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    82 KB Zerg Quest LXXVII Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)20:56 No.18258343  

    Hey guys! Looks like the thread 404'd before the archive could copy the last post! Oh noes!

    Fortunately, I have a mind like a steel trap. Unfortunately, several of the key pieces of that trap have been scavenged by wandering bandits.

    So, basically, Dyles' shit was rocked over Earth, and less than a third of his remaining forces managed to get away. We took very few casualties, and we're big damn heroes. Defense Director Tyson is signalling us with thanks and praise, but also orders to get out of the Sol System and give him back control of the Titan Array so that he can reconnect with humanity.

    Cyberbrate could try to hack the Array quickly and get us complete troop deployments for the entire UED, if we wanted. We already have a complete map of their holdings, but knowing how many ships they have and where wouldn't hurt.

    (Scheduling: Monday or Tuesday next week? You decide!)
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)21:04 No.18258418
    How likely can we leave no trace of hacking the Titan Array? By either hacking well of inflicting physical damage to cover it up?
    >> TUCAMP 03/08/12(Thu)21:04 No.18258424
    Stupid name falling off.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)21:06 No.18258448
    There's a pretty good chance that we'll be able to do it without being detected. The main issue is that the Terrans are pretty hot for us to leave soon. We might not have enough time.
    >> TUCAMP 03/08/12(Thu)21:09 No.18258479
    Even if we get only a partial readout that will be better than nothing, start hacking and stall by moving everything to Titan, to make warping out easier obviously. It's not like we can have everything leave independently, that's hard. Side objective id learning how the hell they're mining gas giants.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)21:10 No.18258482
    Let's not chance it. We know what holdings they have, and the current troop deployments could change when we're about to attack.

    No need to chance detection for intel that'll get stale before we can use it.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)21:10 No.18258484

    Why push our luck?

    It'd be easier to back off, show some good faith, and after we're done mopping up the Dyles problem, we should simply throw some infestation spores in Sol's direction. It worked pretty well last time we tried (fifty threads ago, good christ!).

    I say we comply with the Terrans' demands and instead focus on obliterating the Dyles legacy. Also, have Accountbrate send us a list of worlds for the next colonization sphere. It's time to grow our borders.
    >> TUCAMP 03/08/12(Thu)21:15 No.18258541
    I guess I could settle fro dropserver scouting all their holdings before infestation missleing everything.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)21:19 No.18258577
    Roll yourself 2d20, then.

    It looks like the mining operations for most of the gas giants involves lots and lots of scoop ships. Jupiter's atmosphere is being collected by ships that are wasting almost everything they collect just to get out of its gravity well, but we suppose we can't judge the Terrans for doing something inefficient just to say prove that they can. They're not the ones who dragged a planet from system to system...
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)21:20 No.18258590
    Oh. That's what I get for not refreshing more often, I guess...
    >> TUCAMP 03/08/12(Thu)21:20 No.18258601
    I backed down from hacking, I'm content with extensive scouting. Also, silly UED that's not efficient.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)21:23 No.18258625
    Are we set to leave the Sol system, then?
    >> TUCAMP 03/08/12(Thu)21:24 No.18258640
    Looks like it. Be sure to blare "We are the Champions" over all the comm channels as we leave.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)21:24 No.18258641
    Yes. Leave Sol, and begin attacking Dyles' holdings in earnest. He's lost 2/3 of a major strike force. Let's not waste this opportunity.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)21:26 No.18258664
    Not "Gonna Fly Now"?
    >> TUCAMP 03/08/12(Thu)21:26 No.18258668
    While building infestation missiles to shoot at the UED later, it goes without saying, but it's been awhile sine the last thread.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)21:34 No.18258738
    It has. Hopefully, though, shit's going to get fast-paced and amazing soon.

    While broadcasting music we shouldn't know from a time period so far in the past that nobody alive even thinks, "hey, I've heard that somewhere," we depart.

    Interestingly, this is almost the exact second that our cloaklord reaches the Dyles world we learned about from the space station that was refining an accretion disk, two or three threads ago.

    What we find there is a world perfectly fitting the atmosphere type of all of Dyles' terraformed worlds. It has an incredibly complex and dense biosphere, as well as an orbital platform under construction. We notice several Confederate ships in use. The fleet here is substantial. The psionic energy in the system is very potent.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)21:38 No.18258801
    Nuke it?
    >> TUCAMP 03/08/12(Thu)21:42 No.18258838
    What are you crazy? There was something we were going to try first.
    Shoot some infestation missiles at it. If that doesn't work, nuke the fleet/platform, probe the planet.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)21:43 No.18258848
         File: 1331260981.gif-(43 B, 1x1, CA as DM.gif)
    43 B
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)21:44 No.18258864
    >43B, 1x1
    lol u
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)21:44 No.18258865
    Oh, come on, Internet. Must I do everything myself?

    >> Fruityling 03/08/12(Thu)21:46 No.18258893
    Hey! Good to be back. Managed to screw up and miss the last few threads. Whoops.

    I second nuking it immediately, provided we don't have any reason to think something like "but then they'll just shoot down the lot."
    >> TUCAMP 03/08/12(Thu)21:48 No.18258902
    Fine I'll amend my plan, shoot some infestation missiles at it, if that doesn't work storm it.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)21:49 No.18258917
    Er...Yes. They've got...Point Defense Stuff.

