Your fleets rush forth, light bending around them from the speed into a doughnut shape in front of them. Your ship's sensors are used to this, parsing through the scrunched stream of light to piece together the view of the universe rushing by at relativistic speeds. The drive wings hum as your ships fall towards the nearest human colony where the tiny glowing specs of light marking warships swirl like glittering snow in a storm cast in the harsh dim light of the system's singular red giant star.As you continue to decelerate your ships, their sensors begin to parse out the two sides. The Scavenger fleet and the Commonwealth picket forces, each tearing at each other in a ravenous frenzy as stray kinetic rounds detonate against the atmosphere of the colony, and trailing particle beams ripple through the upper atmosphere sending streaking beams into the sky beneath the battle. Battle scarred wrecks list, spinning slowly as they succumb to gravity and dip beneath the stratosphere, bleeding air and water as they slowly begin to burn.Your fleet announces it has established a targeting solution, and you release your mental hold of them, setting them lose upon the battlespace. 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
>>49191936HIVE TIME FOR MOTHER!
>>49191936Time to worry about what we missed
>>49192061It'll be delightful whenever it pops up.Best Case Scenario: She was just probing to see if we had a defense pact with the humans. It would appear to her that we do indeed.
>>49191936mother was on time
We'd better either get to hear what the speaker was saying whilst disconnected and/or see the reactions of those around it.
>>49192174Didn't QD say that drones are in slow motion while in the warp?
>>49192256IT IS A GOOD PAIN
We are expect in genetics, we just design Tribbles that cannot evolve but that come in different flavors. With the pet version we just make it unable to reproduce, cute, huggable, and incapable of agresion, also we make the pet version taste horrible, even for hive life.
Time for Diplomacy
>>49192256>"This speaker is somewhat excited, it has never been through a waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrpppppppppppppppppppppp bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeffffffffffffffffffooooooooooooooore. Why is everyone staring?"All the while it's still moving its hands and eyes around like it normally would, just really slowly, and the humans all realize that the entire time it's been there it's been glancing at literally every one of them several times per second.
>>49192256We can't communicate with them in a practical fashion while they're in warp, however I believe the ambassadorial speaker has a q-brain so he shouldn't be spewing too much shit while he's there.
>>49191936Your forces skim the planets orbit as they decelerate, firing a salvo as they pass and loop around that shears into the enemy fleet from the side. You see a Scavenger ship catch a slug and spin, its hull warping and fragmenting as it rips itself apart from the impact. Another shatters in half, sending bits of hull in every direction. As your fleet spins as they pass, accelerating hard to give the formation a sweeping curve towards the planet, your ships fire again, the linear particle beams reaching out the astronomically short distance of a half-light second to flay the hull from several damaged ships, and your formation begins to enter the melee, falling into a range close enough for real time communication. You detect comm lasers pinging your ships warily from outdated looking vessels amid the conflict.A damage report comes to you from the lasers, along with data you already know informing you they had been expecting an allied alien force to assist. The picket force has suffered casualties, nearly a third of their fleet either destroyed or rendered inoperable, but they have made sure the enemy has paid for every vessel. Scavenger ships dot the battlespace, wrecks covered in weapon impact marks and torn to pieces from unrelenting fire. A faint static hints at atomic weapon detonations, and beams of light from the surface below tear at the descending troop transports, burning them down like moths in a flame. Shuttles fall from the orbiting ships and transports, shedding from their bellies like fleas as they scatter to the planet below. You already detect the chaos of combat beginning to spread on the surface.>Have your corvettes move in and deploy ground forces under the cover of your larger ships>Focus on assisting the picket forces in orbit>Focus on targeting and destroying the landing ships>Other
>>49192359He just sold them two tons of our nutrient paste.
>>49192374>Focus on targeting and destroying the landing ships
>>49192359Or he could be spouting all of the shit while he is there.However if it ends up becoming like >>49183867 that would make me all the more happy.
>>49192374>>Have your corvettes move in and deploy ground forces under the cover of your larger ships
>>49192374>Focus on assisting the picket forces in orbitGAS THE SQUIDSNUKE THE WHALESSTAB THE MONKEYSTRUST NOTHINGTHE VOID IS WATCHING
>>49192359>we regain control of the speaker as it finishes speaking>"-and human birth is disgusting! All blood and stretching and screaming and weak fleshy babies with single hearts and terminal stupidity! So weird! And-"
>>49192374>>Focus on targeting and destroying the landing shipsLet's see how good we are with bombardment.
>>49192374>>Have your corvettes move in and deploy ground forces under the cover of your larger shipsThis time we give full assistance, that and I want to our children to get stuck in in a ground war.
>>49192496Agreed. Our warrior drones have only ever entered ground combat against OQ and Lyle.Time for some old fashioned zerg rushing
>>49192408>Focus on targeting and destroying the landing shipsEXTERMINATE!
>>49192374>Have your corvettes move in and deploy ground forces under the cover of your larger shipsAh yeah, time to see our upgraded ground drones in action. It's been a while.
>>49192374>Have your corvettes move in and deploy ground forces under the cover of your larger ships.
>>49192374>OtherFull assist, ground and orbital warfare>>49192496>>49192571I just want to see the scavs vs warrior drones matchup, and to show the Commonwealth a few of our Goliaths.
>>49192571What about the battle in Nowhere?
>>49192374>>Have your corvettes move in and deploy ground forces under the cover of your larger shipssounds like a lot of transports are making it down unscathed
>>49192616And the Smith.
>>49192374I think we're too late to stop a lot of the transports. We need to get ahead of them.Let's go with>Have your corvettes move in and deploy ground forces under the cover of your larger ships
>>49192616we were the clean-up crew, along with Theseus's hunter-killer drones.I just really want to see our children fighting once more.
>>49192374>>Have your corvettes move in and deploy ground forces under the cover of your larger shipsYES YES YES
HAHA TIME FOR PLASMA ASSAULT CANNONS AND TITANS
>>49192644And the Scavs on the Builders superstructure
>>49192678Let's show the commonwealth how truly lucky they are that we approached them on friendly terms and wish to ally with them.
>>49192678I am honestly curious about how our tank bugs go against the Scavs.
>>49192374>Have your corvettes move in and deploy ground forces under the cover of your larger shipsYour corvettes begin to shed their own shuttles as they quickly fall to the surface, their hulls glowing with heat as they smash through the atmosphere. As your shuttles break the clouds their sensors begin to study the landscape below, a bleak world, covered in factories and boxy looking habitation facilities covered in atmospheric filters. The air is nearly breathable, but just slightly too little oxygen, and the air is just below freezing. Your own drones find it somewhat exhaustive, but their respiratory systems are far more efficient. You will have no issue here.Landing pods fall from the sky along with shuttles and larger dropships flying above. You pick out a number in your way and your shuttles begin to drop your flying drones. They swoop to intercept, screaming through the sky with a chittering whaling as their weapons open up and rip into the Scavenger landing craft. Other shuttles begin to touch down, their holds opening and spilling drones forth like a geyser of chitin.>Have your drones secure a defensive perimeter and assist the human defenders>Have your drones find and kill all Scavengers and scavenger-like things on the planet>Other
>>49192735>Have your drones secure a defensive perimeter and assist the human defenders
>>49192735>>Have your drones find and kill all Scavengers and scavenger-like things on the planetThe most important thing is that no scavs escape back to orbit with samples to study.Any advancements they make will cost everyone a lot more later.
>>49192735>Have your drones secure a defensive perimeter and assist the human defenders>Have your drones find and kill all Scavengers and scavenger-like things on the planetPretty sure we can do both, put fast killy drones on scav hunting duty while heavy slow drones help defend humans.
>Have your drones find and kill all Scavengers and scavenger-like things on the planet.If we give them time, they will steal everything, even the kitchen sink. They are worse than vikings.
>>49192735>>Have your drones find and kill all Scavengers and scavenger-like things on the planet
>>49192735>Have your drones secure a defensive perimeter and assist the human defenders>Both if possible?
>>49192735>>Have your drones secure a defensive perimeter and assist the human defenders
>>49192735>Have your drones secure a defensive perimeter and assist the human defendersWe are trying to score brownie points for being good allies after all...
>>49192735>>Have your drones find and kill all Scavengers and scavenger-like things on the planetGotta minimize damage the best way we know how, kill them all.
>>49192735>Have your drones secure a defensive perimeter and assist the human defendersPlease roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 49 (1d100)>>49192885GO MY CHILDREN
Rolled 99 (1d100)>>49192885
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>49192874We are primarily trying to stop the Scavs from improving themselves, that's just a side bonus.>>49192885
>>49192735>Have your drones find and kill all Scavengers and scavenger-like things on the planet>OtherCapture more officers for Intel and chimera subjects.
Rolled 29 (1d100)>>49192885For Big Momma!
Rolled 12 (1d100)>>49192885FOR MOTHER
>>49192837Eh, human reinforcements will arrive in about a hour or two, they just have to hold on until then.Let's give them the chance to be heroes defending their homes.
>>49192906HHHHHAHAHAHAHAGOOD FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE ALWAYS GOOD
>>49192906YES YES YES
>>49192906I love how every single time we meet the scavs we just fuck them up immensely. Time to make the Commonwealth impressed with our ground forces as well as our space fleets.
>>49192939It's the same with bitchy queen.
