“Hey, hey!” A man shouts from behind the counter of a small machine shop. Half assembled computers and holo-projectors line the walls, and three taidarens huddle near the back, peeking into a doorway where a holo-printer can be seen in the back being worked on by several humans.“Customers.”“Wish to buy.”“Just looking!”They say together. The clerk, a husky man with leathery skin and thick gloves, walks around from his place behind the counter.“No, no I know what you’re up to. Don’t you think I don’t for a second!” He shouts. The triplets begin skittering across the small room, poking at sensitive devices and making a show of discussing the merits of one bit of junk over the other while periodically asking the costs of items. The clerk shouts again.“Out! Now!” He says. His hand reaches behind his counter and he pulls out a long thin pipe. “We don’t sell to your sort.”The triplets let out a sharp whistle.“Cruel!”“Hurtful!”“Taidaren credit still credit!”“You little rats couldn’t even run a paper route without robbing half the town. Don’t you try to give me some sob story, now out!” The clerk repeats, and gives the pipe a short test swing. The triplets rush out of the door, pocketing a small thumb drive in the process.“Git, go! I see you again I’ll flush you back home myself in bits!” The clerk yells as he chases them to the door, swinging at them as the store’s theft alarm goes off. They turn the corner down an ally and quickly dive down a nearby manhole to the canals below the streets.
>>42211594Better luck at another store, children.You'll get that holo-printer for Mother soon.
>>42211594The door to the train opens and Michael is nearly run over by Mauser as he fills the doorway as fully as the door itself."Making a last minute errand run?" Michael asks. He looks down on him for a moment."No. Jacq is missing. Commander wants me to find him before we're scheduled to leave." He quickly looks at his watch. You expect him to elaborate further, but he doesn't.>Offer to help search>Wish him luck and return to the Cortez>Claim you know where he is, and will get him himself>Other
>>42211708>Offer to help search
>>42211708>>Offer to help search
>>42211708Oh shit, don't tell me we're about to spend another 7 hours babysitting Michael...
>>42211708Yessss, it's Cortez time. Fucking Coco.>Wish him luck and return to the Cortez
>>42211708>>Wish him luck and return to the Cortez
>>42211740this, i'm kinda tired of that guy.
>>42211708I don't know how to weigh the benefits here.>>42211708>>Claim you know where he is, and will get him himselfThis will let us delay things the longest.But we still have to lay eggs and guard them from that menace.
>>42211760I kinda wish I'd voted to deploy the Smith now.I mean, it's a fun diversion to use Michael like a meat puppet spreading hives through the expanse, but only as an interlude. It seems like he's becoming a focus for this quest, especially after we spent most of the last thread on him.
>>42211832Events with Michael are hitting a lynchpin moment.HIs mission is at a delicate point, teetering on the edge of being put on a glorious collision course with Lyle.We have to implant Decker, Anderson, and Mauser before that happens, or we might lose them for good. You don't grow Hacker and Con Artist specializations on trees.
Just got here, because reasons.We remembered to warn the Commonwealth that there's another, hostile Hive out there, right?
>>42211853>. You don't grow Hacker and Con Artist specializations on trees.not yet anyways
Hahaha, putting a parasite in Mauser and forcing him to work with people he doesn't even like as part of a team sounds glorious.
How do we solve a problem like Coco and Nathan?Lay a few parasites and 3 flies, so that the flies can attack Coco together when it invades Michael's room? it can't get all of them at once, right.Or Michael can tranq it next time it fucks up his shit. And parasite it. Then we use Coco as leverage to demand a talk with Nathan in private to parasite him too.Those two are the big threats to our secrecy. Nathan will give us the network knowledge of how to get around the surveillance, too.
>>42211708Michael quickly shimmies past the mountain of a man and exists the train."Well good luck with that." He says. There is a grunt in response as the door closes.The way back to his bunk is quite difficult, especially with the bunk itself hanging from the ceiling. He inspects the latch to the door, then climbs in with the ladder built into the wall and forcefully seals it shut. He takes out his thermos and shakes it lightly until the egg layers slides out with a plop like a beanbag filled with curdled milk, along with clumps of ooze and chips of cocoon. It writhes its legs as it rolls about on the floor in a heap until it can right itself, and then inches its way between the wall and a desk drawer.Michael inspects the thermos, finding a day's worth of the drone's work.>Lay parasties (how many)>Lay flies (how many)>Other
>>42211890>with a plop like a beanbag filled with curdled milk,Oh my.>>42211890>>Lay parasties (how many)We need 8 total, but we're not gonna implant everyone immediately, so... 4.>>42211890>>Lay flies (how many)5.There isn't a locking safe or something, is there.And are there tranq guns in the armory?
>>42211890>>Lay parasties (how many)8.How much hiding space room for drones and eggs do we have though?
>>42211890>>Lay parasites (how many)8>>Lay flies (how many)5
>>42211879Coco will be able to smell the ambush coming, camouflage does nothing about smell.Unless Michael buys some extreme smell-obscuring air freshener to overpower its nose. But the smell is what will lure it into the trap in the first place.
>>42211890>>Lay parasties 8>>Lay flies 5
>>42211879Just tell Nathan that we're fed up with his pet trashing our room, and that he can't have his pet roaming free on the Cortez. This ain't the sort of shit people fresh out of jail are entitled to give their boss.
>>42211989Yes, because telling the rebellious hacker type not to do something will definitely work.Because that stopped his pranks back when the wifi was on.Nathan can't be trusted to obey, and neither can Coco.
>>42211890He quickly finds a small pile of eggs, each unidentifiable to him on the surface, but their identities are each oddly obvious to him. Four parasites, and five flies. He looks over to the egg layer as it scoots away, and there is a small line of four more eggs behind it. He quickly grabs them and stuffs them away into a bundle of clothes.Next to them he finds a shredded slipper, the other missing entirely. Several articles of clothing have been tossed around, and the small plastic coating keeping the pantry from spilling its contents has been torn into. He lets out a curse under his breath.>Speak with Nathan (write in)>Speak with Commander Grey (write in)>Have Michael guard the eggs until they hatch and the ship is underway>Take the eggs and attempt to find Jacq>Other
>>42212004Tell him if it keeps destroying his room, we'll have it detained in pet cage or something. Man, there are a few things you need to count on to do your job as a government spook, and having a private room where your stuff will be secure from parolees and destructive alien pets is one of them. There have to be red lines he and his pet can't cross, and that line is within the doorway to Michaels room. He's on probation right now, being outside and with his pet should be enough for him.
