>Previous Threads can be found at: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Psion%20Quest>Einstein followed you dutifully, as always. You could check his data at any time: http://pastebin.com/CaAF0yS8The year is 2573, and your name is Heather Leery.You're currently eating bacon, potatoes, and eggs all mixed up.You're also as stunned as you have ever been.... Your father's bacon is slightly worse than bacon you had only earlier today- something Jane Grayson- Summer's strange mother- had made.You stare down at the plate. The eggs were better, as were the browned potato chunks, and all of the basil and salt were in perfect perportions... But the bacon... It was just slightly less crispy in places and slightly too crispy. Just ever so slightly."Awesome as usual, dad!" Ellie called, digging in, while Summer nommed on her own- your dad had been rather confused when it came time to serve Summer, surprisingly, but they'd figured it out. Your mother didn't say anything, cheeks pink, as she ate- most likely from something that happened earlier- something you refused to remember.<... I think Ellie might be psionic.> Summer said, quietly.
>>24588346<What? Why do you think that?>
>>24588346"Dad...the bacon...it's not as good."
>>24588346<Yeah, I was thinking it was a possibility too. She caught on way too fast not to have some kind of talent talent.>
"Dad... the bacon... It's not as good." You say."Always a critic." Dad said, and chuckled. "Sorry, Heather, but this is what happens when you show up out of nowhere when I'm... busy. Substandard food, hahah.""Well, sorry we disturbed your bondage session." Ellie said.<What? Why do you think that?><I don't know.> Summer said. <It's just... the way she carries herself. She's always at ease with everything. Reminds me of how Damien knows the future.><I was thinking it was a possibility too.> You say.Ellie tilted her head. "Are you two doing the brain talky thing?" She asked.<Wait, can you hear us?> Summer asked.Ellie didn't seem to respond.<... We should call Max.>
>>24588422<She might just be really relaxed you know. I'll ask Max if she can come back with us.>"Nope!"
>>24588422<Yeah. Maybe we should but I think it could make him mad if it's for nothing.>
>>24588422>"Well, sorry we disturbed your bondage session."Suppress a giggle.
>>24588422<even if it's just a slight chance, yeah, we should.>
>>24588422<Yeah, let's tell Max, it's worth at least checking out.>
>>24588422change the subject away from horrible trauma inducing parent sex!"did you notice?" to Ellie
>>24588422Guys What if Psionics is a virus that spreads to people in contact with us?
>>24588490Then how are our parents so easy to catch in awkward situations?
>>24588490I was wondering about this, if being around Psions can cause Psionics to develop in others.
>>24588490Maybe there's a lot of people who have very minor psychic powers, but before it was being studied it was passed off as good luck, weird coincidence or empathy.
>>24588500Because they're having nonstop sex whenever Heather isn't there. They don't sleep, or eat, or go out to do things, they just fuck 24/7.
>>24588500Maybe it's to do with brain development when people are young or something?
>>24588500maybe it only works on younger people then?
>>24588422Can we think really hard at Ellie with a thought that she couldn't help but respond to like "Want to hear the next PC6 song before it's released?" but without fully bridging the connection to see if she can?
<She might just be really relaxed, you know.> You say. <But even if it's a slight chance, yeah, we should.>"Nope!" You lie, and Ellie shot you a knowing grin."... Did you notice?""When you guys keep meeting eyes, it's obvious." Ellie said. "You two gossiping about me?""... No, not at all." Summer said, and Ellie giggled. "Yeah, yeah, sure."Carefully, you look at Ellie, and think really really hard at her, without fully creating a connection between you and her.<Want to hear the next PC6 song before it's released?> You broadcasted.<... Sure!> Summer responded. <You DID get damien to send the songs to you, right?> Ellie just met your eyes and shrugged, before taking another bite.
>>24588550Ah well, guess we're waiting for Max, he seems to know more about this sort of thing.
>>24588550"So what model shuttle are you learning to fly on, Ellie?"Also, shoot off a message to Max. <Max, can I bring a friend back? I'm not 100% sure she's psi-powered, but she managed to get out of my TK grip. Might be worth investigating.>
>>24588550<C'mon Ellie. I know you're excited about it!>
>>24588550maybe it's just latent potential, like the alien race the void queen is controlling?<let's wait till we get word from Max, before we say or do anything.>"so, which drones did you have prepared for me?""how are the shuttle flight lessons coming along?"
"So, what model shuttle are you learning to fly on, Ellie?" "Well, I was using that junker Azraphiel that they have, but after I passed my preliminaries, they gave me the Raziel to train on. And they actually let me do some manuvers in orbit with the Garamon." She said, naming two of the retired shuttle models, and one of the spanking new ones."And how are they coming along?""Well, I've done like.. a dozen or so liftoffs, and half as many landings." She said. "A lotta orbit manuvuers."She pointed a fork at you. "Once, a glitch actually wiped my atmospheric data during landing. Went spinning when I hit the atmosphere, and I almost trashed the engines getting it down. Too much ion thrust or whatever, but it could still fly. The instructor was impressed. I was still shaking, hah."you turn to Mom. "So, which drones did you have prepared for me?""Just the two old ones that I don't even use anymore." She said. "Fixed them up, refueled them, all that. We don't have any big jobs right now anyway, so I had the spare time."You turn to your personacom. <Max, can I bring a friend back? I'm not one hundred percent sure she's psionic, but she managed to get out of my TK grip. Might be worth investigating.>There was a pause.<What's her name?><Ellie Kalies. Elenora Kalies.> You respond.<One mother on disability, one elder brother?><Yeah.><Alright, but she'll have to sign some paperwork when she gets here.>
>>24588688"Thanks Mom! They should be pretty helpful along with all the other drones I have in the bay."
>>24588688"Hey Ellie what do you say about a trip?"
>>24588688<Alright, I'll ask her if she wants to come with. Thanks, Max.>"So do you want them back, Mom? Do you have any tips for building an exosuit as well?"
>>24588688"sound like that time we 'landed' on Sarvesh's home world." >I'm not sure how i feel about that."Hey, Ellie? would you like to make a trip to the institute?"should we tell her our suspicions?might be for the best if we do.maybe on the way back.
>>24588688"I...uh, I've done the same, to be honest. Landing isn't easy."
Just wanted to check, since people are talking about taking Ellie back, we're not going yet, right?We still promised Summer some swimming, and I think Heather wanted to talk to her parents about the whole Anna thing when she got a moment too, didn't she?
>>24588688"Thanks mom! Hey Ellie, do you want to fly my ship?"
>>24588784We'll invite her swimming with us.
>>24588784We also have to warn them about Armatek kidnappings and show off Surya to mom.
"I've, uh, I've done the same, to be honest. Landing isn't easy.""Liftoffs are, though." Ellie said. "The Raziel has this really cool shaped heat shield that you can use to like, surf out of the atmosphere. Like an airplane or something.""And thanks, mom. The drones should be pretty helpful along with all the other drones I have in the bay.""Glad to hear. I thought so." She said. "I do want to see your ship, anyway. What's her name?""Surya." Summer said."Huh. Interesting."<Alright, I'll ask her if she wants to come with. Thanks, Max.>"Hey, Ellie?" You ask. "What do you say about making a trip to the institute?""Yes." She said, eyes wide. "I say yes. I want to meet this top secret Robin. Is he cute?"Summer and you met eyes, but didn't say anything."More brain talking!" Ellie pointed.
>>24588820"Yeah, she's cute, I'm sure you'll get along."
>>24588820"We're not Brain talking. She's just staring at me for uh- no appearent reason!"
>>24588820"not exactly, you'll see when we get there though..." appraise Ellie for a bit."oh yeah. you'll see..."
>>24588820"You'll just have to wait and see! Me and Summer were going to go swimming for a bit, want to join us?"
>>24588820"That was was just a meaningful glance, no brain talking. But yes, Robin is cute."Keep it completely gender neutral. We should find a good time to spend some private time with our parents, we have a relationship to talk about, and we should probably tell Dad to be careful and that Armatek might try something so she should be armed at all times.
>>24588820"Nope! Not that time."
"That was just a meaningful glance, no brain talking. But yes, Robin is cute.""Yesss. I'mma have him take me out across the entire universe. Teleport me to distant locales and bring me sweets instantly." She said, stars in her eyes. "Without being a big hunk of crabcake.""You'll just have to wait and see!" you say. "Me and summer were going to go swimming for a bit. Want to join us?""Sure!" She said.Some time later, Summer and Ellie were splashing eachother, giggling- Ellie hadn't changed out of her shorts and shirt, but she didn't seem to care. You made your way over to where your parents were cleaning up after dinner, and Mom caught your look immediately."Honey?" She asked.
>>24588923"Do you remember Anna? Me and her...we were...and then she..."
>>24588923"could we uh, talk for a bit, just the three of us?"
>>24588923"Hey mom, could I talk to both of you for a bit..."
>>24588923"Can we uh talk in private?"
>>24588923Give Mom and Dad a hug. "I have some relationship, stuff, I want to talk to you about in private.I was going out with Anna, and it was fine, and then I went on a short trip to Sarvesh's planet and when I came back I found that she hooked up with her ex, who she said she hated, while I was gone and it sucks. And I don't know how I'm supposed to feel, or what I'm supposed to do with this.We're not going out now, I'm taking a break from relationships, she's trying to get her head on straight, but I still don't know what I should do. Should I leave her alone until she's dealt with her issues? Should I try to help? Would I even be able to help? I even find it hard to forgive her because she straight up lied to me, she said she wanted monogamy, just me and her, and she did the opposite of that the moment we weren't in the same place."
>>24589058I second all of that except for>I even find it hard to forgive her because she straight up lied to me, she said she wanted monogamy, just me and her, and she did the opposite of that the moment we weren't in the same place.It's a little too expositiony.
"Could we, uh, talk for a bit? Just the three of us? In private?""Of course." Dad said, and they closed the door to where Summer and Ellie were splashing and playing outside, summer gurgling as Ellie did her best to teach her how to swim better."Do you remember Ann? Me and her... we were... and then she..." You say- or try to."Take your time, dear." Dad said, a hand on your shoulder."I was going out with Anna. And it was fine, and then I went on a short trip to Sarvesh's planet, and when I came back I found that she hooked up with her ex, who she said she hated, while I was gone. And it sucks. And I don't know how I'm supposed to feel, or what I'm supposed to do with this." You say, and pull them both into hugs. "We're not even going out now. I'm taking a break from relationships, she's trying to get her head on straight, but I still don't know what I should do. Should I leave her alone until she's dealt with her issues? Should I try to help? Would I even be able to help?">Field too long!
