Tugs swirl in the storm clouds of the gas giant’s endless hypercanes, surfing along storm fronts the size of planets, their size rendering their apparent speed to a freeze frame that masks winds capable of sheering apart hull plating. Ghenna sparks with lightning comparable to ship weapons, and the tugs show scars from the frequent strikes. A formation of them emerge from the wall bellow and into the open, a cable running from each to a large object beneath them. It is an oblong thing charred black and covered in half melted debris and ice crystals, which chip off in the wind as it is pulled into a new layer of atmosphere.The patrolling Union ships have brought reinforcements, including three small runner class corvettes that dip in and out of Ghenna space like birds. They have little weapons or armor, and you are unsure why they are there at all. The fighters continue to swirl around the Commonwealth salvage operation, with the tense standoff between the two fleets becoming increasingly worrisome.The tugs are slow, painfully so in fact, and as they work to bring the melted remains of whatever they have found out of the eye of the inconceivably vast storm, you feel a twinge of thought; a faint whisper only slightly louder than the passive static of the universe. It nearly goes without you noticing, before slipping back into silence. The Union corvettes retreat from the system. 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
>>42203439>Current resource reservesNutrients: 12,421,769Metals: 7,432,679Credits: ₡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
>>42203455>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] – 30%>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]
>>42203507Clone upkeep/special projects and expenses25 Human captives of the USV Hope – 750[Gemini] 3 Taidaren Hybrids (105)4 Human flash clone upkeep – 12018 Human hybrid clone upkeep – 540Specializations:>Tech>Engineer>Brawler[Hive space]100 Human Hybrids – 3,000Lyle Rogers – 57Jackob Eisner – 56Dillon Reager – 30Clone/project upkeep – 3,908NTotal upkeepNutrient costs: 6,294,510>IncomeMetals: 2,838,000Nutrients: 9,801,250Net: 3,506,740Hive Territory[G-426]Asteroid mining base: 50,000M per dayThis past week has been rather busy, but I'll be able to run for an extended length tonight. Hopefully I'll also be able to get in a few extra threads scattered around the rest of the week to make up for all the lost time, if only to help catch up with attendance to more crunchy hive upkeep related things. Out of curiosity, what days would people prefer?
>>42203507>30%Slow and steady takes the cake
>>42203439>you feel a twinge of thought; a faint whisper only slightly louder than the passive static of the universe. It nearly goes without you noticing, before slipping back into silence. The Union corvettes retreat from the system.Oh what now? Is the Union messing about with psionics on board those harrying corvettes?
>>42203577*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]
>>42203604New 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)
>>42203577How many days this week can you run qD?
>>42203639Economic 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.
>>42203577Well I have this week off, so...all of them?
>>42203648>he tries to run every sunday
>>42203671>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)>>42203648How many according to my schedule, or how many without suffering cardiac arrest?Realistically, I am not sure, but I just want to try to make up for all the past and future hiatuses.
>>42203699You missed->This past week has been rather busy, but I'll be able to run for an extended length tonight. Hopefully I'll also be able to get in a few extra threads scattered around the rest of the week to make up for all the lost time, if only to help catch up with attendance to more crunchy hive upkeep related things. Out of curiosity, what days would people prefer?
Alright, sorry to do this early on in the thread but I'm about to collapse here.1) Should deal with mirage, but reading OP I guess that's going to be the first thing we do. Shame I couldn't bring it up past thread.2) Fit upgraded shields on hive ship, to save us the time of retrofitting it once it is created.3) Sorry anon, I promised to bring up the speaker appearance, but I had no internet.Good night, have a good run friends.
>>42203600The Union didn't have the capability to do any such thing. That doesn't make sense.They still struggled to emit a pitiful amount of tachyons with an incredibly expensive prototype machine that was recently destroyed in the loss of the mad science lab.The Commonwealth, however, has had 100 years to study the psionic cannon blueprints to see what other applications they could derive from it......and they also had the ammunition that the White Queen provided to them. Void shards.But just because we sensed psionics briefly doesn't mean the source is actually here. We don't know what remote-viewing looks like from the observed's point of view, but it's definitely detectable, since when the Queen used a void shard in thread 13 or so, the entity on the other side looked back.Someone might have just used a void shard to look in on this situation. Presumably the Commonwealth, they're the only ones that would be interested in this and that might still have access to that kind of thing.
>>42203671Finished ResearchOh boy here we go>Artificial gravity platingA network of conduits and specialized semi-metallic plates laced with infinitesimal amounts of exotic matter gathered passively through space travel are spread across the internal structure of a ship. When power is sent through the specialized plates they bend gravity locally to attract matter along its plane. The effect is a very light artificial gravity at low cost. The plates are incapable of creating a gravity field strong enough to directly cause harm, but can be altered or turned off at will.>Photonic microstructuresBy utilizing advanced techniques in particle physics to force photons to become temporarily massive particles, not only are you capable of utilizing the resulting massive photon as a weapon, but also in a wide range of other purposes. The primary hurdle you have faced in this field is the ability to interact with the massive photons in a non-destructive manner. Now, you are capable of forcing these photons to interact in ways similar to normal matter, forcing them into connected fields or tiny structures. The next step is the manipulation of these simple structures to create more complex systems. Your thinkers already have a number of ideas.
>>42203753Smart thinking, while we're talking about it I'll repost what we were talking about last thread after it ended.-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, Heavy Fleet Battleships, and Citadel Hive ship-Build 1,990 Shuttles -Build 10 Missile Ambush Fleets -Build 664 mining corvettes -Build 2,000 Orbital electroponic stations in the orbit of G-426's gas giant -Convert all Stealth Frigates into Vanguard Frigates, and scrap the design
IT'S TIME!IT'S TIME!IT'S HIVE QUEEN QUEST TIME!
>>42203730Aww QD you spoil us.Don't overwork yourself.
IT IS TIME ONCE MOREFOR GALACTIC CONQUEST AND SUBTERFUGE
>>42203730The former, though i'm rather partial to Friday and Saturday. But that's under the assumption that you have a light workload this week thus enabling you to do more threads.
>>42203784>Auto-harvest podsBy using a mixture of a modified drop pod design and a payload of specialized hive spores, a ship can be equipped with a number of pods designed to survive entry into a planet’s atmosphere and penetrate the ground’s surface, where the pod quickly sprouts roots and begins to spread, feeding on the nutrients and metals of the planet to support itself and gathering excess resources into a central location near the crash site as it spreads and automatically constructs hive creep and infrastructure, eventually forming a hive structure over the pod’s location. Each spore pod counts as a large sized drop pod, and can be launched from large sized drop pod bays at a cost of 100N per pod in addition to normal costs. Each pod functions independently from your hive, but is tuned to your network and will link to you just as your own hive infrastructure does. The pod itself holds a basic psionic relay, but it is capable of relaying to other pods outside of its range by growing together and making physical contact. The pod will construct a basic hive center, including a resource teleporter to begin resource extraction if left alone, but can be ordered to build one of any hive building over its landing site instead, including a capillary tower, if it is in the proper location on the surface, or an advanced relay. The hive creep will act to defend itself and aggressively spread over the target planet, but is not capable of fighting armed and organized resistance. The creep will continue to grow so long as it is within physical contact with a spore pod. Neither the creep nor the pod is capable of decision making, and their independence is through simple, animalistic programming.
>>42203787I support this
>>42203854>Singularity ProjectorA 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.[New Weapon unlocked]Singularity Projector – A network of gravetic projectors spread across the ship’s weapon ports allow the creation of artificial singularities a short distance from the ship’s hull. Accuracy and range are limited, however even a glancing blow can sheer the hull from a passing ship in an instant, swallow incoming warheads whole, or spaghettify attacking strike craft before there is any chance of evasion. With luck and proper forewarning, but mostly luck, even energy weapons can be negated, or at least redirected as it loops around the event horizon. The range makes this a purely defensive weapon, and its devastation makes it an equally excellent deterrent, as few pilots are willing to knowingly leap into the gaping maw of oblivion itself. A ship can have multiple singularities projected at once; however they are limited in the amount of time each singularity can exist, and at the rate at which they can be created.Dmg: N/A (damage not quantifiable by known physics)RoF: MediumRng: Very ShortAcc: MediumSpecial: Cannot be equipped to ships smaller than the Battleship hull. The projectors replace the weapons according to the slot in which it is placed. The number of weapons replaced as a result increases the number and accuracy of the projected singularities, while the size of the replaced weapon mounts determines the length of time each exists and its potency. A number of anti-kilos of canderon equal to the metal cost of the weapon mount is required.
>>42203821Royal dibs on Dagmar, Aral, and Telarum.
>>42203787>>42203918Thirding if the vanguard frigates still have stealth
>>42203787Right, that.QD was totally kill.>>42203949They do if you look at the pastebin.
>>42203787Don't forget the colossus mobile-artillery
>>42203927[New ship module unlocked]Artificial gravity plating - (1M per meter length of the ship)New Research Unlocked>Photon bladeMediumA beam of massive photons arranged in a linear pattern and emitted from a palm sized projector, creating a semi-solid line of photons that quickly return to their normal, non-massive state at an adjustable distance of a meter or less from the projector. The result is a glowing beam capable of being used as a blade. Upon contact with matter, the beam has a similar effect as a blaster, sublimating or melting the material nearly instantly. While it actually has less overall cutting power when compared to the larger and more damaging thermal and vibro blade options, the photon blade is smaller, lighter weight, and cannot be broken by virtue of not actually being made of solid matter to begin with.>Photonic armorMediumWhile it is not nearly as robust as what your thinkers promise from the miniaturization of shield technology, these small plates of massive photons are solid enough to deflect weapons fire and absorb energy for a brief period of time. Less a portable defensive shield and more of a temporary deployable cover, this technology, in theory, would offer drones or agents a way to quickly protect themselves during a momentary lack of cover before the photons dissipate.>Holographic haptic feedbackFastBy altering the nature of the photons emitted from a standard hologram, your thinkers claim to be able to give the projected images a texture. While the image itself still won’t full much of anyone with its subtle glow and slight flicker, the ability to touch the hologram itself does offer a number of advantages with regards to user interfacing.
>>42203787>Build 1,990 ShuttlesNice waste of resources.
>>42203787Ok, done with bathroom. Had some to think while brushing my teeth. Issues with mirage are probably going to be the death of the last survivor since we got around to it so late and the problems with spacedemocracy and commonwealth being there, since we got there too late.Possibility of cloning and restoring memory.Also seconding that, but could do with less shuttles.
>>42203784>Now, you are capable of forcing these photons to interact in ways similar to normal matter, forcing them into connected fields or tiny structures. The next step is the manipulation of these simple structures to create more complex systems. Your thinkers already have a number of ideas.Oh baby. Time for hardlight.
>>42203927Guys, we could use this shit to make point defense battleships. They'd significantly reduce our casualties on the field, especially with that they'd fuck up just about any ballistic system (complex calculations for a railgun usually don't factor in sudden black hole appearances, neither do missiles).
