There is a flash of radiation and a burst of light along the edges of your space, and Lyle adjusts the canopy to be opaque as he turns to the others. Jackob has fallen asleep strapped in the jump seat, while Dillon shakes his head.“Feels like I got punched in a gut.” He says, “Ceph must not like mid-flight meals.” He turns to examine the others in the cabin, and Lee is bent over in his seat holding his head tightly. Lyle quickly unfastens himself and floats over to him. His arms shake slightly, and his legs are hooked under the seat. A small drop of blood drifts from his mouth and floats into the air.“I think he’s having a seizure.” Lyle says quickly as he reaches into a pocket.“You think it had something to do with the tests?” Dillon asks, “or the drive, somehow?”“How should I know, just hold him.” Lyle says as he jabs Lee with a syringe. 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
>>40161731>Current resource reservesNutrients: 6909890Metals: 5423209Credits: ₡2226Credits in Lyle’s account: ₡1,175,000>Hive population and upkeep cost Hive maintenance – 52325Queen – 5Fake Queen (4) – 220Small Egg layer – 12Worker (85005) – 170010Aquatic Worker (5140) – 20560Vacuum Worker (5200) – 31200Radiator Worker (5100) – 20400Warrior (11209) – 56045Gilled Warrior (100) – 700Aquatic Warrior (50) – 400Thinker (2500) – 7500Quantum Thinker (1000) – 5000Speaker – (3) – 12Digger (200) – 800Refinery (40) – 280Sniffer (2) – 8Small Sniffer (200) – 200Aquatic Sniffer (200) – 200Fly (1100) – 4400Wasp (5000) – 25000Haz-mat Workers (20) – 80Shock Troops (40) – 520Parasite (80) – 320Bio-tank (1000) – 25000Excavator (1000) – 19000Colossus (420) – 6300Hovertank (200) – 5000Harvester (5000) – 95000Support Fluttercraft (2) – 272Ghost Beetle (5) – 135Heavy Warrior (1000) – 19000Chinook (100) – 1800Air defense drone (80) – 5920Bomber (160) – 6560Strafer drone (400) – 6000Heavy Interceptor (160) – 4480Light Interceptor (800) – 11200Advanced disruptor (50) – 3750Advanced Relay (69) – 6900>Hive fleetSpace Pod (5000) – 150000Heavy Fleet Fighter (272) – 18224Heavy Gunship (36) – 1080Shuttle (10) – 250Mining Corvette (236) – 64900Patrol Corvette (126) – 63882Scout Corvette (8) – 1800Lancer Corvette (2) – 450Fleet Corvette (244) – 54900Heavy Fleet Corvette (48) – 56256Heavy Fleet Frigate (36) – 51372Stealth Frigate (4) – 1952Vanguard Frigate (600) – 240000Heavy Cruiser (110) – 133650Heavy Fleet Cruiser (18) – 45090Heavy Fleet Battlecruiser (4) – 32548>Formed fleets and ordersSmall Heavy Defense Fleet [Patrolling Leeland space]Heavy Battle Fleet [Awaiting orders]5 Missile Ambush Fleet [Building]15 Light Fleets [building]
NEW ADAPTATIONSNEW TECHNOLOGIESMORE THINGS FOR MOTHER
Glory to Leeland.
>>40161731LEE NOMEDICAL POD HIM ASAP
>>40161731Don't worry QD, it's all worth it.
>>40161757Clone upkeep/special projects and expenses25 Human captives of the USV Hope – 750[Gemini] Lyle Rogers – 472 Human hybrid clone upkeep – 60Specializations:>Tech>Engineer1 Human Chimera egglayer – 80[Hive space]100 Human Hybrids – 3,000590 Skyl replicants in production – 35400>IncomeMetals: 2,038,000Nutrients: 3,901,250Hive Territory[G-426]Asteroid mining base: 50,000M per day.*Leeland (capital)Defensive structures>Surface to Orbit Missile System (750N)>Anti-orbital batteries: 35/35 (8750N) Military structures>Hangar facilities: Room for 4840 Aero/fighter Drones and 2420 Shuttles (3025N)>Psionic Shroud (1,000N)>Prison OutpostIndustrial structures>Docking Pylon: (1000) (100,000N)969 under construction [Empty docks: 2000/2000]Economic Structures>Smart Mines active: 100,000M per day>Algae Farm: +2,400,000per day, 24,000 Workers (1 worker per 100N)>Film harvester dock: +2,500,000N per day, 5,000 Harvesters active (500N per Harvester)[M-662]RalighaDefensive structures>Anti-orbital batteries: 35/35 (8750N)Economic structures>Bloodroot collectors: A series of pipes and veins running from the roots of several of the nearest Bloodroot trees provide a passive and low maintenance source of nutrient income, +250N per day (5)>Greenwall pit: 500N>Temple alter: A place for the Ralighan locals to worship and bring offerings to your hive, built in the likeness of your local fake queen, +500N per day[M-323]>Orbital docking pylon: Space for docking and construction of 4 sub capitals or 1 capital ship, (50N)[1 Carrier Battlecruiser][Empty docks: 0/4]>Mining corvette salvage operations +1,888,000M per day (+8000M per corvette)
>>40161731Oh shit, Lyle get his ass to the medi-pod asap.
HELL FUCKING YES HIVE QUEEN QUEST.
>>40161891>>40161891[Farcast]Derelict Sensor arrayGlassed Hive world>Hive bunker complexDeep space waystation>100 docking pylons (10,000N)[100 Mining Corvettes][10 Ambush Missile Cruiser][100 Ambush Missile Corvette][60 Light fleet frigate][15 Light fleet cruiser][Empty docks 115/400]New Construction OptionsDefensive structures>Anti-orbital battery – A bunker armed with a massive Particle beam capable of attacking ships in orbit from the ground. It includes the power and sensor systems required to operate it. 250N 1500M>Surface to Orbit Missile System – This massive bunker complex houses a wide range of warheads and a nigh limitless number of missiles within its protective walls, allowing you to launch missiles against approaching invaders from the safety of your hive. The facility uses the ship missile stats and comes equipped with a single Cruise missile silo that can target any detected object within the system, five Stinger missile silos capable of targeting any craft within high orbit, and ten Swarm missile silos specialized in targeting high altitude aircraft and low orbiting targets. The facility itself is a massive complex spread out over several miles, and includes guidance and launch equipment, as well as the means to construct and maintain a stock of warheads and missiles. (1500N 2500M)
>>40161979Military Structures>Hangar Expansion – Construct fortified hangar facilities of +40 aero/fighter drone space and +20 shuttle space. 50N 100M>Psionic Shroud – A single building built around the shattered remains of a Void Shard, the shroud amplifies the unnatural mental silence of the broken crystal within to mask an entire planet from potential detection, preventing outside forces from easily detecting the thoughts of a hive. (2,000N 5,000M)Industrial Structures>Docking Pylon – A large spire or station that contains space for docking and construction of 4 ships, or a single capital ship if placed in orbit. 100N 300M>Weather Spire – A networked collection of spires spread across a planet capable of studying and altering a planet’s climate and atmosphere. Construction includes the building of all spires needed to function. (8,000N 20,000M)
>>40162009We'll be able to colonize some new planets right?
>>40162009Economic Structures>Orbital solar array – A station placed in orbit of the local star equipped with a membrane of photosynthetic cells several kilometers in diameter capable of producing a steady stream of nutrient income. Provides 1000N per day total (5,000N 5,000M>Harvester Dock – A large pier built along the shore overlooking the spore-producing ocean film that serves as an unloading area for Harvester drones, and contains pipelines to pump collected raw nutrients to the hive’s awaiting processing facilities, includes a single Harvester which is covered by the cost and upkeep of the dock. Provides 500N per day total (38N 50M)>Orbital electroponic station – An orbital instillation built near a large source of hydrogen used to fuel a large fusion core, which in turn provides electrical power to a contained algae farm facility. Must be built in orbit of a gas giant. Provides +500N per day and doubles as a gas mining facility, refueling the tritium stores of any ships in the system. (1000M)>Algae Farm – A carved out space used to utilize Leeland’s natural electrical field to cultivate food. +100N per day, 1 worker to maintain.>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.
>>40162018Vote to "inspect the systems we sent pods to last thread" so we can start on that.Like Drift.
>>40162068We also should send some pods to scout out the Black Queen's systems.
>>40162045Finished ResearchThis is gonna be a doozy.>Pillar lungIn areas where microbial life is abnormally abundant, such as the deep oceans of Huron, filter feeding can be a beneficial thing, and the Pillar lung has evolved to do just that on an almost industrial scale, sifting through sand and silicate for refuse and remains, and water for bacteria and microbes alike. They seem capable of detaching from the ground, although they rarely do this, and using their filter mouths like jets to move through the water. When an area is devoid of food for too long, it will erupt from the ground like a rocket and launch itself to new pastures, where it will drill into the ground and begin filtering. In a way, the Pillar lung’s survival strategy is not unlike a giant, jet powered Roomba.[New construction option]Filter towersA large underwater pylon built to extract raw nutrients from the microbial life of the surrounding ecosystem. Can only be used on planets with bountiful biospheres and deep oceans capable of supporting large amounts of microbes. Provides between 100 and 500 N per day, depending on the local environment. (500M)
>>40162143>StriderThis large creature is slow and clumsy on the ocean floor of Huron, and while its shell is thick, it still is very vulnerable to attack. To help protect itself from most predators, and to help it catch prey, it has developed a rather interesting adaptation. Across its body, and along its tentacles are a number of glands that construct to fire a potent neurotoxin. The toxin itself can be injected via a number of spines along the tentacles, but can also be absorbed through the skin, or inhaled. In small doses, it causes the rapid decay of muscle control, searing pain in the area of contact, and a comatose state. At higher doses, although not much at all is needed, the toxin causes violent muscle spasms and seizures before leading to respiratory failure and cardiac arrest, causing death in minutes and loss of motor control in mere seconds. In addition to the potent toxin, the Strider utilizes a high pressure gland and dexterous nozzle to aim and fire clouds of the toxin.>Ballast StalkThe thin, wispy strands that drift from these large stalks are built like straws, hollow within and covered in tiny, razor sharp barbs. When the threads make contact with something two things happen, the first is that the barbs fire out, unfolding themselves from an inverted resting position by inflating with a potent toxin borrowed from the Strider and driving the barb deep into the skin of the prey like a drill, and the thread itself contracts along the side that made contact, causing it to wrap around the prey and make contact with as many barbs as possible while ensnaring it in a tangle of toxic thread. The stalk does not produce this toxin, but it has become immune to it, allowing it and its symbiotic spider-like inhabitants to capture and kill passing striders to harvest the toxin.
>>40162143>This is gonna be a doozy.
>>40162143>This is gonna be a doozy.I am excite.
>>40162210[New Bioweapon discovered]Tetrochlorotoxin: A potent, highly evolved form of neurotoxin that holds far more potency than normal, less refined forms of neurotoxins found in the natural environments of most worlds. It possesses potent side effects in addition to the usual paralysis, including muscle cramping, seizures, and cardiovascular failure. It can be absorbed through the skin, or by injection, and is lethal even in small doses if not treated immediately. [New Hive creep abilities unlocked]Barnacle: Your hive now produces large growths along ceilings in areas of high traffic which lower a number of thin tendrils of thread intended to ensnare intruders. In addition, the surfaces of hive walls grow variants capable of firing similar tendrils at passing hostiles, ensnaring them and hampering movement, even if it is too well armored to inject its toxin.[New Adaptation unlocked]Spitter gland: A small gland located beneath the mandibles of a drone that allows it to spit gaseous or liquid toxins, allowing it to deliver acidic or biological weapons intended to be inhaled or absorbed through contact. If firing a liquid such as neurotoxin or acid, it can fire a fine misty stream up to a meter away, if firing a gas, it can fill a meter cubed area with a single deployment. The gland requires time to refill its payload between shots, but is undetectable via visual inspection. Range and area of effect is 5 meters for large drones. Small drones can equip this adaptation, but cannot store payloads capable of inflicting lethal injury or major harm on most creatures alone. (3N)
>>40162250>[New Bioweapon discovered]YESYES
>>40162143OH YEA! Welcome Back QD!
