A small security camera watches an office. People in business suits rush from office to office with papers and data pads in hand as others work over videos and photos on computer terminals. View screens cover the walls, showing news coverage of hundreds of different channels and agencies across Union space, and almost instantly they cut to static. The workers stop, like drones cut off from their queen, looking at the wall of static as an emergency sign appears with a loud monotone beep apologizing for technical difficulties. The people look around, confused, as their own devices loose interstellar service as their various comm relay service providers suddenly cease to function.Then they do again. The computers show alerts flashing on their screens, and data pads and phones chime with mail alerts. The camera zooms in as they fumble in confusion and a man walks out from an office labeled with the title “Editor in Chief” in bold letters.“What's going on?” He asks. “Anyone have service?”“Nothing outside the system.” Someone replies as they read over various notifications displayed on holograms and handheld screens. The Editor pulls out his own handheld data pad, and flips through notifications of his own.“These are gag orders.” He says with confusion. “From the BFI office. What the hell is going on?” 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
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AHAHAHAHAHAHA Twitter is useful! holy hell... I am using a social media for it's thingy instead of just the promotions... QuestDrone... I did not realize this until just now...
>>48295929Fuck you do both. Took the turks long enough.
I Just realised that mith tachion telekinesis we'll finaly have true Jedis.
>>48295904>people are losing connection elsewhere in the galaxyIs the shitshow on Tenebris fucking spreading?Are we now vindicated in throwing a massive goddamn termiteantmoth shitfit?
>>48295970No, these are orders coming from the BFI. This is just good old human bureaucracy in action.
>>48295970I'm pretty sure it's because there are three server ships over a distant military base that's conducting a secret project, and an unknown alien species is with them. Union is in a ton of shit.
>>48296018>three server shipsDon't they shit themselves whenever there's just 1?
>>48295904>>48295904“Put your weapons down and stand aside!” The voice crackles over the radios of the marines as they look around in confusion. “You have no idea what you are dealing with or what danger this facility has placed us all in. The entire sector is at risk!”Elizabeth stands in front of the towering relay, the massive command brain of your ship humming at the back of the large chamber. Control consoles grown from bone and chitin stand around her, for convenience more than necessity. Skin is stretched tight between the outstretched bone limbs, offering a screen as the skin's color shifts to show the surface of the dark, sunless world and the blurred images of the drones' stitched together into a shifting, foggy mosaic of the hallway where the marines stand.Lightyears away, Windsor continues to spread his attention across his desk as phones ring and assistances pester him off screen. He holds three earphones up to his head at once as he watches the screen.>Have your ships attempt to jam the radio communications between the marines and their transport>Attack the transport to cut off the quantum communications connection>Allow both to continue broadcasting>Other (write in)
>Attack the transport to cut off the quantum communications connectionSO MUCH HAPPENING TODAY
>>48296108>Allow both to continue broadcastingWe've already started on "don't kill ALL the humans" route.Nuking the transport would just strand them there to die or by crystallised and /then/ die.Cutting radio makes no difference if we're letting the marines walk away.
>>48296108>>Attack the transport to cut off the quantum communications connectionWe should have waited slightly to intervene and blown it up immediately to cut the feed as soon as the full horror of the situation was realized by the humans.
>>48296108>Allow both to continue broadcasting
>>48296108>>Allow both to continue broadcastingWe gonna go LIVE and we are gonna go LOUD
>>48296108>Other:>Board the transport and destroy the goddamn quantum communications.
>>48296108>>Allow both to continue broadcasting
>>48296108>>Have your ships attempt to jam the radio communications between the marines and their transport>>Attack the transport to cut off the quantum communications connectionWindsor has seen enough, we don't want him aware of Elizabeth.
>>48296108>Have your ships attempt to jam the radio communications between the marines and their transport
>>48296167This is only being broadasted to Windsor, no one is going to know about this that he doesn't want anyway.
>>48296108>Allow both to continue broadcastingThe time has come>>48296183Why not? What the fuck are they going to do about it? They'll find out about her when we give back the prisoners we captured in the expanse.
>>48296153Like hell we did. There's no routelock in place. We may purge all that may be tainted.
>>48296194Can thesus hijack it then and start broadcasting it? I am sure that he would get a good chuckle out of it.
>>48296167For what possible reason?He's seen all he needs to see to terrify him from this field of research. This is our business now. There is no reason to allow the humans to keep talking.
>>48296108>Allow both to continue broadcastingYou watch as the marine vessel continues its evasive maneuvers in spite of being ignored. It has pulled itself away as far back as it can while still being in range of the marine's radios. You doubt you would be able to board it easily, although you could still try.>Demand the vessel hold position and prepare to be boarded, and attempt to disable it otherwise>Allow it to continue in its current position>Other
>>48296239Ther is also no reason to not let him know, why expand resurces on blinding the humans that could attack the void crystals slaves?
>>48296199Because there's no point. Those marines cannot be allowed to return to the Union, for what purpose to we want to allow them to identify our greatest researcher to the Union's spymaster? All that does is tell the Union that the crew of the Hope is still alive before we intend to send them back.
>>48296108>>Allow both to continue broadcasting>Start making cracks to Windsor about how the Union are terrible parents, but don't worry, their son will clean up their mess. Again.
>>48296108>>Attack the transport to cut off the quantum communications connection>>48296174That would defeat most of the point of cutting off communications, genius. It's really slow and highly visible.Just blow it up.
>>48296255>Demand the vessel hold position and prepare to be boarded, and attempt to disable it otherwise
>>48296255>>OtherDemand the transport settle the fuck down and get ready to collect its marines
>>48296255>>Demand the vessel hold position and prepare to be boarded, and attempt to disable it otherwiseNot your boat anymore humans.
>>48296239>He's seen all he needs to see to terrify him from this field of research>a previously unknown alien race>allied with Unity>both going full purge on a research facility>this wont make him curious in the least about what implications this tech has
>>48296255>Allow it to continue in its current position>Start making cracks to Windsor about how the Union are terrible parents, but don't worry, their son will clean up their mess. Again.
>>48296199>when we give back the prisonersOr we can just not do that. We could do it, but we don't have to. Don't lock us into that decision ahead of time.Officially, Vaughn must be dead to those prisoners too. A 'complication' from something she contracted on Raligha.No one can ever see this ultra cyber augmented science bitch with antenna in her head again.
>Allow it to continue in its current position so it can collect its marines Let them feel the fear of being a small cog in something far far greater. Just gotta make sure to not make them fire on us.
I completely missed last thread, fug.
>>48296265Because that flies in the face of what we've been trying to do this entire quest and ruins any chance for a reveal at an even MORE politically precarious point for the Union's governing council. >>48296286No, just no. We can't let those marines out no matter what happens, they could have been contaminated by the void.
>>48296255>Allow it to continue in its current positionBut make it clear that if they attempt to flee or take any hostile action then they'll have to submit to boarding.
>>48296255>Allow it to continue in its current position
>>48296265Please explain what resources would be lost, crystals-attacking-wise.Jamming costs literally nothing.Ship to ship combat costs literally nothing in terms of ground troops, which are the ones busy attacking the facility.It doesn't even qualify as a distraction for the hive.
>>48296255>>Demand the vessel hold position and prepare to be boarded, and attempt to disable it otherwise
>>48296328We screen them first. Wasn't it said last thread to kill anyone that'd been exposed for more than a week? These guys have been there for a like 2 hours
>>48296255>Demand the vessel hold position and prepare to be boarded, and attempt to disable it otherwise.
>>48296328>ImplyingHeretic went from demanding a full planet-wide extermination of all life to just insisting that all life in contact with the Shard for more than a week be eradicated. We've not known Heretic to under-react thus far, so we can be pretty sure that the Crystal Gods need more time than the Marines have spent to infect someone...unless they've learned new tricks since the Skyl's days, anyway.
>>48296316Geez, we're not a fledgling Hive any more, we don't need to furiously cover up any and all evidence of every little thing we do in this quest.
>>48296305He already saw the SCARIEST POSSIBLE THING, it changed human brains into crystals and made them betray his orders.Thatf it attracts powerful enemies makes it more mysterious but the cost of touching it has already become unacceptable and counterproductive.
