>Previous Threads can be found at: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Psion%20Quest>Einstein hovered behind you- you could check his data at any time: http://pastebin.com/CaAF0yS8Your name is Heather, and it is late, late at night. Anna and Alex had gone missing, and you found out that they'd been on the world of Kisheda sometime yesterday or this morning- the same world that Delta was on. While preparing to find them, Damien had dropped another bomb- that Armatek had his sister, and they wanted Damien to kill you.So, of course, You used Robin's help to save her.And then Robin got shot in the head.You're currently standing in the manifestation chamber, the marines armed and ready, while a very sleepy Kailynn and Theta look down at Robin. She was unconscious, laying back, and Damien was hugging his sister, who seemed... zoned out. Not entirely there."... That's all I can do." Theta said. "Fixed what I could. It... wasn't as bad as it could've been. Something slowed the bullet a lot.""And what's wrong with Kat?" Damien asked. Then he relaxed."She's drugged, it looks. Nothing bad. I can purge her." Theta said. He put his palm on her forehead, and Kat shivered, before rubbing her eyes and looking up."Where are we? Damien?" She asked. "Where... what happened?""Don't worry." He said, and hugged her again. "You're at my school.""Oh, that's Heather!" She said, and waved; she still seemed a little out of it. "Hi, heather!"
>>24491512"Will she be alright, Theta? I tried to catch the bullet, but..."
>>24491512"Hi honey! How are you feeling?"We really don't have time for this, should get to saving the double-As pronto.
>>24491512"Hi."No time for this shit.Summer, Sarvesh, Omni, we're getting Anna and Alex.
>>24491512"Hi Kat! How are you feeling?"
>>24491512give a little smile and a wave her way "you should get some rest"
>>24491512We have already done unknown damage to Isaac, so Heather's probably in danger-mode now to prevent hysteria/overwhelming guilt. So, make sure we've done all we can for Robin, then round up Sarvesh and volunteers for rescue part 2.
>>24491512>>24491512"will she be ok?"
>>24491576Indeed, it's go time.
"Will she be alright, Theta? I tried to catch the bullet, but...""Don't worry, I know what I'm doing." He said. "Me and Kailynn will do our best. She should be fine.""I haven't had enough coffee for this." Kailynn said, connecting equipment to Robin's head to take a look. "You fixed it all up structurally fine, but there's a bit of inactivity here that's worrying. Put in some... " She said, and then started babbling in the alien tongue that was neurochemicals, pointing to various points on the screen. Theta talked back in the same alien tongue, and you turned to Kat."Hi, Kat!" You say. "How are you feeling?""Dizzy." She said. "And sleepy. I was... I was with Julie and we were getting ice cream, and now it's all fuzzy.""You should get some rest.""Yeah, okay." She said, and hugged Damien. She curled up, and fell asleep almost immediately in Damien's lap."I don't have time for this." You say. "I'll get ready to save Anna and Alex.""Alright." Damien said. "And... I..."He went silent, and hugged Kat tightly."Thank you." He said, and sniffled.You make your way back into the cafeteria where Summer, Sarvesh, Omni, and Summer's manifestation was."Okay." Summer said. "I think I can help a little more this time. A... lot more, actually. I have a trick up my sleeve.""You don't wear sleeves." Sarvesh said, neutrally- he was anxious, you could tell."Neither do you." She responded."I do not, either." Omni said. He looked down at his small chunk of the material he'd created.
>>24491716"Well, let's just assume for the purposes of this mission that you're all making use of my sleeves. What have you got for us, Summer?"
>>24491716"where we are going, we won't need them."optional:<Theta, how... how is Isaac doing?>
>>24491716"We'll have to make do with my sleeves then."She's not wearing any, right.
>>24491716"We should prepare for this. We're going to be facing a lot of drones and any number of unknown weapons. Make sure you all get weapons from Anna's stash."Also, this might be silly, but I don't think we should bring the Ion Laser. If Delta can get a hold or sense the crystal, he can make lots of them.
>>24491716First eat grab shakes and food bars what ever we can carry, then to the ship get to the last place we seen them both.
>>24491716<If you want to stay behind, I'd understand, Omni.>Hug him. He will never have had enough hugs. 13k fucking years. "Let's roll, prepare for worst."Radiate murder. Cloning, using them as slaves, murdering the "useless" ones, kids as hostages and who knows what else. They will burn.They shall know our wrath, for we are Titan.
>>24491716"No matter, we won't need to hide our tricks in any pieces of clothing. Worst case scenario, we'll just get them out of there with brute force, and they'll both be fine, and so will Robin and Isaac and everyone else. Am I being clear?"
>>24491716We should probably finish the Exosuit and take that.
>>24491716Fucking hug Omni.For the love of god.13,000 years.
>>24491716Get forcefield.Strap to ship.
>>24491806Takes too long.
>>24491806That would be nice, but it took us over 20 hours nonstop work to get it to 80% complete. It'd take too long to finish it.
>>24491806Yeah let's just take some time working on this while both of them could be bleeding out or on their last legs resisting VQ corruption, great plan.
"Well, let's just assume for the purposes of this mission that you're all making use of my sleeves.""Yesterday during lunch, I went to practice, and I figured out how to bring a ... sliver, I guess, of my reality, and put it into this one. It's hard to explain.""We should prepare for this." You say. "We're going to be facing a lot of drones, and any number of unknown weapons. Make sure you all get weapons from Anna's stash.""I... don't quite know how to use them." Sarvesh said. "My lower arms aren't strong enough, and my upper arms are pincers.""Carry them anyway." Summer said. "I can't use them, but I watched a lot of action movie trids, just in case. Got all those guys in my head."<If you want to stay behind, I'd understand, Omni.> You say, and hug him. You hug him tightly, eyes closed.<No. I will come.> He said. <I will utilize the forcefield machine and some of Anna's infantry weaponry, or pilot Surya.>
>>24491837But if 20 hours=80% then 4 hours=20%.Meaning we could finish that shit in 4 hours with some hitch in our geddy up.
>>24491837We probably *could* if Summer can manage time dilation inside her pocket dimension. Not sure if it's worth the effort.
>>24491855That's 4 hours too long.
>>24491851"Sarvesh, how is your finesse with TK? Could try it that way.""Also, Summer could you manifest gas mask for everyone?"
>>24491855Less if we got Sarvy and Omni to help.
>>24491873Fucking genius. Amazing suggestion."Summer, can you speed up time in your pocket world?"
>>24491855Who knows, if we can do it on-route, then sure, if not, then we're going to have to go without.
>>24491851"Omni, if you're using the force field generator I want you taking point. Do you have any idea if it's two way? I've been assuming it is."
Does the 80% mean it's 20% from being usable or that it's missing a/c and coffee maker?
>>24491929>It's about four hours away from barebones functionality."Also, Summer, could you manifest a gas mask for everyone?""Yeah." She said, and opened her personacom to look at something. A mask appeared for you, for her, and a strangely shaped on for Sarvesh- one that didn't cover his mouth at all."And summer, can you speed up time in your pocket world?""... I... I don't know." She said. "It could be dangerous if I tried that. I... I could try, but something could go wrong.""And Omni, if you're using the force field generator, I want you taking point.""Yes. I can do that." He said.
>>24491929We built the suit around the coffee maker.
>>24491929I don't think so. We made it out of scrap materials so it's probably a frame lacking life support and power generation.
>>24491948I think we're going to have to do without the exosuit this time. Too much risk and time wasted.>captcha: firozal Demiurgus>DemiurgusFuck I hope not, we've got enough problems today already.
>>24491948"looks like we'll have to do without that then."
>>24491948"Can you run an ECM program when we arrive, Omni? That should give us some breathing room."
>>24491948We'll be mainly up against drones, right? I think with our technopathy and time of the essence, we can afford to risk not using the suit.
"Sarvesh, do your people have any concept of ranged combat? Could Summer manifest a gun more suited for you? Perhaps one designed to be held in your claws with a trigger on the side?"
>>24491948to Summer: "let's not, if anything goes wrong... well, let's just not do it."
>>24492000Sarvesh is a close combat badass who can teleport. If he gets into a ranged fight, he can just reappear behind them.
When we approach, turn off transponders and quantum routers and wifis and blueteeth
>>24491948We're taking the Gae Bulg though. We'll cut through the entire damn facility if need be.
>>24491948Bring the uncompleted suit and so on with us, we can finish it up on the way.
>>24492035>Deactivating quantum routers disconnects them, and they cannot be reconnected. At all. You'd need to trade in your router for a new one, and that could take a few hours."Looks like we'll have to do without the exosuit, then." You say. "Omni, can you run an ECM program when we arrive?""I can attempt to." He responded. "I'll need time to develop the ECM, connected to the ship computer. Do not worry, my limiter will remain on.""Sarvesh, do your people have any concept of ranged combat?""Yes." He said. "Our concept for ranged combat is 'run closer'.""... I'm going to make you armor on the way." Summer said. "But I need to figure out how it'll look, first.""Alright." You say, and close your eyes. "Time is of the essence."You think... is there anything you're missing before you set off for Kisheda?
>>24492045Ship's fast, in case you didn't know.
>>24491948She gets her mechanical mind set from her mom......and leadership skills and general being a bad ass from her Dad.......this...will be interesting. Speaking of which, I wonder if anyone has realized that we can get Dragon to help at any point cause well.....pap dragon
>>24492060Better telepath Armatek to lube up cause we're going in dry.
