The could covered sky cracks open with a thundering sonic boom. Piercing the clouds, dropping like a stone, is the vaguely mushroom shape of a civilian freighter falling from the sky trailed by the glowing mini star of its gravity drive. It hovers patiently over the spaceport, an expansive structure of docking bays and metal domes, and it slowly drifts its way to an open bay. The ship lowers itself stem first into the silo and its shield cap is captured delicately by a number of outstretched metal arms as loading cranes reach out and begin detaching the ship's cargo pods and plastic umbilicals quickly run their way to the ship's airlock doors as the passengers begin to make their way into the space port. Among them, the human clones of the hive shuffle quickly to the customs terminal, gathering the various carefully packaged and disassembled weapons and equipment stored in various musical instrument cases.The charter for the small transport was rather in depth, offering the use of concealed compartments within the ship's sizable smuggling hold, as well as the use of a number of scan shielded cases and containers. A customs official takes the false ID cards from your clones and examines them briefly as he looks over the ship's manifest scrolling on a data pad in his other hand. He hands the cards back with a knowing look, and leans over to fumble with his shoelaces as your clones' cargo rolls past the security checkpoint. Your clones quickly gather them and walk briskly out the door and into the cold evening air of Path's spaceport. Shuttles and tram stations echo in the air with automated voices as they ferry travellers across the planet. 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
Right as I'm leaving for work. See you in 5 hours QD.
>>48264190AYYYYY THE FEELING IS A GOOD PAIN.
It's 01:14 am you crazy insect.
>>48264190On the dark, sunless world of Tenebris the eyeless monstrosity still stands, still motionless, atop the cliff leading into the mountain valley where the isolated research facility stands, a solitary light in the endless night. In the distance walls of thick dust and smoke billow into the near-vacuum and churn in the air like stormclouds. The marine transport in orbit spins its sensor arrays."Ground team, be advised, we have multiple large objects on an approach to the facility.""More of those things?" The marine leader asks."Affirmative. Unknown number, but there's at least, uh... six, hard to tell through the dust though. Looks like it's mostly fine mineral powders. Scattering out thermals.""Roger that. How do these sonic fences work, anyways? Like, does it kill them or...""According to the files, it causes a constant seismic vibration in the ground around the facility. It either causes them pain, or triggers some pavlovian response." There's a deep sigh over the radio."So they don't know why they don't like it, just that it works." The marine says. You hear in the distance as someone shouts down the hall."Yea, until it doesn't! How we know they're not gonna get over it? Figure somethin's hungry enough it'll put up with some annoying noises." A number of voices hush the marine as the squad leader speaks again."Well either way, what's their ETA?""They should get to about the same distance as the other one in an hour. At their speed, I'd say it would take them about half that to get the rest of the way to the base.""Roger that Command." The leader says, his helmet cam pivots to the rest of the squad. "You heard the lady, we've got a deadline now. Unless any of you want to put some faith in that fence."Your ships continue to observe the research facility, watching the billowing trails of smoke flow up from the ground as at least of dozen eyeless, gargantuan figures hurl their bodies through the low gravity.cont.
Hive quest: Doom edition.All the hype!
>>48264435I reeeaaly wanna capture amd study one of theses creatures.
>>48264476Seconded.Loot all the wildelife when we're done.
>>48264435>Unknown number, but there's at least, uh... six, hard to tell through the dust though.>at least of dozenAt least what dozen?
So games on weekdays are a thing?
>>48264550On a big enough cliff hanger they are.
>>48264522The humans are guessing that at least 6 giant demon lava worms are heading towards the facility, while the Hive sees there are over twice that many.
>>48264522the union tech is probably less reliable
>>48264568>>48264572I know that."Of" is not a number.
>>48264585QD is putting on a thread on the weekday stop being petty.
>>48264568>>48264572The pirate sensors are probably even worse, so sending a shuttle has minimum risk.
Hooray, I've finally read through the entirety of the archives for this quest.
>>48264606Your prize it catching a live thread.
So two questions now that I've caught up.1.) Why are we not nuking the ever loving shit out of the research facility?2.) Why did we choose to have our Ambassador drone be another adorable speaker rather than a more eloquent and articulate drone? What impression are we trying to give humanity with this ambassador?
>>48264435"Ow!" Lee winces as he watches the holoscreen footage of Aral taken from the Angel. Elizabeth stands behind him with a small, slender object of organic bone in her hand, waving it carefully over his head."I keep telling you, stop thinking about it.""I'm not! You look at this fight and tell me if you think I can wonder about some psychic skrewdriver." He says. Elizabeth rolls her eyes and adjusts her grip on the instrument."It's a tachyonic tuner. It's made of the same spongy, bone-like substance that makes up the primary component of a tachyonic relay." She says. "I made it because while poking in the brains of brain samples made from cloned cells is all well and good, at some point I need to actually poke around inside your head and see what's going on, and since you're currently far to sensitive to tachyonic emissions to read normally without you having a seizure, I made this to go about it with more finesse." She says. Lee jerks his head slightly as his face contorts in pain again."It still hurts." He says."That's because you're thinking about it. The more you think about it, the more your brain resists the psionic influence. I think I've figured out where and why the human brain falls apart, and I'm trying to nudge things back in place, as it were. At the very least, it should be able to help mitigate the side effects temporarily."On the screen, you see the zoomed in view of the robotic agent smith open fire with a sun caster as Jackob bats away the condensed plasma. Lee nearly chokes as he takes a bite of his food."Hold your head still, or I'm going to call in some drones." Elizabeth says dryly.>Inform Elizabeth of the details of the events on Tenebris>Speak with Lee about initiating relations with the Union>Let them continue their work>Other (write in)
>>48264766I think we're not nuking the facility because it could make things worse. It's possible nuking the facility will destroy whatever containment is left.
>>48264767>Speak with Lee about initiating relations with the Union
>>48264767>Speak with Lee about initiating relations with the Union.And a passing comment about ancient aliens man being right.
>>48264766Blowing up the containment makes it worse.The only thing we should nuke is the ship there.>>48264767>>Let them continue their workThey're making progress. At last. Exposition.
>>48264767>>Inform Elizabeth of the details of the events on Tenebrisits happening right now we could use a second opinion
>>48264767>>Speak with Lee about initiating relations with the UnionPlease mention ancient aliens man
>>48264767>Speak with Lee about initiating relations with the Union>Inform Elizabeth of the details of the events on TenebrisWhy not both?Also, Elizabeth may have some advice/an opinion on making first contact with the Union.
>>48264767>>Let them continue their workWait. Can Gilliam ask if the ship guy can shoot at the silicon creatures with mass drivers?They're pretty large aren't they?
>>48264767>a small, slender object of organic boneThank god it's none of that artificial inorganic kind of bone.
>>48264767>Inform Elizabeth of the details of the events on TenebrisDOOMseriously what are the chances that the union will do what it takes to stop a voidgate being opened?
>>48264767>Let them continue their work
>>48264435So these worms things are near sentient then and their being called in by the crystal to be uplifted?
>>48264840>the Hive has space downloaded and watched millions of hours of film and Television, or at least read their plot synopsis on spacewikipedia.
>>48264767>Inform Elizabeth of the details of the events on Tenebris
So.Did we ever actually translate the Phantom language. The Thinkers were on that but it's not listed.
>>48264962>I'm not gonna say it was the white queen>But...it was the white queen.
>>48264956I'm sure the Barren queen would let us know.
>>48264767>>Inform Elizabeth of the details of the events on Tenebris>Other>Leave our fortified bunker and move back into our proper throne room now that we've secured our space, meet Lee and Elizabeth personally. >Inform them both that humanity was indeed the result of the White Queens efforts to genetically engineer a psionically resistant species aeons ago. Just drop all the bombshells on them at once, not like we're going to get a better opportunity than this.
>>48264190Hey it should be 24 hours since those flies cocooned into parasites inside our two newest adoptees now.And we should have Decker integrated into the hive by now too.
>>48264767The door flexes open and your speaker enters, scurrying up to the two in front of the holo-projector. The screen flickers and changes to show several pages worth of data on various Union activities. Lee seems visibly disappointed for just a moment before turning to your speaker. Elizabeth shrugs impatiently as she tosses the tuner to a desk."I assume this is important." She says as the gist of the topic at hand passes over her mind. "Right. I think we spoke about that briefly already.""About what?" Lee asks. He looks at the pages of intelligence files your pods have assembled on the various Union political squabbles they have seen unfolding across the Union's innumerable news outlets as the chaos continues to build ahead of the elections. "If it's about the Union, I mean, I never really was that important until after I got back and that was... rather brief." He says."The Hive will be introducing itself to the Union soon." Your drone chirps. "You are currently the most appropriate." Lee's eyes widen."Wait, what? Again? I got a soldier killed the last time I was a diplomat, and almost died myself when I got back. What about Dr. Vaughn?" He says quickly. Elizabeth's antennae twitch across her scalp."I'm kept busy here. I have nearly unlimited resources, funding is not an issue, and the support of an entire empire to perform my research on a field of particle physics previously unknown to mankind." She says. "Or, I could have dinner parties with politicians and pet egos all day." She looks off to the side dryly. "I've had my fill of that already from my days on Chandra."cont.
>>48264767>>Inform Elizabeth of the details of the events on Tenebris>>Speak with Lee about initiating relations with the Unionwhynotboth.jpg
>>48265294>She looks off to the side dryly.Is she on the fucking office?
>>48265420There are technically eyes in all the walls to turn and look directly at.
>>48265420you are very nitpicky on QD's choices of words today, stop being petty
>>48265294Top kek QD
>>48265454dude I'm >>48264599 just though it was funny
>>48264599That wasn't pettiness, that was clarification. Who knows what sorcery autocorrect wrought, he could have meant two dozen instead of one or half.
>>48265294"Wait, you worked on Chandra?" Lee says, then quickly changes the subject back as your speaker leans in close to him, as if trying to physically pry an answer out of him. "What about, uh, maybe Lyle, or one of his team?" Your speaker lets out a chittering howl as it attempts to mimic laughter. It seems to consider this an appropriate response, but several thinkers feel the noise was not quite accurate enough to be clear."No." Your speaker says."Well, what about... uh...""You are the most appropriate." Your speaker repeats. Lee stamers for a moment."Well, it's just, last time I was made a diplomat I sorta dropped the ball. Really badly.""You warned the Hive of the threat, at risk to yourself." You remind him. He seems to shrink in his seat, unsure of himself."But not soon enough to stop it." He says, then looks back to your drone with curiosity. "Wait, I figured I'd be some kind of wanted criminal. You broke me out of some top secret black site lab that nobody would ever believe exists anyways." Elizabeth leans back on her limbs, folding them into something like a chair."Actually, you're supposedly dead." Elizabeth says. "I looked it over when you first arrived. The charges were tossed out posthumously and you were given an honorable discharge from the space forces, probably to try to smooth over the protests.""I had protests?" Lee asks. "I mean, I heard them outside, but I thought they wanted my head." Your speaker quickly scrabes its claws together."It was a bit of both." You say. Several of the files on the screen enlarge, with passages of text highlighting."The Union requires a human representative. They will offer one to the Hive, or the Hive may present one as its 'citizen'." Your drone says as it points to the passage of law."Yea, makes sense I guess. You'd still, I mean, have a speaker there too, right? I mean, I don't feel comfortable talking on behalf of, uh, all of this." He says as he waves his arms around him.cont.
>>48265454You sound really oversensitive. That wasn't remotely bullying the QM.
>>48265603>"What about, uh, maybe Lyle, or one of his team?" Your speaker lets out a chittering howl as it attempts to mimic laughter. It seems to consider this an appropriate response, but several thinkers feel the noise was not quite accurate enough to be clear.>"No." Your speaker says.
>>48265603We send Lyle in when we want boom boom, not when we want a peaceful assembly.
>>48265674Although it would be funny to put Lyle in a suit.
>>48265640Could you imagine Lyle fucking Rodgers as our representative to the entire Union? To be fair, I doubt anyone else would be as able to make clear to Killinger what we think of him.
>>48265674>He doesn't want to read about the diplomatic misadventures of ambassador Lyle.
>>48265721I need an omake. Now.
>>48265721Oh god, Lyle with diplomatic immunity. Just, wow.
>>48265730Lyle's political stance is walk loudly and carry the biggest nuke
>>48265721He is his own bodyguard, no need for secret service>>48265755His face would light up with childlike joy and wonder once he heard those words
>>48265721I want this now.
>>48265816I can just imagine Elizabeth shaking her head at us as we briefly consider the merits
>>48265603Can Theseus manipulate online communication and produce truther documentaries poking holes in the official report on Lee's death so that the revelation that he's actually still alive has more of an impact?
>as this discussion continues, a faint tearing sound is heard>small scraps of quest notes flutter to the floor around QD's desk, their contents forgotten
What're the odds Tenebris is going to be dragged to the Crystal's home base without our intervention? Or wherever those crystal fucks happen to be keeping the Ceph homeworld.Now what are the odds the humans make a face when we tell them they already know where the Ceph homeworld is located: Hell?We should see if Lee knows some way we can claim the right of command to the fucking mess Tenebris will become. Just so the humans don't try anything stupid and end up breaching containment.
