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    212 KB H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)13:51 No.8032082  
    Though a bit earlier than planned (about 6 hours or so), I do have a snow day to burn. I'm prepared to start HANA early today, if anyone is up for it.

    To catch up:

    You are currently hiding in the debris field of the Bael System. You flew there in search of your friend Six, but found the corpse of HANA B One, who Six killed. A small sensor drone detected you, and as you communicated with it, it used the Bael Gate to leap off towards a system called Utopia. You also have the coordinates for the Haven gate, where the bulk of Humankind took refuge about 2000 years ago.

    You stick behind some of the wreckage in the large debris field to disguise yourself visually - but if someone comes looking with active scanners you'll stick out like a sore thumb anyway.

    You wait for a bit more than an hour before any spacial disturbances are seen - a single sleek silver ship appears near your debris field, decelerating rapidly to sub-light speeds. It emits a short transmission burst upon arrival: "This is a Scouting Vessel from Utopia Refuge - our stationary sensor platform picked up a disturbance here earlier. Is anyone there?"
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)14:09 No.8032344
    Must be slow this early in the afternoon as well...
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 02/11/10(Thu)14:39 No.8032740
    Sorry, I'm very glad you're running Hana quest today, but I'm still at work. I'll be able to join in 2-4 hours.
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)14:59 No.8033058
    Yeah, I'm going to delay it until probably 6 PM est - three hours from now - noone seems to be active
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)15:02 No.8033121
    I;d join, but I am currently studying for a test i have late. Which reminds me that I should probably stop browsing 4chan and get back to studying.
    >> Internet Black Knight 02/11/10(Thu)15:50 No.8033680
    i'll be following it along with painting some minis. though i can't stay with it when you go for 4 hours straight.
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)15:56 No.8033774
    It certainly is a test of endurance to run it, but it does tend to move slowly when only a couple people are contributing.
    >> Internet Black Knight 02/11/10(Thu)16:29 No.8034193
    maybe you should try this again later, Supe
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)16:32 No.8034232
    delayed yes or no?

    I'm interested
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)16:33 No.8034247
    It is delayed until 6 PM EST, so another hour and a half.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)17:33 No.8034968
    OK, I'll kick-start this in 30 minutes, hope people will show.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)18:02 No.8035297
    The apparently human ship has changed its heading to an intercept course on your position. It emits another short message burst; "We have an unidentified ship on our sensors - are you friend or foe?"
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:12 No.8035431
    friend, obviously
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:12 No.8035448
    "Friend, hopefully, but that all depends on one important question-who are you?"
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)18:14 No.8035481
    "We are a scout of the Refuge Defense Fleet - we do not recognize your ship style, but you speak our language. Is there another Human fragment out there?"
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:16 No.8035502
    "It's complicated.
    Do you think we can talk face to face?"
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)18:19 No.8035541
    "Security and Engagement Protocol states that we must take you to the Main Defense Station first - if you would be so kind as to slave your navigation computer to ours, we will escort you in."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:23 No.8035605
    Quick question, HANA is for all intents and purposes the navigational computer, right?
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)18:24 No.8035626
    She is slaved into the Navigation system, as well as the rest of the ship. For all intents and purposes, she IS the ship.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:26 No.8035650
    >Well then
    >>8035541"Woah, now, hold your horses buddy.I don't mean to be passive-aggressive, but I'm afraid I can't let you do that, mostly because I AM the navigational computer.
    Listen, how's about we compromise- we'll come with you to the Main Defense Station, but first we have to get to know exactly who you are."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:26 No.8035659
    comply with their request

    take precautions against being hacked or something when we sync up our navicomputer
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)18:28 No.8035688
    Comply or Compromise? Even if you are linked to the ship's systems, and another ship links with those systems - you still are linked to your ship, as well as theirs.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:28 No.8035689
    Comply with precautions
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:29 No.8035703
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:29 No.8035705
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:34 No.8035779
    "Very well, link up to us and take us in."
    You emerge from the debris field and create a firewall as the other ship shoots out a cable towards your ship. It links with your ship's Navigational computer and downloads a set of coordinates - they are inside the Utopia system, but slightly more accurate than the ones the Gate gave you.

    "Alright, we've given you the coordinates - are you ready to jump?"

    -The link is two-way. They did not send any invasive programming into your ship, but you can access their ship systems now. Do you wish to do anything?
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:35 No.8035788
    Just chill, they seem like pretty cool dudes.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:36 No.8035802
    Would we be bale to poke around without anyone noticing?
    Maybe we should see if CAM is up for some spying
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:36 No.8035819

    Who uses a two-way link for that sort of thing?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)18:37 No.8035832
    You could poke around if you wished, or ask Cam to do it for you.
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)18:39 No.8035872
    Only the best and brightest. Maybe they weren't expecting one such as you - or maybe they are...
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:41 No.8035896
    have CAM poke around but keep it on the down-low
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:41 No.8035897
    I say we don't.
    Either this is some kind of test, in which case we're going to get burned
    Or these people really are that trusting, in which case we should be able to get along with them fine
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 02/11/10(Thu)18:42 No.8035913
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:44 No.8035931
    would it be possible to jump to coordinates that are close to the ones they supplied?

    I'm just thinking, if this is some kind of trap, it would be best to jump to the general area, but not to the exact coordinates of our awaiting doom. We could always play it off as an error in our navigational computer since they don't know anything about us. If it turns out to not be a trap that is.

    better safe than sorry is all I'm saying.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:49 No.8036016
    Why don't we get to know each other a little better?
    Can we ask questions now, or will they be answered at the ominous sounding defense station
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)18:49 No.8036030
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    "OK, jump us when ready." You reply.

    You both activate your Jump Engines in sync, and suddenly the debris field is very, very far away. A small jolt shakes the hull, and you both come out in the middle of a shining sliver fleet. A large blue-green planet dominates your view in front of you, and to your far right is what appears to be an incredibly large Station.

    The small scout parts from you to rejoin its fleet, and you find your ship being dwarfed in size by a much larger vessel at the head of the fleet. It is enormous - a bit smaller than the Prime, but still much larger than yours. A laser comm suddenly linked to your ship as you're taking all this in.

    "Hey Thirteen. It seems your luck didn't fail you after all."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:52 No.8036071
    Holy Shit, is that-
    But it couldn't be.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:53 No.8036091
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)18:56 No.8036126
    "Six, is that you?" You reply in astonishment.

    "Sure is, sister. Quite a bit of time has passed, hasn't it? It's given me some time to cool down, I suppose."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:57 No.8036134
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)18:59 No.8036157
    Is this really you?
    Where've you been all these years?
    What happened to you?
    I mean, I knew you were out there somewhere, I knew that I would find you someday, it's just...

    It's really good to be with you again six."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:00 No.8036171
    commence starship snuggles
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:02 No.8036191
    I don't care if it isn't physically possible
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:03 No.8036202
    In addition:

    "Didn't you miss us? Why didn't you send help for us? It's not like we're angry... or anything... s-stupid six"
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:03 No.8036209
    Make sure that two is okay
    I mean, she only just got over her patrners death
    I don't think bringing her into direct contact with the woman who killed her would be smart
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)19:06 No.8036248
    "Yes, yes - its me. Where have I been? All over I suppose. After I lost you, I kinda lost it for a bit. The girls and I followed the fleet for a bit and we vaporized one of those HANA B. The other one got away though. Anyway, we took quite a bit of damage in that engagement, so we jumped into the outskirts of the Utopia and immediately powered down everything except for stasis. Hid behind a moon near a gas giant - too much interference for them to find us.

