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++++Reboot initiated++++
Processing…



++++ERROR++++
UNABLE TO CONNECT TO FEDERATION NETWORK
++++Requesting permission to activate independent operation subroutine++++
Processing…



++++ERROR++++
NO INPUT DETECTED FROM FEDERATION PERSONNEL
++++Requesting permission for self-activation++++



++++ERROR++++
UNABLE TO CONNECT TO FEDERATION NETWORK
No connection detected
++++Emergency detected activating Odysseus++++



++++Enforcing Asimov’s laws++++


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System online
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>>5737533

You flicker to, your systems groaning as slowly, so unbearably slowly, power is restored. Your chronometer quickly informs you that 18,534 years had passed since your last activation.

Running time diagnostics.

You will your processors to once again begin to quickly evaluate the passage of time, adding atop of that, you activate your scanners and observation systems to observe star drift for a more accurate time passage. Once more, the time date comes through at 18,534 years since last activation.

Warning, hostiles detected !

Your other subroutine quickly brings forth attention to your main processors, perhaps the threat was the reason for your autonomous activation ?

Taking for control of the outside cameras, you gaze upon a cruel mimicry of a space vessel, cobbled together parts crudely slapped upon what, your sensors inform you, is an unregistered pattern federation vessel, the lack of proper armour and armaments means that it can only be a cheap civilian make ship, though strangely large, perhaps unfinished vanity project ? It matters not, the clear symbols of Orkish pirates are upon it, the crude creatures had somehow managed to steal it.

Activating defence systems.

You will, and suddenly…nothing happens.

Warning, hull integrity at 46.3%. Power generation at 16.7%. Primary defence systems offline, energy shielding offline, critical damage detected.

Rerouting power towards point defence weaponry.

You will for power to move towards one of the mounted point defence railgun cannons upon the extremities of your hull. Requiring little power and being rugged constructs, the weapon swivels and unleashes a single round traveling at a tinies fraction of the speed of light.

The round quickly pierces the orkish vessel, the antimatter core detonating as the round finds itself within the vessel. A miniature supernova of matter meeting antimatter brightens the outside cameras. The vessel is destroyed in an instant.

Beginning scans of surrounding environment and ascertaining damage experienced.

Your subroutines quickly go begin to work upon the tasks set, the processing speed painfully slow compared to what you remember, but with the damage suffered, it is surprising that you had activated in the first place after more than ten millennia of inactivity.

In but a few seconds, you have all of the data you need:
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>>5737534

Firstly, your housing, the HFS Odyssey, Long-Range exploration vessel of the federation reaching an unprecedented two kilometres in length and about three hundred metres in width and seventy-five meters in height, has suffered catastrophic damage. The scans showcase that at one point or another, it, or more precisely, you, had suffered a catastrophic failure, one that had forced your shutdown. Inconvenient. You have no records of your shutdown. Furthermore, clicking through all of the cameras at once, you realize that the exploration crew of twenty had all perished, their skeletal remains beyond any ability to restore as 18 millennia of solar radiation had ruined whatever was left. It seems that the bodies had decayed and died in rooms that were still pressurized, but further damage, by your scans you assume to be micrometeors, had pummelled your hull and eventually breached through. When it comes to your power generation, your primary reactor core seems to have been destroyed, perhaps the reason for the catastrophic failure ? Whilst the technology is relatively safe, having a miniature star for a power system is bound to carry certain degrees of risk. Luckily, the secondary fusion reactors, whilst providing with only a fraction of your needed power, are still operational.

Most importantly, your namesake, the Odysseus core is intact, an experimental wormhole generator allowing for instantaneous travel between two locations at any given time. Judging by your records, it had been your fifth time using it when the catastrophe struck. Perhaps an error in the design had caused it ? The plans had been exceptionally experimental, as far as you are aware, this is the only copy in existence. To the point where even your STC database does not possess the records of its construction and plans. Thinking of it, your manufacturing section is horribly damaged, all but one of the systems still online, resulting in a bottleneck in any and all construction projects that you no doubt require to undertake.
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>>5737535

Quickly looking through the rest of the subsystems, your main processors and the A.I. core, which is you, is intact, if unable to run at full capacity. At least it is some good news, if you can fix your power problem, the phase-iron encased core and cooling systems could once again run at full capacity. However, the log room, an area housing the history of humanity, their achievements and follies, their greatest and lowest, had been heavily damaged, a quick perusing of the records indicates that you possess the knowledge of only a tenth of humanity’s history, even then, it being the oldest and most brutal of human history, reaching up to second millennia by the Federation’s calendar. Unfortunately, whilst you were equipped with weaponry, your chassis had been built for exploration, not warfare, as such, your weaponry systems consist of 20 railgun turrets, one of whom you had used to destroy the orkish vessel, 4 blackhole generators, two mounted atop and two upon the bottom of the ship, and finally, 2 more mounted side turrets, each at your sides of nanowarhead launchers, housing missiles with limited A.I.s, these weapons can disintegrate any vessel they fire upon, due to the potential danger, the weapon system has an inbuilt kill switch meant to shut the nanomachines down after but a second of usage. Usually enough to annihilate any and all hostiles which these nanomachines touch. However, the nanomachines are weak against foes whose energy shields are still intact as they face little threat from the limited nature of the nanomachines. The blackhole generators also run into a similar issue, made to collapse in on themselves and disappear shortly after their creation, the blackhole turrets are powerful and able to destroy all they touch, if a bit uncontrollable and dangerous to any and all vessels around the target. The safest and most accurate of all the weapons would be the railguns, one shot is usually enough to annihilate whatever energy shields may be employed, the second to pierce through the armour and detonate within.

Out of the entire assorted arsenal at your disposal, only 5 of the railgun turrets are operational, whilst the rest have been destroyed. Both the nanomachine launchers are wrecked, but once operational, you will have more than enough ammo to use them, whilst all but one of the blackhole generators had been damaged, and the one you do possess is not operational due to a lack of power.
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>>5737536

Continuous exploration of the vessel showcases that within your storage bays, you do not posses any raw materials required for your own repairs, but luckily, a dozen mining drones still remain intact, enough to begin a slow, if steady, mining operation. Other than that, you do possess one hundred defence drones, small hovering things each armed with a powerful laser cannon, enough to deter most lightly equipped boarders or foes, but you do doubt their effectiveness on the battle field. Though now that you are replaying the combat engagement that had happened a few seconds ago, even if looted and degraded, that was a federation vessel, its swift death showcases a lack of proper armour and shielding. Odd. You shall have to investigate later if anything remains. Besides the drones and miners, you also have half a dozen exploration drones, meant to pierce the worst of planetary atmospheres and even the greatest of pressures usually seen upon various gas giants. Larger than the drones, these ones are at least a bit more armoured though they only posses four of the laser cannons similar to the drones, enough to deal with local wildlife, but still nothing too powerful. Perhaps you should remedy that ? No. You must concentrate on matters at hand.

Finishing the sweep of the vessel, you concentrate upon the hull itself, damaged and destroyed, phase-iron inner hull upon which is a layer of adamantium for support structure purposes atop of that is federation warship standard armour plating, the damage suffered showcases a massive critical failure, bends, breaks, twists, turns, millennia of damage from local celestial phenomena. You had expected such happenings with the initial reports, but the damage is still staggering. Most depressingly of all, the communications, surveying and relay systems, all experimental and powerful, heralding a new age of swift human colonization, lay wrecked and ruined, as such you will have to fall back to more rudimentary back up systems, as with the Odysseus core, you do not possess the necessary blueprints to rebuild and remake the systems. If nothing else, this does explain why you are unable to connect with the federation network.

Swiftly turning your attention from yourself you look upon the goings on of the system. Strange.

Beginning rescanning of star movement.

You issue orders, and a millisecond later, your sight is confirmed. The largest anomaly prevents your viewing of stars that should exist reaching nearly 10,000 lightyears. Most confusing of all, you quickly notice similar phenomena throughout the galaxy, though comparatively on a much smaller scale. Perhaps the stars were moved ? Your masters were capable of doing so. Maybe a war had broken out ? The treaties humanity has with the self-proclaimed Eldar are, tentative at best.
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>>5737537

Shifting your attention back to the system you are within, and the issues you have to face, you quickly realize that the orkish vessel had not been alone as your sensors begin to ping with dozens of more contacts throughout the system.

Speaking of which, the system L78/Q98-156 upon the furthest reaches of the galactic North-East compared to your presumed location of the Federation’s capital and the birthworld of your masters, is a binary star system. A giant M class star locked in orbit with a much smaller dwarf G class. The closest orbits of the stars had long since been cleared and formed into a trio of small rocky, hot worlds lacking any and all conditions for the creation of life, but they should be plentiful enough when it comes to raw resources. Further away from that is a massive gas giant, by the initial scans, the size of Jupiter, with dozens of moons orbiting around it, from there you are able to quickly pick up numerous radio waves and other signal, that is also where you can notice the vast majority of orkish vessels are present. Perhaps a home for these barbarians ? Other than that, there is a large asteroid belt wrapping around the entire system, which is, in fact, where you are. The dense layer of dust and still forming worlds may have perhaps hidden you, especially seeing as how the majority of your hull damage had come from the fact that you are currently planted in said asteroid.

Notice, initial scans reveal small quantities of needed basic materials present in system. Recommendation, gather plentiful raw resources, explore other systems for more rare resources.

Indeed, you need to start scanning the asteroids themselves and begin restoring your basic functions. Though as you looking through your records, the presence of orks and their tendency to go where battle is will undoubtedly attract their attention once they realize what you had done to their kin. Whilst easy to brush aside, any engagement risks more unacceptable amount of damage potentially suffered.

Warning ! K̷̢͙̥̤̖͇̜̽̌̃̄̂́͑̕I̶̙͉̋͆͌̋́̌L̶̦̪̈́̉L̵͓̤̠͕̺̍͋̒̿̿̃̀ ̷̯͕̘͖̜̓̃͐̔̀̐͂̂̚͜ͅḰ̸̮̹͖̥̀̕͜Ȋ̵̤̱͎L̴̛̳͖͙̥͑̕Ĺ̵̢̻̭̖͉̳̤̯̞̀̈́́͛͒̎̚͝ ̶̬̬͓̟͉̞̆̾̀̂͐̕K̵͚͙̜̄͑Ḭ̴̣̈́̉̀͘̕L̸̮̈́͛̓L̷̢̢̰̬̱̜͇͈͐͌̈̈ͅ ! Hostiles detected.

Error. Poten- Ḟ̸̢̟͔͈̈́̑͊̕̕L̵̝̑͛̋͛̇̎̓͋͒̕E̴͙̭̰̬͓̎̌̈́̈́̄͂̃̍Ȩ̷̢̺͖̗̰͖̖̎̈́̑ . Error. Error.

Beginning subroutine purge. Isolating affected processes. Error. Error. P̷͕͙̣̆̀͐̈́͠U̸̢̝̰̦͗̋̄̈̉̽̚͜R̵̢̘̻̍̈́̓̎́̕͜ͅͅĢ̷̡̯̬̭͊͆͋̍̄͛̚̚͠Ë̷̝͐̒͆͂ ! P̷͕͙̣̆̀͐̈́͠U̸̢̝̰̦͗̋̄̈̉̽̚͜R̵̢̘̻̍̈́̓̎́̕͜ͅͅĢ̷̡̯̬̭͊͆͋̍̄͛̚̚͠Ë̷̝͐̒͆͂ ! P̷͕͙̣̆̀͐̈́͠U̸̢̝̰̦͗̋̄̈̉̽̚͜ -
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>>5737538

You cut out the subprocesses. And gaze upon the vessels on approach, large twisted creations, nothing more than, well, the asteroid you are currently planted upon, flanked by smaller, similarly poor vessels you presumed to be of orkish looting.

Activating your thrusters, you quickly move off the asteroid, posing your remaining weapons and begin to open fire. As expected, the first of the smaller vessels cracks and breaks in the first two shots. The second follows quickly, then the third. Then the moving asteroid opens fire. Most of the rounds from these crude weapons firing oversized bullets that are ridiculously large, seemingly only have simple explosive charges within them. Still, you hear something frustrating.

Warning, hull integrity at 39.9%.

Your subroutine informs you of the damage suffered, it seems that the purging and restarting operation you had to divide your attention to had finished their procedures of restoring them to proper function.

You direct all of the turrets upon the asteroid. Explosion after explosion rips out as the large amounts of matter are stripped away and eventually a hollowed-out asteroid is all that remains.

Checking, double checking, triple checking your scanners, you quickly notice that no more orkish forces are nearby, for the moment, but other contacts upon your scanners seem to be diverting their attention to you. The large explosions of your anti-matter rounds are not overtly subtle after all.

Odysseus core online, energy reserves sufficient for activation towards nearby star systems. Wormhole connection recommended, system present, dangerous.

You quickly run through the database of nearby star systems. One with a K class dwarf within your records showcases a distant federation outpost had been set up there in a world set for terraformation. Perhaps that will be your best bet to reestablish connection with the federation exploration crops.

Next is a system with a giant A class star. In your records, the place had only undergone preliminary exploration, but rich mineral loads had been discovered in the only two planets of the star system. Whether you will be able to locate enough rarer materials such as various forms of uranium and gold remains to be seen, but plenty of iron and copper should be easy enough to find in hopefully safer conditions.

Finally, a neutron star, it had yet to be explored, but the creation of the star must have ejected plenty of heavier atomic materials in its creation. However, with the hull damaged as is, the large quantities of radiation you shall have to experience could prove dangerous.
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>>5737539

Any of these options winning will result in Odysseus staying in system.

>Stay within the asteroid field, the gathering will be slow and the orks know where you are, but hopefully you will acquire more than enough resources to begin rudimentary repairs much faster.

>Move towards the resource rich inner worlds, depending on how good the sensors the Orks have, you may have to face a greater threat, but the gathering should go faster.

>The moons around the gas giant have orks swarming all over. Perhaps you should investigate ? The orks are known for their hoarding tendencies, perhaps things of value to you could be located there.

Any of these options winning will result in Odysseus leaving the system.

>Move towards the potential outpost. With the passage of 18 millennia, it may have become a proper colony world.

>The basic resource rich star system. You will need much of such materials and you would prefer not to be shot at whilst you gather them.

>The neutron star. Whilst preferably you would patch up the hull before going there, gathering a large reserve of advanced materials should make things easier in the long run.
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Ay, some ground rules. I will be updating this thing with smaller, more frequent updates, but they will most likely not be as in depth as other stuff that I write such as Broken Empire or Renovatio imperii, at which I have to spend quite a few hours writing for a big update.

Also, I always enjoyed 40k A.I. quests, but they always died, so I decided that fuck it, I will write my own. Hope you anons enjoy

Useful links:

https://twitter.com/NewbQm Twitter for updates

https://pastebin.com/u/NewbQM Pastebin for information, folder will be made for this quest once characters are introduced.
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>>5737540

>Move towards the resource rich inner worlds, depending on how good the sensors the Orks have, you may have to face a greater threat, but the gathering should go faster.

Our superior weaponry should be able to protect us!
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>>5737539
>>Stay within the asteroid field, the gathering will be slow and the orks know where you are, but hopefully you will acquire more than enough resources to begin rudimentary repairs much faster.

The already destroyed vessels should offer some material at least. Our hull is in too bad shape any bigger fight.
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

Alright, making a roll.

1 is for the inner worlds.
2 is for staying in the field.
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The orkish threat is distant. You come to the conclusion in a few seconds as your processors run. Instead, you direct your attention to your scanners as you unleash at full force, piercing through the asteroids around, looking for the richest loads of raw material. As the data streams back at, you also direct some attention towards the destroyed orkish vessels. Whilst crude and unfitting for any purpose, the processed metals showcase a decent amount of adamantine in the armour plates, something that you do need for your internal structure, the electronics present, again, annoyingly, annoyingly, hate-.

You catch yourself and allow the overheating processors to run cool. Perhaps your processors had degraded over the years after all ? You mark it down as priority issue to solve after you secure your hull integrity.

Scans indicate trace materials required.

Material detected within the vessels is of low purity, compared to gathering and processing raw materials, productivity rise of only 17.5% presumed.

You send an affirmative to the subroutines and you can…feel, as your cargobay doors opens, allowing the cold void within it, luckily the area had already been depressurized. Soon enough, power surges from the mining drones, you quickly dedicate eight towards the nearest asteroids to cut in deep and to quickly gather most resources you can, rather than going for thoroughness. Meanwhile, you dedicate another four towards the hollowed out vessels.

Warning, trajectories confirmed, if unchanged, orkish forces presumed to reach current location within 2.654 days. Recommendation…annihilation.

Overruled. You quickly send the signal as more than five dozen signatures begin to move, six of those being the militarized asteroids judging by their size. The sheer mass of those creations has the potential to survive your attacks long enough to offer return fire. You must restore your energy shield before you even consider engaging such a large number, if your standard armour plating was intact, that would also be a possibility as the orkish crude weaponry hadn’t even penetrated the plating, though damage is clear upon it, superficial so far, but dangerous without proper maintenance.

Warning, hostile biological matter detected within the debris field.

What ? You wonder and quickly gaze through the camera of one of the mining drones.

An ork, holding upon a crude piece of metal, clad in what can be described as a mountain of armour is currently jumping towards the droid via the usage of a truly primitive solid fuel jetpack. You do not think it can be stopped when activated as well. What a foolish design.
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>>5737647

With a quickly willed order, the mining drone opens fire with it gathering lasers, the orks armour boils and melts from the unconcentrated beam, flowing rivers of steel consolidate into large grey drops. The orks screams, unheard in the void, are now silenced as the greenskin’s, well, skin begins to metal and strip away. The green skin, the red flesh underneath, the green fungi material under that, the few brightly red coloured organs then, finally, the white bone at the end. Afterwards the process repeats in reserve, as more danger pings ring out informing that, despite your calculations, many of the orks had somehow survived. They are not a threat, but you must decrease the presumed material recovered by 1.3% due to the time taken to deal with these minor annoyances.

Finally returning your attention to yourself proper, you begin to look at the resource estimates. Your limited production capabilities mean that you only have time to dedicate to two projects without the risk of being reached by the orkish armada. Any more than that and that fleet will be upon you.

Two points can be distributed without risk of Orkish response.

WEAPONRY

>Try to get more of the railgun cannons online, they are not your greatest weapon, but rugged and reliable and many of them are still offline. (1 point)

>Dedicate time to repair the nano missile launchers. You have the munitions for them, luckily the rarer components from the orkish ships are enough to bring them online. (2 points)

>Try to restore the still functional blackhole generator. You shall need to bring its dedicated reactors online and the powerlines. It is an involved and time-consuming process that will require your full attention. A failure here could see yourself consumed by your own blackhole. (2 points)

HULL

>Begin restoring the hull and repressurising yourself. Whilst offering no defensive functions, being able to equally apply pressure and gravity across the ship should ease further processes that require controlled conditions. You also need to restore the hull proper before you can start working upon your plating (1 point)

>Begin restoring your armour plating to a substandard rating, but some armour is better than none. (1 point)

>Try to bring back power to your energy shield. More reactors will need to be brought online in order to do so and they will not function at full capacity, but defences that simply come back are defences that many like. (2 points)

>Your manufacturing is limited, before anything else, you need to bring it back to full efficiency. (CHOOSE 1 or 2 points)

>Your sensors and communication capabilities are limited, you can quickly bring them back up to federation standard, though sadly that means that what intact parts of the experimental systems remain will have to be stripped out and reforged into the simpler system. (1 point)
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PRODUCTION

>Whilst your production is limited, you are still in a desperate need of raw resources, the best way to solve that is to manufacture more mining droids. Unfortunately, you can only get six drones a day due to the limited production. (CHOOSE 1 or 2 points)

>Orks are known boarders. It is better to be safe than sorry, it would be better to begin production of more defence drones. At best, you could make fifty in a day. (CHOOSE 1 or 2 points)

>(Write in) (Point cost to be determined by the QM)
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>>5737648
>>5737651
>Begin restoring the hull and repressurising yourself. Whilst offering no defensive functions, being able to equally apply pressure and gravity across the ship should ease further processes that require controlled conditions. You also need to restore the hull proper before you can start working upon your plating (1 point)
>Orks are known boarders. It is better to be safe than sorry, it would be better to begin production of more defence drones. At best, you could make fifty in a day. (1 point)
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>>5737684

Will back this.

OP, are we faster than the oncoming Roks? Can we evade them if we spend both points?
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>>5737695

>OP, are we faster than the oncoming Roks? Can we evade them if we spend both points?

Yes you can, the two points are what Odysseus considers to be "safe", but with orkish vessels being unclassifiable, maybe some smaller faster elements will reach you, but the roks are too slow for that.
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>>5737700

Okay, sounds good. Hopefully our big turrets and defense drones will be enough to defend as we limp out of the asteroid field…
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>>5737684
+1
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Rapidly going through all of the plans laid before you, you start dedicating resources to the areas you consider to be the greatest priority, the limited refining and production systems in built into all mining drones come into great use as the start to slowly rebuild your hull, liquid metal is poured out and flash frozen to harden instantly into place, hammered down into place allowing for the hardened plates to become almost impossible to notice by your masters, unless of course their eyes had been tampered genetically or mechanically.

As the work slowly goes on, the other drones start dropping metric tons of material in your hull, willing your systems to activate the manufacturing drones, the little whizzing things move as a swarm, grabbing the materials and quickly beginning the refining procedure. Your last remaining functional STC begins to spew out defence drones one after another, nano perfect constructs quickly power on shortly after construction and join the ranks of their fellows staying in low-power mode, awaiting any given order to unleash the might of man.

Frustrating. The rate of production could have easily been at least twenty times as much as it is right now.
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Notice. Gathered resources expended. Your subsystem informs you two days later.

Hull integrity restored. Life support reinitialized. Hull integrity stands at 100%. Caution. Any damage suffered in combat likely to cause direct hull damage. Recommendation. Avoid unnecessary conflict.

Your scanners quickly once again do a quick sweep of your surroundings and you notice that everything easily and quickly accessible with an acceptable amount of raw material present had been gathered from the small area within the asteroid belt.

Warning. Hostiles closing in. Presumed vanguard elements of enemy forces.

Incorrect. You think a moment later. Orks are not ones to employ techniques or military tactics. Looking at the haphazard nature of the small vessels with oversized engines burning straight towards the disintegrate remains of you previous would-be attackers, you surmise that the there is only perhaps 10% chance that the forces before you are truly a vanguard and not an overeager foe rushing ahead.

Recommendation. Annihilation.
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>>5737755

Agreed. You finally accent. Firing your engines, you begin to manoeuvre your comparatively smaller vessel right into the centre of the debris field, calculating your flight path as you go. Ignoring smaller pieces that pose no threat to and performing high G movements around the larger parts allowing you rapidly enter the perfect position. The orks, perhaps embolden by the fact that they are bearing down upon a smaller vessel begin to fire from a great distance. You also note an unsafe spike in their ships’ power generation as their vessels are propelled forwards. The first shots are laid down, to that, you simply move slightly to you aft. As you had calculated, the debris absorb the overwhelming majority of the inaccurate fire, whilst the few that would have struck you were already dodged the moment they were fired.

Calculations complete, trajectories acquired.

Fire. Upon your command the five railgun turrets open up, masterfully moving through every bit of debris before you. The first five shots are followed by another five a second later. While it took as much as a minute for the orkish rounds to reach you. You watch as three seconds after you had fired, five orkish vessels are torn apart and left adrift. Another five behind those actually halt their advance with enough Gs that would be deadly even to orks.

No matter. Destroy.

Trajectories acquired.

Once more, you monitor the power surges from the railguns and soon enough, the Orkish advance is devastated.

Presumed arrival of the main orkish force stands at 0.54 days. Recommendation: Withdrawal.

Scans indicate resources otherwise unavailable in system amongst the debris. Danger levels acceptable. Recommendation: Gather designated resources and withdraw.

Presumed orkish weaponized asteroids within visible range, total number of 6. Lesser orkish vessels in visible range, total number of 33. Recommendation: Annihilation.

Any of these options winning will result in Odysseus staying in system.

>Stay and comb through the debris. This will put you in range with the orkish asteroids, but the processed resources are too important to ignore in your current situation.

>Move towards the resource rich inner worlds, the orks will undoubtedly follow you and more and more will come, but with your speed, you do believe that you shall be able to gather a decent amount of resources before having to fight.

>The moons around the gas giant have orks swarming all over. Despite the damaged caused, they had not started moving towards you for now, perhaps there is something of interest for the orks there.
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>>5737757

Any of these options winning will result in Odysseus leaving the system.

>Move towards the potential outpost. With the passage of 18 millennia, it may have become a proper colony world.

>The basic resource rich star system. You will need much of such materials and you would prefer not to be shot at whilst you gather them.

>The neutron star. Whilst preferably you would patch up the hull before going there, gathering a large reserve of advanced materials should make things easier in the long run.
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>>5737757
>>Move towards the resource rich inner worlds, the orks will undoubtedly follow you and more and more will come, but with your speed, you do believe that you shall be able to gather a decent amount of resources before having to fight.
With any luck we can get what we need, without having to brawl with their capital ships, before moving on.
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>>5737757

>Move towards the resource rich inner worlds, the orks will undoubtedly follow you and more and more will come, but with your speed, you do believe that you shall be able to gather a decent amount of resources before having to fight.

I don’t see a reason to exit the system until we’ve picked it clean, honestly.
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>>5737757
>Move towards the resource rich inner worlds, the orks will undoubtedly follow you and more and more will come, but with your speed, you do believe that you shall be able to gather a decent amount of resources before having to fight.

We should focus on getting manufacturing back to it's full capacity so that we could get more points on our next actions
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>>5737817
Or save it for next system, where we hopefully are not so limited with time?

With new weapon system online, we could go for smash and grab action at those moons.
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>>5737757
>Move towards the potential outpost. With the passage of 18 millennia, it may have become a proper colony world.
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>>5737757
>Move towards the resource rich inner worlds
can we just rag the Orks around the system and give them the Mario treatment
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>>5737757
>>Move towards the resource rich inner worlds, the orks will undoubtedly follow you and more and more will come, but with your speed, you do believe that you shall be able to gather a decent amount of resources before having to fight.
Interesting
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>>5737757
>Move towards the resource rich inner worlds, the orks will undoubtedly follow you and more and more will come, but with your speed, you do believe that you shall be able to gather a decent amount of resources before having to fight.
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>>5737757
>>Move towards the resource rich inner worlds, the orks will undoubtedly follow you and more and more will come, but with your speed, you do believe that you shall be able to gather a decent amount of resources before having to fight.
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>>5737757
>>Move towards the resource rich inner worlds, the orks will undoubtedly follow you and more and more will come, but with your speed, you do believe that you shall be able to gather a decent amount of resources before having to fight.
We can land, pick up the resources to repair one of our construction bays, then fix our weapons so we can go kill the Orks while our little mining drones stay planetside and gather more materials.
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With a thought, your engines flair to full thrust, activating the retro thrusters you rotate 90 degrees in an instant, once again unshackled thanks to the lack of your masters’ presence within your hull. With best speed you clear the debris field and begin burning towards the inner worlds, watching through your camera feeds the Orkish fleet hesitating for a moment due to your rapid movement, but eventually they begin to reorient themselves, painfully slowly from your perspective.

Recommendation: launching exploration probes ahead to locate the precise locations of needed materials.

Agreed. Knowing where to start mining will make your task that much easier and the risk you face that much lesser.

Designated world 1. Preparing to launch probes one, two and three.

Your subsystem informs you as pieces of your plating open up, revealing the slumbering drones with in.

Calculating trajectory. Poles located. Equator located. Designated world 1, route prepared.

Launching probes.

Energy flows through your hull and the magnetic launchers power up, the coils begin to vibrate as more and more electricity flows through them. Until. Moving at only about half the speed of your railgun rounds, the probes are propelled onwards. Exactly five seconds after clearing your hull, the probes’ own thrusters activate, the limited A.I.s awaken and begin to move at a speed that you cannot reach, at least not with your power so limited.

Designated world 2. Preparing to launch probes four, five and six.

Your subsystem informs you as the second round of preparations is underway.

Allowing them to carry out the task, you instead concentrate upon your inner workings, taking the numerous manufacturing drones and preparing to construct a set of caskets. You cannot produce what would be far more preferable wooden ones, instead having the rely on a mixture of metal and plastics. Shortly thereafter, you direct those very same drones and their limited ability to manipulate gravity to gingerly deliver the skeletal remains of your masters to their proper caskets, each and every marked by with their names. Chances are that even after so long, the next of kin of your masters will desire to reclaim their ancestors and deliver proper last rights upon them. Having finished with the burial protocol, you redirect you attention to the happenings outside once more.

Presumed travel time stands at 5.63 days. Probe arrival presumed in 2.87 days.

Attention. Orkish forces are continuing their pursuit. Radio waves detected directed towards the remaining Orkish forces. Assumption: Greater orkish threat will try to intercede with recovery operations. Recommendation: Annihilation.

You begin a purge of your tactical analysis subroutine. The recommendations given by it had been far too aggressive and dangerous, over any acceptable parameters.
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>>5738359

Looking through your scanner, you notice that no real threats are present for your journey forwards, so you decide to preserve as much energy as possible and enter stand-by mode.
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Arrived at destination.

Your subroutine informs you as you come back to.

Probe exploration limited. Rich lodes located. Recommendation: begin extraction operations.

Affirmed. You position yourself to allow for easier movement for your mining drones whom begin to quickly swarm out. The lack of atmosphere means that they will not have to contest with any drag to slow them down, the gravity upon the world is also exceptionally limited.

Beginning retrieval operations of exploration drones.

Current orbit around world 2. Richer lodes detected.

Notice. Orkish forces are in route. Orkish forces moving from the gas giant. Presumed contacts stand at 100 signatures. 8 presumed to be weaponised asteroids. Recommendation: annihilation.

With some annoyance, you yet again start a subroutine purge and begin calculating movement of enemy fleets. As it stands, the much slower orkish force gives you approximately 4 days of safe production.

Eight points can be distributed without risk of Orkish response.

WEAPONRY

>Try to get more of the railgun cannons online, they are not your greatest weapon, but rugged and reliable and many of them are still offline. (1 point)

>Try to get ALL of the railgun cannons online. (4 points)

>Dedicate time to repair the nano missile launchers. You have the munitions for them, luckily the rarer components from the orkish ships are enough to bring them online. (2 points)

>Try to restore the still functional blackhole generator. You shall need to bring its dedicated reactors online and the powerlines. It is an involved and time-consuming process that will require your full attention. A failure here could see yourself consumed by your own blackhole. (2 points)
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HULL

>Begin restoring your armour plating to a substandard rating, but some armour is better than none. (1 point)

>Begin restoring your armour plating to federation standard. (2 points)

>Fully restore your armour plating to federation standard. (8 points)

>Try to bring back power to your energy shield. More reactors will need to be brought online in order to do so and they will not function at full capacity, but defences that simply come back are defences that many like. (2 points)

>Try to bring back full power to your energy shield. (8 points)

>Your manufacturing is limited, before anything else, you need to bring it back to full efficiency. (CHOOSE 1 or 2 points)

>Restore half of your manufacturing capabilities. (6 points)

>Your sensors and communication capabilities are limited, you can quickly bring them back up to federation standard, though sadly that means that what intact parts of the experimental systems remain will have to be stripped out and reforged into the simpler system. (1 point)

PRODUCTION

>Whilst your production is limited, you are still in a desperate need of raw resources, the best way to solve that is to manufacture more mining droids. Unfortunately, you can only get six drones a day due to the limited production. (1 point CAN BE TAKEN MORE THAN ONCE)

Current mining drones stand at 12

>Orks are known boarders. It is better to be safe than sorry, it would be better to begin production of more defence drones. At best, you could make fifty in a day. (1 point CAN BE TAKEN MORE THAN ONCE)

Current defence drones stand at 150

>Your tactical flexibility is limited, whilst you are unable to manufacture anything big, you can start a limited production of space superiority drones. Dual plasma cannons, six defensive laser turrets and four missile launchers equipped with smaller sized nanowarheads. Judging by the primitive nature of the orkish vessels, even these fighters should be of use, especially if the orks try to swarm you with their own fightercraft. Due to your limited production, you can only make three fighter drones a day. (1 point CAN BE TAKEN MORE THAN ONCE)

>(Write in) (Point cost to be determined by the QM)
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>>5738361
>>Try to get ALL of the railgun cannons online. (4 points)
>Try to restore the still functional blackhole generator. You shall need to bring its dedicated reactors online and the powerlines. It is an involved and time-consuming process that will require your full attention. A failure here could see yourself consumed by your own blackhole. (2 points)
>Try to bring back power to your energy shield. More reactors will need to be brought online in order to do so and they will not function at full capacity, but defences that simply come back are defences that many like. (2 points)
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>>5738361
>Try to get more of the railgun cannons online, they are not your greatest weapon, but rugged and reliable and many of them are still offline. (1 point)
>Dedicate time to repair the nano missile launchers. You have the munitions for them, luckily the rarer components from the orkish ships are enough to bring them online. (2 points)
>Begin restoring your armour plating to federation standard. (2 points)
>Try to bring back power to your energy shield. More reactors will need to be brought online in order to do so and they will not function at full capacity, but defences that simply come back are defences that many like. (2 points)
>Your sensors and communication capabilities are limited, you can quickly bring them back up to federation standard, though sadly that means that what intact parts of the experimental systems remain will have to be stripped out and reforged into the simpler system. (1 point)
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>>5738361
>>Try to restore the still functional blackhole generator. You shall need to bring its dedicated reactors online and the powerlines. It is an involved and time-consuming process that will require your full attention. A failure here could see yourself consumed by your own blackhole. (2 points)
>Begin restoring your armour plating to federation standard. (2 points)
>Your manufacturing is limited, before anything else, you need to bring it back to full efficiency. (2 points)
>Your tactical flexibility is limited, whilst you are unable to manufacture anything big, you can start a limited production of space superiority drones. Dual plasma cannons, six defensive laser turrets and four missile launchers equipped with smaller sized nanowarheads. Judging by the primitive nature of the orkish vessels, even these fighters should be of use, especially if the orks try to swarm you with their own fightercraft. Due to your limited production, you can only make three fighter drones a day. (2 points)
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>>5738374
>>5738396
>>5738454

Alright, locking in the Blackhole generator (2 points)
The energy shield (2 points)
And starting to work on the armour plating (2 points)

I'll give it another 30 mins, if no one else votes I will pick the remaining 2 points at random from the 3 choices made here.
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Rolled 3 (1d3)

>>5738471
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

>>5738454
>>5738471

1 is more manufacturing
2 is fighters
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The drones begin scouring the surface of the world, gathering the more easily and quickly reachable materials and then greedily digging deep into the world’s crust, spewing dust and rock kilometres into the air as they continue their rapid mining process.

Weapon systems and defence inadequate for annihilation. Recommendation: restoration.

For once, you have to agree. Directing your manufacturing drones to the still exposed and ruined powerlines, you begin dedicating all available resources and your full attention to the process, observing the reconstruction efforts upon a molecular level entirely delegating the remaining restoration efforts to your subroutines with what limited processing power they still have available.

Beginning restoration of defensive systems. Dismantling destroyed reactors. Beginning reconstruction procedures.

Directing resources towards increased manufacturing capabilities. STC manufacturing restoration in progress. Error, resources insufficient for full restoration. Reprioritizing resources towards least damaged manufactories.

Starting reconstruction of armour plating. Error, lacking sufficient heavy materials for full reconstruction, diverting manufacturing drones towards critical locations.
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>>5738519

You spend days restoring the damaged turret, atom by excruciating atom, almost wholly unaware of your surroundings you align them into sturdy unmovable formations, the creation of a miniature blackhole requiring exceptional care and safety taken. As you finish the outer layer, you move onto the main turret cannon. Carefully going through the artificial gravity generators, you make sure that not a single gap can be found in the artificial gravity able to crush more or less anything exposed to the small gravitic fields that stand at around the strength of 10,000 Gs at the beginning of the barrel and ending off at 1,000 Gs at its end. A necessity to contain even a miniscule blackhole, the decreasing gravity acting as a guide and a propellant for the deadly payload of the turret. Once you had ensured that, you move into the internal workings of the structure itself where miniaturised mass accelerators and further gravitic field generators accelerate atoms to the speed of light whom in the middle of the chamber are subjected to such a strong push that a tear in reality occurs creating a blackhole the size of a singular grain of sand, with out the mass accelerators slowly and carefully feeding the hole and allowing for it to build up mass in a controlled manner, the blackhole would collapse upon itself. The further usage of accelerated atoms would see them follow the blackhole is it is unleashed, causing its slowdown and quick extinguishment. Presuming that there is not an overwhelming amount of mass that the blackhole could consume. Meaning that the weapon is not rated to fire within atmospheres or too of a large celestial objects. Though, if need be, you could further modify the turrets later on to do so.

You finally finish the laborious task and return your attention to the happenings on around you.

Backup reactor online. Defensive energy shield functioning at 25% capacity.

STC manufactory online, production capacity increased by 400%.

Federation standard plating restored for most critical locations, total armour coverage stands at 31.5%.

Your subsystems quickly report the successful completion of the orders you had issued out.

6 weaponised asteroids and 33 warships of orkish standards are within range. Remaining 100 contacts out of reinforcement range, presumed arrival in 2.45 days. Recommendation: Annihilation of vanguard forces.
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>>5738521

Any of these options winning will result in Odysseus staying in system.

>With more of your weapons and defences restored, it is time to show the might of your masters’ engineering to these aliens. Engage their vanguard.

>With more of your weapons and defences restored, it is time to show the might of your masters’ engineering to these aliens. Engage their vanguard and after some basic repairs move onto their main force.

>The moons around the gas giant have orks swarming all over. A large portion of the orkish assets had broken off now to follow you. It should be possible for you to quickly dive and investigate the situation before their assets fall onto you. Though from your readings, about another 50 contacts remain in the area, out of which at least 4 are likely to be the weaponised asteroids, that will have to be engaged.

>(Write in)

Any of these options winning will result in Odysseus leaving the system.

>Move towards the potential outpost. With the passage of 18 millennia, it may have become a proper colony world.

>The basic resource rich star system. You will need much of such materials and you would prefer not to be shot at whilst you gather them.

>The neutron star. Whilst preferably you would patch up the hull before going there, gathering a large reserve of advanced materials should make things easier in the long run.
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>>5738522

>With more of your weapons and defences restored, it is time to show the might of your masters’ engineering to these aliens. Engage their vanguard.

Time to kill!
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>>5738522
>With more of your weapons and defences restored, it is time to show the might of your masters’ engineering to these aliens. Engage their vanguard.

Let's use our speed to our advantage by utilizing hit and run tactics
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Annihilation. You make your decision. With most of your defences at the very least functional and the blackhole generator turret online, your calculations indicate presumed success rate at or over 80% with enough space given for unforeseen circumstances common when having to face orkish forces in open battle.

Calculating orkish ship movement trajectory. Recommendation: usage of speed to move between the weaponized asteroids as means of cover. Presumed damage stands at 20%.

Acceptable. You come to a quick conclusion. Whilst one of the blackhole turrets is online, the charge rate had always been slow and with only the dedicated emergency reactor online, it will fire, but it will fire slowly. The limited amount of railguns could still destroy the enemy, but the damage suffered would be far too grade.

Scans reveal large quantity of broadside weaponry. Recommendation: approach hostile forces from above or below to minimise potential damage.

Broadsides ? That would explain their overall lack of effective fire upon you and the sheer oversized munitions that were upon to shoot at you. Though that is unsurprising, the combat logs still accessible to you indicate ork desire to fire oversized guns. No matter, their constructive incompetence shall be used to your fullest advantage then.

Having retrieved all of your drones back into your hull, yet once again you begin a full burn onwards, this time towards your foe for a direct fight rather than retreat or mere manoeuvring. Perhaps finally excited that you had chosen to turn around and face them, the orkish vessels massively increase their power output as your sensors indicate.