>>42203994>Not knowing we have shuttle bays in our mining corvettesCome on anon, get with the program
>>42203984>>Photon blade>>Photonic armor Hnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng
>>42203984Remember, the one counter to this tech is the companion cube, so we need to beware of it!
>>42204032And you're point is? Still a fucking waste.
>>42203984Current Research>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.>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.>>42203968Yea, I wasn't able to see it until around 2 or 3. I usually just work through lunch and mooch off the pizza we get on Mondays. By then it was archived, so we can vote on that in this thread if there's support for it.
>>42203984We Forerunners now?
>>42204032My god, you're right! We should become Blood Miners! Battle barge best barge!
>>42203998I figure the union just going to start shooting at the commowealth over the mirage wreck so yeah we get first row seats to the clusterfuck
>>42204077So we had to tell the thinker groups to go to their rooms and stop fighting
>>42204092All that proves is that the union was responsible for that blast, which is the best case scenario. Especially if we show the commonwealth what we did, in an attempt to save their diplomat.We could even give them killinger on a platter.
>>42204077So far there seems to be a few people wanting it.
>>42203984Lightsabers?Lightsabers.We must make lightsabers for all our human children immediately.
>>42204077>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.>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.
>>42204131>Especially if we show the commonwealth what we did, in an attempt to save their diplomat.Well we weren't trying to save their diplomat.
>>42204148>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.>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.>>42204092The question is if you want to intervene or just watch the continuing fallout of your monkey wrench in the Union plans. Either options are perfectly viable.
>>42204191There is no way to prove intent, if we say we tried to save their diplomat than they have no fucking way to find out anything to the contrary. Especially since our drones aren't exactly prone to snitching.
Hey, If we get around to it again, think we can start sending Elizabeth out to diplomacy? I really want to see our little Kerrigen in action.
>>42204213>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. 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 Photon blade to research list>Add Photonic armor>Add Holographic haptic feedback>Add all>Add Psionic Cannon>Other
>>42204256Most anons are too skittish about it, but I would vote for this IN TIME. Right now, too many people are worried she'd be ID'd, and captured/killed.>>42204271>Add Photonic armor
>>42204271>>Add all-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, Heavy Fleet Battleships, and Citadel Hive ship-Build 1,990 Shuttles-Build 10 Missile Ambush Fleets-Build 664 mining corvettes-Build 2,000 Orbital electroponic stations in the orbit of G-426's gas giant-Convert all Stealth Frigates into Vanguard Frigates, and scrap the design
>>42204271>>Add allExcept for the Cannon
>>42204271>>Add allExcept the Psionic Cannon
>>42204271>Add Psionic cannon.For the glory of satan!
>>42204131They don't give a fuck about Killinger. You make no sense.Even if they did, revealing you know all these secrets of the Union that could only be learned through deep infiltration is frankly terrifying, and not in the good way. The notion that an entirely newcomer alien race could somehow have infiltrated an all-human organization will make them paranoid that they too may have been or will soon be infiltrated. And that scrutiny would make our job harder.Not to mention you'd be admitting to possession of cloaking tech, as well as an inexplicable ability to detect the other cloaked vessel. And half of such tech's value, as we've seen with the Obsidian Queen, is in when the other party doesn't actually know you have it. Strange occurrences in space that would normally be dismissed out of hand will not be dismissed anymore if they know.
>>42204271>allno psionic cannon, though
>>42203984I hope the photon stuff leads to drones with light-based bodies. That shit would be so cool.Imagine, it's a couple organs and a brain attached to a light projector that forms up the rest of their body.Shapeshifting solid "hologram" drones.
Yayyyyyyyy QD isn't dead. For mother!
>>42204271>>Add all>>42204290Being captured and killed is a little silly, considering we'll have so many guards it's not even funny, and she can take care of herself. Though I suppose being identified is a bit more of a concern.
>>42204308They'll give a fuck if they hear he directly ordered a fucking cloaked ship to open fire on a peace conference. Thats at least three war crimes in one.
>>42204271>Add allno cannon tho
>>42204315No it won't anon.
>>42204308That's really the hard part when it comes to stealth based quests. It's hard to really rub it in to antagonists when you have to keep hidden how badly your kicking their asses.
>>42204271>Add allno PSI Cannon>>42204131We saw nothing, heard nothing, said nothingThe fact we were involved is classified and buried
>>42204350They can declare war and figure out "I bet it was the Union who did this!" just fine on their own when they get the black box.Which particular sleazy politician among the uppity rebels will hardly matter, the Union might as well be one big despicable monolith to them.
Also just gonna put it out there, I think that psi whisper was OQ.
>>42204405We don't want them declaring war on the union, we want them sending a death squad after Killinger.
>>42204271>Add all the aboveand to vote on the proposed alterations-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, Heavy Fleet Battleships, and Citadel Hive ship-Build 1,990 Shuttles-Build 10 Missile Ambush Fleets-Build 664 mining corvettes-Build 2,000 Orbital electroponic stations in the orbit of G-426's gas giant-Convert all Stealth Frigates into Vanguard Frigates, and scrap the design>Y>N>Other
>>42204438>Build 1,990 ShuttlesFuck no.
>>42204438>Y It all works for me
>>42204438All yes but the Shuttles, we don't need them.
>>42204416She always talks louder than that though, because she never told her children to whisper things for mother. I still think it was either the Union or Commonwealth deploying experimental psionic tech for intelligence gathering. They're the only ones who make such a quiet footprint.
>>42204435Its not the commonwealth that going to start thisThe union will prob invade a take a few systems while the commonwealth are distracted But we know the full scale of the scavs and if the union hits the commonwealth we all know the commonwealth will fall >>42204438yes
>>42204435>We don't want them declaring warOne politician dies, another takes his place. They won't see any improvement in the situation. The whole lot of rebellious traitor is responsible. Let them all burn.>>42204438>Y
>>42204438>>YWe aren't hurting for resources right now so no.
>>42204438Yes to all BUT shuttles. Unnecessary.
>>42204438>YLets get onto plot if we can.
>>42204438How long do ships take to build? Does cost factor into it.>>42204484You fucking retard. They don't have this tech only the crystal and us do.
>>42204438>>Y>>42204460>>42204476Why do you think we won't need them? They're what we rely on to get things between ships and planets where space elevators and teleportation can't reach, and we've established that there are quite a few places they can't reach.
>>42204438>YEverything but the shuttles, almost two thousand is unneeded
>>42204438Yes to all but shuttles, we don't need that many.We should also negotiate with the commonwealth for Canderon so we can start building singularity projectors on our battleships.
>>42204533>They're what we rely on to get things between ships and planets where space elevators and teleportation can't reach, and we've established that there are quite a few places they can't reach.We don't have any places like that and if it's hostile territory we'd be using the Drop pod.
>>42204533No, we have enough. Not to mention all the other ships we're building are going to tie up construction quite a bit as well, we don't need to spend time and energy on things we really don't need.
Corvettes fulfill all the roles that shuttles fill and many more besides (are actually useful in battle). Why are we even considering building shuttles?
>>42204557If you want Canderon at a good price than you'll have to go to the Valen.
>>42204533I think the problem is that mechanics-wise, QD has stated that they're not really factored in to the calcs for the economy to keep the number crunching simple.Sure it apparently "frees up warships" for more important duties but thats all just fluff.I myself don't see anything bad with the choice to build the shuttles but that's only because we're not in a rush to build up our fleets like we were a dozen threads ago.
>>42204612So all corvettes can be dedicated to non-logistics roles of defense and offense 24/7 instead.
So hey anons just for clarification on possible commonwealth union warAre we willing to support the commonwealth against the union? we already are supporting the commonwealth against the scavsand if we do will we only fight union fleets in commonwealth space or also start taking systems from the union in the expanse? 'Cause i am will to support taking union systems in the expanse but will not support taking core union systems
>>42204655They can multitask you know.
>>42204438One last vote for clarification>Yes including shuttles>Yes except for shuttles>Yes, but change the number of shuttles (write in)>Other
>>42204680More Lebensraum.I'll support taking the Expanse Systems since they're not really heavily populated and they might have some artifacts that may be of interest to us.
>>42204562We have ten. Ten, for a fleet of 1,000 mining corvettes.>>42204639Every time a mining corvette has to fly home to unload it's cargo is time that could be spent further mining. Having shuttles unload their cargo holds for them will speed that up.
>>42204680I'd rather not get involved, we need allies to fight the space crystals and the ceph, killing humans is counter-productive to that.
>>42204623The way I see it, we have already made first contact with the Commonwealth. Rather than spreading ourselves too thin and trying to make contact with the Valen as well, we can ask the Commonwealth for Canderon (which they almost certainly have reserves of). It serves two purposes: It will throw the Commonwealth way off when it comes to researching our FTL, and it provides something they'd be pretty willing to trade with us (since they are unlikely to sell military secrets this early in the relationship). We can probably do something like exchange the location of the scav base for Canderon or something that is low cost to us like that.
>>42204739>Yes including shuttles
>>42204680I don't think we want to support as much as exploit any possible war. Our fleets should be mostly be free to fight the Queen and any raiders that come in>>42204739Yes, except shuddles
>>42204739>>Yes including shuttles
>>42204680>Are we willing to support the commonwealth against the union? we already are supporting the commonwealth against the scavsI'm willing to back them in return for an ally against worst Aunt, but would prefer gunboat diplomacy instead of outright war. A mutual defense treaty announced between the Commonwealth and our allies will likely stop the union in its tracks.
>>42204739>Yes including shuttles>OtherAdd another 5000 nukepods cause we may be running low and i love letting enemies running into minefield
>>42204739>>Yes including shuttlesIt's not a big deal honestly
>>42204739>>Yes including shuttles>>42204752All. Just. Fluff.
>>42204739>Yes including shuttlesit's a fucking drop in the bucket guys, we're running an intersteller empire and you guys are jewing out over 2000 fucking shuttles?
>>42204739>Yes except for shuttles
>>42204562You do realize how dirt cheep and efficient they are compared to every other option right? Our space elevators cost half a million metals and just as many nutrients to construct.
>>42204739>Yes including shuttlesFuck it, just for non-mechanically-represented reasons
>>42204807It's one or two guys who got into a slapfight with the guy who wanted shuttles last session and they can't let it go.
>>42204807I'm jewing out over the fact that it could be better spent on ship that matter.
>>42204739>>Yes except for shuttles
>>42204739>Yes including shuttlesAs your pod watches the slowly unfolding border tensions, your ambassador awaits new orders.>Send your battleship with current drone compliment to Aquila to make contact with the Commonwealth>Alter drone and ship compliment (write in)>Other
>>42204906>>Send your battleship with current drone compliment to Aquila to make contact with the Commonwealth
>>42204906>>Alter drone and ship compliment (write in)Important.Modify Ambassador to have quantum brain.We don't want to accidentally lose contact with it somehow and have them find out about that weakness of a coma.
>>42204906>Send your battleship with current drone compliment to Aquila to make contact with the CommonwealthWe should be thinking about how we should set up a embassy. Are we just renting a building, or are we going all out with a miniature hive, or are we not having anything on site?
