“Sir, the manifest was incorrect. It’s missing about three of the test subjects, and after the recent events we don’t have many left.” Gilliam says, almost shouting at the hologram projected from the wall of his new office. Secretary Windsor seems unconcerned.“I am aware of the situation, but you will need to make due. There are other research programs in need of subjects, same as yours, and even with the attack you still happen to have the lion’s share.” He says.“Other research programs? What other research programs? If they set in a requisition request I’d be willing to work with them, but someone just outright stole sensitive material out from under my nose!”“Just as they are not privy to the existence of your program, you are not privy to theirs. Another program needed three of your subjects and I approved the request. Anything beyond that is not your concern. You’ll just have to deal with that.” Jack says, and the hologram vanishes into the air. Gilliam lets out a curse as he tosses his data pad to the desk and leaves his office in a huff. 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
>>41631353>Current resource reservesNutrients: 5,409,554Metals: 1,756,679Credits: ₡2226Credits in Lyle’s account: ₡1,175,000>Hive population and upkeep cost Hive maintenance – 52,325Queen – 5Fake Queen (4) – 220Small Egg layer – 12Worker (150,000) – 300,000Aquatic Worker (5,140) – 20,560Vacuum Worker (5,200) – 31,200Radiator Worker (5,100) – 20,400Warrior (75,045) – 375,225Gilled Warrior (100) – 700Aquatic Warrior (50) – 400Thinker (8,000) – 24,000Quantum Thinker (3,000) – 15,000Speaker – (3) – 12Digger (200) – 800*Refinery (40) – 280*Sniffer (2) – 8Small Sniffer (5,000) – 5,000Aquatic Sniffer (200) – 200Fly (1,165) – 4,660Wasp (30,000) – 150,000Haz-mat Workers (20) – 80Parasite (110) – 440Bio-tank (1000) – 25000Stealth Bio-tank (30) – 900Excavator (1,000) – 19,000Colossus (5,000) – 75,000Hovertank (2,000) – 50,000Harvester (5,000) – 95,000Support Fluttercraft (500) – 71,000Ghost Beetle (1,000) – 27,000Heavy Warrior (10,000) – 190,000Chinook (1,000) – 18,000Air defense drone (500) – 37,000Bomber (1,000) – 41,000Strafer drone (2,000) – 30,000Heavy Interceptor (1,000) – 28,000Light Interceptor (2,000) – 28,000Advanced disruptor (50) – 3750Advanced Relay (70) – 7000
>>41631368>Hive fleetSpace Pod (5000) – 150000Heavy Fleet Fighter (920) – 61640Heavy Gunship (252) – 7560Shuttle (10) – 250Mining Corvette (336) – 92400Patrol Corvette (180) – 91260Scout Corvette (8) – 1800Lancer Corvette (2) – 450Missile Corvette (500) – 516000Fleet Corvette (244) – 54900Heavy Fleet Corvette (336) – 393792Light Fleet Frigate (1500) – 667500Heavy Fleet Frigate (252) – 359604Stealth Frigate (4) – 1952Vanguard Frigate (850) – 340000Light Fleet Cruiser (375) – 249375Missile Cruiser (50) – 118250Heavy Cruiser (110) – 133650Heavy Fleet Cruiser (126) – 315630Carrier Battlecruiser (5) – 99360Heavy Fleet Battlecruiser (36) – 292932Heavy Fleet Battleship (10) – 517750>Construction underway[Citadel Hive ship] – 10%>Formed fleets and ordersSmall Heavy Defense Fleet [Patrolling Leeland space]10 Heavy Battle Fleet [Awaiting orders]5 Missile Ambush Fleet [Awaiting orders]25 Light Fleets [Awaiting orders]
Gas the squids space war now.
>>41631383Clone upkeep/special projects and expenses25 Human captives of the USV Hope – 750[Gemini] 15 Human Hybrids [In production] (900)3 Taidaren Hybrids [In production] (210)4 Human flash clone upkeep – 1203 Human hybrid clone upkeep – 90Specializations:>Tech>Engineer>Brawler[Hive space]100 Human Hybrids – 3,000Lyle Rogers – 57Jackob Eisner – 56Dillon Reager – 30Clone/project upkeep – 5,173NTotal upkeepNutrient costs: 6,295,775>IncomeMetals: 2,838,000Nutrients: 9,801,250Net: 3,505,475
>>41631387I thought it was gas the valens
>>41631406Hive Territory[G-426]Asteroid mining base: 50,000M per day.*Leeland (capital)Defensive structures>Surface to Orbit Missile System (750N)>Anti-orbital batteries: 35/35 (8750N) Military structures>Hangar facilities: Room for 4840 Aero/fighter Drones and 2420 Shuttles (3025N)>Psionic Shroud (1,000N)>Prison OutpostIndustrial structures>Docking Pylon: (1969) (98,450N)[Empty docks: 2000/2000]Economic Structures>Smart Mines active: 100,000M per day>Algae Farm: +4,800,000per day, 48,000 Workers (1 worker per 100N)>Film harvester dock: +5,000,000N per day, 10,000 Harvesters active (500N per Harvester)[M-662]RalighaDefensive structures>Surface to Orbit Missile System (750N)>Anti-orbital batteries: 35/35 (8750N)Economic structures>Bloodroot collectors: A series of pipes and veins running from the roots of several of the nearest Bloodroot trees provide a passive and low maintenance source of nutrient income, +250N per day (5)>Greenwall pit: 500N>Temple alter: A place for the Ralighan locals to worship and bring offerings to your hive, built in the likeness of your local fake queen, +500N per day[M-323]>Orbital docking pylon: Space for docking and construction of 4 sub capitals or 1 capital ship, (50N) [Empty docks: 0/4]>Mining corvette salvage operations +2,688,000M per day (+8000M per corvette)[Farcast]Derelict Sensor arrayGlassed Hive world>Hive bunker complexDeep space waystation>100 docking pylons (10,000N)[Empty docks 400/400]
>>41631436New Construction OptionsDefensive structures>Anti-orbital battery – A bunker armed with a massive Particle beam capable of attacking ships in orbit from the ground. It includes the power and sensor systems required to operate it. 250N 1500M>Surface to Orbit Missile System – This massive bunker complex houses a wide range of warheads and a nigh limitless number of missiles within its protective walls, allowing you to launch missiles against approaching invaders from the safety of your hive. The facility uses the ship missile stats and comes equipped with a single Cruise missile silo that can target any detected object within the system, five Stinger missile silos capable of targeting any craft within high orbit, and ten Swarm missile silos specialized in targeting high altitude aircraft and low orbiting targets. The facility itself is a massive complex spread out over several miles, and includes guidance and launch equipment, as well as the means to construct and maintain a stock of warheads and missiles. (1500N 2500M)Military Structures>Hangar Expansion – Construct fortified hangar facilities of +40 aero/fighter drone space and +20 shuttle space. 50N 100M>Psionic Shroud – A single building built around the shattered remains of a Void Shard, the shroud amplifies the unnatural mental silence of the broken crystal within to mask an entire planet from potential detection, preventing outside forces from easily detecting the thoughts of a hive. (2,000N 5,000M)Industrial Structures>Docking Pylon – A large spire or station that contains space for docking and construction of 4 ships, or a single capital ship if placed in orbit. 100N 300M>Weather Spire – A networked collection of spires spread across a planet capable of studying and altering a planet’s climate and atmosphere. Construction includes the building of all spires needed to function. (8,000N 20,000M)
>>41631406Hey QuestDrone! Program0-Sempi noticed you! Your quest got a cameo in his last thread!
So there was an organic ships thread not long ago. Anyone else check it out?
>Smuggle thermos containing sole fly into Bedrock>Fly finds garbage chute and cocoons into egglayer, begins laying more flies and at least seven parasites>Stay at Bedrock long enough for parasites to hatch>Find excuses to get Decker onto Bedrock, make sure that Bedrock security insists his shadehound stays on the ship.>ambush with flies and parasite him when he's alone and unprotectedMost of our attacks have to be done away from the ship as long as the D-man is onboard and unparasited. His shadehound is the greatest threat for sniffing out any nontrivial number of flies or parasites onboard.
>>41631463Economic Structures>Orbital solar array – A station placed in orbit of the local star equipped with a membrane of photosynthetic cells several kilometers in diameter capable of producing a steady stream of nutrient income. Provides 1000N per day total (5,000N 5,000M>Harvester Dock – A large pier built along the shore overlooking the spore-producing ocean film that serves as an unloading area for Harvester drones, and contains pipelines to pump collected raw nutrients to the hive’s awaiting processing facilities, includes a single Harvester which is covered by the cost and upkeep of the dock. Provides 500N per day total (38N 50M)>Orbital electroponic station – An orbital instillation built near a large source of hydrogen used to fuel a large fusion core, which in turn provides electrical power to a contained algae farm facility. Must be built in orbit of a gas giant. Provides +500N per day and doubles as a gas mining facility, refueling the tritium stores of any ships in the system. (1000M)>Algae Farm – A carved out space used to utilize Leeland’s natural electrical field to cultivate food. +100N per day, 1 worker to maintain.>Hydroponic platform – A floating greenhouse platform used to grow farmland through hydroponics that can only be built on or near water with open access to plentiful sunlight. Each greenhouse platform supports roughly one hectare and requires a single worker to tend the crop and maintain the platform. Multiple platforms can be connected together to create fields of floating farmland. +200N per day, 1 worker to maintain.>>41631465I noticed! I hope their not to scale, or they'll be building dreadnoughts and eating planets by the end of the week.
IT. IS. TIME.BEST TIME OF THE WEEK HIVE QUEEN QUEST HELL YEAH!...I'm calm. NO I'M NOT
Glory to the Mother-of-Many, the Red Queen
>>41631518>Filter towers – A large underwater pylon built to extract raw nutrients from the microbial life of the surrounding ecosystem. Can only be used on planets with bountiful biospheres and deep oceans capable of supporting large amounts of microbes. Provides between 100 and 500 N per day, depending on the local environment. (500M)>Capillary Tower – This massive organic space elevator offers a number of logistical and economic advantages, despite its drastic up front cost and fragile nature. Shuttles or space craft are no longer needed to move resources from the surface to orbital structures, freeing shuttles for more important tasks. The counterweight station serves as a center for construction, with 4 docking pylons included on the structure to repair and build ships, while gaining a bonus to capital ship construction time due to the speedy nature with which resources arrive from the surface. The Capillary Tower can also spread hive creep and extract resources at an increased rate, spreading roots deep into the crust to bring up resources directly into orbit, allowing you to consume a planet much more quickly than normal. A Hive ship can construct a Capillary Tower if given the time and resources to do so, deploying one after 3 full days, after which it becomes the counterweight station, and must remain stationary until it detaches and destroys the tower to move. A Hive ship deployed in this way does not have access to its spinal weapons, but can use other features as normal. A planet can hold a max of 4 Capillary Towers along its equator. For each one, planetary mining or over harvest activities are doubled. (50,000N 500,000M)>>41631510I did. Turned into a Farscape thread around the end. Good show.
>>41631553Finished Research>Micro rocketA miniaturized, unguided missile that utilizes a small amount of propellant to maintain its trajectory and boost its velocity before embedding itself within the target and detonating for maximum damage. The rocket itself is a form of smart ordinance, and can be set to detonate at a predetermined time, such as after penetrating a wall or door, or within a certain range of a target, or within the target. The rocket deals more damage at longer range, but infers a penalty to accuracy and rate of fire.>Solid State TeleportationBy disassembling matter into its base atoms, you can transmit simple materials from one hive to another, allowing all hives under your control to transmit and receive resources without the use of your ships, which can now focus on defense and drone transport. It will take a short while for your thinkers to become fully capable of utilizing this new ability to the maximum benefit possible, but they are already hard at work assembling a hive-wide economy to ensure all of your facilities are properly fed and maintained.>Quantum TuningBy utilizing new advancements in quantum science, you can alter the particles of pre-existing hive made quantum relays to have them attune to another when it is within close proximity, allowing you to reuse relays that have been damaged or had their companion lost. While you feel this is not the greatest of technologies for the hive, you suspect it would be of great worth to any non-psionic life.
