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    103 KB Zerg Quest XXVI Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)21:00 No.13499509  

    Welcome back! Did you all enjoy your break?

    As you may remember, the Confederate Core World of Brontes was crushed beneath the weight of Bernie's forces, though Bernie was nearly destroyed by the counterstroke, and barely escaped the new valkyries alive. Meanwhile, the last of Kingston's invasion freighters left another glut of buildings on one of our third wave colonies, a step closer to home than before, and made a brief appearance at Disnats VII, one of our second wave colonies. This is a distressing trend.

    We were able to smuggle several news satellites out of Brontes before its destruction, allowing us access to the Confederate news networks, should we decide to use them. We also maintain a non-aggressive stance with the Jael'Aten, a cult of Protoss who can (and as a rule, do) remain archons indefinitely.

    Nargil seems interested in a carnivorous plant that it has found in the rainforests of a fourth-wave colony, but also claims to have a strange feeling about a swamp world of little value we passed while retreating from the Terrans.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)21:23 No.13499768
    Twenty minutes later, bump.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)21:33 No.13499885
    I say have Nargil investigate the swamp world with little value on it. Furthermore, we should probably send forces to deal with Kingston's men invading our worlds although it worries me they're getting closer and closer to the interior of our colonies. Might be time we get our interior colonies to beef up their defences since it seems the last freighter keeps going deeper.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)21:34 No.13499903
    Hatch some Drones.

    Then hatch some Zerglings.

    Go rush the enemy base. Kekekekeke.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)21:49 No.13500097

    I've never understood how that's supposed to resemble actual laughter.

    A vote for the swamp world. Is that our only vote?
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)21:53 No.13500145
    Original swamp voter here - seems pretty dead tonight. Most unfortunate.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)21:56 No.13500168
    Happens sometimes at the start. Some of the regulars tend to be late.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)21:58 No.13500194
    Go for the swamp world. I also agree we should beef up our defenses. Start by doubling our overlord in system patrols.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:01 No.13500219
    new to this but i vote swamp world
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:01 No.13500225
    >check /tg/, hoping for zergquest
    >My mandibles when

    Ok, allow a search of the Swamp, and have some drones harvest carnvore plants to have them ready.

    Edit news footage of only the 'aliens', not the zerg attacking. And edit it so the zergs are attacking the 'Aliens'.

    Bring Ernie, Bernie, Warbrate and Gorn togeather for a round table talk. We want to start acting out attacks between our swarm and Bernie's swarm, and also *shudder* offer him more troops to ...modify...to restock his armies. Also, ask about any offspring and ask them to be handed over, please.

    And check up on Protoss, and postion a few overlords around the perimiter of the system. I wanna catch any incoming calls from other Protoss.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:03 No.13500236

    also send in forces to crush those outposts.
    Oh and check to see how all the other brates are doing see if they help with anything, or have any problems.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:05 No.13500259
    Fuck yeah Tyranid quest!

    *gets eaten*
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)22:06 No.13500271
    Nargil prepares a group of overlords to head after the swamp world. Meanwhile, we increase the number of overlords patrolling our colonies.

    After about forty minutes, Nargil's party makes planetfall on the world. As far as we can tell, it doesn't even have a name. The surface is thick with stringy trees, ropes of an ever-present moss, and an intermittent mist of Hydrogen Sulphate and ammonia. Rudimentary bats and lizards squirm about, letting off odd cries, though it appears that some of them flee from others, even of their own species. Nargil feels that something familiar is here.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:06 No.13500276
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:08 No.13500287
    I like the sound of that. Nargil must find it.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)22:09 No.13500297
    (Whoa. Slow down. We don't have any way of splicing apart the news stories being broadcast from other systems. As always we could build the massive transmitter necessary to create our own broadcasts, but it would certainly make the transmitter an open target to the Confederacy)
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:11 No.13500329
    Agreed, but be careful. If it seems like the jungle is gonna eat them, bug out.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:11 No.13500331
    Did we just find Dagobah?
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:12 No.13500332
    Have Nargil continue looking.

    Also, were we able to capture any of these new cloak-capable Valkyrie missile frigates?
    How is Warbrate and the forces under his command doing?
    We must also replenish our nuclear arsenal; have Defensebrate make that a priority in his queue.

    Also, how is the work progressing with our shipyards around Yoshus, and the progress on our new, hidden bolt-hole codenamed 'Gamma Site'?
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)22:12 No.13500336
    Where should it start? The flora? The fauna? The water? Digging for artifacts?
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:12 No.13500337
    Ask Nargil what exactly is so about this place familiar.

    After that due a quick check in with other brates see how they doing personally and if we can help them with anything. Stating with account brate ask why it has been so quit as of late.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:13 No.13500341

    Assist Nargil with his exploration.

    Also, have third wave colonies that haven't been visited by Kingston produce more forces than usual. We can't let him keep skulking around.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:13 No.13500342
    And in regards to our colonies under attack - perhaps we should leave the defence of the colonies up to Warbrate. We don't want the terrans to get a foot hold in our colonizing space.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:13 No.13500351
    Fauna, then flora.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:13 No.13500352

    Start with water and artifact hunting.

    Then move on to fauna and flora.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:14 No.13500355
    Couldn't use our new satalites? Blast Ok, is there a way to use our new satalites rather then passively?

    Well, still, other then that, round-table with actor, warriors, and the creep. And send some Drones to harvest plants
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:15 No.13500371

    have Gorn lead the counter attack on ground,while Warbrate takes the fleet to get that dammed freighter.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:16 No.13500372
    On a completely different note, lets give Artisanlord recording equipment for preperation of ZergTV.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:16 No.13500376
    Water, artifacts, fauna, then flora.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:21 No.13500429

    Seconding giving Artisanlord Director status.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:22 No.13500441

    yes this must be done!
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)22:25 No.13500475

    We did not recover any valkyries. In fact, we fled from Brontes with little more than a few Terran prisoners and the satellites.

    Toaster explains to us that it has "got the nuclear thing." It is directing the Terran command centers for us.

    Yoshus is operational (you may remember that it brought both of our cap-ship totals up to four, recently), though we have yet to decide on a tertiary base of operations.

    (The satellites are receivers. Their only broadcast capability is transmitting a location for the news transmitters to hone in on. They aren't meant for combat, though if you can think of a way, I'll consider it)

    (Except we don't know where the freighter is, and nothing is under attack right this moment...)

    Artisanlord is thrilled by the prospect. It recruits five Zerg from all walks of the Swarm, and plans to put them in a Nydus Canal and film the true story of their attempts to live together in The Real Zerg. Accountantbrate is pleased by the low production value.

    Nargil's overlords begin trawling the water. It appears to be more or less unremarkable, though the microbes are primarily Hydrogen-based, which is rare (most life the Zerg have encountered has been Carbon- or Silicon-based, but it has seen variations and exceptions before). Nargil is sure that it is close, but still missing something
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:29 No.13500510
    hydrogen based?

    light a fire.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:29 No.13500513

    Time for Cerebrate check in,try and ask each brate how they doing and if there's anything they need.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:32 No.13500547
    Have Labrate begin going over the collected memories of those Valkyries to try to identify any weaknesses we can exploit; we will need to make a note to capture one intact during our next fleet action against the Confederacy.