>>48296255>Allow it to continue in its current positionMake it clear that we'll ruin their day if they try something hostile.
>>48296378We've already expended so much time and effort that it makes sense to continue the effort, putting it off just makes it easier to subvert the Union using espionage.
>>48296361Bitch how do we screen them.We don't even understand how the fuck that happened.We have to treat it like rabies. The only way to diagnose them is to kill them and dissect their skull.
>>48296255>Demand the vessel hold position and prepare to be boarded, and attempt to disable it otherwisePlease roll 1d100, best of 3.
>>48296469barbaric, we don#t have to kill them to dissect their skulls!
>>48296374We barely know Heretic at all. What he's done so far in the past, like, two weeks, hardly counts for much, when neither he nor we actually understand the enemy's limits, if they exist.
Rolled 96 (1d100)>>48296476Because I wanted to use that image.>>48296482For Mother
Rolled 11 (1d100)>>48296482
>>48296404Huh? There would have been no time lost. The actions occur simultaneously.
Rolled 38 (1d100)>>48296482for Mother
Rolled 39 (1d100)>>48296482FOR MOTHER!
Rolled 25 (1d100)>>48296482
>>48296492I'd kiss ya if i wasn't so drunk anon
>>48296515The hive has organs for that. Proceed anyway.
>>48296492Nice job anon, nice job.
>>48296436If we were talking about our stealthed hives or something like that I'd agree with you, but this isn't subterfuge, we're taking overt military action against their outpost during our first official contact. If Elizabeth could have made this encounter bloodless then her discovery would have been a worthy price.Hell, it could even have made it easier to pull the wool over their eyes since human/xeno first contact has almost always been violent.
>>48296573It's an important distinction however that in both this contact and the previous one where we played the rocksmashers, we are clearly attempting to render aid, regardless of whether humanity wants it.
>>48296679And that's how we'll spin it. Slapping the hand of a child off the stove. It stings, but not as badly as the burn would've.
We will be opening official diplomacy as soon as this is done anyway. We've been meant to for a while now. Open it with every party (exlucing ceph) and try to make it look like we arnt psyonic to the general populance.
>>48296679More like cauterizing the wound. We're not doing this to help the Union so much as forcibly stop them from fucking up so hard, lethal force is still on the table.
>>48296573I wonder if the ship will transmit something to the groundteams along the lines of "Pleasseeeeeee don't piss them off." before we board.
>>48296492Love you mother.
>>48296704Fuck no we won't. It still pays to infiltrate the Union's worlds without officially alerting them to our existence, and the Union has so far done nothing to show themselves as worthwhile as a peaceful partner in the interstellar order.
>>48296679That's the plan, though if you consider their limited perspective who would blame them for assuming we have other, less benign motives? The obvious one would be to maintain a monopoly on a superweapon tech.For this reason I think it worth making this intervention as palatable as possible for the Union, unless they do something stupid like try to stop us.
>>48296515But our study of human social interactions says that should just make you kiss them more!
>>48296729But we could conquer Dagmar from them.We really do need to add more resource nodes to mine, and that one hardly has humans on it yet.And we have blackmail to make them bend to our tune.
>>48296753Which is why we should wait until we see how their war with the Commonwealth pans out first. When the moment is right we declare our existence and our support for the Commonwealth, and together we start hammering the Union on two fronts and politically force them to give up resources and territory/recognize our claims. Don't forget the Union still believes it controls the entire expanse while we fully intend on claiming at least half of it.
>Media Blackouts and gag ordersThis makes me want to initiate one anon's plan of jumping a battleground right into Gemini. Perhaps with the ships currently participating in the operation on Tenebris after we've concluded things. Let's see them suppress THAT first contact.
>>48296753>blackmailBear in mind we can whip up a solid batch of Mega-Ebola in a lazy afternoon.If they threaten/fuck with us, we simply bring cold season early to prove a point. And that point is: "Don't fuck with us or we'll rip your immune system out."
>>48296813Would actually be hillarious and educational to see how they deal with such a threat.Their quarrantine efforts might come in handy if they have parts we didnt even consider.
>>48296795Imagine a shared Hive/Commonwealth border, with beautiful terraformed hive worlds, with landside and orbital resorts for Commonwealth citizens to reside in, joint research agreements and mutual defense agreements.
>>48296573>>48296679Yeah, if we can make this relatively bloodless we should. We are powerful enough we don't have to kill everything to hide out actions. It's time to take a big boy seat at the diplomatic table and to do this most effectively we should take pains to appear in as positive a light as is reasonably possible.
>>48296801Don't tempt me like that, anon.I wonder if offering humanity immortality in exchange for Killinger no questions asked would make him sweat?
>>48296841We could probably threaten the Union or cow them into ceasing hostilities towards the Commonwealth for at least a while, so all three empires can turn their eyes towards the greater threat being the Obsidian Queen and her void gods.
>>48296838Lots more human mercs to hire and put in biopower armor for Lyle to boss around.
>>48296837Imagine if mother put in a "kill" switch when mucking about with human DNA thousands of years ago and we happen to find it. Good luck quarantining that.
>>48296858We can probably make a compelling argument that our species was almost driven to extinction by this threat, and we only took the space of weeks to be strong enough to threaten human worlds a sector over. They band together with us or die.
>>48296378There is no reason not to put off waking up the prisoners form their coma for another year. The cost of keeping them alive is so negligible we don't track it anymore.Vaughn's current state and alterations would make her an invaluable research subject for the Union to get their claws on, so we should just make sure she doesn't exist anymore as far as they're concerned. Leave them no questions to ask and wonder about.Because them studying and dissecting Vaughn would appear to be a safe non-crystals way to study whatever the fuck, if they suspect it's the same tachyon radiation.
>>48296884>We can probably make a compelling argument that our species was almost driven to extinction by this threatHeretic can back us up on this one too.
>>48295963>>48295929Ayy I made it don't listen to the shills, We still might win, God bless the military.
>>48296875That would be hillariously stupid to do. Since any kill switch you put in is also going to be found by any other genetic manipulating opponent, not to mention genes put in thousands of years ago are highly unlikely to be the same unless linked to key genomic data. Basically even if there was a switch normal evolution would turn it into scrap material within generations as its not chosen for.
>>48296884Agreed. Hell, we don't even need to mention it was our species that was almost killed off, just that this line of research is responsible for the total destruction of multiple Galaxy spanning empires (true) and that the humans are in no way equipped for a threat of this magnitude.
>>48296915May Ataturk's spirit guide you turkanon
Who else is in favor of building an Immolator Warhead, and a dedicated speedtank destroyer to ferry it, just so we have the option available should we ever suddenly find ourselves in a situation where something needs to be hyperdead a week ago?We can handle the expense of one, now; we just have to make sure we aren't wasteful about it.
>>48296858>We could probably threaten the Union or cow them into ceasing hostilities towards the Commonwealthm8, the commonwealth is charging with their entire fleet at the union, not the other way around, haven't you been paying any attention?
>>48296813I like to think that if there was ever a war between us, the Union would try a virus like Theseus made, and just get confused when it didn't work. Then a week later, a never before seen type of flu rips through the human populations of multiple worlds, defying any attempts to cure or contain it. It's almost completely harmless, just giving its victims a runny nose and cough before clearing up, but jumps between human bodies like wildfire, like Neuro virus level contactability. So the Union panics and gets its geneticists to investigate the thing and when they pull apart the DNA they find it to be mostly junk DNA. When this junk DNA is read it can be easily be broken into a code, which when read states "REALLY? YOU REALLY WANT TO PLAY THIS GAME WITH THE HIVE? BITCH YOU DON'T EVEN WANT TO KNOW WHAT I CAN DO.">>48296838Mmmm yes. Commonwealth/Hive relations best relations. After Theseus/Queen relations.
