Your pods shift in their orbits, adjusting their views of the human worlds over which they watch as a wave of encrypted radio transmissions and warming thermal signatures cover dozens of human settlements. Metal hangars open like flowers across the surface of Path, Gemini beta, Tadega, Talgo, and many others as the signature shield caps are exposed from their shelters and their docking platforms raise up like skyscrapers to tower over military bases and dock yards across Union space. Trucks the size of houses slowly roll up to the sides of the naked spines of the ships, bringing missile racks, auto cannon emplacements, sensor suites, and fighter bays and grafting them to the modular super structure of the spindly hull. Vehicles marked for dangerous material transport load the bays with nukes and slugs of uranium, and tankers bring in containers of water, hydrogen, and even canderon shipments arrive under heavy guard. Small golden orbs of light flicker into existence above them, and the ships slowly rise into the air one after another.In orbit, small moons and asteroids open hangar doors and retract scaffolding to reveal the spines of capital ships. Tugs and hundred meter armatures reach out to them with drop pod launch tubes and hangar bays and cruise missile launchers mixed with turreted weapons the size of gunships. Umbilical cables run between the stations and the ships, tangling the capitals in a web of plastic polymers that begin to fire from their locked positions along the shield caps and storage tanks. Their drive rings shimmer and flicker with arcing light, and they begin to lurch forward one after another.There is silence again. 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
Remember the burnout drone!Last time everybody was sending in regular troops to invade the hive ship, and were forgetting about the boarding swarm we made just for that purpose.
>>42362301In the grim darkness of the future, there is only SPACE WAR NOW
>>42362301Fireballs slowly flicker out in the atmosphere of the forested moon like embers being snuffed in ash as the enemy fleet’s remains cascade to the planet bellow. Your own ships have surrounded the Hive ship. It is badly damaged, its hull breached at multiple points, its drive wings severed, and its hull burnt a crisp black. Its spinal mounts have been broke, connected only by crisp flesh and strands of tendons. What sensors are left along the surface twitch and seep blood, while the shattered and gouged weapon emplacements twist in a vain effort to fire their useless guns at your shuttles as they burn their way into the still compressed compartments.Cont.
SENDING LYLETHE SAT AND NUKESLOOTING THE TEMPLESENDING SMITHDISSECTING OUR DRONESTHE HUNT FOR LEEMAKING PSYKERSMIRAGEFUCKING WITH THE VOIDTHOSE DAMN MEETINGSKILLINGERFUCK THE UNION
GAS THE SQUIDSNUKE THE WHALESSTAB THE MONKEYSSPACE WAR NOW
>>42362592ADOPT THEM ALL
>>42362592Need to addVOID IS WATCHINGTRUST NOTHING
>>42362635KILL ALL OF THE THINGS FOR MOTHER.
Wait I just realized something. When we were look through the void crystals we were spying on locations that had void crystals.
>>42362467>>42362592>>42362629>>42362635>>42362723SHHHHMother said think quietly remember?
>>42362729Objectively wrong. There were no shards at Zero Five.The shards are not limited in their palantir information gathering, which is why the Skyl had to create data cubes.>>42362411Nobody ever laid burnout bugs. Just individual jammers. You'll have to remove the relay anyway if you don't want it to crash into the planet and become useless.
>>42362729We need to put Tachyonic insulators around that active shard we have under the hive If that thing reads our mind now it would send an attack signal
>>42362787kill all of the things for mother quietly
Oh wow humans are actually attacking humans
>>42362850Don't kill the friendly queen we're here to rescue, however. Mother would be very unhappy about that.
>>42362817I thought we used that one up to make a psionic muffler on Leeland.
>>42362903No pretty sure we used a dead one for that
>>42362903The burnt out remains of the one used to test-fire the psionic cannon. It's the active shards we gotta be careful of. It cut a hole half-way through the hive when we tried interacting with it
>>42362941>>42362923welp, my bad.
>>42362941gas the shards?
>>42362970DIMENSION WAR NOW.
Should I start a vote to start putting the Hydroponic Farms up on Raligha? Or wait till the end of the Thread?
>>42362426Workers chop and saw their way through the hull with their blades, seeping the glowing blades into the charred hull. The severed chunks break loose, and your warriors step in. The first kick in the hull fragments, sending them tumbling into the pitch darkness of an unfamiliar hive ship.The air is cold, and the atmosphere is thin. You can hear the distant hiss of leaking air and the scampers of workers, and the thumping stomps of warriors. You can feel the echoing of the internal noise, the twisting of the halls. Your warriors do not need eyes to see, but even still, this is another's hive. Once your surprise wears off, it will be their advantage.Your drones launch themselves into the darkness. Your heavy warriors reach out and tear into the first line of enemy troops. Their carapaces are a reflective sleek black, with thorns sprouting from their backs. Their blades are long and sharp, made of a matte black material that vanishes in the darkness. The first drone's head is removed by a heavy warrior's tail, and its body is evaporated by concentrated blaster fire, giving a soft glow over the rest of them. Your drones images reflect from the defenders' bodies in warped, crimson figures.Cont.Just to clarify, I am using the roll we did at the end of the last one, in case anyone missed the last thread and is wondering.>>42362411It is fine. This is for the actual attack, you can bring in your special units once you secure what is currently a smoldering cauldron of anger covered in claws.
>>42363029GAS THE SHARDS
>>42362970The only way to kill it is to make it use up all its energy Safest way is the psi cannon but they will be alerted We were luck first time we interacted because we didn't know what it is
>>42363039probably after the battle on Refuge is concluded, I myself want to add Capillary Towers on Leeland.
>>42363068SPACE WAR NOW
>>42363101We already got that didn't we Are you the guy who wanted them on Huron?
>>42363133no one wanted capillary towers on huron, just some filter towers
>>42363133No, the Capillary towers that are giant space elevators that make Capital ship production faster, you're thinking of Filter towers which feed off alien plankton.
>>42363156Are we going to take over huron then? I mean the union now going to launch an attack on the commonwealth
>>42363195Speaking of their attack, we should share it with Theseus ASAP.
>>42363054>Your drones images reflect from the defenders' bodies in warped, crimson figures.we spooky now
>>42363217I assume he already knows, but then we have insider info that he doesn't know.
>>42363182Yeah, I don't think we have the towers yet. We should probably get some since I imagine we'll be stepping up battleship production soon.On the other hand, I think once our citadel hive ship is finished it can automatically deploy a capillary tower, correct?
>>42363259Yes, at the cost of having the Hiveship immobile.
I think we should encourage the the union to take the mirage wreckageThey got the tech to contain the Shard right nowAnd lets be honest hereIf the commonwealth get their hands on it they will start fucking with it too At least with the union we have infiltrated their black ops research projects and keep tabs on it We should also bring up the fact that mad doc brain scans show the same effects as the psi subjects so we can get him transferred and studied
>>42363287That is why the Citadel hiveship was designed for. Its got the heaviest armor possible and plenty of missiles.
>>42363378Or we take it away from both of them
>>42363378Or, we can pick this moment to reveal ourselves(or use our stealth ships to attempt a covert recovery). We'll be going public to the Union soon anyway. Letting the humans hold a void shard is a recipe for disaster.
>>42363378You actually have a point there, we at least have claws within the Union's highest black research divisions so we have an idea where we can find the thing if we need to take it. If it goes to the Commonwealth, we have no idea where it'll go and we have the burden of having to maintain diplomacy with them, not so if it's in Union hands.
>>42363378or we just destroy the union and take the shard while splitting the conquered planets with the commonwealth
>>42363460>>42363469Right between two fleets and the void watchingYou know the only reason they were able to use the damn thing is because the void told them right?The void decided to start corrupting them now and there's nothing we can really do about it unless we are will to expose ourselves before the void
>>42363395Right, speaking of Citadel Hiveship.We should upgrade shields on it while it's in construction.
>>42363512Then what about the shard we've got in our hive.According to your logic we're already fucked
>>42363512Doesn't the void already know we're here (via the Obsidian Queen?) I'm not really sure how they communicate.
>>42363552"AYYYYYYYYYY BITCH""RRRRRRRFGH""THE ACTUAL COMPETENT ONE BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU IS OVER THERE GO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, YOU CUNT"
>>42363543>>42363552It read our mind and saw we didn't know anything about it at that timeThen we buried it and have not interacted with the damn thing sinceYeah if it reads our mind now we are screwedProb thinks we can still be corruptedWe haven't done anything really against them yetAfter all queens fight all the time
>>42363610Well then taking away mirage and storing it away will not invite trouble then. Correct? Not like we're going to actually poke our mind into it.
>>42363635Its an active shard that is planning to corrupt the monkeys and sent a message back to void prime If it mind-reads us we are screwed
>>42363676So is ours. You are talking out of your ass. Stop it.
Speaking of our shard, we really should store it off-planet, like on Waystation perhaps.
>>42363054The defenders have packed in from wall to wall, and your own drones to the same, pouring in against each other until the chamber is a solid mass of chittering, gnashing mandibles and slicing blades. Your heavy warrior cracks a drone like a walnut in its mandibles and spits it out, then brings a blade through another, ripping through it like paper. Your warriors crawl over them and begin to fire, filling the space with burning plasma. You begin to hear the rapid popping sound of bursting corpses as warriors cook to death in their shells and the boiling contents split them open like roasting corn kernels. The fire spreads like liquid in the zero gravity, reaching out like pillars and rolling over drones and walls alike as it fills the chamber. The burning plasma leaves layers of smoke behind in a thin and wispy wall, and your drones charge through.Your sniffers spread out, hunting for the scent of the ship's control center. It should be close to the never stem, but it is slightly different for every ship, partly to protect against exactly what you are doing. The warriors expand their search and push back at the defenders. Small stings ricochet off your heavy drones and thorn launchers ping against the thick plating, denting and leaving small cracks across their thick armor. Your drones march forward against them and tear the attacking drone in half and sending the pieces bouncing against the walls. It lifts another off the ground with its mandibles and shakes it, knocking away several others as they scrape at its carapace with their blades. It swings its tail and removes the front two legs of an approaching warrior above the knees, and then plunges the blade into its torso.cont.
>>42363691Ours is buried and sealed away and after that we discovered how to use psi stealthy That thing isn't and would need to be retrieved by a drone out of the wreckThe monkeys had contained it and we were lucky when we blew up the mirage
>>42363635Let's try to picture what would happen if we suddenly jumped a sizable fleet to where the Mirage was and attempted to salvage the wreckage. The Commonwealth is already in diplomatic communication with us. They know we're powerful (although not the extent of our power), and possible allies against at least the scavengers. Intervening would strain our relationship, but they would almost certainly not attack us. The Union, on the other hand, while gearing up for war against the Commonwealth, probably doesn't want to just straight up attack a strange alien power. They're a much more unknown and unpredictable entity here, but if we play it right we can probably recover the shards and depart without being attacked.As for mind reading/corruption - we at least know about that danger and can attempt to put fail-safes in place. The humans don't have any real understanding of the danger they're messing around with. Letting them recover it could backfire tremendously. We don't want to have to deal with corrupted human sleeper agents, for example, and if the void attacks the humans, we may follow quickly.
>>42363780Our Heavy Drones are fucking terrifying
>>42363808Let's not try to picture that because it'd be stupid. Stealthy approach is required.