    Have Citybrate and Defensebrate be on the search for a new fall-back planet, as well as preparing the Fourth Colonization Wave.

    Have Nargil begin looking for Xel'Naga artifacts and examining the local fauna.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:34 No.13500572
    Oh, parasites, right. Didn't think of that. It would explain the odd behavior of some of the animals
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:34 No.13500574
    I just got weird hunch find nearness land fauna capture and dissect look anything that might seem note worthy. Especially parasites. Hope am wrong about this
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:37 No.13500597
    Hydrogen based? Maybe we should look into incendiary projecting zerg?
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:39 No.13500614

    Second this
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)22:40 No.13500632
    Warbrate is concerned that we devoted so much of our combat assets to saving Bernie, when we are clearly in the midst of a dangerous invasion. Gorn is concerned that we pulled back rather than pressing the advantage while the Terrans were caught off-balance. Accountantbrate is very annoyed with our insistence on costly military action when the comparatively cheap subterfuge worked so well for us in the past.

    Internbrate and Labbrate are ashamed at their continued lack of progress in finding the secrets of the arbiter we captured, though they are sure that they can reliably pilot it and use its special abilities (if not replicate them). Internbrate claims to have a niggling feeling about Kingston's invasion.

    Most of the other cerebrates are absorbed in their work, generally expressing unease at our apparent inability to find a decisive victory against the Terrans.

    (That's certainly an option, though it'll require more than one vote...)
    (Is that a vote?)

    Offhand, Labbrate's only conclusion is that the ships have fixed weapons on the front, meant for firing at range. A unit that got particularly close might cause the valkyrie to risk damaging itself to fire, and a unit flanking would have the definite advantage until the craft turned around.

    (Ok. Two votes for specifically searching for parasites. Is this the plan, or are we setting a fire?)
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:41 No.13500637
    banelings Fuckyear!

    Anyway, after the director is finished, I would like him to corograph our war.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:41 No.13500641
    Tell Artisanlord to record some of his plays as well.

    >>Hideyoshi Einals
    No, captcha, we're not copying Hideyoshi.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:42 No.13500647
    NO FIRE!
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:42 No.13500652
    No fires please. Probably wind up ignititing the atmosphere.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:43 No.13500658

    Let's not burn the hydrogen-based lifeforms just yet.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)22:47 No.13500703
    >Create sci-fi world with options for several possible "familiarities" with other franchises
    >Everybody thinks of one, fails to see the others
    >Completely divided opinions on how to proceed

    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:47 No.13500706
    Hey, which of the lesser cerebrates, if any, are not assigned to a task right now?
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:48 No.13500708

    look for parasites,no fire
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:48 No.13500714
    Ask Colonylord how our next wave of colonies is doing. We're on what, fifth wave now? Sixth? In any case, I distinctly recall the order being given to continue relentless expansion at all costs, this wave being careful to select and fortify the occasional world so that we have military strongholds which can effectively build up forces to defend each wave without significant draw from our main armies.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:49 No.13500717
    Could you give us a clue?[/Izzard]
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)22:49 No.13500719
    Wormface and Salem Saberhagen are conspicuously without any orders, though they are trying to be incognito about it.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:49 No.13500727
    Have Internbrate expand on it's hunch; it was right before, and it might be right again.

    Begin sending cloaked overlords more into Terran space. Have them warp in at extreme edges of systems, then get in closer while cloaked. We need to know if the Terrans are amassing another fleet.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:50 No.13500733
    Hey, send an overlord on a search for Yoda.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:53 No.13500768
    What are we doing on the swamp world anyway? We started out saying test the water but now everyone want to look for parasites. And somebody mentioned banelings, what made you think of those?
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:54 No.13500774

    have them begin watching confed TV, and relying what they see to Artisanlord.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)22:54 No.13500777
    Colonylord is following our orders fervently. It has chosen eight of the ten worlds it will use for the fifth wave. It seems to be trying to find worlds that are naturally conducive to a defensive position as much as it is trying to find worlds rich in resources.

    (So far, you're stumbling around two very dangerous possibilities, both of which have a lot of potential to A) screw you with a sideways banana, and/or B) screw Kingston with a sideways banana. If you go in a whole different direction, you might find a whole different option. I haven't decided on the others, so they might not be as epic. Or they might be really epic. Depends on how this plays out. Only one will end up actually being what Nargil is talking about, though. It's pot luck!)
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:54 No.13500781
    Personally, I'm thinking it's that swamp world from Titan AE, but that doesn't matter. Can we use our satalites to find the source of the transmission, and can we use them to get something other then news 24-7? Like, what chanels do we get?
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:56 No.13500801
    I personally hope it's an artifact but a parasite could be possible. Only two thinks I could think of being familiar.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:58 No.13500817
    I'd say we should look for artifacts
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)22:58 No.13500819

    Agreed .focuses on checking these two out the most
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)22:58 No.13500821
    Internbrate isn't sure yet, but it feels like this isn't an invasion at all, like the colony drops might just be a diversion or a hopeful side mission. It is pretty sure that the retreating dropships are important in some respect...

    (You'll have to get some people in on this. Warping into Terran space is always dangerous)

    (See? Other options, you have. Dangerous options, perhaps. Hmmm? Hmmmm.)

    The satellites are currently in an overlord's ventral sacs over Xenta. Use them there?
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:01 No.13500845
    Understandably, if we find Yoda, we genuflect.

    No annoying Psychic midgets.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)23:01 No.13500850

    Not how it's working tonight. >:)
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:01 No.13500852
    >The satellites are currently in an overlord's ventral sacs over Xenta. Use them there?
    Fuck no! That would lead the Confederacy right to our home base!

    No, if they're going to be activated, it should be done in an uninhabited system, preferably booby-trapped.
    >> TUCAMP 01/12/11(Wed)23:02 No.13500863
    Clearly the correct course of action regarding the swamp planet is to see if there is a large flat sparkly rock area near one of the poles. Truely massive rock area, with pillars and a dingus in the center.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:03 No.13500875
    nah, postion the satalites somewhere they're get a clear view and solar storms won't interupt them. Also, Not Near one of Our bases!

    Anyway, Accountbrate is right. We need to start going back to our roots. Are their any terran populated planets that are more 'piratey' or 'agriculture'?

    >Surprise Beends
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:04 No.13500880
    Have Warbrate send out several squadrons to try to track down those dropships that got away, as well as patrolling for any more of these invasion freighters.

    If we find any more, make sure that we capture one of their dropships.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)23:04 No.13500884
    (Is that KotOR 2, or am I missing it? Also, good to see you)
    >> TUCAMP 01/12/11(Wed)23:04 No.13500888
    System uninhabited you say. So... we get back to Antiga then... why does it always come back top Antiga.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:04 No.13500891
    >It is pretty sure that the retreating dropships are important in some respect...
    I would suspect that the Terrans are abducting our zerg for experimentation, except of course that since they're our zerg we would know that already if that were so. What else could they be doing, scanning our planets? They wouldn't need dropships for that.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:05 No.13500895
    Parasites, if we can't do both.
    >> TUCAMP 01/12/11(Wed)23:05 No.13500899
    Glen Cook's the Black Company, the aptly named "Glittering Stone."
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:05 No.13500904
    i guess parasite i just have to hope we dont get the side ways bannana
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:06 No.13500910

    Don't use the antenna on Xenta? Warp the Overlord to a Terran colony undetected and use it there.