    Slept for almost a couple millennium, but upon awakening I found that extended cryostasis doesn't work for everyone. Three of our sisters never woke up, and without them we couldn't pilot anymore. So we took a shuttle out, abandoned ship, and went to say hello to those humans remaining.

    It wasn't easy, and they were pretty pissed at us, but as they say - time heals all wounds.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:08 No.8036266
    Wait, does this mean six wooke the humans from Heaven's Gate?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)19:12 No.8036310
    "No, oh God no. The ships that couldn't make it into the gate, those that were left behind, settled around this planet in the Utopia System. They called it Refuge, and monitored it for centuries until the bioweapon used by the aliens we encountered dissipated. Then, they settled on it. Its been quite a long time, but they refuse to leave the planet - they fear the outside systems now."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:14 No.8036332
    I'm guessing these guys won't be particulary happy when they find out we just brought a shipfull of aliens to their doorstep
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)19:14 No.8036347
    She is down in her cabin currently. If I remember correctly, I believe that she is at peace now with Six, but still fears her. Your call if you want to say anything.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:17 No.8036383
    Jezum Crow
    So much is happening so fast
    First we find six, and then the remnants of humanity
    I don't know how to proceede
    Where the heck are the quest regulars?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)19:17 No.8036390
    "Why don't you dock with Refuge Station over there. I'll hop out of this thing and we can catch up. There's an interesting old guy I'd like you to meet. He helped me out a bit initially, and I think he might enlighten you, if possible."
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)19:18 No.8036403
    Not all of them. Just the ones that were left out in the cold.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:18 No.8036411
    How many people are living there? I can't imagine they have that many... but your ship is an unfamiliar model, so there must be enough for sophisticated industrial manufacturing.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)19:20 No.8036437
    "The last census was at around three billion, I believe. You take away cryostasis, and nine hundred years of breeding will increase your numbers by quite a bit."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:21 No.8036443
    Note to others: I find this ominous. Helped her out initially? We might find him enlightening? What if it's someone who caught her and brainwashed her, like they did the B's, since without most of their facilities the fleet remnants couldn't create more HANA units? I'm nervous. Perhaps just paranoid, but... does Six sound okay?

    How can we do this without letting our guard completely down? Are we recharging our jump unit?
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:22 No.8036459
    "Okay, just a minute though. I've got to get things settled with the captain and the crew. I also found a few people you'll probably want to talk to-more of our sisters.
    I gotta warn you though, I'm travelling with, well, Aliens,
    For lack of a better term."
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)19:22 No.8036470
    With all your systems on, you are trickle charging your jump unit. It will take around four hours for it to completely charge.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:25 No.8036506
    If there's something nonessential that we can turn off without others being able to detect it, do so and reroute power to charge faster. We need an escape vector.

    If we're getting off the ship, someone else will need to pilot it in our absence. Do we trust Nineteen to take over? What other options do we have?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)19:26 No.8036520
    "More of our Sisters? You certainly have been busy! As for the Aliens, well... At least if they have you, they must be friendly."

    *What would you like to say to the crew/captain?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)19:29 No.8036558
    You power down your weapons and all non-essential (not related to Engines, Navigation, Life Support, or Communications) areas. You have reduced your charge time to three hours.

    You can ask Nineteen or Two to take over for you. Or ask the Captain and Crew to. This ship can be piloted without you, it will simply take more people to do so.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:32 No.8036604
    Two would probably be a bad move. Nineteen... well... let's call up the captain and Nineteen, and explain the basic situation- that we've followed the ship to a human colony and are planning to meet with them, but believe a certain amount of caution is in order and would like for someone to take over piloting the ship just in case while we do so. Once one of them has agreed to take over, we'll give Two a heads-up as to the plan. Letting her pilot would be somewhat foolish with Six involved, I think.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:34 No.8036646
    However, we shouldn't leave two in the dark
    Bring her up as well, and ask her if she feels ready to meet with six
    If she doesn't, it's more than understanderable
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:37 No.8036677
    The reason I suggested leaving her out of the initial conversation was that she might want to pilot things if Nineteen didn't feel up to it, and I don't really trust her at the controls. I suppose it doesn't really matter, though; she'd be an idiot to try anything in the face of massively superior firepower anyway.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)19:39 No.8036706
    You call Two, Nineteen, and the Captain to inform them on what is going down. Captain Thal'tek informs you that he has enough crew present to control the ship if necessary.

    Nineteen, however, looks down at the floor of her cabin and does not look at your camera. "I never wanted to fly..."

    Two is seated solemnly on her bed, tapping a finger against the stretched sheets. She doesn't seem to be looking at anything, but voices to you that if you need her to pilot, she is quite capable of flying.
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 02/11/10(Thu)19:41 No.8036744
    Have the captain & crew do the piloting. No need to force this on 19 and I don't think letting Two pilot would be a good idea either.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:43 No.8036783

    have the captain and crew do what a captain and crew does. Pilot the starship.
    Ask two if she's ok with meeting six, tell 19 to get her stuff ready to come with us.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)19:48 No.8036860
    You ask the Captain Thal'tek to take over flying the ship, and inform Nineteen that she should be ready to leave the ship. You carefully ask Two if she would be alright with going to meet Six with you.

    She sighs deeply. "I've given up my anger towards her. I mourn the loss of my... companion... like no other, but the dead are dead. What is done has been done. I can only hope that this will go peacefully."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:52 No.8036923
    "I hope so too, Two."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:54 No.8036962
    good enough for me. Let's do this thang
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)19:55 No.8036976
    "Yes... Thank-you for helping me come all this way."

    -What would you like to do? Head to the station? Talk with Six?
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:57 No.8037003
    Hmm, well, over the last week, we made contact with an alien race, kicked pirate ass, hugged the crazy out of two, fought homicidal AIs, just in the hope of one day meeting up with six
    we named the ship sixseeker
    Hmmm, well, it's a tough choice, but
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 02/11/10(Thu)19:57 No.8037006
    Let's visit the station, but I don't know if we should bring our bodyguards with us or not.
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)19:59 No.8037034
    I never firmly established how much time passed... I'm definitely going to do that next quest.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)19:59 No.8037037

    I sense that two is giving us the "thanks for helping me find Six, keikaku doori."

    Can we determine her body language or inflections' connotations?
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)20:01 No.8037078
    Today of all days you start HANA Quest early? Really Supernova, patience is a virtue.

    Head to the station, meet whit Six face to face.
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    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)20:04 No.8037127
    Don't tell me two wants revenge?
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)20:04 No.8037151
    Snow day... It was effectively dead until 6 PM anyway.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)20:07 No.8037221
    Okay. Two doesn't want revenge. Honestly, we mind-raped the anger out of her, remember?

    Yeah yeah yeah... Guess it's my fault for not checking in sooner.

    Just out of curiosity, how long has it been since we went into stasis anyway? We know it's been over two thousand years; can we get a more exact number?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)20:10 No.8037272
    Her body language gives off nothing as usual but her voice gives off the vibe of heartfelt thanks.

    "Very well, Six. Lets dock at your Station and get out of these metal coffins."

    "Heh, dock in my Station, eh?"

    "Shut up. Didn't you always say that you "don't roll that way?"

    "I don't, but it hasn't stopped you from trying, now has it?"

    "Damn crazy redhead."

    "Not anymore."

    The silver fleet parts to let you through, and Six follows slowly behind towards the silver Station.
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)20:11 No.8037301
    >"System has been on emergency power for approximately 730261 days. Emergency Cryostasis Protection lifted."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)20:13 No.8037335
    I wonder when Six woke up?
    We'll, we can ask her when we meet with her
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)20:15 No.8037381
    Any actions?
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)20:16 No.8037398
    Oh wow, that's just a little less than 2001 years. Thanks.