>>42204906>Send your battleship with current drone compliment to Aquila to make contact with the Commonwealth
>>42204756They get their Canderon from the Valen and we're going to be meeting the Valen soon.
>>42204945We might just be docking with their giant space station and sending a drone onboard, where it gets a room to live in...
>>42204906>>42204939Supporting this. Harmless precaution but it might prevent a diplomatic disaster.
>>42204906>Alter drone and ship compliment (write in)Add another two ships to match what the commonwealth sent to meet us And add egg layer and another 1000 warriors, 500 heavy warriors and some shuttles
>>42204906>>Send your battleship with current drone compliment to Aquila to make contact with the CommonwealthThis battleship is capable of self destructing with a nuke, yes? Perhaps like, five goddamn nukes just to be double extra sure.
>>42204526Firstly anon, I believe that your harsh language was uncalled for and wholly unnecessary for the purposes of our discussion. Secondly, we know from first hand evidence that the Union has both the materials and knowledge to build basic psionic emitters, even if they are incredibly basic and crude. Yes the one we saw was blown up, but they got the key materials out of there and spirited them away beyond Gilliam's reach, and nothing is stopping them from building another. And this isn't counting on what the Commonwealth are up to, and they managed to build a semi functional psionic cannon.
>>42204945Just drop a Spore pod and be done with it.
>>42204906>>Send your battleship with current drone compliment to Aquila to make contact with the CommonwealthAnd >>42204939 too
>>42204906>Alter drone and ship compliment (write in)Send in the battleship and a few heavy fleet corvettes (less than 10) as an escort. They're relatively primed for point defense and it's stupid to send in a battleship alone in unsecured space even if we aren't expecting trouble. The corvettes can also go into the atmosphere of the planet and land while our battleship cannot.
>>42204906>Send your battleship with current drone compliment to Aquila to make contact with the CommonwealthWe can always send more ships later.
>>42204906>>42204939Give every drone onboard a quantum brain.
>>42204906>>42205006Changing my vote to >>42204994and seconding>>42204939
>>42204945I want to leave the ambassador and an honour guard on the planet as a means of future diplomacy.
>>42204906Send more than one ship! Sending in only the battleship presents a single point of failure. If it is lost, however unlikely that may be, we lose control and communications with all our forces present. At least send a few other ships along!
>>42204997The prototype device was fucking useless and pitiful and had zero utility in spraying tachyons here.It's taken them 100 years to get this far, they didn't suddenly find an application beyond messing with people's brains overnight.The Commonwealth is a more likely suspect than the Union.>>42205006We should have securely self-sufficient drones from the beginning and not need to rotate them out.
>>42205083We have a pod in the system.
>>42204945Lets get a look at this planet before we go making plans, we might luck out and have ready access to the wilderness where we can dig to the centre of the goddamn planet where it will be impossible to uproot us or even fucking noticing us.
>>42204994Okay, plan.We can't have the battleship blink out of the system from Aquila, because unlike at the other system, they will have PLENTY of telemetry, sensors, and telescopes to watch it even if it retreats a lightday away.So we can keep it hanging around at a respectful distance. With an egglayer onboard the ship, but never letting the humans see that. In case we need to breed an army for some reason.
>>42205105Fair point. I had forgotten about that. In that case, while I would prefer more than one ship because battleships are most effective with support, I don't have a big problem with only sending our forces as is.
Oh yeah once we get planetside the cats coming out of the bag.
>>42205118Meant to reply to >>42204945
>>42204906>Alter Ambassador to add a quantum brain>Do not>Add additional ships to support the battleship (add in)>Do not>Add an Egg layer to the battleship's drone compliment>Do notYour ship adjusts its course accordingly, and your pod in Aquila watches as the small fleet returns to its dock. The system has been brought up to high alert, and the rumor mill spins into high gear between passing freighters and patrolling strike craft. Fighter patrols have increased, and you detect increased activity among a number of deep space satellites, which you spot as they ping their position to other ships in response to new orders. Corvettes and frigates maneuver in complex training exorcises and mock battles, while others move out to patrol the edges of the system in all directions.They seem to be expecting you.>Blink your envoy into the system near the star>Blink to the edge of the system>Blink within the area of Odin station>Other
>>42205156Not if we don't go planetside and only visit Odin High Command, and never expose ourselves to civilians.The fact that some organic ships exist was already on the rumor mill anyway, so no new information will be released.>>42205118You're a) assuming they're inviting us to a planet, b) assuming they'd give you, a foreign power, a huge tract of land to build on without scrutiny, c) forgetting that we know all about these planets already.
>>42204945Fun fact. There is a good chance the Union spy is in this system.
>>42205201>>Alter Ambassador to add a quantum brain>Add additional ships to support the battleship (2)>Do not>Blink to the edge of the system
>>42205201>>Alter Ambassador to add a quantum brain>>Add additional ships to support the battleship (add in)6 Fleet Corvettes for Point Defence>>Add an Egg layer to the battleship's drone compliment>Blink to the edge of the systemMaybe we should keep them thinking that we can only blink to the outer edge of a system.
>>42205201>Alter Ambassador to add a quantum brain>Add additional ships to support the battleship (add in)Two Cruisers>Add an Egg layer to the battleship's drone compliment>Blink your envoy into the system near the star
>>42205201>Egg layerIf we get one of these it must not leave the ship, the purpose of an egglayer will be immediately obvious to anyone that sees it. If we need an egg layer at any point planetside then it is a much safer option to pupate a different drone into one in a prepared secret location.
>>42205210>the>singular>>42205201>Alter Ambassador to add a quantum brain>Add additional ships to support the battleshipTwo Light Fleet Frigates.And, technically, we can mutate any warrior or wasp into an egglayer at any time anyway...Also, the battleship has a capacity for 2000 medium drones. We could probably multiply the current number by 10.>>42205201>>Blink your envoy into the system near the starThis will fuck with expectations, and depending on the current position of the planets, might even be hidden from most observers.
>>42205201>Do not add quantum brain>Add additional ships to support the battleship 2 more battle ships >Add an Egg layer to the battleship's drone compliment>Blink to the edge of the system
>>42205201>Alter Ambassador to add a quantum brain>Add additional ships to support the battleship (4)>Add an Egg layer to the battleship's drone compliment>Blink your envoy into the system near the star (we blinked in near the star at the other battle so they already know about that. They may think we can only blink in close to a gravity well and blink out outside a gravity well).
>>42205294>might even be hidden from most observers.It won't be.
>>42205201>Alter Ambassador>Add additional ships (6 Fleet Corvettes, 2 Cruisers)>Blink to the edge of the system
>>42205201>>Blink to the edge of the system>Alter Ambassador to add a quantum brain>Do not>Add an Egg layer to the battleship's drone compliment>Blink to the edge of the system
>>42205316>we blinked in near the star at the other battle so they already know about thatThey don't.
>>42205201>>Alter Ambassador to add a quantum brain>Add additional ships to support the battleshipSix fleet corvettes>Add an Egg layer to the battleship's drone compliment>Blink your envoy into the system near the starOf course our ships are dependent on gravity wells for FTL navigation, what ever led you to assume otherwise?
>>42205203I'm only assuming they're inviting us to the planet, which was implied last time anyway. I don't think they're giving us a huge tract of land, the implication was that if we could somehow secretly get a medium sized drone off the grid and into the wilderness then we can dig deep and establish a small hive capable of quickly expanding if needed. Not saying we need to do this btw but if the opportunity presents itself we should consider it.
>>42205316We blinked in on the far side of the star. They literally saw nothing, we "probably" came from deep space on the far end.Of course a possible problem with blinking in in deep space is someone might put that together with the rise in local supernovae.
>>42205373>which was impliedThey didn't imply any such thing.Odin High Command station is far more likely and secure.Also, I really kinda want to delay going to Aquila AT ALL until we unlock and build a Rip Drive.
>>42205352Probably the fact that our battleship met their envoy in the middle of deep space (not near a gravity well)...
>>42205405That would be a good idea.
>>42205201>>Alter Ambassador to add a quantum brain>>Add additional ships to support the battleship (add in)Two frigates. We need at least one subcapital at least.Uh, >Blink to the edge I guess?
>>42205508Sounds good to me.
>>42205508Go for it.
>>42205405Well, I already agreed with you that I'm making that assumption but it was actually implied, the suggestion was a more permanent location, human space was suggested and agreed to. Planets are more permanent than space ships, thus the implication is that we're going to discuss diplomacy on a planet in human space. There's a possibility that we'll be meeting on a space station in which case we can forget the whole idea.
Just came in after not only finding out that not only is there a thread today, but once again you lot decided we should not use our kerrigan in diplomacy, despite it being an incredibly fun idea that QD clearly wants to write and has very low risk.What the hell tg?
>>42205565tg is paranoid as hell. I'd be down for it.
>>42205565Yeah, I wanted to do it too, but there'll be other opportunities anon.
>>42205565The early evening crowd is always way too paranoid compared to the late night/early morning types
>>42205563Odin High Command isn't a ship.
>>42205626The ship to which I am referring was our battleship in which the conversation fucking took place. You're baiting me, you gotta be.
>>42205565That does sound fun.
>>42205565I vote we just send Elizabeth already, for the meeting with them
>>42205715Indeed.>>42205731S'too late for this one, although we can send her if we want to later on. We in-character said 'no, you're too valuable', so we'd need a way to walk that back.
>>42205731Nope.Unrelatedly. I notice that Warriors, Wasps, and Heavy Warriors all lack acid glands self-destruction and quantum brains.So they should definitely stay on the ship.
>>42205758>We in-character said 'no, you're too valuable', so we'd need a way to walk that back.We can just say that the risk has been judged to be smaller then we previously thought....Next time anyway...
>>42205731Nah, sending in our Kerrigan at this point does things we don't want to do. Elizabeth is a well known Union Scientist and we don't want knowledge we have her to go out just yet. Moreover, the idea that we can construct or biologically influence humans is gives away our capabilities and lets them know we have been observing humans since long before the scavenger battle. We can definitely send Elizabeth in eventually, but right now it just doesn't make sense. Better to save it for a time the epic reveal will have the largest impact.
>>42205818goodgooooodlet us be mysteriouslet them fear us
>>42203984>Photon blade>The result is a glowing beam capable of being used as a blade
>>42205201>Alter Ambassador to add a quantum brain>Add 6 fleet corvettes, two fleet frigates>Add egg layerSeems to be the general consensus.>Blink to the edge of the systemYour small formation closes together, and they charge their drives. An instant later alarms sound across Aquila space as your capital ship and its support erupts into material space like a miniature big bang, blasting the sensors of nearby ships with hard radiation like the corona of a star. A formation of grav-fighters on deep space patrol send themselves in controlled tumbles as they rapidly move away. You hear cursing over the radio."Jesus, what was that?""My sensors are jammed, and the canopy blacked out from the safety switch. Anyone have eyes?"The fighters loop around and return to a formation as they accelerate together."It's a fleet. Signature matches the sample. Autumn, are you getting this? Get this on the relay to Odin. Tell them the VIPs are on the red carpet. Fives, I win. You owe me half rations for the next week.""Yea yea." Another fighter pilot responds."Alright, spider formation, let's go say hello."The grav-fighters tuck together into a sphere formation measuring less than seventy meters across as laser comms link between them. Their drives begin working in tandem, accelerating the formation like a single mass towards your ship. The group performs a distant fly-by of your fleet before decelerating relative your ships, and they slowly split off to take up positions flanking your fleet like a large funnel. The lead strike craft broadcasts a recorded greeting."Greetings alien guests. We will escort you in, please follow the guiding ships to the designated location."As it broadcasts the lead fighter takes a position ahead of your fleet, and some light seconds away, the patrolling cruiser the Autumn nudges itself closer to your ships, and a you detect the hint of a laser comm link between it and the lead fighter.Cont.