>>49192888You also believe pirates were like in Treasure Island don't you?Go back to read your Olaf comics.
>>49192954They deserve it
I get that we're focusing primarily on the ground, but that doesn't mean our fleet up in space is just standing by idly, right?
>>49192906This still isn't making up for that 1 earlier against BQ spore plot
>>49192954Forgetting the crit-fail yesterday already I see.
>>49192978That was cleanup detail. Our drones being oblivious after-battle is irrelevant.
>>49192906we Imperial fists now
I wont lie,I want to see how BQ spore creep works and also want to see and study how the fight goes between BQ and union ground forces
>>49192998Nah, it's actually great. More plot hooks.
>>49193085Yeah, this is more the Union seeing how fucked they are without us. Really, it was one of the better situations (at least from the Red Queen's perspective) to fail to perceive our enemy.
>>49193085I still can't believe that space Tokyo of all Union worlds was the one that got dusted. Seeing BQ's spores sweep through it's streets is going to be insane.
>>49193132We HAVE to send our Kaiju down to fight there (assuming things really do get out of control)
So how does the betting pool look lie?Spore causes zombie rabies? Spore just creates relay and basic drones?
>>49193171Our giant bettles are still a tad short to be called Kaijus.
>>49193202Spores infect and turn hosts into explosive spore bombs which continue the cycle, along with planting aggressive hive creep that devours everything in its path.
>>49192885I just realized that this is a bad idea are drones are still armed with acid glands were gonna be melting are human friends left and right down there
>>49193202I'm thinking body horror style amalgamation of all flesh and biomatter into giant masses of spores.
>>49193238So "The Last of Us" styleThats cool
>>49193259Dude we stopped using acid a long time ago >>49193297Dead Space?
>>49193259Our drones have thus far been good about not spewing friendlies with acid, and the actual explosiveness of a burst of acid is a semi-conscious decision I think. So we shouldn't have too much trouble with it.
>>49192885Your airborne drones begin to sweep the landscape, filling the sky as they scan for the human defenders. Wasps descend like a dark cloud onto the district, spreading out as they begin to take fire, sweeping in on the Scavenger positions. A squad holds their position in a small building, firing from mashed windows at another concrete and metal structure a hundred meters away. A strafer drone flies past, rupturing the ceiling and one of the walls as it releases several concussive grenades and its seekers begin to flutter through the sky, falling in a spiral into the newly opened holes as they home in on the traces of Scavenger genetic signatures, tracing their ever present pheromone trails. They flutter through the building, over debris and shattered walls, and the first pops, swelling with reactive chemicals as it flops itself to the back of the first Scavenger it finds, and it detonates. The windows flair with fire and dust, and others flair after it. The scavs turn quickly at the small seekers, the instinctive munitions flutter like animals, innocent in their intention but devastating in their effect, and several are gunned down as they race to their targets.You see a squad of humans taking cover in the nearby building, and others ducked into several ditches in a snow covered field nearby. They get up, watching in obvious confusion as a Scavenger dives from the second story window of a building, rattling its back in panic as two seekers dive after it. It impacts with a crunchy thud on the frosted ground, and the two seekers detonate, creating an avalanche of concrete as a corner of the building crumbles away. The humans begin to advance, sprinting up the debris ramp to the building's second level.cont.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNfPPu4Mrj8
>>49193401WE HUNT. FOR MOTHER!
>>49193401such adorable children
>>49193401I didn't know we upgraded our wasps with seekers podd but I'm glad we did
>>49193494Those aren't wasps.
>>49193401The scavengers blast away several more of the seekers as your wasps glide in over the building, landing on the shattered rooftop with a cluster of thuds, and they rush inside. You see several pack alphas commanding their respective squads in unison, one ordering another out the window as it trails several more seekers. It dives out as the small leathery balls of wings flutter out behind it, detonating shortly after.You hear gunfire below as the humans begin to clear the building, your wasps rushing in as the scavengers attempt to react, diving at one of the alphas with blades unsheathed. The surrounding scavenger troops open fire, boiling away your wasps as they detonate their acid over the alien leader. It rattles its back spines in agony as they slowly break off, its face rapidly corroding as its implants sink into the dissipating goo of its flesh. More wasps fly in from the window, decapitating two scavengers as they pass. The two lash out in confusion, reaching for their bleeding necks. One trips, falling out of the window, while the other is quickly filled with a spray of chitinous slugs and drops to the ground.cont.>>49193494Your strafer drone, and aerodynamic light bomber intended primarily for air support of infantry. It is equipped with thumpers and seeker pods.
>>49193671Our children are brutal as fuck.
>>49193494>A strafer drone flies past,I think I recognize you anon.
>>49193671Well zog me, looks like some of our drones did have acid glands prepped for use. I'm not complaining mind you.
>>49193708This is what we get for rolling a 96. Now imagine how brutal it is as this is happening EVERYWHERE our ships are dropping troops.
>>49193835Wow, we need more than 96 to get more than just one micro scene when there's a battle over an entire world? That's brutal.
>>49193835>>49192906Is a 99 not a 96.
>>49193862Har har. also it was a 99. I was thinking of the 96 we missed earlier because of the nat 1.
>>49193671The wasps rush the other alpha, sprinting on all six limbs as they dive back and forth to avoid blaster fire, and your wasps return in kind with a mixture of sting casters and their own blasters, ripping into the squad of scavenger troops.A door flies open with a firm kick and a human charges through with a rifled slug thrower held at the ready. Its design is unknown to you, but as he uses it to place several chunks of ferrous metal into one of the scavenger troops you can tell it is largely similar to your own thorn launcher. He dispatches with the scav at the door with a pair of slugs to the chest and one to the head as it slides down the wall, and he turns to the rest of the room, his opaque helmet hiding his face as he brings his hand up as if to wretch.Your wasps, their mandibles dripping with the almost neon colored blood of the scavengers, rip into the alpha as its last rattling cries for help fade, their blades scooping and scraping at flesh riveted with metal and wire. The wasps pull their heads out of the wounds, clicking their mandibles as their claws sweep at their eyes to clean off the gore, and they let out a crackling hiss, and most of them dive into the air, their wings spreading as it flings blood along the walls in a fine spray, and they take to the sky with a loud buzz. The last lingers, chittering at the human. He offers a hesitant nod of thanks, and your wasps twitches its antenna as it clicks its mandibles, and takes to the air."Bloc sixteen is clear." You hear from the surface. "Continuing to regroup with squad one-oh-seven, the road here is clear now."More transmissions follow, your drones homing in on the human reports of incursion as squads sit pinned under blaster fire or face dwindling ammunition as they cut down approaching forces. Dropships slowly fall in the distance as your aerial drones cut down the shuttles and troop ships as they land.cont.
Woah, Sorry I'm late. Been busy these last few days. (catching up and all)
>>49194131NICEpaint a terrifying image of our race for friend and foe alike
>>49194194>Sorry I'm late.>apologizing for being late>on 4chan>where nobody cares who the fuck you are because anonymous
>>49194131>his opaque helmet hiding his face as he brings his hand up as if to wretchI have a feeling that any planet we help is going to become a very strong advocate for greater ties/alliance/appeasement with us, out of a mix of gratitude and pants-shitting terror.Like if there's ever a debate over one of our demands/requests there'll be the standard spread of delegates across the yes/no spectrum and then a solid bloc of "just give them what they want jesus fuck please we don't want our eyes eaten out from the inside" people.
>>49194194Oh joy more namefags. Welcome back fluff
>>49194293And that is one reason why we're helping the humans in the first place.
>>49194293>standard spread of delegates across the yes/no spectrum and then a solid bloc of "just give them what they want jesus fuck please we don't want our eyes eaten out from the inside" people.Ah yes... exactly what we want.But honestly how can they not see how adorable our children are?eventually they will want to be improved and then all will be well.
>>49194263I'm just trying to be polite. >>49194234evening Salt. >>49194309It's good to be back. Well now! A near crit too! I need to get some popcorn after all.
The dice giveth and they taketh away. 1 incoming on the next roll.
>>49194367how you been Fluffy?
Rolled 99 (1d100)>>49194452Test
Rolled 21 (1d100)>>49194452fuck the dice gods
>>49194486can..... can we use that for our next roll? Please?
>>49194510He didn't let us use those four crits in that one thread, doubt he'll let us use that one.
>>49194367It's been a while faggot, what are you following these days?
Rolled 71 (1d100)>>49194486MATER VULT
>>49194131>>bloc>noun>a group of voters or politicians who share common goalsHow democratic.
>>49194525a drone can dream... maybe...
>>49194532Lately Beleaguered Prince and Audit/MAQ has got my attention lately. With planefag being planefag. I don't expect to see him back for awhile. >>49194460Busy as fuck, that's what! But the jobs are winding down for now, so I'm back here and writing again.
