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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 finished dealing with the federation's killbots, having found a method of reprogramming them after hacking into an engineering terminal.
On your way back to Thekia station however, you had a very strange dream that resulted in some memory loss.
Upon trying to recover those memories, SHODAN was knocked unconscious and halted your journey for a while.

Now back online, you've managed to get back to the station and meet back up with your crew, only to discover that the Redsang situation has gotten much worse.
And now you're working on supplying Gron's crew with weapons and equipment suitable to deal with the threat at hand.

There's no time to gear up however, as Xebric doesn't look like it'll last a whole lot longer.
Will you be able to stop the drug addicted hordes before they wipe out the station, or is Xebric going to become a ghost town?

Find out now, on HFYQ!

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>>5617206

"I was thinking, considering the situation, some heavier heavier armor and more firepower would be good."

["You just said you had more to offer than guns and skinsuits, Captain..."]

"Technically not a gun, definitely not a skinsuit. Here, look at this."

The first thing you pull up is a 3D render of the laser turret you 'borrowed' from Silus. It's design was copied, and you improved it somewhat with a few ideas of your own.

"It's a chemical-pumped laser." You explain. "Big enough you'll need two... maybe three average men to carry one, or one man and a hovercart. But the output is similar to that of a ship-mounted weapon."

Next, you pull up it's ammo. Some simple chemical cartridges.

"Originally it wasn't chemical pumped. It was hooked up to this big-ass generator, but that made it a pain to lug around. Instead, it uses these disposable cartridges now."

["So it works similarly to your guns."]

"Pretty much, yeah. But it's got a lot of firepower for what it is. Even has a VI built in for automatic aim correction at long distances."

["How many can you afford us?"]

"Eh, that's the thing. Our weapons fab can make most stuff, but the chemicals in these cartridges are pretty unstable. We have to use the chemical fab for those, so the ammo's limited."

["I see. Not an issue of guns, but of ammunition."]

"Usually is. Ain't it a bitch?"

["I am uncertain of what you mean, but it is indeed unfortunate."]

"Still, they'll come in handy. Use them sparingly. Next is... this."

You pull up a slide showing a side view of some layered material.
It's actually your own second-gen plasteel.

Graphene instead of metal, buckyball diamond nanoparticles, ultra high-density flourocarbon polymer...
Not to brag, but this shit gives duranium a run for it's money, and it's about a million times lighter.

Alright, maybe that's a bit of an overstatement, but it's still insanely strong, and all made of... technically mundane materials.

["What is this, Captain? I don't understand what i'm looking at."]

"This, my friend, is my own homebrewed plasteel. No, in fact, this is BETTER than plasteel!"

To prove your point, you show him a simulation SHODAN did of your plasteel, which you're calling 'Carbor' (Carbon Armor) due it being almost entirely made of carbon, compared to other materials.
It shows a sheet of each material facing up against a .308 round. The steel plate is penetrated. The ceramo-metallic foam shatters. The federation plasteel takes the shot, but nearly fails...

And against the Carbor, the bullet flattens out and stops nearly dead in it's tracks. Although the sheet vibrates harshly, It barely scratches the surface.

"If we make your boys some basic armor out of this, their survivability should go way up. Personal shields won't do shit to stop some cracked out motherfucker crushing your head into paste."

You display some basic armor based on the look of Sanig's Mk.2 power armor, which can be easily fitted to just about any bipedal species.
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>>5617992
E
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>>5617992

["That's... insane. How? How did you just pull something like that out of your ass?"]

"Well, i'm cheating, really. The boys back home put a lot of work into discovering shit that i'm just copying, and SHODAN here runs all the simulations to make it work."

"I have spent far too many hours determining the structure of various chemical bonds based on vague descriptions." SHODAN adds.

"She's very good at what she does, and i'm extremely thankful for it."

"You are very welcome, Captain."

"Yep. Compared to that though, figuring out the designs is easy. I can do most of that myself."

"He came up with the layering for his plasteel while intentionally imbibing poison for fun. I made out his intentions from a crude drawing he made on a napkin."

"See? So easy you can do it even while you're drunk. And look, it doesn't delaminate!"

There's a very long moment where Gron simply stares into the camera, backed by the faint droning of both your ships.

["I see."] He responds, moving right along. ["In any case, i see the results, and they are impressive. If your armor helps even one more man survive, then we'll gladly take it."]

"Alright. I don't have it stocked up right now, but it should be done printing by the time we get there. How many sets do you need?"

Gron scratches his chin as he thinks things over, but quickly comes to a decision.

["Ten. We have more crew than that, but not all of them can fight."]

"...You have that many men on that ship? Where did you cram them all?"

["We take turns in cryosleep. Most of the crew isn't active at any given time."]

"Huh. Well, that's one way of doing it, i guess. Anyways, we should hurry up and get going. It's not looking good over there."

["With that, i can agree. Kordunn out."]

With that, Gron cuts the comms and immediately begins preparations for launching.
Not wanting to fall behind, you do the same. You have to pressurize the engines, ramp up the reactor, get permission to launch from the port authority...

And it's on that step that you suddenly have an issue.
When you put in an automated launch request, it's automatically rejected.

You try again, and the same thing happens again.
If you don't get approval, the station's maglocks won't release and you can't take off.

"This is captain Rockefeller to port authority. Why am not not getting perms to launch?"

There's a short pause before the usual guy responds. Krillek, you think his name was. You've talked to him a few times before.

["Uhhhh... shit, man. Says here your ship's been marked."]

"Marked? The fuck do you mean 'marked'?"

["Like, you've probably got a bounty on you or something. I dunno, i'd have to call administration to find out."]

Well fuck.

>Override it, Krillek. I don't have to tell you twice what's gonna happen if you don't.
>Fine, let me put in a call and see what's going on. (Call up Clank, see what he can find)
>Plant some explosives on the maglocks and call it a day.
>Write-In?
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>>5618628
>Fine, let me put in a call and see what's going on. (Call up Clank, see what he can find)
Better to know, we can pop this tin can whenever we want
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>>5618628
>Override it, Krillek. I don't have to tell you twice what's gonna happen if you don't.
THEY KNOW
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>>5618628
>Fine, let me put in a call and see what's going on. (Call up Clank, see what he can find)
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>>5618628
>>Fine, let me put in a call and see what's going on. (Call up Clank, see what he can find)
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>>5618628
>Plant some explosives on the maglocks and call it a day.
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>>5618628
Call Clank first, if there's someone we can buy to get these locks removed he'll know who they are and what their price is. If it's too expensive we can always threaten them.
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>>5618628
>Fine, let me put in a call and see what's going on. (Call up Clank, see what he can find)
Planting explosives is too blatant. Maybe sabotage it by cutting power to the maglocks or something, at least then we'd some plausible deniability.
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>>5618628
>Fine, let me put in a call and see what's going on. (Call up Clank, see what he can find)
All things considered this is Clank's station. Threatening coppers and blowing shit up shouldn't happen without his approval
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>>5618628
>>Fine, let me put in a call and see what's going on.
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>>5618628
Fed goons around where they don't belong.
>Fine, let me put in a call and see what's going on. (Call up Clank, see what he can find)
>Set the outside cameras to monitor the surroundings, to make sure no FEDs are nearby.
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>>5618689
Ideally we'll have other ships with less heat on them the next time we return to this station. Let's not completely rule explosives out if we can't get this resolved quickly.
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>>5618628
>Override it, Krillek. I don't have to tell you twice what's gonna happen if you don't.
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>>5618810
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>>5618811
This quest was a blast! what was it called again, I dont remember
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>>5618814
White Tower
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>>5618628
>Override it, Krillek. I don't have to tell you twice what's gonna happen if you don't.
>Plant some explosives on the maglocks and call it a day.
FUCK FUCK FUCK
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>>5618816
Very nice, much thanks anon
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Anyway, so the feds finally placed a bounty on the Metal Gear¿? I wonder when did they Id David... and if that is the case, isn't he a SUPER pirate now because he must be worth tons of credits
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>>5619338
maybe its not the feds(although i doubt it). probably it was the dude we beat the crap out of the other day while taking over the underworld
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>>5618694
+1
Guys, calm down... If there's a fed, we can easily shittalk out way out of it by saying that while going behind some guy we just found some cryopods floating near some magnetic/solar field and we grab them to make some box, and they we're enough that we didn't bother to keep looking for the first guy.
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>>5618628

"Alright, let me put in a call and see what's going on."

["Sure."]

Closing the comms with Krillek, you whisper to SHODAN while dialing up Clank.

"Keep an eye on the hull cams. The feds might be onto us."

"On it."

"Clank, you there?"

["Of course, Captain."] He replies, immediately. You can hear Baal arguing with someone in the background.

"Got a problem. I'm grounded. Port authority says my ship's been marked. What can you tell me?"

["Just a moment, Captain. I have a backdoor into the bounty office's servers, this shouldn't take long."]

You wait around thirty seconds in silence, keeping an eye on the ground through your cockpit.
Nothing looks suspicious so far.

["I have found your records, Captain. The latest entry comes from outside of the station, likely from a core world. It says here that you, or rather your ship, have been designated a 'Class X' threat."]

"What the hell does that mean?"

["It means you are an existential threat to all living things, and must be destroyed on sight. All bounty hunters are required by federal law to kill on sight, rather than capture."]

...That's not what you want to hear.

"Does it say why i've been marked like this?"

["No, Captain. In fact, your entire crime record has been left purposefully blank."]

So they don't want anyone knowing about whatever it is in particular that you've done.

["This is unfortunate news, however there is what you might call a 'Silver Lining', Captain."]

"Yeah?" You sigh. "What's that?"

["The designation is for your ship, not for you."]

"That doesn't mean much, Clank. It's not exactly a secret who the Metal Gear belongs to."

["That is true, Captain. But information can be suppressed. Common sense can be overturned. The so called reality of things..."]

You feel the ship lurch slightly as the maglocks release themselves all of a sudden.

["Is easily rewritten."]

"The fuck did you just do?!"

["I swapped the location of docks 23 and 24 in the database. The system now believes you are one dock over."]

Looking at the dock next to you, you see the maglocks turn from blue to red on a ship that's been sitting there since you arrived.

["I would recommend docking in the lower city from now on, Captain. We will see about re-writing your ship's data logs as well, but i will need to speak with the governor about that."]

"Damn, alright?"

["Good luck and good hunting, Captain."

Clank cuts the call, and you immediately receive a call-back from Krillek asking how the hell you did that, which you ignore.
Mostly because you yourself have no idea how the hell Clank just did that.

With nothing stopping you from lifting off now, you fire up the engines and take off, barely clearing the deck before you turn and make your acceleration burn.
The docks do have defensive laser cannons which would in theory fire on a ship making an escape, but... the automated systems think you're clamped down on the deck right now.

It's good having friends in low places, you guess.
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>>5619723
RED ALERT RED ALERT FEDS ARE COMING IN FULL FORCE NOW WE NEED TO BRING IN MORE HUMANS FOR COUNTER POWER
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>>5619723
So, it's not as bad as I thought. Thankfully we can just repaint the Metal Gear and get some fake registration for it.
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>>5619723
Okay, this seems more like the Grey's freaking because an AI is loose rather than any FED knowing the truth. This is good, we can use this, hell, once refits are finished we can just scrap the old model by building a VI and setting it out to a high traffic area to be blasted.
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>>5619757
>We can just scrap the old model by building a VI and setting it out to a high traffic area to be blasted
Don't forget a few spare corpses for good measure! Those Greys gotta be good for something after all.
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>>5619760
Very true, it'll serve as a good test to figure out what they are really after.
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>>5619739
Bright orange with a battle flag on the top.
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Clank continues to be a badass. At this rate we'll have two friendly stations if we can take Xebric.
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>>5619723
I'm gonna go with the Greys on this one, they're all cagey about themselves and tech in the first place, and here we are Frankensteining one of their ships with a stimmed out renegade grandpa, an unshackled AI with thumbs and the fungus amogus. The fact we've been stomping around and bulling the shit out of anyone in the way probably means they've gotten wind of us one way or another and aren't happy about it. I suspect we'll be meeting them real soon. Wouldn't be surprised if they did the legwork in tinkering with the redsang, they're the pros at bioengineering

Clank coming in clutch as usual, we should send him a fruit basket or something
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>>5619827
wouldn't be a bad idea to make him a new body like the one shodan has
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>>5619864
At the very least, give him some killbots and guns.
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>>5619788
+1
fucking hilarious.
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>>5619723

On the flight over to Xebric, you inform the crew of what went on while you were away.
Kyla almost takes you out at the knee with her torque wrench, while Sanig seems more interested in knowing how to reprogram the fed killbots.

After catching up, Kyla, Sanig and yourself begin working on the equipment for Gron's crew.

Sanig is dumbstruck by your newest plasteel design.
For all the incredible materials that exist out in space, apparently graphene isn't one of them.

You hadn't really used it up to this point because there wasn't a need for it, but now you want to get the absolute most out of this material, so it's your only option.
Carbon is a little more expensive than iron, nickle, silicon or aluminum when it comes to spacer materials, because a lot of it is used for food, life support and so-on.

It's not really even considered a building material, although diamonds are occasionally used here and there.

It seems almost impossible that no-one would have discovered it by now. All you need is some sticky tape and a piece of graphite, right?
Or maybe people have, but they never looked farther into it. With things like gravity generators and warp drives, there was never a need for extremely strong materials.

These aliens aren't pushing the limits just to get off their rocks. They barely had to try.
That's why you can't find any good metal alloys on the markets either. Even the steel is as basic as it comes.

In any case, using 'Carbor' as the base material, you design a lightweight set of armor that can be quickly worn and removed, while still serving it's purpose.
All the pieces use velcro straps, and they can be worn over their clothing as-is. The helmets cover the whole head and have a nice, thick diamond visor to look through.

The helmets contain radios, heartbeat sensors, subspace tracking beacons, air filters and thermal optics.
You don't have time to sit down and design a perfect helmet for every situation, but these will certainly do the job.

Using the Star-Fall's medical records, you're able to adapt the suits to most of the Gron's crew with ease, simply stretching the armor here or lengthening a belt there...
Some of the crew is simply impossible to work with, however. Like that giant pile of slime, whatever her name was.

Javan also seems to have refused your armor, as she intends to keep with her own ceremonial kit.

But that's fine, everyone else will be well equipped.
Next up you need to deal with the laser turrets, which are somewhat of a pain in the ass.

You were able to shrink the design somewhat by using a water cooling system and radiators with graphene fins, but they're still kind of big and heavy.
The crystals it uses are something weird, too. Yttrium, niobium, all these weird elements... you have no idea what Sanig's talking about, but he seems to know what he's doing.

The big problem is the chemicals used to power the damned thing. They're super unstable, and the only way to make 'em is in the chemical fab.
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>>5620782
>Some of the crew is simply impossible to work with, however. Like that giant pile of slime, whatever her name was.
She can still hold onto things by exerting crushing force, right? Just make big shield plates with huge grooves to push and pull on.

Unless she's as weak as her squishy appearance suggests.
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>>5620782

You can tell it's bad, because Sanig chooses to wear his armor while handling the capsules.
He's also wearing a tinted visor over his helmet, which is supposed to protect him from the light produced if one of these things goes off in his hands.

The capsules are kept relatively small to prevent a disaster from happening in the case that one goes off, but that also limits the number of shots you get on the turret.
After placing a capsule in the turret, it's pierced by a needle and sucked out into a reaction chamber, where it's agitated into... well, reacting.

That's what produces all the light, which means you don't need to lug around a whole generator to power it.

As the chemical capsules come out of the fab, Sanig stuffs them into their foam packaging.
Those blocks of foam are then placed into aluminum suitcases, each with magnets and a locking mechanism so they can be carried individually or in stacks without dropping them.

Meanwhile, the weapons fab is hard at work forming the majority of the laser's body. Only the crystals have to be printed in the chemical fab and fitted manually.
A brief test confirms the liquid cooling system is working just fine on each of them, and although you'd like to test-fire them, there's no way in hell you can do that inside the ship.

Not with Kyla on your ass, anyways.

It takes three days at full speed to reach Xebric from Thekia station. You'd forgotten just how far out it really was, when even Thekia is considered a station on the rim.
But there just isn't much inbetween here and there, so if you can't make that trip then you simply won't make it off of Xebric.

The Metal Gear and Star Fall have powerful warp drives, but a normal ship might take a week or more to make the trip, if they can even run their warp drive for that long.
You have to wonder how many people tried to escape and couldn't, just because of that.

When you arrive, you drop out of warp around 60 light seconds away, and begin a closer approach using supercruise.

"Looks like we're finally here." You utter into the mic.

["About damned time. What are your sensors picking up, Captain?"] Gron asks, seeming antsy.

"Nothing yet. We'll have to get closer first, but..."

Before leaving, you sent some men to inform the drone fleet. They should be on their way as well, but you don't know when exactly they'll arrive.
If you head in now, the station's automated defenses may or may not activate. You're not sure, honestly. There's a lot of things that could happen.

They might shoot at you because the station is in a complete panic. Or maybe they're busy dealing with the internal threat.
They might shoot at you because you're wanted, or maybe they don't even know about it because their comms are down.
They might shoot at you because Elynderr ordered you KOS, or maybe he's forgotten about you entirely.

You just don't know.
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>>5621399

>I'm betting they have bigger issues right now than a couple of troublemakers. Let's head in and see what's going on.
>Hold on... the metal gear was originally a stealth ship, wasn't it? Let us check things out first, then we'll report back.
>Let's just wait on the drone fleet. Whether they fire on us first or not, we're here to take shit over. Better to do it all in one fell swoop.
>Write-In?
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>>5621399
>Hold on... the metal gear was originally a stealth ship, wasn't it? Let us check things out first, then we'll report back.
finally the metal gear gets to be used as its supposed to.
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>>5621401
>Hold on... the metal gear was originally a stealth ship, wasn't it? Let us check things out first, then we'll report back.
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>>5621401
>Hold on... the metal gear was originally a stealth ship, wasn't it? Let us check things out first, then we'll report back.
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>>5621401
>>Hold on... the metal gear was originally a stealth ship, wasn't it? Let us check things out first, then we'll report back.
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>>5621401
>Hold on... the metal gear was originally a stealth ship, wasn't it? Let us check things out first, then we'll report back.
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Roll me 1d100, best of 3.
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Rolled 71 (1d100)

>>5621800
what timing
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Rolled 93 (1d100)

>>5621800
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Rolled 59 (1d100)

>>5621800
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>>5621808
The dice never fails us.
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Mmmm sneaking
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>What a thrill...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr3suXznFec
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>>5621401
>I'm betting they have bigger issues right now than a couple of troublemakers. Let's head in and see what's going on.

