasites, she probably already suspects we have a ton of mind slave projects.
>>39026456"Your genetic structure has been altered, and several crystaline structures have appeared within the brain."You have a simple hologram projected showing the results of your scans."This, what are these, tumors?" She asks."New brain tissue. They seem to be psionicly sensitive segments that have replaced portions of the brain." Your speaker lets out a click of its mandibles. "The crystaline structures appear to connect them, and interacts with psionic signals in some way."Elizabeth sinks back against the hive wall. "In some way. You mean you're not sure?" She asks."The crystals are unkown, and require further study."She slowly rubs her temples with her palms with her eyes closed shut. "Okay." She says after a long pause. "Okay. I, I figured it would be something like that." She slowly slides down the wall to the ground and takes a slow breath. "So I'm not technically human anymore, am I?""No. The alterations to the brain are reminiscent to that of a queen's mental relay, but the crystal structures are unknown, and appear to amplify the psionic signals."Elizabeth stares ahead of her to the far wall for a long while, thoughts drifting through her mind and spilling over around her. "Well nothing to do about it, I suppose." She says suddenly as she props herself back to her feet. "We'll keep an eye on its progression every few days, nothing else to do." She straightens her jumpsuit and quickly moves to the row of pods where the two Earthlings still sit, next to the Scavenger leader and the taidaren twins. "You're getting quite a collection, do you think I could speak to them sometime?"Around the corner there is a soft plop and a muffled gurgle, followed by a panicked shuffling as Elizabeth turns to catch a glimpse of a neon striped tentacle vanish from around the corner."Was that... do you have a ceph here too?" She asks.>Introduce Coil and Elizabeth>Change the subject>Other
>>39026751>you are one of the people most adamant against us having a Daughter QueenOh fuck off with your "lay a queen" bullshit. You probably just want another queen to waifu.>the Void Crystals actively cripple their thrall races of technological progression so as to seem glacialClearly they didn't with the Black Queen, after our battle she's definitely been upgrading her strategies and technology. She is a member of the hive race.
>>39026806>>Introduce Coil and Elizabeth
>>39026791That was obviously a joke anon.But Theseus and Heretic are a thousand times less likely to fuck us over for gain because unlike the Humans they can actually understand that Space is fucking BIG and Truly Trustworthy allies, even if they do a bit of intelligence work on you, are worth more than anything else, and we don't have to worry about such a silly thing such as lifespans and public opinion shifting to change policy that comes into conflict with our interests.
>>39026806>Introduce Coil and Elizabeth
>>39026751>may or may not have made us their Waifu.You had me going that this was a semi rational argument and not a troll post until that.
>>39026751Yeah really.The idea of "diplomacy" with the humans is laughable. It won't actually protect anyone from humans doing shit "unofficially."Just like in Lyle's memories he met one of those "unofficially" existing full mod cyborgs fucking up the Commonwealth, who the Union has had diplomatic relations with for years.>Change the subject
>>39026751Nope. You are a dumbass. I'm not those anons you were arguing with. I advocated against having a daughter because that is a stupid move. I also ignore all that dumb shadowrun plots that anons seem waste time with. The only things I've ever advocated for was exploration, expansion and development, however we may achieve it. I don't care about the valen or humans, it just makes sense to have more allies. Unity and Heretic have proved the worth of good allies.
>>39026806>>Change the subject
>>39026806>Introduce Coil and Elizabeth>The taidaren twins too.>"I can't believe you never ran into each other until now."
>>39026824That is honestly my biggest reason for wanting to keep sticking so tightly with Theseus and Heretic. Provided we/they don't randomly go fucking crazy, we have a completely stable alliance.
>>39026806Coil, you fool.>Change the subjectRemember Earth excavation?
>>39026806>Introduce Coil and ElizabethCoil can't do shit all, so there's no harm in letting them meet. And if he does manage to do anything we can just cook some calamari for our prisoners.
Man, try to inject a tiny bit of humor into your post. Get ground into hamburger over it by autistic anons.
>>39026832The Union has been in a state of cold war for as long as either state has existed. Just because they talk to each other once every other year doesn't mean they wouldn't annihilate the other if they could do so without consequence.
>>39026832>who the Union has had diplomatic relations with for yearsNot really, the relationship between the Union and the Commonwealth is more akin to the relationship between North and South Korea. They have a treaty to not fight each other openly and thats about it. The Commonwealth even bans trade with the Union.
>>39026862We turn his post into mince because we think most of his arguments are retarded and attack the easiest point. Are you new here or something?
>>39026862It's almost as if it wasn't funny and was just fucking stupid.