    No missiles. They're totally missile-proofed.

    Why can't you just let this be awesome?
    >> Fruityling 03/08/12(Thu)21:52 No.18258946

    I will accept these shenanigans, so long as their point defense systems make proper pew pew noises.

    Also, can we be more specific about their defenses? Not numbers, because I know you hate those, but how strong does this defense force being built look? Do we have the forces to meaningfully assault them directly? What does Warbrate think?
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)21:53 No.18258950

    Let's check to see if Kerrigan has any special requests regarding Dyles. At the very least, we should have enough time to notify her of what's transpired over Earth regarding Dyles while we're mustering our fleet.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)21:55 No.18258963
    How about we detonate the nukes outside the range of their point defense and let the radiation poison the planet?

    You have to realize CA, that if you present us with a target that would be a bitch to invade, we're gonna want to blow it to hell.

    Hey, maybe we could call our good friends the UED and have a coordinated counter-invasion? I'm sure they're howling for blood. Unless we're trying to keep this system secret.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)21:57 No.18258983
    Oh, fine.

    Have Warbrate analyze the situation.
    What sort of fleet will we need to muster in order to defeat the enemy here?
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)21:58 No.18258993

    I've got a crazy idea.

    You know how Dyles managed to make an exploding ship take out a good portion of the fleet we sent to rescue the Protoss from Dyles by initiating warp while it was exploding?

    What if we did that... but with NUCLEAR MISSLES? Even if they have point defenses, they wouldn't be able to track missiles in hyperspace. And we want the missiles to explode anyhow.
    >> TUCAMP 03/08/12(Thu)21:58 No.18258996
    We took out most of Dyles' fleet for practically zero losses, we can storm the planet if CA wants us to. We can storm it with Gorn.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)22:00 No.18259006
    >What if we did that... but with A HEIGHLINER?
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)22:01 No.18259022
    Kerrigan is setting up infested agents inside the UED. She still thinks we wasted a perfectly good opportunity to infest Earth, but that's alright. Anyway, she's up to date. She wonders why there are Confederate ships over this planet, since we haven't seen any of them during Dyles' war with the UED before.

    It will be a tough fight, surely, but Warbrate is confident that we'll win. Considering how far it is from both UED space and the Koprulu Sector, Warbrate thinks we ought to gather our forces nearby with the heighliners before invading, just to save time.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)22:03 No.18259046
    Cyberbrate and Labbrate are both giving us the ಠ_ಠ face. That's impressive, since neither of them have eyes or a mouth.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)22:05 No.18259073
    I agree with Warbrate. Mass forces outside detection range.

    We'll split our fleet into two groups. Space combat and landing. Almost all space-fight-capable assets engage on one side of the planet and draw the defenders' attention. Landing then advances on the OTHER side of the planet and assaults with no interference except from ground defence.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)22:05 No.18259075
    Nope. Let's not risk Dyles breaking them. Or stealing them. They're good for rapid response and mass transit, but we won't really get a huge benefit in this situation.
    >> TUCAMP 03/08/12(Thu)22:06 No.18259086
    Oh I know why! It's because (see spooky zerg quest)! Be sure to mention that to Keri "It's because of the Halloween Special, dear sister." It will confuse here, and I will laugh.

    And I though massing our forces nearby with heighliners before attacking was our new standard operating procedure.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)22:10 No.18259118
    If memory serves, you were all pretty explicit that we were taking troops to and from our staging point at Lutrious, not to the battles themselves. Or anywhere near the battles. Just a straight shot from Lutrious to Koprulu and back.

    Except for that one fight, but we ended up accidentally excising part of the universe...
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)22:15 No.18259173
    Ahem, so...we cool to bust in there and shoot from the hip, or is there some other plan?
    >> Fruityling 03/08/12(Thu)22:20 No.18259221
    Let's gather our forces, go in hot and keep smashing them til they fucking explode.
    >> TUCAMP 03/08/12(Thu)22:20 No.18259227
    Small force to draw the fleet away from the platform, then flank the fleet with another force, storm the platform.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)22:21 No.18259235

    Perhaps we could spare a task force to ensure that no Dyles ships warps out of the system. Or if they do, the task force can quickly give chase and eliminate them.

    Dyles' planet may have a lot of point defenses, but if we draw his attention away from our ground boarding force with our navy, perhaps we can allocate a mix of nuclear missiles and many more decoy missiles to assist the ground forces in clearing out problematic areas.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)22:23 No.18259256
    >Rock them like a hurricane: 1
    >Divide and conquer: 2

    That's more like it.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)22:31 No.18259338
    Well, if there's no other input to be had, I'll be needing 3d100 from you guys. And the fun may commence.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)22:32 No.18259346

    Also while he's dealing with our space forces, we may want to see if we can send out cheap cloaked units (i.e. scourge with cloaking harnesses or something or dropbservers) to probe where he has detectors present.

    Then send in flights of cloaked nukes from the opposite of wherever our space fleet is duking it out and send in invisible death from above.

