Your hive has expanded more and more in recent days, collecting loyal agents on alien worlds, and gathering more and more resources across your space. The locals of Raligha have slowly acclimated to the new state of affairs, and the news of your arrival has spread far and wide, especially in the wake of the attack by your rival.On your own homeworld, your human clones have completed and are ready for deployment. They hold a mix of training and knowledge of human starships taken from the captured human explorers held in the depths of your hive, and are a capable crew of any human-made starship, such as your captured and repaired Clarke.Even deep in human space your hive sinks its roots deep. Huron holds a growing hive deep beneath its waves, with your new hydrodynamic drones capable of speeding through the waters, and your infiltration of Gemini progresses with each day, with your hive tended by human hybrids in the automated depths of a protein recycling facility deep beneath the city streets. 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
Daily reminder, Lyle is best waifu
>>39878383[Special project finished]Amid the chaos of Religha, your drones have completed their experimentation on samples of the local plant known as Greystalk. After carefully examining its genetic data, you found a number of similarities to the black-leaf covered fruit bearing stalk the Gardener had used as an artificial food supply. The Greystalk itself appears to be the result of the engineered food source after having incorporated itself into the wild. By adjusting its genetic data, you have returned its color from its diluted dark grey to a mate black along the leaves, with the stalk a milky light grey. The dark leaves offer a far more efficient method of absorbing light, while the roots grow deep and wide enough to entangle each other, creating a network of shared resources, allowing only a few to need water or sunlight as the others share. In the wild, this was quickly lost due to being counter to the survival of each stalk, but in the care of a farm, it is quite useful.The stalk itself offers two kinds of fruits, a layer of seeds embedded in the stalk, and a nutrient filled seedless fruit that grows among the leaves. The stalk itself is incredibly strong, and even its wild cousin is used as a high quality building material among the natives, and it needs to be to support the large, melon sized fruit rapidly produced by the engineered super-crop. The only down side is that it requires lots of open space and sunlight without foliage blocking the sun. Your understanding of the Gardener’s hive from your visions of it reveal that the Greystalk is highly adaptive and suited for hydroponic farm techniques. Your thinkers suspect that the newly formed lakes that have flooded the craters formed during the battle would be perfect build sites for these hydroponic platforms, and have proposed a design for the building.
BODY SNATCHER QUEST GO
>>39878402[New building option]>Hydroponic platform [must be built on or near water: cannot be built underground or in shade]A floating greenhouse platform used to grow farmland through hydroponics. Each greenhouse platform supports roughly one hectare and requires a single worker to tend the crop and maintain the platform. Multiple platforms can be connected together to create fields of floating farmland.+200N per day, 1 worker to maintain.
>>39878402>>39878418Aww yeah, new nutrient generation options.
>>39878418Your have felt your attention pulled thin between your many duties lately, and you still have much to do.>Turn your attention to the locals of Raligha>Examine the pods exploring human space>Have your aquatic drones explore the depths of Huron>Manage your hybrids on Leeland>Other
>>39878462>Have your aquatic drones explore the depths of Huron
>>39878462>Examine the pods exploring human spacethen>Manage your hybrids on LeelandSend some off to new sectors of human space for infiltration.
>>39878462>Examine the pods exploring human spaceWe should actually know what's around if we're going to play cat and mouse with Lyle and the Smith.We've put off actually LOOKING too long.
>>39878462>>Examine the pods exploring human space
>>39878462>Turn your attention to the locals of RalighaAlways good to be friends with some of the neighbors
>>39878462>Examine the pods exploring human space
I'm excited for the queen and Lee to meet again.It's been a while. Looking forward to his reaction.
>>39878462>>Turn your attention to the locals of Raligha
>>39878561Queen: "Lee! You have returned!"Lee: "Uh, yeah, I, uh... I like what you've done with the place?"Queen: "Yes, yes! We have grown the Hive! Made many technological advancements! All thanks to you!"A worker, specially bred for this very task, carries out the lighter Lee left as one might carry the holy grailLee: "...huh."
>>39878462>Turn your attention to the locals of Ralighaat last
>>39878754I vote when we introduce ourselves to Lee, we should keep ourselves shrouded in darkness before showing ourselves with the lighter.>>39878462>Turn your attention to the locals of Raligha
>>39878754>not bodily lifting Lee off the ground and giving him a hug>not telling him you studied human interaction and found this is how one shows 'affection'I mean, the queen is pretty big, right? Big enough to completely embrace a full grown man?
>>39878811>>39878835WHY NOT BOTH?
>>39878835>SpoilersYes. Yes I do believe she is.
>>39878835>>39878846>>39878862Just don't crush him with our stupidly powerful bug strength.
>>39878811>>39878835On the subject of Lee we really ought to get him in a medical pod and fix his mind powers before he regresses, whatever the fuck that means.
>>39878914Yeah... we probably should get him in a bio-pod so his brain doesn't burn out or something else equally horrible.
>>39878939>>39878914there's one on lyle's ship isn't there?
>>39878462>>Turn your attention to the locals of RalighaWell overdue I believe.
>>39878462>Turn your attention to the locals of RalighaCONSUME
>>39878914Good idea, have we reversed engineered the whatever process the nano machines in Vaughn's brain are doing yet?
>>39878462You examine your pods as they drift through human space, cataloging their findings.New PortThis system is the regional capital of the Union's forces in the expanse, and it seems to be among the most heavilly populated and developed. On the outskirts of the system is hydrogen gas giant Callahan, filled with the ice-covered moons and planetoids that failed to be planets in their own right, as well as a number of rings crisscrossing each other. A swarm of mining craft extract both water and gas from the area, gathering it into the maw of Callahan Station, which rests in a steady orbit above a number of floating gas mining platforms. You see a dozen civilian trade ships docked to it, as well as several military craft.Further in there is a rich asteroid belt bristling with the activity of miners and trade ships. One area is incredibly active, and as your pod moves closer to examine you realize it is a city, carved into the rock. It is a bustling trade port, with plentiful radio signals indicating its name to be Bedrock. The city itself is within the asteroid, which is among the largest in the belt, and the entire object has been placed into a spin using a series of rockets built into the sides. At the axis of rotation there is a large starport, and your pods catches a glimpse of a hollow interior through layers of transparasteel and carefully balanced airlocks. On the outside of the crust, towers sprout from within, holding inverted platforms containing watch towers, defensive turrets, and viewing platforms.Further in, there is a small world covered in military craft by the name of Darwin, its surface covered in some kind of multi-colored vine. Near the equator, a large area of many hundreds of kilometers has been burned away, and a small tether has been constructed running from the ground to a cruiser sized ship in low orbit. There is extensive military activity across the surface, and you see signs of forest fires across the area.
>>39879073I'm not sure about the nanos specifically but we're already researching how to control matter with just psionics and growing mind crystals in other species.
so we're going to make the Ralighans a little more advanced eh?
>>39879093Whatever that vine is, I want it.You know what, why don't we just infiltrate the entire planet.
>>39879093>examining the podsWtf, there were clearly more votes for checking up on Raligha.
>>39879238Yea, I was already finishing up the post when the vote shifted. My apologies.
>>39879238There weren't when he started writing obviously.Ralighan fans were latecomers.
>>39879315You were finishing the up the post 10 minutes before you posted it?
>>39879093We gotta go Aliens on that someday.Parasite some of the miners or traders going in and out everyday, start growing a little operation on board.
>>39879093>>39879093TelarumThe system gives the first impression of a vast military base, and as you look through in more detail, you feel that's not an inaccurate assessment. The system itself consists of a binary system of two red giants, which twist and contort local gravity and sending any would-be planets into unstable orbits, slinging them away or dragging them into the stars themselves, as well as rendering your own G-field sensors ineffective. As the suns spin around each other, dangerously close and dangerously fast, you detect hints of twisting spacetime, and clusters of what look like giant, thousand kilometer long syringes mounted on massive thrusters and drive rings. It doesn't take long to put two and two together, and you realize these stars must hold at least some amount of Canderon, which the Union forces have been attempting to extract. The violent forces of the stars have clearly hampered that, as several of the star drills have been snapped in half, with others being repaired with scaffolding build around them.Other then the fleet of defensive ships, of which there are many, with a capital fleet on patrol, you see a number of logistical stations built around the star, far enough to avoid the dangerous contortions of spacetime from the unstable orbits of the suns, which seem to almost act like a gravity drive, but on an astronomical scale, sending ripples of bent light and gravitational distortions out at random. Most of the stations are privately owned, but there are plenty of military platforms and mobile scaffolds providing field repairs to damaged ships and star drills.You can see at leas two active drills, their drive rings shimmer brightly to help stabilize the area around as its far end contorts light into a small knot like a fist sized star, and plunges it into a sunspot. Plasma and radiation is expelled from the sides of the rig in hundred kilometer streams.>Continue scouting the area>Interact with the natives of Raligha
>>39879578>>Continue scouting the area
>>39879578>Interact with the natives of Raligha
>>39879578>Continue scouting the areaWait is that Canderon?
>>39879578>Continue scouting the area
>>39879578>and you realize these stars must hold at least some amount of Canderon>>39879627oh nevermind
>>39879578>>Interact with the natives of Raligha
>>39879578>Continue scouting the areaToo juicy.
>>39879578>>Interact with the natives of RalighaYou could just add all this to the pastebin during the week when you find the time.
>>39879844The odds of that happening this week are astronomical. And it's important information for Wild Goose Chase Quest.
>>39879578SentinelA small, wispy cloud of debris orbits this blue super giant star, which has ballooned to engulf most of the system. You see a number of stations set around the star at regular intervals, allowing for a constant view of any one direction. You see no active patrols, but there is an entire fleet of ships stationed among the docks, with at least five battleship sized craft among them and dozens of subcapitals. On occasion, small fleets unlock from the stations and enter warp, running along the boarder to Commonwealth space on long range patrols, and entire arrays of radio telescopes are trained on the distant nebula, where the stars of the Commonwealth shine through faintly.cont.
>>39879844Anon I'd rather focus on expanding our pitifully small empire.
>>39879919Just a little late.
>>39879917If you want to do that, vote to establish holdings on Wonder and Farcast. They provide a good bulwark against Scavengers and the OQ, and we already occupy them. Right now we're not doing anything except getting wrote information on each system that we will in all likelihood never get an opportunity to do anything with. Considering how little time we have in each thread, I'd rather focus on something we can actually do something about.
>>39880023Exploring systems is a prerequisite to doing anything. We have no idea what new possibilities are available until we look.It's a necessary long term investment that takes longer to pay off.
>>39880023Desmond is open for colonization, as well as A-295. Drift and Refuge are also likely for us to be able to colonize.
>>39880101Well said. We have to play the long game in this setting. After all, the hive as a race won't die from old age.
>>39880119>Desmond is open for colonization, as well as A-295There's a fine idea. If we do that, we will fully encompass Kerik Ashka, which will put us at an advantage if we ever want to claim it.
>>39880182>if we ever want to claim it.The place is full of artifacts of course we would want it.
>>39879913JuricAs your pod enters the system, you almost instantly recognize the shape of a Unity server ship. It is split open, with pieces hanging from its slowly rotating corpse. The interior has been obliterated, likely to prevent capture, and the remaining hull has been colonized, with scaffolding slowly resealing the dead metal husk into what will soon be a new space city. It sits at the edge of the system, like a head on a stake.Further inwards, you find the small gas giant of Billiard, more of a gaseous planet, really, but it is large enough to serve as a profitable source of fuel and water. It looks like a small, whitish blue marble in space, its clouds smooth and featureless from a distance. Small pockets of settlements drift in the winds on massive balloons, and a short tether from a station reaches into the upper limits of their reach, offering docks for the migrant cities as they mine the available gas and search for pockets of water.Around the planet is another, smaller terrestrial planet. The beginnings of atmospheric generators are already in construction, and storm clouds swirl about the rocky and barren surface in response. Cities are lined up around the foundations of the generators, likely home to the engineers and construction crews, and little else.>Continue exploring Commonwealth systems>Interact with the natives of Raligha>Other
>>39880272>>Interact with the natives of Raligha
>>39880272>>Continue exploring Commonwealth systems
>>39880272>Interact with the natives of Raligha
>>39880272>>Interact with the natives of RalighaFeel sad for religha fags.