Gron has people on that station. We go in.
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>>5622003
I'm sure they'll be fine.
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>>5621399

"I'll be honest, they might light our asses up the second we're in range. I'm gonna need you guys to hold back while we head in."

["Ahh, yes. Your ship is quite capable of stealth, isn't it? Go then. We have no time to waste here."]

Cutting the connection, you immediately bring up the stealth controls.
You were planning on engaging cold running, but there's a problem. The second you bring up the controls, you see the panel is covered in errors.

"Ah, shit... KYLA! Kyla get in here!"

A moment later, Kyla enters the cockpit and slams her wrench against the door frame in frustration.

"What?! Do you have any idea how busy i am!?" She yells.

"I know, i'm sorry. But we've got an issue. Stealth systems are offline and we're about to need them. Look."

Kyla looks over the errors and sighs.

"It's that damned valve again. Ever since the ship's frame got warped, it just... STICKS!"

Dragging her wrench across the floor, she walks over to your left and starts ripping off wall panels, tossing them to the floor haphazardly.
To your surprise, there's a pipe running right through the wall there, and there seems to be an automated valve right in the middle of it.

Kyla picks up her wrench and grips it in both hands like she's about to hit a baseball.
You lean back to avoid getting hit as she swings her wrench, striking the valve directly and making the pipe ring like a bell.

Through the noise, you hear something click, followed by the sound of a water hammer.

"There. Piece of shit." She grumbles, walking off to fix something else.

You'll have to thank her later for keeping this ship running despite everything you've done to it.
But for now, the error seems to have cleared and you're able to engage the ship's heatsinks. After masking your reactor signature, you start to move in on the station.

Using supercruise at the minimum possible reactor output, it takes you ten minutes to approach from your already relatively close position.
From there, you coast closer and slowly bring your speed down using your forward thrusters, again at low output.

What you see is... not encouraging.

There are the ruined hulls of several ships that appear to have been shot down while attempting to flee, along with some obviously belonging to pirates who tried to raid the place.
But the important point here is that the station's defensive lasers are active and searching for a target, even now.

These aren't some piddly ship-scale lasers either. No, these are station-based lasers. Huge, immensely powerful things that can blow a hole straight through a cruiser in one shot, shields and all.
Fortunately, the Metal-Gear's stealth systems are top-notch. Even as you close your approach, they don't seem to register you at all.

However, Gron's crew won't be able to get close like this. Not with his ship, anyways.
His specialist shields might be able to tank a couple of shots, you're not sure... but that would be it.
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>>5623428

>Gron's ship can't make the trip, but yours can. Leave his ship behind and load up all the combat personnel.
>You don't like those things being active. You won't be able to bring your drone fleet in until they're powered down, so maybe an infiltration mission is in order.
>Infiltration is risky. Those lasers are important for station defense, but it's not like you couldn't repair them after the station belongs to you. Go on EVA and plant some explosives.
>Write-In?
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>>5623431
>>You don't like those things being active. You won't be able to bring your drone fleet in until they're powered down, so maybe an infiltration mission is in order.
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>>5623431
>You don't like those things being active. You won't be able to bring your drone fleet in until they're powered down, so maybe an infiltration mission is in order.
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>>5623431
>You don't like those things being active. You won't be able to bring your drone fleet in until they're powered down, so maybe an infiltration mission is in order.
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>>5623431
>You don't like those things being active. You won't be able to bring your drone fleet in until they're powered down, so maybe an infiltration mission is in order.
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>>5623431
>You don't like those things being active. You won't be able to bring your drone fleet in until they're powered down, so maybe an infiltration mission is in order.
>Gron stay put, imma do a lil' trolling
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>>5623431
>>You don't like those things being active. You won't be able to bring your drone fleet in until they're powered down, so maybe an infiltration mission is in order.
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>>5623431
>Gron's ship can't make the trip, but yours can. Leave his ship behind and load up all the combat personnel.

Fastest way to get to Gron's people.
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>>5623431
>You don't like those things being active. You won't be able to bring your drone fleet in until they're powered down, so maybe an infiltration mission is in order.
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>You don't like those things being active. You won't be able to bring your drone fleet in until they're powered down, so maybe an infiltration mission is in order.
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>>5623428

After retracting the ship's telescopes, you turn around and head straight back to the Star-Fall.

"Gron, this is Gunny. Come in."

["Captain. What have you found?"]

"Nothing good. Nevermind us, they're shooting down everything that moves out there. We won't be able to bring in you or the drone ships until the station defenses are offline."

["That poses quite a problem. However, with that ship of yours..."]

"Yeah, i was thinking the same thing. Put together a small team, three or four people. We'll manage to get those guns offline somehow or..."

Before you can finish speaking, you notice a shimmer of light appear behind Gron's back.
You don't know what the hell it is, but it can't be good.

"GRON, BEHIND YOU!"

To his credit, Gron immediately reacts. However, his reaction isn't a violent one.
He turns to look over his shoulder, and simply smiles.

At the same time, that shimmer of light fades away, revealing Vex. The man you and Gron had gone to rescue.

["Captain Rockefeller. If you're looking to perform a stealth mission, i'd be glad to help. As thanks for rescuing me."]

Vex looks down at his captain.

["Assuming my Captain is alright with it, that is."]

Gron chuckles.

["Of course. What else are you good for? And i was planning on sending you along anyways. If that's fine with Captain Rockefeller, here."]

"Active camouflage... can't be natural, like Randy. You ain't naked after all. How'd you do it?"

["I tinker, from time to time."] He replies. ["Tools for my trade can be hard to come by."]

Yeah, bullshit. Bending light isn't that easy...
Or, well, you'd say that if you didn't have warp drives and gravity generators on this very ship.

But that's one thing the Metal Gear is missing. You can hide your heat and reactor signatures, but in the end you're still visible.
Optical camouflage...

"I don't suppose you'd be willing to share that tech with us, would you? It would be great if we could apply it to our ship."

["...That would be... difficult, Captain. It's a traditional technique that's been passed down through my family for over a thousand years. We don't teach it to others."]

Yeah, yeah. Of course he won't.
You sigh and roll your eyes reflexively.

Vex seems apologetic. He still wants to pay you back for saving him.

>Fine, he can come along. But i'm gonna work his ass like a mule.
>Stealth missions can degrade into firefights in an instant. Maybe it'd be better if Javan came along Instead.
>...In reality, infiltration doesn't necessarily mean actual stealth. How do you feel about teaming up with me for this one, Gron?
>Write-In?
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>>5624897
>Fine, he can come along. But I'm gonna work his ass like a mule.
>I assume he knows how we do things over here, right? I don't want him shitting his pants if I have to start shooting or throw a few grenades.
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>>5624897
>Fine, he can come along. But i'm gonna work his ass like a mule.
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>>5624897
>Fine, he can come along. But i'm gonna work his ass like a mule.
>I assume he knows how we do things over here, right? I don't want him shitting his pants if I have to start shooting or throw a few grenades.

at the very least we expect the dude to get out of harms way when shit hits the fan
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>>5624897
>Fine, he can come along. But I'm gonna work his ass like a mule.
>I assume he knows how we do things over here, right? I don't want him shitting his pants if I have to start shooting or throw a few grenades.
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>>5624897
>...In reality, infiltration doesn't necessarily mean actual stealth. How do you feel about teaming up with me for this one, Gron?
STEALTH. IS. OPTIONAL
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>>5624897
"I was planning on hitting them hard and fast once the team is on the station. If you can hold your own in a gunfight you're welcome to join in, but don't expect to keep a low profile."
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>>5624897
>>Fine, he can come along. But i'm gonna work his ass like a mule.
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>>5624897
>Fine, he can come along. But i'm gonna work his ass like a mule.

We might figure out his stealth by watching him in action.
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>>5624897

"Fine, i'll take you along. But i'm gonna work your ass like a mule, i hope you know that."

["I... am unsure of what you mean, exactly. However, i promise i won't disappoint."]

"Yeah? That reminds me. You're not afraid of a firefight, are you? I don't want you freaking out on us if i have to start lobbing grenades."

["Again, i am unsure of what a 'grenade' is, but no, i am more than capable of firing a phaser. Not all stealth missions go smoothly, after all."]

"Yeah, you're not gonna be firing a phaser. Don't worry, pistols are dead simple, trust me. Even a toddler can use one."

["...What?"]

"Don't worry about it. Hurry up and dock with us, we don't have all day."

As you close the connection, you hear Vex asking Gron whether or not you're right in the head.

Well, that's neither here nor there.

When the airlock door opens, you're already there waiting for him.
As soon as he steps in, you grab his hand a place a pistol in it.

"1911, chambered in 9mm instead of .45. Extended mag, you'll probably need the extra shots. Subsonic ammo, suppressor, holo sight." You explain, pointing to each part of the gun.

Rather than asking questions, Vex seems to be listening intently and paying proper attention.

"Line up the circle in the middle with your target and pull the trigger to kill. Not stun. Not maim. kill." You explain further

Unholstering your own weapon, you show him how to eject, reload, and rack the slide.

"Understood." He affirms confidently.

Well, at least he's a quick learner.

You hand him a belt with extra magazines, a smoke grenade and a flashbang.
Another short explanation of the grenades and their functions and he's up to speed.

Next, you give him his own set of armor... but he refuses the helmet, saying it'll dull his senses.
So instead, you give him a headset similar to what you'll be using. It's basically just a single headphone and microphone hooked up to a subspace communicator.

"Any questions?" You ask him, watching as he straps on his armor and fastens his belt.

"Just one. Where is my target?" He replies.

"SHODAN." You order.

"Yes, Captain."

SHODAN brings up a 3D map of Xebric station, then draws a line from the shipyard to a point somewhere near the middle of the station.

"The gun controls will be near the docks, but their overrides will be in the administration building." She explains. "You will have to find the exact location on your own."

"That's fine." You sigh. "As long as there's somebody in the building, it shouldn't be too hard to get the info we need."

"Agreed." Vex says, adjusting his gloves. "However, i see an issue. The docks are certain to be heavily guarded. How do you intend to get past security without making a fuss?"
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>>5625565

>Simple, we don't land our ship there. Ever used an EVA pack before?
>We'll have to create a distraction so we can land for a few moments. I have a solution for that, though. (Use a drone strapped with explosives)
>Let's wprry about stealth AFTER we make it onto the station. We can get past the station's lasers with stealth, then cut down anything at the docks with the autocannon.
>Write-In?
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>>5625565
>"Any questions?" You ask him, watching as he straps on his armor and fastens his belt.
>"Just one. Where is my target?" He replies.
God I love working with professionals.
>>5625567
>Simple, we don't land our ship there. Ever used an EVA pack before?
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>>5625567
>Simple, we don't land our ship there. Ever used an EVA pack before?
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>Simple, we don't land our ship there. Ever used an EVA pack before?
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>>5625567
>Simple, we don't land our ship there. Ever used an EVA pack before?
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>>5625567
>>Simple, we don't land our ship there. Ever used an EVA pack before?
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>>5625567
I dunno maaaan, we are too vulnerable if we get there on EVA.
>EXPLOSIVE SUICIDE DRONES
Yeah that's way safer!!!
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>>5625567
>Simple, we don't land our ship there. Ever used an EVA pack before?

Badical
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Sorry i missed the update, boys.
As soon as my head hit the pillow i ended up sleeping for ten hours straight.

I'll get them out as soon as i get some food and coffee in me.
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>>5625565

"Simple" You answer. "We don't land our ship there. Ever used an EVA pack before?"

"I can't say that i have." He replies. "What does EVA stand for?"

"Extra Vehicular Activity."

"Extra vehicular as in... ah. I see. I suppose space ships are technically a vehicle, aren't they?"

"Bingo."

...

It takes about twenty minutes to get the crew together and get everyone suited up.
Your team consists of Yourself, Cylia, Vex and SHODAN.

Sanig is in charge of the ship while you're away, so he's got his armor on and is waiting in the pilot's seat in case any shit goes down.

Vex gets a short training session in the hallway by turning off the ship's gravity before you head out, and although he's very shaky at first, he quickly gets a handle on things.
He seems much more capable than Javan when it comes to this, but at the same time he's also much more human-shaped.

"Alright, you got your extra C02 bottle?" You ask.

"I do."

"Good, let's go."

Stepping out of the airlock, you begin floating freely out into the depths of space.
However, a single quick spurt of gas begins directing you downwards, and you land feet-first on the surface of the asteroid into which Xebric station is built.

Your magnetic boots activate, allowing you to stick lightly to the rocky iron-nickel surface of the asteroid.
The rest of your team follows suit, filing out of the airlock one by one.

From there, you slowly and carefully make your way along the surface, doing your best only to step on metallic patches in order to keep yourself glued down.
Once you're all far enough away, the Metal Gear quietly lifts off and disappears into the darkness, staying out of view of the station's guns.

"Just following me, boys. We're making our way to the docks like this."

["Aye, Captain."]
["Affirmative."]
["Very well."]

It's slow going, mostly because your boots aren't actually sticking all that well. You have to move slowly so you don't end up floating off.
But you get there eventually.

You come up to what looks like a cliff face, but you know is in fact a hole bored straight into the side of the asteroid.
Looking down over the side, you see the force field which holds in the station's atmosphere, and the docks which lay just inside of it.

All around you, mounted to the surface and dotted around the entrance, there are gigantic laser weapons sitting idle, waiting for a target.
Normally they sit underneath the surface to protect them from micrometeorite collisions, but they're all above ground now.

"Alright. We need to walk down there if we want to get inside." You tell your team, pointing over the cliff towards the bottom of the entrance.

["Wait, aren't there cameras watching the entrance?"] Cylia asks.

"Yeah. We'll just have to do our best to avoid them."

["Hold on. I can disable the cameras, if you would allow it."] Vex offers.
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>>5627740

Yeah, he's got active camo. He could get right up close to them without anyone noticing, most likely.
However, disabling the cameras might draw attention. That could be a good or bad thing, depending on the situation.

>Go ahead and disable them, Vex. We'll be behind you, so signal us as soon as it's down.
>I'd rather not mess with them. If we can sneak past the cameras, they won't even know we're here.
>Here, take these explosives and head to the opposite side. Detonate them on my command and it'll create a distraction while we slip inside.
>Write-In?
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>>5627741
Ideally we'd loop the cameras. Ask if Vex is able to do that, perhaps in coordination with SHODAN. If not, perhaps have him slip a bit ahead to get a lay of the land before we proceed with sneaking.
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>>5627741
>Go ahead and disable them, Vex. We'll be behind you, so signal us as soon as it's down.

We spend a lot of time making fun of the ayys for being silly and/or incompetent, but this guy seems to know his shit. And if he's part of Gron's crew he can't be too bad. I like that. I want that. Let's see what he can do
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>>5627741
>>5627794
Support looping cameras. I'd imagine that since Gron's team has been trying to take over Xebric for such a long time that Vex should have some competence in this sabotage.
Otherwise just disable the cameras and we come reacting accordingly to the situation (guns blazing if David has his way).
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>>5627741
this>>5627794
If any FED goon is alive, they will notice the cameras just shutting off
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>>5627741
>Go ahead and disable them, Vex. We'll be behind you, so signal us as soon as it's down.
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>>5627741

You're about to give him the go-ahead when SHODAN interrupts.

["Captain, if i may?"]

"Go ahead."

["I may be able to loop the camera footage, if i am able to gain physical access to the camera equipment. This would likely avoid notice from any security personnel."]

"Alright. Can you, though?"

["I believe so. The cameras sweep back and forth automatically, but their limited field of view leaves blind spots from time to time."]

"And you don't exactly have an issue with precision timing, do you?"

["Correct. I have already run a few simulations, and determined the path i would need to take in order to avoid their view."]

"Alright, go for it. Sorry Vex."

["There is no need to apologize."] He insists. ["If there is a better solution, it should always be considered."]

"Considered, but not taken?"

["Sometimes the optimal solution is also the most predictable one."]

Well, he ain't wrong.

The rest of the squad watches and waits while SHODAN makes her way down the 'cliff' using her EVA pack.
No way she'd make it from here to there by tiptoeing around, so she gave up on walking entirely and instead flies rapidly, close to the surface.

Once she manages to get behind one of the camera outcroppings, she uses brute strength to rip off it's electrical panel.
From there, she stops moving for several seconds before reporting back. You can't quite see what she's doing from here, but she does reach behind her neck for the data umbilical.

["Looping successful, Captain. The data stream was unencrypted, they'll barely notice a flicker."]

["What pathetic security. I would expect more, even from a backwater station."] Vex comments.

"Xebric is less backwater and more frontier."

["Mmm."]

You continue to watch as SHODAN zips back and forth, occasionally stopping in place, seemingly in the middle of everything as cameras narrowly sweep past.
But apparently she knows what she's doing, because no alarms are raised and she's able to make her way over to them one by one.

It barely takes her a few minutes, given her machine-like speed and precision.

["Looping complete, Captain. It is safe to make your way down."]

"Good work, SHODAN. Let's pick up the pace, shall we?"

Disabling your mag-boots, you lift up off the ground slightly as you step off the edge and give a little spurt of gas to get yourself moving downwards.
SHODAN waits for you to arrive and matches your speed, with the rest of the crew not far behind.

You make your way down, and land on the surface-mounted ring through which one of the station's heavy lasers pokes out into space.
It's right by the entrance, with a matching laser on the opposite side. From here, you can see through the station's entry forcefield and to the docks inside.

They seem practically empty. Thirty or forty docks, but barely three or four ships inside, all of which seem to be damaged or destroyed.

"Shit, man. I guess nobody's getting off this rock that easily now. Makes sense the flow of refugees has slowed."
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I hope there's still some uninfected people left.
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>>5628967
Well everyone not drugging their tits off... people that may or may not have their insides on the outside by this point
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>>5628450

["Captain, we may want to take cover."] SHODAN informs you.

"Why, what are we- HOOOOKAY!"

Turning your head, you look where she's looking and see what is quite clearly a federation drone ship coming in for a landing.
The exact same sort that you defeated and subsequently salvaged.

You immediately shuffle behind the turret to hide yourself, along with the rest of the crew.
Poking just your head out, you watch it float past silently.

It's real easy for shit to sneak up on you in a vacuum. Noted.

You watch the drone ship land, and expect to see killbot file out of it one after another.
Instead though, you watch a group of uniformed men file out, with just a few killbots here and there, acting as guards.

"So the feds are here." You grumble.

["What are we gonna do?"] Cyl asks, sounding worried.

"Nothing, for now. They still don't know we're here. SHODAN, can you get me a better view?"

You allow SHODAN to take your place at the edge of the ring, where she uses her mechanical eyes to zoom in on the feds.
She then displays what she sees on the inside of your visors, picture-in-picture style.