    Also for our ground forces, we might want to do a classic Starcraft leap-frogging tactic. Clean up an LZ near a series of defendable mineral/vespene deposits, start a Hive Cluster there. Leave some garrison forces to protect the base, then steadily clear out stuff by doing a slow advance with long-ranged attack units (i.e. Guardians and Siege Tanks) backed up by an ungodly force of Zerg units. Also, send out detectors (observers or dropbservers) escorted by fast-attack air units (mantalisks or mutalisks) to see if they can quickly identify enemy detectors; if they're units like Science Vessels or such, crash Scourge against them or have our skirmishers try to quickly bring them down. If they're fortified structures, make note of them, and have the Long-ranged units slowly advance toward that direction.

    After taking out detectors, send in waves of cloaked nukes to clear out the area.

    Also, see if we can include any mass-splash damage units into our forces (i.e. Gausslisks with flamethrowers and such instead of the standard rapid-fire gauss gun). We're basically dealing with speedy infested terrans who, instead of blowing up, do absurd amounts of melee damage and any vehicles Dyles may have salvaged.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)22:32 No.18259353
    rolled 41, 4, 5 = 50

    Alright, here's your 3 d100's.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)22:34 No.18259367
    rolled 55, 29, 70 = 154


    Don't look back. Roll on forward!
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)22:38 No.18259412

    Oh dear.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)22:40 No.18259436
    >Results total 50.
    >Average value: 16.6

    The dice just don't like you.

    That's more like it.

    Quick question: Just Zerg forces, or should we bring in the Toss and Terran ships? We're outside of UED space, now.
    >> TUCAMP 03/08/12(Thu)22:40 No.18259441
    rolled 13, 54, 80 = 147

    We roll for stuff!
    >> TUCAMP 03/08/12(Thu)22:42 No.18259455
    Bah, let's use everything.

    >rvevad brahman
    and zombie cows.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)22:42 No.18259456

    How far outside of UED space? It must be pretty far out from the Korpulu Sector and Earth if we used our heighliners to keep Dyles off-balance.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)22:42 No.18259460
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)22:56 No.18259624
    One "Let God Sort 'Em Out" special, coming right up!

    Redirecting our Earth fleet, we use the heighliners to bring our weight to bear on the planet. For safety's sake, we gather about a day's Warp flight away. Far, far outside of the range of any sensors we know of. After the last load of Zerg arrive, we start on the Protoss, then the Terran ships. Once the heighliners are safely back in Zerg space, we set out.

    Dyles' ships are caught completely off-guard. Our forces immediately begin to tear through them. Unfortunately, they form up into a defensive posture around the platform rather than venturing out to engage. This makes the ground insertion more difficult. Despite our cloaking devices, the crossfire is heavy, and several cloaklords, dropships, and shuttles are vaporized. We manage to land approximately a third of the ground forces we brought, and immediately begin to fight tooth and claw for a foothold on the platform. The resistance is uncannily strong, with Dyles' units either fully utilizing Terran warmachines, or barely covered against the vacuum and moving with near-blinding speed.

    (Either toss out suggestions or roll 3 more d100s)
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)23:01 No.18259686
    rolled 65, 11, 74 = 150

    Wait I thought we were landing forces on the planet.
    >> TUCAMP 03/08/12(Thu)23:02 No.18259699
    Start using the carrier beans on the fleet, shoot enough holes in the platform to depressurize it.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)23:05 No.18259743
    Now that they're engaged, begin firing nukes into the flanks of the enemy force. Our space forces will be the anvil, and our nukes the hammer.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)23:05 No.18259745
    (Whoa. Is that what everybody else was going for? I may have just assumed everybody talking about landing was with TUCAMP on taking the platform. We can take a mulligan on this if I totally misconstrued what you guys wanted)
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)23:07 No.18259769
    rolled 95, 20, 85 = 200

    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)23:09 No.18259800

    I was suggesting landing on the planet with the whole leapfrogging thing.

    But if our forces are still engaged at the platform, perhaps we can get our swift mantalisks to single out the spacecraft that are only barely shielded against the vacuum and shred up vulnerable areas.
    >> TUCAMP 03/08/12(Thu)23:14 No.18259866
    Had I known you wanted to go after the planet, I would have advised to take the platform first.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)23:19 No.18259916
    rolled 70, 36, 47 = 153


    Yeah, we might just want to take the platform anyway. It'll serve as a good staging point for orbital shenanigens.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)23:24 No.18260000
    (Alright, then.)

    The ground battle is still rocky. Metabolic enhancements are barely keeping our Zerglings in the close quarters fights with Dyles' forces on the front line, and his artillery is already dug in better than ours. Gorn's battle lust is keeping the fight going, but it is loudly demanding assistance.

    The battle above is going much better. We have managed to work Dyles' forces into a tight formation around the platform, and are whittling them away bit by bit. Warbrate's confidence wavers slightly as it remarks that an abnormal number of scourge are exploding without targets. That happens periodically, of course, but never this frequently.

    We are sensing an increase in the level of psionic activity.
    >> TUCAMP 03/08/12(Thu)23:28 No.18260039
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)23:30 No.18260066
    rolled 76, 22, 55 = 153

    Point every psychic thingamawhatsit we have at it.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)23:31 No.18260073

    Get to scanning or otherwise pinpointing where the psionic activity is originating from. Also, try to see if the Scourge are exploding more frequently in a certain area, or if they're just exploding randomly.

