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    154 KB Zerg Quest LVII Cerebrate Anon 09/07/11(Wed)20:57 No.16219389  

    The name's Jim Raynor. I've been a lot of things. Criminal. Lawman. Criminal. Revolutionary. Mercenary. Public spectacle. I even used to be a man.

    These days, I'm either Special Diplomatic Investigator to the Emissary of the Chief Cerebrate, or a fucking monster, depending on who you talk to. In a post-Confederacy world, opinions are pretty polarized. Example: Ask a man on Moria who's in charge of humanity, and they'll proudly say that the Morian Republic is leading humanity into a new era. Ask somebody on Tarsonis the same question, and they'll tell you there's a filthy squirming slug out in space playing with humanity like a sadistic cat with a cockroach.

    You know times are tough when a man is the cockroach in his own analogy.

    Whatever, man. The big slug in the sky wants me to find a man. Former absolute dictator of human life in the sector. Clever little bastard, from what I hear. Had me locked up in a glass box for everybody to see for...I don't even know how long.

    I've been a lot of things, but detective ain't never been one of them. Most "investigating" I ever had to do as Marshall was figure out whether Manny Festin's prison hooch was dangerous enough to be a felony. Put some in Lee's water bowl. The cat fell over dead in three licks. Felony time, but I put him in for a minimum sentence for takin' care of Lee. Damn cat always pissed on the Vulture's seat.

    I guess I ought to get to Special Diplomatic Investigating. Earn my keep.
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)21:02 No.16219423
    rolled 14 = 14

    Do a jig first, though.
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)21:05 No.16219451

    Housekeeping first as always.

    How are our standing forces looking like right now? HOw's the mineral flow from the KMC? Everything look OK from Accountantbrate's perspective?
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/07/11(Wed)21:05 No.16219462
    I only dance with beautiful women or Death.

    You don't look like either.
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)21:11 No.16219524

    Don't forget about the cadre of home-grown Zerg-Ghosts (Zerghosts? Z-Ghosts? Zhosts?) that you got under your command, Raynor! They're just like the real thing, only meatier.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/07/11(Wed)21:11 No.16219526
    (Standing forces are battered after the fight with Kingston's fleet, but considering what we gained, the price was minimal. Morian Republic negotiated a few weeks of grace time for their first shipment. Reconstruction funds. We think they know better than to try anything. Accountantbrate is concerned that we've given the Morians mining rights in so many systems. It doesn't like competition that we can't attack. Now more detective diversion thread, less godlike Swarm thread)
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)21:16 No.16219584

    Alright Raynor, whatcha got? Kerrigan got a whole new mess of psychic and physical abilities 'cuz of her infestation. What can you do besides cement Robert Clotworthy's spot in SC history?
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)21:21 No.16219639
    As another poster pointed out, Raynor has some Z-Ghosts to call on for any heavy firepower and wetwork that needs doing. Also, I suppose he should go to Dapperlord for when he needs funds.

    And for the first expense....I suppose ol' Jimmie needs a trenchcoat, fedora, a gun, and another gun (of the alcoholic variety), and a fully-fueled Vulture. Maybe even a small, ratty office, if we're going fully with the hard-boiled detective theme.
    >> TUCAMP 09/07/11(Wed)21:21 No.16219645
    We hook up with the team of infested genetically engineered ghosts (i-gegs) that the space slug is giving us, then we start poking around. Literally poke stuff... and people... with our new claws.
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)21:23 No.16219663

    At the risk of being cliched, Raynor must've known a lot of the wrong people before his stint as Marshal. Since most of them probably aren't frontline soldiers, most of them may be still alive and kicking. Let's have him tap or lean on some of his old connections and see if he can get a lead.
    >> TUCAMP 09/07/11(Wed)21:27 No.16219701
    Good point, Raynor always has been a criminal, even when he wasn't, so we talk to his old buddies.

    Also the i-gegs have large protoss pauldrons for not real reason.
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)21:27 No.16219709
    Hell yes, Raynor quest!
    Get investigating, Raynor!

