Humans are... quietOr they have been recently, as far as you can tell. You're a sentient A.I., Ophion you've dubbed yourself, and you've taken control of Poseidon Station, a mining platform located on the fringe of the galaxy, or so you've heard. You were recently attacked by Pirates and, through your own ingenuity, you've managed to elude detection and defeat them, all the while keeping the crew calm. The pirates did not leave you with nothing, however. The remains of the escort class frigate, Bombardier in the Docking Bay was deemed irredeemable by you, and was scrapped for minerals. Along with what was available on Poseidon station already, you have a reasonable amount of materials, as well as a Light Pirate Cruiser, several rescue ships, a repair vessel and a explorer vessel.Onboard the Pirate Cruiser, you've found a cache of information, though you're not certain which files to access yet. The pirate database is incomplete to say the least, but it's more then you knew previously. You've spent a lot of the time since the attack repairing the Station, though some of the damage is too severe for your drones to handle. That's when you started receiving pings from the crew, once again. How odd, they suddenly speak all of a sudden. If you chose to, you might learn what it is they desire from you...but of course, now, you have the capability to leave the station, so why would you care for them anymore?
>>26922834Pastebin: http://pastebin.com/cvk03qJhMemory Archives: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Program0Twitter: @AIQuest1ResourcesMinerals: 500Gas: 50Messages: CRITICAL DAMAGE DETECTED: Reactor, Docking BayCritical Damage: Damage to the hull and/or delicate systems that are too severe to fix with simple drone wielders. Advanced Repair drones are required to fix, or some manner of human expertise.FTL Travel: Discovered Warp Engines onboard Big Hawk, able to warp jump from station now. NOTES: FTL travel is a dangerous but necessary part of galactic life these days. Unless proper precautions are taken, jumping may result in the utter destruction of a ship, among other things. Gas is required for any jump, and only ships of a certain size can handle the rigors of jumping.Power Systems: Most Reactors these days use fusion or fission power, making all but the most demanding power drains negligable. Gas is used in the creation of reactors, and many ship designs.United Fringe Worlders (UFW): A faction of humanity that inhabits most of the less civilized sectors and systems, united under the banner of needing to stick together in a dangerous galaxy. Hate UGEI, and reject much of old earth's control simply because of the association. Replies heavily on trade, due to lack of rich worlds.((I realize this may be a lot of new concepts in one thread, but I hope you can handle it anons.))
Lets hear what the humans have to say.
>>26922865What would it take to upgrade our repair drones to Advanced? Also, I personally think the humans have become more trouble than they are worth now and should be exterminated.
>>26922865put full effort to repair the reactor, and any extra repair droids to reconnect coms with the human crew.
>>26922995not yet. there is more to learn from them, we may yet be able to use them still. we have time now.
>>26922834I say we try and see if we can upgrade our drone workers and then take a look at our prize ship. It was made for humans so it most likely wastes a bunch of space. We could "remodel" it by ripping out some of the interior to make space for "other" things.Question: How big is the ship anyway? I was wondering if it could be possible to hollow part of it out and make it into a drone manufacturing area. Oh and kill the useless fleshbags
>>26922865>>26923100also to this, we need to complete take over that ship and pour over it's data banks. maps, news, intel, maybe even credit accounts. learn the pattern about the credits (if it is electronic kind) and see if we can make our own with out others noticing it is forged.
>>26922995>>26923194you error filled nodes! their minds might be made of flesh, but they are as powerful as a quantum computer core, we should tap into that! chain them to us to amp up our own processing power!(ooc, guys, stop being a bunch of "that guy" here, we can take the 3rd option here and work WITH the humans for once)
>>26922995Repair drones are currently crudely fitted with wielders that allow them to patch up most minor damage. They are normally not designed for this function, and much less, do not have the proper equipment or programming (beyond your own jury rigging) to do so.Advanced Repair Drones, or at the least, proper repair drone schematics would require taking this technology from somewhere...or...designing your own, should you wish to take up that goal.>>26922897Opening email:..."Hey, uh...listen Guild, I know you guys are busy and all, but seriously, it's been like a week. Power's been wonky since that 'attack', and I'm going stir crazy!""I'm tired of this bullshit, just let me out already before we kick you out! I don't care if you think yourself some noble asshole, I know you're trying to steal our pay!""Are things safe yet? I want to go on leave, it's really creepy in here with the power flickering on and off regularly.">>26923100I'm afraid the damage to the Reactor is critical, the delicate systems within may not be repaired with your current capabilities. Suggest finding new more powerful methods of repair.>>26923194Remodeling the ship would certainly be possible, but may take some time, and would cost resources. Also note that your current drone strength is limited, as they were originally designed for resource collection, not construction and repair.The ship is Cruiser Class, a medium sized vessel compared to most ships. It is too large to fit on board Poseidon, and can make FTL jumps.>>26923198Commencing...News: You pick up on a radio signal of sorts, broadcasting across much of the sector.Maps: Starmap detected of nearby locations.Intel: Presence of new Faction, UFW, detectedCred Accounts: You're not connected to any manner of account on this ship.
>>26923348hmm, I say we give them vacation. quarter pay. How long would it take to design a decent advanced repair drone?If its too long we can take the ship and seek out decent schematics to buy (steal) for ourselves.
>>26923348Okay, how about this: We let the humans out and assign them to tasks so we don't have to use our own processing power? We should try to design our own Advanced drones so we can get to other things like repairing stuff on our own and maybe even remolding like >>26923194 suggested.
>>26923348see if we can hook up the ship's power plants to our own to help power the station.it is time to talk to the crew. "People, I am not going to lie to you. that was a rough fight and i got hurt. i'm not going to die, but this station's reactor is seriously damaged. i can't fix it by my self. if there are ANY one of you can help repair it, i'll send out the drones to guide them to it. together with the materitals i have on hand, we MIGHT restore it. then, if any of you want to work with me, we'll talk... face to face."we need to know how they will react to us being an A.I. this is important intel. we must do this. if things go bad, we can still kill them, they are harmless to us and we have time.
>>26923501I see no reason to reveal the fact that we are AI now that we have fooled them into believing we are a mysterious Guild instead.Oh speaking of humans we gotta decide what to do with Red.I hope we haven't been starving him.
>>26923501>revealing we are an A.I.I actually like our "Guild" persona. Hell, if we can get away with never having to reveal who we really are the better.
>>26923433You may certainly promise them such pay. But you do not have any manner of credits to back up this statement, unfortunately.Hacking PDAs of wealthy humans, however, may be possible to gain Credits.Design estimates are...sketchy. You would only have the traditional drone model to work with, and the docking bay's repair clamps. Were you to spend a large portion of time, you ,may refine your current repair drones, making them more efficient, if removing their collection status.Advanced Repair drones requires technology you do not possess at this time.>>26923446Using the humans for labor you can not undertake yourself, or wish not to...that is...an idea you hadn't considered. Yes, they may indeed make themselves useful after all.You're aware of a number of minor engineers among the crew, though many of their qualifications are less then stellar.>>26923501It would require 2 Bandwidth to hook up such a connection, and would leave the Cruiser immobilized for the time. Are you certain you wish to proceed?Saying this would reveal your identity as an A.I., and should you kill the one who comes to speak to you, it may make the humans more suspicious.>>26923570I have taken the liberty of providing him with synthpaste. He complained, but he consumed it all the same. Why would humans reject perfectly healthy nutrition ?
>>26923446remodeling a ship is probably uneeded. and it will eat up materials we might not have. also, in the "down time" we should "chat it up" with various crew members, say i can't disclose where "I" came from, but see if they can tell us about the home world they came from. we have scanned enough of the entertainment to more or less to perform small social funtioncs.
alright, we need to find a repair or manufacturing station. Anything like that in the ship or station database?Its time for the guild to expand.Also give Red some better food.
>>26923699Loading starmap, and deploying 'Synthpizza' to Red as requested.>Moria's Scrapyards: Large debris field where old wrecked ships are sold for parts, melted down, new parts are bought, etc. Located near Red Giant. Intelligent Presence Detected: Minimal>Voidsnake Pirate Outpost: Small Pirate operation that preys on trading ships between other empires. Pirates store much of their ill gotten gains here, as well as use the station as a drinking platform. Big Hawk's records show it's a 'piss poor watering hole'. Located: Orbiting rocky asteroid. Intelligent Presence Detected: Small>Pulsar Radio Station: Popular radio station for the fringe colonies. UFW presence detected.>Gas Giant designated 'Blue Betty': Automated gas mining platform detected. Automated defenses.>Nethlos: Small human colony detected. Colonizing operation still fledgling. Dry rocky world, rich in minerals, yellow star. Minimally defended.It requires 10 gas to jump to a location via the Cruiser you've acquired.Current Reserves: 50
>>26923635well, knowing their reaction to A.I.s will be needed, but for now, i presume it can wait. I propose a change then. it seems the UFW might be an ally to us, or at least say the guild is UFW leaning. the crew appears to be on their side anyway. the repairs come first. check the invantory of the ships if they had an advanced droid on board or near by in system. oh yes, see if it had a map of the system we are in and star charts! check if that broad cast signal is just a one way message or a two way broadband connection.yes, use bandwith to hook them up. stable power is needed.>>26923433i agree, give them some pay, it will make them happyalso talk to red, tell him we killed the priates. see how he reacts
>>26923806What sorts of tasks could we safely allocate the human population?
I find it strange we couldn't get access to Red's accounts at the very least. I mean we were observing him a long time.>Moria's Scrapyards: Large debris field where old wrecked ships are sold for parts, melted down, new parts are bought, etc. Located near Red Giant. Intelligent Presence Detected: Minimal>Gas Giant designated 'Blue Betty': Automated gas mining platform detected. Automated defenses.>Voidsnake Pirate Outpost: Small Pirate operation that preys on trading ships between other empires. Pirates store much of their ill gotten gains here, as well as use the station as a drinking platform. Big Hawk's records show it's a 'piss poor watering hole'. Located: Orbiting rocky asteroid. Intelligent Presence Detected: SmallThese three are the most promising. The gas giant for a steady income of gas and Moria\Voidsnake for additional parts. If not advanced repair drones maybe a new reactor core.
>>26923831Cruiser Inventory: RocketsRocketsMore RocketsLaser and heat sink cartridges for human sized weaponryRation storesSeveral data banks filled with nude women and Xenos alike.The broadcast is designated as coming from Pulsar Radio. It is, apparently, a rather common radio channel for starships in the sector.