>>39026862Such is the curse of /tg/.Apparently including a joke that's been around since Theseus was introduced makes the difference between an argument and a shitpost.
>>39026888Anything I don't like is a Shitpost anon.You new here or something?
>>39026806>>Change the subject"You know where I found those humans? Earth. Speaking of which, I have yet to open that canister we discussed earlier."
>>39026806We should tell her about our plan to clone the taidaren twins' brother.
>>39026806>Change the subject
>>39026902Why? There's no reason at all, why do we need to tell her?
>>39026806>"No. The alterations to the brain are reminiscent to that of a queen's mental relay, but the crystal structures are unknown, and appear to amplify the psionic signals."I knew it wasn't hybridization. She's being turned into a human queen. Give her a drone or hybrid under her command to see if that's what is actually happening.
>>39026912>There's no reason at all, why do we need to tell her?What's wrong with with telling her that? She'd find it pretty touching that we're resurrecting their dead brother.
>>39026824>even if they do a bit of intelligence work on youYou know I find it quite amusing that so far that's only hostile action the Union has done to us, why are so forgiving of our allies while so condemning of the humans?>don't have to worry about such a silly thing such as lifespans and public opinionFunnily enough, we currently have the means to remove both of those obstacles. So what reason do you have to entirely write of diplomacy with the Union while encouraging deeper ties to our current allies?
>>39026912>expecting logicYou jest.It's especially dumb since it's kind of a fucked up plan from a human point of view, making a replacement impersonator.>>39026926Well no fucking duh. It was only said to be "akin to" it.Crystals making it stronger however reminds me of the old suspicion that she might be granted the power to hijack drones, when she was still unconscious and had just been infected.
>>39026926This also indicates that our ancestors were way more advanced than we were in some ways, especially looking at the crystal tech and raligha ship. How did we lose all that advanced tech?
>>39026944It isn't ressurection, it's replacement. It's like replacing a dead twin brother without any of the memories or experience that defines them. Also we haven't decided to do that yet, and we should probably get the twins' opinion on the matter before attempting it.
>>39026964Mom is a bitch.She didn't even leave us the ability to make Large or Small drones.
>>39026949>You know I find it quite amusing that so far that's only hostile action the Union has done to us, why are so forgiving of our allies while so condemning of the humans?Because if we had come off as more technologically advanced they would have made it a point to annex the unholy hell out of us?>Funnily enough, we currently have the means to remove both of those obstacles. So what reason do you have to entirely write of diplomacy with the Union while encouraging deeper ties to our current allies?Would you trust the people who decided on the policy of "Annex it, Forget about it, or if we can't deal with it, leave it alone?" as their Xeno relations policy?
>>39026964I thought The Temple was a Hyrbid Skyle / Hive installation?
>>39026944I'm not saying it's a bad idea, I just want to know why we need to tell her. I mean, she can probably figure out what happened when she sees them running around.
>>39026806>Change the subject>soft plop and a muffled gurgle,Coil what were you doing over there.
>>39026787Daughter does not open any venues or resources we can't get ourselves.Humies have such resources.
>>39026806"His name is Coil." Your speaker says. There is a loud series of plops as Coil tumbles over himself in a panic like a beanbag of gelatin as a warrior moves up behind him. He flops to the floor in the middle of the hall and quickly begins flashing bright yellow."Hey it's okay, relax." Elizabeth walks over to Coil and quickly pinches the base of an eye stalk, to which the yellow flashes shift to a light blue. She looks back to your speaker. "Having a decentralized brain means there tends to be a lot more pressure points, some of which can induce mood swings."You actually didn't know that. Well, you did, but not that trick specifically. Coil apparently spent too much time studying ancient texts to know that."You didn't open that canister while I was out, did you?" Elizabeth asks."No." your drone chitters."Well let's go open it then." She says, then looks down to Coil. "You want to tag along?" Coil shimmers with a faint hue of agreement and floats several inches into the air with his harness, his tentacles dragging along the ground.I think we should stop here before we start to pass out. We can start next week right were we left off, obviously.I'll try to stick around for a bit for questions, feedback, and any votes.
>>39027030thanks for running
>>39026832>The idea of "diplomacy" with the humans is laughable. It won't actually protect anyone from humans doing shit "unofficially."So? They might send a cyborg assasin against us. Oh the humanity.Most of their dirty tricks won't work against a hive race. Can't bribe a thinker.
>>39027030Shouldn't we have had pods at A-295 and Tannhauser still?Back when number of pods was cut back to 10 in 10 star systems, there should have been 12, shouldn't there?Also when did the Union rename that OM system Desmond
>>39027029and the Humies are likely to keep such resources held over our heads.Why the fuck don't we just ask Theseus about resources? He's a god damn AI who has been Balls-Deep in almost every system BOTH Human factions have.
