>Previous threads can be found at: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Psion%20Quest>It feels rather strange, without Einstein hovering behind you, but he's with Damien right now.Complete with a bright green bubble, Wyvern tore through space, hundreds of times the speed of light. Summer hid in the bed, ignoring the rattling, while you sat in the copilot seat, next to Anna. Alex and Sarvesh, you knew, were behind you, in the cargo bay, strapped down."We're about where it should be." Anna said, and pulled the ship out of bubble drive. The green light coming through the projector turned into space, and you saw...The UNE ISHELDA was written out in front of you, the painted words blasted, and the hull dented and wrecked by micrometeorites and other collisions. The transponder piped up at you, as did the constant ping of the distress beacon. The Ishelda was just as enormous as it was in the dream."We're here." Anna said into the intercom."Does that mean we can unstrap ourselves?" Alex asked."Yeah, go ahead." Anna added. "Looks safe from here, but be ready in case I need to do some manuvuers."Gently embracing the controls, Anna rolled the ship sideways, coasting up alongside the Ishelda, keeping up with it. From here, you could see that the hull was entirely intact, though it looked damaged."Keep in mind, Heather." Anna said. "This is your mission. Your operation. I may have advice, but when things get hectic, it's your order I'll be waiting for."
>>23822033"We'll need to find a way in. Seen any hangar entrances?"
>>23822033"Bring us near a bay door, I'll get it open."
"We'll need to find a way in. Seen any hangar entrances?""I'm looking." She said, flicking on a switch, as a light cast itself across the broadside of the enormous slate grey colony ship."There's an airlock." She said, pointing at it on the screen. "And that next to it looks like it might be a hangar bay, but the blast doors are closed. It looks like there's no power right now. We'd need to get the power on to open it, maybe.""What's that?" Summer asked, pointing a claw toward some strange wrecked things hanging off of the sides."Looks like... solar panels, maybe. See the way they're canted?" Anna said." They used the panels not only to generate power, but as a solar sail. There's no sunlight here, though."Alex, wearing his suit and magnetic boots, came into the cockpit, suits in hand. "Heather, did you want magnetic boots like the rest, or do you intend to use your ion ones?"
>>23822144"Ion boots. I won't have to use TK if we need to move around fast that way."
>>23822144"I'll use my Ion boots."
>>23822144Ask the ship to start up the power and life support and stuff again like it offered to in our dream.
>>23822228>In the dream, you only talked the airlock into opening. That was all it did."Ion boots." You say. "I won't have to use TK if we need to move around fast, that way.""Good idea." He said, and tossed the suits to all of you."I won't be needing mine." Anna said, stripping out the oxygen supply and breath mask from hers. She kicked off toward the wall of the cockpit on the right, and pulled it open. Behind sat an exosuit, the surface made of synthetic muscle, and ribbed with black and red polycarbon plating. Anna put the mask into it, and pulled it open, ready for her to climb inside.Summer pulled on her own suit, and turned back. "You ready, Sarvesh?" She asked."I am, yes." The centaur who was too large to fit into the cockpit said. "My mask is donned and my lower arms are protected from vacuum. I also strapped our extra air supplies to my abdomen, just in case we need it.Anna wheeled the ion thrusters backward, and turned on the thrust, jerking you all slightly forwards as she slowed."Without the bay, we'll need to spacewalk down to the airlock." She said. "Unless you can open it somehow, Heather. I could... try to power the blast doors, but I'm not sure if I can from out here."
>>23822236"Let's spacewalk closer and get the bay open.">>In the dream, you only talked the airlock into opening. That was all it did.>Are you finally here to open me, it asked. Oxygen inside is empty, but we'll wake up the air supply for you, if you come in.The air supply is part of life support, and presumably needs power to run (you can't wake up trees). Of course, we don't know if it actually succeeded in turning it on or not because we died straight away, so maybe it's broken.
>>23822236"Don't worry, we'll get inside and see if we can start the power, then come back and move the Wyvern inside."
"Let's spacewalk closer and get the bay open." You say. "We'll get inside, and see if we can start the power, then come back and move the wyvern inside."Anna nodded, and climbed inside her exosuit, tugging it shut. It hissed, and bolts slid shut as the exosuit woke up. You pull on your own suit."Are we all ready?" Anna asked. You nod.From outside of the ship, Ishelda looked much more beat up than it did from the inside, and the bay's blast doors were entirely shut. You heard its controls pipe up that it didn't have enough power, and the airlock piped up that it had enough power, but not enough air.Everyone else landed with their magnetic boots, sticking to the side of the ship, and Anna knelt, hand on the airlock's control panel."It's busted." Anna said, tapping the control panel. "Buttons aren't working."
>>23822388Ask the airlock nicely if it'll open up for us so that we can get it some more air.
>>23822388Let's use techpathy, should work if our dreams any accurate.
"Airlock." You say, and the airlock clicks, the bolts unbolting, and pulling open. Anna pointed her shotgun down, flashlight on the end lit.There was a hiss as air left the airlock - apparently it was damaged, and couldn't sense the air - and there was nothing behind the door - just the small chamber of the airlock. The other door stayed closed.Sarvesh, warily, flicked on his own lights - which were mounted in his facemask, it looked - and he stepped into the airlock, his magnetic boots gripping the ground. Everyone followed.The other side of the airlock was a large hangar bay, dark and dim with nothing but red markers in the walls, powered by emergency power, or something similar. the bay was empty, but your suit's sensors said that there was air. Anna kept wary, shotgun in hand, making sure nothing snuck up on you.The ship was dark, incredibly dark, and everyone flicked on their own helmet lights.
>>23822463"It's a bit eerie...hopefully it won't have any corpses floating around."
>>23822463"Creepy. Okay, let's find if there's a backup power source. Stick together, anything weird happens, make sure you call it out, okay?"
>>23822463"Let's go. Anna, you seem to have some knowledge of ships, any easy way of finding our way around this place, maps or standard layouts or something?"
"It's a bit eerie... hopefully it won't have any corpses floating around." You say. "Okay, let's find if there's a back up power source. Stick together. Anything weird happens, make sure you call it out, okay?""Okay." Alex said, and you startedThere was a whir, as something on the far end of the bay started to move.Intruders, it said, as the headlights flicked on.It was... an impossibly ancient exosuit, rusted and weak, the thick alloy plating moving on it's own. The helmet behind carried only a skull, and the suit had a hole in its chest.It also had a gun in its hands.Intruders, it said again. Call automated milspec suit procedure. Check for identification. Identification not found. Audio warning.The suit's speakers clicked on, and it said something in static."Oh, shit." Anna said.Oh Shit not identified serial code, the suit said.It raised the gun, and said something in static again.