    Also, we have a chance to do something that Kingston really doesn't expect, i.e. not fall into his fucking trap.

    I say we don't react immediately. We've never been successfully patient, why not do it now?
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:06 No.13500911
    Heh, maybe we'll luck out and there's another huge crystal like on the Protoss homeworld.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)23:07 No.13500924
    (Then I was missing it. Never heard of that. Not that it'll necessarily stop me from looking it up on Wikipedia and throwing some form of it in, if you all go for it)

    (Decided, then?)
    >> TUCAMP 01/12/11(Wed)23:08 No.13500925
    Though the swamp world could also hold a certain English actor known for his work in Shakespearean theater... and fake ears.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:09 No.13500938
    THis Anon is going for whatever the hell TUCAMP suggested.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:10 No.13500944
    I still think we should look for artifacts
    >> TUCAMP 01/12/11(Wed)23:11 No.13500955
    I'd say general exploration and checking, we've been looking at this planet for what... a few hours? Days? I still don't quite understand how you could have hydrogen based life, but what ever I'm not a biologist, just a baffled chemist.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:12 No.13500964

    After we check for parasites.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:13 No.13500969

    biologist here.

    not to derail, but carbon-based life is just as much hydrogen-based as it is carbon-based. It's like he's saying that the life there respires in some fashion.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:14 No.13500983
    I think Hydrogen based life is pretty cool, and an artifact, or Sister, might be secondfiddle to 'The water is zerg'.
    >> TUCAMP 01/12/11(Wed)23:15 No.13500993
    Actually you don't. That would lead to going into alternated universes. And while I would love to be able to infest the Borg and so something with Richard Dean Anderson, it's a very slippery slope crossovers. Might end up with The Doctor, and he's more clever than Kingston will ever be.
    >> Techbrate 01/12/11(Wed)23:15 No.13501002
    We need more capitals ships, scouts, and transport options for our ground forces. We need to be able to swamp a DZ with lings and lisks.

    We may also look into modifying a few dropship hulls into dedicated boarding craft, preferably with extra armor and no atmospheric capability, to allow for better chances of successful boarding in combat conditions.

    As for the swamp planet, scan from orbit for regular land/water/mineral formations, maybe the planet itself is what's setting off the radar.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)23:18 No.13501019
    (It was a throwaway line. I think they really meant Silicon, but it's not like the writers probably cared. Anyway, you've totally been staring intently at the water for several minutes while you decide what to do next.)

    OK, from here on out, you get one vote (starting with the first vote to quote this, in case you accidentally say something before reading this). First to three gets it. So far, you've found odd-seeming animals you suspect of hosting parasites and strange hydrogen-based cells that you consider setting on fire. You may still decide to vote for looking at another aspect/region of the planet, or even of leaving the planet entirely. Best of luck.

    >MANVILLE timation
    Yes, Captcha. This thread has gone to MANVILLE.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:19 No.13501034
    why not specialized some overlords for that? The dropship part, I mean.

    >Revolt Liquafox
    Captcha is right. Zerg is water and will revolt agasint thier terran overlords.
    Hey, have we been looking into mine control lately?
    >> TUCAMP 01/12/11(Wed)23:19 No.13501036
    That would make sense.
    Oh you thinking Kerrigan might down there too? Seems a little odd for her to be on a planet well outside of the sector. It's probably somewhere between Xenta and Zerus or what ever the name of the zerg homeworld is.
    >> Techbrate 01/12/11(Wed)23:20 No.13501048

    Again, while conducting a biological survey, search from orbit for any regular formation of land, minerals, or water.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:20 No.13501054
    I vote for searching for an artifact.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:20 No.13501057
    Check the fauna for parasites.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:21 No.13501073
    I'm saying artifact.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:22 No.13501076

    What could possibly fuck us and give Kingston a give boost if we choose wrong here?

    Answer: Kingston is landing on that planet SOON, and if we don't find it first, he'll use it to fuck us up.

    Send a huge number of Zerg to land on that world as soon as possible. We can at least stop Kingston from using the superweapon.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:22 No.13501080
    Gone to Manderville, actually, what with all this wandering. And shit, explore the rest of the planet, what are we lazy? MOVE!
    >> TUCAMP 01/12/11(Wed)23:22 No.13501083
    Geological/topological survey. I think the funny feeling is coming from a structure of formation and not the odd flora and fauna.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)23:23 No.13501103
    >Scan it from orbit; It's the only way to be sure: 1
    >Treasure hunt!: 2
    >Parasites? In MY swamp?: 1

    First to three...
    >> Laurentius 01/12/11(Wed)23:24 No.13501110
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:24 No.13501115
    'I sense a presence I have not felt since...' makes me thing 'There is another. Your...sister!' I mean, i could be wrong, but I could be right.
    >> Techbrate 01/12/11(Wed)23:25 No.13501126


    Also, CA, can we begin moving wraiths in system, along with drones and a ground complement to set up a hardened position on planet?
    >> TUCAMP 01/12/11(Wed)23:26 No.13501149
    Mine was a vote to scan it so it was tied.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:28 No.13501190
    And 'Move and Explore'...i think we decided on 'Scan the Planet'
    >> TUCAMP 01/12/11(Wed)23:31 No.13501224
    So that would actually be 3 before >>13501110 chimed in. Though I think it's being written out for the silly treasure hunt. Which we could have done after spending a few hours looking at the whole planet. It wouldn't be zerg quest if we didn't have to undo massive blunders of our own making.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)23:33 No.13501246
    (This pause was me deciding what you find, by the way. Sorry)

    Nargil's overlords retreat from the swamp world enough to survey it from orbit. After a bit of scanning, it becomes apparent that there are underground structures (perhaps sunken into the swamp, perhaps built under it), and that there is a small amount of movement going on in several of them. We locate several entry points, though most appear caved in, closed off, or underwater.

    One of them, though, is above-ground and relatively easily accessible. Should we investigate?
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:35 No.13501260
    Of course, Nargil! FOR SCIENCE AND BIOLOGY!
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:35 No.13501262
    Yes with haste "Adventure Ho"
    >> Techbrate 01/12/11(Wed)23:36 No.13501270

    Its obviously a trap. Set up a perimeter around that point, with gausslisks and lings, have drones blast out a new entry point away from it, and then send in search teams of zerglings and gausslisks.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:36 No.13501273
    Huge, cyclopean underground ruins with inscrutable entities? Let's go exploring, what could possibly go wrong!?

    And yes, really, send down a recon force.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:36 No.13501276
    Reconnaissance in force.

