The sun sets, the hazy off-yellow dot slipping bellow the horizon, casting the distant city of New Tokyo in silhouette. The terraces of farmland hum with automated machinery as the lights of farmhouses and small villages dot the frigid landscape as a chilly winter wind whips through the valley as the light of Virgo fades in silence, jagged shadows spreading over the terraced paddy fields as smoke begins to rise from the chimneys of small villas and conjoined community compounds.A point of light flickers in the sky, a single, glowing dot growing in size shooting across the sky. It grows closer, until its passing offers a distant thundering roar. The space pod arcs over the valley, illuminating it only briefly with a faint glow of atmospheric friction before bouncing off the top of a terrace and landing in the distant pine covered forests beyond with the sound of rolling thunder. It has scarcely cooled from its landing before the inhabiting drones consume it, fleeing into the wilderness in the direction of the distant skyline. 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
>>48096387>Current resource reservesNutrients: 22,272,307NMetals: 20,857,179MCredits: ₡2,226Credits in Lyle’s account: ₡1,175,000Active trade routesLeeland – Lanway: HMS Orphan, Captain John Spreckels>Construction underway[Citadel Hive ship] – 80%[Fast Assault Fleet] x5>Formed fleets and ordersSmall Heavy Defense Fleet [Patrolling Leeland space]10 Heavy Battle Fleet [Awaiting orders]5 Missile Ambush Fleet [Awaiting orders]25 Light Fleets [Awaiting orders]20 Light Fleets [Under construction]Clone upkeep/special projects and expenses25 Human captives of the USV Hope – 750[Gemini] 3 Taidaren Hybrids (105)4 Human flash clone upkeep – 12018 Human hybrid clone upkeep – 540Specializations:>Tech>Engineer>Brawler[Hive space]100 Human Hybrids – 3,000Lyle Rogers – 57Jackob Eisner – 56Dillon Reager – 30Clone/project upkeep – 3,908N>IncomeMetals: 2,950,500Nutrients: 7,636,000Net: Total upkeepNutrient costs: 6,294,510(Nutrient stat + structures) * 1k * dev score + modifiers = Nutrient income total(Metal stat + structures) * dev score + modifiers = Metal income totalHive Territory[G-426]*Leeland (capital)N 60+40M 45Development 50Income:4.886MN162.5KM
>>48096430Defensive structures>Surface to Orbit Missile System: Uses long range missiles to attack enemy ships in the system (1KN, Additional costs per launch)>Anti-orbital batteries: Directly attacks enemy ships in orbit (8KN)Military structures>Hangar facilities: Deploys atmospheric and orbital drones to intercept attackers, uses aerodynamic and fighter drone designs (4KN)>Psionic Shroud: Conceals hive activity from psionic senses (1KN)Industrial structures>Docking Pylon: (2000) (100KN)[Empty docks: 8000/8000]Economic Structures>Smart Mines active: Calculates development stat twice for metal income>Algae Farm: +25N>Film harvester dock: +15NAsteroid mining base: 50KM per day added to nearest planet.[M-662]RalighaN 90+20M 10Development 25Income:2.75MN0MDefensive structures>Surface to Orbit Missile System (1KN)>Anti-orbital batteries: 35/35 (8KNN)Economic structures>Bloodroot collectors: Pipes running from Bloodroot trees extract nutrient rich sap +20N>Greystalk farms: [under construction]>Greenwall pit: Genetically engineered plant efficiently recycles waste material, Extra N income x2>Temple alter: A place for the Ralighan locals to worship and bring offerings to your hive, built in the likeness of your local fake queen, +500N per day [M-323]>Orbital docking pylon: Space for docking and construction of 4 sub capitals or 1 capital ship, (50N) [Empty docks: 0/4]>Mining corvette salvage operations +2,688,000M per day (+8000M per corvette)[Farcast]Derelict Sensor arrayGlassed Hive worldN 0M 100D 10Income:0N100KM>Smart mine mantle excavation: Calculates development stat 3 times for metal incomeDeep space waystation>100 docking pylons (10KN)[Empty docks 400/400]New Construction Options [Coming soon: Something that isn't the text equivalent of a Crunch Bar]
>>48096482Finished Research>High-altitude spore dispersalBy spraying modified hive spores from a capillary tower at high altitude, the tower gains the ability to spread hive creep several magnitudes faster than any other method you have, contaminating the surface of an entire hemisphere in a mere day, although the creep itself grows at normal speed. The spores are visible as a greenish fog that permeates the atmosphere, especially around the tower itself, and is toxic to non-hive life, forcing any enemies of the hive to make use of rebreathers or air filters. The spores can be made to carry other chemicals or biological agents.>Complex matter reconstructionWhile the teleportation of life still stands locked behind a mixture of technical and philosophical dilemmas, your hives are now capable of transmitting complex molecular structures across vast spacial distances instantaneously, allowing the transport of materials that would normally require extensive industrial effort to refine and produce, further improving the efficiency of your hives and allowing hidden hives to further reduce their needed local manufacturing efforts, lowering their emissions and in turn making them that much more difficult to detect without hampering their abilities to equip its agents.>Space city construction (construction options to come)A truly massive construction endeavor, a space city offers an excellent way to claim influence over a region of space, exploit otherwise remote resources, and even offer residence to biological life or perform dangerous research in the safety of remote space. While not capable of altering its velocity with any ease, a space city is capable of being equipped with a wide range of weapons and ship components that make it a cornerstone of any critical star system or deep space location.
NUKE THE WHALESGAS THE SQUIDSSTAB THE MONKEYSTRUST NOTHINGTHE VOID IS WATCHING
>>48096510New Research Available 1/2>Hive-dustingFastAlternative methods of hive creep spore dispersal is investigated, using a mixture of the semi-automated hive expansion methods already in use and altering the genetic composition to be more autonomous in nature, allowing spores to be deployed from non-stationary sources such as aerial dispersal from drones or spacecraft, as well as air-burst spore bombs launched from orbit, allowing for hive creep to be deployed in a more aggressive manner, effectively weaponizing the self-replicating infrastructure. The process is slower and more localized than the work of a Capillary Tower, however with no need for a tower to be present, the process can be undertaken more readily in the presence of hostile forces.>Psionic SporesSlowWhile normally the hive spores used to spread infrastructure are little more than genetically engineered nanomachines, replicating and performing their function alone until their built structure is complex enough to receive mental signals, your mixture of psionic research and advancements in spore related genetic programming has made the idea of a psionically sensitive spore seem not nearly as far fetched as it once did. With a mixture of distributed networking and complex cellular reconstruction methods, it could be possible to create a spore strain that would respond to mental signals.
>>48096531that picYOU COCK TEASING BASTARD
>>48096531New Research Available 2/2>Complex organ splicingMediumWhile it is easy to pull a string of genetic data from most carbon based life and infuse it into the hive, making the inefficient genetic structure of other life accept the more efficient and deliberately programmed hive genetic data is far more challenging. In an ironic way, much of the solution seems to involve the utilization of controlled flaws, rendering the mutations deliberately inefficient in order to be more compatible with the host life so as to avoid dominating the host's genetic structure in the same way as the Hive hybrids and chimeras. Such subtle alterations could offer better, more difficult methods of infiltrating or manipulating non-hive life.>Add (write in) to research>Add all>Leave research as is for now>OtherIn other news, I am currently churning through the rather long list of systems to be charted, and they should be finished in the next day or so and I will put them up in the pastebin for your viewing pleasure.
>>48096591>>Add allBUILD HIVE DEEP SPACE CITY NOW
>>48096591>>Add allWas there any other chance of saying no?
>>48096591Current Research>Psionic sensorsSlowThis is a strange project indeed, and a concept that should not work at first assumption. It utilizes a basic concept of quantum mechanics, that being that the future of a particle effects it present state, and applies it to a mass scale. The hypothesis is a sensor that does not sense a target, but predicts it. The project is still in its infancy, however, and there is hardly any work finished beyond some basic mathematics and theories. As your thinkers attempt to put these theories into practice, however, the first prototypes seems to indicate that said prototypes never existed, causing a bout of confusion among the hive with how to proceed. The project has since gotten back on track, and shows great promise.>Tachyonic insulatorsMediumYou did not find any thinker alive that was working on this strange project, with all of them nearby fossilized long ago. You did, however, find a small sample of prototype material which seems to absorb tachyonic particles and then disperse them in random directions, scrambling psionic signals and making them appear as universal background noise. The efficiency with which this material does this has proven to make researching it rather difficult, as your drones nearly lost the sample for several days until an enterprising Quantum Thinker had a worker team scour the hive for the elusive substance. The testing has resumed, and is running ahead of schedule after the short delay.>Advanced Psionic ImprintingSlowWith the application of psionic imprinting you are able to influence and alter the state of matter using only focused and precise mental signals. Your thinkers believe this can be taken further, using more accurate signals and more precise manipulation methods to imprint more complex thoughts and ideas more quickly and easily, and at a greater range.
>>48096591>Add psionic Spores, Complex organ splicing.If possible I'd like to prioritize organ splicing.
so how many threads does it take for Fast/Medium/Slow research to unlock?
>>48096591>Add all>>48096626>Psionic CloakingMediumA complex practice naturally accomplished by the Phantoms under the care of the Barren Queen, you have been instructed in the basics, and now all that is left is practice and application. In theory it is simple, using carefully woven mental signals to broadcast a sense of non-existence. While this process is most effective against being sensitive to tachyonic radiation, it can be used against virtually any organic being. A psionic race may find entire patches of planet voided from their minds like a mass-induced psychosis, while less attuned or mentally blind species find details of the cloaked unit impossible to remember or describe, or may simply not notice the unit unless it is alone and obvious in appearance. Simply turning around or standing among a small crowd is enough to become virtually invisible. Unfortunately, this invisibility comes at a cost, as it is omni-directional, and any unit enveloped in such a shroud would be unable to mentally communicate with others, effectively cutting itself off from any hive network. This ability requires at least a moderate relay or implant to accomplish, although no drone would do so willingly and cut itself off from the Queen without a direct command to do so.>Psionic TelekinesisVery SlowWith the development of psionic imprinting it is now clear to the hive that tachyons can effect real matter in a very real way. While normally so minuscule in nature the forces of tachyonic radiation offers no force whatsoever, a focused, maintained wave of psionics could, in theory, impart a real and measurable physical force. The success of Psionic Imprinting seems to offer prove of the concept in theory, and the only limiting factor now is how efficiently the imparted force from tachyonic particles scales up from the molecular level.>>48096623Not likely, but I like to ask.