>>24492060Do we want to call up Ferret to contract Blackreach? We have his number, and we have money.
>>24492060Maybe remote view the place?
>>24492060Almost certainly. Who knows what though. Anyway, get as much info as you can within a few minutes on what to expect from whichever greek letter knows the most.
>>24492100Thinking about that, we should include that we aren't going to go after their rank and file wageslaves, since those people would have no idea what Armatek's really up to. The agents, scientists, and managers involved though...
>>24492100>Letting them know we're coming.Let's not.Although it might be an idea to throw some technopathy at an Armatek facility a long way away from where we're going, so that they redirect their attention there thinking it's our target in revenge for Kat.
>>24492060"Well maybe we could mount a machinegun on you for Summer to use as a turret. With your permission of course."
>>24492132not a bad idea
>>24492060I'm guessing this is a hint for don't rush off.Can we at least ask Theta or Sigma how many drones we'll be facing?
>>24492132That's not a bad idea.
>>24492151Indeed, any more information on Delta that they have would be very useful.
>>24492132>>24492145>>24492153We can shut down all communications for some Armatek facility and leave them to panic over it, thinking the facility's about to be hit.Then we go to Kishida while they're distracted. It'll leave us less likely to have to deal with additional Armatek backup.
>>24492060I think that if we immediately rush off, that they will be better prepared for us as hey, two of our people were already there, and we already have them riled up for getting Kat. I think we should wait a day or two, get as much info as we can, finish the suit, and the go in without lube, ball bearings deep
>>24492206As well as this >>24492205 on our way
>>24492206We have no idea if Anna and Alex are in immediate danger, but it's highly likely, we don't have the luxury of waiting that long.
>>24492206The longer we wait, the more opportunities they have to catch and implant (Or just straight up murder) Alex and Anna.We should ask his siblings about Delta, then go.
>>24492220And just a thought, since the guy who makes the drones via manifestation, we should be able to control those, right?
>>24492235But the less intel we have, the less chance of being sucessful
"We should ask one of the others about what's there." You say. "And about Delta."Well, I think Sigma is awake. Epsilon is still out, and Theta is working on Robin." Summer said. "Let's go talk to Sigma."Sigma was currently looking a lot better than the last time you saw her, lying in bed covered in blankets, a small gel pack on her forehead."Hey." She said. "Did you kill that bitch? The one who made Epsilon toss me out of the station."
>>24492272"Maybe. I doubt it though. Hey, what do you know about [place] and Delta?"
>>24492272"Afraid not, though we sent her packing with a black eye. We'll deal with the Void Queen soon enough, but right now we need to know about Delta, because we think Anna and Alex might be in trouble on his world."
>>24492272"We know where she is, but short of throwing a RKV at her planet I've had no ideas. Honestly people make such a big deal of war crimes... anyway, what do you know about the facility that houses Delta?"
>>24492272"Not yet. We have to deal with Armatek first. Anna and Alex are apparently fighting Delta."
>>24492272"First ArmaTek. Then Voiderella."
>>24492272"That's for another day. Need to know any intel you've got on Delta."
>>24492272"Doubtful, I gave her a bloody nose and she won't be doing anything for a bit, but she's not gone.You doing alright?"
>>24492272"All in due time."
>>24492272"No, but I managed to rough her up a little, and that red stuff will protect us all from her.In the meantime, how dangerous is Delta? Anna and Alex are currently somewhere around the facility he's in, and we're thinking it's about time we gave Armatek a bloody nose."
"Afraid not, though we sent her packing with a black eye." You say. "We have to deal with Armatek first. What do you know about Delta and Kisheda?""The Kisheda facility?" She asked. "That place is... hell, it's just Delta's wonderland. As long as he keeps up the mining, Armatek doesn't care what he does. I have a lot of problems getting through to his machines.""How dangerous is he?""... He's... absentminded." She said. "Strange. I don't think he has emotions." She said. "He can fabricate anything he knows, and has some sort of... intuitive sense for it, I guess. As long as you don't bother him or whatever he's working on, he doesn't care."Then she sighed. "But if you do bother him, or jostle something, then suddenly you have ship-scale weaponry assembling itself in front of you."
>>24492400"I think Alex and Anna bothered him."
>>24492400"Is there anything he can't make?"
>>24492400"What would he do if I broke his implant? It doesn't sound like he really dislikes Armatek that much."
>>24492400So Delta is basically autistic. Good to know."He's your sibling, so I feel like I should tell you... It may turn out that we have to, er, deal with him. If there's no implant to disable, and he's working for Armatek willingly, then he'll probably be our enemy.Is that alright?"
"What would he do if I broke his implant?" You ask. "It doesn't sound like he really dislikes Armatek that much.""I don't even know if they have an implant in him." She said. "He doesn't care about that sort of thing. He only really cares that someone feeds him, pretty much.""Is there anything he can't make?""Organics, mostly." She said. "He can make metal, plastic, alloys, polycarbon, even small nuclear cores if he tries." She said. "But nothing organic, living, no food or wood... And everything has his... feel. His taste.""... He's your sibling, so I feel like I should tell you... it may turn out that we have to, we, deal with him." You say. "If there's no implant to disable, and he's working for Armatek willingly, then he'll probably be our enemy. Is that alright?"Sigma was quiet. "... He's never been close to anyone, much less us. I still don't think he knows our names, or cares. Go ahead and kill him if you need to."
>>24492400"Oh great. So we will just have to avoid him and we will be fine?"
>>24492536"So, if we had to extract two people from there, what would you recommend we do?"
>>24492536Let's go down to iso again and feel him out. We'll see if he has an implant or not.
>>24492536"Okay, thanks, Sigma. Hope you feel better."Okay, plans to deal with Delta, go.
>>24492536"Any chance of getting on-planet and into the facility without being detected? And if not, any idea how to get as far as possible first?"
"So, if we had to extract two people from there, what would you recommend we do?""... There won't be two people there." She said. "He has no reason to hold them, even under orders. He'd just let them walk out.""So we just have to avoid him and we will be fine?""Most likely, yeah.""Any chance of getting on-planet and into the facility without being detected? And if not, any idea how to get as far as possible first?""There's a satellite in geosynchronous orbit around the facility, and that's keeping an eye on things, but the rest of the planet is abandoned. It wasn't even a colony planet, because the people who bought the rights didn't have the money left to terraform it correctly. Armatek's since acquired it. I guess.... If you were able to make the satellite pretend not to notice you. That one isn't delta's. You'd have more problems on the surface, though, probably."
>>24492573Let's just not whack the hornets nest. Leave Delta alone. He doesn't care if Armatek crashes to the ground around him as long as he gets to keep making drones, as far as I can see.Just leave him on that dead world forever.
>>24492627So knock out the satellite.Cool
>>24492627"Hmm...Maybe I'll just use the iso chamber to break his implant, if he has one, then we'll just leave him alone, I guess."
So I say if he doesn't want to come with us and he has no implant, we kill him. We'd be depriving Armatek of a valuable asset.
>>24492627kinda figured this. Delta was riled by them possibly, and they left, and delta went back to buisness as usual. Anna and Alex may not even be there anymore, and for all we know, could possibly be on their way back
>>24492699Nah, if he has nothing to do with Anna/Alex's distress nor prevents us from finding them, just leave him there. We'll gut their company long before he can invent something new for them anyway.
>>24492699All he's doing is mining. Taking out a single mining facility won't do much to them as a whole. What we want to do is expose all their secrets.
>>24492700We'll just head toward the big black sphere area we can't sense anything in.
>>24492743>>24492762He's not only mining, he's manufacturing weapons and vehicles for them.
"Hmm, maybe I'll just use the iso chamber to break his implant, if he has one, and then we'll just leave him alone, I guess." You say."That's always a good idea." She said. "Avoid Delta.""So we're not going out there?" Summer asked. "Or are we just going to go around him?""At the very least, there'd likely be data on that satellite." Sarvesh said. "On where Wyvern headed until it left scanning range, at least. If they even did leave. You said they left the planet, right?"You nodded.
>>24492743He can't invent, he just makes.From the description given, it basically sounds like he's just a living factory. Why bother taking out a single factory when it won't do much to Armatek on the large scale?
>>24492774granted, he may have shot them down, we still may need to go, but yeah, head toward the big black sphere, and poke around. We have no need to go in guns blazing. Anna's a big girl, she knows what shes doing.
>>24492809"Alright, lets go check out that satellite. If Delta notices us, let's just tell him that we're not there to bother him."
>>24492809Remote view/technopathy it I suppose.
"Alright, let's go check out that satellite." You say, and make your way down to the isolation chambers. You set yours to only half an hour, climb in, and close your eyes, focusing...>Roll technopathy/remoteview!
Rolled 80>>24492872hey Mr. satellite, could you help me find my friend?
Rolled 21>>24492872Oh dear, here we go with the rolls.