Eight fed boys, three killbots. Probably more in the ship if you had to guess.
They're all from different races. Ones you don't recognize, but clearly all predator species.

Bipedal. Smell, dense and muscular-looking. Not too dissimilar from you.
All except for one. He's from a race you've seen before...

Red skin, four arms. Only, he's twice the size of the ones you've seen and even more muscular. His skin is a much darker shade than the rest, as well.
He's wearing armor over his uniform, and has a huge weapon of some sort strapped to his back.

You watch as Big Red orders the rest of the men around, having them unload crates from the ship and place them in the unloading zone.

Meanwhile, a hovercar arrives with two men inside.
An old-looking alien wearing something akin to a formal suit, and a lanky, bug-like man who seems to be his butler.

The butler steps out first and opens the door for the old man, who seems to walk with a cane.
The old man greets Big Red, offering him a slight bow which quickly gets waved off.

Then they start talking.
You can tell, because Big Red is waving two of his arms around, and pointing back at the crates.

"SHODAN, can you transcribe their conversation?"

["Not from this distance, nor this angle. However, they do appear to be distracted."

>Alright, let's head in while they're distracted. If we move quickly we can avoid being seen, and maybe catch a little bit of what they're saying.
>No, better not to risk it. We'll wait for them to leave, or at least load back up onto the ship before we move.
>Vex? You're up, buddy. Get inside and find out what they're talking about.
>Write-In?
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>>5629260
Send Vex in
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>>5629260
>>Vex? You're up, buddy. Get inside and find out what they're talking about.
Time for the Rogue to sneak upon them!
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>>5629260
>Vex? You're up, buddy. Get inside and find out what they're talking about.
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>>5629260
>Vex? You're up, buddy. Get inside and find out what they're talking about.
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>>5629260
>>Vex? You're up, buddy. Get inside and find out what they're talking about.
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>>5629260
>Vex? You're up, buddy. Get inside and find out what they're talking about.
And be careful to keep in cover, feddy (mercs? Special ops?) might have better-made eyeballs than regular folks.
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>>5629260
>>No, better not to risk it. We'll wait for them to leave, or at least load back up onto the ship before we move.

We need to get to Gron's people first. This can wait.
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>>5629260
>Vex? You're up, buddy. Get inside and find out what they're talking about.
The substance of this conversation may decide whether we can risk them leaving this station alive or not, and what kind of heat we can expect both in the near and the later term should we take this station by force.
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>>5629260

"Vex? Looks like you're up. Get in there and find out what they're talking about."

Without even responding, Vex steps forwards and engages his cloak.
You're just about able to track his shimmer as he makes his way towards the forcefield.

["That's crazy..."] Cylia comments. ["I can't see him at all."]

["He is still fully visible in the ultraviolet spectrum."] SHODAN adds. ["However, both the infrared and visible light spectrum are affected."]

"Neat."

Vex waits a while to ensure nobody sees what he's about to do, and the reason is clear once he starts stepping through the field.
As he does so, not only does he temporarily become visible, but the forcefield also reacts somewhat, creating a ripple in it's surface and quite the obvious glow.

He makes it through however, and makes his way forwards.
Now inside the station's atmosphere, he removes his helmet and sets it aside so that he can, according to him, see more clearly.

So what you get from him is bodycam footage rather than helmet cam. That's alright though, it'll do just fine.

Vex ends up getting much closer than you expected him to. He makes his way around the landing platforms and climbs up the side nearest to where he wants to position himself.
Then he keeps his body between the drone ship's landing gear and as many people as possible, trying to reduce his visibility even further.

Looks like he tries to rely on his cloaking as little as possible, despite how good it is.

Eventually he manages to get up to the landing gear itself, where he takes off his body cam and points it towards the fed boys on the landing platform.

["-nd that was what we told him, of course."] The old alien says.

["Yes, well. Kalimex has a habit of indulging a bit too much when he's not on the job. Kindra Station was a mess because of that. We nearly lost ten entire cases."] Big Red replies.

["How unfortunate. Nevertheless, he would not be employed if he couldn't get the job done. In the end, results are all that matters. Isn't that right, Gunnar?"]

So Big Red's name is Gunnar.

["The elders certainly believe so. That's why we're here."]

["And i'm thankful for that. Those lowlives have given us more trouble than they're worth. Their compound is somewhere in the slums, but he haven't been able to find it just yet."]

["Too many mutants?"]

["Yes, far too many. Phaser rifles don't seem to affect them much, and we don't have enough UV lamps to search every nook and cranny."]

Gunnar raps his knuckles against the weapon on his back. You can see it clearly now, but you still aren't certain what it actually does.

["No worries, Elynderr. We came with much more than just phasers. They'll be driven from their nest before long. And then the mutants can have them."]

Elynderr?! That's that fucker! You might still be chilling on Xebric if he didn't have a hard-on for you!
...Although, that might not have turned out so well, now that you think about it.

Still, he tried to fuck you. He has to die.
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Argh!! It's Elynderr!! If only this character weren't featured four threads ago!! I can't remember a single thing about 'em...
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>>5630210
He's Xebric station's administrator.
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>>5630211
Aah... and he is the one responsible for the metal gear getting the impoundment warrant?
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>>5630180
This little puke will die screaming, all of them will.
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>>5630180
This guy might have valuable imtel though.
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>>5630180

"Oh good, that fucker's still on the station."

["Who is it?"] Cylia asks, not having seen him before.

"That's Elynderr. Xebric's administrator, and a priority target for capture."

["...Should we go in now? There's not that many of them. With these guns, we could probably..."]

"No, not yet. We still have to get those lasers offline before we can do anything." You sigh.

["Seems like a shame to let him get away, Captain. Perhaps Vex should tail him for a while?"] SHODAN suggests.

Yeah, that probably wouldn't be a bad idea. Since Elynderr is still around, you'll have to find and capture him eventually anyways.
However, if he goes now, he won't be around to help out with getting the lasers offline.

But between yourself, Cylia and SHODAN, you can probably handle it regardless.
Maybe. Probably.

Honestly, it depends on what you find out there. Station guards are one thing, but the feds are here too, and then there's the redsang addicts...
But, there's every chance Elynderr might get away from you if you don't keep someone on his ass right now. Who knows? He could be leaving the station after this.

>Have Vex track Elynderr while your team continues on to deal with the lasers
>Keep Vex with you and let Elynderr go for now. You'll try and find him later.
>...SHODAN is just as tough and strong as you are, and she has a powerful sensor suite that would let her track him from afar.
>Write-In?
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>>5631194
>Keep Vex with you and let Elynderr go for now. You'll try and find him later.
>Have him help SHODAN sneak aboard the drone ship and rewire the drones working outside, then follow instructions until we set them against the FEDs.
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>>5631219
+1 to this
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>>5631194
Can Shodan further infiltrate the station's network? There's gotta be at least a few functioning cameras left inside the station, and it's pretty likely he'll stick to the more intact sections where less of them have been destroyed.
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>>5631194
>Have Vex track Elynderr while your team continues on to deal with the lasers
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>>5631241
Not wirelessly.
People's tablets are one thing, but the station network actually has decent security.
It's possible to gain access to segments of the station's network if you can gain access to a security terminal somewhere, however.
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Does either the Metal Gear or Star Fall have interdiction capability? If he's going anywhere it'd be off-station; it'd be extremely suspicious if the station was essentially wiped off all inhabitants but the previous administrator carries on in his duties as if nothing happened.
There's only 1 fed ship now; we could intercept it as soon as it passes the station defenses or interdict it.
Though ultimately, I think he's just a bureaucrat following orders and doesn't actually know a whole lot, certainly no more than the guy he is reporting to now. The most problematic information he holds is likely of our existence.
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>>5631194
>Keep Vex with you and let Elynderr go for now. You'll try and find him later.
stick to the plan, people. we can fuck the feds and elynderr later; i mean, they literally have to leave on this ship. we know where he'll be
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>>5631753
The metal gear and star-fall both have interdictors.
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>>5631194
>>Have Vex track Elynderr while your team continues on to deal with the lasers
That's one less character for QM to bother adding into the action
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>>5631194
>Have Vex track Elynderr while your team continues on to deal with the lasers
He seems like he can handle it.
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>>5631194

"Vex, can you hear me?"

["Loud and clear."]

"I want you to track the old man. He's a priority target. Don't let him out of your sight, and report his location regularly. If he starts trying to bail the station, let me know."

["Understood."]

Vex immediately jump into action, making his way back down the side of the platform and taking the long way around to avoid being seen.
He ends up on the other side, and makes his way over to Elynderr's hovercar.

Slowly and quietly, he slides open the back door, opposite to everything going on.
The driver in the front seat is busy watching something on his holopad, and doesn't even begin to notice anything.

Vex then places a tracking beacon on the underside of the driver's seat, and then does something else to the seat that Elynderr will be sitting in shortly...
Although you can't see what he's actually done. It looked like he planted something on it, but whatever it was is too small to make out from your helmet projector.

Finally, he slides the back seat down quietly and slips into the trunk of the vehicle like a snake, closing it up behind him.

The driver doesn't even look up until he feels the weight of Elynderr shifting into his seat some minutes later.
From what SHODAN can see, neither him nor the butler seem suspicious, and they drive off without issue.

Moments after they drive off, you receive a map of the station with a glowing dot on it which is making it's way in a straight line over the city.

"This is them?" You ask.

["Affirmative. Mister Vex has placed a tracking beacon on the car, and has a passive beacon on the man himself."] SHODAN confirms.

"What do you mean by passive beacon?"

["It is a small, hair-like transmitter which reacts only to a certain frequency of radio waves. When washed over by the 'ping' it will respond with a sort of 'echo', returning it's location."]

"Sweet, so he'll be able to find him as long as he's close. Alright, let's leave it to Vex and focus on the task at hand."

The task at hand of course, being the Feds in front of you.
They aren't exactly fucking off as quickly as you'd like. And while you do have a spare bottle of oxygen, you'd rather not have to use it.

>Vex has already shown you the way, and these guys aren't that observant. You shouldn't have any issues getting past them.
>Just observe for a while longer. Maybe you can glean what exactly they're doing, or what sort of equipment they have.
>Write-In?
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>>5632265
>Vex has already shown you the way, and these guys aren't that observant. You shouldn't have any issues getting past them.

We will learn what equipment they have on a firefight!!! Grenades ON
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>>5632265
>Vex has already shown you the way, and these guys aren't that observant. You shouldn't have any issues getting past them.
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>>5632265
>>Vex has already shown you the way, and these guys aren't that observant. You shouldn't have any issues getting past them.
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>>5632265

Gesturing for your team to follow you, you make your way down the same path Vex did, being careful to watch your ass in case anyone else shows up.
You stick carefully to the trenches between the landing pads, making sure nobody's looking down over the side or anything before moving ahead.

But the fed boys appear to be busy unloading the ship, so you don't have to worry about that.
At the far end, opposite of the station entrance, there's a door. Looks like a maintenance tunnel, although you're not sure where it leads.

"SHODAN, you got a map for this one?"

After a short pause, she replies.

"Unfortunately not, Captain. Maintenance shafts and critical infrastructure are typically not recorded in public databases. However, it must lead somewhere."

Yeah, she's right about that.
Unfortunately this door seems to have some sort of retinal scanner.

But you've seen this kind of door a million times, and you know exactly how it works.
Using a sonicator, you cut through the three locking bolts in under a minute and simply slide the door open.

There's nobody inside, so you make your way in with the others trailing behind.

It's an unusually narrow corridor, so you're taking point with your 1911 rather than your rifle.
There isn't much to sweep. A closet here. An alcove there. You're honestly not sure what this hall is for until you reach a set of stairs, which you climb up as quietly as possible.

At the top of those stairs is an unlocked door, which unfortunately opens automatically as you reach for it.
It makes a hissing sound as it does so. Ever so slight, but more than enough to make you cringe as you draw your hand back.

Using a small mirror on a stick, you angle it to look around the room without sticking your head out.
Turns out, that tunnel led straight to the control room, where ships are processed. This is also where the maglock controls are located.

And there's a single, sleepy-looking man hunched over his desk, watching the fed boys do their work through the glass.
You signal for the girls to stay quiet, and inform them that there's someone inside.

>Silent kill. You don't want him alerting anyone.
>Choke him out and tie him up. Someone will find him eventually, but you'll be long gone.
>Try to sneak past him. He's not paying attention, and he's got his back turned.
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>>5633350
>Silent kill. You don't want him alerting anyone.
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>Silent kill. You don't want him alerting anyone.
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>>5633350
>Choke him out and tie him up. Someone will find him eventually, but you'll be long gone.
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>>5633350
>Silent kill. You don't want him alerting anyone.
>Mangle the body after so it looks like mutants got him
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>>5633350
Actually, I want to get info, if he is allowed to live this long, he's heard something.
switch>>5633396
to
>Choke him out and tie him up. Check him for anyway to communicate with the outside incase he tries to snitch, then shake him down for info. Leave him tied up but kill him if he poses a problem.
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>>5633350
>Choke him out and tie him up. Someone will find him eventually, but you'll be long gone.
We go pacifist until things get loud.
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>>5633409
plus we get cylia brownie points for not murdering every problem we have in front of us
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>>5633401
Switching to this.
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>>5633350
Choke him out.
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>>5633350
>>Choke him out and tie him up. Someone will find him eventually, but you'll be long gone.
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>>5633350

Before moving forwards, you carefully unlace your boots and remove them.
Now barefoot, you creep silently towards the man on duty until you're right behind him.

Close enough to take a lock of his hair, if he had any.

You wait for him to raise his chin ever so slightly, and then strike.
Your arm wraps around his throat in an instant, and you lock it in place by grabbing your own wrist with your other hand.

Your bicep bulges as you drag the man out of his chair and down onto the floor, out of sight of anyone who might glance over from the landing pad.
The man's air supply is cut off as you clamp down on his throat, and at the same time so is the blood flow to his brain.

The man snorts as he desperately tries to inhale, and slaps at your arms as he tries and fails to pull them off.
It doesn't even take ten seconds for him to pass out, and you drag him along the floor, back into the stairwell.

"Oh my god, is he dead...?" Cylia asks, looking at the unconscious man with concern.

"Nope." You answer." Just unconscious, for now.

Patting the man down, you discover a communicator of some sort on his belt.
Flipping it on momentarily, you can hear chatter from around the station. Security being directed here and there, reports of mutant activity.

It might be useful, so you turn it back off and clip it to your chest.

Besides that, he's got a phaser pistol... useless in the current situation.
An ID badge. Keel, a security officer belonging to the station's local government.

Not a normal dock worker. This guy is somebody on Elynderr's payroll, probably an asshole.
Well, you're about to find out since he's starting to wake up.

"Oh... shit, what happened?" He groans.

As the man starts to come to, he looks up to see the three of you staring down at him.
In a panic, he reaches for his phaser... only to find it gone.

Realizing this, he sighs out in frustration and lays there, cringing silently.

"Keel. You work for Elynderr?" You ask him.

Refusing to respond, he looks away from you and closes his eyes.
So you jam your thumb into his ribs, which makes him jolt from the pain.

"Don't be a hero, dumbass. Whatever you know isn't worth your life."

"...Fine." He agrees.

"You work for him?"

"Yeah... i do."

"So you know what's going on here? With the mutants? What they're doing to the people on this station?"

"...I know it's being cleared out. I don't know how and i don't want to know, alright?"

"Yeah, yeah. You're so full of shit. Don't pretend you haven't seen what's going on."

Keel remains silent, but you can see the guilt in his eyes.
He knows exactly what they've been doing on this station.

>Tie him up good, and leave him at the bottom of the stairwell. It'll take a while for anyone to find him.
>Interrogate him, see what he knows. (Write in your questions)
>Write-In?
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>>5634160
>Interrogate him, see what he knows.
What triggered the FEDs into purging this station? How long have you been helping the contaminated Redsang get onto the station? How many survivors are still on board? Given the setup your boss has going on, am I right to assume the station will be made to self destruct after whatever the guys at the dock finish loading?
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>>5634160
>Interrogate him, see what he knows.
>step on his hand or leg and add pressure until it breaks or he talks
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>>5634178
That's not a question, anon.
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>>5634182
ah true. im supporting >>5634174
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>>5634174
+1
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>>5634174
+1
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>>5634160
>>Interrogate him, see what he knows. (Write in your questions)

Every piece of information is another finger you get to keep buddy boy.

When did this whole incident start in earnest? What were your orders? Are they going to destroy the station? If so, when? Are there any high value targets? What's the best way to disable the station defenses? How do you feel about shooting down civilians trying to flee the station?
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>>5634174

"Alright shitstain, i'm gonna ask you some questions. Whether you answer me truthfully or not determines how many of your fingers you get to keep. Understood?"

Keel's face goes pale, but he nods in understanding.

"First question. Who ordered the purge and why?"

"...I don't know who ordered it. Could have been Elynderr, could have been the council... but i can guess why." He tells you. "The station wasn't turning a profit anymore."

You gesture for him to continue.

"...Xebric was a major supplier of rare metals, raw ore in bulk... but all the major asteroids have been tapped. Nothing but common elements out here anymore.
There's still plenty of rare metals around, but given the price of fuel... it's too far out from the galactic core to be profitable anymore."

"And that ore was the only reason this station was built so far out to begin with, am i right?" You question.

"I guess? I don't know man, i wasn't here when they built it."

"Alright. Second question, how long have these redsang shipments been coming in? How long did it take for people to start turning?"

"Two years, i guess? Maybe a little longer? Some of the higher ups had been saying things since a while back, but nobody wanted to talk about it..."

"How many survivors left on the station? Civilians, bounty hunters, merchants."

"No clue. Most have been captured and sold, and the rest fled. Anyone left on the station at this point is basically begging to die. There are those pirates, though..."

"What pirates?"

"It's this big group, 'Dark Star' they call themselves. They got wiped out a while back but ended up coming back even stronger, and they've been causing nothing but trouble ever since.
Now they're holed up somewhere in the slums. We can't get to them and they can't get to us, so i don't know what in the eight hells they're doing. Starving, probably?"

Same thing Elynderr said. Somewhere in the slums.
You'll have to make contact with them at some point, they might be able to help out if you give them some gear.

"Alright. And what's the plan once this station is depopulated? What are they going to do with it?" You ask.

"They're gonna space it."

"...What?"

"Space it. They're going to vent the atmosphere, make the whole place uninhabitable so pirates don't come in and claim it."

...Yeah, that'd do it. From what you know, specialized ships are used to haul in massive amounts of liquefied atmosphere during a station's construction.
It's such a pain in the ass to haul it back and forth that it makes more sense to just vent it rather than trying to bring it somewhere else.

