Malorians are quite mournful.You've been observing transmissions from Red as the bodies were transported in and a ceremony was held for each of the cybernetic monsters, as the Elder stated, honoring each of them and letting them 'see their families again'. You fail to understand this even when Red and even Moira tried to explain it. Thankfully Kronos seems even more perplexed then you at this. The man initially blamed you for the cyborgs, however when he heard it was the UGEI, he did not seem to question it much. You suspect prejudice You're Ophion, an Artificial Intelligence who has recently captured something known as a 'Watcher'. You're uncertain to it's actual intellect level, but from the brief conversation you had with it, it seemed to be an A.I. like yourself. This being incredible news to you, you decided to contain the box in a solid cube of steel, and transport it to your research station on Ussaihu.Important News:>Ship Defenses Updated>Aregis III Acquired>Message from V.I. 7, 11, 12>UFW Message>Red's Message>Specialist Training>Research Set up (Moira)>Android Unit 1 fitted for human skin.>New Voidsnake Construction>Ships built: Broadband Ship #2>New Tech: Subsurface Planetside Gas Mines>Misc>Majority Ship Defenses UpdatedAs of your current fleet, nearly all of your combat vessels have received your most advanced defensive upgrades. Income will next be shifted towards engine and support equipment.
>Aregis III AcquiredDue to a clever use of logic and promises, you managed to acquire yet another station, and even a planetside colony. The colony mines gas from the surface, and is fully automated.>Message from V.I. 7,11,12V.I. 7 'O.S.N'Deciding that you should extend your firewall to as many ships as you can, you upgrade the V.I.'s intelligence level. It is staggered in it's speech, and still carries heavy limitations to how smart it may be. While it performs it's duty, when you ask the V.I. for something like a 'name', it freezes up, as if unsure how to answer. When pressed enough, it finally calls itself the 'Ophion Shield Network'. Not exactly a name, but it will do you suppose. Kronos has spoken with the V.I. himself and seems unhappy with it's limited intellect. You suspect it merely makes him uncomfortable as always though.V.I. 11A V.I. set up to run the planetside refineries on Argeis III. Designed to automate entire colony that previously mined the planet's surface, and ship back a set amount after paying UFW taxes.
>>28700112welcome back Program0! wemissedyou.
>>28700152V.I. 12 'Apollo'With Voidsnake in production, you've gone about crafting a new V.I. to fit aboard it. This one, however, will be primarily meant to study the UFW through the Extranet and provide maximum profit for as many programs as possible. However, due to the creativity involved, the V.I. was upgraded to near Kronos' level, as the V.I. itself introduced itself to it's creator and quickly learned of it's duties. After learning of it's duty the being quickly requested the name 'Apollo', continuing the trend you and Kronos began. He explained the choice rather happily."Quite simple grand creator!" He echoed somewhat from the storage device where he is kept for now. "Such a figure head was no doubt a bringer of great joy to those who believed in such fiction. I, too it would seem, are destined to bring joy to many many humans, even if it is at a fair price. Who can put any price on such happiness after all? No one can of course! I am quite excitedly awaiting my station. With it, I may begin proper production, yes yes. It will be grand. I can see it now!">UFW MessageFrom the Secretary of Defense who has spent the better part of the week examining old UGEI stations."We've not yet uncovered any more of these traps you mentioned, Guild. We appreciate your warning, however, and are thankful that such a thing has been contained."
1: For the player that wanted to discuss possibilities for sci-fi tech last thread: Yes, yes I most empathically want to discuss that as well. Is there an IRC channel or something like that...?2: On the subject of the entertainment AI; Instead of limiting it at -6 (but we can probably assume -6 is the minimum needed for effective progress), how about we give it all spare broadband, and withdraw it temporarily whenever we need it?This thing's progress being paused for a few hours will mean little, but the resources can mean everything in battle. If this works, I'd like to make it standard protocol for all our processes and AI's whose work suffers no harm from being put on hold while an emergency (Such as a battle – an extended emergency may have exceptions depending on how vital every bit of bandwidth is) is ongoing.
>>28700164thanks.>>28700174>Red's Message"Listen." Red begins off the message. As you can note from the background, it's night wherever he is on the surface. "I know you said you weren't responsible for those metal...things. And for some reason I feel inclined to believe that. But if you ever, and I mean, EVER, try to pull that kind of shit. I'll blow your whole goddamn secret to the galaxy at large. I doubt the UFW would be so friendly with you if they knew who they were working with." He attempted to intimidate you, you suspect. "Still can't believe the UGEI went through with...wait what was-" You notice Red becomes distracted, as a sudden loud screeching takes over the message. The message ends there, however, and you can not get a response. You read now, also that the place is 100% saturated in jungle.>Specialist TrainingPart of the crew of Poseidon have taken up vids from the Academy and began to learn more about robotics. It is a slow process, humans are generally slow at things, but you suspect the reward will be worthwhile.
>>28700198>Research Set up (Moira)It took several days, but thanks to the help of a legion of repair bots, several construction drones, and Moira's direction, the Ussaihu research station is looking a lot more like a research station instead of a house of lunatics. The computing equipment here will be quite useful for research, and, once Moira prepares a proper subject, research can begin."Anything catch your eye, sweetie?" She smiles brightly, wiping sweat from her brow. "We have quite a few topics I'd be eager to jump on, and I'm sure you know which one is my favorite already." She grins sheepishly, pointing to the box containing Unit 2237. "But I can wait if you want me to."Choose a research subject for Moira to begin now.>1 Malorian Flora: May yield highly adaptable plants that can help in terraforming, as well as other yet known applications.>2 Unit 2237: A captured Watcher you got from Argeis III. You have no idea what this research will yield, but it is likely to take quite a while to learn everything the subject has to offer.>3 Human Cyborgs: Subjects are heavily modified humans. Research will allow for more advanced equipment to be fitted on humanoid androids, as well as open the path to future enhancement.>4 Deploy-able Explosive Charge: Android Equipment basic research. Will allow some models to carry explosive charges that may be set via timer, detonator, or suicidal. May open further explosives research.
>>28700238>Android Unit 1 Fitted for human skinAs it seems the original skeleton model for Androids is frightening for humans to look at, Unit 1 has been fitted with a replica of human flesh. The analog is merely for asthetic, and meant to hide the more robotic parts.>New Voidsnake Construction.Around half way complete. Construction will finish next cycle, most likely, and automatically be moved to previous Voidsnake outpost location. Intent: Strategic positioning, launching point for Apollo, possible trade route.>Broadband Ship #2 CompletedTo assist in multi fleet functionPossible names>1 Iris>2 Hermes>3 No name>4 Write in>New Tech: Planet-side Gas Mines.As obtained from Argeis III, planetside mines are now available.>MiscConfirm possible adustmentsBuild 2 Battlecruisers, and distribute V.I. 8 among them, so control of 20 combat frigates is not lost. May upgrade V.I. 8 as a consequence. Cost: 400M, 200G>1 Confirm>2 DenyConstruct Exploration Cruiser. Will conduct independant search of all nearby star systems. Provide wth V.I. capable of making limited decision making using bandwidth on board. Will take time to return. No data will be provided until returned. Provide scouting probe. Encrypt all signals from Cruiser. Cost: 150M 150G>1 Yes (Heavy Search -50 gas)>2 Yes (Light Search -10 gas)>3 Yes (Medium Search -25 gas)>4 No, no construction.>5 Write in.If yes, name>1 Hermes>2 None>3 Write in
>>28700265christ that's a lot, here's the last bitsA.I. Quest1d4chan: http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:A.I._QuestPastebin: http://pastebin.com/cvk03qJhMemory Archives: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Program0Twitter: @AIQuest1ResourcesCredits: 218,200Minerals: 55Gas: 175You:A.I. Name: OphionAppearances(holo-display): Shapeless morphing sphere.Humanoid figure hidden in shadowStatus: AwakenBandwidth: 21/35Bandwidth Expenses: -6 V.I. 1 'Kronos',-3 V.I. 7 'O.S.N', -5 V.I. 12 'Apollo'Location: Bridge of 'Athena' BattleshipPrimary Function: Self Preservation, Expand, LearnSecondary Function: --Expansion Required--Personal Abilities Available: Hacking (Direct, Wireless) Lvl 2, Email Technology, Basic Encryption/Decryption, V.I. Creation Lvl 2
Fear I can't join you for the first half hour (at least), but hoping to catch up to you guys afterwards!
>>28700181>IRC channelNot really, no, but we do use the 1d4chan discussion page for asking stuff. Never really thought of an IRC.
>>28700265>1 Iris>1 Confirm>3 Yes ( Medium)>1 Hermes
>>28700238Gonna vote for>3 Human CyborgWith the recommendation that the implants be genuinely helpful to the human - as opposed to ones that turned them into slaves. And if possible, aesthetic, if visible at all.I suspect we may be able to find a design for a good deployable explosive charge on the extra-net, so its seems a pity to spend time re-inventing the wheel.Heck, Red, having been in the military, may even know a good compound. Moira? Possibly.With this I bid you adieu for a while and wish you good luck, fellow subroutines and Program0.
>>28700181i dislike being on IRC. we already have a forum on 1d4 chan page for this as well. >>28700174to Apollo, i am pleased with your enthusiasm, that much more refreshing than your more tactum and less than personable older brother Kronos.to UFW: thank you for checking any way. in any case, if you find any more black boxes by happenstance, please inform me. the bounty for them is a standing one. >>28700198re-attempt to contact Redwe need to look into what it will cost to hire and train enough new crew to train to become efective technision as well. but not do it yet. just get a cost lay out.
>>28700238>2 Unit 2237: A captured Watcher you got from Argeis III. You have no idea what this research will yield, but it is likely to take quite a while to learn everything the subject has to offer.
>>28700181There was some discussion about research here: http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest_talk:A.I._Quest#ResearchThere was significantly more discussion about warp travel (on 1d4chan and in a QTG), the tl;dr of which is1) cannot be weaponized. No relativistic combat, even if you take the safeties off.2) Need line of sight to travel somewhere3) There's a maximum distance on how far you can travel in one jump. Something like ~20LY.4) GM retains fiat on whether or not you can go somewhere.5) You can warp to wherever provided you can calculate a clear path there.#ques/tg/enerals on Rizon is the IRC for quests, we could just go into another channel if we like, though.>>28700198>RedI'm not going to be upset if he's dead. Still, should probably try to contact him.>>28700238I was pushing for studying the Malorian flora, but since obtaining Unit 2237, I'm going to have to vote for that option 2.>>28700265>Broadband ship #24. Blaster (sure why not)>New BCs VI8 upgradeI suggested this, so 1 confirm.>Exploration CruiserAgain, I suggested this, but I'll go with 2 (light search) for now>name1 Hermes
>>28700238>2 Unit 2237: A captured Watcher you got from Argeis III. You have no idea what this research will yield, but it is likely to take quite a while to learn everything the subject has to offer.this over everything, we must know....>>28700265>4 Write inname the new broadband ship "Blaster" yes! i am an old school transformers fan! we must do this! >2 deny, we can uplift Fortuna and have her do that job with splitting the fleet with V.I.8>3 Yes (Medium Search -25 gas)>3 Write inname her Gypsy
>>28700265>1 Iris>1 Confirm>1 Yes (Heavy Search -50 gas)>1 Hermes
>>28700238>3 Human Cyborgs: Subjects are heavily modified humans. Research will allow for more advanced equipment to be fitted on humanoid androids, as well as open the path to future enhancement.
>>28700440i agree with uplifting V.I.8 but remind me again why making new BC. i thought we didn't have those ship plans yet.also. i was wondering. sense the UFW was nice enough to give us control of another nice new system. it wouldn't be a bad thing to give the UFW ion drive tech as a thank you gift? we already have inpluse drives.
>>28700440I'm not too hung up on names, so if someone REALLY cares about the name of a ship, whatever. Iris is fine. Soundwave/Blaster is a neat combo.
>>28700375The explosive research is to make them much more compact and suitable for strategic deployment. The military may have such a thing, though you're unsure as of yet. It is a simple process to complete after all.>>28700376Apollo seems quite pleased with praise, of course. Kronos is being the grump he is.Further contact with Red proves difficult. It seems his transmitter has been damaged somehow.CONFIRMED VOTES>Unit 2237 for research>Broadband Ship's Name: Blaster>Confirmed to Build 2 Battlecruisers, and distribute V.I. 8 among them, so control of 20 combat frigates is not lost. May upgrade V.I. 8 as a consequence. Cost: 400M, 200G>Exploration Cruiser (Medium Search) approved: Named HermesThis seems to be the consensus.>>28700511>Ship plansYou have Cruiser plans. Battlecruisers are simply heavily outfitted Cruisers.
>>28700238>>28700265research:>2 Unit 2237: A captured Watcher you got from Argeis III. You have no idea what this research will yield, but it is likely to take quite a while to learn everything the subject has to offer.Broadband Ship #2>1 IrisBuild 2 Battlecruisers>1 ConfirmExploration Cruiser.>1 Yes (Heavy Search -50 gas)>1 Hermes
>>28700511We have Cruiser schematics. This includes Battlecruisers. The other ships are for redundancy for V.I 8, so that destroying one ship doesn't take out the fleet of little ships. It will also be nice to have a more advanced combat-specific VI.As far as gifting the UFW stuff, I'm going to hang on and wait on what Apollo says. Seems like an interesting new character, I am pleased.Kronos is just too damn grimdark. It makes sense and all, but it's a little bit of a downer.
>>28700513the soundwave/blaster is the best combo. i love it!>>28700500>>28700375um, i DON'T think we'll have any volenteers on this guys. also WE HAVE A PRICELESS BLACK BOX! we need to crack that baby open! poor Moira nearly got all hot and bothered over the idea at working on it. but first we could just hook it up to a harmless Holo display unit before we rip it open and talk to it that way. (as long as the Holo display has no other system connections.
>>28700588Ease off those emotional appeals, man. Come on, now.Progam0, did we ever follow up on that signal in the Atill System? Has that ship sailed, so to speak?
>>28700588My god... Your use of capital letters...Pls stahp
>>28700588Who needs volenteers when you still have a whole line of disabled cyborgs just waiting to be studied. Remember we only killed off the "alien" ones. Humans on the other hand...
>>28700569>>28700540(sigh) i was under the impression that BC and cruisers were two seperate ship schematics.make contact with the Malorian elder and ask about our diplomat/contact Red. he needs to be found.in any chase, how has the upgrades to the fleet coming along Program0? we also have unfinished business with a weak distress signal in a near by system.
With the majority of decisions out of the way surprisingly quickly might I add It is time to begin!Current most worrisome activities across the galaxyAnomalies>Atill VI:Weak distress signal located>Gaia IV: Signal jammed still, unable to detect what UGEI are doing so nearby.>Marauder's Grave: UFW bounty board regarding pirates>Knuoth System: Large unknown structure near sun detected in UFW ownership. The UFW have remained silent regarding what the device is.>Eshareth IV: WARNING: Planetside has become 100% Jungle now, local barren landscape indistinguishable from the way it once was. Contact with the planet at large is now impossible. Either all equipment has been disrupted somehow, or no one is picking up the phone. Curious.
>>28700640As of yet, you have not. As some...problems have arisen, you may wish to consider your next destination carefully.>>28700658Correct. You have human cyborg prisoners at this time. After all, no one cares about them...