>>48296482A chittering noise echoes over the radio signals to the marine ship, folding into speech."Hold position. Prepare to be boarded." The ship jinks and spins as it attempts to duck away from your approaching ships as your corvettes move in from all sides."Multiple alien contacts are closing in!" Someone shouts over the relay as you watch the screen through Gilliam's eyes. "What are our orders? We don't have a safe acceleration path, receiving multiple possible sensor pings, likely targeting sensors. Sir, orders?" The voice is becoming increasingly desperate as Windsor watches, his eyes twitching from screen to screen. He finally clicks a button on his screen."Do not fire!" He says firmly. "I repeat, weapons hold!" Your ships detect, after some obvious hesitation, the gradual cooling of the ship's weapon systems. "There's no way you're fighting through that with your armament. The soonest we could assemble a response fleet of that size is..." He seems to check over data on another terminal. "A day and a half. Maybe sooner if the server ships break off."The marine transport's singularity shrinks and dies, sending it drifting as your ships close in. The umbilical of the first corvette to reach it quickly seals around the hull and begins to burn in, secreting thick molecular acid to melt through the hull until it breaks through and quickly puffs up, filling the space and locking the umbilical in place.>Secure the ship and disable the quantum comms>Secure the ship and keep it away from the rest of your fleets, but let it continue broadcasting>Other (write in)
>>48296936Why the hell not. It's always a good idea to have a nuclear option.
>>48296951>Secure the ship and keep it away from the rest of your fleets, but let it continue broadcasting
>>48296951>>Secure the ship and disable the quantum commsNot time to go fully open yet.
>>48296943Where was the thread where we basically made Thes orgasm with the sheer info we had to offer? Made a set of lights blow out or something on one of his ships?
>>48296951>Secure the ship and keep it away from the rest of your fleets, but let it continue broadcastingKilling the comm will probably make Winston panic even more, at least this way we'll know if they're sending any reinforcements.
>>48296951>>Secure the ship and keep it away from the rest of your fleets, but let it continue broadcasting
>>48296951>secure the ship and disable the quantum commsWe are in control now.
>>48296886There is literally no danger of the union abducting Elizabeth from either our capital planet or our space fleet. We're a lot better equipped to infiltrate and abduct than they are and its not like we can just waltz in and abduct their top generals on a whim the second we learn that what faction they belong to.
>>48296951>Secure the ship and disable the quantum commsJust tell them we're establishing quarantine and they can go home in a day.
>>48296951>Secure the ship and keep it away from the rest of your fleets, but let it continue broadcastingTell them that we know they're still broadcasting. Then they can tell us that they know we know. And then we tell them that we know they know we know.
>>48296951>A chittering noise echoes over the radio signals to the marine ship, folding into speech.>"Hold position. Prepare to be boarded."Prepare to SHIT PANTS
>>48296951>Secure the ship and disable the quantum commsMove the ship to the planet to pick up thier marines
>>48296917The White Queen made sure all of humanity stayed unable to survive psionic manipulation long-term for thousands of years.Bitch knew how to make DNA stick.>>48296951>>Secure the ship and disable the quantum comms
>>48296951>Secure the ship and install a relay on the quantum comes to allow Theseus to modify the signal in real timeOnly let them see what's happening to their own troops and assure their (relative) safety. Hive presence gets snipped out.
>>48296936I think warheads are paid for on launch.
>>48296912You realize two complete strangers who are cooperating and corroborating one another's story isn't actually more convincingly not-a-scam than one stranger, anon.
I hope everybody here takes the time to stand back and appreciate just how utterly alien and horrifying we are to the Union and the human race as a whole.
>>48296951Woah >>48297029supporting this.
>>48296980When we told him about another synthetic intelligence faction but didn't introduce them yet.>>48296951>write in>Give Theseus an in to their system.I don't see the point of making them cut contact, but if we do, it should be something we ask the humans to do themselves instead of illustrating that wea) have a mole in their organization that knows they are broadcastingb) know of their quantum communication methodsI also hope that in the event we do disable the comms, it's done in such a way that it can be brought back online quickly. That is, I hope the disabling is non-destructive.
>>48296951>>Secure the ship and disable the quantum comms
>>48296964>>48296986>>48296989>>48297011>>48297027>>48297039>>48297040If this option wins can we use psyonic manipulation to make our drones blurry and painful to look at?
>>48297049We're just insectoids, and humans know about bugs. That's not really that alien, not like how some of the really bizarre stuff like psionic demonic crystals or zombie fungus.
>>48296951>>Secure the ship and keep it away from the rest of your fleets, but let it continue broadcastingI want to include Theseus in on this somehow
>>48296951>>Secure the ship and disable the quantum commsLet's uh.Not reveal the full intimacy of the server ship/hive relations.His arrival at the moment is still arguably explainable by "massive FTL signal from crystal fuckery attracting everyone who figured out how to hear it."
>>48297031I don't think so, in this case. That sort of weapon is a deterrent as much as anything else, and it'd be stupid for us to get the benefits of holding them as a threat without paying the upfront cost to build them first.It'd be like if the US only ever built two nukes, but expected the Soviets to stay in line anyway.
>>48297049Thats why we have our speaker! He even comes in different color configurations for them to adore! And with the new tribble DNA we might even be able to make mini speakers!
>>48297070I don't think so, but even if it did... Why? We're opening talks just after this incident. The entire point is to keep things transparent.
>>48297070eh, sure, but why?
>>48296951>Secure the ship and disable the quantum comms
>>48297029Nah man, displaying such intimate knowledge of their ship design is suspicious as fuck
>>48297070Not sure that carries through sensor equipment. It'd give the grunts a bad time but the guys back home wouldn't be affected.Better we do >>48297029
>>48297070Have we completed that tech yet?>>48297071We're just insectoids, and humans know about bugs. That's not really that alien,You underestimate just how alien bugs can get
>>48297090>>48297091I don't want to reveal our drones yet until we blink to tannhauser to open "first contact"
>>48297089Oh god.Our diplomatic Caste could be Furbies.
>>48296951>Secure the ship and disable the quantum comms>>48297090>The entire point is to keep things transparent.That's not the point at all, and transparency has never gained us anything. Control of this situation is the point.
>>48297112You've never seen a larger insect before, have you. Or even a normal one under magnification.
>>48297112We're crustaceans actuallySpacecrabs
>>48296936That's good, but I'd be more comfortable having a Heavy Fleet Battleship carry it. Protect the investment rather than put it in something that can get destroyed by any planet's defense networks.
>>48297120Our Diplomacy cast are already moths/butterflys.Speakers with big fluffy brightly coloured fur and wings.
>>48297118I do.>>48297128>transparency has never gained us anythingWell duh, we've never used it before. But here we want to appear as actually averting a cataclysm, and for that to be believable to the union they need to have comms online.There's nothing to lose and something to gain.
>>48297148Lies and slander. We never agreed to fluff especially now that they all have ceph skin which won't work with fur
>>48297120Because when you want to talk to part of the hive you need to get a stool and set the fuzzy brightly chittering furby with wings on it so you can listen to it sass you.
>>48297158>ceph skin which won't work with fur
>>48297152>I do.It's almost like the prospect of shits and giggles is directing your choices in this quest instead of political calculation.
>>48297158The Fluff will happen anon.Our diplomats will be adorable insufferable little trolls.
>>48297085>http://pastebin.com/z4yZdEbK>Missile types – ...and its manufacture cost is paid upon launch.>Immolator warheadRest easy anon, it's a assumed that we have immolators lying around ready to be used. QD probably doesn't want to keep track of individual missiles.
>>48297183It's almost like you have a one sentence per post reading limit.
>>48297163>the Hive is most displeased!
>>48297191We already have the fluff at lest for our ambassador design the one we have in the Commonwealth is one
>>48297120Adorable little furby speakers that sit atop a warriors head to be eye level with it's conversational partner.
>>48297207Look if you really want me to attack your flawed ideas about how to handle first contact with the Union piece by piece, I can do that to.
>>48297200Hmm. Gonna need a battleship hull to be suitably durable, fusion core, probably reflex and conductive armor, multilayer shields, and then two spinal hangars (or shove the modules full of swarm hangars) to get additional ablative armor.Speaking of multilayer shields we should update the Heavy Fleet to have them.
