At the edge of the Toliman system your ship detects a burst of radiation as a corvette sized Union vessel emerges from warp. It sits for a moment before responding to the Thunderchild’s continuous broadcasts.“This is the USV Galileo. We are making our approach to Via Maris Station.”The craft quickly accelerates towards the station as the Commonwealth dreadnought launches a shuttle as casts its shadow over the entirety of the tiny diplomatic station. The shuttle and the corvette dock on opposite ends of the station, and the representatives quickly file in. They line up along the opposite ends of the central room, quickly floating to the various seats arranged on either side of the table and fastening themselves into the seats. At the head of the commonwealth’s side is an angry looking man with graying hair and several large liver spots along his balding scalp. His skin trails off from his face and flaps with every movement in the zero gravity. Across from him is a smartly dressed woman with long red hair dressed in a bun to keep it in check on the station.Your drones watch from their hiding spots, and the two sides start to unpack their paperwork and equipment, sticking their devices to a coating of velcro along the surface of the table. Each side seems to ignore the other, setting up in silence, before they look to each other with a stern professionalism, and an emotionless, practiced greeting. 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
Alright, boys and girls, grab your popcorn.
>>40170768Ah QD this quest keeps pulling me back into the hivers in sots. Galatic civil war with union/commonwealth ahead?
>>40170816I wouldn't call it a galactic civil war since the entire span of human-influenced space barely reaches a hundred light years across.But a civil war between the two would mean more opportunities for us. Maybe.
>>40170768>His skin trails off from his face and flaps with every movement in the zero gravity.fucki keep laughing
>>40170848Imagine a geriatric with a bulldog-like face.
Oh, random question. Are our human allies piped into our 'livestream' or no?
>>40170866Like Vaughn?No, we only tell her on a need to know basis.
>>40170816I know right anon. God I love playing hivers.
>>40170892>>40170816Fucking Hivers are OP in defence, and having any Hiver gate within 10LY of a system of mine in the late-game is a high-priority target.
>>40170768The old man clears his throat, the first sound made in the room."I am rear admiral Oskar von Reuenthal the third, second prince of the city of Strasbourg, capital of Aurora." He speaks the title with a hint of contempt, as if he feels the words are too good for the company in front of him. The woman scrunches her nose for a only a fraction of a moment as she too detects the contempt, and returns it."I am Seamus Alder, elected chairwoman of the Green party, elected representative of Dirian, and member of the Union Security Council." She emphasizes each use of the word 'elected' as if it were a weapon. "I have been given authority to negotiate on behalf of the Union of Independent Colonies."Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
>>40170932sword of the stars, an older 4x turn based strategy made by kerebos. Look on steam its cheap or gog
>>40170932Sword of The Stars. Pretty fun 4x for it's time, sequel is absolutely horrible though.
Rolled 63 (1d100)>>40170943
>>40170915No argument here. Shame they changed how ships work in SOTS 2, I loved building a huge fleet of gate ships and colonizers and sending them out in a massive wave.
Rolled 57 (1d100)>>40170943roll?
Rolled 96 (1d100)>>40170943For Mother
Rolled 24 (1d100)>>40170943>rollOh god. Someone from the Commonwealth is psionically sensitive and can tell we're there?
Rolled 93 (1d100)>>40170943For mother
Rolled 9 (1d100)>>40170943
>>40170959ah id love to indulge in that, but lets save it for later on, I am quiet sure our cheeky queen and crew will get a ton of non relevant post later, save it for when thread nearly done or for steam ya?
>>40170964Mother. Fucking. Based Anon.
>>40170964>>40170966Was there ever any doubt?
>>40170943So Union has Current Englands government(trying to become americas), and common wealth is old englands kingdom bullshit?
>>40170990No. The planet Aurora happens to have kingdom bullshit.http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:Hive_Queen_Quest#Commonwealth_of_Free_States> The result is that the concept of government is totally different on every world, with some functioning under the rule of wealthy noble families, others run by dictators and despots, and others still as republics or even existing in outright anarchy. The only constant among the worlds of the Commonwealth is that each planet is expected to pay a levy
>>40170943As the two exchange a harsh glance before pulling out a number of files, your scout corvette drifting further away on the outskirts of the system detects... something.You turn your sensors to it, but you can't find it. An incredibly faint gravitational distortion some unknown distance away. You can't tell when it arrived, it just seemed to slowly fade in, like a slowly moving object that you just now realize is moving.Whatever it is, it feels like it's getting closer. Slowly.Cont.
>>40171052>You turn your sensors to it, but you can't find it. An incredibly faint gravitational distortion some unknown distance away. You can't tell when it arrived, it just seemed to slowly fade in, like a slowly moving object that you just now realize is moving.>Whatever it is, it feels like it's getting closer. Slowly.Ceph?Holy shit QD you WERE planning on blowing up the station >>40170992
>>40171052oh boyOH BOYIS THE OBSIDIAN QUEEN GONNA RIP THE STATION APART
>>40171068>>40171064So does this prove that we would be working with the crystal gods if we force the common wealth and union to fight each other?
>>40171052Wow, the DC must have been something like 95 if we got a friggen 96 and only barely managed to register that 'hey, something's there'.
>>40171076Ceph destroying the station would have the opposite effect, with the Thundercock here to witness it and attribute blame.It might remind them they have a common enemy or something, and that's the effect the void gods want.>>40171087No, that's just the natural nature of G-sensors, they only allow vague detection of mass. Also void cutters are tiny, only 10 meters.
>>40171087Well it is ceph stealth and i don't believe we finished researching the shit that helps us spot cloaked vessels.
>>40171052ITS THE FUCKING CEPH! FUCK!Jesus god almighty is there a civilization in the entire GALAXY not interested in derailing these talks?!
>>40171098>Ceph destroying the station would have the opposite effect, with the Thundercock here to witness it and attribute blame.>implying the ceph would let them know it was them.More like it would blow up and both sides would blame the other for ruining peace talks and go to war.
>>40171052Michael swirls the last of his morning coffee as he sits in his apartment. In the distance there is a faint beep of his phone's voice mail. He seems to be ignoring it for the moment, until he finishes his coffee.>Have him bring his old files to Killinger>Contact Killinger by phone>Other (write in)>>40171087More that you were able to detect it at a much, much greater distance, and thus while you know it is there sooner, you know less about it.
So are we going to let this happen or what?
>>40171098Thundercock? That's a new one.>>40171101Probably not. This is grade A entertaiment.>>40171117>Contact Killinger by phone
>>40171117>>Other (write in)Can we have a local Theseus forge something that implicates that xeno-lover forum and send it to Michael's email?
>>40171121Yes. Interference and revealing our presence to to the Ceph isn't an option.That, and this is going to be SO fun to watch. Theseus was right about human political scrambling.>>40171111How will they stop the fuckhuge battleship from reporting in what they're seeing?Ceph vessels and weaponry are rather distinctive in their appearance and effects.
>>40171121Either we tip our hand right now, or we let NQ stage the attack. I could see this going either way.
>>40171136>Thundercock?I'm just saying.Look at the vessel the Union sent here.Look at the vessel the Commonwealth sent on this diplomatic mission.One of these guys is compensating for something.
>>40171121Yeah, I think we're just gonna sit back, chill, and enjoy the show on this one.
>>40171143We'll have to see how bad the situation progresses. I doubt that it's the OB since as far as we know she has never deployed stealth vessels and I don't see the Ceph sharing that tech with her. And the Confeds have a bigass dreadnought right there.
>>40171166>And the Confeds have a bigass dreadnought right there.True, but stealth.They could tear the station in half and depressurize everything before the dreadnought even realizes what happened.
Maybe we can let Theseus know we're picking something up?
>>40171052Can we ping Theseus about some unknown (but probably Cephs) approaching the talk and ask what he thinks? He's been doing this political shit for longer, got experience.
>>40171189You know, with the Union corvette docked with the station, it might not survive whatever attack is coming. With only the word of a Confederate ship to go by, I doubt the Union is going to be in a believing mood. Worse since the warhawk party is gaining traction in the Union.
>>40171117>everyone too distracted by HAPPENINGS to actually vote about MichaelUh.>Contact Killinger by phoneOkay let him yell at us first.>>40171140It's too early in the investigation to start planting leads to that.We both need the evidence and a plausible reason that they never found it before when they investigated Lee.
>>40171143Each has its pros and cons.[Interfering]Cons:Revealing our presence Might put the ceph on our tail if they already aren'tno clue what other negatives i can think of right now.Can be seen as an enemy vesselWill put us on the big stage of politicsPros:We reveal our selvesWe make it seem like we are protecting themWill put us on the big stage of politicsdepending on reactions we can either star diplomacy shit or go through skirmishes[Not interfering]Con: we are playing into the crystal gods handsDepending if the ceph are seen either side will go to war or be more prepared for future stealthGiving up an opportunity to shine our species in a positive lightPros:Fuck humansFuck politicsWe get to see an attackWe don't reveal our presence
>>40171208>>40171217No, let's tell him right as the attack happens.Since he can't contact his instance here, we'll have to be his witness.He'll find it valuable to be updated so quickly. But no need to tell him in advance.>>40171219Oh man that would be great.
>>40171238you do know we have contact to all instances and we can get his feed back on what we should do.
So, Space war now between Confederates and the Union, Huh, US Civil War much? good memorial day theme, I like it.
>>40171238>No, let's tell him right as the attack happens.Why? Waiting is completely pointless. Hell, foreknowledge is even more valuable.
>>40171251Starts off like that, but turns into space proxy war as we and the OQ pick sides. Cold war jazz.
>>40171238I still say we let him know asap. He can be trusted not to act against the hive's interest, and his insight would be genuinely helpful in this situation. The longer we wait to get that input, the more our window to change the events in our favor (if we decide it is in our favor to do so) shrinks. Knowledge is power and Theseus can provide it now.
GLORY TO THE UNION DEATH TO THE SOUTHERN HICKS, HEEEYAAA THE SOUTH WILL NEVER RISE AGAIN
>>40171117Inform thesus of the craft.
>>40171117>>Other (write in)Ping Theseus and inform him of the stealth vessel approaching the station.
>>40171248Well it'll be fun to tease him with a hypothetical. "What do you predict would happen if the Ceph raided the Proxima Convention?"Openly interfering with a Ceph raid is just too, well, open to be an option though.
>>40171287>He can be trusted not to act against the hive's interest,You don't think he'd consider making his own, Unity raid on the Thunderchild before retreating, forcing the humans to evacuate the convention, before the Ceph can get close enough?That would be against our interests in popcorn.gif.
>>40170943>Oskar von ReuenthalCommonwealth confirmed for based.
Also, yeah, the vote is low. Everyone's focused on the meeting event. Apologies. (I already voted).
>>40171346Ain't nobody got time for that.
