Your ships comb over the surface of Tenebris, your drones pulling apart the wreckage and sifting through rubble. The inner chamber has been reduced to a crater, a dome of cracked, red hot glass simmering in the thin, negligible air with a single black crystal lodged among the shards of glass, its form frozen in an image of fragments like a still frame of a vase shattering against the floor. Bodies are difficult to find, and impossible to identify, but are collected all the same. Your ships scan over twisted metal frames and heaps of slag.With the facility's defences offline, you have turned to your ships' lances to keep the local lithovores at bay as you pick apart the ruin, your drones plucking some of the more intact bodies of the smaller creatures, while remains from one of the larger beasts is carried away in a passing cruiser, your forces having been forced to kill one with orbital weapons before it devoured the subject of your salvage. It is not long before your fleets are done, having picked the site clean, that the remaining ships of your fleets return to Hive space. 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
>>48327383[You feel the notice of a Distant Mind]>Psionic research has received a small boost>Slip drives have a 10% chance to alert you to their usage>Current resource reservesNutrients: 26,787,650NMetals: 26,758,179MCredits: ₡602,226Credits in Lyle’s account: ₡1,175,000Active trade routes>Leeland – Lanway: HMS Orphan, Captain John Spreckels[FormOther brand Fusion Reactors]>Construction underway[Citadel Hive ship] – 100%[Fast Assault Fleet] x5>Formed fleets and ordersCitadel Hive Ship – [Awaiting order]Small Heavy Defense Fleet [Patrolling Leeland space]10 Heavy Battle Fleet [Awaiting orders]5 Missile Ambush Fleet [Awaiting orders]25 Light Fleets [Awaiting orders]20 Light Fleets [Under construction]Clone upkeep/special projects and expenses25 Human captives of the USV Hope – 750[Gemini] 3 Taidaren Hybrids (105)4 Human flash clone upkeep – 12018 Human hybrid clone upkeep – 540Specializations:>Tech>Engineer>Brawler[Hive space]100 Human Hybrids – 3,000Lyle Rogers – 57Jackob Eisner – 56Dillon Reager – 30Clone/project upkeep – 3,908N>IncomeMetals: 2,950,500Nutrients: 7,636,000Net: Total upkeepNutrient costs: 6,294,510
>>48327383Here we go
>>48327400Hive Territory[G-426]*Leeland (capital)N 60+40M 45Development 50Income:4.886MN162.5KMDefensive structures>Surface to Orbit Missile System: Uses long range missiles to attack enemy ships in the system (1KN, Additional costs per launch)>Anti-orbital batteries: Directly attacks enemy ships in orbit (8KN)Military structures>Hangar facilities: Deploys atmospheric and orbital drones to intercept attackers, uses aerodynamic and fighter drone designs (4KN)>Psionic Shroud: Conceals hive activity from psionic senses (1KN)Industrial structures>Docking Pylon: (2000) (100KN)[Empty docks: 8000/8000]Economic Structures>Smart Mines active: Calculates development stat twice for metal income>Algae Farm: +25N>Film harvester dock: +15NAsteroid mining base: 50KM per day added to nearest planet.[M-662]RalighaN 90+20M 10Development 25Income:2.75MN0MDefensive structures>Surface to Orbit Missile System (1KN)>Anti-orbital batteries: 35/35 (8KNN)Economic structures>Bloodroot collectors: Pipes running from Bloodroot trees extract nutrient rich sap +20N>Greystalk farms: [under construction]>Greenwall pit: Genetically engineered plant efficiently recycles waste material, Extra N income x2>Temple alter: A place for the Ralighan locals to worship and bring offerings to your hive, built in the likeness of your local fake queen, +500N per day [M-323]>Orbital docking pylon: Space for docking and construction of 4 sub capitals or 1 capital ship, (50N) [Empty docks: 0/4]>Mining corvette salvage operations +2,688,000M per day (+8000M per corvette)[Farcast]Derelict Sensor arrayGlassed Hive worldN 0M 100D 10Income:0N100KM>Smart mine mantle excavation: Calculates development stat 3 times for metal incomeDeep space waystation>100 docking pylons (10KN)[Empty docks 400/400]New Construction Options [Coming soon: Something that isn't the text equivalent of a Crunch Bar]
>>48327400>[You feel the notice of a Distant Mind]Fuck. Looks like the Quest is over.
>>48327433Calm yourself child, the Quest is merely beginning
New ship design that makes use of our Rip drive. Wasn't sure what shields to put on it since it really shouldn't be in combat anyway.Nexus Class BattleshipHull: Battleship 4500N 10000MCapacity: 2000/200Size: 2060 MetersModule Limit: 41Spinal Mounts (x3): Railgun 6180MTurret (x12): Blaster(Weapon) 300MFixed (x18): Ion Canon 360MAuxiliary (x22): Autocannon 220MSpinal Hanger: 74160N 37080MMicro Rip drive: 20600N 41200MMicrofactory x2:200N 600MGravity plating 2060MCruise launcher X3: 1800N 1200MCost: 101260N 99200MUpkeep: 50630NNotes: Has a CIC designed for use by nonhive life along with accommodations and medical room for the same. Will frequently find itself in Commonwealth space serving as a transportation node to help out with their limited stores of Canderon.
>>48327420Finished Research>Deep Core MiningBy drilling through the crust and mantle of a planet, the hive can devour the ferrous metal core of a world, accessing metals that would otherwise be inaccessible. The process causes vast amounts of damage to the planet, causing it to loose much of its atmosphere if it has one. Geological activity stops, and the crust begins to crumble inward, causing vast fissures across the surface. The planet becomes barren, instantly reducing its Nutrient score to 0 permanently while granting a vast amount of Metals. The drilling project damages the surface, but does not otherwise deplete its metal deposits, allowing for standard metal mining to continue. Damage to local hive installations cause the planet's Development score to reduce by half, and the planet is no longer eligible for terraforming projects.>Psionic sensorsBy utilizing the temporal idiosyncrasies of quantum mechanics interacting under relativity, the behavior of certain subatomic particles can be predicted with surprising accuracy in a laboratory environment. The quantum state of a particle is effected by both observation, and its immediate future. With tachyonic particles, these strange and counter intuitive behaviors can be measured in a controlled and easily interpreted way. The Psionic sensors accomplish this by examining not individual particles, but by measuring the general state of the space arround it, which should be inherently random, with only the tortuous energies of certain FTL drive functions creating a momentary uniformity to the quantum state of surround particles. In this way, a Psionic scanner can predict the arrival of ships utilizing FTL with moderate accuracy, although the incredibly complex nature of it and the inherent unreliability of the involved particles means it is in no way perfect.
>>48327433No, it means we're now on the level.Foolish ant, it was always happening and you've only just noticed.
>>48327454>Tachyonic insulatorsUtilizing a modified variation to the materials used in the construction and growth of your own relays, the Tachyonic Insulator disperses incoming psionic signals instead of collecting and interpreting them. The effect is highly effective, rendering any psionic signal that passes through the material inert, meaningless, and harmless. While not a structure itself, the material is cheap to produce and easy to work with, allowing you to include it in the construction of all manner of devices and buildings. While it would be debilitating to your hive to use it on a large scale, they can be easily utilized to shield individual rooms or individuals.[New Equipment Unlocked]>Mind ShieldA simple helmet made from tachyonic insinuative material. While it alone offers no physical protection, the mind shield protects the wearer from any and all mental attacks or monitoring attempts, blocking any attempt to detect the user's thoughts, disposition, location, or intentions as well as causing any attempt to manipulate their state of mind to fail automatically. The helmet also prevents the user from using any psionic abilities, including basic telepathic communication regardless of range. The helmet has no effect when the user is observed through non-psionic methods.>Silence ChamberRegardless of if it is built as a prison, or a quiet place to think, these chambers are small psionically shielded rooms that prevent the passage of psionic signals in or out that can be easily built at request in your hives for negligible cost, offering both a place for psionically sensitive non-hive allies to rest away from the constant noise of the hive, or a secure place to store psionically active materials and hostile psionic entities where they can do no harm to the hive.
>>48327454Well that's fine with the glassed hive world, whose nutrient income was 0 anyways.
>>48327433>And, just like the void entity seemed to feel your observation through the shard the first time, you can sense when you are observed in such a manner.Fearmongers shut the fuck up.
GAS THE SQUIDSNUKE THE WHALESSTAB THE MONKEYSTRUST NOTHINGTHE VOID IS WATCHING
Recap of previous thread: Complete DisasterSeriously, I don't think we could have screwed up the last thread if we had tried. Just to remind you all that at this point Killinger's cheif spymaster has seen our ships using both the blink drive and our cloaking fields. From analyzing the massive amounts of radiation our drives give off everytime they're used, the Union will now be able to easily detect our ships whenever they enter their systems. Coupled with the fact that they are now fully aware our ability to make our ships ivisible, it will only take them a minimal effort to figure out that we were behind the Mirage incident, before which they observed the flash of radiation that characterizes our drives and are well aware of the use of cloaking in the incident. The Union is also aware that we're the same species they encountered in G-426, and of our interest in Lee, which means it will only be a matter of time before they start sending fleets to Leeland. What I just can't understand is why everyone voted to allow this to happen. Hasn't the Union been the longest running enemy in the quest? Every single direct encounter we've had with them has been antagonistic and now we're acting like their best friends? We gave up all the advantages we had over them by keeping them in the dark about us for basically nothing, why did we let that happen?Not that even matters much at this point I suppose, because now They know we exist and can see us. This is what all the old queens all fought and died trying to escape. This is what corrupted the Black Queen, and what our mother in part died for to prevent from happening, and we let it happen. The void is inside our head now, what can we do now to actually win this quest? I feel like we've just had our first real test as a true hive queen, and we failed, miserably. Oh, and we never got our claws on those lithovores, and now never will because the crystals blew up their planet.
>>48327420Aren't we terraforming Farcast?
>>48327491>we never got our claws on those lithovores, and now never will because the crystals blew up their planet.Did you not read the OP? The Hive is literally scooping them up right now and fighting off the surviving ones
>>48327491http://ask.fm/QuestDrone/answers/137574204709>And, just like the void entity seemed to feel your observation through the shard the first time, you can sense when you are observed in such a manner.Anon it's just watching us.
>>48327491Serious calm yourself All we did is finished the mid game and start the end game All that sneeki-breaki shit with the union was a waste of time since the union was never our final enemy and them knowing just means we going to have to restrain ourselves from acting like trolls
>>48327491Shut up fearmonger. We're not as bad off as you want us to be.We were going to introduce ourselves to the Union soon anyways once Lee finishes his upgrades. The Hive is only watching us but we are watching them as well now. They saw us briefly before when we first tinkered with the Void Crystals and we haven't sprouted Crystal Cordyceps yet
>>48327449I like the look, but can you put more potent weapons on it? The blaster is well, meh, and the ion cannons are less than lethal weapons useless against shielded craft. Speaking of shields, always use multi layered on ships, it's better in everyway except cost.