You close your eyes, and reach outward...And you find a terraformed planet, green grass covering large patches of the surface. It was small, yes, but it was there. Through the satellite's eye, you looked down at a large facility- and you could barely, barely make out someone in a wheelchair, riding from one building of the facility to another.<Hey, Mr. Satellite, could you help me find my friend?><Oh, what did your friend look like, dear?> It asked, the voice sweet and motherly.<Well, it was grey, and very sharp looking...> You say, and send it a mental image.<Oh, that one! I activated red alert for your friend, I'm afraid.> The satellite said. <The automated drones chased them and I alerted the Armatek forces through entanglement, but don't worry, they headed toward demiurg space. The Armatek forces won't chase them there, dear. I'm sure they'll be just fine.>
>>24492967<Thank you very much.>Pull out."They went to Demiurg space..."
>>24492967>mental image of the wyvern
>>24492967<Can you give me the data so I'll know exactly where they were headed please?>
>>24492967Fucking.......hell......towards demiurg space.......
>>24492967<Thank you, Ms. Satellite.>"Omni...I don't think you'll like this, but we're heading to Demiurg space."
>>24492967<Thank you! I'd appreciate it if you didn't tell anyone you told me this, please.>
>>24492967Ping for Wyvern
<Can you give me the data so I'll know exactly where they were headed, please?><Of course, dear!> She said, and you received a mental image of the wyvern's trajectory, toward the edges of demiurg space.<Thank you very much, Ms. Satellite.> You say. <I'd appreciate it if you didn't tell anyone you told me this, please.><Oh, I won't, dear.> The satellite said, and you opened your eyes again. You triggered the isolation chamber early, and it hissed open. You pulled your clothes back on, and opened the curtain. Sarvesh and Summer gave you expectant looks."Well?" Summer asked."... Omni... I don't think you'll like this, but we're headed to Demiurg space."You explain everything you'd found- where they were headed, that they were there, when they set off..."They were going directly to the gas giant of Nagralsh'ka." Omnissiah said. "It... was, at least, a location of contentous battle between demiurg warlords, and some frighteningly intelligent Crows on the earthlike moon there. I do not know why the Crows are there. I expect they were taken as prisoners and broke free. I do not know how it is now."
>>24493115"So, how long will it take to get there, and what should we expect?"
>>24493115"Will we be able to get in and out unnoticed?"
>>24493115"Well that's just perfect. Poking the wasps' nest."
>>24493115"Can you check if there's any recent, non-classified information available for the region?"
>>24493143Robin, we're going to meet your family, sleep well.
>Unarmed ship heading into a Demiurg warzoneThis seems like a bad idea.Can we put an isochamber on Surya? With the isochamber boost but at close range instead of the other side of the galaxy we could take control of entire fleets.
>>24493248So, pretty sure we're going to have to chill out for a few days, or get the government involved, or blackreach.
"So, how long will it take to get there, and what should we expect?""Several hours." He said. "Combat, primarily. hundreds of solar platforms almost a century old, are being fought over. Weapons platforms, mines, debris, and similar circle the planet. There will certainly be several battles breaking out as we arrive. The moon is relatively safe, however, but the Crows have taken to that habitat rather well, and have bred significantly.""Well, that's just perfect. Poking the wasps' nest." You say. "Will we be able to get in and out unnoticed?""Most likely, if we are careful." Omnissiah said. "Most of the weapons platforms have incredibly simplistic programming, due to the way they keep getting captured and reprogrammed to different IFF frequencies. I should be able to modulate our transponder to most of the common codes, so those will be little issue with them. The real risk is if we get spotted by a manned ship.""Can you check if there's any recent, non-classified information available for the region?""None. There is no UPA data on the location. There is only my own memory."
>>24493248Probably not. And definitely not on such short notice.
Rolled 64>>24493274"I could just switch all the platforms we come across to attack other IFF frequencies."
>>24493274Exa, could we jump back in the chamber and start looking around in that area technopathically? See if the Wyvern is in that neck of the woods?
>>24493293Whoops, left my dice on.
>>24493274"We can work on the exosuit on the way, that's good. Do you think it's worth arming Surya with whatever we can? We'll worry about UPA law another day."
>>24493274>>24493296would be good to at least try this. Maybe there is a big black sphere of nothing flying around out there.
>>24493296I think maybe we should stop hopping in and out of the chamber and actually do something.
"We can work on the exosuit on the way, that's good." you say. "Do you think it's worth arming Surya with whatever we can? We'll worry about UPA law another day.""There's nothing we can arm it with." Omnissiah said. "Not on short notice. We have no ship-scale weaponry we can install.""... Well, I'll go jump back into the chamber and start looking around the area." You say."I will decompress my memories of the location so that I know more." Omnissiah said."I'll... see if I can try manifesting some really big guns for Surya." Summer said."I will be useless." Sarvesh said.You climbed into the chamber again, this time skipping removing your clothes, and simply focus...>Roll for clairvoyance!
Rolled 50>>24493370dice dice.
>>24493364I agree, now is the time for action. We know where they were headed, let's go there.
Rolled 6>>24493370Dice for the dice gods!>>24493364This is not a situation to go into unprepared.
Rolled 55>>24493370Fuck, we need a good roll
Rolled 80>>24493381>>24493382>>24493388Seems we're out of luck.
>>24493274"Well, if we are spotted, I can always bust out the technopathy, make their targeting go haywire or some such.I think we should go."
Rolled 11>>24493370Slica dica
Rolled 57>>24493370<Work on the exosuit if you don't want to be useless, Sarvesh.>
Rolled 51>>24493370Ah man, always late to the rolls
You wait there for a few minutes, frustrated- you can't seem to relax enough to get a good focus- all you saw was a blur. Now's the time for action, you realize, and trigger another early release."Nothing." You say. "We know where they're headed, so let's go there. If we're spotted, I can always bust out the technopathy and make their targeting go haywire.""I could also likely reprogram the weapons platforms to our own, if I can get one of the drones there." Omnissiah said. "Actually, come to think of it, if you could utilize technopathy and reprogram the weapons platforms all at once, we could... take the entire system. Refurbish the debris into more drones, use the drones to repair everything, and the platforms as recharging stations..."Summer looked back at you, and pouted. "I can't get it to work." She said. You felt the air around her... quivering, in a strange way, and realized- that was the effects of her personal reality overlaid upon your own. She sighed, and the quivering stopped. "I'm really bad with guns! I'm sorry."
>>24493381>>24493382>>24493388Obviously we need to be nude for this to work.
>>24493442"Don't worry about it, we'll figure something out."Hug Summer."Alright, let's go. The longer we wait the more trouble they could be getting into."
>>24493442"It's okay, you'll get it someday."
>>24493442I guess we don't have much time otherwise I'd suggest we construct a weapon from whatever we have on station.
Rolled 41>>24493442"It's okay. We'll just have to keep stealthy, not get shot, or anything like that.""Let's load up and get moving."
>>24493442Hug the tiger, earskritches. "I understand, Summer. It's okay, you'll get it." Now is the time to start heading out, though.Do we know what Damien's up to? How blind is he?
>>24493442"Don't sweat it, I failed at what I was trying just now too."
>>24493442yea but Ill need you help for the programing omnissiah, but it should work when we get close Ill jump in the iso chamber connect to you and then connect you to all the other computers
>>24493442"it's alright Summer" hug and patI really like the idea of us taking control of an entire system before anyone even knows what the hell is going on.
>>24493442"Right now we have a rescue to enact, Let's get that done before we contemplate stealing systems from the Demiurg, ok?"
Summer is probably as incapable at manifesting weapons as Delta is at manifesting living things
"Don't sweat it." You say, and scritch her ears. "It's okay, you'll get it.""Okay." She said."Alright, let's go. The longer we wait, the more trouble they could be getting into.""Yes, let's." Sarvesh said, and the four of you made your way to Surya. When you got there, there were two marines standing in front of the door."I'm sorry, Miss, but our commander thinks it's too dangerous for you to be heading out so soon after the incidents recentl-"And then you were all on the other side of the door, Sarvesh teleporting all four of you and your equipment several feet forward. And there, just as shiny as it was after its first paint job, was Surya.And Surya cheered for you.The four of you climbed in, Summer laying in the bed, Sarvesh strapping himself down on the lounge, and Omnissiah climbing into the dock. You made your own way into your seat, and set off. After the jostling and bustling, you turned on the bubble drive, and Omnissiah locked into control, so that he could take you out in an emergency. You found yourself sitting in the lounge a few minutes later, as Sarvesh tried his best to cook in the cramped (for him) workspace that was the ship's kitchenette.Summer was quiet, extraordinary so- and then suddenly she hugged you, and hugged you incredibly tight, even when you consider the amount of raw muscle she hid in her fuzzy body.
>>24493442"I like that idea."ASSUMING TOTAL CONTROL
>>24493553Meh, she can pocket Syra and us if shit goes south.
>>24493558Ooof as we're crushed by kitty. "Summer! I... you're really scared, aren't you? It's okay, we're going to rescue them. This isn't the first time we rescued Alex, you know."
>>24493558Did we load up the exosuit? Can we get it finished in time?
>>24493558"They'll be okay Summer... We'll bring them back."
>>24493558"Don't worry Summer, we'll be fine! What could possible go wrong?"We need to get her to manifest a bitchin' captain's coat and pirate hat along with our armor.
Suggestion to player base:Get Sarvesh and Robin to hook up.
>>24493618No time for waifu/husbandu shit right now. We've got shit to do.
>>24493618I don't think that's gonna happen.
Rolled 72>>24493594SO NOT SAY THIS EVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES
>>24493594>"What could possibly go wrong?"You motherfucker.