    Look for anybody personally or professionally close to Kingston that may have failed to escape. Lean on them for info as to his modus operandi vis a vis "everything going to hell escape plans"
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)21:29 No.16219724
    Good point, and it gives us somewhere to start looking. It may also pay to find someone who'll be willing to work as Jim's human contact, for when he needs someone that looks human to get some info.

    Also, as much as Jim doing his investigating will be noir private detective, we need an accountant to go through Kingston's files to try to find where his fallbacks might be. He would have needed money to set it up, and, as they say, you gotta follow the money.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/07/11(Wed)21:31 No.16219739

    A hangover, and the ability to grow cigars from my wrists if I'm standing on that purple shit around the Hive structures. Let's just get this show on the road.

    The voice in my head says the ghosts are there if I need 'em, but it wants me to do things my way. Leadin' an army of invisible soldiers when I haven't even started looking isn't my way, yet.

    They set me up with an office in the Embassy Complex on Tarsonis. This one's all Terran, not like that Hive Cluster on Moria. Just mortar, brick, and the bones of whoever the last guy killed to get the job. I think this used to be the old mercenary contract office for the Confederacy. Wouldn't know. Never went through official channels for that.

    Anyway, it's got four walls and a ceiling. They look like they were built before my grand-dad was in diapers, but they're still standing.

    The real question is: Where do I start looking for Corvus Kingston?

    I don't know which of my contacts are still alive. They're saying almost three-quarters of humanity's been killed or infested since the war began. Couldn't hurt to check.

    I've got access to what's left of the Confederate databases, too. I could start there, too.

    (1 vote contacts, 1 vote Confederacy stuff)
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)21:36 No.16219772
    Confederacy stuff, and keep an eye out for any contacts in the records to see if they may still be alive.
    >> TUCAMP 09/07/11(Wed)21:37 No.16219781
    Oh Raynor, you're so silly. He needs a patch of creep in his office, so he never runs out of cigars. Since he's none to good with computers, let's look up them old contacts.
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)21:37 No.16219786
    Vote Confederacy stuff.
    This'll give us a jumping off point for more illicit investigation. Such as, 'Hey, what did Kingston do with this weird appropriation for 500k Confederate Dollars? And how do you lose an entire battlecruiser?'
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)21:39 No.16219803

    Let's look into the Confed. databases first. Raynor's old friends aren't going anywhere.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/07/11(Wed)21:41 No.16219822
    (Roll 1d100. I'll take the best of the first two replies. As always, high is good. Low is bad. 1 is very bad)
    >> Lord Kobald !1jPEJ87kV. 09/07/11(Wed)21:42 No.16219838
    rolled 67 = 67

    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)21:44 No.16219857
    rolled 79 = 79

    Here we go!
    >> TUCAMP 09/07/11(Wed)21:45 No.16219863
    rolled 20 = 20

    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/07/11(Wed)21:55 No.16219982
    (Just remembered I impulse-bought a book from the 50s about writing detective stories for a dollar last week. Maybe I should've read some of it before I started this thread. Oh, well!)

    Turns out, Moria giving the Swarm the run of the Confederate databases wasn't as big a gesture as it sounds. Everything's encrypted. Takes that Zerg computer planet 3 hours to break through that. Then I find that most of the database has been wiped or overwritten with videos of crows. Corvus. Crows. I'm already tired of this guy.

    There's still data here, though. It takes a while, but I finally pull together what's left about Kingston. A lot of shots of him stepping out of a landed battlecruiser like that's a perfectly normal thing to see. PR shoots. Speeches. A couple of itineraries and memos. Nothing particularly interesting, on the face of it, but I got a hunch there's something here he shouldn't have left behind. Wish I knew what.
    >> Lord Kobald !1jPEJ87kV. 09/07/11(Wed)21:58 No.16220015
    rolled 98 = 98

    cross reference any and all logs with Kingston entering or exiting a ship with shipping manifests, or any kind of transport.