>>48327479>glass hive world at Farcast>the very same world that people just voted to terraform for no practical reason
>>48327476[New Construction Options]Psionic Sensor Tower – A massive spire composed of highly psionically sensitive instruments and material focused on the detection and measurement of wide range quantum states in a vacuum directed at the space around the planet. Grants a chance to predict the arrival of ships approaching the system via certain FTL methods. The effectiveness depends on the method used and the size of the incoming fleet, granting a base chance to detect incoming Blink drive ships at 75%, Space-fold and Rip drive at 50%, Warp drive at 25%, and Flicker drive at 10%. Gatecasting ships from Hypergates and Slip drive is not effected. (20KN, 30KM)New Research Available>Human Possessed DisectionVery FastWhile still apparently human, these once-research staff have strange crystallization within the brain, and could hold other interesting alterations within their biology. A brief comparison of their biology and genetic composition with that of a base human should prove illuminating as to what caused these alterations and how.>Lithovore disectionFastAstoundingly, these beasts seem to come in a number of shapes and sizes, living and consuming just as normal carbon based life, only with silicon as a base. You have no idea what further research could hold, or even if you will be able to manage to bring them into compatibility with your hive's genetics, or even what their genetic structure looks like. Before you can even examine each species as individual entities, you must first figure out the basics of their evolutionary structure. As it is, you can't quite tell if they are even all of the same species or not.
>>48327491To reiterate.>Fearmongers shut the fuck up.They would have found the hive with their palantirs regardless of if we destroyed the relay anyway, as they would have seen the bugs in the facility, and immediately started looking for the relevant hive.It WAS rather silly to reveal the cloaking field and connection with Theseus though.
>>48327558It's a free planet far removed from the Union and Commonwealth, that's all we need for a terraforming project.>>48327567Hey are we done with the Carantaur and Tribble dissection yet?
>>48327476>Mind ShieldDoes it look like tinfoil?
>>48327567Ooh. I like the psionic sensor tower options. We should build some in our main systems right away.
>>48327567>Core RejuvenationSlowThe inverse of Core Mining, this process utilizing powerful planetary scale electromagnets drilled deep beneath the planet to artificially force the core to begin to spin. The process causes mild geological and ecological damage, but the resulting effects can be maintained for hundreds of years with negligible disruption to the planet's environment to maintain once the core is rotating. Once the planet's core is active, the planet gains a magnetosphere, allowing it to hold a denser atmosphere capable of supporting life, and the surface becomes geologically active. Allows the terraforming of barren planets.Current Research>Hive-dustingFastAlternative methods of hive creep spore dispersal is investigated, using a mixture of the semi-automated hive expansion methods already in use and altering the genetic composition to be more autonomous in nature, allowing spores to be deployed from non-stationary sources such as aerial dispersal from drones or spacecraft, as well as air-burst spore bombs launched from orbit, allowing for hive creep to be deployed in a more aggressive manner, effectively weaponizing the self-replicating infrastructure. The process is slower and more localized than the work of a Capillary Tower, however with no need for a tower to be present, the process can be undertaken more readily in the presence of hostile forces.
>>48327476>Silence ChamberYeah lets make some for our Crystal guests, possibly even as a meditation chamber for Lee to rest
>>48327567Since there's no warning of risk to the possessed human dissection and we just got the Silence Chamber, I'm fine with immediate study. There should be no problem here.
>>48327550>We were going to introduce ourselves to the Union soon anyways once Lee finishes his upgradesWho says we are? I'd say the Union has lost any right to negotiate with us after letting FOOKING CRYSTALS out of their detainment.
You guys seems to have turned into a bunch of tards the last couple of threads, fucking disgrace
>>48327558>For no practical reason.It can be used for nutrients when we finish mining it.>>48327567>Psionic Sensor Tower.Should build that on leeland and Raligha.
>>48327491>The void is inside our head now, what can we do now to actually win this quest? They're only watching us you dumbshit. Nothing some Quantum Relays and Psionic cloaking won't fix.
>>48327606>Core RejuvenationHO-LEE FUCK! This and terraforming means we can create garden worlds wherever we damn well please as long as their is a decent star around.On the subject of stars, who were the race of people that lived on stars/suns and mined that whosiwhatsits material everyone needs for engines or FTL? Can we get one for study? Maybe make more and start exporting that material
>>48327641I know. Jesus, it wouldn't be so hard to watch if they hadn't just reversed the positions we've been holding for the entire quest in a single thread.
>>48327594There is zero practical benefit to terraforming. Creating farms does not require native soil, as proven by how we can make farms out of barren rock underground on Leeland.Having random biosphere of organisms wasting the energy input of the planet is the opposite of helpful. You can construct vast arrays of photosynthetic satellites in space if you want nutrients generated from sunlight, which is vastly more efficient as there is no day/night cycle leaving you lightless 50% of the time like on a planet.The enormous amount of Metals we could draw from the planet's core far dwarfs the near nonexistent benefits of terraforming. We need mo metals for dem ship fleets
>>48327606>Psionic SporesSlowWhile normally the hive spores used to spread infrastructure are little more than genetically engineered nanomachines, replicating and performing their function alone until their built structure is complex enough to receive mental signals, your mixture of psionic research and advancements in spore related genetic programming has made the idea of a psionically sensitive spore seem not nearly as far fetched as it once did. With a mixture of distributed networking and complex cellular reconstruction methods, it could be possible to create a spore strain that would respond to mental signals.>Complex organ splicingMediumWhile it is easy to pull a string of genetic data from most carbon based life and infuse it into the hive, making the inefficient genetic structure of other life accept the more efficient and deliberately programmed hive genetic data is far more challenging. In an ironic way, much of the solution seems to involve the utilization of controlled flaws, rendering the mutations deliberately inefficient in order to be more compatible with the host life so as to avoid dominating the host's genetic structure in the same way as the Hive hybrids and chimeras. Such subtle alterations could offer better, more difficult methods of infiltrating or manipulating non-hive life.>Advanced Psionic ImprintingSlowWith the application of psionic imprinting you are able to influence and alter the state of matter using only focused and precise mental signals. Your thinkers believe this can be taken further, using more accurate signals and more precise manipulation methods to imprint more complex thoughts and ideas more quickly and easily, and at a greater range.
>>48327658Hell we already have literal tinfoil hats and psionic isolation chambers.
K we need to discuss our grand strategy now the scavs are just a minor distraction and we just need to hold the line unless they get a hold of a void shard Union has gone into red alert cause of what just happened There smart enough to figure out that was a speaker and that we have some sort of arrangement with unity Letting Lee be spokesman plan may need to be abandoned since that was really just a dick move that rub it into their faces about the lab raid Biggest threat is what OB going to do now? the void may start paying attention to what she been doing and send the ceph to help her in fighting us
I think we're all missing the most important thing hereTHE CITADEL IS AT A 100% COMPLETION
>>48327615I like this plan. It helps The Lee.
>>48327683We should start raiding her systems already. If only to get more intelligence on her force disposition and to disrupt whatever she's planning at the moment.
>>48327582What fucking palantirs. They rely on their mortal followers to interact with 3 dimensional space, they so far been shown to be completely unaware of anything that happens when it doesn't affect their slaves.
>>48327663We could ask Theseus for information about them.>>48327671Pretty sure QD said farms still need good soil to grow on.
>>48327673>Psionic CloakingMediumA complex practice naturally accomplished by the Phantoms under the care of the Barren Queen, you have been instructed in the basics, and now all that is left is practice and application. In theory it is simple, using carefully woven mental signals to broadcast a sense of non-existence. While this process is most effective against being sensitive to tachyonic radiation, it can be used against virtually any organic being. A psionic race may find entire patches of planet voided from their minds like a mass-induced psychosis, while less attuned or mentally blind species find details of the cloaked unit impossible to remember or describe, or may simply not notice the unit unless it is alone and obvious in appearance. Simply turning around or standing among a small crowd is enough to become virtually invisible. Unfortunately, this invisibility comes at a cost, as it is omni-directional, and any unit enveloped in such a shroud would be unable to mentally communicate with others, effectively cutting itself off from any hive network. This ability requires at least a moderate relay or implant to accomplish, although no drone would do so willingly and cut itself off from the Queen without a direct command to do so.>Psionic TelekinesisVery SlowWith the development of psionic imprinting it is now clear to the hive that tachyons can effect real matter in a very real way. While normally so minuscule in nature the forces of tachyonic radiation offers no force whatsoever, a focused, maintained wave of psionics could, in theory, impart a real and measurable physical force. The success of Psionic Imprinting seems to offer prove of the concept in theory, and the only limiting factor now is how efficiently the imparted force from tachyonic particles scales up from the molecular level.
>>48327710What a shame. We can't do that until scouting pods report back
>>48327710>>48327683I'm nervous about what'll happen now that she knows about humans and that we defended them
>>48327683I agree with this, Lee's usefulness as an ambassador has gone up in smoke since the last thread. Maybe as a poster boy but not as our actual middleman with the Union.
>>48327738>Photonic armorMediumWhile it is not nearly as robust as what your thinkers promise from the miniaturization of shield technology, these small plates of massive photons are solid enough to deflect weapons fire and absorb energy for a brief period of time. Less a portable defensive shield and more of a temporary deployable cover, this technology, in theory, would offer drones or agents a way to quickly protect themselves during a momentary lack of cover before the photons dissipate.>Personal shieldingSlowBy further shrinking the emitters, your thinkers believe they may be able to eventually make them small enough to be equipped to the carapace of a drone, or to the surface of an armored suit. At this time it is mostly speculation and an eagerness to please mother beyond all reason, and you cannot be sure what the limitations may be, but the thinkers are sure they can do it.>Shield domeSlowThe opposite way of thinking as personal shielding, by scaling the shield emitters up further to a size that would be impossible to hold and power on a ship, your thinkers suspect they should be able to construct a defensive perimeter around a hive center protected by a powerful defensive shield. The thinkers that have proposed the idea seem to be certain in the failure of the other project, as they are of this one, and you have had to separate the quantum thinkers as they attempted to disprove each others’ theories more than develop their own.>Advanced Psionic ReadingSlowWith your new abilities growing, you continue to hone and develop more advanced methods of using your psionic network. Your thinkers believe that with more practice they should be able to delve deeper into the minds of non-hive life, digging past surface thoughts and emotions and into more detailed pieces of information without resorting to invasive neural interfaces.