>>24493558"You know, I've been trying really hard not to think about anything other than plans for how to go about this, because after my holiday from the world and this day so far, I don't want to give my mind any chance to get a handle on the situation."
>>24493587>Not enough time. The ship is too small for Sarvesh and the drones to help, else you would have enough time."Summer! I... you're really scared, aren't you? It's okay, we're going to rescue them. This isn't the first time we rescued Alex, you know.""No, I'm not very scared at all, because we're psychic badasses." She said. "I just feel... Kind of lonely, I guess. We've all been so busy since like, thursday. After this, we should hang out or something."
>>24493676Nod, hug the kitty back hard."Maybe another group trip next weekend? Someplace fun and chill, where we can relax some."
>>24493676"Of course we can hang out, I'm sorry I've been too busy to spend time with you."Keep hugging the adorable tiger.
>>24493676"After this, I just want to relax... I'm so tired of drama. Before anyone can relax though we need to disembowel the CEO of Armatek."
>>24493676"That's what I was thinking too. After all this is done with we should all go back to the beach or something."
>>24493594>why don't we ask her to manifest some pineapple salad while we're at it?>>24493676"a group trip or maybe a movie night when we get everyone back to the station."
>>24493726Not a bad idea.Anyone feeling hungry?
>>24493676"I would love to hang out as soon as massive problems stop appearing out of nowhere."
>>24493676Still want Heather to visit her parents alone before anything else, and not just because of the Anna thing - between killing Lambda and potentially fucking Isaac up, as well as general stress, I'd imagine some parental advise/comfort would be useful.
>>24493676"Yeah, things have been kind of a whirlwind lately... We really need to take a few days off and go to the beach.But we gotta keep going for a little longer. Just 'til everyone is safe."
>>24493697The weekend's already reserved for everyone coming to visit our home.
"Of course we can hang out." You say, and hug her just as tightly. "I'm sorry I've been too busy to spend time with you.""Hah, well, maybe if I manifested a strong, manly version of myself you'd be more interested in *me*." She said, giggled, and started purring."Done." Sarvesh said, and held out warm, steaming biscuits."We gotta keep going for a little longer." You say. "Just 'til everyone is safe.""Okay." Summer said, and swallowed a biscuit whole. Sarvesh simply floated in the zero G, his legs folding up underneath him, and he ate his own. "how long, Omni?""Two and a half hours remaining." Omnissiah responded. Sarvesh sighed."I don't have enough time to sleep, sadly."
>>24493796take this time and think, prepare for what might lie ahead.
>>24493796Shrug noncommitally. "After all this chaos and stuff, I don't think that I'll really be interested in anyone in ways beyond friendship. Need some time to cool my head, you know?"This can get shot down if it doesn't jive with what people are thinking.
>>24493844Nah, let's not say that.
>>24493844I'm pretty sure that's what the general consensus was. Cool off on the waifuing entirely for now.
>>24493844This isn't the time for relationship talk, this is action time.
>>24493844I agree but no need to say it out loud, just avoid seeking it out and let down anyone who really tries.
>>24493796"Hell, if you could manifest something nice and reliable that doesn't hold double standards in the worst of ways, I'd be massively interested.""We're going to watch movies tonight. Just you and me."
>>24493885I'm waiting to see what happens after we're done kicking Demiurg ass before we even talk about any of that stuff.
>>24493895>"Hell, if you could manifest something nice and reliable that doesn't hold double standards in the worst of ways, I'd be massively interested."Good god, that is way, WAY too bitter.
>>24493913"If you can hold a promise, I'd be happy to spend tonight watching movies with you."
>>24493913We're pretty bitter.
>>24493933>>24493934I just don't think we should be doing any Anna related talking right now. Please stop trying to push this when we're busy preparing to fight Demiurg.
>>24493796"Let's just do something nice and relaxing, watch a movie or something. No romance."
OOC, I think we should let Summer know what's going on. She is our roommate, after all. And gives the best hugs.
>>24493934REALLY don't think that focusing on our troubles (Anna, stress, how Isaac's doing etc) is a good idea while we're still on high alert. Save it for after.
>>24493954Nothing but mission talk now, guys. Teenage bulshit after infiltrating deadly alien space
>>24493954I think we should let her know what's going on after this mission.
"... We're going to watch movies tonight." You say. "Just you and me.""Yay!" She said. "Wait... like, after we get back, tonight, or tomorrow after classes tonight?"You shrug, and just hug her, and think about all the things that could go wrong...You wake up to Omnissiah beeping loudly, sitting up. You, Summer, and Sarvesh all sat up to look at him."We are about to arrive within five minutes." He said. "I can stop near the planet, very close to it, or rather far off. It's your choice. If we're close, we could fall into the atmosphere and the drag would take us, but there's no chance of running into debris. If we start far off, it's more likely we'll be detected by ships, and if we start rather close, then we may come out of bubble drive inside of a battle."
>So much knee jerkingBut yeah, no need to bring it up now.
>>24493796Let's just tinker with the Ion laser for a bit. Get our head in the game
Honestly, this is unbelievable. We're about to go into a warzone of a deadly alien race and you people want to pick now to start bitching about Heather's relationship issues.Put a lid on it, we're on a mission here.
>>24493982Further out, we need time to scan for them, both with ship scanners and psychic scanning.
>>24493982Far away. We'll try for the stealthy approach, as much as we can.
>>24493982"Start far away, Omni. Everyone, get on breath mask and vac suits. If the hull is breached I don't want anyone suffocating."
>>24494018Far off is more time to be detected. If we can't scan to see what the situation is like on the ground, then just warp in close.
>>24493982"Let's jump into a stable orbit, then I can try to control all those platforms, and maybe any hostile ships."
>>24493982"hell starting out in a battle is almost ideal, ill be in the iso room lets be reddy to min take some weapons platforms.
>>24493982need to be close enough to reprogram the platforms without it draining us to much
"Start far away, Omni." You say. "Everyone, get on breath masks and vac suits. If the hull is breached, I don't want anyone suffocating.""Yes ma'am." Summer said, and shimmered- and her vacsuit manifested itself on her. Sarvesh slipped on his own mask and massive oxygen supply, and Summer turned on her personacom, looking at strange scribbles she'd drawn. You're not sure why."Two seventy seconds." Omnissiah said. "Two sixty."You waited, your body tensing, as you climbed into the cockpit seat, strapping yourself down. You pulled on your own helmet, and clamped it there. All you heard was Sarvesh and Summer breathing, their helmets in radio contact with yours."Sixty. Fifty. Fourty."And then you took a deep breath, and felt something far away..."Pulling out of bubble drive." Omnissiah said, and the ship shook.>Field too long!
>>24494233Far off, you saw a massive, green gas giant, and a forested moon reflecting the sun's light, fog covering it- it had an atmosphere. And then you noticed the debris, floating in a great ring- both around the gas giant and the moon...And then you noticed that some of the 'debris' was firing great green bolts of plasma, and others shooting lancing spears of light. A small explosion came from one, gas and fire bursting out.To the left, it looked like there was a major, major battle, quickly serving and moving fighters fighting one another. 'Upwards' from your current orientation, there was a series of platforms pointing rusted solar panels toward the sun, and there was... Something strange looking, right there...And then you noticed the swarms of fighters circling the moon, blasting one another with missiles, weaving in and out of the atmosphere.And then suddenly your ship shook, and Omnissiah pushed it to the side."Disfunctional weapons platform." Omnissiah said, bringing up an indicator for you. It fired a second bolt of plasma at you, and Omnissiah dodged again.
Rolled 31>>24494245Take it over.
Rolled 76>>24494245Technopath it to regard us as friendly!
Rolled 79>>24494245Take it over!
>>24494245Set the platform to be idle."Can you see a way past the fighters?"
Rolled 77>>24494245Take over as many platforms as we are capable of, get them all to work in accord to bring down any that are left out of our control.
>>24494245need to take a closer look at the strange looking thing as soon as we have some breathing room
>>24494245> 'Upwards' from your current orientation, there was a series of platforms pointing rusted solar panels toward the sun, and there was... Something strange looking, right there...Could be Anna and Alex hiding, once we've dealt with the weapon platform we need to check that out.
You take a deep breath, and push your will into the raving, ranting weapons platform. You saw what it was, now- an oversized breeder reactor, with large storage for noble gases, and a single, simple ship-based weapon. It was very hodge-podge, but someone had reprogrammed it to fire on all ships ever.<Please, could you not fire on me?>Your vision blurred, and you felt a minor headache start to build.<As you wish, my lady!> It responded, and went still."Can you see a way past the fighters?""No. There are several fighters above us, but they seem to be in combat with someone with large kinetically propelled needles. Strange, demiurg use energy weapons, primarily.""Move the camera up there." Summer said, and Omnissiah did.You didn't see a platform. You knew it was there, it was... as if...As if it was a blindspot. As if your mind refused to look there. As soon as your realized that, you *saw* the blindspot, as if it was a great, warping black hole in your vision."... Do any of you see that?" Sarvesh asked."I see a simple solar platform." Omnissiah said."I don't see anything." Summer added. "It's just space.
>>24494445"There's like a...blind spot or something. There's something right there."
Rolled 37>>24494445"No, Alex is using his powers to create a, for lack of a better word "Somebody Else's Problem" field. We need to get up there."
