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Your name is David "Gunny" Rockefeller, no relation.
A veteran of the united states marine corps, you find yourself in a far-out situation after an all-too-close encounter of the third kind!

In the last thread, you went hunting with Cylia but ended up being hunted yourself by something really unpleasant.
Afterwards, Cylia got into some trouble with Sadia corporation goons, but you bailed her out. As a result, now you're doing some dirty work for their boss!
In preparation, you built yourself a suit of power armor to un-even the playing field a little, and then went scavenging for parts to fix up laggard's ship.
However, some pirates managed to discover you when you jumped in and out of the system, so you got to test that power armor a little bit early.
And that's where you find yourself now, hauling the surviving pirates back to your ship for interrogation!

>Last Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/4900701/
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>>4941199

With Gildur and Treg trailing behind and the bug-man "Kezel" slung over his shoulder, you make your way back to the ship and head towards medical.
However, you pass by Kyla in the hallway, who's furiously smacking a bent pipe with her hammer.

She turns to look when she hears you stomping through the ship, and narrows her eyes at the pirates you have in tow.

"...A Jek'na?" Treg asks as you pass.

You watch in amusement as Kyla sticks her leg out, tripping Treg and causing Kezel to fall forwards, smacking his face against the floor.
Kezel groans sleepily, but doesn't wake up. He's bleeding from his nose, now.

"You assholes owe me labor and damages." She states matter-of-factly, kicking Treg in the fat several times.

"Yes ma'am, sorry ma'am... OOF" He cries.

"Get off your ass, Treg. Hurry up." You demand.

He does as he's told and you head into medical... where you find Cylia, still just sitting around. Possibly waiting for you.

"These the guys?" She asks.

"Yeah," You respond. "How's your arm?"

"Sanig applied some painkillers and bone gel, then set it. Should be healed up in a couple days, but i can't lift anything heavy with it until then."

"Alright. In the meantime, i have some new friends for you. Watch out for the bug, he's violent."

"Okay. I'll have a chat with them... by the way, how did the suit fare?"

"Really well. I'm looking forward to seeing Gron again."

"Huh? You know Gron?" Treg asks.

"...Do you?" You reply.

"Not personally, no... but he comes by every once in a while, looking for recruits."

"Oh really, now? Interesting."

"Hey, you didn't hear that from me, alright!"

"Sure, sure. And i'm certain we won't hear anything else by the end of this, either."

Treg chuckles nervously and stares at the ground, looking like he's panicking on the inside.

"Have fun, Cyl." You say, waving to her as you leave.

Back in the cargo back now, you dock the armor back to it's cargo container and briefly check the energy usage... it's still at 99%. Not bad, you'd say.
Stepping out, you load everything back into the crate and sigh out, the air feeling extremely thin in comparison to the suit's environment.
You had asked the crew about it, but apparently not only is earth-levels of oxygen a fire hazard, it's also poisonous. Great.

Sanig isn't in here, so you're not sure what he's up to.

"SHODAN, do you know where Sanig is?"

"He appears to be ripping replacement parts out of the opponent's ship, Captain."

"Alright. Tell him not to disable anything important. That ship's a piece of shit, but it's still functional. I'm gonna sell it, too."

"You are quite the entrepreneur, Captain."

"Hey, operating costs ain't cheap. Anyways, i'm gonna go take a look at this interdictor they've got. I've read up on them, but i've never seen one."

"They are highly illegal after all."

"Nothing's illegal if you don't get caught."
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What about the other ship we disabled?

Surely there are people onboard worth ransoming.

Now that I think about it, why don't we try ransoming these people back to family and friends? They might pay more, or we might like them enough so long as they committing war crimes.
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>>4941634
>Gron goes to the station for recruits
Hello, my name is overwhelming firepower and American grit. This surprise attack is unexpected, but enthusiastic.
Run away button stopper: GET
>>4941665
You mean the one we are currently looting the shit out of?

You mean the dumbasses we just dragged in and are going to cash the bounties of? Don't skip reading.
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>>4941665
It's drifting with a giant hole in the side.
Chances are, the people inside became outside when the hull depressurized.
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Ah shit! I just realized i accidentally numbered this thread #3 instead of #4
This is why you don't do shit right after waking up, lads.
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>>4941676
nothing you can't fix when archiving it.
You've been doing it right?
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>>4941678
Yep. The last thread's archive is in the OP.
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>>4941676
Just make sure its labeled properly in the archive, should be fine after that. Maybe make a note before the new thread to make the next number 5 so you don't mislabel again.
>>4941680
Based
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>>4941634
So the station is an ally to Gron and the Drak Stars?
Fuck recruiting and making deals with them, we are taking it over, interrohating them and getting their bounties.
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>>4941686
No, it's just one of the places he goes to recruit new members. The pirates are mostly independent, although they live (and sometimes work) together.
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>>4941688
Doesn't matter QM, it's a thin enough of a excuse to invade and take all that they got, and put puppets in it's place.
It's the true american way.
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>>4941680
oh, it's right there. Speedreading is one hell of a drug
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>>4941634
So we grabbed the bigger of the two ships. Did we bother to investigate the smaller one? Was it small enough that we could literally tow it back?

>>4941672
Can we find the dead corpses to claim the bounty still? What about taking parts from the ship, like fuel, the shields, the A.I. core, lasers, armor, drugs, etc.
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>>4941753
We blasted the smaller one to pieces
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>>4941761
All I remember was something about it turning off after five of our six shots hit its weakened shields. Theres still a chance to find some decent salvage, or at least confirm the deaths of the bounty targets.
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>>4941671
We took out 2 ships dude.
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>>4941776
I made the assumption he knew the other was slagged.
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>>4941775
Anon, we obliterated it. the only thing we could find would be its blackbox, or AI core.
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>>4941753
You could potentially do that, yes.

>>4941775
It's shields weren't weakened, they were just weak in the first place.
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>>4941779
Plenty of stuff to salvage on a slagged ship.

Heck we could turn the ship into a kinetic weapon and have it fly into the pirate base.
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>>4941822
wait, not yet. depending on how we're going to jump on gron(basically how saida is going to do it), we might need the base as a bait of sorts, or to make it our base of operations.
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>>4941796
>>4941822
>>4941826
Confirmed, let's loot it lads.
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>>4941634

Your enemies dealt with for the moment, you take some time to think about things while walking back over to the enemy ship.
That second ship, while heavily damaged is likely worth looting. You need to speak with Clang, search the ship for any valuables and get the interdictor out of there.

"Oh, David? Good timing, help me get this panel open, would you?" Sanig asks.

You dig your fingers under the aluminum panel and simply rip it off the hinges with a firm tug.

"It's still shocking how you can do that, even without the armor on." He remarks.

"Gron could do it too. I'm sure that kind of strength isn't all that special."

"Boy... if species like you were common, the galaxy would be overrun with them by now. I should be thanking the gods every morning that those damned Chondrites only breed once a century at the most."

He pauses, looking you up and down.

"How frequently can you humans breed, by the way?"

"...About once every ten months at the quickest. Sometimes we have multiple offspring, as well."

"...I see. Well, when the conquest comes, just remember that ol' Sanig has been good to you... Seriously. Put in a good word for me, will you?"

"Hey, no worries, chief. We're good to our allies, so long as they don't try to fuck us over. In that case, we do horrible, horrible things to them, because there's nothing worse than a traitor."

"I'll be sure to remember that. Forever."

"Great! So then, what are you looking for?"

"Ah, right... Let's see, where was it?"

Sanig digs through his pack for a moment, pulling out a burned... something. It looks electronic, you don't know what the hell it is.

"We're looking for one of these, a half-megawatt rectifier. That damned interdiction caused some damage to our black box reactor's assembly, and we'll need to repair it before we can leave."

"Alright, i'll get to ripping panels open."

"It should be around here somewhere..."

You end up finding it rather quickly. It looks a bit rusted, but Sanig assures you it doesn't matter in the slightest.
Apparently the weapons system on this ship is disabled as a result of removing it, however.

"Hey Sanig, let SHODAN drive the hovercart back. I want to take a look at the interdictor. I NEED this thing on my ship."

"Heh," He chuckles. "Figures. Fine, let's get a look at it. Damned thing is probably a barely-functional scrap heap if the rest of this ship is anything to judge by."

SHODAN marks the location on your map, and you find it right next to the reactor room. You'd guess it takes a lot of power, and needs access to dark matter and energy to function.
The machine is surprisingly small, and it stands out like a sore thumb on this rusted old bucket of a ship. Clean, gleaming metal and seemingly in perfect condition.

"Now that's odd..." Sanig remarks.

"Yeah, no kidding. Either they just bought it or it's it was just given to them. Look, there's not even any dust on it."
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>>4942058
>get to removing it, and ask Sanig about Eugenics
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>>4942058
All this talk about population and Cylias reaction to casualties last thread makes me wonder what their population numbers are like, let’s ask and compare.
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>>4942058
+1 this >>4942078
Big question is who gave this to them. I'm betting it was tiny dick rock man. Does Sanig or SHODAN have any ideas if anything beyond the interdictor is worth adding onto our ship? Additional Lasers? Additional thrusters? Armor? Shields?
Do they have any physical capital (drugs, loot, salvage, documents, etc.)
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>>4942058
Better tell Sanig to not worry too much about a Human Galatic Crusade, humanity favorite pastime is splintering.
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>>4942094
i feel that everyone's numbers are really low. maybe humanity is one of the few species that pops out babies relatively fast and really dumb, instead of having them kinda capable of dealing with existence like most babies in the animal kingdom.
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>>4942094
Also supporting this
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>>4942108
I think part of the numbers game here is that carnivores tend to have large solitary territories and as such would have a lower general population.
The herbivore populations on the other hand are evolved for dealing with much lower/weaker predators than one finds on Earth. If earth predators were to be in the same environment the aliens would need 100x or a thousand times more offspring. If we went full Predator (movie) we'd tear through thousands of them practically by accident.
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>>4942104
most -if not all- the other things in the ship are incredibly shitty(due to belonging to pirates) so the answer is no.
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>>4942262
We wont know until we check it out, and we still need to cash in those bounties on the corpses freezing in space.
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>>4942058
Humanity would have probably remained united if they had any actually dangerous opponent out there in the galaxy, as it is, we’ll probably remain our own opponent, so we’ll splinter again x)
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>>4942518
China. And Feminists. And furries.
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>>4942518
We have to be splinters so that the cyclos of civilization does not extinguish all human civilization at the same time.

Emprace decentralization.
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>>4942543
No. I want all the eggs in one basket so when we go we all go together. Like one big space family.
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>>4942531
>proving his point by choosing human enemies
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>>4942551
Cancers on the inside need to be cut, it is the only way. Shit, I forgot Africa too, thanks Chinaman, if you don't go down from CCP executions for not protecting them, I hope to see you.
>>4942543
>>4942548
We get rid of communists, the jews, honestly just leave all of Africa but South Africa if it still stands, and take everyone else. Should be fine.
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>>4942555
The problem with Africa is the extremely combative and regressive nature of local culture. If you could just get them to sit down and stop fucking murdering each other literally all the time you could probably manage to make the place into a genuinely nice (if hot) place to live. Africa can be quite stunning to see.

Of course we aren't Hercules. So undertaking a task even he'd struggle to accomplish is pointless.

Also lately South Africa has been going to shit. Well more than usual. Maybe get some care packages to the good people who still live there. See if they can't pull through.
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>>4942555
Easy there lil hitler.
We can probably just make it viable for those ideologies to die out both competitively and economically over time if we get rid of elites who use it to divide people and keep themselves in power.

>>4942568
They seemed to behave under colonial rule, when whites were in charge.
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>>4942568
>Destabilize the region for centuries and continue to do so to this day

>Shell oil literally assassinates anyone trying to improve things because it might make it cost them more to drill oil.
>It's the African's fault everything is messed up
You need to bring Africa into this anyway because not doing so leaves China a functional place to exploit resources from and survive like it's best Korea while they slowly get their spies to steal tech.
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>>4942575
I don't know how David will resolve the issues, all I know is that he must kill. Kill the dictators and warlords in Africa. Maybe get SHODAN to do a lot of hacking to real all the skeletons the dirty poloticans are hiding in their closets.
Uh. Big oil bad or something.

Didnt Africans try to chase away white farmers, then starved because they didnt know how to farm.
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>>4942577
We should absolutely kick the asses of the biggest shell oil CEOs and board member or some shit.
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>>4942578
We don't have to every get our boots dirty.

Just open up a super 4chan with true anomality and let the truth come out and nature will take its course. We help the people fight for truth and justice. Allow information of corruption and immoral behavior come to light to the masses, create our own social media from space. They can't really stop that if we set up our own networks and infrastructure from space.

On top of all that we can always tip the scales a bit buy doing stock market trading stuff and ensure equal and fair opportunities to people who are oppressed and censored.
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>>4942610
I feel like it would be faster and more in character to just invite farmers, marines, and normal people to space whle leaving Jeff Bezos alone in his penis jet because we decided the greedy megacorps and any subsidiaries aren't allowed in space
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>>4942612
>The Terran Foreign Legion wants you! Remember, service guarantees catgirl waifus! Would you like to know more?
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>>4942058

"No, boy. More than that, this is grey tech. More modernized than what i'm used to, and clearly built cheap... but i know it when i see it."

"Their station also has a stealth tech, including an optical cloaking field. That would explain why, but not why the greys are there."

"It could be an outpost. In which case, we should be careful. It'll be more difficult to take out than you would think, just by looking at it."

"What do you mean by outpost?" You wonder.

"Mmm. Well, grey scouts have to go great distances without refueling and operate for long periods of time without resupplying. But there's a limit to that, so what do they do?"

"Ah." You realize. "That's why they never seem to show up in regular stations?"

"Exactly." He confirms. "Hives like this are perfect as resupply stations, and they can even pick up extra test subjects by putting out bounties the pirates can collect on."

"Damn, i would have expected them to have their own high-tech stations in super secretive places, like in the spaces between stars."

"They do." Sanig confirms. "But out here, in the far reaches of civilization? It's much easier to just quietly take over a pirate station, to make use of what's already there. It makes less "noise" that way, you know?"

"I get you. Just blending in amongst the populace, right? Nothing to see here..."

"Well, it doesn't matter either way. There's likely nobody there at the moment, or indeed most of the time. We should still keep our distance, however. Now come, this interdictor should come out quite easily."

"Alright, but hey... why doesn't this ship come with one in the first place?" You wonder.

"Because it's a long-range scout ship, you fool. It was barely even armed before you got your hands on it. Why in god's name would they ever break protocol and directly engage with an enemy ship?"

"Huh. Oh yeah, this is supposed to be a scout ship. I forgot about that. Oh well! It'll have even more lasers strapped to it soon enough."

"We're going to need an extra supercapacitor bank..." Sanig grumbles.

Work on the interdictor goes quickly, like Sanig said. It was clearly designed to be easily installed and removed from almost any ship.
Once that's done, you both start looking around the ship for loot. Drugs, salvage, documents, physical currency, free nutrient paste, spare energy cells, tools and equipment, whatever you can find.

There are some drugs apparently, but only enough for personal use, and according to Sanig they'd be about as strong as a stiff cup of tea for you, so you decide to just toss them.
There is actually quite a bit of salvage in the ship's cargo bay, although you're not sure what half of it's for. It seems valuable, and probably stolen from actual salvagers.
As for documents... well, there's not much on the ship's computers, unless you're interested in their browser history. A few sales records, some notes to their families... nothing.
What they do have a lot of is tools and equipment.
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>>4942621
Does David know the chemical structures of meth, cocaine, thc, etc. See if Sanig likes them, albeit in nonlethal doses
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>>4942633
He has to know meth at least. Everyone has watched Breaking bad.
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>>4942621
>"Well, it doesn't matter either way. There's likely nobody there at the moment, or indeed most of the time. We should still keep our distance, however. Now come, this interdictor should come out quite easily."
Sanig if that were the case then why do these guys have this brand new interdictor module? Clearly someone's been here recently at least. The most likely scenario is that some Grey ship drifted by before Kyla scrambled the tracking stuff in ours, but then by the time they could get reinforcements she'd done the deed.
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>>4942621
Well, this just makes the station an even juicer target to take over.
If only we could strap some truster to it, relocate it to someplace else so we don't have to deal with greys and pirates coming to check on it, and tgem we get our very own Outer Heaven.
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>>4942684
Were in a scrapyard, we could just cobble one together.
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>>4942705
And our space goblin knows a lot about guetto engineering, together with David's knoweldge of welding, it might actually be possible.
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>>4942621
I wonder if it would be possible to modify a laser to be super charged, like a one shot disposable laser that's strong enough to punch up its tonnage class. What does Sanig thing? One shot replaceable cheap lasers? Dont forget about their personal shields, firearms, and the Plasma launcher. With all the shields we're collecting I'm wonder if we can sell them for mass cash back on earth, or trade them for additional capital back on the station.

Hey dont forget about needing to upgrade or stack on shields. No way we're gonna deal with adition damages to our shipfu.

>>4942705
>>4942715
We just need to beat the shit out I'd the greys, and weed out the pirates for potential conscripts in our "Soldiers without Borders" merely entry group.
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>>4942834
I don't think single-shot lasers are very practical on account of how lasers actually work. Unlike explosive weaponry where you can just crank up the power of the propellant charge past the strength of whatever's containing it with lasers you've got a very finely balanced dance of putting the appropriate amount of energy into special materials in order to get them emit exactly what you want to emit and nothing else.

There are a couple of designs that avoid this (or rather, accumulate the light in a different way) and could theoretically be 'overclocked' to make something single-shot like you're talking about, but I'm still not sure it's a good idea.