>>41631436I thought we had started an aquatic hive on Huron in the wreck of that spaceship on that plateau?
>>41631577[New Weapon Unlocked]>Heavy ThumperAn advanced version of the thumper grenade launcher, this version fills the ranged weapon slot and is in many ways a more robust, higher caliber Thorn Launcher that fires self-propelled chitin warheads capable of dispersing shrapnel after penetrating a target’s armor or cover. Because the weapon uses complex ammunition, the drone’s weapon cannot quickly or easily regenerate additional munitions in the field, forcing the drone to carry a larger supply at once. Because of this, the Heavy Thumper occupies both the weapon graft slot and the drone’s blade slot for that arm, reducing its melee capabilities. A drone with a Honey Pot does not suffer this drawback, as ammo can be stored in the Honey Pot and fed to the weapon as needed. The micro-rockets can be made to hold chemical, biological, thermal, or other similar ammo types in the same way as the normal Thumper. Each rocket deals a small amount of splash damage to any adjacent units upon detonation.Size: MDmg: [Special] High explosiveRoF: LowRng: LongAcc: MediumSpecial: The micro-rockets fired from the Heavy Thumper continue to accelerate after they are launched, improving the damage potential of each rocket as it moves. At short range, the rocket does not have enough velocity to penetrate most forms of armor or cover, and imparts no kinetic damage to targets. For every range value past short, it increases its kinetic damage value but decreases its accuracy. The weapon ignores armor at long range.
>>41631535Glory to the Luminescent Eye, Recreator of Skyl, Foe of the Black Queen, Nemesis of the Crystals, the Red Queen.
>>41631618Did we just get the Hive version of 40K Bolters?
>>41631616we did, we need to add those filter towers there so we can actually start expanding it a bit.
>>41631618New Research UnlockedComplex matter reconstructionSlowYour thinkers suspect that by utilizing and combining advancements in quantum theory with your teleportation technology it may be possible to increase the threshold of items that can be transmitted from pure substances and elements, to more complex alloys and objects of more complex shape and size, potentially allowing for the transmission of equipment, weapons, or mechanical components.Current Research>Advanced Psionic ReadingSlowWith your new abilities growing, you continue to hone and develop more advanced methods of using your psionic network. Your thinkers believe that with more practice they should be able to delve deeper into the minds of non-hive life, digging past surface thoughts and emotions and into more detailed pieces of information without resorting to invasive neural interfaces.>Psionic ImprintingMediumThe next logical step from psionic reading, your thinkers believe that if you can detect the thoughts of others, you may be able to alter them as well. Further study is needed to determine the extent of this potential ability.>Plasma Assault CannonFastYour thinkers believe it would be rather easy to scale up the plasma cannon, using the same principles, but on a similar scale as the Rotary Stinger or Thorn Cannon, turning a powerful anti-armor weapon into a direct fire siege weapon that would likely make for a powerful bunker buster and anti-structure weapon.
>>41631653Yeah that's why I was wondering. Maybe dig down through the plateau to get to the biomass rich trenches to set up the towers
>>41631652Yes, yes we did. It's complete heresy thou.
>>41631673>Auto-harvest podsMediumA number of pods that can be placed within some ships, allowing them to spread hive spores over an enemy planet when destroyed. These pods could, theoretically, also be launched from drop pods for a similar effect.>High-altitude spore dispersalMediumBy spraying modified hive spores from a capillary tower at high altitude, the tower gains the ability to spread hive creep several magnitudes faster than any other method you have, contaminating the surface of an entire hemisphere in a mere day, although the creep itself grows at normal speed. The spores are visible as a greenish fog that permeates the atmosphere, especially around the tower itself, and is toxic to non-hive life, forcing any enemies of the hive to make use of rebreathers or air filters. The spores can be made to carry other chemicals or biological agents.>Atmospheric static generatorMediumBy utilizing the natural friction of a sufficiently dense atmosphere against the surface of a capillary tower, the tower can be made to generate energy to feed itself and reduce its upkeep cost.>Rip DriveMediumA powerful, and accurate drive system, it does not move the equipped ship, but allows the ship to rip open a hole in spacetime, creating something akin to an artificial wormhole that bridges the ship's current location with a location of its choosing within its range. This allows not only the ship to move through the rupture, but also allows it to open ruptures for other craft, allowing for the deployment of sub-light craft over vast interstellar distances.>Deep Core MiningSlowTaking planetary mining to the logical extreme, your thinkers believe that your hive infrastructure, if spread across the surface of a world and given enough time, would be able to consume the ferrous metal core of a planet itself.
>>41631682Sounds like a good idea to me, we need a second high nutrient gathering outpost.
>>41631673Holy shit we are reaching the point we can make teleporters
>>41631673>New Research UnlockedWait.So>Quantum TuningDoesn't unlock potentially weaponizing the retuning process into a warhead that severs nearby quantum circuits/quantum strings, like in the quantum scrambler bomb?I figured that was in this tech tree, logically.
>>41631682Well then that's settled. Let's do that
>>41631701>Ship grappleMediumA simple idea at heart; throw a hook at the target and reel it in. When you take into account the relative speeds and raw kinetic forces involved in such an action, however, it quickly stops being so simple. Complex and highly durable cables and pulleys must be developed, as well as specialized bulkheads to prevent ripping the ship in two. The result, however, should be interesting, if a bit insane.>RamMediumThe concept of ramming in ship to ship combat is simple and straight forward. Doing so without obliterating your own ship, however, is a far more complex skill to master that requires numerous alterations to ship design philosophy and a willful lack of common sense. The Scavengers appear to be insane enough to have thought such a strategy useful in space combat, and are stubborn enough to perfect it. The study and extensive testing of the design of the ram should allow you to develop something similar for your own ships.>Artificial gravity platingMediumBy utilizing insignificant amounts of antimatter to create unfocused gravitational fields, and then directing them through the gravity plating into a single direction, the internal structure of a ship can be granted a small amount of artificial gravity. White the direction of the gravity can be changed at will, or turned off, it lacks the resources and energy to project a field capable of directly causing injury
>>41631768>Gravity thrustersSlowSimilar in function to your Skid drive, the Gravity thrusters essentially surf along pre-existing gravity fields, increasing their performance when in close proximity to major sources of gravitational pull, be it a large celestial body, a star, a planet, an exceptionally large structure or group of structures, or the core of a gravity drive. While in deep space it becomes less effective, the law of universal gravitation means it never becomes totally useless, and when in close proximity to a powerful gravity source it should outperform most other thruster designs with ease.>Shield miniaturizationMediumWith your new understanding, previously unknown aspects of standard shield technology can be seen in a new light, indicating a small overlap between it and gravitational manipulation technology. By using newly developed technology, your thinkers suspect that they may be able to create a more compact, but less powerful shield system.>Photonic microstructuresSlowThe useful applications of manipulating massive photonic molecules are many, and your preliminary studies indicate that you may be able to develop more practical uses beyond the blaster, especially in the field of energy shielding.>Nausea fieldSlowA rather interesting side effect first noticed with your Blink drive, but now weaponized to great effect as a defensive measure. You should be able to enhance your medium and advanced relays to emit a wave of sickening nausea in a radius around it, causing affected subjects to feel increasing levels of both physical and mental uneasiness, causing feelings of dread and queasiness.
>>41631714>>41631767Sounds like a terrible idea to start harvesting the human-owned oceans at a scale they'd notice.And any scale that they wouldn't notice is not worthwhile at the current scale the hive operates on.Huron is for genetic samples, not for income, unless you want to spore the humans, space war now and consume everything.
>>41631812We'd not be killing everything on huron if we were to do that there. Don't be silly.
>>41631792 Available research options>Psionic Cannon prototypeVery slow/Very dangerousDetailed accounts of several experiments show the slow progress of Project Godsplitter. The cannon itself is highly volatile, and even the smallest miscalculation often results in the destruction of the ship, as well as any nearby craft. It can only be equipped to a Hive ship's spinal mount, and requires a functional Void Shard as ammunition. At least a dozen testing sizes were atomized in testing the weapon, and in the end it appears The Gardener never quite perfected it.>Add Complex matter reconstruction to research>Add Psionic Cannon to research>Add both>Add neither>Other>>41631737On that subject, there is a chance you actually don't unlock all potential research options in certain fields of study on your own, and likewise, other factions may totally overlook tech options that you utilize on a regular basis within the same field of study.
>>41631875Is there even any real need to ask?>Add Complex matter reconstruction to research
>>41631875Remind me, but would psionic cannon prototype bring down the attention of black queen?If not then:>Add bothPsionic cannon being done on a remote outpost made just for that research
>>41631875>>Add Complex matter reconstruction to research
>>41631896>>41631917>>41631922Cut that out.>>41631875>>Add Complex matter reconstruction to research
>>41631932>cut that outAny reason?
>>41631949It will attract the attention of the void god, this has been stated multiple times, it should be basic knowledge by now.
>>41631949big chance to fail
>>41631875>>Add Complex matter reconstruction to research>Very dangerous>alerts the void gods>this was explicitly why Mother didn't do the research herself and outsourced itNo thanks.
>>41631875>Add Complex matter reconstruction to research
>>41631875>>Add Complex matter reconstruction to research>>41631917Psionic Cannon is- obstenably- endgame trigger, since yes, that's gonna get the attention of OB bitch and her Void God pimps real quick.
>>41632001>>41632009It's been long ago, only vague memories now.It's why I asked, really.
>>41631875>Add Complex matter reconstruction to researchI want to wait till we have this done at the least before undertaking the psi cannon research since it would make transporting nessisary material to a remote research site simpler and more covert. Also I would want to get the Skyl and Theseus in on the project to some degree since They are an enemy to all life, synthetic or otherwise, in the universe.
>>41632024We're EVENTUALLY gonna hit the button. We're running out of research options.Just won't be right now.
>>41632024>It's been long ago,No it wasn't. It was only 8 threads ago the relay memories were replayed.Also, it has "Very dangerous" right there in the description, there is no excuse for not knowing about that.>>39016818>"I do not know. I cannot test it without alerting them."
>>41632091That's like 5 months anon. Not everyone has a memory as good as youAs for very dangerous, it's why I stated a remote outpost.Just the part about void gods slipped my mind.Please forgive my insolence anon.
>>41632141Chances are even if it's a remote outpost, OB's gonna put 2 and 2 together.
>>41632203Please forgive me already anon
>>41632238M'not mad or nothin'. Just saying it's a really scary proposition. No worries.
>>41631875>Add Complex matter reconstruction to researchGemini is writhing with signals as news broadcasts pass back and forth, rolling outward to the edges of the system in waves of reruns and talking-head news personalities. A man in a casual suit with a popped collar walks about on one of the channels through the streets of the capital district asking pointed questions to passing pedestrians."So what do you think about the Valen supporting the Greens?" He asks a man holding a cricket bar in one hand and a mini-holo screen in the other."I think they probably had to pay for support like that." He says, the decal of a pro-Tory shirt seen beneath his jacket. "I wouldn't trust a Green after that. I think it's safe to say they'll be serving a third party for a while now, especially if they manage to win the vote."The screen cuts to a grainy image from an old Earth science-fantasy film as a large, grotesque floating thing in a tank talks to a man in a throne room about plots and betrayals, and then cuts to another short interview. It quickly becomes clear the segment is in favor of the bill as the host picks out the worst of the local protesters or obvious Tory and National supporters. After several minutes the show cuts to an old looking man who immediately touts his balanced reporting skills before verbally assaulting the Green leadership for a variety of recent events.Across many of the local news channels you find headline titles twisting the events of the previous day's negotiations. An image circulates of Killinger standing in front of the Valen in the parliament building, gazing sternly back at the cluster of eyes and the gaping, tooth filled maw held inches from his face.The most aggressive headline you find reads "Killinger firm against Valen opposition: leading Tory against xeno agenda", but the others don't hold much less bias. Various sources mull over polls showing the growing pro-Tory sentiment among the voting populace.cont.