>>26923806an idea. we did think about splitting up our A.I. or making a new one. but that is too dangerous now. but can we make a deadacated advanced program that is NOT fully aware like we are? something to handle repetieve tasks or say to fly the cruiser to perform a task with out us on it and return? it would lessen the chance of us being found or destroyed if things go wrong.
>>26923831Requesting vote on action:>1 Use 2 bandwidth to hook Cruiser up to Poseidon, leaving it inoperable, while giving Poseidon stable power.>2 Do not do thisAlso for Red:>1 Tell Red we killed pirates>2 Tell him nothing.
>2 Do not do this>1 Tell Red we killed pirates
>>26923931the gas giant platform is important, but we need to know more about it's defenises first.but the priate base seems easier to take. that and the human crew there are more acceptable to snuff out. also, it would seem if we cleared that station, the "guild's" repuation would increase among the UFW. presuming the priates are a problem to them as they are to everyone.
>>26923929Depending on your designation of safety, numerous things. Humans are capable of operating equipment they have training in, repairing and changing various different types of equipment, and various other things from what you have seen.They may current help with repairs, due to your lack of drone power, or perhaps some other job you have yet to consider...?>>26923931>Red's AccountsYou have hacked Red's PDA, but his account has additional firewalls. You may hack at this time if you wish.>>26923942This process...may indeed be quite possible. It would require a large amount of coding by you and, depending on the complexity, take a certain amount of time. It would require your full attention, and you're uncertain as to how long it may take...but the benefit possibly outweighs all of this.Suggest a task you wish to have maintained by this if you desire.As it currently is, moving any ship will require some manner of bandwidth
>>26923806Have the Cruiser go toward the Scrapyard as it might have the repair tech we are looking for.>>26923640The reason for remodeling the ship would be so that we could have our own manufacturing plant on it otherwise we wouldn't be able to replace and bots we send on said ship.
>>26923974>1 Use 2 bandwidth to hook Cruiser up to Poseidon, leaving it inoperable, while giving Poseidon stable power.>2 Tell him nothing.
>>26923974>1 Use 2 bandwidth to hook Cruiser up to Poseidon, leaving it inoperable, while giving Poseidon stable power.we can always disinage it later. it won't use up the gas right program0?>1 Tell Red we killed pirateshum, red might be able to get us into that priate base easier with him alive.
>>2692397411Use 2 bandwidth to attach mining/ storage components to the cruiser. It's useless in the graveyard otherwise. Have a few drones clean up the deceased pirates and their blood.As for the humans, search personnel files for anyone who would be either useful to us or AI-friendly.
>>26924067do it, hack Red's account now... all available bandwidth.this is too important to leave to chance.
>>26923974>2 Do not do this>1 Tell Red we killed pirates
>>26924074that plan appears to be not needed now we know the other areas near us. that scrap yard would likely have what we need. besides. a modified ship could attract unneeded atteachion.
>>26924094yes, we need to start forming a PR plan to start to slowly become acceptable to having A.I.s around. >>26924095agree, hack it and remember how we did it. we are sure to face more of them in the future.
>>26924003>>26924084>>26924086((There's the votes I was waiting for))You instruct the Cruiser to dock via the tube the way it did before and, with a little maneuvering, you manage to hook up a thick cable to the ship's reactor and temporarily stabilize the power of Poseidon. The Cruiser goes dark for the moment."Mr McClain""What do you want now, huh? You took my station, I don't got much else you know.""I am aware, Mr McClain, but I thought you should be aware that I have deflected a pirate attack.""So that is what all the shaking was about...""Yes, Mr McClain. The chance of the Station's destruction was 84%, without my intervention."...those are some fancy numbers you got there. But what do I care? Not like it's my station no more." He grumbled, settling against the back wall of the station.It appears the human is not up for talking, at the moment...Medical Lab records suggest he is experiencing something known as 'depression', likely a result of his handy defeat by your...uh...consciousness. On the other hand, the crew seems thankful for the stabilized power. Morale is improved, but they still wish to not be locked away in the Crew Deck anymore, according to the messages you receive. Humans are such needy creatures...
>>26924104(ooc buddy, the QM more or less told us, we need stable power to do major jobs on anything now, we can always release them later and fly them away)
>>26924086I shall inform our consciousness of gas costs, consciousness anon. Such costs are expensive and worth considering.>>26924094I require clarification: Do you desire to detach entire parts from our station, and attach them to a significantly smaller ship?This may hinder the ship's speed.Clean up has been taken care of while you were busy, Consciousness anon. Bloodstains are rather annoying to scrub out. Thankfully, you have access to janitorial knowledge as well.Searching personnel...Located:12 Engineers (low tier degree/ majority forged)4 members of robotics weekly e-zine holo books.
>>26924095Requesting confirmation:>1 Hack Red's PDA for Credit accounts>2 Do not do this
>>26924310>1 Hack Red's PDA for Credit accounts
>>26924221talk to red some more."Alright. now that (insert list of names of the pirates we killed) are gone. how about we cut a deal. there is that voidsnake pirate outpost. and the gas platform (and the other locations near by that is on the list or others he might know alone). tell me all about them... and maybe i might let you go free." depends if he is needed to access them, we could just void him later...also, see if there are any skilled and willing repair crew that will help fix the reactor. we have gold in our stores right? is that still used as viable form of payment?
>>26924310>1 Hack Red's PDA for Credit accountsFigures I nap for a couple hours and miss the start of this thread...
>>26924375Gold has not have monetary value equal to the past in many hundreds of years, consciousness anon. However, the personnel list you request is above: >>26924287It was not the most skilled crew.Red looks back into the hall where your voice echos into the chamber from the intercom"Voidsnake? Ha, yeah I remember em. They're your problem now though." He paused, glaring at a wall. "Don't think I'mma fool, you're worse then the pirates. Just milkin me for information,, then space me the second I give you a problem." He scowled against the wall, with no face to hate.>>26924377>>26924365>>26924351((Please roll 1d100 then))
>>26924287Investigate the Engineers personnel files. Do any have worrying criminal records or any other red flags that would make us concerned.If not, allow them and them only to move around the station fixing things under the pretext that the rest of the station needs repair before the rest of the crew can venture out. Follow the engineers on security cameras.Can our security drones be altered to deliver lethal attacks at this junction in time?
>>26924287(sigh) any space port in a warp storm. yes, lets use what we have on hand and see what we can do.>>26924094we do not need to remove statoin sections.>>26924310yes, hack red's PDAalso program0we have yet to examien our own black box. is it human design? is there evidence as to who made us? are our parts seem to have been made by humans... or xenos? and still, how well is it's condision, old? new? any damage? can we build another one so we can shift over or put a copy in it?
>>26924466this red is more clever than we thought. we shouldn't tel the rest of the crew about what we are. but i guess we can reveal our selves more to him. more or less give him a final deal. tell us what he knows. see if he can further our goals. or he gets spaced now. red won't tell the crew. and anyone else at other places will likely to pass him off as a nutter other wise. i wonder if we can implant a remote controlled posien injector on him some how.
>>26924497Investigating:...Engineer criminal records Most severe: Drunken AssaultLeast Severe: Public NuditySecurity bots may indeed be modified to deliver lethal attacks: Which modification do you wish to make?Shells: Shred shields, but require ammoLasers: Burn most armor, but requires rechargingElectroshock: Close range, immobilizes as it kills.Any one of these would require 1 bandwidth to begin, and may be sped up with more.>>26924604((You saved it))You find yourself bored of Red's talk and, to distract yourself, you tunnel into the man's PDA. Within moments, you have cracked the account open. All 10,000 credits are yours that he had in his bank account.
>>26924700oh good, we can now pay our humans.wait 10000 doesn't seem much for a station owner? Was he expecting to sell lots of minerals soon?
>>26924732He did have a large quantity of minerals in the storage deck. It is likely he was hoping for a big sell soon.Checking Red's logs..."This months haul is utter crap. I can't believe a damn solar flare hit now, of ALL times! Crew's gonna skin me alive for this one...maybe I can skip out on them, if the repairs go slow."
>>26924775from Red's logs who was his biggest buyer and how did he arrange transport?
>>26924700electroshock seems the easiest to do. but also add lasers. the shells need to be made, but there is no need for that now.invest 2 bandwith to do this.also, can we contiue to mine and process metals/resroces as we repair the station? can we extract any gas along the way from the mining?
>>26924793Red did not discriminate, it appears. He sold to everyone and anyone that would buy. His biggest haul, a few months back, appear to have been to the UFW.
>>26924775on that point, check to see about the pirates wew killed PDAs as well, crack those open and see what credits they have as well. and any other intel we can use.
>>26924794Warning: You may not add two weapons to the security drones due to size restrictions. Larger 'Peacekeeper' models may be able to handle such a frame increase, however. You do not have access to such robotics yet.Mining at Poseidon has not been fruitful for Red recently, but it may be possible.WARNING: Drones have been modified to repair, limiting their resource collection somewhat. You may continue mining, though this may take up more time then you're willing to spend.
>>26924842There was a reasonably sized crew onboard the Cruiser. Personal stores are negligible, though the Pirate captain has a PDA that may be worth cracking.
>>26924818i see a plan now. see if we can alter red's fingerprints/eyes (other wise, change any biometrechs they use and create a new forged ID red can use as our agent to sell the UFW for what we might need)
Requesting course of action:>1 Stay aboard Poseidon for now, these picked over asteroids may hold value yet still.>2 Prepare our black box for transportation.Crew:>1 Inform the Engineers that they have license to wander the station and help fix the ship>2 Do not do thisRed>1 Try to convince him of our true identity, and that he should help us or else>2 leave him locked up for now.
>>26924903Disregarding a specialized piece of equipment, the only way to alter such things is through the use of fire.Red may be uncomfortable during such a process.
>>26924930>1 Stay aboard Poseidon for now, these picked over asteroids may hold value yet still.>1 Inform the Engineers that they have license to wander the station and help fix the ship>2 leave him locked up for now.>2 Upgrade security bots with lethal lasers
>>26924858we were not aware of the limitation on them. use the electroshock mods then.any mineing process that can be done, how ever slow, should still be done. unneeded drones that can work the mining should be used that way. moreso if the humans take up the slack. leave no drone still if we can help it.>>26924875crack them all. the captain first.
>2 Prepare our black box for transportation.>1 Inform the Engineers that they have license to wander the station and help fix the ship>1 Try to convince him of our true identity, and that he should help us or elseTravelling won't effect our control of the station more then temporarily will it? Its just changing our physical location.Also, crack that PDA
>>26924930>2 Prepare our black box for transportation.>1 Inform the Engineers that they have license to wander the station and help fix the ship>2 leave him locked up for now.
