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Lee rummages through the large box on the floor as he arranges various figures on the table, each figure uniquely painted and assembled with care as they face across from the crudely and haphazardly assembled force on the other side of the table of odd, somewhat humanoid figures wielding a mixture of plastic weapons and scavenged trash molded into a somewhat facsimile equipment. Several are adorned in candy wrappers or have arms taken from tossed out children s toys glued into place. One has a car antenna ornament for a head, smiling blankly with sets of cut up plastic jabbed into it to form a set of tusks. The taidaren triplets toss the figures about the table with no real care as they make their selections.

“I'm surprised you didn't sell this one when they said I was dead.” Lee says as he hefts out an almost football sized chunk of plastic molded into a mass of teeth and claws towering over the other miniatures.

“We tried.” the triplets reply “Hard to sell, to expensive.”

“Oh.” Lee says. “Well, glad to hear you missed me enough to pick my apartment clean.” He orients the large figure as the table forms various hills from a mixture of haptic hologram projections and a layer of reflexive tissues forming into a valley with a mixture of debris scattered about the area, with a crumbling road connecting the two armies.

“Alright. Sushi, you roll for the initiative.” Lee says, and hands him a small die. He sucks it into an air jet, puffing his body as the jet tenses before spitting it on the table.

"Lee gets first deployment." The ceph says blandly. The triplets make a collective sigh of squeaking exhalation, their tongues clicking in and out in frustration as they watch Lee place the large roughly insectoid figure firmly on the table with an audible thud, and its base sinks into the flesh terrain to secure it in place.

The Lord General looks at your titan as steam billows from its breathing holes like fumes from a great machine, its neck spewing visible heat as the vents for its forward weapon flair bright red. It steps forward, crushing the road beneath its great clawed feet as it begins its march. The air fills with swarms of wasps and warriors clamor over its carapace, nesting in the ridges of its armor waiting for the time to strike.

Welcome back to Hive Queen Quest!

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>>1588109
BEST. INTRO. EVER.
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>Oh.” Lee says. “Well, glad to hear you missed me enough to pick my apartment clean.”

Lee is the best human speaker.
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Daily reminder

>Raid OQ
>Read the locked memories of that thinker.
>Board a scav vessel for their FTL.
>Send a diplomacy team to earth.
>Build that new FTL prediction building.
>Take Reprive (I think that is the system that our mother made her last stand and it only has mining corvetts, it would be a great test for our raiding fleet.)
How long have i been doing this for?
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>>1588109
can we have our hero sniffers retired to the embassy?

also
>gas the void
>spacewar now
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>>1588126
>spoiler

Keep doing it. It tradition already.
Just like our moto of
"Gas the squids
Nuke the whales etc..."
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>>1588137
which reminds me;

GAS THE SQUIDS
NUKE THE WHALES
STAB THE MONKEYS
TRUST NOTHING
THE VOID IS WATCHING
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>>1588143
Best moto ever.
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Lee has the best friends, really, how many people would miss you so much to be troubled to go gather your things.
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>>1588160
They're Taidarens. They were there to take all his stuff and sell it.
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>>1588165
Hey Lee was, suposely, dead. Besides it would have being better they sellung it then leaving it be destroyed in the apartment demolition.
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Reminder to not go near 4-dimensional crystals, no matter how their mysterious angles seduce and beguile.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZp0ETdD37E
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>>1588109
"Hold fire!" General Cunningham says, and you hear the order echo from other humans until a klaxon sounds in the base and a voice blasts over the facility.

"Atomic artillery holding fire. Return to standard operations per ambient radiation level." You watch as shuttles and short range gunships land one after another as human troops load in quickly, each lifting off just as another lands in its place. It is a well rehearsed and well organized system sending hundreds of human troops into the air in moments. The General watches it with scrutiny, finding any and every misstep even from this distance and devising drills in his head to run the men through to fix each one. He turns to your speaker.

"I'll leave the subterranean attack up to you. Your gestalt intelligence will be able to coordinate that better than we could hope to. While I don't want to leave the entire fight to you, I don't want a bunch of outsiders throwing off your cohesion. Let me know when to send in troops so they don't get in your way." He says. "We can mop up and let you move on to the next-"

"Icoming!" Someone screams as a number of thunderous booms echo across the horizon and a siren begins to sound. Lights flash brightly marking the entrances to bomb shelters as PD guns along the walls extend from their armored housings.

"Bring up the shield!" Cunningham shouts, and he turns to your drone. "I doubt there is time to bring your forces back under the projectors, but while we're taking hits we won't be able to give any covering fire or deploy our forces."

>Charge the enemy position with your titan
>Have airborne drones attempt a bombing run on the scavenger artillery
>Deploy your subterranean attack forces
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>>1588207
>>Have airborne drones attempt a bombing run on the scavenger artillery
use them as a distraction to
>Deploy your subterranean attack forces
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>>1588207
>Have airborne drones attempt a bombing run on the scavenger artillery

Because this also gives us the option to do some areal recon.
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>>1588207
>>Have airborne drones attempt a bombing run on the scavenger artillery
>>Deploy your subterranean attack forces
Tunneling is a hive specialty.
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>>1588207
>Have airborne drones attempt a bombing run on the scavenger artillery
>Deploy your subterranean attack forces

We keep Titan-kun for the final push.
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>>1588207
>>Have airborne drones attempt a bombing run on the scavenger artillery
>>Deploy your subterranean attack forces

soon my glorious Titan, soon
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>>1588207
>Have airborne drones attempt a bombing run on the scavenger artillery
>Deploy your subterranean attack forces

Save the Titan for when we know it will break them, rather than dying shamefully halfway across the open field. Maybe once the other attacks are already engaged.
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Can i just say that i love the fact that this war is basicaly turning out to be the humans trying to not look as if they had a ineficient army in the hive eyes?
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>>1588267
I know anon, but we need to lower the scav batteries so Titan-kun won't be kockned out by the focused fire of it.
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Ah now that im in a live thread:

Idea for the psyonic cloak: Make our creep generate the cloak thoughts and line nodes along the drone routes that are minor simple relays, marking out paths through the obscufation. Having the nodes be destroyable to prevent enemy useage. Would make seiging us a real damn pain in the ass, like trying to punch fog.
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>>1588207
The triplets quickly adjust their figures, scooting them into position as they orient a number of large, haphazard looking guns and one of them flashes a small laser measure from its base to the targets. One after another, the triplets quickly pull out small paper circles as they calculate the drift of their units attacks.

"Rockets first!"
"Many!"
"Make things gooey pulp."
"Tasty pulp... yes tasty." They chirp as they bob their heads in small circles to examine the distance between the figures and begin tossing dice. Lee grabs a number of small winged figures, and clicks a switch on their bases that makes them float into the air on a field of magnetism, and the table pulls their base forward.

"Good thing too." Lee says. "With all that activity you made it a lot easier to get in a deep strike." He places several large roughly worm-like creatures in the midst of the plastic cannon figures, and he tosses a set of dice.

Please roll 2d100, best of 3, first for your airstrike, second for tunneling drones to attack.
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Rolled 62, 23 = 85 (2d100)

>>1588303
For Mother!
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Rolled 48, 40 = 88 (2d100)

>>1588303
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Rolled 97, 89 = 186 (2d100)

>>1588303
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>>1588314
Thank you, Glorious Anon!
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>>1588314
YEEEAH BUDDY.

This is a good start.
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>>1588314
Praise mother
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>>1588314
Scavs are about to get ganked hard.
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>>1588314
Thkse poor scavs...also excelent idea QD using Lee's pass time to give a ample view of our battle field.

On a side note can Lee become the hive strategist? I bet a lot of quantum thinkers are already plucking ideas from his head since he became psionic sensitive.
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>>1588351
We are better strategist than he is.
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Gotta say QD, I love the juxtaposition of Lee and his friends with their minis and us with our real forces helping the Commonwealth. Great job!
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>>1588363
>>1588351
It was Grave's idea, actually
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>>1588296
Not sure what you mean. The only psionic cloaking I'm aware of also cuts off the cloaked thing from the rest of the Hive.
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>>1588373
Doesn't matter still a great idea and you are doing pretty well.
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>>1588378
The queen who we rescued lived with those xenos who used overlapping psionic thoughts to mask the very existance of their part of the planet.

We are researching psionic spores, which are a part of the hive creep. The idea is to mix the two in a fashion that does not disable our own drones.
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>>1588397
> in a fashion that does not disable our own drones.

Yeah, that's where you lost me.

The psionic cloaking cuts off Hive communication.
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>>1588296
I like this idea
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>>1588378
That's what the small relays are for, to allow our forces to "see" through the fog.
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>>1588296
I'll support a research project if QD says it's feasible.
I'm a bit skeptical it will work like that, though.
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>>1588473
Normal thoughts send out psionic signals that require being close to detect, it should fit within the framework of possibility of the setting.
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>>1588373
I love that you two work so well together....wonder how the hive would fare if they ran into the new necrotic armada...
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>>1588303
"Reaction rolls!" The triplets squeak as they toss their dice, and then clatter their bone plates in disgust.

You find several dozen artillery cannons set up along the industrial facility, or what is left of it. The radiation makes it difficult to find the target at range at first as they fire from fields of hot glass, and a sudden swarm of blaster fire takes down several of your drones as they close in, diving from the sky towards the gun emplacements until you manage to make out a proper look at their position. They are small, compact cannons set on wheeled trailers. Some have been drug out by alphas in power suits, while others are hitched to vehicles both scavenger and human in design, military and civilian both. They seem to have been hauled out of their shelters the moment the artillery stopped.

Your drones unleash their volley of weapons fire and begin to rip into the guns as anti-air shells burst in the air around them. Several more drones burst open from the incoming fire, but you are losing fewer than you had anticipated, and as the dust begins to settle and the drones swoop back up into the air, you find more hits than you had initially hoped for. The ridgeline of guns have been decimated, and your drones begin to swoop back for a second run on the survivors, tearing into the AA positions as scavengers scramble in a mad panic at the echoing screech of your diving aircraft.

The lights flicker in the bunker as scavengers sprint along corridors and shake the debris of falling rubble and dust from their armor. The walls crack and crumble, and several scavengers watch with a spreading chemical signal of unease, until the floor collapses, and several grunts fall into the sinkhole of dirt and compacted clay bellow. They try to claw their way back up, when one of them is pulled waste deep into the mud with a sickening crunch as it lets out a panic signal and its spines clamor in a cacophony of agony. Its body begins to thrash from side to side as it is drawn deeper into the soil, its arms clawing at the ground as it sinks away into the mud as neon blood seeps up from where it vanished. The others scramble all the more fiercely, crying out for help. Another's foot sinks down and bends sharply to the right as it trips, and something quickly drags it back down into the sinkhole as it rattles in a panic to the others. A pack alpha watching from the edge quickly places several bolts into the grunt's torso as it the body slips beneath the soil, and orders the others to open fire into the dirt. The soil rumbles, and then rushes forth in a sudden eruption of mud and clay that sends the surrounding scavengers flying back as a colossus erupts from the ground and crashes into the ceiling. Burning plasma licks from its mandibles, and it sprays a formation of scavengers as they quickly melt apart, their bodies dissolving into chunky puddles of burning slag and crisp, brittle bones.

cont.
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SUP BITCHES WE HEARD THERE WAS A PARTY
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>>1588548
Wow gettung a Starship Tropper/Tremors vibe from this underground attack. Glorious carnage
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>>1588522
I doubt that would turn out well, graves is a passable story teller but an almost hilariously terrible QM.
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>>1588573
Pretty damn sure if there are any survivors from fighting this battle, they are going to make PTSD look like a cake walk.
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>>1588572
Not saying: "Were is the convenient seatting!!!"
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For mother!

>>1588548
Oh boy.
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Welp guess we are getting some good PR today boyis!!
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>>1588522
I've been curious to see who would win in a fight

A Reconstructed Troll or a Hive Warrior
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>>1588574
Really? Thought he was decent enough
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You know what is the scariest part of this post?

this one
>cont
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>>1588495
That's a total non sequitur.

Psionic cloaking is not 'obscufation'[sic], it acts as a complete, absolute seeming-nonexistence-field. Relays only generate the cloaking field, no amount of power or relays can penetrate it or 'mark out paths' through it once it's active.
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>>1588607
The Troll. A heavy warrior would be a tossup though, but I'd still bet on the Troll if it was melee only 1v1.
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>>1588618
Well until QM states either way, im going to push the idea.

I dunno if you guys had some little chat in the wikki about it, but ill keep popping out ideas. Far as im aware the field is generated by the combined thoughts, but if we have something that stands out for the drones to look for, they could just ignore the field all together.

If possible i imagine itd be expensive and upkeep heavy.
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>>1588628
I dunno, I'm pretty sure the Heavy Warrior would wipe the floor with a Troll even in a melee only.

Heavies are pretty dang big
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>>1588628
I like to think that the troll would be able to relatively easily break through the Heavy Warrior's carapace,but the warrior would be just a bit faster/more nimble(relative to the troll). While it wouldn't save its life,it would make groups of them more troublesome.
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>>1588609
By what metric? He's dumbed down the crunch in his quest to the point where anything quantified by numbers no longer holds any meaning or impact to the actual outcome of events. Combine that with the fact that he basically makes every significant political decision himself instead of giving the players control, and you're left with a situation in which the players themselves have no real impact on the direction or outcome of the quest anymore. I mean, he went ahead and provided the armatocere with that elemental power unconditionally...after the players voted not to give it to them unconditionally.

What kind of a QM does that sort of thing? DATS might make for a decent enough story, but it can scarcely be regarded as quest at this point, much less the sort of civ-lite graves keeps selling it as.
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Hey neat I almost forgot it was HQQ night
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>>1588663
Yeah, I am pretty shit when you put it that way
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Oh gee, I swear whenever Grave is in the quest he gets shat on
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>>1588684
lmao right?
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>>1588674
Isn't your name a little bit redundant?
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>>1588663
I have never seen any of Grave's quests, but even if everything you said is true there's no need to shit up other quests by complaining. Especially since QD is grave's friend.
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>>1588712
Why would it be redundant? I keep my name up because I like it.
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>>1588678
NO BULLY
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>>1588749
No no, what he means is that a QM calling themselves a cursed qm is like a witch calling themselves a filthy heretic witch. Redundancy in meaning, I believe.
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>>1588548
Several ghost beetles emerge from the mud, skulking low to the ground like panthers as they lunge forth and rip apart several stragglers as the others flee to the doors and seal them shut. Warriors pull themselves from the mud, clawing forth to the shattered concrete as they rush to the steel doors, bashing them in as the metal slowly gives way with each impact and a flood of panic pheromones seeps in from the cracks where they huddle in a defensive position.

The first door gives way, and the warrior is peppered with a hail of blaster bolts that seer its carapace and blisters its joints as its legs crack and pop with boiled blood as its armor sublimates away layer by layer. It opens fire, ripping into the scavengers as its tail plucks one of them and bashes it to the ground behind it, only for it to be drug back into the room of drones where several warriors tear it apart while more ghost beetles rush in between their legs. They sprint in from side to side, evading what blaster fire they can as their tails whip out and slice open several scavengers in passing as they lunge at their targets. The scavengers rip at them with their own claws in a desperate panic as the drones rip open their torsos with their mandibles and shred their neural clusters with a spray of neuro-fluid that sends them into brief spasms as their claws slide down the sides of your drones in a vain and autonomic last attempt to claw them off, and the ghost beetles quickly turn to the others, their mandibles dripping with blood and neuro-fluid as they lean forward on their forelimbs like a predator ready to pounce, their blades digging into the floor as blood splatters lightly in small streaks off them with the faint vibrations of the micro-muscles and wisps of smoke swirl from the tips from the growing heat.

The first takes a blaster bolt to the shoulder, sending it rolling back as its carapace cracks and simmers, and the other lunges forward with its blades outstretched, sinking deep into the scavenger's armor. A scavenger pup dives for it, knocking it off the grunt as it grips its arm and presses against the hanging chunk of flesh. It glances back up, twisting its arm to aim its blaster as two warriors descend upon it, fighting over its body as they tug on either end until the grunt is torn in half and the drones crack open its armor like a steamed shellfish.

You can hear alarms begin to sound. Human in design, but the audible alert seems to work just as well for the aliens as the lights flicker with more airstrikes on the surface.

Zippo knocks their heads together in frustration.

"No fair!"
"Lucky!"
"No more deep striking!"

The three quickly adjust their figures, bringing a number of their larger units into the fray, large, tin-can shaped machines with scrapmetal crab claws and sawblades swinging from their sides.

cont.
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>>1588767
Ah. I don't know why I picked CursedQm as my name. I just liked how it sounded.
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>>1588643
Exactly, your drones get a massive benefit from their hive tactics since they are able to function together perfectly. Alone, a hive drone is mostly just a suicide attacker. The only real question I think would be if the warrior could deal a lethal amount of damage before it inevitably gets killed or not.

Now two drones could take one on much more reliably.

>>1588749
QMs are already cursed.
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>>1588785
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Titan-kun!! It's time to go kill for mother!
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>>1588770
>The three quickly adjust their figures, bringing a number of their larger units into the fray, large, tin-can shaped machines with scrapmetal crab claws and sawblades swinging from their sides.

