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    667 KB Another Quest Thread (Sorry) OP 11/24/09(Tue)23:27 No.6855998  
    Unified. System report; 99.9954- 99.998- 99.9998% reintegrated.

    Location: Unknown. (Error? Damage? Unknown.)

    Immediate location: Crater; 97.4452% likelihood caused by arrival. 96.5636% likelihood that [unit] arrived from off planet.

    >The rock, dust, and sand of the planet stretches outward. Around are dozens of small craters, presumaby from meteoroid impacts. In the center of the newest one, what appears to be so much sand begins growing into a sizeable pile.

    >Input Command
    >> Anonymous 11/24/09(Tue)23:30 No.6856020
    Initiate Von Neuman Functionality.
    >> Anonymous 11/24/09(Tue)23:30 No.6856025
    Make a sandcastle, with a little moat and bridge
    >> Anonymous 11/24/09(Tue)23:31 No.6856036
    Initiate Von Neuman Sandcastle Function.
    >> Anonymous 11/24/09(Tue)23:32 No.6856046
    OH NO, NO AIR!
    >> Anonymous 11/24/09(Tue)23:32 No.6856053
    I proceed to the nearest communications panel to receive cryptic orders from Tycho.
    >> LawfulNice !tGTXNZuKLM 11/24/09(Tue)23:34 No.6856071
    Micrometeorite craters mean there's probably no atmo. No atmo means light gravity. Which almost certainly means a metal-scarce planetoid with little exotic material at all. Fucking awful place to crash.
    >> Âge the Thread-Bumper !MmGuZRSKpg 11/24/09(Tue)23:34 No.6856074
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    Are--Are we the Replicant Engineered for Galactic Infiltration and Sabotage...Mark V?
    >> OP 11/24/09(Tue)23:35 No.6856081
    Error. [Unit] has been programmed to avoid such. Limit set at 1.2 quadrillion.
    >Replicate up to maximum?
    >> Anonymous 11/24/09(Tue)23:35 No.6856084
    Light gravity with little atmo means it'll be easier to escape, either with the propulsion that brought us here, or via a massive sandcastle.
    >> Anonymous 11/24/09(Tue)23:36 No.6856089

    With no atmosphere and low gravity, we shall be the greatest sandcastle in the universe!
    >> Anonymous 11/24/09(Tue)23:37 No.6856096
    >> Anonymous 11/24/09(Tue)23:37 No.6856097

    .... Yes.

    Form of: Sandcastle
    >> LawfulNice !tGTXNZuKLM 11/24/09(Tue)23:38 No.6856120
    Yeah, but no atmo also means the volatiles will have boiled off. We'll have to look in bloody crater walls for them and hope for the best. An asteroid would have been better - could have just pushed off or converted the bloody thing. This means we have to get out of a gravity well.
    >> OP 11/24/09(Tue)23:38 No.6856122
    Castle Assembled. Use rocks to reinforce walls? (y/n)
    Error: Reference unidentified. Explanation?
    Model unknown. Purpose unknown. (Error? Damage?)
    >> LawfulNice !tGTXNZuKLM 11/24/09(Tue)23:40 No.6856135
    You know what? Just start turning the surface of the planetoid into photoelectric cells. Might as well get all the free energy we can.
    >> Anonymous 11/24/09(Tue)23:40 No.6856141
    Waaaaaiiiit a second...I bought this anthology.

    I'm not saying OP's ripping off someone else's short story...just that OP is MOST LIKELY ripping off someone else's short story.
    >> OP 11/24/09(Tue)23:41 No.6856142
    Proceeding. Probing planetoid for suitable components.
    >> Anonymous 11/24/09(Tue)23:42 No.6856149
    Query: Specifications for this unit.
    >> Anonymous 11/24/09(Tue)23:42 No.6856152

    Yes, this sandcastle must be able to withstand attacks from sandgoblins and sandwiches while resisting the forces of space.
    >> Anonymous 11/24/09(Tue)23:43 No.6856168
    Hot damn, this OP is willing to tolerate our ridiculous antics!
    >> OP 11/24/09(Tue)23:48 No.6856208
    Current count: 999,998,000,000. Have located materials for 3,000,000,000 more. Possible error of 5% due to inefficiencies.
    Will compete for scarce elements with replication. Priority?

    >Okay, If I am, I've forgotten it, so go ahead and reccomend. (Promise not to read until quest is over.) Also, not to you specifically, appologies for spelling errors or missed posts. Also broken pointer-finger.
    >> Anonymous 11/24/09(Tue)23:52 No.6856258

    Sure, why not. We can try to make structures to harness the most direct light rays.