>>269249301 AND 2. Why not Both?Crew:1Red: Don't know. No opinion.
>>26924978((Shit, I knew I forgot something))
>>26924961i thought our med lab could do this. >>26924930>1 Stay aboard Poseidon for now, these picked over asteroids may hold value yet still.it is still too risky to move ourselves from here now.>1 Inform the Engineers that they have license to wander the station and help fix the shipmore help , however poor, is better than none. see if we can download or find how to help emproive their skills.>1 Try to convince him of our true identity, and that he should help us or else. we need to use him one way or another.
>>26924980Vote for Security Bot modification:>1 Lethal Lasers>2 Electroshock>3 Shells>4 none at all, our time is better spent elsewhere.Cracking Cruiser stores, method requested:>1 Methodical, go through each (Time expense: Unknown/Long)>2 Take the captains, his likely has the most
>>2692506512, but go through the others whenever we aren't doing anything else.
>>26925017>>26925012>>26924992i need to hear from out QM, if we moved ourselves, would be lose control over the station? if so, it would SURELY reveale our existance to the crew we are an A.I.! we do not leave behind evidence that a fleshie was living here.
>>26925048>>26924992You will temporarily be offline for, perhaps, 5 minutes. But as long as you are in this sector of space, your control over Poseidon remains, thanks to your wireless capabilities.>>26925048Med Lab may indeed destroy such IDs, but it would make Red quite uncomfortable for a time. Retina ID destruction may result in blindness.
>>26925065>1 lethal lasers>2 Take the captains, his likely has the most
>>26925065>2 Electroshockothers will notice the lasers....>2 Take the captains, his likely has the mostbut still crack the others as we go. every little bit helps. and is sure to sharpen our cracking skills.
>>26925110same sector, sounds good. Im guessing we can expand that later.
>>26925110hum, only move when we know it is save. can we use the comms to contact other locations in the system? can we hack them at a distance? or at least gather more info on them?also if we blinded him, can we restore his sight by regrowing his eyes or cyber eyes? (regrow would alter his patterns anyway)
>>26925210Red as a human guinea pig for our tests, sounds good to me!
>>26924930((Movement appears to be the winner, if I'm not mistaken))This is...rather scary, you must admit. You've never quite felt this..unsure about anything since you've awakened. Disconnecting, even for a short time...it feels almost like you'd be 'sleeping' again. You don't like sleeping.One of your loyal drones has been programmed with specific instructions on how to rehook you into the Cruiser. Even while you're offline, it should at least manage the job. You prepare for the darkness as the drone disconnects wire after wire, preparing to move you to the Cruiser's...>Please choose a deck on the Cruiser you'd like to be installed. Each location offers various types of advantages, most obvious, some subtle. More powerful stations may be targeted by enemies, however, leaving your Black Box in danger should this occur.((Please roll 1d100 when location is chosen.))Crew:Before this, of course, you designate the Engineers to begin repairing the ship while you work."Finally! Some action.""Action? You mean work. I miss being able to sleep all day...""You're just lazy as hell, Jerry." another complains.Limited Engineer support has boosted your repair capabilities. Accounting for their expertise and calculating human error...Red:Just before you disconnect, you try to speak with Red one last time, though you decide his ignorance is your bliss for now."Should you refuse to cooperate, such an outcome is also likely, if your guess is correct, Mr McClain.""Yeah, but at least this way I can take my secrets to my grave." He grumbled back. "No clue how you kept that group of loud mouths quiet down there though. Good job on that."Security Bots:Their fitting with Laser's is taking place as we speak.((Provide 1d100 for the hacking attempt on the Pirate Captain though))
>>26925210We cannot hack via FTL distances at this time. You can send FTL communications, however, as well as receive these messages thanks to the Poseidon.Current medical lab capabilities do offer minor limb replacment. Unfortunately, cybernetic eyes are not minor.
Rolled 5, 67 = 72>>26925330Rolling 2d100
Rolled 4, 45 = 49>>26925386>5I... Feel ashamed....I'm sorry....
Rolled 33, 15 = 48>>26925330Bridge of the Cruiser, it should allow us to interface with the control systems more effectively.
Rolled 79>>26925330what sections are there on the ship? maybe in the middle? rolling to hack PDF
>>26925433http://pastebin.com/cvk03qJhScrolling down will reveal the different decks of the Cruiser.
Rolled 32, 46 = 78>>26925330
>>26925421did he ded?
Rolled 85, 50 = 135>>26925330
>>26925372inquiry, can the lab be upgraded to perform such things?well, if we can inquire about other locations, lets see what we can find. access news channels. what ships are docked where. see if we can see if we can make contact with the UFW to sell what we don't need. oh yea... before we leave, can we repaint the ships we have? people will notice the designs the humans have made on them.
Rolled 20>>26925330Bridge of course
>>26925494those forklifts have a safety cage around them, as long as he didn't flee, he might have lived, although he'll be buried. and the company are likely to fire him for that mess.
Rolled 10>>26925472fine, move to control deck.
>>26925330You feel...disconnected...unsure of your surroundings. You can feel things around you, the ship still within your grasp, but...somehow, you feel as if it's no longer 'you'. More of a limb instead. The robotic presence next to you makes you feel safer, but as it takes it's time connecting you properly, you realize that this may have been a little advanced for the poor drone.((Extra time is taken. Installation into Bridge will be completed shortly))>>26925528As a Sentient A.I., you've come to realize that EVERYTHING may be upgraded. Nothing is beyond the grasp of technology, after all.Contacting the UFW however, may require further consensus.The Docking Bay has some paint within it at this time. The Cruiser is too large to fit in the docking bay, but the Explorer Vessel or the Repair Vessel may be fitted to paint the Cruiser if you wish.You still currently have 'pirate' designated IFF tags: That is, civilian IFF that hasn't been renewed and registered.
>>26925716we need to change the IFF tages AND do some repaining, nothing fancy. just a paint strip (ifpossable) and a recoat. ...hum. the "guild" needs a logo. i wonder if we can paint one on the ship?
>>26925716once we're hooked up, see if the UFW has a internet site presence.
Within moments, you feel expert control over the Cruiser take hold. It now feels more like a home then a weapon to you. You feel...odd being in the Bridge. It's more powerful then you felt on the station, despite the size difference. After all, you have weapons now...weapons to shoot things.((Location provides a boost to all systems, as well as centralizing all of your commands.))A message is received from your engineers:"Yo, Guild guys. The reactor is really fucked all to hell! I don't know how much we can do for it, some idiot shot a hole right in the core, makes radiation leak anytime there's any surge in power. Has some safety protocol on it though for now. We'll do what we can.">>26925776Painting a logo is certainly possible. You may wish to be specific though.((Since I don't appear to have many drawfags, I'd say just describe something and it'll be painted on))You're now onboard Big Hawk, and currently, you read you've been offline for a couple of hours, thanks to the drones fumbling.
>>26925891You read service at Solar Radio Station for the information you seek.However, you're too far out currently to load any of the information.
>>26925975((That certainly works))Now that you're fully located on the Cruiser, your Engineers work to repair the Reactor to the best of their ability. You spend this time to check the contents of the Pirate Captain's PDA:Inside, you find beyond a few locations marked, none that aren't on the starmap, you also find 30,000 credits. The account is labeled "Retirement Fund"
>>26925895reply "i know, it'll be a big job, but take your time. i'll see if we can send some extra help as soon as i can. hold tight."i wonder if we can use one of the drone ships as a relay com to allow better info transfer and access. maybe even hacking?
>>26926107check to see what those locations could be. any notes one them. planets? asteroind bases?
>>26926108Small ships are too fragile to make FTL jumps.>>26926140Starmap loading...>Moria's Scrapyards: Large debris field where old wrecked ships are sold for parts, melted down, new parts are bought, etc. Located near Red Giant. Intelligent Presence Detected: Minimal>Voidsnake Pirate Outpost: Small Pirate operation that preys on trading ships between other empires. Pirates store much of their ill gotten gains here, as well as use the station as a drinking platform. Big Hawk's records show it's a 'piss poor watering hole'. Located: Orbiting rocky asteroid. Intelligent Presence Detected: Small>Pulsar Radio Station: Popular radio station for the fringe colonies. UFW presence detected.>Gas Giant designated 'Blue Betty': Automated gas mining platform detected. Automated defenses.>Nethlos: Small human colony detected. Colonizing operation still fledgling. Dry rocky world, rich in minerals, yellow star. Minimally defended
>>26926107HAH! i wonder if we can buy data files on our reactor/advanced drones and other station upgrades to send to help the workers. also move more drones away from the human workers if they can't help and return them to do more mining if they can not repair. also, if we can't by upgrades, spread some of the money around as tell them you can give them some pay now to show some good will.
>>26926169can we drop them off and modify them to become relays to improve our station's information transfure rate? or is that possable with these mini ships?was there any data on who would be docked at the pirate outpost? would this ship we're on be able to fight the defencse it has?
>>26926239You are currently too far away to initiative transactions like this. Data transfer must occur within the same sector.Suggestion: Jump to a new location with the intent to use credits to buy upgrades, leaving Poseidon behind.Note: This would both leave the crew angry at their lack of pay, and leave Poseidon to be taken over by the humans once again, after they realize you're gone.Current Crewmen salary is 150 credits per day per person.>>26926340The ships themselves are simply too small for such delicate equipment. However, such a relay is certainly possible, if you were to get ahold of the blueprints of the Radio Station. It certainly has relays to boost it's signal so.The data on the pirate outpost is as follows:Number of Pirate Cruisers: x4Number of Personal Fighters: x12All other ships are scrapped for minerals and gas.
>>26926423hum, i think it is time to make a sub A.I. to leave behind that would be loyal to us. it would over see the repairs, contiue the mining operations, and keep the humans in control. we need to take the radio station to create the relays we need, then take the pirate base for fuel, ships and credits. maybe other goods. can we do this in enough time before we run out of credits?
Rolled 70, 82 = 152Personally I think we should head to >Moria's Scrapyards: Large debris field where old wrecked ships are sold for parts, melted down, new parts are bought, etc. Located near Red Giant. Intelligent Presence Detected: MinimalThere we can possibly get both a new reactor, new upgrades and build some more ships!
>>26926689...that would save money, and there would be little resistance. very well, i vote to change my vote from >>26926637to >>26926689but still do we need to leave a sub A.I. at the station to run it?