>>40162250[New adaptation unlocked]Stinger whip: A long, high strength thread is held behind the mandibles like a tongue, allowing it to be aimed easily and fired quickly. When fired, it unravels at once and stretches to a length of three meters for medium drones, or ten meters for large drones, and can pull up to two tons before breaking, although it can be cut or torn easily by other forces. Coating the whip is a layer of millions of tiny barbs that trigger on contact. The whip will attempt to wrap around anything it hits, and if the barbs are able to pierce the object, it will stick to it by anchoring the barbs within it, and inject any applicable bioweapon. Once deployed, the drone can reel in the whip, or detach it if needed. A detached whip will continue to wrap around and sting any applicable target that it comes into contact with for several hours, before dissolving. (5N)
>>40162250NERUOTOXIN BOMB UNION SPACE WAR NOW!
>>40162284>Psionic implantationPart genetic mutation, part cybernetic implant, this procedure injects a solution of psionic sensitive neural crystals into the subjects brain, where they take root in the occipital lobe, and then spread from there to form into the equivalent of a moderate relay. The relay is sensitive to, but not included in the network of the hive, meaning the subject cannot be used to pass orders to drones or extend hive network range, but the subject is sensitive to psionic activity, and can pass on orders through the queen, should they be permitted, as well as gaining the other benefits of the enhanced moderate relay. The alteration causes minor mutations and deformations in the skull and skin, generating small quill-like spines used to conduct, receive, and transmit psionic signals that sprout from the skull. Small scab-like layers of hardened skin grow around the quills to protect it, and the quills themselves are hinged, and can be folded flush against the scalp. May also cause minor skin discoloration near the eyes and temples, and pronounced veins visible under the skin due to an increase in blood flow to the head. Apart from direct visual confirmation, the modification is not otherwise detectable by medical testing, and does not impart any control over the subject by a hive network.
>>40162250>[New Hive creep abilities unlocked]That thing is fucking terrifying.
Also guys I think we should send Lyle to parasite the Valen on Aral.
>>40162250>>40162280>>40162284Everytime I see >[New adaptation unlocked]I always hear one of those old-timey RTS announcer voices saying "New Construction Options".
>>40162250>>40162314>[New Hive creep abilities unlocked]>BarnacleThis thing needs to be grown within our new covert hive under that protein processing plant.Grow them all along the tunnels.
>>40162308>Enhanced Psionic sensitivityWhile until now you had no idea of the practical implications, with the help of Dr. Vaughn and the remains of the White Queen’s relay, your own hive’s technology has been given an unfathomable leap. The process seems simple now, as even in its state of quasi-existence, the tachyonic particle that is used to transmit the thoughts of the hive can and does interact with normal matter, albeit in a nearly undetectable and infinitesimal way. By using these nearly nonexistent markers, your medium and advanced relays can now detect the faint echoes of other sapient beings near the relay. Any medium or advanced relay can now detect the presence of sapient life up to a kilometer away, and can detect its general position within fifty meters up to two hundred and fifty meters away. At ten meters or less, you can gleam faint hints of the creature’s intent and general disposition, allowing you to determine hostility, as well as a vague notion to its state of mind.>Gravity reflectionBy using layers of super-cooled metallic foils of a highly precise composition and a strong electrical current, you are able to adjust and alter gravitational fields, if only slightly. This technology has opened a wide range of potential applications, from new thruster designs to artificial gravity and more.No, captcha, cake is not the same as sushi.
Someone post the Kill la Kill edit
>>40162357>This technology has opened a wide range of potential applications, from new thruster designs to artificial gravity and more.>new thruster designs >artificial gravity I like how you're just covering the tip of that iceberg.
>>40162357New Research Unlocked>Gravity foilsFastThe most obvious and direct application of gravity deflection technology utilizes the surrounding ambient gravitational forces to allow a drone to create thrust using a complex arrangement of thin metallic sheets, allowing the drone to hover or fly in any direction. While it can technically function in a vacuum, most such situations would be in space, where the foils would be far less effective due to a lack of strong gravity fields to manipulate.>Artificial gravity platingMediumBy utilizing insignificant amounts of antimatter to create unfocused gravitational fields, and then directing them through the gravity plating into a single direction, the internal structure of a ship can be granted a small amount of artificial gravity. White the direction of the gravity can be changed at will, or turned off, it lacks the resources and energy to project a field capable of directly causing injury>Gravity thrustersSlowSimilar in function to your Skid drive, the Gravity thrusters essentially surf along pre-existing gravity fields, increasing their performance when in close proximity to major sources of gravitational pull, be it a large celestial body, a star, a planet, an exceptionally large structure or group of structures, or the core of a gravity drive. While in deep space it becomes less effective, the law of universal gravitation means it never becomes totally useless, and when in close proximity to a powerful gravity source it should outperform most other thruster designs with ease.
>>40162284>Stinger whip>put these on our large drones>have them lay in wait underwater>yank any passing soldiers from land and pull them into their mandibles
>>40162426Add all of these. Everything. Holy shit QD you weren't exaggerating when you mentioned the new finished research.
>>40162426>Shield miniaturizationMediumWith your new understanding, previously unknown aspects of standard shield technology can be seen in a new light, indicating a small overlap between it and gravitational manipulation technology. By using newly developed technology, your thinkers suspect that they may be able to create a more compact, but less powerful shield system.>Scavenger gunshipFastDedicating a number of thinkers and a few workers to disassembling and properly cataloging the contents of the captured Scavenger gunship should give you a proper account of what technology and researchable equipment exists while taking the time and care to ensure no potential samples are damaged or destroyed in the process.>Psionic readingMediumYou are already aware of this growing ability in Elizabeth, and with her help, and more research into the remains of the dead relay, you should be able to continue to fine tune your new, more powerful psionic senses to be able to not only detect the presence of sapient thought, but to read it in more detail.
MY RESEARCH BONER IS SO MASSIVE RIGHT NOW
>>40162501Current research>Anti-orbital pulse cannonMediumThe major drawback of the anti-orbital battery is the inefficiency with which it punches through the atmosphere with its particle beam, losing both range and damage. By adapting the blaster’s design to ‘pulse’ the beam of the battery weapon, your anti-orbital defenses could potentially increase both their range and average damage per shot.>Photonic microstructuresSlowThe useful applications of manipulating massive photonic molecules are many, and your preliminary studies indicate that you may be able to develop more practical uses beyond the blaster, especially in the field of energy shielding.>Nausea fieldSlowA rather interesting side effect first noticed with your Blink drive, but now weaponized to great effect as a defensive measure. You should be able to enhance your medium and advanced relays to emit a wave of sickening nausea in a radius around it, causing effected subjects to feel increasing levels of both physical and mental uneasiness, causing feelings of dread and queasiness.>>40162498I feel like the Billy Maze of alien insect research.
Oh yeah. Elizabeth. We should see how she's doing real quick.
>>40162545>Solid State TeleportationSlowWhile standard quantum systems allow for instantaneous transportation of data, this technology would allow for essentially the instantaneous transport of matter. The matter in question would be disassembled into individual particles and transported in much the same way as bits of data through a quantum relay, and then assembled on the other side. Due to the nature of the process, only simple objects such as raw resources could survive teleportation. This should allow for the transportation of resources across hive space without the need to delegate ships to serve as trade vessels.>Ground-orbital mega-constructionSlowBy using new construction systems to improve efficiency, the hive can build new projects capable of reaching orbit, using the rotation of the planet to remove the requirements of a free standing structure and instead essentially hang a station in orbit from the surface of the planet. Such a construction project would double as a docking pylon capable of constructing capital ships at a much faster rate, and replace the need for shuttles to ferry goods to and from orbit. [Unlocks the Capillary Tower construction option]>Quantum TuningMediumWhile current quantum computing technology requires the relays be built to accommodate one another, this technology should allow you to quickly attune pre-existing devices for one another when in proximity. Your thinkers suspect more opportunities to open up after further research is done. You suspect Theseus would greatly appreciate such a technology, if he does not already poses it.And just for the record, I don't care what you put in it, a bagel is not the same thing as a burger, and captcha needs to learn these things.
>>40162545Aren't we still researching the cannon our mother did, or did we finish it?
>>40162545Darn it, now I can't help but ready everything you post in Billy Maze's voice!
>>40162426>>Gravity thrustersSo... with these, could our fighters and interceptors become terrifyingly agile and maneuverable around planets?
>>40162582What about the experimental devices on the Wonder dockyard?
>>40162583We haven't even started it, given the precedent that however does usually has bad things happen to them.
>>40162598Large planet, or near stars or black holes.From the sounds of it they become supar when near open space/average sized planets.
>>40162598With those our large land drones could fly.
>>40162545>>40162585It's Mays not Maze.We must research EVERYTHING for Mother!
>>40162582>Mantle excavationSlowBy using advancements in the operation and function of the metal trees, you can force them to focus their attention past the rocky crust of a world and have them dive their roots clear into the mantle of a planet, tapping into a vast wealth of metals>Flash CloningMediumWhile it may not be healthy for the clone in question, your mastery of biological technology allows you to accelerate the normal growth cycle of a clone, growing it to maturity within a single day, however clones are not as genetically robust as your own drones and doing so may cause undesirable genetic defects that may take time to reverse and result in a lower quality final product.>Predictive combat algorithmsMediumYour drones are always watching the enemy, either in person or through your network, and the hive grows more accustomed to certain quirks and common tactics employed by specific species or individuals. With the powerful calculations made possible by fractal based crystal brains, your drones, and clones with either psionic capabilities or hybrid or chimera types will be able to predict the vast number of variables in any single fight, allowing it to know what the enemy will do in the heat of the moment and act accordingly. Grants a bonus to combat rolls against known and researched enemies. Available research options>Psionic Cannon prototypeVery slow/Very dangerousDetailed accounts of several experiments show the slow progress of Project Godsplitter. The cannon itself is highly volatile, and even the smallest miscalculation often results in the destruction of the ship, as well as any nearby craft. It can only be equipped to a Hive ship's spinal mount, and requires a functional Void Shard as ammunition. At least a dozen testing sizes were atomized in testing the weapon, and in the end it appears The Gardener never quite perfected it.>>40162598Correct.>>40162606Your drones were busy removing unwanted house guests with extreme prejudice.
>>40162583We've been holding off because it attracts the attention of crystal giga-niggers, Commonwealth has it finished though and will probably attract their attention anyway.
>>40162643Except the psionic cannon.
>>40162583It's been shown that whenever someone tries to make the damn thing, the void folks get REAL uppity.We don't want that.
>>40162652>Add research (write in)>Add all new research>Wait for current research to finish>Other
>>40162143>not unlike a giant, jet powered RoombaThis string of words pleases me greatly
>>40162722>All of the research expect cannon.
>>40162722>Add all new researchStop the cannon research
>>40162722>Add all new researchYou know we want this.
I wish someone would find us, go full retard and declare war on us already. I want to use all these sweet new toys on them. But I guess slow and steady infiltration is better.
>>40162722>>Add all new research (Except the Psionic Cannon)RESEARCH FOR THE RESEARCH GODS
>>40162751We haven't STARTED the cannon research.
>>40162722>>Add all new research
>>40162760We already have the Scavs for that, remember?
>>40162545BILLY MAYS HERE AND HAVE I GOT SOME RESEARCH FOR YOU!>Add all new researchExcept for the psionic cannon.
>>40162751We never were.>>40162761>>Add all new research (Except the Psionic Cannon)The Psionic Cannon is nothing new.
>>40162779>>40162652No we have
>>40162722>Add all new research (except the cannon)
>>40162829Did... Did you do that just now?This quest...
>>40162814Anon you're a fucking retard since when did it being available mean we were researching it?
>>40162814http://pastebin.com/F6t39KSp>Available research options>Psionic Cannon prototypeYou know, at this point I'm used to anons sprouting shit that is just straight up wrong, but I'm genuinely curious as to what gave you the impression we started researching this.
>>40162829These are almost always badly done but goddamit I can't stop laughing.
>>40162800But aren't they nomads? They don't have a dozen juicy planets to invade and test bio weapons on.
>>40162814No we haven't. That just says it's available for research, not that we actually are.
>>40162643Sorry I miss spelled it.>>40162722>Add researchAdd all but the psi connon
>>40162893I think he's either an idiot or doesn't know how to read.
>>40162893I keep the suptg archives always open on another tab just for that kind of shit.>>40162900Point, but at least we get to try out our shooty kind of toys.
>>40162900Planetary invasion sounds fun.
>>40162829Welp, my sides have taken off once more. Seriously guys, I'm laughing so much it hurts.
>>40162349It's for Hivecreep.It's basically added to every instance of Hivecreep we own, retroactively.Just like the eyes and doors, and the toxic-to-non-Hiver-flesh.