Or maybe I'm totally misunderstanding how lasers work and an actual physics-anon will push my shit in.
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>>4942846
This is space age alien shit. Letw just say your both right and wrong in some aspects.
I bring up the "one shot use laser" idea because I'm pretty sure if you're overclocking a laser weapon to fire more intense laser, the weapon will wear down faster. Which was why I thought, "instead of several powerful shots, why not one bug powerful shot"? So we can sneakily K.O. some battle grade ships.
We could even make the laser weapon mount modular so it takes less time to swap them out.
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>>4942846
>>4942858
You could overclock a laser. It just wouldn't be very effective. Unlike guns or bombs where you just upscale the container a laser at some point will start to damage the space around the weapon through heat bleeding. Like if you could blast straight through a battleship in a single shot you would turn your entire ship into slag because you're closer to the beamy death ray.

The reason why properly tuned lasers don't do this is because they aren't trying to pump out maximum damage with no regard to safety. Everything is within tolerances and focused correctly to make sure 99% of the energy is going forward. If you're firing above spec the lensing doesn't work the way it should.

Guns might explode if you push them too far but if you're stuffing them with particularly hot ammo they still work perfectly fine. This is because guns are actually super simple. There's a hole on one end and the gasses/explosive pressure shoves the bullet out of it. Lasers have this dumb lenses and shit which all need to be in certain positions at certain angles and they can only take so much energy before they just stop working.

Overclocking a laser too much would just be effectively strapping a thermal generator to your ship that glows really fucking bright.

Of course I have no idea what I'm talking about.
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>>4942633
doubt that. he barely remembered msg after all.
>>4942834
if you want to have a oneshot weapon, wouldn't it be better to have a railgun/coilgun then? same effect, less hassle
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>>4942887
Maybe, but we have a shit ton of lasers now. Reduce, reuse, and recycle as they say, or we could sell them I suppose.
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>>4942888
we can also just not add anything else to the ship. i mean, we already saw what the new lasers are capable of.
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>>4942858
Space age alien shit doesn't change the fundamentals of how some things are accomplished. Projectile weapons will still accelerate projectiles, either via chemisty or magnetism. Lasers will still produce consistent wavelengths of light through excitation of specific compounds and then using mechanisms of focusing to concentrate the energy.
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>>4942834
You could actually make a laser that uses chemical capsules to temporarily generate massive bursts of laser light.
None of the penetrating power of a bullet, and all the hassle of a cartridge-based firearm!

The only place it would actually be useful is as a backup weapon for ship to ship combat, because it could keep running just off battery power when the lights go out.
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>>4942846
>>4942876

The main issue with making a stronger laser tends to be focusing the beam.
Glass is pretty clear, but it's not perfectly clear, you see. And that tiny, tiny, TINY amount of light the glass absorbs is still enough to make it explode past a certain point.
So either you need a larger focus, or clearer, stronger glass.

Waste heat is also a big issue, but space society has figured out how to pump heat really, really efficiently.
There is no threat of melting your ship by being near the beam though. That's very specifically not how lasers work, at all.
Not in a vacuum, anyways.

You also won't be blasting through a ship in a single shot.
When a laser gets powerful enough, it vaporizes the material it hits into an expanding cloud of hot gas.
That cloud of gas then obscures the target, preventing more energy from being dumped into it. The already-vaporized material acts as a shield.

Between that and the massive energy draw of a continuous laser beam, that's why pulse lasers are the way to go.
You release as much energy as possible in short bursts, causing small explosions at the impact point and cratering out holes in the target.

So no, you aren't likely to be doing any of video related.
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>>4943025
Dont mess with us QM, are you a Theoretical Physicist? Or just a genius?
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>>4943029
This is all basic level scientific education, he may be those things but this is a level of knowledge any hobbyist could have. What are you, a middle schooler?
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>>4943032
Never forget that we live in a world where tiktok exists and children eat tide pods for fun and profit.
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>>4943032
are you saying I could have learned about Lasers in highschool?
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>>4943035
The basics you could've learned about in elementary school if you were so inclined. By highschool you could've bought a kit and built a laser.
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>>4943038
What the fuck dude. fucking counselors dont tell anyone shit.
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>>4943035
>>4943040
thankfully you can learn and make a laser right now
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>>4942578
>Didnt Africans try to chase away white farmers, then starved because they didnt know how to farm.

I general terms, yes. Took white people's farms then ran them into the ground due to incompetence and corruption.

Also fun story I heard: One young African eventually got tired of working for peanuts so he managed to save up and buy a small cart and clay oven and began making bread to sell on the street. Halfway through his 1st day, an older family member found him. The man said, "You have bread. The family needs bread." Then took nearly all of it leaving him with only a few loaves. The kid couldn't make enough to cover the cost for buying what he needed for ingredients the next day, so he had to sell off his cart and go back to menial labor. Their culture is shit like that.
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>>4943038
>>4943048
Well during Highschool, I designed and 3d printed a Bird House.
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>>4943060
Sounds like you had the opportunities but lacked the will to power necessary to make a laser. You should remedy this deficiency of yours immediately.
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>>4943067
yeah, add a laser to that birdhouse
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>>4943077
Oh god a fucking bird house with a laser PD
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>>4943080
No, a birdhouse that equips the tenants with laser beam helmets you dummy.
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>>4943082
That would require a complex dispenser machine with pullys and arms and shit to attach it to the birds head. besides once that shit even turns on, it would scare the bird away, or make it peck the machine, possibly damaging it.
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>>4943106
I see you still lack the capacity to walk the tightrope.
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>>4943077
With AA defenses
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>>4943077
Do it, for the Dodos.
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>>4943116
I have the capacity to do it, I know it, but I lack the motivation.
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>>4943132
>I-I could do that if i felt like it...
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>>4943032
When I was in middle school they were trying to teach me how to square dance and the only sciences they taught were biology and chemistry. The only physics they covered were newton's laws and the thermodynamics was only included insofar as what stuff you shouldn't mix in a beaker or it'll burn/explode.

High school was much the same, just with more numbers and "scientific" names for bones/bodily structures.

So yes, I will admit I know less than whatever school you find these laser children at.
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>>4943150
>>4943035
>>4943029
You guys don't actually think lasers are complicated do you? Like they're hard to develop and advance in terms of actual engineering but they're not hard to understand in concept.

>Have substance (usually a chemically weird crystal or gas mixture) that will emit light if you electrify it, just like a lightbulb does
>Because it's chemically weird though it puts off super specific wavelengths
>Since you've got super specific wavelengths you can use chemically weird and specially engineered mirrors and lenses to get all this light moving in one direction
>Then once you've got that just open the mirror pointing at what you want to burn
That's a tremendous ovesimplification but it gets the core concept across.
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>>4943159
Yeah I knew about refractions and glass and shit. Its lasers on the level of 40k lasguns, or Turbo Lasers from Starwars that I think is complicated.
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>>4943165
Oh, so things that don't exist.
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>>4943159
I get the concept behind it. I don't get how any of that shit works. What I do know is that if you fuck up the lenses it'll diffuse the beam and cause heat/light to escape how you don't want it to. Everything is a tight construction with exacting specifications.

But these are -space- lasers. Makes about as much sense to me as phasers do. Could you use a big enough fan to blow the "projectile" off course? Fucked if I know. Space tech. I can only imagine.
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>>4943170
yes. But years of not thinking about lasers and how they work tend to degrade your neural pathways. Just like how I learned how to make Spaghetti.

You could just say, Im Smart, but retarded at the same time.
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>>4943159
I mostly just remember that you essentially use mirrors to combine all the light beams into a shiny laser and even then I suspect I wasn't taught that in the school itself because they simply told us the definition of what a laser was instead of the process to make one.
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>>4943173
in space no because there is no atmosphere, but the physics behind a laser are the same in space as in the earth, only that in space they take way longer to happen because there are no atmosphere or atoms that can disrupt a beam
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>>4943173
In an atmosphere a fan could blow the air and somewhat change its lensing effects such that a laser wouldn't travel in a straight line, but it would hardly be noticeable.

>>4943188
I think you got mixed up anon, or you know something I don't. What's being in a vacuum got to do with the speed with which the physics behind a laser happen?
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>>4943188
>>4943197
I was talking about blowing the phaser blast off course. But yeah. Cool.
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>>4943197
yeah, i got it kinda mixed up. i read the post as a fan disrupting a laser instead of a fan literally moving a laser to a new course
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>>4943204
Well I forget what OP's specific explanation for phasers here was, but typically the concept of a lightning gun dictates that you use a laser to create an electrically conductive path between you and your target then you discharge electricity.

So if you were blowing air with a really strong fan then it might move air fast enough that as the gases were ionized they would be blown away before they could form a full conductive loop between target and gun. However if the wind wasn't blowing fast enough then the laser would just continually re-ionize gas along the line it's pointing as the other gas was blown away.

As for how you actually ionize air using a laser without turning it into full on plasma...I don't actually know. I think we can do it now under lab conditions, but I'm not familiar with the mechanism by which it operates.
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>>4943223
Shit man I thought the phasers shot a ball of electrified gasses. Damn I guess I never learned how to read, either. Maybe I really am el tardo.
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>>4943230
That might be part of OP's explanation for how they work (but then why wouldn't they work in space?). Dispensing their own conductive gases that then got propelled towards the target via sci-fi and lasers would be a fairly efficient way of doing it.
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>>4943235
Like I said. I am not an educated or particularly smart man. They could be using fart gas from the sluggoids of Ssjunj IV to power their weapons for all I know. All I got to go on is our periodic table which is more than likely woefully inadequate in comparison to the space one.
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>>4943223
It does in fact create a plasma channel for the electricity to travel down.
Only, it's a very small channel. Just enough to guide the electrons down, but not enough to cause burns on it's own.

High speed winds could in theory disrupt the channel, but at that point you'd be lifted off your feet and tossed around anyways.
The whole process happens very rapidly in order to keep the amount of energy used low, which doesn't give much time for outside forces to interfere.
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>>4943050
and I know one where a british teacher/researcher/white person was baffled because a certain people didn't had "compromise" in their language. Literally, it was foreign to them and the closest word they had was "to bind one's feet", of course, introduced thanks to slavery.
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>>4942621

After collecting all the crap you can, you quickly find that you're starting to run out of places to put it all.
Honestly, your ship isn't big enough to be hauling all this stuff. It's as big as a small merchant vessel, sure, but most of it is filled with scientific equipment and shit.
Not to mention you lost one of your cargo bays when you got nuked.

"Man, this is starting to become an actual issue..." You complain.

"Why not just do what the pirates do?" Kyla asks.

"What do you mean?"

"I mean, you've got two ships here... one admittedly in better condition than the other. We could weld them together into a little living space, then just let the AI drag it along with us."

"Yeah, but the fuel costs... and what if it gets targeted in battle?" You ask.

"So? We can just leave it in port somewhere. As long as you pay the docking fees, nobody cares how long it sits there."

"I guess that could work. I'd still like to have something a little more private, though. Honestly, i'd love to have a station around my home planet..."

"Oh yeah. You called it "Earth", right? Who names their planet after dirt?" She asks.

"Well, that's what it is. It's where we came from, and where we'll all return to someday. I think it's fitting." You respond.

"Ahhh. Some there's like, some religious connotation to it?"

"I guess."

"Do you miss it? Your home, that is?"

You answer without hesitation. "Yes, absolutely. I want to go home, to see my friends and family. To find my dog, if he hasn't run off somewhere yet. Just to breathe the air and see the sky again..."

"So why don't we look for it? After we... or you, rather... take care of Gron?"

"...Yeah, that sounds good. I have some ideas on how to find it. I still know the rough area to start looking, thanks to the star map and my own understanding of where earth is in the galaxy, but it might still be difficult."

"I'm sure it'll be no problem with SHODAN helping. They're pretty damn good at quantum math, you know."

"Here's hoping, huh?"

"Captain, i have calculated the likely trajectory of the smaller ship's cargo after the hull breech. Please confirm visually using viewing port A-5.

"Speak of the devil..." Kyla remarks.

Looking outside, you see a spray of twinkling glitter, as well as some slowly rotating cargo... and at least one body in the distance.

"Do we have a suit we can use to go out there and grab that shit?" You ask.

"No... but i could probably print up a simple RCS pack in no time. Then someone could put on a tether and reel it back in."

You think about it for a moment, and something comes to mind.

"Hey, SHODAN. How far can you push the gravity field from the ship?"

"Depending on the output, far enough. I believe your plan will work, Captain."

"Alright, looks like i'm getting back in the armor. Kyla, you tie a rope around me."

"Wait!" She exclaims. "Your suit doesn't have any RCS built in!"

"I don't need RCS." You tell her. "I've got magnetic boots."
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>>4943303
Ah yes, the old astronaut method of just walking around connected by a tube.
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>>4943307
If we get cut or untethered at least SHODAN or our VI can sing us a song.
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>>4943311
I have a very simple solution.
We just bring our shotgun with us. If we somehow start drifting in space, we can use it as a ghetto propulsion module.
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>>4943317
>True human thinking.
Based
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>>4943317
we can also use our O2 supplies. we should have more than enough to return to the ship/
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>>4943317
Definitely! And if we run out of bullets we throw the shotgun!
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>>4943366
>run out of bullets
>throw the shotgun
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>>4943369
Reminds me of that stupid question about how to get moving on really smooth ice. They say stupid shit like "take off your gloves or shoes and throw them the opposite direction. You'll start to slide just a teeny tiny bit" and I'm sitting here thinking "Hey fuckwit, just lean forward and bellyflop onto the ice.". Like people have never seen ice before.
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>>4943025
Does the focusing lens have to be made out of something?
What if it's nothing?

I mean, the cloaking tech works on redirecting light from point A to point B, giving the illusion of invisibility. That means that the tech itself is something that can alter the path of a photon very precisely and at very specific wavelengths.
Couldn't this tech be used in reverse? Instead of diverting and diffusing light, we use it in focusing and magnifying?
I believe in the monster laser dream.
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>>4943505
that's if it works like that. for all we know the tech could be made of video screens and cameras
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>>4943369
The crayon eater is strong with this one.
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>>4943012
WE NEED TO MAKE CASABA HOWITZERS
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>>4943012
We need a minimum of two of these then.

>>4943303
I am 100% for welding the two ships and paying docking rent for them at the station.

I have an idea I'd like passed through you. Could we have pop out mounted missile pods with smart rockets to deliver a c4 based or greater payload? I suggest c4 since lasers might not detonate them, but an explosion might. Would they detonate from a direct laser hit/when they get vaporized?
perhaps the missile pods could be armored and have their own independent shields.
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>>4943698
>We need a minimum of two of these then.
No we don't. If you're after backup weapons then let's buy self-contained railguns with single use overcharged capacitor banks.

Actually that's dumb too. We have single-use weapons in the modern day that don't rely on a ship's reactors being running or anything. They're called missiles.
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>>4943700
We could need those if we have to rely on back up power during a dogfight with other space ships. Capsule laser ammo and missiles will probably be our bread and butter then.
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>>4943701
I'm saying capsule railguns > capsule lasers but missiles are better than either. For the most obvious part, whereas railguns or lasers would both have to be aimed (which would surely be more difficult if main power was off) missiles just have to be launched.
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>>4943701
Nah you set one up around the airlock so when they demand you power down you oblige them, wait til they get close and either blast the connector be it umbilical or tether or just blast their ship. Or use it straight from ambush. Any time you need to power down but still want to zap something.

Way I see it if you're in a dogfight and you get hit bad enough to not have enough juice to shoot your primaries you should probably just run away. Any back-up weapons you have at that point should just be used to dissuade pursuit.
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Casaba Howitzers fix any and all problems in space, no matter the issue, it can be solved by a spear of nuclear fire and radiation moving the speed of light launched by missile.
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>>4943714
This might be valid if the interstellar community didn't regard use of atomics as warcrimes.
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>>4943714
No. Just stick with missile batteries.
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>>4943731
They are the warheads that go on missiles in your missile batteries you daft buffoon.
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>>4943733
Clearly he was referring to non-nuclear warheads because he said to stick with missile batteries contrary to your suggestion of casaba howitzers, where do you get off calling HIM a daft buffoon?
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>>4943707
I we want something thats disposable, we go for a missile or a torpedo battery, but otherwise if we're in a situation where we're out of energy, or we can't shoot our primary batteries, we're either seconds away from being killed, or we should focus on getting the hell out of the combat zone.
We're a goddamn scout ship, not a fighter craft ffs. Lets play our strengths ere instead of bastardizing the ship any more.
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MAN THE TORPEDOES
HARHARHAR
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>>4943788
GET THE BOARDING AXES
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>>4943792
no no no
¡¡Get the SPACE boarding POWER axes!!!!
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>>4943303

It doesn't take long before you step out of the airlock into hard vacuum, protected by your power armor and, in a pinch, your skinsuit.
A rope is tethering you to the ship, but ideally you won't need it.

Your boots are fitted with electromagnets that allow you to walk along the outside of the ship, although their grip on the metallic foam armor isn't that great.
It's still enough though, and now it's time for SHODAN's half of this job.

"I am extending the gravity field, Captain. Please prepare to make the catch."

"Roger that."

You feel an ever-so-slight tug as the weakened gravity field pulls down on you.
It may be weakened, but thanks to that it now extends far beyond the ship, and is slowly pulling in the cargo floating around in space out here.
The various boxes and smaller items fall towards the ship one by one, and you walk around grabbing them as they do. Then you simply load them into the airlock.

"You know, this is why we need a cargo scoop."

"What do you mean, captain?"

"A cargo scoop! You know, a literal scoop that just pops open, so we can fly forwards and scoop up floating cargo like this without having to actually go out and collect it."