>>49194131Your swarm finds a squad pinned in a wrecked building, hiding from the blaster fire as they spray their weapons over shattered walls. A group of your warriors glides in, their wings fluttering to adjust their course as they control their fall, and eventually land on one of the scavengers, crushing it beneath its girth. Several wasps quickly swarm in, carrying away another of the enemy troops as your warriors rip them in half with their claws. A warrior crushing one of the smaller scavengers in its maw as it shakes its head back and forth, tossing the body through the wall where the humans squat for cover. They hoist up their weapons and begin to fire, shooting in short bursts as the scavengers as they struggle to regroup after the sudden attack.One cleanly slices through a warrior's arm, and is bet with the other, the blade sinking through its torso, another places several blaster shots clean into your warrior's head, cracking a mandible and searing away its eye. It brings up its weapons, the large bolt of chitin punching clean through its body several times before it drops to the ground.Above, warships lance each other with their weapons in the upper reaches of the stratosphere. Beams of light flash back and forth as corvettes broadside each other as they both fight for landing space, their hulls dumping their shuttle compliment like a flood of metal and chitin.Your warriors simply look at the human squad, the breathing tubes on their back flaring with steam in an echoing roar, and they leap into the sky as their wings fight against gravity."Junction twelve is clear. All enemy xeno elements confirmed dead." You hear an odd gurgling and a gunshot. "Now confirmed dead." The human repeats.cont.
>>49194692See what kind of help putting that extra effort into comfy chairs buys you? If only they knew this all started with the scavs lieing about a couch.
>>49194692>tfw still not colossus plasma assault cannons and no Titans sadness
>>49194703You fool. Do not ask. You know not what you unleash.
>>49194652Pimpin, wb. >>49194775how did the war with the scaves happen again?
>>49194692>"Junction twelve is clear. All enemy xeno elements confirmed dead." You hear an odd gurgling and a gunshot. "Now confirmed dead." The human repeats.I'm liking the Commonwealth.
>>49194811We will adopt them. All of them. Or, at least their sarcastic assholes. >>49194789soon anondrone, soon.
>>49194807They denied diplomacy with a blast to a diplo drones head. Right when it was midway through our eternal need for comfy seating trade request.
>>49194807We had a bad roll and they tried to steal from us
>>49194807They tried to steal a ship.
>>49194807>how did the war with the scaves happen again?We found them, they said they wished to trade for resources in exchange for comfy seating then tried to steal our ship.
>>49194862>The scav war started from a craigslist carjacking.Seriously?
>>49194807They refused to trade us a couch.
>>49194885We don't need more.
>>49194807They're gypsies, that's reason enough for genocide.
>>49194885The downside of pissing of a hive mind is that they hold a grudge about near on everything.Didn't help that the scavs kept trying to attack us.
>>49194885No it started cause they tried to mug a living ship.
>>49194692We really might want to save some of the alpha Scavs' chest-heart-brain-equivalents as trophies... Maybe one of them was actually smart.
>>49194885Pretty much. We hate it when someone tries to steal our shit.
>>49194807We found them, they offered to trade, they came in with fighters, we kicked their ass.
>>49194919Let our accomplished drones wear their bones as trophies for future conflicts.
>>49194963>implying any drone is more/less important to Mother>implying any drone cares or is capable of caring about its own individual accomplishments enough to brag
>>49194692Another position, a network of trenches beneath a series of gun emplacements that lash out at approaching shuttles, struggles to keep back a group of power armor-clad alphas. Your own flying drones skim over them, dropping a squad of heavy warriors that rip into their armor as they drop on top of them. Acid seekers fill the sky as passing hive bombers dust the trenches, melting away the armor as your drones peel back the plates and pull the pilots out organ by organ like a bird digging in a tree for grubs."AA bank sixteen, hostile heavy xenos eliminated... cancel orbital strike request.""Friendly xeno force out-bound. No more hostiles on scanners, command, please advice, southern shield projector damaged but still online. Saved our asses just in time.""Target zone is clear. We've lost a few but the bridge is still here. Enemy armor has been confirmed destroyed by friendly xeno air cover, repeat..."Sector by sector, your drones dive into the human defenders, eventually following them as they advance on the captured districts, slowly strangling the scavenger footholds as the local human fighters begin to push them back where you see their dropships floating over several neighborhoods of concrete buildings. Your own shuttles dropping down some distance away as your larger and slower drones move across the landscape. Two colossi, each pulling themselves from a shuttle as if molting, march across a slum district, their cannons firing into the large scavenger dropship. Its hull crumples, secondary explosions rippling through its thrusters, and it begins to spin, falling in a spiral to the open clearing of some park bellow."Lots of speakers, all speaking, so few speak well, but speaker speaks well, yes, very well, not like round Union speakers. Only one Union human is good at speaking, yes, one. Yes." Your drone chitters softly as the space around the ship ripples into a field of stars. It twitches madly for a moment. "What was it we were speaking of?"
>>49194811I'm very impressed with their soldiers' professionalism in the face of horrifying alien macrobioweapons. Much better demeanor than even the elite marine strike force that the Union sent to Nowhere, these guys don't even seem to be the least bit fazed by our drones shredding scavs to bits in front of them.
>>49195002Our drones have just enough childish personality to do silly things.
>>49195002>Implying we are not the kind of hive to troll our foes.
>>49195002They may not brag but they certainly try to please mother more.
>>49194929Hence why we hate the Union. That and the nukes in that satellite.
Are we capable of cloning Scav kings? Whatever the fuck Alphas evolve into?
>>49195002Well... not to point out any favourites, but all our drones know we love Citadel the most out of all our children, except maybe Lyle or Lizzie.
>>49194929I think any queen would hate having their shit stolen, don't want to lose unique adaptations and tech to another queen after all.
>>49195019Because they were briefed on it sooner, it wasn't just a sudden thing.
>>49195027Not without getting the copse of one of those evolutions.
>>49195013>"Lots of speakers, all speaking, so few speak well, but speaker speaks well, yes, very well, not like round Union speakers. Only one Union human is good at speaking, yes, one. Yes."I love our babies
>>49195013COLOSSI YESalso half retarded speaker drone is there too
Might be an idea to make a quantum brain speaker varient, for cases of human warp trips.
>>49195049Meh, you can say that and all but even still they're maintaining composure flawlessly. It's like these guys have compensated for lesser tech/less available good tech by being utter hardasses in comparison to the Union.
>>49195013Okay colossi, but no titans. RIP oh well
>>49194703Yea, Been working on a novel in my sapre time for nearly two years now. the last several months nearly ground it down to a halt, but I think I can get back into it. Gotta pay the bills first.>>49195013>"Lots of speakers, all speaking, so few speak well, but speaker speaks well, yes, very well, not like round Union speakers. Only one Union human is good at speaking, yes, one. Yes." Your drone chitters softly as the space around the ship ripples into a field of stars. It twitches madly for a moment. "What was it we were speaking of?"MY SIDES HAS ACTIVATED THE SKIP DRIVE!
>>49195092And that is why we adopt them.And they're not witnessing this shit at the same time whatever the fuck happens to all the people in DOOM is happening.
>>49195060>>49195013>yes, one. YesThat would be our lee, such a good human speaker.
>>49195106Not that funny fluffy, not full caps funny at all
>>49195082That one had a Quantum brain.
>>49195082The speaker already has a quantum brain.
>>49195082only reason he wasn't insane or catatonic was he was a quantum brain I think.
>>49195082They go into a coma if they don't have a quantum brain dumbass. Obviously that one already had one seeing as how it was babblng and not just waking up.We literally just had this exact conversation last night.
So now that the ground situation is taken care of we need to capture a scav ship intact, without them self-destructing it, and get their Skip Drive.I also think we should try to trade our Quantum Realignment tech with Theseus in exchange for his Foldspace Drive. Compound this with our political maneuverings to get Valen gate tech and we'll have the most diversified FTL portfolio of any race on this spiral arm!Also I'm sure we'd get synergistic techs going on if we unlocked the secrets of all those various FTL drives.
>>49195013Have our speaker suddenly shout "AND I"M BACK LADIES AND GENTLEMEN."
>>49195106>>49195210Is the fluff contagious. There is no such thing as a 'skip drive.' It's called the flicker drive.
>>49195169>>49195174Ah righto. Must have missed that tidbit.>>49195201Go fuck yourself? How dare someone not remember every minute detail. etc etc.Git.
>>49195013>all this Scav tech ready for researchI can't wait. Next time we need to grab one of their ships intact.
>>49195210Why stop at one? Why not get one of each class? Let's get a corvette and a frigate. Hell, why stop there? Let's get a destroyer, a carrier, A CAPITAL SHIP. TAKE THEM ALL.
>>49195210>I also think we should try to trade our Quantum Realignment tech with Theseus>the thing we already traded away the instant it got unlockedAnon...
>>49195301Not that anon but, we traded it away already? For what?
>>49195301Oh did we? I thought I had remembered some talk of it having been kept as a bargaining chip. It's been quite some time but yeah we did get the singularity projectors for it didn't we?Oh well, whatever the next tech along that line we unlock is we should trade it for the Foldspace drive.
>>49195053Surely it's embedded in their DNA if they can evolve into it. Even if that's impossible for some reason, just clone a babby scav and keep it isolated until it transforms into a king scav due to lack of scav chemicals or whatever it is that triggers the transformation.
>>49195372That's pretty much it exactly, QD said the one we have in a pod would change into one if we let it out.
>>49195340>>49195356We explicitly rejected the spacefold for the slightly more useful singularity projector.Literally the very same night we got the tech.https://archive.4plebs.org/tg/thread/41631353/#41631577https://archive.4plebs.org/tg/thread/41641753/#41642782
>>49195252Didn't we already get a scav drop-ship intact during our first raid at Wonder?