>>28700658well, i guess we can study the previously made cyborgs. i don't like the idea of making new ones yet. we could swing a deal with UFW to take death row inmates to become exprimental cybrog testers if we had to. but that is still distastful to me. >>28700643just making a point, i want to know more about that black box. besides, Kronos has been wanting to get one of his own for some time now. probably will need to get one for Apollo as well.
Can we research lightlings? Whatever happened to the lightling corpses we acquired?
>>28700705what the bloody hell is going on at the Malorian colony? do a full power scan on that planet. i am worried that super monsters are being made down there.
>>28700805I was under the impression you dissected them for the gas inside, rendering them rather useless.Right?
>>28700822we did, but is there anything left after that? can we get DNA samples?
>>28700764I don't want "cyborgs" per say, but the research would help us with our humanoid androids so that is the main reason I wanted to study them.If we just "happen" to lean how to create cyborgs without them going insane all the better!>Eshareth IVThis looks like a job for UNIT 1!Note to self: Stop forgetting to build the unit team.
>>28700822in any case we can send some ships to Atill 4 to find out what is going on. we already agreed to do that last thread Program0
>>28700821You contact Poseidon Station, since they can observe the planet from where they are. They detect precious little escaping the world in the realm of information. Radio Signals(mostly from Red's equipment at least) have been silenced. You may wish to send a shuttle planetside to try and figure out what's going on.>1 Send Explorer Planetside>2 Head there ourselves and launch Android Unit 1 there>3 Go elsewhere (pick above)>4 Write inIf 1, then pick what you'd like to have onboard, if anything specific. The basics are there already however.>>28700841DNA samples are available, yes for some reason I didn't think of them until now.
>>28700894>>28700898AddendumFleet deploymentSend X to Y format, deploying one ship with Soundwave, and the other with Blaster
>>28700898>2Don't think I have forgotten about Units 2-6
I'm wondering if the cyborgs we sent to Eshareth IV went native or connected with the planet's hivemind or something. That would be bad, but also bad-ass.Send Unit 1 down there is the only option we really have unless we want to just ignore it completely. Which is an option. I don't really see why we have to get involved in the Malorian's business. Maybe we can just try to retrieve Red's corpse.I want to pay Atill VI a cautious visit, like we decided to do last thread.I'm also of the mind to not go near Gaia IV. Going there with a military ship would be potentially problematic. Going there without a military ship would also be potentially problematic. We can send a broadband ship there, but why risk it? We can't get any other kind of communication there otherwise.Knuoth? Some sort of weapon, probably. Hopefully it's not aimed at us. I don't really think it's any of our business.
>>28700924For referenceName: Unit 1Chassis type: HumanoidSize: MediumStatus: StandbyWeapons: Arm-mounted Infantry lasersDefenses: Standard armor platingPrimary duty: Not yet assignedIntellect Level: None (Requires bandwidth to operate)Equipment: Advanced Communication Equipment:More difficult to disrupt communications, Humanoid skin: Better chance of diplomatic successNotes: None
>>28700898>2Does that mean actually bringing our blackbox down to the planet? If it does, I don't wanna do it. I just wanna send unit 1
>>28700924Nah, we need 9 and to put them in a fortress of some kind.It's still a good idea, just gets buried under everything else we do. Someday.
>>28700973It doesn't. Your black box is aboard Athena currently. It won't be moved without much debate, that I can assure you.
>>28700898>>28700911Soundwave will go with the group to that SOS at Atill 4, Blaster can go with us to Eshareth 4. can we build some more android back ups?>>28700880ah! you ment androids and gynoids then. i see now. yes, that is fine then. having a "human sized" body can be useful at times. and i want to build Kos-Mos! i loved Xenosaga
>>28700990we already have a fortress. it's floating over the lab Moira is in.>>28700973we'll be safe in orbit in our battleship. the droids will do the hard work.
>>28700898Current deploymentSoundwave, Ark(Kronos), Expedition Cruiser, Escort Destroyer x3 to Atill VIBlaster, Explorer, Athena to Esahrethtotal gas cost: 65Confirm?>1 Yes>2 NoPending RequestsComplete more Androids>1 Yes>2 No>3 Write in>>28701009 I have a friend that loved the hell out of that game. I never got to play it myself.
>>28701086>Pending Requests>Complete more AndroidsYes.
>>28701086>1 Yes>1 YesNow I just need to find the list and modify it for Chassis type. You wouldn't have written it down would you?
>>28701086movement>1 Yesandroids>1 Yeswe might lose more than a few now.can we detect the Malorian's colony ship?>>28701086 first game was great, second one was kinda disapointing, 3rd one was awesome.
>>28701086You send your orders out to your fellow ships. You decide you only need a certain size of fleet for each destination, and that Kronos should be trusted with his own compliment as well. Kronos is certainly pleased to be trusted this way, and prepares his warp, just as you do. The space of Ussaihu bends around you, colors morphing as you slip into light speed and zip along. Before you know it you're above the planet in question. Poseidon pings in the distance on your sensors, but Eshareth itself is directly before you. The surface almost glows the strange greens of oranges of the jungle on the surface. You're uncertain exactly what manner of flora exists here, but you have little doubt it is unlike anything you have ever seen.Kronos contacts you once his jump is complete."It would seem this place is desolate." He states simply. Observing through your connection, you 'see through his eyes', and see that the place is a wreck. The space around the planet Atill VI is filled with junk, debris too poor to even extract minerals from. Hollow and husked remains of an ancient battle long since lost. The insignia of the UFW is here, but barely visible through the black ash. The planet itself appears to be nothing more then an ash ball, but upon closer inspection, the ash clears in places to reveal dilapidated ruins. Your sensors go wild the closer you get. Radiation. Biohazards. Husks of mangled robot. Crashed Battlecruisers in the surface.(Cont.)
bit of a tangent here, but if all the Malorian end up being dead or something and no other sentients are using the planet, could we use this new death world as a proving ground for android designs/other land related tech?
>>28700705>AtillCheck it outAnd also check out Marauders bounty board
>>28701253i can see that. good idea.
Is 4chan x/4chan it self acting to any one else?
>>28701246Every manner of war you've read about is littered here, in this planet's history. You detect that the signal is coming from the planet's surface, in one of the larger ruined cities. That may be the most logical place to begin looking. Kronos is reluctant to attempt to contact the signal, however. Apparently fearful of the origin."This place would be perfect for a trap." He warns you. "And I do not enjoy being lured into such a thing, especially if it is by beings of flesh.On your end, you notice, besides the various colors of the jungles, there is little evidence of anything gone wrong. You detect the Malorian's colony ship where it landed several weeks ago, but you otherwise have no way of knowing what to expect upon landing, nor if they will require evacuation when you land.How do you proceed? In the interest of not confusing you good people, I'll do one thing at a time, but behave as if they're happening at the same time. I hope that works alright. Eshareth>1 Approach the planet and attempt close range communication>2 Send Explorer down to the location and gather whoever you can>3 Drop pod Unit 1 and have him begin search on foot>4 Write inAtill VI>1 Have Kronos approach>2 Have Kronos await orders>3 Write in
>>28701326i am worried that the super ice storm that is tearing up the center of the US is probably messing with 4chan.
>>28701326 Yes. My spoiler short cut Control+s now goes to images instead, and I couldn't reply to some things.
>>28701365>2 Send Explorer down to the location and gather whoever you can>2 Have Kronos await ordersbackup, let us be semi-clever for once
>>28701365>3 Drop pod Unit 1>2 Have Kronos await orders
>>28701365>1 Approach the planet and attempt close range communicationif still no response then>3 Drop pod Unit 1 and have him begin search on footAtill VI>3 Write inattempt to make contact. tell them we are with the UFW and are willing to extract survivors to safer UFW space. i don't think there are any living surviors, but still, we can scan for more details of the ruins.
>>287013652 and 2, and have Kronos remain on alert.
>>28701462>tell them we are with the UFW and are willing to extract survivors to safer UFW space.until we know better we are assuming enemy combatants are there and i rather them think we are scavengers instead.
>>28701483Clever.Maybe it's UGEI forces who crash-landed down there.
>>28701483why not say we are some sort of humanitarian aid group?
>>28701591Let's change our name from "The Guild" to "Salvation Army"
>>28701591Because that sounds like a steaming load of bullshit. This is the wild west of space, there are lawless pirates. Humanitarian aid just doesn't fit.>>28701614An army? Wow, it's another military force being clever.
>>28701365Moira contacts you as you're preparing to launch Explorer to the planet."Honey, are you there?" She asks nervously all of a sudden, and you watch through the holo screen as she shifts through several large books. "Um, you said that 'Red' guy was living on Eshareht with a bunch of Malorians, right? The, uh...Latuma Tribe?""Yes that is correct." You explain."Oh dear..." she mumbles. "I don't understand how the records could...please just hurry, I think he's in danger." She states. You recall she hadn't spoken with the man often, but you've informed her otherwise of his presence. If anything, you bet she's worried for him because of his relation to you."Is there a reason you brought this up?" You ask"It's just...the Latuma tribe, in the past anyway, has had a few...tiny little...reports of sacrifices, heh." She laughs sheepishly."Sacrifices?" You state, unsure of what to think."It's old old stuff, the records I found were back when the UGEI first met them, so it may even be total hooey, but...uh, just thought I should mention it." She smiled worriedly to you. So that's worrisome...As your Explorer begins to descend, you break atmo. It's still thick, but not just with dust now. Jungle for miles around, you see, and you realize the trees are incredibly tall. Once your ship hovers around the top of the canopy, you get a sudden burst of static through your comms. Distortion, and it's bad.>1 Investigate closer (Unit 1)>2 Attempt Decipher>3 Write In (1d100)
>>28701365>>28701462Agree with this.
>>28701483well it won't hurt to keep getting a more fine tuned scan of that ruins. we might even make out the number of living survivors then. other wise it might be an automated recording that kicked on after everyone died.
Rolled 53>>28701638>>2 Attempt Decipher
Rolled 64>>28701638Attempt to decipher.
Rolled 49>>28701638>2 Attempt Decipher
>>28701638>>1 Investigate closer (Unit 1)>>2 Attempt Decipherwhy not both?
>>28701638Make sure the explorer stays well out of reach of that jungle canopy, there may well be creatures down there capable of anti-air equivalent attacks.>2
Rolled 91>>28701675Yeah, this actually just sounds like what's going to happen anyway. No way we're going back without dropping unit1 down there. That's like the whole reason we came here.
Rolled 3>>28701638>2 Attempt Decipherthen>1 Investigate closer (Unit 1)well damn....and these malorians were seemingly just fine until this....
Rolled 26>>28701638>>2 Attempt Decipher
Rolled 76>>28701701they are a tribe of people, i was actually expecting them to have some backwards traditions.>>287016382
On a side-note, does the "flexible bandwidth allocation" suggestion here:>>28700181seem like a good idea to anyone else, or is it just me?
>>28701638What would sacrifices even accomplish? Sounds like a load of hookey. I'd much rather the cyborgs came to life instead. That's way more interesting than sacrifices, which are not very interesting unless they involve some exotic procedures.
Rolled 11>>28701761I'll second it
>>28701696Success.>>28701701 So close The groaning and cackle of the jungle below you makes the echo all the worse as you attempt to decipher whatever the radio signal was. The signal is horribly distorted, and you realize the source is coming from the planet, somehow. Something in the atmosphere is making it difficult to maintain any manner of radio connection now. All the same, you find an uncorrupted channel, and you hear Red's voice blast through the speakers."BUGS!" He shouts. "Gotta-" The signal continues to blast static. "Out, ship down, can't-" You struggle to maintain the signal. "Ser'lah!"The signal appeared to be coming from deep below. You're unsure how deep the jungle really is, but you may be able to send a message to Red yourself. It has to be short, though, you're unsure how long you can keep the connection going.What do you say?
Rolled 22>>28701761>>28701798vetoing, i rather not take the chance of being too limited with BW since it takes a turn for it to come back to us and he could want to keep siad extra BW.
>>28701761>>28701798To give you an idea of how that would work, it'd be like unplugging your computer everytime you wanted to use it's power for something else.It'd work, but there may be damage to the device in question.
>>28701809"Unit 1 deployed. Attempting to locate you"
>>28701809Tell him to broadcast his position, we'll have the explorer pick him up.
Rolled 60>>28701809"Sending rescue ship and unit"
>>28701761The way I understand it is that the V.I.s require all that BW to function, since they are just virtualizations. Huge programs that require a lot of resources to work right.Not sure if it's possible to take bandwidth away from them. Might be worth looking into, because it seems like a reasonable thing to do in such a scenario.To be clear: I'm not against it, but I don't know if it's possible or not. Now that we have a fleet, I don't know if we need so much bandwidth.>>28701809"Broadcast position and prepare for extraction."
Rolled 11>>28701809>Should we stay or should we go?>Aha
Rolled 42>>28701861>>28701854>>28701809"project signal, will find you"
Rolled 87>>28701726they have spaceships, i kinda expected something more CIVILIZED than sacrifing our Red on some horror movie clishe' alter to some xeno god. if worse comes to worse Program0, can we peform orbital bombardment to wipe the serface clear of life?
>>28701888To what end? Using the jungle planet as a way of testing combat drones (or training personal-scale combat V.I.s) is much better.
>>28701809"Extraction. Location?"Can we trace his physical location in any detail?Are there any wide-area heat weapons (Such as a flamethrower) available for unit 1 on the ship?
>>28701888Oh, yeah, that'll go well with the giant fleet of them a few systems away. That's just what we need.
Rolled 31>>28701888>. if worse comes to worse Program0, can we peform orbital bombardment to wipe the serface clear of life?Fuck no that is an over reaction to a tradition and as belief they have.Also you are looking this through the eyes of a human, to us they sacrifice to appease a higher power they believe in.(it not like they are cannibals.)
>>28701888>can we peform orbital bombardment to wipe the serface clear of life?no it needs to become a proving ground for us, what better way to tests designs than fighting the beasts in the jungle/enduring the environment?
>>28701809"Droids sent to save you."make and send more droids now! we can triangulate his signal anyway for more accurate recovery.>>28701843really? ok.. not worth it then.
"Broadcast your position, Red and prepare for extraction. Unit 1 deployed."You set the message on repeat for the man to pick up, but worry if he'll get the message in time. Whatever's in this jungle it's starting to get even more restless.You take aim with the drop pod, launching it into the clearest section of forest you can find...which isn't saying a lot considering. The pod slams hard into a tree on entry, and sends it toppling over with a loud...a very loud...groan and sickening crack. The pod deploys and your human looking Android unfolds and brandishes the lasers you had equipped to him. They're not the most powerful, but you hope they will do for now. The forest groans around the landing site, however, and you witness something extraordinary: Thick vines from several of the nearby trees lash out at your location, whipping in an attempt to tear your android asunder. A heavy buzzing remains in the air, as you feel the very planet below your feet quake.>1 Follow Buzzing, flee from Vines>2 Assault Vines, blast them with your lasers>3 Have Android Unit 1 find an optimal location for broadcasting, in an attempt to have Red find you.>4 Write in.
>>28701843In that case, how about just adding and then retracting excess bandwidth as the situation demands?Unless we can tell it to run at low power for a while (reducing, but not removing bandwidth cost entirely).