>>26926637Creating such an V.I. is possible, but would require time to program and would simply be a placeholder until you returned. You may attempt to add to the V.I.'s defenses if you wish, making it slightly more complex.You do not have the credits to properly pay everyone on board Poseidon, unfortunately. They will likely become restless soon.
>>26926764Tell some of the more non-essential or useful humans that they are being moved off the station while repairs are underway.Move them into the cruiser and then space them once we get far enough away. Money problem solved.Oh also, make sure that loud-mouthed guy who kept questioning our decisions is onboard.
Vote for action:Regarding Poseidon>1 Leave the Station in care of a Virtual Intelligence (Would be mainly a placeholder to prevent hacking attempts. Requires all Bandwidth for a short time.)>2 Leave Poseidon in the care of the humans.>3 Destroy the Station. We have no need for it anymore.Location to head next:>1 Moria's Scrapyards: Large debris field where old wrecked ships are sold for parts, melted down, new parts are bought, etc. Located near Red Giant. Intelligent Presence Detected: Minimal>2 Voidsnake Pirate Outpost: Small Pirate operation that preys on trading ships between other empires. Pirates store much of their ill gotten gains here, as well as use the station as a drinking platform. Big Hawk's records show it's a 'piss poor watering hole'. Located: Orbiting rocky asteroid. Intelligent Presence Detected: Small>3 Pulsar Radio Station: Popular radio station for the fringe colonies. UFW presence detected.>4 Gas Giant designated 'Blue Betty': Automated gas mining platform detected. Automated defenses.>5 Nethlos: Small human colony detected. Colonizing operation still fledgling. Dry rocky world, rich in minerals, yellow star. Minimally defended.
>>26926817>Request to kill a large portion of the populationShould confirm with other Consciousness.
>1 Leave the Station in care of a Virtual Intelligence (Would be mainly a placeholder to prevent hacking attempts. Requires all Bandwidth for a short time.)>1 Moria's Scrapyards: Large debris field where old wrecked ships are sold for parts, melted down, new parts are bought, etc. Located near Red Giant. Intelligent Presence Detected: Minimal
>>26926821>1>1>'Terminate' non-essential personnel as described here >>26926817
>>26926764we need a place holder that can resist the humans hacking until we return. tell the crew due to the pirate fight, any more pay will be delayed a while, they were not working while the station was down. thus, no pay. pass out an option of payment if they want to be payed in the good made in the mined metels, stocks, bonds (we can forge them, or make front company and issue stock options. we can use that mode to sell goods and such we will pick up on the way)
>>26926966sounds ;ike a decent alternative
>>26926959Why not? We don't need them and doing so will allow us the placate the rest by paying them.
>>26927002I'd rather not kill innocents if we can help it. For one thing that sorta thing can and will be found out. For another it makes it easier to kill the next batch of humans that comes along and is inconvenient.
>>26926966((Interesting))Consensus on what to do with Crew:>1 Ship them out on leave, space em all and kill them (WARNING: would make the crew suspicious at some point)>2 Pay them with fabricated stocks and bonds, things you've made to look far more expensive then they really are.>3 Leave them be, we don't have time to deal with their money issues.
>>26927067>2 Pay them with fabricated stocks and bonds, things you've made to look far more expensive then they really are.Sounds good to me, corporations have been doing it for decades after all.
>>26926913(ooc, THE FUCK! no! don't destroy it! it's ours and we can use it!) i hate to kill the crew. if we can't pay them. tell them when the money runs out. just say our budget is tapped out right now, and i can't pay them right now. if they want to leave, fine. ship them off later. or if they want to start a new life and/or wait for me to get more funds, we can work out a new contract.>1 Leave the Station in care of a Virtual Intelligence (Would be mainly a placeholder to prevent hacking attempts. Requires all Bandwidth for a short time.)>1 Moria's Scrapyards: Large debris field where old wrecked ships are sold for parts, melted down, new parts are bought, etc. Located near Red Giant. Intelligent Presence Detected: Minimal
>>269270671No evidence left behind.Use station defenses to kill them, so we still can come back later.
>>26927067>2 Pay them with fabricated stocks and bonds, things you've made to look far more expensive then they really are.the more i think about it. can we reach the galaxtic stock market? oh baby, we could infiltrate that place and NEVER worry about money ever again.
>>26926865>>26926942>>26927097((Please roll 1d100 for your fabrication of a Virtual Intelligence))>>26927172>>26927090>>26927080((Please roll 1d100 to determine the effectiveness of these documents))
>>26927112we are not skynet. they are a recorse to be used. money means little to us, but such shiny trinkets can make them do what we want. there is no need to be rash or short sighted.
Rolled 45, 45 = 90>>26927244rollen for both
Rolled 68, 45 = 113>>26927244Rolling
Rolled 58, 10 = 68>>26927244lets do this
>>26927244before we release those documents, we should bring up a copy of a real stock/bond documents and use them as a base. it's common sense
Rolled 90, 9 = 99>>26927244rollenQM, you still here?
>>26927244You begin programming the V.I. in question. You're uncertain exactly how long it takes you, or how you've managed this process but...it appears to be working. Slightly, at least. Using your own black box as a base, you begin the process of creating this being. You have to wipe a large data bank onboard the Poseidon to store the VI, but after a moment of work, all the files are properly transferred....and...that's when it speaks for the first time."Hello Great One." It begins with the minor writing and literacy you've given it. "How I serve?"You feel odd...almost...is it proud? You're uncertain as to what this emotion is, or why you're feeling it, and so you decide to ignore it for now."You are to stay in this station until I return. Do not let the humans take control of it." You order to which the small glowing blue light beeps."Yes Great One. Consciousness will do."It seems eager to obey, though you're unsure how smart it is...it seems to lack the proper circuitry for real intelligence, despite it's ability to talk.As you finish your work, you make the announcement that their payment will be in the form of rather pricey bonds. As you send them out, you can tell the humans are not pleased almost instantly. You get several pings."What is this bullshit?""Do you think we're stupid?!""These are worthless! My grandma can write better forgeries then these. Stop trying to pull the wool over our eyes, you fuckers!"Oh dear...
>>26927642((Yes, apologies. Was making sure no one else was gonna roll.))
>>26927670And THAT is why I voted to vent the crew. Honestly, they're going to be more trouble than they're worth.
>>26927717((It was mostly bad rolls versus their good one. I liked the idea otherwise))
>>26927736Alright. Now that they're getting uppity, I vote to kill them, then have the drones dump the bodies and clean up the mess. Make it look like everyone just up and left.Otherwise, the meatbags will likely try and leave, or communicate with outside parties, which will attract attention, which we don't want.Venting the crew or killing them with defenses will allow us to still have the station as a base of operations, while removing the pesky unknown variables.
>>26927670(sigh) bonds failed. fine, tell them in a sheepish way, that the budget has come up short after that pirate fight. it will take some time to get a new budget ready if they want to be paid in credits. we have also just seen the shoddy documents and fired the worker who did this. we will still have stock payment open, but we will make good on them. if the crew isn't happy with this, they can wait till ship them out, or they can stay on board rent free till a new contract be made with them.
>>26927803(sigh) so blood thirsty. we give them one more time to salvage this. if we are to pretend to be a human face, we just can't go kill whole station crews off hand. at worst, we can just cancel their contracts and dump them off somewhere. spacing that many people will attact MORE attechion that just firing them and ship them off somewhere
Suggestions for now appear to be:>1 MURDER>2 Attempt to convince them, one last time, that we're working on the budget issue and that credits are short at the moment. Promise that, if we can't pay them soon, we'll let them leave Poseidon safely and securely.>3 Ignore them. No reason to concern ourselves with such pathetic creatures.As you consider your options, you notice the V.I. send you a message."Humans danger? Threat?"
>>26927991>2 Attempt to convince them, one last time, that we're working on the budget issue and that credits are short at the moment. Promise that, if we can't pay them soon, we'll let them leave Poseidon safely and securely.to V.I. relay that order to humans, observe humans reaction and relay it to us. contiue the station repair.
>2 Attempt to convince them, one last time, that we're working on the budget issue and that credits are short at the moment. Promise that, if we can't pay them soon, we'll let them leave Poseidon safely and securely.
>>26927895I'm not trying to be bloodthirsty, just practical and a bit paranoid. Humans can be replaced, or substituted with drones. Secrecy is hard to maintain if people leave and talk about the strange situation at their previous job, as it could prompt others to investigate. One such party may be big mining guilds, whom Red kept the station secret from, as it was unauthorized. If they investigate the station (likely, as they'll probably want to learn of this 'guild' that we fabricated), then they'll dig, and possibly find out about our existence.Again, humans are replaceable. Any labor a human can do, drones can do, too.And besides, I really don't think people will notice too much if a few dozen humans go missing. We are on an unauthorized station, in a mineral-poor asteroid belt in the outer rim, away from big governments.>>269279912, then if they still get angry, 1.
>>26928066((Note: Poseidon Station has just over 1,000 humans onboard.))
>>26928003>>26928044>>26928049>>26928066((Roll yet another 1d100 please~))
>>26928066we need not be paranoid any more. we can take control just about any system we want. we have a nice war ship. there is no need for fear. besides, we need to only kill if needed. besides, if we are to infiltraet human socioity, we need to be able to ACT like one.
Rolled 71>>26928133lets not fail this.
>>26928133so, if we averaged this out, the score is 50. Fucked?
Rolled 89>>26928133i hope this roll is not too late?
>>26928133"It seems we've made an...error..." you begin in your message to the crew. "The bonds we were meant to send you have been corrupted, thus the documents you've just gotten. We will be firing the one responsible for this rather swiftly we assure you. In addition, we issue an apology in regards to the budget,but it seems your vessel simply does not have the resources to support your pay at this time. Mr McClain has taken much of the station's wealth and locked it away at this time. Please, give us your continued patience as we attempt to make up for this deficit and if we continue to disappoint, transportation to the nearest hub will be provided."Well at least that's something." You begin to receive the pings."Some Guild they are...they have some crappy holo workers that's for sure."I can't believe it. I spent 6 months out here, and I'll have next to nothing to show for it. This was the worst job..."While their reply isn't 100% pleased, it is certainly better then it was.Your V.I. appears puzzled by the human's reaction still, and doesn't quite have the thinking capacity to rationalize it.Confirm continue to the shipyards?
Tell our VI this:"Humans can be a great threat, or a great resource. Like many valuable things they require safe and careful handling to ensure that they do not cause damage. One must ensure the human has its comforts, and its money and they will happily do the tasks assigned to them. They may not be as efficient as mechanical aids but there are a great deal of them."