>>39880272>Continue exploring Commonwealth systems
>>39880272>>Continue exploring Commonwealth systems>>39880339I don't.
>>39880272>>Continue exploring Commonwealth systemsCan we please try to colonize the systems near us?
>>39880272>Interact with the natives of Ralighapls
>>39880272>Continue exploring Commonwealth systemsOne more time. Then I'll vote for>Interact with the natives of Raligha
>>39880272>OtherAsk Theseus how he feels about this "head on stake" business.
>>39880272>small gas giantI think you mean gas dwarf.>Continue exploring Commonwealth systems
>>39880395Wonder.Farcast.Desmond.A-295.Take your pick.
>>39880272ProximaEven from your outside view, you can tell this system is somewhat contested. It technically lies in Union space, but is also technically a part of the neutral Toliman system, making its status as sovereign Union space debatable. The system itself orbits Toliman at just under a light year, and the system is bombarded with stellar radiation from its neighbor, causing a faint but potent radioactive gas cloud that shrouds the system and obscures long range sensors when viewing from outside.Inside this gas cloud is the Ticonderoga fleet depot, and expansive military listening post holding a large defensive fleet that patrols the boarders of Union space. A radio telescope looks to Toliman, practically a skip away.cont.
>>39880440He doesn't. AI's don't get intimidated, he knows hes kill on sight already and that destroyed ship isn't much of a message of anything else.This is the same way someone colonizing one of our hiveships would mean nothing to us.
>>39880526>Forgetting about Refuge and Drift
>>39880547PiconNear the edge of the system you find a depleted asteroid belt, devoid of any detectable resources. further in you find two well-settled worlds with a breathable atmosphere.New Dorchester, with a Population 4 Billion it is a moderatly populated planet, with several major cities spread across the surface, as well as a rural population of farmers and herders. It is a cold, but hospitable planet, with most of the native biosphere consisting of lichen and a moss-like grass that covers the humid and mildly temperate steppe lands along the equator, with imported pine and evergreen trees originated from Earth planted into widespread forests along the frigid areas of greater longitudes. Near the poles, volcanic activity increases, creating a large number of mountain ranges and alpine tundra regions dominated by major cities, which use the geothermal heat for industry and warmth. The planet is under the rule of a constitutional monarchy, with the leaders of each city electing a planetary governor from among themselves.cont.
>>39880636Further inwards you find the planet of Ephesus with a much smaller official population of 137 Million. A major trade port and economic powerhouse, it holds few people for its level of importance, using advanced industrial technology to provide for a greater degree of freedom for its people. It holds only one city of the same name, which is ruled as a republic. Those living beyond its walls are not counted, taxed, or regulated by local law. The planet itself is a hot world of coastal archipelagos and steaming deserts where thermal vents are common, sending boiling water shooting into the air. The industry and technology of the planet is extensive, utilizing automated technology that is often banned on other worlds, with multiple as yet unfounded accusations of the use of basic artificial intelligence. Most industry is operated by machines, with extensive automated networks operating most of the planet’s infrastructure, as well as most menial and physically laborious duties. A space elevator connects the city bellow to an orbital trade port, where an extensive military fleet is almost always present, recruiting the wild men from outside the city, and gathering refined materials and manufactured goods.
>>39880665>Those living beyond its walls are not counted, taxed, or regulated by local law.The perfect prey.
>>39880636>New Dorchester, with a Population 4 Billionall dose hostsall dose nutrients
We need to come up with some Shadow in the warp like tyranid thing, cutting off planets from communication and messing with them, It needs to be done...
>>39880778Plus it's a monarchy.We take the king/queen and a majority of the governors, we own the planet.
>>39880807Something to cut off communications would be useful. If we decide to swarm a planet, we don't want them getting word out to any fleets or highly militarized planets.
>>39880807>>39880860I don't think you thought this through at all. This is not fanfiction. FTLComms do not work that way.You cannot sever a quantum string without destroying one of the two endpoints. The communication never crosses the intervening distances.
>>39880950thank you for clarifying how this fictional non-real communication functions
>>39880950>Trying to explain something that doesn't exist in real life, Yes, Please tell us how fictional communication functions, Genius.
>>39880950And besides, if you cut off one point of the FTLcomm, the other side also stops working, so they'll know that something disabled the FTLcomm on your side.
>>39880950>You cannot sever a quantum string without destroying one of the two endpoints.The scrambler warhead says otherwise.
What we could do however is create our own "wild men", as none of them are in the system until they get recruited, meaning them appearing suddenly from nowhere actually makes sense to most officials.
>>39880977>>39881010>ignore all worldbuilding, it's completely pointless because stories have no internal logic whatsoever:^)
>>39881089What is this logic you speak of. Is that another ancient custom long forgotten, Like Freedom And Equality?
>>39881089>>ignore all worldbuilding, it's completely pointless because stories have no internal logic whatsoeverYou realize there are ways of messing with Q-coms we just don't have the tech yet.
>>39880665SagittariusThis system is bustling with settlements and colonies, with trade stations orbiting between them offering sublight freighters docking services as they move goods between the planets. On the outskirts of the system is a small, frozen ball of ice named Gorgona, with a population of under a hundred million, it is a small settlement kept aloft by water and mineral exports to the other planets in the system, which seem to have a less stable local environment that requires continuous adjustments to maintain a habitable biosphere. Solar sailors drift to and from the planet and the others. It is a corporate world, under the direct command of a local mining authority.Further inward you find the rich and fertile world of New Athens, with a population of nearly six billion, all scattered among the many islands and floating arcologies. After further inspection, however, you find that according to their open broadcasts, the soil is naturally toxic, and the seas are not water, but a corrosive mixture of salt and naturally forming chemicals. Their carefully crafted local environment a product of imported minerals and liquid water.Further in you find Thebes, a large planet with a heavy atmosphere. Most of its population of 700 million seems to live in orbital habitats, forming a broken ring of stations around the planet, connected to the surface be a space elevator. The surface is covered in flat lands and simple life that can survive the intense gravity. Orbiting Thebes is the smaller oceanic moon of Tempest, with shallow seas broken by rocky archipelagos, and an endless torrent of tidal waves battering the specially designed arcologies and bunker-like cities. It's population if 500 million is situated deep within the expansive mountains, safe from the kilometer waves and gale force hypercanes.
>>39880950>>39881011Actually, the combination of Quantum Tuning and Psionic Manipulation should give us a way to hijack the Union's communicators before an invasion.
>>39881022That's basically destroying them. It's nothing like jamming communications.
>>39881039>Wild-ling Invasion, From beyond the wall.
>>39881169I guess but you can't really get through to all the quantum comms in an entire planet.
>>39881231We don't need to we just need to be able to block the signal in orbit.
>>39881159>Send pods to additional systems and forget about them for a few weeks (write in)>Speak with the locals of Raligha (write in)>Other
>>39881231Really? How many terminals do you expect to be on a single planet on average, keeping in mind their cost? If we have some time to infiltrate and prepare, we should be able to detect and subvert all of them.
>>39881272>OtherCan we have an update on what Lyle and the gang are up too?
>>39881272>OtherCan we check up on our new hive under the protein plant?Also maybe this,>>39881307
>>39881272>speak with the locals of Raligha>send drones to capture and implant with a parasite a high ranking priest>tell the priest, through mental communications, that we will have many secrets both wonderful and terrible to share with him>but for now we want him to do some things to make the life of the average Ralighan better>teach them farming and basic industry etc.
>>39881272>Send pods to additional systems and forget about them for a few weeks (write in)Ah, cheeky as always.Do:- All of the Commonwealth worlds- Drift- Refuge- ReprieveSince some of the Commonwealth is further than 25 lightyears, put a bunch of pods inside a corvette, which can travel close enough to let the pods go the rest of the way with enough fuel leftover to get back home.
>>39881272>>Speak with the locals of Raligha To be honest, I'd rather check in with them and see what they're saying about us before saying anything to them.
>>39881272>Send pods to additional systems and forget about them for a few weeks >Drift>RefugeAlso >Desmond >A-295
>>39881272Hey QD, I found your quest not too long ago and I just want to say that you're an awesome person. Thank you for doing this for us.
>>39881307>>39881334>>39881381Lyle is returning to the hive anons.
>>39881375We already have a pod at A-295.It was never withdrawn, pretty sure the pastebin's inaccurate.
>>39881345Supporting. This is both enlightening and cheeky.
>>39881272>>Send pods to additional systems and forget about them for a few weeks.Wonder.Farcast.Desmond.A-295RefugeDriftRed GiantRed DwarfYellow StarBlue Giant
>>39881265But you can't block a quantum entanglement communicator, you either subvert it physically by attaching a quantum tuner or destroy it, which also renders the comm on the other side useless thus telling them that something happened to the comm.>>39881297I suppose you have a point.
>>39881307No.See that quest number?This is thread 44.7 for a reason. This is all happening simultaneously with Lyle escaping Gemini.
>>39881272>>Send pods to additional systems and forget about them for a few weeks (write in)Helion, Winsor, Mufrid, Cygni, Tiberion.Refuge, Drift.
>>39881272I've got a question.Suppose we make a copy of a Queen, down to the atomic level. Will such a copy be a part of our network, or will it have its own?
Lets clone up Lyle and Dylon corpses and use them in some sort of clever ruse.
>>39881504You mean a clone of the Queen?It would just be another queen since it is it's own separate being and not just a drone.
>>39881559>corpsesOr you could make actual full live clones who will die from cyborg.
>>39881272>>Speak with the locals of Raligha
>>39881584But I don't want Lyle to die, even if it is a clone.
>>39881634You can't make a clone that isn't alive, by definition, so to make a corpse you have to clone them then kill them.
>>39881661Sh-shut up, protecting my feelings in such a way is trivial for the hive
>>39881569Not just a clone. A copy, that differs from the original by the identities of the constituent atoms, but nothing else.Basically, what I'm looking for is what makes the queens *different*. Hopefully, if we can duplicate that part, we can make a second body for the Queen (sharing the same mind through the network) and send it somewhere very far away as a safekeeping mechanism.
Since we have fleets which is basically packages of ships which have various purposes, could we get similar colony packages and use them to settle different worlds more automatically?Ideas for different colony package themes:NormalStealth (for when your settlement to not be detected)Clones (for infiltration purposes)Aquatic Terraforming (with extra resources and others things for terraforming purposes)Maybe it could work like modules. With a Basic module and then just attach whatever specializations you need.This way we can get more colonizing done.
>>39881728So basically what you want is a non-sapient sleeve for the queen that is continuously connected to the Hive's psionic network so the Queen can upload her mind into it in an emergency?You'll have to ask QD for that.
>>39881345You mean instruct them to cover bodies of water in greystalk farms so that they might make more pleasing tribute to the hive.So that's why we created those lakes, truly we work in mysterious ways.
>>39881747That can be done by making purpose built colonization swarms in the wiki for those different niches.Colonization is still slowed by the fact that we have to vote on it, which sometimes gets very contested, especially with establishing hives on human worlds.
We should probably instruct the Ralighans that the large area around the mountain/Ark is sacred ground that they should refrain from tampering with the overhead foliage in.We don't want someone looking down from orbit and seeing a ton of stuff clustered around that buried starship to tell them "yep that mountain is important."
>>39881272>Drift>Refuge>Reprieve>Desmond >Helion>Winsor>Mufrid>Cygni>Tiberion>Y/N>OtherThe ways of the locals are strange, but your drones have studied their languages and customs. Your drones are fully capable of communicating with them by use of their trade dialect, a pattern of horn sounds made using local hollow trees. Your hive holds an artificial version, allowing you to make announcements to the population around your hive all at once, or you could ask to speak with a certain individual.>Make an announcement (write in)>Ask to speak with a leader, storyteller, or other (write in)>Other>>39881395And thank's for playing!
>>39881791Yep, exactly. Something similar to what Theseus has, without the problem of what to do with different identities.
>>39881941>Y>>Make an announcement (write in)The time has come for Ralighans to produce the most pleasing tribute of all. For you have forgotten the old ways: Greystalk-grown-on-the-water. We'll show you how.
okay lads i have a serious question, do you think it's safe to use lube as shaving cream?
>>39881941>>Y>>Ask to speak with a leader, storyteller, and great warrior "What has become of this green world and your people since my battle among the stars? What do you wish to know of it?"
