The year is 2573, and you're currently traveling six hundred miles an hour over the surface of your homeworld.You aren't impressed, though - this was an every day occurence. After the monorail hummed to a stop, the doors hissed open. You made your way out, looking up to the teal sky and white sun of Heaven's Jewel. Green mountains sat on the horizon, the terraforming process a bit too recent for large trees to have grown quite yet.You step off of the road so the groundcars could pass, and crossed across your neighbor's yard to make your way home.Sitting in the driveway was a silvered wolf, as he sat there staring at you. You stared at him, trying to determine if he was an uplift for some time, before you just went inside."Hey, hun. You see that dog outside? He's been there all day." 'Dad' said, as she ran water over the vegetables from her garden. "Your mother wanted to see you in the shop." She said and gave you a slight grin. "Or you could help me cut these up for the casserole.">  Go to the workshop, see what mom wants>  Help dad with the cooking>  Go see what's on the extranet>  Other
>>23467581[X] Go to the workshop, see what mom wants
>>23467581Lets see what Mom wants.
Rolled 58>>23467581>>  Go to the workshop, see what mom wants
>>23467581Let's see what Mom wants.
>>23467581Let's see mom
"I think I'll go see what mom wants." You tell her, and wave as you make your way out back, to the large mechanic bay that was wedded to your house.The bay was large, made of polished polycarbon plating, with hovering maintenance drones working on a groundcar. The control computer was nearby, clicking as it churned through its programming, and your mother was leaning over a bench, a simple spherical drone in her hands."Hey." She said, and slung the drone to you. You recognized it - Einstein, your ancient assistant droid. You look down at it for a moment, examining the basketball sized drone. "... What did you do?" You ask, squinting at her.Your mother cackled. "Go on, turn him on. I got him a quantum router. He's connected to the extranet, now."You hit the button, and it whirred on, the ion propulsion system in the bottom clicking to life."Warning." The sphere said. "Preferences and data have been lost. What is my name? What is your name?">What is your AI companion's name? He's been called Einstein since you first got him, but there's no reason not to change it.>What is your name?
>>23467740Name AI companion: ReynardOur name: Arcturus
>>23467740we have two moms?'Then we must be named Heather!Also Einstein is good.
>>23467740>>What is your AI companion's name? He's been called Einstein since you first got him, but there's no reason not to change it.cyan>>What is your name?Claire
>>23467740Stick with Einstein, or 'Stein for short.Anton Valter
>>23467740>AI: Reynard[ine]>Username: Prometheus
>>23467781This is good.
>>23467781Thirded? Or fourthed? Not sure which it is.
>>23467740>What is your AI companion's name? He's been called Einstein since you first got him, but there's no reason not to change it.Einstein>What is your name?VerneExa recycles all his names, why can't we.
>>23467740>The Mad Professor OnestoneHeather works.>>23467781>Arcuturus>al-simāk ("the uplifted one")Uh. That would have >implications, I think.
>>23467872Accept the implications, embrace the uplifting.
>>23467783lets go with this, last quest had a male protag
>>23467872>Uh. That would have >implications, I think.I know. That's why I picked it. Also it sounded cool.
Heather and Einstein.
>>23467783>>We have two moms?>No, you have one mom, and one dad. It's just that they're both female. Dad had he genes cloned into synthetic sperm, mom bore you to term. A rather common procedure for same-sex couples."My name is Heather. Username Arcturus." You say. "And yours is Einstein.""Preferences locked, Heather." Einstein said, and with a thrum, the ion propulsion started up, making him hover in the air."Now, don't break him." Your mother said. "If you break the seal on his entanglement, I'll have to get another router delivered.""I know." You say."How was school?" She asked, and turned to the maintenance control computer, aiming the drones to put the groundcar back together. You shrug, and she laughed at you."Don't worry, it gets better." She said.
>AI Name: Reynard>Our name: Allister
>>23467904"Thanks, Mom. Did you see that dog out the front?"
>>23467904>No, you have one mom, and one dad. It's just that they're both female. Dad had he genes cloned into synthetic sperm, mom bore you to term. A rather common procedure for same-sex couples.I was making a joke for Heather Has Two Mommies book. Even if 'technically' we don't have two moms, in the eyes of our society two female parents = two moms
>>23467976Thiscome oneNow I'll be imagining it as the goofy version of Einstein from Red Alert games.
>>23467904"Yeah, that's what they said about eating cauliflower and liver casserole"
>From now on, if you have any questions about the setting or technology, you can simply ask Einstein. You can also customize his personality and name at any time."Yeah, that's what you said about eating cauliflower and liver casserole." You say. "Did you see that dog out the front?""I did, yeah." She said. "He had a collar, though, so I don't think he's an uplift. Tried talking to him, and he didn't respond. Maybe he's just waiting for someone."After some time helping your mother with the maintenance, you turn to your own personal project - a set of ion boots, of your own. You've always been rather technically minded, but even so, it took quite a bit of work to set them up just right to give you lift, even in the .9G of Heaven's Jewel."You think those are ready?" Your mother asked, and you nodded, slipping them on.They whirred to life, and you instantly shot upward.>1d100 for control!
Rolled 66>>23468033dice for the dicegods
Rolled 33>>23468033JetbootsStill going with best of three?
Rolled 78>>23468033>so I don't think he's an uplift.What does that mean?
>>23468068I assume it's an animal given intelligence.
>>23468068an animal given sapience I'd guess
>>23468065>Actually, I'm going with first roll only right now. Might change that, eventually.You sway back and forth, easing up on the throttle as you wobble this way and that, trying to recall the control scheme you'd set up a few weeks ago - something about leaning your feat forward like... this...You slowed, and stopped ascending, your ion boots carefully keeping you level. You slowly drifted to the right, apparently leaning that way, and then you started leaning to the left to balance it out."Be careful!" your mother called up at you. You look down- you were floating above the drones and the groundcar. If you fell now, you'd smash straight through the windshield.You grin and turn to Einstein, who dutifully followed you. "Einstein, tell me about uplifts.""There are two types of uplifts." The drone replied, hovering behind you. "Late uplifts, who are adult animals - usually terran - given sapience via a very carefully applied transgene and mental implants, and Early uplifts, who are cubs slash hatchlings slash babies given a specific transgene and various growth hormones, taught as human beings are taught. By the Protected Uplift Constitution and the UPA, both early and late uplifts are given basic human rights."
Rolled 10>>23468157Might as well ask about Heaven's Jewel.
>>23468157More power to the thrusters, see if we move forward at speed.
>>23468157Let's uh, let's move away from the car.
>>23468157Move somewhere other than the car. Like a nice big pile of leaves that will cushion us if we fall or something.
"Einstein, tell me about Heaven's Jewel.""Heaven's jewel is a human world, terraformed in 2492 and colonized a decade later, in 2502. It has a population of five billion. Atmosphere is terran, with trace amounts of nontoxic minerals, shading the atmosphere. Gravity is point nine two terran. During the winter months, ice crystals form in the upper atmosphere, giving it a temporary ring with a tilt of fifteen degrees."You nod, gleefully glad about Einstein's response time. Normally you had to go through the planet's internet to access the extranet, and that normally took a few minutes. But now that he was quantum entangled...You lean forward on the thrusters, shooting forward-And you were entirely unprepared when you wobbled out of control, causing the ion boots to think you meant to go max throttle.Directly forward, toward the wall of the bay. Much too fast to avoid. Dizzied, you raise your palms to try and catch yourself.And then... Something went through your body. Your limbs got tired, as if you'd exercized, and your arms went sore... and a massive dent tore through the wall of the bay, rippling away from you.You shot through the hole in the wall, losing your balance and spinning to the grass.You lay there, unhurt, your arms dead, and you heard panting. You see the wolf sitting there, tail wagging, mouth open.He gave a soft woof, and you... heard a voice."So, it seems he *was* right. Damien is useful at the best of times." The wolf said. "My name is Max!"
>>23468359"Uh, are you lost?"
>>23468359Well, time to see mom, we clearly suffered some sort of physical trauma
>>23468359"What just happened?"
