Your pods orbit in silence over Gemini, absorbing the litany of communication signals from the surface below. Hundreds of news agencies fill the air with their signals, thousands more propagating the signals across Union space. Every signal signal features a camera focused on the same exact point. A single shuttle, flanked by several hive fighters as the swarm of drones slowly peels away from the shuttle's descent, returning to its parent ship as the shuttle grows in the frame, from a tiny dot in the upper atmosphere to a lumbering, spike covered oblong shape drifting over the New Prescott skyline. Its legs reach out, unfolding from its fleshy underbelly as it moves into the center of the cleared landing space in the center of a massive ring of military troops holding back a sea of press and countless civilians straining to see over the armored trucks and tanks lined up around the landing pad.The shuttles comes to rest, its legs straining as it lowers itself to the ground, its thrusters quieting in a long sigh of ionized gas dripping with condensation. The belly unfolds, cracking with chitin baked from the heat of reentry and simmering with the secreted coolant, and the boarding ramp extends on knuckled struts, clasping the ground with a clawed grip as a small collection of human dignitaries ease their way closer to the simmering shuttle. Welcome back to Hive Queen Quest!>Archives http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Hive%20Queen%20Quest>Twitter https://twitter.com/HiveQueenQuest>Various pasta http://pastebin.com/u/QuestDrone>FAQ ask.fm/QuestDrone>Discussion page http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest_talk:Hive_Queen_Quest
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>>49199906I kinda wish Titans were Lee's guards.
Oh man, I cannot fucking wait to see the citizenry's and media's reaction when Lee's facemask slides down and reveals to the world he's still alive. And back with a fucking invasion force of unknown insectoid aliens.
>>49199906How mad is the Union going to be when they find out we're buddies with the Commonwealth and Unity?
>>49199945As happy as that would make me, they're too big.
>>49199963"Is that Ryan Goddamn Lee?!"
>>49199981They will be extremely angry.For you.
>>49199963REV UP THOSE CONSPIRACY THEORIES
>>49199986well I mean clearly our Warriors rode on there back until they got to the building, in-which case they escort him inside and the Titans take guard outside.
>>49199981There is literally nothing they could do about it.
>>49199981I think they'll be too busy pissing themselves in terror to be angry.
>>49199981> How mad is the Union going to be when they find out we're buddies with the Commonwealth and Unity?Between that and the territorial demands, I expect they'll be very mad. We already met Morgan, he was supposed to be the diplomatic one and even he had salt to spare, I expect that the others will be even more so.
>>49199998Well congratulations, Lyle caught you. What's the next part of your master plan?
>>49200027Destroying this science lab. With no survivors!
>>49200009Their impotence will only make their butthurt more delicious.
>>49200042>>49200009>>49199981The only reason Union is going to be upsetti, is because they like to think of themselves as top dog when they have clearly been getting shown up in literally everything lately. Union is not top dog anymore.
>>49199906Within the shuttle, the human guests groggily stumble from their common area in confusion, several workers and a speaker guiding them along."This way, humans." Your speaker says in annoyance as a worker props one of them up against a wall like a cardboard cutout."Where are we?""You are on a human world. Humans leave now. This way. Please exit." Your speaker chitters as the workers nudge them to the boarding ramp hallway. They rub their eyes as they begin to wake fully, wiping traces of medical salve from their cleaned but worn environment suits."Wait, you mean we're free to leave? Back to the Union?""Yes! Quickly, this way, the Hive is saddened at your leaving. We will miss you please visit." Your speaker chirps rapidly in a rushed tone as more workers nudge and push the humans as the speaker directs them to the door. "Watch your step, to legs not as good. Easy to trip. Careful, yes. Goodbye, come again, leave please!"A thick wall of steam emanates from the ramp as the damp, hot air within mixes with the dry, frigid air of Gemini as the interior doors open, and a line of humans begin to stumble out of the walkway in tattered but well cleaned field suits, confused as they look arround at the sudden torrent of camera flashes and the clack of shutters that quickly drowns out the sounds of guards pushing back against the crowd beyond the erected police barriers. The human dignitaries look equally confused, calling to nearby guards and military police as several medics rush forward.cont.
>>49200115>"Watch your step, to legs not as good. Easy to trip. Careful, yes. Goodbye, come again, leave please!"
>>49200115Fucking comedy gold.
>>49200099>know associates of their killer rogue AI>reports coming in of them helping their Cold War turned hot rival>evidence connecting them to homegrown terrorists on PathPeace was never an option, was it?
>>49200182What are they going to do about it?We can be at peace with them, they just need to be taken down a few pegs.
>>49200182>evidence connecting them to homegrown terrorists on PathThey don't have this quite yet (I hope).Peace may be an option if we make the alternative sufficiently suicidal. Right now we have a doom fleet over the capital and haven't opened fire. The Union would have to shoot first to start a war with us, and that's something they are unlikely to do.It's possible they'll think the OB is an offshoot of our forces, but we may be able to work around that diplomatically when refusing our diplomats would have such dire consequences for them.Besides, we still have blackmail material up the wazoo against the Union higher-ups (such as creating a fake casus beli for war with a weakened Commonwealth by attempting to assassinate their own rep). Surly we are smart enough to use this knowledge at least partially to our advantage.
>>49200182Peace is always an option, all it requires is for the Union to realize they aren't the big dog in the instellar galactic order that they thought they were.
>>49200225>It's possible they'll think the OB is an offshoot of our forcesWe need to make it very clear that Auntie is worst betrayer and a genocidal maniac who has been hunting down our species (and others) for the last 40,000 human years. We don't need Human permission to continue a war that started before they crawled out of caves.
>>49200115Yes please do come back next time you should bring fewer guns and not defile graves
>>49200115As if a herd of wild beasts at a watering hole, every sentient shoots their gaze to your shuttle as a distant growl emanates from within, the guards and military police rushing the medics, who in turn rush away the bewildered humans back into the crowded ring of guards and armored vehicles as the stomping of your heavy warriors echoes from within the throat of the shuttle's hallway. They march forth, creaking the bone beneath them as they stomp down the ramp to the asphalt surface of the landing pad, their claws scraping its as they try to dig into the surface beneath. Their massive mandibles chitter and clack as steam ruptures forth from the breathing tubes along their back like the exhaust of an armored vehicle, an echoing roar rumbling forth from their breath tubes like a revving engine as their blades twitch in their muscular sheath cuticles, itching, begging for one of the humans to charge them as their unblinking eyes keep close track of every trigger finger, and its distance from its associated trigger.They glare at the gathered hoard in disapproval, and step to either side of the ramp, clicking their mandibles in reverence as the speaker drone steps forth, its long, folded bipedal legs easily striding the ramp in two steps as it ducks slightly beneath the shuttle's threshold. Lee quickly moves in behind, his helmet sealed into an insectoid visage as the small mandibles click and fold into the various water filters and micro-nutrient processors to allow consumption of food in hostile atmospheres, giving the appearance of short, stubby mandibles. The swept back antennae held in a tight cluster of short spikes offering radio and psionic communications, as well as improved auditory abilities. Your parasite disseminates a small dose of sedatives and adjusts several chemical mixtures in response to a sudden increase in heart rate.Behind Lee two more heavy warriors march forth, gathering in a protective formation around Lee and your speaker.cont.
>>49200271>Your parasite disseminates a small dose of sedatives and adjusts several chemical mixtures in response to a sudden increase in heart rate.kek
>>49200269That's assuming that the humans will believe us. For all we know they might think we're only pretending to have two factions to infiltrate their glorious Union or some other such nonsense.We might be able to explain, in private, a few things to Union high command. They already saw human crystalized brains and an attempted Void God incursion. We should point out that they may want to consider what happens to a consolidated intelligence hive mind entity when its brains start turning to crystal like their researchers did at Nowhere. This will at least partially satisfy their curiosity and will hopefully give our statements the tinge of truth.
>>49200271We really need to stop calling our spine pals "parasites" considering how damn useful they are.
>>49200333Yeah, by very definition they are closer to symbiotes in function at this point.
>>49200333"Symbiotes" There, that's a much nicer sounding word.
>>49200325We shouldn't really talk about the void god stuff to anyone who doesn't already know about it. And it doesn't matter if the humans believe us or not. Their cooperation is not required If they choose to disbelieve, then they can invent as many conspiracy theories as they want, but it won't actually change what we do.
>>49200333I suggest a re-branding. Body Buddies, your bestest internal pal.
>>49200355Never be alone again! NEVER.
>>49200404Never alone, forever!
>>49200350honestly I dont know why we didnt go with that name in the first place. >>49200355this is a good idea to start with for marketing them.
