Hive space is filled with your ships as they patrol over your worlds and drift in the orbit of your gas giant for fuel. Your forces grow ever larger, and while you still intercept the occasional scout from the Obsidian Queen, you have been able to focus on other matters, and you hope to not need to worry about any scavenger incursions until their last patrol is missed.You watch over your hive as it works tirelessly to fulfill your orders. The natives of Raligha have entered a frenzy after the events of the invasion, and word of it has spread far and wide to regions unaffected by the attacks. Your airborne patrols watch from the skies as entire villages slowly make the pilgrimage from distant regions to the area surrounding your hive, and new villages seem to have begun appearing in the area around the old hive sites of the Gardener. Shrines have sprung up near the foundations of your anti-orbital batteries, and the jungle is filled with the sounds of ceremonies, using the massive natural horns of the trees to organize events across hundreds of kilometers at a time.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
>>39593258>Current resource reservesNutrients: 8674790Metals: 2363053Credits: ₡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) – 56045Gilled Warrior (100) – 700Aquatic Warrior (50) – 400Thinker (2000) – 6000Quantum Thinker (1000) – 5000Speaker – (3) – 12Digger (200) – 800Refinery (40) – 280Sniffer (2) – 8Small Sniffer (200) – 200Aquatic Sniffer (200) – 400Fly (1100) – 4400Wasp (1100) – 5500Haz-mat Workers (20) – 80Shock Troops (40) – 520Parasite (80) – 320Bio-tank (512) – 12800Excavator (1000) – 19000Colossus (20) – 300Hovertank (200) – 5000Harvester (3000) – 57000Support 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 disruptor (50) – 3750Advanced Relay (69) – 6900Upkeep: 573171N>Hive fleetSpace Pod (5000) – 150000Heavy Fleet Fighter (272) – 18224Heavy Gunship (36) – 1080Shuttle (10) – 250Mining Corvette (236) – 64900Patrol Corvette (126) – 63882Scout Corvette (8) – 1800Lancer Corvette (2) – 450Fleet Corvette (244) – 54900Heavy Fleet Corvette (48) – 56256Heavy Fleet Frigate (36) – 51372Stealth Frigate (4) – 1952Vanguard Frigate (600) – 240000Heavy Cruiser (110) – 133650Heavy Fleet Cruiser (18) – 45090Heavy Fleet Battlecruiser (4) – 32548916,354N
>>39593295>Metals: 2363053Finally we're making some headway on that metals deficiency
>>39593295>Formed fleets and ordersSmall Heavy Defense Fleet [Patrolling Leeland space] (Undergoing repairs)Heavy Battle Fleet [Awaiting orders]Clone upkeep/special projects and expenses25 Human captives of the USV Hope – 750[Gemini] Lyle Rogers – 472 Human hybrid clone upkeep – 60Specializations:>Tech>Engineer1 Human Chimera egglayer – 80[Hive space]100 Human Hybrids – 3,0003987NTotal upkeepNutrient costs: 895859N>IncomeMetals: 2,038,000Nutrients: 3,901,250Net: 2,411,725N
>It's backWoop woop
>>39593348Hive 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: (500) (50,000N)1469 under construction [Empty docks: 2000/2000]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: +1,500,000N per day, 3,000 Harvesters active (500N per Harvester)[M-662]RalighaDefensive 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 day[M-323]>Orbital docking pylon: Space for docking and construction of 4 sub capitals or 1 capital ship, (50N)[Empty docks: 4/4]>Mining corvette salvage operations +1,888,000M per day (+8000M per corvette)[Farcast]Derelict Sensor arrayGlassed Hive world [Planetary survey underway]>Hive bunker complexDeep space waystation>100 docking pylons (10,000N)[Empty docks 400/400]
>>39593386New Construction OptionsDefensive structures>Anti-orbital battery – A bunker armed with a massive Particle beam capable of attacking ships in orbit from the ground. It includes the power and sensor systems required to operate it. 250N 1500M>Surface to Orbit Missile System – This massive bunker complex houses a wide range of warheads and a nigh limitless number of missiles within its protective walls, allowing you to launch missiles against approaching invaders from the safety of your hive. The facility uses the ship missile stats and comes equipped with a single Cruise missile silo that can target any detected object within the system, five Stinger missile silos capable of targeting any craft within high orbit, and ten Swarm missile silos specialized in targeting high altitude aircraft and low orbiting targets. The facility itself is a massive complex spread out over several miles, and includes guidance and launch equipment, as well as the means to construct and maintain a stock of warheads and missiles. (1500N 2500M)Military Structures>Hangar Expansion – Construct fortified hangar facilities of +40 aero/fighter drone space and +20 shuttle space. 50N 100M>Psionic Shroud – A single building built around the shattered remains of a Void Shard, the shroud amplifies the unnatural mental silence of the broken crystal within to mask an entire planet from potential detection, preventing outside forces from easily detecting the thoughts of a hive. (2,000N 5,000M)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)
>>39593415Economic 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.
>>39593295>Bio-tank (512)>not 1000Really QD I thought you'd fix that.
>>39593468Finished Research>Thought mufflerBy utilizing your new understanding of crystalline brains you have been able to adapt your understanding of the psionic shroud into a more compact and reproducible form. While it is nowhere near as effective, it is capable of muffling the thoughts of your drones to any psionic sensitive beings not attuned to the hive, causing them to blend in to the background noise of the universe and making them more difficult to detect mentally. This is a passive upgrade that affects all drones utilizing your newly created crystal neuron technology.>Photonic BlasterBy utilizing a series of lenses and carefully adjusted electromagnetic pulses, a beam of intense light is chopped into pulses, forcing photons to collide and form into temporary molecules. These photonic molecules are capable of behaving as if they held mass, and interact with other matter, causing intense burns and localized radiation. The bolts of molecular light do not travel at the full speed of light so long as they hold together, but break up on contact, causing a bright multi-spectrum flash and small shockwave that burns and ruptures the target.>>39593470I did, I have it all here in my notes, I guess the edit didn't save on the op last night.
>>39593538[New weapon unlocked]Photonic Blaster – The blaster utilizes an intense multi-frequency laser to produce a powerful beam of light that is then focused through a series of carefully calibrated lenses and electromagnetic fields to slow down the stream of light in intervals, forcing the photons to bump into one another and join into a molecule that is capable of interaction with matter, and then fired as a bolt of light. The photonic molecule acts as if it holds mass, and breaks apart back into individual photons upon contact, causing a burst of intense radiation that causes severe burns to the target as it super heats the air directly around it, creating a small shock wave that can rupture armor and soft targets alike. The weapon itself is highly stable, and is capable of firing continuously with little heat buildup and little to no recoil. The bolt can slowly loose photons as it travels, and moves much slower than light speed, which limits its effective range, but not by much. While the weapon has no outstanding features about it, it is a reliable weapon for many different uses that is never the perfect tool for the job, but is always an acceptable choice for just about any situation and improves in effectiveness the more it is used.Size: MDmg: Medium Energy/ThermalRoF: MediumRng: LongAcc: MediumSpecial: Quantity is a quality – If more than one blaster is attacking a single target, its armor becomes less effective at blocking blaster fire with every shot as they slowly impart more and more heat to the target and slowly blast layers of it away. This effect cannot totally remove armor, but can temporally reduce its effectiveness to nothing, depending on the armor type and the number of blasters used. A single blaster cannot benefit from this. Drones with blasters will focus fire by default as much as possible when targeting armored units.
>>39593538>Thought mufflerYES>>39593566>Photonic BlasterSo, It works like a Star Wars blaster?
>>39593566[New research unlocked]>Blaster CannonFastImmediately after studying the alien blaster your thinkers have proposed methods of altering the design to increase its size for large drone and ship use. The general reliability of the blaster promises to offer a weapon option capable of filling general combat or support roles with great effectiveness, although it would leave niche roles unfilled.>Anti-orbital pulse cannonMediumThe major drawback of the anti-orbital battery is the inefficiency with which it punches through the atmosphere with its particle beam, losing both range and damage. By adapting the blaster’s design to ‘pulse’ the beam of the battery weapon, your anti-orbital defenses could potentially increase both their range and average damage per shot.>Photonic microstructuresSlowThe useful applications of manipulating massive photonic molecules are many, and your preliminary studies indicate that you may be able to develop more practical uses beyond the blaster, especially in the field of energy shielding.
>>39593566>M>Dmg: Medium Energy/Thermal>RoF: Medium>Rng: Long>Acc: MediumRearm all warriors with this now!
>>39593602Those poor fuckers we took this from have no idea what they have unleashed
>>39593602Current researchPsionic implantation>MediumBy implanting neural crystals within a non-psionic subject you can deliberately cause a mutation within the subject, forcing it to grow the organs necessary to influence and interact with psionic networks. You now recognize this technology as the most likely cause of Vaugn's own alterations, indicating the relic found on Raligha to be a form of prototype of this technology, or perhaps it was left by the Gardener as a gift to the natives.Enhanced Psionic sensitivity>SlowBy putting your new knowledge into practice, you should be able to enhance the abilities of your medium and advanced relays to be able to detect, and with further research influence, non-psionic creatures in proximity.Nausea field>SlowA rather interesting side effect first noticed with your Blink drive, but now weaponized to great effect as a defensive measure. You should be able to enhance your medium and advanced relays to emit a wave of sickening nausea in a radius around it, causing effected subjects to feel increasing levels of both physical and mental uneasiness, causing feelings of dread and queasiness.>Solid State TeleportationSlowWhile standard quantum systems allow for instantaneous transportation of data, this technology would allow for essentially the instantaneous transport of matter. The matter in question would be disassembled into individual particles and transported in much the same way as bits of data through a quantum relay, and then assembled on the other side. Due to the nature of the process, only simple objects such as raw resources could survive teleportation. This should allow for the transportation of resources across hive space without the need to delegate ships to serve as trade vessels.
>>39593602Can we make a firefly warrior that has a pulse rifle for a butt?
>>39593664>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]>Quantum TuningMediumWhile current quantum computing technology requires the relays be built to accommodate one another, this technology should allow you to quickly attune pre-existing devices for one another when in proximity. Your thinkers suspect more opportunities to open up after further research is done. You suspect Theseus would greatly appreciate such a technology, if he does not already poses it.>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>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.
>>39593703>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.>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. Available research options>Psionic Cannon prototypeVery slow/Very dangerousDetailed accounts of several experiments show the slow progress of Project Godsplitter. The cannon itself is highly volatile, and even the smallest miscalculation often results in the destruction of the ship, as well as any nearby craft. It can only be equipped to a Hive ship's spinal mount, and requires a functional Void Shard as ammunition. At least a dozen testing sizes were atomized in testing the weapon, and in the end it appears The Gardener never quite perfected it.>Add research (write in)>Maintain current research>Other
YESIT IS TIME ONCE MORE
>>39593749>Photonic microstructures>Blaster Cannon
>>39593749>Add research Add all the new options but leave out the Pisonic cannon prototype
>>39593749>>Add research (write in)>Blaster Cannon>Anti-orbital pulse cannon>Photonic microstructures
>>39593295We swimming in the nutrients.And metals.
>>39593386>Add researchBlaster CannonAnti-orbital pulse cannonPhotonic microstructuresHow many Bloodroot collectors are we capable of building on Raligha? Build that many Bloodroot collectors.
