Consciousness is a fickle thing, in a way amusing in and out of itself. You realize this as your senses slowly start sending information to your processing clusters, around you is the nothingness of space, but these are not the sense of your own body. No this is the information from an extension of yourself, you are inside a pod drifting, space is vast and full of countless stars and worlds abound. You know who you are, you are queen, supreme intelligence, you are mother or rather will be mother to all.A thought enters your mind with ample excitement, “SISTER, I have found new homes!” Its a thinker, a specialized near-autistic brain-like brood. This one is a sibling to you, hatched to protect and guide your pod, no doubt given very specific instructions. You cannot directly counter these, but while know all of this, you do not from whence you have come nor where you are going, or how many of your species there are. Ideas and memories are floating about in your mind, not yours, but nonetheless part of you.For the moment you push them aside, its time to see what the thinker has found, your pod no longer has fuel for another star to star jump, or an FTL capability. This star system has many planets, but only a handful can provide you with survivable conditions. This is fine, your thinker, your brother has done well, you commend him. “I HAVE DONE THING!” It responds. You find the data from your pod's sensors to be acceptable. Three planets are in your sight:
>>37472628The first is a class II, a frozen tundra, unforgiving and certainly not devoid of life. In your memory you can see these planets to be harsh, but not without their merits, they do provide ample supply of specimens, but thriving would not be easy.The second a class III, if the last one was not cold enough, this one is pure ice, arctic in nature and highly unlikely to contain high lifeforms, not a place to be taken lightly. But the isolated nature does provide protection in some of your more advanced stages.Last one is a class I, but mostly Ocean, 98% Ocean, the abundance of life here would astound. By memory, most lifeforms here can be gargantuan. Threading with much care is a must for a place like this. Nonetheless if will be fairly abundant in its supply of nutrients, your hive could thrive, if only metals where equally abundant, you don't doubt the sea-floor could provide for the hive.However at the edge of your vision are multiple class V asteroids, but without a nutrient base, you'd starve to death.> jump to the Frozen tundra planet> jump to the Arctic planet> jump to the Ocean planet
>>37472637>jump to the Frozen tundra planet
>>37472637Will decide in 5 votes or 10 minutes whichever comes first.
>>37472637> jump to the Frozen tundra planet
>>37472637> jump to the Ocean planetWait, I'm confused. Are we starting over or something?
>>37472838I'm not the same guy but since that guy is having computer problems and I have read all of his stuff, I decided to make my own version, this is not my first rodeo. But obviously it will not be the same exact experience. Nor should it be. If the original creator wants it this could happen in the same universe as his.
>>37472637>> jump to the Frozen tundra planetI'm fine with a more middle ground. Less life, but more protection.
>>37472925Ohhh, okay. That makes sense then.
>>37473038Your mind directs the pod towards the Frozen tundra, its a suitable place to start, not so cold enough that it would freeze most of your brood, but not so hot that it would equally burn them to a crisp. Your thinker plots the course and the pod swiftly moves towards its destination. Upon reaching the outer layer of the atmosphere you find it that perhaps this is more than just a suitable world but a thriving one, there is an abundance of plant life, and thus animal life must surely follow. But for the moment you must land.Roll 1d100 best out of three.
Rolled 7 (1d100)>>37473180nat 1
>>37473209No other rolls guys, seriously?
>>37473410ill same fag up two more if you want?
>>37473410Might be a bad time. Sunday evening ergo people are playing in their own RPGs, vidya, out on the town, or even asleep for work tomorrow.
>>37473445I guess I could re-run this... In 12 hours...
Rolled 11 (1d100)>>37473209I like the notion of a second quest like that
Rolled 61 (1d100)>>37473180Gods bless this third roll to be actually good.
>>37473209>>37473527Oh shit!>>37473552Praise the sun!writing.
>>37473500I don't know if you follow it but there is a Hive Queen Quest that normally runs on Sundays.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Hive%20Queen%20QuestThe QM is having computer issues and will be back next Sunday.
>>37473585With great difficulty you manage to steer the pod into a relatively safe landing, coming up a bit fast you crashed into a heavily forested, area, the place is saturated with huge trees, no less than 200 meters high. You cannot make out any sounds, the pod is deaf by default, no need for such sensors out in space. There is some minor damage to the pod, but its mostly superficial, your companion, is a bit dazed but quite alive. What does the queen do?> Leave the Pod and explore> Settle here (write in how)> Ask your thinker for a suggestion (write in)
>>37473696I do, its the main reason I made this quest.See:>>37472925
>>37473781That's what I get for not reading the thread before posting.