>>23468436Aye, some sort of blunt physical head trauma causing auditory hallucinations.
"... Pardon?" You ask. "Uh, are you lost?""You might be rather confused." The wolf said, woofing at you. "So I'll explain rather simply. I'm going to be your teacher."You blink at him.Your mother rushed out of the building, panicked, a medical kit in hand, wearing a headset."Oh, hello." Max said, woofing at your mother. "Heather is fine, no need to worry."Your mother jumped, dropping the kit."No need to worry about me talking, either." Max said. "... Have either of you ever heard the word... psionics?"
>>23468482>word... psionics?"ask Einstein.
>>23468482"Wasn't that in some old Earth fiction stories?"
>>23468482"You mean like, psychic stuff?"
>>23468482>"... Have either of you ever heard the word... psionics?"in relation to the real world?
>>23468482"As in telekinesis and ESP?"
Must be some of the new uplift technology
>>23468482Clearly we are SCIENCE, and have no place for such SUPERNATURAL TOMFOOLERY. Unless it's not supernatural, just, you know, highly evolved real SCIENTIFIC BIOLOGICAL TOMFOOLERY.
"You mean like... psychic stuff? In old fiction stories?""Precisely!" He responded. "Einstein, tell me about Psijoniks.""The UPA Psionic Institute was created in the year 2567, in an undisclosed location." Einstein said. "After it became evident that the late-uplift known as Max-227252 bore abnormal powers that broke several laws of thermodynamics, and could use them at will.""That's me." Max said, and yawned, sitting down, tail wagging. "He repeatedly claimed that there were more, and the institute was created in order to investigate and research 'psionic phenomena', as well as teach those with similar powers. A board of scientists man and teach at the facility. If you or those you know experience strange phenomena, clairvoyance, deja vu, or similar, please contact -""... As in telekinesis? And ESP?" You ask.Max just grinned and panted. "Damien told me that someone here would learn about themselves. So I waited.""For two days?" Your mother asked, apparently less shocked by the talking wolf than you were."Two days." He responded.
>>23468574Yeah, but... is there any recorded and verified mentions of it being SCIENTIFIC BIOLOGICAL TOMFOOLERY instead of rumours of it being SUPERNATURAL TOMFOOLERY?
>>23468657"Huh. So...is that how I just flew through the wall without hurting myself?"
>>23468657gaspIt is SCIENTIFIC BIOLOGICAL TOMFOOLERY!And we're one of them!I suppose we should begin testing out how it works?Make notes, compare them with Maximillian and stuff?
>>23468657"What does any of this have to do with me?"
>>23468657Why didn't you say something earlier?
>>23468657"So who's Damien?"
>>23468657"So is this the part where you tell me I'm a not!wizard and whisk me off to your school where I spend several years going on adventures, learn what is effectively magic, and battle the forces of darkness?Because if so, I think you owe someone some royalties."
>>23468657"Okay hold on. I have a few questions : Who the hell is Damian? Am I gonna be taken away somewhere? Why is this happening?"Say this in a slightly panicked voice
"What does any of this have to do with me?""You just used telekinesis to blow open that wall before you hit it. And then you created a telekinetic shield to absorb your landing." Max said, tail wagging. "You have a natural talent at it, it seems."You gasp, and try to sit up."Don't be too energetic." The wolf said. "As far as we understand, the use of psionic power burns calories. Some of the time. Most of the time, actually.""Why didn't you say something earlier?""I've... accidentally invited the wrong people to the institute before." He said, and actually *whined*. "I wanted to make sure.""So... this is the part where you tell me I'm a... not!wizard, and whisk me off to your school where I spend several years going on adventures, learn what is effectively magic, and battle the forces of darkness? Because if so, I think you owe someone some royalties.""... Psionics isn't magic." Max said, and his voice sounded somewhat offended. "It has a grounding in science. We think. And there are no forces of darkness to battle. If there were, the UPA has the military for that. But for the school... essentially, yes, we'd like to whisk you away.""Okay, hold on." You say, finally sitting up. "I have a few questions. Who the hell is Damien? Am I going to be taken away somewhere?""Damien is one of the subjects at the institute." Max said. "You'll meet him, if you come. But it's fundamentally your choice."
>>23468838Do we have any friends we are going to miss? If not, may as well go.
>>23468838"Uh...um...maybe. I'll need to think about it."
>>23468838"And what would happen if I don't go? Will you just leave me be to learn how to control psionism on my own?"
>>23468838I'm torn between an enthusiastic "yes!" and flat out refusal. It might be fun to see how Exabutt will railroad us into accepting.
>>23468838"That's a big decision to make...I think I'll need some time before I can make my choice."
>>23468838Touch the fluffy tail/ears"I don't... This is... Whaaaat?"
>>23468838Look at mom"?"Look at dog"Yeeeees?"
>>23468838Please don't tell me your curriculum is for honor students. I only ever got C's in school.
"And what would happen if I don't go?" You ask. "Will you just leave me be to learn how to control ...psionism on my own?""Essentially, yes." Max said. "I should explain, though, that if you accept to participate in the Institute, you'll be paid ten thousand dollars a week, or the equivalent in any currency you prefer, simply for going to school there. The UPA spares no costs for their institute.""Um... Um..." You say. "I don't... this is..."You do the only thing that makes sense- you pet the wolf in front of you. He sat down, tail wagging, as you scritched his ears and neck.You turn to your mom, and she... shrugged."I can leave for a time and give you time to speak to your family before you decide." Max said.
>>23468972Alright.Go speak with mom and dad, call any friends etc.
>>23468972can I opt out at a latter date?
>>23468972"I think that'd be good. Thank you."
>>23468972>10,000$>implying the value of dollar 500 years in the future would be the same as it is in 2013>Implying Max is not trying to deceive the playersI'm on to you Max, you cannot trick this anon
>>23468972Haha what? Is that equivelent to today's monies cause that's 480000 a year, throw caution to the wind and let's go to school.
>>23468972We should go and talk to dad first, mom.
>>23468972"Will you be my familiar there?"
>>23469081Haha, no thanks.
>>23469081What even the heck kind of question is this? We are not a wizzerd.
>>23469099>>23469113>>23469119>Psionjik>not having a familiar>2573
>>23469047>Actually, due to me being the narrator, I have to translate things into concepts you'd all understand. Otherwise it's likely everyone would be speaking a crazy-ass dialect of spanglish or whatever the hell, but for convenience, I'm translating dates, measuring systems, and money into terms we on current-day /tg/ would understand."Can I opt out at a later date?""Of course." He said. "The UPA does get to keep any research data on you that they have, but we won't keep anyone prisoner.""... Alright." You say, and nod. "I... think I'll need some time before I can make my choice.""Well, I'll wait out here, then." He said, and then rolled onto his back, rubbing his back on the grass, tongue lolling.Some time later, you and your parents sat around the table. You'd have called your friends, but... your only friend was on the extranet- and he was asleep, since it was night on Burer's Glyph."... The psionic institute?" Your father asked, setting out food. You were *ravenous*, and dug in."I'd miss you, but you have Einstein now." Your mom said. "So you could call us any time.""You think the institute is built into an asteroid?" Your father asked. "It should be built into an asteroid.""... Asteroids are for mining, not for schools." Your mother said. "Not to mention there'd be no gravity. Don't be silly, dear."Dad pouted."Regardless." Your mother said. "...I don't think it would be a bad idea. After all, you just transferred schools the other day, so..."
>>23469168"But mom, if they got proper science they could easily make a working school in an asteroid."
>>23469168OK then. Pack the bags and go!They are paying you to go to school, what teenager doesn't want that?
>>23469168>>23469210How old are we anyway?
>>23469168"Alright. I'll make sure to keep in contact then."
Rolled 11>>23469168"in and out again in under a week? sounds like a new record to me... in the mean time though I think I've decided I'll be going to yet another new school again. I figure I've got some packing to do""are you sure you'll be fine mom? the extranet isn't the same as me being here...">or is it?<"now I could use something to eat, lots of something I think; and despite my previous personal decisions something sugary and caffinated to drink"rolling for attempts to use powers in any passive or useful (read telekinetic) way...