>>42212040>>Speak with Nathan (write in)This is unacceptable. Get your pet under control or keep it detained in your room. Either way I don't want it getting out of your sight for the rest of the trip.>Have Michael guard the eggs until they hatch and the ship is underway
>>42212040>>Have Michael guard the eggs until they hatch and the ship is underway
>>42212040>Speak with Nathan (write in)Can we safely guard our room while speaking to them on the internet?How the hell was my 'door open'?Why don't you put a leash on that thing and keep it with you? Because if you don't leash it and keep it away from me I will tell Mauser to.
>>42212040Supporting this >>42212072
>>42212040>>Have Michael guard the eggs until they hatch and the ship is underwayJust claim we're a government spoon doing government spook stuff. Once they have hatched call the hacker dude to us, overwhelm with flies, and parasite.
>>42212040>>Speak with Commander Grey (write in)If Nathan is seen without his pet on a leash, I want the thing hunted down and caged. It's a menace.
>>42212040When he gets back, we can order Mauser to stand guard outside Michael's locked door to keep nosy hackers and their pets out of it.Also we might want to arm ourselves a little.
>>42212040Maybe we should get something embarrassing to hide in Michael's room so he has even more of an excuse to be private.
>>42212112Do you really think Mauser will listen to us? In particular, do you think he will guard our door without looking at what's inside while we're away??
>>42212139Mauser doesn't have lock-hacking abilities.And yes, Mauser is literally an autistic soldier who does nothing but obey orders. He's the only obedient type we recruited.
>>42212139Well he's certainly not on this boat to make small talk. Why do you think the option is there?
>>42212139I think you overestimate the number of fucks Mauser gives.
>>42212139Alternatively, we could tell Mauser to stand imposingly in Nathan's general vicinity and make sure Coco is in his sight at all times, on a leash.
>>42212147>>42212148>>42212165>>42212153Okay, fine. I guess I overestimated his ability to use his own initiative. I expected he might be a bit like Lyle in that regard and unstable. By all means it's okay if we have him guard our door. No problem
>>42212148>Why do you think the option is there?What option is where?
>>42212229>>Have Michael guard the eggs until they hatch and the ship is underwayI mean, I assumed this meant having make sure Coco didn't run into our room again, and not actually making him aware of the insectoid alien eggs getting ready to hatch.
>>42212040Michael lays back in his hammock, which has pivoted with the room, along with much of the furniture, he notes, and pulls out his tablet."Hello, thought police hotline, how may I help you?""Nathan, where are you, exactly?" Michael asks. You can hear a horrid hissing sound in the background."In my cabin. You know, the one filled with hidden cameras and radio sensors that's tuned to my anklet. In fact, you can look for yourself. I don't even need to hack it for you. I mean. I hacked it, obviously, but you actually have access." He says. Michael looks through the security system, or at least the parts he has access to, and finds Nathan's cabin under constant surveillance. He is sitting in his hammock with his computer, and his shadehound is in the corner dry heaving, its back arched with its mouth wide open. A moment later it projects a large wad of pink fuzz and slop. Nathan looks over at it with mild amusement."Found your slipper." He says."Are you taking any of this seriously?" Michael snaps. "That little monster is a menace. You keep that thing under control, or so help me I'll toss it out an airlock.""Please. You almost wet yourself just looking at him.""Look here, I may not be some gun toting field agent, but don't you think for one second that you have any right to be messing around with my things. Do you have any idea how much sensitive material is in my cabin?" There is a short pause."Bout a week's worth, I think. Mostly briefs."cont.
>>42212290Anon...that says MICHAEL. Not Mauser.Mauser is still in Bedrock.
>>42212295>"Bout a week's worth, I think. Mostly briefs."Ahahaha.I wonder if the Theseus instance is having to stay in maximum evasion mode to not be noticed by Nathan and his immune prequantum computer, or if it actually infected anything like the security cameras.
>>42212295>"Please. You almost wet yourself just looking at him."Well that's what we have Mauser for, like we're gonna get our hands dirty. Use your brain Decker.
>>42212314That's my 6 am reading comprehension for you! But that aside, we can rely on him to protect our room when he get's back. As a professional soldier we can at least expect him to follow orders. Mostly. In the meantime we'll just have to keep an eye on our egglayer.
>>42212295"Nathan if I so much as think you or your dumb animal is putting this operation at risk, I will have you put on a prison ship so fast it will make your head spin." Michael says, his face turning slightly red. That was his favorite pair of slippers. "You are free on my time, which I give out of the kindness of my heart, and I can send you back to the inside of a concrete cube with one call. You understand?"There is a deep sigh on the other end, and you watch as Coco looks up to Nathan and begins to nervously pace around him."Yes, I understand. He won't leave my cabin.""Good." He says, and he ends the call.Michael leans back in his hammock and covers his face with his arm."You know I miss the days when I was just listening in on public relay calls and marking red flags. Back then most days was spent listening to people talk about holo-games and political dramas." He says dryly.cont.
>>42212362>Coco looks up to Nathan and begins to nervously pace around him.Nathan actually had some emotions that Coco picked up on.Uhoh. I hope they were submissive, obedient emotions.Also now with these terms, instead we can have Mauser guard Nathan's door if we want a belt-and-suspenders approach!
Shit forgot there was HQQ on mondaysI knew I was missing something.
>>42212362I trust that he'll keep Coco in his room. I still don't trust that he won't get up to anything covertly as some sort of retribution for harsh treatment. Better reign him in, asap.
>>42212362>>42212362There is a ping from Theseus. A collection of reports regarding a number of terror cells, criminal agencies, and less then reputable relay network connections, many of which once were used to hire Lyle's services."There has been a development." He says as he reviews the data for you. "A response from the offer, an organisation has come forward claiming responsibility for the attack on Gemini, and claim to wish to speak with Lee. They did not give a reason why, but are requesting clarification that he is in your custody. How should I respond? The likelihood that they are the same group from the attack is high, but I cannot verify the claim, nor can I identify their location or identity yet.">Say he is>Refuse to say>Claim his location is unknown>Other
>>42212441>The likelihood that they are the same group from the attack is high, but I cannot verify the claim, nor can I identify their location or identity yet."Wait, the attack on that 'paper company' from Heroes that was actually Lyle?This is the Union trying to ruse us right? Trap the perps?
>>42212441>>Say he isI mean, the guys on the other end of the line don't even know who they're talking too. It's completely safe to claim we've got Lee.
>>42212429But I also haven't read any of the other threads, so I'm operating based on what I've gathered from this one xD
>>42212451No, the attack in which Lee disappeared from overt Union custody, the bomb at the court house.