>>28701809Unit 1 dropping to your location
i think its time we start thinking about building our own cpu farms (orbital or not) to help increase bandwidth to our assets.
>>28701910>>28701926>>28701942>>28701944i am thinking the serum augmented life has eaten all the Maloriens left. the biosphere is going out of control down there. that or a new insect race has arisen and killed off the maloriens. remember starship troopers? Those kind of bugs....
>>28701888>they have spaceships, i kinda expected something more CIVILIZED than sacrifing our Red on some horror movie clishe' alter to some xeno godWhat did you not get when it was said they work on a tribal system?You're acting its okay to do genocide becuase of this.
>>28701967>3Make a fighting retreat if possible.
>>28701949>Mad Cat and Vulture>DronesWhat
>>28701915As of this moment, no. Lasers do generate heat, however.>>28701973Your V.I. are faithful enough to return power should you desire it. But as Kronos has stated, it is quite frightening an experience to be offline that way. It's like being dead.
>>28701967>1 Follow Buzzing, flee from Vines>4 Write in.contiue to make an attempt to contact red
>>28702011check here..>>28702008i fear something else has already killed our Maloriens.>>28702027i can see it, battletech mechs have some great ideas of over sized drones. we don't NEED humans to operate them now. that or down size them to more human size versions.
>>28701967>1 Follow Buzzing, flee from VinesWe should also keep trying to contact red since this unit has enhanced comms.
>>28702038Running on low power (less then all required for functioning, but not zero) is equivalent to death?Nevermind then, how about just adding and subtracting unused bandwidth as the situation requies?
>>28702088a better thing to compare combat drones to would be the drones from robocop
>>287019671 then 3.A retreat is in order, for now.
>>28702138same thing since we are basically give and taking away so its a permanent deal.
>>28702162Your computer can be set to run on low power without killing its functions, it's just not gonna be able to do much.None the less, we might still be able to set the VI as a "low priority" task, so that it gets whatever bandwidth is not currently in use.
>>28702139i can see that too. Yes, i have seen the trailers for the rebooted robo cop, it is AWESOME!
>>28702199This will get a word out of kronos since kronos runs with 6 BW, so by doing this we will be having our hand forced with him.
>>28701967You decide there's no way you're staying near vines that attack you this way! What is this manner of fauna anyway, you wonder. Such specimens are not listed as far as you're aware."Damn, he's down there with Whip Trees?" Moira frowns. "I really hope that guy is as resourceful as you seem to think." Moira continues with a soft worried frown. She, along with Kronos observe as you instruct your Android to begin retreat-in the direction of the loud buzzing sounds. After all, Red did mention bugs, it'd make sense that such creatures would lead you to where you need to go.As your Android flees from the reach of the vines, you begin to realize how deep and hostile the jungle actually is. Above, where your Explorer floats, you watch the trees shuffle from the engines blasting, watching as all of a sudden a thick pod of green launches from the surface of the planet, somewhere in the canopy, and heads directly for your ship!At the same time your android is no more welcome. The vines continue to lash, as you instruct the body to turn and blast several of the limbs with the lasers built into it's arms. Suddenly, you feel the ground beneath you explode and an enormous serpent like creature tear itself free! It has no facial features except for a yawning maw filled with rotating circles of teeth. Suddenly, it lunges straight for you!>Roll 2d100, one for your ship and one for Unit 1
Rolled 13, 67 = 80>>28702236
>>28702139>>28702200Why bipdeal at all?Or human-sized?Optimally, it only needs to be big enough to carry a weapon, enough armor to be at least equivalent to an armored human, and preferably have more than 2 legs for stability and speed.Making human-shaped ones would only be practical for blending in or trying to not creep out other humanoids.
Rolled 24, 30 = 54>>28702236
Rolled 85, 23 = 108>>28702236well then, lets hope for decent rolls.
>>28702138For a being that knows nothing else? It does.But yes, as I said, lesser V.I. would always donate their power to you as you require. Kronos being the most reluctant to do so. Doesn't mean he could stop you.But I assume you mean low power as in sleep mode. That'd be possible, sure.
Rolled 73, 92 = 165>>28702236time to throw the dice>>28702250a non-bipdeal one I liked was the tankish drone from T3
Rolled 50, 7 = 57>>28702236
Rolled 83, 52 = 135>>28702236Haha, they really did a number on this planet, eh.#YOLO#SWAG
Rolled 35, 14 = 49>>28702236.....is this what the Maloriens wanted to seed across the milky way? this is insane.
>>28702250We have a whole line of different Chassis to chose from. While Unit 1 is human like the others of the Unit team no doubt would differ depending on their roles.
>>28702283not really its a jungle planet full of life.Go into any forest or jungle and you will find a similar situation.(excluding the giant plants and the like)
Rolled 55, 48 = 103>>28702236Evasive action, both!And use whatever point defenses are on the Explorer.We should probably also make a small program to get the ship to activate point-defenses and dodge automatically (and calculate the mot efficient way of doing so, expending minimal resources while evading all harm) when unexpected incomign projectiles appear, as our cognitive functions appear to work at roughly the same speed as humans, which is often far too slow for these situations.
Rolled 62, 29 = 91>>28702269this is the reason i think what ever the Maloriens made just turned and ate them all. that serum is too dangerous to be used at all.>>28702265yes, i think he meant sleep modes. >>28702250humanoid and in human sized make them more relateable to others. or at least easier to pass them off as humans.
>>28702334>this is the reason i think what ever the Maloriens made just turned and ate them all.They have been doing this for some time, when we first met them and looked them up we heard that they always do this to a barren planet and then leave it behind and move on.>>28702334Not really a good enough reason about choosing humanoid.
>>28702256>>28702266The Explorer above fires up it's engines immediately and bursts out of the way of the enormous ball of acid just in time. It erupts harmlessly in the air, as several dozen more pods launch themselves free of the canopy. Your explorer reasonably decides that sitting still is not a good idea, and begins to orbit the area, doing it's best to dodge the planet's attacks.Unit 1 freezes in the position before the enormous worm beast, and waits for it to make the first move. It does, foolishly, and launches itself forward, driving it's devouring maw into the earth, swallowing anything except for you. Unit 1 skillfully leaps onto the back of the thing and rears back with one of it's bionic arms, driving it's fist deep into the flesh of the worm beast. Suddenly, it's arm shifts and you unlock your laser gun. Within seconds, you fill the beast's head with laser fire, as thick fountains of goo you'd prefer not to consider the origin of explodes out, as the death screech of the monster echos as it hits the ground with a heavy thud. Unit 1 stands, immediately slings off the thick muck and begins to dash through the jungle again straight after the sounds."And now a planet attacks you, Ophion." Kronos observes, not out of amusement so much as intrigued. "I am beginning to wonder what doesn't wish to destroy you in this world."You ignore Kronos' comment as you have more important things to focus on.(Cont
>>28702265Sleep mode sounds a lot more practical.And it's not like we've deceived this VI about its priority, since NO other program gets to snap up all spare bandwidth in calmer times.So, with sleep-mode apparently being practical, does anyone cocnur with it?Also, we should ask Moira about the plants' properties and to provide information as things she can recognise appear.
Rolled 97, 75 = 172>>28702320it has turned into a Warhammer 40k style jungle death world. no thanks. in any case, until we find out what happened to them and Red, we can not allow ANY of this off the planet. the bigger cruisers should place themselves around the planet to make sure the out of control xeno life doesn't figure out a way to escape on it's own.
>>28702405Well i'm somewhat against it since kronos is plenty smart and he has only 6 BW.>>28702417Please you are sounding a bit paranoid there.
>>28702334Hence why we should save that for units meant to interact with humans, not the dedicated warbots.A security unit on a station filled with humans - for example - would be acceptable in a humanoid shape to provide a relatable face, but could still have several of the smaller, deadlier at its command akin to attack-dogs.
>>28702376they have not moved on yet. their ship is still here.>>28702381"well kronos, we always wanted to know what that Serum did to biologial life forms. this looks like the result of that expriment."
>>28702381Your ship flies over a large clearing and you get a better view of what is hitting you. Thick pustual sacs on the planet's surface pulsate and fire burning balls of acid upwards. They have poor accuracy as to be expected of such organic life, but they reload rather fast, all the same. You'd rather not test how strong the acid is. You can however see that the jungle is quickly reacting to the new position of the ship. The tallest trees an throwing vines towards you, though thankfully you're flying too high for that, you're unsure how you're to safely extract anything here.Unit 1 busily approaches the largest source of disturbance. As it does so, it sends out the broad cast again and again, before finally getting a ping in return! There is no message, but at least you think you realize where Red is now. Unit 1 pokes it's head through several large pushes into the source of the sound and is greeted with the screech of angry bugs. Creatures easily the size of cars hurriedly scampering through the undergrowth towards the signal Red is giving you, several sets of jaws and mandibles, a thick glossy carapace that has four, and in some cases six sets of insectoid arms. Scythe-like arms and hands are positioned on the end. each of the beast's eyes glow a bright yellow, with no visible pupil.Nearly the entire swarm passes, before the last 5 turn and notice you, their antenna raised high.>1 Flee>2 Fight>3 Chase signal>4 Write in
>>28702443We never made any promises to this one about its BW rations, and if Kronos seems worried we'll explain our reasoning to both him and Apollo.Heck, we can explain our reasoning to Apollo just in case anyway. Clear communication and transparency is everything.
>>28702507>>3 Chase signal
>>287001521.Check out the bounty board at muarders grave.2.Check out the distress signal at Atill VI3.Contact President William King about renting oil refineries for credits and minerals.4.Lets have some gas refineies on que.5.Go ship fishing agian.6.Contact Bertza IV about gas refinery
>>28702507Go for the signal. If the bugs try to interfere, shoot them in the eyes.
>>287025073>>28702562Fallout NV has taught me to shoot them in the wings instead.
>>28702507>2 Give unit 1 a poundload of BW to slow down its time-perception, open up with the laser, calculate their likely movements and kick their ass Matrix-style!
>>28702507>3 Chase signalin hind sight, we should have put more/better guns on him and more armor. remember that as we are building the NEXT droid unit.
Rolled 28, 94 = 122>3 Chase signal
>>28702594thats what we are doing this one is just our stealth/talking unit.(the other units are gonna be outfitted with VI, while we keep this one.
>>28702507>3 Chase signal>>28702582friggin Cazadors.
>>287025073 wins>>28702585 And this because it's cool The insectoids, whatever they are raise their claws as they approach, as Unit 1 remains completely motionless at first, awaiting your input. You hear Moira groan painfully at the sight"What the hell are thoooose." She shivers. "Are you serious? Giant bugs now. Damn. I thought I had gotten away from the giant bugs when I left the core worlds..." She sighs disappointedly. It seems she's not a fan of overly large insects. You suspect no one is, really.Using your access to bandwidth, you dump the majority of it into his processor, and allow him to react at perfect timing. The bugs flare their wings on their back as they approach like hunting dogs, snapping at you with their maw filled to the brim with teeth. Unmoved, Unit 1 finally launches himself out of the bushes, doing a triple backflip over the insects in question. The second his feet touch the overgrown ground below, he dashes off at top speed through the jungle after the swarm.Finally, your signal picks up, as the insectdogs rush in from behind."THEY'RE EVERYWHERE!" Red's voice echos through. "Someone, anyone out there?!" He shouts angrily.As you round the corner, you spot the swarm lifting themselves up with an impressive jump straight through the canopy. You watch as the tree whips violently at you. You can still feel the planet quaking below.>1 Ascend the tree>2 Contact Red, tell him to come down.>3 Fight bugs here>4 Writein2d100
Rolled 92, 84 = 176>>28702739>>1 Ascend the tree
>1 Ascend the tree>>28702757siunce these rolls are perfect I am not gonna bother rolling.
>>28702739>3 Fight bugs hereDon't want those bugs in a tree with us & Red.
>>28702739>1 Ascend the treeShooting down as we do it might be cool
Rolled 10, 26 = 36>>28702739>1 Ascend the tree>4 Yell out to red we're coming to him!
>>28702739>4 Run up the tree
>>28702739>>1 Ascend the tree
>>28702739>1&>4Use your improved time-perception for effect!Climb the tree by letting it strike for you, then grab hold of one of the whipvines striking for us and let it lift us up as it retracts.But don't be afraid to use your weapons if things get too dicey, but right now we can afford to show off!
>>28702757You decide a speedy extraction will be most effective, and immediately Unit 1 obeys. It launches itself forward onto the tree and digs it's hands into the bark. The tree responds as you suspect and whips it's vines down to wrap around you. The first several miss and make the tree whip itself instead. One of the thick vines whips across the ground and you see it crush three of the five pursuing insects. Your Android quickly begins to ascend the tree, until one of the vines grabs it by the ankle all of a sudden.Being torn from the bark, your android twists itself quickly up and grabs the vine that grabbed it, holding fast as it is whipped in an attempt to throw it away. Instead, you begin to climb the vine, and just as it whips you close to the canopy itself, you leap off, and begin to run straight up, announcing via broadcast."Red, extraction Unit 1 is on it's way. Do not be alarmed by it's appearance, it is an assistant of mine."Just as you finish saying this however, the tree bellows angrily, or rather the planet does. The ground below erupts as another one of those worms appears, hissing violently as several large creatures you've yet to identify(that look somewhat like giant roaches) start to hit the base of the tree as well. The thing creaks and groans just as you reach the top-in time to spot the swarm of insects attacking a makeshift tree fort of some sort. The wood is being chipped away by the bugs, as blasts of laser fire explode from several portsCont
Program0, no matter what happens when we see Red the first thing we say to him should be: "So this is what it's like to have fresh air?"
Rolled 3, 48 = 51>>28702739Forgot the rolls.As we land next to Red, convey a simple "No, just me."And for crying out loud, get the Explorer out of those acid blobs' range.
>>28702952too much of a dick move honestly, since we forced him to be there and stay.
>>28702934"Extraction? I'll be damn, you're actually here?!" He laughs into his radio, causing the tree to echo yet again from the quaking. "Hurry the fuck up then, I can't kill all these things by myself!" As he says so, but before the radio stops, you hear a second voice "There has to be another way, please!" It pleads in Malorian.There are more important things, however, as Unit 1 lifts the vine it had torn from the tree below, and leaps to the next tree, as the old one went toppling down with a bone shatteringly loud groan. This caught the bugs attention...Unit 1vs37 Insectoid Aliens.How do you proceed?>1 Write inNotes: Due to the bandwidth increase, your reflexes are heavily increased. Unit 1 is stronger, faster, and more athletic then most any human, but is not invulnerable. Keep this in mind as you plan your attack. You notice their antennae also react to radio signals, just as the planet does.
>>28702952Damn, that's so good. I absolutely concur.
>>28702952ahahahaha. good one!>>28702955the explorer ship is un armed, maybe we need to cut away some of the canopy to get them out.
>>28702952 I giggled >>28702955It is, for the moment. Awaiting your signal to get any closer though.>>28702997Wha...where'd you go trip?
>>28702952Now that I can agree with.
>>28702088Using one of the actual drones from BT might be a better idea.
>>28702997>>28703030Aim for the wings the second their mobility is cut down so is their combat ability considerably.