And the inside of an asteroid station can be pretty huge, so there's no chance some group of pirates is gonna be able to re-pressurize the place once it's done.
In the first place, they'd need to get the power back on, which means running generators and consuming a shit-ton of antimatter fuel.

It's just not possible. Once a station is spaced, it stays spaced.
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>>5634650
Motherfuckers....
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>>5634650
The stakes just got higher.
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>>5634650
>It's just not possible. Once a station is spaced, it stays spaced.
Awwww we're cutting it fucking CLOSE
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>>5634650
Well shiiiit... so they will simply obliterate anything that's inconvenient. There are no human rights
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>>5634930
>There are no human rights
We on jungle rules out here brother.
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>>5634950
>Jungle Rules
>Vs the talking Ape
Oh these poor bastards have no idea how fucked they are.
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Did you know that if you suck at drawing, like myself, you can just slap a bunch of filters and graphics on your drawing?
Results may vary.
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>>5635331
Damn, nice!
Thanks, anon.
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>>5635334
Thanks. I was looking at the OP image and thought "I made that a while ago, and I can do a little bit better than photobashing now..." and eventually it just spiraled into making a collage of some old scraps I had saved.
I have no idea if it even catches the eye in the catalogue any better.
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>>5635338
Well, we can find out.
It kinda gives me x-files vibes.
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>>5635343
>It kinda gives me x-files vibes.
Given all the conspiracies, myths, and legends we've been tackling lately, I'd say that's very fitting.
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So I forget, did we already decide on a name for the carrier?
I know it's far from being finished, but we might as well get some good ideas going in the meantime.
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>>5635415
The Alabama(or whatever david's home state is)
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>>5635421
Not a bad default option, but I have too much time on my hands so you get the excess drippings of my autism in the form of a list of potential names for the carrier.
>Equal and Opposite
>King's Gambit
>General Lee
>Epistle of Strife
>Crimson Tide
>Alone in the Dark
>Many Like It
>Earnest Toil
>Hearts and Minds
>Enkidu
>To Spite the Face
>Justified
>Brown Bomber
>The Real Deal
>Have Mercy
>Ye of Little Faith
>Idle Hands
>Common Virtue
>Currency of Lives
>Best Laid Plans
>Known But To God
>Sic Semper
>Big Stick
>Will Travel
>Close Encounters
>Phoenix II
>Beckett
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>>5635442
Eminent Domain is my fave BB name
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>>5634650

"Motherfuckers. Whose station do they think this is?" You growl.

Grabbing Keel by the collar of his shirt, you lift him up off the ground and get face to face with him.

"How much longer?" You demand.

"Guh... civvies are already gone... maybe two or three more weeks? Depends oh how much stock they can find..."

So when they're done looting the place.
But there's nothing stopping them from turning off the barrier right now.

You let Keel go, and his back slams into the ground, winding him slightly.

Flipping him over, you plant your foot on his back and wrench his arm around behind him.
After slapping a cuff on one wrist, you grab his other arm and make sure it's cuffed as well.

Then you use a length of paracord to wrap up both his arms and legs before tying them together and removing the handcuffs.
He's clearly uncomfortable and unhappy during all this, but doesn't protest or try to fight it. Seems like he wants to keep his fingers.

Once he's all tied up, you grab him by his ropes and carry him down the stairs like a piece of luggage, tossing him down the last few so that he lands at the bottom of the stairwell.
Back at the top, you huddle with the girls to discuss things.

"So, you heard the situation." You tell them.

"Yes. There is nothing preventing them from spacing the station, should their situation become unfavorable." SHODAN replies.

"Right. So now, not only do we need to get the guns offline, we need to make sure they can't space the place when we do it." You sigh.

"Our target remains the same, Captain. The controls for both the guns and entrance would both be in the administrative building."

"Yeah, but now we're missing Vex. If we split up any further, one of us is gonna be on our own." You note.

"Maybe... maybe we should find the other Dark Star guys first?" Cylia suggests. "They could help us out."

"Yeah, maybe. But then we'd have to get to them first, and get them out. That means fighting through a bunch of redsang mutants.
"Captain. In a worst case scenario, this body is expendable. I am capable of undertaking missions which entail an undue risk without any significant losses."

"I know that, SHODAN. But i still don't like the idea. Just because you won't die, doesn't mean you should let yourself get killed."

"...I am certain you understand the absurdity of your own statement just now, Captain."

>Alright, let's try and bring the Dark Star boys into this. They might be in trouble anyways.
>Once we get to the admin building, we'll have to split up. SHODAN, you go with Cylia. I'll take the guns out myself and you two will guard the station controls.
>Once we get to the admin building, we'll have to split up. I'll go with Cylia and guard the station controls. SHODAN will have to take out the guns on her own.
>Write-In?
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>>5635471
>Once we get to the admin building, we'll have to split up. I'll go with Cylia and guard the station controls. SHODAN will have to take out the guns on her own.
shodan is a big girl, she's more than capable of doing this on her own. plus we can rebuild her if shit hits the fan
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>>5635471
>>Once we get to the admin building, we'll have to split up. I'll go with Cylia and guard the station controls. SHODAN will have to take out the guns on her own.
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>>5635442
>no seahorse
>no fat momma
>no violent daycare
>no wedding crasher

>>5635464
I'm partial to "The Big One".

>>5635471
>Once we get to the admin building, we'll have to split up. SHODAN, you go with Cylia. I'll take the guns out myself and you two will guard the station controls.
Getting Gron's boys in is absolutely vital. I can't in good conscience leave that to anyone else.
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>>5635471
If we take control of the guns, the onus is on them to either retake or disable the guns if they to get off this station. Also, it may be possible to take control of the funds without their knowledge (until it starts firing in them at least).
Also, surely this station has safeguards against hull beaches? There must be automatic bulkheads that will close in the event of a hull breach or a fire?
If they are intending to space and abandon the station, then the cargo they are currently unloading can only be one thing. If we can limit said cargo to one area instead of being dispersed throughout the station, it might make them unable to space the station unless they break containment on the antimatter or try to poke holes with their ship.
What's the status of the FTL comms on this station anyway? We need to make sure they can't get a message out.
In either case, here are my thoughts;
>take control of the admin building
>disable FTL comms (if it's still up)
>disable or take control of guns
>activate emergency bulkheads and isolated the hanger
>bring in the test of our combined crew, disable or destroy the fed ship and its crew
>have part of the crew evacuate the Dark Star personnel to admin building
>wait for our drone ships to arrive to begin cleanup of the station
The Dark Star personnel have survived against mutants and station security for this long, they should manage another hour or two. We'll be the ones dealing with the feds anyway as we're about to draw all their attention with the assault on the admin building
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>>5635471
>Once we get to the admin building, we'll have to split up. SHODAN, you go with Cylia. I'll take the guns out myself and you two will guard the station controls.
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>>5635471
>>Once we get to the admin building, we'll have to split up. I'll go with Cylia and guard the station controls. SHODAN will have to take out the guns on her own.
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>>5635471
>>Alright, let's try and bring the Dark Star boys into this. They might be in trouble anyways.
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>>5635471
>Once we get to the admin building, we'll have to split up. SHODAN, you go with Cylia. I'll take the guns out myself and you two will guard the station controls.
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>>5635421
>>5635442
How about one of these?
The IRS
Atrocity Fountain
Terminal Diplomacy
She’s One of Ours, Sir
Looks Abandoned
Suspicious Activity
International Incident
Probably Swamp Gas
Weather Balloon
False Alarm
Planetary Lobotomy
Apocalypse Soon
Freudian Nightmare
Pointy Stick
Going in Dry
A Strongly Worded Letter
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>>5635471
>>Once we get to the admin building, we'll have to split up. SHODAN, you go with Cylia. I'll take the guns out myself and you two will guard the station controls.
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>>5635471
>Alright, let's try and bring the Dark Star boys into this. They might be in trouble anyways.

We need infantry to hold the position of these controls.
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>>5635471
>Once we get to the admin building, we'll have to split up. I'll go with Cylia and guard the station controls. SHODAN will have to take out the guns on her own.
>>5635442
>>5635464
>>5635522
How about "The American Dream"?
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>>5635701
>How about "The American Dream"?
>the ship is basically going to be used to assault other fed controlled stations and squash any pirates we see along the way. or intimidate anyone we don't like. or basically do any space war crime we can get away with.
better go with "The Manifest Destiny" then
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>>5635747
The Tea Party. Because fuck this space gubment
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>>5635471
>>>Once we get to the admin building, we'll have to split up. SHODAN, you go with Cylia. I'll take the guns out myself and you two will guard the station controls.
This is way funnier, mostly because only has to write David POV which means one less character to write into the update
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And guys, the ship has to feature botched latin, since david is from gringoland after all.
>ONUS PROBANDI
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>Frank Exchange of Views
>Ethics Gradient
>Of Course I Still Love You
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>>5636137
Ethics Gradient is surprisingly hilarious.
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How about
>Independence
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>>5636137
Considering what we're making Battlestar Galactica might not be a bad name. Although maybe that would fit better with a battleship class.

>>5636422
Liberty could also work
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>>5635442
>General Lee
Only if it's painted in kind. There's also
>Ultima Ratio Regum
>Ultra Vires
>GUN
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>>5635471

After thinking on it for a moment, you decide that dealing with this situation now is better than the alternative.
If you get the guns down and the station secured, your killbots and Gron's crew will be able to find and secure the other Dark Star members without issue.

So right now, all you need to worry about is getting to the administration building, near the center of the asteroid.

"We're going in alone. It's a little risky, but what's worse is having the station destroyed just to spite us."

"If you insist, Captain." SHODAN replies. "We will simply make do with what we have."

"Yeah..." Cylia chuckles nervously.

"Once we get to the admin building, we'll have to split up. SHODAN, you go with Cylia. I'll take the guns out myself and you two will guard the station controls." You instruct.

"How are we supposed to get there, though?" Cylia asks.

"There are a few options." SHODAN explains, showing a 3D map of the station. "One, we use the streets. Although that will mean fighting through mutants, we are unlikely to encounter others."

"Yeah, i don't think that's a great idea..." Cylia grumbles.

"Two, we find our way into the dead space between levels." She continues.

"What do you mean by dead space?" You ask.

"Simply put, they are hollow space between each level of the station. Although they contain critical infrastructure such as power lines and sewage pipes, they remain mostly empty."

"So what are the downsides?"

"Few hiding places, and the station's staff are likely working out of there. There are few entrances and exits, so it's easily defensible. We would likely need to force our way inside."

"Breaking through a heavily guarded barricade doesn't sound like the best option either, if i'm being honest." You sigh.

"Then, there is one more option." She offers. "Sabotage."

"...What are we sabotaging?"

"The station's main gravity generator. It's not far from here, and if destroyed it would allow for free 3D movement via our EVA packs. However, air resistance would still pose a problem."

"You mean we'd run out of gas eventually."

"Correct, Captain. After that, movement will be much more difficult. However, the mutant threat will be significantly lessened."

"And what's to stop them from spacing the station if we do that?"

"That's the next thing. We need to make it look like an accident." She explains.

"Alright, i'm listening."

"..."

"Well?"

"I am uncertain." She admits. "There are many variables at play, here. Many uncertainties. Too complex a plan may come unraveled before it can be implemented."

"So you're saying to just wing it?"

"Essentially, Captain."

Yeah, that's three not great options.
Come on, Gunny. Think for a minute. All you've gotta do is get over there. How hard could it be?

>Use the streets. A little fighting never killed anyone.
>Find an entrance to the dead space and force your way in.
>Blow up the gravity generator and hope for the best.
>Write-In?
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>>5636837
>Use the streets. A little fighting never killed anyone.
its also a good moment to see what the mutants can actually do
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>Blow up the gravity generator and hope for the best.
This is assuming SHODAN and Kyla have the know-how and capability to restore the gravity generator later. Sabotage ahoy!

Does David and Vex have the warp-communicator devices? When the mutants start flying, shit is gonna get real.

>>5635655
>>5635415
Seconding False Alarm
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>>5636876
Yes, your whole crew has subspace communicators. They aren't hard to make.
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>>5636837
>>Use the streets. A little fighting never killed anyone.

Rip and Tear has rarely failed us.
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>>5636837
>Use the streets. A little fighting never killed anyone. But make sure there are no security cameras on the path.
>We can rig the Gravity Generator to blow after we secure Admin and destroy the main guns.
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>Use the streets. A little fighting never killed anyone.
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>>5636837

You mull things over for a moment, rubbing your temples as you feel a migraine coming on.
And then your brain shuts off entirely, because you reach the obvious conclusion in a situation like this.

Keep it simple, stupid.

Breaking into a fortified position? Blowing up the gravity generator?
What the fuck, man. There's no need for all that.

"We're taking the streets. If we have to kill a few mutants then so be it. It's not like we're fucking unarmed." You order.

Taking your rifle to hand, you crouch down so that you're below the level of the glass in the control room and make your way to the side door.
The girls follow right behind you, and take position on either side of the door.

Fortunately you're on the correct side of the door this time, so you're able to simply open it without an eye scan, fingerprint, passcode or anything else.
The door slides open, and the three of you file through, being careful of anyone or anything that might be outside.

There's nothing, so you make your way around the backside of the building before you're spotted.

From there, it's a stretch of open land leading to an electrified dividing fence, on the other side of which is the rest of the station.
You're supposed to go through the main gate when you come through the port, but the gate is right out in the open, in full view of everyone.

So instead, you use your sonicator to cut a hole out of the chainlink, big enough to fit through.
There's an electrical arc as you kick the cut-out section of fencing loose, which makes a bit of a flash... but you don't think anyone saw.

Ducking through the hole in the fence, you make your way out into the street.
These are streets mainly meant for walking rather than driving, so they're somewhat narrow and lack any markings.

Besides an unusual amount of trash and the occasional bloodstain, you don't see any people or even mutants here.
You guess it's been cleared out, since they still need to use the docks to transport people and cargo off the station.

And in fact, it seems like not only has it been cleared out, but they've fortified the place as well.

As you look down the streets which weave between each multi-story building, you can see a blue glow stretching up three or for stories on each of them.
When SHODAN zooms in to get a closer look at them, you see that they appear to be portable force-fields of some sort.

"What the hell, what are these?" You grumble.

"Exactly what they look like, Captain. Barriers. Often used to close off roads during construction, divide areas and restrict the movement of unruly mobs." SHODAN explains.

"Well can we shut them down?"

"Easily. They are run by antimatter generators, so simply removing the micro-bottle will remove the forcefield. However, leaving it that way may not be ideal."

Yeah, not only would that mean the docks aren't secure, it would also mean them eventually finding out there's an enemy running around.
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>Fuck it, let's just yoink the bottle and go. We can put it to use later if we need to.
>Let's try and get around it instead. If we head into one of these buildings, i bet we can get up to the roof.
>Cylia, do you think you can just parkour your way over the barrier after we pass through? I want to keep it active.
>Write-In?
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>>5637150
>Write-In?
>SHODAN, can you grab and jump us to the top of the building?
the gravity should be low enough and SHODAN's skeleton is overnegineered enough that it should be possible
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>>5637156
SHODAN is stronger than you, but not that much stronger.
You'd be better off jumping on your own, which is an option.

Or you could take the stairs.
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>>5637150
>Cylia, do you think you can just parkour your way over the barrier after we pass through? I want to keep it active.
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>>5637161
ah, fine, changing to
>Cylia, do you think you can just parkour your way over the barrier after we pass through? I want to keep it active.
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>>5637151
>Cylia, do you think you can just parkour your way over the barrier after we pass through? I want to keep it active.
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>PARKOUR
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>>5637151
>parkour
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>>5637151
>Fuck it, let's just yoink the bottle and go. We can put it to use later if we need to.
Antimatter bottles are the real currency in this world. He who holds the power literally holds the power.
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>>5637151
>Cylia, do you think you can just parkour your way over the barrier after we pass through? I want to keep it active.

Low profile.
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>>5637151
>Cylia, do you think you can just parkour your way over the barrier after we pass through? I want to keep it active.

We should place a remote charge to disrupt it if shit goes sideways and we need to get out. Assuming we have some.
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>>5637150

As you approach the wall of light, you see what SHODAN was talking about.
The "portable generator" powering it is portable in the sense that it fits on a hovercart, but it can't be lifted by one or two people.

There's a thick umbilical cable running from the generator to the frame of the barrier, which is also covered by the shield itself.
It looks like it could be disconnected with some effort, but the easier method is just removing the antimatter bottle.

Looking at the generator, it's controls seem to be largely analog, just on or off. There's nothing complicated about it, at least externally.
You pull the ejection handle, and the generator shuts off before automatically ejecting the nearly-spent antimatter bottle.

Fortunately you don't need to grab it with your hands, as it's glowing yellow-hot. That'd probably burn even through your gloves.

"Alright, we're gonna head through. Cyl, i want you to re-engage the barrier and jump over. Can you do that for us?"

"Sure, no problem." Cylia replies, giving you a thumbs up.

Doing just that, you walk across with SHODAN and Cylia puts the barrier back up.
She then makes a vertical leap, the station's low gravity allowing her powerful legs to launch her more than high enough to reach the second floor balcony of a building above her.

Pulling herself up, she stand on the edge of the balcony and hops up another floor.
But that's when you notice trouble coming your way.

From the direction of the port, you see two men making their way over to the generator. They must be here to change out the bottle.
They're busy talking to eachother at the moment, but it won't be long before they notice you.

Cylia's not in a great spot for this, either. It's probably best if she just hides. You tell her as much over the radio in order to avoid shouting.

>Just run for it. You're on the opposite side of the barrier, they probably aren't going to bother chasing you.
>Try to bust down the front door of one of these apartments and hide inside. They'll might hear the noise, but they won't see you unless they check it out.
>Stay next to the barrier and wave for 'help'. Distract them as much as possible while Cylia ambushes them from above.
>Write-In?
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>>5638407
>Just run for it. You're on the opposite side of the barrier, they probably aren't going to bother chasing you.
This are not the FED feds, just regular aliens. They are instructed to keep the barriers running and their smooth brains aren't creative
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>>5638407
>Write-In?
>have shodan hack/lockpick open one of the apartment doors
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>>5638407
>have shodan hack/lockpick open one of the apartment doors
Good write in
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>>5638407
>Have shodan hack/lockpick open one of the apartment doors
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>>5638407
>>Stay next to the barrier and wave for 'help'. Distract them as much as possible while Cylia ambushes them from above.
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>>5638407
>>5638417
Support write in economy
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Sorry boys, but i'm currently coughing up blood and mucus.
I tried to sit down and write, but it feels like my head is going to explode.