>>40171335>That would be against our interests in popcorn.gif.To be honest i'm not even sure what our interests here are. I thought we were just getting front row seats.
>>40171355That's our entire purpose here. We're just watching for the hell of it. hence popcorn.gif
>>40171117Michael finishes his morning brew and moves to the phone in his personal office. He quickly puts on a suit jacket, but doesn't bother with the pants, and calls Killinger's office. There is a long wait, and eventually a secretary picks up. A human, by the sound of it, so whatever Killinger was doing it was important enough to avoid the use of an automated message machine."Hellow agent Devon, I'm sorry, but Mr. Killinger is in an important meeting right now." She says."I need to speak with him as soon as possible. Can you let him know?" Michael says to the holographic seal in front of him. There is another long wait."He says he's expecting you. Hold one moment please."The seal splits into five. One for parliament, and one for each office of the council. Killinger's seal folds into a small holographic man standing behind a desk, where his eyes are locked on several projectors off screen. His hand scratches his chin in thought. He addresses Michael without looking.Good morning Michael. Since you're calling instead of showing up, I assume you're not finished with those reports."Actually, he had finished them already. He never liked paperwork piling up. Most of it was done even before you and him had become so closely acquainted."Well it doesn't matter much anyways." He finishes."But sir, I did at least want to discuss with you the matter of Richardson, your opponent? I know you're confident, but he's gaining numbers with the religious vote, and as much as my agents tried, they couldn't find any dirt on the man." Michael says. Killinger lets out a chuckle just as the seals of the council members fill in."He can have it. I have bigger ambitions then Talgo. The place is a pigsty. Of all the damn animals to bring to a new world, it was the settlers of Talgo that managed to bring the mosquito along for the ride."Cont.
>>40171374>The place is a pigsty. Of all the damn animals to bring to a new world, it was the settlers of Talgo that managed to bring the mosquito along for the ride."Literally Space Florida
>>40171374Called it. Killinger is the proposed Head of State after the king bill passes.
>>40171374>mosquito along for the ride."We should literately destroy this planet absolutely horrible.
What are the odds that the Union reverse-engineered some Ceph tech and Ceph-11 is an inside job?
>>40171374B-but, Mr. Killinger, what about space Disney Land?!
>>40171374>mosquitoGas this planet with no survivors.
>>40171374>mosquitoASSIMILATE ASSIMILATEWE WILL ANNOY EVERY OTHER SENTIENT BEING THERE IS WITH OUR INCESSANT BUZZING
>>40171406And destroy a good research opportunity? Just think what we could do with mosquitoes.
>>40171441You are a horrible person, No, Just, No, This is not something you do, Its just cruel.
>>40171423Completely zero. There is no way in a month of sundays they got their hands on a functioning slip drive, as well as established the psionic capabilities needed to pilot the damn thing. The engine of each and every void cutter is a living piece of a hyper dimensional eldritch being. There isn't any possible way they figured out how to operate one according to the user manual.
>>40171432>you are now imagining giant hordes of mosquitoes used as terror weapons on earthling forces
>>40171450You are still thinking in human terms. Here, hop into this pod, we'll show you how the hive's mind works.>inb4 we make a drone that looks like a cloaked skull and drags about a bio-pod, while screaming to anyone it meets about GET IN THE POD
>>40171491IG, stop, you're giving me ideas.
>>40171374 He looks to Michael briefly. "Oh don't mind the conference call, you're cleared for these things anyhow. Tell me, who's giving the biggest opposition to the new bill?" As he asks the question a sly smile creeps across his face. Michael knows the answer, but it's so obvious he hesitates for a moment."The Greens, sir. But sir Richards is a Green, isn't that-""And who is the current leader of the Greens, and the only person on the Security Council with the funding, public backing, and popular support to actually throw enough weight around to fight off Tory proposals?""I'm, not sure I understand, sir." Michael says. Killinger nods his head."That's fine. Just get your files on my desk by tomorrow." He turns from the unseen screen to another unseen projector, as if something had just appeared. "Ah, Commander Grey, you're right on time. What's the status of the Mirage?" He seems to listen for a response, but the echo cancellation removes it. "Good." He says finally. "That's more than thirty years of research and engineering you have there. Don't fuck this up.""Inspiring." Anderson says over the call."It better be, after the recent setbacks we may only have one shot at this." DuPont says. Killinger ignores them for a moment, as if listening to some long stream of data, then he types something into his data pad and looks to his desk, where the council members are projected. They each nod in silence, and Killinger quickly turns back to the unseen figure."You have a green light for the operation. Maintain video feed, but otherwise maintain comm silence." He turns away, having dismissed whoever was there, and he turns back to Michael as the council members hang up one by one.cont.
>>40171521>"It better be, after the recent setbacks we may only have one shot at this." DuPont says. Killinger ignores them for a moment, as if listening to some long stream of data, then he types something into his data pad and looks to his desk, where the council members are projected. They each nod in silence, and Killinger quickly turns back to the unseen figure.>"You have a green light for the operation. Maintain video feed, but otherwise maintain comm silence." He turns away, having dismissed whoever was there, and he turns back to Michael as the council members hang up one by one.OH FUCK ITS A HUMAN STEALTH VESSEL. THE UNION EMISSARY IS A GREEN. WHAT DO
>>40171521Well shit. The Union is going to blow up the station...Definitely alert Theseus
>>40171521So lets fuck up thier plans.Also steal that ship, it must be a prototype.
>>40171535I thought you wanted the union to become more militarized?
>>40171521Oh man, all these shadowruns. Let's make a mental note about any project linked to the codename 'mirage' and a Commander Grey when we get the chance.
>>40171545I'm asking because I've lost track of which side is which. Is fucking up Killnger's op better for us in the long run or do we just let it happen?
Holy shit, this rabbit hole goes deep as hell.
>>40171521I just imagined Theseus coming over the speakers and being like >"Pardon me Miss Alder, but it has come to my attention that Killinger has enacted a plan to have you killed. There is currently an experimental stealth vehicle on approach to destroy the station. I suggest you vacate immediately."
>>40171521"Get me those files by tomorrow, and dammit, get yourself checked by a doctor. Today if you can. I want to see a bill of good health with those files. After what you've been through I don't want you keeling over from some internal bleeding.""Yes sir." Michael says.>Speak with Killinger (write in)>Hang up>Other
>>40171538I'm just going to note, we could always blow up the ship with one of our pods, if Theseus thought it was advisable to do so.
>>40171559>Hang up>OtherUpdate Theseus on the situation.
Also, remind me, what's so bad about the Greens? There's too many factions in this game, I'm losing track of who's doing what.(I love it though)
>>40171559>Hang up>Update Theseus>>40171554I think we should fuck up the op.
>>40171557Don't forget that no one will believe that the common wealth didn't attack since they brought a huge ship and everything, so killingar can use this to help bolster his plans.
>>40171559Uh, shit, we can have our doctor give Michael a clean bill of health, right?
>>40171559>>OtherALERT THESEUSHE'LL KNOW WHAT TO DO
>>40171573They aren't militaristic supercunts like Killinger. Thats pretty much it. Oh and the Green party is looking to get elected over Killinger so he wants their guy dead.
>>40171573IIRC, Greens are the incumbent while the Tories are pro-military spending and are led by Killinger.correct me if i'm wrong.
Taking a moment to go back to Lylechat from last thread, I contend there's only one option for what he looks like.
>>40171568Explosions are too visible and suspicious.A nice, quiet pod with a cruise-sized Molecular Disassembler warhead onboard colliding with it will be stealthier and more mysterious.They just never heard from it again.
>>40171573From what i gather they are the guys who we should start politics with.WAIT GUYS IF THE SHIP IS PROVIDING A VIDEO FEED, DOESN'T THAT MEAN THESUS CAN HACK THE SHIP?
I don't really see what our motive is in stopping this course of events, aside from spite against Cuntinger.But spite is an okay motive I guess. Although letting the Union become more centralized and corrupt only makes it more potent when we corrupt it ourselves.
>>40171622The vid feed is probably through quantum comms, and the ship is still to far away from the station for Theseus to jump. And even then it's a military ship, it will have countermeasures to guard against such intrusions.
>>40171521>"Ah, Commander Grey, you're right on time.Wait.IS THAT MOTHERFUCKING TREVOR GREY.The one guy who has ever seen hive technology up close and has escaped to live among the Union.Now we have to molecular-disassemble that Mirage ship.Although preventing the video feed...we need to activate a quantum scrambler bomb first.Ask for one from Theseus.
>>40171649wait why don't we capture the ship?
>>40171559Michael clicks the end call button and pivots around in his seat. He has no idea why, but he feels incredibly nervous over... something.You ping Theseus several times and he quickly responds. You transmit the memory of the call. He churns on the data for a moment."I am unable to find any relevant piece of data for the term 'mirage', however, the only Commander Grey currently unaccounted for by public record is Trevor Gray, promoted after the events of the Clarke incident to Colonel and granted the title of ship commander of a small patrol craft. The patrol craft has been in service dock, and I am unable to find any records of it actually existing. He has not been seen in person since."Zero One bickers into a standstill, and after nearly half an hour of it, Theseus speaks again."I am unable to conclude the best course of action.">Do nothing and watch>Other (write in)
>>40171672>Other (write in)Try and capture the ship if we can't destroy it.
>>40171672If we cannot capture the stealthed craft I want to have our pod explode near the craft and destroy it.
>>40171663Because it's transmitting you retard.>>40171672>Other (write in)Theseus, my neigbor, can we borrow a cup of quantum scrambler?Or whatever disables A-grade FTLComms.Then we load that and a disassembler warhead on a second pod, which rendesvous with the mirage. Deactivate the video feed, then dissolve the ship and the pod together.Although sitting back and watching is tempting. I kinda want Grey gone.
>>40171672Well fuck, thanks a lot, Theseus. >Other (write in)Would it be possible to get a disassembler on top of that thing?
>>40171672>"I am unable to conclude the best course of action."Goddamit Theseus this is what you're supposed to be good at.Any ideas? Attempting to capture it sounds good but it's highly probable that the Confed Dreadnought will detect the both of us in a boarding op. And that has it's own can of worms.>Other (write in)Close and destroy it.
>>40171672>>Do nothing and watchLet's see how this plays out before we make a move.
>>40171672Take out the ship/capture and cut any feeds being sent.
>>40171681>literally transmitting a video feed constantly back to killinger>capturing it>>40171688>exploding>visiblyDisassembler warhead.
>>40171672>Other (write in)I say we should bring in ships to ambush the ship once it starts leaving this area after its job is done.