>>24589158"... This is a problem." Mom said, as you hugged her tightly. She and Dad met eyes, and the two started to communicate in a way even telepathy couldn't surpass. "Well, I'm not going to tell you what to do, because this is something you should figure out for yourself. I don't know much about Anna either, but... If you want to help, I'm sure you can support her. From afar, or even coming by and talking to her... And if you never want to talk to her again, you can do that too. It's all up to you. She's... Anna isn't your responsibility. You can help if you want, but you're not obligated to.""And there's... there's something else." You say. "... ArmaTek."A short time later, Dad was still hugging you."Don't worry." She said, quietly. "You know that exosuit in the machine room? That one's mine. We'll be fine, I promise. They'll never get past Dragon. Though I should call Newt..."
>>24589175"Both of you...thank you."
>>24589175"Yeah, I don't expect them to get past you, I just wanted you to be aware.Everything goes right, they won't be a thing anymore within the next few weeks."
>>24589175"Did you build that? Do you have any cool ideas you never got to build into it?"
>>24589175"Maybe you should, but be careful Dad. Don't do anything stupid okay? I love you both too much."
>>24589175"I was pretty sure you would be okay, I just wanted you to know that something might happen and to be prepared. Thank you.Oh, I'm also meeting some aliens tomorrow, I got first contact with Technopathy. They came from very far away just to try to meet others, and their eternal machine pilot is a star eater that lives within a construct of crystal, it's beautiful."
I love how everyone's advice is just a variation of "eh, you figure it out.""Okay, just promise me you'll be careful."
>>24589253>I was pretty sure you would be okayWe were also pretty sure she cooked the best bacon in the galaxy, but what now, huh? Our whole world is falling apart!
>>24589175"I-I don't hate her, I'm upset, but i don't hate her.""I, can try to encourage her from a distance.""thanks mom, dad. You're the best!"
"Thank you." You say, and hug the two a bit tighter for a time. "I was pretty sure you would be okay, I just wanted you to know that something might happen and to be prepared.""We will, kiddo.""And be careful, dad. Don't do anything stupid, okay? I love you both too much.""Me? Doing stupid things? Pshaw." Dad said.You frown at her."Just promise me you'll be careful.""We'll be careful." Mom said."Oh, I'm also meeting some aliens tomorrow. I got first contact with Technopathy. They came from very far away just to try to meet others, and their eternal machine pilot is a star eater that lives within a construct of crystal, it's beautiful.""... Really now?" Mom said. "Take pictures! And send them to us!"Ellie banged on the door, and you heard the hinge warp slightly, and winced. Then she kicked it open."... I has a kitty!" She said, and she was holding a very wet, very upset lil'summer, mewling miserably. "You got a towel somewhere around, pops?""Yeah, over here." Dad said, and tossed her a handtowel, where she started to dry the kitten, making her way back outside.
>>24589351Give our parents another hug. "I'll be sure to get you pictures. I love you both." Kiss them both on the cheeks.Then go swimming, strip on the way to the pool and jump in.
>>24589351"... i don't think 'normal' girls her age would be able to do that.""we're taking Ellie with us to the Institute, to see if she's Psionic. It's a small chance but you never know, right?"<Einstein please arrange for Surya to get a refill on gas.>
>>24589351"I will mom,(begin hugging)"
>>24589351"Dry off, then we'll all go to my ship!"
>>24589351"I will, love you guys."Hug parents, then go outside to swim.
>>24589351"she's a door busting menace."
>>24589351<So I've been thinking... What should I go by? Dragonspawn's a bit obvious, Titan would be too arrogant, I think. Drakeling maybe?>to Dad
"I don't think normal girls her age should be able to do that." You say, looking at the way the doorhinge had warped."... I'll have to fix that." Mom said.You kissed both of them on the cheek, then turned to Einstein. <Einstein, please arrange for Surya to get a refill on phaeron gas.><Doing so.>"Love you guys!"Then you leap into the pool, making a large splash.Some time later, Ellie returned, with an overnight bag on her shoulder, walking across to the starport in flipflops. The crickets were chirping, and the stars above were shining brightly, the ice chunks too dark to see this late."I'm all ready!" She said."So am I!" Summer said, still mostly damp from the pool- her hair loved to retain water, no matter how much your father was trying to dry her off."So are we." Mom said, carrying two empty drone crates. "Heather... I'm really, really impressed with Surya here. Reminds me of the old days, when I was making ships."
>>24589533Nah, we're already bullfrog, though I think Leviathan encompasses our inescapable nature.
>>24589558"Like Mother like daughter I guess. See ya again soon!"
>>24589558"Well, I had help with it, but I'm still very proud. Wait till you see the exosuit I'm building!"
>>24589564Oh yeah. Bullfrog or Leviathan... one's an awesome callback, other's awesome.
>>24589558"It was a lot of work and a lot of money, but it was so worth it."
>>24589558"Thank you Mom, I did have some help though, not entirely a solo project. You should see the engine, Sir Helios is really amazing. I also am nearly done with an exosuit, it'll be the best exosuit ever."
>>24589558"had to keep up the proud family tradition!"if she says we do not have such a thing"we do now!"
>>24589558"Lot's of work, money and teamwork.""You should see Sir Helios, mom. He's amazing! The best engine one can have. The. Trust me. He's awesome."
>>24589558"Oooh, do you have any old designs you never got to test?"
"Thank you mom. I did have some help, though. It was a lot of work and a lot of money, but it was soooo worth it.""And that engine... My, my. I almost left Sallanee for that creation inside." Mom said, biting her lip. "Helios is amazing!" You say. "I'm almost done with an exosuit. It'll be the best exosuit ever.""You'd better bring it here so I can see!" Mom said, and kissed you on the cheek. "Take care, kiddo.""I will." You tell her. Dad gave up on drying summer, said her goodbyes, and then she and Mom made their way back to the huge groundcar."So." Ellie said, grinning the sort of wicked grin that made you shiver. "Is here where I get to show off my training?"
>>24589686"Yes!" Giggle, brace for lifdoff.<So I've been thinking lately... And I've ended up with Bullfrog.>To daddy
>>24589686"Um, um...sure. But I'll show you how to bubble drive!"
>>24589686Visibly tense "B-b-but my baby... Be gentle with her."
>>24589686Our parents are going to return to kinky sex the moment they get home with our Mom fantasizing about our engine throughout the whole thing. And Heather knows this."Once my baby is in space you can play around, but I'd like to get her out of atmo myself, you might hurt Surya."
>>24589686"Go on. Don't hold back."
>>24589686"Considering you're probably a better pilot than I am? Go ahead."
>>24589686"i could use the practice myself but just this once should be fine.""just, be careful with my baby, okay?"
>>24589733Surya has dat engine
>>24589686<oh and mom, ask her about Newt; that's who built the engine.>
>>24589686"Don't thrust up too hard. The engines are pretty powerful."
"Um, um...." You say. "B-but my baby.""Your baby will be fine." She said. "You have side-oriented thrusters like the Azzie, and the heat shield like the Raziel. It's a lot like what I'm used to.""... Go on. Don't thrust up too hard. The engines are pretty powerful.""Alright!"You couldn't breathe a moment later, as she slammed upward on the thruster hard enough to push the air from your lungs. You got dizzy, but Ellie just giggled sheepishly. "Ahh! I put too much power into it! Is everyone conscious?""Ow." Summer said. You just panted, trying to regain your breath. Carefully, Ellie eased up, you shot her a slight glare."I know, I know, you told me." She said, and frowned. "Sorry, I'm still getting used to the controls. Whoop, ice chunk!"The ship suddenly spun, and the projector showed you the horizon and sky switching places half a dozen times- and she boosted again, stopping the spin in the air."Sorry, sorry. Alright. Calm. That was a really big one, and I didn't want to ding your ship into it."The rest of the ride, surprisingly, was rather peaceful. You made it up to orbital speeds, and slung out of the atmosphere."And then a little retrograde..." Ellie said, and thrusted a moment. "And there! Now we're in a mostly-okay orbit. Orbital's almost an hour from getting here, but I could get is a rendezvous in a few minutes if we needed to, but we don't, do we?"
>>24589846"No, we don't. I'll plug the coordinates in and you just need to align the ship then hit the drive button."
>>24589846"No, if we're in orbit just get your speed up and hit the bubble drive."
>>24589846not really. I'll get us there<all system nominal surya? she didn't hurt you did she? (if not) good, take us to the institute...>
>>24589846as long as we safely activate the bubble drive and make it to the institute in one piece, i'm pretty much fine with anything.
>>24589846"In retrospect I should have really designed a sick-bay into this thing."
>>24589846"By the way, I never told you how I managed to afford this did I?""Me, Summer, Anna, Alex, and Sarvesh were the ones who discovered the Ishelda. I picked up on its location with my technopathy, fought some demiurg to get it, and we split the fifty-million reward five ways."
>>24589846"Cmon let me show you how it's done."Show her how to jump to bubble drive
"No, we don't." You say. "I'll plug the coordinates in, and you just need to align the ship, then hit the drive button.""Okay!" She said. You imput the coordinates, and Ellie carefully turned her bearings to where the computer told her. "This button?"You nod.She hit it, and you slid flawlessly into bubble drive."That's it?" She asked."That's it."Later, the three of you were relaxing in zero G."By the way, I never told you how I managed to afford this, did I?""No. How did you?""Me, Summer, Anna, Alex, and Sarvesh were the ones who discovered the Ishelda. I picked up on its location with my technopathy, fought some Demiurg to get it, and we split the fifty-million reward five ways.""What. Really?! REALLY?! That's so cool! You're a millionaire! I know myself a millionaire now.""Two, actually." Summer said. "Which is funny. If I spent *all* of my money, I could transgene and clone a new me from scratch!"
>>24589957I'm not much of one, I spent most of it on the ship...
>>24589957"Most bubble drives aren't like that. I had a friend make mine super-slick."
>>24589957"But you don't need to, because you can just manifest another!"
>>24589957"I spend a good part of it on my ship.""you could do that i guess, but that would take *a lot* getting used to, or can you just rely on the experience from your manifestations? (the ones she actively controls, like that Heather clone)"
>>24589957"I blew most of my cash on the drive, though."
>>24589957"But that wouldn't be you! And the universe could explode from all the fluffyness."
>>24589957"I don't know if I could handle that much fluffiness."
>>24589957"Enjoy it while it lasts. I already spent half of it."
>>24590032hmm, i was assuming she would make a bipedal clone when i wrote this.