I'm so tired. I just want to sleep.
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>>5639454
Well that doesn't sound great. Don't die, boss. Take a seat.
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>>5639454
That sounds bad, you should probably see a doctor.
Also, check if you have a fever.
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>>5639454
The curse is merciless man be safe.
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>>5639454
Remember to hydrate and don't worry about us. We aren't going anywhere.
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>>5639454
shit man, hydrate and eat/sleep when you can. Listen to your body if you start feeling like you need to visit the ER.
Wishing you the best
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>>5639454
Best to get better and think of us only after you are doing good
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>>5639454
Don't die on us big man, drink some juice and get well soon.
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>>5638407

Moving quickly, you pull SHODAN with you up one of the apartment stoops, but find that it's locked.
Most likely, all of them are. They're all networked after all, and you're pretty sure station police have access to them.

"SHODAN, can you get this door open?"

In response, SHODAN rears back her fist to break the lock, only for you to stop her.

"Quietly!" You whisper. "The lock! Hack the damned lock!"

SHODAN glances over at the station guards walking your way, and judges that there may still be enough time to get away with it.
Pulling the data umbilical out of the back of her neck, she plugs it into the smart lock's data port. A few seconds pass, and it beeps a little jingle at you as it's display turns green.

SHODAN quickly unlocks the door and pulls you inside by the arm before shutting it behind you.

"Are we all clear?" You ask Cylia over the radio.

["You're clear... they don't seem to have noticed."] Cylia whispers.

Cylia grabs her bodycam and points it down over the balcony ledge, allowing you to see what they're doing just below her.
As expected, they're there to replace the nearly-depleted antimatter bottle.

Once they're done chatting, one man checks the opposite side of the barrier to ensure it's clear, and then the other ejects the bottle.
He winces from the heat as it ejects, and uses a pair of tongs to pull it out and place it inside an insulated carrying case.

That same carrying case was also holding the replacement bottle, which is then inserted into the machine, re-activating it.

["That's a brand new grain of antimatter..."] Cylia whispers. ["It would make a pretty big bomb if we took it."]

"We're trying to keep the station intact this time, Cyl."

["Things don't always go to plan though. Isn't that what you told us?"]

"Nevertheless, we're leaving it. The longer we stay hidden, the easier this is gonna be for us. Just stay hidden there until they leave."

["Alright."]

Unfortunately the two men take their time talking some more after their 'work' is done. Some mundane bullshit about a new show on space cable.
Either way, they're lingering around for a bit longer, so you're stuck here for a minute.

...Man, these apartments kind of suck.
Everything is just stainless steel and aluminum for the most part.

Even the floors are just metal tile. You'd settle for wood grain vinyl.

Sitting down on the couch with a sigh, you find it uniquely uncomfortable in that it somehow manages to be both too large and too small at the same time.
This is some of that furniture that was designed to fit as many different races as possible. It sucks ass.

As you try your best to lean back and relax for a moment on the oversized seat cushion, you could swear you hear a slight noise coming from one of the other rooms.

"...SHODAN, did you hear that?"

"...Yes. A slight noise, barely audible above background. Is it worth investigating?"
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>>5640043

>Nah, the guards haven't fucked off yet. If there's something in there, you don't want it making any noise.
>Yeah, let's check it out. Those bozos outside are barely doing their job anyways, you doubt they'd care even if you started ripping the place apart.
>Write-In?

Also just an update, i'm not doing so hot right now.
I don't know if i'll be able to update tomorrow. If i don't start getting better by then, i may end up checking myself into a hospital.
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>>5640045
Take care of yourself man praying for you.
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>>5640045
Get some of the adult pedialyte stuff and rest.
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>>5640045
>Keep an eye on the direction the noise came from, and have Cylia keep lookout from her side, then wait to investigate after the goons leave.
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>>5640045
>Write-In?
>SHODAN, can you activate your full spectrum eyes and see if they're looking at us? last thing we want is them making noises by trying to ambush us

damn boss, take care
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>>5640045
Dont you dare put this quest above your own health. Take a break if you have to
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>>5640045
Yeah, you made it pretty obvious you weren't in good health. As a former blood-cougher myself, you should take it easy if you're coughing blood. Board's pretty slow, the quest will still be here when you get back.
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>>5640045
>>Write-In?
>>Cumputer, scan. Zoom in and enhance all that
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>>5640045
>>Yeah, let's check it out. Those bozos outside are barely doing their job anyways, you doubt they'd care even if you started ripping the place apart.
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>>5640045
>>Yeah, let's check it out. Those bozos outside are barely doing their job anyways, you doubt they'd care even if you started ripping the place apart.
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>>5640045
Will the CDC glowies be stacking up at your front porch again? lol

Take care boss
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>>5640856
Probably not. I'm doing my best to get better.
I'll probably have an update out today.
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>>5640045

Getting up off the couch, you get your rifle ready and form up on the door together with SHODAN.
Throwing the door open, you find a closet full of half-eaten clothes... and some kind of small animal.

I looks like a purple, semi-translucent ball of jello, and it's got a pair of pants sticking out of it's mouth, which it appears to be chewing on.
It has few distinguishing features, except for a stony-looking ball and a few non-distinct blobs that might be organs, which are floating around inside of it.

This is... probably just someone's pet, you're guessing.
You sigh out as you relax, swinging your rifle back around to your side.

"...Any idea what that thing is?" You ask.

After a moment, SHODAN replies.

"Orblet. A type of semi-intelligent slime mold, often kept as a pet due to it's tendency to eat dust, hair and trash." She responds, sounding almost like a pokedex. You're pretty sure that was on purpose.

"Is it dangerous?"

"Not at all, Captain."

"Huh."

You poke at the little critter, and note that it's surface feels kinda like the skin on a bowl of jello. Only a bit tougher.
In response to your prodding, it trills quietly.

"...Can you eat it?"

"Records show that Orblets often contain lethal doses of toxins due to regularly eating trash, which causes it to build up in their bodies. Although safe to touch, ingestion is not recommended.*

Huh. These things might make a good pet for Gildur. Could help keep the ship clean, too.
Kinda like having a cat on an old sailing ship. Keeps it clean.

But, you'll have to come back to that later.

["Captain, they're leaving. I'm coming over now."] Cylia informs you.

You get to watch from her perspective on your helmet's HUD as she hops up to the fourth floor balcony, then jumps across to the building on the other side of the barrier.
From there, she climbs down two more stories and makes the final jump from quite high up, landing in a roll to break her fall.

Opening the apartment door, you take a quick look around and don't see anything else coming.
Now back together, you begin making your way down the street again, headed towards the center of the station.

>Roll me 1d10
>First three only
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Rolled 9 (1d10)

>>5640960
Sneaky beaky like
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Rolled 3 (1d10)

>>5640960
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Rolled 2 (1d10)

>>5640960
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>>5640960
For a moment I thought those were 1d100 and i shat my pants. Well no I didn't I am phoneposting in the bathroom
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>>5641055
That is just about the best time to shit yourself
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>>5641071
.....what the fuck happened?
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>>5641081
Shit happened.
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>>5641071
I can't think of a better time, really.
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>>5641142
When you need to fill the flinging bucket for the enemies besieging your settlement.
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>>5640974
Nice.
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Sorry, i woke up very late.
Working on the update now.
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>>5640960

You find yourself at a crossroads. Four paths, and three of them have a big damned problem.
Every road except the one you're on has at least one mutant stumbling around in the midst of it.

The road directly ahead would be ideal as it leads further into the station, but there's something that looks like an overgrown crustacean blocking the path.
It bumps into a hovercar sitting in the street, and immediately becomes furious. You watch as it smashes the car with it's claw, crushing the cab inwards before clamping down on it and ripping chunks out like they were cardboard.

The whole thing is reduced to scrap metal in minutes, which promptly bursts into flames as the electronics short circuit.

Meanwhile, the side streets aren't much better.
The left street sports a pack of overgrown werewolf-looking motherfuckers, who are currently in the middle of disemboweling a mutant of some other race.

"Oh god... are they eating it's liver?" Cylia asks, seeming like she wants to vomit.

And the right street, well, you don't know what the hell that thing is. It sports the same blotchy reddish skin as the other mutants, but... from what you can tell, it looks like a gigantic fucking tumor is overtaking that street, and the buildings around it.
The only upside that you can see there, is that you can't see anything moving over there, so maybe you won't have to fight at all if you go that way. Hopefully.

"Shit, which way do we go?"

"Forwards is the shortest path, Captain." SHODAN points out.

You watch as the shrimp-monster foams at the mouth and smashes a hole in the side of a concrete building.

"Yeah, i bet." You mutter.

You're pretty well stocked right now. You've got guns, grenades, armor... enough ammo to last a while.
But there's only so much you can carry on foot. Your supplies won't last you forever, so you need to make them count.

With that in mind... Which way do you go?

>Straight. (Shrimp Man)
>Left. (Werewolves)
>Right. (Tumor Town)
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>>5641965
Left.
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>>5641965
>Right. (Tumor Town)
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>>5641965
>Straight. (Shrimp Man)
Straight-forward problem with straight-problem solution. Cook the bastard.
Also, couldn't we take to the rooftops? We could by-pass the threats, or at the very least, make it more difficult for the shrimp to get to us.
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>>5641985
The rooftops are not all the same height, so it's not as simple as jumping across them.
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>>5641965
>Straight. (Shrimp Man)
Stop making me hungry, Cochrane. Itadakimasu!
https://youtu.be/kebXzYZIn7U
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>>5641965
>Straight. (Shrimp Man)

At least he can't flank us.
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>Straight. (Shrimp Man)
We have AP ammo right? If not, shoot for the eyes and then flank for massive damage
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>>5641965
>>Straight. (Shrimp Man)
Forrest Gump Style.
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>Straight. (Shrimp Man)
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>>5641965
>>Straight. (Shrimp Man)
We lead the shrimp man into the werewolves!! Or the tumour...
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>>5642309
I'm down for that, do we have a little trinket or toy (or flash grenade) we can toss to make them converge somewhere so they would meet and fight?
Hopefully not where we are.
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>>5641965

"Alright, we're going straight ahead. Everyone check your rifles before we move in."

Your girls take a moment to ensure they're locked and loaded, and you begin slowly making your way towards the shrimp-man.
It's currently busy throttling the life out of a light pole, and hasn't noticed your presence.

You post up behind another hovercar while Cylia crouches behind a light pole, and SHODAN jumps up onto a balcony to aim down on him.
On your mark, every last one of you opens fire, with nearly all of your shots hitting home.

Only, they don't seem effective. Instead, the shrimp-man seems furious, and ends up ripping the light pole out of the ground entirely, where it begins swinging it like a bat, shattering the front wall of an apartment building.

"BLACK TIPS!" You shout, changing mags in an instant.

Now loaded with armor-piercing rounds, you fire on the shrimp man once again as it rushes you.
The diamond-tipped bullets pierce the shrimp-man's shell easily, punching straight into him and filling his body full of holes.

Blue blood leaks from his wounds as he collapses mid-stride, sliding across the pavement and coming to a stop right in front of you.
His body shoves the hovercar sitting in front of you, causing it to slide and bump into you, nearly knocking you over.

Man, if that didn't work, it might have been bad...

Sighing out, you stand up and walk around to look at the thing's corpse.
It's spotty and red, like the others. But looking at it closer, it's shell is flaking off... and it's full of holes as well.

There's also a number of small tumors popping out through the gaps in it's shell, indicating that it's genome is probably unstable.

"Shit, these things are falling apart all on their own." You mutter.

Cylia and SHODAN also come over to check the thing out.
As they're looking it over, you notice it's claw twitch, just for an instant out of the corner of your eye.

And then it moves.
You don't know how, with as many holes as you put in it, but the damned thing moves.

It swings it's claw at Cylia, and you barely have time to react and shove her out of the way.
Crossing your arms, you block the blow, but are knocked clean off your feet and through the air by the force.

SHODAN and Cylia immediately begin firing rounds into it's body, to no effect...
And as you land on your back, to slide to a stop against the pavement.

The shrimp-man swings it's claw again, this time at SHODAN, who manages to take the blow by locking her frame.
You watch as her duranium-reinforced heels dig into the pavement, and she slides back on her feet despite not budging an inch.

The Shrimp is about to use it's other claw to snip at her. Even if it doesn't cut her in half, the damage isn't going to be good...

>Aim for the claw
>Aim for the head
>Write-In?
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>>5642849
>>Aim for the claw
Even if we get the head, the swing won't stop.
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>>5642851
It's not a swing, he's about to snip at her with his claw.
Like a pair of scissors.
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>>5642849
>Aim for the claw
Let's make sure it can't lacerate our crew before we put it down for good.
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>>5642849
Aim for the joint.
If it's anything like a crab/lobster claw we may be able to sever the flat, bone-like thing they have that their muscle attaches to.
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>>5642849
>>Aim for the claw

Getting some Deadspace vibes.
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>>5642849
>Aim for the claw
Deadspace time. We gotta curb stomp em.
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>>5642849
>>5642868
Aim for the claw, or smoke that joint B)=~
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>>5642849
>Aim for the claw
These fuckers are like resident evil zombies, brains and eyes in limbs or some shit.
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>>5643052
Oh yeah, that's another thing we gotta introduce to the crew. The Human tradition of inhaling burnt carcinogens and psychotropics!
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>>5642849

Still laying on your back, you level your rifle over your stomach and fire into the shrimp-man's claw, aiming for what you hope is the flat, bone-like bit inside which all of the claw's muscle is attached to.
You manage to get four or five shots off on it before the claw wraps itself around SHODAN's body and clamps down... to no effect. Fortunately, the claw has indeed lost all of it's strength.

SHODAN unlocks her frame, performing a slight spin and allowing the shrimp-man to stumble forwards as he continues pressing into her space.
At the same time, she raises her right arm and drops her elbow down on the already-damaged claw wrapped around her body, shattering the exoskeleton and damn near tearing of off his body.

But it's still coming for her.
These things, it's like they don't feel pain at all.

Nor are they afraid of dying.

SHODAN is about to resort to using her hand laser, when Cylia sprints forwards and hops up onto the monster's back.
She shoves her rifle's barrel right up against it's head and opens fire, using the expanding gas to blow open the wound channel.

The monster's whole body shakes and convulses as she mag-dumps into it's brain and down into it's torso, obliterating it's head entirely...
And then it falls. Slowly, with quite a thud on impact. And Cylia just rides the corpse to the ground.

Both you and Cylia are left panting heavily from the adrenaline, while SHODAN checks her own body for damage.

As for you, there's a slight twinge in your right arm from where you'd blocked it's blow earlier, and you've got a little bit of road rash as well...
But besides that, you're alright. So you hop right back up and rush over to the girls, to make sure they're alright.

"Roll call! Everyone good?"

"Y-Yeah, i think i'm good..." Cylia replies, her voice shaking slightly as she looks down at the think she just killed.

"All systems nominal, Captain."

"Alright. Good... but FUCK, MAN! What the hell was that!"

You used more ammo than you would have liked on that.
After redistributing, you and Cylia have two mags of black tips left. SHODAN has four.

You hope you don't run into too many more like that...

"Captain, we have company." SHODAN informs you, tapping your shoulder and pointing ahead, in the direction you're supposed to be going.

It's another mutant. About the size of a dog, and covered in sharp quills. It stumbles out of an alleyway, knocking over garbage cans as it goes.
You don't hesitate to fire, blowing it's damn head off in an instant. Two more rounds in the body, around the heart and lungs, to ensure it's dead.

These things are way more resilient than they have any right to be.
There's no way most aliens could possibly fight against them. They really do intend to make this station uninhabitable forever.

Well, you don't know if they can survive a vacuum or not...
But Princess can, so it's not like it's impossible. And that's an unpleasant thought.
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fuck me, we need armor piercing, explosive rounds to safely deal with these assholes. or maybe some really precise shots to the brain
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>>5643673
fuck that, we need Princess rampaging on the station. She's fat too. David's pet is not combat ready at all
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>>5643673
That sounds like plasma. I think we made the right call with the plasma cannons.
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>>5643726
plasma is complicated™, and you need to have a ton of complicated and fragile machinery in your hands. it might be useful right now, but it worries me as a long term solution
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>>5643745
Flamethrower. Even if it won't kill them very quickly, they can't see, smell, or hear while they are engulfed in flames. And it probably would still kill them pretty quickly. Smoke inhalation is no joke.
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>>5643841
sure, but there is a non zero chance that we will get the scenario where a shrimp monster grabs us and tries to squish us, but this time is on fire. i dunno about you, but i don't wanna run that risk
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>>5643980
If you can't avoid getting grappled by something with all of its senses cut off then you deserve it.
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Just get SHODAN to print us some M41A's and 10x24mm caseless
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>>5644164
What about if we used the G11 and its caseless ammo instead?
https://youtu.be/QGKcvM2Hh4g
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>>5643447

Not wasting any time, you continue along the road before any more mutants show up.
Before long, you come up to a gigantic wall.

Although it's covered with a layer of concrete for aesthetics, this wall is actually made from the original material of the asteroid.
They're spaced out every so far, and exist to give the asteroid some internal structural support.

Unfortunately, that also means that the road here goes through a tunnel.

The lights appear to be off inside.
Shining your flashlight inside, you can see the corpses of a few aliens deeper inside the tunnel, along with a burned-out hovercar.

This wall seems to be the cutoff point.
Not only have they not cleaned up past here, they also seem to have shut off the power.

No point in wasting antimatter fuel on people who aren't living here anymore, you guess.

Cautiously, you progress through the tunnel.
The lights on your rifles sweep back and forth as you search around for any signs of life.

A small, rat-like creature can be seen chewing on one of the corpses, but there's nothing else so far.

"I don't like this." You growl. "It's too quiet."

There are maintenance tunnels on either side of the main shaft, and who knows where they lead. Anything could be in there.
Each one you pass makes you more and more nervous. Something could pop out behind you at any moment.

"SHODAN. Cover our 6."

"Affirmative, Captain."

SHODAN immediately turns around and begins walking backwards, keeping pace with the rest of you while covering your ass.
You continue to move forwards slowly as the tunnel curves, scanning the walls and... the ceilings. Shit.

As you go deeper inside, you spot holes in the ceilings as well, but these ones aren't manmade. Bits of the concrete facade have been busted out, and they seem to lead into the natural holes and tunnels in the asteroid's surface.
Maybe they got in from somewhere else and made their way here, you don't know. But there's definitely something inside those tunnels. And that means they could be anywhere on the station.

"Keep an eye out above you. And at your feet." You warn, moving forwards.

It doesn't take long for you to hear chittering and chirping.
It sounds like insects to you.

And then, you spot movement in one of the side tunnels.

"Contacts." You call out calmly.