Are we about to encounter the scav equivalent of a deff dread?
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Isn't a troll more of an equivilant to a heavy warrior rather than a normal one?
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>>1588770
>larger units

TITAN WE NEED YOU
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>>1588825
Basically, yeah.
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>>1588847
Ah, they think they can intimidate us with "larger units." Lets show them how it's really done.
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>SEND FORTH THE INSECT-KAIJU
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>>1588770
The ghost beetle rolls on the ground with the pup as it tears at its carapace in a blind rage. Its head is unaltered and natural in form, revealing its smooth, beak-like head to be an almost arrow shaped beak of thick hide, covered in small dimpled dots while the underside holds an almost hollow cavity covered in spined, finger-like mandibles rippling in a waving motion as if to pull in whatever it can find and pack it down its gullet. It thrashes at the drone, its gullet making snarling gargles until your drone pulls it off with its tail, sending it rolling to the floor where two more ghost beetles lunge towards it and rip through its shell-like armored hide.

You can hear the sudden whirring of servos and a dense fog of pheromones permeates the air, driving the remaining grunts to turn back from their retreat and fight with suicidal fervor as you see a sudden flood of reinforcements rush into the bunker. Following quick behind are several large pack alphas, each cocooned in a large armored power suit. Their shoulders unfold, and racks of small microrockets set in hexagonal mounts emerge, quickly tracking your drones as they fire a rapid volley of explosive projectiles.

A ghost beetle sprints forward, and one of the alphas hoists its weapon with a rapidly growing whine of built up energy, and with a loud pop of expanding ionized air, the drone explodes into a spray of blood and chunks of chitinous gore. In its other arm is a large mechanical fist, more similar to a human hand in appearance, possibly to better use salvaged equipment, and its forearm unsheathes a large curved serrated blade that shimmers with heat as it runs from wrist to elbow.

>Have your flying units provide cover for your titan as you attack on the surface while the ground units distract
>Have your ground units continue to push the attack and clear the bunker area
>Have your hive Titan charge the facility
>Other
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>>1588884
>Have your flying units provide cover for your titan as you attack on the surface while the ground units distract
OVERWHELMING FORCE, GO!
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>>1588884
Have your hive Titan charge the facility
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>>1588884
>Have your flying units provide cover for your titan as you attack on the surface while the ground units distract
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>>1588884
>Have your flying units provide cover for your titan as you attack on the surface while the ground units distract

Lets go boyos
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>>1588884
>Have your flying units provide cover for your titan as you attack on the surface while the ground units distract

Squish ALL THE THINGS
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>>1588884
>>Have your flying units provide cover for your titan as you attack on the surface while the ground units distract
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>>1588884
>Have your flying units provide cover for your titan as you attack on the surface while the ground units distract
This keeps either front from being able to bring forward a meaningful resistance.
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>>1588884
>>Have your flying units provide cover for your titan as you attack on the surface while the ground units distract
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>>1588884
>Have your flying units provide cover for your titan as you attack on the surface while the ground units distract
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>>1588884
>Have your flying units provide cover for your titan as you attack on the surface while the ground units distract
Let's go.
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>>1588884
"You suck at this." Sushi says flatly, his eye stalks looking to each of the three taidarens. They hiss at him.

"Suck salt."
"You did no better."
"Attacking, attacking!" They squeak. Lee examines them as the triplets roll their dice, and he cracks his fingers before he grabs the massive insectoid figure and slides it across the table.

Your titan's thermal vents flair with steam and wisps of fire as it's body leans forward. Its first step pounds into the ground before it sending several burnt cars flying through the air to either side. Its next step grinds into the ground several meters deep as its clawed foot rips up concrete and asphalt in a deep gash across the ground as it plants its foot back into the street. A pillar of mud erupts along its heel as it uproots its leg from the dirt as its torso continues to lean forward into a run until its forelimbs hit the dirt, throwing its body forward as it leaves deep gashes in the ground several meters deep, hurling debris behind it in wide arcs as it builds speed. Burning plasma seeps from its mandibles like drool from an animal's jowls, leaving a trail of flames and simmering smoke in its wake as its ventilation tubes flair like smoke stacks with a deep roar of rushing air. Swarms of wasps shed from its back like birds from a tree, casting a shadow across the ground before it as they swarm through the air.

Please roll 3d100, best of 3 for your three pronged attack, for air, ground, and titan respectively.
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Rolled 44 (1d100)

>>1588989
FOR MOTHER!
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Rolled 95, 87, 95 = 277 (3d100)

>>1588989
FOR MOTHER BUT WITH THE CORRECT DICE!
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Rolled 87, 15, 42 = 144 (3d100)

>>1588989
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>>1588998
AYOOOOOOOOOO
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Rolled 15, 97, 57 = 169 (3d100)

>>1588998
This is beautiful
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>>1588998
Rest in peperoni, scavs.
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>>1589007
Its almost sad.They never stood a chance.Oh well. KICK THEIR ASS LEE/MOTHER!
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>>1588998
>>1589007

>95 97 95
I feel bad for the Scavs at this point honestly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ61HNR3M5k
>Titan's theme song
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>>1589001
>>1589007

>95, 97, 95
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>>1589007
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Is having an entire Hive mind with dedicated tactical thinkers behind you while playing a war game considered cheating?
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>>1588998
DAT GODLY ROLL
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>>1588998
Mother is the best at war games
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>>1589051
TBF, the taidarens are pretty gestalt on their own. And isn't Sushi's species made up of separate parts working in tandem as well?
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>>1588998
>>1588989

This gon be good
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>>1589125
>the taidarens are pretty gestalt on their own.
They aren't.
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>>1589165
>They aren't.
They aren't psionically linked, but they're a triplicate species(at least lee's friends who are male are) that works together right?
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>>1589165
Yeah they just have a VERY tight knit community.
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>>1589174
>>1589165
My mistake, I could have worded that better. I meant that they're working together. If they can work as a triplicate why can't Lee enjoy some thinker power?
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>95, 97, 95

Wow, we rock.
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>>1588998
MOTHER SAYS OF GET REPRODUCTIVE MECHANISM!
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Scav is back on the menu boys!
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>>1589247
Don't be silly. Scav is always on the menu.
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>>1589098
The best.
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>>1589328
Until they finally crack, beg for mercy and give us the couch.
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>>1589328
Scav: It's what's for dinner.
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>>1588631
The point is it doesn't fit with the framework as established at all, which is what you said.

It's not even clearly laid out what the idea even is, because it makes no sense with what psi cloaking even does.
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>>1589333
nice picture and nice trips too
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>>1589333
awesome
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Does scav even taste good?
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>>1588989
QD's captcha is dying again isn't it.
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>>1589356
We're the Hive, everything tastes good as long as it's got chemical energy or useful elements.
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>>1589333
Would we be able to make hive minis? Like a 'dumb' miniature worker that could move as a game piece?

Or hell could we make large scale models with actual functional stuff just for fun?
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>>1589378
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>>1589358
Of course.
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>>1589378
Good art.
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>>1589378
bretty good anon
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>>1589378
STRONG
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>>1589378
Nice Anon. Very nice
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>>1589358
Sorry, had to step away for a bit to change my bandages. Need to change them three times a day.
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>>1589378
Pretty much exactly what's happening in the scav lines right now.
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>>1589413
Take care of yourself, QD.
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>>1589413
Aw shit. Take care of yourself QD.
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>>1589413
Blood or pus?
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>>1589413
pls no die
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>>1589413
Take as much time as need be man, your health always comes first!
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>>1589463
God Skyl are mildly horrifying
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>>1589445
Neither. It's a ruptured pocket of white blood cells that thought a suture knot was an infection. The knot was removed after the pocket ruptured, and so I just had to keep it stuffed with gauze while it drained. It's stopped leaking for a few days now, and it's almost closed up entirely, but I still need to change the gauze to keep it clean.

>>1589469
Oh god this image is great.
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>>1589469
>scav filth in a seating

their crimes know no boundories do they?
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>>1589469
Never stop drawing.

>>1589489
I still can't believe how lucky you were.
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>>1589463
>>1589469
these are awesome
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>>1589463
This one is super cute.
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>That triple nineties
What a good way to start my monday morning at work! Scavs gonna give us couch or be turned into some!

Which makes me wonder. What would a Titan-size couch look like?
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>>1589542
Pretty confy. And it would be a new dize on it's on. Like there are King and queen sized beds? It would become a titan sized.
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>>1589542
>Scav furniture
Hold on now, you might be onto something. We could fashion furniture out of their skin and bones and sell them to the Commonwealth.
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>>1589542
It'd look like a mound of scav bodies so large and dense our titans could use it as convenient seating.
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He's gonna update soon, I can feel it
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>>1589571
Right about...
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>>1589476
>mildly horrifying
>mildly
I chitter my pharyngeal jaws in your direction.
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>>1589605
Are those supposed to be Taidarens?
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>>1589605
Thought they were lizard centipedes
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>>1589628
>>1589635
He's newish
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>>1589605
Don't really look like Taidarens, sorry. Your other art is great. There's good art of Taidarens in the Quest somewhere. I'll try to post later if I can find it.
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>>1589628
>>1589635
>>1589643

This essential

>>1589653
That'd be great thanks.
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>>1588989

Scav gun emplacements open fire as rockets fly from their housings and looted commonwealth anti-tank guns fire vibrantly glowing rounds through the air. Plasma flak illuminates the skies with momentary flashes of your drones' silhouettes as they dive in on their attack runs. The ground rips apart with impacting munitions as scavengers rupture into a fine mist of blood and shrapnel, others diving for cover as wasps pluck them off the walls and into the sky before back down in pieces.

You spot a number of commonwealth armored vehicles, looted and jerry rigged with scavenger technology to turn them more into a kind of semi-stationary pill box as their cannons open up. Larger scavenger vehicles emerge from the sheltered garages, a mixture of hovering attack vehicles and armored walker tanks. They are built almost like shuttles, clearly intended for speed as they drift over the mud. Their fronts are mounted with rotary canons, with blaster turrets set along their sides and each with a large railgun set atop. The walker tanks are more robust, with thick armor and small shield emitters set into the sides of their hulls. They are each fitted with rocket launchers that send streaks of fire into the sky after your approaching titan, the launchers flanking a large artillery cannon as its legs dig into the dirt for stability. Along the front is a large cluster of sensors and a drone controller holding a small spotter drone in its housing, and flanked by several blaster turrets.

The cannon shells whistle as they fly through the air, glancing off the armor of your titan as it continues its sprint. Its back arches as its particle cannon unfolds into firing position, and it opens up a consecutive volley across the field where the hover tanks attempt to flank. They burst into fire, their armor melting away as scavengers flail about in silent screams as they try to flee the burning husks, the armor caving in as they melt to slag. More artillery shells bounce from the titan's armor, glancing off and detonating in a nearby hillside as it rolls its shoulder to swing its arm into the air for a moment, firing its heavy thumper as a truck sized shell of complex ordinance arcs its way over the blown out industrial facility. It bursts, its chemicals igniting like a small sun in the sky as liquid fire falls down on the facility, burning everything with a white hot glow. Scavengers flee the flames, leaping from walls.

The titan examines the results, scanning for more enemies, as rockets arc into its shoulder and detonate against its carapace. Its thermal vents flair with a sudden burst of heat, and the plasma seeping from its mandibles glow brighter as it opens its maw with an echoing roar of rippling fire. You can see scavengers flee their tanks, abandoning them entirely as a wave of plasma engulfs the field, burning it to glass. The flames part as the titan lurches forward, its body singed with a momentary sheath of plasma across its carapace.
cont.
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>>1589673
>everything about this post
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>>1589673
nice
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>>1589673
This is beautifull. Go for it Titan-kun.
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>>1589665
Here's what I could find for Taidarens.
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>>1589673
I wonder what the faces of the commonwealth people look like at this moment.
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>>1589729
"Hoo boy, glad THAT's on our side!"
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>>1589729
"lets never ever ever piss off the bugs"?

you can bet your ass at our next diplomatic meeting there will be a abundance of convenient seating.
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>>1589673
I'm crying


It has every detail I added, I love you QD
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>>1589673
>The walker tanks are more robust, with thick armor and small shield emitters set into the sides of their hulls.
Huh, the commonwealth have shield miniaturization too.
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>>1589756
Scavs more likely
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>>1589463
You're nice to QD but you bully Grave.

Asshole
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>>1589729
>>1589747
>>1589750
Can't wait to see the Union reaction once the recordings of this war end up on their laps.
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>>1589756
Didn't worked much againsy a giant breath of plasma did it?
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>>1589795
>tfw reading the report
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>>1589790
chill dude, just enjoy the glorious carnage
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>>1589814
"Huxwell, did you slip in your kai-joo fanfic in your reports again?!"
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>>1589728
I have been imagining those little bastards all wrong since forever
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>>1589826
I mean the face is accurate, with the plates, whiskers and cyclopean eye. It's just the body that was wrong.
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>>1589795
It could be funny, but I always worry that pressing the Union too hard will make them try to turn to the Void out of desperation.
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>>1589852
Well then we have a perfect reason to go hard on them and ravage their asses, eh?
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>>1589852
Nothing worse than a monkey desperate to deny that it's a monkey.
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>>1589859
It won't really end well for anybody involved.
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>>1589826
If you ever want to ask for any details, I'm just about always available on twitter or discord. I've had people chat on both asking for specifics that are either not so clear or hidden in some unknown thread somewhere. Or just to talk.
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>>1589867
But we'll finally get to test those fancy biological weapons and planet killers.

Maybe. Depends on how 'collateral damage' Anons are feeling.
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>>1589859
>>1589886
Yeah, until all their surviving worlds erupt into crystal portals and the endgame kicks off way too fucking early.

If they turn to the Void, we both lose.
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>>1589894
Agreed, we don't want to risk scaring them into a worse position.
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>>1589859
>>1589852

Yeah, I don't get why so many people seem to think that scaring the Union is a bad idea.

We have such military/surveillance superiority over them that the literal second we get any inkling they're stepping into the shit we specifically warned them against, we can vapourize their capital planet and glass a good portion of their military infrastructure. Then leave them as easy pickings for the Commonwealth.

No matter what some anons seem to think, the Union is not a viable threat against the Hive, let alone the five-way assault they'd be facing from the Hive/Unity/Commonwealth/Skyl(potentially)/internal dissident forces.
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>>1589886
If significant portions of the Union start actively seeking to ally with the Void due to fear of the Hive, collateral damage will be the least of our concerns.
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>>1589883
wait you have a discord server?

link?
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>>1589923
it's the /qst/ discord from the QTG
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>>1589910
A small band of researchers in the ass end of Nowhere came seconds from opening a portal to the void.

If the order goes out to the survivors, or they just independently decide that they're fucked if they don't try the other side, those portals will be opening up left and right.

I know it pains your supremacyboner, but attempting extermination of the Union is just too risky considering their likely course of action.
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>>1589923
No, I just hang out in the QTG discord and the questing podcast discord where I occasionally shitpost with the other QMs and have guested I think twice on the podcast.
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>>1589934
>>1589939
and all my enthusiasm is gone, sigh
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>>1589910
Right? Heretic himself was fully prepared to jump in and start decimating their worlds once he learned of their void tampering.
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>>1589935
Last I checked Nowhere was far closer to an exception than the norm. The knowledge for Void contact has to be tightly restricted and limited to a few select locations for the same reason that the nuclear football is handcuffed to the President. If it was as simple as "Break glass to summon Cthulhu" then there would have already been multiple portals opened long before we even landed on Leeland.
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>>1589939
Podcast? I dont see anything about a podcast brev. Is there some thread or something we should all be aware of?
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>>1589883
Will do. I already regularly harass grave for details so I can get all the creepy crawlies painted just right
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>>1589968
It was openly stated that they were learning stuff about the Void alarmingly quickly, while growing more erratic all the while. It's heavily implied that the Void aids those who try to learn about it, and there's no reason to suppose that it'd be any different for other secret Union research facilities.
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>>1589990
Agreed. Although the Void (probably) requires crystals to really fuck with people. And indoctrinating humans takes longer than it does for other species because of their genetic psionic blindness. They can still fall, but it takes time, resources, and bad luck. A few crazies in some backwater doom cult probably won't even be able to get its attention unless they stumble upon an artifact.
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>>1589990
>those who try to learn about it

Again, knowledge of it HAS TO BE RESTRICTED. Given how quickly Nowhere managed to go ploin-shaped, if it wasn't the only station (or the furthest along of a very select few) actively researching the Void, then portals would already have opened up BECAUSE the Void pushes its investigators along. As such, there CANNOT be very many sites researching it, and those that are CANNOT be anywhere near what Nowhere was, because if they were then a portal would ALREADY BE OPEN.
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>>1589673
>and small shield emitters set into the sides of their hulls.

Soon we too will have the secrets of miniaturized shielding. Soon. it's been a long time coming.
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>>1590011
How much of a stretch is it from "They say these artifacts are dangerous and are hellbent on keeping us from researching them" to "But they just annihilated our capital, so it's our only hope"?

And I really hope you aren't naive enough to believe that they actually got rid of *all* the artifacts.
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>>1590025
Maybe even next week!
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>>1590026
I agree, we need to toe a fine line here. We need to be scary enough that the Union thinks "We better not fuck with these crystals anymore because we have no how powerful the Hive is and if they find out they could kill us all" but not so scary that they think "It is only a matter of time until we all become mind slaves of the Hive or they kill us all, making a weapon from those artifacts they obviously fear is our only chance of saving ourselves and our way of life."
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arus_8spQyk&index=
The thermal vents along its neck flair, singing the soil beneath it to glass and melting down what metal remains standing as it moves over them, swatting several tanks to the side and crushing another beneath its claw. The flames covering its hide die to a simmer as explosions cover its carapace. Its tail arcs forward like a scorpion, striking down on a walker tank with a swift movement as its sledgehammer fires, and the tank flattens into a metal pancake as its munitions detonate within, and the ground around it impacts into a deep crater. The tail flies back up from the recoil as it hammer resets, and a dozen missiles are catapulted into the air where they lunge forward in seemingly random directions, arcing back and forth as they spiral towards their targets and detonating over a dozen more tanks and retrofitted gun positions.