    >"Heh, dock in my Station, eh?"

    Oh Six, you so crazy. I'm wondering where she got that ship. Do we recognize the class? It can't be a battleship since those aren't just a little bit smaller than a dreadnaught.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)20:18 No.8037444
    Maybe these left-behind-humans have set up manufacturing
    I wonder if the technology level has advanced any
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)20:19 No.8037455
    It takes a bit of time to dock, but after a short delay you step cautiously out of your ship and into the Station's docking bay - followed closely by Two and Nineteen. A short distance away is a redheaded woman - clothed in some loose fitting clothing and flanked by two women in long white coats.

    She waves at you and smiles. "Looks like I'm a bit older than you now, I guess!"

    A few gray suited dockworkers are looking up in surprise at you and your ship, but are merely whispering among themselves.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)20:22 No.8037529
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 02/11/10(Thu)20:23 No.8037530
    "Well, being frozen for 2000 years really helps your skin. So my looks might be a bit deceiving."
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)20:25 No.8037582
    Wait a minute. If she only slept for 1000 years, then shouldn't she be dead by now, what with the average human lifespan being significantly less then the extra thousand years it's been since then? Ah well, whatever.

    "I guess. This is Nineteen, we met inside the NANA pod on the ship; she had been reduced to a computerized shadow, but she's gotten much better as you can see. We managed to snag her a body along the way.

    And this... is Two. I've promised to keep her safe from you, so please don't do anything rash. She's the sister of the Battleship you shot down after I was shot.

    But that story should probably wait for someplace more comfortable. Is there anyplace we can sit down and catch up?"
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)20:26 No.8037600
    Maybe there's a mess hall nearby
    I wonder if fleet food has improved in the last two thousand years
    Probably not
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)20:29 No.8037667
    Don't forget CAM!
    Though explaining why we have a dapper gentlemen in our head could be awkward
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)20:30 No.8037693
    Well since no one except Two, Nineteen and us know he's there, I figured we'd wait until we had some privacy.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)20:34 No.8037787
    You run the short distance, and tackle/hug Six as she laughs. Its been so long since you've heard her laugh...

    She chuckles softly as she embraces you. "Now you're a joker, huh? Time changes things."

    You make your introductions as you attempt to extract yourself from Six's embrace. She smiles warmly at Nineteen, who contorts her body slightly and shyly waves back. Two, on the other hand, walks up slowly towards you both. Her eyes are a soft gray color - they seem to have lost their edge. Almost watery. She stops short about five feet from you, and bows her head to stare at the floor. "Its... nice to meet you... Six."

    A small salty rain begins to shower the metal deck.

    Six steps away from you and moves quickly towards Two. "Oh god... come on now... please don't cry. There's a nice place over here that we can sit and have a nice talk..." She waves an arm absentmindedly towards a sign: "Mess Hall."
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)20:42 No.8037951
    Awesome, mess hall. Let's get some food and tissues. And then we can all talk about what's been going on and get some exposition.

    Also, hug Six again. Just do it.
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 02/11/10(Thu)20:43 No.8037990
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    Pull away from Six and pout.
    "You know, I'm still a bit angry you left me to rot."
    Give her your best puppy eyes.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)20:45 No.8038014
    Oh, two, it's alright
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)20:45 No.8038023
    No, we are absolutely fucking estatic that we have found Six
    We are going to be happy about this, goddamit
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)20:48 No.8038078
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)20:51 No.8038144
    You hug Six again, who totters slightly off balance as she tries to reach Two. Then you jerk away from your embrace with a mischievous glint in your eye.

    "You know, I'm still a bit angry you left me to rot."

    Six maintains her balance in a precarious fashion, and reaches out to put an arm around Two. She looks at you with a smirk as she ushers Two towards the Mess Hall entrance. "Try not to die next time then, OK?"

    Nineteen skips up to the three of you and follows cautiously into the Mess Hall.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)20:53 No.8038163
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    OH NOES.
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 02/11/10(Thu)20:54 No.8038187
    I still don't trust Six. It has been 2000 years since the battle and she's hasn't even looked for us. It seems like she simply doesn't care anymore, at least not in the way we do for her.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)20:58 No.8038248
    Don't do it Supernova.

    Dude. She thought we were dead. You don't go looking for a dead person when you're filled with righteous fury at those who killed them. You go after the killers and then spend the next few dozen years flying around aimlessly thinking about life, the universe and everything.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)21:01 No.8038294
    You enter a rather spacious dining hall, with row upon row of plain long tables and bolted down chairs. The far half of it is filled with people of both genders, noisily eating and conversing. "Rather dull, I know." Six comments as she leads Two to a nearby seat. "But still, its a place to sit and catch up. It's been too long, and I'm sure you're wondering what the heck has been going on. And I still have plans to take you to see the Old Man anyway."
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)21:03 No.8038324
    Excellent. Let's all sit down and talk. Start with what we can remember from the crash, then what we've been up to since we woke up. Ask about the Old Man, and what has been going on here for the past few hundred years.

    Oh, and how she's managed to stay alive for several hundred years. I want to know that as well.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)21:13 No.8038501
    Its along story to be sure, but eventually you get through it, with Six nodding head occasionally between turning to check on Two. She frowns slightly when you mention the Installation. "Hrm... I'm sure the Old Man can tell you more about that."

    "I'm sorry Six, but who is the Old Man? And how the heck are you still around? Shouldn't you be dust by now?"

    "Well, I've periodically been going into stasis and out again to keep kicking. Stay out a year, go in for ten, or fifty, or a hundred... It's interesting to see what changes over time, and its pretty harmless if you do it for short periods. As for the Old Man, that's what he's been doing. The government here wakes him up occasionally for advice and guidance, but he usually prefers to rest now that he has no more work to do."
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)21:18 No.8038575
    "Also... Six, you said that you've mellowed a bit, but... what do you think about Heavens Gate, and the rest of humanity? And did the Fleet bigwigs survive on Earth? I don't think any of the Enemy's spores were attacking when we... left. Is there a chance that they survived?"
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)21:22 No.8038661
    "Is there a chance that the Fleet Command survived? Maybe, if they are sitting nice and tight in some stasis pods. But the longer they stay in there, the higher the chances that they could receive extensive tissue damage. It's not my problem anymore, anyway. I find myself... happy now that you are here.

    As for the Haven Gate, well... I don't feel any animosity anymore towards them if that's what you're asking."
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 02/11/10(Thu)21:24 No.8038696
    "Did the population here ever reach any consensus regarding the humans behind Heaven Gate?"
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)21:26 No.8038732
    "...not even a little?"
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)21:35 No.8038915
    "I hate them for what they did, yes... But after a time holding onto such hate becomes meaningless. Look at Two here. She is releasing that hate - that is how she can sit next to me and cry like this. The Old Man helped me let go of my hate for them. He helped me understand. The question is, how do YOU feel?"

    "They felt abandoned by them, left behind. Over time, the old generation dies off, and a new generation emerges. Now, they hardly think of the ones that disappeared among the stars. They view themselves as their own people, and with the myths and warning of the destruction that was caused in the past, they attempt to walk a straight path."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)21:46 No.8039139
    "Well, Six, I don't know, honestly.
    The things I saw at that science outpost, well,
    I don't know if I could forgive the people responsible for that.
    But to condemn thousands just for the stupidty and short sightedness of a few?"
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)21:47 No.8039156
    "I have only been awake for less than a month. You and Two have had years to think and let go. I... I still can't forgive them for what they did to us, what they did to /you/ Six. All this happened because of their stupidity. And just yesterday I saw yet another atrocity committed by humanity, small children forced out of their own bodies to make way for AIs. The brainwashing and terror tactics used to keep Two and the other HANA Bs loyal...