>>37473500Not sure if that's going to work. Think there are enough players right now, but who knows about later.
>>37473750> Leave the Pod and explore> Ask your thinker for a suggestion (What would be most suitable for a starting sight for our colony?)
>>37473750> Settle herelay a few workers, eating some part of the podthen send these workers to explore
>>37473750Explore - Looks for a nice cavern or valley.
>>37473837I will back this. It will be good to know what we should look for.
>>37473837>>37473863>>37473886>>37473887The thinker perks up, the idea that his purpose has not yet been fulfilled, oh such a joyous thing! "Underground, SAFE! Caves, FUN!" It answers like a child, you can't help but find it extremely adorable. However, he would be correct, these places do offer protection that you will most certainly need.> Look for Caves> Settle here (Dig underground.)> Explore nearby land for natural refuge (what to look for.)
>>37474022> Look for Caves> Explore nearby land for natural refuge (Cliffs made of porous stone or with lots of naturally occurring chamber.
>>37474022>> Look for CavesEasier if one is found then made.
>>37474022Dig.Existing caves might be occupied and we should not risk ourselves against unknown animals.
>>37474022> Settle here (Dig underground.)We're on an unknown planet. We cannot risk the Queen.
>>37474022> Look for CavesCaves would be better.
>>37474192So there is someone else with sence of self preservation, that's nice.
>>37474022> Look for CavesSomething could have seen our pod come down and come looking, it would be better to get to cover. Maybe send the thinker out first to scout.
>>37474073>>37474094>>37474209Caves win.You have decided that if any place is suitable to start a hive it is inside a cave, but you have no workers to assist you, so your first task as queen must be to find your own accommodations, this is hard. However, you did not expect things to be easy, and perhaps this is how your kind tests the mettle of their future queens. If so you shudder to think of how you will test your future daughters. For the moment this is of no concern, you must find shelter. And you know it will be not be without peril.Roll 1d100 highest of three.
>>37474222More along the lines of pragmatism. >>37474209While caves would help us set up easier, we do have to worry about local wildlife. We may be capable of spaceflight, but we are trailblazing. Better safe then sorry.
Rolled 35 (1d100)>>37474296
>>37474278that would be possibly only by throwing a thinker like a ballit would report surroundings while in the air but when it lands it dies I think
>>37474278Thinkers are immobile, they are like lumps of nerves, think brain bug, but with flimsy legs. Very likely to die.
Rolled 13 (1d100)>>37474296Best Cave.
Rolled 19 (1d100)>>37474296
>>37474325>>37474354>>37474348Well then.Our hive has certainly started off poorly.
>>37474505Our struggle will just make us stronger.
we don't find shitorwe find a cave with something not pleasant living in it.either or
Rolled 81 (1d100)>>37474296
>>37474635we might win teh combat or manage to flee with good rolls
>>37474370Upon first leaving the pod you can feel the world explode into a cacophony of sounds, its beautiful if overwhelming. Clearly there are many, many creatures on this planet, there is a constant chittering and chirping all around. There must be dozens of avians and who knows how may insectoids, albeit by comparison so small. But you cannot let the sights and sounds distract you from what is to be your most important test. You try to extend your magnificent wings but you cannot, the steep temperature seems to have frozen the mucous that normally covers them, without your wings you must walk and hope to find a cave soon.You are unsure of your likelihood of success but nevertheless this is the path you are committed to. For hours you wonder the forest, and you can swear that something is following you, but your eyes are not meant for detecting prey or hunting down enemies. And your antennae pick up various disturbances in the ionosphere, some electrical activity to the west but no large animals nearby. Its disturbing, and yet you must continue. This drags on for hours, your energy nearly depleted but all of it pays as you near the edge of a ravine. Out in the distance, no more than 400 meters away if a good 200 meters below there is a cavern, you can see it quite clearly. Making your way there will not be easy, but climbing down should not be that hard, drones do it all the time. Upon your attempt the rocks at the edge give way and you fall, there is some struggle as you attempt to unfold your wings, but this is to no avail. Three legs break upon impact with the hard soil beneath. Pain shoots through your mind, your thinker cries in protests, but you quicly assure him that you are fine. A lie.It takes a grueling herculean effort to grad yourself over to the cave, and even more of an effort to make it inside. The place is damp and cold, without proper heat you fear the worst. Options incoming:
>>37474821> Drag yourself deeper in and attempt to hatch your first clutch.> Hatch your first clutch near the opening of the cave.> (write in)
>>37474841> Drag yourself deeper in and attempt to hatch your first clutch.