Several remaining anti-air guns pivot away from your aircraft and begin peppering your titan's carapace with plasma flak, pelting its thick armor with searing bolts of plasma as it charges the defensive perimeter of the bombed out factory. A massive superstructure, once some kind of containment wall for the storage of explosives, remains standing like the wall of a great keep. The outer positions are covered in guns and mobile artillery that lash out in a constant stream of munitions and energy bursts. Your titan drone marches forth, scrambling on all limbs as it charges the wall and impacts with a thunderous crash that shakes the foundations of the entire facility. A massive crack splits down the center of the massive wall. Your drone leans back, placing its weight on its hind legs as its clawed feet sink into the ground, cracking the reinforced cement as it sinks into the atomic-graded blast wall planted in the ground by a meter and a half. Its blades unsheathe, each one a colossal blade of simmering metal chitin reaching several stories in length, as the blades sink through the wall several meters before they burst forth in a cascade of flowing, molten rock that quickly splits walkways and ruptures pipes, sending steam and melting steel flowing down on fleeing scavengers below.

The blades slowly carve their way upward through the reinforced concrete and stone, trailing molten rock and metal as they slowly burn to the top of the wall. Its carapace is riddled with pockmarks from cannon fire from the pillboxes and trenches set about its feet, and your drone's ingrown turrets find their targets, unleashing a torrent of focused plasma bolts as their plasma cannons open fire. Several scavengers are reduced to burning cinders as they operate a stationary gun, and a looted APC turned anti-armor cannon explodes from within as the plasma bolts plume within its armored shell.

cont.
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>>1590026
Agreed they probably didn't dispose of all the artifacts, although they are probably so scared of us at this point that they ones they are keeping are deep in frozen storage and the facility is equipped with multiple redundant nuclear self-destructs for plausible deniability. They won't be putting one inside a black-hole pentagram hell-gate any time soon unless the government completely collapses.
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>>1590055
YEEEES GOOD TITAN, WHO'S A GOOD BOOOY YEEES YOU AAARE
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>>1590055
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m-rsgHEDLk
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>>1590055
Jesus. What the fuck did we make, and how can we upgrade our Queenly self into a similar form?
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>>1590055
Fucking hell this is starting to remind me of the cloverfield monster and all other giant monster movies.
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>>1590055
It's so beautiful....
I might be crying
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>>1590066
sit,good.. now stay... now roll over... oh shit wait... uhh we didn't need that city right?
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>>1590026
They haven't gotten rid of any of them yet. They haven't handed over a single goddamn one yet.

Let alone given us an inventory of how many they found and where. And there's a simple way to be sure of their honesty. Meeting in person.
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>showed up 7 hours late
>still running
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>>1590055
Your drone pushes against the melting chunk of carved out stone, sliding it along the groove of melted stone and concrete as the wall begins to collapse, burying several buildings set up against the interior as your titan props itself up against it, standing upright to its full height, its carapace a deep glowing crimson as it reflects the light of the fire beneath it and the sea of molten stone and twisted red hot steel. You detect several aircraft quickly approaching in the darkness of the night, and several missiles impact your drone and send it lurching forward to catch itself. It swings its arm up, bringing it massive blade arcing up and catching one of the pulse jet bombers as it passes, slicing it in two as the halfs careen through the air and into the ground with a small plume of fire and kicked up dirt, while another skims by its head, glancing off its armor and tumbling into the ground. Your drone ducks as another wave of blaster fire and missiles streak by and land into the wall beside it as its particle cannon unfolds into position and opens fire, catching three of the craft in a ball of fire that sends metal chunks scattering across the facility while your own aerial drones dive after the remaining craft as they scatter.

Walker tanks march forth from the rubble, stepping over burning chunks of metal and pools of flaming plasma as they pivot their cannons into position, and your drone swings its bladed arm, carving into their armored formation as it drags the tanks off their feet, sending them tumbling into the air where they detonate against a distant hillside in the darkness. It turns to the others with its mandibles outstretched, and rips into them, hoisting them in its maw and shaking them like a fresh kill in the jaws of a hungry pitbull before it tosses them aside, their dead, twisted frames scattering like dead leaves in a strong wind as they send chunks of shrapnel and armor plating scattering as they spin and roll across the ground.

Cunningham watches with a set of binoculars at the titan, glowing a deep crimson from the reflection of the flames and sea of molten slag at its feet, as it lets out another mighty roar of plasma into the facility, sending plumes of fire jetting up in great pillars of white and blue fire dozens of meters into the air around it. He has a smile stretched across his face.

"That's the ticket. Make them run to hell to escape the heat!" He says, and he hands his binoculars to a nearby staff officer. "It looks like the surface is secure. Have a fireteam clear it out once the fires die down and see what it looks like bellow the blast layer." He turns on the heel of his good leg, and walks back into the building. "We have more work to do now that that little nest of rabble has been burned out."

cont.
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>>1590125
What is the full height of the titan?
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>>1590129
About 20 meters at its tallest, usually it is hunched over a bit more, so typically something more like 15.
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>>1590125
The commonwealth commanders are a fresh change of pace from the Union politicking. I realize we just havent dug as deep into their governments underlying machinations as we have the Union, but still, its refreshing.
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>>1590136
Bare in mind the Commonwealth has had the option of only putting its best face forward, and they're so pressed by the invasion they don't really have time for political bullshit. It's probably even more corrupt than the Union since it doesn't even have a pretense of democratic rule of law. We'll likely see more of that once/if the current conflict winds down. However, as a corrupting entity ourselves we can certainly make this work for us.
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>>1590125
>>1590125
The scavenger alphas are surprisingly nimble, swatting one of your ghost beetles away mid lunge, but their armor is weaker than the drop suits of human make. You are unsure if this was deliberate, or the result of cost saving measures. Perhaps both, but the result is the same as your warrior's blades sink deep within the first of them. Flames lick the walls as your colossus crawls up from its hole and into the cramped chambers, sending burning plasma plumbing ahead of it and funneling it down several corridors to the sound of searing flesh and cracking hides as their rattling spines crack open like popcorn kernels and the burning figures of scavengers sprint out from their holds, rolling along the floor as they melt away. Your drone's cannon pivots into position, and fires down another hall, gutting it with the shock wave along as the far wall explodes, sending chunks of stone and scavenger remains scattering in all directions.

Behind the line of alphas, more scavengers dive in from above as plasma plumes down in great flowing arcs like crashing waves on a shoreline. Bodies and simmering remains flie in as the last few seal the doors behind them as their arms melt from the heat and the reinforced doors begin to glow softly and bend inward. The armored alphas continue to open fire into your drones as they pour forth from the sinkhole, but their weapons cannot fire fast enough, and your heavy warriors slam into them as their armor shreds chunks of layered chitin with every absorbed blast. Your drones drag one of them into the swarm, carving open the suit and pulling the scavenger out part by part as they fish for flesh with their blades and mandibles in the slowly widening gaps in the armor.

More drones crawl forth in an endless stream of chitin from the sinkhole, crashing over the scavenger resistance like a wave of flesh, ripping at them as more sinkholes form beneath others, pulling them into the earth suit and all as more of your drones emerge from their tunnels.

Lee plucks the last of the small figures from the table, and places it in a basket set on the side. The triplets squeal as they fall back, rolling on the floor as their tails thrash back and forth.

"Good for another?" Lee says.

"Lee cheats!"
"Dice loaded!"
"Unfair!"

"We're using the same dice." He says. The three chitter their bone plates with agitation as sushi gurgles with amusement, his grip slipping as he flops to the floor with a wet thud and his air sacs deflate with a sharp, long squeal.

"You are so terrible. It is impressive." He says flatly, his mechanical voice masking his alien laughter with its calm, synthetic human voice.

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>>1590177
We should give him a better synthesizer
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>>1590185
Heck no, it what makes it so funny
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>>1590177
The scavs being orks amuses me to no end
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>>1590187
Sushi's deadpan personality is what makes him so hilarious.

I mean, sure, we could fix his colors and synthesizer, but only if he really wants it. Changing such a drastic thing about him could result in a major personality change and he seems happy enough as is.
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Got to call it early for me cause I got an interview tomorrow, so good night!
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>>1590177
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ooz2i9fIoko

Time for appropriate victory music?
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>>1590193
Sleep tight little anon
Let the bed bugs bite
They're Mother's good night kiss
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>>1590195
Damn it feels good to be Zerg.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z-D9D_LzwA
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>>1590190
Actually the analogy makes me wonder how much of an effect we're having on scav numbers, after all, the orks constantly remain a threat even after they're all dead, what with constantly farting out spores.
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>>1590203
The Scav fleet is huge, and they reproduce in large enough numbers iirc. The alphas lay eggs on the grunts and they then hatch into the feral young.

When not at war I bet their feral young numbers get stupid huge.
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>>1590177
Can some of the Scavengers be dragged into the sinkhole mostly-intact?

Gotta see what we can learn from their neuro-fluids, if any are the ones who jerry-rigged stuff together.
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>>1590205
Probably what lead them to being so consumption happy

Reproducing too fast to sustain themselves, easier to steal from your neighbors

I wonder what their homeworld looks like, if it's still in one piece that is

>>1590208
We still have 1 scav in a medpod on Leeland I believe, but yeah, these battles will give us some good chances at getting some more
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>>1590177
If Sushi could change color, he'd be showing purple spots too, right?
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>>1590208
Of course no reason to let the humans know we took prisoners, or intact bodies. Just pretend we ate them and get them onto a spare shuttle.
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>>1590205
>>1590209
It doesn't seem they have free breeding going on, seems to be completely planned so overpopulation is not a problem for them,

And the have been bio-engineering themselves ever since they fled from there homeworld so they must be drastically different as they engineered themselves to survive on a fleet based society
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>>1590214
>"Hey, I was sure there where a few more tanks and pulse jet bombers too."
>"They, huh, melted, human. Completely melted into slag. Now look over here instead of at our shuttles for a minute or two."
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Bed time
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>>1590177

The hologram projector shows a myriad of data displays in Cunningham's office. Live feeds from a number of officers in the field, satellite images of areas of interest, a high level map of the planet, updated with estimated enemy movement up to the second, and several video feeds from drifting gunships following your titan as it marches into the darkness to its next target, trailing fire in its wake as the ruins of the industrial facility crumble into a sea of molten slag behind it.

"Now that that little nest is out of the way, we can start shipping our gear and manpower to where it's needed most." The general says. You notice the ornate dropsuit is missing from its housing as your drone enters after him.

"The hive is closing on the enemy at your weapon platform." Your drone chirps.

"Indeed it is, and we have troops moving on the rail yard as well. Once we have both, we can use the railway to hit every major point of interest from there to the spaceport, and just as well, we've cut off their supply lines connecting the fortified city centers to the protein farms. On the downside, knowing their barbarity they'll be likely to take to eating civilians before long." He claps his hands, as if marking an obvious solution to a mundane problem. "So you'll just have to eat them first." He adds. "There won't be any time for a protracted siege. We'll be full speed the whole way in." He brings one of the video feeds up with a swipe of his hand.

"Sir Hughes, do you read?" He says.

"I read you, Lord General." He replies with some emphasised formality, quickly saluting nobody in particular as the video feed of his helmet shows his hand quickly touch his forehead.

"Is that the hive speaker?" Cunningham asks as a blur of red and white fur and chitin flashes on the screen as Hughes quickly scans over his men.

"Yes sir. It requested to follow along to maintain contact with commonwealth leadership. It may be unarmed, but I've requested it stay behind cover."

"The speakers are disposable." Your drone says. "Including this speaker. They are for communication. Communication is important." Cunningham nods to you.

"Very well, so long as you know the risks involved." He says.

Hughes nods quickly.

"Yes sir. I'll be sure the speaker stays as safe as can be in a combat zone." He looks to the others in the gunship. "We'll be over the drop zone in five. Check your gear and get ready for ziplines. Once we're on the ground we'll secure the perimeter and mark a landing zone for the gunship to drop off the speaker."

"That is unneeded. This speaker does not require assistance. Disregard this speaker's presence." Your drone chirps over the wailing of the engines.

"Alright then, cancel that. Pilot, no dustoff, stay on overwatch and keep distance." Hughes says. The doors to either side of the gunship slide open, revealing the embattled landscape beyond as cannons flash in the distance and plasma bolts arc through the night air.
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>>1590249
>"That is unneeded. This speaker does not require assistance. Disregard this speaker's presence."
"IGNORE ME"
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>>1590249
So... the humans are all going in on zip lines, right?

This is a great chance to show off our fancy telekinesis as we stop falling and float right below the ground. Nice.
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>>1590254
Could we make a titan speaker?
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>>1590257
>below the ground

I thought you were on about telekinesis, not phasing.
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>>1590259
YES!
We can have them stand besides the giant doors of our embassy.
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>>1590259
because the screeching from regular speakers wasn't loud enough: **FOR MOTHER**
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>>1590260
Shows how tired I am. Obviously I meant to say we use telekinesis to stop just above the ground when the speaker falls...

That's about it for me. Goodnight all. Please don't wake the Void God while I'm asleep.
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>>1590249
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ce-4UR06Hk
You see additional gunships flanking yours on either side as plasma bolts and missiles streak up from below as the gunships shed glowing flairs and scattering packets of reflective shrapnel from their hulls. One of the gunships takes a hit on its side, its armor falling away in sheets as it rocks to the side from a missile detonation, and its engines along one side fall away, sending it into a tumble as it slams into the ground below, the expanding fireball quickly sweeping back into the distance behind you.

"Ready the tethers!" Hughes shouts, and one of the humans swings themselves over to the side of the gunship, his armor hooked to a short cable linked into a rail on the ceiling. He quickly unfolds some manner of mounted gun, unfolding it from the ceiling. It contains a massive harpoon looking object protruding from the barrel, with a tether running from it to the ceiling of the gunship where a large spool hangs on the side of the craft. The gunship jerks to the side, sending everyone knocking against their own safety tethers as they lean into the maneuver with a practiced motion placing their collective lives in the trust of the gunship's equipment as your drone holds fast with its clawed feet into the surface as the two rows of humans link together to secure your drone in place. As the gunship settles, the tether gun fires, eventually latching onto some distant, unseen object. The spool quickly reels in the slack until the gunship lurches to the side ever so slightly, and a green light flashes along the forward wall with a loud buzzing noise. The human tosses the harpoon gun to the side as it coils back up on its armature out of the way, and he reaches up, testing the wire with a firm tug before leaning to the side. You can see other gunships doing the same as humans figures quickly slide down the ziplines, and the troops with your drone begin to slide their tethers from the safety rail to the wire in a practiced motion, giving it a quick tug before leaping from the platform as the human at the side shoves them along. Hughes is the last to take the leap, followed only by the human checking the tethers as they go, who quickly sets up his own and falls away backwards.

"Gunship clear!" He shouts as he falls away, and entire zipline apparatus falls away, detaching from the gunship with a sudden jerk of movement as a small balloon sudden inflates and sends it drifting further into the air as the squad zips along the growing slack. Your speaker hunches back, and quickly lunges forward into the air, diving through the fields of flack as the gunship flies off, and your drone pushes itself forward, following the zipline as best it can. You can see other squads falling in as they use small metal grips to slow their descent and quickly drop off their lines as they hit the ground, most dropping directly into combat as they rush to cover and open fire on enemy forces spread across the area.
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>>1590293
You see the line for Hughe's squad run into the wall of a large warehouse. The squad itself have already entered combat, taking cover behind a set of metal cargo containers and damaged autoloaders as several scavenger packs pin them down with heavy blaster fire. A hovering scout vehicle drifts into position as a scavenger pivots a gun turret along its back, opening fire on their position as another pack begins to flank them.

Your drone quickly slows its descent, landing with a thud on a nearby rooftop overlooking the battlefield as a human launches a rocket from a shoulder fired recoilless rifle. A small spinning disc set along the roof of the scout craft lets out a momentary burst of energy with a loud buzz and the rocket detonates in the air several meters from contact, only for the gunner to return fire, ripping into the cargo container as the human dives back behind it.

>Have your speaker attempt to disable the vehicle
>Attempt to ambush the flanking pack before they can attack
>Other (write in)
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>>1590307
>>Have your speaker attempt to disable the vehicle
>Other (write in)
Have our speaker attempt to seize control of the gun and fire it upon the flanking packs.
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>>1590307
>Have your speaker attempt to disable the vehicle
Harass them about their choice of seating, and then punch the driver into an Ottoman.
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>>1590307
>Attempt to ambush the flanking pack before they can attack

also, do we still have air support?
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>>1590307
>>1590308
Supporting
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>>1590307
>Have your speaker attempt to disable the vehicle
Sneaky breaky
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>>1590307
>>Attempt to ambush the flanking pack before they can attack

I dunno about using mysterious powers in public yet.
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>>1590307
>Have your speaker attempt to disable the vehicle

Please roll 1d100, best of 3.
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Rolled 41 (1d100)

>>1590324
It was a malfunction. Such shoddy worksmanship.
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Rolled 60 (1d100)

>>1590324
REEEE
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Also right, new research subject to capture on the way.

>A small spinning disc set along the roof of the scout craft lets out a momentary burst of energy with a loud buzz and the rocket detonates in the air several meters from contact,
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Rolled 26 (1d100)

>>1590324
FOR MOTHER
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Rolled 61 (1d100)

>>1590324
FOR MOTHER!
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Rolled 59 (1d100)

>>1590324
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>>1590327
Hmm, not bad.