>>49200355Holy shit I just realized these things are like the best drugs and cult recruitment tool ever. Think about one of the biggest draws of religions, they give you a sense that you are a part of something bigger and that there is someone/thing that looks after and cares about you. When you use these things you can guarantee that people will will feel these things.Get a Body Buddie and never feel alone or unloved ever again.
>>49200427>honestly I dont know why we didnt go with that name in the first place.Because they were made originally for the insidious purpose of infiltration and enslavement of local populace and important individuals.
>>49200465well yeah but they dont have to know that.
>>49200465a bit direct, don't you think?
>>49200271You watch as members of the collection of dignitaries stir uneasily as the heavy warriors march forth. They halt, and pivot as the speaker moves past them with Lee quick behind."Where is the Morgan?" Your speaker says. A human eyes your drones cautiously."He is busy, at the moment. He did ask if... Mr. Lee could be able to meet him in his office, however." The human says. "I am Ambassador Michael Pierce. This is Alex Lang." The human gestures to the man beside him, the human you saw with Morgan in your Hive ship. "He was intended to serve as your personal dignitary, but I understand you... brought your own. A human citizen of your, uh, Hive?""A better one." Your speaker chitters. Lee thinks the command and his helmet clicks and opens, folding into a small ornate crest along his collar. A moment later you hear, in perfect unison, the sudden whirl of a thousand zooming camera lenses followed by a blinding wall of flashes of light.You can hear murmurs in the crowd of press, hundreds of reporters chirping into their microphones at once as a wave of unease comes over the crowd. Lightyears away, your clones wake up from their slumber in the makeshift barracks they have been provided. You hear laughter, a deep, almost wrenching laughter, as if moments from a coughing fit. The sound of a cane hitting the floor is followed by several medics rushing through the tunnels of the underground hideout as the laughing continues into bouts of coughing, and then more laughing."What do you mean he wanted to talk with me? Alone?" Lee asks."Yes, I would guess that was the general idea." Pierce says. "Since you likely don't know your way around this area, or know anyone's contact number, which is mostly what a human representative is for, Lang will be serving as your secretary for the duration of your stay. Please, contact him if you need anything or have any questions." He points to Lang, who gives a nervous curt nod back to Lee, which causes Lee to double take.
>>49200504what am I looking at
>>49200529I wonder if a small retinue of chimaera in power armor would be a better guard while Lee is inside taking. I mean heavy warriors make a great impression but I dont see them fitting inside "well"
>>49200463>never feel alone or unloved ever again.Nah, that is talking to them about ending their weakness, but most people lie to themselves about that kind of thing. Need to offer them strength instead. Like be part of something greater for everyone.
>>49200529>You hear laughter, a deep, almost wrenching laughter, as if moments from a coughing fit. The sound of a cane hitting the floor is followed by several medics rushing through the tunnels of the underground hideout as the laughing continues into bouts of coughing, and then more laughing.At least we know he's happy about Lee. This is perfect for us.
>>49200529It would seem Anderson's sides have failed him. He will need to be improved, with better ones.
>>49200529"Please, follow me, you have a transport waiting." He says, the group make their way to a large armored transport near the edge of the ring surrounding the landing pad. The interior is incredibly spacious, unusually so, with rows of seats along either wall, with straps along the floor clearly intended to secure cargo."We use these to help ferry Valen dignitaries. We were unsure how much room you would need for your retinue." Pierce says. "We will take you from here to the parliament building. It has a dignitary housing section within the complex where you will be able to arrange meetings and have access to our hospitality." Your speaker chitters at the statement.>Speak with the humans (write in)>Demand to be taken directly to Morgan's office>Go to your assigned embassy>Other (write in)
>>49200618>Go to your assigned embassy
>>49200618>Go to your assigned embassyno need to complicate this further, right?
Why was Lee surprised at seeing Lang? Do they know each other?
>>49200618>Demand to be taken directly to Morgan's officeWow thats gay, we didn't get to provide our own Embassy? Then again its easier to spy on us with one they made.
>>49200618>>Go to your assigned embassyBegin renovations
>>49200618>Go to your assigned embassyIf this is going to be nasty or tense, let's not be the first to sour it. Everything that goes wrong has to be the Union's fault.
>Go to your assigned embassy
>>49200618>>Go to your assigned embassy
>>49200618>Go to your assigned embassy>>49200631We would have to GROW ours and the humans are not used to your Bio-buildings yet. For that matter QD, can we make one with out the use of the creep?
>>49200618>>Go to your assigned embassyDo NOT renovate it. We don't want them to get samples of hive creep and we don't need to worry much about bugging because we can talk to Lee in his head.Also are we telling them about our alliance with the Commonwealth against the Scavs? I mainly just want to comment about how the Commonwealth makes more comfortable seating than the Union.
>>49200631Oh, they can watch us with all the little cameras they want. We're here to make contact, after all, and we're literally telepathic in a way they can't really understand or intercept yet, so it's not like they can spy on anything we want secret. It's not like our speakers keep a diary.Lee might, be we're inside his head and can coach him to avoid anything too dumb.
>>49200630I think he was surprised to have an assistant and to have anyone show him deference.
>>49200662>Also are we telling them about our alliance with the Commonwealth against the Scavs?I'd wait for them to ask, and I'd limit how much we say about the progress of any war that a de facto ally has not also agreed to disclose.
>>49200618>Go to your assigned embassy.
>>49200618Demand to be taken directly to Morgan's officeDid you guys forget we just destroyed bq fleet at Tokyo right now? We need to talk with the higher ups Pronto
>>49200618>Go to your assigned embassy>Demand Morgan comes to embassyYou ain't making us look like no clingy bitch you come to us motherfucker.
>>49200749Since we obviously have more info about what went down then they do they will come to us. All we have to do is wait, then offer them some honey when they turn up.
>>49200530Endtown Buddibombs. Consumer military-grade smart bombs, designed for the whole family!
>>49200618I've just got one thing to say theyou better have a God Dame couch designed for our body type i mean seriously we've changed our biology to better convers with them they could at least cut the arms of a couch or set up a hamic or something
>>49200618>Go to your assigned embassyThe truck lurches forth, but is surprisingly smooth, floating into the air and quickly gliding towards the parliament building complex past perimeter after perimeter of military defences. Lee watches through a small slot in the armor as the truck glides past a pair of tanks."I don't remember the city being so... militarized." He says."An armada in orbit will tend to do that." Peirce replies. Your warriors grumble.The truck begins to slow, eventually halting as it enters underground section of the parliament building. Pierce quickly makes his way to a small door along the side of the armor plating with his group of assistants."Sadly, I cannot stay with you the entire way. Lang will help you with anything you need, but I have a hoard of press to attend to." He says quickly, Lang seems to nearly protest, but halts himself just short as the door slams shut. Lang simply looks to the floor, his practiced smile eroded with fear. Lee clears his throat."Are you alright?" Lee asks. Lang looks up at him with a fake laugh."Oh yes. Just, a bit nervous. I guess you're a... a tad bit intimidating I suppose." He says. Lee leans back, looking up at your speaker wide eyed."Intimidated?" He asks silently. Your speaker chitters as Lee looks back at the short human. "Well I suppose that's a first." He says. "Been having a lot of those lately."The truck stops again, this time within a courtyard. The main doors open and Lang steps out."This is your assigned embassy. The outer wall is a configurable office building, so you can adjust the layout however you want. There is parking and car storage beneath us, and air traffic above, so keep anything below the roof of the outer wall offices and no basement levels, but otherwise you can build whatever architecture you wish in the courtyard, or just use the offices. The courtyard is considered your sovereign territory for as long as you stay here." He says. "Any questions?">(write in)
>>49200840When can we see Morgan?
>>49200855>>49200840Let's just notify Morgan that we're expecting him.He's gonna find out about the xeno situation in the commonwealth soon enough, and boy will that get him running.
Can we fit a capillary tower in the courtyard?
>>49200840>"when can we meet morgan?">>49200864goddammit
>>49200840"Can we leave the embassy anytime we want?"
>>49200863No. What we do is call him here and then say we were gonna tell him something related to the commonwealth but thought better of it.Then when he leaves fuming at the wasted time he'll get informed halfway to his office and be forced to turn around. Why? Because Morgan.
>>49200864I don't think its within legal city limits drone....UNLESS WE PUT MOST OF IT UNDERGROUND. GENESIS
>>49200840Tell us a bit about yourself Lang. How did you wind up with this gig, and what sort of qualifications have you got.
