Twitter: https://twitter.com/SporequestQMArchives: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Spore+Quest--You are a creature of limitless power and potential. After slipping onto a freighter in the midst of subspace travels you have taken a small world, created two brains, and successfully linked them with subspace transmitters to extend your active domain. Humanity is, as of yet, unaware of your existence. In time, however, they will surely discover the spore. Perhaps it's time for the spore to cast out to a more permanent dominion? Perhaps he will fight to steal the dominions of other.Either way, the spore is a great being with only one biological directive: Grow.--Last time on The Spore Quest, the spore left behind the now crewless Charlie station after the Xanadu incident caused its android to kill everyone. Instead, the spore left for Jacksona to seek out new infection vectors and learn more about the world, and learn it did! However, the expansive economic and military operations of Jacksona I's "Silver Rush" station made it unsuitable for hostile takeover with its thousands of peering eyes and hundreds of armed humans.During a trip to the market the spore acquire new technologies, including a weapons technology, and a partial star chart for the local area. The Golden Galleon, its one and only ship, was also given an overhaul and an upgrade for its engine.Meanwhile, back on the barren and arctic world of Joker, the spore has begun the process of carving out a site to grow its own biological ships.And so, the thrilling adventures of The Spore resume!
Hive queen AND Spore quest in the same night?I'm feeling so spoiled.
I missed the last one. Super excited for this one!
Good to have Spore Quest back. I think we might still be able to take over Jacksonia despite its size. It all has to do with our exponential growth factor. The Spore has the following 5 infection vectors:Prostitute,Maintenance engineer,Information Broker,Tourist,Infected Ship Crew (counted together as a single vector)If each individual spore host infects two others per day and this pattern is maintained, we can use the following equation to determine the infected population.5*3^(x-1).Today is day 1, there are 5 infected individualsDay two: 15 infected individualsDay three: 45Day four: 135Day five: 405Day six: 1215Day seven: 3645The entire station has a population of only 4000. Even with a relatively slow infection rate, the station should easily fall under our control in just over a week, long before the Galleon is due to exit the system.What do you think guys?
>>41632555We can't afford to provoke a military response right now anon.A sustained conflict with the humans would be disastrous for us, even if we could take Jacksona.
>>41632441I actually considered delaying to avoid an overlap, since I know the audience is going to be shared, but it's already been a while since the last Spore Quest.--Control: 130Control range: PlanetaryTitanium Mining (Joker): 180t/day | 2520-1260 every two weeks | Material Capacity: 3780--Biological Assets:Golden Galleon: 11 humans, 1 warrior-type, 2 carrier-type, 1 proto-brain, 1 cat, 1 dog, 1 turtle.Joker: 34 humans, 2 warrior-type, 1 turtle, 1 goldfish, 1 Stage 1 Mind.The Spore has a map, and it says a great many things!Jacksona I, Silver Rush: 4 humans.(Each hex represents one fuel use for the purposes of travel. The Golden Galleon has been upgraded with a maximum one-way distance of 5 hexes)It is now Day 15, and the upgrade and overhaul of the ship is underway. A message has come through to the captain's quarters from Director Pearson, and he has requested the captain go to his office and meet him. He's also commanded to bring his security officer.The Platinum Falcon will leave for Joker within the next few days and discover the deceased crew of the Charlie station.Overnight the hooker infected by the spore has infected a Jane. She's an office worker from Iridona that got transferred.How will the spore proceed?>Meet director Pearson>Visit the Falcon and try to infect it, again>Find something in the marketplace (Write-in)>Do something else (Write-in)
>>41632686if it's silent exposure, coughing and such, like a mini epidemic as what would certainly occasionally sweep through a space port, we could avoid making others the wiser.
>>41632764>Visit the Falcon and try to infect it, againTell our hooker to work that ass.
>>41632764>Meet director PearsonWhat's that little '?' on the map?
>>41632764>>Visit the Falcon and try to infect it, again
>>41632764Meet with the Director and continue to passively infect humans on Jacksona
>>41632764Don't forget the Galleon has the Parrot
>>41632764>>Meet director Pearson>>Visit the Falcon and try to infect it, again>>41632805Using the hooker on the Falcon.
>>41632799That's true. It would be pretty safe to take the station this way. We don't need to be overt and attempt to take over it by force, especially not at this stage. Let's just try to spread the infection as >>41632555 said but not be stupid about it.That being said, I see no reason we can't try to spread the infection while also doing other things. Therefore I vote to slowly spread the infection "offscreen" and >Meet director Pearson
>>41632889I'll back this.
>>41632764I wasn't here for the first (?) attempt at infecting the Falcon or for the whole "Charlie station is kill" thing, but I feel like preventing them from discovering that would be the best course of action. Captain and security officer can meet the director while this >>41632805 happens.
>>41633040This sounds good. Although there isn't any reason our other assets (like the information broker or other people on the station) can't attempt to spread the infection further at the same time.
>>41632846>What's that little '?' on the map?No idea.>>41632871Golden Galleon: 11 humans, 1 warrior-type, 2 carrier-type, 1 proto-brain, 2 cats, 2 dogs, 1 turtle, 1 Poly, 1 chameleon.>Visit Director PearsonYour captain and security officer make their way to the FMC's administrative office, and wait for a few minutes in reception before being taken to Pearson's office. His director status is reflected in his office via its hardwood floor, fancy rugs, and expensive furniture. This is truly a man in charge. He is also accompanied by a military officer."Captain Buchanon, welcome. Please, both of you take a seat."After Pearson greets your party he activates a sort of silent mode for the office, which puts down padded shutters over the windows and door. You can hear quiet electronic humming in the room."It should be safe now," Pearson says to the officer."Right. My name is Admiral Hathaway, and I am in charge of military operations here in the fringe. Captain Buchanon, there has been an incident and we have need of your ship, crew included."Hathaway holds up a tablet that seems to have heavily redacted mission orders on it, but he withholds giving it to your party at this time."There is very little about what we're doing that you need to know, but because the Golden Galleon is the only freighter in the fringe with an inactive period and this is an emergency, your ship is needed for a supply run to a military installation. Frankly speaking, I'd like to just take your ship and crew it with military personnel and send it. Sadly, Director Pearson has denied permission to do so.""What Admiral Hathaway is saying, is that if you allow your ship to be escorted to the installation in question, your crew will be given a bonus of 10,000 credits each, and 15,000 for the officers. This mission is classified, and will require a binding non-disclosure agreement. Will you accept?">Accept the classified mission>Deny the mission
>>41633255>>Accept the classified missionAs if there's a question to that
Rolled 33 (1d100)>>41633255>Accept the classified mission>attempt to infect
>>41633255>Accept the classified missionif at all possible, attempt to infect at least one member on each of the other ships escorting ours. During transit infect those ships.
>>41633255>>Accept the classified mission>have a bit of a cough attack, maybe ask for a glass of water
>>41633255>Accept the classified missionDon't infect anyone if it's hard but do make an attempt to infect if it is deniable (like a sneeze) at the higherups present (director and Admiral).
>>41633255>>Accept the classified missionDo not attempt to infect, I would prefer to be able to slip out of this without attracting any undue attention
>>41633476>captain sneezes>IT'S THE FUCKING FLOOD SOUND THE ALARMspace madagascar
>>41633255>attempt the classified mission>try to infect as well
>>41633528>>41633498i have a feeling space Madagascar might be a research station.
>>41633498Hey Madagascar was always the little bitch that closed their shitty ass port the moment the someone in fucking Russia started coughing but yeah, high ranking military personnel dealing with a classified mission that are already unhappy with us are not someone I want looking at us closely
>Accept the classified mission"Very well. We will accept your mission, Admiral Hathaway," your captain host says."Good. We will immediately begin loading the necessary supplies onto your freighter. They should only take up about 75% of the cargo space. In addition, we will embed two soldiers onto your ship for the journey. Your ship will be escorted by two long-range escort ships."Admiral Hathaway hands the captain the mission briefing tablet. The information on it is heavily redacted. There's not even a star chart on it. In fact, it has little to no additional information. There is a brief mention of a "station malfunction" of some kind."As always Captain Buchanon, your service to the FMC is appreciated. If there's nothing further you may be on your way," Phearson says.>Leave>Attempt to infect them both directly (1d100; super, super, super difficult, lethally risky)>Attempt to infect them subtly (1d100; still extremely difficult, potentially just as lethal)
>>41633574>Attempt to infect them subtly (1d100; still extremely difficult, potentially just as lethal)
>>41633574>LeaveNope. Don't rock the fucking boat with someone so important.
Rolled 47 (1d100)>>41633574>attempt to infect them subtly
>>41633574We don't roll until you call for rolls right?
>>41633574Would it be easier if we only attempted to infect one of them subtly?
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>41633574>Attempt to infect them subtly (1d100; still extremely difficult, potentially just as lethal)A-choo
>>41633628>Would it be easier if we only attempte dto infect one of them subtly?It would be harder.>>41633622No. I called for rolls, so people should be rolling.
>>41633574>LeaveFor Gods sake, be patient! We could blow everything!
Rolled 3 (1d100)>>41633574>>41633653Thanks
>>41633574>LeaveAttempting to infect these people is a retarded plan.