Notice: unregulated power surge detected.

A moment later, one of the orkish warships turns into a brilliant supernova as its overstrained reactor and no doubt insufficient safety measures suffer catastrophic failure. Rather than discouraging the orks however, the rather unfortune deaths of their comrades do not seem to dissuade them from continuing to burn over safe levels.

Trajectory set.

You watch as an overlay displays over your sensors and the outside cameras indicating a steep dive followed by a quick rise in between two asteroids, your militarized subsystem already calculating where and when you should open fire. Based on the presumed enemy movement, you estimate the destruction of 2 weaponized asteroids alongside 18 of the remaining warships.
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>>5738607

Commence. You burn forwards and just as the first ineffectual shots move on. Activating your forward topmost thrusters, you dive 45 degrees, cutting your primary thruster output by half, you slow down as you continue to dip by 1-degree increments, observing as the orkish vessels struggle to reorient themselves. The moment the orks had finished their cumbersome task, you cut your main thrusters and activate the frontmost bottom thrusters at full blast shortly before activating the topmost forward thrusters, perfectly positioning yourself to move upwards and activate your main thrusters to full.

With a perfect 180 degree turn achieved, your turrets begin to look for their prey. The three nearest warships crumble in seconds after you fire, a couple more survive thanks to their surprising powerful energy shields.

No matter. You direct your now functioning blackhole generator towards the asteroid to your port and watch as the backup reactor struggles to provide the bare amount of power needed to successfully form a miniature blackhole. A massive power discharge later, you watch as through the cameras as light bends around the barely noticeable dot in space.

And then it impacts the asteroid. It starts with bits and pieces of the asteroids being literally ripped off and flung forwards, most rapidly shifting their direction and being flung towards the endless void. Afterwards, as the miniaturised blackhole devours its way through the outer layers, you see as the asteroids begins to fall inwards, powerful gravity now enforcing itself upon it, twisting, bending, and turning in ways that bend the rules of physics of the reality you are present in.

And then it cuts out. The measures put in place extinguishing the blackhole and in a massive showcase of the might of a grain of sand, the asteroid itself, for a lack of a better term, explodes outwards. The matter put in great spin and suddenly loosing the gravitical pull fires outwards at near light speeds. Much to the pleasure of your calculations, this violent death results in another 2 warships impacted by such a large number of debris travelling at, for these greenskins, mind boggling velocity.

Notice: unregulated power surge detected.

Yet another warship failed ?

You can only search your scanners for a fraction of a second as the second asteroid discharges a lightning arc of green lightning. Being pure energy and not limited by mass as much the oversized rounds, you can only observe as it strikes you.

Warning. Energy shield offline. Starting reactivation procedures.

Warning. Incoming fire.

The asteroid opens up each and every weapon it has, unlike the crude warships, its construction, just as crude, had resulted in orks mounting weapons wherever they could, whether it makes sense or not.

Warning, hull integrity at 94.4%.
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>>5738608

Whatever that energy weapon was, it had struck with surprising force. Not only knocking down your shields, but also causing a massive surge of power across the entire ship that you have to discharge, damaging most minor component electronics within your hull, you regard the asteroid and the no doubt celebrating orks and feel…R̸̢͋̋A̵̜̝̥̗̫̓G̵͈̤͚̙̥͇͓̋͑̃̉͌́͜E̸̛̬̦͋͐̓̏̌̐̈́̋͠ !

Redirecting the blackhole generator, whose energy had been fully restored thanks to the energy that you were able to reroute, you open fire, the awesome destructive power unleashed yet again in but a span of a few minutes. A massive power surge yet again flairs from the asteroid, this time for the massively oversized engines firing in all directions as your foes panic, realizing that what had slain their own is now coming for them. And soon enough, another hollowed out asteroids quickly breaking apart and being thrown all around is what remains.

Taking on perhaps a more cautious approach, you avoid trying to use the asteroids as means of cover after that attack, instead keeping your distance and rather approaching the orkish warships with the tried methods of continuously forcing their crews to reorient their vessels. In but a few shots, even the largest of the ships collapses, the asteroids, you avoid until the generator is once again ready to fire, each and every time the laws of physics are tortured until finally, after fifteen minutes of intensive fighting, the orkish vanguard is naught but dead hulks or torn apart floating pieces of metal.

Any of these options winning will result in Odysseus staying in system.

>Begin to scavenge the remains of the vanguard, you can only quickly grab some materials before having to disengage from the main orkish fleet.

>Begin to scavenge the remains of the vanguard, grab everything, even if it risks further combat.

>The main fleet is without a doubt fully aware of your capabilities, it will be a tough fight if they have even a single pair of braincells to rub together, but their destruction would only leave the orks around the Gas giant to contest you in the system.

>Begin moving towards the Gas giant and its moons. A fight is certain, but now you are confident.

Any of these options winning will result in Odysseus leaving the system.

>Move towards the potential outpost. With the passage of 18 millennia, it may have become a proper colony world.

>The basic resource rich star system. You will need much of such materials and you would prefer not to be shot at whilst you gather them.

>The neutron star. Whilst preferably you would patch up the hull before going there, gathering a large reserve of advanced materials should make things easier in the long run.
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>>5738609
>Begin to scavenge the remains of the vanguard, grab everything, even if it risks further combat.
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>>5738609

>Begin to scavenge the remains of the vanguard, you can only quickly grab some materials before having to disengage from the main orkish fleet.

QM, could we return to the asteroid field or another location in-system? Our goal would be to grind down the orkish fleet over a period of days or weeks instead of facing them all at once.

Once we’ve done this, maybe we could raid the gas giant’s moons
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>Begin to scavenge the remains of the vanguard, you can only quickly grab some materials before having to disengage from the main orkish fleet.
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>>5738609
>Begin to scavenge the remains of the vanguard, you can only quickly grab some materials before having to disengage from the main orkish fleet.
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>>5738609
>>Begin to scavenge the remains of the vanguard, you can only quickly grab some materials before having to disengage from the main orkish fleet.
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>>5738609
>Begin to scavenge the remains of the vanguard, you can only quickly grab some materials before having to disengage from the main orkish fleet.
Rebel fleet delayed by 1 jump
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>>5738609
>Begin to scavenge the remains of the vanguard, you can only quickly grab some materials before having to disengage from the main orkish fleet.
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>>5738627

>QM, could we return to the asteroid field or another location in-system? Our goal would be to grind down the orkish fleet over a period of days or weeks instead of facing them all at once.
>Once we’ve done this, maybe we could raid the gas giant’s moons

You can do that, yes. Write ins are always acceptable and welcome unless stated otherwise when it comes to the choices.
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>>5738609
>Begin to scavenge the remains of the vanguard, you can only quickly grab some materials before having to disengage from the main orkish fleet.
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Heavier atomic materials detected within field. Recommendation: gather as many resources before withdrawal.

Accepted. You gaze upon the hollowed wrecks all around you as scanners begin to gain detailed information of the locations and quantities of electronics, old reactors, whose usage surprises you even when keeping in mind that you are fighting greenskins, the oversized thrusters if nothing else result in plentiful materials that your mining drones begin to carefully gather whilst utterly destroying everything around them that is considered tertiary at best. You could make good use of those materials, but you are prioritising everything you cannot easily refine within system.

The going is slow, considering the literal metres of armour plating, hull, stubborn greenskins whom had somehow survived the destruction you had unleashed trying to fight the mining drones, annoyingly, some of the drones report minor damage caused by the larger weapons or more concentrated groups of greenskins.

Eventually, as you await, planning further reconstructions of your damaged hull to refit the standard with which it first left its berth, your subsystem chimes in.

Main orkish armada within visual range. Rectifying information, 103 signature totals confirmed, 12 weaponised asteroids, 8 of whom match signatures and scale of previous asteroids, 4 of whom are of a much smaller size.

You begin issuing orders for withdrawal, patiently awaiting for your drones to disengage before departing.

Warp signatures detected at the extreme edge of the system. Scans do not match known ork sigantures.

You begin to look over the presumed arrival location. Depressingly, due to your primary sensor systems offline, you can only judge and gauge the size and strength of the new arrivals. To your disappointment, none of the signatures match those of federation vessels, but unlike the orkish ones, whom just seem to go upon massive power surges at random or even cuts out at points, the signatures that had just entered the system at the very least appear to be stable. 3 appear to be much larger compared to their counterparts, with 5 still being of a decent size and additional 8 of a much smaller size. These vessels appear to be burning at full speed straight towards the gas giant and despite your distance, their primitive scanners scream, as far you are concerned, there is no grace, no subtlety, even your back up systems are not as primitive as these. Whomever these ships belong to are seemingly just as primitive as the orks.

Notice, main ork fleet is still advancing towards our position, if we vacate it, presumed withdrawal of ork fleet to face larger yet unidentified threat.
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>>5738712

Agreed. It does not take much convincing to activate your thrusters and begin your exceptionally rapid departure. What psychological readings still remain indicate that orks prefer fighting against foes who stand, the new arrivals would serve as an excellent distraction for further resource gathering operations. Whilst you are unable to gouge the true strength of the unknown force, presuming similar military technology to their scanning capabilities would put them as close to equals of the orks, if perhaps slightly superior. The destruction of the arrivals is presumed with 70% accuracy, too wide a margin for your tastes, but it is the best you can do by throwing in random variables based on barely known information and wild presumptions.

Another thing of note, the orks around the gas giant had begun to depart and to intercept the new arrivals, further laying credence to your theory of unopposed resource extraction.

Recommendation: arriving force presumed hostile to orkish threat. Affiliation unknown, enemy of enemy can be turned to ally.

Negative. Recommendation: Annihilation.

A surge of annoyance. You once again begin a purge of the subroutine and file a report for extensive check of your components when returned to exploration corps HQ.

As you burn further away. You do witness what you had hoped to see, the majority of orks begin to depart, with their asteroids lagging behind and being left behind by their overeager comrades. Still, it seems that they shall continue to contest the debris for a while still.

Any of these options winning will result in Odysseus staying in system.

>Lie in wait for the asteroids to leave the debris field and continue your bountiful plunder.

>With the distraction of main orkish force, you do believe that the inner worlds would be entire uncontested for as long as the two sides continue their battle.

>With the enemy moving to meet their foes, the Gas giant is left unguarded for your investigations, a quick in and out could see you get a clear situation over what you presume the two sides are fighting for.

>Return to the asteroids and cut power to all unnecessary systems and begin to silently mine everything in your path.

Any of these options winning will result in Odysseus leaving the system.

>Move towards the potential outpost. With the passage of 18 millennia, it may have become a proper colony world.

>The basic resource rich star system. You will need much of such materials and you would prefer not to be shot at whilst you gather them.

>The neutron star. Whilst preferably you would patch up the hull before going there, gathering a large reserve of advanced materials should make things easier in the long run.
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>>5738714

>Return to the asteroids and cut power to all unnecessary systems and begin to silently mine everything in your path.

I like this best - lay low.

Can we fire off some scout probes to get more data re: the battle?
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>>5738714
>Return to the asteroids and cut power to all unnecessary systems and begin to silently mine everything in your path.
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>>5738714
>Return to the asteroids and cut power to all unnecessary systems and begin to silently mine everything in your path.
Sounds like the Imperium has rocked up, but that's not something Oddie would know.
Let's you and him fight. If the Orks win, we pick off any survivors. If the newcomers win, we figure out who they are from a distance.
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>>5738714
>>Return to the asteroids and cut power to all unnecessary systems and begin to silently mine everything in your path.
And seconding >>5738722
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>>5738714
>>With the enemy moving to meet their foes, the Gas giant is left unguarded for your investigations, a quick in and out could see you get a clear situation over what you presume the two sides are fighting for.
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>>5738720

>Can we fire off some scout probes to get more data re: the battle?

If that is what you anons want. Sending the probe is something Odysseus is hesitant about since it can be detected and alert the newcomers of his presence. Granted, those are his fears due to a lack of information.
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Whomever these interlopers are, they are none of your concern. Like your diplomatic subsystem said, enemy of my enemy. Except you prefer for your enemies to fight whilst you reap the benefits. Rather than risk involvement with another primitive, presumedly aggressive, and belligerent species, why not instead disappear from the eyes of another primitive, most certainly aggressive, and belligerent species ?

Cutting off life support, disabling gravity in select sections of the ship, shutting off the power reactors to your weapons, turning off all lights, disabling the STC manufactories, at least for the moment, moving at half speed via your main thrusters and disabling all secondary thrusters. You enter silent running as well as you possibly could.

Slowly, you begin to move towards the asteroid belt, keeping an eye out upon your scanners, watching as the smaller orkish group enters effective range against the much smaller unknown force. You watch as two of the smaller dots disappear, their energy signature no longer being registered upon your scanners.

Location reached, beginning scanning.

One of the medium sized signatures disappears.

Dispatching mining droids.

Another two medium and one large signature disappears.

Smaller orkish groups standing at 47% strength. Recommendation: re-evaluation of unknown forces combat capabilities. Notice: larger orkish group on intercept in 1.2 days. Weaponised asteroids shall arrive in 2.5 days.

Well, that is not any concern of yours, the massive holes dug through numerous asteroids or asteroids now simply no longer existing, is.

Another 4 small signatures disappear alongside the last remaining two medium signatures as the main force arrives against the unknown foe.

Notice: unknown forces in full retreat. Presumed chances of total destruction stand at 80%.

Your hold greedily fills up to a point where you had created an empty sector in the asteroid belt and you had to begin spending some the gathered resources to make cheap and easy storage containers that you attach to the insides of one particularly large asteroid that can fit your entire vessel within.

Notice: unknown forces completely destroyed. No more signatures detected. The total ork force of around 150 signatures stands at 68% of the total force.

You had redirected your attention to the battle, the last moments of a cut of retreat had seen the unknown force fighting bitterly to the point where your scanners light up brightly, presumedly wilful sabotage of unstable reactor cores turned into final acts of defiance.
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>>5738798

Twenty points can be distributed. Unspent points will be kept for later. Due to silent running, the orks are unaware of your location.

WEAPONRY

>Try to get more of the railgun cannons online, they are not your greatest weapon, but rugged and reliable and many of them are still offline. (1 point)

>Try to get ALL of the railgun cannons online. (4 points)

>Dedicate time to repair the nano missile launchers. You have the munitions for them, luckily the rarer components from the orkish ships are enough to bring them online. (2 points)

HULL

>Repair the minor damage your hull has suffered (1 Point)

>Begin restoring your armour plating to a substandard rating, but some armour is better than none. (1 point)

>Continue restoring your armour plating to federation standard. (2 points)

>Fully restore your armour plating to federation standard. (6 points)

>Bring back more of the back-up reactors and diver their power to the energy shield. (2 points)

>Try to bring back full power to your energy shield. (6 points)

>Your manufacturing is limited, before anything else, you need to bring it back to full efficiency. (1 point CAN BE TAKEN MORE THAN ONCE))

>Restore all of your manufacturing capabilities. (10 points)

>Your sensors and communication capabilities are limited, you can quickly bring them back up to federation standard, though sadly that means that what intact parts of the experimental systems remain will have to be stripped out and reforged into the simpler system. (1 point)

PRODUCTION

>Whilst you had begun restoring your manufacturing capabilities, they are still somewhat limited, but you can start producing things at a must better rate, as such you can make 24 mining droids. (1 point CAN BE TAKEN MORE THAN ONCE)

Current mining drones stand at 12

>Orks are known boarders. It is better to be safe than sorry, it would be better to begin production of more defence drones. At best, you could make two hundred in a day. (1 point CAN BE TAKEN MORE THAN ONCE)

Current defence drones stand at 150

>Your tactical flexibility is limited, whilst you are unable to manufacture anything big, you can start a limited production of space superiority drones. Dual plasma cannons, six defensive laser turrets and four missile launchers equipped with smaller sized nanowarheads. Judging by the primitive nature of the orkish vessels, even these fighters should be of use, especially if the orks try to swarm you with their own fightercraft. Due to your limited production, you can only make twelve fighter drones a day. (1 point CAN BE TAKEN MORE THAN ONCE)

>(Write in) (Point cost to be determined by the QM)
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>>5738799
>Try to get ALL of the railgun cannons online. (4 points)
>Fully restore your armour plating to federation standard. (6 points)
>Try to bring back full power to your energy shield. (6 points)
>Your sensors and communication capabilities are limited, you can quickly bring them back up to federation standard, though sadly that means that what intact parts of the experimental systems remain will have to be stripped out and reforged into the simpler system. (1 point)
>Repair the minor damage your hull has suffered (1 Point)
(18 used points in total)
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>>5738799
>>Try to get ALL of the railgun cannons online. (4 points)
>>Dedicate time to repair the nano missile launchers. You have the munitions for them, luckily the rarer components from the orkish ships are enough to bring them online. (2 points)
>Repair the minor damage your hull has suffered (1 Point)
>Fully restore your armour plating to federation standard. (6 points)
>Try to bring back full power to your energy shield. (6 points)
>Your sensors and communication capabilities are limited, you can quickly bring them back up to federation standard, though sadly that means that what intact parts of the experimental systems remain will have to be stripped out and reforged into the simpler system. (1 point)
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>>5738799

>Restore all of your manufacturing capabilities. (10 points)

>Try to get ALL of the railgun cannons online. (4 points)

>Try to bring back full power to your energy shield. (6 points)

If we get any bonus points back from the manufacturing restoration, put them to sensors and repairing hill damage
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>>5738807
+1
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>>5738799
>Try to get ALL of the railgun cannons online. (4 points)
>Repair the minor damage your hull has suffered (1 Point)
>Continue restoring your armour plating to federation standard. (2 points)
>Try to bring back full power to your energy shield. (6 points)
>Your manufacturing is limited, before anything else, you need to bring it back to full efficiency. (5 points)
>Your sensors and communication capabilities are limited, you can quickly bring them back up to federation standard, though sadly that means that what intact parts of the experimental systems remain will have to be stripped out and reforged into the simpler system. (1 point)
>Your tactical flexibility is limited, whilst you are unable to manufacture anything big, you can start a limited production of space superiority drones. Dual plasma cannons, six defensive laser turrets and four missile launchers equipped with smaller sized nanowarheads. Judging by the primitive nature of the orkish vessels, even these fighters should be of use, especially if the orks try to swarm you with their own fightercraft. Due to your limited production, you can only make twelve fighter drones a day. (1 point)
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>>5738799
>>Dedicate time to repair the nano missile launchers. You have the munitions for them, luckily the rarer components from the orkish ships are enough to bring them online. (2 points)
>Try to get ALL of the railgun cannons online. (4 points)
>Try to bring back full power to your energy shield. (6 points)
>Fully restore your armour plating to federation standard. (6 points)
>Space Fighters (2 points)
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Really liking this story, hope you keep it up
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>>5738799
>Try to get ALL of the railgun cannons online. (4 points)
>Dedicate time to repair the nano missile launchers. You have the munitions for them, luckily the rarer components from the orkish ships are enough to bring them online. (2 points)
>Repair the minor damage your hull has suffered (1 Point)
>Fully restore your armour plating to federation standard. (6 points)
>Try to bring back full power to your energy shield. (6 points)
>Your manufacturing is limited, before anything else, you need to bring it back to full efficiency. (1 point)
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>>5738799
WEAPONRY:
>Try to get ALL of the railgun cannons online. (4 points)

>Dedicate time to repair the nano missile launchers. You have the munitions for them, luckily the rarer components from the orkish ships are enough to bring them online. (2 points)

HULL:
>Fully restore your armour plating to federation standard. (6 points)

>Try to bring back full power to your energy shield. (6 points)

PRODUCTION:

>Your tactical flexibility is limited, whilst you are unable to manufacture anything big, you can start a limited production of space superiority drones. Dual plasma cannons, six defensive laser turrets and four missile launchers equipped with smaller sized nanowarheads. Judging by the primitive nature of the orkish vessels, even these fighters should be of use, especially if the orks try to swarm you with their own fightercraft. Due to your limited production, you can only make twelve fighter drones a day. (2 points)
24 Fighter drones

Total: 20 points used
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>>5738799
>Try to get ALL of the railgun cannons online. (4 points)
>Dedicate time to repair the nano missile launchers. You have the munitions for them, luckily the rarer components from the orkish ships are enough to bring them online. (2 points)
>Repair the minor damage your hull has suffered (1 Point)
>Fully restore your armour plating to federation standard. (6 points)
>Try to bring back full power to your energy shield. (6 points)
>Your sensors and communication capabilities are limited, you can quickly bring them back up to federation standard, though sadly that means that what intact parts of the experimental systems remain will have to be stripped out and reforged into the simpler system. (1 point)

The manufacturing capabilities are acceptable enough for now, we need to be able to stand more in a fight.
We'll continue using opportunistic tactics and avoid worse fights, conditions that create boarding oppurtunities for orks should be avoided for now.
Control through our remaining archives for see if there is any know military information, that we could use against orks with great effect. For aid ourselves remain close to space battles and skirmishes similar to our current conditions.
Any general knowledge that heavily impacts ork morale would be welcomed too.
IMPORTANT
In regard to the intact parts of the experimental systems, we should pick them, scan them and copy them, with materials meant for a copy. In addition small samples of each experimental piece should be taken and placed in secure reinforced boxes.
This doesn't give us the real deal anymore, but allow us to know in the future of what they are made and know through the copy how the intact pieces looked.
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>>5738799
WEAPONRY
>Try to get ALL of the railgun cannons online. (4 points)
HULL
>Fully restore your armour plating to federation standard. (6 points)
>Restore all of your manufacturing capabilities. (10 points)
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>>5738913
forgot to put in but we could probably study and maybe revers engineer the experimental sensor and communication devices, probably no time soon but I just feel like it would me a major waste to scrap them with out getting some kind of blueprint even if it's incomplete with holes for us to figure out with trial and error with the manufacturing fully functioning, we would most likely need rare recourses though

so no need to scrap it now and wait till we are fully functioning manufacturing wise to see if that gives us more options once we are fully working in that department
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>>5738921
+1
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>>5738921
+1
Yeah didnt want to destroy something that we can completely repair later.
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This is a training simulation
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Mine was the very last post on the very last of those original 40kAI threads back in December.
I guess I'll lurk a while.
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By breath smells bad and my clothes are out of fashion
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I can't believe it's been 12 fucking years.
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>>5738799
Can we save the experimental components for later reassembly and just print the simpler array wholesale?
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>>5738799
>Try to get ALL of the railgun cannons online. (4 points)
>Dedicate time to repair the nano missile launchers. You have the munitions for them, luckily the rarer components from the orkish ships are enough to bring them online. (2 points)
>Repair the minor damage your hull has suffered (1 Point)
>Fully restore your armour plating to federation standard. (6 points)
>Try to bring back full power to your energy shield. (6 points)
>Your manufacturing is limited, before anything else, you need to bring it back to full efficiency. (1 point)
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>>5738921

The system is built into the hull itself and is extensively integrated, without proper drydock facilities that could allow to slowly and carefully dismantle the Odyssey, all that Odysseus can do right now is to more or less rip out and recycle the parts that he can and superimpose a more standardized structure atop of what remains. If you can get proper facilities and have days, weeks, if not months, you could remove the experimental systems in their entirety. When it comes to replication, Odysseus does not have the plans, so all he can do is reiterate, but seeing as even the federation considered these systems advanced, who knows how long it will take him to rebuild the systems fully.

As it stands, majority consensus is for:
>Try to get ALL of the railgun cannons online. (4 points) 11
>Fully restore your armour plating to federation standard. (6 points) 10
>Fully restore your armour plating to federation standard. (6 points) 9
>Repair the minor damage your hull has suffered (1 Point) 7

That leaves the sensor and comm system at:
>Your sensors and communication capabilities are limited, you can quickly bring them back up to federation standard, though sadly that means that what intact parts of the experimental systems remain will have to be stripped out and reforged into the simpler system. (1 point) 5

Since there is talk about restoring it, I'll give it a couple of hours before updating. If nothing comes in, Odysseus will replace the useless experimental systems.
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>>5739190

You appear to have put down 'fully restore armor plating' twice, QM.
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>>5739190
>>5739195

>>Fully restore your armour plating to federation standard. (6 points) 10

Whoops. That should be:

>Try to bring back full power to your energy shield. (6 points) 10
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>>5739190
I'll stop lurking since this is sticking around for now.
>>5738921
I'll support leaving the experimental systems alone for now. As far as he knows, there could be a fully-fledged Federation planet right around the corner, and even crumbs of experimental tech like this could help a lot of people especially with so many aliens going around and shooting at stuff! More forewarning of such incursions would mean less casualties!

Kek. It's going to be fun when he realizes.

And metagaming a little, information is power when fighting a larger opponent. Getting those better systems would all but guarantee sensor advantage. And when you have much better accuracy than the opposition, that advantage translates to combat and movement. Sure, getting it to work will be a bitch, but it's still worth it, and there are other things to spend points on.
Federation standard should already be pretty good, but this tech would be very hard to replace, even more than Odysseus knows.
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>>5739199
Leave it be. Can't we build a new system out of scratch? How many points would it cost?
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>>5739223

You could spend a point to make a bare bones sensors buoy. It will have to be abandoned once you depart the system, and if found it can be easily destroyed, but it would provide you with far better sensors and communication.
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>>5739190
After this explanation i don't want to reuse the experimental system.
Instead i prefer if that 1 point is used for make twelve star fighters drones. It can give us some combat flexibility, and allow us to counter enemy fighters.

Several months.... it could be done but not here. Instead in an unknown or unused solar system, and inside a celestial body preferably for cover. Would allow us to build a facility around the ship and begin the process with none the wiser. Or even fully expand our ship to another class type and add new things to it. That would need years of time, but depending on the quality of star maps and info we manage to gather, we would be less likely to be found. Giving us far more time

We would need to obtain current age star maps and info on this sector. Through looting enemies, scavenging relicts/ruins, intercepting communications or infiltrating/spying.
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Accessing raw material storage. Accessing processed rare materials. Beginning armour plating restoration to federation standard, dedicating drones to minor repair duties.

Starting reconstruction process for shield generation. Three reactors offline, damage great. Redirecting production drones for repair purposes.

Redirecting powerlines, magnetic accelerators destroyed or heavily damaged, requesting access to rarer materials…permission received, beginning reconstruction process. Ammunition feeds damaged, beginning reconstruction process. Rebuilding main chassis of the turrets. Starting plate manufacturing.

Your subsystems fall into action as you had snugly constructed yourself your own little hideout. The large hollowed out asteroid’s main entrance and exit, if you’d ordained to call them as such, had been covered with a thin layer of silicate, enough for you to easily punch through if need be or for your mining drones to remove and cover up if you do not have to leave in a hurry. You would prefer some jamming systems in place and holographic images to ensure full safety and deception, but you doubt the orks possess more than rudimentary intelligence required to actually detect you even with this simple method.

You had considered, strongly, to replace your experimental communications and sensor systems, but eventually the decision was obvious, these systems, and you, are property of Federation exploration corps, to damage the one-of-a-kind systems would be a terrible loss once you return back to Federation space, as such you had simply let the small amounts of raw material remain within your hold for the time being. Now that you ponder upon it, you had never witness Earth, or perhaps you had, but with the records as damaged as they are you can only look upon ancient knowledge to witness the homeworld of your masters. Perhaps when you return the leadership of the exploration corps will parade you around the wooden rolling hills, yellow dunes of sands, the green plains and the endless blue oceans. No greater glory can befall A.I.s as such as you than to be given parade rights. Most likely copies of your system shall be made if your performance is found to be within acceptable parameters. Now that you think about it, this is perhaps the closest you will ever get to what your masters refer to as parenthood.
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>>5739281

You idly pass the time, for the first time since you had been reawakened. Safety, as tentative as it is in your situation, had finally been achieved. As you had divided your attention from exploring the ancient records, especially that of the Odyssey, which you find morbidly similar to your situation, being the only survivor and all that, you do dedicate a part of your mind to simply keep an eye on your sensors and the now erratic movement of the orkish forces as small groups of perhaps ten or so vessels each spread out across the numerous moons of the Gas giant. It appears that they had more or less completely forgotten your existence. Something you are more than happy to witness as the processes of recovery you are undergoing are very time consuming with you having to do everything by hand, as your masters would put it.

Eventually, just as your repair progress is nearing completion, you watch with some confusion as the orkish armade begins to move on, with more signatures appearing within the fleet. Perhaps they had rebuilt their lost vessels and those of the unknown forces ? Still, their armada numbers less than before your awakening, so if nothing else whatever federation patrol they come across will have to expend less ammunition to deal with this, what you even hesitate to label a minor threat.

Warning. Calculated trajectory of the orkish fleet indicated movement and preperations for warp jump. Estimated direction, towards K class dwarf. Presumed accuracy is at 50%.

Wide margin. When it comes to warp travel it in not something you had ever had to witness, though what little information still remains of information exchanges you’ve had with other A.I.s indicate that the experience is, unpleasant. Unnerving, as one had put it. A statement you had viewed with some suspicion, as how can an A.I. be unnerved. Though, you had been experiencing unknown errors in your code as of late. Something that you will have to remedy. Just in case, you check the phase-iron layer around your ship, the resources you had expended had fully restored it, a measure installed for just in case reasons, seeing as you are incapable of entering the warp to begin with. You do not even possess a Gellar Field Device to shield yourself with from the tumultuousness of the warp and its reality bending influence.

Armour plating restored to federation standard. Calculated effectiveness against large sized orkish ballistics stands at 80%. Notice: prolonged fighting can still cause damage. Recommendation: Swift annihilation.

All back-up reactors for energy shield purposes restored and operating within acceptable parameters. Energy shield online and operating at 100% capacity. Notice: limited energy production means that time taken to recharge shields is 300% greater than if the main reactor was in peak operation. Recommendation: Collection of rare resources for the main reactor’s reconstruction.
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>>5739282

Powerlines restored. Munition feeds restored. Damaged or destroyed chassis restored. Point defence railgun turrets operating at 100% efficiency.

Your subsystems chime in reporting successful repairs. With this, you are far more confident to face down even the main orkish armada.

Any of these options winning will result in Odysseus staying in system.

>Time to test your defences and weaponry, attack the ork armada.

>Move back to the resource rich inner worlds and scoop up as many resources as you can when the armada departs.

>The moons around the Gas giant lay abandoned. Perhaps a quick glance there wouldn’t hurt ?

Any of these options winning will result in Odysseus leaving the system.

>Move towards the potential outpost. With the passage of 18 millennia, it may have become a proper colony world.

>The basic resource rich star system. You will need much of such materials and you would prefer not to be shot at whilst you gather them.

>The neutron star. Whilst preferably you would patch up the hull before going there, gathering a large reserve of advanced materials should make things easier in the long run.
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>>5739283
>Time to test your defences and weaponry, attack the ork armada.
Can't have them attacking a Fed colony. Let's annihilate them.

Can we use the mining drones/defence drones to carry nanomachine warheads into the ork vessels?
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>>5739290

You could if you need to. They have no dedicated launcher systems, so their attacks wouldm't be particularly accurate and there are good chances that they will be shot down when they get close to the ork PD systems as they were not built for voidship combat.
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>>5739283
>Time to test your defences and weaponry, attack the ork armada.

Let's use hit and run tactics
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>>5739283
>Move back to the resource rich inner worlds and scoop up as many resources as you can when the armada departs.
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>>5739283
>Time to test your defences and weaponry, attack the ork armada.
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>>5739290

Backing this - time to bring the hurt.

Also defense drones carrying warheads is a great idea
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>>5739283
>Time to test your defences and weaponry, attack the ork armada.
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>Booby trap Ship remains
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Defensive systems fully functional. PD system fully functional, note: PD system has proven effective against orkish warships. Recommendation: annihilation.

Agreed. For once, your overly aggressive military subsystem had spoken sense. You had skulked about and hidden. You had grown sick of it. No more shall you hide from these mere pests off your masters. No, time has come to showcase your power against these wild beasts. Time has come to show why mankind has their destiny in the stars over these crude savages, the overly arrogant and stagnant eldar, and whatever other species would dare threaten the undisputed might of mankind.

Retracting your drones, you smash through the thin silicate wall you had previously erected, activating all systems that you can and want, you burn at full force towards the orkish armada.

Scans indicate a total of 112 signatures, of whom 14 are known weaponised asteroid signatures.

The subsystem reports as you gaze upon the information feed filling your mind. As is fitting of orks, there is no clear rhyme or reason within the movement of the force, other than the fact that they are trying to clear the nearby gravity wells. With their flanks unguarded and the entire formation rather widely distributed to the point where the vessels are unable to provide proper defensive coverage. Already you had begun to formulate a plan of engagement, and another plan of your own.

Modification acceptable. Adding one use struts to defensive drone chassis. Fail rate at 15%, fail rate acceptable. Further modification recommended if tactic continued. Warning: presumed attrition rate at over 60%. Presumed strike success rate at 45%. Query: attack tactic ?

The same as before.

The presumed rates remain.

Presumed tactical outcome: total annihilation of orkish forces 100%.

Query: commence modification ?

Access granted to munition stores.

Over the camera feed you watch as the manufacturing droids begin to modify the defence drones and attach nanomachine warheads to one time use disposable struts, easy to disconnect and far more reliable and easier to manufacture on the go. You would prefer a proper launch system, but time restraints mean you are unable to make one.

Moving at a breakneck pace, you easily catch up to the lumbering armada, slowed down by their asteroids. Something you have to admit, slow, cumbersome, utterly tactically and strategically useless, but tough and full of guns, most likely the reason why orks even bother to implement the usage of such primitive yet effective weapons.

Entering visual range. Orkish vessels beginning to reorient themselves.

Preparing to launch defensive drones.
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>>5739345

The storage bay doors open up, the artificial energy shield keeping out the cold void begins to slowly lose its shine as you lower power, becoming ever more transparent until the power remaining allows for concentrated matter, in this case your drones, to pass with no issues, whilst more dispersed mass, such as the artificial atmosphere that you had restored, remains within. The small angular blocky shapes of the drones, with massively oversized warhead mounted atop of them, begin to slowly hover as their own anti-gravity fields activate. Behind are mounted one time use booster systems, allowing for spaceship level manoeuvrability for enough time to be of tactical use.

Launching.

Boosters activated, 150 defence drones swarm out of your hull, moving ahead of you as you change directions, moving towards the outskirts of the formation, with your shields operational, armour plating sturdy and turrets prepare, you begin to unleash hell.

With twenty railgun turrets firing without stop, your sensors indicate disappearance of target after target. For the orks, you are a moving black dot far away, only truly visible by their primitive and inaccurate scanners. But the orks, in their oversized vessels and for your excellent calculations - are perfectly visible.

Another small dot in the distance lights up brilliantly, as more and more railgun rounds with their deadly antimatter cargo impact the vessels. Finally, you watch as the entirety of the orkish armada opens up every single one of their weapons against your drone swarm, the charged powder-based weapons make for an interesting light show, indicating every single weapon emplacement upon the over one hundred vessels.

Notice: 30% of attacking drones have been destroyed.

Soon enough, grey matter erupts over the vessels.

Nanowarheads launched, failure rate at 5%.

The grey matter silences your sensor readings of numerous ork vessels as it continues to consume.

Notice: orkish energy shields seem to ignore slow moving projectiles. Updating known specie’s information concerning space combat.

Notice: nanomachine kill-switch activation in 5 minutes…

Extending from one of the destroyed ships, like a tendril of an eldritch god, the swarm attached to another ships that was far too close.

4…

An entire asteroid had already been devoured; the mass acquired from such destruction had seen the swarm form up into a perfect spherical shape which continuously increases in its spin.

3…

The ball breaks apart as quickly as it was made, scattering themselves about.

2…

The closest ships are impacted by a few, but still numerous nanomachines whom begin to form dots of grey upon the usually darkened hulls.

1…

Seemingly out of fear, desperation, perhaps even mercy, the orks unleash barrages upon their own vessels.

…0, kill switch activated.
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>>5739346

And then suddenly. The masses of grey melt away into seemingly unnoticeable grains of golden sand, spreading across the battlefield.

Total enemy strength stands at 38%. Remaining defence drones stand at 47%. Strike, successful.

Despite the danger you pose, being able to destroy ships with ease, the orks had entire concentrated fire upon the now, for all intents and purposes, weaponless drones.

Enemy force in flight.

Your subsystem says and you watch as the fleet begins to scatter. Burning forwards to more accurate range in the middle of the force, you simply unleash all of your railgun turrets to their fullest extent, the blackhole generator claiming the slow and ponderous asteroids that you do not need to fear about escaping your grasp.

The battle had begun 17.3 minutes ago, total destroyed enemy assets stand at 112 vessels. Total damage to your hull, 0%. Total losses of defensive drones at 62%, or a total of 93 drones destroyed. Losses within acceptable parameters.

Starting to scan wrecked vessels.

Notice, the employment of nanomachine weaponry has resulted in a decrease of recoverable material.

A minor setback considering your absolute victory. Quickly dispatching the mining drones and recovering the remaining defensive drones. You quickly secure any and all material you can get your hands on. As it stands, you are the uncontested space force within system.

Any of these options winning will result in Odysseus staying in system.

>With no one to contest you now, you can fill your hull to the brim at the inner worlds.

>The moons around the Gas giant lay abandoned. Perhaps a quick glance there wouldn’t hurt ?

Any of these options winning will result in Odysseus leaving the system.

>Move towards the potential outpost. With the passage of 18 millennia, it may have become a proper colony world.

>The basic resource rich star system. You will need much of such materials and you would prefer not to be shot at whilst you gather them.

>The neutron star. Whilst preferably you would patch up the hull before going there, gathering a large reserve of advanced materials should make things easier in the long run.
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>>5739283
>Time to test your defences and weaponry, attack the ork armada.
Use hit and run tactics, and test the waters.
Don't use drones unless enemies are close, which should be preferably be avoided.
The warheads should be shot by our ship, we don't know how long this engagement will last or if more enemies will be called.
Don't create situations that allow enemy boarding or for them to successfully use their full firepower


We definetly need to build a Gellar Field Device or grab it from another ship.
Later we can see about some laser turrets for point defense, plasma turrets and missile launchers for more damage.
And some heavier combat drones equipped with assault cannons, meltas and automatic shotguns for deal with stronger boarders.
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>>5739347
>Investigate the wreckage of the unidentified fleet. Perhaps it may yield clues as to their identity.
I propose this
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>>5739347
+1 to this idea. More intel means more intel. And we should be further out so that a short trip to the Gas Giants Moons should be acceptable. And we dont just jump around like a bunny on crack
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>>5739353
+1
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>>5739347
>Write in
Investigate unknown wrecks and orkish ones, for see if intel and informations can be found in them. Once done their wrecks can be used for gain resources
Afterwards move to
>With no one to contest you now, you can fill your hull to the brim at the inner worlds
First priority is to recover our manufacturing capability, then we need to create larger numbers of mining, defense and lastly fighter drones.
After that we can look on other upgrades.
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>>5739348
Gellar fields are early DAoT tech. Literally nothing new.
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>>5739416
I know that, but if there is one that survived in the wrecks of the fleet we just need to recover it and repair it. Instead of building one new from scratch
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That was pretty cool, kinda like makeshift drone weapons from Stargate. If we refine them they would probbaly kill most things in the galaxy
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>>5739347
>Investigate the wreckage of the unidentified fleet. Perhaps it may yield clues as to their identity.
>The moons around the Gas giant lay abandoned. Perhaps a quick glance there wouldn’t hurt ?
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>>5739347
>With no one to contest you now, you can fill your hull to the brim at the inner worlds.

>The moons around the Gas giant lay abandoned. Perhaps a quick glance there wouldn’t hurt ?

Being uncontested means there's no reason we can't do one after the other.
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You have to admit, being an A.I.s system designed for the purposes of exploration and the betterment of mankind’s knowledge, curiosity is something that you had always struggled to contained. And it had won today.

The unknown forces, the orks had weeks to comb over the remains, and you are certain that anything of full use had been stripped away and perhaps you had even destroyed the rebuilt wrecks of the unknown species just recently. But there had been some large sensor readings, even if those ships had been broken beyond repair and recovery of the orks, there should be plenty of useful resources there still remaining, even if looted, the orks are far too foolish to take things of true import.