>>48096531>Psionic SporesOH BOY!TIME TO HIGH JACK OQ DRONES!Quick question QD, one of our bioweapons (probably the ocean spores) was made from scratch, can we repeat this process to make bioweapons that cause the same symptoms but require the development of individual cures.
>>48096661Thought progress was made by dice till it pass threshold
>>48096626>>Psionic sensors>Slow>This is a strange project indeed, and a concept that should not work at first assumption. It utilizes a basic concept of quantum mechanics, that being that the future of a particle effects it present state, and applies it to a mass scale. The hypothesis is a sensor that does not sense a target, but predicts it. The project is still in its infancy, however, and there is hardly any work finished beyond some basic mathematics and theories. As your thinkers attempt to put these theories into practice, however, the first prototypes seems to indicate that said prototypes never existed, causing a bout of confusion among the hive with how to proceed. The project has since gotten back on track, and shows great promise.>>>Tachyonic insulators>Medium>You did not find any thinker alive that was working on this strange project, with all of them nearby fossilized long ago. You did, however, find a small sample of prototype material which seems to absorb tachyonic particles and then disperse them in random directions, scrambling psionic signals and making them appear as universal background noise. The efficiency with which this material does this has proven to make researching it rather difficult, as your drones nearly lost the sample for several days until an enterprising Quantum Thinker had a worker team scour the hive for the elusive substance. The testing has resumed, and is running ahead of schedule after the short delay.you are a wonderful wonderful Man Drone
>>48096672>Photonic armorMediumWhile it is not nearly as robust as what your thinkers promise from the miniaturization of shield technology, these small plates of massive photons are solid enough to deflect weapons fire and absorb energy for a brief period of time. Less a portable defensive shield and more of a temporary deployable cover, this technology, in theory, would offer drones or agents a way to quickly protect themselves during a momentary lack of cover before the photons dissipate.>Personal shieldingSlowBy further shrinking the emitters, your thinkers believe they may be able to eventually make them small enough to be equipped to the carapace of a drone, or to the surface of an armored suit. At this time it is mostly speculation and an eagerness to please mother beyond all reason, and you cannot be sure what the limitations may be, but the thinkers are sure they can do it.>Shield domeSlowThe opposite way of thinking as personal shielding, by scaling the shield emitters up further to a size that would be impossible to hold and power on a ship, your thinkers suspect they should be able to construct a defensive perimeter around a hive center protected by a powerful defensive shield. The thinkers that have proposed the idea seem to be certain in the failure of the other project, as they are of this one, and you have had to separate the quantum thinkers as they attempted to disprove each others’ theories more than develop their own.>Advanced Psionic ReadingSlowWith your new abilities growing, you continue to hone and develop more advanced methods of using your psionic network. Your thinkers believe that with more practice they should be able to delve deeper into the minds of non-hive life, digging past surface thoughts and emotions and into more detailed pieces of information without resorting to invasive neural interfaces.
>>48096591How can spore research unlock organ splicing?Also Jackob better preserve our trophy by giving it to Coil to stick it in a regen tank before he investigates that shuttle wreck.
>>48096713Probably some quantum thinker thought of this recently.
>>48096698>Atmospheric static generatorMedium (is done, but working on how it adjusts the Tower's cost in the new system)By utilizing the natural friction of a sufficiently dense atmosphere against the surface of a capillary tower, the tower can be made to generate energy to feed itself and reduce its upkeep cost.>Rip DriveMediumA powerful, and accurate drive system, it does not move the equipped ship, but allows the ship to rip open a hole in spacetime, creating something akin to an artificial wormhole that bridges the ship's current location with a location of its choosing within its range. This allows not only the ship to move through the rupture, but also allows it to open ruptures for other craft, allowing for the deployment of sub-light craft over vast interstellar distances.>Deep Core MiningSlowTaking planetary mining to the logical extreme, your thinkers believe that your hive infrastructure, if spread across the surface of a world and given enough time, would be able to consume the ferrous metal core of a planet itself.>>48096713It's more that the spore research was essentially ticking off the last in a number of prerequisite techs, or caused a quantum thinker to make a mental leap to a new tech tree/tech that was previously locked or missed.
>>48096713We need it so we can extract it's memories.
Who is best waifu and why is it Lyle?
>>48096748>Gravity thrustersSlowSimilar in function to your Skid drive, the Gravity thrusters essentially surf along pre-existing gravity fields, increasing their performance when in close proximity to major sources of gravitational pull, be it a large celestial body, a star, a planet, an exceptionally large structure or group of structures, or the core of a gravity drive. While in deep space it becomes less effective, the law of universal gravitation means it never becomes totally useless, and when in close proximity to a powerful gravity source it should outperform most other thruster designs with ease. Available research options>Psionic Cannon prototypeVery slow/Very dangerousDetailed accounts of several experiments show the slow progress of Project Godsplitter. The cannon itself is highly volatile, and even the smallest miscalculation often results in the destruction of the ship, as well as any nearby craft. It can only be equipped to a Hive ship's spinal mount, and requires a functional Void Shard as ammunition. At least a dozen testing sizes were atomized in testing the weapon, and in the end it appears The Gardener never quite perfected it.
>>48096748I wonder how much longer it will take to finish the rip drive research. I'm assuming QD must have rolled a couple of nat1s for that by now.
>>48096591Guess those new pets still aren't here. Are the human agents still busy negotiating or something?
>>48096830It takes a few threads for them to arrive.
>>48096847That makes no sense. Orphan travels 2 lightyears per hour.
On today's schedule we have dealing the Aral situation and Commonwealth negotiations.On a sidenote why did people only start caring about the Skyl ruin now when I was warning about them for a long time.
>>48097062Cause they forgotThey also forgot that the valen and union been studying skyl ruins for tech and research for a while now
>>48096781An intricately decorated wall of unknown age stretches across the massive chamber, detailing ancient battles and long sagas of great Skyl warriors in carefully carved splendor that likely required thousands of hours of labor, the telltale signs of chisel marks indicating it was made by the steady and loving hand of a master Skyl artist. It is eviscerated by a hail of high-ex sting caster slugs in roughly two and a half seconds. Mauser charges through the dust filled debris as Lyle's sledge takes out a column covered in ornate, spiraling renditions of skyl figures, his fist traveling through the stone and making contact with the dented and sand blasted faceplate of mauser's suit, sending him hurtling back through an arching, circular doorway.Lyle steps forth through the crater left in the frame and the targeting sub brain of his suit scans the area for the target. Mauser reaches through the dust, gripping Lyle by the arm and hooking his shoulder beneath Lyle's, pitching his body up and over. Lyle leaves his feet, and is sent airborne, bouncing down a sloped collection of odd coil shaped structures made of a padded plastic-like material, and he lands on a hardened surface of something akin to concrete. He rolls over and leaps to his feet in time for Mauser to fill the space with plasma before diving down into the fresh crater.You examine the surroundings through the sensors within the suit, it is a large, circular chamber with a flat surface at the bottom of a sloping set of stairs covered in coiling padded structures wrapped around like springs. Above, a massive brick of dust covered metal hangs from the ceiling with five smooth, glossy sides angled slightly downwards to face the coiling sections of padded loops, and several decent sized structures are embedded into the walls covered in shattered windows and odd looking electrical equipment.cont.
>>48097123They also forgot that the skyl ruined homeworld has been claimed by that mysterious valen gate clan for "religious reasons" They know what it was
>>48097162Fuck, so much to salvage Welp at least the valen will be rightly pissed off
>>48097123No they haven't. The union studied artifacts on Darwin.But they've only been on this planet for what a month? 3? They barely got a lake going. Building the hypergate took priority not archaeology.
>>48097173That's this planet...
>>48097173Wait what?Which thread was that in?
>>48097123>Cause they forgotActually they said there were no ruins. Hell some people last thread said we have all their tech which is wrong we only have the tech they finished in that system. Why are some people such out spoken idiots.
>>48097162Sorry sportsball stadium.
>>48097260He's confusing planets up
>>48097173>>48097256>>48097260Anon has once again made something up. Ignore him.
>>48097173Tannhauser isn't the Skyl homeworld, that planet was completely annihilated by vengeful crystals. The planet occupied by the Valen was another planet in the system, and judging by the environment, was never heavily settled by the Skyl in the first place.
>>48097260>>48097299>>48097304>>48097307Hive Queen Quest 8 Blackbox>FG-883 unexplored binary star system. A white dwarf orbiting a main sequence star. Exploration delegated to Valen cruiser Sings Blissfully under authority of Commander Fredrick Juric. Commander Swims in Deep Waters has waved all rights to colonial authority in exchange for religious charter.Tannhauser (Space pod cloaked here)Alternate names: Kerik Ashka – Binary star system of two main sequence stars, one slightly smaller than the other. Recently given an official name by Union officials due to recent Valen settlement projects. Was once the Skyl home system, named for two characters of ancient Skyl mythology, it has no proper translation.• Aral: precariously perched in the habitable zone, this planet is dry, hot and heavily eradiated. Despite its hostile nature, life has found a way to flourish on the surface. Most of the planet is covered in a shifting dune sea, with a number of mountain ranges isolating a series of relatively small barren landscapes. A number of large valleys exist, carved out by harsh winds and a select few rivers that flow from exposed underground sources. The air is thin, but breathable, however the extreme surface temperature would severely hamper the speed of any above ground activity, and the scarcity of water is cause for concern for any potential colonization effort. The planet is the site of a Valen colonization attempt under Union supervision.• Debris field: The remains of the Skyl homeworld mixed with naturally occurring debris. The field holds a mixture of minerals and ice, and causes frequent impacts and meteor showers.