Rolled 54 (1d100)>>41633653Alright then. Rolling to infect subtly. I'd prefer not to rock the boat, but that doesn't seem like an option at the moment.
>>41633574Leave, too risky
Rolled 1 (1d100)>>41633574>Attempt to infect them subtly (1d100; still extremely difficult, potentially just as lethal)
Leave the station. Attempting an infection here is way too risky.
>>41633721This doesn't count because we voted to leave and not be completely stupid, right?
>>41633721This is why we don't trust in the dice, gentlemen.Always have a good plan.
>>41633740>>41633741Is it not first 3?
>>41633693Just to clarify, this is a vote for leaving the station. I was just rolling because it seemed like a roll was required.
>>41633749It's first 5...
I think 7 people voted to leave and 4 (at most 5) voted to infect. So I don't think we did something stupid that'll blow the entire thing for us.Right?
>>41633721(This actually looks like a tie, but after you rolled a 1 I'm going to assume that you'd rather die than try to commit to the infection. Mostly because that's very likely to actually happen if you do)For a moment you seriously consider trying to sneeze and breathe as much spore as possible in the general direction of these two high-ranking FMC officials. Eventually you decide that releasing a large amount of spores or trying to attack these men in a secure office on a base with military and security personnel crawling all over would almost certainly result in your death.You decide departing would be best, but before you do, the director asked if you have any questions. You doubt they would be answered in any detail, but nonetheless:>Ask a question before leaving (write-in)-- (Platinum Falcon)A couple of your crewmen that have met a couple of guys on the Platinum Falcon head over to their ship to try and see if they can manage an infection of someone on board. They seem extremely preoccupied loading the ship and preparing it for launch to go to Joker. They have a couple days to do so, but crews like to get it over with quick and enjoy R&R for the final hours.As busy as they are, you suspect you'd be unwelcome. You could always try, however. You also might be able to sneak a small animal like a cat onto their ship and try to slowly infect them that way.>Try to get in and infect a crewman (1d100; difficult)>Sneak a cat aboard (1d100)>Other (write-in; 1d100 to infect or sneak)>Come back later.
Rolled 71 (1d100)>>41633915>Sneak a cat aboard (1d100)
Rolled 53 (1d100)>>41633915Ask them how long rescue operations are expected to take at the installation?Also rolling to sneak a cat into the ship.
Rolled 93 (1d100)>>41633915>>Sneak a cat aboard (1d100)
Rolled 62 (1d100)>>41633915>Try to get in and infect a crewman (1d100; difficult)
Rolled 46 (1d100)>>41633915Thank you for not counting that, I'd hate to be the reason a quest ended.also rolling for cat sneaking
Rolled 69 (1d100)>>41633915Cat vector is a go
Rolled 77 (1d100)Sounds like the cat is a go.
>>41633915>Sneak a cat aboard (1d100)Was finnaly able to catch one of these threads. dont think ive joined in til now because ive missed most of them
>>41634090And then i forgot how to roll. Been awhile Since ive been in a quest thread
>>41633956"How long will this mission be?""It'll take you approximately 11 days for the round-trip journey. You're just delivering cargo.">>41633986Your newly-purchased cat slips onto the Platinum Falcon without issue, and it begins trying to slowly infect the crew.It's doubtful you could take the whole ship before it departs while it's docked with the station, but by the time it docks with Joker you suspect that you'll have at least half of the ship under the control of spores. The remaining members will fall in moments. From there, you need only equip it with a mind and an Amethitium crystal.--Your captain and security officer return to their ship. A crew of soldiers is actively loading the cargo bay with heavy-duty crates, while the dockyard personnel upgrade and overhaul the engine. In approximately three days the ship should be prepared to depart.What would the spore like to do?>Wait, and depart for ??? with military escort.>Try to find something at the market? (What?)>Try something specific with the Platinum Falcon? (What? 1d100)>Write-in
>>41634164Timeskip to departure - continue passive infection of both Jacksona and Falcon with the safest protocol.
>>41634164>Try to find something at the market? (What?)Insects like spiders, crickets, anything small and mobile while at the same time being hard to notice
Rolled 63 (1d100)>>41634164>Try something specific with the Platinum Falcon? (What? 1d100)Infect the chef first and foremost. Try to contaminate the food supplies too.
>>41634164>Try to find something at the market? (What?)infect the the food court workers/chef.
>>41634164This may be something only the broker could know, but how would one acquire another of the Amethitium crystals. Obviously they're too valuable to be sold in the market and we probably couldn't afford one even if we could find an option on the black market.As for options, I vote to continue trying to slowly infect people (like in this plan: 41632555), while we wait for departure. Don't do anything stupid at least until we leave for station ???.
Rolled 16 (1d100)>>41634236Solid plan for jumpstarting falcon infection. Seconded.
>>41634235>>41634241Both of these are solid ideas. Don't do anything conspicuous.
>>41634304Seconding this. Both of these ideas sound solid to me. Maybe we can have the cat give the cook a friendly kiss while he's sleeping.
>>41634260Agreed. Basically try to not fuck things up before we leave.
Rolled 11 (1d100)>>41634164>>41634236>try something specific with the platinum falconrolling for attempting to contaminate the food supply
>>41634164>>Write-inINFECT THE COOKS.Socialize with the people who prepare and sell food. As many as possible.
Rolled 8 (1d100)already voted, just pumping out more rolls here.
>>41634304I'm with this. Especially the spider part.
Rolled 22 (1d100)Hopefully shit last one is high as a kite.
Rolled 27 (1d100)Just going for a roll here. Hopefully something better than the 63 we have for this section.
>>41634423>>41634417Mediocrity is acceptable! BeTter than catastrophic failure.
>>41634304A little bugs walking over sleeping faces and a few bad muffins won't raise any notice right? Voting
>>41634260>Amethitium crystalsYou have a small asteroid of them back at Joker. You just need a ship to mine them.>>41634235>insectsThe FMC has a very strict policy against insects of any kind, and if they suspect even the slightest infestation they'll go ham on killing them off. The ship and station environment is also not good for them in general, since they lack food.>Go to the market and try to infect a food court workerA couple of your crewmen visit the station's food market. The various stores and stalls have surprisingly even distributions of customers.They try to queue up and infect one of the stall workers, but in their attempt to do so they're pushed out of the way by impatient customers who then berate your crew for wasting time. These humans are very efficient in their purchase of foodstuffs.>Infect the Platinum Falcon chefYour cat attempts to sneak up on the chef and infect him. As he's preparing a meal for himself, the cat takes a bite at his ankle, and then is rewarded for it with a kick. The cat scurries away quickly. In time the chef succumbs to the will of the spore. This greatly accelerates the infection of the Platinum Falcon, and you suspect that by the time they leave the ship will be under your control. However, without an Amethitium crystal you will be unable to control it. If you put a small mind on the ship you think that after being disconnected from the subspace network it would continue toward Joker to relink itself.Assuming control of the ship:>Put a mind on the Falcon>Try to buy something for the Falcon?>Transfer the extra fertilizer to the Falcon from the Galleon?>Wait for the Falcon to reach Joker and deal with it then?
>>41634635>Put a mind on the Falcongod damn humans and their efficient eating...
>>41634635Alchahol for enticing people to infect in the future
>>41634635>>Transfer the extra fertilizer to the Falcon from the Galleon?>>Wait for the Falcon to reach Joker and deal with it then
>>41634635Maybe we could try to imprint specific instructions on the individuals of the falcon. Repeat specific phrases and concepts at them to build up a strong memory of what we want them to do.
>>41634694Let's use humans from the Falcon's crew, disappearances from Jacksona will probably raise some alarms
>>41634635>Wait for the Falcon to reach Joker and deal with it then?By that time we'll have infected an engineer that would turn off the bio alarms. Flood it with spores and done.
>>41634701Nah, remember that alcohol is strictly regulated and every illegal still is quickly shut down. We don't want that kind of heat on us.>Put a mind on the Falcon. Store it in the hydroponics bay. Feed it with fertilizer there. With the cook under our control, an infection of the entire crew should only take 1 or 2 "mealtimes." In that case an infection will easily take place before the ship leaves.
>>41634635>>Put a mind on the Falcon>Transfer the extra fertilizer to the Falcon from the Galleon?Use extra fertilizer to make a proto-brain at minimal use of life.
When we get the biomass for it, we should set up a sort of reef around a sun, consisting mainly of photosynthetic cells. If we find lifeforms than can act as living batteries, too...
>>41634635>put a mind on the falcon
>>41634789By the time we have enough biomass for that we would have half the galaxy under our thumb.
>>41634723I like this idea, it seems like it could work.
>>41634726If we could quickly infect then convert another crew member into a mind that would be ideal. Crew would be wondering where they went but they are leaving in a few days and will be on downtime. One guy goes off to fuck some wenches for a day or two isn't unheard of and by the time they would be getting worried, they would likely all be infected because of the spore-soup they will be having for every meal.