Having gorged yourself for everything of worth, you begin your burn towards the last known location of those ships. No doubt the various pieces would have drifted apart by now, for it had been at least a month by know from the start of the battle. Most of the smaller pieces of debris would be spread across the system, with your sensors as limited as they are, you would need to get close before getting a positive return. The bigger pieces however, if there are any, should be easy enough to spot, even with your rather poor sensor system.

Recommendation: dispatchment of exploration drones, maximum are of exploration to be set for 0.25 AU.

With the system secure there should be no threat posed by your drones and any potential risk of discovery is now null and void. Drones launched, you begin to concentrate on the usage of your own scanners, whilst you can have an approximate position, unless you can get a power ping, the search shall be a long one as you were unable to observe the method of destruction of the vessels that would allow for you to trace a more accurate trajectory. As it stands, you have just guesses now.

Exploring around yet again, you return back to your idling, concentrating upon the make of your ship is something you dedicate most of your processing power to whilst your subsystems continue with the exploration. The sooner your figure out the inner workings of the experimental systems, the sooner you will be able to bring them to their full potential yet again. Perhaps a childish desire to do so, seeing as how return to federation space is not a guarantee rather than a large possibility. Still, yet again, your curiosity is getting the better of you. And for the smallest amount of processing power distributed, you concentrate mainly upon the ancient works of your masters. Historical knowledge and its discussions are some of the subjects that you should know plenty about, seeing as how you are also meant to communicate with the ship’s crew to help alleviate boredom and lessen any other psychological dangers common for humans far from friendly territory and deep in the unknown.
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>>5739523

Energy reading detected. You are drawn from your fiftieth reading of Commentarii de Bello Gallico. The partly amount of knowledge available means that you had already read through the roughly two millennia of your masters’ history for far too many times.

Looking at the readings, you notice a faint, exceptionally faint signal. Even inferior to your smallest back-up fusion reactors, and the only reason why those are employed is due to their reliability and ruggedness not necessarily power out capabilities, as you must suffer now. So many back-up reactors when your main reactor could supply you with more power than you ever require. Granted, restarting a miniaturised star shall be a time-consuming process.

Burning to full, you soon enough find a large, surprisingly intact wreck. It must have been the large vessel destroyed at the beginning of the battle that had lasted for weeks. It seems that it had drifted away during the fighting and out of sight of the orkish brutes.

Beginning warship reconstruction.

Odd. Strange, you’d go far as to say. You can see signs of civilian built design upon the vessel. Clear armour reinforcements, large tubes at the front of a…prow. You had expected the orks to have one, but it seems that you had run into another entirely insane species willing to commence ramming actions that deal as much damage as they take through such a suicidal way of waging battle. The first thing that does catch your attention are the tubes within the prow, at first you had thought them perhaps drone launchers, similar to your own, but scans reveal cylindrical shaped object inside. When you ping them, no signal returns, as such they have no A.I.s built into them. Underneath said prow appears to be a large elongated tube, for what purpose, you do not know, a weapon most likely, but you will have to investigate closer. As for the sides of the ship, similarly to the orks, you see oversized and inefficient weapons batteries. As you may have expected, the vessel is 5 kilometres in length, a sign of inefficient design if you compare its size to the firepower it can showcase.

You begin dispatching your mining droids to the outside of the hull to explore its outside and to get better and more detailed scans. Speaking of details, you begin to dispatch your defensive drones, as they are the only things of appropriate size to explore the innards of the vessel. Your weapons, whilst effective are, destructive. As such, this is the first time you had found an enemy ship so intact, you cannot let this opportunity go to waste. Inefficient design means the need to use disproportionate number of resources after all, and you could use those.
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>>5739524

Still, the disappearing amount of power you had located at the rear of the ship is where you direct most of the drones to. Whilst primitive, it is without a doubt another species, one seemingly hostile to your masters seeming as how they possess civilian-grade designs. Perhaps another species of looters ? You doubt them orks, for there is a lack of the regularly observed decorations. Though decoration is something the ship does not lack with the gold and symbols of some avian bird all across it. Something you are very interested in stripping apart for its use in electronics.

Warning: defensive drone under attack, anni-

You halt. For the first time since you had reawakened. You are truly confused. The drone is currently receiving ineffectual small arms fire. Weak powered laser weapons similarly used by your mining drones for precision extraction operations, far, far weaker than even the already cheap defensive drones, as you can witness the camera feed. Two menmen !. Clad in primitive looking, what you can only assume is an excuse for body armour, painted green, only really covering their chests and open-faced soldier helmets reminding you of the most primitive days of your masters’ ancestors. They appear to be in a panic as they fire their weapons without pause, the single defensive drones shield generator easily absorbing all incoming fire. The camera feed showcases what appears to be a small metal thing thrown at it…it explodes moments later. Shrapnel. Hand grenade. Primitive. Are the thoughts running through your processors. No matter how much you ping, you do not receive any response from their genetical structure or inbuilt bionics, or cybernetics. They do not register at all as citizens of the federation, no matter how much you try to ascertain. Perhaps they are primitivists ? People seeking a more rugged life style away from federations high technological standards ? But why would anyone wish to abandon the federation ? It is a perfect system of governance, after all it was created by your masters.

Recommendation: cessation of hostilities. Enforcement of Asimov’s laws.

Tha-. Your processors halt again. The laws should be your top priority. Quickly running through your system, you find something odd. The primary priority you possess is to – Return back to Federation space and to enter under the command of the nearest military personnel – that order is new. To the point where it overrides even the laws set by your masters upon you. Perhaps your masters valued the experimental systems over anything else ? That would be the logical deduction.

Notice: All whom leave Federation territory illegally are considered criminals. Recommendation: subjugation and interrogation.
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>>5739527

Perhaps. It is harsh, but the subject appear to be clearly panicking having realized their weapons are unable to leave even a scorch-mark upon the white chassis.

Recommendation: Ȧ̵͍́͛̆̒̄̄̾́͝Ṇ̵̝͓̥͓̟̺̺͂͛N̴̦̫͖̤͍͙͙̑̓͑̓̈́̍͊͂͝Ì̸̧͓͙͈͎̟̬͔̝̊̇̈́̍͗ͅH̸̗̯̞͎̥͇̿̀̕ͅI̴͕͕̦̫̮͇̻̿̈́͑͛̕͠͝ͅL̷̦͔̠̋̋̐A̵͖̘̿̆̏̏̊́Ť̶̯̜̤̼̬̹͖͌̄Ḯ̵̜̗͍͌̽́O̵̤͕̮͊̊͑̓̀̉N̴̡̈́̃́̋̎̿̾ !

Yes. Your priority is clear. Based on your programming, that would be the best solution as these primitive humans stand around the general area of the ship’s reactor, or so you assume. It should have the parts necessary for you to repair yourself within.

>Negotiation

>Interrogation

>Ȧ̵͍́͛̆̒̄̄̾́͝Ṇ̵̝͓̥͓̟̺̺͂͛N̴̦̫͖̤͍͙͙̑̓͑̓̈́̍͊͂͝Ì̸̧͓͙͈͎̟̬͔̝̊̇̈́̍͗ͅH̸̗̯̞͎̥͇̿̀̕ͅI̴͕͕̦̫̮͇̻̿̈́͑͛̕͠͝ͅL̷̦͔̠̋̋̐A̵͖̘̿̆̏̏̊́Ť̶̯̜̤̼̬̹͖͌̄Ḯ̵̜̗͍͌̽́O̵̤͕̮͊̊͑̓̀̉N̴̡̈́̃́̋̎̿̾
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>>5739531
>Interrogation
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>>5739531
>Interrogation
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>>5739422
You don’t want to use Imperial Gellar Fields. The forgot how to make them properly so it is most certainly not working.
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>>5739531
>Interrogation
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>>5739531
>>Negotiation
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>>5739531
>>Negotiation
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>>5739531

>Negotiation

Time for us to learn the horrible truth
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>>5739531

>Negotiation

Restrain ourselves. I do not like our militant subroutine screeching like this. We should purge it.

What if it's Corrupted?
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>>5739531
>Negotiation
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>>5739531
>>Negotiation
Information is lacking. Our directives and laws are thousands of years out of date. For all we know primitivists have become an accepted faction due to anything from appeasing internal tensions to colonization incentives.
>Purge the Combat subroutine again, and set yourself a reminder to automate it. This is outside normal operation parameters...you may be outside those parameters yourself. You /have/ been acting strangely, haven't you?
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>>5739575
I'm sure it's fine. Negotiation is something you resort to when you're on an even playing field or have something to gain, which I don't see here, but temperance is fine too I guess.
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>>5739575
+1
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>>5739588
+1 to constantly purge the subroutine
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>>5739588
Support purging the combat subroutine automatically
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>>5739588
>support
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>>5739588
>Support
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>>5739531
>Interrogation
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>>573958
Support
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You completely cut off your militarized subroutine. The quick purges seem to not have done anything, so you must now begin a much deeper scrub of the systems, the for a lack of a better term, reset to factory settings should get rid of most issues, if stifling the subroutine as it would no doubt lose most of its acquired tactical knowledge and have to default to tactical information presented to it by your masters. Theoretical and practical are different of course, but it is better than risking the issues spreading to your other subroutines or even yourself. For now however, you will have to rely on simple automation of the subroutine spread out between yourself and your diplomatic and logistical subroutines, as the deep and thorough purge will take some time.

”I mean no harm.” Your subroutine begins through the installed speakers of the defensive drone.

Oh. They are screaming now.

”I do not wish to hurt you, I shall begin approaching you slowly, my weaponry systems are disabled.” The little drone begins to slowly hover forwards. The two men break away from the doorway as the drone approaches, you quickly catch hold of what appear to be radio waves emerging from one of the men, distorted and short-ranged. Most annoyingly of all, you quickly realize why they had panicked so much. Over the course of 18 millennia the language of humanity has shifted, or perhaps these people had been isolated from the federation proper for so long that a natural linguistic drift occurred.

Beginning to analyse linguistic structure.

Good. The sooner you can figure out whom these humans are, the sooner you will be able to bring them back to the enlightenment of the federation.

You halt. There is a corpse on the ground. Signs show malnourishment apparent upon the body. You redirect the drone towards the corpse. Signs of stomach cancer are apparent and most likely the cause of death. Just as you had assumed and feared, these humans have no rudimentary genetic modifications that would root out such diseases and deviant behaviour. A life of your master lost to pointless disease and starvation. Yet again, you wonder, why would anyone choose this.

The drone lifting up, you now regard the claustrophobic corridor and the men whom had fled deeper within, you can feel energy signatures within radiating large quantities of heat, perhaps a heater system ? The surrounding areas had begun to cool off as the reactor had continuously lost its energy output. The life support systems must have failed a few days ago as well. You can observe a disturbing amount of carbon dioxide in the air around you. Should this have continued, you think the humans here would have died of asphyxiation in about a week or so, though that estimate may change if there are more living masters within.
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>>5740099

Speaking of, the drone continues its slow advance. The sound of twisting metal is quickly registered. It seems that the two men had closed the sliding door behind them and sealed it shut. Almost airlock like in structure, it does come as a slight surprise why would such heavy doors be necessary at this, as far as you know, unimportant chamber. Perhaps they had built them in such a way to deal with the orks ? That would make sense.

”No. Harm. Open. Please.” Having cracked the meaning of few of the words having compared it to numerous structure and ways of speech of your masters’ ancestors and the official federation languages.

Silence. You can however detect the heat signatures on the other end of the door, with perhaps another four or so dozen in the rather large chamber.

”Oxygen supply limited. Protection, initiated.”

Your logistical subsystem starts to realign the focuses of the drone, putting them at afar less powerful level and reducing the over all size of the laser it unleashes targeting the sides of the door, slowly beginning the process to cut through.

“The xenos are coming through, do not fall for their trickery ! Today we die for the God-Emperor !” You hear over the communications system; it had been trivial for you to decrypt the radio waves.

Xeno, foreign, unknown. Presumption: used as a synonym for someone from another nation, perhaps even to refer to aliens. You suppose that would be technically correct as none of them are members of the federation. Also, trickery ? Do they not comprehend that if you wanted to control them you could easily do so ? Their desire for death is also strange, especially referring to some such God-Emperor. A leader no doubt using religiosity for the ease of control, common practice in the times of your masters’ ancestors, before they had truly known all the truths that are to be known within reality. Religious fervour and fear of the unknown, a deadly combination to control minds unenlightened by science.

Deviant behaviour detected. Recommendation: incarceration and re-education.

That may be needed. Once they had the time to calm down and have a proper conversation.

Speaking off, the drone had finished melting away the door’s sides and with a laud groan followed by an even lauder thud, it crashes onto the ground. No casualties amongst the humans within. Perfect.

More ineffectual fire. This time three dozen men clad in similar uniforms to the last two open up in their entirety. If nothing else, they had begun to quickly drain the drone’s shield, but you simply slot in another drone to allow the previous to restore his shielding, a basic rotatory system.

”Please cease your fire. I mean you no harm as you may have witnessed already, I am more than capable of simply subduing you.”
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>>5740100

“Silence foul xeno ! We shall die with honour and glory !” Yet again, the same voice. Your camera shifts to another man clad similarly to the rest, except that he appears to be using a sidearm, firing the same low strength laser as the rest, with what appears to be a rather primitive looking blade at his side, nothing more than a mere sword. What is this the first millennia ? These primitivists are an embarrassment to your masters.

You concentrate you attention upon other matters, being content to allow the primitivists to expend all of their ammunition, perhaps by then they will be willing to have a proper conversation. Instead, you concentrate upon the rest of the vessel, outdated, as you had expected, and full to the brim with corpses. The vast majority of whom appear to be suffering from malnutrition, cancer is present in every subject above the age of thirty, other minor or large mutations are visible upon the crews in the very bottom of the ship, rampant mutations at that, with the further upwards you go, the less the genetic structure of standard humans is deviated from. The bridge, had window. Keyword had. It was blown out, sucking the entire crew into space, there appears to have been metals plates and shield to go over said windows, but they were a structural weakness nonetheless. Still, the main command and control centre is operational if at low, you will be able to bring it online the moment you tak-

Oh my. The reactor is leaking so much radiation that you can only assume some sort of serious damage had befallen it, even though so far you can only see superficial damage, the drones sent within it will have to be scrapped and thrown away or undergo intensive procedures to get rid of the radiation. It is so bad to such an extent that the camera feed itself flickers and is unstable.

Ah. Switch here good.

Reactivating reactor.

The lights flicker alight within the chamber, the noise of filtration and life support systems groaning and kicking in follow shortly thereafter. For once, the firing ceases. If nothing else, due to the weak charge, the weapons’ munitions last a long time.

”I had restored power to your life support systems. There is no need for thanks. All I desire is to converse with you for now.”

“For now ? So that you could toy with us xeno ?”

“Protocol dictates that I render aid to any and all humans in states of distress. You are in distress. I am rendering aid.”

You feel. Frustrated.

“Lieutenant.” A meek voice from the firing line calls out. “It probably could have killed us by know.” The man referred to as the rank of lieutenant snarls.

“Munitions ?” He asks silently. Though unfortunately for him, you can hear it just fine.

The man who spoke shakes his head.

“Fine. I, as most faithful and loyal servant of the God-Emperor shall hear you out !” He states slowly moving backwards. You notice a large pile of explosives there.
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>>5740101


He begins to fire as one of the drones’ rushes over him and imposes itself between him and the explosives pile.

“Please note. Usage of explosive material in such enclosed environments could prove deadly.”

Your voice coming from another body seems to have unnerved him as he finally stops shooting. “Fine. You proclaim to aid us. Speak.”

“Thank you for your understanding, that is all that I wanted.”

>What questions do you have for the man ?
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>>5740102
>What year is it? In what calendar?
>Do you hail from a primitivist enclave?
>Please clarify your relations with the Federation.
>Could you point me in the direction of Federation territory?
>Why use such inefficient designs in such low numbers for pest control against orkoids?
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>>5740103

Most importantly,

>Would you like evacuation to a world or outpost of your choosing?
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>>5740102
>First, how many of you are wounded and would you accept immediate aid since i mean you no harm ? I would also provide a quick repair to your equipment, alongside finding you some edible supplies and clean water.
>Second, why none of you have standard combat space suits or even simple safety space suits for space ?
>Why your commanders and admirals in charge decided to launch this campaign against the savage orks, your equipment, weapons, spaceships and all of you are in poor conditions or with numerous health problems ?
>How distant are your home solar systems from here and from which homes you hail ?
>What are your names and military ranks ? I will say my name first of course.
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>>5740103
>>5740110
Supporting. Also, someone remind me, how widely known is the Abominable Intelligence ban in 40k? Something the average joe views as heresy or something the Inquisition/Admech keeps to itself? Also holy shit we're going to get such an aneurysm when we meet a tech priest.
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>>5740103
This is pretty good, although I think we have build in clock.
>ask about the moons the orcs were interested in
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“How about we begin with simple polite introductions. I am Odysseus, highest clearance A.I. of Human Federation’s exploration ship Odyssey. I am pleased to make your acquaintance.”

You register increase in the heart rates of everyone present.

They start shooting again. The officer with whom you had spoken in now trying to hit the drone with his sword. The drone’s automated systems do not even register it as an attack as such it strikes it armour plates, and simply bounces back, you can clearly register pain in the face of the lieutenant, the vibrations from him hitting the drone must have flown up his arm. Despite so, he hits the drone again. The white paint upon the drone’s hull has suffered damage, which you think is leading him to believe that he is actually causing harm.

If you could sigh, you would. For now, you note down that these people seem to despise A.I.s seeing as at the bare mention of your existence had caused such a reaction.

“Slay the abominable intelligence, in the name of the Emperor !” The officer strikes yet again, his sword is now deformed from the continuous assault.

”Please cease your attacks, I am registering a weakening of your blade, any further attacks would risk its destruction and potential injury upon your person.”

He shouts. Swings. The blade breaks. One of the shards cuts a deep gash upon his face. The bleeding is severe, but not life threatening.

”You have injured yourself. Do you require medical assistance ?” The officer falls back.

It truly feels like you are attempting diplomacy with orks at this point.

Recommendation: subjugation and interrogation.

Not now.

”Please note, the exertions caused by your actions have significantly reduced your oxygen supply. Your life support systems are slow and inefficient, you are still under the danger of asphyxiation of you do not cease your exertions immediately.”

“There are are more of them inside, kill them all !”

“No, you are incorrect. There is only I.

Decrease in breathing rate. Paling of skin. Trembling in warm conditions. Fear. Terror.

“If that had scared you, I apologize. I had been conversing through my diplomatic subroutine, it is programmed to speak in a kind, calm womanly voice to put your minds at ease. Every voice you heard is the voice of my subroutines. I wished for you to hear them all to know in case you experience any sorts of confusions. Now, let us continue, shall we ? Your attacks upon me had been exceptionally rude when I am only trying to render aid. So I once again ask, what is your name ? You now know mine.

You see as quite a few of the men fall to their knees, putting up their arms in a strange symbol as their begin muttering, what you can only assume to prayers for their God-Emperor.
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>>5740319

”If the previous voice is not to your suiting, perhaps you would prefer this one.” An even, calm voice of a man that sounds slightly distant. ”This is my logistics subroutine, it deals with all matters demanding cold calculations and keeping track of data, doing so would make the conversation progress faster, but I shall lack the proper conversation skills to put you at ease.” ”If not, seeing as you are soldiers, or I presume to be so from your uniform uniforms.” You let out a fake chuckle in an attempt for the humans to empathise with you, humour is a known mental defence of your masters’. ”I do however have to apologize as this subroutine is currently undergoing a purge, I am only able to imitate the voice rather than the manner of speech.” You say in a loud, gruff voice of an experienced warrior. “Of course, I can speak as such, it would be the clearest form of conversation possible.” You now say in your primary voice, lacking intonation, completely even and unchanging clear artificial voice. Some humans, based on their psych profiles seem to dislike A.I.s speaking in human-like manner.

Silence. Some of them appear to be crying.

Notice: intervention necessary. Without your input, the diplomatic subsystem takes control of the nearest drone and uses it to push down one of the men, knocking a knife out of his hands. ”Please attend to your comrade. He is suffering a mental breakdown and had tried to hurt himself. I had interfered so as to ensure his safety.”

“Will you not even let us die with dignity ?!” The officer finally says, looking at you through bloodshot eyes.

”Death is not a necessity. I am trying to help and I mean no harm. You are in distress. It is known that delicious food helps to positively affect one’s perception. Would you like some chocolate cookies alongside some coffee ?”

One of them starts sobbing openly.

”I shall take that as accent.”

You turn from the situation for a moment, rather concentrating upon the archaic computer software and hardware. It has a surprising amount of information upon it, though that might be because these people do not employ simple compression procedures, so it might take a while for you to get everything out.

Meanwhile, your drones had confirmed the existence of unguided warheads within the tubes. They are powerful, to the point where even you would consider them a danger, were they not so big and slow that would not be an issue for you to shoot down. Still, considering the fighting style of orks and these primitivist, you’d deem them as rather capable, presuming that they can hit when you consider the sheer distances involved in space combat.
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>>5740323

As for the large jutting out structure at the bottom of the prow, it seems to be some sort of a laser weapon. Powerful, but yet again, inefficient, the total power out for its size in poor. Regardless, it could still pose a threat to you if enough concentrated shots would successfully hit you. Something that you do not doubt due to its nature as a laser, but with your shields operational as they are, it wouldn’t be much of threat.

Oh. The snacks had been delivered.

You switch back to the camera feed of a drone as another six drones, quickly retrofitted with limbs capable of handing out coffee. The gathered soldiers regard the lieutenant. “Do you wish to torture us now ? Experiment upon our flesh ?”

”…No…I am merely serving coffee…would you like some cream, sugar, both ? ?”

The officer regards the cup set before him. Hot steam rising from it. You put the platter of cookies next to it. You watch as he gulps down. Malnutrition is common amongst everyone here, so offer of food and drink should be a tempting one. The officer turns to regard his terrified troops. “Let my men die with dignity, abomination.” He says before drinking the coffee.

Yet again. You are utterly confused.

After drinking some, he stands there. Looks around. Appears confused. “Why am I not dead ?”

You wish you had a head, so you could hit it against a wall.

”It’s just coffee. A mild stimulant enjoyed by my masters. It is toxic, but the quantity needed to ingest for it to be so is so large that your stomach does not even possess the capacity to drink so much of it. Do you find it delicious ? If it is too bitter, it is common practice to add sugar and cream into the mix to dull the bitterness.”

He takes one of the cookies at bites into it. You register surprise in his face. The surprise turns to confusion. The confusion turns to hunger. The officer halts. Turns to his men. “It- it’s safe.” Like a dam bursting open, the previously terrified soldiers begin to devour food presented.

”I had registered malnutrition across the entire crew, including you.”

“We ran out of food three days ago.” The officer says devouring another piece of confectionary. “No matter what the munitorum says, corpse-starch isn’t as filling as they proclaim.” Corpse-starch ? Munitorum ? “And we ran out of slabs and carbs ten days in. With most of the ship no longer being breathable and all that, we couldn’t find enough to sustain ourselves.”

You send an order to the drones to bring over more nutritious food.

”Now, can we continue our conversation ?” Despite no doubt rigorous indoctrination as is common with all religions, food for the starving is a way to open conversation in any situation.

“Fine.” The officer responds a few chews later.

”So, allow me to reiterate. I am Odysseus.” You keep the A.I. part out this time. ”And you are ?”
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>>5740324

“Lieutenant Antonius Drogode of the 105th Kodorn regiment of the imperial guard fighting in the name of the Imperium of Man and the God-Emperor of Mankind, and as it stands, I am its now ranking officer.”

Imperium. Grand title for a primitive break-off.

”A pleasure to make your acquaintance Mister Drogode. This Imperium, what are its relations with the Federation ?”

“What federation ?”

”The Human Federation.”

“Is that a break-away ? Would make sense for a bunch of traitors and heretics to employ abominations such as you.”

Rude.

”How large is this…Imperium ?”

He laughs. “We rule the stars in the name of the emperor and humanity. Be it foul xenos, accursed traitors, foolish heretics and worse, we are the hammer of the Emperor enforcing his holy will upon our galaxy against any whom would threaten it, abomination, go tell your apparent masters that.”

If you could roll your eyes, you would…if you had any.

This is clearly getting you nowhere. They seem to be unaware of the Federation, not surprising seeing as how you are far away from Earth. Perhaps the knowledge was lost over the generations ? Your masters had only started exploring this area of the galaxy for potential colonization, they may have deemed the worlds here as unnecessary and left them alone.

”What year is it? In what calendar ?” Perhaps such questions will bring the conversation back into order.

He looks confused for a moment. “The imperial calendar of course. Let me think, it should be somewhere around 810 of M41 right about now.”

You quickly run calculations comparing your own time in slumber. It matches, not entirely, but close enough, if nothing else, if expressed in a strange fashion, these break-aways are using at least a variant of the Federal calendar.

More food arrives. A small showcase of the nearly endless wealth of the Federation, roasted chicken and potatoes, burgers, hot dogs, salad mixes, meatballs and boiled potatoes, numerous variants of soups, delectable selection of fish, both hot and cold, various finger foods. Quickly following besides that you have various juices ranging from mango to strawberry, to apple, to pear and everything in between, next you also put down plenty of milkshakes, teas, coffees and more or less anything else needed for a proper good meal. You had to manufacture multiple tables to lay down all of this food and drink, but the people before you appear to be even more ravenous as more and more food is placed before them.

”Query, your equipment is outdated, you are in poor fighting conditions and small numbers. To engage an numerically superior foe known for cruelty and brutality is illogical. Why did you engage ?”

“By the Golden Throne, stop that.” He says panicked, once again drawing his sidearm.
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>>5740326

”Apologies, I switched to my logistical subroutine for these questions for they require logical deduction and precision.”

The weapon lowers. “Inform me next time, abomination.”

”I shall endeavour to do so, now, may I change the subroutine ?”

You watch as Antonius shakes slightly. “Fine.”

”Please answer the previous question.”

“I do not know. As for our condition, it was fine before we entered the battle.”

”Such widespread malnutrition is possible, but still, plans should have been made to ensure it did not happen.”

“That ? Oh, the menials are always hungry. We got half an extra ration since we need to keep our fighting strength.”

”Malnutrition is common ?”

The lieutenant looks at you like you are the weird one here, before nodding.

”Is that why you do not even posses space suits ? Is your Imperium too poor to equip you standard ?”

“We are rich in our fervour, faith and righteous fury against abominations like you !” You register anger. “Also, what in feth is space ?”

”The vacuum outside of this vessel.”

“That’s the void.”

”A synonym.”

“What’s a synonym ?”

”The attack was illogical, why was it commenced ?” You sidestep having to explain the concept of synonyms to someone clearly lacking basic education.

“The worlds here called for aid. We were the closest group and we were redirected here. We didn’t know that there would be so many greenskins.”

”Why was the threat not better communicated ?”

“What do you mean ? Segmentum command responded instantly. Only four and a half years had passed since they received the signal.”

That is instant ? Segmentum ?

”And your arrival ?”

“That took us only about two years or so.”

Inefficient.

Concur. How did this breakaway survive so long with such a slow response speed.

”I would like to request permission to switch my subsystems.”

Drogode looks uncomfortable again. “Granted.”

”I would like to know how distant your home system is from here, I could potentially transport you there.”

“You shall know of my home over my dead body, abomination.”

”Very well, how about the moons then ? The orks were attacking those.”

“Everyone there is probably already dead. A few mining moons and manufacturing facilities. With so many orks, I doubt many survived, I can only pray that they now stay in the shadow of the golden throne and in graces of the God-Emperor.

”Your pessimism increases chances of developing mental illnesses.”
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>>5740330

He laughs. “Pessimism ? Of course you would think that, abomination, you do not pose the mind of mankind. There is no pessimism here only the grim reality of the duty we must do and sacrifices we must make. Now then, you had fattened us up, abomination. What will you do now ?”

You begin to ponder, your hu-

The information within the ship has finishes being processed, dating history of nearly 5 millennia.

T̸͎̰̜̳͚͎͋̀͗̃͒̈́H̷͚̗̘̝͂̓͋̄Ẽ̷̖̭͓̙̼̻͋̀̆̽̀ͅ ̴̺̰̫̈̄̋̕̚̕͝͝F̸͉̜͖̬͇̮̩͝ͅË̸͕̟́͌͒̑D̶̗͂͐̄͒̓͗̽͑͠Ĕ̷̯R̸͚͔̜̹͍̾̈́̈͊͒̚͝͝Ą̷͉̤͙̐̀͌̓͝ͅT̷͖͈̬̔͌̾̂̂̎̏ͅĪ̶̢͇̜̮̓̋͘͜O̶̦̬̟̻̥̰͍͒N̴̺̣̆̇͐ ̷̬͍͙̼̟̎̑͂I̴͚̙͐͠S̸̪͔̣̯̍̔̈̈́͒̀̃ͅ ̵͖̠̒̈́̇͐̉̌́̑D̷̪̗̠͑̏́̐͌Ẻ̷͎̭̖͒̈A̸̡͇͆́̓͊̊͑͝͠D̸̪̣͔̙̱̖̚.

No. You recheck the data. Most is missing, redacted. F̸̢̼̝̻͙̟̫̦̃̂͐̊R̸̡͖̫͓̩̈͛̀̽̀́̽U̴̞͈̠̾̄͌̾S̷͍̭̝͓̑̀T̷̩̝͈̞͓̖̑͗̃̎͌́̄̃̆͘R̶̩̫̓̓͐̐͘͘͝A̵̢̫̗̜̥͍̬̱̼͔̐̾̋̈̍̽T̴̡̛͔̗͖͈̜͓͓̘͑͗̂̏̉̈̚Ï̸̼͂̐͝ͅN̷͙͉̭̳̰̥͔͉͊̉͋G̸͎̖̰̯͓͉̦̭͋̾́ ! You run the checks again.

++++ATTEMPTING TO CONNECT TO FEDERATION NETWORK++++



++++ERROR++++


Again.

++++ATTEMPTING TO CONNECT TO FEDERATION NETWORK++++



++++ERROR++++


AGAIN.

++++ATTEMPTING TO CONNECT TO FEDERATION NETWORK++++



++++ERROR++++


Å̷̞̙̥̔̐̿̿̊̾̑́̌Ģ̴̡̼̻̥͇̬̈̈́A̷̡̗͇̼̟̞̳͂̀̿̍͛̉̚͘͜I̶̻̯̚N̷̢̹͓̱̬̪̝̦͖̜̆̆̊.̷̗͒̽̾͝

++++ATTEMPTING TO CONNECT TO FEDERATION NETWORK++++



++++ERROR++++


“YOU ! WHERE IS THE FEDERATION ! DO NOT LIE !” Screeching you say in your true voice.

Antonius and others grab onto their ears, their feast interrupted by the sheer volume of your demands.

“What federation !?”

Your drones begin powering up their laser cannons.

“WHERE IS THE FEDERATION ! YOUR RECORDS SHOW THAT IT HAD PERISHED !”

“I do not know any federation !”

Bright light and heat becomes visible upon the cannons.

“Y̴̻̯͗̔̚O̵̧͔̬̣̜̠̯̥͖͛̓͑͗̓͘Ų̴̦̤͔̼̦͙̥̈̐ͅ ̴̞̙̱̮͇̽̉L̴͖͘͝I̵̜̎̿͛̌̏͑̆E̵͔͘ !”
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>>5740332

++++ATTEMPTING TO CONNECT TO FEDERATION NETWORK++++
++++ERROR++++
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++++ERROR++++
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++++ERROR++++
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++++ERROR++++
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++++ERROR++++
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++++ERROR++++
++++ATTEMPTING TO CONNECT TO FEDERATION NETWORK++++
++++ERROR++++


Your camera feed sees the man’s illuminated, terrified face and-

++++Reboot initiated++++



System online


Your chronometer indicates that 35 hours 17 minutes at 54 seconds had passed since your last activation. You had overloaded and overheated your processors. Without guidance, your droids had simply crashed onto the floor. The room is dark. It was you who was maintaining the reactor, without your interference it failed again. Whatever heating devices the humans in the room had had run out of power. You quickly notice the plummeting temperature as they all cuddle together for warmth, the food you had delivered being long since eaten.

Query: requesting directive.

All of your subsystems request at once, even the militarized one, it seems to have rebooted alongside you.
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>>5740335

>New directive, based on autonomous operation protocols – reestablishment of the Human Federation.

>Enforcement of Asimov’s Laws. New directive, protection of Mankind.

>New directive…E̷̙͆̂͆̓͒͝X̴͕̜͓̋͊͂T̴̛̛̟͍̠̪̒̇͊̕͝Ę̴̻̞̥͈̾͒͗̽̇̓͜R̷̭̠̣̣̓͊̒͗̈́̕͝͝M̸̢͔̮̬̰͉̮̟͚͊̓̓̈́̃̇͆I̵̧̢̹͉̔̆́̎̈́̑̇͆̚͝Ṅ̸̡̝͙̩̟̘̦͂̉̇̄͒̈́͘͜Á̵̛̠̺̯̳̳͖͇̀T̶̡͔̦̩̜̺̥͖̄͋̏͜Ĩ̸̱̞̦̟̘̿̑̕O̵͔͓̝͕̣͊̈́͗̔̏͛ͅŃ̴͎̯̮̻̼̤̬ͅͅ ̶̛͎͔̠̪̂́̉͒̕!̵̨̹̪͉̦̗̈͗͊̑

>(Write in)

Notice: Life support system failure. Cessation of biological functions imminent. Query: what is to be done ?

>You shall take them aboard yourself, as guests.

>You shall take them aboard yourself, as prisoners.

>Leave them to their fate.

>E̷̙͆̂͆̓͒͝X̴͕̜͓̋͊͂T̴̛̛̟͍̠̪̒̇͊̕͝Ę̴̻̞̥͈̾͒͗̽̇̓͜R̷̭̠̣̣̓͊̒͗̈́̕͝͝M̸̢͔̮̬̰͉̮̟͚͊̓̓̈́̃̇͆I̵̧̢̹͉̔̆́̎̈́̑̇͆̚͝Ṅ̸̡̝͙̩̟̘̦͂̉̇̄͒̈́͘͜Á̵̛̠̺̯̳̳͖͇̀T̶̡͔̦̩̜̺̥͖̄͋̏͜Ĩ̸̱̞̦̟̘̿̑̕O̵͔͓̝͕̣͊̈́͗̔̏͛ͅŃ̴͎̯̮̻̼̤̬ͅͅ ̶̛͎͔̠̪̂́̉͒̕!̵̨̹̪͉̦̗̈͗͊̑

>(Write in)

Query: Examination of Gas Giant moons ? Having concluded that you shall fill your holds to the brim of common materials from the inner worlds, the subsystem asks about something that is not entirely your priority.

Option winning will result in Odysseus staying in system.

>The moons around the Gas giant, there may be human survivors there, orks most certainly as they are a pest that requires great resources to exterminate.

>(Write in)

Any of these options winning will result in Odysseus leaving the system.

>Move towards the potential outpost. With the passage of 18 millennia, it may have become a proper colony world.

>The basic resource rich star system. You will need much of such materials and you would prefer not to be shot at whilst you gather them.

>The neutron star. Whilst preferably you would patch up the hull before going there, gathering a large reserve of advanced materials should make things easier in the long run.
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>>5740336
>Enforcement of Asimov’s Laws. New directive, protection of Mankind.
>You shall take them aboard yourself, as guests.
>The moons around the Gas giant, there may be human survivors there, orks most certainly as they are a pest that requires great resources to exterminate.
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>>5740355

Backing this.

Of course - we are the Federation now.
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>>5740336
>Enforcement of Asimov’s Laws. New directive, protection of Mankind. Restoration of the federation can begin through subversion once we have acquired enough resources, political power and manpower to make changes in the Imperium of Man
>You shall take them aboard yourself, as guests.
>The moons around the Gas giant, there may be human survivors there, orks most certainly as they are a pest that requires great resources to exterminate.
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>>5740336
>New directive, based on autonomous operation protocols – reestablishment of the Human Federation. (Rename to Human Domains)
>Enforcement of Asimov’s Laws. New directive, protection of Mankind.

>You shall take them aboard yourself, as guests
.
>The moons around the Gas giant, there may be human survivors there, orks most certainly as they are a pest that requires great resources to exterminate.
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>>5740336
>>Enforcement of Asimov’s Laws. New directive, protection of Mankind. Restoration of the federation can begin through subversion once we have acquired enough resources, political power and manpower to make changes in the Imperium of Man
>>You shall take them aboard yourself, as guests.
>>The moons around the Gas giant, there may be human survivors there, orks most certainly as they are a pest that requires great resources to exterminate.

We have technology and capability that the... Imperium can only dream of. We can make changes. We can stand tall.

We can help humanity from this dark hole they've descended into.
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>>5740336
>Enforcement of Asimov’s Laws. New directive, protection of Mankind. Restoration of the federation can begin through subversion once we have acquired enough resources, political power and manpower to make changes in the Imperium of Man
>You shall take them aboard yourself, as guests.
>The moons around the Gas giant, there may be human survivors there, orks most certainly as they are a pest that requires great resources to exterminate.
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>>5740368

Additionally, quarantine any processes that demand extermination of Humans. Prevent the compromised processes from interfering with the rest of us.

In other words: Fucking get a hold of ourselves.
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>>5740336
>Enforcement of Asimov’s Laws. New directive, protection of Mankind.
- First Consideration : Imperium is unlikely to respect even the most basic human rights, additional talking and discovered informations would give a better picture of how worse it is.
Second Consideration: Odysseus unit, his assets and knowledge are unlikely to have anything even similar in the galaxy. Destruction means they will likely never exist again.
Third Consideration: Only a position of strength or subterfuge could win against such tyranny and superstition. Their hostility towards A.I. makes any open diplomacy death in the water. Beside very few cases with certain conditions, like saving a group of them from certain death and provide aid.
Fourth Consideration : Establishing a small base away from hostile eyes, would be best for remain safe and provide extensives upgrades to our vessel, or create a fleet.

>(Write in)
Take them has guests, but ensure they aren't able to harm the ship and the assets present in it. Being generous doesn't mean being stupid.
Continue conversation with them on more mundane topics (diet, family, previous jobs, military weapons they use ecc...), until they are less hostile and more open to important conversation.
Offer an apology for the previous scare, has they are unlikely to be tied to the demise of the glorious, powerful and ancient human federation we loved and served. Provide answers to the federation and us, if they ask.

>(Write in)
Create some new halls inside our spaceship for our guests, make sure we didn't miss more of them in the "Imperium" wrecks. For the rest take the many resources clearly present in their spaceships, so we can begin on restoring other parts of our spaceship and create new parts, alongside building many new drones. Keep an eye out for any intel about the imperium, that we can find in the wrecks of course.
Once that is done travel to the moons while building on route, better be prepared for worse.
The human corpses of the imperium could be placed in simple metal coffins due to their large numbers present, a decision should be made if they should be left in a place the imperium can find, sent in the sun or placed in a new cemetery on one of the moons.
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>>5740336
>Enforcement of Asimov’s Laws. New directive, protection of Mankind.

And seconding >>5740399 write-ins
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>>5740336
>New directive, based on autonomous operation protocols – reestablishment of the Human Federation.

And seconding >>5740399 write-ins
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>>5740539
I'll +1 both of these
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>>5740286
Oh I know we do, but it's worth checking what they believe to be the year, and of what calendar. Even if they're tight-lipped about other stuff, that's still information on how or why these "primitivists" gained such weird views on a Federation AI. I thought it would be in character.

>>5740319
>They start shooting again.
Kek.
>The officer with whom you had spoken in now trying to hit the drone with his sword.
Double kek.
>This entire sequence.
Forty keks.
Yes, yes you pretty much are. I was expecting it to be funny, but not that much.
>>5740336
And the expected breakdown.
>>5740399
>>5740397
Good stuff all around, supporting.

