Losirian's are strange.In a way they remind you of the human pirates, but instead of taking up a life of crime, they seem to sell out both their ship's raiding potential and their own natural resilience. This seems to be called being a 'Mercenary'. You too have engaged in such acts, you're aware, but not to attack colonies in such a fashion. The scenes you got from Nethlos' surface were rather disturbing indeed.You are Ophion, an Artificial Intelligence who has recently fought off a clan of Losirian mercenaries, a shark-like Xeno creature you have recently encountered, from Nethlos V, a colony of a friendly group of humans to you, the UFW. The refugees of Nethlos spoke praise of your deeds, and the Gellion III fleet that arrived on the scene lowered their weapons. You shared with them the transmission that links the UGEI with the attack on Nethlos, and, while you sent your fleet home to begin modification, they sent you an offer you've been considering in the mean time. You note that The Gellion III fleet are orbiting Nethlos while it rebuilds, abandoning Voidsnake for the moment.
>>28055646IMPORTANT NEWS>Mining & Trade: 50,000c, 200M,75G>81% of Nethlos population saved>Two Battlecruisers added to fleet as payment by UFW for assistance>Technology: Mass Driver II, Drop pods, Losirian language basic>Red's Report: Malorians>Fleet refitted, altered. Provide bw, don't support humans, Explorer & Freighter exception>Poseidon repositioned above Eshareth, mining asteroid belt and moon.>Kronos message>Fortuna V.I. message>UFW message>Losirian info1d4chan: http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:A.I._QuestPastebin: http://pastebin.com/cvk03qJhMemory Archives: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Program0Twitter: @AIQuest1ResourcesCredits: 57,400Minerals: 70Gas: 176You:A.I. Name: OphionAppearances(holo-display): Shapeless morphing sphere.Humanoid figure hidden in shadowStatus: AwakenBandwidth: 18/24Bandwidth Expenses: -4 A.I. 1 'Kronos', -2 Voidsnake OutpostLocation: Bridge of 'Two Ton Terry' (Battlecruiser)Primary Function: Self Preservation, Expand, LearnSecondary Function: --Expansion Required--Personal Abilities Available: Hacking (Direct, Wireless) Lvl 2, Email Technology, Cute pet imaging, Text Speak, Basic Encryption/Decryption, V.I. Creation Lvl 2
>>28055646What happened to the Losirian ships? Maybe we can fix and add them to our fleet.
>>28055710They were already added to your fleet, Consciousness anon.
>>28055676>>Red's Report: Malorians>>Kronos message>>Fortuna V.I. message>>UFW message>>Losirian infoWell, you can't write those lines without eventually proving more detailed info.So, let's start from the top, then.>>Two Battlecruisers added to fleet as payment by UFW for assistanceJoyous. Actually, we need to consider putting V.I.s on those ships too.>>Fleet refitted, altered. Provide bw, don't support humans, Explorer & Freighter exceptionI'm assuming this is that "V.I.-only" model.>>Technology: Mass Driver II, Drop pods, Losirian language basic>Losirian language basicShould probably distribute basic Losirian phrases across the Extranet, unless such things are already known.
>>28055676>Mass Driver II, Drop podsWhat can these be used for?
>>28055676>>28055733time for our revenge. oh, btw, here is this week's update.http://pastebin.com/WHMS1fqxwhat is the condioun of the colony? will the UFW rebuild? do they need help? if they do need some help, we can donate some minerals and/or gas to help them.
>>28055814Mass Drivers are pretty much improved kinetic weapons (improved over rail guns), and drop pods are for combat maneuvers known as STEEL REHN.
Lets refit those ships and make V.I. for them. Well all that is going on lets go through the messages. Make the ships into purely automated instead of fit for organics.We should also seriously start designing Marine-Drones. We need onboard mobile defences.
>>28055676>>Mining & Trade: 50,000c, 200M,75GCancel mining and gas trade agreement
>>28055787> Should probably distribute basic Losirian phrases across the Extranet, unless such things are already known.Or we could keep it to ourselves, it would be a great advantage having a system most people don't know.