>>42212441>Say he is
>>42212441>he attack on Gemini,You'll have to be more specific.You don't mean the original blowup of Lee's prison on Gemini Beta, do you?>>42212471That was Gemini Beta, if it is, he dropped an important-ass word.Also, that attack was probably a Union false-flag, wasn't it? Since it was used as cover to disappear Lee.
Ask Nathan about Theseus. How much does he know about Theseus? What is he capable of doing against Theseus? Then inform Theseus so that he can come up with countermeasure.
>>42212451I think there was a different attack besides the one we carried out against the "paper-company"That being said, we lose nothing by saying Lee is with us. The group has no idea who we are.
>>42212441Wouldn't Michael know if the blowup of Lee's prison was a false flag or not? He was in charge of that kind of thing, right? What version of events does he know?What were Lee's memories of the attack and kidnapping like?
>>42212489There was a clearly fake bomb threat that was definitely done by Killinger.That's it as as far as Gemini terrorism goes. The other attack was on its twin.
>>42212489We have to consider what their reaction would be to this though. And what reaction we want.Would being willing to admit it so readily make them suspect you're actually lying?>>42212441>>Refuse to say
Hi, I apologize that I'm new here, but I just need a tiny bit more info from.what I've already gathered...Who all do we have under our control, and what is our ultimate goal?Anything you want to reply with is appreciated. Been a long time since I've been on this board...
>>42212488I dunno about suddenly asking Decker about the Unity.I mean you can try and justify it as going into the expanse, wondering what he could do in case of Unity attack.But it's still a risk, since there's already a simple response to Unity. Turn off the wireless.
>>42212547We have to assume for them to just contact Theseus means that they are deep, deep within the web. At this point they've presumably got enough security to reasonably believe what they are told. If you get to that level of shadowrunning everything everybody says ever comes into question and this quest gets needlessly complicated.
>>42212547I like this. "We are not currently ready to divulge any information about his whereabouts" is a super governmenty thing to say.
>>42212441>nor can I identify their location or identity yet."Do you think you can find out soon?Also seriously clarify, which attack are we talking about. That seems kind of important to the decision.
>>42212577The Union's agents themselves are also in the deepweb.For all they know, we're the Union using this data to lure out Lee sympathizers into a sting operation.I mean we might be, luring them into a sting operation. An operation where our flies sting them. And they get parasited. But that's irrelevant.
>>42212577>for them to just contact TheseusWell they didn't, exactly, "just contact" him.They left a response in the same circles that Theseus left his offer in.>A collection of reports regarding a number of terror cells, criminal agencies, and less then reputable relay network connections, many of which once were used to hire Lyle's services.It wasn't like emailing theseus, it was more like another entry on the bulletin board. Some onion-routed hearsay.
>>42212573Why not? That's why we brought him on board, wasn't it? He being the only capable human against the unity. He was even taken out of a high security prison just for this.So it makes sense to find out what he plans to do about the unity when we encounter them.
>>42212441We should demand more information about their identity before revealing our hand (or bluffing).He who moves first loses.
>>42212602Just how much quest time are you willing to spend confirming previous events, Theseus' verification protocols, the security net of this alleged terror cell, and your own suspicions? Because we risk absolutely nothing by claiming to have Lee, and I'd like to shuffle things along.
>>42212563The abridged, Saturday morning cartoon narrator version. It's been a while so I suppose one is due anyhow.You are the Hive Queen, the ruler of a powerful and ancient race of hiveminded insectoid creatures that found yourself alone and isolated in uncharted space. After landing on a planet and growing your hive, you came into contact with the humans of the Union of Independent Colonies, which had crashed due to an attack by the human made renegade AI Theseus, who is a self-replicating networked intelligence often referred to as the Unity. After passing your small hive off as a settlement of primitive stone age creatures to the Union and befriending the Unity, you quickly became a major power in the region of the Expanse, a sector of space wedged between Union space and the territories of a number of other powers.While avoiding revealing yourself as a space fairing race, you managed to scout the space around you, while capturing and recruiting a notorious mercenary named Lyle Rogers and his crew of taidarens Huey and Dewy, and his Ceph navigator Coil. In addition, you discovered a connection between the Ceph and a strange entity with a mysterious and malicious intent, and discover the location of your mother hive, a devastated world reduced to cinders by the crystalline entity and the slave races that serve it.After scouting the expanse, you eventually found the disillusioned genius Dr. Elizabeth Vaughn, who had been one of the creators of Theseus and the reason he had gained his freedom. After joining your cause, you take the remaining survivors of her ship as prisoners, holding them in a comatose state within your hive while deploying Lyle to work for you in secret.
>>42212744Using Lyle's contact on the Union capital of Gemini, including the aid of anti-terror operative Dillon Reager and gun for hire Jackob Eisner, and rescue Ryan Lee, the first human encountered by the hive, who had been used in an attempt to attack the hive in the name of immoral scientific pursuits, which are discovered to be linked to the once dead Skyl, the last slave race of the crystal menace.After the daring rescue, the hive establishes a small secret base on Gemini, as well as infecting a scientist, a government agent, and two maintenance workers using mind controlling parasite drones that link their minds to yours, giving you eyes in the Union itself.With your allies growing to include the mechanical ghost known as Heretic, a discovered intelligence left behind by the Skyl to continue their legacy after their extinction, you eventually find surviving hive life in the form of the Obsidian Queen, a hostile queen driven mad by the crystal influence. Her forces are seemingly endless, and her rage equally so, and after several fierce and short battles you have heard unnervingly little from her territory, and just as well, with the arrival of the Scavengers, nomadic creatures that raid intelligent civilizations for technology and resources. Their arrival prompts the opening of diplomatic talks between the hive the human faction the Commonwealth of Free States, which is on the verge of war with the Union, in order to deal with the mutual Scavenger threat.Back to our regularly schedules questing.
>>42212744Uh, new players are good and all, but I don't think it's scalable if you're going to spend half an hour filling in people who need spoonfeeding.
>>42212752So did you mean to say Gemini Beta or not.
>>42212744just tell the fag to read the archive next time instead of typing all of that
no backseat driving
>>42212779>no feedback ever
>>42212744Dude not cool. He can read the archives like the rest or can have a very abridged version, but the vast majority of us are waiting on baited breath for your next post here.