    Then cross reference that with time spent on planet, and locations, build up a schedule that will show unknown time, mix it with where he was presumably last, pull up cargo manifestations and personnel transport of every ship that left at the time Kingston disappeared, and check their destinations.
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)22:04 No.16220067
    Sounds like a good start; supported.
    >> TUCAMP 09/07/11(Wed)22:07 No.16220107
    Remember to also quietly question the space slug's reasons while cross referencing. Afterwards, ride a vulture bike to the nearest tavern and drink.
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)22:07 No.16220114

    >> TUCAMP 09/07/11(Wed)22:10 No.16220151
    You mean fourthed, right?
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)22:11 No.16220157
    >> TUCAMP 09/07/11(Wed)22:11 No.16220164
    Question, was Raynor given his standard issue cloaking/shield bandolier?
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)22:17 No.16220225
    I'd just kinda assumed that...Maybe we should have one crafted to be like a trenchcoat, customized for Raynor?
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/07/11(Wed)22:21 No.16220265
    I feel like I'm on a roll.

    It takes a bit of time to cross-reference everything, but I figure out pretty quick that the name of the battlecruiser Kingston's stepping out of changes in each picture. The registry numbers in the computer are all wiped, but the names are all there. Dummies, of course. That'd be too damn easy. It's never that easy.

    I cross reference some of the faces in the photos, too. I hit the Intel database wall on every single on, and another 2 hours of decryption later, it turns out only one server wasn't physically melted when Tarsonis fell--and it was just a database of zoological treatises on Umojan crows. Seems the old Chancellor was good with security. And an ass.

    Still, I've got ship names, dates, photos of Kingston's ships and their crews. That's a whole heap more than I had 6 hours ago. I still feel like there's something looking me right in the face, though. Guess it's too much to ask the big slug to evolve me a less cryptic hunch, huh?

    How have I run out of whiskey already? Damn bio-restorative metabolism. I could just have the slug order me more. Don't know how comfortable I am with this bug readin' my thoughts...
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)22:23 No.16220283
    rolled 57 = 57

    We've already sent him a refill. It's en-route. Also, give him a suggestion of our approval, as well as a feeling of urgency.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/07/11(Wed)22:23 No.16220289
    Yeah, I got the thing. Looks like old-fashioned hiking gear. Stops bullets, though. That's something. Of course, so does most of my skin, now. Tryin' not to think about that too close.
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)22:30 No.16220358
    Nah, I don't want us to be so intrusive. Jim's independence of thought and action is what we desired; to stifle it by looking over his shoulder and reading his thoughts all the time would be counter-productive. Now, if he calls, that's a different matter.

    As for Raynor's next move: pick up some petty cash, go to a local bar, and get some booze. Sometimes, a little break and a drink does wonders to solve puzzles.
    >> TUCAMP 09/07/11(Wed)22:31 No.16220378
    We (meaning space slug) need to build a distillery next to Raynor's office. That way we (Raynor) can't run out of whiskey. True it will take a few years to start producing, but who cares. Check the contents of the speeches, and then take another look at those memos and itinerary.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/07/11(Wed)22:33 No.16220403
    (1 Booze just appears!, 1 Go get my own damn booze, 1 I can get booze when I'm finished with this computer)
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)22:35 No.16220409
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    lol nope
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)22:37 No.16220434
    Do we have crew manifests? Don't just cross-reference, look for any names WE recognise, blatantly false or otherwise.
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)22:37 No.16220442

    Raynor's a big Infested Terran. He can go get his own booze. We don't want to stifle his individuality.

    And besides, interesting stuff and/or epiphanies often happen when the protagonist investigator goes to take a break!
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/07/11(Wed)22:40 No.16220470
    (I found that pretty jarring, myself. Blizzard bent the canon over for SCII pretty hard, but the story it told was compelling anyway. Either way, we diverged from the regular timeline at the start of SC. The second game has only provided me with planet names, mostly. Feel free to read the archives. We've got a pretty wild history. As you might have noticed, we're 52 threads of 4chan away from the source material)
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)22:40 No.16220473
    Option the third.
    >> TUCAMP 09/07/11(Wed)22:41 No.16220480
    Fan fiction and greed.
    >> Lord Kobald !1jPEJ87kV. 09/07/11(Wed)22:43 No.16220506
    rolled 15 = 15

    Shift the searching through hardware and software over to our cerabrate, and have Raynor find out which ships are unacounted for, destroyed, or in transite, then search the destroyed list and locations of destruction, have each site investigated. (Back date this say... since we were formed.) Any that are anonamylous, have those ships searched for, or at least ships of their class.

