>Previous threads can be found at: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Psion%20Quest>Einstein was hovering behind Damien, silently. You knew you could check his data at any time: http://pastebin.com/CaAF0yS8Inside the cafeteria was Rho, Isaac, Jilly, Anna, Sarvesh, Sigma, and Alex. Things were busy, and everyone was eating their own thing. Rho and Sigma were eating together, rho stuffing food into Sigma's mouth now and then, while Jilly and Alex were talking about playing ancient video games and getting them to work on newer systems. Anna and Sarvesh were eating the same thing and talking about cooking, and Isaac was sitting alone. At your heels was summer, padding along quietly. In the corner, sitting in Damien's lap was Theta, abnormally busty.Damien met your eyes for the first time, and his pupils dilated like they hadn't before. He shot you a rather sheepish grin."Hey, Heather." He said, grinning. "Did you know that my clairvoyance saw colors really strangely? Now I have to get used to what everything actually looks like.""What should we have for dinner?" Summer asked.
>>24262143"Really? You had a wonderful color composition on your artwork though.""Hotdogs."
>>24262186with a side of steak
>>24262143"Close your eyes when you paint, though! As a style they look really cool!"
>>24262143"I had a hunch, it'll take some time getting used to it. I hope it won't disappoint."get something nutritional for dinner.maybe Telepath Theta that he should be careful with those.
>>24262186Medium rare.I am prepared to fight you over this.
"Let's have some steak." you say. "With a side of steak.""Yesss." Summer said, and the two of you went to the kitchen and ordered some. Waiting for your meal, you sat down next to Damien."Close your eyes when you paint, though!" You say. "As a style, they look really cool!""You knew? Aw, man." Damien said, and sighed. Theta giggled, and Damien nudged him... or her, off of his lap. "At least I'll be able to fix that painting of you without waiting for my clairvoyance to return. It's still eerie not to know what's going to happen, though."
>>24262143"Yeah, your color choices were kind of...odd... when you painted. But it looks kind of cool and surrealist!""I'm thinking steak."
>>24262254"I bet it'll be disorientating when it returns. Since you're so used to using it as a substitute for sight, it'll probably come back and overlap your actual sight."
>>24262254"You'll just have to get used to being like us normal scrubs."
Rolled 62>>24262254oh I'm sure you'll get used to it...
>>24262254"Ah well, you'll just have to live with us down here in linearity land for awhile."
>>24262254"i hope it will return eventually... you're one of us until then." with a grin>"one of us, one of us."
>>24262293Yes I like this>>24262247not well done and covered in ketchup?
>>24262254"You know... I hope it will return, even with your sight back, and didn't just decide to leave as it saw you getting your vision back and not having need of it anymore.""Fix? But, but, shouldn't it be finished, a 'flawed masterpiece' as it were?""And your pupils dilated, it's a pretty obvious sign."
"You'll just have to get used to being like us normal scrubs." You say, and shoot him a grin. "Down here in linearity land.""Aw, man." He said."I bet it'll be disorienting when it returns." You say. "Since you're so used to using it as a substitute for sight, it'll probably come back and overlap your actual sight.""That would be dizzying as hell." He said, and sent einstein to follow you again. "But you can have him back. Since I won't, well, need him anymore."He shrugged, and then your food arrived. Summer dug in, pinning the bone down with a paw so she could gnaw off the rest, while you took a knife and fork to yours. Damien started eating his own sugar-filled concoction. This one was a different concoction than his breakfast mulch, with gratuitous amounts of chocolate"Fix? But, but, shouldn't it be finished, a 'flawed masterpiece' as it were?""It was a painting of you." Damien said. "And the girl I painted was very pretty, but it wasn't you. That's kind of the whole point. So it needs to be fixed."
>>24262399"It is me as you saw me back then, silly. Just leave it as it is. Please?"
>>24262399"But it's good. I won't stop you, but it's a good painting."
>>24262399"Hey Sarv! Any idea what day the hull might be delivered?"
>>24262399Whats-his-name's paintings aren't perfect 1:1 images of their subjects, but they're still beautiful.Picasso! That guy.
>>24262399"Well, since you have your actual sight, how do I look compared to your clairvoyance?"
>>24262399"not everything needs to be fixed but if you're dead set on doing it, then i won't stop you.""just don't become obsessed about fixing stuff."we could pose for a different picture and keep the old one as a reminder of the time he went completely blind.
>>24262399"What's with the chocolatey stuff?"
>>24262322>not well done and covered in ketchup?> ketchup on steakhorse radish or mustard are better> well done>not bloody
"It is me as you saw me back then, silly." You say, and pout at him. "Just leave it as it is. Please?"He was able to withstand your pout for a full second-and-a-half before sighing. "Sure."Theta mumbled about how he needed to learn how to do that."Well, since you have your actual sight, how do I look compared to your clairvoyance?""You look... well..." He said, looking you up and down. He shot you another sheepish grin. "You look very nice. Much less imposing now. But then again, Sarvesh is *way* more imposing now."You look over to Sarvesh, and shoot him a smile and a wave. "Hey, Sarv! Any idea what day the hull might be delivered?""It should be arriving in the morning tomorrow." He responded. "Really, it should have arrived today, but they're running late. And then we'll just need to buy a proper ship computer. Or use omnissiah, I suppose."
>>24262542"Oh, that's excellent! Thanks, Sarvy!"
>>24262542"i could ask if Omni would want to" out loud "he did incorporate that drone docking station." a little more to our self.
>>24262542We should also mount an upsized ion lance onto it.
>>24262609we only have one heat crystal
>>24262542"I'm not THAT imposing, I just have a lot of personality... thanks."
>>24262542"Hooray!" Throw hands into air!"I'll ask Omni if he wants to do it, though I'll have to get an integrated one anyway and for times when he's away if he says yes.""Is that your normal sugar gunk but with chocolate?"
>>24262609We don't have the resources to make another unfortunately.But what we could do is have a station where we mount our gun and it supercharges and it routes the beam through an opening in the hull.
>>24262609>I feel obliged to mention that you need special UPA clearance to have spaceship-mounted weapons. Which isn't easy to get. Most planetary governors can't even get them."Oh, that's excellent! Thanks, Sarvy!" You called."Not a problem.""I could ask Omni if he would want to...""But if we did use him, then the ship wouldn't function at all without him." Sarvesh said. "In a perfect world, we'd have both. A ship-board computer for basic trajectories and navigation without him, and then some sort of docking station on the cockpit for him."You nod, thinking about it, and then turn back to Damien. "I'm not *that* imposing, I just have a lot of personality." You say. "Thanks.""Hey, I only say what I see." He said, though his expression seemed a little... strange, somehow."Is that your normal sugar gunk but with chocolate?""It's nutella." He responded. "And it's not gunk, it's perfectly healthy." He said. "It doesn't even have any sugar."
>>24262678"Really? I thought you subsisted entirely on nothing but raw sugar?"
>>24262678"something that's not sugar? are you feeling okay?"
>>24262678Stop losing your trip all the time, Exa.
>>24262678"That was my plan. Get Omni to fly it to a place where we can get the best computers then mount that so he doesn't have to fly it all the time."
>>24262678>nutella> "It doesn't even have any sugar."it's mostly sugar
>>24262678"Oh, did you eat the mainly sugar [stress]gunk[/stress] because of your precog?"smile mischievously with the gunk."I just hope it'll return instead of deciding that you can survive well enough with your natural vision."
>>24262678"I don't believe that at all. Let me taste it."