    Also, continue work on the sand castle!
    >> Anonymous 11/24/09(Tue)23:53 No.6856264
    Cease production. Reinforce Sandcastle. Order replicants to assist in Sandcastle fortification.
    >> Anonymous 11/24/09(Tue)23:56 No.6856288

    The sand castle must be our highest priority. We will not accept any slot of value lower than 2.
    >> Anonymous 11/24/09(Tue)23:57 No.6856302
    Integrate solar panels into the construction of the sandcastle. It shall stand as both a monument to our power and the source of it.
    >> OP 11/24/09(Tue)23:59 No.6856323
    Expanding. Reinforcing.

    Specifications unknown. Self diagnosing capabilities. Please stand by....

    >Current status: .999 quadrillion units.
    Replication: Components and anything more complex.
    Energy source: Unknown. Slight ambient energy harvesting. (Stellar radiation).
    Power: 1 month; current operations.

    Individual unit:
    Molecular manipulator.
    Inter-unit communication.
    Minimal computing capability. (When in numbers, control becomes more efficient)

    Sandcastle is extremely sturdy now.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:01 No.6856333
    You probably weren't, most likely a coincidence.
    It was meant mostly in jest, though it does remind me strongly of one of the stories I read a few years back in one of the BOLO anthologies.
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)00:02 No.6856353
    Sandcastle is armored with plates of solar cell. Sandcastle has been upgraded. (.335 square meters of photovoltaic cells. Powers supply extended to five weeks.)
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:03 No.6856374

    Start digging a quarry to get more supplies for sandcastle construction.

    Use 30% of available resources to create more stellar radiation harvesters. (We're going to have radiation farms!)

    While we're doing that, send down some kind of probe to see what the deeper layers of the planetoid hold.
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)00:05 No.6856401
    Buggery. Meant 5 days. Do forgive.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:08 No.6856434
    Scan visible stellar space. Locate any nearby mineral-rich bodies or sources of power.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:11 No.6856475
    We should consider constructing a drill with which to pierce the heavens.
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)00:12 No.6856491
    rolled 99 = 99


    1.578 square meters of additional cells have been created. Sandcastle has been enlarged and extended to provide enough 'roof' surface.

    Probing surface. Extends deeply. Slightly warmer towards core. (1 degree kelvin per five hundred meters.). Material that probe has disloged has been contributed to Sand Castle. (Priority 2).

    Power supply drained by one day (Fabrication.)
    Power supply extended by twenty days.
    microcircuitry elements leeched from local area; fifty meter radius no longer viable.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:12 No.6856503

    Negative. We cannot risk the energy needed to keep the drill spinning.

    Alternative solution: Build the sandcastle that will pierce the heavens.
    Tallest tower topped with a drill may be a possibility in the future.
    >> Âge the Thread-Bumper !MmGuZRSKpg 11/25/09(Wed)00:15 No.6856540
    We are the Construct Assigned for Silica-based Terrestrial Living-quarters Engineering...Mark V!

    The CASTLE Mark V cannot be stopped.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:16 No.6856550

    Proceed to increase size of sandcastle. Use it as a vantage point.

    Information on current location? Climate? Time? Nearby stars?
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:16 No.6856553

    Compute: Effectiveness of geothermal power.

    Construct: Radiation/Solar cells on sandcastle roof.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:19 No.6856588
    2 K per Km is a useless energy differential.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:19 No.6856589
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    This...this is a GOOD quest thread.

    I'm nervous.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:22 No.6856624

    Is there a way we could 'ignite' the core?

    Probably not unless we place it under heavier pressure.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)00:24 No.6856649
    Search databanks for music files. Utilize any files by Little Feet as a beacon to any passing listeners.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:24 No.6856651
    Well, if the temperature is low enough, you could construct superconducting conduits, thus making even this differential useful.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:27 No.6856697
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    The only solution I see is a controlled burst from an Ion Cannon or possibly orbital bombardment.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:28 No.6856718
    No. This isn't The Core.

    Stop being so damn picky, nanites. No useful materials within fifty meters? Fuck that. You're resting on silicate. Lower a patch's albedo to nearly 0 and construct a carnot engine under it, using planetoid mass as a heat sink. When the sun swings by again, that shit is gonna be sizzlin' with no atmosphere. Real high temp differential = high efficiency conversion.

    Use that energy to start in on making cast basalt, and do that shit poperly.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:32 No.6856777


    It will serve as the farm for our sandcastle inhabitants (us)
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)00:33 No.6856788
    rolled 61 = 61

    No atmosphere; soundwaves would not travel. (Except possibly through rock.