"But you don't need to, because you can just manifest another!""Yep!" Summer said."I don't know if I could handle that much fluffiness.""You can always handle fluffiness." Ellie said, rolling in zero-G and holding down her skirt with her hands. "I chose the wrong thing to wear! Damnit.""You knew we were going into space, though." Summer said."I thought you guys would have artificial gravity or something."Summer just focused, and you found yourself falling to the bottom of the ship."Yay!" Ellie said, getting to her feet. "This is weird. It's like you're pinning me down."It didn't feel like that for you- it felt like there was gravity now, as Summer's TK pulled you in gravity's stead. Strange...
>>24590102"Artificial gravity is pretty much the most expensive thing though. There's no way I could afford that too."
>>24590102"Yeah, you're definitely something." Giggle"Welcome to the club, I'd say."
>>24590102"oh and I should have warned you, robin's a bit of a letch so the skirt is a doubly unfortunate garment.">she doesn't know robins a girl right?>>24588820>Is he cute?"or is that a typo?
>>24590102"Don't exhaust yourself Summer!"
>>24590144She thinks Robin is a guy.She'll learn...
>>24590102>Ellie confirmed to have permanancied FoM/Elven Grace.
>>24590144Not a typo.
>>24590102extraordinary sense? where does her door breaking strength come from?didn't Alex feel something like this when we first tried to lift him up when his shield went down?"I didn't think I needed artificial gravity, i can just push myself along with TK.">>24590144she doesn't, will be extra funny when we get to the station.
>>24590102"You've pretty much just guaranteed yourself to get attention from Robin with that skirt."
>>24590102"Damn, Ellie, you're really slippery when it comes to TK."
>>24590158She has Iron Heart Surge as an at-will.>"Hey, you're pushing me downward. NOPE, gonna float away now.">"Uh, no, I'm not. I'm making GRAVITY.">"Well then I'ma NOPE out of gravity.">"wat."
>>24590218>"screw gravity">*floats upward*heh.
"Oh, and I should have warned you." You say. "You've pretty much guaranteed yourself to get attention from Robin with that skirt.""Yesss." She said, and took a seat on the kitchenette counter. You turn to summer."Don't exhaust yourself, Summer." You say."I'll be fine." Summer said. "I practice a lot.""And anyway, artificial gravity is pretty much the most expensive thing ever. There's no way I could afford that too.""Yeah, good point." Ellie said. "You know, I could probably set us spinning in bubble drive...""No please." Summer said."Fine, okay." She said, and giggled. She kicked her legs- and then the navigation computer beeped. You slid into the seat, and everyone quickly strapped themselves in. You pulled out of bubble drive to see the station- and a new marine complement was moving in with a new shuttle."Hey, Heather." One of the councilors said- Jason, you think, Damien's Counselor. "Ellie's on board, right? Just come down to the lower bay and we'll meet you there.""Alright." You say, and aim toward the outward bay, docking with a bit of unnessecary jostling.After docking, Jason came out, Max on his heels."Sup." He said, waving to Ellie. "We'll need you to sign this. It's all mostly nondisclosure, and that you're here willingly and all that jazz.""Right!" Ellie responded, and looked it over, before signing the paper."And this is Max." He said."Hello." Max woofed."Sup."Max sniffed.<Nothing.> He said.
>>24590323<There's definitely something weird though, in the way she feels TK.>
>>24590323<wait for it>"ellie, I'm gonna lift you in a second I want you to try and wiggle out of it like you did back and heavens jewel"
>>24590323"There's something going on, like a modified and not as inclusive version of Alex's powers. She feels TK differently and can wriggle out of them."
>>24590323<Yeah, I thought that was probably the case. There's definitely something weird with how she experiences TK though.>
>>24590323<you sure? she can get away from our TK 'grip' with ease, like "twisting out of a persons grasp">
>>24590323<Fair enough, but she's expressed weird feelings with Summers TK on the way here too. Here's what it felt like when I tried to pick her up.>send the memory.
>>24590323<It's probably nothing...I wanted to be sure though. Thanks, Max.>
>>24590323<Well. I think that's kind of relief. But we should make a way how to find out if anybody's psychic without you.>>Also I have a question about setting : Since Transgenes are normal, are there also soldiers transgened to be more combat efficient?
>>24590360>>24590373Guys, as proponents of SCIENCE, we should know that a one-time occurrence is not enough data to go off telling them that this is a thing she is capable of doing consistently.>>24590348>>24590370>>24590378Saying that she perceives TK in a weird way is fine, though it's interesting that she didn't bring any weird feelings up when everyone was messing around beachside back on Heaven's Jewel the first time.
>>24590431>>24590360>>24590373you know he can't smell it unless they're using it right?
>>24590431>though it's interesting that she didn't bring any weird feelings up when everyone was messing around beachside back on Heaven's Jewel the first timeWhy? Nobody used TK on her then as far as I remember.
<Yeah, I thought that was probably the case. There's something weird with how she experiences TK.> You say. <She can get away from our TK 'grip' with ease, like "twisting out of a persons grasp">"Hey, Ellie, can you try something for me real quick?" Max asked."Hm?""I'll lift you in the air, and then let's see if you can twist out of it.""Alrighty!"Max focused, and carefully Ellie lifted into the air- and then she twisted out of it. Easily."Like that?" She asked.Max blinked, and sniffed again.<... Still nothing. I... missed. Somehow. She made me miss. But it's not psionic, I don't... think. Maybe->Ellie suddenly knelt down and started petting him. Max's tail wagged, and he arched up his neck so she could scratch his chin. And she did."You're a pretty cute dog, you know.""Yes, I know." Max said, his tail wagging."Anyway, you guys can do whatever, I'm going back to my movie." Jason said."Thanks." Max said, and the counselor just waved.Suddenly, there was a 'pamf' noise and Robin appeared in a puff of black smoke."Guess what?!" She asked. "I got my wheres back!""... Hello!" Ellie said, with a wave. "My name's Ellie.""Hey Ellie, I gotta go tell Isaac." She said, and 'pamfed' away."... That was strange. Is that kind of thing-" And then something flipped her skirt."Eep! Who did that?!" She asked, wheeling around. There was nobody else but you, Summer, and Max in the room.
>>24590501"That was Robin."And that's all the explanation needed.
>>24590501and that was robin
>>24590501"Well that was our local molester."
>>24590501"What are you talking about, Ellie?"
>>24590501"The phantom groper Robin. A terror to butts everywhere.You get used to it."
>>24590501(pit finger on nose) "not it"
>>24590501"Congratulations, Ellie! We can't hold you down with Telekinesis!"
>>24590501"Robin strikes again."
>>24590501Ellie is (for lack of better words) a greased pig to Psionic targeting?that's cool.
>>24590501"Ellie, you have just met Tropical Storm Robin."
>>24590501"C'mon! Let's go meet the rest of the motley pirate crew."
>>24590523>>24590527>>24590554lets not tell her that was robin just that it's the local molester."yeah, that stuff happens a lot around here..."
>>24590554No! We need to keep her guessing who it is.
>>24590594>>24590605We already mentioned how pervy Robin was, and she still thinks Robin's a dude, I figured she wouldn't make the connection between Robin and the girl she just met.
"What are you talking about, Ellie?""I'm talking about the person who..."She whirled about. "Is there anyone that can go.. I don't know, invisible?""Damien has been working on it." Max said. "But he's run into some trouble- namely, being able to see. Why do you ask?""... No reason." Ellie said, gritting her teeth."C'mon! Let's go meet the rest of the motley pirate crew.""Okay!" Ellie said."I think I'm gonna head back to the room for now." Summer said. "Read that philosopher Ellie told me about.""Have fun, Summer!" Ellie said. "So Heather, who are we gonna go meet first? I already know everyone that came down to the beach. How about one of the new people? Saaaaaay, Robin? Or maybe that Isaac who the girl talked about. Who was that girl, anyway?"
>>24590666"Ah, if we meet her again I'm sure she'll tell you.""Wanna see my workshop?!? It's *fucking awesome*."
>>24590666>Who was that girl, anyway?"that was Robin, note the teleporting
>>24590666"that was rho, and Isac is Robin's less perverted Brother""max do you know where everyone is?"<and do you have any idea how to maintain this deception? she keep imagining "robin" is a tall attractive male>
>>24590666"Oh you are so eager to meet Robin, I hope you won't be dissapointed! Have you met Theta? He can make your hair look super cool!"
>>24590666i don't think keeping Robins gender from Ellie will ... work out. we really, really should tell her.
>>24590666look ellie there are only 2 teleporters on this station and sarvesh is a centaur
>>24590666Laugh, "That was Robin, formerly Rho. There's also Isaac (formerly Epsilon), Sigma, Theta, and Lambda.You understand now why I was concerned when you told me you had a boyfriend with a greek letter for a name."
Hmm, so she is a psi-sensitive. She can literally feel anything we do. Use clairvoyance to try viewing her from another direction.
>>24590666you've already met robin. she is that girl that vanished just now
>>24590666"You just met Robin, when she teleported and groped you. Cute, wasn't she?"
You giggle. "That was Robin, formerly Rho. There's also Isaac, formerly Epsilon, Sigma, Theta, and Lambda.""... you mean that girl was lambda? That wee little teensy girl?"Max just chuckled, and Ellie sighed."Cute, wasn't she?""Daring." Ellie said."Now you understand why I was so concerned when you told me you had a boyfriend with a greek letter for a name.""What, you thought they were part of whatever family has all these psions?" She asked. "Or something?"
>>24590854"Something like that, yeah, it was a pretty crazy coincidence."
Holy crap she's dense.
>>24590854>that girl was Robin, even. Whoops.
>>24590854"most parents don't name their children after greed letters, I just concerned."she might like Isaac, come to think of it. He could almost literally move heaven and Earth for her (well, Earth anyway).
>>24590929>"I was just concerned" even
>>24590928damn>>24590854yup, that was robin. how do you feel about meeting a guy who can change peoples bodies? perhaps someone who can see the future or control any machine she touches?
"Most parents don't name their children after greek letters. I was just concerned.""Yeah, good point." She said."Alright, I'm off." Summer said. She gave you and Ellie a hug, and made her way up the ramp to the dorms. "So what's the plan?" Ellie asked."How do you feel about meeting a guy who can change peoples' bodies? Perhaps someone who can see the future, or control any machine she touches?""Let's go with the first one." She said."Theta it is!"You and Ellie find Theta half-asleep in hydroponics, lying back there. His hair was green as the plants, and Ellie didn't notice it until he sat up."Oh, hey." He said. "You new?""I'm just visiting. Name's Ellie.""Theta!" Theta said, and held out his hand."Heather says you can change people's bodies?""Yep.""Like how?""Well, I turned Alex into a girl. And heather into a centaur once.""What."