>>48265603"Relax." Elizabeth says calmly. "You'll have your own personal teleprompter at all times, if you want.""That sounded ominous." Lee says nervously. "Why did that sound ominous?""I said if you want." She repeats. "Although I would highly recommend it for the healing properties alone. I would also recommend you at least receive a basic secondary heart implant, just in case. You would be a political figure, after all.""Alright." Lee says, nodding slowly. "I just... feel a little apprehensive about, you know, all of this. Everyone trying to kill me or capture me or blow me up or put mind powers in my brain or, blowing up my apartment. All I ever wanted to do was paint my painfully overpriced figures and roll dice to see if they managed to kill someone else's overpriced figures." He gets up from his seat and presses his hand to the side of his head, closing his eyes tightly as he rubs his fingers over his temple in a small circle."Okay. I'll do it. I'm not sure if I'll be all that great at it, but, I mean, I guess you can just tell me what to say." He says. Your speaker chirps loudly in affirmation as the holo screen flickers to show a number of files on various Union politicians and all the publicly available data on them, as well as a list of various implants and cybernetics.>Offer internal augmentations only (second heart, ect.)>Offer all augmentations>Recommend Augmentations (write in)>Offer parasite>Other
>>48265899>Offer internal augmentations only (second heart, ect.)>Offer parasiteHe needs to look outwardly human
>>48265899>>Offer all augmentations>Offer parasite
>>48265899>>Offer internal augmentations only (second heart, ect.)>Offer parasite
>>48265891Well, there is a point where diplomatic immunity stops applying. I think Lyle sped past that point at relativistic speeds a long, long time ago.
>>48265899>Offer internal augmentations only (second heart, ect.)>Offer parasite
>>48265899>Offer all augmentations>Offer parasite
>>48265938depends how big the diplomatic stick is
>>48265899Lee look at it this way now you can say the overly cliché line of "I'm afraid the rumors of my death were over exaggerated"
>>48265899>>Offer all augmentations>>Recommend Augmentations (internal heart)>>Offer parasiteIf he really wants them he's free to any of our augs (perks of hive citizenship) but we will recommend the simple required implant for humans.
>>48265899>>Offer internal augmentations only (second heart, ect.)Lee has to look pretty for the cameras!
>>48265938The point at which diplomatic immunity stops applying is the point where pissing off the other party does less damage than their diplomat has been doing.So, we just need to present an immensely worse alternative.>Oh, you're ejecting our representative? Such a shame. RELEASE THE SPORES.
>>48265938In a galaxy far far away .... Tune in next week for "Lyle's Adramada Adventures" Saturdays at 630 am or your plantery equivalent
>>48265938if we hang Lyle out on a hook and tell Killinger if he takes a bite we are going to fuck his world up would he really do it and try to pull an assassination?
>>48265899>Offer parasite>Offer internal augmentations only (second heart, ect.)Chemical fabricator and fermentation gut among them definitely. Want to be immune to poisons.Also Electrostatic muscle grafts. What if someone tases him bro?
>>48265899>>Offer internal augmentations only (second heart, ect.)>>Offer parasiteAs long as he has Echolocation so he can eavesdrop on people who think they stepped out of earshot too.
>>48265899>Offer internal augmentations only (second heart, ect.)>Offer parasiteHe needs to appear human.The only augmentations that really fit with that areSecond HeartChemical fabricatorFermentation gutEcholocationI'm not seeing a great need for any of these, but I guess he can gain the ability to breathe any number of helpful gasses.Mention to him that this will allow him to at least attempt to integrate back into human life, whereas here it's just clones and drones. Not the best of people to be playing not-warhammer with.
>>48265899>Offer all augmentations>Offer all parasite
>>48265721>I doubt anyone else would be as able to make clear to Killinger what we think of him.A parasite on K's spine would be able to.
>>48265721>>48265742>>48265816I tried>After a long day of work, Lyle Rodgers, Human Ambassador of the Hive, could only think about getting shitfaced with alcohol. And in his current line of work, alcohol is a must.>But alas, not everything in life can go right; a warrior drone materializes from the hotel door and seizes the bottle of fermented Leeland Special from his grasp. Following behind the warrior was the Hive's Speaker, it's colorful carapace ablaze in distress.>"What?" Lyle asks innocently. The speaker does not reply. Instead, it takes a remote and turns on the suite's viewscreen to a local news channel. It doesn't matter which since all of them are covering what happened.>Caught on video was Lyle "ambushing" Killinger outside the parliament building, decking him in the face with a right hook, then proceeding to use Killinger's own arm to punch the politician's face in. A security officer moves to intervene, but Lyle looks at him and growls "Diplomatic Immunity, cunt." before going back to humiliating Killinger. >The officer looks to Lyle's escort of warriors in confusion, who only return the officer with a look of bewilderment as the thinkers back in the Hive struggle between feeling euphoric joy and panic as they attempt to map out the consequences of this breach of etiquette.>Lyle grabs the remote just as a talking head suggests that the assault was a metaphor of the state of the Union. He looks the speaker straight in the eye. "The cunt deserved it." Was all he utters before stealing the bottle back from the warrior.
>>48266018OR we could just give him a fly with the full camo package that way they can't question his humanity and we get radio esdroping power as well
>>48266050>proceeding to use Killinger's own arm to punch the politician's face inhahaha Christ
>>48266050I haven't laughed this hard at HQQ writefaggotry since that smut fic went up. Post more, please!
>>48265899>Offer internal augmentations only (second heart, ect.)>Offer parasite>Other offer him a plasma blade
>48264767Why doesn't Elizabeth try the tuner procedure on the unconscious Earthlings' brains first?
>>48266089I didn't do that one but I'm pretty sure thats how It'll look if I wrote smut.
Does anyone have that WW1 propaganda picture with Germany threatening a country, followed by Britain, Russia, France and everybody else?I have an idea for an edit.
>>48266050Oh god 11/10My sidea.
GAS THE SQIDSNUKE THE WHALESSTAB THE MONKEYSTHE VOID IS WATCHING[Spoiler]For mother
>>48265899>Offer internal augmentations only (second heart, ect.)>Offer parasiteLook on the bright side Lee. You'll get your very own lightsaber now that there's no danger of you cutting your own limbs off.
>>48266187>Oh cool>looks directly down empty hole
Boarding pod launcher from last year still isn't added to ship builder pastebin >>40747978
>>48266187If we're giving him a light saber we also need to add a Privy coat and call him sith.
>>48266204This is why we have clones and memory downloads
>>48266050>witnesses report Lyle to have shouted "Quit hittin' yerself, cunt!" during the assault.
We should give Lee access to our credit account once he starts his diplomat job, we should have built up a good bit of cash by then.
>>48266319"You can purchase all the overpriced figurines you want!"
>>48266332huh.. wonder if we could mess with dice rolls via psionics. might make for a fun training exercise for lee at least.
>>48266332nah, we just produce our own highly detailed figureslet him play with them in local shops to advertise glorious FormOther industries figurines, paints and skub
>>48265899Your speaker clicks its mandibles abruptly as Lee looks at the scrolling text."The hive parasite will provide continuous communication with the hive, healing abilities, and prevent aging." Your drone say. "As well as permitting photon blade use without personal risk." Lee quickly glances to your drone from the screen."You mean that thing Lyle and Jackob have?""I have one too." Elizabeth says. "The neural interface offers an excellent connection with the hive, even with my increasingly potent abilities." Lee looks over to her quickly and back to your drone."Alright." He says slowly, then closes his eyes and takes a deep breath. He looks back at your drone as he exhales. "Alright, screw it, just like when I wanted a neural port as a kid." He says finally. A moment later, a worker makes its way into the room holding a parasite in its claws. It writhes in its grip from side to side, thrashing its tiny legs frantically in the air. Lee's face becomes pale and you detect his heart rate accelerate. "You can, just, do that from a medical pod or something, right?"Recommend cybernetics:>Chemical fabricator>Fermentation gut>Electrostatic muscle grafts>Echolocation>Second Heart>Other
>>Hive-dusting>Fast>Alternative 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 mannerDidn't we have spore pods launched from orbit already? They're 100N each. >>42203854
>>48266385>Second Heart.>Echolocation.Lee can decide if he wants anything else.
>>48266385>>Chemical fabricator>>Fermentation gut>>Electrostatic muscle grafts>>Echolocation>>Second Heart
>>48266385>Chemical fabricator>Second Heart>Fermentation gut>Echolocation
>>48266385>EverythingAnd/or let Lee choose what he wants. In other words, we aren't "forcing" upgrades, Lee is completely free to choose everything (the recommended option) of his own free will.
>>48266385>>Chemical fabricator>>Fermentation gut>>Electrostatic muscle grafts>>Echolocation>>Second HeartPlus>Sting Fingers>Endoskeletal platingfor his safety
>>48266385>Chemical fabricator>Fermentation gut>Electrostatic muscle grafts>Echolocation>Second HeartLet him be able to veto anything he doesn't like.
>>48266385Wait, endoskeletal plating is internal too isn't it?
>>48266385>Second HeartLee decide
>>48266385>everything we can shove into him. Gotta protect him
>>48266423Spore pods allow you to launch spores from space to a planet, but the pods can still be intercepted or the landing zone attacked. The hive dusting requires a ship to enter the atmosphere, but is far harder to quarantine or remove, since it simply sprays the hive creep into the air over a large area.
>>48266521A cropduster vs a missile strike?
>>48266505Except the second heart. That is a obvious desing failure. That isn't negociable
>>48266512Yes. I based the list off of the items that seemed to have interest in them. Endoskeletal plating is visible as subtle discoloration, like off-color greenish bruises beneath the skin, especially in the sternum and limbs.
We can't have ANY augments that make him look not-human guys. It's common sense.
>>48266385Second heart and Fermentation gut seem needed and Echolocation and Electrostatic muscle grafts if he wants them
It occurs to me we could probably have an oxygen recycler implant statted up since we have that as an adaptation already.
>>48266573Yep, no non-human augments. That also means no eye changes. Lee's face has been all over the media for days/weeks. It can't look ANY different or people might claim it isn't the real Lee (among other things). People will probably claim our Lee is fake anyway, but at least we don't want to give them that ammunition.
>Lee is officially introduced as the Hive's Ambassador>Has to meet with Killinger on live television>Shakes his hand>Leans in, whisper>"The Hive gives its thanks for the lesson on unruly cats."
>>48266704>"The Queen sends her regards."
>>48265899We should make some drones to play tabletop games with lee so he's less lonely. Also print all his figures and get him some really radical paint.
>>48266385>Second HeartLet him pick any other he would like to have.
>>48266742You know what would be awesome?Miniatures made from Flies.Or Flies masquerading as miniatures for Lee.
>>48266763>"FOR MOTHER">Forgets to use inside voice
>>48266385>Chemical fabricator>Fermentation gut>Electrostatic muscle grafts>Echolocation>Second HeartYour speaker slowly orbits him as it scurries sideways across the hive floor."Second heart is also necessary. Fixing bad design." Your drone chirps. Elizabeth nods."Given that they cost virtually nothing to the hive proper, and under the circumstances, not insisting on the additional heart implant would be medical malpractice on my part." She says."Okay, okay, I hear how great this thing is all the time. I get it, redundancy is good for critical organs, but do you really think everything else here is, well, needed?""Yes." Your speaker says."I would consider most of the others to be quality of life improvements." Elizabeth says."Right, sorry, it's just, well..." Lee stammers for a moment. "My parents were never really that big on implants. The term 'mark of the devil' was used on more than one occasion, especially after the time I asked for a neural interface for my birthday that one year.""The hive improves. If the Lee enjoys poor design choices-""Hey, I didn't say that." Lee says quickly. "Just that, I don't know, I just feel a little nervous about it.""There is no need to be nervous." Your drone says. "You will be unconscious during the process.">Recommend Endoskeletal plating>Add other (write in)>Do not>>48266548Yes, precisely.
>>48266332>>48266367Lee waits nervously at the head of the table, while your diplomat applies the finishing scribbles to a few loose sheets of paper. The twin monitors of Theseus and Heretic flicker to life as your workers finish connecting them to the provided relay and a Chitinous fabricator of your own, the fabricator immediately spits out several dozen pages into the waiting claws of another worker, who briefly scans them before they are snatched away by an extended robotic limb.Theseus' robotic voice rings out from the speakers in his monitor. "It is my understanding that only the game master and I may view my character sheet."Lee attempts to stammer out a confirmation of this but your Diplomat glances up from its character sheet and talks over him."The Hive was unaware of this rule."Distantly your pod above Zero One feels Unity readjusting their level of trust towards your newly created character.
>>48266788>Recommend Endoskeletal plating>Sting Fingers
>>48266798Our pod over Zero One got black holed a long time ago.
>>48266385>>OtherLet lee decid what he wants. That secondary heart is mandatory though.
>>48266788>Recommend Endoskeletal plating
>>48266844Damn, guess I'm due an archive binge. How did this happen? Surely we replaced it?
>>48266844We sent another, along with an entire fleet and small colony I believe.
>>48266788>recommand the improvement
>>48266788>Add other. Let Lee decide. Would it be possible, by the way, to give Lee hidden photonic blades (lightsabers) in his palms/arms? I'm sure he'd love that even if he probably won't be in combat.
>>48266132Oah shit, that was back in 2014? I think I promised a second edition right after, which makes me two years late.I'm properly drunk, so I'll get right on it.
>>48266788>>Do notAlso kind of sad lee won't be able to get drunk after this.
>>48266896God bless you anon.