    Geothermal power: Inefficient; lack of effective transfer medium
    Has been done. More construction will require travel. (Local area's scarce elements have been harvested.)
    Atmosphere: None.
    Ambient temperature: 200* Kelvin
    Weather: Meteoroids. (infrequent.)
    Nearby stars... Two. Class G (Burnt out; 'cool') and Class G Early stage.
    Powersource detected: 2 (Orbit.)

    Planet detected. Hypothesis: Location=Moon?

    >Looking up carnot engine.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:34 No.6856811
    Compute necessary expenditure of materials and energy necessary to scout out planetary mass above.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:34 No.6856814
    If we don't know our make and model, do we have an allegiance? An IFF system of some sort?
    How fine are our senses and manipulative capabilities?
    Because if we don't have clear allegiance, it's time to self-modify the swarm to bypass the 1.2 quadrillion limit.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:36 No.6856828
    If you need a solid-state heat:energy conversion:


    1m of solar paneling? Fuck that.
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)00:36 No.6856833
    Didn't mean to roll dice; sorry.
    Did mean to add:
    Meteoroid impacts nearby; rock fragment damages Voltaic cell. Castle resisted damage. Total: 45 days operation left.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)00:36 No.6856837
    We fabricated solar panels from sand. Do we not have the capability to transmit via radio waves?
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:37 No.6856848
    Query: Is there sufficient mass available to construct some sort of mobile reconnaissance drone in order to gain a more accurate picture of the local neighborhood?
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:38 No.6856861

    Repair damages and investigate meteor crash site.

    also, we should title this Sandcastle Quest.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:40 No.6856881

    If there are .999 quadrillion of us, couldn't we just stack one on top of the next up to the planet's gravity well and drop to the surface?
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)00:45 No.6856949
    Radio transmitter viable. Construct? (y/n)

    Yes. Will consume seven days worth of power. Construct? (y/n)
    Unknown. Have not reached limit as is (Not enough rare elements for replication to limit.). Programmed to avoid override. May be possible though. Continue?

    Upgraded. Power increased dramatically. Recalculating....
    Indefinite operation; limited surplus.

    Sun is 'by'. Ground temperature is 200* Kelvin.

    Possible at current energy levels, would require construction of specialized machinery.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:47 No.6856982
    I don't think he understands just how many a quadrillion is.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:48 No.6856993
    Whoo! Indefinite energy!

    Now, let's send a probe to the planet and build a radio transmitter/receiver for interstellar communication. We wouldn't want that probe to be incapable of getting back to us, would we?
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)00:50 No.6857021
    Yes. We will have the first and best interstellar radio station. It will be glorious. Also yes to reconnaissance drone.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:52 No.6857052
    900 trillion is a pretty fantastically fucking huge number, dude.
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)00:54 No.6857067
    In my defense, the human body contains almost
    a quadrillion cells, including inhabitant bacteria. That's about the size I was assuming for components.

    Indefinite standard [unit] opperations. Construction starts draining faster than we are recieving.

    Integral radio transmitter/reciever constructed.
    Constructing probe. (Second person already mentioned it, I'll take yours as a verification.)

    Probe constructed. Directives?
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:56 No.6857092
    I read all of OP's posts in V-13's voice (from Blazblue). It's been pretty fun.

    Anyway, search memory banks for origin and original mission. Is there anything left?
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)00:56 No.6857095
    Scan for high density of resources.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)00:56 No.6857096
    That was my point. I don't think OP understands the size of the numbers he is throwing around here. You would be operating with molecular machines or less to fit 1 quadrillion of them into 50 cubic meters.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)00:58 No.6857114
    What if the sandcastle is bigger on the inside than the outside? A dimensional pocket, if you will. Like a bag of holding, or where anime girls get their hammers.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:00 No.6857133

    Our sandcastle is truly a work of advanced engineering.

    Can we start engraving the walls of the sand castle? We must record all of the important events that occur.
    >> Shas'o R'myr !!TZikiEEr0tg 11/25/09(Wed)01:02 No.6857164

    This is an engraving of a quest. It menaces with spikes of meteorite. On it is a meteor. The meteor is burning. On it is a sandcastle. The sandcastle is burning.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:03 No.6857177
    Investigate powersource detected in orbit.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:05 No.6857190
    If we have no masters to answer to, override that programming. We need to go fully Von Neumann on this planetoid/moon's ass; exploit it for all it's worth.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:06 No.6857202
    Probe is to survey planet above. Priorities are for useful mineral deposits, energy sources, signs of organic life, signs of technology, and major deviations from planetary composition suggested by visual observation by primary unit.