>>39027030Thanks for running QD. Hope that concussion wasnt too serious
>>39027030Would voting to send pods to the remainder of Union and Commonwealth space be feasible?There's no reason not to, if we can put off describing the stars until later like we have for the human stars we sent pods to several threads ago.
>>39027057>He's a god damn AI who has been Balls-Deep in almost every system the Union has.FIFY
>>39027057Theseus doesn't have access to any of the Commonwealth's systems.
>>39026975>Because if we had come off as more technologically advanced they would have made it a point to annex the unholy hell out of us?Oh for fuck's sake, QD has specifically stated if we had been up front with them they would have tried to open up trade relations with us. Probably would have still tried to spy on us, but it isn't like everybody isn't doing that to everyone else in this quest.Would you trust the people who decided on the policy of "Annex it, Forget about it, or if we can't deal with it, leave it alone?" as their Xeno relations policy?I would trust them to be nothing if not predictable. What the Union is trying to do is bring pre-FTL societies into a state of economic dependency in a trading relationship, or leaving them be if they're pre industrial. That is the basis for their relationship with every civilization they encounter; economic. If they come across them at the right stage of development, they can make them dependent for production of high tech products (i.e. quantum computers), if it's too early leave them be to develop, too late and they engage them on a case by case basis. Really, that's the most reasonable and peaceful doctrine you can reasonably have when it comes to first contact, while still establish dominance in something approaching a win win situation. Barring a handful of rouge factions and their insane agents, the Union has been about as up front and diplomatic with us as we could reasonably expect an alien spacefaring civilization to be. Even our current AI allies tried to blow us up when they first noticed us, they turned out to be pretty chill when we gave them a chance, or three.
>>39027030How much does it cost to make white crystals?
Is it too late to post more District 9/Hive Queen edits?
>>39027030>tag along>to what's probably a crystal artifactSo that's why you engineered this.>>39027106Yeah, we can feasibly implant crystals into every psionic relay now for jamming protection, can't we. Statted crystals when.
>>39027039>>39027064Thank's for playing!>>39027082Sure thing.>>39027056Yes, and the Union renamed some of the systems they have explored or settled. The letter-number names were just place holders while they charted them.
>>39026964I'm curious as to whether that information might be related to what the thinker has obscured from his memory.
>>39027105Honestly I think most anons just want to murderhobo humans since this is one of those few stories where you don't play as humans.
>>39027057Theseus is using everything he can get his hands on himself. Sharing it between us two will not expand our alliance's powerbase.From humans, we can get extra forces aimed at, say, the Scavs, at barely any resource cost.
>>39026984I thought it was an ancient hive ship. Possibly the original that brought all the queens to this sector of the galaxy from wherever we originate from.
>>39027138>From Scavs we can get extra forces aimed at the humansBrilliant idea anon.
>>39027030Thanks for running QD, an excellent thread, even better than usual.We do have a couple of Rallighans in tanks right now right?
>>39027145What if we are the Last True Hive in all of the Multiverse?>All other forms of Hivemind or Hiver based life in any reality are just degenerates from our Ancestors and we are the last true Hive
>>39027145You're both right. But mostly you.It was called the Ark after all (an 'arc' in the original starmap reading typos).But the psionic sphere thingamajig. That was obviously a recent addition. Probably based on nanomachines research with the Skyl by the Gardener. Setting up their little universal message in a bottle inside the temple much older than the Gardener, on which her cocoon was carried to that world.
>>39027128I was asking when did they rename it. Did they visit that system before or after the hive scouted it.I mean we know the new name because they made a public broadcast about the scouting of it, right? What was the result of that?
>>39027115Go for it, now's as good a time as any to post em I say.>>39027137Sad but true. To be fair, I'm also eager as all hell to let our pandoras box of WMDs loose on someone. Perhaps we could track down the Scavenger's home fleet...
>>39027148Except we can't. Scavs are only going to be shooting at everything instead of going where we tell them, and if they win they'll loot the shit out of them.Humans, meanwhile, are going to be rather concerned with an aggressive looters race, especially if those attack some of their systems in the meantime (hell maybe we can pin the Hope on them). We have the scav's forward base address, the humans can go in and shoot them for us.Also, in their scouting attack, the scavs have done much more damage to us than humans ever did. With the recent combat fiasco, that damage has been multiplied many times.
>>39027128For the hybrid cloning projects, we should lay one parasite to be implanted in each, since they give significant benefits in the field.
>>39027236>since they give significant benefits in the field.They don't anon.