>>41632485>old Earth science-fantasy film as a large, grotesque floating thing in a tank talks to a man in a throne room about plots and betrayals
>>41632485Hmmm. As much as it might be playing into his hands, we need to do something about this before it's irreversible and Killinger gets handed the crown, so to speak.
>>41632624We could always get some money and DNA from killinger and get him caught on camera with a few alien prostitutes, preferably the sewer people.
>>41632485I'm starting to think we should get around to making contact with Alder pretty soon, and get Theseus' opinion on all this. On a related note, we're clearly going to trade with him soon with Quantum Manipulation unlocked, but I'll repost my pastebin with all our completed research subjects just in case we want to trade more than that. http://pastebin.com/JXrLv9U6
We should try to open up communications with the commonwealth, I recommend a cleverly made message on a black monolith with coordinates to a physical meeting point. We put one speaker and a few drones there as well as a corvette and have them meet there. They can't fuck us too badly with this as we can host on an empty moon in empty space somwhere.
>>41632658It's a universe with facelifters, people know you can make duplicates of celebrities easily. That accomplishes nothing.>>41632624>i know it's playing into his hands>but let's play into his handsYou make the same mistake Killinger does. He thinks "winning the crown" is actually the victory scenario. It's not. He can win the battle, but lose the war when it goes to his head.His life is already complicating itself with the Valen's web of lies. We'll have the opportunity to give him the push that hangs him soon enough.
>>41632705That might be an option, but considering this whole 'anti-xeno/anti-Greens' angle Killinger's playing up, would it really help the Greens if they were consorting with us like that? Hell, we'd be proving accurate what that interviewee said- about the Greens being in someone's pocket.
>>41632754Eyy you're from the past thread. I'm all for it.
>>41632761But he'd have a hard fucking time disproving it when it's biologically killinger.
>>41632761Hmmm...so you're saying that he wins- for now- but eventually it can be set up so that it all comes tumbling down once things spiral out of his control? (Provided we set things up right, that is.)
>>41632772I wasn't implying we would openly contact the greens, but discreet communication within the Union seems to be an area of Theseus' expertise.
>>41632772Only if they are found out. But I agree with what you're saying. Maybe if we do it via a clone? Hybrid?
>>41632485Michael sits in his room on his computer as he types in the various clearance codes to route the relay connection through to Talgo. A skinny, balding man appears on the screen a moment later."What is it?" He asks calmly."I'm sending over all the gathered data collected on the bill, and Representative Killinger's recent political happenings. Including the files on Richardson." Michael replies. The bald man looks over his screen as the data appears on his end."Good, good. Is there anything here we can leak?" He asks simply. Michael shakes his head."The man's cleaner than anyone I've seen. As far I can tell he means what he says.""That's fine, it won't matter in the long run. Besides, he's gone independent." The man says. "He just spoke out in condemnation of a number of Green policies. His people have already said he'll be forming his own party later this week.""Are you serious? I didn't hear anything about that." Michael says, flipping through his files. The bald man just nods."He's a radical, and the polls keep going in his favor. Everyone who says something against him publicly takes a hit in their support, so we're just letting him cruse in for now. Hopefully we can finish the big vote before the Talgo debates." He tilts his head slightly in thought. "With the Valen actions, of course, that shouldn't be too much of a problem. Thanks for the data, this is good stuff." He nods his head and abruptly ends the call, leaving Michael alone again. Your fly lands on his shoulder and he lightly shoos it away.>Have Michael examine the ship for surveillance devices>Tend to your hive on Gemini>Tend to your hive outpost on Huron>Other
>>41632909>Have Michael examine the ship for surveillance devices>Tend to your hive outpost on Huron
>>41632909>>Have Michael examine the ship for surveillance devices
>>41632909>>Have Michael examine the ship for surveillance devices>>Tend to your hive outpost on Huron
>>41632909Figures he'd start a Dominionist party.>>Tend to your hive on Gemini
>>41632909>Have Michael examine the ship for surveillance devicesthen>Tend to your hive outpost on Huron
>>41632909>>Tend to your hive outpost on HuronFriendly reminder that this is one of those 'only pick one votes' everyone. We as players just can't focus on two seperate hives.
Not against it, but what're we doing on Huron, again? Is it important in particular, or are we just catching up on stuff we've neglected?
>>41632909>>Have Michael examine the ship for surveillance devicesAnd then meet with Bedrock's notorious criminal, Mr. Anderson.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D7cPH7DHgA
>>41632909Richardson, hes the one with the religious vote right? We should check up about him just to make sure this isn't a crystal plot
>>41633013Genetic samples.We can target that sandworm sarlacc thing maybe. Or search for the rare and elusive wickerfish.
>>41632828I think we can solve this by leaking state secrets to the media. Extra bonus if it incriminates killinger.A few images from the lab with alien corpses (Valen included) and a few war crime proofs and we'd have a shit storm.
>>41633052Wickerfish sounds rather interesting with it's natural kevlar skin.With Huron I just want to check on the progress of the Hive structure there before moving onto other things.Also genetic samples of that giant bobbit worm
>>41632909>>Have Michael examine the ship for surveillance devicesor>>Tend to your hive on GeminiReminer that you still haven't parasited the Taidaren Setting Sons. Gemini is far more urgent before they start gossiping about the wonder parasite.
>>41633076Now that's a plan
>>41632909>>Tend to your hive on Gemini
>>41633076The problem with that is that there's next to no way to verify those images or conclusively linking them to Killinger with out outing Michael as our agent.
>>41633013We need to set up the infrastructure there, get some more samples etc.
>>41633095I know Gemini is important but we've only done Gemini stuff the last few months
At this point i think we should stop fighting killinger over thisHe's got most of the military head honchos backing him and now also valen support so there isn't really a point in trying to fight him politically We should be focusing on our other enemies like the black queen for instanceShe been way too quiet
>>41633164Yeah, I'd like to focus a bit more on other worlds too.
>>41633076Dillon and Jackob and Lyle didn't bring cameras with them into the lab mission. They don't have photo evidence of anything they saw, so any photos would necessarily be faked based on their memories.You literally can't leak anything that incriminates Killinger without making it obvious that it was all things Michael was privy to, and most of it is vague plausibly deniable stuff. He's too valuable to lose for wasting an attack on Senator Teflon.People HAVE done scandals about Killinger before. It never worked. The story gets buried. They control the media. You've just seen how the Tories dominate the media.You can't get him through public opinion, that's the front he's always expecting an attack on so he has that locked down. So you have to get him through shadowy subterfuge.
>not just apocalypseing the world
>>41633270We're Neutral Evil with occasional Lawful leanings, not Chaotic Evil.
>>41633232>So lets just assassinate him
>>41632909>Have Michael examine the ship for surveillance devicesMichael has already used your fly, and his extensive knowledge of Union surveillance techniques to make sure that his own cabin was clean. Your fly lets out a squeak as it stretches its wings, floating by Michael's head in the low gravity."No, you can't come with me. Even if I kept you in a pocket I don't know how good of a scent that hound-thing has." He says. Your fly darts under a cabinet."Well it's not personal!" He says. "Just stay here while I try to canvas the ship.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.>Have your fly morph into a small egg layer>Do not>Other
>>41633232How do you propose we subterfuge this then? We need all the level headed ideas we can get.
Rolled 35 (1d100)>>41633305>Do notWait till we find a better hiding spot
Rolled 18 (1d100)>>41633305
>>41633305>Have your fly morph into a small egg layer we need some more parasites.
Rolled 60 (1d100)>>41633305>Do NotWe save the morph until we're absolutely certain there's nowhere better.
Rolled 66 (1d100)>>41633305
Rolled 59 (1d100)>>41633305>>Do notWE WAIT, WAIT FOR BETTER OPPORTUNITY
Rolled 95 (1d100)>>41633305>Do notAlso QD, I say this a lot but I love how adorable you make the Drones
>>41633336Well. I didn't do good, but I didn't trash it, at least.
Rolled 68 (1d100)>>41633305Consider the feasibility of having it form a hive on Bedrock instead >>41631513Space station colonies gotta have a garbage dump somewhere like the Death Star did. You can survive in that, right.
>>41633285We aren't even evil. We're true neutral and don't particularly care that much about other species that we have no formal partnership with.
>>41633305>>Have your fly morph into a small egg layer>>41633357You're late.
>>41633365I never quite understood the meaning of that gif. Been used for so many things.
Rolled 45 (1d100)>>41633305
>>41633372Considering Bedrock is a colony world, wouldn't be faster and safer if we just land a medium sized egglayer on it with pod?
>>41633441What's with this quest and people making shit up? People keep doing that.It's an airtight sealed colony with no natural atmosphere.• Bedrock: Population 3,270. One of the largest asteroids within the belt, a number of rockets cover its surface and have sent it into a spin. On its axis there is a docking port where ships enter the hollow interior. Mining platforms surround the space city, and there is heavy traffic in the area.
>>41633412It's basically a 'holy shit' type thing.
>>41633305Your fly hugs the ground and its color shifts until it becomes nothing but a lump under the dresser. Michael leaves and the door shuts behind him.He finds the cameras easily enough. At least a dozen scattered across the ship to cover all the public areas, although he can't think of any way to search the private ones without being suspicious. Even the showers have a small thermal band hidden near the door, and a microphone in the light fixture over the toilet in the room across the tiny hall. Calhoun was right about one thing, there is certainly no room for privacy aboard this ship.Michael skims the bridge, but Commander Grey is still there sitting in the command couch, her arms drifting in the zero gravity.>Enter and search the bridge>Skip this room and assume it is bugged
>>41633577>>Skip this room and assume it is buggedBecause yeah it's probably bugged 10 ways to Sunday.
>>41633577>>Skip this room and assume it is bugged
>>41633577>Skip this room and assume it is bugged
>>41633307Infiltrate and parasite the Gemini PDF. Follow the trail of bureaucracy to get closer to Parliamentary security. Make them your brainpuppets.Deploy Moderate relay equipped drones to read human minds en masse in the sewers beneath the city. Find out the humans' secrets, find the humans thinking about Killinger as a coworker, boss, or assignment, not just as a celebrity. Stalk them with flies.Inveigle the hive's claws into New Prescott more, so we can ultimately parasite Killinger. It just requires sniffing out those close enough to him to do it.
>>41633577>>Enter and search the bridge
Right, so, this place has more eyes on it than Janet Jackson at the Superbowl.How do we get this spookshow rollin'?
>>41633577How can surveillance even work now that the commander turned off the network?>>41497601 >"He is a menace, and there will be no networking on this ship so long as he is aboard."Actually, how does Michael make calls to Talgo and Gemini with the network off?
>>41633712In the town of Bedrock.They'll join our modern space age family.
>>41633655You know guys maybe we should stop wasting time on getting killinger If you guys want to hurt him so bad we should just track down those transferred psi subject and have lyle launch another raid against another union secret project
>>41633752>let's not track down humans that lead us to the potential future leader of the Union>let's do this equally difficult thing: trying to find a covert laboratory which we don't even have a first clue to go onMass mindreading is the first step in either plan, since there are no other leads to follow. So Big Mother it is.
>>41633808Anon's got a point there.
>>41633808Yeah you do realize how time and resource intensive this plan is right? We do have other enemies who are hell lot more dangerous than the union you know
>>41633808>So Big Mother it is.I just had a mental image of our Hybrids / Chimera garbed in Hive-style Power Armor from that Section 8 game.