>>24494445"No, there's something there, something that's trying to stop us looking at it. It could be Anna and Alex. We need to investigate."
>>24494445"It's there, there's a point where your mind refuses to see, just look for the place you are unwilling to look at.It's hopefully Anna and Alex."
Rolled 18Our IFF is Friendly to everything.
>>24494445"Take us in. Can you run that ECM still, Omni?"
>>24494445"that might just be Anna and Alex."
>>24494445"No, it's not just space, it's the wyvern, and you can't see it because of Alex, who is actually Phi. I can't actually see it either, but I can see that there should be something there that isn't.I'm probably not making much sense."
>>24494445> large kinetically propelled needlesthat should be the wyvern's kinetic spread shot
>>24494445Watch it not be Alex, but rather the BioBeast we made.
Anna's ship shot those needles during our little look backwards in time, high chances that it's them!
>>24494512No telling about Alex. Let him do it himself.
>>24494556Most people already know, we kinda blabbed when we were back on the station.
>>24494591No we didn't
>>24494591No, Lambda blabbed.
"No, there's something there. Something that's trying to stop us looking at it. It's Alex. We need to investigate.""I'm piloting us." Omnissiah said, and he reoriented the ship so that it was ahead of you instead of above you, and you sped up toward it. Summer gasped as she realized it, and the further you go, the smaller the black hole seemed to get, until you saw diving, swarming fighters- and one depressurize, needles slamming through its hull. You got closer, and your mind still rebelled to see it, until... barely, hardly, you could see ... the Wyvern, upsidedown, sitting on the solar platform. The barrel kept twisting and firing at people, while Anna's exosuit worked frantically on the ship's innards. You saw someone in a spacesuit, tethered to Wyvern and simply drifting, legs crossed...But you couldn't recognize him. You knew he was Alex intellectually, but your mind rebelled at the thought of that... thing being a person. Of that thing being anything sapient, or even something that really existed.And then one of the fighters turned to you, and fired a lancing beam of light. The ship tried to tug you out of the chair as Omnissiah took you away again, retreating from the fighter."We have no weapons, sadly." Omnissiah said, neutrally. "Does anyone have a plan?""Turn the camera backwards." Summer said.The camera whirled back, and you saw... space itself split open, and the fighter flew adroitly into the rift... and then the crack it closed."Got it."
>>24494637Shouldn't spoil it for others
>>24494656"That was awesome, Summer."Well then, I guess we're going to need to get out there to help. We can use technopathy to interfere with the fighters' weapons.
>>24494656"Nice. Very. Nice."
>>24494661they were there when lambda blabbed. theta was depressed that Alex was his bro, because he was attracted to him
>>24494656"Wow.">>24494661They know. Lambda said it, and Theta was all "omg I was attracted to him but he's my brother", and stuff.
Rolled 18>>24494656That one's yours, Summer? Amazing!Start messing with the local's IFF so they don't see us going towards Alex and Anna.
>>24494661deleted.>>24494656use technopathy to send the fighters attacking wyvern packing, preferably where they'll be to preoccupied to come at us again.
>>24494656Try to fix their ship with technopathy.
>>24494656"That's fucking awesome!""Can you get them on the radio, Omni?"
Rolled 26>>24494734forgot to roll.
>>24494715She pocket dimension'd the fighter that was going after us. And possibly then demanifested it.
>>24494661>"I think they were finding more about Alex." You say. "But why did they do it with just the two of them and not tell anyone where they were going?">"They told me." Jilly said, quietly. "Alex wanted to find out the truth about himself, and he asked Anna for help. She agreed.">"So... he knows the truth, now?" Lambda asked.>"What truth?" Rho asked.>"That Alex is Phi." Lambda said.>Everyone paused.>You turn down to Einstein and write a message, sending it off-><Quantum entanglement to the target has been lost.>>"Wait, Alex is my *brother*?" Theta asked. "I was attracted to him! Damnit, damnit.">Damien was very quiet, crossing his arms. He almost looked asleep.literally last thread
<Ladies and gentlemen, my apologies for bothering you, but would you be nice and ignore us? >
"That was awesome, Summer." You say. "I know!" She said, and focused. "Now I just gotta get rid of the guys inside of it, and put my own manifestations in there...""Take us closer, maybe." Sarvesh said. "I... don't think I can teleport in there.""Doing so.""Can you get them on the radio, Omni?""Yes, I can." He said."Hello, this is Surya." He said. You heard crackling. "Repeat, this is Surya.""Oh, omni, thank christ." Anna responded. "I need your drones to help me fix this. We caught one of those... bladed four legged things to the engine, and now the wiring's fucked."You close your eyes, and focus on the other three fighters swarming around...>Roll technopathy!
Rolled 21>>24494656Take out those fighters. Make them stop responding to commands.
Rolled 34>>24494656"Full steam ahead."Get any fighters in the way to malfunction.
Rolled 45>>24494783Rolling to break all their stuff.
>>24494785>>24494792>>24494802It hasn't been our day today.
Rolled 56>>244947831s for the 1 throne
Rolled 73>>24494824Aye. Sigh.
Rolled 74>>24494824Could be worse
Rolled 69>>24494844Damn you.
Rolled 67>>24494783"We've got new VQ shields, where did you find the scythe-beasts?"
>>24494846like so? >>24494844
Rolled 24>>24494844Oh hell, what's that going to do.
Rolled 55>>24494844I guess we're out of this fight.Oh well.
>>24494844Fuck.>And then we accidently assembled all the fighters into Demiurg Voltron and passed out
does it matter that it's the 11th roll?is it far enough down the list to be relatively safe?>we're fucked aren't we?
Rolled 24>>24494844Jesus christ. I don't think we could have had this at a worse time.
Rolled 9>>24494783I'm laughing right now, oh god, we are fucked.
Rolled 60>>244948951s and 100s always count.
Rolled 90>>24494844testing something real quick.
You focus... and the ship jerked again, hard, and lost your focus. A lance of laser fire scratched down Surya, and you *heard* the hull whimper in pain. There was a loud hiss, and an indicator told you- life support was damaged. One of the drones shot out of your ship and started repairing it, while the other went down to help Anna."I'm going down there." Sarvesh said, and vanished. You saw him push himself downward toward the station."Sarvesh!" Anna said, over the radio. "Help me replace these decabulators. Things are not looking good.""Okay!" Summer said, and closed her eyes. Another crack opened, and the demiurg fighter shot out again- except it started firing on the other fighters instead.And then, a laser embraced Surya again.And you felt Helios scream, all of the wiring slashing open on the ship.Your ion drives cut, and you saw the lights start to wink out."I've lost computers and primary thrusters. No bubble drive functionality." Omnissiah said.And then, Summer's fighter exploded in a flash of light."Warning." Helios said. "Containment breach imminent. Please vacate the premises."
>>24494895Pretty sure Exa's said that he always takes 1/100 rolls regardless of how far down (assuming it's not right before he posts again at least), presumably to discourage people leaving dice on.
>>24494895Well, it's like a 12% chance of a crit fail/crit success, so I dunno.
>>24494924"SUMMER! TAKE SURYA INTO YOUR PERSONAL DIMENSION AND CONTAIN IT!"
>>24494924Oh fuck off, we're not letting our ship go up on it's second mission.If the wiring is cut, use our own head as a router.
Rolled 94>>24494924<No, not Today, Helios.>
>>24494954That ought to do it.Until the inevitable nat 1 to come.
Rolled 65>>24494924<ABSOLUTELY NOT.>TK finesse to repair the damage.
>>24494952Going into the dimension to protect ourselves is good. But we can fix it ourselves.Summer is rubbish at manifesting tech and we want Alex to be able to ride our ship.
Rolled 58>>24494924We're losing our ship on the second flight.I am...wow. I don't really know.
>>24494998That was in case we can't fix it and have to let it splode.
>>24495002Stop rolling, it's only getting lower again.
Rolled 41>>24495002Guys, I got this.Rolling to save the day like a big damn hero.
>>24494924A single laser?I would've thought the hull would have held up better. Shit.
>>24495059Apparently our ship's a lot flimsier than we thought. Might need to get a tougher hull if we can get it back to base in one piece.
Rolled 92>>24494924Guys, we're masters of TK finesse.We can do delicate engine repairs.
<No, not today, helios.> You tell it, and close your eyes.And, beautifully, technopathy and TK fused into one, powerful thing. Helios guided you into repairs, reconnecting cables, and forcing you to pump power into the ship to sustain it in time... and your vision blurred. A drip of something came out your nose. Your headache grew stronger... and then the lights flickered on.A dragon came roaring out of nowhere, a lancer on the back, smashing the end of his lance into one of the fighters, before vanishing. Kinetic spreadshot from wyvern slammed through the other one, and... And you look around. And there's nothing there. No more living demiurg ships. Helios was contained (though it would need repairs), and your life support was quickly getting fixed, though you were losing air.Below, Anna and Sarvesh were working like madmen to repair the wyvern."I've regained control of the ion thrusters." Omnissiah said. "No more nearby fighters detected. I suspect they belonged to warlord Helgaldaz. Orders?""I... I did it! I got two of them!" Summer said. "One with a dragon rider, and the other with knights! I'm the best!"
>>24495079Or just an impenetrable forcefield. Omni's working on that.
>>24495090Did we pack the repair drones?