>>48327730>QuestDrone !!tu02dh0DlTY Mon 30 Jun 2014 04:10:22 No.33100344>>>33100169>You reach out with your mind, like you would a drone, and... it twists, but not in any direction. You are unsure how you know, but you can feel it twist through space into somewhere.... else.>You can see it, feel it even. An endless void, filled with strange motes of light. Not quite stars, not matter even, but twisted nodules of reality. They feel right to you, as if they should be this way, and you recognize them as doorways. You reach out to one and peer in to see a number of humans standing in a line, music plays as a man in a white coat pins a small piece of metal to another human's chest. It is Lee, you realize. The rest of the crew stand at attention, in line to receive similar medals.>>You move to another. This time you see a strange object, a large cylinder floating through space above a large gas giant. Bolts of lightning arc from the hull to the atmosphere and back as a funnel of gas pours into the five kilometer wide gaping maw at the front of the cylinder's hull.>>You find a third, and see a strange sight. A planet...burning. Its crust being torn apart by something vast. You can feel it shift, shaping itself in space like liquid mercury, and it twists in your direction. You feel an unbearable pain run through your head and seal the doorway, the mote of light vanishing in a moment. The crystal retreats to its normal size with the sound of thunder as the air around it fills in the vacuum left behind, and the crystal grows silent.The ones we've known about and have had access to since near the beginning of the quest over two years ago?http://ask.fm/QuestDrone/answers/137574204709>Just like you can, and once did, view distant locations and people through the void shard, finding locations or people that were known to your or otherwise tangentially connected to you, so too can other entities do the same to view places or things that are known to exist.
>>48327683Well, OB's in for a bad surprise when she sees we can partially predict where she's coming from now and shut her down even harder than before, so I'm not worried about her unless she's made some technological leaps.I thought about building a lab fortress in a remote system for when we decide to begin PC research, but recently I started thinking that having a bunch of cloaked, heavily armored frigates and corvettes that can blink the fuck out if things get hot acting as the lab might be better.
>>48327683Well i said last thread i wanted to invade the union with Theseus and the commonwealth and use their worlds to support our war effort.>>48327744We don't need all the scouting pods to report back, just the ones that have been conveniently sent where we plan to attack.
>>48327400>[You feel the notice of a Distant Mind]>>Psionic research has received a small boost>>Slip drives have a 10% chance to alert you to their usageSo the attention of the void God actually brings benefits in the short term? Like, is this some sort of token of favor(?), or are we talking about something so powerful that it bends the laws of physics just by looking at things?I've heard it said that the difference between a power and a God is that while a power Does, a God just Is.I'm scared guys.
>>48327774>Atmospheric static generatorMedium (is done, but working on how it adjusts the Tower's cost in the new system)By utilizing the natural friction of a sufficiently dense atmosphere against the surface of a capillary tower, the tower can be made to generate energy to feed itself and reduce its upkeep cost.>Gravity thrustersSlowSimilar in function to your Skid drive, the Gravity thrusters essentially surf along pre-existing gravity fields, increasing their performance when in close proximity to major sources of gravitational pull, be it a large celestial body, a star, a planet, an exceptionally large structure or group of structures, or the core of a gravity drive. While in deep space it becomes less effective, the law of universal gravitation means it never becomes totally useless, and when in close proximity to a powerful gravity source it should outperform most other thruster designs with ease. Available research options>Psionic Cannon prototypeVery slow/Very dangerousDetailed accounts of several experiments show the slow progress of Project Godsplitter. The cannon itself is highly volatile, and even the smallest miscalculation often results in the destruction of the ship, as well as any nearby craft. It can only be equipped to a Hive ship's spinal mount, and requires a functional Void Shard as ammunition. At least a dozen testing sizes were atomized in testing the weapon, and in the end it appears The Gardener never quite perfected it.>Add all new research>Add some (write in)>Add none for now>Begin Psionic Cannon prototype>Do not
>>48327733The qualifier 'native' was right there.We can make our own fertilizer with blackjack and hookers, we've made thousands of farms out of barren rock we then fertilized, we don't need an entire biosphere crashing on our planetary couch, it's redundant with our own nitrogen fixation powers.
>>48327802>>Add all new researchand>Begin Psionic Cannon prototype with Theseus and Heretic
>>48327802>>Add all new research
>>48327802>Add all new research>Call together Heretic and Theseus and discuss if they can help with the Psionic Cannon research
>>48327802>>Add all new research>>Begin Psionic Cannon prototypeIt's time.Do the cannon research in a Silence Chamber
>>48327792I like the nomad research fleet idea, especially if Theseus and heretic join.
>>48327802>>Add all new research>Begin Psionic Cannon prototypeCan we throw some brains in a Silent Room and have them research it? Would that help negate some of the issue of being detected
>>48327828>>48327832That's suicide with them watching.
>>48327802>>Add all new researchWe ain't going to go full retard.To attack, they must be attacked. We aren't going to do that until we know we'll win.
>>48327710>>48327744>>48327765>>48327767>>48327792>>48327793We know some of her systems so have some fleets set to raiding duty just to harass herUsing lee was always a dick move since it would rub there face into the fact we arranged a raid into a top secret lab and just safer to use a speaker Would rather raid the union for any other void shards that they could have gotten Reminds me that we need to secure that void shard that was in the mirage pronto May need to send a fleet right now regadless>>48327802>Add all new research>Begin Psionic Cannon prototypeCan we make this a joint project with Unity and Heretic?
>>48327802>Add all new research>Begin Psionic Cannon prototypeAnd have the research lab/construction project be built by a nomad fleet composed by Hive/Heretic/Theseus ships.
>>48327832Oh hell to the no.
>>48327802>Add all new researchDidn't see any 'dangerous' in there. It's all good.Also, the list is missing Tribble and Carnotar research.
>>48327802>Add all new research>Do notThat would make it even worse.>>48327541>>48327846This is midgame at best.
>>48327802>Do notBut call Theseus, Heretic and Vaughn together to discuss it being worked on by non-psionics
>>48327840>>48327833>>48327832>>48327828>>48327846>Let's panic and commit suicide optionThe only reason we haven't is because they don't recognize us as a threat.
>>48327802>>Begin Psionic Cannon prototypeAsk for a joint research project with Theseus and Heretic though.
>>48327802>Add all new research>Begin Psionic Cannon prototype with Theseus and HereticAlso seconding the guy who said all thinkers involved in this project should be in a "quiet room" at all times.
>>48327887*we haven't been attacked
>>48327793And how will you plan on what's actually a priority to attack without knowing what's there first? You can't choose blindly.>>48327802>>Add all new research>>48327802>>Do not
>>48327857The Commonwealth are taking care of the Mirage shard for us already. It's alright.
>>48327802>Do notWhy couldn't we just let Theseus and Heretic handle the dirty work, the Humans weren't attacked when they were working on it.
>>48327820Hive queen quest 57, end of the thread.>The Leeland flora uses electromagnetism instead of sunlight, although it still requires an array of soil based nutrients, nitrates, water, ect. All that is just abstracted as turning the stuff plants crave into the stuff growing drones need for strong carapaces.Meaning that even our supercrop needs good soil.
>>48327802>Do notAt this point we would fail hard.
>>48327802>>Add all new research>>Do not
>>48327914But the union may send everything they got to retrieve the shard after what they just saw
>>48327802>>48327878I forgot>Do notLet's not panic. Not when we just got some protection too. We'd still need proper facilities anyways, whether a remote lab, series of ships, or pawning it off on someone else like mom did.
>>48327802>>Add all new research>Do not
you guys fucking retarded?
>>48327802>Add all new research>Do notSeriously why not just have Theseus and Heretic but not us working on it?
>>48327941>At this point we would fail hard.we have a greater tech tree than any other Queen, including mum, why would we fail?
>>48327887No, we have a new reason not to. We haven't because they literally cannot attack us if we don't actively threaten them first.>>47641474 >To attack, they must be attacked.Ceph, we can deal with without the cannon, and the Ceph are all they can field until we DO have the cannon.
>>48327911I'll probably ask QD to list where the weakest targets in OQ space and he can write what we vote to raid.
>>48327958But they may be busy with us for a while, since we just broke cover and all.
>>48327977Because we're going to be spread thin dealing with the OQ, the Scavs, the Union possibly going berserk as well as the crystals at the same time.
>>48327929Which we don't need NATIVE soil for, stop being dense. You can provide your own soil without wasting millions of nutrients creating an independent biosphere.
>>48327802>Add all new research>Do not
Why aren't we researching the psionic cannon?
>>48327998We just pulled out of the system and yeah they will send something to our capital But they know where the mirage wreck is and just saw what that shard unleashed Its importance just skyrocketed, they can't afford not getting it back
>>48328016It's too late anon. It's being terraformed
>>48328030Because the last two times a Queen started working on it, they called the void gods to the spot and got killed.
>>48328003So crush the Scavs like a bug to get the Commonwealth on side, and bribe the Jews to start raiding against worst Aunt.
>>48328030Because samefags are saying not to
>>48328046Why not go with the stealth nomad fleet then?
>>48328030We have to figure out why the White Queen lost last time before we make the same mistake.That means unlocking the whole goddamn psionics tree at the very least, so we can alter spacetime and not just matter.Not to mention all the other tech trees.We can also eliminate or sabotage their slaves the Ceph through sneeki breeki methods.
>>48327977Because the crystal hive failed.The one greater than us.
>>48328046Well no it never called the void gods it just has a tendency to blow everything up
>>48327476>Silence ChamberWe need to build a panic room with this directly adjacent to the Queen in case the Void God focuses too closely.Build it directly below the throne room, fit the floor between with explosive bolts so she can drop down in an instant, then a spring-loaded roof of the shield material rolls overhead. The room should contain non-hive comms equipment to connect us safely to Theseus and Elizabeth, who can them act as our surrogate psi controller if necessary, allowing us to isolate ourselves from the rest of the Hive without completely losing control of it (only, like, 99.98%)Advanced mode: build the panic room into a whole frigate, complete with Blink drive, stealth field, scout pod dock, solar, nutrient vats, and a catalog of our bio samples, and put a ground-mounted Rip Drive in near it. In the event of an emergency we can drop the Queen in, Rip the ship straight out of the depths of the planet, and Blink to safety to rebuild elsewhere.
>>48327977Because we have a lot on our to-do list right now, from non-important stuff like 'find Smith-making facility' and 'take a good look at those Canians', to more important stuff like 'deal with the Union' and 'defeat the Scavengers'. Plus it's probably a bad idea to just start research when we haven't even attacked one of OQ's worlds, much less taken one.
>>48327683I would actually prefer to see the Scav's wiped out ASAP. This would gain us quite a bit of credit with the Commonwealth and remove the chance for them to demand forces from us whenever they're about to carry out an offensive. We might could also leverage it to get some sweet tech unlocks.We should certainly begin harrying the OQ already though goddamn it's taken too fucking long. Especially the wreckage of Mom's old world where she's sure to be getting a shitton of metals.