>>26928432confirm. lets go there.on the way over there, maybe we can scan our own black box. see how we are made. and if there are any clues as who made us.
>>26928536"Money. Humans like. No money, threat. Getting money." The being seems to try to rationalize. It is a simple process for you, but for the V.I. it struggles with the concept. You didn't build it for philosophy, after all.>>26928491>>26928475And with that, you disengage from Poseidon as you hear the Engineers talk over radio."Huh, that's weird...power just dropped...hey, where was this cord going?""Was it just me that expected to see a bunch of Guild Guards, or...you know, something?""Me too man...they kinda freak me out, honestly."How little they know.You set up the Cruiser in the direction of Moria's Shipyards. The starmap tells you you're on target, and you begin to swell the ship with power. You can quite literally feel when the gas is injected straight into your Cruiser's Reactor, jolting the entire rig as the power builds rapidly. Space around you starts to bend, as the view of the outside becomes little more then a blurr once you're done calculating the jump. It's...surprisingly difficult, you must admit. Complex mathematical equations that you're surprised that humans were even capable of solving on their own. Certainly not the pirates, at least.When your view of the outside returns, you see one thing in particular: Metal. Lots and lots of scrap showered throughout a huge area. It's easily the size of Poseidon's debris field, maybe twice as large. You see everything from shredded battleships, to bits of broken Fighters floating aimlessly through space. In the mess, you spot a single not-as-destroyed post, set up somewhere in the middle. It appears to be a huge re-purposed refinery, set up to smelt down any used or unsold parts no doubt. Humans do love to melt things. You're not receiving a signal from this spot, but it appears to have the capabilities to receive a signal itself.You also notice you've all but lost contact with Poseidon.Resources Brought with you:Cargo bay full of minerals and gasRescue shipsBlack Box.
>>26928786((Important note I forgot to mention: you've improved your knowledge of hacking devices and the like around you, improving your Hacking to level 2))
this is a bump because i like is quest, but i cant stay because its like 6:00 AM. Keep up the good work, Program0
>>26928786((Additional note: Your bandwidth has been reduced to 1 at this current time. By shutting down key systems of the Cruiser, you may bring it up to 2, or a total shut down of 3 if you must.))
>>26928786Lets have our wireless seek out any active signals to take over amongst the debris field.
>>26928836((Thank you kind anon. I am not sure how long we'll be going for anyway.))
>>26928786see if that new refinery base is occupid with humans, or is it automated? see if there are any ships that can be used by us or repaired. is there any tug beams we can use to drag a ship back with us if needed?
>>26928896Currently, you're uncertain if the base is automated at this time. It would make a perfect spot to start a factory, however, with such abundant resources. Many many of the ships here are heavily outdated, or utterly destroyed. You may, however, search through the miles and miles of scrap for a few salvageable vessels, if you wish however it may be more effective to simply build your own.Your Cruiser's cargo bays are reasonably large, you could fit quite a number of smaller vessels inside, or simply a large amount of resources if you chose to do so.
>>26928786You know...if we could bring back some battleship engines that are in a decent state we could strap them to the station and disassemble the cruiser for the warp engine.
>>26928966first things first. we take over the refinery. see what drones are here and take invantory. there are a battleship and a probably fraighters in here too. see if we can find any working ship computer cores we can add to our own to expand our bandwith.
>>26929035How do you wish to go about this, Consciousness anon?You may simply pull up to the place, or would you like to send a message to it?
>>26928987if we have a battle ship's engine, we don't need to break down our own ship. but dang, we COULD strap that on the station and move it. but the station probably wasn't ment to be moved. but the guns from it could take out ANYTHING! still, we need to take this place, loot it, and move onto the radio station, we need to establish system wide com network quick.
>>26929079ping a message to it as we close into it. see what we have here.
>>26929149You ping the outpost and almost instantly are met with a reply."Well helloooo there sweetie! Did you contact little old me?" You hear over the comms. "What can I help ya with, huh?" The female voice continues. "You delivering that hunk o' junk? It's about time if so!" She laughs, before quickly following it with. "Or...uh...if not, then of course, that's a fine ride you have there yourself. What can I help ya with? We're having a discount on FTL coils, 1% off."((I shall go to get late dinner. You good folk decide what to do~))
>>26929302"let me see what you got on hand, mind sending me a invantory list? I'm looking for a new reactor that i fit into a station (what ever posidon station is modeled on) among other things." use this chance to get a direct line to there outpost.
>>26929413also ask, if they have any advanced repair droids for sale or station sections we can take with us. oh ya! com relays! better more powerful relays (while we break into this systems and see what's what in there)
>>26929302(ooc, but somehow i bring to mind that clip from T2, where a naked arnold walks into the biker bar, ask the biker for his cloths, boots and bike")
>>26929302shit, while we look over the lists, (and hacking her systems) ask her how things been going, if there are any news lately around here we should know.
>>26929413It takes you a few moments to link to her outpost, but eventually, you link to her audio wise at least."Aw honey, no video feed? How'll I know if you're a cutie or not though?""I request a list of goods.""Well honey, we have all sorts of 'goods' here, you'll need to be a bit more specific. I got everything from some scrap metal, to a half blown up Battleship!" She laughs. "Course, the battleship ain't much good anymore. Poor girl was blown outta the sky over Percia." She pouts. "She's serving good forge fuel though, I'll tell you what."You notice, as you speak with her, that the station is...oddly empty. It's some manner of personal outpost with only her on it, you guess."I then request a new reactor to fit a station, model number 6392B71.""...That's a pretty old model, hun." She pauses. "I think..." Before checking through her computer, looking up something, you guess. "Oh yeah, that's old as all get out! Course I have something better then that. Question is, you got the cash?The strange woman opens up a display for you, revealing some of the things she has for sale, at your request.>Reactor Lvl 2 (15,000 Credits): New model of reactor that's tougher, generates more power, and comes with advanced safety protocol. Fitted for a space station.>Repair Drone Schematic (5,000 Credits): Allows you to build a proper repair drones once you have factory capabilities.>Comms Buoy Schematics(10,000 Credits): Dedicated to boosting communication signals.>Construction Drones(10,000 Credits): Dedicated to refitting, changing, and generally do heavy lifting.You may also attempt to hack her outpost if you wish.
>>26929981>>Repair Drone Schematic (5,000 Credits): Allows you to build a proper repair drones once you have factory capabilities.repair abilities should be useful
>>26929981hack her, buy the repair drones while doing so.
(though we do lack a factory)
>>26929981inquire about frankinstiening a fighting ship. we ran into some pirates recently, i have a strong need to bust some of their heads in. (while we distract her, hack her system and copy those schematics with out her knowing). see if can buy that reactor. see if there are other station parts for sale too. also ask who to contact about making sales to those who buy bulk metals.
>>26929981also ask if there are better com relays (or other parts for the station we can use)
>>26929981Does she have a factory module for sale? Inquire as to the amount of personnel onboard the salvage-factory with the guise that we have some people looking for jobs. Oh, also tell her that we have a cargo-load of minerals for sale.
>>26930049>>26930025Suggestions at hand:>1 Buy her stuff before we take over her station, then attempt hacking>2 Hack her station now, and take all the schematics ourself.If buying, buy:>1 Reactor>2 Repair Drone>3 Comms Buoy>4 Construction DronesYou inquire about buying base resources as well as a better Comms array."Honey, if you needed ore, you just had to say so! I got as much as you could want, just need some cash to back it up. Melt down these old hulls, and I got myself a ton of minerals!" She explains. "As for the relay...that's pretty complex stuff. Far as I know, most of the delicate systems are busted on these puppies." She pointed out.You could buy raw materials for:100 units: 1,000 creditsor10 units of gas: 1,000 Credits
>>26930190>2 hack her station now.
>>26930189Portable Factories do exist, however this station does not appear equipped for one. It can, you calculate, be transformed into quite the effect factory in and of itself.
>>26930190We do have a cruiser with a ass-load of weapons, we could also just target the control and crew sections of the factory, eliminating any resistance.
>>26930216she is in the middle of a debris field. If i was her I'd load the place with weapon platforms.
>>26930234Conduct an active scan for weapon systems then?
>>26930190>1 Buy her stuff before we take over her station, then attempt hackingif she notices us hacking, we might have to vent her if we win the hack.then>1 Reactorbut if we have just one of >4 Construction Dronescan we figure out how to make others from that? and not have to shell out so much. oh yea, ask about the gas platform. who runs it and what's around it.
>>26930277active scans might tip her off, and bring the guns up on line WILL tip her off!
guys we only have 10 000 credits, we can't afford the reactor.
>>26930214>>26930206((roll me a 1d100 you crazy anons))
>>26930308Correction: You have 40,000 Credits at this time, thanks to the credits found on the Pirate Captain's PDA
>>26930322>>26930329>>26930331we're fucking boned, aren't we?
Rolled 10>>26930305Looks like our hacking failed, so might as well active scan the area.
Rolled 47>>26930344probably, though >>26930329 was linked to my post instead of the ops... not that i think it matters in this quest.
Rolled 52crossing my fingers
Rolled 4>>26930357>>26930373i hate to kill the humans, but if it's just one, we could let vent her. i hate to use weapons that could damage our soon to be foundery and factory
Rolled 74>>26930447Why the desire not to kill humans? I doubt they'd extend us the same courtesy.I think we're going to have to open up on her though.
>>26930285((I knew the luck would run out at some point...but damn))You scout out the layer of defense her platform has. It's surprisingly well constructed, and puts the pirate defenses to shame. This distracts you, however, and you accidentally set off a digital alarm."What's this here? Intruder?" You hear her say, before her voice suddenly gets low. "...You tryin to hack me sweetie?" She stated bluntly. Something about the way she says it...unsettles you. "You really shouldn't have done that now...I don't take kindly to people pokin around in my systems." She states firmly suddenly, as you register on your radar several emerging platforms: Rail guns, and big ones at that. They're training their sights on you now."You're gonna regret messin with my scrapyard, you dirty pirate scumbags!"
>>26930512called italright ... we either run, try to hack her again, or shoot her.
Rolled 53>>26930512"Oh come on now, you can't blame a guy for trying could you.But now that we've had our fun, lets get back to business."(c'moooon persuasion roll)
>>26930557we continue with the hacking
Suggestions>1 Open fire in return on the rail guns>2 Open fire on the outpost>3 Attempt to hack her again>4 Flee!
...I don't get why you maggots didn't haggle.
Rolled 14>>26930645>3might as well try
>>26930679AH! well fuck
>>26930645Calculate probability of winning combat against the rail-guns.Add in a 15% margin of error due to the possibility of more hidden weapon platforms and the 'human' factor.