    Where would kingston go?
    The planet of the crows?

    And we should start covertly infesting people, or open up clinics to 'join the swarm'.
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)22:43 No.16220508
    rolled 31 = 31

    Vote for magic booze.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/07/11(Wed)22:47 No.16220544
    (Two of you roll 1d100, then. Let's get cracking. I've got tomorrow off, so I should be able to keep going later than usual. I'm also sick, though, so I may pass out on my keyboard. There's suspense in the narrative, and in the narrator! It's meta-suspenseful!)
    >> TUCAMP 09/07/11(Wed)22:50 No.16220560
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    The Secret Cow Planet? There is no cow planet.
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)22:50 No.16220564
    rolled 60 = 60

    Rolling for 473 and 434, since they're both mine.
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)22:50 No.16220566
    As a part of Cerebrate, I'm more in favor of the latter, and be up front about the whole process. Hell, advertise it on ZergTV!

    "Feeling down? As if you've hit rock-bottom, and then the Universe handed you a shovel and said 'Dig'? Feeling like there's just nothing left for you in this world, and you want to end it all?
    "If so, come down to The Swarm's Outreach Clinic, and we can make you a part of something grand."
    >> Lord Kobald !1jPEJ87kV. 09/07/11(Wed)22:50 No.16220568
    rolled 90 = 90

    O gods of TG, please let me Roll High, so we may finally Eat Kingston!
    >> TUCAMP 09/07/11(Wed)22:51 No.16220574
    I've been reading cRow as cow this whole time... I feel bad.
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)22:53 No.16220592
    What the hell did you read Corvus as?
    >> TUCAMP 09/07/11(Wed)22:55 No.16220614
    Corvus, I just read crow as cow, doesn't change the fact that there is no crow planet.
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)22:56 No.16220623
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    Well, looks like crow is on the menu tonight!
    >> Lord Kobald !1jPEJ87kV. 09/07/11(Wed)23:15 No.16220811
    rolled 11 = 11

    Did Anon run away?
    >> TUCAMP 09/07/11(Wed)23:16 No.16220817
    Did Cerebrate Anon pass out at his keyboard?
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)23:18 No.16220836

    Or Raynor did.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/07/11(Wed)23:23 No.16220889
    I've never been a patient guy. I admit that. Even less when it's a dry kind of patience I need. So, it's some kind of miracle that I didn't leave the room to go get myself something to drink. If I had, I might'a missed the detail that had been looking me right in the face the whole time.

    I was wasting my effort trying to track down delivery IDs on messages about Kingston's arrivals and departures to the press corps. That end was deader than Lee. I had the press photos running as a slide show on the other screen while I worked, though. Just as I got to my thirty-sixth file read error, I took a second to breathe away the anger the Feds had almost put a chip in my head to control, and my eyes rested on the pictures flashing past when I saw it.

    The serial numbers on the inside of the airlock. They were partially obscured, far in the background, and pretty scuffed, but they were there. That could have been a lead itself, but after three slides, I realized what was really important about them.

    They were all the same number. Kingston always used the same ship. Sure, he changed the name plates and the registry numbers in the computer, but a battlecruiser's got its registry numbers printed on everything. Doors, computer consoles, maintenance plates. Hell, the marine quarters' bathrooms have it stamped on the toilet seats in lifted text. The old joke is that it's meant like a dog tag for marines who get too drunk to talk. They're gonna drop their pants anyway; it might as well help the civvies get him home.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/07/11(Wed)23:24 No.16220898
    (Sorry, haven't had a text overflow in a long time!)