>>48266768We could market them too. 'Living' figurines. Which would put tiny modded flies into millions of human homes as mini spy eyes.
>>48266898Otsego not that he can't get drunk our drones can stimulate the effects of any drug it just stops the poison
>>48266788>>Do notI changed my mind.
>>48266880Theseus discovered how to detect cloaked ships and shot it down without knowing it was us. After that we made a colony on 0-1 proper.
>>48267016That was the reveal of his development of Gravity Sensors. I always figured he highly suspected the Hive and it's been kind of Theseus and Mom's little spy game they play with each other without revealing how much they have each other under watch.Like the android delivering the passports to the Gemini hive
>>48266788>Recommend Endoskeletal PlatingWe can never keep The Lee too safe.
>>48267016No, he knew it was us. He came and offered us the tech immediately after shooting it down and pretty obliquely mentioned it.We weren't as close, then, since we hadn't met Heritic yet, so the Unity wasn't exactly in approval of us having a spy probe eavesdropping on their chatter.
>>48266788>Recommend Endoskeletal Plating
>>48267075Why don't they just fuck already?
>>48267108Because they both lack the ability to
>>48267125>Bio-digital interface – An extendable umbilical made of an elastic strand of nerve tissue.>The user can pull the elastic fiber from the port, where it can extend to a total of half a meter, and can plug into standard Union data ports to allow quick and efficient data transfer.
>>48267155That's actually a really good idea. I support it.
>>48266788>Recommend Endoskeletal Plating"Right, I just meant that-" Several workers bump into Lee's legs, scooping him up onto their backs as they quickly carry him down the hall. "I can walk you know!" He says."Lee will feel better, be better!" Your speaker exclaims as it follows the small herd of workers. "Make better at walking too!" Elizabeth turns off the holo-screen with a thought."His condition is progressing." She thinks. "I don't think his proximity to the hive is helping any. I think I've come up with a new idea, but it's still rather invasive. Not as overt and obvious as my own mutations, but it would still require some slight genetic alterations and implants throughout the brain."[New Special Project unlocked]>Basic Psionic Implantation PrototypeUsing as simple of a procedure as possible, the basic infrastructure needed to receive and interpret mental signals is implanted into the brain, while gene alterations are done to improve the sensitivity of human neural cells to psionic signals, allowing the human brain to process and understand psionic information, however, the inability to control or broadcast its own signals limits the implant's function, preventing it from helping to resist hostile psionic influence, although it is more adept at detecting such attempts. The implant itself is largely undetectable, appearing as a number of large tumors within the brain where neural tissue has been augmented to allow for psionic processing, and the minor genetic alterations may cause slight skin discolorations along the head or neck, similar to a bruise or faint birthmark in appearance.>Recommend the procedure>Do not>Other
>>48267125>>48267155Ever seen Lawnmower Man?
>>48267210>Recommend the procedureFor the Hive and Science!
>>48267210>>Recommend the procedureif this keeps him from dying
>>48267210>Recommend the procedureThen make a slight mention of having found another queen and that ancient aliens man was right, then go back to void fuckery.
>>48267210Recommend the procedure
>>48267210>recommandJUST MAKE HIM MOTHER LIKE SON
>>48267210>>Recommend the procedure
>>48267210>Recommend the procedureHuh, I thought we had voted to not recommend the Endoskeletal plating or to let Lee decide...Oh well, I don't particularly care anyway.
>>48267210>>Do notDon't we have two other subjects to test it on?
>>48267168You support having sex with Theseus?
>>48267356>he hasn't read the smutfic from long long agoWhere were you when Theseus gave Mother the D(ata)?
>>48267356Oh, wasn't paying attention to the links. Thought it was just a suggestion to give Lee the implant.
Rolled 63 (1d100)Getting a bad roll out of the way seeing as it looks like we'll be rolling for the procedure soon.
>>48267356We already received the D(ata Stream).
>mfw realizing that the Queen could have a bank of hundreds of thousands of thinkers dedicated solely to erotic fantasies at any given moment if she felt like it, throbbing with the sensations of a million drones equipped with the most sensitive and myriad genitalia the Hive can create
>>48267210>Recommend the procedureElizabeth nods at your silent affirmation. Your speaker walks back into the room, picking up the empty bowls of nutrient paste on the nearby table."I will oversee the procedure myself. It should be relatively simple given how advanced your medical technology is, and I've already tested the underlying theories on the two humans from earth. The implants are essentially just an augmented version of my little tuner here, but adjusted to be an integrated implant within the brain, based largely off of the physical alterations my own brain has undergone. The only real difficult aspect of it was trying to figure out exactly what it was in the human genome that caused the reaction to tachyons. I still can't find any logical explanation for such a thing to ever actually evolve.""The genetic alterations by the White Queen are the cause." Your speaker says."But humanity has never encountered a Queen before you. Such an encounter would have to have occurred-""Fifty thousand earth years ago." Your speaker adds as it gathers the bowls and walks away. Elizabeth watches it leave as it turns around at the door. "Estimated." It says, then scuttles away as the door flexes closed. She pauses for a moment before rushing to a pile of notes on a desk, a clawed finger extending a needle like nail that quickly begins scribbling in her notes.>Discuss the events of Tenebris with Elizabeth>Leave her to her work>Other
>>48267578>Discuss the events of Tenebris with Elizabeth
>>48267578>>Discuss the events of Tenebris with Elizabeth>And Theseus, and Heretic.
>>48267578>Discuss the events of Tenebris with Elizabeth and Theseus as well how's the old machine running these days
>>48267623>And Theseus, and Heretic.Adding this to my vote.>>48267623
>>48267623Adding this to my discuss vote.
>>48267578>>Discuss the events of Tenebris with ElizabethSupporting this >>48267623 too
>>48267636Supporting, I want to chat to Theseus
>>48267578>>Discuss the events of Tenebris with Elizabeth
>>48267578>>Leave her to her workLet us proceed. More scary stories around the campfire.
>>48267623Supporting, pull Elizabeth into our mind to mind cross conference call. This'll be cool
>Discuss the events of Tenebris with Elizabeth
>>48267578Elizabeth continues to write in her notebook, an odd looking thing made from a slightly greenish aquaphobic paper with a chitinous cover."I had suspected for some time now, at least after understanding the more nuanced knowledge of the hive's mastery of genetic alterations. I just never quite believed it was so deliberate. I-" The visual image of the surface of Tenebris enters her mind as you beam her the relevant data. She recoils her hand from the notebook and shuts her eyes as her face contorts in frustration."How do they keep doing it?" She asks, rather loudly. "I think they manage to find the limit of insanity they keep proving me wrong!" She gets up from her seat, breathing deeply. "I suppose I can't speak very sternly in that regard, given my own record, but really, I feel like even I was more cautious." A speaker walks back in with a chitinous cup of coffee and hands it to her. She takes it and quickly. "Aren't I?" She says abruptly. The drone nods quickly. She sighs as she takes a sip of the drink."We need to stop it, obviously, but we need to be very careful in how. We don't know what could set the thing off, and who knows what would happen if it was set off." She places the cup on the table and begins walking out into the hall."I can perform the procedure after Lee has healed from his surgery, just keep him in the pod.""Where are you going?" Your drone asks. Your mind echoes the quandary into her mind as well."I'm getting to a ship, and going to Tenebris." She replies. Your drone lets out a loud, long squealing noise. "I know, you already have ships there and blinking in more could reveal them, but you're going to need to go in and fix the mess they made, and there won't be any stealth involved in that. When that happens, I can blink in myself and land via shuttle if needed, but I want to at least be on hand to oversee the drones, or, in the worst case, at least be able to blink the fleet back if it gets disconnected."Cont.
>>48268008Woah woah, slow down. At least wait for a full fleet with battleships to escort you.
>>48268008>wants to go to Tenebris>our daughter wants to go to the literal portal to HellNO NEIN NYET NON NEJ NEE NEYN
>>48268008Great, that means we HAVE to blow up the Marine ship. At least tell us what you plan on doing there.
>>48268008I'm a little fuzzy on my hive tech. Do humans need augs to use a drop suit? Cause if she can use one and is insistent on going, she should take one.
>>48268071How quickly can we spawn a colossus with a person-carrying pod inside of it?Cause she ain't going anywhere near the fucking system without at least that much personal armour.
>>48268008>>48268008Stop her. This isn't just the crystals business, this could possibly be our introduction to both the union and the valen. I like Elizabeth but I do not trust her with these matters.
>>48268008"That is not the source of disagreement!" Your drone says emphatically as a wall flexes shut in front of her. She spins on her heel."Look, I get it, I'm very helpful and not disposable, but look at me!" She says, flexing the limbs across her back menacingly. "I am perfectly capable, I'm already well integrated into the hive network, but I have my own mind. This thing is just as potent at psionics as you, if not more so, what if it disconnects you to the fleet.""The ships are equipped with thinkers.""And what if something worse happens, something the thinkers can't figure out? We have no idea what we're dealing with, but we know one thing for sure, redundancy is beneficial to survival. At the very least, I'm that redundant control point." She says. "Obviously, I'll bring in plenty of backup, but still, I should at least be in orbit.">Allow her to go under escort>Allow her to go, but have her fleet wait and only blink in if and when the hive reveals itself on the planet>Refuse to allow her to go>Other
Could we get Theseus to help out here? I'm unsure what Elizabeth thinks she will be able to do that drones cannot. While I would like to see her in action, this could open her mind to the void gods which is turbo-bad. Literally the worst.
>>48268141...Wait, what happened to discussing this with Theseus and Heretic?
>>48268141>Allow her to go, but have her fleet wait and only blink in if and when the hive reveals itself on the planet
>>48268141>Refuse to allow her to go
>>48268141>Allow her to go, but have her fleet wait and only blink in if and when the hive reveals itself on the planet.
>>48268141>Refuse to allow her to go>OtherAsk the unity to send in a fleet then Give him the stealth tech if we have to This is to important and the his ships arent going to get brainwashed
>>48268141>>Allow her to go, but have her fleet wait and only blink in if and when the hive reveals itself on the planetheavy, heavy escort with the heaviest armor we can put on her.
>>48268141>Allow her to go, but have her fleet wait and only blink in if and when the hive reveals itself on the planet>her fleetGotta love how we aren't even considering the possibility of sending her without an entire fleet as an escort.Speaking of, we have ten heavy battle fleets just waiting around, what say we send about five of them with her? I know it's not very many, but we can't bring all of them or else the humans'll definitely notice something.
>>48268141>>Refuse to allow her to goNothing about you qualifies you as a field agent Vaughn, your Augs notwithstanding
>>48268141>>Allow her to go under escortFuck's sake
>>48268156Lizzy is right there.Thes & Herry need to be contacted and might be busy with other shit.
>>48268141>>Allow her to go under escort
>>48268141>>Allow her to go, but have her fleet wait and only blink in if and when the hive reveals itself on the planet
>>48268156Mostly just a limitation of perspective. It does seem that there is plenty of support for giving everyone the full briefing on the Union's latest attempt at doing something painfully irresponsible.
>>48268245Please they need to know
>>48268141>Allow her to go under escortBlinking in later could be too late.
>>48268245Normally anons want to pester them over every little thing, but we are looking at something that we're possibly weak against, and they aren't. They should be informed, even if it's just through an "email"
>>48268141>>Refuse to allow her to goTHE ABSOLUTE MADMAN
>>48268141>Allow her to go, but have her fleet wait and only blink in if and when the hive reveals itself on the planet"You are not redundant. You are an individual."
>>48268156It's not that urgent, let it go.
>>48268320MAN, that would sound weird coming from us.
>>48268320I like this.
>>48268290It's obvious that nonhive life can also be corrupted. They are still weak. There's no indication if the hive is more or less weak to corruption.
>>48268141>Allow her to go, but have her fleet wait and only blink in if and when the hive reveals itself on the planetStill send hybrids and other covert personal bodyguard escorts with her. Keep heavies and other warriors on her ship for backup.
>>48268333I've been trying to talk to Theseus and Heretic about things for a few threads and my write in got the votes to do so, when it was just ignored. Sorry if I seem a bit annoyed.
>>48268445>>48268245It doesn't seem QD isn't doing it, just that he isn't doing it /yet/.
>>48268141>Allow her to go, but have her fleet wait and only blink in if and when the hive reveals itself on the planetYour speaker chitters quietly as the wall flexes open again."Only if intervention is needed." You say. She nods. "But you are not redundant. You are Individual.""Thank you, I think. Don't worry, I'll be carefull, I just want to be there just in case." She says, and quickly makes her way to a shuttle.The massive hulk of the new drive ship looms over the various outstretched scaffolds. A digital warcry echoes through the the fleet, cascading by radio over the system as a swarm of warships begin flowing around the ship. You detect its Rip Drive powering up as you desperately attempt to calm Heretic down. You sense Theseus's ships transmitting something to the massive drive ship before the vessel begins to power down its drive systems, although the fleets remain in formation, ready to funnel through the portal the moment it opens."Mission critical! All effort placed on prevention of gravitational agitation of artifact!" The voice is still its typical monotone, but there is a very clear underlying panic to it, the voice crackles with errors as the radio transmission flutters out to your pods nearby like a cracking voice. A radio laser projects back and forth between the ship and a nearby server ship, and then he continues. "Violent destruction of object could result in unanticipated consequences. Deactivation is required. Immediately."You detect a number of server ships break their orbit over Zero-One as gravity begins to contort within them, their own drives spinning up and preparing for departure."After deliberation with Heretic regarding the nature of the situation, three server ships with full planetary assault armament are ready for immediate deployment at your request.">Tell Theseus to invade the facility>Have Theseus wait and attack with your forces when they move in>Tell Theseus not to attack>Other
>>48268516>Have Theseus wait and attack with your forces when they move in
>>48268516>Have Theseus wait and attack with your forces when they move inOkay, i'm willing to believe Heretic when he thinks this is serious.