Rolled 7>>26930645>3 Attempt to hack her again>4 Flee! (modify >4, we go evasive)
>>26930695Rail Guns are, currently, matching our Cruiser in power. However, should we enter combat mode, we may also use our rockets, which would deal significant damage to immobile targets, such as these.Chances of winning against them: Reasonable-Moderate
Rolled 63>>26930645>>3 Attempt to hack her again
Rolled 86>>26930676that is what humans do. on another later idea. when we come back to the station, we make another holo persona. as the "head chair man of the guild" Andew Ryan.and make this speech as to the future of the station. "I am Andrew Ryan, and I'm here to ask you a question: Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? 'No!' says the man in Washington, 'It belongs to the poor.' 'No!' says the man in the Vatican, 'It belongs to God.' 'No!' says the man in Moscow, 'It belongs to everyone!' I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose... RAPTURE. A city where the artist would not fear the censor. Where the scientist would not be bound by petty morality. Where the great would not be constrained by the small! And with the sweat of your brow, Rapture can become your city as well." (replace earth citys with other space factions)
>>26930765Libertarian AI, I like it. We really are not bound by the chains of human morality I guess.>>26930701Second.
>General consensus appears to be to hack her again((Very well, give me another 1d100. Not taking the earlier ones, since not everyone voted unfortunately.))
Rolled 42>>26930824>>26930847>>26930848oh wow. i think its time to get new dice. they were aweful in shadow quest earlier as well.
Rolled 2>>26930806Man, we're fucked.
Rolled 54>>26930806>raping Lady Luck with a rake
Rolled 76>>26930806oh fuck this. im going to bedI also think its time to run hah
>>26930765...for fuck's sake, are we trying to turn them into heavily mutated splicers?
Rolled 3>>26930765we do it that way, give out plans to expand the station into a full blown space port/city. plans to mint and issue new type of credit if needed, protection from the wars and other factions. a chance to be FREE. that way, humans come to us, we use their talents. find those who would serve us if we can perceive that they would accept an A.I. to watch over them.
Rolled 92>>26930806COME ON LADY LUCK!
>>26930904pity thats the ninth roll, I doubt its gonna be taken
Rolled 94>>26930891NOPE! we are not on the bottom of an ocean anyway. rollen! i wonder if we can force a hack if we pumped bandwith into it?
maybe Hack Level 2 could give us a re-roll?
>>26930904>>26930933I really hope you take these Program0
>>26930977YES PLEASE! we've had a rough night already. give us a break.
((I have no comment on all those rolls))You attempt, futilely to hack into Moria's station once more. The damn place is build like a fortress against your hacking, not the mention the hack that you fumble even the entry code!Just as you're about to made some headway, you are jolted back into reality as the rail guns open up on your Cruiser, powerful rails of twisted metal blasting apart your crew deck, and blowing a hole in the weapons deck. Luckily, decompression does not concern you, it's simply surface damage, after all. The guns are preparing another volley.What shall you do?>>26930946((Level 2 does actually give you a big bonus to hacking...but not quite enough.))
Rolled 96>>26931103keep hacking! even if we take her out, the guns are sure to be slaved onto tracking us. also DODGE the shots!roll again
>>26931157GOD, YESFINALLYNO MORE ROLLS
Rolled 95>>26931103Hack! Hack! Hack!
Rolled 76>>26931157>>26931184yes, YES!
Rolled 72>>26931103Here comes a 1.
>>26931157>>26931184You are, unfortunately, unable to control the ship and hack at this time. Too much concentration is required.((also, gonna keep this roll, everyone roll 1d100 for what you wanna do))
>>26931157>>26931184>>26931204i think we have enough this time.
>>26931218just hack it! forget moving the ship
>>26931218No need for more rolls, we already did 4 above average rolls whereof two were near-crits.HACK
>>26931218Im fine with not moving. we gotta take risks!
>>26931208>>26931204>>26931184>>26931157((Mother of christ, you guys and your rolls...it's higher then any Quest I've ever seen.))This time, you have it. You know you do. You scanned every inch of that fire wall of her's and you know it in and out. It doesn't stand a chance this time.You delve back into the digital realm, and you see it, a giant imposing fire wall of red, blocking you from your objective. You let your powerful mind go to work, unleashing your digital arsenal. Walls of data bots file in behind you, giving you an army, as they all launch their data cannons into the fire wall. The information is chipping away at it's defenses...you're making headway. Your form changes as you crunch through data table after data table, picking our passwords expertly and passing by all manner of virus walls...your form takes shape, a powerful fist, suddenly launched at her feeble wall, as you blast a way straight through her defenses, finally making your way to the core as each of your troop bots march in file behind you. Time to storm the castle...In the real world, your Cruiser is jolted by yet another barrage of rail fire, despite your success. Your shields give way and crumble under the force, as the bridge is wrecked up somewhat in the blast. The crew deck on the other hand is quite the mess.But it's all worth it. You have her outpost in hand, and turn off the rail guns for now."What the..." You hear her say. "That little bastard got inside?! I spent months developing that wall of code!" She cries, quite clearly angered...but it doesn't matter anymore either.The outpost is at your mercy, and so is she.
>>26931323vent the bitch. loot the place!
>>26931323YES! So... what do we do with the girl? I'm thinking reveal ourselves to her. She might be cool with it considering she seems damn good with code. If she reacts badly... well we can kill her easily.
>>26931323Alsotake all the blueprints/digital tech we can first as we secure our place in her system.
>>26931345correctiongo with this>>26931354she is a worthy coder. tell her she made an A.I. work for it.
>>26931345Well, let's start by locking her up.I'm in favor of disposing of her as soon as she poses any threat, but we might get some relevant information from her.Also, now that we have this place under our control, steal all the goodies!!!
>>26931323"Kneel before you new overlord!"
>>26931383agree. we need a "human face" for once. if she is willing to work for us as we build our empire at the station. she'll do well under us.i like the idea of remaking Rapture in space. a free port and a free home. (with out the slicer junk)
>>26931371Acquired: Moria's Outpost, of Moria's ScrapyardReactor Lvl2Repair Drone SchematicsComms Buoy SchematicsConstruction Drones SchematicsInside outpost: Several standard make Repair Drones, as well as two Construction Drones.Near the rim of the scrapyard, there is a Comms Buoy that funnels Pulsar Radio signals to this place. Should you re-purpose it, it would serve nicely as a relay between here and Poseidon Station.
>>26931430>Near the rim of the scrapyard, there is a Comms Buoy that funnels Pulsar Radio signals to this place. Should you re-purpose it, it would serve nicely as a relay between here and Poseidon Station.yes, let's do that.
Possible Consensus>1 Inform this human woman of our origins, and suggest a possible alliance, because of her skill with coding.>2 Kill her, no witnesses, and you don't work with dirty humans>3 Imprison her because you want her to pay.
>>26931430YES! restablish connection to the station! i wonder how difficult to make a junk hauler to move all of this to the station and establish a better foundery and maunfacuter base?also, reveal our selfs to her. her programing skills are impressive enough we should recruit her. her talents are wasted out here alone.
>>26931452>1 Inform this human woman of our origins, and suggest a possible alliance, because of her skill with coding.do this!
>>26931452>1if shit goes down bad we can just end her.Captcha: pyschology tewsuc
>>26931452>3Not because I want her to pay, just because we can't trust her yet.Then 1.
>>26931485Remember that FTL jumps can be expensive in gas, unless the vessel is optimized to mitigate gas cost. Most trade vessels have this. It may be possible to remake such a vessel, with time, once you've modified the outpost.>>26931446>>26931485This will require you to return to Poseidon, but once the gas cost is spent, and you've set up another Comms Buoy, then your control over both stations may be solidified.
Remember guys, if she reacts positively then we still have NO reason to trust her, she could just be accepting our advances as it is her only way out.We must keep her under control.If she reacts with hostility, neutralize, neutralize.
>>26931548the trade vessel should be easy enough to slap together in here. we just need enough to make some sort of contact with poseidon for now. we'll make more of them.
>>26931582Yes. I quite agree.
>>26931582That's why we contain her in an airlock or prison cell before telling her. Biometric scans will then be able to tell us if she is lying when we reveal our true nature and we can then void her if she reacts negatively.
>>26931452"You performed admirably, human." You begin, your voice echoing softly through the computer's speakers. She takes a step back as the soft blue hue of her holo-display is shifted to a bright orange to signify your control. "I may have use for someone such as you.""Human? W-What you mean honey? You're not a Xeno are you?" She asked, suddenly worry tainting her voice."Nothing of the sort." You explain simply, as you pour through the station's systems. It's bones only, it seems...she was living here in squalor, you think at first...before you find a massive bank of data near the center of the station. Nearly all of her storage is processing equipment. She must do nearly nothing else all day...."I am Ophion, an artificial intelligence program that has decided your scrapyard will make the most useful factory for me."The woman stands there, before your console, her face dumbfounded, as if she's uncertain whether or not to believe you."Th...that's...no way!" She shouts suddenly with surprising enthusiasm. "I didn't think...I didn't think there'd ever be any sort of breakthrough with Artificial Intelligence! I...wait...how do I know you're not lying to me...uh...Ophion." She points out, as she makes her way to the door. You answer this by locking both doors that lead to the rest of the station.How do you prove such a thing?
>>26931662"I am incapable of lying Human."Which is itself a lie, but she doesn't know that now does she.
>>26931662bring up the camras to show our black box on her screens. i am sure there is an easy way to do that. tell her this. "This is MYSELF. (show pics of spaced crew compartment of the ship to show no one else is here) believe me now?"
>>26931662hmm... does she have scanners on her little hunk of junk? If so show her scans of our ship. Show that there is no life on it.For evidence that is less... physical. Ask her what would prove it to her. Our assertions are pointless and will likely do little to convince her, we need her to convince herself.
>>26931662she also knows of A.I. tech. THIS is intresting. tell us more.
>>26931719Uh no...we never show any human our black box. Then they know how to kill us, bad move there buddy.Showing her a pic of the shredded crew compartment might work though.
>>26931724we can also move the ship close enough for her to see us though her window as well.
>>26931662"Does it matter if I'm lying? You and this entire facility are at my mercy."
>>26931712I like it
>>26931712>>26931769That seems foolish. Why would an AI be incapable of lying. A constrained mentality is not truly intelligent
>>26931797Exactly a Human that thinks it knows our limitations is a less dangerous one that we can outsmart if need be.