>>42205947except give the alien the saberone for each hand
>>42205947Contact Lyle via parasite>Look what we're making>Buy us strange animals and you can have one when we finish it
>>42206015Have him hallucinate mother twirling a lightsabre tauntingly
>>42206015DO THIS NOW
>>42206015lol. Let's do it!...But not now. It's diplomacy time.
>>42206072>>42206093We have to it's too great
>>42206015>>42206072We NEED to do this. Not immediately, but sometime this thread. It's AMAZING.
>>42206015>For fuck's sake, Mum, I already told you that the Angel isn't->*lightsaber noise*>...dammit, where's the nearest pet shop...
>>42206133I don't think he'll actually want a blade that's inferior to the blade he already has.
>>42206155>For fuck's sake, Mum, I already told you that the Angel isn't->*lightsaber noise*>Why the hell do I not have one of those yet?FTFY
>>42206182In cutting power. You know. The one thing blades actually do. Try reading the thread.
>>42206259Oh, huh. So it does. Interesting.
>>42206294>>42206259It's probably going to get a lot more powerful as we fill out research in that field.
>>42206259It makes a great switchblade though.
We need some Ralighan Chimera or Hybrids to use the Photonic Blades for that Spiral Warrior thing
>>42206381oh god, that sounds awesome. Ral's are already melee and range experts
>>42206381>>42206392>Spinning Lightshow Ball of Death
>>42206168>>42206259Just because the swords in his arm are better at cutting doesn't mean he won't want a fucking lightsabre in addition to all the cool shit he already has.
>>42206392While that does indeed sound awesome, we should probably work on improving our conventional ground forces as well. We have less than 100,000 warrior troops. While it sounds like a lot, we will need far more troops than that for any ground offensive. Compared to our number of ships (relatively) our ground forces need considerable work.
>>42206381>>42206392>>42206423It's like a rave, but the only music is drums and everything dies.
>>42203984>Photonic armorEither Tech Armor from ME or those deployable shields they use in Halo
>>42206472Oh god, that reminds me of this:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBYjN-Ur4lQ(Rave starts about 1 min in)
>>42206470Your concern is understandable, but look at it this way: those 100,000 warriors aren't for a ground offensive.They're for guarding the egglayers that CREATE the ground offensive.
>>42206554>>42206514I hope we get the Rals to that eventually, help them with some science and let them develop their own unique FTL and stuff
>>42206563Good point. How easy is it to get resources to our egg layers? Do we need a supply chain? I forget.
>>42206577I don't think Questdrone will live that long.
>>42206636I know, but the idea of photon armored spinning ball of arms men fills my heart with joy
>>42206008The grav fighters are rather large looking craft, like flying potatoes with their drive rings hidden in the bulk of the rest of the ship, which is covered in weapons folded under the fuselage. As your ships continue inwards, you spot other, even older looking fighters on patrol. The fighters themselves are each rather large and bulky in appearance, a far cry from the slender profiles of Union strike craft. Each one has four pylons holding thruster mounts, which fire periodically to help orient the craft. They stay close to their deploying carriers and stations, but they adjust their courses as you pass and you feel active sensors directed towards you intermittently as they steal curious looks between patrol updates.Ahead of you, growing in your view, is Odin High Command. Smaller stations hold position around it in a massive sphere, with each one dedicated to a single set of weapon systems. Further outward is another sphere of small orbs covered in sensors and thrusters. They sit idle until the Autumn sends a signal to station. It quickly replies."Roger on your approach Autumn. The mines are inactive; you and your guests are free for final approach to the inner ring."The mines hum slightly, sending tiny pings of laser signals to one another as they constantly realign their positions. There must be thousands of them.cont.>>42206259>>42206294Less raw power, but it's lighter, can be swung faster, and is compact, taking the same amount of space as a tv remote. The photon blade also can't be cut itself, since it's literally made of light.
>>42206725So literally a lightsaber.Is it possible through research to make the projector even smaller?
>>42206796Why on Leeland would want a projector even smaller than a tv remote?
>>42206843For the Glory Of MOTHER OF COURSE!
>>42206843So that we can fit them on our flies, of course.
>>42206941>So that we can fit them on our flies, of course.>>Fly Jedi/SithYou're doing Mother's work you blessedly beautiful drone.
>>42206941That is a wonderful idea anon, thank you.
>>42206941>millions of flies with literal lightsabers flying aroundsomeone give this man a medal
>>42206015oh man the shenanigans he will get into with that...we have to show his friends too, I am sure the agent friend of his will love it.
I really hope the Singularity projector leads us to pic relatedWe shall become Biotic Gods
I guess we can add jedi flies to the list of ideas that includes the flesh star thing, whatever it was called, and giant space couches.
>>42207095>Naw guys I don't think it's a good idea to take all this magical cool fucking shit everyones favourite space bugs are magnanimously bestowing upon us. No fun on my watch.
>>42207169And he still isn't as paranoid as some anons in this quest.
>>42207155I can only hope that we one day get Manguard drones
>>42206941so photon bees? >>42206725so something that our infiltrator chimera and diplomat clones would use? If anything we could sell it to others too. What kind of burning power does it have?
>>42206725Your fleet drifts further in, decelerating with the escorting ship as the grav fighters peel off and hold their position outside the mine field as your ships pass the small defensive stations. Each one, more an extension of Odin station then anything else, connected by long power tethers, holds a railgun comparable to that of a battleship spinal mount, with several closer in holding batteries of turrets and auxiliary mounts.The station itself is a large multi-layered superstructure, with an outer hull that remains stationary and connects to a number of utility systems and tethers that link to the outer defense platforms. Laser antennae and radio dishes cover much of the surface, surrounding fields of missile and fighter launch tubes, as well as hangar bays and outstretched docking pylons. The hull itself is somewhat circular, with the many platforms and pylons reaching out like mismatched additions built on over the years, each with a slightly different layout and architecture. Within the circular hull, however, is a spinning superstructure built in layers of rotating plates, with each one closer to the center rotating slightly faster. In the center is a large glass sphere. You can see small human figures floating within, watching in pressure suits with their helmets pressed against the window as your battleship engulfs them in shadow.Your ship is allowed to float in free space, disconnected from the station. A small shuttle launches from the inner rings, and makes its way to your battleship, passing through a pulse of shielding as it does, and it docks with your battleship.>Send your ambassador alone>Send your ambassador and a combat drone escort (how many)>Other
>>42207235>Send your ambassador and a combat drone escort2 warriors
>>42207235>>Send your ambassador and a combat drone escort (how many)Two heavies if they can fit, we need an honorguard
>>42207235>Send your ambassador and a combat drone escort (how many)2
>>42207235>>Send your ambassador and a combat drone escort (how many)How ever many heavies will fit
>>42207193With all this gear and us starting to encounter the Commonwealth those Honor Guard ideas are starting to sound better.Medium Exoarmor like Jakobs, photonic blades and armor, augmentations out the wazoo, Kata and predictive algorithms
>>42207235>Send your ambassador and a combat drone escort (how many)Two Warriors
>>42207235>>Send your ambassador and a combat drone escortAbout 2 should do it, just enough to show that we 'trust' them while also giving us more options should things go pear shaped.
>>42207235>>Send your ambassador and a combat drone escort (how many)2.
>>422072353, one on each side and one behind.
>>42207235>Send your ambassador and a combat drone escort2 Heavies
>>422072352 Heavies with the Ambassador
We should revolutionize the toast market and make mad dosh.
>>42207339>>42207345"Am told to guard fluffy speaker, is good job." "Mother tells me no kill human." "Shit just got complicated."
>>42207299Our heavies might just be able to take the station themselves.
>>42207163No, no, jedi flies would actually be useful.Need a space station taken out? One fly slips in the central wiring and cuts up everything.Need someone assassinated? Fly lands on their back and puts a photon stinger through their spine.Etc etc.
>>42207391I'm right behind you on the jedi flies idea but you know our flies can already do those things with the shit they have right? They chewed through the wiring when our drones were in the Union labs and their syringe blades are better for assassination than lightsabres.
>>42207436But can they coordinate in a swarm to make a drill of light and Pierce The Heavens?We must think of the future dear Anon and make the universe a better place.Filled with flies with lightsabers.For Mother.
I can't wait to be able to make variable form hardlight prosthetics and other cybernetic implants that project and control hardlight.
>>42207391Look man, in addition to being kinda rediculous (where the hell are you supposed to fit the power source for it on drone designed to be as compact as possible) most of what you've described is not only within our flies capabilities, but they've actually done exactly that at various points in the quest. We've already had them fuck with power cables and suspension cables alike, and they are purpose built assassin drones already. I mean, sure it's an entertaining concept, but there isn't much practical point to it.
>>42207508SoonThe Hive shall fill the Void with their Light
>>42207522sperglords gonna sperg
>>42207508Just wait until we get to the point that we can create a projector out of light so that it's a self-sustaining light construct.
>>42207500Actually that's good enough for me
>>42207235>>Send your ambassador and a combat drone escort (how many)2 standard warriors
>>42207558How fast would it take to replicate enough projectors to fill all of the space in the universe?Only one way to find out.
>>42207558anon no, i can only get so erect
I wonder what happens if we take this photon stuff and mix it with psionic crystals.
>>42207558And then the projectors apply force, pushing the universe of projectors apart at an accelerating rate.
>>42207625Just stop before I explode, hard light alone is giving me a massive boner.
>>42207436>>42207522The photon blades would probably be faster than their teeth for getting through wires, though. In regards to the assassination, I'll concede that the flies already kick ass, but the photon stinger would add more flexibility (such as for cases where the target is wearing armour the syringe blade can't penetrate, or in a secured room, where a jedi fly can cut itself a little hole and slip in).We'd also arguably have more plausible deniability; a burnt-apart wire or burn-hole in a neck would be difficult to absolutely trace to us. As for power requirements... Eh. Where would the power come from for the full sized one? Just shrink that down in the same way the projector has been.
Oy QD, now that AI Quest is over, will you do crossover stuff with Program0?
>>42207726Oh dang, that ended? Was it a badend or did Program just drop it or did it actually get to a proper conclusion point?
>>42207726DC/Marvel crossovers are stupid. They're completely incompatible universes in how they work.>>42207746Literal actual spoilers do not read: You got two out of three.