>>23469168Well since I just transferred nobody will miss me!>Have we ever been off planet? This sounds like an adventure!
>>23469168Why arn't you guys shocked that I have these weird powers? You're acting like it's normal, or you knew all along.
>You're seventeen years old, and you've never been off world."But mom, if they got proper GEM generators, they could easily make a working school in an asteroid.""That wouldn't nearly be cost effective. You've worked on them before, you know how expensive they are." Your mother said. "It's probably on some terraformed world somewhere, mark my words."You sigh, and tap your fingers on the table for a moment."... For what it's worth." Your father said. "Moving things with your mind is awesome. Come on, lift this fork."You give her fork a glance, and focus on it for some time... and nothing happens. You feel rather silly, even."Why aren't you guys shocked that I have these weird powers? you're acting like it's normal, or you knew all along.""Well..." Your father said. "There was the time you made us stop the groundcar because you had a bad feeling. Then there was that wreck.""The time you fell off of the roof, too." Your mom added. "You didn't have a scratch."You think about it for a moment, and then shake it off - it was just coincidence.Then you bang your hands on the table. "Alright." You say. "I'll pack the bags, and I'll make sure to keep in contact. Are you sure you'll be fine, mom? The Extranet isn't the same as me being here.""I'm sure they'll let you come back on vacations." Your mom said, and gave you a hair ruffle. Then she kissed you on the forehead. "I'll be fine. But I will miss you, Heather."
>>23469373"I'll be sure to visit every opportunity I get. I love you both."
>>23469373Hug mom, then hug other mom."Have either of you been off world before?"Remember, this is an adventure, we don't need to cry.
>>23469373What are our parents names? How do they look like? How do WE look like?
>>23469373What sort of things do you think I need when I leave?
>>23469481>Your mother is Anna Leery. Your father, Sallanee. Your father's maiden name is Smith.>Good question. How do you look, Heather?You pull mom into a hug, and then tug dad out of her chair to pull her into a hug as well."Have either of you been off world before?" You ask, quietly."I haven't... but." Your mother said."I was born on earth." Dad said. "It's scary, when you take off, and shakes a lot, but you'll be fine. Just make sure to buckle your seat so you don't go floating off in zeroG while in flight.""What sort of things do you think I need when I leave?""Well, clothes, makeup, a few books... maybe that art supply kit I got you for your birthday?" Dad asked. "You haven't even touched that.""Don't forget your tools, or Einstein." Mom added. "Maybe you can get your ion boots working while you're there."
>>23469564>>Good question. How do you look, Heather?over the shoulder length ginger blonde hair, green eyes. Average body.
>>23469564"That's because art is for dweebs that don't know how to build things.""The ion boots will help if there isn't any gravity at the intsitute.""Einstien, what is the UPA?"
>>23469647This sounds fine.
>>23469564>Good question. How do you look, Heather?Mousey girl with cropped black hair. And because we're seventeen, it's the future, and don't know any better, we have a strip of it died some gaudy neon color.We've also got sunglasses that are kinda like the ones from Deus Ex: HR, only when they collapse they don't go into our head. They're a future material that becomes dense enough to fit into the removable metal things that stick to our head. Also the color and transparency of the glasses can be changed with a computer. We generally keep it opaque and the same color as our gaudy neon hair strip.We prefer pants and shorts to dresses and skirts, though we aren't completely adverse to wearing them either.
>>23469653 hereAlso, Redhead, with freckles."Einstein, tell me about space flight."
>>23469564Even better question : How old are you Heather?
>>23469564Einstein, Tools, Art Kit, Clothes>implying make up is required when MOTOR OIL
>>23469564Heather has black hair and blue eyes. She's rather tall."I hope this planet doesn't have low gravity. I'd never be able to learn how to control my ion boots like that."
>>23469684>You're seventeen years old, and you've never been off world. >>23469373
>>23469712Oh. Didn't notice. Thanks.
>>23469653That's rather mean to say to someone you won't see in a while.
>>23469647I'd agree with this only with red hair.
tall, Hazel eyes, dark brown hair
adding to this a technical aptitude above average for our age group not NFCQ Amy Tolstoy equivalent levels, but still pretty good; less interest (and thus less knowledge) in arts; except as they apply to mechanical elegance form over function etc.; favorite color; dark green>I figure an aptitude isn't rollplayed as much as statted...
>>23469840FUCKING CROSS LINKING THIS TO THIS >>23469676
>>23469564We also have ridiculously small feet.
>>23469564Tall, broad shoulders, distinct jaw-line, short black hair, slightly muscular, faint stubble.Yes, our body is of a male but we define ourself with female gender. We took the name only few years ago.Just to keep with disgusting transgender, jewish, feminist agenda that op hasjust kidding
>>23469906nostill not funny
>>23469647I'm ok with this.
>>23469918no objections here
>... I'll need to tally the votes for appearance, here."The ion boots will help if there isn't any gravity at the institute.""It's not healthy to be in zero-G too long, so if so, get plenty of exercise.""Einstein, tell me about space flight, and then the UPA.""Space flight was first accomplished in 1961, with Yuri Gagarin piloting the first manned - ""Faster than light travel." You say, uninterested in ancient history."Faster than light travel, or the Bubble drive, was discovered in the year 2125 on the Nagala homeworld. Humanity only discovered it during the first contact with the Nagala forty years later. It functions by forging and propelling positively and negatively charged Dark particles, which interact directly with space-time, in order to twist space around the ship, contracting space in front of it, and expanding space behind it." Einstein said. "The UPA, or United Planets Alliance, is the basic governmental structure that every civilized human, Nagala, and Mzlp[Click]hack[Buzz]tha planets adhere to. Created in 2200 between the united nations of earth alongside the hegemony of Nagala, both species entered the alliance. Several hundred years later, the Mzlp[Click]hack[Buzz]tha made motions to join. Since then, any additional sapient races throughout the galaxy are either too primitive or too antagonistic to join the UPA."
>>23469977Einstein, are there any Aliens at the Institute?Dad have you ever seen an alien?
>>23469977more info on Nagala and zlp[Click]hack[Buzz]tha, please
>>23469977"Einstein, tell me about the important antagonistic sapient races."Get to our room, start packing stuff. We can leave the unimportant stuff behind.
>>23469918Eh, I'm not so keen on that.My only opinion is blonde hair, with dark skin.
>>23470054Though I could be content with red hair, too.>>23470096Not... exactly. though I suppose it is somewhat similar.
>>23470054That sounds slutty. We wrench wench, not actual wench.>>23469918I don't like the idea of cribbing characters like that.
Gonna go ahead and just vote for full on ginger.But I like the glasses idea from >>23469676 regardless of what we actually go with.
>>23469977>ancient historyWhat year is it? How common is space flight among normal people?
>>23470063I second this with hair over the shoulders and green eyes.
I vote redhead.
>>23470151The year is 2573, >>23467581
>>23470130>>23470160oops meant to quote that post
>>23470054I'm not saying it has to be exactly like Kat, just use her/that pic as a base
>Based on tallying votes, Heather is redheaded, her hair over her shoulders, and has hazel eyes. she's also rather tall."Einstein, are there any aliens at the institute?" You ask."No data available." Einstein responded."Dad, have you ever seen an alien?""I saw a Centaur from a distance." She said. "A, uh, what did Einstein call them?""Mzulpklikhackzzzztha?" You attempt."That's why we call them centaurs." She added, and chuckled. "They're impressive. All big, and, uh... crabby, I guess? You need a kazoo to speak their language properly, though.""Einstein, tell me about the important antagonistic sapient races." You say.He was quiet for a time."Data is sparse." He said. "Ninety percent of the data I can find requires military clearance. Noted antagonistic races are 'Crows', and 'Demiurg', but additional information cannot be found."
>>23470184How expensive are FTL drives?
>>23470177miss quoted dude, meant to click on >>23470130 , instead I clicked on your post accidentally ...