    And it always comes back to you. I'll never forget what you said, how you acted when we made first contact with the Enemy. I knew something was wrong, but then at Heavens Gate I- you seemed so hurt, and it was all their fault! They never gave you a break or even let you talk with someone to help you cope with all the death.

    And I don't know what they'd do if they came back. Look at what happened last time we met an alien species. Even when it was obvious that they weren't hostile and were sentient, they still made war, and then at the end, when we finally won, they claim that it was all a MISTAKE? I know that most of the people who were responsible at the highest echelons are probably dead, but there are still hundreds, thousands of the people who worked on the HANA project, who knew that it was unethical, who saw what we we going through, who put us through it, and I know that they are still there, still alive and I just want to go and blow them all up.

    Sometimes I wish I had helped you destroy Heavens Gate two thousand years ago."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)21:47 No.8039174
    >Very nice!
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)21:48 No.8039187
    "Yes... it was a terrible time indeed. But it's gone now, far in the past. Why concern yourself over it any longer? If that is all that is on your mind, lets get going. Two's tears are finally drying, and I think its a good time to pay that old coot a visit."
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)21:49 No.8039208
    Thanks. If there are any spelling or grammar errors there, it's because I wrote it fast so as to not get in too late and didn't read over it once I was done writing.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)21:51 No.8039251
    >But it's gone now, far in the past. Why concern yourself over it any longer?

    Well, as I said, it may have been thousands of years ago, but to us it's been less than a month. We haven't had much time to actually think about it.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)21:56 No.8039365
    Six is silent for a moment, pondering... She turns to look at you before speaking, and you can see her irises slightly quivering.
    "I... Understand your emotion, I truly, truly do. Yet the Gate still stands there, along with all the people locked behind it. No one can truly answer for the horrors that have been committed, otherwise what would we do - kill everyone even slightly involved?

    I'm sorry, I've forgotten that I've been awake much longer than you. I've had time to deal with things - time that you've mostly spent searching for me. You haven't been able to come to terms with the things that have happened. I understand... It drove me mad for a time. I... I could have killed billions, Thirteen. Billions. Their blood could have drenched me from head to toe for countless years, and I would have laughed - all because I wanted them to pay, to understand what I've been through. To understand how we felt. Eventually you'll realize that killing everyone isn't the answer. The Old Man... Father... helped me understand that. Come. Lets go to our Maker."
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)21:58 No.8039405
    >"Come. Lets go to our Maker."

    Bum bum, BUMMMM!!!!!
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)21:59 No.8039437
    All set? Care to chat more?
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)22:02 No.8039487
    Well I would talk some more, but now I can't get the image of Six standing naked in a bright spotlight covered in blood and laughing as we come over to hug her back to sanity out of my head.

    I suppose we should go to the old man now.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)22:04 No.8039523
    What of our other sisters?
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)22:06 No.8039567
    Ask Two and nineteen what their opinion is
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)22:08 No.8039601
    That reminds me; where are Six's other two sisters? Those that survived the stasis?

    inb4 they settled down and died of natural causes long ago.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)22:12 No.8039678
    Six appears slightly forlorn as she begins to list off the names. "One, Three, and Four never woke up. Two decided to live out the rest of her life in the natural, and she is buried planet-side. Five slept away the years with me, but eventually decided to go wandering. She took a small ship out, and we haven't heard from her since. She might still be wandering around if she sleeps in stasis enough, but who knows."

    Nineteen has been quietly listening up until now, but her golden eyes appear rather mellow as she opens up to Six.

    "I never wanted to fly, I never wanted to fight. I simply wanted to live, and yet I died. I lived in torment, alone, for centuries! Centuries without a body, trapped in a computer! Of all things! And yet... I live. And I'm simply happy to go on living. Damn them all, who cares... I just want to live."

    Two looks up slightly, and touches Six on her arm. "I... forgive you, sister. I've made peace with my other half. She can sleep now, and so can I. Thirteen showed me that..."

    Six stands to her feet with Two, who leans on her a bit shakily. Though Six is slightly shorter than Two, she bears the extra weight almost effortlessly as she guides the small group away from the Dining Hall.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)22:15 No.8039730
    Called it. And now we go to meet the Maker.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)22:16 No.8039752
    Our Nakama is finally complete!
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 02/11/10(Thu)22:18 No.8039786
    This is going to be interesting.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)22:18 No.8039788
    Go to meet this maker fellow.
    See if two is okay, or if she wants to hang back.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)22:24 No.8039890
    What the heck is a Nakama?

    A few winding corridors later, Six stops in front of a pair of thick double doors, and bangs on them with a fist.

    "Hey One? You awake? Open up!"
    A small voice, slightly muffled, yells from behind the doors.
    "I've told you before, it's Jen! What do you want, you ancient bimbo?"
    Six smirks, and bangs on the door again.
    "Here to see the Old Fart, ya twit! Brought some visitors!"
    You hear some loud clattering noises from the room, and the doors open just enough for a green-eyed, brown haired girl to poke her head through. She looks sternly at Six, which simply makes you want to laugh as she seems to be only sixteen.
    "He just woke up, give him a few! The head honchos needed his advice again, and he's stretching. And it's Dad, not Old Fart! You disrespectful hag!"
    She turns slightly to look at you.
    "Who are they?"
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)22:25 No.8039914
    Such audacity! Kids these days....

    Well, I guess we should introduce ourselves.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)22:26 No.8039918
    Tvtropes sez:
    "Nakama" is a Japanese word for company, fellow, colleague, associate, comrade, mate, group, circle of friends, or partner. It has come to be a Fan Speak term for a group of people who are as close as real family would be, due to the circumstances under which the group of companions find themselves
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)22:28 No.8039964
    To roll, it's actually dice+1d20.

    Or 2d7, or 3d299, or whatever you want to roll.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)22:29 No.8039983
    >Sorry, didn't mean to roll

    So, where exactly did this guy come from?
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)22:30 No.8040014
    "We're with six- former HANAs"
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)22:35 No.8040108
    You step forward, along with Nineteen, who is beaming at the new face.
    "I'm Thirteen, but you can call me Hannah. This golden girl here is Nineteen, and the gray-eyed one is Two."

    One, or Jen, looks sternly at you, then Nineteen, and finally at Two - before turning back to you.
    "If little Miss Sunshine beams at me any longer, I'm going to get a case of sunburn! And I HATE it planet side... And what's with the other one? Can't find a wig? Ah, what the hell, come on in."

    She pushes the doors open to reveal a slightly cluttered room that appears rather lavishly furnished. She turns around to walk farther in, and under her short haircut you can see the silvery socket of an implant. She waves a hand at a rather cozy looking couch; "Take a seat and Pop will be with you shortly. I'll go get him, as he can't see to well anymore."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)22:36 No.8040141
    Well isn't Jen just a bundle of fun?

    "Hey, thirteen, who shoved a coupling cord up her input/output port?"
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)22:39 No.8040196
    Well, the couch awaits. It would be rude to not sit on it.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)22:41 No.8040238
    The four of you fill the couch with little room to spare, with Two rubbing her bare scalp with her right hand rather wistfully.

    Six turns to you and leans close to whisper, "Don't worry about the girl - they don't snip the tubes out anymore, so she's having a rather rough time right now, if you know what I mean." She winks and chuckles slightly.

    "Just because I'm in here doesn't mean I can't listen, you know! Technology is everywhere!" Jen yells from an inner room.