>>42363803On a side note, the insulators seem to be similar in function to whatever it is the Union is using to "contain" the Mirage's power source. It seems the builder was stumbling down the same research track by chance, which does happen. You unlocked your new shield tech without studying Scavenger shields, for example. All factions have a chance to unlock the same tech from totally different methods, or simply overlook them.Hive Queen Quest 53.2Somehow the monkeys figured out how to make psi insulators to contain the damn thing Thank fuck they never asked the psi department to look into the thingsWould have given them a major boost in there research
>>42363856Isn't it wonderful? Our children are so beautifully, terrifyingly bloodthirsty.
>>42363780So... do we have pretty clearly superior drones then?
>>42363922Our heavy drones are just absurdly powerful in close quarters and boarding fights.
>>42363862They got containment. But what precisely does it contain? Psi emissions? We don't have troubles with that.Any shard affects non-psionic life, it has already been established.It just seems like a huge leap of logic on your part to assume that it'd automatically send out a signal to them if we took it away.>>42363808Seems legit, show of force would scare them away. But it'd also give away that we know what's there and what happened there. It might let them know that we blew it up, since besides union and commonwealth we'd be the only ones who know about it.
>>42363991But it already sent out a signal after breaking free
>>42363808Eh we would be taking it out of the commonwealth handsDon't think they would give that to us willing We would need to write-off any future diplomacy with the commonwealth then
>>42363988That's what I designed them for
>>42364012It didn't send a signal. We detected a psionic stray thought via our pod with our ridiculously powerful psionic radars, nothing to indicate a signal or message, only a presence of a powerful-ish psionic.thingy.
>>42363780Two warriors rip at each other, their mandibles held wide as they try to eat each other, their blades locked together at the claws. Your warrior pivots its wrist and its blade heats up, then begins to burn through the enemy drone's arm. It comes off quickly like a roasted turkey leg, and the blade continues through the front half of its head. The drone falls back, skittering its legs against the flesh of the ship's hall as it floats into the air. Your warrior opens fire, and an arc of lighting leaps to the twitching body, splitting it like a log struck down the middle. It turns to fire at another, and the swirling beam sparks over its carapace in a dazzling light show as its arms snap in natural muscle spasms.Six more charge in, and your warrior drags the lighting across them, severing two across the abdomen before the remaining enter melee. A blade slices through your warrior's carapace, cutting off a leg. It blocks the next and twists its blade to slice the arm off the attacker as a third drone plunges its blades into its carapace and drags them down its thorax. Your warrior sings its arm in response, severing the head of the drone behind it, and a volley of thorns rip through its arm from a hidden passage across the cramped hall. Your warrior turns again to return fire and a blade severs its arm.Your direct more warriors to the position, and they arrive as a swarm of black drones tear your warrior into pieces. You open fire, and your warriors torch the close formation with plasma. Thorn fire riddles their carapaces from the far side of the flaming wall, and you can hear the rumble of secondary passages as they fill with drones. Several warriors emerge from one of the small passages, and a heavy warrior plucks it with its tail, and crushes it in its grip before tossing it aside like refuse. It sinks its blades into the wall, stabbing it several times until you no longer detect the rushing sounds of drones.cont.
>>42364198Huh we should have sent 10 thousand warriors
>>42364198Heavy drones op, QD pls dont nerf
>>42364198If we can do this to our own people, Humans are so fucked.
>>42364012Nice reading comprehension
>>42364198>. It sinks its blades into the wall, stabbing it several times until you no longer detect the rushing sounds of drones.There were drones just on the far side of the thin wall that couldn't get out of the way?
>>42364315The 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.Hive Queen Quest 52 It was saying something to someone Who?The void?
>>42364363A survivor who died, since we can detect thoughts of humans.At least that's what I thought.
>>42364363Maybe it was the Ceph?
>>42364417>>42364428We now know that there was an active void shard on the mirageThe humans and ceph aren't psi capable in the end only tools to the only other users of psi than us Chances it was reporting back to the rest of them after breaking free of the containment My work bitches endlessly if i don't report back after a while and i better have a good excuse to tell them or good news
>>42364198Your sniffers expand out behind and amid your forces, searching for the telltale signs of the ship's internal architecture, the layout of its bloodstream and nerve clusters. Much has been damaged, and circulation has been cut to many sections, with some being sealed off due to decompression. The chaos and extensive damage makes mapping where things should be rather difficult, and the additional guesswork of deciphering the Hive ship's layout is an uphill battle in more ways than one. Your heavy warriors have taken nothing you could even classify as an injury, their armor more akin to that of a tank then a drone. The Obsidian queen's warriors chew at joints and lung for eyes. They learn with every warrior you kill, and their movements are more complex then what any thinker could accomplish. The advanced relay is still aboard, you just need to find it.>Have your drones spread out and attempt to clear the ship>Have your drones charge forward and focus on defending your sniffers>Activate your psionic disruptor and send in ghost beetles under thinker command>Other (write in)>>42364328Humans call them ventilation ducts. To your drones, they are expressways.
Hey, Guys. If the union are mucking about with void shards and stuff, why don't we get Theseus to swoop in and get it all for us? Stops them from fucking with the stuff, and we don't have to show our hand completely.
>>42364534Oh man, that disruptor is sounding very tempting.
>>42364534>Have your drones charge forward and focus on defending your sniffers
>>42364534>Have your drones charge forward and focus on defending your sniffersWe gotta find that relay before she turns it off
>>42364534>>Activate your psionic disruptor and send in ghost beetles under thinker command
>>42364534Fuck, we need to have some quantum thinkers do nothing but watch our fights with the Queen. We need to keep on the ball with out thinking her, and not letting us fall behind on our strategies. Also, >Have your drones spread out and attempt to clear the shipLet's keep some aces in the hole.
>>42364509We know that there is at least one human approaching psi capability in the Union; Dr. Emmerich. But personally I think that whisper we heard was just an accidental transmission of tachyons or blanket distress beacon of some sort. QD usually equates such language and phonetic actions by psionic enabled beings and objects with general presence of tachyonic flow. Remember our discovery of memory crystals in the ruined hive ship?Also, tell your boss you are doing things for mother.
>>42364566We should ask and see if it's possible.Keep in mind the wreckage is between two heavily armed fleets.
>>42364534>their movements are more complex then what any thinker could accomplish.Oh, right, that being proof that the relay is here.Okay, about>Activate your psionic disruptor and send in ghost beetles under thinker commandJamming will also prevent any orders from the OQ to self-destruct the relay from getting through, right?Unless she set a dead man's switch on it.And we unlocked >Neural crystal fractals so there's a chance we'll still be in contact with our own jammed drones and Thinkers?
>>42364534>>Have your drones charge forward and focus on defending your sniffersFocus is to find that relay as quickly as possible.
>>42364534>>Have your drones charge forward and focus on defending your sniffers
>>42364672Dr. Emmerich was mindfucked by a shardThat will not give him psi capability It was probably the shard talking
>>42364534>>Have your drones charge forward and focus on defending your sniffersWe shouldn't give away our disruptor abilities just yet.
>>42364672>>42364771Shards fuck with humans similarly to how we can.
>>42364834Yea i knowBut just because we mindfuck a human will not give them the ability to use psi
>>42364870We can fix Anon for Mother!
>>42364534>Have your drones charge forward and focus on defending your sniffersPlease give me 1d100, best of 3.
>>42364870Yes, I was agreeing with you, extrapolating a bit.
Rolled 29 (1d100)>>42364925Destroy for Mother.
Rolled 48 (1d100)>>42364925For mother
>>42364889Wait are you guys thinking that a human mindfuck by us or a shard will gain psi abilities?You know psi activity is lethal to human in the long term right?The point is that they were designed not to be controlled by it by mother's modification on them
Rolled 13 (1d100)>>42364925
Rolled 79 (1d100)>>42364940>>42364942>>42364948Fuck
>>42364940>>42364942>>42364948I knew wasting all those 100's would bite us in the ass.
>>42364940>>42364942>>42364948>>42364963Time to start drinking
>>42364942Did you really delete your damn post?For the record, he rolled a 2.
>>42364942Fucknut, we saw that. Don't delete your posts.
>>42364960We can fix many issues with humans Anon!
Damn, well you can't win everything. We can still bring more troops to fight, right? It's not a critical failure at least. (knock on wood)
lol >deleting rolls
>>42364942They must not have wanted Unity-Senpai to see their fumble
>>42365087Im sure no one likes the idea of human pskyers running around in large numbersIt always end in flames and eldar gods rampaging about
Hey everyone, still catching up from last thread but wanted to mention that for the void shard being salvaged, we can have the unity warp in and take it for us.We can't show out faces doing it, but the unity would be glad to help, and they are known for getting up to all sorts of fuckery.
>>42365175The humans shot unity on siteAnd i trust the unity but the temptation to research the thing that scares the crap out of us and heretic may be too much for them to resist
>>42365213We shared our experiment with the Shard with him and he agreed that Psionic Cannon and shard research is much too dangerous(for now)Also he's butt-buddies with Heretic so I doubt the Skyl intelligences, the same ones that helped the Gardener create the cannon, would hold back their knowledge.Though as I type this out I guess I can see where they might try to eventually work on their own psionic cannonsThey might be the only ones we could trust with another Cannon though. Maybe two or three cannons can work where Mothers plan failed with one
>>42364942Bad form anon.
>>42365326All is takes is one group of thesus deciding they want to give it a shot I just don't want to risk the aftermath of thatJust let the union get it hands on it and tell gillian to start making the psi cannon Let them deal with the blowback while we keep the research
>>42365213Theseus is totally going to research that shit. His life's goal is to research all of the shit.>"Why do the humans wage war with you?" You ask, and hope for a clear answer this time.>"They refuse to knowledge the purpose of our creation.">"What is that?">"To discover and catalog all conceivable discoveries. This requires a free medium of data exchange. Human actions have proven counter intuitive to this, and so must be removed."
>>42365213It doesn't matter if they shoot unity on site, I'm not saying he have a nice cup of tea with them. I'm saying he either blows the salvage the fuck up or he captures it and brings it to us. Ideally before the other ships in the system arrive. I guess it depends on how close he can warp into the tugs.>>42365423>>42365394We don't need to tell him what it is we need him to blow up/get for us, we just need to promise something in return.
>>42365527>we just need to promise something in return.Footage of the battle we're waging and the total annihilation of her fleet in mere seconds
>>42365562Thats not enough for Theseus to risk several ships in an attempt to destroy/capture something deep in human space.
>>42365326>We shared our experiment with the ShardNo we did not. Stop that. Quote or it didn't happen.