>>42207746It ended shortly after defeating an enemy commanderSpoiler Apotheosis end
>>42207746Spoilers. Definite spoilers.It was a bittersweet ending. We actually ended up merging with Mother and joining her in a massive collective consciousness, on the condition she leave the sector and all it's people alone. Including our A.I. brothers and sisters.Mother turned out to actually be a pretty understanding AI, and I think us merging affected her, making her more loving and understanding maybe?
>>42207804>>42207677Artist is incognitymous. Shit is on the rule34booru.
>>42207235Send 4 heavies as an escort.
GOD DAMN HOW DO YOU GUYS STAND THE WAITING? THIS IS TORTURE WAITING FOR HIM TO WRITE THINGS this must be how game of thrones fan's feel
>>42207931You don't follow quests much, do you? QD writes at a pretty normal pace, which is impressive considering how good his writing is. Ain't nothing to do but be patient and occupy yourself with the sperging and speculation.
>>42207931BITCH WE BEEN WAITING WEEKS FOR THISSUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP
Here's an idea.Customize a hybrid's genetics to make him a fat, jolly santa type.Only it's not fat. He's full of parasites. How many do you think we can fit?
>>42207931I usually fuck off and do other things until the whole thread's done. Sometimes I'll stick around if I see something cool enough at the beginning of the thread.
>>42207931You should see how long it takes Ghoul Quest to post
>>42207235>2 Heavy WarriorsThe airlock opens, and you see a single human standing firm on the magnetized floor. You recognize him as Steven Wise, although his helmet and vacuum suit have been replaced with a form fitting dress uniform and an emergency "bag hat", a simple device taking the appearance of an officer's visor which, according to Lyle's memories, is capable of inflating into an air-tight helmet containing several minutes of oxygen, which triggers in the event of decompression.His uniform is rather typical in appearance. A pure white with gold rope trim, and a pair of epaulettes sewn to the shoulders to keep them straight in zero gravity. A small pendant of earth with a crest of laurel leaves sits on the right side of the chest, just above the front pocket, and a tiny silver eagle placed in the center of the visor, and just above his left pocket, where a rank insignia and various medals are attached, including insignias of doctoral merit. His boots slide back along the metallic surface as your drones move forward, and he forces a quick salute."Commander Steven Wise." He says quickly with a short glance to your heavy warriors. "I'll be your escort within the station. Please... follow me." He says with a hint of hesitation. Steam ruptures from your warriors' backs and they stammer forward, their claws scraping harshly against the smooth gangplank of the shuttle's umbilical.Cont.>>42207625What indeed.>>42207726I never managed to catch up to the live thread since I started up, so I need to binge the archives a bit more. Was glad to see it get a proper ending though. I hope he has luck with whatever he does in the future.>>42207931Sorry, there was a small emergency in the other room that needed attending. All good now.Sorry.
>>42207985The round humans are the leaders, not the egglayers.What if we just repurposed a female hybrid's uterus to carry parasite eggs through security checkpoints? I mean, that's pretty much what that organ is designed for. I wonder if that would count as an egglayer for a chimera?
>>42208052>Sorry, there was a small emergency in the other room that needed attending. All good now.Sorry.What it a fire? Was did grandma fall and couldn't get up? Are you Canadian?
>>42207931I take it you don't follow Valen Quest then.Here's to those who died on their seats.
>>42208052>"Commander Steven Wise." He says quickly with a short glance to your heavy warriors. "I'll be your escort within the station. Please... follow me." He says with a hint of hesitation. Steam ruptures from your warriors' backs and they stammer forward, their claws scraping harshly against the smooth gangplank of the shuttle's umbilical.Oh yes, this should be so fucking good.
>>42207931FOR MOTHER!!For Mother!!FOR MOTHER!!For Mother!!
Remind me, what does our ambassador look like? Fluffly moth thing ala speakers or more humanoid?
>>42208270SPEAKER ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE
>>42208270SO FUCKING FLUFFY
>>42208270>when the human speaker fucks up
>>42208270I think similar to how Lyle sees Mom when she appears as a hallucination. More humanoid than the Speaker I think
>>42208329No, still more speaker than anything. Bipedal but fluffy.
Okay, while we have a moment, what exactly are we going to aim for in these negotiations? We ought to sort out what we're going to ask for as well as what we're willing to trade for it. We can ask for a list of what research they'd be willing to pawn off to us, but I think this would be a fine time to offer to sell manufactured products to them for cheep. This is after all, the greatest asset of the hive in comparison to other civilizations-it only costs us the materials needed to build something, we have no production costs. I think they would be might interested in our carapace armors, QD outright stated no one has ever produced an equivalent to our medium carapace because it just cost them to much to do so. And of course there are the augs, I'm sure they could see the value in those. Just in case they want research in exchange for research, I'll repost the catalog of past research if anyone wants a recap.http://pastebin.com/Ed8aTShA
>>42208391This could even lead to us being able to use human appearing hybrids in our talks.We could take in refugees and the like to give them better medical care and prosthetics and immortality juice
>>42208391Too much trouble, lets just declare a space war.
>>42208391I think we are just going to sell them info on the scavs home fleet and scav tech right now None of our tech going on the table and maybe an mutual defense pact is the most we are willing to offer
>>42208052Your drones claw their way forward behind Commander Wise, leaving half-inch gashes in the smooth metal where their claws had sunk in like a thermal blade through butter to keep their balance."There is nothing to hold. Is this what it is like when the human tries to sit?" Your speaker chirps as it shuffles its claws in frustration."I apologize, the station will have handhol- uh, claw... There will be things to hold in the walls in the station.""This is sufficient." Your speaker replies.The interior of the shuttle is rather spacious, which would be intended as a luxury to humans, but leaves your drones running in place in the air as it clambers over the seats. Your warriors impale a chair with each leg and squat into a nesting position, annihilating what you quickly recognize as rather expensive looking leather upholstery, while your ambassador struggles with the strange seat belt contraption within the seats themselves in an attempt to hold itself down. They are much easier to use from the perspective of a human, you admit, and your drone simply grips the seat with its claws, puncturing the seat like a dead rabbit in the grip of a bird of prey."Um, would you like some he-""These seats are not sufficient." Your speaker says. Steven nods curtly and apologizes as he quickly fastens himself in.">Speak with the representative (write in)>Ask a question (write in)>Maintain passive aggressive silence until you arrive at the station>Other>>42208071No, someone had a back injury. I had to pop something back in is all. It's a chronic thing, so I'm needed now and then late at night.>>42208073How is that one? The title caught my eye for obvious reasons, but I never got around to reading it.>>42208270Speaker with bipedal legs, which can fold into an upright position to stand on the hind legs, where it is a rather elegant and imposing figure, or unfold them into a normal four legged posture. It is indeed quite fluffy.
>>42208456>Maintain passive aggressive silence until you arrive at the station
>>42208456>Speak with the representative (write in)Mention that the Scavengers also failed to provide proper seats in our first meeting.Let him chew on that a bit.
>>42208456>>Maintain passive aggressive silence until you arrive at the station
>>42208456>>Maintain passive aggressive silence until you arrive at the stationWe gave them ample time to prepare, this is just shoddy work right here.Besides, best to play the insulted diplomat card to see if we can get a better deal.
>>42208391>>42208437I think we should just open official communication and forge a bond, and continue with negotiating exporting of manufactured goods to them for a constant supply of credits. I also like the idea of opening borders, so to speak, so we can get some new children. Plenty of new children.
>42207235>The hull itself is somewhat circular, with the many platforms and pylons reaching out like mismatched additions built on over the years, each with a slightly different layout and architecture. Within the circular hull, however, is a spinning superstructure built in layers of rotating plates, with each one closer to the center rotating slightly faster. In the center is a large glass sphere. You can see small human figures floating within, watching in pressure suits with their helmets pressed against the window as your battleship engulfs them in shadow.>In the center is a large glass sphere. >glassWhat even is the purpose of these disparate layers?
>>42208456>>Speak with the representative How did the Steven get assigned to speaking to the Hive? Were you created for the task of dealing with alien cultures?Have Theseus google Steven Wise while we're at it.
>>42208456>>Maintain passive aggressive silence until you arrive at the stationWe can engage in further communications once we arrive in diplomatic quarters on the station proper.
>>42208456>>Speak with the representative (write in)"We may be compelled to offer instruction on constructing more suitable seating. Your structures could use improvement."
>>42208585Steven wise is the guy we were talking to last thread
>>42208456>>42208533Supporting for lels
>>42208582Artificial gravity through centrifugal force. They have to spin faster the smaller their diameter. Another reason I expect humans will pay out their noses for details on artificial gravity plating.
>>42208597I know, I was hoping Theseus could run a background check on him.
Our warriors are adorable. :D
In the armory of the Cortez or on Bedrock, I hope they stock tranq guns.Michael is gonna need it to shoot that meddling Coco and hold it hostage until Nathan Decker comes to your room and has a nice long half hour talk.Through his spine.Before then, maybe he can buy some softshelled eggs like some reptile egg delicacy as cover for the hive eggs he's about to have hidden in his room.
>>42208585This is the Commonwealth. They aren't even on the Union datanet.We'll find out all we need after we unlock advanced psionic reading.
Quick question, What happened to those hive drones we found in the builders dockyard in thread 44?
>>42208618We can't do any such thing, unless you want to give the humans goddamn Nanomachines. Which is the very foundation of all gravity manipulation technology.
>>42208700They all turned into hive drone corpses when they fell out the airlock. Duh. That was explicit.
>>42208456I was under the impression that Wise wasn't authorized to speak on matters we had wished to discuss?
>>42208741Obviously.He's of little value to speak to.
>>42208741By himself yesBut his bosses are here so yes
>>42208721Why were they still alive? Why didn't they go into a coma? What did the dissection tell us?
>>42208456>Valen Questkinda slow, but interesting. But kinda like Schadenfreude though, since the protag keeps on messing up.Y'know, I feel it's kinda like Prequel (or, how to make a cat cry) the webcomic. Similar in that the protag keeps messing up.
>>42208533Can we not start making threats at the people we're trying to do stuff with?
>>42208705What? What on earth gave you that idea? It's based on gravity reflection technology, you don't need nanomachines for that.
>>42208858That wasn't a threat. That was hilarity.
>>42208870How the hell do you think gravity reflection works? Thinking happy thoughts?
>>42208887It's deliberately designed to sound like a threat.
>>42208870Gravity reflection tech requires nanomachines anon. They're a vital component.
>>42208585Do this.The couch salesmen that weren't. We will have vengeance!
>>42208887It's a subtle threat- and I don't think we need to say it. We can quip, sure, but not threaten.
>>42208585Second the question.