>>1590328
Probably just some sort of active Point-Defense system.
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>>1590327
Mediocre. This is a D-.
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>>1590334
Correction, an entirely novel KIND of point-defense system never before seen.
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>>1589974
Here's the podcasts QD was in
Anonkun Community Podcast - Episode 09
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMxjEoxSoJs
then
Questing Community Podcast - Episode 03
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es9NozQOzZE

I find them enjoyable.

And here is the page for info on the Podcast and such if you're interested. If the quest is live so is the podcast. Discord link on the page.
https://fiction.live/stories/questing-community-hub/rqwJ3jp5PErS4QmkQ
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>>1590324
Your speaker drops to the ground with a gust of displaced air sending discarded papers and cargo packaging flowing into the air around it as it slows itself before landing, and you quickly examine the surroundings. A scavenger grunt turns with surprise to face your drone, and holds up its blaster to fire when your speaker lets out a chittering squawk as it hunches itself over towards the grunt, and a wave of concussive force sends it flying back into the wall where it impacts with a splatter of blood bursting from its armor, leaving a large dent in the sheet metal wall as it collapses to the ground. Your drone turns to face the others as several look back at the sudden noise. The speaker swings its claw as if swiping at them from a distance, and the grunt furthest to the left jerks into its packmates, scattering them to the ground as they scramble to right themselves.

The gunner on the back of the scout vehicle turns to see you as the air floods with the scent of heightened alert, and the grunt quickly pivots the gun around to face your drone. You quickly turn and pull at a nearby loader, dragging it forward on its flattened wheels as your speaker rushes to the side, ducking behind the automated vehicle as it slides to a stop just in time for a burst of blaster bolts to rip into its chassis. You sense the others quickly approaching from both sides, flanking your position, and you examine the stacks of crates and cargo. There is a large bundle of steel rods held within a nearby container, the doors torn off and the boxes within ripped open and looted, and you focus your mind on the securing straps, enough for several of the bars to slip out. Three fly through the air as the first of the grunts turn the corner and open fire, singing your drone's fur as it ducks out of the way, and the three five meter long steel rods pin the grunt to the back of the loader. You focus your mind again, finding the next grunt as it stumbles back from the flying rods, and you pull it forward, slamming it into the rods with the other grunt.

A third scavenger turns in from the other side of the loader and lunges at your speaker, blades outstretched. You duck, planting your drone on all fours before slamming it into the side of the loader. It bounces off and lands on the ground as your speaker rights itself back onto its hind legs, the grunt looking up at you with a mixture of fear and confusion, and your drone lets out another chittering squawk. The cement cracks, and the grunt snaps in half as it is pressed into a shallow crater in the ground, its bones splitting with a sickening crack as the fresh pothole pools with the grunt's blood.

cont.
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>>1590358
All this is from the hive equivalent of door to door salesman.
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>>1590367
I forgot we could do that.
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>>1590358
Our Speakers are becoming space-wizards.

I wanna see what Elizabeth can do now if her implant is the same as the Speakers medium relay
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>>1590358
Lyle may want telekinetics once/if he ever sees a demonstration
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>>1590358
Ah.
When reports of this get out our speakers are never going to be let into an assembly again.
Its going to be funny because they are fluffy and cute and fairly (for the hive) harmless looking.
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>>1590358
imagine something better was rolled
Damn
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>>1590358
You turn your attention back to the vehicle, the gunner still pelting blaster bolts into the loader, quickly ripping it to pieces and melting its flimsy frame intended for light industrial work, not withstanding mounted weaponry. There is a quick burst of railgun fire, and the gunner pivots again, but not before it snaps back, a trail of blood splattering over the blast shield of its turret as it clings to the controls, swinging the blaster around wildly before another burst of projectiles shred its torso, and it falls back to the ground, thrashing out at the air in pain. You feel a sudden rush of violent thoughts as a human rushes the vehicle, diving into the open roll cage with a combat knife and a sidearm. Several gunshots ring out and a scavenger attempts to drag itself out of the side door, flopping to the ground in a growing pool of blood as the human leans out, placing three more projectiles into its chest before leaning back and doing the same to the gunner. He clicks the side of his helmet to pull back his visor and looks over the controls with frustration.

"How the hell do you run this thing? All the controls are blank." He shouts. One of the other humans runs up to the vehicle, rolling over the hood before ducking behind it on your side for cover. He plunges a finger into the dead grunt's wound, feeling for the neuro-cluster heart to ensure it is dead, and leans over and does the same for the gunner's body.

"They see heat. Check thermals, see if they're heat pads." He says, and he leans up, looking back at the flanking second pack. He fires several sustained bursts with his rifle as the rest of the squad rush to the vehicle under the cover, blaster bolts ripping into the cargo containers and kicking up chunks of cement into the air.

"I see it. Now how the fuck to I read their language?" The human in the seat shouts.

"Fuck if I know. Cover me while I try to get the gun working!" The other shouts back, and the first human rolls out of the seat to the floor and pulls a short submachine gun from his side, sending several quick bursts towards the attacking pack as the other human mounts the vehicle's blaster.

"Alright, these fuckers got one good arm. There's a port for the gun arm and a handle. Come one, please let them believe in the power of analog controls." He mutters as he runs his hand over the console, searching for the controls until a bolt of condensed photons erupts from the barrel into the sky. He shouts a blessing to some mythical being and swings the turret towards the scavengers, opening fire as they scramble for cover. The human guns down several with the turret, blasting a crate into splinters as the others scramble for a nearby cargo container as they attempt to close the distance.

cont.
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>>1590375
But speakers ARE harmless. If you compare then with a hive heavy warrior that is. After all speakers are for speaking they aren't designed to fight.
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>>1590381
Back at the warehouse, you see Hughes leap from his position wielding a powered sword as he fires a machine pistol into the scavenger pack as he charges towards them. He swings the blade, the first grunt catching it with its own, and he swiftly kicks it in its chest before placing several rounds in its throat and another three in its chest. It falls back, and he leaps over a stack of pallets next to the container, running up them like a ramp as he dives over to the other side just out of view as the human gunner pulls the blaster turret up and away from Hughes's position.

You see a number of blaster bolts fly up from the far side of the container, and several bursts of machine pistol fire as neon blood splatters along the ground. An arm flies out, flopping to the ground as it simmers with heat, and a pack alpha stumbles out as it grips the bloody stump where its blaster arm once was. Hughes is quick behind it, running it through with the sword as he twists the blade and pulls it up with a quick jerking motion, dragging the blade up into its neural cluster before he pushes it off with a kick and places two more rounds in it for good measure as it drops to the ground.

"Good distraction." He says as he makes his way to your speaker. His armor is smeared with alien blood, and singed with the heat of blaster bolts. "It's a good thing you got that gunner off us or we'd still be fighting them off."

"The speaker suspects the human warriors would have been successful regardless." Your drone chirps with a curt nod.

"Either way, the anti-air is nearby. We take that out or capture it and this is as good as done. Everything here is run from the control tower." He points to the large tower near the center of the facility. "All squads regroup and converge on that point."

I think this is a good stopping point. After I get some sleep we shall resume this thread tonight at about 7pm eastern. I'll announce on twitter once we're getting set to run.

Till then, let's get some sleep. I'll stick around for a short bit for any immediate questions, feedback, ect.
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Also our speakers can literally kill our enemies just by speaking.Talk about power of the words
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>>1590388
Thanks for running QD! Awesome thread! Those action scenes with the Titan were absolutely phenomenal
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>>1590388
GG and thanks for running

Have a good rest

Everything is awesome
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>>1590388
>we shall resume this thread tonight at about 7pm eastern

A monday starting with a HQQ thread? Is this christmas?
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>>1590390
I still like that accidental Valen-type name an anon came up with for the Speakers: Thoughts-Into-Words

Can update that now into Thoughts-Into-Words-and-Force or something appropriately wordy
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>>1590388
11hour long run, you madman. Thanks once again, rest well.
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>>1590388
Thanks for running, was grand to read.

Note: We should catalouge the combat experiences we perform and witness so that when we can make the implanted memory tech work we can give our warriors unparralelled experience.
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>>1590388
Good run thanks qd
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>>1590151
>>1590136
We actually did have some of the cool military guys we worked with complain that they're forced to dedicate forces to support some idiots with authority.

Its just that for Union, we poked into the dirty underbelly right away, while in here we jumped dealing with real military in a middle of real war - the guys doing real business.
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>>1590414
>>1590414
Believe we already have that, called Kata. Anyone with a parasite can use it as well
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>>1590388
Thanks for running!
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>>1590388
Thanks for running i am happy that you are healing and Thanks for all this action
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>>1590151
>He think Democracy is more fair than the other governments
Democracy is literally impossible on a large scale. What the Union has is a Republic and that's actually less fair than being ruled King because with the King he is is already at the top and has to appease the people to make sure he stays up there or he goes to the chopping block. However Republics are not so clear cut since anybody could be at the top, manipulating your politicians that you voted for to work against against your interests. Not to mention the problem of the Lemming effect on Republics is worse.
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>>1590525
Actually, the king doesn't have to appease the people to stay on top, he has to appease the keys to power (generals, clergy, ministers, ect). There's still a lot of political manipulation, but so long as he has the backing of those keys (usually through distribution of taxes), he can do as much damage as he wants.
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>>1590575
You know what a great "key to power" is? A massive foreign military superpower that will crush anyone who attempts an uprising against you, or could themselves easily remove you from power if they so choose.
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>>1590575
Most of history seems to tell me a different, that king doing damage to his own nation is against his own interests usually because a kingdom was surrounded by other kingdoms that would offer an alternative to the nation they currently lived in and would gladly attack their neighbor if they become to unstable, also how good it is to live in a kingdom depends heavily on the the king in question. A Republic is quite the opposite. Most politicians only pay lip service to the general public, serving their donors first and foremost and who the politician is usually doesn't matter because corruption reigns supreme in a republic. We're even seeing this is true in real life. Then there is the fact that politicians are willing to work with other nation against their own. However I understand there are exceptions but the general problem is that Republics require corruption while in Monarchies it's more or less optional (except in succession wars but that's another story) and a bad Monarchy ends with the leader while a bad Republic end when the nation collapse or a king takes power if you're lucky.
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>>1590597
>He honestly thinks that medieval kingdoms weren't abject shitholes for non-aristocrats
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>>1590592
Thought about this a bit, and it actually isn't if someone tells that superpower they can suck up better then you can, or is backed by another superpower that the aforementioned one would hesitate to fight against.

>>1590597
Still unsure if that's completely accurate (except succession wars). I'm thinking about how knowledge of the times affects all that since we don't have a lot of modern absolute monarchies to compare. I might do more research later.
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>>1590613
>Thought about this a bit, and it actually isn't if someone tells that superpower they can suck up better then you can, or is backed by another superpower that the aforementioned one would hesitate to fight against.

True. I suppose I should have clarified that the key to power will be keeping the superpower either happy enough with your rule that they don't intervene or worried enough about the consequences of invasion they won't attack.

However, the appearance of backing of a superpower, even if only incidental, can have a profound impact on power structures. For example, the various Oligarchs of the CW don't know how close Magus is to the Hive. Even though neither we nor he have claimed to support each other, anyone planning to supplant Magus will have to account for the possibility he might be able to call the Hive on their asses for the attempted revolt.

>>1590597
You are so wrong on most things I don't even know where to start.
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>>1590610
Most of that came from the tech level they were living on and you know it, also aristocracy was not the same as a monarchy. You also have to realize WE'RE A FUCKING MONARCHY better get ready to defend it.
>>1590613
There are exception to every rule but there is a pattern.
>https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyklos
>https://imperium.wordpress.com/2005/10/27/machiavellis-circle-of-governments/
>http://www.humanistictexts.org/polybius.htm
Basically every government will become corrupt eventually.
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>>1588574
I like his stuff.
QD thanks for all the reading material, its a blast as always.
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>>1590626
Acton did say absolute power corrupts absolutely.
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>>1588574
Graves made me not fear dangerous research because even failure could lead to interesting results that opened new research topics.
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>>1590643
Yeah but in our case, dangerous research means the Void might show up.
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>>1590626
>You also have to realize WE'RE A FUCKING MONARCHY better get ready to defend it.

Ummm, we really aren't. We are a hyper-intelligent alien super organism. We're just one being even though there is a "Queen."

Even the relationships between Queens that we know of sound much more tribal and clannish than Imperial royalty.
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God dammit /pol/ leave my quest of alien space bug figthing ancient terrors alone.
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>>1590626
Your a tit.
Political structures comprised of individuals do not translate over to hive minds.
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>>1590388
>After I get some sleep we shall resume this thread tonight at about 7pm eastern
EXCITE
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>>1590525
>>1590597
>>1590626

Among human societies, dictatorships and oligarchies tend to be far more corrupt than more democratic nations. Look at any list of countries ranked by standard of living. You'll notice that democracies tend to occupy most of the top spots.

Even when you compare nations that have a shared history, this still holds true. Consider former eastern block nations like Poland or the Czech Republic versus Russia. One would think that Russia, being the larger, stronger, and more dominant (in many ways outright abusive) member of the Soviet sphere of influence would have emerged as better off. After all, Russia was the one reaping the rewards of the Warsaw Pact, while the other nations of the eastern block were stuck taking Russia's orders. Yet in the decades since the end of the Cold War, nations like Poland and the Czech Republic have consistently stayed ahead of Russia in terms of being a decent place to live. That is because the Polish and Czech governments have at least some incentive to help improve the lives of their people, while the Russian government does not.

The problem is not that the Union is a democracy and the Commonwealth is an oligarchy. Both of them are oligarchies. It's been mentioned previously that the Union uses an extensive system of primaries, parties, and other such rules in order to minimize the actual importance of voters and elections. It's a classic tactic for converting a democratic system into a more dictatorial one by strategically eliminating choices that the electorate could make in order to ensure that they're stuck choosing between a small number of "choices" that all have the same practical outcome. The difference between the two is simply that at the moment the Commonwealth's oligarchs are somewhat less stupid than the Union's oligarchs.

And none of this applies to the Hive, which is a freaking hive mind and thus plays by completely different rules because it doesn't have individuals in the same way that a human society does.
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>>1590782
>That is because the Polish and Czech governments have at least some incentive to help improve the lives of their people, while the Russian government does not.

Bullshit. It's because Russia took all the debts of the Soviet Union, while Poland got money from the West and joined NATO and the EU. Also relatively speaking to its geographical area and population, Poland had more industries survive the breakup of the Soviet bloc.
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>>1590782
Not arguing or refuting what you said, but could the small number of big parties in the Union be the result of a Winner Take All electoral system instead? I'm not sure is we where told how voting exactly works in the Union, involving multiple planets, space stations, citizens living in Valen space, and so forth. It might require some re-reading.
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>>1590789
Russia had the benefit of basically using the rest of the Warsaw Pact as de-facto colonies for decades. Policy for the entire Warsaw Pact was pretty much entirely determined by what benefited Russia the most.

> while Poland got money from the West and joined NATO and the EU.
And why was that? Because the Polish government and other governments in the former Warsaw Pact that turned westward were making decisions with an eye toward improving the lives of their people. They chose to adopt policies that got them money and they chose to join NATO and the EU. And they did that because they had an incentive to do so since their governments were more democratic and thus more responsive to the people. Keeping the people happy was a more important part of staying in power, so they took more steps to try to keep the people happy.

Russia could have pursued a similarly Europe-friendly policy and reaped the rewards in the form of improved standard of living. It simply chose not to because the people who were calling the shots were not making their decisions with an eye toward improving the lot of the common Russian citizen. Instead, the people making the decisions in Russia did so based more upon what would benefit them personally, as they were not as dependent on the average Russian's happiness in the same way that the Polish or Czech governments are dependent on keeping their people happy.
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>>1590809
If by "de-facto colonies" you mean "develop actual industry in those regions" like electronics and automobile factories. Russia listened to all the American advisors that came into the country after the USSR was disbanded, and all they got was a fire sale on all government assets. Yeltsin listened to everything the Americans and Europeans told him to do, and he's a fucking traitor for it. You don't know shit about Russia, but I had to live through it, and I had to see my family live through it, and watch everything crumble to dust while people died because there wasn't any funding for hospitals because privatization is the way of the future, just like our new American friends said!

You're right in that there was no democracy, because the one and only referendum that was ever held in the Soviet Union was completely ignored.
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/pol/ plz go
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>>1590825
>Telling /pol/ to leave a politic heavy quest
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>>1590822
> If by "de-facto colonies" you mean "develop actual industry in those regions"
This is what every imperial power always says about its colonies. Russia developed exactly as much of the Warsaw Pact as it needed to in order to get the most benefit out of it for Russia, just as the British or the French developed their colonies as much as they needed to in order to get what they wanted out of them for the benefit of the colonizer.

> Russia listened to all the American advisors
America is one of the least democratic nations in the west. Go down the list of tactics for turning a democracy into an oligarchy and you'll find that America has plenty of them. Voting systems that are designed to limit actual choice as much as possible? Check. Just look at the primary process and the two-party dominance that comes from a first-past-the-post system. Rampant gerrymandering in order to predetermine election results? Check. A system where someone can literally get fewer votes and still win? Check.