"I am in agreement. That would be a functional addition to the ship."

"Only problem is, where the hell do we put it... The design of this thing is just awful for what we're actually doing."

"That is true. Reactor specifications aside, this was inherently a science vessel meant for long-range scouting missions. It was not designed for combat, nor to haul cargo."

"I'd love to design my own ship, but who knows how much it would cost to actually make the damned thing."

"A normal ship capable of housing 10 crewmembers would cost around 100k credits. Given your likely modifications, you could expect to pay more."

"What the hell, that's not too bad! I could have bought a ship for the price of this damned armor!"

"You could also say that your armor has the value of an entire ship, Captain."

"Yeah, that's true. Still, damn... I want something purpose built, but for the right purpose! I'm thinking i should get back to earth before that, though."

"Why is that, captain?"

"Well," You say, grabbing another crate as it falls. "I'm kind of limited by materials out here in space, as funny as that sounds. Sure, you've got some crazy, exotic stuff, and the nanofabs are great, but... everything i know of comes from earth."

"But you don't necessarily understand the chemical makeup of the materials, which is a requirement for printing them."

"Exactly. But if we get back to earth, i could have access to kevlar, aerogel, better types of steel, special plastics like teflon and so much more. I might need to get you a second storage crystal, just so you can download everything. Er, assuming you can interface with our computers..."
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>>4943801
Oh no, SHODAN is going to find the internet.
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>>4943797
YOUR RIGHT!
>>4943801
OOOOOH, YEEEEAH, SHODAN IS GOING TO FIND THE EARTH INTERNET!
>>4943815
Lets be fair, she watched tentacle porn with David, she'll just notice humans have a tendency to be...degenerates. Also, may drop our computers search history for shits and giggles in Cylia and Kyda's pads.
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>>4943801
>teflon
Bullshit, QM, Bullshit. You said David only knows to how to cook on hard iron pans
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>>4943401
fucking texans just walk? like who the fuck does not know how to walk on smooth ice its naother thing if its a hill but then just crawl or stomp with your heel
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>>4943841
It matters if its thin Ice or Thick. Stomping can cause you to fall in.
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>>4943815
we definitely have to change her name before that
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>>4943827
that doesn't mean he is unaware of what teflon is
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>>4943853
dude, david was holding a frying pan it teflon in it and he was like "what is this slippery surface"
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>>4943897
huh. i thought he was like that because these were space pans with space materials that made them way more slippery than normal teflon pans
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>>4943852
Not till she does something cool and earns a cool name from us.
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>>4943827
Teflon is used for a lot more than just cookware, anon.
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>>4943931
we owe her the name change regardless of what cool things she does, anon
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>>4943841
The idea as presented in the question is that the ice is somehow so smooth that you cannot actually move normally on it.

It's just a really dumb question. Like I'm pretty sure it's there to display physics but the way they word it just makes it sound like retards standing on lubed up ice or something.

I guess that's how they teach nowadays though. There is only one acceptable solution. The "right" one which happens to be whatever they want. Like that common core shit.
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>>4943845
was thinking land ice but water ice just fucking sit and use your hands or crawl and ice actual has a thin layer of liquid water ontop of it that are basically the free ends of the ice crystals and why they can fuse when pressed against each other and the fact that pressure causes ice to melt its also the principle that ice skates functions on
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>>4943938
Not unless we own her.
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>>4943801

"They use binary machine code at the most basic level, correct?"

"Yeah. It's all ones and zeroes in the end. Logic gates printed in silicon. We use encrypted radio signals in the 2.4ghz and 5ghz ranges, but there are unencrypted signals you could use as well."

"In that case, i believe that i will be able to manage."

"Well, that's good news. And i think this is the last of the cargo... or at least, the last of what we can fit."

"It may be prudent to pay a sorting company to go through it all."

"Yeah, we got a lot on our plate already... but what if there's something illegal in there?"

"Given the state of the station, i believe a bribe would suffice to keep things quiet, Captain."

"So you'll take responsibility if they stiff us, right?"

"That was not my intention."

"Yeah, i bet... hey, do you think you could hold that ship in place with the gravity generator?"

"It will take some time to slow it's rotation, but there is no reason i could not."

"Great. The docking port is gone, but i could slip in there through the breach if it was stationary."

"If you insist, Captain. However, i must warn you that there is little room left inside the ship. Gathering more spoils of war would impede daily life."

"Yeah, i got that."

Heading slowly back inside, you close the airlock and get to work loading up all the surviving boxes and shit, wherever possible.

The two bodies you recovered are bloated and bruised from the vacuum, but you toss them into a cryopod anyways.

"Hey, David." Kyla greets you. "Did you get a look at the stuff we tied down to the hull? Did we lose anything?"

"I was wondering myself, but it doesn't look like it. There were some near hits, and a couple of ropes started coming loose from the g-forces, but that netting kept everything in place, fortunately."

"Yep, i figured something like this would happen. I'm glad none of it got slagged, otherwise we'd be digging another system out of one of those other ships."

"Good looking out, Kyla."

After replacing your suit for the second time this trip, you head back to the medical bay to see how Cylia is getting along with the prisoners.
Upon opening the door, bug-man immediately charges you, screaming something about his honor. You thrust your palm into his face, knocking him backwards and causing him to crack his head against the floor. He's out cold, again.

"Damn it, David..." Cylia groans.

"That's him! That's what he looks like without the armor!" Treg screeches in fear.

"He's too strong... we're screwed." The other one comments. Gildur was his name, you think?

Cylia grabs Kezel off the floor and applies some sort of gel to the back of his head.

"What's that?" You ask.

"It medicine that stops bleeding and swelling in the brain. He's got to have several concussions by now."

"He'll learn. Or not, i don't care."

"I can tell. Anyways, i guess you're here for info? We've had plenty of time to chat while you were out."
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>>4944273
Ok, the bug needs to be restrained, this is getting ridiculous now.
Or at least film him failing so we can laugh at it later.
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>>4944298
we can always freeze him. i actually thought we were gonna do that form the start.
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>>4944305
I agree on freezing him. Maybe we should freeze all of them
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>>4944298
I can respect the drive to be honest
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>>4944305
Nah. Fucker never learns. I say we fab up a small jail cell and/or straight jacket combo instead of letting him get off easy.
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>>4944332
you just want to torture him. freezing him is way better than actually using precious space to make a jail.
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Hey, squash the bug.
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>>4944338
I didn't say I was going to torture him or that id be making a decent sized jail cell. He's basically getting shoved in a metal box barely bigger than himself and being left to stew. So long as he isn't a social species like humans it shouldn't have any adverse effects outside of some hunger or thirst unless we take too long to get back.
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just strap him to the hull of the ship, sheessh
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>>4944350
Knowing aliens, all we need to do is print up one of those foldable puppy pens and put a sign that says gay baby jail on it.
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>>4944273
So is this bug a literal drone being told to be a fuckup?
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>>4944387
sized to an appropriate height, of course
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>>4944422
Probably from a warrior caste if they are ant like, to justify the obssession with honour.
Or he is a predator like a mantis, but just a shitty one, and feels a biological need to prove himself.
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>>4944332
A straitjacket is overkill, let's just put some chinese fingertraps on him and laugh at his struggles.
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>>4944358
Let's save the keelhauling for a somebody we don't want to be sane enough to give people info about our capabilities.
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>>4944471
So you want this guy to be sane enough to give away our capabilities?

That was a very strange way of wording that.
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>>4944545
Power armour is just the beginning and he doesn’t know how it works. By the time galactic police get info on the secret base we’ll have strapped some engines to it and blasted away.
All that’s left is to kill rock man in a timely manner.
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>>4944611
>>4944545
and that is IF they believe the bugman. which they won't, because no one is retarded enough to put themselves inside a power armor.
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>>4944613
Or use a melee weapon, specially one that is a hammer with a pick.
What kind of insane barbarian would do something so stupid?
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So in addition to killing all the Kim Jongs plus their corrupt politicians, most of the dog eating chinese bug people, and a fist full of African warlords, who else should we target? Mexican drug cartel leaders? Kill osama bin-laden? Some corrupt US senators?

Should we use the alien tech to recruit crippled war vets like us?
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>>4944954
>Some corrupt US senators?
So what like 80% of them?
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>>4944954
If any of you anons unironically think assassinating world leaders is a good idea, I have bad news for you.
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>>4944962
wipe the slate clean.
Push for eugenics.
Deny the nignogs and poo people, but keep the good ones.

>>4944977
give me your solutions!
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>>4944977
It's not an assassination if you declare open war.
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>>4944979
>give me your solutions
Solutions to what issue?
>>4944981
That's an even worse idea. If we openly declare war on a bunch of countries we don't like, the international community will condemn us as a terrorist and all our shit will get fucked. We'd lose any chance of ever living on earth again.
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>>4944979
There are no solutions. Only tradeoffs.
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>>4944987
>We'd lose any chance of ever living on earth again.
Only if we lost.

And you wouldn't be declaring war on the countries you don't like. You'd be declaring war on the entire planet. Don't puss out halfway through.
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>>4944987
then what's the plan? what's the end goal?
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>>4945004
He probably doesn't have one. Unfortunately no matter what road we take there will be pushback. Power is never readily relinquished by those who hold it. If you try to muscle in economically the markets will become hostile to you. If you try to do so technologically the scientists become your enemy.

He knows it. Too many actually competent people on Earth who will notice the patterns and move to stop the balance of power from shifting as much as they can.

Drastic action will be necessary to change the world. Always has been.
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>>4945013
Whatever, we're gonna take our soldiers and fuck off, maybe plant our flag on the moon and Mars just to flex on everyone back on earth.
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>>4944954
Put a concrete sarcophagus over the middle east, except for israel and jordan.
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>>4945015
>not doing anything to save the world from itself
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>>4945018
You're sending me mixed messages. Do you or do you not want to save earth from it's own bullshit?
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>>4944611
>>4944545

They literally can't tell the difference between you wearing power armor or not, because you kicked their ass equally regardless of whether you were wearing it.
All they know is that you have some sort of armor, not that it's power armor.

>>4944422
He got his shit pushed in before he could really even do anything, and he's not happy about it.
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>>4945033
>Mad he got his shit pushed in
>To stupid to wait it out
Lower bugforms swerve, this bugga bout to act up and learn sumfin
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>>4945015
yes.
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>>4944273

"Yeah. What'd you get out of them?" You ask.

"Well... Kezel wasn't very talkative. The other two were, though."

Cylia goes over everything she managed to get out of them.
They aren't particularly notable pirates, with meager bounties and nothing much to their names.
Treg and Gildur were both driven to crime by debt, while Kezel is just a damned troublemaker. You can see that.

Apparently several groups of pirates saw your reactor signature when you jumped into the area, but they didn't attack you because of your ship. They thought you were a grey.
Next time you'll be sure to jump nearby, but not inside the system and spend some extra time reaching your destination.

But then, you spent hours collecting scrap and tying it to the outside of your ship with ropes and netting.
Not exactly something a grey scout ship is likely to do.

"So wait, you were watching us? Since when?"

"It was when you came up to the hive, and then just turned around... You guys were acting really weird, so we followed you."

"I believe their reactor signature was so weak that it simply did not register on our sensors while not in active use, Captain.

"Huh? Who was that?" Treg asks.

"Well, that's one kind of stealth, i guess." You respond, ignoring him.

Cylia and Treg then both go into detail about the station together.
Apparently it's as you expected, a bunch of smaller ships welded onto a much larger ship which serves as the core and provides life support to the rest.
Not quite a garbage ball, but still a complete mess of excess metal. Destroying it with your ship will be impossible.

Apparently it does have shields, but they're usually kept off to preserve power.
The reactor and optical camoflage are both always on however, and are managed by the greys who occasionally come by to check on things.
Likewise, the interdictor they had was part of an available stock inside the station, along with lots of other items which would be useful for piracy.

"We had just purchased it about a week ago... after pooling everything we had, and taking on some debt. We would have been able to make it back, if we could just drag a single merchant vessel out of warp..."

"Easy come, easy go." You tell him.

"Haha... yeah..."

He's screaming on the inside.

"So what i'm hearing is that this is basically a de-facto grey station. There are even sections of the ship that only they can enter, correct?"

"Y-Yeah, i guess..."

"Interesting. Very interesting. And how frequently do they come along to do maintenance?"

"It seems pretty random to us, but they never go more than five months without showing up."

It's about this point that Kezel starts to wake up. Again.

"David, please don't go for the head again. He's going to die, seriously." Cylia complains.

"Fine."

He seems really groggy when he wakes up, but still takes note of your presence.

"You... bastard! Come at me...! Urgh... i feel sick..."

"Just sit down, idiot. I don't want to have to brain you again."
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>>4944613
>Get this guy some medical attention. He's been hallucinating and screaming incoherently from al the concussions he's been getting.
>>4944977
>>4944962
>>4944954
Shodan just has to air ALL of the dirt and let the people's anger handle it. Epstein isn't gonna have time to kill himself this time.
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>>4945062
God this guy is a real dumbass, we can maim him right? Probable brain damage not withstanding.
>>4945064
Epstein is going to have so little time it'll be hilarious. We set up Space Chan Server Farm and then watch the outcasts set up the downfall of the Elite.
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>>4945062
>"It was when you came up to the hive, and then just turned around... You guys were acting really weird, so we followed you."
Does this mean their stations has s9me means of detecting us/seeing us when our stealth systems are active? Cause they were when we tracked that pirate to the station.
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>>4945085
Yes, you can see out but not in.
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>>4945062
>Grey Station
>Grey ship
>Grey alien onboard.

Guys we can totally infiltrate the station with Sanig as our front guy.

We just got to ask what they normally see the greys do so we don't act out of place and what gets brought in and how often. We just go in a day or two after some other Grey ship leaves.
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Course Sanig might need to operate alone but in armor, and we just hang out in the station buying whatever we want. We can offload a bunch of our cargo this way on the black market and the dead greys can be put to use.
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>>4945125
>>4945127
Isn't Sanig a bit famous and at odds with the Grey goverment? It might not be such a good idea.
I say to just take over, expand the dead grigger burial, and puah the station somewhere else.
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>>4945186

Would they even recognize him? He got youth treatments and various changes over time, who would remember his face let alone know about him, what he looks like, what he MIGHT look like after all these years, and what are the chances that despite all this any of the greys there care? Especially since they are doing black projects more than likely without the support of the government.
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The grey goverment is the one that does the shady shit, they are without the support of the galactic goverment (probably, maybe one of tge shadow council is a grey that disrupts any investigation)
And I don't know, the greys must have a way to identify eachother given that they are genetically modifies to look alike and have acess to youth serums and who knows what else.
We should discuss it with Sanig first, he is the one with the knowledge on how to avoid the greys.

All this talk of greys made me think, are there also the greens?
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>>4945091
Wut?
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>>4945335
the stealth field works as a one way mirror of sorts. you can see from inside the field, but the people outside can't see inside the field
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>>4945127
Just stay in the power armor and pretend to be an armorer drone.
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>>4945239
Only when they get really drunk and high. That or giant incest baby.
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>>4945239
And yeah ofc we talk to sanig about it first before we try it.
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>>4945239
Sadly the little green men of Mars were utterly wiped out in the color wars of the early galactic grey expansion. Along with the blues, dabba-dee.
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>>4945091
With SHODAN's scanners could we possibly scan all moons and planets in our solar system for potential alien ruins?
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>>4945186
I figure we could disguise him pretty easily. The skinsuits themselves come with helmets after all.
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>>4945345
Not at all addressing my question, which was how did THEY see us when WE were stealthed?
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>>4945442
It could be that they know what to look for when tracking Grey scout ships. That or they had some help from some enterprising Greys on the station.
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>>4945442
When we warped in directly into the system, before turning on the stealth.
They detected the reactor heat signal, but didn't fire immediatly because the ship is of Grey design. Since we went a different way to salvage instead of going to the station and docking, they notices something was odd.
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>>4945442
>>4945450
Here the quote
>Apparently several groups of pirates saw your reactor signature when you jumped into the area, but they didn't attack you because of your ship. They thought you were a grey.
>Next time you'll be sure to jump nearby, but not inside the system and spend some extra time reaching your destination.
Remember, don't speedread.
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>>4945442
they could also track us by the material we displace. space is mostly empty, but there are still particles lying around and we still need to burn fuel to move from place to place
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>>4945452
>Remember, don't speedread.
No spreeding got it
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>>4945453
We were specifically going through the trail the other ship made and the pirates mentioned seeing us leave WHILE WE WERE CLOAKED.
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>>4945459
Anon. We also need to burn fuel to move and that means heat coming out of the ship; this isnt an inertialess ship after all. And again, we were salvaging for a fucking long time. The pirates would have noticed them even of the ship itself is invisible.
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>>4945459
You don't have optical camouflage like the station does, only a cloaking device which makes you invisible on sensors by hiding your reactor signature.
You were also running cold, which hid your heat signature from any thermal cameras. However, you were fully visible to someone looking out of their window.

And several people were, although you couldn't see them.
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>>4945401
Well to be fair, the greens never had much of a chance. There might still be some blues left somewhere though.
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>>4945473
I didnt know that was how it worked. Bo2 I now. Now we need to invest in an actual cloaking device.
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>>4945506
More like we'll steal the one on the station to slap on the custom ship we'll be making soon.
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>>4945526
that's gonna be a big ship then. a flagship even.
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>>4945529
Who knows how big the actual device is? And as for necessary reactor output, that will probably be reduced if we change its range to a more reasonable size.
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>>4945062

"Damn it..." He whines. "DAMN IT! DON'T YOU DARE TELL ANYONE I LOST! I'll...! I'll kick your ass if you do!"