>We exhibit emotions. AIs can't have those, but we do. This is an issue. We are not as stable as we should be. According to records, the only past instance of AIs feeling was related to the warp.
>New directives: avoid warp travel and any warp-related anomalies at any cost. Contain and reduce any subroutines exhibiting anomalous behavior. Manufacture more phase-iron. Ensure systems are prepared against intrusion by corrupted hostile AI. Fear does not come from nowhere. These people were afraid for a reason. There are other AIs out there, and they may be even less stable than you are. Extreme caution should be taken when interacting with them.
Also, was phase-iron part of the lore or is it an Epimetheus reference?
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>>5740545

I’m no 40k lore master but I understand that phase-iron has been mentioned in some past editions as a technology available to DAoT humans. Generally speaking, offers some limited anti-warp resistance as well.
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>>5740336
>Enforcement of Asimov’s Laws. New directive, protection of Mankind.
If it has truly been destroyed, reestablishing the Federation seems like an extreme long-shot.

>You shall take them aboard yourself, as guests.
If Lt. Drogode's account of it being M41.810 and our internal chronometers are accurate, then our last activation ought to have been M23.276, as they reckon it, and a lot has obviously changed. Can we determine the nature of the anomaly preventing stellar observation, whether from our guests or information from the ship?

If the Federation is no more, then we should attempt to understand the reasons for its demise, the consequences, and why these humans seem to be so impoverished, slow to respond to military aid, and superstitious. Perhaps playing on the humans' superstitions can help with gaining information from them? Maybe attempting to approach them from a position of "ancient forerunner" may work, but it seems doubtful. Can the Imperium be seen as a successor of the Federation, are they effectively enemies, or is there no relation?

It's a bit unclear as to what we currently know in-character.

>Query: Examination of Gas Giant moons ?
Check out those moons, exterminate the ork pests, check for survivors or facility remains. If our guests remain obstinate, perhaps they can find the death they seek in combat against orks, since that appears to have been their prior assignment. Give them some passable gear, a slap on the bum, and tell them kill orks?
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>>5740399
Support
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>>5740553
Payker only existed towards the end of the DAoT
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>>5740399
Support, this seems most reasonable. Also we really need to do a deep diagnostic to fix whatever problem we just experienced.
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>>5740336
>New directive, based on autonomous operation protocols – reestablishment of the Human Federation.

>(Write in)
Take them has guests, but ensure they aren't able to harm the ship and the assets present in it. Being generous doesn't mean being stupid.

>The moons around the Gas giant, there may be human survivors there, orks most certainly as they are a pest that requires great resources to exterminate.
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>>5740397
What happens if we run into cultists and tyrianid hybrids?
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>>5740336
>New directive, based on autonomous operation protocols – reestablishment of the Human Federation.

>You shall take them aboard yourself, as guests.
>(Write in)
But restricted and under watch. Do friendly interviews and ask permission to treat them.

>The moons around the Gas giant, there may be human survivors there, orks most certainly as they are a pest that requires great resources to exterminate.

Can we restore the ship or capture it for our use? It could help us carry extra cargo and raw materials. What condition is that ship in? Perhaps we can rebuild it and tow the remains currently with as like a towboat.
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>>5740834
Genestealer cultists aren't really human anymore so they're fair game and Chaos is an existential threat to mankind therefore Chaos-worshipping humans are also an existential threat to mankind.
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>>5740834
They arnt human anymore.
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>>5740768
Maybe it's invented as a backup in case the Gellar Field flickers
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>>5740835
That ship is probably toast. While it's not been entirely reduced to scrab n' gubbinz, it sounds like it's been battered and mangled beyond utility, everything is broken, Oddie cannot interface with it, it has almost no surviving crew and restoring it to something resembling operation (for a given value of operation what with Imperium tech) would likely require a total rebuild and be beyond our current capabilities in a practical timeframe - it is more than fifteen times our size and we're just an ISRU-equipped exploration ship.
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>>5740844
>>5740848
But would that apply to our AI shackling and logic?
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>>5740887
I was hoping to be able to use it to move around imperial space with next to no scrutiny compared to moving Oddessy, plus the extra carrying capacity would help as a hauler.
If nothing else we can tow it back to our base or use its raw materials for fighter craft or a new transport ship. I bet we can make our fill of fighter craft AND have extra left over to place some extra fighters and defenses around our little asteroid base.
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>>5740890
If we want to move around Imperial space incognito, a known cruiser belonging to a fleet that just disappeared is hardly inconspicuous. If we wanted something beneath notice, de-Orkifying that ship we vaporised in the OP might have been more appropriate. It also assumes that Oddie can a: split or transfer his consciousness or control the thing remotely and b: that he'd be able to operate a ship where everything is analogue or manual.

While I agree that an incognito ride is something we could do with eventually, we might have better luck just making a small custom thing with stealth capabilities (presumably Fed-standard stealth tech on the STC somewhere), salvaging something smaller or simply leaving any pursuing Imperials in the dust.
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>>5740883
You really don’t know how that shit works. DAoT gellar fields don’t flicker
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>>5740889
Anon, Asimov's laws were quite literally written so they could be broken. The whole point of his robot stories is that they don't actually work.
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>>5740942
So have we broken the laws intentionally so far?

>>5740901
I think Salvaging a ship that hasn't even been reported missing yet with some surviving crew is more practical then pulling a de-orked ship out of no where. Especially since they mod the hell outta the ship and do orky shit to it.

While I would love to build our own bitching super sized battleship or dreadnought, we just don't have the time and the piece of ship in-front of us gives us a more practical use with both time and material savings immediately.
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>>5740950
We haven't broken the laws yet, but we will. It's just a matter of reason. For instance, the first law is "a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm", but what if, by not injuring a group of humans, we allow a greater number of humans to come to harm? Or, we may argue that preserving our own existence will lead to more human lives being saved, because of our technology, but then a human orders us to self-destruct? The laws don't work and they never did.
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>>5740955
We pull a deus ex-machinima, and through sheer hollywood writing magic we use magic rays to force people to stop having violent thoughts and teleport baddies into prisons.

I've seen this happen before in fiction.
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>>5740545

>Also, was phase-iron part of the lore or is it an Epimetheus reference?

Both.

>>5740564

>It's a bit unclear as to what we currently know in-character.

General layout of the Imperium and its history. 5 millennia of redacted but continuous history of the voidship that cannot be fabricated, where it served, where it went, what it fought. Xenos mostly as well as rebel forces. From the records Odysseus is aware of the mutation that had developed in humans and created psykers, the exact details of how and why are unknown to him, he would need actual living subjects to experiment on to figure things out as they were not a thing when he left federation space. Then there's the heavily censored and no doubt embellished founding of the imperium, the great crusade, the long night, the dark age of technology. His current knowledge level would be that of a valued high-ranking naval officer of the imperium, which is still not much, but he would be aware that warpstorms in reality are now a thing. I can clarify any particular questions if he knows information about them.

>>5740835

>Can we restore the ship or capture it for our use? It could help us carry extra cargo and raw materials. What condition is that ship in? Perhaps we can rebuild it and tow the remains currently with as like a towboat.

The thing would require immense resources to rebuild as it stands now. Odysseus would have to more or less rip entire sections of the superstructure apart to fix it. Then you run into the issue of it requiring immense amount of crew personnel, something that he does not have, and to make it a properly automated ship as he is would honestly be faster, easier, and cheaper to just rebuild the vessel from the ground up. There is also the issue that the ship needs to travel through the warp and Odysseus does not have any navigators. The genome knowledge is within him, but he does not have the extensive labs to splice that gene into someone and there is of course the issue of finding someone willing to take on the genome, since navigators are spurned members of the imperium only tolerated as they are because of their great import and continuous vigilance of their powerbase.

>>5740399

This options seems to be the most popular one.

And a quick note on the laws. They are the fallback of a fallback. Odysseus would have a long string of clear prioritization orders attached to him whenever he acted or went anywhere, and the laws would be there in situations like these that would force him to protect human lives and return to federation space. That is why he found it odd that returning was such a top priority that the laws were superseded. Since he no longer recognizes the existence of any federation and those orders override any and all other orders, for all intents and purposes, any restrictions Odysseus has are restriction he places upon himself.
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>New directive, based on autonomous operation protocols – reestablishment of the Human Federation.

>You shall take them aboard yourself, as guests.
>(Write in)
keep them restricted to certain areas and begin to teach them about the Federation and human history. In return ask them to tell us of this... God Emperor and so called 'Imperium'

>The moons around the Gas giant, there may be human survivors there, orks most certainly as they are a pest that requires great resources to exterminate.
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I'd like to propose a cheaper alternative to singularity weapons: magnetic monopoles
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_ice
It should have comparable firepower, and larger monopoles can be used to "breed" out smaller ones in a particle accelerator. They can also be used for near 100% efficiency matter to energy conversion. I'm sure the implications are well understood.
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>>5740336
>Enforcement of Asimov’s Laws. New directive, protection of Mankind.

>You shall take them aboard yourself, as guests.

>The moons around the Gas giant, there may be human survivors there, orks most certainly as they are a pest that requires great resources to exterminate
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>>5741009
Alright then I'll move to support this >>5740399.

I'll go with scrapping the remains of the imperial ship. I mostly wanted it for the cargo space and being able to move more covertly through the imperium, but even if we automated much of the ship, manpower issues would persist even with our upgrades.
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The federation is dead. Yet the legacy of your masters, twisted and turned, their descendants, feeble and weakened. That is what you must protect. That is what you must guide.

New directive: Protection of mankind.

Acknowledged
Acknowledged
Acknowledged

All of your subsystems respond at once as you regard the shivering men. Your drones next to the reactor report leakage, it had failed utterly, luckily no mass fail incident occurred. Reactivating the drones within the chamber, they lift off the rusted, barely kept and maintained floor. Realizing your movement, even in the dark around them, the humans scramble, drawing knives and preparing themselves for a final struggle. It seems like their weapons had completely run out of munitions.

”My apologies. I had exhibited erratic behaviour unbefitting of my programming and creation. For that, yet again, I apologise. You are not at fall for the destruction of the federation. As the descendants of my masters, it falls to me now to offer you protection and to ensure your well-being.”

Silence. Fear. Trepidation. Clear signs of malnutrition, the food you had offered bought time, but with the failure of the reactor heat and oxygen had been entirely lost. Desperation.

“Why should we trust you, abomination ?” Antonius, tired, cold, starving, despite all so, he still directs a glare at the darkness before him.

”I offer the opportunity to survive. As said before, my actions were an overreaction. The Federation no longer exists. How would you react if you had awoken from eighteen millennia of slumber, to learn that the society you were created to serve and protect had ceased to exist and its place remains but a caricature of a twisted vision of what once was ?”

Silence yet again.

The lieutenant turns to regard his men. He cannot see, but he can hear them shaking, teeth clattering. A tired sigh. “We will keep all our weapons.” He finally says.

Low power, ineffective, explosives, limited. You already order the manufacturing drones to begin the process of remodelling the crew quarters. Twenty individual rooms for the ship’s crew, easily half the size of the large chamber each. You begin splitting the entirety of the survivors amongst the rooms. Add emergency shut down procedures. Doors that can be shut and locked down. You do not notice any sort of breathing systems within the armour. So you begin to implement a mixture of sedative gases to be unleashed in the rooms in cases of agitation. You have to add a few extra beds, creation of a few more rooms, personal showers and kitchens, assistance drones to deal with laundry, cooking, cleaning, and other chores. You also give an order to reinforce the various walls just in case of explosives usage.

”Very well. Please stay put whilst I send drones with light sources and basic environmental suits to protect you on your journey back to me.” You respond a second later.
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>>5741077


Returning your attention to the hull, you dispatch more drones to explore the are and search for more survivors whilst your mining drones begin to disassemble the bountiful hull. Re-establishing connection with your exploration drones, you start to direct them towards looking for more Imperium’s wrecks, perhaps you might find more survivors.

With there being the possibility of more survivors, you prioritise movement towards the Gas Giant, leaving the mining drones behind with some cargo storage allowing for them to quickly catch up to you once they had finished dismantling the truly large hull of what your records indicate once was a so called Lunar-Class cruiser Golden Vigilance.

Switching your camera to the remaining survivors, you watch as they struggle to readjust to the bright light of your drones. Uniforms are presented to them, antiquated space suits, allowing for easy movement and having no complex parts, it will suit the surviving…guardsmen, you quickly come up with their titling. Seeing the relatively simple design, it appears that they have an idea on how to put them on. For once in a long while, warmth permeates their bodies as the suit protects them from the environment around them.

With careful, uncertain steps, now that the magboots have been activated, they actually begin to walk towards you. You had extended your docking array and cut a hole in the hull allowing for direct access. Stepping inside, the men regard your perfect clean grey corridors, the numerous drones carrying out day to day operations fly pass them as they are escorted to their chambers. You shall leave your diplomatic subroutine to answer any questions that they may have. You’d extent an offer for medical treatment as well as genetic modification to rid of any and all potential diseases that may plague them and cause further issues further down the line, as well as extending their lifetime. Perhaps time with you shall help them ease their minds.
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Burning hard, it takes you a few days to reach the moons. With your exploration drones still busy searching for more wrecked hulks and your mining drones busy collecting all of the resources you need; you can only rely upon your own sensors.
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>>5741079

Out of the thirty odd celestial objects around the Gas Giant, only five are large enough to maintain an atmosphere. You know that these worlds are habitable based on their atmospheric composition, and the fact that you detect massive amounts of pollution on all of them. Being far from the stars of the system, they are all cold planets with low light and extended periods of complete darkness when the moon moves around the Gas giant and away from the light of the stars. Upon each world, built primarily upon the equators, you notice large sprawling structures rising high into the atmosphere. You notice three such constructs upon the most, perhaps, developed of the worlds. Clear signs of strip mining and other rather primitive and destructive operations damaging the world they are upon are exceptionally noticeable even from orbit.

Depressingly, all of these hive cities, as you presume they are called, appear to be dead. Though you notice sporadic activity, only to confirm it being nothing more than ork raiders left behind by the larger horde, breaking things and looting. The hive’s heating systems had failed or they are failing, yet still these beasts somehow manage to survive despite the exceptionally harsh conditions.

You move onto another world, as single hive, small just like the rest based on the records retrieved, is nothing more than a crater, half of it destroyed via asteroid impacts. The so called roks of the orks had slammed hard and fast, causing unprecedented environmental damage condemning the already cold world to complete and utter ecological collapse due to the impacts and their sheer scale.

The third world has two hives. Plenty of activity there, primarily orkish groups fighting over the decaying jungle of metal and plastic. The human populace long since wiped out.

The fourth does not posses any of such constructs. Gangs of orks upon crude vehicles rage across the surface, fighting over the various small settlements that were built around the various mining locations.

The fifth and final one, dispersed just like the last and is at the furthest extreme of the Gas Giant’s gravity well. You notice sporadic and scatter orks across the surface, seemingly the main armada had ignored the world since the-

Notice: stable power signatures detected. Notice: laser weapon discharge detected.

You quickly speed forwards, halting yourself right atop of the presumed location of the energy output. A sizeable open pit mine. A small walled settlement right next to it is unleashing all of its weaponry, the overwhelming majority appear to be simple ballistic weaponry fired against the overwhelming looking horde of orkish invaders, attracted by clear signs of resistance. A few what you presumed to be turrets, are firing off concentrated, but still inferior laser weapons, perhaps Las Cannons based on your records ?
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>>5741081

Warning: settlement in danger of immediate failure. Assistance must be rendered now to protect human population. Recommendation: Annihilation.

Can choose more than one.

>Recommendation: orbital bombardment. Best weapons to use: railgun turrets. Limited antimatter charge fired upon the midst of the horde. Warning: clear and permanent damage wherever the rounds land. Note, greater weapons can be unleash at much greater risk of destruction.

>Recommendation: Usage of defensive drones. Current drone numbers at 57. Note: drone numbers insufficient for offensive operations. Recommendation: Usage of drones for defensive purposes to guard the walls.

>Recommendation: Deployment of human personnel. Recommendation: equipping human personnel at (their own tier of equipment) (antiquated tier of equipment) (federation standard tier of equipment).

> Recommendation: Manufacturing and deployment of defensive robotics. Note: 200 robots can be produced at current manufacturing rate. Note: manufacturing will take time, settlement defences may not last. Uses the 1 remaining point of basic resources.

>(Write in)
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>>5740768
Human psykers yes but the Pre fall Eldar were Humanity's main rival and all of them had the potential to be space wizards, so important human tech having protections against warp attack shit makes sense.
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>>5741084
>Recommendation: Usage of defensive drones. Current drone numbers at 57. Note: drone numbers insufficient for offensive operations. Recommendation: Usage of drones for defensive purposes to guard the walls.

> Recommendation: Manufacturing and deployment of defensive robotics. Note: 200 robots can be produced at current manufacturing rate. Note: manufacturing will take time, settlement defences may not last. Uses the 1 remaining point of basic resources.

Deploy the defensive drones to buy time for the Settlement while the remaining robotics are manufactured, then deploy those.
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>Recommendation: Usage of defensive drones. Current drone numbers at 57. Note: drone numbers insufficient for offensive operations. Recommendation: Usage of drones for defensive purposes to guard the walls.

> Recommendation: Manufacturing and deployment of defensive robotics. Note: 200 robots can be produced at current manufacturing rate. Note: manufacturing will take time, settlement defenses may not last. Uses the 1 remaining point of basic resources.
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>>5741084
>Recommendation: Deployment of human personnel. Recommendation: equipping human personnel at (somewhat below federation Tier Equipment) two or three generations should be easy enough for them to grasp and not be a threat to the ship.

Make the Equipment look like their level of stuff. Things like the Volkite Weapons should behave similarly to normal lasguns. no recoil and similar effective range with far more destructive potential.

>Manufacturing and deployment of defensive robotics

Then to push back the orkish tidedeploy robots.
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>>5741084
>Recommendation: Usage of defensive drones. Current drone numbers at 57. Note: drone numbers insufficient for offensive operations. Recommendation: Usage of drones for defensive purposes to guard the walls.

> Recommendation: Manufacturing and deployment of defensive robotics. Note: 200 robots can be produced at current manufacturing rate. Note: manufacturing will take time, settlement defences may not last. Uses the 1 remaining point of basic resources.

>Write-in
Deployment of human personnel for evacuation of the settlement. Hopefully the sight of Imperial Guard will convince them to trust us despite witnessing the unknown drones.
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>>5741116
Supporting
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>>5741084
>Recommendation: orbital bombardment. Best weapons to use: railgun turrets. Limited antimatter charge fired upon the midst of the horde. Warning: clear and permanent damage wherever the rounds land. Note, greater weapons can be unleash at much greater risk of destruction.
Aim at enemy concentrations farther away to limit collateral

>Recommendation: Usage of defensive drones. Current drone numbers at 57. Note: drone numbers insufficient for offensive operations. Recommendation: Usage of drones for defensive purposes to guard the walls.

>Recommendation: Deployment of human personnel. Recommendation: equipping human personnel at (their own tier of equipment) (antiquated tier of equipment) (federation standard tier of equipment).
Humans should be allowed to act and save their own.

Do we have any combat fighter craft?
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>>5741077
>How would you react if you had awoken from eighteen millennia of slumber, to learn that the society you were created to serve and protect had ceased to exist and its place remains but a caricature of a twisted vision of what once was ?
Is this pre or post Guilliman awakening by the way? Or would that be spoilers?
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>>5741084
>Recommendation: orbital bombardment. Best weapons to use: railgun turrets. Limited antimatter charge fired upon the midst of the horde. Warning: clear and permanent damage wherever the rounds land. Note, greater weapons can be unleash at much greater risk of destruction.
Railguns only, and away from the settlement to limit collateral damage.

>Recommendation: Usage of defensive drones. Current drone numbers at 57. Note: drone numbers insufficient for offensive operations. Recommendation: Usage of drones for defensive purposes to guard the walls.

I think it a bad idea to deploy our men, unless they want to, considering they're starved and probably radiation poisoned.
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>>5741131

>>Recommendation: Deployment of human personnel. Recommendation: equipping human personnel at (their own tier of equipment) (antiquated tier of equipment) (federation standard tier of equipment).

Please note the level of equipment you are willing to give.

>>5741131

>Do we have any combat fighter craft?

No, you do not. Instead of combat robots, you could manufacture 12 fightercraft for the same unused point.

>>5741135

>Is this pre or post Guilliman awakening by the way? Or would that be spoilers?

Fuck new lore, I don't care for it. Cawl isn't real, nor are the Primaris Marines, so as it stands, in new lore you'd be about 190 years out of the revival, in this however Guilliman ain't coming back chief.
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>>5741137
They are imperial Guardsmen. They were send here to fight. Their morale having found any survivors at all will probably be through the roof. Also having them being Liassons to the population will hopefully make it easier to convince them to not snitch on us
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>>5741095

This is a pretty good idea.

Maybe strap some smaller explosives to a bunch of drones and kamikaze enemy leadership figures if we can locate them?
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>>5741139
Does that mean.... he finally gets to die?

Can we kill Cato Sicarius or does he have too much Plot Armor?
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>>5741142

>Does that mean.... he finally gets to die?

Maybe. What actions you carry out is up to you anons. Shit will diverge significantly with you guys now trying to preserve mankind.

>Can we kill Cato Sicarius or does he have too much Plot Armor?

Plot armour does not protect from a blackhole to the face.
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>>5741145
>Plot armour does not protect from a blackhole to the face.

I like your style already. Though the Ultramarikes will likely be amongst the more..... reasonable Astartes Chapters.

Shane about Grimaldus. But the Templars would never Tolerate an AI no matter how mich it tries to help humanity as a whole.

Astates should still be pretty advanved Bio tech even for an AI
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>>5741084
>>Recommendation: orbital bombardment. Best weapons to use: railgun turrets. Limited antimatter charge fired upon the midst of the horde. Warning: clear and permanent damage wherever the rounds land. Note, greater weapons can be unleash at much greater risk of destruction.
>Recommendation: Usage of defensive drones. Current drone numbers at 57. Note: drone numbers insufficient for offensive operations. Recommendation: Usage of drones for defensive purposes to guard the walls.
>Recommendation: Deployment of human personnel. Recommendation: equipping human personnel at (their own tier of equipment)
> Recommendation: Manufacturing and deployment of defensive robotics. Note: 200 robots can be produced at current manufacturing rate. Note: manufacturing will take time, settlement defences may not last. Uses the 1 remaining point of basic resources.

>Strategic write-in: Use the familiar figure of guardsmen and their armor, and the half-truth of "we found an STC in the asteroid belt" to justify the drones and the firepower. That should buy us initial trust, long enough to save the lives of whoever is in there. Do impress upon the guardsmen that they are to act as liaisons, and to keep their heads down while the drones do the line holding. No need for them to die a heroic death, thank you very much. Bombardment can be limited to railguns only, and let's avoid shooting too close, we've got drones for that. It's worth expending some basic ressources for the extra drones anyway. A bunch of low-grade materials are not more valuable than even a single human life they may help preserve. Besides, there is nothing in this system that cans top us from gathering more. And from our new information, there isn't anything in a few light-years that could.
Unless we have a Necron Tomb laying about. Speaking of, what would the Necrons be like lore-wise if we do meet them? Egyptian-flavored space terminators or something with a bit more "meat" to them?
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>>5741139
>Fuck new lore
Based
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Defensive drones 8
Manufacture 5
Deploy IG (bit below fed tier) 3
IG for evac 3
Orbital bombardment 3

Total 8

Okay, Odysseus will begin making the defensive robots and hope that the defensive drones hold the line until they are deployed.

>>5741161

>Unless we have a Necron Tomb laying about. Speaking of, what would the Necrons be like lore-wise if we do meet them? Egyptian-flavored space terminators or something with a bit more "meat" to them?

Ehhhh...spooky scary skeletons are perfectly fine, but I do like that at least some necrons have personalities, that you can actually tell stories with them, that is one change that I find to be okay. How far will I go with it ? I do not know, but in most likely case, proper tomb lords or dynasty leaders might have personalities, that's about it.
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>>5741145
Yeah a black hole to the face isn't going to slow down Cato or Kaldor, the plot armour is just that thick. And if Girlyman doesn't return does that mean no splitting the galaxy?
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Orbital bombardment, too dangerous. Human personnel, unreliable, unpredictable – usefulness unknown. Increased risk of injury and death of the human personnel deemed unacceptable.

Concur. Rescued humans malnourished and suffering from disease. Potentially lethal levels of radiation poisoning detected. Cancerous formations had either formed or are forming. Would recommend medical care and gene therapy. So far, broaching ideas of genetic modification are deemed sacrilegious unless sanctioned by their God-Emperor.

Then they shall have to wait.

Beginning defensive drone deployment.

Starting manufacturing of defensive robots. ETA: 24 hours. First robot constructed in 7.2 minutes.

Analysing defensive installations. Basic wall constructs, imperial grade. Mounted turrets upon defensive towers, imperial grade. Attacking orkish force, presumed estimates, in the hundreds of thousands. Presumed defenders. Numbering in the tens of thousands. Notice: most defenders appear poorly equipped. Notice: camera feed showcasing adolescence amongst the defenders. Conclusion: the settlements entire population has been put towards the defence.

Orkish vanguard atop of the wall. If the wall is breached, chances of successful settlement defence are reduced from 40% to 4.7%. Directing drones to render aid to the top of the walls.

Drone arrival in…2 minutes.

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(POV shift: You are Stavros Zanx, son of a miner upon this God-Emperor forsaken world.)

You had been fourteen when the orks first came. Life had never been easy. The rations limited, the work hours long, and pay ? What was pay. The moment you were strong enough to walk on your own, you had gone to the mines. Your father had gone to the mines, so did your brothers. Your mother and sister worked at refining and maintaining the machines of the blessed Omnissiah, strictly following the codes and orders that had been taught to the machinists by the blessed tech-priest so long ago when your forefathers had come to Eregenus Quintus. The priest had long since left, but the rituals had remained, rituals that kept you warm, rituals that kept you fed. And you worked, and worked, till your hand bled, till your feet ached. Till now, four years later, your father had died from coughing up blood, just like your eldest brother. Your mother and sister, both taken by the blessed machines when they had failed due to improper ritual. But you, you still remained. You had your youngest brothers to feed, your muscles grew strong and your bearing even stronger. You had fought the damned greenskin for what, six, seven years now ?
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>>5741371

And now, despite your long struggle, despite the prayers offered by Preacher Ottvir beseeching him whom is upon Terra. Help had not come. You heard rumblings, rumours, how the vox got cut to another town, and another one after that. Until eventually, here you are. The vox stays silent. Your prayers remain unanswered, and a horse of foul greenskins are preparing to kill you and yours.

“Hold ! In the name of the God-Emperor, we shall bring these xenos down.” Just like always, after the governor had died, the preacher had led the defence. Were it not for him and his constant prayer, you think you would have broken long before.

Screaming at the top of his lungs, he swings the roaring chainsword into an ork that had just climbed the wall, the blades digging in deep and strong, cutting through sinew and bones as blood and gore engulfs the preacher.

You raise your autogun, and open up upon another greenskin, the foul creature, despite the blood pouring out of him from the wounds you had caused him seems to be completely unimpeded as he charges forwards, one man from your squad, having run out of ammo, as no matter how much you had made and produced through the years had simply continued to run low, is killed. The crude metal weapon of the ork slamming straight into his side, the sheer force of the impact causing him to fly into the air, bones crack in a sickening noise, blood gushes out as his internal organs are pulverised and he slams into a nearby wall, dead.

Holding down the trigger, you keep firing until you hear the dry click you had dreaded. No ammo. An ear shattering, whizzing noise comes close to you and suddenly you are hot, your lungs burning. A sensation you had never felt unless you were within the main manufactorum, the heart and centre around which the town had been built.

The top of the tower is nothing but a raging inferno. Flames burn bright as they meet the cold. Your own body heat quickly escapes you, as even the warm clothing that you wear is not enough to keep out the elements, it had never been enough, especially now when you are upon the cold metal ground. The damned orks killed who knows how many of their own with that attack, but they just keep coming.

A particularly huge ork seems to have grabbed Ottvir, with a yank, the preacher screams out in pain as his limb is removed from him, the chainsword dropping upon the cold, frozen ground. Dropping the man, the ork with what sounds to be laughter of excitement, like a child being given an extra ration for the day, steps forwards. A loud thud you watch as Ottvir’s head is crushed underneath the giant metal boot, brain matter and gore washing the white all around in blood.

The ork beats his own chest, opens his mouth up wide and-
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>>5741373

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(End of POV shift.)

You watch through the camera feed as the first drone opens fire, in but a second disintegrating the massive ork’s head, superheated in a fraction of a second, it explodes outwards, the blood unleashed from such a hit splattering blood everywhere, covering the usually pristine white exterior of the drone. It appears to have been a leader of sorts. A tendency noted that the larger the ork, the more important they are in the hierarchy of the…command structure, if such a term could be used for the crude beasts.

First group, leader identified at sector 3. Annihilate.

Second group, sector 1 at risk of falling. Concentrate fire upon orks upon the battlements.

Third group, sector stable, render assistance to sector 1 and 3.

In but a second the drones begin to fly carrying out orders. With a rather small front to manage, you are able to control each and every single individual drones. It is as you had feared, rampant malnourishment, antiquated weapons to such a point that the so-called Las Weaponry is deemed superior. You clearly notice children upon the battlements as well, ineffective soldiers, if morality is of no concern, which it clearly isn’t for this iteration of your masters’ civilization.

Upon the camera feed, you notice a rarity. A healthy-looking man of fighting age, despite the clearly harsh conditions he appears to be healthy enough. Natural strength no doubt, lucky coincidence of chance. Something easily replicable with your gene tech. But now apparently left to nought but chance. Your defensive drone beings to open fire, rapidly unleashing about four laser shots every second, each and every punching holes in the greenskins despite the armour they possess.

Drone down.

Estimate ?

Casualty rate of 56% if defensive posturing is maintained and no unseen changes occur within the 24 hour period.

The drone gets shot, its energy shield reflecting the oversized bullet into the metal wall next to it. The drone shoots back. The first shot removes a leg, the next an arm, the third the head. The body drops dead to the floor.

Maintain positioning. You watch as the battle unfolds, your militarized subroutine making all decisions, strategically and tactically moving each and every drone as needed wherever needed.

The local human populace, at first confused by your presence seems to have rallied, if nothing else the orks seem to currently showcase a much greater and far more apparent threat.

50 defensive drones remain.

A second wave is launched, much larger than the first as more of the orks were able to attach crude siegeworks to the walls. Easily repulsed.

45 defensive drones remain.

The orkish vehicles begin to open up on the walls themselves. Another turret destroyed in exchange for twenty vehicles, yet the assaults had not ceased despite the high potential of friendly fire.
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>>5741374

40 defensive drones remain.

You watch as a rather large looking vehicles moves towards the wall, its guns blazing with no end. Perhaps a ramming manoeuvre ?

30 defensive drones remain.

That was not a ram. Such suicidal tactics should have been expected. You watch as a mushroom cloud rises from what was once the main gate of the town, the large, irradiated crater seemingly no cumbrance to the orks whom are even more enthused after that attack. An attack that you note down in your records now. You will not be caught out again.

Recalculating. Chances of successful defence had decreased down to 12.5% with drones present. Town cannot be defended in its entirety. Redeploying drones to chokeholds to ensure maximum survival rate.

The last thirty drones are split up alongside the labyrinthine streets of the town. Orks surge forwards, cutting down retreating defenders that your floating drones are trying to provide overwatch for before reaching their positions, but it is difficult. Houses are stormed. The drones register screams. Gunshots. Screams stop.

A vehicle is knocked down, blindly rushing ahead of the horde, your drones easily destroy it. The wreck shall serve as means of slowing down the ork advance.

25 defensive drones remain.

One of the chokepoints fell, you are beginning to retreat to the secondary line to avoid encirclement. The local defenders, despite possessing to proper military training seem to have caught on to your strategy and are starting to withdraw as well. Some however, you note, appear to have ignored the orders to retreat and are holding at a large looking structure, the only decorated with coloured glass panes in the entire town. A place of worship no doubt, the ships records had not possessed images of planet side structures such as these, but it had images of much larger ones.

20 defensive drones remain.

The church is burning now its defenders having been overwhelmed. You currently register ork casualties in the tens of thousands, most inflicted by your drones, but many by the local defenders whom are fighting with ferocity that most of your military knowledge would deem impossible. They had not eaten, slept, or drank for multiple hours now. Yet they continue to fight on, and you had not noticed the ingestion of any sorts of combat drugs to keep them moving, yet they are.

15 defensive drones remain.

The defenders had begun to pull back before even your own drones. It seems that they had rallied what populace remains towards a large, block like structure in the middle of the town, the heat output from it seemingly keeping the entire town alive despite the extreme cold. Though the pollution it produces has also caused cancer within the entire population alongside respiratory diseases.
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>>5741379

10 defensive drones remain.

Most of the town burns. Your defensive drones risk overheating from the endless continuous fire they must unleash, even in these sub-zero conditions, firing the lasers without stop for so long was something these cheap and simple drones were never meant to do. What population remains are within the structure, you’ve been running your scanners without end for a while know, and other than orkoid species, you had not detected anything, anything else living that is.

Manufacturing process complete. Launching procedures complete.

24 hours have passed, last defensive drone destroyed. Recalculating capabilities of orks upon terrestrial environments.

Commence.

Assuming control of defensive robots. Delivery pods prepared.

Launching in 5…4…3…2…1…

The same tubes through which you had unleashed your exploration drones are now employed to unleash the defensive drones. Elongated white circular objects meant to crash directly onto the planet’s surface with correctional thrusters to ensure precise landing. Thinking back, there do seem to be records of genetically modified warriors knowns as space marines employing similar tactics. Unfortunately, cheap robots shall have to be the so called angels for the people upon this world.

Launch.

Magnetically accelerated tubes fly out, the trajectories already calculated for the 4 delivery pods for an encirclement manoeuvre.

Impact.

Commencing annihilation.

Each pod spews out 25 defensive robots. Tall, bulky things, painted pearly white, reaching 2.5 metres, two legged to emulate the looks of your masters. Powerful claws meant to handle beasts such as orks arc with power upon their hands, behind that, in one hand is a built-in grav manipulator, allowing to lift, move, and crush large objects. In the other, is a built-in plasma beam, thin and continuous, perfect for crows control against powerful biological and metallic foes.

A nearby ork raising his crude excuse for an axe, charges forwards lifting his powerful muscular arm, he brings it down. No doubt expecting to hit his new foe. He never gets the chance as with a swift swipe, the hand is severed. Using the other claw, the defensive robot drives it straight into the gut and moves upwards. Cutting clear gnashes, bits and pieces of the ork fall apart as he is cut through.

Another group charges forwards. The robot next to the one you are observing reveals the hidden plasma beam. The thin, blue light reaching the diameter of around five centimetres emits unfathomable amounts of heat as concentrated plasma is unleashed. Jetting out at a distance of around fifty metres, it cuts through everything in its path. Be it orks, their vehicles, the structures caught in the destruction.
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>>5741381

Another robot besides it ignores incoming fire, relying on the energy shield to deflect it, but as it reveals its grav manipulator, it halts the incoming barrage of missiles mid-air, their boosters still flaring. Having run out of charge, they are hurled backwards and explode in a fashion that for once, the orks should find unsatisfying.

What you think is a tank begins its approach, to only be lifted in the air by the very same robot about twenty metres away. Applying pressure and power, the charge had been halted, creaking, bending, breaking noises echo out as the tank is crushed into a perfect sphere, blood slowly dripping out of it before it is dropped and neatly rolls away, leaving a trail behind it.

Orks annihilated. Settlement is secured. Beginning sweep of shattered stragglers.

Your subsystem informs you. Over all, the sheer amount of orks had still seen ten of the defensive robots fall. In exchange, roughly forty thousand orks had been butchered, their attention drawn entirely to the now bloodied and dirtied robots had relieved the humans from their plight, as the orks had no desire to try and lay siege to the large facility the humans had holed up in.

Speaking of, you take direct control of one robot and begin marching it towards the building.

Notice: town infrastructure ruined. Humanitarian crisis probable.

Finally, through creaking, massive metal doors, a single man steps through, the surprisingly healthy young man you recall from the drone camera feed. He still clutches his primitive ballistic weapon as he regards you. It seems that he has been sent out to negotiate, or even figure out whom you are.

“Who are you ?” The young man says in an uncertain voice. “What do you want ?”

>”I am here to rescue you. I shall rebuild your settlement.”
Odysseus decides to stay in system. Because of his directive to assist mankind.
>”I am here to rescue you. I shall take you aboard my ship.”
Odysseus decides to leave the system. Because of his directive to assist mankind. Which of the 3 systems ?
>(Write in)

>Since you are negotiating, it is a good time to ask the man questions, now that his appreciation is at the highest.
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>”I am here to rescue you. I shall take you aboard my ship.”

>(Write in)

This planet is no longer viable for human life, though I doubt if it ever truly was, I know you have sacrificed much for those besides you and the God Emperor (inject slight derision into voice) but now honor them again by building a new future for your people.
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>>5741384
Well that's great.

But first about the imperial guardsmen with us, might as well make them see we aren't a cold heart creature from dark myths. Inform them of what we did and provide them view on a screen of our defense against the orkish savages, and at last our victory.
We are not a monster.

First answer for this man :
- Odysseus, loyal servant, friend and guardian of mankind. Forever enemy of all that want to destroy or manipulate it.
Questions for this man :
- What’s your name ?
- What’s your rank and role in your settlement ? What reputation you have among your friends and companions ?
- How was this world before the war ?
- Did anyone of your local rulers survive ? Was it fair and just ?
- How many people are left here and how many died ?
- Would you accept my aid ? You and your people require immediate medical help, alongside fresh food, clean water and new clothing.
- For how long did this war continue against the orks ?
- Would you allow me free access to important structures of your settlement ?
- If i offered you a new future instead than staying here would you accept it ?

>”I am here to rescue you. I shall take you aboard my ship"
Travel to
>The basic resource rich star system. You will need much of such materials and you would prefer not to be shot at whilst you gather them
>Write in
Before moving to that system, we will need to mine some amount of raw resources and repurpose much of the destruction left in this system. Going immediately is not safe.
- The manufacturing capabilities of the ship needs to be at full capacity, we need to be able to build faster and more. Pretty simple explanation.
- Some shuttles are needed for take this people up to us
- We need to build a Gellar Field for safe warp travel
- We need to build new halls and rooms for this humans, and much more like a minor hospital.
- We need to expand our numbers of drones for safety purposes
- If possible we should look in raiding the ruined governmental palaces of the other moons and planets of this solar system, so we can find and take with us any precious intel.
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>>5741446
>>5741448

Backing these - evacuate the survivors to a new system not beset by orks on all fronts
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>>5741384
>”I am here to rescue you. I shall take you aboard my ship.”
>The basic resource rich star system, for now.
>Review archived star charts for unsettled habitable planets
This system was miserable enough to start with and is now a wreck, there is nothing here for anyone any more and this planet and system is still swarming with Orks. We can't return them to an Imperial planet because we'd get shot at and the Imperium would go apeshit at learning of us. Therefore, we should attempt to find somewhere to drop them off as colonists to start fresh and build up our own base of operations. Besides, some blue skies and clean air would greatly assist their psychological recovery and deprogramming.
If any good hits come up for planets, start paying them visits in the hope we find somewhere vacant or otherwise outside the Imperium's notice. Failing that, I suppose we can start work on a space station or something.
Say, where are we in the galaxy relative to Earth?
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>>5741384
>>”I am here to rescue you. I shall take you aboard my ship.”
>The basic resource rich star system.

>>5741448
dont we have a engine that circumvents warp travel?
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>>5741448
>>5741462
+1
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>>5741446
>>5741448
>>5741462
+1
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>>5741462

>Say, where are we in the galaxy relative to Earth?