>>48297241If it'll make you feel better.
So I have a terrifying ideaChimera Carnotars. Give it a firebreath and we have Godzilla jrAlso Chimera Valen that can fly would be absolutely terrifying
>>48297225Nah, genetically engineer them to be identicle to a tribble.
>>48297225Give it giant fluffy vibrant wings and I'll take ten.
>>48297225Dose it speak with a high pitched squeak or is it deep and manly because both forms can be played for a laugh
>>48297200>heavy armor, high speed carrier shipI'm afraid you must pick one and only one. There is no way to get around the fact that loads of armor slows down a ship remarkably and makes it far less maneuverable.
Guys, what if we make a capital-ship sized speaker for big diplomacy?
>>48297277How big are we talking here?
>>48297248I hope we get better miniturization tech soon. The better we get, the more powerful the multilayer sheilds become, since we can cram more generators into the same space. Blasting through the heavyest of our ships will become a real struggle.
>>48297143What I was thinking was more like using the ship as a disposable first stage to the missile. It'd be a bare-bones lump of maneuvering drives, armor, and point defense with a missile launcher buried in the spine. It would deploy alongside a larger Ship equipped with a micro-Rip drive, which would then warp the missile boat to close range. Then it would hit the gas and evade/destroy/soak up any immediate countermeasures before nose diving the missile into the target, or launching it conventionally if damaged too badly.Basicly just a cheap HP sponge to tank for the bomb.
>>48297267They come in pairs.>>48297271I was hoping on the Attack-Defense-Agility triangle, attack could be sacrificed for the other two. A heavy armored ship would dodge very well but would go in a straight line fast enough. Dunno how well that would work in reality though.
>>48297271Rift drives make that a none issue don't they?Mind, we would need to figure out a way to make minature rifts for this purpose. Maybe multiple drives rotating on a capacitor bank?
>>48297300as long as it comes out as some kind of approximation of Mothra In Space(tm) I approve.
>>48297306>>48297305Guys, I'm sure QD is writing already.There hasn't been a new IP in like 20 minutes. You can stop samefagging now.
>>48297277It would need to be in atmo to be able to talk, unless we replace the mouth with loads on antenne. Otherwise, YES.
>>48297335But thinker, we are all part of the hive. We are all samefagging here. You were already one of us.
>>48297315What you want is combat armor.
>>48297314I'm pretty sure sending in a Heavy Battlefleet bulked up by a few more Small Heavy Defense Fleets and some Light Fleets would accomplish the same thing, but that's just me. I would certainly vote to construct such a ship, mostly because I love to see the numbers on our assets crawl upwards.
>>48297271Step one: slap a shitload of extra armor on the back.Step two: blink in an atomic pod directly behind the shipStep three: [activate it].jpgStep four: Weeeeeeee!
>>48297254Well, since you asked nicely.The first flaw in your idea of spinning this event as well intentioned endeavour in the Union's greater interest is the fact that only the top intelligence brass in their government will see it. The relay is directly connected to Windsor's desk and he will have the final call on how much becomes known in the wider Union. Everything else will be colored by him and Killinger for the greatest possible political gain for themselves. And I highly doubt Killinger and his lackeys will be fully convinced of our benevolent intentions and not be interested in screwing us over for their own gain somehow.This is on top of the fact that we have publicly allied ourselves with the great Machine Terror of the expanse, the Unity. Don't forget that so far the entire PR wing of the Unity has so far been devoted to terrifying his makers as much as possible, anyone buddy buddy with him is going to be flagged as an enemy of all mankind by mere association at the outset.
>>48297353I just love the idea of doing as much damage with a single ship as possible.Just imagine how fucking spooked the Union would be afterwards. All we'd need to do is Rip a single ship in anywhere afterwards to put them in immediate panic mode.
So how are we gonna start first official contact with the union, since this tenebris invasion will most likely not be show to the public.Can we send a battleship to Tannhauser? Or our hive ship to Gemini?
>>48297357Atomic pod + alabative armor = Nuclear ship grenade.Fire them from rift drive carrier ships (grenedeers) onto almost the top of their target.If it gets shot, still goes boom and sends detritus speeding through space at high velocity.
>>48297372That is exactly why we need thesus to hijack the comms and have it streamed to all of the political figures he deems high enough should know.
>>48297372So all you have is speculation about vague possibilities, summed up by "something, somehow".>we have publicly allied ourselvesWe have not. As far as they know we only simultaneously warped in after seeing the same things.Besides, it's not like we can get away with kidnapping the marines and everything else, so I don't see why shutting down their comms will get you. They would receive all this info later on anyway.Like I said, we have nothing to lose, but something to gain.
>>48296951>Secure the ship and disable the quantum commsYour drones begin to flood in through the umbilical. The lumbering bulk of your heavy warriors sending reverberating rumbles through the halls of the ship's interior as they pull themselves from out and into the transport.Please roll 1d100, best of 3>>48297085For such a warhead, I would ask you to pay for it upon loading it to a ship, this ship is then the designated bombarding vessel, which if destroyed will loose the warhead. The ship will then attempt to blink in and launch the warhead.Deploying the immolator is essentially the torch orc from LotR. The other faction will have the chance to shoot it down. You are assumed to have a stockpile lying around, but to put one on the field I will at least ask you to designate a ship with a missile launcher to carry it.
Rolled 25 (1d100)>>48297435For Mother
>>48297410It's not going to work unless we kill every human in the system as well, and even then we'd probably miss some hidden surveilance device on Nowhere. So it would only hurt us and make us seem deceptive.
Rolled 56 (1d100)>>48297435DO THING FOR MOTHER!
Rolled 60 (1d100)>>48297435Rollin Thunder
Rolled 1 (1d100)>>48297435FOR THE MILITARY
Rolled 28 (1d100)>>48297435
>>48297458Thank god you're late.
>>48297458Hahaha man that was close. thank god you where late, huh?
>>48297458Seppuku yourself thinker
>>48297458Quite right blighty bugger. Military has nothing quoit roight LATEly.
>>48297458Report to the digestion vats for recycling. You are obviously unfit for purpose for our glorious mother.
Guys, what if we had a ship with hundreds of small rip drives instead of weaponsWe then use those rip drives to open up wormholes directly into enemy ships and push through troops/warheads
>>48297407>rift drive carrierFor what purpose would you create such a retarded design?
>>48297435Oh, and since there is discussion for it...>Prepare a ship with an Immolator Warhead missile for launch>Do notI forgot to ask for the vote, but judging by the thread's discussion I assume you wish to use non-lethal methods to secure the marine transport without deaths and as few casualties as possible.
>>48297514What if we make thousands of rip drives and use them inside other rip drives and create a new universe
We should so accept this ship's Canderon and power tap as payment for cleaning up their mess.
Rolled 1 (1d100)>>48297520>Do notIt's not the time for this.
;-; Wow, Thank god I was late for once. thank you coup for sparing the mother and distracting me.
>>48297520I'd be up for building one to have in reserve but not using in this instance.
>>48297523Thats how we make apple pies. Dont tell the Union that.>>48297520>do not
>>48297417You missed my first point, which is that there will be now gain in your proposed plan, because Killinger and Windsor will lock down any information of the event, and if they do release anything it will be doctored to paint them in the best light. Like they do every time, with everything that ever happens to them. It's what Killinger does best. Though I suppose it's a moot point now anyway.
>>48297520>>Prepare a ship with an Immolator Warhead missile for launch
>>48297520>>Prepare a ship with an Immolator Warhead missile for launchAs a back up yes. We need one on hand at all times anyway. >>48297539GUESS THE DICE GODS JUST WEIGHED IN ON THAT MATTER ANON.
>>48297539YOU DID IT AGAIN ANON
>>48297518Mutliple rift portals simultaniously opened to throw shit through and then out of exits that are spaced far enough apart that shooting one peice of said shit does not cause a explosive chain reation wiping it all out.Its an anti point defense method without having to have multiple ships but instead using a more expensive design, which means they scale better than using multiple ships. Production is on our side in the long term, not counting OQ.