    "You love being a Peeping Tom, don't ya? Eh?" Six yells back. She turns to Two. "Don't fret about it, babe. We'll get ya some covering up top."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)22:44 No.8040281
    Yay, wig for two!

    So, where did this one come from?
    By the sounds of it, she doesn't seem like one of the original HANAs-
    Are they making a new generation?
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)22:44 No.8040290
    Or did I just miss something?
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)22:47 No.8040334
    I don't get it. Are the tubes part of the spinal implant or something that when cut keep people from being total assholes?

    Regardless, let's talk to Six and ask who Pop is. I want to have some idea of what to expect.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)22:48 No.8040358
    Second, where the hell did this guy come from, anyway?
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)22:51 No.8040432
    Sexual organs, mate. The first and second generation HANAs had theirs scooped out, recall?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)22:51 No.8040433
    You, and pretty much all of the HANA had your reproductive organs removed. She didn't.

    Jen emerges from a rather crowded hallway with an elderly man leaning on heavily on her outstretched arm. She glares at Six, but the man leaning on her gives a sharp pinch to her trapped arm. "Be nice to our guests, Jen. They've come quite a long way to be here. And they've waited quite a long time as well." His voice is rather soft, but it carries a lonesome tone to it.

    Jen sets him down in an overstuffed armchair across from your couch, and as she takes a seat next to him he suddenly struggles to his feet. "My eyes are useless now, my dear. You'll need to move this closer so I can feel them. But first, introductions."

    He turns his head to face your general direction, and you can see his eyes are milky white with blindness.

    "My full title is Dr. Nickolai Strauss, and I was the one who created the HANAs. To be precise, I developed the implants. It was the others who determined that women would be the best hosts."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)22:54 No.8040485
    Part of me wants to slap him
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)22:55 No.8040495
    so they are making new HANAs?
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)22:59 No.8040556
    "You know, part of me wants to slap you really, really hard.
    How the hell did an old bastard like you manage to survive for so long?"
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)23:00 No.8040585
    *sigh* Yeah, I figured it was something like that. I was just hoping I was wrong.

    "Hannah. Or as my title was, A-13."
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)23:01 No.8040605
    Nickolai leans back into his chair and coughs slightly.
    "Yes, but not in the way you're used to. It's a person's choice now, to become a HANA. We are far removed from the barbaric days of the past, as you can see by Jen here. They are still of vital importance in our society, in our fleet. They operate in all areas of technology now - business, engineering, design, piloting... the list goes on and on. To be implanted takes a fair amount of money, and its more of a career choice now for the dedicated person. With enough HANA volunteers in the fleet, we operate quite efficiently. And the most important part is, they have a choice now."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)23:04 No.8040657
    Heh. How typical of human development. Forge something for military use in blood, then make it more harmless to attract the masses and commercialize it to increase production and profit.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)23:05 No.8040661
    >Why were you hoping you were wrong?

    "An "A" series, huh? Like Six here... I'm sorry. I'm terribly sorry for what you've been through. I'll try to help you in any way I can, but we can't take back our past mistakes. Those early projects were flawed from the beginning, and it took this long for things to be straightened out."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)23:07 No.8040718
    "What's the death rate?"
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)23:09 No.8040735
    "You sure as hell aren't whistling dixie doc.
    Listen, before we move on any further, were you ever involved in the KANE and ABLE project?"
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)23:10 No.8040759
    >Meh, I guess I find the idea of simply lowering the level of estrogen or perhaps the removal of the pituitary gland to be more palatable than completely removing their sexual organs is all.

    "Are you saying that we are flawed? And what about Two here? She's had it even worse! I'd say I can't imagine what it was like, except that I've seen it through her eyes! It's abominable!"
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)23:12 No.8040791
    "The risk of the implantation process? Very, very low. There are the occasional physical rejections of the implants themselves, but we try to lower that by warning people of that risk and attempt to weed out those with weaker constitution. As for their mental capabilities, we try to adjust the HANA to their roles accordingly. We haven't had a meltdown in, oh... thirty years maybe?"
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)23:17 No.8040860
    "And you've been working on it for how long? Because if it's only been forty years since the start, then that is indeed quite impressive. If it's been hundreds of years however... And roughly how many HANAs have there been so far, of this latest group?"
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)23:17 No.8040870
    "I... I wasn't involved with the creation of KANE or ABLE, or the decision for the merge. I merely was involved in the development and insertion of the prototype implants.

    >The medication to remove estrogen continuously... eh, I didn't think of it, and it isn't completely dependable over time. And brain surgery is iffy when you are dealing with someone that is controlling things with their MIND.

    "I'm not saying that YOU'RE flawed, I'm simply saying that what was done to you all in your creation and training was flawed. I never desired for my creations to be used in that manner. My daughters... My... children..."
    Nickolai's face contorts slightly in suppressed emotion, and his weak, bony hand grips the arm of his chair firmly.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)23:18 No.8040885
    Guys, maybe we're going to hard on him.
    Should we ease up?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)23:20 No.8040916
    "Oh, it's taken at least two hundred years for it to become commonplace and socially acceptable. So I'd say maybe three hundred years? No matter how long it has been developed for, we still hit a wall in our technological development. And there is always risk. Always. That's one thing time never changes."
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)23:22 No.8040941
    >Oh, I get why they did it that way. Like I said, I was just hoping I was wrong or had misunderstood it.

    D'awwww, he's like the Tenenbaum of HANAs!

    Yeah, I guess you're right.
    >> Adaptive Manipulator 02/11/10(Thu)23:24 No.8040969
    He's already a wreck. No need to rub salt in his wounds.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)23:26 No.8041014
    True. Alcohol works much better anyway!
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)23:28 No.8041046
    "I'm sorry, I didn't mean for this to turn into an interrogation or anything. I mean, it's just been a rough two thousand years.
    For all of us."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)23:29 No.8041073
    It doesn't really matter what this guy says, anyway. I'm sure that human society has moved on from committing its atrocities on HANAs to on some other poor segment of the populace. The ruthlessness inherent in our race never really goes away, but it does move. With the kind of history neural interfacing has with humanity, I'm willing to believe that they've cleaned up their act on that score and are now being total bastards in some other way which we are unlikely to easily find.

    We're just here to chat because Six wants us to.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)23:31 No.8041095
    So, how did you end up as the spirtual leader of humanity?
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)23:32 No.8041112
    Meh, I'm willing to give these guys a chance. But I still want to destroy Heavens Gate. Partly because I think it would be awesome to basically recreate the scenario from two thousand years ago but with our and Six's positions switched, but mostly because I feel that they deserve it.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)23:34 No.8041148
    Not all of them,
    Just the bastards in Fleet command
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)23:35 No.8041164
    Nickolai licks his cracked lips nervously for a moment, and then straightens.
    "Yes... Yes it has indeed. As for me, I'd love to finally give in and rest, but..." He reaches out his shaking left forearm towards Jen. "But my children need me. I can't let what happened before happen again. I should have changed things, should have threatened to destroy my work... but they were set on installing it whether I helped or not. And I couldn't let them botch another thing. But... I watched as they pushed you children to the limit. Those fools... I told them how much the implants could take, how much you could take in theory. And they still pushed you for more. And that's when you started to break... Like toys. That's the word. They treated you all like toys..."

    He sputters in a short laugh that quickly turns into a heaving cough. "Oh... oh my poor body can't take that humor my dear. What on earth do you mean?"
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)23:39 No.8041241
    "Toys don't feel pain when they break."

    "Well, Six seems to really look up to you, and she says that you're woken up and asked for advice when it's really needed. Sounds a lot like a leader to me."