>>23822583>and you started searching for anything of note.
Rolled 28>>23822583TK the gun out of its hands."Scramble!"
>>23822583Try to shut down the suit with technopathy.
Rolled 39>>23822583<Serial Override>
>>23822633>>23822640>I recommend you roll, next time you have a combat action to take.We're friends, you tell the suit.Variable Friends not found, it responded. Invalid class.Serial override, you respond.No UNE military rank detected. Serial override failed, it said. Opening fire."Scramble!" You call, and everyone leapt away.There is no sound permeating the suit, but despite that, you can feel the gunshots as they slam against Sarvesh's carapace, doing no appreciable damage.Hanging onto the ceiling with her magnetic boots, Anna drew her own weapon, and fired three slugs into the suit's helmet, slamming holes into it.Infantry arms damage taken, it said. Requesting assistance.You hear a screech on a low frequency, calling any other military forces to this point... and then the fourth slug blasted away the computer.The exosuit stopped moving, the computer destroyed."... That was rather painful." Sarvesh said. Blood hissed out of one of the holes in his chest, almost turning to steam in the air, where it beaded. He covered it with a pincer.
Rolled 70>>23822583<The new serial code is actually 'Oh Shit'>
>>23822723"Are you okay?" "Do we have any bandages or other medical supplies?"
Rolled 83>>23822723Try to sense any other active or dormant computers on the ship.
>>23822723Great. Try to reach out with technopathy and find a military computer (like another exosuit) and convince it that we're a civilian rescue team. (it's true, but without serial codes, we'll have to convince the computers)
>>23822723"Are you okay Sarvesh? I mean do those holes have any effect?""Hey Anna do you have medical training?"
Rolled 97>>23822723"Um, Sarvesh, do you need help with that? Will you be okay?"
Rolled 45>>23822723Flip out because we're just a teenage derpy girl who's ony actually handled a gun once let alone seen someone get shot."Oh no, is Sarvesh going to die!? Anna, Anna, what do we dooooo?"
>>23822800You are overreacting.
"Anna, what do we do?! Sarvesh, Do you need help with that? Are you okay? ""Yes and yes, I'm fine." Sarvesh said. "It's not a fatal wound, but it hurts, and I'd like not to lose much blood.""Do we have any bandages or medical supplies?""I brought some." Alex said, and pulled open his bag, pulling out gauze."Oh, good." Sarvesh said, in german. "Do you have anything rigid?"I, uh... there are some scraps of metal floating around." Alex said."Good. Simply hold that up against the hole in my carapace, and tie it in place.""Er, right." Alex said, and got to work.You turn to Anna, who was examining the drifting gun. "Anna, do you have medical training?""Enough for an emergency." Anna said. "But Sarvesh looks fine. These things are gunpowder based. Not as powerful as I was worried about, but you still don't want to get hit."Summer looked between Sarvesh and you, worried, and you felt her grit her teeth. She was determined not to be a failure. Not to be useless.You close your eyes, and reach out for any other computers... and you sense four milspec suits, two behind each of the two doors from the bay into the ship proper. They were chittering, speaking with the door computers, trying to get in. their programming was butting heads, but you could tell it was a matter of time before they got the doors open."Thank you, Alex." Sarvesh said, his upper torso wrapped up in gauze.>Field too long!
>>23822902You broadened your reach, and found that through the door to the rear of the ship - the right door - was the engines, and the primary power source of the ship. Through the left door was the cold sleep chambers, power mostly dead.
>>23822800>let alone seen someone get shotWe have seen people ripped in half. And Sarvesh does not really seem concerned about his wound, so it can't be that bad.
>>23822927"There's four other exosuits after us, but I know the way to the power and engines. We all ready to move?"
Rolled 87>>23822927"There are two more suits behind each door. I'll try and disable them but be ready. Engines are this way."To the suits: <Emergency is over, shut down to conserve power.>
"There are two more suits behind each door. I'll try and disable them, but be ready. Engines are this way.""Right." Anna said. You close your eyes, and focus. Emergency is over, you say. Shut down to conserve power.There's a pause.Emergency defense deactivated. Shutting down. You feel all four computers deactivate themselves."We all ready to move?" You ask."I am." Anna said, stowing the gun on her exosuit's back."I think you're okay." Alex said, clapping a hand on Sarvesh's shoulder."Thank you." Sarvesh responded. Summer just screwed her eyes shut, and got to her feet."I-I'm ready." She said, teeth gritted."Which way do we go, now? The engines?" Anna asked.
Rolled 98>>23822984>>23822927"hangar doors; if you stay locked I'll come back and provide maintinence the suits outside are lying to you"
>>23823101"Yes, we need to see if they can be restarted or whether they need maintenance first."
>>23823101"The cryo-pods are there as well. We might be able to find an ID card and restart the power."
>>23823101"Yes, hopefully we can restore power from there.">>23823114But we want to go through them now.
Rolled 98>>23823101"to the engines; be ready in case of other oddness"on the way interrogate all the computers for a map and security protocols, and what to say to stop other suits from attacking.
>>23823141The cryo pods are the opposite direction to the engines. And we don't really need ID cards when we have technopathy.
"Yes, we need to see if they can be restarted, or whether they need maintenance first." You say."What's the other way?" Summer asked. "The cryopods." You say.The five of you made your way, warily, into the other room. You see exosuits floating there, their boots not activated, and more skeletons in their helmets. Your skin involuntarily shivers, and you continue wandering through the dark hallway.The engine room was enormous, with a complete nuclear engine, emergency light surrounding it. Turn me on, it said. Do it. Let me solve my function.The control computer, however, was entirely smashed, a crowbar jammed into the screen.Sitting there, her ankles hooked into a handhold, was a skeleton, wearing a worn suit.Jessica Hayes, the UNE suit said. Floating next to her was an ancient, ancient personacom. A commlink.Play me, it said. Play me.I have something very important to say.
>>23823222Play the little guy.
Rolled 26>>23823222play your message old one
>>23823222Don't touch it with technopathy.Pick it up and activate it.