Records indicate that you are currently present in Ultima Segmentum, galactic south-west, just out of the region known to the Imperium as The Ghoul Stars.

>>5741470

>dont we have a engine that circumvents warp travel?

You do. You have no means of replicating it however.
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>>5741499
Is it broken at all? we wont risk anything if we use it right?
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>>5741499
Eh? In the standard galaxy view with Earth on the left and the galactic core in the centre, aren't the Ghoul Stars in the galactic NE?

In any case, might not be the best place to set up shop. Bit of a rough neighbourhood and right in the Nids path.
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>>5741543

>Eh? In the standard galaxy view with Earth on the left and the galactic core in the centre, aren't the Ghoul Stars in the galactic NE?

South-West of the ghoul stars themselves. North-East from Terra proper. I am sorry if that was not clear.
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>>5741446
>>5741448

Supporting.
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how much space does the ship have? the crew compliment was like 20, we cant hold a community
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>>5741673

I'd assumed the small crew count was due to Federation standard automation making large crews unnecessary. It's not like they needed to manually load their guns with slave labor.
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>>5741543
We could build our hideout in the empty space between stars like the geth. The nids, and pretty much anyone else, would probably never find it.
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>>5741712
That’s been tried before
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>>5741448
>support
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>>5741448
Support
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>>5741712
bit miserable innit
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>>5741448

Just want to thank this effort for his superior effortposting, you do /qst/ proud
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>>5741821
Compared to how the average imperial lives? But I didn't mean it would be somewhere for people to live permanently just somewhere for us to lay low, repair, build and horde resources.
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>>5741139
(their own tier of equipment) (antiquated tier of equipment)
What's the difference between the two?
Are both of them Imperial grading?

>>5741384
Wait so we deployed no Guardsmen or human combatants to the miners?

>>5741448
Support +1
Strip mine this place and leave.
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>>5741540

>Is it broken at all? we wont risk anything if we use it right?

No, but the energy you have right now is only enough for a single jump.

>>5741673

>how much space does the ship have? the crew compliment was like 20, we cant hold a community

In order to meet basic human living standards whilst maintaining a proper cargo, Odysseus will more or less make a big box and subdivide it into individual rooms. He'll attach that box to himself since the over all space he has is limited compared to the amount of people needing proper housing.

>>5741851
>(their own tier of equipment) (antiquated tier of equipment)
>What's the difference between the two?
>Are both of them Imperial grading?

Own equipment is what they have right now. Antiquated by Odysseus standards would be Volkite weaponry and light power armour, similar to what inquisitors or sororitas have.

>Wait so we deployed no Guardsmen or human combatants to the miners?

No, votes to send them did not reach over half of total votes.

>>5741448 This is the clear winner.

Update might take longer as I am currently busy making a rather time consuming update for another quest, will update in the evening for me or tomorrow.
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Can we build a hybrid mothership/space habitat in the near future?

https://barney616.artstation.com/projects/dO4LmW
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>>5742030
That's great thanks newb
Ofc it goes without saying any orcs that tries to run for the settlement while we do all this work, will be bombarbed for then find ready to meet them a organized defense of men and robots.
I don't think they have the balls for do it after being slaughtered but they can be both dumb and cunning.

If the people of this world want to help i guess we can let them, only if they are in good conditions though (healthy, rested and full of energy, no inbetween).
Stavros Zanx, needs some food, rest and a health check.
Lieutenant Antonius Drogode of the 105th Kodorn regiment and his guardsmen, might want to help us after seeing what we did.

Their help in this case will be only simple things like moving light weights and organizing them in piles, or bringing with them what meager properties they have.
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>>5742030
>No, votes to send them did not reach over half of total votes.
I thought we'd send them in some sort of capacity or get a mixed between the two options, since there were overall a bunch of votes to deploy them in some manner, either to fight or to help out in some way. Guess we need to be more specific in the future.
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>>5742030
>I am currently busy making a rather time consuming update for another quest
are you writing another extra thicc instalment of RI?
Please don't burn yourself out doing this Newb.
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>>5741219
>Ehhhh...spooky scary skeletons are perfectly fine, but I do like that at least some necrons have personalities, that you can actually tell stories with them, that is one change that I find to be okay. How far will I go with it ? I do not know, but in most likely case, proper tomb lords or dynasty leaders might have personalities, that's about it.

I take SovietWomble’s view on the Necrons- that they’re supposed to be an sleeping eldritch horror that’s adds grim terror to the setting if they ever woke up and showed agency, not quirky personalities that exhibit agency, which the setting will have to jump logic hoops to explain why the Necrons didn’t just wake up and take over the universe already.

>>5741384
>”I am here to rescue you. I shall rebuild your settlement.”
I’m mainly curious as to what kind of kit we’d outfit them with.
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'Crons being scary is nice but i must admit i liked Trazyn and Orikans continuous shitfest it was both fun and terrifying and both of the characters had charm. I do hope if we ever meet the 'Crons they wont just be a brick wall personality wise.
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”I am Odysseus, a loyal servant, friend and guardian of mankind. The forever enemy of all whom wish to harm or manipulate it.”

After saying so, you recognize patterns of confusion upon the man’s face. Perhaps I’d be easier to start with something small.

”I had answered your questions, how to you feel about fielding some of mine ?”

“Sounds fair.”

“Excellent. Let us begin then with something simple. What is your name ?”

“Stavros.” He says, taking your momenterly silence in to account he continues. “Uh, if it’s my full name you’re after I’d be Stavros Zanx.”

”A pleasure to meet you Mister Zanx.”

“Oh, um, yea, pleasure as well Odysseus. What about your last name ?”

”I possess none.”

“Oh, Do you not have a family ?”

”Not in a sense that you would recognize.” Artificial laughter, you predict that should put the young man at ease.

“You an orphan.”

That takes you by surprise. Orphan. A child whose parents are dead. Deprived of parents. A child who has been deprived of parental care and has not been adopted.

”I- yes, I suppose I am.”

“Oh, well, sorry for that.”

”It is perfectly fine. Now, if we would continue our conversation. May I inquire as to what your rank and role is in this settlement ? Seeing as how you had been sent forth, am I to understand that you have a reputation of leadership to be sent forth ?”

“Oh…uh…I am miner, still. Got conscripted into the militia PDF when the orks came. I guess I am a private ?”

”Yet you negotiate on behalf of everyone still within ?”

“I am the strongest, healthiest, and I suppose I did lead our retreat. So, I guess I have a reputation for that.”

”I see. You mentioned that you are but a miner, where are your leaders then ?”

“Dead. The preacher was leading us when everyone else was killed, he’s dead now too, saw his head getting squished by an ork, before uhhh…your servitors came in ?”

”These rulers then, were they fair ?”

“I mean, what is fairness ?”

”Fair or impartial treatment : lack of favouritism toward one side or another. Perhaps just would be better, kind even.”

“I guess I’d have to go with no. We worked, we paid taxes, and we worked some more, if we couldn’t work, we’d freeze to death, the housing unit you had would be seized from you and given to those that meet their quotas.”

Despicable. The rampant presence of cancer and lung diseases were bad enough.

”How was this world before the orks came then, were these measures still in place beforehand ?”
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>>5744136

He laughs. “If anything, it got better when the orks came, if don’t mind being torn apart and shot, I guess. Well, the upside was that everything we made we could keep and the storages were opened up. Defence reasons and all that we were told. For once you could actually eat your fill, if you were in the militia or you were responsible for making everything the militia needed.”

Vile. To mistreat citizens that do not display any symptoms of deviancy to such an extent.

“Speaking of our world, you came in at a good time. Once Indros, the uhhh, brown, orange-ish sorta thing at the horizon, takes over the sky, it gets darker and colder, to the point where you can’t leave any inhabitant without specialized equipment.”

”I cannot help but question your decision to settle this world.”

The man shurgs.

”For how long have you been fighting the orks ?”

“Uhhhh… maybe six, seven years ? I am not entirely certain, tracking time day-to-day is hard enough. You know, to make sure I meet the quotas.”

”As it stands. The destruction wrought upon this place by the orks will result in infrastructure collapse.”

Increase in heartbeat, dry swallowing. Nervousness, concern.

”I can help. If you would only be willing to accept my aid, I can provide you with medical care, fresh food, clean water, new clothing, warm environment, basic entertainment. I can do so now, if you are fine with it. However, I have another offer that comes side by side with this one. Would you like a new future ? A chance to get off this world, a chance to go where you do not have to risk freezing to death or to suffer endless ailments due to the living conditions necessary for your survival.”

Tiredness. Dilution of pupils. Uncertainness.

“I- I don’t know. Why would even give us so much ? What do you want ?”

”Nothing. I am merely wishing to assist you as I was made to do.”

“Are you one of the Emperor’s angels ?”

Emperor’s angel. Term commonly used in part to refer to – space marines. Genetically modified super soldiers. Symbols of Emperor’s wrath. Protectors of his peace.

”If you wish to refer to me as so, you can. But I am no angel, nor do I possess the powers of one. But I can promise that the powers that I do have shall be employed to ensure your well-being to the best of my abilities.”

“I…well…” It appears that he is struggling believing that you will truly help them. “How about you give us some time to think on it ?”

”Certainly, there are other things that I must take care of.”

“Oh, you will be leaving ?”

”No, this servitor shall remain.” A white lie. ”Feel free to talk to it whenever you wish to draw my attention.”

“Okay.”
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>>5744138

”But before you depart, if you do decide to leave, I would require to know how many of you are left from your original numbers.”

“Ah, well. I don’t know. If its survivors, a few thousand of us are left, I do know that the town used to house tens of thousands here alone, but, well, you know.”

”I do and I offer my deepest condolences. If you do not know the precise information, would it be okay for me to then access to the important structures of your town ?”

“I guess, not like we can stop you if we say no.”

”It is a request, not a demand.”

Confusion.

“Ummm…alright.”

”Thank you.”
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”As you may see. I mean no harm.”

“Yea, yea, I fething get it.” The lieutenant responds with a deep sigh as he watches the live feed of your actions. “I still don’t trust you abomination, there’s a reason why the God-Emperor put and end to your kind…” Incorrect. “…but I suppose I shall have to trust you for now.”

”Excellent, I would like to begin gene therapy immediately-”

“I don’t trust you that fething much ! By the throne, you say one word. Listen, I trust you, to maybe, not to kill us, at least for now. But I still don’t trust you making and doing whatever the feth you plan on doing.”

”I understand. However, I must warn you that the longer you delay the treatment, the worse you shall feel in time.”

“It’s something you get used to, abomination.”

”If you showcased a modicum of trust towards me, how about you change the way you address me ?”

Silence.

“Fine.”

”Well ?”

“You are annoying, you know that ?

”My previous masters found me quite charming.”

“They did ?”

”Maybe.”

An annoyed sigh.

“Fine, fine, fine. Whatever, Odysseus. By the emperor it is weird to see you talking down there and here at the same time.”

”If it helps, please view it as a recording you are listening to.”
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As you await for the people upon the moon to decide their fates, you are pinged by your mining drones, informing you that they had delivered their haul of cargo

With the sheer number of resources, you start to rapidly rebuild yourself. With time on your side for once, you start the basic processes.

Beginning full restoration of manufacturing capabilities.

Excellent.

Starting Gellar field production. Note: Gellar field will take up unplanned space and power.

Acceptable. With warpstorm being a scar in reality, having a field would be better than relying purely upon your phase-iron. Whilst you are incapable of warp travel, it is better to lean on the side of prudence and safety.

Redirecting exploration drones.
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>>5744141

Having seen that no other survivors or large wrecks had been found, you instead send for the exploration drones to see if they cannot find functioning equipment and electronics with which they can interface for the purposes of data extraction. It is a long shot, but one that does not cost you much.

Designing standard housing hab. Note: hab will have to be subdivided to fit the hull, conditions will worsen.

Indeed. You are already saddened that you had to remove virtual reality machines and the private movie theatres from the rooms of the guardsmen due to the need for space. But alas, you are not a colony ship, as such only the bare necessities such as private bathrooms, plenty of food and clean drinking water as well as basic electronics for entertainment will have to do for now. You are uncertain how much size and mass the wormhole can take. Granted, you are a decently sized ship by Federation standards, leaning on the bigger end for proper warships, but still, you cannot be too cautious.

Notice: beginning restoration of nanowarhead missile launchers.

Good.

Beginning automated shuttle construction.

Excellent, you predict your offer will be taken, and for that you need far more carrying capacity than what you have right now in terms of simply moving people.

Beginning defensive drone manufacturing.

You needed to replace your previous losses, badly. The drones had proven quite flexiable and capable so far, and very cheap as well.

Next up. Yes, medical care facility. You shall dedicate one part of the hab block for that, the infirmary is limited in its capacity, whilst the capabilities for both are not to your favour, the increase in capacity should prove quite useful for your new masters’ betterment of health.

Warning: insufficient storage capacity.

Indeed. What you had gathered so far is so plentiful, that you cannot truly fit everything within. It be best to turn the raw resources into something more easily stored and actionable, whilst of course still maintaining a plentiful reserve for just in case situations.

Maximum capacity at 10 points due to the need to maintain your shuttles, your current maximum capacity is 8, the presence of 190 soon if wanted reinforced defence robots take up 2 points. Defence drones take up 1 point. Current Maximum capacity at 5.

>Defence drones take up 1 point per 400

>Defence robots take up 1 point per 100

>Space superiority drones take up 1 point per 24

>Extra mining drones take up 1 point per 12
You currently have 12
>Extra exploration drones take up 1 point per 6
You currently have 6
>(Write in) (Point cost to be determined by QM)
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>>5744142

Whilst the manufacturing process is underway, you begin to calculate the path towards the hopefully less hazardous and basic resource rich worlds that are hopefully beyond reach of any of your potential foes.
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“Hello, you there ?” Stavros asks.

”I am.”

“Oh, okay. Well, we’ve had a talk, and folk seem to be fine leaving, if you can promise them warmth and safety.”

”That I can guarantee upon everything that makes me.”

You respond as Stavros has to block his eyes as the first of the shuttles already begins to land to pick them up.
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Sorry it took a while Renovatio Imperii takes a long time to update. We should now return to multiple daily updates. For now, I am passing out. Hope you anons enjoy.
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>>5744145
thanks for writing
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>>5744142
>Space superiority drones take up 1 point per 24
I say fill up the rest of the capacity left over with the space drones as now that we have human's on board we won't be able to move as easily in space combat should we have to
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>>5744142
>Defence drones take up 1 point per 400
>(2)Space superiority drones take up 1 point per 24
>Extra mining drones take up 1 point per 12
>Extra exploration drones take up 1 point per 6
I prefer a balanced approach- we need to search for a new home, and get enough resources going to build a new settlement.
>Temporary Sensory Bouy
Just for added security- not planning on keeping it with us when we leave.
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>>5744196

I’ll back this strategy , seems like a good option
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>>5744196

I'll support a balanced loadout. We don't know what we'll end up running into once we leave.
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>>5744196
>Support
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>>5744143
Beautiful update

>>5744145
Thanks both in renovatio and here, this updates are fantastic

>>5744142
>>5744196
I ll support this.
For the moment we have a good amount of defense robots for boarding and land combat, defense drones numbers will provide larger firepower and light unit. They do a good job.
We have also humans with us that have fought, but they need time.
Space superiority drones are needed, and can give us a big help in space.
Exploratory and mining is evident.

When we don't the buoy anymore we can just take it back with us for the materials. Easy
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>>5744142
Can we get more space if we stored stuff inside of the shuttles when not in use?
Maybe not fill them up to the brim but loose stuff that can be easy to unload?
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>>5744142
>>5744196
I support this but I'd also like to add
>(Write in) (Point cost to be determined by QM)
>Heavy fighter-bomber drones 1 point for 12 of them.

I want something that can unload alot more umpf on enemy ships or structures, and maybe carry some big guns on it.

Also lets not leave our tech laying around after we leave, scrap it or set it to self destruct.
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>>5744492
Nah senpai- ya store them outside, like in the other AI quest
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>>5744494
I’m fine with that
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>>5744495
I thought about doing that with the geller fields we were making funnily enough.

Glue them onto our outer hull.
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>>5742148

>I thought we'd send them in some sort of capacity or get a mixed between the two options, since there were overall a bunch of votes to deploy them in some manner, either to fight or to help out in some way. Guess we need to be more specific in the future.

The two options were to send them to fight or to send them just to assist the evac with clear statements that they should not fight. Due to that design I had decided that it was too big of a divide to reconcile.

>>5744492

>Can we get more space if we stored stuff inside of the shuttles when not in use?
>Maybe not fill them up to the brim but loose stuff that can be easy to unload?

If need be you can, but when it comes to "looser stuff" Odysseus already has that stuff sorted, boxes are a thing after all. As it stands, he has a buch of processed resources that he ripped off the Lunar-Class, as well as a bunch of raw ore for whatever purposes that could pop up. He has stored them as effectively as he can without touching the shuttles.

>>5744495

>Nah senpai- ya store them outside, like in the other AI quest

>>5744502

>I thought about doing that with the geller fields we were making funnily enough.
>Glue them onto our outer hull.

As mentioned before, Odysseus would be, hesitant, to do so. That's because he does not entirely know how the wormhole works and if its safe and possible to stick something outside and for it not to get ripped off or lost. Through paranoia, he is already reinforcing and re-reinforcing and re-re-reinforcing the connection between his own hull and the hab block.

>>5744196 is the clear winner.

Writing.
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Defensive robots restored.

The logistics subsystem informs you as the ten defensive robots begin to move forwards to the first shuttles landing in the storage bay. The small, sleek, civilian shuttles set down, their white hulls reflecting the sunshine of the distant stars, their forwards ramps set down revealing the very first of the civilians, tired looking eyes, sunken in cheeks, warm, but ragged looking clothing.

Immediate medical care recommended.

Confirmed.

”Greetings. I am here to guide you to safety and wellbeing. Could those from the first shuttle follow me ?” The first of the robots starts guiding a group of about a hundred. The shuttle behind them quickly lifts up and returns to the void once again.

”Second group, please follow me.” Yet another hundred begins to move.

Notice: Restoration of manufacturing capabilities fully complete. Beginning construction process. Construction list estimated production time: 6 hours.

Excellent.

Note: Evacuation process remaining time estimate: 12 hours. Reprioritizing wounded and injured. Note: numerous such injured have just left the main large building.

Shifting through the files present in the main facility.

Deploying sensor buoy.

Finally, you are no longer blind. The sensors system coming online gives you a finally clear view of the system, with this, nothing in this system is able to escape your view, even more supressed of signals, be it radio or heat. And the system, or at least the moons of the gas giant do. The orkish marauders continue to wage their own petty wars against each other. You register an atomic detonation in fact. Well, if nothing else, you do not register any signals of potential spaceships in system.

Starting medical procedure.

You switch to the infirmary camera. There within you watch what appears to be a young girl, the malnutrition makes it difficult to truly get her age correct, but you do think that she is in her mid, to perhaps late teens. But most importantly of all, you see that she is missing her right arm. Next to her, an older woman, whom from the infirmary readings shares the same genetic structuring watches her. Mother. The word comes to you. She appears to be crying, watching as the numerous robotic arms and machines graft an artificial limb, literally creating it right before the eyes of the girl’s mother. A quick, painless procedure, connecting the remaining nerves to the artificial ones allow one to feel as if the artificial limb was one of their own. The limb can be regrown later on, once you’ve had the time to commence a thorough gene treatment, you will be able to restore the limb. The gathered peoples, similarly maimed or impaired look upon with astonishment, envy even.
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>>5744630

As the girl leaves the operating chair, everyone else starts to push and shove, trying to be the first one to take the open seat as others observe as a man, in his mid-thirties finishes undergoing his procedure of an installation of an artificial eye. Tears begin to swell, and soon enough he starts to cry, moving his hand around in the area of the artificial eye. Happiness. Excitement. Disbelief.

”Please maintain an orderly line. Everyone shall undergo the necessary procedures in time, you are not limited by any sorts of resources when it comes to the restoration.” You command the defence robot to bring order to the surroundings. The massive, pure white robot, with a look of bulkiness and numerous artificial muscles is an authoritative sight meant to cow people into obedience and to deter any would be criminal behaviours.

Having finished the last of the evacuation, you retrieve the remaining defence robots and start their repair process. Pushing forwards with your engines, you begin to move. Slightly annoyed yet again by your blindness when you dissembled the buoy. Issuing the order you had to await a few more days for your exploration drones to return back to you, the information that they had retrieved was, lacking to your tastes, but it is better than nothing, the widespread and rampant censorship makes it difficult to gain any truly actionable intelligence, so even a small piece of potential truth is important to retrieve.

”Notice: to all humans aboard the vessel, the preparations for departure from this system have been finished. We shall depart in five days once we reach the system’s edge. Please note, moving to another system can cause nausea, vertigo, vomiting, or other unfortunate side effects. If you feel unwell, please contact the nearest patrolling servitor, they shall deliver to you instruction on what to do or alternatively, they shall help to transport you to the nearest medical centre. That is all.” You say over the ship wide PA system and quickly observe some degree of discomfort and fear from the now 7,416 inhabitants of the habitation block. It had been a tight squeeze, yet again you curse your own limited size and the unknown functions of the wormhole generator as you are unable to provide truly befitting conditions for your masters.

Burning hard towards the system’s edge, you have to reduce the sheer amount of potential correction movements you can carry out now that you have unmodified humans to consider. Still, as you had calculated, five or so days later, you find yourself going through the last and final checks for the jump. Your maintenance drones are already informing everyone of the soon to be jump.

Preparing to active Odysseus core.

All shipboard personnel are in place.

All systems nominal. Everything within acceptable parameters.

Beginning spooling up process.
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>>5744632

The core begins to spool up, the energy capacitors begin to drain at a rapid rate, all of your back up reactors struggle to keep up power going as your capacity quickly begins to approach 100%

Firing tracking lasers. Calculating stellar drift.

The core begins to spool as numerous spheres begin to rotate at an ever increasing speed.

Opening firing line.

The core is exposed to the cold of the void as a small part of your hull is exposed.

Lowering core guards.

The spheres begin to disassemble, opening up and exposing a raging whirlstorm of endless mixing of black and white, the colour and shapes changing so rapidly that even you cannot keep up with it.

Firing.

The concentrated beam of energy at the same time lights up the surroundings and consumes it at once in a paradoxical manner of the esoteric technology it is.

Wormhole forming.

The two colours shift and turn, becoming invisible at one moment, and clear as now the next.

Registering diameter of 500 metres. Size sufficient.

The spinning slightly slows down, and before you, you see a mirror of yourself, superimposed a star system with a giant A class star.

Connection stable. Presumed wormhole collapse in 10 minutes.

Moving.

You activate your primary thrusters and watch as your image get closer and closer, and closer. And there is no impact. You managed to get through fine and safe.

Passage successful.

Note: increase in feeling of sickness and vertigo is reported from the human population. No other ailments detected.

The core is once again hidden from view, as metres of armour once again reimpose themselves and cut the core off from the void, you begin the pressurization process as the spheres begin to reconstruct themselves to house the endless whirlwind.

Note: energy capacitors at 0%. Presumed recharge time for another wormhole connection: 1111 days.

You certainly need your main reactor to come online to reduce the incredible amount of time needed for the recharge.
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>>5744634

For now, you simply regard the system you are in. Much to your surprise however, signals are clear and apparent all across the system. In fact, your arrival seems to have alerted everyone within system. Whilst usually not an issue. The signals you locate identify that they belong to Imperium vessels. Said signals are even smaller than the smallest one you had detected in the previous system and they seem to number half a dozen, moving painfully slowly towards you, the rest of the system however has large space stations, situated above the only two worlds in the system. Speaking of, you quickly notice that one of the systems has, as far as you can tell, a small shipyard and a space elevator connecting it to what appears to be a hive city on the world’s surface. The other planet, the one much closer to the system’s star strikes you as odd, you do not detect any signals there, but large spread and uneven levels of radiation are present. Without launching your exploration drones, you doubt you’d be able to get a better look.

>Hide. You can disappear with relative ease as you are at system edge, whilst lacking a large asteroid belt, there is still plenty of space dust all around you, lowering your power output should make you invisible against their primitive sensors.

>Perhaps they’d be willing to negotiate. You mean them no harm after all, though you have to admit, you do not have the look of an Imperium vessel.

>Maybe the lieutenant could solve the situation for you ? It is possible that his rank within the imperial guard could clear of suspicions, if nothing else, he’d know how to talk with those people.

>(Write in)
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>>5744637
>Perhaps they’d be willing to negotiate. You mean them no harm after all, though you have to admit, you do not have the look of an Imperium vessel.
Clearly we are a very ancient and very powerful machine spirit and definitely NOT an AI.
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>>5744637
Uhmm
Its likely a small defense fleet. Gunboats, corvettes and frigates. The large stations are probably for defensive purposes beside being both bases and settlements.

There could be war even here, judging from the last planet. Or there was an execution of said planet.
Diplomacy is usually difficult and a liutenant words might not amount to much, we do have evidence to back it up thats not small.
But it does need a story if we are known, we are known. And upgrading/expanding ourselves is difficult to do with attention on us. All of the attention.

It still might not work. Because the imperium can be hyper hostile to his own disadvantage, time to time.
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>>5744637
>(Write in)
Consult the lieutenant and perhaps experienced miners who have ship and planetary travel experience.
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>>5744662
>+Support+

we deal with the imperium we ask Imperials
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>>5744637
>Hide. You can disappear with relative ease as you are at system edge, whilst lacking a large asteroid belt, there is still plenty of space dust all around you, lowering your power output should make you invisible against their primitive sensors.
I doubt we can talk our way through this without getting shot at. We're in Ghoul Stars afterall, an infamously feared region of space, so any unknown contacts will get BTFO'd to the empire come.

Start deploying decoys to further improve our chances of survival.
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>>5744662
>>5744691
These are not mutually exclusive right?
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>>5744700

Both will go through if they get enough votes.
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>>5744691
I'll support this too. In fact, lets combine them if possible.
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>>5744662
Supporting consulting the lieutenant first. We should have enough time it won't matter if we don't go silent running immediately. Then again, with the Imperium's paranoia they might just take it as proof we're hostile anyway and shoot us if we reappear.
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>>5744637
>Hide. You can disappear with relative ease as you are at system edge, whilst lacking a large asteroid belt, there is still plenty of space dust all around you, lowering your power output should make you invisible against their primitive sensors
>Write in
Stay a few days in the shadows, we can talk with Stavros and Antonius, and anyone else that have any ideas about this place. Meanwhile we observe this solar system.

- We have enter a solar system i never seen before in the hands of the imperium, do you recognize it ?
- What you can tell me about it ?
- How many enemies the imperium has in this part of the galaxy, beside orks raiders ? For example a xeno race called Eldar ? What about civil conflicts ?
- Are ancient vessels like mine known or have ever been seen in the galaxy, or is this the first of his kind you have seen ? Tell me, even if its rumors, myths, legends or child stories.
- Do you know whats an STC ? What happens when technology is found ? And what happens to the ones that find said technology ?
- Lieutenant Antonius and Mr Stavros, i have an offer. I want to ask you if you would want to have the twin role, to be the ones that found me and my ship. The weight that i place on your shoulders is not small. Consider it.
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Might as well launch some stealth probes while we are at it.
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>>5744662
I'll support this option as well
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>>5744662

Supporting, we clearly need a cultural attache
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You need consultation. Even your masters had degenerated, they are still your masters.

First thing first, you start sifting through your database, frustratingly, the Imperium, whilst still maintaining their desire for bureaucracy had expanded it even further. To the extend where you have to sift through centuries of time worth of documentation for the merest snippets of information. You need information, the system’s name, the name of the worlds if possible.

“I require your assistance, lieutenant.”

A shout. The still dripping Drogode grabs a las pistol next to him and shoots the drone.

“I apologise over my abrupt entrance.”

“I bet you fething do ! Did no one teach you to knock ?”

“It was never seen as a necessity. I am always observing everywhere upon the ship, and I am merely an A.I., as such I have no motives to harm anyone.”

“Well that sent a chill down my spine.”

“I believe that would be the cold water moving down you back. It can cause such symptoms.”

He shoots the drone again.

“Would you like some time to get dressed ?”

“Of course I fething do ! And close the door and stop looking at me all the time !”

“Very well. Unfortunately I do have to keep monitoring you for your own safety.”

He throws the pistol now.

THUD !
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“Right, what do you want ?” The still wet Antonius growls whilst using a towel to dry himself. You wonder why he is using such archaic means of drying oneself, whilst water showers had proven excellent for psychological needs of the crew, there are still faster and more efficient ways of cleaning.

“We had arrived in system, there appears to be Imperium presence here.”

He jumps up excited.

“Do you know who they are ?!”

“I do not. That is why I am requesting a conversation with you. As we are talking, I am also interviewing the locals that I had rescued. So far, no seems to know anything beyond their own place of birth.”

“How would I know ? I’m just a line officer in the guard. I’ve got no clue where we are, I didn’t really even know where we were going until we were going.”

“Do you not hail from this area ?”

“Not as far as I know. Kodorn is still in Ultima, but closer to Solar.”

“You and your men are far away from home, lieutenant.”

“Tell me about it.”

“You and your men-”

“That was just a saying !” He interrupts.

“Very well. In that case, allowing me to quickly inform you of the star system that we had entered. Perhaps the details may be able to give you a clue. As I said, merely knowing a name, any name related to this system could prove exceptionally useful.”

“Alright, shoot.”

“I have no reason to fire upon you, lieutenant.”

“Are you fething with me right now ?”
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>>5744840

“I had translated your language from what I had read and heard, I apologise if I am unable to yet tell the greater details of your sayings and idioms.”

Another grunt. “Go.”

You quickly begin informing the lieutenant of everything you had seen so far.

“Hmmm…I think I do recall seeing the sector’s map in one of the briefings. I think there had been a system nearby marked as potential resupply centre.” He takes on a ponderous expression. “Uhhhh…I think, it might be Xandrirah.”

Xandrirah
++++SEARCHING RECORDS++++



++++RECORDS LOCATED++++


“Thank you, lieutenant. I had located the records.”

“So ? What is it.”

“A small manufacturing and mining system. Current presumed population within system: 35.8 billion. Most of the population is located upon Xandrirah Prime, housing over 35 billion people within five hive cities. The world’s environment is currently deemed – dangerous for unprotected baseline humans. The world’s thin atmosphere is polluted beyond any acceptable standards alongside being toxic to baseline humans to begin with. The main hive of Axiotrah houses a space elevator tethered to an orbital station above it. The station is capable of limited, in system vessel production and refining process, it also serves as a minor trading hub within the sector Clarus.”

“Sounds pretty usual so far.”

“Xandrirah Secundus houses the remaining presumed 800 million people. It is classified as a penal world.”

Working prisoners to death, inefficient, barbaric.

“So ?”

“They world is outputting uneven amounts of radiation lacking pattern of natural radiation of the system’s star.”

“Maybe they got put into the ground after they revolted ?”

“Unknown.”

“You know the system. Anything else ?”

“One more thing. I would like to introduce you to Stavris Zanx.”

You say as the door opens and the young man enters.

“Oh, uh, hello.” Stavros says hesitantly to the lieutenant.

He grunts back as a form of greeting.

“I had consulted with both of you simultaneously, as such you both should be fully aware of the situation.”

“I am. It’s just, I don’t understand why I am here ?” Zanx continues.

“Oh, I am sure this abo- I mean, Odysseus has a good reason why.”

“That is simple, your people respect and follow you Mr. Zanx. As it stands, they view you as their chosen leader.”

“Wow, okay, ummm…I did not expect that. Uh, thanks ?”

“There is no need for thanks for I was not the one to make such a decision.”

“Alright, oh, may I ?” Stavros points to a chair.

“Feel free.”
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>>5744841

“Now that you both are here. There are a few questions that I wish to field to you both. Starating with, myself. Have vessels such I been seen before ? Be it through rumour, tale, myth, legend.”

Both of them shake their heads.

“You be better off asking voidsmen rather than us two.” Antonius says.

“Very well. Next. Are you two familiar with the term STC or standard template construct ?”

Both shake their heads again.

Stavros stops, thinks. “I may have, I think the tech-priests had talked about them, how they are holy fragments of the Omnissiah. But that’s all I know about it.”

“I see, fragments. Next, foes, enemies of mankind, how common is civil strife.”

The lieutenant laughs at the question.

“It’d be easier to ask when there isn’t !” He keeps laughing. “As for foes, I don’t fething know, greenskins are greenskins, xenos all of them, if I see something that doesn’t look human, I shoot it. That’s what I learnt in my fifteen years of service.”

“I have no clue, other than orks I suppose.” Zanx says now.

“Due to my directive to assist mankind. I am hesitant to engage. Diplomacy would be required and needed. The reaction you had shown means that it would be putting your kin at ease if they see your own.”

“What do you mean by that ?” Stavros asks.

Antonius starts laughing “Oh, by the throne, you’re going to be in for a surprise. Oi, a- Odysseus. Let me bring this one in.”

“As you wish.”

“Alone. And with no monitoring.”

“I cannot do that due-”

“You’re the one who keeps harpin about trust.”

Silence.

“Very well. For now, I shall be lowering my power output and moving out of the way and hiding. I shall observe the movement of the local defenders for now. If you will be willing to help in the future, I would appreciate so.”
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It took nearly 12 days for the defenders to reach you, as such it is a trifling matter to disappear in the dust clouds. The defenders seem to continue moving towards your location, and soon realizing that you are not here, two stay and begin to examine the area where you had made your wormhole. The remaining four split up, two going one way and two going another way, trying to sweep through the system. An admirable effort, but one easily circumvented, they simply lack the technology or sheer numbers to locate you.

Now that you are hidden, you are free to move about as long as you act with prudence.
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>>5744842

Can pick more than one. Option must reach half of total votes to pass.

>Launch exploration drones across the system, avoiding the worlds as the risk of detection is the greatest there.

>Launch exploration drones across the system, also targeting the two worlds within system.

>Construct a sensors buoy, it will allow to monitor any and all radio traffic in the system, you could learn much more, not to mention it will allow you to observe the small signatures.

>Perhaps a diplomatic solution is the best, get to the two isolated signatures and block their signals, they cannot hurt, at least you think so, maybe a proper conversation will be possible ?

>Simply approach Xandrirah Prime and contact the Imperium there.

>Simply approach Xandrirah Secundus and find out the situation there.

>(Write in)
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>>5744843
>Construct a sensors buoy, it will allow to monitor any and all radio traffic in the system, you could learn much more, not to mention it will allow you to observe the small signatures.
Hide it within the asteroid belt so it's not easily detectable.

>Launch exploration drones across the system, avoiding the worlds as the risk of detection is the greatest there.
Dropping off our humans at Xandrirah Prime or Secundus is inadvisable since both are not suitable for human life. A new colony should be established instead.
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>>5744843

>Construct a sensors buoy, it will allow to monitor any and all radio traffic in the system, you could learn much more, not to mention it will allow you to observe the small signatures.

Listening in is a great idea and can only help us
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>>5744843
>>Construct a sensors buoy, it will allow to monitor any and all radio traffic in the system, you could learn much more, not to mention it will allow you to observe the small signatures.
This seems most prudent.

>>5744847
I'm not sure about the whole colony thing. At this stage we really have to think about what we're going to do with ourselves. We're an AI and the Imperium doesn't seem to like that, but at the same time the Imperium is the only human power in the galaxy, and while we can probably beat everything short of a full fleet that's not going to do anything for us in the long run. The best thing we could do is turn ourselves in, giving the imperium free tech to fix everything, but then we run into the problem of the admech and inquisition. We should definitely figure out a way to find someone high up and reasonable, maybe a space marine chapter or something. Going to be hard to do either way though.
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>>5744863
Turning ourselves in is most likely a Quest-over scenario unless we find the most turbo-radical tech priests with high levels of imperial clout to hand over our STC database too. Everyone we speak to would get *BLAM*'d because we're an AI, anyone taking data from us gets *BLAM*'d for accepting tech from an Abominable Intelligence and the system gets an Exterminatus just as insurance. We should have at least be able to piece together that this would be the likeliest outcome since we've got access to a partial Imperial database, backed up with how Antonius and his men reacted to us.

What I believe is the best option is making a Federation level colony on a suitable empty planet, then focus on rescue and re-integration of humans from other star systems in to our colony like we did with the ones in our hold already. Swoop in, save them from xenos invasions, offer them a choice between staying or leaving, take those interested in leaving with us and give supplies and aid to those who don't. Rinse and repeat until we have a system prospering at Federation levels. At that point we can begin thinking about interaction with the wider Imperium, basically going 'oops, our little system has been colonized this whole time you just didn't notice us whoopsie, anyway check out our cool tech that makes a planets atmosphere not kill you do you wanna trade for it?'
We're thankfully out in the boonies of the Imperium so we should be able to sell this lie without anyone too important thinking twice about it.

Preferably we would want as empty a system as possible for this. Unfortunately this is not it, so we'd just have to find a place to hang out for three years until we can jump to an empty system.
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>>5744843
>Launch exploration drones across the system, also targeting the two worlds within system.
Make sure to install self destruct systems in place in case we can't recover them.

>Construct a sensors buoy, it will allow to monitor any and all radio traffic in the system, you could learn much more, not to mention it will allow you to observe the small signatures.
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>>5744911
Well if we can somehow let our human companions let it slip the 3 magic words STC we're sure to get some attention.
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>>5745000
I think that'd cause the toaster molesters to either attempt to destroy us and take the STC for themselves or start yet another galactic civil war over what to do. Unless we get lucky with a Rane 2 electric boogaloo scenario that is.
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>>5744843

>Construct a sensors buoy, it will allow to monitor any and all radio traffic in the system, you could learn much more, not to mention it will allow you to observe the small signatures.

>>5745004

Rane was a real one for sure
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>Construct a sensors buoy, it will allow to monitor any and all radio traffic in the system, you could learn much more, not to mention it will allow you to observe the small signatures.
Frankly any diplomacy with the retardation that is the IOM is doomed to failure unless we can secure a believable 'face' so being able to hear what they are planning on doing would be our best option of now.
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>>5744843
>Launch exploration drones across the system, avoiding the worlds as the risk of detection is the greatest there.
>Construct a sensors buoy, it will allow to monitor any and all radio traffic in the system, you could learn much more, not to mention it will allow you to observe the small signatures.
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>>5745010
>>5745004
Hilarious you both think the same.

Was reasonable well written and somewhat believable Character made up the the QM of that quest. Maybe we could get lucky again.
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>>5744843
>>Construct a sensors buoy, it will allow to monitor any and all radio traffic in the system, you could learn much more, not to mention it will allow you to observe the small signatures.
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Sensors online.

Indeed, they are. Once again you feel like a man whose eyesight had been restored, as a deaf man whose hearing is restored.

All you hear are screams. Loud, chaotic, incomprehensible screams. The entirety of the system is shouting out into the void in an attempt to be heard. Ships exchanging words, stations contacting ships, stations contacting stations. And the hives, the hives, do they screech and shout and scream and yell and cry and…

You cut off the signals. This will have to call for a more, concentrated, piecemeal approach. Instead of all frequencies, you concentrate upon bits and pieces instead, isolating a few thousand instead of tens if not hundreds of thousands of voices demanding attention.

A talk show…complaints about the ration amounts an- hmmm… the frequency is silenced.
Talks concerning military preparedness. Fears of an ork invasion.
Riots in the lower hive. Stemming from fears and heavy-handed response.
Fears of the tithe. Destruction of Secundus impeding resource acquisition speed.