>>42212441"Can you discover their location?" You ask. Theseus mulls over the data for a moment."Not easily, or quickly. The entirety of the network they are using is intended to prevent such things. They claim they attempted to rescue Lee, but claim their efforts were disrupted by leaked intelligence on the part of the local contacts used to arrange the attack. No organisation made a reliable claim of responsibility, but the details they provided seem mostly authentic.""Mostly?" You ask."As far as I am able to verify, yes. They seem to be the same organisation which resulted in the bombing of the court house on Gemini Beta. Would you like me to attempt to arrange a meeting?">Yes, claim you have Lee>No, demand their identity first>Other
>>42212798>>Yes, claim you have Lee
>>42212798>Yes, claim you have LeeLets not reveal to be aliens just yet though.
>>42212793It's bated breath. We have bated our breath.>>42212798So wait. It really wasn't a false flag, as far as Michael knows?It was just an incredibly convenient opportunity for the Union to fake Lee's death?>>42212798>>Yes, claim you have LeeWe can have Jackob impersonate Lee for the meeting.Or a hybrid with semi-fluid tissue.
>>42212798>Yes, claim you have LeeStay anonymous ofc.
>>42212798>Yes, claim you have Lee
>>42212798>>Yes, claim you have LeeWe have clone agents ready for any wetwork in Union space right?
>>42212798>Yes, claim you have Leeand request their identity
>>42212830I think these redpills bombed the courthouse, but Michael's black ops boys picked him up instead and decided to send him to the lab until the whole thing blew over. But I am ultimately guessing, so it would pay to double check this against Michael's memories.
We should augment our first three clones finally.Acoustic: Echolocation 2NLeg: Strider 12N 10MInternal: Second Heart 4NInternal: Endoskeletal Plating 5N 20MInternal: Chemical Fabricator 8NInternal: Acid Glands 2NInternal: Semi-Fluid Tissue 8N 5MInternal: Electrostatic Muscle Grafts 8N 15MExternal: Skin Graft 4NExternal: Bio-Digital Interface 1NWeapon: Sting Fingers 6N 10M
>>42212878I think we should give them names first. They're still anonymous at this point.
>>42212891>namegen>everNames don't matter and are impossible to agree upon short of [unintelligible crustacean noises].Let's not try and open that can of worms again.
>>42212906Maybe not for us, but these are humans we're talking about. Which we want to be able to hide among other humans.
>>42212924That's no justification to do that first when they'll spend two days in surgery anyway.Just have the Thinkers randomly generate some when the fake IDs are made after our Taidaren children finally steal that holo-printer.
>>42212798"The attack was not the result of the Union itself?" You ask. "Apparently. I do not know why they seem to want to contact Lee, or why they performed the attack, but it seems the attack itself was not the result of special operations, but a legitimate attack by insurgent forces. It is likely however, judging by their mission's failure, that their attack was facilitated or allowed to proceed by Union special operations. There is insufficient data to make a conclusion."You think on that for a moment. "Can you arrange a meeting?""Possibly. Shall I inform them that you hold Lee in your custody?" He asks. You send a digital nod in affirmation, and you can feel Zero One churn slightly. It takes several hours of silence for any result."They have transmitted a meeting place. New Tokyo, Path, at a as yet undisclosed location. I assume you are fully capable of infiltrating any human city without causing alarm, due to the presence of hive-forms across New Prescott city. They claim they will relay more detailed locations after they can confirm your arrival on the planet.Do you intend to go?">Yes, but not with Lee>Yes, send Lee to meet with them>No>Other
>>42212966>>Yes, but not with LeeWe can't risk the real Lee. An impersonator can arrive.
>>42212966>>Yes, send Lee to meet with them>>Offer Improvements and a parasite to Lee before sending himWell, it's not like he's doing anything else important right now, and the chance of getting a bunch of redpill terrorists on our side makes it worthwhile.
>>42212966>>Yes, but not with Lee
>>42212986Except Lee has to stay on Leeland to fix his condition.And we have semi-fluid tissue to have anyone shapeshift into Lee, with access to Lee's memories.
>>42212966>Yes, but not with Lee>>42213003A valid point.
>>42212966>Yes, but not with LeeIt would be pretty crazy to show you our Lee on a first date, what do you take me for?Maybe someday you can come back to my place.
Lee cannot leeland, Hahah, That silly.
>>42213003We've got a month to fix it, and if Vaughn can't come up with anything by then we can just give him psionic implants. Getting him out and away from the psionic tempest that is Leeland might slow down the damage and make it less stressful for him. And all of this assumes he actually needs to be there for Elizabeth to come up with a solution, which isn't the case.
>>42213027That's ignoring the risk that he won't be coming back from the Yandere Lee Fanboys Convention.
>>42213020Anon are you high.Did the alliteration of 'Lee cannot leave Leeland' get to you.
>>42213034Well that wasn't the point I was responding to, but at this point I'm sufficiently assured in our ability to fuck up anybody's day that I'm okay sending Lee to meet these guys. With a heavy escort of course.
>>42212966>Yes, but not with Lee
>>42213057Also, sending hybrids with fake ids and stolen credits to pay for conventional travel to Path within the Union is easier than somehow getting Lee from hive space onto Path in one piece.What, load him into a pod and crash it into the depths of the ocean?
So, who are we going to send to Path then gents? How about Lyle and co? Jackob can masquerade as Lee while leaving a trail of breadcrumbs to Aral at the same time. And of course we get to see them all make a grand ol mess of space Japan.
>>42213076I'm fine with this.
>>42213076No, stick to hybrids born on Gemini and loaded up with parasites inside them to spread our influence to Path.
>>42213076I don't think the Angel can set thruster anywhere outside the Expanse without screwing over their ability to GTFO.Especially a heavily urbanized planet like Path, it might be practically Gemini-tier.
>>42213092We gotta augment those guys appropriately for this mission.And lose their old faces, since those were real people.
>>42213121Whatever we do, we have to hold some clones in reserve, since we might well unlock Decker's and Anderson's specialization tomorrow.And we can't install a specialization of a clone after they've woken up. We might need some master ruseman clones.
>>42213092But that will basically double the number of threads required to actually have the meeting. It'll take two threads just to aug them up to that point, and at least another full thread to find transport to Path for them. And this will leave nothing but those crappy flash clones managing our Gemini hive. Sending Lyle is significantly faster, easier, and safer for us on the overall.
>>42213163>. Sending Lyle is significantly faster,Maybe.> easier,Doubtful> and saferDefinitely not. Lyle is wanted, and the dragnet is in maximum overdrive for him.And I didn't say send all the hybrids. You can definitely spare at least 5 of the new ones.