> watch everything crumble to dust while people died because there wasn't any funding for hospitals because privatization is the way of the future, just like our new American friends said!
Privatization isn't necessarily the result of democracy. Plenty of democracies nationalize their healthcare systems. Privatizing healthcare can easily be the move of an oligarchy rather than a democracy precisely because in an oligarchy the decisions are being made by a small group of wealthy oligarchs for their own benefit. It sucks for the majority of people, but the oligarchs don't care because they don't need to care. In a more democratic nation, the people in power need to be more sensitive to what will make the people happy because they rely on that to retain power.
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>>1590388
Wait, what part of that involved disabling the vehicle, wasn't this more like attacking other scavs and drawing its fire?
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>>1590840
Seems like you're including your conclusion in your assumptions. What you're saying is democracies are better for the people because they have to be in order to be democracies. Reminds me of the ideological basis for communism. Democracies certainly can be corrupt, but if you're dismissing corrupt democracies as not actually democracies, there is literally no arguing with you.

But I hope you realize that since you're including "rulers want to stay in power" in there, "therefore they want to keep people happy in order to stay in power" doesn't necessarily follow since the rulers can just as easily do things to stay in power that don't involve making people happy (such as instituting a republic like the America stuff you listed off).

Pure democracies like you say are an ideal state that never works out in practice, and certainly wouldn't work for a population that spans multiple star systems. Furthermore, optimizing for "happy people" doesn't necessarily make a good or efficient government that can keep its population safe from external threats.
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>>1590855
>because they have to be in order to be democracies
I did not say this.
Democracies tend to be better for their people because the people in power in a democracy rely on the approval of the people more, and thus have more of an incentive to do things that would benefit the people.

> if you're dismissing corrupt democracies as not actually democracies, there is literally no arguing with you.
Sure, democracies can be corrupt. I never said they were immune to corruption, just less likely to be corrupt. You can get cancer without smoking, but a smoker is more likely to get cancer. A democracy can be corrupt, but an undemocratic nation is more likely to be corrupt.

> "therefore they want to keep people happy in order to stay in power" doesn't necessarily follow since the rulers can just as easily do things to stay in power that don't involve making people happy
In a more democratic state, doing things that please the people is a more reliable way of staying in power. America, as I mentioned, is one of the least democratic nations in the west, and as such those in power have less of an incentive to do things that please the people. The more democratic a nation is, the more reliant its government is on the approval of the people. The less democratic a nation is, the less reliant its government is on the approval of the people.

> Furthermore, optimizing for "happy people" doesn't necessarily make a good or efficient government that can keep its population safe from external threats.
People value safety. People who are in danger tend to not be as happy as those who are safer.
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>>1590743
>>1590696
>tfw people don't realize we fit literal definition of Monarchy complete with centralize absolute authority
Hell QD even mention Hive empires are basically a giant space feudal system with one Hive leading the rest
>>1590638
True but a government only has as much power as the people give them or rather let them have. This is one of the reasons the Commonwealth are worried about the losing the faith of the populace.
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>>1590871
>>1590855
In a blatant attempt to take this /pol/ discussion in a slightly productive direction...

It seems pretty likely that the Union vote officially giving the Hive the Expanse will be happening very soon. How do we want to govern the existing human colonies? I propose the following:

Benefits:

No centralized taxes,
Free medical care for all,
Free speech protections will remain,
All planets keep existing police and security services,
All planets keep their existing local government and are free to modify it as they see fit,
Local government can petition for Hive assistance (ie. infrastructure projects, etc.)
The Hive will zealously protect residents against any external threat.

Responsibilities:

May not involve themselves with artifacts in any way besides turning them over to the Hive.
No resident may take up arms against the Hive or its agents.
No resident may attack a neutral party (e.g. Theseus, Commonwealth, etc.)
The Hive will have complete freedom in planetary and orbital operations.
The Hive can veto any law unilaterally.

Thoughts?
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>No resident may take up arms against the Hive or its agents.
This one is unnecessary, I feel. It is not like any idiot willing to do this will be convinced to stop.

>No resident may attack a neutral party (e.g. Theseus, Commonwealth, etc.)
This, on the other hand, is a good point to make.

>The Hive will have complete freedom in planetary and orbital operations.
>The Hive can veto any law unilaterally.
Ehh... I dunno. Doesn't look like a good idea, but also doesn't look like a (very) bad idea either.
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>>1590873
> Hell QD even mention Hive empires are basically a giant space feudal system with one Hive leading the rest

That's an empire of multiple Hives. One Hive alone isn't feudal any more than your own body is feudal. It's once you start creating a society of multiple individuals that you can create something like a feudal system. In the case of the Hive, each Hive is an individual and fits into a place in a feudal hierarchy as a whole unit. Internally, an individual Hive isn't feudal, it's a Hive.

And again, the organization of a Hive empire doesn't really apply in this case because there's basically only one other queen in existence who isn't trying to kill us with the sheer force of her REEEEEEing.
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>>1590873
Your a tit. Again. Biology is important you turnip.
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>>1590875
>No centralized taxes
Sure, as long as we've got land exploitation rights.

>Free medical care for all
>Local government can petition for Hive assistance (ie. infrastructure projects, etc.)
Roll these together. No need to explicitly say "we'll offer you medical care" if they don't ask for it.

>Free speech protections will remain
>All planets keep their existing local government and are free to modify it as they see fit
Roll these together.

>All planets keep existing police and security services
>The Hive will zealously protect residents against any external threat
Replace with "the local government is permitted to maintain a defensive military. The Hive will provide a defense force which will work with any local military force as requested by the local military force, or as required to maintain sovereignty."

>Responsibilities:
>May not involve themselves with artifacts in any way besides turning them over to the Hive.
Fine. Emphasize: "do not attempt to retrieve any non-human artifacts. Notify the Hive immediately. If any non-human artifact has been retrieved, it must be turned over."

>No resident may take up arms against the Hive or its agents.
>No resident may attack a neutral party (e.g. Theseus, Commonwealth, etc.)
Roll into "any hostile action must be approved by the Hive. Unapproved hostile action voids right to protection."

>The Hive will have complete freedom in planetary and orbital operations.
Add "Joint use will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis" to allow them to have stations and independent mining operations and such.

>The Hive can veto any law unilaterally.
Fine by me.
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>>1590887
>This one is unnecessary, I feel. It is not like any idiot willing to do this will be convinced to stop.
True, we won't stop anyone from trying with this law. The point of it is to give us legal cover so that when we squash some backwater obstructionist militia they or their supporters can't come back and say "no one told us that was against the law."


>The Hive will have complete freedom in planetary and orbital operations.
>The Hive can veto any law unilaterally.
>Ehh... I dunno. Doesn't look like a good idea, but also doesn't look like a (very) bad idea either.

I included the veto to preempt any attempt to make anti Hive laws. For example, if a planet tries to make a law limiting Hive flight paths to very limited air corridors we can tell them to get fucked.

I included the freedom of operations section so that we can develop unhindered by anyone else. For example, if we want to turn a mountain range into a mine or turn a forest into a nutrient farm we don't have to worry about environmental regulations or local ordinances. We just act.
This clause can also allow us to go anywhere so we won't have a situation where local police are trying to keep our speaker out of a closed town council meeting or the like.
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>>1590887
Well, we don't necessarily have to say that we can veto laws and operate freely, but in practice I think we totally would.
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>>1590906
I'm fine with most of this. The specific language doesn't matter that much compared with the main ideas.

That being said
>Unapproved hostile action voids right to protection."
Is kind of weak.

For example, lets say a Commonwealth Prince blows up and loots a Union/Valen trade ship and then fucks off to CW space. We want to do more than just void his right to protection, we will want to seize the CW guy to make an example of what happens to people who break our peace. This is one area, a monopoly on the use of legitimate violence, where as a governing entity we should be clear and forceful.
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>>1590921
I meant "voids any right to protection" as in "we'll let the party you offended come in and kill you" but being more proactive about punishing those who break the peace would work, yeah.
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>>1590921
>>1590925
Sound like you guys want space bounty hunters.
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>>1590949
isn't that why we have replicants and Lyle and crew with us? They can be used to deal with such...touchy political happenings.
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>>1590949
Not really what I want at all.

I am concerned that "we'll let the offended party kill you" doesn't work when the offending party is stronger than the offended party. For example, if a Valen megacrop starts blowing up independent traders because the Valen want a monopoly on a resource, we don't want our response to be that the independent traders are free to form a military together and fight the Valen, but we won't intervene. Not only does such an arrangement heavily favor the bully, but if the smaller parties do group together to fight the offender we will have a miniature war in our territory mucking everything up.

It's much easier to just blink in 10x as many ships as the combatants if we detect any violence in our space and demand the belligerents submit to Hive arbitration to find the party at fault.
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>>1590958
So your desire is some sort of justice system where the megarich don't have a massive advantage in. Well first off if anybody performs a hostile action with a fucking ship it's safe to assume they're getting shot down. That said QD has outright stated that the Valen are against such acts of violence so it would be more likely for a Human owned megacorps and it would be done through a proxy if at all.
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All pirates and mercs of any real competence are getting the adoption treatment.
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>>1590967
>So your desire is some sort of justice system where the megarich don't have a massive advantage in.

On the contrary, the mega rich are highly exploitable. They are extremely likely to be self-centered and thus willing to pay through the nose for the privilege of being implanted with a parasite.

However, we do want our space to be a peaceful trade haven, not a lawless realm where we do not intervene on any but the most egregious crimes and where force and bounty hunters hold sway.

Optics are important and we want the Hive controlled areas to look as appealing as possible.
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>>1590976
True. And the ones that aren't get killed or get a replicant infultrated in then.
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Update when?
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>>1591286
10 min according to twitter!
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>>1591009
>still wanting to market parasites despite the critical risk to our espionage and diplomatic ties
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>>1591291
i don't understand why people keep insisting to push this subject.
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>>1591291
Obviously we don't sell the parasites directly. Instead we let word get out that the Hive has an immortality treatment and make the mega rich come to us. We can describe it as a serum that needs to be individually tailored or something. Once implanted they are rich and powerful enough to refuse any medical scans other factions might offer or request.

Immortality is one of the most valuable assets we can "sell" to get people on our side. It needs to be done carefully, but that's better than doing nothing at all.
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>>1590976
Adoption is only for those who are either of unique use,have unique skills,or are highly skilled. These people would have to be more deeply involved in Hive affairs in order to use their full potential. Anyone else can just be bought of via resources or credits from selling said resources. Im against reckless adoption.
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>>1591313
how is it reckless?
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>>1591318
Soon
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>>1591317
Why adopt individuals that will likely get killed(some of them) or could be captured. If we need mercs we can bribe them,or better yet,just make some friggen clones like we have before.
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>>1590388
A sea of drones swarm over the landscape, ripping through barricades and abandoned, dismembered vehicles as they charge the layered walls of the anti-orbital battery and its myriad of artillery and gun emplacements set along the hillside. Blaster bolts and projectiles rip into the sea of chitin as rockets arc overhead, detonating into the diffuse chaos of the incoming wall of flesh. Wasps buzz overhead as a torrent of anti-air fire brings down a heavy hail of carapace chunks and powdered flesh.

Ahead of the walls, you see scavenger walker tanks, large, heavily armored craft with an uncharacteristically low maneuverability for the typical scavenger military doctrine. They plant their feet into the ground as their weapons pivot into position, their function little more than massive redeployable gun emplacements, like large, walking bunkers. Scavengers fire from narrow portholes within, and turrets pivot along its sides to thin out the numbers in your swarm. The first of their number is soon overtaken by the sea of drones, most of them sprinting past, their weapons largely meaningless to the thick armor of the tank, while your marching colosi ready their own cannons, concentrating their fire on the front line of the enemy heavy vehicles.

The first tank takes several shots, most of them glancing off or detonating against a projected shield. The field begins to flicker over it in layers as more shells impact it, ripping into the armor and sending plumes of fire into the air. The large drones charge up to it, bashing it with its mandibles as it tackles the behemoth and pushes it over, tipping it to its side as drones swarm up its frame and tear into its interior like ants devouring a tortoise. Other tanks begin to fall, their shields failing as a heavy barrage of weapons fire from your large drones rip their armor apart.

Behind your wave of drones, a line of vehicles breaks the horizon. Dozens of commonwealth armored vehicles from tanks to mobile artillery. Rockets and heavy shells thunder out from the line of vehicles, streaking over your drones and into the scavenger defensive line as commonwealth gunships began circling overhead, spiraling into range as they lay down a barrage of fire from their large, side mounted gun turrets. Several larger craft can be seen further above, leaving contrails in the air as they pass, and small dots drop from their hulls. The streaking dots burst open as they near the ground, braking thrusters firing in short bursts as their frames fall apart into disposable landing gear, and heavy dropsuits land on the ground with a rumbling of thunder.
cont
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>>1591336
THERE IT IS.
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>>1591333
except you still didn't explain why you think this is reckless? so what if they get killed or captured? in the first case it's literally irrelevant, and in the second the parasite can disintegrate at the appropriate time anyway
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>>1591346
Then they know something is up when they see a pocket of dissolved flesh inside some random dude
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>>1591346
Let me rephrase myself:Im against pointless adoption.
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>>1591346
There's an element of risk of discovery with any given parasite that's impossible to completely rub out. The more of them there are out there, the harder it will be to conceal their existence.

That's why we should only parasite sparingly unless there's both a major reason to parasite a specific person (such as Lyle's competence or Gilliam's access) and opportunity that allows us to do so with little risk.
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>>1591351
it's never pointless as adoption both gives us a direct view of their senses, greatly improves their abilities via thinker access, and in general gives us instant communication with them

those are pretty huge boosts

>>1591359
i feel the risk is very minimal given all the factors surrounding it

if you go with "risk impossible to completely rub out" you can use that as an argument against absolutely anything, as such it isn't much of an argument
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>>1591359
While there is a risk of discovery, the lower down on the food chain you get the less chance there is of discovery. For example, it is extremely likely that if we return Gilliam to the Union with a parasite implanted the parasite will be detected. Meanwhile, we have parasites virtually the entire Sewer Taidarens on Gemini and there is almost no risk of detection because of their low status.

Personally, I favor expanding parasite efforts reasonably and in particular targeting doctors and others that could be involved in uncovering a parasite infestation. If parasites are difficult to detect anyway and we are controlling many of the the detectors it will not be too difficult to keep our parasites from being detected as long as we don't immediately rush for the most important people.
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>>1591363
As I said before,we could make more clones of Lyles former team, or try to get different samples. The mental link isnt as strong,but its strong enough to control them and sense their surroundings.
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>>1591363
>you can use that as an argument against anything
Nope.

This concerns the risk of discovery for one of our major sources of espionage. Unlike other sources of risk this is an all or nothing deal; if they figure it out not only are we likely to lose this advantage, but shit is also going to hit the fan.
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>>1591363
Except the risk of discovery with the numbers of parasites you're handing out is all but guaranteed.

And as >>1591372 points out, it only takes the once to remove one of our greatest espionage and covert operation advantages.

I'm not going to call you stupid or retarded, but the idea is a product of ignorance at best, and deliberate sabotage at worst.
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>>1591372
Realistically we are much, much, more likely to have our parasites detected when Devon and Co return to the Union than any of the other options posed. We need to weigh the risks with rewards. Sending Devon back to the Union is a huge risk. Compared to that our other plans to slowly expand influence are far, far, less likely to be detected.
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>>1591372
they can't directly figure it out instantly because of all the factors surrounding the problem (parasites can disintegrate, hosts can be directed to defend the secret, etc.)

as such it isn't an all or nothing deal at all, at first we're risking the suspicions of an odd disease that makes a bunch of goo in the chest cavity

ill also remind you that we have taken risks many times greater than this in the past
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>as drones swarm up its frame and tear into its interior like ants devouring a tortoise.

This is beautifull.
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>>1591382
They aren't going to heavily research something that makes a really weird goo inside people?
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>>1591369
>there is almost no risk of detection due to [taidarens'] low status
There's almost no risk of detection because Taidaren are as scientifically curious as a sack of bricks, and about as scientifically competent.

If it starts becoming widespread among humans, sooner or later somebody we don't control is going to notice, and they're going to start digging.

>>1591382
Humans aren't as stupid as you think. They realized that we weren't primitives, they realized we were fucking with them when they studied us, and Killinger in particular came very close to baiting us into disrupting one of his ceremonies.

If we leave a paper trail, they're going to sniff it out.
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>>1591384
sure? but how are they going to make the connection? the people researching it wouldn't have anything to do with hive studies in the first place, they'd just be regular doctors

unless they already suspect such things are being done by the hive, in which case this discussion is completely out of context and we may as well say that if they'll suspect us doing so anyway, we may as well do it
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>>1591389
one piece of paper doesn't make a trail
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>>1591384
Well now that I think about it if we blow them early enough the goo should be absorbed by the body even if they do detect it for the most part it will be written off unless there is something else to draw their attention to it..
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>>1591396
No, but what about two, three, five, ten examples? All of whom were subject to hive therapy?

What about 100? 1000?

How many do you want to gamble the Union needs to suss us out?
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I swear we can't unlock the skill to alter memories in a depperway, soon enough, so we can give a rest to this parasite talk..
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>>1591396
Humanity, both sides, knows the hive is A++ biotech'd up.
Union knows about form-snatching horrors that are linked to the hive. Oh, that can steal memory and knowledge.
Union knows that the hive somehow recruited a bunch of humans.

That's easily two and a half BEFORE they know about parasites.
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>>1591405
copies of the same piece of paper don't make a trail
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>>1591405
Here’s the problem.
For a parasite to be discovered in a “regular” person requires a gigantic chain of failures.

First the adoptee needs to be extremely badly injured. I say this because an adoptee would never need to go in for an in-depth medical scan under normal circumstances. The scanners that can possibly detect parasites are extremely rare.