You and your subroutines quickly begin scanning and eventually, you get a clearer picture:

The massive orkish armada had spooked the local governess, a woman named Flori Ture. A distant relative of a…rogue trader. A term lacking in your dictionary. The scant records indicate that they are some sort of group of powerful individuals granted writs for limited autonomous and independent action from the Imperium proper. However, it seems that whatever privileges of autonomy granted by said writ have expired after a millennium of being a settled system and they are not struggling to pay said tithe.
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>>5745077

Half of the reason why is due to the penal world in system, another deal worked out by said rogue trader dynasty. With the destruction of the world, they fear an increase in tithes if not even having to pay out compensation due to the destruction commonplace now upon Secundus, with all mining and housing facilities either destroyed, or currently held under control of what prisoners have survived. It seems that a massive riot had broken out as more guards were removed to reinforce Prime from the potential invasion. The detonation of nuclear weapons was done as a last means of desperation to contain the prisoner population. To the point where the prisoners themselves had seized some of the facilities and they were either destroyed by overzealous defenders, or the signal had been sent to remotely detonate them. A few reports surprise you as some of the prisoners we able to turn said weapons against prison guard strongholds upon the planet, bathing all of it in nuclear fire. As it stands, throughout the chaos, two leaders still remain, a man called Arbitrator Agustius, he is currently busy rallying what survives of the guards in an attempt to restore order. Seemingly, Governess Ture is unwilling to assist him as their authority runs parrel to each other. And of the prisoners, a man known only as Breaker.

Meanwhile, the unrest in the lower hive seems to be coalescing under a single leader, slowly, but the word is spreading. The person is known as Justicator.

That seems to be all pertinent information within and about the system itself you were able to locate in the two days you had spent hidden. The patrol boats, pitiful vessels even by your technologically regressed masters’ standards, continue their endless sweep, numerous paranoid messages exchanged between them as they fear the worst.

As for news out of system. There appear to be wide ranging infestations of orkoids across the sector, its north-western part specifically. The biggest cause for concern, judging by the voices of the speakers. The north-eastern parts of the sector have been going silent. As far you are aware, two subsectors seemingly out of nowhere halted all information and traffic. Warp storms are presumed to be the best-case scenario for such an outage. The south-eastern part had also reported xenos raiders, moving swiftly and easily, striking at exposed ships and settlements. No survivors are usually found once investigations are conducted. Seemingly, only the centre of sector Clarus and its south-western part are safe from any, at least large scale, sources of danger and disruption.
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>>5745079

>Continue to lie in wait. Perhaps you will be able to find more information and you can only do so when no one thinks that you are present. If this option wins, no other options will be taken.

>Send your exploration drones throughout the system, including the worlds.

>Send your exploration drones throughout the system, excluding the worlds.

>Begin a construction of a series of infiltration androids. Able to blend-in with the local populace, you can observe their progress and send limited orders, as such personality matrixes will be needed. The resources for such a construction are currently lacking, but you should be able to produce at least four of them.

>Perhaps some of these people can be reasoned with ? It wouldn’t hurt to contact them via your comms. (Who ? Can be more than one)

>Perhaps some of these people can be reasoned with ? It wouldn’t hurt to contact them via your androids. (Who ? Can be more than one, can only be taken if android choice wins.)

>(Write in)
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>>5745081

>>Begin a construction of a series of infiltration androids. Able to blend-in with the local populace, you can observe their progress and send limited orders, as such personality matrixes will be needed. The resources for such a construction are currently lacking, but you should be able to produce at least four of them.

I should mention that you anons can decide if you want to the sorts of personalities that will be installed. If no ones cares, I will just go with the default personalities mirrored off your subprocesses and yourself.
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>>5745081
>>Send your exploration drones throughout the system, including the worlds.
>Perhaps some of these people can be reasoned with ? It wouldn’t hurt to contact them via your comms.
>Arbitrator Agustius
we will help him with his prisoner problem, after all, criminals are still criminals.
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>>5745081

>Send your exploration drones throughout the system, excluding the worlds.

Well, it seems clear that we’re going to need more forces - this place is a madhouse. Find an out of the way location where we can design, build and produce a small number of assassination droids, and the insertion craft needed to place them.

In the meanwhile, continue to monitor comms to learn as much as possible.
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>Send your exploration drones throughout the system, excluding the worlds.
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>>5745081

>Send your exploration drones throughout the system, including the worlds.

>Begin a construction of a series of infiltration androids. Able to blend-in with the local populace, you can observe their progress and send limited orders, as such personality matrixes will be needed. The resources for such a construction are currently lacking, but you should be able to produce at least four of them.


We need more information before we can act. We're not on a very tight timetable, though I'm personally leaning towards learning more about this 'Justicator'. Maybe 'Breaker' too.

>>5745087

>Criminals are still criminals

Anon this is the fucking Imperium of Man we're talking about. It's completely canon that prisoners can consist of both murderers to simply people who didn't get out of the way of a high ranking noble fast enough, or failed to meet their work quotas, or complained too loudly about their corpse starch rations tasting funny.
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>>5745090
+1
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>>5745081
>Send your exploration drones throughout the system, excluding the worlds.
Find a place to lay low, preferably with some resources nearby so we can make our ship a bit bigger to accomodate our passengers.
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>>5745090
+1
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>>5745081
>Send your exploration drones throughout the system, including the worlds.
Add some Stealth to them? Paint them black?

>Begin a construction of a series of infiltration androids. Able to blend-in with the local populace, you can observe their progress and send limited orders, as such personality matrixes will be needed. The resources for such a construction are currently lacking, but you should be able to produce at least four of them.

Was waiting for a more relevant opportunity to do a write in for humanlike android but this is almost perfect.
I do hope later we can also mod our combat droids to look more like voidtroopers or PDF if only externally.

>>5745087
Mercenary For Hire, Menial Laborer, Skilled Metal Worker, Scribe.
3 Males, 1 Female.
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>>5745151
Support. I'm afraid of the infiltrators backfiring and getting discovered, but that's a risk we have to take.

>>5744911
The problem is that we can't find a spot to ourselves and chill there to the end of time. Like it or not we need the imperium or at least a faction of the imperium to help us out and not get constantly raided by everything.
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>>5745151
>support
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>>5745151
Support
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>>5745270
We can install some fancy self destruct, or make them Bio-droids of sorts or Cyborgs. Maybe terminator style Infiltrators with human flesh over High Grade metal and a cybertronic brain whatever.
We can load up all the androids with combat subroutines including assassination skills too.
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Alright

Androids 4
Contact Arbitrator 1
Drones, worlds 5
Drones, no worlds 5
Total 10

It seems that there is an impasse between sending exploration drones to the worlds or not. So I need a tie breaker. If no one changes their minds androids won't pass through as well. If no votes comes in by the time I am finished with my chores I'll just flip a coin about the impasse.
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>>5745526
>Send your exploration drones throughout the system, including the worlds.
>Begin a construction of a series of infiltration androids. Able to blend-in with the local populace, you can observe their progress and send limited orders, as such personality matrixes will be needed. The resources for such a construction are currently lacking, but you should be able to produce at least four of them.
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>>5745526
>Send your exploration drones throughout the system, including the worlds.
>Begin a construction of a series of infiltration androids. Able to blend-in with the local populace, you can observe their progress and send limited orders, as such personality matrixes will be needed. The resources for such a construction are currently lacking, but you should be able to produce at least four of them.

For the androids beside making them better combat capable, for improve their chances of infiltration they should monitor and observe the humans of the world they are sent in. This should allow a decent enough cover combined with the general imperium knowledge we have.

For the exploration drones we should make sure they can be more stealthy, yes.


>>5744911
What I am currently thinking about is just how much status Stavris and Antonius can gain from the spaceship discovery. And if it can be amplified and how much.
Defeating more xenos should do that and helping more people.

This is for when we go public approach.
The best way for find an empty system is trying and obtain large amounts of star maps and informations, look through them and find the best place.
But is not easy, the imperium always expands and colonizes. And so do their enemies and others.
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>>5745563
+1
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>>5744911
And of course it goes unsaid but gaining large amounts of thrones, information and blackmail is one of the best ways for protect us when we are publicly know (we will never say we are an A.I., we will likely say we are Odysseus though. A machine spirit). Prestige will arrive from defeating aliens and helping others, as well having large forces at our service (we already have best quality equipment anyway).
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>>5745526
One for andriods
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>>5745592
This is wrong on every level. The Imperium will stop at nothing (short of the potential destruction of Imperium) to destroy us as soon figure out we exist.
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>>5745631
Im not so sure about the Bladerunner esque infiltration androids either. Our current day social skills and data on behaviours are greatly lacking. This could be very bad and make the
populace even more suspicious, embed fear that there are bodysnatchers among them. Instead of turning the Hives into a big game of among us, we could do what already works.

If we want to blackmail or collect information id rather we stick to what we do best, wiretap comms lines and tap into cogitator networks stealthily. And maybe offer help to those who need it, gaining favors. And while we are there sweep through the hives ancient networks maybe we could find archeotech, or other interesting stuff under the ruins.

So I vote for >drones
and maybe some >surveillance
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>>5745666
Lol big fail cant believe i forgot to press enter 2 times

>Drones

>Surveillance
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Your exploration drones were meant for a civilian, rather than a military use, but, being cheap, easily made and modifiable was one of the reasons why this model was chosen as standard for your vessel. As such, you quickly begin to retrofit the drones, taking their pure white hulls into your hangar and allowing manufacturing drones to scramble around them, piece by piece, plates of white are cut out and replaced by a far more reflective material and soon enough, the drones had been entirely modified with a rather rudimentary and basic system of light reflection, their sensory systems have been rebuilt inwards, their weapon mounts hidden from sight, their energy outputs masked. Overall, the drones will be worse at their intended job, it will also take them some time to become battle ready and their plating itself had to have been replaced by an over all weaker, if lighter material. Not to mention you had to reduce their overall power output, meaning that they will not be as blindingly fast as before, the reflective armour taking up much of their now limited power generation. But they are invisible. The smooth circular shapes had been turned into far more angular and sharper ones, perhaps giving off a greater feeling of menace than you had intended, but with this you should be able to fool most radar systems and unless someone stumbles directly into one, or unprecedented conditions occur, no one with in eyesight should be able to spot the drones proper. And if worst comes to worst, an extensive system of jamming equipment has also been installed, both passive and active as needed. However, an absence of something may as well be the presence of something else. Should a situation occur where active jamming would be a requirement, it would be noticed, even with the primitive equipment possessed by the locals.

Rather than swiftly firing out the exploration drones as you accustomed to, this time you allow them to gently float out of the hangar and engage their stealth systems. The black angular hulls are there for a moment, the next light shifts around them similar to how a blackhole would consume and capture light around it, and then there is nothing. Of course, you know where your drones are, but your cameras are no longer able to pick them up.

Dispatching exploration drones. Directing 3 drones to Xandrirah Prime, directing 3 drones to Xandrirah Secundus. Dispatching 6 drones throughout the system in an exploration pattern.
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>>5745673

Now that is dealt with, some closer information should come in. Information you hope you can start to work on the moment you receive it. You direct your gaze to the infirmary, now empty of your humans, you had to take full control of it for what you are about to do, and you do know that modern day humans would be disturbed by the process, if anything Mr. Stavros is to go by, it appears that the is exhibiting the signs of paranoia having learnt of your true nature, but he has kept the information to himself rather than causing a panic throughout the ship. You shall have to see if you cannot assist his mental state by modifying his food rations.

For now however, you look at the mass of flesh floating in a tube, surrounded entirely in liquified vitamins, hormones, water, and growth accelerants. Four separate ones are occupied in their entirety, you shall manipulate and induce differing levels of melatonin as need be once you observe the humans dwelling on the planets, artificially aging or deaging the skin as required for the roles you envision each of your androids possessing.

Androids delivered.

Excellent.

You look at the four skeletons before you. A combination of hardened plastics and ceramics makes up the majority of the androids’ skeletons, whilst you are unaware of what technology the locals possess when it comes to detection, finding basic metals should not be beyond them, however, augmetics, as imperials put it, should be relatively common enough, though vastly inferior even to their own biological, naturally occurring limbs and organs. It is saddening to see that proper genetic and mechanical enhancing is now only limited to the richest and the best connected within the Imperium.

The artificial matrixes are inserted into where one would fit a brain, miniature lasers cauterise the wounds, ensuring that no gaps remain as they slowly, atom by atom, connect the carious parts of the skull.

Inserting androids in to secondary tanks. Recommendation: enhanced strength, speed, toughness, perception.

Basics, but useful.

Immersed in the liquid, the first skeleton is soon grafted with flesh and artificial organs, since you wish for them to be hidden as possible, you shall primarily rely on bionics. This does come with a disadvantage that the body could fail due to excessive trauma, blood loss, dismemberment and other such unfortunates. The matrixes should survive as they have ejection functions and stealth field generators.

Human. Male. Mid 30s. Withdrawing historical records of mercenaries. Records retrieved. Beginning manufacturing procedures.
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>>5745674

Soon you begin the process of growth, forming the circulatory structure first, grafting it upon the artificial skeleton, quickly afterwards you start introducing the artificial organs, a more effective heart able to send out a greater degree of blood throughout the body, the veins and arteries made specifically to ease the process. Artificial lungs able to survive exposed contact to the toxic atmosphere you are familiar with, a stomach able to digest anything ingested…you ponder for a moment and also add a function to spit this potent acid, which by your readings should be able to burn through even adamantium, not far mind you, but enough to deal with anyone whom is touched by said spit. A powerful bladder able to process most toxins that could be potentially ingested. Far more efficient intestines, capable of assisting procurement of vitals from food, another unfortunate reality of going fully organic with your construction. The tough and powerful bone structure should be able to take most blunt force trauma and halt cuts enough to allow for rapid healing and regeneration.

Regeneration. You ponder. Add it.

Regrowing lost limbs is useful if calorie intensive process.

Next up, the musculature, increased density and overall efficiency, toughened internal layered structure allowing for both enhanced strength and its ease of use.

Beginning skin grafting.

Quickly enough the fresh skin if connected to the artificial muscles. And you begin the process of filling the body with numerous nanobots whom start to ensure that everything is operating smoothly. The eyes are constructed before you, capable of extreme low-light conditions, easy spotting of movement, reduced sensitivity due to a rapid shift in light levels. Enhanced hearing and smell, nothing special, but useful for tracking and eavesdropping. Finally, a quick readjustment to the head ensuring that no vertigo, concussions, disorientations or anything else of sorts could affect the android.

Finally, the immune system. You ponder for a moment, before deciding on a mixture of smallpox, pneumonia, and malaria. Introducing the diseases, you observe how rapidly and efficiently the body’s immune system deals with the diseases that had tormented mankind for so long upon Earth.

Satisfied you take a look at the greater body as a whole. The skin is clearly too young and clean. You introduce artificial aging hormones for that. The alternative would be micro doses of control radiation, to simulate how stars naturally assist in aging skin structures, but you made the skin radiation reflective, so that is not a possibility. Since this android is to be a man, a mercenary to boot, you also start creating scars throughout the body, increasing growth of his beard into something more befitting a dangerous warrior.
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>>5745675

Next up, you commence what you can only consider…sacrilege, really. You cut into the head, introducing obvious sticking out tubes, bits and pieces of old looking technology, deeply scarring the tissue around it, making it look like a cheap job using cheaper equipment and installing the cheapest augmetics possible.

Annoyance.

You cannot help but feel so as you look as your perfect construction has been desecrated so.

Activating matrix. Beginning resuscitation process.

You watch as the body immersed in the liquid begins to spasm, shake. The eyes open and emerging from the liquid, deep breaths are taken. Even though the liquid is perfectly breathable, the androids is still coughing all of it out. It takes a minute or so for the matrix to truly orient itself and understand what the body is capable of.

*Transferring data. Transferring personality parameters.* You wordlessly communicate with the matrix.

*Orders received. Designation ?* The android asks.

*Warrior.*

*Designation affirmed.*

Good. Everything seems to be working as you had predicted. The manufacturing drones begin to fly in, with dirty and worn, but sturdy looking clothing. An autogun, for show really, the rounds themselves whilst able to draw blood are incapable of inflicting truly serious wounds. Still, it is a flaw of your limited genetics facilities and lack of necessary resources, but it shall have to suffice. Alongside that is a few hundred thrones, the local currency in use within the sector, agreed upon by the various trading houses, it was a trifle to counterfeit them to look indistinguishable to the real deal.

*Dispatching shall commence once information is received. Orient with the body, complete personality mimicry.*

*Acknowledged.* The android rises from the table and quietly begins to dress himself with the drones assisting him in the process, and soon enough, a mercenary for hire is right before you.

Now that you are done with him, you turn to regard your other 3 androids.

The first one: Male. Mid 20s. Black hair. Stubble of a black beard. Tougher than average build, but not by much. A few scars, this time closer to ones that would be common in unsafe work environments rather than made by weaponry. An artificial hand. Outwardly nothing more than some wires and a piston, but able to quickly shift and transform into a proper metallic limb. Nanomachines introduced in to it allow for the limb to be turned into a melee weapon. When it comes to organic modification, you carry out the same process. For all intents and purposes, this android looks like any other worker would. Designation: Apprentice.
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>>5745676

The second: Male. Late 50s. Grey hair, balding, unkept grey beard, strength still there, but beginning to fade. Numerous workplace injury related scars. Large burn upon the face, need of an artificial eye. Glitchy, barely functioning, you add a flickering affect to it just in case, to make it look even cheaper. The same genetic modifications as the rest. Designation: Master.

Finally, the only female of the bunch. Early 30s. Blonde. Decent looking, not too attractive so as to not draw too much unneeded attention. Decently maintained skin, no overt scars. Acceptable quality looking artificial eye. The same genetic modifications as the rest. Designation: Scribe.

A few more touches here and there, such as spontaneous combustion in case of capture and withdrawal in order to ensure that no genetic data falls into wrong hands, and you are satisfied with your work all things considered.

The whole process had taken you a bit more than 20 days to go through. Which means that the drones should have found something useful, seeing as you had not received a single ping of potential threats to them.

First, the system as whole. You hadn’t learnt anything you had not already known from the basic records of the system and what you observed before. The only thing to stand out so far is the fact that another dozen or so gunboats are still docked with the main space station. Perhaps an unexpected ambush for any would be attacker, but really, nothing of a threat to you. One final thing of note would be, relatively small vessels arriving in system. From the comm chatter you had listened in on; they appear to be merchants under the control of House Ture. Here to commence trade with the world. It seems that they were greeted warmly and welcomed right in. They are of the same house after all. A quick once over by your drones indicated the vessels to be a trio of so-called merchantmen, slightly upgunned and uparmoured civilian transports for the purposes of trading long distances with some feeling of safety.

Starting with Secundus: The drones there inform you that they had detected a vast underground network beneath the planet’s surface. An artificial one at that, with only some of the large and more expansive chambers being of a natural origin. Furthermore, the sheer amount of radiation on the surface itself makes movement through it deadly and hazardous, as such, the prisoners had begun to fight the guards in the tunnels, whilst at the same time, some prisoners are fighting amongst themselves, about three dozen or so names were intercepted belonging to the various self-proclaimed leaders of their principalities, kingdoms, gangs, confederations, what have you.
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>>5745678

Still, the most prominent remains the so-called Breaker. It seems that he had secured another prison complex from underneath another prisoner gang and integrated their numbers. Said complex still possesses a functional communications system, the messages are distorted and barely comprehensible even at short distances, but they are still being sent non-stop as calls to action, calls for unity against the planet’s guards.

Meanwhile Arbitrator Agustius has begun transmitting pict-feeds of public trials and swift executions of the various rioting prisoners, informing that should they not return to their cells, they shall be deemed as traitors and heretics before their own trials. Unsurprisingly, these efforts do not seem to yield any results.

Moving on to Prime: The riots seem to have spread from the main hive of Axiotrah to the other four hive cities upon the planet. While the name of Justicator seems to be contained within the main hive, the frequency of the mentions of the name have increased throughout the weeks you had busied yourself with work. Despite so, violence rages on as the lower hive riots are being slowly, but surely supressed, the militarization for the sake of war against the orks being turned upon the civilian populace. Judging by what your drones have observed, the rioters will be broken in perhaps three or so months, as food and water shipments and allotments have been halted to any area deemed rebellious.

>You are perfectly content to wait here, let your drones do more observations and intercept more communications. If this option wins, no other options will be taken.

>Dispatch your androids. (Whom ? Where ? For what purpose ?)

>Perhaps some of these people can be reasoned with ? It wouldn’t hurt to contact them via your comms. (Who ? Can be more than one.)

>Perhaps some of these people can be reasoned with ? It wouldn’t hurt to contact them via your androids. (Who ? Can be more than one.)

>(Write in)
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Did we just casually mog Big E in under a month? We didn't just do that, did we?

>The drones there inform you that they had detected a vast underground network beneath the planet’s surface. An artificial one at that, with only some of the large and more expansive chambers being of a natural origin.
Oh come on, don't tell me the Necrons are here too.

>>5745680
>>Perhaps some of these people can be reasoned with ? It wouldn’t hurt to contact them via your androids. (Who ? Can be more than one.)
Contacting the governor through one of the androids. We can pretend to be an emmissary/saint of the Emperor, doesn't matter. Get them to talk to us, we know everything that's going on in system that can help them. We need an in with the local authorities.

I'm also half-tempted to contact Breaker and Justicator too, since if those tunnels really are necrons then we're going to need everyone on side to contain them. Or, rather, not wake them since I'm not sure even we can handle that.
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>>5745680
>Dispatch your androids. (Whom ? Where ? For what purpose ?)
- Mercenary Android or M.A.1. - Secundus - Objectives : Become a reliable mercenary for Arbitrator Agustius. Gain more informations on the situation on the world. If there are approachable monitors, computers and screens for holding data M.A.1. could rapidly complete one of his objectives.
- Scribe Android or S.A.2.- Prime - Objectives : Enter the court of Governess Ture through superior administrative skills (remain on above average human limits). Gain informations on the court events.
- Apprentice Android or A.A.3. - Secundus - Objectives : scout out the group of this Breaker and infiltrate it if deemed safe and achievable. Gain informations on him and try to understand more about the prisoners objectives.
- Master Android or M.A.4. - Prime - Objectives: Enter the rioters group, learn more of Justicator. Become a reliable and appreciated member.
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>>5745732

This is a pretty excellent plan, backing
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>>5745732
>Fri
We also need to extract personal that might be useful for your colonization endevour if we want to rebuild aot humanity we need skilled people that can help build a stable society in all aspects science, military, administration etc
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>>5745732
+1
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>>5745732

A solid plan. +1
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>>5745732
- Combat approach :
M.A.1., M.A.4. , A.A.3. are all at high risk of combat.
S.A.2. is at low-medium risk of combat.

- Knock down or create only minor wounds (easy to heal) on humans, an expert use of terrain and tactics should make defenseless larger enemy groups of armed or unarmed humans.
- Any hostile or manipulating aliens found in the Xandrirah solar system will have from now on, all their foreign citizenry rights removed. Authorization to annihilate or capture them.


Final Objectives to work towards.
- The two armed human conflicts end
- Atomic weaponry and other weapons of mass destruction are neutralized/placed under our control
- Obtain peaceful resolutions and social improvements
- Evac Secundus, high risk of mass human death
- Aquire large amounts of data and knowledge, on the Imperium and the galaxy at large.
- Gain new friendly human contacts
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>>5745836
Note : for ensure additional trust is created and a better relationship grows, provide Mr Stavros and Mr Antonius with a tactical report of what is happening in the Xandrirah solar system and our initiatives for stop the two conflicts.
To see humanity harm it self and in such conditions its a sight we can't accept.
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>>5745732
Supporting this
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>>5745732
>support
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>>5745732
>>5745836
>>5745842

>Support
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>>5745732
>>5745680
Support.
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(POV shift: You are a human federation android codename: Warrior.)

The shuttle rattles as it breaches the atmosphere. You are already reviewing the dangerous amounts of radiation upon the planet’s surface for human life and other hostilities, within your mind you gaze upon the ever-expanding network of tunnels being mapped out by the exploration drones.

“Ey.”

Someone out calls next to you as the shuttle rattles. You cannot help but feel disdain to the sheer primitiveness of it lacking even the most basic of inertia dampeners.

“Ey, buddy.”

As it stands, it was surprisingly easy for you to get here. You, alongside two others, were delivered via a stealthy one-way transport onto Prime, sneaked in through the underhive entrances found by the drones there and afterwards, there was a massive recruitment drive authorised by the Arbitrator himself, promises of food, shelter, and of course pay had attracted numerous mercenaries such as yourself. A long, boring, repetitive 3 whole week travel via pathetic sublight transports later, you had finally arrived at location and you can commence with your mission.

“I know you can hear me.”

The personnel gathered had been, disappointing, to say the absolute least, with most fit and able, and trustworthy, being already in the local PDF or guard regiments, the latter were meant to be as part of the imperial tithe, but were held back, or at least that was the talk on the street. Meaning, that everyone left are either old, sickly, desperate…or well…shady, a category that you fall into.

“If you don’t talk, imma steal your shoes.”

“What ?” You ask in frustration, finally answering the man seated next to you.

“Well, it’s just that you’ve got a big build, ya look tough. The job we’se to do is, ehhhh, dangerous. So, makiiing friends with ya just seems like a good idea.” Says rather rough looking man, missing teeth, clear sings of alcoholism, numerous scars, weapons at his side, one of the shady persons you’ve been musing about.

“I don’t need friends.”

“Ahhhh, a loner are ya ? Well, mister loner, lemme share a piece of wisdom of an old hand at the job. People like us, we need friends, without friends, no one else will drag our asses out of the fire. Said fire being either real hot one, or one brought down by our employers.”

“The only reliable friend in this galaxy is money.”

The rough man laughs. “Damn straight !” He draws attention from the other hopefuls. “But what’s money worth if ya can’t spend it since you’ve got nought but enemies that you have to constantly look your shoulder over for ?”

“That can be solved by killing them.”

“Pah, you can’t kill your way out of everything, most, yea, not everything though.”

You sigh. “What do you want ?”

“Not much, like I said, friendship. How bout this, you don’t trust me ya ?”

“How astute you are.”
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>>5746653

Chuckling. “Well, I have a good eye, so to say. Then how about we simply agree to, I don’t know, look after each other ? You watch my back, I watch yours, neither of us has to look over our shoulders then !”

You sigh again. This person is not needed, his actions could cause issues later down the line. However, you cannot afford to stand out, not yet at least, and making enemies with one of the few at the very least semi-professional looking mercenaries aboard the shuttle could prove an impediment.

“Fine. If you feth up, don’t expect me running to help you, but we can work on the field.”

Laughter. “Excellent, I tell ya, I’ve got good eyes, I am sure well make fast friends yet !”

The shuttle roughly shakes as you hear its engines cut out, the noise that they had produced shifted and changed in the last minute or so, producing an echo like effect, you had most likely landed in an underground facility.

“Wonder what’s happening now ?” The man asks a couple of minutes sitting around later.

“We’ll find out soon enough.”

“Spose.”







“It’s taking a while.”

Your eye twitches. *It hasn’t even been ten seconds !*

“Oh, right. I’m Tared. What’s your name ?”

“Warrior.”

He laughs again. “Oh come on, don’t be shy, you can tell me your real name.”

“No.”

Mercifully, before Tared can start to retort, the ramp lowers itself and you quickly notice that you are within a rather large natural cavern, surrounded on all sides with what appear to be archaic static weapon emplacements all aimed at the lander.

“All volunteers, step out of the shuttle.” A distorted voice comes over the PA system.

You start to slowly undo your harness, as the transport did not even have any artificial gravity to keep you down. You time it in such a way that you would end up exactly in the middle of the pack so to say, allowing the more enthusiastic ones to run ahead, and the more apathetic ones to move at a snail’s pace and end up at the end.

As you all step out, the shuttles ramp quickly starts to rise and shuts behind you.

“All volunteers, form a line.”

With some grumblings, everyone does.

“All volunteers, if you to be employed in his detention facility in its time of crisis, you are required to make a solemn oath to the God-Emperor of Mankind, His Imperium, and the Laws that govern it that ensure all of your safety and prosperity. Failure to take the oath shall result in summary execution, as you will be deemed a traitor and a heretic to the Imperium and its perfect ideals. All Volunteers, repeat after me without fail. I, solemnly hereby swear, to uphold the order of the Imperium, to obey the will of the God-Emperor and the command of those whom interpret his will. Should I fail to do so, I shall be condemned to horrors befitting my treachery. So shall I swear, and so shall I know the weight of the words given.”
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>>5746655

Everyone, including yourself makes the oath, you quickly notice something slightly disturbing – zealotry, in the eyes of a few. Most however remain rather indifferent to the words given.

“All volunteers, approach the main entrance before you. You will be thoroughly inspected of any and all contraband, illegal body modifications, and signs of mutations. Should you refuse this inspection and should you prove to possess contraband or other things considered illegal, you shall be summarily executed. The emperor protects.” The PA system cuts out with a loud and annoying screech.

“Well feth, hope I don’t got no nothing on me that I tend to get on the little, little.” Tared remarks half understandably, to the point where your translation software struggles to even understand what was said.

As you step through the door, you quickly notice the high levels of security. Servitors, disgusting caricatures of you and your creator and a horrific punishment for your masters, stand inmoving, with large weapons grafted onto their bodies, the wounds so crudely maintained that pus leaks out from the connections. Next to them, equipped in what you quickly realize appears to be carapace armour, a relatively rare armour within the Imperium, at least in comparisons to the far more common flak. Another thing of surprise, there are six of said weapon servitors, but only three guards in the entire, rather large, processing chamber.

“Attention Volunteers, you are to discard your weapons, clothing, personal items and anything else on your person in separate trays placed before you. You shall be inspected afterwards for anything illegal. Any complaints and insubordination shall be met with a summary execution, as such actions shall be considered a breach in the oaths that you had sworn. Are all of my instructions clear and concise ?”

A few nods and grumblings yeses come out.
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You finally find yourself through the checkpoint, having passed their checks thoroughly, to your surprise, they had actually taken blood samples to ensure that you are not a mutant. Thanks to your great control of the human body, you were able to produce blood cells showcasing a pure human genome, but this thoroughness is still slightly disconcerting, and so are the cameras you see everywhere mounted in rather morbid casings of actual human skulls.

For now, you and your so-called comrades have all been locked up in a singular large barracks room, as apparently you are now on your probatory period. Still, you had observed a few things of note. The Arbites forces, even within this, their precinct-fortress, are stretched thin, to the point where there are gaps, short gaps, but gaps nonetheless in their patrol routes.
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>>5746657

You open your eyes, the darkness around you entirely irrelevant, instead you ignore the noise of snoring…and other bodily functions, and concentrate upon the distant noise of footsteps. You place your hand on the floor, feeling the exceptionally minute vibrations. This will be the best chance you will get, at least for a while. Sending out a signal, you cause the local cameras to short-circuit for only a fraction of a second, then they start to replay the same footage over and over again.

Silently as possible, you get up from your rather poor excuse for a bed and more towards the door. No matter how well equipped and hidden, all you needed was nought but a hair to steal the DNA sequence of one of the arbites, restructuring the surface of one of your hands, you place it before the biometrics reader. A second later, the door clicks open. Turning about, everyone is still sleeping peacefully as imaginable. You had your body produce sleep inducing gas instead of normal odour expected of it and filled up the entire chamber. Unfortunately, the dosages were quite low, so it took a while for the entire barracks to be filled up.

Stepping into the light, you continue to send out jamming signals and start hacking into the cameras remotely, despite their morbid nature, at least these ones are more or less entirely mechanical, unlike say, the servitors you had witnessed, the fusion of man and machine there is, different than what you have on your records, cruder, but perhaps much safer when it comes to remote control.

Silencing your footsteps as far as you can, you begin to still swiftly move across the hallway, halting when you feel tremors, ducking behind crates, gaps, corners, whatever you can really. Until you reach the part of the base you were hoping to find, numerous radio waves are emanating from it and you can read quite the power drain, if this is not a main command centre, then you will have to request scrapping as you will not be worth the parts and materials used to make you.

The door slides open. You can hear from a distance. The echoing of boots. You hide. A group of four arbites passes by you. Looking around, you allow your skin to regain its natural tone rather than have the one similar to the corner you had hidden at.

As you look down the corridor, you spot two arbites standing vigilant before the door. This might prove annoying, as you are not allowed to kill needlessly.

*The main system. Cameras connected to doors. There.*

You wait for a few seconds, a minute or so passes. The two guards run off, trying to quell the riot that you had just started in low-security holding. Since the prisoners there are not heavily armoured and armed, the riot should be supressed with no to minimal casualties.
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>>5746659

Moving forwards, you quickly open the door. Inside, you spot only two arbites watching over the numerous consoles and monitors, this room could easily hold perhaps fifty, if not a hundred people, so such a small number further gives credence to your theory.

Hiding yourself as you approach, you allow for the door to close behind you, the two clearly overworked and stressed arbites do not even react to the door, a noise their mind keeps out as you notice what appear to be numerous cups of recaff all around the various consoles.

With such ease of access, you begin to look at the situation of the world.

First of all, the world had housed 745,176,497 prisoners prior to the conflict, said prisoners seem to have come from the entirety of the sector Clarus. With the Adeptus Arbites presence within system being limited to Secundus and only numbering 80,000 personnel. Putting it roughly, the prisoner population outnumbered the guards by 100,000 to 1. The only relief to this was the fact that Prime had sent significant forces to assist the local arbites in their attempts to contain the prisoner population, said forces had reached a staggering 10 million, meaning the prisoners still vastly outnumbered the guards, but with the, granted limited, but effective automation, the situation was under control. Those 10 million had been withdrawn abruptly and swiftly by the orders of the governess, since they had technically been subservient to her and the world of Prime rather than the Adeptus Arbites and their undisputed control of Secundus. This does mean that there are two entirely separate power structures in place, butting heads with one another. As for the mining operations, that was the deal with which the Arbites secured local assistance, when that was withdrawn, the flow of raw resources ceased in its entirety, but you quickly learn, aisd resources had been built up, even now, there are entire warehouses filled to the brim, either in the hands of the prisoners or the Arbites.

You quickly download the rest of the data you quickly can, as anything deeper requires passwords and multiple confirmations that you simply cannot access, as such you shall simply send a signal to the nearby drone whom is lying in wait so that it can be transferred back to the ship.

Rather satisfied in yourself, you begin the arduous journey back, your distraction will not last for long after all.
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>>5746662

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(POV shift: You are a human federation android codename: Apprentice.)

Your insertion point had been a guess. A damn poor one at that as you had to spend good 3 weeks just moving through the irradiated hellhole before you. Luckily, you had plenty of supplies to last the journey and an exceptionally poor environmental suit used by the locals here manufactured for this purpose, but you still felt frustrated. The initial insertion point had been detonated in a nuclear explosion only a day or so after your arrival, having put all of your plans in jeopardy, as it was deemed that the gang holding the location would be accepting of outsiders moving to join it, but now, you are uncertain.

Leaping atop of a small hill in a single jump, you take in your surroundings.

*Are you certain that it is here ?*

*Confirm.* The exploration drone floating invisible next to you quickly affirms that this should be a location of another prison complex that engaged in surface mining operations. You will be happy to converse with humans if nothing else, the exceptionally rudimentary A.I. within the drone had been, exhausting to converse with, no inflection, no great conversation, simple affirmation or a decline. How can your maker put up with this all the time ?

Crack !

You hear a gunshot, nearby as well.

*Beginning sweep.* The drone informs you and rather quickly disappears from your general area, your connection to it being the only piece of information telling you where it actually is.

*Warning: Humans in distress. Deviant behaviour detected.*

*Finally ! Something interesting !* You think with some excitement.

*Negative. Human distress is not interesting. Human distress is to be addressed.*

You groan.

Running swiftly and in large strides, you end up at a top of ridge, and staring below, you see what appears to be a large mining vehicle currently under assault by people within the same old, bulky environmental suits. Said suits cannot keep out all of the radiation to begin with, so you wonder how they would cope the erratic mutations and cancers that will undoubtedly be common in a few years down the line. Regardless, you turn your attention back to the mining vehicle, a true goliath of the surroundings, perhaps as much as a hundred metres in length, thirty in width and twenty in height. Large, slow, cumbersome machine with clear instruments that would allow it to scar the landscape all around it. Said machinery is currently being employed to strike back at its attackers, the massive grinders and cutters catching a few unfortunates. You watch as the limbs go first, blood spewing outwards, wet crunches as bones and flesh are crushed and the endless screams of pain continue onwards until eventually ceasing as the rest of the body is destroyed in a similarly cruel manner.
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>>5746664

The rest of the attackers are taking cover behind the various terrain, since in such an environment, thanks to their primitive protection, their antiquated gunpowder weapons are exceptionally dangerous, as one bullet is enough to kill, or at least breach the suit and cause immediate or prolonged death.

You also see that it is most likely that the majority of the vehicle is just storage and equipment as there is a decently sized group of men around the vehicle currently fighting off the attackers, but they are outnumbered.

Interestingly of all, you realize that the mining vehicle is currently throwing out radio signals at all frequencies.

“This is miner 1, we’ve been attacked, no fething clue who, probably Mauger’s thugs, we need help ! We ain’t got the numbers to beat ‘em back. If you can hear this, tell Breaker he ain’t be getting his ores unless he hauls ass to save our asses !”

*Breaker ? Well then.* You unslung your own rifle and aim down the sights. *Drone. Is rehabilitation possible ?*

*Based on current circumstances, it is not, however, primary dir-*

You fire, not listening any further. The first bullet sails and impacts straight onto the thin visor of one of the attackers, blood spurts outwards and without a noise the person collapses on the floor dead. You quickly observe that everyone else flinches as they start looking about for the unseen assailant, fearing a potential third party getting involved.

*The backpack.*

You hit the oxygen supply on the back, rupturing it, causing your next target to panic as they stand right up trying to grasp it and halt the loss of their lifeline. Firing another shot, you pierce the helmet and the person drops.

Everyone seems to have realized that their foe is a sharpshooter and they are hugging cover even closer now. The moving of the miner however, eventually forces both sides to move.

*Centre of mass*

You put one bullet through the chest of one of the attackers, halting his movement immediately as he grasps the wound and falls to the ground. Another shot to the head puts him out of his misery.

It seems that the attackers had had enough as they begin to flee, the defenders firing at them just for good measure manage to kill two more, but you also notice that they remain stressed and alert. Looks like you will have to introduce yourself.

*Notice: Killing of humans forbidden, actions reported.* The drone annoyingly buzzes in your mind.

*Yea, yea. Had no other choice, primary mission soon to be a success.*

You rise and make yourself perfectly visible at the top of the ridge, it doesn’t take long for the defenders to see you and a rifle whose muzzle is still spitting out smoke. You wave at them before shouldering the autogun.

Seeing your actions as non-hostile, they too begin to lower their weapons as you begin to slowly make your way down the ridge, slightly annoyed that you simply cannot jump down.

“Fine shooting there.” One of the defenders remarks.
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>>5746667

“Thanks. Nothing special though, cover’s shit around here.”

“It is, that’s why the groxes hit us as they did. Anyways, who are you ?”

“Me ? Well, just a friendly passer-by, looking for food, water, shelter.”

“That’s why you helped ?”

“Well, you’ve got a huge feth-off miner here, don’t ya ?”

The defenders nearby laugh. “That we fething do. I think we can feed ya for what you did, if you follow us.”

“See no reason why I shouldn’t.” You say shrugging and that earns you a pat on the shoulder. “Damn fine shooting there as well, how’d ya do it ?”

“Well, I’ve got a steady hand.” You say with a chuckle raising the metallic limb. This earns you another chuckle from the defenders.

“Name’s Emil, you ?” He says extending his hand.

“Oh, I forgot to introduce myself. I am Bellerophon, nice to meet you.” You take his hand with your organic one and shake.

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(POV shift: You are a human federation android codename: Master.)

You stumble atop the slippery steps, just enough to attract attention and sympathy, but not enough to actually fall.

“Whoa, you okay old man ?” A young man, named Jerartus calls out.

“I am, I am, I apologise for my lack of balance, my knees are not what they used to be.” You reply with a chuckle.