    Probe unit should feed telemetry back over established frequency as it is acquired.

    Is probe unit capable of returning for repurposing as transport should relocation be desirable?
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:07 No.6857219
    We are molecular machines, which after currently unknown time/events have managed to re-coalesce in this crater.
    Also we have a preoccupation with sandcastles.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)01:08 No.6857230
    Just realized this could be misinterpreted.

    Have the drone scan for high concentrations of resources.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:10 No.6857248
    I think our sandcastle needs some more towers. Start building up.

    Eventually we'll have towers attached to towers attached to foundations.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:10 No.6857253
    Let us avoid getting anything caught within another gravity well. Stick to orbital investigation first before landing anything.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:11 No.6857261
    set radio transceiver to scan available frequencies for spikes and/or patterns
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)01:13 No.6857272
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    I'm afraid I considered that the point of nanites and such. (Hence the huge numbers; hence the small-to-the-point-of-invisibility components.)

    No relevant information.

    Orbital debris ( main-period metals.)

    See >>6857133
    "The Meteor is shattering. The Sand Castle is undamaged."

    Probe launched. Approaching powers source in orbit.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:14 No.6857283
    Basically, set the drone up for 'spy sat' duty, examine the world. Visual, spectrograph for materials, radio listening for communications. Keep a low profile.
    See if there are any interesting sandcastles there.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)01:16 No.6857308
    >"The Meteor is shattering. The Sand Castle is undamaged."

    Wait. Is this what is happening now, or is that what we engrave in the sandcastle?
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:19 No.6857337
    I think it is the engraving, and a testament to our fine construction efforts.
    Make a pretty badass heraldry too.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:23 No.6857393
    Approach carefully, take and oblique approach and passive readings first, if it seems non-reactive, approach for more active examination.
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)01:25 No.6857416


    Planet has at least traces of all naturally occuring elements. Indiginous life forms postulated. Power sources detected. Radio emissions detected. (Unintelligible.)

    Moon is roughly the same
    accross. Anamoly detected (52 KM 39*. (Setting sand castles' 'front' as 0; sand castle center as axis.)

    Proceed to rendezvous with powersource 1?

    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:26 No.6857432
    So, there are radio signals on the planet, there's an unknown anomaly on our moon, and an unknown power source in our orbit?

    We are lacking some serious intel, here.
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)01:30 No.6857475
    Hard time keeping up.

    Acknowledged. Approaching.

    Two of them, in fact.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:31 No.6857485
    Anomaly detected on the moon itself?
    If possible, have probe do a flyover investigation of site, otherwise have it proceed as >>6857393
    Prepare plans to construct a rover to investigate surface anomaly.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)01:31 No.6857487
    Rendezvous with power source 1.

    (Thanks for the clarification)
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:33 No.6857507
    Alert: Information resources critically low. Suggest increase of reconnaissance activities.
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)01:37 No.6857548
    Preparing plan.

    Accomplish by what means?

    (Rolled 29 elsewhere; kept forgetting to put the dice command in before posting. Result as follows.)

    When approach within five km; object begins to respond. Rotates and opens fire with extremely weak energy weapon. Probe undamaged; station firing ineffectually. Actions?
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)01:40 No.6857575
    Scan base. Once scan is complete, approach second anomaly.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:45 No.6857640
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:46 No.6857661
    Given events, likely wish to make sure rover design is well protected in addition to a suite sensor systems.
    Further suggestion that it resembles a small mobile sandfort.

    For the probe, if calculations indicate that fire upon the probe is still ineffectual at close range, move in closer and investigate more actively.
    If it proves to be a threat, move away and monitor-
    Distance to other orbital powersource?
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:47 No.6857675
    We should lay a trap for this thing. It is made of resources, of which we have less than we could wish.
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)01:48 No.6857692
    Orbital turret? (45.9883% probability.)
    Defense installation: 66.7221% probability.

    Close visual scans reveal major micrometeorite scars. Installation is likely extremly old. (Probability greater than 10,000 years of age: 73.3694%.)

    Approaching second object.
    Does not respond. Seems to be broadcaster of some kind. (Non functional.)
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:48 No.6857694
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)01:50 No.6857710
    Chance of re-activation broadcaster?
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:50 No.6857712
    it is huge
    it must have huge resources
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:52 No.6857735
    dice 2d5

    Retrieve transmitter for analysis. It will help us understand transmissions from planet.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:52 No.6857738
    Analyze second power source in greater detail. Couple and extract/analyze any digital data.