>>41633861No people have gotten so butthurt over Killingers mastery of shadowrunning that it's become a personal vendetta for anons when we should try investigating the Commonwealth a little bit more and hunting the scavs, ceph, and Obsidian Queen
>>41633861Resources are mooched from the protein recycling plan or scavenged by our new Taidaren mindslaves, and are resources we couldn't spend anywhere except on Gemini itself anyway. It doesn't cost the rest of the hive anything. Gemini economy is completely independent.As for time, we just need to set up the surveillance network and let it run passively while doing other things. If interesting turns up on the Thinkers' radar, only then do we turn our attention to it.
>>41633894>>41633957The black queen is just gonna hit us harder the longer we ignore what she is doing I mean serious guys here our enemy power rankings at this moment 1 Crystals2 Black Queen3 Ceph4 Scavs5 Union6 Commonwealth We really need to get our priorities straight Enough with the union blackops and start figuring our where the BQ fleet is gathering before she launches an attack
>>41633577Michael lightly pushes against the door frame and drifts away. He hears a subtle snort from the commander followed by a light mumble as the doors shut. He continues his search, finding another three cameras and a microphone in the main hallway leading to the medical bay and engineering. Calhoun is upon him like a guard dog as he passes the threshold of the door to the engineering section."Hold fast, partner. Where you think you're headed?" He asks, jabbing his finger in Michael's chest and nearly sending him flying back to the bed bay."I was just taking a tour of the ship, seeing what it has under the hood, so to speak." He says."The hell you are. Commander's orders, nobody goes to engineering without her say so or my say so, and I didn't say so. I ain't about to let some bureaucrat anywhere near a gat-dang black hole. Now git. You can be anywhere else but here." He says as he jabs a finger back down the hall, sending him back a few inches as he does and he quickly taps the seal again, shutting the door.The Cortez is surprisingly spacious, with the many cargo pods set along the edges of the hull mostly empty. Several are locked, with warnings calming they are depressurized or hold dangerous cargo, but two hold the ship's hangar bays, containing a small gunship each. Michael finds various cameras and sensors as he goes before heading back to the spinal hallway. Near the front is a small enclosed space labeled as the tactical barracks. He shimmies his way down the hatch and finds a small drop pod chamber built beneath the spinal mount.cont.>>41633716Everything runs on cables and isolated networks. The wifi is off, essentially, and all the tactical systems and ship functions are isolated from each other.
I agree we need to do something about figuring out the BQ, the problem is how. I think we were hoping we could kinda work our way up that chain, honestly.
>>41634023The problem with that list is the accessibility of the top 4. The Scavs we could probably infiltrate by parasiting the captive we've got, and I agree we should really organize such an effort. Problem with the Ceph is that we don't have any obvious means of reaching or even locating their homeworld, and their ships vastly outclass our own at the moment. The Black Queen I'm actually less concerned about, just because we've got two allies also intent on taking her down, and the sophistication of our technology is far beyond hers. Also, the problem of attacking a hive mind is that any action against one of her holdings or ships will instantly be known to her, leaving her free to choose her counter attack. And if we're going to hit her hard, we could at least wait until our new fleets and hive ship have finished being constructed. I don't want to touch the Void Crystals with a 10 foot pole.The great thing about the Union in comparison is that it's so easy to infiltrate, they're practically asking for it.
Is anyone worried that the black queen is infiltrating the humans too?
>>41634153>>41634135Huh so the black queen was not able to bypass unity held zones and strike railghia out of nowhere She making preparations to deal with us one way or anotherI don't think we have the luxury of playing with the union Every faction in this quest are making there owns moves and we are going to have accept there are times we cant do anything about them But the BQ should always have higher priority,We should launch raiding parties just to wreck havoc and hit her weakpoints if only to keep her off balance Like that sector where shes has all those mining corvettes >>41634278I'm worried that the crystals are doing it through that new religion that's spreading in the union
>>41634317>I'm worried that the crystals are doing it through that new religion that's spreading in the unionThat was a doomsday cult claiming that Theseus was the harbringer of the destruction of humanity. They have literally no connection to the crystals. There was never any suggestion that the crystals were even slightly interested in humanity, aside from the occasional raid of bored Ceph pirates. What is it with people making shit up in this quest?
>>41634317We should deal with this the way yo deal with a zerg infestation, destroy production and resource extraction centers. She'll have to make a choice then as to whether to double down on military or rebuild afterwards. We can do Theseus style hit and run attacks or even just strap a blink drive onto an asteroid and blink it into system.
>>41634053Mauser's drop suit is held tightly against the rigging within layers of outstretched metal plates. Its armor is impressive, with a set of turbine jet thrusters along the back. The shoulders are tremendous, each with a swiveling weapon mounting built in holding a rocket pod. The left arm is missing its grasping hand, and has been incompletely replaced with an over-sized sledge of some kind. A large screw-like spike protrudes from the center, and a number of thermal exhaust vents line the outside of the forearm. Near the wrist is a small twin rotary cannon built into where the back of the hand would normally go, just behind the large spike of the sledge. The right arm holds a large sun caster mounted on the arm, wrapped around it to give it some semblance of a compact form. Thermal radiators cover the mounting, and an armored power conduit runs from the back of the caster to the main body of the suit. Beneath the mounting, set flush against the forearm is the mounting of a thermal edged vibro-blade that runs along the entire length of the arm.The suit is a standard grey color, with a crudely stenciled white skull painted over the face plate, the left shoulder holds a bright yellow bold text reading "531st Iron Strikers", and the right holds an inscription of a flaming hammer with the words "first to strike, they never strike back." Painted in a circle around it. There are at least eight dozen harsh looking tallies crudely scratched into the armor plates along the chest, and a worn collection of ribbons painted along the other side of the chest."I don't think he would like you gawking." A man says behind Michael. He flinches and begins flailing for a hand hold.Cont.
>>41634441Jesus god.I think Lyle would have some trouble with this guy. If we're going to do things, we need to do things while this SOB is far, far away.
>>41634441> the left shoulder holds a bright yellow bold text reading "531st Iron Strikers", and the right holds an inscription of a flaming hammer with the words "first to strike, they never strike back."Huh, we should forward this to lyle, he'll actually understand it more than we will.
>>41634476Or we give Lyle the advantage of suprise and actually knowing his enemy, Bonus to the fact that this gives us a valid reason to justify in my conspiracy a scenerio where lyle is forced to retreat and blow up his "secret outpost", assuming the plot to frame the scavengers is still a go.
>>41634539I'm not opposed to it. What was the scenario exactly for, again?
>>41634609We were going to prove killinger "right" by showing the hand of the party involved in rescuing lee and attacking the Commonwealth, that party being the scavengers instead of us. It would put killinger conspiring against an enemy that we hate too and inconvenience both of them, as well as giving us an excuse to go more open with scavenger death squads (think space station 13 nuke ops style attacks).
>>41634420Jackob scratches his chin and thinks for a moment. “Killinger’s an ass, but he’s one of the few people not buying into that new great awakening bullshit spreading across Talgo, everyone else seems to flip their shit over wanting to regulate who can fuck who, and it’s not like anyone else is any less corrupt. What about you guys?” Dillon twists a knob on the telescope and looks back to Jackob.Thread Hive Queen Quest 42
>>41634441Michael turns to find a mustachioed man smiling back at him, upside down. His arms are crossed and he spins his legs in an intricate dance-like motion, sending himself twisting over to the suit. He lodges his boot in a crevice of the suit's leg and twists his wrist in a flair has he reaches out to shake Michael's hand."I am Chief tactical officer Jacquees LeBlanc." He says. "Please, call be Jacq. It is a pleasure.""Likewise." Michael says as he shakes the man's hand."Please stay away from the suit. I have been fitting it out according to his demands since we left, and he is very particular." He gives the suit a judgmental glare. "He loves it almost like a woman, and is the only thing he does not seem to have disdain for. A strange man, but we all have our quirks." He says with a chuckle. "Did you need anything?">Yes (write in)>Ask about other crew (write in)>No, just looking around>Other
>>41634671Granted, on this note I put forward a lot of conspiracy ideas here, many of them aren't supported or are flat out turned down, they're mostly >No, just looking aroundI'd be afraid of anyone on the business end of that suit.
>>41634674"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.thread Hive Queen Quest 45.5>>41634704>No, just looking aroundWe really should investigate Richardson
>>41634704>>Yes (write in)Ask about the 531st Iron Strikers
>>41634704>>No, just looking around
>>41634704>Ask about other crew (write in)Is the commander this stuck-up to everyone or am I special?We need to find out the weaknesses and quirks in their personalities so as to know what will lure them off the ship and outof the view of cameras.
>>41634704>>41634704>>Yes (write in)"Do you have anything to drink around here?"LeBlanc seems more easygoing than Commander Hard-ass and Chief Engineer Muh Black Hole.He may be easier to invite onto Bedrock since he doesn't need to be a helicopter hovering over his spot in the ship.
>>41634674Is there any evidence at all that this great awakening is at all linked to the Void Crystals? Because that sounds like one hell of a leap of logic.But still, we should probably send an egglayer to Talgo and have it start a hive there. I mean, three of the named characters in the quest have their roots there and that's where Killinger's voter base lies. Not to mention we could check out this cult, or even start our OWN cult while we're there.
>>41635020Just because it is not explicitly stated so does not mean that we can't prepare for it. Or at least check it out.
>>41635020Again we have a unicorn of a politician Richardson that has a religious power base that may be strong to help him found a new political party in the union And we know the crystals like controlling species through religion It wouldn't be hard for a ceph preacher to sneak in with the refugees and start a crystal cult and gain human followers
>>41634704>Yes Just who or what is the 531st Iron Strikers?
>>41634704The sound of vomiting can be heard from the bathroom section of the common area as Lyle sits at the table with his feet propped by his breakfast. Lee sits awkwardly across from him. Your ghostly form appears to stand not far from the door to the bathroom and you slip the images of the suit to Lyle's mind as another round of retching concludes."Iron Strikers? Huh." He says. Lee looks to him confused."What? Who?""Not talkin to you, kid. Just the voices again." Lee seems to accept the explanation as perfectly normal, if only given the situation."I never outright fought against Union forces. The war never went that hot till recently. Still, word gets around, even over borders. The Iron Strikers were mostly deployed in the Colony wars as one of the first orbital insertion troop divisions, even before they had the actual suit. You'd just be a regular guy strapped in a bath tub they chucked from space and all you could do was hope to god you weren't shot down, or that your chute deployed on time, or that you didn't hit a building or another pod." He lets out a whistle of respect. "An' people think I'm fuckin nuts. They had balls back then, I tell you. Anyway, the Strikers are a legend among drop troopers, and they've made damn sure to keep up with their reputation." He smiles and nods approvingly at the notion. "They only recruit from other drop trooper units, and only the best. Heard of 'em in action during the Credit Skirmish few years ago."Lyle punches the air. "Strike first, and they never strike back. Good motto to live by, I say. Why you ask?">Inform Lyle of Mouser>Other
>>41635187>>Inform Lyle of Mouser
>>41635187>>Inform Lyle of MouserMouser is explicitly on the job to fight lyle anyway.
>>41635020Yeah it's definitely not.When there was a single damn void shard on Aral, before it was named that, we could HEAR it whispering from space as soon as the scout corvette blinked into FG-883.No such whispers have emanated from Talgo. And humans have that anti-psionic guard that WQ seemingly engineered into the human race eons ago. It's just fucking Space Florida with some backwards-ass fundamentalist revival of retro 20th century values going down.
>>41635187>Inform Lyle of Mouser"You will have a new friend to play with. Prepare yourself"
>>41635187>Inform Lyle of Mouser
>>41635242Not if we're too successful and make them brothers-in-hive before they get to fight.Well okay maybe especially then, cuz then they have to -pretend- to fight, but then Lyle won't really have to give it his all.Not that we should tell him that I guess. Never mind.