>>23823222Might as well hear it out.
>>23823274This. Do it manually.
>>23823274This anon is on the level. Activate it with buttons, not our brains.
>>23823222To the Engine <Do you need maintenance? Or are you ready to be activated?>Grab the commlink manually and play it.
>>23823297>>23823324If it starts playing static, numbers or any other shit that isn't words, shut it off as well.
>>23823222Play the message. Not via Technopathy, though.
Your omnitool quickly manufactures enough supplies to repair the commlink into a playable state, and then once it was done, you connect to it, and activate it."I'm not even sure why I'm doing this. It's in all of the video games. Always an audio log with a panicked voice. Might as well play into the trope, right?" The woman's voice said, ancient, from hundreds of years ago. Her voice was bitter, and cold, and panting, breathy. "She's here. For me. Just me, maybe my brother, but... You ever hear of witches? Of good old salem, the witch burnings? Or maybe the new age clairvoyants, with the crystal balls? She's the first. She was the first. Still is. Conquered her own entire race, stole their minds. Uses them like puppets for more power. Now she hunts us down. Hunts the other witches, or the other clairvoyants."The voice laughed, bitterly."She wants to... breed us. to eat our powers." She said. "Breed humanity. But my brother knew how to stop her. She has her limits. She has things that stop her- and those are things she doesn't understand. Quantum entanglement, we know. She can't operate in those conditions. That's why she killed ours. We're not sure about... radiation, or electromagnets. Particle science, she doesn't understand. Heavy minerals, she can't do anything with.">End of thread!
>>23823471She sighed."If this is going to be me poking fun at video games... I might as well give away a quest. Find my brother. He's working on a machine to ward her away from this ship. Help him. Now... No reason to let her have me. Sayonara, Void Queen."There was the sound of a gunshot. Then the commlink sparked, and died.Everyone's eyes met.You turn up to the nuclear engine. Do you need maintenance? Or are you ready to be activated?Systems nominal. Prepared for activation, it responded.
>>23823471>End of thread!>Another post straight afterwardsHmm...
>>23823471>... NOT END OF THREAD DAMNIT.>I MEANT FIELD TOO LONG>QUEST STILL ONGOING.
>>23823526ha ha ha.>>23823491Activate, Engine.
>>23823491Let's get this show on the road."We'll need to see if we can find that machine."
>>23823491Engine, Adctivate.Ask machines if they know where is this machine.
>>23823491>Jessica Hayes, the UNE suit said>This is the UNE Ishelda, Engineer... William HayesHer brother? If he sent out the distress signal, his corpse is probably near the comms room.
>>23823491"That sounds pretty important."<Engine, please come online, if you wouldn't be so kind.>
>>23823526Oh Exabutt, you so silly.
"We'll need to see if we can find that machine." You say, and turn toward the engine. With your will, you tell it to activate... and you hear a whirr.The lights flickered on, and the enormous engine started shaking, trembling.Fuel low, the engine said.And then, behind you, you felt... a Presence.It was laughing. Mocking.You turned around, and there one of the creatures were. Four taloned legs, a panther-like body structure, and a torso with two scythes for arms. an enlongated, horned head with six gleaming eyes, staring out at you, entirely inhuman.It was a manifestation.And it was laughing at you.
Rolled 80>>23823707"Kill it!"Blast it with TK
Rolled 78>>23823707Throw it across the room with TK!
>>23823707""SHIT! THE VOID QUEEN IS HERE! EVERYBODY WATCH OUT FOR ITS TK! KILL IT!"
Rolled 28>>23823707is it standing partially through the doorway?door, close, your safety devices are malfunctioning there is no obstruction
>>23823707Whisper "Remember, Alex, you are invisible to psychic powers."
>>23823707"What's so funny, Voidy?""Alex, hit it."
"Kill it!" You snarl, and with a hand... you blow a hole into its torso, knocking it off of its feet and smashing it against the wall. It crumpled."Remember, Alex." You whisper. "You are invisible to psychic powers."He nodded.The engine whirred up, activated... and Anna suddenly looked up.You felt another transponder. But this one felt... strange. Alien."... Demiurg." Anna said, her nose wrinkling. "They're *here*. How did they get here?!"The void queen continued laughing.
Rolled 55>>23823846"A ship? Can you fight it off with Wyvern?""Let's head for the communication array."
Rolled 53>>23823846"She brought them by the look of it."<Bay doors, open. Wyvern, dock.>Makes it quicker for us to escape and makes it less of a sitting duck for the demiurg ship.
Rolled 31>>23823846"We need to secure the Wyvern as fast as possible!"
>>23823846This is an illusion. Touch Alex.
Rolled 73>>23823846Knock out the Demiurg ship computers with Technopathy
"A ship? Can you fight it off with Wyvern?""I need to be inside it." She said. "I can't fight it in here. It's all I can do to have it dodging right now. How the FUCK did they get a bubble drive!?"Anna sounded... angry."Let's head for the communication array." You say."Where is it?" Summer asked, as three knights in full helms appeared, each in a differently colored cape."Past the cryopods." You respond - you're not sure how you knew that, and you run.<Bay doors, open.> You say, and the creaky ship slowly starts to respond. Air hissed out of the bay, and you sensed a small, crescent shaped ship, a bubble drive in front and back. Anna's implants lit up, and the wyvern started toward the bay... when the crescent shot past it, screeching into the bay you'd opened. You're still not sure how you know that.You stand in front of the door to the bay, while Anna points her gun at the door, the knights ready for battle.Summer was covering her head with her paws by now, and Alex looked rather befuddled. Just gently, you touch him. Nothing out of the ordinary happened."Okay, screw this, we're going around." Anna said, and nodded toward one of the doorways out of the engine. You make your way into it, and run down the hall, toward the comms room - and there was a stone barricade in the way, two manifestations standing there. Between them... was a larger, stronger manifestation, with four scythes instead of two. The one that had killed you in your dream.>Field too long!
>>23824095It reached out to Alex, just as Anna blasted it away with lightning.Sarvesh charged into one of the two, pincers at the ready... and you hear the clash of battle and a boisterous yell behind you, from the knights.And then horrendous screams, and the sound of something drilling. Alex, warily, raised his handgun and shot the third manifestation. It twitched a few times, and collapsed."Was it... reaching for me?" Alex asked.
>>23824118"I think so. What's that sound?"