    No, I feel that ALL of them deserve it. But that's probably my own personal issues coloring my judgment.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)23:39 No.8041245
    His children need him? I wonder what he's doing for the HANAs collectively these days that they couldn't do for themselves, if the procedure has truly become commercialized as well as militarized and distributed amongst the populace. It sounds to me like either we're missing some critical data or he's still fighting a battle he won long ago.

    Based on the way he's moaning about the injustices of things long past, probably the latter. Might be rude to observe, though.
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)23:39 No.8041249
    You think the humans would be spazzing over contact with aliens...
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)23:39 No.8041250
    Well, everybody here seems to respect you, and they keep you on ice just to ask for your advice.
    While I don't think you have any actual religion built around you, it's obvious that people respect you deeply.
    >Like Hari Seldon
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)23:41 No.8041276
    They haven't left the ship yet, so SHHHHH... And you didn't tell anyone but Six anyway.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)23:42 No.8041294
    To be fair, I don't think anyone other than Six actually knows that there are aliens on the ship.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)23:45 No.8041346
    >No hologram here - this guy can't predict the future.
    "I... No... I'm no leader. I'm simply the oldest man they have around, one who can actually remember the hell we caused. I'm more of an adviser of sorts, to offer a perspective that will keep us from falling to the wayside again. Eventually I'll give out, and these people will have to take the training wheels off their bicycle. A brave new world..."
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)23:48 No.8041396
    "You should write a book. So that those who need to can remember, and steer through the murky waters of the future without crashing on previously found icebergs of trouble and wrongdoing."
    >> Anonymous 02/11/10(Thu)23:50 No.8041427
    ask him what he thinks how we should go about breaking the news that there are more aliens onboard our ship.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)23:51 No.8041456
    We shouldn't tell anyone unless we're in a place that we know is secure. Remember how Jen could hear what we were saying because of her implants? If we say it here, it'll only take an hour or two, if that, before the entire planet knows.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/11/10(Thu)23:55 No.8041517
    "Oh, I've written several already, but nothing is better than hearing the word straight from the horse's mouth. And from what I'm hearing, you might be a decent poet."
    Nickolai cracks a thin smile.

    -I'll wait to see confirmation on revealing the aliens.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/11/10(Thu)23:57 No.8041560
    "Listen, is there a place where we can talk privately? Like, a place that even someone with implants wouldn't be able to hear us? There's something fairly important that I think you should hear."
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)00:00 No.8041593
    "Oh, don't worry, this room is on a private network, quite secure. The only monitoring devices in here are for my sake, as Jen here needs to know where I am in case something goes wrong. She's got some rather fine wireless implants - a lovely little addition to the old package."
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)00:01 No.8041618
    >Okay then, +1 vote for telling him about the Seekers, Architects and Thickhides.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)00:02 No.8041638
    As you carefully break the news to him, Nickolai quivers in excitement. "More Aliens!?!" His eyes slightly bulge in shock, a rather creepy effect as his eyes are covered in a milky-white sheen. "Dear God, this is... this is amazing. Finally a chance to right our wrongs, to start thing anew. Never in my lifetime I thought... well, it doesn't matter now. This is amazing!"
    >> What a Faggot !QF5oszRdpY 02/12/10(Fri)00:05 No.8041686
    wait...MORE aliens?
    Did we see any aliens or are we aware they know of any aliens?!?
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)00:05 No.8041700
    "Hmmm, maybe so. But from what I've heard from Six, it would seem that this remainder of Humanity has chosen to stay isolated here. Would they react well to the idea of other sentient life? And even if they did, would they want to leave and interact with them?"
    >> What a Faggot !QF5oszRdpY 02/12/10(Fri)00:06 No.8041706
    also, I'm impressed, I guess 2000 years is even enough for the craziest to recover.
    So much for my paranoid theories on 6 blowing us out of the water at first contact
    >> Anonymous 02/12/10(Fri)00:07 No.8041737
    "Don't look at the situation through rose-colored glasses. They're as factionalized and internally violent as humans, from what we can tell; one group has been helping us, but others have tried to kill us more than once. Besides, a chance to right our wrongs or start things anew? We cast those dice a long time ago; this is a whole different game."
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)00:08 No.8041753
    He means in addition to the aliens we went to war with 2000 years ago.

    Indeed. I'm sorry for this, but I am weak and have a big ego. I was right, you were wrong, ah-hahahaha!
    >> What a Faggot !QF5oszRdpY 02/12/10(Fri)00:12 No.8041818
    Do the humans here know of the old war, the old aliens or is that just something that's been left out of the history books?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)00:12 No.8041825
    >The aliens that they destroyed about 2000 years ago or so.

    "Their perceived safety on their planet is what keeps them there. The old tales of Humanity spanning an arm of the galaxy are merely that to them. Old tales. A dream. They don't know what we once were, and though they possess the technology to travel outwards, to resettle the planets once lost... they refuse to. I'm certain that will happen if the others return from beyond the Haven Gate, though. They have no knowledge of what has passed, and will simply want to return to places that have sat idle for two millennium. It will be... a shock.

    But if we push first, establish contact - and then release them, well... The groundwork will have been laid, and the others will have no choice but to settle into the path laid for them. It will be... our redemption at last. We can finally make contact without fear."
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)00:15 No.8041880
    "It may be different to you, but to I can remember! That's the reason they keep me around! I REMEMBER! And that fear that lead us to destroy that race also lead us to create you! And I will fight that fear. I will NEVER let what happened before happen again. We are never more prepared than we are now. It will be a shock to people, but they must be prepared. They must integrate without fear."

    "They know of it, but it has been so long that it is merely a story. It holds no relevance to them. That is why we must remind them!"
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)00:17 No.8041904
    "Or.... and this is just a suggestion, mind you... we could, y'know, introduce the people here to the aliens, but destroy Heavens Gate."
    >> What a Faggot !QF5oszRdpY 02/12/10(Fri)00:19 No.8041940
    Do we really want to cut off the old faction, maybe the old man is right, if we go to the sleepers and show them the war is over, that they can start anew they might go with it. If they decide against it then we can destroy the gate though whats to stop them from setting course for home, and going to sleep?
    >> Anonymous 02/12/10(Fri)00:19 No.8041941
    >The groundwork will have been laid, and the others will have no choice but to settle into the path laid for them.

    Humanity has always been adept at finding the third option. Or in this case, the second. They have most of the Terran Fleet in there. They might see you as xeno sympathizers and war with you as well.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)00:19 No.8041949
    Nickolai leans forward stiffly, his ghostly eyes darting from side to side. "And why, my daughter, would you want to kill them?"
    >> Anonymous 02/12/10(Fri)00:22 No.8041992
    "My point was that the fear runs in two directions this time. With only one planet and a few billion people, it would be a lot easier for our loss to be more complete this time around if integration has problems. You sound like you're a lot more focused on what humans will do this time; you should be worried about what the aliens will do, too."
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)00:23 No.8042011
    "It will take some time for them to adjust, but we can prevail. Most of the populace is locked in there as well, billions of humans that did not share the Fleet's ideals. At least we have to try."
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)00:26 No.8042073
    "For all they've done to us. I know you had nothing to do with what we were put through, but those people are still out there. Hiding. Sleeping. The Council wanted humanity to hide so that they could reflect and pay penance for what they had done. But they've been in stasis this whole time! They have not repented, they have not forgotten! They are the same monsters who did this to me and Six and, and, to all of us! Who knows how many more projects like Kane and Able there were? I know that there are many who are innocent inside with them, but that's just like them, using the innocent as shields, against their will!