>>41635229Yet Richardson keeps getting dropped in conversations the threadsIf were lucky it may just be nothing but it may not We should at least investigate whats going on with Richardson
>>41635187>>Inform Lyle of MouserAnd I'm not saying we should do this now, but before he departs the hive we ought to do the following.-Stock the angel with 3 of each medium sized weapons modified for human use, alt ammo for all of them-Stock the angel with grenades of every variety-Send Huey and Dewy back to the Angel as tech crew-Ask Lyle if he would like any modifications to the AngelAdvise him that we could fit the Angel with a swarmer launcher pod, I think Lyle would like having a lifetime supply of free missiles for his bird.
>>41635380Those are all reasonable, I have no problems with that.
>>41635380I'll second this
>>41635358I agree that we should give this Richardson guy a look, though I would not expect him to be a crystals meat puppet.
>>41635187Lyle claps his hands loudly. "Son of a fuckin' bitch." He lets out a whoop of laughter. "Where's the fucker? I need to get some party favors!" He gets up shouts over to the bathroom."Come on you bastard, this is gonna be a good one!""Fuck off." Jackob says as he carefully makes his way into the room. "I uh, think I caught a stomach bug." He says as he slides down to a seat. Lee lets out quick snort of laughter."This guy gets it." Jackob says, pointing to Lee. "You didn't tell me I'd feel like it's an hour past happy-hour.""You'll get over it." Lyle says."If things to right, you will not need to fight him." You remind him. Lyle points to you."No no, don't ruin all the damn fun."cont.
>>41635380The Angel is going to become even more of a monster if Lyle accepts discreet Hive upgrades
>>41635380The Angel is much smaller than a corvette. It's like shuttle sized.I don't think you can fit any ship modules onto it. And you wouldn't want to make it shoot organic missiles.Any grenades or other things would have to be mimicking human designs, sure.Also I'd assume Dillon is the sickly one but he should be in surgery. jackob what r u doin
>>41635462We can fit missile pods to our gunships, though, and they are basically altered shuttles.
>>41635486Gunships also gave up all their internal room for crew, or a fusion reactor. The Angel has both, it needs lots of space inside for humans to be comfortable.
>>41635462We can ask thes to buy a corvette for lyle from the valen and have him keep the angel as a shuttle
>>41635551The Angel is also capable of firing it's own missiles, it just isn't stocked with any as apparently human produced missiles are prohibitively expensive.
>>41631353awwww yeeeeeeeeeeeeeee hive quest, thanks for the awesome story QD.
>>41635440"No, nothing, I was just looking around the place." Michael says. Jacq nods."Of course. I don't get much visitation down here, to be frank. Just "Jacq do this, Jacq do that, calibrate the weapons, upgrade the targeting system, where are my suit's arms, Jacq? It needs more missiles, bla bla bla." He says with a droning voice. "I help to make things go boom. I enjoy it, but they demand too much at times. It is an art, what I do. One poor move, and boom!" He lunges at Michael, his boot yanking him back before he collides into his face. "The whole ship is atomized in atomic fire and pulled into its own black hole! I make sure it is the other guy who is atomized, but nobody cares. Oh, it is just the missile, they say. That is what the targeting computer is for, they say. Well I make sure it all works, you cannot have the computer do everything!"The man inhales deeply and lets out a tired sigh. "I hear Bedrock is a lovely place. I only hope we will have time for shore leave while we hunt down this con man of yours." He says.>Leave and finish searching the ship>Ask about the Commander>Ask about Mauser>Other>>41635380http://pastebin.com/z4yZdEbKHive-made drop suits and other wearable equipment were also added to the pastebin.
>>41635785>Ask about the CommanderDo they just have a stick up their butt about this mission or is it 24/7?Do they even relax on shore leave?
>>41635785>Hive-made drop suits and other wearable equipment
>>41635785>Ask about the Commander>Ask about Mauser
>>41635785>>Ask about the Commander
>>41635785>>Ask about MauserWas he born with that stick in his ass? Does he remove it to sleep?
>dat heavy carapaceWowzer
>>41635975How about we lay one for Lyle right now?
>>41635785>fully functional exoskeletal drop suit
>>41636004And a Medium for Jakob
>>41636004He kinda already has one though.
>>41636048Not as good as hive made!Hive is the best
>>41636061...we're going out in public anon.We can't give him an obviously organic thing for his showdown with Mauser on Union territory.We can't deploy humans with biological dropsuits against a civilization we want to not appear suspicious in front of.
>>41636061Hive is Improve is Best
>>41636095We do if we want to go incognito, can't tell who's under the suit. Can't even tell if it's a human.
>>41636095>>41636140Besides, he can have both stashed away on his ship. Can switch out depending on the situation.
>>41636048Didn't we blow that one up?
>>41636140That doesn't make sense.Just a completely unique, never before seen class of technology in action wrecking shit up. That won't raise questions at all.You know they'll realize the Angel is docked wherever eventually, right, as soon as he leaves.Do you really expect the BFI to be all>but who is racer x?
>>41636271Sure it'll raise questions. But they'll get no answers.Master plan
I honestly think it's about time we stop being so sneaky. Let's have some fun.
>>41636307AMEN BROTHERFOR THE GLORY OF MOTHER!!!!
>>41636307It would solve a lot of our bullshit tbh
>>41635785Michael gathers himself and secures himself again against the floor. "Maybe. I mean, I guess I was wondering about the rest of the crew.""Oh, you wish to pry gossip from me now?" He says with a raised eyebrow and a mocking smile."This Mauser fellow, he was rather abrasive when I spoke to him.""You spoke to him? Astounding. I see no bruises or missing limbs. You clearly came out better than most.""So he's like that with everyone?""He deals with me because he needs to." He says. "But I can see the fire in his eyes when I work on his suit, as if I were holding his woman. Beyond that, yes. He is a brute, but he is very good at being a brute.""What about the Commander, I think I may have insulted her or something." Jacq laughs."No no, she is a rough sort. She runs a tight ship, but it is only from her passion.""I just got this sense that she was especially worked up is all.""Oui." Jacq nods. "I hear she worries for a lover. I know nothing more then that, and that I only guess, but my guess is right." He says. "Now, perhaps if you wish to continue this gossip, you may offer some help in my work?""Ah, actually I don't think I'm qualified." Michael says. Jacq laughs again."Of course not, but if you make a mistake, nobody will be around to complain!" He says in jest. "Good day to you, Misour government man."Michael kicks off the floor and moves back to the ladder, although he does spot a few poorly hidden cameras set along the walls, and he quickly makes his way back to his room.cont.>>41635975Free if you consume the old non-hive one to make it>>41636253You broke it, yes. And then took the rest apart for research.
>>41636442>Free if you consume the old non-hive one to make itGuys. Guys please.
>>41636455...Wait, old non-hive one? I think I missed something...
>>41636489Lyle's old one. It's still around just in pieces
>>41636531That useless broken one?Well not like it costs a lot.Let's make one medium and one heavy and stash them on Angel.Yay? Nay?
>>41636489He was wearing one during his initial mission when he was trying to kidnap drones. Took on dozens of warriors by himself and did pretty ok up until he got overwhelmed by drone wave tactics.
>>41636531Could we rebuild his old one if we didn't want risk exposure though?
>>41636557And that was after we rolled a nat100.
>>41636560We can rebuild it. We have the technology.We can give him a suncaster just like Mauser has now, too. Improve it a little.As long as we don't give it unique features that will make it easy for the enemy to correlate all our moves as done by the same faction. Best if we blend in with the ambient human faction background noise.
>>41636442Michael makes it back to the door of his room. The strange hound sits nearby the door, sniffing at the air. Several thin flaps flair along the creature's smooth face and a set of soft skin patches pulse lightly as it breaths. It scratches at the door inquisitively."No! No, shoo!" Michael shouts. "Get away, get the hell away!" The hound lets out a quick snarl and bounds away in the low gravity as Michael rushes towards the door and quickly enters. He finds your fly looking at him expectantly from the top of a light fixture."Stay hidden, that hound thing was trying to get into the room." He whispers. Your fly buzzes angrily. Michael buries his face in a palm and rubs his temples."I think I found most of the surveillance equipment, at least. There's quite a bit of it. Too much to just hide from.">Make a small egg layer in Michael's room>Speak with a crew member (write in)>Turn to your hive outpost on Huron>turn to your hive outpost on Gemini>Produce new Carapace armor type (write in)>Other>>41636489If you eat Jackob's armor, for example, you could make a free light carapace, or if you ate Mauser's drop suit, you could make your own for free.
>>41636560how about we make a hybrid one? Could make it look very different then our signature hive stuff and still retain many of the benefits of mothers gifts, we just use the bits we have lying around from his old suit .
>>41636793>Make a small egg layer in Michael's roomOkay fine.We'll send one of the flies it produces onto Bedrock to make an additonal backup hive in the garbage chute anyway. That way in an emergency we can dissolve the one on the Cortez into acid.Against making obviously hive equipment for agents.Also, now we confirmed the one word that we can write on a piece of paper, carefully kept out of view, to show to the Commander to make her agree to meet up someplace on Bedrock where there aren't any cameras.Trevor.
>>41636793>Turn to your hive outpost on Huron>Produce new Carapace armor type (write in)One heavy, one mediumHeavy for Lyle, Medium for JackobTo be used, whenever.
>>41636793>Turn to your hive outpost on Huron>Produce new Carapace armor type (write in)One Heavy Carapace and one Medium Carapace
>>41636793>Make a small egg layer in Michael's room>>turn to your hive outpost on GeminiTAIDARENS GUN GET ADOPTEDMeet your new Grandma.
>>41636856You think? It's a heavy gamble, but if it works...
>>41636793Not really sure what to do with the fly on the ship situation. I can't seem to remember what our goal with this thing even is.>Produce new Carapace armor type (write in)Heavy and a Medium.
>>41636793>Make a small egg layer in Michael's roomTime is of the essence.>>turn to your hive outpost on Gemini
>>41636793>>Make a small egg layer in Michael's room
>>41636793>>turn to your hive outpost on Gemini>OtherCatch up on the pods we sent out ages ago.
>>41636894Send them on a wild goose chase, keep them from interfering with our plans, and then parasite them all so that we can turn their skills to our advantage.
>Nobody voting to make stealth or light suits
>>41637032The only one who's capable of using them already has a stealth suit anon.
>>41636793>>Make a small egg layer in Michael's room>>Turn to your hive outpost on Huron
>>41636671>Make a small egg layer in Michael's room>turn to your hive outpost on Gemini
Oh boy, I'm excited for all of our adopted children to become terrifying armored beasts of the hive.
>>41636856>Produce 1 Heavy Carapace and 1 Medium Carapace>Make a small egg layer in Michael's roomThere is a loud zap, and you feel one of your flies flicker in your mind."Ha! Got one of the bastards!"The grumpy looking man swiftly makes his way out of his flower shop and to the door, where his newly purchased industrial strength big zapper hangs smoking from the wall. Your fly twitches on the floor where it landed with a loud thud."Christ it's still alive?" The man shouts as he wads up a collection of papers. Your fly rolls out of the way of the first swing and takes flight again as it regains its senses, and the man swings at the air in vain.Beneath the streets, your hive siphons from the nutrients of the local processor, and your clones rummage through the collected piles of materials, sorting the items into neat piles. You examine your parasites as they sit in the small, cramped infirmary of the Taidaren settlement. A pair of, you hope trained, medics poke at the drones inquisitively as they whistle to each other and bicker over various details. They pull them out of the holding tank one by one as they thrash and squirm in their hands, biting the air."Thing works on humans, how well will thing work on Taidaren?""Find Taidaren. Test.""Yes, test.""Test who?""Any will do.""Test! Test! Testing to learn!"The medics return the drones to the small holding tank and quickly leave."Find thing to test thing.""Need to learn.""Where is thing least missed, in case of error?""Yes, least missed.""Injured? No blame to give if things are bad.""Yes! Find injury. Dumb ones that fall, we test them.""Yes!"The door slams shut behind them.cont.