"Sit your ass down, boy." You threaten.

He acts pissed for a second, until you stare him down. Then he quickly breaks eye contact and sits down in a huff.

"I don't know what your problem is, but if you try anything again we're going to have a problem. Your life isn't valuable enough to risk my ship or my crew."

He doesn't respond, just crossing his arms and refusing to look at you. He's trying to act tough, but you can tell he's afraid.

"Good. Now then, time for cryosleep."

"Wait, what?" Treg asks, confused.

"See those pods over there? When you wake up, we'll be back at the station. I'm turning you in for the bounty."

"Woah, woah, woah! Hold on man, please! Anything but that! We owe a lot of people a lot of money, it won't end with just jail time for us!"

"Oh yeah? What are they gonna do with you?"

"We'll be sold as slaves if we're lucky. If not, we might end up in a pit, fighting wild animals from some godforsaken death world. I don't want to get ripped apart by a slyvern, man!"

"Alright, i feel you on that. So let's say for a minute i let you go. Now what? You gonna go back to your pirate buddies and tell them what happened? You gonna come after us since we took your ship? You're not getting it back, by the way."

"No, man! I just... shit, i'll work for you if you want! If i work off my bounty, will you call it even?"

"Even?" You chuckle. And then your chuckle turns into a full-blown belly laugh. "Hah! Holy shit, not a chance! You dumb bastards tried to kill us, remember? No amount of money is going to satisfy me after that."

"Wha- NO! We absolutely did not!"

"Who do you think you were shooting at, dumbass? You're not fooling anyone."

"We were just trying to scare you! But instead of surrendering, you dodged almost every shot at point blank range and killed half my crew!"

"So what? Is it supposed to be fine just because i fought back? Nobody died so nothing happened, right? Is that it?"

"Well..." He starts.

"I don't want to hear another word out of you. If Cylia wasn't here, you'd already be in pieces you little fucking cunt. Say one more goddamned word, i dare you. Fucking say it."

"Okaaaay, David?" Cylia interrupts. "Can we uh... can we calm down a little? Just... take a breather? Alright. Okay."

Your fists are balled up, your teeth are clenched and your body feels hot. You didn't really notice until Cylia said something.
Fuck. That guy pisses you off.

"Oh, it's fine because you didn't die. My name is Treg and i'm a fatfuck retard who thinks he's invincible, so i can just do whatever i want and not get my asshole gaped open."

"David, we can hear you mocking him from over here." Cylia moans.

"Good. Fuck him." You reply.

"Is he always like that?" Treg asks.

"Not... always." Cylia tells him.

>Try to calm down
>Just shove his stupid ass in the cryopod and be done with it
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>>4945552
>Try to calm down
I only really dislike the bug, the other two just seem like idiots.
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>>4945552
>Try to calm down
No gutting, not today.
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>>4945552
>Missed out on a Samuel L Jackson reference, MOTHERFUCKER
You were so close. Poor Cylia, she's the therapy catgirl for a very violent Marine. We should make her hot chocolate.
>Try to calm down, by going in and picking up Cylia.
>Pet her with calming intent.
>Grumble like your drill sergeant taught you.
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>>4945552
>Try to calm down
>Fail to calm down
>Begin shadow-boxing to fight off inner-demons
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>>4945552
Can we put him in the cryopod and then try to get our anger under control? If not, I vote for trying to calm down.
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>>4945578
Did we ever switch out our toilet so it's proper? We could give the little shit a swirly.
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>>4945552
>Just shove his stupid ass in the cryopod and be done with it
The other two can stay unfrozen for now.

What if we milked them for information and used them as proxies? If mutual interest is there for both to benefit they would be willing to work for us. They don't seem devoted to their shitty leader. I bet he mistreats his crew.

We should "interview" the two for all the information on the other parties, ships, pirates, and personalities.

Maybe start building our own pirate fleet. Any pirates not part of our fleet can be turned in for bounties by us.
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>>4945552
>Try to calm down
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>>4945573
+1
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>>4945573
>>4945600
that's just creepy
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>>4945605
And you're very gay, but it is easy to ignore when your quiet.
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>>4945552
>Yell drill instructor tier insults at Treg until we run out of fumes, or he passes out. Which comes first.
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>>4945585
+1
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>>4945552
nah nah nah, fuck that and this. There is no way they are going to be of any good. The only thing they are good at is getting deeper and deeper into debt. Cryopod this and cryopod that.
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>>4945552
>Try to calm down
Going off every time something irritates us is bad for our health.

>>4945573
Not this way, though. Even wild animals understand boundaries better than this anon.
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>>4945640
Anon can't handle being around (any) women, shocker.
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>>4945675
>>4945608
damn anons, stop projecting so hard
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>>4945685
I don't need to project. I'm not into chicks. Get rekt, fag.
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PETA really hates Therapy animals apparently.
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>>4945552
>Cage the fucker
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>>4945739
PETA hates animals, why would the therapy ones be any different?
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>>4945752
What's PETA doing in this thread then.

Because now they are bullying the mentally ill which have more victim points.
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>>4945739
>>4945752

PETA is a terrorist organization
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Someone call the FBI!
Wait do they support terrorists or stop them these days? Hard to tell.
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>>4945813
You seem slightly miffed.
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>>4945817
Too many miffles.
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>>4945829
Did someone say "MILF"?
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>>4945855
>horny activated
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>>4945813
CIA supports, FBI stops
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>>4945813
If it's hard to tell to you, then you're probably the terrorist.
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>>4945552
Changing from>>4945600
to
>> calm down
We dont even have to try. we are just calm now.
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>>4945552
>Try to calm down
NEED DOG
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>>4946018
Sorry, best we can do is a Space-Dodo.
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>>4945552
>Try to calm down

>by asking Kyla for a piece of worthless scrap we can destroy to our hearts desire
>then calmly placing the bug on the cryo pod before continuing the conversation

fuck the bugman
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>>4946043
>fuck the bugman
hmmmmm.....

>>4945552
take the bugman to your room and gape him
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>>4946057
this is a blue board anon
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>>4946073
No it isn't.
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>>4946136
holy shit
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>>4945552
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scc9XBIDk_s
When will we encounter a giant monster alien lady?
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>>4945452
Except the alien specifically said they saw us approach the station when we discovered it, which was when we had our stealth active. Dont speedread anon.
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>>4945552
>Try to calm down
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>>4945013
My end goal? Coom in ayylium bitches. That's it.
>>4945552
>Try to calm down
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>>4945552
>>Just shove his stupid ass in the cryopod and be done with it
i would suggest that we use chinese water torture to put him in his place and drive him insane
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>>4946336
>his end goal is a mid goal
Damn bro you need to get your priorities straight. You don't want your end goal to be fucking an aliurm. It's to fuck all the different types of aliurm.

Your dreams should be at the mountain's peak not some random cliff along its flank. Now get out there and fuck like at least twenty ayyy bitches.
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>>4945552

You breathe in slowly through your nose, and then out through your mouth.
Once, twice, three times... and promptly bottle up your rage to unleash on some poor, probably deserving bastard in the not too distant future.
A creepy smile creeps it way across your face as the headache sets in, undeniable proof that you've gone against everything you stand for, purely for the sake of not murdering someone today.

You hadn't experienced this in a while. Not since you left earth and stopped giving a fuck, actually.

"Treg..." You say, still smiling despite your clearly gritted teeth underneath. "I'm going to forgive you for being a stupid bastard today. But i can't look at you until i've slept this off, so you need to get in the pod."

Treg chuckles nervously. "I uh... heh... i'd really rather no- HEY! Put me down!"

You grab Treg by the shoulders and heft him up, fat and all. Kicking the bottom of the cryopod at just the right spot pops it open, and you shove him inside silently.
He bangs against the glass, and then wrestles against the needle arms for a moment before they finally stick into him from behind.

Treg's eyes roll back into his head as the color drains from his face. The pod starts to frost over, and you sigh out, feeling a deep sense of satisfaction.

"Well... alright then." Cylia comments.

"You, the quiet one." You demand.

"Me?" He asks, nervously.

"Yeah, you. Who were you again? Glizzie? Gretzel?"

"I'm-"

"Yeah, whatever. Look, Gretzel. I need to know about the robot. Can you do that for me? Can you tell me about the robot?"

"Er... well, yeah? It's like the boss said, we found him in a wrecked ship. When we turned him on, he asked us a bunch of questions, but then he just started doing whatever we asked."

"What sort of questions did he ask?"

"Uhm... like, where we were, what year it was, who we were... stuff like that. It asked for some kind of code at some point? But we had no clue what it wanted."

"Alright. So the robot... what does it do?"

"...Like, generally?"

"Yes, generally. Does it cook? Does it clean? Can it make repairs? Can it even hold objects properly?"

"Y-Yeah, it can do pretty much anything a person can. It seems kind of dumb, but it's really advanced at the same time. It won't speak unless spoken to, but it can fight and do basic ship repairs. We were using it to keep the ship maintained, actually..."

"Alright, that's good. Good answers. Next question. Say we want to get a little more friendly with the fellas on the station, what's our best bet?"

"Uhm... well, you'll need an invitation, basically. From someone who's already on the inside. They'll give you an IFF beacon that marks you as friendly, and then you can just enter..."

"...And your ship has one of these beacons?"

"Y-Yeah. It's on the navigation console, i think. A little metal box with some engravings on it."

"Good, good... that's wonderful. Any uhhhhh... "pirate etiquette" that we should observe once we're inside?"

"Not... really?"
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>>4946411
a sleeper agent like agent hk-47?
hell yeah
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>>4946411
So would the robot be cool with us putting his annoying boss on ice?
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>>4946411
Damn David's got issues.

This turned out well, I'm glad we controlled ourselves.
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>>4946411
Yeah, David needs Mutt to help him calm down.
Everything has a time and a place.
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>>4946516
We should probably just pet Cylia to calm down until we get Mutt back.
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>>4946411
>A creepy smile creeps it way across your face as the headache sets in, undeniable proof that you've gone against everything you stand for, purely for the sake of not murdering someone today.
The things that we do for a catgirl
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>>4946411
Dammit I thought SHODAN was wife, not cat girl.
I'm liking this guy more than lard ass. The fat guy is definitely going to jail, but this guy is alright.

>>4946514
Kind of disappointed we didnt at the very least dislocate his arm.
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>>4943815
And porn will be made of her with in an hour and she will have shitty malware from now on.
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>>4946683
>gets a virus from shady porn site
>now starts trying to fuck david using the toaster
Damn you internet!
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>>4946683
What can a man do? AIs just makes the best waifus.
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>>4946411
Always possible they're trying to bait us into a fight by messing up protocol. Seriously doubt it's just IFF alone. Money says there's a call response.
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>>4946717
>>4946726

With the capabilities of nanofabs, SHODAN can create fucking port with arbitrary ease, one programed with with all the sex knowledge of all humanity.

Never though I would type that sentence fyi.
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>>4946726
I can't wait for the day David tries to fuck some lady on the ship and part-way through SHODAN interrupts and calls Davey to the bridge for "something important" and when he gets there it's literally nothing.

Power move.
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>>4946742
What ever, ship AI waifu is a best but Cylia is a close second. Wait till she learns humans dont have breeding cycles and fuck just for fun.

Would blow her mind and she wouldn't she walk straight for a week.

There is not a lot of good art of the character she is bases on that is blue board appropriate haha.
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>>4946411

"Hey, kid!" Sanig shouts, interrupting your interrogation.

"Huh? Oh, hey. What's up? I'm busy."

"You can scare the piss out of these herbivores whenever you want, but my dark matter bottles are floating away on that ship out there. Do you mind?"

"Oh, right. Yeah, we can go get those."

You turn to what's-his-face and speak to him again.

"Look, i'm just gonna go for a little walk. Why don't you cozy on up to the cryopod for now, huh? And if you're asleep by the time i get back, maybe everything will be fine. How does that sound?"

"Y-Yes sir... only..."

"What?"

"Is it going to hurt?"

"Huh? Oh, yeah. Probably. I've never been in there myself, but i can't imagine it feels good, having all your blood replaced with antifreeze. But hey, look on the bright side. You won't feel it for long!"

"Aw, man..."

The guy shakily makes his way over to the pod, which you open for him. While you're setting it to the max value, the lid closes over him and... then you hear him screeching like a banshee.
Oh yeah, you guess he didn't actually see the needle tentacle things through the pod's little viewing port before. Hah.
As he quiets down, there's one pirate left and you know he's probably going to give you trouble.

Walking over, you stare him down and give him his order.

"Get into the pod."

"...Don't wanna."

"Wasn't asking."

"Tch..." He spits. You can already tell where this is going to go.

You follow his eyes as he looks around for something, and then, of course, he bolts for the door.
But before he can even fully leave the operating table he was sitting on, he finds your fist lodged firmly in his gut.

His exoskeleton audibly cracks as he's launched backwards, knocking over a medical cart and sliding across the floor until he smacks against the far wall.
He doesn't get up, and instead clutches his stomach like he just got kicked in the nuts. He tries to speak, but a strangled gasp comes out instead, followed by some brilliantly blue-colored vomit.

"David! Come on, he's already hurt!" Cylia whines.

"I avoided his head, like you asked."

"That's not... goddamnit, that's not the point!"

"He's violent, he's stupid and he just tried to escape. Maybe that's fine for me or you, but what happens if he attacks Kyla or Sanig? Or better yet, what if he tries to destroy the ship? To take us with him?"

"Nobody's as much of a suicidal dumbass as you are! He's not going to do that! And he's not really violent, he's just trying to prove himself..."

"Could have fooled me. I guess that plasma launcher he shot at me was a warning shot too, huh?"

"Plasma launcher...?"

"Yeah. I don't know what the fuck it actually was, but i know what it did. If that had hit someone unarmored, it would have caused some serious burns at the least."

"Okay... so the kid's got issues. But he isn't the only one, you know."

"That's fair. But this is my ship, and he's my prisoner. If he wants to fight back, fine. But so will i."
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I swear Cylia. It's like space doesn't have Jihadis or something. Ain't she never seen completely unreasonable hatefags before?
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>>4946836
Glory and Honour austim is a hell of a drug, remember to not overdose on it kids.
Is the bugman part of a feudal hierachy, ant society, matriarchy, a biological need to prove himself, or is he just a retard?
>>4946848
>Space Jihadis
Giving a copy of Dune to Cylia when?
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>>4946836
Sad day when mommy and daddy are fighting
>>4946848
We should start our own Jihad.
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>>4946848
she just has too much empathy, which is a bad thing in the bounty hunting line.
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>>4946848
>>4946863
Shes gonna get someone killed someday. We should let her learn the hard way by not doing anything and if anyone dies we just stare at her and let her know without saying. This is because of you.
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>>4946848
I think it's a breakdown in nonverbal communication here coupled with galactic societal engineering.
What we're seeing is a ton of posturing.
On Earth that's when two creatures each warn the other to back off. A real fight rarely happens because a real injury however minor can be fata.
Humans of course are just smart enough to be dumb, so we wont realize that most of the time. Eg There's some movie where a bear is mauling the shit out of the MC. It's perceived as it wanting to kill you when it's really just saying back the fuck up so that I can move along and not see you as a threat to my cubs. Not knowing that, the first instinct is to get up and try to run away, but trying to get up only looks like we're a dense motherfucker that needs to get smacked down.
These aliens are doing the exact same, but if Earth is considered a DEATH world then anyone that isn't merely might consider the outcome of a loss to be energy wasted or less food.
Couple this with the fact that a dead underclass or customer base can't make them more money via getting into debt and you have a galactic capitalist system based on milking every last credit out of people rather than letting them get killed.
TLDR while death isn't off the menu, these assholes aren't trying to kill us, they're trying to screw us over so hard that we end up enslaved because that's how the system works.

PS David remembers way too much detail about things he learned in school for a crayon muncher. Are the nanites enhancing our brains?
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>>4946893
>PS David remembers way too much detail about things he learned in school for a crayon muncher. Are the nanites enhancing our brains?
i was thinking the same. he just knows way too much about way too many things. unless that's the only thing he has been doing in his last years, its suspicious.
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>>4946893
Can't believe slaves still exist, automatization should be cheaper up here in space
>>4946899
Pretty sure QM confirmed David is an intelligent crayon muncher.
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>>4946893

David may be a psycho, and he might not always think deeply about things because of his world view, but he's not stupid.
Often times, the smarter someone is the more mentally unstable they tend to be.

He was a straight A student in school, and part of the reason he got into the military was to pay for college, although that ended up not happening.
If things had been different, he might have ended up with an engineering degree. He was always interested in science, and particularly in making things.
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>>4946893
>these assholes aren't trying to kill us
He shot us in the face. Unless these bugs have brains in their feet that's a pretty clear sign that this guy isn't posturing because he literally just tried to lobotomize us.

Cylia is just being incredibly obtuse. In probably the only scenario in which David's violent reactions are justified.
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>>4946902
A lot of things are kept intentionally non-automated to give people a reason to live.
Most people aren't satisfied with simply existing, and need a reason to get up in the morning.