    Ask Warbrate if he can spare any air units with strong Air-to-Ground attacks to start supporting Gorn. If this is not possible, see if Warbrate can snipe any artillery placements with Yamato cannons.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)23:34 No.18260108
    Do we still have a copy of the DNA from that anti-psychic monkey?
    Would it be possible to make an anti-psychic "toxin" to spray on a planet like this?
    >> Fruityling 03/08/12(Thu)23:45 No.18260256

    I'm not sure we could make that and just roll it on out while we're in the middle of an engagement...
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)23:46 No.18260282
    Well, we wouldn't use it now. We would attempt to create it so we would have a weapon against another planet with a massive amount of point defenses like this one.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)23:47 No.18260285
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    We do.
    Not even a little bit possible.

    >Using >>18260066 's numbers

    At first glance, we think what we're feeling is on the surface of the planet, but closer inspection makes it clear that it's coming from BEHIND the planet. One overlord skimming across Warp space around the planet later, we notice a Confederate battlecruiser in orbit of the other side of the planet. Even so, it takes a moment for us to notice it. It's like our overlord's composite eyes just slide past it whenever we try to focus. Just as we get a better look at it, its main cannon kills the unit.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)23:48 No.18260293
    Nuke it!
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)23:50 No.18260322
    NUKE IT!
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)23:50 No.18260323
    What do the 'toss think?
    >> Fruityling 03/08/12(Thu)23:53 No.18260357
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    Carrier beams, target that battle cruiser.
    >> Anonymous 03/08/12(Thu)23:57 No.18260415

    Peel off some Scouts and Wraiths to harass that Battlecruiser and try to take its engines offline. Have some other heavier naval assets (i.e. Battlecruisers) get into position to Yamato that thing to death.

    Also nuke it, etc. etc.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/08/12(Thu)23:58 No.18260420
    Lots of hoity toity things, I'm sure.

    They don't know this fight is happening, though, so they don't think anything about it. Are you suggesting we invite them? The heighliners could have them here in a jiffy.

    They'll need to leave the battle in progress to come around the planet.

    I'm torn between letting you try this, knowing how terrible our aim has been with nukes in the past, and continuing to choo-choo-all-aboard-the-DM-railroad forbid nukes...
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)00:01 No.18260450
    Uh, back at >>18259436 you asked if we should bring the 'toss and some terrans, and you got 'let's use everything' and 'FIRE EVERYTHING'.
    Didn't we bring the 'toss with us?
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)00:04 No.18260486
    That was us bringing OUR Protoss and Terran units. We've got a pretty respectable set of ships and units from each, being an infesting hive of mind-eating monsters and all.

    I think there would have been more of a stir if we were bringing Khas' forces anywhere in the heighliners. He doesn't even know we HAVE those, yet.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)00:04 No.18260496
    No, that was about our Protoss and Terran ships, not bringing the actual Protoss here. That's just a stupid idea.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)00:06 No.18260515
    Move the Carriers. Warn Warbrate that we need to take out that command battlecruiser.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)00:06 No.18260517
    'K, I derped.
    >> TUCAMP 03/09/12(Fri)00:06 No.18260525
    >behind a planet
    This is why we need the German sized carrier beam focusing crystal, so we can blast a hole through the planet. But, I think we should seize the bc, an IGNORE ME field might be handy.
    >> Fruityling 03/09/12(Fri)00:09 No.18260562

    I agree, but I'm concerned it might be part of Dyles himself, rather than a Dr Who style technological perception filter. Also, moving to invade and subdue the Dyles entity and it's component parts has given us all manner of trouble in the past. Poor Zergleks.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)00:13 No.18260609
    You're right, TUCAMP. This whole dilemma could have been avoided if we had just removed the crystalline solid core of a gas giant and carved it into a focusing lens, then carted that around in the middle of a raging warzone.
    Simple, really. :P

    Happens to everybody.

    So, that's one person voting to take the carriers out of battle to attack the BC, and one voting to bring in a boarding party.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)00:17 No.18260663
    Man I dunno. We need to take this station out, and a protracted battle will end up in Dyles' favour I bet.
    Throw a few things at the BC, but keep the carriers on the station.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)00:24 No.18260742
    What things?
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)00:27 No.18260766

    I dunno... Dyles probably has some sort of superweapon or other piece of crazy psionic asspull weapon to get him out of trouble. If those scourge exploding are due to that Battlecruiser's psionic stuff, then NOT taking it out ASAP will gradually begin to screw us over.

    I'm voting for sending shit at the Battlecruiser.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)00:28 No.18260776
    But what shit?

    We've got two options on the table so far.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)00:31 No.18260805
    Mutas, some Scourge, mostly stuff we won't terribly mind losing/having turn on us/IA! IA! etc.
    I seriously doubt we can just smash the thing right now, from the opposite side of the planet. It might even be bait. Dyles certainly isn't above using psychic dickery to make us thing something is a valuable target when it really isn't.
    >> Fruityling 03/09/12(Fri)00:34 No.18260828
    The argument against using Carriers is decent, so since we're being hinted not to take the obvious option (nukesnukesnukesnukes), let's flood that fucker with wraiths and mutas and similar small, high speed craft.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)00:34 No.18260829

    Hmm. It's one of those old Confederate Battlecruisers, right? Probably has the one huge laser instead of an array of laser batteries and only a Yamato Cannon as a secondary weapon. While in Starcraft it wreaked havoc on smaller swarmy units due to being able to one-shot them, in reality these BCs probably have an atrocious accuracy against smaller units.