>>48097162AAAAHHH SO MANY RUINS GETTING LEVELED GET OUT OF THE LYLE
>>48097372The Void punished the skyl for their rebellion dearly and burnt there world to ash
>>48097372You are grossly misinterpreting the significance of the charter.That's just how Valen work in human society. The hypergate owners are basically a religion. Of money making.
>>48097414And secretive, managed to ensure no others found out how the gates work And we know one of the ftl projects the skyl were testing was a gate
I just want you to know I'm very happy Hive Queen Quest is back Questdrone.
>>48097162The circular, walled in section in which Lyle and Mauser stand is largely flat and featureless, although a small number of largely useless looking structures stand idle. In one corner, a stone pillar covered in rusted blades largely reduced to dust, in another, the floor has given way to a pit covered in spikes. A large, mostly eroded saw blade peeks out of the floor near the center, and various blocks of stone and metal, built as if for no other purpose but to be obstacles, sit squad in various places around the walled in space, with large spikes covering the edges of the walls where the padded plastic spirals end and the walled in sections begins.There are mountings covering the spiked walls, as well as many of the obstacles, mostly empty, but some hold odd, archaic looking weapons, obvious as weapons only by their simplicity and brutality, stone age in appearance, although they are all made of gaudy looking materials that clearly required a high degree of technical skill and industrial infrastructure to produce. Few seem practical, even from the biological perspective of a skyl. Large, gaudy looking glaves meant to be worn over the talons, or hooked to the ends of wings, large, curving spears with flexible, spring loaded hilts that have long ago become rigid and brittle. A few, even more simple weapons still seem to hold their edge. Several long spears made of what looks like obsidian blades, several swords carved from what looks like a crystalline diamond alloy lattice, and a number of simple but ornate shields made from something that looks similar to human plasteel covered in the bones of some animal.cont.
>>48096698>Photonic armorSounds like a great final layor to our ship hulls for the more expensive varients. Combined with the multi layored shielding. Hell, wire the plates into the shielding capacitors and we could absorb energy from attacks to repower the shields, making the ships even more a pain in the ass for energy based foes.
>>48097471Now you're just grasping at straws. QD specifically stated on the ask page the Valen gates were the product of the same research that led humanity to develop the quantum power tap. It's an indigenous invention on their part and they created it well, well before they made it to Aral.
>>48097471>>48097513So if the only valen clan that has a monopoly on gate tech and is considered to act like a religionDeciding to claim a planet for religious purposes that we know is the former skyl homeworld should raise red flags And its is possible they take used samples of skyl tech to jump start their projects They actually figured out how to make it work
>>48097555It's not the skyl homeworld.
>>48097555Home system not homeworld.
>>48097574>>48097590Are you guys just being difficult and dismissing the possibility that the valen know about the skyl and also know the importance of this system to the skyl?
>>48097500You recognize some of the technology, but due to its similarity to some of your own and from the details of the skyl data cube you had long ago studied. While most of the weapons are primitive, a few are more advanced. Void Spears, technologically equivalent to a thermal enhanced vibroblade in nearly every respect, a Thunder lance, essentially a kind of shorter ranged sonic sledge that functions largely on contact only, with very little ranged damage potential at all, a number of shock gauntlets more or less stun sticks, very likely long drained of charge, and several deadly sharp mono-filament razor shields, a rather odd choice of defensive equipment with a rather glaring flaw regarding its propensity to easily slice open its wielder more than its attacker.Oddly enough, while the weapons themselves are hardly anything new to you, their designs are clearly the product of skyl engineering, using a rather painfully over-engineered suite of materials to produce them. You have a hard time finding any real point in making melee weapons out of materials you would typically reserve for starship components, but given the advanced nature of skyl material sciences and their desiger to built things to last, some of them still may yet function.>Take the fight out of the ruins to preserve the cultural artifacts>Have Lyle use the weapons and obstacles to his advantage, regardless of damage to the ruins>Other (write in)
>>48097640>>Take the fight out of the ruins to preserve the cultural artifacts
>>48097640>Have Lyle use the weapons and obstacles to his advantage, regardless of damage to the ruinsLess stuff for the valen and union then
>>48097640Explains why they were willing to leave the smith hereHe was going to do some ruin digging after the fight and try to steal as much goodies as possible before the valen got them
>>48097629No, we just have no reason to think it's at all an issue. Remember that the Valen literally just got here, and it's not like they can go for a pleasant stroll over the planets surface. It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if they were almost completely ignorant of the Skyl, and even if they weren't it would take some serious assumptions to suggest they were on the planet specifically because of the historical significance to an extinct species. >>48097640>>Take the fight out of the ruins to preserve the cultural artifacts
>>48097629The valen have just recently settled this planet, at best they know there was a civilization there before from buildings but they probably haven't found much research yet.>>48097640>Take the fight out of the ruins to preserve the cultural artifacts.Then send drones to search the ruins and surface for anything else.
>>48097660>>48097700Why would the Union or Valen have any interest in these artifacts aside from xenoarchaeology? This is all technology they currently possess and is common knowledge throughout their space.
>>48097471It's not a hypergate! QD already said how the rip drive is totally alien.One connects two points of space. The other teleports anything in its event horizon to somewhere else.
>>48097640>Take the fight out of the ruins to preserve the cultural artifactsPlease roll 1d100, best of 3.
>>48097706>historical significance to an extinct speciesFormer extinct species.
Rolled 13 (1d100)>>48097706>>48097739Given that we know the union been tracking down and researching skyl ruins and tech it isn't hard to think that the commonwealth and valen factions are doing the sameHell, mom manipulated the commonwealth to build the psi cannon using a stash on the moon And the valen have smuggling routes to the ceph world so they may have a inking of what happened in the past So it is more reasonable to expect that the factions at least know something about the skyl and have an interest in locations where the tech could be...Such as there home system >>48097767The skyl were testing multiple projects not just the rip drive >>48097779HWG
Rolled 53 (1d100)>>48097779For Mother!
Rolled 31 (1d100)>>48097779FOR MOTHER
Rolled 84 (1d100)>>48097779we never needed those artifacts anyway
>>48097786Yeah, but none but us and our AI buddies know that.
>>48097779>>48097802Does this mean we lost the cultural artifacts or the fight?
>>48097878Hopefully it just means they still fighting indoors Rather not have mauser get a punch in given the suit we gave lyle is not as tough as a union suit, Our suit is faster and has and can regenerate right?
>>48097878Considering the way our rolls have been counted in this fight so far, I would expect this to mean some limited damage to the structure and a few bruises for Lyle, but otherwise not affecting things much.
>>48097799Yes it is hard. The Darwin discoveries were secret. The Valen are on the opposite side of human space.Humans did not find Skyl artifacts in their own space, only in the Expanse. The Skyl never travelled further than Darwin. And Valen only first traveled past their space when humans gave them the warp drive.Never the two could meet.Now the Confederates, MAYBE.
>>48097921>the suit we gave lyle is not as tough as a union suitReally? I thought our chitin was equivalent or stronger.
>>48097921>the suit we gave lyle is not as tough as a union suitIt is.
When will we tell lee and Elizabeth the good news?
>>48097998Hopefully they were sitting with some popcorn watching these sick fights
>>48098032I'm talking about ancient aliens man being right.
>>48097966Forgot that the skyl ruled an empire while they worked for the Void? And that the void drives allowed them to settle all over the sector?And they lost contact with other colonies as the void withdrew their support and collapsed their tech base forcing the skyl to start developing it themselves So yeah it is possible that the valen had skyl ruins in the space >>48097975>>48097984is it? that's good then
>>48097779Lyle charges, his wings beating up dust and sand as he accelerates through the air, impacting Mauser at well over a hundred kilometers per hour. He wrenches his arm under Mausers and wings, sending him over his head and into a spiked wall. Lyle reaches out to grapple the drop suit, but an armored boot hits him square in the chest and sends him back. Mauser is quick to his feet and tackles Lyle, his damaged spiked sledgehammer firing with a solid punch that catches Lyle in the arm and sends the spike driving clean through the carapace, snapping off inside his arm as he drives Lyle to the ground. The blade of his other arm unsheaths, and he drives it down, missing Lyle's head by several inches as it drives a burning, white hot hole in the ground.Lyle hoists his fist up and fires his own sonic sledge, sending a shockwave of vibrations hitting Mauser like a truck.He falls back, and Lyle swings his blade as Mauser parries with his own, and takes another punch of a sonic sledgehammer to the sternum that sends him reeling back. Lyle watches Mauser's boots bolt themselves into the ground as Lyle grips the shattered spike and with a wince more appropriate for removing a splinter, rips the massive chunk of metal clean from his arm, leaving a baseball sized hole clean through. He rolls his shoulder, testing to see what works in his arm and what doesn't, and his wings begin to beat as Mauser's weapons spin up and Lyle watches the counter drop steadily to zero as he returns fire, sending his suit flying into a spiral as he closes in and knocks Mauser off his feet, ripping a six centimeter thick chunk of cement up from the ground with him as he stumbles, and then spins, swinging his blade in a near miss that shaves several small sensor clusters from the top of Lyle's helmet, and then brings his broken sledge into Lyle's face, firing the broken piledriver in a muted but still substantial impact that sends him stumbling back a moment and shattering his faceplate.
>>48098080>And that the void drives allowed them to settle all over the sector?Their void driven ships were the size of fighters, they colonized other worlds when they defeated the crystal god and had to develop another FTL drive.
>>48098187Why is Lyle getting his shit kicked in now, when we rolled nat100 after 91 when we rolled against Mauser? Is this guy fucking invincible or something?