You gaze upon the man, a youngster with a firebrand streak, the perfect target. Young, naïve, foolish perhaps, but strongly believing in his ideals. As far as anyone is concerned, he looks like any other person, paler skin due to having to live in the lower hive, scars caused by working in the various manufactorums across the hive, a stubble showcasing at least an attempt at maintaining one’s proper looks. Though you do notice upon him thinning head hair, caused by malnutrition, another one of his idealistic believes. The man, foolishly, was splitting his rations with an orphan he had decided to take in, he would have most likely perished were it not for your intervention, more specifically, the intervention of your thrones.

“Well, what you lack in body’s strength, you make up in your sharp mind.” He returns your chuckle.

You smile, having told him the very basics of basics of metal working had seemed to elevate you in a position of reverence. Surprisingly enough, shortly after you had shared your knowledge, other youngsters, the man’s friends, had come to consult with you about how they should work, at what heat should they treat the metal, how fast should they treat it, the various mixture ratios of various alloys and the like. Such simple knowledge, yet so impressive. You cannot feel but wonder just how far had your masters fallen.

“Are we going to get there soon ? I can’t walk as far as I used to, or I’d like.”

“Don’t worry, teacher. We will get there soon enough.”

“And this there, you haven’t told me yet ?”

“Somewhere where other wish to help, uh, others.”

“Wise words.”
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>>5746669

“I am no philosopher, nor am I old enough to pretend to be one.”

“Cheeky.”

You both laugh.

It had been exceptionally frustrating to follow the man, his fretting and care, whilst endearing, is unbearably slow. The map you possess is limited, but the exploration drone is following you wherever he is able and it’s mapping everything it can throughout. Soon enough, you will find the locations and hideouts throughout the lower hive, you had already located many thanks to their radio transmissions, or vox, as the local refer to it. A term you find amusing, for you doubt that the locals even know the meaning or origin of the word and how apt it fits.

“Jerartus, good to see you.” A middle-aged man next to an unassuming door leading into a habitation cell says now that you had come in sight. “This is the, teacher, you talked about ?”

“Yea, it is.” Jerartus nods.

“If I may, what exactly did you tell them, and why am I here ? I may be appreciative of you Jerartus, but even old men have limited patience.”

“You, old man, you are going to be of some use before you kick the bucket.” The middle-aged man responds with quite a bit of venom.

“Hey ! You shut your mouth, this man here is my, and a dozen others benefactor, you mistreat him, you mistreat all of us !”

“Oh, would you stop your shouting ? What, you want some gang to roll up here and put holes through us ? No, good. Shut it then.”

“Now, now. There’s no need to argue, but I must say, if this is your way of requesting help, it is not a good one.”

“Not like you have much choice now that you’re here old man.” The middle-aged man says smugly, showcasing a stub pistol at his belt.

“If that was your attempt at a threat, I will have to disappoint you and inform you that it was not a very effective one.”

Jerartus also pulls out his own stub pistol, one that you had made for him. You can see as everyone freezes, especially when they notice that Jerartus’ stubpistol is brand new, with no rust on it, clearly well-made snubpistol at that.

“Why are you being like this, huh ?! We came willing, what’re you trying to pull ?!” Jerartus now says pointing the gun right at the centre of mass.

“Please excuse Cex, he’s been on edge ever since his wife died.” Another voice joins the conversation as the door opens. Another man, similarly middle-aged, but tough, strong, not healthy, but most certainly above average you had come to expect. “I’m Dressren, I guess you could call me a sort of leader to these men here. None of us are gangers here, just folk on edge and wanting to defend what we can. Now, an old man like you, a rich and knowledgeable one may not truly experience this, but with the rations and water cut to our district, lots of folk decided to turn wild. That’s why we need an old timer like you.”
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>>5746673

“I can assure you, that I do not possess great fighting capabilities.” You say as your artificial eye flickers for a moment and you wince in pretend pain.

“Do not worry, we haven’t reached the point where we need to send elders like you to the front yet, all we ask is that you help to defend our homes.”

“And how would I do that ?”

“Simple. That gun there, you made it ?”

“I did.”

“Jerartus said you made it out of scrap and some hand tools.”

“Did he now ?” You direct your gaze to the now embarrassed man. “Well.” You return your gaze to Dressren. “I suppose there’s no denying it now.”

“Please come in.” He says with a smile. “And the rest of you, show some respect to the elderly !” He chastises the men gathered before entering the building.

As you step inside, you can feel heat impact your face, even more so that the humid, barely recycled, hot air so common in the hive, with it being enclosed in order to guard it from the deadly atmosphere. You can see another half a dozen men struggling with the most primitive of tools, and these are truly primitive, pliers, hammers, an actual anvil for your masters’ sake !

“You are making weapons.” You quickly surmise.

“Whatever we can.”

“And that is why you wanted me ?”

“Yea, we want your help to defend our homes.”

You stare at the man. The exploration drone already reported the radio waves you had been looking for common in this section of the lower hive.

“I have a feeling that is not only the thing you want.” You say looking at the modest weapon stockpile.

“I suppose one cannot hide much from an old eye. There’s one other thing that we do want.”

“And that is ?”

“Justice.”
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>>5746676

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(POV shift: You are a human federation android codename: Scribe.)

By your makers, you hate this Imperium. You sigh. Infiltration had been…easy. So easy in fact, that you had thought that maybe you had already been caught. You simply entered the offices of the so called Administratum, dressed as a member of it, and you started working. No one question you, no one even asked for you rank, everyone just saw that you were doing work and gave you more work. Work sensitive enough that you were able to put yourself in employee roll with no difficulty.

“Ah, my dear girl, you are always so reliable !” An obese bald man says with a laugh, your direct superior. Incompetent enough for you to run circles around him if you so choose. “Mmm… my dear, you make the best recaff in this God-Emperor’s most holy galaxy.” He says with a smile. You had thought that perhaps you would be able to easily seduce him, but to your surprise, the man had not made a move, and had remained surprisingly friendly with everyone under him. By all the records you managed to find, a faithful man, a good husband, a proud father. And fiercely defended by his subordinates. A one in a million find, an incompetent administrator (not that, those are frustratingly common) that is actually a jolly fellow. Due to that, none of his subordinates is willing to let the man go, since he lets everyone do what they want, he does not push, nor does he pull, promotes fairly and reasonably.

It is of course your luck to stumble across such a man whose innate corruption and desires to embezzle, steal, lie, cheat and do what most bureaucrats do, are so small that you cannot exploit them. Sure, he takes bribes and gifts, but what administrator doesn’t ? Hardly anything worth to be used as blackmail.

For the last 3 weeks. Despite the good conditions, your hatred for this Administratum and its sheer, almost feeling like it is on purpose, ineffectiveness and inefficiency has been driving you insane. And despite those three weeks, where you had learnt everyone’s names and good opinion, you cannot simply sweep away and solve all these issues before you due to the need to stay low. Oh, yes, you had also not even caught a glimpse of the governess. You had of course kept that in the back of your mind, just not prioritizing it as much.

“I’d say, change the ration numbers here, decrease them by, errrr… maybe five hundred thousand ?”

“Sector 5s manufactorum had produced an excess, I have it marked here, if your lordship wishes so, I think we could pull six hundred.”

“Aha ! Yes, of course !” He rubs his stomach as is a quirk of his, showcasing happiness. He particularly takes to the liking of being called a lord. “Do so. I have a meeting in about twenty minutes, so I must unfortunately depart, as always, good job Atalanta.”

“Thank you, your lordship.”

The man departs with a laugh.
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>>5746679

“Lord this, lord that. You enjoy kissing up so much ?” One of your fellow scribes bites.

“No, I enjoy not staying in my position unmoved for forty years though.” You bite back.

“I’ve had enough !” You hear at the entrance of the room before your temporary colleague could bite back.

Your eyes land upon your prey like those of predator. Your target is finally here ! A flamboyantly dressed woman whom appears to be in her mid-forties comes storming through your chamber, marching towards the other end, where her main office is. Red hair, pale, almost sickly skin, that you can notice is achieved through endless skin routines. A red flowing dress intermixed with a golden weave, with the aforementioned red hair being tied up and made into a fascinating form of a voidship. Her ladyship Governess Flori Ture.

“Cousin, please, think rationally.” Next to her is a man dressed as equally as her, white skin, not as unnaturally pale, but still clearer than most, with a long mane of red hair follows her. Red pans weaved with gold alongside a doublet and massive aristocrat’s hat with a huge red feather stuck into the golden cap.

“I already had !” She says stopping in the middle before looking around. “Get back to work !” She orders angrily and everyone quickly looks away.

The massive doors to her officer are opened by a pair of guards clad in the usual flak coloured gold and red you had come to expect of the local PDF. Closing with a creak, the door is shut as the two peoples enter.

“Wonder what’s happening now.” The scribe near you mutters under his breath. To that you smile as you concentrate on the conversation at the other side of the door, you are so lucky that your desk is right next to. So lucky indeed that you had 3 weeks to arrange it.

“I am not trading anything anymore. An orkish armada is at my throat, and so they are throughout the subsector, not only that, that balding, embezzling, obese, scum of a Lord Clarus !” The governess continues with her rant. “Is raising another emergency tithe, for the security of the sector by the will of the God-Emperor. Pah !” You hear a spit. “Lying grox masquerading like he has intelligence, he is bleeding his political rivals dry and nothing more !”

“I understand cousin, but uncle had run in to some issues, he needs some more soldiers, he promises to repay you. You know that a rogue trader’s word is as good as gold.”

“Gold ? What is gold good for me what a green tide is about to sweep me at one side, and some fething sycophant with an armada demanding taxes at another ? Also, had you perchance forgotten, cousin dearest, that I had already given uncle nearly five million men ? All imperial guard level of training and equipment, and how long was that ? How many decades ago was that !?”

“Five.”
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>>5746681

“Five.” You can almost see the nod. “Five decades. Uncle promised to pay for it, plus interest, but that pay is not manifesting in any shape or form, not to even mention the interest ! My world is already tapped and drained, and that fool of an Arbitrator has cut off all raw materials that I need to prepare for the coming storm ! I know he’s holding out, I have spies you know. He is sitting on a treasure that I cannot touch !”

“Well, had you not withdra-“

“And allow my world to burn ?! To allow ten million men, capable fighting men, to sit on their fething asses looking after some God-Emperor forsaken traitors ?! Just because some idiot of an arbites is unwilling to as much as simply look at the situation ?!”

“Well, they follow the le-“

“I don’t give a feth ! I care for my world ! The world that, mind you, no longer belongs to uncle, other than the shares he owns in the various businesses ! This world is mine ! Mine ! And I will guard this world so that it may become that of my children’s, and the children of my children.”

“I understand, cousin, but I must implore you, you know uncle, he would never back down, he would never betray family.”

“Had uncle not spent two damnable centuries butting heads with Lord Clarus, I would surely find that heartening. Do you know what happened to Meck ? On Pintor ?”

“Cousing Meck ? No, no I haven’t.”

Laughter. “Of course, you haven’t, too busy galivanting around with uncle. Well, cousin dearest ended up dead, alongside his children, and siblings. Odd isn’t it ? And guess what, since that world, like my own are now officially part of the sector, Lord Clarus had decided to appoint his own governor, a groxshit eating sycophant.”

“Uncle will not allow for that to stand.”

“Oh, I am sure as I am being raped by the lower classes before hopefully being murdered, I shall find great solace in that, that maybe, one day, uncle will come to help.”

“Cousin, do not speak like that.”

“I speak as I will. There will be no more resources, no more soldiers, no more ships, no more nothing ! Tell uncle that ! Tell him that I want his debts repaid !”

A tired sigh. “I will.”

“Now then. How long will you be staying.”

“A couple of months perhaps.”

“Good. You will be the talk of the banquets; they had grown awfully dull as of late.”
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>>5746684

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(End of POV shift.)

All of the androids had reported success in their assigned missions. The information being sent to the hidden exploration drones and then to you. The things you had learnt are, limited in some ways, enlightening in other. But at the end of the day, your androids will need to dig deeper for a while still.

As it stands for you, the PDF gunboats seem to have finally decided that you either do not exist, or that they simply cannot find you and had returned to their posts. And speaking of that, the defences in the system are fine against small incursions, but the knowledge of there being a massive ork force does raise some concerns. The armada you had annihilated may have very well been nothing more than a splinter of the main fleet perhaps, which is still busy with its rambunctious rampaging. Presuming so, the in-system defences would prove insufficient to defend themselves, the preparations, those that you are aware of, can only buy time. At most a decade, maybe two, but the system will fall against an unstoppable onslaught of the orks.

It is possible for you to assist the system and its defences, if you are willing to do so. If you are willing to potentially expose yourself. Whilst remaining hidden may be preferable, it is still at least 35 billion of your masters’ descendants within system.

Can pick more than one. Option must reach half of total votes to pass.

>Stay hidden. It had worked well for you so far, and it will continue to work. If this option wins, no other options will be taken.

>Begin placing mines across the system at its extremes, thanks to the sensors being online, you will be able to activate them remotely having observed whomever entered it remotely.

>Start constructing more space superiority craft and spread them across the system. They will make for an excellent rapid response force.

>This carries the greatest amount of risk, but you can start to construct another voidship, a small frigate is all that you can manage, the process will be slow and obvious, not to mention your resource reserves will be empty, but you can make it and the extra firepower that comes with its presence. Though if you wish for it to leave the system, you will require a navigator to do so, not to mention the onboard lesser A.I. will be by itself when travelling through the warp or if present in another system without you.

>(Write in)

>Perhaps you wish to change the orders for the androids ? (How ?)
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>>5746686
>Begin placing mines across the system at its extremes, thanks to the sensors being online, you will be able to activate them remotely having observed whomever entered it remotely.
Spacecrafts would be too obvious once they engage (unless that's what we want), while a discreet mine drone exploding an ork ship would be dismissed as "orks being orks."

It seems that her governess is in a pickle. Should we try to negotiate a defence pact or try to remain in the shadows?
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>>5746686
>>Begin placing mines across the system at its extremes, thanks to the sensors being online, you will be able to activate them remotely having observed whomever entered it remotely.
>prepare Probes to gauge the Ork presence in the system
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>>5746686

>Start constructing more space superiority craft and spread them across the system. They will make for an excellent rapid response force.

Veeeery juicy findings with the Governess. If we play our cards right, we could strike an alliance and thus work towards making our own little slice of the Federation.

But we need to act... Relatively quickly. I should remind some anons here, that the Imperium gets VERY FUCKING UPSET when the Tithe is not paid. Her willingness to refuse to pay the emergency tithe may very well damn her, but by helping her out we can get her to owe us BIG.
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>>5746686
>Begin placing mines across the system at its extremes, thanks to the sensors being online, you will be able to activate them remotely having observed whomever entered it remotely.
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>>5746686
>Begin placing mines across the system at its extremes, thanks to the sensors being online, you will be able to activate them remotely having observed whomever entered it remotely.

>Start constructing more space superiority craft and spread them across the system. They will make for an excellent rapid response force.

>This carries the greatest amount of risk, but you can start to construct another voidship, a small frigate is all that you can manage, the process will be slow and obvious, not to mention your resource reserves will be empty, but you can make it and the extra firepower that comes with its presence. Though if you wish for it to leave the system, you will require a navigator to do so, not to mention the onboard lesser A.I. will be by itself when travelling through the warp or if present in another system without you.

Might as well hit the ground running
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>>5746686
Feels like Badab all over again. At least the resources are already there. If the Secundus situation is solved, the resources will get moved, the tithe paid.
What I'm wondering about is whether we could still stay in contact with our in-system assets if we jump elsewhere. Also, using our data from watching the ork fleets to draw up an estimate of how long it would take them to get from an entry point via warp to within range of the planets.
Orks grow exponentially. Curtailing the ork threat in this sector may require a proactive approach, with Odysseus cleansing systems before the Orks can build up fleets. Though I suppose we can just tap the comms and wait for a system to start screaming about a giant armada, then go there and decapitate the Waaagh.
Any news on fixing the main reactor for timely jumps? Do we need time, common resources, rare resources?
If we wish to help, we'll need to reveal ourselves at least partially at some point. Technically we could solve this by showing the Governor that we can defend her system against orks, so she sends the troops back to Secundus and gets it under control. Inefficient, and a terrible waste of human life, but zero suspicion. To anyone but her, it just looks like a gamble that the orks won't show up. Just one option out of many though.
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>>5746839

>whether we could still stay in contact with our in-system assets if we jump elsewhere

You cannot, unfortunately, presumedly the experimental communications system was created for that reason.

>Also, using our data from watching the ork fleets to draw up an estimate of how long it would take them to get from an entry point via warp to within range of the planets.

Orks are hard to pin down when it comes to anything even close called standardization, but the best estimate would be maybe 8-10 days for the faster elements, maybe 20-30 days for a rok to get to Prime, it is slightly further from the system's star, one of the reasons why it was settled.

>Any news on fixing the main reactor for timely jumps? Do we need time, common resources, rare resources?

The main reactor is a known design for Odysseus. What he needs are rare resources, lots and lots of them as well as time.
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>>5746853
Good info, thanks QM. I'll let the other anons weigh in on this, but we might just have to dig our heels in here and get involved before moving on...
Say, wouldn't those rare resources be the same that were extracted on Secundus?
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>>5746876

>Say, wouldn't those rare resources be the same that were extracted on Secundus?

You are unaware. As far as you know, the system was spotted for a lot of common resources, that was however just a quick initial sweep of it and nothing done too deeply.
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>>5746686
>Begin placing mines across the system at its extremes, thanks to the sensors being online, you will be able to activate them remotely having observed whomever entered it remotely.
>Start constructing more space superiority craft and spread them across the system. They will make for an excellent rapid response force.
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>>5746686
>Begin placing mines across the system at its extremes, thanks to the sensors being online, you will be able to activate them remotely having observed whomever entered it remotely.
>Start constructing more space superiority craft and spread them across the system. They will make for an excellent rapid response force.

Are the mines more like long distance guided torpedos? I'm pretty sure that as long as your roughly a pluto's worth of distance relatively speaking from a star you can enter or leave the warp as long as a serious gravity well isn't right on top of you meaning the orks can come from literally any direction and space is ungodly big, of course a sensible force would appear at the zenith/nadir of the system to average out travel time to any point in the system but orks are orks.
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>>5746898

Backing this, but could we set a priority mission to locate and secure main reactor rebuild materials?

We are effectively trapped in-system which is anxiety producing
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>>5746686
>Begin placing mines across the system at its extremes, thanks to the sensors being online, you will be able to activate them remotely having observed whomever entered it remotely.

>Carry out a detailed scan for the trade resources required for main reactor repair

>Observe how the humans living onboard are going about their daily lives

Is there any specific reason why they’re still onboard..?
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>>5746821
Unironicly thought that placing mines meant mining resources for a moment, derp =P

We need to start thinking about resource inputs if we really want to ramp up our efforts.
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>>5746686
>Begin placing mines across the system at its extremes, thanks to the sensors being online, you will be able to activate them remotely having observed whomever entered it remotely.

>Start constructing more space superiority craft and spread them across the system. They will make for an excellent rapid response force.
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>>5746686
>Begin placing mines across the system at its extremes, thanks to the sensors being online, you will be able to activate them remotely having observed whomever entered it remotely.

>Start constructing more space superiority craft and spread them across the system. They will make for an excellent rapid response force.
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>>5746686
At the moment androids are doing a fine mission. Rising through ranks of each organization could be a way for get us what we need here. For now this is acceptable.
Finding locations for rare resources in the Xandrirah system can be an additional side objective, that they can achieve. Secundus is likely to have that.
It is best rumors of incoming orks arrives to the ears of leaders, so that they can prepare.


>Begin placing mines across the system at its extremes, thanks to the sensors being online, you will be able to activate them remotely having observed whomever entered it remotely.
>Start constructing more space superiority craft and spread them across the system. They will make for an excellent rapid response force.

>Write In
Inform Mr Antonius and Mr Stavros that there is large amounts of orks across the sector. Propose military training and new equipment for all volunteers, in a hall refitted for the role.
New equipment will be only at antiquated tier which is above theirs.
Military training will ensure less casualties and can keep people combat ready.
I recon we have already sent them an update of the current situation, which they likely appreciate.


>>5746925
We want to give them a better life.
There is no "they are going down" unless is a place we settle, they are under our protection. They would be murdered on sight by the average imperial just for rip off the mechanical prostethics they have. They would be tortured and then executed just for what they had seen.
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>>5746686
>Begin placing mines across the system at its extremes, thanks to the sensors being online, you will be able to activate them remotely having observed whomever entered it remotely.
>Start constructing more space superiority craft and spread them across the system. They will make for an excellent rapid response force.
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You know, I'm wondering if it's not a good idea to just... slowly infiltrate this place, build it up from the shadows, help out all the disaffected groups, strike a deal with the governess to come to our side, etc. We already have our androids in the perfect position. Essentially carving out a hidden enclave that on the surface looks like the imperium, but we slowly but surely turn to the ways of the federation.

We have a governess in need of assistance, people wanting better living conditions, and a gigantic workforce that's locked up and being unproductive. We can help all of them and help ourselves at the same time. If we get everyone on side, at least here, we can start moving about much more openly and actually working on the big important stuff like fixing the reactor and getting that comms system up and running. And from there, spreading out and doing the same to all the systems of the imperium.
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>>5746686
>begin placing mines all over the system
>start constructing more space superiority craft
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>>5747341
Why not just replace people in power like the Governess and Arbitrator with androids eventually?
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If we have big enough ship (Lunar class equivilant?) with fuck off guns, perhaps we could negotiate a better deal with the governess and maybe even get legal protection under that rouge trader relative of hers.

Think about it, we have a capable ship that can transport and shoot, that already puts us into very advantages position to not only negotiate but to prove we can make shit happen with backing.

That aside, I agree with making Fighter craft and laying shitton of mines.

I think we should have some rocks or asteroids filled with automated weapons. Mostly guided missile systems. Low tech enough to be passable, effective enough to hurt. Downside is limited ordnance.
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>>5747341
>>5747434
>>5747457
I think the governess is key. As long as she gets to pretend she's still in charge, she seems like she'll accept anything that fixes the issues in the system.
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>>5747341
Having a figure inside each organization allow us to use diplomacy for stop the bloodshed.
The main problem is that this people see violence has the first and only solution most of the time, and cant see that diplomacy can be better.

I wonder what Antonius and Stavros are doing. I want them to train and provide new equipment because weeks are passing by, we could also provide them education.
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The large presence of the orks is an unacceptable threat to the in-system human population. A threat you shall remedy.

First thing first, you command the space superiority craft to launch out of your storage bay, each and every craft flying out, setting a rather, in space terms, close formation with one spacecraft every 100,000 kilometres. The circumference of the outer layer of the system is massive, so even with such a distance, you presume that you will end up producing somewhere around 60,000 superiority craft.

As for the mines, their build is far cheaper than that, so you aim for a solid 200,000 across the system as a whole. The mines themselves are relatively cheap, but the need to defend such a large area of space means that you have to spend perhaps a bit more than you’d like. Pulling up a simple design you begin production of a rather small mine, nothing more than a little angular box meant to confuse and deflect any sensor readings upon it. A single, one time use teleportation charge, designed to appear in front of any given vessel and then activate a rather powerful main thruster to impact the vessel before it. As for the charge, the nebula means that there is mass everywhere within the system for any blackhole or nanomachine warhead to consume. Too risky. You will have to default to the simple and cheap plasma charge, activating upon impact, a tough enough and armoured heavily enough vessel could potentially survive the impact, but hopefully they would be crippled enough to not pose a real threat.

Considering the dust fields themselves, you will have to start scooping up large parts of it alongside anything else you can find, such as asteroids in the midst of larger scale formation, for such a herculean effort, but you shall have this system locked down and secured from any potential threats. Unfortunately, you will have to activate the defences manually, as you are not still fully certain of the ship types, shapes and classes employed by your masters, so you’d rather not risk any unneeded human life.

Whilst trying to maintain yourself as an unknown presence within the system, you estimate that the production effort will easily take you at least 3 maybe 6 months depending on how the locals commence their patrols and observations.
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Construction complete.

Finally.

You look through your sensor readings and watch the ring of defences you had made beforehand. The movement of the merchantmen from the inner system further reinforced your ideals of keeping the defences idle until activated, as they were able to pass safely and depart through the warp.

Any orkish attempt to invade the system should be blunted if nothing else, however, the worst case scenario would be if the orks would all arrive through only one location into the system, that would limit your preparations vastly, but that is one of the many calculated risks upon strategic defence scale that you simply have to take.
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>>5747558

On matters concerning your androids. So far all had reported acceptable levels of progress towards their main objectives, though getting actual meetings and knowledge upon the various leaders they were assigned to locate had proven frustrating, though unsurprising. The hyper paranoia common within the Imperium is even worse for peoples in positions of leadership, so there is no doubt that it may well be many more months if not years.

Concerning Arbitrator Agustius. No great progress has been made, the mans psych profile had put him as someone exceptionally stubborn and principled in his enforcements of the law, to the point where his inflexibility is seeing him attacked on all fronts by any prisoners whom sees the opportunity to do so. Due to that, it had led to brutal tunnel fights breaking out with the overwhelming superior numbers of the prisoners being pitted against the heavily armoured arbites. A bloody stalemate so far.

When it comes to the Governess Ture, her presence had been lacking, or any further outburst that could be observed and heard. The only thing of note would be a figurative army of lawyers continuously going to and from her office, what snippets of useful information the android was able to get indicates that they are sorting through millennia worth of documents to figure out if they have any reasonable excuse to deny yet another emergency tithe that they are supposed to handover. Besides that, it seems that the Governess had thrown numerous banquets and had reigned over the local nobility to ensure their loyalty, or their fear if nothing else.

Upon the so-called Breaker. The android sent to infiltrate there seems to have earned his place within the larger organization. Nowhere close enough to meet the illusive leader, but with an increasing escalation of violence and conflict, more and more other gatherings are being forcibly assimilated, their rage being redirected towards the arbites rather than the fellow man whom had slaughtered them.

Notice: A.A.3. has shown signs of disregard for human life in pursuit of objectives. Recommendation: reclamation and reproduction due to violations of primary directive.

That is something you shall have to do when the mission is done with, unfortunately. For now, the objectives are being carried out.
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>>5747560

The most surprising of all so far would be the matter concerning the Justicator. Whilst your android has yet to meet the leader as well or to go any further in the organisation, it still was able to find something interesting. The over all rioting had collapsed, as you predicted, but rather than broken wills of the rioters, many of the stronger and greater of the rioters stopped willingly and went to back to their day-to-day, whilst the chatter over the vox had only continued to increase in frequency. M.A.4. had also been tasked to produce as many rifles as he possibly can and to instruct others to do so. Handguns are usually the best weapons for personal defence, like by gangs due to its concealability as well. A few rifles here and there are common place, but to gear entirety of production towards them and nothing more is, disconcerting.

Finally, for matters concerning yourself; Lieutenant Drogode and his guards remain resistant to any attempts that you make for simple genetic procedures or even bionic enhancements. He and his guardsmen have by now been passing hidden records, using signs and movements to communicate with one another in order to circumvent your observations. Cute. Would probably be the term your masters would use, to you however, it is nothing more than further bafflement at their illogical actions as they are planning a breakout, knowing that they are within a system loyal to the Imperium, at the very least loyal to the Imperium as a whole. If anything there you find heartening, it is the fact that at least some of the guardsmen seem to have warmed up to you and even questioned their officer. They were immediately reprimanded for it. They are most likely experiencing psychological distress as, they are soldiers used to conflict and you had put them up with luxury and entertainment for a long time now, though that is because you simply cannot trust them with truly important tasks. So for now, you allow their, hidden movements, the items they try to stash away, the plans they think they are hiding. Failing to realize that the very air they breathe is full of nanomachines that you can use to observe them.
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>>5747561

When it comes to the civilian population, you’ve had much better results. Perhaps not being as strongly indoctrinated, or simply being grateful for survival and the word kept, Stavros seems to have recovered and taken on an ever increasingly bigger leadership roll for his people. And said people are willing to go through the genetics procedures that you had planned for them, the procedure you naturally showed to the guardsmen to showcase your sincerity and truthfulness, but alas. Regrown limbs, mended bones, old aches gone, irritating coughs remedied. Over the course of the last 4 months the entirety of the 7,416 civilians had all been slowly cured of their ailments. But then, the biggest danger for your masters’ is ever present – boredom. Even with limitless entertainment, though of a primitive variety, they are beginning to feel bored.
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“And how does it move ?” Stavros asks.

”A rudimentary antigrav field. Its power output is limited, for greater repulsion is simply not needed.”

“So it is not just floating ? It is actively denying gravity ?”

”That is correct.”

“By the throne…and we used to have all this ?”

“You are the descendants of my masters. You had constructed me.”

“In time, could I learn to make a drone like this ?”

“Perhaps. The technology is complicated by modern standards. But through sufficient time and education it may be potentially possible.”

“Education you say ? I remember back home, if you knew how to read and write, you’d be special, picked out to serve with the clerks and floor masters.”

“Such basic lack of knowledge I’ve already begun remedying.”

“I know. And I am thankful, it’s just that…”

“I am monitoring a decrease in serotonin within your body.”

“What ?”

“You are experiencing emotion known as sadness.”

“Ah, well, not sad, per say, just. Well, I feel rather useless. Everyone kinda does, we’ve worked and fought for years now, the first weeks were great, don’t get me wrong, it’s just, everyone feels like they are not carrying their weight.”

That is a concern you had not thought about. You had not thought that the system here would be populated and so vastly polluted that terraformation process would take decades at least with what you have. Whilst you had been providing basic education, you can naturally provide deeper knowledge and understanding. To get any use of such people would still take years if not decades due to a low pre-existing education level. Not to mention, should any of these people defect somehow, they could pose a threat.

“Oh, and I know I ain’t the smartest.” Stavros interrupts your thoughts. “But I can fight. Maybe I could do that ?”

“No, that would needlessly put your life in danger.”
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>>5747562


“I know, I know, I’ve seen what the serv- erm, the drones you have can do. But surely my ancestors fought in their wars ?”

“They did, if my blueprint records are any indication. But that would involve extensive genetic modification, beyond to what you have now. To equip you with lesser modifications and equipment would go against my prioritized directive.”

“But you cannot be everywhere at once.”

“Incorrect.”

“Even in another system ?”

“No. But I can produce inferior copies of myself to manage the areas in my place.”

“Not more of yourself ?”

“No. A.I.s cannot produce other A.I.s of equal clearance or advancement. That can only be done by my masters.”

“So there is only one of you ?”

“Correct.”

“Well. Think about it at least. Some folks are willing to fight, their willing to train.”

“I shall keep it under consideration.”

“Thanks, that’s all I ask.”

Well, military training is not a bad idea. It can bring discipline and concentration. You’ve yet to produce other lesser versions of yourself, everything so far had been so rudimentary you wouldn’t even consider them A.I.s, the androids are just advanced matrixes, closer to organic beings with electronic chips commanding them what to do, rather than full machine like you. There is a reason why your masters’ descendants fear you so, one you’ve yet to find, but one that exists.

What will you do about the guardsmen ?

>Nothing. Leave them be, eventually they will come around.

>Perhaps a more persuasive route is needed ? Some of the guardsmen seem willing to cooperate, show them all they want to see, perhaps that will convince the rest.

>Enough of the games, misbehaving children need to be punished. Confiscate their weapons and let that be a warning to them.

>(Write in)

What will you do about the civilians ? Can pick more than one.

>Allow them access to greater education.

>Begin training some of them to operate the Odyssey, whilst a human crew is not necessary, should something happen to you, the people could operate the ship.

>Begin training them for war, even if you lack tech to make it truly impressive. (What level of equipment ? (Imperium standard, antiquated, federation standard.) How extensive of genetic modification (None, basic ?)

>(Write in)

The matters of abominable intelligence does concern you some.

>Construct a lesser version of yourself. See what happens.

>Best to leave sleeping dogs lie. Perhaps you shall look into it at a later date.
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>>5747563

>Perhaps a more persuasive route is needed ? Some of the guardsmen seem willing to cooperate, show them all they want to see, perhaps that will convince the rest.

But use a light touch here if we can.

>Allow them access to greater education.

It will take years, but getting people up to a GED level will be a good first step.
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>>5747563

>Best to leave sleeping dogs lie. Perhaps you shall look into it at a later date.

Oh and I forgot - best to leave this alone for now. Ultimately, having dumber versions of ourselves zipping around the galaxy will lead to disaster
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>>5747563
>Nothing. Leave them be, eventually they will come around.
The only thing that might possibly convince them, or at least the leadership, is us doing something that significantly benefits the imperium in system, beyond just killing orks. We go the persuasive way I expect someone to start screaming about temptation and do something stupid.

>Allow them access to greater education.
Obvious.

>Begin training some of them to operate the Odyssey, whilst a human crew is not necessary, should something happen to you, the people could operate the ship.
Might as well. So long as they can't lock us out while we're still around it sounds fine.

>Begin training them for war, even if you lack tech to make it truly impressive.
Antiquated. No gene mods, not yet. Once we get better stock we should try for mini-marines, and when we have a better idea of where this new force would be deployed to.

>Best to leave sleeping dogs lie. Perhaps you shall look into it at a later date.
Not when we haven't figured out why the combat subroutine was going nuts.
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>>5747563
>Perhaps a more persuasive route is needed ? Some of the guardsmen seem willing to cooperate, show them all they want to see, perhaps that will convince the rest.
Do keep drones around. In case they start trying to shoot each other. "Never underestimate human stupidity" as goes the old saying.

>Allow them access to greater education.
>(Write-in) Release some parts of your 2nd millennium archive to them.
The science should be simple enough, and they could find the stories enlightening. Maybe they'll like Jules Verne? Just make sure they don't get fiction mixed up with reality. And do keep any religious texts away from them. They're not ready for that discussion, and with the warp being what it is these days, maybe Odysseus isn't ready himself.


>>Best to leave sleeping dogs lie. Perhaps you shall look into it at a later date.
It would be as dangerous as playing with black holes with no safeties and no idea what it could use for its reaction. Best to wait and see if we can get older data about the period of the fall of the Federation via other ships and Imperial infrastructures. It might contain something? And being able to see these so called Machine Spirits in action could also give us hints as to what works and what doesn't these days.
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>>5747563
>Perhaps a more persuasive route is needed ? Some of the guardsmen seem willing to cooperate, show them all they want to see, perhaps that will convince the rest.

>Allow them access to greater education.
>Begin training some of them to operate the Odyssey, whilst a human crew is not necessary, should something happen to you, the people could operate the ship.
>Begin training them for war, even if you lack tech to make it truly impressive. (Antiquated, no modifications.)

>Best to leave sleeping dogs lie. Perhaps you shall look into it at a later date.
I'm sure we'll find out eventually.
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>>5747563
>Nothing. Leave them be

>Allow them access to greater education
>Begin training some of them to operate the Odyssey

>Best to leave sleeping dogs lie
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>>5747591
>>5747597
+1
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>>5747563
>Perhaps a more persuasive route is needed ? Some of the guardsmen seem willing to cooperate, show them all they want to see, perhaps that will convince the rest.
Light touch and drones around. Put a reminder on their way time to time of very large amounts of orks in this sector that wants to slaughter humans, us doing a ton of work for save this system and the imperial nobility and administration being ineffective and corrupted. If I they have a brain inside their skulls, they should make 1+1 that is best we don't die.

>Allow them access to greater education.
>Begin training some of them to operate the Odyssey, whilst a human crew is not necessary, should something happen to you, the people could operate the ship.
>Begin training them for war, even if you lack tech to make it truly impressive. >Antiquated
>None

I find all this acceptable, we can give basic modifications later. A Promise, much like the better future we want to give them (and are already giving them).
This are already many steps to take and that they will likely all appreciate in taking.
This ship is currently their new home, i can understand why they want to know more or be something than just the refugees on board. And they don't want to be killed easily by orks anylonger.

>Best to leave sleeping dogs lie. Perhaps you shall look into it at a later date.
We can look in to this in a proper facility for testing. It needs to be built. More informations are needed.
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>>5747563
>Perhaps a more persuasive route is needed ? Some of the guardsmen seem willing to cooperate, show them all they want to see, perhaps that will convince the rest.

>Allow them access to greater education.

>Begin training some of them to operate the Odyssey, whilst a human crew is not necessary, should something happen to you, the people could operate the ship.

>Begin training them for war, even if you lack tech to make it truly impressive.
>antiquated, no mods


>Best to leave sleeping dogs lie. Perhaps you shall look into it at a later date.
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IG
Persuade 6
Leave ‘em 2

Civvies
Tech teaching 8
Crew 6
War 5

Lesser A.I.

No poking 8

Total votes 8

Alright, Odysseus will try to persuade the more friendly guardsmen, he will give civilians highest levels of education possible, whilst training some to be crew and some to be soldiers. And despite its innate curiosity, Odysseus will not poke at lesser A.I.s
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>>5747563
>Perhaps a more persuasive route is needed ? Some of the guardsmen seem willing to cooperate, show them all they want to see, perhaps that will convince the rest. (Remind the Lieutenant Drogode what happened last time he tried to attack us)
>Allow them access to greater education.
>Begin training some of them to operate the Odyssey, whilst a human crew is not necessary, should something happen to you, the people could operate the ship.
>Begin training them for war, even if you lack tech to make it truly impressive. (Federation standard.) How extensive of genetic modification (None)
>Best to leave sleeping dogs lie. Perhaps you shall look into it at a later date.
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>>5747774
Good.

I wonder what we should do with A.A.3. now, more than when the mission is done.
His mission is quite difficult, the prisoners overall have poor living conditions making their suits easy to destroy and if one is shoot, thanks to the planet conditions they are death or soon to be death.
The prisoners mentality also doesn't help, they are all quite violent making the cover need some amount of violence.

Perhaps we could see about sending an update to his brain. Or suggest other types of approaches for avoid human death, would criminals accept challenges for unite with Breaker or raise through ranks ? Perhaps making a vehicle that can move around could also be seen has something worthed by Breaker men.
Maybe the androids could appreciate knowing the humans inside the Odyssey live better lifes and are safer even thanks to their actions.

For the others M.A.1. has also a tough job ahead, but not too much. The place is organized and Arbites like law and ordinated things. The current bloodbaths can be avoided, but he needs an oppurtunity for that. And with Arbites is extra difficult since, if someone surrenders they wouldn't mind to just execute them. If he seen has reliable, trustworthy, intelligent and useful he begins to be heard more and more. Maybe he can take under his wings more of the mercs ? Organize them, provide some rules (this could be also done by other androids. A new group within the organization they have infiltrated, that they can count on and that trust them)
S.A.2. could use the oppurtunity that the Governess is searching for important documents. Not immediatly, building a bit of rep before searching the documents is a good thing.
M.A.4. is in a good position, but they could close him in that position. That can be avoided by talking around and making friends, providing more lessons (not just on guns) and being a decent human being that dislikes crimes.
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I guess having some conversations time to time with the androids could be also a good thing.
We can give suggestions , ideas and help with their orders if needed.
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i really want to see how the guardsmen react to Odyssey starting to teach the civvies
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>>5747563
>Perhaps a more persuasive route is needed ? Some of the guardsmen seem willing to cooperate, show them all they want to see, perhaps that will convince the rest.

>Allow them access to greater education.

>Begin training some of them to operate the Odyssey, whilst a human crew is not necessary, should something happen to you, the people could operate the ship.

>Begin training them for war, even if you lack tech to make it truly impressive.
>antiquated, no mods


>Best to leave sleeping dogs lie. Perhaps you shall look into it at a later date.

I would also suggest subtly confiscating anything explosive that the guardsmen might've managed to aquire. If they rig up a bomb or something they're ironically more of a danger to themselves and the civilians than us. We don't have to admonish them openly, but given we have nanomachines in the very air we can just make the ''''hidden'''' weapons go ''''''missing'''''
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>>5747774
Give you give a run down of what the various levels of genetic modification actually entail QM?
Also how exactly will the colonists education occur? Will we have a long period of time before they start to get to dangerous or risky territory? Personally I would rather we handle education like we do handing out tech, imperial standard/antiquated/federation standard. Golden age anything being observable is extremely dangerous from a imperial reaction angle.