>>40171672Can we sneakily detach our pod from the station and approach the stealthcraft?If we detonate our podnuke, we can damage the stealther to the point it becomes visible while at the same time not leaving any trace of OUR involvement (makes it look like somebody tried nuking the talks but fucked up their bomb)
>>40171690There's no such thing as a quantum scrambler, what you think was a quantum scrambler that was used in Raligha scrambles traditional electromagnetic frequencies.
>>40171672Keep your corvette ready for interception, whether it's to destroy or capture. They don't know there's more than one cloaked thing here.Alright, crazy idea time, what do you say we slowly move in front of that other cloaked ship? If we can do so while keeping stealth, that's great. That way, when it decloaks or otherwise attacks, we also decloak, and point our guns their way, and then recloak. As in "don't you dare try anything" kind of gesture.
Guys, you don't think the Illuminati won't find out immediately considering that they've got a video feed up at all times?
>>40171704I think is just might work. We would still have eyes on the area.
>>40171707Quantum Tuning clearly has weapon-applications.We haven't finished it but Theseus could give us an area of effect device like that that will retune the FTLComm relay to us and/or nothing instead of the Union.
>>40171708>showing up on camera for the Union>everThat is retarded. You could at least go for immediate disablement and disassembly.>>40171672>>Do nothing and watch
>>40171672>>Do nothing and watch
>>40171672>Other (write in)destroy the ship.
>>40171722Well yes, but Theseus hasn't indicated that he has such device. In the event that he does, it would require a corvette to jump to Unity space and then jump again to Toliman, which has a high chance of being detected by ships in-system and even then, the quantum tuning tech requires close proximity, which isn't easy when you're in fucking space.
>>40171747>>40171741Anon too obvoius.
For everyone who's just saying 'destroy it' without elaborating- rememeber that we can't just blow it up without people asking questions and doing inquiries. The question would be 'how to blow it up without implicating us?'
>>40171672>>Other (write in)Send a cloaked corvette equipped with stinger missile launchers (if any are built yet) into the system and keep it on standby. Make sure this ship is stocked with molecular dissassembler warheads and a full complement of standard and heavy warriors, just in case. This way we can keep our options open without having to commit to anything just yet.
>>40171760Why not introducing ourselves to the green party head while the Illuminati is in the dark?
>>40171672>>40171760Use a Molecular Disassembler warhead and aim for the warp drive ring first, that way they can't jump out.
>>40171741Okay, so if they decloak, we immediately disable them, and shield them from the station's cameras (we cloak in front of them and showing only the stars).Can we even do partial cloaking, as in cloaking only one side of our corvette?
>>40171672>Other (write in)If he can, get Theseus to activate an alarm on the station, saying that some asteroid's hit it and they're all fucked if they don't get back to their ships immediately, make sure it's urgent enough that they don't bother bickering.Then protect the COMMONWEALTH ship - Killinger wants them dead (to get the Commoners pissed and "show" the Greens as incompetent) more than he wants a single Green dead.
>>40171754It's not that hard to get close when you're cloaked and they're cloaked and you're going to get real up close and personal anyway.The Mirage is a stealth ship, it probably is not very big. Can't be more than a corvette.>>40171781>the station's camerasThe Mirage itself has cameras, are you fucking dense.
>>40171782>more than he wants a single Green deadYou mean the green that holds the most power against him and could foil his plans, this is two birds one stone for him, it breaks treaties with the common wealth and cripples an enemy party.
>>40171782>If he can, get Theseus to activate an alarm on the station,We can't communicate with Theseus instance on the ship in any way, I'm pretty sure.Although Theseus COULD cause a malfunction in the oxygen. that will force evacuation, if we signal him somehow in a way that the humans cannot detect.But how? Last time we spoke it was through the stations speakers. Have a fly tap something out in morse code that only he can hear?
>>40171801Yes.The Green can be replaced within her Party. Losing the Commonwealth representatives and not the Union ones would give the Commoners massive conspiracy boners, utterly derailing any possibility of peace in the foreseeable future.I said to get them both onto their ships so that the mirage has two targets to deal with instead of one.
>>40171806>We can't communicate with Theseus instance on the ship in any way, I'm pretty sure.We chatted with him when we arrived at the station.The humans likely occupy only a portion of the station.We can have a fly sit on a camera and show him things.
>>40171816>The Green can be replaced within her Party.Not in the fucking next three days when they push through the King Bill, you moron.
>>40171789>The Mirage itself has camerasNot if we slag them. And how useful would that be to the illerminati, anyways? They release it, they would be known of having stealth ships. They'd only know that there's this alien ship that attacked them.Crazy idea #234: we need to make a corvette that could shapeshift. From Union ships to Scav ships, we could make false-flag attacks in the name of collecting specimens. Specimens of technology or biology!
>>40171782Sounds alright combined with>>40171806>Have a fly tap something out in morse code that only he can hear?
>>40171782We are not going to interfere if we successfully make the humans evacuate. Getting the Union contingency to leave is more than enough. Who the fuck cares about the Commonwealth.
>>40171672You send a quick request to Theseus regarding the technology known as a quantum scrambler. He is quick to send back the specifications, and while it is a decently effective thing that you may wish to trade for at some point, it is not quite as good as you had hoped. Essentially an advanced EMP device, it disrupts the quantum states of entangled particles, disabling quantum comms and quantum computers, however it holds an incredibly limited range, forcing it to be deployed via an unguided or fly-by-wire warhead due to its payload interfering with any sufficiently complex navigation and targeting systems. As such, they are typically highly ineffective in space, although they are useful when deployed by defenders against invading and low flying warships. Regardless, your ships are not equipped with such a device.>Have your corvette intercept the cloaked vessel>Attempt to detonate a cloaked pod along the cloaked vessel>Do nothing and watch>Other (write in)
>>40171841>>Do nothing and watchLet's WAIT and see how it plays out. We're being hasty.
>>40171841>it is not quite as good as you had hoped. Essentially an advanced EMP device, it disrupts the quantum states of entangled particles, disabling quantum comms and quantum computers, however it holds an incredibly limited range, forcing it to be deployed via an unguided or fly-by-wire warhead due to its payload interfering with any sufficiently complex navigation and targeting systems. As such, they are typically highly ineffective in spaceWell fuck.>>Attempt to detonate a cloaked pod along the cloaked vessel
>>40171841>Other (write in)Ponder feasibility of contacting the Theseus instance without humans noticing something.Flies have radio transmission capabilities, but humans can detect that. Morse code tapping from the air ducts in one of the sleeping quarters, near a microphone?
>>40171841>Attempt to detonate a cloaked pod along the cloaked vessel
>>40171841>Attempt to detonate a cloaked pod along the cloaked vesselBoom.Oh man I wanna see Killinger's face (through Michael of course) when he hears the news.
Honestly, I just want to fuck up Killinger's plans.
>>40171862>>40171863Disassembler warhead variant I hope.
>>40171841>>Attempt to detonate a cloaked pod along the cloaked vessel>>40171782
>>40171841>Have your corvette intercept the cloaked vessel
Why are we trying to stop the space war guys?I thought we wanted the !FUN!?
>>40171871Your pods have been built with atomic self destructs by default, although even a disassembler would be detected as it broke up the target cloaked ship.
>>40171879Yes, but it's not us doing the !FUN!And we're also doing it to spite Killinger.
>>40171879Most of it is mainly cus fuck killinger
>>40171841>>Do nothing and watchLook, we should probably actually think about the consequences here, but it ultimately boils down to: do we want a war between the Commonwealth and the Union? And this ship has got to go of course, but blowing it up isn't worth completely destroying the talks just...yet...
>>40171841>Do nothing and watchAnd/or maybe see if we can get Theseus to spring an air leak on the station.>>40171879I don't know man, but people are notoriously biased towards DO THE THING when the other option is "don't do the thing." And Killinger is basically giving supervillain speeches. It makes you want to spite him.
>>40171879We're having a space war with the BQ and the Scavs already. We can have space war with/between humies later, for desserts.
>>40171887So a big explosion that kills fast of a delayed disintegration that will still be visible either way.
>>40171887>even a disassembler would be detected as it broke up the target cloaked ship.C'mon guys. There's no way we can take action without being noticed. Just let this one pass and we can get him later on. Think long term. >Do nothing and watch.
>>40171879>>40171888and getting rid of that fancy undetectable ship would be nice
>>40171906Yeah that too, something tells me that the stealth tech was not cheap and easy to get.
>>40171888C'mon anon, think about the implications of what you're electing to do right now. You're basically saying its worthwhile sabotaging the talks and risking inter galactic war JUST to spite Killinger. I fully agree the old bastard deserves it, but is it really worth it?
>>40171887If all evidence goes up in the explosion who gives a shit.
>>40171918>>40171918What?Spiting Killinger prevents the space war he wants.
>>40171918Nah. Been quiet, but this shit ain't worth it.>do nothing and watch
>>40171918Anon, Killinger is going to sabotage the talks anyway. At least doing it on our terms makes sure that he does not get the result he wants, which is the head of the Greens being dead.
>>40171841>>Attempt to detonate a cloaked pod along the cloaked vessel
>>40171918Hell yes. Nobody gets to plot interstellar wars but us.
>>40171925But it starts a space war with US.
>>40171841>>Do nothing and watchDoing nothing really is the smartest thing to do right now.
>>40171912Yeah. It's a very expensive asset of theirs.>>40171918The ship is there to sabotage the talks anyway. If we let it do it's job.If we stop it, it'll spoil the talk still, but much less so than an actual completed attack on the station.
>>40171937No it doesn't
So that's it, then. We've got the OB/Void Gods, the Scavs, and soon we'll have the Union all against us.Lovely.
>>40171933>>40171940Anons, has any of the info we recieved ever actually suggested the ship was sent there to do anything OTHER than spy on them passively?
>>40171937No it doesn't. It's two unidentified stealthed ships going boom. There won't be anything to implicate us here, hell that's the PRIMARY function of the nuke: to leave nothing of the pod.
>>40171841>do nothing and watch
>>40171954But they'll be able to detect that a dissassembler warhead was triggered. They can work backwards from there, and to be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if they were smart enough to suss out that 'Hey, maybe a third party's at work here.' I'm running off the assumption that these government folks AREN'T utterly stupid.
>>40171953They won't get any spying done from outside the station's hull.
Look, we can start a giant space war later. Hell, doing this might cause them to go to war anyway. But this way they will be down an expensive stealth ship.
>>40171953>Tell me, who's giving the biggest opposition to the new bill?" As he asks the question a sly smile creeps across his face. Michael knows the answer, but it's so obvious he hesitates for a moment.>"The Greens, sir. But sir Richards is a Green, isn't that-">"And who is the current leader of the Greens, and the only person on the Security Council with the funding, public backing, and popular support to actually throw enough weight around to fight off Tory proposals?">"I am Seamus Alder, elected chairwoman of the Green party, elected representative of Dirian, and member of the Union Security Council.">"You have a green light for the operation. Maintain video feed, but otherwise maintain comm silence."We wouldn't be panicking like this if the stealth ship was just sent in for spying on the talks.