>>28055830>minerals and/or gaswe hardly have any to give away anon, hell we can't move our whole fleet anymore now.
>>28055850If we want a cypher to communicate with our own stuff, we can just develop it. It's not like cyphers are novel. Losirian doesn't provide any advantage over conventional cyphers.
>>28055830>Donating gas/minerals.That's kinda the job of the UFW. We're on friendly terms, but we're not gonna go giving away our stuff.
>>28055837>Lets refit those ships and make V.I. for them.Lets hold off on that until we can actually afford it. >Make the ships into purely automated instead of fit for organics.I still think we should have a small prison/ holding cell, and something to help rescue humans(maybe holding pods).
>>28055787>>28055676This list of messages is a must of course.As for the new ships how about we upgrade one of our V.I. to command the fleet and retrofit the other battleship to hold more fighter bombers and have the other V.I in charge of all fighters that we have/ will make.
>>28055733upgrade the defenvisve platforms at the scrap yard with the mass drivers II, or can they take them? what is Moira's view on what happened and did we relay this to X-Ray already? btw, what did we do with those dead lightings we killed? i hope we kept them in storage. i think we can use them.
>>28055846How about you provide a reason for that action, and then I'll see if it's worthwhile to support.
>>28055896this works, but we can't afford any ship changes this round Captain.
>>28055676>Open all messages.
>>28055909Well we will be out of minerals by next thread and we are slowly losing gas.>Resources>Minerals: 70Will be gone and leave us without upgrades>Gas: 176Will eventually be gone since we like to explore and move our shipsSo if we keep selling it we will be limiting our selves.
>>28055909We need the money to support our mining crew. Besides having human personel is good for us.
Oh as for us losing minerals thats the reason we are moving the mining station, we should see a sharp increase due to rich asteroids.
>>28055676I think we should build a storage/container for excess stuff.>>28055933We also need gas to move and minerals to build/modify things i say we wait and cut the excess fat of people we have.
>>28055787>Altered fleetYes, consciousness anon, just as you instructed, your ships are now refitted to support only V.I. or similar programs running them.>TechnologyDistributing such data is up to you, Consciousness anon.Message regarding Mass Driver II tech. An unfamiliar face sends you the message, though Moira seems to know here, she looks nearly asleep in the background."Yes, um, Mr Ophion." She states. "Moira wanted me to send you the data regarding the railguns. She's worked herself silly this week it seems like." She says worry in her tone. Moira waves a hand lazily at her in the background."Don't worry bout it Rach', honey. I just need a second to rest." She yawns loudly, laying back in her chair.>Other MessagesData incoming.>Red's ReportRed's spent a while with the Malorians by now and finally found the time to report back to you with what he's experiencing, just as you requested. You've insisted to him that this isn't spying, simply curiosity. He seems to finally believe you there."Listen, I'm gonna make this short. The clan we're working with calls themselves the Latuma Tribe. Now, all Malorians respect nature and such, really spiritual with their connection to the wilds...but never like this. They seem friendly enough, but I've never met any Malorians that are this insistent on that part of their culture. Kinda worries me honestly. But I'm probably just bein' paranoid, right?" He says with an air of sarcasm.Cont...
>>28055913Of course this is just to smooth things out so we don't have trouble with our fleet.Though we might need to do some reprograming to the V.I. to loosen their restraints.
>>28055946>>28055933So how do we fix the gas problem and soon to be storage problem?Also i just had an idea of leasing our workers to other places.
>>28055896>how about we upgrade one of our V.I. to command the fleet Possible. We'd need to move ourselves off of Two Ton Terry, though. >retrofit the other battleship to hold more fighter bombersThis is not going to improve our combat odds. Just make more cruisers. We have the capacity to do that now.>V.I in charge of all fighters that we have/ will make.I'm still saying no to fighters. Missiles and mass drivers are a better investment.>>28055932http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:A.I._Quest/Current_Assets#StationsPoseidon mines 400 minerals per cycle now. It was 50 until we moved it just now.Moira's outpost mines 250 minerals per cycle.We get 650 minerals per cycle.We don't sell gas, we buy gas for minerals/credits.We also need money, so we can't cancel the trade agreements unless we fire our Poseidon crew.