>>41637601Taidaren science at work, gentlemen.
>>41637601Oh flower shop man, you never cease to entertain.We really should reward his diligence with a hug. On his spine. With our spines. The spines of our parasite's biological interface.I'm saying we parasite him when the Taidarens are done.
>>41637631They are the pioneers of the future, we can only bask in their eloquent observation and understanding of the medical field.
>>41637662I kinda want to put a fly up in the crevices of his building and turn it into an egg layer and then have it lay more flies which are produced from nutrients gathered from his flowers.
>>41637690kekusing our hyperadvanced knowledge of bioengineering to fuck with flower shop owners
>>41637724Everyone needs a hobby.
>>41637736Ours is mentally fucking around with a human shop keeper. We are so bored.
>>41637857We can freaking multitask, so us being cheeky to everyone is a natural consequence. We can even bug all the flower shop owners in Gemini if we want!
>>41637887>bug all the flower shop owners>Bug
>>41637887Multi-Trolling? That sounds amusing.
>>41637887I want one of our flies to get smacked with a newspaper and not even move.>fly sitting on a counter top>owner whacks it>lifts up the newspaper, fly hasn't even moved>whacks it again>lifts it up and finds it cleaning it's antennae
>>41637919what's sad is it's not even OOC
>>41637923I don't think they're that hardy.
>>41637887It's not as much fun if it isn't very specific and personal.flower shop guys deserves that much at least.
>>41637932It's also just a newspaper
>>41637923That's some Looney Tunes shit right there
>>41637601Your parasites squirm their way to the edge of the foggy tank and attempts to examine the strange lab, although it looks more like a garage, or a rental storage unit. The walls are made largely of welded together scrap metal, much of which is rusted, but still decently maintained, with signs of recent polishing on the most degraded sections. A number of medical instruments line the wall, and most of them, you realize, are actually old carpentry tools. Pliers, dykes, a band saw, and a set of old kitchen knives. A meat cleaver sits next to a grind stone, and a number of pipe cleaners and a large car battery attached to a set of ping-pong paddles coated in metal. In the middle of the room is an old and worn out exercise machine with the added components removed, making it little more then a padded flat bed with a small head rest at one end and several small additions welded to the sides for the legs to rest. A large lamp is held over the long and narrow operating table and several box cutters are lined on old cafeteria trays beside it.The floor itself looks like that of a public shower, with the floor slightly slanted to the far wall where a small inlet leads to a drain. It is wet, as if recently rinsed with a hose, and blood stains are encrusted into the supports of the table and the nearby trays. A number of IVs filled with bags of blood, saline, and various chemicals and medicine hang from small coat hangars along the back wall, each bad made from what looks like recycled packing material, and various discount sanitary pads sit in boxes on a shelf, their containers covered in bloody hand prints. A trash can is over flowing in the corner.cont.
>>41637936Well it is a hypothetical musing. I mean we could multi-troll several individuals at once!And oh, anyone want to try to get at the Valen rep? At least for a proper first contact with the Valen. We'd better prepare for their endless business offers afterwards though.>>41637923>>41637975>Come on my lady, come on my honey, come on my ragtime gaaaaaal
>>41637996We should use that, but jn horrifying screeches, when we don't care about communication but want to send something creept
>>41637992...Can see why they'd need these things.
>>41637996heh we should make a fly just for this purpose then if we are going to go full force with the cameo then
So, we get the parasites into the Taidarens, we control the Gemini underground, and from there we can intercept various humans and work our way up from there, correct?
>>41637992It does not take very long for the first of the test subjects to arrive. A pair of taidarens haul in their brother, who convulses with several gunshot wounds. The medics are quick to strap it to the small operating table and they instruct the two brothers to hold him down. One of the medics quickly tosses several hand fulls of wood chips along the floor with his middle hands, and quickly props up on his hind legs over the table while the other retrieves a pair of pliers, a tampon, a roll of duct tape. The third pulls out one of the box cutters, inserting a fresh blade as the others dig into the wound with the pliers in search of the first bullet."What happened?""Many wounds. Bad shape.""Great bleeding, very bad."The medics say at once. The other two respond in turn."Deal bad, try to trick us!""Mother's things stolen in bad deal!""Shoot at us. We kill bad deal makers!""Brother hurt during fight."The medics, you hesitate to claim them to be doctors, pull out the first bullet and insert the a tampon into the wound and places pressure with its middle hands as he continues to work with his upper arms, already plunging the pliers into the next wound."Have new medicine, should be good.""Yes, good for bleeding.""Fix fast!"One of the medics quickly moves to the storage tank and retrieves a parasite."Where thing go to work best?""Just put thing in! We find out soon.""Yes, thing work, let thing figure itself out."The medic quickly rushes back to the bleeding taidaren with a parasite and a box cutter. The two others begin a flurry of whistles and clicks."Should not good!""Not yes, should is maybe, not know!""Should better than won't!""Yes! Should is good!""Find out if should is yes or no!"Cont.
>>41638385I fucking love Taidarens
>>41638419They are amusing. Although that does remind me- I believe it was said they can work in places other than the spine, right?
>>41638432Do these things even have spines?
>>41638454...You ask a very good question. I...presumed so, but...
>>41638432technically but then the parasite won't be able to see through their sense or manipulate them>>41638454They do, it's mentioned somewhere in the pastebin. It runs through their middle radially
>>41638475Oh, okay. So we might get lucky and latch on.
>>41638385The medic quickly slices open the abdomen of the wounded taidaren, and thrusts the parasite in."Simple!""Yes! Simple thing, see if work!""Any moment!"The taidaren convulses as one of the medics rips out the second bullet and swiftly plugs the wound as he moves to the third. Your parasite begins to burrow deeper, to the cartilage-like support column that serves as the spine in the body's center of mass, and makes the connection.The taidaren begins to convulse, and the others pile over it."Doing something!"Maybe working?""This should be good, we say it good sign!"Your mind begins filing through the taidaren's thoughts as if you were examining the contents of a book, and you quickly diagnose the many injuries. The taidaren has been shot six times, with three of the bullets still lodged in the body, although the medic has moved on to the last already. It has lost a great deal of blood, and under normal circumstances you would highly doubt it would survive. Fortunately, your parasite helps the odds significantly.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 88 (1d100)>>41638502Welp. Here we go.For mother!
Rolled 7 (1d100)>>41638502
Rolled 94 (1d100)>>41638502
Rolled 53 (1d100)>>41638502
Rolled 7 (1d100)>>41638502for mother
Rolled 90 (1d100)>>41638502For Mother and new children
>>41638530DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!?Thinkers and drones, I believe we're gonna have a whole lot more 'family members' soon.
>>41638574This fucker gets healed and a brand new car.
>>41638600Shit, We can make those too now can't we?
>>41638657Eh we make better stuff than the Germans anyway
>>41638502There is a sizzling of flesh, and wisps of smoke rise from the wounds as the medical paste cauterizes the bleeding body segments. The wound through which the parasite enters begins to seal, the skin bubbling slightly as it fusses closed. The taidaren thrashes as you connect to the nervous system, testing the synapses and repairing the damage from every day ware.Taidarens are a hardy species. They injure easily, but are quick to heal. Their soft bones both easy to break and easy to mend. You find old fractures, scar tissue from long healed tears, missing strips of muscle, even chips of metal and a few bullets that went un-noticed over the years. You heal them all, sowing together the dislocated and the torn pieces, bending the misshapen bones back into shape, and slowly pushing the old junk collected over the years back to the surface of the skin. The taidaren settles on its back and slips into a coma as you finish forging the links between it and your hive, and after several tense hours of the medics proclaiming that the trashing means it is working, the taidaren awakens, the wounds healed, both current and old."See? Thing worked.""Yes, you next.""Preventative care. Yes!"The medics proclaim as the newly reunited set of brothers quickly make their way to the door."Not sick, no injuries!""Healed, no need!""May be sick soon!""Fix before too late!""Easy and quick now, better then later!"The door slams shut and the medics cackle to themselves, their facial bone plates clicking like tiny symbols."Good they work easy.""Yes, unexpected.""Find more to test!""Others not sick.""Why not? We say who is sick.""Yes yes, find more to test!"They quickly make their way out of the room again, the door slamming shut behind them.Cont.
>>41638822i love those little buggers
>>41638822>"Find more to test!">"Others not sick.">"Why not? We say who is sick.">"Yes yes, find more to test!"The power of a doctor!
>>41638822Get in the car losers, we're going to do some SCIENCE!.jpg
>>41638822>These Taidarens mangJust a random thought: we might be able to give them the secrets to TUBES. Then watch as their population and civilization progresses by leaps and bounds.
>>41638822Your mind extends to the new member of your hive, and his brothers look him over with hesitation."Better now?""Very much better!""No wounds?""Better then before wounds! Never better before!"The new host runs in several quick circles and leaps through the air as the others watch."What was thing? Good feeling!""Squirming thing, big bug thing!"Cut open and stuffed in wound!"The host ripples its facial bone plates in a taidaren nod equivalent."Feels good." He says nonchalantly. "Must be healthy thing. Good for you.""Thing was maybe.""Not known thing, new thing.""Thing known now! Know is good!"Your host and his brothers look back to the small clinic, and the doctors are already in the process of dragging another batch to the doors."Not sick!""Healthy, yes!""No infection!""No no, very sick.""Die soon.""Need to treat quickly!"The group continues to argue as the medics shove the others one by one into the clinic as they continue to protest."You should get thing too, keep up!""We not sick.""No injury!""No matter, feel better then before injury!"The other two seem to mull it over."You say better, it better.""We ask for thing.">Manage your clones>Manage your Gemini hive>Other
>>41639097>OtherSend a probe to the BQ territory
>>41639097I love those little shits.>Manage your Gemini hive
>>41639097>Manage your Gemini hive
>>41639097>>Manage your Gemini hive
>>41639097>>Manage your Gemini hiveREAD MINDS FOR MOTHERAlso stake out the other protein recycling plants with flies for mother.
>>41639097I want to visit our other hives but the no fun gang will swarm in favor or never leaving Gemini unattended for single second
>>41639236Or it could be that we find Gemini particularly fun.
So. How about we take a more proactive stance on the 'parasite the civil management guys' front on Gemini. Send flies(lay more) to scout and stake out all of the other protein recycling plants in the city. Whichever one gets inspected next, ambush and parasite the guy, instead of waiting for them to inspect the one with the Gemini hive in it.Also we're out of parasites after all this Taidaren trade. We need to lay more.
>>41639097>Manage your Gemini hiveI want a little stuffie of these guys. I like them so much.
Actually, while I want to stick to Gemini, can we pop into the main hive, see if anything in particular is happening? Sounds like Lyle was gearing up to head out.
>>41639097>>Manage your clones
>>41639357We have so little quest time, and Gemini has a lottt of things to do on it.Lyle's a big boy he can handle himself.
you know, the high-quality, 5-day clones will be ready in two days/threads.We should definitely either parasite this William B. Anderson conman on Bedrock before he gets onboard, before those clones are woken up, or keep one in reserve to give him the Confidence Man specialization he probably unlocks.We need at least one guy who's good at being a master ruseman.
>>41639097Your flies continue to monitor the tunnels of the underground as your clones finish sorting their stockpile. All in all they have enough weapons and equipment for all of them, including the ones still growing within the tanks beneath the waters of the recycling plant's holding tank.Your flies are quick to find the two humans as they make their way down the tunnels. Taidarens swim and scamper away as they approach."Alright, so where was this thing, exactly?""Hey, look, I'm just saying what I heard. The guy transferred out the next day.""But he said he saw something?""No, well, he never filed any report. I just heard from his partner that never saw it himself. Said it was about the size of a man, but walked like some kinda animal. Was eating something in the tunnels around these parts. I think they found the body of some hobo down stream the next day.""But he never told you this, he told his partner, who then told you?""No, he told his partner, who then told the shift manager, who then told the skiff maintenance manager, which was overheard by the work crew that was on duty at the time, who then told me when I docked up a skiff for the night.""Right. And you wonder why I'm doubting such a great source of information."The two are followed by your flies as they make their rounds, and you notice they are moving closer to your hive.>Have your Ghost Beetles kill the workers>Have your Ghost Beetles capture the workers>Wait for the workers to enter the hive, and have your creep attack them>Scare them away (write in)>Other>>41639420It's ok, we have all night. If I even told you how much caffeine I have stockpiled my doctor would wake up in a cold sweat.