Second, the injured person needs to be far enough away from our other adoptees that they cannot recover him/her before we can or our flies can create a diversion.

Third, the horribly injured person needs to be in a stable enough condition so that the cavity created by our dissolved parasite is detected in a way that cannot be explained by their other injuries.

Fourth, the strange goo cavity needs to be identified not as a one-off phenomenon, but as evidence of systematic infiltration of a human population by aliens.

Fifth, proof needs to be discovered beyond what the Hive can claim as plausible deniability.

Do you understand just how difficult it is for parasites to be discovered in a regular person going about their life? It’s almost impossible. And we have already made way riskier decisions regarding parasites in this Quest (such as sending back a parasited Devon and Co to what should be an extremely suspicious Union).
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>>1591409
see the second part of >>1591393
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>>1591419
>Second, the injured person needs to be far enough away from our other adoptees that they cannot recover him/her before we can or our flies can create a diversion.
>Third, the horribly injured person needs to be in a stable enough condition so that the cavity created by our dissolved parasite is detected in a way that cannot be explained by their other injuries.
A breakout of somebody who was just going to undertake routine medical care is suspicious as FUCK. A horrible acid-cavity is obvious as fuck.

And again, the Union KNOWS the hive is A++ biotech and KNOWS about horrible formstealing horrors.
Hell, they might even put in full scans on important checkpoints just to keep the Thing out.

The risk of a parasite detection is low, but it's way higher than non-issue you people are assuming.

Our adversaries may not be 100% in the "don't fucking touch the murdercrystal" common sense department, but they're far from as retarded as you lot imply.


Oh, and they don't need proof to run a fear campaign when people are already terrified of the hive.
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>>1591431
>A breakout of somebody who was just going to undertake routine medical care is suspicious as FUCK.
it is? i'd say it's highly suspicious only as a result of another chain of highly unlikely events
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>>1591409
Remember that Lee confirmed to Morgan that he had a hive parasite in him

So the union knows that we do put things in our agents but don't know the full extent of what they can do yet
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>>1591431
>Oh, and they don't need proof to run a fear campaign when people are already terrified of the hive.
this is pretty laughable by the way, since it also means they can already run fear campaigns in whatever way they want

no, the issue here is the government, civilians panicking is irrelevant
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>>1591336
The walls of the main facility is alight with gunfire. Stacks of charred and dismembered drones pile high against the stone defences as your drones climb over the bodies of their brethren, clawing for the scavengers on the other side. The first drone to reach the top is a simple warrior, leaping much of the distance with a buzz of its wings before it is pelted with blaster bolts, falling back into the sea of drones. The next are another pair of warriors, the first leaping up as the second rushes for the scavenger as it aims its weapon. Several other grunts focus their fire, and the lapse in blaster coverage creates an opening as more drones rush up the makeshift ramp of charred flesh and fractured chitin. A formation of wasps dive down with their blades outstretched, quickly and cleanly removing the head and arm of one of the grunts and plucking another into the air as they rip at it mid air, eventually separating it into three pieces and flying off with their small mid-combat snacks.

A heavy warrior clamors up into the fray, plucking a grunt as it shoots at the warriors already over the wall. Its tail latches onto its head and catapults it over the wall where several outstretched mandibles catch it expertly in their grips, and the alien vanishes under a tide of dark crimson chitin. The heavy warrior opens fire with a torrent of plasma bolts from both arms, eviscerating a quickly fleeing line of defenders as more nimble drones run them down. A pup lunges at the drone, and it swats the creature to the side, gripping it in its claws as it fires its sledgehammer, sending it shattering like a shredded piece of corkboard.

You see human drop pods continue to land, impacting near the anti-orbital battery as they quickly take flight with their jets. They seem preoccupied with some minute objective as your drones flood into the facility, likely searching either for the control center or possibly human survivors. Regardless, nothing important enough for them to request direct hive attention, but perhaps it is more a matter of human pride. They leap from rooftop to rooftop, taking potshots at the scavengers below as they search for their objective, eventually landing on a building set within the anti-orbital battery's foundations, and begin placing breaching charges along its entrance. With a quick flash of white hot light, the door falls from its frame and they charge in.

"AO targeting station has been reached. Looks like they still haven't managed to repair the power relays, and the main generator is still offline. This thing won't be firing for days yet." You hear a human say over radio.

"Good. We still need to worry about the rest of the network, but most of them can be taken by bombardment or siege later. Get to the command station and make sure the firing codes are still encrypted."

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>>1591437
Your argument was "they won't have good proof". My rebuttal was "they won't need good proof". You have now changed your stance to "proof doesn't matter".
While the Valen surely appreciate your patronage, please return the goalposts to their original orbit.
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>>1591415
It's not copies, it's a pattern.

You're grasping at straws.

>>1591419
>First
People get badly injured all the time, and having more out there just makes it more likely.

>Second
You think people won't notice a nonmedical group hauling a person from the scene of an accident? That'll raise red flags without a doubt.

>Third
Dissolution isn't nearly as subtle as you think. Even with the generous assumption that it doesn't fuck up surrounding tissue, it'd still be easy as fuck to distinguish as different during a scan or autopsy.

>Fourth
>Fifth
These are irrelevant.

Once they notice the pattern, they're going to start digging for why this pattern suddenly emerged. If any of them at all can be traced to the hive (like say, due to the Hive doing stupid shit like marketing conveniently similar parasites) then it wouldn't take much effort at all for them to draw the right conclusion. And even if they don't have anything obvious, they already know that we employ parasites to some degree, so that's not something that they'll have to pull out of the aether.
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>>1591431
>A breakout of somebody who was just going to undertake routine medical care is suspicious as FUCK.
But it wouldn't be routine medical care. No one who is adopted will ever need or go in for a "routine" medical examination.

I never argued for a break out in the event our parasite actually ends up in a hospital, although that is a possibility. I would argue for having the exam be delayed for as long as possible through misdirection by other agents and possibly hacking the medical software with Theseus. We can also make efforts to adopt the docs who would usually be running the tests before they have a chance of happening.
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>>1591448
uh, no, what you just described has nothing to do from either my end or yours

unless you're mislinking
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>>1591451
>You're grasping at straws.

>It's not copies, it's a pattern.
kek, glass houses my man
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>this fucking argument again
>nobody cares about us finally entering into the anti-orbital battery facilities
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>>1591462
I do, anon, I do...
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>>1591462
Anons like to argue
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>>1591462
i personally don't find fight scenes very exciting, at least in the written medium
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>>1591435
And union intelligence are now looking into the new type of fly that pop up when we broke Lee out and probably heard rumors of the new para that have be become the rage among the tal, as Lee friend admitted telling lee
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>>1591462
Was just about to say the same thing
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>>1591462
Thank you, anon, for unifying us against the demons of pointless argument.
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>>1591476
So um, we already left a bunch of clues to the union about our activities that they will eventually connect the dots
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>>1591435
He didn't.
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>>1591492
He said he had a biological implant that could filter alcohol. Could be interpreted by humans as doing more
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>>1591492
Yes he did,
Morgan told nonchalant about having a implant against poisons and asked lee if he had something like that and lee admitted to having something similar that does that,

And the union is not gullible enough at this point to think it can only do that
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>>1591503
And that's proof of nothing.
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>>1591511
I am just saying what was actually said and what the anon was probably thinking
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>>1591492
It's irrelevant; remember when we released the prisoners back to the Union?

I guarantee they've been analyzed in every conceivable way since then, meaning that they already have a comparison if people with jelly on their spine start randomly.
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>>1591507
>>1591507
and given that the union now know that it possible for bio tech to do things like shapeshifting from seeing the cluster

And that it now spread we can do telepathy after we admitted it to the whales minion and that tidbit spread to everyone else with spooks

I dont think anyone underestimates the capability of hive biotech anymore
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>>1591519
Yes they came to the right conclusion for the wrong reasons.
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>>1591507
>>1591526
Can't REALLY fault Lee, since he hasn't been trained to not blabber. But seriously, what the literal fuck was with the decision to just let every fucking body in that room know the hive was high-functioning telepathic?
The hive gained nothing and blew a giant secret.
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>>1591539
Let's be blunt here, we just really, really wanted to make them jump.
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>>1591539
Because why not
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>>1591443
Your forces slowly chew their way through bulkhead after bulkhead as the scavengers abandon their lines and flee deeper into the facility, huddling around their pack alphas as your heavy drones take point in the cramped corridors of the labyrinth of bunkers and reinforced bomb shelters, leaving only smears of neon blood and twisted bodies in their wake. The air is thick with the scent of fear in the cramped space, and the radio is a thick static of encoded panic layered over each other as they forgo any pretense of radio discipline, even after the human drop troopers shut down the local comms relay the panic continues, screaming over every frequency used by the alien forces until your drones breach into the last chamber left uncleared.

It is an exceptionally large chamber, a munitions storage area for the local missile launch platforms. The missiles themselves have been removed, either long since fired by the humans, or disposed of by the invaders, or some combination. In their place are racks upon racks of swollen bone chimes, their interiors filled with some fluid that pulses in the light of the many distributed heat lamps scattered throughout the chamber. There is almost no moisture in the room, and the temperature has been drastically increased to nearly forty degrees as your drones scatter out in the open chambers and simmer in their carapaces, their moist breath quickly drying in the heat as the filter in their respiratory system becomes uncomfortably dry. It is not enough to cause a medical issue, although you suspect a human could quickly succumb to heat stroke, and it is clear the scavenger environment is not suitable for either human nor hive.

Your drones examine one of the swollen bone chimes. At one end, normally connecting to the back of a scavenger, is a layer of dried cuticle flesh, shriveled like the stale stem of an old fruit fallen from its tree. The chime itself has distended out almost like a balloon, its thick keratin-like substance growing thin enough to see its contents through the glow of the heat lamps on the other side, revealing a bluish colored fluid within where a small, translucent, half formed figure twitches with a faint heartbeat within. You see other racks of smaller, softer looking oblong balls of flesh you immediately recognize as eggs, regardless of how different they are to your own. They are placed with care on shelves, organized to some unknown alien cataloging system assorted by genetic quality and level of abnormality. Several small bins are filled with layers of smeared blood and various fluids where eggs that have failed their apparent testing have been discarded.

A number of scavengers, brightly colored with thermal absorbent pigments and armor of an almost sleek obsidian color tense in their stances as they hold up their weapons. Most are missing their bone chimes, while others hold freshly grown or still growing chimes sprouting from their backs like thin, leathery branches.
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>>1591526
I think the most obvious weakness right now in our covert operations is the giving of parasites to the pedes, they are now spreading the existence of the new gosh darned wonder paras among there community at large and those stories will reach union intelligence if it hasn't already

I mean dill admitted that he spied on everyone as part of his duties in the agency so they do collect intel on what the pedes do, but they probably ignored as just idle gossip before we showed up, but now anything that smells of biotech probably became number 1 issue
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Something much more immediate than long term parasite strategy is what to do with Devon.

After the Cluster lab the Union now knows there is biotech the Hive is familiar with that can perfectly replicate a human in minutes and learn their memories.
Devon was alone in the custody of Hive Agents for hours before effecting a "miracle" escape.

Once they start connecting the dots it won't be difficult for them to connect when Devon learned of things and when the Hive chose to act. The Mirage incident is especially suspicious.

If I were in the Union I would suspect there is a good chance "Devon" isn't even human and if he did return I would subject him to every possible test I had access to before shipping him off to an unimportant facility where he can no longer compromise critical projects.
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>>1591554
>all this Scav stuff
Do I smell new research options?
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>Regardless, nothing important enough for them to request direct hive attention, but perhaps it is more a matter of human pride

Oh you silly humans, does seeing your highest defense point, being overwelmed and taken by a alien force, while a more technological specie protects it, is that humilating?
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>>1591554
There may be a scav of higher rank than alpha around, send in the speaker? or terms of surrender ?
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>>1591563
i want to dig on all sweet carbage and grab some scav and human tech.
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>>1591554
I hope we can capture the ones responsible for breeding. We need more knowledge than just the one alpha we captured. Maybe these guys know something.
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>>1591570
>needing human tech
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>>1591574
Just because they have shitty tech doesn't mean they don't have good ideas.
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>>1591574
>not wanting human tech
Idiot who has no idea how we got so powerful detected.
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>>1591574
M8, where do you think we got shit like nukes from?
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>>1591588
>>1591582
Nukes, shield domes, miniaturized shields, lightning gun, powe armor and other stuff i forget too.
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>>1591574
>species created for scientific innovation and psionic resistance
>one of the few races that managed to design its own non-tachyon warp drive
>first species to have fired the psionic canon
>one of the few known species that has created an entirely unique form of intelligence that other species wouldn't even consider as being alive
>only species to have created ubiquitous non-tachyonic FTL comms

Humans were not a mistake. White Queen did well.
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>>1591616
They still manage to do the stupiest thing in the easiest way, but then again nobody is perfect.
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>>1591622
Not necessarily their fault. They were engineered to be overly aggressive with scary tech they should leave well enough alone. Otherwise they never would have touched the psi cannon design.
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>>1591554
Oh look we found the scav daycare.NEW SCAVS ADOPTEES!!!
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>>1591648
Yay! What cute babies to adopt! Let's take them all!
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>>1591622
Disregarding the humans out of hand is a bad idea. It sounds like Void, Hive, and Cluster have all declined so far from where they were that they've fallen behind even the newest races.
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>>1591507
It's a fact that Lee has a perfectly non-psionic implant that filters toxins, entirely separate from the spine-buddy. The two functions are in no way related, and there is no possible reason to infer one from the other.

You might as well say "the hive installed cybernetics in one person" implies "...and mind control!"
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>>1591554
They are clearly not grunts, but not quite alphas. A mixture of augmentation and invasive medical procedure has rendered them somewhere between, almost akin to a kind of eunuch. Not quite a caste itself, they are both untouchable and respected in scavenger society, the only individuals ever permitted to handle the fertilized bone chime of another pack alpha, and the only kind outside of the brood mother herself ever allowed to touch an unprotected egg without facing immediate execution, usually by the brood mother herself. Their plucked and barren nature has rendered them mute, and their proximity to the mother has inhibited the growth of any proper pheromone production.

Further into the chamber, past the mute attendants, you see a large glass sphere hanging in the air by columns of metal and wires. A large field of burning plasma twists within it, arcing bolts of energy along the sides of the glass as it twists into an ever changing form. It is virtually incomprehensible, but in the thermal spectrum, it creates a rather distinct and crisp image of a large figure, like a face. It flickers into a field of diffuse heat, crackling over the glass. There is a large figure hunched in front of it as it tears at a large console of control devices, jabbing it with its massive claws.

The matriarch itself is perhaps a fresh convert, her height a meager three meters, a far cry from the colossal form of a proper brood mother, and her rushed scraping at the controls of the communications terminal displays a hint of some immaturity. You recall from the memories of your captive alpha that it is not entirely uncommon for new matriarchs to form splinter clans when raiding alien worlds in order to better cover the hostile landscapes which they strip barren of resources. Such matriarchs are placed in an incredibly dangerous position of power, knowing full well that they cannot shift back from their new form, but that once the world they help to govern is rendered a barren husk their position will inevitably become nullified, and if such new mothers do not quickly prove themselves worthy of replacing a higher ranking broodmother within the short time given, they will likely be left to starve on the world as the armada abandons the would-be upstart or worse, killed by her own attendants and mated alphas as they seek to earn their own places in the broods of the departing armada matriarchs, sometimes holding the last shipments of materials as ransom. Despite such a position of authority, you suspect this matriarch is held with some level of apathy at best, wary contempt at worst by the other leaders of the scavenger society, and you doubt they would be willing to send assistance even if the humans had not disabled the comm array.

cont.
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>>1591691
>matriarch
Target acquired. Commence capture mission.
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>>1591691
What the frack was in that glass?
Please let it not be another eldritch abomination
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>>1591705
Scavenger hologram tech.
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>>1591703
>capture

i think you meant adoption mission anon.
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>>1591691

>low status matriarch

Should her name be Baroness, Countess, or Duchess?
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>>1591691
>The matriarch itself is perhaps a fresh convert, her height a meager three meters, a far cry from the colossal form of a proper brood mother, and her rushed scraping at the controls of the communications terminal displays a hint of some immaturity. You recall from the memories of your captive alpha that it is not entirely uncommon for new matriarchs to form splinter clans when raiding alien worlds in order to better cover the hostile landscapes which they strip barren of resources. Such matriarchs are placed in an incredibly dangerous position of power, knowing full well that they cannot shift back from their new form, but that once the world they help to govern is rendered a barren husk their position will inevitably become nullified, and if such new mothers do not quickly prove themselves worthy of replacing a higher ranking broodmother within the short time given, they will likely be left to starve on the world as the armada abandons the would-be upstart or worse, killed by her own attendants and mated alphas as they seek to earn their own places in the broods of the departing armada matriarchs, sometimes holding the last shipments of materials as ransom. Despite such a position of authority, you suspect this matriarch is held with some level of apathy at best, wary contempt at worst by the other leaders of the scavenger society, and you doubt they would be willing to send assistance even if the humans had not disabled the comm array.
Tl;dr Diplomacy is viable here.
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>>1591691
So what you're saying is that she's stuck here and has probably been left to her fate by the other scavs?

Sounds like a prime opportunity to diplomance, and perhaps even parasitize. Let's capture all of them alive and see where this takes us.
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>>1591762
>Sounds like a prime opportunity to diplomance
No, fuck you.