>>41634874>>41634723You suspect that with a mind controlling the ship, it would endeavor to reconnect with the network at Joker so that it can upgrade itself with an Amethitium crystal. It seems doubtful that it would run off somewhere, because there's not really anywhere for it to run off to.>Put a mind on the FalconYou take three of the Falcon's crewmen into its hydroponics bay and use the resources there to merge them into a small Spore mind, sufficient in size that when fitted with an Amethitium crystal it would be able to connect to your network.The act of doing this reduces the crew of the Falcon down to 14.You also take a moment to take the extra fertilizer supplies meant for Joker from the Galleon to the Falcon, so that they can be put to proper use. No sense in carting them around the fringe without any use for them.(With that, there's not much left beyond the mission at hand)>Timeskip and depart for ???>Do something else (write in)
>>41635026>Timeskip and depart for ???do we roll for passive infections?
>>41635026>>Timeskip and depart for ???
>>41635026>Timeskip and depart for ???I dunno. Just time skip and tell us how many our sneezing crew infected.
>>41635026>>Do something else (write in)I really meant to wait for fast food workers to get off shift and fraternize with them then.But since we're in business hours: Demand to meet with their manager about some food you had.Get very in his face.
>>41635026>Timeskip and depart for ???
>>41635026>Timeskip and depart for ???Just make sure the prostitute and others on the station are taking the time to passively infect everyone they can. We can have the spores lay dormant in the persons they infect and converting more people to hosts could prove invaluable when we eventually attempt to take Jacksonia.
>>41635026>Timeskip and depart for ???Just be sure to remember we're doing passive infections. (keep infected dormant)
>>41635060>passive infections(After you leave there will be no additional infections, as I've mentioned in previous threads. Without a mind to control them individual hosts have their infection go almost entirely dormant.)Only the initial infection seemed to avoid the dormant condition, and you've yet to discover the reason why.--While you wait the remaining three days for the ship's overhaul to be completed, the hooker you infected has taken over a janitor, a security officer, and another engineer. One of your infections also managed to infect their wife. You now have 8 human hosts on the Silver Rush.The Platinum Falcon departs part-way through the 16th day with a fully-infected crew and a small mind on board. It will make it way to Charlie, refuel manually, and then go to Joker. The journey will take 6 days.The Golden Galleon departs for ???, a 5-day journey with two escort ships following along. The ship is instructed to jump toward the destroyed gas refinery on the Beta route. You suspect the escort ships are there to keep pirates away.Hopefully they succeed...>Roll 1d100!
Rolled 39 (1d100)>>41635322here we go
Rolled 24 (1d100)>>41635322Hopefully this'll go better than our other rolls.
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>41635322
Rolled 59 (1d100)>>41635322
Rolled 1 (1d100)>>41635322Rolling for piratical activity.
Rolled 56 (1d100)>>41635322
>>41635416Well, fuck me, right?
>>41632555I guess our infectors were ridiculously slow about their work, or your math is buggy
Rolled 88 (1d100)>>41635322oh sheeeeit!
>>41635416Well that's one way to fail a mission right?
>>41635416THE FRINGE WILL RISE AGAIN.EAT TUNGSTEN, CORPORATE SHILLS.
>>41635471You're about 3 minutes too late I'm afraid.Maybe we'll be lucky and the pirates will only destroy the escort vessels and will attempt to loot us. We can still be lucky-ish, right?
>>41635610Possibly we can infect pirate crews though and that could be a huge strategic win for us, even if the Galleon is destroyed.
>escorts are destroyed>w-we surrender!>please board us, rebel-scum-senpai>to accept our kiss of surrender
>>41635659we got any girls left in the crew?If so we could easily spread the infection.
>>41635659I'm liking this more and more.
>>41635647If the galleon is destroyed we lose the crystal. Without the crystal we can't control or communicate with the spore hosts on the pirate ship. We can only hope the pirates are so greedy they try to loot our ship without destroying us. Then >>41635659 would be just great.
>>41635659maybe we can pull through with the power of FRIENDSHIP!
>>41635710Yes, we have the girl who seduced the security guard on Joker way back when.
>>41635728Maybe the best thing to do would be to defect immediately before our brain is destroyed?
>>41635764Nothing you said makes any sense at all.
>>41635608(I laughed really hard at this. Nice)>>41635416(Hope you like pirates, because you're getting them!)On the way to ??? you hoped that the journey would go off without a hitch. You were wrongSo, so wrong.The moment your ships come out of subspace at the half-way point where the Beta station used to be, you're immediately set upon by a Rising Fringe frigate. You just stopped to cool your drives, and instead things are heating up.The escort ships immediately send an information packet to the Golden Galleon with rendezvous coordinates. You assume this is where ??? is located."Golden Galleon, hang back. We'll try to distract the frigate. If you see an opening to jump to the rendezvous coordinates, TAKE IT." The FMC captain cuts his transmission. The two soldiers on the Golden Galleon's bridge look concerned.The two escorts burn at a rapid pace toward the frigate to try and get a volley in before it turns and blasts them into dust. The first escort misses the frigate, but the second lands a critical blow on the communications system, making the frigate effectively mute.The escort ships make a poor attempt to try and outmaneuver the frigate, but the frigate also seems rather ineffectual in its attempts. Its turrets launch railgun volleys at the escorts, but only one hits. It blasts off a bit of armor on the edge of an escort, which seems unperturbed by the superficial damage.How would you like to proceed?>Jump to the rendezvous point (1d100)>Try to distract the frigate (1d100)>GLORY TO THE FRINGE MINING CORPORATION! (Ram the frigate) (1d100)>Write-in (1d100)
Rolled 94 (1d100)>>41635823>GLORY TO THE FRINGE MINING CORPORATION! (Ram the frigate) (1d100)I just have to try
Rolled 97 (1d100)>>41635823>GLORY TO THE FRINGE MINING CORPORATION! (Ram the frigate) (1d100)
Rolled 71 (1d100)>>41635823>GLORY TO THE FRINGE MINING CORPORATION! (Ram the frigate) (1d100)
Rolled 64 (1d100)>>41635823>Jump to the rendezvous point (1d100)
>>41635863Hmm. Hard to argue with that roll even if I question the wisdom of it
>>41635874Holy shit! Fuck yeah! NOBODY ELSE ROLL. A 1 COULD STILL FUCK THIS UP!
Rolled 16 (1d100)>>41635823>GLORY TO THE FRINGE MINING CORPORATION! (Ram the frigate) (1d100)Whats the dice system for this agin?Is 96+ considered a crit?
Rolled 5 (1d100)>>41635823>GLORY TO THE FRINGE MINING CORPORATION! (Ram the frigate) (1d100)
Rolled 62 (1d100)>>41635823>GLORY TO THE FRINGE MINING CORPORATION! (Ram the frigate) (1d100)Sure, why the fuck not.
Rolled 26 (1d100)>>41635863>>41635874>>41635881Oh....fuck me..... SCREW IT! RIP AND TEAR!! >RAM THEM!
Rolled 6 (1d100)>>41635823>>GLORY TO THE FRINGE MINING CORPORATION! (Ram the frigate) (1d100)
>>41635863>>41635874So......we slipped a cat and a dog onboard their frigate to infect them with big slobbery affectionate licks on the face?
>>41635823Why aren't the soldiers embarked on our ship spore hosts yet? Shouldn't we have been feeding them specialty spore soup for a few days now?
>>41635957With our luck they've been exclusively eating their own MREs supply.
>>41635957Now might be a good time to infect them while we're ramming the pirates
>>41635989How bad is our cook that soldiers prefer MRE's to nice home-baked goodness that is definitely not infected with anything sinister.>>41636057Well, if we can't retcon infecting them, than we can attempt to swarm them simultaneously
>>41636057A few "accidental" coughs filled to the max with spores might do the trick. And in all the panic they'll have blood circulating faster Han normal AKA infect faster.>>41636077Maybe space MREs are better than normal?
Couldnt we just saturate the air of our ship?
>>41636077>>41636101They got there own private rum ration Quick turn some of the crew into warriors
>>41635863>>41635874>mfw they choose the joke option and roll a 97 on itIn a moment of tactical brilliance the spore realizes that it can use the Golden Galleon to ram the enemy frigate and severely damage its exposed weapon turrets. It takes advantage of this pathetic example of a battle and burns ahead at full speed.The Golden Galleon T-Bones the frigate on the top of its rear with the landing strut on the front of the ship, and it manages to avoid being catastrophically destroyed as it rips the turrets from the frigate and sends their debris into space.The frigate's captain seems utterly confused, and tries to turn its last top turret toward your freighter, while firing its lower turret toward an escort. The escort fires at the same time, and both ships hit each other.The escort manages to blast the top turret before a slug from the frigate's railgun rips through its hull and destroys it.The second escort takes a shot at the frigate and it rips through the last turret, leaving the frigate with only its spinal laser. Because the escort is more maneuverable the spinal laser is of little threat to it, but the Golden Galleon would not withstand its assault.What will you do?>Jump away (1d100)>Fuck it, ram it again! (1d100; will damage your ship this time)>Try to get the frigate to board you? (1d100)>Write-in (1d100)
Rolled 18 (1d100)>>41636138>jump awayI think we've made our point.
Rolled 27 (1d100)>>41636138>Jump away (1d100)We done here
>We get shainghaied into some dubious Corp business>Suddenly, pirates>RAM THEMWelp, time to get the popcorn!
Rolled 7 (1d100)>>41636138>Jump away (1d100)We got lucky last time guys.
Rolled 39 (1d100)>>41636138>Jump away (1d100)
>>41636138>Jump awayFucking great job everyone!