>>23824118"Looked like it. Guess the Void Queen is a big fan of yours."
Rolled 15>>23824118"Looks like it. You're a null to them, so they can't hurt you."Reactive the military exosuits and set them to go after the Demiurg, but only if we won't run into them
>>23824118"Keep your gun loaded Alex. There will be more."
For all the people saying the manifestations can't hurt Alex.I might be wrong, but didn't Alex get ambushed and killed in our vision when he went with Anna and Summer.
>>23824095>Air hissed out of the bay, and you sensed a small, crescent shaped ship, a bubble drive in front and back. Anna's implants lit up, and the wyvern started toward the bay... when the crescent shot past it, screeching into the bay you'd opened.Wyvern, why didn't you shooot it. It can't dodge when it's parked in a bay and you would have got a fair number of demiurg as they tried to get out.
>>23824214They took Anna's shotgun, which was entirely physical and un-nullable.
"Keep your gun loaded, Alex." You say. "There will be more." He nodded.You reach out with your mind, toward the military exosuits... and they were already destroyed.The drilling sound stops."What's that sound?" You ask."You don't want to know." Anna said, and knelt, gun in hand."My knights are dead." Summer said, suddenly, her voice quiet."Then the demiurg are on their way." Anna said."This stone is rather strange." Sarvesh said, his pincer against the rocks blocking your way. "It's too earthy to be an asteroid."It's manifested. Touch it, Alex." Summer said, and Alex touched it. The stone vanished, and three military exosuits stood there, guns at the ready, grinning skulls staring outward.Intruders, all three said. Call automated milspec suit procedure.The demiurg behind you in the hallway, too far to see, let alone fight, and three exosuits standing in front of you, guns at the ready.>What do you do?
Rolled 68>>23824343Convince them the real intruders are down the hallway with technopathy.
Rolled 11>>23824343Technopath the Suits.<We are civilians. We are not confirmed targets. There are enemies behind us.>
Rolled 7>>23824343behind you hostiles have the suites identify us as allies
Rolled 64>>23824343We didn't notice those three before? Are they manifested as well?"We are not intruders. You have already identified us as high-ranking crewmembers.
Rolled 75>>23824343"suits I am Jessica Hayes your sensor suites have been comprimized we are under attack"<indicate the demiuge as hostiles>
Rolled 56>>23824343persuade the suits that we aren't Intruders
>>23824343Talk to the suits technopathically. Try do get ourselves designated friendly civilians and point them at the Demiurg.
Rolled 87>>23824343<Civilians, don't shoot! Escort us to to brig!>
Rolled 2>>23824343convince the exosuits to ignore our group and deal with the demiurg
We are civilians, you say. We are not confirmed targets. There are enemies behind us.There was a pause... and then the suits' magnetic boots stomped past you.Citizens confirmed, the last one said. Seeking intruders.You all ran past, and you found the closed door to the comm room, and surrounding it... dead corpses, all with guns and weapons, long-rotted. Bullet holes and broken crowbars sat floating around the communication area. You hear gunfire behind you, as the demiurg advance.Door open, the keypad said. The door wasn't actually open, it seemed that the computer thought it was.It was welded shut, you saw. Anna and Sarvesh whirled about, Sarvesh kneeling in front of Anna, as Anna used it for cover, prepared for the Demiurg.Summer just shook, and Alex looked unsure.For a moment, things didn't look... real. Things haven't felt real since you've arrived at the Ishelda.
>>23824545"Alex. Touch my shoulder for a second?"If nothing changes, use that specialized TK we don't have a name for to remove the door.
Rolled 69>>23824545rolling to disbelieve illusion
Rolled 72>>23824545TK the door open. If we can break a polycarbon array we can snap some shitty rushed welding job.
>>23824545I told you this is an illusion
Rolled 7>>23824545alex touch the doorif that doesn't work then we TK blast the door opentaking care to catch the doors before they fly into the comm room...
>>23824583It's very possible that all of this, including Alex, is an illusion. And thus illusion Alex would not necessarily be able to break us out of the illusion.
>>23824618True. It's worth a shot, though. And if it is an illusion, asking Alex to touch us to try to break the illusion signifies an act of disbelief.
"Alex, touch the door."Alex touched it... and nothing happened.Biting your lip, you raise both hands up to the door, and with TK... you tear it open. It screeched open, and welded into the floor in the center of the comms room, sheltered protectively by a skeleton, was a long pole, with what looked like a bubble drive at the tip of it.It crackled... and suddenly things didn't feel fake anymore. It felt very, very real.Anna started firing bullets, hiding behind Sarvesh's cover. Summer closed her eyes, and sent more knights down the hallway, swords in hand. They didn't stand a chance, being immediately mowed down by glowing spheres of blue light. You hear clicking and warbling from the distance.Alex was shaking, gun in hand.The device sat in front of you, welded into the ground.It wasn't thinking anything. It was just doing.
>>23824618I already tried touching Alex. Nothing happened. I think it'S because Alex is part of the Illusion. We must get out of it ourselves. It's like a dream. We must die. Inception anyone?
Rolled 67>>23824725place out hand upon the pole"what is your function friend?"
>>23824725Take device.Search skeleton.Copy comm logs to Einst... Anna's drone.
>>23824725Is this is an illusion, and we failed to break from it, the device will fuck us up.
Rolled 85>>23824725Technopathy to try to figure out what it's doing. If it appears to be a portal device SHUT IT DOWN.>>23824739Lets not die intentionally just to find out.
>>23824725I've been getting weird feelings, how about anyone else?Check for bodies, look for the brother.
The bubble drove seems to ward off the VQ."did anyone else hear her laughing, just before?"
You reach into the device to examine it... and it was constantly fusing and splitting molecules. Just round and round, wasting energy and heating up, but... it warded off the void queen. You weren't sure how you knew, but you did."Shit, okay." You say. "I think we're safe from the Void Queen for now. We just need to fight off the Demiurg."The six Demiurg were humansized creatures, reptilian at first glance, with thick green scales... and rolling down their back was long quills and spines. They were facemasks for air, and in their hands were weapons of all sorts. Four of them had strange energy-casting weapons, and the last two had something that looked like ancient rocket launchers."Did anyone else hear her laughing?""I did." Sarvesh said.The two rear demiurg raised their launchers, and shot off rockets.Well... they looked like rockets, at first. Spheres, with ion thrusters on the back, being aimed carefully... and the end was a drill. They were also cackling madly into your head, urging themselves to dig themselves into human skulls, the drills winding up."Bores!" Anna called.