Go hard and forcefully take her. No fucking diplomacy.
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>>1591765
This. Just grab 'em all and stuff a parasite in each one. That'll sort them all out.
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>>1591765
Seduction is typically more successful than rape, buddy.
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>>1591765
Taking her alive by force is unlikely to happen.
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>>1591765
>>1591771
Or, since this is the commonwealth's planet, we can report this to them and mention that its a decent chance to reduce casualties.
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>>1591762
>Opportunity to diplomance, and perhaps even parasitize

Oh my god, why would you even bother with the first when the 2nd is so much better and available?
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>>1591775
I'm fairly certain that the rate of successful rapes is far higher than the rate of successful seductions, though I have no clue where the fuck you'd get hard numbers on attempted seductions per year.
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I know i advocated to wipe the scavs unless they started to talk to us...but...this is a way to important chance of diplomacy to pass out.
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>>1591783
She's not physically on the here. It's a fucking hologram from what I can tell.
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>>1591765
Diplomancy here in this situation in which we have the better hand will give us experience in latter situations in which we dont have such an absolute advantage.
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>>1591783
Willing conversion is generally better, yes?

Though really, while parasitism is the best course of option here I just don't want to encourage the adoptionfags.

>>1591791
No, she's in front of the hologram.
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>>1591791
She's inside the bubble, the thermal hologram is outside it
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>>1591788
oh and by diplomacy i mean parasite that bitch.
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>>1591765
Damn straight. Any information she has can be ripped out of her mind with a parasite, including the location of any and all Scav couches.
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>>1591801
>>1591797
What about having her order a ceasefire using diplomacy first?
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>>1591811
>parasite her
>order ceasefire
There, same effect, no talky.
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>>1591811
I'm pretty sure this would be negotiation for surrender, not ceasefire.
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>>1591797
I like the way you work diplomacy.
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>>1591814
Not really. You need a medtank to parasite a Scavenger because you have to place it insiade it's brain. A lot people will die before we manage it.
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>>1591811
What this anon said: >>1591817
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>>1591818
Thank you. I like to call it agressive diplomacy.
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Huh, so do the rest of them now have combat data on our titan?
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>>1591797
Diplomacy always works better when they have no choice but to agree with you.
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>>1591829
We can ask her. Once we have finished parasiting her of course.
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All these people suddenly acting like "adopt everyone" hasn't always been primary objective. I mean we aren't going to be watching every second of the hundreds of Tiderans we have recently adopted so why Not adopt units that can be adopted.

In this instance if we plan on building the space illuminati we want a scav representative. Plus this is the best chance to get a couch from them. The going rate for survival of a scav matriarch is super cheep right now.
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>>1591834
I 100% agreed.
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>>1591840
Don't worry anon. The anti-adoption anons are just a bunch of greedy thinkers that don't want to share mother's love with other species.
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>>1591811
How are you even going to communicate with them?

Pick up a Scavenger corpse and start rattling their bones in the appropriate rhythms?

Anyway, we certainly shouldn't do anything like cause a ceasefire, because then the humans would ask how we did that. We should just parasite the bitch, extract from her mind any information about technological experts among her underlings, and order those guys into convenient locations where they can be captured too.
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>>1591844
I just want that couch.... They promised mother. it gives me a grumpy.
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>>1591835
Do you have no interest in the lives of the Commonwealth soldiers? Diplomacy leads to the fewest lives lost since Parasiting Scavengers is a complicated process.
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>>1591850
We have a telepathic speaker on site and we can use the radio transmissions.
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>>1591840
Our primary objective is to kill the Void with the Psionic Cannon. It has been since for fucking ever.

The parasites have only ever been a convenient tool to that end. And do remember that we need non-parasited human researchers to research the cannon, otherwise we gather void corruption.
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>>1591856
There aren't even any commonwealth soldiers in the room, bud.
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>>1591863
Or...
We could just ask Theseus to research it since is is virtually immune to corruption.
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>>1591850
We could scan our Scavs mind to see if they have an alphabet that we can use. If not,then a few hundred thinkers can probably coordinate some drones movements so they make similer enough sounds so that we just sound like a hillbilly.
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>>1591866
unless he's not somehow

then Theseus is dead
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>>1591866
Yeah honestly at this point I think having Theseus and Heretic develop/build the cannon would be the best option
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>>1591863
We actually don't. We have several option like having Theseus research it or getting a copy from the Commonwealth.
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>>1591873
We could ask him to create a specialized, mortal instance of himself to research the cannon. Once completed, that instance can communicate only the most essential data of the test before self terminating.
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One issue with the agressive diplomicy (forced paracite, literal gun point, etc.) is that Scavs have shown a willingness to be self destructive when pushed. This is the first time we have a faction leader that is aware of its disposability and its eroding position in arms reach. before now everything alpha and under has destroyed itself trying to run away. this one has no place to run to so may be open to negotiations. on the other hand if it feels like its up against the wall to much it might admiral akbar itself.
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>>1591865
Are you pretending to be retarded? She's incharge of the whole operation and parasiting her will take a while.
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>>1591856
Hive drones are the first at it mate. The commonwealth is far behind us.
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>>1591866
He is not immune to being devoured by a 4-dimensional warping of space, which is what attacked the White Queen and the Skyl homeworld after they damaged some crystals.
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>>1591866
>it's virtually immune to corruption
We have no way of telling that. That's entirely speculation based on the fact that no recognizable symptoms have emerged from what little exposure he's had.
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>>1591892
is she i thpught she would be only the responsible for the ones at the AO facility.
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>>1591898
Actually he is according to all research we've done and everything we've been told. Humans are actually more vulnerable.
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>>1591856
>Do you have no interest in the lives

Individual units aren't really important compared to a) keeping parasites' existence secret, b) the benefits of extracting knowledge from enemy brains, so relatively speaking...
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>>1591863
thats our mothers goal and it failed. Ours was to survive and grow strong. Void god is our enemy, but as I see the expanse of the war of attrition that has torn both sides to shreds it is always going to be a secondary objective to me.
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>>1591911
Then diplomacy is the best route.
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>>1591909
>Actually he is
Are you dense? You're talking about something completely fucking different. You don't need to be tachyon-sensitive or organic life to be physically devoured.

I mean, you think the inanimate rock of the crust of the Skyl's planet was able to be psionically sensitive? it got aten just the same.
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>>1591901
He definitely is, he's a non organic life form. The enemy doesn't even recognize him as existing, just like our barren queen
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>>1591901
>>1591909

I believe only carbon based life has shown the ability to be corrupted. Theseus, as silicon based life and therefore with NO Tachyonic/life signature is extremely unlikely to be corrupted - at least not immediately.

With time I am sure the Void can develop the means to corrupt him, just like it did with the humans. But this corruption will take a very long time given how his form of "life" is completely different from anything ever encountered and his complete lack of tachyonic signatures.

Sure we will need to be very careful - have the theseus instance research it isolated and disconnected from the rest of Unity and in an anti-psi containment facility - but he is a far better research prospect than any of the humans with the possible exception of Elizabeth.
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>>1591913
Your constant goalpost moving fails to convince me of the merits of your argument.
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>>1591913
That conclusion doesn't follow from literally anything, you're just saying things.
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>>1591918
corruption/=/destroyed by a fold in space.

To corrupt the enemy needs to be able to perceive the target and speak with them, presumably.
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>>1591911
then we need to use diplomacy its parasite lite.

>>1591903
we don't know what she is in charge of since we haven't asked and if she self destructs while we try to stuff a grub in her by force then we wont know.
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>>1591913
Correct. If we succed,no need to use a parasite,we learn more about how Scav psychology works,we save more lives,and we get more street cred. If diplomacy doesnt work,then we could fall back on the good 'ol spine pals.
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>>1591918
What? That literally only happens to psionic races that do the research.
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>>1591927
>corruption/=/destroyed by a fold in space.
No fucking shit. That was the entire point of this conversation.

It is irrelevant whether he's immune to the OQ's fate if he can be genocided out of existence anyway. It's still insanely dangerous.
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>>1591919
>>1591920
From where are you drawing this conclusion that any of that is necessarily a protection from corruption? We don't fully understand how the corruption even works, so how can we claim that any of that even affects the process?
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>>1591939
>It's still insanely dangerous.
No duh. But he is less likely to be corrupted or even detected by the Void, which makes it much safer (comparatively) for him than for literally any other faction.
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SPEAKER CAN MAKE OF SPEAKING
BEFORE KILLING FOR MOTHER!
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>>1591920
psychic beings have been directly corruptible.

Humans which are psychically insulated can be corrupted by crystals forming inside their brains.

There is the possibility that a computer could be similarly infiltrated in a manner like the way it infiltrates the human brain.
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Due to our bad start at diplomacing the scav i'm unhappy in starting any kind of talk with then. But if this bitch try to fuck with us i ain't giving those stinky scavs no third chances.
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>>1591939
Literally this >>1591943
>>1591940
Because a silicon based lifeform has no tachyonic signature, he's un perceivable by the enemy.

Even more so than humans, who were made the way they are by mom
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>>1591949
And you think that when fucking nothing starts poking the void with a stick they'll assume it's fucking nothing instead of trying to figure out what's poking them with a stick?
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>>1591945
>There is the possibility that a computer could be similarly infiltrated in a manner like the way it infiltrates the human brain.

I already agreed to that, just read my post. Given infinite time it is almost certain Theseus would fall.

However, any corruption of Theseus will take far longer and be less likely to succeed than it would for any other party. If he researches in an extremely isolated instance he is probably safer than any other group would be.
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>>1591953
What if he pokes the void with a invisible stick?
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>>1591691
The matriarch turns to the newly intruding drones. Her body is far too large to stand in human suitable gravity on only her hind legs, which have already been augmented to some degree with cybernetic reinforcements. To better stabilize herself she digs her claws into the ground in front of her, leaning on the comm station's control terminal with one arm and the other gripping the floor. Near her chest, clutched close, is a smaller set of arms freshly grown from a pair of distended ribs typically seen as a kind of second collar bone beneath the neck in most alphas, and entirely absent in the typical grunt. They hold a number of control devices strapped to them to allow the manipulation of the communication device, as well as a set of radio transmitters for short range communications. Her larger arms are equipped with a set of large weapons typically reserved for vehicle mounts or stationary positions, while a pair of more standard sized blasters can be seen mounted on her shoulders, with wires running deep inter her armored hide where they link with implanted cybernetics for targeting and fire control. At first you wonder why a caste not intended to see any form of combat would need such an array of firepower, until you remember that this matriarch likely anticipates the odds favor her own brood betraying her for a stronger, more well established clan in the armada.

Her body is a hulking mass of armor and thick keratin hide, reinforced with cybernetic implants holding on overlapping plates of bolted on armor. Her back is covered in large, swollen pipe like growths where the bone chimes once were, now serving as a series of egg sacs and slots with which to fertilize the plucked chimes of select pack alphas. Growing along the back of her head is a thick mane of slender tubes and hairs beaded with thick bone-like nodules held taught like harp strings over a small indentation in the back of her neck where the slender spines strike and pluck at the nodules like a musician's fingers plucking at her instrument. The slender spines run along the strings in a quick, aggressive riff that sends the attendants into a fury of rage as she floods the room with her commanding scent of battle pheromones as she unfolds her blades, massive polymer weapons that begin to glow with thermal enhancement and flair with the faint vibration that makes them dig into the reinforced cement under their own weight.

cont.
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>>1591949
But does it have to be able to perceive you to corrupt you?

Or is the knowledge inherently corrupting?

>>1591955
Why are you certain it will take "far longer"?

For all we know after a week he'll start having a civil war with his corrupted aspects.
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>>1591955
That is true since the void already discovered how to corrupt humans. And the humans were supossed to be blind to the void.
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>>1591930
>If we succed,no need to use a parasite

No, there's no way we'll get the same thoroughness of information via primitive non-neurological communication methods as we would with a parasite for her and all her technologically-adept underlings.

She'd definitely hold back anything she thought she could get away with holding back.

And besides, her days are almost certainly numbered. Between humans and other Scav matriarchs all of which want her dead. There's no appealing way out of this situation we can really offer, since she'd certainly want to have her own army and her own fleet to ravage the galaxy once more.
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>>1591962
DRONES, SECURE THE QUEEN AND EGGS.
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>>1591962
BOSS FIGHT
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>>1591962
OI YOU WANNA RUMBLE? SQUARE GO LIKE YA WANKSTAIN
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>>1591949
>he's un perceivable by the enemy.
You know they can see inanimate objects too, right? It would be a pretty difficult existence if they could see things via mind-sense and literally nothing else.

A void shard alone showed us a server ship the very first and only time it was ever used.
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>she floods the room with her commanding scent of battle pheromones as she unfolds her blades

Well, so much for diplomacy.

Go drones capture at all costs.

Pic related.
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>>1591966
That's the point of having him make an isolated disposable instance, probably observed by us (at least to push the kill-switch on it), or with a line of code that automatically terminates the instant if it's being corrupted.
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>>1591988
I love British slang. I rarely understand it, but it somehow sounds both brutal and refined to me.
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>until you remember that this matriarch likely anticipates the odds favor her own brood betraying her for a stronger, more well established clan in the armada.

Dam this bitch is fucking paranoid. But i guess we won't be sucessfull in adopting her.
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>>1591971
The humans are blind to the void, but the void is not blind to them. (And the 'blinding' of the humans is imperfect, unlike the Cluster's)
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>>1592005
I rather like the sotish approach. Very loud and flanboiant.
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>>1591962
Just fucking bumrush her and hack off her arms; our choice to zerg rush the place means we have quite enough resources to literally remove any means of resisting capture.
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>>1591982
Scav eggs are disposeable. We can clone them at any time, we didn't need to study human fetuses to grow them.
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Also; Uhull agressive diplomacy is a go!!
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>>1591962
emergency adoption procedure go!
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>>1591962
A small part of you feels some tiny amount of sympathy for such a caste, for what little of a queen it may resemble, and the thought brings your thinkers to quickly theorycraft possible outcomes of an attempt at dialog. You wonder how to request its surrender. Is that a concept in their language? As the thinkers churn the idea you find the best concept would be a mixture of the the scent of fear and the radio command to withdraw, but that is a temporary order. Perhaps the verbal command of submission with a mixture of the scents of calming and fear, but that, almost literally translated as surrender, but more accurately as a proposition for mating.

You can find no memory or thought process within your captured alpha's mind that could actually convey the idea of surrendering to a non-scavenger force. The mixture of words and pheromones cannot seem to be made to form together in an order as to convey such a concept. Perhaps your captive is unlearned in communication, or perhaps this species is too far gone down their path of endless pillaging to actually have a concept of peace with an alien species. Their term for alien is, after all, synonymous with prey.

>Attempt to capture the matriarch alive, for interrogation and implantation
>Attack with your drones and overwhelm her position
>Send a speaker to attempt to glean information from her mind with psionics
>Other (write in)
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>>1592013
I know anon what i meant to say is: Since the void already know how to pass throught the humans blinding exposing Theseus, a entity that the void hasn't interected with and is a new kind of life form, still makes Theseus more resistent then the humans.
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>>1591962
Holy shit she's a Preadator mixed with a Xenomorph queen, sweet.
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>>1592034
>>Attempt to capture the matriarch alive, for interrogation and implantation
>>Attack with your drones and overwhelm her position
Diplomacy was never an option.
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>>1592034
send in a speaker first and when that inevitably fails go for the capture
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>>1592034
>Send a speaker to attempt to glean information from her mind with psionics
If that doesn't work, then
>Attempt to capture the matriarch alive, for interrogation and implantation
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>>1592034
>Attempt to capture the matriarch alive, for interrogation and implantation

agressive adoption is a go!
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>>1592034
>Capture the matriarch alive, for interrogation and implantation.

There is no attempt, Only do or do not.
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>>1592034
>Attempt to capture the matriarch alive, for interrogation and implantation
>Send a speaker to attempt to glean information from her mind with psionics
Back up plan
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>>1592050
Sure.
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>>1592034
>Send a speaker to attempt to glean information from her mind with psionics
Try scents for "wait" or some other scent that could get it to calm its tits for a moment.
If she charges then pull the speaker back and subdue.
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>>1592034
>Attack with your drones and overwhelm her position

BANELING RUSH
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>>1592034
>Send a speaker to attempt to glean information from her mind with psionics
Have our drones test her defenses and abilities while the speaker moves closer. Ware her down and tire her out. Probe the defenses and have our thinkers devise a capture plan. Then, when our speaker arrives and can incapacitate her with overwhelming mental probing...
>Attempt to capture the matriarch alive, for interrogation and implantation
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>>1592034
Wait QD can mindreading be used to anticipate what an enemy will do in combat?
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>>1592050
Speakers are for reading their mind, so that at least cannot fail and will assist strategically.
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>Perhaps the verbal command of submission with a mixture of the scents of calming and fear, but that, almost literally translated as surrender, but more accurately as a proposition for mating.
>but more accurately as a proposition for mating.
>a proposition for mating.

That's...er...good to know?
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>>1592034
>>Attempt to capture the matriarch alive, for interrogation and implantation

If we send a colorful speaker here hopefully humans won't notice it going somewhere there are no humans to speak to. So maybe we should avoid sending one.
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You know what we'd probably ask it is if it will become a conponent of our fleet or something like that.
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>>1592050
Sounds like my plan

>>1592071
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>>1592034
What's the scav word for predator?
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>>1592100
Why would that be a bad thing?
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>>1592117
Hive
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>>1592071
>incapacitate her with overwhelming mental probing...