>>48098147>>48098207Hive Queen Quest 25There is war. Endless war on endless worlds. Demons and heretics, horrid beings that would defy the gods with their mere existence. The priests listen to the hum of the forest and decree what worlds must burn and what worlds must forish. You watch as year after year, century after century the Skyl that swarm among the city and around the crystal forest become more and more strange. Their motions more rote and predictable.As the wars go on, fleets go missing, assumed destroyed in the line of duty. Before long, some return. Panic and dissent spreads through the planet as more and more of the fleets return as heretics. The war is far bloodier than any faught previously, and for a short moment the rebels take the planet and bombard the spire. The planet is in ruins, but at the end the spire is gone, missing from its crater for the first time in millennia. The fleet moves to resettle their home.The skyl fought for a long time for the crystals Any of those fleets could have settled worlds just to maintain the front line for the war they were fighting
>>48098245Because we're directing him to do things that are not beneficial to him and not rolling high enough to compensate.
>>48098308and there was again the colony expansion after the rebellion So thinking that the skyl never left a presence in the rest of the sector is a bad bet
>>48098308There's not one mention of those fleets making colonies. You make that up.Their expansion was at sunlight! They couldn't travel farther than Darwin. If they HAD they would have colonized Earth or something near it. They did not.
Man these guys must cost a fortune to make, but damn if they aren't worth it
>>48098337The colony expansion after the rebellion was their only colonization attempts, before they only had void driven fighter fleets to move around and they needed the crystal god cooperation to do so, and if they are similar to the ceph they avoided colonizing other planets to stay close to the spire where they get the crystals and orders in the first place.
>>48098416fleets go missing, assumed destroyed in the line of duty. Before long, some returnSome came back as rebels, some were destroyed but some just go missing? Leaves the possibility that they could have settled some worlds after they took damage and unable to return >>48098416>>48098507And we know thatboth the humans and valen expanded to a lot of worlds using generations ships before they got decent ftl drives still leaves the possibility that that the skyl reached far and wide before the void purged them
>>48098552Just give it a rest dude. You really aren't convincing anyone with your crazy shadowruns and baseless assertions.
>>48098187Lyle hops to recover, spinning on his foot and turning the momentum of the punch into a sudden lunge. His blade stabs out, Mauser evading only barely as the sword sized blade slices cleanly through several power regulator systems along Mauser's arm, and he brings his sonic sledge up to grab Mauser's helmet with an open palm, firing the sledge and sending him flying back in a hail of metal shards and shattered glass. He lands at an angle, firing his twin rotary as it sputters and dies, the last of its ammo expended and it spins with a faint grinding noise like a blender. A grimace of annoyance runs across Mauser's bloodied face, and the rotary erupts from his arm and bounces across the ground as he leaps up, spinning up his suncaster. It fires several times, exploding a nearby wall and grazing Lyle's arm, blasting own plasma cannon in the process, and then explodes as the thermal regulator flairs with overloaded heat. He jettisons it in kind and lunges forward.Lyle pulls the trigger of his own sting caster, and it responds with a sputter, the sub brain of his suit shouting alarms of weapon failure and depleted ammo stores, and he extends his blade and plants the claws of his boots deep in the ground as Mauser closes in, a grin growing on his face as deep gashes along his scalp pour blood and medical paste.They impact, and the sound of thunder sends crowds of small desert animals fleeing from their dens across the dunes of the surface above as Coil maintains vigil, his mind calling for your guidance as ships close in from above.cont.
>>48098552No it doesnt. We know they didn't because humans found No Ruins Whatsoever until they went to Darwin. They never got that far.And Jesus Christ you retard. Going missing is being destroyed or turning rebellious. There is no third option there, you made shit up AGAIN.
>>48098601>grazing Lyle's arm, blasting own plasma cannon in the process, and then explodes as the thermal regulator flairs with overloaded heat.Lolwut.This clause is... Amiss. What explodes?
>>48098601>his mind calling for your guidance as ships close in from above.Shit, valen coming, we need to send a fleet to tannhauser to initiate first contact and claim the planet as holy ground, then buy it from them for cheap
>>48098680I think mauser damaged lyles plasma blaster and lyle was forced to dump it cause the regulator for it was ruined
>>48098722Not yet let's have Lyle tell them he came here on behalf of his employer to do business before he was interrupted by the Union's Mercs. It makes things look worse for the Union.
>>48098722Bitch we got cloaking for a reason. We don't need to kill Mauser.We can vamoose and make him the Galen's problem. A Union trooper illegally trespassing.Lylr can rematch later.
>>48098722Lyle and his crew did there jobGet the union into a diplomatic mess with the valenWe may need to leave the "smith" remains to show the union connection though since it is possible for dropsuits to be bought on the black market but "smiths" are union black ops We just need to extract the crew from the sector and no one will think we plotted this
>>48098830Mauser is distinctively and obviously part of a famous group of elites. He's not at all deniable.
>>48098830>We just need to extract the crew from the sector and no one will think we plotted thisActually I just gave a suggestion for plausible deniability over here >>48098783
>>48098601We have a pod near the Cortex.Can it see if Anderson escaped in a shuttle yet?
>>48098830Yep, but if the valen do reach lyle or jackob we can have them take pictures of the smith's head and mauser.Then make the situation worse by sending a fleet for first contact with the union and valen, buy the system, and have a mission success party back home.
>>48098861Yeah, maybe we could have Lyle knock him out, and then we wipe his memory of the fight.
>>48098601An eye sees several dots appear on the sensors, and Coil examines the surrounding region. Jackob and Dillon are already near the crash site of the shuttle, but the others are not far, at least, not at their current speed. A limb searches for answers, adjusting the sensors as the ship engages its cloak, and finds the silhouette of three high speed interceptors, likely either automated or piloted by human mercenaries judging by their size, and the bulky frame of a slow moving valen shuttle much further behind.A trace of his aggression still lingers, and twitches through his mind as his grinding maw retracts back within its fleshy sheath."Fight. Hide. Flee!" His minds begin to argue, the urge to fight quickly receding as his limbs quiver with fright at the hypersonic fighters closing fast on the crash site. Further above, a ping of sensor static stabs through the atmosphere as the telltale signs of ship to ship combat comes through on the long range scanners. A formation of valen cruisers, armored fortresses fitted for construction, but still more than capable of combat, close in on the comparatively miniscule Cortez, grazing its hull with warning shots as it singes its remaining armor with particle beams.>Have Coil pick up the ground team now>Have Coil wait for Jackob and Dillon to confirm Calhoun's death, or otherwise capture him>Have Coil intercept the fighters and buy time for Lyle and the others>Other (write in)>>48098680That is my bad with the wording. Lyle cut through Mauser's heat regulator, causing his sun caster to explode after several shots, one of which damaged Lyle's weapon.
>>48098903>>Have Coil wait for Jackob and Dillon to confirm Calhoun's death, or otherwise capture him
>>48098830The only problem with us being caught here, is that Lyle kinda shot that nuke into sky.I doubt that Valen would believe him/us, if we told them it was selfdefense.
>>48098903>>Have Coil wait for Jackob and Dillon to confirm Calhoun's death, or otherwise capture himthen>Have the ground team disengage and meet up in a more secluded location for extraction
>>48098903>Have Coil wait for Jackob and Dillon to confirm Calhoun's death, or otherwise capture himThose intercepters aren't going to start shooting an already downed shuttle, we can take our time.I wonder where Anderson went though.
>>48098861They gave the ship and its crew all cover stories remember? The union knows know the basics on how to do black ops We know he's an elite through our spy but on paper, mauser just a retired drop trooper doing security work The "smith" though is obviously a custom and expensive piece of work that no groups of freelancers can make>>48098903>Have Coil pick up the ground team now>>48098886Lyle has a rep of never outing an employer >>48098932Are you replying to this guy?>>48098783
>>48098903>>Have Coil pick up the ground team nowCalhoun is unimportant comparatively as a target for parasiting or kidnapping.Let Valem catch him.
>>48098903>Have Coil wait for Jackob and Dillon to confirm Calhoun's death, or otherwise capture himSay cheese.
>>48098903>>Have Coil wait for Jackob and Dillon to confirm Calhoun's death, or otherwise capture himPlease roll 1d100, best of 3 for Jackob and Dillon to search as quickly as possible.
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>48099025HWG
>>48098903>>Have Coil wait for Jackob and Dillon to confirm Calhoun's death, or otherwise capture him>OtherInform Lyle of the approaching Valen, and get him to either incapacitate Mauser or lure him out into the open desert where he can't hide from the local forces.
Rolled 11 (1d100)>>48099025FOR MOTHER
Rolled 14 (1d100)>>48099025for Mother
Rolled 69 (1d100)>>48099025>>48099060>>48099082did you forget !?For Mother!
>>48098972He ain't retired fool. He's an iron striker. And a marine.It says he's an iron striker right on his suit geez.
>>48099114They gave the crew a cover story remember? That ships is supposed to be a trader and union CIA probably gave stories about the personal on it that would make sense to anyone looking through the paperwork when they dockedSo mauser would be a retired drop trooper since that would explain his implants It not like they expected anyone to actually see his suit
>>48098972>Are you replying to this guy?<48098783Just adding my point of view to the discussion, so to both.Btw, the Citadel Hive ship is at 80% we probally could use it as our trump card when opening diplomatic channels with union and valen.We don't have even have to finish it, just blink it in system behind other ships.>Mysterious 6000m long capital ship, looming at the middle of fleet and vanishes before anyone gets a good view of it.Should give them a good scare.
>>48099167Great idea but that depends if the hive ship is FTL capable and won't get damaged from the trip.
>>48099207What? Of course it's FTL capable.
>>48099167It would have been done by now if we had capillary towers.
>>48099236>80% completeMight not have the drive installed yet.>>48099255That reminds me, build maximum capillary towers and nature reserves.
>>48099255What? i thought it was using dice rolls like research since its a special construction project
>>48099288>and nature reserves.Nah senpai, leeland is fine how it is.
>>48099167We must remember to buy enough Canderon to power enough singularity projectors on the citadel at some point.
>>48099255We have one already, the capillary towers have a maximum of four over the entire equator.