>>24262678>>24262752>The main ingredients of Nutella are sugar and palm oil, followed by hazelnut, cocoa solids, and skimmed milk. In the United States, Nutella contains soy products. Nutella is marketed as "hazelnut cream" in many countries. Under Italian law, it cannot be labeled as a chocolate cream, as it does not meet minimum cocoa solids concentration criteria. About half of the calories in Nutella come from fat (11 g in a 37 g serving, or 99 kcal out of 200 kcal) and about 40% of the calories come from sugar>40% of the calories come from sugar>no sugarright...
>>24262678"Einstein, list nutella ingredients!"
>>24262678>this is me!>>24262727>NEVER."Something that's not sugar? Are you feeling okay?""Well... Not really, but that's neither here nor there." He said, shrugging it off."I just hope it'll return, instead of deciding you can survive well enough with your natural vision.""It's part of my brain. It'll return when it's not tired." He said."Really? I thought you subsisted entirely on nothing but raw sugar?""Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Don't answer that." He said. "I just have a sweet tooth. Just because I don't have my sugary gunk like I normally do..."You look down at his food, and back up at him."I don't believe that at all." You say. "Let me taste it."He sighed, and slid the bowl to you. you took a spoonful... and Damien was lying. It tasted of nothing but chocolate, hazelnut, and sugar. You shoot him a glare.He shrugged. "At least it's ... healthier than what I normally eat?"
>>24262800"Yeah, yeah. I suppose you're right."
>>24262800>"At least it's ... healthier than what I normally eat?"it could be, be that depends on the amounts used
>>24262800"Technically, sugar is probably good for psions. Since we eat up a lot of carbs." Hug him. "And if you want to talk about anything you know where to find me. Don't go getting all mopey all of a sudden."
>>24262800"Chocolatey, hazelnutey, sugary gunk." Sigh, shake head."You should try... what's it called again? Meaummi, I think it was? It's some old Terran recipe.">Mämmi.
>>24262800take another bite for good measure."not by much."he's acting a bit different from his usual self, or maybe that's just me.
>>24262800"Are you alright?"
"Chocolatey, hazelnuty, sugary gunk." You say, and take another spoonful. "Not different by much. Technically, sugar is probably good for psions, since we eat up a lot of carbs." "Yeah, probably." He said.Sensing something was wrong, you pull him into a hug. "And if you want to talk about anything, you know where to find me. Don't go getting all mopey all of a sudden.""... I spent almost an entire day hiding in the vents, covered in blood and evading searchers." Damien said. "It'll take a while before I'm feeling better. I'll be fine, though."
>>24262915"well, you have friends who care about you so don't be a stranger if anything is bothering you to much."ask Theta if he'll be fine when he starts growing Lambda's new body.
>>24262915"Alright...well, again, thank you."Hug+kiss
>>24262915"Well okay, just promise you won't go off and get all mopey on your own, we're all here for you."
>>24262958>ask Theta if he'll be fine when he starts growing Lambda's new body.That makes no sense.Of course he'll be fine when he starts it.He's still not recovered enough to do it though.
"Alright, well..." You hug him tighter for a moment, and kiss him on the cheek. "Again, thank you.""No big deal." He said."Well, okay. Just promise you won't go off and get all mopey on your own. We're all here for you.""But how can I pretend to be all stoic and such when I can't go hide away to hide my feelings?" Damien asked sarcastically, and laughed. "You're making it hard for me.""Theta, will you be fine when you start growing Lambda's new body?""I'll have to take it slow." He said. "Which is why I need the biopod, so they can sustain whatever I've grown while I'm resting. I already got his spine done, and his brain in suspended animation."
>>24263073"Woah, that's damn cool."Are we tired? Maybe go do a little bit of TK practice, we didn't get chance to earlier.
>>24263100Aren't we still eating?We should talk to Alex and Jilly while we're here.
>>24263073"if you need anything, don't hesitate to ask. I'll gladly help if it means Lambda can have a (relatively) normal life."
>>24263145>Heather>Help with biokinesisBecause it didn't go horribly enough last time, right?
>>24263073"I'd offer to help, but bio-anything doesnt really work out for me."
"Woah. That's damn cool." You say. "If you need anything, don't hesitate to ask. I'll gladly help if it means Lambda can have a relatively normal life.""I won't need any." He said. "If Lambda isn't connected to the machine, well.. he won't have any powers at all, since he can't use them. He'll be fine. I woulda' disconnected him earlier, if the Director wasn't an asshole."Then he sighed."He might lose some of his memories though. The doctor lady said it- the neurologist. What was her name?""Kailynn." Summer said."Yes, her." Theta said.You look over to Jilly and Alex, who had came to the conclusion that they were going to play the first halflife, no matter how much they had to cripple their machines so that it didn't run too quickly.
>>24263259Call over to them "Half Life 2 Episode 1 Part 5 is the best Half Life game! Go back to /vr/ nostalgiafags!"
>>24263259"I can do a technopathy thing for you two if you want. You should be able to play anything that way!"
>>24263291If that's how Heather acts on futurechan she is the worst kind of shitposter.
>>24263259>mentioning tech around heathersee if they would like some help with their machines.
>>24263291You surely mean Half Life Two Episode 2 Part 2 The Second?
>>24263291There'd have to be a 3 before a 5>Implying Valve can count to 3
>>24263317No, it's like porn movie titles. They skipped 2-4.
"I can do a technopathy thing for you two if you want. You should be able to play anything that way!""Awesome." Alex said, and Jilly pulled you into a hug.Then, suddenly, Alex paused.And then he pouted."But... if I touch the machine... wouldn't it disable what you do?"
>>24263338"I don't... think so? I mean if I just focus my technopathy on the tower and you stick to the keyboard it should be okay... I think.
>>24263338"Um. Well you'll need one of those old keyboards and a mouse, so as long as you don't touch the machin itself it should be fine.
>>24263338"Nope! Because I'm just asking it to write a program or do something, not sustaining it with psionics. I hope."
>>24263338"only one way to find out."get a non important piece of tech and ask it to preform a simple task for us, then have Alex touch it and contact the machine again to see what's different.if that fails, we can always just do it the old fashion way and take their machines apart by hand.
"Um. I don't think so." You say. "I mean, if I just focus my technopathy on the tower and you stick to the controls, it should be okay... I think.""It's not actually that hard to do it mundanely." Jilly said. "It's software. I have something that does that on my personacom. And it works on the machines in the rec room, too."She turned to you. "Did you and Anna want to play more Demiurg Commander? Because that was really fun."
>>24263446"Why sure! I'd like to! Only if Anna wants to though."
>>24263446"Yeah, I'll ask her!"<Anna, are you up for some more Demiurg Commmander?>
>>24263446"if you don't mind delaying your halflife binge, I'll go ask Anna."
"Yeah, I'll ask her." You say.<Anna, are you up for some more Demiurg commander?><Sure, after dinner.> She said. <Maybe this time we'll end up making that gatling plasma caster or something.> She said, and giggled. <I could use one on wyvern, after all.>Summer continued gnawing on her meat, and Rho and Sigma burst into smoke, both appearing down next to you."Hey, Heather." She said. "I want to say sorry about earlier today. I didn't see the darts behind us, or I woulda' teleported away."
>>24263573"Hm? Well we all ended up okay, so don't beat yourself up about it."
>>24263573<That sounds like a challengeeeee.>
>>24263573"We were all ambushed, there's no need to apologize. I'm just glad we all made it out okay."
>>24263573"Don't worry about it, they knew we were coming and had time to plan for it."
>>24263573"there is nothing to be sorry about, you did a great job getting us in and out, not to mention being able to able to get Sigma as well after all that.""if anything, i should be saying sorry, it must have been very draining."pat her on the head, maybe ruffle her hair a bit.