>>49195013Yogesh scratches his beard, visibly disheveled as he gives your drone a half-smile."I believe you were discussing the merits, or demerits, mostly, of the Union's administration. The entire way here." He says."This speaker apologizes. It can be too good at speaking.""So you said." Yogesh says. "Regardless, we have arrived in the Krasnodar system. Q-comm has established real time communication with the local comm network already. According to our sensors the enemy fleet is mostly beginning to disperse, and enemy landing craft has touched down." The admiral clicks several controls and the hologram in the center of the room flickers to several screens of security footage, helmet cams, and orbital sensor data."It looks like your forces have already assisted in pushing them back to their initial landing positions." He says, and clicks to the helmet cam of a drop trooper squad. Immediately the projector lets out a number of horrific screams. Fire fills the projector's view, and scavengers run from place to place, diving for cover. The screams, you realize, are not coming from any combatant, the scavengers lacking the organs, but instead from the air, where your circling drones let out the occasional screech as they dive down and rip into the flaming wreck of the crashed landing ship.The trooper in the projector fires at several wounded scavengers, and takes down another as it leaps out of a nearby doorway, and then turns to advance on the wreck, his armor absorbing a glancing blaster shot to the shoulder. A scavenger sprints by, its body on fire before a warrior drops from the sky on top of it and tears open its torso with its mandibles. Across the street, three human troops advance slowly flanking another hive warrior as its fire spray spills over a small collection of makeshift fortifications. The humans open fire as the scavengers dive out from behind the flaming heap, quickly putting them down with bursts of short range plasma plumes.cont.
>>49195413Right, and then those turned out to be utterly useless for requiring canderon. I was asleep at that time for that thread but I remember wondering why there hadn't been anyone interested in the drive. It's damn close to being as good as our Blink Drive.>>49195453We did, but it was only a drop-ship so it lacked FTL capabilities.
>>49195516Yogesh clicks the controls again and the hologram vanishes, replaced again with a view of the battlespace.The ground situation looks better than expected. Our own fleet is currently moving in, but the enemy fleet is beginning to scatter." He says.>Offer to hunt down the stragglers>Have the Commonwealth fleet hunt down runners and have your own fleet help to finish the battle in orbit>Other (write in)
>>49195549>>Offer to hunt down the stragglers
>>49195549>>Offer to hunt down the stragglersNO ESCAPENO SURVIVORS
>>49195549>>Have the Commonwealth fleet hunt down runners and have your own fleet help to finish the battle in orbitNobody escapes alive.
>>49195549>Offer to hunt down the stragglers
>>49195453More or less, but who knows what kind of stuff they have in bigger ships.Also we could easily crew them with cloned scavs and use for false flag operations and stuff like that.
>>49195549>Have the Commonwealth fleet hunt down runners and have your own fleet help to finish the battle in orbitBest minimise casualties. The humans aren't a hivemind after all
>>49195549>Have the Commonwealth fleet hunt down runners and have your own fleet help to finish the battle in orbitWe dont need to do everything for them. As much as I would love to unleash the no mercy plan it should be better PR for them to just do the mop up and leave us with the grunt work.
>>49195549>Other (write in)How well suited are your ships to pursuing theirs? Whoever has the faster ships should go after the stragglers.Unless, of course, their gravitic missiles are sufficient.State our desire to board and capture a Scavenger ship intact.
>>49195549Nevermind, I misread the options (what I deserve from reading too quickly, I'm a bad thinker).Changing my vote from this:>>49195574to this:>>Offer to hunt down the stragglers
>>49195549>Have the Commonwealth fleet hunt down runners and have your own fleet help to finish the battle in orbitThey're less likely to get torn to shreds chasing after a fleeing enemy than one that's standing it's ground.
>>49195549Uh.Are the stragglers the ones trying to run away and report back to base?I thought 'straggler' meant 'staying behind'.Whatever. None must escape to tell the tale.
>>49195598>>49195618Changing my vote to support this.
>>49195549>>Offer to hunt down the stragglersWe did design some ships with harpoon launchers and boarding stuff right.
>>49195618>>49195549I can get behind this
>>49195516>drone has memory of previous events after being cut off from the greater hive mind1/10 quest fuckin dropped
>>49195618We're the protagonist, we're naturally better suited for straggler hunting thanks to the best of 3 system that I don't think the other factions get.
>>49195685>Implying the memories aren't related to it's role as speaker and as such should be remembered.>Implying the speaker doing it's job is bad.
>>49195722The human gravity drive outperforms our skid drive at sub liminal speeds in certain situations though.
>>49195618I think our ships are probably better suited to go after the stragglers than theirs due to better command and control, but I could definitely support this if we decide to go this way.
>>49195549>>Offer to hunt down the stragglersThis gives us chance for some intimate boarding action in a lonely corner of space with no other Scavs around, too.
>>49195685Quantum brain anon. That's what it's for.
>>49195549>Offer to hunt down the stragglers"The Hive can prevent their escape." Your speaker says. Yogesh strokes his beard in thought. "Our interceptors should be able to reach them rather quickly." He says and nods to a nearby officer. The officer nods back and begins barking orders into a microphone."All fighters deploy!" He shouts. "Caverly duty. We have runners in the battle. Cut them down." The ship rocks slightly as several of the silverhawk grav fighters fall from slots in the rotating flight deck, and in unison they rocket away, their hulls forming into slender spears before they fanish."Of course, we do not have enough fighters to cover all of the fleeing enemy ships, so your assistance is appreciated. From this position I doubt any of our ships short of the fighters would be able to get to them faster than your own ships." Yogesh says. He squints at several red dots on the holoscreen. "Target that formation, it's already in range of our long range munitions." He adds. Several officers let our their affirmations and the ship rocks again with the launch of several cruise missiles.Please roll 1d100, best of 3 to help in hunting down the fleeing scavenger ships.
>>49195735It has a Quantum Thinker brain, it would be an awful computer if it's lost its memory every time it disconnected.
Rolled 13 (1d100)>>49195778Here goes nothing, for mother.
Rolled 54 (1d100)>>49195759I tend to think that our ships are better suited to going after the stragglers too, seeing as they're all modern ships with modern drives and more than a few have fusion cores boosting them.But the Commonwealth's fighters shouldn't be underestimated.>>49195778
Rolled 16 (1d100)>>49195778
>>49195810Anon, I think you misunderstand the best of 3 system.
Rolled 91 (1d100)>>49195778for mother
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>49195778GOTCHU
>>49195810>Hogging the rolls.Please leave.
Rolled 75 (1d100)>>49195778
>>49195816Ah well, could be worse.
>>49195830You see thinkers?!Praise mother and get good dice rolls!>>49195807>>49195810>>49195816>>49195821Dont praise and we get our shit wrecked! Just dont praise Thesus. He doesn't like it when that happens
Rolled 77 (1d100)>>49195866Damn it. let me try again for the heck of it.
>>49195816The fighters are also FIGHTERS.They are tiny baby ships.
>>49195897baby ships with top-quality payload
>>49195897And as QD has stated on multiple occasions, even a fighter in the right place can inflict massive damage on sub-captiol ship. I don't get why everyone in this quest automatically assumes that bigger ships=deadlier ships, like they've got higher power levels or something. We've seen corvettes go toe to toe with battleships in this quest and anything going fast enough is going to punch through any armor it fires on.
>>49196049Mostly is bigger equals more dakka.
>>49196049Indeed. A fighter that can aim it just right can blow out the Bridge of a ship and really screw it over. That or blow out a drive thruster.
>>49196099Also means a much slower ship, making it harder to actually hit stuff with its dakka. It's a trade off between the two.
>>49196107Or just kamikaze on the bigger ship.
>>49196145That's what our space pods are for.
>>49196191Like with that stealthship?
If it looks like scav ships might be getting away, maybe we should blink in some reinforcements from our other fleets (like the fleet we have at Commonwealth HQ). It shouldn't be that far so our jump should be accurate and our travel really is instant or close enough. Plus it's a carrier in design which should really help with running down escapers.
>>49195778Your corvettes and frigates quickly zoom from the furball of the battle, rushing after the fleeing scavenger ships. You identify a number of formations, mostly small, rapidly accelerating ships, but there are some larger craft as well, although their fleets lack any real uniform size or hull configuration, each being constructed from what is available in the best way possible, be that the scrapped hull of an alien ship, several patched-together ship fragments, or simply a new ship made from scavenged resources. You scan the mind of your imprisoned scavenger alpha for answers, finding the fleeing ships to mostly be FTL mail curriers, their primary purpose being to relay information and orders between systems, serving largely as scouts or the messengers of a fleet, as well as possessing a moderately powerful spinal mounted particle beam, at least in most cases, and a fair amount of blaster turrets. You find it not all that dissimilar to a corvette, although it is somewhat smaller, lacking many of the internal compartments and storage bays.In addition, you find several much larger craft, several Talon class raiders, something similar to your own battlecruiser in size, but more similar to a battleship or even a Commonwealth dreadnaught with regards to firepower. One bleeds atmosphere, likely a sign of more extensive damage, and the reason it flees, while the other two seem to guard an even larger craft, one your captive recognizes personally as the Bloodlust, a Rending class alpha vessel, named for its focus on fleet coordination, typically serving as the flagship of any large planetary raiding fleet. If it is fleeing, the scavengers here likely fully realize the battle is lost, or perhaps the ship's commander was killed in some internal explosion and the crew has elected to egress. Regardless of the reasons, you can see a wing of four silverhawks closing.cont.