    I'd say send Scouts/Wraiths/Mantalisks/Mutalisks to cripple it, and send out our thoroughly mechanical Observers to scout out where that psionic emanation is coming from. The Observer, being a pure machine, should be able to focus on the Battlecruiser without becoming all woozy; perhaps it may also be able to relay targeting information to our units to improve accuracy. Perhaps send in a Battlecruiser or two to snipe it with Yamato Cannon shots.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)00:37 No.18260856

    That is, the observers should be able to pinpoint WHERE on the Battlecruiser the psionic junk is coming from. After that, our swift craft can do precise strikes on that location to try to eliminate it.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)00:37 No.18260859
    So, in total, we've got

    Get that bitch some carrier beams. Bitches love carrier beams: 1
    Prepare to be boarded: 1
    Zergrushkekeke: 2

    Any more votes?
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)00:47 No.18260981
    Guess not.

    Roll yourself 4d20. Let's get this shit started.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)00:50 No.18261018
    rolled 6, 17, 6, 3 = 32

    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)00:51 No.18261020
    rolled 16, 20, 3, 8 = 47


    It's time to settle this like men.

    But with dice.
    >> TUCAMP 03/09/12(Fri)00:53 No.18261045
    rolled 5, 4, 2, 6 = 17

    >> Fruityling 03/09/12(Fri)00:54 No.18261048
    rolled 8, 20, 15, 19 = 62

    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)00:55 No.18261063
    Good showing!
    >everyone else
    What the heck is up with that second die?
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)00:58 No.18261105
    rolled 9, 13, 6, 3 = 31

    I hope I'm not too late!
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)01:04 No.18261173
    Warbrate decides against sending scourge, considering the trouble they're already having. So one squad of mantalisks and one of mutalisks break off from the battle, maneuver around the planet, and engage the battlecruiser.

    Immediately, we worry that we've made a mistake. The minds of the mutalisks immediately feel strained. As the battlecruiser ineffectually attempts to shoot them down, our connection to the mantalisks resists any tampering...but the mutalisks' minds almost all at once disappear from our thoughts. From the perspective of the mantalisks, we watch them go limp for a moment, then twirl in air and begin attacking us.

    Our mantalisks are able to destroy most of the mutalisks before the battlecruiser and rogue Zerg manage to finish them off.

    Dyles' thoughts echo briefly in our mind:

    "You've been experimenting with stealing my children, Wricking One. Turnabout IS fair play, after all."

    Roll 2d100.
    >> Starshadow 03/09/12(Fri)01:05 No.18261194
    rolled 31, 81 = 112

    DEFCON 1
    >> Fruityling 03/09/12(Fri)01:05 No.18261196
    rolled 93, 48 = 141


    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:06 No.18261202
    rolled 1, 16 = 17

    Okey doke.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:08 No.18261221
    rolled 25, 70 = 95

    We should have sent more mantalisks.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:09 No.18261236
    rolled 3, 68 = 71


    It's one thing to take control of our units, Dyles. But making up words? That is UNFORGARBIBBLE.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:10 No.18261245
    >> TUCAMP 03/09/12(Fri)01:12 No.18261261
    Quick! Terminators flying Wraiths!.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:15 No.18261296



    Noko rolls in quest threads are immediately suspect for faggotry.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)01:19 No.18261326
    >Dyles takes one of our forces for sure, but the posts disagree on which
    >Flip coin

    (Oh, you poor bastards.)

    The psionic energies in the system crescendo madly as Dyles' forces all seem to pause. Warbrate begins directing forces to take advantage of the pause, but a scout doesn't respond. Then another. Then a carrier. We feel them twist and tear out of our thoughts, like teeth in a vise. We pull back, gripping at our units with all our might, but it is too late. Fully four out of every five Protoss ships under our command are gone. Warbrate, reacting with the precision we've come to expect from it, immediately presents us with two options: strike at Dyles' Terran ships while his mind is still distracted with stealing our ships, or turn to strike the Protoss ships before Dyles can adapt to piloting them. It doubts we have time for both.

    Kerrigan's mind is stern as it argues for a third option: send everything we have around the planet. Destroy the battlecruiser before it can try that again. That might free our units or it might not, but to Kerrigan, the threat to our control is more important.

    We must react quickly. What do we do?
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)01:23 No.18261353
    We don't have a lot of airborne mechanical ships left in reserve, and it would take a little while to get them into heighliners and into the battle, but we could do that. It's possible.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:23 No.18261359

    Let's get that Battlecruiser down. We're experienced enough in killing Protoss ships, and our other assets probably outnumber the Protoss junk by a good margin. But if Dyles gets control of our other units, we're going to be even more screwed than we were before.

    Yamato cannons online, concentrate fire on that cruiser!
    >> TUCAMP 03/09/12(Fri)01:24 No.18261363
    I side with Keri, this is not a good sign and needs to be dealt with quickly and with much prejudice and radiation.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:25 No.18261372
    I feel as if I should slap the fuck out of the people who didn't bring up the idea of installing our psionic Control emitters in our Heighliners. Then bringing their power up to max for this situation.