>>48328070I think the reason it fails is because it uses void crystals as ammo if we study the cannon now we could have enough time to work out a different type of focusing crystal that isn't a void crystal
>>48328030Doesn't this pre-hiatus statement sound ominous to you?>>42346971 >I'm still waiting for the faithful moment of truth when you add IT to your research.Fateful moments are what Ron Paul is for.
>>48327802>Add all new research>Do notJesus guys, calm down
>>48328118No we couldn't not unless we can make a void shard which we can't.
>>48328104>>48328101>>48328062If we send in a large enough force to crush the scav home fleet they will just split up and run They aren't stupid enough to actually stand and fight against a superior forceWe saw that they did the smart thing and ran when we showed up to support the commonwealth
>>48327802>Add all new>DO FUCKING NOTDon't just go and panic. Notice is different from active attention. Right now we're a blip on the radar, and the psionic cannon would render us into a FUCKING GIANT BLOT.Not to mention we've got 2 shards to use as ammo. Not nearly enough to even test the thing out thoroughly.
>>48328076Should probably make a bunch of chimera's with quantum brains to help her manage the load.
>>48328076That's smart. I'd vote for it. It does place is at the mercy of our allies, but I think a backstabbing is extremely unlikely at this point.
>>48327683Here's a thought for the final battle:If we can pick the battlefield, then we have a fleet hibernating in a neighboring system with a couple thinkers and orders to reanimate the fleet after a set amount of time, like an hour for example, and blink in to completely flank our enemy.
>>48328062>bribe the Jews to start raiding against worst Aunt.>Giving OQ free tech.Thats a horrible idea.>>48328070We can set up an underground hive in gemini, spread rumors about mute cephs being healed by a mysterious underground organization, and convert them to anti-void god cultis.
>>48328124Psionic cannon research is basically you're fucked unless you're prepared. We're not prepared.
>>48328065Because at that point when we're deploying the psi cannon the crystals will throw everything they have at us as they did with Mother>>48328075Anon plsThread 29.2>>36076047>Finally, you sense space open before you, and an elongated ovoid of reflective metal emerges. The surface ripples like water.>You finally have their attention. You must be more of a nuisance than you anticipated.>The shimmering vessel grows into a point, and a lance of burning light slices a battleship in two, its innards burning like kindling, the escaping air carrying the flames from the wound like blood. Another lance leaps from the smoother surface and pierces a battlecruiser, slicing apart several corvettes behind it in the process.>Thread 24.5>>35195165>The crust of the planet below begins to crack, and just before the image cuts out you see a shadowy shape twist space around itself behind burning enemy formationsThat one's a bit iffy but the Obsidian Queen didn't have slip drives nor warp drives 50,000 years ago.
>>48327857>Using lee was always a dick move since it would rub there face into the fact we arranged a raid into a top secret lab and just safer to use a speakerAll the more reason to.It says, 'we know a secret, that we can spill to your thirsty news agencies at any time unless you play nice with us. Problem?'
>>48328076Sounds metal. I love it even if I'm fairly certain it would never get to that at this point.
>>48328062>and bribe the Jews to start raiding against worst Aunt.You do realize the jews do not have moible enough FTL to do that effectively right?And you do realize that they're literally on the other side of known space from whatever we want them to attack?
>>48328138Why the crystals are just used as a focus for the psychic energy thier something no reason we can't find or make a replacement other than an arbitrary one
So the reason we're not building the psionic cannon is cause it would anger the void god and we need to defeat everybody else first? Sould we invade the union then?
>>48328141That being said, their entire fleet put together can surround an entire gas giant.Ours cannot.
>>48328141And?We don't have to kill every single one of the fuckers in order for them to count as defeated. An alpha-strike using nano-missiles and cloaked ships under cover of a Commonwealth assault would take out a good chunk of their ships and probably industrial base too.After that point we reassess and just make sure the survivors don't regroup into anything big enough to threaten us again. They don't have FTL Comms for coordination.
>>48328198>Why the crystals are just used as a focus for the psychic energy>Source your ass.
>>48328198>thiers something no reason we can't find or make a replacement other than an arbitrary oneWell no shit, unless you can shit out something like that out of nowhere, the crystals are the only ammo the Psi cannon can use.Which is probably why they're used as ammo in the first place, focusing energy and all.
>>48328188Oh, sure. I don't doubt that we'll never reach such desperate straits, and if we do the quest will probably just get killed by shitstorms over it anyway.Still, it's nice to have a response to overwhelming OH SHIT moments on the table beyond "bite the pillow and take it".
>>48328229Why not just infiltrate and parasite them? Tribble DNA will make that even easier.
>>48328152against who? This isn't strategy it a fleet tactic >>48328187They can legitimately say we are in league with skynet that is a menace and the commonwealth that just declared war so will the masses truly trust us over there leaders during a war? >>48328222Yep that is true >>48328229Don't think commonwealth is willing to let themselves be used as bait
>>48328249We should make a human/tribble hybrid. It'll be the stupidest apocalypse ever.
>>48328198Bitch there might be a REASON it has to be their own crystals for all we know.It may be sympathetic magic, use the blood of your enemy to hurt your enemy.It may be catching their little toe, so you can reach the rest of their body.It may just be a big ole cheeky "STOP HITTING YOURSELF" joke. We just don't know.I recognize you from past threads, you're good at keeping up with this quest but not very bright.
>>48328273>KEEP FUCKING UNTIL EVERYTHING ELSE IS SMOTHERED TO EXTINCTION>>>/d/
>>48328141The last time when they ran (when we fought them with the Commenwealth) they were wiped out to the last ship. Not a single scav survived. If we can repeat that it will be an exceptionally good outcome.I agree with others that we should attack the scav main fleet with Commonwealth support sometime soon. We need to prove our worth as allies and our danger as enemies. A worthless entity like the Scavs are the perfect enemies to show off our firepower upon.
>>48328258We have Lee, who is alive and not dead, a government lie. So we'd have corroborating evidence.Lee also knows things only Lee could know that an imposter could not, like all the details of his past warhams games.
>>48327802>Add all new research>Do not begin Psionic Cannon yetElizabeth steps off the ramp of her shuttle into your hive's hangar bay. Workers carry bodies and loading cranes drag debris out and over to waiting shipping facilities where cargo pods wait to be launched along the magnetic capillaries that stretch across the planet to the various testing facilities and industrial chemical pits spread out over the hive. She speaks out loud as she sends you thoughts of context, designs and specifications, half-formed theories and experiments to be done."If it's alright with you, I'd like to move my research to a more secure facility. The psionic shroud seems the most obvious place, where the muffling effect is most prominent, preferably within a shielded facility beneath it. I hope I'm not imposing." She says. You look over her requests and they are not difficult. The space beneath the Shroud's surface spire is largely unused. The magnetic fields in the area are weak due to the local geological features, and there are no worthwhile mines in the area. It would hardly be noticed."I would prefer to perform the dissections for these... researchers in there." She says, catching herself in her speech as if almost forgetting a word. "I have no reason to think they're still somehow active, but I don't want to risk it. In the meantime, I assume Lee's procedure is concluding, and I'll oversee the final stages if you like." She quickly begins to walk off, before a worker stops her, handing her a cloth of organic fibres coated in a chemical solution. She looks at it confused for a moment."Well I wasn't going to do it by hand, the surgical pod is..." She looks down with a sudden realization to her arms, both coated in thick layers of dried blood. "Right." She says quietly and takes the cloth.Cont.
Okay guys, Tachyonic insulators could be huge BUT i vote we should treat it similarly to our stealth tech. It can shield others from us so whenever we manufacture it or something with it there should always be a self-destruct function nearby. On the other hand, we could probably create some super cool drones with quantum brains that can open and close the shielding, giving them the possibility to work close to void things. Sort of like psionic hazmat drones.
>>48328258Not at this point, maybe. We would really have to consult with them to know for sure though. They wouldn't even have to send a spectacularly large force, just enough to elicit a response and distract from the flashes of the Blink Drive.
>>48328249Because by now we've sort of committed ourselves to fucking up their shit with the Commonwealth. Still, using parasites to infiltrate their armada definitely sounds doable, but I'd prefer to just blow stuff up.
>>48327594>>48327878>>48328288>TribbleHey wait right fuck. Carnotar and Tribble research were Very Fast, they should be done by now. >>48327476Where da dissection at.
If we're going to go public, we really don't have any reason not to ramp up production hard anymore. We might have two eras worth of a tech lead on OQ, but she's got raw established industry over us in a big way. Even if one of our ships can outfight three of hers, we'll still get fucked if she brings five ships for each of ours.The solution, naturally, is to pick a few planets with decent nutritional potential and no existing claims, and we go full Forge World on them. Seed Hive creep and smart mines over the whole planet at once via spores from a dozen ships in orbit, immediately build the full complement of capillary towers, and just eat the whole damn place so it can shit out fleets. Pick a barren world somewhere and core mine it immediately.We just need to get HUGE.
>>48327685HOLY SHIT ANON I AM SO HYPED JESUS CHRIST ON A CRACKER
>>48328332I know right?! I want my space t-rexs and fuck apocalypse in a tin.
>>48328298We use biotech They can just say he's a clone and people will believe that >>48328292Yeah we killed them, no argument there But as this anon said >>48328222They have enough ships in that main fleet to take us and the whole commonwealth fleet combined at the moment We have to decide who more of a threat to us and i vote OB and Ceph fleets As long as we help the Commonwealth hold the line the scavs wont be an issue
>>48328318Liz, we have Silence Chambers for that now.Just have to put a bunch of Thinkers inside with you.
>>48328343Agreed, hive will get swole
>>48328318Sure, Elizabeth. We can even have a Silence Chamber built there, too.
>>48328332>>48328357This is going to be a very inefficient and very hilarious von nuemann goo scenario
>>48328343Agree, would be even better if we go to war with the union with Theseus and the commonwealth, take the expanse worlds and establish resource trade with our allies.
>>48328363Anon, I know you're not very bright with how long we've known you now.But can you read more than one line of a post?>Lee also knows things only Lee could know that an imposter could not, like all the details of his past warhams games.You can't engineer nerd knowledge from DNA. Any of the people at games workshop, or some of his siblings, might be able to verify something he says that no one else ever knew.
>>48328298If we need undeniable evidence of the Union's law breaking, we can always produce the severed head of the Smith Jackob killed on Tannhauser.
>>48328343This is probably the smart thing to do, even if I think the 'we'll lose five to one' is a bit of an exaggeration. It feels like we're giant Japanese hornets to her bees, where we'd still win one hundred to one.
Come to think of it we have no reason to send out a fleet to colonize system outside this section of the galaxy do we?
>>48328343I approve in general, but do you have specific planets in mind and which should be nutrient-focused and which should get core mined?