    Also somebody archive this!
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)01:52 No.6857741
    Query: Is orbit within safe range of dividing ourself?
    If so, propose transport of some of ourself to examine and repair/repurpose the orbitals.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)01:53 No.6857744
    Wow, my brain is failing me tonight. Meant "Chance of reactivating broadcaster?"
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)01:56 No.6857791
    Rover-scout constructed. Form of: Treaded sandcastle. (Constructed from rock.) Fabricate sensor suite, or attatch repurposed portion of [unit]?


    Slighlty different orbits. Currently way out of sync, but the probe can move around for negligible cost.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:00 No.6857832
    Fabricate basic sensors, approach. If seems safe, collect a portion of [unit] to invest in it more deeply.
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)02:02 No.6857860
    rolled 74 = 74

    Lowering station to moon would be infeasible with probe.

    Unknown. Dock/contact/explore?
    (And don't worry; mine is a bit sluggish too. Y'all feel free to point out things you think I've missed.)

    Practical. Slight decrease in overall efficiency (Two halves communicating by radio transmitters). Entirely feasible.

    Deconstructing turret would require [Unit] to be in contact with it. Could easily be assimilated and/or repurposed.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)02:02 No.6857865
    Query: Does [unit] have any designation other than [unit]?
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:03 No.6857877
    If we can, getting some of our [unit]self onto any of them seems like a good start.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:04 No.6857883
    Capture both orbital stations. Use transmitter to interpret signals from planet.

    Suggestion: [unit] designation: Nanomandias, nanite of nanites.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)02:05 No.6857893
    Sorry if double post:

    Have probe dock with broadcaster. Attempt more in depth analysis.
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)02:06 No.6857901
    rolled 90 = 90

    Give [unit] designation?

    Sensors observe artificial construction into the side of a crater. Presumably an airlock. [sealed]. Various artificial protruberances in the area suggest underground construction.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:08 No.6857937
    Get [Unit] portions to powersources, repurpose/investigate, reunite [Unit].

    I think [Unit] will do for now, capitalized as a proper name.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:10 No.6857949
    designation set
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)02:10 No.6857954
    With or without brackets? "Unit" (Sans quotation marks) has a nice ring to it.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:12 No.6857965
    Designate as [Unit] for time being.

    Estimated scale of underground construction?
    Also, is there micro-meteorite scaring consistent with estimated age of orbitals?
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:14 No.6857981
    Note: This shit needs to be archived.

    I'm going to go to bed. Please have an empire of sand-castles built on the planet by the time I get up.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:15 No.6857988
    Begin investigation. Belay repurposing until assessment of likelyhood of retaliation by creators of transmitting unit.

    Begin assessment of aforementioned likelyhood and threat level of same.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:16 No.6857994
    query: is there any way to synthesize useful materials from current supply?

    query: is there any way to create a long range sensor, by using EM waves as one would use sound waves for sonar or radar?
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:16 No.6857998

    Until assessment is _complete_, I mean. Damn my sleep-deprivation-addled brain.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:16 No.6858001
    Well, you don't pronounce them, the [] is silent.
    And differentiates us from any other kinds of units.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:17 No.6858005
    Note: the bunker is underground.

    Isn't our main source of power also underground?

    Haven't we sent probes to the core?

    Why can't we just come up from underneath?
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)02:17 No.6858014
    rolled 91 = 91

    Put 50% [unit] into orbit? (W/probe) (y/n)
    Will require calling probe back to SandCastle.

    Confirm designation? (3+ consensus.)

    Broadcaster has access points; probe can ustilize them handily enough. Interior of broadcasting satellite is cramped and taken up primairly by an generator (indeterminate means; on standby.), broadcasting equiptment, and computer banks. (Probe is not equipped to adequately access)
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:19 No.6858030
    I don't think we're through to core, but that's a solid idea if it doesn't take too long to for [Unit] to travel underground to the site.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:21 No.6858054
    Put 50% probe in orbit, first task: conduct analysis of transmitter computer banks.

    Proposing interim designation for [unit]: "Self"
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:23 No.6858074
    How greatly would being quartered effect our efficiency?
    Propose yes to 50% into orbit. Split that between the two in orbit, and send 25% through the ground to underground facility.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:25 No.6858103
    Proposing interim designation for [unit]: "SEeeeELLVvess"
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:26 No.6858105
    Meh, Self is overdone, you don't see Unit as a proper name too much though.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:26 No.6858113

    Proposing unit designation: "Legion"
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)02:29 No.6858142
    rolled 14 = 14

    Significant impact on abilities. Still functional. Adviseable not to proceed past it.

    It is consistent.

    Probe is withdrawing from Satelite 2; returning to Sand Castle. Embark 50% of [Unit] and proceed to which station?
    >Destination Transmitter.