Seriously guys, doing nothing will let them start a war anyway, might as well give them the finger for getting started without us.
So let's say we want to trade for the quantum scrambler.What would we trade for it?Quantum tuning when we finish researching it?
>>40171953>spy>when their own people are already there, and the Union already knows what's happening there>Killinger's obvious motive to have Green dead
I want to ask QD for clarification on a couple things, but that's meta-knowledge.>>40171971We already have two fronts to deal with. You want to fight three wars at once?
>>401719661)We don't even have a disassmbler there2)Work WHAT out? That somebody somewhere has a nanite bomb. That's freaky, but still tells them nothing about who and where.And of course there's a third party - Killinger&Co. We're fourth.
>>40171981Who says were going to war with them?I want them to fight each other
>>40171974...Quantum tuning is obviously the tech tree prerequisite that unlocks quantum scrambler. You can't trade Theseus something he already has, and it's stupid to trade for something you can research with what you already have.Trade only makes sense when the other party has a complete monopoly on the research subject, like singularity weapons.
>>40171981They have no reason to suspect us.
Not going to name names but, The detonate cloak pod guys are starting to get a little samefaggy.
>>40171989I don't think they're going to be that stupid to just accuse each other and have at it, is the problem. I'm presuming people behind the scenes are intelligent and will investigate.
>>40171974Sounds reasonable, since we're not dependent on quantum comms ourselves.>>40171992Who's to say that Theseus has it? Its much easier to destroy a quantum entanglement than to modify it to connect with another particle.
>>40171981All they're gonna know is that a stealth ship went boom, no way to tie it to us. Like, it's happening either way, but we have a really juicy target right there...
>>40172004>I'll jut throw out some accusations without any ground to stand on!
>>40172005Yeah, and the conclusion is going to be "it was the space bugs!"
Little off topic here but we may want to get some clones ready so Michael can turn them in.
...fine, whatever. I still think this is a horrible, horrible idea that's gonna backfire on us in the worst possible way, but alright.
>>40172005Our pod is barely a dozen meters across. Everything in it is going to be obliterated by the nuke.
>>40171981Doesn't hurt to ask. I always try to answer questions from the perspective of the queen. I don't think clarifying a vote is meta at all.
>>40171841>>Attempt to detonate a cloaked pod along the cloaked vesselLight them up
>>40172004Same could be said of the leave it alone fags.
>>40171841You dispatch your pod to intercept the approaching ship, guided by the sensors of your corvette. You find it difficult to pinpoint its location, but your pod slowly narrows it down and closes in.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 45 (1d100)>>40172039
Rolled 58 (1d100)>>40172039Surely this would be more foolproof if the corvette got closer too.
Rolled 84 (1d100)>>40172039For Mother
>>40172024alright, then:Is it plausible that detonating the pod (and the ship could get traced via type of warhead used, specific materials of debris left (IF any), and general interpersonal relationship to the current parties?Basically, it's hard for me to buy that the disassembler does a perfect erasure that no one can detect. Furthermore, I'd imagine that as much as they hate each other, both sides would at least give a cursory inquiry to the other side of 'was that yours? Can you even MAKE that?'
>>40172045The system works!
Rolled 29 (1d100)>>40172039
Rolled 60 (1d100)>>40172039For mother
>>40172049Whoop, too late to ask now. Happening whether I like it or not.>>40172045I'm paranoid that that's not good enough.
>>40172049An enemy's denial that they have never-before-seen technology is hardly convincing, when you know you have your own secret research into unlocking the secrets of alien civilizations.
>>40172058Look on the bright side space wars always fun.
>>40172067They are, but I prefer 1v1s, not 3v1s.
We really should start building non-organic ships for these purposes.
>>40172049>>40172058I'm assuming that our pods carry at least a 1 megaton nuke. Our pod is around 10 meters across.Anything that close to a nuke is going to be utterly obliterated with no trace.Well there's the problem of the Union Stealth Vessel, but that's Killinger's, not ours.Point is, the nuke isn't going to leave any evidence of us other than the blast and the stealth ship's wreckage.
>>40172049The disassembler leaves behind a cloud of atoms, while a nuke leaves behind radiation and, well, atoms, mostly. Both are excellent ways to remove something, although nukes to it faster, and with a bigger bang, while disassemblers are able to eat through fortifications, making them good as bunker busters.You could expect that there would be at least some manner of inquiry by both parties, but you are unsure if that inquiry will be cooperative in any way or not.Anyways, writing.
>>40172004Leave it voters12:12:28 >>4017185412:17:29 >>40171892 12:17:53 >>4017189812:21:17 >>40171938 12:23:21 >>40171956 BOOM voters12:12:50 >>4017185712:13:25 >>40171862 less than a minute past12:13:35 >>40171863 well maybe same as the previous one12:14:05 >>40171868 <min12:14:44 >>40171872 <min for two posts12:15:01 >>40171873 <min x212:15:41 >>40171877 <min x212:17:29 >>40171892 12:19:10 >>40171911 12:20:30 >>40171924 potential samefag12:21:11 >>40171935 <min12:25:55 >>40171972 12:26:46 >>40171980 <min12:27:44 >>40171991 <min12:30:38 >>40172028So that's like TWO posts that look at all suspicious to me, and a ton of posts that are less than a minute apart. Even on maximum paranoia, they still win the vote.
>>40172096Speaking of which, how big a boom do pod nukes carry in terms of megatons?
>>40172109Fifty. They're equivalent to Cruise missiles, and Cruise corresponds to the Union's 50-megaton classification. He said this earlier.>>40172083Nope.Also I hope, since the enemy probably wanted a low heat signature and used fusion powered warp drive instead of a quantum power tap, that we aim the pod to detonate near Engineering.So they might blame it on the fusion reactor being sabotaged. Maybe.
>>401720743v1 is when we, Theseus and Heretic decide to fuck somebody's day.Union and Commonwealth still have nothing leading to us and our planets. ESPECIALLY the Commonwealth, they probably don't even KNOW Leeland is a planet beyond astronomical observation of the star.
>>40172109It is equipped with an atomic self-destruct, which is comparable to a cruise missile's warhead.
>>40172039Your pod closes in as your corvette remains at a short distance to prevent the blast from harming its cloak. The pod continues to zero in on its location, and eventually you are able to make out the faint shimmer of the cloak itself, and your pod closes in by visual using the faint silhouette of its hull."Remove thing for mother!" The pod's mind is filled with the thought, and it speeds its hull towards the shimmering cloak, detonating beside it with the fury of a dying star. The pod blinks out of your mind in an instant, and you watch as for a moment the Mirage comes into view of your corvette, a sleek craft with no visible hab rings, and a slight shimmer from a small ring woven tightly around an expanding cluster of flat metallic plates that seem to make up its engineering section. For a moment the ship flickers in and out of visibility, and a fourth of a second later, the flames engulf it. A few small pieces of hull fragments continue on, and as the radiation subsides, you see only the tip of the ship's bow, tumbling end over end towards the station.Via Maris station is filled with activity. Alarms blare as warnings are read out simultaneously in English and Esperanto, as if the computers were yelling over each other. The politicians leap from their seats, sending themselves tumbling into the ceiling and banging heads and scraping elbows. You can hear the panicked but still hushed conversations as each side attempts to figure out what is happening without informing the other, and then they begin scrambling to retrieve their devices and paperwork as they scramble to leave the station. They hook their arms together as they scramble out of the airlock to their waiting ships in a rushed but well trained maneuver, and your corvette detects a flurry of radio chatter.cont.
>>40172256HAPPENING ALERT HAPPENING ALERT
>>40172256>"Remove thing for mother!"Great Mother Bless you child.
>>40172256This has been a most fruitful day for the hive.
>>40172256If anyone's going to be causing terrorist incidents, it's going to be us.
>>40172256>Remove thing for mother!
See, weeks ago I wanted to track down and parasite Trevor Grey for daring to look upon our royal pod and living to tell about it.We could've seen this from a whole new perspective if we had.
The longer this goes on, the more I'm convinced We're the villain of this story.
>>40172364No such thing as heroes and villains in this world. Only winners and losers.
>>40172345Wouldn't work either way since according to Theseus, Gray has been unaccounted for months, but damn it was pretty convenient that he just happened to be in command of the ship we were about to blow up.At least that's one less loose end.>>40172364We're above such petty distinctions like "heroes" and "villains" anon. The only thing that matters is that we're the protagonist and that we win.
>>40172256"Thunderchild, this is Admiral Reuenthal. You are to retrieve the detected debris immediately! Recover this shuttle only after the hull fragment has been recovered!""This is Commander Allison of the USV Galileo, you will do no such thing! Any attempt to recover the unidentified wreckage will result in us boarding your shuttle for violation of the salvage clause of the Proxima Convention! I repeat-""This is the Thunderchild. Any burn maneuver towards the admiral's shuttle will be seen as an act of war. You will be fired upon!"You watch as several dozen fighters are loosed from the belly of the dreadnought. A small wing is launched from the Galileo in response, mismatched as it is, and you listen to the chaos of radio signals increase ten fold as the fighters begin looping each other, twisting back and forth to enter proper firing solutions while evading one another, although they hold their fire."Lance to Thunderchild, are we weapons free? Repeat, permission to fire?""Galileo this is turning into a blender, do we have clearance to engage? Galileo!"A number of large tugs emerge from the Thunderchild and begin drifting on an intercept course to the still-simmering bow of the Mirage. The drive ring of the Galileo shimmers briefly as it begins moving towards the sluggish shuttle in response."Recall your tugs, Thunderchild!""Permission to engage?""Reverse your course or we will open fire!""Are we weapons free? Commander we need orders out here!""Check your course!"cont.I normally don't link music, but I can't help but feel it's appropriate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlcUwUwjLrs
>>40172364The villain of the Union's story, sure.But the hero of our own.And I think we're a side protagonist of the Unity's story, or something.
>>40172387>"Lance to Thunderchild, are we weapons free? Repeat, permission to fire?">"Galileo this is turning into a blender, do we have clearance to engage? Galileo!">A number of large tugs emerge from the Thunderchild and begin drifting on an intercept course to the still-simmering bow of the Mirage. The drive ring of the Galileo shimmers briefly as it begins moving towards the sluggish shuttle in response.>"Recall your tugs, Thunderchild!">"Permission to engage?">"Reverse your course or we will open fire!">"Are we weapons free? Commander we need orders out here!">"Check your course!"Jesus what a clusterfuck
>>40172345We still can review his memories when we find him. And Killingers too. It's going to be delicious.>>40172364We're friggin scary space bugs. But morality wise the story is kinda gray vs. black.Only black are the total Void&Servants. And maybe scavs.We and the humies are willing to talk and, to a degree, do nice with people that are nice in return.Union wasn't much nice and has dickwad internal conspiracy, but aside from that can be worked with. We know nothing about Commonwealth so we could open up talks at any time and see where it leads.>>40172376I doubt he was personally on board.