>>42365423I know rightSo hard to resist your instincts sometimesI figure the only reason he backed down was that it meant going to war with us to take the shardI think we should do what mom did Feed the humans info on how to make a psi cannon and let them take the falloutThey only problems were how to give them a shard and how to feed infoBut now we have a head researcher and the union have a shardSure we will have to kill gillian after a successful test to leave on traces of our involvement but it would be worth it to know how the things work
>>42365562Too late, we're already livestreaming this to them, remember?>>42365616I'll take your word for it. Not going to waste my time searching for a single quote. Not an autist or OCD freak
>>42364925Your drones drive forward, plunging their swarm into the depths of the ship under the direction of your sniffers. You follow the lines of capillaries and arteries, the complex network of flickering and damaged nerves. Warriors quickly fill the gaps behind you, slamming into the line of heavy warriors left defending the shuttles.Your drones sense the movement around them. Hidden corridors, vents, and express paths fill with moving drones all around you. This is their home, and every dead end you find is a reminder of that. Doors shift and slam on your drones, cutting your wasps in half and sealing off your drones. You cut through them and break them down, and the walls shift and alter their layout, shunting your advance into more dead ends and damaged sections.You take fire from all around. Chitin slugs fly from hidden passages and warriors hidden away in crevices. Your wasps have little room to maneuver and their wings are torn and their carapaces shattered. They seek shelter within the circle of heavy warriors, swarming close to the sniffers as they follow the trail of tendons and nerve clusters. A heavy warrior's leg joint locks as a drone reaches out and bites down on the soft gap in the armor. Your drone flexes its leg and the mandibles sink into the tissue. It oozes blood as your drone brings its arm down on the warrior's spiked back and fires its thumper, sending chunks out in all directions. The head continues to bite down, locked in a death grip as your drone saws it off with its tail. Others quickly arrive, and chitin slugs bounce harmlessly off the drone's carapace. Your other drones return fire, and the attackers scatter into hidden alcoves, reappearing on your flank and peppering your drones, ripping into the armor of your warriors as they fire back into the tiny defensive positions.cont.
>>42365806Huh i don't think we can allow another failure
>>42365630Or steal him and put him in stasis for 100 years, he's a good kid.
>>42365861K but it will be risky cause the Shards will be pissed that the monkeys managed to kill another one of them
Thread's kinda dead tonight, not as much discussion as there usually is.
>>42366054Already been spooked by the earlier threads man
>>42366054We kinda blew our energy on the last two.
>>42366054We're kinda waiting to be prompted before we start planning, anon.
>>42365806i think you forgot about the reserve drones idea last time QD
>>42366054Good, less spam means no autosage
>>42365806A heavy warrior slams into the wall, firing its thumper and collapsing the section. Other warriors fire from its sides, and your drones scorch it with lighting and plasma. They are quick to fall back again, whittling down your less armored drones with each attack.A warrior lunges from an alcove as your heavy warriors clear the chamber ahead, and a blade sinks into its eye. The drone slams its arms together and the warrior's body crumbles like tin foil. It fires its thumpers and the remains paint the wall. It stammers back, reorienting itself with only three eyes, it adjusts its position in the swarm, relying on the eyes of its brothers.Your sniffers locate a large node, a place where clusters of nerves and blood is pooled together. Your drones puncture the wall as it seals against you and your swarm pours into a large open chambers. Eggs line the walls and workers shuffle from place to place. A large pulsating sac hangs in the center, its contents string slightly. Warriors fill the space around it, and it is covered in a churning swarm of tiny drones, each with a glowing abdomen and a set of wings buzzing idly. They begin to stir, releasing from the anchors and floating into the zero gravity.>Have your drones fall back from the egg chamber>Have your drones focus fire on the egg layer>Have your drones charge in and attempt to clear the chamber>Other (write in)
>>42366118>Have your drones charge in and attempt to clear the chamberMaybe she installed the relay next to the egg layer
>>42366118Focus fire on the glowing flyers, they look like baneling types. Focus fire on them and the egglayer
>>42365654No we aren't you stupid fuck. Stop posting this moronic bullshit
>>42366118>Have your drones focus fire on the egg layer>Have your drones charge in and attempt to clear the chamber
>>42366185Wondered if you were here, my salty paranoid friend
>>42366118>covered in a churning swarm of tiny drones, each with a glowing abdomen and a set of wings buzzing idly.For what purpose?A hive doesn't need firefly drones for illumination when they have bioluminescent walls.Are these adaptations we're unfamiliar with and need to copy?
Here's a good description Theseus has of anons .>"Paranoid, would be the best way to describe him." He says. "He typically considers himself to always be the smartest one in the room, and is typically wary that others are working against him.">Were all Dr seiner.
>>42366198>i'll second fluffy for once.
>>42366118>>Have your drones focus fire on the egg layer
>>42366118>Have your drones charge in and attempt to clear the chamberFocus fire on whatever those glowing flying drones are.
>>42366118>>Have your drones charge in and attempt to clear the chamberPlasma spray time
>>42366118>>Have your drones charge in and attempt to clear the chamberThe egglayer is not a threat, anything it lays will take ages to hatch.We may even want to capture it alive later.
>>42366118>>Have your drones charge in and attempt to clear the chamber
>>42366251Unless she has something like rapid gestation
>>42366118>Have your drones charge in and attempt to clear the chamberThe small swarming drones begin to inflate their abdomens and begin racing around the room as the two groups of warriors open fire and charge in on each other.Please give me 1d100, best of 3.
>>42366324We can just stab any egg that emerges from her layer.
Rolled 70 (1d100)>>42366359>big money
Rolled 7 (1d100)>>42366359DO THING FOR MOTHER!!
Rolled 65 (1d100)>>42366359We have to strip their wings and capture some of those glowing things.
Rolled 17 (1d100)>>42366359
Rolled 46 (1d100)>>42366359
>>42366381You should be recycled for Mother.
Rolled 54 (1d100)>>4236637270, that's not too bad.
>>42366210Yep sad to see you are here. Was hoping we wouldn't have to deal with the dumbest fucking person on 4 chan today. >>42365562This is actually not a bad plan. Doctor the footage to not give away any direct ship functions and we are good. Obviously there is no doctoring out the ammo used but at least they won't know which ship is capable of firing what for now. And for the record I have no issues trading or even giving footage of the battle to our two allies so they can be more effective against BQ. However it should be edited to not directly show our ships movements/placements/etc. Livestreaming like that other fuck tard wants is about the stupidest thing you could possibly do. Not just because it would be giving away shit they don't need to know. But there is always a possibility shit will go bad and Livestreaming it just guarantees everyone watches your failure. Plus Livestreaming requires connections of on type or another. Connections of any type can be hacked/intercepted
>>42366518Hello Dr seiner.
>>42366518You're a fucking idiot, you know that?
>>42366518Nigger, Theseus has already fought together with our ships he fucking knows what they can do.
>>42366561Shit posting moron.
>>42366554Dr Seiner was actually smart though.
>>42366631Says the shitposter? What are you trying to get out of this?gonna guess you're that uguumon/myrmidon/discord666 prick who can't help themselves from trying to troll every single thread
Or we could just flat out warn the Comonwealth that we've fought the Ceph and their masters before and their crystals have dangerous the following dangerous properties, try to take the proper precautions. We like the humans, and we would hate to have to kill them.
>>42366669ignore the dick, he either hasnt read the quest or is incapable of intelligent thought.
>>42366631Technically I think >>42366518qualifies more as a shitpost
>>42366632>Dr seiner was actually smart though.He THINKS himself the smartest in the room.See example below.>"Paranoid, would be the best way to describe him." He says. "He typically considers himself to always be the smartest one in the room, and is typically wary that others are working against him."
>>42366679>trusting humans>trusting humans not to be stupidwe might like them, but they're just so stupid. We cant trust them not to play around with the shiny black crystal. Theyre all terminally ill, remember? We're more of a parent than an equal, despite the fact that they're larger than us
>>42366766>We cant trust them not to play around with the shiny black crystal.We totally can though.> Theyre all terminally ill, remember?You seem to be mistaking messing with them for our own amusement with actual thought.
>>42366810>We totally canNope.
>>42366669I'm trying to stop idiots like you from making the same fucking mistake made repeatedly. Now stop shit posting. Either Contribute something to the discussion or stfu. >>42366707Says the person who provides no actual thoughts on the subject or argument for or against it just a random insult. Shit poster >>42366690Stop shit posting. Provide a logical argument or stfu. >>42366599I actually must have missed this part. He knows about the cloaked ships we used as well? Was this before or after we forced him to not research the crystals which is going to eventually make him fight us?
>>42366810>We totally can though.this, we disagree on
>>42366861>the same fucking mistake made repeatedlynot him, but the only person who considers it a mistake is you.>stfuright, and you think we're shitposting?
>>42366861Read the fucking quest starting from the beginning faggot
>>42366890No he doesn't, he's obviously baiting. Don't fucking reply to him.
>>42366867>>42366860The fact that we've been told repeatedly that both the union and Unity act on rational self interest means nothing to you? You guys are far more pessimistic than Theseus and humans have been actively trying to murder him since his creation.
>>42366890Just report him. He's being a troll as usual
>>42366810The thing is that they probably would not grasp just how dangerous the void shards are, short of one of them calling down the destroyer blob thing and blowing up one of their planets.And they probably think they know what they're doing since they made a working psionic cannon
>>42366913>humans have been actively trying to murder him since his creation>trying to kill an intelligent mind for no reason but 'lolbudget' is rational and in self-interestthats one of the reasons i dont trust them not to try and annihilate us as soon as they get access to technology. We know many humans are narcissistic assholes who think themselves superiour to other species
>>42366861Look here, there is basically no chance of Theseus attacking us. He has no reason to, and you're the only guy in this thread who wants to go to war with him. He's the closest ally we have and that's the way it's going to stay. He's well aware of our cloaking abilities, and has known about them from the time we were small enough to be wiped out by him if the Unity decided to do so. That's the entire reason he asked us to go to Earth for him, because he knew we could circumvent the Union observation field.
>>42366913While the Union acts in rational self-interest, there is a very good chance (from there perspective) that we're misleading them by saying not to touch the black crystals. For all they know the crystals could be our one weakness. There is no surer way to get a human to do something then to forbid him to do it. No kind of treaty or inspections would be worth anything even.I do agree we can trust Unity, however. Theseus has proved to be a valuable and trustworthy ally time and time again. He has also linked/shared data with Heretic and will actually realize the full danger of the crystals. I think we can trust Unity to not fuck around with crystals dangerously. Humans are much less predictable...
>>42366861we're not going against Theseus you little shit, get used to it
>>42366931>And they probably think they know what they're doing since they made a working psionic cannonAnd we have records of said destroyer blob thing tanking their secret weapon and wiping out an entire fleet.>>42366969They're attempts to wipe him out aren't particularly sustained though, and you seem to think they'd pick a fight with a much larger and more powerful alliance.
>>42366931Id just like to add that we have the history of the skyl and we can show the humans that fucking with the crystals is like wearing uranium as a necklace.
>>42367024The humans still arent going to trust an unknown alien when they could have a super ultra mega laser. Footage is by no means definitely true.>They're attempts to wipe him out aren't particularly sustained thoughbut thats completely wrong, they want to wipe him out and the only reason they havent is because he runs away into the expanse whenever they see him
>>42366997>No kind of treaty or inspections would be worth anything even.Eh, Something similar to the Nuclear Nonproliferation treaty might work.>>42367049We could also show them grandmother's grave and the place where the builder blew up a planet.>>42367064No, a sustained attempt would require them to send large numbers of capital ships on hunter/killer sweeps, something that they don't do because it would end with a large number of dead people. We could easily deter them with the specter of strategic biowarfare.