>>48099025The debris of the shuttle is scattered over several kilometers of burning wreckage. Fuel tanks explode in the distance as thrusters fire blindly, puttering their fuel reserves away as they bake the nearby sand into glass. Jackob and Dillon are quick to reach the cockpit through a mixture of guesswork and chance, following the bits of the shuttle's cargo and passenger bay buried and burning in the sand."No way anyone survived a crash like this." Dillon says. Jackob looks over the smoldering hunk of twisted metal with mild disappointment, and he directs his thoughts elsewhere, as if speaking to someone who is not present."I get the feeling that ceph was supposed to bring it down, not, eviscerate it like a cut of meat. Jesus in'a hula hoop, look at this mess! So are we looking for survivors or... bits?""Both, I'd say. If your new best friends are as good with biology as they claim, I doubt they need the guy alive. Neural interfaces aren't all that difficult, they're just usually invasive." They slow their inhuman sprint to a light jog as they close in on the wreck, the dust kicked up behind them passing them like a sand storm. A moment later a bolt of lightning hits Dillon in the arm, sending him sprawling back on the dune as his forearm splits like a kernel of roasted popcorn inside his suit, leaving the carapace swollen and charred, the brunt of the beam absorbed through his electrostatic muscle grafts, leaving the arm damaged, but easily repairable where it would likely have been reduced to an electrically charged soup otherwise."Holy goddamn shit!" He shouts as he rolls over and grabs his arm. His suit quickly numbs the pain and begins squeezing the damaged tissue, stuffing the wound with medical paste and injecting corrosive acid in the cauterized packets of flesh to eat it away for new flesh to be grown, a process that would be agonizing were it not for the large amount of drugs pouring into his system and the suit dulling the remaining nerves.
>>48099343CIP pistols are fucking scary when they hit.
>>48099374Too bad we're scarier.
>>48099343Fuck it,Its not worth continuing this fight when the valen are coming The smith is alive and is now the valen problem
>>48099374We really need those personal shields.
>>48099157They can't explain an enlisted marine, not retired, dropping on thrbplanet. They are a fake freighter they shouldn't have one.What a still enlisted soldier does, his masters must have ordered.
>>48099405...Pretty sure Calhoun shot that buddy.
>>48099405>The smith is aliveI thought we already killed it and took it's head?
>>48099343Damn Calhoun you tough little dwarf.Better get ready to be stingered.
>>48099385Yeah we are but fucking some one up through medium armor is a bit surprising. Might be me underestimating them since they were one of the 1st weapons we saw.
>>48099412Cover story They gave him a fake id and history He isn't supposed to actually talk and tell anyone about himself He was only supposed to come out when they had lyle trapped and kill lyle
>>48099415>>48099419The smith is alive and still kicking so the only question is can we afford to keep the fight going? And if not then Dil and Jac should run like frack
>>48099483We took the smiths head, anon.
>>48099483That's not the smith you sperg. Jackob is literally carrying it's severed head right now.
>>48099483>It drops to its knees, slowly, as if its legs were deflating and loosing strength, and Jackob brings his photon blade into a swift backswing, slicing through the cyborg's neck as he whirls the blade behind him and sheaths it with a loud buzz, his free arm gripping the smoldering skull by a strip of burnt, leathery flesh that now has the consistency of the rubbery alloy it was made of, and pulls it free from its shoulders as the body collapses in the sand.LITERALLY JUST LAST FUCKING THREAD
>>48099483The smith was decapitated.>The smith's blade snaps in half, and it drops the hilt as its arm sprays synthetic blood across the sand. It drops to its knees, slowly, as if its legs were deflating and loosing strength, and Jackob brings his photon blade into a swift backswing, slicing through the cyborg's neck as he whirls the blade behind him and sheaths it with a loud buzz, his free arm gripping the smoldering skull by a strip of burnt, leathery flesh that now has the consistency of the rubbery alloy it was made of, and pulls it free from its shoulders as the body collapses in the sand.
>>48099458They are a freighter! That is the cover story.You cannot pretend the enlisted marine is anything else when his regiment is on his drop suit! He was never meant to be caught.
>>48099343"You get back and stay back, you lawless bunch of lanky-boned shits!" The voice of Calhoun is immediately apparent, his cheery disposition entirely absent. Jackob sprints forward, spotting his figure lodged inside the twisted wreck of a cockpit. Another bolt of lightning arcs out as Jackob jinks to the side faster than the human eye can see, sending the lighting arcing into a dune. His arm whips out to its full length, gripping the pistol from his hands and crushing it in his grip. Calhoun tries to stumble back, his arms scraping against the sand around him that pours in through the broken pilot window, his body covered in bleeding wounds and his legs harshly sheared off from the way the cockpit folded around him like a pair of scissors."Take a nap, squat, you don't want to be awake for this." Jackob says, and he sends his whip wrapping around Calhoun's neck, injecting a fast acting sedative before reaching in and pulling him out of the twisted frame of the shuttle, pulling his legs free just below the hip in the process."Figured out how he survived the crash." Jackob says. "Guy's a squat. Heavy world adapted. Guy probably felt worse falls down a flight of stairs." Dillon grips his forearm as he moves over to Jackob."God damn it. My arm, I can't feel it under the suit!" Dillon says, clearly not amused. Jackob shrugs as he lugs Calhoun's body over his shoulder."We'll get you a new one. A better one! Same for his legs while we're at it." He says. In the distance the scream of jet engines becomes closer, and the two quickly leap into the wreckage, hiding beneath the smoldering metal as a formation of fighters circles overhead."Shit." Jackob says, and he passes a mental signal to Coil for backup. Coil examines the situation, but finds no intervention is needed. A new contact arrives on the scanners, emerging from high orbit with the silhouette of another of another Union gunship. Nearly instantly the formation breaks off to intercept it.
>>48099343>I doubt they need the guy alive. Neural interfaces aren't all that difficult,This is a bit worrying, I didin't realize that the humans even considered that possible.Oh well, we can soon read their mind from afar too, I doubt they will expect that.
>>48099581>"We'll get you a new one. A better one! Same for his legs while we're at it."Ahh, what a beautiful thing. He's already adopting the hive's philosophy.
>>48099581A new contact arrives on the scanners, emerging from high orbit with the silhouette of another of another Union gunship. Nearly instantly the formation breaks off to intercept it.IT GETS BETTER AND BETTER
>>48099581Um how many gunships were the cortez carrying?
>>48099581WewThe Union's got themselves into one hell of a clusterfuck now.
Do you guys think this was the same valen clan that gave funding to them some threads ago? Back when devon and killinger were discussing it?If it is there will be hell to pay
>>48096619I want this to happen when we get to see the choices.Hopefully with this, we don't even need to worry about planets or limited resources because the space cities could harvest nutrients independently in space and then convert them to metals. Then we wouldn't be limited in our territory and could literally build outposts and territory everywhere.Giant space shipyards, giant nutrient harvesting bases, just being able to keep watch everywhere and anywhere would be such an advantage. We could easily outproduce OQ and have many behind enemy/friend lines staging areas etc.
>>48099581>"We'll get you a new one. A better one! Same for his legs while we're at it."A true child of the hive. Now let's see Anderson talk his way out of this clusterfuck.
>>48099747I bet he'll manage to do it just because you implied he couldn't.
>>48099747Didn't anderson go awol and leaving this clusterfuck? I mean he probably snitch that this was a union op to save himself won't he?
>>48099737That really depends anon, Building a space city from scratch probably takes an assload of resources.
>>48099786He stole a shuttle and vamped out.I wouldn't be surprised if he's making a deal over comms with the Valen right now to snitch everything he knows about this in exchange for a whole mess of credits.
>>48099818A worthy investment. As long as said space city has it's own fuckhuge battlegroup to defend it as well, along with it's own orbital defense weapons.
>>48099818>>48099838We need a resource dump anyway, most of our resources aren't really used overall.
>>48099838I'm not saying it isn't, but at the moment just colonizing a planet is probably more cost to nutrient and metal efficient.
>>48099838>>48099865We could make the asteroid into a space city once it's all mined out. Have it towed to the proper location and cover it in ports.
>>48099865Like I've been saying for three threads, as soon as we get the chance we need to build more Capillary towers on leeland, completely industrialize farcast and refurbish Wonder.
>>48099888Trips command it.
>>48099865We can terraform the farcast planet, build a pace trade city in Tannhauser and capillary in leeland >>48099888
>>48099888QD, is it possible by the end.of the thread to have a lot of votes on stuff we want to start building so that by next thread we can see it all carried through? It really doesn't need that much fluff to occupy threadspace away from the story, and would allow for our hive to continue growing at the same time.
>>48099888>>48099925I like these ideas, let's make a to do list.1. Completely industrialize Farcast2. Refurbish Wonder, or build a new, better one. With blackjack and hookers (seriously, would make it a hit tourist/trade station)3. Build one or several capillary towers on Leeland.
>>48099949We had them last thread but we didn't vote.
>>48099970>3. Build one or several capillary towers on Leeland.That should finish Leeland off nicely. We don't need to overharvest it at all, and personally I find it a bit distasteful.
>>48099970And nature preserves on leeland.
>>48100005So close to 00000
>>48099970>>48100005I can get behind this.
>>48099581The Cortez lurches again, something distant exploding from the hull as the lights in the spinal hall flicker on and off. Your drones buzz in the room, the rest of the crew preoccupied or indisposed as your parasites work to integrate their minds into your hive. The flies swarm over Michael as they try to stabilize him in the tumbling ship, desperately working to get him to a harness when a sudden jolt sends them all flying into a wall, and the ship is still. Your flies flee back into the bag with the small egg layer as your agent wakes up, every part of his body in agony. He struggles to not move, his skin covered in the sensation of fire and tearing, his head bleeding from various wounds, with multiple broken bones. Each labored breath sends waves of pain through his entire body as his head spins and his eyes struggle to focus.Several meters away, something begins to cut through the hull. His hazy mind fails to think of anything that could be on the other side but hard vacuum, but he fails to muster the will to care, staying firmly in his spot, floating in the center of the hall. Your flies manage to find a window, the airlock once leading to the hab ring, now showing open space, is covered in shadow, the hull of a valen boarding shuttle meters away, its spider-like clamps held firmly around the Cortez's spine.>Self destruct all hive assets and agents (will kill all implanted individuals, you have not had time to gain skillsets)>Have your implanted parasites remain concealed, and your other drones flee and hide in the Cortez>Self destruct all drones not implanted, and have your implanted parasites remain concealed>Self destruct your egg layer, and have your remaining flies and parasites hide (write in)>Other (write in)If you'd like, we can vote on beginning construction of a space city frame this thread, and have the design specifics be retroactive as I add them in.