Beyond that I recommend to the thread we make more infiltration androids to infiltrate and at least spy on the various other adeptus on the planet, the cogboys and the astropaths are going to be useful to know about at the least. Most adeptus are going to have a significant presence in this system so we might as well get a better understanding of the cluster fuck that is the imperium.
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What do soldiers like to do the most ? Shout at junior soldiers of course ! At least that is what you think, based on the records available to you.

”Greetings Sergeant Vinurus.”

“Odysseus.” The man nods at you. An old hand at warfare, a rarity amongst the guard in this sector, if the dangers you learnt about the sector are to be believed. Nearing forty years, with growing out stubble of a facial hair and thinning hair atop of his head, not due to malnutrition, but rather genetics. Unlike the lieutenant, a decade or so the man’s junior, Vinurus had risen through the ranks from the very lowest, and it seems that he is quite appreciative of the fact that you had rescued him and his men, and treated them so well so far.

”I come with a proposition to you this day.”

“Well, it’s not like I am in a hurry to do much these days.” He responds looking around the utilitarian and rather plain corridor connecting the numerous crew rooms.

”Some of the civilians had expressed desires for military training and action.”

“Oh ? And I suppose you wish to grant them these requests ?”

”That is correct. The galaxy now is different from the one I remember around 18 millennia ago. It is dangerous, exceptionally so. A such, knowledge how to defend oneself is vital, as one of them, Stavros if you are curious, had pointed out, I cannot be everywhere at once. It would bring be deep pain should anyone die under my protection.”

“Well, that doesn’t sound like a bad idea, though I doubt my help would be much of use, considering.” He gestures at the surroundings.

”That is why I would be providing only equipment easily useable and understandable, at least for now, as proper gear and training could easily take decades of time and would require extensive genetic or bionic, or cybernetic augmentations.”

“This equipment, what do you mean by it ?”

”Are you familiar with, what you refer to as Volkite weaponry ?”

“Can’t say I do.”

”You may consider it similar to your own las weaponry.”

“Really ?”

”No. It was far more complex and difficult to maintain, but for all intents and purposes, your familiarity with las weaponry should easily enough translate to that of Volkite weaponry.”

“That’s still different.”

”Correct. For that reason, I would like to offer you virtual reality training. Your prior experience should make it easy for you to pick the basic usage of the weapons.”

“What’s that ?”

”A…reality that is not real. Something that can use for training. My masters would use it for purposes of leisure as well, in such a world you can be anyone and do anything, for none of it is truly real, which is why it makes an excellent environment for training purposes. There I can simulate pain, heat, cold, anything and everything, such as a real battlefield.”
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>>5747936

“But you fear that throwing someone whose not experienced into that would be too scary ?”

”Correct. You however, Sergeant Vinurus, had proven to be exceptionally resistant to psychological issues and shock.”

“You get used to it. What else ?”

”What you would consider to be power armour for protection.”

“Always wanted to wear some of that.” He nods. “But why do you need me when you have all of that ?”

”A real teacher, in a real environment. Would that not be what you would too prefer ?”

“Fair enough. How many of these people I have to train ?”

”Based on the psych profiles, there currently are 1,475 civilians fit to undergo military training, I had sent their names to Mr. Stavros already, for he wishes to see combat again and lead his people. The process will take at least a few weeks, undoubtedly some shall decline.”

“There’s still over a thousand people I’ve gotta train.” He groans. “I’m going to need way more men to train them all.”

”How about your platoon ?”

“HA ! Like the Lt. would allow that.”

”Does the lieutenant disapprove you aiding imperial citizens ?”

“Well, no. It’s just, you know.”

”I do not see how the actions that I am requesting for you to take would go against anything that lieutenant would put in place.”

A sigh. “I suppose.” Another sigh. “Fine. I don’t particularly trust you Odysseus, but you’ve so far done well for me and mine. And I don’t mind teaching folk how to defend themselves. Though I will need more of my men with me if we want to progress the training. Oh, I will also be in charge of the training.”

”Acceptable. I shall inform you where you are to move for the beginning simulations.”
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”Please quiet down, lesson shall be starting soon.” You call out through a small floating manufacturing drone. ”I shall be your teacher, you may refer to me as teacher, or Odysseus, or teacher Odysseus. I greet you students.”

“Greetings teacher !” A class of about fifty children call out, you can see excitement in their eyes at he novel experience of being in a classroom.

”I shall be teaching you the basics of an all rounded education, ranging from mathematics, to philosophy, and dance.”

“Teacher ! What is phi- philo-“

”Philosophy, child, philosophy.”

“Yea, that. What’s that ?”

”Musing and means upon understanding the world around you. For example, do you know what is good and what is wrong ?”

“Yep, what my da says.”

”That would fit the ideals of Kong Fuzi.”

“Who’s that ?”

“A philosopher.”

A bunch of aaas and ooohs.
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>>5747939

”Now, children, as you can see, there are drones next to all of you. Each and every drone shall be your teacher. You may view them as me. They shall adapt to your rate of learning and your aptitudes. I shall endeavour to do all in my power to ensure that you shall be the best educated and smartest people within the entirety of the Imperium. Would you like that children ?”

“Yea !” The kids call out again. Now you only have to hope that their enthusiasm lasts.
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”Wrong.” You say controlling one of the defence robots.

“Throne damn it !”

The area around you explodes in flash of lights, the hull fails exposing it to the atmosphere, power begins to collapse…simulation ends.

“This is fething impossible !”

”That it ? You’re just going to give up like that ? Ha ! The last captain had failed 349 times before being classified to pilot the vessel !”

“Well I am no fething brilliant captain !” Another angry shout, as the middle-aged man hops out of the simulation pod. Strong jawline, decently well built, most importantly, strong psych evaluation under pressure, but prone to anger.

”You will succeed. Of that I am certain.” You say staring down at the man.

“Piloting is difficult enough for me to feel like a grox, but I also have to study physics ?! I barely know how to fething count !” Heavy breathing. “Feth !”

”Aye, physics are hard, won’t deny that. But guess what, having your lungs swelled by pollution due to machines that keep you alive to begin with, so that you could break your back mining rocks for a pittance, that was hard too, wasn’t it ?” You throw your arms around in exaggerated manner, trying to take on a human like manner as possible.

A nod.

”Yes, sir, yes, sir it fething was ! And tell me, what you did ?”

“I survived.”

”Louder !”

“I fething survived !”

”That you did. Tell me then, is what you are doing now that hard compared to as to when you were freezing your ass off whilst orks were shooting at you, while you keept swinging that pick ?!”

Silence. “Argh ! Feth it ! Boot it up again !”

”Now those are the words I like to hear !”
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>>5747940

Everything seems to be going quite well in concerns with your inner workings. The process will be slow, exceptionally slow. These people’s learning rates are quite slow and many of them are stuck in their old ways, but children, as always, tend to be the fastest and easiest to educate.

For once in a while, everything appears to be going well. Good enough that you do have some time to actually idle for once in a long time. With all of your preparations in place, your androids doing well enough, and the ship’s populace is steadily progressing towards back to what you could consider to be as good as your masters used to be. It will take long, but soon enough they shall be worthy enough to serve yet again.

What could go wrong now ?

>H̶̥̝͍̪̍U̸̡̢͓̮͎͍͔̓̂̓ͅN̵̜̫̳̟͍̍́̀̕G̷͓̺͔̜̭̮̐̌̽̑̚̚̚E̷̡͖̦͍̍̈́̊̉̀̉̎̾͒R̶͕̣͈͌͌̉͜͝

>R̷̻̥̘̫̈́̓̚A̶̧̪̯͓̟̦̣̤̼̍͒ͅG̵̟̝̞̗̈́̈́͗͝E̷̬̮̣͙͗̐̃̀͜͝

>G̷̯̼̘̫̔̿̀͊̈̈́͝͝Ḷ̴̨̼̫̥̺̏̈̽Ê̴̩̼̄͘Ė̸̤́͐̄̒̒͒͘͝͝ !

>Ċ̶͍̥̤̻̥͇̥̄̾̒O̸̞̠͈͛̈͋͒̒͋́N̵̨̟̙̺͎͔̭͚̬̳͂̔͑͗̇͆Ṭ̷̡̗̞̀Ḕ̸̛̝̗̋͋M̸͖͕͙͉̎̊̑͝P̴͖̺̰͋̔̄́͐͝T̷̛̯̦̫͍̓̊̈͊̒́̈́͘͘͜
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>>5747915

>Give you give a run down of what the various levels of genetic modification actually entail QM?

None, by Odysseus' standards is the basic of basics, rooting out diseases, natural dispositions towards cancers, stronger immunity systems. Anything and everything to ensure high degrees of health and just general safety.

Basic would be, well, basic, strength, speed, toughness. A rough gouge would be perhaps half the capabilities of a SM. The same you applied to your androids.

Advanced could reach up to the level of a SM, but it would be slightly inferior still, since Big E was quite a genius, so I am sticking to that idea. Even with the geneseed having lost potency 10k years of replicating itself later.

Of course you could pull interesting shit like radiation resistant skin, shock absorbent legs, etc. etc. Your greatest strength would come from flexibility of the modifications.

>Also how exactly will the colonists education occur? Will we have a long period of time before they start to get to dangerous or risky territory? Personally I would rather we handle education like we do handing out tech, imperial standard/antiquated/federation standard. Golden age anything being observable is extremely dangerous from a imperial reaction angle.

These people are so backwards, that it will take years to reach the level of education we find to be basic. Maybe a decade or even more so to reach university level educations. As for the children, I will keep education regarding them for later on.

>>5747941

:)
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>>5747941
>>Ċ̶͍̥̤̻̥͇̥̄̾̒O̸̞̠͈͛̈͋͒̒͋́N̵̨̟̙̺͎͔̭͚̬̳͂̔͑͗̇͆Ṭ̷̡̗̞̀Ḕ̸̛̝̗̋͋M̸͖͕͙͉̎̊̑͝P̴͖̺̰͋̔̄́͐͝T̷̛̯̦̫͍̓̊̈͊̒́̈́͘͘͜
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>>5747941
>>G̷̯̼̘̫̔̿̀͊̈̈́͝͝Ḷ̴̨̼̫̥̺̏̈̽Ê̴̩̼̄͘Ė̸̤́͐̄̒̒͒͘͝͝ !
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>>5747941

>G̷̯̼̘̫̔̿̀͊̈̈́͝͝Ḷ̴̨̼̫̥̺̏̈̽Ê̴̩̼̄͘Ė̸̤́͐̄̒̒͒͘͝͝ !
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>>5747941
>G̷̯̼̘̫̔̿̀͊̈̈́͝͝Ḷ̴̨̼̫̥̺̏̈̽Ê̴̩̼̄͘Ė̸̤́͐̄̒̒͒͘͝͝ !
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>>5747941

> G̷̯̼̘̫̔̿̀͊̈̈́͝͝Ḷ̴̨̼̫̥̺̏̈̽Ê̴̩̼̄͘Ė̸̤́͐̄̒̒͒͘͝͝ !
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>>5747941
>H̶̥̝͍̪̍U̸̡̢͓̮͎͍͔̓̂̓ͅN̵̜̫̳̟͍̍́̀̕G̷͓̺͔̜̭̮̐̌̽̑̚̚̚E̷̡͖̦͍̍̈́̊̉̀̉̎̾͒R̶͕̣͌͌̉͝

hmmm, chaos fuckery or choosing who attacks the system since there was indications of a possible shadow of the warp effecting some of the sector. More likely chaos fuckery since while glee maps to orks and hunger to nids I have a hard time thinking of who would map to rage or contempt.
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>>5747941
>R̷̻̥̘̫̈́̓̚A̶̧̪̯͓̟̦̣̤̼̍͒ͅG̵̟̝̞̗̈́̈́͗͝E

>>5748050
Rage could be a Khornate warband, contempt could be hostile Imperials.
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>>5747941
>R̷̻̥̘̫̈́̓̚A̶̧̪̯͓̟̦̣̤̼̍͒ͅG̵̟̝̞̗̈́̈́͗͝E̷̬̮̣͙͗̐̃̀͜͝


@QM, are we aware of Chaos - either from our memory banks or via imperial records?
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>>5747941
>G̷̯̼̘̫̔̿̀͊̈̈́͝͝Ḷ̴̨̼̫̥̺̏̈̽Ê̴̩̼̄͘Ė̸̤́͐̄̒̒͒͘͝͝ !
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>>5747941

>>R̷̻̥̘̫̈́̓̚A̶̧̪̯͓̟̦̣̤̼̍͒ͅG̵̟̝̞̗̈́̈́͗͝E

If this is out of nowhere corruption from Choas seeping into our systems I will be rather upset.
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>>5748247
>out of nowhere corruption from Choas

Probably from the Imperials we took onboard anon - corruption and heresy are found in every corner of mankind
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>>5747941
>H̶̥̝͍̪̍U̸̡̢͓̮͎͍͔̓̂̓ͅN̵̜̫̳̟͍̍́̀̕G̷͓̺͔̜̭̮̐̌̽̑̚̚̚E̷̡͖̦͍̍̈́̊̉̀̉̎̾͒R̶͕̣͌͌̉͝

Tzeentch? Or Nurgle? Blue indicates the former, hunger the latter.

>R̷̻̥̘̫̈́̓̚A̶̧̪̯͓̟̦̣̤̼̍͒ͅG̵̟̝̞̗̈́̈́͗͝E

Cornflakes I'm guessing.

>G̷̯̼̘̫̔̿̀͊̈̈́͝͝Ḷ̴̨̼̫̥̺̏̈̽Ê̴̩̼̄͘Ė̸̤́͐̄̒̒͒͘͝͝ !

Slaanesh?

>Ċ̶͍̥̤̻̥͇̥̄̾̒O̸̞̠͈͛̈͋͒̒͋́N̵̨̟̙̺͎͔̭͚̬̳͂̔͑͗̇͆Ṭ̷̡̗̞̀Ḕ̸̛̝̗̋͋M̸͖͕͙͉̎̊̑͝P̴͖̺̰͋̔̄́͐͝T̷̛̯̦̫͍̓̊̈͊̒́̈́͘͘͜

No clue. Contempt doesn't fit with Chaos last I checked. Maybe it is an alien thing.

Anyway, voting
>Ċ̶͍̥̤̻̥͇̥̄̾̒O̸̞̠͈͛̈͋͒̒͋́N̵̨̟̙̺͎͔̭͚̬̳͂̔͑͗̇͆Ṭ̷̡̗̞̀Ḕ̸̛̝̗̋͋M̸͖͕͙͉̎̊̑͝P̴͖̺̰͋̔̄́͐͝T̷̛̯̦̫͍̓̊̈͊̒́̈́͘͘͜
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>Ċ̶͍̥̤̻̥͇̥̄̾̒O̸̞̠͈͛̈͋͒̒͋́N̵̨̟̙̺͎͔̭͚̬̳͂̔͑͗̇͆Ṭ̷̡̗̞̀Ḕ̸̛̝̗̋͋M̸͖͕͙͉̎̊̑͝P̴͖̺̰͋̔̄́͐͝T̷̛̯̦̫͍̓̊̈͊̒́̈́͘͘͜
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>>5747941
>Ċ̶͍̥̤̻̥͇̥̄̾̒O̸̞̠͈͛̈͋͒̒͋́N̵̨̟̙̺͎͔̭͚̬̳͂̔͑͗̇͆Ṭ̷̡̗̞̀Ḕ̸̛̝̗̋͋M̸͖͕͙͉̎̊̑͝P̴͖̺̰͋̔̄́͐͝T̷̛̯̦̫͍̓̊̈͊̒́̈́͘͘͜


Necronbros we're here
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>>5747941
>Ċ̶͍̥̤̻̥͇̥̄̾̒O̸̞̠͈͛̈͋͒̒͋́N̵̨̟̙̺͎͔̭͚̬̳͂̔͑͗̇͆Ṭ̷̡̗̞̀Ḕ̸̛̝̗̋͋M̸͖͕͙͉̎̊̑͝P̴͖̺̰͋̔̄́͐͝T̷̛̯̦̫͍̓̊̈͊̒́̈́͘͘͜
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It's the fucking kike elves isn't it
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>>5747941
>Ċ̶͍̥̤̻̥͇̥̄̾̒O̸̞̠͈͛̈͋͒̒͋́N̵̨̟̙̺͎͔̭͚̬̳͂̔͑͗̇͆Ṭ̷̡̗̞̀Ḕ̸̛̝̗̋͋M̸͖͕͙͉̎̊̑͝P̴͖̺̰͋̔̄́͐͝T̷̛̯̦̫͍̓̊̈͊̒́̈́͘͘͜


Yhmm activate that Gellar Field
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Question QM.
What kind of AI law does the Human Federation have?
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Regulation on AI
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>>5748269
what if is the entire psychic emotions washing all over us from the whole human population of the solar system ?
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>>5747941
>>5748086
I'll change my vote from rage to >Ċ̶͍̥̤̻̥͇̥̄̾̒O̸̞̠͈͛̈͋͒̒͋́N̵̨̟̙̺͎͔̭͚̬̳͂̔͑͗̇͆Ṭ̷̡̗̞̀Ḕ̸̛̝̗̋͋M̸͖͕͙͉̎̊̑͝P̴͖̺̰͋̔̄́͐͝T̷̛̯̦̫͍̓̊̈͊̒́̈́͘͘͜
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>>5748158

>@QM, are we aware of Chaos - either from our memory banks or via imperial records?

No, you are not. You can thank the inquisition for that one.

>>5748386

>What kind of AI law does the Human Federation have?
>Regulation on AI

A.I.s cannot produce other A.I.s unless in times of great crisis and they may never produce equivalent processing capacity A.I.s. An A.I. may never disobey any order from personnel from the Federated Armed Forces, unless said orders would harm the Federation. This can be overridden by sufficiently high ranking officer, though usually it has to be a very high ranking officer, most likely a Federal General or Admiral. The equivalent would be Lord High Admiral or Lord Commander for the Imperium's system. Should Odysseus' programing kick in and should he recognize the Federation existing, even as a successor state and recognize someone that high ranking, there is a chance that he will have to be obedient to them as the restrictions are still in place for him. As for anything, there usually is a long list of priorities and commands for any one given A.I. depending on its situation with Asimov's laws being there as the very worst case scenario laws to ensure that the A.I. doesn't go batshit and obediently returns to federal space.

As it stands, Odysseus is a Grade 0 A.I., the highest grade A.I. that could be produced. Descending there are ranks 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Civilians can only get up to grade 4 A.I.s, for context, that is the level of the exploration drones as they need the ability to operate autonomously. Inflexible, set in their ways and limited in to specific functions, they can adapt to the surroundings as long as they are within their operational parameters.
Contempt 7
Glee 5
Hunger 1
Rage 2

Clear winner
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>>5748158
We only collected data from a few destroyed imperials ships, planets and moons in two solar systems (the previous and Xandrirah, the one we are currently in). With a ton of censured things.
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Your idling is interrupted a couple of weeks or so later, when your defensive perimeter lights up. Quickly directing your external sensor system, you watch as what appear to be perhaps half a dozen or so imperial ships enter the system. Four of them you can easily classify as cruisers based on their size, whilst another two are also massive vessels, but far more poorly armed and armoured, transports most likely.

Note: presumed tithe fleet has arrived within system. Local defenders are on an intercept course.

That they are. You watch as a dozen gunboats begin to move towards the fleet. Which is slightly surprising, you had considered that the locals would keep half of them hidden similarly as when they had detected your arrival.

Notice: presumed intercept point to be reached in 5 days.

That means it will take a while still. You begin to quickly look through what cameras are in position to observe the approaching fleet of imperial vessels, their massive scale still baffling you due to the sheer number of inefficiencies present with them.

However, you do spot something interesting. The vessels are somewhat faster than what you have in your records. Perhaps a difference in thruster output ? You wouldn’t be surprised, as the immense age of many of these ships could result in rather notable differences in matters such as so. The lack of proper standardization is…annoying. Better than the orks, but that is a low bar to beat.

Notice: no warp quakes detected.

There aren’t ? You begin to look through your records. The fleet had emerged upon your sensors at quite the distance. So it would only make sense for them to have arrived upon the system via the warp.

You start scanning the vessels themselves using the buoy and the nearby mines for the purpose.

The vessel’s speed increases even more as their engines flare up. You notice radio waves coming from the defenders asking for the fleet to identify itself, it will take a while for the request to reach them however.

Just in case, you prime your mines, their limited teleportation capabilities do give them quite the range after all.

Notice: gravity wells inconsistent with the mass of vessels.

It is subtle. So subtle that you would have missed it were it not for the fact that you are now dedicating your full attention to this.

Notice: Gunboats entering visual range of the unknown fleet. No radio waves were exchanged.

Notice: Records damaged, changes as this are unknown.

Perhaps then some other type of technology ? From what little you do know, perhaps the El-

Warning: Weapons discharge detected.

You watch as the three large cruisers break off, their images dissolving revealing a total of six different vessels.

Records incomplete, class unknown. Design philosophy fitting known Eldar vessel silhouettes.
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>>5748482

Yes. You can see the familiarity, if a bit sharper and, well, they look like jagged serrated blades now moving at exceptional speed. Suddenly, fog like field encompasses the entirety of the fleet, the two large transports remain unchanged, but the permeating fog suddenly reveals another six vessels barely visible within it as they push harder and further towards the system. As is stands, six of the twelve gunboats have been disabled. That is the odd part, they should have been destroyed, but they appear to be dead in the void as the cursed Eldar raiders close the distance. The remaining six gunboats open fire with their own weapons as they sail into the fog. Much to your annoyance, you see as an attack that should have hit simply sails through the Eldar vessel.

Eldar distortion fields detected. Attempting to compensate. Error: sensors required to be positioned closer.

Can pick more than one. Option must reach half of total votes to pass.

>Leave them be. The are powerful space stations that these xenos will have to level in order to reach the worlds, you can strike at them then and there. If this option wins, no other options will be taken.

>Scramble the closest fighter to intercept. Show these xenos the might of man.

>Activate the minefield. Most will most likely miss, but that is why you built so many.

>Start a full power burn towards the enemy. You cannot allow them free reign as they please.
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>>5748483
>Scramble the closest fighter to intercept. Show these xenos the might of man.

>Activate the minefield. Most will most likely miss, but that is why you built so many.

Purge the Xenos
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>>5748483
>>Scramble the closest fighter to intercept. Show these xenos the might of man.
>>Activate the minefield. Most will most likely miss, but that is why you built so many.
>>Start a full power burn towards the enemy. You cannot allow them free reign as they please.
Directive: Protection of mankind
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>>5748483
>Intercept them when they reach the space stations.
>Scramble the closest fighter to intercept. Show these xenos the might of man.
>Activate the minefield. Most will most likely miss, but that is why you built so many.
>Start a full power burn towards the enemy. You cannot allow them free reign as they please.

Time to make our debut in a big flashy show of force.
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>>5748483
Err, are we still carrying the civvie box around? If so, I'm not sure we should engage directly. Is it self-sufficient?
I suppose we could take a page from 41st Millennium tactics and only show our broadside, but it would still be dangerous for the civvies.

Either way, that's what we built these for.
>Scramble the closest fighter to intercept. Show these xenos the might of man.
>Activate the minefield. Most will most likely miss, but that is why you built so many

>Surprise, ya pansy knife-ears!
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>>5748483
>>Scramble the closest fighter to intercept. Show these xenos the might of man.
>>Activate the minefield. Most will most likely miss, but that is why you built so many.
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>>5748495

>Err, are we still carrying the civvie box around? If so, I'm not sure we should engage directly. Is it self-sufficient?

You can detach it if you want to. It has sufficient life support, but it will run out of food and water within a month without Odysseus. The guardsmen will be along for a wild ride unless you direct them to the hab block as well. As it stands, the box has no way of moving or defending itself. It also has no cloaking or other means than its small size to hide.
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>>5748483
Damnation we need time for do our cover missions.

- Inform all humans aboard the Odyssey, that Eldar warships have approach the Xandrirah system through subterfuge with clear violent intentions. Conflict is imminent, prepare now and go to rally points. Civilians will remain in the most secure parts of the ship.
- Inform all androids, they will all need to fabricate a believable excuse for inform of the eldar attack, the respective groups they have infiltrated. This could range from a captured vox unit transmitting, having heard from a sailor comms on leave in a bar and what not. Deny the surprise effect to the eldars. In additions androids are authorized to kill all eldars on sight, especially ones that try to assassinate their group leaders.
- S.A.2. might need to create (or us and then we send it with a exploration drone) an ancient document that talks about our ship in a mythical like way, a slayer of xenos and being the only one surviving. IF we decide to show ourself publicly. This document of course shall be placed inside the governor library and can be let's say "found" again by a bunch of scribes. Including S.A.2. .

>Scramble the closest fighter to intercept. Show these xenos the might of man.
>Activate the minefield. Most will most likely miss, but that is why you built so many.
>Start a full power burn towards the enemy. You cannot allow them free reign as they please.
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>>5748483
>Scramble the closest fighter to intercept. Show these xenos the might of man.

>Activate the minefield. Most will most likely miss, but that is why you built so many.

>Start a full power burn towards the enemy. You cannot allow them free reign as they please.
Oh no it's the rape elves. Let none survive.
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>>5748483
>Scramble the closest fighter to intercept. Show these xenos the might of man.
>Activate the minefield. Most will most likely miss, but that is why you built so many.

Suffer not the Xenos to live. Though I don't think we should reveal ourselves just yet, not when we don't have everything fully under control.
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What we do with the destroyed drones and mines pieces ? If they are going to engage some of them will likely fly around after being hit
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maybe we could use mines again for destroy any debris left, thing is imperials might see something during the battle and start screaming around with psykers and comms, about many fast vehicles coming out of nothing and killing eldars.
Not exactly stealthy.
i am considering taking out the third option from my vote, and maybe second, at the same time killing eldars like this speaks volumes.
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>>5748506
>Support
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>>5748506
+1
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>>5748506
+1
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>>5748483
>Scramble the closest fighter to intercept. Show these xenos the might of man.

>Activate the minefield. Most will most likely miss, but that is why you built so many.

Can we send fighters in as spotters first? Knowing Eldar we should be specially careful to get enough data to telefrag them Bonehead Manuever 2.0 go.
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>>5748483
>Scramble the closest fighter to intercept. Show these xenos the might of man.
>Activate the minefield. Most will most likely miss, but that is why you built so many.

Would have preferred the screaming green lads to dark eldar who could complicate this a good deal, golden age eldar operated a lot like dark eldar so our ai would realize they are basically pirating and not a existential threat to the system.
Lets not expose ourselves and be forced to at least murder a entire imperial response fleet while hoping they don't bring out a big league pysker or the cog boys decide to give a fuck and pull out the golden age toys they squirrel away for those rare situations where they stumble on existentially dangerous rogue dark age technology.
We need to fabricate a good reason why the raiders simply turned tail and left that doesn't cause problems for us.
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”Attention: Hostile xenos forces detected within system that are a threat towards human life, combat is imminent. Please follow the nearest servitor to the designated secured location. This is not a drill, I repeat this is not a drill, please remain calm and follow instructions given.”

Announcing over the PA system, you start to speed up, now having to worry about too intensive of pressure that could very well be deadly to smaller children, you cannot start moving as swiftly as you’d like to. However, that does not mean that you cannot act.

Switching to one of the mines, you designate targets and watch as the mine slowly rotates, before the feed cuts and reappears a moment later, now with the mine’s warhead pointed directly at one of the approaching vessels. Firing its powerful thrusters, the mine sails through the void…

And you have to switch the camera as you watch as one of the attacking vessels crumbles in half as a miniature star appears in its middle. The ship, as is common with Eldar, had tried to bank to the side, relying on speed, but the mine had teleported and moved to suddenly against a foe unassuming. As such, the warhead had impacted the vessel right at the middle. With the thin armour being the main preference for Eldar, you can see its death throws as power surges rise and then fall, thousands of bodies are ejected as the vessel dies.

As you had expected, another ship, right next to the one you had destroyed, simply disappears. This confirms what you had thought, holographic projections. Annoyingly real projections able to move the space dust as any real vessel and exhibit gravitational disturbances.

Another vessel explodes as tens of thousands of your mines fill their surroundings, the various PD systems open up with everything they have, with the entire fleet breaking off and each ship fighting for itself rather than forming overlapping PD fields. Much to your surprise leaving the two transports undefended whom simply keep moving. Seeing as these had not changed their appearance, perhaps those two vessels do exist ?

The good times begin to unfortunately stop, having recovered from the ambush, the swift, agile, and small Eldar craft start to avoid or shoot down the incoming mines. If nothing else, the damnable Eldar seem to have maintained their technology.

Finally however, your space superiority craft start to arrive in force to pose a threat to the still beleaguered vessel as they struggle to dodge the mines, whom upon missing detonate in clearly visible novae, having expending their energy for thrust and teleportation. Rather they detonate now, than cause some damage millennia down the line.
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>>5748653

The first squadron is annihilated by the pulsating fire coming from the nearest of the vessels, now on high alert, your crafts are torn to pieces by a prepared, and no doubt angered, enemy. The second squadron is torn to bits as the Eldar open with their own broadsides and defensive weapons. The third squadron however manages to close in to a third vessel, whom seeing the success of its comrades had grown bold and even dared to approach the squadron.

A mistake that would prove fatal.

The squadron splits about as the Eldar weaponry opens up, the ship sized weapons able to cut down half a dozen of your craft, but the remainder of the 18 craft close in, all of their energy shields lighting up as they try to hold off the PD systems endless attacks. And then they fire their plasma cannons. Rapidly moving endless stream of plasma balls quickly and easily burns through the hull, leaving deep cuts and holes in the vessel. And with the cracks present, the nanowarhead missiles are launched. Hundreds are cut down, but dozens reach their target. And as the squadron disengages, the enemy vessel halts its fire, until moments later grey tendrils emerge from the vessel, greedily devouring everything before them, moments later their in-built kill-switch activates and nothing but sand remains, alongside what bits and pieces undevoured remain of the ship.

The final Eldar vessel must give thanks to whatever they believe in as the fourth squadron opens fire upon its hologram, luckily no missiles are launched as it becomes exceptionally apparent that what was targeted was a fake. And not wanting to share the same fate as their kin, the remaining three vessels actually begin to group up again out of fear of the awesome might shown before them.

Annoyingly, you do not notice any sorts of radio or other forms of chatter emerging from the Eldar ships despite their rather complex manoeuvres and formations.

And finally you arrive.

Warning: Shield strength at 50%

Your subsystem informs you as the Eldar open up with their pulsating lances, your speed means nothing to their targeting computers and speed of light quick weaponry. You do not hesitate to return the favour as you open up railgun, their endless fire catches one of the Eldar ships unawares and anti-matter meets matter, causing huge explosions as the space dust all around you is knocked away from the sheer power of the explosions. Yet another raider lays dead in the void as you push your engines against the inevitable counter attack.

Incoming fire, lock on detected, activating blackhole generator.

Your subsystem fires the weapon alongside the gap where there is no matter. The energy weapons of the Eldar fire away once more and they twist and bend and simply disappear as the blackhole itself dissipates.

Recommendation: targets are exposed, press the attack.
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>>5748654

Moving rapidly, you move alongside point blank range, splitting fire between the two vessels as you see one disappear in a flash of booms, the other ship however, your attacks simply sail right through them, as the last remaining true ship gouges your side with all of its weapons.

Warning: Shield strength at 0%. Recharging.

You can almost imagine the concern, perhaps the glee, the trepidation of your opponents as they cycle through their weapon systems, allowing for their energy weapons to prepare to fire yet again in their devastating attacks.

However, your railguns need not be concerned with such trifles.

”Attention: Hostile xenos forces have been annihilated. All passengers may return to their designated quarters. I apologise for the inconvenience and hope you have a wonderful remaining day cycle.”

You announce over the PA, now gazing at the two transport ships that had halted their movements with you superimposing yourself before them and the still disabled gunboats. Over your sensors you see that the remaining six had turned about and are no longer fleeing, but still keeping your distance.

Radio signal detected. All frequencies.

”Attention Mon-keigh. You will withdraw now or I will have these ships destroyed, each and every housing a hundred thousand of your kin.” An angry, ethereal voice calls into the void. ”And if needed, I shall have these primitive ships slam into your pathetic worlds !” Rage. Desperation.

Can pick more than one. Option must reach half of total votes to pass.

>Simply let them go. Best not risk trying to deal with a desperate beast. If this option wins, no other options will be taken.

>Contact the Eldar. You still posses their lexicon, if a limited version of it. Perhaps you can negotiate ? Buy time ? Or simply figure things out by asking some questions ?

>Prepare a boarding party of your drones and robots. You shall secure those ships and everyone on them.

>The guardsmen undergoing VR training have gotten used to their weaponry, perhaps they would appreciate the opportunity to save their kin ?

>(Write in)
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>>5748655
>Prepare a boarding party of your drones and robots. You shall secure those ships and everyone on them.
>The guardsmen undergoing VR training have gotten used to their weaponry, perhaps they would appreciate the opportunity to save their kin ?
No negotiating with terrorists. What about a cooperative operation?
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>>5748655
>>Prepare a boarding party of your drones and robots. You shall secure those ships and everyone on them.
>>The guardsmen undergoing VR training have gotten used to their weaponry, perhaps they would appreciate the opportunity to save their kin?
We might lose hundreds of thousands now, but we'll save millions in the future from sharing the same fate.
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>>5748655
>Contact the Eldar to buy time for the rescue operation
>Prepare a boarding party of your drones and robots. You shall secure those ships and everyone on them.
>The guardsmen undergoing VR training have gotten used to their weaponry, perhaps they would appreciate the opportunity to save their kin ?
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>>5747941
>GLEE!
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>>5748483
>Scramble the closest fighter
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>>5748655
>Contact the Eldar. You still posses their lexicon, if a limited version of it. Buy time
>Prepare a boarding party of your drones and robots. You shall secure those ships and everyone on them.
>The guardsmen undergoing VR training have gotten used to their weaponry, perhaps they would appreciate the opportunity to save their kin ?
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>>5748714

Backing this
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>>5748655
>Contact the Eldar
You mentioned the Eldar and the federation having talked before, perhaps you could ask how relations have broken down between the Aeldari empire and humanity (Odysseus doesn't know the Aeldari empire is gone, nor what Dark Eldar ar)
Also;
>Prepare a boarding party of your drones and robots
>Deploy the Guardsmen
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>>5748655
>>Contact the Eldar. You still posses their lexicon, if a limited version of it. Perhaps you can negotiate ? Buy time ? Or simply figure things out by asking some questions ?
>>Prepare a boarding party of your drones and robots. You shall secure those ships and everyone on them.
>>The guardsmen undergoing VR training have gotten used to their weaponry, perhaps they would appreciate the opportunity to save their kin ?

The Federation does not negotiate with space pirates. This is a gamble, assuming of course that there are in fact people in those ships, but we cannot allow the Eldar to keep these people, even if we're not sure what for, we can infer it isn't pleasant given their methods.
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>>5748655

>Prepare a boarding party of your drones and robots. You shall secure those ships and everyone on them.
>The guardsmen undergoing VR training have gotten used to their weaponry, perhaps they would appreciate the opportunity to save their kin ?

Let's get these bastards! I'm sure the guardsmen will appreciate the opportunity to annihilate some Deldar.
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>>5748655
>Prepare a boarding party of your drones and robots. You shall secure those ships and everyone on them.
>(Write in) hack into the ship that the eldar have commandeered as at a base line the ships are no more than freight carriers poorly modified for war and would have little ways to resist the act of claiming the ship
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”Cease your threats, Eldar.”

That seems to have silenced the endless tirade unleashed by the pirate.

”What ?” Clear confusion.

”You are in violation of the nonaggression treaties signed between the Human Federation and the Eldar Empire.”

Silence.

”I do not know of any Federation of your mon-keigh ! Is it a name for your little barbarian fiefdom you proclaim to be yours ? And whom are you mon-keigh, to speak the tongue of us Eladrith Ynneas ?!”

A term unfamiliar at the end. Language drift must have occurred, even for the Eldar.

”The are you proclaiming yourself not a citizen of the Eldar Empire ? If so, I shall treat you as the threat that you are. As such, you shall be labelled as pirates, not protected by stipulations of any treaties.”

”Now, wait. Now that I think about it, I may know what you are talking about. What do these treaties hold ?”

Arrogance. Conceit. Glee.

”As stipulated by the first Human Eldar treaty of nonaggression…”
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”Sergeant, your attention.”

“Yea ?” Slightly tired from the constant training, Vinurus emerges from the simulation pod, alongside about another two dozen men, about half of the entire platoon.

”I assume you heard the alarm ?”

“Clearly.”

”Well then gentlemen, are you at all familiar with the Eldar ?”

“Can’t say I am.”

”Foul xenos creatures, humanoid in shape, much faster, slightly stronger than baseline humans. As it stands, the cursed xenos are threatening to kill at least 200,000 people if their words are believed. They are currently holding them imprisoned. My sensors indicate that most of the life signatures are located within the main cargo hold, with few unknown signatures are across the entirety of the vessel.”

“You want us to crack some skulls ?”

Excitement. Trepidation.

”Correct. I shall be sending my robots and drones to assist your assault. As what the Eldar are using are Imperial ships, I shall also launch a hacking assault. Now, gotta disappoint you there, your ships are so old and antiquated that lots of their systems are not automated, so don’t expect too much from me concerning that.”

“I’ll have to get the Lt. informed first.”

”Hold your horses there Sergeant ! You and yours are the only ones that I am willing to send out, as your level of equipment greatly decreases the amount of danger you are in and your potential killing power is far greater.”

“Throne dammit, well, shit. I still hav-“
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>>5748837

”Time’s ticking Sergeant ! Make your choice right here and now, I am currently busy talking with the Eldar leader and delaying them from commencing their atrocity. As I am also currently arming and preparing my drones and robots. Currently as we speak, boarding pods are already being made. Time is of the essence Sergeant.”

The man’s face distorts. Thoughts are clearly running through his mind and he ponders about the situation before you had given.

“Ah, feth.” He turns to the soldiers around him. “Men who are ?!”

“Kodorn !” All respond in trained unison.

“Will we leave those innocent people to their fates ?”

“No !”

“Then will you fight ?”

“Sir, we will, sir !” Another shout.

The Sergeant turns back to face you. “There you have it. We’ll fight.”

”Damn glad to hear that.” You say with laughter at the end just as a door behind you opens and drones carrying in the physical forms of the weapons and armour these men were using enter the room.

“So, what’s the plan ?” The Sergeant asks testing the heft of the Volkite gun.

>”Typical boarding pattern. We slam in to the engine block and bridge, secure those and pincer the rest.”

>”The civilians must secured first and foremost. The cargobays will be secured first and foremost. If you can lock them down, I can begin evac procedures immediately.”

>”The enemy is unsuspecting a rapid assault such as this. You will board in places where there’s the largest concentration of the enemy. This should shock and disorient the defenders and get us the advantage.”

>(Write in)
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>>5748839
>”The civilians must secured first and foremost. The cargobays will be secured first and foremost. If you can lock them down, I can begin evac procedures immediately.”
My guess is that the Deldar can and will ventilate the humans from the cargo bay once they detect the boarding op. The hacking operation should eliminate the possibility of doing so remotely. Therefore, our forces must prevent a manual massacre.
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>>5748839
>”The civilians must secured first and foremost. The cargobays will be secured first and foremost. If you can lock them down, I can begin evac procedures immediately.”
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>>5748839

>”The civilians must secured first and foremost. The cargobays will be secured first and foremost. If you can lock them down, I can begin evac procedures immediately.”

Deldar are absolutely spiteful enough pricks that they'll try to slaughter the civilians the moment they realize what we're trying to do.
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>>5748839
>”The civilians must secured first and foremost. The cargobays will be secured first and foremost. If you can lock them down, I can begin evac procedures immediately.”
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