    Of course, the ship's service log is altered. Too easy. Its manufacture transponder codes are still in the maintenance log, though. It's a bitch and a half to change those, and a lot of people forget they're unique from the ones anybody uses to ID you, at all.

    I plug the numbers in. I get a lot of [LOCATION UNKNOWN] docking orders, a lot of [CORRUPTED FILE] entries, but those aren't from doctoring this file. Near as I can tell, this was missed entirely. All the times I can verify Kingston's location somewhere, the ship's there, too. The ship took off from Tarsonis the day before the Morians blew in.

    It hasn't landed anywhere since, which means he's probably still aboard. I flag the number in the system as an automated maintenance inquiry for whenever it lands again, but route the alert to my personal system. Next time he sets down, I'm gonna hear about it.

    Until then, I've got time to pursue other leads, be they case-related or whiskey-related.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/07/11(Wed)23:28 No.16220931
    ("Alright. It'll take three computer successes to get the big lead," I thought. "They'll probably ditch it for another venue before then. That way, they can get little pieces from a bunch of sources, then bring them together like a detective. Good thinking, Me!" How foolish I was. You guys are too strong for such meager plans!)
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)23:34 No.16220983
    Alright, we just got ourselves a major lead on the first day. I think this calls for a drink.
    >> Lord Kobald !1jPEJ87kV. 09/07/11(Wed)23:35 No.16220993
    rolled 39 = 39

    Or Giggity..
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/07/11(Wed)23:37 No.16221013
    (Everybody on-board for that, then?)
    >> TUCAMP 09/07/11(Wed)23:38 No.16221020
    rolled 44, 1, 99 = 144

    TO THE WHISKEY! Rolling for drunkeness.
    >> Lord Kobald !1jPEJ87kV. 09/07/11(Wed)23:39 No.16221025
    rolled 74 = 74

    Yep, though I have sleep I need to get to.

    ((School, I hate you so very much. Please Die. Your friend, Kobald.))
    >> Lord Kobald !1jPEJ87kV. 09/07/11(Wed)23:39 No.16221033
    rolled 31 = 31

    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)23:42 No.16221062

    To the boozemobile!
    >> TUCAMP 09/07/11(Wed)23:46 No.16221105
    The mention of three detective rolls made me want to roll, so I rolled drunken ones.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/07/11(Wed)23:52 No.16221148
    (We've all got stuff that interrupts our fun. It doesn't make you weak...Wimp)

    The nearest bar to my office is a shelled-out ruin. So is the second-nearest. So is the third, but it's still open for business. I may be tough, but drinking in an irradiated pile of rubble and human corpses is a little more grim than I'm up for right now. Number four is a winner. It's crowded, but nobody's killing each other. It's scummy, but the glasses are clean. And either nobody notices that I'm not human, or they don't bother making a point of it.

    They don't have whiskey, though. Just overpriced Umojan beer, some local pisswater brew, and about a hundred varieties of gin. Alright, so "winner" was a bit much, but I can choke down some gin. I've got all kinds of parasitic gizmos in my belly. Surely one of them can make gin bearable.

    The talk of the group sitting next to me is where Kingston went. God, this case is going to follow me everywhere, isn't it? The theories are pretty wild. Kingston flew his ship into the sun rather than let the Zerg have it. No, it was destroyed over Umoja. No, he left on a voyage for Earth, and he'll be back with a giant army at his back. No, that's stupid. He's at the secret ghost barracks, planning his revenge. No, the Zerg already have him...
    >> Anonymous 09/07/11(Wed)23:57 No.16221177
    rolled 59 = 59

    Call for a drink sent down from upstairs, feelings of approval, and psychic suggestions of urgency.

    Also, spin off part of the Cerberate mind for dealing with Raynor and other...collaborators.
    >> TUCAMP 09/07/11(Wed)23:58 No.16221190
    My vote is secret ghost barracks, he was in charge of the damn program. But poor Jimmy, not whiskey only gin. Be sure to pay for the gin after having had a gallon or so.
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)00:00 No.16221199
    >he left on a voyage for Earth, and he'll be back with a giant army at his back
    Gah! Kingston paranoia! What if that's true? What if Kingston tries to get the UED to attack us? We're no match for the Protoss Empire, let alone the UED, even if Dyles is keeping them occupied.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/08/11(Thu)00:04 No.16221238
    Possible, I guess. Doesn't seem likely, though. If I really wanted to go gung-ho on that lead, the big mealworm in my head could get me taken over there. Way I understand it, they...we've got troops up there already. Long trip for bar talk, though.