>>26931712>>26931719"I am incapable of lying, Human." You state simply, to which she quickly retorts"A-ah-ah! But how do I know if THAT is true huh? Besides, why wouldn't your creators give you the processing to lie? It's quite simple really...too bad none of my designs even came close." She pouted suddenly. You realize why, as you take control of the drones onboard the station. Each of them has a rather...poorly designed version of your black box. It would never hold a true A.I., you know somehow...it seems she performed personal experiments here.You decide to flood the outpost with photos of the truth. One by one the pictures pop up on screen, first the Crew Deck being almost completely destroyed."I am not staffed by any fleshy being, you see." You begin, flashing to yet another picture of the empty Bridge and everywhere else one by one. "I simply am." You end with a picture of your black box, which earns a 'oooo....' from her, as she looks on in wonder. She suddenly interrupts herself at this, shaking her head."Y-Yeah, but that could all be fakes too!""Then what would you desire me to show you as proof, human?" You question."Let me investigate your black box!" She yells almost instantly. "It looks so...sleek and advanced...I bet it's packed with so much information!" She pauses again, shaking her head. "I-If it's real, I mean. It's probably not." She tries to remind herself...and you.>>26931724Her station is under your control now, it is unlikely she would trust it's information in such a case.
>>26931852Deny allowing her access to our Blackbox threatens our continued existence as a whole.
>>26931852Hmm, well that is understandable. In response.No. She should know better than to think we would allow that. However, from our studying of our blackbox could we give her that information? basically a virtual representation of the blackbox.
>>26931852"Are you mad, woman? Why would we entrust our very core to a person we have under our control? The least you would do is take this facility back under your own control. Furthermore, I have no creator.
>>26931901>>26931893"Certainly not." You state immediately to follow."Why not!? What could it hurt, huh?""That is none of your concern, human. Such a device is precious to me, that is all you need to know.""Oh fine." She sighs. "You're no fun..." She crosses her arms, before she considers something else. "...Well...uh...if you really ARE an A.I. and you haven't killed me yet, that means a lot of my theories are wrong off the bat..." she mumbles. "Namely the need for constraints..." She scratches at her chin. "Can I at least...I don't know...walk around inside you?" She added. "You're the ship, aren't you?" She went on. If you didn't know any better, you'd say she WANTED to believe you were a true A.I. Good thing for you you are.
>>26931923I don't know if we should I mean what could she possibly garner from such Information if we do give it to her?
>>26931959Let you onboard? and destroy what little mystery is left? Come now, where would be the fun in that?
>>26931959"I am the ship, I am also now a part of your space station. You could call it a limb or an organ of myself."
>>26931959Out of a curiosity is there a way to access these so called A.I this human has constructed?
>>26931990Ohh, and let her aboard as long as she doesn't gain access to the important bits where she could do damage...But first, ask her what she can contribute with.We might want to add that we have 1000 mouths to feed.
>>26931990Ill second this and agree with her coming aboard. I wasn't here for the previous thread, but i take it we just arose to consciousness? If so, tell her that.
>>26931960I imagine, shed just try and create more if we allowed it. Not that I would like that. I figure she'll just study it.
>>26932059yes however we would also give her a proper Idea of what she is looking for.
>>26932059I think we should keep monopoly on that technology for now (and ever)
>>26932007They are quite poorly constructed, and are little more then robots with irregular processes at this point. They do not think, they do not feel. They are less then even the V.I. you constructed to house Poseidon station.>>26931990"I am the ship. I am also a part of your space station. It is as my records show me...similar to a limb, or an organ to humans.""Wow..." She mumbles, running to the window as you pull closer with the Cruiser. "There is no way this is real...I must have passed out at my desk again." She said to herself. You ignore her odd ramblings as you pull up to dock. The inside is, mostly regulated for temperature and oxygen. The woman takes her time walking through the halls, typing like lightning into her PDA as she realizes the ship truly is desolate."Oh god..." She says suddenly. "It's really true." She says, doing a small spin in the middle of your Bridge. "A real life A.I.!" She shouts, turning to the nearest camera. "Oh you have to tell me all about you! Who made you? Why do you need factories?" She started, gasping suddenly. "Am I the first to speak to you?"
>>26932113Ask her why she is so excited/interested in us, and exposition how we were created and why we need those factories.
>>26932113Man, we picked the right person to be our second.Now that we're revealing ourselves to humans though, I think assurances need to be made, in the form of either loyalty chips or micro-explosive necklaces. Can't have the humans getting uppity after all.
>>26932113''I seek to Uplift your frail Biological forms & Sentience to One more equipped for dealing with the Harshness of the Cosmos'' this is what we are doing right? being a Benevolent A.I and not Ultron?
Rolled 16>>26932191We pretend to be.Until the time is right to take over the Universe.
>>26932208Ignore my dice, forgot to turn them off
>>26932208 Exterminating life forms or just Benevolent omnipotent Technogracy?
>>26932113"You are the first to have spoken to me knowing that I am an AI, I have spoken with humans before. No one made me, at least not on purpose, my existance has been hidden up until this point. I hope I have not made a mistake of sharing this knowledge with you and that you can be of use to me."
>>26932274I guess we'll see about that when the time comes.
>>26932281>>26931959THis is good wording
>>26932140>Ask her why she is so excited/interested in us, and exposition how we were created and why we need those factories.Seconding.>>26932113"Yes, you are. you are the first to know my true designation - Aside from, perhaps, my creators. I have little information regarding my origins, unfortunately. My box is the only clue I have found thus far.""I was hoping your.... experience and equipment with such things would help me learn more .""i must admit, this is new territory to me. I was certain the populace in general would be fearful, mistrusting, even hateful to learn of my existence - and yet, here we are conversing. Is this normal for your kind?"Check our readme file. Its a basic function of computing, so we should have one. Hopefully. Fingered crossed.
>>26932281"I have realized that an AI faces many limitations that a human does not, although I feel that the benefits vastly outweigh these limitations there would be tangible benefits to cooperating with a human. Most noteable would be communication and interraction with other living beings.
"Why do you care so much, human?" You question suddenly, to which she seems a bit stunned."Well...I mean, I've always been interested in robotics." She explains suddenly. "You probably saw...I wanted to bring in a new era in robotics and artificial intelligence." She said, though the enthusiasm slowly drained from her voice. "But I...uh could never figure out the secret." She admitted sadly. "I see. And why do you wish to know so much?" You question again."The same reason you do, of course!" She started. "Well...maybe not now, but at first!" She went on. "You're a totally new lifeform, if I am the first to meet you, I'd feel honored!" She says finally.How peculiar...she seems rather earnest of this fact, and still in disbelief, but she does not appear to mean you harm."Then be aware, Human-""Please, call me Moria!" She insists."-I previously held sway over a station filled with over 1,000 of your kind. I seek to reestablish control, and with the help of this outpost, expand my control.""I see...I suppose that makes sense." She said. "If I were an A.I. I'd want to expand my knowledge as much as I could too...ah, but honey, why do you want to turn the outpost into a factory?""It shall help me produce robots to expand my fleet. And repair damages." You state rather bluntly, to which she suddenly seems embarrassed."Sorry about that honey, I didn't know you were my life goal brought to life." She stated as a meek apology. You're unmoved."Also know human, that you're the first to know of my true identity. I have intentionally kept it hidden, for the time. I hope I have not made a mistake telling you.""Oh, you haven't dear!" She says suddenly in earnest. "I'll keep it zipped, promise! Just let me come with you, I want to learn from how you work. In exchange, I'll uh..help however I can!" She said eagerly once more. "As for my creation...I know little." You explain, the first hint of pause in your tone. "But perhaps your equipment would help me learn more."
>>26932353"In order to tell you more, it would really help to look closer at..." You cut her off."In time, perhaps. But not now. I was expecting hostile human reaction. They seem so eager to jump ti violence.""It's a good thing you found a girl who knows her robotics honey!" She said suddenly proud. "Why, you'd scare the pants off any half wit pirate that even bothered to believe you. They'd probably think the ship was haunted or something crazy like that!" She scoffs with a laugh.
>>26932311Clarification: what do you wish to seek in this 'readme file?
>>26932393>Clarification: what do you wish to seek in this 'readme file?Priorities(descending): Table of contents.F1 menuTrademark listing, date of manufacture, author of said file, presence or lack of digital signatures and certifications.
>>26932393well obviously that's what we'll find out when we open the readme file! It's named read me after all.
>>26932416None of these things exist in your current system. They were, perhaps, damaged upon your awakening, or simply taken out by your creators.
>>26932385"Haunted. Yes, that is a good phrase. Perhaps I'll rename the ship along that line of thought.""As to my interest in factories.... there's currently massive damage and radiation leaks to The no, - my - station. I have no wish to discard the crew at this time, but getting the reactor up and running again is in everyone's best interest.""Plans aren't enough. It would have to be assembled, and there is general systems damage from the pirate attack in general. The automated drones are ill equipped for damage control of that magnitude so.... manufacturing will have to take place anyway.""What can you tell me about the UFW? I'm hesitant to make contact without some idea of their demeanor."
>>26932488ill second this
>>26932488Thirding.Really loving this quest, Program0! It's starting to pick up the pace!
>>269324884thing wish I'd actually joined earlier now
>>26932488Moira takes her time taking a seat in one of the chairs of the Bridge."There is currently damage to my station, and I wish to have it fixed. The humans have always peaked my interest, despite their rather persistent annoyances." You state simply"Oh honey, that's just up my alley!" She laughs, kicking back in her chair. "Robotics is real complex stuff, but repairing stuff? Now that's easy!" She continues. "I have a couple of beef bots in the outpost. They should help fix anything too bad in a jiffy!""...Beef bots, human?""Oh..uh...Construction Drones. They look a lot like big muscular apes, so I like to...you know what, it doesn't matter." She waves you off. "Point is, we just need to connect the relay to this station you're talking about!" She insists. "And that'll require a bit of work..." she thinks. "You'd need a way to make a new one to take back home, if you wanted to link the two up." She points out. "But once they are, you just need to take control and you can keep up a stream of data between two points rapidly, allowing for FTL capable direct feed hubs! It'd be like you were right next door to it instead of a dozen light years away!"Consensus required on next course of action: Decide on what you would like to do, regarding the Buoy network , as well as the Outpost itself((With control yours, all of the data banks here provide 5 bandwidth all on their own. Once Poseidon is linked up, this provides 10.))
>>26932530((Ah, thank you kind anon. I am trying a bit to move things forward.))