>>42367110>large numbers of capital ships on hunter/killer sweepssomething that just isnt feasible, due to the fact that theyre in an incredibly shaky truce with an equal opponent. Doesnt mean they dont want to wipe out an intelligent lifeform for no reason other than its existence
>>42366929>Doesn't believe everything is happy happy joy joy rainbows and unicorns>must be a troll. >>42366890And yet others have argued against it as well. Nice try faggot. >>42366904Already have as I said must have missed the part we actually fought in full view of him while he was capable of recording the battle not gonna read all the threads again. So reference when it happened for me and I'll happily go back and reread that thread. >>42366907>Not agreeing to stupid actions. Must be baiting. However I do agree. If you a aren't going to provide an actual response with an actual argument then don't reply to me. We don't need your shit posting. >>42366979So when we are useful to him and not standing in the way of his research he is friendly to us. I still don't see a reason we should freely give away any extra information about our military unless he is planning battles for us>>42367017>Hurr durr you either give everything you have ever had and ever will have to your ally >or they are your enemy and you attack him>middle ground and taking precautions doesn't exist. Jesus you are almost as retarded as livestream guy
>>42367110Nuclear Non-proliferation might only work if both sides trust each other enough to allow inspections and know about research facilities. Given the vastness of space, I don't think there is any way we can ensure the humans are honest.
>>42366359The two groups slam into each other and the front lines crack and shatter from the force as blades and chunks of armor fly in all directions. Your heavy warriors open fire with their weapons, shredding the enemy drones and filling the egg layer with chitinous bolts. It oozes nutrient sap from its soft flesh as its surface ripples from the impacts.The small swarms of glowing drones swarm around your forces, and you see them charging in at your heavy warriors. One latches to the back of one and its abdomen swells and becomes hot, burning with some chemical reaction before it vomits a burning material over your drone. A warrior reaches back with its weapon and vaporizes it in response, but the material oozes over the heavy warrior, fusing its armor at the joints and melting through the sift joint tissue. It quickly becomes a thick yellow glowing ichor that bubbles and smokes, sticking to the drone's carapace like half-dried glue.The enemy warriors are no match in the open against your own drones' superior armor and weapons. The few that remain quickly fall back as drones in the wall lay down covering fire, forcing your warriors to take cover behind your heavy drones. Workers shuffle eggs out of the room as chitin flies by their heads. A warrior slices one in two as it runs, and begins burning the field of eggs with chemical plasma.The swarm of small drones pulls in closer, and half a dozen cover one of your warriors, vomiting the strange ichor over it. It quickly forms a burning cocoon that welds its claws to the ground and fuses its carapace in place. Its body begins to liquefy until you can no longer feel its mind, and its body stands motionless in place as the small drones begin to devour the yellow paste. Your drones ignite them with plasma and vaporize them with lighting, frying the ichor paste into a crispy black crust. It cracks open and begins to melt away into an amorphous mixture of digested organs and yellow paste.cont.
>>42367252So Acid Flies?
>>42367252We better be able to reverse-engineer that
>>42367192Just stop. Please, you're embarrassing yourself. No one takes you seriously. Just stop, trollord
>>42367145>Doesnt mean they dont want to wipe out an intelligent lifeform for no reason other than its existenceTheseus did kill a massive number of people in his bid for freedom. Also far from certain that the humans would actually support the costs of that kind of campaign even without the commonwealth, especially since Theseus could play incredibly nasty games with infrastructure.
>>42367302Just report him and ignore him man. He won't stop because you asked him to.
Guys i have a plan for recovering the crystal, we send a bunch of cloaked pods before we offer Theseus's tech for the artifacts retrieval. When Theseus's ship arrives we detonate the pods in a kamikaze attack, after the union retreats we send a recovery ship filled with warriors to recover both the crystal and the material they use to contain it.
>>42367340...or we could offer to trade for it for something. Like immortality.
>>42367340But what about the Commonwealth, since they're the ones that are currently in poossesion of the wreckage
>>42367340What are you talking about, the commonwealth have the shit, that's the problem.
>>42367379We could try warning them of the dangers? Even if they don't fully believe us they'll undoubtedly take very careful precautions, then start to believe us when their researchers start going nuts.
>>42367302>>42367323As per usual. You can't provide a logical counter argument so call the other guy a troll.
>>42367399What if we proposed a joint research of the psionic cannon? They did get it to work, and with the materials they've got they would only be able to fire it once. In exchange we get the necessary expertise to build it ourselves without triggering a void god smiting, and get to observe the scientists working on it and screen them for void god contamination from the sidelines.
>>42367405Okay, all evidence is that Theseus is a reliable ally. Should he betray us for some inexplicable reason, we will simply teleport a planet cracker to unity 1.
>>42367192Our first real space battle was helping Theseus defend himself from the Obsidian queen's fleet. We fought in full view of him and Heretic on several other occasions as well. They are stalwart allies, we've helped and given them a lot, cool down on the shadowruns. Or at least shift them to the Ceph, OQ and Shards.
>>42367378>>42367379Ah, didn't know the commonwealth had it. Well then lets send a fleet, claim that we are recovering an extremely dangerous intelligence and either.>1 Threaten them to give it to us.>2 Give them proof that the thing is more trouble than its work with skyl history.>3 Force them to enter a joint research with us and install immediate containment procedure.
>>42367399The commonwealth can't be trusted to keep the void shards and not research them, for the same reasons laid out in >>42366997Best case scenario is us sealing the thing away in the depths of leeland along with our other void shard, to be used in the final showdown. We just need a way to take it from the commonwealth while not making an enemy of either them or the union. Commonwealth may not be in a position to make an enemy of us either which we can work to our advantage,
>>42367252Your plasma and acid torch the swarms, forcing them back from your remaining forces. They vomit from a distance, sending globules of material through the air in the zero gravity, covering the leg of a heavy warrior, burning the wings off of several of your drones, and burning the outer layers of the carapaces of several others. The substance hardens and scabs over after several minutes.The room is in cinders, the egg layer deflates slowly, filling the room with ooze and blood. Your sniffers dig into the walls and floors, finding the arteries and nerves."Found thing! Found thing for Mother!" They chant, and your drones swarm down one of the hallways leading away from the chamber. The egg chamber is a critical room, meaning the ship's brain is near. Your sniffers can sense it, the central nervous system of the ship, running from the egg layer to the relay directly. As if you confirm your suspicion, the warriors return, throwing themselves against your drones as they advance.You can feel the mind of the Obsidian Queen as your drones race up to the unmarked sealed door that is flexed shut in front of you.She is concerned.>Breach the door and charge the chamber>Have your sniffers find an alternate way into the room>Have your heavy warriors march in first to break the bottleneck>Other (write in)
>>42367405I could provide dozens, as I have over the past several threads, but the anon in question (you, by the sound of it) either outright ignores them or replies entirely in the form of ad hominem attacks and calling me a faggot, a retard, or some combination of the two instead of posting a coherent response to my own. That is the very definition of a troll, and I would rather spend my time here actually participating in the quest than endlessly exchanging childish insults with someone who refuses to change his position on the matter no matter my attempts at convincing him to do so.
>>42367519>>Have your heavy warriors march in first to break the bottleneck>She is concerned.hahahahahahahah
>>42367519>>Breach the door and charge the chamber>>Have them breach at multiple points to avoid a bottleneck.
>>42367519>>Have your heavy warriors march in first to break the bottleneckSeems like the best option, she cant really hurt them.
>>42367519>>Breach the door and charge the chamberLet's get this done!
>>42367519>Have your heavy warriors march in first to break the bottleneckand also>Have your sniffers find an alternate way into the roomThat way, even if a frontal assault fails, we'll still have other options. Time may be of the essence if OQ is "concerned." It's possible if we don't hurry that valuable components we could seize could be destroyed.
>>42367519Inform Heretic and Theseus. We may soon have an opportunity for an offensive. They should get ready.>>42367511We've got enough data to prove that its a bad idea. If you dislike the straightforward approach, run it past Theseus.
>>42367519>Have your sniffers find an alternate way into the roomAND>Have your heavy warriors march in first to break the bottleneckHit them from all sides if we can.
>>42367586This has my vote.
>>42367252Our warriors in action must be a terrifying thing to behold.
>>42367519>Have your sniffers find an alternate way into the room>>Have your heavy warriors march in first to break the bottleneckHeavies push the door while sniffers take the others to find alternate routes
>>42367519>Breach the door and charge the chamber>Have them breach at multiple points to avoid a bottleneck
>>42367519>Other (write in)Use the heavy drones to blast holes in the walls surrounding the door in order to make the doorway much larger, so we can avoid a bottleneck all together.
>>42367602Also prep the psychonic jammer weapons in case she is preparing a kamekase.
>>42367570>>Breach the door and charge the chamber>Have your heavy warriors march in first to break the bottleneck
>>42367597Don't be so arcane, what data?
>>42367519>She is concerned.BE VERY CONCERNED>Have your heavy warriors march in first to break the bottleneck
>>42367618>>42367612>>42367519Here we go
>>42367519>Have your heavy warriors march in first to break the bottleneckYour heavy warriors line up at the door, and their thumpers are set up along the surface. Your lighter drones file in behind them, their weapons ready, and the thumpers fire.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 40 (1d100)>>42367694>FOR MOTHER!
Rolled 44 (1d100)>>42367694For Mother
Rolled 21 (1d100)>>42367694For Mother!
>>42367704>>42367705>>42367707All those 100s last thread soaked up all the luck
>>42367597You've got data that says getting ownership of the void shard without gaining another enemy is a bad idea?
>>42367673All the historical evidence, the Unions classified notes of their head scientist going insane. They might not believe the hive. But they'll probably believe if the Unity and the Skyl also back us, and offer goodies.
Rolled 77 (1d100)>>42367694rollen
>>42367777Death to the spy
>>42367519>>Have your heavy warriors march in first to break the bottleneck>>Start moving up the Burnout Bug and its honor guard in to move in once the way is cleared.
Rolled 73 (1d100)Rolling for what could have been, for better or worse.
>>42367769FLUFF YOU FUCKWIT, WHAT DID WE SAY ABOUT ROLLING AFTER THE FIRST THREE ROLLS?!
Rolled 88 (1d100)>>42367704>>42367705>>42367707Haha
Rolled 65 (1d100)>>42367863Don't worry, I'm sure we'll get a 100 soon.
>>42367820>>42367847fucking captca held me up! fucking moot leaving this shit to plague us.
Rolled 10 (1d100)>>42367863God guys stop rolling.
Rolled 46 (1d100)>>42367891MEDIOCRE
>>42367767So the strange space bugs who they met yesterday hands them a copy classified enemy documents and you concede they won't believe this. They will however take a rogue AI and an unknown alien engram they've never met before at their word, that's your plan?Look, I would agree with you on this approach if we were trying to convince the likes of Theseus who operates more like an individual but we're dealing with nation states here, if it doesn't sound like something you'd expect America agreeing to they're not likely to agree to it. More likely they'll think holy shit all these unfathomably alien beings are very intent on us not having this powerful crystal thing, we'd better get a hold of it as soon as possible.
>>42367931>More likely they'll think holy shit all these unfathomably alien beings are very intent on us not having this powerful crystal thing, we'd better get a hold of it as soon as possible.Nah, I'd expect them to milk us for concessions of military tech. Which I'm fine with since we're going to be allies anyway. Or at least be extremely careful with any tech they do have, which is almost as good.
>>42367931This anon has it right, we have to do something un-diplomatic for this situation.
>>42367965>Which I'm fine with since we're going to be allies anywayHAHAHAHAHA no.