>>40162993The best kind.>>40163032I'm aware, but it simply seems it would be extremely useful to have a lot of it in the sewers.
>>40163049As long as we keep plenty of parasites in the Gemini hive on hand to implant anyone nosy enough to get caught and paralyzed by the barbs. Which hopefully aren't lethal.Wouldn't want TOO many sewer recycling maintenance workers to go missing.
>>40163049Put em in sewers and they can catch loose critters like fish and rats. Question is, can these digest captured creatures
>tfw we have almost definitely far surpassed the Black Queen in technology because her growth has been restrained by Voidniggers.
>>40163223We're way behind in industrial tech.
>>40163251Why do we need industry when we can just grow everything?
>>40163223We're really not. We're a blip on the radar, but still not a major threat.
>>40163251industrial base. not tech.Though that research into the black growths from the OQueen's dead ships is something we don't have.Surprised that isn't a seventh research unlocked in this thread.
>>40163251I don't think so, let's say that both Mother and the OB had a similar level of tech and we have definitely surpassed that of Mothers.It's only that the OB holds more than a dozen fully productive worlds when we're still racing to up our industrial capacity.
>>40163288That what our industry is.
>>40163251>behind in industrial tech>when we shit out ships a day after we lay down the hullLook at this anon. Look at him and laugh.
>>40163288Means the same thing to us
>>40163320And she kicks our in that area. Though Heretic and Theseus could help with that.
>>40163315>we have definitely surpassed that of Mothers.We only surpassed her in military tech.
>>40162722>Add allYou examine the operating room where Elizabeth looks over dozens of organs and sliced pieces of hive flesh. She places her gloves in the chitinous sink that had grown on the wall over the past hour and washes the blood from her hands while handing the bloodied plastic apron to a waiting worker that rushes off to clean it."This technology is absolutely revolutionary, even more than the implications of your own network's existence." She says as she scrubs small drops of blood from her jumpsuit. "The ability to have some influence over the state of mind of other beings from a distance, it's remarkable, and has tremendous implications. Tachyonic matter altering the state of normal matter, I can't even imagine the limits. I'll start collating my notes and get to work on refining this and- wait." He stops herself in the middle of the room as she reaches for a number of blood stained note books. "This human," she clears her throat, "I mean the prisoner, Ryan Lee. When can I expect him to arrive?"You quickly turn your attention to Lyle. Lee is semi-conscious, but certainly not lucid. Jackob is still sleeping when Dillon shakes him awake.>Have the Angel dock with your hive>Have a corvette board the angel>Other
>>40163444>Have the Angel dock with your hiveWELCOME HOME SON. HOW ARE YOUR FRIENDS? CAUSE NO TROUBLE.
>>40163421And scientific. Mother wasn't messing about with gravitational manipulation, quantum computing, or advanced genetic manipulation when she kicked off.
>>40163444>Have the Angel dock with your hive
>>40163444>>Have the Angel dock with your hiveDO IT NOW LEE IS IN TROUBLE
>>40163444>>Have the Angel dock with your hive>Have some Warriors ready to subdue the other Humans if they get rowdyNo sense not being prepared.
>>40163444>>Have the Angel dock with your hive
>>40163444>Have the Angel dock with your hiveGotta heal the Lee
>>40163444>"This human," she clears her throat, "I mean the prisoner, Ryan Lee.She's beginning to see herself as not human.
>>40163444>Have a corvette board the angel
>>40163530She will make a wonderful little thinker...
>>40163444>>Have a corvette board the angel
>>40163444>>Have the Angel dock with your hiveTime for medevac.
>>40163545>>40163563but whyget him full medical care before his brain turns into a slushie or some shit
>>40163556Well, she's almost Kerrigan, just doesn't have her physical prowess yet.
>>40163556A Thinker melding with her brain stem as a symbiont but without stealing her personality. Go full zerg hybridization
>>40163608Bring a bio-tank onboard the corvette obviously.
>>40163631It'd be faster to just dock the Angel to the hive.
>>40163530Which bemuses me. She still is very much human if you think about it, just not baseline. She's had some genetic alterations preformed to some select aspects of her anatomy, but that is still comparable to having a cybernetic prosthesis installed, in terms of altering or removing ones humanity. But then again, it is bound to have an impact on her thought process, given how it is opening up her mind to new senses, I suppose. And post humans in this setting do seem to stop seeing themselves as 'just' humans.She still is human before anything else though, the fact that she believes otherwise says an awful lot about her personality, even prior to her genetic modification.
>>40163646It is the exact same speed, corvettes have the same drive as the angel.
>>40163620That is disturbingly easy to fix when we apply our ability to make a hybrid out of her.Hell, at some point I'm expecting us to dick around with OSI and end up with a Mecha Kha'zix expy who will end up hanging out with his big brother Lyle and Maybe-Father Theseus and Uncle Heretic.
>>40163646No, it's twice as fast, because the corvette and the angel can meet halfway.
>>40163653She also gets along with the Hive very well, and we treat her as one of our "Daughters".
>>40163653>>40163701>altering and changing all of our adopted children to be stronger, faster, smarterI like thing
>>40163662I think he was referring to the necessary maneuvers involved with ordering a corvette out of orbit, loading a bio-tank on it, sending back into orbit, having it dock with the Angel, and carefully transferring Lee onto the corvette in zero gs, all of which will take time.
>>40163675>Hell, at some point I'm expecting us to dick around with OSI and end up with a Mecha Kha'zix expy who will end up hanging out with his big brother Lyle and Maybe-Father Theseus and Uncle Heretic.We are masters of Organic evolution, why not try for mastery of Cybernetic evolution as well? And throw in Cyberorganic evolution too.>MechaRedEmpress
>>40163444Lyle moves to the controls and quickly inputs the commands, and the ship begins accelerating towards Leeland. Lyle turns to the others."Go take Lee to the med bay and fasten him in for a landing." He looks up at them from the controls, "and stow the weapons. I don't want any more bullshit going on in my ship. I've had enough of that in the past few weeks."You send the estimated time of the Angel's arrival to Elizabeth. She finishes scrubbing her hands of the remaining chips of chitin and flecks of dried blood, and shakes her hands dry as the sink folds back into the wall, absorbed now that it is no longer needed."Excellent. I'll meet them in the hangar with some drones. If the blink drive had such an adverse effect, we probably don't have any time to waste." She quickly walks out of the room and into the darkened hall.>Have your drones take Lee and have the Angel depart>Have Lyle and the others remain on the the ship>Send a speaker to greet them with Elizabeth>Other
Man i forgot how long quest drone takes to post updates.i figured my 30 minute porn session would be enough.
>>40163744>>Have your drones take Lee and have the Angel depart
>>40163751>Just using 30 minutes for pornLiterally sub-human.
>>40163744>Send a speaker to greet them with Elizabeth>OtherShow them around the place.
>>40163744>Send a speaker to greet them with ElizabethThey are gonna be asking question might as well answer a few.
>>40163744>Send a speaker to greet them with Elizabeth
>>40163744>>Send a speaker to greet them with ElizabethITS TIME FOR THE JOKE YES< YES <YES
>>40163653Yeah, if you remember the backstory concerning her and Theseus, she holds the lives of her peers to be less important than her convictions. Seems to me she's always been this way and her genetic mutation is a convenient excuse to identify with humanity even less.
>>40163744>Send a speaker to greet them with Elizabeth>>40163800What's the joke, again?
>>40163744>Send a speaker to greet them with Elizabethgive em the grand tour
>>40163744>Send a speaker to greet them with Elizabeth>Have a show of it. Flying drones, giant drones, corvette escorts, the works.Lyle hasnt seen our new fleets has he?
>>40163744>>Send a speaker to greet them with Elizabeth
>>40163767>wasting 2 hours like they do in jap pornNigga i i haven't gone down that far the rabbit hole.>>40163744>Send a speaker to greet them with Elizabeth>OtherTour guide mode, since we basically shown them the new and improved leeland(its obvious once you get below the cloud cover of the planet) and a hive to boot.
Now, how to make Dillon and Jackob into Lyle's brothers-in-hive.Without Vaughn noticing or Lyle objecting.
>>40163744>>Send a speaker to greet them with ElizabethThis is the most fun option, Lyle hasn't met Elizabeth yet.
>>40163822...Im not sure if I should be mad over you asking that,,,we have legit been planning on waiting for Lee's face ever since he left leeland..
>>40163800"Thanks for the lighter bro. You did it! We're civilized now."
>>40163800>>40163822Lee isn't even conscious to make the joke about how we have his lighter to thank for our entire civilization.He's the only boy who could appreciate it.
>>40163847You have been planning it, most of us don't care because it's fucking retarded."Hurr hurr that lighter helped"
>>40163869>>40163891shhh let the retards scream.Just ignore them, they ran the joke and the idea into the ground a long time ago.
>>40163847Oh, the lighter thing? We can still do that. The visitors act all impressed and everything, but we just say "ah yes we were living in savegery until one day The Lee brought us the artifact that changed our society forever" and lead them into a room where there's a bunch of drones just chanting around the lighter.
>>40163891Well buckle up faggot it's fucking happening whether you like it or not.
>>40163926>>40163912>I enjoy devouring shit, so other people should enjoy it too.That single joke would devalue nigh-everything we've done up to this point.
>>40163926you guys ran the joke into the ground and are trying to shove it in at the worst possible moment to boot.
>>40163926Like Wolverine and Zerg jokes in write-in dialog and those cringeworthy ideas for being "2spooky" from the Tadega lab arc.It will happen in some manner, but in a more refined, subtle and cheeky QM-written way instead of the silly over-the-top ideas people are throwing around.
>>40163970I have faith in QDs ability to make retarded ideas into something interesting, but the spirit of the joke is lost with Lee not being conscious to register it.
Why is everyone being faggots, just let the leefags have there dumb joke, they have been complaining about it since the first threads, They will shut up after its finished just let them have there fun.
>>40163958>he doesn't like eating shitHUE HUE HUE HUE HUE
>>40164009>They will shut up after its finishedBut they won't.You should know better.
>>40164009Because if you ignore them they get worse.
>>40164033You act as if everyone is retarded but you, A smart way to think but, Come on eventually it will run out or we will kill Lee.
>>40163958That's an overreaction.The QM will either ignore writeins at that degree of stupidity (like that "write english on the walls" nonsense), or manage to pan for gold nuggets of humor that work well with the quest's tone from it.
>>40163958No, it would not. Myself and many other anons who have partook in this quest since its beginning enjoy these nonsensical, but harmless jokes. We will continue to do so in the future. I respect your opinion that its shit, but your posting of such opinions will not dissuade me or any others from making these jokes. Deal with it.Our entire civilization will not come crashing down over our heads if make a joke about Lee's lighter. The humans will not declare war and attempt xenocide if we make jokes, and OQ will not arrive in Leelands orbit with a fleet 20 times bigger than ours if we post stuff that amuses us. If you have a problem with this, well, too bad.
>>40164076>and OQ will not arrive in Leelands orbit with a fleet 20 times bigger than ours if we post stuff that amuses us.The true thing that angered the all-seeing, mind-reading void shards:Unnatural amounts of cheekiness.
>>40164076no you don't understand how shit it is
>>40164061>thinking /tg/ of all places will not run a joke into the groundNigga the joke is hasn't been said and its already ruined since they literally talked at lengths about it and gushed about the jokes in threads,
All this argument over making a joke. I hope I got enough popcorn tonight.
>>40164076Making the joke would not bring an apocalypse or have any real effect, yes, but it's still demeaning and devaluing all our accomplishments if we equate, even jokingly, our frankly terrifying and bullshit industrial and technological progression to a fucking lighter given to us by a random schmuck, especially considering that we haven't even USED that lighter for anything.
Hey guys, with those gravity thrust drives we can fully act in one of my plans, Operation Union Freedom. This plan, involved us creating replica ceph fighters, equipped with ceph like equipment, and staging an attack on a high priority union facility, making sure SOS got out before it was destroyed, before repeatedly evaccing to deadspace or just dissolving our ships or suicide bombing them.After this point we can then begin phase two, where we sell oil to the union and supply there war effort against the ceph.
>>40164182It's disturbing how you are becoming the reasonable one in these threads lately.>>40164198It's a fucking joke anon jesus christ, it's not going to destroy every ship and planet we have.
>>40164142I'm sure the moment it's actually in the quest it'll be like an orgasm after edging for hours.
>>40164223An off-colored joke can start wars, shit's happened in real life.