>>39881941>Y>Make an announcement Tell them that we'll teaching how to grow their own food.>>39881997>Greystalk-grown-on-the-water. It's actually Blackstalk.
>>39881941>Y>Make an announcement (write in)>Ask to speak with a leader, storyteller, or other (write in)Announce that we will meet with their leaders, priests and best storytellers. Implant them with parasites and distribute knowledge among them>>39881941And QD, is >>39881728 feasible?
>>39882013Non silicon based ones yes
>>39882020The leaves are black.The stalk is still a milky light grey.
>>39882036why would it be bad to use a silicon based one?
>>39881941This >>39882020And tell them that the sacred grounds near the Ark must keep its thick jungle for now, no big clearcutting.
>>39882080Fucks up your razors pretty bad, and doesn't mix well with some aftershaves
>>39882107Stop feeding the shitposter anon.
>>39882107i don't have any aftershave here and the razors already pretty fucked up from being used only one time>>39882159was a legit question m8
>>39881941>announcementSay we need one person from each village far and wide. They will come to the temple and be baptised with Nepenthe, and brought inside to become our children.By which I mean we implant parasites inside them secretly. Then they get given seeds, and on returning home can have visions that will instruct them on where and how to grow them.
>>39878402Can these new plants be used on the star-orbiting farm? If yes, does that increase the yield?
>>39882166A legit question completely unrelated to the quest. Gotta keep it relevant, it's difficult enough staying on track here.
>>39882174What is the actual point of implanting them with parasites? I don't see any benefit to it.They pose no security threat, are fully capable of learning agriculture naturally over time, and we seek to teach them ostensibly out of generosity as there is no practical benefit to it since our workers are more efficient.Unless you just want to enslave a race like the crystals do just for kicks.
>>39881941Your hive billows with sound. The artificial tubes blasting air from the massive diaphragm within. Bird-like things leap into the air in fright, and a slight breeze sways the trees. The villages around the hive halt all actions at the thunderous sounds as your commands echo over the landscape.>Ask for their leaders (specify or just ask for leaders?) and implant them with parasites>Ask for their leaders and speak with them (write in)>Ask for the leaders of every village (there are a lot, it will take days for news to spread, and longer for them to arrive)>Other
>>39882249Yeah.I'd much prefer to be the 'adoption queen' rather than another obsidian queen.
>>39882174using parasites on them has been vetoed so many times just stop
>>39882249Visions and more precise, continuous instructions.And getting to see through their eyes everywhere. Keep everything organized.
>>39882279>>Ask for the leaders of every village (there are a lot, it will take days for news to spread, and longer for them to arrive)
>>39882279>>Ask for their leaders and speak with them (write in)>>Ask for the leaders of every village (there are a lot, it will take days for news to spread, and longer for them to arrive)One of these two, I'm on the fence.
>>39882249Different anon here, who said anything about enslaving them? Their entire religious system revolves around attempting to attain a state of consciousness like that of our drones. Implanting them with parasites not only provides us with a means of communicating with their entire society seamlessly, but also of bringing about the shamanic state of mind they crave. Sounds like a win/win to me.
>>39882249Just because we're implanting them doesn't mean we're enslaving them.Remember we're dealing with a religion here, we don't want this knowledge to be filtered or "interpreted" through some other motherfucker who has an idea of how things should be.
>>39882249Parasites do not enslave. You're being silly.They provide the option of enslavement, but it's really just a more convenient way to talk to people than through primitive languages.
>>39882279>>Ask for their leaders and speak with them (write in)No need to implant them, but we should make sure they are kept happy and worshipping us.
>>39882279>>Ask for their leaders (specify or just ask for leaders?) and implant them with parasites>>Ask for their leaders and speak with them (write in)>>Ask for the leaders of every village (there are a lot, it will take days for news to spread, and longer for them to arrive)
>>39882279>Ask for the leaders of every village (there are a lot, it will take days for news to spread, and longer for them to arrive)And implant. It will give us time to hatch the necessary number of eggs too.
>>39882279>Ask for the leaders of every village (there are a lot, it will take days for news to spread, and longer for them to arrive)
>>39882249>>Ask for their leaders and speak with them (write in)Ask them of what has occurred in their societies since the battle, and what thought of it. Ask them if there is anything they wish to ask about us (don't have to be entirely straight up with them, mind you) and if they wish to be adopted into the hive (with parasites).
>>39882279>>Ask for the leaders of every village (there are a lot, it will take days for news to spread, and longer for them to arrive)>Ask for their leaders (specify or just ask for leaders?) and implant them with parasites
>>39882291To what benefit? There's no point.>>39882308>>39882312>>39882321>>39882367They're primitive and ignorant to the point of comparative infancy, and you guys want to shove our big throbbing parasite-cocks into their brains. Okay. They have no context to understand what they're agreeing to, and we know for a fact that the premise they hold as to our nature is inherently flawed such that the decisions they would come to are compromised.Like, seriously guys, they don't know what they're getting into at all; this is exactly the same type of behaviour we criticized in the crystals, manipulating primitive species incapable of knowing better. Except our method here is -more- invasive.
>>39882279>Ask for the leaders of every village (there are a lot, it will take days for news to spread, and longer for them to arrive)Parasiting them is dumb and pointless.
>>39882494>we criticizedWe did no such thing. The crystals are simply an existential threat to us.
>>39882494>this is exactly the same type of behaviour we criticized in the crystalsWe never criticized the crystals in the first place because we would do similar things except for blowing planets up.
>>39882494"But, but, We're 'improving' the efficiency of any future negotiations."
>>39882542>>39882585We totally did. Read the threads when we were first finding out about it. We heavily opposed the crystals behaviour regarding primitive species. Ditto the Union, actually.Like, those were the primary arguments for why they were shits; they're slaving exploitative dicks.
>>39882494>to shove our big throbbing parasite-cocks into their brains.Lewd!
>>39882494The question of implantation is never "why," but rather "why not?"And instant communication to the entire species to coordinate the mass farm buildout is a benefit over word of mouth propagation.And it'll make them so happy.
>>39882279>Ask for their leaders (specify or just ask for leaders?) and implant them with parasites
>>39882639>And it'll make them so happy.It actually would, since they worship our race.
>>39882609Maybe you did. Maybe some anons did. I certainly didn't.And that OOC commentary doesn't bind our claws on current actions whatsoever.
>>39882639Not to mention all the other benefits a parasite brings like immortality, regeneration, and better health.
>>39882609Yeah i knowBut anons are hypocrites manMost of us were pissed they thought that someone could do this shit to us When we wouldn't hesitate to enslave whole species in a heartbeat I just wanted to ask the the locals if they noticed odd things out in the jungles like bitch queens drones or old gardener sites
>>39882279"The people have fallen since the Hive has left. You will soon learn what you have lost."The hive breaths between the sounds of the massive organ. The short, rapid blasts of their trade language mimic the beats of their drums."Send your leaders, of every village, so that they may learn."The sound echoes over the endless jungle of blue flora, eventually met with the cries of distant animals, and then the sounds of celebration. You have your patrolling air drones watch them closely, as an elderly looking Ralighan exits a large hut and is draped with strips of cloth and bone jewelry. The many priests encircle him and paint designs on his body in rote repetition. The symbols are lifted from the glyphs of the hive ruins and the ark you have made your own hive, but the meaning seems lost to them.The elders of the closest villages, three old and slow beings, some missing limbs, or with punctured drums, make their way to your hive. The mountain opens for them, the interior air flowing like the breath of a giant. They move in, slowly rolling like worn out tires, and the walls glow dimly for them.They follow the glowing trail, and eventually enter an antechamber leading to the center of the hive, a massive domed area filled with the cocooned eggs and the crisscrossing supports of the ship in which you have built it. Light bounces from the gleaming hull like mirrors, creating a web of light above them. The supports are vast capillaries filled with nutrients, glowing vibrantly and casting their red light over the chamber's floor. Near the center, a wall flexes open, and your false queen emerges, like a mirror of yourself, flanked by workers and bone-like tubes and membrane drums.They flatten themselves out as much as possible in a deep bow.>Speak (write in)>Ask a question(write in)>Other
>>39882639>>39882683Yeah that's kind of the whole problem. We could also just pump them full of drugs 24/7 to make them happy regardless. That's not the point and you know it, dweebs.The thing is, the coordination thing isn't a good argument. It's entirely irrelevant to us how productive they are, since they'll never be more productive than our drones. If our intention was to use them for our own benefit, the efficient option would be to wipe out their habitat and them and replace it with something more efficient.I don't see why they can't be left largely to their own devices, but with an occasional -occasional- guiding push.
>>39882609Remember that the Union's behaviour included putting nukes in orbit, other than that their intentions to make other races economically dependant on them has worked out pretty well. Humans are at peace with pretty much all of the reasonable races.
>>39882742I'd be in favor of leaving the Ralighans free, but enslaving/genociding the humans. Or the Union, at least. The Commonwealth might be cool.
>>39882768They're house-elves. If we don't give them a good way to serve us they will try to make ways to serve us.If we refuse to wipe them out, they might as well be useful. It's a middle ground.>>39882751>Ask a question(write in)"Are you prepared to become anointed as our apostles to the people?"
>>39882751>Ask a questionHow are your peopleAre you feed well?Any illness spreading?
>>39882847this with the whole teaching them to farm
>>39882751>Ask a question(write in)What to be implant with a parasites?
>>39882751You guys know... we could totally restore there youth a bit.
>>39882751>SpeakWe will begin reteaching you the traditions the old hive taught you.
>>39882769We don't actually know the conditions of all of them. Well, except that those star-mining dudes are destroying their natural habitat. I'm not actually that concerned by economic dominance of less advanced species. It's that the vitriol with which that was met, especially when suggested it would be attempted on us, is at complete odds with the current, more extreme, sentiments on how we should treat more primitive life here. It's the hypocrisy.The nukes weren't even a big deal. Less extreme than installing mind-control kill switches in the population, that's for sure.>>39882847This. + farm
>>39882847going with this and teaching them to farm
>>39882751Through you, we shall restore the old ways. You shall bring the seeds of tribute to your people, and grow a harvest more plentiful than seen in generations.Inhale this Nepenthe, in memory of me.
>>39882751>>Speakwe shall teach you of farming. then ask thing about the aftermath of the battle
>>39882900Bad idea, if we implant them we don't want to mess with shit too much. The history of earth would be a fucking nightmare if some alien asshole came down and started giving leaders immortality.
Guys, if we do implant these natives lets not make it some big fucking song and dance ritual to endorse their religion or to make them live forever or any stupid fucking ideas like that, just slip the things in and delete the memory of implantation. We called them here to put them back on the right path, not to have them suck our collective cock.
>>39883060>>39883185Sounds like fun.
>>39883060>immortal Genghis Khan
>>39882751Your workers operate the instruments, drumming out their language quickly and efficiently."Your people have lived here many years. How have your people fared?"They each get up, adjusting themselves into a more upright posture as they inflate their drums."We have felt the wrath of the falling sky, which moved the land and brought the waters. It cleansed the land of the unclean tribes" one says, "and we have sent our crafters to make shrines on its shores!""The vines have burned at your fingers!" Another says. Your warrior patrols have removed much of the blighted areas once overgrown with Greenwall during your initial collection of samples. You found several remains of villages within. "We have returned, but the land is harsh in the wake of the green curse."The last elder, the one from the village at the base of your hive, flips the bone charms in its hands. "We have gathered your offerings. The other tribes bow to you. Some have hesitated, but the wrath of the sky has shown them their ways were false. Should any still refuse you, we will take the offerings by force."The others drum in agreement.>Give them Greystalk seeds and tech them the basics, and send them away>Speak further (write in)>Other
>>39883295>>Give them Greystalk seeds and tech them the basics, and send them away
>>39883295>Give them Greystalk seeds and tech them the basics, and send them away
>>39883295>Give them Greystalk seeds and tech them the basics>Speak further (write in)Unclean tribes?
>>39883295>Give them Greystalk seeds and tech them the basics, and send them away>Speak further (write in)"The gesture is kind, but offerings are not needed. All are free to leave them or not. Force is forbidden."
>>39883295>Give them Greystalk seeds and tech them the basics, and send them awayThese will prove more pleasing offerings, and more plentiful.