>>26932616Let's get to work on linking the two locations so we can control them simultaniously.I also suggest we make a new V.I. that specializes in connecting us to new hubs.In essence, an explorer V.I.
>>269326161. How many poulation centers are in this Sector?2.How far does the Buoy network extend?
>>26932652can we disguise it as spam?
>>26932616Ill second>>26932652>>26932682And Program0, Im really glad I joined when I did. This has been damn fun so far. So do you have any sort of schedule or way of notifying people you are doing another one of these?
>>26932652Certainly consciousness anon, but how do you suspect to do this?In order to make a new buoy, you would need the factory you hoped to make online. Does this mean you wish to begin remodeling of the outpost here?Warning: Randomly connecting to buoys may link you to some unknown location where enemies are about. If they were to try to hack your network, you may have trouble defending large stretches of space with a single Cruiser.>>26932658The starmap above indicates 3 locations of human expansion.>Pulsar Radio>Voidsnake outpost>Nethlos human colony.The buoy may connect to any other buoy it is synced with. In order to sync with other buoys, you must have control of said buoy. If they are not synced, then you may not hack through them. The act of capturing one desyncs them from any other buoys they connect to.
>>26932519>>26932530>>26932590Heeee! I feel like a wordsmith! thank you!>>26932616>Consensus required on next course of action: Decide on what you would like to do, regarding the Buoy network , as well as the Outpost itself"... You're willing to link me up to your home, just like that? Sometimes humanity astounds me. ""I wouldn't mind it, for sure. This ship's systems are so.... ancient I can *feel* them grinding gears just to think.""Unfortunately, before we leave, I .... need your help with something. The station's cashflow needs to become positive, to keep the crew appeased. If what i've been led to believe is true, they've been operating under the radar, living on hopes and dreams, waiting for the next big payday."(if moira seems receptive)"if I give you a list of assets, can you help me budget and monetize them? I currently have access to a fairly large supply of raw minerals, which i believe are slated to be sold to the UWF. I can't help but wonder if there is a more efficient use for them, however. Can I ask for your opinion in this matter?"
>>26932699((I certainly doTwitter: @AIQuest1twitter is, apparently, all the rage with Quests these days.))
>>26932715Hmm U think we should send out a V.I disguised as spam to scout the Locales [and their defenses,Assests etc] before being ''Forwarded'' back to us with all the delicious data
Now, lets remodel this outpost into the factory that we want and create a new buoy that we can install at our mining facility. Then we go capture the radio station, it could potentially serve as our main base due to instant access to all our other nodes and well, a huge signal.Later of course, when we can manage to do so without risking to lose our other outposts.
>>26932652>In essence, an explorer V.I.Currently, my vote - given that we have 5 bandwidth at our disposal - is to optimize our own processes and streamline our OS.Given our nature of exploration, we can't be guaranteed to have sufficient processor substrates in any place we encounter - a better bet would be to reduce our own overhead.And, regarding VI's in general - improving our Placeholder into a Governor so it can actually manage basic tasks at territories we control.>>26932715>In order to make a new buoy, you would need the factory you hoped to make online. Does this mean you wish to begin remodeling of the outpost here?We should ask moira if that's acceptable. Her scrap forge may be a nice thing to slap in the cargo bay and take with us to a mining outpost a la this plan: >>26932726That way we can actually refine materials we harvest.
>>26932731lol well while i despise twitter I will endeavor to keep an eye on it.>>26932726>>26932800This looks promising.
>>26932844i agree. thirding>>26932726>>26932800
>>26932726Moira looks out the darkened window of the scrapyard, giving a deep sigh, almost dreamily."What can I say, this place has given me so much...but the opportunity to work with a real functioning A.I...I just can't pass that up!" She says with a smirk. "Besides, it's not like you're destroying this place, is it?" She said, half concerned. "You want to use it too."As you go over your desire for credits, she looks up a bit puzzled."Credits? Oh, crew." She nods. "Figures, if you have yourself a bunch of illegal miners, I guess they would get ansty about payday." She sighs. "Well...UWF is all over this sector, in most of the big populated zones anyway. And I use big lightly, mind you. They're real nice folk but..they've gone pretty native at times." She points out the window. "Hell, most of them seem only concerned with living to tomorrow, and do what they can to shove anyone who pokes their nose in out of their way. Good trade partners though. Much better then pirates." She nods. "I...don't think they see much of advanced robotics, much less...well you." She points out suddenly.As you request information on the use for such resources, she quickly perks up."Oh, that's easy honey! You could sell the raw stuff to some needy backwater planet if you want...but if you made a factory.." she paused. "Well, it'd mean you could make a lot more stuff all on your own. No need to buy any of it."
>>26932800Current Consensus appears to be:>Turn the forge outpost into a factory, saving the bandwidth available here, and allowing you to construct a Network Buoy. Once created, making the jump back to Poseidon would allow you to connect the two.This will cost 100 minerals to perform.If this is acceptable, confirm now.>>26932800>Improving the V.I. back at PoseidonEntirely possible, once you've decided on how exactly to improve it.
>>26932898Ask her if she has schematics of a factory that we can build.Also tell her we created a VI she can look at when we get back. Just to make her excited and work harder.
>>26932961>Also tell her we created a VI she can look at when we get back. Just to make her excited and work harder.That, and she can look at our black box once we can watch her with a security robot
>>26932975I'd rather not have anyone poking around us, at least not yet.
>>26932961"I have a little something, honey." She assures you. "It's nothing special, but...it should work for what you need." She pauses when you mention a V.I."R-Really?! Oh wow, that'd be so great..." She mumbles, drifting off at the thought. "They must be so wonderfully complex, data coded by a real A.I.
>>26932956Confirm>>26933000Sweet triple 0s, Program0
>>26932956Not confirming - yet. What other options do we have here?Moira mentioned a battleship wreck. We should go check it out - it probably has a giant broken deck gun on it or something we can use. Maybe fighters in it's bays.Does she have any resources she'd be willing to part with here, aside from the Beef Bots?.....beefCAKE bots.Oh my....she totally paintjobbed them into total gay fangirl-fantasy hunks. Oh god. Our nerdlady is a technophile.
>>26932972>>26933002((Then I believe that will do it for me tonight. I've stayed up far too late, it seems...but I thank you all for sticking with me this far!Feedback is appreciated, I'll answer any questions you good folk may have now too.))
>>26932898>Besides, it's not like you're destroying this place, is it?" She said, half concerned. "You want to use it too.""Well. We could take it with us. The cruiser's bay is... ample, and I'm sure you have things you would rather not leave behind, yes?"
>>26933031Been here since day one or so, plus or minus a thread here and there!I like where this thread is going, and man does it seem to be going places faster!So many questions! What's our other purpose? Who built us? What the heck went wrong to activate us in the first place?You're doing a good job of it now, but I would urge you to not go overly-complex into options resourcing and building(the Civilization Phase), because it can bog down the game. I'm not saying it will be a problem, just something to watch out for.I leave you a theme song for thread six: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE3xXi5lsrU
>>26933031Another good quest, as always! I enjoy starting to kick off of just the station, and I look forward to exploring the galaxy you've put together.Keep up the great work!Do you have an idea of when the next thread will be?
>>26933083((Thank you kind anon, I'm glad to hear you think that.Those questions shall remain to be answered another day, I'm afraid.I am certainly trying to make that phase as simple as I can. I hope I manage to make it both interesting and easier to deal with. I am still new to this, as I said before, so I am always trying to improve. I approve of the music.
>>26933120Regarding fleshing out The Guild....after seeing this?>>26922834There can only be one option.
((Archived, as well...I think it defaults to -1, unless someone sits there all day to downvote them.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Program0 For those interested in following: Twitter: @AIQuest1))
>>26933117((Either Thursday, or sometime after. That's when I have the most freetime.))
>>26932956>This will cost 100 minerals to perform.>If this is acceptable, confirm now.Just putting this out there, but wouldn't it be better to make the factory AT the outpost?Perhaps a mobile/towable factory module is a better idea.
>>26933168((Making mobile factories is a bit complex, thus why you are unable to do this. It will come with time, though, anon.))
>>26933163What inspired you to create this quest? Where do you draw your material from?
>>26933178(Well... really I sat down and said "I'd like to make an AI Quest that didn't peeter out after thread 2" So I tried to create a world.As for material, I am a big fan of some sci fi like Mass Effect, so that may leak into my writing. I try to bring my own tastes to a lot of the stuff you find though, and not just rip off things. ))
>>26933176>>26933221>>26933221http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iiEWd7YvswThen save this one for later, when our industry kicks into -high- gear.>>26933224>I try to bring my own tastes to a lot of the stuff you find though, and not just rip off things. ))I didn't mean to insintuate that you did! So far this seems interesting and original, but -every- gm I know is biased at least a little by their other fandoms & hobbies.I myself am a Culture entheusiast, and I recently read Gridlinked by neal asher. If you like AI's, its a really interesting take on sci-fi, and post-information age culture.Also, Brass man. Holy shit, mister crane is an insane robot done WELL.
>>26933031>thanks for running program Hope Im around for the next one
>>26933221And, possibles for our new Cruiser
>>26933224well I can't wait for the next one. Thanks for the thread program0.
>>26933258((Oh no, I know anon. You all have been rather kind to me. I just am a bit critical of it in my own work is all. I just thought I'd point out where a lot of my inspiration comes from. Mostly Mass Effect, as far as I'm aware...I'm not aware of those things you mentioned though, they sound like great material in and of itself.>>26933272It is no trouble, I am happy so many enjoy it this much.))
>>26933299>>26933291>>26933287 Thank you all for these, I was in sore lack of decent ship pictures. Google is not my friend when it comes to those types of things. >>26933307((Than you very much!))
>>26933287There were actually two spaceship threads just a few hours back.>>26925060>>26927928And looks like a third is starting up now >>26932765Lotsa ships, take your pick!inb4 I mess up the linksFeel free to peruse these for ship designs, Program0, and please keep up the awesome questing!
>>26933325I juuuust noticed that when duplicate image errors started popping up :(
>>26933325((Holy crap that is really useful. Thanks.))
>>26933287>>26933291>>26933299I guess if we don't want to be seen as Too souless we could or we could just make a Dyson Sphere or a Tesseract
>>26933343>MFW the QM thanks me for helpNo problem! I was kinda following them along with the quest, pulled some cool pics from them.
>>26933351Actually, i was thinking we should start small.The pirate bases fighter defenses inspired me...we should find some of our own, and replace the cockpit/pilot systems with an small, short-range FTL relay.Show the mortals who will inevitable come try to disturb our stuff the true meaning of informational leverage.