    Search, but with ovewhelming force, just in case.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:36 No.13501283
    Is it possible to establish a small outpost on the swap world?
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:37 No.13501294
    A single Zergling with a whip, his fists, and a beat up fendora.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:38 No.13501298
    Swamp Cthulu?
    >> TUCAMP 01/12/11(Wed)23:38 No.13501300
    Strange happenings underground you say. Good sir, why would you ask the question of whether or not we should sally fourth into yonder cave system for the purposes of investigating said strange happenings. And just to throw this out there, fhtagn.
    >following Hipurve
    Captcha you and I both know that Bernie is not hip and that he follows us.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:38 No.13501304

    We need to make this happen NOW!
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:40 No.13501327
    But zerglings don't have fists! Hell, only our special modded ones even have opposable thumbs!
    >> Generic Overlord No. 13 01/12/11(Wed)23:41 No.13501344
    I was looking for this thread.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)23:42 No.13501351
    Nargil sends down a team of three gausslisks and four zerglings. They approach what appears to be a bunker opening. The vault-like door is opened by turning a very large, very rusted old wheel, which in turn unlocks the door. After a minute or so of pulling, we have the gausslisks just pull the door loose. The zerglings surge forward into the gap.

    And find nothing. An empty staircase leads downward, mostly untouched by the mold and moss of the outdoors. They move down, despite the lack of light, until they come to a corridor lit by a single, sporadically flickering florescent light. At the end of this hallway is a large blast door. There is a panel sunk into the wall on the side, with a small keyboard and a black screen.

    How do we proceed?
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:42 No.13501357
    Then we have our work cut out for us, don't we? Short-Drone! Bring me my Tendril!
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/12/11(Wed)23:45 No.13501378
    1 - Wrong franchise. By a long-shot. You won't see this coming.
    >> Techbrate 01/12/11(Wed)23:45 No.13501391

    Send in five more teams like the first, along with one infested terran in marine armor per team. If we have no terrans available, get some thumblings.

    Meanwhile, have our gausslisks and lings take a look at the screen.
    >> TUCAMP 01/12/11(Wed)23:46 No.13501403
    Don't forget we need to throw in Connery as Dad.
    Well let's knock on the door to this Vaultech brand Vault. If we get no response take the door off the hinges.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:47 No.13501408

    A Vault Tec Vault?

    Dude what?

    Anyway, open it!
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:47 No.13501418
    Does Nargil have any pilotlings with him? Having a Zerg with fingers and opposable thumbs would make typing stuff on a console easier.

    Also, call up Labbrate; mechanical and electronic technology is more his specialty.

    Let's see if the console reacts to a zergling gently pushing a key.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:50 No.13501452
    Vault tec vault
    nothing bad will happen...
    but really open it
    >> TUCAMP 01/12/11(Wed)23:52 No.13501474
    The description sounded like Fallout to me, so I'd knock first.
    >munction doctrine
    Why yes captcha we do subscribe to the munchkin doctrine in zerg quest. Full speed to the Macguffin!
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:52 No.13501481
    We proceed by helping the Master take over the wasteland. Then we send in our most dexterous units in to use computers as we study the walls and other technology laying around.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:58 No.13501531

    Parasites? Differing types of species of creatures shying/shunning other types of their own species who are acting oddly?


    >> Techbrate 01/12/11(Wed)23:59 No.13501541

    That makes too much sense, also, a planet wouldn't be terraformed that fast.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/11(Wed)23:59 No.13501546
    Oh -shit-, he's right.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:01 No.13501563
    Swamp world, underground ruins... I just started thinking of the Flood from Halo. In the first game the base the Flood were released from was also located under a swamp.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/13/11(Thu)00:01 No.13501567
    One zergling hesitantly knocks on the door, loudly tapping with its claws. Nothing happens. It then turns to the console on the wall. After prodding a button or two, a small red script appears:

    Enter Code G15.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/13/11(Thu)00:03 No.13501578
    (Yes. That is what could have been. Not now. Now it's something entirely different.)
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)00:04 No.13501584
    You sunk my Destroyer! Curse you random console in space!
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:04 No.13501587
    Awww. When can we meet our brothers?
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:05 No.13501593
    Should we type in G15?
    It's probably asking for a countersign from a codebook, though.
    >> Techbrate 01/13/11(Thu)00:05 No.13501594

    See if Labrate can work up an uplink for him to start bruteforcing the lock.

    While that's happening, have the lisks search the room for clues.
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)00:07 No.13501611
    If it's now a offshoot of the glittering stone I will be so torn. Well let's crack it open then.
    >XXVIII Johomil
    Artisanlord must now write a play about the life of Johomil XXVIII, Emperor of the Gerbils.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:08 No.13501619
    The thing from halloween zerg quest was some kind of tadpole like thing. If you'd searched the water or looked for parasites like was suggested before...
    >> Generic Overlord No. 13 01/13/11(Thu)00:10 No.13501625
    Enter Code G15 then. We know that code, right?
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:10 No.13501629

    In the last thread we crushed Terran invaders on the resource rich moons of Olsen II. I propose we set the lesser cerebrate Salem Saberhagen in charge of the Olsen II A, C, and D (it'll be good for him, chores build character after all). Instruct it to step up expand the mining efforts on Olsen II C and set up colonies on A and D. The colonies on A and D should focus more on building defensive forces that can be quickly deployed to counter another attempt to invade.

    Also, on Olsen II C there are Terran add-ons that are left over from the base we destroyed there. We need to either warp in some of our own Terran buildings to link up with those or send some of our SCVs to construct new buildings to link with those add-ons (whatever's quicker) as they may contain info about the new ships and vehicles Kingston is using. Also that would leave give us a functioning Zerg controlled Terran base that could assist in the defense of that system, should it come under attack again.

    One more thing, what kind of planet is Olsen II anyway? We wiped out the bases on the planets moons but we never checked the planet itself nor did we check the rest of that system. If it needs to be done, Salem Saberhagen can take care of this as well and report to us if there is anything unusual.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:13 No.13501646
    Is there a book lying around? I remeber this from terminator 3, the console asks for a random code and you have to look it up the reply in a book filled with codes. Have our zerg look around for a book or something.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:14 No.13501656
    I second all of your points. We might as well get that stuff working in the background while our primary attention is focused on this swamp planet.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:15 No.13501661
    If possible, move demolitions equipment down there, to force that door open if we are unable to get the console to do so.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:16 No.13501674

    Could these maybe-parasites possibly be the first form of the zerg? The worm-like organism that was first discovered by the Xel'naga and eventually cultivated into the biological (yet refined and dapper) biomonsters that we are today?
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)00:17 No.13501685
    Third. Measure passes, Salem is now in charge of the Oslen system
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/13/11(Thu)00:18 No.13501689
    (Water was the baddies from Evolution. Parasites was the tadpole creatures. If you'd honestly gone looking for Yoda, I'd have introduced the Jedi. No lie)

    It takes us about an hour to bring a tech team from Labbrate's stores. Two Infested Terrans carry in a large computer that Labbrate threw together. After a few minutes of tinkering, the Terrans begin hacking the console. It appears to be an older model, built under military encryption to become a deadlock in the case of a failed entry, but it is woefully outmatched by the modern-day technology it is up against. The console soon proclaims "Access Granted." and deactivates again.