>>23470184Einstein, Help me pack for space!
>>23470184"Tell me about Nagala, Crows and Demiurg."info dump go!
>>23470184"Could you tell me how rare are psionics among alien races Einstein?
>>23470184Shouldn't we tell that Max guy, uh wolf, we're going to attend this school of his?
>>23470269Nope, we just walk out the door in a few hours with our suitcase and demand he takes us to the rocket.
"Einstein, help me pack for space!""Researching packing tutorials now." Einstein said, and the projector on the front of his face lit up.Some time later, you sat down, huffing, the duffel bag sitting on your bed. You grab your wrist computer, slip it on, and finally... you grab your sunglasses. They collapse easily into hairclip form, and you put it on."Could you tell me how rare psionics are among alien races, Einstein?""I do not have permission to access the Institute computers." Einstein said."Tell me about Nagala, Crows, and Demiurg." You say, relaxing."Data on Crows and Demiurg cannot be found." He said. "Do you request historical data on Nagala, or biological data?""Heather?!" Your mother called up the stairs. "Max is back. Are you still packing? We can keep him busy for you."More quietly, you hear her speak to someone next to her. "Are you sure you want dog food? We have other things, if you want..."
>>23470369We'd best go downstairs and meet him then.
>>23470369"Just a minute, mom!" "Both, but reasonably abbreviated forms, please."
>>23470369"Biological data".go downstairs.
>>23470369Remind mom about the meat in the freezer and tell her you'll be right down. Dogs love meat. Double check your duffel bag for any needed items first, though, before you forget anything important.
"Just a minute, mom! There's meat in the freezer!" You cry. "Both, Einstein, but reasonably abbreviated forms, please."You go to your duffel bag and dig through it, making sure you had everything."Nagala are serpentine, mostly-boneless creatures. They have two arms, a head, and a tail. Their mouth and stomach are located in their tail, and they have no vocal ability at all. Instead they communicate through electrostatic touch, and changing the hue of their skin. They breathe through nostrils in the sides of their tail, and they bear vestigial spines on their back that open up into beetle-like wings." Einstein said. You finish packing, zip up the bag, and make your way downstairs."Humanity met the Nagala in the year 2165, after finding a stranded ship that had blindly used FTL. It was our first contact, and humanity learned how to use the Bubble Drive from them, in trade for our computer technology. It was soon revealed that, other than the Bubble Drive, Humanity was more advanced than the nagala. As a technocracy, they viewed those with the greatest technology and knowledge as superior, so nagala culture remains to view humanity in high esteem, and they've taken to using transgenes to make them appear more human, usually from the waist up. They see lips and tongues as the most curious part of humanity, and so transgenes to give them vestigial mouths on their faces are quite common." Einstein said. You hit the foot of the stairs and Max was there, gnawing on a bone.
>>23470587"So, Max, I guess you've read my mind or whatever Psionic thing you can do, but I've made my choice."
>>23470587transgenes. Can you explain that more? How do they work?They seem to work like a retrovirus of some kind, that shapechanges a person.
>>23470587"Max, Take me to space!"
>>23470587"Well Max I have decided : I will go with you. I just hope it won't be too harsh there for me."After that turn to mom and dad kiss them both on cheeks and say"Bye mom, bye dad. I will miss you but don't worry I will get in touch soon!"
>>23470587"Max, I'll go with you to Psion School, is there anything I should know about the place first?"Give both our parent's kisses on the cheeks and hugs. Tell them we'll miss them and be sure to call and visit.
>>23470587Ask Max "Are there aliens at the institute?"also "How is the food there?"
We should send a spacemail to that one friend of ours, telling him we're going to space.
>>23470709>"Einstein, are there any aliens at the institute?" >You ask.>"No data available." Einstein responded. >>23470184
>>23470738Max would know, since he, y'know, founded the institute.
"So, Max, I guess you've read my mind or whatever Psionic thing you can do, but I've made my choice."His tail wagged, and you heard him speak despite making no noise."I actually have done no such thing. What choice are you making?"You give your duffel bag a Look, and then he whined again, his ears falling to his sides. Then they perked up, and his tail started wagging."Glad to hear it! Er. See it. We can leave at any time. The shuttle is ready for us, to reach the station in orbit. From there, we can take a ship to the institute. It could take up to a day." He said."I just hope it won't be too harsh there, for me.""The schooling isn't difficult." Max said. "I know most of it - even the parts my implants didn't augment - and I'm just a dog.""Well... Bye mom. Bye dad." You say, and give the two of them hugs. "I'll miss you, and I'll be sure to call and visit.""Your mother will end up owing me something if it turns out to be an asteroid." Dad said, and leered at her. Your cheeks burned. "So make sure to tell us if it is. Lie, even, if need be.""It's a space station." Max said, gnawing on the bone."Are there aliens at the institute?""Just two. One Naga... though she's been heavily transgened, and Sarvesh. You'll like him." He said. "And then two uplifts, if you count myself. The rest are human. The aliens will be joining at about the same time as you, as things turn out.""How is the food there?""Nowhere near as good as the food here." Max said. "But pretty good."
>>23470738He was asking Max, not Einstein. Max would know if there were, Einstein might not have that data available.
>>23470738That's why I said to ask Max. You know, the alien dog thing from the institute? Who can talk? And might be able to provide an answer without going through regulations?
>>23470587Where is your grand ship that whisks me away?>>23470738>Doesn't mean Max can't tell us.
>>23470772I take that back. Exa posted too fast for me.
>>23470762take me to space already.
>>23470762Scratch Max behind the ears and lets get going. TO SPACE!
>>23470762"Well, let's be off, then! To space!"
>>23470762>SarveshSarvesh? Is that another alien race?
>>23470829sounds like a name
>>23470762How many students will there be?Can you show me a psionic trick?
>>23470867It is a name.
>>23470887How do you know?
"Then take me to space, already." You say."You're ready?" He asked, and you nod. "Right, then!"He hopped to his feet, and then... did a strange, canine bow to your parents. "This way, Heather.""Sarvesh? Is that another alien race?""No, no, that's the name of one of the aliens." Max said. "He's a centaur.""How many students will there be?" You ask."... I'd count them out on my fingers, but I don't have them." Max said, and yawned. "Six, including you. Right now, at least." He said.Some time later, your duffel bag was sitting below your street, and you were strapped into your seat, the walls and floor padded around you. Next to you, Max said, with no buckles at all."I won't be needing them." He said, as the shuttle pilot signified the lift off.The ion engines kicked in, whining, and next thing you knew, the windowless shuttle kicked forward, your seat shuddering as you tore out of the atmosphere. Your gut burbled uncomfortably, and soon after, you had an unnerving, uncomfortable feeling that you were entirely weightless.Max stretched, and kicked off of his seat, floating through the air."We're in zero-G, now." He said. "Feel free to try to walk around.""Can you show me a psionic trick?" You ask."I am." He said, and his tongue lolled, as he started moving from side to side. "Telekinesis is easy to maneuver in zero-G. Come on, climb on out. Just push yourself with your mind."
>>23470905The context> One Naga... though she's been heavily transgened, and Sarvesh. You'll like him.It's implied that the "him in that last sentence would be Sarvesh, since the Naga is a "she"
>>23470925>your duffel bag was sitting below your street>Seat, even. I need more coffee.
Rolled 89>>23470925Do it.
>>23470925Try to float upwards."My mind is a squishy grey thing, it can't push.">>23470957>Also "Next to you, Max said" should be 'sat' but I won't tell anyone.
>>23470925"Well, here goes something, I hope."
>>23470925So what are the classes i'll be taking like? Where am I staying? A dorm or something?
>>23471000needs longer hair
>>23470925"I've already used telekinesis today. Are you sure I won't drop exhausted?"
Rolled 57>>23470925"okay""Einstein; run system test for zero-G maneuver, then maintain a 3/4 meter separation should I get stuck floating somewhere..."rolling to push the walls away; attempt a pressure method maintaining a gentle compression for steadiness and stillness. then a slow translation in the 3 dimensions followed by a rotation along 3 axies
>>23471028I know.I'm working on that.