>>48268516Theseus may be the best option to attack and shut it down.But not yet.Maybe spacefold his server ships to get closer to the star system, how fast is his space fold drive? He never said.
>>48268516>>Tell Theseus to invade the facilityHeretic has a fairly narrow focus; If this is panicking him, it's about to get ugly.
Okay, okay...fuck, I'm not sure what's best to do here. If we send them to attack, they're gonna freak out because oh-no, Unity. And we may or may not be able to keep them from being controlled?If we go in with them, there goes our bargaining with the Union- that's out the door.If we tell him not to attack, that's a big risky loss of forces.Thoughts?
>>48268516>>Have Theseus wait and attack with your forces when they move inUh guys, Heretic just shit his pants. I think we need to shut this damn thing down
>>48268516>>OtherHave him wait to attack on our signal.Maybe we can have him attack on his own, without us. We don't want the Unity connection to the hive revealed.
>>48268516>Have Theseus wait and attack with your forces when they move inLet's also send a shuttle to the planet to collect wildlife and deploy a drone team to try and contain the artifact.
>>48268516>>Have Theseus wait and attack with your forces when they move in
Also, I think we're just gonna have to shove the humans aside for this one. Make contact, tell them why they're dumbasses, and fix the problem ourselves whether they want us to or not.
>>48268516>Have Theseus wait and attack with your forces when they move inYeah, that's the plan. Lets see if crystals are weak to three brands of strike fleets.
>>48268581We have our stealth fleet blow the union vessel to shreds before our allies reach the planet.
>>48268608I agree but i want to benefit as much as possible from the situation so i want to postpone intervention until the marines continue to find weird spooky shit while our drones find the artifact.
Just so we are all on the same page, this is also going to be seen as an announcement to the Union that the Hive is buddy buddy with the AI.
>>48268516How long until our forces are ready? If it's more than a few minutes, send them on ahead. Otherwise a group jump would work better.>>48268581Server ships should have some jamming, right? For everything but quantum, and that takes time to send. So drop in and jam the crap out of the human ship until it can be blown out of the sky.
>>48268671I feel like we don't have time to bullshit around.>>48268676Yeah, but it's partially our fault for waiting so long to say hi, so we're just gonna take our diplomacy lumps and try to save the material universe.
>>48268676Not if we can kill all the witnesses before the message ca get out. Which reminds me, we should trade with Theseus for relay scrambling tech after we're done here.
>>48268696This.Maybe we could get the Union to cooperate considering how much is at stake?
>>48268725>Not if we can kill all the witnesses before the message ca get outThat completely defeats the point of letting the humans see the mess.
>>48268656Either this or cuttin all its communication systems and capturing the vessel.We don't want too many witness, but marines shooting us wont help at all in this situation.Not sure what to vote, but we need robots down there.
>>48268516>But you are not redundant. You are IndividualWell actually she is redundant. We can just make a clone her.
>>48268656Obviously. Nuke them Mirage-style, and they won't even have the chance to say what's attacking them.Nothing of value will be lost.
>>48268744Except they have already seen enough to at least know that it's more dangerous than previously assumed from the 6 bodies, more discoveries and a sudden loss of communication will just scare them even more.
>>48268516>Have Theseus wait and attack with your forces when they move inThe server ships charge their drives and hold position, waiting for your signal to engage, their holds filled with unknown warmachines of who knows how many varieties and designs."Assault forces are locked onto the astrographic coordinates provided, and upon your signal will be able to enter within thirty light seconds of the facility. Estimated chance of FTL collision at this range with either the planet or each other is nearly sixteen percent." He says."Command, we found it!" Someone says over a radio. The marine squad examines a large door labeled as the control center for the sonic fence. It is dented, and covered in scrape marks. "Pry it open. We need to get in there.""Yea, and it looks like something wants out.""Stow it."One of the marines produces a large mechanical device and jams it into the side of the door. Sparks begin to fly from it as it slowly begins slicing open the door.Cont.
>>48268741It would be nice but I don't think we have the credibility to do it. Maybe they'll do it out of schadenfreude, but at that point we'd be getting humans and their slow slow politics involved. Meanwhile we have two battlegroups on the way all ready
>>48268696Don't be ridiculous.They would never have listened to a polite request to stop researching THE PATH TO UNLIMITED POWER AND ALSO CANDY.Also Emmerich is going rogue. They are already trying to shut it down. Them trying to shut it down last week would result in this exact same situation even faster.Asking nicely does jack shit.
>>48268776>The marine squad examines a large door labeled as the control center for the sonic fence. It is dented, and covered in scrape marks. "Pry it open. We need to get in there.">"Yea, and it looks like something wants out."YOU FOOLS
>>48268793Guess we're just gonna have to help the commonwealth with the war against the union then just tell them the dangers of the research path.
>>48268829I can only hope.
>>48268776>Something wants out>Shut upHELLO DOOM, WE'RE MARINES.
>>48268776I know we have loads of fleets [awaiting orders], but that means the do random useful things in lieu of just standing around, right? Do we actually keep some amount of forces on permanent standby for stuff like this?
>>48268776Here we go.
>>48268776Wait. Why did they want the control center for the sonic fence.>>48219562>"Yea, that's uh... command, what is that?">"The reason the sonic fence is kept up. You may want to check on the fence's status."> "Squad two, get the power back up. Three, you're on sonic fence detail."Oh that was why. Just a checkup.>>48220252So why hasn't Adam of squad two reported any power results yet. They got there first.
>>48268725No need for trade. Even humans have quantum scramblers.We can buy a warhead at Deep Song and save our research for something Theseus has a monopoly on. We shouldn't waste it on things we can get on our own like we did fusion power.
>>48268869Yes. When a fleet is awaiting orders, its ships are either patrolling, serving as trade ships to ferry the occasional materials that can't be easily teleported for whatever reason, or are in dock to refuel or repair minor travel damage. Regardless, they are all ready to blink into combat at a moment's notice.
>>48268776What's the diameter of this research facility in meters?
>>48268725Wait, do we need Quantom scambling? I thought we researched a tech that let's us reconnect quantom relays without making a new pair.
Man, DOOM vs. Aliens....sounds like a movie someone would make which would get a lot of hype then bomb horribly.
>>48269100You remember how well Alien VS Predator turned out? And then they made the "sequel".
>>48269122>tfw you like AVP Shit even my mom likes it
>>48269100>DOOM vs Aliens, Terminator, and Space Dragons
>>48269162I mean...I GUESS it's okay if you know absolutely nothing about either franchise going in.
>>48268776The door splits in two and three marines rip the pieces out of the wall, their move-assisted armor straining until it pops out of the wall socket and flops to the ground slowly in the low gravity."Alright, clear the room, I want to know what made that dent and I want it shot." The squad leader says. His helmet cam pans into the room as his flashlight illuminates a darkened chamber, poorly lit with the soft glow of the control terminal. A figure stands in the middle of the room in tattered clothes, shivering. The squad leader signals the squad to stand back."Hold on, we have someone here." He says over the radio. He points forward and one of the marines slowly moves up, his weapon held up but away from the figure as the others center their light. It's a human woman in a technician's jumpsuit, tattered and covered in blood. The metal airtight collar intended for helmet attachment has been torn off, the suit hanging across her shoulders. The gloves and boots are missing as well, with a large hole in the arms where data pads are usually sewn into the sleeves, the cloth torn just bellow the elbows, which are covered in scrapes and bruises, frostbite covering most of her visible limbs."Interstellar Marines. We're here to help, what happened?" The marine asks. The woman lowers her posture, as if flinching away from something. By her feet is a pool of frozen blood where a body is mangled into a bloodied heap. The body is in a similar jumpsuit, with similar damage but far more severe, and the skull has been torn open, small glints of reflective, blood covered plastic shimmers where the components of a neural aug once was deep within the lump of pink tissue."Another body here." The marine says as he continues to approach the woman. "She's muttering something." He says over the in-helmet radio.cont.>>48269162I love AVP in the pulpy, excited inner child kind of way.
>>48269194Dont turn your back on that woman She going to kill you
>>48269194>I love AVP in the pulpy, excited inner child kind of way.Exactly, I got to see Xenomorphs fighting Yautja. It fills that niche nicely.
>>48269162The first one was okay, the sequel was an abomination though.>>48269194Fingers ON the trigger for this one, marine
>>48269194>all the tech stuff's been removedDunno if that's good or bad for bringing Theseus in.
>>48269241>The first one was okay, the sequel was an abomination though.ugh it was terrible
>>48269194...Yeah, they're about to get jumped on/attacked by Possessed Ones.Get ready to head in there, drones.
Makes me wonder if the demons would consider our drones weird ass abominations in comparison.
>>48269194"Can you hear me?" The marine asks as he reaches out and lightly places a hand on her shoulder. She screams and ducks to the ground, looking up after a short moment at the marine. Her eyes widen in horror."It's alright!" The marine says, and holds up a hand to her."No! No no!" She says, trying to shout but only a strained whisper emerges. "Can't move. Can't run. Quiet, quiet! There's still here!" She says, moving back and tripping over the nearly frozen corpse, slowly slumping to the ground in the low gravity."The hell is she on about?" Someone asks. The helmet cam you're watching from the squad leader quickly scans the room, switching to thermal scanners. The sensors pass over several subtle variations in heat throughout the room."Nick, get me a status report on the fence, emergency power should at least have the console online, and clear this room, dammit."You watch as the marines fan out in their metal clad suits, the woman frantically fighting to get away from the marine as he tries to calm her down."Sir, the fence is up, but it looks like it's been damaged. The frequency is destabilized.""Which means? You're the tech guy here.""The seismic vibrations use a very specific frequency, essentially echoes through the ground. If the frequency is knocked off, you can pump as much juice in it as you want, it still won't be as effective.""So it's doing jack shit right now?""No, it's just, not guaranteed to work. It's not going to keep them as far away, and it may have some holes in the coverage, or not be effective against every kind of... whatever the fuck you call these things.""Oh god!" Someone shouts. The squad spins around as one of the marines examines something behind a large wall of equipment. Some massive lump of dark, black flesh, slick like oil and shimmering like polished metal. Small, slender tendrils hang from its oblong body like matted hair, and a thick, black paste oozes from its body from a massive hole in its body.cont
>>48269488Welp. Tell Thesesus and Heretic to jump in now.
>>48269488>Some massive lump of dark, black flesh, slick like oil and shimmering like polished metal. Small, slender tendrils hang from its oblong body like matted hair, and a thick, black paste oozes from its body from a massive hole in its body.AAAAAAAAAAAAH
>>48269488>It's happening>we still adopt that pile of black jelly flesh as our child
>>48269488>Some massive lump of dark, black flesh, slick like oil and shimmering like polished metal. Small, slender tendrils hang from its oblong body like matted hair, and a thick, black paste oozes from its body from a massive hole in its body.
>>48269524>>48269580Wait for it to attack, then move in.(Winston needs good footage.)
>>48269488Okay, so it's time to move get our asses in there. Do we try to talk to the Union about it or just blow the ship out of the sky before it can get a signal out, grab the void shard and glass the site?
>>48269613Ignore the orbiting ship and just dive in. Maybe tell them to stand aside before they rip reality a new one.
>>48269613My feelings are essentially>>48269627
>>48269488Fuck QD. I'm in bed with the light off and you're too spoopy AF
>>48269613If we can blow the ship up, we can cut off the QCom connection with Winston.
>>48269613Nothing truly terrible has happened yet.This is just one of the things from outside that made it inside the fence, and seems to have been slain.> a thick, black paste oozes from its body from a massive hole in its body.Assuming that's blood-equivalent.The dangers to personnel are irrelevant. The longer these marines investigate, the more data we have on what our priorities are when we move in. We need more information on what to do to actually stop this fiasco. We still don't know.The invasion of creatures from outside isn't really too horrifying for us, that's just more things to dissect for mother.
>>48269655Or we can just use the tech we have that let's us reconnect a severed Q-com to another relay.>>48269659So he knows fucking with the crystals leads to demons.Not expecting him to stop research, just introduce safety and containment measures that will delay it.
>>48269613Blow it right up. The Union should be painfully aware they fucked up bad here, let's just kill em all to prove the point.
Why are all of you panicking? Nothing had even happened, quit being dramatic. Just wait a bit, christ....