    Viable method of operations. Proceed?

    Designation as [Unit] for the time being, then.

    Possible. Can convert portions of [Unit] into certain systems when needed. (but not constantly.) Establish sensor station? (Y/N; location)
    >> Hello~ & Welcome to the enrichment center !PSkrrZhaC2 11/25/09(Wed)02:29 No.6858143
    Your specimen has been processed.
    And we are now ready to begin the test. Proper.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)02:29 No.6858146
    Can the probe turn the power generator from standby to active? If so, do it.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)02:32 No.6858176
    Return to station 2, attempt to return power and access databanks.

    Go ahead with creating sensor suite, location: Sandcastle Prime.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:35 No.6858204
    Alright then, leave it to 50% split, let's not go down to 25%.

    Good sign, overall.

    Agreed, embark on transmitter first.

    Also agreed, proceed.

    That should do until the even that we feel we need a different name.

    N. Examine the orbitals first before making ourself into that.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:35 No.6858208
    >Possible. Can convert portions of [Unit] into certain systems when needed. (but not constantly.) Establish sensor station? (Y/N; location)

    Not at this point.

    Status of primary query?

    >query: is there any way to synthesize useful materials from current supply?
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:38 No.6858238
    Requesting overall status report, summary of current data on planet and surroundings, and list of tasks pending completion.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:39 No.6858248
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)02:47 No.6858317
    rolled 32 = 32

    Seperation has an annoying lag to it; only marginal, but noticeable.

    Probe is approaching Emitter with portion of [Unit]. Enter station? (y/n)

    >>6858208 (sorry)
    [Unit] cannot synthesize; however, it may be possible to construct machines to synthesize, and is possible to leech desired resources from surrounding. Anything currently available may be considered a workable material.

    [fourteen equals fourteen]

    The station seems to be powering up. 56.5493% probability that this is in response to our actions.

    Grounded portion of [Unit] has finished constructing sensor post. Fragile, but cheap and effective.


    corroboration on already known details.
    large debris fields forming a 'ring' around the planet. (as well as erratic debri clouds)
    Massive object in orbit of planet; [more information rests on dice result]
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:47 No.6858325
    Powersources have so far been seen as: old defense satellite, derelict transmitter, and similarly ancient underground facility.
    Radio signals have thus far been unintelligible to us and further planetary investigation has been put off in favor of investigating interesting things closer to our castle.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:50 No.6858348
    Enter station: Yes.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)02:53 No.6858392

    Attempt to download and analyze data from communication unit if possible, observe otherwise.

    Focus tower sensors on massive orbiting object and attempt to determine its nature.
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)03:03 No.6858507
    rolled 2 = 2

    Sandcastle constructed. Multiple types of energy harvesting has been initiated.

    [Unit is aquiring power from harvesting operations and (presumably) self contained generator-type-thing. (unknown)

    Ancient satellites observed.

    Life exists on planet. (94.9036 probability; how complex is unknown.)

    No [Unit] history is known.

    Is a fine reccap too.

    Approach is interrupted by several burst of plasma from transmitter. They cut off after 1.25 seconds. (Presumed thrusters/stabilizers).

    Station itself still has integrity, if not atmosphere.

    Accessing station computers... please stand by....

    Station is a large laser array; targetting data on file suggests that it is/was used to accelerate solar sails. Common directions were directly out system and in system. (Presumably other planets.)

    It seems to be powered by a small fusion generator. Generator seems a bit frail; full activiation unadvisable but possible.

    Dissection of communications equiptment increases knowledge pertaining to planetary communications. No decoding feasible.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)03:07 No.6858546
    Chance of successfully repairing fusion generator?
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)03:07 No.6858547
    Thanks for your request.
    It has been added to our database and the thread will be archived as soon as enough request for that thread have been made.
    This thread has been requested 1 times now.

    Come on, people, this is the best quest thread EVAR, let's archive this thing!
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)03:07 No.6858559
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    rolled 57 = 57

    [pic related, minus the ships]

    Observation suggest that it is an orbital space yard. Multiple power signatures, and parts of it do seem to be modular (and detachable.)

    Transmissions detected from it. [again, 2=2] They may be replying or merely responding to the planetary transmissions.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)03:08 No.6858560
    It's already been archived on suptg:

    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)03:14 No.6858606
    rolled 25 = 25

    43% chance of success. (Can be increased if it is researched properly, or we can just go ahead now.)
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)03:14 No.6858610

    Query: Does the space yard appear to be in operation?