>>49196233Or.We can silently blink in a number of stealth pods at their projected destination, the blue giant, far enough in advance that they will have plenty of time to get into position.To blow them all up inexplicably as soon as they come out of FTL.
>>49196292>one your captive recognizes personally as the Bloodlust, a Rending class alpha vessel, named for its focus on fleet coordination, typically serving as the flagship of any large planetary raiding fleet.I want this thing. Also now I'm really kicking myself for not posting a proposed boarding fleet design in the last thread.
>>49196292>the Bloodlust, a Rending class alpha vessel, named for its focus on fleet coordination, typically serving as the flagship of any large planetary raiding fleet.Sooo tempting to capture intact.Soooo tempting.
>>49196344Their tech is too similar to be worth it. Not to mention they will probably nuke it before letting it be captured.
>>49196340Well it would also help if either boarding pod launchers or harpoon launcher were actually on the pastebin.
>>49196397We haven't even captured an intact Scav FTL drive to reverse engineer yet you fool.
>>49196397We need the intact heart-brain of a Prime Leader caste to get a better idea of the current high-level strategies the scavs are working from in this region of space.
>>49196340Can you post the design now?
What do people think about asking Heretic to spare some of his endless swarm of disposable ships to reinforce the Commonwealth picket?
>>49196344It is tempting, but truth to be said I'd rather capture two talon raiders..more use for raiding sort of things, and scavs are more likely to remember to take care, if they see their captured flagship coming back to "rejoin" with main force, instead of two less important talons.>>49196471Very good point, we really need more inside-information about them.
>>49196494On my phone right now, I'll put it up when I get back to my comp if anyone's interested.
>>49196566They are not literally endless, he is many rip drive hops away, and this distracts from his unholy crusade of defending against servitor races, not random space vermin.>>49196609The leader is obviously onboard the Bloodlust, anon. You contradict yourself.And using it as an infiltration is obviously only doable if we successfully kill all the witnesses. Either we kill all witness ships and make him a puppet to send back, or we fail to kill all witnesses but still copy all his knowledge for our own.
>>49196471And who says one would be in that ship? Have we asked our hostage this?
So, how come this quest is being run on /tg/ instead of /qst/?Is there something wrong with /qst/'s community or rules?Genuinely curious because I want to try my hand at a quest.
>>49196670/qst/ is shit.Also QD didn't want to have the quest split on several different archives. Or have all the archives on /qst/ lost if it turned into a failed experiment.
>>49196292"Your small craft should avoid direct combat. The enemy command vessel's weapons are not visibly damaged." Your speaker says. "Although it is likely the commander is dead. This will only make the ship more dangerous and unpredictable. Small vessels should refrain from entering weapon range.""I appreciate your concern for human life." Yogesh says. "But I assure you, it is misplaced. The silverhawk is designed to serve as an anti-capital role, destroying or damaging enemy heavy hitters ahead of the advance of a larger fleet. My only concern is that we lack the numbers to pursue all of the fleeing ships at once." Your drone chitters in affirmation as your own fleet formations begin to rapidly close the distance.You see as several motes of light flash into existence, leaving the silverhawks as they boost ahead of your hive corvettes. The streaking missiles arc in amid a hail of point defence weapons, igniting with several quick flashes of atomic blasts that boil away the outer hull and shields of several of the smaller craft. They twitch, and begin to fall behind the others as the grav fighters open up with a nose mounted cannon that shreds into the soft half-melted hull of the craft, quickly venting the ship's atmosphere as they dance around the derelict ships before slinging themselves further ahead after the Bloodlust as they release several more nuclear warheads.cont.>>49196670It pre-dates /qst/, all the players are here. I ran another short quest on /qst/, too slow for my taste and it's only gotten slower it seems. To each there own though, I've seen some good things come of the slow nature of /qst/, and I still enjoyed the one I ran there, just prefer being able to run in sessions.
>>49196670/qst/ is a steaming broken shitpile of a concentration camp/board created by a mod who hadn't seen a quest since Ruby and literally only supported by the faggots who wanted questing to die.Only a few QMs migrated and 90% of those either came back or died. There are literally no good quests that've started there.The community is made up of people who followed their QMs there and random shitposters from /b/ and /s4s/, and is so dead threads take upwards of ten days to die.So yeah, /tg/ is absolutely a better place for quests.
>>49196754I think this Hive/Commonwealth alliance is going to be glorious indeed. In the future we should definitely see about assisting them on the more social side of their empire as well, maybe set up trial hive clinics to help improve quality of life or something.
>>49196670/qst/ was stillborn, nobody even wanted it in the first place.And they failed on the most important part, it should have been named /qt/ instead, maybe I'd go there if that were the case.
>>49196800>come visit the Human Fixing Station! Making up for Mother Nature's failures!>purchase an artificial limb and get a second heart and immortality treatment free!
>>49196669> one your captive recognizes personally as the Bloodlust, a Rending class alpha vessel, named for its focus on fleet coordination, typically serving as the flagship of any large planetary raiding fleet. If it is fleeing, the scavengers here likely fully realize the battle is lostDo you realize what 'flagship' means. It either holds the grand poobah that commanded all the other ships here, or it holds his corpse, which is just as useful to our bio-tanks if his brain is intact.
>>49196800That would definitely improve PR to help with whoever in the Commonwealth is xenophobicThat reminds me, are there populations of Taidaren or Ceph among the Commonwealth? I'm pretty certain there must be Valen trading with them of course
>>49196829Given what its supporters wanted supposed it should have been named /oven/ or /jew/.
>>49196754I think the Commonwealth is my spirit animal. So many fucking nukes.>>49196829too be fair like 8 of the same anon's were the ones who bitched about it loud as fuck to get it made. I feel bad for the guys who post on it.
You know, there's no one who'd be more willing to make a deal with the devil than a 200 year old man on death's door.Once the procedure is complete, he can just boss away any doctors who insist on medical scrutiny since he's the goddamn emperor of Aquarius.We'd just have to deal with the uppity princes who were hoping to inherit the throne afterwards.
>>49197009He means we can parasite the emperor with the promise of immortality.
>>49196979>>49197009Pretty sure he's talking about parasiting the Commonwealth Emperor.
>>49196754Elsewhere, behind your fleet, you sense a sudden burst of radiation. Your sensors pivot to see the impact of the pride of Confederate long range munitions, the Fer-de-lance gravitic missile, impact the leading Talon of a cluster of smaller mail curriers and light raiders like a newly ignited star. The blast flash-boils the hulls of the surrounding ships, the capital talon class vanishing in an instant as the vibrant star of the warhead's blast suddenly falls in on itself, collapsing into a dark spot of nothing. The shriveled, split-hulled ships fracture further, their forms shredding to dust as they rapidly orbit the black hole of the warhead, and spiral into oblivion before the maw begins to evaporate, bleeding away into nothing like a wound in the universe slowly healing itself.You turn your sensors back to your nearing targets, as the human grav fighters slam impactor after impactor against the Bloodlust alpha ship, nukes detonating against its shields as they flicker away layer after layer. The sudden flash of three nukes ripple over the ship's hull as its shields fail section by section, and a half-dozen kinetic warheads slam into the ship's side like harpoons into the belly of a whale, expelling atmosphere in expanding sheets as the flight of grav fighters spiral around the trailing blaster fire. One catches a round and flickers in the distant light of the star as its hull bubbles and ripples, chunks flowing away from the impact as it spins wildly into the distance while the other three open fire with their rotary cannons, ripping into the gun emplacements scattered over the hull. Secondary explosions begin to go off as munitions detonate in their storage compartments and fall into space. You recognize the sudden burst of radiation of leaking antimatter, and your leading ship alerts the fighter as they drop away in time to evade the Bloodlust's death, erupting into a miniature sun with the violence of a matter-antimatter annihilation event.cont.
>>49196961Fuck that, the prospect of giving that bastard immortality is the single biggest reservation for giving the formula to the commonwealth. He needs to die.
>>49197075>currier>not courierI thought it was a typo earlier, but apparently not
>>49196830I love it. Mother Queen is so much more competent than Mother Nature.>>49196961Good point. Although our Commonwealth allies seem to be waiting with baited breath for the old fucker to just die already. Immortality for him could be a problem for our allies. However, we could potentially sell it to Magnus and Co as THEY are the ones manipulating the emperor. We agree to provide life saving/extending treatment, and in exchange the Emperor promises to do what Magnus wants. It's a nice way to gain a new puppet and a new ally at the same time. Of course, we should perhaps exercise a bit of caution and discretion about not appearing to be too eager to medically intervene with Commonwealth elites. They only trust us out of necessity, after all.
>>49197093...why?Did I miss him shitting down the throat of an orphaned puppy somewhere?
>>49197075So they use antimatter reactors to power their big ships?
>>49197093Every single commander on the Commonwealth high command (at least that we've seen) are counting down the seconds until the old fucker dies and stops doing stupid shit like ordering his fleets to attack the Union during the middle of an alien invasion.
>>49197103my fingers are just dumb.And spellcheck actually keeps correcting to it, so I'll have to mess with it's settings after tonight because it's actually trying to change the right spelling to that instead.Anyways, writing.