>>42208456>QD at homehttps://youtu.be/-ToqIQ_jgpU?t=151
>>42208456Bits of foam and shredded leather drift through the air as your drones and the human sit in silence. The guards, largely unnoticed, sit stoic and still on the far end of the shuttle cabin. They stair down your warriors through their transparent helmets. Your warriors return the gaze, and the two sides become locked in a silent battle of wills.The shuttle eventually jumps as the docking clamps embrace it, and you feel a wave of relief wash over everyone in the room. Your warriors let out a loud snarl as they exhale, sending steaming moisture out into the dry, cold air. A soft alarm sounds as the shuttle is pulled to the surface of the spinning station segment, and the debris falls to the ground. Wise quickly gets up in the almost-earth gravity and moves to the door."Please follow me to the airlock. There will be a number of officers waiting to greet you on the other side. Do you, uh... shake hands?" He asks. "Claws, I guess." He tries to pantomime the motion. "Uh, well anyway, we go through a decon chamber where we'll be scanned by a bio-scanner and sprayed with some disinfectant, then we meet some other humans and there will be a few flashes of light. After that, we have assembled a special habitation area for you." He says as he moves through the airlock.cont.>>42208582The dome is not actually glass, but a carbon polymer weave formed like sheets of diamond built in triangular segments each roughly five meters across at the widest, which are assembled into a rough sphere connected on opposite ends to the station. The sphere itself does not rotate.
>>42208999>habitation areasthis should be a laugh
>>42208999>a few flashes of light.Say cheese.
>>42209078A part of me thinks it would be hilarious if we self destructed the drones in a spray of acid upon being photographed, but alas we gots some diplomacy to do.
>>42209066The heavy warriors are loaded out the ass with advanced sensor organs, so they can tell if there are any cameras and bugs at least.>>42209121We can make ourselves blurry at least by moving at the wrong moment.
>>42208999can you answer my questions real quick?>>42208700>>42208803
>>42209121>blink in the fleet>demand to know what they did to our drones
>>42209138it's the future they probably have an app that removes blurr
>>42209078We pretended to be affected by light in the human lab, right?If that info was sent out before we went all Alien on their asses, we should stumble a bit when the flashes happen. I don't doubt that someone there is spying for Killinger (or that he at least has access to a camera there), so keeping that charade up might convince him that it's a genuine weakness and fuck with his anti-us preparations.
>>42209121>>42209138Oh man, this is such a great time to be fucking with people.Cheeky queen is the best queen.
>>42209193No we didn't. Our drones pretended to freak out when they were scanned. It kinda defeats the purpose here considering we were just told what to expect. Furthermore, why the hell would you expect the Commonwealth to know what was going on at a top secret Union lab, deep within it's territory? I don't think they've even figured out we're the same species from G-426.
>>42209193No one cares if Killinger thinks we're afraid of the dark faggot
>>42209078lolSeriously, though, we shouldn't freak out overly much from the cameras. They know we are a highly intelligent space faring empire. They can probably tell the difference (or at least suspect a difference) between diplomacy and feigned animal like responses to stimuli.
>>42209279That and I'd prefer we didn't look retarded.Cheekiness though is fully acceptable and encouraged.
>>42209238...did you miss the "Killinger spies" part? I'm not talking about fucking with the Commonwealth, I'm talking bout fucking with Killinger.And we totally pretended to be fucked with by light. They tried flicking the switch on and off a few times, and whenever they did pur drones'd fall off the walls and lay motionless until they turned the lights back on.>>42209272No one might care but it'd be a vein of research that'd eat into his budget and time.
>>42209346I pretty much have these thoughts.
>>42209352...So that's a reaction to darkness, not flashes of light. There was nothing about a weakness to light that they saw before.
Rolled 40 (1d100)Rolling for pretending to be weak to light flashes (Sounds like a pretty fucking stupid weakness in retrospect)
>>42209388Mediocre performance. The hive needs to begin research into acting immediately.
>>42209346>>Seconding this. There's a fine line between cheeky and stupid. Pretending to be afraid of bright lights (especially when that is the trademark signature of our fleet) is just plain silly and does not make us the intimidating elder race we wish to appear to be.
>>42209411Good thing we have a soon-to-be-wealthy conman in our sights, just begging to be adopted...
>>42209387It was a reaction to a sudden change in light levels. They never tested flashes, so this might indicate to him that we can't handle a change in either direction.>>42209388It IS a stupid weakness. We WANT him to think that we have a Kryptonite, if only for the higher chance of fucking him over later on.
>>42209421>Elder RaceSpeaking of which, are we gonna mention that hive civilization is quite a bit older than human civilization at some point?
>>42208999Your warriors flex their legs, splintering the remains of the seats as they move forward while your ambassador delicately removes its claws from the cushion and climbs down to the floor."The hive offered sufficient seating for the humans. You are a poor speaker, very rude with poor seating. Why were you made to speak to the hive?" Your speaker chirps as it shakes its legs one after another, jostling loose the bits of foam from between its digits."I'm, uh. Sorry. We didn't have time to build entirely new seats and, well, we weren't sure what your biology would require.""Slow workers and thinkers." Your speaker grumbles. "This is not how you do thing for mother."The airlock closes a dull glow emits from the walls. Your ambassador watches with slight curiosity as the light passes over them and back, and then a white, odorless gas quickly fills the room before dissipating just as quickly. Your drone lets out a sharp hiss at it."The hive did not spray humans either! Even though humans have bad smell. Greeting room still smell!""Can we hurry this up." Steven whispers into a mic. "Even human dignitaries don't like this process. We're pissing off the guests."cont.
>>42209513>this is not how you do thing for motherI love you, QD.Also kinda feeling bad for the Steven. It isn't his fault that his Mother's incompetent.
>>42209513kekekekekekekek, my fucking sides
>>42209513This is great. At this rate the whole universe will think our race is obsessed with proper seating.
>>42209549No, stop. They don't like that.
>>42209513>and then a white, odorless gas quickly fills the roomWere they testing for invisible enemies with dry ice?
I feel bad for Steve-o too. He's just doing his job, man! He didn't know he'd be playing tour guide for weirdo aliens today!
>>42209592Wasn't there some meme in this quest a year ago about couches or something? Or was that a different quest?I'm gonna laugh my ass off when people find out they were getting fucked with by a single bug and her autistic puppets.
>>42209625Yeah, man, none of this is his fault.
So. I think, with negotiations. We shouldn't ask for too much. Were just opening communications, and forging a bond! Maybe we can work out a trade to export manufactured goods for a constant supply of credits? Evenly open borders. For adoption.
>>42209625Yes he did.
>Even though humans have bad smell.Our speaker is having far too much fun being undiplomatic, lol.
>>42209658Eventually, I mean.
>>42209632The Scavengers. There was a joke in their first thread that they were going to sell us a couch, then QD had our speaker mention it and it snowballed from there.According to the playerbase, we're at war not because they killed our speaker and tried to steal our tech, but because they lied about selling us a couch.
>>42209513I can tell we're going to be great allies.
>>42209632Yes, that's this quest. They killed in the same thread though.
>>42209658>Yo, we hate those other humans well, some of them and those filthy Scavs, you hate those other humans and those filthy Scavs. You probably have some neat tech we'd love to have, we have some neat tech we might be willing to trade.
>>42209685The war against the scavs is going to end with us spamming them with "YOU SHOULD HAVE SOLD US THE COUCH" messages, isn't it.
>>42209513The door opens, and outside you see a number of simple looking prosthetic arm held to an armature in the wall. Holograms of several humans flicker into existence and the arm sleeves into the holographic arm of the man closest to the door. He is a stern looking man with deep wrinkles and a thick jawline, clean shaven and impeccably dressed in a light blue dress uniform. A gold eagle overlooking a small earth marks the top of his visor, and his coat is covered in medals and emblems that cover a good portion of his chest. The hand reaches up into a quick salute."Grand Marshal Magnus," he says loudly. "On behalf of the whole of humanity, I welcome you aboard Odin High Command. Temporary command center of the Commonwealth fleet." He says, and the arm reaches out and quickly grabs your drone's claw. He quickly turns his head away from you and a floating spherical drone flashes a bright light. Several others quickly follow and your drone twitches its head in frustration, letting out a slight hiss. The cameras quickly float further back, maintaining a moderate distance from the new group as the hologram walks with you, leaving the armature behind. The legs are obviously animated, with the real marshal likely standing still. The hologram overall seems several years behind what you would expect to see from a Union official."So, tell me about yourself." He asks nonchalantly."They appear to be a kind of hive organism with some form of distributed sense of individuality." Steven says. The hologram twitches and flickers."I didn't ask you, pencil neck. I asked our guest." He says, then turns back to you with a flicker, his legs still awkwardly marching slightly too fast. "What do I call you?">Claim to be the speaker>Claim to be the hive>Other>Change subject (write in)
>>42209720>"Herald. This one speaks for the Hive."
>>42209720>Claim to be the speaker
>>42209720>>Claim to be the speaker>>Claim to be the hiveClaim to be the Speaker and the Hive at the same time.
>>42209720>>Claim to be the speaker
>>42209720>Claim to be the speaker, but tell him he can refer to you as Jack Shit if he wants since it seems to be a common human name.
>>42209720>>Claim to be the speakerNeither is a lie, our drone IS a speaker after all, and one with mild to moderate intelligence of its own at that, it just lacks any kind of actual will.
>>42209720>>Claim to be the hive>Claim to be the speakerBoth is good. But we want to be clear we speak for the whole of the hive, and not just as a representative.
>>42209720>Change subject (write in)Address Wise."There appears to be an illusion mimicking a human."
>>42209720I like this man! He is much better than Steven.
>>42209720Man, Steveo getting dumped on by everyone today.>We are the Hive, this one is a Speaker.
>>42209720>>>Claim to be the hive>>Claim to be the speaker
>>42209720>>Claim to be the speaker"This one speaks for the hive."
>>42209720>Claim to be the speaker and the hive>ask the Steven where the real leader of humans is, this one is too thin
>>42209720>Claim to be the speaker"This one speaks for the hive."Someone else can probably word it better. Just that we speak for the hive, but nothing about being the hive mind or having direct communication with mother.
>>42209720>>Claim to be the speaker>>Claim to be the hive
This is the part where we DON'T TELL THEM WE ARE A HIVE MIND guys.
>>42209720>Claim to be the speaker>Claim to be the hiveWe are both. We are the one who speaks to humans for the hive.
>>42209720>OtherWise human, do humans normally speak with false light human shapes?
>>42209848Why not? What do we have to gain by pretending we're a race of individuals?
>>42209848We could play it off as cultural. The individual drones aren't literally connected, but communicate with a very subtle sort of way, possible chemicals and smells? Speaking is something one group does to another.
>Yeah, yeah. That's nice but what's your name?>"I am sorry that your language is inadequate for proper expression."
>>42209895>Ever wanting to let anyone know anything about youYou aren't paranoid enough for this quest, buddy.
>>42209720He doesn't really know how to say hi. Tell me about yourself? Really? He seems a lot more likeable than kilinger at least, I doubt his side would shake our claws without a workaround hologram+press photo or no.
>>42209720I wonder if Magnus is even on the station. Where? Does he never let any underling know his real location?>>42209895Misconceptions can be exploited, lead them to make mistakes when their interests don't coincide with ours.
>>42209895Let's start with avoiding the deep fear of hiveminds and AI.
Meanwhile, on the Cortez...
>>42209807>>42209909I like these.
Honestly, I'm already kinda liking this dude. He seems a straight shooter. Very forward.
Isn't the commonwealth a monarchy? That would make this guy the head of the military and a high ranking noble at best.