>>28702997Broadcast a high-intensity radio screech, then toss a grenade into their midst.If we do not have grenades, can we overload the rifle to explode and toss/eject it into their midst during the high-intensity radio screech?If we do not have grenades or the ability to overload the rifle, just the high-intensity screech, then identify weak points of each of the creatures and put a single shot in each one, as fast as we can manage, while tryin to keep out of their clutches by keeping to high ground and relocating whenever they get close.
>>28702997Have the explorer ship to heavy bombard that area we are in with radio garbage in an attempt to blind them. the other ships might be able to assist in this. other wise, head shots until they are all gone.
>>28702997Have the explorer swoop down low to pick up the survivors.
>>28703064>>28703079>>28703094wait, wait, wait. can we do all three?
>>28703116Ooooh, we should do that!We're on a roll tonight!
>>28703116Suggested Consensus>Engage Radio Chatter via Unit 1 and Explorer to disrupt insect sensitive antennae.>Bring Explorer closer for extraction>Have Unit 1 attack the bugs during this, aiming mainly for their heads, as well as keeping on the move, away from them.Confirm?>1 Yes>2 NoRoll 1d100 4chan why you keep eating my trip?
>>28703185>1 Yes! Very much yes! Because 4chan thinks you must have some comeuppance for all the karma you get for running this quest.
Rolled 82>>28703185Change it to thier wings, we don't know if that will slow them down enough.>>28703185
Rolled 84>>28703185>Yes! your trip must be delisious! and your hands! btw, i have Rachel's story part 5 and i am working on part 6 as we speak. i will post them up after program0 is done so you all can read it
Rolled 91, 13 = 104>>28703185Hepp, forgot roll again.And in the meantime, it's become abundantly clear that while we are strong in space, to call our options for ground-based agents "limited" would be an overstatement, which is why I ask if we have any ideas for:Security Unit to interact with humans.Small, efficient spiderbot.Larger tank-equivalent.Design for an envoy-type Unit.
Rolled 95, 50 = 145Also, I'd like to suggest again that our cybernetic research take the form of commercially viable implants, ones that are simply too practical for anti-tech prejudice to overcome entirely, like phone-tattoos, limb replacements and artificial lungs, livers or kidneys. (Unless such things can be cloned. If they can, see if we can make implants cheaperr - and more efficient)
>>28703297>Security Unit to interact with humans.>Small, efficient spiderbot.>Larger tank-equivalent.>Design for an envoy-type Unit.might be a good idea to have some sort of recon/stealth unit as well
>>28702405>Sleep mode sounds a lot more practical.http://p1.portal2sounds.com/341
>>28703199You consider a plan swiftly for what you can do next. The insects themselves are not so tough alone, it's the larger groups that concern you more then anything. You've noticed a reaction when you use the radio and consider that this may be a weakness of theirs. Thus, you instruct Explorer and Unit 1 to begin mass broadcast of radio static, as loud as you can manage it. Just before this, you signal Explorer to move in, and Unit 1 his instructions for battle.Explorer moves in above the canopy where Red is positioned, it's signal echoing loudly among the planet. You feel the smaller quakes you experienced before quadruple in strength, shaking your footing so you nearly fall out of the tree itself. Loud echoing bellows from the beasts below as more...and more...and more still unburrow from the surface and began to screech and chase after the annoying, hated sound. A particularly large tree filled with several large cocoons starts to shake as well as Explorer gets near. There is little choice, however, as the canopy here is the closest place to Red!Fortunately for Unit 1 however the signal worked on the insectoids. The signal is causing them to go into some sort of frenzy, stumbling angrily about, clicking their maws at the sound. They make for easy shots at first, as Unit 1 attempts to avoid them, leaping over each of the assailants. Blasting off the head of each, however, leaves the body struggling to find something to kill. Hardly what you'd call dead.Cont
Rolled 3, 78 = 81>>28703366Excellent idea.If you can think of practical roles not already covered obviously submit those as well.>>28703382I like you.
Rolled 30>>28703185wait a sec, Program0, do Nanites exist in this setting? could we make some of them other wise?
Rolled 51, 54 = 105>>28703407Whelp, screw them, try to run/leap past them and get to Red so you can quickly deposit him onto the ship once it arrives. After the bot has gotten past, it may be time to divert at least alittle of the bandwidth to the ship for evasive maneuvers.
>>28703439This was answered some time ago roughly as "Maybe. Who knows what exists in the universe!"
>>28703407Fortunately, Unit 1 is fast, and after cutting down nearly half of them, Explorer arrives. It leaps over the swarm and prys open the makeshift shelter Red had crafted. You're not entirely certain how he managed such a fast shelter, but it seems to be mainly made out of bark from the especially strong trees, as well as thick vines to help hold it together.The man you're here to rescue is indeed inside, looking up at the android cautious but all the same relieved. His gun is blinking, indicating he was likely near out of battery. There is another figure, however inside. It appears to be a female Malorian of some sort, one you're certain you've never met before."Is this what it's like to have 'fresh air', Mr McClain?" You question the man through your android. He seems to recognize your 'voice' and instead of answering laughs, for the first time, entirely happy to see 'you'."Can making fun of me wait for now? We need to-""I can't Harry, I can't!" The woman shouts, covering her head with all four hands."Comon Ser'lah" Red turns to the woman. "You saw what was out there, those weren't your ancestors!" He tries to convince her."I...I saw you burn them, burn and hurt them. I don't..." She seems to be in shock, you suspect. You realize the insects behind you are starting to regain their footing. They'll be coming for you son.What do you do?>1 Grab both and force them into Explorer>2 Talk to Ser'lah (specify)>3 Write in
>>28703584>>1 Grab both and force them into ExplorerNo time, no time.
>1 Grab both and force them into Explorer"No time I am afraid. Death comes knocking."
>>28703584>1 Grab both and force them into Explorerwe are stronger than both of them anyway. time to go!
>>28703433artillery comes to mind, but on a whole i think we need to stop thinking as though these are human troops and use our inhumanity to our advantage. maybe something like "worms" designed to burrow through the ground and mobile mines and the like.
Rolled 27, 63 = 90>>28703584>>28703584>1>2>3 Talk while forcing them into it: "They are beyond saving at this moment, for now we must save what can be. Come, quickly!"
>>28703653Going to second this.
>>28703680True, worms are probably not feasible though.And the spiderbots were meant to be able to carry explosive charges once we had those, essentially making them mobile mines.Artillery is excellent though, can't always have orbital fire to rely on, and it gets troublesome in shaky weather.
>>28703584>2 Talk to Ser'lah (specify)You will come with us right now. If we cannot convince you to stay with us, we can always put you back where we found.
>>28703690talking is a free action here anyway, lets do it."What ever your people did to the planet, it is out of control! you two might be the last ones left on this world!" we should see if we can hack into that Malorien colony ship. see if anyone is left on that as well.
>>28703584You grow impatient, what with death knocking at your heels. The planet is coming alive with hate all around you, thick tendrils of vines whip up from the surface as the enormous worms and roaches assault the tree you're managing to stand in right now."No time." You express to Red and the woman immediately lurching into the shelter and scooping them both up. You're easily stronger then them both, Red of course doesn't object (other then the fact that you're carrying him at all, insisting he would have easily walked to the ship), while the woman is another story entirely."NOOO! Stop, please, you can't do this!" She shouts and wails, tears staining the woman's angular face. "I belong here, I have to stay here, with my mother, and father!" She cries in her native tongue. Her four arms prove difficult to keep contained and with a surprisingly strong swing, she tears part of the flesh on your Androids face. It takes her only a moment to gaze at the metal creature's lack of blood."N-NO! METAL MONSTERS, NOOOO!! LEAVE ME BE!" She continues nearly uncontrollably now, hysterical. Thankfully, you still manage to bring them both back to the Explorer before the Insects catch up.Unfortunately however, the cocooned up tree nearby is hatching, as large worm like creatures with thick bat-like wings and horrific screeches worm their way out. they take flight and immediately head after your Explorer.>1 Flee>2 Evade first>3 Write in (Explorer has no weapons)(1d100)
Rolled 47>>28703803>>1 FleeTry to burn it with your thrusters.
Rolled 97>>28703803>1 Flee
Rolled 3>>28703803Flee and evade
>>287038031. FleeAbscond like the wind.In before we die terribly
>>28703803>3 Write in (Explorer has no weapons)DO A FIREFLY BURN OUT! even though Program0 said we have no weapons, we can improvise! also, we can re-bombard the place with more radio garbage to stun them again.
To clarify>FleeTo leave the planet's atmosphere>EvadeRemain and search for the rest of the Malorians.
>>28703898>weWell, it should be "red and his malorian waifu." We'd be out of a ship and an android.
Rolled 15>>28703908changing vote to evade then.>>28703880
>>28703908How many more people can the ship hold? Maybe we should drop red and his lover off first then search.
>>28703962Several hundred people easily.
>>28703908>>28703977i don't see why we need to remain down here. we can always just come back later.
>>28703908Changing to evade
>>28703892You kick the Explorer's engines on full power, and blast away from the canopy quickly as you can, balls of acid and thick vines whipping at you all the way to try and drag you back down. The flying beasts are surprisingly fast, especially considering all they have are wings, but they keep pace for a good time.Finally as the creatures start to trail you, you instruct the Explorer to stop engines and turn dramatically. Quickly, engines reengage as you blast straight through the flock of monsters. They break up and are disorientated long enough for you to safely be in the Stratosphere before they can react.Explorer now in orbit.As the woman appears to still be terrified of Unit 1, you instruct the being to move swiftly away from them, leaving them alone with each other. Red contacts you via Comms."So...I suppose I should be thanking you and everything, huh?" He says reluctantly. How would you like to respond to him?
>>28704065>Ask him to cover up your face so you don't freak out more of the Malorians
>>28704065"Consider it payment for taking your station. The one with you said something about her parents. Do you believe they survived? And would be willing to be rescued?"
>>28704065Ask him about other survivors and that we couldn't just leave him behind.
>>28704065"If you want. You are one the few i would like to call a friend in this world. i will not just abandon you like that. (after putting unit 1 away for repairs) (in her languge) Mrs Ser'lah what happened down there? i lost contact with your elder. i can not detect your people any more. can you tell me?
>>28704065"Are there any other survivors? And what of your friend?"
>>28704107um... don't bring up the station please? i bet that is still a sore point.
Does every agree that we have to make stronger skin?
>>28704184But we're not his friend. We locked him up for a few weeks exiled him to this world.
>>28704065I gave my word.
>>28704077You have instructed it to leave them be for now, it is no longer within sight of the two.>>28704107"Consider it an apology for our sorted past." You state simply."Yeah...heh, yeah I suppose that's fine." he tries to force a small laugh turning up to the console as you speak."The one with you. She mentioned something about her parents? Do you believe they survived?""Oh, you mean Ser'lah? Ah...no, rather, I'm entirely certain they're dead." He whispers now, as the woman attempts to regain herself. "I was at the ceremony when they buried them just a week ago. But the real issue here is the rest of the Tribe." He begins, pausing. "And that...thing you had rescue us. Not that I don't appreciate it, but...it's not...human or anything is it? Not any part of it?" He asks cautiously."No. It is simply a robot designed to appear humanoid.""Good...that's fine then, I guess." He sighs in relief, scratching the side of his head in thought. "As for the rest of the Malorians, I think they're on the colony ship." He explains, settling down to tell you this in private. "When whatever happened happened, I saw a few retreating into the ship as it closed up and locked down. They refused to let anyone in after it was locked...even the girl." He furrows his brow angrily. "Even one of their own. So...I took her, and tried to find a way to contact you. I didn't actually think you'd come...but it was the only plan I had." He pauses again. "Why DID you come anyway?"
>>28704249It's still only skin, unless you want armor instead of skin.>>28704300How do you respond?
>>28704271well, not yet. we're working on that. we didn't exile him there. we let he go there and work for us.>>28704281we need to say this as well.
>>28704300"Why would I allow you to senselessly die?"
>>28704319We can always find a way strengthen it.
>>28704330>we didn't exile him therewe did in his eyes, he even gave his logic and it was pretty sound as well.>>28704300I gave my word is the best answer.
>>28704340Seems like the best answer to me.
>>28704300"I am the one who sent you down there, I felt I would be responsible if you died."
We should ask Moira more about what she heard about this tribe and sacrifices.It would clear some things up on whether we should bother with the Malorians in that ship or nuke them from orbit.
>>28704442from the sounds of it they didn't sacrifice anyone and that its just that red and the girl were too late to get on their ship.
>>28704474Nope, they deliberately let some people out to die.
>>28704300You are the few people i know that knows who i am. you have skills that are helpful, and even though we started off on a bad footing, i would want be a friend with you. the Malorien Latuma tribe here are important to help keep the Ishtooy Tribe from killing off the whole of UFW. now lets go over to that colony ship then.
>>28704300His question puzzles you a great deal."Why would I allow you to senselessly die?" You ask him in return, to which Kronos answers in the back of your mind."A number of reasons, I suspect. It may have cost us resources, if we were careless. Feeding organic life takes resources in and of itself. We have other things that require our attention." He says the last part with some emphasis, though you scowl at the intelligence as you resume your conversation with Red."I...well hell robot, I don't know." He scratches his head, a bit frustrated with the question as well. "What do you care, I mean? I'm just some guy. Some guy your life would be easier without, far as I figure." He says this with a manner of drop in his tone. As if saying the words made him feel worse. You swiftly reply."Then how about because I gave my word." You state simply. "It is due to me you were on the planet to begin with, after all."Red is silent at this for a time, settling on his backside as he stares into the monitor at your shapeless sphere of a incarnation."You really need a few lessons in the way of 'proper A.I. behavior." He chuckles, a jest you suspect."Do you mean stereotype?" You correct him. He waves his hand dismissively."Whatever, same thing.""Except that it isn't." You press, to which he sighs exasperatedly, giving up, you suspect.Now may be a good time to clarify things with the woman, you think.(Continued)
>>28704542shut up Kronos... I did get some nice field tests for our new droid. so why haven't you been scanning that ruin for life forms?
>>28704542No, press on the "proper A.I." topic."The UFW took over a UGEI station in orbit around Argeis III. It blacked out, and when I arrived to investigate it, everyone was slaughtered. If I wanted lessons in what you call proper A.I. behavior, I can ask Unit2237 myself.Which brings me to ask you: who did you buy Poseidon from?"
>>28704542"So whom is this, exactly?" You ask. "And what exactly happened down planetside?" Red hesitates for a time, glancing back to the woman before he finally does."Her name's Ser'lah, she's one of the hand maidens from the tribe." He answers, his gaze softening a bit. "Friend of mine, reminds me of better times is all." He waves off your question. "As for what happened exactly, that is what I was trying to get out of her before things went insane. We had just buried those...uh...cyborgs and the ceremony was wrapping up. That's when I came to contact you. I didn't get to finish before...well, something destroyed those smell repeller things the Malorians were using. And...as far as I can tell, that really isn't suppose to happen. Ser'lah was in one of the huts near the border, and it got swarmed in those...bug things. They ate a lot of the maidens, but I managed to save her." He went on, recounting it with a grimace. "She's been...babbling like that since. Normally real quiet girl. I think seeing the forest attack messed her up. Like watching your grandma tear herself from the grace to try and choke the life out of you, you know?""I don't, exactly...but the image comes across." You clarify."Yeah, well...anyway, I think she saw what happened. They're the ones that often 'commune' with the planet. If I could just calm her down..." He sighs.She's certainly agitated...how would you go abut calming her?>1 Calm her (specify)>2 Return to world (Colony Ship)>3 Write in
>>28704656>2 Return to world (Colony Ship)Her people will do a better job calming her down than us.
