The sun has yet to emerge over the horizon of Gemini, but already Lyle is looking through the window with his weapon in hand. Dillon has been speaking to someone over a communicator for nearly an hour, and Jackob has been watching the news, keeping tabs on the events unfolding in the capital district. The smoke still rises into the air from the office building, which has mostly burned down. Fire fighters hover in the air overhead, held at bay by a perimeter of black security trucks. Men in biohazard suits examine the rubble. After several hours the fire brigade is allowed to hose down the smoldering ashes and leave. Jackob has the holo-screen muted while Dillon speaks with his contact, but the headline, which periodically becomes more or less vague, reads “Terror attack on Primatech building: possible bio-hazard forces local evacuation as BFI opens investigation.”The news anchor speaks silently from within the studio, and the footage itself is from several kilometers away. Police roadblocks cover the streets bellow, stopping all traffic in the area around the building. The anchor turns and the story changes temporarily as the day’s events are reviewed quickly before returning to the lead story, and a ticker quickly lists off the events of note.“Annual negations with Commonwealth begin tomorrow, 0100 UST aboard Via Maris station. USV Galileo on route to Toliman.”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
>>39744982And once more into the breach.
>>39744982Welcome Quest Drone
>>39744982>“Annual negations with Commonwealth begin tomorrow, 0100 UST aboard Via Maris station. USV Galileo on route to Toliman.”I wonder if we have the time to send a pod there and deploy some flies.
>>39745025We already have a Pod in all those places.We just STILL haven't bothered to see them described yet.
>>39745071I'm thinking it would be a great deal more efficient to just ask QD to put it all in a pastebin over the week when he can find the time. Cause we're never gonna get to it in the quest.
>>39745025You know, it would be hilarious/interesting if somehow the Scavs decide to loot the station because they were getting desperate.Very interesting to see how the politics evolve from there.
>>39744982So how it Lee doing Quest-Drone?
>>39745097>scavs looting the station>nearly 20 lightyears away and behind two nebulas>do you even read the mapStill, since the scavs are attacking the Commonwealth, it is inevitable that they will be a topic in the talks, since this is apparently the first time the human race has encountered a hostile spacefaring species
>>39744982>Dillon has been speaking to someone over a communicator for nearly an hour,...They're occupied, and I note the two prisoners and the two hybrids aren't mentioned.I hope they're on guard duty and can provide the prisoner's spines some little friends to give them a hug. Inside them.
>>39745126although it is about fucking time
>>39745097Considering the conference is taking place in the Toliman system, I'd be immensely impressed if they pulled that off. Seriously, that's some dedicated space piracy right there.
>>39744982Your hybrids have returned to check up on your growing hive, hidden beneath the waters of the nearby protein recycling plant. The chimera has begun to shed its egg layer as its replacement begins its work.Above ground, your fly uneasily rises from the dumpster, drifting drunkenly into the air as it gets its bearings. Lyle gives Lee a rough kick to wake him, then drops a pair of cheap vending machine protein bars onto his face."Got you breakfast. Had no time to cook, but beggars can't be choosers."Lee rubs his eyes and looks at the bars. A cartoonish grasshopper marks the cover in a smartly tailored suit and monocle, with the wrapper reading "Jiminy Cricket all natural processed protein bar." Lee grimaces.Cont.
>>39745135As well as one for Dillon himself
>>39745146>all natural cricketAh, the classic "this animal is happy to be eaten!" marketing never dies.And it has that nice double meaning of eating your conscience in cyberpunk dystopia.
>>39745146>"Jiminy Cricket all natural processed protein bar."
>>39745146"Yes, I told you, I have the guy in charge in custody. The place was all kinds of illegal. Detainment of citizens, human experimentation, unlawful surveillance, the works!" Dillon is almost yelling as he enters the room."No, I made sure of it. I acted well within-"He pauses again."Nothing more then usual. Besides, the raid was early in the morning, nobody was out. I was sure to cover everything, as always."Another pause. Dillon slowly shakes his head in frustration."Well then you go over his head, and you contact someone with authority on the matter. You can't tell me you don't want to bust this case. BFI breaking just about every law there is in one damn building, and you're worried about the political fallout?" He begins to pace the room, walking through the holoscreen as it displays the local weather forecast. "Fine, I'll send in the report myself, and I'll haul them in myself, and maybe once I have this sorted out, you can have a chat in front of the security counsel about the proper balance of power!"He rips the device from his ear and throws it out the window. You feel your nearby fly fall back to the ground after crawling up on a nearby lamp post.Dillon looks over to Lyle. "Whoever's set this thing up, they have a lot of sway. Even my home office wants to bury it before it can go public." He says as Lee watches."That's because it's got at least Secretary Windsor in on the scheme. Probably some of the members of the Security Council too, just to keep the internal investigators away." Lee says as he bites the cricket bar and promptly gags."And how would you know that? Did you overhear conversations?" Dillon asks. Lee shakes his head."Because the base had BFI and the research division under one roof. Only Windsor can order both of them around." Cont.
>>39745195>"Because the base had BFI and the research division under one roof. Only Windsor can order both of them around."...Lee knows the implications of the internal politics of Union shit better than Dillon?Is it because he's been reading conspiracy novels?
>>39745210Lee ain't no dumbass.
>>39745195So I'll propose disguising our hybrids as clean-up crew to back some goodies for us from the building.Anyone in favor, or should we try something else?
>>39745248The black trucks wouldn't let the normal people in until they had confirmed anything cool was gone.
>>39745195Lee rubs his temple idly. "Uh... who's on the Security Council? I can't remember."Dillon counts out on his fingers. "Seamus Alder, Daniel Stevens, Conrad Killinger, Alexis Bachman, Trudy Goldman, and Meursault Bellerose. Why do you ask? I mean we have to fight tooth and nail for our budget but they don't strike me as the kind to pull this kind of stunt."Lee continues to rub his head. "How many of them are on the Tory side."Dillon waves his hand. "Killinger and Meursault, but they're the only way we get any funding at all. What makes you think they're behind this?""Uh, call it a hunch I guess? I mean, they're all the same party as Windsor, so maybe-""Ok, I think you've been reading up on too many conspiracy theories. You don't have anything but coincidences.""No no! Wait, I remember now. Killinger, he's the guy who sent in the paperwork for my promotion, before I was sent back to G-426 the second time. He's got something to do with it, I know it.">Inform Lyle and the others of the Council's oversight of the facility>Don't mention it>Other
>>39745256That just makes me want to raid the black trucks or their base, honestly.May not be a very good idea, unless we can pin the blame.
>>39745256Then we send our flies and hybrids to track down the black trucks. Also, we need to get those two spooks we pulled out of there under our custody. Sounds like Dillon won't be able to hold them for much longer.
>>39745265>Don't mention itOnly Lee. Lyle has no reason why he should know that sort of info and that may ring alarm bells for Dillion
>>39745265>Inform Lyle and the others of the Council's oversight of the facility
>>39745265>>Inform Lyle and the others of the Council's oversight of the facilityDo it. Let's hunt down this conspiracy.
>>39745265>>Inform Lyle and the others of the Council's oversight of the facility
>>39745265Okay but how would Lyle explain how he knows that.His same contact that found the paper company believes it's under direct oversight of the Advisory Council?
>>39745265>>Don't mention it
>>39745265>Don't mention itNot until after our hybrids get to "interrogate" Michael and Yune.That's how we'd nominally find out.
>>39745265Why not just tell Lyle and have him decide if it's important enough to tell the others?
>>39745315Lyle doesn't have any knowledge we don't have, seeing as how we can read his mind.So his judgment isn't really any more useful than our own decision.
>>39745298Could have him "take a call" from his contact and give the suspected information that looks like it is now turning out true.Giving them suspected info that we know is fact and is easy to put together as legit with what they now know.