>>49200840>(write in)Give us a copy of the zoning laws just in case
>>49200864Maybe if we can make it small enough, gonna fuck up air and space traffic though, and i'm pretty sure "sovereign hive territory" doesn't extend far enough underground to support the tower.
>>49200840Yeah this >>49200863Also, maybe ask for honey and figurines for the speaker and Lee.
>>49200881A bit to much, we want to have fun with him not make him so pissed he'll do everything to fuck us over.
>>49200840Voting this >>49200896
>>49200840>>49200863>>49200886>>49200890Supporting general good stuff.
>>49200840And >>49200877 I suppose. Check that we won't get hated on for defending ourselves against crazy right wingers or something. "But officer, he was all up in my face. He was basically begging for an orbital bombardment."
>>49200840>>(write in)How far up and down does this sovereignty extend?
>>49200840The Hive is expecting Morgan.The Hive is also open for press conferences. >>49200864It has to be built on the equator, dummy.
>>49200896Figurines of what faction? Nids because we're huge faggots?
>>49200907Christ I feel bad for anyone that dares trying to throw a rotting vegetable at our ambassador speaker.Not only would it be caught reflexively our speakers are strong enough to beam someone's head off if they wanted.
>>49200115For some reason that picture reminds me of a potted plant.
>>49200917>The Hive is also open for press conferences.HAHA YES
>>49200917>The Hive is expecting Morgan.>The Hive is also open for press conferences.DEFINITELY mention we're open to press conferences.
>>49200920It's painful just imagining it.Like that video with the woman and the backfiring watermelon catapult.>>49200896>Xeno Bugs open trade>exchange couches for traditional game figurines
>>49200917>The Hive is also open for press conferences.Time to rant about Human inadequacy again!
>>49200920>Idiots trow fruit and vegetables at our speaker.>It just catches them all and puts them in a basket."Thank you for the free food."
>>49200917Press conferences a yes. Speaker diplomacy a best.
>>49200948Nutrients are nutrients after all.
>>49200941>"We don't want no shitty bugs on gem-">human fruit-punted into unconscious somersault>other troublemakers think twice
Should we invite a representative of the Taidaren faction the Thousand Sons to visit us?Or is that a bad idea?
>>49200965We should schedule some official meeting at the very least, if our schedule isn't absolutely swamped.
>>49200965Don't we already have symbiotes in all the local Taidaren's anyway?
>>49200965probably a bad idea yeah. The Taidaren are our secret ally here and besides, by this point they're all parasitized.I would vote that during the press conference the Speaker/Lee say that the Hive has plans for providing all Mute Ceph refugees medical care to fix their disability
>>49200965Bad idea, we might put Lee at risk of falling to Tzneetch.
>>49200984All mute ceph refugees that are atheists/hate their god get medical care.
>>49200984>I would vote that during the press conference the Speaker/Lee say that the Hive has plans for providing all Mute Ceph refugees medical care to fix their disabilityWht not startngrowing medical tanks in our embassy?
>>49200948>>49200953>ambassador takes a walk around a bad part of town, then comes back for the meeting with Morgan>"This speaker would like to inform the Morgan of his planets generous hospitality.">"...what the hell are you talking about?">dump multiple armsworth of baskets of rotting veggies and fruits onto his desk>"The hive would like to share. Please enjoy."
>>49200999I support.No reason our embassy can't be a heavily fortified position with armored carapace and medical facilities for Lee and compatriots, especially in the case of embassy attacks or giving amnesty to defectors/new children.
Guys, guys.You're all missing the most important part of the Embassy.Style!Design!Red-White illuminating fleshy tubers and memetic skin television for the waiting room, and so on etc.
>>49201010Might as well grow a hive citadel spire. Just to wave the proverbial egg sac around.
thred archivedQD probably calling it soon
>>49200840"What are the exact limitations to Hive construction?" Your speaker chirps. Lang looks around a bit as if trying to measure the distances."Well, stay below the roof, and if you need to dig, when you hit concrete stop, that's the start of the parking level. Other than that I'd say you probably have maybe five meters of soil? If you can't build a foundation, not sure how you architecture works, we have load bearing beams along the wall offices you can run struts from." Lang says. You are considered the sovereign owner of everything within that roughly cubical stretch of space, but environmental laws do still apply, so... no pollutants. That was a big deal a few decades ago. Valen embassy was killing fish. The local channel was almost green by the time the law was passed.""And outside?" You say."Uh, do you mean construction? No, everything is taken anyways, real estate is a premium in the capital district and, well, feel free to visit the city. I would advise altering the security, they will offer a detail for security." He looks nervously at your warriors. "Uhh... I guess, well, you can manage your own, but... do you have anything smaller?""What is a secretary? This is what Morgan is.""Oh!" Lang says. "No, no, same word, different meaning. I guess it's based on context. Lee is your human representative, since our infrastructure is largely dedicated to human life, it's just a matter of convenience. Not all aliens fit through our doors or can breath the same air, so, normally my job would be to arrange all your meetings, put proposals before parliament, handle your press announcements, but, that's Lee's job." Lang says, seemingly relieved. "So mine now is, well, to help Lee do those things. I have the contact number of every representative in the Union, I can help you contact officials, arrange press meetings, get speech writers, that kind of thing."cont.
>>49200999>>49201010Just for the general potential for having problems, yeah. I mean most embassies IRL are half-bunker half-cordoned barracks by necessity.
>>49201033Don't forget the holograms you can touch and feel we could even use that new photon armor thing to make a floating light table
>>49201063>>49201033I need this.
>>49201052>"Uhh... I guess, well, you can manage your own, but... do you have anything smaller?"Might be time for Dillon and Jackob to show up as guards or clone us some hybrids with the medium exosuits
Remind me, long-game is still parasite a majority of humans, right? Or are we just trying to get them to fuck off at this point?
>>49201063oh shoot yeah this too
>>49201063Hardlight tables make me hard.
>>49201070definitely get Lyle here, if someone asks "We hired him."
>>49201084...was that intentional? >>49201070>>49201087wait wait wait hold onif we do that we are confirming lyle's connection to the hive
>>49201071We're not even sure. It'll probably be too much of a hassle and there was talk of just letting them do what they want so long as they stay peaceful and pay a tithe like the Commonwealth model of colonial governance.
>>49201087Nah, anyone rich enough can hire Lyle.Say he's loyal to us now. That'll impress them since most people consider him one of the most dangerous humans alive
>>49201071I think fuck off at this point, although it would be good to get some humans interested in moving to hive territory and become citizens so people won't support war against us.
>>49201052"So... I'm your boss?" Lee asks. Lang nods."Right. If you need anything-""Do you know a place with good ice tea?" Lee asks. Lang seems to think for a moment."I... will find one.""Humans have poor taste in food. This speaker understands an insect of earth produces a sufficient substance called honey." Your speaker chitters as Lang makes to leave."You want, like, a jar?""A large jar, yes.""Just fill an oil barrel." Lee says. "They say jar but they want an oil barrel. At least.""Yes." Your speaker chirps. "And inform human press the Hive is open for meetings.""What?" Lang and Lee say at once."Yes." your speaker repeats. "Go go."As Lang quickly leaves, another truck, driving close behind arrives and opens its main doors, unleashing a flood of workers as they rush across the courtyard holding various organic devices over their heads or balanced carefully on their carapaces.>Begin construction of a miniature Hive structure (write in details, if any) to fill the courtyard>Begin construction of embassy in the office section (write in details, if any)>Other
>>49201063Lee can give lightsaber demonstrations?
>>49201095We already confirmed it when we brought out Lee.>>49201098I don't want them to know that, it's better to say we hired him after he took our drones to get Lee and other jobs so killinger tries to buy him back.
>>49201098Lyle is probably more useful as a deniable asset...
Sooooo...what are we gonna actually SAY if anyone wants to meet us?
>>49201120>Begin construction of a miniature Hive structure (write in details, if any) to fill the courtyardSomething showy
>>49201120How big is the office section?
>>49201120>Begin construction of a miniature Hive structure (write in details, if any) to fill the courtyard>Begin construction of embassy in the office section (write in details, if any)>>49201010>>49201033>>49201063>>49201144This stuff.
>>49201120>Hidden small egglayer?>Medical Pods of course>Meeting room full of hard-light and holoprojectorsCan't think of much else
>>49201120Dedicated medical facility and secret-like sealed off egg-layer area.
>>49201120>>OtherCompletely demolish and replace everything in our sovereignty, preferably overnight but whatever. Like other anons were saying something flashy, maybe with spires and coruscating memetic skin. A massive foyer with models of different types of drone.