Rolled 60 (1d100)>>41636138>>Jump away (1d100)
>>41636077Turns out boiled infection form tastes terrible.
Rolled 97 (1d100)>>41636138Jump away. The pirates won't stick around for boarding with a military ship taking pot shots at it and no way to respond. They might destroy us instead of boarding.
>>41636138I guess. We. have to pretend to be trying and failing to jump away?While the frigate takes out the last escort, allowing it to board us?
Rolled 34 (1d100)>>41636202forgot the roll
Rolled 67 (1d100)>>41636138>Write-in (1d100)Play dead
>>41636138Can we hail them? If so I vote to taunt them.
So, we ever going to reach Keymind "Oh hey, I've connected to the synaptic nervous tissue of reality, watch me as I fuck the universe like the whore it is!" levels?
>>41636322we can only hope we'll be able to do that through subspace ripples or some shit once we become a planet of biological matter.
>>41636322I'm sure we'll get there eventually (unless we do something incredibly stupid or fail horribly). But it'll take a long time to get there. It's about the journey, not the destination. Enjoy our journey towards becoming all-powerful. A quest without a threat to us is not nearly as enjoyable.
>>41636283No. Look closer, Lenny.>The first escort misses the frigate, but the second lands a critical blow on the communications system, making the frigate effectively mute.
>>41636203>Jump awayThe Golden Galleon immediately resumes a course toward the rendezvous point at ??? and departs from the battle.Just as the ship jumps into subspace you see a bright laser beam fire past the side of the ship, a near miss as the Golden Galleon slips away from the battle.After the remaining two days of the trip you reach the destination on the edge of an ion nebula that seems to stretch on to infinity. You think the ship would be able to enter the edge of the nebula without much danger, but any incursion deeper in would likely result in the vessel's electronic systems being fried into oblivion.The space around you is quiet, for the moment. There are no buoys, ships, or otherwise here, and with no extra fuel the Galleon has nowhere to jump to. You decide to wait, and hope that the escort ship survives, or that the people at your destination come looking for you.-- (Joker)Titanium Mining (Joker): 180t/day | 2520-1260 every two weeks | Material Capacity: 1900/3780The Platinum Falcon arrives at its destination as planned and takes the 1260 titanium resources as intended. It drops off three extra supplies of biomass in the form of fertilizer, as well as a refuel for the outpost itself.When it arrives, the cavern work is also completed. The cavern can now support two gestation pods for escort-sized ships (or a destroyer, once the technology is acquired), the geothermal generator, and a large spore mind of up to Stage 2. It also supports additional space for storing minerals, though you've yet to fill your reserves.If the Falcon takes an extra day it can mine Amethitium crystals and possibly get as much as two of them. You may also begin gestating an escort ship, which should take about two weeks to complete. The ship will cost 580 titanium, three brains, and a supply of biomass.>Mine Amethitium, and create an escort ship? (1d100)>Mine Amethitium and do nothing else (1d100)>Do nothing in general.
Rolled 50 (1d100)>>41636475>>Mine Amethitium, and create an escort ship? (1d100)
Rolled 56 (1d100)>>41636475>Mine Amethitium, and create an escort ship.Can we drop off fertilizer for the spore escort ship to make brains easier?
>>41636475How do we produce our own brains, humans are a finite supply and reproduce too slowly.
Rolled 68 (1d100)>>41636475>Mine Amethitium, and create an escort ship? (1d100)
Rolled 41 (1d100)>>41636475>Mine Amethitium, and create an escort ship? (1d100)Lets do it
>>41636540All that fertiliser we got helps a lot.
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>41636475Mine and create a ship. Can we begin upgrading our mind to the next level?
>>41636571Obviously, but you're not answering specifically. You can't. We need the stats for ratio of one 1 biomass producing X number of disembodied brains.
>>41636322>mfw I learned the Flood was a conceptual plague, as apparently it infects Souls and can connect to the Universe and bend it over it's metaphorical+metaphysical knee and spank it like a child.Man, Halo Progenitors were some bullfuck, like, reaching Mythos stupidity bullfuck, one ended up becoming a Library containing every single scrap of knowledge from the Forerunners, down to individual thoughts and emotions of every single individual that has ever existed.Has it been said if the Flood is actually a Rip-roaring PO'd Progenitor who went the path of Tzimisce+Azathoth that forgot it's a Progenitor?
>>41636749>any story after bungie left the pictureNot even worth reading.
>>41636806I think a lot was actually during Bunjie.I KNOW Bunjie Flood had the Logic Plague, which is frankly terrifying.
>>41636822>Logic PlagueIt was never called that in bungie's day but yeah the flood always could fuck around with AI and tech if given the time. That was always something scary about the flood. They didn't just turn you into space zombies, they turned your body into a space zombie and picked your brain for anything useful to infect more people.
>>41636822We're actually (arguably) even more terrifying than the Halo Flood. The Flood in Halo could not do infiltration, which we can do easily. It could be possible for the spore to take over an entire planet without anyone noticing, something that is not possible with the flood. We should be able to conquer the galaxy if we can at least get ourselves firmly entrenched and otherwise well established.
>>41636876>always could fuck around with AI and tech if given the timeThey didn't need that much time, it was at the point where once a grouping of Flood forms got on a ship, if the ship had a Sentient / Sapient AI it would take minutes until that AI started trying to kill off it's own crew.
>>41636909I think it -was- possibly for the Flood to infiltrate, it just didn't -care-.Wasn't the entire Human/Forerunner war started because the Flood infiltrated Ancient Humanity through their pets?
>>41636912>it was at the point where once a grouping of Flood forms got on a ship, if the ship had a Sentient / Sapient AI it would take minutes until that AI started trying to kill off it's own crew.When was it at that point? in 343 magic land?
>>41637023Nah, it was in one of the books, or maybe exposition content, possibly the same one with the Star Roads.
>>41636540>How do we produce our own brainsYou can sort of mimic them with the knowledge you have now, but reproducing brain cells in large quantities is something beyond what you currently know how to do.>>41636622Your attempts to mine Amethitium bare fruit, and moreso! You just barely manage to scrape out a second crystal before the ship returns to the outpost. You take three of the people on Joker and turn them and an Amethitium crystal into a gestating escort ship with lasers, and sensors, and FTL.-- (???)You wait. You wait for two whole days. On day 25 of the spore's life it receives a garbled hail with instructions from somewhere inside the nebula.The Golden Galleon proceeds into the nebula per its instructions, and after a couple hours of navigating the calmer edge of the ion nebula a blue sphere comes into view.A large planet, covered in water, orbiting the habitable region of a star. It seems to have a very strong magnetosphere, and even a breathable atmosphere.As the Golden Galleon approaches and starts orbiting the planet, a less garbled transmission comes through. You receive directions to land on a specific point on the planet.As instructed, the Golden Galleon descends to the watery world. As it enters the atmosphere and gets past the cloud layer the spore notices a small platform resting above the waters. It looks large enough to support your freighter and seems to have docking facilities as well.As you're docking, you see the fin of an alien aquatic creature skim the surface, leaving little doubt that life exists in these oceans.When the Golden Galleon docks, clamps engage to hold it in place, and two docking elevators raise out of the surface of the dock and connect to the ship."Golden Galleon, welcome to, uh... Well, you don't need to know where or what this is. Since you've had to come to us through the secondary protocol, I'm assuming your escorts were destroyed."(cont)
>>41637047>books being immune to 343 magic landI've got bad news for you.
Right, we need to infect the water right away. All dat biomass.
>>41637071>alien biologyWell, we need that. Can we toss a pet from the Galleon and see what we can infect? Who knows, maybe we learn some cool biology modifications from the space whales
>>41637071.... we need this planet. Everything about it is pretty much perfect...
>>41637130No, we'd have to mutate a warrior farm into an aquatic form with gills, and have it dive and go on an infect spree.Fortunately we learned gills from a goldfish.
>>41637094> Rip Rookie, you were too pure for 343's madness.
>>41637071The Platinum Falcon also has an Amethitium crystal for the mind on it now, right? We aren't just going to give the ship up (or keep them all dormant).
did 4chan crash?
>>41637071So.. they have a subspace buoy here right?We have to be subtle then in takeover to not make them phone home.
>>41637071Let's use a little caution. If we suddenly show up at a military research base and at the same time an unknown lifeform shows up in all of the water, that might raise suspicions.Basically: wait until we know what they are doing here and if we never find out then as we leave drop the turtle into the water.
>>41637242>17 repliesHow much is there to say to that?
>>4163727795% chance that most of it is tard girl insisting they're just friends.
>>41637277couldn't post for a while, and i noticed that the QM hasn't either.Also isn't this considered rape
>>41637319That still requires 9 replies from other people.
>>41637331Yeah I am not sure what to think about that.