    The walls creak loudly before the hydraulics pull the blast doors up out of the way. There appears to be some crushed metal underfoot, but it is unidentifiable following its indeterminate stay under a fifteen-ton door. Scarring on the rim around it indicate that it may have detonated explosively (but ineffectively) at the time that it was crushed. Ahead is a rickety-looking freight elevator. Although it is very, very old and of a very outdated design, it appears relatively stable and usable.

    Take the elevator down?
    >> Generic Overlord No. 13 01/13/11(Thu)00:19 No.13501700
    Sure, I mean it's not like it's probably completely empty and full of outdated junk right?
    >> Techbrate 01/13/11(Thu)00:19 No.13501701

    Get at least four teams ready first.
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)00:19 No.13501706
    I may not be wearing a top hat while playing zerg quest, but I can put on my fedora and/or ascot if you like.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:23 No.13501751
    look for stairs?
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)00:23 No.13501760
    I support going in paranoid. If the other results were hyperevolving nitrogen based life that is killed by Head and Shoulders, Dyles, and Yoda I think that what ever is down there is dangerous.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:24 No.13501763
    >honestly would have introduced the jedi.
    Anyway, yeah, done we go. Put on our Vault suit, and hope that it's better then our undead-brothers, or Jedi Zerg.

    Get Ernie to start playing 'Hacking and whacking' as we decend.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:24 No.13501765
    Prepare several exploration teams, and at least 1 more tech team. Have the metal examined to see what it was before its destruction.

    Then have the teams take the elevator down and begin exploring.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:30 No.13501832
    >Water was the baddies from Evolution

    Damn it guys you know what we could have done with that?! At the very least I'm thinking we could have cut the time it takes our units tospawn in half. And water had almost unanimous support in the beginning too. Damn.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/13/11(Thu)00:38 No.13501910
    Salem Saberhagen whines profusely about having to watch a backwater colony, but does as we say. It grumbles. It begins setting up full-scale mining operations on the moons orbiting the gas giant Olsen II.

    (Nope. Just surprisingly similar evolutionary paths. We've got a universe chock full of habitable worlds that actually have life. There are going to be do-overs)

    We move the tech team and two gausslisks into the elevator, all it can hold. We load up several teams of reinforcements to send along the way, though they will spend a while in transit.

    Close analysis of the metal crushed beneath the door yield puzzling results. It is a very advanced composite titanium alloy, which we have not seen before. If we could replicate it, we might be able to decrease the weight of our Terran units by nearly a quarter without losing armor integrity. There is not quite enough here to provide a usable sample, however.

    The elevator descends, rocking and shaking the whole way as if it will fall apart at any moment. If we were confined to just the bodies inside of it, this would be very, very distressing.

    When it reaches the bottom, the room is rather dark, but very warm. Taking a few steps forward, we realize that the heat is coming from what appears to be a foundry of some kind. Slow-moving machines are assembling some sort of robots at a very leisurely pace. There is a large, four-monitor set-up of frankly ancient computers surrounding a desk dead ahead.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:38 No.13501914
    >There appears to be some crushed metal underfoot, but it is unidentifiable following its indeterminate stay under a fifteen-ton door.

    Ya know, this reminds me of terminator 3 to. It's been a while but I'm almost positive that the T-X was crushed beneath a set of blast doors as something exploded in the end.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:42 No.13501959
    >as something exploded in the end.
    T-850 self-destruct.

    >ancient computers
    Examine the computers; also search the desk for a codebook, operations manual, or employee welcome packet.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:42 No.13501967

    What does it look like is being produced?

    Also, investigate the monitor bank and desk.

    (We're gonna get terminators, aren't we?)
    >> Generic Overlord No. 13 01/13/11(Thu)00:42 No.13501971
    ...what kind of robots? Get a more thorough investigation going.
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)00:44 No.13501992
    Really? I suddenly got the feeling of Dwemer... or more conventional Dwarves. Still, more exploring is needed.
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)00:49 No.13502032
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    Screw terminators or lighter terran stuff... you know where this is going to end up right...
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:49 No.13502044
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    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:50 No.13502051
    that would be awesome
    but then... the doctor oh god
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:52 No.13502072
    Pertend that Zerg are the best life. Hide Bernie. Become god via backing of strange English person.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:54 No.13502088

    Bitch cunt
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/13/11(Thu)00:55 No.13502096
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    The techs immediate walk up to the consoles, deliberately not touching the controls. Dried, hundreds of years old blood is caked onto the desk, with what appear to be fingernail grooves scratched away from one of the keyboards. Nearby is a small codebook, which is unmarked, but the techs clearly discern that it consists of the combinations for the blast door. It is weathered and moldy, its print so faint that it is hardly legible. There is nothing else at the desk.

    One of the gausslisks steps forward enough to get a look at the machines being constructed. They are humanoid, and appear to be made out of the same alloy as the crushed thing under the blast door. They are being assembled laboriously slowly.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:56 No.13502103

    Seconding more investigation.

    If possible, relay some images of what our units are seeing to Internbrate/Labbrate and maybe even Nargil. See if they can correlate/associate any of the technology we're seeing with any in the records on Terran technology we might possess.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)00:56 No.13502106
    If Kingston gets this, we are eternally boned. This place either must become a fortress of ours or destroyed. Period. Although if skynet does exist, maybe we should let him get it...
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)00:58 No.13502126
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    ZERG ARE SUPREME! Come to think of it, I do believe this is the fourth of fifth time I've mentioned Doctor Who in Zerg Quest. Still waiting on more exploring.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:00 No.13502147
    More investigation is required.

    Also, Warbrate is to release a portion of the Swarm to Defensebrate's control, who will bring it here to turn this world into a fortress-planet. I want Zerg orbital defense platform-biots and cloaked overlord patrols in this system set up immediately.

    Labbrate is to bring in whatever research equipment and zerg it needs to crack the secrets of this facility.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:00 No.13502149
    ...well, at least we didn't find the Bydo or something similar...
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)01:01 No.13502160
    I'd rather not have to fight Skynet too.
    Well, let's keep looking around, see if we can shut this facility down, take back enough of the titanium alloy samples to learn how to make it, check to see if there is a self-destruct.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/13/11(Thu)01:03 No.13502177
    (Important question: Investigate how? Are you going to try to hack the consoles? Fiddle with the machines? Press the jolly, candy-like button?)
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:03 No.13502186
    If we could construct all our terran tech with it's own robotic pilots... Holy crap, imagine if we mass produced terminator terran marines. It'd be as if they were permanently stimpaked without the heath loss. And we'd get so many with hardly any resource investment.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:05 No.13502196
    Send some of the search teams further into the tunnel complex.