>>49201120>Begin construction of a miniature Hive structure (write in details, if any) to fill the courtyard>Begin construction of embassy in the office section (write in details, if any)Usual defensive and security apparatus for hive creep, except with acid and self-destruct implements. Hologram rooms too.>>49201141Probably just answer questions. Without a doubt they'll ask what our intentions are for humanity and human space though.
>>49201120>>>Other>Completely demolish and replace everything in our sovereignty, preferably overnight but whatever. Like other anons were saying something flashy, maybe with spires and coruscating memetic skin. A massive foyer with models of different types of drone.Yes, let's go ahead and destroy the embassy as it is, because you know they have surveillance gear built into its very molecules. Chop chop.
>>49201120Looks like it's more or less "the works."I think I'll have to call it here. Will stick around for a bit for any questions/comments and feedback and the like.>>49201149Not gigantic, but still rather sizable. The courtyard itself is maybe half a football field, the offices are built into a rather sizable wall that extends outside the Parliament building proper, and is just down the street from the Valen embassy, which has a similar setup. From orbit, you can see it has mostly just been turned into a large pool, with the courtyard totally filled with water, with several structures submerged within.
>>49201168>what our intentions are for humanity and human space though.>half the answers are just variations of saying we're making friends>>49201173>>49201167Seconding.
>>49201182Thanks for the awesome threads throughout this laborday weekend QD.
>>49201120If we could get a hardlight couch or even a life size image of the Queen with holoprojectors that would be awesome
>>49201120>Hidden egglayer.>Medical pods.>teleporter.>holograms everywhere.>Entertainment center so we can show off.>Main lobby with chairs, holograms and a fountain.>GIANT BEAUTIFUL GATES/DOOR as the entrance.Remember to make it pretty and flashy.>>49201182Whens next session?
>>49201182Is the Union internet already being flooded with ambassador Hive-motif porn by disgusting human/taidaren deviants?
>>49201120>>Begin construction of embassy in the office section (write in details, if any)Keep the entry section looking mostly like a classic Gemini style, but include our holographic technology if we want to showcase that. Make the rest of the section more hive like in construction.
>>49201173Don't Forget Lots O Warriors.
>>49201188>Queen Statues / projectionsAww yeah.
>>49201188speaking of, how does the red queen look like now?like pic related?although realistically I assume the queen would just be like those giant egg-laying queens in ant colonies with a huge antennae stuck on top
>>49201188>>49201190Would it be a bad idea for our flashy memetic and hardlight projectors to show various interesting and undiscovered species and worlds (not related to our allies) to show off our bio-focus?
>>49201201I hope /d/ died off during humanity's years of development
>>49201190Additions.>A garden of smart mine trees.>A pool for valen.>Queen statues.>Make the entertainment center transformable from holo-training game room to cinema.
>>49201201Oh god no.Our children must never lay witness to the woes of human extranet, we have thinkers and Theseus for that.
>>49201182There was some support in previous threads for more trading with Theseus. Do we have the time?
>>49201182Thanks for running QD
>>49201201>>49201228>>49201242>speaker asks for correspondence device>it's a suped up laptop>"googles" the hive with safesearch off>acid explosion heard from outside speaker's office
Is the anon who wanted to post boarding ship designs still here?
>>49201312Oh yeah, if you want to see them here they are.Stalker CorvetteHull: Corvette 400N 800MCapacity: 200/20Size: 100 MetersModule Limit: 2Spinal Mount (x1): Ramming Keel 50N 200MTurret (X2): Cyclotron 50MFixed (X2): Ion Cannon 40MAuxiliary (X8): Plasma Lance 80MArmor: Conductive 150N 500MArmor: Reflex 500NUtility: Cloaking Shields 50N 150MUtility: Rapid Damage Control 15N 20MModule: Harpoon 10N 200MModule: Boarding pod launcher 50N 100MTotal Cost: 1075N 2140MHarrier FrigateHull: Frigate 800N 1600MCapacity: 150/15Size: 150 MetersModule Limit: 3Spinal Mounts (x1): Linear Particle Beam 150MTurret (x6): Cyclotron 150MFixed (x8): Ion Cannon 160MAuxiliary (x4): Auto Cannon 40MArmor: Combat 225N 900MPower: Fusion Core 190N 950MUtility: Multi-Layered Shields 150N 450MUtility: Rapid Damage Control 22N 30MModule: Swarm Hangar 600N 300MModule: Boarding Pod Launcher (x2) 100N 200MTotal Cost: 2087N 4930MThe Tow TruckHull: Cruiser 1200N 2000MCapacity: 300/30Size: 200 MetersModule Limit: 4Spinal Mounts (x2): Linear Particle Beams 400MTurret (x6): Cyclotron 150MFixed (x10): Ion Cannon 200MArmor: Combat 450N 1800MPower: Fusion Core 180N 900MUtility: Multi-Layered shields 200N 600MUtility: Rapid Damage Control 30N 40MModule: Harpoon Launcher (x4) 40N 800MModule: Boarding Pod launcher (x2) 100N 200MTotal Cost: 2200N 7090MBoarding Task ForceStalker Corvettes (x10)Harrier Frigate (x5)Tow Truck (x1)The stalkers are designed to stalk a ship before attacking, with the frigates supporting them and protecting the bigger ship that can drag captured ships. Although I could use some help giving them decent names.
Idea>Speaker and Lee at press conference>Speaker says>"Do not be alarmed, humans, but Hive has invited friend to visit">Moments later a Unity Servership appears next to the Hive Citadel>Lee grows extra arms to facepalm
>>49201383this is a horrible ideabut I want to do it just for the sake of seeing the reactions.wait, hold on. Unity isn't hostile to the union, right? all it wanted to do was live, and then Unity tried to hunt him down. nope. not his fault for retaliating, right?
>>49201377Looks good. Add them to the talk page.
>>49201401Yeah I should've explained further that the idea is for the Hive to facilitate peace between the Union and the Unity and for the Union to recognize Theseus/Unity as a sovereign nation.Theseus only moves against the Union when they encroach on his territory. He's even given up valuable resource systems to avoid prolonged conflict because he truly doesn't want to kill humans but ill if he has to
>>49201120Let's make something showy but not intimidating this is an embassy after all. I'm thinking some sort of colourful bioluminescent garden for the courtyard and hmm not entirely sure for the embassy office.
>>49201377Looks good, is the strategy to send stalker corvettes ahead to get close to the target and scout for other potential threats/distractions until it can uncloak and board while the Frigates and Tow blink in to support?
>>49201418Smart mine tree garden.
>>49201377Call the cruisers Ahabs?The other names are perfect actually>>49201439but there's no metals to mine, unless you want to sap out the metal of the building
>>49201439>"Hey, what kind of weird trees are those?>"They keep pests away from the Hive.">>49201449We can have a teleporter built to ship in metals for it.
>>49201377I could see this being used against OQ by putting ambush fleets on one side, cloaked boarding fleets on the other and blinking a third fleet another direction after the ambush fleet uncloaked so we can have the target's escort gone before we uncloak and board.
>>49201449They're not there to mine metals but to look pretty and boast our superiority.>>49201452>Warrior picks a metal fruit and eats it.>Offers one to guest.
>>49201452>"They keep pests away from the Hive."I'm not sure I have the proper reaction image for this.I have no image, and I must kek
>>49201435Did you miss the ramming keels on their design? Because that's what they're intended to do, especially for larger craft, like a flagship.
>>49201461Good thinking, if we placed an advanced psionic jammer on one of those ships and then boarded the hive ship, it could possibly paralyze the entire enemy fleet.
>>49201665Imagine a hive ship with a ramming keel...
>>49201699wouldn't the ship be to small for that?although I like the idea.
>>49201726>Hive Ship>Too smallSay that to our six kilometer railgun.
>>49201699>>49201726At that size it's an oversized sledgehammer/plow.
>>49201699There's one in the talk page. It's a monster.There's also been a theory of having a battleship with a ramming keel as a spearhead to plow into an enemy fleet.
>>49201766That's what I love about the idea.Imagine a huge space battle, and then there's just this one Hive ship with huge armor and defences just sweeping up salt queen's/scav/union ships by flying at them.
>>49201699That would be so amazing, even if you we only got to use it once it be worth it.
>>49201785Imagine fighters.It would be like bugs crashing into a car window.
>>49201785>>49201766A Hive ships is just too slow to make it viable. Even battleships would be able to evade it.It would be good as a defensive addition but it would never work offensively unless it's against another Hive ship or a stationary target like a space-city like Odin or Bedrock
>>49201796Maybe shields could act as buffer while ramming to keep it intact.>>49201802Those are the ones that are sadly too small. It's too bad too.
>>49201785Except then our ship gets obsidianformed by bitchqueens dust.