>>39593538Question QD, how effective is the passive thought muffler? Like a hostile hive ship within the oort cloud wouldn't be able to detect our psionic noise until it gets way closer?
>>39593749>Add research (write in)>Blaster Cannon>Anti-orbital pulse cannon>Photonic microstructures
>>39593749At the rate we're getting more research we'll need more thinkers. Also can we start cloning the rest of the Skyl for Heretic?
>>39593875meant to link to:>>39593749
>>39593749>>39593898QD are we at the point where our thinkers are getting pressured? In which case we should lay more thinkers.>>39593851I fucking told you guys we should have built mining corvettes way earlier.
>>39593898Flash cloning will make that quicker. Or at least a more stable version we may get later will.And we do indeed need more thinker, if only to make shifts and let them rests their big, adorable brains once in a while.
>>39593979>Flash cloning will make that quicker. Or at least a more stable version we may get later will.You do realize that will take about five days to get the same amount of time cloning takes.
>>39593749Add>Blaster Cannon>Anti-orbital pulse cannon>Photonic microstructures>>39593887It won't hide hives or large numbers, but a pod will be more difficult to detect, and even if it is detected it would be very difficult to home in on its location via psionics.Essentially, instead of all the drones in the hive screaming "for mother!" they are all told to whisper it.>>39593898Your pods have now switched to mass producing skyl to fulfill the order, yes. Flash cloning will make that faster, but run the risk of causing genetic disorders and abnormalities due to the rush.>>39593956A bit, mostly due to all the slow research subjects.
>>39594021It's a very large order.
>>39594040>Essentially, instead of all the drones in the hive screaming "for mother!" they are all told to whisper it.You bastard! Give me back my sides.
>>39594040>Essentially, instead of all the drones in the hive screaming "for mother!" they are all told to whisper it.
>>39594040>Essentially, instead of all the drones in the hive screaming "for mother!" they are all told to whisper it.USN Breaking NEWS- The elusive Hive has discovered the secrets of using an inside voice, all hope for humanity is now lost
>>39593566couldcould we outfit entire swarms of fighters with this blaster to severely weaken larger ships
>>39594040>Essentially, instead of all the drones in the hive screaming "for mother!" they are all told to whisper it.God dammit QD I love you
>>39594040>Essentially, instead of all the drones in the hive screaming "for mother!" they are all told to whisper it.Darn it QD! you made my sides run off again! Go and help me find them this time!
Remember to ask Theseus for files on "Steven Geldron," last sightings of David Pinkleton--who might have been lying--and whoever is responsible for the death report on the "Jhon Doe" we left behind in Long Island station.Also curious about the recent whereabouts and activity of Trevor Grey -- the one human who has seen the pod in thread 1 firsthand, and who insisted to Seiner that the hive was advanced interstellar settlers. And what the full report from the Malihan rescue mission to Raligha includes. That one survivor may or may not have dropped that ammo sample when we had the Ralighans drive him off.
>>39593703>[Unlocks the Capillary Tower construction option]we tyranid now
So, at the rate we are going, how long before we FINISH SCIENCE in this universe and have to move on to a multiverse, and then the Omniverse, and then the other Omniverses to satisfy our addiction to research?
>>3959422330 threads before we breach the dimension where the crystals live
>>39594223"Oh look! In this universe the noble gases aren't inert!"
>>39594040>the queen telling her children to use their inside voices
>>39594242How many threads after that where we create micro-universes the size of a pin head to extract infinite resources from?
>>39594242I'll hold you to that promise anon.
>>39594250>Discover Total Annihilation Universe>Slowly back away as a matter of principle and go somewhere else, like SupCom, or PA.
>>39594040Where does Elizabeth poop?
>>39594299Right into the nutrient tanks. Gotta recycle those nutrients
>>39594223>>39594242>>39594294So does this mean that the Red Queen becomes the KaledioQueen?Actually, that sounds kinda cool, just all fractured colors and glass-like textures on our Queen.
>>39594324>>39594319Can't wipe your ass with a nutrient tank anons.
>>39594040>Essentially, instead of all the drones in the hive screaming "for mother!" they are all told to whisper it.Im dying, Send help.>>39594208Now we must devour all the planets.
>>39594334Get out of here Zelretch.
>>39594355>>39594040QuestDrone please tell us how Elizabeth and the prisoners wipe their asses.
>>39594363Why did I read that as Tzeench?
>>39594419Tzeentch ain't got nothing on Zelretch.
>>39594208>>39594358I'm trying to imagine how terrifying we would be with our swarms descending from orbit and covering the entire sky with our children.
>>39594040There is a light ding, and the doors to the lift open. The human guard walks out and into a large warehouse. You did not move far enough to have reached the surface, so this must be a basement level, and the warehouse itself appears to spread out into the area where the empty courtyard is, with several large vehicle lifts located beneath it, and a large sealed gate marked as leading to the parking garage.The human guard walks out and up to a waiting guard standing nearby."Let security know a reclamation team will be stopping by." He says, his voice flat. "One for recyc." The man nods solemnly and clicks his radio as the other walks off into a hallway labeled as a barracks.Your flies are quick to move out, blending in with the exposed wires and support struts as they crawl their way out of the elevator. You notice that the elevator seems to continue up into the ceiling to the building proper, and several staircases lead to areas marked for various uses indicating many of the humans here seem to live within the compound.>Have your flies spread out and search the warehouse>Have your flies attempt to ride the elevator further up>Other
To anyone who wanted to sell Fusion Reactor I would like to inform them that it would backfire horribly.
>>39594539>>Have your flies spread out and search the warehouse
>>39594539>Have your flies spread out and search the warehouse>Have your flies attempt to ride the elevator further upSend half further up
>>39594539>>Have your flies spread out and search the warehouse>>Have your flies attempt to ride the elevator further upCan't we split them up? From what I understand we have several dozen flies in there right now. More than enough to cover both.
>>39594539Split them?if not >Have your flies spread out and search the warehouse
>>39594539Just split them up>>39594616We pretty much spit up our scouts every time we done our stealth runs
I just realized that we have absolutely zero weaknesses when it comes to warfare, especially when it comes to the psionic shroud and thought muffler making our Hive-frequency the next thing to impossible to locate and analyze.
>>39594616>>39594597>>39594658>>39594662Just means more work forQD
>>39594684He'll probably cut out shit he would have posted had we been more specific and only present us with the most important stuff we find. The price of casting a wider net.
>>39594539>Have your flies spread out and search the warehouse
What are we looking for again?
>>39594801I'd say that motherfucker that spotted us and got away still breathing.
>>39594801Uh, Im pretty sure were always looking for Lee so we may crown him King.
>>39594539An empty elevator would seem to suspicious, you spread your flies out into the warehouse instead. Once you search the area and get your bearings, perhaps you can find an alternative way up.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 63 (1d100)>>39594883cas
Rolled 77 (1d100)>>39594883Rollan
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>39594883
Rolled 2 (1d100)>>39594883
Rolled 32 (1d100)>>39594883
>>39594674Theoretically yes. But realistically, given the way we've been playing, We have problems of our industry and strategic resource reserves barely being able to keep up with our levels of production lately.Also I realized that we have almost no strategic depth. If and when the Obsidian Queen discovers Leeland, she could rush us right there and then, and even if we could evacuate to out other worlds, we would be in very dire straights since we have almost all our industry, food, and metals situated there.
Hey guys what are we doing with regards to farm building and nutrient income in general?
>>39595029I always knew fluff was a monster, but not that kind of monster.
>>39594981So we've been playing our Military like an RTS instead of a 4x?
>>39595090Didn't we discuss about automated farm building and expansion, or did that go nowhere?
>>39595161I remember discussing it but i can't remember if we ever implemented it.
>>39595029AUGH! KILL IT WITH FIRE!>>39595103I am NOT like that! I am harmless little fuzz ball.
>>39595122Yes. We are basically advancing at the MAD SPEED of the RTS while the humans have been stuck with slow expansion of 4x.The main problem is that the Obsidian Queen has the same speed as we do /and/ had a lot of time to entrench itself.
>>39595243Gonna kill you with fireDaddy-long legs are harmless bros that eat tons of flies and mosquitos
>>39595323Fuck you spider!
>>39595381I AINT A SPIDERarachnid yes, but spider no
>>39594883Your flies spread out among the hallways and corridors surrounding the central warehouse, which seems to store a strange combination of military, medical, and surveillance equipment. Various sealed chambers lead into what appear to be surgical rooms, although the chambers are each air tight, and you can find no way of entry without risking detection.In the corridors around the building, you find a number of small barracks and mess halls serving humans in mixtures of fatigues, civilian apparel, military gear, and lab coats."So you hear about Yune?""No, the guy gives me the creeps honestly.""Heard he got shot a few days ago.""Really? How'd they manage to pull that off?""Nobody's sure, he's been up in medical."Your fly moves along the ceiling and wraps itself around a fire suppressor, its body contorting to match, and the rest of your flies continue on as the conversation switches to the topic of some local sporting event.You eventually find an area marked with a number of signs: "Main medical" on the top floor of the warehouse, with the two bellow marked "Medical lab" and "Bio hazard containment" respectively. There is a small airlock leading into it, with what you recognize as a bio scanner inside.On the ceiling is a number of decent sized air ducts slowly circulating the air. The grates are too small even for your flies, but given time, you should be able to chew through them.>Attempt to sneak into the lab area through the airlock>Chew through the grates to the air ducts>Other
Rolled 29 (1d100)>>39595533>Chew through the grates to the air ducts
>>39595381>Daddy long legs>Spiderhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuDqNLgVHv8
>>39595533>Chew through the grates to the air ducts
>>39595533>>Chew through the grates to the air ducts
Rolled 62 (1d100)>>39595533>Chew through the grates to the air ducts
>>39595595>>39595594>>39595591>>39595585>>39595580>>39595557>>39595596>Everyone>Fuck the Bio-scanner
I think a mix of Thorn Launchers and Photonic Blasters would be best for our drones, at the squad level. Thorn Launchers are already good vs armor, with the blaster's special, they're even better.
>>39595533Your flies begin gnawing into the grate slowly but surely. Small metal chips occasionally fly from the duct with a light crunching sound.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.Beyond the confines of the facility, Lyle looks over the schematics of the city sewers once more."It's simple enough. We just need to set up the sonic scanners along the roof, and set breaching caps once we get a decent reading. Hopefully we won't need 'em, but I like to be safe." Dillon says. A microphone set along the desk crackles with Jackob's voice."I'll see if I can preoccupy any guards while you get that done, but you two need to work fast."Lyle flips a small grenade sized disk in his hand. "No way to tell if there's any surveillance there, so we can hit them with a bug bomb before we get started to cut out any cameras."Dillon clicks the map and it dissipates into a flash as the hologram vanishes. "Good. Jackob, let me know when you have the skiff in position, we'll meet you at junction under Adams and thirty first."The microphone cuts out and Dillon looks back to Lyle as he packs the projector into his coat."This is official agency work now, but we'll still be on the lookout for your guy, obviously. I assume you don't want him on any official records, so I won't mention him in any reports at the end of this."Lyle gives a quick nod as he swigs down the last of his drink. "''Preciated.""But" He adds, "I wanted to ask you something real quick."cont.