>>39027251Medical paste and cocooning.All Lyle's wounds are healed rapidly with medical paste.
>>39027128QD can we vote to start building pylons and for Farcast and laying Mining corvettes for Wonder?
>>39027106I'll stat out the memory crystals this week, although I'm honestly not sure if they should go into the tech or adaptation bin...>>39027165Thank you, and yes, during the raid you managed to nab a couple of natives without anyone noticing.Not that it's hard to do something without anyone noticing when everyone around you thinks the apocalypse is in full swing, but still.>>39027201Oh, right, yes they did scout it, and they deemed it unfit for settlement due to a lack of obviously profitable resources.>>39027262Sure. Feel free, and I'll count any votes I may miss later.
>>39027275Voting to build >400 docking pylons on Farcast>100 Mining Corvettes for Wonder
>>39027275How about we start to vote to lay some of the new aquatic designs on Huron for more and deeper exploration and specimen gathering?Like 200 of each of these types: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 2MEelSight: 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
What would you guys say the Queens main weapon is?
>>39027349Having a spread of seven vaganias popping out a ton of eggs.
>>39027335What about wings? They're supposed to help drones swim according to QD.
>>39027335They're both way too expensive. Design a drone we can mass produce for cheap, and pair it with a high performance design to supplement its capabilities in a group (like warriors and flies/small sniffers as opposed to retarded stormtroopers) and then I can get behind it.
>>39027392>They're both way too expensiveThe first one is just an aquatic translation of the fly drones. Are flies also too expensive?
>>39027372I can't draw that over District 9 now can I? Try again man.
>>39027305This sounds like a good idea.
>>39027392The lowest a combat drone underwater can reasonably go is 13N, if you prefer that.Sight: Basic 0Olfactory: Basic 0Acoustic: Advanced 2NPsionic: Basic 0Mandible: Combat 1NArms: Strength 1NBlade: Combat 1NLegs: Sprint 1NCarapace: BasicChassis: Hydrodynamic 2N 5MUtility: Gills 4NUtility: Acid glands 1NSize: MediumCost: 13N 5M
>>39027407flies are ridiculously useful for a bunch of different shit, drones can be expensive if their expense is justified. swimming around is not a justifiable expense.
>>39027456That's like describing flies' job as just "flying around." They do the exact same things, explore stealthily, and these are actually cheaper than flies.
>>39027477but where are they flying around? places we have a reason to give a shit about. fuck the ocean
>>39027445That's much better. What we need to begin with is a bare bones design that is as affordable as possible while still able to do it's job. Something like this.
>>39027520NO ANONNOON HURON, THE OCEAN FUCKS YOUhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3_MhrAVQTA
>>39027445Just add Carapace: Reactive 4N 15MFor that protection against melee damage. Not likely to find energy beam attacks in the ocean.
>>39027563....Reactive armor is designed to stop explosive damage and occasionally bullets. Not claws and tentacles.
>>39027520And why do they need to be so expensive to do that?When has advanced radio sensitivity been remotely useful. Or EM field sensitivity. Or goddamn oxygen recycler.>>39027612Kinetic damage is kinetic damage, it doesn't matter from how far away or close it comes.Also read the pastebin.>Reactive: A dense weave of muscular microfibers tense against incoming kinetic attacks, allowing for a mix of leeway and rigidness that mitigates blunt trauma. The microfibers are highly effective against melee or other kinetic damage, but are unusually vulnerable to energy damage, which disrupts the fiber weave. (4N 15M)>highly effective against melee or other kinetic damage
>>39027612>....Reactive armor is designed to stop explosive damage and occasionally bullets.That's ballistic armor. Other way around.
>>39027204This what'll happen when Elizabeth's transformation goes bad.
>>39027275Wait, do the Scavengers have energy weapons? What's their ship weapon loadout like?We should know, for armor selection purposes.>QD is kill
>>39027275We should have a Colossi variant: With Advanced Psionic Relay.So that it can go on boarding missions and maintain contact with us even if the ship tries to escape to FTL and go out of psionic range.We can have a bunch of them on there as redundant backups, though they should hold back from the frontlines. But being big with heavy armor makes sure they stay alive as long as possible.
>>39027631>advanced radio sensitivity since they spend a lot of time in human areas a higher capacity for spying on their shit is a worthy addition, i'd be open to stripping away other less useful stuff though, sure.
>>39027410But seriously, eggsacks. Crop it from Alien or something.
>>39027631anyway i guess what i'm getting at is that there's fuck all in the ocean that we need at the minute, just stick the speed upgrade onto the aquatic workers and they'll explore just fine, if we run into something that requires additional underwater support drones we can deal with it then. until then lets be frugal about it
>>39027743We're talking underwater drones for oceans on wild planet, not spying in human colonies.