>>40172387Can we just swoop in and take that shit?
>>40172364Hey, as far as morality goes, this was a wash! We destroyed a super-secret government pet project, and saved a bunch of civilians.Sure we've done some questionable things, but overall, we've kept the death toll quite low and are re-starting a whole race! And uplifting another one! Yeah, we've got some parasites, but those come out with few ill effects, unlike the awful experiments the humans have going. The other side built a psionic cannon. Yeah we went all Aliens on their science lab, but they were going to do vivisections and the they hired a bounty hunter to poach the specimens in the first place. And let's not forget the Smith that infiltrated our hive!
>>40172387I, personally, like it when you link music in your posts QD. It does a lot to add to the overall feel of what you're trying to convey.
>>40172412the common wealth built the canon you mean.
Any one willing to steal the ship right under thier noses?
>>40172364What we've done isn't terribly objectively more evil than what any other government or power in this story has done. Keep that in mind.
>>40172387>musicI was expecting something more like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnHmskwqCCQAnd, hey, I think this turned out WAY more exciting than just letting it happen.>>40172438Fuck no, they're on high alert and we're not going to reveal ourselves now.
>>40172407>>40172438Those two are about to fucking shoot each other, no way we're diving into that clusterfuck.
>>40172438Too risky. They'll notice.
>>40172438If you think we can pull it off, sure I'm up for taking some of the wreckage while everyone else is still confused and disoriented.It's probably too risky though. Might want to hang back for now.
>>40172405>I doubt he was personally on board.You... can't be serious.He was listed as head of a ship that doesn't exist. This was a ship that doesn't officially exist.Grey was the one given the direct order to maintain the video feed from the Mirage. Of course he was on board.>>40172438I'm not usually willing to do such brazenly retarded things without a few drinks first.
>>40172364Naw dude, we're doing this for the sake of getting these people off our bloody asses long enough to effectively kill whatever is supporting the Black Queen. Which seems to want to mind control everything.
>>40172438I don't believe we have a snowball's chance in hell of pulling that off undetected. There's a fifty percent chance it'll just wind up in the hands of the people who built it anyway, and it's not like its carrying any tech we either haven't already mastered or can't find anywhere else.
>>40172486It should still have greys body, and you never know it could have some prototype tech.
>>40172496I doubt anything could survive a 50 megaton blast that close without shields, hell the radiation itself would be enough to kill anything aboard.Just stick the corvette nearby and listen to radio chatter if they do find survivors.
Hey you know what its the perfect time to send a diplomat think of the look on these humies faces.(this is not a serious sugjestion)
>>40172405>We still can review his memories when we find him.Uh.He just got nuked.>>40172496>It should still have greys bodyThe flames engulfed it anon. Thermonuclear flames. Only a few small pieces of hull fragments were blasted free from the explosion.There's nothing.
>>40172506Was just hoping we could retrieve his corpse, but you do have a point.
>>40172509Nah, the perfect opportunity for that kind of bad decision would be to sneak a camo-sneaker on the station and stealth him in the talks room.And then once they start just stand up and nonchalantly say Hello.
>>40172438If we can do it without breaking stealth i am all for it.
So i just joined and, wtf, they have stealth technology? Did they steal it from us or did they get it from the same species we got it from? Or did they get it from something else entirely?
>>40172576Seems to be a very expensive special ship. They probably developed it on their own.
>>40172576Yes, No, Probably, Maybe.
>>40172387You watch as a grav-fighter clips another and the hull bends like raw pasta. Fist sized hull fragments loop around the twisting, decaying singularities in short lived streaks of light as the super-heated fragments skim the artificial event horizon and catapult themselves outwards and into the surrounding fighter formations. You watch as streaks of metal puncture the hulls of fighters in silence, passing clean through their frail structures at fractions of light speed, sending them bursting into pieces like a styrofoam model struck with a hammer. A renegade singularity passes the shuttle, and a portion of its hull is sheered from it like a block of cheese sliding across a deli slicer. Bodies scatter in a puff of gas as the shuttle enters a tumble, and you see the guns of the Thunderchild begin to pivot towards the Galileo.cont.
>>40172576reread the thread dumb ass.
>>40172576Its either native tech dveloped after they saw the Ceph in action or from a downed Ceph fighter, either way it took them 30 years to develop and it was really expensive. Was.
>>40172576>>40172588Sounded like they only have the one ship aswell.
>>40172590WELP.CIVIL WAR HAPENING.
>>40172563Taking literally any action but moving within the system breaks stealth, that's its stated limitation. A ship can do nothing but move around while cloaked. It cannot interact with its environment in any way.>>40172576They clearly have been capturing Ceph when they can.Or they just bruteforced it with guesswork, and adapted defensive shields into cloaking fields, which operate on the same principles.
>>40172590The Thunderchild unleashes a torrent of kinetic slugs, and you watch as the Galileo jinks to the side, several pieces of hull flying off from the strain as it strafes to avoid the volley. Missiles begin to stream from its hull and particle beams lick out against the Dreadnought's shields. The remaining fighters open fire, ripping into each other like a self-destructing Piranha feeding frenzy, sending discarded fragments out in all directions as they dismember each other with auto cannons and particle beams.The Galileo fires volley after volley of missiles, and the Thunderchild fills the space around it with flak. It is quickly surrounded by atomic fire, blanketing its hull in the billowing orbs of the nuclear warheads. Several railgun rounds fire out, probing for the corvette and glancing it in the process. It jerks harshly and its shields flicker as it spins in space, attempting to right itself.Your corvette watches the small, burnt bow of the Mirage pass into the chaos, and land firmly into the hull of the station, sending both into an unstable orbit, drifting slowly into the atmosphere of Gehenna. The automated tugs of the Thunderchild trail after it, quickly picked off by the remaining Union grav-fighters as the station begins to glow as it enters the atmosphere bellow.cont.
>>40172590ERE WE GO
>>40172590>Bodies scatter in a puff of gas as the shuttle enters a tumble, and you see the guns of the Thunderchild begin to pivot towards the Galileo.Honestly the Admiral was a dumbass for not docking back to his ship as soon as possible and staying in the middle of an about to ignite battlespace.
>>40172626>Your corvette watches the small, burnt bow of the Mirage pass into the chaos, and land firmly into the hull of the station, sending both into an unstable orbit, drifting slowly into the atmosphere of Gehenna. The automated tugs of the Thunderchild trail after it, quickly picked off by the remaining Union grav-fighters as the station begins to glow as it enters the atmosphere bellow.HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
>>40172626The Mirage actually hit the station? Damn, the term needle in a haystack doesn't do the probability of that happening justice.
>and you see the guns of the Thunderchild begin to pivot towards the Galileo.Haha Alder might die anyway if it doesn't use its superior speed to ollie outie fast.There are no brakes on the Killinger train.
SPACE WAR NOW can actually say it this time huh
Wait if we didn't stop the war, what was the point in blowing up Killingers stupid ship, Explosions r fun?
>>40172654He might get what he wants, but he sure as fuck didn't expect it to happen like this.
>>40172669He's out a stealth ship.
>>40172669Well we didn't expect them to shoot at eachother so soon, still...
>>401726691)FUCK KILLINGER2)Kinda hoped they wouldn't derp so much and start shooting each other. I suspect QM rolled for it.
>>40172669Can't have a ship like that just running around unexploded anon.
>>40172669Killinger is the enemy of Mother.
I'm honestly laughing because it almost went exactly as planned until they decided to play finders-keepers.
>>40172669I think people just don't like other people having stealth, so the moment it was discovered they had semi fuctioning stealth the BLEW IT THE FUCK UP. For safety you see.
>>40172669Same reason the 13th fairy cursed the princess to die at her christening.Spite.
>>40172709Having played some campaigns in which the GM is fond of stealth missions /just working/ (even he lets us pull it off too, occasionally) - yea, it's really annoying as all fuck to have somebody sneaking in your base.
>>40172626Not even a full light year away, your pod watches in silence as the reserve fleet of Ticonderoga severs their umbilicals and the docking scaffolds detonate, unfolding from the hulls as they activate their shields and accelerate towards Toliman.>>40172684My desk sounds like a bingo club right now. Even I'm on the edge of my seat.
>>40172777I bet this sums up the situation.
>>40172777Hah, did they roll a nat one with that fighters collision?
>>40172777The Galileo tumbles through space, its drive flaring like a ring of fire and it begins entering a wide arc, looping over the Thunderchild as its turrets strain to maintain a lock at such ludicrously short range. The Galileo flips end for end and begins firing its particle beam as it accelerates away, its acceleration unmatched by the dreadnought. The fighters continue to zip and loop around each other in a fierce melee, until the Thunderchild begins accelerating in reverse. The Commonwealth fighters flee with it as the remaining tugs launch themselves after damaged but intact fighters as they streak into the void, and nearly an hour later a half dozen warp fields collapse along the edge of the system as the Ticonderoga fleet emerges. They dispatch their own tugs, and the remaining fighters return to dock among them as the Galileo limps past their line.The Thunderchild continues to accelerate to the edge of the system, circled by rings of its fighter wings several lighthours from the Union fleet. Another two hours into the new standoff, and another half dozen warp signatures appear, this time near the Thunderchild as a patrol fleet emerges from warp. They enter a holding pattern, looping in semi-random patterns on either side of the system, and the Galileo and the Thunderchild eventually flee from the system to lick their wounds.The remaining forces exchange no words or signals, but dispatch wings of scout fighters periodically that fire at each other from beyond their optimal ranges and return to their fleets, as if to test one another.>>40172798Magnificent film, that was.
What a clusterfuck
>>40172826What an update for the 300th post.Alder is alive and onboard the Galileo. The King Bill's guaranteed passing is now averted. Now Killinger will have to roll to become President-Elect 4lyfe instead of auto-success.
If leaders are watched by the secret service, why not just parasitize the secret service members while they're alone off-duty? The main prize may be guarded, but the guards are usually much more vulnerable.
>>40172826While the events of Toliman were far from any public eye, the deployment of the Ticonderoga fleet appears on the news channels of every Union world you have eyes on by the end of the day. Theories abound, and blurred images of the brief battle as seen by radio telescope from Proxima become the talk of the town.Michael Drops by the parliament building to turn in his files, but finds Kilinger's office empty. The desk if flipped over, and a data pad is embedded firmly in the wall next to the door. He leaves the files with the secretary and quickly leaves before Killinger can return.Back on Leeland, you monitor Lee's status with as much attention as you can afford when faced with witnessing such a catastrophic political boondoggle.cont.