Rolled 54 (1d100)>>39596024Do we roll?
>>39593258FUCK! IT CAME BACK WHILE I WAS ASLEEP! BUT ATLEAST YOU CAME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!! fuck yes my weekend is infinitely better.
Rolled 70 (1d100)>>39596024ROLALNAN
>>39595996Agreed, though with the addendum that we have a small number of flamethrower drones too. For example every 10 warriors might break down to something like >4 Thorn Launchers>4 Photonic Blasters>2 Flame Throwers
Rolled 29 (1d100)>>39596024
>>39596024>"But" He adds, "I wanted to ask you something real quick."ABORT
>>39596093That sounds good to me. I was going to say I prefer 5 photonic and 1 flame, but thinking about it, 2 flame throwers in a squad of ten would allow them to actually cover each other.
>>39596024>I wanted to ask you something real quickHave the parasite crawl out of Lyle's mouth and attack Dillon screaming "HE KNOWS".
>>39596093Smart, that would give our entire swarm a huge amount of tactical flexibility.
Did 4chan freeze?
>>39596024"I know you don't typically talk about your jobs one way or the other, I respect that professionalism, and you don't have to answer, but I still have to ask.""Because of your job?" Lyle asks."Because I'm curious." Dillon says. "People don't pull off much without my agency finding out, and I know for a fact that someone got in dirty with someone, and a pile of aliens ended up on a ship from Mars on its way to Tadega." Dillon looks over various weapons and stashes them along the inside of his reclamation uniform. "Nobody imports trout to Tadega, and Olympus shipyards isn't usually in the merchant business, and then a few days later the picket fleet nukes the place without warning." He shakes his head slowly. "It doesn't usually take that long to collect a few local specimens, especially not for you. You got caught, didn't you? I mean, let's face it, you don't have a perfect record. I've traced half a dozen Unity infections back to you, but never with any legal evidence, and I just leave what I do find off the record, but before we do anything else, I just wanted to know if you're good."Lyle pauses for a moment, and begins folding the breaching caps into his bag. "Course I am.""I just figured, those things are smart enough to speak, they could be smart enough to know what they don't know. I mean, imagine if they got a warp drive?"Lyle lets out a reflexive chuckle. "God damn, man. What do you think's going on here?"Dillon shrugs. "I don't know, don't really care. I'll leave that to BFI's more legitimate branches. I just wanted to know how you've been doing.">Inform Dillon about the hive (write in)>Say nothing>Other
>>39596457People just stopped shitposting.
>>39596473>picAin't that nigga a Pilgrim?
>>39596473>OtherSay hes doing damage control for someone cause of that nuke mess
>>39596473Sounds like Dillon needs a parasite
>>39596473>imagine if they got a warp drive?"Hehuehueh>Say nothing and laugh
>>39596473>laugh>begin to look for opportunities for giving Dillon a parasite.
>>39596473nothing orother say multiple parties were raiding the planet at the same time
>>39596503Pilgrim hero from Endless Space, yup.
>>39596473>imagine if they got a warp drive?Yeah, imagine that.Now imagine they have a drive one step above warp.
>>39596532The hilarious thing is that we do, only we don't use it because it's woefully inefficient compared to our own blink drives.
>>39596473"I'm better. The local wildlife carries hellish kinds of diseases though."Lyle told his broker he had space malaria.
>>39596473>OtherGet a parasite in him. He knows too much and is too useful to kill off.
>>39596531>>39596547>>39596588Someone in his line of work might be pretty damn useful to have parasited, but I'm worried about how much can go wrong.
>>39596588Not an option yet. Lyle won't do that, and he's too on guard, and Lyle has no parasites on hand.When he gets inevitably injured in the attack, hybrids will retrieve his injured ass and heal him and Jackob with the parasite's soothing medi-gel.
>>39596588we need to arrange an accident in this op that's what
>>39596623>Lyle won't do that, and he's too on guard, and Lyle has no parasites on hand.Lyle WILL do that.Yes he is, which is why we need to wait for opportunities in him.A temporary problem.
>>39596588Time to operate!
>>39596623yeah lyle had a minor mind break when he saw the hybrid clonewe have a lot of influence but we cant push too far right now
>>39596473>>Inform Dillon about the hive (write in)"Look mate, I can't say much right now, but there is a lot going on I can't talk about. But suffice it to say, they have actually taken a good deal of interest in what's going on in the Union, and are looking for resourceful gents like me to check it out. Offering some impressive healthcare schemes to back it up."This guy could be of immense use to the hive, and he seems to know how to be discreet about his business. We should just let him know that we'd be interested in 'recruiting' him, get him used to the idea of working with the hive.
>>39596763The hive is not a fucking door to door salesman.
>>39596791New caste idea>Conversion priests
>>39596763hah noif we got to leave hints then blame the unity, valen or another human faction then
>>39596816Nah, we can just infest the populace and have them do it for us.
>>39596763Absolutly Not!, Just say were fine.>>39596816"Hi I want to take a moment to talk about your one true savior, the queen"You blink looking at the person standing in your doorway"What the hell?"He smiles, "The Queen is your one true saviorAs you are about to slam the door in your face his foot stops it, And he opens the door>Holy shit he is strongHe punchs you in the gut and you fall to the floor"Wh-wha the hell?!" you exclaimHe smiles at you, All your nutrients r belong to us>Fade to black
>>39596909>infest the populace>give them a drive to infest others>whenever they complete a task for the queen, inject them with a dose of dopamine
Guys, I'v just been inspired, we should genetically engineer us some zombies and release them upon the new frontier, Bam Union gets pushed back.
>>39596473"I'm good. Had a close call is all. Some nasty infection."Dillon nods. "Alright then. Whatever it is, it's your business. Let's go."Your ghostly illusion fades from view, echoing your thoughts in his mind. "Yes, imagine if we only had a warp drive."Lyle fights back a grin as he exist the room.The skiff sits waiting at the sewer junction, its flood lights cover the waters ahead in blinding light. It is a decently sized platform mounted on a series of levitation pads nearly a foot from the water, with a rack near the back big enough for several human bodies, and a large empty box that smells like a Valen's gift in a Taidraen embassy after being left to 'ripen' in the sun for a week. Jackob sits in the front, where the bumper dips down to offer a wider view from a small leather seat covered in stains of unknowable origins. Six seats are set up along the sides facing inwards, with three on either side, and in the center is a chest high rod with a pivoting mount where a search light would go, although you make out the silhouette of the Suncaster under a thick blanket nearby. Lyle secures it with his foot and straps himself in, and the skiff lurches forward with an echoing hum.cont.
>>39597082That's retarded.You're retarded.Not the good kind of retarded.
>>39597095>Your ghostly illusion fades from view, echoing your thoughts in his mind. "Yes, imagine if we only had a warp drive.">Lyle fights back a grin as he exist the room.Is Lyle coming to accept the Hive as his family?
>>39597128And soon we'll add Dillon too. We need to get some parasites on line for Lyle to use.
>>39597128Wait, Does Lyle Even have any living family?
>>39597163Maybe even... give him access to a few parasites, and leave it up to him if he wants to use them or not.
>>39597128We could offer him a Hive ship sometime.>>39597173HIS FAMILY IS DEAD!
>>39597163Parasiting secret agents is a retarded thing to do. You think they don't have mandatory periodical health examinations? In the fancy spacefuture where there's advanced medical scanning technology?After every fucking job.
>>39597243>Lyle at the helm of a Hive ship commanding his own fleetI want this to happen now. Give him Elizabeth's ability too.
>>39597243hive ship would be very hard to mask if lyle went on runs into non hive space, also the chances of him giving up the angel is worse then the chances of the black queen committing suicide as penitence for killing her kin.
>>39597248Anon have you realized that fluff offers nothing of value yet? There is a reason people consider namefags cancer.
>>39597308He can keep the Angel in one of the Hive ships launch bays.
>>39597321And your shit posting makes others realize you have nothing of value. You are the reason the anons are becoming the real cancer here. We're going to have to paracite Dillon
>>39597303He's a boots on ground guy, he doesn't know how to command a human starship much less an alien fleet.
I got it.We enlist Theseus, and then grow a special ship for Lyle, and have Theseus build AROUND the living parts of the ship.Cyborg Commando Space Ship.I DO THING FOR BROTHER WHO DOES THING FOR MOTHER AND UNCLE.
>>39597321Yes he offers valueHes the community punching bag I mean there a hell lot worse name fags than fluff who deserve they abuse they getfluff is alright
>>39597321What concerns me is the other support the idea has. If we want to just nab him and run off with a forcefully infested secret agent, sure, that's doable. Sticking a parasite in him and expecting to make use of the resources gained from his position is idiotic. First of all, conditioning him to be useful is going to take 1-3 days and a healthy chunk of a thread, or outright fail. Rolls will be involved. Then how's he going to explain being AWOL? Without getting a medical checkup? Wont happen. We -already- have access to his resources via Lyle. People are being silly.>>39597377It doesn't work that way; think things through.
>>39597387I will allow this.
>>39597387Ooh, good idea. I've been wanting to leak vital information on our technology to Theseus for no substantial return for a while now.
>>39597498He does have a shitload of the Obsidian Queen's torn apart ships in orbit above his worlds.
>>39597498And I've been wanting to stop bringing up the neckbeard proxy that is Lee since the first couple of threads.We can't all have the things we want.
>>39597498He has the OQ's broken ships scattered in several places he can study, and people apparently insist that she is on a roughly equal technological level to ourselves.
>>39597520>>39597524>>39597551None of these are reasons to do the stupid thing.
>>39597387>We enlist Theseus, and then grow a special ship for Lyle, and have Theseus build AROUND the living parts of the ship.Or Theseus could just construct a shell and we grow a ship inside it.
How about instead we talk about what fleets we want and what worlds we colonize.
>>39597661>ColonizeAll of them, because we don't have to worry about such silly bullshit as habitable environments.
>>39597095The skiff slides to a halt over the floating mess by the elevator."It took you long enough." Says the guard. "Hurry up and get this packed up. We need to flush this section out."Jackob hops the railing to the walkway. "Yea, well first I'm going to need you to walk me through how this happened.""What? We were fucking attacked by these things, I already told you!""No, no I mean details. Gonna need you to show me where they came from, how they got in, all that. If this was a malfunction we can't have it happen again. We have traps all over the city, what if the design is defective?"The guard quickly points over to the end of the canal. "They came from over there. You can check yourself."Jackob shakes his head. "No can do. You need to show me the details, either you, or your boss. It's under your building, which means that you could be held liable under the right circumstances, since you clearly have a presence down here already. Lot's of companies like to use these tunnels for moving sensitive stuff, and sometimes they take shortcuts they shouldn't. If you don't come with me, and I find out your company could be at fault, that could be years of court battles, but you could always tell your boss to come down here instead."The guard lets out a frustrated groan. "Fine!" He says and leads Jackob off to the end of the corridor. Jackob turns back behind him and gives a quick thumbs up as Lyle presses his thumb against a small frisbee shaped device, causing it to start to hum softly."Alright, we have about five minuets before that thing could be detected." Lyle says as he grabs one of the sensors. He squats down and leaps into the air, quickly reaching the ceiling several meters above and grabbing hold of a pipe as he plants the sensor on the cement above. Dillon quickly tosses him several more as Lyle plants them one by one and you watch as each one covers itself in a stone-like foam, blending into the surface of the ceiling.cont.