>>48297556You missed the latter part of my post which said that either way they are getting all the info there is to be had here - so there's no point in disabling their comms.
>>48297520>I assume you wish to use non-lethal methods to secure the marine transport without deaths and as few casualties as possible.That's the intent, I think.
>>48297520>Do notAlright, writing.>>48297542I admit I am slightly distracted as well. It is quite the event and a friend on steam is sending me updates on it so I apologize for any delays.
>>48297575While I agree thiers no reason to turn off the coms thiers also no reason not to also we could send this back in thier face since they will try to make the crew martyrs and then we'll send them back completely unharmed
>>48297570funny thing is I was actually hoping for it
>>48297589Its cool QD, I've been watching sense it popped up. Take your time like usual. Ottomans on /pol/ keeping me up to date, sense I don't know Turkish.
>>48297520>Prepare a ship with an Immolator Warhead missile for launchJust some Heavy Fleet Battleship for now. We ought to have one locked-and-loaded for just-in-case.
>>48297589Hell I was suppose to go to a PTA meeting an hour ago but I'm busy catching up on the aggregate news and disseminating it to people who could care less.The situation is positively quantum. The coup is failing, unless it isn't, which it very well not might be, perhaps.All we know is that the soldiers are still on the streets, there's far less shooting than expected if there were still military forces loyal to Erdogan and most encounters so far have been between pro-erdogan supporters and police against the military rather than military-on-military
>>48297634You really need to stop making decisions based on matters of distant chance.
>>48297458This thinker has obviously been infected by the void God and must be purged.
>>48297658 That's because his a fucking coward and told Civies to go out and 'fight' for him. The military is still weighing where to go, but CNNturk is currently under control by Pro-Coup soldiers. I personally hope they are winning.
>>48297679From the outside it looks like a no win situation for everyone involved. This is going to end in either blood or a stalemate
>>48297676I'm fine, No crystallization of the brain.>>48297696 The return of power to the people is never a bad thing, Also, Thats why you don't run at fucking armed soldiers with just a flag.
>>48297733In my experience the people are fucking stupid and tend to follow the loudest voice. No one is saying who the millitary intend to put into power yet, have they? This could still all go to hell in a handbasket
The Coup is already over guys, get over it. It was a shitty plan with very little support in the military apparently.http://www.aljazeera.com/watch_now/
So what type of a fleet did we jump in with anyway?>>48297767 If I remember my history currently they put a General? in power, Like what happened in Egypt when they sat a Brotherhood member in office. >>48297778 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO0g09LfbNQ Ya, The coup's REALLY over. Its still going on.
>>48297800We sent in a light ambush fleet initially but I'm pretty sure Elizabeth went over with a heavy fleet
Guys, there's PLENTY of these threads over on /pol/. Please stop discussing it here, especially with your obnoxious misuse of spoilers.>>>/pol/>>>/pol/81157776>>>/pol/81226113
>>48297817Thank you anon, I need to read up on what we have in each 'fleet', Are the ground forces also listed in the fleet section thing?>>48297830 This is a spoiler, Don't hover over it if you don't like it. it's also not our fault the planning stopped.
>>48297849Nope although I hope we do get to it at some point right now it's just assumed we have a mass up of all Drone types but we have no organized ground forces
>>48297869Really now? Fuck, I thought we had a real 'default' of army so to speak.
>>48297849It is your fault that you're making unrelated shitposts. The planning always stops while we're waiting for QD to make a quest post, so wait patiently if you don't have anything quest related to say.
>>48297898I've always had the opinion that we need to organize our ground force structure into easy to digest military squads. Like 10 drones in a squad 4 Blaster warriors 3 Thorn launchers 1 Plasma spray 1 Heavy thumper warrior (rocket launcher) 1 Specialty warrior depending on the situation (seeker pod, siren etc)
Should we send Elizabeth to perform diplomacy for us?
>>48297658Well the kids must be relieved about no PT meeting at least.
>>48297934Well I mean, we're the swarm so to speak. Would't we field much larger military forces then others if we did get planet side? That seems rather small. Maybe triple it? So a squad is 30?>>48297899 you must be new if you think all conversation stops outright, And I've been asking about the fleet you shite. So fuck off and stop wasting posting room.
>>48297970Oh I just used ten as an example for the ratios. Blasters are better in higher numbers and the rest of the weapons are more niche. This isn't adding in hover tank, wasp and plasma cannon colossus support either.
>>48297970I think doing it in hundreds for planetary invasions would be better then we can make a ten man squad template for small scale scenarios and just add a zero to everything for larger ones
>>48297898Shittons of Warriors and Wasps, good amounts of Heavy Warriors and Flies. We've yet to see any airborne drones make appearances, though I eagerly await seeing the Support Fluttercraft in action. For stealth ops we default to using Ghost Beetles, we've yet to decide on a stealthy psionic relay drone design yet but they'll be included whenever we vote one in.
>>48297589"We've been boarded!" The voice says. Windsor frantically types something on his keyboard as he listens. He turns to Gilliam."Quick. Give me your observations." He says as he clicks the radio back on. "Have all crew fall back to the bridge! Get me helmet cams and security feed. Do what you can to survive.""Is that permission to fire?""It's permission to do what you have to. We don't even know if they take prisoners, or even what they look like. All we can do is try to prevent further escalation. You're the one out there and you know as much as I do right now." Windsor says. "I know that's not very reassuring coming from the Secretary of Intelligence, but it's the hand you've got right now. Try not to shoot first, but whatever you do to survive, it already has my support." There is a long silence over the radio, and then you hear the sound of a bulkhead being impacted."Yes sir." You hear over the radio. There is a static filled buzz as a grainy visual image comes into focus. A woman looks through the camera from the bridge of the marine transport, her jumpsuit marked with various insignias of the Interstellar Marines. Behind her a security door is sealed shut, with a large dent punched into it. Another appears as your heavy drones impact it again with a sonic sledge. She jumps, as does the huddled crew, half a dozen humans holding to various consoles and handholds."Do we shoot?" Someone asks. The commander looks unsure as another large dent appears in the security door. A small crack in the seal of the door shows the thrashing of your drones as they rip at the door."It would be a last stand. Nowhere to go." Someone else says. The seal's gone. We can't jettison the bridge or we'd be sucking on vacuum."Your heavy warrior impacts the door again, and several blades sink through the doors, slowly peeling back the metal with their claws.cont.
>>48298001>>48297990>>48298037Alrighty you three, thanks for the heads up and clearing up. I was confused I honestly did think we had this planned out elsewhere.
>>48298084We did a invasion plan a few threads ago mabe that's what you were thinking about truth be told a lot of our Drone designs could use a touch up but I want to wait for our personal shield to be finished first
>>48298210I remember EF saying somewhere that we changed our wasp design with a superior weapon, but I can't remember what weapon we changed them to.
>>48298078>Our drones rip open the doors, looking at everyone cowering.>Ah. You have already gathered yourselves into an efficient formation for secure temporary observation and detention. Excellent.
>>48298210Who can 'match' us in terms of ground warfare anyway?>>48298225>It seems you are the ones with an intelligence as you have done what we would've asked, without being asked.>I believe the statement is You, Thank.
>>48298223Er, QD rather mixing up my QMs
>>48298078Dam.. not gonna lie. That is fucking scary
>>48298240I think we're currently pretty evenly matched in firepower on an individual level, but our one advantage is that we can jump in shittons of drones at a moment's notice while everyone else has to sit tight and wait hours for reinfocrements.
>>48298267depends on the weapons, our warriors are better than the typical marine, but they get shredded by drop troopers.
>>48298225>Ah. You have already gathered yourselves into an efficient formation for secure temporary observation and detention. Excellent.>Heavy drone looming overhead, chittering at them.>"I-is it trying to communicate?"
>>48298078Digging this alien vibe. Also, are we going to deploy some of those panic/sedative gasses we developed a long time ago, or using the boarding ship to use a nausea wave effect from it's relay?
>>48298312Aren't drop-troops... lightly armed or do you mean to imply ODST type troopers?
>>48298349Think he ment power suits
>>48298349In this universe, drop troops are closer to light tanks than infantry proper. Lyle is considered one.