>>41639619>Wait for the workers to enter the hive, and have your creep attack them
>>41639619>>Wait for the workers to enter the hive, and have your creep attack themHahaha paralyzing stinger whips from the ceiling!...Do we have extra parasites? We just hatched hundreds for the Taidarens, we'll have to use some of those.
>>41639619>>Have your Ghost Beetles capture the workers
>>41639619>>Wait for the workers to enter the hive, and have your creep attack themMaximum Horrashow
>>41639619>Have your Ghost Beetles capture the workers
>>41639619Ohhh...ohhhhh this could be good. I hope we have a couple extra parasites.>Wait for the workers to enter the hive, and have your creep attack them
>>41639619>>Have your Ghost Beetles capture the workersI'm pretty sure the creep would just kill and eat them, and we don't need anybody else coming down here looking for them.
>>41639654This is me- although I said this, I really just want any way we can capture and parasite them if possible.
>>41639619>>41639619>Your flies are quick to find the two humans as they make their way down the tunnels.They're not even yet within 250 meters of the hive yet then.
>>41639639>>41639644>>41639649>>41639654Yes. I want to see our creep in action.
>>41639619Have the ghost beetles block the exits after they've entered the perimeter.Hello, brothers.
I need to sleep, but I also need to see how our creep murderizes these guys.
>>41639904SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK.
>>41639619>"Hey, look, I'm just saying what I heard. The guy transferred out the next day."Wait.I recognize that scenario!>>41471524>If you start mutating clones left and right, then people may start asking questions, and even then you still need to be overt enough to attract more then the standard array of drunken accounts and grainy photos that encircle your average conspiracy theory like gators in the sewers or Big Foot.>Let's be honest. If you were a civil maintenance worker and you thought you saw a giant bug man gnawing on a corpse in the dead of night, you'd try to pass it off as the shadows playing tricks on you.>I know I would. I'd also quit the next day and find a job as a florist or something. Giant mutant wasps be damned.
>>41639936>Our hydrodynamic fly drones in the sewers.
>>41639619>Have your hive attack the workersThe two maintenance workers continue their way down the corridor, their heads whipping around periodically in a vain attempt to find the source of the periodic buzzing sounds that echo through the tunnels."Think there's a stinker nearby? That sounds like a lot of bugs.""No idea. Sounds bigger then a normal fly, to be honest.""I got a cousin who knows some guy in a flower shop. Says there's been some kind of swarm recently. An invasive species or something.""Makes sense."They continue their way towards your hive, and in time, you feel their presence in more exact terms, isolating their minds from the sea of sapient thought from the city above and the taidarens around and bellow you."I think it was definitely around here.""Please, it was probably a taidaren squatting in filth, and don't tell me any bullshit about how he knew what he saw, if he was so sure he would have filed a report.""Hey, his partner never saw it, was looking the other way. If he filed a report they'd probably just claim he was on drugs or something and he'd loose his pension.""Oh yea, that's what you said about the rumor of the wickerfish that lives in the drainage canals. At least a wickerfish is an actual thing, it can't live in a bloody sewer but at least it's not a made up monster like this one.""Look at this."The human sends his light over a small pile of mush of questionable origin and content that holds a human footprint."So?" The other asks."A bare footprint? Here?""Some poor bastards can't afford shoes. Sad, maybe a decent reason to vote Rhino, but not supernatural.""I think it leads this way."One of the humans splits off and continues down the hall as the other pokes through a pile of mush with a small, extendable pitch fork, shoveling the built up gunk into the waters to be carried off to a filtration plant.cont.
>>41640061Good thing they came here on their off-hours and not on official business.The half hour delay of parasiting them won't be noticed by anyone.
>>41640061Flower shop man really talks too much. He needs a friend.
>>41640061"Fine." He says, "but I plan on actually doing my job. You go check for floaters in that junction I guess.""Yea, just let me check up here for a sec, I think I can see something clogging the valves anyway.""Sure, sure you just leave me shoveling what I can only hope is just shit while you got mess with your valves. You know you're real fuckin' lucky I don't report your ass. With all the bullshit rumors you hear I'd be inclined to think you're on drugs." The man shouts jokingly as he shovels another pile into the filthy waters of the canal. There is a sharp crack of shattering glass, and the flashlight's glow from down the tunnel flickers, and becomes still. The man looks up."What, you break another light? They're gonna take it out of your pay, you know." He says. He looks down the hall blankly with no response."Harry?" He says. "Harry I swear to god if you're fucking with me I'm gonna chuck you in the canal and let you swim back."A shadow cast by the light twitches, and moves abruptly with the sound of a water-proofed jacket dragging over stone, and the light rolls out onto the gangway. He folds the pitchfork back onto his belt and pulls out stun stick. It quickly telescopes as he flicks it with his wrist and the end crackles with a jolt of electricity."Harry, you there? Anyone?" He starts walking down to where the light flickers on the ground, and the breathing tubes of your Ghost Beetle silently steams from within the pile of filth he had previously been shoveling."Whoever's there, come on out or I swear I'll stick ya with this thing! I'll knock you right on your ass I swear to christ!"He quickly turns the corner and lunges forward, as if to surprise whoever was there, and finds nothing. A long, streaking drag mark runs along the floor, which is coated in a thick green film. The walls are almost perspiring with a jelly-like substance that drips from the ceiling, and a slime-coated hard hat sits in a pile of the unidentifiable goo.Cont.
>>41640284Yes. A very close confidant is exactly what he needs.
>>41640289>I swear I'll stick ya with this thing!Human has stun stick! Stun sticker will stick things!
>>41640289fucking creepy man
>>41640289unf, my spookyboner is fully erect
>>41640289Soundtrack, soundtrack, need to find a good soundtrack...
>>41640329is that so, anon?
>>41640289Okay not on their off-hours oops.>A long, streaking drag mark runs along the floor, which is coated in a thick green film. The walls are almost perspiring with a jelly-like substance that drips from the ceiling, and a slime-coated hard hat sits in a pile of the unidentifiable goo.I didn't realize it was green before.
>>41640329Do you need some more help?
You know regarding Michael and his crew, we could forge some false tracks which lead towards one of the Obsidian Queens systems. If they escape and she follows them back we would effectively drag the Union into our war. We could even use that to reinforce the Union defense and make first contact.
>>41640393Allow me to lend a hand.
>>41640374>>41640393>>41640455Its shit. just stop. not spooky at all. I have a skeleton inside me right this moment. Alien beasts from beyond the known universe, though? diamonds
>>41640422Any interaction between two other factions will mean they obtain samples of each other's tech and improve themselves with it, having samples to study.That can't happen. The Union can't be allowed to advance in psionics, and the OQ can't be allowed to obtain the tech we've studied.
>>41640477Also, Unity space is right smack in the middle. He'll inevitably be discovered in any conflict held in that direction.
>>41640455Oh anon, you please me so.
>>41640289"Harry!" The man screams, his voice echoing down the corridor, his voice cracking. A slow, deep wind of warm, humid air blows by him as your hive exhales, his goggles instantly fogging. He takes them off and fumbles them in the sludge, which begins to slowly grow around and over it. He reaches for his radio."Uh, c-control. I los-" He freezes, taking a moment to swallow. "I think I lost harry.""Again? Roger that. Let us know if he turns up.""Requesting a skiff, for a... blockage, over.""Roger. We're a bit stretched out at the moment. Some asshole took a skiff for a joyride few days ago so we're one down. We can get a cleanup team to you in about... an hour and a half at the soonest. Depends on how Rodney and Jim handle that Razor Trout swarm up in the G-junction.""R-roger." He says, his voice cracking again. You can hear someone laughing over the radio."Hell man, what's wrong, taidarens' got you spooked? What, did Harry tell you about the transfer guy? You're always the one talking about his dumb fish tales. I'll get back to you when we got a skiff on the way. Let us know if you find Harry. Out."Something moves in the shadows further down the hall, just out of the light's reach."Harry! Dammit. You owe me for this! Big time!" He shouts and takes a step into the hive. The film along the ground sticks to his boots, and tendrils slowly grow up along the rubber. He slowly makes it to the end of the hall and turns to the maintenance corridor leading to the nutrient plant. The humidity is potent, causing the ceiling to drip with water and the substance alike. He trips as he takes another step, and his stun stick hits the ground, sticking into the flesh of your still-growing hive structure. It quivers beneath him, and a distant grumble of protest rolls down the halls. as he makes gets back up to his feet as he makes his way into the hive proper.Cont.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TM0TY5xSmg
>>41640567>Cont.fucki need to sleepgoodnight questdrone thanks for running
The funny thing is that when all is said and done, Harry and his friend will be found perfectly fine.Better than ever, in fact.
>>41640567>Some asshole took a skiff for a joyride few days ago so we're one down.Dillon...
>>41640567The flesh of the walls pulsate with the heartbeat of the hive, and in the distance there is a rasping gasp for air."Harry! Harry is that you?"He attempts to run, trailing the sticky substance of your hive creep under his boots as it clings to the floor, fighting him for every step. He makes it near the end of the hall where Harry pulls against some unseen thing in the walls. He looks back, terrified as a tendril wraps around his neck and his arms slip. He lets out a gasping breath as the man dives after him, grabbing his arm and pulling against your hive."Lou..." He says under he breath as his arms try to reach out, but lack the strength, and he quickly loses consciousness, his hand slipping out of Lou's grip."Dammit, Harry!" He shouts and runs after him. He turns the corner to find the nutrient plant, your hive, in all its glory. The murky bog of the water tank glow with a reddish light from the busy workings of your medical pods, to which an outstretched tendril pulls Harry. He slips beneath the surface of the film in moments as Lou stands in shock. A ghost beetle unfolds itself from the hive walls, its tail slowly coiling up around it, and several others follow suit.The human drops his stun stick and turns to flee, his boots catching in the creep and making him fall. The barnacles growing throughout the hive reach out, and the whip-like stingers of their tendrils pull around a leg. He reaches for his radio but fumbles it against the ground, and it drops into the flesh of your hive, the thin film quickly coating it as the human slips beneath the swampy film of the water.>Implant them with parasites immediately and lay new ones for your taidaren deal>Lay new parasites for them and send the rest to the taidarens>Other>>41640586Good night! I'll possibly see you in the morning.
>>41640720>Implant them with parasites immediately and lay new ones for your taidaren deal
>>41640720>>Implant them with parasites immediately and lay new ones for your taidaren deal
>>41640720>>Implant them with parasites immediately and lay new ones for your taidaren deallol nope. No running. You gettin' adopted right here and now.
>>41640720>>Implant them with parasites immediately and lay new ones for your taidaren dealThis makes me feel warm inside.
>>41640720> and his arms slip.Wait Harry was grasping at something with his hands to avoid being yanked further by the tendrils? Did that detail drop?>Implant them with parasites immediately and lay new ones for your taidaren deal
Need to call off that skiff
>>41640775I believe that there was a wall of our creep, and he was forced through it. By the creep.
>>41640775>>41640798And he was holding Lou, that was how I interpreted it anyway.
So anyway everyone, now that we've finished researching the variable strike weapon, our warriors can all carry three alternate ammunition for their projectile weaponry, and switch between them freely. So what sort of ammunition should we assign our drones with thorn launchers from here on out? My pick is-Explosive-Acid-Non-lethalHow does that sound?