>>49201818We could outfit one with stealth tech and give it enough of a 'running start' one time.I honestly just want to smack saltqueen in her psychic face with a whole hive ship once throughout this quest.
>>49201818True. On the flip side, it forces them to break formation since there's no way they could stop it with its massive inertia. It could still succeed in dividing them.
>>49201818Why not attach plasmablades to our ships to slice and fly?
>>49201785How about making fighters that are like needles, 50% of its front end is just super-hard ramming spike, equipped with the fastest engines we can stuff in? It won't even need other weapons, it'll just zip in, punch a hole, zip out the other side, spin around, zip in, punch hole, ad swiss cheese.Then we figure out how to mass-produce these.
>>49201762>>49201766shoot, I meant to say smallbut somehow this works as well
>>49201825Or we could put singularity projectors all over it. Plus, it could tear apart a sizable formation of smaller ships.
this idea is dumb
>>49201857>>49201848>>49201846Now you're thinking well, my fellow thinkers.
>>49201841The problem here is that stealth requires more energy and can stay active for less and less amount of time the bigger the ship is. It's not viable at Hive Ship size.
>>49201848Add acid, nukes, and dust pls. A nice little fuck you package from the queen.
>>49201857Destroyer Hive Ship on the talk page also has that.
>>49201867How about a rip drive then? Get the hive ship going at a sizeable speed, then open a rift behind/flanking the enemy fleet and plow through?
>>49201848Kind alike big missiles then.I approve of this idea.
I can't seem to find stats for a sledgehammer option for large drones so I have an idea of making one for the Titan Drones.It would basically be like Big O with a giant piston that when fired is devastating against structures and enemy targets if fired point blank. It can also produce a cone of concussive force in front of it knocking back smaller units or even swatting flying targets out of the air. When aimed down at the ground by its feet it generates a shockwave that knocks targets away from it in a circle
>>49201848I like it.Might be worth it to give them modified acid glands that secrete constantly along treated channels in the spike so the hole it punches continues to worsen and widen even after it's passed, and making simple "slap a patch over it" repairs ineffective.As a bonus, if one ever got stuck in a bulkhead, it could melt it's way free.
We did take away their memories of Elizabeth, right?
>>49203099I don't think we can do that but even if we could, why would you want to?There's nothing they can do about her and personally I'm really looking forward to the day where she can talk shit to Union higherups.
>>49203099I want to offhandedly mention that she served briefly as Grand Fleet Admiral during the incursion at Nowhere. Now she is humble researcher.
>>49202223I don't know, I feel like it would be easier just to make missiles out of this. Maybe when the shields are down on a enemy ship, we could send in missiles based on this that would drill through the ship and explode in the middle of it. Sort of like a bunker buster.
>>49202223I like the idea however at that point strapping nukes on them would be better. Then we could just detonate.
>>49201182>>49201187Sure thing. The rest of this month does look a bit busy though, at least for the next few weeks. Next week on the 11th I won't be able to run for sure, not sure about the following week, so I am sorry in advance about that.>>49201188>>49201190As it is, it looks like the courtyard will be used for a miniature hive, which, should you wish, can hold an egg layer and a good number of medical pods, as well as a landing pad large enough for several air cars and a shuttle, which is permitted by the Union ahead of time, since it does use their air traffic, which is less an issue of them being stingy with air space and more an issue of so many air cars and cargo shuttles flying around you very well may crash into one if you don't go through the Union for it.In the offices it seems like the consensus is to furnish it with mostly hardlight, with mostly keeping the Germanise architecture and decor where possible, and diet hive creep when needed.>>49201216Your giant egg sac is beautiful, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.Seriously though, the egg sac more or less dominates the space of a throne room, and is typically made the centerpiece of a throne room's aesthetic. Yours is currently surrounded by moulding and chitinous carvings to hold it as a component to your throne.
>>49203863>Your giant egg sac is beautiful, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.Aha, I do remember someone joking about how calling another queen's small would be a great insult. >Germanise que?
This was a good thread. I love our speakers.
>>49203863>Next week on the 11th I won't be able to run for sure, not sure about the following weekRIP HIVE QUEEN QUESTDED AGAIN
>>49203863Thanks for running
>49200529>Lightyears away, your clones wake up from their slumber in the makeshift barracks they have been provided. You hear laughter, a deep, almost wrenching laughter, as if moments from a coughing fit.Wait does that mean the info relay blockade is down.
>>49204720Probably since there were reporters and journalists at the landing.
>>49205315What is that thing?
>>49205350Hivehand/Hornet Gun from Half-Life
>>49205315Anon that doesn't mean shit about shit on its own.There are plenty of reporters on Gemini reporting to the Geminese even if they weren't yet allowed to transmit to other planets due to blockade.
>>49205247>>49204079He almost certainly misspelled it and meant Geminise, as in "from Gemini".
>>49205558Yeah, but the fact that this information was transmitted all the way to New Tokyo means that either the cell we're with found a way through the information blockade, or the blockade has been partially lifted at least for official "first contact"
>>49206796>>49207523>>49207612Some of his miss spelling are hilarious. In fact in my head the cyclists go to church with their bike helmets on. >"Lee we bought you a bike. I undertand is am important part of your religion."
>>49208886Are you making all of those misspellings on purpose?
>>49208995No, he's obviously doing it on porpoise.
>>49209023Thank you, Joisey
>>49209031Let's just call it Twin Architecture.
So do we want Lyle on Gemini as a bodyguard or have him in Commonwealth space recruiting disabled veterans for the cooperative operations? Possibly even his old squad mates if they're still alive
>>49209504Lyle would be bored to death doing bodyguard work, he's way more useful doing direct action.
>>49209504Lyle and the other two are recuperating or having limbs regrown right now. Not sure where to send him next. He's a gruff trooper for hire, not a squad leader or anything. The one thing that stands out that might need an infiltration is the assassination of the Commonwealth's corpse-leader, but it would need to be conducted with the assistance of the Commonwealth, and probably would be better done by infiltrating the maintenance staff or equivalent with symbiote-enhanced humans and then have one of them put in something into the medical tank that kills the guy. Doesn't really seem like a "guns blazing" operation... unless the Commonwealth wants to blame the Union for it.
>>49209558Yeah that was my thoughts. We should get Dillon or Jackob as the bodyguards honestly
>>49209622Sounds good. Actually I'd vote for Dillon, if possible, since as a (former?) agent he probably has connections and inside knowledge that might be useful. I'm torn on whether to keep the fact he's working for the hive directly a secret, though. He may also have more mixed allegiances than our other proxies due to lack of parasite.
Shouldn't we have Shade Hound genetics and whatever adaptations that came with it when we stuck a parasite in Coco?
>>49209504Oh god, who would be insane enough to follow Lyle as head of the black ops for the hive?His old sqaudmates should love jumping at a chance to cause mayhem. Why not round them up and slowly raise Lyle into our blackops commander?
>>49209684Dillons been burned ever since he helped Lyle free Lee.
>>49209712They could switch between the heavy and medium exosuits depending on the mission too
>>49209739Have him lead his band of merry misfits and give them the tech and edge that they desire. Just as long as they get the toys to play with that they want, I fail to see how this could terribly backfire.
>>49201033THIS!The embassy is not a fortress or a place to churn out new creatures, it is first and foremost a place for us to advertise who and what we are.Our embassy should facilitate friendly association, so that that humanity as a whole comes to accept us.I would also like for us to have complete medical facilities, so that we may even offer improvements, and maybe other facilities for other merchandise - make the humans want to come to us.If we don't ally completely with them against the void, we at least need to be in amicable terms so that we can prevent them from doing something disastrous.
>>49210256See this one gets it.Good thinker you should get more nutrient paste.
>>49201120Derp, forgot to reply to the actual post, here is what i have to say (tl;dr; art, style, aesthetics, friendliness, medical assistance):>>49210256
>>49210256But... Thinker we can at least make tribbles there. Give all visitors a free tribble! Whatever could go wrong?
I wonder how many systems on Aral are networked together that Theseus can spread to.
>>49210348Ignore them QD
>>49211382Ignore which? The typos or the thinkers that like visualizing the silly typos?
>>49210256I agree, and I think that in general the decor should be smooth organic designs with intricate details only possible from being able to grow everything. You know those 3d printed toys of "impossible shapes" that we have now? Like that, except it's a whole building and in all the furniture.
>>49211492In my mind, I was imagining something very close to the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona. If you guys want to, it should be OK to make sculptures that depict historical events and then just never explain them.