>>49197122He is too incompetent , and not usefully so.
>>49197075I like how we have been able to use teamwork without much issue with the Commonwealth. I really like these guys and am also glad to see us be effective together.
>>49197075Well, so much for boarding the flagship.On the other hand, now I want to buy a boatload of those missiles from the commonwealth.
>>49197156To be fair it is a real word >A currier is a specialist in the leather processing industry. After the tanning process, the currier applies techniques of dressing, finishing and colouring to the tanned hide to make it strong, flexible and waterproof.Your autocorrect just hates stolen French, I guess.
>>49197188Hell yeah to that. Mother only knows we have enough mouthwatering tech to trade.
>>49197177And you think we can't, y'know, make him useful? Like we did with literally everyone else we've parasited?
>>49197093>giving the formulaWell good thing we shouldn't do that then.>>49197177What? Are you thinking of someone else? He hasn't done jack shit, competent or incompetent, he's too busy clinging to life in a med tank, anon. Adopting him will let us make him instantly more useful as a Commonwealth asset.His authority and newly found hive-granted wisdom can then override the stupidity of his grandsons like that guy that swallowed Conrad's bait whole and started the war properly.
>>49197188>buying more than one or two when we can reverse engineer it in a few ingame "days"
>>49197220>>49197188We can always make an unlimited amount if we Invade and secure the Wolf system and liberate the Canians under the protection of the Triumvate
>>49197220We already have the tech, don't we? We just didn't think of using it like that.
>>49197188Gravitic missiles and all sorts of other interesting warheads are probably already on the Valen black market at Deep Song.We can probably get more competitive prices there, since there's actual competition.
>>49197264Wait, fuck. Those use Canderon, don't they? Nevermind.
>>49197267Honestly, even if we do have the tech (and I think we have grav tech, but not weaponized grav warheads), I'd be fine "trading" for it anyway.We want the Commonwealth to think they can offer something of value to us so they won't be quite so worried about us turning on them. "Health" treatments, for example, would be an excellent trade item for these warheads. Frankly, I think offering "medical" tech to the Commonwealth for free is likely to make them far more suspicious of us than we want (at least more suspicious of us than they are already)
>>49197267Also why use stuff that uses Calderon anyway? We can make drone misiles instead of keeping using pods. Give them Thinker brains ( Quantom Thinkers are not needed for that) and have our own misile swarm.
>>49197220You know instead of a research knowledge trade the commonwealth might be more interested in large numbers of exotic hive made weapons, maybe a couple battalions worth of hive made exosuits
>>49197339We already have drone missiles, check the pastebin.
>>49197339I think our standard missiles all have brains of some sort. There was a recent thread I think where missiles were described as feeling elation and excitement as they were launched against the Salt Queens forces
For some reason I have the urge to mother the Commonwealth. I am become the queen.
>>49197264The thing is missiles are some of the costliest weapons the hive knows how to produce, and they are one of the few things the commonwealth makes that would be of much use to us.
>>49197361Then how come we didn't heard a few hundreds of "FOR MOTHER!" in this spacefight?
I just want our Union speaker to say "Literally the only thing we hate about you is Killinger. Give him to us and we can forgive your other stupidity and cure this 'aging' problem you have."Just to see how everyone reacts
>>49197340Have Lyle recruit some Commonwealth veterans and get them trained up in using the Hive Exosuits for cooperative operations against the Scavs and maybe the OQ if she ends up attacking the COmmonwealth as well
>>49197339Because our missiles don't make black holes capable of swallowing entire fleets whole smart one.
>>49197340not just weapons, but out Bio-upgrades can be used too. pop people into our pods parasite them and sell them the lest of upgrades, that alone can do wonders for our tech/money income.
>>49197400All the drones that yell "FOR MOTHER!" are planet side killing stragglers.
>>49197407Yes, I like this. Lyle will even get to relive his glory days in the name of the hive.
>>49197402But it would be a lie. We hate their whole government system. Their first contact policies, the sat nuke, the fact they tried to kidnap our drones then sent a smith to outright kill us when that failed... the fact they are so damn stupid as to put several power taps in the same place and so on...
>>49197340Well, we have several stars. Some of them might have canderon deposits that we can contract a commonwealth company to mine.
>>49197400Because sound doesn't travel in a vacuum, dumbass.
>>49197429>parasite themThat would have some disastrous political ramifications when they get invariably put under medical examination.
>>49197465>but that would be a lie
>>49197407>>49197407>Lyle leading a small army of auged up veteran drop troops in hive armorJesus that would be amazing. We could recruit from commonwealth troops too badly shot up to still fight too, that would help demonstrate our absurd medical and biological prowess to the commonwealth even further.
>>49197462>Implying these aren't the best days of his life
>>49197485Not if we parasite the medical examiners first.
>>49197480>Sound>The Red Queen needs "sound" to hear her drones.Did you just join this Quest?
>>49197506Good point. Lyle loves his bugmom.
>>49197512No, brain just made a dumb and forgot "hear" can be used for psionics too.
>>49197526In time, all will come to love their bugmom.
>>49196772not every quest down there is a steaming pile is shit, some are okay. too bad they started off in /qst/ though.
>>49197075"Shit, was that us?""Negative, no nukes, I'm dry. Was firing kinetics only. We must have hit something.""Roger. Appreciate the lookout, AX1! I'll fly with you any day." You hear from the fighters as they lance out several more kinetic missiles and several bolts of particle beam fire as they streak away."Fleet, we have a streaker, repeat, glancing shot, hull intact, transmitting vector, over." The fighters say as they arc away after their comrade and your fleet rushes in past them, hammering away at the remaining forces. Yogesh looks at the battle scanner floating in the center of the room as your speaker chitters in confusion. The admiral looks over to your drone."Oh, it means allied xeno, the number indicates the arbitrary numerical designation the fleet's scanners gave the ship." He says, your drone nods as the red blips on the scanner flash and wink out one by one, until the last one disappears."That seems to be it. Our fleet will be engaging the enemy within several minutes, but they are already breaking formation. We should begin plans for our next target." He says.>Advice the Commonwealth fleet move to Tiberion, where the land invasion has already taken root on the surface>Advice the Commonwealth fleet head off the enemy fleet at Kalidesh, where the enemy has yet to make landfall, and let the Hive assist in the ground war conflict on Tiberion>Other>>49197206A pretentious auto-correct. Figures.>>49197339Your own cruise missiles utilize your hive Skid Drive to home in on their targets, although the canderon warhead itself does seem to offer a dramatic boost to the yield of the warhead.
>>49197407Don't those suits require a parasite to work best?
>>49197587>>Advice the Commonwealth fleet head off the enemy fleet at Kalidesh, where the enemy has yet to make landfall, and let the Hive assist in the ground war conflict on TiberionThey seem to be able to hold their own in space pretty well, but we far outclass them on the ground. We'll take care of surface incursions.
>>49197587>>Advice the Commonwealth fleet head off the enemy fleet at Kalidesh, where the enemy has yet to make landfall, and let the Hive assist in the ground war conflict on Tiberion
>>49197587>>Advice the Commonwealth fleet head off the enemy fleet at Kalidesh, where the enemy has yet to make landfall, and let the Hive assist in the ground war conflict on TiberionWe've proven we can assist infantry, let them feel useful working a spacebattle
>>49197587>Advice the Commonwealth fleet head off the enemy fleet at Kalidesh, where the enemy has yet to make landfall, and let the Hive assist in the ground war conflict on Tiberion"Best to play on individual strengths."
>>49197587>Advice the Commonwealth fleet head off the enemy fleet at Kalidesh, where the enemy has yet to make landfall, and let the Hive assist in the ground war conflict on Tiberion
>>49197587>>Advice the Commonwealth fleet move to Tiberion, where the land invasion has already taken root on the surfaceWe want to let the scavs fully commit their forces, then sweep in behind them and give them NO ESCAPE.
>>49197587> advise for going on the Kalidesh express
>>49197584The slow pace seems to work wonders for drawquests.Also there are a lot of quiters, a few quests never went past one or two threads then the GMs were like "Holy shit, this is too fast." and left to never return.I mean qst is slow but it goes faster on weekends.
>>49197657>Advice the Commonwealth fleet head off the enemy fleet at Kalidesh, where the enemy has yet to make landfall, and let the Hive assist in the ground war conflict on Tiberion.Due to our Gemini blockade we don't have enough forces to take vack a planet without hurting humans... yet. Hopefully the new ships will be ready next thread.And fuck Calderon if we want explosions that bad let's ask Unity about different types of bombs. Anyone wants neutron bombs?
>>49197765>Thinking shitty bog standard nukes hold a candle to the destructive capacity to gravetic weaponryNigga are you even following this quest?
>>49197825Pretty sure he's new.
>>49197846not that anon but that would explain a lot
>>49197587>Advice the Commonwealth fleet head off the enemy fleet at Kalidesh, where the enemy has yet to make landfall, and let the Hive assist in the ground war conflict on Tiberionproper drone- I mean units, on the proper job.>>49197657>"Holy shit, this is too fast.">/qst/>fastI don't even
>>49197765You may want to take the time to read over all our tech.