>>23471096>Implying Carver is SCIENCE
"I've already used telekinesis today." You say. "Are you sure I won't drop exhausted?""No, I'm not." He said.You sigh, and unbuckle yourself. You accidentally bump against the seat, and go drifting forward, uncontrollably. You go spinning, drifting, and then... your limbs strain with ... Something, and you roll back 'upright'. your feet hovering. You urge yourself here and there, and drift that direction, as the strange power keeps you from drifting wildly. You feel slightly tired, as if you'd gone for a jog, but you weren't exhausted."So what are the classes I'll be taking like?" You ask. "Where am I staying? A dorm or something?""A dorm, yes." He said. "Classes are far and few between, because we only teach the minimum we're legally required to, but every few days we have a training session. the training sessions are the entire reason for the institute." He said. "The scientists are trying to learn just as much as we are."
>>23471134>>Implying Carver is SCIENCE>Implying we aren't Carver+SCIENCE
>>23471148"How much do you know currently?"
>>23471153>Implying Carver would Overalls
>>23471134Isn't the entire point of her character that she's the balance between SCIENCE and MAGIC ?
>>23471148"I think I'm going to like this place.What do we already know? Are there practice methods that you use that you think would carry over to others?"
>>23471148What other stuff can psions do?
>>23471175So I wasted an hour of my life for nothing.
>>23471148Use mind powers to stick ourselves to the roof as if we have gravity.
"How much do you know currently?" You ask, and stick yourself to the ceiling.Max chuckled. "I'm a dog. I don't know much. But nobody else does, either. We know that while the energy used in psionics tends to come from our bodies, there are times... well, we produce more energy than we burn, sometimes.""What other stuff can psions do?""Every psion has a few abilities. Telepathy is the easiest one. It's how we're talking. An ability you probably never noticed you had is that... language doesn't matter to you. When you speak english, the person you're talking to gets a prodding to their language centers. Their own brain translates for you. Same thing if someone talks to you. Sarvesh doesn't speak english, for example, and Jilly doesn't even speak. But we call can understand them."He rolled onto his back."Then there is Clairvoyance, which is simple. Intuition to an incredible level. Extra-sensory perception. Damien is splendid at that. Then, of course, there's telekinesis, which we're using now... and Manifestation. That's the most puzzling ability in our arsenal. We can... create things. From nothing. Summer is splendid at it."Then he sighed, and stood on the ceiling as well."Those are the classifications the scientists have." He said. "But I have my own personal belief. That psionics can do *anything*."
>>23471148"I don't like the thought of being examined by a bunch of scientists. Tell me Max : Do they train the psionics there into some kind of psi soldiers?"
>>23471266Make a kitten out of nothing.
Rolled 92>>23471306rolling for whimsy
Rolled 46>>23471266Make a plushy kitten out of nothing.
>>23471266"Hmmh... So we can do science?"
>>23471266"That sounds uh...interesting."
>>23471266"So you think the only restriction on what we can do being how we think about it? What we think we can do?So there's Sarvesh, Jilly, Damien, and Summer. Who are the other two?"
>>23470587>Snakegirls, centaurs, crows, etcEhh.... if this MonsterGirl setting?
>>23471266"Anything? Like teleport or travel through time?""Or set things on fire or slice fruit apart in mid air?"
>>23471332Max obviously, and another uplift I believe.
>>23471332One will be us, won't it?
>>23471357He said students, I don't think Max is a student. But one of the students is probably the other Uplift he mentioned earlier.
>there are times... well, we produce more energy than we burn, sometimesWhen we roll 100s, duh. These silly scientists haven't even figured that out yet?
>>23471334pretty much I heard Exabyte mention it was gonna be a harem deal a while back.
>>23471376Right, so the one left is the uplift, assuming neither Damien or Summer are the uplift.
"Anything? Like teleport or travel through time?""I believe it's possible. Not easy, but... possible."You cup your hands, and focus... and then a small, fluffy white kitten plush appears in your hands. You feel slightly more tired, but you'd expected to pass out completely.Max cackled. "My, my, you do have a talent for this!"He prodded it with his nose, and his nose went right through. Then he pouted."Not a good manifestation, though. Just an illusion.""So there's Sarvesh, Jilly, Damien, and Summer. Who are the other two?""Well, there's also you, and Anne." He said. "Though I suppose I probably count, too."He cracked his neck. "You know, I almost named myself Rover instead. I almost wish I went with that one, now."The intercom crackled, and the pilot spoke up."We'll be arriving at the station soon. Please prepare your bags. If you cannot maneuver in zero-g, please use the ladder on the ceiling." As she said that, long ladder rungs slid out of the ceiling, apparently for you to hang onto.
>>23471425Hang onto the ladder, we might be able to maneuver, but we don't want to tire ourself out too much.
>>23471425Yeah, use the ladder. We could tie a bag to Einstein if we can't carry everything."I like Max."
>>23471425Conserve energy with short pushes. "Nothing stopping you changing your name."
>>23471425"But Maximillian is a good name." Pet the pouting dog
>>23471425You can always change your name.
>>23471507>Seconded.>>23471425I can't wait to see what this place is really like.
"I like max. It's a good name.""Well, if you say so..." He said, and you pat his head another few times."You can always change your name.""Maybe." He responded.You hang onto the ladder, ask Einstein to take your bag for you, and follow Max as he climbs out of the shuttle.WELCOME TO HEAVEN'S JEWEL ORBITAL, the sign in front of you said, as you saw people drifting by, some with small ion packs, some with magnetic boots and walking, as the crowded station suddenly split.In the center of the gap of people stood... a being, in magnetic boots.A bulky creature, nearly ten feet tall with four thick, burned umber carapaced legs, splayed laterally out of the sides of his saucer-shaped abdomen. It looked almost like a crab, from the waist-down, but where the crab's head and pincers should be... a torso sat. His thorax looked almost like a powerfully built human torso, with thick carapace plates replacing where the muscles would be, and with incredibly broad shoulders. On his thorax he had two massive bulky arms, ending in pincers, though one was cybernetic, complete with hydraulic pipes hanging free from the polycarbon skeleton. On his belly, sticking from the border between abdomen and thorax, two long, spindly arms sat. Currently, they were folded up against his chest, reminding you of a praying mantis.>Field too long!
>>23471425"Max is a good name. You should keep it. Now let's get our bags."As I say that I use the ladder for energy conservation to get to my bag.
>>23471576His head... was not very humanlike. It was a squat carapace dome, with a lot of 'extra' shell stretching downward from the base of his skull. A dozen mandibles clicked and curled under his chin as he eyed you with eerily human eyes, W-shaped pupils staring into you. Two leathery flaps on the sides of his cheeks flapped open as he breathed.You hear him screech and click, before buzzing and saying something that sounds like 'balewbulahzzzzclick'."Hello." He said, as your brain translates his voice."Sarvesh! Hello!" Max said.
(Will anybody archive this?)
>>23471585GOD DAMN IT
>>23471588Dude, you're huge!>>23471592Yeah, it'll be archived when the thread ends.
>>23471588"Uh, uh. Hello."
>>23471588Attempt to pet Sarvesh. Screw politeness and racial barriers, carapace is sexy.
>>23471592Exabyte usually archives at the end of the thread.
>>23471588"Lovely to meet you Sarvesh, I'm Heather. Do you mind if I feel your shell? I've never met anyone like you before."
>>23471633haha, no.>>23471588Hello, shake han- err what ever passes for a hand.
>>23471675>Do you mind if I feel your shell? I've never met anyone like you before."that sounds weird, and invasive of personal space. lets not.