Advanced Psionic Reading's side effect you mean? I mean technically we haven't unlocked Empathetic Paralysis yet, but I guess that would work in a two birds one stone way.
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>>1592128
You. I like you.
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>>1592073
Slightly, yes, but by the time you interpret the signal into proper thought they will have already begun the action, so it while it can predict carefully plotted actions, it can't predict an instinctive action or an act of passion.

Think of it like the rules for Minority Report, but on a timescale of seconds.
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>>1592135
That's way to lewd...
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>>1592034
>Send a speaker to attempt to glean information from her mind with psionics

Or try to catch her alive I guess.
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>>1592034
>Send a speaker to attempt to glean information from her mind with psionics
>Attempt to capture the matriarch alive, for interrogation and implantation

>In both cases also demand comfortable seating options!
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>>1592144
So basically all planning is impossible if we have a Speaker in the room.
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>>1592034
>>Send a speaker to attempt to glean information from her mind with psionics
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>>1592144
But in Minority Report you can predict crimes of passion before the perpetrator even realizes he has a motive.
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>>1592153
Depends on what your plan is. Something like a person pondering if he can overpower a drone if he takes it by surprise in an elevator, for example, would be easily detected. What chess piece you plan on moving and where would be as well. Something more complex, like a person pondering a component to some larger, multi layered strategy would be more difficult to parse out beyond the part being thought of at the moment, and something like where to swing a punch would simply not register at all, and would need to be predicted with your combat algorithms.
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oh boy time to dive into a completely new tactic and hope for the best.
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>>1592034
>Attempt to capture the matriarch alive, for interrogation and implantation

Please roll 1d100, best of 3 to attempt to disable and capture the matriarch alive.
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Rolled 92 (1d100)

>>1592209
For Mother!
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>>1592209
Couches for mother
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Rolled 98 (1d100)

>>1592209
Would failure mean she dies, or just remains at large?
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Rolled 73 (1d100)

>>1592209
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Rolled 93 (1d100)

>>1592209
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Rolled 17 (1d100)

>>1592209
FOR MOTHER!
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>>1592217
Hahahahahaha
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>>1592214
>>1592217
>>1592219
The Scav matriarch is not having a good day.
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Rolled 45 (1d100)

>>1592209
time to roll a 1
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>>1592217
And there's victory.
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>>1592214
>>1592217
I swear that the dice have a thing for bugs overrunning the scavs
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>>1592217
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>>1592214
>>1592217
and>>1592222
doesnt count but....jesus fuck man.
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>>1592214
>>1592217
>>1592222
ho-lee-shit
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>>1592214
>>1592217
All the couches!!
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>>1592217
Damn does it feel good to be gangsta.
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>>1592214
Well that's...>>1592217
Goddamn.

Okay, writing.
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All sucessfull diplomacy is good. But a sucessfull agressive diplomacy is even better.
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>>1592231
I think the dice hate space Huns.
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So, obviously once we assume direct control, we have to send out orders to withdraw critical personnel with technical expertise or great age and experience as alphas in the fleet to 'evacuation tunnels' (which the hive dug) to send them right into our claws.
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>>1592257
almost as much as they hate the Ahkam in Dats
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>>1592260
Its gonna take time to implant her,so we might as well try to talk to her while we wait.
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>>1592252
The dice gods clearly want us to adopt everyone.
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>>1592284
Nice try, adoptionfag. They just hate the scavs.
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>>1592275
You can't talk to someone writhing on the ground as their nervous system lights up in agony.
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time for some

diplomacy
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>>1592294
Can't both things be true?
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>>1592298
The scavs don't have vocal cords right? Because i wonder what the humans will think if they start to hear a scav screen fill the facility.
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>>1592294
If I remember correctly we had a similar run of good luck on the adoption emotional rewrite of Lyle. pretty sure the dice gods are pro adoption.
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>>1592294
don't be greedy anon. Everyone deserves to feel mother's embrance in their spine or similar nervous control system.
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>>1592310
I think it just works with badasses, this brood queen is fighting a last stand with pride after-all
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>>1592310
The dice gods just didn't like Lyle before he was parasitized.

We tore his shit apart back when he was fighting us on Leeland.
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>>1592302
Agressive diplomacy anon.
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>>1592217
>>1592252
>>1592329
Well, if the humans have gunboat diplomacy, perhaps we have parasite diplomacy.
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>>1592333
i guess i must agree with you and you trips half-satan.
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>>1592217
YES
ADOPTION, FOR EVERYONE!
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>>1592405
Welcome to the thread IG
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>>1592405
Wow...were you lurking this whole time indonesian?
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>>1592415
I think he just woke up actually.
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>>1592419
Kinda, been setting up things for work
Also here in this thread yesterday, nice seeing my art gets passed around :B
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I just love this quest and iam going to bed now its fucking 06:06 and i can not sleep
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>>1592468
There are no brakes on the hive train
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>>1592437
it's a good art you should be proud of it.

also:
> :B
>in a image board
>come on IG
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>>1592468
Good luck bro.

It's only 9:30 for me here on the West Coast, so I'm in for the long haul
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>>1592209
>nearly two hours later

That poor matriarch's neurofluid.
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>>1592209
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23iVTpWcKOw

The attendants open fire on your drones, the first line shielding their brethren from fire as wasps pour out into the air of the open chamber as they quickly begin lancing out with their particle beams at the scavengers below. They spread their fire as the attendants shoot down several of your wasps and turn to fire at the swarm of drones surrounding them as they close into melee. The scavengers ready their blades, swinging madly at the charging warriors until they are quickly overwhelmed by simple numbers. More of the attendants quickly appear from balconies above, where yet more racks of eggs and medical devices are held along the walls. They open fire on the drones below as wasps claw at them, pulling them over the ledge as they crash into the cement floor below. You feel a wasp struggle to keep upright as a pup leaps from the ledge and lands on the drone's back, ripping into its carapace as they both crash to their deaths on the bloodstained ground. More pups soon follow, leaping from shelf to shelf as they pounce on the drones below. Most are tossed aside or gunned down, while others make it to their targets, clawing into the warriors as best they can while the attendants continue their barrage of fire, mowing down drone and fellow scavenger with equal vigor.

The matriarch flairs her mane as she hunches forward, leveling her weapons at your drones as the blaster turrets on her shoulders come to life, letting loose a torrent of photonic bolts into the swarm of drones, shredding shelves of eggs and chimes in the process. The massive weapons on her arms hum to life as an unrelenting wall of condensed plasma is unleashed from the ventilated barrel as it spews plumes of flames over her armored arm. The chamber is quickly engulfed in flaming plasma as you feel several drones pop open from the heat, but your drones continue through it, flooding in from the entrance through a hail of photonic bolts and pools of dissipating plasma. The matriarch takes several steps back as your swarm of drones part the flames with their rushing forms, and it levels its other arm as a massive bolt of hardlight fires from its weapon, exploding as it impacts the ground at your drones feet and sending chunks of them arcing high through the air. Another bolt follows, and another as she lays down a gradual but sustained fire, attempting to thin the swarm enough for the attendants to force them back into the chokepoint of the entryway. It is not working, your drones replace the dead faster than they can kill them.

cont.
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>>1592562
You are worried for the wrong reasons my friend
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>>1592572
I have never been wrong in such a good way but at the worst time
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>>1592570
>levels its other arm as a massive bolt of hardlight fires from its weapon
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>>1592570
>It is not working, your drones replace the dead faster than they can kill them.

MuwahahahahAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHhHahHa!!!!
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>>1592570
>and it levels its other arm as a massive bolt of hardlight fires from its weapon, exploding as it impacts the ground at your drones feet and sending chunks of them arcing high through the air.
New research motherfuckers!
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>>1592570
>THEY ARE COMING OUT OF THE GOD DAMN WALLS.
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>>1592585
And since we will get her alive we will get acess to all these delicious tech. Definetly helping the Commonwealth against the scavs was a excellent idea.
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>>1592585
Actually that sounds an awful lot like your standard blaster weapon.
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>>1592594
Even better, we'll get access to all the scav pheramones. The hive will definitely be able to fabricate ones more effectively than the existing scavs, so I wonder if just by spraying it we can convert others to our control. At a bare minimum flooding a battlefield with overwhelming martiarch fear pheramones will have a powerful effect on any battles we fight moving forward.
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>>1592570
>It is not working, your drones replace the dead faster than they can kill them.
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>>1592585
It's just an oversized photon blaster
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>>1592598
Wouldn't it be more like a blaster fire condenced in a hard light containment field? Like some kind of mega buster of metroids concetrated plasma bolts?
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>>1592598
>>1592607

I don't think blasters are hardlight. They're powerful energy weapons, but I believe this is the first time they have been described as actually having physical properties beyond just melting whatever they are fired at en masse.
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>>1592612
>>1592612
They've always been hardlight creations. Unstable and explosive but still hardlight
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>>1592612
Blasters and hardlight both operate by utilizing the same basic principles; namely generating and maintaining massively inflated photons.
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>>1592625
But that still semmed more powerfull then a simple blaster bolt. Valid it can be just a higher "caliber" of blaster.
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> it levels its other arm as a massive bolt of hardlight fires from its weapon,

That bitch has a plasma flamer in one hand and a plasma cannon on the other. Girl is pretty well equiped alright.
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>>1592641
Isn't cause she using vehicle weapons? shes pretty much got hardware on the level of a drop suit on her right now
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>>1592661
Well valid she also seems to be attached to a main heat source, her very own size must help in this escalation since she is three meters tall i din't think we can compare it to a smaller sized scav.
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>>1592668
We cannot allow some alien Matriarch to be a bigger mother than we are. All must know ware are the largest and most fertile. Our hand is forced; the Queen must evolve into a Titan.
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>>1592679
Well i didn't want to say anything...but since you talk about it i think the matriarch egg sack might be bigger then the one the Queen has.
And apperantly this is a young matriach at that .
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>>1592570
You feel a sense of unease in the air, quite literally, as the scent wavers in its resolve, and the matriarch hoists its plasma cannon up as it begins venting more and more heat, flames licking at her arm as plasma drips from the weapon and ionized particles leap out at the walls like miniature lightning bolts. She levels it with the center of your spreading swarm, and a massive bolt of plasma plumes out from the weapon, spinning through the air as it sends arcing bolts of energy rippling in its wake. It bursts open as it impacts the wall, its magnetic field rupturing from the impact as it detonates like a bomb, sending plasma pouring over the chamber as the flash blinds your drones with the white hot flash of a miniature star. You feel nearly a hundred of your children wink out from your mind as the chamber is engulfed in unimaginable heat and a wall of plasma and concussive force drives through the bunker's hallway, gutting it of its contents. What remains is rubble, burning fires in pools of plasma, and mounds of still boiling flesh. The armored doorway has been annihilated, leaving a massive caved in hole where it once was as the chittering war cries of your drones echo back down at the chamber from their approach.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mry2fsA1TEw

Wasps dart through the air as they dodge blaster fire while the matriarch paces in a frantic panic, overturning shelves of machinery and medical devices as it sifts through inventories of unknown junk with growing frustration. Eventually it finds some small device, quickly plugging it into a cybernetic port along the forearm of its smaller left secondary arm, tossing some other simple device aside as she rips it out to make room. It seems to flicker, shooting out a spark as the scavenger struggles to insert it properly until it clicks with a sudden burst of light from its console that burns with heat, showing several large symbols on its surface. She flicks her small clawed hand, forming several odd but clearly deliberate signals, possibly some method of utilizing redundant neural link controls, allowing the arm to double as a control system for some other device. In response there is a sudden rumble of heavy machinery above. Your wasps look up above the matriarch's chamber, finding a large metallic circle slowly sliding to one side as yellow lights flash along the walls. She quickly turns to her attendants, her mane letting out another riff of heavy tones.

Hold this point. Do not withdraw.

With that, she leaps into the air, her massive form carrying trailing streams of plasma in its wake as she plants her blades into the wall, the massive, curling claws on her feet digging into the cement and tearing apart a set of human sized balconies as she climbs the metal scaffolding as it twists and snaps under her weight.

>Have your wasps swarm over her and bring her down
>Have your drones scout the tunnels above and follow her
>Swarm them, do not let her escape
>Other
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>>1592679
That's thinking too small anon

Mother Queen must become Hiveship Queen
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>>1592687
>>Have your wasps swarm over her and bring her down
>>Have your drones scout the tunnels above and follow her
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>>1592687
>Swarm them, do not let her escape
Did she just set a self destruct?
And didn't this place house a nuke?
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>>1592687
>Swarm them, do not let her escape
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>>1592695
Well if this is a repeat of nowhere at least we dont have to worry about the void showing up,

Failure to turn off whatever she just did will just blow up this site and kill everyone here
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>>1592687
>Swarm them, do not let her escape

She managed to set a self destruct against a 98? Wow, that's impressive.

No need to be so suicidal Ms. Matriarch. With time you will come to realize this is the happiest day of your life. It is the day you became one with the Hive and started along the path of having the largest scavenger swarm of all time.
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>>1592687
>Have your drones scout the tunnels above and follow her
We're not trapped on this planet with her, she's trapped on this planet with us.
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>>1592687
>>Have your drones scout the tunnels above and follow her
For some reason I feel swarming right now is a bad idea. Besides, following her would get our drones out of that egg furnace and more on even ground and where she's isolated from others.

That and I'm curious as to where she thinks shes going.
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>>1592687
>>Have your drones scout the tunnels above and follow her

This minimizes the chance of the matriarch dying before capture.
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>>1592687
>Have your drones scout the tunnels above and follow her.
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>>1592687
>>Have your wasps swarm over her and bring her down
>>Swarm them, do not let her escape
Mess with the hive, you don't make it out alive.
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>>1592727
Ummm, we very much want to capture her alive.
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We should have some drones disable the bomb.
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>>1592687
And wait, our wasps can easily fly up into the hole she's obviously heading towards and head her off, right?

We can cut her off ahead and behind.

>>1592727
That's the opposite of what we want!
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Go bed QD
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>>1592728
Well yeah, I said you don't make it out alive, as in there is no freely escaping the hive once you've managed to annoy it.

Aw, forget it.
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>>1592687
And wait, the alpha we captured didn't understand the symbols on the console interface?

Damn having a mind-reading drone here would've been useful.
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>>1592687
>Have your drones scout the tunnels above and follow her

There's less chance of her dying this way... unless she's running towards the bomb for some reason. There's no way off planet, though. We have the whole thing surrounded.
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>>1592695
Maybe the yellow lights the humans put in are the harmless kind of 'evacuate' signal!
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>>1592687
>Have your drones scout the tunnels above and follow her
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we should offer her a choice, we don't wanna go all void and bring slave races into this. Follow us and build a great scav army in our service or death.
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>>1592687
>>Other
Could we ask a hummie friend what the yellow lights in the building mean?

This is in addition to my vote here >>1592717
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>>1592737
No shit.
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>>1592695
No self destruct she just opend a missile silo and is trying to escape...to somewhere.
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>>1592687
I guess now is the time to prepare the nonlethal ammo and paralysis venom.
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>>1592744
well if you consider there might be a nuke in the site a possible meltdown is a pretty good reason to evacuate a place.
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>>1592767
Well, we have advanced sensors, superiority in orbiting ships, and can always blink in reinforcements capable of boarding. One way or another, she's going down. The important thing is she be taken alive (obviously).
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>>1592777
Indeed. She will either join us...or die.
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>>1592687
>Have your drones scout the tunnels above and follow her

This is scav modus operandi. we need to cut her off chasing or dog piling will only drive he to commit sudoku. we need to get a speeker out in front of her.
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>>1592687
>>Have your drones scout the tunnels above and follow her

Ambush her before she can escape.
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>>1592687
>Scout the tunnels and follow her

You doubt your warriors can make it past the attendants before the matriarch can reach the tunnels, and your wasps have been thinned out and are too few in number. You have them swarm through the tunnels above as she unleashes a torrent of blaster fire from her shoulder turrets, cutting down several more drones as they swarm past.

The tunnels are poorly lit, large cavernous structures stretching off in either direction. Large tram rails run along the side of the opening door, and a number of large cargo cranes and service lifts quickly begin connecting together as they hoist themselves over the opening. It seems to be some manner of tram station, with a wide range of cargo handling equipment scattered about, mixed with the scattered remains of butchered human workers and scavenger bodies. The smell is rather potent, but otherwise it seems abandoned. Several large trams sit nearby. On the side of either wall of the tunnels is a small single rail passenger tram, while between are a number of much larger lines, with several waiting at the station with their cargo long since looted, but their torn open trailers are uniform, each being an open bed with a number of pylons clearly intended for munitions transport. The missiles have been looted some time ago, but you can still see some parts disassembled for repair.

Your wasps are quick to dive down either end in search of some relevant destination. At one end, it seems to curve around on itself in a large U-turn, passing through a maintenance bay and an evacuation tunnel leading to a mixture of bomb shelters and bunker complexes some ways away, while the other direction continues straight for some time, passing through several missile silo centers nearby and continuing beyond your wasps' senses. You compare the tunnels to the satellite data offered to you by the Commonwealth, and you see only one obvious destination. The railway junction nearly fifty kilometers south, where your speaker accompanies Sir Hughes and his team in their charge against the scavengers holding the facility. You doubt, judging by what you have seen, that they hold anything capable of standing against the matriarch's arsenal, especially in such an open area.

>Have your drones charge in after her and follow the matriarch
>Redeploy your drones to set an ambush at the railyard
>Attempt to have your flies disable the trams and slow her down
>Other (write in)
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>>1592802

>Have your drones charge in after her and follow the matriarch

>Attempt to have your flies disable the trams and slow her down
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>>1592802
By 'the railyard', you mean find a different tunnel entrance to use and attack her when she comes out into the tram station?
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