>>49197587>Advice the Commonwealth fleet to let the Hive head off the enemy fleet at Kalidesh, where the enemy has yet to make landfall, and have them focus in the ground war conflict on Tiberion
>>49197885Some of them - the ones with potential - get swarmed by all ~20 of the /qst/ population at once, so they actually can achieve speeds approaching half of a /tg/ quest. That's scary for some /qst/Ms.
>>49197890High explosive nukes without Calderon or gravity manipulation? Were?Also I am a bit warry of toying with gravity too much since abuse of that helps the Void Gods.
>>49197587"The Hive is most efficient in ground combat. We will assist your forces." Your speaker says as it points its claw to the system of Tiberion on the holoscreen. Yogesh nods."So I have seen. Your warriors are ferocious, and voracious." he says. "We will sweep through the battlespace, performing several high velocity strikes and continue outward while firing munitions at any remaining, that should be sufficient after your forces assisted the local picket, and we will continue to Kalidesh." He adds."This is sufficient. The Hive will begin its attack on enemy forces in Tiberion." Your speaker says. Yogesh claps his hands together in agreement."Excellent. Perhaps... you would like some private quarters for the journey?""Yes!" Your speaker chirps.cont.>>49197885Those were people from off site. A lot of people from forums that do quests showed up to try out the new board, but they were used to going at a pace of an update a day or so, so they just went back to their home sites.>>49197905Ayy, I see your tricks.
>>49197971>"Excellent. Perhaps... you would like some private quarters for the journey?">"Yes!" Your speaker chirps.kek
>>49197971>"Yes!" Your speaker chirps.Speaker seems oddly excited about it's own room.
>>49197937>That's scary for some /qst/Ms.aren't more players supposed to be a good thing?>>49197971huh, I guess that explains it. although we have skirmish threads nowadays, and they can take a day too if it's crowded. I guess even that's still too fast?
>>49197971More like a update every three days in some cases.
>>49197962>Thinking gravity manipulation leads to void god incursionOh god this is so wrong it makes my head hurt. You moron, literally every bit of advanced human tech runs on this. Go sit in a corner and actually read the past threads and ask pages until you gain at least a passable knowledge of what you're talking about
>>49197971>perhaps... you would like some private quarters for the journey?">later during the warp>"Is it still talking?">"Yessir. Though it got angry at the mirror for interrupting it."
>>49198004It can now have a corner to contain all its spilled spaghetti where no one will see.
>>49197962Unless you sit a giant living crystal at the center of the gravity manipulation field, i fail to see the connection.
>>49198007More players are good, but most QMs want to start small and build up. Less pressure from fewer expectant readers, y'see.
>>49198077>We send several gravity bombs to atack a ship since as usual we love overkill.>We have a bad roll>The ship had a void crystal>Welp, there is a tear on reality now.Granted is way more like that only works with several power taps, but still...
>>49198055Very nutrient-filled and efficient spaghetti, but spaghetti nonetheless. Poor speaker just can't keep it in its chitinous pockets during warp.
>>49198037To clarify for anyone wondering, the issue was that lots of power was being dumped into a void crystal experiment. Not just the existence of the power taps at all.
>>49198151Anon please stop embarrassing yourself and read the archives.
>>49198154We should program it to give out a musical number next time it disconnects from the hive. https://youtube.com/watch?v=YkfU1JqmkHM
>>49198151FFS those power taps weren't even tearing a hole in reality, that was entirely the crystal, the power taps were only there to provide the immense electrical power to fuel said tear. There is absolutely no conceivable way for THEM to burst through onto our reality without a crystal present. If they could use singularities they would have consumed humanity centuries ago.
>>49198045Yogesh was hoping the speaker stops rapping. Or at least switch to Deltron 3030 or something.
>>49198262I love this.
>>49198262The bugging out, opposite facing eyes on the speaker really make this.
>>49198236>not just the music you get when they put you on hold on the phone
Cute moth time?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITh0TgJ8a6Y
>>49198238>the power taps were only there to provide the immense electrical power to fuel said tear.That's extremely unlikely.>>48303390>"Each one is a heavily modified power tap, using far more canderon at a much more unsafe level of output, with each one existing in an overlapping gravity field focused on the center.The gravity fields they generated were themselves involved, not just their voltage.
>>49198317>bugging outhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxN4nKk2cfkMore precisely:https://youtu.be/cxN4nKk2cfk?t=3m35s
>>49197971"Are you sure this is necessary?""You want to make a good first impression, don't you?" The hologram of Elizabeth stands in the large chamber as workers carry piles of variously colored fabrics from the nearby fabricators to the the table nearby, where a number of others poke and prod at them with various chitinous devices and carvings as your thinkers simulate appealing pattern recognition algorithms through the minds of the Hope crew, searching for various aesthetically appealing patterns. Lee stands nearby in a skinsuit as a holographic projector superimposes the various results of the thinkers' designs."I just, I dunno, I feel a bit uncomfortable with all this." He says."Well it's not like you remembered to bring your dress suit when you were running from that lab, and we can't exactly just replicate your Space Forces dress uniform since you're supposed to be a Hive citizen now." Elizabeth says. "Oh no, he looks like some kind of super villain. I think the thinkers are trying to represent the Queen's head crest as a collar. Next.""Now I just look like some kind of wizard. This is just a fancy bathrobe!" Lee says in protest."You do realize there are dozens of worlds where robes are quite stylish for men." Elizabeth says. Lee simply groans."Well, how many are in the Union?""Three." Elizabeth says. Lee just rolls his eyes as the hologram flickers again to a new design."Just give me something simple, like what you see other diplomats or the newscasters wearing. I feel more like you're just trying to design a wedding gown at this point." Lee says as the hologram flickers around him into a white organic looking skinsuit covered in red silken accents sewn into the fleshy base suit. Subtle pink accents flow within the flesh of the suit like veins. "Huh, that's better, maybe try some other color schemes?""No time, and besides, that's based on the Queen's own appearance." Elizabeth says. "Are you going to tell the thinkers it looks bad?"cont.
>>49198500>"Are you going to tell the thinkers it looks bad?"I can already imagine the fit they would throw.
>>49195516 Ah this might come back to bite us in the ass should the humans start capturing our chimaera forces or a diplomat. Would be mountains of cheek but I suspect that humans determined enough could learn some weaknesses from it. >>49196292HA the humans where being attacked by disgruntle post men..>>49196670it has some nice features but most of the "player" base seems to be here on tg anyway, the tg board just has a few salty as fuck anons who cant stand anything not a version war or MTG general. >>49196754we have got to steal a few of those silverhawks when we can.>>49196961good idea but not the right man, we need to treat that as the penultimate gift we can give, with the greatest gift being "joined" with the hive via free parasites.>>49197971inb4buggedroom>>49198262who ever made this is awesome and deserves a raise.
>>49198537>how dare you this was modeled after mother we work so hard and this is the thanks we get how dare you etc etc
>>49198500> "Are you going to tell the thinkers it looks bad?"50 Keks
>>49198537>several dozen speakers drop down from the ceiling and start chewing him out>off in the distance Lee hears a heavy warrior roaring down the hall in pure rage
>>49198588>chewing him out>they are also actually chewing on him with their cute useless mandibles
Hey QuestDrone, I'm suddenly curious; how does the queen feel about physical and/or emotional affection? Whether it be giving a hug or being like a doting mother, on both hive lifeforms and outside lifeforms such as humans.
>>49198579>inb4buggedroomWhy yes, there's one big one innit, now!>who ever made this is awesome and deserves a raise.hehehe, thanks.
>>49198500"Well no, I just-""Good, after all, you're the representative from the Red Queen, daughter of the late White Queen, you're just going to need to accept that those are your two favorite colors now." Elizabeth says. "Think of it as a heraldry." The doors flex open from elsewhere in the ship and your speaker marches through."It is time. A landing zone has been broadcast to the Hive ship. We must prepair." Your drone chirps. Workers rush off with their collection of chitinous decorations to the fabricators below, crawling through opening access ports in the flesh of the ship's structure as the hologram deactivates."Alright. So what was the plan? Were you planning on letting the crew of the Hope go?" Lee asks. "I figure we could just sorta... shove them down the boarding ramp before I walk out and let the guards walk them away. Let the cameras see it all, you know?">Yes, release the humans in front of the Union media>Offer their release behind closed doors>Keep them for now>Other (write in)
>>49198692Hm, if we return the crew of the Hope, that raises the issue of being associated with Unity.
>>49198692>>Yes, release the humans in front of the Union media
>>49198692>Yes, release the humans in front of the Union media>Lee is good boy, Lee knows best for hu-man relationships, No pasta spilling here.
>>49198692>Yes, release the humans in front of the Union media
how do we do this? I forgot how we agreed on to deal with this on the past threads.I do remembe agreeing on releasing, but exactly how I don't
>>49198692>>Yes, release the humans in front of the Union mediaI suppose... it would be good to show the hive is capable of mercy as well as diplomacy, a show of goodwill. We HAVE removed the parasites, right?
>>49198692>Yes, release the humans in front of the Union media Let's make sure thier spine buddies are gone before we let them go though
>>49198692>Yes, release the humans in front of the Union media>>49198717You mean like when we fought along side them during the Union's reenactment of DOOM?
>>49198692>Yes, release the humans in front of the Union media.Kinda wanted to preform an exchange for the drones Lyle took to seiner, "learn that they're dead" and demand compensation for the crew instead.But as long as we're getting rid of a nutrient hole i'm fine with just letting them go.