>>40164076You have how much I cringed when "Leeland" became the name of our planet. I'm fine with joke just as long as the cringeworthy one don't become part of the story.>>40164223People are fully in their to complain about things they don't like.Deal with it.
Acid can't melt transparasteel walls. Cleaning robots did Buggers Eleven!
>>40164235Not really worth it and saps any enjoyment you had in the experience for hours afterward?Seriously, edging is fun, but edging for hours? Complete shit experience, never doing it again, stopped caring about sex for months afterward.
>>40164198Why do you care so much? It's just going to be a single line of text in the post, how does that devalue any of the Quest up to this point? Just let them have it you autistic fuck.
>>40164278You can complain about how something is shit and other people can also complain about the your complaining and it all comes full circle.Like what we're doing right now.
But guys, this arguing is great and all but now we have a big question in front of us, should we, or should we not stage a union 9/11 with replica ceph vessels once we get the gravity drive?
>>40164337You do realize I'm not the same person you were talk to right?
>>40164366Nah. We can do better than that.
>>40164382If we put the union in active war against the ceph, and then sold them oil to fund it, we could make a killing and take out two potential threats at once!
>>40164278>this thing is shit and you're shit for liking itacceptable>this single joke is shit and must not under any circumstances be posted lest we see another fall of manunacceptable
>>40164366No real need the ceph have been doing that shit for a while.
I wonder what QD does when we sit around arguing over this..I imagine he just sits there chuckling to himself. just as planned
>>40164366Well first we need to actually know where the Ceph are so we can point the Union at them.
>>40164403or make the union more militarized and anti-xeno.They are on the cusp of becoming that and we literally have the proof to stop it.
>>40164403Are these Ceph anyway alike the Ceph from Crysis?
>>40164413Sometimes he's laughing, maybe sometimes he gets tired about us arguing about the most stupid things.And sometimes maybe he wonders if this was all worth it.
>>40164413More than likely he is giggling over all of this. I sure am.
>>40164415There must be some reason the Union hasn't just smuggled some of their own people through the Valen-Ceph smuggling routes.We need to find out what was stopping them. Do the Valen and Ceph just meet at a blind drop-point somewhere?There must be some way to get stuff back to the homeworld. Otherwise they wouldn't have gotten that miniature hyper gate that teleported Coil to space in the first place.
>>40164408>>this single joke is shit and must not under any circumstances be posted lest we see another fall of man>unacceptableI agree it's retarded but he's fully in his right to complain.
>>40163744Lyle adjusts the canopy again, returning it to its standard flight mode. Leeland slowly grows from a tiny dot in the distance as Jackob and Dillon return. Dillon looks out at the clusters of drifting dots in the distance."Where are we, anyway?" He asks as his eyes seem to follow a cluster of faintly glowing dots as they drift out to the edges of the system. He squints as the formation adjusts it course."Somewhere the Union can't find us. Trust me, it was hell for me, and I'm, well, me." Lyle says, "Even if they get here, they'd never get out.""Are those...""Patrolling." Lyle finishes the thought as Dillon watches a small roaming formation centered around a battle cruiser slowly become something resembling a silhouette. Jackob sits back in his seat and closes his eyes again."Well, whoever they are, I can meet them after some sleep."The Angel continues to close in on the planet, quickly passing through the debris field as Leeland grows in size before them. The ship jerks harshly as it hits the upper limits of the atmosphere."Shit, what was that?" Dillon says. Jackob looks up from his seat, annoyed at the jolt."Feels like reentry.""No, that!" Dillon says as another flash of a dark objects leaves a slipstream in the clouds. A formation of your air drones moves in around the ship, escorting it in."I think that's a welcome wagon." Lyle says. He lets out a short burst of radio, typically used as a request for a confirmation of location. Shortly after, there are several deafening, monstrous screeches heard from within the clouds. Lyle shrugs.Cont.
>>40164520>Lyle shrugs.I love lyle so much.
>>40164520>"Well, whoever they are, I can meet them after some sleep."I love Jackob.>>40164520>"I think that's a welcome wagon." Lyle says. He lets out a short burst of radio, typically used as a request for a confirmation of location. Shortly after, there are several deafening, monstrous screeches heard from within the clouds. Lyle shrugs.I love our children and the absurd ruse that we require radio back-and-forth as if we don't already know exactly who they are and where they are at all times, as we have both a parasite in lyle and his drive is a living part of our own hive.
>>40164563>>40164582How do you guys visualise him?
>>40164520this is gonna be great
Honestly, I trust these people enough not to dronefuck them, the only person I'm moderately worried about is lee, they did some shit to him that can potentially be quite destructive, the good news is worst case scenerio we can harvest all his memories and clone an identical him if need be.
>>40164628Kano from Mortal Kombat, but without the laser eye and with a hat. And a wider chest.
What do our speakers look like presently? Did we ever get around to making them fluffy and decidedly less buggy and monstrous?
>>40164653yeah that works
Reminder that utter breakdown in Union-Commonwealth "peace" talks is scheduled today and that we have front-row seats.
>>40164628actually that image you are using is my mental image.
>>40164703reminder that we just gave union the program that stops him from getting into union tech.
>>40164703>Lyle and lee come home>Union and commonwealth space warWhat a wonderful time to be a bug...
>>40164745>>40164703>thesus disguises his programs as the anti-virus firewall
>>40164753>>40164703The Commonwealth is likely to negotiate for peace since they're under Scavenger attack. Speaking of which we need to destroy the ship they stole before they reverse engineer it.
Now that we have neurotoxin, GAS THE CEPH SPACE WAR NOW!
>>40164520The clouds part as the Angel dips beneath the thick layer of storm and vapor, and even Lyle widens his eyes. The landscape is covered in a rolling layer of thick, chitinous flesh. Spires of reflective bone reach upwards from the crust of mountains, spewing steam from their tops as they breath for the hive bellow. A sound of thunder rolls over the hills as a railway sends a collection of resources shooting down a shallow tube to some far off hive site. Ships float over the horizon, blocking whatever little sun managed to break through the clouds as they slowly rise into space or lower themselves to the docking pylons that pierce the skyline around them."Sweet tap-dancing Christ!" Jacob says. "Who the fuck- where the fuck-" He spends a few short moments taking in the vista. "There's a lot of fucks to answer for right here, you mind filling me in?" Lyle leans back in his seat."Welcome to G-426, hot, sweaty, and more bugs than a first generation warp drive. Go see if Lee's up, I'll bring us in."Cont.4chan thinks this is spam, gonna try to split it in two.
>>40165051this is going to be wonderfuli can feel it
>>40165051"Bring us into what?" Dillon says. "What, you mean that thing that looks like a giant scab?""Yes, actually, and don't be saying dumb shit like that around them." Lyle says. "Those little bastards work hard, if anything, and I don't want them getting fussy in my ship again. I swear, you try to hit one and I'll send my boot so far up your ass you'll taste my heel."The ship slowly drifts into the dock, and the chitinous arms reach out to grab it.Still not sure what the issue is. Maybe 4chan hates dialog? Just kinda stuck guessing what works formatting wise.
>>40165143huh? maybe a word limit then?
>>40164903>The Commonwealth is likely to negotiate for peace since they're under Scavenger attack>peace with the Union pigs>everalso>implying war requires both parties to agreeYes we should destroy the human ship Scavs stole though.
>>40165143I can already see the entertaining interaction between our drones and these guys.
>>40165164>talking shit about the union, when you don't know how they became what they are.
>>40165164>Yes we should destroy the human ship Scavs stole though.Should we coordinate a long range artillery on their ships with Theseus?
>>40165206That only really works on a static target.
>>40165164just leave it they prob already began raiding commonwealth worlds at this point
>>40165244They're clumped together at a single point to create a somewhat static structure.
>>40165199Shut your mouth, piglover.Also I'm pretty sure the Commonwealth knows exactly how the pigs became the little shits they are.
>>40165284Why the union hate and common wealth love when the common wealth was shown to be worse based on what we know?
>>40165307Everybody loves the underdog, Death to the Union.
>>40165260Delay their ability to research tech as much possible is a very good idea.
>>40165307Anyone that can make a Lyle is A-ok in my book.Merika/Stralya!
>>40165320The commonwealth isn't the underdog though. They have overall better tech.
>>40165323the scavs took it to one of there main fleets it not worth risking more assets over a lost cause given that we need the ships for whatever aunties is planning >>40165307Figure it cause of the union sending a smith at us and placing nukes above us while the commonwealth hasn't done shit to us
>>40165307It's not love you retard.The entire context is scoffing at the absurd prediction that the Commonwealth would negotiate peace.The entire postings are from the point of view of the Commonwealth, in order to predict their actions.Since the Commonwealth commonly calls the Union "pigs" and the human factions despise each other.When making predictions about a group's actions you have to talk about things from their point of view. Do you have autism?
>>40165395>Figure it cause of the union sending a smithWasn't that cause by the unions Illuminati?I give you the nuke though.
>>40165395The big problem though is what if they reverse engineer a Q-comm?
>>40165415No, but needing to explain the joke means the joke was misinterpreted as shit posing.
>>40165143Elizabeth walks up to the Angel as the docking ramp lowers with a cluster of workers at her heels. The warriors stand back, almost out of sight, and the vibrantly colored speaker moves to the front.Inside the ship Dillon emerges from the medical bay to the cargo bay with the others."He's awake, but still a bit weak. I think it's the drugs mostly."Lyle nods and moves past the others up to the wall in the cargo bay and hits the release, opening the inner door. The speaker bursts in almost instantly."You have returned! Yes." It proclaims loudly, clicking its claws as it scurries up to Lyle. "Return with the Lee. Where is the Lee? Sick yes? Hive will help. The Lyle is not sick, no? Good." It turns to the others, moving with a pattering of light scraping claws against the metal floor like an overexcited animal."The Dillon! The Jackob! Allies of the Lyle, yes? Yes! Welcome in the hive, yes. Where is the Lee?"There is a clang nearby as the door opens to the medical bay, and you see Lee standing in the doorway, his hand propped against the wall. He is staring at the speaker in a mix of confusion and drug-addled panic."Lee!" The speaker shouts with a click as it moves closer, and a cluster of workers rush in through the loading bay, knocking Lyle back as they rush towards Lee. He lets out a shocked scream. The Speaker returns with its own chirping yelp, and the workers catch him as he stumbles back and begin carrying him towards the loading bay. Your speaker moves after them, and turns to the others still standing in the cargo bay."Follow follow!" It says with several emphatic clicks.Cont.
>>40165356The commonwealth has a live and let live approach to shit generally, with mixed results. Personally this is more appealing to me as a space bug than the inevitable political interference and attempts at strongarming the Union is likely to engage in with alien species the second they see an opening. We also know less about the commonwealth's negative qualities than the unions, so that influences opinions as well.
Aaaaand here we go.
>>40165526What are you talking about?
>>40165482I'm liking this speaker.
>>40165443So what?The humans, cepf and valen have it who cares If it was a relay or blink drive then sure may be worth to stop them But fighting over human tech that's inferior to ours? Who cares >>40165434That illuminati pretty much consists of every major department head in their government Aint a conspiracy if they are all in on it
>>40165482>"Lee!" The speaker shouts with a click as it moves closer, and a cluster of workers rush in through the loading bay, knocking Lyle back as they rush towards Lee.
>>40165482>>40165560Only acceptable voice>captcha is weird, asks for cake>click birthday cake and coffee>Don't click wedding cake>Okay
>>40165482>>40165526I'm going to need more popcorn...
>>40165550The Lee has been returned to us, and knows us as his rescuers.Obviously much celebration and demonstration of the advancements that his lighter allowed us will ensue. Possibly followed byhand-holding.
>>40165595The fuck is that? I don't know what it sounds like.
>>40165633Lee is worst husbando, and you should be ejected from life for even putting him in the rankings.
>>40165643https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otg0CoES8CoRiki the Heropon forced to be a Hero to pay the debts his 35 children have caused with their appetites
>>40165654I said "possibly" for a reason, friend. And the illicit action was supposed to be spoilered.
>>40165581>So what?You're an idiot. The only reason the Scavengers aren't a problem because they have no way to communicate. Once they get Q-comm however they'll become just as bad as the Black Queen.
>>40165685>>40165670>Confirmed Bottom-Feeding scumsacks unfit for life.QueenxTheseus/Heretic Love Triangle OTT.
>>40165690Shut up with stupid joke. The sooner Lee dies the better.
>>40165713You should legit kill yourself.
>>40165697Don't they have thermal somethingorother?