>>41637071>(cont)"We happened to cross paths with an RF frigate. At least one of the escorts was destroyed. We managed to ram a couple of its turrets off before jumping away as instructed.""You did what?" The man on the video screen looks impressed. "You're a ballsy and frightening man. Hopefully you won't try to take us out next!" He laughs at the silly joke he made. You laugh with him, but for different reasons."The two soldiers on your ship will escort you down to the station. You alone, captain. This is all a bit of a mess now that the RF have cut off our normal route."The two soldiers and your captain host make their way down the elevator into the research facility, which was built into the side of a chasm on the planet. You suspect that the docking platform can be retracted below the surface just enough to hide it from view. The FMC has gone to great lengths to keep this facility a secret.When the elevator reaches the inside of the facility, you're greeted by armed guards."Welcome to the facility," says the captain of the guard. He looks at a tablet. "Captain... Buchanon. Right. This way, please."You are escorted by two armed soldiers. Your own spore military guards wait at the elevator, as they have never been here before.The captain is escorted through some of the most clean and sterile corridors he's ever seen with white everywhere. There are colored lines painted on the sides to indicate what sector of the facility you're in, and signs indicating how to get around.Finally, the captain reaches a door marked "Administrator Lyson" and escorted inside. The guards wait at the door. Captain Buchanon is greeted by an older man in a labcoat."Ah, hello! Welcome! I suppose you have questions, but I can't answer most of them. Actually, you really shouldn't even be here! But, well... shit happens right?">Ask about the facility>Ask about the planet>Ask about the nebula>Captain Buchanon, Serial Number 158294, Fringe Mining Corporation>Write-in
>>41637251I don't think we do anything unless we have a tremendously lucky opportunity. For all intents and purposes this is just a recon mission. This is possibly a biological warfare research facility. There is possibly no place in the sector better equipped to detect and destroy us than the instillation here. Caution is the order of the day.
>>41637451>Ask about the facility>Ask about the planet>Ask about the nebula
>>41637451>Captain Buchanon, Serial Number 158294, Fringe Mining Corporationnigga said his lips are sealed.>Write-inShake hands and see if we can get spore sweat on his hands and hope his gets infected through that.
>>41637514reread>I suppose you have questions, but I can't answer most of them
>>41637451>>Captain Buchanon, Serial Number 158294, Fringe Mining Corporation
>>41637537>I suppose you have questions, but I can't answer most of them>mostWhy not ask and he'll do this wonderful thing where he tells us what he can tell us.
>>41637451>>Ask about the facility>>Ask about the planet>>Ask about the nebula>No seriously, how haven't the soldiers been infected when we could have just had a cat breath on them in their sleep.
>>41637451>>Ask about the facility>>Ask about the planet>>Ask about the nebulaAsk about RF attacks. We, understandably, don't want to jump back into a location last visited by a pirate capital ship unguarded.Also, I noticed we're alone in a room with an old powerful man who just ordered his guards to wait outside. How risky would an infection attempt be? I'm guessing extremely risky, but I'd be interesting to get a ballpark number for how dangerous it is.
>>41637451So then why am I here at all?Need-to-know basis, and you're going to tell me what I need to know? Why?
>>41637567Didn't you read the section above. I'm guessing that when he said: "Your own spore military guards wait at the elevator" that he was talking about the guards we sporified when they were on our ship.
>>41637451>ask about the facilityto startAlso: no captcha. a crepe is not a sandwich.
>>41637597Ah, I missed that line, He didn't refer to them as hosts on the line with the captain so I thought they were still somehow infection-free.
Hey, I just remembered. We have a goldfish right? Well... goldfish never stop growing, they are only constrained by the size of their surroundings and available food. And since our spore-animals exist using only photosynthesis, if we release our "goldfish" onto the planet's oceans, with time we could have a spore levithan to play with. >:D
>>41637804It'd probably get eaten. And if it gets eaten it'll infect the the thing that ate it. And so on and so forth till we control the biggest thing in the sea anyway.
>>41637839Very true. Ride that food chain to total planetary domination!
>>41637839And then the biggest thing in the sea grows to even bigger proportions.
>>41637479Very much this. Do nothing to anger science. Especially military science on a waterworld which is almost definitely for biological research.
"Captain Buchanon, Serial Number 158294, Fringe Mining Corporation."Lyson looks perplexed. "You're uh, you're not being held captive. At least, you're not a prisoner. This is an FMC facility, though it is highly classified."Lyson presents his FMC badge with his employee serial number on it, as well as his name and job: Lyson Hodges, Research Administrator."I'm sure you've already guessed, but this is a research facility. And since we're on a planet teeming with aquatic species, I'm sure you can guess why we're here.""What can you tell me about this planet?""We call it Gates, in honor of its discoverer. 98% of the planet's surface is covered in water, and the remaining two percent is a small landmass in the northern hemisphere that is volcanic. It has a bit of life on it, but it's mostly volcanic materials. There are ice caps on the northern and southern poles."Most of what he's said is stuff you could have figured out with a single orbit of the planet, or had seen already."And the nebula?""Ah, The Endless. I'm sure you had heard of it already. We have no idea how large it is. It seems to go on forever, hence the name. We know there are stars and systems in The Endless, but the fierce ion storms prevent any exploration, as well as- Er, anyways... We were lucky to find the Gates system and this very special planet, which has somehow managed to flourish."Lyson's computer beeps at him, as well as the PDA in his labcoat pocket. "They seem to be calling for me. I'm afraid I have to send you back now. Your ship will be refueled and your cargo will be picked up by our maintenance staff. These guards from the Surveyor of Opportunity will take you back to your ship."You recognize the name, which was printed in white on a strange destroyer parked on the surface of the chasm. Its design is different than most FMC vessels.The guards escort the captain and the turned spore guards back to the elevator.(cont)
This research station / outpost *probably* isn't Ultra-Super-Sekret, just Sekret, if anything it's probably just something they have to research the native wild life to see how they cope with being in the Nebula and the Nebula itself without danger of being fucked by the Ion storms.Very useful to us, basically.
>>41637961The captain and the guards ascend up to the Golden Galleon. As the elevator rises, you see a strange jellyfish that appears to be trying to eat part of the elevator. The alien aquatics are diverse.Up in the cargo bay of the Golden Galleon, a group of what appear to be five maintenance staff and two guards arrive alongside a remote-controlled lifting robot for carrying the cargo.Inside their facility they were safe, but on the Golden Galleon they are doomed. The spore-filled atmosphere fills their lungs and the seven humans succumb to your control.The hosts have been compartmentalized for most of their stay on the station. They know a lot of basic facts about it, but they also are unaware of its true motives. They know that the FMC built this facility for something bigger than aquatic research. The facility holds about 200 people, mostly researchers, staff, and military. The destroyer is staffed by 40 crewmen and 30 marines. The facility has no subspace buoy, and in fact, the human subspace technology doesn't seem to work very well here because of the magnetosphere and the ion nebula. The subspace buoy is instead located on the destroyer, which has to leave the nebula every time they wish to transmit or receive messages. You didn't start to notice until you landed, but your connection to the other spore minds is definitely weaker than it was. It is not severed, however.These new hosts also happen to think it's a nice planet in general.So do you.How will you proceed?>Continue the cargo unloading and wait for an opportunity.>Load mutated hosts into the crates and try to take the station by force (Mutate the captured guards and staff into attack forms?)>Other? (Write-in)
>>41638162That's possible, or it could just be "what they want us to believe." I wonder what rumors, if any our spore-host military guards have heard about the instillation. They have probably at least some idea of what's going on here seeing as they were stationed on a ship heading to this location.
> but the fierce ion storms prevent any exploration, as well as- Er, >>41638162The Endless is the weirdest thing nearby, it could be the origin of the spore that ended up in subspace.There could something similar with the life here that is also naturally subspace-sensitive.>>41638260>only 200 people>no buoyIs it time for FUN?>>Load mutated hosts into the crates and try to take the station by force (Mutate the captured guards and staff into attack forms?)
>>41638260>Continue the cargo unloading and wait for an opportunity.>Other? (Write-in)Try and drop the goldfish into the sea somehow.
>>41638260>Continue the cargo unloading and wait for an opportunity.
>>41638260Too bad we don't have that goldfish to toss into the ocean
>>41638260>Continue the cargo unloading and wait for an opportunity. Is there a way we could draw off the destroyer away from the facility? How big is the destroyer compared to the pirate frigate. Without the destroyer any infestation of the facility has a much greater chance of success.
>>41638260>>Other? (Write-in)See if you can have 10 crew take a swim in the ocean.But have only 9 come back out. The last one mutates into an aquatic warrior.Obviously you have to have your own people on lifeguard duty.
>>41638302wait the galleon doesn't have a goldfish, sorry
>>41638260>>Continue the cargo unloading and wait for an opportunity.>Definitely get that goldfish in the water.
>>41638309We still have the goldfish. It was listed under our resources in the first post.I vote we throw it into the sea too.
Question SporeQM, can we detach limbs of our hosts to create smaller infiltration type hosts?Like they rip off their arm and it grows legs turning into a centipede or cockroach
>>41638352wait, the goldfish is on Joker... but we do have a turtle!
>>41638357the goldfish is on Joker, not the Galleon.
>>41638333that's right, it's on Joker. Can we make a spore fish on our own based on our knowledge of aquatics? Alternately, we could release spores into the water. They may be eaten by plankton or some such and work their way up the food chain from there.
>>41638357It's on Joker, retard. Read better.
>>41638402wow rude much?
>>41638332We do haveAquatic Physiology (Basic)
>>41638402>>41638393>>41638388We still have a turtle, which isn't a tortoise, meaning it can swim on its own too.
