Ghenna’s storms churn like a brightly colored mosaic punctuated by hundred kilometer long streaks of lightning. The winds batter the tugs as they weave their way through the storms, and several deep within the clouds shoot out signals to each other in a daisy chain up to the low orbit where the launching Commonwealth ship hangs its tether. Recovery and communication equipment hang from the line as static buildup arcs between the line and the passing ships. They seem to have found something. The Union fighters continue their patrol, watching closely like tiny scavengers pestering a predator for its kill. Their drives glitter in the dark like distant stars, adjusting their paths sharply to avoid the patrolling gunships and corvettes. Nearly eight light hours away, the capital fleet of the Union lurches forward slowly into a spiraling patrol pattern. 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
>>41919263>Current resource reservesNutrients: 8,915,029Metals: 4,594,679Credits: ₡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
>>41919298>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] – 20%>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]20 Light Fleets [Under construction]Clone upkeep/special projects and expenses25 Human captives of the USV Hope – 750
BRING FORTH THE FLUFFIEST SPEAKER!
Who else hype for meeting the Commonwealth?
>>41919323[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: 3,505,475Sorry about last week. It's been a rough few days, and I felt like I was turning into a prawn. It didn't really leave me with much time to prep all the number crunching until the weekend.
>>41919263They're about to find whats left of the unions dirty little secret. This is actually great for us, as it gives us an excuse to show them exactly what happened, and why only some portions of the union need be culled.
>>41919395Hive 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 complex>Smart mine mantle excavation [Under construction]Deep space waystation>100 docking pylons (10,000N)[Empty docks 400/400]
>>41919395It's alright QD, we're just happy we can even have a thread.
>>41919428New 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)
>>41919465Economic 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.Also, sad to say we won't be able to run until morning. I usually don't have work on Mondays but things have been rather strange at work lately.
>>41919395It's okay QD, hope you're feeling better. Now that your back let's get onto first contact and fluffy speaker shenanigans, I've been looking forward to this for two weeks!
>>41919518>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)
>>41919550Finished Research>Nausea fieldA potent defensive measure, the nausea field is a simple and effective method of affecting the mind of non-psionic life without a direct physical connection using a medium or advanced relay. At a range of 50 meters, you can target any detected individual or group of individuals and attempt to cause a growing feeling of discomfort. The mind of the subject may fill in excuses or reasons for the feeling, potentially leading to the sensation of being watched, hallucinations of movement in darkened areas, and other such delusions and hallucinations. These symptoms are not controlled or caused by the emitted signal, but are created by the subject’s mind in an attempt to make sense of the sudden sensation of panic and unease. The result is the subject feels compelled to leave the area, and will gradually become sick and panicked if they remain within the area of effect for long. Prolonged exposure or exposure at a distance of 10 meters or less causes acute nausea, vomiting, and headaches.>Shield miniaturizationThis new breakthrough has led to a number of potential research options opening to you. By altering the way in which shield emitters interact with each other, a shield can be made to alter its form in order to not only take up less space, but also function in a more efficient manner, using many overlapping smaller and weaker shields to create a stronger defensive field. In addition to this, your thinkers suspect that they can further improve the compact nature of the shield emitters, or scale them up further and build them into ground based structures. In addition to new research options, the discoveries made have also accidentally solved a number of problems that had previously been hindering your thinkers’ work on Photonic Microstructures, boosting the research.
>>41919395No worries man, you've got the best quest running right now. I'm glad you are still running!
>>41919584>Plasma Assault CannonIn what has become practically an experiment of extremes, your thinkers have created a weapon to surpass the Lightning Cannon in pure destructive potential. Using a focused ball of charged plasma held within a condensed magnetic field, your large drones would be able to obliterate virtually anything within its range, creating a direct fire siege weapon capable of defeating all but the most excessive of defenses with a display of firepower so great, the next step up is orbital bombardment.New Research Unlocked>Personal shieldingSlowBy further shrinking the emitters, your thinkers believe they may be able to eventually make them small enough to be equipped to the carapace of a drone, or to the surface of an armored suit. At this time it is mostly speculation and an eagerness to please mother beyond all reason, and you cannot be sure what the limitations may be, but the thinkers are sure they can do it.>Shield domeSlowThe opposite way of thinking as personal shielding, by scaling the shield emitters up further to a size that would be impossible to hold and power on a ship, your thinkers suspect they should be able to construct a defensive perimeter around a hive center protected by a powerful defensive shield. The thinkers that have proposed the idea seem to be certain in the failure of the other project, as they are of this one, and you have had to separate the quantum thinkers as they attempted to disprove each others’ theories more than develop their own.
>>41919584>>Shield miniaturizationOH HO HO
>>41919638[New Ship Module unlocked]Multi-layer shields – By shrinking the emitters on a ship’s hull and altering the shape of the energy fields, a ship can replace its singular defensive shield with many overlapping layers of redundant shielding. With this new design, each shield layer only covers a small portion of the ship, and is itself far more likely to fail, however unlike with the standard defensive shielding failure results in the next layer of shields becoming exposed, not the failure of the entire shield. The multi-layer shield still suffers the same weaknesses of the standard shields, but it mitigates the absorbed damage across multiple, weaker layers, creating an ablative effect to greatly increase overall protection at the cost of increased resource requirements. (10N 30M per 10 meters)
>>41919680[New Weapon Unlocked]Plasma Assault Cannon –This devastating siege weapon collects plasma into a large magnetized field and fires it at a target. The resulting bubble of plasma bursts on contact, burning and obliterating anything near the target with a blast comparable to a low yield strategic strike, devastating anything from buildings to armored vehicles. The amount of thermal energy stored within a single blast of the weapon is too great to be contained for any extended period of time, forcing the drone to charge each shot just prior to firing. The result is a highly telegraphed attack that is so destructive no warning would matter. The weapon can fire before being fully charged in order to attack mobile targets, but it is most effective against stationary targets, such as buildings, docked ships, or bunkers. Like the Thorn Cannon, it is forced to be equipped in a specific way due to its design, forcing it to be equipped to a large drone’s forward facing weapon graft. Ventilation tubes and plasma condensers are implanted along the sides and abdomen of the drone, resulting in collected plasma to glow from beneath the armored carapace as it charges an attack, and causing thermal damage to anything nearby from the venting heat after a shot is fired.cont.
>>41919707Size: LDmg: Very high Thermal/EnergyRoF: Very lowRng: MediumAcc: LowSpecial: Plasma charge – The assault cannon is inert by default and must spool up before firing. The weapon is incapable of holding a charge for more than 30 seconds, and must either fire or expel the built up plasma and lose the charge. The weapon requires a minimum of 5 seconds of charging to fire, resulting in a single bolt that detonates on contact in a thermobaric explosion, creating a fireball that serves as an effective anti-infantry and anti-vehicle weapon. After 15 seconds, the weapon fires a single bolt capable of flash-melting heavy armor and devastating most freestanding structures, allowing it to level most buildings with a single shot. At 30 seconds the weapon has reached its full charge, and fires a single bolt of plasma that detonates with the force of roughly 20 tons of TNT, and is capable of outright vaporizing most forms of armor or protective barriers, with only starship shielding offering any reliable resistance. When venting the built up heat, the drone expels super heated gas and flames from several exhaust tubes along the side of the drone’s head and abdomen, causing thermal damage to anything nearby.
>>41919747Current Research>Singularity ProjectorFastA tremendously powerful weapon capable of literally annihilating anything within range, devouring it within the event horizon of an artificial black hole. The weapon lacks in range, but is so devastating in its function that it is as much a deterrent as it is an actual weapon, forcing enemy ships to flee from any ship known to have such a device. Can only be equipped to a battleship or Hive ship sized hull, and requires canderon to function properly.Canderon not included.>Complex 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.>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.
Oh fuck yes.
>>41919773>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.
I read the archives for weeks, waiting for this moment when I could finally see it live.
>>41919816>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
>>41919851>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.>Photonic microstructuresMediumThe 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. 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 Dome to research>Add Personal Shielding to research>Add both>Add neither>Other
>>41919888>>Add neitherLet's clear up a few of the existing before we add more.
>>41919888Because fuck the system!
>>41919747>fires a single bolt of plasma that detonates with the force of roughly 20 tons of TNT>20 tons of TNTHoly mother, that is one fuckhuge explosion. For comparison, that explosion that happened in Tianjing, China the other week and leveled several city blocks was equivalent to 21 tons of TNT. Here's a pic of the aftermath.
>>41919974Also left one hugeass hole.
>>41919888>>Add bothThis is what we have over 10,000 thinkers for.
>>41919974We stick a couple of fliers with these and we'll have what amounts to tactical nuke bombers.
>>41919974>>41919997Man, it would be amazing if we could slap that on some colossus. We could have walking artillery! We have stuff that already makes that redundant, but it would still be pretty cool.
>>41919888>>OtherAllocate 1000 quantum thinkers to start creating random skunkworks projects.Throw all the spaghetti at the wall until something sticks and they come up with something novel.
Fuck Yeah Hive queen quest finally caught one live.
>>41920041Dude, let's replace the bomber drones' particle cannon with plasma cannons.
>>41920078Basically stick one on a collosus and you won't even need orbital bombardment.Now I wonder if we can rip off Starship Troopers and make mobile plasma bugs that can shoot down ships in low orbit.
>>41920110How does the recoil from that weapon not blow them out of the sky?
Hype for the space meteor town of Bedrock.Michael, son, go ADOPT the con artist Anderson, please.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D7cPH7DHgA
>>41920165Depends on what propels the plasma after it has been collected. It might not even have recoil.
>>41919323>[Citadel Hive ship] – 20%This pleases me, oh yes.
>>41919584Could we stick a shield emitter on the back of a Colossus?
>>41920406Read the very next post before you reply anon, come the fuck on.>>Personal shielding>Slow
>>41919888>Add bothYour pod floats several light seconds from the damaged fleet over Iserlohn as the ships, many still bleeding water and atmosphere, move back to high alert as a wave of panic ripples through the defending forces. Your battleship, covered in a swarming shell of fighters, drifts leisurely towards the planet."Contact! Where the hell did it come from?""We still don't have telemetry back online, everything's damaged, it just popped up on sensors out of nowhere.""All ships able, move to intercept. All damaged vessels be prepared to evacuate and scuttle! Repeat..."Your ship continues its slow course as the wounded fleet sends a motley collection of corvettes to intercept. Fighters are launched, and gunships drift into defensive positions around the more heavily damaged ships. The corvettes eventually slow and turn, matching their vector to your own before settling into a choreographed spiraling formation that sends each ship on an ovoid course to provide either an attack angle or a quick escape.>Transmit the coordinates of your meeting location, and blink away>Transmit the coordinates of your meeting location, and have your battleship accelerate out of the system before blinking away>Introduce yourself and transmit the coordinates of the meeting location (write in)>Other (write in)>>41919974It is very powerful, yes, but the charge requirement does make the drone a big, literally glowing, and relatively vulnerable target. Even the shorter charge times offer mobile targets a chance to flee or attack.>>41920219It's similar to a very short railgun, more like a magnetic catapult that launches the ball of plasma forward. It indeed has quite a hefty kick to it, which is why it is required to be placed on the lower weapon graft, where the neck can recoil back and send the shock to the torso.
>>41920469>>Introduce yourself and transmit the coordinates of the meeting location (write in)'Yo.'
>>41920469>>Other (write in)Attack.
>>41920469>>Transmit the coordinates of your meeting location, and have your battleship accelerate out of the system before blinking away
>>41920469>>Transmit the coordinates of your meeting location, and have your battleship accelerate out of the system before blinking awayTransmit "follow" before you jump
>>41920469>>Transmit the coordinates of your meeting location, and have your battleship accelerate out of the system before blinking awayBest to make them think that we can't blink inside a system's gravwell or something.
>>41920469>Transmit the coordinates of your meeting location, and have your battleship accelerate out of the system before blinking away
>>41920469>>Introduce yourself and transmit the coordinates of the meeting location (write in)"Greetings, humans of the Commonwealth. We wish to parley with you, at this location."
>>41920434How about fuck you.
>>41920565No talky, only coordinates.
How about instead of calling our self the "Hive" or "Queen" we call our self the "Sovereign?"
>>41920685Do you want reapers? because thats how you get reapers.
>>41920685We are the Red Queen
>>41920685Considering this is an open contact we can afford to stop coming up with such means of deception. This is a formal introduction to the Commonwealth as the Red Hive, and as such using an alias doesn't make much sense. Except for our allies, we should simply refer to Theseus as the Scholar for the time being.
>>41920714This is the only consistent title we've used
>>41920714>>41920704The Union has spies in the Commonwealth. We need to avoid being obvious with our nature.
>>41920775Spies that still have failed to identify us and barely know of the scavengers existence. If they can classify that than we're in the clear. Besides, you're forgetting an important thing, we have spies in the union.
>>41920766We don't need to tell them squat about our allies or ourselves>>41920775This guy gets itJust share intel on the scavs and then see how they respond
>>41920766Not really deception. Besides the only reason I wanted to contact the Commonwealth was to use our knowledge of the Scavengers to extort them of their tech.
Oh man, it's going to be so great having so many humans to play around with.
>>41920811>Besides, you're forgetting an important thing, we have spies in the union.No I'm not dumbass.>If they can classify that than we're in the clear.What we did was too big to hide they're going to find out.