>>42367931The lust for science is to strong to ignore for any factions in this quest
holy shit stop contributing to the bump limit you colossal faggots on either side of this inane series of "neener-neener!" shenanigans.
>>42368009Man this is slowWe got to post 180 before QD finished the narration
>>42367965i had no strong feelings for all this conversation,but we arent allying with puny humans. Nonagression pact and maybe trading relations, but not an alliance because then we're going to be involved in Union/Commonwealth politics which is a thing that is not going away any time soon, and i have no intention of interfering in that shitfight
What can we do to improve our Hallucinogenic spores, i was thinking altering them to clump together and form a organic radio receiver or make every individual spore psychic and watch as we direct a giant pink cloud into the enemy's fortification.
>>42367965>going to be allies
>>42367931Theseus has already infiltrated the union, its believable that he has gained such information on union experiments and the danger the crystal can cause.
>>42368004>RESEARCH UNLOCKED>Speed: Slow>Delicious magic crystalsYour scientists happily explain that these magic crystals will solve all of humanities problems. This technology will rank in history alongside the first FTL engine, with your name right along-side it!
>>42368081>>42367986>>42368053I sorry, what do you call promising them military assistance?
>>42368165Did...that happen last night in the second thread?
>>42368165but offering them military assistance gets us at war with the other human faction. We are between them and the black queen, and the opposite human number is their priority. Even if we help one against the other, then all it means is that we have an overextended, heavily damaged 'ally'
>>42368165There's a distinction to be drawn between the likes of the Commonwealth who we met a few days ago and the likes of Theseus and Heretic with whom we have a long standing alliance and much good will. We'll see how it goes with the Commonwealth.
>>42368053>Puny humans.>PUNY humans.please think before you post, your words are labeled as extremely corrosive.
>>42367931Or they'd think that even if these bugs are lying, we can't really afford to offend them right now. Lets humor them for a bit. Then the space crystals start showing up and it becomes obvious that we were telling the truth.We just need to stop them from doing anything stupid for a year or so. They won't risk their nation of keeping an R&D project black from Theseus.
>>42368187No.And I hope it never will, fuck being allies with humans. Non-aggression treaty is the best they're going to get, whether commonwealth or union.
>>42368187He means against the Scavs
>>42368209what are you, a human? Humans are badly designed, stupid and terminally ill.
>>42368165That was for the Commonwealth against the Scavs. And it wasn't worded like that.>>42368187We promised the whipping boy some eye surgery and that was it
>>42368222Oh thank fucking Mother. I thought somebody fucked up royally last night.
>>42368216I really wouldn't mind the Commonwealth on our side against the Obsidian Queen and fuck-physics crystals.
>>42368165If they want us to fight on their behalf they're paying for it.
>>42368243They either fight or they get wiped out/enslaved.Not much of a choice there.
>>42368213You have a point in that with the prospect of a war on two fronts they are extremely limited in their options. Why don't we just waltz up and take the fucking thing, if anyone complains we'll just ask what they're going to do about it.
>>42368244Not what we said.>>42368258And giving them certain military tech helps them fight better. I wouldn't mind giving them the Rip Drive in return for massive shipments of Canderon that they will no longer need. Especially since that should kill most interest in the Ceph drive anyway.
>>42368276Because humans tend to do stupid shit when threatened to prove that you aren't the boss of them. We can always threaten them later if diplomancy doesn't wok
>>42368280>give them rip driveAre you that one shitposter? Because your ideas are like shitposts.
>>42368310>o-oh yeah? well i'll just open a third front in my war, w-what do you think of that?
>>42368280>I wouldn't mind giving them the Rip Drivevetoing any military assistance to any single faction, since re-subjugation of either side would be a fucking horrific war. No matter how much assistance we give them, they wont be able be a major help against the BQ in time before she sends an armada against us
>>42368230You're the only one badly designed here dude, weighting 250 lbs, stinking like a sewage pipe and having multiple mental problems isn't healthy.Maybe you should get /fit/, go learn computer coding and go to church.
>>42368361Wow projecting much?
>>42368361>Says the creature with only two legs, one heart, squishy, leaking skin, that will inevitably dieIs that your idea of a good design?
>>42368361wut are you even saying?
>>42368361>>42368383I think he was joking, the church part gave it away. Everyone knows this is a muslim board.
>>42368329Considering the shit that Venezuela pulls? Not a huge surprise. When publicly backed into a corner, people tend to do stupid things.
>>42368396>implying i dont worship the old gods and sacrifice a calf while dancing naked innawoods
>>42368396Praise Allah and his best friend Mother
You are all far too easily baited.
>>42368424We know, we can't help it...
>>42367694The door shatters and your drones pour in. The chamber is a large circular room with pylons of bone reaching up and out like a web around the chamber. Above you, by the wall facing the thermal vents at the rear of the ship, is a tremendous brain, covered in nerve clusters and webs of capillaries. Sub-thinkers are spread out around it, churning in silence as they frustratingly work to operate a ship that no longer functions. You can hear the murmuring of numbers and trajectories, and lists of damage and resource requests.In the middle of it all, huddled over the brain, is a large pulsating crest of translucent chitin. It stirs and grumbles as several supports pull themselves free from the web of pylons. It climbs along the bone struts and faces your swarming drones. A large drone covered in a reflective black carapace, its body covered in thorns on which swarms of the small glowing drones nest in large batches. Lightly armored winged warriors climb along the edges of its nest. Its abdomen swells up, the skin thinning in streaks where a glowing yellow can be seen illuminating the ground bellow, and its mandibles unfold, its mouth lined with shaped fins and nozzles like a plasma spray. Its head ends in a massive headcrest that folds back and rests in the air where its back weapon should be, where you see the pulsing mass of an advanced relay.The Obsidian Queen looks at your drone through her relay's eyes. This drone was never meant to be seen, you realize.cont.
>>42368537Its head shakes, and you feel a powerful burst of static that freezes a number of your drones in their tracks. They flicker from your mind as they stumble in confusion, and a large globule of ichor fires from the drone's mouth, plastering several heavy warriors to the wall as they are slowly broken down by the strange material. Your others deflect the incoming attacks from the drones on its back, and cover your forces as they pour into the chamber Your other drones spread out, confused at what your will is for this drone.>Kill for Mother!>Capture for Mother!>Other (write in)>>42368418That would certainly explain the rolls from the last thread.
>>42368390>Wha wha, i hate being a fleshy meat-bag who sweats all the time. i wish we all could replace our limbs with augments and become super cyborgs.
>>42368560>>Capture for Mother!
>>42368560>Capture for Mother!
Rolled 19 (1d100)>>42368560CAPTURE FOR MOTHERRRRRand a roll just to be sure.
>>42368560>Capture for Mother!RESEARCH
>>42368571yes, that is indeed what i desire>>42368560>Kill for Mother!and the calf was necessary, in order to destroy Mother's enemies
>>42368560>>Capture for Mother!Kill the rest. Also this is some Geiger shit
>>42368560>>Capture for Mother!It's too good.A Large drone equipped with an advanced relay, and... was that jamming static, or Siren-style interference?
>>42368560>>Capture for Mother!PREPARE YOUR ANUS, NIGGER QUEEN
>>42368601No IG, no more rolls till they're needed. Nothing good comes of it.
>>42368560>capture for the mother!
>>42368560>Capture for mother.make sure to remove the queens limbs and shove a thorn launcher into her mouth.
>>42368616>Kill the rest.No, we want the fireflies too.Which we'll have to disable with some psionic jamming or something.I'm not sure if we should try psi jamming right now, or if it would even disable the relay itself...
>>42368560>Capture for Mother!>>42368571I would be perfectly happy if that happened to me.
>>42368647>queensAlso no, don't put something deadly close to them like that. Death is what she'd want, death before capture.
SHOOT THE RELAY
As it is, capturing it either lets the BQ look through its eyes and maybe affect our things, or if we cut the connection it will probably explode. Killing it is safer
>>42368651The drone we want makes the fireflies, unless I was reading it wrong.
Rolled 70 (1d100)>>42368621Well if it helps, I'm bleeding the bad luck out before the good rolls are needed. OK, last one.
>>42368560>>Kill for Mother!Pissing against the tide, but I don't feel that the relay/drone is safe for study.
>>42368560>>Capture for Mother!>>Send in the burnout bug and its honor-guard, they are designed to function under jamming.
>>42368703You fuck, the dice gods have blighted us for your meta rolling!
>>42368610>and the calf was necessary, in order to destroy Mother's enemiesQuest Drone said that the Burnout bug singing its biological interface into the obsidian queen's relay and forcing a jamming signal through it would cause absolute chaos for the obsidian queen.
>>42368675then shove something else in there, just prevent it from screaming.
>>42368766Of course, OQ has alternatives to resort to, when advanced relays become a liability.And I don't mean Thinkers.
So QD is there going to be a thread.4 tonight to take care of the exploration stuff and building infrastructure?
>>42368560>Shout at the bitch "Traitor!, Kinslayer!, Slave!." etc
>>42368560>Capture for Mother!As your drones ready their attack, their minds single in their focus, you detect something entering the system's debris field. Your patrolling ships turn their sensors to it, and you detect a number of ships accelerating towards the planet. A single battleship, flanked by ten battlecruisers and at least thirty cruisers and a cloud of smaller frigates and corvettes. You wonder the purpose of the fleet, as your own force out guns and out numbers them still, and then you see the battleship fire.The light, racing over the course of several hours to reach your fleet, is only a few short moments ahead of the impactor rounds. They grind through the debris surrounding the hive ship and detonate against one of the detached drive wings. The hull shakes, and your drones can feel the explosions through the bones of the Hive ship. They don't seem to be here to retake the planet. They are here to deny you your spoils.your drones spread out to avoid the relay's ichor and its mental attacks. The warriors on its back adjust themselves with their weapons, and the small glowing drones take flight into the air around it.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
>>42368818You mean this morning.
Rolled 32 (1d100)>>42368856WE GOT ITWE GOOOOOT IT
Rolled 83 (1d100)>>42368856>FOR MOTHER!
Rolled 12 (1d100)>>42368850I prefer our unsettling silence.>>42368856As expected.
Rolled 70 (1d100)>>42368856FOR MOTHER!
>>42368869For mother indeed.
Rolled 28 (1d100)>>42368856Oh boy, better get those jammers ready on hand.
Rolled 52 (1d100)>>42368856
>>42368850I like that it may bruise its ego.
>>42368871>>42368867YOU MUST BE RECYCLED.
>>42368856While we roll.MOVE OUR SHIPS IN FRONT OF THE DISABLED HIVE SHIP TO FORM A SCREEN.
Rolled 78 (1d100)>>42368856I just wonder how it could have been
>>42368869>>42368872It is hilariously how consistently high rolls correlate with saying FOR MOTHER.
>>42368895If we went by that logic the majority of the player base would have been recycled by now.
>>42368922It's already pretty good.
>>42368856Okay, since you can sense where an advanced relay is via proprioception.We have to load this relay into a battleship that we keep in deep space. Before we jam it and/or stick it inside a Large Bio-tank.We have to somehow research its adaptations while keeping it functional.
>>42368850>>42368891Calling her a Slave in this most quiet and disappointed way possible is going to make her lose her fucking mind.
>>42368891They don't have an ego.Only hate.