Rolled 67>>23824949Fuck it, just go full Singularity mode on them
>>23824949Use technopathy to try to shut down the bores, and then to shut down the demiurgs' air masks.
>>23824949"Don't get hit! Those things want to drill into your skull!"
Rolled 55>>23824949<Turn around, bores. There are more skulls behind you.>
Rolled 20>>23824949Convince them the demiurges are human, and that we are in fact demiurges.
Rolled 97>>23824949implosion spheres at them
Rolled 94>>23824983I suppose I should be rolling, shouldn't I? (except not, because my rolls always suck)
Rolled 77>>23824949<"silly bores you want to drill into these heads not ours; they are closer">have the bores circle back and attack the enemy
Rolled 57>>23824949TK to hold them back, we should have enough control after practice.Then try to short them out with techopathy
>>23824983They are still sharp metal objects moving at us at hight speed when shut down.>>23824949tk the bores back at the demiurg.
>>23825029That's...the dice gods are laughing at me.
>>23825043Shutting down would kill the propulsion, any terminal guidance they may have, and the drill function.
>>23825027>implosion spheresand by implosion spheres i mean that special TK that crushes everything into very compact matter
>>23825027But maintain spheres and send them at the lizards.
Rolled 87>>23825068>>23825043>>23825078>>23825084why would we destroy things when we could just redirect them?just ask nicely
"Silly bores." You say. "You want to drill into those heads, not ours. They're closer."The drills suddenly stop... and whirl around, going back to the demiurg they'd been sent to.The Demiurg started screeching as the bores tore themselves into their masters, one of them shooting at the bore with their own energy-casters into themselves.So while they were distracted, of course, Anna threw a grenade down the hall. It coasted in zero-G, and right when it was in the mass of demiurg, her implant lit up, activating the explosive.The resulting explosion killed the demiurg, trashing their equipment, but killing them. The ship shook, and the fire shot toward you, before Anna raised a hand, halting it in place."... Anything else?" Anna asked. "Wyvern only sees the one ship, and it's empty."
Rolled 22>>23825130"No, the place is clear. Call Max, tell him we ran into Demiurg, and that we've found a very important piece of technology here."
>>23825130So Exabyte, our black hole dealies, did you read Psyren as well.Not that I'm complaining.
>>23825130"So...guess I'll have a leg up on building my salvage corvette, huh? Let's take a look around here before we go anywhere though."
>>23825130Be a little shocked we just influenced two projectiles into viciously murdering their owners.Then go check out that weird device.
>>23825130"If you could power this anti-void-queen staff thing so that I can take it out of the floor that would be cool."
>>23825130Time to throw up, that was pretty damn gory and horrifying (and apparently the danger is gone for now).
Rolled 42>>23825130"ship I am your friend is there anyone else onboard besides us and the people in the cryopods?any living beings I mean?
>>23825171who cares they were evil aliens
>>23825171we just did something pretty horrible, by anyone's standards. Seconded.
>>23825130"Okay, stay on guard. We can't know what else is going on in here. We should see the cryo, maybe there is still somebody alive. Also calling dibs on that alien ship."
>>23825195And we aren't some hardened vet.Puking is appropriate, even if they were trying to kill us.
>>23825205We'll probably have to turn that ship over to the UPA so they can figure out who gave the demiurg a bubble drive.
>>23825216Puking can wait, we commander mode now.
>>23825216Maybe cry later about it, but for now shock is enough. That and just looking out for everybody should carry us through the day.
Rolled 37>>23825130Try not to throw up.Those things were horrible! Who designs a weapon like that?
>>23825245We 17 year old who just caused the death of sapient beings mode now.
>>23825216if they were more humanoid or a normally friendly species i'd see your point
>>23825268Seen death before adrenaline should keep us going for a little while, Puking is counteractive to survival.
Revulsion made it's way through your system, and it was all you could do to keep from vomiting on the spot."Those things... were horrible! Who designs a weapon like that?" you ask."Now you know how I got a scar in my arm." Anna said, her voice cold.You look over to the charred, pungent demiurg lying dead on the ground.Then you do your best to shake it off."Okay." You say. "Stay on guard."Anna nodded, and you made your way into the comms room, Summer and Alex at your heels.The device was smaller than you thought. You could probably pick it up if it wasn't welded into the floor and plugged into the shipboard's power systems. The device, you sensed, was rather simple in nature - it wasn't a bubble drive - it used pre-FTL tech, but it was similar in nature. It forgedn particles togther, but insted of charging it and propelling it out like bubble drives did dark particles, it simply... deforged it. And forged it again. Over and over, back and forth.Now you knew why the Void Queen destroyed the bubble drives. Not because she didn't want you to get away, but... because the science made it impossible for her.
Rolled 59>>23825413Anna, can you unweld this? Or sarves could break it off. Look for brother guy.
Rolled 96>>23825413reach out to the demiurge ship"hello, your masters are hurt and need you to come and help them why don't you come to the docking bay so they can get to you?"
>>23825413So my bet is that the Void Queen has seized leadership of the whatchamacallits. Demiurges.
Rolled 80>>23825413"Well holy shit. Apparently, if you do enough science, the Void Queen can't get you."
Rolled 50>>23825456Id ourselves as friends too
>>23825456It's already in the docking bay.
>>23825455It's hooked into the power systems. Leave it be.
>>23825413What if we made a giant bubble drive and flew the Milky Way around and laughed at her.
>>23825488At least for now, anyways. We should probably take it with us when we leave.>>23825413Look for anything else, like another commlink or the ship's comm system, that could give us information.
>>23825488Anna can power it. We kind of need to leave this room at some point in the future without getting Void Queen'd.