>>41920775You're making a lot of assumptions here, we're not revealing ourselves to an entire fleet worth of soldiers, we're only going to be talking with a single or group of representatives. It's going to be much more difficult for the Union to gain intelligence that's being tightly controlled by a handful of officers rather than every grunt in the navy.Besides, even if the Union managed to figure out it was us, what are they going to do at this point? Send a fleet to Leeland? We could blow them out of the sky before they made it halfway to Leeland.
>>41920882Also, I actually expect the union to find out, however, what they'll find is two random alien species really fucking hate each other to the point that one has decided to ally with the commonwealth to better fuck over their enemy species. They'll also assume we have a border with that species somewhere, which will result in them blindly scouting the wrong region of space entirely. Trust me, if you've ever played an RTS you'd know why making the enemy scout for you in the wrong place is a great play.
>>41920469>Transmit the coordinates of your meeting location, and have your battleship accelerate out of the system before blinking away"Silver back to Wormwood, we're picking up a transmission, spacial coordinates I think. Are you getting this?" The lead corvette transmits to the fleet, now several light minutes away, and seems to await a response from the fleet. You do not.Your battleship accelerates, quickly leaving the swirling corvettes behind and shooting past the larger fleet as it races to the edge of the system."Mark that trajectory! Get a sensor on that ship!" The commander of the Wormwood shouts over the radio. A cruiser orients a large sensor cluster in your ship's direction as it continues to accelerate from the system. As the distance grows and your ship becomes a small speck in the distance, the fleet quickly fills the system with communication."Someone get the perimeter back online! How are ships that size getting past the long range sensors?"cont.
>>41920939We have the best children.
Before you guys make some stupid assumptions there is only one thing we really want from them. Tech.
>>41921013Their biomass and metal would be nice too, but we're not greedy.We can wait.
>>41921026You are very late.
>>41921053Too bad he didn't miss the quest entirely.
>>419210534chan is messing up. I thought I posted that awhile ago.>>41921070Nope, not going to miss it if I can help it.
>>41920939"What's wrong? You can't just stay under there forever, we're landing soon." Michael says as he peeks between the cabinet and the wall. Your drone sits still, covered in a thick cocoon as it swells in size."Are you okay back there?" He asks. There is a loud ding from the intercom."We are moving in for final approach, and will be docking shortly. Secure all loose items and prepare for chemical thrust." Michael looks up and around his cabin quickly, looking for any items that need securing before returning to your drone."Well are you just going to stay there this whole time?" He says as he strains to reach back to the small cocoon.>Have your small egg layer stay on the ship>Have Michael smuggle the egg layer to Bedrock>Other
>>41921151>>Have Michael smuggle the egg layer to BedrockUnless we have anything else planned for it.
>>41921151>>Have Michael smuggle the egg layer to BedrockThe planet will definitely have more room for it to grow unnoticed.
>>41921151>Have Michael smuggle the egg layer to Bedrock
>>41921151>>Have your small egg layer stay on the ship
>>41921151Wait, Michael is going to be working on Bedrock full time until he's finished, and only then returning to the ship, correct? If so then>>Have Michael smuggle the egg layer to Bedrock
>>41921151>Have Michael smuggle the egg layer to Bedrockit is timeto establish our presence on new lands
>>41921220It's not a planet, why does everyone keep saying that.It's a a meteor that's hollowedout and vacuum-sealed as a space station.But your point remains valid, as there will be plenty of room in the garbage recycling systems to have a hive.And once there, it can lay eggs that Michael can take back onto the ship!
ONCE MORE INTO THE BREACH THEY SHALL KNOW THE GLORY OF LEE LAND.
>>41921151>>Have Michael smuggle the egg layer to Bedrock
>>41921151>Have michael smuggle your egg layer to bedrock
>>41921269That's even better.Someday we'll get to go full aliens on this station, and it will be glorious.
>>41921151>Have Michael smuggle the egg layer to BedrockHe strains his arm and gradually pulls the cocoon free from the wall. He quickly stuffs it into a thermos and straps himself to a harness as the maneuvering alarms go off. The thrusters fire and Michael is jerked hard in the seat as the Cortez decelerates at a leisurely three gravities, which as far as Michael was concerned, may as well have been fifty. The intercom calmly counts down the burn as Michael struggles to hold down the contents of his stomach as the straps of his harness dig into his shoulders.The trusters stop, and Michael nearly vomits on the spot as his head whips back and hits his chin on his sternum. The ship commander's voice can be heard over the intercom."Deceleration is complete. We will be drifting in for the next hour before we're escorted to the docks by the tugs. That is all."Michael struggles to free himself and rushes to the bathroom.cont.
>>41919747I've been picturing these things going backwards this whole time, apparently.
Hi guys can I join :3My speciality is hugs!
>>41921593Michael makes his way to the bridge, the fly secured in a thermos within his bag. Commander Grey and Dr. Mordey sit at their stations as the screen displays a range of data. The slowly spinning asteroid of Bedrock fills the view, and its opening slowly grows larger with each moment. A small transport a few hundred kilometers ahead can be seen being attached to small tugs, which quickly adjust its course to match the colony's spin, and it arcs away to one of the docking platforms bellow. Not far beyond that is a large network of transparent construction and airlocks that lead to the main colony. A large freighter sits within as the inner doors slowly open and it drifts further inside.The cortez is jerked slightly as the tugs connect to the hull, and they gently pull the ship in. The outer docking ring is unpressurized, covered in docks and workers in vacuum suits. Beyond the docks Michael catches a glimpse of rings of green fields, with a number of large glowing columns running the length of the colony as an artificial sun.The cortez jerks again, this time as it is halted by the large grappling arms of the dock. A set of struts reach out and engulf the ship's spine, and tilt the ship into a vertical position. Michael realizes the Cortez had been approaching in reverse, and is now on his back in his seat as the spine of the ship slides into the docking port next to a number of others, nestled like domes on the interior of the docking ring. There is a loud ding over the intercom, and ladder rungs slide from the floors and walls around him.cont.
>>41922061"Alright, now let's find that con man of yours." Grey says. "I hope you didn't mind if I took the liberty of slowing our approach. We may be on a schedule, but I understand this is your first time in space.""I've been on strato-planes plenty of times." Michael replies. Grey glances up from her console."That isn't space." She says. "Now, we will need at least six hours to refuel and resupply. I'd like to have everything dealt with by then so finish your business here quickly.">Speak with Commander Grey (write in)>Move to the docks and attempt to contact Mr. Anderson>Move to the docks and speak with Jacq>Other
>>41922140>Move to the docks and attempt to contact Mr. Anderson
>>41922140It'll take another 24 hours for us to lay and hatch any parasites, we can't do anything yet.We may need to stall.Jacq, you want to get a drink later?
>>41922140>>Move to the docks and attempt to contact Mr. AndersonIncidentally, only six hours? Are we just going to leave our egglayer on the colony?
>>41922140>>Speak with Commander Grey (write in)As long as we're here, I'd like to make certain our targets aren't here too. The mission comes first, we wouldn't want to leave as quickly as possible only to realize they were right under our noses, would we?We can leave when I'm satisfied there's no trail here. I'm sure you can understand the harsh demands of duty.
>>41922140>>Move to the docks and speak with JacqStalling on meeting Mr. Anderson also stalls leaving.We need to find someplace filthy and out of the way enough to let the egglayer establish itself too, maybe we can do that while socializing as an excuse.
>>41922140Should we bring Mauser as a bodyguard?He'd be another set of eyes we have to leave behind at some point in order to do anything hive-related, like opening up the thermos.But it would be good to establish this as an MO, keeping him around as an underling, so we can take him out and parasite him after the parasites hatch.
>>41922530"Just stand there and look intimidating."Mr. Anderson can't outtalk a wall of muscle after all.
>>41922140>OtherI assume the Decker already has the full blueprints of this entire space city.Whether or not he does, let's get a copy of those somehow, to... determine whether the fugitives could be hiding out there somewhere -- while the real reason is to look for a good spot where the egglayer should be hiding out.The full layout, garbage chutes, abandoned areas, whatever.
>>41922631If this space city has surveillance network, we should definitely get an illicit subscription to that on our datapad.So we know where the cameras are.Just have to hope the Decker didn't deliberately exclude any camera feeds that he hoarded to himself, that we might get caught on when we think we're safe in a dark zone, "looking" for Lyle.
>>41922140"And what if our targets are already here? I'd like to at least canvas the area to be sure.""Well then try to do that within the six hours." Grey replies. "I hope you don't plan on scouring every colony in the expanse blindly. If that was the plan we could just launch a few dozen probes, put up some wanted posters and hope for the best." She looks over several lists of data. "Just be sure to let me know if you expect us to stay longer, and be careful when disembarking. We have some safety nets in the hall you don't want to test them. Keep to the ladders and don't fall down the spinal hall."Michael nods and gets up to leave, promptly slipping and landing onto the doorway. Grey lets out a disappointed sigh as she turns back to her console and Michael carefully climbs down to the platform bellow, standing on the hatch to the spinal hall. On either side are the two halls to the hab ring, and further up, beside the hatch to the bridge, Jacq climbs out of the tactical barracks."Ha, you seem like you miss land." He says. "I find that strong drink and unscrupulous entertainment are good substitutes for anything you miss. Care to join me? I happen to miss strong drinks and unscrupulous entertainment.">Accept the offer>Decline, find Decker instead>Decline, continue out to Bedrock and look for Anderson>Other
>>41922743>Accept the offer
Rolled 49 (1d100)>>41921780Me too, apparently.
>>41922743One one hand, unscrupulous sounds like where we're aiming for, but on the other, Decker can give us a digital map of all the secret parts of the space city.His hound will want our thermos full of 'food' but we can just ignore that until we're safely far away from Decker again after he gives us what we want.
>>41922743>>Accept the offerNever say no to unscrupulous entertainment.
>>41922743>Accept the offerWe can plant the egg at whatever bar we find, it's not like we can't have fun as well
>>41922743>>Accept the offerRemember, our parasites are capable of filtering out overdose levels of alcohol down to minimal levels in minutes, as we saw with lyle, as a result he should be the strongest drinker in the room.
>>41922953if we start a drinking contest and get Jacq completely blasted and have him missing and passed out somewhere in the space city, we can delay leaving until we find him hung over.
>>41922971On record, we are entering dangerous territory now, where if we alter behaviors of some of these crew, others will notice. What this means is that if we DO infest jacq, we need to make sure to wipe his memory of the event, keeping it as if he was in a drunken stupor, hell, we could even have him wake up with a brothel to give him an justification for the odd pain and pressure in his lower abdomen. After this we will want to keep him as normal as possible until or if we decide to create a coup. However, that appears to be unneccesary, as all we need to do is have THESEUS create a realistic black market trail of lyle and co heading to that planet we've decided to create a thunderdome on. Also we actually will NEED to acquire a safe house there for us to immediately destroy in the firefight, preferably in a high density population area.
>>41923070Sounds like a perfect job for Lyle and Co. to get on. It kind of works out beautifully.
Interesting game rules that the different factions are usingUs, Theseus and BQ are playing supreme commander The valen, union and commonwealth are playing Crusader kings 2, with the valen clans operating as merchant republics and the other two decentralized empires The scavs and skly are playing Homeworld but at different points in the campaign, the skyl just starting and the scavs using a late game fleet The Crystals and Ceph are acting as the AI from AI wars and only respond when we reach are certain level of noise to attract attention
>>41923101The union is sure as shit not playing CK2. Not yet, anyway
>>41923125More like GalCiv
>>41923125Hell yes their are We just saw half their council just succeed in a plot to change there crown laws
>>41923070Once Grey is parasited and turns on the wifi again, and Decker is either parasited or at least paralyzed, we can have him just close the pod bay doors, lock down the Cortez, falsify the surveillance feeds, and we can swarm the ship with flies to take down and parasite the rest of the crew. Assuming Grey has the power to be sure nobody else pulls the "shut it down!" network switch to cut Theseus off from fucking with everything.Mauser will be trouble, have to manage to sting him before he reaches any weapons.
>>41923199>federal republicThese guys are playing FREEDOM SIMULATOR during the 2020-2030 period
>>41923219We have to be careful of the Class-A relay. Can't falsify the information it's transmitting, and if it's transmitting all the surveillance data then our job is suddenly much harder.
>>41923256>Can't falsify the information it's transmittingSays you. It gets its data feed from equipment somewhere, and that can be compromised.
>>41923285But can it be compromised quickly enough that the top level programmers and such of the Union that are watching the other end don't notice?I'm just saying we should be careful.Also I hope we get the chance to go through with first contact this thread.
>>41923331>>41923256>>41923249Hey guys, I say that we should play it safe, we don't need to parasite anyone, in fact with just michael we can pull this off, however the more people we have the easier it is. As a result we should take targets of opportunity only. Our conspiring will go on in the background.
>>41923331Same, though I suspect that won't happen with QD taking a shorter run tonight.