>>48328407That's my ideal scenario right there. We take half the expanse, and the Commonwealth takes Sentinel and Sol, while we both grow rich on the trade between our glorious nations.
>>48328422We have the limit of QD needing to draw more of the map.Just conquer the Expanse. It pays for itself in resource nodes and Canderon.
>>48328409Anon your a twit Nerd knowledge those not give you credibility in real life,admitting it to people just makes them think your a loser and if the only character witness are those players or hick family then no one will believe lee
>>48327400>[Citadel Hive ship] – 100%
>>48328417>It feels like we're giant Japanese hornets to her bees, where we'd still win one hundred to oneHoneybees kill giant hornets by swarming over them and cooking them to death with their body heat. The hornet usually takes four or five down with it.We have one good Hive of hornets and a few of those little things you find stuffed under eaves.Obsidian Queen has a whole damn beekeeper's operation.The numbers of this analogy match pretty fucking well.
>>48328422Well we'd need to roll for it, with a high chance of the ships blinking straight into a black hole or the empty space between galaxies. That's the biggest problem I can see.The real reason not to do it is mercy, QD has ran a lot lately and mapping out new system is tedious busywork.
>>48328446Afraid not, since I'm stuck posting from a mobile and can't really jump between tabs to check.Plus I just wanted to get the idea out.
GOD DAMN IT WE CAN"T GET RID OF THE USV HOPE CAPTIVES NOW!Unless we give them to the Commonwealth.
>>48328446Why don't we start making a list of worlds we could use for such reasons? We've already started seeding Farcast, so that would be the obvious candidate for full industrialization. Waystation has no sun and is already heavily exploited, so instead of trying to make it a garden world it makes sense for us to fully drain the core and turn what's left into an industrial powerhouse, exclusively used for producing more ships. Any other worlds you thinking about?
>>48328549They're still in deep-freeze I think
>>48328549Or just return them like promised it doesn't really matter at this point
>>48328549The union heard about elizabeth May need to hand them over with some memory intact and without parasites when dialogue opens with them as a peace gesture to pacify them
>>48328556The problem i have with mining the core of worlds is that it doesn't seem good for the long term when we can just cover a planet with farms and convert the nutrients to metal.>>48328587>>48328599Build a human ship, load it with the captives and just send them to the union systems?
>>48328519>QD has ran a lot lately and mapping out new system is tedious busywork.Can confirm, tried copying QD's style when making space maps before until I gave up working with Hexographer and used Illustrator instead.
>>48328549Why the fuck would you want to? Seriously, what do you think is going to happen once we hand them over like we've planned to do all along? Are you the guy from last thread that thinks the Union is going to abduct Elizabeth?
>>48328556I would say the wonder system and the 0-2 system wonder is near some unexplored areas and 0-2 can be used as a jumping of point to the union ether for trade or war
>>48328519>>48328452We could just use ships with Qcoms instead of relays and have them send resource and research to us.
>>48328619No needs to be one of our shipsJust raise questions if we build a human ship to do this
>>48328627No I'm not that anon, i just want to get rid of them, we could offer them to the commonwealth and say they trespassed our holy ground.
>>48328318Your drones quickly begin to carve out a large chamber beneath the Shroud on Leeland, rapidly carving out space for the various inefficient necessities of human living, as well as the large tachyon shielded silence chamber in the middle of it all, growing the needed lab equipment and running nerves through the chamber to permit communication with any thinkers within while still being able to cut them off when researching more sensitive matters. As your workers continue, the Angel touches down, bringing your hard earned salvage with it. Lyle limps out of the ship as his knee crunches loudly with each step, his face contorted more with the frustration of its inconvenience than pain. He holds his hands up dramatically."Alright, ya little shits! I need a new leg." He says, and falls back as he cradles the back of his head in his hands, falling into the quickly arriving grip of several workers that carry him to a pod. Jackob stands at the top of the ramp, looking out over the swarming activity of drones."I got Dillon in the pod we've got in here." He says as he walks out, looking around momentarily. "He should be fine after a bit." He walks down to the floor of the loading bay and tosses the charred head of Smith to a passing worker.[New Research Available]>Smith disectionMediumA cyborg of still largely unknown details and specifications, the "smith" as they are referred, are among the most potent black ops agents within the Union, using advanced robotics technology that is otherwise highly illegal for civilian use.>Request Theseus assistance for a boost>Do not>Other>>48328332I am sorry about that, with all the extra threads throughout the week I havn't had all that much time to prepair.
>>48328622Looking pretty good anon! I'd change the space background though, those stars look awful.
>>48328663>>Request Theseus assistance for a boost
>>48328619We could core mine those planets in the unnamed red giant system.
>>48328663>>Request Theseus assistance for a boostalso QD can we make a psionic panic room life what >>48328076 suggested?
>>48328663No worries QD, we still love you
>>48328663>Request Theseus assistance for a boost
>>48328663>>Request Theseus assistance for a boostIt's his area of experitise, and this skull is probably mostly full of electronics.Also when we get the chance, could we discuss some the following issues with Theseus and Heretic?-Possibility of forming a formal alliance and notifying other factions of this.-Opening diplomatic/economic links with the Commonwealth, recognition of Unity's sovereignty -More open technology trades, we've been hesitant because we don't know what he can offer-Increased co-operation between our respective intelligence gathering operations. -Possibility of merging our territories or allowing traffic through them, allowing us direct access between our two territorial exclaves (specifically M-199/Wellbuilt)
>>48328663>Request Theseus assistance for a boostWe will need help to crack this
>>48328663>>Request Theseus assistance for a boostSure. We owe him one from the facility (and he lost a server ship). Offering him some juicy research is really the least we can do. It also helps us out as well by getting the research done faster.
>>48328663>Request Theseus assistance for a boostCan we also attempt to mine his memories?
>>48328663>Request Theseus assistance for a boostAnd let's show lyle and crew how big the nowhere fuckup was, want to see lyle's reaction when we ask him to be a demon slayer, we might just scare him.
>>48328663>Request Theseus assistance for a boostHow is Theseus doing well have been pretty busy lately
>>48328706Yeah we need to debrief with Heretic and Theseus about this clusterfuck
>>48328622That star pattern reminds me of SS13
>>48328666>>48328759I'm totally not ripping off HQQ for the backstory of this game where the antagonist is an alien queen who likes implanting mind-control parasites into people. Nope.
>>48328663>Request Theseus assistance for a boostI don't even care about the boost, I just want to show off our cool toys.
>>48328663>>Do notWhy, when we can SELL the data to him later for something he researched already?He sells research to us, we can do the same.
>>48328663>>OtherRequest Quantum Communications miniaturatization/upgrade research from Theseus in exchange for access to the Smith research.
>>48328663So where did Thinkers drop the Tribbles and the Carnotar spawn
>>48328865isn't that what the joint research is supposed to give us?
>>48328865Again, the Smiths do not appear to have downsized quantum relays installed in their bodies. If they did, Killinger and co would have realized we were not a bunch of stone smashers when we fried the first smith they sent after us.
>>48328887What? No. Quantum has nothing to do with Smith, what.We get nothing in return with the current thing except the Smith research being slightly faster.
>Request Theseus assistance for a boostHe is quick to reply to your request, gathering the various collected data on the topic and transmitting it back to you. The process begins quickly as your drones dissect the metallic skull under his careful direction, both of you taking note of various interesting aspects of design. You find it rather astounding that such a device could be constructed of unfeeling and unliving materials, before Theseus begins pointing out areas where the design lacks efficiency.Elsewhere, deep in the bowls of carved out rock and metal, a fly claims a bounty of nutrients to feed its small egg layer. An open bag of snack food, nearly full, sits on a desk in a filthy housing chamber. A small, foul smelling apartment in the low income section of Bedrock's residential district. There are several humans nearby, but they all seem to have been rendered unconscious, possibly poisoning from a failure in the ventilation system, as smoke fills the room.Your fly pounces on the bag, quickly devouring its contents for later regurgitation and carries what it can't eat as it fills its grip with the large, puffy orange snacks. cont.>>48328622Looks good, and yea, there's a setting that just turns off the star background. It's considered its own layer separate from the black space background. Some people have said they like it, but I personally think it makes it look cluttered and can make the text a bit hard to read if it's too small. It's mostly just a matter of taste.
>>48328982What does anything you said have to do with that post?It was solely a reference to>>48001449>You would need to research it further to get it to a point where a drone could communicate useful data back and forth mid-mission, and Theseus would be the guy to help you out with such research, which I would be more than happy to stat out if you wish to go down that route.
>>48328994It just stole some munchies from stoners?What a rude fly
>>48327491>Hasn't the Union been the longest running enemy in the quest?No?
>>48328994Wow Theseus actually got to show off for once bet he enjoyed that
>>48329073He crushed that pirate fleet in the (second?) last thread, he also found our stealth hive somehow. Theseus has got to show off a good bit recently.
>>48328994I FUCKING LOVE OUR FLIES
>>48329036You could argue Theseus was the first enemy.The Union was the second. They sent Lyle to attack, and then the Smith.We still didn't know the crystals were also our enemy until we met the Skyl.
>>48328343I agree.>>48328663>Do notI don't mind either way, but I feel like we should not lean too much. It might take a small amount of time more, but being secure is important.
>>48329174Slowpoke feel shame>>48328994
>>48328994"Hey! Shit man, look!" Someone says. Your fly snaps at attention, surprised that the humans are still alive. "I told you, this place has bugs.""No way, I mean, there are roaches yea, but that's different, some kind of weird space bug I bet." The human is poorly groomed, with bloodshot eyes as he looks at your fly. Another human with a pair of damaged glasses and a balding head fumbles with his words for a few moments before speaking up."You know, I bet they come from Darwin. You know, that big ball of tangled plants that the military won't let anyone near?" A third human, wrapped in a poorly fitting bundle of hooded coats covering his bony body waves his finger at the other."Yea, yea, those fuckers are coming and going all the time at port. I bet they tracked in that thing." He says as he points accusingly at your fly. The first human leans over, and exhales a dense fog of smoke at your fly as he speaks with sudden urgency."Hey man he's taking my cheese puffs! Not cool!" He says as your fly is enveloped in smoke. It runs in a small circle quickly before slamming into a glass and dropping most of its collected food before quickly taking off, flying through the smashed in air vent."You know, I heard they're working on some nerve interface, some kind of thing small enough to put on an insect?""Oh? What like.""Like that thing could be some kind of... of little pint sized narc! What if-""Dude. This is Bedrock man, it's legal.""Well yea, except for this, ah, party favor? Yea, and that thing just wants to take a bit of our snacks, or, or, it's collecting samples of evidence for the eventual teams sent in to raid our apartment!" The balding human stands up suddenly, pulling a small gun from his shirt along with a small bag of dark grey powder."Holy hell, man! That stuff real?" The other human asks. He looks around, as if forgetting where he was, and sits again."Absolutely, you know full well my contacts are only the most reliable."Cont.