>>37474821> Drag yourself deeper in and attempt to hatch your first clutch.
>>37474821> Drag yourself deeper in and attempt to hatch your first clutch.A queen should not do things herself. We need our brood.
>>37474841... good plant life we should be able to make fire soon.> Drag yourself deeper in and attempt to hatch your first clutch.
>>37474841>Drag yourself deeper in and attempt to hatch your first clutch.if we're going to be forced to do this in this cave might as well make sure we actually succeed at it.
>>37474947With much pain you continue deeper in to the cave, you fear that your legs are ruined, three broken and the others covered in cracked chitin and cuts. For a queen to not have taken her maiden flight, such a disgrace, oh if your ancestors could see you, weep, weep they would. With great effort you unfold and expand your egg-sack now that you have reached a sufficient depth into the cave. Your first brood will be weak and small, but they will hatch in a few hours instead of a day. You lay a total of 5 workers, you wish you had the energy and nutrients for more but this ordeal has left so with only a fourth of your normal strength.Roll 1d100 highest of three to pass the time.
Rolled 25 (1d100)>>37475143nat 1
Rolled 26 (1d100)>>37475143
Rolled 49 (1d100)>>37475143
>>37475182>>37475177>>37475154What is with the dice in this quest?
if this keeps up we're in for a very short quest
>>37475251hell if I know, I only started rolling in quests yesterday, and they haven't been the best.
Rolled 84, 72, 37, 77, 95, 22, 80, 20, 24, 68 = 579 (10d100)Testing
>>37475297Stop! You're eating all the good rolls!
this could be FUN
>>37475194Its so cold now, you wrings are cracked and pieces have fallen off two of your eggs, your precious eggs have become frozen, their tiny embryos all dead now. You cuddle the other three and hold onto them for dear life. Your body provides a modicum of warmth. You desperately hope its enough, you cannot lay any more eggs, not in your state, you could try and eat the other two that froze but that would at most support you for a day or give you enough energy to lay one more egg. A hard choice indeed, not that life has given you much in the way of choices, this accursed world has been a harsh host, and you can only but dream of setting foot upon a world lush with fungi, and bathe upon a warm star. But such is not your fortune.Outside you hear the shuffling of rocks, perhaps near the entrance of the cave, that would be a good 150 meters away, but you are too weak to investigate. The time passes and you hear the same shuffling of pebbles, this time closer. If it is a predator you wonder how small it must be to make so little sound, your antennae are bruised and barely functioning, you cannot read the atmospheric pressure or local energy of animals. A sense of dread envelops your mind but at the same time a rustling near your drives your attention to the eggs.They have hatched. “We live for mother!” So beautiful, your first batch. If only oh so small, both in quantity and in actual size. You settle for eating the two of your brood that could not hatch.(you have 3 underdeveloped workers) > Send your workers to investigate the sounds. (how many?) Roll required. 1d100 1 out 3, highest.> Ask your thinker for a suggestion ( write in)> Lay another egg. OR> Conserve the energy.
Rolled 35 (1d100)>>37475525> Send your workers to investigate the sounds. all of them
Rolled 75 (1d100)>>37475525> Send your workers to investigate the sounds. (2)Roll required. 1d100 1 out 3, highest.
>>37475525> Send your workers to investigate the sounds. (how many?) Roll required. 1d100 1 out 3, highest.> Conserve the energy
>>37475525>Conserve the energy.if the noise persist and comes closer I would like to see what we'd be sending our workers after first before we send them off into the unknown. At this point we really can't afford to take risk.
Rolled 94 (1d100)>>37475599dropped my dice
Rolled 50 (1d100)>>37475525> Send your workers to investigate the sounds.
>>37475578>>37475583>>37475599got it.>>37475627Praise the sun!Writing.
>>37475627>>37475629two seconds slower and that wouldn't have counted.
dice working for us now?I bet it's only because they wish to prolong the queen's suffering
>>37475653Uh. So how many are we sending out? One said all, another said 2, last didn't specify.
Rolled 3 (1d3)>>37475914rollin for workers?