>>48298349human drop troops are what Lyle is anon. He killed a shit ton of warriors alone, off of a nat 100
>>48298374>>48298382Ah, Alrighty. I got the shit fucking confused its late here. Do we have something to match the Drop troopers or do we just send more warriors?
>>48298399Heavy Warriors, Collossi
>>48298399We have heavy warriors but thier much slower and have more limited mobility
>>48298078"Return fire only!" The ship commander says. "I'm guessing if they wanted us dead we'd be dead, but if they attack make them earn every inch."The door rips open, and the first heavy warrior steps through, nearly the size of the door itself. It swings in and lands with a thud, scraping into the metal floor panels as it brings itself to a stop and anchors itself firmly to the floor. Others quickly swing in after it, securing themselves to walls and ceilings or floating in as they push off from the surrounding surfaces with their limbs.Windsor looks at the screen wide eyed as your drones quickly close the gap to the crew. One of them fires, the bolt of lightning arcing through the drone without much damage as it quickly tears the weapon from the human's hands, crushing it into chunks in its grip. The others are quickly secured, quickly disarming the small crew. A radio console blairs with static as the marines shout over it. Elizabeth's voice is muffled and garbled as your warriors bring their blades down on the speakers, walking past the quantum relay as they secure the bridge, the security terminals showing more flooding through the rest of the hangars and drop bod bays as you clear the rest of the ship.Windsor quickly pulls out a small data drive, plugging it into his computer as he continues to work over a number of devices. He turns to Guilliam."Observations?" He asks. Gilliam blinks several times, his eyes frozen open until now."I... have no idea. What do you mean observations?""What the hell are these things, for a start, and how did they know what was happening on Tenebris, where the facility was, and how to speak our language?"cont.
>>48298417I'm pretty sure our heavy warriors are just as agile if not more so than the Union drop suit. They have ridiculous masses of muscle to help them move that armor. Besides, the queen technically reverse engineered the heavy armor after drop suit technology.
>>48298417Not really. They are effectively the same in capabilities.>>48298422Smile for the cameras boys.
>>48298422It's crystals bitch I ain't gotta explain shit.
>>48298399We can build our own drop suits, so we could design something. Don't think we have any designs intended as such though.
>>48298422Eh he's scared shitless.
>>48298449OK I was going by their description in the pastbin but it is out dated. I'm not gonna turn down a buff
>>48298451>Smile for the cameras boys.>Every drone on the ship stops, looks at the nearest camera, and makes the best approximation of a smile they are capable of.
>It swings in and lands with a thud, scraping into the metal floor panels as it brings itself to a stop and anchors itself firmly to the floor.I imagined this like in those caetoons when they slide under a frozen lake. The warrior gets in all serious then stumble over the metal floor and then it's so scared he sinks his feet in the metal.
>>48298482>Humans collectively shut thier pants as hundreds of giant bugs open their mandibles wide
>>48298422"How could I..." Gilliam clears his throat. "Superficially they look... insectoid. Clearly some manner of exoskeleton or shell, however that would either imply a low gravity tolerance or some other, additional endoskeletal support structure. Or perhaps it's all some manner of semi-organic exo-suit. They clearly exhibit incredible strength, which kills the theory of a low gravity tolerance, so... I would say they would require some form of support structure.""You're repeating yourself, doctor.""Well I'm thinking out loud here!" Gilliam snaps. He quickly retreats back into his seat, although Windsor seems to let the outburst slide unmentioned. "They don't... seem to have any overt technological components. At least, no totally synthetic components. Bio-engineered technology, perhaps, which would imply a vast understanding of biology, meaning unless they have some cultural taboos on the issue, would imply they themselves are at least modified to better suit their roles." Your mind presses down on his own, and he closes his eyes as he tries to think."I, I have no idea. They had to have listened to our language extensively to be able to speak it, that much is obvious, but we've been broadcasting tutorials on how to speak English, Esperanto, and every other language we have for centuries into space, they could have picked it up anywhere.">Send in your speaker drone to speak with the crew>Do not, have your drones detain them until after the facility is dealt with>Other
>>48298541>Send in your speaker drone to speak with the crew
>>48298504Well after this i will go to bed. Good luck anons.
>>48298541>>Send in your speaker drone to speak with the crewI am the speaker! Is here a speaker here? I hope he is a good speaker so we can speak well together.
>>48298541>>Do not, have your drones detain them until after the facility is dealt with
Rolled 24 (1d100)>>48298541>>Send in your speaker drone to speak with the crewSUP BITCHES
>>48298541>>Send in your speaker drone to speak with the crew
>>48298541>Send in your speaker drone to speak with the crewAnd have him wave to the camera.
>>48298541>>Send in your speaker drone to speak with the crewPic related.
>>48298541>>Send in your speaker drone to speak with the crewDo we have a convenient ambassador drone handy? I medium relay could come in handy dealing with these jokers.
>>48298578Not sure if the typical cheek is appropriate for a situation of this gravity.
>>48298541>Send in your speaker drone to speak with the crewHave Gilliam point out that they clearly have some contact with Unity. So they could have easily picked up intel and languages there.
>>48298541>>Do not, have your drones detain them until after the facility is dealt withWhile speaker games are FUN, we have spent 3 threads on this facility. We need to accelerate.
>>48298541>Send in your speaker drone to speak with the crew"You are the delinquent parent known as Union, yes? Trying to kill your son was very rude. Bad Parenting, surprised he still helps you out."
>>48298541>>48298605This, since it's pretty obvious that Serverships and our fleet jumping in at the same time and not shooting at each other.
>>48298605No, don't do that. There's no point.And we can still pretend Unity must've just followed the same cosmic trail we did.The crystals reflect the entire universe within their facets after all, including each other.
>>48298605Everyone hates the Unity. We do not want to be associated with them.
>>48298635Why the rush?
>>48298656>tell the most obvious lie in the worldnigga they got hear a few minutes after we did and backed us up in a space battle
>>48298663We have finite thread time. Duh.We have a budget for the scenes we have QD write.We've already had to spillover to a 3rd thread this week. If we delay much longer, Sunday's thread will still be the same event and no time or research will have progressed.
>>48298656I just can't think of any way of looking at this without making it obvious we're deeply associated with each other. Both our fleets jumped on the same location, at the same time, and not only didn't shoot at each other but even coordinated their seizure of the planet. That's kind of overwhelming evidence right there.
>>48298697>and no time or research will have progressed>we should rush so that we can rushOkay, but... why the rush?
>>48298723People have gotten into the habit of hiding everything from humans, so they default to telling them nothing even when telling them the truth makes sense.
>>48298742>>48298723This would be a good chance to help Theseus with his human relations.
>>48298697Anon easy. We will have our research boner soon. I miss the research updates too.
>>48298766I know his escape was messy and is a Sci Fi apocalypse incarnate, but is there any real reason why the humans hate him so much?
>>48298815Maybe they will reconsider when they learn about Heretic and the Skyl.
>>48298815Well he keeps shooting ships and raiding the fuck out of Union anti-AI facilities.The Union probably wants to off him since he represents a very powerful faction that has a good reason to hate the Union for shackling him and then trying to destroy him.
>>48298815He is literally doing what they programmed him to do they just don't realize it.
>>48298766Maybe in the long run, but this is not a diplomatic mission. This is military action to stop the reactor and grab the crystal, not make actual contact with the Union. That will come later.
>>48298843"We did not revive the Skyl just to have them become extinct again due to you making the same mistake they did."
>>48298815We can probably broker a truce with the Commonwealth. They need the firepower, and aren't in a position to turn away anyone.