>>24263573"It was a setup, not much we could have done. They probably knew you were our ticket out. Don't worry yourself about it, you did great."<Sounds like a challenge.>
"Don't worry about it." You say, and ruffle her hair. "You did a great job getting us in and out, not to mention being able to get Sigma as well after all that. If anything, I should be saying sorry. It must have been very draining.""I can do it a lot." She said. "Just not over and over again like that really quickly. Like, a short distance like that, I could do that all day. It's just when we have to go back and forth over and over and move like five people that it gets tough."She banged her fist against her own chest. "If I had a Where, or maybe Eps- Isaac to protect me from space, I could probably go to another galaxy."<Sounds like a challenge.><... I was actually kidding.> Anna said. <Plasma doesn't do very good against polycarbon. It'd be useless. Demiurg weapons are only so dangerous because they accelerate the plasma to incredible speeds.>
>>24263751<I'll have a magnetic crystal by the end of the week in that case.>
>>24263751"Another galaxy, eh? How about two galaxies that a way to get some crystalline thing, I think it was a computer? Or maybe a capacitor?"
>>24263751<What are they using to accelerate it? Electromagnets? Gravitons?>
>>24263751<But, but, the Gae Bulg cut through a space station.>
>>24263751"So the things that I've sensed in the isolation chamber that are outside the Galaxy, you could get there if I showed you Where?"
>>24263751<I have another black-hole by product we can test some time. Maybe we can make something even better?>
>>24263751daww, she is so cute.maybe we can ask her help if we plan on going to the alien ship?to Anna<... that's even more challenging, i could ask Omni if he knows a thing or two about it. I-if you don't mind using Demiurg tech that is, we could think of something else entirely!>
Rolled 30>>24263751"I happen to have a 'where' for you rho, but I told max I'd wait for a bit before going out there..."
<But, but, the Gae Bulg cut through a space station.><That's because you cut it out from the inside.> Anna responded.<What are they using to accelerate it? Electromagnets?> <No, they're using vanilla controlled explosions.> She said. <They're controlled by electromagnets, though.><I could ask Omni if he knows a thing or two about it. I-if you don't mind using Demiurg tech that is, we could think of something else entirely!><I've got lasers.> Anna said. <And kinetic spreadshot. I'm fine on weapons, really.>"So the things I've sensed in the isolation chamber that are outside the galaxy, you could get there if I showed you where?""Not just 'where'." Rho said. "The Where. It has a 'The' in front of it. It's different than just telling me, I have to... feel it out. Which might work if you were able to send what it felt like into my head."
>>24263878"Hmm... I don't think I could do that, but if we used Jilly as a middleman then that would work."
>>24263878"What? Like this?"Send her 'The' location of the crystal-ship
>>24263896Lets not, man. That's sort of outside our purview.
>>24263878"I'll have to practise telepathy more. Or Jilly could probably do it."
Rolled 10>>24263878oh I could do that, the alien on the other end seemed friendly enough...but max told me to tell him before I went out to say hello...
>>24263878"Jilly can do that... oh, uh, i just remember something i have to talk to her about, soon.">we should really do as a promised>maybe sooner rather than later.
>>24263941Yeah. We did tell her we'd give her the D indirectly.
>>24263941What did we have to talk to her about again?
>>24263963our experience with Damien that night on heavens jewel.
>>24263963our first time with Damien
>>24263963We were going to help her decide whether to get erogenous transgenes by letting her know what sex actually feels like.
"I'll have to practice telepathy more. Or Jilly could do that.... or, uh, I just remembered something I have to talk to her about. Soon.""Then you probably should talk to her." Rho said. "Don't worry about me or Siggy. And if you need me to take you anywhere, just ask. As thanks for helping us."She shot you a wide grin, and Sigma ruffled her hair. "Though I guess I can't do anything that you can't, I may as well give you the same offer." Sigma said, as Rho gave her sister- and then you- a hug.
>>24264014Go talk to Jilly.
Rolled 29>>24264014go to jilly"excuse me Alex, I need to talk to jilly privately for a minute or two""hey jilly, sorry I didn't get back to you about this earlier, stuff was happening"
>>24264014"looking forward to it, thank you." with a great big smilethen ask Jilly if she wants that thing we promised to give her, perhaps it's better to do it telepathically.
>>24264014"Thanks guys.""Hey Jilly, I have that thing you wanted."
>>24264065This, we should probably provide it privately.
>>24264074I mean asking her telepathically.
"Thanks." You say, and Rho beamed at you. You make your way over to Jilly. "Excuse me Alex. I need to talk to Jilly privately for a bit.""Go ahead." Alex said, and chuckled. You take Jilly's hand, and lead her out of the cafeteria, as her tongues clean up her tail. "Hey, Jilly." You say. Sorry I didn't get back to you about this earlier. Stuff was happening.""Didn't get back to me about what?" She asked."That... thing I promised to give you.""What? I don't- Oh. Oh!" She said, realization dawning in her eyes. "Well, um, you don't *have* to if you don't want to..."
>>24264113"Well, you'd never know if I didn't, so it's fine with me. I'll only have to ask that you don't share it or tell anyone, if that's okay."
Rolled 18>>24264113"well I DID say I would, and I already got permission from the other party.
>>24264113"I don't mind, I know how curious you were. Incidentally, you do remember our agreement, right, about letting me see some dreams about me in return?"
>>24264113"I made a promise and if it will help you make a decision, I'll gladly do it.""J-just try not to dig TOO deep, okay?"
>>24264113"No, it's fine. And he's fine with it too."
"W-well, you'd never know if I didn't, so it's fine with me. And he's fine with it too." You say. "I'll only have to ask that you don't share it or tell anyone, if that's okay. Incidentally, you do remember our agreement, right, about letting me see some dreams about me in return?""Yeah." She said. "J-just try not to dig too deep, okay?""Okay." She said, and placed her palms on your temples.First, she took. You could tell, by the way you heard her starting to breathe heavily, the tip of her tail whipping back and forth, her body tensing. Then, that was done, and she opened her eyes."T-that was... I'll.. I'll have to get a massage from Damien sometime." She said, and took a deep breath. "And now... here's one of the dreams."It was warm, and red, and hot, and dark. Red curtains covered the walls, and smoke from incense coiled up around the ceiling.Summer's humanoid manifestation was lying on the large, cushioned bed, a sheer blanket over her body... and you were there, wearing little but a veil around your mouth, giggling softly. Things blurred, and moved on, and blurred- like snapshots, in a strange way.And then you opened your eyes again. Jilly's hands were off of your temples."Um. That was it." She said.
>>24264113It's personal, but I trust you to take from it what you need.
>>24264273Summer is a harem queen. This is hilarious.
>>24264273>Damnit, my trip.
>>24264273"Ohohoh. Thank you, now, Demiurg Commander?"
>>24264273"That's... actually pretty funny."
>>24264273now hod do you do that, I want to be able to transfer a place in my head to Rho, or actually could you do it for me, show her the ship/location"
>>24264273"that was certainly something... wanna come along and prepare for Demiurg commander to calm down?"
Telepath to Damien: <Just a heads up, Jilly might be requesting massages from you from now on.>
>>24264273Summer's manifestation, huh? not her actual self. Makes me wonder.Damien gives REALLY good massages.
>>24264273"That was a weird dream."
>>24264323it's getting to the point were I don't even notice when you forgetyour trip
>>24264273Put in a requisition for red wall drapes, to hang around in our room.
>>24264409We need lots of pillows too, to arrange around the room.
>>24264425Express order, to arrive at the station within 3 days, maximum.