>>40165482Oh my god that was amazing.
>>40165734Interstellar communication dumbass.
>>40165719Fuck you, lee will never die!
>>40165723And you should have never been born, it devalues the genetic stock of your ancestors, which wasn't all that valuable anyway.
>>40165697There are space capable raceYou know they already plan and organize themselves right?They do talk with each otherThey already can do that Hell they probably have their own version of q-comm? Did that not occur to you? Or is your head too far up your ass to realize this?
>>40165784Actually, judging from their response times and having to send out probes everytime we faced off against their ships, it's heavily implied that the Scavs do not have FTL communication other than via flicker drive messenger couriers.
>>40165761It's about 1/10>>40165784>Hell they probably have their own version of q-comm?Have you not noticed that they search party to look for their scouts we destroyed? Or are you so stupid you can't into basic logic.
>>40165839or maybe we been pretty efficient at blowing them up before they can deploy what they use to communicate
>>40165875>It's about 1/10
>>40165881That is impossible they would have heard something.>>40165901Is that an offer?
>>40165772god damn man i felt the flames form here
>>40165875>It's about 10/10Fixed that for you Anon, Don't type so fast, you may make mistakes.
>>40165923It wasn't a mistake you just have shit taste.
So what are the odds that Lyle refers to us as Mother, accidentally or otherwise?Obviously not him calling us his Mom, but as a title, like Queen.
>>40165956Queen Mother to Many
>>40165956>Lyle accidentally calls the queen momYes, yes this would be great. Hilariously so, I can imagine the cheek already.
>>40165839>>40165875>>40165918Didn't know the dead can talk And we been attacking them the moment they come into our space Given we ambushed the union ship when it had its comms down mean it is possible to hit someone without the rest knowing That has been our style hasn't it, keep our ships cloaked and then blast them before they know what hits them
>>40166008Oh, shut up. God forbid being fucked with by these weird psychic aliens make the characters develop in interesting ways, and god forbid some retards have fun making a stupid joke about it afterwards. What a great world you must live in.
>>40166085I think you responded to the wrong person.
>>40165918>Is that an offer?No. Butt this is
>>40166085Iiiii'm pretty sure he was being sincere, dude.
>>40165482The others slowly move to the loading bay. Dozens of drones of various kinds meander about the hangar as workers shuffle about the area with tanks of nutrients and piles of resources. Elizabeth waves away a heavy warrior as its massive mandibles chitter like the grinding of knives and it recedes into the shade of an alcove nearby. Dillon and Jacob both eye it nervously, and it lets out a subtle growl from its breathing holes in return, sending steam billowing up from its back. Lyle simple leans over to them."That thing is why I told you not to bring guns."Elizabeth walks past the small horde of workers and up to Lyle, her gaze fixated on something. She reaches over and grabs his arm, examining the scars and the bruise-like discolorations of the chitin beneath."Scuse me." Lyle says loudly. She doesn't seem to hear him."Exquisite craftsmanship." She says, "so this must be where you found that prototype." She says to no one in particular."Hey!" Lyle says, jerking his arm away. "Who the fuck are you?" Elizabeth clicks her jaw in frustration, then tightens her face into a quick smile."Dr. Elizabeth Vaughn. You must be the, ah, hired help." The first buds of several chitinous quills roll under her hair, although the others don't seem to notice. "I think I saw some pieces of you in the sample storage area, before the drones ate it, that is. I assume the new arms are better?" Lyle flexes his arm, testing it now that his has been reminded of it.cont.>>40165595Maybe it was an ice cream cake. Technicalities.
>>40166030>Didn't know the dead can talk They had enough time to send a signal anon if they were able to. We're not as fast at killing as you think we are.
>>40166248>Dillon and Jacob both eye it nervously, and it lets out a subtle growl from its breathing holes in return, sending steam billowing up from its back. Lyle simple leans over to them.>"That thing is why I told you not to bring guns."Lyle is the best character.THE BEST.
>>40166248>The first buds of several chitinous quills roll under her hair, although the others don't seem to notice.Slowly, but surely. Eventually we need to compliment her 'makeover' once it takes hold.
>>40166366Speaking of makeover. Anyone think we should give her some improvements?
>>40166398You want to give her some augs?
>>40166398Oh absolutely...if she wants them.
>>40166466>implying we will ask her
>>40166466I have a feeling Elizabeth would most definitely want them, yes.
>>40166437>>40166398I think she'll only ever need augs if we somehow let her out of the Hive and back into Union Space where some people might want to have a "chat" with her.
>>40166366Elizabeth confirmed for literally Kerragin. Doesn't that make us the overmind?Shit, the ceph are totally going to crash a carrier into us.
>>40166248"Well, yes, actually, but-""How did you get here?" Dillon interrupts. "What are you doing here? Hell, what is any of this doing here? I read up on these guys, no signs of technic society, nothing but cave dwelling bugs!""That's not all that important at the moment." Elizabeth says as she glances back at Lee awkwardly trying to balance himself on top of the carpet of workers. "Suffice it to say I have been assisting this hive in a number of things beneficial to all species. I am here right now, however, to asist in Mr. Lee's condition. If you will excuse me, I need to get to that. I am sure the speaker will help answer any questions you may have."Your speaker drone perks up at the moment of recognition and leaps to its task."This one is a speaker for the hive. It was made to speak for the hive to you! It is good at speaking!" It chitters as it moves up to Vaughn. She briefly scratches its antennae."You sure are, go speak with the humans. Go to town." She says as she turns and walks down the ramp with the other workers, and you give your speaker over to your thinkers as you turn to more critical matters."Where is the town?" The speaker asks. It turns to the others. "Do the humans know where the town is? We should go. First humans have questions of the hive? Speaker answer questions well! Show humans to place where humans sleep. Sleep for humans takes long. Is it boring to sleep? Sleeping place is nice for humans. Not hanging from wall. Better then last time, the Lyle will like it more now." Your speaker chirps madly as it rushes down a hall. "Follow follow!"Lyle moves to the hall as it slowly lights up along the walls and ceiling, and the others slowly move after. The heavy warrior emerges from its alcove and stops a short distance behind, filling the corridor entirely.>Speak with Lee (write in)>Speak with Lyle and the others (write in)>Other
>>40166507This is Zerg Quest 2.0 then.
>>40166398Speaking of augs we haven't paid Lyle since we changed his arms, let's give him more shit as well as an invisible suit crafted out of memetic skin.
>>40166539>>Speak with Lee (write in)Give me my lighter joke questdrone, I am legitmently grinding my teeth together over this.
>>40166548ANd a Sting Whip he can carry in his arm
>>40166539>>Speak with Lee (write in)Alright, confess, what did they do to you after the whole bombing thing>Not hanging from wall. Better then last time, the Lyle will like it more now."Goddamit
>>40166437>>40166466Indeed. I'm mainly thinking so because it limits how we can use her in the future and I'm thinking better she has them than not. If she has them then she's significantly less likely to die in an ambush and we can send her out without worry. I'd also like to do something to get her a little more thoroughly under our control, I don't want her getting uppity and leaving. Though part of me is kinda worried she'll pull a Kerragin and due to augs be able to ambush and kill the queen before we can react. BUT that'd only happen if QD wanted to be a total asshole and end the quest so I'm not totally worried about that happening.
>>40166593There's medication and treatment for that.
>>40166595>>40166548yeah talk about his augs and what we can give him, also mention we invented how to make humans immrotal.
>>40166539>Speak with Lee LEEEEE! I Missed you so much! >Speak with Lyle and the othersThe reports about my race was deliberate in misleading the Union. For very good reasons.
>>40166613I sincerely don't think so either.Also, because this is bugging me (no pun intended), it's 'Kerrigan'.
>>40166613Honestly, the worst I see her doing is stealing some drones and creating her own hive with hookers, blackjack, and extra science, she is primarily focused on science above all else, and literally doesn't give a fuck for politics, even if she does go rogue she does not present a threat, also shes pretty easy to pay off to no longer be a problem. >Speak with lee.Finally for the lighter thing!
>>40166613why not just give her internal augs that help with surviving?Hell she already has the tachyeon thing going for her(we got research going into making that stronger)
>>40166656She literally cannot steal our drones.
>>40166548In all seriousness, I was thinking we should swap out his parasite for a symbiote, with oxygen recyclers, a bio electric carapace, and maybe even advanced radio sensing organs, if they'll fit in there. He could certainly use them.
>>40166548>Speak with LyleWe need to start offering him stuff.>>40166656No.
>>40166539>The heavy warrior emerges from its alcove and stops a short distance behind, filling the corridor entirely.how horrifying
>>40166539Ah yes. Time to implant Dillon and Jackob when they sleep tonight, then.We have to use them or their contacts to ensnare the Smith we send out into our web of ruse.
>>40166539>Speak with Lee (write in)How have you been? Do you like the Hive? We very much appreciated your gift.
>>40166539>>Speak with Lyle and the others (write in)Give Dillion the situation
>>40166649>Also, because this is bugging me (no pun intended), it's 'Kerrigan'.I just copied it from the anon who said her name. Its been long enough I couldn't spell it off the top of my head if I tried. >>40166539>Speak with Lee (write in)Wouldn't mind getting the lighter joke in. Just general conversation other than that. Maybe bring up using him as our representative?>Speak with Lyle and the others (write in)Go over paying Lyle with some augments.
>>40166507Well, the only thing that can really harm the ZERG is the void so....
>>40166699Tell that to my siege tanks, banshees, and firebats.
>>40166539>>Speak with Lyle and the others (write in)Give Lyle the Hive Argos catalogue, we're getting augged
>>40166539>Lee trying to balance on carpet of droneshnngh>Everything about the speakerHNNGH
>>40166669I'm perfectly fine with that. I expect she'll probably be happy with pretty much any and everything. >>40166656Well aside from being unable to actually steal our drones I do agree that she likely doesn't pose much of a threat. But I still prefer to keep in complete control if possible.
>>40166613It should be noted that she does not command your drones. Essentially, when she orders a drone to assist her, she sends a signal to you asking for a drone to help with something, and you send the command to the drone. The same would apply to any granted psionic abilities. They would be as incapable of commanding a drone as a queen is able to command the drones of other queens.
>>40166539Tell Lee:Didn't your mother tell you you shouldn't have shitposted with those dangerous dissidents on the internet?It gets you sent to government mad science labs.
>>40166733>>40166638>>40166612Why' cant I have all of these ?
>>40166730All of that means dick when the Cerebrate / Overmind can just translocate himself across the universe.
>>40166744That is excellent to know QD. Thanks for the clarification.
>>40166539>and you give your speaker over to your thinkers as you turn to more critical matters.Then clearly we should >OtherCheck out our pods we sent exploring hive space and commonwealth space systems.
>>40166759Thats great, just another place for me to carpet bomb into oblivion! The problem with mud fighting with a pig is that the pig enjoys it.
>>40166836And while you are doing that, every other planet in the sector is being infested, and also the sector next to it.
>>40166675We already gave Lyle just about everything useful to augment him with weeks ago.Short of putting him in metal skin of course. Since he should still pass for human. And he'd probably miss having a dick anyway.
>>40166865What were your thought on primal Zerg?
>>40166783We still have to speak to Lee real quick though.
>>40166865Doesn't matter, have minerals. Besides, zerg don't do very will without a leader.
>>40166886Cool idea, mediocre execution.All the custom games derived from the idea are pretty cool though.
>>40166539>Speak with Lyle and the others (write in)You must prepare for your next job.Destroying a Smith, publicly.
>>40166873>We already gave Lyle just about everything useful to augment him with weeks ago.We didn't.. We only gave him arms, legs, and blades
>>40166906But you don't actually HURT the leader, you can't do shit to their leaders because you aren't a Void-channeling cunt like the Dark Templar, and while they have less refined control on broods without a cerebrate body, they CAN control their broods through the overlord system without needing one.Because Psionics are fucking bullshit.
>>40166925No we should send him to the Valen settlement on Aral.
>>40166913I preferred the Warcraft 3 custom games with that idea though.Various Wilderness survival games, Darwin's Island and all that jazz.Shit, I still love playing that Transylvania map.
>>40166938Like I said.Everything useful.He already had a second heart and endoskeletal, which are the only things which are really useful for our little bundle of violence.Enhanced senses are redundant with the flies we send with him everywhere.
>>40166969No we should send him to earth to abduct the mudman king that wanted to stop us from digging up the moon
>>40166969That is not a job for Lyle, most wanted man in the Union.That is a job for random hybrids that immigrate to that colony from Gemini after we clone them in our newly hatched bio-tanks in the sewer hive.