>>48329167It doesn't matter if there were some incidents at the start, the Union were more of an environmental hazard than anything else. There's no point in holding some grudge towards a name."Running" is also the operative word here.
>>48329186>Gentlemen, I think we've been bugged
>>48329186An illegal party favor? How exotic and delicious sounding for the Thinkers to taste later.
>>48329186Darwin huh sounds like an entertaining place for the curious hive
>>48329249Goddammit retardanon we already knew about Darwin. We know secret photos and details, way more than the stoners know.
>>48329186I like these space head junkies. We should adopt them later, and let mother keep them high all the time (except for when they are sent to do things for mother).
>>48329249All those worlds in the expanse, ripe for the taking.
Anyone else with me in decided we should clone us some hybrids for black ops and give them the very best cybernetics and exosuit weapons?Possibly put them under command of Lyle or Jackob since he's adapting well to Mothers Guidance?
>>48329259Oh calm down just because we no of it doesn't mean we've studied it's bio diversity also it's called chekhov's gun
>>48329298Yea sure, even if we don't go to war against the union having black ops is always good.
>>48329298We should get some taidaren hybrids in there too. Excellent sabateurs with how they can crawl into cramped spaces too small for humans
>>48329186Your fly quickly drags what it has captured through the cramped air vents of the apartment complex, tracing back to your swollen small egg layer sitting in a nest of crumpled snack bags and chewed up soda cans. Other flies bring back their own hauls, cookies, protein bars, pet food, anything they can carry to feed your tiny, infinitesimal hive as you watch the local inhabitants of the small residential section the vents feed into.Your tiny hive has kept itself hidden, but here, in such a precarious situation, it is unable to be of much use.>Have your flies search for a larger location for a more secured hive to begin>Have your flies spread out their intelligence gathering network further across the colony>Attempt to have a parasite infect several of the locals to infiltrate the colony>Other (write in)
>>48329375>>Have your flies search for a larger location for a more secured hive to begin
>>48329375>Have your flies search for a larger location for a more secured hive to begin
>>48329375>>Attempt to have a parasite infect several of the locals to infiltrate the colony
>>48329375>Have your flies search for a larger location for a more secured hive to begin>Attempt to have a parasite infect several of the locals to infiltrate the colony
>>48329375>Have your flies search for a larger location for a more secured hive to begin>Attempt to have a parasite infect several of the locals to infiltrate the colonyNo reason we can't have the parasites get to work early on adopting some human workers for the hive.
>>48329375>>Attempt to have a parasite infect several of the locals to infiltrate the colonyShaggy. My son.
>>48329186>Those guys from Darwin are coming and going all the time>That the military will never let anyone near>Big ball of tangled plantsIt's perfect for a nutrient focused hive. Absolutely perfect.
>>48329554Or they found something there that they dont want anyone to see
>>48329569Wait was Darwin where the Union got their Skyll artefacts or was that another system?
>>48329313That's not what I said, you're just being Captain Obvious. "Hmm this Obsidian Queen sounds like it might be of interest to us" no shit sherlock, we knew that already.The only thing that's new and the probably point of it being mentioned is that the military has stowaway-able ships that dock here we could use to land there.
>>48329595I think it was probably several systems. There have been ruins and artifacts on quite a few planets.
>>48329595It was Darwin.
>>48329595Darwin had indications under the foliage of large scale Skyl structures.You know, now that I think of it this world sounds like something the Gardener and Skyl might've collaborated on...in which case there might be clues as to the tech paths required to unlock the sort of technology that transformed Elizabeth and gave her fortification against the Crystals.
>>48329375>Have your flies search for a larger location for a more secured hive to beginYour flies begin to spread out, searching the district for a facility.Please give me 1d100, best of 3 to scour the area undetected.
Rolled 81 (1d100)>>48329674
Rolled 41 (1d100)>>48329674For the Builder!
Rolled 34 (1d100)>>48329674FormOther!
>>48329674Your flies spread out, searching the immediate area for any sign of a more secure location for your egg layer that would offer a more readily available access to nutrients. You are quick to find a number of different options, although none of them are entirely appealing, any one of them will do the job.Near the exit of the residential block is a cafeteria, open only to local inhabitants, it is a small, poorly run and poorly sanitized location that offers low quality food at select times of day, and is closed the rest of the day. Along the wall, you find a large machine covered in various names of flavors formed from not-so-witty puns involving fruit and other more creative flavors, such as "Choco-beef" and "Astro-lemon & Chilli" among others. Each is accompanied by a lever connected to a spout, several of which drip a thick, mucus like paste vaguely colored the same as the sign indicating the name of the flavor. Your flies search inside, finding a large supply of bland, grey-white goo in a container running the length of the machine easily holding a hundred gallons at least that runs with hoses to each nozzle, with a small tank of highly concentrated flavoring chemicals attached to the ends.Near the other side of the run down housing block, you find a small warehouse. It seems largely abandoned, with scraps leftover from mining equipment that has long since been removed. The chamber has sale signs pasted along the outer walls, but shady looking humans skulk along the shadows periodically, looking back and forth shifty-eyed as they exchange money, small bags of drugs, and various services. You quickly find a number of hard-to reach locations where rafters once used to hold a mining drill still remain bolted to the wall. You would still need to secure a food source, but you highly doubt anyone would find the egg layer in such a difficult to reach location.cont.
>>48330302>"Choco-beef" and "Astro-lemon & Chilli" among others.Horrible
Idea. Engineer nano-drones that congeal inside a person to create a parasite if enough are consumed. Lace disgusting grey goo with drones.
sooooo, question for QD, what would happen if we loaded ourselves into a pod, plated it with tachyon absorbent stuff and went FTL for a few years in a direction away from the OQ... would we be able to dodge the interest of the Void Thingies?
>>48330345>HorribleThat's a funny way to spell delicious nutrients.
>>48330345I bet Mercy is to blame for these abominations.
>>48330381Your Hive will break down without the guidance of their Mother,
>>48330392I'd prefer the mining facility myself. Lack of discovery is paramount, lack of nutrients just means slower growth.
>>48330413Pronoun problems or did you drop your trip?
>>48330392We could make flies with honeypots to transfer large amounts back to the hive and storage like real honeypot ants
Okay but guys. Guys. Nano drones in the grey-goop. No one will know, it's brilliant.
>>48330345We should ask Lee which is the better flavor. For science reasons.
>>48330484As much as I appreciate the puns but nanobots and drones don't work that way sadly
>>48330413Yes, but some people are panicking so much I think having an idea other than "PSIONIC CANNON WHICH PROBABLY WON'T HELP BASED ON PRIOR USAGE" is a good thing
>>48330380>>48330484Your idea isn't an amazing breakthrough, it's easy to suggest doing things that are impossible with our current science. We've talked about that kind of idea a long time ago.We have a long way to go in the spore tech tree before we can finally create drones out of spore fungus tumors inside people. It's a work in progress already.
>>48330527The Psionic Cannon probably has some other use outside of SHOOT VOID BATTLE THINGY WHEN IT SHOWS UP, otherwise Mom wouldn't have expended so much effort and resources on something that has no apparent use aside from being a really big gun that draws mad aggro and explodes after a couple of shots.
>>48330302Further out you find a nightclub in passing. You nearly dismiss it out of hand but your fly detects no activity within. You begin to scout out the location, discovering the cause of the inactivity. On the dance floor, or more accurately, in the dance floor, is a large mining drill that has fallen from a mine shaft above. The hole appears to have since been patched up, although the drill itself is mostly still present, covered in warning tape and scattered with components and stabilizing legs strewn about the area.In club you find a rather large bar, with still functional piping for both water and a steady stream of nutrient sludge. The sugar content is rather low, with more fiber than your drones are used to, but it's nothing you can't handle. The bar's odd sludge connects to several small ovens, which, upon close observation, seem designed to use a number of molds to quickly make the sludge into various crackers, pretzel sticks, and other small bread products. You question the validity of using a pipe to provide this kind of product, but you're not the one running their sanitation department, and you are more than happy to benefit from their questionable public planning decisions.>Attempt to move your egg layer to the cafeteria for maximum access to nutrients>Attempt to move your egg layer to the abandoned storage area for maximum secrecy>Attempt to move your egg layer to the closed down club for moderate nutrient access and decent secrecy>Other
>>48330580Yeah, it's "THE BIGGEST GUN" or did you not notice it literally blowing up capitals with one shot and eradicating fleets. BUT as far as we know it is also the only way to actually HARM the Void Thingies...
>>48330610>>Attempt to move your egg layer to the closed down club for moderate nutrient access and decent secrecy
>>48330610>>Attempt to move your egg layer to the abandoned storage area for maximum secrecyIt's like a microcosm of the vote in the first thread of which planet to land on.We can always parasite some people and induce them to provide nutrients for the little secret hive-away we have.
Rolled 39 (1d100)>>48330610>Attempt to move your egg layer to the abandoned storage area for maximum secrecyThis is the beginning. Scavenging for food is fine and once we get macro-drones that trickle of nutrients from the piping in the night club won't count for hardly anything.
>>48330635Yeah the Void entities are like the Omnibot thing from the Incredibles where the only thing able to damage it was itself. It's literally weaponizing a portion of broken physics to kill something not of this dimension>>48330610>Attempt to move your egg layer to the closed down club for moderate nutrient access and decent secrecy
>>48330610>>Attempt to move your egg layer to the closed down club for moderate nutrient access and decent secrecyWe shall be the dance club hive.>>48330580Son, I think you are massively understating the importance and power of Them.
>>48330610>>Attempt to move your egg layer to the abandoned storage area for maximum secrecyNutrients won't be a problem once we have enough flies ferrying food back, and eventual parasited human hosts.
>>48330610>>Attempt to move your egg layer to the abandoned storage area for maximum secrecy
>>48330610>Attempt to move your egg layer to the abandoned storage area for maximum secrecy
>>48330610>>Attempt to move your egg layer to the closed down club for moderate nutrient access and decent secrecydisco drones
>>48330610>Attempt to move your egg layer to the closed down club for moderate nutrient access and decent secrecyWe can have our clones purchase the building for an even better front later. And then read the minds of anyone coming to the club.