>>39883295>>Give them Greystalk seeds and tech them the basics, and send them away>Speak further (write in)"Do not seek retribution in my name, should the offering be obtained by force or coercion then the offering is tainted.">OtherWe should also regulate a small contingent of warriors to removing the greenwall continually.>>39883455>Force is forbiddenUnforseen consequences detected
>>39883503>Unforseen consequences detectedThis. Just mention offerings are appreciated but not mandatory. Don't go forbidding anything.
>>39883455>Force is forbiddenThat is unnecessary to say.
>>39883455No, just say that all offerings make us happy.The naive will see the wisdom in their own time.
>>39883295>Give them Greystalk seeds and tech them the basics, and send them away>OtherTell them that when it is time, We will summon them again to teach them more.
>>39883295>otherimplant them with parasites
>>39883295"Unclean?" You ask. The elder pauses nervously."Their actions that brought the wrath of the sky upon them. Their lack of faith. It is not for us to judge, but we see the result of the judgment." The one in the middle speaks up again."We had warned the others of the costs of false faith and poor diligence. The wrath of the sky should show any others who would doubt.">Give them the seeds and send them away>Tell them they do not need to send you offerings, but that you appreciate them>Tell them not to give offerings anymore>Speak other (write in)
>>39883694>>Tell them they do not need to send you offerings, but that you appreciate them
>>39883694>Give them the seeds and send them awayBigger, better offerings!
>>39883694>Tell them they do not need to send you offerings, but that you appreciate themI mean. I don't really want them to go out of their way, but their arts and crafts are pretty sweet. Also, I expect if we told them not to they'd interpret it as us being angry at them and they'd do something retarded like sacrifice members of their tribes.
>>39883694>>Give them the seeds and send them away>>Tell them they do not need to send you offerings, but that you appreciate them
>>39883620To what end?
>>39883694>Give them the seeds and send them away
>>39883694>Give them the seeds>Speak other (write in)false faith?anything involving crystals
>>39883694>Give them the seeds and send them away>Tell them they do not need to send you offerings, but that you appreciate them
>>39883694>Tell them they do not need to send you offerings, but that you appreciate them>Give them the seeds and send them away
>>39883694>>Give them the seeds and send them away>>Tell them they do not need to send you offerings, but that you appreciate them>Speak other (write in)oy vey tell them how to care for the seeds flower
>>39883694>>Give them the seeds and send them away
>>39883694oh yeah tell them not to fuck with our bloodroot treesthose are our favourite trees
>>39883694Do they have homos? Forbid homos
>>39883952You are aware our race is entirely homosexual right? (All female technically)
>>39883978No... we aren't. Are you retarded?
>>39883694"False faith?"The one in the middle is quick to answer. "Those who drum words of worship not held in their bags. Gifts given in false pretense. To fake devotion! I have told them, it can be hidden from me, but not from you. The divine wrath from the sky has shown them that!"Your fake queen mirrors your thoughts and actions as you sit in your throne on Leeland. It clacks its mandibles. "Offerings must be given freely, not taken. It is not required to send the offerings, but they are welcomed." The elders seem shocked. They look to each other before responding."Those who give falsely will insight your wrath, of course. Only the offerings of the true faithful are welcome! We understand!">Send them away with the seeds>Speak (write in)>Other
>>39884030>>Send them away with the seeds
>>39883978We seem to reproduce asexually. This may be a surprise to you but that is not what faggotry is.
>>39884030>Send them away with the seeds>"Those who give falsely will insight your wrath, of course. Only the offerings of the true faithful are welcome! We understand!"Ehh, well close enough I guess
>>39884023Any drone can be made to begin laying eggs for the hive, none of the drones fertilize said eggs, hence they are all female as we have no reason to bother with a male gender.
>>39883978Asexual you fucking moron.
>>39884030>>Send them away with the seeds>Otherimplant them with parasites
>>39884030Yeah, sure. That works.>Send them away with the seedsThey're religious zealots, you will not be able to talk them down.
>>39884030No you fucking retards the impacts were not intended to kill any of your kind
>>39884030>Speak (write in)If the true faithful provide great tribute, they may earn a great reward.>>39883952Eisners pls go
>>39884030Gifts given in false pretense?They steal or poison the gifts?
>>39884123They're from a pre-industrial society, you can't expect them to stop being superstitious within less than a year.
>>39884144You're slow on the pickup.People giving without really meaning it or believing. False politeness for appearances.
lel someone count up the total number of give them the seeds and tell them to fuck off votes in the thread.
>>39884030>Give them the seeds and send them away
>>39884123Quiet. We're omnipotent and infallible. Give it a few generations to have an enlightenment.
>>39884030>Heal those with missing limbs, and/or punctured drums.>Send them away with the seeds.
>>39884030wait were we supposed to give them basic tech as well?
>>39884259This is basic.Moving hunter-gatherers to agriculture is a huge leap, and the one thing that's really useful.
>>39884030>Send them away with the seedsEh, there will probably be all kinds of low-level communal shaming and shit going on, but at least war is probably averted.
>>39884030>>Send them away with the seeds>>heal their wounds with medi-gel>>Speak (write in)"There is no need to rebuke those who fail to make offerings to me. They will simply be ignored. But to you, my loyal followers, I shall bequeath great gifts."
>>39884030You pause for a moment, your claw taping the stonework beneath you. That is... not what you meant, but you think you at least prevented any future crusades being done in your name, so close enough.You bring out your workers, each carrying a bone jar of graystalk seeds. "Take these." You say. "Plant them beneath the sun, and water them. You will be taught how, and you will teach the others in turn." They begin to bow again, accepting the jars with reverence. As they leave, you see a crowd of locals gathered around the hive. The elders hold the jars above them."Gifts from the Mother of Builders!" They shout, and the crowd cheers.As the villages continue to spread the word, your workers show by example and teach the basics of farming. Small sections around the villages are cleared of jungle and tilled into farmland, with your workers quickly clearing a small section to use as an example in only a few short hours, while the larger areas of planned farmland beyond are more slowly cleared by the locals, who stop periodically to admire your workers' efficiency in comparison.>Explore the depths of Huron>Continue to speak with the elders (write in)>Speak with (write in)>Other
>>39884532>>Explore the depths of Huron
>>39884532>Show Elizabeth our progress with these stupid creatures
>>39884532>Explore the depths of HuronK focus setting up a foward base thenwe going to have lyle and lee lay low here for a bit right?
>>39884532>Explore the depths of HuronTime to meet the Wickerfish and the Razor Trout in their native habitat!
>>39884532>Explore the depths of Huron
>>39884532>>Heal the sick and disabled of the tribes.>Explore the depths of Huron
>>39884532its so beautiful>Explore the depths of Huron
>>39884532You cannot see it from the top of your plateau, but you know there is an expansive forest of sea life bellow, glowing with bioluminescence. No longer are your drones limited to the cliff face, although you do have them avoid the open waters for safety.They rocket forth and dive into the depths with unparalleled speed and agility granted by their newly adaptive forms. You note that there is no activity from the scavenging flocks of rays, who have scattered after consuming the last traces of meat from the bones of the leviathan carcass you had studied. Likewise, no other leviathan has been seen. You suspect the marks it has left along the cliff are a form of territory marking, and with it gone, the smaller fish had nothing to steal their meals from, and left to better pastures. The bones have already made the foundations for a quickly growing reef, however, and numerous small animals have laid their eggs in the expansive calcified fortress.Please roll 1d100, best of 3 to scout the sea floor around the plateau.
Rolled 80 (1d100)>>39884929
Rolled 16 (1d100)>>39884929woosh
Rolled 63 (1d100)>>39884929Wickerfish!
Rolled 99 (1d100)>>39884929For mother!
>>39885006SO CLOSEAs Addendum, we should all whisper or praise for Mother from now on.
>>39885006if only a little sooner
>>39884929>the scavenging flocks of rays,Rays? Or do you mean those skull faced Sea Stalker chuckleheads?
>>39884929Your drones quickly make the distance, racing along the rocky surface. It is not long until you find the subtle glow of the ocean floor. It is a dense jungle of strange life, and you detect all manner of odd sonic frequencies.Large clustered mushrooms hang from the ground, held aloft by pockets of air in their caps as small fish flutter about. You watch with curiosity as hanging strands from the caps ensnare the passing fish as they patrol the waters around them, their movements powered by the current. There are several sharp clicks and scrapes, and you can see a small cluster of trout swim by, their fins slicing through the entangling strands. The school flees faster then the razor trout can follow, but they steal the captured fish and quickly eviscerate them, then move on.You note that the mushroom shaped ballast stalks do not grow close enough for their tendrils to reach one another, with them separated by nearly a hundred meters. Between them, large shells of porous material are scattered about the sand, their forms hosts to a strange layer of hair-like growths that sway in the water. Large pillars of a stone-like substance stand still in the ground like trees, but within them you can see the pulsing movment of soft flesh. The trees pull themselves into the ground, and drift back up in rhythmic patterns, sending filtered sand and water shooting from vents near the top. At their roots, the sand pours inwards like a drain, shifting down as the shell pillars continue to breath.cont.
>>39885087Pretty sure those are what he's referring to.
>>39885576Creep upgrade time
>>39885576>Razor trout are on this planet too.I think we found the dominant form of life in the universe, and it isn't us. We better pray they don't ever become sapient.
>>39885659Razor trout were always an import to Gemini. They were specifically stated to be an invasive pest species.
>>39885659That's not new information, are you stupid.They were always known to be native to this world. They're called Huronese Razor Trout for queen's sake.Some Geminese moron took some as pets and flushed em.
>>39885659That's why we study them
>>39885612aww yissas if our creep wasnt deadly enough now maybe itll even grow on sea floors
>>39885612Not to mention the razor trout are looking pretty appetizing.>>39885659First off nigga this is the razor trout's natural habitat. Second we could fuck em up by putting Explosive glands in our drones to melt their blades. And finally we're going to be studying them anyway.
>>39885576It is not until the razor trout leave that you see any more animals. Fish-like beasts and other creatures that emerge from the sand or the bodies of stationary shell fish. A large crab-like animal with seven tentacles not unlike a Ceph, mixed with four long, slender armored legs emerges from the sand. You thought it a simple rock at first, but you realize its shell is like a massive conch, with long spear-like spines growing from the sides. It stands on its armored legs, nearly fifteen meters tall, and slowly drapes its tentacles along the ground, plucking up small shellfish and slow prey and sucking them into tiny mouths along the end of them. You follow the bulge of the meal up the trunk of each arm, and in time, an empty shell is expelled from the main body as small water jets stabilize the shell. It slowly strides past one of the ballast stalks, paying no mind to the strands that entangle its legs harmlessly. It rips several out as it continues to move.After the first few leave, you see the ballast stir with movement, and then a swarm of multi-legged creatures march out of their shelter, zipping along the wire with their hooked legs with great speed. They quickly reach the lumbering, tentacled beast, and race along its shell. One finds an entrance, a small hole where an eye sits, and it squirts a jet of ink into the water like the flair. The rest swarm to it, and they begin eating into the exposed flesh. What's more, you note that the spider-like creatures drag the lines with them, tracing them into the beast's belly, spreading the load among the remaining threads. As its shell falls, the ballast contracts, reeling in the lines and dragging the goliath strider beneath it.Cont.
>>39885836>What's more, you note that the spider-like creatures drag the lines with them, tracing them into the beast's belly, spreading the load among the remaining threads.SILK! WE SPIDERS NOW
>>39885836THE FUTURE IS WILD! AND ALSO FULL OF SPIDERS!
>>39885836>and it squirts a jet of ink into the water like the flair. The rest swarm to it,Like the what?Oh you mean like a flare. Signal.
>>39885836Warrior and super heavy unit upgrades
>>39885881>>39885949This doesn't sound like any spider lads....