>>24591050"Yup, being a Centaur was really weird, I kept falling over until I learned how to walk right."
>>24591050"It's true. They have to walk sideways all the time. Like Pacman."
>>24591050"you heard the,(look theta up and down carefully) man? he can turn people into different species and stuff, I got to experience being a male centaur for a couple of hours...it was interesting..."
>>24591050"on a completely unrelated note, don't get him angry.""it was a whole new experience, one which i won't soon forget.">and now i sleep.>good luck gentlemen.>I hope Anna is doing okay.
>>24591050"Yeah the whole centaur thing was weird. I had to learn how to walk, and I was male! You wouldn't believe what centaurs hid under their shell!"
>>24591104>I hope Anna is doing okay.I wonder if we should stop in and say hi to her at some point. Nothing serious, just to see how she's doing.
>>24591129Might be an idea, just a quick social call to let her know things are still cool between her and Heather and keep her focused.
>>24591129>>24591145it would be a sweet gesture, wouldn't it?
"It's true." You say. "They have to walk sideways all the time. Like pacman.""... What?" Ellie asked."What?"Ellie just shrugged, and grabbed Theta's hand, pulling him to his feet."And on a completely unrelated note, don't get him angry."Theta cackled evilly, and Ellie grinned."So what's with your name? Almost nobody names their kids after greek letters nowadays.""Scientists do." Theta said.Some time later, Theta was done explaining how he and his siblings were created. and Ellie was grinding her teeth *hard*. You'd never seen her so angry."Those shitnuggets! Fucking immoral needs-overweigh-the-costs cunts!"
>>24591169Nod in agreement."Don't worry, the UPA has all the info, they're going to do something about this, and if there's still any bits of Armatek left standing when they're done... We'll deal with it ourselves."
>>24591169yeah, we're destroying them good and hard once we get some other stuff sorted out.
My thoughts exaclty!>I still want to get Omega and Delta away from them though.
>>24591169You see why I was worried about your boyfriend?
>>24591169"We're already working on a plan how to bring them down with our brain powers."
>>24591169"Yeah, but I'm taking care of them tomorrow when I meet the councillors, then I'm going to do a public release of *all* their data eventually."
>>24591169"i know how you feel, Lambda probably had the toughest time, we'll meet up with him later.""please calm yourself, we'll get it sorted out, hopefully, soon."we'll get Delta and Omega eventually, maybe bribe Delta with Sarvesh's cooking so his drones won't murder us.
"My thoughts exactly." You say. Ellie didn't seem to hear you, still cursing and grinding her teeth."Don't worry. The UPA has all the info, and they're going to do somethign about this. If there's any bits of Armatek left standing when they're done... We'll deal with it ourselves.""And I'll help." Ellie said."Hah, thanks, but no need." Theta said. "Not sure how much you'd be able to help.""Hey, I can help. I know how to kick someone's shit in. I'll buy a baseball bat and everything."And then there was a thump. A loud, unnerving thump.".... Oh, gods." Theta said, eyes wide.Peering in through the hydroponic window with an eye attached to a long tendril, was Devourer.<I have come for my payment.> It said, and climbed toward the hydroponics airlock- you saw its legs and hips were burned away, red hot, by the weapons platforms, and it's skin was writhing as it regrew."What the fuck is that?""Oh gods oh gods oh gods" Theta was chanting, covering his eyes and curling up.
>>24591333"Oh fuck it's back."<Um, um, um, what do you want?"
>>24591333<What do you want?>Heather just can't catch a break these days.
>>24591333speak AND think"sure, let me open the lock for you. what do you need?"
>>24591333"<Sure. Can we perhaps do this where Theta isn't?>""I told you I fucked up badly!""Don't get too close, Ellie."
>>24591333"That's Bob. I made him by accident."<What do you want?>
>>24591333<As long as it isn't souls of innocents, I can try to help. Would you mind, um, looking a bit less creepy?>
>>24591333"Ah crap, Ellie, stay back."<What do you want?"
>>24591333<What would that be?>
>>24591333<Hi Bob! What would that be?>"Calm down, it's Bob."
>>24591395>Calm down, it's Bob."Calm down, it's just Bob."
>>24591380>As long as it isn't souls of innocentsLet's not say that, because the first thought that game to mind was: "I need no souls, only flesh."
>>24591333<what payment?!>send messages out to people!<Devourer, Hydroponics! be careful!>
"Oh fuck, it's back.""What's back?!""oh gods oh gods oh gods"There was a smash as Devourer kicked at the outer airlock, and alarms started up.<Um... um... um... What do you want?><I hunger. Give me three.> It said. Marines stomped up, and raised their weapons. <Three trained sapients. I do not want one trained in mindspeech.>It wrenched shut the second airlock, and kicked in the first. Standing there was an impossibly bulky, headless humanoid, almost looking as if it were made of brown vines instead of flesh. Corded muscle writhed through its body, and its legs had regrown- you felt small bits of technology inside of it, but they were... alien.The marines opened fire, and Ellie dove to the side, covering her head.It held up three fingers, as bullets tore holes in its flesh and skin, cutting it into what looked like swiss cheese, the holes quickly regrowing.<Three of them, and we are equal once more.>Something hissed out of its palm, and a great, stretching web caught the air, blasting the marines against the wall. They writhed, stuck- and the steel webbing started radiating radiowaves, scrambling communication.
>>24591442What? Three! No deal!Why do you need them?
>>24591442<What do you need them for?>
>>24591442TK the webbing off them.
>>24591456>>24591458He said he was hungry.
.... tecknopath our exosuit. Omni has probably finished it. Have it grab the Ion Laser.At the same time crush it with TK.<Theta. I need your help.>>>24591458>>24591456it just said it hungers. It wants to eat them.
>>24591442<There's no way in hell I'm giving you any of my friends.>Not expecting it to work, but black hole the fucker.
>>24591442<What? What are you going to do with them? What do you mean three sapients? Just normal people?>
Rolled 94>>24591442Make a huge-ass black hole the size of the devourer and devour him.
>>24591483No, three Psionics who have more than telepathy, for food.
>>24591458>DevourerTo fill out a barbershop quartet? What do you think it wants them for?
>>24591483What part of <I hunger> was hard to grasp.
>>24591442What on earth have you been eating? Why did you come back?
Rolled 73>>24591442"no deal, that is not an acceptable trade"attempt to blackhole him
>>24591488>black holeI think you mean Void Hole.
>>24591488Well, that'll hopefully slow him down at least.
>>24591442no, no no. he wants to eat our friends or those marines?!he's not getting them!
>>24591488Clap clap clap.Devour the devourer.
>>24591488>>24591503I think the dice have spoken.
>>24591488I like that roll, its not a 100 but its damn close.
>>24591504I think you mean dump him into the sun.We should probably just jettison this part of the station.
>>24591442<You want me to feed you three of my friends? No!Um, I could tell you where the Void Queen is if you want.>"Oh god I'm such a rubbish mother."
>>24591442<Get the fuck up, Theta.>Mind-slap some sense into him
<I cannot and will not give you lives to devour.>
Rolled 76>>24591475rolling for tecknopathy though
>>24591529On the one hand, this just delays the problem. If he goes off and eats the Void Queen and becomes even more powerful, it could be bad.On the other hand, he just shrugged off anti starship weaponry.
>>24591488Aww, poor Bob.
>>24591604Not like it's going to kill him.
>>24591488We'll have to get Theta to scrub any remaining cells away.Or get a flamethrower. This is going to be like The Thing.
>>24591588if we do not consume his form entirely and destroy every single cell, i figure he'll just keep coming back.>fucking dragon ball Z, man
... hmmm, I wonder if the minds it devours are still in there. It would explain the want for no mind speakers.
<What do you need them for?><I HUNGER.> It snarled. <I need power. Flesh. My prey is strong, my powers are not.>You pause a moment, and then technopath the exosuit to hurry up here-And then you raise a palm, and quite carefully... crush him.The devourer doesn't make a noise as you consume it within a sphere that blocked all light.And then a small, black sphere fell to the ground, perfectly still."WHAT THE FUCK WAS-"There was a loud crack, and a full, devourer-sized claw tore its way from the sphere. Then another started doing the same, as it decompressed itself. Ellie's yelled words turned into screaming, and she leaped down the ladder from hydroponics.<Get the fuck up, Theta! We need you!>Shaking, Devourer got to its feet again, the vines regrowing and writhing.<Good.> It said, and held out a claw. <I need that.>Inside of its head, you felt... a keen, crystallized mind, incredibly powerful and charged with raw intellect. From there, you read-It had eaten demiurg. Lots, and lots of demiurg. Low level telepaths, all of them- and it had all of their knowledge.<Yes.> It said. <I have. They are pests, all of them. I have no need of them anymore.>
>>24591442<Until you do my bidding, you shall recieve none.>>Tell me when I start saying crazy demands
>>24591610...Then why attack him if it's just going to piss him off?
>>24591633Would you rather we fed him our friends?
>>24591620>all of their knowledge and power.>whoops, correction!
>>24591620Well crap, I'm all out of ideas on how to stop the invincible, unstoppable force of nature.
Rolled 39>>24591620VOID SPHERE HIM.i cannot be bothered to deal with this fucker.
Rolled 77>>24591620"who is your prey?""marines, check fire! you(point at him) hold on"(stalling for time guys?)
>>24591654We just did.Apparently that doesn't work.Which means we have nothing.
Rolled 62>>24591620>Inside of its head,I thought it didn't have a head.>>24591442>an impossibly bulky, headless humanoid,>>24591620<Guys!, that demon thing is back, and I can't stop it this time!>TK Theta downstairs, then TK slap his face so he wakes up.
>>24591620Fuck, it's like fighting SCP-632. >>24591654You do know that he just laughed that off, right?
Rolled 41>>24591620We are quite strong telepathic wise. Attack its mind. Destroy it so its nothing more then a vegatable.
>>24591620You have no more or less right to survive than any other. I will not sacrifice lives to you. But if you will stop attacking, I give you my word that we will find another way for you to live.
>>24591661That was blackhole. Void is different.
>>24591661we still have matter annihilation
>>24591620<I am NOT, feeding you my friends or anyone else.>how the fuck do we kill this thing?!have Isaac push it in to a star?!
Uh, "we are equal once more" implies that our debt was even at one point.It said we owed two when we asked it to spare Rho, and thenAs of 44:>Now you only owe one, after this, Creator. After it yoinked our psionics long-distance to fend off attackers.And now the guy shows up demanding THREE PEOPLE?Guy's tryin' to rip us off, and we should tell him as much.