>>41922743"Uh, sure. I don't see any harm in that. We have at least six hours.""Excellent!" He says. "After all, drinking is only a problem if you do it alone."The two quickly enter the hatch opposite the tactical barracks, leading to a small airlock connected to the umbilical of the dock. Michael walks out, appreciating the moderate gravity more than he anticipated, and looks through the transparent tubing. Muffled sounds make it through the vibrations of the gangway, but the machinery outside is otherwise mute. The ship's spine is set within a silo, with pipes and hoses running to and from the hull as struts grasp the shield cap above. They make their way into the customs station, which is surprisingly vacant. A number of large crates marked for military use are placed around the area, and Mauser is already looking through one, flipping through boxes of ammunition, explosives, and other fine things Michael wished weren't being brought onto the same space ship as him.Michael follows Jacq to a train leading deeper into the city. The 'fun part' as he puts it. Michael looks over the map of the rail system as they ride, and notices they are heading deep into the crust of the colony, well bellow the lush and green surface he glimpsed before. When the doors open, his senses are assaulted with the smell of blood, sweat, and urine, and the sounds of industrial wind turbines from a nearby air processor. The ceiling is covered in piping and humidity regulators, causing it to lightly rain a greasy, slick water that smells like motor oil."I'm not sure if we have the same definition of 'fun'." Michael says as he's eyed by a woman standing nearby dressed in a skirt lined with flexible neon tubes that flicker with poor maintenance. Jacq winks back at her."cont.
>>41923369That's why you deliberately set up situations that create and maximize those opportunities.We absolutely need to parasite "Mr. Anderson," he offers a specialization the hybrids currently lack.Decker might potentially upgrade the Tech specialization, who knows, but will definitely provide more specific knowledge through his memories of his career of crime.
>>41923445"Avoid the ones near the train stations." He whispers as they continue on. He points out a building built into a patch of exposed rock covered in neon signs and vibrating with blasting music. Jacq waves at the bouncer and they exchange a rapid and convoluted handshake."So how's Suzy?" He asks. The bouncer looks down on him, almost at tall as Mauser, with similar circular scars along the arms where the ports of a drop suit interface were apparently removed. A large scar with several burns runs down the side of his face and over an eye, which is replaced with a metallic monocle."Never better. Long time no see, Jacq." He replies, and steps to the side. A number of groans can be heard form what Michael now realizes is a surprisingly long line for entry."What can I say, they keep me busy. Tell the Mrs I said hello!" Jacq says with a wave, and he practically drags Michael into the club.The interior of the club smells not all that different then the train station, with the additional scent of vomit and alcohol. There are several alcoves built within the walls with bulbous glass domes over them, some of which are tinted opaque, while others are open and clear revealing a mixture of filled and empty booths where patrons appear to be drinking, gambling, or arguing over one of the previous two. Glass bubbles are suspended from the ceiling where holograms of scantily clad dancers move to the deafening music. Beneath them, through a semi-transparent floor that shifts with the beat of the music from various colors and patterns, is a sea of bodies moving about like ocean waves. Jacq quickly points out an empty booth. He clicks a button on the side and the glass bubble seals itself. There is a grinding sound and a sound of rushing water, and the bubble opens again to reveal a damp, but clean booth. They enter and the glass bubble closes again, blocking most of the noise from outside.cont.
>>41923943"Now, how would you like to piss away your savings in six hours? They have a relay set up. You can bet on any sport in the Union, and even some in Valen and Commonwealth space, if you're lucky." He says. Several laminated menus are spat out of the middle of the table. "They also have excellent food and excellent drinks, which you can buy for the taste, or for making you forget your own name. Whichever you prefer." He continues, "and, of course, most of the people here are engaged in less then legal activities, so if you're wanted men didn't stop by here, or speak to someone who did, they're probably not in the system." He says with a roll of his eyebrows. "See? We can be womanizing drunks and still be productive!">Speak with Jacq (write in)>Order a meal and pretend to look for Lyle>Attempt to make contact with Anderson>Other
>>41923943>a semi-transparent floor that shifts with the beat of the music from various colors and patterns, is a sea of bodies moving about like ocean waves.
>>41923943We should hallucinate a spectral image of the queen on the floor dancing in the crowd just to fuck with poor Michael some more.
>>41924068>>Other...Does this space city have citywide wifi?
>>41924068>>Order a meal and pretend to look for LyleHey Theseus, want to bet on some humans?
>>41924079Good old Batman Beyond.
>>41924068>Order a meal and pretend to look for Lyle
>>41924068Forgetting sounds good, yes. This job is a bit. stressful.I feel like I could drink a Valen under the table.
>>41924068>>OtherLets bet on sports with the help of a hive mind of thinkers
>>41924068>Order a meal and pretend to look for Lyle>Ask what's his history with this station
>>41924081That sounds hilarious. Let's do that.
>>41924246Can we provoke Jacq into drinking irresponsibly. Is he the kind to be goaded into that.
I just wanna get on to the diplomancy shit
>>41924487Ah, we can use our poor frame and desk-jockey G-Man looks to goad him into a drinking contest, where we either drink him under the table, or accidentally kill our parasite with alcohol poisoning. The big problem is, doesn't it take 2 days for the egg layer to make an actual parasite?
>>41924555It could just lay another egg layer and have Michael hide it somewhere safe before he leaves.
>>41924555Small drones hatch in a single day going by experience, and the cocooning egglayer will emerge imminently, so we have 24 hours until we have hatched parasites and flies.We have seven potential new children on board the Cortez just waiting to be adopted.
>>41924589The unhatched egg, I mean. We could go on our way and have the egglayer start producing a stream of parasites by itself.
>>41924612THEN WHY ARE WE DRINKING HIM UNDER THE TABLE WITH NO FOLLOW UP PLAN!? ARE YOU ALL INSANE!?
>>41924628It costs us nothing, and we might be able to use it to buy us those 24 hours.
>>41924068>Order a meal and pretend to look for LyleJacq pulls out a flexible plastic tablet from the table, connected on one end by a small tether, and quickly looks through various sporting events."Hmm, grav-ball, football, Talgo football ugh." He scrolls through the list as Michael marks a meal on the menu and slides it back into the table to place his order."Ah, they do have some interesting events today." He says. "They have feed of a gladiator match in the next hour.""A what? That can't be legal.""It is on Arcadia. Or a jousting tourney from Gendrick, if you're not in the mood for naval combat. Oh, and it looks like they have an interesting roster. Some lord's son against the prince." He looks through a file on a pair of strangely dressed individuals in large, poofy outfits and metal caps decorated with bright purple felt and rainbow colored feathers. "Oh, looks like a personal duel, actually. Could get messy. According to this the knight was discovered to have been sleeping with the prince's wife.""The what? Who? where in the hell is that to have princes and lords killing each other in public?""I told you, Gendrick." Jacq says. "You can learn a lot about other worlds when you bet on their sporting events.""Well could you help at least look for our targets? We should make sure Lyle or the others aren't here first." Michael says. Jacq nods."Very well. You can ask the waitress when she arrives with the food, while I search the betting lists and the bottom of a few bottles." He says as he fills out his menu and feeds it into the table.cont.
Since we've gotten some upgraded to our technology, we should start updating our ships:>Replace fixed railguns on the light fleet frigate and light fleet cruiser with blasters.>Replace all defensive shields with Multi-layer shields.Te first one we've been needing to do for a while, and the second is a no- brainer since shields are so cheap compared to armor even doubling their cost isn't a big deal.I'd wait to post a proposal, but I need to head off to bed soon.
>>41924712The waitress arrives relatively quickly, taking only long enough for the smell of the club to hit him again when the booth opens."No, nobody by that name. Or Forester, sorry." She says. "I can get my manager over if you'd like. I think's I'd recognize an ex-trooper though, 'specially if he still got the plugs.""Thank you. Maybe if your manager could send me the security footage of the door for the last few days?" Michael asks. She chews loudly on a piece of gum."Hah! Yea, don't got one. Someone makes a fuss an I hit 'em in the fuel rod. Cameras don't sit well with our regulars." She leaves and the booth's bubble closes. Jacq shrugs at Michael."I checked every cage match in every fighting ring they have here. No Lyle. I suppose then, we will be leaving on schedule, and must find our smooth talking friend?">Yes. Attempt to contact Anderson>No. Claim Lyle could still be here and ask for additional time>Other
>>41924808>Yes. Attempt to contact Anderson
>>41924808>>Yes. Attempt to contact Anderson
All i want is cheaper ships, to fulfill our cheap-as-chips space-bug requirements, but we keep receiving upgrades that allow us to build incredibly good ships that are expensive. >>41924808start making michael feel sick, force us to stay and get medical attention until we get our bug-breeders
>>41924843Speaking of cheap ships, I've just realized that our Light Fleets don't include corvettes. I think we ought to fix that.
>>41924808>>No. Claim Lyle could still be here and ask for additional time
>>41924966Hey, idea, what if we intentionally filled ships with singularity bombs and set them off in the middle of fleets? Its said that a good part of the singularity beam is in not wrecking your own fleet, but if the objective is a suicide attack on an enemy fleet, than theres nothing but enemies to get fucked anyway.
>>41924808>Yes. Attempt to contact Anderson. We should start building all of the space resource collecting type things that we have. That also solves a problem. The more income we have, the more ships we get, expensive or not
>>41924966That's deliberate. Frigates are the better balance of agility and size.Corvettes are for xtreem stealth requirements when a pod is too small, and for logistics.
>>41925017That's probably possible but it'd likely cost us a good chunk of caderon
>>41924808>No. Claim Lyle could still be here and ask for additional time
>>41924808>>Yes. Attempt to contact Anderson.
Are we gonna connect to the local intelligence office's computers to get Mr. Anderson's dossier?Theseus infection opportunity?Is he also spreading throughout Bedrock itself already?
>>41925047No they're not, they provide invaluable support for larger, slower ships. They can evade enemy fire better than anything (which is why they make a sensible addition to a light fleet) and they can still lay down the hurt on big ships in the right circumstance. Every faction fields a large number of corvettes in their fleets for this reason, hell, they made up a majority of our mother's fleet if I recall.
>>41925195How well did our mothers fleet do in combat again? I seem to recall it being completely and utterly annihilated.
>>41925231It was winning til crystal bitches came
>>41925231Not before nearly completely annihilating three enemy fleets. And with her low tech level that's pretty damn impressive.
This is just a rip off of AI quest
>>41925327Your a faggot.
>>41925327SIMPSONS DID IT
>>41925327At-least this one updates more then AI quest.Besides Bugs are cooler
>>41925327They are both pretty good
>>41924808>Yes. Attempt to contact AndersonMichael nods. "If we don't find a lead soon, then we're only wasting time here. Still, I suppose this is as good a place as any to find Mr. Anderson." Jacq nods in agreement."Well you have his contact information, don't you?""Of course, I just want to be sure." Michael says. He takes out his tablet and pulls up Anderson's information and quickly makes a call. A moment later there is a blaring static from the other end that nearly drowns out the man's voice."Yes?""Yes, this is agent Michael Devon, BFI. I'm calling you about-""What? You're going to need to speak up." He says back. The garbled, rhythmic noise seems familiar. "Could you call back at a better time?""What? No! I'm calling about-" The noise increases, drowning out any hope for a reply. Jacq taps Michael's arm and points out the tinted bubble of the booth. Through the crowd, only periodically visible, is a man leaning out of an open booth with a martini in one hand and a head set in the other, which is is holding next to a large speaker nearly twice the size of an air car. The rest of the booth is filled with giggling women."See? We can be both productive and drunk." He says. "Even more productive then I anticipated, actually. Which means we can focus more on the drinking!" He says as he raises a drink and empties it. "Now maybe we should see if some of those women can be pried from his shoulder." He pulls a small bottle from his jumpsuit and spritzes his mouth with the minty contents, and slides out of the booth.>Demand Anderson return to the Cortez>Join him at the booth and introduce yourself>Other
>>41925327Yes, that's the point.It improves upon it in almost every way. Clearer Minovsky particles with well explained principles that make the scifi possible. Less fuzzy mechanics. Genuinely alien aliens instead of the Star Trek kind. More frequent dopamine releases at the flood of RESEARCH UNLOCKED.>>41925483>>Join him at the booth and introduce yourselfHa, lessee if Mr. Anderson can do the stalling for us.
>>41925483>>Join him at the booth and introduce yourself
>>41925483>The noise increases, drowning out any hope for a reply. >and a head set in the other, which is is holding next to a large speaker nearly twice the size of an air car.Carry on my cheeky son.We just have to adopt this little shit.
>>41925614Yes, yes, we must adopt.
>>41925483>Join him at the booth and introduce yourselfMichael follows Jacq across the club to where Anderson sits hanging from the booth next to the speaker. He shouts into the microphone several times complaining about reception before hanging up. He looks up as Michael leans against the wall next to the booth, which he instantly regrets as his hand sticks in place like the floor of a theater. He maintains his composure as best he can."Michael Devon, BFI." He repeats. Anderson gives him an ear to ear grin."I was just repairing my headset when you called. The earpiece is loose, you see." He swiftly pops the earpiece from the headset and lets it dangle by a wire, then his smile fades. "Badge." He says blandly. Michael flashes his badge for only a moment, and Anderson's eyes seem to twitch across it."I'm sorry ladies, maybe we can resume another time." He says as he lights a cigarette. The women begin filing out of the booth, and jacq instantly sweeps the first one out of the booth with a quick quote of something in some strange dialect of Arnimian that is unfamiliar to you."You carry on, my friend." He says, "I will discover what these fine ladies know about the deadly criminals we are hunting."Michael takes a seat across from Anderson and the booth closes. He chuckles to himself as Jacq leaves, invisible in the small crowd. "He's good." He says. "Now, what's so important that you need to ruin my game, agent Devon?">Ask him a question (write in)>Discuss Lyle and Lee (write in)>Other
>>41925933>>Discuss Lyle and Lee (write in)Do you know how i could hire the drop trooper?