>>40172883>Michael Drops by the parliament building to turn in his files, but finds Kilinger's office empty. The desk if flipped over, and a data pad is embedded firmly in the wall next to the door. He leaves the files with the secretary and quickly leaves before Killinger can return.Kek Fuck you KillingerThere goes countless trillions and 30 years down the drain, and to boot the green chick is still alive.
>>40172883>The desk if flipped over, and a data pad is embedded firmly in the wall next to the door.Ahaaahaaaaahaaaaaaaaaa!
>>40172883>Michael Drops by the parliament building to turn in his files, but finds Kilinger's office empty. The desk if flipped over, and a data pad is embedded firmly in the wall next to the door. He leaves the files with the secretary and quickly leaves before Killinger can return.It may not have worked out perfectly but everything went fine in the end.
>clean bill of healthAh, it's time.Have michael recall the name of the physician he'll visit tomorrow. Then have flies tail the doctor from his office to scout out his home, so the Tech and pal can do a little breaking and entering with their parasites late tonight. Enough for the doctor's whole family.If the Tech does well enough there shouldn't even be any alarm that reports the break-in to anybody, so nothing unusual will have occurred.Also new goal: tracking down all copies and backup copies of cloaking technology blueprints and notes in the Union research division.>>40172874We suggested that at the end of the last thread already, yeah.The watchers, and the watchers who watch them.
>>40172883We should drop him a message "Sup bitch. I blew up Mirage. <3 u, Lyle."(this is a joke)
>>40172919Seconded, i want to see him be even more pissed.
>>40172883I kinda wanna play a video of the events for Lyle just to hear what kind of banter it prompts
>>40172883>The desk if flipped over, and a data pad is embedded firmly in the wall next to the door.That just makes it all worth it.
>>40172941DO THIS NOW
>>40172919>>40172936"Your stealth a shit, stay jelly of my swag ship."
>>40172941Oh hell yes. Have we got Theseus to hook up a sat tv connection to our roof yet?
>the debris from our explosion literally knocks the station of diplomacy into a decaying orbit leading to its inevitable destructionHow symbolic.
So when are we doing the lighter joke?>>40173013To think this all happened from behind the wall rolls.
Via Maris Theseus must be SO CONFUSED right now as he's about to die.And RIP Flies.
>>40173020>wall rollsRefresh my memory?
>>40173023Quest drone rolls off screen on his desk using real dice, he even mentions how his desk sounds like its bingo night.
>>40173023"behind the wall rolls" aka "rolls which are behind the wall".I don't think where the debris ends up was rolled for though. It's too perfect for the story.
>>40173023QuestDrone rolls for background things. So this gigantic clusterfuck happened BY THE WILL OF THE DICE GODS
>>40173034He might have rolled weather it was destroyed or captured by either of the two.
I still think the King Bill might ultimately be a boon to the hive.To pass the bill, they might just have to buy off Alder by making her into the Head of State instead.Then Killinger can quietly plot their demise yet again later.
>Privy coatDo you think this will unlock a passive upgrade to adaptive camouflage that will make parasites more resistant to detection?
>>40172883You watch as Elizabeth focuses her mind on Lee, gazing into his thoughts. The quills along her skull quiver as she concentrates her will.You and her watch as Lee's mind slowly unfolds before you.You can see the interior of the Clarke. Lee is rushing down a small tunnel and onto the bridge, where he takes a seat. The chair inflates, engulfing him in safety foam as he runs his hands over the console, and you can hear the sirens blaring. He looks at the screen, his hands shake, his brow drips sweat, and his throat is dry. A number of simple dots quickly fill the console's display, and he adjusts the various settings and algorithms, marking targets and adjusting fields of fire. Point defense was typically an automatic defense, but against the Unity, the ship's systems had to be separated. The fire control and the sensors were disconnected, and a person had to be placed in the middle. Lee was one of them. Another six were on either side of him, but he didn't notice any of them. He doesn't notice the main display as it shows the planet in front of them. He doesn't notice the cruiser cresting the horizon of the planet. He doesn't notice the navigator as she reads out the incoming threats, and points out that the Clarke doesn't have the acceleration to evade both the planet and the fleet. He does notice the waves of drones on his screen, and how they seem to hold a slight formation among them. Every fifteenth drone is in the center of a small sphere. It's not much to go on, but he guesses it indicates its importance, and he targets them first.cont.
Would you guys say this is accurate?
>>40173218>YOU CANT SEE ME
>>40172883>The desk if flipped over, and a data pad is embedded firmly in the wall next to the door.That's what you get you cheeky lil cunt.
So did Killinger legitimately think this was a good idea?
>>40173203Despite the term 'manual' that was often used for this situation, it was far from accurate. It would be physically impossible to manually target a weapon in space combat. Instead, the Space Forces built the targeting computers separately from the fire control systems. The guns were still automatic, but they were blind. Under normal circumstances, the sensors would mark targets as threats for the point defense, and the fire control would eliminate them. In this case, however, the sensors fed into the controls, and a human highlighted which to target. The fire control would take care of the rest. Even with this efficient process, a single turret could handle the input of six or more humans.Despite all this, there were simply too many drones, and too few turrets. After a few moments the vibrations of impacts against the shields could be felt through the hull, and the temperature quickly began to rise. One of the center drones he had been targeting made it through, and there was a crash as it impacted. Someone shouts about an ECM drone making contact with the hull, and Lee's console winks out. He doesn't know what to do for a moment, frozen in shock. The voice of the commander fades in."Rout all systems through the command chair. Abandon the Clarke!" He shouts. "I'll keep the hull above to hide your course."Lee pulls himself from the seat and follows the other crew members to the escape pods. The pod is cramped and dark, and as it seals shut he is covered in pitch darkness and muted silence, with only the labored strains of the Clark's machinery and the panicked breaths of the crew mates.Cont.
>>40173275Well he obviously thought that potential hostility with the Commonwealth was inconsequential to achieving his goals.
Well, technically, his mind was already open to us the moment he was within our bio-tank, psionic sensitivity or no.
>>40173331I think people just didn't want to hurt his feelings. Are we still going to use him as a representative, or has that plan gone down the shitter?
>>40173364We'll know soon enough probably.
>>40173364I dunno, let's play it by ear for now.
>>40173364That is a far, far away backup plan for much later.At the moment we have no need of such nonsense. We're better off manipulating humans from the shadows.
>>40173364It's in the shitter as far I know.
>>40173282Yes, now the quest comes full circle, as a new chapter of space war is written.
>>40173364Play it by ear really, there is no new human stuff to do.
Wait, this isn't accelerating Psionic reading is it?
>>40173379>>40173381>>40173390>>40173391>>40173433The entire reason we tried to save him was to use him as a representative. Fucking up their psionics was kind of just a bonus.What are we gonna do if that doesn't pan out? Just kind of put him in a closet and say we'll check on him later?
>>40173442He began as pet human, he'll end as one too.
>>40173442>put him in a closetThat's a great idea anon.
>we haven't checked on the exploring pods>we haven't managed hive on gemini>we haven't had hybrids do anything>we still have to scout out and implant Michael's doctor before his checkup
Hey! Guys come on, Space War! We're gonna go find some Humans and beat the fuck out of them!It'll be fun.
>>40173513Arn't they doing that them selves?
>>40173282There is a sudden blinding light, and through the small windows Lee can see the Clarke. It glows vibrantly as it pierces the atmosphere, trailing parts and shredded hull fragments. He can see the other pods around him. They tumble and roll from side to side, moving far too fast through an atmosphere that is far too thick. One of them ruptures like a balloon as the contents flicker like fire crackers into wisps of dust, and then the clouds break.Despite the parachutes and the retrothrusters, the pod hits the ground hard. Someone breaks a led, and the door jams shut. They trigger the emergency detonators and the hatch launches from the pod. Lee grabs what he can and runs. He doesn't look back, but he can hear debris falling from orbit, impacting the surface around him.You flip through the days. They find the beacon not far from the landing site, but it's heavily damaged. They drag it back to their camp site and the engineer begins work on repairs. While Lee was gone with the team, someone ate something from the forest. He never saw the man, but they all could hear him for the rest of the day, shouting at visions in the jungle. Someone had said his head was swollen and covered in something, but it was too dark to risk going after him. The next morning, him and Lyon are sent out to scout one area. Other groups are sent to scout others.The jungle is thick and dark in most places, where the sunlight can hardly reach the forest floor. Strange sounds echo from all around, and above."How much further do you think he could have gotten?" Lyon asks. Lee shrugs."Do you think he's even still alive?" He asks again. Lee hushes him quietly as he listens to the sounds in the distance. The myriad of noise has stopped around them."Do you hear that?" Lee whispers."No. Sounds like there's nothing for miles." Lyon says at an uncomfortable volume."Exactly." Lee whispers, almost inaudible. "Now hush."cont.
>>40173442If we can't find anything to do with him, I guess we could just assign him to Vaugn as her resident lab assistant/test subject/boytoy.
>>40173550Man, this brings us way back. It's been more than a year since this quest started back in April 2014.
>>40173550Man, that guy.He didn't even go to the ocean, he only ate something from the jungle, so it can't have been ocean spores.Can it? It was similar.
>>40173595>not remebering that the whole planet has spores, but the ocean has the biggest concentration of them.Quest drone told us that we developed an immunity to it thanks to most queens being super adaptive during their first few hours of birth.
Just thinking about what the corvette was figuring during that whole clusterfuck.>corvette watches little brother go blow up mirage>corvette watches humans freak the fuck out >corvette watches as one human ship accidentally bumps another>Corvette watches humans freak out more and start shooting each other>corvette confused as to why humans fighting about a single ship from another hive and a few drones>corvette content in knowledge that humans are silly
>>40173523Well yeah, but... Space War! Remember how we were always talking about it?
So did the Thunderchild lose its shuttle or did the Galileo? Because>renegade singularity passes the shuttle, and a portion of its hull is sheered from it like a block of cheese sliding across a deli slicer.Doesn't specify which one bite the dust.
>>40173496I've been holding out that we can get Micheal's co worker to give him the clean bill of heath, or at least fake the forms believably. If that isn't an option I'm not sure it would be wise to start implanting any random schmuck we find as a means to the end. Parasite targets should be select, highly trained individuals who's skills are required by the Hive. Anything on a larger scale increases the risk of being discovered.
>>40173688It was Thunderchild's since, the admiral insisted on recovering the wreckage of the Mirage before docking with the ship.
>>40173689He's not THAT kind of doctor, and that's weird and suspicious to have your ex-coworker give you a physical.
>>40173689If we parasite enough people secretly on a large enough scale, it won't matter if we get caught since we already control everybody.