>>48269488"It dead?" The squad leader asks. A marine inches up to the hulking mass of tangled limbs and fires a burst into it, chipping at the flesh like rock."Yea." He says."Alright, so we know the fence isn't working. Get it back up to full goddamn yesterday, and let's make sure no more of these things are-" A panicked scream cuts him off. The squad turns back to the terminal, where a three meter tall hulk of flesh rolls over the console. It is a lumpy orb, with no defining features of orientation. You quickly count thirteen limbs, each an almost knife like spear covered in hooks and waggling, finger-like claws, with each arm branching out of the body at random points, bunched up together, sharing a joint in some places, while others are more widely spread. Between the limbs, short, wispy tendrils whip into the air, clearly offering it some form of vision although you have no idea how. It moves with frightening speed, displaying the perfection of locomotion evolution has bestowed up it in the miniscule gravity of the dwarf planet, and brings a spear-like limb down on the marine, pinning him by the leg. He pulls out his sidearm, firing into the creature as an orifice opens like an aperture and begins to glow."Open fire!"The marines rip into the beast. Its limbs come down on the marine, ripping into the metal armor with a surgeon's practiced precision, dissecting the man alive as its mouth spills a thick, bubbling tar into the suit's openings."Jesus christ, kill it!" Someone screams. The hail of fire slowly chips through the creature's hide, spilling more of the thick tar on the floor and sending a rusty smelling smoke billowing into the air as the metal begins to bubble like boiling soup. The marine twitches as his suit begins to loose its form, and the limbs of the creature stab into it, quickly draining the sludge. It stammers, righting itself on a new limb as one gives out, and then begins to lurch forward towards the rest of the marines.cont.
>>48269731So how do we kill this thing?Sufficient application of plasma? bullets don't seem to do the trick.
>>48269720...you were saying?
>>48269750Engage in melee.
>>48269765That seems rather counter-intuitive.
>>48269731Can we get winston's first reaction to demons.
>>48269757It's not the void crystals so no, it's nothing worth panicking about just yet.
>>48269765Blowing up the planet is a better idea.>>48269757It's just some freaky alien. You know the enemy is the crystals right?
>>48269731Remember when we did the same thing to one of Lyle's mercs? How he mag dumped into one of our first warrior's chests before he got stabbed? Good times.
>>48269731I WANT THESE LITHOVORES HOLY SHIT fucking radical, loot the wildlife people
>>48269765Our drones have lightsabers. It doesn't.
>>48269782>Don't worry guys, it's just a demon, nothing to panic about. At least it isn't the dark god himself.You may have a point.
>>48269757Nothing important has happened still. God. Throw drones at this and dissect it for the Thinkers to analyze.If anything this is GOOD news. They are providing us samples that will already be dead when we arrive.
We should at least land so that we're close to the area before things REALLY go tits up.
>>48269777Seconding. And then I want to see his reaction when three massive almost entirely unknown alien fleets all arrive at the planet at the same time screaming bloody murder.
>>48269808It's a native to this planet. It's a delicious research subject, what in the world is there to fear? Just keep throwing drones at it until it dies.
>>48269804>Whatever happens, know that we have telepathic insectorid children armed with flamethrowers and lightsabers, and they do not.
>>48269804Drones don't have lightsabers. They have blades which are superior to them.
>>48269731The creature's bulbous body twitches, its countless sensory flagella whirling through the air in a blur, and it stumbles, collapsing to the ground as the squad continue to fire into its side."Shit, shit!" Someone yells. The helmet cam switches to thermal again, showing the large heat source slowly fading from the creature."It's dead. Goddammit we need that fence up now!" He shouts. The thermal scan shows a number of other large heat sources slowly fade into existence, like a car starting up, whatever chemical reactions serve to keep them alive suddenly bringing them to life as others lumber out from holes melted through the far walls."Move! Now!" He shouts. The woman screams as she fumbles along the ground, struggling to run faster than the gravity and friction of the room allow, her body driving off from the ground at a pressure intended for earth gravity and kicking the ground as she sends herself several feet in the air. A spear limb catches her and pulls her in as one of the creatures quickly rips the body apart, tossing the organic lumps of flesh aside with frustration.The marines flood out of the door, filling the space behind them with weapons fire. A moment later, the lights begin to flicker on, illuminating their reflective bodies like lumpy mirrors, reflecting misshapen images of bodies and blazing weapons.>Continue to observe>Move in and begin landing at the facility>Other
>>48269874>Continue to observe
>>48269874>Continue to observeAll they have seen is weird aliens, nothing cosmic.
>>48269874>Continue to observeThese are just natives gone mad.
>>48269874>>Move in and begin landing at the facility>>OtherDestroy the relay equipped Union ship with our stealth ships first.
>>48269874>Continue to observe.When we intervene (I'm saying when at this point, not if) we'll have such overwhelming superior firepower we "should" be able to make situation relatively secure.>>48269782Yeah, it's nothing to panic about yet. My guess is this creature is definitely "corrupted" in some way, but is not a demon in and of itself yet.
>>48269874>>Move in and begin landing at the facility
>>48269874>>Continue to observeGET THE POPCORN
>>48269874Damn, those things are not the real threat, and Union wont realize the danger of messing with artifacts if we go in this early...but at the same time, I highly doubt marines will actually do anything to stop the machine, before it is too late.>Move in and begin landing at the facilityTime to tell them that they fucked up, and badly.
>>48269887>>48269891>>48269899>>48269902You realize that whatever is causing this is increasing in power continually right? How much longer are you willing to let this go on before moving on it?
>>48269808>it's just a demonJust because it looks scary doesn't make it demonic. That's space racism!
>>48269874>>Continue to observe
>>48269874>>Continue to observe>>48269899Technically no evidence of madness in them. They're just hungry and curious.
>>48269874>Move in and begin landing at the facilityAs fun as watching cosmic space horror is we got some really important things to get done here
>>48269941We have the ability to destroy the planet, and we have enlisted two allies who are immune to it's corrupting influence. I'm not worried. Just sit back and enjoy the show.
>>48269874>Move in and begin landing at the facility
>>48269935I'm pretty sure they'll realize the danger when multiple powerful alien fleets simultaneously arrive and start firing at them/accusing them of almost exterminating all sentient life in this part of the galaxy.
>48269731>clearly offering it some form of vision although you have no idea how.>48269488>"No! No no!" She says, trying to shout but only a strained whisper emerges. "Can't move. Can't run. Quiet, quiet! There's still here!" Gilliam!Tell those retards to stand still! They don't attack if you don't move!Didn't you see how that traumatized victim stood still and stayed alive all that time?
>>48269874>>Move in and begin landing at the facilityAs much as these are harmless to us, we do in fact have to secure the crystal before anything else happens.
>>48269874>Move in and begin landing at the facilityBlow up the union ship first.
>>48269874>>OtherAdvise marines as to how to survive a T-Rex attack in Jurassic Park.
>>48269963The fact that those very same allies are pissing themselves is a pretty strong indicator of how they feel about this. We have no idea at what point this will become out of our collective capacity to control, but that point exists and is getting closer constantly.
>>48269874>OtherOkay, split up gang. One person, stand stock still here in the fence control room.The rest of you, run like hell and lead the monsters away from here. They only track sound and motion.Unless we have a way to make a distraction to lure them some other way?
>>48269874>>48269920Changing my vote to >Move in and begin landing at the facilityJust because we haven't seen any actual demons yet, does not mean we want to wait until the situation has deteriorated to that extent to intervene. There's NO need to destroy the Union ship, however. If they are stupid enough to fire on over a thousand superior ships from multiple species, they deserve to be destroyed. All witnesses must be "detained" however. Will Heretic be coming with our intervention fleet?
>>48269986oohh, good catch.>>48270034flashbangs?
>>48270023A few apes running around in suits making noises isn't going to give the thing a power boost, and this thing took over the facility some time ago.
>>48269874>>Move in and begin landing at the facilityChrist alive
>>48269874>Move in and begin landing at the facilityI'm tempted to wait for better evidence, but the longer we wait the higher the risk of the containment going up in smoke.
>>48270066Very good, but we can't tell them that right this instant, can we?
>>48270023The marines are the closest forces on the ground, they can handle or evade the creatures with the right strategy.We don't need to distract the people currently in the best position to stabilize things by making them turn on us instead.At least wait till the marines are truly dead.
>>48269874>>Continue to observeOh man these guys are fun.I want to dissect one. For Mother.
>>48270102Calculated risk in that they might die too late for us to fix the issue. They're in the best position, but we can catch up to that position REALLY QUICKLY.
We're going to continue to observer, and they will nuke the site from orbit.
>>48270062>All witnesses must be "detained"I agree, but how much we are ready to reveal to Union about ourselfs and our allies.Either we let them see whole horror show to the end, revealing much info about us and ours allies, but the psych chaos that they managed to cause, just might scare them to actually stop researching it.Or we just tell them that they fucked up, before taking down their communication systems and tell the marines to move aside or do as they are told.
>>48270066Does the hive have a flashbang equivalent? We've got loads of poisons and gases, but those take time to take effect and can be mitigated with armor and air filtering.
>>48270023We know exactly how long we have. The marines arrived with hours to spare.We just have to arrive before stage one ends.
>>48270080No one knows the end game when "the door" is opened.It may just corrupt all humans and ours drones nearby, or it could reveal humanity to Void gods, or even release them in here.
>>48270102I used to think that way. But at the moment the Marines are far too concerned about the natives to worry about safely shutting down the experiment. Even if they hold off the threat they'll probably want to gtfo which at best will only spread corruption further. As long as we command the Union ship to tell the marines to back down (which they should hopefully do in the face of overwhelming hostile firepower), we may have a chance of stabilizing the situation. Hell, we may even save a few human lives while we're at it.>>48270129I'm actually not too worried about the Union at this point. Alone we probably outclass them militarily, and with our allies they will almost certainly not attach us. To do so would be a foolish decision likely to lead to a losing war to even the most inept analyst. Fear of our retribution will be a useful temporary deterrent against further research.
>>48270101Gilliam can easily advise them.
>>48270177Fair point.We still need to get our claws on the ground ASAP.
>>48270167That's why we give them the strategy to handle the natives' blindness easily.It's squad two that can really help, and they're native-free right now.
>>48270157Heretic said that the crystal shouldn't be activated inside the reactor>"Mission critical! All effort placed on prevention of gravitational agitation of artifact!"So ergo, we should grab the crystal before anyone gets the dumb idea to do just that, corrupted or otherwise.
>>48269874"We got the power back up. What's the status on that fence?" Someone asks over the radio."Fucked!" Someone shouts in response. Windsor clicks the radio button."This is now a rescue op. Shutdown the reactor and find survivors, then get out. I want an orbital strike solution on those approaching objects.""Mr. Secretary, the facility is within the blast radiu-""Get me a solution. Hold fire until my order.""Yes sir, Mr. Secretary.""What's the status on the control room?" He asks."We're making progress." Someone says. "But it's slow. I swear someone doesn't want us getting in there.""Well you're on a time limit." Windsor says. The helmet cam shows the squad rappelling down an elevator shaft as emergency lights come on. Gunfire echoes in the distance as a marine begins prying open the elevator doors. They slide open with a ding as the lights come on. Inside is a hallway leading to a number of small offices and labs. A moment later, a stream of lightning cuts into the wall."Taking fire!" They shout. Small caliber rounds spark off the shoulder of one of the marines as he swings behind cover.Your ships lurch forward, their cloaks shimmering as they ready weapons and shuttles load with drones. They await your orders eagerly.>Have your fleet attack the marine transport>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and ignore the marine transport>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and introduce yourself to the transport (write in)>Keep your ships cloaked, and have Theseus bring in his fleet>Hold your ships back and continue to observe for now>Other
>>48270196Wait, the reactor turning on might activate the crystal?I change my vote then>Move in and begin landing at the facility>>48269899
>>48270167It's worth noting that Theseus would have a major problem with us going to war with any humans. This shouldn't stop us if things go sideways, but we need to keep it in mind.
>>48270220>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and ignore the marine transportAll IN
>>48270220>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and introduce yourself to the transport (Humans, what are you doing? Enemy will get in, hurt all! Fix, must fix!)
>>48270220>>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and introduce yourself to the transport (write in)"Don't shoot us and we won't have to kill you."
>>48270220>>Hold your ships back and continue to observe for nowLet's find out who's shooting. Emmerich or a lackey?
>>48270220Do we have the tech that let's us fiddle with Q-COM connections?If so>Cut the Q-COM>Have your fleet attack the marine transport>Launch landing shuttles.>Have Theseus bring his fleet.
>>48270220>Keep your ships cloaked, and have Theseus bring in his fleetIt'd be difficult to start our first contact diplomacy AFTER wiping out their super secret facility, so we should ask our tech bros to do it.
>>48270220>>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and ignore the marine transport>>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and introduce yourself to the transport (write in)"Humans, you tamper with things outside your understanding, evacuate and stop operations, or the Hive will use lethal force."
>>48270220>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and introduce yourself to the transport (write in)Tell them if they're stupid enough to shoot at us then we blow them up.>>48270230He has a problem with us genociding humans since his mission is still to ensure humanity's survival, since we aren't interested in doing that and we're already friendly with the Commonwealt, he wouldnt have a problem with us taking on the Union.
>>48270220>>Hold your ships back and continue to observe for nowI'm a bit confused by the vote, it seems to be a repeat of the last with more options, but I haven't changed my mind.If we absolutely need to land right now no matter what look guys we better panic scary aliens, I guess I would vote for>Have your fleet attack the marine transport
>>48270220>>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and introduce yourself to the transport (write in)"You have made a grievous error. This is no longer a problem limited to your own species. Should you interfere with our resolution of the problem, you will be eliminated." Or something like that, doesn't have to be exact.
>>48270230war with humans might be necessary if humans threaten the whole of reality.