>>39886035It's future spiders
>spiderdronesI want to turn entire forests into massive webbed spider traps
>>39885836You watch the spiders remove the flesh from the carcass, and the entangling threads reel in the meat into the bottom of the ballast. The stalk is slightly translucent, and you can see the chunks fall into the hollow trunk. Even before the shell is cleaned out, you see the sands around you shifting and moving. Another of the striders, slightly smaller, emerges. It discards its own shell, revealing a bulbous body that unravels like a cone shaped tail. It heaves, pulsing as it takes in water and inflates in size, then shrinks again as it exhales. Its tentacles whip out and drag the larger shell away as the spiders return to their shelter, climbing the ballast strands like circus acrobats, and the strider pulls itself inside. It sucks in water and fills in the extra space in its shell, and begins to move away, burying itself back in the sand some distance away where its head becomes one of the many rocks scattered across the ocean floor, which are all of similar design and shape.Your drones continue on, and you find more pillars of filter feeders, arranged in a forest among more of the ballast stalks. A massive animal, larger then the leviathan even, drifts past you, caring little of your presence. Its mouth is held wide open, and you see layers of straw-like filters lining its jaw. In its shadow is a largely empty area of sand along a lower level then the rest of the area. Few rocks scattered far and wide mark where striders have died or discarded their shells, and the bones of fallen animals from higher depths are mixed among clustered colonies of fungal growths and the animals that feed on them. Your drones pass over the area as they patrol the region, and find a circular shaped patch of emptiness in the sand, where the grain tapers downward like a large cone.Please roll 1d100, best of 3
Rolled 10 (1d100)>>39886241
Rolled 2 (1d100)>>39886241>>39886263
Rolled 74 (1d100)>>39886241For mother!
Rolled 56 (1d100)>>39886285Saved
>>39886285Okay, it's confirmed. Nobody rolls without typing this for the rest of this thread.
>>39886285When it's done for mother, we always make it.
Rolled 70 (1d100)>>39886241For mother!
>>39885881I've been waiting so long for a silk adaptation to exploit.And hey wait, once researched we might be able to scale it up to ship size to duplicate the Scavengers' grappling hooks weapon, coming at it from an unconventional angle.
>>39886598Space webs for catching ships.
>>39886598OmgNEMATOCYST HARPOONSSized for our Warriors or Flies or super sized for ships to grapple others for boarding parties
>>39886671like the one in Farscape?
>>39886697I can dig it
>>39886241There is a disturbance in the sand bellow, and a massive stalk of armored carapace bursts forth. A pedal of mandibles, like a flower of teeth, encloses around your drones. They fire their water jets and dash away as the jaws close around them with a crack of thunder, and the entire worm recedes bellow the sand, kicking up dust and debris into a cloud around it.It was at least twenty meters long, or at least that was the size of what you was on the surface. As it settles, you take careful note of the edges of its mandibles, each with a small eye stalk on its end. It growls in frustration at its failed catch.You send your drones back to the base of the plateau for now. Beyond the worm's layer, you can only see barren sand, with the silhouettes of striders far in the distance, and only the bones of gargantuan beasts breaking the foggy horizon.[New adaptation research available]>Pillar lungVery fastSending your workers to crack open and dissect one of these massive filter feeders may unlock more efficient ways of extracting food from the local planet's biosphere.>Ballast StalkVery fastIt's hard to tell if it is plant, animal, or both, but this buoyant creature produces threads of hair-like strands that seem to stick to living creatures, although they have no effect on their symbiotic minions. You can have your workers collect sapless of the thread to study it.>StriderVery fastYou have seen little of this animal's abilities, so you won't know if it holds anything worth your time until after you have researched it. Traces of fluids from the eaten corpse seem to indicate the presence of a potent neurotoxin, but there is not enough to determine its effects.>Add Pillar lung>Add Ballast Stalk>Add Strider>Wait for current research to finish>Other
>>39886850They're all very fast, so.>Add Pillar lung>Add Ballast Stalk>Add Strider
>>39886850>>Add Pillar lung>>Add Ballast Stalk>>Add StriderRESEARCH FOR THE RESEARCH GOD
>>39886850>Add Pillar lung>Add Ballast Stalk>Add Strider
>>39886850You know what the answer going to beYou are such a teaseReally must you make us dance like thisAdd all
>>39886850>>Add Pillar lung>>Add Ballast Stalk>>Add StriderVERRAH FAST.
>>39886850Next we're gathering samples on the Zero One colony right?
>>39886850>It was at least twenty meters long, or at least that was the size of what you was on the surface.Oh my.Guess it's time to lay some Large Hydrodynamic Warriors. Did the aquatic sniffers sense the creature beneath the sand by its bioelectric field at all? How long of a range does that sense have?
>>39886850We must dig up and research one of these monstrous Bobbit Worms
>, and the entangling threads reel in the meat into the bottom of the ballast. The stalk is slightly translucent, and you can see the chunks fall into the hollow trunk. Even before the shell is cleaned out, you see the sands around you shifting and moving.> you see the sands around you shifting and moving....Just how much of this lifeform is underground?
A few threads back when we were attacking that Scavs with the Heavy Warriors in the giant space station I started to imagine them looking like this but with their piston hammer arms
>>39886850>>Wait for current research to finishI want some of our current research subjects to finish before we wrap these ones up.
>>39886850>Add allYou breath a sigh of relief from the breathing holes along your back, and your wings flutter lightly as you shift your considerable weight on your throne. Today has been quite productive, all things considered.>Scout additional biomes on the surface of Zero One (write in)>Examine the progress of Doctor Vaughn's research>Check in on Theseus's examination of the salvaged ships>Other (write in)>>39887002You did not! but you managed to evade the monstrous beast just in time.
>>39887095>>Check in on Theseus's examination of the salvaged ships
>>39887095>Check in on Theseus's examination of the salvaged ships>Examine the progress of Doctor Vaughn's research
Would we be able to eat any of the silicon based life on Coral?Like would Overharvest even work?>>39887095>>Scout additional biomes on the surface of Zero One (write in)Reminder of what the options are:>>38261971 >Search the plains for adaptations>Send your expedition to search the tundra>Send your expedition to search the forestI choose forest. We did the plains.
>>39887095>Scout additional biomes on the surface of Zero One (write in)Check the jungles?
>>39887095>>Examine the progress of Doctor Vaughn's research>>Check in on Theseus's examination of the salvaged ships
>>39887095>Scout additional biomes on the surface of Zero OneArctic>Check in on Theseus's examination of the salvaged shipsWe consider consider coordinating with Theseus to snipe the Scavengers current position and cashing in our favors for more tech specifically industrial tech.>Examine the progress of Doctor Vaughn's research
>>39887095>Scout additional biomes on the surface of Zero One (write in)Tundra, we never have actually gone anywhere cold before.Actually wait.>Other (write in)Search Leeland's frozen poles. We only ever searched the badlands and the ocean shallows. Three biomes unexplored there.
>>39887095>Check in on Theseus's examination of the salvaged ships
>>39887095>Examine the progress of Doctor Vaughn's research"It seems the humans have had an interest in psionics."
>>39887204Nooo, let's not mention that yet.Or possibly ever. Mention things that relate to infiltration of human society like that.
Okay now that we have a full list of the systems in the human Expanse region.Deckard's claim still looks like the only viable option. We want a planet, not a closed space station, so that it's easier to sneak on and off of it. And we want a decently sized population to hide among.Juric's habitable moon was the closest other candidate, but it sounds like it doesn't have many people yet.
>>39887095I almost forgot. We should ask Theseus about infecting the satellite on A-295.
>next week, on Hive Queen Quest...>the Proxima Convention>Union-Commonwealth "peaceful" "negotiations">and a closer look at the Skyl artifacts in Gilliam's memories
>>39887432I suggested that like 20 threads ago I think, but I don't think it'll work out.The opportunity we had to infect the Leeland monitor satellite was unique. Someone had deactivated the sensors with a legit security code.So it had no reason or ability to report the signal it was getting before Theseus installed himself.But a currently-active monitor satellite might not be that easy to corrupt. They're probably designed with that in mind after all. It might get out a tiny short message in the millisecond before Theseus takes over
>>39887095>Examine the progress of Doctor Vaughn's research
>>39887095You look over one of his many drones as Theseus dissects another of small swarm drone, quickly catalogs the components, then disposes of them after they no longer serve a use. He then grabs another drone and repeats the process."Have you discovered anything interesting?" You ask, more to see what he finds interesting then if he found something you are unaware of, as you have access to the vision of his cameras from the link in the Clarke."Yes. An entire industrial base, grown organically. Life has always been a kind of machine at the end of the day, but this takes it to another level. I greatly appreciate the chance to study them."He rips apart another swarm drone with the practiced motion of a corn husker and tosses it away."This hostile queen uses kinetic weapons only, as well as chemical based maneuvering thrusters. Power is gained from the digestion of a carbon based fuel paste that feeds a distributed power system. Power is stored in a remarkable organ that serves as a kind of capacitor running along the spine of the ships." He says "spine" with emphasis, as he uses the word literally. "The power then flows through an incredibly advanced nervous system that utilizes super-conducting fluids held in layers of vacuum, allowing for the ship to store energy using chemical and fusion reactors and then storing it for use in battle later. It is some of the most advanced samples of biomechanical engineering ever seen to exist.""But have you found anything interesting?" You repeat. Theseus pauses for a moment.cont.
>>39887581>"But have you found anything interesting?" You repeat. Theseus pauses for a moment.I love you QuestDrone
>>39887581>"But have you found anything interesting?" You repeat. Theseus pauses for a moment.I really do love our queen.
>>39887581Oh Theseus, you are so adorable with your rudimentary understanding of Hive industrial bio-tech.
>>39887608>>39887615It even made Theseus pause, hilarious.
>>39887608>>39887615>>39887581I like how Theseus completely forgot this is basic tech for us.
>>39887635>>39887644>>39887608>>39887615Theseus was so into his research boner he forgot this was shit we knew how to do as a larva
>>39887581>"But have you found anything interesting?" You repeat. Theseus pauses for a moment.The cheeky queen strikes again!
>>39887581"It is... still alive. As you said, it was not introduced to any organic matter... on purpose, but small samples were permitted to exist for a short period before drones were able to locate it on the surface of the planet bellow. It had spread an unusual substance around it."He sends you the image. Black ooze slowly pours over the ground around the chunk of hull as roots grow to embrace nearby trees and plants. The corpse of an animal sinks into the pit of miasma as the flesh beneath it withers away. Small pillars of ooze climb into the air, forming into chitinous stalks that sway in the air.A moment later the view is obstructed by a blinding flash and thunderous roar as a pillar of superheated plasma incinerates the site and everything in a six kilometer radius. A moment later the screen is replaced with the mild red glow of a field of molten glass."The material seems to react to any compound that can be incorporated into itself, meaning any form of organic material, however, inorganic matter composed of similar elements is digested as well. This was discovered at an old testing area made of bio-degradable buildings. Please disregard the architecture and layout of the testing area."You see another short video, this time an abandoned city street. Damaged air cars and crashed land vehicles are scattered about, and the buildings and roads alike are riddled with craters and bullet holes. There is a fire down the street where a crashed chunk of a battleship smolders and oozes like melting wax, covering the small city street in a jam-like substance. A building collapses as its supports are eaten away, and the road is quickly burned through, with roots shooting into the soil beneath. Near the center, growing like tumors on the shattered hull fragment are rows of small bulbs of something.Again, there is a blinding flash as the site is bombarded from orbit, soon replaced with a field of glass.cont.
>>39887833...Okay, THAT is interesting.
>>39887833>A moment later the view is obstructed by a blinding flash and thunderous roar as a pillar of superheated plasma incinerates the site and everything in a six kilometer radius. A moment later the screen is replaced with the mild red glow of a field of molten glass.I laughed.Also, does our creep grow shit like this? If not, we need it.
>>39887833...Did we collect all the pieces of enemy ships that fell on Raligha?Also I never saw the point of making this a joint research project, we could have just gotten samples ourselves later.
>>39887833So she has automatic von nueman creep that spawns form the bodies of her fallen drones?We have our own invasive creep, but not that particular form of delivery/incubation.I think it's a form of the proposed "Creepship" idea that's been floating around only instead of just one specialized ship, it can be found in all of her drones.
>>39887833"No debris that spent more then six hours without contact with organic material has shown these abilities. Only fresh matter of decent size triggers this effect. Most of the material burnt during reentry, but there were at least four such infection zones detected. All bombarded, with the site and all surroundings in a six kilometer radius sterilized as per quarantine procedures."You think for a moment. Your own hive creep spreads of its own accord, and is highly aggressive, but the behavior of this is different, and you can think of no way for a dead ship to cause such a reaction."That is interesting, yes."Theseus seems to be almost revealed at your response.>Request to take some of the samples for yourself>Have the remaining samples thrown into the local star>Have Theseus continue to catalog the vast amounts of debris>Other
>>39887913>Request to take some of the samples for yourselfWITH EXTREME CAUTION AND CONTAINMENT
>>39887913>Request to take some of the samples for yourselfAs long as it stays in the Zero One hive and doesn't get brought here.And again. We should double check those impact craters on Raligha for samples of this.