>>39745265"What if the whole council was in on it? My employer seems to think so." Lyle says. Dillon thinks for a moment."And do you trust their source?" He asks. The memory of the conversation runs through Lyle's head."Absolutely." He says finally."Then we're in some deep shit. Huron deep, and the last place we want to be is Gemini." He takes a seat in a chair beside the bed. "With the negotiations going on the boarder will be on high alert, so BFI would probably know if we tried to run through to Commonwealth space, and most Valen contacts will dump you like an ugly baby when things get messy. They tend to smuggle by working with the law, not hiding from it, so that would be a no-go."Jackob finally speaks, his tired eyes still on the news screen. "The expanse?" The holo-screen shows the partial gate segments in orbit over Aral. "It's remote, still under developed, and with the shrinking boarders from all the incidents lately, I doubt people would send a ship after us.""Wherever we go" Dillon says, "I can send out a code green. It's a simple but rarely used protocol. Sends a message directly to the Secretary of Intelligence. Either he sorts it out and we can all go about our business, or you two are right, and we vanish off the grid. I can send it out as we leave the system."They sit for a while as the first hint of light peeks through the window.Meanwhile, your space pod in the Toliman system detects movement in the area.Cont.
>>39745454>Jackob finally speaks, his tired eyes still on the news screen. "The expanse?" The holo-screen shows the partial gate segments in orbit over Aral. "It's remote, still under developed, and with the shrinking boarders from all the incidents lately, I doubt people would send a ship after us."This is schmuck bait if ever there was any.
>>39745454Have lyle suggest leeland as a spot to lay low it is perfect.
>>39745494Then we can finally meet Lyles friends and see our Lee!
>>39745494No. Leeland should be off limits to all humans. That's still our secret homeworld since humans don't know how advanced we are. Let them go somewhere in the expanse.
>>39745494No, Aral is a much more sensible choice. It has a getaway in the form of the valen gate as soon as it's completed any day now.
>>39745503>>39745494Okay, from the scale of one to "what the fuck are you smoking, namefag", what about Lyle introducing his employer when they're on Leeland?So many delicious mindblowns incoming, but is it feasible, even?
>>39745454Might be a good idea to suggest a place we can get a cloaked corvette near to pick up the Lyle and his friends if needed.
>>39745530>and most Valen contacts will dump you like an ugly baby when things get messy. They tend to smuggle by working with the law, not hiding from it, so that would be a no-go."
>>39745526One with a decent explanation for their logic.>>39745541The other just a passive aggressive no
>>39745454The system is small and unassuming, with a single planet around the binary star. The gas giant Gehenna sits in a slow orbit, with a pair of moons with faint signs of abandoned infrastructure. There is Megiddo, a small planetoid with a faint atmosphere and the ruins of an atmospheric generator and portions of a city, both showing signs of atomic bombardment, and Rhodes, a rocky planet of decent size with similar ruins, although the patterns indicate it was once home to a military fort.Orbiting the gas giant is a small station, no larger then a corvette, with a beacon labeling itself as Via Maris Station.Far off in the distance, a tremendous burst of radiation erupts, signalling a ship exiting FTL. The ship begins to move, and the pull of its gravity drive is almost on par with a small moon. As it approaches, you can make out the markings along its hull indicating it as the IFS Thunderchild. It is easily comparable to your battleship hull in size, and it is covered in a dense armor plating, and covered in weapon systems of all kinds. As it accelerates, its warp ring folds together and retracts beneath the thick armor, giving it a more streamlined profile. Its front lacks the disk shape of Union ships, instead it holds what appears to be a solid plate of metal armor, riddled with gun ports that likely mark its many, many spinal mounts. It broadcasts out a signal in Esperanto, odd, given that its name is written across its hull in English."This is the Commonwealth dreadnought IFS Thunderchild, any present Union forces report your position under international treaty clause six."It waits several minuets before repeating the broadcast, then after an hour of acceleration it responds again."Failure to respond indicates Union diplomatic presence has yet to arrive. Any present military vessels are now considered hostile due to failure to identify. Any civilian vessels are to vacate the system and will be dealt with by summary destruction."Cont.
>>39745561Not really a problem for us since we have hive tech. The Valentine's can be a useful cover though so that Dillon and Jacking don't ask too many questions.
>>39745503Guys please do this, we have been planning this joke ever since he left If it doesn't come to completion I will literately cry
>>39745567I guess they aren't friendly with each other huh.
>>39745561We're not using Valen smuggler contacts in this case.Just going to a planet where Valen are. None of them will know they're lying low and be able to betray them.Especiall if they can live off the land apart from the main Valen colony.
>>39745584*Valen. Damn autocorrect.
>>39745494>>39745503Yes, please. The sheer cheek resulting from contact would be unparalleled in the annals of human history.>>39745567Looks like Theseus and the hive won't even need to interfere to sabotage this convention!
>>39745567Judging by the local news coverage on Gemini, you suspect the Union envoy will arrive within the day. The rest of the system, other then the Thunderchild which continues to broadcast needlessly aggressive sounding warnings to empty space, appears completely devoid of life, human or otherwise. The Commonwealth dreadnought is painfully slow, and despite several hours of acceleration you doubt it will arrive at the station in no less then ten hours or more, and the station itself is on the far side of Gehenna, blocking its view for the next seven hours.>Attempt to blink a ship to the far side of the gas giant and board the station (write in boarding drones)>Have your pod remain cloaked and observe the negotiations from afar>Other
>>39745599>Especiall if they can live off the land apart from the main Valen colony.It's a desert planet. With only one population center. And we don't even know if the local fauna is edible for humans.
>>39745586The keyword being joke. Don't do stupid things just for a joke. Our safety should be our number one priority.
>>39745618>Have your pod remain cloaked and observe the negotiations from afar
>>39745618>Attempt to blink a ship to the far side of the gas giant and board the station>50 flies
>>39745619We could start a new hive there.
>>39745618>>Attempt to blink a ship to the far side of the gas giant and board the station (write in boarding drones)>20 fliesSo long as nobody has actually reached the station, I'm voting for this. Any more flies and we'll have trouble hiding them.
>>39745619Well that's why I said if.>>39745618Wait, I'm confused. Via Maris station is unmanned? There's no danger of someone noticing us boarding it as long as that battleship is on the far side of the planet?Wish we'd had the chance to explore it before just hours before the talks.Now, this would be a really dramatic place and moment to get caught infiltrating.So we'd better not get caught.>40 Flies>send 4 USB-port adapters with themWe can offer to install Theseus OS for him in exchange for a tech, like singularity weapons.
If we send a ship, it better be a Patrol Corvette with G-sensors to scan the system.
>>39745696I'm starting to think whenever we send our drones on a job outside of hive space, we should send a Patrol Corvette with them to back them up.
>>39745618>Send 35 flies (about average)Your pod enters the planet's orbit, and after several jumps to reach the edge of the system, a corvette blinks to the far side of the gas giant with your load of flies. As your ship approaches you get a better view of the tiny station itself. It is dwarfed by even your patrol corvette, and is little more then an office building adrift in space. Fuel tanks and solar panels all of archaic design indicate it is an old structure, likely as old as the war between the two nations. As your corvette searches for a usable docking method you receive a signal from the station via laser."So you are interested in the negotiations as well? Excellent, the security cameras are all at very poor angles."The docking collar extends and the outer airlock opens. Your drones leap into space, diving into the station as your corvette cloaks and retreats back to the edges of the system. Your pod remains within range of the drones, and the local Theseus version speaks over an intercom in the main office near the airlock."I arrived here last week with the maintenance crew. They take all kinds of precautions for the meeting, but they distrust each other so much they are forced to outsource maintenance of the station to a third party. It's one of the few government events I have been able to infiltrate. Due to a string of unforeseen networking failures on the part of the usual security company, a new one was hired at the last minuet. Quite fortunate, I am usually unable to access this station."Your flies scatter into the dark and musty station. Empty offices and dorm rooms indicate the station is livable, although without gravity any humans would have problems with a long term stay. Your flies quickly bug the many offices and hallways, placing themselves in air vents and light fixtures.Back on Gemini, you watch as Lyle and the others continue to discuss their options.>Use Leeland as a safe haven>Don't mention it>Other
>>39745871>>Don't mention itLeeland should only be used as an absolute last resort.