>>48100037>>Self destruct all drones not implanted, and have your implanted parasites remain concealed
>>48100005>>48100036We do not need them. Completely industrializing Leeland is superfluous because we're not hurting for resources at all.
>>48100037>>Self destruct your egg layer, and have your remaining flies and parasites hide (write in)The flies can still hide and provide surveillance, I just hope the Valen aren't anal about contamination cleansing
>>48100037>>Self destruct your egg layer, and have your remaining flies and parasites hide (write in)Have them hide INSIDE the shadehound.
>>48100037>Have your implanted parasites remain concealed, and your other drones flee and hide in the Cortez
>>48100037>>Have your implanted parasites remain concealed, and your other drones flee and hide in the CortezOur flies are just too sneaky and useful to warrant destroying them, I'm sure they can find a hole in the wall somewhere to hide the egglayer.
>>48100037>>Self destruct all drones not implanted, and have your implanted parasites remain concealed>If you'd like, we can vote on beginning construction of a space city frame this thread, and have the design specifics be retroactive as I add them in. What about Wonder?
>>48100037>>Have your implanted parasites remain concealed, and your other drones flee and hide in the Cortez
>>48100037Have your implanted parasites remain concealed, and your other drones flee and hide in the CortezOnce Michael wakes up we need to have him start loudly complaining about how Killinger's going to fuck them up for daring to interfere in the operation and/or start telling the Valen everything we know about what Killinger's doing that might piss the Valen off.
>>48100068Wait, we don't need capillary towers or we don't need nature preserves? You're replies cover a couple topics and the post is kinda ambiguous.
>>48100037>Hide the non-implanted parasites in the Cortez>Hide them inside the Shadehound>Hide them inside Michael>Hide them inside your new agents and split them among them (write in distribution)>Other>Have your egg layer attempt to hide>Have your egg layer self destruct
>>48100146>Hide the non-implanted parasites in the Cortez>Have your egg layer attempt to hide
>>48100037>If you'd like, we can vote on beginning construction of a space city frame this thread, and have the design specifics be retroactive as I add them in.A trade focused city with ship construction and enough farms to remain self sufficient.>>48100138But we might lose Killinger's trust in Michal, we still need him to spy, how about decker?
>>48100145Preserves, my bad anon. Preserves at this juncture are dumb as we're not completely covering the planet in creep. Which imo is unnecessary
>>48100146>Hide the non-implanted parasites in the Cortez>Have your egg layer self destruct
>>48100146>>Have your egg layer self destruct>Hide the non-implanted parasites in the Cortez
>>48100138Good thinking. If you want to be technical, the Cortez wasn't actually doing anything that would impinge on the Valen, who are de jure under Union oversight in the construction of their new colony. We can totally have Michael stir the pot even more before this fiasco winds down.
>>48100169>we still need Killinger's trust in MichaelWe do?You think Killy's not gonna just cut everyone involved loose after this shitshow?
>>48100146>>Hide the non-implanted parasites in the CortezThey are actually as capable of blending into their environment as the flies, what with their memetic skin. >Have your egg layer attempt to hide
>>48100180Fair enough, I just kinda like the idea of having a series of tourist hotspots on planets with diverse or unique features/ecosystems. "Intergalactic Hive Tours" proud partner of "FormOther Industries"
>>48100146>Hide the non-implanted parasites in the Cortez.Don't know about the egglayer.>>48100193I will agree if it's Decker, we still need Michal.
>>48100146>>Hide the non-implanted parasites in the Cortez>Have your egg layer attempt to hide
>>48100218I like your enthusiasm anon, but we could do that without those preserves really. More than 50% of the planet is still wild after all.
>>48100223Not that it matters Michal was kinglers aid so the correlation is there no need to talk
>>48100201There is still a chance killinger will at least get Michal back, which is good since we can spy on his plans so i'd rather not ruin that by having Michal leak intelligence when we have other people who can do that for us.>>48100218i want the nature preserves to keep the animals for their genes.
>>48100037I would like the hive city to focus on military production so we can speed up or fleet and capital ship build up
>>48100037We can hide them in the air vents.
>>48100263>Micha(e)l was kingler's aid...?
>>48100288Anon, they always check the air vents. That's like, rule one.
>>48100285We just need to be able to clone them and recreate the animals from a database if anything to preserve species
>>48100251True and fair enough anon. Besides, if we over industrialize, we can always rebuild the ecosystem in the preserve area as long as we have the genes.
>>48100292Holy shit that's old
>>48100287We just need to see costs and we could do many things. As long as our income is greater than our costs, we can do anything. (Supreme commander economy style)
>>48100285>i want the nature preserves to keep the animals for their genes.They're still there anon.... They aren't dead yet. >>48100303Like I said, there's no reason to. All of those animals are still alive...
>>48100146Self destruct egglayer. It is too bulky.Hide flies and parasites in vents, leave 1 with the Frenchman.
>>48100308>if we over industrializeThis is the snag, we don't NEED to do that now. We aren't hurting for anything and we have a planet to over-industrialize in Farcast. Leeland has been fine for 56 threads, it's still fine now.
>>48100146>Hide them inside the Shadehound>Have your egg layer self destruct
>>48100297Inside water filter system.Parasites latch onto flies, which have oxygen recycler to breathe.
>>48100334Alright, but don't we need to terraform the farcast planet to grow food?
>>48100345Down the pisshole we go!
>>48100334That's why I'm agreeing. Sorry if I didn't post clearly as such. We don't need preserves and if we ever do need them we can make them retroactively so long as we have genetic data.I still want buggy tour guides though.
>>48100363No? We can use fusion reactors to grow our fungus underground in our artificial atmosphere. Not that I'm against terraforming it either.
>>48100146>Hide the non-implanted parasites in the CortezPlease roll 1d100, best of 3 for your flies and parasites to hide.The egg layers seems to be a bit more hotly contested.>Have the egg layer hide inside one of your agents (Devon, Decker, LeBlanc, Coco)>Have your egg layer hide somewhere on the ship>Have your egg layer remain in its bag and pass it off as a contraband alien from the expanse>Have your egg layer self destruct>Other
>>48100363If we are ever hurting on one or the other, we can just convert our resources. But the nature of our empire is we probably won't ever be in a deficit.
>>48100146Can they hide in an airlock? Cling to the side still exposed to vacuum.Or the water pipes I guess.
Rolled 67 (1d100)>>48100391>Have your egg layer hide somewhere on the shipHWG
>>48100383Right, I don't mean to sound snappish or anything. Speaker tour guides is too cute.
Rolled 74 (1d100)>>48100391FOR THE VOID>Have the egg layer hide inside one of your agents (Devon, Decker, LeBlanc, Coco)
>>48100391>>Have your egg layer hide somewhere on the ship
Rolled 31 (1d100)>>48100391>>Have your egg layer hide somewhere on the ship
Rolled 33 (1d100)>>48100391for mother
>>48100391Hide the egg layer inside coco
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>48100391
>>48100391Self destruct. We can make a fly one later.
>>48100386>We can use fusion reactors to grow our fungus underground in our artificial atmosphere.That would actually be more expensive in the long term.
>>48100407This is much more civil than my last 4chan debate. back to the quest then. Thanks for the inbetween post entertainment.
>>48100391>>Have your egg layer self destruct
>>48100391Why do we want the egglayer alive? It gave us what we needed. It is a liability now, and replaceable.
>>48100432The reactors don't really cost anything iirc so I'm not sure where you're getting that. Like I said I'm not against terraforming.
>>48100443No problem bruv
>>48100391>Have your egg layer hide somewhere on the shipPlease roll 1d100, best of three for the egg layer's attempt to hide.
Rolled 24 (1d100)>>48100467
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>48100467FOR MOTHER!
Rolled 57 (1d100)>>48100467FOR THE BLACK QUEEN
Rolled 17 (1d100)>>48100467for Mother
>>48100483FOR FUCK SAKE!
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>48100467HWG
Rolled 52 (1d100)>>48100475>>48100477>>48100483Guys pls>>48100467For Mother
>>48100490imagine what he'd have rolled if he'd praised mother.
>>48100483YOU DOUBLE NIGGER
Damnit, it was not worth it trying to hide egglayer. We already had flies and parasites.
Hey, a 57's still a minimal pass, right?
Rolled 57 (1d100)For mother, what could have been.
>>48100519To be honest if it does run the risk of getting detected it'll self-destruct anyway.
>>48100552Someone will probably catch a glimpse of the beast.
>>48100565kek are you shitting me.
>>48100596Once they find the shadowhound they'll prolly just think it's another pet.
>>48100700Which they have to catch.
>>48100506>>48100565Apparently we don't have to.
>>48100467Your drones scatter, the wingless drones carried away to various hiding spots by the flies before they flee in their own directions, scrambling into cabinets and workstations and shimmying themselves through wall paneling and nesting themselves amid the conduits. As they leave the hall the Commander and Mordey emerge from the hatch to the bridge. Grey looks at Devon in horror before glancing to the sparks of the arc welder on the hull, and she shouts at Mordey as she grabs at Michael to pull him to a secure location. Incomprehensible agony fills every fibre of his being, the pain too great for him to do anything but lock his gaze at the bulkhead opposite him as his eyes lose focus."Agent Devon, can you hear me? Stay awake and listen to my voice, do you hear me?" Grey shouts as Mordey scrambles over his body in professional silence, slicing open his tattered suit with a practiced motion as he attaches various devices from an emergency medical kil over his torso. The voices fade as the hull cracks open, and the circular welded segment is pulled away. A sphere, roughly the size of a beachball emerges, its form covered in tiny air jets and sensor clusters. Its arms unfold by the dozens, each a small, slender manipulator that magnetically or physically attaches to a part of the hull. A cluster of eyes focus in on the crew, and the thing scurries forward to close the distance.A loud, static roar of the valen trade language at a far too high begins barking out orders as its spindly arms wrench their sidearms from their holsters with a flash of unnatural speed. A moment later, more mechanical drones emerge, each trailing their own long cable into the Cortez as three humanoid looking androids with stubby plasma shotguns emerge and spread out. Two more, unarmed but built like monkeys, with four sets of hands, clamber from the hull breach and tackle Grey and Mordey both before being reeled in by their control cables like fish on a hook.cont.