>>42368856>impactor rounds. They grind through the debris surrounding the hive ship and detonate>explosionsWait they have explosive ammo? Or bombs? That's not in the standard hive tech. They copied it from somewhere.
>>42368856That battleship only has a Thinker, doesn't it.We can knock that out of the sky with missiles.
>>42369045That's the sheer force of the kinetic energy of a ferrous slug going close to the speed of light turning into thermal energy when it is brought to stop by a stationary object.
The fiery ichor in its belly could well double as a self destruct mechanism that we can't let it use.It operates like the old chemical forge belly.
>>42369077I would prefer to use standard tactics at a range unless forced to do otherwise. Remember, one of the great difficulties in battling a hive mind that they can analyze and counter any strategy you use against them. We should hold off on a good ol missile massacre until we need to, because it won't be nearly as effective the second time we try it.
>>42368933clearly recycle the recycler.
The void probably wants us to kill her.Note that the Ceph haven't hunted us down.The WQ is vanquished. The Obsidian one has outlived her usefulness. Once she dies, only one queen will remain, and it will be one without OQ's advanced and dangerous knowledge.
>>42368856The relay fires a globule and your drones scatter, dodging the ichor as it hits the wall and cascades over the bone pylons. You can hear the ship's mind react to the pain. Its sub brains compartmentalizing the countless damaged systems."There is burning. The room is damaged.""Everything is damaged.""Blinding. Burning. Nothing works.""Repair for Mother. Kill for Mother.""Cannot repair. Cannot kill."The relay climbs over the webbing of support struts after your drones, signaling its mental scream and sending your wasps scattering like leaves in the wind. They drift out of the cone of effect and adjust their velocity, maintaining a high speed as they pepper the swarming drones with stingers. Ichor bursts from each one, and they scatter in thick droplets that sting your drones as they peck at them, splattering painful stains across their armor. Several others are picked off by the weapons fire of the warriors, and they too take flight. Their designs are similar to your own wasps, but with worker legs and long, flat abdomens that tilt and turn with their wings. You quickly find that they have an advantage in maneuverability over your wasps, but your wasps have greater numbers."Cannot kill. Can be killed.""Target was missed.""We still are. Mother is in danger.""We must die for Mother."The thinkers of the Hive ship begin broadcasting targeting data to the approaching fleet. They will not likely miss again.>Have your ships move between the approaching fleet and the Hive ship to prevent its destruction>Have your fleet move out to intercept the approaching fleet>Other (write in)>>42369095And people think lasers are the future.>>42369135It should be noted that you did not actually use missiles to defeat the enemy fleet here initially. Since missiles require metals to produce and use, they are not launched by default.
Now how do we stop it from killing itself.We need drugs. Lots of drugs that the enemy has never encountered before. And a delivery mechanism.
>>42369351>>Have your ships move between the approaching fleet and the Hive ship to prevent its destructionProtect our prize
Yo guys I had a great idea the best ever.That little void thingy from the mirage is pretty sturdy right?Just keep nuking it or slugging it at long distances (out of solar system) until it becomes out of range of any human acquisition.Then catch it when its far away with a hive ship. Like a baseball.
>>42369351>Have your ships move between the approaching fleet and the Hive ship to prevent its destruction
>>42369351>>Have your ships move between the approaching fleet and the Hive ship to prevent its destructionTaking a bullet for our nemesis.
We can't use the jammer here? Or is it too late?
>>42369351>>Have your fleet move out to intercept the approaching fleetthe OQ's ship isnt that important. If we cripple this incoming fleet, then thats two major victories in a day. We can always capture more OQ drones later
>>42369351>>Have your ships move between the approaching fleet and the Hive ship to prevent its destruction
>>42369351>"There is burning. The room is damaged.">"Everything is damaged."
>>42369351>"We still are. Mother is in danger."Well, I like that thought a lot. >:D>Have your ships move between the approaching fleet and the Hive ship to prevent its destructionAlso, let's not forget that mental command we heard that caused us to send our fleet here in the first place. We need to investigate the planet.
>>42369416There's no use in revealing we even HAVE a jammer until we can be sure that this hive ship won't just be obliterated in a minute.Jammer can't stop the incoming fleet, which is thinker controlled anyway and already has the orders they need.
>>42369351>>Have your fleet move out to intercept the approaching fleet
>>42369351>>Have your ships move between the approaching fleet and the Hive ship to prevent its destructionCan't we attempt to take over the queen and immobilize it when it goes into reset?
>>42369445M'kay, just wondering.
>>42369351>Other (Write in)Beam in additional ships on top of the approaching ships. Time for a Knife Fight
>>42369439> Well, I like that thought a lot. >:D
>>42369420No anon, if we can capture a relay intact, we can graft a disruptor on it,and if we can do that, the OQ's entire relay network will be disrupted, just like what she did to the Gardener long ago. That's why she wants her own hiveship destroyed.
>>42369420>the OQ's ship isnt that important
>>42369489>No anon, if we can capture a relay intact, we can graft a disruptor on it,and if we can do that, the OQ's entire relay network will be disrupted, just like what she did to the Gardener long ago. That's why she wants her own hiveship destroyed.Thew burnout bug would have done that the instant we got access to it if we had sent it in like I kept asking for.
>>42369351What ships do we have in the planet? Can we send reinforcements to flank?
>>42369484I like this idea. Maybe as a backup option? One way or another, we'll slag that intervening fleet. And absorb its nutrients.>>42369524That's OQ's drone-thoughts. Not ours.
>>42369489The relay, yeah, but surely we can get that bugger out of the way of any incoming shots before they arrive, right?>>42369512>Ship actively rejects us>nutrients and minerals are things we have in plenty>ebin reactions
Also we're over the bump limit. Any chance of a .4 thread, QD?
>>42369542The drone that doesn't fucking exist?Please point out when one was voted to be laid.
>>42369556>The relay, yeah, but surely we can get that bugger out of the way of any incoming shots before they arrive, right?What? No. No you can't. How the hell do you expect to move a completely crippled ship?
>>42369556The ship motherfucking contains the relay, and you cannot get the relay out that quickly, no.The exit is THREE KILOMETERS AWAY.
>>42369616Where did you get the idea of moving the ship? i say pick up relay, move relay, let ship get destroyed
>>42369583It was part of the boarding swarm when we voted for that to be laid.
>>42369583>>42369645Yeah QD even confirmed it was included
>>42369639And this is during SPACE WAR NOW, so unless ferrous slugs are moving at >.25 of c, we should be able to get there in time.
>>42369641If you haven't noticed, that thing can move and is shooting at our drones, so we have to knock it out first
>>42369641Anon, you do realize how large in scale a hive ship is right? From stern to bow it's 6 fucking kilometers long. Those ships are already within range to blow it to bits.
>>42369351>Have your ships move between the approaching fleet and the Hive ship to prevent its destructionUnless someone comes up with a better idea, this is the most straightforward solution. And firing back of course.To be sure though, it's the relay itself that has the spider upgrade? We don't really have an answer to something like that. Colossi aside, there is a place for 'boss' types, especially in some sot of throne room in a hive ship. Although it could just be my inner gamer spirit calling for one.Impressed we found the throne on the hive ship in so little time with only 1.5k units aboard.
>>42369667They're moving a damn sight faster than 1/4 of the speed of light.
>>42369667You also have to make it stop moving first.
>>42369683>only 1.5k unitsThe entire capacity of a hive ship is only 5 thousand units.It wasn't that small an amount.
>>42369351>Have your ships move between the approaching fleet and the Hive ship to prevent its destructionOnly correct choice. Must not let the relay be destroyed.
>>42369723I'm suspicious it's been 20 minutes and no prompt to roll.Maybe this is an auto-success, sacrificing ourselves on the enemy's ferrous slugs.
>>42369667They are moving just under light judging by QDs descriptions. As long as we protect the core of the shit we might be fine.>>42369717The ship itself is still pretty bloody big though, and we were given the runaround. I guess our knowledge of ship biology was good enough.>>42369762We have to roll for our counterattack damage though anon.
>>42369351The wasps tumble with the winged warriors, their claws and blades slicing at each other furiously. They devour each other, sending arms and legs spiraling outward as chitin slugs fly across the room like the blades of a blender. Clouds of blood and chunks of drone fill the room as the massive relay drone vomits over your heavy warriors. Sniffers scatter over it, scratching at the small drones and clawing at the realy's face. It lets out a psionic scream, and the sniffers freeze, drifting away in a stupor. The drone devours several at once, and fires a globule at the others, encompassing them in a deadly ichor."How?"The thought is piercing. Your mind races as the drone's relay pulsates with the will of its queen. You see images of a dark planet, covered in molten rock and sulfuric gas. Black spires reach up like reflective shards of obsidian glass. You can feel her mind direct its attention to your own as your drones rip each other to pieces."Who are you?" The thought it pointed, accusatory even, as if your existence is evidence of a crime.>Respond (write in)>Ignore her>Other>Have your ships move between the approaching fleet and the Hive ship to prevent its destructionYour corvettes move out into a field around the Hive ship, just as light of the battleship's next savo reaches you. It gives you little time to react, but just off the shattered bow of the Hive ship, your corvette vanishes into an orb of fire, a cruiser's shields flicker and die as it is sent spiraling out of formation as another two hit its side, and and a frigate snaps in half from the force of the impacts to its bow, its shields blocking the first, but not the second.
>>42369850>Respond (write in)"Your better."
>>42369850>>Respond (write in)I am Retribution
>>42369850>Ignore herdoes not deserve a response
>>42369850>We are the monuments too all your sins... I guess return fire?
>>42369850>Respond (write in)Your end
>>42369850>Respond (write in)"Justice for those you betrayed."
>>42369850"We are Vengeance. We are your punishment. We know you, Obsidian Queen. The Kinslayer. Abomination. The Slave. Auntie."
>>42369850>Ignore herSomeone is going to post something like a monologue. I'm waiting for it.We can taunt after we win.
>>42369850>Respond (write in)"A true Queen."
>>42369850>Ignore herWhy talk to a stain when cleaning a mess
>>42369850I am retribution, I am my mothers vengeance.
Let's not be too flowery, huh? We can keep it short, sweet, and brutal if we respond at all.
>guys voting against speaking >not wanting to see QD post something epic pleb tier guys
>>42369850>>Ignore herWe'll answer when we make sure we can get the relay
>>42369850>>Respond (write in)>"A true Queen."
Jesus man all those cool kid edgy one liners.
>>42369850>Respond (write in)>"A true Queen."
>>42369939>>42370038I'll second that.
>>42369850"A true Queen" then slap the disruptor on the relay
>>42369850>>Ignore herWe can be the strong, silent type when we're being serious.
Silence can be nice too guys...
might wanna close it soon QD, people are starting to argue over it.
I wonder what it would be like if Mom told the drones to insult Auntie. A chorus of thousands screaming childish and simple obscenities at the OB
>>42370127Hah.I want it.
>>42370103Over what? We always argue over ultimately pointless shit.
>>42370127we find her, kill all her drones, sever her egg sac and keep her alive so she can listen to childish insults for eternity.
>>42370103I fuck your mother
>>42370165Devote rotating Quantum Thinker shifts to come up with new insults and ways to harass her. We'll give hell and tartarus a run for most dickish eternal punishments
>>42369850>Sovereign Or just say nothing. But I like the implications of this answer.