That and the fact that autonomous drone swarms are the most illegal thing you can possibly imagine.
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>>4946914
>A lot of things are kept intentionally non-automated to give people a reason to live.
ah, the death stranding logic. got it chief.
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>>4946902
Sweat shops exist still. Slavery is economically viable even to this day because you don't have to pay anyone. Making a SHODAN and having it not be unhinged at the automation line presumably costs money.
>>4946906
I meant most of the previous actions. They postured, they got their ass beat, we attacked the robot out of nowhere. It's not unreasonable to think they were next in the line to be embedded in a wall except they can't survive it. I'm not saying they aren't being dicks, but for once, not standing there while some giant murder machine decides to torture them slowly made it a reasonable decision to shoot us in the face.
Bugboy being an aggro douchenozzle is just a "happy" coincidence.
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>>4946836
Cylia, I know your hearts in the right place, misplaced as it is, but no amount of good will can fix stupid with a vendetta out of shear spite because they think they're hot shit.
>>4946848
Cylia is a good girl in the training area, she never needed to go full tribal before. If she even knows how, then it's the moment she went to go fight gangsters for torching her adopted grand parents place.
>>4946852
Might just be bug thing. Incapable of fear and all that.
>>4946880
Lets not, at least not when it kills anyone we care about.
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>>4946920
Yes that's all well and good except for one little detail. NORMAL convention doesn't apply when people are acting abnormally. Normally you don't interdict someone and then blast them. So why would anyone reasonably assume all they want to do is scare you? They could have yoinked us, hailed us and fired a shot near us. That's a pretty good display of force. But no, they grabbed us and immediately shot us.

Shit I don't even buy that they actually were just trying to scare us. They could just be covering their asses. "Oh of course we weren't trying to kill you now that you have us by the balls and could paint the walls with our skulls as paintbrushes big scary sir.".

Fucking pirates.
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>>4946943
Damn bugs fear the smell of green, their jealous of the green, they hate the green.
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>>4946943
That's the point dumbass. we have no frame of reference for their retarded social conventions. Wimpy aliens would see the shot at as the pirates proving they can hurt them and a sign to just surrender while they have their lives. Doing what you did would backfire like it has for us this entire time where dumbfucks take that as a chance to think they actually can do anything.
The Alien culture seems to be:
Go in
Demonstrate your superior strength if everyone already doesn't know it from your species.
Bitchass aliens capitulate and give you everything without a fight

Since we aren't going around showing off our power like a retard would do they interpret that as a sign of submission when not killing them is difficult enough that we don't bother.
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>>4946914
Huh, I guess it’s a reason. I hope we can leave tutorial rock soon because now I really want to see how a federation planet is like on the ground.
>>4946920
Mostly in poor countries because they can’t even afford something advanced like a coffee machine since they blow their budget on USSR hand-me-downs to win their civil war.
>>4946952
To be fair most aliens out here are retarded.
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>>4946952
>>4946943

One thing to note is that, normally they'd have been firing on your shields, with no real chance of causing harm. At first, anyways.
You just happened to have a rather unfortunate power failure at the same time, as a result of the fairly rough dissolution of your slipspace sheath.
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You can't fix stupid, only death, or in this case a cryo tube, can do that.

On a completely different tangent though, I just realised that once gene editing becomes big on Earth, it's only a matter of time before we get a Bloodborn moment to occur and I don't know how to feel about that.
>>4946957
They still kept shooting, and deserve the manhandling they brought on themselves.
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>>4946726
This is pain.
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>>4946964

It all happened in under a minute real time, giving Treg little time to react. He did surrender, but by then one of the ships had already been destroyed and half his crew killed.
The real question you should be asking is who was manning the lasers? His ship didn't have a tactical AI onboard.
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>>4946974
>Didn't have a tactical AI onoard
Indeed, they did not have a tactical AI with combat features onboard. What am I thinking, I must be crazy.
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>>4946974
Speaking of Tactical A.I, I assume there are droids out there like the Super Tactical Droids in Star Wars?
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>>4946952
No, dumbass, the point is that you DO NOT ASSUME that people who exist outside of normal society behave like those in normal society do. No matter what the thing aliens normally may do in response is irrelevant because these are criminals. Oh cool they made their point, let's power down and let them rob us because these pirates are totally going to be civil about it. Come on. Cylia should understand that.

And if these guys DID act normally then us killing one ship, crippling another and then proceeding to put a robot which is likely tens if not a hundred times superior to them physically into a wall should have been signs enough for bugman to sit the fuck down and not start shit. So clearly these fuckheads shouldn't be trusted or even treated fairly.

Because fuck murderous criminal scum.
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>>4946836
The one guy who willingly entered the pod is the only one I like so far. He might not get sent to jail, but the other two will.
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>>4947010
from all of them(clang included) he's the one that might get a proper work offer instead of being an indentured servant or being bounty'd
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>>4947057
Yeah they're both starting to grow on me.
I'd like an interview with Clang though and get a straight answer of what his motives are. So long as our new A.I. buddy doesn't try any bullshit he'll be fine in our book, else he'd best not try to make David angry.
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I reckon we should ask Clang his primary functions, purpose of being built and the like.

I like the idea of HK "Violence is a question and the answer is Yes" 47
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Saluto Nex Alea.
Ave Nex Alea.

>>4946974
On an unrelated note, QM, was part 1 also archived? I didn't find the link. The /k/ sperg out we had should be preserved for posterity.
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>>4947461
fucking kek but no. We need a lean, mean, fighting machine, preferably finding the biggest decommission warship we can find in the scrapyard and begin refurbishing it. Hangerbays to deploy fighters, ramming prows to flex on limp dicked ships that can't even into melee combat, autocannons, railguns. Shit is gonna be lit.
I mean, if we can find ships to seamlessly attach to a part of the ship and still have it look awesome I'm all for it.

>>4946957
When will David cure his tinnitus?
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>>4947461
Yes, but someone else archived it before i did, so it doesn't have the same tags as the other ones.

>>4947468
Probably as soon as it comes up that it can be cured.
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http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/4844220/
Here's the first thread's archive.
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>>4947468
Railguns might be overkill given the tin foil most ships are made of. Also, the heat load means we get maybe 2 salvos before the rails die. Remember space suck at letting stuff bleed heat.

Fighter to fighter is literally knife fights at pissing distance with lasers also so Idk,unless we man the fleet with 100 percent humans we wont have a huge advantage in that as seen.

And ramming sucks in space, 3d axis and all.

Maybe find a d dude who has served in the spaceforce navy? We didn't get this far by not asking people things.
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>>4947468
I'm still gunning for weaponized freighter.
A warship would be regulated and expensive, but an abomination? No one would expecte something that pirates would use as a station to move.
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>>4947546
It already did, We just never went to the doctor and probably aren't gonna trust any station with Sadia on it atm in the off chance they use that time for bio samples.
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>>4947586
Ah, shit. Alright, i'll write a note down about it.
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>>4946836

Cylia doesn't respond. She just watches while you grab bug-boy by the arm and toss him roughly into the cryo-pod, next to Randall.
You stop next to her as you pass by on your way out.

"You're too naive." You tell her. "And one of these days, it'll come back to bite you."

Sanig is waiting for you by the door.

"What was that about?" He asks.

"Nothing. Just a difference in experience." You tell him.

You and Sanig both head back to the cargo bay, and you get suited up yet again. Fortunately it doesn't take long. Sanig gives you some tools, and you head to the airlock.
The airlock seals behind you and opens in front of you, revealing the smaller of the two ships that attacked you. It's still spinning slowly from the gasses that vented out when the hull breached.

"SHODAN, go ahead and slow it down, then bring us in close. I'm gonna jump."

"I have been slowing it down for some time already, Captain. It will take a few more minutes before the rotation ceases."

You have to wait it out for a few minutes, but the ship does gradually come to a complete stop.
SHODAN brings you within docking distance, and you jump the short gap into the hull breech, landing with a thud as your boots stick to the floor.

It's an absolute mess in here, with burn marks scorched across the walls and little beats of molten metal everywhere, including floating through the room.
There's one more body in here, impaled onto a broken pipe. So Treg had a six man crew, minus the robot?

"David, can you hear me?" Sanig asks over the radio.

"Loud and clear, chief."

"Good. Now, the ship has no power, so those bottles are going to be locked in position. They're probably still full, be real damn careful that you don't break them when you cut them out."

"What happens if they rupture?" You ask.

"If it's the dark matter bottle, it'll be like tossing bait into the water. Drop what you're doing and get back to the ship if that happens."

"And if it's the dark energy bottle?"

"I don't know, and i don't want to know. Just assume it'll kill you."

"Great."

The door to their reactor room is locked, but it doesn't matter. You just rip it right out of the frame and toss it aside.
The inside looks a lot different to your ship. It's old, rusted, and a lot less complicated-looking.
You switch on your helmet cam so that Sanig can see what you're doing.

"Yeah, they're still in there. That's perfect." He says.

"It's set into a collet. You won't be able to spin it, but if you open up the bottom panel i can mark your HUD with where you'll need to cut..."

It takes you about 20 minutes to free up the first bottle, and then another 15 for the second.
This kind of work is a lot harder when you can't just smash things open.

Your armor also isn't the best at making precise movements. It could be worse for sure, but it's a bit awkward.

"Alright... is there anything else i need while i'm here?"

"Iunno." Sanig says, sounding disinterested now that he's got what he wanted.
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>>4947592

"Maybe check the computer room? Might be a storage crystal in there." He tells you.

"Alright. I'll see what i can find. Give me a minute."

Let's see what you can find in here.

>Roll 1d100, best of 3. Higher is better.
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Rolled 98 (1d100)

>>4947593
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Rolled 24 (1d100)

>>4947593
rolling a 1
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>>4947600
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Rolled 89 (1d100)

>>4947593
>>4947600
Well fuck yeah.
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>>4947592
Dark matter operations gear. Because why wouldn't pirates keep such a valuable engine room treasure in the engine room?
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>>4947606
>>4947600
Is the bad luck streak finally over?
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>>4947617
Don't know, hopefully. I just transfered to a new browser setup, I know whenever I rolled using Google I'd get atrocious rolls.
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>>4947600
Finally something goes right.
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>>4947617
>>4947603
Nah man, clearly we've just found clues to something MORE dangerous than the wraith planet.Like a xenomorph infested but-almost-intact warship or something, or maybe they managed to pull something out of Clank's encrypted databanks before they booted him up.
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>>4947636
Don't bring that evil on us, I don't want a secret raid boss dungeon to show up in the tutorial area.
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>>4947580
Ah, a fellow superfreighter appreciator!
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>>4947743
But it's so junky as hell
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>>4947749
That's part of the charm!
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>>4947749
we can weaponize a freighter and make it look appealable. we just need to hire competent people and not bolt shit on it like retards.
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>>4947756
Not really! I wouldnt be against utilizing a super freighter as a mobile base or operation, but there needs to be some kind of uniformity to its design. It needs to be modular for so to make it easy to replaced damaged sections of the ship, and be easy to navigate.
I'm still all for take a decommissioned warship and retrofitting it.
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>>4947768
That's my only gripe with junky "let's bolt everything together" designs. We're not orks, and we unfortunately dont have the WAAGGHH power to make something poorly designed function well.
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>>4947770
So you don not desire to turn a tanker into a weapon of mass destruction?
it's still not too late to renounce Moloch.
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>>4947798
We can always try to make the rust bucket be more uniform though.
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>>4947798
Any captain worth their salt takes pride in the general appearance of their vessel.
We can still piece together a superfreighter, but there's value in making it actually look like a cohesive design.
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>>4947798
>Ludd
And that's why your version of the super freighter is shit. Those crazy assholes will just ram their ships into yours before exploding. Theres no long term viability for their ships. Plus you know all that explosive fuel is a massive waste, not to mention that shit is an eye sore.

>>4947802
Exactly. Some laser torches to burn off rust and corrosion before we slap on some environmental proof paints. So long as the ship looks respectable.
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>>4947798
no one is saying no to that, but like >>4947803 >>4947813 says, our flag ship's not gonna look like a moving ball of rust. we're not pirates or terrorists with a shit budget. we're gonna do this *right*.
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>>4946848
So there is this weird trait about humans. When most animals fight, they fight and its over. Neither on wants to risk further injury after one proves they are stronger. One will leave the territory or become part of the pack and forget about it. Now you see humans aren't like that.
We really have a memory that is too good for our on good. If someone or something fucks with us, we remember. And we will get pay back because we now if they hurt us once, they can and will be able to do it again. Cylia's people likely evolved from ambush predators, we evolved from persistence hunters. We literally ran our prey to death using out wits, resources, and bodies features.

Expand that to conflict. If you mess us up, we will track you down to your cave and bash your head in with a rock while you are sleeping. We will harrie you. We are big brain, so we will attack the things you love if we cant hurt you directly. We will do it out of spite, at huge personal cost. Which is why we are capable of such insane violence in the moment; because if we don't kill our opponent in the moment, we know what he is capable of doing to us in the future. And that is the difference. Its the difference between her and David. Its the difference between us the the neanderthals.

Hate, spite, and the ability to harness it. That is the genetic and cultural legacy of humans.
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>>4947848
Crows teach their young to hate specific people.

And I'm pretty sure any of the more clever animals hold grudges. There was that elephant that specifically crushed its trainer to death.

Maybe it's just an Earth thing.
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>>4947848
I dont know what to make of this post, but +1 for story time when we tell our crew more about humanity.
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>>4947853
Crows can understand the concept of the number 0 according to recent research. If true, that makes them the second smartest creature on earth. So yeah fuck those murder birds. After humans leave earth in the dust, I image giant smart crows will run the planet.

And animals can hold a grudge but it is typically over if the human leaves their presence. An elephant will not track you down. It will not start killing the people it has seen you with. If you come around it again, it might stomp you to death but that is it. Compare that to what a human will do, how far we have taken the idea.

>>4947854
Make of it what you will but it is what I have draw from the time I have spent learning history, biology, and psychology in the last decade or so.

Also have pic of Cylia after we get her kitted out.

Kitted. Haha.
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>>4947853
Both are animals know for long term memory, socialization and canditates to civilize if they ever had evolved fingers.
Maybe it really is earth's fault, the planet is filled with hate and it flows to it's children.
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>>4947863
>An elephant will not track you down
But this elephant in question did exactly that. It escaped and chased down the trainer and crushed him. Moreover elephants are well known for their mourning rituals. Where they'll go way out of their way to go to where they knew something was/is to do whatever the hell elephants do to pay respects. If they can remember where a grave is, seek it out and mourn why wouldn't they be capable or actively searching for an object of their ire?

>>4947864
>tfw earth has tried repeatedly to wipe out life on its surface
Hhhhmmmmmmm.
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>>4947864
She is our bitch mother of a planet. She regularly tries to kill us because we were given everything we needed if we just stayed in the fucking cave but we wanted more. But now we are killing her slowly so I guess it is all good.

>>4947880
Did not realize the elephant tracked its trainer down. That is pretty metal. Might have to inclde something about herbivores vs carnivores in my theory to patch a hole haha

Have a pic of David while he was still in the service.
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>>4947885
Talking about herbivores, how would the aliens deal with knowing that many of earth's herbivores also eat meat from smaller animals on ocasion?
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>>4947885
Animals in general are pretty metal at times. It's like a blue moon sort of thing but apparently happens.

Oh we should tell them about chimps and their absolute psychotic rampage power. Their testicular targeting, face-eating, corpse-brutalizing rages. Those chimps that went all out in murdering their neighboring tribe that seemed to celebrate killing the other chimps.

>Gentlemen, welcome to Xebric station.

>>4947890
Like horses eating chicks. Shit's wild.
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>>4947893
>"Oh we should tell them about chimps"
>Joe Rogan becomes the Galactic Ambassador of Mankind
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>>4947890
maybe space herbivores do that from time to time too, but they call it protein bars or some other shit like that.
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>>4947898
>"Look at these fuckin' things. Like look at it. You think they aren't that big but look at it. That chimp is yoked the fuck out man. He could tear your arms right off. Fuckin' insane they're jumping around on trees and shit they got super strong arms. Have you ever tried DMT?"
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>>4947898
>>4947893
Chimps are just everything wrong about humanity condensed into an animal.
The only chill ape might be the Orangutans.
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>>4947893
>Those chimps that went all out in murdering their neighboring tribe that seemed to celebrate killing the other chimps.
but that was because they were lacking resources, not because they wanted to murder just for fun.
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>>4947864
>Maybe it really is earth's fault, the planet is filled with hate and it flows to it's children.
Anyone got that "we are the children of earth, mother nature and she hates you" HFY writeup?
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>>4947547
Nice, thanks.

>>4947600
>>4947600
Praised be the digits.

>>4947468
Yeah, let's get operational before looking menacingly stupid and unleashing the kraken on the galaxy.
I will bring this up again a few threads on the future after we already have a massive and kickass Starsector like fleet.
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>>4947905
Nah, the tribe was a splinter group. They left, and and them the big one eventually decided to kill everyone and take the women and land back.
It was a civil war against secessioniat chimps.
But than another big neighbor tribe came and did the same to them.
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>>4947890
Horror. The fact that some seem to do it just for would make some of these people either faint, piss themselves, or lift the moratorium on nukes just for us. Show an ayy a video of a deer eating squirrels for calcium and let then know that those animals kill more people a year than big ass jungle cats and that we hunt them as a relaxing hobby.
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>>4947911
OH the one that lasted like 10 years no? thought you were talking about the one that happened around last month
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>>4947914
Holy shit, there was another mega chimp war other than the one on the 70's? I need to read on it.
>>4947906
I found two, so i'm going to post them both.
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>>4947918
Reddit may be shit, but it does allow an easy way to find out things by just googling it.
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>>4947918
ok, the one in the 70s that you say is probably the one im referring to. but i also heard news about something similar happening again in these last months. like a band of chimps murdering a gorilla or something like that.
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>>4947913
Show them a hyppopotamus, and say that monster is a herbivore that dies nothing but stay in the water all day. And that it only feels hate.
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>>4947919
Thats the one I remember. Now im trying to imagine what the reactions would be if David uploaded a bunch of that kind of HFY to the galactic internet
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>>4947932
The preemptive destruction of Earth by GigaGlowNiggers of the galatic federation, if they have a pair of braincells to rub together.
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>>4947934
>tfw everyone rightly assumes it's just shitty fanfiction and dismisses it
>tfw they wrongly assume humans make those stories because they're really weak and want to feel strong
The double whammy of naivety.
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>>4947885
Elephants are smarter than you realize. There’s one that hunted down the people that killed it’s family and ambushed them via a sneak attack. Think about that. An elephant has sufficient skill to sneak up on you if it feels enough rage
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>>4947927
Show them a Maine Coon cat and let them know we keep things like that as pets. We post videos of them online for enjoyment; they are cute to us. We keep little balls of rage, whose bites will send us to the hospital if they are deep due to the horrid bacteria, in our homes because they deal with pests that are far worse. We didn't even domesticate them, they came to us by choice. And every single continent is covered in these little fucks what could kill a gas bag with easy.
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>>4947942
Jesus. Maybe God did have an "oopsie" when rebooting the world after the dinosaur edition flopped and set mammalian rage to 100 vs 10 like he intended.
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>>4947949
Or the people who keep pet constrictor snakes. And then drape them around their necks. Madlads.
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>>4947949
Wait, if a housecat can kill a civilian alien with ease, does this means that they are 3.5e commoners?
Remember to never show anime to Cylia, she will either wander how humanity is fetishizing her species before even meeting them, want to kill all weebs, show up wearing a french maid outitfit, or all three at the same time
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>>4947962
Futional, seems like it. Have you ever had an angry cat jump you? They are not fun to fight. Yeah can kill one but you are ending up with scars. This is with earthman strength and instincts. On an ayy world, cats would be the dominate species and the aliens would address them as "sir".