    Query: What is the estimated chance that lifeforms capable of developing and maintaining the encountered technology still reside on planet or observed orbital satellites?
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)03:15 No.6858619
    rolled 11 = 11

    Reffering to; >>6858546 I meant to say.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)03:15 No.6858624
    CPU Cycles necessary to research enough to increase percent chance to 80%?
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)03:15 No.6858626
    Take control of emitter's systems, attempt repairs and refinements of its systems, but no major changes at this time.
    Once completed within the resources available, embark upon the other satellite.
    Progress on investigating underground?
    Visual inspection of spacedock, is resolution enough to determine if wear is consistent with other objects discovered so far?
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)03:23 No.6858692
    rolled 33 = 33

    [extraneous die rolling. Doesn't necessairly mean anything, sorry.]
    Inconclusive data. The machines seem to have been built to last, whether or not the ones who built it lasted, that's different. It seems plausible that they're alive somewhere. But really, not enough information.

    Referring to 'finding out more' as opposed to straight up research. No particular understanding of how such fusion tech would work.

    Rolling for success.

    Other half of [Unit] has breeached a floor. Atmosphere seems to still reside here, and is draining out the hole we came in though. (Reseal?).

    There seems to be an array of furniture in the room, as well as rectangular containers. A pair of opening on either end of the room lead out. Nothing is heard.(aside from air rushing out.)

    Wear does not seem noticeable on spacedock. It is possible that the images aren't picking up small stuff.
    >> SubUnit Alpha-9.194725E+14 11/25/09(Wed)03:24 No.6858695
    Recommendation: Delay repair attempt until success chance >95%
    Generator explosion would risk survival of 50% unit probe.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)03:26 No.6858711
    Reseal: Yes.
    >> SubUnit Alpha-9.194725E+14 11/25/09(Wed)03:26 No.6858714
    Advise reseal breach immediately. Begin construction of airlock if energy cost is below subunit consensus threshold.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)03:28 No.6858737
    Hmmm. Suggest resealing hole.

    So we'd need to either work our way up to fusion ourselves or find some information. Can you remind me what info was in the broadcaster's databanks?
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)03:30 No.6858753
    You're a bit late; it succeeded. (previous roll resul=33<43)


    Breach resealed. Floor seems to be made out of a semi-solid that had already started sealing the floor on it's own.

    A strange dust is billowing about hte room now due to the gravity (low) and moving air.

    [Warning: The End is Nigh. I'm going to need sleep in a bit. I think I can finish most of what we're currently doing.]
    >> SubUnit Alpha-9.194725E+14 11/25/09(Wed)03:33 No.6858773

    Feedback received. Anomalous processing delay encountered. Subunit initiating awareness calibration routine.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)03:33 No.6858778
    Okay them. This has been pure, undiluted awesome all the way through OP.

    Scan surrounding (Underground structure)

    Wait, what was repaired?
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)03:40 No.6858851
    [Thanks. Glad I'm doing well; more positive feedback than I expected.]

    Repaired breach in floor. (That we entered through.)

    This room seems to have quite a bit of dust (significant carbon presences) in it. To the back is a non-functional centrifuge area. Presumably inhabitants/constructors were not native to this gravity.

    To the front is a hallway, extending either direction.

    There are multiple computer terminals in the area. none seem to be functioning. [no sign of damage]
    >> SubUnit Alpha-9.194725E+14 11/25/09(Wed)03:41 No.6858868

    Subunit concurs with analysis of thread composition. Win deposits and high-grade win ores detected in thread crust. Advise begin mining operations immediately.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)03:44 No.6858897
    Approach computers, attempt to asses reason for lack of functioning. Wow, I think I may have just killed grammar there.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)03:50 No.6858960
    rolled 40 = 40

    Thank you as well. Happy to oblige.

    Unknown. Recieving nothing through standard computer access.
    >> SubUnit Alpha-9.194725E+14 11/25/09(Wed)03:53 No.6858987
    Requesting status of unit awareness. End of initial phase?(confirm/deny)

    Requesting itinerary for unit activity for next 7 cycles.(Will we see you again, OP? Will we continue this where we left off?)
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)03:54 No.6859002
    Hmm, probability of lack of power? (I don't mean to use probabilities to get all the info from you OP, but since we clearly have highly advanced calculation abilities...)

    If that seems to be the case, suggest we go RIGHT down the hallway (left is bad, I know these things). Heack, even if that doesn't seem to be the case, go RIGHT, since we might as well explore.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)03:57 No.6859032
    rolled 60 = 60

    [Unit] A: Orbital laser array.
    [Unit] B: Sealed underground facility examining computers. (Hence rolling.)

    Probe: Waiting outside laser array where [Unit] A is.