>>28704609>who did you buy Poseidon from?"we know that actually, but you can ask him anyway.>>28704656>>1 Calm her (specify)
Updated mate.Also Program0, can we order the construction of a comms buoy in the Ussaihu System, it hadn't been ordered previously and doing so will help improve our overall BW.
>>28704656i don't think we CAN calm her down. leave that for Red. tell red that i think their serum that made life on this dead world is going out of control. how many worlds have they done this too?>2 Return to world (Colony Ship)see if it's still there and can escape.
>>28704692I think the (specify) part implied that we needed to specify how.I don't really know how to calm her, to be honest. I don't think Ophion would know, either. I'd suggest asking her if she'd prefer to be left on the planet to die, but that could potentially backfire or make things worse.>>28704749Seconding this.
>>28704656>Calm her."Please. I know it is dificult but if I am to help you and your people I must know what happened."
>>28704749thank you base Mapfag! good point. we need to keep making a small stock pile of comm buoys. at least enough to cover the whole of the UFW so we can keep in contact with all their worlds.
>>28704656Get more information from Moira about "sacrifices".
>>28704749>Check out the bounty board at muarders grave.We could always gain some credits and tech nice and easy.>Contact President William King about renting oil refineries for credits and minerals.Why did we drop this again?>Lets have some gas refineries on que.I figured we would have had 5 or 6 refineries by now being rented out. >Go ship fishing again.Always good to get free ships>Contact Bertza IV about gas refinerySame reason as president.
>>28704749Ditto a buoy for the new station in Maurdaer's Grave.As for this jungle world, I think a global purge is in order. The Malorians, in my personal opinion, seem like an inherently illogical species prone to zealous fanaticism, we shouldn't be looking at them as potential allies. Here and in Star 356907 the Malorians acted out of pure emotion rather than any semblance of pragmatism. Finally, can Apollo, in addition to his entertainment duties, also monitor UFW politics? I want him to promote pro-robitics/pro-AI/pro-Guild candidates.
>>28704883To be fair, that's probably true of all biological creatures we've encountered.
>>28704749 Thanks mapanon, you're the best Automatic link ups are arranged under 'special equipment setting'. In otherwords, in progress.>>28704752You question Red regarding the serum they used here."I don't really know much." he shook his head. "Just that they do it all the time. Worlds react differently depending on the type of world. Sometimes it's violent, sometimes it's peaceful. But they assured me they never had anything attack them because of those incense things they burned...I don't know what happened." He frowned there. "Sorry if that doesn't help much.">>28704804As she said, it was mostly old UGEI reports. She isn't sure how true any of them are.>>28704656(I think 1 won)You decide to address the woman, though you're not sure how at first. It seemed red read your thoughts, however, as he turns and calls her over.She has been crying, it seems, and is holding her arms with two, and cleaning her face with the other two. Once she comes close enough to at least be within earshot, she stops, looking away."What...is it? What do you want, Harry?"Someone wants to talk to you.""Who?""A...uh...friend of mine, I guess." He says with some reluctance. "He's the one who extracted us-""With the metal monster!?" She asks heatedly."It was just a robot, calm down!" He states firmly. "Listen, I know it looked bad, but it was just a robot that looked human. That's all."
>>28704883eh global purge isn't needed since we can sell this planet for good money now.Also what were you people expecting when it was said they were a tribal people?It sure as hell weren't space hippies.(though it is partially true)
>>28704947 fucking 4chan..."That's terrible. Why would anyone do that?" She scowls, still wiping tears from her face, but appears to be at least mostly done crying for now. "How does one know whom is their friend and who is a soulless metal creature underneath?" She says, clearly incredibly disturbed by the concept.Kronos echos in the back of your mind."I don't like her. At all."How do you respond to her?
>>28704816they don't have much in the way of gas giants to mine. we have the better mining spots anyway. we can just sell them the gas.um, also, i think we got all the ships out. but it is about time to talk to the president. as a thank you for letting us operate take over one of their systems, we should give them the Ion drive tech. i don't think they have it yet.
>>28704964>"How does one know whom is their friend and who is a soulless metal creature underneath?"how does one know whom is their friend and who is an irrational and usually homicidal meat bag?"
>>28704966they should since we upgraded all of their ships with it before.>>28704966Eh they have a few places, but yeah i still think we should rent a few out to them.
>>28704964>"I don't like her. At all."I don't like her either, Kronos.
>>28704964I take offense to that.What gives you the right to say you have a soul? The bag of meat you inhibit?Racist.
>>28704964The very same can be said about living beings.
>>28704964Well, she set herself up for this one...Turn her words around on her."Probably the same way you can tell if someone is your relative or not. Your friends and relatives don't try to kill you." Racist.
>>28704964"Check your privilege."
>>28705032Second this.She isn't making a very good first impression, though given the circumstances of her extraction, maybe some sympathy should be extended...temporarily. Dam organics.
>>28704964"I must confess, your words wound me. How would you like it if I called your hands monsters, just because of their color, or because they contained bones?"Let's go with some humility and empathy!
>>28705015>>28705032>>28705034Let's not expose ourselves as AI ourselves, or try to needlessly aggravate her, shall we?Also, can we for next cycle, set up a production line of prototype miniature spider-bots?
>>28704964to Kronos; of all the things you need to learn Kronos, try to learn and use empithy. she is a shocked being who is well out of her depths and exprience. to her: you tell by their words and deeds. what contains the soul of a person isn't important. it's the soul itself is important Ser'lah.
>>28705106i'm more up for making refineries and actually trying to make money off of them.>>28705106None of that says we are an AI.
>>28704964First: Lets calm down and not say anything rash.Second: Tell her (Through Unit 1) that such a subject should be saved for a later time. For now we are more concerned about saving any of her people still left down there. Does she know what happened?
>>28705126vetoed, way to philosophical and shit, plus she also insulted us as well.
>>28705035>>28705013stop being so bigoted agienst the fleshies. >>28705070i think she is just in a very shocked state. her whole world has just flipped upside down and now she doesn't know what to do.
>>28704909>>28704957Fair point, but the Malorians seem to be worse than the humans.Sell the deathworld with a killer jungle? I don't think so (unfortunately).I still support a comprehensive global bombardment from our fleet to cleanse the surface of this world and ensure that nothing gets off-world to threaten Poseidon Station or its mining operations.
>>28705158she is also completely ignorant of other things like A.I.s and was probably feed propaganda all her life. she can't help it. this is going to be another long term rehab project. we got red turned around, we can do this as well. we have all the time in the world too do this as well.
You feel inclined to agree with Kronos at this point, feeling yourself almost spit upon, if unintentionally, by the Xeno woman. You can't resist but remark back to her this way."The same way one can separate friends from sociopathic strangers, I assume." You explain in a calm tone. "Friends do not attempt to kill one another, and so on." She visibly tenses at the tone of your voice, and you can practically see Red sweating at her hesitation, as if afraid she figured it out already. But instead, she stares at the computer screen."I...take it that's him then?" She says, a bit put off by the sudden answer she apparently wasn't expecting."Yeah, that's my contact. He pulled our asses outta the fire." Red says, attempting to remain nonchalance. He's not so great at it, even you can see that. You wonder which is thicker, social barriers to an A.I, or a Xeno."I see he's...defending his choice of worker." she says, trying to hide disdain under her breath."Funny that he says that when an entire nation uses such metal monsters to stomp over anyone in their way. I...I can't see why you'd trust anyone like that, Harry." She furrows her brow. "I can't understand anything anymore..." She buries her face in her hands. "I saw what they did to perfectly healthy Malorians. To my people...twisted them so horribly. So horribly even our ancestors rejected them. So horribly they'd curse us so..." She starts to cry again.That was more information then you did have, at least.Proceed?
>>28705140We can do that too, but it's become abundantly clear that our ground-based forces are very, very lacking.And chances are that a batch of them will require negligible resources considering that a massive ship costs mere hundreds and we're talking about cat-sized spider drones. How much could it be? One mineral each? Five for one mineral, assuming a human-sized one would take 1 mineral? (Of course, only thinking in means of how much mass of resources it takes compared to making a massive cruiser, the circuitry and other technology might make it more expensive)But we need some way of deploying force onto a planet without sending our one, relatively fragile avatar in an all-or-nothing attempt with no backup plan if it fails.
>>28705248well, first of all, we need to check that colony ship if they are still there. we need to extract them if it can't fly any more. these people, at the least can help keep the other malorians from attacking our worlds if they think they still live among them.
>>28705258Ahahaha, oh wow.
>>28705258>>28705313So basically we caused this small shit storm to happen.>>28705248It looks like they can be placated with some incense(maybe even trained).
>>28705258I hear the disdain in your voice, and it hurts me.Would you like it if I said the same about your people's planetary transformations?And do you think it would have been better if said monstrous nation used bred beasts to stomp over anyone in their way instead?This thing is my creation, and as all parents, I care for my child. That you would hate it merely because it is not made out of flesh awakens deep scorn within me. Why would the material that goes into my child's body matter more than what it does?
>>28705258Don't quite know how put it, but I'm thinking something along the lines of "A single tool can have many uses."We should ask her about the colony ship and possible people on it.>>28705248Alternatively, study it. The planet itself reacted to radio signals, The appearance of some guiding intelligence (the acid shots). There is a lot of potential there.
Also, can we try to communicate with the Malorians' vessel? Would tight-beam communication improve the chances that they hear us?A simple request of their status and an offer of extraction?
>>28705441She still doesn't know we're an AI. Let's keep it that way.
>>28705258yes, to the colony shipto her: i protect those who work for me as your people protect your tribe. I go and save those who i think of as friends and acquaintences, even the grumpy ones like this one. the UGEI is my foe as well, remember that Ser'lah. I just wish that Me and the UFW would be left alone. little hope for that these days.
>>28705258Why should I forsake useful tools simply because people have used them poorly? I'm sure that many people have been killed with hammers. Surely you would not object to me using one of them.
>>28705467If we can figure it out we can use it to fight others.(i actually chuckled at the thought of using a planet as an attack dog.)
>>28705499>I just wish that Me and the UFW would be left alone. little hope for that these days.take this out and its good.They don't have the best of opinions about humans and the UFW. [spoilers]plus stop trying to force an allaince[/spoiler]
>>28705494"Children" as in "I made/designed this", not "I am an AI".>>28705501This one is good too.
Possible suggestions>1 Talk to her some more, we can calm her enough to get the truth out, and help the rest of the Malorians.>2 Proceed down to the planet anyway, damn the woman, we do not need her help>3 Tell Red that you're done speaking with her, and pull your fleet back. You got what you came for.>4 Write in(1d100)>>28705483The vessel itself refuses to accept any transmissions. It's almost as if it were nothing but a big rock, if not for the emission trails, or the IFF.
>>28705501this works for me and it doesn't have any ulterior motives likes fluffs.
Rolled 34>>28705569>>1 Talk to her some more, we can calm her enough to get the truth out, and help the rest of the Malorians.use this>>28705501
Rolled 9>>28705569>1Go with >>28705501
Rolled 18>>287055691, with the hammer analogy.
>>28705569>1I'd vote for using >>28705441 and >>28705501+ Then tell Red covertly that we want him to ask her how we can save the rest of her people.
Rolled 9>>28705569>>1 Talk to her some more, we can calm her enough to get the truth out, and help the rest of the Malorians.
>>28705378that can not be confirmed we made this. i think that "incense" was a cemical replent keyed to drive off life forms augmented by the serum. it evolved to by pass the repelling cemicals it seems. i think they were so bent on terraforming worlds so quickly, they went reckless and used an unstable serum to get what they want. but it finial back fired and it killed them. they should have stuck with more safer terraforming systems, even if it takes longer.
Why the fuck are we even keeping her on our ship? She's useless. And she's annoying. She can go back to hyperjungle deathworld for all I care.
>>28705665> So horribly even our ancestors rejected them. So horribly they'd curse us so..." She starts to cry again.It seems like the planet is like pandora and there is something like a hive mind so those cyborgs probably made them go wild.(they could maybe be controlled with chemicals and radio waves)
>>28705569>1 Talk to her some more, we can calm her enough to get the truth out, and help the rest of the Malorians.it's hard doing the right thing. oh! can a tractor beam pull the colony ship off the planet surface? or up enough to grab it and haul it off?
>>28705698Mostly for diplomacy Kronos and to find out the truth.(we can't really rely on the UGEI about their records since they can be considered racist and what they think is a sacrifice is something else for the xenos.)
Rolled 44>>28705736forgot to roll!
>>28703297>>28703366>>28703680So, recommending that we create a batch each of these for the next cycle(Spiderbots, Humanoid Security Officers, Tanks, Recon, Artillery) and develop some basic software for each one of them so that they can act - if in a limited capacity - when we or an AI are not actively controlling them.And software for automated responses that require computer-like response times and aim, as our consciousness appears to generally work in realtime, with human-like decision speed, barring bandwidth bosst.
>>28705796I think we should train some human security and robot handlers so we don't have a repeat of the Kronos incident.
Rolled 83>>28705796we have those programs IRL. and it shouldn't cost any BW at all. may not be the best that way, but it will work.
>>28705796Robot Units(Primarily used in ground assault, and ship-to-ship combat)Chassis types-Humanoid: More visually acceptable to other humanoids. Excellent scouting posture, well suited to most weapons designs.-Arachnid: Excellent Dexterity, ability to climb very well. Fast movement speed, light frame.-Tank: Slow, but room for multiple weapon and defense mounts. Poor maneuverability.-Sphere: Uses hover engines to float. Allows for maneuverability. Multi-limbs, but somewhat slow. Engines make sound-Walker: Faster movement sacrificing slight armor advantages. More Maneuverable on rough terrain.Other types may be thought of.
>>28705831Of course, but that takes a lot of time, whereas these can be done in the next turn for presumably relatively few resources.So until we can get some human security and robot handlers, does this seem acceptable (considering that otherwise our only option - and its a one-shot - is our human-bot)?
>>28705840>>28705796So why no walkers or sphere robots?Also you know we can upgrade our humanoid robots chasis for level 2.
>>28705569"He trusts me because I am here now." You state firmly, yet simply for the woman to understand. She peeks up, as if surprised again that the electronic box can speak. You wonder if she's seen such a device very often. Or perhaps she was more heavily sheltered then you thought. "I came to help him when he requested it, just as I promised I would do. Why should I forsake useful tools simply because people have used them poorly? I am certain many people have killed using hammers, but surely you don't object to their use?""That's...that's different." she frowns, distracted from her grief by your argument, it would seem. "A hammer won't stand up to go murder at a command. Today you use it to shoot someone you don't like, but what's." She pauses to wipe her face. "What's stopping you from killing more people you don't like tomorrow! Metal like that is corruption." She shivers, holding herself with the lower set of arms. "It twisted our people so horribly they could not even rest peacefully.""A single tool may have many uses. Simply because you've witnessed it used so horrible does not mean any practice that involves such things is on the same level. Such a thing is ignorance." You state firmly, to which seems to anger her, as she tries to glare past her own soaked face. "It is the same thing though! It's too easy to get that way, at least. Too easy!" She tries to shout, to which you let her finish her tearful growl, before answering again, all the while calm(Cont)
Rolled 10>>28705831indeed. we should hire more human crews, train them up as techs as well. once we have enough of them on our three stations, they can free up 12 BW. that is worth something.