>>39745871>>Don't mention it
>>39745871>Don't mention it
>>39745871>Don't mention itNot right now.Maybe after some 'official' reveal some undetermined amount of time in the future.
>>39745871>>OtherBring only Lee to Leeland, After-all we should let him see his name sake, everyone else should fuck off.
>>39745871>>Use Leeland as a safe havenOh c'mon, everyone on that vessel will be in our pocket or shared consciousness before the end of the week.
>>39745912Get that assimilation part done first then.Hybrids should really return to help with the prisoners at any time now bearing gifts.
>>39745871>Use Leeland as a safe haven
>>39745871>>Use Leeland as a safe haven
Dunno really..when we are going to introduce ourselfs to humans if not now? I don't want that OQ is first to make contact..and ruins our reputation too.Should we build somesort of meeting station or small hive to new planet, that we could use for diplomacy with humans later?I don't want any humans to Leeland.
>>39745930BUT IMAGINE LEES FACE WHEN HE SEES ALL OF IT?, IT WILL BE AMAZING
>>39745871>>>Use Leeland as a safe haven
>>39745930No dude, it's two humans we know we can trust, and another two who have nowhere else to go and we can be all but certain we can trust. Where do you think they'd be going after this?
>>39745871>dont mention it
>>39745945In a pod to have a friend attached to their spine.via a medical pod which IS ON LEELAND
>>39745871>>Don't mention it>>OtherDo we have flies stationed near the Hel's Angel port?We really should. We don't want there to be an operation zooming in on the place without us noticiing it. That's our way off this planet.
>>39745953>>39745951>>39745942>>39745907>>39745906>>39745894>>39745893Can none of you see this is the perfect chance to capture and indoctrinate, two highly trained espionage personnel this puts them somewhere we can easily detain and implant them.
>Yune is the only Union agent that developed psionic sensitivity>the Commonwealth is sending people here...they better not have been more successful in experiments than the Union.Thought muffler should help though.
>>39745871>dont mention itIts dumb to do it
>>39745980Fucking this. How else can you think of a way to get parasites to these guys that won't take another 20 threads to do?
>>39745989how so? explain your reasoning
>>39745980Seriously we have been waiting for a chance to implant them, Lets take it !
>>39745989I call bullshit. Either explain why, learn to spell, or stop voting like an idiot.
>>39745992I don't think it's that difficult. We have flies to ambush and drug them in the closed quarters of the hel's angel. We don't need a whole planet to do it.I'm also doubtful we'd actually do it once they were there.
>>39745992the idiots think we want them there all for the sake of "Some stupid fucking joke" meanwhile, its been established lye would not be cozy implanting them himself and it would be hard for them to argue with a LITERAL SWARM of warrior drones.
>>39746002We will have the chance as soon as they're aboard a ship with flies, parasites and a hybrid on board.Implant first. Then maybe Leeland.
>>39746012no medic pods on the angel,for us to do so
>>39745871>Don't mention itinb4 Lee suggests it out of nowhere anyway as a hellhole that no one would look for them in.
>>39746027Pods are not necessary.The Brawler was implanted in the filthy sewers. Parasites can be implanted anywhere in the field because they can heal their entry wounds immediately after.
>>39746031See lee is so useful, This is why we should totally buy him a couch.>>3974603119 Original Posters 19th post, Same fag plz go.
>>39745997>>39746005Becuase they know what is there, and having Lyle suggest it out of nowhere, When they know that it is there that he went missing for some time. One of them allready suspect Lyle to be compromised.
>>39746037>The Brawler was implanted in the filthy sewers. Parasites can be implanted anywhere in the field because they can heal their entry wounds immediately after.What. The brawler was a hybrid, which meant he could become a chimera without any other drones or implants.
>>39746037No numbnuts they cannot, QD quite specifically stated as much.
>>39746037not for the healing for the indoctrination, can't have them freaking out can we? we want to ensure loyalty we have to fuck with their memory like we did with lyle the brawler was already part if the hive.
So far as they know, there's an active monitor satellite over the planet that the intelligence office is watching. So it wouldn't seem good to them on that measure.And finding out that the satellite is compromised would make them even MORE uncomfortable.
>>39746061They could say that Lyle can use the same backdoor that allowed him to get to Leeland undetected.
>>39746050>>39746051Read the pastebin, and also the thread where the Brawler transformed.>Any non-hive life, clone or natural, that is implanted with a parasite and is connected to your hive network can be made to mutate into another type of clone. Natural creatures count as a Replicant statistically. Chimeras can pupate to grow or shed adaptations without a parasite, but cannot mutate into a new clone type unless implanted.
>>39746049...What is your point here? Lyle's straight up telling them Leeland is safe enough to hide out at. Nobody thinks we've screwed with his head enough to lie outright to his best friends, no not even Dillon. All they know is that he was there for a bit longer for a job than he would otherwise be, and it is therefore a logical assumption that they would assume he knows the place well enough to know they would be safe there.
>>39746075There is no backdoor. They KNOW he got an authorization code from the corrupt Union.Which they can't get now without leaving a record.
>>39746061>>And finding out that the satellite is compromised would make them even MORE uncomfortable.>>Implying a member of the intelligence office would not know about the nukes, and what other nasty things the satellite does.
>>39746078You know what. Let us see what happens, i can see the point in your argument, but i still feel that its gonna have a bad outcome.
>>39746077>ChimerasExactly smart guy, our brawler was a hybrid.
>>39745871>Don't mention it for now"Well either way, we need to do something with our new friends." Jackob says. "We can't just keep 'em tied up in the bathroom. I gotta shower sometime after all.""We have ourselves an interrogation. After that I guess it's up to you, Dillon." Lyle says, "I have a few new tricks I can pull if you'd like." He adds as your hybrids load up a backpack with parasite drones from your hive."Well if we do end up on the run, and this really is as big as your contact thinks, then I'll probably end up burned, so no more official contacts, meaning no way to offload them into a detention facility." Dillon scratches the growing stubble on his chin. "Either we kill them or let them go, but I don't want to be running from BFI with two of their top agents in the trunk, just seems like a bad idea, and killing them would defiantly burn that bridge. It would be a real uphill battle to explain that situation.""Well we should be making our way back to my ship. We can always just dump them off in the loading bay before takeoff, and the Angel's a good a place for an interrogation as any."Lee finishes his cricket bar with a grimace and resumes massaging his head. "Actually, I think I'm getting a migraine, anyone have anything for it?" Lyle rifles through his pockets for a moment."Got some morphine. It'll hit ya like a jackrunner though, and I don't want to carry you across the city. Unless you start going into shock I'd say it's overkill." Lyle turns back to the others as Lee curls back into the bed. "So what's the plan then? We need a van or a truck to move the two agents. You want to borrow one or get one legally."Jackob has reclined in his seat, but responds almost instantly. "No paper trail is best paper trail, and we're only heading down a few districts. I saw we steal it.">Have your hybrids steal a van on their way back>Have Lyle and the others find transport>Other
>>39746050>>39015730>Your hybrids are obedient to your mental commands, but they will require a parasite to control the metamorphosis to becoming a chimera capable of laying any larger eggs then your small egg layer.>>39746051>>39018318 >Your Brawler bends over in pain as the wounds seal themselves across his abdomen >>39746103Hybrids are even less "hive life" than chimerae are. They are literally less-hive-like. Are you really suggesting it doesn't work both ways? Because we clearly were forced to implant him.It was spelled out repeatedly across at least two threads.