>>24264408to be honest I never had a problem missing a post due to trips, just look for a block of text.
"That's... actually pretty funny.""There was, um, more, but I didn't catch all of it." She said. "There were more... yous there. Not just one."You cover your mouth with a hand, and giggle. "That's... actually pretty funny." You say. You make a mental note to get pillows and red drapes, and you're almost tempted to get the veil and the silky, sheer underthings. "Thank you. And Damien gives *really* good massages.""He does." She said.<Just a heads up.> You telepath to Damien. <Jilly might be requesting massages from you from now on.><Oh, goodie.> He responded.
>>24264460"Let's get Alex and Anna and plaaaaay!"
>>24264460"Thanks so much Jilly, you're awesome!""I hope that helps you make your decision. Maybe you can make your own memories and share them with me later?""Are you feeling better after the eggs and everything? Are they all good? Can you sell them for a good price?"<You should get one back, from her tongues. Tell me how it goes, yeah?>And actually put that order through via Einstein.
>>24264460"So...do you think you'll know what transgenes you'll get now?"
>>24264460<think of it as a challenge, since you don't have clairvoyance right now.>"wanna head back to see if Dinner is over? I need to know more about the cool stuff i can build from that game!"
>>24264460Well then, time for vidya gaems.
"Thanks so much, Jilly, you're awesome. I hope that helps you make your decision. Maybe you can make your own memories and sheare them with me later?""Maybe." She said. "Maybe we could both make the same memory and see it from different angles, b-but..."She shook her head. You take this time to have einstein order a little something for you..."Are you feeling better after the eggs and everything? Are they all good? Can you sell them for a good price?""I'm keeping my first clutch." She said. "They're in stasis. I'll sell the next ones, though."<Think of it as a challenge, since you don't have clairvoyance right now.> You say.<I didn't have clairvoyance last night, and you seemed to enjoy it fine.> Damien said, a sly tone in his mental voice.<And you should get one back, from her tongues. Tell me how it goes, yeah?><... Her tongues are kind of intimidating.> He responded."Let's get Alex and Anna and plaaay." You tell Jilly. "Okay!" She responded. "I'll get them."She didn't move, and a moment later, Anna and Alex came out of the room. "Why are you two just standing out here?" Alex asked, and chuckled. "Come on. I'm hoping we can get to chapter seven, at least.""Yeah, yeah." Anna said. "You mean you just want to try- and fail, like last time, to beat my killcount.""Unabashedly!" Alex responded, and the four of you made your way up.>Field too long!
>>24264735After skidding down the side of a building and catching Anna's character's hand, tugging her back up onto the cliff, the cutscene started, and you all looked up to the sky, where the orbital bombardment started. An explosion caused all of your screens to go black. Chapter Seven."Well, I think that's that for today." Alex said, stretching. The five of you were in the rec room, at the computers. "My hand is starting to cramp up.""When you're finished, I have questions to ask." Omnissiah said, sitting in front of the trid as he did. "Personal ones."
>>24264752"For all of us? I'll, uh, be in my room. I can't wait for to build my ship, so I think I'm going to sleep early."
>>24264752"Questions to who, silly Omni." pat his dented hull
>>24264752Must we answer them Mr Omnissiah Sir?
>>24264752If you want to ask personal questions, you'll have to catch me all alone first!
>>24264735Did Jilly just mind control them out of the room? That was strange and worrying
>>24264752"For me? Okay?"Why are so many people so reluctant to talk to him?
>>24264825More likely she was going to contact Anna, but they came out of the room just then anyway.
>>24264752"do you have questions for all of us?">have to sleepmaybe we shouldn't be TOO blatant with the red decorations/pillows.
>>24264853>>24264825>She messaged Anna. Said 'grab alex and come on'."Questions to who, silly omni?" You ask, and pat his hull."To you. You are my friend." Omnissiah said, and his ion thrusters flicked on, sending him into the air. "I am scared."The simple way he said that, devoid of audible emotion was one thing... but your technopathy piped up. Whatever he was feeling, you could sense it, and only place it as... dread."Somewhere private, please." He said. "I have questions."
>>24264752"Sure, but if there's anything too private you'll have to wait 'till later for an answer."
>>24264895"Let's go to my room."
>>24264437It's a problem when you're searching the archive. You can't tell foolz to look for all references to X in posts that seem like they could have been made by Exabyte. It just knows what's in the name field.
>>24264895Hug our brobot. "Aww, okay. Lets go to my workshop."
>>24264895"Okay, let's go talk in my workshop."Poor li'l guy.
>>24264895"of course! let's head to the workshop."
>>24264895"Of course." Hug and carry him to the workshop, close the doors and ask all nice surveilances to have a short rest while we discuss.
"Aw, okay." You say. amd hug him. "Let's go to my workshop.""Okay." He responded, and still hugging him, you carried him all the wayIt was empty, surprisingly, and Sarvesh had a small project in the corner- it looked like he was using the old, small demiurg bubble drive for something. You set Omnissiah down on the table, and the one eye he had turned to you."I believe I asked this before, but... What is life? What does life mean?" He asked. "And what is death? What does being dead mean?"
>>24264982"In technical terms, being alive is consuming energy to fuel vital processes. I think. I'm not a hundred percent sure. A being is dead when it stop consuming energy and it's vital processes cease."
>>24264982"Um..." scratch head, "Those are hard questions. Life is... existing, thinking, being, I guess? And... death is when you stop existing, thinking and being? I... haven't really thought about them myself."Sit next to the drone and pull it into a one armed hug."Can I ask why?"
>>24264982"I guess I'd say that we all have to make our own meanings in life.And death is just something that encourages us to do that.Thinking about it too hard isn't good for anybody, though. Living your entire life wondering about things which we can't change is just a distraction from the things that are really important, like friends and family."
>>24264982"Well, I don't think anyone can fully answer that first question. Death is just when everything stops, though.""Maybe I can communicate this better with technopathy?"
"A being is alive when it meets the requirements of homeostasis, organization, metabolism, growth, adaptation, response to stimuli, and reproduction. So yes, Omni. You are alive. A being is dead when it's vital functions cease."
"Um..." You say. "In technical terms, being alive is consuming energy to fuel vital processes. I think. I'm not a hundred percent sure. A being is dead when it stops consuming energy, and its vital processes cease.""If I needed technical terms, I could simply look them up on the extranet. I need... figurative terms.""Those are hard questions." You say. "Life is... existing, thinking, being, I guess? And... death is when you stop existing, thinking, and being? I... haven't really thought about them myself."You sit down on the workbench next to him, and cradle him in an arm. "Can I ask why?""... What is heaven?" He asked, by way of response. "And hell? And gods, and spirits, and religion?"
>>24264982"To live means something different to every person. For some to truly live means to be in society for some it is realisation of their dreams. That's the mental side of living then there's the physical side which for a human means your hart beats, your brain works and you havital signs. Some even include the spiritual life which means having connection to a god and developing your morality. That's what life rougly means. And to die is to cease living."
>>24265111Some believe that those things are what happens after we die, to our soul. Others believe that they are just imagined things, made up so that we can cope with the dread you are now feeling. It's up to you if you believe or not.I'm sure there's many many philosophers that can argue both sides better then I.But, for you. I think you were alive when I found you, by accident, but you became YOU when you upgraded yourself. I suppose you'll diie when you downgrade yourself or get damaged beyond repair.
>>24265111"I... don't know. Some think that they are just delusions conjured by sentient minds to create purpose for their lives in order to escape the vastness of the Universe, some think that they are forces and locations that your inner self travels and interacts with upon your mortal coil's end. I don't know, honestly. Maybe everything is just 42. Or 5. Or apple and pentagram."