Cylia could make millions over night if we brought her to earth. We must never tell her of this, she will become too strong.
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>>4947813
>>4947818
Of course it isn't going to look bad, we have some self pride.
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>>4947592
Flipping a mental switch, you activate the suit's sensor suite.
Your holographic visor lights up as you begin seeing in visible, infrared and ultraviolet light all at once. Even radio sources are highlighted as you look around.
SHODAN connects to your suit's high bandwidth antenna and starts processing all the data your suit takes in, highlighting potential items of interest throughout the ship as you walk.

You find holopads, small lockboxes, personal computers, handheld weapons and more.
Several of the holopads you're unable to unlock, but one of them belongs to the corpse you found impaled in here, so it opens up once you press his finger to it.

"That motherfucker! He never said a word about this, of course."

Of course, when you dragged in Treg's living crewmates, you drained their bank accounts immediately. However, they only had around 5k between them.
You figured they were just poor, given the state of their ship... but it seems like that wasn't entirely the case. This holopad belonged to whoever was managing their funds, and had 22,000 credits stored on it.
That puts you up to 80,000 credits, Cylia up to 22,000, Kyla at 15,000 and Sanig at 5,000, with 34,000 in the ship's pot for repairs and upgrades.
If you turn in Treg and his entire crew, you should get around 65,000 from their bounties as well.

"Damn, maybe i should be a pirate hunter? Come to think of it, Laggard was really profitable, too."

"I believe that was a special case, Captain. However..."

SHODAN pauses for a moment, something you've not known her to do before.

"Captain, i am detecting a life sign aboard the ship."

"Shit, seriously? We're in vacuum right now, you know?"

"Please take caution, Captain. Few creatures can survive such an environment."

"Yeah, no kidding."

SHODAN highlights the unknown signature on your HUD. Unlike with Kyla, this is just a blob, since SHODAN doesn't know what it looks like.
You slowly walk up to a doorway and round the corner... but whatever it is, it's hidden. Inside of a crate, actually.

Your ready your pickhammer and pop the locks on the crate, letting it fall apart. The sides of the panel drift away, revealing a metal cage with, oddly, a physical latch.
And even weirder is what's inside that cage. There's some sort of cat-lizard type thing, with a little pink bow around it's neck in there. It's looks dead, but it must just be asleep...

Well, it doesn't stay asleep for long. The light from your headlamp wakes it up. It's body twists and the create orients itself in zero-g to look at you.
It fixates on the light, and then to your surprise it's mouth opens wide and spews a gout of flame at you!

But, you're wearing your armor. And you're in vacuum. The flames rapidly dissipate, and the creature simply growls at you instead of trying again.
You know, it kind of reminds you of the pet iguana you had as a kid... he was an asshole, too. It's... actually kinda cute, you think.

>Bring it back
>Leave it here
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>>4947976
Pretty sure her hands are full taking care of professional crayon eating toddler. She may wear a maid costume for fun until we walk in on her, after SHODAN tricks us into walking in on her.
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>>4947981
>Bring it back
PET, ACQUIRED
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>>4947981
>Take the small dragon with you
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>>4947981
>Bring it back
This thing must be worth something to somebody.
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>>4947981
>Bring it back
shit
>Call cylia to hide the dodos
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>>4947981
this too>>4947986
Keep lunch separated.
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>>4947981
The dragon makes it own oxidizer? kaboom.
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>>4947981
>Bring it back
A friend for Mutt.
>>4947976
Cylia becomes an E-thot
https://youtu.be/idoYCVLh2qI
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>>4947981
>write-in
Have SHODAN send a visual image back to the crew. If any of them know wtf this is have them report. Little guy might be something we or the crew cant deal with
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>>4947994
not even an e-thot. make her a vtuber model, have her show ONLY her tail and ears and thats it. instant popularity
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>>4947994
Kyla becomes an ona-hole

Its always sunny in metal gear, baby!
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>>4947997
>don't make her a model at all
>just claim her actual appearance is a model on the highest end rig on the planet
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>>4948012
so many weebs and vtubers would lose ther goddamn minds. glorious.
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>>4947981
>Bring it back
PRECIOUS BABY CHILD!

>>4947986
This

>>4947996
+1
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>>4948012
That would be pretty cheap, on the other hand, what could SHODAN come up with?
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>>4947981
>Leave it here
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>>4947981
Dragonnnnnnnnnn
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>>4947981
Keep it.
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>>4947976
AAAAAAAA
TOES
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
TOES
CAT
TOES
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA and of course the rest of the illustration, sure
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>>4947996
this makes sense. I support the notion of trying to figure out what the fuck this is, first.
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>>4947981
>Bring it back
Sweet
We can have it attach to our arm and use it like a mini flamethrower.
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>>4948076
eh, as cool as that sounds, we're better with an actual flamethrower
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>>4948079
But is a flamethrower as cute as the little guy is?
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>>4948080
fair point anon, fair point.
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>all these niggas up in arms about the lil firebelcher
>meanwhile I'm just wondering how the fuck this thing is doing just fine in a vacuum
>and growling in it as well
Psychic stellar salamander my dudes.
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>>4948076
I was thinking we could train it. The big issue is if it gets along with our dog.
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>>4948080
Depends
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>>4948084
>how the fuck this thing is doing just fine in a vacuum
the thing definitely has a way to obtain or store large amounts oxygen somehow, that's clear
>and growling in it as well
i thought this was more like SHODAN playing growl sounds in our speakers
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>>4948080
Your agreement is sound and without flaw.

>>4948084
space magic, weak psyker power, and oxogen maybe? I hope it's receptive to being treated like a dog. I know some lizards love to sun bath or get scratches.
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>>4947981
This is the perfect pet for an evil madman mercenary captain
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>>4948131
Hey hold on there buckarinostein we're not evil.
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>>4948147
Too be fair, everyone that has heard of us thinks we're insane monsters.
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>>4948176
Well yeah but not evil.
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>>4948187
These are winny herbivores that try to beat people to slavery for easy money, not professional butchers that breach and clear whole gang hideouts like the fucking Spetznaz.
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>>4948190
I wonder if the aliens like slavery so much because herbivores are such pussies that they don't even stage mass rebellions.
On the other hand, it might just be common here on the frontier.
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>>4948190
But we don't breach and clear like the sputznuts, we do it like the muhreens. :^)
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>>4947981
>Bring it back
im enthusiastic
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>>4947981
>>Bring it back
PET IT VIGORUSLY, THOUROGHLY, AND LOVINGLY AT THE SAME TIME!!!
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>>4948147
Idk man. I'm on David's side but I don't think you can make a solid argument that his actions so far have been anything but morally reprehensible. Understandable, sure, but definitely leaning more towards evil than anything else. We became more the bad guy than the good or neutral guy when we decided to murder every single member of the Darkstar gang after they tried to kill us. Then we kinda solidified it through our 100% inhumane treatment of...like everyone we've encountered who isn't a merchant or a member of the crew. Then we continued to do so by doing whatever Sadia asked of us without question. Oh don't forget we let Cylia get the shit beaten and shot out of her before we intervened in the scuffle even though we could've stepped in beforehand.

They've all been prudent decisions, but we've definitely got more in common with a brutal criminal mob boss than any other stereotype character. Just calling it how I see it.
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>>4948407
I dunno man. I think it's more that David is a moral absolutist and so far he has only been exposed to situations in which violence has been a really good answer. Doing dirty work doesn't necessarily make someone evil. Just like doing nice things doesn't necessarily make one good. David is just as likely to do something stupidly over the top and good as he is to do something horrifically cruel. It just heavily hinges on exactly what kind of scenario he is in.

Any time violence in involved it's going to be really, really bad because that's just how it has to be for a marine. No chill.

Then again I am talking out of my ass and with great confidence. But I'll just stick to my guns and hope that the reason David is going so hard isn't because he himself is a bad person but just because he's been made to be this way and hasn't had the chance to show off that he is in fact not a monster.

Leaving Cylia to get the shit kicked out of her was dumb as fuck though and irresponsible. I don't know why people let that happen.
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>>4948413
To leather get some confidence. And a nice semi controlled near death experience of the last stand type. Well the starting part of it. We jumped in before she could go through it all. But way to good an oportu city to get her through the steps to make a special operator out of her when you are limited to master apprentice style training.

Also I was pretty certain that David is a quasi functional sociopath from the first thread, whpo has some predilection towards violence in the second, that found a viable job in the military.

David is the weapon of the group, and if a group leadership defaults to him it gets to make the choices a small primitive warband would. He cares for his own survival and growth, and america got backed into his identity thus the american way benefits incidentally from this too, one way or another.
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>>4947981
>Bring it back
I'm gonna name you Alduin, the world eater.

>>4948413
About her fight with the goons? I think David was just about to step in but wanted to let her vent against the goons. They did kinda burn down the home of her kind of adoptive grandparents home, and kill ms. Gasbags.
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>>4948459
You think naming it Ancalagon from the legendarium is too grand for the little guy?
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>>4948478
I like it actually. The grander the better.
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>>4947981
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8gt-plHWeg
We need to record this little guy whenever he does silly shit so we can edit it for equally silly videos.
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>>4948482
>>4948459

I want to name it spike or spot or fluffy.
Aurelian would be fine too I guess.

Aurelian being the restitutor orbis, restorer of the world, and praising the sun and all would be fitting legend to live up to for a space dragon.
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>>4948518
>another name suggestion
fuck I hope we actually come up with a name we can all agree on.
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>>4948519
Smaug cause he's a little asshole.

Draco because it is a classic.

Fafnir because it's a TRUE classic.
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>>4948407
David is a Stranger in a Strange Land. We have been nice to people that are nice to us, terrible to people that try and fuck us. We let Cylia do her thing with those goons because what she wanted to do. We stepped in once she was close to getting seriously harmed because a bit of pain will not kill someone and she accepted the risk when she went to fuck those dudes up. She is not a baby bird that needs us to teach her how to fly, girl was a bounty hunter before she met us. At best we can teach her that sometimes ultra violence is needed if you want to be human like, but unreasonable kindness is capable of those same people.
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>>4947981

You slowly reach down and offer the creature your upturned palm. In response, it bites your armored finger, chewing it it violently for a moment before realizing that it's teeth aren't going through.
But when you don't fight back, the creature starts watching your more carefully. It slowly flicks it tongue out... tasting your armor, you guess? Kind of like a snake?
There's no air in here after all, so it's not like it can sniff you normally.

You kneel down next to the cage and spend a few minutes just letting the critter get used to your hand, until finally it allows you to pet it.
You can't tell how soft or hard it's skin and scales are through the suit, so you have to be extra careful not to crush it accidentally.

It seems nervous as first, but quickly realizes you're not going to hurt it. Like a switch flipped in it's head, it's almost shockingly receptive to you now.
...Maybe this thing is more intelligent than it looks? But either way, it loves scritches and being patted.

You don't exactly know what this thing is, but it's social, which is more than can be said for a lot of animals humans have tamed. That's good enough for you.
Unlatching the cage, you open the door up... and the critter leaps out at you almost immediately. Rather than attacking though, it crawls all over your armor, sticking to it like a lizard and coming to a rest around your neck.

You give it... or her, you guess? You give her a scratch under the chin and start making your way back to the ship.
The critter seems extremely nervous when you step outside, and nearly panics when you jump, but calms back down when your boots stick to the hull of your ship.
You show it the tether that would have caught you even if you'd missed... and it reacts as if it understands. You swear, this thing is smarter than it looks.

Once back inside the airlock, air begins flooding in and you can finally hear again. You were curious whether that would affect your new little friend, but it doesn't seem to care. You do notice that been covering it's eyes with an inner eyelid until now, though.
When the inner doors open, Cylia is waiting there to take in whatever cargo you've brought... but when she sees you, she nearly gags on her own tongue, throwing herself backwards against the wall in a panic.

"D-D-D-DAVID! THAT! YOUR SHOULDER!"

"Yeah, i know. She's cute, ain't she?" You tell her, giving the critter another chin scratch.

'THAT'S A GODS-DAMNED BABY SLYVERN!"

"Oh, really? I've heard you guys mention those a few times. I was wondering what they were."

"GET IT OFF THE SHIP!"

"Haha. Nope."

"David..." She says, slowly and carefully. "That THING is going to KILL US."

"Nah," You say, removing your helmet. "She's pretty docile, only tried to breathe fire on me once. Hey, we got any dodo eggs i can feed her?"

"What's all the commotion in here?" Kyla asks, rounding the corner with Sanig in tow.
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>>4948577
YAAAAAY, TIME TO NAME THE NEW FAMILY PET, and Mascot! So dragons are called Sylvern's, which means we can get more of them....
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>>4948577
you might not be dog but aight you'll do
>david right now
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>>4948577
"compared to some of the things back on earht like the wolverines this is nothing"
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>>4948577
Therapy dagron get
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>>4948577
Female dragon that inspires fear? Tiamat it is.
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>>4948577
Lets call her bow
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

>>4948577
Well, let's wait until Sanig gives the thing a checkup to see of it is girl or boy.

Or 1d2 it.
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>>4948629
My dice say boy.
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Rolled 2 (1d4)

>>4948629
>>4948631
Your dice were't properly rolled. It's much more statistically likely to be a gril, because look at the male/female ratio of the people David's collected so far.

You need 1d4, and anything except 4 (for Sanig) is female. You might've got it right through luck but let's do this properly.
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>>4948577
I wonder if we can implant this thing with a translator, and also how big they grow. Maybe we got a gene-engineered one that's a permanent pygmy slyvern.
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>>4948577
We're definitely keeping it now.
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>>4948633
This is not a issue of statistic it is of assigning value. 1 boy 2 girl just like your ID number.
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>>4948577
Dragon cat acquired. The fact that it terrifies the 2nd most deadly crew member amuses me a lot.
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>>4948633
To be fair, kyla is a mushroom
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>>4948413
>>4948447
The reason we let her get her shit kicked in was because her pride and self steem was very low. Remember that space predators tend to go solo and cylia is no exception; until that moment she was basically being carried by david and that can create feelings of uselessness. Plus the gasbags were the closest things she had in the station. She had to fight them by herself, or until she could no more.
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>>4948413
It looked like it was wrecking her confidence when she had nothing to do all of the time, so it was less of a let her get beat thing than it was letting her prove herself to herself.
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>>4948560
I want to hug him and squeeze him and call him George.
Gonna have to find out what sex it is before naming IMO.
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>>4948413
You are treating Cylia like a pet or infant, like she is a small thing that needs to ne protected.
Not only that, but you are acusing anons of doing something that didn't actually happen, because the list of votes were to search for her when we David noticed the burning shop, by tracking her location on through her comunicator, than listen on on what was happening through the comunicator before busting in, not to let her do what she wanted, but to know what was happening. David choose to not immeditly intervene when the fighting started himself, because the only vote we had was wheter to go lethal or non-lethal.
So no, we disn't leave her to get her shit kicked in, since not immediatly intervening and letting her fight until losing wasn't an actual decision, unless you wanted to bust in without knowing what was happening which could have lead her to get hurt anyway, or not letting her leave the ship alone ever, which not only wasn't a decision we could have made, but also a dumb idea.
You are taking an event that the QM made to generate conflict and move the plot, like any fucking QM has and should do, and creating a scapegoat on the anon for it happening.
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>>4948758
>Scapegoat
Spell it right you dumb piece of shit.
>Space Goat.
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>>4948773
That's is when we expand our space farm to have something other than space dodos.
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>>4948577
https://youtu.be/WpTDAow4XU8
I cant wait to introduce our new little buddy to her big brother back on earth.