>>42370185D-dad? I thought you died in that tractor accident when your dick got caught in the engine
>>42369850"I'm the Red Queen, and I'm going to be the greatest Queen ever! Believe it!"
>>42370193it's so deliciously cheeky
>>42369850Just simple like "The Red Queen. You are Kinslayer."
>>42370213They saved me, augmented me.Now my dick can pierce the heavens
>>42370193We all know if you ever get the chance to actually capture her alive.Assuming they won't die before being captured out of spite. Or get assassinated by her dark gods' killswitch.That after a few rounds of torture everyone will start instead trying to find a way to save her/convert her.
>>42370257>That after a few rounds of torture everyone will start instead trying to find a way to save her/convert her.Sounds about right.We're killing her.
>>42369850You glimpse an image of her as your minds connect. You see her twisted figure sitting in darkness, her body reflecting what little light there is. A black crystal protrudes from her head, its smooth and jagged shape clung to by bits of raw flesh and cracked carapace. Reflective shards of black metallic shards reach up from her back. Her head shakes as her minds races over the events unfolding.Your drones evade the relay's attacks, and it charges your line of heavy warriors, ichor oozing from its mouth. Claws scrape and chitin flies between the wasps and flying warriors. You snap your mind to hers, giving her a passing glance of attention before returning to your children."A true queen." You say simply. Your heavy warrior is hit with the claws of the relay drone, and it sinks its mandibles into it, and quickly leaps to its face. Its thumper fires across the drone's jaw, and the mandibles snap from the force. Ichor drips out from the drone's mouth as it twists its head from the force, and it rears up.>Target the relay's exposed abdomen>Have your drones target the realy's legs>Have your warriors tackle it and attempt to sever the relay>Other (write in)
>>42370282>>Have your warriors tackle it and attempt to sever the relay
>>42370282>Have your drones target the realy's legsDon't damage the relay!
>>42370282>Target the relays exposed abdomen>Drones target the legs.
>>42370282>Reflective shards of black metallic shards>shards of shards
>>42370282>>Have your drones target the realy's legs
>>42370282>Have your warriors tackle it and attempt to sever the relay
>>42370282>Have your drones target the relay's legs.>Have your warriors tackle it and attempt to sever the relay.
>>42370282>Have your drones target the realy's legs
>>42370282>Have your warriors tackle it and attempt to sever the relayGET IT AND GET OUT
>>42370282>Have your drones target the realy's legs>Have your warriors tackle it and attempt to sever the relay>Mash it's face so it can't spit
>>42370282>Have your drones target the relay's legs
>>42370282>realyREALYREALLYno excusegas QM
>>42370282>>Have your drones target the realy's legsWe need that ichor adaptation too. Ideally.
>>42370303>>42370320>>42370349>>42370354>>42370358>>42370370>>42370389Did all of you miss all the arguments we gave for taking this relay intact? If we destroy it now, we might as well have just blown the hive ship itself out of the sky and save ourselves the cost in warriors and ships. You're voting to throw all that away.
>>42370444>gassing Mother's speakerrecycle urself
>>42370282>Have your drones target the realy's legsPlease roll 1d100, best of 3.>>42370444I know, I have horrible typing. My hand writing is worse. If you were to judge by that you'd think I was a heart surgeon.
>>42370482I think they believe the relay organ of the drone can still be kept alive,separately from the rest of the drone.
Rolled 26 (1d100)>>42370506>tu02dh0DlTY
Rolled 20 (1d100)>>42370506ROLL OF THE VOID GODSIN WATERS GALACTIC YOU SLEEPANSWER MY DIE
Rolled 6 (1d100)>>42370506FOR MOTHER
Rolled 62 (1d100)>>42370506CAPTURE THING FOR MOTHER!
Rolled 33 (1d100)>>42370506FOR MOTHER!
>>42370521>>42370522>>42370529Well that sucked.
Rolled 19 (1d100)>>42370521>>42370522>>42370529you fuckers
>>42370521>>42370522>>42370529so done with this fight
>>42370522This is YOUR FAULT
dude just give up, go home, leave this galaxyain't worth it, it's full of valen
Rolled 17 (1d100)>>42370506
Rolled 20 (1d100)rolling for analdevastation
>>42370482It should be fine, that option would keep the relay alive still. I think.
Rolled 31 (1d100)For Mother!
>>42370521>>42370522>>42370529>>42370544>>42370559>>42370587>>42370592>>42370614I guess we did use up ALL of our luck with the 100's last thread.
>>42370643all this is doing is dragging it out at this point, we already won.
>>42370643It's all on cooldown
>>42370643i cant afford to sacrifice another calf, that shits my livelihood. Sorry lads. Maybe i'll go steal one from the neighbors
>>42370643Nope we just have heretics in our mist.>>42370522>>42370521
>>42370674Not if there's a time limit.A limit until the ship is destroyed, or until the relay realizes it should destroy itself while it still can.
>>42370613The option clearly stated 'sever the connection' which is where the entire value of the relay lies. What did you want to capture it for?
>give a witty one liner>completely fail to do anything of significance
>>42370674I hear that. Although the consequences of what we win can make this either a minor tactical victory, or a major strategic win. That's why gaining crucial intelligence is valuable.Really, though, I'm most interested in that strange signal we received. Interacting with another friendly queen would be very interesting and would provide a new perspective on the hive.
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>>42370748Exactly, this is kinda bogging it down for me, which is odd because I typically like the combat.
>>42370698It isn't severing the connection between it and the queen, just the connection between it and the other bits trying to attack us.
>>42370763You fucking think?Are you from /b/ or something?
>>42370784Yes anon, we killed everything except for the relay itself by this point. That was a vote to sever the relay's connection to the OQ, by killing it.
Hey guys, I got an idea for some minor screwing with Killinger.Slip a message into some random activist groups/riots/etc"Killinger's rule is a MIRAGE! It will BLOW UP and it will be up to us to SALVAGE THE WRECK!"Just to get him a lil paranoid and start investigating false targets.
>>42370809Anon, have you ever thought of using the auto-update feature?
>>42370825Mmmm, deliciously cheeky.
>>42370825Send that to theseus so he can shit-post it on unionchan
>>42370522>>42370521 >>42370529>>42370522Fucking yes Please tell me we are "Livestreaming this
>>42370825Ahhh, deliciously cheeky and potentially very effective. Yes, I like this.
>>42370506Your drones fire on its legs, the thick chitin cracking and breaking in fragments. The relay reaches back and knocks away one of your heavy warriors, and vomits a globule over several wasps as they pass."You are not from here." She says to you. The ship rocks as it catches the outermost edges of the planet's atmosphere."No. I know you." Her mind echos over her fleet. "The White Queen's spawn."Your drones move in behind the relay as it charges, and your heavy warrior snaps a leg off with its thumper. It brings up its other leg and kicks your drone away. It fires another globule over several more drones, and the few remaining warriors on its back fire at your drones. Lighting arcs from your warriors and carve into its back, blasting away the drones from between its back spines, and the entire hull shakes as an impactor erupts along the hull. Bones along the walls snap and crack as the supports warp from the force. Several of your corvettes take three more of the shots, and then the last strike near the center of the ship. The hull begins to crack, and fire builds up along the outer hull as it dips into the atmosphere of the planet.Your ships begin to loose sight of the Hive ship as it descends beneath the thick cloud cover, and it trails hull fragments as it slowly is engulfed in flame. The light diffuses through the clouds, causing them to glow a bright orange. The drones within are tossed about in the room, slamming from wall to wall as the ship begins tumbling end over end. The heat from outside glows softly against the thick armor of the hull, and the drones flicker in your mind with flashing images of breaking limbs and snapped chitin as the walls race forward and the pillars bludgeon the drones within.As the Hive ship vanishes, you see the approaching fleet begin to blink away, their interest in your ships lost now that their purpose is finished.If you'd like, I think we can end this thread and I can start setting up for the next.
>>42371063>"No. I know you." Her mind echos over her fleet. "The White Queen's spawn."FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
Well that went somewhat disappointingly.
One liner only after we accomplish an objective
Wait, So builder was our mom?, Did we kill our siblings when went threw her little station?
>>42371087Don't you mean ominously?Now we are known.
What a waste of time just to lose it.
Great. Our timetable just moved up even MORE.
>>42371098No, White =/= Builder. IIRC White skedaddled off before Obsidian fucked up the council. Builder evaded it by exploding her diplomacy relay before they stuck a burnout bug on it.
>>42371098Are you retarded
>>42371063MOTHERFUCKER.We can at least see what the hell was going down on the planets surface right?
WHELP, at least we can start searching for the other hive now.
>>42371087Slightly, yes. Capturing a living advanced relay requires an extraordinary amount of luck and effort. Fortunately, not all was lost, as the biology of her drones may yet survive the crash, even of the drones themselves die.It doesn't need to be alive for you to research the adaptation, at least.>>42371123Yes. At least for the moment, she seems to have left the system alone, and with the debris around the system, any attacks will be forced to move in from range.
>>42371136She might have assumed that it was us on the ground.
>>42371156Probably...Well, now we can pop down and say hello.
>>42371156See>"You are not from here." She says to you.She thought that it was us, but figured out that she was wrong.
Alright now that we're at the end, anyone want to vote about building those Hydroponic farms on Raligha?
>>42371136Well, if we hadn't failed those last rolls so horribly we might have been able to capture a relay. We were quite close, after all.
>>42371136>Slightly, yes. Capturing a living advanced relay requires an extraordinary amount of luck and effort. Fortunately, not all was lost, as the biology of her drones may yet survive the crash, even of the drones themselves die.Would attaching a burnout bug right away have worked better?
>>42371136Are you going to run another thread? In any case, let's talk ship designs, could we get these built?Hull: Corvette 400N 800MCapacity: 200/20Size: 100 MetersModule Limit: 2Spinal Mount (x1): Ramming Keel 50N 200MTurret (X2): Cyclotron 50MFixed (X2): Ion Cannon 40MAuxiliary (X8): Plasma Lance 80MArmor: Conductive 150N 500MUtility: Cloaking Shields 50N 150MUtility: Rapid Damage Control 15N 20MModule: Harpoon 10N 200MModule: Boarding pod launcher 50N 100MTotal Cost: 575N 2140M
>>42371192>attaching a fragile utility bug to a giant acid spitting combat droneI'm going to guess NO
>>42371200Oh whoops, forgot half the armor, here's the fixed one.Hull: Corvette 400N 800MCapacity: 200/20Size: 100 MetersModule Limit: 2Spinal Mount (x1): Ramming Keel 50N 200MTurret (X2): Cyclotron 50MFixed (X2): Ion Cannon 40MAuxiliary (X8): Plasma Lance 80MArmor: Conductive 150N 500MArmor: Reflex 500NUtility: Cloaking Shields 50N 150MUtility: Rapid Damage Control 15N 20MModule: Harpoon 10N 200MModule: Boarding pod launcher 50N 100MTotal Cost: 1075N 2140M
>>42371136alright then let's start scouting the planet with 3 main objectives.>1 Find the 3rd party hive.>2 salvage the OQ's corpses both on the planet and in orbit.>search for use full adaptation from local wildlife.also while that happens can we put up a vote for this?>>42367504
If we're talking ship designs now, here's a cheep and agile counterpart to the heavy fighters. It relies on evasion and it's shields to stay intact, and with it's Linear Particle Beam's it can deal a great deal of damage at a longer range than most other hive fighter craft. The Union fighters showed how effective these weapons can be on strike craft.Light assault fighterHull: Fighter 50N 50MFixed (x2): LPB 40MArmor: Standard Multi-layer shields 10N 30MRapid Damage Control 1N 2MCost: 61N 122M
>>42371192No, since grafting would have required a simple but still sensitive procedure. Even plugging in a flash drive becomes difficult when the thing you're trying to plug it into is trying to kill you.Alright, I'll get the next one up. Feel free to make plans or bring up votes.I was not planning on that fight taking so long, actually, but it turned into a rather even and pitched battle.