>>40166997Redundant for us, maybe, but him being able to see the things without us telling him will save valuable seconds.
>>40166539>Speak with Lyle and the others (write in)Possible augs and what we can offer humanity.Also how there is evil crystal gods.>Speak with Lee (write in)Catch him up on the situation.
>>40167045>secondsAll zero of them? Tachyons don't have latency. Sensory data is shared instantly, reread the thread where Lyle is on earth, he literally sees through the flies' eyes when we wish him to.
>>40167093Why don't we just ask him?
>>40167093...huh, must have missed that.Ah well, there's always the possibility that all of our flies could get zapped.
>>40166539I can't help but think this song goes well with what's going on right now.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_747DLhUWz0
>>40167135And there's a possibility Lyle's eyes can be blinded or gouged out. All our numerous flies nearby dying is rather less likely.
>>40167185Eyes grow back man.
>>40167185>>40167045he's not always with our flies and it doesn't have any downsides.
>>40161731DAMNIT IM LATE! Welcome back QD, what cheeky shenanigans do you have planed for us tonight?
>>40167263We should create little pockets in his arms or something of the like where flies can hibernate in and release upon being needed.
>>40167263>downsidesWell it takes a day of him being out of action.Maybe that's an upside. Augmentations for Dillon and Jackob, too, to survive the Smith attack!
>>40167263I got you man. I don't get why there is any pushback about it. It doesn't hurt to be prepared.
>>40166539"So." Dillon says. "These are your contacts.""Contact, technically. Only one with a brain's the big mama queen." He lowers his voice to a whisper, as if a small part of him thinks there's a possibility of you not hearing. "She's a cheeky cunt. Bit possessive, pays in nice gadgets at least, I guess.""About how long did you spend here, exactly?" Jackob asks. Lyle shrugs."Not a fuckin' clue. Was sent here to collect a few stone age bugs. You can imagine how well things worked out with that kind of intel.""Here are nutrient vats. They eat things and make food for hive!" Your speaker chirps as a wall flexes open, as if to distract them with the rows of steaming vats. "Farm is down this way." It continues, pointing a claw to another tunnel where the soft glow of the algae can be seen."That is old place. Not in use. Made for the Lyle. He remembers!" Your speaker chirps as it points to a pitch black tunnel leading almost straight down, more of a pit then a tunnel."Yea, let's just go to the jail cells now, alright?" Lyle says."Yes!" It chirps. "This speaker has much to speak about. The hive has been watching the Union. It is plotting. The Dillon is now hated enemy by Union, this makes you friend of the Hive." Dillon scratches his head for a moment."I'm still wondering how you managed to trick, well, everyone. What about the monitor satellite?""Thing had big weapons! Very mean! Bad for hive!" Your speaker hisses out of reflex, riding on your distaste at the initial discovery."Ok, yea, calm down! I just wanted to know, you know, how you tricked it?">Explain Unity assistance>Lie (write in)>Refuse to answer.
>>40167326>Refuse to answer.We have our ways.
>>40167326>Lie (write in)Human quantum processors primitive compared to the power of CRYSALS!
>>40167326>Refuse to answer.
>>40167326>>Lie (write inWe are very smart! Big Brains
>>40167326>Your speaker hisses out of reflexThis is both hilarious and adorable. >Explain Unity assistanceI mean, why the fuck not? Can't see it making any difference if they know or not.
>>40167326>Lie (write in)The Hive has means and ways
>>40167378This but don't even elaborate.Just have the speaker say "WITH CRYSTALS!"
>>40167390Or, you know, we can just play the super mysterious angle.That works too.
>>40167378Seconded, but just say crystals.
>>40167326>Explain Unity assistanceWhy lie now?
>>40167326"WITH CRYSTALS!"Cackle madly.Ignore further inquiries about it.
>>40167436I am okay with this.
>>40167390>>40167434a) Being mysterious is more fun.b) Humans believe Unity is motivated only by murderation. Which is exactly what Theseus WANTS them to think, let's not spoil his fun.c) CRYSTALS
>>40167326>Explain Unity assistance
>>40167434>>40167411>>40167390We still don't have Dillion's complete loyalty, He's Union and he's biased against Theseus, and our alliance with Theseus has been very much instrumental to most of our biggest windfalls. If we parasite him then sure.
>>40167466Normally I would agree, But you have to keep up those Lies. After awhile, the truth comes out and it will backlash on you. We have been working with Theseus from the get go, why hide it?
Looks like our answer is CRYSTALS.
>>40167326>>Refuse to answer.Do NOT let the cat out of the bag with regards to Theseus, giving away state secrets to anyone who asks on the basis of >why lie?is fucking retarded.
>>40167505> you have to keep up those LiesYes and...?You took that self-help book's bullshit too seriously.
>>40167378This works. Supporting.
>>40167489We can explain Theseus side and his goals and such, with Elizabeth's testimony to Dillion in a calm rashional manner.
>>40167563Fluff, I get what you're saying, but "Oh we worked with Unity they can get in your systems really easily and have already heavily infiltrated your infrastructure" MIGHT cause a panic response in the guy
>>40167378Actually. Huh.This reminds me.With crystalline neural structure unlocked, and the further tech tree option of Predictive combat algorithms currently being researched based on that, to make all our drones and clones alike more effective in combat.Will all our Tech hybrids be able to use those predictive algorithms to enhance their hacking abilities?
>>40167563To what end? Dillon doesn't need to know the inner details of our shit. That puts us in the position of having to keep him prisoner to stop him from letting the Union know about this. He's still loyal to the state even if he's got fucked up by the political manoeuvrings of the ruling oligarchy
>>40167632You know, it would be trivial to clone all of them and then have those clones get killed by the smith right? We could get our guy promoted AND get the union off there backs.
>>40167631Fractal Crystalline Brains, mang
>>40167563...why.No "being honest" is not a fucking reason. There is no downside to either lying or later getting caught lying compared to the truth.>calm rashional manner>about a demonized mad machineYes What Could Possibly Go Wrong
>>40167326Your speaker halts in front of a wall that quickly flexes open. It turns around to face them a clicks its beak loudly."Crystals!" It chirps."What?" Jackob says."This is sleeping place for humans. Nice, no wall sticking. Unless human is into wall sticking. Please enter.""Now hold on just-" Dillon is interrupted by the sound of a loud, wet thud and a gust of steam as a wall of flesh and chitin grumbles behind him with dissatisfaction. They turn to see the heavy warrior looking down on them, its mandibles held wider then all three of them abreast as an echoing growl escapes its chittering mouth.They back up into the room and your speaker chirps gleefully."Humans will be brought food from vats. If humans wish for hive to make better, you will ask. Yes?""Improve?" Jackob asks. Lyle flexes again."Cybernetics. They have some good shit, I'll give them that.""Improvements for humans free for friends of hive!" Your speaker chirps, then it tilts its head sharply and twitches its antennae in a contorted and misguided attempt at a human gesture of some kind. "Humans enjoy their stay!"The door flexes shut.cont.
Never ceases to surprise me how whenever fluff suggests something, so few agree with him. You'd think law of averages would work out some time...
>>40167687>"Crystals!" It chirps.>"What?" Jackob says.EXCELLENT
>>40167687>Your speaker halts in front of a wall that quickly flexes open. It turns around to face them a clicks its beak loudly.>"Crystals!" It chirps.>"What?" Jackob says.I had the distinct image of the Ancient Aliens guy while reading that.
>>40167687>tilts its head sharply and twitches its antennae in a contorted and misguided attempt at a human gesture of some kindJust tried to wink at them didn't it?
>>40167732Whatever it tried, it was adorable.
>>40167717Hes burned many bridges (jesus its already been a year) since he first time he tried the name.mostly AI quest players though
>>40167717Fluff rarely comes up with good ideas.
>>40167687I love our drones. All of them.
>>40167687>Unless human is into wall stickingGoddammit how much do they know>Dillon is interrupted by the sound of a loud, wet thud and a gust of steam as a wall of flesh and chitin grumbles behind him with dissatisfaction. They turn to see the heavy warrior looking down on them, its mandibles held wider then all three of them abreast as an echoing growl escapes its chittering mouth.I really like this heavy drone
>>40167717His ideas are consistently really fucking bad. Sometimes I think he's doing it on purpose.
>>40167667Exactly.>>40167680It's got bad PR, and it's not mad. Just programed for a task they set it to do. But the point ti moot now anyway.
>>40167751To us, but i bet you it looked like he was having a siezer.
>>40167687Look Jackob, the Hive doesn't see whats so hard to understand about this.
>>40167687Goodness, that heavy warrior sure is grumpy.
>>40167778I still imagine them as a mix of Drapion and a Xenomorph
>>40167762>a yearSurely it's been longer--Man I was sure it was two years but no. October 2013.Also there's bias here. We don't notice when he just votes with the popular opinions because there's no discussion.
>>40167800Dear god I am dying.
>>40167778You already forgot the lose cannon that died in the scavenger ship anon, for shame.
>>40167800Damn it! Just when I get my sides back, you do this!
>>40167819Funny enough i get worried when he votes for an option.His idea are usually that bad and when he agrees with every one else i usually stop and think for a moment to be sure its the right option.
>>40167687>If humans wish for hive to make better, you will ask. Yes?">"Improve?" Jackob asks. Lyle flexes again.Confusing editing?
>>40167801>Am born, spend much time guarding hive for Mother>Is good life>Suddenly bunch of fleshy things out of nowhere>Are foreign, which is bad, but Mother says no killing>Shit just got far more confusingThe guy's just trying to figure out how to handle these intruders that Mother seems so keen on not turning into pretty little stains on the wall/floor. I'm sure he'll be giving them rides around the Hive before long.
>>40167903Aaaand now heavy warriors have Russian accents in my head. thanks for that.
>>40167934Heavy warriors with Heavy weapons guys, Voice, FUND IT
>>40167801That's his job. Dillon was being uppity.
>>40167903I bet they are going to start naming them individually in time. >>40167934Shit, Now they sound like the Heavy from TF2 to me. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!?
>>40167903Why are all of our drones so fucking adorable?
>>40167903Honestly now I want to see more droneposts. They're just so adorable.
>>40167801No human gets to boss around his little Speaker brother.
>>40167903>bornYa fucked up.>hatched
>>40167687As the workers carry Lee out of the hangar, an identical speaker drops from a vertical corridor in front of the group and quickly merges with them. Lee lets out a stifled scream, and does a quick double-take to the hangar."Lee!" It shouts. "The Lee has returned. Hive has saved Lee from bad things." Lee simply stutters for a moment in a daze, the drugs still holding him in a minor stupor."You too. I guess. Who are you?""This one is speaker, speaks for hive and Queen! Speaker speaks good!"You can see despite the heavy drugs in his system the realization slowly dawns on him."What? No, you mean from..." He points in a vague direction, unable to remember the exact name of the system. "The, the place, where I almost died?""Leeland. Yes." Your speaker chirps. Lee stairs at your speaker for a while longer, his mouth open slightly and his eyes half closed, the full situation still having not fully broken through the cocktail of seizure medicine and sedatives. He turns to Elizabeth and seems to recognize the jumpsuit of a Union Science Officer."This isn't my fault. No way. The thing was almost empty anyways, I had nothing to do with it." He says, his speech slightly slurred. Elizabeth grins."Of course. You're on a lot of pain medications at the moment, just try to lay back and relax, okay?" She says slowly. He leans back in the grip of the workers as they carry him to a pod within a newly equipped lab.>Speak with Elizabeth>Maintain your hive on Gemini>Other
>>40168208>As the workers carry Lee out of the hangar, an identical speaker drops from a vertical corridor in front of the group and quickly merges with them. Lee lets out a stifled scream, and does a quick double-take to the hangar.oh lord my sidesquestdrone youre killing me
>>40168208>Maintain your hive on GeminiIT'S TIME.
>>40168208>>Speak with Elizabeth"After you're done with him, perhaps you might be interested in your own physical improvement?"
>>40168208>Maintain your hive on GeminiWe should totally steal some cash and technology to make Fake IDs for the army of clones we make that can than emigrate throughout the union from the sewers.
>>40168208>OtherCheck the pods, recover the Wonder experiments.