    I mean fuck, the damn thing's power source produces enough energy to get them into slipstream, for such a massive ship that's pretty damn impressive, with that powering our Manual override emitters we would NEVER have our control brought into question.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:28 No.18261398

    You probably should have brought that up earlier instead of saying that you came up with the idea but decided not to put it forward for some reason, then going "I TOLD YOU SO!". Even when you didn't before now.
    >> Fruityling 03/09/12(Fri)01:29 No.18261420

    We must now look at every unit in this system as being forfeit in advance, a potential asset to be used against us in the future. The only sensible option is to move to prevent the theft of additional units, while preparing a secondary attack outside the system on the assumption that we will lose everything we have committed so far.

    So, should we give up the ghost and demand that our stock of nukes be brought to bear, or start pulling from defense forces to form a second assault wave?
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:30 No.18261426
    I side with Kerri. That thing is a serious strategic threat, while the platform and captured 'toss forces are not.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:31 No.18261436

    This is the first time I have ever posted in a Zerg quest thread, I LITERALLY just learned it existed through sup/tg/.

    I mean, someone should have thought of it by now, we DID almost lose the quest earlier on when Tarsonis happened, and I thought you guys would have kept that in mind for the future, ESPECIALLY once we started dicking around with the UED.
    >> Fruityling 03/09/12(Fri)01:33 No.18261449

    Quit harping, we'll have labrate look into it after the fight.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:36 No.18261481
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    Well, we'll look into that after we're not busy with stuff.

    In the meantime, we minimize our losses and enjoy this spider's rhythmic jam.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)01:37 No.18261489
    The Psi Emitters attached to the heighliners?

    You're free to try that. Heck, the heighliners are just chilling right now. You could get to work on that during the fight.

    So, we're all in agreement with Kerrigan, then? It's good to see siblings getting along!

    Roll 4d100. I'm not sure if I'll need all of them, but better safe than sorry.
    >> Fruityling 03/09/12(Fri)01:38 No.18261497

    I sense a future project for artisanlord in your pic.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:39 No.18261509
    rolled 11, 71, 92, 89 = 263

    Oh yeah bring the heighliners near, but not into the system, and then break out the psychic Waterloo.
    >> Fruityling 03/09/12(Fri)01:39 No.18261511
    rolled 50, 100, 89, 26 = 265

    the dice are trying to kill us.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:39 No.18261516
    Psionic high five Dyles while he`s distracted. That`ll show him good.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:41 No.18261532
    rolled 52, 71, 40, 38 = 201


    Let's do that plan with the Heighliners.

    Also... anyone else feel kind of weird that so many battles in this quest, in the end, depend on what is essentially a children's dice game?
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:42 No.18261543
    You... do realise which board you're on, yes?
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:42 No.18261545

    This...is actually a really, really fucking good idea.

    Let's do that immediately.

    Fuck, it would probably even give us an edge is Psi-based actions, what with having the equivalent of an Overpowered Amplifier for our psionic might.

    Though it probably would increase their target level, but everyone wants one to reverse engineer anyway so that's not a problem, and they are to us what the US's Supercarriers are to them, so they'll have a pretty damn huge fleet guarding them at all times anyway.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:42 No.18261547

    Supercharge psionic high-five into psionic PUNCH.

    Apply it liberally to Dyles' (or all of his units') sensitive areas.

    A low blow, but turnabout is fair play, right? Mind controlling units feels like such a copout.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)01:49 No.18261625
    (I used to just decide outright whether you guys succeeded or failed at stuff, but I noticed that things kept going from "Ok, you guys have enough Zerg to infest God. Do you want to try that?" to "You have like, 5 units left. Bummer" and back, which was more because I liked the dramatic flair of wrecking all your shit and letting you pull through at the last second than anything else. I started using the dice to give you guys more of a fair shot at success. We can go back to the other way, if you guys feel like the dice are in the way. I'm easy.)

    (Consider it done)
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:53 No.18261655

    Oh, I don't have a problem with it or the fickleness of the TG dice gods. I was just struck by the thought that this conflict could be essentially boiled down to Dylesmind and Cerebrate sitting down at a table and throwing dice with their mind. Then RAEGING every time the dice screwed them over.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:55 No.18261667

    But the Dice ALWAYS screw us over.

    And then we just nuke the fuck out of whoever is winning.

    Anon is a very sore loser, where others would flip the board in rage, he just nukes the fuck out of something till the surface is little more than a molten radioactive wasteland.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)01:58 No.18261696

    Yeah. Which is probably why OP wanted us to actually do shit instead of sending nukes. Or when that didn't work, send nukes, BUT WITH DECOYS! Then when that didn't work, send cloaked nukes with cloaked decoys. Then we try to crash heighliners into planet and risk ripping the universe in half because of purdy explosions.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)01:58 No.18261701
    We hope that Dyles' sight is impaired during his little psionic outbursts, so that we can imagine that the first thing he sees through the eyes of the Protoss is empty space, and the first thing he sees through the eyes on the battlecruiser are our ships appearing en masse.

    That's not likely, though. The battlecruiser is already turning to jump out of the system when we arrive. While fingers and claws are reaching for controls, we concentrate on where Dyles' voice came from in our mind and direct a psionic high five that way. The ship visibly shudders as its pilots are shaken by proxy. We go slightly overboard in disabling his engines: our fire shears the engines off the ship entirely. As the ship's various systems fail, breach, overload, or simply blare in alarm, we notice with confusion that the escape pods jettison. We have never seen that happen on a Dyles-controlled vessel before.