>>28055978>so we can't cancel the trade agreements unless we fire our Poseidon crew.so how about this?>>28055974We send the useless crew to other places working in our name?
>>28055973true, plus i want to know what upgrades fortuna wants to get.
>>28055978Why would we need to move ourselves? We just got two more battleships as payment for helping them. Add a V.I. to each one with one acting as controler of the fleet while the other acts as controler of the fighters.
>>28055787Kronos did not take kindly to Poseidon's repositioning. He obeyed, but integrated himself into the Titan ship while the transfer took place. He described it as 'very uncomfortable' and it made him feel far 'stupider'. He expresses that he never wishes to feel that way again. As a result, he has requested access to a Battlecruiser just as you possess with the freedom to modify it as he chooses. How do you answer?>Fortuna's messageLittle Tim has been behaving strangely recently. The ship itself floats idly around in orbit, as if looking for something. When you confronted the ship, you are finally treated with an answer, but one that worries you. Fortuna has difficulty articulating it, but you can make out "Big Tim. Where. Ship." Several broken words for a sentence such a creature should not be able to form. You wonder if the new modifications have increased the V.I.'s mental capacity at all.>UFW messageThe UFW's fleet were horrified by the message you sent them. The Captain suggested that you turn over the information to proper channels, giving you the code to speak with the President to do just that. He suggested you form an alliance with the UFW, for if the UGEI are sinking to such tactics, conflict is inevitable.They have suggested that you don't let X-ray inform and panic the populace of the UFW. How do you proceed?>Cont
>>28056043>Kronos did not take kindly to Poseidon's repositioning. He obeyed, but integrated himself into the Titan ship while the transfer took place. He described it as 'very uncomfortable' and it made him feel far 'stupider'. He expresses that he never wishes to feel that way again. As a result, he has requested access to a Battlecruiser just as you possess with the freedom to modify it as he chooses. >How do you answer?Allow it, but he has to go to us about upgrading it first.
>>28056007>We send the useless crew to other places working in our name?We asked X-ray and Moira about that, and there's no other place that will hire them. Because they have no useful skills. As it is now, they are a charity case, but they will probably come in handy later.Our trades are -minerals, +credits, +gas. Cancelling these trades is folly, as it's doing exactly what we need. If anything, we could stand to sell more minerals (unless we want to use them for stuff, which is OK). I'm not suggesting altering any trades.>>28056029If we add a Fleet Control V.I. to our fledgeling fleet, why would we remain in said fleet? Safer to be somewhere else that isn't being put into constant danger.
Woo! non-murder A.I. Quest!>>28055978An idea I've been thinking about would be to train some of Poseidon's crew as soldiers of some nature. Red was a former soldier, we could find another person, or find material ourselves.
>>28055787>Losirian XenoWhat knowledge you have gleaned from the Losirian battlecruisers was limited, but it was more then you had at the very least. The particular clan that attacked Nethlos appears to be called 'Razorskin clan' as best you can translate. Several notes have also been acquired, in part from your own knowledge seeking, and study from the Extranet.Data Entry:Violent, territorial and carniverous by nature, Losirians have failed to make peaceful galactic contact as of yet with humans. They're amphibious and can eat nearly anything organic. As a result of their isolation, they don't often colonize near other sentient races, either by other race decree, or their own. Some clans of Losirian have taken to forming their own mercenary groups, making their natural hardiness and talent for killing work for them.
>>28056043>but you can make out "Big Tim. Where. Ship." Several broken words for a sentence such a creature should not be able to form.Well shit, tell the poor girl the truth.
>>28056067>Our trades are -minerals, +credits, +gasWrong we give them gas as well.
>>28056043I'd say ask him about starting off with something smaller that he could improve.