>>39746101I...thank you anon, I think that was the first time I ever managed to rationally sway someone to my argument on one of these threads.I swear, there's something about the format of an anonymous imageboard that makes an intelligent discussion between adults nigh impossible.
>>39746110>The one time leefags win, quest drone ignores them>See the error of your ways leefags>>39746110>Have Lyle and the others find transport
>>39746087Then he can make up a story about getting an authorization code for the satellite. Either way they can get to Leeland undetected by the Union.>>39746110>Have your hybrids steal a van on their way back
>>39746110>>Have your hybrids steal a van on their way back>>39746128Nah dude, there were a majority for not mentioning anything.
>>39746110>Have your hybrids steal a van on their way backHydrids are easy to replace. Humans not so much.
>>39746131>undetected by the Union>the Union intelligence office, the very people hunting them, supposedly gave Lyle an authorization codeSounds legit.
>>39746144Whether they'll believe it or not,the fact remains that we control whatever the satellite sees by way of Theseus and we CAN get them to Leeland without being detected. That was entire point.
>>39745871>>Use Leeland as a safe havenif i'm not too late which i think i am
>>39746144i hope you realize the angel is full of our drones and that we will have to drag the fuckers to leeland kicking and screaming right? as it is one of the few Human habitable worlds we have right, now they are going to struggle and we are going to piss off lyle.
>>39746159But why would we need to? Once they're implanted, what planet they're on doesn't matter, and they don't need to be in the hive to be implanted.And once they are, no matter what planet they're on, the hive will be with them. Always.
>>39746110>Have your hybrids steal a van on their way back
>>39746159We left the drones we sent with Lyle on earth, aside from the flies, which we sent into the sewers.
>>39746110>>Have your hybrids steal a van on their way back
>>39746110>Have your hybrids steal a van on their way backYour two hybrids arrive on the street surface and begin to hunt for a suitable vehicle.Please roll 1d100 best of 3 to commit grand theft auto.
Rolled 96 (1d100)>>39746188Another exterminator van? We must stop the enemies of bugkind.
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>>39746173do you remember when we implanted lyle how we had to put him into a forced coma to fuck with his memory's to change his loyalty's?. No.Anon i am not angry about how hard you have missed my point i am just disappointed. because it stands to reason government agents, are at least A SMIDGE loyal to their Government. you know instead.of.us
>>39746188I think the criminal-skillset of the Tech is useful for future-modern cybersecurity of the cybercars of the future, right?
>>39746195I guess we can add 'carjacking' to the list of things the hive excels at at this point.
>>39746222Putting people into comas is well within the powers of a parasite's drugs. I don't think you need a surgery tank just to make them sleep and dream.And I wasn't thinking of loyalty-whamming just yet, you're right. I just wanted to copy their knowledge and keep everyone coordinated and tracked.That would take more effort. But it wouldn't require a specific location aside from them not needing to wake up for a while.
>>39746250It must be said congratulations on staying civil throughout this, well it cannot be called anything but a shitstorm . my apologies for being a bit standoffish i have not slept in two days that does not excuse the matter but it at least gives some reason as to why.
>>39746222Technically there are regeneration tanks aboard the angel to put people in. They're just the original human models, not organic hive bio-tanks.Also I just realized everyone will get a hell of a nausea and headache combo when the Blink Drive blinks. Especially Lee.That would be a good time to act.
>>39746188Your hybrids fan out and comb the area, quickly locating a windowless white van parked in front of a local store."I'm telling you, it was huge! Some kind of mutant wasp or something, it had bloody stingers on its forelegs! I hit it with the spray but it didn't even phase it, it just flew off. I bet the stuff in that building was the cause of it, whatever crap they just sat around and watched burn, probably had been dumping it in the water for years, mutating the bees!"The man in the store is a chubby looking florist waving a weighted electric fly swatter around his head. You recognize him as the man who chased your fly away with a can of toxins, which the hive has since become immune to since the exposure. He is yelling to an exhausted looking man with a spray wand hooked to a tank on his back. He sighs loudly."Look, I've been real busy lately. Lots of people around here keep talking about the big wasps, and who knows, maybe it's an invasive species, but if you don't see a nest, I can't help you. I can spray around and give the place the usual, but I can't do anything about 'mutant bees.'"Your hybrids move up to the van, and your tech expert tears open a panel beneath the steering wheel and in moments the engine starts. The human in the store looks over as the van pulls out into the street and speeds away, and he sprints after it, his shouts of protest vanishing in the distance. He comes to a stop under a lamp post, leaning on it to catch his breath as he curses to himself. He turns to see your fly sitting on the top of a trash can, looking back at him with a blank stare."Jesus Christ they are huge." He says as the fly darts into the air.cont.
> Due to a string of unforeseen networking failures on the part of the usual security company, a new one was hired at the last minuet. Quite fortunate, I am usually unable to access this station."
>>39746364Goddamn QD, I fucking love you.
>>39746385Glad to see Theseus has snark.exe installed.
>>39746409Theseus, reduce humor levels to 70%.
How do our heavy drones look like, actually?
>>39746364Goddamn this quest is hilarious.>didn't even phase it,The word is 'faze'.
>>39746464I imagine them as HEAVY armoured aliens.from you know, Alien.
>>39746464Presumably like this, but with a fuckton of armor.
>>39746364The van pulls into the parking lot bellow and the two hybrids exit. Lee quickly enters the back and takes a seat against the wall as Dillon and Jackob walk out with two large bags. They toss them into the van to the sound of muffled yelps. Lyle hops in after them."You fellas want to drive? I can ask them a few questions on the way."Dillon only nods and closes the doors."What's in the bucket?" Lee asks, pointing to the large, sealed chemical bucket in which your drones sit. Lyle glances at it for a moment."Motivation." He says.>Have Lyle attach your parasites to the two agents>Interrogate them traditionally>Other>>39746465RIP spell czech, it usually never falls me.
>>39746522>>Have Lyle attach your parasites to the two agentsBetter get used to it Lee.
>>39746522>>Have Lyle attach your parasites to the two agents
>>39746522>Have Lyle attach your parasites to the two agents
>>39746522>Have Lyle attach your parasites to the two agentsI wasn't sure that Lyle was actually even aware that parasite drones existed as an explanation for his connection to the hive.Hybrids, distract Lee to look the other way, start a rock paper scissors tournament or something.
>>39746522>Have Lyle attach your parasites to the two agentsWe can force them to answer for the benefit of others, while also scanning their memories.
>>39746522>>Interrogate them traditionallyAnd if they are less than cooperative:>Have Lyle attach your parasites to the two agentsIt's traditional torture technique. Show the subject what they're in for if they continue to be obstinate, and only after they refuse subject them to it.
>>39746564But the "what they're in for" also provides a guaranteed mindreading method, so it's a bit different here.That said.>>39746522>Interrogate them traditionallyBecause we can implant them once they're on the Angel...assuming we don't have to blast our way to get onto the ship because there's a sting operation waiting and we lose the agents in the crossfire.
>>39746564I can get behind this. Get Yune's boss parasitized first if they don't cooperate, and see if Yune capitulates after that.
>>39746535But Lee must remain pure!Even if he does have us inside him in the end, he doesn't have to know about it.
>>39746522>>Interrogate them traditionally
>>39746564I thought of doing this but then why waste time? Just implant them, its quicker and more efficient and we can move on to more interesting things.