>>41925933Oh, right, he hasn't been recruited yet?>>Ask him a question (write in)How did you come to be in your current line of work, Mr. Anderson?We seem to have some trouble with traitors that require rooting out, but it requires a delicate touch.
>>41925933>Ask him a question (write in)How well-traveled would you say you've been in the expanse. How much of the local flavor is he familiar with and connected with.Does he know the Aralian Valen, even?
>>41925933>Discuss Lyle and Lee (write in)We've had our eye on you for some time now, Mr. Anderson.I'd like to talk about the most wanted man in the galaxy.No I don't mean you.A man who's blown up and murdered his way across the Union, and is now in hiding after the biggest blowup of his career yet. Likely somewhere in the Expanse, knowing the BFI is in pursuit.
>>41925933National security.The current election climate is very sensitive, and certain individuals must be found and neutralized before they do any more damage.
I just realized these booths, if turned opaque, make a great parasite-someone location. Gives you easily a half hour's time to install into their spine.No cameras in the club.
>>41925933Michael adjusts himself in his seat and pulls out his tablet, bringing up a number of criminal files and warrants, but old and outstanding. He slides the tablet across the table."You really have made a name for yourself, Mr. Anderson.""Please, call me Will." He says, "Unless we're on Path, then it's Jack." He flips through the files as if reminiscing over a photo album. "I was technically arrested, but they never gave a charge. Since they have so many to choose from, I assume that means something special." He says, and slides the tablet back."Your have a very unique set of skills, which the Bureau has need of in an issue of national security." Michael says as he wipes the grime from his hand on the bottom of the table."Oh." Will says in mock deference. "Well that is something, isn't it?""Are you aware of a man by the name of Lyle Rogers?""Maybe. Can't be certain, I know a lot of people." He says as he tosses his cigarette into a small hatch in the table. Michael leans in."He is quite possibly one of the most dangerous criminals in the Union, and his capture would mean a great deal for ensuring the Union remains a peaceful and secure society." He quickly pulls up Lyle's file on his tablet and slides it over again. "Now, we need someone who is capable of maneuvering in the more subtle avenues of society.""An interesting twist, don't you think? Getting a fox to sniff out the mad dog?" He says as he looks over the file, taking periodic sips from his drink. "Yes, I've heard of him. Mostly through acquaintances. He is very good at what he does, and more dangerous yet, he enjoys the work." He picks out the olive from his drink and quickly eats it. "But I understand that he has also worked on your behalf on occasion, so if you're souring such a relationship it must be over something very, very big."cont.
>>41926618"I am prepared to have your entire criminal history sealed.""Really?" he lets out a quick chortle. "I could just get another face lift for that. I've had my prints wiped six times now, and you'd be amazing at what gene therapy can accomplish nowadays. You know I used to be O-negative? It took six months and hurt like hell, but hey, it works." He waves his hands, the fingertips each holding a small circular scar. Michael leans back in his seat."That's the offer. What more could you want?""Simple. I'm sick of playing for chump change." He rubs his fingers together. "I want credits. Enough to make a Valen blush, and maybe a nice penthouse apartment on Path.""Alright. That sounds straightforward enough. We can negotiate a more exact price later, but I don't think credits and some real estate will be a problem." Michael says. William seems shocked."What, that simple?""That simple.""Perfect!" He claps his hands and grabs one of the drinks left behind by the women. He holds it forward. "Cheers, then. To finding crazy mercs and vast amounts of money."As Michael readies to leave, your fly stirs in its cocoon. It stretches at its confinement, now a small egg layer. Michael feels a ping of alarm run through his mind.>Search for a place to plant the egg layer>Have the egg layer lay a second drone and find a place to plant the egg>Other
>Demand Anderson return to the CortezHow could Andesron return if he's never been there in the first place; and why would he go to some random ship he's never heard of since he's entirely unaware that he's even being hired at all?
>>41926755>>Have the egg layer lay a second drone and find a place to plant the eggBetter make it quick though
>>41926755>>Have the egg layer lay a second drone and find a place to plant the eggWe leave a hive here, and bring the egglayer back on the Cortez to produce the drones we need.Since it seems we can't delay much longer, confound it all.Not unless we can make Anderson delay us.
>>41926755>We could excuse ourselves to the bathroom and plant the egg under/in the toilet in the upper deck? Retrieve the parasite when it hatches?
>>41926755>>Have the egg layer lay a second drone and find a place to plant the eggflush the little darling
>>41926755>>Have the egg layer lay a second drone and find a place to plant the egg
>>41926795OF COURSElets hope it doesnt get ejected into empty space
>>41926815well, if they did flush it into space, itd just mean the local area would be filled with frozen shit, so i assume they treat it somehow
>>41926755>>OtherThe local Intelligence Office for the expanse is here, isn't it?Bedrock is the only place in New Port where an office could be, right? Darwin isn't a suitable location.Is there anything we'd want to retrieve from the intelligence database as an excuse to network?
>>41926755"Well, I assume you can find our ship, the Cortez, dock fifteen. We will be leaving once we've refueled and resupplied, and I would recommend you get acquainted with your living space before we shove off. I need to, ah, take care of something first.""Right." Anderson nods, "The Cortez. Dock fifteen, not a problem.">Log into the local intelligence office to look up data (write in)>Contact Decker to find a place to plant an egg>Have your drone lay an egg layer and flush it down a toilet>Look for other location to plant an egg (write in)>Other
>>41926951>Contact Decker to find a place to plant an egg
>>41926951>>Log into the local intelligence office to look up data (write in)Search the schematics and maps for disused tunnels and or mines a safe distance from any areas that are lived or worked in. Ideally one that nobody has set foot into in a long time.
>>41926951>>Look for other location to plant an eggSomething like behind a toilet or something, where people rarely look at.
>>41926951>>Have your drone lay an egg layer and flush it down a toilet
>>41926951>>Log into the local intelligence office to look up data (write in)Download maps of usable safehouses in the expanse. Deckard's Claim, Acheron, Billiard, Aral, all the settled worlds.>Contact Decker to find a place to plant an eggGonna want full access to Bedrock's blueprints, ship logs, and all surveillance feeds sent to our datapad, just to make a sweep to be sure Lyle isn't here.
>>41927025>>41927008Sounds like a plan, stan
Ok guys, I was trying to think of unique ways to use tech for this setting, and I started thinking about shielding tech.If we discover rip drive tech, do you think we could re-purpose it into advance shields?We could cover our major ships in rip drives, and have the wormholes connect to a small stealthed scouting ship that has the exit to the rip drives.When enemy ships fire at our ships that are being shielded, the rounds would pass through the wormholes and exit wherever our scouting ships are,Which would preferably be near and pointed towards an enemy formation.
>>41926951Are the BFI database computers pre-quantum computers and thus immune to infection?There must be advantages to having quantum computers that make sure they don't just make every computer pre-quantum though.
>>41925634rome was here, ancient china is for queers
is the rip drive the one where you open a hole in space? if we have it we could use it do use meteorites and comets as weapons , just open it facing the planet/fleet you want to destroy
>>41927008Make sure Decker is sent back to his room and kept out of wireless range by Grey and Mauser after he does his job getting us into the system though.No making mayhem and mischief off the ship. Is the excuse. Mostly jsut to keep him from watching where Michael goes.
>>41927172Or we could construct a railgun that is so long as to be completely immobile like a fucking lightyear long or something, then open a rip hole to shoot through.
>>41927211With the kinetic bleed special ability, a railgun just the size of a planet would have enough power to theoretically blow smaller planets out of orbit.
>>41927211Lets put rip holes in the centre of the sun.
>>41927253The hivestar concept is now looking way more appealing.
>>41927255Wouldn't even have to go that far. Just put it near a star and open the other one near the thing we want toasted.
>>41927211>lightyear long That would take at least the power of 50 stars to fire.
>>41927276We'd better get started then
>>41926951"Well, since your buddy just walked away with my plans for this evening, I guess I'll go ahead and find my way to the docks." Anderson says with a hint of bitterness. "Don't wait up, I can follow the signs easy enough." He gets up and slides out of the booth, leaving Michael alone. He quickly brings up Decker on his tablet."Ah, what, I'm, uh, in the middle of something. What is it?""Is this a secure line?""If it wasn't I wound't be worth getting out of jail.""Good. I have a bit of an odd request. I need a schematic of Bedrock. The whole thing, every nook and cranny, including any portions in disuse, actually especially those portions.""Uh, right. I'll need to crack into quite a few databases for that. I mean, if you want something more detailed then what you get at the customs kiosk you need to break into more then a few corporate and government records.""Ok, how long will that take you?""I just finished. I just wanted to be sure you were okay with that." He says, and several files arrive in Michael's inbox."That's uh, impressive. Now how about a list of local traffic. Ship logs of everything going in and out, and just to be sure, don't mention it to anyone else on the ship.""I won't tell anyone you asked if you don't tell anyone I already did when we got here. I don't like being in a space city without knowing who's here with me.""Is that what you were busy with?""No, that was easy. I was busy because Coco tried to eat your bags. The door was open I guess. I found one of your slippers, I'll, uh, let you know if I find the other. Probably in a few days. Also, why did you bring bath slippers on a spaceship?""What? Goddamn it! No, just, forget about the slippers. Keep that thing out of my cabin!" Michael shouts, but begins to trail off. "I- whatever, it doesn't matter, just route any security feeds you can find to my tablet so I can at least run a quick sweep of the place just to be sure Lyle isn't here."cont.
>>41927344>"Ah, what, I'm, uh, in the middle of something. What is it?"He's fapping to Pathian internet porn isn't he.>I was busy because Coco tried to eat your bags. The door was open I guess....ok still not convinced, still probably porn.
>>41927344Ok, Mauser, you want to just take orders and obey instead of socialize, wisely. New orders, keep an eye on Decker's goddamn pet since he can't handle it it seems.
>>41927344>"Ok, how long will that take you?">"I just finished.kekwasnt expecting that
>>41927475Yeah this guys is like a 90s Hollywood hacker
space diplomacy when
>>41927344Given what we've observed him accomplish and the quickness he's boasted of, I wonder of the Thinkers can estimate if our own Tech hybrid is this capable, or if Decker is in a league above them.
>>41927518Are you implying what I think you're implying
So do we have a consensus on what to name our flying colossi?
>>41927268All we would need to do is construct enough orbital solar arrays to blot out a star, and then use creep to connect them all. What are the size constraints on the different types of ftl travel?
>>41927565>>41927595I would've gone with 'Scarab' personally.
>>41927565What flying colossi? The colossi are fine the way they are, a low cost lumbering artillery platform. We've got plenty of large flying drones that have their own niches in combat, are you proposing a new one?
>>41927344"Sure thing. Let me just break a few laws here at the request of a fed. You know, I'm not sure if it's better or worse that I'm doing this for the government. I used to spend my free time crashing illegal surveillance systems, not setting them up.""Hey, you're helping the greater good, making the Union a safer place.""Right. My cell was a decently safe place too. Doesn't make it good. Here's your security feed, Mr. Orwell. Would you like me to give you neural control over the local cybernetic users while I'm at it?""You can do that?""I'm hanging up now." Decker says flatly, and the call ends.cont.
>>41927678Since we got new wings, we have the option of making heavy flying units. It's not a question of changing the current design, but designing a new unit for certain situations. This one would be the equivalent of an attack heli.
>>41927620I was thinking about that, and that's really the only constraint against a fully functional hivestar starship. The blink drive requires wings that project a tachyon bubble around the craft and a powerful computer to calculate the jump. I don't know if we can apply that to an entire planet, and if not we'd have to look into Space Folds or Rip drives, because the Warp drive would probably require an obscene amount of canderon.
>>41927737We already have an equivalent of attack helicopters.It's large drone + aerodynamic + wings + guns.
>>41927737You mean our fluttercraft. What you've just described is our fluttercraft.
>>41927762Do we? I thought the only helicopter type flying drone was for the transport of other drones with only light armament.
>>41927730>"Right. My cell was a decently safe place too. Doesn't make it good. Here's your security feed, Mr. Orwell. Would you like me to give you neural control over the local cybernetic users while I'm at it?"I like this guy.
>>41927762>>41927776Oh.But can we attach a Plasma Cannon to it?
>>41927800The bomber drone is better suited for that. It's literally designed for long range bombardment. We put a plasma assault cannon on a fluttercraft it'll probably incinerate the drones it's supposed to cover.http://pastebin.com/EyHX9rZu
>>41927730Michael looks down at his lap. The thermos has been opened and the egg layer within has pushed the cocoon out onto the seat beside him, along with its first egg. He picks up the cocoon and uses it to scoop the egg, scraping the mucus from his pants and the seat. He looks around from within the glass bubble nervously."Couldn't you hold it?" He says. The drone shakes within the thermos as it lets out a soft, gurgling squeak. "Fine, fine, just get back in before someone sees." He replies, and quickly reseals the thermos. He looks at the egg in a panic, and quickly wraps it in a napkin before looking back to his tablet. He looks through the schematics for off limits or abandoned areas. They are, not surprisingly, rather rare in a space city. All the water is collected and recycled between irrigation, sewage treatment, to basic drainage of leaks and spills, although you note a separate supply for the heavy water supplied to and from ships, which are filtered within the ship before drinking.Air ducts are less centralized, most likely due to sanitation concerns. The water is heavily processed from the looks of things, but the air vents are mostly just ducts running between wards, doubling as service passages containing various power conduits. They seem to only be connected between levels at elevators and public transport stations, with filters set up at most of the vents.Nutrient recycling plants seem to be set up in a similar fashion as on Gemini, but far more compact, and as a result, centralized. All of the water in the city seems to flow through one of three recycling plants. The power and air ducts all follow the same paths, for convenience most likely, and are powered by a mixture of external solar collectors and a series of cheap, low tech compact Liquid fluoride thorium reactors, which are positioned just beneath the outer shell of the asteroid itself.cont.