>>40173550There is a long pause as they stand in a small clearing listening to the silence.Something erupts from the forest wall, steam flaring from its back like a locomotive. A claw slices down and cleaves Lyon in half, and Lee fires his weapon at the monster. It writhes in pain, and its claw flails outward, striking Lee in the chest. He can see the ground suddenly from some ways up, and then the canopy, then the ground again, now closer, then the canopy, and then darkness.Lee feels a warm glow over his face, and his mouth is filled with the taste of copper. He can hardly breath, and his leg shoots searing plain through his body. He can hear something crunching behind him, cracking bone and tearing meat. One of his eyes sees only red, and with the other, he can make out the faint shape of his CIP pistol. He reaches out and drags himself towards it, and behind him there is a loud thud and a low whistle, then a slow, thunderous roar. It becomes louder, and a shadow looms over his head as he reaches for the weapon, his finger slipping over the hilt.cont.
>>40173728He rolls over, and he fires. There is a desperate scream, alien, but despite that he recognizes it as pain. Lee blinks, and when he opens his good eye, he is alone. He Tries to stand, but collapses against the soft trunk of a mushroom tree. He slides down it, appreciating how comfortable it is, and he closes his eye again.A rustling in the distance wakes him, and he coughs on spores and blood. He can hear the sound of splitting trees and shifting soil in the distance, quickly approaching. He holds out his weapon, and as the treeline parts he fires. He continues to pull the trigger, and there is a great thud as the creature collapses to the ground, but behind it there is another rustling. He tries to shoot, but his arm gives out, and he can't see whatever it is anyways. He spits out a wad of blood and spores, and collapses to the ground.There are shadows above him. Strange, squad creatures looking down with unblinking eyes. He tries to move, but he is too tired. He closes his eyes again, and opens them to the sight of a large...cont.
>>40173631Yes everything reproduces with spores, but we never found another species that had the exact same effects: Hallucinations and exploding the host.We gained immunity to asthma from breathing all the ambient spores in the air. That didn't help with immunity to ocean spores infections, which we had to research.
>>40173550>>40173728>>40173768Was this really needed? We already know what happened when we found him. Unless this is to see how he feels about us, which doesn't really matter since we have the best mental conditioning in the galaxy.
>>40173768Lee's eyes shoot open within the pod, struck with panic and confusion. He thrashes out in an effort to grab hold of something, anything. Elizabeth backs away and the pod's membrane ruptures, spilling medical liquid across the floor as Lee falls to the ground, coughing.He slowly gets up, propping himself on the small table in the middle of the room, and he sends quick glances between Elizabeth and your speaker."Who, who are you? What's going on?">Have your speaker introduce you (write in)>Have Elizabeth introduce herself>Other
>>40173785Oh give it a rest.
>>40173792>Have your speaker introduce you Long time not see Lee.
>>40173792>>Have your speaker introduce you (write in)"Hello Lee. It is good to see you again."
>>40173792>>Have Elizabeth introduce herself
>>40173785It's important yeah.>>40173792>Have your speaker introduce youWe are the hive, and you're very, very sick from what the other humans did to you Lee. You require healing.
>>40173792>>Have your speaker introduce youStop spilling your fucking spaghetti, you already know who we are. Nice to see you now get to work and start being useful you homeless mooch.
>>40173792>>Have Elizabeth introduce your speaker
>>40173792>You do not remember? The Lee wounds me!
>>40173861We didn't need Human help for our first contact with him and we won't need it for our second first contact.Fucker can be a blubbering baby for both of them.
>>40173898Different anon here, but I detect a certain degree of anger in your post there.
Why does Lee always need our help? He seems like a magnet for all of the Universe's "Fuck you."Every moment we meet him he's in some sort of trouble, it's just weird y'know?
>>40173925Little bit, mostly frustration at having to introduce ourselves to him again.Should we just put him in the wall? That seemed to work the first time.
>>40173934I guess he's just the dice god's favorite whipping boy. It's actually pretty funny, in a schadenfreude sort of a way.
>>40173934Can you imagine Lee Quest? Those players would be Platinum Assmad™ 99% of the time and then the other 1% it would be HABBENING HABBENING HABBENING!
>>40173792"You died. This is the human afterlife."
>>40173956We would have to check to make sure he's into that sort of thing first.
>>40173934All the shit he got in after that was our fault. They used him as an expendable fall man, as a test subject because he was officially dead, and they even had a kill team ready to wipe anyone who got curious out. Also we should let Dillon and his friends in on our plan to clone them and get those clones compromised and killed by the union. This process simply requires info on one of Dillion's compromised identities or safe houses.
>>40173999Well if we are going to do that, might as well tell them the down low about black queen etc etc and let their clones go out doing shit they think would need to be done.
>>40173985He didn't object the first time. I just want to put him in the wall so the bastard can't hurt himself, he's fucked up enough as is.
>>40173984"In life you were naughty. As punishment you have to fertilize these eggs."Speaker shows Lee a room the size of New York, filled to the brim with eggs.
>>40173999We're not letting them in on that. We haven't even committed to that as our plan of action.We're parasiting them when we give them implants, so if we do we use their knowledge directly, none of this inefficient "talking" nonsense.
>>40174032>We're parasiting them when we give them implants, so if we do we use their knowledge directly, none of this inefficient "talking" nonsense.There is no need he has the same shit as elizabeth.
>>40174025If you could stop, that'd be great.
>>40174025...city or state?
>>40174046You seem to be lost. No one is anything like Vaughn, not even Lee. And even if they were like Vaughn, we still need parasites to read their minds constantly at all times.
>>40174046He's talking about Jakoba and Dilion.
>>40174046Methinks he was referring to Jackob and Dillon.
>>40174032No point, they are more effective aloe anyway, we shouldn't do that. We need to build up human good will anyway.
>>40174046Different anon here, and I was only barely paying attention to player chatter, but it's pretty damn obvious that the guy you replied to was talking bout Dillon.
>>40174046>There is no needYes there is, we parasite everything so we can have a kill switch on everything.
>>40173792Your speaker chirps. "It has been a long time since you left the hive.""What? The..." He trails off, lost in thought as his mind unpacks the recent events."You're on G-426. Just take it easy and try to relax." Elizabeth says. "This was the planet you found the hive on.""Leeland, yes." Your speaker says with a click. Lee looks confused."What, but-""Found name in Clarke computer! Good as any." Your speaker says. Lee nods slowly. He slowly gets to his feet and reaches for the poorly fitted clothing set along the table."So you're the same hive? Queen, I mean." Lee asks. Your speaker chitters in affirmation.Lee looks uneasily over to Elizabeth. "Who are you?" She holds out a hand."Doctor Elizabeth Vaughn. I'm a xenologist, although that term encompass a number of almost unrelated fields." Lee reaches out with his hand, and as his fingers touch the edge of her palm, a bolt of thought rips through both of them, sending him reeling back in pain."Sorry, sorry." Elizabeth says. "That's probably my fault. I shouldn't have offered a hand shake with you in your, er, condition, and me with mine.""This happened to Vaughn too. It was to be expected." Your speaker says. "The hive has been searching for you. You have much to tell us of what has happened."Lee rubs his head for a moment before looking back up to your drone and Vaughn."Were... were you in my head?" He asks finally. "I won't even bother asking how, I'm done question how these things happen to me, or why, honestly. I just want to know if I'm going crazy.Elizabeth clicks her teeth. "No, no, you're not crazy. We may have been poking around a bit, but it's to try to solve your brain problem. I mean, well it probably sounds worse that way."cont.>>40173785Tried to keep it decently short, I don't like going on for too long like that, but since it's so early in the morning I figured it's as good a time as any to get a quick alternate point of view.
>>40174088We should probably not set the precisely that cooperation with a gets you mind slaved.
>>40174067>No point>they are more effective aloe>We need to build up human good willHow can you make an entire post out of nothing but wrong?We need to build up human loyalty through parasitic mindbreak like we did Lyle.
>>40174088As far as I know, Elizabeth is the only one with fucking crystals growing in her brain
>>40174067Why would we need human good will? They're shit at this point and now they've proven that they're incompetent to boot.
>>40174121Doesn't mean a kill switch on everything wouldn't be good.
>>40174101Forget about that one anon QD, I liked the write in you put up. Not only did show the events leading up to our first thread, but it was quite illuminating on Union doctrines and tactics in Naval warfare.
>>40174121I think you meant to reply to that guy >>40174046
>>40174124Because the alternative is an interstellar genocide and would put us against Theseus.
>>40174113Precedent* im guessing you meant there.>>40174124To avoid a war. Fighting obsidian queen who will undoubtedly send a force to eradicate us at some point in the near future and the human civ will be harder to down right impossible.Not to mention going full genocide will piss off our computer pal. The balance we want, is a peace treaty and for humanity to stay on its side of the intergalactic bed while we go about our business as usual.
>>40174113That's their place in this food chain. They've proven that they're good for nothing with that bumblefuck of a battle they just committed.
>>40174067You know what builds up good will best?Inserting the hive queen as a Mother figure deep in the tenderest emotions of the humans' psyche.
>>40174163I'm on mobile so it's a miracle my comments aren't entirely incoherent because typos and autocorrect.
>>40174165Would like me to list the reasons why everything in this post is simply incorrect?
>>40174177To that parasited person. To everyone else it inserts the sudden urge to purge us with fire.
>>40174166>adopting more precious children>murderWords mean things.
>>40174161In what way? He only wanted to preserve knowledge, if I remember right.
>>40174113They aren't slaves. Parasites are just very convincing.And nobody is going to know about this anyway, parasites are a secret, so there's no "precedent" to worry about.
>>40174203He was built to preserve knowledge and ensure the survival of the human race.
>>40174189Are you saying that they didn't just perform the biggest shitshow in intergalactic history?
>>40174203Theseus has been subtly preventing civil war for decades. It's clear he's attempting to minimize human losses. Everyone is afraid of a unity attack as a result, and don't want to risk a two sided war.
>>40174101Lee waves his hands. "No, that's fine. It's caused nothing but migraines and seizures. If you can cure it, that would be great." He says. Elizabeth looks to your speaker, and it chitters softly."That may not be possible. To remove it totally I mean. You can detect these signals, but your brain can't properly store or manage the data. I think that adding this capacity will allow you to return almost back to normal." She strains the world almost like a poorly built bridge."What do you mean almost. Normal's been out the window for me for a while now." Lee says, exhausted. "I'd be happy enough if things would stop trying to eat me, or kidnap me, or shoot me, or experiment on my brain, or frame me for treason." He counts them on his fingers. "I don't think I'm that picky anymore."The quills on Elizabeth's head adjust themselves as she clears her throat and looks at your speaker. It chitters out a response."The Lee could be improved. Implant in the brain. Alters genes!" It says."Or, who knows." Elizabeth says. "I may be able to use the advanced medical technology hear to remove or alter the effected brain portions.">Offer psionic implantation to Lee>Recommend alternate treatment>Other
>>40174222>intergalacticI hate to be pedantic, but the entirety of known space barely spans a hundred light years across, it's barely even a fraction of a galactic spiral arm.