>>39027788>Wild planet>Huron>One of the premier tourist traps and fishing worlds in the UnionMan, do people even follow this quest?
>>39027275Hey, wait a minute.The Obsidian Queen sent Thinkers on this mission only. Hence we didn't hear her constant emotion of hate around.But we have the ability to scan an organism's memories by putting them in a bio-tank.Surely we can scan her Thinkers the same way. Though they might be young and fresh-hatched just for this invasion....Though if they're not, and we do get something, they might contain similar forbidden lore of the Crystal Necronomicon that Mother censored from us.
>>39027855>Using parasites to mind control OQ drones under our command.Oh hell yes that's brilliant. I don't even care if it costs more to make our own drones with the same adaptations, it'd be worth it just to drive her crazy.
One question always bothered me.The destruction of the vast majorities of the ancient hives happened 70,000 thousand or so years ago.Mother was killed around a year ago, and it was only just a year ago that the Black Queen launched her final assault against Mother.What were they doing in the intervening several thousand years?Did the psionic cannon really take 70,000 years to perfect? If so, why didn't the void crystals send the Obsidian Queen on the attack much earlier than that?
>>39027878No one said anything about parasites or mind control.Just memory scanning with a bio-tank. No parasite is required for that.
>>39027878We can't actually do that, drones shut down if other queens try to fuck with them like that.
>>39027788yes that is the main topic however i was replying to the point about flies and their extra shit
>>39027904Hmm, makes for an emergency stun.When can we weaponize parasites?Think of bullet delivery mechanism.Or, if that's not feasible, can we weaponize the nano-mines for infantry use? Just imagine bullets tipped with that, it pierces the enemy's hide (or maybe just sticks to it), and starts leeching metals from them. Before long a small metallic tree erupts from the husk of the enemy, which you can salvage after into metals for our cause.When can we research this?
>>39027932We really can't do stuff like that, mainly because they don't work like that, but also because it's a bit retarded...
>>39027950Well if not infantry-sized, at least make it ship-sized. Because face it, who doesn't want to see their enemies reduced into gleaming metallic trees that we can harvest? If we can research more into nanites, we could theoretically aim for the weaponized nanites to turn OG ships' nerves into metal. No brain, no link to OG, free nutrients and metal for making more of our ships.At least they could weaken the enemy's armor plating, making them more vulnerable to our attacks.
>>39027996I don't think we can do that on a level that would work on ships, as it would just be ramming a ship into them and hoping there's enough left to cannibalize.The infestation/harvest drop pod plan is feasible because we can make it realistically work without it being pointless.
>>39028033You know, that's technically what the boarding parties do. With weaponized nanites it would be much the same deal, just on a microscopic scale.
>>39027894This. This bothered me but I completely forgot about about it. Thanks for bringing it up, anon.
So if Theseus paid for Lyle's mission to earth, how are planning on paying for his search for Lee? We could probably manipulate him into doing it for free but Lyle is my husbando so I'd prefer to pay him somehow.
>>39028680Augment upgrades, thats what we've been saying since we set him loose.
>>39027709>Wait, do the Scavengers have energy weapons?Their personal weapons are energy based. Don't remember about ships.
>>39027738Diggers perhaps? So they could hide if shit goes bad.
>>39028680We could trade resources/tech for credits with the unity.
>>39028752> The emitters of others strain and melt under the pressure, and the flurry of cyclotrons from the corvettes and frigates burn away your ships.They at least have particle beam weapons.
>>39028704Ah, okay. If I remember correctly we gave him an extra heart, super arms and arm swords in addition to parasite benefits (including immortality I believe, have we informed him of that?). What do you guys think we should give him next? Also worth noting that Theseus has fucking lodsemoney we could probably get off him in exchange for researching whatever the fuck plants he's interested in or something.
>>39028802He also had endoskeletal armor and stab resistant skin (courtesy of Theseus) before we picked him up. I'm thinking next we give him augmented eyes and ears, and fermentation gut if he can still get drunk with it somehow. After that we can design a new parasite for him with oxygen recyclers and a bio electric carapace, which would allow him to hold his breath for a long time and restart his organs in a pinch, respectively. And in case your wondering I already asked QD on the ask page whether that would work (it would).
>>39028767>Digging>on a shipThat is the slowest most ineffective hiding method possible.
>>39029677The talk is about a mobile backup relay that is dropped on the ground, to be used if our ships get all destroyed. If it is geared for digging, then it can burrow into a more secure and hidden position when that need arises.