    Also, I want to press the jolly button (press a key on the consoles after hooking up all of our hacking equipment).
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:05 No.13502198
    I still wish we'd checked out the water. Man those things from Evolution were nearly indestructible. Even nuking them just made them more dangerous.
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)01:06 No.13502203
    Explore all of the facility, then read everything we found, then fiddle with switches.
    Or we could just use pilotlings and not have to worry about making Skynet.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:08 No.13502225
    Do not interrupt the machines until we have completed our exploration of the facility. Once we have seen all that there is to see here and have a better understanding of what we found we can start hacking or pressing buttons.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:09 No.13502244
    Why not use the terminator tech to grow our zerg with adamantium skeletons? We can have Artisanlord create an Energizer Zerg commercial for our new TV shows, he just keeps going and going and going; even after his flesh is ripped off his endoskeleton protects his brain and allows him to rip apart the enemies of the swarm!
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:11 No.13502260
    HEY! Just thought of something, machines are not Nargils thing, they're Labrate and internbrate field. Nargil won't be interested in this so much, He's disdainful of tech, so how about we let him start testing the water back up top while we explore this facility and confer with our tech experts.
    >> Generic Overlord No. 13 01/13/11(Thu)01:11 No.13502274
    Pressing the big shiny button worked out pretty well last time.

    Try our luck a second time?
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)01:13 No.13502293
    That's not going to work, it was already said that it was one thing only. Also, I assumed that the tech teams were under Labrate's control. Nargil can work on that carnivorous plant he found.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:14 No.13502297
    Better yet, we can try to infest Skynet.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:15 No.13502311
    Oooh, ooh! I'm getting MASSIVE flashbacks of The Master from Fallout here.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:16 No.13502319

    God, I can hear the other cerebrates making fun of his name already.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:17 No.13502329
    Fooken timezones.
    I forgot about traveling over the ocean.
    I thought it was still Tuesday and got caught up reading about the reverse chivalry paladin. >:|
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:20 No.13502350
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    Yes. We must do it. And name the resulting cerebrate-abomination that. Pic related.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:20 No.13502354
    So it looks like we explore the rest of the tunnels first, see if there are codebooks or anything else with information we might need, then we hook up the hacking equipment and see whose home.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:23 No.13502387
    Personally I'm hoping someone had the sense to leave a journal in a sealed safe or something so we can get a bit of background on what this place was and why it went to hell.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:24 No.13502389
    Guys, these aren't terminators.

    These are Necrons.

    We've just doomed the entire galaxy.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/13/11(Thu)01:25 No.13502409
    While exploring the entire tunnel complex is unlikely, as continued evaluation from orbit is revealing that most, if not all, of the underground facilities are connected, some exploration is surely possible. As the Terrans attempt to hook their interface device up to the consoles without activating them, the gausslisks go for a stroll.

    Following the machines down the line, they come to a split in the production line. Half of the machines veer to one side, while the rest veer to the other. The 'lisks split up. One follows the path shortly to another production line, which brings a large rifle to the machine's hands, which grasp the weapon as if by instinct, though Labbrate has a more technical explanation concerning BIOS-level subroutines. It amounts to instinct, in the end, just technical in nature. The machine is then grasped by an overhead claw and dragged out of sight through an opening in the upper portion of the wall. The parts are all obviously old and worn, but function with the efficiency of well-designed machines.

    The other gausslisk follows the line to a...skinning facility. The machines' feet are centered over what appears to be living human flesh, which is stretched disgustingly over the skeletal frame, and sealed along the back with some sort of dermal adhesive. Internbrate is mystified, calling it a reversal of our own Power Armor Zerg units: the organic wrapped over the synthetic rather than the synthetic welded to the organic. The resulting cyborgs are visually indistinguishable from Terrans, and we observe six or seven different models of human skin before the gausslisks turn back toward the foundry.

    What should we do now?
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:27 No.13502429
    Find Skynet and create Masterbrate.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:27 No.13502430
    Gentlemen, I believe we have found our new infiltration vector.

    Also, if no codebook or journal was discovered, I think it's time to get cracking at the computer core. Let's whose home in this cozy little Cyberdyne Facility.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:27 No.13502436
    sounds legit maybe we can team up
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)01:29 No.13502456
    Tell Labrate to learn everything he can about everything in that facility. Particularly the alloys and skinning procedure. Looks like we just got ourselves a new infiltrator.
    >> Generic Overlord No. 13 01/13/11(Thu)01:30 No.13502464
    I don't think that would work, their scanners would be able to detect the fact that these are robots.

    Anyway, at the very least, this is free resources. Let's get this under our control and figure out its original purpose.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:33 No.13502500
    >their scanners would be able to detect the fact that these are robots.
    Yes, if the Terrans did an in-depth mediscan.
    But they seem to be doing bio-scans mostly, for tell-tale Zerg proteins and genetic markers.
    Should be enough to get a Terminator team into place at a water-treatment plant to begin spreading Infestation spores.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/13/11(Thu)01:37 No.13502538
    Labbrate begins interfacing with the desk's computers the way it did with the door console, bypassing ancient security codes and horribly out of date lockout procedures. After a few minutes, the terminals blink online. Lines of code spew by, debug information for some long-dead programmer or intended user. After a little while, the system is properly initialized and the screens go blank. One line appears, centered on all of the monitors, followed by a blinking cursor.

    62% memory failure. System date unknown. Enter date.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:39 No.13502557
    Wait wait waiiiit...Terminators? But nowhere near earth...? i see, maybe an autonomous colony that survived the fall of skynet?
    well, thank god for that that they aren't being assembled extremely fast. Ever since that one anon kept pushing his nuttery about ascending from flesh to machine-code, I have been worrying about an eventual crossover with our competition. No, not 'nids, competing RTS universe. CORE would fuck us all greatly. Would they ever.

    On the other hand....if Bernie got his hands on a Krogoth...
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)01:40 No.13502565
    So infestation spores disguised as what? Ketchup packets? Also, I have come to the realization that Kingston (in his infinite totalitarianism) might have instituted new policies involving ID databases and/or travel papers, so new people coming in from nowhere with no regulation identification might still be suspicious.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:41 No.13502577
    Do we know what the date is, by Terran reckoning?

    Let's enter that, if we know it.
    Otherwise, Year 0 of the Rise of the New Swarm.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:42 No.13502585
    I suggest not giving the date, but rather inputting a greeting instead.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:43 No.13502596
    speaking of bernie, good to see no official communication between us and Kingston.
    I have a good plan on that. Maintain a lack of knowledge on Bernie. We saw a terran world under attack by an unknown presence, and we could choose to help it or destroy it. As we were being assaulted by these base-drop-n-scoot freighters, we decided to destroy it. Make it as official and public as possible, but only to a few select terran worlds so the 'toss don't get wind. Make it clear we're dangerous alien lifeforms yes, but ultimately it is Kingston's fault for provoking our aid of this new alien bio-menace.

    Show the rescued uninfested humans from Brontes if possible. Keep them uninfested for further PR scams. Possibly put them under artisanlord's watch to avoid any accidental infestings. Wherever they eventually go, give'em a little zerg-grown biodome they can grow food in and live as comfortably as possible. Leak occasional footage of them awkwardly adjusting then beginning to raise a family. For Zergtv broadcasts, call it The Bereaved of Brontes. It'll screw with Terrans so bad to see us playing Peace Corps with the refugees.

    Would this be a doable plan or do you think he's recovered enough unscorched DNA from Brontes to see through the ruse? (even if he does, continue with part2. The perception of us no longer being marauding assimilation machines may start up pro-zerg Heaven's Gate type cults and fuck over their faith in their imperial leader's description of our activities.)
    The nice thing about these long breaks betwixt quests is you can meditate on interesting ideas like this.