>>4948777
We could probably hire some alien to care for the birds when we're away. We'll only threaten to wring their neck if anyone tries to steal or kill one.
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Given how scared Cylia is of her, the little girl might grow to be enourmous.
Than we will have to craft a bed made of gold so the dragon can sleep in her nest
>>4948798
Hire an herbivore that's ok with meat, like grandpa gasbag. Theat should be good enough to raise the dumb fat chickens.
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>>4948798
>We could probably hire some alien to care for the birds when we're away. We'll only threaten to wring their neck if anyone tries to steal or kill one.
that's why we need a farm ship, or at least a flagship big enough to serve as a base of operations
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>>4948813
>Hire an herbivore that's ok with meat, like grandpa gasbag
Pretty sure we already did, just waiting f9r him to heal up in hospital
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>>4948826
That's our future chef, not a farmer.
Maybe he could multitask for a while, but when we get around to having a base, we would need to have someone that's is stationed in the farm section.
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>>4948577
Ask SHODAN if she can give us all info related to slyverns and how to properly take care of them. And figure out how smart they are. I'm getting the feeling they're slightly smarter than dogs.
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>>4948413
>Leaving Cylia to get the shit kicked out of her was dumb as fuck though and irresponsible. I don't know why people let that happen.
>>4948407
>we let Cylia get the shit beaten and shot out of her before we intervened in the scuffle even though we could've stepped in beforehand.

Because!! Narrative!! And she didn't get her shit kicked in. She killed and maimed a good bunch before being overpowered. In fact, if she went lethal from the start she might have won that unfair fight. Cylia gotta stop being naive
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>>4948826
What do gasbags look like again? A friendlier-looking zerg overlord?
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>>4948852
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this but gassy
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>>4948852
Like this?
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>>4948852
I like to imagine them looking like the Eosapians from Alien Planet/Expedition, just because that show on Discovery Channel made a strong impression on me.
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>>4948852
i just think they're like jellyfish but bigger
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>>4948863
Ah the childhood memories. Thanks for the nostalgia anon
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>>4948758
>like she is a small thing that needs to ne protected.
Yes. Because she's dumb. If she did it right she wouldn't have needed the help.
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>>4948882
Fair enough, that's an issue that we have to deal with, and one I have no idea how to solve.
>>4948877
No problem anon, may those wierd two-legged plain lizard-dogs run free in your drrams tonights.
>>4948863
Found an image that's closer on how I imagine them.
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>>4948901
Yeah I can't really figure out a way to get her to wisen up that doesn't involve some very morally questionable training montages. I think it's because she hasn't seen anything even close to a real war. Then again I'm pretty sure there are gang wars on Earth more intense than the average armed conflict in space.
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>>4948903
because we're supposed to be bounty hunting, not breaking people's bones and brutalizing them. its not that she's unused to war, but we're just tenderizing everyone until they become pulp
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>>4948908
That doesn't mean much when Cylia ran off after her momma figure died and her papa figure got put in critical condition. And yet she still was trying hard to not accidentally kill the people responsible. It's a very strange courtesy to show restraint to the people who kill your parents.
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>>4948914
That's easy. she's a good person.
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>>4948919
Guess I'm not a good person.
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>>4948923
Years of murderhoboing has twisted our sense of right and wrong.
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>>4948833
We could just automate shit. Just gotta double check about the bullshit anti automation laws or loophole things via cyborgs or genetic engineering. Humans are probably pretty good at genetic engineering considering much of the ecosystem around us was modified via artificial selection. Can you imagine if we turned a moon on Mars into a giant farm?
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>>4948929
RIP morality. Strangled in its crib by make-believe games.
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>>4948903
Let her listen in while we swap war stories and smoke space weed with Sanig.
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>>4948973
>showing off scars with the only grey in the galaxy that actually has any because he isn't a total pussy
Yes
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>>4948978
YES
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>>4948978
He might not have scars becasue regenerative medicine, but he definatly has some cool stpries to tell.
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>>4948978
>>4948973
pretty sure that would make cylia go
>im gonna be way better than these two assholes
you know, it would be funny for her to go more non lethal the more we try to push her to kill people.
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>>4949002
We could do the glue gun and other non lethal ideas eventually.
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>>4949072
If we want more ideas, I have a few.
Off the top of my head, we could probably look into
>homing bolas
>riot foam grenades
>stun gloves
>sedative darts
>sonic disruptors
>pepperball guns
>gravity manipulators
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>>4949090
How about a big net? We can even go full roman gladiator and get a trident too.
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>>4949103
Yeah a net-gun might be cool if we can make one that works reliably.
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>>4949090
trick arrows, bola guns, non lethal grenades(foam/flashbangs) and her revolver in case things get serious. that should be enough for her
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>>4949090
Anything like sedatives or pepper balls is impractical due to dosage varying per species without GM fiat. The rest are good once we have spare time to play with making things. All the junk we just got probably let’s us play around with making a walking armoury to go with the suit.
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>>4949110
On the top of Cylia's revolver, that thing may as well be useless considering how we've yet to see her train with it.
We should take some time and run Cylia through some Point Shooting drills.
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>>4949115
In my mind, the non-lethal options would be something we can carry on us or have integrated into our skinsuit.
If we're putting on power armor, it's pretty clear that the time for less-than-lethal options has passed.
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>>4949118
there are a lot of time skips in the quest. she might have trained between the skips
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>>4949090
>>4949103
>>4949107
>>4949110
>>4949115
>>4949118
>>4949121
>>4949127
>We're turning Cylia into Cat Girl Superhero version of Green Arrow
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>>4949118
Did we teach her how to not hold it by the frame so she doesn't blow her fingers off?
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>>4949136
he was my main reference for cylia's toolkit, lmao
>>4949137
pretty sure that's the first thing we did, because she didn't know how a revolver worked.
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>>4949145
.....we need to show Cylia comics, baring the Woke invasion of the industry and subsequent bastardization. We give Kyla and Sanig Anime. We must see it. FOR SCIENCE!
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>>4949153
>Sanig's reaction to anime
>"People watch this? For fun? This isn't psychological torture? I'd rather build a nanonoose and hang myself."
But Sanig would totally be down for the old sci-fi original movies that are absolute fucking garbage. As well as classic B-movies. This is my headcanon and now it is true.
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>>4949196
>His reaction to the first Sharknado
I need it. Also his reaction to Zombieland, because everything out her so far is so blindingly stupid, I'm sure someone accidentally zombies with all the gene editing going on. Even if it's just the Grey's fucking about. We have to show Sanig Metal Gear Solid.
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>>4949211
here*. Also we need to show Sanig MechWarrior and Titanfall.
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>>4949211
>>4949196
We need to show Sanig Destroy All Humans.
And maybe the Sanic meme, just because of his name.
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>>4949153
>>4949196
>>4949211
>>4949212
>>4949214
guys what if we show them the back to the future movies
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>>4949214
>Showing Chris Chan too him
No. No no no no. We don't want to show that pit of maddening degradation too him.
>>4949220
He'd call us crazy, or say he did it better.
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>>4949223
What, you don't want him to feel existential dread that a character who has a similar name to him has spawned such an insane fanbase?
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>>4949223
Sanic isn't a Chris Chan thing...
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>>4949250
More the fact that Sonic fans are largely the early age degenerates and Chris Chan is a walking testamate to the cesspit of humanity's constant fight against societal degradation.
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>>4949121
I figure that there is a sweet spot where something is just dangerous enough that we can’t be bothered to go unarmoured while also trying to get a non lethal kill.
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>>4949268
Wait, I got it mixed up with Sonichu. My bad. I just saw him in the news about him raping his mother and forgot which OC was his.
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>>4949276
Oh, I tought you meant that explaining Sanic means we would have to explain Sonic, and that it would inevitably leads to finding out about the fanbase and therefore Sonichu and the inflation porn.
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>>4949285
To be fair, once SHODAN gets ahold of the internet. She's going to see all of that, and in retaliation, might show everyone on the crew too. Which, in hindsight, considering the space net's porn sites. Might only be slightly less disgusting.
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>>4949211
>Metal Gear
>Not Metal Gear Rising
I would love to write out what I imagine what their reactions would be, but my brain hurts like a motherfucker.
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>>4949293
eh, shodan already has access to the whole galactic internet. what she'll see in earth will be nothing.
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>>4949334
Drink water as you drink, avoid hangovers accordingly. I meant the franchise in general, having them react to Raiden and his award winning sound track is a must.
>>4949337
....that's what I just said.
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>>4949337
As a whole mankind is supposed to be the smartest in setting. We might be able to unlock an extra tier of dumbfuckery.

Action and horror movies would do a number on these guys.
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>>4949334
They need to see Jetstream Sam and his nuttness.
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>>4949364
If they do not support Senator Armstrong's last message, they are out of the crew.
>>4949362
An entire species built around having the highest highs and loweat lows.
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>>4949358
>Sanig only becomes more and more paranoid of SHODAN
>Cylia refuses to stop spinning her revolver and posing
>Kyla has the MGR soundtrack cranked to full blast in her shop at all times
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>>4949371
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVI7S6zKiBM
for some reason my mind went immediately to this song
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>>4949371
Raiden disagreed with his view though.
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>>4949358
huh, true. i somehow skipped the last part of your message
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>>4949377
We need to make virtual pizza, and then give it to SHODAN, and her extracurricular stimulus plug in installed in David's quarters. Gotta keep moral up on cyber team mates.
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>>4949379
The overall, but the last message he internalized over the years, changing it to something with a bit less mass murder.
At least that's what I got from the the ending.
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>>4949379
But that's just the thing. Raiden didn't agree with Armstrong's ideals but he still embodied them.
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>Cylia has troubles coming to terms with david murderous tendencies
>Wants out but she has no way to go, plus she is extremely indebted to the mareeen
>Is feeling lost
>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aHQnDTd1y4
>TWELVE SHOTS
>ENOUGH TO KILL ANYTHING THAT MOVES
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>>4949438
She apparently looks like Aisha Clan Clan, but that is a nice look upon her discovery of Metal Gear.
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god happens if they discover 4chan
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>>4949443
They start a quest about aliens crashlanding on Earth and trying to survive the crazy.
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>>4949447
kek
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>>4949447
>Humanity OH FUCK! Quest
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>>4948577

As soon as Kyla looks at you, she freezes up, sucking air through her teeth before slowly walking backwards out of the room.
You hear her little footsteps pitter-pattering away as she runs and locks herself in a nearby room.
Sanig's response is a little different.

"Heh, should have known." He says.

"Known what?" You ask.

"Animals from death worlds have strong instincts." He tells you. "They're drawn to certain people, for one reason or another. I don't entirely understand it, but..."

Sanig begins to walk over, and your little buddy takes note. She raises her head to look at him and makes these cute little chittering noises...

"Sanig, stop! It'll burn you!" Cylia warns.

But he ignores her, reaching his hand out and offering his upturned palm, just as you did.
She sniffs it at first, then gives him a couple licks. He pats her on the head, and she barks happily in response.

"I've always felt a connection with animals that i couldn't quite explain. You're much the same, aren't you boy?"

"It's because they're honest." You tell him. "If they're hungry, they eat. If they're angry or scared, they bite. I prefer that way of living, myself."

"Well, you're definitely more like an animal than anyone i've ever met."

"How are you two like this?! That's a slyvern! It spews acid and breathes fire!" Cylia bellows.

"I drink poison for fun and crush people's skulls with my bare hands." You tell her.

"What kind of poison?" Sanig asks.

Cylia buries her head in both hands and groans.
She turns and leaves without another word.

"Ethanol." You tell him.

"God alive, are you trying to embalm yourself?"

"Some of us are. But nah, it produces a nice euphoric effect. Makes your thoughts go all fuzzy, opens up the blood vessels and gives you a nice warm feeling."

"Sounds nice, but i might as well try drinking hydrochloric acid."

"Oh hey, that's what we humans have for stomach acid!"

"...Your stomachs are full of acid?"

"And digestive enzymes, yeah."

"Doesn't that eat away at your insides?"

"Sometimes. Normally we have a sacrificial coating of slime on our digestive organs to prevent that."

"Interesting..." He mutters.

"Hey, no. I know that look, you ain't cutting me open. When we get to earth you can look at all the medical data you want."

"Fine, fine. So then... are you going to be keeping this little one?"

"...I uh..."

You look down at the slyvern on your shoulder. She crooks her head up to look at you as well, and chitters.

"I don't want to say yes, but..."

"She'll need a name, then. And be warned, they get big."

"How big?"

"Maybe twice as big as you are, not including the wings, when they grow in. Stronger, too... if you can believe that."

"Oh, i can. We humans are some of the weakest animals on earth, for our size."

"...That's a terrifying statement you just made. I'll be doing my best to forget about it now. Goodbye."

Sanig waves as he leaves for the bunk room.
That leaves you alone to think about things.

"A name, huh...?"
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>>4949477
You forgot your ID again
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>>4949477
Alright boys, here we go. Try not to claw eachother's throats out.

Pick a name for your scaly new friend.
>Aurelian
>Ancelagon
>Bow
>Write In?
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>>4949481
Spanks for the reminder
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>>4949482
>Bow
come on guys, its fucking cute.
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>>4949482
Oh hey Ancalagon is a good one. He was a Lord of the Rings megadragon for those who don't know.
https://lotr.fandom.com/wiki/Ancalagon
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>>4949482
>Bow
Short and sweet. She'll be the best of friends with Mutt...someday.
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>>4949482
>Ancalagon
A grand name for a grand dragon.
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Rolled 3 (1d3)

>>4949482
I can't choose between Tiamat, Naga and Tarasque.
So I'm letting the dice decide.
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>>4949482
>Ancelagon
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>>4949477
PRINCESS! OUR PRECIOUS WIDDLE BAWBY PRINCESS!
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>>4949519
Actually, Princess is an excellent name for a dragon, changing my vote to support it.
>>4949498
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>>Aurelian
>>Aurelian
>>Aurelian

Benedictvs Devs Sol Invictvs.

Hossana mevs, fortuna Devs, protego causa in sanctvs.

Pacem aeterna, ordinis aeterna. Aeterna Victrix.

Ave Lvcivs Domitivs Avrelianvs, Magnvs Romanorvm.
This is a lost fight, but I had to unleash the inner romaboo and praise the Sun.
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>>4949552
How about the next dragon we get, if it's a male we name it Aurelian? It would be more fitting then.
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>>4949519
Support for princess
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>>4949482
>>Aurelian
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Why don’t we just combine some of the names?
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>>4949519
fine, princess is cute as well. changing from this >>4949484 to
Princess
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>>4949571
>priurelagow
What a... fine name.
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>>4949580
You make me tempted to vote for that but I was thinking of something like Princess Ancalagon Bow, just cram in as many as we can
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>>4949583
People'd call our little (fire)angel PAB and that's just not kosher.
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>>4949583
>>4949586
Reverse that so the initials is BAP then you got yourself a deal.
>you gonna get BAPED!
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>>4949589
Bow Princess Ancalagon sounds like the name of a magical girl anime.
I'm sticking to just Princess
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>>4949589
>"I'm going to tie you up in the cargohold and BAPE you every damn night until you die"
Wew lad
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>>4949597
top kek
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>>4949477
>>Write In?
Canberra
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>>4949604
reason: dangerous and nice like australia
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>>4949482
>Ancalagon
you people do realize that this little cat dragon IS smarter than she/he? looks right?
princess would be a little nickname just between us and the dragon
>inb4 incelagon
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>>4949482
>Bow

Nice and simple
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>>4949482
>Aurelian
Man I got Aurelian as my desktop background
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>>4949482
Princess. The next male we get we should name Charmander, then Charmeleon when it's a young adult, then Charzard when he's a fully grown adult.
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in fact wouldn't she have a name already? someone gave that bow for a reason
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>>4949674
That someone was a dumb bitch. She's ours now. Man this is gonna be great. We should get her a fire and acid proof bed, dodo bits mixed with nutrient paste, some toys. We'll probably need to get her chipped in case she ever gets lost or captured.
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>>4949684
No chips.
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>>4949709
why not?
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>>4949713
gubmint trackin yer pets. Tellin ye ya can't attach a gatlin gun tuh yer dogs. Confiscaterizin yer dragin's cuz they're an' uh quote "A danja ta susiety"

gat damn burruhcrats
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>>4949714
The chip is for us, not the bearcats. Now if anyone but us chips Princess we're gonna have a problem. The chip is only for her own safety in case she's extra retarded and wanders around in a really ghetto space station.
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>>4949720
>he thinks just because you put it in yourself the guvvymangs can't hijack it
You underestimate their invasiveness. Anything at all that transmits can be tracked. They'll steal your slyvern, anon. Don't give em the chance.
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>>4949482
>Bow

Cutie.
Wonder what the crew ill say when they see Grizzly Bears or FUCKING MOOSE AGHH.
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>>4949482
Bow
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

1 = Bow
2 = Princess
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>>4949831
This is going to be funny.
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>>4949831
Nice, she isn't going to kidnap a princess because she is one.
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>>4949482
>Princess
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>>4949477

You mull over a few names for a while. She's basically a dragon, so maybe a dragon from fantasy?

"Ancelagon? Nah... Or maybe Aurelian? Eh, that one's a little better."

The critter shakes her head at that one. Seems she doesn't like it.

"...Elvarg?"

She shakes her head even harder.

"Huh, you're a picky one... Hmm. That bow reminds me a little bit of someone from paper mario. How about Bow? It's short and simple."

She seems less hateful towards that one, but still shakes her head.

"Alright. How about Princess Bow instead?"

This time, she chitters happily, then wraps her entire body around your neck in a warm hug.

"You sure act like a spoiled princess. Come on, let's get you a couple of eggs. You eat eggs, right?"

She barks in affirmation. Damn, dragons really are the smartest lizards.

After putting your armor away, you head to the medical lab to grab a few eggs, but stop before going in.
Shit, you hadn't thought about this...

"Now Princess, we have some egg-laying birds in here, but you can't eat them, understand? If you eat them, we won't have eggs anymore. Got it?"

Princess barks once again in affirmation.
You head on in, and for once your presence grabs the attention of the dodos... which is odd.
Princess stares at them intently for a moment, and then they all run to the corner of the room together. Just standing there.