>>41638362If so I say we turn a person or one of the dogs into a swarm of sporefish
>>41638260>Write inset that turtle free in the giant ocean. He will do his duty for Hive and Spore.
>>41638470It's the most he can do now that he's already given us knowledge of carapaces. For honor and glory!
>>41638260Wait for an opportunity and free the turtle. We probably don't want spore creatures roaming around, however, if we don't have some plan to take over the research station eventually.
>>41638260Make up an excuse that we can't leave until we have an escort. The captain would be negligent in his duty if he took an FMC ship into an area with a known pirate frigate without any sort of escort. Play a delaying game while we move our pieces into place to take the station.
>>41638544an argument could be made about not wanting to travel back through pirate infested space without an escort.
>>41638544If we get that Destroyer... well, the station's ours. No reason to be patient or stay silent.
So, the hunams here can't do fuck with their Subspace, but we can still feel our other Minds, meaning that we are still connected, even if the connection is weaker.Yeah, we can totally use this World as our own Spore Capital.
>>41638581Let's try to get as many infected subtly first. This is a research station so it's not unthinkable for them to pull an ace in the hole an nuke our asses (figuratively or literally).
>>41638612If we do that then we need to infect all the aquatic life. Dat Biomass.
>>41638323>How big is the destroyer compared to the pirate frigateIt's one class larger, and based on the advanced tech it seems to possess it's probably twice as deadly.>>41638544Though Lyons would like you gone immediately, it seems likely that the Golden Galleon will be docked for at least a full day, if not two, while they try to figure this mess out.>>41638362That's... sort of what the infection-type forms are. I'll say that if warrior-types get dismembered you can roll to turn them into drones temporarily.>WE IN DA OCEAN BROYou set the turtle loose into the ocean. The freedom of the water feels quite nice. Since your infected turtle also doesn't need to breathe you swim the turtle down to the ocean floor next to the research facility. There's some plant life down here, as well as some crustaceans.Infecting the sea life here would take some time, but you think that you if you work fast enough you might get a powerful enough colony to turn some of the aquatic species into viable warriors to fight the humans.Either way, your turtle begins including the aquatic life near the facility into your dominion.>Continue the cargo unloadingYou begin loading the cargo onto the elevator. The elevator only holds about 6 crates, and your storage has 45 crates total. This process will take some time.The elevator descends and takes the staff down into the rock that makes up part of the chasm. A large cargo room has been mined out of the rock.There are three other staff here. Two of them are guiding the third as he operates the ceiling crane and places the crates where they need to go.With seven people you could easily take them.>Take the three by force (1d100)>Try to take one of them more subtly (1d100)>Write-in (1d100 to infect)
Rolled 5 (1d100)>>41638648>Try to take one of them more subtly (1d100)Could be cameras
Rolled 58 (1d100)>>41638648>>Try to take one of them more subtly (1d100)
Rolled 71 (1d100)>>41638648>>Try to take one of them more subtly (1d100)
Rolled 67 (1d100)>>41638648>Try to take one of them more subtly (1d100)
Rolled 18 (1d100)>>41638648>Try to take one of them more subtly (1d100)
>>41638648>>Try to take one of them more subtly (1d100)THEY GOT CAMERAS BRO.Let's not do any obvious shit yet.
Rolled 100 (1d100)>>41638648Try to to take one of them subtly. We still have days to infect the others
Rolled 40 (1d100)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwhLueAWItA>>41638648>Try to take one of them more subtly (1d100)
>>41638648"The freedom of the water feels quite nice". I wonder if it goes as far as to feel natural, or similar to something we consider natural?
>>41638727Heh damn sonDoes this count
>>41638727>>41638648COULD THIS 100 COUNT?
>>41638727Damn. Not only did I roll this 100 too late, I also rolled this 97 too late as well. I guess I just need to type faster.>>41636205
>>41638743>>41638746>>41638751nah 6th roll
So, who wants to bet The Endless' storms won't have much of an effect on our biological spore ships?
>>41638838it still will affect us, you can't really bullshit away tech we learned with bodies, but it will probably be to a lesser degree.
>>41638648>That's... sort of what the infection-type forms are. I'll say that if warrior-types get dismembered you can roll to turn them into drones temporarily.shit niggathats terrifying
>>41638838It already isn't having an effect on our mind's networking supposedly since we didn't feel like a huge part of us was ripped away when we arrived so... yeah, it shouldn't have any effect at all, really.
>>41638888So is that flood level in Halo 3 on impossible
>>41638889No, reread. It is affecting us, just not as severely.
>>41638908You wanna know what terrified me when I was a kid?The Library on legendary in CE.
>>41638935Fuck man yeah i remember Damn that was bad
>>41638935as it should
>>41638742(In this case it's just flavor text)>>41638727(Since you rolled a 100, I'll take it, BECAUSE I'M SUCH A GENEROUS QM)>Try to take one of them more subtlyOne of your hosts strikes up conversation with one of his colleagues as he's trying to work. During conversation he sneezes, and blamed it on the ship. The sneeze claims an eighth host from among the others, and then the eighth host's friend comes to ask about the freighter and succumbs to a second sneeze from the new host.You now have nine hosts from the station, and two of the three in cargo.The crane operator calls down and asks the others to resume their work. When you look up at him, you can see a camera on a wall that seems to be pointed at the elevator. You know that there are security cameras in several locations throughout the facility, but most near external access locations and in important areas like the reactor room or their hydroponics bay. Because it's a secret facility, you know that the guards have no cameras in the research section of the outpost, which is divided by a special airlock.If the away team doesn't resume its unloading it'll be suspicious, but it'll look more like they're slacking off or refusing to work rather than anything else.>Send the away team back up for another load.>Leave them hereHow will you proceed?>Attempt to forcibly infect the operator? (1d100)>Infect him subtly (1d100)>Write-in (1d100 to infect or sneak)
Rolled 84 (1d100)>>41638974>Infect him subtly (1d100)
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>41638974>Send the away team back up for another load.>Infect him subtly (1d100)
Rolled 59 (1d100)>>41638974>Send the away team back up for another load.>Infect him subtly (1d100)
Rolled 94 (1d100)>>41638974>>Send the away team back up for another load.>Infect him subtly (1d100)
Rolled 62 (1d100)>>41638974>Send the away team back up for another load.>Infect him subtly (1d100)
>>41638974>Send the away team back up for another load.>Infect him subtly (1d100)HWG
Rolled 11 (1d100)>>41639041HWG
>>41638974>>Send the away team back up for another load.>Infect him subtly (1d100)
>>41638974>>Leave them hereSo, lots of places without cameras, huh.
>>41639021>Send the away teamThe seven original hosts go back up to the Galleon and resume their unloading duties.As they do so, one of the crane spotters approaches the operator as if to inform him about something. As he starts to do so, he sneezes and infects the operator.With the cargo staff and two guards under your control you have a whole 10 hosts from the Gates-Lyon Research Facility.From here on, it's rather troubling. You could wait until the shift change in a few hours and try to start infecting the other inhabitants from the inside out, instead of the outside in.Alternatively, you could play on the lack of suspicion from the other inhabitants and attempt to push in and hit other targets. If the guards come, you might even infect them as well.>Wait for a shift change.>Have the guards leave their post and try to hit another target (Where?)
>>41639206>>Have the guards leave their post and try to hit another target (Where?)Wait, where is the layout of this place established.Eating area? The kitchens? Lazy bastards having munchies.
>>41639206The crew of the destroyer. Target them. They aren't necessarily onboard the ship, are they?
>>41639206Have the crane operator report an odd glitch in the controls and request engineering assistance, if the operation seat isnt in view of cameras. Take the time to sabotage the crane controls too, for authenticity.
>>41639206>Wait for a shift change.Infect more sea life
>>41639206With the cargo staff under our control, we can much more easily sneak infected warrior forms aboard. Bring some warriors down in the next batch and store them away beyond the exterior cameras. When the time comes, they can lay an ambush and hopefully catch station personal unaware outside of the watchful eye of the camera. We have spore carrier and warrior forms right, or is it just warriors? Spore carrier forms are a bigger risk given this is a military research cite.
>>41639206>>Have the guards leave their post and try to hit another target (Where?)We need to infect one of the crew of the destroyer. Once that is out of the way, we have little to fear.
>>41639272Proactive, and less suspicious than guards leaving. Seconded.
>>41639223>layoutAh, right.The research facility has a standard layout you would expect from a station or a ship, but at a different scale, and it also has a small barracks for the marines from the destroyer.It has an administrative wing with offices, a facility master control room, a security station, and a barracks.The housing wing has various quarters, a mess hall, hydroponics bay, and a recreational room with a swimming pool and a /fit/ room, among other things for entertainment.There's also the engineering wing, which has the reactor room, waste recycling, atmospherics, and other such facilities.Finally, there's the research wing. It has a fancy airlock and lots of sensors and shit inside. Beyond that... who knows?>>41639286You're doing this automatically. It'll take about half a day for you to infect enough sea life that you think you can start turning fish into some sort of merman warriors.>>41639251Most of the destroyer crew remains on the destroyer. Occasionally the crewmen will cross over to use the recreational facilities on the station.
>>41639339We need to find one of the ones using the rec room and infect him!
>>41639339Getting someone to the rec facilities could prove fruitful. For example: (host sees destroyer marine working out) "hey man, want some water"Research wing with sensors is extremely dangerous. We can't attack it until we have at least one real scientist infected. We need to know what's inside there.