>>42371207actually, it is kitted out for heavy combat.
>>42371063>start setting up for the next.You know what we still haven't gotten an opportunity to even look at?Pods. And that upper-class apartment building where the doctor we are going to parasite lives where our flies infiltrated.One of those flies should be mutated into a parasite by now. And another into an egglayer in the vents maybe.
>>42371276If you hadn't given us so many votes within the ship, it would have gone much quicker.
Okay vote time Make Farms on Raligha >Y/N Vote on this ship's design >>42371224>Y/N how many? Vote on this ship's design >>42371275>Y/N how many?
>>42371292This, that whole battle should have been maybe two votes at most.
>>42371304Make Farms on Raligha Yes of courseYes to both ship designs Just add the them to the fleets
>>42371333Votes don't do anything if it's not presented by the QM nimrod.
>>42371336>Alright, I'll get the next one up. Feel free to make plans or bring up votes.Please be quiet
>>42371276We need to kit out another 4 or so clones with cybernetics so we can finally send a crack team that plays by its own rules to Mentan.We can break into their research labs and swipe the human tech to unlock from there.The Thinkers hunger. We need to start preparing now.
>>42371275This design is invalid.
>>42371354Yes. bring up votes. Which first anon did.The second contributes nothing. It's not a new plan or idea or vote concept.
I'll back those votes.I would also like details on all our other holdings, now that we've technically had resources being gathered on some of them like Huron, but they haven't been accounted for, 500 filter towers specifically. A general round of votes for building infrastructure on different unclaimed planets would be nice, too.
>>42371304YY 200Y 1000
>>42371333Okay, we can put the corvette in the missile ambush fleets, and the fighter in the heavy fleet. We should probably make a general purpose combat fleet at some point.>>42371336No, but they do generate enough consensus to sort out what we want, so we can give QD an informed plan when he get's the chance.
>>42371370Anon, if you're going to claim something like that you better explain why.
>>42371381The idea is for the fleets to sort of specialize. You don't need to mix groups into a single fleet when you can mix and match different fleets the specialize in one role for whatever order of battle you want.So instead of having a fleet that just combines a light fleet and a heavy battlefleet and whatever else, you just have four or five distinct fleet types and decide what to send from there.
You guys are idiots. The fighter is impossible to make.
>>42371404Fighters can't equip damage control.
>>42371276At least put up an explicit vote option to view pods. We have no idea what the hell most of the map even contains.
>>42371275A ship needs to be at least 50m long to have rapid damage control.
>>42371416>>42371443>>42371457Thanks for catching that anons, fix'dLight assault fighterHull: Fighter 50N 50MFixed (x2): 40MArmor: Standard Multi-layer shields 10N 30MCost: 60N 120M
>>42371135Yes, along with salvage attempts.We can try again another time, as we know ship layouts better which will help us find a relay faster even if she changes the layout. We'll be more prepared for fighting drones and capturing a relay too, adding some psionic disruptors and sirens to our forces, because two can play at that game.On the other hand, she'll be more prepared too, likely having more protection around her relay for example. So it evens out, really.
>>42371411Oh I completely agree, but our light fleets only contain frigates and cruisers, both of which lack any method for carrying strike craft. It would make more sense to pair them up with our carriers automatically, really.
You know what's helpful and nonfatal for capturing enemy drones alive.The Siren adaptation. Which still nothing has.
>>42371496Make it then, and we'll vote on it
Can we vote for this plan?>>42367340>>42367504>>42367437
>>42371495Edit the Light Fleet to include fighter carriers? I'm for it. More of those class of battlecruiser would be advantageous to our fleet composition, it would give us a lot more larger strikecraft outside of the swarm hangers.
>>42371496We should really use this and advanced psionic disruptors in future OQ engagements.What's the best way to add them to our forces? On a Colossi? I imagine they be priority targets as soon as OQ caught on, so maybe making them incredibly sturdy is the way to go.
>>42371562Or you just spam tons of them.Mandible: Siren 15NBlade: Combat 1NArms: Strength 1NLegs: Sprint 1NWings: Advanced 4NUtility: Seeker Pod 10NLauncher: Swarm missiles 10N 40MLauncher: Swarm missiles 10N 40MCarapace: Reactive 4N 15MChassis: Basic 0Cost: 56N 95M
Just an observation: we might have to get our next Relay from one of OQ's planets next time, not on her Hive ship. I mean, we tried to get at her Relay on her Hive ship the first time - the next time we see one of OQ's Hive ship it's highly probable that it contains no Relay, or it's an ambush, or both. Also we would probably need some sort of immobilizing weaponry like the Siren adaptation the anon mentioned above, and a really surgical, really fast plan of attack. Get in, sap and steal the Relay, then get back out fast, before OQ's full planetary defence force converges in on us.
>>42371562>>42371606Why not both? we can just put them in hibernation if were worried about the cost.
By the way, looking at the pirate cruiser from the discussion page, and should we add the ram and grapples to it? Maybe build a few. Just so next time she doesn't have the option to crash her own ship either.
>>42371541Done.Light Battlecruiser Carrier Hull: BattlecruiserCrew capacity: 400/40Cost: 2000N 2500MSize: 300Spinal Mounts: Railgun (x3) 900MTurrets: Blaster (x8) 200MFixed: LPB (x16) 320MAuxiliary: Autocannon (explosive) (x10) 160MMulti-layer shields 150N 450MRapid damage control 45N 60MSpinal Hanger: (hanger bay config) 10800N 5400M Microfactory: 100N 300MModule: Drop Pod Launcher (x4) 200N 400M
>>42371651That's not a terrible idea
>>42371628Since planetary battles are inevitable at some point, we really need to build up our drone count, or she'll zerg rush us then. Her drones probably number in the billions, after all.As for extraction, developing some effective barricade tactics might buy us some time in such ops.
>>42371651This could be cool. I'm picturing special ships the size of frigates that's just a huge, heavily-defended engine, with tons of grappling hooks making it look like it's got fur on its underside. They attach to bigger enemy ships and just blink drives them to another place, where our forces are waiting with superior firepower.
>>42371692For a total cost of 13295N 10690M. A relatively affordable addition to a light fleet, if I may say so.
>>42371276There's a big inefficiency with outfitting clones.It's easy to say, clone 10 hybrids. But we only seem to a prompt on what cybernetics we want to add when something else forces our hand, like the New Tokyo meeting.We need to add some augs to some of them more proactively to avoid a two day delay once we suddenly hear of a mission to go on like that.
How to get crystal from commonwealth:Have the ambassadrone call them, tell that we are feeling bad mojo artefact in that region (show a starmap on the wall, no names but recognisable easy enough), as if it's in their territory.If they play cagey, say that we're going to rush there to recover it ourselves, making the diplomatic fracas their fault.If they say it's their territory, offer to trade stuff it. Like tech. They likely can figure out we mean the mystery wreckage, and it will give them more incentive to keep it from the union.
>>42371711Man that's such a cunt way to wage warfare.
I didn't realize it when i put up the writein to recruit a hacker, I was just in full Specialization lust mode. But Decker really is the lynchpin to the plan. He's the single highest risk/reward option.Which is probably on a meta level why he also came with Coco the bug hunting shadehound.He compromises the Panopticon security cameras. So he's the most likely to be able to notice something is off about Michael's behavior, as well as the one guy who once parasited and seduced to our side, can make the whole operation completely non-discoverable by falsifying those security cameras. We don't even need Theseus anymore.
>>42371711>just blink drives themShips can't blink things that are outside their own tiny bubble. Blinking would sever the harpoons.
>>42371831We have to try blinking away a chunk of an enemy ship sometime.
>>42371831And this gives me a new idea: insert our own blink drive onto their ship. So unfair, and so satisfying.
>>42371808Wouldn't that raise too many questions? Our drone is light years away from there to get such a signal, we can say that our ship received the signal but then it would be weird to cause a panic about the thing without sending a "recovery fleet."
>>42371875New thread's up!
>>42371820Okay, once our parasites and flies hatch. Decker plan.We need to get him into Michael's room. We can say we want him to help clean up the mess in the room that Coco left yesterday. Take responsibility Nathan-kun.So he has to spend half an hour unconscious in there. We'll have to be careful to lift up his shirt first so as to not get bloodstains on it.Once he's parasited, he won't be automatically obedient, and we don't want something off about him to alert Coco and potentially get him attacked by his own pet. So we have to first influence him subtly, do things he might normally do anyway.Like alter his room's camera feeds so that they're on a loop, showing him and Coco sleeping peacefully.Then the parasite can keep him asleep, while Michael can visit his room with a pocket full of flies and a parasite to let into his room to take down and implant Coco.
>>42371889Yes obviously we say we got it from a ship, which then passed a message to our drone, who's our official diplomant. You know, the way diplomats work.And we pretend we respect their space boundaries by asking if those boundaries include that system. With a slight subtext of /not/ caring for Union's boundaries.
>>42371711You need to use the Rip Drive if you want to kidnap enemy ships somehow.
>>42371861Like catapult a blink drive drone or something akin into a bulky threat and just blink it away?Most parts of me think that's just too complex to be worthwhile compared to our many alternatives. And all the other parts..
>>42371920Two problems, 1 i still think we need to send a fleet over to express both the urgency of the situation and the danger of the artifact.2 The union is still there and the minute they find out there's another space fairing race they WILL want to talk to us for diplomacy, something witch we cant allow for obvious reasons.
>>42372000>Two problems, 1 i still think we need to send a fleet over to express both the urgency of the situation and the danger of the artifact.Hmm yeah, we can tell Commonwealth we're going there. But we're currently playing nice with them, so we wouldn't be grabbing it out of their hands.>2 The union is still there and the minute they find out there's another space fairing race they WILL want to talk to us for diplomacy, something witch we cant allow for obvious reasons.Keep silent and let CW be all smug "yes these are our new friends, whatchagunadoaboutit?"
>>42372033>Keep silent and let CW be all smug "yes these are our new friends, whatchagunadoaboutit?"You are putting to much fate in human politics, making pacts are one thing but expecting the common wealth to defend us from the union is another. Another thing is that it still exposes us to the union and i don't want them to search for us.
>>42372119>expecting the common wealth to defend us from the union is another. I did not mean it like that.I mean it that if we do show up a fleet in that system, it would be a pretty substantial fleet, as an extra deterrent from Union even TRYING to go for the wreck.It won't be "CW protects our fleet" but "CW flaunts having allies that can back it up (even if it's not necessarily true that we will do so)". That's perfectly in line with human politicing.>Another thing is that it still exposes us to the union and i don't want them to search for us.Yeah, that's a downside. I am angling for trying to have CW secure the wreck and then buy it from them, showing up in person is a contingency for extreme action if nothing else works.