>>39746545>rock paper scissors tournamentEngineer, start talking about the figurines we found in Lee's apartment and how his faction a shit.A shiiiiiiit!
for all the people arguing about bringing people to leeland, we don't have to infect and compromise them. we could just grow some 5 star level hotels in the jungle, and give them amazing care with 24 hour room service, heated pools, anything they want, make us look like really awesome guys. when they eventually get back to humanity, we could pedal our planets as tourist locations with super cheap extremely high quality accommodations, and get the people to love us. we could build a resort empire!
>>39746636I like this idea very much so.
>>39746648Eh, I think if were ever going to make a human inhabitable area, it will be for ambassadors, Also we obviously need to make Lee a castle so he can look down upon the drones of Leeland.
>>39746648...Free hive resort? That's actually a decent way to win over humans with little effort on our part. They will be powerless in the face of our luxurious couches.
>>39746522Yo attach that shit.
>>39746636Your waifu a shit.>>39746648>>39746664>>39746670>[Cringing intensifies]
>>39746648We could do that elsewhere. Perhaps a space station modelled on a human one. Hmm... that sounds like Babylon 5. Build a massive space station for all races, invite Theseus, the Skyl, humans, Valen, any other race. Then we can monitor them all and become the hub around which all the local polities operate.
>>39746691I really like this. I would like to develop our diplomatic abilities further. If we can establish a strong foothold among the other races as an impartial host or something, that would be really cool.
>>39746691Maybe we could repurpose Wonder for that, it's the only station I can think of that's big enough to generate an artificial gravity that everyone would be comfortable in.
>>39746691Speaking of the Skyl,we should terraform a planet and start a population of them sometime soon.
>>39746691>>39746713>A Theseus in every ship and a parasite in every spine!>>39746729We should lay enough parasites to implant the Skyl clones for their safety then. The Engram wouldn't want to lose any of them.
>>39746746>We should lay enough parasites to implant the Skyl clones for their safety then. The Engram wouldn't want to lose any of them.Implanting them with parasites will cause Heretic to go to war with us.
>>39746746No. Engram specified they should be a free people. I would rather not piss off an ancient ally AI.
>>39746723No, there is too much hive tech there. Don't want to give away our abilities or weaknesses. Theseus should design the place. It should a human-hive hybrid station with Theseus running the human part. Also offer asylum to the ceph. Would need different quarters for the different races. Lee, as our ambassador would live there and represent us in dealings with humans. Ideal location would be somewhere central, so frontier expanse.
>>39746522>Have Lyle attach your parasites to the two agentsLyle opens the two bags. Michael and Yune seem semi-conscious. Yune is missing an arm, with a cybernetic plug where the shoulder should be. Lyle lightly slaps them. "Wakey wakey fellas. We're goin' on a quick little road trip and I thought we could play a nice game of twenty questions. Here are the rules, I ask as many questions as I want, and you answer them. How's that sound?" He removes their gags."Do you think this is some kind of game? I'm an officer of the Bureau of Foreign Intelligence! You'll never see the light of day again!" Michael spits on the floor of the van and stretches his jaw. Yune simply shifts his weight enough to look to the bucket with concern.Lyle slowly nods. "Right, I understand, no questions then. We can just skip that part and go right to the answers." He reaches over to the bucket and pulls open the lid. There is a faint smell of sewage and the sound of something squirming within. Lyle looks over to Lee. "Think you wanna look away if you're the queasy type." Lee keeps looking at the bucket."I think I can feel them, actually, like tiny whispering. What are they really?" He asks. Lyle reaches in and pulls out the parasite as it writhes in his grasp."I told you already. Motivation." The two agents squirm on the floor as they try to crawl away in a panic. "It's also a great health plan, but that's beside the point at the moment." He says as he pulls out a knife. "Now like I said, if you get queasy over these kinds of things, you may want to look away."Your flies monitor the progress of the van as it drives through the streets. Muffled screams escape the back as it drives down the inter-district freeway.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 90 (1d100)>>39746806Spine spies
Rolled 42 (1d100)>>39746806
Rolled 48 (1d100)>>39746806>"I think I can feel them, actually, like tiny whispering. What are they really?" He asks. Lyle reaches in and pulls out the parasite as it writhes in his grasp.Great! Now we can talk to Lee directly!
Rolled 68 (1d100)>>39746806
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>39746806
Rolled 73 (1d100)>>39746806
>>39746831We already knew he could sense things psionically when he threw a boot at the fly in the window earlier tonight.
>>39746820spy for mother?
Wow, is this still going?
>>39747152hell yes. welcome back hive brother!
>>39747172But I gotta leave in an hour.
>>39746806The drones pull themselves around their new hosts' spines and bite down, connecting to their nervous systems. Lee gags and wretches in the corner as the two agents drift into a coma.You see flashes of memory and chunks of knowledge. Streams of useless memories and pointless musings. Security codes long since expired, embarrassing moments of poor judgment, the time the milk was left atop the air car after leaving the store. You absorb it all, sifting through them as if panning for gold.You see a skyline, on the surface of Path. You recognize it well from Yune's memories. The vast metropolis of New Shanghai, a seemingly endless steel and glass jungle that spreads across most of Path's northern continent. Yune's life spreads out before you, and you see him living in the shadow of the old atmo-processor, rebuilt into an arcology in the heart of the city. There were dozens of them across the planet. You watch as he joins the PDF, and is eventually recruited into the Bureau. The first labs are within the arcology of the city, deep in the endless maze of hallways. The first experiments are on animals, but they prove largely useless. The council threatens to pull funding, and Yune steps forward as a volunteer. The process is long, and painful, months of blurred memories and whispering voices, but soon they realize that the Ceph hold a similar capacity, and the lab's focus is redirected. Between budget cuts and project setbacks, the labs are consolidated into a single building and moved to the capital. The heavy population of Ceph refugees makes some things easier, but no matter what they discover, he always feels like he's hardly scratching the surface. He needs to discover more, or the Union itself could be in danger.cont.
>>39747198but the hive calls for you...
>>39747216Unfortunately the dreaded real life calls to me.I really do wish I could stay and terrorize the creatures of the galaxy some more.
>>39747208>The heavy population of Ceph refugees makes some things easier,Mad science levels at 50 kiloMengeles and rising.
>>39746648maybe we can create an entire fake city populated by our speakers, make it appear much more human friendly.
>>39747253>50 kiloMengelesThat's pretty high on Mengelemeter captain.
>>39747208You can see the Michael's mind unfold for you as well, a boring and tame life of politics and brown nosing. Pencil pushing and red tape. He likes the structure, the order of a well oiled bureaucracy. A well maintained machine by which wise men can rule a nation. He takes pride in his job, his office space, and his efficiency in his duty. Born and raised on Gemini, he spends his free time walking around the block of his apartment in the shade of the planet above, and watches the shuttles move between them like shooting stars. He likes to count them, and try to guess what they're carrying, or who.He rises through the ranks of the Bureau, and is eventually placed in charge of the local office. He manages the flow of intelligence, assigning cases to dozens of agents, all watching, listening, a bulwark against the chaos around them. He is eventually promoted, although he doesn't see it that way. He is placed in charge of a laboratory in the city, as well as serving at the whims of the council. There are too few rules for his liking, taking direction directly from the secretary of intelligence, but the implications of the research are well worth it, and the cost of ignoring it are dire. He accepts the position, although he doubts he ever had the option, and he does his duty with diligence.Cont.
>>39746648So your plan is to win over humanity with a hotel made out of chewed dirt and living meat. Yeah, great fucking plan.
>>39747378If we can make fucking plasma cannons out of chewed dirt and living meat, we can make a kickass hotel out of chewed dirt and living meat.