>>41639339>Have out guards ask if there are any recreational facilities they can use while the cargo's unloaded. They have a feeling it's going to take awhile.
>>41639339>The housing wing has various quarters, a mess hall, hydroponics bay, and a recreational room with a swimming pool and a /fit/ room, among other things for entertainment.That sounds like the place then. If the Destroyer crew sometimes come to swin in the puuru.Or eat in the mess hall. Yes, split them up between mess hall and recreational stuff.
So there seems to be a lack of consensus, and I provided some important information a bit late. Let's do another vote!>Lure an engineer with a crane failure>Send guards to the recreation room to try and infect one of the destroyer's crewmen>Write-inAlso:>Sneak mutated hosts into a crate to attack later>Ehhh... maybe later.
>>41639470>Send guards to the recreation room to try and infect one of the destroyer's crewmen>Ehhh... maybe later.
>>41639470>Send guards to the recreation room to try and infect one of the destroyer's crewmen>Sneak mutated hosts into a crate to attack laterI have a feeling we're going to have to take this facility by force at some point.
>>41639470>Send guards to the recreation room to try and infect one of the destroyer's crewmen>Ehhh... maybe later.>>41639491Yeah no kidding But i want to use a spore kraken to do it
>>41639470>Lure an engineer with a crane failure>Send guards to the recreation room to try and infect one of the destroyer's crewmenNo reason why both cannot be done. We are many.>Ehhh... maybe later.
>>41639470>Lure an engineer with a crane failure>Send guards to the recreation room to try and infect one of the destroyer's crewmen
>>41639508Yeah, guards and crane failure is one of those things that could easily be done simultaneously. if anything, they're complimentary, since the crane failure could be used as an excuse for blowing off time in a rec room for the guards since itll take a lot longer to finish.So yeah, pretty much seconding.
>>41639470>>Send guards to the recreation room to try and infect one of the destroyer's crewmen>Ehhh... maybe later.
>>41639339>Sneak mutated hosts into a crate to attack later>Send guards to the recreation room to try and infect one of the destroyer's crewmen>Lure an engineer with a crane failureSpore can do everything!
>>41639555It's spelled "complementary." They complement each other, they don't say positive things about each other.
>>41639667Sorry, i didnt realize you were my mother, anon
>Do both(Fair enough)When the second group of crates arrives on the elevator, the marines sneak out and head toward the rec room.Part-way through using the crane, the operator stops and breaks one of the handles of the crane."Engineering? This is cargo, one of the levers on the crane just broke.""Again? You didn't let Jefferson's gorilla hands operate it did you?""No. Can you send down one of your guys and have them fix it again?""Fine. Be down in five."In the mean time, the guards enter the recreation room. It's a beautiful place to behold with its potted plants and its high ceiling. There's a workout room behind a big pane of glass, and a pool with a view of the chasm. Next door is the mess hall.You spot one of the crewmen working out in the fitness room, so your guards enter and try to make conversation."Krieger, how goes the Surveyor?""Eh, same old. Never anything to do on that damn ship."Back in the cargo room the engineer shows up to inspect the broken lever.>Forcibly infect the crewman and the engineer (1d100)>Subtly infect the crewman and the engineer (1d100)>Write-in (1d100 to infect)
Rolled 79 (1d100)>>41639698Subtly infect the crewman and engineer.
>>41639667>Bringing up shit this pointless and irrelevant in a quest threadPlease go to bed. You obviously only mentioned it to stroke your own ego while the rest of us knew the intent and didn't give any shits about the minor error.
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>41639698>Subtly infect the crewman and the engineer (1d100)HWG
>>41639698>>Forcibly infect the crewman and the engineer (1d100)Want to get /fit/? "Hey let's wrestle! And maybe make out a little."
>>41639698>Subtly infect the crewman and the engineer (1d100)>Write-inHave the guards spot out where any cameras are.
Rolled 27 (1d100)>>41639698>Subtly infect the crewman and the engineer (1d100)how many people are here agian?
Rolled 53 (1d100)>>41639698I want those gorilla hands nowDo it up subtly.
Rolled 49 (1d100)>>41639698
Rolled 9 (1d100)>>41639698>>Subtly infect the crewman and the engineer (1d100)
>>41639721>Subtly infectAt almost the same time your cargo crewman and your guard sneeze in the faces of their victims and infect them.They succumb to your influence quickly, and now you have control of an engineer and one of the weapons officers of the Surveyor of Opportunity."Hiddleton, Urist, return to your posts immediately," chimes over the guards' radios. With your mission more or less accomplished they do as they're told for the moment.The cargo technicians continue their work, albeit a bit slower than before for the sake of time.>>41639339The engineer returns to engineering, unless you have another place for him?>Send the engineer to engineering>Send the engineer elsewhere? (Write-in)The crewman, it goes without saying, goes back to the destroyer to survey your opportunities for infection.>Send him to the destroyer>Send him elsewhere (Write-in)>Continue getting /fit/
>>41639931>>Send the engineer to engineering>Send him to the destroyerWe're in, boys!
>>41639931>Send the engineer to engineeringMORE VECTORS>Send him to the destroyerMORE VECTORS
>>41639931>>Send the engineer to engineeringGotta find his boss da chief.>>41639931>>Send him to the destroyerWhile his priority is the ship chef.
>>41639966>Send the engineer to engineering>Send crewman to the destroyerMuhahaha
>>41640017Be careful with this engineer. I get the distinct feeling taking over this station will be much more difficult than "just" shutting off the biohazard sensors and flooding the air with spores. We are succeeding now, but we can't get cocky.
Engineer and destroyer crewman give any new info?
>>41640058No, definitely not, though having him disable the bio sensors and flooding the air will get the administrator offices and everything except the research facility.Which will probably in fact tip them off when the airlock sensors notice that there's a bio contaminant the next time someone tries to enter the research place.
Hell, with how the Golden Galleon is probably going to stay here a few days, we might have a significant amount of the research outpost under Spore control, possibly enough to make both a greater Mind and a Subspace buoy for us to latch onto.That's not even counting the Wildlife.
>>41640175Imagine all the knowledge we'll absorb from taking over a research facility.
>>41640084Nothing really interesting. The marine is a lot better at soldiering than the security officers of Joker or your ship are, but that's not really a great addition. The weapons operator knows things about the railguns and the lasers, but mostly how to operate them. He couldn't build one.--Your newly-acquired engineer makes his way to the engineering wing of the facility and returns to his normal post in the monitoring room. It's a more dimly lit room with banks of monitors and a few other engineers monitoring various systems.The crewman goes to another portion of the facility and elevates up to the Surveyor of Opportunity which is docked with a small port on the top of sea floor next to the chasm. It's a vessel of similar size to your freighter, but heavily armed. It has many of the same facilities just like every other FMC station or vessel, but also has a host of retracting railgun turrets and a large spinal laser. It's also specially fitted to be able to take off and land underwater.Outside the facility in the waters of Gates, the spore colony slowly produces with the combined minds of some fish and crustaceans a shell-armored crab with a humanoid body and enormous claws. It has thick organic armoring, and could easily kill several humans before being downed by the marines and their rifles, assuming they're brave enough to try.It is a frightening and grotesque figure, and it's under your control.It pokes its head out from the vegetation, and sees a research submarine go by and dive into the chasm to dock with the research facility.But that will have to wait for another time!(I'm planning to run the next episode of Spore Quest on Wednesday at 5 p.m. I might even try to make a map of the facility, since you'll likely spend quite some time here. As always, I'll be around for questions.)
>>41640175As soon as we sent the turtle into the water the planet was ours. Very soon nothing short of "exterminatus" level firepower will be able to remove our biological hold from the planet. We have an entire rich biosphere to consume.Pic is unrelated. Will our escort ships look something like this?
>>41640199how long we staying?
>>41640199>I might even try to make a map of the facility, since you'll likely spend quite some time here.Aww yiss, hostile takeover.
>>41640208I've been taking whatever spore art is posted and trying to incorporate. Your crab-type spore is one such example, as well as the warrior-type.So unless someone dumps a bunch of great spore ships I could probably use that.>>41640240>how long we staying?It's a habitable planet, so, probably forever.
>>41640199Thanks for running as always. This has been a particularly fun and long session with lots of ups and downs. I think a map of the research station could be really valuable. The most important thing, however, is that you (the QM) keeps having fun. I've been a part of quests that have ended part way through and it's always been annoying. Thanks again for a great round today.
>>41640199Thanks for running! Its been a great thread.
>>41640199>>41640259Does the soldier make combat any easier/better?You would think knowing thier moves and code words would help.Also he probably helps make our drones better fighters, unless they go by instinct.How big is this place?How many people do we have left to infect?Could we build a hive mind in the ocean?Could we let our warrior get captured on purpose making them think its a new species they never seen?
>>41640199Time to tally up knowledge and morphing capabilities, eh pal?Here's hoping we got some jellyfish in the mix, along with some other weird as fuck alien sea critters with unique things to offer.Cephalopods with camo and ink defenses ahoy?
>>41640259AYYSpore has it's first planet.We're covering the entire ocean in a spore covering like algae.