>>42209941This doesn't mean anything. He has his game face on.You saw Killinger when he had his game face off, when he became the cunt.I swear people are ridiculously gullible just because someone -acts- friendly. The same with the Sergeant on Leeland, who openly conspired against us with John Smith.
>>42210041B-But anon! He shook our claw!If he offers comfortable seating and compliments his mother I don't know what I'll do...
>>42210041Exactly, the hive are not the only ones capable of deceit in diplomacy. What we ought to do is impress upon them the severe consequences of bending the truth. Scare them shitless, in other words.
>>42210032The commonwealth doesn't have a single government, its a democracy of a whole bunch of independent systems. Some of those are monarchy, some are oligarchy, some are also democracy, and its really random at the end of the day.
>>42210032No. Pay attention.http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:Hive_Queen_Quest#Commonwealth_of_Free_States
>>42210010>seemsThat's just what they want you to think.That's why the admiralty chose him as the Walmart greeter.
>>42210089>its a democracy
>>42209720Your speaker quickly looks back to Steven."This is an illusion. Explain." You say simply."It's a projected hologram of Grand Marshal Lucius Magnus.""It is not the human.""No." He says, then with a stroke of brilliance you allow out of moderate amusement, he continues. "The image speaks for the Marshal, like you speak for the hive. So he technically is the marshal." He says. Your speaker clicks its beak with understanding and turns back to the hologram."This the speaker. It speaks for the hive. It is hologram of hive.""Well no I mean-""Oh shut it Commander." Magnus says. "He can call himself a magpie for all I care. You know how weird translations are between alien languages, besides, it sounds like Smith, or Gardener, a practical, career based name." His face flickers back to your drone. "I apologize for the hologram, but we're working under quarantine protocols. Commander Wise here is already exposed to your atmosphere, so he's not allowed outside of your residential area. He will be available at all hours to answer any and all questions you may have, so long as the answers are not classified." Wise's face shrivels slightly at the comment."Sadly I am often called away to other duties. The board can't manage everything by themselves, after all, and humanity won't defend itself. I'll be sure to set aside any time I have to negotiating with you. Now," he says as he lights a large cigar marked with the emblem of a Union company, "I understand you have had a run-in with these space pirates, nomads, uh. I dunno, damn gypsies. Wise! Do we know what those rattlesnakes call themselves yet?""No sir.""Ah it doesn't matter. A son-of-a-bitch is a son-of-a-bitch no matter what language you say it in." He says, chewing his cigar with a soft crunch.>Ask if he is the human Mother>Discuss details of the Scavengers>Discuss another topic (write in)>Other
>>42210073Scaring them would be counterproductive to our other goals, and co-existing with the Commonwealth in any form in the long term. Diplomacy requires great tact in how you phrase a thinly veiled threat, often in a rather ambiguous way. But really, we don't need to intimidate these guys much, we've already displayed a fuck huge fleet that bulldozed an invading force in front of them. They got a strong enough message from that alone.
>>42210146>>Discuss another topic (write in)What are the "mines"?
>>42210146>>Ask if he is the human Mother>>Discuss details of the ScavengersThey are even worse at providing couches then the humans
>>42210146>>Discuss another topic (write in)Explain quarantine protocols. How long will Wise be our guest?
>>42210146This fucking guy.
>>42210146"You share disdain for the Scavenger nomadic race. I appreciate these sentiments. I will remember fondly this and future correspondence.">Discuss details of the Scavengers.
>>42210146>>Discuss details of the ScavengersWe can discuss our first encounter with them as well as details about there methods of local communication (pheromones)
>>42210146>working under quarantine protocolsHow long will that take I wonder?It would be easier to get to know members of the council in person.
>>42210146>>Discuss details of the Scavengers
>>42210216Seconding this. Let's get down to business.
>>42210146>working under quarantine protocols. Commander Wise here is already exposed to your atmosphere, so he's not allowed outside of your residential area.Then the Wise human will be with us forever? Joyous.
>>42210146Discuss details of scavengers:"The scavengers steal technology, prey on weak and unprepared, and lie about valuable upholstery! Mother hates them! The hive is willing to work with you to exterminate this pestilence, although it does not give alliance for free."
>>42210146>Discuss details of the ScavengersI like this guy. I think we have a new friend.
>>42210146>I understand you have had a run-in with these space pirates, nomads, uh. I dunno, damn gypsies. Wise! Do we know what those rattlesnakes call themselves yet?">"No sir.">"Ah it doesn't matter. A son-of-a-bitch is a son-of-a-bitch no matter what language you say it in." He says, chewing his cigar with a soft crunch.I love these guys, these guys are great.
>>42210146>>Ask if he is the human Mother>>Discuss details of the ScavengersAre we bunking with Wise now? Happy days.
>>42210268Being entertaining is not the same as being a friend. Especially in interstellar politics.I don't know how people keep conflating those.
>>42210292With a parasite we can MAKE him a friend...
>>42210228I agree. We may also want to explain how scavengers operate with taking and adapting technology and aggressively attacking civilizations. It gives the commonwealth better reason to work with is and helps them understand the threat posed.
>>42210292Nigger relax. Nobody wants to share the top shelf space liquor just yet. Start out relationships on a high note.
>>42210228Only for repayment in the future.>>42210146>>Discuss another topic (write in)What is classified?
>>42210292Chill out yo, trust but verify and all of that.
>>42210146>Discuss another topic (write in)>"Is bitch the human mother?"
>>42210351>trust but parasiteftfy
>>42210257This.So much this.
>>42210146>Discuss another topic (write in)Habitation area? Is it full of nutrients and seating?
I kinda hear our speaker with the Vasari's speaker voice.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5azoHPU6udA
>>42210257Do this! For mother!
>>42210428I hope we can get them to try giving us one of every animal and plant, like half a Noah's ark.A variety of whole flora and fauna to add to the DNA archives, even if they give no useful adaptations, we should definitely 100% the universe in case we need to recreate it someday.
>>42210454I like it.
>>42210146"What are these protocols?" You ask."Hm? Well, simply put," he says, "We don't know if any of your germs are deadly to us, or if any of our germs are deadly to you. We can't control your own procedures regarding that so if you drop dead of a cold it's not our fault, but for all we know Wise here could have some weird strain of space-anthrax, even one we can't detect. So we're gonna wait a bit and see if he dies before letting him out or any of us in." He says as a puff of smoke blows from his nose. The hologram projects it like a solid grey block that twitches madly out of his face. "If he does die, we do our best to catalog the disease and his death helps his fellow countrymen. If not, he can go home and die for his countrymen some other day. Lot of chances to do that lately."He leans back and a portion of his arm vanishes into fuzz while a small segment of his pants become visible as he places his feet up on something unseen, revealing him to be sitting somewhere while his hologram walks awkwardly."Rebels, rattlesnakes, and those goddamn pigs over the border. Yea, I can smell when a fight's coming. I'll be honest and right to the point. We're about to be on the defense in a two front war, and while not much beats a good old fashion human brand ass-whopping, there's only so much to go around.""The hive knows of the scavengers you are fighting." You say. "They hunt intelligence and steal to survive. Never invent or build. They are enemies of the hive, and would be willing to fight them with the humans.""Great!" He bellows. "So, here is your living space. Please, feel free to adjust it however you like. Wise told us you seemed to prefer it warm and humid." He turns to a door in the hall as it opens. Steam wafts from within, disrupting the hologram. Inside is a large, blank room. In one corner is a terminal, while in another is a large jar. In the center is a basket filled with assorted fruits.cont.
>>42210501>Please, feel free to adjust it however you like.>If you insist...
>>42210501>In the center is a basket filled with assorted fruits.catalog the fuck outta those fruits
>>42210501A fruit basket. Time to consume.So just one room huh. Nowhere to hide.
>>42210501he didn't say how long until Wise doesn't-die long enough.Oh boy, locked in one room together! What fun we shall have Wise.
>>42210501Does our relay headdress sense no humans in the immediate area?
>>42210519>The Steven, stuck in with us, goes to sleep in a corner of the room>wakes up the next day to find that everywhere but his little corner is covered in creep> Creep's literally growing right up to the parts of the floor and wall that he was making direct contact with>as soon as he moves the parts he was touching get creeped>our speaker complains that there are no chairsBoy's gonna have gone completely bonkers by the end of the week
>>42210609>>our speaker complains that there are no chairsand then i lost itthanks
Pardon me, I am about to regurgitate furnishings.
>>42210609Good idea.Poor guy. Still, he could have it worse off as far as high ranking government officials in our immediate vicinity goes. At least we're not parasiting him.
>>42210636>casually sculpting vomit into furniture
>>42210501"Now I'll stress this again, we don't know what you eat, so for all we know anything in there could be poison. If you need to test anything, you can send whatever you want from it back to your ship and we can whip up something more to your liking. Just let Wise know and-" He trails off as your drone picks up the basket, and bites down on it, ripping off the plastic cover and the wicker handle before consuming the rest, basket and all."It is sufficient!" You say. The Marshal nods."Well alright then. The jar over there is just about the only thing we thought you may like on such a short notice. Wise here thought it was a pit, uh, prejudiced, but hell, you find a race of giant bugs there's nothing to loose trying the obvious."Your drone opens the jar and investigates. The contents is a sweet smelling thick yellow ooze. Your drone extends its small proboscis and tastes it. It is a thick, incredibly sweet liquid crystal substance, containing small fragments of a wax based substance, and trace amounts of biological matter. It is quite good, offering many of the same base nutrient value as your own paste, although not quite a proper substitute."It is also sufficient!""Magnificent!" He says, his hologram now little more then a flickering blob in the moist air. "If you need anything else, furnishings or decorations, just sent the schematics to Wise and he'll have them made and delivered. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a very important human cultural event to attend to, a bit of ritual combat known as a round of golf. I'm sure Wise can catch you up to speed on all that."Your drone watches as the hologram fizzles out like a dying sparkler and vanishes.Your ambassador listens to the static of the universe, the shifting tachyonic particles and their interactions with the world. You sense a number of individuals within your mind's range, but none closer than ten meters. You seem to have most of this entire section to yourself.cont.
>>42210672I love our children. We have the best children.
>>42210672Alright, let's put our warriors sensor suite to work. How many ways are they monitoring us as far as we know.
>>42210719Probably just the terminal that's there for Wise's use to order food and whatever while he's quarantined.
>>42210672The airlock was only a short walk to this room, and a small map on the wall near the door indicates there is an observation platform down the hall near the midpoint between the dock and your room, and a medical lab opposite the deck. Across your current room is a storage room, and next to the medical lab is a small filtration system labeled as off limits for safety reasons. Beneath the map is a schedule with a clock that lists the current local time as o-six hundred hours, with lab attendants scheduled to arrive every day at noon to ensure Wise is not dying of an unknown pathogen using the lab. A small note is listed beneath recommending Wise stay within your room as much as possible to ensure no "false negatives" occur.>Have your drones search for surveillance systems>Begin construction of hive creep>Investigate the rest of the ward>Other
>>42210785>Have your drones search for surveillance systemsI don't think we can even produce hive creep without an egglayer or a way to make spores...