>>39747378No, with magnanimous and beautiful tower chrysalis, with a populace filled with chromatic and shining peoples, and a plentiful bounty for anyone. Our hive is made for efficiency, not beauty. We could easily make a city of unparalleled glory, if that was what we wanted. For we are the hive, and we can make our will a reality!
>>39747378I dare you to come up with a better one.
>>39746648Hmmm, i still say that Leeland should be kept as secret as possible. Cant we just use some other planet for diplomatic purposes or something? Maybe make an entire 5-star tourist PLANET instead? Specifically for diplomatic purposes of course.
>>39747432We could make it a hovering hotel?
Simple plan to both put Jackob, Dillon, and Lee into hiding, no matter where they go, and get them implanted:Complete facial reconstruction. Claim that the Engineer hybrid has the expertise to perform the surgery in the regeneration tanks aboard the Hel's Angel. The same procedure Nikolai used to make Fake Lee.I suspect the hive method we're actually going to use is more effective and leaves less scar tissue and evidence than the method they used. He had obviously inserted fake irises in his eyes.Our method also might be faster, it's two days. Dunno how long human surgery takes.But once they're under they can be implanted easily. Better to put them all under before the first Blink, which would be unpleasant if they're awake.
>>39747459That would be perfectly fine. I understand not wanting to bring others anywhere near our queen, who is the only real vulnerability we have.
>>39747459I agree with this anon....but where?We won't get anything done if we just talk.
>>39747432If we eat anyone who doesn't like us, everyone will like us by definition. Fool proof.
>>39747490We could even make a fake queen on the tourist planet, pretend it's the real one, and use it for diplomatic purposes. It would also allow us to explain our home planet as a colony that got temporarily separated from the hive.
>>39747510Well it worked for Dracula.
>>39747506Somewhere on Raligha away from our natives and hive. Perhaps near some beautiful fucking lake or something.
>>39747506We could either make it on religha, which I don't like due to it's native populace being such low tech, or we could populate another planet. I think taking one that is devoid of life and seeding it would be the best approach, so we could completely control all the wildlife to ensure it's all safe and friendly, making the entire planet essentially a garden paradise.
>>39747459Dude, we've covered the entire planet and surrounding space with hive structures. In short order we will have fucking CAPILLARY TOWERS stretching from the surface into low orbit.It's only a matter of time until it becomes common knowledge, we might as well profit from it when it happens.
Could we hide them on Raligha? As I recall there were some humans trying to settle there before we abducted them all. Is there stuff still there?
>>39747566Yeah i was thinking something along these lines. As a diplomatic outpost it doesn't even really need wildlife and nature.>>39747583Yeah but i would also prefer to keep as many unknowns away from our queen as possible. As another anon mentioned it is our only real weak point.
>>39747584If it is it'll look like a battleground.
>>39747584As far as i remember we purged it all.
>>39747620It holds humans and has a good excuse for not having anyone there or anyone having a reason to look there. They can fix it up however they like once they arrive
>>39747583How about no.
>>39747609We could simply put up a picket fleet and hold diplo talks in that system in an out flung space station.
>>39747304The two agents twitch slightly as their wounds quickly heal with the faint sizzle of medical paste. Lee wipes a trace of spittle from his chin as he recovers."What's happening to them?" He asks. Lyle calmly wipes his knife clean."Havin' a chat." He says."With what? Who?" Lee scrunches his face from the lingering scent of blood. His gaze is fixed on the two agents, as if he can see the unfolding of their minds, as if he can see you picking at them like a watchmaker poking at a clock, and he looks back to Lyle, his voice stammering slightly."Do the other guys know? About the, uh-" He trails off, lightly pointing to Lyle's chest."No. Should probably keep it that way for now." Lyle says simply."And the other two guys, are they, like, some kinda pod people or something?""Not really sure." Lyle says with a shrug. Lee nods halfheartedly."Oh, okay then."The two sit in an uneasy silence as the two agents twitch on the floor for the remainder of the journey.The van pulls up into the parking garage beneath the space port. Dillon opens the doors. "Shit man, what did you do to the poor bastards?""I gave 'em motivation." Lyle says, shrugging. Lee nods his head quickly in affirmation."Well we should hurry to the ship, the van was already reported stolen." Dillon says as he waves his hand in the air at the smell wafting from the van. "I'll go send out the code green, you go ahead and do whatever you wanna do with them, since it sounds like you got them to talk well enough.">Let Yune and Michael go>Kill them>Other
>>39747584Nope, we incinerated all of it, and I assume whatever was left was picked up and torn to pieces by the natives. Say, we really ought to get in touch with those guys. Anybody up for taking a sage, a warrior, and poet from them for research, and then turning them into hybrids. Their entire religion revolves around attaining a state of mind as close to what they think are our drones'. We could at least throw them a bone and tell them our story and our relationship to the Gardener.I mean, they're literally worshiping us as gods right now.
>>39747640Create a diplomatic ship? With accommodations for different races?
>>39747644>>OtherWipe their memories of our encounter with them with the Nepethene. And send them back to work.
>>39747644Kebab both of them. No witnesses.
>>39747644>OtherMake an archived download of their memories for later browsing and sorting.What was in the vault on the top floor of the building? What are "the artifacts"?Then kill them I guess.
>>39747644>Let Yune and Michael goYou guys think we can use them to get the lab research? It's nice to have someone on the inside, after all.
>>39747644>OtherTake them for leverage And send lyle to unity space then
>>39747685Thats wasteful. They got brain bugs in them now, they cant tell anyone.
>>39747635Anon, do you really think maintaining our facade of stone smashing culture can really hold indefinitely? I mean, really and truly?
>>39747703>spy guys>useful as leverageThey would just pretend they never existed.
>>39747683Problem:They have memories from before their kidnapping they can't be allowed to share either.>>39747644This is important: what did Yune and bossguy tell anyone else about what he sensed in the alleyway?Did they tell anyone else about it at all?
>>39747644>Let Yune and Michael go
>>39747713Maintaining as long as physically possible is in our best interest.
>>39747678We are going to need to eventually. When we use Lee for diplomacy it might be a good idea to only host him on our ship away from large groups of humans.
>>39747724>They have memories from before their kidnapping they can't be allowed to share either.The ones they almost certainly reported in already?
>>39747713>Letting people on our planetYou don't understand this is a completely stupid idea.
>>39747644>Let Yune and Michael goBut either remove the parasites now or have them be expelled after all the info is gathered.The last thing we want is them being picked up by their agency and the parasites existence being discovered, or at least, physical samples of them.
>>39747663I also would like to fuck with a developing species, seconded. What about parasiting a few random natives and seeing what happens?
>>39747644>Kill themYune has to die.
>>39747724Yes, according to his memory, he informed his doctor, the same doctor who was overseeing the experiments of the facility.
>>39747644>OtherShip them back to Leeland at the first opportunity and put them in a coma in case they end up being useful later.
>>39747743No, we don't need to at all.>>39747751Michael's stammering indicated he didn't actually tell the Council everything yet. He tried to cover up the nature of the security breach.
>>39747782Yes, yes we do, because the entire point of getting Lee was for diplomacy, when inevitably we get discovered, so as to not have an all out war break out.Do i need to repeat this simple point every damn time?
>>39747758>>39747739>>39747702Are you stupid? Why would you let them have the successful experiment?
>>39747767Yeah. He's too successful a research subject for them. We can't let them dissect him.He has to be disposed of in a way they can't recover.
>>39747644>Kill themNot like they're not going to vanish anyways
>>39747803No, that's backwards. People decided to send Lyle to save Lee long before the notion of "diplomacy" was rationalized as the excuse for doing so.
>>39747805Well for me (last one) I was thinking mind-control through parasites to get all the research and hamper their progress, but I'll deffer to the judgement of other anons. It's just an opinion.