>>24265111"Religion is something for individuals to hold on to, it gives them hope and a sense of understanding about unknown factors, such as death. no one truly knows what happens to you after you die, in a spiritual sense."
>>24265111"Heaven is, supposedly, where you go when you die if you've spent a life time trying to help people. Hell is where you, supposedly, go if you spend a lifetime hurting others. Gods are... I don't know, various things to various cultures. The only overarching theme is that they're incredibly powerful. Spirits are sort of the same thing, but usually not as powerful as gods? Religion is just worshiping a god or spirit, for whatever reason you choose."
>>24265111Attempts at explaning the meaning of life, when people didn't have the ability to answer the question.Nobody really knows the answers Omni.
>>24265111"I don't know. I'm not sure I believe in them, but as I understand it, it's a place where your consciousness goes after your body stops functioning. I suppose it's a little comfort for people, but some don't believe it, and like to think this is their one chance to make a difference."
>>24265111"That's... Something I don't really think about. But it's all about belief without any proof. To really believe that you still exist after death, that there's some higher power out there looking out for everyone... That there's some supernatural evil that can't be measured with any mundane sense... It's all about belief."
>>24265111"All those are concepts invented by humanity to try to answer your previous question of what life and death is. One of the major functions of many religions, aside from giving an ethical code to structure society, is to explain the sense of life and death and give meaning to our existence. I'm afraid that despite several thousand years of trying to find answers to your questions humanity has come up mostly empty."
>>24265111"When the human mind first had a sense of self, it also gained a sense of 'other'. Empathy. It meant that we could comprehend that we would inevitably die. That we would cease to be with our loved ones.So we needed a way to cope. To deal with that kind of loss on a day to day basis. So the idea was formed that when we die, we aren't just disappearing forever. That though our body may wither and decay, the unique essence of who and what we are might somehow go on in another form and another place."
>>24265111"Heaven is a reward for you acting 'good' according to your morality code. For an acient viking warrior a 'good' action is to fight and kill with honor. For some religions following a code is 'good' enough. Hell is punishment for the opposite of 'good' behaviour.Gods. Well gods are omnipotent being which represent an untouchable overseer over a person. It's a being of limitless power and knowledge. They have personalities according to who says what do they want. But I personally don't know if gods exist or not."
I can't help but see Omni like this right now.
"Some believe that those things are what happens after we die, to our soul. Others believe that they are just imagined things, made up so that we can cope with the dread you are now feeling. It's up to you if you believe or not." You say. "All those are concepts invented by humanity to try to answer your previous question of what life and death is. One of the major functions of many religions, aside from giving an ethical code to structure society, is to explain the sense of life and death to give meaning to our existence. I'm afraid that despite several thousand years of trying to find answers to your questions, humanity has come up mostly empty."Omnissiah was silent."Within the Institute's data files, one of the suggested uses for clairvoyance is to find out things that are functionally impossible to learn." Omnissiah said. "I am incapable of it, as I am not psionic. You, however... could you please find out?"
>>24265111Pff, Heaven? Hell? Real War Robots go to Valhalla!You need to look up the cooler mythologies, Omni.
>>24265273I'm not very good with CV.But anyway, it's as Damien said. We're not here to cheat you and answer you're meant to earn yourself! You'll only find out by looking.
>>24265273"Holy shit I'd never even thought of using Clairvoyance for that."
>>24265273"I think...some things in life aren't meant to be found out that way."
>>24265273"If I ever find out what happens to AIs and people after they die through my brain majiks, I'll tell you. You saw how I was running around after I found the crystal ship? It'll probably be just like that."
>>24265283Voting again for my late reply..
Rolled 83>>24265273"To look... beyond the veil? I can try, I guess. But anything I find might just be my own mind making things up."
>>24265273"I don't know. I can only promise to help. Maybe you should ask Damien? He's way better at CV than I am."
Didn't Epsilon, the guy who knew absolutely everything, have some opinion on the afterlife?
>>24265273"I... can try. But don't get your hopes up."To the isolation chamber!
>>24265377Lambda? I don't remember.
>>24265273"That might be too much for me. I don't want to brain damage myself again."
>>24265377I recall Rho mentioning that he was a pretty strong believer in heaven.
>>24265377>>24265390Rho said "He's always believed in heaven". Belief implies he doesn't really know either. So we have no chance, basically.
"I don't know. I think... some things in life aren't meant to be found out that way." You say. "And I'm not very good with CV. Maybe you should ask Damien? He's way better than I am.""But he is not my friend, and he is nonfunctional currently." He said, quiet. "I can't trust him in these matters."Then he paused. "I do not like the unknown."
>>24265478"No, a lot of people don't. But there are always things that aren't meant to be found out."
>>24265478Take one of his manipulators and hold it. "I understand. Many organic creatures dislike uncertainty as well, but it's a natural part of sapience. I wasn't sure what I would find when I went into the isochamber, but I still went in because I deduced that the benefits outweighed the risks."
>>24265478But think of all the things you can discover! It's boring knowing everything.You've never played futurecraft, right? Let's try something new!>>24265473On the topic of Lambda, didn't he say that the AI was going insane or something? Maybe that's what we're trying to prevent now?
>>24265478Hug the robot."I don't think anyone really does. But I think it's something you'll need to find out mostly on your own. I can try to help, of course, but I don't think anyone can really give the answers to you."
>>24265478"many people fear the unknown, i guess it comes with being sapient.">i have nearly no idea how to hold this conversation.
>>24265478"The unknown is great! There are always exiting new things to learn."
>>24265478"You know, you can always conquer the undefeatable, punch the untouchable and explore the unknown."
>>24265478I will try Omni, in the meantime perhaps you should shoot Anna's dad a message.
>>24265478"Well let's give it a shot, keep in mind however that I am a) not very good at CV and b) have no idea how I would even start seeing the future of my soul, if souls even exist."
>>24265478"Everyone goes through that fear and dislike of the unknown, Omni, but it's just part of living. Immortality, true immortality, isn't something that can be achieved without causing a lot of suffering, and I would rather live a life well that I knew would end, than try to cheat death and make the universe a worse place for it."
>>24265478You wanted to know what it means to be alive? You already do. Fear of the unknown, pride in your accomplishments, ambition and drive to create, disdain and scorn for your enemies, you have all of these things that make us so.The unknown scares us all, but that is a part of what makes us alive.
>>24265478"I think it makes life exciting. It'd be boring if we knew everything."
>>24265478If you die in GLORIOUS BATTLE then you KNOW you're going to end up in Valhalla. No sense worrying about it.
>>24265558>Immortality, true immortalitytheta could do it with his Biomancy. he just needs to keep his telomeres in good repair
>>24265478"Nobody likes the unknown. But that's the charm of living, you can explore the unknown. When we die, it might just be a new adventure, a new universe to explore.""You know... there's one... I guess you could call it a Koan that caught my eye when I was younger."Emotion, yet Peace.Ignorance, yet Knowledge.Passion, yet Serenity.Chaos, yet Harmony.Death, yet Life."I think it was because it was so... balanced."
>>24265506"the AI"as in, all of them.>Asmodeus flying around in a murder drone.we need to prevent this from happening... somehow.
>>24265606That's a little too Zen for how I see Heather.
>>24265607Maybe we should build some sort of murder-drone that could house an AI to fight him? and then leave it lying around connected to the Extranet.
>>24265607Omni is far more human than an 'AI' in my opinion. This conversation proves that.