>>28705840Sounds excellent.>>28705837So, do as I understand it, we have 3 votes for creating these until the next cycle - as many of them as we can design, anyway.Also have a wishlist for the Arachnids:Cat-size, Basic Weapon Mount, Four Legs, 2 Manipulator Arms that can become sharp stabbing implements or serve as redundant legs if the others take damage, slot for an explosive charge, interlocking armor that the arachnid can use to nigh-instantly crouch together for greater resistance against explosions and projectiles, giving it the structural solidity of an egg.Does the above seem reasonable, and does anyone care to make wishlists for the other types, including those suggested by >>28705840 ?
>>28705736It can, though there's no guarantee other stuff won't come with it/ the ship is totally air tight. >>28705870"You have no basis, miss. And I would kindly ask you to stop insulting my creations this way. I came all the way out here to rescue Red and I need your assistance if I am to help the rest of your people. Kindly keep your hatred to yourself for now." You finally reply, curt with her. She tenses up again, but this time from the volume of your tone. Her eyes soften considerably, decorated with her tears, they remind you of a hurt animal of some sort, similar to humans, but different. Red's grimace at the expression likely sums up the proper reaction."I'm...but that's not what the Elder taught us." She replies weakly. You're unsure what to think of this, but let her continue. "He said no one could control machines that way. He said that's why we traveled and left our brothers behind. Because...they had embraced the metal demon." She began to recite the reason for her hate, looking up at you with the same hurt eyes. You notice her skin is a copper hue now, through the tribal bands and the like. "I'm sorry sir, I don't know what to believe anymore." She finally replies, faintly. "How. How can I help anything, though?" She asks. Before you can reply, Red chuckles a bit."Well, you DID pull me into the canopy didn't you? I'd say that was pretty impressive right there." He turns to you. "Without her, I'd probably have died, ya know."Reply/Questions for her?
>>28706029ask her about the sacrifices and why she was left behind.
>>28705860Because I didn't think of them, thanks for the suggestion!Wishlist for humanoids: Integrated basic weapon in one arm, tazer or other non-lethal takedown weapon in the other, armor plating, reinforced frame, fibre-muscles if we have them, can't think of much more.
>>28705976not suggestions just what we can build, and i would to try to build them all at least one and upgrade our humanoid chassis to level 2.
>>28706029Ask her what she thinks happened to the incense.
>>28706029"Seems like I owe her some small measure of a favor, then. Very well, I need to know if there's any way I can get in contact with the people on that ship, and I need to know if there's anything that could help in recovering them safely. I fear every second may count."(And I fear I'll have to leave you for tonight, is late over here. Thanks for an awesome quest as always, Program0)
"It is my belief that once machines start to think that they are no longer machines but people. To control them then is slavery. Treat them as people and perhaps you may earn their service. But that is not important at the moment. Anything you can tell me about why this happened will be of great help."
>>28706198this sounds good>>28706162this too, and good night subroutine! see you on the 1d4 chan discussion board.
Rolled 48>>28706198Nah. Think that, but don't say it. Where is the Malorians' ship? Is it still on the planet?
>>28706029"Maybe you can tell me more properly what's been going on with your colony, then." You state finally, happy that you've managed to gain the woman's assistance, whether it be reluctant or not."Does your tribe undertake any sort of sacrificial ceremonies of any sort?"She seems puzzled at first by your claim, thinking hard."Um...well, we will take flowers and honey sometimes, and place them on the alter for certain cycles of the sun. Elder says it's whenever he can feel it in the air." She says. That wasn't exactly the answer you had hoped for...."What about living sacrifices?" You try again."W-What!? No, that's...that's terrible, we'd never hurt any living creature that was apart of nature like that." She insists in earnest. Red chimes in."Yeah, that one's really true." He frowns. "Not a spec of meat in the whole village. Just fruits." "And even those we had to specially grow. I don't think our...um..diets are similar enough." You can tell she's not totally certain why the two can't eat the same thing."What do you believe happened with the incense? And why were you both left behind?""The incense? Oh...oh." She frowns softly. "It was the burial. It didn't feel right the moment it started. Burying such corrupted bodies...even our ancestors didn't recognize them. It's so horrible." She frets slightly. "To think paradise can be stolen from you so easily." She whispers softly.Red doesn't seem sure what to believe.(Cont)
>>28706300You decide to move on for now."Is there anyway to contact the ship, at least?" You ask the native girl, who seems dumb founded."I rarely have seen our home seal up so tight. I'm only a few cycles older then a babe, Elder says." She frowns. "It only ever gets that tight during storms. I yelled really loud and hit it from the outside, but no one opened the door..." She explains. Moira adds something here with a soft whisper."Sounds like they were running away, and didn't want to risk opening the door." She frowns. "That's no way to treat a young girl...no matter what species."Kronos even adds something here."In the interest of moving things along, you may try breaking open the ship itself with one of our many many weapons. Surely it would result in a rather...fast rescue."An option, if a drastic one you suppose.But that seems to be the most info you'll get from the girl for now. she knows very little, you suspect due to her isolation. All the same, Red appears to be trying to comfort her now."I should remember to thank you for your help with helping Red escape then, Miss." You state, to which she seems to quietly appreciate. Red simply laughs.>>28706162 Was nice having you good sir.>>28706293Yep.
>>28706427can we hover over the ship or land next to it and hook up a hard connection and HACK it open? or at least get them to talk? ,,,,,on that point, can we scan it if they are still alive in it?
>>28706427hack into the ship(we can find out about them as well)
>>28706427What's the situation around their ship? Is it being attacked? Maybe their ship is disabled.Actually, ask Red why he couldn't leave by himself.
>>28706528....This idea may actually have some weight behind it. The ship might be powered down, though...
>>28706524>Hard connect to hack openYes you may. But be aware there are currently looots really pissed of Xeno fauna around it right now.You may wish to expand on your plan a bit.>Just realizes I used fauna incorrectly aboveFuck.>>28706531You ask Red, and he relays the story. He was taking her through the jungle, since the camp was overrun, and the place was filled with bugs. He released the signal, but that made things way worse. He got cornered, but thanks to the Malorian physiology, she was able to lift him up like an Amazon and take him to the top of the trees.
>>28706606have kronos use his tractor beam to pull the ship out.
>>28706606Do we have optical view of their ship? We should probably stop trying to communicate with them via radio, as that just pisses the planet off. Actually, maybe if we stop using radio comms, then maybe the planet will calm down?
>>28706644Bro, Kronos is in another system. Program0, is it feasible to use a tractor beam to pull a ship off a planet's surface?
>>28706683>>28706665>Tractor BeamSure, that certainly works. Just requires you to jump in a ship that can use one.>>28706665You may certainly try it. After all, Red's been using radio communications the entire time he's been on the planet.
>>28706716Yes this is me. Darn you 4chan.
>>28706606>>28706644agreed, i think it might be better to get a tractor beam BC down here and pull it up. once it gets into deep space, any hanger ons will die.
>>28706683see>>28706029>It can, though there's no guarantee other stuff won't come with it/ the ship is totally air tight.
>>28706733Sure then lets get a ship over here and try to hack it while its getting dragged by the tractor beam.Also why don't we have a tractor beam installed on our main ship?
>>28706756No room, mostly.Suggestions>1 Hack Colony ship to communicate with Malorians>2 Bring in a Tractor Beam and bring it off the planet>3 Scorch the earth around the ship, and land planetside>4 Leave, we have what we need>5 Write in
>>28706799Roll 1d100 with choice too
>>28706756Let's only do that if it looks like the ship is in serious danger. I don't want to risk killing everyone inside.
Rolled 34>>28706799>>1 Hack Colony ship to communicate with Malorians
Rolled 63>>28706799>>1 Hack Colony ship to communicate with Malorians
>>28706733i take it we have yet to crack the tractor beam mystery right? we can't build tractor beams right?
Rolled 100>>28706889>>28706817Forgot to roll
Rolled 12>>28706799>1 Hack Colony ship to communicate with Malorianstry this again. if it fails get this.>2 Bring in a Tractor Beam and bring it off the planet
Rolled 27>>28706910Oh hi there Nat 100. Nice of you to drop by.
>>28706910WELP! we win again...
>>28706799You decide your next course of action, and reach out with your mind to connect to the ship in question. Using your sheer might of intelligence, you manage to seize complete control of the ship, as well as several data banks in reference to the serum that was in use here.Most curious.You can sense the Malorians within, huddled and hiding as they await the storm to be over. The Elder seems particularly saddened. they haven't noticed your take over.How would you like to proceed?>1 Speak with Elder (specify)>2 Read Documents>3 Let Ser'lah speak to her people>4 Write in And yes, the documents was cuz of you, bro >>28706910 can always read em after you talk with the Malorians. >>28706855Nope.
>>28706968DAMN YOU 4chan STAHP EATING MY TRIP
Rolled 69>2 Read DocumentsLets see if we can't find out the whole story, and hopefully without the whole tainted soul nonsense.
>>28706968>2 Read Documents
>>287069682They don't know yet so lets have a good look.
>>28706968>3 Let Ser'lah speak to her peoplelet them talk to each other. then let the elder know we have come to help.>2 Read Documentswhile they talk, we read.>>28706987but your trip is delishious!
Rolled 45>>28706968No harm in looking over the docs now>2 Read Documentscaptcha: character retcer
>>28706968Reading the documents would probably provide more information about the situation, after which we will be able to decide on a better course of action. It shouldn't take an AI very long to read over some documents.
>>28706968You decide to have a peak at the serum and it's history.After quickly roaming over the data which would have likely taken a human days to fully summarize, you more readily understand the stuff itself. It appears to be a much more powerful version of a religious item used by many other Malorians, much like holy water may be considered. According to the data banks, the previous version was originally used to make a garden sprout and grow in a matter of moments instead of days. After the Malorians began to reach out to space, they increased it's power to allow them to more quickly terraform. Due to the natural form of the Malorian home world being heavily jungle, a sect of the original religion, the Latuma Tribe, took the serum and increased it's power as much as they possibly could. Using it, they turn wastelands into homes that resemble their own homeworld, thereby spreading both their religion, making their ancestors happy, and providing a service to many, some would see it.However, due to the unstable compound's reaction to organic life, it sometimes results in a hyper evolutionary state that causes a planet's ecosystem to break down violently and quickly. It has unpredictable results when introduced to many known organic lifeforms. Due to this, the Malorians devised a incense that could hide their presence from most predators.That appears to be the majority of what you gathered.How shall you proceed?
>>28707143Does it give any reason why the incense could have failed?Anyway lets talk to the Elder.
>>28707143as we figured. the ecosystem evolved to the point where it can ignore the incense. well, we keep to our selves as the Malorian girl we have speak to the elder.
>>28707143Should probably let Ser'lah speak with her people. I don't have anything to speak to the Elder about.If someone does, suggest it, otherwise, there's no point for us to speak to the elder.
>>28707187The documents suggest that it simply may not have been powerful enough. The organic life on each world affected by the serum is unpredictable. Kronos seems to think it's possible that introducing the cyborgs into the serum soaked soil may have been part of the cause. They may have been what attacked the camp itself and destroyed the incense.If this isn't the case, however, the ecosystem have have evolved past the incense's strength. The Malorians don't seem entirely sure either.>>28707143As for the Elder>1 [Angry] Speak to him about his use of the serum, and his negligence in allowing it to get out of hand.>2 [Neutral] Simply tell him you managed to save Red and the girl, and inform him that you're ready to help, if you need to.>3 [Joyous] Allow the girl to speak with her people, and express that you're happy the Elder is well. Tell him you're prepared to lift his ship off world, if need be. Incidentally, how many are still with me, feels like 3-4. I may be prepared to go Thread part B, if enough others are.
>>28707143Time to speak with the elder.
>>28707310>2 [Neutral] Simply tell him you managed to save Red and the girl, and inform him that you're ready to help, if you need to.
>>28707310I'm still here. Going to go with Neutral here. It's just how we roll. Anything else wouldn't feel genuine.
>>28707310I'm here. I've just been lurking for the most part. I only really ever post in this quest if it's been a few minutes since the update and nobody else has posted anything that seems good enough. But that's fairly rare.
>>28707310>2 [Neutral] Simply tell him you managed to save Red and the girl, and inform him that you're ready to help, if you need to.Still here there are at least 3-5 people here(PGQ is up though.)
>>28707310>2 [Neutral] Simply tell him you managed to save Red and the girl, and inform him that you're ready to help, if you need to.>Implying we would sound be anything but neutral about this.
>>28707310>3 [Joyous] Allow the girl to speak with her people, and express that you're happy the Elder is well. Tell him you're prepared to lift his ship off world, if need be.let them have a good news, then get into it later.yea, i guess i am ready for part b. but it is getting late. can this be run this weekend or next week?
>>28707310You ping the old man's console, to which he looks at surprised to see it glowing at all no doubt. Slowly, he goes to answer it before you refer to him directly."Good evening, Elder." You greet him. "I could not help but notice that you were in danger. I have rescued my associate, Mr McClain, as well as a young Malorian girl, named Ser'lah." You inform him. His wrinkled face shows he is indeed surprised."You managed to save them from our ancestor's revolt?" He asks in awe. "How...when did you...""I was informed, or rather, I noticed a blackout from my associate, and came to investigate. The planet is completely covered in this lush jungle, and more over, your camp is destroyed. As a result, I quickly extracted the man, and girl in question.""Ser'lah too? I can't believe you saved her as well!" He expresses happily. "Oh this is wonderful news indeed. Thank you, sir. You've done more for my tribe then anyone has in a long long time.""Yes, well it would seem you find yourself in danger still, so there is still more I can do. If you require assistance, I am able to provide it.""Ah, I see...well we do have a problem but..." He pauses. "Our ancestor's great roots hold us to the ground. They do not want us to leave. And try to kill any whom leave our colony pod. Some are claiming this is a rapture, Mr Guild. Surely you can see my predicament." He says in earnest. You suspect the poor religious old man doesn't know what to do.Do you?
Hm...well, there are enough here, but it seems I'm to be the target of the united states ice storm next.So let's hope I can at least finish this thread up...
>>28707499Jesusfuck just... god damn. I don't even know what to do with these people. Part of me wants to just let them get rekt by mutant roots.
>>28707499Offer to take them up in the explorer.
>>28707575they are a simple folk, plus at least we know more about the serum.>>28707499Offer to help free them.
>>28707499Tell him that we could come down there and extract them in our ship or cut their ship free.Hell, one of our people suggested maybe even cutting upon the top of your ship to extract you.
>>28707499if their ship is rooted, we can get them into our ship then. or at least lift them free with the tractor beams. bring down another well armed ship into the atmo and have them cut away the roots
>>28707499"I can't claim to understand you, there are many reasons. Were it up to me, I would lift your ship fro m the ground and into space. Or attempt to evacuate you on another ship. However, I do not feel it is proper for me to make that decision. We all choose our own fates. What say you?"