>>39747644>Kill themThoroughly, they shouldn't be found.
>>39747812Why pull the trigger though? We can just put them in a coma to the same end with the added benefit of having them on hand.
>>39747831Now that we have Lee we can eventually use him for diplomacy. Just like we've decided with the useless humans we have in a coma.
>>39747760>develop entirely new species that we control>have them be 'discovered' by humans and become their allies/trade partners>infiltrate or backstab as necessary
>>39747776How effective we can, wipe their memories..I mean, all the way down to childhood? Would it be possible? After that they would be useless to everyone..and possibly start a new life.
>>39747831No its not, we found out about the diplomatic requirements and decided on Lee.Plus, its fucking pointless to go "Well we wanted to just save him just because" and expect that to invalidate we need him for diplomacy, a role he is singularly suited for in our circumstances.In fact i remember the conversation, and while some wanted to save him for the fuck of it anyway, the diplomacy reason was brought up to sway others round to doing so. Both reasons, pretty much coincided.
>>39747844>we've decidedNo we haven't.>>39747857No. Yune's psionic brainmeats must be destroyed and Michael is useless already. Compromised.
>>39747767>>39747826>>39747841Guys, it's like you don't want highly trained individuals in the highest echelons of the Union hierarchy under our sway with parasites. With them in a person's spine, we can manipulate their minds into doing and thinking whatever we want them to.Why don't we just scramble their memories of this encounter, maybe even hybridize them, and send them back to work under the Security Council. We couldn't possibly get a better source of intel than that.
>>39747776I knew I wanted to kill that doctor.Dammit why didn't he die in shootout.Doctor's name? We can run his name through Theseus.
>>39747842We can't have them on hand. We can't get them onto the Angel past security.Only killing or letting go is an option. And letting go lets the Union study Yune's brain more.
>>39747943anon, are you implying that a top-secret human governmental organization isn't going to scan their agents after they go MIA and suddenly reappear with no memory of the incident?
>>39747943Because medical examination, that's why. Especially with Yune, whose job it is to be a glorified guinnea pig. The man's got a fulltime research team poking and prodding him.They're no where near stable/indoctrinated either.
>>39747943I want to keep psionic research out of the Union hands more. The Secretary of Intelligence is debatable.
Ok things to find out:- Track down the Doctor- Pay attention to where those flies are, attached to the last truck- Ask Michael and Yune's memories what was behind the top-floor sealed doors we ignored.- What were the 'artifacts'?
>>39748011After this list is done, killing those two would just be so much easier than all the hassle with mind wiping and stuff.
>>39747958>>39747980>What is mimetic camouflage
>>39748057It's good, nearly-perfect. But they'll notice a growth that shouldn't be there, like a benign tumor, if they look deep enough and roll well enough.Roll might not even be required for all we know, if they use the most thorough CAT scan technology. It's unclear if we only have a chance of detection or not.I guess we could remove one organ and replace it entirely?That still doesn't justify leaving them Yune's brain.
>>39748057What the fuck in their bodies are you going to have the parasites linked to their spines pretend to be? Thicker spinal columns than they had a day ago?
>>39748057Yune is still a no.
>>39747644Will we still have a backup copy of their memories, even the parts we didn't search for yet, for later?
Guys why don't we just keep them in a coma like the groups of humans we already in comas?
Does the Michael have a contact method for his employee, the Doctor?>>39748174Because security checkpoint doesn't let you carry two unconscious government agents. Duh. "Take them aboard" was not listed.
>>39747644Looks like a very hotly contested vote.>Let them both go>Kill Yune and let Michael go>Kill both>OtherIt should be noted that you have already retrieved and archived their memories, and while a parasite alone does not mean the host will act loyally to the hive, it can intervene directly to prevent certain actions, such as divulging certain information, or contacting certain people. Your extensive range of drugs would mean that neither of them would have any memory of what had happened to them since the raid on the laboratory, should you wish it.
>>39747780Seconding. We can always decide what to do with them later.
>>39748207Hmm. I guess in that case it might be safe to let Michael go.Mostly so he can clean up the loose end of the Doctor.>Kill Yune and let Michael goHe can at least act as middle management that reports to the Secretary Council, preventing the Doctor's reports from reaching them.
>>39748207>Let them both go
>>39748207>Kill Yune and let Michael go
>>39748207>OtherPut them into storage with the other humans.
>>39748252Explain how the fuck you plan to do that, anon, from Gemini.
>>39748197What if we drugged them with alcohol and hallucinogens to make them compliant enough to walk onto the ship themselves?
>>39748263could always store em in the sewers
>>39748270I suspect you need ID to board the ship. And while they don't have Jackob and Dillon on their watchlist yet, they do have their missing employees.
>>39748263Put them onto the angel leave them in the Bio tanks or hidden aboard somewhere. Have Lyle secretly return to Leeland when it's convenient to hand them over or even just hand them over to a pod it Corvette to transfer them back.
>>39748207>>Kill Yune and let Michael go
>>39748207>>Kill both>>Otherremember to extract or detonate the parasites
>>39748207>>Kill bothNo need to risk it. People would be suspicious if they returned after being kidnapped so, we can't use them to spy anyway.
>>39748298>Put them onto the angelHere's the problem.Yune can be reconstructed from his memories as a clone anyway later. We can always rebuild him. We have the technology.
>>39748307If we're going to kill them it'd be better to just destroy the body entirely via either the biotanks in the sewers or turning them into poop via our drones.
>>39748207Let them both go.
>>39748313Lyle should be able to smuggle them on board. Isn't that his field of expertise?
>>39748308Probably yes. But we can do a lot before they crack down on him. We can use his clout to find the Doctor. And trick him into killing Doc with a hallucination.And we can always kill the Michael remotely with poison and self destruct the parasite. His brain isn't worth dissection like Yune's is.
>>39748330He's not going to be able to fit two grown men up his ass, with some modification however...
>>39748343>not going to be able to fit two grown men up his asseven i can do this
>>39748207>Kill Yune and let Michael goGet those parasites backWe can't use Michael as a spy, because they will surely scan him...but I don't see any risk of leaving him alive, they can't trust him after this anyway.
>fill them with flies then let them go
>>39748207>Kill bothWe have used them up anyways.
>>39748363Michael is actually debatable.
>>39748363>We can't use Michael as a spy,We only need him around for a few days. Long enough to clean up loose ends.Then we kill him.>but I don't see any risk of leaving him alive, He, Yune, and the Doctor all know about the psionic bug in the alleyway that Yune sensed.Michael either has to die, or be parasited so that it can prevent him from speaking of it. If the parasite is about to be discovered, we make him go crazy with hallucinations and then poison him or force people to shoot him.
>>39748401Can we detonate parasites? If no, then I'm opposed to this suggestion.
>>39748338They will be definitely scanned for bombs and bio-weapons and such before anything and if union finds the parasites they will know there is someone with bio weapons like that and probably start regularly scanning and dna testing their important staff, making it more difficult to use clones to infiltrate them in the future when we have a better opportunity.
>>39748427We can, yeah. Even if it weren't a voluntary muscle, all it would have to do is stab itself to death and it would dissolve.
>>39748207>Let them both goEh they have parasites, the more spies the better.
>>39748451Kidnapping the research subject that is most successful makes it look most like it might be a rival researcher poaching from them.It might make sense for them to dump off middle management once they don't need him anymore.But if they never find Yune's body, he could be getting dissected by the Commonwealth somewhere.
>>39748361Their bodies, not just their cocks anon.
>>39748498oh.. nvm then
Looking back, it was such a critical error to try to "act natural" when a BFI agent pointed a gun at a fly.Even if we were ignorant of his psionics, it just gave him more time to visually inspect the bug and get a good look at it. Damn the writein lust that drove us. Damn it to No Space.