>>48100854The mechanical puppets spread out as the large spider-like orb sends itself skipping into the bridge with a loud and constant clacking noise as it s dozens of manipulators scrape at the wall paneling. Three small emergency care pods, essentially advanced gurneys with built-in trauma systems, float down through the breach in the grips of more of the odd ape-like robots, their heads fastened into small, rotating ball joints in the center of their bodies, connected to both of the identical hips by a set of spinning gyroscopic rings that seem to allow it to fold and unfold in nearly any direction, while its eye spins freely within. They pull your infested humans into the small pods and carry them away, and another of the robots grabs the shadehound as they leave and the other puppets begin clearing the ship room by room.>Have your flies attempt to infiltrate the valen shuttle>Have your flies remain on the Cortez>Split them (you have 5)>Other
>>48100962>>Split them (you have 5)send 2 to the valen shuttle
>>48100962>>Have your flies attempt to infiltrate the valen shuttle
>>481009624 to valen, 1 on cortez
>>48100962>>Split them (you have 5)Send 3 to the valen.
>>48100962>Have your flies attempt to infiltrate the valen shuttle
>>48100962>>>Split them (you have 5)Send 3 to the valen.
>>48100962>Split them, send 3 to the valen.Please roll 1d100, best of 3 to sneak through the small hull breach.
Rolled 29 (1d100)>>48101139For Mother
Rolled 36 (1d100)>>48101139FOR MOTHER
Rolled 41 (1d100)>>48101139For the Void Gods
Rolled 41 (1d100)>>48101139MOTHER HELP US
Man, ever since this traitor >>48101160showed up our rolls have all been bad.
Mother is upset, it seems. Must all this void faggotry.
Rolled 26 (1d100)>>48101139HWG
Mother is weak, BQ and the void have been the highest rolls
Rolled 69 (1d100)>>48101228>Mother is weak, BQ and the void have been the highest rollsBULLSHITHERE WE GO
Rolled 37 (1d100)>>48101228>>48101258And the BQ's roll
>>48101228No! You are wrong!FOR THE MOTHER!
Rolled 78 (1d100)>>48101228>>48101267FOR MOTHER!
Rolled 71 (1d100)>>48101228no
Rolled 61 (1d100)>>48101274FOR THE VOID!
Rolled 68 (1d100)>>48101271umm you forgot the dice here ya go
Rolled 67 (1d100)>>48101267Ha
Rolled 81 (1d100)>>48101291For Mother!
>>48101291>Still can't beat our rolls.>>48101258>>48101274>>48101275>>48101292>>48101293>>48101307
>>48101228You might be funny if weren't completely wrong and actively fucking up our rolls.
>>48101148>>48101154>>48101160So I guess we pop the Flies? We have been damn lucky when it has come to infiltration previously so accepting that this is out loss is probably smart.
Rolled 46 (1d100)>>48101347>>48101351>Both times void is invoked, it's the highest roll in the set>Fucking upK
Rolled 12 (1d100)>>48101363BETRAYER FOR MOTHER
>>48101363>Implying you aren't sabotaging our rolls.
>>48101351>actively fucking up our rolls
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>48101371>>48101390>implying the Black Queen isn't the true protagonist
Rolled 72 (1d100)>>48101406We will have our vengeance betrayer
Rolled 29 (1d100)>>48101451Not with rolls like that, red queen scum
Rolled 37 (1d100)>>48101463Is that roll supposed to be scary?
Rolled 23 (1d100)>>48101472Is that one?
Rolled 79 (1d100)Queen and mother will always save us. She looks after all of her children, adopted or otherwise.
>>48101139The boarding craft is massive, but slender, a long set of docking clamps and drone bays built to launch from the outer hull of the much more massive cruisers nearby. Three of your flies swiftly fly through the hatch and into a dark, cold, and humid structure of the shuttle's boarding hall, where the small pods holding your infested humans being floated up and into an outstretched set of cargo processors. A robotic puppet has sealed the shadehound within a large thermal canister wrapped in blankets and medical sensors, and sent it up into the processor along with them. Your flies shoot up through the small cracks in the massive rotating device as it pulls the pods in, and flips them over to the inside of a spinning cylinder, moving enough for a small fraction of gravity.Above, empty cargo bays and shelves full of harnesses holding dozens, possibly hundreds of various mechanical puppets run all the way to the ceiling, while a number of armed androids march along the halls. One of them flashes a light along its face, and a mechanical voice blurts out a distorted pre-recorded statement in the trade language as they both raise their weapons, a pair of twin barreled shredder rifles by the looks of it."Uncontained contaminant detected.""Halt your movement and surrender.""Remove uncontained contaminant.">Have your flies flee and attempt to hide themselves somewhere in the massive boarding shuttle>Have two flies attack and self-destruct on the puppets while the third escapes>Self destruct all three flies>Other (write in)
>>48101494>>Have two flies attack and self-destruct on the puppets while the third escapes
>>48101494>Self destruct all three flies
>>48101494>>Have your flies flee and attempt to hide themselves somewhere in the massive boarding shuttleSure, I'm feeling risky.
>>48101494>>Self destruct all three flies
>>48101494>Have your flies flee and attempt to hide themselves somewhere in the massive boarding shuttle
>>48101494>>Have your flies flee and attempt to hide themselves somewhere in the massive boarding shuttle
>>48101494>Self destruct all three fliesyou guys have been acting pretty dumb these past couple of threads for some reason, which is unusual for hqq
>>48101494>>Have your flies flee and attempt to hide themselves somewhere in the massive boarding shuttleIf there's one thing our flies excel at, it's evasion and stealth.
>>48101494>Have your flies flee and attempt to hide themselves somewhere in the massive boarding shuttlePlease give me another roll, 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 26 (1d100)>>48101625>this time!FOR MOTHER!
Rolled 71 (1d100)>>48101625FOR LYLE
Rolled 26 (1d100)>>48101625Por Madre
Rolled 95 (1d100)>>48101625
Rolled 72 (1d100)>>48101625
Rolled 23 (1d100)>>48101625HWG
>>48101907little late there pal
>>48101625Your flies dart away, scattering in the air as the mechanical drones open fire, sending sparks flying over the walls and ceiling as your drones evade and flee, diving through crevices and air ducts. A moment later lights begin flashing across the hall, and an alarm sounds, echoing through the shuttle which is itself nearly the size of a corvette itself. It lurches forward, dragging the Cortez with it as it begins its return to its parent ship, and synthetic, pre-recorded voices begin making announcements over loudspeakers in the walls, filling the shuttle interior with a symphony of pipe organs."Uncontained contaminate detected. Unidentified. Secure, locate, eliminate."The puppets begin repeating the chime, while others are lowered from their harnesses, their sensors lighting up as they drop to the floor and begin marching down the hall, while other, ape like robots begin scaling the walls after your drones."Initiate contaminate purge protocol. Ventilation override. Compartmentalize, isolate, purify."Further down the hall you see a set of large red lights flair up with a loud buzz, and heavy doors quickly slam shut with the hissing of venting air. Even closer another set of doors slams shut, and another. Your flies scamper away, diving through vents as they rapidly shut behind them, the hissing of escaping air becoming deafening.Your drones dive down, one just barely too slow, and the shunt of an air vent seals it off from the rest. The sound quickly muting as the air becomes thinner, your drone struggling already, its small body still capable of vacuum exposure, but not nearly to the extent of its larger brethren, its thin carapace warping slightly from the rapid drop in pressure. It can feel the vibrations of the mechanical puppets continue their search, the alarms silently shaking the walls as the subtle light of scanning lasers begin filling the hall section, passing back and forth methodically.cont.
>>48101922Yeah, I forgot to refresh haha.
>>48101998Your fly searches for an alternate way out, feeling the vibrations of the hallway segment for an opening but finding nothing. It begins to move, searching for some alternate route, something to chew through or claw open, and a dark, mechanical eye cluster emerges silently over the ventilation grate as the grate slides open. A slender mechanical arm whips out, chasing after your fly as it dives back through the air vent, its abdomen caught by the clawed manipulators of the puppet's arm, and it drags it out into the hall as your drone scrapes at the smooth metal surface before bursting its acid glands, spraying caustic molecular acid over the mechanical puppet as it vanishes from your mind in a flash.Further along the shuttle's hallway, your remaining two flies continue just ahead of the spreading lockdown. They detect noise, voices ahead, both of them familiar. As they sprint through another hull section, diving through the hall as the air vent ends and narrowly avoiding being crushed by the slamming security doors, they find a pair of the ape-like puppets dragging the Cortez's two remaining crew members into several small, almost coffin-like cells, securing them with restraints into two of the small compartments built into a shelf of at least several dozen identical holding stations, which begin to retract into a small, airtight compartment as the ape-like puppets begin to leave, waddling down the hall, apparently unaware of your flies panicked flight behind them.>Have your remaining flies hide in the prison cell with the Cortez crew>Have them continue to flee and seek another hiding spot>Other (write in)
>>48102271>>Have your remaining flies hide in the prison cell with the Cortez crew
>>48102271>Have your remaining flies hide in the prison cell with the Cortez crew.
>>48102271We've reached bump limit, new thread QD?