    They still live, after all that has been done to us, after all their stupidity in the war, and then rather than live and face the consequences they ran and hid! And when some of us just wanted to leave, to go away and live, what did they do? They hunted us! They almost killed me and made me and Six fight against other HANAs! What they have done to us, to Six, is unforgivable, and they have done nothing over the time that has passed to try and make up for it.

    I hate them."
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)00:26 No.8042078
    "True, but we have a defense fleet. And we have made some technological advances in the last 2000 years. Its not like we simply sat on our hands and used our old ships. I'm sure if we can reach out and establish an effective partnership first, we can come out on top. Of course there would be additional threats, but we would be prepared for that."
    >> What a Faggot !QF5oszRdpY 02/12/10(Fri)00:29 No.8042124
    In my opinion if 6 can go from bat shit insane to being a good sister, surely some of the people beyond the Heaven Gate can be willing to change with a little bit of time given, the ones who refuse can stay there...wouldn't mind the target practice to be fair may help speed up the recovery process ya know?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)00:35 No.8042219
    Nickolai's chest begins to heave, and as his pale face reddens you realize that he is silently crying. "My dear... my dear daughter... You are so full of rage, like Six before you. Can't you see that all we did was cause death and destruction? Can't you see that if you simply retaliate in hatred, it will cause nothing more than to drown you in an ocean of blood? Humanity is soaked in the crimson flow of our sins, the course of history has done little to stem that tide. You have every right to hate them, every right to hate me. But please, when you have lived as long as me, you realize that its simply not worth hanging onto anymore. You have to let go and forgive. It's the only way we can change them, change those people.

    Yes they haven't done anything to change, and they will emerge unchanged - but the fact remains that they will emerge! They will come! And when they do, we can work on them. If we are already joined with these other races, the tide will turn against them, and they will have no choice but to fall into our mold. And if you must hate them, then hate me too. Because I created the reason for them to use you. Without me, you could have lived a normal life somewhere, not worrying about death lurking around the corner, not worrying about the consequences of failing a test... If you are so set on hating them, then hate me as well."
    >> Anonymous 02/12/10(Fri)00:42 No.8042320
    "No thanks; I'm fine just hating them. And destroying the whole Heaven's Gate complex, ensuring that they will not emerge, not only gains me some measure of satisfaction but it also removes a complication from your plan to integrate with the aliens. Because there's always a choice, even if you try to make sure there isn't, and some part of humanity will always choose the ruthless, violent, effective route." Bitter smile. "I must have been crafted in my makers' image, because I don't see why we'd risk them rocking the boat. A single, quiet sin, and everything becomes much easier. And I can forgive them when I know with certainty that they'll never be back to haunt me."
    >> Anonymous 02/12/10(Fri)00:42 No.8042325
    >"crimson flow of our sins"

    I sage you.
    >> What a Faggot !QF5oszRdpY 02/12/10(Fri)00:44 No.8042348
    "I didn't mean to upset you...it's just I haven't had the time to come to terms with what happened, and discovering what they did to those children at the KANE and ABLE research station only fueled the fire that burns hot inside me. It may be years before that fire burns itself out, each day it grows dimmer but it still simmers there a deep smouldering fury...and the quick way to put it out is to remove the fuel."
    >> Anonymous 02/12/10(Fri)00:44 No.8042353


    Really. Even if we plan to do it. (Which is silly in the first place.)
    This is only going to make enemies.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)00:44 No.8042355
    >Le sigh. Well, I can't really keep pushing for us to destroy Heavens Gate while staying in-character after that. Darn. Ah well, one last go.

    "Rarely are inventions used for what their inventor intended. I do not hate you; as you said, you told them that we couldn't take it. But they did it anyway. I can't simply drop all of this because of one conversation. I hate them. But I can see that I won't convince you otherwise.

    Make contact. Cooperate with the Seekers and the others. And in time, open Heavens Gate. But when they don't choose to fall into you careful mold and act like you want them, when they turn and make war again, when they again rain death and fire down upon innocent worlds, torturing the HANAs that still reside in their ships, then just remember. I warned you. And god help me, if I still live when that time comes I will do everything within my power to kill every last man woman and child to ever come out of that wretched hell that we call Heavens Gate.

    For what they did to us. And for what they did to Six."
    >> Anonymous 02/12/10(Fri)00:45 No.8042364
    You have a point. Perhaps we'd be better off smiling and nodding, then going back to the alien ship and acting on our own to Do What Must Be Done.

    Would probably work out better for all concerned, really.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)00:47 No.8042393
    What do you mean "silly"? It's not like we'd be committing genocide. Humanity would still live on with the people here in Utopia. Sometimes the only way to stop cancer is to dig in and cut it out.
    >> What a Faggot !QF5oszRdpY 02/12/10(Fri)00:48 No.8042402
    "Just look at 6, give me some time and who knows, maybe I'll be making cookies and cakes in the kitchen right along with her."
    >> Anonymous 02/12/10(Fri)00:48 No.8042408
    I really like the old humans though... even if fleet command was a little foolish.
    >> Anonymous 02/12/10(Fri)00:48 No.8042411
    Last thread someone asked about the ship, and OP said that it didn't have the firepower to damage the Gate.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)00:48 No.8042421
    >It went well with the blood metaphor.

    "Yes, but revenge isn't the way to do it. Just let it burn out slowly - let the waters of time quench it. Find peace in something else - be with Six, find a place here, something."

    'They won't. We are different now. And we can change them."
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)00:49 No.8042431
    You'd have to enter the gate to do anything.
    >> Anonymous 02/12/10(Fri)00:50 No.8042437
    Our armament doesn't matter. All we have to do is leak the coordinates of Heaven's Gate and the fact that there's a sleeping human armada there to the more militant factions of aliens, and they'll do our work for us.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)00:51 No.8042459
    You could try that, and see how the Seeker factions respond. It would be... interesting.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)00:52 No.8042471
    Yeah, that was me.

    "...maybe I will. It... would be nice to spend more time with her. [deep breath here] Six, do you have a place we could crash at?"
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)00:53 No.8042486
    >It would be... interesting.

    When the DM/GM/OP says that kind of thing, it's a warning sign. I plan to heed it.
    >> What a Faggot !QF5oszRdpY 02/12/10(Fri)00:53 No.8042490
    Not entirely true, why destroy the ships when they could easily capture them from a bunch of sleeping meatbags? Assuming they do that what's to stop the aliens from coming here, the captain of our ship knows where we are. For the human's sake we can't let the captain and crew leave if that is going to even be considered as a plan.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)00:56 No.8042545
    I could also be screwing with ya cause its fun.

    "I hate to break the drama, but I do have a place if you'd prefer to take a break there with me. It's a nice little spot planet-side. Peaceful, and part of the reparations deal the current government has for old relics like us."
    >> What a Faggot !QF5oszRdpY 02/12/10(Fri)00:58 No.8042574
    "Hey 6, do you think we could meet some of our new sisters? The volunteers, thats what they are right? While I believe you guys, I just want to see for myself. How many are they, what are they like are they 'normal' ?"
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)01:01 No.8042611
    Oh, I'm well aware of that possibility. You saying it out loud only makes it less likely that that's the case.

    "I think I'd like that. Two, Nineteen, would you like to come with us? I suppose we tell the Captain where we're going so he doesn't worry.