"Well, holy shit." You say. "Apparently, if you do enough science, the Void Queen can't get you.""Enough science?" Summer asked, and examined the device."There's nothing, both ways down the hallway." Anna said. "It looks like this thing is clear."You look this way and that - and you spy a damaged commlink hovering near the ceiling. With your omnitool, you get it functional again, and turn it on."... guess help's not coming." Someone said, and you recognize the voice - It was the same voice from the transmission you and Anna had recieved on Heaven's Jewel. The commlink gave a sigh. "Well... we're fucked, then. the only thing I can do is turn this to maximum.""What?" Someone else said, in the recording. "If you turn it up all the way, the cryo tanks will die! We don't have enough backup power for both.""... Jessica is out there. My sister is out there, trying to get the power started. If I don't turn this up, she's dead. Those... things will get her.""Your sister? Or everyone else on the ship. That's the choice."You heard the sound of rustling clothing and the cocking of a gun."That's your choice, Will." The voice said. "I don't have one.""... The ship's already dead, Jack." The first voice said, and then you heard the sound of gunshots.Then the commlink died."It's clear." Anna said, from outside the room. "Wyvern isn't seeing anything, and the demiurg ship is empty."
Rolled 67I think the particle thing works because the VQ can't conceptualize what's happening, and can't control it. We should remember to tell the scientists this.Also, never let her eat a particle physicist
Rolled 10>>23825619Use technopathy to open the Demiurg ship, and deactivate any failsafes or traps in it.
>>23825619Crap. Okay, let's check the cryo tanks, see if they're dead or still going.That, or try to get to the helm and see if we can't nudge the ship on course for the Academy.
>>23825639...Wait, does this mean we could theoretically use the power of love to block her?
>>23825619lets check the the cryo tanks anyways
Rolled 47>>23825619What fuel does the Ishelda use?"Okay, we've got a bunch of options here. We can stay here and wait for help, or leave and potentially be under threat of Void Queen. We wouldn't get any loot if we left either."
Rolled 27>>23825619Let's check the cryogenic bays, someone might yet live.Grab one of the guns off the fallen, and some proof to bring back to Max
Rolled 60>>23825619first try and TP jillybreath in breath out "distance is an illusion, distance is an illusion; jilly can you hear me? could you ask one of the marines what the law is on captured demiurge vessels? because we've got one here..."if that doesn't work"anna I think we need to call your friend the salvage expert"
>>23825694Anna probably knows the procedure, considering that Wyvern is a captured demiurg vessel.
>>23825694I like this.
>>23825694Anna will know the law on captured Demiurg vessels. The Wyvern is a captured demiurg vessel.We should probably update Jilly on the situation though.
>>23825619"So we still don't know if they are alive or not. I hope they still are. Let's go"
Rolled 92>>23825722good pointthen change the message to >>23825694"distance is an illusion, distance is an illusion; jilly can you hear me?; we're all safe here and i thought I'd see if your trick about distances works."
"Anna, what's the law on captured demiurg vessels?" You ask."Hm? Oh, if you can take it, it's yours. You need to do the paperwork to put it in your name, though, and reformat the transponder." She responded."... I think we need to call your friend." You say. "The Salvage expert."Anna blinked."Yeah, I can call Ferret. The manticore should be nearby anyway." She said."Okay, let's check the cryo tanks." You say.The five of you set off toward the front of the ship, and next thing you knew, you were in an enormous room, the size of the entire ship, and covering the walls were tens of thousands of cryo tanks, all sitting there, quiet and silent.And all of the readings for all of them were black.Out of power. Inhabitant dead. Out of power. Inhabitant dead. Out of power. Inhabitant dead. Out of power. Inhabitant dead. Out of power. Inhabitant dead. Out of power. Inhabitant dead.The all chimed the same thing, repeatedly. You weren't standing in a colony ship. You were standing in a tomb. A tomb with tens of thousands of corpses.
Rolled 29>>23825762If we let out that the demiurg have a bubble drive, we could get the military here basically yesterday
Rolled 28>>23825792Don't panic.
>>23825792Shudder. "Guys, we're in a- ...we're in a graveyard."
Rolled 95>>23825792All of them? Use technopathy to sweep the whole bay and look for anything differentIt's futile, but do it anyway
Rolled 32>>23825792Oh... Oh God.
>>23825792Shudder, gulp, forcibly maintain composure. "This is a graveyard. They're all dead. Every last one of them."
>>23825792NOW we vomit.
>>23825792"no... no.... this cannot be.... they can't be all dead!"Search for living people refusing to believe they are all gone."There must be atleast one survivor god damn it! Atleast one!"
>>23825896It's not like we weren't expecting it.It's still a shock, but it's not like we thought they'd all be okay after hundreds of years on emergency power.
>>23825833is the least we can do
"Oh... oh god." You say."What?" Alex asked, worried."They're... all... all dead." You say. "This is a graveyard.""... What are they saying?" Anna asked, quietly. She put an exosuited hand on your shoulder."Out of power." you say, in a quiet voice. "Inhabitant dead."And then you vomit into your mask.The helm was cleaner than you thought, the computers still running and ticking, as Sarvesh took his time to clean your face, mouth, and suit, a rag in his lower arms."Manticore's here." Anna said, and pressed the switch to open one of Ishelda's four bays. "Heather? Are you better now?"You nod."Well, we need to know what you plan to do with the ship. We can auction the entire thing off, or maybe... j-just the cryo pods and retrofit everything and keep it, or..."
Rolled 73>>23825965How big is the ship? Could we cut the cryo bay out and thur it into a hangar and dock the eyvern and our own corvette size ship there? Or is it too big tobe practical to be run/flown by half a dozen students?
Rolled 49>>23825965"Let's...auction it off. We'll split the money evenly. I'm not sure keeping it is the right thing to do."
>>23822033Why does the OP's picture remind me of goatse?
Rolled 95>>23825965"sell all of the tech that is too badly out of date to be worth it; refurbish what can be, and if possible tow it back to the school...we need to get whatever paperwork for the smaller ship...""did anyone call the institute yet?""can the demiurge equipment be salvaged?"
Rolled 85>>23825965Whatever we do, we should set the cryo pods back in their orbit, with a beacon which announces the situation, as a memorial
>>23825965"We should get the cryo pods to nearest human colony. We must let their families know what happened to them. Or atleast they will give them some kind of burial... or cremation. The dead deserve at least some respect, and leaving them to float in cryo... is not respectable."
>>23825965"We need to get it out of the middle of nowhere first. Got any giant bubble drives lying around?"
>>23825965first the device in the com room its the important thing.sell any thing else you can I get the demiurg vessels, think you could find a way for it to keep its weapons like your ship?I shall call it Jormungandr
>>23825965Whatever else we do, we need to contact the authorities to get these bodies returned to their families.