>>24495090Hold position while we wait for Anna and Sarvesh to finish repairs and keep watch for other Demiurg. Heather probably needs to catch her breath after what she just did.
>>24495090"Take us in next to them...I need to...I need to sit down for a second."
>>24495090"That dragon was awesome!"Stay in position, cover them while they repair, but stay out of their firing arc."Tell me about Helgaldaz."Do a wide area technopathy ping.
>>24495090"Well done, Summer. Omni, take us closer to Wyvern and see what you can patch up with the repair drones."
I think after this we should probably add armor plating to the hull.
>>24495090>"One with a dragon riderI bet that confused them
Rolled 49>>24495090"I've fixed the engine breach, for the moment.I'll try to fix the Wyvern's engine, now."Don't lose momentum, just do exactly what we did for the Surya to the Wyvern while we can, and hopefully before we pass out. Fix all that shit with TK and technopathy
>>24495090"Summer, make a pocket world of photons, then open it up to here. Instant laser."
>>24495090"priority on fixing life support and the drive systems on both the Wyvern and Surya." *sniff* "status on the bubble drive.""Summer, that was amazing."
>>24495143Heather very nearly overdid it, let's not melt our brain right now. We can let the others work on Wyvern while Heather catches her breath at least.
>>24495090"Three hundred force field cores doesn't seem so bad now."
"Priority on fixing life support and the drive systems on both the Wyvern and Surya." You say, and sniffle. "Status on the bubble drive?""Helios's safty protocols turned down the power generation. Bubble drive at half capacity until it recuperates." Omnissiah responded."Summer, that was amazing." You say."I know!" She said.You sniffle again."Omni, take us closer to Wyvern and see what you can patch up with the repair drones.""Proceding." Omnissiah said, and took you closer.As soon as you touched down next to the solar platform, you felt a chill run down your back. Something... something that you'd had all your life... vanished, just now. A very integral part of you was missing, and the ship stopped piping up at you.And that... that Thing, that hateful, empty force pretending to be a sapient being was the cause of this."Almost done!" Anna called, over the radio. "How are you doing, Alex?""... It hurts." His voice said, quietly. He sounded... exhausted."Damnit, damnit." Anna responded.
>>24495257"We've got void-protection! You can stop doing whatever you're doing, Alex."
>>24495257"You can drop the field, there aren't any fighters around."
>>24495257Guys, I think we just LOST technopathy.
>>24495257Go EVA and collect Alex.
>>24495257get them their blood clay, hurry!did, did the devourer take our Technopathy?
Rolled 15>>24495257"Alex. I don't like your power."Hug him, "I'm glad you're okay. How was your brother?"
>>24495257Did we just lose technopathy 'cause of that one?
>>24495298Because we're within Alex's void bubble.
>>24495257"Take a necklace each and you can drop the field.">>24495298We lost ALL our powers because we're inside Alex's void sphere thing.
>>24495298>>24495304No, we just can't use it while Alex is projecting his null field thing.
Silly kids, it's due to Alex's field.
"We've got void-protection!" You call through the radio. "You can stop whatever you're doing, Alex.""Oh... okay." He said, and suddenly you felt better. The engines were piping up at you about the non-critical damage they'd taken, and you had ... that integral part of you back."No, no!" Anna said. "The void queen doesn't care if we have shields up or not! Alex is the only thing keeping her away!"She ran over to the suit, and shook him."Damnit, he's asleep." She said."We built new shields. Ones that work." Sarvesh said. "The void queen learned how the other ones worked.""..." Anna took a deep breath, and nodded. "Okay. Let's finish up these repairs before any other fighters show up." She said, and pulled him into the ship proper, strapping him down in one of the seats.You and Summer make your way out of Surya, walking past the rusted solar platform to get to Wyvern- and the internal components were completely destroyed. With the help of one of Omnissiah's drones, Sarvesh, and Anna herself, the four of you got it repaired. The bubble drive hummed.And Anna let go of the breath she'd been holding for a long time."Well." She said with a sigh. "This was an adventure.""What do we do now?" Summer asked. "Get back to the station, meet up there and talk about what happened?"
>>24495393"Yeah, we should get out of here before more fighters show up."
>>24495393"Yeah, let's head back."
>>24495393"Is there any nearby shipwrecks? Might as well grab some salvage."I'm thinking we go for the lasers or plasma guns.
>>24495393All I don't know is what happened to you, when the VQ attacked us.Then we can get back to the station.
>>24495393"Don't want to get caught up in this planet's clusterfuck, so yeah, get back ASAP."
>>24495419I think this is a terrible place to grab salvage, we don't want to attract another Demiurg patrol.
>>24495393"we need to get out of here, before more ships try to find whatever destroyed their comrades.""unless someone objects, that's going to be the plan.""Surya took a big hit and we're running the bubble drive on half capacity."
>>24495446Plus, apparently the technology used here is pretty simplistic anyway, might not be much worth salvaging.
>>24495393"Yeah, let's go back. We need time to rest and recover before finishing of Armatek or the Void Queen."
>>24495446I meant from the ships we took on, but if conensus goes a different way, nevermind.
"Yeah, let's head back." You say. "Before any more fighters show up.""... And then we can talk on the way." Anna told you, very carefully.Some time later, you were sitting in the cockpit of your ship, strapped in, while the final repairs on the life support were completed. You'd need to do more repairs to get it back to 100%, but it would work for now. You take off your helmet, and close your eyes for a moment. It was 5 AM, and you've been napping on and off while you made your way back to UPA space. Wyvern's been sticking not far from you, just far enough that the bubbles didn't coincide, along with a hefty margin of error."... We, um." The intercom- Anna - suddenly said. "This is probably a bad time to do this, but there's not much else we can do while we wait to get back to the station. It's... about us. Or... me. Yes, me. I, um..."
>>24495506"...Take your time, Anna."Let's wait and see what she has to say before people start foaming at the mouth, place.
>>24495524"I guess we do..."Let her go first.
>>24495524Seconding this.Let's be gentle.I doubt that'll happen though.
>>24495506"I still need time to think, Anna.""Leave me be." While I go and sex up the tiger tonight.
>>24495545I think Heather is still justified in being angry.
>>24495506we're to tired to make a fuss"please, continue."
>>24495524Agreed, let's be mature about this and at the very least hear her out.
>>24495506"Anna, no offense, but it's been a long day. Robin got shot in the head when we rescued Damien's sister from ArmaTek before we came to get you. Please, could you keep it short?"
>>24495506"Okay, let's talk."
>>24495571Please, not this. Way too harsh. She does feel bad for what happened, and this is only going to make it worse.
>>24495506Not... nowI haven't slept in what feels like years and just got done fighting void aliens and mad aliens. We can save the talks, please.
>>24495506>Discussing this over intercomHoboy, that's a bad sign.
>>24495506>"This is probably a bad time to do this, but there's not much else we can do while we wait to get back to the station. It's... about us. Or... me. Yes, me. I, um..."yes?
>>24495571Let's not snap at her before she's even begun.
>>24495605This, if she has something to say, she can say it to our face like an adult. Turn that shit off.
>>24495559well at least she didn't pull a gun on us.>>24495564well yea we herd out the guy with a gun in our face.>>24495571no we are not a bitch
>>24495559Angry, yes, but not completely out of it.
>>24495620That's not a very adult thing to do though.
>>24495506<Do you want to do it this way instead?>
>>24495559I think most of the anger was drained away do to the worry the life threatening problems have caused
>>24495571Perhaps more of a "I'm going to pass out soon, it might be best to hurry."
"Take your time, Anna." You say- though your voice wasn't nearly as gentle as it should have been."... I have... a lot of problems." She said, slowly. "Ones I need to... work on. I... Yes, I made a mistake, and... It's... It's evidence that I'm not in the right... not in the right mind to be in any sort of... relationship. I've proven that, I guess. I... I'm trying to say this in a better way, but... I guess I'm just trying to say that I'm pretty fucked up, and you really don't deserve me. Since what happened, I've been trying to sort my shit out, but then I got distracted by Alex's whole escapade."
>>24495666How about we just go with >>24495524It's letting her take up the talking.
>>24495688"Nobody's perfect. Maybe we took things too fast. I think both of us need some time to get our heads straight."
>>24495688"I trusted you, Anna. I thought you were a good person. I hope you can prove that you are.""But really, babe, I gotta sleep now."
>>24495688"I see, I guess that might be for the best. What you did hurt me Anna, it hurt me a lot, and I don't know how long it'll be before things are right between us again. We both need some time. But I just want you to know, whatever else happens. I don't hate you."
>>24495688"Um...that's...good to hear. I'm...not as angry, now. So I suppose...we can work things out."
>>24495746Seconding, I like this.
>>24495688"...Up to trying to sort them together?"
>>24495688"Why did you go along with Alex?"
>>24495688You broke my trust, Anna. I don't know I can give you that back easily, or even at all.
>>24495688"That'd probably be for the best.I, I don't hate you. I'm still upset, I'm still hurt and angry, but I don't hate you.Still friends?"
>>24495760No. Let her sort herself. It builds character.
>>24495746Still a bit aggressive, but I like the last line.
>>24495746>>24495772Something along the lines of these, yeah.
>>24495688>>24495730this, add in a I still love you >>24495760>>24495760this is good to>>24495749>>24495771cold as fuck man
>>24495746Nah, >>24495730 is good.