>>23471633>>23471675no shell feeling
>>23471588>Touch the carapace>Ask sciency questions
"Uh... Uh... Hello." you say.One of Sarvesh's scrawny, spindly hands, probably the most delicate part of his body... patted you carefully on the head. You see only three fingers on it, almost as small as his mandibles.Then he patted Max."Hello." He said again."Sarvesh, this is Heather. Heather, this is Sarvesh." Max said. Sarvesh reached down with the other delicate, lower arm, and patted Max as well."Hello." Sarvesh said a third time."How are you dealing with the extra pressure?" Max asked him, and started walking. You followed, drifting along, while Sarvesh's heavy magnetic boots clanked forward."I just breathe more softly than normal." Sarvesh said. "Not a problem.""I hoped it wouldn't be." Max said."I can tell you're quite curious. The curiosity is oozing off of you." Sarvesh said, suddenly, as the two of you walked. His entire thorax turned to you, as his abdomen and legs continued walking straight. "Please, ask."
>>23471733"What's it like to be so tall? You probably never have any trouble seeing over crowds.What pressure are you used to? What does your carapace feel like? Would you mind if I took a look at your cybernetic pincer? I've always liked cybertech."
>>23471733"What is your carapace made of? What's the normal gravity you're used to? What is your normal diet? Your favourite colour? Did you make those boots yourself? Where are you from? How old are you?"
>>23471733How can you see where you're going when you're walking like that? And.. how thick is your carapace? What happened to your arms?
>>23471733How are you so huge? How many limbs do you have? How long have you been here? Is the academy scary? What's your favourite food?
Bitches on my right side, whores on my right side
"What's it like to be tall? You probably never have any trouble seeing over crowds.""I'm smaller than the rest of my tribe." He said. "What's it like to be so tiny?""What pressure are you used to?""Less than you." He responded. "Maybe half.""What does your carapace feel like?""I don't have anything to compare it to." He responded. "It's my carapace.""Would you mind if I took a look at your cybernetic pincer?""Go ahead." He said, and the massive muscled arm hissed as he raised it toward you. You investigated it... and you were surprised. It was partially built from a military exoskeleton, with truly incredible amounts of hydraulics in it, and a nuclear core for power."What happened to it?""I lost it when my brother tore it off during our wargame." He said. "I didn't want to molt quite yet, so I had this added. My tribe was not fond of it."What is your normal diet?" You ask."... I like fish." He said."Your favorite color?"He said a word that didn't make sense, and your head pounded. " - but it's out of your sight range. Perhaps when I get better at telepathy, I can show you." He said. "Did you make those boots yourself?""No, I purchased them.">Field too long!
>>23471733"How do you sleep? How long do you need to sleep? What do those flaps on the sides of your cheeks do? Are you carnivorous? Omnivorous? How did you lose your arm? What is the cybernetic one made of? Can I see it?"
>>23471733"first are you a male or a female or is that a complicated question to answer?""tell me about yourself; I've never met one of your kind before and I do not know what distinguishes you from others?""tell me, what kind of homeworld do you have what sort of gravity and atmosphere etc.?"be prepared and ready to answer similar questions truthfully and with good humor; we have nothing to hide yet.
>>23471937"Where are you from?""My homeworld is named Kzzzlclick." He said, his voice buzzing like a kazoo. "The UPA calls it Centaur Three Oh Seven, since their human components cannot vocalize it.""How many limbs do you have?""Eight." He said. "If you count the cybernetic arm as one. Well, nine, if you count genitals. Four legs, two lower arms, two upper arms.""How thick is your carapace?"He showed you the tip of his pincer. "This thick." He said, and you estimate it as three inches or so."How old are you?" You ask."Not a valid question." He said. "I do not measure my age in years, so I've lost count. I have, however, gone through three moults. I'm still quite young. Past the age of sexual maturity, but before adulthood.""How do you sleep?""By closing my eyes, twisting my lower arms underneath my body, and squatting down.""What do those flaps on the sides of your cheeks do?""They're similar to your nose. I use them to breathe.""Are you carnivorous? Omnivorous?""Yes.""Are you a male or a female or is that a complicated question to answer?""Male." He said.
>>23471978>Well, nine, if you count genitals.what.Prehensile Genitals?
>>23471978"How does alcohol affect your mind?""You don't seem affected with this kind of questions. Do people ask you about this often?""What's the name of your tribe?"
>>23472021Maybe something like an octopus?
>>23472021no stop asking questions
>>23471978Do you get bigger when you moult? How often do you have wargames? Do people always lose limbs? Why didn't you want to moult? What's your extranet phone number?
>>23471978"Sorry, am I getting annoying?"
>>23471978I think that's enough questions for now
>>23471978I think thats enough questions.
>>23471978Thanks for answering all my questions without much trouble, Sarvesh. I'm sorry if it seems overwhelming.. I'm just.. -really- curious. Are you my guide to show me around this place?
>>23471978"Let me know if I'm asking too many questions, I don't want to annoy you.Does your species have any recreational drugs? Are they related to the ones us humans use? What is molting? How does it work? You implied that molting would get you a new arm? That's really cool.Can I ride on your shoulders?"
"How does alcohol affect your mind?""It doesn't.""Does your species have any recreational drugs? Are they related to the ones us humans use?""My digestive system is incredibly robust." He said. "I'm rarely, if ever, mentally affected by what I eat.""You don't seem affected by these kind of questions. Do people ask you about this often?""No, I've never been interrogated quite this completely." He responded."Sorry, am I getting annoying?"He blinked, his eyes closed for a few seconds, and then his mandibles twitched. "No, you're not. Please, continue.""What's the name of your tribe?""My tribe is the UPA." He said. "Technically. And then it's subtribe is the inhabitants of Kzzzlclick, and then the subsubtribe of the southern continent, and then my own small tribe, Vesh. Altogether, my tribe name would be Upa[klick]Kzzzl[klick]Soco[klick]Vesh."Then he buzzed."Do you get bigger when you moult?""Sometimes.""How often do you have wargames?""Daily.""Do people always lose limbs?""Sometimes.">Field too long!
"Can I ride on your shoulders?""We're in Zero-G, I'm afraid, telekinesis nonetheless.""Why didn't you want to moult? What is moulting? How does it work? You implied that moulting would get you a new arm? That's really cool.""Moulting is painful." He said. "It makes you older, and closer to death, though it regenerates my body entirely. Any wounds will vanish.""What's your extranet phone number?"He blinked again, his eyes closed for a long, slow time."We will not be able to communicate vocally." He said. "Since I'm speaking my native tongue. Telepathy doesn't work at a distance. We can, however, send one another text messages."That said, he rattled off his extranet address.Then he opened his eyes again, and gave you a Look."Now, for my own question." He said. "May I have yours?"
>>23472249ok.Do you have any questions about humans?
>>23472249>"Now, for my own question." He said. "May I have yours?"of course you can, I wouldn't have asked otherwise
>>23472249"Of course you can. Feel free to text me whenever you want, I wouldn't have asked for yours if I wasn't going to give mine. You would have gotten it when I texted you the first time.Is there any body language of yours that I ought to be aware of?Do you have any questions about humans?"
>>23472249"It regenerates your body entirely? How much energy does it take? Do your species travel through time?"
>>23472249"Of course! Einstein, give him my address!""Einstein, tell me about Xzzzlc- Tell me where his homeworld is."We should also get Max' number.
>>23472249certainly (give him our address(s) )answer any questions he has; then ask if body language and signals are a thing his people use in communication...
>>23472249"Why, Of course you can. It would be rude not to give you the same opportunity. Ask away."
>>23472249You can still inject substances into your blood stream as a drug. Have your people ever thought of that? It's a stupid thing to do, really, but possible.Go ahead and ask anything you want. I'll answer.
>>23472348Would injections work if he's made of hard carapace and powered by internal pressure?>>23472249How long will it take us to get to the academy?
>>23472369>I'm sure if these races have figured out interplanetary travel they'd have figured out special needles for that. They'd be needed for medical needs too, unless they have some other way.