>>39597690>All of them, because we don't have to worry about such silly bullshit as habitable environments.We do have to worry about them having exploitable weaknesses.
>>39597321the only thing I dislike about fluff is his shitty roll luck. The only thing I dislike about you is that you cant just ignore him like a sane person. Also he is no where near as bad as ND/whiteagle so there is that.
>>39597661We need to capture Desmond before the Scavengers get control over it. If they do they'll be able to attack any system in the frontier expanse including ours.
>>39597736And turn P2 into a farming colony.
>>39597694>He squats down and leaps into the air, quickly reaching the ceiling several meters above and grabbing hold of a pipeLyle jump good!
>>39597661We should definitely fortify Wonder for mining and defense against further Scavenger attacks. It would also make sense to test our planet seeders on the glassed world we inherited from mother. I've crunched the numbers, and it is well within our budget to do so.
Also, I have no problem with dilllon knowing too much, truth is, it'd be nice to get some hive good will going that doesn't involve insane amounts of parasites and complications. Part of why I made that whistle blowing plan.
>>39597694Dillon manipulates a small receiver as Lyle places the last of the sensors and lands with a thud next to the skiff."Hold on, I'm picking up some kind of weird interference, like a... buzzing. Need to adjust it a bit first. Here we go. Place has a basement warehouse, looks like a pretty big complex actually. The floor above us looks like a loading bay of some kind." He looks up and tosses Lyle a hand full of blasting caps and points out several locations."Yea, sure thing, since you look so busy.""Well that's what you get for being the only one with fucking frog legs." Dillon says. "You know what they say about grass and the lawn mower.""Actually not really. I've honestly never seen a lawn in person, except maybe one of those shitty plastic ones." Lyle says as he leaps to one of the corners, his legs digging into the conduits and sprinting up the wall just enough to plant the charge, then hopping back to the walk way. In several minuets he has the charges in place."That's that, now, we do what we came here for. Grab a net and act like your job is actually boring." Dillon says as he reaches for the jammer. "We can make a plan of attack once we give the sensors time to get a good eye on the building."Above, your flies begin to pour into the air vent through the metal grate. The air to the lab appears to flow through multiple filters, but you also find several ducts leading upwards into the levels above. They are unlabeled, but you suspect you have enough drones to cover all your bases.>Have your drones chew through the filters to infiltrate the labs>Have your drones focus on searching the upper levels>Split your drones>Other
>>39597921It may at some point be reasonable to leak information of the hive to carefully selected individuals in Union intelligence/political positions, but it is somewhat premature at the moment.
>>39597921Yeah, it's pretty clear from the way QD is writing this quest that it's pretty much impossible to keep doing these sorts of covert missions without any characters connecting the dots. Sooner or later it is all but bound to come out that we're not exactly stone smashers, and it would definitely be in our best interest to use the Union's social and political environment to further our ends when that happens.
>>39597993>Have your drones chew through the filters to infiltrate the labsLets see what they have in there.
>>39597993>Have your drones chew through the filters to infiltrate the labs
I kind of wish we could just send a bunch of drones on our planet to search automatically for new creatures to study.
>>39597993About how many flies are we working with here?
>>39597921I agree, but it's the timing of it the tricky part. Yes I wanted to parasite Dillon, but I did not say right now.
>>39597993>>Split your drones>>39598007>>39598043Well it is possible that should we choose not to infest Dillion, we can use him to facilitate peaceful contact with the Union, though honestly I don't see any benefits to that compared to us just walking up to them and saying hi.
>>39597993>>Split your drones
>>39598088"GO MY CHILDREN! FIND ME NEW AND INTERESTING THINGS TO POKE AT!"
>>39597993>Have your drones focus on searching the upper levelsIf it's a lab, the filters almost certainly have monitors tracking whether they work or not. Definitely not designed to detect intruders, but bigass holes being chewed through them is going to register as a filter failure on their system.
>>39597993>Hold on, I'm picking up some kind of weird interference, like a... buzzingI wonder what that could be.
>>39598098We don't need him as an ambassador for the hive, that's what Lee is for. The dudes a professional cop/spook. His contacts and skillset would be best employed in the shadowy underworld, but yeah, we don't necessarily have to give him a parasite for that to work.
>>39597993>Have your drones focus on searching the upper levels
>>39597993>Split your drones
>>39597993>>Have your drones chew through the filters to infiltrate the labs
>>39598095That's still a dumb idea. You cannot parasite intelligence officers and have them maintain cover.>>39598098It is better to have sympathetic agents in an organization prior to official contact than to not.
>>39597993>>Split your dronesWe made a lot of them explicitly to split up. >>39598147Alteratively, hes a spook with a lot of contacts, I doubt we'd be the first foreign xeno power hes been in contact with. He probably knows valen contacts and probably a few of the sewer people as well.
Hey guys, we should parasite theseus, hes got a lot of contacts around the universe and could leak our presence were he to feel like it, its the only way to be safe...
>>39598171Likely we'll parasite him after we go public
>>39598198So you are saying we should shove our worm down his throat.
I swear our quest to find Lee is going to end like this.
>>39598199Wow it's like you don't even read the things people write. You cannot put a parasite in a person's body if they are in the intelligence game and expect that parasite to go unnoticed for any amount of time. You cannot expect an intelligence agency to be in favor of one of their agents having an alien parasite inside of their body. There is no way to reconcile a parasite in Dilon's body with Dilon working his current job. It is better to have him in his job and vaguely-but-maybe-not-really sympathetic than it is to have another above-average human agent to play with.-Especially- after we've revealed ourselves.
>>39598256If it does, we're going to crack the planet he died on, mark my words.
Speaking of that, since we've got such an efficient method of stripping minerals, we could probably sell a bunch of rare minerals after going out into the open and then give a shit ton of credits to everyone we currently have captive as recompense. Also we can probably con our way out of it on the ground that the tribals were the one to attack after unity firebombed there ship, and we just happened to be the ones that had to play clean up afterwards.
>>39598301No, no, full scale invasion. There would be nothing more terrifying than some unknown insectoid race blinking in from out of nowhere from deep space and unleashing innumerable fighters and invasion swarms.
>>39598336didn't we solve ageing awhile ago? why not sell that?
>>39598336>then give a shit ton of credits to everyone we currently have captive as recompenseOr we could just wipe their memories and drop them off on the Valen's colony.
>>39598414It would look far better to make it clear that people who fucked with us don't necessarily have to die. It kind of sets the whole idea that we aren't some horrific monstrosity who will melt all who disagree with us into raw biomass.
>>39598409>didn't we solve ageing awhile ago?>why not sell that?Because selling tech that valuable and hard to get is stupid.
>>39598269I do read thank you, I don't expect him to remain in the agency either if we do that. however We could have him infested long enough to pass MORE parasites into other agents and more or less compromise as many members of the government and the ones who do the screenings as we can. We'll feed the higher ups an 'green lite' and get the intelligence right from the source. It's risky, but it could work.
>>39598452Pretty certain they actually need regular injections only we can provide.
>>39598482If we can biogenerate it anyone can. Hell, we use vats of e-coli to produce insulin in real life right now. They might not be able to make it as cleanly or efficiently, but it can definitely be done.
>>39598482What is research?>>39598441And your point is? Seriously I'd rather that they fear us enough to not even to dare attack us again.
>>39598147I thought we were going to use Elizabeth to do that, I mean I'm sure she'd just do it if we asked.
>>39598536Thats not how people work and they didn't attack us, if they fear us they will make it there point to invest as much money as possible into ending our reign of terror, in secret or otherwise, it would be a nightmare to stamp out and would contribute to us having to probably ultimately invade them when they call our bluff. People don't like living in fear.
>>39598452it only works on humans and some other aliens anyway
Why don't we just ask Unity how to go about first contact? He'll provide a better plan than we could.
>>39598566>they didn't attack usHaving amnesia there?>if they fear us they will make it there point to invest as much money as possible into ending our reign of terrorThat's not how it works.
>>39598473If he leaves the agency most of his usefulness as an agent of the hive would be gone. >>39598544Bro, do you follow these threads? The general consensus was that Lee would be better suited, as his name is already widely known, and, y'know, he technically is still our ambassador.
This is your weekly reminder that we still have not gassed the ceph!>>39598621Also in case you don't remember, my first contact with the union involved quite a few fatalities and a fear of me that lingers to this day.
>>39598643>Thats not how it worksYes, because during the cold war americans weren't investing money in opposing the soviet union because we were too scared with fighting such an intimidating and powerful foe...
>>39598269You only need to put a parasite in him for five days.That's long enough to clone him and implant all the memories of the original into a hybrid.Also, we don't know for sure that intelligence agencies regularly do elaborate, lengthy CAT scans on their personnel.If, after we parasite him, and invade his memories to review just what kind of scrutiny he's under. Then we can make a decision whether to keep him parasited based on that.We might at least want him parasited for purely passive spying purposes, if not altering his behavior any that would draw attention.
>>39598648We would still gain his knowledge and non-departmental contacts. But for all we know, BFI's heavily compartmentalized and we end up learning almost fuck all.
>>39598643THEY didn't. One corrupt politician and his legitimately insane henchmen did, which was done in full contradiction of first contact protocol. His actions are simply not representative of the Union as a whole.
>>39598473once we are ready to go fullscale take over this would be a neat idea, otherwise no we need to stay as incognito as possible until the last possible minute, we have not finished all of our prep work for the fallout that will accompany this. We should stay in the shadows until we can wipe out a planet with ease...you saw how our shit got wrecked last space battle right? we dont have enough fleets to keep losing because of shit rolls...not yet anyway
>>39598648I thought about it and yes, that is likely true. And more likely everyone will leave him be, but alternatively we could use him as an infection agent to convert most if not all the agency itself and still let the higher ups think nothing happened. This could work if we don't go public.
I just realized, with our ability to generate people who we can seed full memories in and such, we could just start generating a shit ton of mary sues and fill the dark corners of taverns across the galaxy! IMAGINE! All of those adventurers in tribal worlds might just be us planting ourselves into there system!
If this guy was able to put the dots together on lyle, theseus, and us he can probably put the dots together on the few missing days of his life. He will probably quickly figure out someone knows everything and play damage control as well.
>>39598708>non-departmental contactsWhile I don't doubt they are substantial, the guy was fully aware of shit going down the length and width of the Union. I don't want to do anything to jeopardize ANY of his sources of intel, they are the reason he is so valuable in the first place.
>>39598705if we want the memories and dna to clone him we dont even NEED to implant a parasite, just stuff his ass in a tank for 24 hours tops. >>39598269he has a point, I mean do you personally want to make nice with an alien bug race that wants to just stuff parasites in everything before even bothering to make diplomatic attempts? Na mate thats the stuff of horror movies: face it we are fucking terrifying as the hive and we need to tread carefully with the other races until this black queen issue is resolved.