Rolled 26>>24591680oh good point... Demanifest it.
>>24591620<What do you even want?!?>
>>24591695Or have summer pull it into her world and leave without it.
>>24591620Hug him!Yes I am really scraping the bottom of the idea barrel here.
>>24591620if you can survive that you don't need other powers
>>24591705I wish people would stop asking that.It has told us what it wants, repeatedly.It wants to eat three psions to absorb their powers.
Rolled 28>>24591691"One favour is not worth three lives! Especially since you counted it as my favour when I saved your life!"
>>24591680actually, that's a good point - if we created it with psionics, we should in theory be able to unmake it, right? Like Summer. We might not be strong enough, but worth a shot.
>>24591620<If we're going to get along you've got to stop being so mean to people.>
unless someone rolls better then a 26, it ain't happening.
would it work if Alex threw his anti bubble around him?
>>24591620<Anyone! Quickly, help me kill this fuck!>
Rolled 25>>24591680annihilation sphere, lets hope we don't die from the radiation
Also, if it ABSOLUTELY won't leave without eating a more psion knowledge on pain of bloody murder, we can have Theta biokinesis him a brainsnack and we can use the technopathy virus to upload one Psion worth of knowledgemeal into it to even up our debt.
Rolled 3>>24591722>>24591620Attempting to demanifest."You are my creation! I demand you to STOP!"
>>24591741Oh. That's a good point. Get Alex up here. If it's sustained by biokinesis, that'll cancel and we might actually be able to kill it.
Rolled 77>>24591620you can survive being compressed to ridiculous levels, you don't need other powers
>>24591741It would probably stop him regenerating and changing.
Rolled 6>>24591731alright, lets give this a shot!
Calm your fucking tits people.>>24591620<One. Last I heard, she was here [mentalite him the location of the Scythe things' planet].>
>>24591768The second roll was 77. You're just risking a nat 1 there. What are we even rolling for?
>>24591773its a battle, you have to roll for psionics when at battle.
>>24591775I think it knows where she is, it wants more powers so it can go up against her and win.
Guys, force didn't fucking work.Diplomacy time.
Rolled 35Ideas:We could tell him that we've got a way to give him psionics without eating people.Or we could learn the new techniques, and he can learn from us, remotely.
Rolled 75>>24591620lets point him at delta
>>24591636Feed him some marines. Just telepath that we can't exactly stop him, and mentally direct him to some Marines. It's better than pissing him off, and it'll buy us some time to figure out how to destroy him.
>>24591794no>>24591797he specified psionics
Maybe we should try to teach it empathy, or something.Because I'm pretty sure force isn't going to work.
>>24591797It wants people with psionics.
<I am NOT feeding you my friends, or anyone else!><I am aware.> It said. Then it bowed its shoulders, and from it's mind- somewhere in its torso, you could tell- screeched. Screeched loudly, with all of the honed powers he had devoured, telepathy echoing throughout the cosmos.Reality shook.Consciousnessreceded----------------------------Blurrily, you saw Robin springing back and forth, bursts of smoke dancing around the demon as she tore off limb after limb, disintegrating it.Sarvesh appeared in a blue burst of light- and Devourer's arm flipped the creature agily- and slammed his second fist down at Sarvesh's underside, claws at bear.And Robin reached out, disintegrating that arm just as quickly as a new one grew.Someone tried to climb up the ladder, doing his best to claw through the webbing there, and Theta mumbled something, almost unconscious.Devourer screeched again, and Robin and Sarvesh both collapsed, telepathy richocheting in their minds. You'd... heard that before, though... and you were able to cling to your mind enough to stand.<Three.> It told you. Then it looked pointedly at Robin and Sarvesh. <I only need one translocator. I want the small one.>
>>24591791Agreed. We can probably 'teach' him instead of this futile fighting.
>>24591797It's the principle of the thing. We're not trading favours for lives.
Rolled 97>>24591821.... puppet theta. Take control of his abilities, we have the strongest telepathy out there and we NEED his biokinesis NOW
>>24591821Murder ball of death it right in its brain.
Rolled 67>>24591821Compress into black sphere, teleport black sphere to sun.
Rolled 51>>24591821I am not letting you eat my friends!We can teach you their powers safely, nobody has to die.
Rolled 73>>24591821Oh, great. Our friends are now dead.Wherever Alex is, activate his personacom and get him to come up here, or tell him to activate his anti-psi field.<You get none of my friends.>Trap him with something, I guess.
>>24591821>flipped the centaur, even
Rolled 65>>24591821nooooooo!he's going to eat Robin, someone, ANYONE, kill this thing!I can't form a coherent plan anymore!
Rolled 58>>24591821><Three.> It told you. Then it looked pointedly at Robin and Sarvesh. <I only need one translocator. I want the small one.>that's bullshit, you gave her to us.try to reclaim our power from it using the link that connects us.
>>24591821<No. Bad Devourer. Go and sit on the naughty step.>
>>24591847one problem with that plan, it doesn't have a brain
>>24591792That's a good point. Although I'm not sure how wise teaching him teleportation is, I'd rather do it with the virus than with him eating Robin.
>>24591821"I already had you spare her, and you counted it as a debt I owed.To come back here now and demand I give her to you is the highest possible disrespect.We have the ability to provide knowledge of psionics without the need for you to devour anyone. Take it or leave it.">>24591844If he leaves it, get Theta like this guy said.
>>24591888Its mind is in its torso, that spot.
Rolled 13>>24591821Annihilation sphere at it's mind.
>>24591821<No.>>>24591897This, this this this this fucking this.We can't even hurt it you fuckasses.
>>24591821<No! I'm not letting you eat anybody here! Please, just stop! You don't need to hunt, you don't need to kill anything! I didn't let them kill you because I thought you deserved to prove that you aren't a monster, but now this!?>Man, that biokinesis 1 is really coming back to bite us.
>>24591894Exactly. Fighting isn't going to solve anything. At best we lose potential allies and at worst everyone dies.
>>24591821The fuck? Is a 100 the only way to kill this thing?
Rolled 18>>24591821>>24591821"who is your prey? cause if it's who I think it is you could fight on MY side against her..."
>>24591924>The fuck? is *PLOT* the only way to kill this thing?Fixed that for you.
>>24591897Yeah, what the fuck. He says he owe him a favour for not eating Robin and then he tries to use the favour to get us to feed him Robin and two other people. Surely he should know that that is not how it works.
>>24591894he doesn't just want a weak power. Remember how robin was with TK? He wants flesh and strength.>>24591924yes, probably, we created it with a nat 1
>>24591821Would it be possible for Summer to create a pocket universe and for us to shove it inside?
>>24591944I'm starting to seriously doubt anything will work.
>>24591916No it isn't. Less shooty more <Alright, instead of eating them, how about I teach you using a newly liberated Technopathy Psionic Data Transfer Virus?>
>>24591897This, we can't even hurt it.Try and get that through your thick fucking skulls.
Rolled 54>>24591821<I have created you! I gave you life! And this is how you repay me? GO FUCK YOURSELF WITH A CHAINSAW!>VOID SPHERE THAT FUCKER
>>24591936I keep trying to say that, but it's not getting into the posts.He's demanding way way WAY more then is acceptable.
Rolled 22Physical attacks aren't going to work. Rolling to dominate its mind. Pacify it, make it serve us, whatever will stop it from murderfying everyone.
>>24591952If we give it a bunch of powers and send it away, I fully expect it to return even more powerful and eat us later though.
>>24591941Ain't that fucking great. No way we're going to have everyone survive this then. We'll roll another 1 sooner than a 100.
Rolled 37>>24591821steal back our power from him
"I already had you spare her, and you counted it as a debt I owed!" You say. "To come back here now and demand I give her to you is the highest possible disrespect."<Imagine a garden, full of luscious fruit.> It said. <Each sweeter than the last, all in their own ways. Imagine this is the only garden that exists. Imagine you must eat. Imagine... you were hungry, ever hungrier than before... You are lucky I have only chosen three.>"We have the ability to provide knowledge of psionics without the need for you to devour anyone." You say, standing up straight now. "Take it... or Leave it."There was a pause.Then the devourer took a knee, and dwindled.<I will take it.> It said, the holes resealing in its body.
>>24591967Can we exert control through our connection? Worth a try, I suppose.
Rolled 92>>24591975Rolling to wipe it from existence
>>24591980damn, wasted my only good roll in this quest hah.
>>24591980TK everyone out of the room.<NOBODY GO INTO HYDROPONICS> Station wide broadcast.Technopathy the virus, get it ready, and try to wake Rho up.
>>24591980>ignore all the decent rollsNice one. Good to see when we could potentially remove its biopowers, you won't let us.
>>24591997Damn, just too late for the diplomacy to kick in.
>>24591980Well, since apparently it's too hax for us to achieve anything else here, I guess we're giving it all our powers.
>>24591980Oh gee, look at that you faggots. He isn't a complete retard, huh? Stop being murderhobos and use your brains.
i really, really, really don't think this is smart.
>>24592015I'll bet you ten dollars this ends horribly for everyone involved.
>>24592015>Giving the increasingly hungry psion-eating monster more powers>using your brainsYeah okay. Still, it doesn't matter, since we apparently have no other options.
>>24591980<Good. Do you have a name, other than Devourer?>Go over to him, and tell the other people to stop shooting.
The only way we can beat him is through love and understanding. We need to have an extended conversation with him so we can characterbuild him and solve the problem of him murderfying our friends.
>>24591980Okay, get Jilly here and Robin awake.Rho transfers the Teleportation to Jilly, Jilly to Heather, Heather encodes it, then delivers it to Jilly who gives it to Bob.
>>24592015Oh yeah, how silly of us. A huge fucking beast comes in and demands the flesh of our friends, and we want to kill him.
>>24592020If nothing else, he will go make himself a nuisance for VQ instead of fucking with us. It's a better idea than killing a potential ally (and losing more in the process, you know damn well he wouldn't go down alone.)
>>24592020It'll buy us time, and when Theta comes to we might be able to figure out a way to take it on next time. Is it a bad idea? Yes, but fighting it now is an even worse idea.
Rolled 6>>24591980"SWEAR IT on your very existence that you will not hunt me or my colleagues ever again and we'll consider the matter closed"(TP hack the intercomm)<ladies and gentlemen DO NOT SHOOT the big scary creature folowing me around>"who are you hunting anyway?"
>>24591980<in the future, you will not, under any circumstance, eat any of my companions.>
>>24591980Oh, wow. Potentially damage it backed up with good rolls and that gets ignored.