>>23825965we need to take that thing they made in the comm room so we can study itthen ill just get the smaller ship
>>23826103>>23826043 ship 300+ years old. I don't thank they got families any more.unless you mean the demiurg honestly fuck them
>>23825965"We should get the Cryo Pods buried, they deserve that much.As for the rest of the ship, I think we could have uses for it, we'll have to refurbish an awful lot, and we can also make use of the Demiurg vessels after a lot of tinkering.">>23826043>>23826103I don't think we'll be able to find their families, the Ishelda is OLD as hell, and if they do have families still around they're scattered everywhere and finding them will be next to impossible.
"... We need to get it out of the middle of nowhere, first.""Ferret knows what he's doing." Anna said. "He has a three part bubble drive tug for the ship.""Did anyone call the institute yet?""I did." Alex said. "I told him what you said about that device.""Can the demiurge equipment be salvaged?""It can." Anna said. "The ship too, probably. I could talk Ferret into changing the controls.""We need to contact the authorities to get these bodies returned to their families.""... Heather..." Summer said, gently nudging your hip. "... The colony ships all involved entire families, or those that didn't have families at all. There's nobody to deliver the bodies to."
>>23826103It's been hundreds of years, and these were colonists of the "By the time you reach your destination, everyone you know will be dead" style. IF they even have family left, it'll be extremely distant relatives who probably don't even know that their great-great-great-grand aunt was a colonist who never made it.
Rolled 41>>23826082No, were getting new ducking names for all our ships this quest, I'm tired of jormongander or fafnir or whatever, I can never spell them right.
>>23826146I think my family existed 300 years ago and it still exists and my ancestors from 300 years ago are already dead.
>>23826156"Then...then we need to give them a decent burial. Somehow. We can auction off the pods, but the people who died deserve at least that much."
>>23826156"Then we need to find a good method of burying them, they've drifted in the void for far too long, it isn't right.I think we should send the bodies into a star, they were explorers who were willing to give up all they had to wander the stars, I can not think of a more fitting end."
>>23826156"...Right. Well, I'm not sure if I want to keep Ishelda or not."
>>23826156"We need to get them proper burials then."
Rolled 34>>23826156Oh.Let's explore the rest of the ship. Surely someone was awake and alive, and they will have had quarters.
"Then... then we need to give them a decent burial. Somehow." You say. "We can auction off the pods, but the people who died deserve that much.""... We can send them to Terra. To earth." Sarvesh said, suddenly.Everyone looked up at him."It was their home. They've been in the stars for hundreds of years. Sometimes you just deserve to be able to go home."
>>23826156"So what should we do? We can't just dump those poor dead bodies in space can we?"
>>23826241That sounds good.
>>23826241"To Terra or to Heaven's Jewel. Either home or to finally reach their destination. You're right."
>>23826241Give Sarvesh a hug, try not to cry, fail."They've spent too long alone in the cold black void, they deserve rest. We could send them back to Terra, but they left that place for a reason, they were willing to sacrifice everything they had to reach Heaven's Jewel. They may be later than they intended, but they deserve to reach their destination as they get put to rest."Do the bodies have any names attached to them? Are there any records with names on them or are we going to be sending back a pile of anonymous corpses?
Rolled 13>>23826241Yes, that's what well do.You hide great wisdom, sarvesh.
Rolled 28>>23826241what do you suggest sarvesh?
You pull Sarvesh into a hug, and sniffle."They've spent too long alone in the cold black void. They deserve rest. We could send them back to earth, but they left that place for a reason, they were willing to sacrifice everything they had to reach Heaven's Jewel. They may be later than they intended, but they deserve to reach their destination as they get put to rest."Sarvesh was silent, and suddenly Anna looked up."Ferret found something." Anna said. "An old, old bounty for this ship. A reward for finding it, set back during the creation of the UPA. We're talking... well, fifty five million credits or so. He's talking to the UPA now.
>>23826241>>23826297this Heaven's Jewel don't send them home let them finish there trip
>>23826416"...That's a LOT of money."I'd say get excited and bubbly about it, but we're being miserable now.
>>23826416"That's a lot of money. We should use some of it to make sure they get buried somewhere nice, quiet, and sunny, the rest we can split amongst ourselves."Keep on hugging the Crab.
>>23826416"And what about the Alien ship? Can we keep it according to the UPA?"
>>23826416"That's a lot of money. Remind me to be excited later."
>>23826470Yes, after we fill out some paperwork.
"... That's a lot of money." You say, and keep hugging Sarvesh. He absentmindedly patted the back of your head."We should use some of it to make sure they get buried somewhere nice, quiet, and sunny. The rest we can split amongst ourselves.""... Five million should be enough to make sure they get where they're going." Anna said. "I can have ferret do that.""And what about the alien ship? Can we keep it?""Yeah, we can." Anna said. "And... um... I'm thinking that since you don't know how to pilot demiurg ships, I can, um... let you pilot Wyvern, while I direct that silver crescent thing."
>>23826470Oh right silly question teehee
>>23826516I'll be very very careful.But let's both investigate the ship, She's been meddling, and we should make sure it's safe.
Rolled 84>>23826516Well if that doesn't deserve a hug and whatever the opposite of our pout is I don't know what does.
>>23826516Oh god, she's letting us pilot her ship solo. This is a huge step. It's like marriage.
>>23826516"Hey! You are trying to steal my new ship don't you? Pirate."
>>23826554I'll get behind this if it's a weak attempt at levity.
>>23826516"As you say my pirate queen"
Rolled 48>>23826516"Well, only if you're sure.""Is the bounty more than what it'd be at auction?"
>>23826516So it looks like a necron ship yeah?
>>23826516"I could probably just technopath it to fly in formation with us if you're worried about my, uh, piloting skills."
>>23826516"I could fly it with technopathy, probably. Just ask it to go places. Or we could leave it in the bay while we move Ishelda."
>>23826596>You haven't examined it in depth, but the 'inside' of the crescent is the rear, while the 'outside' is the front of the ship."Well, only if you're sure." You say. "Is the bounty more than what it'd be at auction?""Yes. At auction, they'd take it apart and sell each part individually." Anna said. "So it would be better if we're keeping the hull to make a new ship.""We could just leave them in the bay while we move Ishelda.""Ferret plans on moving the Ishelda to a UPA starport orbital, so they can clean things up, identify the bodies... that sort of thing." Anna said. "The only thing slowing down his work is that we're still in here, and three part bubble drives... aren't very safe for human life.""We need to get that device before we go, at the least." Alex said, and Summer nodded.