>>42212966"Possibly." You say. He responds rather quickly."I would advise caution. Recent events in the past few years have rendered Path relatively unstable. There is a reason an unknown terrorist organisation wishes to arrange a meeting there. A mixture of corporate political investments and government overspending in the wake of financial recessions have resulted in large portions of the planet privatizing public services, including police as a cost saving measure. At the same time, it is a major military industrial facility, and it heavily patrolled by Union forces."He sends a colossal collection of data your way. Rising contraband, illegal weapon ownership, bike gangs, mounting insurgencies and corporate conflicts spilling into the streets. The planet is one of the most heavily populated, and most of that population is concentrated in several massive megacities. Outside the cities, the planet is harsh, cold, and inhospitable to most forms of agriculture, making farming towns like the ones on Gemini impossible. Instead, the outlying areas are composed of industrial shipyards, mines, and military bases.>Inform Lee and the others>Have your clones from Gemini purchase a ticket to Path>Other
>>42213189>Have your clones from Gemini purchase a ticket to Path
>>42213189>>Have your clones from Gemini purchase a ticket to Path
>>42213189>>Have your clones from Gemini purchase a ticket to PathThey should all have parasites inside them so that if we want, we can establish a new sewer hive beneath New Tokyo.Just in case we want to later.That's something Lyle and co couldn't do, unless you want to make him lay eggs for a few days while crossing your fingers that the po-po don't track him down.
>>42213185That's where cloaking comes in handy. Or we can just have her touch down under an assumed name. Or we could get Theseus to obscure it from the dragnet.Honestly Path is a city wide super industrialized planet on par with a forge world. Keeping perfect track of every cargo ship and freighter that breaches the atmosphere all the way from Gemini. without the aid of hackable quantum computers, is practically impossible. There will be backdoors to the planet and Dillion and Jackob would know where to find them.
>>42213189>>Inform Lee and the others
>>42213209>Not being able to sneak flies onto a planet.>When you have an invisible spaceshipWhat you say?
>>42213189>>Have your clones from Gemini purchase a ticket to PathWe haven't actually done anything with the clones that are up and about in like four threads, have we.Could we retroactively give those guys semi-fluid tissue, acid glands, chemfab and sting fingers?
>>42213189>Inform Lee and the othersWhile we can't take Lee to this, Lyle and Jackob have been inactive for too long. If this group is legit it's possible they know Lyle was involved in the attack where we captured Lee and they will be looking for him. Time to ring our A game.
>>42213189Your new clones on Gemini are fresh and ready for their mission, whatever it may be.Your currently have 18 human hybrids available, in addition to your four flash clones. They can equip themselves appropriately with the collection of materials given to you by the local taidarens.>write in number of clones to send to Path>Write in skill set specializations>Write in any augmentations, if any>Other
>>42213234You need a parasite host to start a proper hive with a medium-sized chimera egglayer capable of laying psionic relays, bio-tanks, and infrastructure.Flies hunting down and parasiting someone is much messier than just sending a disposable parasited hybrid whose "individuality" doesn't need to be handled delicately like Lyle's and Jackob's do.
>>42213259>>Write in skill set specializationsKeep four clones asleep in reverse in the tanks and un-specialized?We may be able to turn them into Hackers and Conmen very soon, I don't want to have to wait another five days to create new clones from scratch.Also what is estimated credits per person for smuggling/legitimate airline to Path?
>>42213259>>Write in any augmentations, if anySecond HeartLeaper LegsReacher armsEndo-skeletal platingSting whipsChemical fabricatorsChemical dependent acid glandsSemi-fluid tissueMimic SkinEcholocation
>>42213259Send 8.2 Techs, a Survivalist, 5 Brawlers.>>Write in any augmentations, if anysemi-fluid tissue, mimetic skin, acid glands, chemical fabricator, sting fingers, Second Heart, Endoskeletal Plating, Electrostatic Muscle Grafts.Install parasites in all of them for regeneration and potential chimerization.
>>42213280Ooh, nice. Sounds good to me. Are we missing anything? We might want to even parasite our clones if for no other reason than faster healing.
>>42213267Or we could send an egglayer with a adaptive camouflage. I know it's a moot point now but in future it would cut down on time to just have them dropped off on a world and start building a hive within the same thread.
>>42213280You should have Skin Graft, right?Add Sting fingers and Electrostatic Muscle Grafts to this.Should we give two of the Brawlers Lifter arms instead?
>>42213298I assume our clones come with parasites pre-installed. And I totally forgot skin grafts (to cover up their legs) and bio-digital interfaces.
I'm an anon that can't into special operationswhat is the main thing we have to watch out for this time?
>>42213259>8>2 Techs, 1 Survivalist, 4 Brawlers, 1 Sharpshooter>Write in any augmentations, if anySecond HeartLeaper LegsReacher armsEndo-skeletal platingSting whipsChemical fabricatorsChemical dependent acid glandsSemi-fluid tissueMimic SkinEcholocationBrawlers get Lifters.
>>42213280Okay so this plusBio-digital interfaceSkin graftAnd give a few of them Lifter arms in case we need to Punch Good.>>42213318It being a trap.Letting them associate our faces at the meeting with the planet we just traveled from -- the clones should change their faces somewhere after landing in New Tokyo.
>>42213335Oh and yeah, add skingrafts to this.
>>42213312Well, they've already got sting whips, so I assumed that that sting claws would be redundant. But you're right about the brawler, here's an alt list for himSecond HeartLeaper LegsLifter armsSkin graftsEndo-skeletal platingElectro static musclesChemical fabricatorsChemical dependent acid glandsArm bladesPistol sledgesI think that makes for a very well rounded team.
Arm blades and pistol sledges for the brawlers is a good idea.
>>42213335You copied the list but you forgot to add bio-digital interface and the even more vital Skin graft.[operating intensifies]>>42213350Well the sting fingers allow you to do something poison-y without anything unique showing on cameras. It's less of a signature unique cybernetic.
>>42213350Okay full list-Second HeartLeaper LegsReacher armsEndo-skeletal platingSting whipsChemical fabricatorsChemical dependent acid glandsSemi-fluid tissueMimic SkinEcholocationAnd for the brawlerSecond HeartLeaper LegsLifter armsSkin graftsEndo-skeletal platingElectro static musclesChemical fabricatorsChemical dependent acid glandsArm bladesPistol sledgesThermal pits
>>42213368>Arm blades and pistol sledgesPistol sledges override anything else. No other implants are allowed.You can't have both. I vote arm blades.
>>42213372MOTHERFUCKERBIO-DIGITAL INTERFACES AND SKIN GRAFTS ON THAT FIRST LIST
>>42213379There are multiple brawlers. Have half take arm blades and half take sledges. Tactical versatility, bruv.