>>49211382It is by greatest weakness. I appreciate them being called out, otherwise I very well never notice them.>>49211492At the moment I was under the impression you wanted to essentially make your embassy progressively more "hive-y" the further you go in, with the outer offices being more like a sales pitch with hard light furniture and fancy, polished over looking things, with everything getting more and more chitinous the further you go in, with an outright hive in the courtyard area for a small collection of drones to stay and work, along with a small nutrient vat and medical pods, and an egg layer or even a relay should you wish.I guess you could picture something like an Advent clinic on the outside. Smooth and advanced looking and purposefully human looking with an obvious alien perspective.At least, that's the gist I get from the thread, but you can change that up if you want.
>>49211492>>49211598And the intricate designs are 50/50 hive creep and hard-light sculptures.
>>49211622Incidentally, what does Heretic and the Skyle think about all of this stuff? I realized that I don't think we ever bothered to ask them if they wanted to show up to tell the Union how badly they fucked up.
>>49211715Actually yeah I'm pretty curious about Unity's reaction though I think that Heretic is pleased as long as it means we're keeping humans from becoming another Skyl/Ceph slave species
>>49211715The skyl are still not involved in the activities of interstellar politics, and Heretic has largely become focused inward on their care, although obviously he considers the matter to be a clusterfuck of the highest order, but he lacks the numbers or force to do anything about it that you are not doing already in spades.In other words, he gives you two clawed pseudo-thumbs up.
>>49211786What about Theseus and Unity as a whole? What do they think?
>>49211598Primary colors should be white and red, with gold trim and detailing. For example, a chair would be grown out of white bone with smooth organic intricacies in the details, would have red covers for the seat/back, and gold detailing for accents on the handles. Pink is also acceptable. The gold, I think, would primarily come from the hard light sculptures (not sure if we can choose the color of the light, but I always imagined the hard light to be golden). Since the projectors can generate whatever shape we want, they can be moving. Possibly include sculptures of other known queens, especially the likes of Gardener who's got her own distinct style, and maybe give that pedestal a twisted wood/vine look like her throne.>>49211622I'm just suggesting. If we want to go "grand and ostentatious" to show off, might as well go all the way and show off some grand and ostentatious architecture rather than just being a tech demo. The medical pods are a must-have, and the nutrient vats are a required infrastructure component. Try to build them into the walls if possible, they don't need to be on display.>>49211628Yeah, just about. There's no reason we can't just make non-drone objects (such as chairs or fusion reactors) that have no biological components.Side point: having this be sovereign land means we can invite whoever we want here.
>>49211622>It is by greatest weakness.
>>49211622We probably don't want the relay. Don't potentially reveal we have a structure that's so obviously central and important to the hive.
>>49211817Instead of gold how about blue? that was the color of our original throne. Or was the Bio-luminescent fungus a different color?
>>49211786Well, to be fair, simply saying that we are the representative of an alliance of 6 sentient species does lend our words a certain catchet. They don't need to know that two of them are stone age protectorates, two are AIs, and another one is composed of less than 200 people.
>>49211900It was red. That's why we've gone with "Red Queen" as a title (at least to Heretic, I'm not sure we've said that title to any other race/faction).The gold was for accents because just red/white is going to get overbearing, but if doesn't have to be gold. Maybe I'm the only one who's thinking "European monarchy levels of fancy" and everybody else just wants sci-fi spacefuture apple store aesthetics.
>>49211936Wow. No argument in the world could have sold me harder against modernist hard light interiors better than "spacefuture apple store aesthetics."I'll back your decorative scheme now.
>>49211817I really like the idea of sculptures representing the other queens. to those who don't know it would look like we are a more wide spread and possibly fractured group. that way espionage attempts might try and contact one of the "other queens" within the human friendly faction instead of reaching out to the OQ.>>49211936I just feel gold as an aesthetic choice doesn't fit us to well. as a material and as a color it doesn't scream hive. Though for structural look I'm definitely a fan with a trend to more natural shapes, lots of Fibonacci. Double Fibonacci all the way across the sky.
>>49211900>Bio-luminescentI totally forgot about this, but this should also obviously be included. Along with the mimetic skin where appropriate. In modern reality, lighting effects are usually done with projectors, diffused lighting, and all kinds of filters. We don't need that and can just make things glow.>>49211979I'm not going to insist on anything, just wanted to share some ideas. We can use hard light surfaces, objects, and sculptures, but probably shouldn't be using ONLY them.>>49212027I considered describing some of the biological/smooth stuff as Giegeresque, but Gieger's artwork intentionally uses erotic symbolism and disturbing biological designs, intended to evoke the idea that the thing is a giant spleen or something. It's cool and all, but if we're trying to make a good impression on civilians, we don't need to be intentionally terrifying any more than we already are. The hive ship and heavy drones can do that well enough.
>>49211817I figure having your own color scheme throughout is a given, so lots of white with red and pink accents and the like. You can indeed determine the color of hardlight, as in its proposed use it is essentially just a tactile hologram.I also assume you want all the medical and bio-tech stuff hidden away in the internal hive of the embassy proper. People will just assume your drones are doing weird hive stuff and nobody will be all that eager to try and see how the new aliens eat, since just about everyone finds everyone else's eating methods disgusting, so most people will just assume you vomit over stuff like a fly or something similar and leave it at that.Also, as to your last point, yes. In a similar manner as various wikileak people live in embassies, the Union will not move to arrest anyone within your embassy unless you first give them permission. The same applies to the Valen embassy next door.>>49211936Alright, so european monarchy level fancy with hardlight used more as an accenting decoration than a prime feature?>>49211851Alright, that one I'm blaming on the beer I finished the moment I got home from work, but you get my point.
I dunno But was no one else thinking About having Hardlight statues of warriors at the entrance With actual commando warriors inside? just patrolling the halls?
>>49212122One thing to remember is that embassies have dual purposes. Sure, one of those is to impress and facilitate communication on a nation-state level.The other is to be a center of subterfuge, refuge, and the anchor of a spy network/secure communications.
>>49212122How are problems between embassies handled? If our drones throw fishing lines over the wall into the valen embassy how does the problem of fishing without a permit get resolved?
>>49212239Embassies are sovereign soil, doing that would be like hurling fishhooks into a valens front yard on their home planet.
>>49212239It's sovereign territory of the host nation.So, you know, the Valen cut the lines and say that any the hive is persona-non-grata.
>>49212255You say that like you've never fished in your neighbor's pond while they weren't home before
>>49212122>>49212122>You can indeed determine the color of hardlight, as in its proposed use it is essentially just a tactile hologram.Way cooler than I thought.>I also assume you want all the medical and bio-tech stuff hidden away in the internal hive of the embassy proper.That would be ideal.>Alright, so european monarchy level fancy with hardlight used more as an accenting decoration than a prime feature?Well, I like it because I suggested it, but there are well over 50 other people who read this quest. My intent was to create something that would impress the humans, but if they wouldn't be impressed, then this is just a bad idea. If it's too similar to Commonwealth aesthetics and the Union wouldn't like that, then just build the spacefuture apple store. It doesn't REALLY matter because it's pointless to us either way. We're really only doing this just to show off.>>49212186Sure why not, sounds cool.>>49212221Put all that stuff in places that are only accessible to our agents. Definitely include it, and it can just be utilitarian like the rest of our hives.
>>49211908Clearly, we need a name for this alliance
>>49212267Errr, I got a couple thoughts confused there.Okay, so, technically an embassy remains territory of the host nation. But the nation the embassay belongs to has independent sovereign status within that area. By international law the edicts of the visiting nation take precedence, but no territory is formally ceded and the embassy can be revoked at any time. Until that revocation, however, it's like a small patch of the visiting country transplanted into the middle of the host country.There are a lot of other very complex technicalities, like the rules governing the police forces of the host country when they enter embassies during their duties. (which, contrary to what you might hear from some people, is a thing that happens) It's complicated because while technically the law of the host country is the law even within the premises, it is subject to international diplomatic conventions insofar as conditional immunity can be granted on diplomatic grounds. IE. While the laws apply, they don't have to apply.It's a pain in the ass DESU and for the story I would advise just considering it as sovereign territory.
>>49212122I fully back the embassy plans you've described there QD, do we have enough room in the embassy to squeeze in a holodeck to fully display our hardlight entertainment suite, next the baroque modern dining room?
>>49212274>build the spacefuture apple storeNah that will be the Unity Embassy next doorWhile I'm okay with the going the Commonwealth/Imperium of man designs you've mentioned I'd prefer a more organic look to everything but I could be a minority here
>>49212445>a more organic look to everythingOh, that's fine too. Just, like, grand. You know?
>>49212273Did you fish in their living room?