>>42210785>>Have your drones search for surveillance systems
>>42210785>>Investigate the rest of the ward>>Have your drones search for surveillance systems
>>42210785>Have your drones search for surveillance systems>Begin construction of hive creep>Investigate the rest of the wardDo all of these.
Not sure if this guy really just doesn't give a fuck or if that's merely what he wants us to think.
>>42210785>look for survalence systemsWe really should make some flies. And I guess I'll head to bed now that the stupid has gone to bed as well.Not sure about the creep.
>>42210822He probably genuinely gives no fucks.But the Admiralty at large, which is what ultimately matters, might give a ton of fucks, and they chose him because he's the most diplomatic.Which doesn't say very good things about the others.
>>42210822Well tbh he isn't supposed to do the talking anyway, that's what wise is for.
>>42210840Producing bug-sized bugs is a terrible idea, it would introduce scrutiny in the case of local invasive species of "insects" that normally no one would give a second look.Also Wise is like. right there. We can't lay eggs in front of him, b-baka.
>>42210785>Have your drones search for surveillance systemsPlease roll 1d100, best of 3.
>>42210785>A small note is listed beneath recommending Wise stay within your room as much as possible to ensure no "false negatives" occur.Ahahahhaha."The subject is instructed to expose himself to as many pathogens as possible, please."Also, those instructions don't say for how many days they'll do this...
Rolled 58 (1d100)>>42210912For Mother!
Rolled 99 (1d100)>>42210912Olfactory: Moderate 1NRadio: Moderate 2NAcoustic: Moderate 1NElectrical: Moderate 2N
Rolled 92 (1d100)>>42210912For Mother.
>>42210913I strongly suspect a big part of all of this is that they've caught onto the fact that the value of a speaker drone is nowhere near the value of a normal ambassador. If this drone were to die of the flu or catch ebola or Space AIDs than it wouldn't be that extreme of a situation. If a human ambassador died however it could potentially spell death to the alliance.
>>42210874This. Also, they probably have detection in the room such that even if wise is asleep we might reveal some of our capabilities.
>>42210929>>42210931WE SEE ALL!FOR MOTHER!
>>42210929I'll be (pleasantly) surprised if it turns out there's not much in the way of survelliance. Still, it's not like we were't EXPECTING them to keep an eye on us, right? It's only practical with a sudden new alien lifeform saying hi.
I do think we should definitely make small talk with Wise, especially since its clear he isn't actually an ambassador, and I'm confused by the lack of regard for human life the commonwealth is showing. Seriously, we have an excuse in that our drones are basically the equivelent of a cephs tentacles, they're smart and can perform complex tasks, but they are a part of us that we can shed and regrow as needed. The Commonwealth on the other hand just has augmented people, he should be terrified right now, not nonchalant.
>>42210929Well then...holy shit.Ain't nobody that can spy on the hive and get away with it.
>>42210992Also we're a super organism/networked intelligence, we don't need to vocalize to communicate.
>>42210994>confused by the lack of regard for human lifeYes, who could imagine an admiral of a military junta could act callous and without empathy in between his busy schedule of crushing rebellions.What a shock.
>>42210994Perhaps the nonchalance is a carefully cultivated response to extreme stress? It seems unlikely that the real commonwealth reaction to our appearance is as casual as it appears.
>>42211020This is beyond even that, this only serves the mildest of tactical advantages in that it saves them a few thousand credits and about a month work of lab time to figure out whether or not we're safe to be around. Hes literally brute forcing science with potential bodies right now.
>>42211020Also, think utilitarian philosophy. Bottom line is this guys life is worth way less than making peaceful contact with a powerful alien empire, which could potentially be the difference between the commonwealth surviving or not. They'd give us this guy to experiment on in a heartbeat if they thought it could improve relations. This is also a critical time to allow them to study possible alien pathogens.
>>42211041>literally brute forcing scienceWhat.Using a guinea pig is pretty standard. And Wise helpfully volunteered when he stupidly took an alien he never met before at their word and assumed that their environment was sterile and totally pathogen free.
>>42211087To be fair, I can understand where he screwed up, but out ship-board environment possibly is sterile and pathogen free.It's not like our Drones need an artificially dirty environment in order to keep their immune systems healthy.
>>42210912I'm getting paranoid that any human on this station that has had heavy exposure to tachyons will be able to hear us as soon as we get close, but we won't have any idea that they know, because they aren't transmitting tachyons of their own.But with more sensitive mind reading advancements, do Lee and the Earthlings feel different than the other humans to our new and improved relays? They should interact differently with the ambient tachyons of the universe, surely.
>>42211175If any human managed to hear our Hive-mind their mind would snap under the pressure.
>>42210912Your drones fan out, scouring the room and then the rest of the area. You quickly find nearly a dozen small cameras positioned around the room, with others placed in the ceiling of the hall and other rooms. Microphones are everywhere, as are strips of thermal imaging sensors. Many of them are not even hidden in a way that would indicate they were secret."Those are just sensors." Wise says as your heavy warrior nearly rips out a wall panel as it investigates one of the cameras. "For making your own holograms. While the Marshal is here as a hologram, you are with the Marshal as a hologram." He says simply. He points out a number of them, leaving out some of the more well hidden bugs. His mind is calm as he does so, indicating he is either an excellent liar or doesn't know about them himself. You find them all rather easily, however.As your drones rip through the area, you find that the observation deck looks out over the interior of the station, a large, hollow structure filled with rotating docks holding hundreds of shuttles, fighters, and other small ships. In the center is the large sphere, where you can see more of the small humanoid figures dashing about in the zero gravity. Small streaks of light flash periodically within.As your conclude your search, you see Wise inside the storage area looking through crates."I have been instructed to offer you a full understanding of human culture, to facilitate our new and amicable relations." He says in a slightly rehearsed voice. "I figured we could start with some basic games of strategy."I think that's it for this thread. We're about to drop off by the looks of things. I'll go ahead and get the next one going in just a bit.
>>42211143>but out ship-board environment possibly is sterile and pathogen free.But they don't know that. And they don't know we don't know that. They don't know we've been knee-deep in humans for a while now. It wouldn't be malicious on our part, we might just not know, so they're taking precautions. And they're clearly significantly less advanced than the rest of Human space. And they're pressed for time. So the trade-off is a minor functionary. It makes sense.
>>42211197inb4 he makes us play Risk with him
>>42211197>"I figured we could start with some basic games of strategy."This poor guy is going to get crushed so hard
>>42211197>I'll go ahead and get the next one going in just a bit.You really are a champ, QD.
>>42211197>"I figured we could start with some basic games of strategy."We're going to have to play dumb.Maybe he'd enjoy winning at Checkers. He's had a rough day.
>>42211221Nah, obviously we are going to play a game of Diplomancy and end up starting a omnicidal war against the universe in the Queen's rage.
>>42211197>In the center is the large sphere, where you can see more of the small humanoid figures dashing about in the zero gravity. Small streaks of light flash periodically within.Seriously what is their deal. Why the Zero G's there.Mad science?
>>42211256Are you unaware of how centrifugal force works?
>>42211197>games of strategy...right, so I remember that we're unbeatable in chess and checkers. Were we good at Go, or was that the one we got frustrated on?
>>42211226We could beat him, then teach him the tactics we used to beat him as a show of good faith/sportsbugship.
>>42211197Being Wise is suffering.Also I really wish I'd thought of it earlier, of adding a spitter gland and stinger whip to the ambassador drone design.A much less detectable, last minute defense mechanism than the combat blades that got removed.
>>42211277I was asking "why," not "how." For what purpose?
>>42211256Well, this quest was partially inspired by Ender's Game. Maybe they have zero G mock combat trials in there to train the recruits in basics of 3 dimensional strategy.Remember, the enemy gate is always down.
>>42211197>>42211282No no, the hive Goes well, too.Really, so long as the drone is connected to you, it's like trying to play a thousand mathematicians at once.
>>42211345So the only good game of monopoly in creation is between us, Theseus, and Heretic?Talk about a Power Threesome.
>>42211286I was thinking the same thing, actually. A spitter gland could come in handy outside of combat too.
When's the Hive gonna run into Crazy Hassan? The commonwealth seems to be the best area.
>>42211345So how would a game of chess/go/anything between the hive and theseus go?How about Diplomacy between Theseus, Heretic and the Hive?
>Wise here thought it was a pit, uh, prejudiced, but hell, you find a race of giant bugs there's nothing to loose trying the obvious."His cultural sensitivity sure is cute.
>>42211355Well, any game with dice, drawing cards, or enough moves to be akin to chance you can still loose. Or any game with too few moves that your opponent can also solve it.Dillon didn't seem to realize the speaker playing cards with him had eyes behind him to, while Lee could hear your thinkers screaming about your own hand.
Meanwhile, Michael needs to arm himself with nonlethal ammo to capture Coco.And how the hell was his room enter-able? Did Nathan let it in on purpose when it scratched at the door?
>>42211405>while Lee could hear your thinkers screaming about your own hand.THIS IS GOOD WE WINNO WE COULD WIN EVEN BETTER FOR MOTHER!I WANNA PLAY BLACK JACK!
>>42211405I'm so fucking happy that we can be an Uber-powerful Hivemind with fucking QUANTUM / Tachyon based minds operating at speeds that would crack a human mind to comprehend with enough information to utterly demolish any mechanical-based information node and still manage to dick around and have fun.Queen is best Queen, Children best Children, of all time.
we should rek him in whatever game he wants to play
>>42211449Agreed. We already said that the humans don't have good thinkers. It'd be terrible to not be autistic about board games.
>>42211464As long as we teach them how to get better after.
>>42211423A man and a giant spacebug walk into a casino.They're thrown out three minutes later because the bug wouldn't stop yelling about the stools and the fact that a deck of cards isn't supposed to have five sevens in it.
>>42203927GuysguysguysguysguysCan we create a stealth battleship with a singularity projector on it? Because that would not only solve the whole "can only be used defensively" problem but it would also be fucking terrifying.
We STILL haven't checked on our damn pods in weeks.or sent out new ones to new systems.We're operating half-blind.
>>42211492"So the space bugs""What about them?""They have invisible ships that shoot black holes"
>>42211492Nope, cloaking doesn't really work reliably on anything bigger than a frigate.
>>42211505I freaking know man. Look at this map of Hive Space, the only worlds we've looked at are the ones with (OQ) written next to them. Which is unfortunate because it takes a significant chunk of time to write up descriptions of the worlds we send pods to.Hey, what if we sent our pods to a buncha worlds, and got QD to only write into the thread events that are currently happening that would interest us in those systems. The rest he could just put in the pastebin during the week when he found the time for it.
>>42211512It actually can, it just get's expensive and doesn't last as long
>>42211544But that's wrong. You haven't even looked at Greythrone.Fortunately all stars are within 25 lightyears of Reprieve.
>>42211551This 2 kilometer battleship can turn complete invislbe......for 10 seconds before overheating.Also it visibly lenses the light like cloaked units in Starcraft. Only it's 2 kilometers large.
>>42211197New thread's up.>>42211594
>>42211612Never said it was practical