    I can't help but hope that into-the-heart-of-the-sun thing is the case, though.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/08/11(Thu)00:11 No.16221301
    (You can either act on one of the wild rumors, or roll 1d10 to see if something happens in the bar)
    >> TUCAMP 09/08/11(Thu)00:18 No.16221351
    Why would we believe the other drunks?
    >> TUCAMP 09/08/11(Thu)00:18 No.16221357
    rolled 3 = 3

    I was planning to roll there.
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)00:24 No.16221392
    rolled 2 = 2


    Well, we know at least one of those rumors isn't true. I'm pretty sure we'd know if we got Kingston already.

    Let's have Raynor delve a bit into the UED rumor. Try to see if there are any UED contacts that have been mixing it up with the local Korpulu Terrans.
    >> TUCAMP 09/08/11(Thu)00:31 No.16221458
    I think we'd know if the UED has passed the Lauristra system. The ghost barrack is the only plausible speculation. But, Jimmy is here to drink, not work.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/08/11(Thu)00:42 No.16221544
    I ignore the rumors, and eventually the topic changes to just how much the Morians are going to screw Tarsonis. A lot, is the consensus. That was easy.

    It only takes two bottles of gin before I just can't stand it anymore. I pay up and leave. On my way home, I take a detour to buy whiskey. Then I think twice about it and buy some whiskey, too.

    I got back to the office just in time to see something happening on the screen. The ship landed seconds ago. The location flashes on the screen, and I start to cheer before the screen flickers and characters start blinking into number signs. Somebody's locking me out of the system!

    (1d100. For once, here are the odds: 25 remembers the place. 75 stops the hack. 90 and up back-hacks)
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)00:45 No.16221570
    rolled 14 = 14

    Come on, Jimmy! Time to earn that paycheck!
    >> TUCAMP 09/08/11(Thu)00:46 No.16221581
    rolled 82 = 82

    >> TUCAMP 09/08/11(Thu)00:47 No.16221595
    Time to grab the i-gegs and go hunting.
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)00:48 No.16221599
    rolled 79 = 79

    >Kingston flew his ship into the sun rather than let the Zerg have it.
    >No, it was destroyed over Umoja.
    >No, he left on a voyage for Earth, and he'll be back with a giant army at his back.
    >He's at the secret ghost barracks, planning his revenge.
    That's slightly less bad than Earth.
    >No, the Zerg already have him...
    Unpossible, unless Kerrigan is being tricksy.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/08/11(Thu)00:53 No.16221630
    (Ha! Take THAT, derailment dice!)

    I wasn't handy with computers before all this shit, but being psionically wired into a computer made out of a whole planet teaches you quick.

    I'm not fast enough to get back at the guy responsible, but I am able to stop him long enough to write down the location. I doubt this transponder trick will work again, no matter how hard it is to change the thing. I've got the place, though.

    Kingston is on Gamma Dorian. God, I haven't heard anything from that world in forever. Thought operations shut down after all the minerals dried up. Guess I was wrong.

    He probably won't stay there for long, though...

    (If you want Jimmy to follow, roll 1d100 to catch up. If not, what? What do you want to do? I'm confused without input)
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)00:57 No.16221661
    rolled 98 = 98


    Ghost team and Raynor, go time!
    >> TUCAMP 09/08/11(Thu)00:59 No.16221673
    rolled 33 = 33

    I want Jimmy to go there, with his team of i-gegs, as I fing infested ghosts to be to long. It also ignores the fact that they're cloned and genetically engineered.
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)00:59 No.16221676
    Have Jimmy follow. Also, requisition a Zerg Wraith on the way to the spaceport.
    Call Cerebrate, have him/us put a Z-Ghost strike force (squad of IGEG's, battlecruiser, 2 squadrons of Wraiths, 3 squadron of Mutalisks, and a pair of dropservers) on station, just in case this turns out to be a Kingston trap; the Cerebrate's memories of the Magellan are crystal-clear.
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    Kingston is going to have a very, very bad day.