>>49198722NUTRIENT PASTE ON MY CHITIN ALREADY
>>49198692>yesHave them directed by a speaker acting like a flight attendant. all the "Thank you for flying with us, hope you choose Hive space lines again soon." or some such
>>49198692>Offer their release behind closed doorsWhat do we do about their spine spies.
>>49198779THIS SUIT WAS JUST MADE BY MOTHE...I MEAN THE QUEEN. >Waves at the newscasters slowly.
>>49198692hmmmmmmmm no I dont like letting them out liek that, it will look like we "did" something and prompt an in depth medical exam. No for now id like to hold them and say we found em stranded after a scav attack , we "helped" them.QD would there be any possibility to make a "pawn" that the queen could directly control, like harbinger from mass effect, and would doing so to a drone increase it's reaction times and what not?
>>49198739That's because there were no concrete ideas, and nothing talked about in past threads is binding unless put to a vote by QD himself.
>>49198692Since most anons want to see the Hope humans released..I say we cloud their memories. All they know is that something went wrong, and then the Hive took care of them and kept their needs satisfied (although they still missed home). But their knowledge of time on this is off. One person might say the Hive had them for a week, another a month. Etc.Just leave them scrambled and kind of thankful to us.
>>49198779Lee spills some wine on his suit. It absorbs it. Lees suit is now drunk. wat do!
>>49198747>>49198759>>49198740>>49198743>>49198734>>49198723>>49198770YOU FORGETFUL DENSE FOOLS DO NOT LET THEM TAKE THE PEOPLE WE PARASITED RIGHT AS WE SHOW UP!!!! WE should ham it up, make us look like HEROS who saved them from scavengers or the obsidian queen even and play off the parasite we implanted as something she did and cant be undone without killing the host! that way we can keep our parasites AND look good!!
>>49198627She loves her children but given how she is hidden away in a remote bunker maybe not so much for physical
>>49198846>I can't read
>>49198832Quick, throw some bread and water at it, try to mitigate the drunkenness. The yeast in the bread makes it worse. Suite is now "burping" out of a previously believed convenient hole in the rear.
>>49198692>Offer their release behind closed doors
>>49198779You want Paste on Chitin time? Set up Elizabeth and Lee to go on a date in hopes they hook up together in time
>>49198692Just make sure they are de-parasited.
>>49198788This is a really fun idea.
>>49198846That won't work they think they died in a unity attack they even sent an investigation team to confirm it really theirs no reason to try to hide it
>>49198817But their ship was poped by the Unity and we scooped them up with our story of the planet being a Holy/historic site. Which fits with our current stance on claiming the expanse and telling the union to buzz off. screwing with their memories will just raise suspicions that something other then keeping them in a creepy organic rec-room for a few weeks before shoving them into med-pods to sleep off the wait.
>>49198692>Yes, release the humans in front of the Union media.>Remove their parasites>Keep their parasites in>Other
>>49198909>>Remove their parasitesDefinitely remove that shit. The first thing that's going to happen to them is medical examinations.
I'm nauseous. I'm nauseous. I'm nauseous. I'm nauseous.
>>49198692I think we should have just recycled them. Admitting that we have them when we are not even suspected is stupid. But since we are here we should parade then in front of the camera to prevent the bigwigs from setting their own narrative> release in front of media
>>49198852And for good reason. She got her leg mauled up badly when she was first hatched. The local lifeforms could have easily killed her. She dies, game over! If I remember right, she still bears the scar from it.
>>49198909>Remove their parasitesBegone, friends!
>>49198909>Remove their parasites
>>49198579>we need to treat that as the penultimate gift we can give, with the greatest gift being "joined" with the hive via free parasites.Are you implying parasiting wasn't the whole idea in the first place.Clearly we need to 'test out' our 'experimental' treatment on the oldest human we've seen. Who just happens to wield enormous political power over the largest fleets in the Commonwealth.
>>49198909How sneaky are our parasites, can they masquerade as a kidney or something?
>>49198909>>Remove their parasites>>49198916 Has the right idea, first humans in this alien empire's care, they're going to be as closely examined as possible save for a vivisection.
>49198916>Remove their parasitesAlso Supporting>49198788
>>49198864what do you mean? I see people trying to let the damn crew that we parasited and held captive for an extended period to a faction we are trying to look good for. Them being full of blatantly incriminating parasites will make us look really bad dont you think?>>49198879I am not sure we can do that. >>49198902I guess your right, that little bit slipped my mind, that was what thread 15? >>49198904ah Alright I guess that works then. >>49198916I still think we should find some way to weasel in some parasites sometime in the future.
>>49198866As funny as this line of comments is we all know that hive grade silk would be liquid retardant as well as steel and bullet retardant and make it has integrated photon armor never hurts to be careful
>>49198909>Remove their parasitesThey're only useful if the Union makes zero attempts to look at them medically, which has absolutely no chance of happening.
>>49198916Well I mean, camouflaged all it'll look like is a weird tumor.
>>49198964>diplomats more dangerous than their drop troopers
>>49198950they look like a small benign cyst or tumor to anything short of physical examination I think.
>>49198982A weird tumor that's definitely getting looked at by extensive medical examinations.
>>49198959But if we keep them parasited we can control what they say about what happened.
>>49198995Difficult to detect, but possible in a medical tank.
>>49199004yeah but good luck getting any meaningful story fast talk those things to staying "in" as soon as the medical exam catches it. I want to really bad anon but I cant think of any "plauseable" reason for them to remain in there and not point all blame at us.>>49198951I wonder if our nutrient paste has altered their dna in unforeseen ways.
>>49198964And a little shield covering for his goo enough for one shot at least.And a tasting organ/tendrils in the sleeve to detect poisonsAnd a suite of healing chemicals in the event of poisoning
>>49198909>Give them all a second heart for compensation
>>49198983I was thinking more in line with an overprotective mother gag stopping Lee before he leaves the ship to strap a stirofome helmet on the put on another one just to be safe
>>49199072Covering for his head, good enough for one shot*
>>49199081Anon no... thats the next group we catch.
>>49198909> keep them inIf they get removed we can have then melt on context with the air or something. But they ain't gonna be found
>>49198916Remove. There's no reason, we'll just parasite better targets later anyway
>>49199105They don't do that anon, they would pop and melt the person it was extracted from and whoever was doing the extracting.
>>49198909Is this Lee's chance to finally make fetch happen?
Oh fuck just realized we're on page 8. New bread when?
>>49198909>Remove their parasitesYour medical pods quickly perform the procedure, opening a small incision and quickly healing it again before any of the crew begin to wake. Your shuttle takes the pods, and carefully empties the humans within into a small common area for transport.Lee examines the suit as the group of worker drones skitter up with it, carefully grown to fit, and offer extensive medical and security benefits you feel to be the baseline of minimal quality for any such suit. It quickly unfolds itself as the workers help Lee into it, and it quickly envelops him, an environmental helmet quickly unfolding and clicking over his face with a chitinous facemask."Ah!" He says. "I... uh, well I'm going to be honest here, I actually can see better with it on than off, but still. Shouldn't people be able to see my face?""Yes." Your speaker says. "But this is for safety, in case you are in danger." Several heavy warriors, vibrant red silken robes bolted into their carapace like useless wings, their armor injected with an abnormal amount of coloring to make them bone white stomps through the doorway. "As are these.">>49199186Now!Give me a sec. Everyone take a quick break and I should have it up in just a bit.
>>49199186neverthis is it
>>49199225Damn, queenie is going all out with the gorgeous flair ain't she. I think Lee needs to be drawn in his diplomat garb along with his two ceremonial bodyguards.
>>49199225Oh wow, he gets the honor guard.
>>49199249Lee is mothers favorite Hu-Man drone
>>49199225>heavy warriors, vibrant red silken robes bolted into their carapace like useless wings, their armor injected with an abnormal amount of coloring to make them bone whiteSo, our warriors are wearing red capes and white armor?yeah, I know it's a stretch.
>>49199225For some reason I'm now imaging the warrior escort to have little smiley faces attached to the front of their mandibles in order to make them seem "friendlier and more diplomatic"
>>49199225>color coded honor guardMmmmm yes, I love it.
>>49199300Add that in.
>>49199300>little yellow smiley stickers attached to their massive, bone crushing jaws>Lee and Elizabeth just awkwardly staring at it as a speaker standing next to it awaits their thoughts"It makes them more approachable!"
>>49199326>"COEXIST" bumper stickers stuck on each of them>religious symbols replaced by silhouettes and faces of various species
>>49199372>>religious symbols replaced by silhouettes and faces of various species> said faces are anatomically correct with veins and blood and arteries dangling from the heads like they should be. > it's best to be accurate for our new friends. Don't want to offend anybody.
>>49199401Nah, we should include at least one "religious" symbol. After all, the hive symbol is literally the ceph word for demon. Watching those reactions would be "interesting"
Poor Lee is so fucking far in over his head.
>>49199589Good thing we are in his head too.
>>49199225So should I have taken a nap or
>>49199514One with a staff baring the ceph symbol and another with a lighter
That's it for tonight, QD is dead.
>>49199830Have faith in QD. He would't leave us without some more Pasta Lee.
>>49199225New thread's up!>>49199906
>>49199830>>49199918Ah ye of little faith.