>>39597993You have your drones slip up and search the compound. The flies by the filters are slowed, but they are quick to begin making progress. Your other drones find no resistance as they move up and through the upper levels of the building. Your flies find a number of offices and cubicles. Near the area where the labs are located, in what you note would be the level above the main medical floor, is an area marked as the infirmary. Near that is another small mess hall, little more then a small break room, and while you note sidearms at the hip of most in the area, there are very few fully armed guards.Unlike the medical lab, the infirmary appears mostly open, with an automatic door near the front and boxes of medical equipment lines along the wall outside. On the floor above the entire area is dedicated to administration, with countless files and papers marked as top secret sitting in piles, or floating as holograms on agents' desks. On many computers you can see what looks like video footage, and you can even recognize several Union political figures sitting in what look like their offices, or from the shaky cameras of their personal communicators."I honestly could care less about your pointless excuses, I want results, and so does the council." You recognize the smooth drawl of a Talgoian accent. A fly moves closer and finds a large office near the far wall where a hologram of Killinger stands several inches high on a desk. "You told me you would send in a report last week, and now you tell me it's 'being handled' well, it's time to shit or get off the pot, because you've been leading the local gangs around on a leash trying to mop up this mess and apart from getting your hit men on the fucking news, you have nothing to show for it!" He throws a device at an invisible table in front of him, and the data on it is flashed above him, showing a local news report of the men Lyle and your clones had killed at Lee's apartment building.cont.
>>39598705Five days is a long ass time. We know that meager human tech can create fairly convincing body duplicates, so after a delay like that, a thorough medical examination is the only sane response.It's not feasible.>>39598757So are we going public or not? You're all over the place.
>>39598693Anon we could easily outpace them in every way possible. It wouldn't matter.
>>39598757>Infecting an entire department of a Union intelligence agencyFluff...please...just stop talking. This plan is so bad, and has so many ways to go horribly wrong I don't even know where to start.
>>39598873Do you REALLY want to bank on the fact that humanity wouldn't manage to find some thing we managed to overlook and make our lives hell? Do you REALLY want to bank that they wont go into the arms of those crystal things if they offered humanity salvation? Do you REALLY want to plunge us into a genocidal war because you don't want to trust anyone ever?
>>39598826>showing a local news report of the men Lyle and your clones had killed at Lee's apartment building.hue
>>39598852I'm just tossing out plans for if the anons want to go that way. I have the feeling it won't now. I'll stop so don't worry about it.
I don't understand why people are so stuck on possibly allying with Humanity.We have Theseus and Heretic, and a dozen other aliens we could be friends with.Why can't we just tell Humanity to fuck off and go we go be friends with other people?
>>39596724We can push him as far as we want. His mind doesn't matter now that we have complete control of it. He can complain about an order, but he can't say no to an order.
>>39598873If the humans existed in a vacuum, sure. They don't. There's the Black Queen, the crystals, the Ceph. We don't know which side Theseus would truly come down on, either.Avoiding pointless conflict when the cost is not engaging in equally pointless power fantasy is only sensible.
>>39598931We can use whatever help we can get, and they're just annoying enough to not ignore them.
>>39598757I like your enthusiasm but fluff we must do this sneaky like, cant go and infest them all at once mate, not yet anyway. If we want data we can stuff em in a portable drone tank after sedating em then make it seem like they got drunk passed out and had a shitty night.
>>39598931Or at least tell the Union to fuck off and pay a visit to the Commonwealth.
>>39598931I DONT want us to ally with humanity, I just also don't want us to end up getting in a genocidal war with them or in a cold war with them.
>>39598931"Friends" is an overstatement. Nonaggression is all I need. Casual trade relations would be pleasant.We still need a couch.
>>39598931cause we are human i guessand half of use are just cant role-play from the perspective of another species to save our life
>>39598955Theseus would come down on Theseus' side.Which is our side, provided we don't go for extinction, because we are immortal and won't dick him over for votes and consider him to be an ally and friend with goals that are not in any way, shape, or form opposed to our own and do not cause more than a very minor amount of friction.
>>39598894>Do you REALLY want to bank on the fact that humanity wouldn't manage to find some thing we managed to overlook and make our lives hell?Like they haven't tried and failed miserably. >Do you REALLY want to bank that they wont go into the arms of those crystal things if they offered humanity salvation?More tech to research.>Do you REALLY want to plunge us into a genocidal war because you don't want to trust anyone ever?We can't "trust" anybody anon.Also I never said feared and hated. Personally I prefer feared and respected.
>>39598931Because we want less fodder for the Black Queen. If the black crystals infects humanity, we'll be in trouble - but if we can get them on our side, the fight against the Black Queen would be easier.And then again we haven't even touched the Valen, Scavvies and Taidarens. Three potential Black Queen fodder right there.
>>39598931Allying with them is a bit optimistic but they're going to discover our true nature eventually, it's inevitable. We need to be on good political footing with them when they do so that we can avoid any altercations with them while we're dealing with this fucking void crystal god nigger and his faggot slave races.
>>39598931>dozen other aliens we could be friends with.All of the not dick aliens that we aren't currently allied with have more or less friendly relationship with the humans. They certainly won't appreciate the bullshit some anons propose.
>>39598931No one said anything about allying with Humanity, what we're trying to do is to not have them declare war on us because some idiots think it would be a good idea to infest one of their intelligence agencies and populations centers.>>39598955I thought we were past the point that there would be no doubt that Theseus would side with us on anything short of declaring genocide on the human race.
>>39598998They HAVEN'T tried to make our lives hell, they tried to capture a few of us to experiment on, not knowing even the slightest of our capacity, and they also tried to prevent us from becoming warp capable by monitoring us, also not knowing we already were. Neither of those constitute a targeted antagonistic effort.
>>39599019'Friendly' relations at the point of a gun.
>>39599065Valen are friendly because they can crash the human economy if they felt like, and the ceph are actively antagonistic towards humanity with out them even realizing it. The lesser races fall on all sides of the spectrum here.
>>39599096Mostly negative because their induction into the Union was in the form of annexation.
>>39599126At least one of those races naturally lived in shit and had a pretty low quality of life to begin with. If anything them being annexed actually helped them. With the mute ceph they actually benefit also from the union as thats a place they can live without actively being murdered.
>>39599048You do realize there is nothing they could do to make our lives hell.Also your argument falls apart pretty when you realize that it is better to be "Feared and respected" than "Loved and respected".
>>39599045That's anons being naively optimistic regarding Theseus's bearing. He's not going to betray us under any circumstances, but his retaliation against us for certain categories of behaviour towards humanity would not constitute "betrayal".The thresholds on behaviour necessary to garner retaliation are currently unknown to us. People are making assumptions about it. Personally, I feel that Theseus would not respond well to anything resembling planetary invasion of an established colony.
>>39598990Fucking Scavs and their false advertising, we were promised a couch!
>>39599180Whatever you say, Machiavelli.
>>39599180Do you remember those two times that there warp drives malfunctioned and temporarily formed a gravitational singularity? Yeah, I'm pretty sure they've found a way to weaponize that. I'm also pretty sure you could crack a planet with a well placed singularity bomb. Alternatively there are plenty of potential doomsday devices including flat out thermal overloading our atmosphere to turn our planet into a molten hellscape.
So is this a pretty accurate description of that time the Union sent a cyborg to destroy our hive?
>>39599180And your argument falls apart when you realize that there is absolutely nothing to be gained by engaging in a pointless genocidal war. And there is plenty they could do to make our lives hell, have you forgotten how vast their territory and industrial base is? If they really cared to they destroy much of the hive.
>>39598826"Yes sir, but I did want to talk to you about your opponent, Richardson?""That Green sack of shit is less likely to beat me in an election then my own ass." His jaw line tightens in anger. "I'll worry about my election, you worry about doing your job. I tell you to figure out who killed our mole, and you hire a dozen hit men to start a fire fight in a high rise. I tell you to contain the situation, and you get one of your best men, a man with substantial investment from this project mind you, nearly killed by some gang banger asshole, and have quite possibly lead the straight to you!" He clenches his tiny fists, and you note the man in the room is quite tense, despite the hologram's tiny size. "I'm going to make a call. This has gone on long enough. The council will make plans to have a new location prepared, clean out this base immediately and get the subjects ready to move." Killinger moves to an unseen control, and pauses as if he remembered something, looking back up sternly. "Just remember how critical your project is. We can ill afford a repeat of the battle of Sol, so by God you better get your ducks in a row before the Commonwealth does." He jerks his arm off screen to shut off the feed, his arm tensing as if snapping a man's neck, and the hologram winks out.The man turns to his desk and presses a button and an artificial voice responds."Please contact the Secretary Council." He says, and he closes the door.As you watch the man look over various papers your flies continue to spread out, reaching the next level of the building. It is largely empty, with a number of guards standing in empty hall that leads to a sealed area with two guards standing at attention. On the other side, near the elevator, is a locked door behind which you detect a mess of electrical equipment and activity.>Have your flies move in to listen in on the conversation in the office.>Investigate the office on the top floor>Investigate the infirmary>Other
>>39599180sure we could probably wipe out a great deal of their population and infrastructure, crippling the whole fucking union but it would be a pyrrhic victory. they still have the combined might of the entire union military to bring to bear on our shit after we do that, while we only have a two shitty fleets to defend from the obsidian queen and the now royally pissed off union military.
>>39599344>>Have your flies move in to listen in on the conversation in the office.Holy shit, these guys are into some deep shit.
>>39599344Aw fuckAny one bet they been remaking the psychic cannon and that's why the ceph been attacking them?
>>39599344>>Have your flies move in to listen in on the conversation in the office.
>>39599344>Investigate the office on the top floor>The council will make plans to have a new location prepared, clean out this base immediately and get the subjects ready to moveSubjects? What the hell are they doing in here?
>>39599313>there is absolutely nothing to be gained by engaging in a pointless genocidal war.In his defense, planets. Resources.
>>39599344>>Have your flies move in to listen in on the conversation in the office.>Investigate the office on the top floorIf we can confirm this is where they are keeping records we can relay that information to lyle who can relay it to his team. I've been thinking, with how volitile the psychic cannon is, and what happens when it fails... what if we made a version of it that was designed to fail. A psychic WMD per say. You send it towards your target, and detonate it on top of it to cause massive damage. >>39599441From where we're starting to get, a war with us might result in us flat out going death star on planets.
>>39599344>OtherKeep the majority of them listening in, but move a couple into the infirmary and the top floor
>>39599344>clean out this base immediately and get the subjects ready to move."Test subjects. In Medical lab, or in biohazard containment?>Have your flies move in to listen in on the conversation in the office.>Investigate the office on the top floor>Investigate the infirmaryFly splitting 3way time?
>>39599238>Do you remember those two times that there warp drives malfunctioned and temporarily formed a gravitational singularity? Yeah, I'm pretty sure they've found a way to weaponize thatThat's a Unity exclusive tech anon.>Alternatively there are plenty of potential doomsday devices including flat out thermal overloading our atmosphere to turn our planet into a molten hellscape.Which with is effectively impossible to do unless you have immolator warheads. Which they don't have.
>>39599344Adding onto my vote here>>39599489>OtherNotify lyle and his team that they are beginning to clear out the building. However they are still unaware they have been found out.
>>39599519I say so.
>>39599344>and have quite possibly lead them straight to you!Huehuehuehuehuehuehue
>>39599557...Nope, unity tech is a branch off of union tech, which uses exotic matter to accelerate at speeds that are higher than the speed of light, that exotic matter also forms a gravitational singularity when its containment fails. As we saw with our screw up in that salvaged union ship.