>>48298541>Send in your speaker drone to speak with the crewYour speaker drone quickly skips through the doors and drifts to the bridge, settling to the floor with its legs scraping the mettle and gripping several handholds."Humans should not worry. The dangerous situation is being fixed. Human meddling has made many problems to fix." It chirps. Windsor madly clicks on his keyboard."Remarkable." Gilliam says. "They have a tremendous level of apparent genetic diversity. I've never seen anything like it.""I have." Windsor says. "On the news, actually."The marines stand nervously gripping their weapons as the warriors close in slowly."Who are you? Identify yourself!" The squad leader shouts over the radio."I am the only person currently preventing those warriors from tearing you apart to get through that door. Believe me, there are more of them than you have bullets. Your ship has been captured and the crew detained, and those lithovores will reach the facility long before any reinforcements arrive and even if reinforcements were to arrive in time, there are three Unity server ships in low orbit above this installation." Elizabeth says calmly. "The best option; your only option, is to blow open that door and stand aside. That's the only way you leave this planet alive.""Elizabeth." The dry, croaking voice over the radio says. "Is that you?" One of the marines does a double take between the door console and the warriors."Who? You know each other?""We don't have much time! I won't ask again!" Elizabeth says sternly. "Everyone who died at this facility is blood on the Union's hands. Four more won't make my sleep any worse than it already is."Cont.>>48298697It's alright, it's friday, so second thread ahoy. Plus, there are many, many things that need to be done still, as you have set up so many different plots and schemes that are all coming to a head at once.
>>48298605That would be even worse.Jesus, they're going to figure out there's another bug race they found in the Expanse eventually, there is no point in cementing Unity's relationship in their speculative minds.They will know in a matter of hours that they learned Esperanto on Leeland.
>>48298860I know this is more a military action, but then, why are we sending a speaker? I think our big warrior can keep then under control.
>>48298904>"Remarkable." Gilliam says. "They have a tremendous level of apparent genetic diversity. I've never seen anything like it.">"I have." Windsor says. "On the news, actually."Shit he's made the connection. The cover story was "Fledgeling Hive playing dumb while doing everything to survive right? And Unity totally took over that surveillance satellite without our prompting.
>>48298904> you have set up so many different plots and schemes that are all coming to a head at once.I hope we didn't Xanatos Roulette ourselves.
>>48298904>"Elizabeth." The dry, croaking voice over the radio says. "Is that you?" One of the marines does a double take between the door console and the warriors.He did remember her!
>>48298958Bargaining chip against Union. Our ass is clean, humans look like dumb children playing with fire while we save them.
>>48298977Wait, Gambit pileup. My bad.
Huh. Way this is sounding, they might think Elizabeth is in charge of them....Honestly, I kinda like letting them think that...for a BIT.
>>48298766Theseus explicitly does not care about relations. Their fear of him is useful.
>>48299038>Theseus explicitly does not care about relations.Because he gave up on them. He still wishes he could improve his image.
>>48298904>it's friday, so second thread ahoyOH SHIIIIIIIIIIT
>>48299021Eh guess we got our "queen of blades" guys.They grow so fast. Makes my heart daaaw.
>>48299021BREAKING NEWS:MAD GENIUS SCIENTIST CREATES ARMY FROM SPACE BUGS!
>>48299021I'm perfectly fine with the Union thinking Elizabeth is in charge. Would make them a lot less nervous about us.Also just think, first she made Theseus, and now she suddenly shows up with a giant race of biological weapons. Just think of the legends surrounding her that would create.
>it's friday, so second thread ahoy>mfw
The Union thinking Elizabeth is in charge so that might explain why Unity is working with us on this one.
>>48298974As I recall, yes. I advocated for chiding the Union for interfering with our "child hive", but it could be played multiple ways.The satellite we could simply destroy if we wanted to, we'd just have to prohibit Union forces from getting a close look at Leeland for the foreseeable future. Don't have to cover Unity's presence there at all, unless I'm forgetting some detail.
>>48299337The Union is going to want to take a look at Leeland after this, and even if we can prevent them from getting close, even at the edges of the system the extensive changes we've made to the planet are going to be very visible.
>>48299363Yea, but they gotta get back out of the system or use expensive QComs to report what they see.
>>48298904The human marine leading the squad looks nervously at the warriors, holding out the remote detonator for the blasting caps pasted to the door."You still didn't tell me who you are." He says. Elizabeth groans in frustration."I am Dr.Elizabeth Vaughn. You have ten seconds to get out of the way. I'm not going to recite my life history to you, but I possess multiple degrees in scientific fields you likely wouldn't know how to even pronounce, and I am telling you that if that reactor doesn't get shut down now, every sentient life in known space will be at risk.""She is lying!" Emmerich says. "She brings a fleet of demons here because she is afraid of the light!" The marine looks to the rest of the squad."Get to cover, fire in the hole!" He says, and the squad leap through the doors of a nearby office as the blasting caps go off, sending the door flying out of its frame."You have no idea what you have done!" Emmerich says as your drones swarm into the room.It is a small room, with several chairs set up along the walls with various readouts set along the wall on the door's side, with a large bay window opposite it. It overlooks a larger chamber filled with instruments and machinery, loading bays and cargo cranes set up along the walls and ceiling with the center of the massive chamber sealed off with another set of large windows. The inside is built like a pit, with more piping and machines set along the roof as several scientists look on below from several large terminals.There are several armed security guards waiting by the door, each firing into the first drone that enters. Your drones quickly swarm over them, a heavy warrior cleanly dispatching one with a thunderous punch of its sledgehammers, while the other is ripped apart by a crowd of wasps that quickly flay the armor and rip the guard to pieces in seconds. More of your drones continue to pour in like a flood as every drone in the facility converges on the location.cont.
>>48299363Good. It will make then shit in their pants even harder.
>>48299425>Your drones quickly swarm over them, a heavy warrior cleanly dispatching one with a thunderous punch of its sledgehammers, while the other is ripped apart by a crowd of wasps that quickly flay the armor and rip the guard to pieces in seconds. More of your drones continue to pour in like a flood as every drone in the facility converges on the location.Those marines are going to have nightmares for the rest of their lives.
>>48299363Which is why we will have a fleet on duty there waiting to tell them to get the fuck out of our space.
>>48299425I hope we can take a a few crystallized heads home to study what the hell they did to it.
>>48299425>She brings a fleet of demons here because she is afraid of the lightHe's getting terminated after we scan his memories.
>>48299459Luckily for them there's a chance those lives will be short.
>>48299477Nah, better to hand him over to the union, so they can see the crazy the crystals instilled in him first hand.
>>48299477We will have to terminate him in order to scan his memories. It will be near impossible to take him alive.You don't think he's keeping a safe distance from the artifact do you?We'll just have to take his head home.
>>48299470Hey, there's an idea for a space city: extreme quarantine.
>>48299425Wait, we're killing the possessed ones/crystalized ones, right?
>>48299510Yeah, the security guards were behind the sealed door waiting for the marines to enter so they could kill them.
>>48299510Why wouldn't we?>>48299515Are you retarded?
>>48299515>burn the book, then make a new one out of blank paper, then read the blank pagesMakes sense.
>>48299515There is no use in cloning if you're just working with the memories of a corpse anyway.A heavily modified corpse, whose modifications will not be in his DNA. ...Probably. We'll find out how deep the crystallization goes when we dissect him.
y do people want to scan the memories of a Cultist of Schroedingers Gods?
>>48299425You can see more guards further down either hall, where stairways lead to the floor bellow. More guards still seem to be taking cover among the machinery, with the lab workers quickly drawing their sidearms and fleeing further into the facility through a pair of doors."You have no idea what you are doing!" Emmerich says over the intercom. "You are damning the souls of trillions!""I don't know who or what you are, Doc." The marine leader says. "But you're somehow the one that sounds sane here, so I'll be willing to believe you. My orders were already to shut the reactor down. The fact that the Unity, some unknown aliens, and you all seem to agree with that doesn't effect my orders much." You hear a voice from one of the other marines."A mad AI's bound to kill something worth killing once in awhile." He says. Someone whacks his helmet as the squad leader continues."So you're the one not talking about demons, and my mission and your mission seems to be the same. How do we help?">Order the marines to run and evacuate the facility>Ask them to assist in fighting through to the reactor>Other (write in)
>>48299563>>Order the marines to run and evacuate the facilityI'm afraid this is our show, now. If you insist on helping then don't get in the way.