>>41927864Most of the food is processed by local authorities, where it is sold cheaply to offset the costs of maintenance. The food itself, is the result of the recycled nutrients extracted and processed from collected waste and refuse, with most of it exported to prisons across the Union. You doubt an egg could survive the entirety of the recycling process, but the plants are all held within the inner most layer, with each ward possessing a holding tank that is eventually flushed to the processors when full. Each tank is flushed as needed, which means there isn't a listed schedule. If you're lucky, an egg would be able to hatch before the tank became full.>Flush the egg down a toilet>Find an air duct and attempt to hide the egg>Find another location to hide the egg (write in)>Other
>>41927951So, if we send it down the toilet, it just has to eat the tank stuff faster than it fills in and that will prevent it getting sent to the processors?
>>41927951>>Find an air duct and attempt to hide the egg
>>41927864Sounds like hiding a hive here will be tough going, any flies or hive life will be hard to ignore given whole space station thing. Why do we want a hive here again?
>>41927951>>Find an air duct and attempt to hide the eggFlush one egg, lay a second one to hide in the air duct?We can get a container or something to discard and put it in.
>>41927951>>Find another location to hide the egg (write in)Wasn't mining one of the principle industries of this colony? Aren't there any spent mines we could hide in?
>>41927977Probably going to have a hard time feeding the egg if it's in the mines.>Find an air duct and attempt to hide the egg
>>41927968Well, if the egg can spend a day in the tank without it being flushed, the drone itself will be mobile enough to avoid being sucked to the recycling plant.
>>41927977The club is actually in one such spent mine. Mining doubles as a way to clear out more space for settling, so old mine shafts are quick to be sold as valuable real estate and added to the city.
>>41927951>>Flush the egg down a toiletLet it sink or swim, this space station is more trouble than it's worth imo
>>41927951>>Flush the egg down a toiletIn fact, make the rounds to ALL the wards and flush eggs down a toilet in each one!One of those tanks will survive.
>>41928092>this space station is more trouble than it's worth imoI agree with you there. This is eating more precious quest time than it's worth.
>>41927951>Find an air duct and attempt to hide the eggMichael places the egg in his bag and gets up to leave, following the air ducts on his tablet to one of the larger ventilation ducts. A large fan slowly spins by the wall, with steam wafting from the warm and humid duct work. The vent seems to go down into darkness, with a small ladder visible on the far side of the fan. The rungs look old and rusted, despite its relatively recent construction, and small emergency lights are set into the wall nearby.According to the schematic, this leads to a small ventilation junction overlooking a low income residential ward. The egg should land somewhere within the air ducts of an apartment block on the next level down. Michael walks past the vent and quickly tosses the bundle of napkin and cocoon into the fan, where it falls between the slowly drifting blades and lands with an echoing metallic bang. He flinches, thinking the noise deafening, but none seem to notice over the sounds of foot traffic and distant machinery. Michael continues on, quickly making his way back to the train station.>Continue back to the Cortez>Visit the local BFI office to look up data (write in)>Other
>>41928265>>Continue back to the CortezBIG STICK DIPLOMACY NOW
>>41928265>>Continue back to the CortezI'd like to get back to space bug time now.
>>41928265Yes.We infection now.>>Log into the local intelligence office to look up data (write in)Download maps of usable safehouses in the expanse. Deckard's Claim, Acheron, Billiard, Aral, all the settled worlds.
>>41928265>>Visit the local BFI office to look up data (write in)>>41927008
>>41928265soonsoon the station shall be ours>Continue back to the Cortez
>>41928265>Visit the local BFI office to look up data (write in)Unrelatedly, I'm thinking we should try to 'offer' a technique for implantation of the parasites to the Gemini Taidarens for trade maybe.Show something we learned, demonstrate, how parasites can implant themselves. By making up bullshit about how we've learned they "respond to certain stimuli."Exposed to a potential host's wound, however small, they will taste the blood and begin administering painkillers, while inserting themselves inside the host's body. Much faster than manual surgery.
>>41928265>>Continue back to the CortezDon't know what the fuck you guys plan to do here but whatever, onward to Commonwealth shenanigans.
>>41928382What part of "see if you can infect Union computers" and "find out where all the local secret hideouts the Union has are" did you not get.
>>41928379First of all they're already implanting the parasites, it's not worth it to tread old ground and possibly raise suspicion just for a light speed boost in implantation. Secondly, what data did you want to look up?
>>41928265Michael enters the train and takes a seat. It seems to be the middle of the night cycle, according to the local time, and the train is relatively empty. He takes the time to log into the local intelligence office and puts in a request for safe house locations. For obvious reasons, he only has access to those not in use. The Bureau randomly rotates various locations as safe-houses, removing them from the list when they are used too frequently or are otherwise compromised, with most being reserved for single operations or for when a field agent is in a dire situation and in need of shelter.While none of those really applied, BFI did tend to have a rather embarrassing habit of picking surprisingly similar locations for safe houses as Sec-com, resulting in a number of rather awkward and tense situations in which the two organisations ended up ruining an operation, or even performing a bust on the other under the assumption they were a criminal or foreign agency. The two offices had very similar tastes in covert shelters, apparently, and it could be possible that any sec-com agent on the run may attempt to at least raid such a location for supplies. Keeping an eye on BFI safe houses may help narrow down the list, since Sec-com would sooner disband then release a list of their safe house locations.The list comes back quickly with four locations on Bedrock alone. Anything else, sadly, is locked under a need to know basis, offering only the location of local safe houses. A sensible precaution, Michael thinks, otherwise, they wouldn't be nearly as safe. He makes a mental note to download the locations of local safe houses as they become available.cont.
>>41928393Oh we got that all right, we just don't care.
>>41928497As in, the people who voted to go straight back to the ship, yes.
>>41928410We could at least bug them on other matters then, "yo where my holo-printer at."Gotta get fakeids to get elsewhere in the union, travel and raid some Mentan labs for Science.
>>41928466Your pod watches the aftermath of the recent event with more then a bit of amusement. Between face-to-face meetings and a liberal use of relays, you are unable to gleam much of the reaction at a high ranking level, although the patrolling fighters and gunships have offered insight into the deep confusion and mounting concern. Your pods track the so called scuttlebutt across systems and military divisions, and you find it entertaining to watch how the story becomes less and less accurate. In only twelve hours, the story of your short visit has split into at least half a dozen distinct and mutually exclusive tales being whispered between freighters and sleepy patrol craft whose crews seem bored, but still content to not be on the front lines. Whatever the admirals have to say, however, is kept off the radio.Eventually a large craft disembarks from Odin High Command, the orbital fortress within the densely fortified system of Aquila, and is quickly flanked by two assault carriers, small cruiser sized ships that seem purpose built for carrying a mix of interceptors, bombers, gunships, and landing craft, with nearly all of their weapons dedicated to point defense or bombardment. The larger craft, the Gungnir, matches what the Commonwealth seem to call a heavy destroyer, a relatively light and quick battleship sized craft. It has surprisingly little armor for a Commonwealth ship, but its weapons are obviously formidable and its shields just as potent.The small three ship fleet begins to accelerate in the general direction you transmitted earlier in the day, and they quickly vanish in a burst of radiation.Cont.
>>41928684Your own ship sits expectantly in the void of deep space, your specially made ambassador waiting patiently for its chance to speak to the humans. It sits by the airlock door waiting to great the guests that are still light years away, lightly chittering to itself as it waits for their arrival. In addition to your ambassador and the ship's stock strike craft, you loaded the carrier battleship with>Warriors (how many)>Heavy warriors (how many)>Wasps (how many)>None>Other
>>41928684I'd actually like to hear some of those inaccurate stories.
>>41928684Interesting, do these ships lack hab rings? That would mean they lack any form of artificial gravity, I bet they would pay a mint for artificial gravity plating, once we finish it anyway.
>>4192873050 of each
>>41928730>>Heavy warriors (how many)500.>Other50 bio-tanks.
>>41928730>>Noneif shit goes down, then theres no point bringing non-ship level drones, and they'll likely just take it as a sign of aggression if theyre meeting in the middle of a hunned fitty warriors
>>41928730>>Heavy warriors (50)But keep them out of sight. This is a diplomatic mission, we have nothing to gain by intimidating our guests except to reveal our military capabilities.>>41928733Me too.
>>41928730While I want tech the humans have, there is very little we know of that we don't already have access to, or can't just order off the internet.The only thing I'm willing to part with to trade is services. Things that will help them, but not permanently make them stronger and potentially a threat.Services like helping them groom the vermin from their backsides, the alien Scavengers.Or, this one would have to be a special offer, because it can only ever be offered once per person.Offer to restore the youth of one person, if they will bring us a database of all their faction's technology. It'll just take a few days of Reconstructive surgery, and application of the immortality serum.The admirals might not trust that it's real, so we might have to perform the procedure first on a random underling they send to prove its effectiveness.But after they examine that formerly-elderly guy and see what we did, all we need is one admiral to want it badly enough to give us what we want.
>>41928730Supporting >>41928745 since its just ceremonial anyway.
>>41928735They lack the relatively fragile hab ring and shield cap designs of the Union, instead opting for a design more similar to a rectangular flying brick. Any vulnerable or moving components are held within the outer armored hull, giving Commonwealth ships a more sturdy but low tech appearance. From what you have seen, they seem to usually have much heavier armor compared to Union ships, but are less maneuverable, with smaller and less powerful drives on average, possibly as a cost saving measure. In general, the Commonwealth ships seem to be cheaper, but more efficient and purpose built for combat compared to Union ships, which are far more expensive and high tech in design, but suffer from wanting to do everything due to their modular nature.
>>41928842>Asking for their entire technological base>In exchange for rejuvenating a single manYou don't seriously think they'll take a deal like that do you? If we're going to drop a bombshell like immortality on them it must be done with far more tact than that.
>>41928919A nation-state wouldn't, but a single selfish man who doesn't want to die might.
>>41928730>50 warriors, heavy warriors, and waspsYour drones are kept relatively out of sight, but certainly not out of mind. They sit in alcoves and distant hallways, waiting even now for any sign of something wrong.Your ambassador ignores them all, its forward eyes fixed on the airlock as its mind races with your orders. It begins to quiver with excitement as your sensors detect the small human fleet exiting warp in the distance.The Gungnir broadcasts a stock language cipher and first contact greeting as the formation gradually drifts closer to your battleship.>Respond (write in)>Ignore the ship until it gets closer>Other
>>41928730>Heavy warriors (how many)100
>>41928940Let's try to have some more mutually beneficial deals before we try to manipulate them. We're trying to build amicable relations at this moment.
>>41928985>>Respond (write in)"Greetings to the humans of the Commonwealth. On behalf of the Red Hive we wish to engage in diplomatic parley."
>>41928985Greetings blah blah blah invitations to dock blah blah blah diplomatic meetings blah blah skree.
>>41928985>>RespondRepeat whatever they just sent.
>>41928991Then offer it to X number of people, for the first X number of people to give you tech.Where X will end up being the number of admiral council members. There, no more hilarious golden apple shenanigans to fight over.
>>41929022No, we've already done that trick. Just send them a simple "hello, we wish to talk diplomacy."
>>41928985>"Hello Humans! I am the Speaker for the Red Hive. I'm good at speaking!"
>>41928985>permission to dock grantedIn flat tonesOK people, what do we want to gain from this interaction? we've already pretty much out-teched humanity, and they'll be of little use against the Black Queen. Any help we grant in an alliance will lead to them re-subjugating the Union.
>>41929022Why? We're actually trying to start a friendly conversation with them this time, not get them to piss themselves.
>>41929015In my headcanon, this is voiced by the same VA as Eustace from Courage the Cowardly Dog.
>>41928985Should we talk to them as a race of spacefaring ships or are you reallly gonna let them dock.Sentient ships, come on.
>>41928985Greetings acknowledged, human Commonwealths. This is ship <unintelligible space bug noises> fulfilling first contact orders on behalf of the Queen.
>>41929046Our objective was simply to make sure our presence was known before they could take advantage of their own suprise attempt, right? Let's just brush through the formalities. Keep most everything on the sly, but hint at our greater capabilities, take responsibility for our fleet action that helped them out.
>>41928985"This is third contact."
>>41929087Good thing it's not Third Impact.
>>41929087Second Contact, no need to let them know we were already scoping them out beforehand.
>>41928985Shiny metal aliens, we meet again.
>>41929055Grrr, stupid humans!*Shifts memetic skin into something terrifying*Ooga-booga-booga! Hehe.
>>41929105What? It's not letting them know anything. You went to that system a second time to transmit coordinates for the third meeting.
>>41929105We met them once at a battle, a second time to give them the meeting location and now this is in fact the third time. It would be 4th if we added in the snooping.
>>41929035Nah. That's way too direct.
>>41928985>>Respond (write in)"Hi"
>>41929142What does that mean. You need to build up to it gradually over the course of future interactions?Then offer exactly one person a free eternal youth makeover, as thanks for combating the alien horde of vermin.Just to break the ice.