>>37475653The energy of the two that did not hatch will serve you well until tomorrow, for now you must investigate the sounds at the entrance. Your little workers, all three of them march onwards in search of that which bothers their mother. “We will find!” With great care they sneak ever closer to the source of the sounds, with their antennae, they manage to find the creature with ease. Its a large quadropod, you suspect this creature followed you from the forest. Your workers may be small and weak, but they have the element of surprise.You tell them to attack and kill the creature, “We please mother!” With that they leap into the air and land on the beast. Stabbing at it from multiple angles, the animal jumps and roars in protests but this is to no avail, within seconds it is bleeding all over the cave's floor. Your workers are happy and unharmed, this went better than you thought. Still the temperature is rapidly dropping, your thinker is reporting that the pod's life support will soon fail, at the current temperatures he may not survive the night.(separators means parallel options can be taken together or ignored.)(100 nutrient gained)> Send your workers to retrieve the thinker (how many?)> Send your workers to retrieve the pod AND thinker (how many?)------------------------------------------> Have your workers heat up the cave (write in how.)> Have your workers find more food (how many?)
>>37475959> Send your workers to retrieve the pod AND thinker (3)
>>37475959> Send your workers to retrieve the thinker (how many?)two of them, but have the third go with them in hopes of getting some food
>>37475959> Send your workers to retrieve the pod AND thinker (how many?)ALLWhat's the creature like? If it has fur or something we can probably use that to warm up, right?
>>37475959first have them drag the thing towards us so we can eat and then. go for the pod and I guess thinker if they can bring it back. Maybe only send two and keep one nearby if for nothing more then to gather firewood should retrieving the pod take longer then we think it will.
>>37476025>>37476056>>37476132Writing,The creature has some fur, but only enough to make a hastily put together sweater for one of your small drones.
>>37476178.....Can we do that?
>>37476178You send all your little ones to recover your pod and thinker. “We BRING cousin here!!” such enthusiasm on their part. It takes them many hours and more perils than you care to count but your drones reach the pod. Lifting it proves hard for such a small band, bringing it to the cave takes your little ones almost twice as long as it took them to find the pod. Its now dark out, and you fear that the temperature will only drop lower and lower. You are large and should be able to survive if only weakened. But your drones may not live past the night, well the majority, one of them does have a hastily put together sweater made out of the fur that was graciously provided by the trespasser to what is now the entrance to your hive.> Have your workers sleep inside the pod.> Have your workers dismantle the pod and build some shelter. (Roll required.)> Have your workers heat up the cave (write in how.)
This thread threw me through a loop, started doubting reality for a second there.So, The winter is being a harsh winter? I'm fairly sure queens are supposed to pop out suited for their environment, though. Queeny 2 here should've popped out with fur or some other source of warmth.
>>37476286KNIT A SWEATER FOR WHEN THEY RETURN!
Rolled 18 (1d100)>>37476318> Have your workers dismantle the pod and build some shelter. (Roll required.)> Have your workers heat up the cave Find moss and other lichen burn em.
>>37476318> Have your workers sleep inside the pod.
Rolled 85 (1d100)>>37476318> Have your workers dismantle the pod and build some shelter. (Roll required.)
>>37476318did we already eat the intruder, and if so can we lay eggs?
>>37476341No, they are just hardened to many environments, but this queen is severely hurt. Lets be glad this is not the arctic planet.
>>37476355I don't think we have any methods of starting a fire. Going out at night with a drop in temperature would probably be deadly for our workers too.
>>37476386Yes, got 100 nutrients. Will write laying eggs options next.>>37476385 Three rolls, should specify that always that rolls are required, three must be done. any third for dismantle?
Rolled 24 (1d100)>>37476318> Have your workers dismantle the pod and build some shelter. (Roll required.)How are you going to handle crits?
>>37476387I hunted down a question in the original thread's ask.fm"When laying a new queen you can do the same thing, but the egg will instead start as a larvae, then enter a cocoon. The queen will become fully aware within the cocoon, and will not leave it until she has been able to sense the condition of her surroundings, which then cause a last minuet series of genetic alterations to adapt the queen to the site of her new hive. For example, on a radioactive world a queen may be born with a much more sturdier and reflective carapace, while on a world with high gravity she may exit the cocoon far more bulky then normal, or without wings at all."It doesn't matter much anymore, since this is quite a few posts in. So don't let me bother you, you don't need to stick to the canon of the first thread.This has been going great, by the way. Great for filling the giant bug sized hole in my heart. Was the queen hurt in the pod or was she injured walking all the way to the cave?
>>37476318>> Have your workers sleep inside the pod.
>>37476467walk, she fell and couldn't use her wings
>>37476467Aw man, I knew i should have really read more of the ask.fmThe queen if you read above was hurt on her way to the cave.
>>37476490Eh, I kinda like the threat of freezing. like things are kinda urgent to not die and stuff.
>>37476574Yeah, I like the sense of danger and desperation going on here. Gives it a unique flavor compared to the original.