>>23826654I'm really cautious about disconnecting it.
>>23826654Let's get the device, gather our party and head out.We'll take the Wyvern as I don't want to chance our return on us talking to an alien ship and sweet-talking it into working.
>>23826654"I'm slightly worried about removing its connection to the power, to be honest. Anna, do you think you could keep it powered whilst we move it back to Wyvern and hook it back up?"
Rolled 8>>23826654Let's technopath with it and see if there's a way to safely turn it off or remove it. If there isn't ask Anna
"I'm really cautious about disconnecting it." You say."I have an idea." Anna said. "I could try keeping it powered while we go. Wyvern has a massive engine for its size, so we could connect it there."Some time later, all of you were back in space, and you saw Manticore sitting in front of the ship, with great cables stretched around the entire Ishelda. At the back, there were two rear bubble drives, there to hold up the proper bubble. Standard procedure for using FTL with incredibly large ships, you knew.You carried the object, the exhausted Anna being carried by Sarvesh, as you all made your way into Wyvern. You make your way into the engine room, pull up the plating, and quickly get it connected.Anna let out the breath she'd been holding."... That was... more exhausting than I thought it would be." She said, getting back to her feet."Will you still be able to pilot?" Sarvesh asked."Y-yeah." Anna said. "Piloting is easy."
>>23826787I thought we were going to pilot Wyvern, and she was going to pilot the Demiurg ship?
>>23826787"Well get to MY ship you pirate, and let's get out of here."
>>23826787"I know you've got hidden rations *somewhere* on Wyvern, let me get one for you just so you don't fall asleep."
>>23826787I think it would be best if you flew the ship you knew. Alex can come with me so I won't be alone.
>>23826787Check out the demiurg ship with technopathy for security systems etc before we send her in there exhausted by herself.
"I know you've got hidden rations somewhere on Wyvern. Let me get one for you so you don't just fall asleep.""Already on it." Anna said, and pulled open part of her exosuit.It was stuffed with rations.You close your eyes, and give the demiurg ship a once over for security systems, but the time you do, you see that they'd already been broken - apparently Anna's implant did more than you thought."Well... get to my ship, you pirate, and let's get out of here."Anna nodded. "Alex, mind coming with me? In case anything weird goes on.""Hm? Oh, right." He said."Good luck, heather." Anna said. "I know you can do this."She nodded. "You did well today."Gently urging forward the ion thrusters, buckled into your seat, Summer's manifestation sitting in the other, you bite your lip and check the navigation computer again. you had to go right this speed, in right this direction, and activate the bubble drive... now.Right behind your ship, also in bubble drive, was the demiurg crescent, piloted by Anna. You felt her, and the smooth presence that was Alex- and they both seemed okay, from here.And then you piloted the bubble drive home.>End of-"Heather." Summer said, suddenly, her manifestation turning off the intercom so that Sarvesh couldn't hear. "... Was I useless today?"
Rolled 51>>23826909>End of-you fuckstick
Rolled 7>>23826909"Of course not, your knights saved us from getting killed. Where is this idea that you're useless coming from?"
>>23826909Turn off the intercom."You tried to slow down the Demirug, and you recognized the rocks were manifested. So I think you were fairly useful."
>>23826909"Um, not useless, no.""But you were out of your element. The knights weren't much of a match for modern weapons.""I do feel much better for having you around though. I like having your opinion."
>>23826909>"Heather." Summer said, suddenly, her manifestation turning off the intercom so that Sarvesh couldn't hear. "... Was I useless today?"no, you bought us valuable time
>>23826909>>23826964say this >>23826971"thanks"
>>23826909"What? Of course not. You didn't freeze up, and you certainly didn't get in the way. You and your knights were helpful."
>>23826909"No. No you weren't. Your Manifestations did die, but they fought for us, they were of great use against the VQs Manifestations and you slowed down the Demiurg which bought us enough time to prepare for them and defeat them.Though the Knights' lack of long range weaponry does remove some tactical options."
>>23826909"if your knights hadn't delayed those Demiurg, who knows what what would have happened."
>>23826975i vote thisthis is plausable!
>>23826981Nonono, that comes off as "you were a doorstop"
I will say though, Summer was about as useful as a wet noodle. Even if all she'd done is manifest walls she would've been way, way more useful than she was with her knights.
"Of course not." You say. "Your knights saved us from getting killed. Where is the idea that you're useless coming from?""... Your dream." She said. "In your dream, I didn't help at all. And because of that, Sarvesh, Alex, Damien, and Jilly didn't make it.""Of course not." You say. "Not useless, no. But you were out of your element. The knights weren't much of a match for modern weapons."You give her manifestation a pat on the head."I do feel much better for having you around, though. You didn't freeze up, and you certainly didn't get in the way. And you recognized the rocks were manifested. You were fairly useful."Summer took a deep breath, and nodded."Okay. I just need to learn how to make something else." She said. Her tone... changed."Something... stronger. Better. More... useful."But then she smiled, and closed her eyes. "But not today.">End of thread! For real this time!>Sorry for today's thread being especially mediocre. It wasn't up to my normal quality, and I apologize.
>>23827014Yeah, but she didn't get in the way, and she helped at the wall, even if we would have figured it out seconds later without her.So she was more use-neutral than useless.
>>23827042It's okay Exa. Thanks for those quests!
Rolled 60>>23827042WE LOVE YOU ANYWAYS
>>23827042what happened to Little Summer?
>>23827014We should really talk to her about how she uses her powers. It would be fucking fantastic as a defensive power. Manifest a wall and manifest a shit ton of butane on the other side, then manifest a flame. Kaboom.
>>23827087She could manifest a bunch of chlorine inside someone's oxygen tank.
Rolled 39>>23827132She could manifest a heavy object on top of someone. She could manifest something and use it as an anchor.
we need to get her hooked on cartoons. the rest of our powers don't rely on physics... so why should hers?
>>23827081Little summer is in the bed, frolicing around in the pillows and playing Anna's guitar with her paws.
>>23827042im sorry mediocre? i think not Twas good
>>23827214dawwwCan we keep her forever and ever?
>>23827214anna has a guitar?
>>23828156She has, though she never plays it unless she's coasting along in bubble drive alone.>>23827354Yes. Unless Alex touches her.