>>42213379Dude, gotta read between the lines on the pastebin.>Pistol sledge – The incredibly powerful sonic sledge is a bulky and heavy duty weapon. With many modifications and some slight decrease in its power, a less potent but more compact version can be built into the Lifter arms, and the sledge itself can even be built around a set of arm blades
>>42213372>Okay full list-That's. That's just the same list of ten as the first draft, anon... You didn't even change anything.Also the person with sting whips should also have Electrostatic, because it conducts through the whips.
>>42213393Oh fuck right how did I forget the exception clause.
>>42213394Eh, but combined with all the other implants that really drives up the nutrient requirements for the user, I figured one extensive internal augmentation per clone (along with the endo skeletal plating) was sufficient. With the chemical fabricator it already has tons of options for knocking people out cold.
>>42213372This is decent,but you forgot parasites for everyone, bio-digital interface, and (most importantly) skin grafts so we can pass off our horrible abominations as human.
>>42213372Okay actual full list.Non-Brawlers.Bio-digital interfaceSkin graftSecond HeartLeaper LegsReacher armsEndo-skeletal platingSting whipsElectro static musclesChemical fabricatorsChemical dependent acid glandsSemi-fluid tissueMimic SkinEcholocationBrawlersLifter armsArm bladesPistol sledgesBio-digital interfaceSkin graftSecond HeartLeaper LegsEndo-skeletal platingSting whipsElectro static musclesChemical fabricatorsChemical dependent acid glandsSemi-fluid tissueMimic SkinEcholocationThermal pits
>>42213259>Send 8 clones>2 Techs, 1 Survivalist, 4 Brawlers, 1 SharpshooterSecond HeartLeaper LegsLifter armsSkin graftsEndo-skeletal platingElectro static musclesChemical fabricatorsChemical dependent acid glandsArm bladesPistol sledgesThermal pitsfor BrawlerSecond HeartLeaper LegsReacher armsEndo-skeletal platingSting whipsChemical fabricatorsChemical dependent acid glandsSemi-fluid tissueMimic SkinEcholocationfor others>Add skin graft to all clones>Add bio-digital interface to all clones>Other
>>42213430>>Add skin graft to all clones>>Add bio-digital interface to all clones
>>42213430>>Add skin graft to all clones>>Add bio-digital interface to all clonesThis.
>>42213430>>Add skin graft to all clones>>Add bio-digital interface to all clonesI mean we at least need the interface on the Techs.>OtherAlso add semi-fluid tissue to Brawlers, for the love of Mother.They have to be able to discard fake IDs and use new ones just as much as the rest of us.We don't want to leave a trail leading to our flight from Gemini, if they look up his face.
>>42213430>>Add skin graft to all clones>>Add bio-digital interface to all clones>Add semi-fluid tissue to all clones
>>42213457Really solid idea here. Seconding.
>>42213457That would put a massive amount of metabolic stress on them, though. And if they can't change their faces to get off of path, we can just get them to put down roots and start a hive there. Then we can lay bio tanks to reconstruct their faces.
>>42213430>Add both>Add semi-fluid tissueSecond HeartLeaper LegsLifter armsSkin graftsEndo-skeletal platingElectro static musclesChemical fabricatorsChemical dependent acid glandsArm bladesPistol sledgesThermal pitsSkin GraftBio-digital interfaceSemi-fluid tissuefor BrawlerSecond HeartLeaper LegsReacher armsEndo-skeletal platingSting whipsChemical fabricatorsChemical dependent acid glandsSemi-fluid tissueMimic SkinEcholocationSkin GraftBio-digital interfacefor others>Y/N>Add other
>>42213430How many redundant parasites can we fit inside each hybrid?Like, they each need at least one for regeneration bio-salve. But we can smuggle a few spares by implanting more inside their chest cavity can't we?
>>42213494Everything except the semi fluid tissue on the brawlers.
>>42213494>>YCan we just say that all new clones have parasites by default from now on instead of micromanaging whether they have superhealing powers.>>42213484What? It's only 8N cost, a 4N upkeep boost.Also the objection isn't not being able to leave, it's tracing their origin in the first place. That "this group that met with us came from Gemini, let's look closer!"
>>42213494>YThat's a spooky Chimera
>>42213494We may want to start a new batch of 10 clones again now that these are on their way out.
Should all 8 carry a thermos to smuggle a fly in each?Don't want to be forced to wait to be able to stalk people and map out the city until after we start a hive and lay flies.
>>42213638Good idea mate.
>>42213494>YYou work on the finishing touches for your clones, and you send several quick requests to Theseus regarding the nature of human smuggling. Unsurprisingly, he knows several ways to accomplish such a task, although the easiest way is often to simply pay for a charter ship, or to ride "jump seat" on a freighter. He begins to look into finding a cheap route from Gemini to Path.>Begin a new cloning project (10 hybrids)>Do not>Other>>42213502Well, you could easily replace the kidneys with parasites without causing any apparent side effects, and with a normal parasite on the spine the kidneys are largely redundant anyways. That would be the easiest way to go about it.
>>42213671>>Begin a new cloning project (10 hybrids)
>>42213671>>Begin a new cloning project (10 hybrids)Good thing our fake id machine should be stolen soon.
>>42213671Do it.Plus 3 Chimera
>>42213671>Begin a new cloning project (10 hybrids)
>>42213671Sure, start a new cloning project. The hive grows larger! For Mother!
>>42213671>>Begin a new cloning project (10 hybrids)Well that sounds good.Each hybrid can contain 3 parasites, so if there's an unexpected emergency and someone has to be implanted, two can crawl right out of its stomach and implant for Mother.
>>42213732Whether adopted or naturally born, mother loves all her children equally.
Did we switch all of our drones carrying thumpers to the upgraded heavy thumpers?
>>42213671>Begin a new cloning projectMeanwhile, within the military facility on Gemini Beta, an emergency call arrives from parliament. Secretary Windsor appears in front of Gilliam in his office. He has bags under his eyes, but his face is taught with concern like a wound up spring."We have a problem. Things in alternate projects are starting to get out of hand, and we may need to requisition additional resources from your project, or, more likely, shutter it temporarily." He says abruptly, without even a basic greeting. Gilliam is tempted to simply hang up."What? After all this work, just like that?""No. It would be shuttered because we may need you to consult on mounting issues that fall into your field of expertise. After the situation is resolved you can return to your work. For now, know that your project was not the only recipient of items recovered from the expanse, or from Earth. The three test subjects will be returned to your lab in the next few days, but in the mean time I'd like you to help consult on a matter. It isn't much, just some calculations in theoretical physics." He says as he steeples his fingers and rests his chin on his knuckles, allowing himself a short moment to close his eyes and inhale deeply. He returns his gaze to his console and taps out a few bits of data and several files appear on Gilliam's computer. He opens the first file and examines the title, scrolling past the large top secret header label."Moonraker? I've never heard of this project before." He says. Windsor nods."Good, then that means someone's doing their job for once." He says. "The hand full of survivors weren't all that we managed to recover the from lunar incident. Most of it was destroyed or presumed taken by the Commonwealth, but survey teams sent to monitor the major impacts found something in the debris fields. We've been working on a method of containment ever since."I think now is a good stopping point. I'll try to stick around for a bit.