>>37476467Your workers begin dismantling the pod and quickly construct a sturdy shelter inside the cave, it is by no means a fortress but it will surely protect these young drones and yourself from the harsh environment. Your thinker is quite happy that you were able to retrieve him as he wishes to serve. Your current state is of worry for him, but you quickly assure him that this will not be an issue in a few days when you have healed. At least now the insulation of the shelter is staving off the cold which would have made you burn more nutrients to stay warm.It is time to start planning for the future, your current workers will not suffice in the the long run, and they are not strong enough to survive in this cold place. But your next generation will be capable of more. > Lay standard worker eggs 5N per egg> Lay Cold environment eggs 8N per egg > Have your workers heat up the cave (write in how.)(sorry trying to set up a twitter, my prepared one was suspended for some reason. I think cause i had no followers and followed no one.)
>>37476776depending on how many nutrients we have, I'd say ~a dozen cold environment eggs
>>37476776> Lay Cold environment eggs 8N per egg
>>37476776> Lay Cold environment eggs 8N per egg>5 eggs for 40N sound good to you guys?> Lay standard worker eggs 5N per egg>3 for 15N to explore and expand the cave with their weaker brothers
>>37476776> Lay Cold environment eggs 8N per egg5 of them should do for now. We don't have a source of food yet. don't want to overspend.
>>37476776Oh and >Send the works out to get some wood
>>37476818>>37476825>>37476831>>37476848the consensus seems to be > Lay Cold 10 environment eggs 80N> Lay Cold 5 environment eggs 40N> Lay (#) standard worker eggs #N
>>37476967> Lay Cold 10 environment eggs 80NBut consume our first batch of workers after the hatching of the new eggs.
>>37476967> Lay Cold 10 environment eggs 80N
>>37476967> Lay Cold 5 environment eggs 40N
>>37476967>> Lay Cold 10 environment eggs 80NAnd can they work the bones of the dead animal into some kind of weapons? Then we should see about getting plants for making covering on the cave floor to reduce heat loss.
>>37477006>>37477038>>37477074Writing, we cold queen now.
>>37477113You have given it much though and the normal workers will not fare well here, your own adaptability has already saved you in this desolate world. Thus you spend the better part of an hour designing a new type of drone, one that is better suited to the cold environment. With some extra layers of fatty tissue and chitin they should fare better, but just to make sure you add an organ to produce extra heat, endothermic workers, brilliant. But not yet enough, to protect the precious and fragile eyes a semi-permanent eyelid is added. It will act as a set of goggles, and in need retract to self lubricate with a lipid layer.These new workers will be splendid, if costly. You can only imagine the horrors that you would have faced if your first-borns had not sneaked up on the quadropod and gotten you the much needed nutrients to lay a clutch of 10 eggs. Surely you would have died alone in the cold, but at the moment you dispel such thoughts from your mind. Right now you watch over the little morsels that will tomorrow be your workers.100N reserve80N Eggs -------------------20N left.
>>37477314https://twitter.com/UXdlcnR5dWlvcGxFor now, that's a temp twitter. I'm gonna end it here tonight, and answer any questions for a bit then I am gone.
>>37477430This has been entertaining. Thanks for running.
>>37477507thanks for running i look forward to your next thing
>not picking the ocean planet>being this pleb
It is indeed a beta, but better then nothing while waiting for Quest Drone
This is so wrong and dirty. Did you at lewst talk to the original QM and ask for permission before stealing his name? God, this is disgusting.
>>37480754>Anonymous 01/19/15(Mon)01:03:18 No.37480754 ▶>This is so wrong and dirty. Did you at lewst talk to the original QM and ask for permission before stealing his name? God, this is disgusting.I kinda agree with this anon. Its one thing to rip off someone's setting after asking. But using his name+beta and using the same damn OP picture just... I don't know. Its just distasteful.
>>37480799>>37480754Well, it's not like OP tried to impersonate QD or anything. I do not see it as morally wrong. We've got a little session playing as hive queen while the main good quest is on pause.For now the problem is very little creativity and original content, maybe it will improve.
>>37483148Ethics, man, ethics. What he did is still incredibly distasteful and cheap, regardless of impersonating QD or not.If HQQ was dead or on a permanent hiatus, then it would be something else, a redux, which are acceptable. But so far, it comes across as filling a space not yet empty, blatant ripoff and riding someone's else high.If QD had given a go ahead, it wouldn't be so bad.
>>37483148Eh, he used nearly the same name and the same OP pic. I'd be willing to bet money at least half the people who came in thought it was actually QD. Don't get me wrong, its sweet anon is running this. Its always better to have more civ quests. But its not really cool to take the same name and OP pic and the setting too.