>>48270220>>Hold your ships back and continue to observe for now
>>48270220>>Have your fleet attack the marine transportTake out the transport, you take you their quantom comms
>>48270220>>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and ignore the marine transport
>>48270220>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and ignore the marine transportRock'n roll
>>48270220>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and introduce yourself to the transport (write in)"What are you doing?!? The dangers of this experiment are beyond your comprehension. Shut down the reactor. Cease all gravitational agitation of the artifact at once. If you are incapable of doing so we will. Your forces will be detained for questioning. Have them stand down as we approach.
>>48270220>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and introduce yourself to the transport (write in)"You have caused a problem that threatens the whole of the galaxy. We will provide the solution. Stand by or be destroyed. "
>>48270220 >Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and introduce yourself to the transport
>>48270272We're scary enough. It's important that we come across as the lesser of two evils when considering the portal/the void god. No need to attack this ship. Besides, the elimination of communication could cause the marines to hole up or damage the facility more or even activate a self-destruct that could be catostrophic to containment efforts. We can be scary while still being reasonable.
>>48270220>>Keep your ships cloaked, and have Theseus bring in his fleet
>>48270220>Keep your ships cloaked, and have Theseus bring in his fleet>>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and ignore the marine transport
>>48270220>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and ignore the marine transport
>>48270229That's not what it says.That's stage two.>>48270220>>Have your fleet attack the marine transport
>>48270220>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and introduce yourself to the transport
>>48270220>>Have your fleet attack the marine transport
>>48270220>>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and ignore the marine transportHilarious misunderstanding, we can call it later.
>>48270220Welp, no more hiding.>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and introduce yourself to the transport (write in)These are pretty gud>>48270315>>48270309>>48270273We need Theseus robots, or actual marines deeper in facility to actually shut down the reactor. I got bad feeling if we let our drones get too near to the activate artifact.
>>48270220>>Have your fleet attack the marine transportSorry Windsor, we don't want you to see anymore of this. This severes the quantum relay.>>48270264You know what cuts the q-comm like the Mirage's?A nuke.
>>48270381I'm worried about drones near the artifact too. Hopefully Elizabeth will be able to help... If not we will be in some very, VERY deep shit.
>>48270397>Elizabeth gets possessed
>>48270220>Have your fleet launch landing shuttles and introduce yourself to the transportPlease roll1d100, best of 3. Normally I don't do rolls for roleplay, but this is less a roll for talking, and more a roll for scaring the ever loving bejesus out of the humans as you emerge out of nowhere... into Nowhere, at very close range.>Demand they leave>Demand they fall back and stay away or be destroyed>Chastise them for their dangerous scienceOther>>48270272Well, "Land at the facility" won, but just barely, so this vote is essentially "how do you want to land, plus a backout option because we were one away from a tie." Sorry, they are worded a bit awkwardly.
Rolled 63 (1d100)>>48270423>Demand they fall back and stay away or be destroyed>Chastise them for their dangerous science
Rolled 81 (1d100)>>48270423>Demand they leave>Chastise them for their dangerous scienceJESUS TAKE THE WHEEL
Rolled 75 (1d100)>>48270423FOR MOTHER
>>48270423>>Demand they fall back and stay away or be destroyed>>Chastise them for their dangerous scienceMother take the wheel
Rolled 56 (1d100)>>48270423I was so hoping we wouldn't reveal we have cloaking tech.That was such a good secret.
Rolled 93 (1d100)>>48270423>>Demand they fall back and stay away or be destroyed>>Chastise them for their dangerous sciencehere we go
I found the tech on tread 50 called quantom tuning.>>48270423>Demand they leave>Chastise them for their dangerous scienceCall them a slave species.
>>48270423>>Demand they fall back and stay away or be destroyed>Chastise them for their dangerous science
>>48270448Several posts late anon
>>48270423>Demand they fall back and stay away or be destroyed>Chastise them for their dangerous scienceGo intimidating entrance!
>>48270423>>>Demand they fall back and stay away or be destroyed>>>Chastise them for their dangerous scienceYou dumbfucks.
>>4827045881 isn't bad.
>>48270423>>Demand they fall back and stay away or be destroyed>>Chastise them for their dangerous scienceThese humans are not going anywhere, else than as our prisoners..untill we make official first contact.Also, invasion music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcDrRSbyKVg
>>48270423>Chastise them for their dangerous science
>>48270423>>Demand they leave>>Chastise them for their dangerous science
>>48270423>other "Humans you called?"
>>48270423>>Demand they fall back and stay away or be destroyed>>Chastise them for their dangerous science
>>48270545Kek, add this to my vote>>48270448
Just got here, so we're totally going to expose the both our existence AND the full capability of our ground military prowess to the Union without any effort to conceal them? What the hell anons, isn't this a little out of character?By letting them stay we're basically giving them direct visual access to our warrior drones and their, biological nature, and their capabilities in one go? I thought we were going to have better moment to fully reveal ourselves than this.
>>48270423>Chastise them for their dangerous science>Demand they fall back and stay away or be destroyedHQQ!!! Hype!
>>48270612Wrong reply, this is my vote>>48270451
>>48270615The sneeki breeki goes out the window when dealing with the Crystals.
>>48270615We don't really have the luxury to pick our moment anymore. This is a VERY VERY critical issue, and the humans have very little clue what failure REALLY means. We're going loud because it's better than what letting containment loose risks.
>>48270615We're focusing on trying to stop the fucking void gods from gaining a foothold. We should have revealed ourselves threads ago, this is just us reaping what we've sown.
So wait, it's just us and Theseus? Where's Heretic?
>>48270639Also who said they get to watch jamming is still a thing you now we aren't gonna broadcast this out loud
>>48270615If you're worried about our ground forces being seen we can just cut the Q-Com link and take the humans hostage, then remove any footage.
>>48270646This, really. We tried to play coy and it got us this. Humans have proven time and again (like Elizabeth states) that they need a firm guiding hand. We've been reluctant to administer that hand, and now literally everything ever is in danger because of it.
>>48270653>cut the Q-Com linkHow do you do that without blowing up their ship?
>>48270615Well, I voted to sit back and let the away team die, and then to kick the humans out, but people started panicking. Something something CRITCAL.
>>48270639Yes, but choosing>Demand they fall back and stay away or be destroyedInstead of >Demand they leaveWe're essentially giving them open license to maintain radio contact with their marines who will beam back everything they see to their mother ship. This isn't even considering that breaking cloak this way will instantly clue the Union into the fact that we have the technology, and were probably the ones who blew up the Mirage.
>>48270650Heretic can presumably teleport his forces with the Rip Drive at a moment's notice.>>48270662Heretic was panicking. Heretic, who actually knows what these Crystals can do.
>>48270653It is a little late for that. Told you guys to attack the ship first.NOW they'll know we have cloaking tech.
>>48270661We have quantom tuning, which let's us rearrange the Q-com connection from ship/winston to ship/us.At least i think we can do that.
>>48270669>This isn't even considering that breaking cloak this way will instantly clue the Union into the fact that we have the technology, and were probably the ones who blew up the Mirage.This is going to be DELICIOUS to see Killinger lose hair over.
>>48270662Taking action now is the right move. Waiting till the away team actually reaches the artifact is dumb and doesn't give us any time to react or plan a decent response. It'll be just like our current PANIC response only worse.
>>48270646Agreed. I'm not worried about the humans nearly so much as I'm worried about the void. We've become so powerful unless the humans do something incredibly stupid we will be very unlikely to lose significant forces to them.
>>48270676I voted for getting Theseus to blow the ship up for us because I was on my phone and couldn't count the votes. I can't believe this is how expose ourselves to the entire damn Union. Fuck.
>>48270687HOW? WE DON'T HAVE THE FUCKING TECH FOR THAT.>>48270678WE CANT!
>>48270423"Multiple contacts!"The voice from the transport shouts over the radio as proximity alarms blair in the background. Windsor leans in wide eyed."What is it? What's your status? Are they cutters? Do not engage the Ceph, fall back!" He shouts into the microphone. Several exterior sensors pivot and zoom, filling the screen with a hive corvette as it spins slowly to its side, its shuttle bays flexing open along its hull as the spindly, bulky shuttles emerge from their docks."S-sir, we're receiving a hail. Multi-frequency transmission." There is a garbled, chittering sound that falls into a form of speech, like a chorus collecting themselves into reading a script from chaos."The humans meddle in things beyond their means. You endanger us all with carelessness. We will fix. Remove yourselves from this world and keep your distance." The voices scatter again into meaningless chaos and chittering as the transmission is overloaded with static, then cuts off.Windsor begins frantically operating several other devices off screen. "Ground team!" He shouts. "Your time just ran out, multiple unknown alien contacts are inbound, shuttles are touching down now, get out, now!""Space fold detected! Multiple contacts, danger close, danger close! Evading!" The voice from the transport shouts as the fabric of spacetime begins to contort. A moment later, three sever ships unfold their forms, twisting until they are fully formed. Further out, blasts of radiation erupt in space as your reinforcements blink in.cont.
>>48270683Also all that good faith for saving the human marines
>>48270672Heretic knows nothing. He knows less than we do.
>>48270678I don't think we can do that. That's not how quantum entanglement works. Correct me if I'm wrong.
>>48270683I'm completely and all the way for taking action now, just not doing so in a way that reveals our every single advantage we've strived to keep the Union in the dark about!
>>48270678Not from such a vast distance, we'd have to be literally onboard their ship dumbass.
>>48270708Wow, they're trying to de-ass the area with a quickness.
>>48270708Oh goddammit. There we fucking go.
>>48270721>Heretic knows nothing>AI that was made during the war with the Crystals from the minds of the Skyl's best scientists with the purpose to continue the fight against the Crystals knows nothing about the Crystals
>>48270708>Windsor begins frantically operating several other devices off screen. "Ground team!" He shouts. "Your time just ran out, multiple unknown alien contacts are inbound, shuttles are touching down now, get out, now!"That delicious panic.
>>48270744...damn, that dude's chuggin' it.
>>48270747Compared to the hive, yes.Did you see their psionics experiments? They barely comprehended the most primitive of things.The Skyl were fumbling blindly in the dark.
>>48270722Well i just checked the description again and you may be right.By utilizing new advancements in quantum science, you can alter the particles of pre-existing hive made quantum relays to have them attune to another when it is within close proximity, allowing you to reuse relays that have been damaged or had their companion lost. While you feel this is not the greatest of technologies for the hive, you suspect it would be of great worth to any non-psionic life.I thought we could use our relay to connect to the ship's relay and sever the connection.>>48270735How do you know what the distance required is?
>>48270760>Did you see their psionics experiments? They barely comprehended the most primitive of things.>The Skyl were fumbling blindly in the dark.Are you confusing the humans with the Skyl anon? Show me the thread and the quote.
>>48270721Heretic is the most knowledgeable when it comes to the void crystals.>>48270723You're right, but it's too late now, we have more important things to worry about than hiding our advantages. Anyway, it might not be that bad, we can turn this around as a show of strength for future relations with the Union.
>>48270760I have to agree with the other guy. There is no arguing that the Skyl don't know a lot about these things.
>>48270708Wait, so we blinked in a backup fleet in at the same time as the Unity and Heretic?Why the fuck did we have the ship decloak and allow the Union the knowledge that we have that technology? Was there any fucking point to that?
>>48270798It didn't say anything about de-cloaking in their view.
>>48270779http://ask.fm/QuestDrone/answers/124206391077>All the recorded information about Slip drives are typically too vague to make proper research-worthy use of. It's like trying to figure out the specs for a car by reading a manual that claims you make it go forward by asking god to push.>>39889614>Between what Gilliam knows and what you know, you can safely say that the relics are the remains of Skyl attempts at unlocking the secrets of psionics themselves. The doctor was informed of them when he was assigned to the Path research lab, and he did not find them himself, nor does he know their source. While none of the artifacts he has seen hold anything of value to you, beyond knowing the limits of their research, you have no way of knowing if any more advanced devices exist where they found them.Their comprehension of psionics was vastly inferior to the hive's. You can't truly comprehend the crystals without understanding something as fundamental to their nature as tachyons.The only person more knowledgeable than us about void shards is the Obsidian Queen.
>>48270809It didn't say anything about a pulse of radiation either. Those were the same cloaked ships we had ready to land our drones on the planet the entire time.Goddammit, we literally just tipped our hand to the Union for absolutely no gain.
>>48270791The Sky worshipped them for years then joined with the hive to fight them the wight crystals were made with sky knologe of the void crystals how can you think the skyl know less then us most of what we no comes from the skyl
>>48270798...good point, but a little late, we can only hope they think we blinked of folded right next to them, but damn they are pissing their pants after this.
>>48270708Good thing Theseus is here, he can sever the Q-com and delete the footage of us.
>>482708131)It's just some random ancient artefacts, they do not encapsulate the entirety of skyl knowledge2)You don't need to know the exact mechanics of psionics to know all the horrifying ways the crystals can apply them.
>>48270747Yeah, I agree. The Skyl have experienced the full force of the Crystal's wrath and were enslaved by them (and had access to their tech) for countless years. We "may" know more academically (and even that is debatable), but Heretic has memories of these events and knows from firsthand accounts how the Crystals operate. I trust him/it on this.
>>48270813>you have no way of knowing if any more advanced devices exist where they found them.Right there.Also needing to know about psionics is not required to know about what the CRYSTALS themselves can do since not everything about them is reliant on psionics, especially the physical form of the Crystal itself.. The Skyl have been their slaves for millenia, they would have a good idea of what they can do.