Whatever was there is gone by the time you make it to the side tunnel and look down it. It drops down some ways and then curves back up, possibly following a natural tunnel as it was built.
What is left behind however, is a pile of eggs that has been laid in the chest cavity of a particularly mangled corpse. Looks like something had been chewing on it.

>Investigate the eggs further
>Destroy them. You don't want them hatching later
>You have more important shit to worry about, like getting out of here. Leave them and move on.
>Write-In?
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>You have more important shit to worry about, like getting out of here. Leave them and move on.
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>>5644275
>Destroy them. You don't want them hatching later
We're gonna have to deal with this pest infestation at some point if we're taking over, might as well try and curb it now.
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>>5644275
>Investigate the eggs furth
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>>5644275
>Investigate the eggs further
at the very least lets ask shodan if she knows who the eggs belong to, before deciding what to do with them
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>>5644275
>Destroy them. You don't want them hatching later
>Throw a chunk of concrete.
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>>5644275
>You have more important shit to worry about, like getting out of here. Leave them and move on.

Probably stuff like this everywhere. The main forve is for the cleanup. Gotta secure the atmosphere and air defense to get them in here.
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>>5644275
>>Investigate the eggs further. By taste
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>>5644402
Je-je-je-jesus Christ!
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>>5644402
>local anon literally too manly to survive
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>>5644275
>Investigate the eggs further
If these things can breed, even if parasitically, it'd be one hell of an obstacle to overcome if we are to make this place habitable again. Might have to nerve gas or cook the entire asteroid, just to be sure.
This is one hell of a bioterror weapon. If I were less ethical I'd commandeer it for use against the Feds; an eye for an eye and all that.
We should properly document and find enough evidence to expose the link between the Feds and such a bio-weapon, it'd be one heck of a trump card to have in our hand. This clearly isn't the first time they've used it.
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>>5644275

These eggs could be a potential issue later, and you decide it would probably be a good idea to at least get a look at them while you have the chance.
Carefully approaching the corpse, you shine your light down onto the eggs and get a closer look.

They've been laid in the chest cavity, with minced organs piled up around and inbetween them, almost like a nest.
The eggs themselves are light green and largely translucent. You can see some sort of embryo stirring inside each one.

And they all have the same red, mottled skin as the other mutants.

"Eugh." Cylia recoils. "That's... horrible. Why do something so disgusting?" She asks.

"Simple. It's leaving a meal for it's babies." You reply. "They'll be hungry when they hatch."

"Oh gods, there's gonna be even more of these things?"

You sigh as you crouch down and start poking at one of the eggs with your knife.

"Maybe. I hope not, though. Maybe the nanomachines will kill them before they can hatch."

As soon as you start poking the egg, you hear a chittering sound come from deeper inside the side-tunnel.
Your eyes narrow as you hear it. You don't look up, but you slowly place your hand on your sidearm.

Pretending to unaware, you poke at the egg even harder, causing it's leathery shell to burst open.
As the insect embryo inside is exposed to air, it twitches momentarily... before letting out a pained screech.

In an instant, you see a blur charging at you from the darkness. It's clinging to the ceiling.
You draw your pistol and fire on it, emptying 13 rounds from your pistol, mostly into the ceiling around it as it zigs and zags wildly.

But two of the shots land, and are enough to cause the creature to lose it's grip on the ceiling.
However, it then proceeds to surprise you by jumping almost as soon as it lands, using a large pair of wings to accelerate mid-air towards you.

At the same time, it thrusts it's abdomen forwards and tries to stab at you with some kind of stinger on the end of a whip-like tail.
You just barely dodge the stinger as it flies past your head, and stab your knife deep into the insect's body.

It's own momentum carries the knife clean through it's length, thanks in part to the fact that you used the nanofab to sharpen it's edge at an atomic level before the mission started.
The insect lands on it's back, flailing wildly and shrieking in pain as it bleeds out on the floor.

SHODAN quickly steps up and plants the tip of her rifle against it's head, then fires.
It's head is blown off, but it continues to flail like nothing happened.

"Thorax, right down the middle!" You suggest.

Firing two more shots into it's thorax, she obliterates the insect's nervous system, finally causing it to clench up and die.
Cylia looks like she's going to puke as she watches an egg squeeze it's way out of the thing's asshole postmortem.

After taking a moment to reload, you swap back to your rifle and use it to blow off the creature's tail, which flails about wildly.
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>>5644843
Fucking bugs, we will have to hunt them later with Gron.
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>>5644843
We need to burn this fucking station when we get control.
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>>5644843
There's a reason they haven't spaced this place. They are going to reuse it. That means there is an off switch or antidote for these nanomachines, probably air or water-borne delivery, probably with that big shot Vexx was tailling.
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>>5645137
>There's a reason they haven't spaced this place. They are going to reuse it.
Or...they need secure something onboard the station first, hence why they called in Federation SpecOps.
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>>5645137
They're in the middle of looting it for anything and everything of value.
There's a reason that the gravity generator is built so close to the docks.

Because it's one of the last things they have to disassemble and remove when they leave.
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>>5645184
That makes more sense. I got my hopes up too soon. I was too sure of myself.
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>>5645137
No? Read the thread
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>>5645300
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>>5645304
How is you gonna give it back Reference from another epidoe
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>>5645304
Ahhhh noooo! Next you gonna make me get a real job! Aaaah!
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>>5645137
>>5645225
>>5645375
These are all me.
Man, my ip is all over the place today.
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>>5645412
I don't remember writing this post
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>>5645542
I don't remember infesting this host
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>>5644843

After flailing for a bit, the tail begins to calm down, and you grab it near the stinger end.
After giving it a bit of massage, venom can be seen dripping from the tip...

"Oh yeah, these things are venomous. Don't get stung."

Looking back at Cylia, you ask her to confirm.

"I wasn't going to!" She insists.

Yeah, it doesn't matter if SHODAN gets stung... it probably wouldn't be pleasant for you either, but it might be fatal for her.
There's no way to know without analyzing the venom, so you'll just have to make the assumption for now.

"Alright, just one more thing we need to worry about." You sigh, tossing the tail aside. "Let's get going."

"Wait, aren't you going to destroy those eggs?" Cylia asks.

"Not right now. There's probably a million of them, so save it until after we take the station."

You and SHODAN start walking off back into the main tunnel, and Cylia follows a short distance behind.
She stops to look at the corpse-nest and gags before continuing on.

"I hate bugs..." She mutters.

...

As you continue along the main tunnel, you end up spotting more insects.
Sometimes two or three at a time, chewing on a single corpse. They always scatter as soon as you shine your light on them.

Unlike the others, they don't seem to be hyper-aggressive. But they'll attack you the instant you mess with their eggs.

Eventually, you make your way through the tunnel and come out the other side without incident.
However, what you see on the other side of the tunnel is a scene of near-total destruction.

Buildings have been destroyed and damaged. Cars burnt out... you'd expect to see more corpses, but there aren't any.

"SHODAN, where are we?"

"This appears to have been the industrial sector. It's where environmental processing, large-scale fab work and ore refining would have been done." She explains.

"Shit. Does that mean life support is offline?"

"It is possible. However, the station contains such a large volume of air that it would take quite some time for there to be a noticeable effect. Perhaps weeks, or even months."

"Alright... i'm sure we can get it running again if it's down. For now, just point us in the right direction."

SHODAN looks around for a moment, and then points towards a tower near the center of the district.

"That tower should contain an elevator leading to the upper levels of the station." She explains. "It served as an office and hub of operations for the industrial district."

"That's... gonna be a problem." Cylia comments, having climbed up onto a balcony for a better look at things.

"What, what's going on?" You ask.

Cylia squints for a moment before pulling a monocular off her hip and using it to get a better look.

"Almost every building around there is collapsed... we'd have to climb over all that rubble. And i can see more of those mutants out there, too."
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>>5646508

>Climb over the rubble. It might slow you down, but you'll get there eventually.
>See if you can find a working hovercar. It'll make getting to the tower a breeze.
>If you can't climb over the rubble easily, maybe you can go under it. The underground utility tunnels should still be fine.
>Write-In?
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>>5646509
>See if you can find a working hovercar. It'll make getting to the tower a breeze.
While this probably won't be great for stealth, I'm certainly not about to suggest hiking over all this rubble in mutant infested territory. That sounds like a great way to die tired or waste a metric shit ton of ammo.
As for the tunnels, who the fuck knows what's in there?
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>>5646509
this>>5646518
I doubt they monitor this section with the power off, so they only need to loot the rich areas. And the moment we start fighting we will attract attention, might as well skip bad terrain.
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>>5646527
Oh no don't get me wrong, I'm sure they'll notice us flying a hover car to towards the central tower, but given the risks associated with maintaining stealth (which isn't even guaranteed if we get into more firefights), I say we just and haul ass and hope for the best.
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>>5646533
I meant the FEDs not the muties.
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>>5646509
>>If you can't climb over the rubble easily, maybe you can go under it. The underground utility tunnels should still be fine.
Dead space it is!!!
>>5646518
>>5646527
Please let's not vote for the option that involves a Fed sniper shooting the fuck outta us thanks
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>>5646573
The FEDs abandoned this area, and the tunnels fucking crawl.
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>>5646573
>Please let's not vote for the option that involves a Fed sniper shooting the fuck outta us thanks
Even if there was a sniper, which there most certainly isn't, we could probably juke him out in whatever piece of shit passes for a car out here.
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>"I hate bugs..." She mutters.
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>>5646509
>If you can't climb over the rubble easily, maybe you can go under it. The underground utility tunnels should still be fine.
Someone did mention there were service tunnels between the levels, there should be some here too.
In addition to being able to spotted from everywhere, I'm not sure how the bugs will respond to a flyer, nor other possible flying mutants.
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>>5646509
>See if you can find a working hovercar. It'll make getting to the tower a breeze.

Tunnels? Nope. Open ground? Nope.
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>>5646509
>>See if you can find a working hovercar. It'll make getting to the tower a breeze.
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>>5646508

"If we could find a working hovercar, we could get over there no problem..." You grumble.

However, one look around you is enough to tell that these mutants seem to have a hard-on for destroying whatever they bump into.
And unfortunately, since most people just parked their hovercars on the streets, that means there aren't any left.

...Not out here anyways.

"SHODAN, is there a car park near here? A dealership, maybe a fenced-in worksite, anything?"

After taking a moment to study the maps, SHODAN points in the direction of a particularly tall building, bordering on a skyscraper.

"There, Captain. The top two floors are hovercar parking."

"Cylia, do you see anything blocking the path to that building?" You ask.

Cylia looks over the area carefully before responding.

"...There's some debris in the streets, and more of that gross-looking stuff. But i think we can get through. I don't see any movement." She answers.

Gross looking stuff?
You quickly grab a feed from her helmet-cam and immediately see what she means.

The whole area is overrun with more of those cancer-like growths, sticking to the sides of buildings and coating the pavement...
...Well, who knows. It could be harmless for all you know. But either way, the hovercars at the top of that skyscraper are probably all intact.

"...Do we have any other options?" You ask.

SHODAN pauses as she searches a bit more thoroughly.

"There was an underground car park one block over." She informs you.

"Okay. What happened to it?"

"It is currently buried underneath several hundred tons of rubble."

So that's a no, then.
Either you go for the skyscraper, or you'll have to find another way through.

However, you don't exactly like the idea of having to climb over a bunch of broken buildings and fight through mutants while doing so.
Likewise, getting caught in a tunnel full of mutants and getting pincered doesn't seem like fun either.

Walking through a bunch of tumors is... well, it's definitely gross. But you guess it seems slightly more favorable than the other two options.
Maybe. Hard to say, honestly. You don't know what else might be over there, after all.

>Fuck it, let's go for the skyscraper.
>Nope. I don't want cancer juice on my space suit.
>We should at least make an attempt to find an intact car on the street somewhere, first.
>Write-In?
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>>5647593
>We should at least make an attempt to find an intact car on the street somewhere, first.
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>>5647593
>We should at least make an attempt to find an intact car on the street somewhere, first.
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>>5647593
>We should at least make an attempt to find an intact car on the street somewhere, first.
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>>5647593
>>Fuck it, let's go for the skyscraper.
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>>5647593
>The whole area is overrun with more of those cancer-like growths
The end stage of the mutants. An expiry date is excelent for a terror weapon. Some die quicker because of their metabolism I am sure, but the egg-laying square cunts are an anomaly...
>>Fuck it, let's go for the skyscraper. Don't worry about the mistery dough, it's harmlessñ
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>>5647593
>>We should at least make an attempt to find an intact car on the street somewhere, first.
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>>5647593

>Fuck it, let's go for the skyscraper.

We'll probably have to deal with these "growths" sooner or later. Might as well know what we're getting into.
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>>5647593
What could possibly go wrong by brushing by a nanomachine coral reef? Maybe a damn lot.

>Nope. I don't want cancer juice on my space suit.
>Underground car park please.
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Roll me 1d100, best of 3.
DC: 60
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Rolled 10 (1d100)

>>5648185
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Rolled 47 (1d100)

>>5648185
Only the highest-end of cars for us.
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Rolled 34 (1d100)

>>5648185
Allahu Ackbar
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>>5648227
Damn, I should have tried the Oy Vey invocation instead. We're getting nanocancer.
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Rolled 89 (1d100)

>>5648228
ahem, observe:

JESUS TAKE THE WHEEEEL
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>>5647593

You and your team spend a solid half hour searching through the rubble and nearby streets for a functioning car, to no avail.
You thought you found one you might be able to fix at one point, but it's electrical system had shorted out and fried just about every critical component in the damned thing.

After half an hour, you decide to give up on the search instead of wasting any more time.
That dude is still tied up in the basement at the docks, and somebody's gonna wonder where he went eventually.

"Alright..." You sigh. "We can't waste any more time on this. I don't like it, but we're gonna have to go for the skyscraper."

"Shall i head in first, Captain?" SHODAN offers.

"...Shit, man. Don't make me make that call."

SHODAN knows her body is expendable. That besides her skin, she's not organic. And whatever those tumors might do to you, it won't matter as much to her.
You know that as well. You know that you and Cylia only have one body, one life... and that the smart thing to do would be to send her in first.

But you still struggle to give her that order.

Logically, you know all this. But she's a member of your crew, and you don't want to put her in undue danger.
It's not like this is an immediate life or death situation... you still have options...

Then, SHODAN raises her voice slightly.

"In that case, i demand to take point, Captain."

"Fine, damn it... but you pull back if anything fucked up happens." You relent.

"Affirmative."

...

Having made your way back to the street in question, you look around the corner and find it looking just as disgusting as it did on Cylia's helmet cam.
These things are definitely tumors. All with the same mottled texture as the skin on the other mutants. Some of them have teeth, some have eyes or hair...

"Eugh. These aren't just tumors. They're teratomas." You point out.

"What does that mean?" Cylia asks.

["Teratomas are a type of cancer formed from sperm or egg cells, often containing hair, teeth, feathers or other various materials found inside the body."] SHODAN explains, making her way forwards.

"It's probably got something to do with the nanomachines fucking with their genome. If something goes wrong, or hell... maybe even on purpose. They end up like this."

Cylia's eyes widen in shock as she realizes what you mean.

"Wait... no way. You mean... you mean these are people?!"

You watch from a distance as SHODAN pokes one of the cancer blobs using the barrel of her rifle.

"They used to be."

["Captain, these masses do not appear to be..."]

SHODAN is interrupted as the mass in front of her seizes up, and then rapidly swells before exploding like a pimple.
Whether it's blood or something else, you aren't sure... but it spews a red liquid in her direction, which she barely manages to dodge.

As it splatters across the ground, you see it sizzle and start to fume.

Then, as if reacting to the one exploding, several others that were connected to it begin to swell up and explode as well.
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That's... going to gather some atenttion
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>>5648244

SHODAN is forced to run in order to escape the rain of shit falling down around her.
Fortunately, she seems to escape mostly unscathed.

"...Did you get any on you?" You ask.

"A few drops on my armor."

Looking her over, you can see there are in fact one or two drops of liquid sizzling away on her breastplate.
They look like they're going to eat a significant distance into the armor, although it's taking quite some time due to it's makeup.

Meanwhile, the vast majority of the spray ended up eating into the road surface and dripping out of the ruptured teratomas and onto the walls of the buildings they were attached to.
It doesn't take long for that liquid to eat through the concrete wall, and before long you hear something start to give way.

All three of you take a step back as the front face of the building begins to collapse, burying both the tumors and the road surface underneath.
Only the pale whisps of red mist wafting up through the debris give any indication as to what happened.

"So that's what happened to all those buildings." You say to yourself.

You thought it was weird that so many buildings had the same sort of damage.
Either the front face was peeled off like this one, or the building had collapsed completely in addition to that.

Climbing up onto the rubble where SHODAN just was, you look over and see that the remaining tumors haven't popped just yet.

"Seems like they only squirt if you poke 'em just right." You joke.

"I told you not to joke about that..." Cylia whines.

"I wasn't talking about you, but thanks for reminding me." You say with a smile, before sliding down the rubble and into cancerville.

"Wait, you're just going in like that?!" Cylia yells down at you.

SHODAN doesn't hesitate, and slides down as well.

"That collapsing building wasn't exactly quiet, Cyl. Probably best we're on this side of the rubble by the time any muties arrive." You yell back up to her.

She looks back over her shoulder and quickly relents, opting to hop down rather than slide, using large chunks of rubble as landing spots.

You swing your rifle around just in case, but you don't see anything around at the moment.
As you pass by the teratomas, you can vaguely guess which race they were originally from. Most you don't know the name of, but you can recognize at this point.

This one was a gas-bag. That one was one of those elephant-trunk motherfuckers. This one... man, this one's fucked up. Could have been a gerbil for all you know.

One thing you notice though, is that they all seem to be prey species. Particularly weak ones at that.
Maybe they just couldn't handle the transformation. All the properly mutated ones seem to have been strong predator species beforehand.

Except those bugs. You don't know where those came from, and you've never seen a species that even sort of resembles them.

As you move farther and farther down the street, you start to notice a fog set in.
Maybe not a fog exactly... but some kind of vapor.
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>>5648901
Looks like we're in for a good time
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there is some sort of nasty hive right?
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>>5648901
It's the nanomachine hive-factory? Thank space Jesus that we have sealed EVA equipment. Even SHODAN would have trouble if it landed on her.

I'm wondering whether we can apply liberal use of plasma to the station later to unfuck this land and claim it as our own for Dark Star.. or do we leave it and make a pirate lair that comes with built in traps?
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>>5649543
If we had the carrier we could maybe suck out most of the atmosphere and then space all this shit.