>>24592070I think it's pretty obvious that this whole bit has been heavily scripted.
>>24592049Yeah, fuck those fuckers man, they should be burned and ripped apart/sarcasm
>>24592049When you know *why* and that there's a happy medium that can be taken yes, jumping to kill is pretty silly.
>>24592078>>24592070I think it's pretty obvious that any damage would have been regenerated instantly and only made it angrier.
>>24591980<If this is happening, I need to know that my friends are safe from you. Not just my friends, actually. I need to know that you aren't the monster that you look like. Why do you hunger, why do you desire power? Will you just use it to eat everyone I know, and then me, or do you have some greater purpose?>
>>24592084>Happy mediumWe're feeding a monster that gets hungrier and hungrier who's favoured prey is psions.
>>24592040This, seriously guys. Like, this guy is pretty much unkillable. And we can diplomance him.
>decide to check one last time before bed>Devourer owning us and all we love>guess I'll not sleep well tonight...might as well try to find out more about what and why he does things.
>>24592105yup, apparently someone looks at a thing which goes I HUNGER and sees a puppy.
Rolled 40>>24591980I wonder if we can remove the humger. anyways wehave a Tk program already made so lets start with that
Ask the Devourer about himself while we walk. We need some development on this guy.
God, I feel like I'm reading Dragonball Z Krillin quest.
>>24592049He comes in, demands the flesh of our friends, DEMONSTRATES THAT HE COULD HAVE TAKEN THEM BY FORCE EASILY, but doesn't, instead choosing to negotiate. Yeah, sounds totally evil.>>24592070We black holed him with a 94 and he CRAWLED OUT OF IT. I dunno what the fuck you're expecting us to do to him through sheer power of dice.>>24592096Figuring out why it's so goddamn hungry hungry while we're trying to get the troops awake enough that we can perform the Technopathy Virus Shuffle to get the damn thing where we need it is a good start.
>>24592093This.The only idea that would have worked was hijacking theta's powers, and considering we have never even attempted anything in that ballpark before, it would probably have needed a straight 100 anyway.
Rolled 95>>24592127>We black holed him with a 94 and he CRAWLED OUT OF IT. I dunno what the fuck you're expecting us to do to him through sheer power of dice.matter annihilation would have probably worked
Rolled 62>>24592150And then, suddenly, mindjack him!
>>24592150I doubt it.
>>24592150Even if it did, at what cost? Killing us all from radiation? Use your brains people. Is this the same group that wanted to break Hound's legs and shit?
>>24592114Yeah, he's a monster only a mother could love.Oh wait, we're his mother.
>>24592150i dont think so. looks like exa wants this to be a scripted fucker, so anything we do will be useless.
>>24592179Probably the people who see the long term ramifications of making the Devourer even more powerful.
>>24592193Yes, he goes to fight progressively strengthening enemies until he confronts the VQ. If he can kill her and we can't then we were fucked already anyway.
>>24592220Then he devours everything.You think when he eats the Void Queen he'll stop?
<Nobody go into hydroponics!> You call.<We can't! There's some kind of web in the way!> Jilly called.You look back- and yes, the way into and out of hydroponics had the steel web over it, blocking it away.Devourer sat, and his form shifted and quaked, until he was something vaguely humanoid, sitting crosslegged there, peacefully.You shook Robin, and she mumbled something. Sarvesh started to wake up."You're a monster." Theta snarled. "A monster."<Yes.> Devourer said, perfectly neutrally. <As are you.><In the future, you will not, under any circumstance, eat any of my companions.> You say.<If you agree to give me the powers I request, then yes. I will have no need to eat your companions. Or you.> It said. You get to your feet, and the Devourer did as well. The webs started hissing and melting away with a thought, and the vague, flesh-colored humanoid followed you. Jilly, Damien, and Alex stared at it-And then Anna came out from around the hallway with the fusion cannon, precharged, and leveled it at the Devourer, now taking shape as some sort of twisted human being.
>>24592238Give her a Look."It won't even help."Keep walking.
>>24592238"Put it down, Anna."<Please don't shoot my new friend, Sol Invictus. If you do, I'm not sure we could be friends anymore.>
>>24592238<We negotiated peace for now Anna.><I black holed him and he survived... I don't think we have anything that can kill it right now.>
>>24592238"It won't work Anna, put it down."
Rolled 62>>24592238<Anna put the gun away it won't work, it came back from me crushing it into a sphere the size of my fist>
>A face only a mother could love.
>>24592238"Anna, that's not going to work.""So, um, tell me about yourself, Devourer."
>>24592238>hurrr give it more powerthis is the fucking worst plan ever. i said biokinesis would be a shit power and look where its got us.
Rolled 18>>24592238infuse our TP with all the commmand we can<Anna, Stop Right Now>"Theta, I warned you about this guy beforehand; get robin and Sarvesh up and about""jilly; I got him to stop attacking, but I think I'll need your help to keep him friendly""and somebody get the hull patched better, I don't like the look of those webs!"
Am I the only one who's getting the feeling that we're going to only be marginally involved in the final confrontation, if at all.
>>24592320It'll be fine, he's honorable.
>>24592320Okay, let's give him our friends then.>>24592324see >>24592315
>>24592238"Don't even bother. You will just piss him off."
>>24592238"It won't work, Anna. He took the station defense weaponry like it was nothing, and then survived being crushed into a marble.But thanks anyway."
>>24592331For now, because it suits him.I get the feeling it's more a "I can do what I want, and you're barely worth my time" sort of honourable than any concern for our welfare.
>>24592335>>24592331wait for him to get powered with seeking more power. then he'll just hunt us down for fun.
>>24592315> forgot to turn it offso? it's not like I'm >monotreeme >>24592324turn off the dice remember what Exa said to you about that?
>>24592335>>24592315wow, do you just assume that EVERYONE who leaves their dice on is me?wow...you guys INCREDIBLY stupid...>>24592362and you remember how we've been in combat this whole time?
If we knew whether it was surviving purely on Biokinesis, we could have Alex shut it down, but who knows, seems like anything but giving it what it wants results in plothax.
>>24592378No, it's just the only picture that says to turn dice off.Because other people don't tend to do that
Rolled 93>>24592378Rolling to end the quest
Just have Alex go full Phi while we're powering it up and touch him. Bam, dead Bob.
Rolled 54>>24592400Rolling to end your life.
>>24592395We get Alex to blast it, it'll just be 'oh it found a way around that'
>>24592424Pretty much, this thing basically has whatever powers it needs to win.
>>24592424Feel like I'm back in primary school."nuh uh, I have an anti-anti-psion shield"
>>24592412>>24592424>>24592435You guys are waaaay too paranoid.
It's like Ishelda, except more [Squiggly/Scaly], there's pretty much no way we can kill it.Unless we Brick it. But we do not have The Brick.
"Anna, that's not going to work." You say."... Damnit." She said, and started to flush the coolant.You continued on, the marines and everyone else following, and Devourer now looked somewhat like a respectable- yet nude- human being, and you were in the Technopathy room.<... I think we can kill it.> Damien said. <If we used Alex or something.>Devourer, curiously touched all of the computers, waiting.<How shall we proceed?> It asked.Everyone was quiet, and nobody said a word.
>>24592467We wouldn't be if we had been shown to be capable of even inconveniencing it in any way, let alone harming it.
>>24592475"Simple. Robin gives Jilly her Feel of Teleportation, Jilly gives it on to me, I program it and then transfer it to Jilly who gives it to you."
>>24592475To Damien <Do it, I'll stall it, tell Alex to get over here, he should be able to use his powers to hide himself before fucking with the Devourer.>"It'll take a while, have to translate the skill you want into Technopathy stuff and then relay it to you."
>>24592475When we are inside of his head, we should search for a way to make him obey.
>>24592475"<Fuck if I know.>""Sarvesh, Jilly, let me borrow your minds for a moment."Get the mind virus up and running, and do what we did to Robin, but give Sarvesh's TP to Devourer-kun.
>>24592475we've worked out how to transfer powers between psions you will not be as strong initially; but your powers will increase with use. the process is slower have you the technopathy that I have?<check those futures REALLY REALLY carefully damien>
>>24592475><... I think we can kill it.> Damien said. <If we used Alex or something.><And risk everyone, after he started behaving? I'd rather people live for sure.>
>>24592467After it survived a black hole, I'm pretty sure it can pull whatever it wants to until we're out of cutscene mode. By all means, it should have been annihilated. The whirling maelstrom of quantum particles that make up the firewall of the singularity would have stripped down the cells to raw atoms.
>>24592475To Damien <Will it betray us if we give it what it wants? Will it come back?><I WANT it to eat the Void Queen.>
>>24592475<I don't know, I guess we need to get Alex to disrupt it somehow. Maybe we could project Alex's shield directly into the Devourer somehow...>
>>24592475Both ways we're utterly fucked.What's the point?
>>24592475><If we used Alex or something.><only if you can guarantee it will work, otherwise we'll give him what he wants for now.>
>>24592534Fuck it, this. Let's tell it we're going to give it some powers, and have Alex pump it full of anti-psion bullshit power.May as well try it.
>>24592475To Damien <If we give it what it wants, what will it do?>
>>24592529It eats the VQ, it'll be more powerful than VQ.Use the program to assert control, have Alex go full Phi.
>>24592526All I see is "Waaaah Waaaah we couldn't instagib it, too OP". Whatever. Not everything will be solved by lolblackhole.
>>24592475<What're you getting from the future? Can this work?>
>>24592475Transfer the Void Queen worm to its mind.
>>24592526>black hole,we may call it blackholing but what we're really doing is just compressing matter into really dense spheres.
>>24592475"We wait for Dr. Manus to bring the drives out and then I record the knowledge into them and take it back and as I take it back Jilly transfers the learning to you. We've only done it once before but it worked.""So, how've you been?"
>>24592582>Giving the void queen control of the devourer.That is more retarded than every single post in this quest combined.
>>24592526We don't actually get up to the force of a true black hole.Now if we used a deathsphere the size of its body, that shit takes all the matter and straight up converts it into crystalized bullshit.Maybe we should think about our abilities when we call out what we want to do?
<I don't know, I guess we need to get Alex to disrupt it somehow.> You say. "We bring the drives out, and then I record the knowledge into them and take it back. As I take it back, Jilly transfers the learning to you."<Very well.> It said.<What are you getting from the future? Can this work?><It's blurry.> Damien said. <I'm not sure.>Slowly, carefully, you bring the drives out of the storage Manus had them in, and plug them in like you'd seen him do before. The marines kept their weapons pointing at the Devourer's head.You look down at the drive, and you feel that socket in the program open. You could try putting Sarvesh's teleportation into it, as you see him come in- you were sure someone was talking telepathically with everyone, but you weren't sure who- Or... You could try and hide commands in the worm.>What do you guys plan to do?
i want this thing dead. Input a command to have its biokinesis start destroying itself.