>>48330610>Attempt to move your egg layer to the closed down club for moderate nutrient access and decent secrecyTime to party
>>48330610>Attempt to move your egg layer to the closed down club for moderate nutrient access and decent secrecy
>>48330610>Attempt to move your egg layer to the closed down club for moderate nutrient access and decent secrecyYour tiny hive begins to make preparations for the move. Carrying an egg layer is simply out of the question over such a distance, but it would be a simple matter for a fly to carry an egg or simply morph itself into one at the location. Your thinkers begin to make preparations, and your flies begin to clear out a proper place in the club. In the meantime, the hive is still unable to perform any tasks or influence the locals on your behalf. It could hardly be considered a hive at all in its current state, but in time that can change.Your concealed hive on Bedrock is currently maintaining concealment. In that state it is incredibly difficult to detect, but can take no actions to effect the local colony, can gather no intel, and offers little of strategic value beyond feeding itself while remaining in hiding. Given time, and some inevitable level of risk, your hive can build up its numbers and begin to observe, or even infiltrate the local colony. This will allow you to perform more potent actions to manipulate the colony, and will grant you greater levels of intelligence as to the activity of the local population.With the order for your hive to initiate passive observation, an egg layer will begin producing flies and other stealth focused drones to continue to monitor the activity of the locals, gathering what intelligence it can without directly affecting anyone or thing. Should your hive begin efforts to covertly infiltrate the colony, your hive will begin producing clones and parasites to infiltrate and infest the local population.>Have your hive begin passive observation>Have your hive begin covert infiltration>Have your hive remain hidden>Other
>>48330978>Have your hive begin covert infiltration
>>48330978>>Have your hive begin covert infiltration
>>48330978>Have your hive begin covert infiltrationIt begins.
>>48330978>HAve your hive begin covert infiltration
>>48330978>>Have your hive begin passive observationI don't mind if we infiltrate either though.
>>48330978>>Have your hive begin passive observation
>>48330978>>Have your hive begin passive observationCould you repost that pastebin about espionage QD?
>>48330978>Have your hive begin covert infiltrationYour thinkers begin to make plans, and your egg layer begins its work as your flies spread out, securing a spot for the new egg layer to grow.>>48331117It's a bit of a mess, but yea, I was planning on slowly unveiling the rules as your hives become established, as opposed to just fast-balling a giant text dump of crunch at you out of nowhere.[Covert Infiltration]:An infiltrating hive will expand its facilities, creating large numbers of medical pods with which to begin mass production of randomized clones of the local species. These clones then begin to infiltrate the planet's major population centers, posing as members of the planet's underclass or fringe of society, they will observe, blend in, and interact with the local population, gaining employment and legal identification where possible, and otherwise observing and acting as supporting agents for other clones and agents, serving as disposable sources of weapons, local currency, and disseminating intelligence and orders as needed. This infiltration is broad and slow spreading in nature, but can be focused to work towards very specific goals.
>>48331176Your clones examine the note containing the address they had been given. This was the place. Set along the fringes of New Tokyo, close enough to the spaceport to attract tourists but still far enough into the bowls of the city to clearly hold some of the city's lower denominators as its regular patrons, The Hive was, according to a slightly drunk patron exiting the club, a hobo, and a giggling flock of tourists your clones had questioned about it along the way, was one of the more popular nightlife attractions in the district. Muffled music thumps from within as your clones move up to the entrance. A large man with synthetic arms and a finely tailored purple tuxedo vest and sunglasses looks over your motley bunch of children disapprovingly. A clone hands him the letter, a note offered by Theseus claiming to be sent directly from the mysterious source on Path. He takes a quick look, then examines your clones again, longer this time, and hands the paper back. He jabs his thumb to the door and steps aside, quickly bringing his shoulders back like a sealing steel door behind them as someone bounces off his chest as they try to follow your clones. You hear them begin to argue in Pathian as you enter the club and the music drowns out everything else.Cont.
>>48331412>The Hive was one of the more popular nightlife attractions> A large man with synthetic arms and a finely tailored purple tuxedo vest and sunglassesDeus Ex Human Revolution?
>>48331412>argue in PathianFucking shadow runners!
>>48331412Post tracks that you think would be played in the background of this club. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqgDzBdaRL4
>>48331498>implying it isn't this one that is playinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDpmVUEjagg
Am I too late to come in?
>>48331564You got until this thread falls off the board and the next thread.
>>48331564Not at all, enter and become part of the hive.
I'm reminded of the club music from that one Shadowrun Returns campaign but I can't find it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD0HMnyNvNM
>>48331412Your clones walk closely together as they move out into the club, your brawlers taking up positions along the corners, scanning the surroundings for anything out of the ordinary. Patrons nearby quickly separate, making way for the cluster of oddly dressed clones make their way through the club as a few shady individuals briefly make eye contact with one of your brawlers before thinking better of it.Your clones wonder where your contacts are, and together they silently select a table to take a seat, moving to it together as they scan the crowd. It is indeed rather busy, although the crowds are clearly not nearly as dense as they should be. There has been an odd shift in the tone of the locals in the past day. None of the news channels normally blasting from billboards and information terminals in the trains and stations on the way here were all off the air, playing nothing but commercials and weather information. The police that were posted along periodic train stations have given way to armored PDF militia, and armored transports and quadrupedal tanks stand squad along the sides of intersections and looking over major highways, and everywhere your clones went they could hear the whispering complaints of coverage failure for their interstellar communications as young couples slap their phones in frustration or jam contact buttons with their thumbs.cont.
We need to get strong right? So what if we create guys that grow in space to create living space stations that collect solar energy and convert it into nutrients. If these guys can get big enough we could be getting shit tons of materials!
>>48331815Now that we have teleportation, it might be possible...
>>48331802"You would expect people to want to come here even more with all that's happened. Loose track of the time instead of sitting at home watching the cannons power up." Your clones turn to see two young humans, perhaps a couple, emerge from the crowd. A young, obviously local woman looks at leach of your clones quickly. She has a small, white cap with a finely tailored green and orange jacket covered in irregular triangular flowers and white shorts that cover little which project a holographic dress that shimmers like a rainbow. Her hair is dyed shades of blue and cut in asymmetrical layers, hanging like jagged wedges around her head, and her eyelids each have a tattoo of an eye, flashing when she blinks. She speaks with surprisingly little accentThe man seems about the same age, maybe twenty five, and dressed in a vibrantly pink dress shirt with a tie that flickers colors, with a slowly rolling stripe pattern going from pink to blue running down along it, and a blue blazer with oversized shoulders that seem stretched over some manner of shoulderpad that keeps them pointed out and well pressed white dress pants He holds a long white metal stick like a walking cane, although it holds the brand for an air-umbrella. His hair is shaved with waving patterns of bald spots that run along one side of his head, with the other side covered in a shiny smooth layer of hair that reaches almost to his chin and seems to almost have the structural properties of plastic. The outer edges of tattoos can be seen peeking up from under his collar, although you can't tell what they are.They both look absolutely painful to observe, but as you continue to examine the rest of the patrons you must admit that somehow it is your drones in their muted and matching clothing that are sticking out. The two sit down at the table with your clones."So, where's Lee?" The man asks.>(write in)
>>48331978Getting emergency surgery. The Union decided to toss him into a lab experiment which caused the deaths of 99.8% of it's subjects.
>>48331978Not here obviously why did you call us out
>>48331978"He is safe and well, as well as a man who has been through his experiences can be. What do you want with him?
>>48332018Add to this that we might be able to rig up a quantum thread soon to allow them to talk directly to him.
>>48331978>He's safe on G-426. (Leeland)Secrecy doesn't serve us too well here. We'll be going public very soon anyway.If these guys are information brokers (or conspiracy theorists), ask if they are interested in knowing the real reason for the communications blackout. We can offer proof upon request.
>>48331978He is still being healed of his health issues from his ordeal. He has had quite an adventure.
>>48332018We ain't gonna spout out about secret government labs like that in a PUBLIC nightclub.We have to be cagey sons of bitches.Also I hope we didn't put ALL our clones in the nightclub and have at least two outside of it as lookouts.
>>48331978He is being improved
>>48331978>"So, where's Lee?" The man asks."Safe"
>>48332052>Secrecy doesn't serve us too well here.>in a public place surrounded by strangers>>48332090Yes. In a safe place. Good.
>>48332018Come on thinkers, stop giving away secrets at the drop of a hat.
>>48332052I mean, it won't be a secret that the hive has Lee soon.But it should still be secret that the hive has human-looking agents in New Tokyo.
>>48331978>He is of the safe colorfully dressed friends Pick all the food, Nothing but dogs and cats. God damn it 4chan.
>>48332052>They might be information brokers>Give them the information they want immediately free of charge.Think about this some more.
>>48331978"We'll get to that later"
>>48331978>looks at leach of yourLeach huh!
>>48332148The question is. Where are they? And is there someplace more private than a nightclub.
>>48332052yeah, looking at some of these responses, I made a dumb decision. Changing my vote to.>>48331978>"Lee is safe and recovering from Union experiments."
>>48331978He's with friends.Do you always meet in wretched hives? Is there someplace else you wanted to go after this?
>>48331978Be cagey and ask who the hell are they
QD, would you say Very Fast research subjects have a 90% chance of being done in a single thread?
>>48332257people want those tribbles and those kaiju damn
>>48332319And you don't?! We've been hyped for what we could do with them since before QD went on haitus!
>>48332334haha, I do, I just think the thirst is funny.
>>48332212That is to say, he's with friends *now*, no thanks to THE MORONS WHO BLEW UP HIS PRISONNot that we're pointing fingers.
>>48332369Ha, I like it. It's a good way of figuring out if they're the same guys and what their capacity for espionage is, while being cheeky about it.
>>48331978"Safe." A clone says. The two humans look at each other briefly."Safe where? Our employers have gone through a lot of trouble to find him." The man says."Twice." The woman adds. Your clones reply simply."So has ours." They says. "And we plan to keep it that way. Right now he's safe in a secure location with allies. You can maybe get more later.""Alright." The man says. "But things have been getting rough lately. We can talk on the go." He says as he gets up. Your clones begin to follow the two as they head to the back, walking past a guard at a door marked as employees only and the two humans quickly lead your clones to the basement. At least seven guards sit at a table with cards in their hands, all of them looking up as your clones and the two humans walk down the stairs towards them. One of the guards quickly gets up and moves towards a wall, pulling some unseen switch or lever that slides the wall panel open to reveal a dark hall leading into some service tunnels."This way." The woman says, and she hooks her arm around the man's elbow as he raises his plastic stick. It hums to live, sending the dripping water from the pipes above splattering to either side of the two as your clones follow behind.cont.>>48332257Yea, usually. No worries, they'll be ready by the next thread, and I got a very special adaptation for each of them.
>>48332420>they'll be ready by the next thread, and I got a very special adaptation for each of them.
>>48332420>they'll be ready by the next thread, and I got a very special adaptation for each of them.You're killing us here mang!
just imagine if we combine the reproduction rate of a tribble with the size and power of a Kaiju...
>>48332420Oooh, cloak and dagger stuff. Nice. I wonder if these guys might be interested in a new, powerful backer...
>>48332606A new friend on their spine? Who wouldn't!