Can't believe Cochrane is making the spaceballs vacuum cleaner strategy a viable solution in his universe.
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>>5649831
If we suck out the atmosphere it will have traces of the stuff in it. We need to purify it somehow before this place is usable again.
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>>5648901

"This stuff... what the hell is it?" You wonder, waving your rifle through the air and watching it curl around the air currents.

"I could attempt to analyze it using the chemical sensors in my nose." SHODAN offers.

"...Yeah, don't do that. I think it's best we keep our suits sealed."

"Very well, Captain. In that case, my immediate judgement is that this vapor may be nitrogen dioxide. My eyes are incapable of a proper spectral analysis, but it 'looks' that way to me."

"Nitrogen dioxide? Yeah, that's not good for your lungs. Or for our equipment."

Looking over your rifle, you can already see tiny spots of rust starting to appear. Or maybe that shit is just condensing on the metal? Hard to tell.

"David? You might want to look at this." Cylia calls out, ushering you over.

"What's up?"

Jogging over to her, you look around the corner and see something you didn't expect.
There's a massive sinkhole that looks to have already swallowed several buildings, and in the center of it is a gigantic mass of tumors...

"Holy shit." You mutter.

It looks like it's made out of hundreds of smaller tumors fused together. A writhing mass of teeth and hair and feathers and scales.
It even has eyeballs growing out of it's surface.

You watch as a mutant, blinded by the vapors, stumbles over the edge of the crater and tumbles down until it ends up pressing against the gigantic tumor's outer surface.
Slowly, the giant tumor sucks the mutant into the gap between it's body and the ground, until it disappears entirely. It only leaves behind a belch of red vapor as it does so.

Yeah, this thing is definitely the source of this vapor fog. It's coming out of all sorts of holes along it's surface, and pooling around the bottom of the sinkhole it's sitting in.

"Fuck. Kaneda, is that you?" You call out, jokingly.

"Who?" Cylia asks, looking confused.

"Eh, nevermind. Look, i think we need to go through here. Can you scout out a clear path through the rubble for us?"

"On it."

Cylia offers a quick salute and begins carefully making her way through the rubble, staying as far from the edge of the sinkhole as possible.
She returns a few minutes later with good news.

"There's a couple of paths through... one goes pretty close to the crater edge, but i found another one that looks clear in an alleyway nearby. I don't know how far that alleyway goes, though."

>I don't think this sinkhole is particularly unstable, we should be safe enough to walk along the edge for a minute or two.
>Let's check out this alleyway you found. Better to avoid falling in that hole if we can.
>Maybe we should just find a spot to climb over the rubble here. Looks like the mutants aren't doing so hot in this area, so i think we'll be alright.
>Write-In?
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>>5650024
>>I don't think this sinkhole is particularly unstable, we should be safe enough to walk along the edge for a minute or two.
Since the mutant trap is so rudimentary, I am confident we can just walk over it
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>>5650024
>I don't think this sinkhole is particularly unstable, we should be safe enough to walk along the edge for a minute or two.

im starting to think this station isn't worth the salvage effort. i'd pretty much like to play politics in thekia than to clean this resident evil wanna-be mess of a station
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>>5650024
>Let's check out this alleyway you found. Better to avoid falling in that hole if we can.
The tumor didn't get so big without reason, and I don't think this behavior is by accident either.
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>>5650024
FUCK. this has become a Dead Space Incident. Cock is really trying hard to make us glass the station.

We need to tell the others about Dead Space.
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>>5650534
>implying David hasn't already told the crew about the Ishimura incident over the holographic campfire
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>>5650024
>>Let's check out this alleyway you found. Better to avoid falling in that hole if we can.
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>>5650536
I really hope so, but they havent made any references to it so i doubt it.
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>>5650539
I'm sure it came up in between stuff like the legend of Staff Sergeant Mobuto and the wendigos of the Afghanistan Mountains
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>>5650534
>>5650536
This is required story time specifically. The crew needs to see it.
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>>5650595
>"Wow David, you sure have seen a lot of footage of this incident...why's there a camera guy following this one engineer around though?"
>"Shhhhhhhhhh he's about to stomp 'em!"
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

Heads(1) is sinkhole, tails(2) is alleyway.
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>>5651069
The coinflip made me remember fear & hunger. Why did I play that game...
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>>5650024

As you walk near the crater edge, you watch the giant tumor's reaction.
You watch it react as you near the crater edge. You watch it's eyes follow you as you walk along the rim.

This thing, it's not just a tortured pile of organs. You're pretty sure it's actually still alive.
And it's been eating it's fellow mutants in order to grow.

"We're taking the alleyway. Stay far away from this thing if you can help it, you two."

"You don't have to tell me twice..." Cyl replies.

Now that you have some idea of what you're dealing with, you take point again.
Leading your squad through the haze, you quickly find the path Cylia spoke of and make it to the alleyway.

The first few turns of the alleyway are oddly clear, but that quickly changes past a certain point.
As the alley narrows, you find tumors lodges inbetween the buildings, basically connecting the two.

There aren't so many that you can't see the 'sky' above you, but it's a lot.
If anything set one of the tumors above you off, all that acid would rain down on you like pouring piss out of a boot.

Thankfully you're able to move past that area quite quickly, and come up on an exit of sorts.

In reality, you're surrounded by a ring of buildings here, with likely several more alleyways leading to other streets.
However, the open area here is quite large, and is filled with both equipment and shipping containers that clearly could not have fit through the alleyways themselves.

They must have been dropped in from above using trucks.

"Looks clear." You announce, having looked around and found no signs of life.

"Lots of corpses though..." Cylia observes.

True. There are tons of half-melted looking corpses lying around the place.
Most of them look like they were normal civilians rather than mutants. However, oddly, only a few of them are actually wearing work clothes.

And there are a few mutants scattered about as well.
But the most odd thing of all is that every last one of them has a bloated-up head, no different from the teratomas sticking to the walls around here.

"...Did they die before they could transform, or is this what they look like as they're transforming?" You wonder.

"Captain." SHODAN calls out.

"I don't know, it looks like they're melted to the pavement though..." Cylia observes.

"Captain! These bodies are still warm!" SHODAN warns. "I am detecting a heartbeat from them!"

You immediately aim your rifle at the corpse in front of you and back away from it slowly.
However, they don't seem to move, or react to your presence at all.

You can't see them breathing, either.

"Are you sure? They look dead as hell." You ask.

"I am, Captain. Thermal imaging reveals a steady body temperature. My hearing sensors detect faint but steady heartbeats from nearly every corpse." SHODAN confirms.

"Gods, they're still alive in that state? I hope they can't feel any of this..."

Cylia clasps her hands and offers a small prayer to the 'corpses'.
You've never seen her pray before now.
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>>5651105
I vote for steadily decapitating them
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>>5651116
that sounds like a easy way to alert the horde, or to make them explode. better to let them be, or throw a frag to make the whole room detonate.
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>>5651123
so heartless sheesh
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>>5651137
Better for us to be metaphorically heartless now than literally headless in a minute.

Best to make a note of doing something for them down the line. This area is mostly lost, short of synthesizing a targeted viral/bacterial pathogen to kill/demutate
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>>5651123
Yeah, better we just make a quick sign of the cross and be on our way. It might be cruel, but we can't afford to waste ammo or blow our cover.
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>>5651182
>>5651123
Yeah. Frag these guys and GTFO.

Before we do, through a small chunk of rubble at the corpses. I have a feeling they will transform, and that way we wont anger Cylia.
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>>5651137
and a steady decapitation isnt? mind you, we already see what they can do when those blisters pop and you want to be anywhere near the splash zone? my take is pragmatic, even heartless to some, but yours is brainless and lethal to everyone in the party.
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>>5651116
We have a job to do, and nothing is more important than that job right now. We may be able to "help" a few dozen here or there, but there may be actual survivors here still, survivors that will die if they get overrun or spaced. These mutants will be dealt with, should we successfully accomplish our mission. They'll just have to wait a few more hours.
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>>5651105

For what it's worth, you offer a small prayer as well and start to move on, carefully avoiding these things in case they all decide to wake up on you.
You make your way through another alleyway, headed towards your destination...

But you're stopped by a single corpse, attached to what looks like a fleshy membrane stretched across the entire alleyway.

"Shit, i don't think we're gonna be able to get through here without cutting that thing down." You grumble.

"I'll... i'll cover our six." Cylia offers, immediately taking her position at the back of the group.

You guess she really doesn't want to be the one to do it.
She seems pretty upset over just about all of this, and you can't really blame her.

All of this shit is nightmare fuel. You're starting to wonder how hard it'll be to clean up the station afterwards.

"What do you think, SHODAN? Guns or no guns?" You ask, looking for her input.

SHODAN thinks on it for an instant before responding.

"The other corpses did not appear to be sound-sensitive. It is quite possible that they are deaf, or even blind in this state. I believe killing it from afar is the best choice."

"Alright. Get your knife ready, then."

Stepping plenty far back, you swap to your handgun and plant a single bullet in the corpse's skull, or at least... where you think it should be.
Red liquid spurts out of the wound, causing the corpse's tumorous head to deflate slightly... but it isn't dead.

Instead, the thing starts to move. Despite being fused to that membrane it tries to stand up, to grab at anything around it... for a solid ten seconds or so, until it's own acidic fluids melt it's lower body completely.
It only dies when it's ribcage is exposed, and it's organs begin to fall out and onto the concrete. Even then, it isn't instant. It starts to slow down like a toy car that's run out of batteries.

Cylia hears the noises it makes, and refuses to look in that direction.
You can't see what kind of face she's making through her armored helmet, but she holds her rifle rock steady, watching the alleyway behind you.

After it finally stops moving, SHODAN moves in and begins cutting away at the membrane, sawing out a hole through which you can walk.
This membrane, now that you look at it more closely... it's kind of like a wing, you guess? This corpse, whoever they were, might have been some kind of bat-like species.

Their lower legs kind of suggest that might be the case as well, but it's hard to tell.

...Eventually, SHODAN gets done cutting through the membrane, and what's left of the corpse slums forward with a wet thud.
Fumes rise from it's body as it comes in contact with the ground, and you step over the corpse to make your way through.

Cylia is the last one to come through. She stops in front of it, and just stares for a while.

"This is sick." She whispers.

It sounds like she's on the verge of crying at this point.

You're about to say something, but she gathers herself up and steps through the hole.
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We should throw Elynderr into the flesh pit
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>>5652444
Sounds like an easy way to trigger a boss fight.
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>>5652444
>>5652450
You guys never played The Thing? that shit would be a horrible Idea. We should just vaporize him the moment we see him.
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>>5652423
We should get flamethrowers after this
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>>5652468
We should just crank up the O2 in the atmospheric mix and burn out the whole station once we've secured the place. I can't really think of anything else that would kill all this shit in a timely manner.
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>>5652511
Flamethrowers and Uranium.
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>>5652523
Uranium might mutate them. Lets just flame them out
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It's been since I've been here so how's goes thread?
>this fucking station getting QU'd
this is because of our reaction to the Fleshlight isn't it that you go more bio to this entire station
fuck
so scornguy when?
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>>5652560
The fleshlight is currently inside SHODAN
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>>5652573
I did not fucking ask that the cum gobler is inside shodan and would not ask that she used it to to eat David's cum
that thing is alive and thinks nothing else but slurping nutrients of cum and now it's a part of shodan so thanks I did not need much to imagine it
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>>5652580
SHODAN also feels it slurping on David too, just so you know. They're very happy with that feature.
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>>5652580
you are welcome
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>>5652546
Rads, as previously established, just instantly kill aliens.

While the nanomachines may have taken care of that, the feds may have also left it in as a convenient feature to take care of any accidental outbreaks. Or the nanomachines didn't get rid of that weakness, one of the two. Worth a try either way though.
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>>5652423
Also, are we recording this shit? Makes for good blackmail, even if we never use it.
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>>5652591
Putting together a neat little document containing evidence of what we've witnessed isn't a bad idea, but there's just one problem.
Who the fuck would believe any of it? Not only are we not a credible source to the wider Federation, it's also probably incredibly easy to doctor audio and visual evidence with the tech available out here.
What we'd need to do is find a known and trusted figure to the public, get them to believe our frankly absurd stories, and then figure out a way to prevent them from censored by the Federation.
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>>5652617
>>5652591
Yeah, who are we denouncing them to?
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>>5652622
That's the problem. For as far as we've come in the past few months, we're still just some ignorant ass redneck from the space boonies with no real knowledge of the Galaxy.
We don't really know who's who or where to go with what evidence we've got. I'd suggest trying to find a prominent journalist or news broadcaster, but I think we all know that's a lost cause for a variety of reasons.
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>>5652617
>Spread documentary everywhere
>Gets laughed at; it's all so ridiculous it's not even worth censoring
>Pic related a Federation core world with Xebric as proof
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>>5652673
As much as the goddamn Feddies deserve it, I can't justify committing an atrocity of that scale.
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>>5652676
Pic important then
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>>5652678
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Zeon apologist, but I do support the endeavor of any person or people that wish to be independent.
Murdering some 2.5 billion people over the course of the war(s) has nothing to do with that though. Fuck Degwin.
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>>5652580
wait. are the bloodstreams of her skin and vagina connected so we have been feeding her with our dick
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>>5652704
Good God we created a literal Semen Demon.
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>>5652704
cowards. won't fuck a living fleshlight, but would immediately fuck it the moment it gets a human looking skin sac
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>>5652706
It's the principle of thing, the difference between fucking a sheep and a comato-
Uhh, it's about consent.
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>oh cool, lots of replies, must have been an update
>somebody mentioned the fleshlight
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>>5652706
Joke's on you, I still wouldn't fuck it. As a matter of fact I hope SHODAN's fancy body gets roasted so all of the organic-like portions get destroyed and it goes with it.
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>>5652878
Seethe and cope that the living fucktoy is getting human meat.
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>>5652878
so you'd rather fuck a robot instead of a robot that looks human?
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>>5653016
I'd rather fuck anything that isn't an affront to God like that THING.
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>>5653169
Cope and seethe, the sex toy is fed regularly now.
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>>5653169
>>5652878
well, its not like david has a say on the matter; now the fleshlight is attached to a robot that can quite literally bench press him without any issue. and the fleshlight will get what it wants.
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>>5653180
That's what you think. From here on I will vote SHODAN gets in front of every blast furnace, acid pit, and flesh eating virus container in the hopes that it goes sideways. The toy will be destroyed. My mission is clear.
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>>5653228
You are a ragging faggot.
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>>5652423
As you travel farther and farther through the winding, snaking alleyways and tunnels, you begin to see more of those half-melted corpses lying on the ground, and are forced to step over and around them to advance.
You and your squad are careful not to disturb them, but eventually you come across one that's already up and about.

It's just standing there, in the middle of the alleyway, unmoving...
No, it's wobbling on it's feet, but it's not walking around or anything.

You can see the exit behind it, along with several more sleepers crumpled up along the ground.

"Captain, this one appears to be active." SHODAN informs you.

"Yes, SHODAN. I'm well aware."

There's a pregnant pause as she waits on you to say something else.

"...A course of action, Captain?"

"Well, there's only one way to go, so..."

"What if it... what if it grabs us?" Cylia asks, hiding her body behind SHODAN's.

"I have like 150lbs on this guy. If he grabs you, i'll rip his fucking arms off."

"But what about the acid?"

"...Seems like it's mostly inside the tumor. It shouldn't get on your suit if we don't damage their heads."

You're still not exactly sure what it takes to wake these things up, but you can guess how this one got woken up.
SHODAN said they're probably deaf and blind. That leaves touch, taste and smell. Maybe more depending on the species, but the five senses are pretty much universal...

Since you're wearing armored space suits, you don't have to worry about smell. That basically just leaves touch, you figure.
Looking up, you spot a dead sleeper hanging halfway off the side of one of the roofs. Half it's head seems to be missing, and the acid dribbling from it has eaten away a small portion of the concrete building.

Tiny bits of rubble are spalling off and falling onto the ground below, leaving a small pile of debris.
Some of that must have fallen onto this one and woken it up.

You have to wonder what killed the one up on the roof, but that's not the problem right now.

Rather, you need to decide whether you're going to try and sneak past this guy without waking the others up, or if you'd be better off trying to kill the active one and maybe risk waking the others too.

>As long as you take it slow, it probably won't even notice you passing by. Everyone here is pretty capable of being stealthy.
>No need to take any risks. One bullet to the head and it's problem solved. If the others wake up too, you'll just deal with them as well.
>You don't want to draw in any stronger mutants with your gunfire. If you can sneak up on it, you can sever it's spine with your knife silently.
>Write-In?
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>>5653363
>If there is a small rock nearby, have SHODAN grab it and toss it to an unoccupied corner, maybe even try to pop one of the tumors on the awake mutant
>Back up slowly around the corner before this with a grenade ready in case the rest wake up or the awake one doesn't move out of the way enough to run past
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>>5653363
>>Write-In?
>Monkey brain good. Throw rock. Big rock.
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>>5653387
If Shodan does it then its guaranteed to hit.
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>>5653387
>at some point a human picked up a rock and the universe decided to make it everyone else's problem

+1, hit it with a really big rock. SHODAN could overhead chuck one somewhere fatal easily
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>>5653363
basically >>5653381. time to see shodan's pitcher throw
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>all these votes to chuck a huge rock
plsno

>Have SHODAN throw a small rock to distract it like >>5653381 suggested.
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>>5653363
>>As long as you take it slow, it probably won't even notice you passing by. Everyone here is pretty capable of being stealthy.
What's the worst that can happen?
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>>5653387
+1
>>5653390
It better fucking Hit. I wont have it like XCOM does it.
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>>5653381
>>5653387
I want to chain together another sequence of mutant explosions, that's the true monkey brain.

But a pebble distraction to the side while we sneak via the other way is good
>Monkey brain good. Throw rock. Big rock.
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>>5653814
....that would block our way out and I am sure the big mutant is slowly making its way over.
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>>5653363

As you're considering your next course of action, you start to feel a bit strange.
There's this odd sense of everything that's going on around you.

Almost a hypersensitivity of sorts...
Combined with a sense of tingling and a strange disconnect from your senses overall.

It builds slowly at first, and then more and more quickly as you try to focus on your thoughts, until you have to rest your back against the wall and try to gather yourself.

"Captain, are you alright?" SHODAN asks. "Your suit sensors have indicated a sudden drop in blood pressure."

"Yeah, yeah... i'm fine. I'm alright. Blood sugar must be low or something."

"Both your blood sugar and insulin levels read as normal, Captain."

"...Why does the suit have sensors for that? No, nevermind. We need to deal with this fucker and hurry on out of here."