Rolled 86>>24592678Lets just be nice to the fucker. Get to know him better.
>>24592678Hmm, I wonder if it'd be possible to make the worm disrupt his powers when it's implanted.
>>24592678Be fair.He's been, why should we stoop lower than him?Why betray him, when he's upheld his end?We'd be worse than Demiurg.
>>24592678Hide some commands in the worm, woven into the teleportation thing, that forces it to teleport into the sun and not regenerate.
>>24592721>when he's upheld his endYou mean not killing everyone?How noble.
>>24592475No faggotry, play it straight, no sneaky shit. To Devourer :<Alright, the way this works is a copy of the Psion's memory data is packaged up and transferred by a Telepath. Jilly will likely have to handle the transfer. The powers will take a while to get used to so be careful.>So who did he want again,3 total, 1 teleporter(robin), Not Jilly. I think those were the only requirements.
>>24592678load the program with a future copy of the 42.zip bomb.Then when it's trying to unpack fucking yottabytes, we get alex to blast it? Then we all open up on it?But we'll get a 1, and it'll kill us all, so it doesn't matter.
>>24592678if we hide commands just include commands to NOT EVER ATTACK a UPA race
>>24592678Put commands in the worm to disrupt his biokinesis and teleport him directly into the sun.
>>24592678Put our sense of empathy into the worm along with the power it wants.We can make it into a friend for everyone, rather than a devourer of everything.
>>24592734>>24592721These.It could have just said 'fuck you' and eat us all.
>>24592745and not teleport out. thats kinda important
>>24592678Make the worm act as a virus to his powers, disrupting them.Then give him what he wants, and let it destroy him.
>>24592721>>24592734Get fucked, thats an awful idea.Hurr lets let the monster who wants to eat everyone get more powerful.NO.
>>24592757Just because we offered it an easier solution doesn't change the fact that it came here to eat our friends.Just because we might have gotten them off doesn't mean that every other innocent psion out there won't get devoured while we're feeling all good about ourselves for being honourable.
>>24592678Does it matter? We can't fight him, we can't talk to him.
>>24592678Something to take away the hunger, maybe?Would we be able to do that?
>>24592678Do nothing sneaky. Give him what we offered and try TALKING to him. <So.. I won't be as presumptous to name you but I've been internally referring to you as Bob. Do you have a name you would like to go by?" is a good start.
>>24592724This sounds good, although I think having alex disrupt it would work easier.
>>24592678Get inside his head and scan it through. See if there's any way to control, any way to kill or incapitate him.
>>24592757Except that would have been more energy intensive from its perspective. Itll force us to do the work for it. its not noble. its not trying to make friends.
>>24592678Uh...>>24592709>>24592724Before you guys try and go full Manchurian on him, we should probably ask him earnestly what the fuck his plan is.He's been at least reasonably forthcoming so far when we've asked."Before we go any further, I have to know... what exactly is it you plan to do with this? Are you just planning on following the tried and true Demiurg path of "I'll get stronger so I can beat the strongest thing and then be the strongerest!" Because if so, you have to know by now that there's no winning for anyone down that path..."
>>24592755This is good. Alex said empathy was a minor psionic power, right? We can give him that one.
>>24592786>>24592755This. Let's just give it a personality beyond HUNGER.It's only agreeing to go through with this because it's more efficient. Because it lacks empathy.
>>24592678Try and hide a command that makes his hunger not overpowering.Give him Sarvesh's TP.Ask: "You have TP, what next? We don't exactly have many new tricks."
>>24592808To devour.He made that pretty clear.
>>24592783>Gives up after one rollYou are probably the biggest defeatist pussy ever.
>>24592806So let's make it noble.
>>24592824You guys are trying to get a TPK by fighting him.
>>24592771Take some fucking responsibility. We created him, we can teach him right from wrong.
>>24592832We're not trying to fight him.We're trying to sabotage him.
>>24592678Empathy is supposedly a minor psionic power.He wanted powers. Let's give him our strongest one.
>Trying to befriend the devourerYou fucking people, jesus christ.
>>24592851>>24592840>>24592816I've got to admit, I really do like the idea of secretly packaging FEELS.exe in with the worm.
>>24592832No, we're trying to prevent one by not giving him ALL THE FUCKING POWERS.
>>24592851That's.... Deceptively cunning.Seconded.Then again, it did eat all the Demiurg, who basically run on group empathy.
>>24592858>Trying to befriend Isaac, Signa, Rho, Theta, Lambda, Amy, Grayson, Darkshelda, Raizel, EzekielNo, fuck you.
>>24592858>Trying to fight the thing that can easily kill us allYou people, jesus christ. Have you learned nothing from earlier quest derails via friendship magic?
>>24592875It has emotions. It just lives off its hunger.
>>24592890Killing things is more fun.
>>24592885None of them literally had to devour people to survive.
>>24592851So we should give him feelings? Fuck that's brilliant! We will give him the humanity's greatest weakness! MOTHER FUCKING SECONDING FEELS IN HIS HEAD
>>24592875I thought it was established that Demiurg are basically all sociopaths? They don't have any empathy, just an inbuilt desire to command others and get stronger.
>>24592904I do believe you're making shit up.He WANTS to devour things.Nothing says he has to.
<Sarvesh, I'll need your mind.><As you wish.>He said, and opened it up. Carefully, you reached in, and grabbed the memory he had packaged up for you- the memories of every time he'd teleported. Carefully, you weave it into the program- along with something subtle, something slight. Something to curb his hunger, to curb his desire for more food. You close your eyes... And remember your feelings for your friends, your family, for everyone you've ever loved or liked, and kindnesses you've felt, small and great. Then you package it up, and put it into the second drive."Jilly?""Ready."You close your eyes, and read from the drive- just as Jilly placed the knowledge into its head.Devourer tilted its head, and flashed blue, appearing only a foot to the side.<Interesting.>"You have TP, what next? We don't exactly have many new tricks."It was quiet for a moment.<... That... Th-... That will be fine. I... I- I was only owed one.>Its mind was nowhere near as cohesive as it was before- it was chaotic, almost wild, and the expressions on its face twisted slightly, still unrecognizable.
>>24592904>Implying implicationsGee, have you tried ASKING him? He's eating for POWER.
>>24592931You probably should leave. You can always come back later, but we need some time to talk here.
>>24592931"Alex, show him your power!""EVERYBODY SHOOT IT."
>>24592931We defeated the Devourer with the power of FEELS.
>>24592931"Are you alright? Did something go wrong?"
>>24592963You complete and utter moron.
>>24592931"so long as you do no harm I think you are free to stay here, now it's been a while since I ate I'll be in the mess hall"
>>24592963No>>24592931I really hope it's not tricking us.
>>24592931<How are you feeling? Everything okay?>
>>24592931<Are you okay?>>>24592963lolno
>>24592931To Devourer: <I want you to know that I'm still your creator and that you're my responsibility. You should just ask if you need help instead of fighting, okay?> >Hug our polymorphic child
>>24592963>teach the angry virus psionic sociopath warrior race gestalt about feelings>slowly trying to come to grips with human emotions>suddenly DAKKADAKKADAKKABRILLIANT.>>24592931"...take your time. Anything new takes some getting used to. Practice makes perfect."
>>24592984>Free to stayNononononononononononononononono.Seriously, at least wait for this decision.
>>24592931"It's okay. What do you feel?"
>>24592990Why would he be tricking us? He hasn't been characterized as being sadistic before, and that would be the only reason to be faking feels.
>>24592931"How do you feel?"
"You probably should leave. You can always come back later, but we need some time to talk here."<.... I, uh, yes. Okay.> It said."Are you alright? Did something go wrong?"<... No, everything is fine.> It said, quietly, as its mind did its best to recoalesce. It shook its head, and lost most of its human shape, becoming the bulky, humanoid headless beast. <I... I will return after I've.. thought. A bit.>You felt a memory brush across its mind- one it didn't consciously recognize. It very gently tapped you on the shoulder- something that lost effect when the creature had a long claw made for skewering instead of a hand, but it was obviously meant to be reassuring.<Thank you.> It said- and flashed into blue light.And then it was gone.Ellie came charging into the room, with a baseball bat."... Where'd you find that?" Sarvesh asked."... Um. Where'd it go?" Ellie asked, the bat still over her head.
>>24593055"He'll... be thinking. It's okay. He's... just confused."
>>24593055Hug Ellie.You were too late! It held us for ransom and stole our powers.
>>24593055Great, now the thing can fucking appear when it wants to.Good job, idiots.
>>24593055"This is going to sound really cheesy, but I think I just beat it with the power of friendship..."
>>24593055"He's gone. I may have beaten him with the power of love."
>>24593055"You know, that bat would probably have done more damage than we did. I can't hold you with TK if you're focused on leaving, so I'd hate to think what would happen if you were focused on killing it."
>>24593074Short range TP which drains. We can see it coming with the flashes. We'll have a few minutes warning if it comes to the station again, as long as someone's looking.And the whole point of the thing was to make it harder to kill, so that it can go and murder the VQ for us.
>>24593055"I gave it the power of empathy, he's gone off to think about his misdeeds; ellie put the bat down."
>>24593055"Theta, that is what happened when I fucked up with biokenisis."
>>24593098you say that like it doesn't have the energy needed to survive black holes.
>>24593055"So I was thinking back to how Alex was saying empathy seemed to be kind of psionic in nature, so I figured I'd try and give him that along with what he asked for? So I guess... jeez">>24593081>"this is going to sound really cheesy, but I think I just beat it with the power of friendship..."
>>24593055Hug Alex for giving us the idea."Hey Alex, remember when you said you thought empathy was a minor form of telepathy? I gave him the power of love as well as the power of teleportation!"
>>24593055"I gave it a gift so it would leave.I think it will be back soon. Don't try to fight it."
>>24593055"Fuck, not even two days before the next attempt on our lives?"
>>24593137very much this.
"He's gone." You say. "I may have beaten him with the power of love.""What?"You pull Ellie and Alex both into hugs.Hey Alex, remember when you said you thought Empathy was a minor form of telepathy? I gave him the power of love as well as the power of teleportation! "Wait, wait, you ..." Damien said... and then just started laughing. "You're precious, Heather.""Ellie, put the bat down.""Where'd you even find it?" Jilly asked."... Iunno." She said, and shrugged.Eventually, everyone as well as you were all in the cafeteria, eating some more. Robin was sulking,but she didn't actually seem to be glaring at Sarvesh anymore.Theta was quiet, so you sat down next to him."Theta, that is what happened when I fucked up with biokinesis.""How?" He asked. "How the hell could you fuck up *that* badly? Did you *see* that thing? It's a fucking.. it's... it's ..."He shook his head and just sighed.