>>48270809Are you retarded? What do you think happened then?
>>48270820We learned a lot about physics from Ancient Greece. That doesn't mean they knew more than we do.
>>48270820That's...Uhhh....That's what I'm saying. That the Skyl know the most. I agree with you.>>48270818I think your assuming too much, the rest of out ships will be blinking in. They will assume the same of that single ship, rather than think it was just cloaked.
>>48270849That it blinked in. Which is what they will assume even if it didn't.Time to go to bed friend.
Actually, I think the Union would be more preoccupied with THREE UNITY SERVER SHIPS WARPING IN and would probably have all their sensors pointed at those than the light bursts of our blink drives. That's not much but it's something
>>48270856Also it doesn't matter what they think the still won't be able to explain it or find our ships that our already in thier systems
>>48270820Experience is not the same as comprehension.The Ceph don't truly understand what it is they serve, either. The Skyl still considered themselves badass godkillers, right up until they died in the counterattack.
>>48270885True. Knowing I can cloak doesn't help you find me or even know when I am. Only we and Theseus currently can do that.
>discussion in Union command>"So these buggers are allied with Theseus? Damn, could it be any worse?!">"They could be allied with Confederation."
>>48270898But experience is still experience. They have had more contact with the crystals than we had plus whatever scraps of knowledge we pulled out from Mother and the previous queens.
>>48270708>pirates and smugglers in system, when this fills their comms and aliens ships start jumping in>There is a garbled, chittering sound that falls into a form of speech, like a chorus collecting themselves into reading a script from chaos.>"The humans meddle in things beyond their means. You endanger us all with carelessness. We will fix. Remove yourselves from this world and keep your distance." The voices scatter again into meaningless chaos and chittering as the transmission is overloaded with static, then cuts off.
>>48270908*Commonwealth fuck my memory
>>48270908>Damn, could it be any worse?!">Another, previously unknown machine intelligence joins the party.
>>48270924What next?>Black Queen shows up
>>48270927And prom's tomorrow!
>>48270927>this day can't get any fucking better!
>>48270708"Get the fuck out of there!" Windsor shouts, knocking his chair back as he stands over his desk. "You have incoming mechanicals! goddamn, fall back to the shuttle and get out of there!"The server ships slowly accelerate towards the planet, shedding ships from the hull in layers as swarms of drones emerge in sheets, firing off formation after formation from hundreds of small launch tubes along its smooth armored hull."Sir, we're nearly at the command centre, I can see the entrance from here!" Someone says over the sound of weapons fire. Windsor pushes his earpiece against his head with a finger. He waits a moment before speaking."Your call. I don't know if you have enough time to get out now as it is." A man in a lab coat sprints across the call, his head splitting open with a burst of automatic fire. Another human leans out and fires a pistol down the hall as the wall around him disintegrates into a fine powder, and his body twitches as blood splatters along the wall."Keep to cover and move up!" He says as the squad move down the hall. One of the marines kneels down by the body to examine it."Jesus. Are you seeing this?" He says. The helmet cam doesn't get a good angle of it as the squad leader kneels down himself."Command, he have two more bodies. Looks like staff, but... there's something inside their heads. My god, it looks like something froze their brain." Windsor squints, his eyes shifting from one screen to another."What?" He asks. The helmet cam adjusts itself deliberately, lowering to look at the body. The skull is cracked open, and the brain is partially crystallized, cloudy shards of what looks like a dark quartz covered in blood embedded in the brain, the shape following the curves of the brain itself, as if the brain had been frozen solid, then smashed against the floor."Multiple contacts, signatures across the planet! The whole damn world's lighting up!" Someone shouts from the ship as it dances in circles in its orbit. cont.
>>48270966inb4 the Demo things are attracted to EM signatures and everything powered is a buffet sign to them
>>48270966Fuck the crystals are now just infecting humansWas this a set up?
>>48270943The Admiral is our escort.
>>48270966https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpgyRjHJp-k>THE AI ARE GOING DOWN IN THE FIRST WAVE, YOU KILL ANYTHING PARTLY CRYSTALLIZED. IF IT TWITCHES YOU PUT TWO ROUNDS IN IT. DO YOU GET ME?
>>48270775>when it is within close proximityYou just posted it.
>>48270834What? Windsor literally already saw it.And quantum scrambler warheads have to hit the target before they sever anything. Too late for that.
>>48270966The surface of Tenebris begins to cover in motes of light. Mountains fold open and deserts erupt into columns of sand as hidden docking facilities emerge across the surface. Battered looking ships, broadcasting either no ID at all, some stolen civilian hull number that doesn't even come close to matching, or an ID so old it pre-dates the Commonwealth, all lurching into the air at dangerous speeds, rocketing into orbit and away from the planet. A few formations, nearly three dozen corvette sized craft covered in mismatched shuttle bays and flanked by formations of fighters swarm up from the surface and throw themselves at one of the server ships, launching missiles and filling the space in front of them with weapons fire.>Have your fleets engage the attacking pirates>Ignore the pirates and focus on launching shuttles>Other
>>48270834The information transfer is instantaneous. They have already seen us, as well as the infected brain.
>>48271047>Ignore the pirates and focus on launching shuttles
>>48271018Windsor also saw crystallized human brains...he knows to suspect we are coming down there with a fucking good reason.And not a moment too late. We can't let anyone get out of that planet and return to human space.
>>48270966Well at least Windsor saw what happens when you mess with crystals.
>>48270966>cloudy shards of what looks like a dark quartz covered in blood embedded in the brain, the shape following the curves of the brain itself, as if the brain had been frozen solid, then smashed against the floor.Oh fuck no.
>>48271047>Ignore the pirates and focus on launching shuttlesWe need to seal the door, they only want to slow us down.
>>48271047>Ignore the pirates and focus on launching shuttlesContinue broadcasting warnings to disengage.
>>48271047...wait, the hell's going on here?>Get the shuttles launched, provide as much cover fire as possible.
>>48271047>>Ignore the pirates and focus on launching shuttlesThese wrecks can't take on a server ship.>>48271061It's just a bunch of stupid pirates. They aren't infected or anything.
>>48271047>>Ignore the pirates and focus on launching shuttles>>Have Theseus and Heretic deal with the Pirates
>>48271047>Ignore the pirates and focus on launching shuttlesSend what we can to Theusus without endangering the transports/ground forces. Begin surgical orbital strikes against those creatures
>>48270820Are you having a stroke?
>>48271047>>Ignore the pirates and focus on launching shuttlesWhere's Heretic?
>>48271047>Ignore the pirates and focus on launching shuttlesMaybe have Theseus broadcast a picture of the crystallized brain to them, cause a government leak.
>>48271094Probably on his way with the rip drive powering up. A better question is where is Elizabeth.
>>48271047>Ignore the pirates and focus on launching shuttlesNo way those pirates can take down a fully equipped server ship, much less three of them. Theseus will let us know if he needs any help. We have plenty of assets in the area if necessary. Right now we need to get on the ground and shut down the facility safely.
>>48271047Fuck, I really hope Void gods only affected people inside the facility, because otherwise there gonna be cults popping up like skin cancer after those pirate ships spread in other systems.>Have your fleets engage the attacking pirates>Other Order them to return to surface or be destroyed.We should let Theseus get his troops inside as fast as possible, we just need speaker to talk marines down from trying to slow us down.
>>48271047>>Have your fleets engage the attacking piratesWe got them into this shitshow, we're obligated help out our allies.
>>48271138We should use a speaker or Elizabeth. Isn't she going down to the facility (under heavy guard) to help shut things down.
>>48271154She fucking better, the machines probably have no clue on what to do.
>>48271055Who gives a shit. The point is the secret of cloaking is out of the bag.We could have waited until they broke into the command center and discovered the horrors within, the crystal brains and all, but no. Panic at the disco for no good reason, when the marines were and still are making progress inside to the heart of the matter.
>>48271180Honestly, it's not an extremely big deal unless they start to figure out how to detect us. With Heretic showing up and the Commonwealth in war, as well as our own infiltration, we're going to ensure that they do not gain cloaking detection capabilities. It was going to come out sooner or later anyway. The only thing they are going to do is shit their pants in panic for a while.
>>48271047>Ignore the pirates and focus on launching shuttlesThe server ships open several large hangar doors, and floods of Skyl strike craft pour from the open maws. Spacetime twists and contorts as a singularity forms within an approaching formation of the pirate ships, and the lead vessel is pulled back, curling around the event horizon as shards of hull fragments hurl away, slamming into the ships behind it as it spaghettifies and vanishes into the singularity, crumpling into an infinitesimal point in space before vanishing from the perceivable universe. Another, larger ship is snapped in half like a stick as a kinetic impactor catches its side, cracking its hull like styrofoam and sending its shield cap spinning into its own power tap, the two impacting like a water balloon bursting as the cap cracks open, its contents flash freezing into a cloud of ice in an instant and sending hull fractures sprinting across the cap as the water expands in an instant. A moment later, the entire wreck scatters, then quickly begins to orbit its engineering section. Several fighters spiral into the debris as the ship devours itself in a brief bout of cannibalism.The skyl ships dive and weave through the formations, ripping into them with their autocannons and sending the shrapnel of their hulls raining against the server ship's hull. Missiles ignite as they impact, popping in the vacuum of space with sudden, rapid atomic flashes that send rippling scorch marks running along the hull of the server ship, splits in the armor leaking fragments of internal machinery.The server ships continue to lurch forward, entering a low orbit of the tiny world, smashing through more of the damaged pirate ships as they cascade over shields or plunge into meter thick armor plates, scattering themselves across the surface in powdery plumes.cont.
>>48271180Yeah we fucked up with cloaking, but we could not wait any longer, no one knew when the bell was going to ring.Also we were gonna attack scavengers with Commonwealth anyway, hard to keep secrets from someone you fight with, so the cloaking was tend to be revealed one of these days.As other anon says. >>48271199
>>48271073Defending against the mad machine menace that's here to kill us all.
>>48271207What the fuck are those "pirates" doing?
>>48271235Inferior tech and tactics vs. superior tech and tactics.
>>48271235probably shitting their pants, a battle fleet out of nowhere showed up.
>>48271243The question is WHYTHEFUCK are they attacking godsdamn capital ships.(Distraction by void-infecteds, obviously. We'll need some corpses. Take proper HD photos of the brains and show commonwealth "THIS IS WHAT FUCKING WITH CRYSTALS DOES TO YOU.")
>>48271235Being suicidal which weird Let's hope they ain't void infected
>>48271207They really didn't have a chance.
>>48271263>probably shitting their pants, a battle fleet out of nowhere showed up.Proper reaction would be direct the anus in the direction of the fleet and fly away propelled by the stream of extruded bricks.Like what all the REST of the planet's population is doing.
>>48271274these are the cocaine pirates.
>>48271199It's a big fucking deal because now they can figure out when we're entering a system, so even if they don't know exactly where we are now they will know that when we are at least present. That's a huge fucking blow to our ability to move undetected.
>>48271310Cloaking and the radiation from the blink drive after entering the system have nothing to do with each other. They're separate technologies.
>>48271310They won't necessarily make the connection between the blink drives and radiation bursts immediately. To be fair, we were pushing it a lot and it's only a matter of time before someone got suspicious.
>>48271331let him freak out
>>48271207The server ships settle into their orbits as the shuttles they launched begin to land with your own, and they start to fire drop pods after them. Your shuttles land along the roof, and the drones pour out, ripping into the walls and shredding through the airlocks. It does not take long for you to find more of the survivors, your drones ripping in through the upper layers instead of creeping their way through the corridors near the landing pads and docking bays. Theseus's own shuttles land along similar positions, using umbilicals to connect to the walls and cut through to the interior.Your drones pour into a hallway as humans fire weapons further down the hall. The walls are quickly shredded by high caliber weapons, reducing the technicians to a fine mist as a large, two meter tall machine stomps its way into view, its large eye cluster scanning the area, aiming its large weapon arms at your swarm for a moment before it lets out a polite beep and continues on, chewing into the resistance with its chainguns glowing with heat. In another, a spherical drone hovers as its thrusters burst and flutter, its rapid fire lasers quickly turning bunks and eating rooms into smoldering slag, their scanners sweeping every room systematically.Theseus sends you a quick ping."It has been recommended by Heretic that all humans who have potentially been in contact with the facility's artifact for a period no longer than one week be terminated to prevent the risk of mental contamination." He says calmly. This was after my questioning for details after his initial recommendation of planet wide extermination.">Have your drones focus on finding the reactor>Have your drones help clear the facility>Other (write in)>>48271235Rolling 1s...
>>48271180Yep. Anons completely and spectacularly screwed the pooch this time round. FFS, they could have taken virtually ANY OTHER OPTION that would have at least kept some of our abilities in the bag.
People sure are energetic today. I need to sleep though. Good luck.
>>48271346>>Have your drones help clear the facilityKill everything bigger than a cat sized lithovore.
>>48271346>Have your drones focus on finding the reactorWe gotta shut it down.We can drop a fucking nuke on the facility afterwords.
>>48271352I am energized by the salt generated from the incredibly short term thinking of most of this playerbase. Like, Jesus people, come on.