So what did Lee look like again? Because I've just been imagining him as Lee from TWD game for shits and giggles.
>>39599588>...Nope, unity tech is a branch off of union techIt was invented by Unity.>which uses exotic matter to accelerate at speeds that are higher than the speed of lightYou really are a moron. That's not remotely how it works.
>>39599658Are you mixing up the union and the unity? The unity is theseus, which was created BY the union. Hence the similarities in technology.
>>39599696Nope Unity invented the Singularity projector for use in their space fold drive. The Union in quest has been stated as being unable to replicate it.
>>39599344Your flies move to infiltrate the offices, and you give Lyle the impression of urgency with which they seem to be preparing to move.Please roll 2d100, best of 3 each. First for the top level office, second for the main office.Lyle sits in the skiff as it unloads its morbid cargo at a recycling facility. "Have you found anything on the sensors yet?""I bit. It looks like some fortified position, but just judging by what areas have the thickest walls, I'd say we have a decent bet on what they don't want us to see." Dillon says."Well we should move fast. I don't think they're going to stick around for long after all that's happened."
Rolled 59, 44 = 103 (2d100)>>39599894
Rolled 15, 58 = 73 (2d100)>>39599894>>39599894>Lyle sits in the skiff as it unloads its morbid cargo at a recycling facility.Damn, no trout set aside for us then.
Rolled 20, 24 = 44 (2d100)>>39599894
Rolled 37, 87 = 124 (2d100)>>39599894Well shit, this ain't good.
>>39599647Don't you dare, I won't be able to handle loosing Lee Again.
>>39598980The Union is diseased, rotten to the core. There's no saving it.We need to pull it out by the roots, wipe the slate clean, BURN IT DOWN!
>>39599344>We can ill afford a repeat of the battle of Sol, so by God you better get your ducks in a row before the Commonwealth does.This is vague to work off of, but I'm getting the feeling that Killinger represents a faction that is neither Union nor Commonwealth, playing both for whatever it is they're trying to achieve.
>>39599959You know it's gonna happen anon, no Lee ever survives situations like these.
Gah, Why can't we just conquer the new frontier, and give the rest of the union to the commonwealth?
>>39600133Have you ever played Europa Universalis, because you should know what happens when you randomly conquer an entire civilization and hand them off to someone else. Rebellions fucking everywhere...
>>39599696>>38103852>the server ships mow down formations of approaching corvettes with singularity projectors.>>32362180>>Unity>Artificial intelligence technology which led to the total destruction of Chandra 3, and the loss of half the Rimward fleet. Remnant has fled outside of Union space, and is suspected to be operating on a nomadic basis via serverships of various designs. Unity serverships are reported to have weaponized singularity devices, engagement is advised only in dire circumstances.>>39599760It definitely sounds like Unity invented weaponized singularity devices. But I don't see where it's mentioned as being related to the Space Fold. Their alternate FTL seems to be a separate invention of theirs that humans don't have.I don't think we've heard anything about the space fold drive really.
>>39600153I've played crusader kings and Victoria.They end in either uprising or Nazis every time
>>39600153That sounds even better, that means the commonwealth will be busy and can't backstab us.
>>39600167Sounds like the unity have actually mastered it to a science, being able to project a temporary controlled singularity on a target without wiping yourself out as well. Singularity bombs are far easier to make and would likely be viable still. In general its easier to make something that is massively destructive and doesn't have to worry about damage control to itself afterwards.
>>39600038SPORE THE HUMANSSPACE WAR NOW
>>39600153We could always just eat everyone.
Anyway, I'm going to bed now guys, please don't plunge us into an intersteller war while I'm gone... again...
>>39600254Making the mother of all omelets here, anon. You can't fret over every egg.
>>39600254No promises, Sleep well.
>>39600254We'll do our best, but make no promises.
>>39600223>Singularity bombs are far easier to make and would likely be viable still. Those are effectively unusable on top of being pointlessly expensive.>>39600254I'll promise to vote for it if it ever comes up.
>>39599344>I tell you to figure out who killed our mole,I fucking knew "Pinkleton" was a secret agent once he pulled that gun on Lyle.That sob story about being a sucker in debt who needed a new face and new life was nothing but a distraction.But who was he supposed to be a mole within. Xeno rights extremist groups?He still had that apartment on gemini under his Steven Geldron Fake ID. So surely he couldn't be going far. There's no way he was supposed to hitch a ride with smugglers to land on Leeland and become a mole among the hive as a "fugitive Lee" running off to become Dances With Bugs... is there?I mean he was put into motion even before the lab facility blew up.>Thread 30.2, Lyle finally contacts his broker and leaves to deliver his roaches. Thread 33, Conrad Killinger hears about how Seiner's lab went all ALIENS. Thread 33.1, Theseus mentions the Fake Lee on Gemini: "He was boarding a shuttle to Long Island nearly a day ago."I mean whatever the plan was, this was planned ever since Lee's prison blew up. If he was Killinger's Plan C for learning more about the hive bugs, there's no way he would've sent him out when he had the specimens coming in. Is there?
>>39600223It takes Canderon to do that shit. CANDERON. Costing millions of credits for enough kilograms of the stuff.If you can't aim it without destroying your power source, it's not viable.
>>39600403Imagine what we'll be able to do with Canderon once we unlock Gravity Reflection.
>>39600064I don't see any source for that feeling. He's just a corrupt official doing shadowy shit to ensure Union supremacy.The question is, who are the subjects. They couldn't have access to the Commonwealth-loyal humans who worked on the psionic cannon and were affected by the relay-monolith. They'd all be dead on the moon, or retreating into Commonwealth space.>>39600403More trivia:http://ask.fm/QuestDrone/answer/122202500645>It appears to be built on a similar principle as the gravity drive, but instead of creating a method of acceleration by projecting a singularity just beyond the ship's hull, it creates a singularity within a target ship's hull, or at least very close to it. Despite your understanding of the gravity drive, neither you nor the human factions have devised a way to overcome the massive power requirements and herculean amounts of calculations required to operate and aim the device properly.
>>39600384>a "fugitive Lee" running off to become Dances With BugsYou know, that is actually a really good plan.
>>39600446All Canderon will belong to the Hive.
>>39598852>a delay like thatI never said keep him prisoner for the whole 5 days.Let him go about his business, then we can just have the parasite remove itself by:- flooding him with Nepenthe to make him suggestible and obedient- telling him, as a hallucination, to stay in the shower for a while while the parasite crawls out of him- anesthetize him hard, and heal up the exit wound with medi-gel before the parasite self-destructs and washes down the drain.But that's assuming they even do that kind of deep CAT scan stuff if he's not missing for nearly a week.We have to implant him and dive his memories to find out how invasive their security measures are. It may be surprisingly easy to avoid.
>>39600522I'm fairly certain what you've described is beyond the capabilities of our parasites.
>>39600539Which part.- Parasites are an all-purpose pharmacy, they can inject any drug we know of.- Nepenthe makes you 100% suggestible.- Parasites heal wounds with medi-gel. You've seen this in action with Lyle's wounds.
>>39599894The man in the office seems to be kept waiting for a few moments, staring at a divided screen before him showing four large symbols, of each seat on the Secretary Council. Eventually they fill the screen one by one. There is the stern looking woman you know as Alexandra Dupont in the square of the Secretary of Defense. Next to her on the monitor is a rough looking elderly man with a scar across his face, and what appears to be an orchard behind him in the square for the Secretary of Intelligence. Above them is the Secretary of Commerce, a thin looking man with a large mustache and wire thin glasses, and the Secretary of State, a young looking and dark skinned man in a fine suit. His right eye is clearly artificial.The Secretary of Intelligence is the first to speak. "I just got off the phone with Killinger. He was brief, but he did not paint a good picture of the situation." He begins to walk along the aisles of fruit trees, the camera floating after him. "Despite our complex situation, you are still under my direct authority, and while your actions are far from daylight, and you will not be held accountable in any public court, you will be held accountable to me." He speaks softly in a calm tone, but the agent in the office is sweating."Yes sir. I was told to prepare to move the facility. My men are already packing as quickly as possible, and we can evacuate properly once we have a site to move the, eh, artifacts, as well as the remaining subjects.""I'm already on damage control with the events on Tadega." Dupont says, far louder. "Seiner was too obsessed and had too little to work on. I don't want another containment issue, or worse. There are plenty of sites on the far side of Gemini minor, and nobody bats and eye when we test a bombardment warhead there, so containment won't be an issue."
>>39600602Is it Gemini Minor, or Gemini Beta?>artifactsThose better be dead void shards we can steal.Fragments of the cannon are fine too.
>>39600602>we can evacuate properly once we have a site to move the, eh, artifacts, as well as the remaining subjectsArtifacts eh?
>>39600668Which reminds me.I was thinking of sending an additional search party to earth in search of the spent ammunition that the cannon used up.Dead void shards are only noticeable by their -absence-, they absorb all radiation and reflect nothing-- we can use that.Fill corvettes with hundreds of gilled workers and aquatic sniffers, and have them spread out deep in the crater and sonar to each other.Suspicious blank spots in the sonar where nothing is reflected, and nothing is received from the opposite end, would suggest a possible shard buried in the muck somewhere.
>>39600484Just for you anon.
>>39600484You mean a good plan for finding hive secrets, from Killinger's perspective?
>>39599647Lee's first name is Ryan.
>>39599647Lee was the Carlos of the Clarke, so close enough.
>>39600840Well, Its not like once he becomes our waifu he will change his name for us!, Duh
>>39600602The secretary of Commerce adjusts his glasses as he reads something. "I tend to agree, but we should make sure to avoid these drastic costs. I can't keep diverting funds at this rate without either risking attention or using third party resources. The Union already owes more to the Valen in total then our tax base, plus I expect it to be a major issue in the coming election.""Not quite." The Secretary of State is sitting in an ornate looking office, drinking a hot drink. "Killinger and I have made arrangements. Once we get the bill rushed out this week we can shift the public discourse back to national defense. You'll have all the funding you need."The Secretary of Intelligence looks back at the agent in the room. "What about the subjects?"The agent quickly shuffles through several files. "Most quickly regress without a proper implant, and some even with it. So far only agent Yune has shown any significant capabilities, which is limited to what the researchers refer to as a kind of extra sensory perception. He claimed he felt something very faintly during his last mission, which is why I contacted Representative Killinger immediately. As for the others, our newest subject has begin initial treatment, but it will be a while before we know anything for sure. The others have had... mixed results.""That's a fine way to say failure. I've read the reports." Dupont says. "It's nothing but a bunch of lab techs talking about how great it is you managed to stave off a total mental breakdown by another day, then going on a tangent about the applications, meanwhile the Commonwealth managed to build the same artifacts into a weapon capable of annihilating half a fleet in less then three salvos. These are not the results we were promised-"There is a knock on the door."Sir, sir!"Cont.
Okay, if the guy on this end of the holo conversation spots us.Can we just attack and paralyze him before he explains what he saw to the others?Then tell Lyle to just blow the ceiling up immediately. Since then they'd know something was wrong if not what.
>>39600941Okay, whatever this Illuminati/Cabal is, they need to be handled. They're already going to be a pain in our ass, I can tell.