    >>service caribbean
    But captcha, we haven't gotten to earth yet. We can't give our refugees authentic Caribbean!
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)01:44 No.13502603
    This is another shiny red candy like button event isn't it. Have Labrate hold off on inputing a date unless that's all he can do.
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)01:47 No.13502631
    I think the show title you're looking for is "Leave it to Brontes"
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:47 No.13502633
    If we don't know the date on a Terran calendar we can ping the Terran network with one of our stolen satellites. That the info that will be sent will have a date attached.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:48 No.13502654
    >So infestation spores disguised as what? Ketchup packets?
    Actually, why not? Who would be suspicious of a condiment packet, especially if it comes packed in a lunch bag or the StarCraft-equivalent of a McDonald's Value Meal?
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:51 No.13502678
    Zerg have little use for "dates" so enter the date the terrans use. The machines copy humans so it'll probably accept that
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:52 No.13502690
    Genius. Pure genius.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/13/11(Thu)01:57 No.13502746
    Labbrate's Terrans attempt to bypass the prompt, but it proves impossible. All functions are simply hard-coded to be dependent on a system time. The computer will not function without it. Attempting to put in messages or commands gains us nothing but an error about improper date parsing.

    The date on the Terran calendar is October 22, 2500, though we do not necessarily need to be honest with this computer. It is clearly very old, designed in another century.

    For that matter, we do not necessarily need to answer it at all. We could always just leave.

    (Really, Blizzard? 500 years? That seems awful short for the Terrans to have drifted across the galaxy in cold sleep and then established an interstellar empire from the ashes of their crashed ships...Maybe I'm just being pessimistic about human progress)
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)01:58 No.13502757
    Year 0 of the New Swarm sounds fine.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)02:00 No.13502785
    blizzard has no fucking clue about science or the distance in space and they'd have to be traveling at a signifigant fraction of the speed of light to reach anywhere in 500 years that wasn't next door to Earth to begin with
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)02:01 No.13502791
    Haw, that'll work too.

    dunno about you but I'm always suspicious of fast food. Eyaugh.

    But you're on the right track, disguise it as something hoitytoity and fancy. Orange duck sauce, a liver paté, or even... Crème fraiche.

    It'll let you get the high rollers, the top military brass, the businessmen, the industrialists. All the 'hidden backbones' of the planet's society. Then taking over is as simple as making them just a twinge more selfish and controlling each day, until they finally meet together one day and can be all Illuminati about the fate of the world. Everyone with either government pull or large amounts of disposable resources will be yours!
    It shall become a far simpler matter of infesting the populace from then on.

    also don't overlook the power of soy/corn magnates. Imagine how much shit we use that in now. Imagine how the future looks! It's probably still a key ingredient in many processed foods.

    I don't have a date in mind, but we should probably try to avoid dates around its 'awakening.' The machines could wake up aggro. See if it goes batty if you put a past date in. Say, 1904?
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)02:01 No.13502792
    The problem with using Year 0 is that it might cause conflicts in the program, especially if it's hardcoded for a certain date format.

    Let's go with the current Terran calendar. As much as I'd like to go with the New Zerg Calendar, it would only cause problems with this ancient computer system.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)02:02 No.13502802
    Don't know about that, the facility is clearly Terran in origin, I don't want to give it an alien date as it may screw something up
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)02:04 No.13502828
    You're not pessimistic, you're a realist. THough I am more impress that we've done all this in... a little over a year. I think we've managed to do a whole lot more then what happened in cannon. For those of you keeping track, October of 2500 puts us at the end of BW.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)02:07 No.13502854
    Enter a clearly spurious date. January 1st, 2000, maybe.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)02:08 No.13502872
    >We could always just leave.

    Ha, yeah like that'd happen. When do we ever do the smart thing?

    Give the 2500 date and lets get this show on the road.

    I'm tired.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/13/11(Thu)02:09 No.13502885
    (I'm date fudging, of course, but I wanted to make it more realistic that the UED hasn't blown in and tried to wreck everybody's shit quite yet. Them being a few months late is reasonable. Them being a year late or more? Really suspicious. I dunno. The canon timeline's been fudged with already, too)

    (Got a decision brewing, guys?)
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)02:13 No.13502920
    >(Got a decision brewing, guys?)
    Looks like we're going with the current Terran date.
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)02:15 No.13502940
    The fact that SC1 and BW from start to finish is 11 months does show that Blizzard can't tell time. As for the computer, I say set it to November 11th, 1111 at 11:11 am.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)02:16 No.13502953
    >(I'm date fudging,

    Yeah, well without the destabilization caused by the fall of the Confederacy there is no longer any weakness for the U.E.D. to take advantage of. In fact the confederacy is more powerful now than it ever was what with unifying with the Umojans and the Combine.
    Input 2500
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)02:20 No.13502988
    Travel is the only aspect that fucks it up. Did blizzard ever mention when FTL warp travel was discovered?
    Humans expand in leaps and bounds when they first dive into a new technology, then they'll hit a massive wall for a few centuries until the next giant leap. Battlecruisers in the FMVs don't seem much larger than sea-borne battleships and a shipyard could throw one out in a month at the height of the Pacific War.

    Also they probably had a 'great leader' by pure fictional chance to stop them from bumfucking around and fighting each other all the time.

    Imagine the difference between Bush (either one) and Roosevelt (either one) in this kind of situation. When we have a great leader (doesn't necessarily have to be political, could be scientific), shit gets done. When we don't, we sit around fapping to porn and/or praying to Jesus.

    To be honest I never read much of the additional worldbuilding, it just wasn't my bag, so I'm unsure of their timeline overall, but it is doable based upon what they did immediately after crashing and when they got the ships up and running.

    There's a reason our production capacity tends to be mid-to-high tier in spacy civ-building games after all.
    >> Generic Overlord No. 13 01/13/11(Thu)02:26 No.13503021
    I wouldn't say technological progress has slowed or stopped in recent years, rather it's just been going in different directions (faster computers, more portable technologies, etc). I would be surprised if our civilization 500 years from now isn't almost incomprehensible for us.

    In any case, current date sounds fair. But it might activate all the drones on some insane mission.
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)02:28 No.13503046
    Can we take samples before we enter any date? I'd rather like to use the titanium alloy even if everything goes wrong.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/13/11(Thu)02:31 No.13503061
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    We input the correct date, even letting Labbrate adjust for the local time zone. The computers whir for a moment.

    >Evaluating force concentrations
    >. . .
    >Estimating time scale
    >. . .
    >Date coincides with force concentration projections.

    >Evaluating fusion cell viabilities
    >. . .
    >Date coincides with fusion cell decay.

    >Evaluating attached device
    >. . .

    Labbrate's hacking machine begins to hum and blink, and the computers whir very loudly. An underlying groaning sound emerges throughout the facility. Labbrate's overlords in orbit register a marked increase in activity across the entire underground system. Heat signatures are popping up all over, motion trackers are going haywire, and primitive Terran scanners bathe the sky in superficial radiation.