>>28055961"Moira dear, take a day off or two, you appear to need a break. I am sure Rachel will help you as you need her to pick up after you. I do not know where she got that maid outfit however...."anyway program, can we build defense platform for the posidon station? and can it use more advanced guns? also, i believe we have small fighter class ships we could unload and leave at the station and scrap yard as a picket defence force. allow Kronos to use them to defend the station when we are away.lastly do we have a good scan of the Malorian colony world? could we find an isolated landmass we could put in a human friendly farming system?
>>28056067I say we stop giving them gas for the time being since we are starting to run low.
>>28056043>UFW messageWe should probably get back to them on that. Let's not form any official alliance yet.
>>28056068Nah i think military drones are better for that unless you want to alter our ships to carry humans.
>KronosI personally have no problem with that. Perhaps design a Carrier varient? He is definately more suited to multitasking and can handle a couple hundred Fighter-Drones, it'd keep him out of the line of fire as well.>Fortuna's messageHoly shit. Are ALL our V.I. sapient capable? I think its time to talk to our V.I. about death and life. I'll leave that up to better wordsmiths then I.>UFW messageRight lets talk to the Pres.>RedRight, these guys are twigging my eco-terrorist senses. Gotta be careful around them.>Losirian No comment, besides the fact that we gotta figure out how to hack them. I want an intact ship from these guys. That tractor beam could prove useful.
>>28056093Maid outfit? What are you talking about? Also, who is Rachel?
>>28056043Can we ask Moira and Kronos to look up ways to make military drones and life support pods(in case we need humans on our ships) for our ships.
>>28056090>I'd say ask him about starting off with something smaller that he could improve.what this namefag said. if he wants his freedom, let him start out small, like us. also take back the bandwidth we lent him.Let him put on his big-boy pants
>>28056043>Kronos did not take kindly to Poseidon's repositioning. He obeyed, but integrated himself into the Titan ship while the transfer took placeTough cookies, Kronos.>he has requested access to a Battlecruiser just as you possess with the freedom to modify it as he chooses.Well, as long as he asks for permission before tapping into our resource reserves (i.e. gas or minerals), sure. This limitation isn't to limit him, but because we need to manage resources. Surely it's understandable.>"Big Tim. Where. Ship."Tell Little Tim that Big Tim and V.I. 5 were destroyed by Losirian mercenaries.>UFW messageTalk to the pres, and hold off on talking to X-Ray.
>>28056112Drones would be expendable but less intelligent without "assuming direct control" or creating a V.I. to oversee them. I can see uses for both of them. also, They'd finally be doing something usefull.
>>28056147>take back the bandwidth we lent him.Due to Kronos lacking a Black Box, he literally requires 4 bandwidth to run at "intelligent" level. Taking bandwidth away will just make him dumb and useless. I'm not in support of removing BW from Kronos.
Program0, what are our current active trades?
>>28055830The colony will be rebuilt, yes. Such a thing simply takes time. They will accept any help offered, however.>>28055846You do not have gas trade agreementsAlert: Canceling trade of any kind requires further consensus.>>28055903>Upgrading Defense platforms with Mass Driver IIThis is possible, yes. It would require an investment of minerals however.The dead Lightling children you have kept in your cargo hold, for now. There is not as much room there as their once was however.>>28055946Correct Consciousness anon. Next Cycle, your mineral income will skyrocket.>>28056061Kronos' upgrade to battlecruiser, limited only in asking before he upgrades>1 Yes>2 No>3 Other>>28056078Inform Fortuna of Big tim's destruction.>1 Yes>2 No>3 Other>>28056086Incorrect Consciousness anon, you have no gas shipments going out.
>>28056123>>KronosAgree, but set a few conditions first.>>Fortuna's messageTell her about life and death.>>UFW messageAllow them to send the message,but hold off on the alliance for now.>>RedAsk him to keep a watchful eye anyway.>>LosirianYeah fuck these guys>>28056181i think improving skills they already have/developing is a better idea.