>>39600941>Most quickly regress without a proper implant, and some even with it. So far only agent Yune has shown any significant capabilities, which is limited to what the researchers refer to as a kind of extra sensory perception. He claimed he felt something very faintly during his last mission, which is why I contacted Representative Killinger immediately. As for the others, our newest subject has begin initial treatment, but it will be a while before we know anything for sure. The others have had... mixed results."Holy fuck they're using the void crystals
>>39600941Return the slaaa... Cystaaaaals
>>39600941>"Most quickly regress without a proper implant, and some even with it. So far only agent Yune has shown any significant capabilities, which is limited to what the researchers refer to as a kind of extra sensory perception. He claimed he felt something very faintly during his last mission, which is why I contacted Representative Killinger immediately. As for the others, our newest subject has begin initial treatment, but it will be a while before we know anything for sure. The others have had... mixed results."Psionics. Well humanity is screwed.
>>39600941>He claimed he felt something very faintly during his last missionSo they have the tech that gives people psionics too, even if it's an extremely shitty version of it.Oh boy, this ain't good.
>>39600973Are they? I didn't read anything in that paragraph that would indicate crystal use. >"That's a fine way to say failure. I've read the reports." Dupont says. "It's nothing but a bunch of lab techs talking about how great it is you managed to stave off a total mental breakdown by another day, then going on a tangent about the applications, meanwhile the Commonwealth managed to build the same artifacts into a weapon capable of annihilating half a fleet in less then three salvos. These are not the results we were promised-"THAT'S the part that makes me think they're using crystals.
>>39600941OH DEAR GODWhat are our forces in the sewers? I'm starting to think that a full invasion of that building might be a really good idea...
>>39600941Hey they can all become our children at this rate!Are they having the mental break downs because they have no mother to guide them?
>>39600941>So far only agent Yune has shown any significant capabilities, which is limited to what the researchers refer to as a kind of extra sensory perception. He claimed he felt something very faintly during his last mission,They're injecting bits of psionic cannon in people and making them psionic? Good thing we just finished Thought Muffler. If only we'd had it before meeting Yune.And that office drone better not be reporting damage to the ventilation.Hopefully he's just reporting sensing Lyle's sensors.
>>39601036Void shards speak to people and make them increasingly more psionically sensitive. That's how it starts. They implant knowledge and desires.Exposure to void shards increases psionic sensitivity over time, which is probably what's happening here.
>>39600941"Go get the door, Michael, see what mess it is this time." She says. He complies, opening the door just enough to block the view from the screen."Sir, it's Yune. He was complaining of a headache so we ran a scan, here are the results." The man hands him a small display. Your fly makes out the view of a human skull, with a decent sized spheroid just behind the eye. Underneath there are a number of graph readings. The agent pales."Set up a silent alarm. Don't mention why. Get whatever data you can out of the facility, and burn whatever you can't move." He glances back to the council for a moment. "And lock down the labs, call it a contamination if you need to, just do it."The agent moves slowly back to the screen, as if someone were holding a gun to his head. "I'll have the facility evacuated as quickly as possible, and will report back when we are ready to move the sensitive materials. I-I'm sorry, but I need to go. This line is not secure." As the four on the screen react he cuts the line before they can speak in protest, and then lets out a gasping sigh, then hits the intercom."Get Yune in here!"Cont. Splitting up your flies gives me a lot of ground to cover here. Usually don't like going so many updates without a vote.
>>39600941So this is why the Ceph have been attacking humanity!Any race that has some form of psionics that isn't them pisses off the Void gods and marks them for annihilation.Humanity sealed it's doom when they started messing with things they shouldn't have.Should we just kind of sit back on this one? They don't seem to be advancing this technology at a rate that it could be a problem, should take them years to make any meaningful progress.
>>39601036Semantics really, the important thing is that we can no longer allow this thing to continue without us intervening.Now we do not currently have the capability to strike at the head of the snake, but we need to somehow intercept these things while they're being moved.Maybe task Theseus to conduct a raid and have our ships board the transport or something.
...Okay, yeah, this is a PROBLEM. We may need to make our presence known a bit ahead of schedule...
>>39601098>This line is not secure."Welp.So, thought muffler either doesn't apply to these flies. Or it wasn't enough to hide from YuneKill this guy. He must never explain to the rest of the illuminati what he just realized.
>>39601140Yea, that plans I said earlier, forget them. The games been changed drastically.
>>39601098TIME TO SLAUGHTER
>>39601098Oh shit.We need to defend those fucking documents. Tell Lyle that he needs to get his Australian ass here right away.Have the flies try to defend as much of the documents as they can.
>>39601140Not if we kidnap or kill everyone in this facility and take or destroy every artifact.
The flies have Hypodermic blades. Hope they're loaded. Anyone else thinking we deal with everyone in the facility before they destroy the docs? Or should we let them destroy it so Lyle's friend doesn't get his hands on this stuff?
>>39601254Really wish Lyle had a Union tech interface device on hand so we can just plug into a USB port to backup things.I don't suppose we can say he or the hybrids have one.
>>39601140>>39601228Even if we introduce ourselves publicly, it probably won't change much since this apparently is a clandestine project backed by the highest ranking names in the Union.>>39601271The thing is we need to know what the hell they've been doing, failing that, kill everyone there so they'd get a setback at least.
>>39601098>As the four on the screen react he cuts the line before they can speak in protest, and then lets out a gasping sigh, then hits the intercom.>"Get Yune in here!"...he'll detect the flies.Unless we attack and paralyze him before he gets here with other flies.Or, we attack and paralyze this big bossy guy. Then lay a trap for Yune when he arrives.
Question is, if we tried to remove everyone here, what would happen in the future? They'd HAVE to figure someone was working against them.
>>39601098So QD, how many units do we have in the sewers on this planet? I don't remember what we laid and if its hatched yet.
>>39601328Obviously the work of Commonwealth saboteurs.
>>39601271Fuck that, we can memorize those documents with a glance. Kill everyone who tries to destroy the documents, memorize the documents (Which is piss easy for us) and then destroy them before anyone else can get a look at them.
>>39601369Good idea. Problem is that other than the flies, Lyle and the two other hybrids, we have no other forces on station and we haven't layed any eggs there either.
>>39601369It would be faster to memorize them if we could download them via Space USB port instead of looking at them on a screen.I really wanted to lay some interfaces in the sewers.
>>39601369>Kill everyone who tries to destroy the documentsEmphasis on EVERYONE, guys.That includes humans with vaginas.
If anyone has valuable info, or is suspected as such.We can't easily kidnap them.But we can decapitate them, bag the head, and have Lyle burn the body to nothing with a plasma grenade so no one knows we're taking just the head.
>>39601408But we can just look at them on the screen for a millisecond and memorize them, it's really easy to do.
>>39601369I think you got the right idea there anon.
>>39601471>1000fpsDoes such a screen with that refresh rate even exist in the future?
>>39601470>But we can decapitate them, bag the head, and have Lyle burn the body to nothing with a plasma grenade so no one knows we're taking just the head.Hah, shit, forgot about that.
>>39601460But we must defend the ladies with their verguba's.
>>39601496I'm more interested in the FOV slider.
>>39601470Good god... I love us so much. Just imagine if we left the bodies. Entire facility torn apart and the corpse of everyone slightly important is missing a skull. Oh, or using the flies and drugging people, taking the skulls of those important and using toxins on the rest... Either way that'd be so creepy going over. Fuck we are terrifying.
>>39601559>mfw every time I see that regal look.
>>39601098Your flies make their way under the doorway and crawl their way back up the walls. The room is a security center, with the wall filled with screens covering much of the facility. In one, you see Yune in the infirmary. A man walks in to speak with him, and a moment later he is getting dressed in his jumpsuit and walking out.On another is a series of cells, most empty, but others containing what appear to be comatose humans in what apears to be the containment area.On another is a medical lab, where you see a number of bodies in a morgue, several humans, at least six Ceph on screen, and off in the corner is a wall of shell-like flesh. Several humans in lab coast are working over a Ceph body, its thought shell dismantled and spread across the table.On another you see armed guards working over a series of large armored vehicles, loading crates into the backs. Another seems to be manipulating the controls on a large box, and the box unfolds into a quadrupedal machine with a thick wire hanging from the back where the guard operates a controller.On another you see a young man in a jumpsuit, similar to the other patients, in a large machine of some kind. Static on the monitor indicates some manner of radiation, and technicians operate the controls from behind transparasteel glass. The screen indicates it is in the main medical area.>Order Lyle to attack the facility at once>Have your flies move to attack (write in)>Continue to scout the medical bay as your flies break through the filters>Other>>39601338You have 50 flies, and a bunch of parasites, as well as two hybrids and a chimera egglayer.
>>39601601>>Continue to scout the medical bay as your flies break through the filters>OtherHave our other two hybrids arm up and rendezvous somewhere close. Have the egg-layer start laying uh, suggestions?
>>39601601>Continue to scout the medical bay as your flies break through the filters>OtherHave flies keep a lookout for any personnel attempting to take/destroy any documentation.
>>39601601>Continue to scout the medical bay as your flies break through the filters>OtherHave the egglayer start pumping out warriors and get the other hybrids armed up and up there to back Lyle
>>39601601Okay we have to stop them from getting away with that stuff.But we also have to silence the Boss here, and Yune.Have the flies attack and paralyze the boss, and ambush Yune when he gets close enough....The trouble is Yune can sense the bugs in a very vague way. But maybe not their exact location.
>>39601601>>39601651Inform Dillion that Lyle's "contact" has information that something is going to be moved soon and see if the he can do anything about that.
>>39601601Supporting this. >>39601705
>>39601601>Order Lyle to attack the facility at once>Have your flies move to attack (write in)Take out anyone trying to destroy any sort of evidence. And try to knock out that guy in the hologram office.>Otherstart laying warriors so we have them ready to fuck up their backup facility if any manage to escape.
>>39601705Oh, and of course>>Order Lyle to attack the facility at onceIn that chaos, maybe Yune will get caught up into battle instead of reporting.And the hybrids. Have them both grab a hive-usb interface if they can? If we have any hive infrastructure in the sewers already---we might not.Have them move closer, to follow in the wake of Lyle's destruction, in case we need them to.
>>39601601>Have your flies move to attack (write in)Strategically self-destruct to melt/jam/disrupt key doors and elevators.>Warn Lyle of the impending move/tell him of the must-kill target>otherStart laying those self-destructive small drones we used against Lyle a million years ago. They're small enough to move around stealthily and clean up after their own presence.
I don't think we have to worry about the door stopping Lyle, he's Australian. Breaking and entering is just another crime he's good at.
>>39601601>and off in the corner is a wall of shell-like flesh.What the hell is that.Do Coil's memories show anything like that?Do the memories of the relay found on the moon contain anything like that?It's either a living part of the cannon that's been nurtured, or maybe a Ceph reproductive cycle thing.