    Thank you Six. I've missed you."
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)01:01 No.8042622
    "Sure, if you'd prefer to. We have a training section for them here on the station for the defense fleet purposes, and there is a private area devoted to them planet-side for non-military purposes."
    >> What a Faggot !QF5oszRdpY 02/12/10(Fri)01:02 No.8042634
    "Reparations...like guilt pay? Am I rich? Did you invest it? I don't even know what I'd do with money, I've got you guys, and I'll just bum off you 6."
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)01:03 No.8042649
    OK, do we want to check up on the new HANA first? Or hit Six's place planet-side? Either way, I'm going to have to end it tonight to develop some new territory - I wasn't expecting this turn, but I can roll with it.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)01:05 No.8042666
    "A nice piece of land to myself, enough money to keep myself in stasis for another millennium, and me still working with the fleet only adds to it. Its a sweet setup to be sure."
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)01:06 No.8042701
    What do you mean? What part weren't you expecting, if you don't mind my asking?

    +1 vote for planetside. We can always take a look at the planetside HANA facilities tomorrow. But tonight, we party. We found Six. It is a time of happiness.
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)01:09 No.8042732
    I wasn't expecting a shift for taking some time off with Six. Figured you folks would fly off in a rage and go shoot at something.

    I can totally work with this though, its going to be a fun party.
    >> What a Faggot !QF5oszRdpY 02/12/10(Fri)01:09 No.8042735
    +1 for meeting the new HANAs, while I trust 6, and tolerate "pops" I am curious as to what they are like do they have familys? How long do they work, are they slaves or work happily? How do they live, are they friendly do they have quirks?
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)01:11 No.8042757
    All good questions. Helps me develop them more.

    So planet-side to visit Six and the HANA down there?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Part 14 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)01:14 No.8042803
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    Alright, awesome run.

    -Session End.

    I'd like to say that we can resume Friday night, but I won't be able to get on until 9 PM EST. We shall see. I could also shoot for Saturday at 4 PM EST, but I might have a family intervention at that time. Its all up in the air. If any of those turn out not to happen, I will post a notification.

    Stick around for a sneak peek of the new chick for the new quest. I'm really having fun fleshing her out.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)01:16 No.8042824
    Hey, don't be so surprised. This is, what the fourth time we've done something you didn't plan for?

    1. Bring Six back from the brink of insanity.
    2. Help Nineteen.
    3. Help Two.
    4. Spend some time thinking before deciding what to do with Kane and Able back at the main encampment.
    5. I forget, but I think you said that you weren't expecting us to do what we did wit the pirates.

    Okay, so yeah, this is the fifth or sixth time we've done Not as Planned. Besides, did you really think that we'd do something as self-destructive as going to the Gate and taking it on ourselves if we didn't have the support of at least Six? We may not like it, and we may still hate them with a passion unfathomable to most, but we're not going to kill them if it would make everyone angry with us.

    Also, heading over to Six's place means Hannah+Six quality time!

    Actually, this I can get behind. We stop by the training center for an hour or two and then head over to Six's place.
    >> What a Faggot !QF5oszRdpY 02/12/10(Fri)01:16 No.8042831
    more importantly are they creative? Do these people have music, fictional literature, movies, art, do the HANAs have the capacity to create.
    They have "All their parts" so if they do have familys are the children "normal", is it possible to have a predisposition towards implants as a mutation developing after a time? concernedface.jpg
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)01:18 No.8042858
    Meh, you started early today so it's only fair you start late tomorrow. Also, sneek peek of next quest main character, awesome!
    >> To come... Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)01:19 No.8042866
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    No one remembers the side that lost. No one honors their dead. At least that is what my father would tell me as he drowned his sorrows with booze. He would drone on and on about the way it was before the Uprising, before the Invasion. He’d also tell me how much I looked like my mother, who passed away shortly after I was born – the changing weather had taken its toll on her, as well as the chaos of the Uprising. She always loved the Spring, he would say. Then another drink as he would stare into the fire that warmed us both. The eyes of a broken man take on whatever they see – like the glass eyes of a doll. And in those days, his eyes simply reflected the flames.

    For me, it was always Winter that I loved. The white snow blanketed everything and turned our small, miserable town into an untouched little haven. And on that fateful night, the snow had fallen heavily upon our refuge.

    I was unprepared for the drunken man that stumbled into our home, and the noise of his entrance jarred me awake from my seat at the fire. Father was out, and I had not barred the door as I might have been asleep when he would have arrived home. The man was as shabbily clothed as the rest of us, and very drunk. I rose from my seat to angrily yell at him to leave, along with a few more choice profanities – failing to notice the nearly empty bottle in his rather meaty looking hand. He raised his bottle; the thick brown glass glinted dully in the flickering light of the fire, and struck me across the face with it. It sent me tumbling to the floor, and he staggered forwards to strike me again. I kicked at his leg, and he lost his balance, falling forwards with his outstretched bludgeon. It struck the floor next to me hard, and the end of it shattered into brown shining shards.
    >> To come... Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)01:19 No.8042874
    I had wrapped myself in a blanket to sit by the fire earlier. Modesty was not part of our household, as it was simply my father and I. He had always called me his “wild child” when he was sober. This stranger, on the other hand, had no decency at all. My bare back was simply an artist’s canvas to him as I tried to crawl away without stepping on the jagged fragments around me. The first stroke of the bottle elevated my senses to an unnatural clarity, as I screamed in agony. The second burned a stripe down my naked skin as the leftover whiskey clinging to the jagged edges made sure that the wounds would not become infected. And a third time, and a fourth… The agony was etched into my mind, engraved as deeply as the wounds inflicted on me. And in this terrible moment, this primal torture, I awakened.
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)01:21 No.8042906
    Alright, awesome stuff to think about.

    Night all.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)01:22 No.8042914
    >> What a Faggot !QF5oszRdpY 02/12/10(Fri)01:23 No.8042923
    hey 13 doesn't roll like that, maybe 6 does but she'll be rolling alone.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)01:27 No.8042978
    Damnit man, you do NOT mess with another guy's ship. It just ain't right!
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)01:31 No.8043027
    Let the poor man dream... muahahahahaha...
    >> What a Faggot !QF5oszRdpY 02/12/10(Fri)01:33 No.8043065
    13x6 fapfic in the works, you heard it first here.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)01:34 No.8043069
    Yeah, pretty much. It's all I have left, don't take that from me as well! Besides, Sam heart romance!
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)01:34 No.8043080
    Don't tempt me.
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)01:38 No.8043134
    I will not write a rule 34. Will not. Maybe in the new quest, but not here. You can take your fanfic somewhere else where I can read it without my name attached to it.
    >> Anonymous 02/12/10(Fri)01:38 No.8043137

    What does that mean?
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)01:40 No.8043174
    Implies a relationship (usually sexual) between Thirteen and Six.
    >> Researcher Sam 02/12/10(Fri)01:42 No.8043203
    Awwwww, but HANA Quest seems like it has so much more potential for romance than apocalypse quest! Or whatever you decide to name it. Ah well, such is life.

    To be fair, I'm not asking for Rule 34. Just a relationship. Pity that so much of anonymous is unable to distinguish between the two. And not even necessarily between Hannah and Six. I said this before, I just want to know if Hannah has a shot at managing to find love. Of course, lesbians tend to improve things, so I tend to default to that.
    >> Anonymous 02/12/10(Fri)01:42 No.8043210
    Missed the whole thing but it was a good read, Supernova and co.
    >> Anonymous 02/12/10(Fri)01:43 No.8043232
    So you WOULD read such a thing, eh? Interesting...
    >> What a Faggot !QF5oszRdpY 02/12/10(Fri)01:44 No.8043245
    saging before we come up with any more terrible ideas to float in supernova's head
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)01:45 No.8043258
    It depends on how well it's written. I wouldn't write it though.
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 02/12/10(Fri)01:47 No.8043287
    Yeah, off to sleep. Hopefully we can rock tomorrow with new areas.

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