>>49211908As soon as we say "6 sentient species" the immediate question is "who are the others", and not answering might leave a worse impression than just saying nothing in the first place. We're already impressively powerful. Then again, maybe the goal is to show that we're diplomatically successful and not xenophobic or isolationist. Worthy of trust. But that can only be verified by knowing more about the other five species, and I don't think that can work right now.Brokering a peace deal between Theseus and the Union would sure demonstrate it.
>>49212445I just want us to have a friendly human sounding PA system that's actually a Theseus program.
>>49212466Of course>>49212496I almost consider Unity/Heretic a single faction now with how closely they've integrated
>>49212239On paper, disputes between individuals would still be able to utilize Union courts to settle disputes, and the Valen do have a crack legal team for just such occasions.Although they mostly use said legal team to avoid culpability for their own illegal fishing habits.>>49212375This.The Union does have a long list of regulations regarding this, mostly built on precedent over the years of interaction with the Valen and Taidarens, but the most relevant aspects is that Union law is outside, Hive law is inside, but visiting Union citizens are still protected by Union law. "Political immunity" to any crime requires sufficient evidence that the crime committed was the result of a miscommunication of language, culture, or biological imperative, for instance, claiming a color pattern in an advertisement triggered an involuntary threat response. You believed the gesture was a challenge to an honorable duel. You thought you were complimenting the human's taste in wardrobe, but accidentally said something rude regarding his immediate genetic lineage, ect.
>>49212594the opportunity for cheekybreeky are endless. just claim mistranslated and cultural differences. "May your mothers genitals be stretched to maximum capacity." would be a true statement of respect by a Hive species, but probably not be taken so well by humans.>>49212273Fishing in your neighbors pond without permission is illegal and they can press charges for trespassing and for the theft of any fish taken
>>49212594Formal diplomatic immunity, though, is unconditional to all diplomatic representatives. The host country can't prosecute them for anything, from parking tickets to murder in the middle of the street. They CAN declare them persona-non-grata and have them deported, but they can't do shit if they are there on a valid diplomatic visa, even if it has been revoked.This is, obviously, because the absolute need for communication between states (for such reasons as, oh, avoiding war) trumps any individual crimes that might happen.Interestingly, a head of state has automatic unqualified diplomatic immunity when visiting other countries in every first world nation. I am not sure how this applies to the hive....
>>49212122Eh, I'm not a huge fan of the European Monarchy look. I perfer more organic, but still powerful and royal looks like some old Islamic architecture. I think flowing lines and seamless transition between "inorganic" hard light and "hive" interior would be unique, sophisticated, and cool. If we do go traditional "grand" European style please have it be very different from something like 40k gothic style or the like. We're more subtle and skillful than that I believe.
I wonder if we can adopt a theseus instance as a member of the hive?
>>49212845>Interestingly, a head of state has automatic unqualified diplomatic immunity when visiting other countries in every first world nation>the Hive in effectively a single individual spread across many minds >therefore any drone can accurately be said to be the head, if the thinker in that drone happens to be hosting a "primary" thought process at that momentGentlemen, we have just discovered the diplomatic equivalent of the suitcase nuke.
>>49212845As an addendum: You remember that scene from Lethal Weapon where the guy with diplomatic immunity is shot by the cop after murdering his partner? And he quips, "It's just been revoked!" And everything is fine because the guy just literally tried to murder someone?Yeah, nation-states don't give a fuck. That would have been a huge international incident. You don't kill diplomats, period.
>>49212974......What the everloving fuck of Mother's favorite brand of sucrose fungi syrup is going on in that picture?!
>>49213033The joy of being commedia inside.
>>49213033Creampied so hard it shot straight through the top of the uterus and into her head.Tags: mindfuck, ahegao, reverse_bukakke
We still should get Lee a bike so he can ride it in the embassy backyard. And yes, let's get the two less crazy mercs as bodyguards, Lyle is too well know.
>>49212845Yes, but the process of being declared persona-non-grata, at least in the Union, does involve a relatively brief court hearing, if the local officials choose to pursue the issue at all, in which such arguments can be made.Obviously, this set of laws doesn't apply very well to the monolithic mind of the hive, and will likely quickly fall apart and result in Parliament figuring out a new way of doing things. As as of this moment, they have no idea how such things apply to the hive. At the moment they are still trying to figure out how to view your drones and if they should consider them individuals of a larger hive organization or component tools of a greater individual.
>>49213107Japan once again brings up the question of whether two bombs were too much or not enough.
>>49213153All our children are their own beings, of course.That's our story and we are sticking to it, for maximum versatility of action.
>>49213153I don't think it matters. Like America and its extrajudicial rendering program, we're going to flop our big smelly dick on their face and dare them to come after us.
>>49213169Well the "no bomb" option involved enough expected casualties that they only recently started making purple hearts again (and even then they didn't run out, the design just changed or something).
>>49213246Eh. At the time there was this meme that an atomic detonation could set the atmosphere on fire, killing everything. The nukes were much more a gesture of intent, and possible future intent than a practical weapon at the time.
>>49213153Expulsion of diplomats is super rare anyway, since it ratchets up international tensions no matter the reason and has historically started many, many countries down the path to war.
>>49213279Ah yes, thank you my friend. That's almost a perfect illustration.
>>49213153Would it be fair to say that the Hive species currently has a cultural taboo regarding using violence under the cover of diplomacy? I mean, considering what the Black Queen did, I could see the Broken Queen reacting remarkably poorly to the Union's shenanigans.
>>49201190>>49201239Adding again.>Warrior drones/wasps on the roof like gargoyles.>2 Titans(or whatever we call bipedal colossi) standing beside the GIANT GATES.My opinion on what the architecture should look like is combining our regular hive architecture with a stone temple look like the exodus ship in the garden or the temple the scarred queen resides in.
>>49213697Yes, the generation of queens before yourself at the very least had a somewhat victorian era view of war, seeing it as something to be waged with firm rules and everything over the board. Although they did have their share of courtroom intrigue in their day.
>>49213697The hives have apparently always considered diplomacy and strategic use of violence to be two sides of the same coin. Back when there were enough queens to compete with each other for resources it was considered completely kosher for a hive to blow up another hives ships and infrastructure even as their queens were negotiating personally through relays. They viewed violence as a part of the diplomatic process more than any faction at present aside from perhaps the Valen.
>>49213838I would say that while a lot of our stuff like spore seeding and covert infiltration of species are new, we (as the queen and as posters) seemed to be more than a little pissed about the smith and the diplomatic trojan horse when it happened to us.At the very least, I can't see us using official diplomats as a secret weapon.
>>49213838And then an assault under the cover of truce killed 95+% of their race. The survivors probably have a remarkably dim view of anyone who tries a similar maneuver.
>>49213838QD how is your progress with the scout pods?
>>49213890It would also wax to similar to the OQs attack on the Queens of old. Maybe not something expressly taboo to our military doctrine, but definitely something we would find distasteful.
>>49214178Yeah, that was essentially what I was arguing. And the Union did it twice in one month to two different people.
>>49214226Anon, you don't have to justify things being distasteful to our main character. Things can be distasteful to us just because voter consensus says so.
Speaking of Valen and fishing and eating habits, do Valen eat their fish whole? If so can we make some Trojan horse parasite fish to let loose around the embassy and hopefully give the Valen diplomats symbiotes?
>>49214320It's an idea, but first we'd need to figure out what they do with the fish.
>>49214320That's a good idea. It would make us hypocrites but it's a good idea to have.
>>49214178Sounds right. I don't see the Red Queen ever dismissing options permanently. And I do see her taking precautions against everything. At the same time, though, I think nuke equipped ambassadorbugs would be a last option kind of thing.I mean, we know RQ doesn't play fair. That's fine, war isn't fair. But she also doesn't do stupid stuff like shooting herself in the foot by making diplomatic negotiations impossible. And making your diplomats into weapons means diplomacy is not an option anymore.
>>49214418But anon, our diplomats already are weapons, albeit melee ones.
>>49214320Didn't we have multiple discussions about this previously?
I'd like to remind every one that we still have to read the locked memories and to begin raiding OQ.Anything i forgot?
>>49214296I was more thinking about the Broken Queen honestly.
>>49214447You know what I mean.Breeding a speaker with an internal nuke would probably be a last resort.
>>49214507Cut my drones into pieces.
>>49214507Nukes don't have to be that big, we could have hundreds of these on a single speaker.http://www.pravdareport.com/science/tech/19-11-2014/129079-atomic_bullets-0/
>>49214536This is my last resort.
>>49214587Don't give a fuck if i lose my friends eating.>Can't think of more.