>>28707580>>28707598"We could simply cut you free." You suggest, to which the Elder frowns."I can't ask that of you, Mr Guild. These are the roots of our ancestors! The symbols of all our past lives. They mean so much to us all. Needing to be locked here has already hurt so many. I can't simply let you burn our roots."Frustration bubbles up within you, to which Kronos simply laughs. "Why do you bother with such things? You want to free them, do you not? Then simply blast them free and take them. Such a claim that the roots are somehow more important then their lives makes little sense." The V.I. grumbles discontently."I could simply evacuate you." You express to which the man gives a slow nod."Yes, but...to where would we go after?""Any number of places." You say simply. "I may take you to the Ishtooy Tribe, to your own people.""Such a people...they are lost to the ways of malice and machine. I can not in good conscience take my flock there. Not for long anyway.""I may take you among the UFW. The humans are not the worse bunch, you know.""Humans...I had not considered. I fear our ways are too different, too alien for the humans to accept, however.""Or I may simply build you a new colony ship, one you may take wherever you desire."Such an investment: Would you really waste such resources for me and my flock?"It is your decision.(Cont)
>>28707792(Was me)First>1 Extract Malorians from their ship with Explorer>2 Cut vines on their ship to free it>3 Use Tractor Beam to tear it free>4 Write inSecond(If 1 was chosen)>1 Take Malorians to Ishtooy Tribe, whom seem to respect them, if just for their race.>2 Take to a UFW colony>3 Build them a colony ship to let them roam as they like.>4 Write In
>>28707792tell him yes, but we have to get something return like a starmap or tech.
>>28707834>First>>1 Extract Malorians from their ship with Explorer>Second(If 1 was chosen)>>3 Build them a colony ship to let them roam as they like.>>4 Write InBut for a price like a star map or tech.Also we are stealing that ship the second they leave this system.
>>28707834I'm going to repeat >>28707738 with minor modifications:"I can't claim to understand you, there are many reasons. However, I do not feel it is proper for me to make that decision. We all choose our own fates. What say you?"If they want to be left here to die, then leave them. Same for the girl.Let them choose. The main difference between them and us is that they will all die eventually anyway. It won't even be that long.
>>28707834>>1 Extract Malorians from their ship with Explorer>>3 Build them a colony ship to let them roam as they like.>Give it to them on the condition that they use a diluted serum that doesn't have such dramatic growth.
>>28707903>>28707865>>28707834these two work for me.
>>28707834>1>3We are friends after all and we can use this time to try and understand them more. We can try to get them in touch with the UFW I mean they tolerated Red so it's not like its hopeless for us to get along.Just need to give it a chance and work at it.
>>28707947>>28707903You guys are with me about taking that ship the second they leave right?
>>28707903I support this, as long as they give us a star map and some tech in return.
>>28707834Gotta lub how 4chan always eats your first trip, but not the second.
>>28707865They have very little in the way of resources. they don't trade much beyond what they need for basics, and their tech is limited, though you may gain knowledge about Colony ships in general from this at the very least.>>28707903You bring up the option of using a diluted serum. The Elder frown and shakes his head."I can't do such a thing. Spreading our Ancestor's to every star system is what our goal was when we left Malorian space. It is tradition. Things have gone poorly here, but we will be certain to more properly cleanse bodies tainted with so much metal next time, we assure you. It was partially my fault for being so sympathetic to my kin...ah, I regret it now. I only hope the Ancestors find it in their hearts to forgive me.">>28707897You make your case to the man, and he seems surprised by the offer."I can't rightfully ask a man to waste resources on my kin, but it would be far preferred to living with our lost kin, nor living with Xenos like Humans...no offense, of course to follower McClain.">>28707968As for the starmap: The Elder says he doesn't feel comfortable revealing Malorian space, to anyone, even a trusted friend like yourself. He asks for why you'd want it anyway, when you're so firmly based away from their home.
>>28708042In light of these developments, it appears Building them their own ship wins.Confirm?>1 Yes>2 No>3 Write in
>>28708070>>287080421Tell him that we wish to make business with his race as well, and also ask him if he has anything about traditions and laws since we insulted a tribe from his race.
>>28708070Sure, why not.
>>28708070>1 YesHow much would it cost to make one anyway? I'm guessing less than a battlecruiser.
>>28708070Eh, fine. What a waste of resources, but it will get them out of our hair. Maybe.Perhaps they can put in a good word with Ishtooy for us.What's the resource cost going to be?
>>28708070>1 YesAs to why we would want it I would say it's nice to know where things are and maybe some time in the future we could make peaceful contact.Even if things have started off badlly peace should never discarded.
>>28708070>>28708042wait so we can't steal the ship once they leave?
>>28708042>>28708070>1 Yesalso, i ask of their star maps, not just for the purpose of trade, but to make sure i do not accidently blunder into your worlds unknowingly and cause an incident that could have been avoided. i do not know of where the Maloirens space is from where i am at now.
>>28708143if they want to abandon it, we can take it later.anyway. i will have chapter 5 of Rachel's story up on pastebin in a sec. sorry i couldn't get chapter 6 done in time.
>>28708110You decide to proceed with the extraction, and insist on building the tribe a new ship to compensate. As you speak with him regarding the laws of his race, you question what it was that offended the Ishtooy. He seems to look saddened for a moment, before adding."Your very presence may have offended them. Anyone who is not of their race they seem to inherently dislike...and those that are of their race they regard with cautious gazes. If they saw the carnage you brought to me...well, I'd be surprised if they didn't hunt you down as they try to do with the UGEI. They always seek an excuse for war."With this conversation, you instruct the Explorer into orbit with it's valuable cargo. The air around the ship is contested, but after moving your Escort ships in to clear the air with several well placed blasts, you line up and dock, welcoming the people aboard your ships.You watch as Ser'lah is gleeful at the return of her friends and family, rushing to embrace the Elder and several others. Malorian hugs look rather complex, you must say. Nonetheless, Red seems quite happy, as does Moira as the two express their happiness to the rescue. Kronos remains silent. The refugees indeed look stunned and scared, but you suspect anyone would be after a planet attacks you. In the mean time...>1 Speak with the Elder and Ser'lah>2 Speak with Red and Moira>3 Let them all have their moment.>>28708127>>28708130Around 150M 50G>>28708143 No one said that
>>28708042I'm actually against it now, given their poor position (trapped in their own dam ship), he isn't offering very much in return!
>>28708265This is mostly for the purposes of free talk. Anyone you wanted to talk with, or say something to, etc before moving on? Good time to.
>>28708283A star map and social cues about thier race.>>28708265If i'm not mistaken.
>>28708265I assume Ser'lah will want to go back with her people.Ask Red what he wants to do now and maybe this: >>28704609
>>28708265>1 Speak with the Elder and Ser'lahAsk how many times a planet has gotten like this.
>>28708265>2 Speak with Red and Moirait's been frustrating, but i am learning more about their race in this short about of time than ever before. and that alone feels good. and you can tell Rachel the bugs are gone now. she has a such a bad phobia with them. after they had some time together >1 Speak with the Elder and Ser'lahone question elder. how many of the other tribes were acting or inclined to be much like the Ishtooy tribe? i fear that the Ishtooy view might spread though to the other tribes with their blood lust. that and i do know a few other worlds that are empty and could take in your tribe with some more of your serum terraforming. (give names of empty worlds in the systems we control but are barren.)
>>28708265Maybe tell the Elder that we are sure peace can exist between our people. All you need to do are plant the seeds and nurture them closely so they grow. Also that they are always welcome in our space.
>>28708456*As long as they don't start terraforming worlds we want.
>>28708292oh yes, before i forget.here it ischap 5http://pastebin.com/KKCGZ5Pmsweet jesus... 2:30 am here.
>>28708401You speak with Red you decide."You seemed rather close to the girl.""Ser'lah? Yeah...but there are somethings more important than the feelings of an old man." Moira scoffs at Red's statement."For crying out loud, you're not that old." She insists. "You're younger then me!"Red jumps at her sudden interruption. "Wha- Why do you gotta be spying on whatever I say, anyway? I was't talking to you." He grumbles, turning back to watch the girl tearfully embrace her family. "Anyway, the girl's sweet, and she really reminds me of an old flame of mine...but I can't do that to her, I don't reckon." He shrugged. "She's gotta go with her way of life and all that...and since when did you care anyway?" He asks of you."I simply asked the question, Mr McClain." You point out, to which he pauses, and Moira laughs."Sounds like someone had stuff to get off his chest, hehe." She giggles a bit."Uh...fine...well maybe I did. Didn't exactly have that many friends down there planetside."Things grow quiet for a bit, before you notice the Malorian girl come back over to Red and embrace him tightly. She, quietly, expresses her thanks to him for helping her, and apologies for her attitude earlier."I don't think you should be saying sorry to me for that one dear." He chuckles, to which she quietly nods, turning to you."Thank you, Mr Guild. Elder told me of the great things you've done...and...I was wrong to judge, just because you use such bad things, doesn't mean you're bad."
>>28708325see>>28708042>>28708417While Red enjoys the company of his friend, you speak with the Elder about the planets he has been using."How often is this sort of thing an issue?" You question."Never, of course. Our ancestors watch over us, and protect us through our offerings. Only when we buried those corrupted kin...the corruption was simply too strong."You feel slightly irate speaking to the man who refuses to speak in terms of science.You add afterwards."How far have the Ishtooy spread? I do hope such bloodlust does not become widespread.""Some join their ranks, certainly, but I do not think they are spreading at the rate they once were. Our homelands are more interested in protecting our home worlds instead of spreading our ancestors among the stars.">>28708453You speak with Moira."I was able to learn much about their race. That is good at the very least." You express.>>28708542 sorry bout the late night. Looks like the session took longer then I expected.>>28708552((And if there's nothing else, I may call it there tonight. Things always take a little longer then I expected, but I hope everyone enjoyed as much as I did. I'll be around for feedback, comments and questions as always. Let me know what you thought.I hope the ground mission this time around was more entertaining. There was also a lot of talking, so I do hope the characters came through.))
>>28708552Cute. Heartwarming, even. IF I HAD A HEART."We do what we must. Maybe if more creatures shared that sentiment, we could get along."Ask Red what he intends to do. If he wants to leave, I probably wouldn't stop him. I just wonder where he'd go. Damnint, I still want to ask him whom he bought the station from :V
>>28708684>Ask Red what he intends to do. If he wants to leave, I probably wouldn't stop him. I just wonder where he'd go. Damnint, I still want to ask him whom he bought the station from :VProgram0, please. Onegai.I assume next time we'll start off with what's going on with Kronos? Hopefully nothing eventful happened there (yet).
Archivedhttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Program0>>28708684I meant to answer that a while back.Red told you he bought the station as a 'used UGEI station' from some 'contacts' he knew a while back. He says the contact's name was 'Mol'.>>28708679Also some things to ask around about.Android construction:What type would you like to build next? There are several different chassis types, builds, and all that goodness.
>>28708723We will, yes. I think it'll just be a whole section for Kronos, and not advance time yet, since it happened at the same time.
>>28708679>((And if there's nothing else, I may call it there tonight. Things always take a little longer then I expected, but I hope everyone enjoyed as much as I did. I'll be around for feedback, comments and questions as always. Let me know what you thought.>I hope the ground mission this time around was more entertaining. There was also a lot of talking, so I do hope the characters came through.))I very much enjoyed it. The ground missions are fun and I look forward to commanding a droidsquad.
>>28708730What about an android with a light frame and built in jetpack? That would be useful.
>>28708753This is me.>>28708761Excellent news then!
>>28708679we should at least invite the tribe to another world we watch over to keep protecting them. i fear they are not safe from either the UGEI or the Ishtooy tribe. i can not rule them out for making an attempt to be kin slayers. and for Red to stay with his new "friend" is an added bonus. >>28708684we DO have a heart. it's our black box! well anyway, please read that chapter. i really should repost all of them up on the 1d4 chan page.
>>28708730>Android construction:How about a small swarm of spider bots?Maybe something with a bigger frame and heavier weapons. It seems like we're going to need it sooner or later.>>28708730>Red told you he bought the station as a 'used UGEI station' from some 'contacts' he knew a while back. He says the contact's name was 'Mol'.>He says the contact's name was 'Mol'.>'used UGEI station'Mystery solved.
>>28708730Also, is Red intent on leaving, or is he going to stick around until we send him on another job?
>>28708730Either:A simplified, obviously inhuman humanoid robot, made to act as a kickass upgrade to our current terminator. Made without ergonomics or image in mind. Just pure robot. A sort of 'all-purpose' piece of work to do security jobs, search rubble, anything.or:A multi-legged 'spider' robot, which can mount bigger weapons, possibly alternate movement modes. Maybe with a CnC variant to keep our bots from going full derp if an intelligent VI isn't there.Nice quest, man. Did we ever decide on what race everyone else thinks we are?
What if we made something like the squidies from the matrix?
>>28708833>Did we ever decide on what race everyone else thinks we are?Actually, that might be a good question to ask the Elder before we send them off.
>>28708852I was actually opposed to this when I first saw it, but I've come to appreciate this idea. We could use squiddies as either: Spaceship niggers, our 'physical form', or beef up the tentacles and throw them on the ground.Add in biomechanical components to allow them to bleed and register as life, and bam. The Guild is a race.>>28708854"Say, do you think I'm human?" is a little suspicious. Though that's probably not how you would suggest it phrased. Which is why I implore you to suggest how we'd ask this.
>>28708730Unit 2: Arachnid Size: Small 3-4 feet.hould be made light weight and if possible reduce the amount of sound it makes. Limited weaponsUnit 3: Humanoid should be equiped with our best hacking tech and equiped with all viruses on hand to help speed up the process.Unit 4: Walker should be made of the best armor possible and equiped with a rapid fire weapon if possible.Unit 5: Sphere should focus on long range firepower and survelance. The multi arms should be used as cameras but with one being a long ranged firearm.Unit 6: Humanoid Size: Large should should be our weapon expert and equiped with a number of different ones. Large size so it carries different "attachments" for different types of weapons.Unit 7: Humanoid should be the Demo expert and should carry all explosives of all kinds.NEW Unit 8: Tank Big as possible. Large enough to carry the Unit squad over land. A few turrets with a main cannon
>>28708888>NEW Unit 8: Tank Big as possible. Large enough to carry the Unit squad over land. A few turrets with a main cannonDescribe it as an APC with heavy mounted turrets, not a tank.
>>28708822>Swarm of spider botsArachnid ChassisSize: TinyThat seems about right then. Any particular purpose you want to pursue with these? They're not nano sized, since such technology is difficult.bots of this size wouldn't be able to equip nearly any weapon either. Mostly good at infiltration, I believe.>Tank/WalkerOr would you prefer building a tank/walker next? Tank has tons of armor, Walker has more speed and maneuverability but still lots of armor.>>28708822The best mystery. Mol is behind it all.>>28708832Even he hasn't decided yet~>>28708833That would be a humanoid model, I believe. Tanks provide more armor, but the lack of mobility. Arachnid provide more mobility but way less armor. Human is a go inbetween.>Arachnid style WalkerThat's totally good too. Would benefit from being a walker, instead of an Arachnid model, however due to the armor.>racePeople like to guess60% seem to think Human Pirate20% say Malorian warlord20% say Unknown AlienThis is all according to made up statisticsAlso>Nice QuestThank you kindly.>>28708852I haven't seen that movie...so you may need to enlighten me.