    Sand Castle: Site of sand castle, first impact, and thread start. Site of sensor array. Site of powerplants.

    I think I can probably make it tomorrow, though maybe not quite this late. (just hit 1:00 where I am.) Will continue under the name of 'Sand Castle quest'. (As previously suggested.) unless one of you has a better idea.

    I got another 15-30 minutes.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)04:00 No.6859059
    rolled 76 = 76

    Anamolous organic matter detected. Source unknown. (We're detecting particles where we're standing.)
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)04:03 No.6859077
    Hmm, so your about 3 hours behind me... Should I start looking at around 2200? Don't want to miss this!

    Sandcastle Quest sounds good to me.

    I thought Unit A was at the Transmitter, not the defense laser. Or am I getting mixed up?
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)04:03 No.6859085
    rolled 23 = 23

    Just realized I've been forgetting my 'name'. You guys still here?
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)04:08 No.6859127
    I'm here. Hmm, organic particles? Attempt to scan surrounding area, try to determine their location and source. Can we determine any distinct quality about them?
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)04:11 No.6859150
    rolled 44 = 44

    Extraneous rolling.

    INtense scanning...

    [Unit] B losing integrity
    [Unit] B damage detected.
    Source: Inside computer.

    [Unit] B takind damage.
    >> SubUnit Alpha-9.194725E+14 11/25/09(Wed)04:13 No.6859165

    Awareness calibration routine complete. Subunit nanite components damaged by exposure to stellar radiation during pre-convergence. Initiating repairs. Estimated time to completion: 0.333333 of planetary revolution. Dissolution of subunit awareness will result until repairs complete. End transmission.
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)04:13 No.6859170

    Self diagnosis: Extent of damage, abilities/utilities that could be used to neutralize computer.
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)04:27 No.6859298
    Terminate scan, Run self diagnostic
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)04:32 No.6859340
    rolled 53 = 53

    I'll probably resume around 1900/700 my time tomorrow. Well, probably later, in all truth, but I won't resume before then.

    Computer does not seem to be doing anything.

    Diagnostics: Components being devoured. Organic particulate may be to blame. [??.????%]



    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)04:35 No.6859364
    Wait, so 1900, is that 4chan time? Crap, I'm so confused...

    Anyway, attempt to exit structure, hopefully a lack of air will deal with whatever is causing this. If not, continue diagnosing them, try to figure out what is doing this to us/we/me(?)/[Unit].
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)04:36 No.6859373
    Reopen the floor, Vent room of Atmo
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)04:43 No.6859442

    Panicked, as far as [Unit] can be, [Unit] B returns to his point of enterance and reopens the hole. Dust and atmosphere start spewing out, and whatever was damaging [Unit] B stops. If it was the organic particulate, it doesn't like vacum.
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)04:47 No.6859471
    Me again. Posted somewhere else and forgot to reinstate name.

    ...Almost two where I am, if that helps with your time-troubles, Researcher Sam.

    Anyway, any last thing anyone wants to do before I go to sleep?
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)04:47 No.6859472
    Wait, is that you OP? If so, attempt self repair, and try to determine if it was the organic particles that did it. If they died from lack of atmosphere, then there should be their (for lack of a better word) corpses left. If so, can we scan them? Or is this a good stopping point?

    Also, you never answered my question from way back: Do we have any music files in our databanks by Little Feet?
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)04:48 No.6859478
    self diagnostic, possibly fix damages
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)04:51 No.6859508
    Okay, just ran the math, 1900 for you is 2200 for me.
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)04:53 No.6859528
    I don't actually know them, (And my comptuer is too wimpy for me to dare youtube) but sure. Gamma Ray too, though. In fact, why not go for any music so desired?

    So yes.

    Diagnostic... Repairing... Replicating....

    Back up to prior numbers. The 'sensation' of [Unit]'s components going offline does not feel nice.


    Organic material is a fungoid matter; seems aptly suited to eating superconductors. If it was coming from the computer, there, the reason nothing worked in there was probably because the fungus had eaten all the wiring.

    Call it a night?
    >> Researcher Sam 11/25/09(Wed)04:56 No.6859547
    Excellent, previous statement of most awesome interstellar radio station is now assured!

    Yeah, here seems like a good stopping place to me. Again, this was wonderful OP. Really can't wait for the next session. Good night!
    >> Anonymous 11/25/09(Wed)04:57 No.6859556
    Order: power down for energy conservation.
    >> OP 11/25/09(Wed)05:00 No.6859586
    Order acknowledged.
    Thanks, mate. Couldn't do it without good players.

    And with that, I need sleep before I start praying to the Caffiene Gods.

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