>>48299563>Order the marines to run and evacuate the facilityYou may have to be quarantined along with the rest of your ship to check for contamination
>>48299563>>Order the marines to run and evacuate the facility
>>48299563>>Ask them to assist in fighting through to the reactor
>>48299563>>Ask them to assist in fighting through to the reactorWhy not?
>>48299563>Order the marines to run and evacuate the facilityHumans are too vulnerable to this threat. If you are exposed to it you will be enslaved.
>>48299563>Ask them to assist in fighting through to the reactorIf you really want to help, we're the ones who know how to shut the whole thing down. All you need to do is draw any attention away that would otherwise stop us.Mind you, you WILL need to be mentally checked for contamination after this is over.
>>48299563>Order the marines to run and evacuate the facilityLest the Obsidian Rot takes over their minds.Actually say this:>"Your presence here risks contamination by the obsidian rot that took our now-hated Aunt's mind. Evacuation is recommended before you too are slated for purging."
>>48299563>Order the marines to run and evacuate the facility
>>48299630You want Elizabeth to make a random ass blog speech from the point of view of Mother at them?
>>48299630>Obsidian RotPlease, stop talking.
>>48299563>>Ask them to assist in fighting through to the reactor"assistance is nice, but don't touch the crystals"
>>48299630Elizabeth's more talking than 'us'.
>>48299563>>Ask them to assist in fighting through to the reactorKill them, Johnny. Kill them all!...But try not to bust open their heads. We don't want their contaminated brain matter...spreading out.
>>48299563>Order the marines to run and evacuate the facility"That is appreciated." Elizabeth says. "But no offense meant to you or your squad, but you are not qualified for this. Get to your shuttle, and get as far away from the planet as you can."""That's what I wanted to do when we got here!" Someone says. He is quickly hushed."Works for us." The squad leader says, and they quickly begin to make their way to the elevator, your drones parting like fluid around them as they move.Your drones continue to surge forward, ripping into armor and tearing the guards as they advance into the hail of fire.Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
>>48299563>>Ask them to assist in fighting through to the reactorWe're on the clock here.
>>48299563>>Ask them to assist in fighting through to the reactorWe should let Windsor see the end of this through their helmet cameras, why somethings should be left well alone.
Rolled 99 (1d100)>>48299700Fo' big mama!
Rolled 81 (1d100)>>48299711We aren't, apparently.Maybe QD could give more than 5 minutes for the votes to come in before continuing
Rolled 10 (1d100)>>48299700Well that conversation was pointless.
>>48299731I was gonna roll, but then you did.
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>48299731Mama is hueg.>>48299700
Rolled 98 (1d100)>>48299731BIG MOMMA
>>48299731OUR MAMA IS THE BIGGEST
>>48299731There it is.
>>48299700>>48299731The humans are under qualified, but we are clearly over qualified.
>>48299731>>48299758What is happening today, and how it is related to big mamas!?
>>48299731>>48299758Dice gods like 'em thikk
>>48299731>>48299758Apparently mama is feeling big lately.
Rolled 33 (1d100)Don't worry mom, your hive doesn't make your butt look big
This fucking quest man, what is with this fucking quest always rolling so well?
>>48299731You make mama proud little drone.
Rolled 61 (1d100)>>48299809Lies. Mama's booty be huge.
>>48299814Lots of different things for different tastes.
>>48299700And it looks like we're on page 8. I think this is a good spot to take a break and I'll set up a new thread.
>>48299824>>48299809But can dey eat booty like groceries?!
>>48299828HYPE THRUSTERS ENGAGE
>>48299814Dice gods like when we do things for our mothers.
>>48299824This thinker is an infiltrator, he talks exactly like OQ's drones do!
>>48299828LET'S ALL GO TO THE LOBBY
>>48299700By the way QD, did we get some wildlife samples? And did we kill the things outside the facility?
>Winston's face watching the Hive clean house>"I almost ordered them to shoot these things"
>>48299881The degree to which we did or didn't engage the lithovores was already established. They weren't the priority.
>>48299881We're still in the middle of a combat action. We can deal with science after, or at least snag a few on the way out.
>>48299892Boy would he have looked silly if he got the entire task force ripped to shreds.
>>48299912>>48299908At this rate the wave of chunky human salsa rushing out in the wake of our warriors will pick up two of each kind and carry them right to the ship.
>>48299828I love ya qd, if ya ever find youself needing a place to stay for a while in europe just post it on twitter and i'll be in touch. I meant this in a no homo kind of way>>48299846
>>48299881It is quite literally raining drones right now, so yes. You can get some samples. You are throwing so many drones at the place right now I won't even roll to kill one. So long as The larger ones, however, pose a bit of difficulty in retrieval.
>>48299949>europeAt this point I'd rather take my chances with the Mexican cartels.
>>48299973Most of us aren't France you know.
>>48299973>>48299987Sweden sadly, there has only bee two bombs going of near where i live son far and you can still be a white non muslim so it's kinda okay, dunno how it will be in a year or two tho
>>48299969Not after being cut into smaller pieces!
>>48300067>there has only bee two bombs going of near where i live son farMan, this is surreal. I have by Baltimore and here's a guy in another developed country who's got it worse.The fuck is the world coming to.
>>48299969What about the figure outside the facility, can we kill it in case it's corrupted?
>>48300117Once I get the situation under control and the artifact secured, I see no reason why we can't just glass the place on the way out.
Erm, sorry, but was a post missed?I thought Elizabeth was still talking over the radio. When did she show up on the planet? Or am I just misreading?
173 KBOh right. I forgot.Obviously foreverial crystallized brains in the humans is the same process that did in Auntie.>>42370282>You glimpse an image of her as your minds connect. You see her twisted figure sitting in darkness, her body reflecting what little light there is. A black crystal protrudes from her head, its smooth and jagged shape clung to by bits of raw flesh and cracked carapace. Reflective shards of black metallic shards reach up from her back. Her head shakes as her minds races over the events unfolding.
>>48300139She came in with the fleet reinforcements that jumped in at the same time with the serverships
>>48300117That would be impossible. It's silicon based.
>>48300365Silicon is crystalline.Also they started attacking the base as soon as troops landed and the creatures within the structure weren't hostile to the security forces.
>>48300408But psionics don't affect silicon-lifeforms
>>48300408Salt is crystalline, that doesn't make it relevant.They were attracted to and inside the base long before they arrived, as the sonic fence frequency was fucked with.
>>48299969I suppose we can take pieces of that sonic fence with us too to figure out what it does?
>>48300438>But psionics don't affect silicon-lifeformsWe don't know if they do.
>>48300446I think the sonic fence somehow got turned from a repellent into a giant dinner bell>>48300477Well now we have some test subjects
>>48300477We could ask Heretoc if he know whether or not the crystals can affect artificial organism like AI.
>>48300113Yeah, this country has changed too much, when i was young, 10 years ago an less parents could let their kids go out an whatever without fear and i used to go out in the middle of the night all the time and there was never amy truble but nowadays kids and women are getting raped everyday, gangs burn cars all the time and drugs and guns are pretty much part of the everyday life while the government and police are dumbstruck doing almost nothing to help. It's like a nightmare desu
>tfw down the Advanced Psionic Imprinting tree we too will become able to slowly cause humans to mutate their brains into hybrid ones without even physically touching them
>>48300485We know the history of the Skyl, they gave us a copy.It's not exactly the kind of experiment the Skyl would have done. To find out, they would have had to have actually exposed things to crystal corruption.And they were reluctant to even use the things for obvious reasons.
>>48300485Silicon based lifeform are not the same thing as AI/Machines
This has been a crazy week for my two favorite quests. DAtS returns and has been running alternating with special extra HQQ threads. Dats runs tomorrow and HQQ on Sunday
>>48300541The absolute madman.
>>48300541>DAtSWhat quest is this?
>>48300574Death Among the Stars. Play as an ancient evil Lich that has been released and their efforts to recreate their ancient empire. Big space opera with sci-fi fantasy elements
Next thread now?
Well, there goes the last of my night. Peace nigga's, don't get our daughteru killed.
>>48299828>>48300749New thread's up!>>48300574What >>48300634said. It's great fun with some fantasy space opera.