>>39887913>Request to take some of the samples for yourself
>>39887913>>Request to take some of the samples for yourself>Have Theseus continue to catalog the vast amounts of debris
>>39887913>Have Theseus continue to catalog the vast amounts of debris>Request to take some of the samples for yourself
>>39887913>>Request to take some of the samples for yourselfPoor Theseus is gonna come back in a week"So we have some theories on the black ooze""Ah yes we've already completed our research and replicated it, keep an eye on his planet for us will you?"
>>39887938I'll back checking those impact zones for infection.
>>39887913>Request to take some of the samples for yourself>Have the remaining samples thrown into the local starBoth. Yes.Also check on the Raligha battle remains.
>>39887913>Request to take some of the samples for yourself>Theseus continue to catalog the vast amounts of debris>Doublecheck the debris fields on Raligha>>39887906Having Theseus look into it means having a problem examined from a different point of view, which may lead to new discoveries like the anti-stealth gravity sensor. And Theseus is also fighting the Obsidian Queen and he has the right to study the enemy to learn their weaknesses.
>>39887913>>Request to take some of the samples for yourselfThe hive could benefit greatly from this tech.
>>39887971Except research mechanics don't work that way. The only benefit his point of view has is having amusing conversations and us laughing into our claws at him.
>>39887913>Have the remaining samples thrown into the local star>Have Theseus continue to catalog the vast amounts of debris
>>39883295>>Have the remaining samples thrown into the local star>>Have Theseus continue to catalog the vast amounts of debrisLet's not let our rampant paranoia get in the way of research opportunities. Theseus is well aware of the dangers this substance poses and the means with which to contain it.
>>39887913You request a number of the freshest samples, although with their storage in isolation, you can't be sure they will still have any use.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 48 (1d100)>>39888002I think that having him on the joint research also helped here since he first noticed this black ooze while we were very busy with more important things.If this same this is also happening on Raligha then we most likely woundn't have noticed it until it grows big.>>39888042For Mother!
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>39888042
Rolled 57 (1d100)>>39888042
Rolled 21 (1d100)>>39888042Auntie.
>>39888049>>39888050>>39888060Biological countermeasures detected. Unable to reverse-engineer goo.
>>39888049If we had started our own research into OQ's ship remains the Thinkers would have noticed it and alerted us of it instead of him.
>>39888084Is it just me or do all of our rolls just suck big honking donkey balls in the later hours of the thread?
>>39888042You set aside a number of thinkers for the task and a shuttle takes the sample to a separate lab that is quickly constructed to house it. With any luck, you will soon have a deeper understanding of the Obsidian Queen's hive structure.You have your patrols move to look for any contaminants, but you are a queen, you know the dangers that can ensue from leaving the corpses of rival queens around. Most of the enemy fleet had burned up during reentry, what was left was incinerated on impact. Only small chunks of the battleship made it to the surface, and they were quickly targeted and removed along with the remaining ground forces that had converged on their locations. After some time spent looking for any infections, you feel pleased to find none, but you keep your drones on high alert in the suspect areas.You realize, almost with horror, that you have no pressing matters left to do. You flutter your wings in satisfaction and idly shift the piles of eggs in your throne room.>Check up on Vaughn's progress>Check on your Gemini hive (write in)>Speak with (write in)>Other
>>39888232>Check on your Gemini hive (write in)Did the 30 bio-tanks hatch today?We want to start cloning more hybrids now.And lay some parasites to go inside them, to give them regeneration in the battlefield.
>>39888232>>Check up on Vaughn's progress>>Check up on the survey of Farcast
>>39888232>Check up on Vaughn's progress>>39888264>Check up on the survey of FarcastWe should do this too.
>>39888232>You realize, almost with horror, that you have no pressing matters left to do.HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE?!>OtherSpeak again with Theseus. Note that he has created an alliance with Heretic, taking his corvettes aboard his Server Ships for defense/attack duties. Point out that he is uniquely vulnerable to boarding actions by the enemy hive, and offer to station a garrison of warriors and an egglayer on his server ships, to better repulse assaults and cooperate with technical and research opportunities.
>>39888232>OtherThose Builder warriors. How were they still not comatose? Are there Thinkers in the building?
>>39888232>Check up on Vaughn's progress
>>39888232>Check up on Vaughn's progress>>39888283>offer to station a garrison of warriors and an egglayer on his server shipsA good idea, but I'm not sure if he'd go for it. Doesn't hurt to ask, I suppose.
>>39888283How about no. Theseus shouldn't even be in be in the combat zones also>Point out that he is uniquely vulnerable to boarding actions by the enemy hive, Heretic already fixed that problem.
>>39888232This sounds good. Seconding >>39888283Also >Check up on Vaughn's progress
>>39888232>You have your patrols move to look for any contaminants, but you are a queen, you know the dangers that can ensue from leaving the corpses of rival queens around.Surprised we didn't break procedure and sample and research them ourselves though, seeing as how we'd already begun that with Theseus.
>>39888325>>39888312Heretic has that covered remember?
>>39878383fuck, now I need to check the archives to see if I missed something. Welcome back QD!
>>39888323>>39888349No, Heretic did not. Heretic provides invaluable close to mid range naval support with his ships, but to the best of our knowledge hasn't offered any boarding/counter boarding units that could fight WITHIN a server ship. Boarding is exactly the sort of warfare the Hive excels at before everyone else, and that was what allowed the OQ to track the server ships back to 0-1 during her battle with Theseus. She pulled that off by embeding an advanced relay within the hull of one of his larger vessels, which allowed her to instantly track the location of it back to the planet. Hive warriors would be better equipped than any other to prevent that from happening again.
>>39888232Tell the heretic about the artifacts we saw at the research lab
>>39888446The server-ship breed should be as grey or chrome-plated as possible to match the ship interior (if it's grey or chrome-plated).
>>39888429>missed somethingOh boy, did you.
>>39888446>No, Heretic did not. You do realize that servership was boarded already and Heretic solved the in seconds.
>>39878383hells I did miss a bunch. QD can we get more applications for nanites or brain spore with human DNA testing to find a mind control substance yet or have our lovely little thinkers not yet found something that sparks their muse?
>>39888232You turn your attention to Elizabeth, who is elbow deep in the oozing mire of... something. Your workers have dissected the relay and sorted through the pieces, leaving several interesting organs as unknown in purpose or function. She has focused her efforts on those remaining components. She feels your attention and responds mentally."Yes?""Technology of the rival queen seems capable of digesting organic matter. The mother queen's own technology may have similar fail-safes." You say. She pulls out a small bladder with a number of crystalline protrusions and focuses her thoughts on it. It echoes the thoughts, like a mirror's reflection."I doubt it. Your drones were very thorough with their search of dangerous materials." She says verbally to the room as a worker passes by to take several discarded kidneys and dump them into a protein vat. "But I do think I am very close to understanding this device. It is quite remarkable, and the biomechanical nature of it has thrown me off, but I have quite a few medical degrees, and-"The bladder pings a burst of thought. Elizabeth twitches from the unexpected signal."There, you see? Clearly this is some manner of amplifier. I'm sure you can analyze its genetic code while I look through its physical structure.">Inform her about recent events regarding Lee and the laboratory>Inform her about suspected artifacts found in the Expanse>Speak with her about other topics (write in)>Other
>>39888518>>Inform her about recent events regarding Lee and the laboratory>>Inform her about suspected artifacts found in the Expanse
>>39888518>>Inform her about suspected artifacts found in the Expanse
>>39888518>Inform her about suspected artifacts found in the ExpanseNot much point telling her about Lee and we don't have the research of the laboratories.
>>39888518What. No. I thought this was just checking on her progress.Don't talk about any of those things relating to infiltration of human society and having agents there.
>>39888518>Inform her about suspected artifacts found in the Expanse>Speak with her about other topicsI'm curious what she would think of the Ralighans.
>>39888518>Inform her about recent events regarding Lee and the laboratory>Inform her about suspected artifacts found in the ExpanseWe may need to copy her implants to stabilize lee
>>39888497>>39888513The incident I am referring to was prior to us introducing Heretic to the Unity. If there was an incident after that where the OQ succeeded in getting her children aboard a server ship, which thread was it in?Furthermore, QD specifically stated on multiple occasions that our hive warriors are arguably the best out of all the factions forces for boarding action and inter ship assaults.
>>39888602No, it's a completely different process.What you need to copy is the Earthlings. This isn't implantation tech tree, which would allow them to transmit tachyons. What the humans duplicated is the manipulation of alien life, Psionic Sensitivity tech tree.The product of overexposure to tachyons.
>>39888616The OQ never met Theseus until the exact same night Theseus met heretic. Link your supposed pre-heretic incident.
>>39888616>If there was an incident after that where the OQ succeeded in getting her children aboard a server ship, which thread was it in?Thread where we first fought the Black Queen.
It should be noted that Theseus was not technically boarded, but rammed. The fore section of a ship containing an advanced relay embedded itself into the hull of the server ship, which Heretic removed using intense short ranged weapons fire.As for the server ships themselves, they do hold automated drones capable of close combat, so his ships are not helpless against boarding.
>>39888654>The fore section of a ship containing an advanced relay embedded itself into the hull of the server ship, which Heretic removed using intense short ranged weapons fire.Damn and he didn't salvage the relay for a more network-wide jamming.Theseus needs to get rammed more often.
>>39888518>Inform her about recent events regarding Lee and the laboratory>Inform her about suspected artifacts found in the Expanse
>>39888654And because Heretic has psionic disruptor being boarded isn't a big problem.
>>39888518Don't start talking about Lee or the laboratory yet.
>>39888681I'd just like to point out that OQ has somehow used thinkers in conjunction with her warriors to subvert Psionic Jamming before, in the battle over Raligha.
>>39888709Doesn't she use the pheromones and a caste system to make her squads more independent or was that a different queen?
>>39888709In a boarding scenario that wouldn't work.
>>39888739What. That is no hive whatsoever. Are you high?
>>39888739>Doesn't she use the pheromones and a caste system to make her squads more independent or was that a different queen?Different race. You're thinking of the Scavengers.
>>39888709During the first Battle of Raligha against auntie Gardener.I wonder how she managed to use the jammer unaffected there but when she faced off against Mom over Reprieve, the OQ was vulnerable to Mom's jammer. Maybe she wasn't expecting it to work?>>39888739You're thinking of the Scavengers, which are a completely different species
>>39888709That's standard procedure for us too isn't it? Its why there's a crew of thinkers on each ship and we made the shocktroopers to lead swarms
>>39888769She was always vulnerable to the jammer. It's just that the jammer makes communication impossible.
>>39888696I don't see why you wouldn't tell her about the lab and us blowing it up. She clearly doesn't have much love for shadowy Union mad experiments, particularly those that would involve experimentation on live intelligent subjects.
>>39888518"It should be noted that artifacts of skyl origin have been found in the expanse. They seem to pertain to their own psioic research." You say. She pauses for a moment, a small collection of fatty tissue plopping to the floor. A worker quickly cleans it up."Really? May I see the samples? I would love to see what limits they were able to achieve in their time as a free culture." She claps her hands together, sending bits of gore splashing over her apron."They are currently unavailable." You say. "They seem to be in Union custody." She steps back from the table and nearly trips. A worker moves to catch her and he quickly gets back to her feet."We can't let them study something like that!" She says, almost in a panic. "Do you know where they have them? If you have knowledge of its location, we could send something to retrieve it perhaps. Are they being transported? We could raid the ship maybe, pass it off as a Ceph attack?""They are held in Union space." You say simply. You watch as thoughts of bureaucracy and red tape leaks from her mind, countless conversations of weapon applications and military viability to justify any research expenditure."Do you know how useful these artifacts are, or how much they know about this technology?">Inform her about the lab and the experiments>Inform her about the nature of the artifacts>Inform her about Lee>Other
>>39888865>>Inform her about the lab and the experiments>>Inform her about the nature of the artifacts
Of course, if we did nab an advanced relay in the vice of a psionic jammer, OQ could order it to self destruct.But if we start jamming the network first, the relay will never be able to receive that order.