>>41640208We have to remember to mass produce Strategic Turtle Deployment Devices.
>>41640259>It's a habitable planet, so, probably forever.I meant what is our time limit here?>>41640307shit i messed that up agian i have to remember to click back.
>>41640351YES, THAT IS WHAT WE'LL DO.WE WILL MAKE OUR OWN LEELAND. THE ENTIRE PLANET WILL BE A DEADLY ORGANISM ITSELF.
>>41640286Seconding building a hive mind in the ocean. There is obviously a ton of biomass here, and under the sea is very secure.
>>41640286The soldiers and marines of the FMC are trained for regular modern infantry combat with guns. Even these marines aren't all that great in melee combat.Your units don't have any ranged weapons as of yet.You'll do a better job of fighting against them by using proper tactics, and you'll have better knowledge of their own tactics.So yeah, I guess you are better at fighting in a tactical sense.>>41640297>weird as fuck alien sea crittersThere will be some interesting creatures on Gates, and not just the freaky jellyfish I posted earlier.I'm open to interesting images of sea critters that could potentially inhabit Gates.>>41640344>what is our time limitThe facility doesn't check in very often because they don't want to raise attention. They only call in about once a month, or whenever something bad happens.In this case, the latter is true. There was a critical breakdown with something in the research lab that required fixing.
>>41640406We need to find and assimilate some pack hunters so our spore warriors can properly stalk and hunt their victims.
>>41640369>>41640351I rather avoid references to other quest.>>41640406We building a Spore brain unda the sea?
>>41640438So, was there another quest where an entire planet was a deadly organism? I didn't get the Leeland reference.
>>41638648>That's... sort of what the infection-type forms are.I thought you called them carrier-forms.Which is it Obama?
>>41640496Hive Queen quest.Leeland is a fungal world filled with fungus-like creatures and oceans covered in cordyceps spores.
>>41640438A little birdy once told me that everything's better down where it's wetter.>>41640504T-Technically they're both. Carrier forms carry infection forms.
>>41640519Got it, thanks. I'll check out the quest.
>>41640547De skill and bio list, boss?
>>41640547we need a spore song, but with sabastion singing about biomass under the sea.
>>41636475>When it arrives, the cavern work is also completed. The cavern can now support two gestation pods for escort-sized ships (or a destroyer, once the technology is acquired), the geothermal generator, and a large spore mind of up to Stage 2. It also supports additional space for storing minerals, though you've yet to fill your reserves.Okay so almost completed, not yet ready to transfer the Mind there?How much bigger would we have to make it to accomodate Stage 3?Though that's moot now, now that we have an entire ocean in which to grow our true central mind. No need to make the Joker one past Stage 1 where it is, when we can grow a Stage 2 mind and beyond here in this glorious gem.
>>41640259Another potential design.
I wonder if the life here, adapted to the ion shit, could negate the interference potentially...
>>41640595This reminds me, would we be able to build a frigate before our chamber is completely destroyer sized? A frigate is one size smaller than a destroyer right? So we should be able to build it in a smaller chamber if I remember correctly.You are correct, this completely isolated research station with a very rich biosphere is the perfect location for our primary hive mind.
>>41640595>not yet ready to transfer the mind there?I honestly had forgotten about it. Since it was intended that it be moved, it's probably best to assume it has been.>>41640624You can produce two escorts, a frigate, or a destroyer. You only have the technology required to make an escort ship though. Making something of those larger scales eludes you.(Incidentally, that cavern is apparently fucking enormous, but since you're playing as an alien spore it's one of the less strange parts of the quest)>>41640558Unless I'm forgetting any relevant skills, this should be the list:-- (Abilities)Nutrient/Water AbsorptionPhotosynthesisBark SkinCarapaceTitanium Armor Requires titanium.Spore-Human MorphingWriting IllegiblyTitanium HullSmall Drone CreationSmall Ship ConstructionEscort Ship Construction-- (Racial)Human Physiology (Expert)Human Language (Advanced)Human Culture (Advanced)Human History (Advanced)Spore-Human Morphing (Expert) The ability to morph the form of a human.Plant Physiology (Advanced)Aquatic Physiology (Basic)Spore Melee Weapons (Basic) Ability to affix spore hosts and drones with effective weapons such as claws or blades.Camouflage (Rudimentary) Can alter the pigmentation of minions. Not terribly useful in man-made locations, but can help in low-light conditions and while hiding on planets or during weather. Great for ambushing.-- (Science)Mining (Advanced)Gas Extraction and Refining (Advanced)Engineering (Advanced)Ship Design and Construction (Basic)Subspace Theory (Advanced)Atmospherics (Advanced)Atmospheric Engineering (Advanced)Stellar Phenomena (Basic)Neuroscience (Advanced)Robotics (Basic)-- (Schematics)Level 2 EnginesLevel 1 Spinal LaserLevel 1 Energized Titanium Hull (25% Known)Geothermal Generator (80 titanium/unit)Ship and Handheld Geological Sonar (10 titanium for a handheld, 30 for a ship)
Well hey, once we control this other ship, we'll finally.FINALLY.Have the combination of1) Having the knowledge of Subspace Theory2) Having a crystal embedded in a spore mind of ours3) Having a human subspace buoy under our controlSo we can finally test how direct spore-to-human-tech subspace communication works. We can find out if we can learn to act like a human subspace buoy, and render the official buoy redundant, see if we can reuse its crystal for something else.
>>41640344what happened to the monkey :(
>>41640654Aquatic Physiology (Basic)Lmao whatI believe nightvision from cats was forgotten.Aquatic creatures have varying levels of sight to give (mantis shrimps see ALL, they have a huge range of visible spectrum)' and certain new senses (sharks sense electricity, even the tiny amount given off by creatures)Not to mention powerful smellers n shit, smell blood a mile off
>>41640607.... this might be a bit too ugly and obvious that it's a messed-up living ship.
>>41640711Right.You can consider Aquatic Physiology (Expert) to be your new level at this point. You've gotten enough fish infected, after all.Assume that most of what you've just said fits in with that.
>>41640660Once we have this experimental advanced destroyer we will have a combination of cutting edge technology and an entire world we can convert to growing the spore. It's possible that once the facility is taken we can move to full scale war against the humans. While such a course of action is risky (I would personally strongly advise against it) we are not at risk of being wiped out altogether. Taking the ship, station, and planet marks a start of a new era in the spore's evolution. Assuming, of course, that we don't completely fuck-up the takeover.Posting a spore-like ship in case it could be useful.
>>41640686dead, but its a scene from a movie so the money doesn't die.though they do choke it to near death with CO2.
>>41640754Thank god, my jewish sensibilities'd have been offended otherwise.
Hmmm....Perhaps this could work as some kind of spore capital ship? (assuming we get that far).Also, QM. What are you hoping to get out of this quest. Keeping the QM happy is a good way to make sure the quest keeps going.
>>41640815>What are you hoping to get out of this quest.I just want a Flood/biological alien hivemind thing quest.
>>41640844kekSounds good. Keep up the good QMing.
>>41640844I wonder when we will start to set aside unaltered, untouched creatures to allow them to evolve without our influence for maximum gains over time instead of hitting a wall by absorbing everything
>>41640900I'd suggest not doing this until we have a sizable fleet at the very least. Evolution takes time yo.
So I was working on a shitty-looking layout for the research lab, but because the picture I used has many floors, and because I'm so attached to it, I decided that this would be a bit ugly.Unless I come up with an interesting plan, we're going to stick with this for the moment.Here's some information:Surface Elevator: One large spire with a cargo elevator and a personnel elevator. The personnel elevator goes directly into any floor of the station.There are also additional elevators throughout the facility where appropriate.First Floor:Cargo Bay. Mostly underground.----Also contains a fabrication room for fabricating various parts and other objects.Second Floor:Residence Area.----Contains a separate elevator to the recreation area, the administrative offices, and engineering.Third Floor:Administration Wing: Contains primary control room, administrative offices, barracks, armory, security monitoring post, medical bay.----Elevator on the left side to the engineering wing, that also leads up to the destroyer docking port.Recreation Wing: Contains a fitness center, a lounge, a swimming pool, a conference/theater hall, and various other morale-boosting amenities. Also contains the kitchen and mess hall, and a hydroponics bay.Fourth Floor:Research Wing: Contains ???----Underground passage to the sub pen.Sub Pen: ???Fifth Floor:Engineering: Contains reactor, water pumps, waste disposal and recycling, atmospherics, reactor fuel refinery, and various other engineering facilities.And that should be it, unless there's anything that I missed or anything that someone feels a facility such as this should have.
>>41641175>First FloorCounting downwards from the top? You should specify that.
>>41641366Yes, counting downwards from the top.
>>41640628>mfw iphone posters near me
>>41635322>Without a mind to control them individual hosts have their infection go almost entirely dormant.)>Only the initial infection seemed to avoid the dormant condition, and you've yet to discover the reason why.What.I thought you explained that already. With a contradictory explanation that dormancy isn't automatic, it's deliberate.>>41193498>(Good point. The reason why the minds would need to resurface is this: Each one of those minds would endeavor to collectively grow the spore. It would revert back to a less intelligent state where its only goal is to create a Stage 1 Mind. Presumably you don't want them trying to do that, so as you leave the station you would lift control and let the spores go dormant.)