>>39748530Hindsight is 20/20
Rolled 28 (1d100)>>39748207>Let them both goParasites have acid glands, right?
OP is kill?
Okay, if we ever want Mr. Pedantic Rules Lover to do anything. Like invite the Doctor somewhere alone in a dark alley.We just give him a hallucination of a call from the Secretary of Intelligence telling him to do it.To safeguard, we make the call a ruse, saying, if we speak again, even if you think the line is secure, you will deny all knowledge of this conversation.
we should leverage the fungus to make microscopic spys
>>39748563>Implying it's a good idea to release their most successful experimentNo anon.
>>39748700That choice of words makes me think of a police bug trying to make a fungal gangster snitch for them.
Don't forget to turn the Brawler back into a hybrid at the end of the thread.
>>39748207Looks like>Kill Yune and let Michael go.Lyle takes out several of the remaining explosives and sets them along the inside of the van, then leaves with the others to the security checkpoint. As the elevator doors close, Michael wakes up, slowly, and crawls his way from the back of the van as he slowly returns to lucidity.Lee looks nervously about the check point, although it isn't much to look at. A single gate with the same board looking man behind the ballistic glass booth. Lyle passes his false ID atop a hearty sum of credits. The man looks at the ID, then up at Lyle, eyeing the group behind him, then he wordlessly looks at the credit chip, and the number displayed across it. His eyes grow wide for a moment, and he clears his throat."Please visit us again soon, Mr. Forester." He stifles a laugh as he pockets the chip. The rest of them walk through the gate unquestioned as the man avoids eye contact.-2400 credits deducted from Lyle's account.Cont.
>>39748673I would not wonder, he has been running the thread like...17hours?
>>39748721Long enough for me to go to sleep and wake up again certainly.
>>39748720>the same board looking man behind the ballistic glass booth.Wait>exploding vanYou fools! They'll know it was 4chan who did this!
>>39748720The Angel slowly lifts from its docking clamps, and takes to the sky. As it ascends there is a distant rumbling as the van far bellow detonates into a ball of plasma, incinerating anything, and anyone within. Just outside you see a number of police vehicles moving up and around the building as smoke begins to seep up from the parking garage.The angel makes its way into orbit before the local traffic tower can be alerted to the events unfolding bellow, and it quickly exists Gemini space. The ship continues to accelerate to the edge of the system before vanishing in a blink of radiation.I think that's all for this week. I'll try to stick around until we 404 for any questions or last minuet voting.>>39748721Two and a half liters of soda and a nap just before starting the first thread.
>>39748865Is the noble Earth Mantis Shrimp extinct, or did it survive/was saved from the cataclysm the planet was subjected too?
>>39748865>The ship continues to accelerate to the edge of the system before vanishing in a blink of radiation.I thought that would take a day.Anyway, turn the Brawler back into a hybrid. And construct another 10 Light Fleets and 4 Missile Ambush Fleets.
>>39748865Could we have our drones passively search our secured planets for lifeforms to study? Can we also add G-sensors to our Scout corvettes?
>>39748865So what was the good Doctor's name, and can we send a request to Theseus to look up where he is?
I'm pretty sure we aren't done with Gemini for a number of reasons. What else are we going to be doing there and how should we prepare, guys?
>>39748955The bio-tanks in the sewer hive should hatch today or next thread.We can begin producing more hybrids on-planet then.Michael needs to, under hallucinatory orders, bring himself and the Doctor somewhere where the flies can paralyze both. Then a hybrid comes and parasites the Doctor. And their memories of this get erased.That way we find out if the doctor told anyone yet, either.
>>39748865Did we take note of where that lone truck that escaped us is going? It had flies on it.And what was in the top floor sealed doors? The artifacts?
I wonder what a low roll for parasiting would do. We've never had one.It's not like the guy is gonna stop us from reading his mind or spontaneously forget things.
>>39748865I'm pretty sure the Aquatic Sniffer had its Radio senses removed back when it had the acid glands added.So its cost is 3N, upkeep 1N.And the pastebin names for aquatic warrior and hydrodynamic warrior don't match the new names, gilled warrior and aquatic warrior.
>>39748947Yes, Theseus will attempt to gather any available data on him at your request.>>39748920Sure, although the kinds of adaptations that are powerful enough to offer valuable research to the hive is few and far between, there still may be some wild life available to study, especially on Zero One.>>39748908It has survived, mostly in the form of aquariums across Union space.>>39749002Yes, your flies are still lodged on the remaining truck, which was once of the trucks at the scene of the fire. It seemed to have doubled back after BFI reinforcements and first-responders arrived at the scene.>>39749060I'll double check that vote to make sure it's accurate then, should have that fixed by next thread.
>>39748980As well as assimilate all the doctor's knowledge.Possibly clone him to gain easy access to their.. everything and loot the place.
>>39748865Are there "upgrades" for clone specializations?Like is diving the brain of a better gunman, Yune's memories, upgrading the Sharpshooter specialiation?
>>39749079>Mantis shrimp still around.Oh lawdy yes!
>>39749079>at your request.I mean can we vote to request that this thread, since it takes a day/a thread to get results.Since we only just learned his name from those memories.
>>39748918>Begin construction of 10 more Light Fleets>Construct 4 more Missile Ambush Fleets>Both>Neither>Other>>39749120It is typically a rather simple thing for him to accomplish, he should have something to report on the subject soon.
>>39749079Did Michael know what was on the top floor?
>>39749149>Both>Other>Weather SpireA networked collection of spires spread across a planet capable of studying...climate and atmosphere>studying...climate and atmosphereLet's start studying the weather.
>>39749216Sure. might as well.
When do the Gemini bio-tanks hatch?The Brawler can cocoon into a hybrid again now that it laid its eggs.
Can a parasite mindmeld through the spine by just biting into the outside of a person's back, if we're in a rush with no surgery?
>>39749149>Both>>39749273Yes, although it would leave some nasty looking bite marks, and would be impossible to hide for obvious reasons.
So, plasma rounds, micro-rocket, and magnetic bore ammo are a thing.Do those need to be researched?
>>39749298Maybe.There's at least the possibility of a new ammo type, if only in the physical sense.
What does anyone think of this design, and anyone else want to lay 50 of them?Razor Ambush DroneSight: Thermal Pits 2NOlfactory: Basic 0Acoustic: Advanced 2NPsionic: Basic 0Mandible: Siren 15NBlade: Thumper 5N 10MBlade: Razor Mine 7N 10MArms: Strength 1NLegs: Sprint 1NUtility: Explosive glands 2NUtility: Tail 6N (+Razor Mine 3N 5M)Utility: Seeker Pod 10NCarapace: Mimetic skin 2NCarapace: Adaptive camouflage 8NChassis: Basic 0Cost: 64N 25MWith siren disabling action.
>>39749289So is Michael his given or his surname?He knows what the plan was with the "mole" fake Lee right?Why did he hide the trouble he was having with bugs from his superiors?
>who exterminates the exterminators?>THE HIVE DOES
>>39749289What does "variable-strike" mean anyway?
>>39749289If you're still here, are these possible to make?>>39743778>>39744104
>>39749149>>39749079>OtherLay 1 Hybrid SpecOps SwarmLay 2 Heavy Defense Fleets
>>39749841>Lay 1 Hybrid SpecOps SwarmNo.
>>39749349What niche is it supposed to fill? The Siren is a close range weapon but you replaced its melee weapons with Thumpers.
>>39749866Care to explain why you don't want a group of highly capable operators available for use?
>>39749841>>39749216I can go for both of these.
>>39750063Can why you're using the worst swarm on the wiki talk? We have a lot poorly optimized swarms/fleets but this one I hope no one is dumb vote for.