    Whatever this is, it is awake.

    >Date coincides with attached device software.

    >VoidGate system initialized and synced with attached device.

    >Unidentified creatures detected.
    >Unidentified humans detected.


    (And with that, I need to go to bed. We'll continue the Zerg Quest Terminator Expansion Pack next week)
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)02:33 No.13503084
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    of course I am probably high-balling, but I am presuming construction efficiency at home is as reliable in the field.
    The empire isn't really that huge to me, most of the hard sci-fi empires I see are ridiculous once FTL is added.
    (And if anyone here plays Renegade, hooboy not even close.)
    It just seems to me that production speed + travel time would account for most of what would hold us back in space that didn't deal with emotional state. Conquer those and...

    You'll have to excuse my slow speed, hotel I'm staying at is ancient. I can't imagine how old this tiny monitor is. Makes it hell to read captcha.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)02:39 No.13503149
    Damnit, the AI is awake. I wanted to hack it and suborn it, making it serve us.
    Now we'll have to negotiate.
    >> TUCAMP 01/13/11(Thu)02:40 No.13503157
    I maintain that you have not jumped the shark... well not yet any way. If you bring in the Glittering Stone and Lady then I'd say you jumped the shark in spectacular fashion.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/13/11(Thu)02:41 No.13503159

    Upload to Skyn--I mean, the Archive--complete.

    Even if that's true, it's implied that the Koprulu Terrans were in the Long Sleep until 2259. That means they went from less than 40,000 murderers and rapists set loose with completely trashed ships and without even interplanetary communications to an interstellar empire spanning no less than two dozen worlds in under 300 years. I mean, with that kind of progress, Australia should be on its second or third planet by now, right?
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)02:44 No.13503181
    coulda used that picture a few threads ago ;D
    When we took whatshisface. Icarus.

    Sleep on my suggestion! I think an effective PR blitz is just what the zerg could use to upset the logistical balance behind the army currently screwing with our colony worlds. Have to pull a couple troops here and there to quell cults or dissenters who are all "If he lied about the zerg then what else..."
    I don't care how we disperse, but disperse them we must!

    I'm gonna be stuck in EE for about a month so I'll be slow on the next few threads as well btw.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 01/13/11(Thu)02:54 No.13503259
    Still have to spring for a big-ass transmitter array to do any Zerg TV at all. And I don't even have to pretend to be clever to know Kingston will be all up in your grill as soon as you start broadcasting. You guys have yet to get enough support in one thread for this (though it keeps coming up).

    I'm kind of disappointed, really, since you've got some hilarious plans for it...but at the same time I'm relieved, because it'll be hard to figure out how to make the public react to Teen 'Lisk, an '80s movie about Michael J. Fox becoming a Hydralisk during the full moon.

    Also, EE?

    I'm not too proud to admit that this thread went kind of crazy. I started out trying to reintroduce Dyles and ended up creating Skynet instead. There's certainly a point where something went terribly wrong/right.

    Anyway, good night, guys. Try not to stay up all night considering the implications of an Infested Yoda.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)03:35 No.13503555
    Eastern Europe. Specifically Estonia but I'll be moving around (contractor work) but staying at the same hotel, closest to main temp office.
    I'm not in the dirt-poor areas but like on the cusp. Housing projects and such we've been hired to build up.

    I was actually thinking of disseminating the information to terrans in other ways. Perhaps sacrifice a satellite for the first one, a timed broadcast that interrupts a major live broadcast. When they track the sat down it's all alone by itself and the video is all that is there. Maybe 3 hours worth of footage brit nature show-like where the zerg were just observing the saved humans. It won't run its course, but you make it longer so they can see it wasn't just staged when the military reviews it.
    Another alternative would be infesting a worker at the broadcasting station who manually interrupts the show, and pulls a V with sending out futuristic blu-ray copies or whatever they use to store media in that time. We're not using our own networks for the media blitz, but a variety of different subtle ways.
    The more people who see the Brontes survivors living in their little biodome peacefully the better!

    Maybe the latenight showing will show video taken from facility cameras on brontes on what those 'unidentifiably nonzerg horrors' did to the other survivors. Really drive up those heropoints. (They don't know we're secretly perverts too yet ;) )
    The plan is to essentially give us DracoInLeatherPants status to the average civilian on the street. Perhaps a successfully infested terran can be shown visiting the brontes families, telling them it was his own choice to join because he wished to expand his mind and knowledge across the stars?
    Ha-HAH! just got our sitcom neighbor. Harry the Zergova's Witness. Only not as pushy.
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)03:39 No.13503587
    Australia doesn't have starship wreckage lying about with a couple engineers that might know how to rebuild parts of them though.
    And I'm pretty certain wherever they landed wasn't trying as hard to kill them as Australia would.
    If we hit Australia first when we find earth, THAT ONE fucking tree alone will get rid of marine/firebat rushes.

    anyway, now that I have some more knowledge on this matter, two dozen worlds...The expansion should probably be a quarter of that, with the remainder 'mining camps' or somesuch. Only 40,000 doesn't seem like it would give you the population to hold that many....I mean you could CLAIM that many, colonize? That is stretching bodies way too thin for the resources/manpower they need for those fleets. For some reason I had ten times that number in my head. Yeah, they totally botched the mathematics portion, no doubt.
    I mean, murderers and rapists, there had to be some major Lord of the Flies-esque power struggles. So at the end of that you have maybe 30-35k people breeding. It's like they didn't take into account any random variables.
    Blizzard made up a number and then basically said "Every single one of these mofos survived. And then they bred like Mormons."
    >> Anonymous 01/13/11(Thu)04:01 No.13503752
    So, looking at it from a real zerg's perspective here, not just 'us playing as zerg' we can see that such a thing would be possible in the game itself.
    This is a unique opportunity. The infesteds we got before, were forcibly turned, or subtly turned against their will while living amongst other humans through spores. These were necessary calculated militaristic actions. We were attacking an enemy.

    Now, out of nowhere, these people most likely view us as their saviours, they saw the devastation of the rest of their planet. To calm them, an overlord most likely showed them Kingston attacking us around the same timeframe. We claim no knowledge of the hellspawn that started the invasion, only that he broke open a hole in Brontes' defenses, and we did what any rational commander would have done with this opportunity. We looked similar enough that the new menace did not immediately attack us.

    They naturally fear us. They fear our might. But they are also thankful for getting away. At first apprehensive of their new master, they soon realise they are not mere playthings, more like valued 'pets.' Pets which can communicate their needs and desires. And so these are grown for them. They live as normally as possible in their biodome, and the cerebrate realises, this is not a learning opportunity it would have had the Overmind been around. It can observe them unhindered, like a child with an ant farm. Here, let us see what happens when you place a sugar cube here. Or a miniature weight here. Oh! They pick it up! They move it around! Joyous! We could always peek into their minds once infested, but it wasn't the same. And perhaps if they see how much these ants enjoy their captivity, others will wish to join too, of their own free will. After all, our primary mutation was a focus on innovation all-round, and voluntary infestation would be a truly novel approach to enveloping the universe.
    bam, there's the canon hook.

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