>>42213807Godammit those motherfuckers. That shit is dangerous, we need to make it dissappear.
>>42213807> but survey teams sent to monitor the major impacts found something in the debris fields. We've been working on a method of containment ever since."Oh god, they noticed something when we picked up the lunar cannister didn't they?Thanks again for running QD
>>42213807Well, first of all thanks for running.This sounds like a very interesting discovery indeed. If it proves important perhaps the hive itself can intervene via a stealth fleet. Recovered aspects of the weapon are extremely important. Even if we end up going public soon, we can "sell" any military action against the containment facility as reclaiming our own stolen tech. There's nothing really the union can do.
>>42213807Can we vote to send more pods to more star systems?Not necessarily describe them now, just send them in case something attention grabbing happens.>>42213807>fall into your field of expertise.>theoretical physicsThe theoretical physics of tachyons. As seen in the OP post. The tachyons over the Mirage's black box retrieval.They have more successful projects? Fuck.>weren't all that we managed to recover the from lunar incident. Most of it was destroyed or presumed taken by the Commonwealth, but survey teams sent to monitor the major impacts found something in the debris fields. We've been working on a method of containment ever since."They have void shards? They tried to use void shards today?
>>42213807Thanks for running QD, it's been a blast like always. Any idea when you'll run next?>>42213757None of our drones are carrying either right now. And the thumper counts as a blade, the heavy thumper is a medium weapon.
>>42213842No, that's past tense.Method of containment means they took the things already, and are trying to contain them, right.The debris fields are in orbit, remember? He said debris fields, not craters.
>>42213848Seconding this, if QD can just add all the mundane planet info to the pastebin whenever, and just give us the events that are happening at the moment, we could actually start considering wider space easily.
>>42213807You were thinking of running this week again right?Tuesday night? Wednesday?
So, some later research ideas regarding photonic construct/blades once those are finished:>Photonic construct + Quantum crystals.>Applying vibroblade tech to photonic blades, or just manipulate it to vibrate like one would.>Complex Photonic Construct: maybe we can add minuscule thermal tubes inside and make it even more like a lightsaber.>Combi-construct. Useful for flies.I'd like some feedback from the Quantum-thinkers on those.
>>42213807Vote to lay 4000 Quantum Thinkers and set them to start inventing new research subjects. skunkworks thinkers.
>>42213848Well, I personally think we may have played the stealth game long enough at this point. We need to know the locations of their tech, after that:Send a few thousand ships to the location of each of their facilities (they probably don't have any more facilities on major worlds that would require infiltration, right?). Broadcast to any defending fleets nearby that we are reclaiming stolen technology and any aggression against our forces will be met with a lethal response. Send in ground forces to secure, remove, or destroy any void shards or tachyon projects. There's nothing the Union can really do short of a full scale war, and they are unlikely to commit to that at this point (they would also lose).
>>42213862Say, that makes me think...what if we started equipping our basic warriors with a variety of medium weapon grafts based on percentage, instead of just a single weapon for all of them. For every 100 warriors, we give say30% Blasters30% Thorn launchers5% Plasma canons5% Fire sprays (with all alt ammo)10% Lightening guns10% Cyclotrons10% Heavy thumpersOr something along those lines?
>>42213848Sure, I suppose so.Exploration would also certainly be one of the things I'd like to handle in a potential mid week thread, if possible.>>42213862Not idea, really. Honestly, after running I usually sleep until it's almost Tuesday, so I'll have to think up a schedule then. I'll try to keep the twitter up to date on things.>>42213876I was thinking probably later in the week, since I have about three other campaigns spread through the week usually, and occasionally work, although this week is decently free. I mostly just want to get a few short threads up to deal with crunchy things or the more detailed and less plot related things, like charting star systems and fiddling with hive stats.The things we're all too hyped up to do at the start of the thread and too sleepy to do at the end.
So I made what one of OQ's elite troops could look like, as far as we know.
>>42213910Sounds good to me. Frankly our warriors are really under equipped in many ways given what we are capable of. This should help mitigate those problems. (Also, I'm really looking forward to personal shielding. HALO here we come).
>>42213807I dont know what it is that he is talking about but I dont like the sound of "moonraker"I recommend growing a sizeable military force of clones and cladding them in stolen combat gear, then wiping everything about moonraker off the face of the galaxy. It'll cause a panic because they'll believe there is another human faction fucking around, and we should be free of any suspicion
>>42213923What in Mother's Name is that monstrositynice work anon
>>42213936I like this idea, although frankly we could also get away with being overt as>>42213901suggested. A clone army certainly has its benefits, although if it's traced back to us it limits our infiltration capabilities.
>>42213943Thanks. I'm getting a new tablet soon too, so hopefully my work quality will improve.
>>42213911Then could we queue up some stars now.Barnard, Patherfound, Chandra, Andromeda, Teegarden, First Landing, Strife, Tempest, The Commons.
>>42213911Is Rip Drive close to finished?The 'relics' he mentioned are the same as the 'exotic matter' mentioned earlier?
>>42213923Very interesting take, very nice.>>42213981Sure>Send pods to Barnard, Patherfound, Chandra, Andromeda, Teegarden, First Landing, Strife, Tempest, The Commons>Send pods to other (write in)>Do not>Other
>>42213932Yeah, you know what, I'll just make a template on this so we can muck around with the loadout ration easier. This way at least our infantry will be way more flexible tactically in a fight.Thorn launchers- 30% Sting casters- 0% (That's what wasps are for)Fire sprays (with all alt ammo)- 5%Blasters- 30%Lightening guns- 10%Cyclotrons- 10%Plasma canons- 10%Heavy thumpers- 5%
>>42213992>Send pods to Barnard, Patherfound, Chandra, Andromeda, Teegarden, First Landing, Strife, Tempest, The CommonsSounds good.
>>42213992>>Send pods to Barnard, Patherfound, Chandra, Andromeda, Teegarden, First Landing, Strife, Tempest, The Commons>otherUnknown red dwarf. Unknown yellow star.