"Of course!" You say, and give him your own. "Do you have any questions about humans?"He tilted his head for some time, thinking and walking in silence."This is the ship's docking port." Max said, suddenly, stopping at a large, thick doorway. "It has a small gravity generator area, so that might be more comfortable for you."The three of you walked into a large helm, with a pilot sitting at the cockpit, and a door to the back."We can set off any time." Max said."How long will it take us to get to the academy?" You ask."A day or so." Max said. "We'll have to sleep aboard. Go in the back, and I'll have them kick the generators on."Some time later, you sat on a simple couch, Sarvesh sitting on the carpet in front of you. Below your feet, you knew, there were tens of thousands of small gravitoelectromagnetic cylinders, spinning in perfect vacuum with enough power to generate 0.7 Gees. enough to sit comfortably."What is your normal diet?" Sarvesh suddenly asked. "Favorite food? Favorite color? How old are you? Are you female? Tell me of your homeworld. Tell me of your tribe."Then he scratched one of the flaps on his cheek with a pincer. "And those are my questions."
>>23472411>>23472369>>23472348you know, we could also drop the subject of drugs for now....>>23472249clear and forthright answers for everyone!
>>23472436"My normal diet consists primarily of fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat. My favorite color is blue. I'm seventeen years old, which by my society's standards is about the same age as you I believe. I am female. My homeworld is called Heaven's Jewel, it's almost entirely covered in water. It has only been terraformed rather recently.The smallest iteration of my tribe are my direct forebears. My mother works as a repair mechanic, and my father works as a gardener."
>>23472436I like eating meat (red or white) in my normal daily meals.Blue, 17 years, Yes. Tribe? My family? I have two female perents, and thats pretty much it.(no idea about food, or the homeworld.)
>>23472436I eat grains and fruit and vegetables and meat, but I don't like meat so much. Chicken is nice though. My favourite food is curry. I like red, because it's like my hair. I am 17 and female. I am from here, Heaven's Jewel! I live with my mum and my dad and they <insert occupation> and we just moved.
>>23472436"Einstein, what is the station using for power generation?"
>>23472436"I'm omnivorous, fruits, starches, vegetables, meat, grain, tubers, fungi. My favorite food is my Mother's Pasta Carbonara. My favorite color is Green. I'm 17 and female, biologically close to adulthood but not considered such mentally, socially, or emotionally. My homeworld is Heaven's Jewel (insert description of it).My direct tribe would be my Mom and Dad, and you could consider their siblings, parents and so on as part of it as well though we do not live with them currently. My Mom and Dad are both female, but they used Science to have a child with both of their genes. My Mother Anna is an Engineer, by 'Father' Sallanee is a Science Teacher."
>>23472436"I basically eat whatever as long as it tastes good.""Favourite food would probably be something sweet. I like blue color the most because it reminds me of the sky. I am 17 terran years old. I have past age of sexual maturation but I still haven't reach adulthood so I guess I am approximately as old as you. Yes I am a female. My Homeworld is very populated one. It has been terra formed long before I was born. And it has similiar clima to the one of one the planet Earth. We humans don't live in tribes anymore."
"My normal diet consists primarily of fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat. My favorite food is pizza, and my favorite color is blue. I'm seventeen years old, which by my society's standards is about the same age as you, I believe. I'm female. My homeworld is called Heaven's Jewel, and it's almost entirely covered in water. It was only terraformed recently.""I saw it from the orbital satellite." He said."My mother works as a repair mechanic, and my father... doesn't really do anything, really. She gardens and draws. I have two female parents, and that's pretty much it.""I see." He said, and nodded. "I am pleased to meet you, Heather."And that's when the ship shuddered, the Bubble Drive manipulating the fabric of space around you, the ion drives blasting off The lights flickered, and then went dark. You saw nothing but two glimmering W-shaped pupils, staring at you, until the lights flickered on again."That is always unnerving." He said. "Do not worry.""Einstein, what is the ship using for power generation?""It is using a thorium nuclear core, currently, at 75% fuel remaining." Einstein responded. "Supplemented with backup chemical cells."
>>23472643"It was my pleasure yo meet you!""Can you see in the dark?"
>>23472643can we time skip? this Q&A is getting to be boring.
Rolled 87>>23472436humans are omnivorous; I quite like steak witch is the particular muscular tissue of a specific earth mammal; I like powder blue; I'm not sure of the telepathy carried that answer though, it made an error when you gave me your answer to that question...I am just now 17 (or whatever age we are) not very old compared to other humans, I am near the end of the transition from sexual immaturity to sexual maturity. I am female. my homeworld is where we just were, I don't identify with earth so much as (planet name) I grew up in .9G gravity. and my tribe, well, we don't organize that way, but my immediate family consists of myself my "mother" and my "father" (roll is to package along an image or conceptual summary of both)
>>23472643"It's my pleasure to meet you as well Sarvesh.My name Heather comes from a species of plants that originated on Humanity's world of origin. Does your name Sarvesh mean anything? I know that Vesh is your tribe but what does Sar mean?"
>>23472643>And that's when the ship shuddered, the Bubble Drive manipulating the fabric of space around you, the ion drives blasting off The lights flickered, and then went dark. You saw nothing but two glimmering W-shaped pupils, staring at you, until the lights flickered on again.>"That is always unnerving." He said. "Do not worry."I found it relaxing
>>23472643When are meeting the others? Right now? Soon?
"It was my pleasure to meet you." You say, and lean back on the couch. "Can you see in the dark."Not particularly." He said. "But I sleep every eighteen hours, and it's getting to be that time, I'm afraid."You sigh, and nod, as his four splayed out legs squat down, his lower arms sliding underneath his abdomen as he curled up, his thick shell protecting most of his body.Next thing you knew, he was asleep.You sighed, and lay back on the couch, tinkering more with your ion boots. It would be almost midnight back on Heaven's Jewel by now, you knew, and you were starting to get tired. Einstein was still entangled, though, which meant you could send messages... or look something up... or anything, really, before you went to sleep for the night.>Wat do?
>>23472808Go on Future 4chan and browse /tg/.
>>23472808go on future 4chan and troll /tg/
>>23472808Send a message to that one friend of ours.>I'm going to space! Maybe when I get a holiday I can come visit.Also poke Sarvesh in the carapace, see what it feels like.
>>23472824From what we know about our character, I think she'd be more interested in /diy/ and /k/. Maybe /g/ and /sci/ too.
>>23472808Go on lolcats
>>23472808Send a message to our parents, tell them that we met a really cool Centaur guy, tell them we love them.Then take a nap.
>>23472808I think we should go to sleep too. I've had enough of questions
>>23472808Go to sleep on the couch! you're tired anyway, and there's nothing left to do here.
>>23472824join in yottabyte's quest thread
>>23472838Also whatever new boards m00ts decedents would've added.
>>23472808Send a message to our parents saying that we're on the ship and stuff and then go to sleep.
Rolled 31>>23472808"Einstein- compose letter, addresses, mom and dad begin dictation""well here goes nothing, on the ship now to the station, sharing deck-space with an alien he seems nice. did some telekinetics and telepathy; not much else happened.""Einstein- send message; then play the 'sleeping music' playlist associated with my E-net account"
You lay back, slip on your glasses, and connect Einstein's router to your wrist computer. You send a simple message to your parents about the centaur you met, and then another message to Prometheus. He probably wouldn't be awake yet, though.Next, you go to futurechan, connecting to the Extranet, and go to the 'traditional games' board. Instantly, something catches your eye. 'Exaquest', by some tripfag, Yottabyte. Some shitty quest about a clumsy young man in the ancient past. After posting 'tongue in butt' a few dozen times and saging - because, of course, quests don't go on that board - you finally take off the sunglasses, curl up on the couch, and fall asleep.>End of thread!>My twitter is #futureexabyte , and I'm always on the IRC (#Exabyte on Rizon).>Finally, I'll be running this every day I can, and if you guys have questions about the setting, I'm always able to answer them (As long as the answer was something heather would conceviably know)
>>23472925TONGUE IN BUTTFAAAAAG!
>>23472925How long has Heaven's Jewel been a colony? What is their main import/export and what do most of the citizens do?
>>23472925Does Humanity have matter fabricators at this point? Nanotech? Who's Prometheus?
>>23472925Thanks for running!