>>48271346>>Have your drones focus on finding the reactor
>>48271346>>Have your drones focus on finding the reactorBoth issues are important, but I feel this one is more time critical.We can clean up everything afterwards.
>>48271364I don't quite agree with you, anon. I think that even creatures smaller than that can carry a potential risk. No, I believe that we should just burn everything. Burn it all to the ground.
>>48271346>Have your drones focus on finding the reactorI'm not sure how Heretic and Theseus will feel with Elizabeth being in the fray. Keep her away unless absolutely necessary, lest she get infected and become even more the queen of blades than she already was.
>>48271346>drones find the reactor
>>48271375most of the "fun" choices get made when all the normal Americans are asleep; you can't blame us for this.
>>48271403You calling me not normal? I have off today you ass.
>>48271346>Have your drones focus on finding the reactor.
>>48271346>Have your drones focus on finding the reactorYour drones swarm over the facility, running like water through the halls as your drones rip through doors and break down walls on their way to the command center, where your best guess to the location of the reactor is, although even if it isn't there, finding it is just a matter of time.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 31 (1d100)>>48271411
Rolled 3 (1d100)>>48271411[screeching noises]
Rolled 36 (1d100)>>48271411This roll brought to you by FormOther.
>>48271346>Have your drones focus on finding the reactorWe have to get power back to contain the situation.
Rolled 83 (1d100)>>48271411FOR MOTHER
>>48271346>Have your drones focus on finding the reactorThe away team was about to enter the main area where the artifact is stored>been in contact with the facility's artifact for a period no longer than one weekDon't you mean longer than a week?
>>48271422FUCK I WAS FIVE SECONDS TOO SLOW
>>48271418>>48271419>>48271420well fuck, you didn't say the thing.>>48271422you said the thing.
>>48271418>>48271419>>48271420>>48271422Well that was a complete shitshow. Good job, team.
>>48271375I wasn't happy with making friends, I wanted us to take this arm of the galaxy by storm. I also wanted us to kill Lyle, not mess with clones, etc. And just now I lost another few votes. I'm not upset though, you just have to take what comes. It's the nature of a cooperative game. I used to yell that they were all bloody morons and accuse people of cheating the vote, but that's part of what killed my favorite games.
>>48271427>>48271431>>48271432I'm sorry anons
I thought we worked on this guys.
>>48271433And HQQ is much better for it.
>>48271427>>48271431>>48271432Good thing FormOther provides better quality ship drives than it does rolls, right guys?
We should ask Heretic about that crystal brain in the human we saw
>>48271411Weren't we following along with the marines who knew the layout and location of everything? Or did they not know where the reactor was either?I swear, drones couldn't find water in an ocean.
>>48271513The marines didn't get to the reactor and were following different route of entry entirely.So the best we can do is extrapolate the rough location.
>>48271522Maybe we should have tasked extrapolating to thinkers instead of flies.
>>48271411You watch as the helmet cameras of the marines quickly descend into chaos. One of the eyeless, hulking creatures crawls over a heavy weapon robot, stabbing it and ripping into it as the robot's weapons rip into its hide. The marines fire at both of them, unsure who is the most pressing threat as they run down the halls, debris flying through the air as robotic drones fly and march their way through the facility.The other team continues forward, pressing through more armed staff until they reach the doors."You have no idea what you're doing!" A voice says through the intercom. The marines begin placing breaching charges along the door. "There is already no escape for you, no way for you to get out before the monsters follow you in." Emmerich's voice is raspy through the speakers. "They will break in through the opening you left, and they will devour you, body and soul. All you can do now is hold them off, and hope the gateway can be opened before they consume you."Several wasps swarm through the open elevator doors, and several warriors rip open the damaged doors, tearing them free from the wall as they widen the gap and pour into the hall."Hold this door!" Emmerich shouts from the speaker. "There is more at risk here than you could possibly imagine!">Attack the marines>Ignore the marines, charge the door>Attempt to speak with the marines>Other (write in)
>>48271548>Attempt to speak with the marines
>>48271548>>Other (write in)Deploy Dr. Vaughn.
>>48271548>>Attempt to speak with the marines
>>48271548>Ignore the marines, charge the door
>>48271565Oho, nice idea, maybe
>>48271548>>Ignore the marines, charge the door>>Attempt to speak with the marines
>>48271548>Attempt to speak with the marines"We're not here for you, the madman must be stopped lest all universal life will die."Better if Elizabeth shows up out of nowhere and does the speaking, but that's the gist of it.
>>48271548>Attempt to speak with the marines"Do not trust the one who wishes to be enslaved by a god, you have seen the horror the artifact has caused, imagine if it were to spread to the civilians, the chaos and damage would be immeasurable.
>>48271548>Attempt to speak with the marinesRadio?
>>48271548>charge the door>Attempt to speak with the marinesYou saw what happened to the people of this facility, same will happen to you if you man who caused all this.Move aside, only contamined will be destroyed, you are not one of them.Breach the door and let us fix this.
>>48271548>Deploy Sedative pheromones.>Charge the door.And get a cryo spray ready for that freaky monster thing.
>>48271548>Attempt to speak with the marines>Send a speaker drone>Send Elizabeth>Transmit using radio>Other
>>48271597>>Send a speaker drone>>Send ElizabethHave the speaker speak for the hive and have Elizabeth act as a negotiator.
>>48271597>Transmit using radio
>>48271597>Send ElizabethLet's see our little Kerrigan in action.
>>48271597>Send Elizabeth>Transmit using radio
>>48271597>Transmit using radioOn second thought, they will likely shoot at Elizabeth. Also the peanut gallery back in the Union will get to see her, which is undesirable.
>>48271597>>Transmit using radio>>48271606>>48271609Hold on guys"YOu are too important, don't go!""Well alright, but stay in orbit""Get on the front lines double time"
>48271597>Transmit using radio
>>48271597Hard choices, if they see Elizabeth with all her extra arms and stuff they are gonna freak out..>Transmit using radio>Let Elizabeth speak
>>48271618Didn't their ship move away yet? They shouldn't be seeing what's going on anymore.
>>48271627She can hide all of those augs easily, she proved it herself once.
>>48271629Good question, we're inside the head of the person who's seeing the video feed, no reason we can't know.
>>48271639Anything more than a cursory glance will reveal her to be heavily augmented.Like, ok, it would be cool if she were to debut, but maybe let's not blow our entire load right now. (I've already voted, just explaining further.)
>>48271639Didn't she just lay the antenna and extra arms flat against herself while the rest of the external augments were still plainly visable?
>>48271639It's not just about the augs, she will be exposing herself to the crystal/portal. She can't defend her mind.
>>48271597>>Send a speaker droneThey can read the marines' mind.
>>48271597>Transmit using radioAnd lastly, from the additional write ins.>Speak yourself over radio (write in)>Have Elizabeth speak over radio>Other (write in)
>>48271689>Have Elizabeth speak over radio
>>48271689>have elizable speak over the radio
>>48271679The entire reason she insisted on coming in person is because she would be safer from any psionic warfare than us.
>>48271689>Have Elizabeth speak over radioalso, new thread today or will we be ending soon?
>>48271689>Have Elizabeth speak over radioThis is an acceptable compromise.
>>48271689>>Speak yourself over radio (write in)Emmerich has been compromised. His brain crumbles under the effects that have driven the humans here mad and rebellious. We must put him down before he opens his gate and sucks us all into the void.
>>48271689>>Have Elizabeth speak over radioI'm interested in seeing if Emmerich remembers her.
>>48271689>both?You saw what happened to the people of this facility, same will happen to you if you follow madman who caused all this.Move aside, only contamined will be destroyed, you are not one of them.Breach the door and let us fix this, there is no need to die here.>Have Elizabeth speak over radio
>>48271715Oh shit I forgot that they have history, don't they.That just makes it more delicious.
>>48271689>>Speak yourself over radio
>>48271689>Have Elizabeth speak over radioAnd that, I am sad to say, will need to be the opening for the next thread. It's about 4:30 here, and we're slipping to page 10. I think I'll need to call it here as I'm too tired to trust myself to write worth a crap at the moment.I'll try to stick around for as long as I can remain awake for any questions, comments, feedback, ect.
>>48271689>speak yourself over radio>"The human warriors are still uncontaminated. Run. Flee. None will chase you. None will question your bravery. Please run. Please."
>>48271751Ayyy east coast baby. Sleep good QD and thanks for the run
>>48271751I love you, bye
>>48271751Is the relay still broadcasting everything back to Union HQ?
>>48271766>>48271783Thanks for playing!Now don't hold me to this, but if I can manage to find the time, I may, possibly be able to squeeze in another thread before Sunday and finish up your raid on the facility, although at this rate I doubt I'll be able to get much done regarding the system charts this week.
>>48271751Thanks for writing anyway QD
>>48271806Yes, although the helmet cam footage is really grainy and poor due to all the nonsense going on. Otherwise the ship is only broadcasting what it sees, which is currently the ships landing on the planet. Disrupting the radio transmissions between the marines and the ship would be much easier than trying to cut off the Q-comms of the ship itself, should you wish to do so.
Thanks for running QD.>>48271811Hell Yeah! Looking forward to it. There is never enough HQQ.>I doubt I'll be able to get much done regarding the system charts this weekThat's OK, it can wait. More HQQ is always worth it.
>>48271751Good night QD! Thanks for running.
>>48266896Bless your lewd heart anon.
>>48271824>Disrupting the radio transmissions between the marines and the shipVoting in favour of this.
>>48271824>Disrupting the radio transmissions between the marines and the ship would be much easier than trying to cut off the Q-comms of the ship itself, should you wish to do so.Naah, we need their command shouting at them to GTFO.
>>48271824Oh yes, I guess there is that.All the humans in the area have to be recycled for safety reasons anyway.
>>48271824Sure, can the disruption of radio transmissions happen before any of our drones were caught on camera?
>>48271811>>48271824>I haven't drawn shit like this since 2014Goddamn I want to continue again but my skills have probably deteriorated to shit.
>>48271751That was awesome thread, nothing makes the day, like terrifying the shit out of humans.
>>48271839>Naah, we need their command shouting at them to GTFO.They already did, and the Union already knows everything we want them to know, so disrupting radio transmissions is a good idea so that they don't learn anything more.
>>48271860All they're getting is footage for a reboot of Alien movie franchise.
>>48271839He is screaming on his radio like a german kid getting killed in an mmo. The situation has very quickly shot far past the point of reasonable planning and is currently hitting the Godzilla Threshold as far as the human's are concerned.>>48271838I'll be sure to hold that vote in the next thread, certainly.>>48271856You won't know if you don't try.
>>48271811>but if I can manage to find the time, I may, possibly be able to squeeze in another thread before SundayIs this like the best month ever for HQQ or what?
>>48271872Inbetween school, and trying my own hand at GMing and writing, it probably is shit. Hell I still have that WIP of the wasp which I stopped because I wasn't satisfied with the results
>>48271883Trying to do my best to make up for all the time spent on the hiatus.>>48271906Aw shit, that looks great!
>>48271824This is gonna sound iffy, but I bet if you made a Patreon or something, people would toss you money.
>>48271924While I am enough of a believer in the free market to be totally okay with people using patreon, since it's your right to donate your money to whatever or whoever you want, I personally just don't like the idea of accepting money to run a game. It would feel like dirty money somehow. Like it would in some way taint the otherwise fun experience of running.It's weird, since I can't really think of a logical reason, I don't even mind other QMs doing it, but the idea of doing it myself just rubs me the wrong way.
>>48271922>Aw shit, that looks great!I'll give absolutely no guaranteesbut i want to please Mother
Do we have enough psychically opaque material to wrap up the artifact, and transport it to wherever?Can we have a planet cracker (continent cracker) prepared in case we fuck up and need to nuke the site from orbit?
>>48271906You even got inverse blades, nice work man.
An idea I had for our human ambassador drone when and if we decide to further specialize it.Instead of making a speaker drone from whole cloth as we've traditionally done, make a pre-mod clone of Elizabeth, and then hybridize that with our Queen-Clone. The goal being a drone as articulate and well spoken as Elizabeth, with the regal visual elements of the Queen.Human face and vocal chords, but with the Queen's distinctive chitin and royal wings. Bipedal for convenience of interacting in human space with human furniture.Thoughts?
>>48272217>Human face and vocal chords, but with the Queen's distinctive chitin and royal wings. Bipedal for convenience of interacting in human space with human furniture.That's dipping way too deep in the uncanny valley anon.
>>48272217Yeeeaaah, I think if it's going to be talking to other people it should look like either a hive drone or a normal human being. And under no circumstances use Elizabeth' genes as a template for either templates, that will terrify the shit out of anyone who deals with them.
>>48272217Might be a little uncanny valley. Better to keep our ambassadors bugs.
>>48272217Nope.No digging uncanny valleys.We're spacebugs. They accept us as spacebugs.
I can think of it not being uncanney valley, but I'm not a good enough artist or writer to actually depict it. Oh well.
>>48272314Are you talking about a monstergirl type of merger between Drone and Elizabeth body structures? Because while that would be hilarious I really don't see how it work.
>>48271957Instead of thinking of it as pay think of it as funds to do other shit, like commission art or a fallback if you have to take a day off work due to running the quest.
>>48271957This is just getting paid for writing.Nobody thinks most writers don't enjoy and have fun writing their books, right? Same deal.
>2 Hive Queen Quest Threads this weekThis was a good day.