"Hello, humans! This speaker for The Red Queen wishes to formally introduce ourselves after intervening in your system to defeat the scavengers. One time, one of their ships attempted to steal one of our ships. They failed. We don't like them."
>things they'll ask>things we should say to evade"What do you want?""To remove vermin.""How did you know they would be in our system?""We smelled them.""Smell?""We follow their trail."Since we can't let them know we had a direct information gathering method in their system already, hidden."How do you travel between stars?""We jump."
>>41928985Respond with formal first contact greetings. Come on, you guys. We want to play our cards close to the chest at this point while still appearing friendly (and powerful). Showing knowledge of prior events with the commonwealth at this stage only complicates what could be a very fruitful diplomatic relationship.
>>41928985>>Respond (write in)[muffled rap music playing in the distance]
>>41929167That eternal youth potion has the capacity to completely revolutionize human society, and every man with a bit of power over the age of fifty will likely do everything in he possibly can to sign himself up once word gets out. That is not an icebreaker. That's a bomb you want to hold off on dropping until you know how exactly how the other guy is going to react, and a ready to maneuver yourself so you can get him in the palm of your hand. It would be foolhardy to introduce that unless we were fully prepared to give them the recipe, produce it in bulk, and possibly even risk making our parasites open knowledge. So let's just stick to the basics for now, get some mundane trading or tech exchanges going, and build some trust and leverage over them for the time being.
>>41928985There is a short burst of static, and your ship opens a channel."Greetings to humans for the purposes of making diplomacy. The humans may dock."The small fleet eventually halts in relation to your ship, and the Gungnir releases a shuttle that slowly moves past the small formation and up to your ship. Several of your fighters flank the shuttle and lead it closer, where the umbilical of the air lock extends out to reach for the approaching shuttle. The airlock is quick to seal, and you sense the doors open. Several human figures emerge from the airlock in combat suits, their backs holding a set of extended micro-thrusters. They are each armed with a rifle, and they seem to quickly scout the small chamber before turning back to the door, where a thin looking man emerges, floating slowly in a sealed hazard suit."There's nothing to latch to." He says as his velcro shoes slide uselessly against the flesh of your ship interior. "No metal even. Mag-boots don't work either." he continues. A muffled voice comes through from the radio."What's it made of?""It's... flesh.""Repeat that?""The interior appears to be made of living tissue. Bones, shells, some kind of leather, maybe? I think I can make out veins, like skin. The airlock looks like some kind of, uh, bone or shell. The aperture of which seems to be lined with some sort of cuticle or muscle. There are circular structures surrounding it, maybe a sensor or some kind of control device, or a decoration, I can't tell. I don't see anything that looks like writing.""Copy."The figure releases several short bursts of air from his backpack and he drifts forward."I'm going to try to open the door. Maybe there's a latch, or a proximity sensor." He says. The door flexes open, and you see fog build up over the humans' helmets as the figure drifts through the threshold, a light gust of humid air sending the guards back slightly, and the door seals again.cont.
>>41929262>. It would be foolhardy to introduce that unless we were fully prepared to give them the recipe, produce it in bulk,How does that follow?If we only let the admiralty council know about it, they don't have much motive to go blabbing about it. Especially if it's a giant carrot exclusively offered to them, if they meet our price.
>>41929326what do they have that we want?
>>41929334Man-flesh against the Obsidian Queen? Maybe they have some tech we don't know about?
>>41929326You don't just walk up to women in a bar and cum all over them, you got to start with hello at least, it's the same with interstellar diplomacy. Your idea isn't a bad one but lets shelve it for a couple of threads.
>>41929334Some miscellaneous tech, fodder to send against scavs, who knows.
>>41929356>Man-flesh against the Obsidian Queen?Yes, give the bugs more biomass. humans are worse than useless at this point compared to our own capabilities.>>41929363I can get behind wiping the scavs together, but i doubt they have some kind of wonder-tech, or else they wouldve used it against the union.
>>41929309Isn't there some metal in our ships?
>>41929389I always assumed it was mixed in with the flesh very finely.
>>41929389We aren't gonna waste armor material on the floors.Metal is only for outerarmor and for bone structure, which is buried far beneath the flesh tunnels.>>41929309> Maybe there's a latch, or a proximity sensor." He says. The door flexes open, and you see fog build up over the humans' helmets as the figure drifts through the threshold, a light gust of humid air sending the guards back slightly, and the door seals again.Haha no human weapon-bearers allowed to meet us.
>>41929389Lot's of it, but it's primarily used in the engines and other heavy mechanical bits. Chitin and bone are useful, but they just don't quite match the tensile strength of metals.
>>41929309"What happened?" Someone shouts over the radio as the guards pry at the door. The figure thrashes in the dark for a moment before the bioluminescent lights fill the chamber with a soft glow. A table stands in the center of the chamber, where your ambassador stands, its hind legs gripping the ground and its forelegs folded together. It is nearly twice the height of the human, who simply floats in front of your drone. It lets out a loud chirp and dips its head curtly, its antennae whipping at the air in front of it."Hello." It chirps, and steps over the table with a single stride."Ah! Uh, I'm, uh, in a chamber. It looks like a... dinning room, actually.""Does the human require help to sit?" Your drone asks, gesturing to the chair set in front of the chitinous table."Uh, no. I'm, uh. Gungnir, I've made contact with the crew. Are you getting this?""Affirmative. You have the floor, ambassador."The man gives several more puffs of air from his microthrusters and floats to the table. He slowly lowers himself to the seat."It's uh, sticky.""Yes." Your drone says simply.>Introduce yourself (write in)>Ask for identification of the human>Other
>>41929471>"It's uh, sticky.">"Yes." Your drone says simply.I love our speakers
>>41929471>>Ask for identification of the humanReply with as much or as little flourish as he did with some variant of "We are the Red Hive"
>>41929471>>Ask for identification of the human
>>41929471>>Ask for identification of the human>>Introduce yourselfWe are the Red Hive and I am but it's Speaker>"It's uh, sticky.">"Yes." Your drone says simply.Our chairs are serious business
>>41929471>Wait patiently until the human does something else, as if we're scrutinizing him.
>>41929494We don't need the color ID.
>>41929471>>Ask for identification of the humanGet straight to business.
>>41929471>>Introduce yourself (write in)We are the Red Hive of the triumvirate. We would have made an effort to speak to you when we first entered the system you fought in, but we were preoccupied with pursuing the Scavengers at the time. We now wish to communicate with the Commonwealth.">Ask for identification of the human
>>41929513There really isn't any other way to differentiate our hive/queen from any other queen.
>>41929519>of the triumvirate.Come on now, let's not make things up.
>>41929519This sounds fine. Although identifying ourselves as the "red" hive implies there are other hives out there. We probably don't want to give that impression right off the bat.
>>41929471Do you require assistance molting your carapace?The air is sweet and clean here.
>>41929523How can we make up our alliance with the Unity and Heretic?
>>41929558Why would we want to imply anything about our existing political connections?Leave it ambiguous, because it's a detail that is not important but gives them more information about us.
>>41929521And that's why we shouldn't do that.We are the only hive that matters. Wicked old auntie will burn, and would never speak to anyone else anyway.
>>41929558Still its a bad idea I think since if we let them know that there are two other polities out there, they would want to meet them. Heretic won't give a fuck but the Commonwealth will recognize Theseus and thats going to make them ask lots of unnecessarry questions.
>>41929575Speaking of, I'd say it's time we took back Mother's old throne system.We should at least have it for the gas giant so we have the fuel to assault the rest of hive space.We can also do mantle mining on Throne, since it's already wrecked.
>>41929580>>41929572Well obviously we know we're allied with Theseus and Heretic, but the humans don't know that. We say Triumvirate, and they'll think two other bug-rulers. Hell, they won't know we're a hive-mind until a few more hours or days pass by.
>>41929604Or we just don't let them know, since it's not going to help with the negotiations.
>>41929604And if we say nothing, they can infer the existence of at least zero and at most very many other bug-rulers. Why limit to three?
We should just say something simple like: "The hive welcomes you, human. Who are you?
Wait why would anyone usee the human as fodder? They're the worst choice to send at the Scavengers.>>41929584We're waiting for Heretic so we can secure the Psionic cannon.
>>41929471Your speaker moves back across the table, and its legs unfold. It dips forward and lands its forelegs on the deck with a loud thud. The human reels back in response, which would send him flying out of his seat were it not coated with adhesives. Your speaker simply gazes blankly at the human for a long while. He stirs in his seat."The air is good for humans." You say finally. "The human may molt if you wish.""You mean my helmet?" He says. Your speaker nods enthusiastically. The human seems to hesitate, and eventually slowly unlatches the seal and pulls off the helmet. He is a rather young looking man with dark hair. His eyes are an unnatural silver with the subtle sheen of circuitry glittering along the edges of his irises."What is the title of the human?" You ask. He seems to think for a moment, as if unsure of exactly what you're asking."I am an ambassador, but my name is Steven Wise." He says, carefully holding his helmet on the table to face your drone. "Do you have a name?">Introduce yourself as the hive>Introduce yourself as the speaker for the hive>Other
>>41929625well, we're the ones who called them out here. Should probably mention that we're the ones who helped them out with their little rat problem.
>>41929633We haven't been waiting for ages. That ship was done a while ago.Also, we don't need him, it's lightly defended, not particularly of value to the OQ, and it's territory we're taking for ourselves.If we do it ourselves we won't have to share.
>>41929643>>Introduce yourself as the speaker for the hive
>>41929643>Introduce yourself as the speaker for the hiveBut use "this one" like we did before. Also take credit for the military intervention.
>>41929633>Wait why would anyone usee the human as fodder?Why not?They're not ours and we're not to attached to them and they can keep the Scavs busy while we concentrate our forces for a more effective strike.>>41929643>>Introduce yourself as the hive
>>41929643>>Introduce yourself as the hive
>>41929643>>Introduce yourself as the speaker for the hiveIt is good to meet a Wise Human. WiseMan is good to be speaking with.
>>41929646Its not like he's in serious need of territory, he looks like he's more interested in being a space nomad.
>>41929643>. He is a rather young looking man with dark hair. His eyes are an unnatural silver with the subtle sheen of circuitry glittering along the edges of his irises.If he can transmit video back through cybereyes I dunno why he bothers with narration of what things look like visually.Oh wait, no, wireless cybernetics are verboten. So he's only [recording internally]
>>41929643>Introduce yourself as the speaker for the hive
>>41929662>They're not ours and we're not to attached to them and they can keep the Scavs busy while we concentrate our forces for a more effective strike.Every time the Scavengers attack a Human fleet they get a shit ton of new ships.
>>41929692Also, if the humans win against the Scavengers, they gain SCAVENGER tech to reverse engineer, which we shouldn't allow either.Just like Scavs can't be allowed to win and take human tech samples.
>>41929643>Introduce yourself as the hive>Introduce yourself as the speaker for the hive"We are the Hive. This is Speaker [whatever number this one is]."
>>41929710You think they're going to reverse engineer alien tech in a matter of days the way we do? They probably already have a Scav tech to research after that fight in Winsor.
>>41929737Secretary Windsor having almost the same name as the star system Winsor must be hell on copyeditors.
>>41929643"This one speaks for the Hive.""But do you have a name? A personal identification?""It is a speaker. It speaks to others for the Hive." Steven seems confused for a moment."Am I speaking to a speaker, or to the hive, right now?""Yes." Your drone chirps. He slowly nods."Alright." He says, then says softly into his radio, "Gungnir, I think they're some kind of networked intelligence, or maybe a super-organism." He turns back to your drone."If you speak with others for the hive, how do you speak with the hive?" He asks.>Feign confusion: The speaker is a part of the hive>Dodge the question (write in)>Reply (write in)>Other
>>41929772>>Feign confusion: The speaker is a part of the hive
>>41929772Feign confusionAnd turn the conversation to our field by telling them we bailed their asses out.
>>41929772>>Feign confusion: The speaker is a part of the hiveFuck you. That's how.
>>41929772>Feign confusion: The speaker is a part of the hive
>>41929772>Reply (write in)That's not why you're here you little shit, now let me tell you about space gypsies.
>>41929796Hah do it.
>>41929772>Reply (write in)"I was under the impression that you were an ambassador, not a scientist."
>>41929772>Reply (write in)Crystals
>>41929772This guy is so fucking rude, talking to his faction while we're diplomancing.
>>41929772>Feign confusion: The speaker is a part of the hiveAdd in >>41929796 and >>41929809
>>41929772Yeah duh, hive doesn't need to speak to itself. Speech is for others.Now we need to get question for a question. Ask him if the wise man has seen the vermin. They are annoying.
>>41929772Speech is for non-Hive.
>>41929772Your drone tilts its head and lets out a long chirp."The speaker is part of the hive. Why would the hive need to speak with the hive?""Well, what I mean is-""Does the human speak to itself? That is weird. The human is weird.""Well, now-""The hive has helped the humans. Saved human ships from attack. Why does the human waste time with questions not related to speaking?"He seems to sit there for a moment, confused. Your drone's antennae twitch aggressively as your speaker waits for a reply, deeply disappointed in the human's speaking skills."I'm sorry. What did you, the hive, I mean, wish to discuss?" He says finally.>Discuss the scavengers>Discuss trade>Other
>>41929856>>Discuss the scavengersShow me on this map where the scavs touched you.
>>41929856>>Discuss the scavengersMaybe if they give us X nutrients and metals, we'll dedicate that much worth of ships to defending their border.