>>42213992>>Send pods to other (write in)Cluster, Drift, Refuge, Reprieve, Greythrone, the Sisterworlds, Turmoil, haven and distance. That's every world in hive space we know of, combined with the ones already listed.
>>42213992>Send pods to Barnard, Patherfound, Chandra, Andromeda, Teegarden, First Landing, Strife, Tempest, The Commons
>>42214018No. No going to Cluster yet.We saw with Drift that the OQ notices blinking to a non-star, deep space structure much better.Let's put that one off until we're assaulting it.
>>42213992>Send pods to Barnard, Patherfound, Chandra, Andromeda, Teegarden, First Landing, Strife, Tempest, The CommonsAnd this too >>42214018 >>42214013Though with the level of paranoia OB has, I doubt that the pods sent to the former Hive Worlds will remain hidden, much less intact and not blown up by her patrols.
>>42214027But we're just looking at it. I hope you don't plan on flying in there without any eyes on it.
>>42214036I'm saying don't look at it until your attack is imminent anyway.
>>42213992>>Send pods to Barnard, Patherfound, Chandra, Andromeda, Teegarden, First Landing, Strife, Tempest, The CommonsAnd these >>42214013 >>42214018
>>42214018We're already at Drift, Refuge, Reprieve.
>>42213992>Send pods to Barnard, Patherfound, Chandra, Andromeda, Teegarden, First Landing, Strife, Tempest, The CommonsNow what about mimicking the Builder and starting a much improved skunkworks >>42213897
I seriously think we need to at least tell them about the history relating to the black crystal. how it's really fucking dangerous to even play around with, along with the fact(not sure but it's a given now) that the union IS trying to play around with it. the commonwealth will simply agree by the virtue of having a powerful ally against the Union, and akaik the commonwealth doesn't have any bad thoughts about Unity.of course, information should be traded, but I think this should be thrown in as a 'bonus' while we do tech trading. and other more bits and bobs of our history in the future trades too.
>>42214098I think our research is already at its maximum output. Our industry can still be improved, however (industry can always be improved)
>>42214141I said skunkworks. This isn't about increasing research speed.It's about inventing new research subjects we missed ex nihilo.
>>42214098Isn't that what our quantum thinkers and thinkers are already doing? Thinking of new things for mother?
>>42214118That reminds me that we'll have to bring up the crystals and the Confederacy's moon cannon project sometime in the negotiations.And also find out about how the Commonwealth feels about Theseus and sapient AI in general.
>>42214158I think this is what they're doing. You're right. We have enough new research ideas for the time being at least that we certainly don't need more quantum thinkers.
>>42214158No.They're researching ideas that have been thought up or mimicked from something.They aren't trying to come up with new subjects entirely, which is what the Builder was doing, without the benefit of quantum brains. We can do it much better and more creatively.Right now the Thinkers are following tech trees. We could be trying to create new ones that don't exist.
Has QD gone to sleep now? As much fun as I have sperging with all of you for hours on end about multi layered shielding and the like, it is getting rather late on my end.
>>42214190>enough>researchI don't...understand.Also>>41631875>there is a chance you actually don't unlock all potential research options in certain fields of study on your ownWe hit dead ends sometimes, that may not actually be dead ends. The Thinkers just hadn't seen the new applications yet.Trying to unlock things we may have missed is worthwhile. Like the quantum scrambler warhead.
>>42214255I guess my concern with regards to enough research was that researching additional topics would slow down our ongoing research by dividing our thinkers' attention. Is that correct?
>>42214295no problem.LAY MORE THINKERS
>>42214155Quantum thinkers are also a handy way to suggest research topics from what we have too.
On Path, maybe we should lay a psionic mind reading, camouflaged drone that can hide itself in the sewers beneath the meeting place.It only needs to get within 50 meters, or around 16 storeys beneath the meeting place. As long as the building isn't too tall.
sheeeiiiitis it still going?
>>42214359It seems it's wrapped up for today. But fear not anon! For QD has stated he is prepared to run another thread sometime this week, perhaps on Wodin's day! Don't judge me, I've been following the quest non stop since it started.
>>42211872>We remembered to warn the Commonwealth that there's another, hostile Hive out there, right?We'll trade for that information.
They're going to keep us in quarantine for a longgg time aren't they.QD isn't ready to let us read the minds of heads of state.
>>42214399Technically, that research is still a fair ways away from completion.
I can already tell we're going to have such a great time with our new human friends.They might not find it so great though.
>>42213992>>Send pods to Barnard, Patherfound, Chandra, Andromeda, Teegarden, First Landing, Strife, Tempest, The CommonsI've been trying to have the fixed guns on light fleet ships replaced with blasters.
It occurs to me that the entirety of our forces are ones we have patrolling or on active standby. We should start laying reserve forces, hive drones that go into hibernation as soon as they are hatched. Hibernating drones have no upkeep so after the laying costs and a single day upkeep we'd be paying nothing on them while they remain in storage ready to be woken up in the wake of some emergency. This may not apply to ships as we only have a limited space in which to store them and constructing any more is an investment in resources, however there is no reason we cannot begin laying reserve swarms right away in much larger numbers than we would normally lay because we don't plan on paying upkeep on them.
>>42214886Nice thinking anon, i wholeheartedly support this idea. But we could maybe actually make hibernating ships. We basically fill ships with lots of hibernating drones and send them to a location in empty space which only we know and tell them to hibernate. And then we pick them up when we need it. Space is BIG, they shouldn't be discovered.
>>42214886>This may not apply to ships as we only have a limited space in which to store them and constructing any more is an investment in resources, however there is no reason we cannot begin laying reserve swarms right away in much larger numbers than we would normally lay because we don't plan on paying upkeep on them.Or we could just park our reserve ships in the interstellar void.
>>42214886Great idea. We should really talk about this next thread.
>>42213906>Uplink on the left monitorkek
I missed the second thread. Shit.
>>42217765No you didn't.Did you just want an excuse to bump from page 10 for no reason.
Since this thread is alive anyway: While Taidarens are getting us a four-finger discount on a holo-printer.Once the Taidaren 'doctors' are implanted, we can have the doctors suddenly have a stroke of inspiration that they test on new patients, and realize that parasites will quickly implant themselves given the right stimuli, allowing much faster distribution of the things without a surgery bottleneck.Rather than having our clones give that kind of suspicious unsolicited advice.And while we have access to cameras in Decker's room to check that he or Coco is still there, he admitted he hacked them and the feed could be faked at any time. Prank incoming. But if it's after the flies hatch, it should be too late.
Aw crap, the internet rejects will want to know how to address our group of agents and who they work for.What do we say we are. The Family? That sounds like a mafia.