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>>48332659>I used to hate everybody and things of the sort>But with my new Spinepals, I'm in love!
>>48332672>now available in a variety of red!
>>48332672>In love with mother!>disclaimer: may cause vivid hallucinations both visual and auditory, FormOther takes no responsibility for any sudden or powerful Oedipal tendencies
>>48332420"It took a lot to find him after someone nearly blew him up." One of your techs says. The woman looks back."I'm sure the boss will be able to answer your questions about that. You can call me Hiromi." She says. "And this is Feng.""Keep an eye out." Feng says quietly. "Normally this place is deserted, but the government has stepped up since yesterday. I hear it's worse on Gemini. Curfews and checkpoints in the streets.""Wonder if it's because of the commonwealth." One of your clone says. Hiromi looks back with a half smile."The Commonwealth is still fighting over the neutral systems, and the Union has systems in place for that." She says. "This is something new, something they don't have a plan for.""It could be a military coup." Feng says. Hiromi snorts out a small laugh."That would never happen, the military is fractured as it is, it would shatter if anyone tried to do something like that. Too many divisions made up of locals.""'That would never happen!' Usually what people say right before it happens." Feng says coldly. You continue for several minutes more until Hiromi breaks the silence."I don't think we got your names." She says.>We didn't give them>Our names are (write in)>Other
>>48332761>>We didn't give themWe're problem solvers, that's all.
>>48332761>>Our names are (write in)We can give fake names. I doubt those guys gave us their real names. We can give "code" names as well. At least reciprocate friendship or unity in an attempt to appear human.
>>48332761>Our names are omicron, Alpha, Gamma, chi, Muect, I mean there names are fucking weird.
>>48332761>Our names are (write in) Ein, Zwei, Drei or whatever number/letter sequence is appropriate.
>>48332761>>Our names are (write in)Number, (One, Two, Three, etc)
>>48332761I still wonder what this totally independent contractor group of totally normal humans that we just happened to hire should call themselves collectively.The Family?Brothers and Sisters?
>>48332761>>Our names are (write in)Peter, Bartholomew, Matthias and Mary.
>>48332761>>Our names are (write in)Tomm, Ira, Harry, Riddick, Liz, Daniella, Cherise, and Katla.
>>48332761>Our names areMr. WhiteMr. OrangeMr. BlondeMr. PinkMr. BrownMr. Blue
>>48332761>"Were just a couple of Mummas Boys"
>>48332761>ūnus, duo, trēs, quattuor, quīnque
>>48332896that should be the name of the clones, like how the Union's name for their robotic elites is Smiths
>>48332809>>48332837>>48332897I mean, sure, a serial number works.But we might need to use that for other groups too.So maybe let's have this group be like.Alpha P. Beta P. Gamma P. Etcetera.TL Note: the P stands for Path.
>>48332761You currently have 8 clones total, 2 techs, 4 brawlers, 1 survivalist, and one sharpshooter.
>>48332959>serial numbersDo you even greek son?
>>48332986Okay, I think I'll stick to my vote here>>48332876then. Obvious serial codes for names just screams 'I am spy or pod person and you cannot trust anything I do' to everyone they interact with.
>>48332986Eins-P, Zwei-P, Drei-P, Vier-P, Fünf-P, Sechs-P, Sieben-P, Acht-P?I warning ya, namegen consensus is a fool's errand if we don't have a hilarious pun to draw everyone's attention. Namegen is boring yet divisive drudgery without puns.
>>48332986Twelve Apostles1 Peter2 Andrew3 James4 John5 Philip6 Bartholomew7 Thomas8 Matthias
>>48332761>>48332876>>48333035Seconding this. This is our more "social" infiltrators, not necessarily agent professionals.
>>48333059Half of them are female.
>>48333074throw in some saints like Joan
>>48333035They already know they're basically spies, come on. We're just fitting into the role at this point.
>>48332877I like this one. Backing.
>>48332761>>48332986>Our names are Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthias>Our names are:Tomm, Ira, Harry, Riddick, Liz, Daniella, Cherise, and Katla.>Our names are Eins-P, Zwei-P, Drei-P, Vier-P, Fünf-P, Sechs-P, Sieben-P, Acht-P>Other
>>48333118>>Our names are Eins-P, Zwei-P, Drei-P, Vier-P, Fünf-P, Sechs-P, Sieben-P, Acht-P
>>48333118>Our names are Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthiasmy vote
>>48333118>Our names are: Tomm, Ira, Harry, Riddick, Liz, Daniella, Cherise, and Katla.
>>48333118>>Our names are Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthias
>>48333118>>OtherCan't we just use the names on those fake IDs?Why handhold the naming process, that shit doesn't scale.
>>48333095>They already know they're basically spiesFor all we know they might think we're just shoddy internet terrorists, not Smith level auged up superhumans. And do you really want to let everyone else our agents deal with on Path that these are pod people we're dealing with? They need a better cover and designation than that.
>>48333118>Our names are Eins-P, Zwei-P, Drei-P, Vier-P, Fünf-P, Sechs-P, Sieben-P, Acht-P
>>48333118>>Our names are:Tomm, Ira, Harry, Riddick, Liz, Daniella, Cherise, and Katla.
>>48333140>For all we know they might think we're just shoddy internet terrorists,And? Shoddy internet terrorists would totally think it would be waaaay cool to start using codenames like in the movies.We're dealing with a nerdy crowd here I'm sure they won't mind. The notion of pod-people is so ridiculous it couldn't even cross their mind.
>>48333118>We're the Stooges. I'm Iggy. The others aren't important.
>>48333118>>Our names are Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, MatthiasOr just use the names on our ID's...
>>48333118>>Our names are Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthias>>48333118
>>48333124>>48333132>>48333144>>48333168Can we at least give the women in the group female names to make it slightly less obvious?
>>48333224Has literally any post established the gender makeup of this particular clone group, we can say it was always male.
>>48333224Are you being... gender-biased drone? That sounds un-hive like. Only mother is female
>>48333118>>OtherLarry, Morton, Wendy, Iggy, Roy, Lemmy, Ludwig, and Larry Too.
>>48333224like Emiliana or Adela?
>>48333256Unless all drones are female.
>>48333118Could we have the clones argue about who gets what name just make the whole thing a joke
>>48333256Of course, we're trying to get these particular children of ours blend into inefficient non hive societies here.>>48333260I like the sound of those ones, let's use them.
>>48333284That sounds like a bad mind-set to have. >>48333303But I believe the term for the 'females' of non-hive races is... 'traps and ambushes'
>>483332241 Mary - mother of god2 Joun - of arc3 Lucy - St4 Anne -Mother of Mary
>>48333284Canonically, and utterly defying any conventional biological definitions of eusocial caste structure, all drones are considered male gendered according to QD.
>>48333290I can just imagine the clones trying to have an 8 person debate where they can't differentiate between themselves, because none of them have names yet.
>>48333118>Our names are Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthias
>>48333118>Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, MatthiasAnd since we've gotten to page 8 so quickly, I think I'll set up a second thread real quick. I won't be able to run all night until morning, but should be able to keep going at least until my 2 liter of caffeine runs out.
>>48327383>The inner chamber has been reduced to a crater, a dome of cracked, red hot glass simmering in the thin, negligible air with a single black crystal lodged among the shards of glass, its form frozen in an image of fragments like a still frame of a vase shattering against the floor.Wait fuck.We shut down the 5 power taps. Did the implosion seem to consume all the taps and their delicious Canderon?We at least now have a second dead void shard, then? It seems to be the same as the one from the Builder.
>>48333332Swweeet, can you tell us what the gender split between our clones is like, so we can agree on more fitting names for them?
>>48333365Call them retroactively all male now.They were schrodingers gender before.
What if Mother never thought of giving them a gender and they are all androgynous beings with nothing down there ?
>>48333332Is said second thread the same next-thread that will have the two new delicious adaptations?
>>48333415Not likely, next weak anon
>>48333359It did, you do, and it is... in that order.The closing of the portal consumed most of the facility's inner control center, leaving behind a broken crystal in the center of the resulting crater.>>48333365More or less what >>48333376said. It's perfectly fine.>>48333415Uh...no, just a .2, I know, I am terrible, but I promise that while one of the two may seem a bit silly depending on your opinion of how critical the square cube law is, I am quite certain you will enjoy them.
>>48333450We have gravity foils now, square cube law has a lotl ess impact when you can be weightless.
>>48333450>QD about to about to chuck the square cube law out the window for drone construction My hype boner is fully erect.
>>48333505I was always more hyped for tribblespores.
>>48333376We are the Apostles!Live to night!
>>48333494No, no, no, that is not how the gravity foils act. They redirect the existing gravity fields to allow for flight, but more weight still translates to requiring more force to move it. The adaptation does nothing in and of itself to neutralize any speed or momentum acquired by a moving drone either.
While waiting for the next thread to pop up can we take a quick vote to officialize the creation of a squad of hybrids for the Hives dirty work?
>>48333532>more weight still translates to requiring more force to move itMore mass just means gravity has more force that acts on it. If you redirect Earth's 9.9 m/s/s gravity field to invert its direction, you will fall upward as fast as you would downward, and all objects fall at the same speed in the same gravity field.Didn't you take a science class in high school.
>>48333590>Gravity Foils: These metallic wings are able to alter gravity fields directly around the drone, granting a silent, fast, and highly maneuverable method of flight. Large or heavy drones can make equal use of it, although they are slower and less maneuverableDidn't you read the pastebin?
>[New Construction Options]>Psionic Sensor TowerCould this kind of infrastructure ever be grafted onto a Hive Ship?Also damn, it didn't unlock something further in the tech tree psionic sensors-wise. Maybe there's something there but there are more prerequisites in the psionics tree.
>>48333618I bet we could stick a lot of planetary infrastructure onto a hive ship. FTL space cities.
>>48331815>>48333632why not do this?
>>48333632Well, that is pretty much exactly what hive ships were designed to be, so yeah. QD has already mentioned quite a few pieces of infrastructure that can normally only be placed in hives can be incorporated into the hive ships.
>>48333537Yeah I'll vote for it. They can also stand in as Ambassador Lee's guards since augmented humans are less threatening than having four meter tall spacecrabs looming over you
>>48333660We've been able to construct solar collector arrays for ages already. Not much interest.Direct fusion farms over a gas giant are more efficient.
>>48333666Satan we already pump out hybrids for dirty work on Gemini.And the whole hybrid factories of covert infiltration hives are being abstracted for Espionage crunch so we don't have to micromanage and handhold every little thing like we're doing right now.
>>48333661I know, but I meant A LOT of planetary infrastructure.
>>48333666>guards>wanting to be LESS threatening
>>48333632I think we were going make a weather tower at one point on Lee Land?
>>48333332>>48333450New thread's up.>>48333715