>>24495760Let's not. It might be annoying in a quest, but it's far better for both if Heather just supports her from the side-lines as a friend, otherwise we just risk her becoming dependent on us instead.
>>24495688"you're trying, that's good, yes."
>>24495811Agreed. I'd kind of like Heather and Anna to get back together, but them doing so relies on Anna growing as a person, not relying on Heather to prop her up.
>>24495688"I just...I don't understand why it is you let it happen in the first place."
>>24495746>>24495771That's a bit too strong I think.>>24495760>>24495772These are alright.
>>24495688"...Yeah. I'm glad you can admit that.Listen, though. I was really hurt by what happened. I'm not... ready to forgive you, yet.But I will be, eventually. When you've sorted yourself out, when you get through this whole ugly thing, I might be waiting on the other side, okay?"
>>24495835>>24495784We might not hate her, but we don't think very much of her.
>>24495831Because she's fucked up, she covered that.
>>24495772I like this one
>>24495688I hate that word. "Deserve." Nobody deserves anything, if you ask me. But sometimes we get lucky enough to get a hold of something we really like. I was lucky enough to be born into a family with two loving parents, but I didn't deserve that any more than you did. I was lucky enough to be born on a beautiful vacation world, but I didn't deserve that any more than you did. So stop thinking about what we deserve--I care about you Anna, the fact that I'm so upset proves that--and the fact that you're so upset at yourself proves that you care about me too. So we can work past this--I've hurt the drones I love by mistake plenty of times, and I know that's not a perfect analogy, but I do know we can work through this. Reality itself is our bitch--I think we can figure out a relationship.I will only forgive you on one condition, however. You must, from now on, recognize that I am the pirate king, and you are the pirate queen.
>>24495843That's why we're giving her time.For now the most we can do to help her grow is to let her know that she hasn't burned her bridges with Heather forever.
>>24495843Even if we can't trust her (though I'm personally in favor of giving her another chance when she's sorted out) she's still our friend and is clearly acknowledging her fuck-up and dealing with it, so I don't think anything that harsh would be in order.
I love it how people are torn between "oh Anna, please take me back" and "fuck off, bitch".
>>24495772Seconding this. It's good.
>>24495730>>24495746>>24495747>>24495842Any combination of these.
>>24495855.... Damn. This.
>>24495855use parts from this at the very least.
>>24495855Nah, Anna needs to sort herself out first. I'm hoping Anna and Heather get back together. But it can't happen yet.
>>24495855I don't agree with this at all. first, it's way too fluffy, and second, we're not getting back together with her until she sorts her shit out. And we're not forgiving her until she's craving ice cream like a detoxing crack addict.
>>24495855This, all of fucking this
>>24495900It's more like people are torn between "I can forgive you, but you need to sort yourself out first." and "I can forgive you, but I don't think I can be in a relationship with you anymore."I like the first option.
>>24495855yes this is dam good>>24495855
"I see." You say, neutrally. "That might be for the best, I guess. What you did hurt me, it hurt me a lot, and I don't know how long it'll be before things are right between us again.""I- I know." She said. "I've been trying to come up with a proper way to apologize and I haven't and I know it'll take a lot of time before I can even really... really think of trying to apologize, but...""We both need some time.""... Yes, we do." She said."I was really hurt by what happened. I'm not... ready to forgive you yet." You say."I know." She said. "You shouldn't be. I'm not asking for forgiveness- not yet. I need to... to prove that I can fix my shit, or else I'll never be able to. I can't... I can't ask for forgiveness until then, or it would be insulting to both of us.""... When you've sorted yourself out, when you get through this whole ugly thing, I might be waiting on the other side, okay?""... Okay." She said, and you heard her take a sharp breath, as if she was about to say something, and then just closed her mouth again.
>>24495950"You should get some rest. I can't imagine you're not running on fumes by now."
>>24495950"We're still friends though. If you need a hand just let me know.Now I think both of us could use some rest, get some sleep Anna."
>>24495950"Get some rest, Anna."Then I'd imagine Heather will probably pass out for a bit. It's been an exhausting few days.
>>24495950"Get some sleep."
>>24495950<Omni, draw up plans to install forcefields.>
>>24495950we shouldn't let this situation affect our friends, sure there will be a bit of tension but we really can't have fights breaking out over this for any reason.
>>24495950"I'm... glad we had this talk. I hope you manage it. I really, really do."Then we could all use some sleep.
"Get some rest, Anna.""Okay." She said. "You um... you sleep well too.""I'm... glad we had this talk." You say. "I hope you manage it. I really, really do.""So do I." She said, quietly. "And... thank you. For not hating me."You wake up some time later, lying on Surya's bed, and you hear the sound of maintenance drones outside. You check Einstein, and find that he had a new tip of the day;>http://pastebin.com/CaAF0yS8You sit up and stretch, looking at the time- it was almost lunch. You'd missed classes. Outside, Sarvesh and the drones were finishing up repairs to the ship.
>>24496300Go out and hug Sarvesh. Then eat. Then go around and hug everyone on the station, individually. We're so goddamn glad that everyone is back and (hopefully) in one piece.
>>24496300Find out how Isaac, Alex and Robin are doing. Maybe save Alex for last so we can ask about what happened.
>>24496300Oh sweet, send a reply message to the ambassador, of course we'd like to be there for first contact.
>>24496300We havn't been drinking enough, have we? Let's go straight for lunch.Send Max and Dr Manus a message saying things have been happening and we're sorry for missing classes.
>>24496300<How are you feeling, Surya?>Also, reply to the Councillors message. Ask if we're allowed to bring along one or two friends, maybe.
>>24496300omg omg omg omg omg YES I WANT TO TALK TO ALIENS.
>>24496342This, then go do the rounds and check on all the injured people.We need to discuss what we're planning to do about Armatek. What happened yesterday has proven that we can't really afford to just wait it out, we have to take action or everyone's families will be in danger.
>>24496300>cakeSarvesh confirmed for little girl.
>>24496300"Hi Sarvesh."<How is everyone doing?> from the ship<Hi Omni. You okay?>
>>24496362Indeed, we need a group meeting today, Armatek has made this a war, and they are going to learn exactly what that means.
Forward the article to Ellie along with a <Told you so. We were also the ones who found the Ishelda. Split the reward several ways, so in the end I wound up getting about 10mil. Already spent the vast majority of it on building a ship from scratch though.>
>>24496370Probably because people call him Crabcake.And Bullfrog is obviously a reference to Dave.And Jilly is Serpent because she's a Nagala which is pretty boring.
>>24496300send a message to the station.<We did it, we found Wyvern and got them out of harms way. both ships are a 'little' banged up but everyone is reasonably fine.><to the two marines who tried to do their duty and stop us, please accept my apologize.>
>>24496404Forward it up to Ellie with 'Guess who is who'
>>24496300conform the message back this is just what we need to get away for a wile.
>>24496300Hell yeah we want to meet the aliums.Also send a message to Ellie: "I'm bullfrog."Then we should go check on Isaac and Robin.
>>24496404>>24496432she will have read it soon enough and we should get a message from her in no time.>>24496300as soon as we get back we need to check up on Isaac and Robin.
>>24496497>she will have read it soon enoughShe doesn't seem like a member of Science! Extra-zine to me.
First things first, you send a reply to the councilor as quickly as you can possibly type, and send that off- and get a confirmation email almost immediately, like he was waiting for your response. So you respond back again to confirm, and get to your feet.<How are you feeling, Surya?><Thank you for helping me.> Helios said, and the rest of the components said they were alright.Then you forward the article to Ellie, complete with a 'guess who is who' message, and make your way out of the ship, into the hangar."Hey, Sarvesh." You say, and wave."Hey." He responded. "We're just fixing up the hull right now. Should be done soon. How'd they cut through it so easily, Omni?""Demiurg weapons technology is getting better as time passes. I believe their lasers have surpassed UPA design.""Huh.""Hey, Omni. You okay?""I'm fine, yes." Omnissiah said, and gave you a hug."I think I'm going to go check on everyone.""Alright." Sarvesh said. "Be safe.""I will!" You call, and wave, making your way down the hall.Isaac met your eyes when you came in. He was sitting up in bed, with a bowl of something, blankets over his legs. Robin was still asleep, lying in bed, curled up."C'mon, sit down." He said. "I do wanna thank you for helping me, earlier. I, uh... didn't mean to go all... murdery."
>>24496497Guys. Voidy is free to act Anywhere now, except in our proximity. Anywhere.
>>24496544Well the good news was that it was less murdery then the last time she attacked us. I may have accidentally killed some things she was controlling when I freed you, though.How are you feeling?
>>24496544"No, don't worry about it at all. It had it happen to me in a dream, so I know what it's like.""How's Rhobin?"
>>24496544"Don't worry about it. I know what it's like when she gets in your head and makes you all murdery."
>>24496544"Well that is kinda obvious, you got hit by the VQ, we didn't see it coming, not your fault."
>>24496544"I... Would say not your fault, but apparently you had been meeting with her regularly."
>>24496544"It's not your fault, I know how powerful the Void Queen's control is, I felt it for myself in a future that could've been."
>>24496544"It's fine. Was worried I'd made you braindead for a short while there, so I'm more relieved than anything."
>>24496557There's no point worrying over it because there's nothing we can do.