>>39601601Supporting this >>39601841Also we don't have the banelings anymore, but Ghost Beetles are close enoughGhost BeetleOlfactory: Moderate 1NRadio: Moderate 2NAcoustic: Advanced 2NElectrical: Moderate 2NPsionic: BasicMandibles: Combat 1NBlade: Combat 1NArms: Strength 1NLegs: Sprint 1NFlight: Moderate 2NCarapace: Combat 3N 10MCarapace: Mimetic Skin 2NCarapace: Adaptive Camouflage 8NUtility: Explosive Glands 2NUtility: Radiator Tubes 4NUtility: Quantum Brain 4NUtility: Hypodermic Tail 7NUtility: Oxygen Recycler 8NUtility: Honey Pot 4NSize: MediumTotal Cost: 55N 10MUpkeep: 27N>Expensive, but powerful, this stealth and ambush focused drone is capable of autonomous activity in areas outside Hive control. Although no more durable or stronger than a warrior, with its mix of stealth and maneuverability, as well as its intellect this drone can be devastating in even small numbers and excels at assassination, espionage, sabotage, search and destroy, and other similar missions.
>>39601841No. No self destructing.If you want to sabotage,uou can just find the wiring and chew on it Like. was done in Seiner's lab.
>>39601601>>Order Lyle to attack the facility at once>Have your flies move to attack (write in)prioritize the Boss and Yune>Lay eggsHow about several of those ghost beetles?
>>39601601>armed guardsBut is anyone wearing armor, or clothing the hypodermic tails of the flies can't penetrate?Also the guy in charge of that robot. Probably want to stop him to have one less big thing to fight for Lyle.
>>39601874Worst caseThey trying to make a psi relay and mutated someone into that using a DNA sample taken from moms relay
>>39601601>>OtherListen for tachyonic beings?What are they broadcasting.
>>39601841>Start laying those self-destructive small drones we used against Lyle a million years ago. They're small enoughThose weren't small. those were normal medium sized drones. They are not stealthy.>>39601876Let's not. That would take days to hatch.And in those days instead we could be producing bio tanks and clones for human hybrid minions.
>>39602002It's probably just going to be a very weak and simplistic signal. Considering how primitive their results are, it's just going to be a signal of pain because they're constantly dying.
...Hmm.If we had an advanced psionic jammer on Gemini, we could fire that up and debilitate Yune.I mean, if he thinks he has a headache NOW...
>>39602126You do realize that would destroy our relay.
>>39602002Well the crystals sent the ceph to investigate whats going onMaybe they felt the psi cannon being used and then started investigating the humans when weak psykers started popping up
>>39601111>So this is why the Ceph have been attacking humanity!>Any race that has some form of psionics that isn't them pisses off the Void gods and marks them for annihilation.>Humanity sealed it's doom when they started messing with things they shouldn't have.Yeah. I was thinking the same thing when we got the memories of the Commonwealth designing the psionic cannon.So that's why the Ceph are attacking the Union! They're attacking all the humans anywhere near Earth, where the experiments happened like 90 years ago....but apparently there is still shit ongoing for them to be upset about, too.
>>39602177Well the ceph are dumb as bricks And the weak human psykers must give enough signal to notice but not enough to pin point where it is
>>39602177Not that anon, but I don't understand why some are saying that this project was reverse engineered from the Moon PsiCannon. Since from what I understand, the PsiCannon was just a machine that focuses a void crystal's energy into a deadly weapon. There's nothing inherently psionic about the cannon itself.Now, if the things in question are void crystals or other artifacts like Mother's moon relay which CAN affect other living things by just being near them, that's more plausible in my opinion.
>>39601601>Order Lyle to attack the facility at once>Have your flies move to attackYou quickly send Lyle the pertinent information. They are back at the hotel where Dillon looks over the telescope, which is beeping madly."What in the hell? Looks like armed guys all over the courtyard, lots of activity. Shit, they couldn't have found the charges already.""They're getting ready to evacuate sooner then I thought. We need to move out now. Anyone have a plan?" Lyle says. Dillon furrows his brow and paces quickly, changing his disguise out for a ballistic vest."Ok, I think I got it, but you won't like it." He says. "Jackob, you get the easy job. Get the skiff back under the building, but stay away from the blasting caps. It's going to be our exit. Lyle, you and me will go in on the roof.""How?" He asks. "They'd probably shoot down a shuttle or have a firing squad ready by the time we land."Dillon smiles and looks at the massive block of metal sitting by the window. "Not exactly."Lyle cracks a smile. "You won't get your deposit back.">Have your flies attack now, targetting Yune and the head agent>Wait for Lyle to begin the attack, and have your flies disrupt activities>Other
>sadistic MAD SCIENCE lab under the oversight of the highest seats of government in the Union
>>39602271>Wait for Lyle to begin the attack, and have your flies disrupt activities
>>39602271>Wait for Lyle to begin the attack, and have your flies disrupt activities>Have at least one fly stay in the security room and monitor the cameras>Ready the Hybrids and get them to backup Lyle.
>>39602271>Wait for Lyle to begin the attack, and have your flies disrupt activities>Have the hybrids assist
>>39602271>Have your flies attack now, targetting Yune and the head agentMake sure they don't get a chance to destroy any information, these fuckers are going to give us all we need to know about their research.
>>39602271Prep a pod to follow them if needed
>>39602271>>Have your flies attack now, targetting Yune and the head agentneed those files
>>39602320The hybrids are unarmed.They should be manning Lyle's getaway vehicle.By which I mean the skiff we're going to use to take Jackob and Dillon away on to be parasited so we can copy their memories. Since we don't have any bio-tanks hatched yet.
>>39602271Man I can't wait until we get biotanks set up in that processing plant so we can start pumping out hybrids.
>>39602271>Wait for Lyle to begin the attack, and have your flies disrupt activities>OtherCan we load up some pods from our main bases with some extra hybrids and start to sneak them into the system as extra help?
>>39602378That would take too long and risks rolling badly again. Might as well just clone people on-site.>>39602271>Have your flies attack now, targetting Yune and the head agentWell that and anyone who witnesses us attacking either of them.
>>39602271>>Have your flies attack now, targetting Yune and the head agentUltimately, ensuring these bastards don't have enough time to call for backup is more important than notes giving us info we can just pull from severed heads.
>>39602331That doesn't make any fucking sense.Pods are not for following. They're for observing the star system.If you want to track the vehicles in case they leave, ask Theseus to track any vehicles leaving this facility that Yune entered, via the traffic cameras.
>>39602454IDEALLY, we can corner head agent and Yune in head agent's office, along with the guy escorting Yune.And leave them all dead or half-dead and paralyzed. Which at least will trigger no alarms, until someone barges into his office.Which should be long enough, I would think, for Lyle to still have the element of surprise.
>>39602271Due to tie, it seems to be>Wait for Lyle to begin the attack, but target Yune and the head agent if possible.>Y>N>OtherI'll get the next thread started up in just a moment once you have your plan of attack set up. Your flies scouting the labs will have made their way in by then, fortunately, just before it was sealed.
>>39602271>Dillon smiles and looks at the massive block of metal sitting by the window. "Not exactly."Damn, which of his toys are they talking about? The SAM one? >>38735871
>>39602605>YSomething like this >>39602504 If possible.
>>39602605>>NI really think it's wiser to attack now.
>>39602454>severed headsHave our ghostly hallucation tell Lyle"Aim for the chest. And bring deep pockets."
>>39602664Cheek level to the max.
>>39602664And some trouts too.Hell, we'll likely try to take any interesting research they have there.
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>39602605>Y
It's kinda funny. I dunno if I would consider us as a whole 'nice', but Queen the way we write her seems like if she were physically capable of taking a day off/had a more mobile form, would be a cool alien to hang with, just shoot the shit and snark at everything.
>>39602605Ok, I'll start setting up the next thread.Please give me a quick 1d100 roll, best of 3 for your attempted incapacitation.
Rolled 74 (1d100)>>39602737Here goes it.
Rolled 28 (1d100)>>39602690Of course we're taking their research. We're taking anything that isn't nailed down ideally.>>39602737
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Hey QD, did you fall asleep last week?We didn't get to have a vote to queue those ship construction suggestions we were discussing at the end of the thread.Or cover some of those other questions.
>>39602781In particular , we really should have had the cost for producing fusion reactors that mimic human construction methods statted.Since we really should have a big batch of those finished at the same time the hybrids are ready.
>>39602781I did, just about right on the keyboard. It was a rough week.But yea, we can finalize those things after blowing up stuff on Gemini.
>>39602984>after blowing up stuff on GeminiYEEAAAAH
>>39602951>In particular , we really should have had the cost for producing fusion reactors that mimic human construction methods statted.Are you planning to go through with that retarded idea?
>>39602984DOWN WITH THE MANTHEY KEEP STEPPING ON US
>>39602984>blowing stuff up>not blowing up the planet>:(
On the note of horrifying invasion plans.Coral is where the rich elite live, right?Hatch some stealthy aquatic drones deep in the sea, and have them sneak up to rich kids swimming in the shallows of their parents' beachside resorts/mansions. Or rich adults. Whatever.It could be tricky, but we could drug them with Nepenthe and get the parasites inside with some very improvised surgery. The bio-salve can clear up the obvious infection problem afterward.Then after a while if they're turned into hybrids, or just get dosed with nepenthe again, they can make generous donations to the appropriate account.
Rolled 97 (1d100)>>39603037Not even that anon, but what's wrong with trying to make a few credits?
>>39602984Fuck yeah.Blow shit up, expand the fledgling hive, kidnap and implant people.Life is good.
>>39603071Cause we dont need credits?We need food and metal that's itAnd most of the tech we want we just steal
>>39603037I'm considering it.We at least need a bank account and loadsamoney in order to smuggle ourselves to Ceph space via Valen hyper gates.
>>39603101Stealing is such a harsh word, were just forcing them to share with us.
>>39603071It would draw the attention of the Feds.>>39603064We could parasite some college students on Mentan to steal tech.
>>39603117KSalvaging off there cooling corpses then
>>39603125We're not selling them in the Union.We're selling them via Space eBay. A Valen bank.And the idea of smugglers selling fusion reactors isn't that fed-worthy.
>>39603150I think anyone selling fusion reactors is going too be paid attention because of just what their selling
>>39603150Fusion reactors with unorthodox construction method and no serial numbers being mass produced. That doesn't sound suspicious at all.
>>39603209THAT IS THE GREATEST PICTURE EVER
>coming in through the roof>head agent's office is on the upper floorBoy I hope Dillon doesn't shoot him in the head.
>>39603214>unorthodox construction methodhence going for the more costly "mimic human sheet metal methods."And no, you wouldn't get Union registered serial numbers if they're made in the Commonwealth and sold among the Valen.
>>39603214>>37792822 >Humans utilize prefabricated sheets welded or riveted together, and while you would be able to mimic the design if you tried, it would increase the cost of production and the time required. Although it may also be possible to attempt to market the alternate aesthetic as a feature.
>>39603237>And no, you wouldn't get Union registered serial numbers if they're made in the Commonwealth and sold among the Valen.But it would have serial numbers if it did. The entire point of serial numbers is to track them down. If they don't have serial numbers it's good chance they were stolen.
>>39603334Well duh.That's what smugglers often do.But there's another reason to file off the serial numbers: to sell them in foreign space, Valen space, is against Commonwealth laws. The person who produced them would never want it traced back to them. Only the sweet sweet credits.
>>39603373Correction.http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:Hive_Queen_Quest#Life_in_the_CommonwealthIt's only mentioned as illegal to import goods from the Union. It technically doesn't say anything about banning selling.But ever colony has its own laws, so it might just be a matter of tax dodging one particular colony's regime by smuggling on the black market.