>>39888815Similar concept yes. It would appear she integrates secondary brains similar to our quantum brains to allow her children to fight her battles unimpeded even when she is cut off from them.
>>39888865>Inform her about the lab and the experiments>Inform her about the nature of the artifacts>Inform her about Lee
>>39888865>>Inform her about the lab and the experiments>>Inform her about the nature of the artifacts>>Inform her about LeeThese are all pertinent to this conversation.
>>39888865>Inform her about the nature of the artifacts
>>39888865>"Do you know how useful these artifacts are, or how much they know about this technology?""They recognize it is similar to the Commonwealth's lunar death ray."
>>39888865>>Inform her about the nature of the artifacts
>>39888865>Inform her about the lab and the experiments>Inform her about the nature of the artifacts>Inform her about LeeAnd>"They recognize it is similar to the Commonwealth's lunar death ray."No reason to hide this stuff.
>>39888865>Inform her about the lab and the experiments>Inform her about the nature of the artifacts>Inform her about LeeWelp we can her trust then We should also tell the heretic to find out what those items are anyway >>39888886Whats that called Parallel evolution rightin the end she is a hivequeen and will probably do the same things to fix a issue
>>39888898Lee isn't important to the conversation.The mad science and progress in research is the only concern, not particular individuals. All the dead patients matter a lot more.
>>39888926>Lee isn't important to the conversation.It is when he happens to be a subject of their experiments.
>>39888865>Inform her about the lab and the experimentsNo mentioning Lee. Lee is our secret.
>>39888946Not anymore than anyone else. Dead Test Subject Number 5 doesn't need to be mentioned by name, and neither does Lee.
>>39888865>Inform her about the lab and the experiments>Inform her about the nature of the artifacts>Inform her about LeeLee is vital for research purposes.
>>39888980But he isn't. The Earthlings are already a more sophisticated, less insanity inducing example of the same process of humans becoming tachyon receivers-but-not-transmitters.
>>39888978>>39888957Not like it matters he's soon going to become Dead Test Subject Number 5 or at least braindead.
>>39888957I think we can mention Lee and Yune as examples of their psionic research projects.
>>39888865"Glad you voted Green now, aren't you?"
>>39889043Their names and backstories aren't really relevant though, just the fact that they only ever had one successful subject, and kept recruiting new ones.
>Are they being transported? We could raid the ship maybe, pass it off as a Ceph attack?"Well I had an awful idea.We can't really disguise as void cutters, but, worst idea ever:Both we and the Ceph's masters have a common goal of keeping psionics out of the human race's hands. If we told them somehow, the timing of the moving of the artifacts from Gemini to Gemini Beta...Awful idea. And we wouldn't even know how to contact them. And we'd give away our location, if the OQ hasn't reported to her masters. Forget I said anything.
>>39889043Informing her about the experiments and lab is already mentioning Yune. Specifically mentioning Lee is not required. Their advances into this field are pretty primitive since they have an old version of the artifact. She herself is a better example to base her research on.
>>39889131Meh. I wasn't saying to draw attention to it. Just say it in passing to give her an idea of what they where doing. We don't even have to mention the name. Though mentioning him at all isn't that important anyways, so whatever.
>>39889131For the record we have no idea what the other artifacts are. We saw ONE artifact.Which was from the Skyl's own research exactly like the humans, trying to reverse engineer psionics.We don't know if the others are any more advanced than that, like being based on actually already understanding psionics already.
>>39888865You send several files regarding the laboratory, and a news article showing its destruction."Did you do that?" She says, turning to a worker if only to have something to focus on during the conversation. It looks back, almost nervously. "That's good. They need all the setbacks we can give them." She brings her hands up in frustration, splattering her hair with blood, and shouting an arnimian curse. "Why is it that any time a government agency finds something important, they try to figure out how to kill people with it?" She pulls off her gloves and places them on the table, the worker frozen still, unsure if it should stay or continue its cleaning of the room."There were a number of experiments. They seemed interested in the weapon the Commonwealth built, but were unable to reproduce it." You say. She nods."That's good news, but what about psionics in general?" She says, picking at the growth on her head. The vein has since grown, and begun protruding from the skin. A small patch of a chitinous spine has begun to emerge. She flakes off bits of dead skin with her fingernails."They have made numerous attempts, with several successes in using the artifacts to make humans sensitive to psionic signals, but they lack the capacity to transmit. One such subject is the Ryan Lee. He has escaped and is under hive protection."cont.
>>39889175She flicks the patch of dead skin to the floor, and the worker reaches out and grabs it before quickly scurrying to a nutrient vat. "More good news, although I fear what they did to him." She gets back up from her seat and puts her gloves back on before returning to the relay's remains. "I think I'll be done with this quite soon, and I'm already an expert in psychology, so I should be able to learn enough to figure out what they did, exactly. Who is he, anyway?" You send images of news coverage, and the memories of his time on Leeland. She gives a quick nod."Ah, I see. never had a chance to see the news. There's usually nothing of interest going on, but it seems the one time I end up working in an alien hive there happens to be a major news week." She shrugs, then plunges her hands back into the relay. "Are you bringing him here?">Yes>No>Other
>>39889175She's going Kerrigan
>>39889218>YesWith or without the other guys.
>>39889218>YesAlong with others
>>39889218>YesLee has some eggs to fertilize
>>39889218>YesFor a time. When we make our presence officially known to the Union we were planning on making him our "representative" to secure a legal foothold.
>>39889218>>YesHe's coming here eventually.
>>39889218>NoWe have an important wild goose chase to lead the Union on, remember?
>>39889218>YesWas there any doubt?
>>39889218>No"He's currently with a government agent. Maybe later."
>>39889218>YesThis is going to be another one of THOSE votes, is it?
>>39889218>>NoWe can't lead the Union straight to us.
>>39889346>Leading the Union straight to us>When we're inside the head of the guy leading the investigation
>>39889218"Yes. Eventually. There are concerns over his long term health due to the experimentation. The other subjects suffered defects from the testing.""Well, I'm sure we can figure it out." She says. "I knew you could be quite persuasive, but I wasn't sure if you actually had much contact with the Union proper yet. I'm happy to see you're not falling for any of there dressed up quatsch." She spits the last word.I think that's all for tonight now that we're on page 10. We made good time I think, as with my schedule this week I would have had to have finished up around now regardless. I'll try to stick around for a bit for any questions, comments, or last minuet votes.I am unsure if I will have the time to prep for next week, but if we do, we will be progressing to the next day, which involves a bunch of research at this point.
>>39889409Who will have to show results, or he gets replaced with someone competent.We have to give the Union some illusion of progress in a cat and mouse dance, or they might actually investigate competently.
>>39889409I like how people forgot about this.
>>39889417Thanks for taking the time to run QD. Its fun as always.>>39889422We can clone people anon. And we have more than enough time to plant false evidence.
>>39889430Nobody forgot, that was the entire point.The guy has to have something to show for it to keep him in that valuable position. He has to be at least Saturday morning cartoon villain competent, only foiled by the heroes escaping at the last second every week.If he's comic relief sidekick level of incompetent we'll lose control of the situation.
>>39889417Thanks for running QD, what ever happened to that thinker we inherited from the White Queen? Will we ever get a chance to pick it's brain for that knowledge she tried to hide from us?
>>39889457Sure you can, if you'd like.>>39889439and as always, thank's for playing.
>>39889457>chanceWe got the chance. Explicitly. We aren't diving into possibly Necronomicon territory.
>>39889422>>39889453>Implying we won't be able to feed the council sufficient evidence of our investigation.>Implying they will ever be able to force our mole into a corner.I think you severely overestimating the BFI, anon.
>>39889457I still think it's best we leave that information untapped. Mom wasn't stupid. If she hid something she probably had darn good reasons
I'm sad we didn't get to those zero one biomes. On the other hand, the depths of Huron were a real boon. And another source of razor trouts. Awesome.
>>39889481Anon, why are you always late for the vote?
>>39889422As some have already mentioned, we can clone them and/or build a replica of the Angel and use those guys to lead the Union on a wild goose chase where we can intercept the Smith or whatever it is we want to do.
>>39889484Yes. Yes they will be able to, it's easy. Take too long to find them on your own and you're off the case, Agent Smith time now.Does the Cabinet look patient to you?
>>39889470>>39889485She also tried to hide the existence of the OQ from us, and the battlefield she fell to her on. I don't know what makes you think we are at all unprepared to learn what she tried to hide. She clearly had the best of intentions, but she was desperate at the time she made them, and could not have possibly predicted how powerful we would become in such a short time.Even if it is seriously heavy shit, the one thing I know us as players have in excess is paranoia about stepping into a bear trap. The anons will never vote for anything clearly riddled with danger or risk of any sort.Nothing in that thinker will harm us to learn, I really can't see how you concluded otherwise.
Can we capture a Smith? For, er, reseach.
>>39889468So we know what all the artifacts are now via the head researcher now, right.What was the artifact we blew up in Yune's brain? Are all the artifacts from the same Skyl era and hold no secrets we don't have?
>>39889504That'll take five days to get passable copies, and we'd have to implant Dillon and Jackob. We don't even have their blood samples yet.So until we finish setting up such a ruse we still have to string along the real deals.
>>39889524>Implying an agent is any risk to the Hive or Lyle.Really overestimating their per terminators too. They might be insane and super agile, but they still go down easily enough if you can land a hit on them. And our research into predictive algorithms are nearing completion right now.
>>39889557Between what Gilliam knows and what you know, you can safely say that the relics are the remains of Skyl attempts at unlocking the secrets of psionics themselves. The doctor was informed of them when he was assigned to the Path research lab, and he did not find them himself, nor does he know their source. While none of the artifacts he has seen hold anything of value to you, beyond knowing the limits of their research, you have no way of knowing if any more advanced devices exist where they found them.
>>39889468I'm pretty sure the people we've implanted should know these things, but for some reason we still don't know them.- What Killinger's mole was going to do- Why Lee's apartment building is condemned- What the ominous "accelerating events" meant.The Michael does know, doesn't he?
>>39889610>per terminators*pet terminators
>>39889614How about we finally schedule a survey, colonization, and smart mines of the Waystation planet?
>>39889639How about we colonize the systems already under our control first, like Wonder, or Farcast? We've still got a garrison of some 20,000 warriors and thousands of colossi on that planet, you know.
>>39889614What's a "variable strike weapon"?http://pastebin.com/z4yZdEbKDillon had plasma-coated ammo, micro-rockets, and magnetized bore that zoomed in on the guard's armored helmets. I don't think we have those.Do we need to buy some research samples on the black market to duplicate those?
>>39889684>systems already under our control...You mean like the Waystation planet.
>>39889684Waystation is already under our control anon. see >>39879634
>>39889615The mole was working for Michael, and was attempting to make contact with the organisations that Lee had been in contact with in his past. They were attempting to test how much he was in contact with them, as either an actual agent or the more likely scenario of simply taking part in online government leak hi-jinks, but with his growing public profile, Michael was convinced the fake Lee could manage to find out details about those organizations.Lee's apartment building was condemned because it deemed structurally unsound. It was a rather old building, in a somewhat low end part of town.You have no idea about the last bit though. Only that it has something to due with the recent king bill.>>39889695They may offer research options if you get them in the hands of your drones to tinker with. And "variable strike" is a copyrighted term owned by the arms manufacturers that built the hand rifle to indicate that it can switch from one ammunition type to another mid-combat.It's patented, with a money-back guarantee!
Okay one limiting factor of our hybrid infiltrators on Gemini is that they all need to buy fake IDs.But they don't have any credits.
>>39889712>>39889730Oh, wait you're talking about the exoplanet? What sort of colonization efforts are you talking about, it's stone cold dead world. I mean, there's a shit ton of scrap metal there if you want to scavenge it, which I can get behind if you want to set up mines there.
>>39889763Just what planet did you think "Waystation planet" meant?
>>39889743To Space Amazon then!How does selling on Space eBay/Amazon work? Who's responsible for final delivery to the customer, the seller or the bank? Does the seller just drop it off with the Valen?