    Most of the pods are destroyed in the explosion of the craft, but some are falling toward the planet's surface.

    Should we just let them fall?
    >> Fruityling 03/09/12(Fri)01:59 No.18261702

    Nothing says "I own this place" like a radioactive "fuck you!" button on standby.
    >> Fruityling 03/09/12(Fri)02:00 No.18261721

    Let not a tadpole survive.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)02:02 No.18261738

    I put forth the motion to destroy those escape pods.

    All in favor?
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)02:04 No.18261758
    >But the Dice ALWAYS screw us over.

    So did I.

    Before we started using the dice for everything, you guys were perpetually one big battle away from being completely annihilated. Now, you're a few steps away from conquering the whole galaxy. The dice are your friends much more often than they're your enemies.

    I mean, I'll try to be fair if we switch back, but I do tend to play favorites with our villains. Kingston started out as just a paranoid guy on a science vessel, for instance.

    ...Ronald Reagan?
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)02:05 No.18261767
    >> Fruityling 03/09/12(Fri)02:06 No.18261780

    If a tg had avatars, and some friendly artfag were to draw a fabulous infested reagan, I woud use it forever.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)02:06 No.18261781
    Either way, the quest will probably end soon. We'll either win, or you'll get sick of us and we'll lose.

    Stick with the dice. They may fuck us over alot, but we do get lucky when it counts.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)02:10 No.18261813

    Yeah. The dice system is fine as it is.

    I mean, what would we use otherwise, Card games? To decide the fate of the universe? Now that's just silly.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)02:11 No.18261822
    (Nah. I'll just get drafted by Blizzard to write all the stuff for a Starcraft MMO and whacky Zerg Quest shenanigans will become canon, shared with the whole fanbase. Then I could get PAID for this)

    For a fun change, roll 1d15. I like the possibilities I've come up with too much to choose.
    >> Fruityling 03/09/12(Fri)02:12 No.18261834
    rolled 11 = 11

    last post for the night. Bler.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)02:14 No.18261842
    rolled 5 = 5

    Okay, nobody move, I got this.
    >> Codeki 03/09/12(Fri)02:14 No.18261846
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    I made you something. :)
    >> Fruityling 03/09/12(Fri)02:16 No.18261873
    rolled 2 = 2


    Codeki is a good person who makes me a liar. Fukken saved.
    >> Fruityling 03/09/12(Fri)02:19 No.18261897

    Goddamn, left the dice line in. Sorry. If you take either of my rolls, make it the first one please.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)02:22 No.18261924
    rolled 3 = 3


    "Interesting stuff" happening in a pivotal moment?

    I dread to see what it is, but I can't help myself either!
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)02:29 No.18261977
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    (There's another consideration for the dice: they delight in forcing me into the situations I considered least probable)

    A few diffident blasts from our battlecruisers later, the last escape pod explodes, and a searing roar of rage and defiance screams through our mind. It rings with such force that we immediately feel Dyles' body burning in the flames of the pod. The consciousness Dyles has become is powerful enough that it actually manages to survive, at least momentarily, the destruction of its physical vessel.

    We feel its power reach out in every direction, searching, seeking a new mind to fill, a new psionic host. We feel it ravage through the system until it feels a connection it can manipulate. With horror, we watch as it fuses with that connection, or rather, connections.

    Dyles' mind has survived its body, and taken up residence in the dense, interconnected ecological web of the planet below. It seems impossible, and it would be, if it were not for the fact that the amphibian parasite that comprises Dyles has infected every planet, tree, and animal of this planet. Everything here is host to it. Everything here is already a part of Dyles' greater entity, and has now become host to Dyles himself.

    >If you take either of my rolls, make it the first one please.

    I'm glad you approve. Anonymous' roll and your second roll both would have led to Dyles just keeling over dead. Nobody rolled in the interesting 6 - 10 range. Probably for the best, really. Option 2 was almost as silly as what we ended up with!

    Starcraft Photo of the Week.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)02:29 No.18261983

    Does one of the possibilities involve Cerebrate Anon hundred-hand-slapping Dyles to death through psi-high-fives like some sorta Protoss E. Honda?
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)02:30 No.18261989
    rolled 1 = 1

    infest everything on the planes and the ship
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)02:32 No.18262005


    How do we kill a planet?
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)02:34 No.18262023

    Pffft, are you even asking what the fuck we are going to do now?

    We are going to nuke it.

    Then we'll nuke it again.

    And again.

    And AGAIN.


    We will not STOP Nuking it until the planetary crust is fucking GONE and the only thing VISIBLE is a thick atmosphere of ash and tiny glimpses of the fucking molten mantle.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)02:34 No.18262027

    Do we have that planet de-stratification device lying around? The one we developed from the Xel'naga worldship fragment?

    We might not have enough carriers to divert to power the thing, but perhaps the heighliners might be able to supercharge it so it can activate more rapidly.
    >> Codeki 03/09/12(Fri)02:35 No.18262035
    Nukes. . .
    Smash a different planet into it.
    make the sun go supernova. . .

    There are plenty of ways. This should actually be easier than when he was normal. He can't escape now.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)02:35 No.18262036
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    Feed it lots of fatty foods to drive up its cholesterol and just wait? NARF!
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)02:38 No.18262058
    >He can't escape now.
    Did you learn nothing from our war with Kingston?
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)02:39 No.18262065

    I'm not sure how we can make the sun go Supernova given we only have control of our Terran/Zerg/20% of our Protoss assets.