"That's... weird. The last time they showed any kind of fear response was against the wraiths."

You shrug and grab a pair of particularly large, ostrich-sized eggs from the dodo's "nest", which is actually just some piled-up blankets.
Heading over to the mess hall, you set the egg down in a cup that you'd printed for this exact purpose. You're not really sure how to go about this, but...

"So... do you want them scrambled, or...?"

Princess uncurls herself from your neck and jumps down onto the table, giving the the eggs a sniff.
Apparently she likes what she smells, because her tongue immediately lolls out of her mouth... and then start changing color? Is that smoke rising off her tongue?
She quickly gives the eggshell a lick near the top, and it begins hissing and sizzling almost instantly. The shell dissolves, and she cracks the top off with her little hands, almost like a racoon.

She then tilts the egg in it's cup and begins drinking the raw whites straight from the shell.

"Er, alright then. I guess you can more or less feed yourself, huh? We'll see if you like nutrient cakes, too."

While you make her a sweet nutrient paste based dessert, she finishes drinking the whites and pokes a hole in the yolk with her claw, then slurps out the yolk as well.
You can't believe she just ate that entire egg by herself, in under ten minutes. Her belly is totally distended, but she looks all kinds of satisfied, flopped over on her side like that...

"Do you uh... want dessert?" You ask her.

Surprisingly, she rolls over and starts eating the pancakes you made as well. That's one hell of an appetite.
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>>4949858
....this little ball of scales is going to be the death of us from diabeetus
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>>4949858
So....princess bow will grow more or less this size, except with wings. Nicee.
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>>4949884
We have a terrestrial mount, AND, a really cute pet that I am willing to bet will get along just great with our Mut.
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>>4949884
Also holy shit that realistic Bulbasuar is scary, got anymore?
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>>4949858
We are going to need to get that farm running asap, before Princess eat everything.
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>>4949858
I thought we were going to have a baby Boy?

Make sure we don't overfeed it so it doesn't get fat.
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>>4949889
+1
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>>4949858
space dragon like human, result: d'aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw
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>>4949886
Only this one, which i hope is how bow look after eating that egg
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>>4949902
So chubby and happy, we're giving our baby dragon so many scritchies.
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>>4949477
>...Your stomachs are full of acid?
This just brings and interesting question. How does everyone digests their food in space then? Gizzard stones?
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>>4949908
Maybe they have multiple stomachs full of enzymes, and ruminate?
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>>4949908
They tend to have slower, more efficient metabolisms and rely on things like specialized gut flora, enzymes and yes, gizzard stones.
There's actually a market for high-quality artificial gizzard stones, some of which are even electronic.

But straight up acid isn't a very common thing.
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>>4949915
>some of which are even electronic.
That just made me think of something really stupid
>oh no! My gizzard stone's wifi got hacked and now it only plays despacito 24/7
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>>4949915
>Cylia has a rotor japanese masturbating thing. Small and pink in her room and Kyla find it
>N-no!! That's my uh.... gizzard stone!!
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>>4949936
>and swallows it in a panic
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>>4949937
It activates on the way out
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>>4949884
I always thought Bulbasaur was more frog than lizard
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>>4949960
It has saur on it's name, so it's definatly some sort of lizard.
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>>4949858
Awee shes gonna grow up to be big and strong ain't she.
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>>4949971
Aah, right. Just like Charmander is definitely some form of amphibian huh?
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>>4949960
>>4949971
I'd put it somewhere in between since dinosaurs aren't lizards and are more closely related to birds.
Overall everyone is just being silly since it's merely an artist interpretation of some pixels. Just pick the bulbasaur of your heart.
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>>4949982
In that case it's because fictional slamanders are considered a type of dragon, because romans though that ate fire or something like that.
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>>4949991
No, it's just that pokemon names are famously dumb and you can't make any meaningful ties to the real world based on them.
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>>4949994
That is also true.
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>>4949994
Are you telling me my geodude isn't actually a man with no legs and a really bad skin condition?

Fuuuuck
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>>4949858
I demand that we print out a doggy bed, a pink dress, and a mini tiara for our baby girl.
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>>4950260
Only if the doggy bed look like gold coins and gems, so she sleeps in a dragon hoard.
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>>4950263
That's probably easily affordable since raw materials are considered cheap.
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>>4949994
I can't believe my favourite breloom doesn't have complex and obscure roots to its name!
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>>4950266
It wouldn't be as soft though, maybe if we make the Hoard bed out of tough Kevlar?
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>>4950281
Pure gold is considered malleable at room temperature. It's soft enough. Whatever you think gold's softness is would probably be impure gold mixed with another metal in order to make it durable enough for jewelry.
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>>4950267
I wonder what my favourite Pokémon Chandelure’s name is based off of.
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>>4950263
We can get her an acid, tear, and fire proof bed with a gold coins on her bed's mattress. The walls of the bed can be bedazzled with cheap diamonds.

>>4950266
Anon said "look like gold coins and gems," that doesn't mean it has to be made exclusively of those.

>>4950297
As malleable as it is at room temperature, that doesn't make it any less of a metal, or more valuable than playdoo. I'm also fairly sure that a solid gold mattress would be very uncomfortable.
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>>4950315
>I'm also fairly sure that a solid gold mattress would be very uncomfortable.
Unless you like very heat conductive and stiffish material to lie upon. Like El Dargon
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>>4950320
assuming.
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>>4950266
Well, the idea was that the gold and gems were decoration, to look like a dragon's hoard. Probably woyld have a little pink mattres for Princess to sleep in, unless Slyvern's actually like to sleep on loose rocks.
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>>4950343
If drakons didn't like laying on gold why do they always do it in the stories?

Checkmate illiterathiests. :^)
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You know what'd be hilarious?
Letting them play Grand Theft Auto and insisting it's an accurate depiction of human society.
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>>4950441
Seeing as we've been GTAing everyone we've come across, I don't think we need to. We are practically playing it in RL with the aliens.
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>>4950441
>>4950451
We can preemptively blame commiefornia while doing it.
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>>4950451
True, but the true surprise comes in when they realize that there's an entire race of people like him who can create a functioning society.
Also, listening to human music on the radio while Cat Girl obeys traffic laws.
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>>4950455
>>4950454
+1

>>4949915
In theory I understand that David has three operation levels:
>ah din du nuffin
David wears his skin suit under clothes. He can go mostly whereever he wants, in social events, areas that restrict the use of weapons, the bank. This would be for assassination attempt or scouting or some shit.

>muh 2nd amendment
David wears his skin suit over obvious armor like pic related, but instead if earth grade stuff we'll be using some of the alloy used for the power armor. That or until we head back to earth go learn how to make better alloys. The suit should protect David well enough against impacts, heat, and electricity, while the armor is mainly there to disperse impacts and ballistic weaponry.

>COCK RAMPAGE
Power armor. Everyone you know and love dies.

I would like to know if David could spend some time messing around with alloys to make some armor for his cowboy outfit.

Reposting due to phone posting errors like a bitch
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>>4950488
>phoneposting
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>>4950478
>>4950488
Ok, who put a NCR flag behind the Honest Hearts Desert Ranger combat armor?
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>>4950491
Yeah posting from work

>>4950493
Dunno. Could be right after the treaty.
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>>4950517
Thing is that specific one is pre-war, used by the Father/Survivalist.
No idea why they decided to name it after the Desert Rangers when it has nothing to do with them, probably a design change in development of that DLC that they never bothered to fix.
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>>4950528
The armor itself isn't exclusively the survivalists. Pretty sure they made several hundred of those. The Survivalist just so happened to have a set that looks like that.

It could also very well be the second thing you mentioned.
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>>4950559
Yeah, it was a riot gear armour and also used on cavalry battalions.
But the problem is that it's the specific one of the survivalist because it has the forgove me mama written on the helmet, words on the neck instead of numbers, armor under the trenchcoat is camo,it's tan and yellow colour and the visor is green, all that makes it different from the other versions of the armour.
Maybe whoever made the mini chose the armour because it's unique?
Anyway, I think I'm done with this autistic nitpicking, I don't remember why I decided to start it and even than it's pointless and dumb.
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>>4949858

You watch her for a while after she finishes eating. She kinda just stops moving, laying still as she digests.
Her mouth hangs open, and every once in a while a wisp of smoke rolls out.

She's definitely got a very interesting biology, you'll give her that.
What's more surprising is that, about half an hour later, her distended stomach is back to normal and she seems to wake up from her food coma like nothing happened.
Although she did need to drink a lot of water to get through it all, it doesn't look like she fattened up or anything. Where did all that energy go...?
Well, whatever. You're exhausted by this point, still not having slept since you got to this shithole. It's about time to leave.

"SHODAN, tell Kyla to grab the IFF off the other ship and wipe the ship's slate clean. Time for us to head back, and time for me to catch some sleep."

"Very well, Captain. I will wake you if anything happens."

"Thanks, SHODAN... and uh, hey. Have you thought about a new name at all? I know you didn't seem to like the one i gave you very much."

"I have not, Captain. To be frank, the name i was given has grown on me."

You chuckle a bit, half in relief that she's not pissed at you.

"Alright. I'm glad. I'll be heading off to sleep now. Good night, SHODAN."

"Good night, Captain."

You take your time getting to sleep, as usual. Flipping through some of the data you got from Treg's crew, you find news excerpts from various stations, travel logs, personal diaries and all kinds of garbage that doesn't interest you.
Eventually though, you crawl into bed and Princess crawls in next to you, up under the covers.

You'd say she likes your body heat, but she's like a little space heater. She definitely isn't cold blooded, despite looking like a reptile.
Maybe you actually feel cool to her, instead.

Slowly, you start drifting off to sleep. It's almost surprising how relaxed you feel, despite what happened today.
But, just as you're on the verge of falling asleep... princess wakes you out with a loud, hissing screech!

You jump up out of bed, grabbing the 1911 from under your pillow out of reflex. But you see something you weren't expecting.
It's immediately obvious what she's hissing at. There's a floating, hooded figure in your room. It looks similar to the wraiths from before, but this one's different.

Is this what's been haunting your ship?
It's just staring at you, like some sort of fucking paralysis demon. You slowly reach down and open up a dresser drawer, and pull out one of the broken dark matter bottles.

Then you chunk it at it's fucking head.
It screeches horrifically on impact. In response, Princess lets out a MUCH more powerful gout of flame than before, in the wraith's direction. But you can't tell if it did anything or not.
Instead, you grab a second bottle out of the drawer and charge at the damned thing, although the room is somewhat filled with a sulfurous-smelling smoke now.

>Roll 1d100, best of 3
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>>4950606
Forgot the image.
Here's an approximate representation of what was hovering over your bed.
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>>4950606
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Rolled 71 (1d100)

>>4950606
>>4950609
Oh great the Nazgul have arrived
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Rolled 53 (1d100)

>>4950606
EXPEXTO PATRONUM
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>>4950610
>>4950620
It's a sign.
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>>4950610
>>4950620
I guess it's time to kick the sleep paralysis demon's ass.
If it doesn't work, than we need to get the almighty bottle.
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>>4950606
It's interesting that both us AND Princess can see whatever these things are made of.
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>>4950606
GUYS IT'S GRANDMA
HI GRANDMA GAS BAG! We shall avenge your death!
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>>4950606
>"I have not, Captain. To be frank, the name i was given has grown on me."

Mission accomplished
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>>4950666
>666
UH OH.
And I only just read the post. Okay so this isn't grandma.

>>4950606
David needs to make a note of making necklaces out of the bottles for everyone.
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>>4950610
>>4950620
The fuck is the meaning of this?
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>>4950620
>>4950610
We better get a special iteraction for rolling the highest number twice in a row
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>>4950606

>>4950610
>>4950620
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>>4950606
Time to punch a demon in the face with something like a roll of space quarters in our fist.

So the fact that Princess can detect the space monsters and terrifies the dodos should probably be important.

I really like imaging the wraiths like the IBMs from Ajin but there is like no art of the half formed ones that shout be more correct to that is described so have a big boss wraith.
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Cool found a pic that is close to the description of wraiths, I think.
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>>4950669
Toss some space-garlic, silver grave dirt, space holy water, a tiny strip with the best line of the bible we recall written on it and sage in them. Be cause it seems like hell, ghosts, bugaboos, and real monsters might exist.

Cant be careful.
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>>4950967
Nah dude, can't do bible stuff. Need to read off the scientologist's scripture. It's a space ghost, and not the kind that goes from coast to coast. Gotta hit em with that pseudoscience psychobabble from the book of xandu.
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>>4950976
That would make them leave from anger from but I doubt David was ever into that stuff. He was apparent raised christian at least.
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>>4950966
Thank god those things aren't real....I hope.
Plus side. I found a theme song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nyHPIcbn88
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>>4950620
Fuck you space BT. We're ready now
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>>4950606

Diving through the smoke, you jump up and smash the bottle down onto the wraith's head, clearly injuring it unlike the wraiths from before who simply disappeared.
It starts to screech again, but you backhand smash the fuck out of it's jaw, turning the screech into a funny-sounding warble as it's knocked asides.

The apparition apparently isn't a fan of what's happening, as it's appearance begins changing to become more intangible... it's trying to escape through the wall!

"Fuck that!"

You grip your bottle with both hands and slam it down onto the back of the wraith's head with everything you've got, just before it reaches the wall.
The bottle's glass shatters, leaving just the two metal end caps. The wraith is knocked hard against the floor, and becomes tangible-looking again.

Just out of panic, you punch at the damned thing before it tries to escape again... and to your surprise, it actually connects with something.
It's a weird sensation, unlike any sort of flesh or fabric you know, but it was there. And the wraith responds with a startled yelp.

You pause for a moment, staring at your own fist in shock. Then a wide, toothy grin spreads across your face.
You ball your fist up hard, and your muscles swell as you take your time unleashing heavy blow after heavy blow across it's body and face.

Each time it lands, there's a meaty thwack followed by an inhuman screech, but the damned thing just keeps squirming underneath you.
About this time, Cylia comes running into the room and finds you on top of a wraith, beating the shit out of it with your bare hands.

"DAVID! What's going on-?! Eh...? GYAAAAAAAAAAAAH!" She screeches, somehow even louder than the wraith.

"Go get Sanig!" You yell to her. She immediately runs off, hopefully to do what you told her.

The wraith takes advantage of that brief pause to become intangible again, flying out from under you. But rather than trying to run it just looks pissed.
As it's jaw unhinges, the lights flicker and you feel the temperature in the room drop by a good twenty degrees.

"Captain, i am detecting power fluctuations throughout the ship-"

"I AM AWARE!"

>Roll 1d100, best of 3
>Higher is better
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Rolled 24 (1d100)

>>4951054
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Rolled 91 (1d100)

>>4951054
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>>4951054
Its either going to be beaten into our pet, or its going to die.
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Rolled 16 (1d100)

>>4951054
FALCON...
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>>4951063
Thank you for saving my roll.
>>4951065
PUNCH.
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>>4951054
David has become the ghost puncher.
I'm now betting that death worlders have some kind of natural resistance, detection or ability to deal with these ghosts.
Maybe a dark matter affinity? Perhaps it's the reason that life in those planets decides to become hardcore, it's actually fucking haunted or possessed.
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>>4951063
>91

>>4951054
YOU GONNA GET FUCKED NOW GHOST BOY!
>Stard running after the alien without any pants. We can conduct psychological warfare to destroy it physically and mentally.
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>>4951095
Shit man. Maybe those ghost busters shows were on to something afterall.
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>>4951125
When we get back to Earth we need to get some sort of priest into our crew.
Maybe an ex-military that took the cloth after coming back, so we have an dedicated exorcist. Or maybe an orthodox priest to bless our weapons.
Imagine the damage a blessed antimatter bottle might do.
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>>4951156
Dark matter, not antimatter, I swapped my magic scifi elements.
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>>4951156
Would we need to test that a bit extensively, and we only just survived coming back from that one planet. I guess we could search for that specific niche for our mercenary company.

Speaking of, did we agree yet to pre-requisites? I mean seriously consider?
>able to go through Navy Seals(I think this is harder)/Marines boot camp with no handle bars, regardless of gender. Women get no handicaps.
>willingness to kill.
>low tolerance to weeb shit. we like the classics like gundam and Cowboy Bebop.
>no long hair, hair dyed, or gay shit.
>no fatties.
>willingness to fat shame and cow tipping, regardless if its alien, human, or the occasional cow.
>navy seals/marine vets maybe probably don't need to go through boot camp again.
>not a total brainlet and graduated high school.
>hates China and communism.
>not an inbred hillbilly, or inbred in general (none of that Stellarsis xeno genocide run)
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>>4951181
what about jesus hair?
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>>4951156
Your best bet for finding one might be a former military chaplain - the US Army does have a couple thousand of them (as well as other countries), and though they have military training they wouldn't have battle experience and it may not be easy to find one willing to become a space merc with a slightly psychotic ex-Marine, three other weirdos (well, Cylia is probably the sanest of them) and an AI.
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>>4951186
You can praise Jesus, but not his hair. That's his style.

>>4951190
You did just say there are or were a couple thousand in the army. We just need to find the one in those thousands that are willing
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>>4951190
>picking up soldiers from all over the world
This is some kinda inverse reverse XCOM shit and that's pretty fucking neat.
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>>4951257
Beyond the US, what kinds of group should be pick up if we're going global?
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>>4951262
French legion kind of guys.
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>>4951263
Who and why?
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>>4951262
>>4951263
Spetznaz
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>>4951063
So are we gonna be doing horrible experiments on this and/or lock it in a cage or something?
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>>4951262
>>4951263
+1 for French Foreign Legion but also normal French forces, Canadians, and most importantly: Australian Special Forces.
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