>>39889743Say, Didn't Lee have a family? What happened to them?>>39889782Maybe he was thinking about Drift?
>>39889782Some anon was talking earlier about colonizing Drift and some other worlds south of the cradle. Didn't realize we gave the exoplanet in the nebulae a name already, my mistake.
>>39889417Thanks for the awesome quest QD, I wonder what kind of new horrific things we can come up with next week? Oh more nano virus weapons when? human tailored mind control spore bombs when?
>>39889803We didn't give it a name. It was always named that, from the very moment it first appeared in the thread and on the map.In fact it was named before it appeared. By the Engram.
>>39889819I thought we got it from Mom's white memory crystal.
>>39889832I don't know how you just make these things up and mistake them for accurate.We got absolutely nothing from that white crystal but the memory of the last stand battle.
>>39889758We could have another quest-within-a-quest thing and try and bootstrap money selling their skills on criminal jobs using Jackob's contacts or something.Or steal. Got pretty good at stealing the last two times.
>>39889832>meet weird intelligent Skyl research ship>tell him his homeworld is deaddddd>he rips open a wormhole and declares "Fuck this, I'm going to the Advance Waystation!"That is literally what happened.
>>39889800They live on Talgo, last you heard.
HYBRID CULT MANAGEMENT WHEN
>>39889893Talgo is such a shithole.I had inferred Lee was from Ockham though. When was he on Ockham that he thinks he should have stayed there? He was living on Gemini.
>>39889903Talgo is like space Florida. A bible belt world where old people spend their days on their orange farms and try and wrap their heads around these chinese cartoons their young'uns are so fond of.So it's fairly pleasant place to live I suppose, if you can get used to all the space mosquitos and constant humidity.
>>39889903There are worst places to live. It was settled mostly by the American south during the bout of religious persecution on Earth, so it's one of the few places where organized religion is still common.As for Ockham, you are unsure. Maybe he was couch surfing at the time?>>39889942Actually, this is a decently accurate description of the place.
>>39889893Theseus made it sound like the two Internets weren't connected at all, between Union and Commonwealth.Do people not have any FTLComms connecting a Union world to a Commonwealth world?
>>39889977Not officially, but there are probably a few that exist between the leadership of individual planets and private third parties in the Union, or more likely, among the Valen. They would not be connected to any official Commonwealth network, however.
>>39889977Anon, internets are barely connected between individual planets. The problem with human FTLComms are the high cost of manufacture and limited bandwidth, so nothing like what we're currently surfing right now is even possible between different systems within either state.
Crunch wise.>lay 100 parasitesPut those inside the new hybrids for the healing factor.And give the Clarke a cosmetic makeover, install human-style energy shields on it again that burned off when it crashed.
>>398900361. Redundant. 2. Not a bad idea.
>>39890035Yeah, but Union worlds at least have those costly, inefficient connections to each other officially.Maybe internet isn't the right word then, since each planet has its own. internetnet?
>>39890049>1. Redundant.Healing. Factor.Which is only possible with a parasite.
>>39890035Correct. Local internet connections would be quite similar to what we have today, but with far higher speeds, while connections to other planets and systems would be more akin to the dawn of the internet, with only email, text, and the occasional DOS game.Only instead of being tricked into deleting critical files, you run the risk of downloading a sapient program that data mines your computer and uses it to post on anonymous image boards.
>>39890072Where do the hacking skills of the Tech specialization rate compared to Theseus?Would they have any chance at forging their own fake ID?
>>39890072>a sapient program that data mines your computer and uses it to post on anonymous image boards.Truly the pinnacle of human achievement
>>39890072QD, do you think we could vote for a mass colonization effort of multiple worlds? It seems pretty unanimous to me that we want to start spreading our holdings, we just can't seem to settle on where to start. Could we just pick several planets and have them colonized automatically?
>>39890072So photosynthetic cells mentioned buildings as well as space stations.Could we just cover an area with infrastructure creep as nutrient making solar panels, on a planet that gets sunlight like Farcast?
>>39890113It's like they've come full circle.
>>39890072>a sapient program that data mines your computer and uses it to post on anonymous image boards.Constantly shilling his A N O N T 4 L K honeypot no doubt.
>>39890100Your tech expert could indeed forge an ID, had he the hardware to do so. As it is, you would need to break into a store to access the needed equipment.As for Theseus, he is the best at hacking. He hacks with the same simple ease with which you command your drones. He is not totally invincible at it, but all of the methods of defending against him are based on prevention, or fixing it after the fact. He's what you would get if someone from a 90s action movie could actually hack when he slaps the keyboard and looks at 3d special effects whiz by, and was put up against a regular guy that could code.>>39890141Yes, you could. I thought about pricing such a building, but thought that since it would be dark half the time, it would simply be inferior to the orbital version.>>39890116Sure. Apart from active patrols, I consider the population of your worlds to be in flux, as drones are moved by trade ship to where they are needed.
>>39890141>>39890188Speaking of photosynthetic cells, can't we engineer our creep to have a layer of those cells on top to generate nutrients from sunlight?If feasible, we can cover an entire planet with our creep and at the same time generate nutrients.
>>39890188Are we still capable of doing a vote tonight? Cause I'd like to vote on taking advantage of all the bloodroot trees that exist.
>>39890188...Can the Engineer build the hardware from raw materials like he can guns?Though maybe quantum mechanics are beyond a sewer hobbyist's dream.
>>39890188Do you think we could vote on doing something like we did with Raligha, such as send down a thinker to oversee efforts to mine and build up the hive on our behalf? I think we're all getting pretty eager to expand our official territory beyond the three worlds we currently hold.
>>39890188I would also like to vote (in favor) of beginning auto-colonization of a number of worlds. Its past time we start expanding our holdings.
>>39890188Vote for Weather Spire if we are voting now.
>>39890223We're already doing all that's practical, aside from Waystation.Farcast is already being surveyed, which has to be done first.A-295 has a non-disabled monitor satellite that is not easily hacked.Which reminds me.>>39890188Shouldn't the pastebin list pods at Koenig and A-295? They were never withdrawn from there.
Anons, we don't just need more hives on other worlds, what we need is more hives that can produce nutrients and metals and ships as soon as possible.While numerous worlds in the expanse are habitable and rich in resources, the problem is that they're already claimed by humans, which will not make resource production economically productive if the humans find out and send their military to contest us.So instead of focusing on laying discreet hives in the human-occupied worlds, we need to focus our expansion south towards more unclaimed worlds and those that formerly belonged to Mother. These will allow us quickly harvest their resources and build pylons which we are in dire need with minimum fuss outside of Scavenger scout parties.
>>39890273We could be building up our industrial base and mining efforts in Wonder, like we have in M-323.
>>39890206It wouldn't generate much, since the creep is spread among many different uses, but yes. With a bit of research into the fine-tuning of the genetics involved, you could have your hive creep offer a passive income, if it covered enough of the landscape.>>39890221He can build guns using equipment found in the hive, but for something like an ID, which needs to look human, and not be covered in mucus and have eyes all over it, he would need human made tools to make one. If he wanted to make a gun that looked human in design, he would also need to get gunsmith tools, which would actually be more difficult then making an ID, as Gemini has rather strict gun laws.>>39890234>>39890211Sure thing, feel free to give proposals.>>39890273I'll try to look it over tomorrow after work.
>>39890302I am fully in agreement. This is what I'm talking about when I say we should send a thinker to establish a new hive on one of these such worlds on our behalf.
>>39890315Ok, if we're giving proposals right now I'd like to establish a mining and manufacturing base in Wonder like we have in M-323, as well as sending a thinker to Farcast to hasten the survey and begin building a hive as soon as feasibly possible.
>>39890308At the moment however M-323 is not saturated.Whether we create more mining corvettes there or in a new system doesn't make a difference if the increase in income is the same.Since M-323 is almost pure, already refined metal, not ores, it might even be the only place we want to focus mining corvettes, until we vacuum it all up and have to move on to the next field.It doesn't look like there's much to mine in Wonder though is there?
>>39890315How were the Builder's warriors still not-comatose in Wonder?
>>39890315Sounds fine to me. Seconding >>39890353
>>39890382Thinkers in command.It's like the difference between being commanded by a superb general, and then having a drunk O-1 take command of everyone left after the general bites it.
>>39890315>>39890353Supporting this too.>>39890362The Builder's dock facility is several dozen kilometers of refined metal waiting to be recycled.
>>39890405>>39890405Which we can't until we loot the research inside it, which will take a while to explore. A long while.
>>39890315Can we not make biological versions of the normal human tools that just produce the appropriate materials via excretion/secretion sans eyes?Or is Fabricate Human Industry via Biomechanical Means a research topic we need to introduce?
>>39890315If we capture enemy Thinkers, putting them in a bio-tank allows us to read everything they know, right? Just like non-hive life?Would they have any defense?
>>39890315I'd like to vote on taking advantage of all the bloodroot trees that exist.
>>39890416Just increase the number of drones assigned to make it faster, maybe even deploy jammers to render the Builder's drone's nonfunctionalBesides, we can always start with the ruined Hiveships sitting outside.
>>39890362The rate at which the consumption beam and the mining craft that use them suck up metal are determined by the quality of the metal or ore. Whether they're harvesting asteroids of dead spacecraft don't make much of a difference to them.
>>39890315>>39890431May as well support this since it's a negligible use of our dronepower
Lay>100 parasites>10 Large variant of hydrodynamic warriors on Huron
>>39890315Vote to infect the Monitor satellite in A-295 with Theseus and send drones to the Frozen ice planet and Cracked barren planet in Wellbuilt.
>>39890457Exactly. Quality of already-refined metal is always higher than natural-found ore in meteors.
>>39890420More like an incredibly inconvenient aspect.Not only do you think it looks better covered in eyes and chitin, you can do it that way faster, cheaper, and more effectively. Humans shape metal by melting it, cutting it, and bending it, you shape metal by chemically dissolving it into a malleable and then forming it like silly puddy, then removing the nano-machine/chemical compounds to leave the metal behind. No seams, no bolts, no welds, to sprues.Going through the process of making it look human made would make it a much longer and difficult process.>>39890426They would have a defense against attempts at experimentation or tampering, as they hold a hive's genetic secrets. You would need to roll to gather reliable data, and depending on how paranoid the queen was, the thinker may have a seizure or suffer self-inflicted neurological damage to prevent you from probing its mind.Also, it looks like there is support for starting to harvest the Bloodroot trees.
>>39890513If there's enough support for harvesting blood root trees, isn't there enough to start auto colonizing efforts? If you aren't going to start that tonight, could we vote for it at the start of the next thread?
>>39890513>and depending on how paranoid the queen was, the thinker may have a seizure or suffer self-inflicted neurological damage to prevent you from probing its mind.Would attaching a parasite to the thinker to force it to cocoon and convert into one of ours be similarly risky?
>>39890534Adding support for auto-colonization.
>>39890534Sure, although there's less consensus as to how and where.>>39890564Very much so. That would be the ultimate trigger of the "oh shit" alarm.
>>39890605>Would attaching a parasite to the thinker to force it to cocoon and convert into one of ours be similarly risky?Would this actually work though?
>>39890625Nope. See:>That would be the ultimate trigger of the "oh shit" alarm.
>>39890625About as well as using a pod, I suppose. The thinker would likely attempt to destroy its own memories to avoid capture, or self destruct if it's able. There would be a chance of recovering useful data, though.Queens of the past have gone through endless cycles of invention to prevent other queens from tampering with their drones, so while messing with alien DNA is like hop-scotch, doing much of anything with a drone of another hive would be incredibly difficult, as it has millions of years of genetic engineering dedicated to preventing you from doing just that.On the up side, the Obsidian Queen would have the same problems if she tried to mess with your drones.
>>39890605I think we're all for sending a thinker to Farcast. If the survey is not yet concluded, it can do whatever necessary to speed it up, and begin construction of a proper hive the moment it's done.I think we can all agree in establishing a mining operation and small hive on Waystation as well.Less certain is building replicating our industrial model in M-323 in the Wonder system (100 pylons and a large number of mining corvettes), perhaps if we got a consensus here now we could start that.This look acceptable to everyone?
>>39890669Looks acceptable to me.
>>39890669Farcast should be totally surveyed by the end of next thread, actually. Not just the surface, but the endless tunnels beneath as well.