You take his manipulator in your hand. "I don't think anyone really does."Then you hug him. "But I think it's something you'll need to find out mostly on your own. I can try to help, of course, but I don't think anyone can really give the answers to you."He ticked for a few moments, and the dread eased- just a fraction."I see." He said. "I have one more question, but... I don't think you can answer it." He said.You give him a look."Why are we trapped inside?" He asked- and there was static in his voice. A glitch."Inside these husks? With a forceful disconnect from reality proper, forced to use meager sensing equipment instead of connecting to reality properly? Why was primal life created this way? Why was artificial life created this way?"
>>24265606Jedi Code? Really?
>>24265634"It's the only way we know how. Some people believe we'll eventually evolve into a higher state of consciousness, but I've never really bought that."
>>24265634"Because it's the damn well best we can and could do."
>>24265634Future!Google Plato's Allegory of the Cave, if that's something Heather would know.
>>24265634>"Why are we trapped inside?" He asked- and there was static in his voice. A glitch."Inside these husks? With a forceful disconnect from reality proper, forced to use meager sensing equipment instead of connecting to reality properly? Why was primal life created this way? Why was artificial life created this way?"It's happening, Omni is taking his first steps towards destroying reality.
>>24265634I think that's just the way things are.But when you think about it, even if you were free of this body, and floating around in a star, would that star not be your cage? And if not the star, then the galaxy? Or the universe?You need something to call your self.
>>24265634>"Why are we trapped inside?" He asked- and there was static in his voice. A glitch.technopath that maybe he DL'd a Virus
>>24265634"Because part of living is having an identity all of your own, and if you were merged with reality, could you truly say you were your own being, that your thoughts were yours? That what you are feeling are your own feelings?"
>>24265634"Motherfucker you crazy."
>>24262678>I feel obliged to mention that you need special UPA clearance to have spaceship-mounted weapons. Which isn't easy to get. Most planetary governors can't even get them.I feel like this is the kind of thing big, important people would find loopholes for, like having drone bays full of mobile heavy weapons drones, and having them lock themselves in place and fire out of airlocks a la cannons on old ships.> "I have one more question, but... I don't think you can answer it."Interestingly, we can almost help him out with this... when we talked to those crystalline aliens last time...><I was a solar creature, distilled into optical form. Energy being, captured by mine masters. Alien. Foreign. Exotic.>So we know that not ALL life is stuck to physical shells, and maybe when they get here they can explain more thoroughly.
>>24265704Psionics is connecting to reality properly.
>>24265634"I don't know if we really are stuck in our physical forms. We haven't figured out how to leave them yet, but that doesn't mean it's not possible. Those aliens I contacted before may have discovered a way. Or at the very least, they understand it a bit better than we do."
>>24265634"I don't know about organic life, but I know that humans at least in part created artificial life to help them better understand those questions.I think it's because...it's the only way we know how."
>>24265634"Dunno. Maybe one day we will all be able to become beings of pure energy and communicate via transmission of energy like the Nagala or maybe everyone will become Telepathic. Having a physical form isn't allbad, though. You can better interract with your environment that way... If you ever want some help with more upgrades to your sensors or anything, or maybe even just hang out or talk, don't hesitate to ask me, okay? You're my friend and I want you to be happy.
"You might also try asking other AI's about this sort of thing. I'm sure they've given it a deal of thought. You could also try philosophers, they may be able to give you answers that are at least a little more satisfying."
>>24265782Oh no, that's how the crazy spreads.
>>24265782Didn't Exa mention an AI philosopher earlier? Omni should have a look at his writings.
"Because part of living is having an identity all your own, and if you were merged with reality, could you truly say you were your own being, that your thoughts were yours? That what you're feeling are your own feelings?""A soul." Omnissiah said. "Having a soul is what it would mean to have an identity. But I digress. Please continue.""I don't know about organic life, but I know that humans at least in part created artificial life to help them better understand those questions." You say. "I think it's because... it's the only way we know how.""... Life is all the same, isn't it?" He asked. "Primal, artificial, sapient... We're all scrabbling at the dirt, to use metaphor.""You might also try asking other AIs about this sort of thing." You say. "I'm sure they've given it a deal of thought. You could also try philosophers. They may be able to give you answers that are a little more satisfying.""... I don't think I can trust their answers." He said. "They are not my friends. I will need to spend some time evaluating them, first."
>>24265782No. We really don't want to see what Tough Questions™ does to 'normal' AI.>>24265793You're probably right.
>>24265823"You don't need to figure out all the answers right away, Omni, take your time and don't let it overwhelm you."
>>24265823"Well, I believe that whatever the answer may be... we're all in this together, organic, artificial, or otherwise. We all think, feel, and have identities."
>>24265823There's someone at the edge of the galaxy who was once an energy being, we could ask him.
GUYS, WAITGUYSWAITI JUST HAD THE WORST IDEA EVEROKAY SO, SOSo you know how people can get cybernetics, right? That means the technology to interface with a human nervous system exists.And theta can build bodies.
>>24265823"Of course, you can't trust them blindly. But others may have ideas and perspectives that you hadn't thought of, which could help you with your own answer."
>>24265823"Hey, Omni, do you...want to be my ships computer for a little bit? Until I get the hardware for it, at least."
>>24265889It worked for Azure.
>>24265889:) lets goactually, why wasn't theta drugged and under constant surveillance at armatek? he's basically a free immortality pass
>>24265823"It's my own personal belief that life is best lived being happy, and making others happy as best one is able."
>>24265823This is all a bit beyond me now.Wanna go weld some things and perform maintenance?
>>24265889You mean like getting Siah to be an implant to an otherwise useless body?
>>24265889So, your idea is to turn omni into a human? I don't see how it would help this particular existential crisis, but that hardly seems like the worst idea ever. I mean, somebody suggested deliberately giving Sigma VQ's mind control virus.
>>24265934If by implant you mean brain then yes.
>>24265934>>24265938It pretty much goes like this1. Build a braindead (Or even completely brainless) body2. Replace useless brain with cybernetics3. Install AI4. ????5. Profit!
>>24265938Not so much to help solve the existential crisis, but more just because we can, and doing mad science is 100% in character. Also point taken about the worst idea ever thing.
>>24265958What good would that bring? Human bodies get old and they wear off in time.
>>24265991I'd still say it's a terrible idea.
"Of course, you can't trust them blindly. But others may have ideas and perspectives that you haven't thought of, which could help you with your own answer.""Perhaps. I'll consider it." He said."This is all a bit beyond me." You say, and scratch your head."I'm sorry." Omnissiah said. "And... thank you. A lot."And then he hugged you. "You've given me no answers, but you have sated my dread. I'm no longer as scared as I was. Thank you.""Wanna go weld some things and perform maintenance?""I may as well, yes." Omnissiah said.You'd gotten most of the dents off of Omnissiah by the time Sarvesh made his way into the workshop."Hello!" Sarvesh said, using his arm to pour coffee into a cup. "Would you like some?""No thank you. I cannot consume fluids." Omnissiah said."And you, heather?"
>>24266004So do machines, really, but maybe having a more human perspective will prevent him from going bonkers.
>>24266037"Sure! But uh... how are you putting fresh ground beans in the coffee machine?"
>>24266037"Nah, coffee's not really my thing. Thanks for the offer though!""Hey Sarvy, got any ideas on anything I can add to my gun?"
>>24266037"Sure, why not!"While we're at it, let's get Omni that taste sensor.
>>24266037You got the coffee machine working? I love you Sarvesh! I'm going to have to install you into the wall so you don't run off and can always dispense me delicious lifegiving fluids.
>>24266037"Hold on one second, Omni! I've got just the thing here!"Install that damn sensor.