>>23472959Heaven's Jewel was colonized 71 years ago, and it doesn't quite have major imports or exports. Few planets do. It has enough of a population that it might as well be a full-fledged planet.>>23472977Nanotech is only possible in laboratory situations (power transferring problems, mostly), but matter fabrication is all but impossible, as far as science knows.Prometheus (Alex Khaleesh) is an old friend from elementary school - he moved to another planet a few years ago, but the two of you keep in touch via email.
>>23473018Are there laser guns?
>>23473018Does the quest fit into NF/SCQ continuity?
>>23473096Probably not, there's no nanotech or matter fabbing.
>>23473090Laser weapons are best in short range ship-to-ship battles, and handheld laser weapons are rare, but yes, they do. They're limited to the UPA military, though, and planetary governments need to apply for licenses. >>23473096No, not at all. PsiQ doesn't have shields at all, nor copious amounts of handwaving 'exotic material'.
Oh, also, I forgot to post this!http://pastebin.com/CaAF0yS8
>>23473018What kind of engines are used for spaceships? Ion thrusters are notoriously low force.
>>23473128>nor copious amounts of handwaving 'exotic material'.But then what will we lick?
Should have sent mail to Prometheus about Psijinkery
>>23473184>http://pastebin.com/CaAF0yS8>[NOTE: Asteriks signify a buzz in the Mzlp'hack*tha language, while apostrophes signify buzzes.]Both buzzes?>[If you wish to know more, see Centaur Sexual Positions, by Javeel'*ch]Does Einstein have access to this book?
>>23473194Shuttles use chemical rockets to get into the air and out of the atmosphere. There have been many advances in ion technology (mostly by centaurs, since there was a fungus on that planet that produced phaeron gas (the requisite fuel for powerful ion thrusters) as a byproduct.>>23473235Whoops. Apostrophes signify clicks. Fixed that now.>Does Einstein have access to this book?You'll have to buy it, but it's only around ten bucks or so.
>>23473270How does the extranet and Einstein's entanglement thing work? How would it get broken?
>>23473270Do we have like, a paypal/debit card/savings account/checking account and if so, how much money do we have in it?
>>23473298Well once the Institute gets started up we'll have a truly obnoxious amount to spend, judging from >>23468972 . Unless the also charge us space rent, I guess.
>>23473270How common is space travel? Are planetary economies mostly limited?
>>23473321We'll have salary of $480,000 a year, so yeah. We'll be crapping money practically. Makes me wonder just how intense this training is going to be, that they can throw money away like that.
>>23473352It seems to me like we are an experimental training subject. Which means they are very few psionic people there.Doesn't seem like that big of a expense.
>>23473290>Quantum entanglementThere are, throughout UPA space, great extranet nodes floating about. They carry the necessary tools to entangle two particles, and to keep them separated. They keep one, of every pair, connecting to each other, while the other set of each pair is sold as a router. Quantum routers contain a particle via SCIENCE, something about magnetism. If the router gets damaged, containment is lost, entanglement gets unentangled, and you have to go pay for another router.>>23473298You have a thousand dollars in savings from odd jobs, but it's soon to not matter when you join the institute.>>23473342Not unheard of for the upper-middle class, rather common for the high class, rare for middle class, and hardly ever for anything lower class than that. But that's only for humanity.Planetary economies are usually rather isolated, due to their natures as entire planets. They're big enough that there's usually a consumer who wants something on the same continent, which is a lot easier to deliver to.>>23473352If they can replicate psionics, then that's going to shove UPA- or even the entire galaxy- straight into post-scarcity. It's worth more than that for the research data.
>>23473405>>23473290I probably didn't explain it well enough, but it's basically instantaneous communication. Kind of expensive to set it up.
>>23473456Are the Bubble drives the only method of FTL? No others speculated?
>>23473514There are others speculated, and labs across the galaxy are trying to figure them out, but the only working one is a bubble drive.
>>23472925>because, of course, quests don't go on that boardSo what board does Heather thing quests go on?
>>23473729She's of the opinion that there should be a new quest board built specifically for them.
>>23473768I've never felt so disconnected from a character before.I joke, Heather is awesome so far.
>>23473768Can Max be our husbando?
>>23473811Do not turn this into another fucking waifu quest.
>>23473811He's a dog.The best I can do is give you a blank stare.
>>23473838Y'know, it's always the people who fight waifuing tooth and nail who cause the arguments.Not that I think we should be waifuing, but every time someone starts screaming about it, they cause a massive, derailing argument that might not have happened otherwise.
>>23473888There's a fine line between someone complaining about rampant waifuing, and someone who is meerly voicing a lack of interest and a wish to move on to other topics. Sadly both cause a violent reaction on both sides almost immediately.For this, let's try to keep it to post thread for a while, at least? And not complain when it turns up?
>>23473960What we really need is a clearly asexual MC.
>>23473960If it comes to a vote "take the this person as a wife or not". Yea, expect lots of complaining.
>>23473960That's mostly what we did in Exa's other quests.Except whenever someone was violently opposed to a waifu during the thread, then the shitstorms happened immediately. Still better than most quests, though.
>>23473405I would like to know more about large-scale ground combat and how it is handled. What is the force composition in the future? Lots of infantry and no armor? Heavy reliance upon aerospace?
>>23474009I... don't understand.
>>23474035Actually, there's only little warfare here in the future. Most of it takes place in space, with ship combat against pirates, utilizing laser weaponry to slag through armor and enemy weapons, missiles for longrange, and specialized shuttle boarding parties to take a ship entirely. Kinetic spreadshot in order to keep away shuttles. Ground-scale combat is similar to how it is in the present, I suppose. I don't actually expect to get very far into 2573-era military, though.
>>23474150Are ship-to-ship missile warheads standard nuclear shaped charges or do they use antimatter?
>>23474150I would think ground warfare isn't much of a thing what with precision orbital bombardment and such.
>>23474223Orbital bombardment is great, it's good for taking people out, but you still need ground forces to take and hold an area, but orbital superiority would probably replace air superiority in many ways.
>>23474182Nuclear charges, though kinetic spreadshot - which is basically thousands of meter-long needles shot out of a space cannon - can tear the missiles up. The only thing kinetic spreadshot has trouble with is ammunition problems that it can't pierce most ship hulls, and if you get the timing wrong, it wouldn't be hard for the missiles or shuttles to dodge it.>>23474223UPA actually makes a point of staying out of single-planet engagements, usually during revolutions and the like (and they definitely stay out of centaur wargames) but they *do* forbid orbital bombardment.
>>23474242Those "take and hold" troops probably won't be fighting anything more than the occasional insurgents, since a large force would be wiped out by micro-missiles and laser blasts dropped from orbit.Imagine if you had an AC-130 above you at all times, and also, it can vaporize buildings.
>>23474279What is your policy on stealth in space?
>>23474452Without transponders, you need to use radar to see another ship, which can be difficult if it's constructed in a way to deflect it away. Internal gyroscopes go all wibbly if someone bubble drives past or near you, though, so they'll usually be able to tell if you ran - though they won't know if that was you running, or your cavalry arrive.
>>23474524what about human scale optic camouflage?
>>23473270>Phaeron gasCould I request information on this? Is it relatively inert?
>>23474524That's surprising. No EM sensors in the future?
How tech-y is the MC? Can we build robots and maybe add some limbs to Einstein? Or is it more in drives and spesstech?
>>23474598>>23474669turn him into floating robot octopus
>>23474549Possible with metamaterials and staying still long enough, but you still give off heat. Not to mention that the metamaterials that do currently exist don't quite work on infrared or ultraviolet wavelengths, so Centaur (who can see every color ever) and Nagala (who can sense electromagnetic force) can still sense you.>>23474558It is. It's incredibly inert. I really haven't put much thought into it, but ionized phaeron gas imparts significantly more force than any other conventional ion propellants.>>23474571With all the nuclear missiles and such, not to mention the delicate computer on the inside of them, most recent ships are outfitted with Future!faraday shields in the hull to protect against electromagnetic pulses.>>23474598Pretty techy. You take after mom, and you learned by maintaining the maintenance droids - you know your way around robotic bits. What you don't know very well is spesstech.
>>23474728Well, that's given me some ideas for things to do later on. Thanks!