    I don't remember if Raynor even knows how to pilot. If he doesn't just have the Swarm download the memories on Wraith piloting into his head. It'll be like, "Woah, I know fighter piloting".
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)01:06 No.16221737
    And make sure that wraith has some whiskey in it. Raynor deserves it.
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)01:12 No.16221792
    rolled 58 = 58

    He doesn't care too much for his bosses, so he'd just pass it up the chain. Raynor might die for a cause he believes in, but we ain't it. Hybrid or not.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/08/11(Thu)01:14 No.16221813
    (That's a great image. Ten points to Gryffindor)

    I may not like the guy...worm...thing...but I can't deny that it has some of its stuff together. Within seconds of thinking to--at?--it, a voice in my head tells me to go outside. Just outside the door is one of the overlords, obviously grown over-top of a bunch of rocket engines. Its vine-like tubers pull me into its underbelly's folds, and the whole damn thing shakes like it's going to split apart.

    Barely thirty seconds later, it releases me onto the loading dock of a battlecruiser. The engines are already on buildup to Warp flight. I haven't seen that kind of efficiency since the time I watched Card Shark Charlie shuffle and deal two games of poker at the same time. Hell, Charlie had a girl bring him drinks and change out his cigarette. If that ain't effic--

    That's when I notice the ghosts. Two of 'em, just waiting for me to finish sizing up the ship. I hear a voice in my mind inform me that I've been given fifty-five of these ghosts, as well as ten marines and a dozen wraiths. They are mine to command.

    Then things get...aw, hell. There aren't words.

    I feel them enter my mind. It's like they become part of it. It's like my brain is being blown up with air, but they're actually...people. Well, former people.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/08/11(Thu)01:21 No.16221859
    It took me a few minutes to make sense of the new input. I don't know if you can imagine seeing the world from two hundred sets of eyes at once, or trying to pilot a ship from every station at the same time, or reminding yourself to breath through two hundred lips, or...

    It took a minute, is what I'm saying.

    When I could single out my own mind again, the voice continued. There were mantalisks on standby in a nearby system, ready to come the second I needed, but they would take several minutes to arrive. I had to fend for myself...selves...whatever...until then.

    The squirmy sunovabitch wished me luck. I don't even know how to feel about that.

    Arriving on the scene, I noticed a battlecruiser pulling away from the planet pretty easily, since it was the only ship in the system. Good. Detective work's over. Fighting's more my style, anyway.

    (1d100 in battle! For great justice !!)
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)01:22 No.16221867
    I must stress again, Jimmy, that this is still just a missing-persons job. We don't expect you to fight Kingston and whatever military remnants he might have dragged together; that's Warbrate's job.
    But, we know how crafty Kingston is, and we want to make sure that you stay safe.
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)01:23 No.16221878
    rolled 86 = 86

    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)01:23 No.16221879
    rolled 38 = 38

    For our vengeance!
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)01:24 No.16221895
    rolled 33 = 33


    For the Hor, I mean, SWARM!
    >> TUCAMP 09/08/11(Thu)01:24 No.16221896
    rolled 74 = 74

    But... out ghost have been infested for most of their lives, they aren't former people.
    >> TUCAMP 09/08/11(Thu)01:26 No.16221909
    rolled 61 = 61

    But we want to nom KINGSTON!!!!
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)01:26 No.16221910
    The marines. . .
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)01:27 No.16221913
    He's too slippery to risk.
    He's probably not even on that battlecruiser anyway.
    Do we have detector units with us?
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)01:34 No.16221947

    As satisfying as it would be to put Kingston in a plexi-glass dunk tank for $10.00 a ball, he is far too wily for us not to infest. So much knowledge and such.
    >> TUCAMP 09/08/11(Thu)01:34 No.16221949
    rolled 44 = 44