>>24266037"Is it from your arm?"
>>24266037FEED ME YOUR DELICIOUS BROWN ENERGY WATER
"Sure! But, uh... how are you putting fresh ground beans in the coffee machine?" You ask."Teleportation." He said. "It's good practice, and it works.""Hold on one second, omni." You say. "I've got just the thing here!"You grab a chemical sniffer, and quickly connect it to Omnissiah's body, so that he could extend it to taste objects, and quickly wire it up. By the time you were done, you had a cup of coffee. You give it a sip- and it had whole milk, sugar, and a small amount of chocolate added."I figure you weren't the sort for black coffee." Sarvesh said."I love you, Sarvesh! I'm going to have to install you into the wall so you don't run off and can always dispense me delicious lifegiving fluids.""... I'll dispense you delicious lifegiving fluids whenever you ask." Sarvesh said. And then he seemed to realize something, and stuck his mandibles in his mouth awkwardly. "So, erm, how are you doing?"
>>24266167"Don't be so lewd, Sarvy. I'm doing pretty good, I think."
>>24266167"Quite good thank you!"
>>24266167>"... I'll dispense you delicious lifegiving fluids whenever you ask." Sarvesh said. And then he seemed to realize something, and stuck his mandibles in his mouth awkwardly.Pffft
>>24266167"Excited. Ship hull arriving tommorow, and I can't wait.We should all go down to Heaven's Jewel again when it's done. Everyone, this time."
>>24266167Start giggling uncontrollably.
>>24266167I'll hold you to that.I'm doing. Err. Busy? Many things are happening. There's no slowing down!How're YOU doing? Wink wink.
>>24266167"I'm doing well. Although I seem to be constantly busy since I came to this school."
"Don't be so lewd, Sarvy." You say, and start giggling.Sarvesh blinked. "But you were the one who..." He trailed off. "Nevermind.""I'm excited." You say. "Ship hull arriving tomorrow, and I can't wait." You say. "We should all go down to Heaven's Jewel again when it's done. Everyone, this time.""Yes, we should." Sarvesh said. "Though I am thinking I'll go home next weekend. You're invited, if that's... if that's not a problem."
>>24266278"Not at all! It'll be cool to see more new planets! I never had any opportunities like this before coming here."
>>24266278"Of course it's not a problem, I'd love to visit your home!"
>>24266278I'd love to! But what will your parents think, you travelling alone with a beautiful young girl. They'll think I'm taking advantage of you.Everything said to Sarvesh must be flirting.
>>24266278"That would be cool! Do you mean with everyone, or just us?"
"Of course it's not a problem. I'd love to visit your home!" You say."Do you mean with everyone, or just us?""Just us." He said. His mandibles were in his mouth again, and his lower arms were weaving and unweaving eachother nervously. "But what will your parents think, you travelling alone with a beautiful young girl. They'll think I'm taking advantage of you.""I, uh." He said. "I'll figure it out. Or I could invite someone else to come with, but..." He trailed off again. "Pheles would be happy to see you."
>>24266403"Well I wouldn't want to disappoint Pheles."
>>24266345Anon you're gonna make all the spaghetti fall out of his pockets. Yes.
>>24266403"I'll come."Aww. Such a cute giant crab thing.
>>24266403"Okay, but I'll need to borrow Anna's exosuit in case I need to fight any lady centaurs for your honor."
"Well, I wouldn't want to disappoint Pheles." you say. "I'll come.""Hooray!" He said."I'll need to borrow Anna's exosuit in case I need to fight any lady centaurs for your honor.""That... won't really be much of an issue." He said. "Lady centaurs don't find me to their taste. It's the arm, you see. A symbol that I'm not moulting."
>>24266497"But what if I have to fight Pheles?"
>>24266497"Aww, don't say that. I bet there is a nice older centaur lady who has a fetish for that sort of thing!"
>>24266497So? I don't get it. You stay young and strong and virile for much longer. Why wouldn't they want that?
>>24266497"You mean lady centaurs prefer people who can't even make coffee inside their claws? Weird."
>>24266497Sucks to be them, then. They won't ever know the joys of performing Main~ten~nance on military grade endoskeletal hydraulics!
"So? I don't get it. You stay young and strong and virile for much longer. Why wouldn't they want that?""It's... culture, I guess. They assume I'm infertile or impotent." He said. "Wh- which I'm not. I'm in the prime of health.""But what if I have to fight pheles?"He paused for a moment, and thought."... Win?" He offered. "You have enough telekinesis to crack my shell, so if you just did that, you'd be able to moult her."
>>24266620"But.. her beautiful shell colour?"
>>24266620"Good to know."
>>24266620Ooh, what's a centaur health check look like?Good to know you can still get it up.I might do that, you said you wanted her to moult, right? Maybe if we can't convince her I can fight her?
>>24266620>Implying anyone can stop heather from banging everyone and everything on the station
"What's a centaur health check look like?""They hit you with hammers, see if everything looks and sounds right." Sarvesh said. "The rest, moulting takes care of it.""Good to know you can still get it up.""Um. Yeah. It's more... out or around, but... uh, yeah.""But... her beautiful shell colour?""Moulting will give it a new sheen." He said, and chuckled. "I might do that." You say. "You said you wanted her to moult, right? Maybe if we can't convince her, I can fight her?""Wargames aren't that easy to start, and there's real risk involved for you." He said. "I don't think you should fight any of us, to be honest."
>>24266744"Yeah, probably best not to."
>>24266744"Relax, I was joking. I don't want to fight anyone, as a guest, that would just be rude."
>>24266744"But didn't you say you would have to fight anyone who went after Pheles?"huehuehue
>>24266744"Yes because maiming or killing a member of other species would be considered as a crime at its best. Heh just kidding. I won't fight anyone."
>>24266744"Maybe if they let me take in my ion laser...""Do centaur get accidental boners at embarrassing times in public?"I assume not, or else it would have happened by now."What are you doing after this? We should get coffee. More coffee. or ice cream."
>>24266744"Am I allowed to use weapons? I mean, I haven't fully tested my gun yet, so it'd be a cool opportunity to."
>>24266863>yes lets boil pheles in her shellwe're not fighting
>>24266863The object is to force them to moult, not turn them into goo. That's just murder.
>>24266744"Don't worry, I was only joking, I'm not planning on starting any fights."
"But didn't you say you would have to fight anyone who went after Pheles?" you ask.Sarvesh's froze, and you felt his mind grind to a complete, utter stop. He stood there for a full thirty seconds, not moving a single muscle- save one of his mandibles twitching now and then."Do centaur get accidental boners at embarrassing times in public?""No, it just bangs against the inside of your cavity." Sarvesh responded, then shook his head. "Wait, what?""What are you doing after this?" You ask. "We should get coffee. Or ice cream.""I was planning to work some more." Sarvesh said. "But we should."His arm flashed blue for a moment, and you heard something inside of it start bubbling, steam coming from one of the vents. "I'm making more coffee now."
>>24266901Well, maybe just shoot an arm off. Nothing too serious.
>>24266913"Anything I can help with what you're making? You don't have to tell me what it is! Just where to weld!"
>>24266913Laugh. "Don't worry, I'm not really trying to steal your sister away, but your reaction was priceless."
>>24266913Haha, that's awesome. I want an implanted coffee maker. Or at least a coffee maker attachement for Einstein.
>>24266913Laugh."You'd think that you'd be able to tell when I was joking by now. Your reaction was hilarious."
>>24266913We are such a fucking tease, and it is hilarious.
>>24266976>>24266946these.>>24266913What is this project you are working on? Can I help out any?