>>24593055"Well, know you all know why I don't mess with biokinesis."
>>24593203It was some little single celled bacterium that I told to grow.And it did.Didn't help that I rolled a nat 1 for biomancy.
>>24593203"They asked me to divide a single plant cell. That's what grew from the result."
>>24593203"Bob's nice. When he's not trying to eat people who don't deserve it."
>>24593203"Yup, first time I ever tried, that happened. It used to be a small sample of bacteria."
>>24593203it was originally a harmless littel virus. Nothing special. I was trying to urge it to replicate.It did. Alot. And thats what came.
>>24593203*shrug*"Our powers are sporadic, sometimes my failures turn out to be more than a fizzle."
>>24593203<See Max, manifestation and everything.><She's some sort of hyper subtle psion.>
>>24593203We should try and develop a anti-telepathy machine. That telepathy knock out screech was pretty bad.
>>24593203"Let's say I will never ever try biokinesis again."
>>24593203"Yo Ellsworth! Let me see that bat."Chuck it to Alex and get him to turn his shield on.
>>24593203"I don't even know! It was a single cell. And I tried to get it to divide once. And then monster.I thought it wise to not do repeat tests in order to pinpoint exactly what went wrong.""So, is there any insight you could give me about him?"
>>24593265>MonsterI think you mean Bob
>>24593265this, understanding what we created is probably the best thing. In case the demiurge once agian overpower whatever empathy it has....I wonder if we could give the Demiurge empathy.
>>24593264Or just, like, have her tap alex.No need to throw heavy objects at friends.
>>24593203 What exactly is it? I'm kinda at a loss here, to be honest. Just another day in being a Psion to me.
>>24593203>"How?" He asked. "How the hell could you fuck up *that* badly? Did you *see* that thing? It's a fucking.. it's... it's ...""Well, yeah, that's why I called it 'fucking up' and not just 'failing at'. I've done plenty of failing, but thankfully not nearly as much fucking up.">Robin was sulking,but she didn't actually seem to be glaring at Sarvesh anymore.Should go over to these two."So... uh, sorry my squiggly guy wanted to knock you out and eat your brain juices." Give Rho an embarassed look "...Again."
"It was some single-celled bacterium that I told to grow." You say. "And I did. And then monster. Any insight you could give me about him?""No, it wasn't anything celled." He said. "It didn't have cells. Or genes. Or anything. That *thing* was a mockery of anything organic. You black holed it, or whatever that was, and it was *dead*. It was gone. Functionally inert in all ways. Then it... created itself with biokinesis. Somehow."He just stared down at his food."I need to learn to kill it." He said. "Somehow."Isaac, and Sigma came into the cafeteria, almost in a panic- they hadn't been there before, and apparently they'd been distracted."Tell me next time something goes wrong!" Isaac said. "I could've-""No you couldn't have." Robin said."Heather did it to that thing, and it didn't work." Theta said, still staring down at his food."... Oh.""Hey, Ellie, give me that bat!""Here!" She said. You caught it, and poked Alex with it."What?" He asked. Anna, sitting next to him, giggled and took another bite of sandwich. You poke him again- didn't do anything to the bat, it seemed. Then you look across the table to Robin and Sarvesh."So... uh, sorry my squiggly guy wanted to knock you out and eat your brain juices." You say, and give Robin a sheepish look. "Again.""You'll have to make it up for me." Robin said.
>>24593203"Do you know what a critical failure is?"This isn't meta at all. nope.
>>24593350"I made you into the groping machine you are today, and you want more?Fine, you can grope my butt whenever you want for the next couple days."
>>24593350"Oh god. The molestation train never stops does it?"
>>24593350"Robin, I hope you know that I'm going to have a long list of conditions on what is and is not an acceptable way for me to 'make it up for you'."
>>24593350"Just... don't jump the gun, the next time he comes around. He just got emotions and stuff.""...I should have tried the Voidy thing, instead of Black Holey thing."<Max, she can manifest things that don't explode when poked at Alex.>
>>24593350He was really envious of your Teleports, Robin. So I gave him Sarvesh's.Didn't I already earn infinite favours when I accidentally gave you touch-feedback TK?
>>24593350"Alex could probably take it out, but it may not prove necessary, I gave him feelings."
>>24593350"Theta, I don't think you'll need to kill it. I gave it a heavy dose of empathy. It's not just a monster now."
>>24593350Isaac and Sigma, sitting in a tree...
Ask Damien to look at the bats past to see where it came from.
>>24593350"I don't think it's even possible for me to make you any more efficient at groping at this point.">It can bring itself back to life after you kill it...yeah, definitely no more trying to fight Bob.
>>24593419Well, not in the mental sense, it's still physically a monster.
>>24593350<I'll wear a skirt, all of tomorrow, just for you.>
>>24593350>It created itself with BiokinesisWhelp. We created a physical god.
>>24593425I'd be surprised if that was the case, considering that they all consider themselves to be related.
>>24593350<Omnissiah! Where are you? I need a hug.>
>>24593399Or, you know, she just found a bat somewhere.
>>24593419It's probably still better to have at least one way it can die. Just in case.
>>24593474She obviously picked up on Summer's 'finding things on the beach' habit.
>>24593474We can check that!We just Technopath through all the latest security camera logs.
>>24593474She's a sorceress, decedent of dragon royalty she is.
>>24593481Indeed, we just need to make sure he understands not to start anything unless it does.
>>24593350>"So... uh, sorry my squiggly guy wanted to knock you out and eat your brain juices." You say, and give Robin a sheepish look. "Again.">"You'll have to make it up for me." Robin said.that's the crazy part it wanted to eat you as payment for not eating you
>>24593481You gotta be careful around these things. Imagine: You're an unkillable supercreature, and you've essentially just been given life. You find out that the one who gave you life has a kill switch for you, in case you ever become 'too dangerous'.Dunno about you, but I would be piiiissed.
>>24593535It's not really a killswitch, we're not telling Theta to find a way to kill it, just telling him not to use any way he figures out unless it attacks us first.
You close your eyes, and focus on the bat, looking backward through time through the cameras, and you followed it trace its path back to Ellie's hands, into the technopathy room, then back out into the hallway... and into a vent. Ellie'd climbed into the vent running from the monster, and found the bat inside there... for whatever reason."Robin, I hope you know that I'm going to have a long list of conditions on what is and is not an acceptable way for me to 'make it up for you'."Robin just grinned at you."Fine, I'll wear a skirt, all of tomorrow, just for you.""Totally worth it." She said, and grinned.You are the Devourer. Or, at least, you Were.Currently, surging with biokinesis, telepathy, the ability to be anywhere at any time, you're diving through the atmosphere, wind and clouds screeching around you as you fell faster and faster, your body reforming itself.Your Prey, the Void Queen- she'd killed people. She'd killed a lot of people, you knew. You read it from the minds of all of those children on the station.You weren't hungry anymore, but... You still had to take care of this... thing.You smashed into the ground, landing on one of the Queen's puppets-And then you noticed the nuclear arsenal currently manifesting above your head.This wouldn't be as easy as expected, you realized, as six dozen instant sunrises appeared above you, marring the planet forevermore.>End of thread!
>>24593570>And then you noticed the nuclear arsenal currently manifesting above your head.So is that a combination of the powers it's swiped from various people, or did it eat Delta.
>>24593570Man, if Devourer survives the glassing and doesn't hate Heather, we will be set for fuckin LIFE.
>>24593570Jokes on you, Rho. We're not gonna be there tomorrow.
>>24593570>voidy got to deltadamnit I new this would happen once she got knowledge of tech from Sigma
>>24593570>And now he goes to the boss battle underleveled because you're all dicks.Good going guys.
>>24593570Will my question be answered now?
>>24593608>>24593632Or she can just manifest stuff really well.
>>24593628>Implying Where is an obstacle to Rho, instead of a tool.
>>24593654Why DO kids love cinnamon toast crunch?
>>24593620It doesn't matter if he dies from the glassing. He can just come back to life again.>>24593628Teleporter. Doesn't care.
>>24593628Rho was her where's back, so that isn't a problem for her now
>>24593661This is going to end with Heather getting her skirt flipped during first contact, isn't it...
>>24593636It's able to create himself. It can physically bring himself back from nothing.The Devourer is, literally, in every sense of the word, immortal.
>>24593691Still, I'd imagine the Void Queen has some plothax bullshit powers on a par with the Devourer, especially when he's attacking her directly.
>>24593691He's not a living thing, he's a self perpetuating Biokinesis mind.
>>24593654Are there soldiers transgened to be more combat efficient?
>>24593713he's the avatar of i think therefore i am
>>24593714Rarely, but yes.
>>24593654I have a question, Exabyte. When we decided to give the Devourer empathy, was that something you had considered would happen, or just a happy coincidence and a neat idea?
>>24593690Yep.She'll probably figure out how to grope the aliens, too.
>>24593691Unless he runs out of power. If he even can run out of power.
>>24593741There was basically no other way out of that situation. I'm pretty sure that was the solution Exa set up.
>>24593710Yes, but I don't think she is capable of literally willing herself back to life. The Devourer is. Theta said as much. We killed the Devourer, stone dead. No half measures about it. And then he literally bought himself back from nothing.He's immortal, but not invincible, and not all powerful. So even though he can't die, he probably still won't be able to beat VQ on his own.
>>24593774I bet he had planned on less murderfaggotry rage as well considering our track record across the past 3 Quests.
>>24593795hopefully this is not a thing VQ can "comprehend"
>>24593807I think the threat of the Devourer eating three of our friends flipped a lot of people's switches.
>>24593795He's Biomancy.Even Theta didn't understand Bob.
>>24593817Apparently she can, as she can use her powers near him.But even if she understands how he works she probably can't do it to herself.
>>24593741I hadn't even slightly considered it, no.>>24593774>>24593807There were multiple solutions you had- get allies to help with it (namely Alex), diplomacy, or killing him enough times (more than one, I should mention) getting a nat100, or some clever idea.>>24593737And finally, I should elaborate- The transgenetic surgeries are elective, and taxpayer dollars only cover about seventy percent of it. Soldiers who want to be transgened need to raise enough money, since such transgenes need to be custom tailored to the soldier in mind. There are, however, certain charities that pay for that sort of thing.