>>40168208Well, technically speaking, it IS your fault that you compelled us to go several light-years away just to save your sorry ass.>Maintain your hive on Gemini
>>40168208>Speak with ElizabethTake good care of Lee. Also, are you interested in some augments by any chance?then>Maintain your hive on Gemini
>>40168268Since we read Seiner's brain, we know where his apartment is nearby.That's obviously abandoned.And officially, Seiner can't be dead. So it's probably ripe for the plucking. Though as a cover we should break into it and another empty apartment in the same shitty building.
>>40168266That's silly. That's like putting armor on the Queen, or on a Thinker.They are noncombat units far, far behind the frontlines.
>>40168208So what did we get from the sceintist that we stuffed a parasite into?I remember he was pretty high ranking.
>>40168208>Speak with ElizabethMight you be interested in augments?
>>40168332I'm sure we'll find out as part of>Maintain hive on Gemini
>>40168325They don't necessarily have to be combat augments. Just general quality of life stuff.
>>40168364There are no such things.Unless you count being able to take a bullet to the heart, drink poison or being able to stretch your arms like Mr. Fantastic as "quality of life".
>>40168208>>Speak with ElizabethOnce you have completed a psychological examination of him, get him into a bio tank. We will have to remove whatever caused that seizure. When we do so, would you be interested in any augmentations? The hive can produce an array of advanced cybernetics.
>>40168383The last one, yes, actually. Also possibly the second one.And there's also stuff like the anti-aging, possible necessary sleep reduction, whatever.
>>40168208>Maintain your hive on Gemini
>>40168383And what about flawless nightvision anon? That could come in incredibly handy for navigating the hive.
>>40168383Well, becoming harder to be killed is kinda of a quality of life improvement. The anti-ageing is a good one too.
>>40168436>>40168419>anti-agingWe can provide that through regular injects.
>>40168419Those aren't augments.
>>40168208>OtherDid all of Dillon's wonderful toys get brought onto the Angel?All those delicious new kinds of ammo to research?And Lyle's privy coat. Give that to the Thinkers to duplicate and improve upon it.
>>40168500Yes. They are.
>>40168609They ain't in the pastebin list of augments.
>>40168568Ah yes! We can not forget this! More R&D!
>>40168208Lee is placed on a table next to the medical pod as Elizabeth performs a quick inspection as Lee mumbles incoherently."One, two, three false ribs." She counts as she quickly feels along the rib cage. "A mild rasping. An air valve I think. At least one false lung, same side." She says to herself. "Muscle graft on the leg... and the abdomen." She turns to your speaker. "I hope this wasn't a part of the experiments." You send several images of when the hive first found him, gravely injured in the jungle outside the hive. She accounts for the wounds."Then nothing out of the ordinary. Apart from the psionic issue.""Could it be removed?" You ask through your speaker. She shrugs as the workers take him and place him in the tank."I honestly don't know, but my initial thought is that it's less a problem of the new sensations, and more a problem of a lack of infrastructure, so to speak. From what you've shown me, they essentially brute forced it. His brain has been trained to be overly sensitive to psionic signals, but it doesn't have the properly developed portions needed to all the new data sorted and in check. It's like a man kept in total darkness all his life was suddenly held down and had someone shine a flood light in his eyes." She looks to the pod as it quickly fills with liquid. "I'll know more shortly. This should only take a few hours.""Once it is done, the hive could offer more aid." Your speaker says. She looks back from the pod inquisitively."Improvements.""you mean those bio-mechanical cybernetics, like what that mercenary has?" She shrugs. "I've honestly never given it much thought. I was never able to afford augs on my salary, other than what was covered by insurance. A few lens implants for vision, a muscle graft when I tore a tendon as a kid, that's all, so I never really thought on them much. I'll have to get back to you once I'm done here."She turns back to the pod and places her hand on its surface.Cont.
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>>40168893Patience, young anon. Frequent occurance, this is.
>>40168893He knows, he's diligent about that.Now to satisfy the Union's curiosity about who hired Lyle to find Lee, we need to frame 4chan. Or whatever dissident forums Lee shitposted on in the space future.We could ask Theseus to help fabricate some evidence of online chatlogs to lead in that direction, and then have Michael discover it... by hiring an independent contractor hacker.One that is one of our Tech hybrids for hire over the internet. We can get as many credits as we think Secretary of Winston might approve.We still need that Deep Song bank account though.
>>40168969>We still need that Deep Song bank account though.We need to implant those Valen on Aral more.
>>40168792Lyle and the others slowly move about the moderately sized chamber, investigating the room."I think I found the toilet... I think." Jackob says from one alcove."So how long do we gotta sit here?" Dillon asks."Not sure." Lyle says, "But they better not be fucking around in my ship again."A stream of drones pile into the Angel, quickly locating the storage lockers and cargo crates where they had left their weapons.[New Research Unlocked]>SuncasterFastThis large and powerful weapon seems to use a mixture of plasma and solid slug projectiles to gain both damage and range. Disassembling it should allow you to build similar weapon systems yourself.>Variable strike weaponFastA patented weapon technology in the Union, this device is capable of switching between a large number of ammunition types in the middle of combat.>Magnetized slugsFastThis technology appears to use a powerful magnetic charge to alter the trajectory of a fired projectile after leaving the weapon, improving accuracy.>Privy coatFastThis article of clothing utilizes some manner of micro-fiber to block, or at least interfere with the signals of modern weapon scanners in an attempt to prevent weapons from tripping customs alarms or security checkpoints. The device is not fool proof, and typically is only considered reliable on older, less well maintained checkpoints.>Add all to research>Add some (write in)>Wait for current research to finish>Other
>>40169017>Add all to research
>>40169017>>Add all to researchOh Lyle, you have no idea.
>>40169017>A stream of drones pile into the Angel, quickly locating the storage lockers and cargo crates where they had left their weapons.kekAdd all.
>>40169017>>Add all to researchMuh dick.
>>40169017>>Add all to researchHaha here we go.Good thing that privy coat will be useful for>Maintaining hive on Gemini
>>40169017>"Not sure." Lyle says, "But they better not be fucking around in my ship again.">A stream of drones pile into the Angel, quickly locating the storage lockers and cargo crates where they had left their weapons.my sidesagain
>>40169017>Add all to researchWe need to give Lyle an upgraded version of that privy coat.
>>40169017Wait. What about>micro-rocketammo that Dillon mentioned?
>>40169223Wasn't that part of the Variable Strike?
>>40169223Yeah I noticed that too.>>40169017What about them micro-rockets?>>40169271It isn't.
>>40169271Oh yeah I guess so.>"And here we have a little something we call the Compensator in the office." He hefts up a bulky slab of metal. "Remove fire missile system, with networked drone support. Set it up in the distance and you can use it to track just about anything in the combat zone and lets you call in an artillery strike with the convenience of ordering pizza. It doubles as a portable SAM site, I doubt we'll exactly need that, but shit it's worth mentioning." Dillon is smiling ear to ear as he places the device back in the crate, then points out several small orbs. "And of course you have your grenades, EMP, concussion grenades, enough tear gas to make a nun cry, couple plasma charges, and a half-dozen breaching caps, because every single time I figured I wouldn't need a breaching cap I immediately regretted it."Okay we lost the Compensator on Gemini. And I guess we already have equivalents for the rest of these things.Wait we don't technically have tear gas, though we have other bioweapons.
>>40169017>Add allOn the surface of Gemini, Gilliam coughs himself awake from the floor of Michael's apartment. He looks up slowly to find Michael looking up through the window at the companion planet above, silently sipping from a mug. He doesn't remember what happened last night, but he feels it was important somehow.He gets up with the feeling of someone lifting him up to his feet, and he leaves without a word. As he reaches his car, the memory of the visit is hardly even a blur.>Direct Alex Gilliam (write in)>Direct Michael Devon (write in)>Direct your hybrids (write in)>Manage your hive (write in)>Other
>>40169299We do have non lethal gas, but it works a bit differently than CS gas.
>>40169360>Direct Alex Gilliam (write in)check up on all the research and acces codes to catch up on and remeber where he was before the attack.
>>40169360>>Direct Alex Gilliam (write in)Ascertain the location of the last truck, as well as anything that could gleam more info on the project.
>>40169360>Direct Alex GilliamWhere were the Artifacts found? And what tech does he know?
>>40169360>Manage your hive (write in)The bio-tanks have some clonin' to do!>hybridsShould we rob a store for equipment to make fake ids yet? Or somebody's apartment?
>>40169360>Manage your hive (write in)We have a medium egglayer now right? Lets start laying some hybrids to expand covert and infiltration operations.
>>40169360>>Manage your hive (write in)Plant razor mines and barnacles throughout the hive. Establish an effective, yet well camouflaged defensive perimeter.
>>40169397I think it's clear the artifacts were found on Darwin.You'll note it's one of the systems closest to the Union proper, and thus predates the current Expansion project they underwent.And it has a suspicious military presence that seems to do nothing but burn back the vines, as if to look for more artifacts.
>>40169405>laying some hybridsClones are cloned with bio-tanks that should be hatched by now, anon.
>>40169360>Direct Alex GilliamTime to find those codes and research.>Manage your hiveHow about we alter our creep to look more like the original appearance of the place, so it does not stand out so much and add an elemental of surprise?
>>40169443>TumblrReally anon? You didn't even bother renaming that shit.
>>40169398So we want>12 randomized human hybrids>3 clones of the Taidaren twins, as a set of tripletsWe need to be able to spread these clones to other planets on the Union though. So lay enough parasites to implant into every clone, so they can turn into egglaying chimera when they immigrate.
>>40169443Correct, you have a good number of camouflaged bio-tanks on Gemini, but like the rest of the hive there, it is all supported by mooching off of the Union's infrastructure, and as such is all technically free to you. As are any cloning projects they perform, technically, as the tanks are fed by the nutrients of the recycling plant.
>>40169469>catering to filename autismSorry, did I trigger you?
>>40169392>Ascertain the location of the last truck,We already know that. It doubled back to the place.>>40169390>remeber where he was before the attack.Wait why would where he was before we destroyed all his hopes and dreams matter.Better idea: check if he has a habit of giving energy credits to homeless people. Maybe he can give some cash to some pitiful-looking impoverished hybrids.We'd only want to do that if him handling cash like that isn't out of character.
>>40169479I always forget how the damned clones work.
I guess if he has any university degrees that would be useful to Thinker research projects, those are good things to mine from his brain.If he was a quantum physicist or something anyway. It's not clear what he's a Doctor of. Besides SCIENCE.
>>40169360>OtherHave the flies 'sting' Taidaren squatters to collect blood samples and diversify our clone gene pool.We only have one genome right now.
>>40169360Gilliam enters his vehicle and sits motionless for a moment. There is a faint beeping from the dash, and it takes him several minutes to see it. He blinks several times in mild confusion, and clicks the button. His voice mail plays over the car radio."Dr. Gilliam, where are you? Where's Agent Devon?" It's the voice of Killenger. "Damnit, this isn't the time to take a fucking sabbatical. Tell Devon to get his ass in my office with the reports on his cases. He's been temporarily transferred, and those documents are too highly classified for electronic transmission, and it's faster just to walk over the files then to send it via Q-comm. Same to you! The lab techs are fucking worthless without you. Get them in line and get the move sorted. We're shipping what we have to orbit for storage before being moved to a new site once its chosen, so finish up your damn honey moon and get to work." There is a loud click on the other end.Gilliam doesn't blink for a moment, looking blankly at the screen on his dashboard. He closes his eyes tightly and slowly blinks several times, as if expecting the world to look different.>Have him work his normal schedule>Have him examine the relics before they are moved>Other
>>40169745>Have him examine the relics before they are moved
>>40169745>>Have him examine the relics before they are moved
>>40169745>>Have him work his normal schedule
>>40169745>Tell Devon to get his ass in my office with the reports on his cases.Uh.I'm getting a terrible, terrible idea right now.To slip a parasite and a few flies up Devon's sleeve when they go into that office.It's a rare opportunity. But can we afford Killinger losing consciousness for an hour or more?
>>40169803ooooh... that is tempting as fuck
>>40169745>Have him work his normal scheduleWe already have his memories, and we don't want the artifacts to react to our parasite's presence.I don't think there's anything we can actually learn from post-rebellion Skyl attempts at duplicating tech that -we already have-.
>>40169823>>40169803>implying he doesn't have any augs or heart rate monitors.
>>40169803Well Devon could tell him it will take hours to go over the reports, and Killinger will direct his secretary or whatever accordingly.
>>40169745Gilliam starts his car and punches in the address. There is something odd about today. He figures he should take a quick look of the relics before they are moved, to make sure they are packed properly.I'm going to set up for the next thread, if you're able to stick around. Also, happy memorial day!