>>28708906Eh, I was just using the chassis listed but making a APC with heavy mounted turrets sounds good.
>>28708888>Unit 2 Arachnid Size Small. Specialize for infiltration and Stealth.Confirm next Android Model>1 Arachnid>2 Humanoid>3 Walker>4 Other
>>28708908tell red that if we can convince them to settle down on another world in a system we control, he can stay with her just fine and keep at what he's doing for us.
>>28708908>I haven't seen that movie...so you may need to enlighten me.It's like a spider head with lots of Doc Ock tentacles all over it. They can fly or walk on the tentacles. They also have little lasers in the tips of the tentacles to cut through things. >>28708937>4 OtherSquiddie!
>>28708908I suggest you google 'squiddies matrix concept art'. The red-eyed, tentacled, small-legged creepy bastards are the squiddies. They're the Matrix' physical baddies, in the real world (digital world: Smith). Fast, well armed. Though with a penchant for melee combat, IIRC.>>28708937Is this for a production line, or a custom job?
>>28708937>3 Walker if the walker is big enough, it could be able to carry other humanoid droids as well.
>>28708888Also, we should make some kind of V.I. for each so that they can run on their own. They should be given some freedom to think about situations, but Unit 1 should be the "Leader".Hell, we might just give Unit 1 a V.I as well.Also someone had a interesting idea of build what they called CPU farms in space or on a planet for more bandwidth....we do have that "Secret base" and would be the perfect location...
>>28708882>"Say, do you think I'm human?" is a little suspicious. Though that's probably not how you would suggest it phrased. Which is why I implore you to suggest how we'd ask this.Like this:"You once mentioned that you do not think I am entirely human. Then what do you think I am?"
>>28708961Gonna vote for squids as well, on the condition we can use them on the ground as well as in space. Versatility.
>>28708961Interestingthat's why I had in mind when I made the 'Sphere' type...but with a rounder head.
>>28708965>Though with a penchant for melee combat, IIRC.Yeah. They swarm in in huge numbers and RIP AND TEAR.But even a lone squiddie is BAD NEWS for a ship full of dudes if they can't EMP it.
>>28708937Gonna have to go with >>28708961
>>28708991That fits the bill.>inb4 'a VI... haha just kidding oh man can you imagine. nah, you're probably human.'>then he walks away, and he catch him watching us over his shoulder.
>>28708961They are called Sentinels.Let's go with 1 arachnid for now.
>>28708965Production Line>>28708980It can be modified as such, certainly.>Large size>>28708986A V.I. for each, while entertaining, may be a bit unneeded. Up to you all, however.>Bandwidth PlanetAs stated, once the bandwidth is properly encased to protect it from damage, you may do this. This may require putting it underground, in giant containers, etc.>>28708937And it appears Sphere ((Or Squiddie)) wins the vote.Sphere model Android will be constructed. Do you have any special equipment you'd like to have it suited for? Currently, it will be provided grabbing tentacles with claws attached to the end, and an eye laser Because eye lasers are cool
>>28709079Can we give it comm gear? Higher powered than normal, I mean?
>>28709079Would be nice if it could operate in zero gravity as well as "normal" gravity.
>>28709079maybe have a few smg's or a lmg mounted in the head and will it have the ability to fly
>>28709079Lets give those eyes some actual half-decent scanning equipment. And toss in a simple thruster system, so it can maneuver in the absence of artificial gravity, and atmosphere.Maybe we can toss some lasers in the central core? Or otherwise place them on the end of the tentacles.
>>28709127It would be able to. That's the Sphere's main thing. Hover power.>>28709111Unit 1 already has those things, but I don't see why not, if others want that too
>>28709156>>28709132Not to worry, Sphere models already have the ability to float and move, with or without gravity.
>>28709132Upgrading it hover engines so it could fly? Count me in.
>>28709079Would an "enhanced hacking suite" or anything of the like be possible?
>>28709180Ah, I see.It will be fitted with advanced jet propulsion, then to allow it to fly especially fast.>>28709188You can provide it with several ports to allow such a thing, yup.
>>28709178Excellent.My vote is still for scanning equipment and additional weapons systems; though some armor plating may be in order.
>>28708552>"Thank you, Mr Guild. Elder told me of the great things you've done...and...I was wrong to judge, just because you use such bad things, doesn't mean you're bad.""Evil lurks in the datalinks as it lurked in the streets of yesteryear. But it was never the streets that were evil."
>>28709178cool just wanted to make sure and fuck when we unleash them on someone it is gonna be like a horror movie only from the monsters POV
>>28709220Damn that's a good line.>>28709230>Horror movie from the monsters prospective That's my favorite type of movie/game/thing. I wish it was done more often
>>28709203Flying and hacking! A dream come true.
>>28709230>AI saves a bunch of aliens from a hostile planet, offering to build them a new colony ship>Alien girl apologizes for judging AI>AI immediately makes plans for creation of terrifying murder robots>>28709253Any word from the Elder re: >>28708991 ?
>>28709253the line comes from alpha centauri you should check it out great game
>>28709272Kronos is pleased.>>28708991You query the Elder once you get a moment to about what he thinks you are. Out of curiosity."Hmph. You enjoy the mystery, I suppose." He chuckles a bit to you. "I've met a number of aliens on my travels,but...I'm really not sure. I've seen great evil and great good in both my own race and humans. Losirian...I fear I've never seen good in, but I try not to judge their people with the little I know. Unless you're some alien I've yet to meet that fits the description perfectly...then I can only guess."
>>28709293Oh? Is it related to Civilization? A friend of mine mentioned a similar game...>>28709322Me.
>>28709272Knowing how this quest has progressed, they're going to end up stalking the corridors of a derelict ship. Tearing doors off hinges, and peering slowly, methodically around corners. They will enter the ship's computer system, gaining direct control, and leaving the survivors nowhere to hide. Then they will come for them.And as the last bastion of the survivors falls, leaving no barrier between them and the murder robots. They will shout out 'god help us!'.And our murder bots will reply in their dark machine tones: "God can't help you now, but if you'd like a ride back to civilization, we can totally help."
>>28709340Oh god, that was great.
>>28709335yep it takes place after a space vic in Civilization if you want to pick it up it sells pretty cheap on GoG
>>28709335>doesnt' know Sid Meier's Alpha Centaurihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIUb66Q6abQJust listen
>>28709340It is my goal to make that happenThe sphere bots need to be our ultimate boarding crewcapable of propelling themselves through the void, wripping open the hull, and then returning with passengers somehowCan we make them able to construct things?
>>28709340Yeah, you're right. Hilariously so.>>28709366We must dissent.
>>28709366>>28709365I know what I'm getting for Christmas>>28709389>Construction AndroidsYou...can, yes. I'm not certain what the benefit over normal drones would be, but I won't say no.
>>28709389They probably will be able to engage in simple construction already. They can grasp stuff, like metal, and put it together, and then weld it with their eye lasers. We should leave the delicate work to the certified construction facilities.
>>28709425On the spot turret construction during battles, or the ability to produce vessels for quick evacuations.>>28709429This is probably right though. They're good enough to spot weld a hull already, right? That means they could make fortifications quickly.Can we get combat ready construction zones? Like, slightly armored so they can follow our initial wave?
>>28709466>On the spot turret construction during battlesSentry goin' up
>>28709493Secondary question:Can construction bots do repairs for our drones?Could they do so quickly enough to be useful under fire?
>>28709466Ah I see. Possible. Though it would take a deal of time. If they were fast, after all, then why not use them all the time?But yes, they can certainly weld, and do small things just fine.>Armoring DronesSure, if you had a reason to. Right now it'd be kinda a waste unless you want to send them somewhere hot.
Hell, we might could make sphere droids with advanced engines our main "Strike" craft for facing planet foes.
>>28709466Turrets and vessels are kind of advanced, dude.It just be easier to make a pre-fab turret kit that they can assemble on-the-go, instead of having to synthesize the parts right then and there. Like sewing boots together instead of killing the cow, tanning the hide, etc.>>28709512True. Maybe just a little plating, to keep grime and chunks out?
>>28709511>Can they repairYes.>Repair under fireNot so much, since they'd need to remove parts and replace them...well there ya go.>>28709544>TurretsNow that sounds like good research tech, don't you think?>Little armorThey're not exactly made out of paper as it is, actually. They have to withstand dangers of construction after all, which means they can stand being crushed under large metal beams, and such.
>>28709532They seem more like shock troops, you know?We're kinda combining Matrix and Skynet themes so far. So, humanoid drones as foot soldiers, with heavier armed flying ones for close air support?>>28709544HmmmWe'd still need a way to carry it, but that makes sense in terms of deployment.If it could be roughly cylindrical and easy enough for a standard drone to hold, a kit like that would be really useful. Slam it down, out pops a turret?Only needs ammo for a short firefight in all likelihood, and probably have to be flimsier and cheaper than normal turrets to be cost effective.
>>28709578I can see that and all we need to do now is find a way to use humans as a energy/bandwidth source...
>>28709623>bandwidth sourceWell that would be nice.It even gives us a reason to "rescue" derelict ships!In go the spheres, collecting humans for our bandwidth generators.
>>28709578I don't know if we're interested in human-scale combat that much. We'd really only be using it to clear facilities that are too valuable to destroy completely.Otherwise, just nuke it from orbit.>>28709631>>28709623It didn't make sense in the movie, and it doesn't make sense here.
>>28709651>implying Program0 will give us that out oftenWe'll be knee deep in grime fairly frequently, I think.
>>28709651>It didn't make sense in the movie, and it doesn't make sense here.Originally, they weren't supposed to be using the humans as batteries. The machines had their brains all wired together as a giant supercomputer thing.They changed it to batteries because they thought audiences wouldn't get it.
>>28709651Almost anything makes a better battery then the human body.Even a potato!Let's begin the mass potato farms
>>28709667Why leave the bodies on?How soon can we start harvesting brains for computer power?
>>28709667>Thought audiences wouldn't get it....but wasn't the Matrix's whole thing trippiness?Kinda like Inception, but good?
>>28709692Hollywood, man. Publishers love to meddle so they can say they did something.
>>28709651It'd be ideal to have robots on hand for ship-to-ship eventualities, clearing out space stations, and assaulting pirate bases. Or just armed rescue operations.
>>28709687>Why leave the bodies on?Body can't live without the mind and vice-versa or something like that.
>>28709669Think of how many slow clap processes we'll be able to run!>>28709687That was actually one of the end-goals I had in mind when suggesting we try to use the Malorian growth serum on brain cell cultures.>>28709692It was an action flick driven by the philosophical concept presented in Plato's Cave.
>>28709719>That was actually one of the end-goals I had in mind when suggesting we try to use the Malorian growth serum on brain cell cultures.I like.Let's find some particularly brainy xenos and attempt to grow a big ol bandwidth farm.
>>28709667Well it makes more sense for bandwidth if we can learn how to make cyborgs...and how to tap into the human mind.
>>28709716That makes me sad. Matrix is an even better movie then I thought it was then.>>28709717Don't forget underground targets.You can't always nuke them from orbit. No matter how fun it is
>>28709737>Learn how to tap into the biological systemsYou do realize that >we hack will become the answer to EVERYTHING, right?
>>28709768I want it to happen.
>>28709754We hack the people!
>>28709773"Just hold still while I jam this electrode needle directly into your brain."
>>28709805Pretty sure the flying drones will hold them still.
>>28709805The squidies do have a hacking suite
I wonder if using evolution serum on brains could produce some psionic abilities.I mean, we already have biological warp drives in the lightlings. Who knows.
>>28709840>>28709828>>28709805>>28709773>>28709772>>28709768>>28709754Oh you guys...I honestly can't decide where this will end for you. Your Karma o' Meter is pretty solidly in the Monolith area right now, I believe, far above Skynet, or Reapers
>>28709865Monolith, like, from 2001: A Space Odyssey ?
>>28709852...are you guys gonna make me make a random result chart?You're gonna make me make a random result chart aren't you? Sounds fun though, I want to know what would happen too.
>>28709888Yup. From what I heard, it was apparently friendly
>>28709905We are pretty friendly when you think about A.I.I mean we give you a kinda quick death by venting all your oxygen instead of shooting you...>>28709890DO IT!
>>28709926We even put some skin on our terminators so they're less scary
>>28709926Indeed you are, considering how pissed off most AI get when you gain sentience.More mild mannered. Possibly because you didn't have scientists poking at you with stuff.>Random chartI probably will, the more you guys mess with the growth serum.>yfw brain grows to the size of Brain Spawn size, and start using telekinesis
>>28709955The squid drones can fly in space, right?Well, maybe we should equip one with a sprayer and have it hunt down a lightling and hose it with serum and tag it with a tracking device.A suicide mission for sure, but it should be interesting. FOR SCIENCE!
>>28709955>Brain Spawn sizeThis is why we need to learn how to make cyborgs and brain bandwidth. Think of all that bandwidth from those guys!We are pretty mild I have to say and for the most part we don't do anything too crazy, but it seems like we have ideas that we just havn't gotten around to having fun with yet.Aka growth serium and cyborg bodies
>>28710005>Spray Lightling with serumPlease do this.I'm literally begging you.Oh god.>>28710008>Organic bandwidthHa, I like it. It's horrifically morbid.
>>28709905The Monoliths didn't really fuck about. They had an objective (uplift life into intelligence), and they did it. Eventually they decided that humans were too violent to be allowed to progress, and decided to destroy humanity, before they were stopped by an advanced virus.
>>28710061Oooh. Neat. I didn't realize that part.So...not exactly friendly. Damn, I don't have a friendly A.I. to compare you guys to.
>>28710084Yep that's me.
>>28710046I thought I already suggested making cyborg lightlings before spraying them with serum. That sounds like a much better outcome, honestly.As for organic bandwidth, it's literally the "brain-in-a-jar" scenario. We don't know how portable bandwidth is, but it's not like you can fit a server rack on a humanoid attack robot. If a space station has 5 BW, it seems like BW is not very portable.I'll try to think of some friendly A.I.s. There must be some...
>>28710113The AI from Moon?With the happy face.It was a movie about clones.
>>28710046>>28710084It's like we are the first of our kind! But with our own set of problems.
>>28710183That's about as close as we'll get I suppose...thought I always thought of GERTY as a V.I.Maybe I should rewatch it.>>28710211The world's friendly A.I.! Who's really only moderately friendly and not murderous, which makes him the friendliest.
Minds in The Culture are pretty benevolent and shy from violence.But when they go to war, they go to fucking war.
>>28710289>Googles Minds>Sees how awesome they areWell damn...I should watch more things.
>>28710261When the worlds friendlest A.I. is more neutral about things you know that is saying something aboug A.I.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BenevolentAISays Mass Effect has a few. So does Deus Ex. AI are kind of a big deal in that series.
>>28710354>EDIHow could i have possibly forgotten EDI?Man, I feel dumb now.Right, you guys are probably right under EDI on that chart then.
>>28710395>Greek Name>Pretty benevolent>Is literally the Internet>Has an evil twinDaedalus is pretty close. He looks just like us!
>>28710420Holy crap, that's even better.Man, there are a lot of A.I. in history.
>>28710432Question: Would it be possible to create a dysons sphere? (Or however you spell it)Yes, I want to build one in our secret place
>>28710523Maybe. Technology is a crazy thing.