>>24496544"That's okay, I know it wasn't really you. How's Robin?"
>>24496557She could anyway. Look at Alex's planet. None of the tech there stopped her from controlling a whole planet.
"Well, the good news is that it was less murdery than the last time she attacked us." You say. "How are you feeling?""Like someone tied Anna to something conductive, shoved the other end into my brain, and then you smashed it all out with a hammer." He said, and chuckled."I ... would say not your fault, but apparently you had been meeting with her regularly.""... Jilly took a look at me." He said. "She said that something put a compusion in my head to go out there... and... unlocked a memory that was hidden. One where... well, the Void Queen used me to... damage your crystal."He sighed, and patted the bed for you to sit. "I'm sorry.""How's Robin?" You ask."Still asleep. She hasn't been up yet. Could wake up any time."
>>24496544"You've got your clay gunk now, right?""I rely on you guys too much, Rho got hurt."
>>24496643"She looks so peaceful when she's sleeping, as opposed to the harbinger of chaos that she is while awake."
>>24496643"Don't worry about it, hell, the Void Queen got to me once, sort of. I know how hard it is to resist."
>>24496604We can go to the scythe people planet and kill her.
>>24496643"Oh, excellent. I can make a ship laser now."
>>24496643Sit down. "So /you're/ the reason I have to drink so much and go to the bathroom so often!""You monster, how could you." With a smile."I feel bad for using you all so much, Rho got hurt badly, and it's kind of my fault."
>>24496643"I don't think I've ever seen her this peaceful before. Feels weird seeing Robin not teleporting around or perving over someone."
>>24496544"That wasn't you, though."
>>24496673We don't know if she even is there anymore
>>24496643"There will be more confrontations in the future. I am beggining to worry about my friends. Once Void Queen arrives everything will get fucked up.">Also could it be that Exa didnt drop his trip even once throughout the whole thread?
>>24496673I think Armatek is a more immediate concern.Fuckers kidnapped Damien's sister.There must be a reckoning.
>>24496723give it time, the thread isn't over yet
>>24496729This is true. Armatek keeps doing things. And they're not going to stop.
>>24496643"Isaac. I know you're going to need some time to recover, and Rho is too, but I think we're going to have to take the war to Armatek soon. They stole Damien's sister to try and get at us. We can't keep ignoring them."
>>24496723It didn't drop yesterday.
"So *you're* the reason I have to drink so much and go to the bathroom so often!" You say, and sit on the foot of his bed. "You monster, how could you.""That's what happens when a supremely powerful telekinetic gets controlled by... whatever that was.""I don't think I've ever seen her this peaceful before. Feels weird seeing Robin not teleporting around or perving over someone." Isaac paused a moment."Huh. Almost expected her to spring up and go 'I perve on *everyone*.'"Then he sighed."Isaac." you say. "I know you're going to need some time to recover, and Rho is too, but I think we're going to have to take the war to Armatek soon.""Which is why!" Alex said. "I brought you a gift. Me and Anna did."He raised up a datachip."Proof. Of everything. We can give this to the UPA. You can, even. Or Damien can. Hardly matters. But we have it." He said.And then he paused. "And... well... Proof about me. About my whole... thing."
TP the CEO's computer, ask it nicely to liquidate all assets and donate everything anonymously to different charities and then make it look like funding the Demiurg.
>>24496788"Alex, you got all that? That's what you went looking for? You... you..."Hug the fuck out of him.
>>24496788"Best make a copy of that!'
>>24496788Wait, Alex is here? I would have greeted him.Hug dat Alex."Alex! Or Phi! How are you? You seemed pained, out there.""Do you have all these awesome new tricks?"
>>24496788"Sorry I didn't tell you sooner... I wanted you to find out yourself." Hug him. "We're gonna make two hundred copies of this data and send it to everybody."
>>24496830Multiple copies. One in our mind.
>>24496788I have a feeling of......blackmail......of the most high degree
>>24496788"Alex, you're awesome! I'm sorry I couldn't tell you before, about who you are. But Lambda told me you had to figure it out for yourself, or something bad would happen."
>>24496788"I'll send a copy of that data to Kalekula. We'll have to physically deliver it to somebody else just to make sure.""How do you feel about what you found out?"
>>24496788"How about a little public Extranet release?"
>>24496788. . . Okay, can we telepath Armatek to lube up NOW?
>>24496850No. They don't deserve that. Burn them.
>>24496871Send it to all news outlets, government, Armateck employee's, and personally, show up at Armateck and toss them a bottle of lube.
>>24496788"Heh even more pwerful weapon than any plasma cannon."
>>24496904We need to be wearing a comically large strap on if we go in person.
>>24496919Thats what the del gulg is for
>>24496904Don't toss it to them. Just leave it on the CEO's desk with a note "You're going to need this."
1) Set up personal meeting with Armatek bigwigs, threatening blackmail2) Send that shit to the police, but no media yet3) Cops go instead of us to the meetingWe don't want the people with nearly unlimited resources to get spooked and run.
"Alex, you got all that? That's what you went looking for? You... you..."You pull him into a tight, tight hug."Actually." He said, returning your hug. "I had Anna's friends find out who my parents were before they changed their names. They were... Armatek Employess. I'm.. I'm Phi, Heather. I've been Phi this entire time. That's why I can't do anything but that one power.""Yeah, we know. Lambda told her forever ago, and then told us last night." Isaac said."... Oh. Hah." He said, and ruffled your hair. "There goes my big reveal."You take the datachip, and copy it into Einstein, for safe measure. "I'll send a copy of that data to Kalekula, and then... how about a little public extranet release?""Let's give the UPA a little time before we do the extranet release." He said. "That way they have time to prepare."And then, suddenly, Robin sat up. "Hey, I perve on *everyone*!" She said- and paused.And her eyes widened."... Where are we?" She asked."Medbay." Isaac said."No, I know medbay. This isn't it." She said- and teleported out of bed, leaning up against the wall. She twisted back to look at it- and her eyes widened, as if she hadn't known the wall was there. "Where are we?! Where am I?!"
>>24496948That works too, and then leave as the gov shows up and flip them off as we leave
>>24496919Just float one of our big guns in front of our crotch with TK.
Rolled 33>>24496957alex, could you turn down your brain a little?
>>24496957Ha ha! Time for amnesia!
>>24496957"Deep breaths, Rho. Deep breaths. You had a head wound. You're probably disoriented."
>>24496957Yes, UPA first, then send an anon package with lube.
>>24496957Were in the medbay. At the institute. Are you okay, Robin?She lost her galactic GPS :(
>>24496957<Null field Alex!>"Robin? Er, Rho, listen, you were shot. You're no longer under ArmaTek control. Calm down."
>>24496957"You got shot in the head. Theta fixed you up but it's understandable that you're disoriented."
>>24497017This, especially the Nullfield part, she's disoriented/lost memory so we don't want her to run back to armatek.
>>24497042>>24497017Yeah, sure, let's just make Alex do all the braindribblings all over again. We can just talk to her.
>>24497000She lost her memory, dunkass.>I know medbay, this isn't it.
"We're in the medbay." you say. "At the institute. Are you okay, Robin?""No, no, this looks like the medbay, but it isn't it. It doesn'd have a Where. None of you have Wheres. Are you... is this Summer's place? Summer's dimension thing?""Rho. Robin." You say. "Deep breaths. Deep breaths. You had a head wound. You're probably disoriented.""No, no, you're not Heather." She said. "You're not! your Where isn't here. You're a liar. A fake!"She backed up against the wall, and black smoke misted from her hands."Careful." Isaac murmured to you.Damien came strolling down the hall... holding Kat's hand."This is the girl that saved you." Damien said.Robin looked at Kat.Kat looked at Robin."Thank you!" Kat went running toward her.The two small girls went tumbling as Kat went for a leaping hug, and by the end of it, Robin was lying on her back, Kat giggling.Damien looked down at her. "Just a few hours." He said. "You'll be able to feel them again.""... Are you sure?" Robin asked."Pretty sure, yeah.""Well... I'm thinking of a secret codephrase that I'll only-""Your secret codephrase is 'Butts are pretty nice'." Damien said.Robin looked at him for another second. Then hugged Kat back."How you doing, kiddo?""I'm doing pretty good! The dog told me I could stay with Damien for a little while! He's adorable!""Max? Yeah, he loves it when you rub his belly..."Damien met your eyes, and nodded. "Thank you, too.">End of thread!
>>24497097Damn future sight is useful. Guy needs to diversify though.
>>24497097>"Your secret codephrase is 'Butts are pretty nice'." Damien said.Robin has the best codephrases.
>>24497097>"Your secret codephrase is 'Butts are pretty nice'."Robin is the best.
>>24497137>>24497150It's a good codephrase because Robin is normally a tits girl. Nobody'd think she's *also* into butts. At least, that's how she thinks people think.
>>24497097We really need to arm and armour Surya.I'm thinking vanilla laser turrets, but have Omni design the lasers for max efficiency.
>>24497156Every thread Robin becomes more and more awesome.
>>24497097Thanks for the thread, Exa, I must say I'm very impressed with how you've salvaged the whole Anna situation and turned it around.
Robin is like Toph with a sex drive.
Also note: Psions can use powers in public nowGet ready for the discrimination train
>Heather is Bullfrogmore proof that heather is female dave