>>49212893The patterns can be more intricate and pervasive that way, with something like ancient golden-era Islamic architectural influence added to the mix.We're royalty, but not just human European royalty. It needs to be a little bit more exotic than just being Versailles inhabited by bugs.
>>49214849Of course not, we are space Canadians, not french.
>>49214849Would a giant imposing stone temple look be good?
>>49214849Sure, that sounds alright to me.
>>49212351>Clearly, we need a name for this allianceThe Avalonian LeagueThe Triple AllianceThe Azure Collective
>>49214943Those are all horrible.
>>49214943Wasn't the Triumvirate concluded upon when we first made contact with the Commonwealth?
>>49214943How about the Hiveminds? that is what our collective alliance is composed of
>>49214988NO. We never used that name and never will.
>>49214991I think Heretic is planning to turn control over to the biological Skyl once they grow up. He's certainly not interested in running a robot dictatorship
>>49215004I know we never used it but it was the most popular suggestion for if we did use a name.
Google ancient stone temple art guys. That's the beautiful imposing look i want for the outside.The inside can be a combination of our regular architecture, stone and >>49214849
>>49214899That's more bare and monolothic than what I had in mind. I was thinking tiling intricate patterns, but with more of a biological influence than just the geometric ones in old Islamic architecture. I'll try finding a few photos of related ideas.
>>49214943We had a name. The Triumvate but that's gotten kinda outdated with the Broken Queen and her Phantoms possibly joining usAlso people like >>49215004 are little bitches and don't know a good name when it bites them in the ass
>>49215193We are the Aliance.
>>49215178There's no reason we can't put those patterns on our stone walls, or put them inside and leave the outside monolithic. I just want to adopt the old hive architecture of the exodus ship/Scarred queen temple.
>>49215224Horde 4 life you scrub
>>49215247>>49215252Yes, I agree. We can work stone into it, as a foundation.
>>49215252>>49215247Something like that, with come parts intricate creep design and other sculpted stone design.Maybe add holograms and hardlight on our stone statues to make them even better.
>>49215252We can pay homage to it, but we can add something new too. As far as we can tell we are the last surviving free Queen with any chance of continuing the Hive race. We're the end of the old civilization and the beginning of a new one. We've already become significantly different from any of our predecessors, even just in technology and our attitude towards non-Hive life. We're starting something new.
>>49215252Why? This embassy is supposed to attract the humans not celebrate our racial history which they don't even know.
>>49215373Another anon here. Fair point, we're not the same Queen they were. But it is supposed to be an outward display of who we are, regardless of how much of that is derived from past Queens. Even the contemporary last-generation Queens had significantly different styles, and we can too.
>>49213755Another idea.>Stone obelisks/pillars with words and pictures projected on them by holograms/hardlight.>>49215373But giant beautiful ancient looking stone temples will definitely attract humans. Learning and adopting old hive architecture is a bonus too.>>49215410Doesn't mean we can't use stone, just sculpt it in our unique style.
Does anyone imagine designing the temple is the most exiting thing the red queen has done in weeks?"Should i go with the red or the pink?"
>>49215460>Doesn't mean we can't use stone, just sculpt it in our unique style.Sure. I like the stone + hardlight accenting idea too.What about color schemes though? If we're going with white and red primarily, is the stone white and the accents red, or is the stone a darker red with white hardlight accents? And where does hive creep come in? The biology should show up too. Creep and chitin growing on stone in sculpted patterns, with intricate hardlight accents?
>>49215528Hive creep will be inside the temple, the deeper you go the more creep you find. It will also help with the intricate patterns >>49215178
>>49215516>players spend half~one-third of a thread's worth of discussion about the temple designindeed.
>>49215528Statues should be made of both regular stone, regular creep and a mix type that can adjust it's pose.
I just realized the white queen probably built the pyramids.
>>49215619>the pyramids really were built by aliensFuck.
>>49215642WEWUZPHARAOHS AND SHIET
>>49215642HE WAS RIGHT AGAIN
>>49215642Mother was busy it seems.
Why stone though, it is so crude.
>>49215725I'm saying stick with bone and chitin
>>49215725We can literally melt metal using nanomachines and sculpt it into anything we want.
>>49215725It's also pretty and imposing when properly built, gives an impression of age and superiority which we want.
>>49215793True we are going for the whole 'our civilization was conquering the stars while your species was still figuring out how to bang rocks together' shtick.
>>49215738Yeah I'd rather go with Bone. It looks like stone but up close the humans see it is actually bone grown to shape and I think that's more impressive than carving stone
>>49216096Maybe base it around the appearance of fossils?
>>49216096Why not all three? Stone with metal lining and bone carvings.
I was going to suggest our embassy also double as a healing center for the sick and broken but quickly realized the ramifications of doing so.
>>49215725I don't think the construction material matters, as we can make it look like whatever we want.
Found something that looks like it was made by the Gardener on Raligha before she got betrayed by the Salt Queen
>>49216169That's quite lovely.
>>49216159Well there was talk about that already. Even plans for announcing free gene therapy for the Mute Ceph as long as they renounce the Void
>>49216189After the bit with Coil and his scene piloting the Hel's Angel I sorta want to start cloning Ceph Hybrids and create special fighters/gunships for hunting down Ceph Voidcutters cause I have a feeling we're going to be seeing them more after the whole Tenebris event
>>49216159We can buy some land and build a clinic if we want to go that route. Actually, we can build all sorts of facilities to advertise our abilities now that we're in the open.
>>49216230What would the cloned ceph be for though?
>>49216283Spies. Also to attend the gene therapy center.
>>49216283>cloning Ceph Hybrids and create special fighters/gunshipsPilots, it was pretty clear about that anon
>>49215004>>49215193I'd still vote to call ourselves the Triumvirate, remember that if the Barren Queen actually does decide to get involved in the interstellar scene she will be doing so as our daughter and thus our subordinate of sorts. The triumvirate would refer to the alliance between three collective intelligence cultures from very disparate roots, which is what the other powers would see us as.
>>49216313but we don't need pilots. Ultimately ceph are fairly shit physically and mentally. I suggest offering commission to any ceph who renounce the void but feel that a clone army of them would be less then optimal use of resources.
"The Hive embassy outermost walls are made of stone, reinforced with metal inside and have decorative bone inscrustacion that tell the hive story. Here is the Lee giving us a lighter. And here is the Hive drones killing a Smith. Oh and this is one of my favorites, is the first Capital Ship we destroyed from the Salt Queen."
What would happen if we crabbed a Ceph raider with one of our harpoon corvettes and then blinked it to a holding area? Could we potentially start farming ammo for the Canon?
>>49216426>The last scene is just hundreds of our ships ruthlessly and overwhelming tearing hordes of OQ's ships to shreds in a sea of blood, fire, and shattered chitinOf course we would have to show off what we got for that nat100.
>>49216426I think we should tell Morgan about the plan for murals before announcing to everyone about the secret super illegal murder spies the Union totally does not have.Just to see his face. Then decide not to do it.
>>49216473We totally got to arrange an interview with a major Union news network, and bring the severed Smith head from Aral and those deactivated nukes from satellite to back up our claims. Just imagine the interviewers face when we place them both on the table we're sitting at.
>>49216473Then do it in Lee's private room
>>49216558we should keep those as blackmail until it becomes necessary to pull them out as proof.
>>49216639NO, that would make Lee sad because he blames himself for the attack.
we should have an ornate display case for Lee's lighter or maybe a replica
>>49217279That would be cool.
>>49217286Don't we carry it around our neck?
>>49217693>we>carryThe Queen ("us") sits in the throne room and is largely immobile because of the huge egg sac.
>>49217781Her egg sack is immense and beautiful, while her aunt's is disgustingly small.
>>49217693it's on a pedestal in the Throne Roomor did we give it back to Lee when we rescued him?
>>49217781Actually we're still in a bunker deep beneath the hive, we've still got a false egglayer sitting on our throne right now. We might want to change that at this point, actually, it's not like a Union or other agent has any hope of breaching the hive's defenses now.
>>49218008Wrong. Keep the fake Queen. Is safer.
>>49218049Between the missile shields, the anti-orbital cannons, the multiple fleets picketing Leeland, and the actual shields we will shortly have protecting the hive, there isn't anyone in the galaxy willing or capable of storming our throne. And if they were capable, reaching the bunker after that would be a cakewalk, our throne room is perhaps the single most heavily fortified location in our empire right now.Plus we can chill with Lee and Vaughn there on their free time.
>>49218210>>49218008What's the point? Just because of your autism? We don't need to change anything unless we actually accomplish something by it.