>>40169850Same to you buddy. Thanks to the holiday I can finally stick around
>>40169850Yay thanks QD. Happy Memorial Day to you yanks.
>>40169839Is it really safe for a member of Parliament to have wirelessly-connected devices in their body when Unity is out there?Devon should know whether this kind of implant is likely or even safe for Killinger to have. We can inquire his knowledge and that Unity file he just downloaded last thread.
>>40169890Good to hear it! I hopped it would give the anons with work and classes a break for the night.
>>40169850Happy Memorial Day to you too QD!
>>40169850So according to what Devon knows, how risky IS a plan that causes a member of Parliament to suddenly lose control of their voluntary muscles in their office? >>40169909And how short a duration of effect can we make a dose of paralysis venom have?
>>40169967Us being found out risky.
>>40169967Well actually, we don't have to attack right there with Devon present.The flies and the parasite can hide or stowaway somewhere and attack at a later opportunity.
>>40169967Members of parliament are typically protected by what could be considered the equivalent of the secret service. Typically they are an elite guard formed from the most highly trained members of the representative's own planet's PDF, but it is not uncommon for other forces to assist in this role, especially if the representative is on Gemini. They are almost never totally alone, and there are always armed guards at least within earshot, although they are usually trained to not be overt.On top of that, the office of parliament is heavily defended from all manner of attack from outside or within, with drop troopers kept on high alert at all times, as well as armored vehicles and numerous PDF bases nearby.It would be like counting cards at a mafia owned casino. Big potential reward, massive, massive risk. Not impossible, but I won't sugar coat the odds.
>>40170002I'm starting to think we should create a special type of drone that consolidates all the features of our parasites and flies. All we'd need to do is stick biological interface mandibles on a fly drone and we'd be able to sneak it into any building or human body with total indiscretion.
>>40170077That drone would have an upkeep cost 4 times that of a normal parasite and cause horrible malnutrition in its host.
>>40170051Lets take the risk, we just have to put parasite into the guards and the gaurd who is in the security room, and also have to knock out the guy quick.>>40170077I brought this idea a long time ago, and all i got was people being horrified and saying it was a waste of time, but you can try it out if you want maybe they are more willing now.
>>40170051So that's a "Almost impossible unless you get a 100". Right, got it.I think it may be possible if we get flies in his room, as well as a more mobile version of a parasite, then tranq him while he's asleep and then parasite him.
>>40170105Create a modified fly that can carry a parasite with an implantation apparatus that can quickly make an incision and squirt it into a host?
>>40170144I'd like this. If only so we don't have to have someone carry them by hand.
>>40170144How big are parasites again? Cause this isn't a bad idea>>40170121What they said, wasps are great horror parasites
>>40170051>are always armed guards at least within earshot,Yeah that might be more trouble than it's worth.They could hear him keel over behind the closed door if they're just outside it, even if not inside his office.And there will presumably be cameras outside the room watching the guards. So unless Theseus is in there already to edit the feeds, trouble.
>>40170125>>40170113You'd be stacking a lot of risks on top of each other with a plan like that. Like trying to sneak into the white house to steal the president's kidney, then sneak out with nobody noticing. The Union keeps a very close eye on everything that goes on in that building, and a very close eye on its representatives, even beyond what is typically considered legal, from what Michael has seen.Nothing's impossible, but this is one of the very few times where I'd ask if you were sure before accepting the vote.
>>40170163Parasites and flies are both the exact same size and neither can be shrunk any further.
>>40170163Around half the size of a human forearm or so.>>40170178That's why we should take him while he's asleep.
>>40170163We could have the parasite be some kind of undeveloped form that finishes development inside the host? Or possibly even an egg that does the same thing? Depends on how big the egg is.One anon suggested a long time ago making some kind of bacterial spray/gas that carried spores or some-such that when inhaled developed into parasites inside the host.
>>40170125They're obviously gonna guard him while he sleeps too, dude.
>>40170191Knowing these fuckers they probably have some kind of monitoring device hooked up to their vitals to prevent this kind of thing
>>40170206All of those ideas are either impossible or dumb.Reproduction is through laying eggs only, not growing like a fungus from spores.An egg would be the exact same size as the drone that is gonna hatch from it, so you save nothing there.And if you did implant an egg, it would be unable to interface with the spine until it hatches, during which the host is unfortunately free of the limits we desperately need to put on them re: talking about this incident.
>>40170206I was thinking of making a concoction of cordyceps spores that our flies could inject into hosts.
>>40170216Still guarded just as hard. Just with less nearby firepower than at the office.
Another idea is just an adapted stealth drone with a similar implantation apparatus for injecting parasites into people.Not exactly the same as the fly idea, but if miniaturization has already gone as far as it can, that's what you're left with.
>>40170199>>40170198>create wasp drones that carry undeveloped parasites>Release them on fringe worlds or earth>Bogeyman stories of giant wasps
>>40170191Yeahhh I figured something like that. Definitely a bad idea.We'd only have a good opportunity for this if the guy went somewhere shady where he didn't want to be seen to do illegal shit. But he's so elite and corrupt he can probably just have the illegal shit brought to him instead.
>>40170113>and the gaurd who is in the security room,>guard>singularHahaha. I don't think so Tim.You'd also have to keep any employees from checking in on the security guy while he's knocked out and finding him knocked out.
>>40170323meant put a parasite inside of him, but there is another plan we can do which is stage an attack with our clones and in the chaos put a parasite inside of him.
>>40170199>asleepStill guarded just as hard. Just with less nearby firepower than at the office.This is a no-go.Oh, unless we do it in space, with enough flies and parasites to get the entire crew at once. In space, no one can hear you scream.As long as you nab everyone who reaches for the FTLComm, that is.
>>40170342...putting a parasite in a dude requires knocking them out, dumbass. Or paralyzing them which is just as flag raising.
We can always upscale flies to be about as big as medium sized dogs which can hold their victims down for implantation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc2sq1fDH24
>>40170356Like i said i gave up on that plan and instead think we should launch an attack with our clones and in the middle of the chaos knock him out and have a parasite enter him.Its like you forget that we can sneak in flies.
>>40170191Okay, how do you escort a member of Parliament from system to system safely.Would they dare to invest in constant A-grade FTLComm remote monitoring?Eventually Killinger has to revisit his constituency on Talgo.
Okay slower, more careful plan.Stalk and implant the guards on their off-hours?But the guards, too, will be watched, so we have to implant who watches the watchers.A nice, slow buildup to the moment of horror on Killinger's face when his own guards stand and watch silently as he becomes one of ours.
>>40170397Now that's clever. What better time to hit Killinger with our space wasps then when he's on space Florida fishing for votes? It's the perfect environment for hiding our flies in.
>>40170457Finally a usage for olfactory senses besides foreshadowing.Once the flies pick up the scents of the guards and Killinger's office they can fan out and find everyone who smells like that workplace, maybe.
>>40170472Once he's on Talgo though it's too late, he's no longer isolated and trapped on a spaceship, with a bottleneck on communication that we can, potentially, guard, if it's not in constant use for security purpose that is.
>>40170397That usually depends on the person. Most representatives use small corvette sized ships that once served as blockade runners or mail couriers. They are incredibly fast, and are capable of very quickly reaching warp, and quickly accelerating at sub-light speeds. They usually don't have much of an escort because they simply outrun everything in the Union fleet, although there are almost always picket fleets on standby to see it off as it leaves and to greet it when entering a system, but not always. Sometimes the flight is unannounced and kept secret until the representative arrives, and sometimes it's a big publicity event with cameras on the ship at all times. It really depends on the person and the situation.
>>40170457We could, once Theseus has become immune to the current detection program, upload him to government computers to get a good list of personnel and who's on security detail.See who's in charge, who plans how MPs are moved between star systems. And who is watching them for corruption, and so on.
>>40170527So one way is to have flies around him at all times, near enough to overhear when he's supposed to go for an unannounced trip but not too closely for the guards to notice, once we find a window of oppurtunity, we sic Stealth Corvettes on him. That could take a lot of time though.
>>40170560>implying the program we gave thesus is the real and latest version and not just the standard shit they give to government computers.
>>40170563We can't do any such thing.His ship is in its own personal warp bubble when it's traveling at FTL speeds, we can't intercept him en route, and there are fleets to meet him when he goes into and leaves warp.
>>40170563No, we'd have to find a way to slip like 200 flies and parasites into the air vents of a top notch government corvette.Which I don't like the odds of. That's a big swarm.
I think this is the first time we've been completely stumped on one issue.
>>40170526As fine an idea as it is to ambush him on board his ship, it will be far easier to ambush him on an agricultural world like Talgo. Besides, it would probably be easier to smuggle enough flies and parasites for the entire ship from Talgo when he's leaving, as opposed to Gemini when he's going to Talgo.
Could just try doing something completely different. It's very clear that QD is trying to say, 'no, that's one path you really really don't want to go down', and I think we should listen for once.
>>40170648It's good to have a challenge.A slowly encircling noose of six degrees of separation around Killinger seems like the only low risk plan.
>>40170648I still think my plan has a good chance of happening, but it will need the help of thesus in which we shock and awe with a surprise attack.
>>40170605If we managed to create a small specified egg layer capable of only producing parasites. If we then send maybe 10 flies carrying its egg into the air ducts or something and then use the flies to put parasites on people, hardest part will be placing them unnoticed
>>40170655How about just delivering just an immense load of flies to Talgo that we just take over whatever town/city he arrives in... Like I know that might will backfire, but its tempting as fuck
>>40170681That is tempting as fuck. Very tempting.
So i'm the only that thinks a shock and awe attack is the one with the best chances?For me the other plans are too risky and can easily be made into failures.while mine focuses on the choas of an attack and having the right flies at the right moments.
What about when news gets out to others? (And it WILL get out to others.) We're just gonna trigger a war that we have very very low chances of winning. I apologize if I sound too attached, but I REALLY don't want this quest to game over, not yet.
>>40170725Obviously I'm thinking of flies with parasites in them. So we just drop 10,000 or so at the landing site. Everyone screams and then is knocked out and implanted. They all wake up and go back to normal. I mean.. can you imagine what that would look like? Holy shit it would be terrifying.
>>40170681You know what, I can get behind this. It'd be a good idea to get some boots on the ground on Talgo, so to speak. Besides, that religious movement they've got sweeping the planet sounds interesting. We might even find some way of using it to the Hive's advantage.
So we could request the personnel files of everyone who works on Parliament security detail through Theseus, if we slip him into the right network.Or he might already have access to that since he did have access to Yune's classified personnel file.>>40170733We'd need a plausible thing to blame the attack on. And we might want to do that kind of thing to more than one representative, and it'll be weird if it keeps happening.
>>40170648It is a tough one. In a way, they protect their representatives like a hive would protect a queen.Anyways, thread up.>>40170768
>>40170681>>40170725>>40170759I'm excited for when we start planning and executing mass terror attacks. Were practically biologically designed for it.
>>40170783We really really are.
>>40170733Well I sorta agree with you that a frontal assault has the best chance of infesting Killinger, but there is a good chance that he would be held in suspicion after the raid, and I wanted him as an undercover inside agent in the Union's highest echelons.>>40170757That part is simple, hybrids with self-destruct mechanisms.
>>40170795They're still gonna know what we are and come gunning for us.
>>40170777You know, we COULD detonate that pod we have right beneath Via Maris station.You know, just to see what happens, and who they blame.
>>40170783Remind me again: Would there be a grander purpose behind said attacks, or just 'for the evulz'?Note: I AM NOT saying whether I think it's a bad thing or not regardless of the answer, I just want to know if we have a plan behind it or if it's just for kicks + hatred of the Union.
>>40170795A frontal assault is asinine in any scenario that doesn't necessitate full and open warfare with the Union. It isn't worth it in way shape or form.
>>40170833Having full control over an entire city sounds pretty great.More control within enemy territory is always good. Plus, we could set up quickly and quietly without issue.
>>40170840Agreed. If we're going to do this, we're doing it EXTREMELY slow and EXTREMELY carefully.
>>40170833They don't. Everyone wants open war because we've built up so many crazy adaptations and tech that would be so useful in it. They're like kids on christmas waiting to play with their toys.Not that I'm saying that's a bad thing per se, or that I don't understand where they're coming from, but most anons are looking forward to war for the fun of it.
>>40170840They meant a frontal assault committed by hybrids that can be blamed on Hugh Mann, notorious terrorist. No relation to any alien queen.