    Nukes we have in spades.

    We can't divert planets very easily anymore.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)02:44 No.18262104
    We never constructed one, but we could probably retrofit a battlecruiser or carrier into one relatively quickly. Maybe a day? Two? It still wouldn't have enough power to completely stratify elements, but pulling up a significant portion of one or more would be possible without recharge.


    If nebulous, Plot-Based Point Defense Stuff (the REAL Star Wars missile defense program!) was keeping you from nuking the planet back when Dyles was on the surface, what makes you think it won't keep you from nuking it now that Dyles IS the surface?
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)02:46 No.18262111
    Why don't we just tell Labbrate to shut up and crack a highliner open? Red wave of doom.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)02:49 No.18262136
    I won't stop you, but might wipe out the whole system, depending on how the ship is "cracked open."

    Just so you're aware.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)02:52 No.18262158
    Everybody's gone to bed, haven't they?
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)02:52 No.18262160
    >whole system
    So long as it kills Dyles, I'm cool with that.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)02:53 No.18262173

    Well, technically he's just every plant or animal biomass that has enough junk to sustain a Dyles parasite. So I guess stuff like grass or moss wouldn't count on that front. Or tiny insects. But close enough, I suppose. On the bright side, this means that Dyles isn't necessarily more powerful, as it's his base consciousness but decentralized into all the living stuff on the planet. This may also quite possibly mean that he has to expend more power in maintaining his will and not just become subsumed in the mass of stuff he's infected.

    I am reluctant to admit this, but we either need to risk cracking open the space-time continuum by sacrificing a heighliner to kill Dyles NOW, or we might risk him growing stronger later on. If we shuttle in a heighliner with our Psi-emitters cranked up to 11, we might be able to prevent him from controlling other units or quite possibly retake control of our subverted units.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)02:56 No.18262197
    So, wait, are you destroying a heighliner in an attempt to remove the planet from the fabric of reality entirely, or are you wiring a Psi Emitter into a heighliner in an attempt to block Dyles' psionic connections?
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)02:57 No.18262201

    In that case, if the heighliner is rigged to explode for sure, we should have our units ready to jump out when that happens.

    Maybe keep the odd Observer in there to see what's really going on.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)03:00 No.18262233

    Hmm. The Psi-emitter basically just broadcasts psionic waves. If it was strong enough, perhaps we could drown out Dyles' own psionic control, "liberating" the creatures from the parasitic control so long as the frequency was maintained. It would be akin to drowning out Dyles' voice.... except that's all he is right now: an entirely psionic entity that exists in the minds of the parasitic creatures under his control.

    If we slapped enough emitters onto the heighliners and hooked them up to said heighliners, then started broadcasting it like obnoxious neighbors' speakers at 3:00 AM in the morning right before that important meeting, it would essentially be screaming him out of existence.

    I'd say yes to this plan, if what I've typed up is more or less correct.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)03:03 No.18262250
    It's certainly a possibility. It's also possible that Dyles' psionic connections are sufficiently different from ours that it will do nothing. Or something unexpected.

    We don't know. We've never used the things like this.

    Also, we've never run that kind of power through them. We aren't sure how the Emitters would take it.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)03:03 No.18262254
    If >>18262233 is correct, do that.
    But if it looks like it won't work, break reality.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)03:03 No.18262255


    Combined with the fact that psi-emitters are rigged to reach across star systems by themselves by default, overcharging them could result in a fuckhueg wave of psionic resonance that's tuned into our consciousness. We'd either dominate Dyles, or simply disrupt his consciousness into nothingness, or at the very least make him work much harder to maintain any semblance of fine control of the units he has in the system.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)03:05 No.18262274
    Turn one on, see if it does anything, muck with a bit to see if it works better or worse, juice them all up if we're satisfied it will work, nuke spacetime if we're not.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)03:07 No.18262281

    Before we do anything, rig the Heighliners with failsafe devices. If we lose control of the vessel, rig them to break reality.
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)03:09 No.18262296

    I agree that it might be prudent to test out the psi-emitters first to see if they have any effect at all. They're already rigged up by default to broadcast a strong enough signal to span multiple star systems.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)03:11 No.18262312

    ...Call for a vote on that Monday (This is me deciding that we're playing Monday next week. If I feel like it, maybe also Tuesday. We'll see)

    So, you say send one in with a Psi Emitter, see how it works, and if it doesn't kill Dyles, blow it to hell?
    >> Anonymous 03/09/12(Fri)03:14 No.18262334
    No, we send in one and see if it works, muck around with the settings on it for bit to see if we MAKE it work, and if we can't, THEN we blow up everything forever.
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)03:21 No.18262371
    I don't want to do this if there's just one person. If shit goes sour (and let's be serious: it's a real possibility), people will be pretty angry if it's just one dude posting.

    Is anybody else for this plan?
    >> Cerebrate Anon 03/09/12(Fri)03:29 No.18262425
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    Looks like you're alone, man. That's ok. We're all alone sometimes.


    Be here on Monday. You can argue with TUCAMP about the heighliners. He might even like your plan.

    >> Zegro 03/09/12(Fri)04:36 No.18262807
    Bumping for abolutely no reason

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