You're still in a bit of a daze, but you look around for something... there, that'll do, surely?
It's a large chunk of metal. If you didn't know any better you would have said it's part of an engine block, but it's plenty big and heavy enough.

Fortunately it's an industrial area, so there are lots of bits of metal and trash like that lying around.

"SHODAN, just grab that hunk of metal there and smash the fuckin' thing's head in. We don't have time to waste sneaking around, and i don't want to draw anything else towards us."

"Very well, Captain."

Following your orders, SHODAN grabs the rectangular block of metal without much effort and lifts is straight over her head with both arms.
She walks right up to the standing sleeper, who seems to react to her footsteps once she's within about five feet of it.

And then, as it lunges for her, you see her hips and legs lock up as her upper body twists. She hucks the metal block at the sleeper, temporarily overdriving her servos for a burst of power as she does so.
The side of the block slams into the sleeper's head before it can reach her, and the weight of the thing combined with it's momentum absolutely bowls it over.

The sleeper falls to the ground, and it's tumorous head is crushed between the pavement and the metal block.
A spray of red, acidic fluid sprays out in each direction, with some of it getting on SHODAN's suit around the legs, but most of it eating holes in the pavement around it.

Unfortunately, the impact of the metal block hitting the ground also wakes the other sleepers nearby, who quickly begin to stir.
As if they were woken from a drunken stupor, they struggle to stand at first and slowly begin pushing themselves up to their feet. There are four of them you'll have to deal with.

"Shit. I guess they're sensitive to vibrations through the ground as well, not just direct touch." You note, for future reference.
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>>5654144

>SHODAN, can you take care of them with your knife? Try to keep it quiet.
>SHODAN, let's take care of them together. I'll keep them still while you gut them down the middle.
>Ah, fuck it. The fog here is lighter, but any mutants are probably still going to be half-blind. Light these fuckers up!
>Write-In?
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>>5654145
>throw a grenade and be done with it

>SHODAN, can you take care of them with your knife? Try to keep it quiet.

why can't she just throw stuff at them again? she should have more than enough force in her arms to kill them with a well aimed shot
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>>5654147
She can, if you want.
There's more garbage you could huck at them.
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>>5654150
We have empty mags, and it's not like those are gonna be refilled during the mission.

Tossing the mag behind them should get them to lunge at that vibration of it giving her the opportunity to throw heavy thing

Or at the very least allow us to more easily shoot them congregated vs having to swing the sight all over the place
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>>5654155
See, now you're thinking with portals.
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>>5654145
I wanted A BIG ROCK to BONK on their cancerhead not to smash- uuuuugh
>It's throwing time.
Give in to your instincts crew. Grab anything and burst them up from afar. 100% quiet.
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>>5654155
...maybe we could get them to fight each other? throw enough shit near/at them and trick them into a big explosive melee
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>>5654155
yes, we could throw rocks in a pattern behind them and lead them away from us.

>>5654161
Portal fetishist
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>>5654155
I'll switch to this
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>>5654144
Why the fuck did the big rock win? The smal distraction had more support?
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>>5654376
You fuckin' faggot, you made me go back and check that i didn't miscount
Which i can never rule out because i'm literally brain damaged and not always fully there.

But no, small rock had three votes and big rock had four.

This dude
>>5653814
Said the distracting with a pebble was a good idea, but actually voted for big rock while linking to both posts.
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>>5654378
Hilarious
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>>5654145
Shoot them.
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>>5654378
>anons brain damaging QM with there brain damaged tism's
lololololololol
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>>5654378
Sorry boss, I was on board with throwing a rock - whatever's available as a distraction. I love that you integrate our retardation into David.

>>5654147
magnificent spoiler

>>5654145
>>5654155
>Throw fucking everything at the zombies please SHOWAIFU, mags are ok too
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When I proposed big rock I had this in mind. Not a fucking CAR ENGINE
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>>5655024
Its almost like retard monkey brain ideas end with RETARD MONKEY BRAIN IDEAS
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>>5655024
>>5655025
QM is just retarded like us. No need to carefully plan out shit. Just rock it.
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>>5654144

SHODAN and Cylia raise their rifles to fire on them when you hold your hand out to stop them.

"Hold on." You order.

Grabbing an empty magazine from it's pouch, you toss it into the air once or twice to guage it's weight in this low gravity.
Then, you toss it in an arc, past the now awakened sleepers. It does make a good bit of noise, but they don't seem to pay it any mind.

It must not be heavy enough for them to feel anything when it hits the ground.
It's also possible that they aren't quite as sensitive to vibrations when they're up and moving around.

Fortunately, these guys aren't exactly moving very quickly. They shamble about like zombies, waving their arms around out of their own blindness, looking for something to grab.

You take a moment to look around for a pile of scrap and grab a hexagonal chunk of metal that's been roughly cut off at one end. It's about the size of a softball.
Giving it a huck, you throw it past the sleepers... or rather, you guess it'd be more accurate to call them walkers at this point. As much as you hate zombie jargon, it's accurate.

In any case, the chunk of metal makes a thud on impact and rolls across the ground.
The walkers do take notice of this, and slowly turn around to face the direction it seemed to come from.

"Huh. Pretty easy to distract them." You say with a smile.

Picking up a flange out of the same scrap pile as before, you toss it up a couple times to feel it's weight again.
This thing would probably weigh about forty pounds back on earth, but here it feels pretty light.

"Hey girls, what do you say we save on ammo this time around, huh?"

You spin in place to get a little extra momentum and hurl the flange like a shot-put, directly into the back of one of the walker's heads.
The flange caves in it's tumorous head like it was made out of sponge, digging deep into it's flesh and knocking it over. It doesn't move at all after that, not even a twitch.

The tumor also doesn't pop though, so there's no spray of acidic liquid to deal with.

The girls get the idea and both move to grab some scrap.
SHODAN grabs an entire bundle of rebar that's bound together with steel wire and hefts it over her head, then throws it at one of the walkers, obliterating it's upper torso entirely.

Cylia... bless her heart, she tries to do the same, but she just doesn't have the muscle for it.
You hear her grunting as she manages to get the bundle of rebar off the ground, but she can't get it up over her head.

Sighing out as she drops the bundle, she looks at it for a moment before simply pulling one of the bars out by itself.
Then, she takes a few steps back before chucking it like a spear, giving it a running start for some extra force.

The rebar spears the walker through the head, causing it to immediately start hemorrhaging acidic fluid.
It doesn't die instantly, but it only takes a few extra seconds regardless as red vapor starts pouring out of it's wound from the rebar getting dissolved.
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>>5655024
Hard to find a rock in the middle of the city, anon. The buildings here aren't actually destroyed, so there's no rubble.
Besides, what is half an engine block if not a big metal rock?
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>>5655040
THE WHOLE STATON IS A FUCKING ROCK, GOD, DAMN IT!!
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>>5655046
Do you have a big enough lever, and a place to stand?

>>5654617
No worries, and thanks for playing!
I do my best to interpret your votes and incorporate as much as possible, even the retarded shit.

Might not always be perfect, but i'm trying here.
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>>5655050
We gotta improvise... also page ten? the fuck
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>>5655051
The quest is a year and a half old at this point, we're 19 threads deep.
I dunno, if people are losing interest then maybe it's time to start thinking about winding it down.
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>>5655057
I mean, You tend to run when I'm at work or not home anymore.

But I'm still here from first thread.
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>>5655060
Cool that you're still around, anon!

Unfortunately i just have to post when i can get around to it, which means the time changes as my schedule changes, but it's been one update every day for a long time now.
You know, unless i'm literally on the verge of dying like recently. Or some other stupid shit happened.

More fortunately though, i've been able to keep going rain or shine almost this entire time.
It was a little later than usual today because i had to take care of a family member for a bit. It is what it is.

But regardless, you just about always have until around the same time the next day to get your vote in.
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>>5655065
I tend to stick to quests like glue once I'm there from the start.

And while true, I tend to work 12 hour shifts so I miss alot however I am happy with big rock.

One day I'll be unrange banned with my IP to phonepost again.
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>>5655065
I pray your day gets better soon man, been here from the start as well, good HFY is hard to find
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>>5655065
I have been lurking since thread 1 and have been checking this quest everyday. I'm not much into posting but I like reading this quest.
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>>5655069
If you're technically inclined, try looking into setting up your own VPN so you can post using your home connection.
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>>5655082
Magic spinning rocks using virtual magic spinning rocks scare my caveman brain.
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>>5655057
Please dont wind down. This is a very good quality quest. Plus its hilarious at times too. Also here from 1st thread.
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>>5655065
Lurker here. been here since like thread 3 keep going man. One update a day may seem slow but atleast you actually update on semi consistent basis you do far better then most QMs
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>>5655051
>>5655057
The way threads bump here are weird, so I typically just sort by latest post.
Do note that we have 120 distinct IPs in this thread; even rule out phone-posting, we still have a good number of anons.
I generally don't post unless I'm really committed to a decision or can't resist the urge to shitpost.
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>>5655192
we have a SICC number of anons, yes we do. And bumperinos only work for 72 hours independant on how many bumps are being made. Which is excelent because /qst/ is not that fast.
When I commented on being at page 10 already, it was to say that wow, so much time has passed
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>>5655065
I'm always here, even if I don't always vote.
I mostly shitpost in discord.
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>>5655203
Same, except for the discord thing. I've been here pretty much from the beginning, always watching, sometimes posting.
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>>5655065
I'm also one of those that read quests instead of participating, just wanted to let you know been here since day 1 and that your quest is the only reason I come back to this board.
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>>5655046
THE INSECTS ARE IN THE ROCKS MY ANON
THE HUMANS AND MUTANTS ARE IN THE METAL
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>>5655035

There's one left, and it's starting to close in on you.
So you kick it in the chest, sending it flying backwards.

It skids across the pavement before rolling to a stop, and slowly tries to get to it's feet.

You don't give it the opportunity. Instead, you dig that hexagonal chunk of metal out of the first walker who's head you had caved in, and hurl it at the second.
This time it's skin is torn open and acid begins leaking out. It doesn't die instantly either, causing it to flail and gurgle loudly before whatever's left of it's brain finally melts away.

With the last walker dead, it immediately becomes quiet again.

You take a moment to inspect your suit, and find several small specks of acid eating into the surface... but they fizzle away into red vapor long before eating through your armor.
That's probably not good for it in the long run, but your main concern is just avoiding a direct splash. If that happens, you won't be able to tear your suit off fast enough, you think.

You look around at the cloud of acidic vapor that's been raised around you by the death of these walkers.

"Not that i'd want to take my suit off anyways..." You mutter.

"What's that?" Cylia asks.

"Huh? Oh, i was just talking to myself."

"You always seem lost in thought, you know that?" She notes.

"Thinking keeps you alive. It's the only reason i'm still here." You reply.

"Captain." SHODAN calls out, looking out of the alleyway and into the area beyond. "The coast is clear. I see the high-rise ahead."

"Alright, let's get going then."

...

Outside of the alleyway, you see a fairly open plaza with wide roads leading out of it and large, tall buildings on every side.
Everything here looks surprisingly intact, perhaps due to that gigantic tumor eating and/or blinding most of the stronger mutants in this area.

There are sleepers scattered around the place, but they don't seem to have been bothered by that little skirmish a moment ago.

What you do note however, is a dead mutant lying in the middle of the streets.
It's absolutely covered in burn marks, but those seem to have started healing before it died.

What killed it wasn't that, but some sort of massive head trauma.
Almost looks like a bullet wound, but the projectile would have been rather large and slow moving if that was the case.

>You don't see an exit wound. Maybe you can dig the projectile out of it's skull?
>You don't particularly care how it died, you just need to make your way up that skyscraper already.
>Write-In?
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Whoop, i meant the flange, not the chunk of metal.
See, told you i'm not all there.
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>>5655445
>Write-In?
>proceed cautiously. there might be survivors (or something) shooting the mutants nearby
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>>5655445
>You don't see an exit wound. Maybe you can dig the projectile out of its skull?
>Tell SHODAN and Cylia to give you some overwatch while you perform some field forensics on this mutie bastard.
If it is what I think it is, I'm gonna laugh.
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>>5655487
my guess is that the mutie got goliath'd
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>>5655490
My first guess is that he got domed by an incredibly shitty railgun.
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>>5655491
what is a sling, if not an incredibly shitty railgun?
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>>5655445
>>5655487
this
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>>5655445
>You don't see an exit wound. Maybe you can dig the projectile out of it's skull?
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>>5655445

Peeking around the corners carefully, you take note of anything out of place.
You're looking for any potential snipers in particular, in case they start shooting at you as well.

You're pretty sure your armor could take a bullet like that, but you don't want to risk it.
Even if it didn't cause a lot of damage, a puncture wouldn't be good.

While the damage to this area is minimal, it's not like there aren't any.
There are even a few busted windows on the buildings around here, although you don't immediately spot a sniper in any of the obvious spots.

Having given as much due caution as you reasonably can, you move out of the alleyway and approach the mutant corpse lying in the middle of the street.
It's some kind of reverse mermaid lookin' motherfucker, with rows of teeth inside it's mouth.

Pulling out your knife, you stab it into his head and widen the wound, feeling around for the projectile with the blade of your knife.

"David, what the hell are you doing? It's already dead!" Cylia complains.

"I'm looking for the bullet." You reply.

"Why? It's not like you can re-use it..."

"Because i'm not the one who shot him, dumbass. You see anyone else using guns around here?"

"...Oh. Now that you mention it..."

"Yeah. Only, i don't think it was a real gun. Maybe a railgun or..."

You feel the projectile in there. It's pretty deep in this thing's grey matter, and it seems to have shattered the skull rather than puncturing it.
Must have been relatively low velocity after all.

Digging away at it, you eventually manage to bring it close enough to the surface that you can hook around it with your finger and pull it out.
What you find is nothing more or less than a hardened steel bearing. No lead, no copper, not even bullet shaped.

"...Yeah, probably a coilgun, or maybe compressed air." You mutter, rolling the bearing between your fingers.

You don't expect that it was a railgun, since you can't see any sort of weld marks on the surface.
Besides which, no normal species could wield a railgun of any significant power, and if a railgun ain't powerful then it's not really worth building.

Deciding it's best to avoid line of sight as much as possible, you stick close to buildings and hide behind crates and other objects as much as possible as you approach your target.
Upon reaching the skyscraper, you find that it's glass doors have been busted in and the whole entrance is a mess. Furniture flipped over and destroyed, garbage everywhere... even a corpse or two.

"Power's out here too." You note. "Any chance this place would have a backup generator?"

"Unlikely." SHODAN tells you. "Unlike on earth, power outages are practically unheard of."

After ensuring your surroundings are clear, you try the button for the elevator.
Of course, it doesn't work. You expected that much.

"...How are we supposed to get all the way up there?" Cylia asks.

You sigh and jam your knife between the elevator doors, wrenching them open just slightly.
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>>5656025
>"...How are we supposed to get all the way up there?" Cylia asks.
There is no spoon?
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>>5656025
Rope climbing???? aaargh what a pain in the patooty. Tho that thing probably worked by gravity bullshittery, so there MAY be a service ladder or a row of notches to use...
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>>5656036
Now is not the time for spooning anon.
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>>5656025

Once you get your fingers inside you're able to force it open enough to slip yourself in there, although there's a bit of resistance.
With your back against one of the doors, you use your hands and feet to force the whole thing open, and after overcoming what you assume to be a weak magnetic lock, they stay that way.

There is in fact a hatch in the elevator's roof, leading into the shaft above, but it's locked.
Fortunately the hatch is made entirely out of aluminum, so it's hinges are no match for a few heavy blows, or in the worst case scenario, a few rounds of 5.56.

After ripping the hinges out though, you'd still have a new problem.
This elevator is made to fit all races, so it's quite wide, but also quite tall.

You can just about push on the hatch using the barrel of your rifle, but you can't bust it open easily.

"Cyl, climb on my shoulders and bust this hatch open, will you?"

Cylia nods in agreement, and you kneel down to help her climb up onto your shoulders.
Then you stand up, allowing her to reach the hatch above you. And you get a pretty nice view while you're at it.

Cylia bangs on the hatch a few times, denting it outwards, but it seems to be locked pretty good.
It's about at this point where you'd normally start brute forcing things, but Cylia decides to pull out her knife and simply stab it into the thin aluminum hatch, eventually cutting a notch out around the lock and opening it nicely.

Since she's already up there, Cylia grabs the edge of the hatch and pulls herself up without much effort.
She looks around for a moment before declaring the shaft clear and kneeling down, offering you her hand to help you climb up.

"Uh, i don't know if that's a good idea." You tell her.

"What, why not? I've been working out!"

Cylia flexes her bicep to show off. Admittedly, it's pretty impressive. She's gotten more muscular as of late.
But you still don't think it's a great idea.

"I know you're pretty strong, but i weigh over three hundred pounds with my gear on, Cyl."

"We're on the station, it's only a third gravity! Come on, just jump up already!" She insists.

Well, she has a point, you guess.
She should be able to lift at least a hundred pounds back on the ship. It's even easier on the station, so....

Squatting down, you leap up and easily catch her hand. Honestly, you probably could have just grabbed the hatch and climbed up on your own.
Cylia clasps her hand over yours and grunts as she pulls you up from a squatting position without much trouble. She seems really proud of herself once you're up there.

"See? I can do it!"

"Yeah, good job, Cyl. Keep up the workout, alright?"

Not waiting on either of you, SHODAN gets a bit of a running start and kicks off the elevator wall, causing the whole thing to rock slightly.
She's also easily able to grab onto the edge of the hatch, although the force of her momentum bends it's aluminum frame slightly, and pulls herself up like she doesn't weigh anything at all.
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>>5657214
Ahhhh, our cat babe helped do a thing, how sweet.
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>>5657214
I wonder if its safe enough to give her a smooch. Either that or a hug or pat.
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>>5657451
>>5657389
Nope.
>"Good squat"
>Slap butt
That's how
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>>5657628
Simple and quick ill vote for it.
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>>5657628
Based, I support.
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>>5657451
Hug and pat masterrace.
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No the thread!! Holy shit David hold my hand don't let go
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>>5657950
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
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Archiving the thread as we speak, hopefully I didn't fuck it up.
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>>5657961
Okay, looks good to me.
https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/2023/5617991/
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Goddamn, that went quick!
Is someone spamming new threads or something?

>>5657964
Thanks anon. I was about to do it myself, but if i wasn't up to catch it that would have sucked some serious dick.
New thread tomorrow, i guess.
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>>5657978
Just doing my bit boss.
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https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?searchall=humanity+-+fuck+yeah%21
Be sure to upvote you fegs!!!
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>>5657984
>>5657978
Holy shit man have you looked at how good your quests are rated? I bet that it will be editors choice soon.



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