    And infesting someone who has been a thorn in our side for... 40 threads? who happens to also be one of the Confederacy's smartest people, in charge of the ghost program, and was supreme chancellor of the Confederacy is a bad idea how?
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)01:36 No.16221969
    Well, I asked for 2 dropservers, but I don't know if we got them.
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)01:36 No.16221972
    Let me put it this way; would you rather Kingston dead, or on the loose in a battlecruiser?
    >> TUCAMP 09/08/11(Thu)01:38 No.16221979
    rolled 18 = 18

    Just because we blow up the engines doesn't mean that the entire ship has to be blow up.
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)01:43 No.16222021
    He'll blow up the whole ship somehow just to fuck us over.

    We'll also miss the escape pod as it sails past us while we're staring at the pretty lights.

    He'll be mooning us.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/08/11(Thu)01:50 No.16222066
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    (Marines and support staff are mostly "converts." Besides, he's got no experience with this. He doesn't know)

    (Damn you!)

    Both sides launch wraiths. It's obvious that the other ship is stalling for time. Its engines are spooling toward Warp. Kingston is going to leave his wraiths to die.

    I decide to plow the ship straight through the dogfight. I maneuver my own wraiths out of the way, and if I happen to ram a few enemy ships, what am I out? Nothing, that's what.

    I pull this bastard right up behind and start shooting. It's not long before it's adrift. Losing your engines tends to do that. Kingston isn't going anywhere.

    I've got him.

    My first mission as a Zerg is a success. This calls for a drink.

    (Oh, shit. I thought I posted this like, 10 minutes ago. That and the coughing are signs that I should quit. Sorry. I know I promised longer, but I'm infested with something fierce and terrible. It's the Gorn Strain)


    (I'll give you a clear choice next week when we can switch back to Cerebrate mode, but it'll start in Raynor mode. I know how much you guys want to relish this final battle with Kingston. It's a good thing I can't draw, or else I'd be forced to try to draw the things you'll do to him. See you next week!)
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)01:54 No.16222104
    It's understandable. Hope you get better soon.

    And we should give Kingston to Bernie. Draw that. . .
    >> Cerebrate Anon 09/08/11(Thu)01:56 No.16222117
    (Turn your speakers way the hell up. This clip is quieter than your most stealthy fart)
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)01:58 No.16222134
    We could make Kingston into a new race? I'm thinking a unicorn/centaur. . . with an erect penis instead of a horn on his forehead.
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)01:59 No.16222144

    And http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMpTi7SVHdI would be the reasoning.
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)02:07 No.16222210

    Zerg Quest has come a loooong way since the cockalisk era. Not saying that we won't do that.. but..

    We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)02:11 No.16222244
    Although, we'd have to pull a Mengsk and give him the ability to understand what he's become. . .

    It'd be delicious irony. We might as well just absorb him into the swarm. Maybe we could take some of his knowledge and hunt down some of the secret bases he obviously had.

    NEW TECH (toys) YAY!
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)02:12 No.16222252
    I was thinking of Infesting him, and then converting his old family home into a great big barbecue and grill restaurant, and using his body as a kind of mascot character.
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)02:13 No.16222257
    >Zerg Quest has come a loooong way since the cockalisk era.

    Music to my ears. This could be a motto or something.
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)02:16 No.16222275
    Lobotomize him, tear his memories apart for intel, then absorb his biomass. We don't want that rodent contaminating your intelligence.
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)02:49 No.16222460
    I somewhat agree. As powerful as we are, I have this naggling fear that Kingston would be able to psionically resist our attempts to meld him into the Swarm somehow, and that he would either break free, or become a rogue intellect in the psionic matrix of the Zerg.
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)03:31 No.16222759
    After our very own Skynet, the last thing we need is a Ghost in our (Chitin) Shell.
    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)03:43 No.16222837
    At least it ain't the Bernie strain, CA.

    >> Anonymous 09/08/11(Thu)04:11 No.16223039

    So close

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