>>41929856>Discuss the scavengersFor starters, clue them in on Scav M.O. as well as their homeworld, bring up the possibility of allying against the space gypsy menace. I also want to trade and warn them of the Obsidian Hive.
>>41929889>HomeworldI meant home fleet location
>>41929856>Discuss the scavengers>>41929877>>41929880Fuck that shit. The scavengers are an infestation that need to be cut out of the stars. With our help, the Commonwealth will have the edge it needs to go on a deep offensive to burn those fuckers out. All offense.
Tbh calling ourselves "The Hive" is a dead giveaway. Red Queen is a much better name.>>41929856Relate to the humans the story of how we were attacked by one of the scavenger ships, which is why we don't like them, but the humans seem to be not immediately hostile, so we have attempted a diplomatic approach.Just saying hello to our neighbors.
>>41929889Let's not tell them where the Scavs are.It's not even a homeworld, they don't have one.Besides they can't afford to go on the offensive when they have all these fronts to defend on.We also secretly want a monopoly on Scav kills for tech hoarding reasons.
>>41929856>Discuss the scavengersWe've encountered them. Their entire civilization relies on raiding technology and resources from others.>Discuss tradeLet's see what they have on the table before proposing anything.>Discuss Obsidian Hive.They should know that we aren't the only Hive around. The only other one that we know of is the treacherous Obsidian Hive, and they are very hostile. They don't have to take our word for it, be we warned them.
>>41929856>>Discuss the scavengersMention that we have fought them ourselves before, and that they seem to be driven to steal other races' technology and resources.
>>41929856>>Discuss the scavengersTalk about how they are tricksters and will lay traps in for of merchants.
>>41929900No, they just need a good thorough round of ADOPTION and a strong motherly claw.Also the Commonwealth will never ever want to commit resources it needs to defend its borders on that kind of incredibly risky assault. And we shouldn't want them to.
>new race strolls inHey guys, see those other guys, fuck them, am i rite? Oh yeah watch out for my crazy friend over there, he'll fuck you up or his mates will fuck you up. But we cool right? You got some of that green on ya?
>>41929901There are some things that we're just not going to keep a secret, our nature as a hivemind is one of them.>>41929907Winsor is littered with Scav tech and has a world that was filled with living Scav soldiers the last time we saw it. Face it, they already have Scav tech to research, though that won't bear fruit for a long time yet if at all. Not every race is a genius at reverse engineering alien tech the way we are.
>>41929944It's not a 100% certainty, since some battles are too destructive and leave nothing left salvageable, not to mention the Scavs' tendency to at least try to blow themselves up when capture is imminent.It's still easily possible they haven't gotten samples of everything, and the fewer chances they get to roll for salvage to see if they got anything this time, the better.
>>41929944Anon they've already figured out we're a hive mind, it doesn't take much to piece together. I mean, it's right there in our name for crying out loud.
>>41929967That's... that's sorta what he said?Are you agreeing with him?
>>41929856"The hive's enemy. They scavenge from others, steal knowledge and resources, never invent or build.""You mean the alien force that you helped expunge from our space?""The have has tried to speak with them. They did not wish to speak." You say."We could use any information you have on them, then. Their biology, or technology. The location of their planets even. We've never detected any trace of a civilization from that region of space before." He says as he wipes sweat from his brow."No planets. They do not settle, they raid.""So they're nomads. The locations of their fleets, then, or any information on their patrols?" He leans forward in his seat, his back peeling loudly from the sticky substance lining the chair.>Offer data on known Scavenger locations>Claim to not know>Other
>>41929917Speaking of merchants.Get on Lyle's account and mail order a drop shipment of a quantum scrambler warhead. We have to get a sample of dat shit.
>>41929993>>Claim to not know
>>41929993>>Offer data on known Scavenger locations
Whatchew gimmy for it scummer
>>41929993"What would you give in exchange? A symbiotic relationship is preferable."
>>41929993>>Offer data on known Scavenger locationsAre we giving this pro bono or are we gonna trade for it?
>>41929964I'm not worried about them reverse engineering stuff from the Scavs, even if they get samples of their tech that doesn't mean they'll be able to build their own equivalent. There's a huge leap between figuring out how something works, and managing to build a functioning equivalent yourself. And it's not like the Scavs have anything we should worry about the Commonwealth getting anyway, blasters are kinda neat but not that much more powerful than other forms of weaponry. More importantly they would be far costlier for the Commonwealth to produce compared to firearms, and they show a definite preference for cheaper, reliable equipment for their soldiers. If they do start building them it will be in comparatively small numbers for select military roles, we don't have to fear that.
>>41929993>>Offer data on known Scavenger locationsAlso offer to coordinate with the Commonwealth if they intend to go after them. Info on enemy movement, you shoot these guys we'll blast these sort of thing.
>>41929993"What were the things the humans inventing on the world the enemy attacked?"We can rule out anything that's in our already unlocked tech tree, we need something we can't obtain ourselves.
>>41929993>Offer data on known Scavenger locations>Offer Data on Scavenger biology and combat tacticsFuck the Scavs and fuck the Union, this doesn't cost us anything and weakens one outright enemy and one potential enemy by allowing the Commonwealth to fight Scavs more effectively thus freeing up more of their forces for the Union.
>>41930048That's a top secret weapons testing lab, I think they would be kinda cagey about giving that info to the space bugs that showed up out of nowhere. Let's let them warm up a little first before we start requesting stuff.
>>41930055That doesn't justify giving away shit for free.
>>41930062The scavs' fleet locations are also secret then.
>>41930066Nobody said anything about free, this is just a vote to put up info to exchange.
>>41929993"The hive has seen where they gather ships, but they are many and well defended.""What about their technology? What kind of weapons do they have, and how fast are their ships?""The Steven makes demands. This is not a symbiotic agreement." Your drone chirps. Steven wipes his face on his hand and adjusts his helmet on the table."Alright, what does the hive want in return for that information?">Ask for resource trade>Request technology (write in)>Request services (Write in)>Other
>>41930079>>Request technology (write in)Give us a menu. What have you been inventing recently.
>>41930079>>OtherWhat do you have to have to offer? The hive is always interested in new forms of technology.
>>41930066It benefits us threefold by building good will with the Commonwealth who has precious few allies at the minute as well as weakening two rivals and maintaining the current balance of power that has allowed us to grow unchecked the way we have in the first place.If that's not justification enough I don't know what is, though I have no objection to asking for some info out of them in return. Just as long as they get the information I'm happy.
>>41930079>>Request technology (write in)What this anon said >>41930084
>>41930079>>Request technology (write in)Tell us what you can offer. Even from orbit we could tell that planet was full of inventions.
>>41930079>>40162357 > At ten meters or less, you can gleam faint hints of the creature’s intent and general disposition, allowing you to determine hostility, as well as a vague notion to its state of mind.Without actively looking into his mind necessarily, what are we picking up from the Steven's brain?
>>41930136Anon, you can tell how he's feeling from his face, he's sweating like a stuck pig.
>>41930079Your speaker leans in, causing the human to jerk back slightly."The hive hungers for knowledge. What valuable data does the human possess?" Steven leans back with a loud crackle as he sticks back to the chair."I don't think I'm at liberty to divulge that. Or even if I was, we have no idea what you would find interesting or not." He says, confused. "Of course, this is a bit of a difficult environment for negotiations. Perhaps we could resume talks at a more convenient location? A more permanent location, maybe?>Offer to allow an ambassador to a hive world>Offer to send an ambassador to a Commonwealth world>Other
>>41930162>>Offer to send an ambassador to a Commonwealth worldWe require a kilometer square area to grow, and permission to create a docking station
>>41930162>Offer to send an ambassador to a Commonwealth world
>>41930162We can't let our own ambassador be seen by anyone who can't keep a secret though.
>>41930162>>Offer to send an ambassador to a Commonwealth worldAw yeah, embassy building time.
>>41930176Sounds nice. Maybe a bit too open though.>>41930162"Why is human ambassador not at liberty to discuss diplomacy?"
Let's create a human agent for this.
>>41930192It's not going to be long before we reveal ourselves to the Union anyway, no need to stress about it that much.
>>41930192Or the mile long space cock we came in, we'll have to board their boat and trust them to return us. Or simply melt when we're done.
>>41930196No, that implies too much and paranoia intensifies, the bad kind of paranoia.
>>41930195The human ambassador isn't at liberty to trade state secrets to a power that just introduced itself 5 minutes ago anon, that's pretty standard diplomatic policy.
>>41930162>>Offer to send an ambassador to a Commonwealth world
>>41930201That's right.So, given that our drone will be cut off and fall into a coma when we give it to the human ship, we need to send something else.Either a quantum-brained ambassador, or a cocooned ambassador in stasis so it can't starve to death.In case we don't have a pod secretly at their destination yet, and would require a lightday's travel to arrive.
>>41930162>Offer to send an ambassador to a Commonwealth worldMaybe we should allow them to keep this diplomat permanently, the same way Theseus maintains a diplomat instance on our homeworld. Bring a few heavy warriors as well, unless they can't be melted by their acid glands.
>>41930208I know anon, I'm just trying to fluster Wise a bit.
>>41930162Be sure to give the Steven a human hug so we can subtly get a DNA sample of his hair to get to know him better.
>>41930162>Offer to allow an ambassador to a hive world>Offer to send an ambassador to a Commonwealth worldWhy not both? An exchange of embassy's is good for diplomacy and signals a symbiotic relationship.
>>41930233Oh shit, can't we maintain contact in warp? I'm sure we tried out the warp drive in that Union ship we own ages ago and it worked out fine. QD Confirm pls.
>>41930233We can tell one of the heavy warriors to immediately cocoon itself, so it will emerge in 24 hours as a quantum-brained ambassador.With standing orders until we reconnect with it.
>>41930256Not without an advanced relay, duh.And we sure as hell aren't gonna give one of those to the Commonwealth, or reveal that we 'need' them.
>>41930266More importantly, they've seen an advanced relay before.It's too early to reveal we're the fuckers that were on the moon.>>41930262Let's give it two warriors to guard the cocoon at least, to keep them from putting it in a scanning tank.
>>41930266We have a moderate relay though, I see no reason that won't work.
>>41930279>moderate>I see no reason that won't work>no reason>it can't connect further away than a single planet's distance>no reasonDo you even know what 'moderate relay' means? If moderate could go at FTL distances what in the world would Advanced be for?
>>41930290But the relay is in the drone, not lightyears away from it.
>>41930162"Perhaps the hive can speak with humans in human space.""Yes." He says. "I can alert my superiors and make the arrangements." He gets up, slowly peeling himself from the chair, and he replaces his helmet. "I'll have the proper coordinates given to your ship."He awkwardly bows, unsure of any custom he may be breaking, and turns to leave. The door opens and he is quickly escorted back to the shuttle by the guards."Prepare decon, we have one for quarantine.""Roger that."The airlock of the shuttle opens and the humans float inside.The human fleet quickly transmits the coordinates of the Aquila system to your ship, and the formation begins to accelerate away.I think that's it for this week. I think I should probably try to get an hour or so of sleep before work. We ended up going a bit longer then I anticipated.
>>41930308The word 'relay' means it relays something. It doesn't control anything. Without being in range of someone controlling it it's not doing its job.
>>41930323Thanks for the thread QD!Hopefully you won't end up like a zombie at work today.
Night thanks for runing
>>41930308Medium relays don't have the range to connect to the hivemind acoss different star systems, thats what advanced relays are for. And having a relay will be moot anyway since we now know they want us at Aquila and we already ahve a pod with an advanced relay there.
>>41930308No anon, no. A moderate relay cannot connect to the hive anywhere like the advanced ones can. It needs to be within a planets orbit of an advanced relay to actually stay in contact with the queen. Furthermore, even an advanced relay get's cut off from us when in a warp bubble, thanks to the effects of warp lag and time dilation. So if we sent our ambassador somewhere via warp transit, it go berserk and eventually die. If we send it anywhere it has to be on our own ships.
>>41930323Thanks a lot for running QD, it's really exciting to show ourselves off the humans openly for the first time. And if it's not to late to do a few things there's a couple of things I'd like to suggest.-Replace Particle cannons on Bomber Drones with Plasma Assault Cannons-Replace defensive shields with Multi-layer shields on all Heavy Fleet Fighters, Heavy Gunships, Missile Corvettes, Heavy Fleet Corvettes, Heavy Fleet Frigates, Missile Cruisers, Heavy Cruisers, Heavy Fleet Cruisers, Carrier Battlecruisers, Heavy Fleet Battlecruisers, and Heavy Fleet Battleships-Build 2,000 Shuttles-Build 10 Missile Ambush Fleets-Convert all Stealth Frigates into Vanguard Frigates, and scrap the designEverybody like the look of this?
> "I want credits. Enough to make a Valen blush, and maybe a nice penthouse apartment on Path.">parasite "Will">become rich beyond wildest dreamsAssuming his payment isn't secretly a bullet to the head, but Michael at least isn't planning on that.We need to start hiring ourselves via Michael more later if we can.
>>41930323How many parasites can fit inside a living human before it starts impacting their health or outward appearance?I find this is a highly overlooked smuggling method that Michael could have used more of.
>>41930377All of those are good, yeah.If you add on.Build 10 Missile Assault Fleets.With the caveat that all those designs in said fleets are also switched over to multilayer shielding.
>>41930377>>41930437Don't forget building 264 mining corvettes.