>>48102271>Have your remaining flies hide in the prison cell with the Cortez crewYour flies dive into the cramped shelf as the pressure door closes, bathing the small prisoner pods in darkness as your drones flop to the floor, tapping quietly to gather their surroundings."Commander?" Mordey says quietly. "Commander?""Quiet! They're likely listening in on us.""Did you see that thing, just before the doors closed?" Mordey asks, audibly shaken."No." Grey says back with an impatient tone. "No, I don't really see much of anything at the moment." There is a long silence."I-I think it's still in here with us.""Damnit, would you be quiet!""No, really! I mean it. I have just enough night vision to see movement in here. How long are they going to keep us in here?""Until they can bring us back to the colony, I suspect, which, given our orbital path, is likely at least seven hours, if not more. I would advise you spend that time getting some sleep."Your flies shimmy their way up through the shelves of prisoner pods, clicking their mandibles to sense their way along as their eyes examine the dim, but not entirely dark interior illuminated by the faint glow of several small consoles and indicator lights. Mordey begins to struggle against the restraints in a growing panic."God damnit Mordey I have hardly slept an hour in the past two days, if you manage to keep me awake the entire trip down, I will rip out those damn saucer eyes with my own two hands!""They've got to let us out, there's something in here with us! Is there a microphone in here or something? I'm not going to spend this entire trip locked in here with some alien bug. God, what if it's a gill louse? Jesus! They can survive in open air for days you know. Like... piranhas with claws and legs, do you know how much they can eat?"You watch as Grey closes her eyes tightly and bites her lip in frustration as Mordey jerks violently side to side, managing less than an inch of movement.Cont.
>>48102662Have one of our flies wave excitedly to Mordey.
>>48102687Time to deprive them of sleep, make the interrogation easier.
>>48102662Oh man, this is great. Even our little itty bitty flies can cause a panic.
>>48102662A cloaked pod trails the shuttle as it reconnects with its cruiser and begins to shift its orbit, leisurely drifting back around the planet towards the colony in an elliptical path. You trace your flies as the sealed prison transport shelf is moved lower in the shuttle to a fat, bulky interplanetary shuttle to await further transport.Your flies continue to examine the interior, as one crawls over the small open roll cage in front of Mordey's pod, rubbing its claws happily, now safe from the ship's containment procedures. Mordey screams, startling the drone and sending it fumbling to the floor."What the hell was that?""God damnit, this is going to be the entire trip with you, isn't it? You pic now of all times to lose your head? I've seen you get shot at with more grace than this.">Have your flies cocoon themselves into within the crew members (will take a full day)>Have your flies continue to hide and observe within the shelf>Other (write in)
>>48102807>Have your flies cocoon themselves into within the crew members (will take a full day)
>>48102807>Other (write in)Find a way to sow chaos. Preferably by finding the 'open' setting to all of the prisoner pods. ALL.
>>48102862We're trapped in the pod.
>>48102862We don't want chaos for the Valen. We want these prisoners taken.
>>48102807>>Have your flies cocoon themselves into within the crew members (will take a full day)
>>48102880>>48102890Ah, hmmm. Still though, if we can find how these pods work, we could sow chaos later if needed. Maybe even way way later.Changing my vote to>Have your flies cocoon themselves into within the crew members (will take a full day)
>>48102807>Have your flies continue to hide and observe within the shelf
Well we have useless excess parasites on the Cortex now.
>>48102807>Have your flies continue to hide and observe within the shelfI'd rather not have all of the crew infected incase the bugs get found out by the Valen
Do we have enough time to cocoon? Grey said 7 hours, we need a full day.
>>48102807>all this buggin about and all i want is to mess with the confedsFeels batman
>>48102807>Have your flies cocoon themselves into within the crew members (will take a full day)Your flies sharpen their hypodermic blades, rubbing them against one another vigorously as they scurry up along the walls to the pods, crawling in through the open faceplate and quickly crawling over the crew humans as they both begin to scream and fight against the restraints. Your flies quickly inject a mild sedative, and begin cleanly cutting their way in, slowly cocooning themselves within the safety and warmth of the human rib cage.You have two remaining flies within the cortez, as well as an egg layer lodged firmly within the drain of a toilet, and five remaining parasites hidden throughout the ship, as well as parasites within LeBlanc, Decker, and his shadehound Coco that are quickly finishing their work establishing their connection with their hosts.Michael remains unconscious for now, and your parasite detects medicine entering his body from an outside source.If you guys want, I can start working on setting up the next thread.Also, happy 4th of July!
>>48103031Happy birthday America!
>>48103031If you still ahve time to run then we're go for it QD
Rolled 88 (1d100)>>48103031I'd be hype for another thread
>>48103031How fucking horrifying.HAPPY FREEDOM DAY.
>>48103031I'd like another thread!
Rolled 11 (1d100)>>48103031New thread hype!
>>48103052>>48103050>>48103069Great, let's celebrate our independance by attaching more mind control bugs to people's' spines!I'll get the next thread set up in just a bit.
>>48103031New thread sounds good. Want to start construction of capillaries/ships/space cities?
>>48103031Mild. Hopefully they don't wake for 20+ hours.
Rolled 99 (1d100)>>48103031
>>48103031happy 4th of July, LORD bless America!
>>48103031So...What happens to the entry wounds?
>>48103089can we also detonate more century old antimatter warheads?
>>48103115Why don't humans use them anymore is the question.Are they inferior to fusion?
>>48103089>Great, let's celebrate our independance by attaching more mind control bugs to people's' spines!The best way to celebrate Independence Day.
>>48103159Antimatter is very volatile and expensive to make in the first place. You can't mine them like Canderon, but you have to make them in places with particle colliders
>>48103115If our own antimatter warheads (i.e. the immolator warheads) are any indication, they are simply prohibitively expensive to produce, with little strategic benefits over large thermonuclear bombs. I'm sure the Union and Commonwealth have a limited number of them in storage somewhere, but nukes do the mostly the same job for much cheaper.
Rolled 84 (1d100)>>48103031>>48103089
I love organ splicing. I suspect we can make the brain nonhuman like a hybrid, while keeping the rest of the body human.Like a real world chimera.So only a brain ectomy would reveal something amiss.
>>48103159Antimatter is an incredibly efficient fuel for going really fast really quickly, as far as conventional thrusters are concerned, but the fuel is expensive, and unstable to use and produce.Antimatter rockets also hold the rather odd position of being too good, creating such high G forces in a ship as to cause injury or death to the crew, as well as damage to the ship itself.In addition, once you get an antimatter rocket going, it is incredibly difficult to get it to stop until the tank is empty.The use of antimatter rockets was largely a process of the desperation of the Colony Wars. Missile guidance wasn't quite as good as it is today, and as such the Confederacy stuffed a crappy, rudimentary guidance system into a dense radiation shielded missile, loaded in a nuke, and attached it to an AM rocket, hoping its speed and the added potency of its remaining fuel on top of its warhead would help overcome its weaknesses in tracking targets. Improvements in rocketry since then has made this advantage much less rewarding, and the disadvantages much more noticeable, on top of the chance of blowing yourself up when using one.It's seen by most people in a similar way as us looking back on really cool but largely inconvenient inter-war period weapon designs, and even among the overly expensive warheads available, gravitic missiles outperform them in that regard outright, although hardly anyone uses them for the same reason, they are painfully expensive to produce.
Rolled 8 (1d100)
>>48103293Still. If not for warheads. Feels like there is more tech tree stuff to unlock with refining and experimenting with antimatter.Are humans better at refining it than the hive?
You know, things may have not worked out the best for us in this thread. I actually kind of like it when we don't have perfect rolls all the time, though. It makes us have to work for success and makes the times we do win all the more fulfilling.
>>48103355Besides, we got to freak people out. That's always good. Can't stay hidden forever!
>>48103355Imagine if we had managed to capture the OQs relay a dozen threads back.
Rolled 75 (1d100)
>>48103372I'm almost glad we didn't, that would have ended our war with here within the first engagement. The moment we succeed in capturing a relay and attaching a jammer to it, the OQ will be permanently paralyzed with absolutely no effective means of escape.
man if we get psionic spores.Maybe we can shrink drones below 4cm.
>>48103367True that. It's probably only a matter of days, and perhaps even hours, until we introduce ourself to the Union humans and the Valen. We certainly don't want the OQ to dominate all first impressions, and we should capitalize on the break-down of diplomatic relations the Cortez incident will cause as much as possible.
>>48103435Thinkers. Mate.Won't kill her like the Gardener. Relays will be destroyed like the Builder.It'll force use of messenger pods between hives.
>>48103450Doesn't work that way i think.
>>48103476You fail to realize that once we begin jamming her network she will be completely unable to connect with those thinkers. She will be completely and totally cut off from all her children, and the advance relays her thinkers use to communicate outside of the limited range of their psionic senses will be less than useless. There won't be anyway for any drone to influence other drones beyond their immediate radius, so her hive will cease to be a single functioning civilization and collapse.
>>48103435She likely would have some limited contingency in place, since she did use that tactic on others in the past, but it would certainly turn her well organized hive into pockets of isolated resistance at best, seas of comatose drones at worst, likely a mix of both.She does seem to use thinkers to command her ships far more commonly than you do, an in retrospect, it may be because she is paranoid about you using a jammer on her, just as she once used it on the others.>>48103589New thread's up.
>>48103604I thought we had thinkers on all of our ships by design.
>>48103568Thinkers ferry messages from other Thinkers running the hives. Duhhh.
>>48103706Yeah cause we are also paranoid Great minds think alike
>>48103706No, QD, means delegating control of the ships to thinkers rather than controlling them directly like we do.
>>48103706Thinker are default, but we're sticking relays everywhere for direct control, while OQ has one central relay per fleet, and smaller operations (like ambush on Cortez) are entirely thinker-run.
>>48103798Oh and don't' forget that her relays are mounted on large combat capable drones rather than being sessile.
>>48103769Extra weird comm in there, should be:No, QD means delegating control of the ships to thinkers rather than controlling them directly like we do.We do have thinkers on all our ships, but we control them directly, whereas OQ is at a disadvantage since her fleets are thinker controlled.
>>48103798>>48103811Yeah, all this makes me think we may not be being cautions enough with "only" having a nuclear self-destruct option for our relays. If capture of a relay disables us, having all our ships carrying the ability to destroy much or all of our command and control if the self-destruct fails could be very bad.