>>41640720>>Implant them with parasites immediately and lay new ones for your taidaren dealIn fact, lay like 100 extra parasites. Just so we won't run into this scarcity again. Have a nice big buffer just in case.and another 50 or 100 extra flies.With these guys parasited and the flies stalking them to their office, think we can follow the managers in charge of scheduling back to their homes?
>>41640720"Hey, Louis, we got that skiff for ya. We can have it sent out to you in about ten, maybe fifteen if you still need it." The radio says from within the hive creep. Something stirs in the film just beyond the fallen communicator."Lou? You read me?"Lou emerges from the waters and vomits murky water and phlegm. Harry emerges just behind him as he looks to the radio and picks himself up. He walks to the radio, and the creep recedes from the device at his approach. He picks it up calmly."I read you. You can cancel that skiff, I found Harry. Must have passed under a power line or something, lost our signal for a bit there.""Roger that. Funny, you just about had me scared for a second there.""Yea." He replies. "Funny."I think that's it for this thread. If you want I can take any quick votes and then start setting up for the next one. I can keep going till morning if you can.
>>41640839>non-lethalSince when was this ever usefulSPACE WAR NOW
>>41640864It's useful when we want to mind rape and adopt a target of course.
>>41640861Well I certainly can.
>>41640861DUN DUN DUNNNNNNLet's keep it rockin', QD.
>>41640861Fuck me this is a bad idea, but the Koi have it right, SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK
>>41640879But we had always done it with agents, human ones. We never actually went with drones and tried to capture someone.Unless you count that guy whose head we got preserved in a jar.I mean sure we could start doing that now. But that's not exactly sneaky enough for adoption.
>>41640861Did you include the votes for industrializing Farcast and building a Hive mothership last thread QD?Oh and thanks for running this week man.
>>41640861Construct 20 more Light FleetsProduce 100 winged, camouflaged mind reading drones on Gemini to establish an invisible Big Mother spy network beneath the earth in the sewers. Spread em throughout the city.We need leads on, well, everything, and mass thought diving is the best way to go, it leaves no physical trail to trace back to us, just a "chance" of a feeling that is dismissed as paranoia, or blamed on the ubiquitous camera surveillance the Union deploys.
>>41640911>AutoWe need a quick vote on putting a few filter towers on huron
>>41640896Adding on that, if we ever get around to doing that we'd probably make a separate force just for that. And we'd select a loadout different from the general one.
>>41640861Have the Thinkers send down seeds to set up a hive and Smart Mines on the Waystation planet.Also, hey, can the Solid State Teleportation nodes be put onto a ship?
>>41640911The hive ship is being made, check introductory posts.>>41640920I'll second many more filter towers on huron.500? 1000? to begin with
>>41640911Just saying it came in handy when we decided to take those scavs alive...even if they did apparently die in the explosion. Okay maybe non lethal ammo is useless, but what would you alt ammo would you like to see our warriors carry?>>41640915Man the last order for fleets we put through hasn't even finished yet.>>41640920Wouldn't that completely fuck up the ecosystem? That seems like a pretty good way to bring unwanted attention to our covert hive there.
>>41640934well it is a human occupied planet we need to be somewhat sneaky
>>41640945All it does is filter microscopic organisms, not sure how that would hurt anything.
>>41640946Huron is human occupied? I could've sworn it wasn't. Shows what I remember. But if I'm right, then 1000 is nothing.10000 should make for decent beginning.>>41640945You're far too paranoid anon. If you were in charge, nothing'd ever get done.
>>41640920>>41640934Cost benefit analysis of industrial-scale ANYTHING on Huron doesn't necessarily weigh up.Everything has a heat signature. Large heat signatures could cause changes in ocean currents, or be detected directly.The humans probably do sometimes send submarines down into the deeps. They want the rare fish down there, after all.I guess we need a ruling from QD about what levels of noticeability are at play here.
>>41640861>Begin construction on Huron (what and how many)>Lay new drones on Gemini (write in)>Begin construction of new fleets (write in)>Begin other construction project (write in)>Other
>>41640971Fair enough, it'd be nice to hear from QD on that.
>>41640920I'll back this. Also, we need to assign our current fleets. Right now we have 1 defence fleet on patrol, with the other 40 fleets idle (yes yes they make themselves useful without other orders, but the point stands.)
>>41640956Microscopic organisms make up the foundation of the food chain, you take them out everything starves. I mean, it's right there in the pastebin.>>41640971This anon get's it.
>>41640987How many towers could we conceal relatively stealthily on Huron? That has incredible relevance to the vote
>>41640945What?The only 'construction underway' is the hive ship.All the other docks are empty.>>41640987>>Lay new drones on Gemini (write in)100 parasites, 100 flies, 100 camouflaged mind readers.
>>41640987>>Begin construction of new fleets (write in)20 Light Fleets
>>41641016I'll second that along with 10 more carrier battlecruisers
>>41641016Oh my, they weren't complete in the last thread. How much does a light fleet cost? Anybody know?
>>41641037Nothing we can't support ;) It's probably in 1d4chan somewhere
>>41640987>Lay new drones on Gemini (write in)This >>41641016>>Begin other construction project (write in)Start a smart mines hive on Waystation planet.>>41641037Each of them is 75 subcapitals, requiring 75 dock spaces, for a total of>Total: 73,350N 182,550MMaking 20 of them will take like a day, we have more than enough docking pylons.
>>41640987>Begin construction of 20 Light Fleets>Begin construction of 500 Filter towers>Neither>Both>Other>>41640930Potentially.>>41640971At the bottom of the ocean, you would actually have a decent amount of leeway with regards to being noticed. Still a possibility though, especially if you start stripping local ecosystems.>>41641007Filter towers need a decent amount of space to be most efficient, so you could replace the local versions with your own and potentially make a at least 500 without worrying about being noticed. You could still possibly get away with more then that, though, if you wanted.
>>41640987>>Begin construction of new fleets (write in)20 Swarm Corvettes.Also, can we vote to queue up sending pods to at least Barnard and First Landing?
>>41641056Yeah, just crunched the numbers, the nutrient count is well within our limits, but with the metals costing 3651000 we might have to convert some excess nutrients to cover it. Still entirely doable though, I'll support it.>Begin construction of new fleets (write in)20 Light fleets
>>41641087>Begin construction of 500 Filter towersWe already have 25 Light, surely something else would be a better use of resources.
>>41641087>Both>Add: 20 Swarm Corvettes
>>41641087>>Begin construction of 20 Light FleetsFucking up Huron's ecosystem at the most basic level sounds way to risky. As a matter of fact any kind of major industrial action on a human planet is pointless, now that we've got teleporters and farms up to cap on two planets.
>>41641087>>BothAlso colonize Waystation.
>>41641098Sure I'll second that
>>41641087>>Begin construction of 500 Filter towers
>1582 Corvettes>2606 Frigates>661 Cruisers>41 Battlecruisers>10 BattleshipsStarted from the bottom now we're here.
>>41641087>Potentially.Are they large? Do they need to be a ship module or can they fit in like crew like a psionic relay does?
>>41641132Needs more battlecruisers>lay 10 more carrier battlecruisers
>>41641123I'm usually against harming biospheres, but the effect will be negligible, the entire planet is an enormous ocean rich with microscopic life. It'll be fine.
I don't see any info about fleets in the pastes. Anyone know where that info is lurking?
>>41641087>BothAlso, because I was not entirely of my proper faculties at the time, a more official vote for Farcast.>Begin large scale Smart Mine operation>Begin Mantle Excavation>Other
>>41641149>>Begin large scale Smart Mine operationWhat bout Waystation too tho.Or replenishing the Gemini drones.
>>416411481d4chan, check introductory posts>>41641149MANTLE EXCAVATION
>>41641149>Begin large scale Smart Mine operation>Begin Mantle Excavation
>>41641149>>Begin large scale Smart Mine operation>>Other>Build 100 Docking Pylons
>>41641149Shit guys which one was farcast?
>>41641169We have more than ample room for our growth rate. A superfluous number of docking pylons already, really.
>>41641149>>Begin large scale Smart Mine operation>>Lay 20 swarm corvettes.
>>41641171I dunno. It's not in the 'Star system information' paste.
>>41641171Farcast was one of Mother's old planets and the one with the hidden bunker of goodies.Waystation is the former Skyl rogue planet
>>41641171I think it was the one that held the White Queens garrison, the one she left for us.
>>41641149>>Begin large scale Smart Mine operation>Begin Mantle Excavation
>>41641201>>41641206>>41641149Thanks, large scale, planet's dead anyway
>>41641149>>41641183Also QD can you update the Star system pastebins pls.
>>41641232But large scale is slower than mantle excavation
>>41641149>>Begin Mantle Excavation>>OtherLay 100 parasites, flies, and mindreading Listener drones from the wiki.With the Taidarens as scavengers for the hive in addition to the protein plant we have plenty of nutrients.>>41641237Dude it's up to date already.Unless you mean Sol isn't described there yet still.
>>41641166>>41641225I'm pretty sure these are mutually exclusive options here, one being extensive and the other literally involving tearing a planet apart to get at the metals in it's core.
>>41641149>Begin large scale Smart Mine operationI can't remember did it have a Atmosphere?
>>41641264The mantle isn't the core, it's not as extreme as that. We're still researching >Deep Core Mining
>>41641149>Begin Smart Mine operation.>>41641171The single world in the Farcast system, which is not in the pastebin for some reason but is listed in your territory list in the opening post. It is a barren planet with no life or atmosphere.>>41641237Do you notice anything else missing?>>41641264Correct. Smart Mines will grow across the surface and extract metals at a standard rate. Excavation will start strip mining the planet of metals, causing moderate damage to the surface, sinkholes, quakes, and fissures. It won't totally obliterate the planet, but if it were habitable, it wouldn't be a pleasant place to live.
>>41641296Lay drones on Gemini?
>>41641296Well other than farcast, none that I've seen.Also, have we ever checked out what the sensor array on farcast did.
>>41641296Are you still updating the research pastebin or are you just going to leave it be for now?
>>41641296>Lay new drones on Gemini>Leave it for now>Other>>41641356It was just a way to detect attackers, since the array would be closer to invaders and could then alert the hive without waiting for the light of the incoming fleet to reach the planet. Essentially just a way to do a similar thing that you do with your patrol corvettes, but with a more permanent station.>>41641376I'll have that updated this week with the recent advancements.
>>41641407>>Lay new drones on GeminiWe can't leave ourselves with zero parasites after we trade with Taidarens.100 parasites, 100 flies, 100 Listeners for that mad info gathering skills.The flies to stalk more future hive members.
>>41641407>>Leave it for now
>>41641407assuming the parasite replacements are already queued>>Leave it for now
>>41641438Which leaves us with zero after the Taidaren trade is done.We won't have any ready for more workers like these guys next time they show up.Or for Michael's doctor.
>>41641407>Leave it for now>>41641438They are.Alright, everyone take 5. I'll get the next thread set up and we can keep going until sun rises and makes us regret our sleeping habits.
>>41641469Oh shit I thought you were calling it a day.
>>41641469I've discovered a new emotion, it's a mix between love, hate and sleep deprivation. Let's rock boss
>>41641469I wonder how long it'll take to parasite 700 Taidarens.You'd think it would go faster if we told them the parasites naturally will attempt to merge with a host when placed on one's skin.Maybe we can pretend there's a precondition to make them do that, like covering them in water or something so they think they're drowning.
>>41641487But it's only 4:30! The night is young!>>41641494I feel it too. It's around this time I start getting "click all the food" captchas and start clicking things like cars and live animals thinking "yea, workers would totally eat that."
>>41641469The Not-Clarke should be far enough along to have found a destination right?We should really load up the cargo bay in the Clarke with pods it can drop off in systems as it enters them, to leave them behind when it leaves so we're not left blind.