>>41930323Why the fuck not>>41930377>>41930437>>41930455
>>41930377>>41930377>Build 2,000 ShuttlesNo.
>>41930377>Replace defensive shields with Multi-layer shields on all Heavy Fleet Fighters, Heavy Gunships, Missile Corvettes, Heavy Fleet Corvettes, Heavy Fleet Frigates, Missile Cruisers, Heavy Cruisers, Heavy Fleet Cruisers, Carrier Battlecruisers, Heavy Fleet Battlecruisers, and Heavy Fleet BattleshipsAlso no. What we're currently using is better.
>>41930489Well, I mean, I guess we could use more than 10...build 190 shuttles? They aren't really useful often at all.
>>41930500>What we're currently using is better....No?
>>41930506>>41930489They are the hive's primary means of the transporting resources and drones between ships and planets. I'm frankly amazed we've gotten by with so few for so long.
>>41930525Because corvettes have been doing the exact same job, with the bonus of actually being able to travel between star systems.
>>41930525We just made them useless.>>41930523For the value vs cost yes what we're using is much better.
>>41930525also, teleportation is a thing, remember?
>>41930550At the moment the use for shuttles is transporting resources into orbit, so that you can either put them onboard capital ships or so you can put them at docking pylon to construct capital ships.Since they're too heavy to land planetside.Hive-to-ship transport is the remaining niche.
>>41930533Yeah but it's a lot more difficult for them to get into and out of an atmosphere, as they're less aerodynamic and carrying a lot of equipment that has nothing to do with atmospheric resource running. We've literally been getting our warships to deliver our groceries when we could have been using cargo ships. Shuttles are designed to do exactly this job with the greatest possible efficiency, and they do it with more ease than sub-capital ships do.
>>41930563That's what the towers are for.
>>41930547>>41930550Teleportation is strictly between hives, ships can't carry teleporters. And we can't send drones or complex machinery through them in any case, we need ferries for that.
>>41930573Shuttles are cheaper and more reliable.
>>41930588>And we can't send drones or complex machinery through them in any caseWe're research that anon.
>>41930573Maybe for feeding ships, but not for building them.A tower means it doesn't need shuttles to supply itself, that doesn't mean literally all countless other docking pylons we have don't need deliveries to do their job too.There's only room for four capillary towers on a planet. We have a lot more than four docking pylons to utilize which still need shipborne delivery/DiGiorno.
So the shuttles are more like 16-wheelers, while the corvettes we've been using are more like freighters.
>>41930596No, that just covers complex machinery. It would seem for the time being that actual living beings will always be a no go. And even if they weren't we still wouldn't have anyway of moving them between ships easily. Teleportation is really only useful for moving raw resources between planet side hives.
>>41930594The towers are better overall.>>41930601Docking pylons are fed directly. Without shuttles.
>>41930627>fed directly>in orbitWe are not talking about the ones on planetside, why would we be talking about those.
What about transport within a fleet, between ships? Or between two fleets?
>>41930652We none in orbit.
>>41930627Mate, I think you and I have radically different different definitions for the word 'better'. Towers are extremely high cost, fragile, and are in a fixed location. You can't swap resources or drones between ships or onto planets that don't have one, which is all of them except Leeland. Shuttles are a much more flexible and reliable, if less flashy option, and there isn't any good reason we can't have both.
>>41930547>For the value vs cost yes what we're using is much better.No they aren't.There's no indication that the new shield tech is or isn't twice as effective, there are no numbers to compare here to determine something like value per cost.That still wouldn't indicate that an upgrade isn't worth doing.
>>41930547Have you read the post detailing the multi-layer shielding? It's a huge improvement over the existing tech, more than worth it for our high value ships.
>>41930695>>41930711The shields are slightly weaker for more then twice the price.>>41930672>Shuttles are a much more flexible and reliableExcept tower are the more flexible option because of all the things can do and replace the need for shuttles except for one very niche purpose.
>>41930750>slightly weakerAre you also mad that the switch from chemical nozziles to ion thrusters was clearly a downgrade because ion thrusters were weaker, too?
>>41930784QD straight up said that was an actual upgrade. This isn't.
>>41930807First, use basic game design logic. What possible motive would QD have for having research unlock something that is twice the price and LESS effective at its job.Second, use your goddamn eyes and read.> greatly increase overall protection> greatly increase overall protection> greatly increase overall protection
>>41930750Okay you clearly didn't read the post, and quite a few other things by the look of it. The multi layer shields are a huge improvement, and far more effective overall because they OVERLAP. Why would QD even bother putting it up if it was inferior to the original and twice as costly? By picking that option we're putting twice as many shields on a ship. That's why it costs twice as much. As for the tower it's a single installation on a single planet. What you're suggesting is that we rely on it with no backup or alternative to move almost all of the resources from outside of Leeland to the planet, and all the drones we want to move. That's 500 mining corvettes and our entire fleet relying on a single tower to ship everything down to the surface. Do you realize how congested the space around is going to get, or how backed up the ships trying to use it will get? And this is instead of building a few vessels that can do the exact same job far easier and more effectively than any other ship. And our FTL ships can carry this ship to worlds lacking an elevator, which is all of them, and use it to do the same job without having to sink 50,000 nutrients and as many metals. How is the tower more flexible than that?
>>41930851Multilayer shield are like a second layer of armor while regular shields are like a second health pool.That's literally the difference.Also if it was a straight up upgrade it would have replaced regular shields.
>>41930885It's an upgrade in the same way a cyclotron is an upgrade of the LPB
>>41930913That's not the difference at all.>if it was a straight up upgrade it would have replaced regular shields.>all upgrades are freeThat's not how it works. That's like saying having shields at all can't possibly be an upgrade over not having them, since if they were they would be added to all ships passively!
>>41930971Tell me has multilayered shields helped the Scavengers much against us? Nope. Relying on multilayer shields will just slow down our production rate for a marginal benefit.
>>41930913>>41930940Holy shit, I seriously don't want to believe people can be this wrong. Like, the fact that this person supposedly read the same thing I did and came up with an interpretation so utterly divorced from what is specifically stated is scary. How can a person fail basic reading comprehension this badly? Is it something about this quest specifically? Is this anon actually retarded? Can other followers of this quest fall victim to such a complete suspension of basic reasoning?I don't know, and am not sure I want to know. All I know is this anon is so wrong it hurts.
>>41931042We outnumbered them like 10-1 in Winsor.
>>41931042The scavs do not have multi layered shields you idiot. And even if they did their ships have proven to be very powerful when not hopelessly outnumbered.
http://ask.fm/QuestDrone/answer/129111335973>>Have we had any opportunities to speak with the newly revived Skyl?> They are all of a rough equivalent to adolescents biologically, teens, essentially.>Hive Queen! The crystals have escaped!>Clone me 600 teenagers...with attitude.
>>41931083Did you completely forget the our first meeting with the Scavengers? The scout ship had multilayer shields you're just too stupid to figure it out. Basically it's possible to bypass their their shields entirely.
>>41930913>a shield can be made to alter its form in order to not only take up less space, but also function in a more efficient manner, using many overlapping smaller and weaker shields to create a stronger defensive field.So check it out, hypothetically if it took 3 hits of a weapon to disable the previous shields that would be it, shields are down until we fix them. These smaller shields might take only 1 hit from a weapon to go down, creating a hole in the shield coverage however the rest of the shield generators are unaffected so we can just pivot the ship so that an active shield is facing the enemy weapons. This results in a ship that can take many more hits than it could previously.Does that make sense to you?
>>41931141It's not even necessarily creating a hole in the shield coverage on the first hit.They're OVERLAPPING.There are layers, like an onion. Beneat that first shield is the halves of two other shields.
>>41930913>>41931141Oh and the reason it didn't replace shields is because QD has made an effort to give us many different options to customise our play style on the sliding scale of super expensive top tier ships VS shitty cheap ships that you can afford much more of.
>>41931141Multilayer shields have bunch weaknesses you forgot to mention.
>>41931130Pull your head out of ass and reread that segment.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/38260904/#p38264677Our attacks bleed through gaps in the shields where the grappling cables passed through to our ship. That isn't a multi layered shield.
>>41931042>doesn't address the point>spews out this non sequiturThey're improved shield tech they don'thave to be literally Bug Jesus.
>>41931193Well that clears that up.
>>41931193Motherfucker what weaknesses. Plural?
>>41931193you forgot to mention them too faggot
>>41930913> greatly increase overall protection> create a stronger defensive fieldYou still can't motherfucking read. Making up baseless vapid metaphors is not an excuse for being this stupid.
Okay, now that we've pretty much come to a consensus (barring that one anon who can't into words apparently) I'll repost this matter in the hope that QD catches this thread on his lunch break.-Replace Particle cannons on Bomber Drones with Plasma Assault Cannons-Replace defensive shields with Multi-layer shields on all Heavy Fleet Fighters, Heavy Gunships, Missile Corvettes, Heavy Fleet Corvettes, Heavy Fleet Frigates, Missile Cruisers, Heavy Cruisers, Heavy Fleet Cruisers, Carrier Battlecruisers, Heavy Fleet Battlecruisers, and Heavy Fleet Battleships-Build 10 Missile Ambush Fleets-Build 264 mining corvettes-Convert all Stealth Frigates into Vanguard Frigates, and scrap the design>Y/N-Build 2,000 Shuttles>Y/NBecause, there are probably going to be occasions when we need to conveniently move drones or machines between ships or planets where our orbital mega-construction is unavailable.
>>41931214>>41931217>>41931234>>41931262Basically you can shoot down sections of the multilayer shield more easily than you can shoot through a regular shield because of how they work allowing you to open up holes in their shields to shoot through or did you figure that out.Every "upgrade" like this we get always comes with some kind of weakness.
>>41931382What part of "multi layer" do you not comprehend.Beneath that shield is MORE SHIELDS. No hole is created any sooner than it would be for un-upgraded, monolithic shielding.
>>41931436Do you not know what Ablative means?
>>41931382Focus firing is already a weakness of regular shields, the only difference being that the entire shield goes down rather than just creating a small gap in the shielding.>>41931436I'd imagine that it would take slightly less to puncture the smaller shields even with the overlapping.
>>41931472The difference is that these multilayer shields breakdown in order to protect the ship while regular shields can shug off hits.
>>41931506Well they both shrug off hits until they can't, at which point they buckle.
>>41931506No they motherfucking can't.Regular shields are also effectively an ablative armor. They soak damage until they're destroyed so the ship doesn't have to. The difference is it's all-or-nothing, you only get one damn layer, whereas proper ablative protection uses many and more layers to make them expendable.
>>41931506Wrong. Absolutely wrong. How are you this wrong.They hold up almost as long as normal shields do, they just cover less territory. And when they go down, IF they go down, there's another shield directly beneath that. It's literally twice as good as the normal shield. For god's sakes it's right there in the fucking post.
>>41931556>>41931558>>41931629The post where they are described says they protect via an ablative effect thus as they get hit. So as a multilayered shield gets damaged it's ability to protect the ship drops too while normal shields apply full defensive value until they break.
>>41931807*effect thus as they get hit the shield gets chipped away.
>>41931839>>41931807>effect thus as they get hit the shield gets chipped away.So. Does. The. Defensive. Shield.The effects do not bleed through the layers. The multi-layered shield remains fully effective over the ship as a whole until the every single layer of that shield is broken down. Even then that just leaves that particular region of the ship vulnerable, with the bulk of the ship still covered. Even then the damage required to be sustained by the shield to expose a specific section of the hull is greater than that required to knock out a standard shield. If standard shield was subjected to the same kind of attacks required to open up a gap in a multi-layer shield, it would just die, leaving the ENTIRE ship exposed and vulnerable. There is no way around it, the performance of the multi-layered shield is superior to that of the defensive shield in every quantifiable respect.
>>41930323>"Prepare decon, we have one for quarantine."Please don't do what i think you're gonna do, the commonwealth is the last hope for the humans.
>>41932240Don't be retarded. The military junta was never 'morally good' or whatever it is you're implying here.Morality is the last concern on our plates.
>>41932240What do you think they're going to do?
>>41932283>>41932294I'm not worried about morality, i'm worried there gonna do what Dr. whatshisname did and anons get pissed and declare war.
>>41932240>>41932320I don't understand, he's just being cleaned of all our bug cum and weird alien air before he's allowed to see his friends again. What's so sinister about that?
>>41932374it sounds like they're preparing for a dissection.
>>41932422>agent comes from an unknown alien atmosphere and is probably covered in unknown alien microbesA quarantine and decontamination should be standard procedure for everyone in that situation.I don't even know how you could reach the conclusion that they would dissect their own guy.
>>41932422It sounds like they're following basic containment procedures. It's not like they're going to dissect their own ambassador, if he's important enough to be assigned to first contact with a powerful alien military power then he's too valuable to throw away on the off hand chance he's carrying an infectious agent. The Commonwealth are ruthless, but frugal compared to the Union.All glory to the one hope for mankind; the Commonwealth.
>>41932498I thought it was the ambassador talking trough whatever communicator he has.But now i look back and see i might have been mistaken.
>>41932574...It was.What does that have to do with your completely insane interpretation of "decon" as "mad science."
>>41932630Unfamiliar words must be scary, anon.
I hope QD is having an awesome lunch right now, and doesn't feel like shit between the sleep deprivation and the infectious alien microbes he's clearly been infected with.
>>41932630>>41932702I thought they were preparing a quarantine room for eventual dissection.