>>40174221Parasites. They'll still technically be alive. Just mindless husks, not so different from what they are now really.
>>40174239>Recommend alternate treatment
>>40174161That is not the only alternative. The alternative is adopting everyone.
>>40174239>>Offer psionic implantation to Lee
>>40174239>Offer psionic implantation to Lee
>>40174222>Attributing Union and Commonwealth's clusterfuck to Lyle's m8s>Because humans all share the same faults and responsibility for their entire speciesAnon, anon please. Seriously man what is going through your head?
>>40174239>>Recommend alternate treatment
>>40174239>Recommend alternate treatmentThat seems too much.
>>40174239>Recommend alternate treatmentWe'll see how it goes.
>>40174239>Recommend alternate treatmentGiving Lee psionics is retarded.
>>40174239>Offer psionic implantation to LeeBest one, the other one is too risky.
>>40174239>Recommend alternate treatmentThe safer option. We can always do the psionic implantation later if we feel like it.
>>40174239>>Offer psionic implantation to LeeDon't you want to talk to Queen directly, Lee?
>>40174239>Recommend alternate treatmentI think parasite is all Lee needs.
>>40174239>>Recommend alternate treatmentThe other method would cause a shit ton of problems.
>>40174239>Recommend alternate treatmentWe already have Vaughn, we don't need another one.
>>40174316We're not mind raping lee.
>>40174314He can do that when he has one of our children inside him, so that we will never lose him again.
>>40174239>Recommend alternate treatmentIn what universe is giving Lee psionics a good idea?
>>40174239>>Recommend alternate treatmentLet's get a good grasp of the damage before we start the gene therapy.
>>40174328If we are going to use Lee for first contact with humans, he needs a link to us.And I think parasite is better option than psionic implantations.
>>40174239>Recommend alternate treatmentMuch as I like him, psionics would be a bad idea.
>>40174316Yes. Then he can become one with the hive, as just as Lyle is.
>>40174356It's less noticeable than FUCKING QUILLS ON HIS HEAD.
>>40174342People seem to not realize what psionic implantation does and that's bad for this situation.
>>40174372Glad we agree, in capslock form.
>>40174373>People not knowing what consequences are when making important choicesGEE WHEN WOULD THAT EVER HAPPEN?
>>40174239Your speaker chitters."Perhaps finding a better cure would be safer for Lee?""I'll try to come up with something then." Elizabeth says. "Until then, keep me updated on your condition, Lee, and be sure to let me know the moment something changes."Lee nods. "Sure thing." He says.I think we'll have to call it here, before we fall off the board or fall asleep, whichever comes first. I'll try to stick around for a while for any questions or comments.
Thanks for the fun quest man!
>>40174405How pissed are the Human superiors about the space spaghetti party?
>those Commonwealth and Union fighters practically begging for orders to fire, straining at the leash like eager dogsSuch unruly children we have. They need more house training.
>>40174405Well thanks for running, much apreciated as always.So then I'm dying to know, what sort of rolls were you rolling to determine the events at Toliman?
>>40174405What do you think about ask.fm forcing people to sign up to ask questions.
>>40174333>>40174316Parasite would let him tap into Hive, but not stop his brain from trying to catch psionics too and hurting itself in the process.There is no other options, we either clear the psionics out or complete them.
>>40174405Anon reminds me.Was the beacon imploding on itself in thread 4 the result of a critical failure or was it preordained?
>>40174445What the fuck are you on about anon? Ask.fm never asked me to sign up to post a single question.
>>40174462It's a recent thing anon.
>>40174434*How entertained is TheseusHe's the one we'd have to ask to find out what the classified networks are saying.
Thanks for running QD!
>>40174453Well of course we're getting rid of the fucking psionics. And then we parasite him so we won't lose him again.Fucker's harder to find than a remote in a couch.
Really, once we finish Psionic reading, and then finish the psionic...writing that that unlocks, that will allow us to make humans like the Earthlings and Grandpa Seiner were.That would probably help with the Lee treatment, in fully understanding how the receive-only sensitivity works.
>>40174427>>40174470Thanks for playing!>>40174434Officially bum busted.>>40174468Intrigued, but horrified.>>40174438Mostly basic things, same kinds of rolls you roll for combat.>>40174445I've never used it to ask questions, so I don't know the account requirements for that.>>40174456Typically my prep work consists of making the plans for other characters and factions, and then occasionally rolling for random complications when needed. Hopefully, by the end of a thread, you will have obliterated those plans and caused a whole new series of events to start unfolding, although sometimes random events can have a big impact too.
Hey look, I found the humans battle strategy.
>>40174500>so I don't know the account requirements for that.Email and date of birth for what purpose. I think they're trying to datamine their users.
>>40174500Dillon says that they've traced Unity infections back to their source somehow, after detecting them. Probably by recursively checking all computers they were in contact with the same way until they stop finding them.Would Theseus be able to estimate how long his infections in the military can remain undetected and not ultimately traced back to the Dauntless and its mission to the monitor satellite?And will that program we sent him--assuming we sent it to him by now-- lengthen that time?
>>40174498Then we can block everyone off from psionics and never let them obtain anything related to it again, brilliant plan anon.
>>40174500>Intrigued, but horrified.Does he blame us or accepts that we tried to help but humans bumfucked themselves anyway?
>>40174528Sounds dumb. Can you at least use a temporary email?>>40174529Possibly. It's very hard to tell with those kinds of things, since Theseus infests Union systems by spamming them to no end in addition to actually being good at hacking. For every Theseus version found and removed, there are usually a dozen more undetected. The main issue is that most of them are so scattered they can't reliably send data back to the greater Unity.>>40174533He acknowledged that there really wasn't a correct way to go about it, as even he couldn't come to a proper consensus. Right now he seems to be going into damage control, and is trying to figure out the best way to prevent further escalation.
>>40174599Could commercial-grade hologram tech enhance the ability to remain stealthy when cloaked in the midst of rain, fog, or a nebula in space?>>35935459 >Search new and used spacecraftAnd i realize we never looked at this section of Space Amazon. Interested in what their cheaper FTL freighters are like, and if Theseus would like to invest in a business by buying one for us.
>>40174599>prevent further escalationThere's no use stopping it. Let it take its natural course into oblivion.
>>40174599Are stuff like anti-mater shields and weaponry a possibility? What about dark mater? I think I read somewhere that the Ceph have neutrino beams for their weaponry, and that's a type of Hot Dark Mater. I might've been something else though. I can't remember quite well where I saw it.
>>40174599It's still unclear in the backstory from thread 30, just what the governance model of the Empire of the Americas, and thus the Earth Confederation, was.Limited democracy? Hereditary ruler?
>>40174668Their weapons are crystal bullshit powered m8, so if we can get a model we can figure out where to stick a crystal in it and have even more uses for the things.
>>40174599So Vaughn still isn't "finished"?Those memories she still hadn't completely pieced together last time we talked about them. She didn't even remember who the Gardener was until given a clue to prompt it.Would really like more on that 4-dimensional white crystal memory.
>>40174740Maybe if we start slapping her with crystals we can make her stop being a bum and start being useful.
>>40174599So was Lee friends with the notorious hacker 4chan then?
>>40174625These are solid business propositions. Really, with our production capacity we could make as many EC's as we could ever need, all we need to do is figure out a stealthy and foolproof way of doing it. Theseus is ideally equipped to help us in that matter.
Just a thought, but everyone's least favorite politician routinely says things that would end his political career if an enterprising journalist caught them on tape. Perhaps we could arrange for an enterprising journalist to do so?
>>40174863We've already talked about this in previous threads. Plans are all in there, go read the archives we have a plan it's just not been implemented because there's not been a moment for us to set it up yet.
>>40174890Better the devil you know and are already targeting the security detail of.But it's moot if he really is about to lose the election anyway.
>>40174890Or we just convert our memories to video, it's very easy and less of a hassle than catching him being a tit again.
>>40174931>>40174926I was more worried about covering our tracks. But yeah, catching him on record insulting his voters like he did will ensure he loses that election.
>>40174911We made the necessary hybrids, but didn't queue making the costly human-mimicking goods we need yet still.
>>40174956Electronic Credits. The standard currency of the Union and a multitude of other spacebourne nations and polities.
>>40174971That's what I meant by not having implemented it yet.We really should get around to queuing that up sometime...
>>40174995Why didn't you just say credits?Who says Electronic Credits? Just say credits.
>>40174995They aren't even called 'electronic' anon. They're called energy credits.
>>40175030Because that's still 5 more characters than ECs, and its still a less accurate description of currency in the setting.
>>40175056Yes but it doesn't sound stupid like 'ECs'.
>>40175056>>40175095Hell you can say "creds" and it'll be just one button press extra.
>>40174995We'd probably crash the market in whatever thing we end up selling, but that can be categorized as a sidebenefit.
>>40175116The humans shall fear the economic warfare methods of the hive.
>>40175112Creds. See, now that's a good compromise. Thanks Anon.
>>40175144>Sir, the entire sector's gone broke!>And why is that Ensign?>There're simply too many leopard print couches, nobody can resist buying them sir!>This is catastrophic!>But it feels so soft...
>>40174998Maybe it's a subtle QM hint we should visit Deep Song first and hit a wall there, like we need a license to sell that stuff or something, or bribe the right Valen.
How about we send a pod down to colonize the New Athens seas?Assuming our currently available drone adaptations allow survival in a sea of acid. I'm wondering what's beneath the surface.
>>40175250Why don't we throw a few in there and see which ones melt the least, then we'll figure out the adaptions from there.
>>40175250Wait. We have acid glands.So why don't we just take the acid glands......and turn them inside out?
>>40175359I don't think that works the way you think that works, but you're on the right tack...
>>40175439No it's obvious. The glands obviously don't get dissolved by acid from the inside, so just put that membrane on the outside of the drone. Inverted.Probably much more delicate to physical damage but immune to chemical.
>>40175464Oh the membrane, I thought you were proposing putting full sacks of acid on the outside.Now that you've cleared that up it makes much more sense.
We got lucky with the fake Lee being the first of a trail of breadcrumbs leading to our assimilating a Union secret agent like this.But trying to make lightning strike twice for the Commonwealth seems daunting.Even if we send a team of five hybrids and flies down over the Constantinople seas, we'd have no idea where to start, except 'make more hybrids'.Somewhere in the very high reaches of the Commonwealth there are blueprints for the psionic cannon to be found.
>>40175637Good thing we have a fucking palette filled with doomsday weapons then.