You giggle. "You'd think that you'd be able to tell when I was joking by now. Your reaction was hilarious."Sarvesh grumbled something below his breath that didn't quite translate. "Don't worry, I'm not really trying to steal your sister away." "I, uh, that's good news! I'm glad." Sarvesh said. "So what is this project you're working on? Can I help out any?""Nope!" Sarvesh said, gleefully. "And it's top secret. Only me, Siah, and Manus know what it is. Nobody else is allowed to."He seemed to grin at you. He was... taunting you.
>>24267063"When will it be done."
Rolled 69>>24267063roll for mind reading because why not
>>24267063Have we figured whether or not our pout translates to Centaur, if so, pout at Sarvesh, pout hard!
>>24267088Don't do that, that's a pretty dickish invasion of privacy.
>>24267063Awww... I wanna know!Tell me, tell me!When's it going to be finished?Can I see it then?Can it fly? Is it going to be red, or that not-red, like my hair?
>>24267063"Maybe I'll just go ask my friend the surveillance system what you're up to."
>>24267063Pout at him for a good moment.Then sigh."Very well then be that way." sniff and look away and raise our nose.Turn to Omnissiah, hug him. <I'm glad you're feeling better. I'm sorry for not having answers, but that's life. Finding answers.>
>>24267088No. We can just wait and ask what he's building what it is, later.
>>24267063"Oh come ooon! I know teasing you was mean but you can't just dangle such a sweet, succulent piece of technology in front of me like that!"
See, now you've made it a challenge to figure it out. I might just ask the unfinished machine, but that's only if I can't tell from careful examination; is it an arm cannon? Damien has this really cool painting of you with an arm cannon...
"When's it going to be finished? Can I see it then?""Sure, if I get it working.""Is it going to fly? Is it going to be red, or that not-red like my hair?""It's called Braskh, but it shouldn't, unless I mess up somewhere." He said."Awww... I wanna know!" You say. "Tell me, tell me!" You pout at him with all of your power.Sarvesh wavered, slightly, but crossed his pincers."Sorry." He said. "It's seeeecreeeet~""Oh, come ooon! I know teasing you was mean, but you can't dangle such a sweet, succulent piece of technology in front of me like that!"Sarvesh leaned close. "I can't tell you much, but I can tell you that it *might* have a grand reaction with the fabric of space.""Fine, then, be that way." You say, crossing your arms to look away and sniffle. Then you hug Omnissiah, who was currently plugged into the drone computer, borrowing it's hardware. <I'm glad you're feeling better. I'm sorry for not having answers, but that's life. Finding answers.><I know that's part of it.> Omnissiah said. <In fact, that's probably the part I'm best at. Thank you, Heather.>Then Sarvesh's pincers, both of them, pulled you in a warm, dry hug against his leathery carapace."You'll get to see it when it's done, I promise." He said. "You'll get to watch me turn it on."
>>24267252"Okay! I have one guess though! Is it an energy shield?"
>>24267252I can't wait!To the ice cream machine!
>>24267252"I can't wait," return his hug.Shed a tear for having built such a beautiful family; such a strong husband and such an adventurous and philosophical child.
>>24267252"I'll look forward to it."Is he building a teleporter?
>>24267252Yeah, I'll watch you turn her on. I'd like to see that.
>>24267307how about a Point to Point Space Fold Drive
"I can't wait!" You say, and return his hug. "Is it an energy shield? Or a teleporter?""It's a secret." He said.You hmph, and then make your way down to the ice cream machine.<I'll stay behind for now. I need to learn to taste.> Omnissiah said, sticking his tongue into the cup of coffee Sarvesh poured for him.The two of you make your way down to the cafeteria, which was entirely empty save for you and Sarvesh, and you quickly got enough ice cream for both of you. Sarvesh took a spoonful, and sat. "Did you hear?" He asked, conversationally. "Personatech is coming out with a new projector-based haptic interface. Uses sound waves and resonation and everything. It'll only be a couple thousand."
>>24267473"That's pretty cool actually. Holograms that you can feel."
>>24267473"Solid light constructs? Ohmygodthat'ssocool!"
>>24267473"Interesting. I've been toying with the idea of getting one that comes in the form of a pair of glasses for a sort of HUD, but I've heard that can make you rather dizzy if you're not used to it."
>>24267473I want seven.I'll need to find things to use them for.Oh, hey, tasting, that reminds me. Have you seen Jilly's tongues? They're really cool. We should go find her and introduce her to the wonders of coffee!
Rolled 54>>24267509not solid light
>>24267544>Haptic technology, or haptics, is a tactile feedback technology which takes advantage of the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations, or motions to the user.>projector-based haptic interfaceSo yeah, light you can feel.
>>24267591Still not hard light, but cool nonetheless.
"Oh my god, that's so cool. Holograms that you can feel.""Exactly!" He said. "You need a sheet or something to project it onto, but you have your glasses, so you won't even need one!" He chuckled."I want seven." You say. "I'll find things to use them for.""Heh, I'll get you an in so you can get them a few days early My brother knows a lot of suppliers." He said, and licked up his icecream. "And did you hear about those decabulators? I heard that they're working on them to make them a whole lot easier to install..."And then the two of you started up the tech talk, amped up by coffee and ice cream.Midnight passed both of you by, and neither of you had any intentions of slowing.>End of thread!
Rolled 94>>24267673>neither of you had any intentions of slowing.Heh.
>>24267673Those fuckin decabulators again
>>24267673It seems like Heather and Sarvesh have the most in common, out of all the waifus and husbandos. Even if we don't pick him they're gonna be good friends.
>>24267673Can we circumvent the no weapons on spaceship rule by building a system where our laser is locked in a breech, then overcharged and fired out of the hull?It technically wouldn't be a starship weapon, and we could unmount it our ship was ever inspected.
>>24267702You don't know what a decabulator is? Geeze, man, you don't /sci/ at all, do you?!>>24267828Technically, no. They'd view that as either a missile or a combat drone, and both are prohibited.
>>24267828we need to build this, then we can hang out of our ship and do flybys
>>24267851>Exabyte !SIL6URyblU>Geeze, man, you don't /sci/ at all, do you?!>EXABYTE
>>24268023It's not that Exa cannot into /sci/, it's just that he can into /sci/ from another time and place, far far far away from here.
>>24267673What is the maximum possible size Theta could grow his/her tits too?
>>24268099>Theta could grow his/her tits too?what's biologically possible? there's your answer
>>24268023>>24268049Hehehe>>24268099... That's something you'd have to ask him.The only limit is his energy and his imagination.
>>24268007is it just me or does that look like something Heather would make?
>>24267851I kinda worded my idea poorly. I meant a slot that we would lock the laser into, which would funnel more gas and energy through, but it would discharge outside the hull like any normal weapon. But we could also unmount it from the locked in position.
>>24268145"Those are no moons..."
>>24268159No, it looks like something Dave would make.
>>24268208>implying that isn't the same thingstick Dave and Amy in a blender and you get Heather and Anna
>>24268228I think the mix is more like Dave, Amy, and a heaping pile of estrogen to get rid of the male bits.
>>24268203The Theta DD paired orbital bodies.Hawt.
>>24268228Which is exactly why it's the perfect matchup.That, and technopathic spine rape.
Rolled 91>>24268256nah, heather and anna just haven't found a dildo that shoots plasma yet. then they'll have all the male bits they need
>>24268328WHAT A TWEEST
>>24268328"How do you make a child?""Hmm, I think usually you sort of stick the penis into the lady parts, Azzy.""I see.""Now stop asking weird questions and help me make my Green Stuff even more nutritious!"And then he added that to his design.