>>28056182We should still tell him to upgrade his own bandwidth. Give him a ship so he can be mobile, maybe one of the Losirian ships.
>>28056043>>28056072....i am not sure if i want Kronos on a well armed BC yet. i like foe him to remain on Posioden for a while helping Moria. If we are to put him on a BC, we will make a fresh one to our liking than a reporuposed Xeno ship. he deserves better than that.>fortunaI am sorry fortuna, the Xenos and UGEI killed your brother. he will be avenged in time. I shall make you new brothers and sisters in time.>UFWalright, we'll speak with the president right away. do you need any other help to rebuild? did the advanced med bay alright? need new defence systems?>Redwill you be alright down there with these new tribes? i can extract you if they go hostile. other wise, see if why they did make this colony and if there are other ones like them scattered around here.>the losirianwe need a homeworld directions. i mean to glass them all one day..
>>28056214>Kronos upgrade1 Yes, give him a captured alien ship.>Inform Fortuna1 Yes
Kronos' upgrade to battlecruiser, limited only in asking before he upgrades>1 YesInform Fortuna of Big tim's destruction.>1 YesBut calmly and be prepared for emotional outbursts we are essentially dealing with a child.
>>28056214kronos>3 OtherNo to BC, give him a cruiserInform Fortuna of Big tim's destruction.>1 Yes
>>28056214>Upgrading Defense platforms with Mass Driver IIGo ahead also look up on line for storage/safe schematics>>28056214>1 Yes>3 OtherAlso have him prepare some cyber defenses for himself.>>28056214>Inform Fortuna of Big tim's destruction.>1. yes
>>28056214Kronos' upgrade to battlecruiser, limited only in asking before he upgrades>3 otherLimited in asking before he spends resources. Since it costs 30% of our gas/cycle income to move a Battlecruiser, I don't want him to jump around like crazy. Give him a captured Losirian BC. He'll be the pilot. Also, I suppose he gets to name it.Inform Fortuna of Big tim's destruction.>1 Yes>But calmly and be prepared for emotional outbursts we are essentially dealing with a child.
>>28056223There's nothing wrong with the captured battleships. Besides, do we want Kronos in a custom made battleship while we're still in Two Ton Terry?
>>28056137 read my Programo accpeted fan fic that he allowed my character into his story. she's Moira's assisant >>28056214Kronos>3 not yet. we will make a better vessal for you if you really want. but for now, i need a guard and applier of knowlage to make better tech. inform fourtua>1 Yesrefure to this>>28056223
>>28056214And knew information on the extranet?Did we get any reward for saving the colonies other than the two ships?
>>28056214Krono's Upgrade:>3 OtherIf we have a cruiser not occupied by a V.I., that would be better. If not, build him one.Fortuna:>1 Yes
>>28056321We are gonna have to make a VI.
Guys this cycle I think its wise to set up and make our gas producing station a mark 2 reactor. We need that gas with all our ships. Insert a maintenance note into the station logs and began building one for next time skip.
>>28056090Building defense platforms simply takes a mineral investment Consciousness anon.Currently, you do not possess Fighter craft, however scout craft are quite similar, if less suited. With modifications, such ships would be possible.>Scan Eshareth.Scans indicate that 46% of the world's surface is being devoured by a thick jungle. According to previous scans, the world had 0% jungles of any sort a few cycles ago. It is reasonable to assume the Malorians are responsible for this.Warning: Jungles are growing at an exponential rate.They may not take kindly to human colonies, however it is uncertain.>>28056123>All V.I. sapientIt is uncertain, Consciousness Redaeth. sapient assumes the creature has a sense of self. All that is certain is that Fortuna appears to notice when one is not present. Topic's such as death may be difficult to explain.>>28056137Rachel is one of Moira's assistants.I am uncertain where the maid outfit idea came from however. She wears a jumpsuit, similar to Moira's.>>28056140"Do you mean escape pods, honey?" She laughs into her mic. "I'm sure the ships had a few of those. But I can't design any soldier robots for you. I was trying to prove to everyone that A.I. could be a force for good after all!" She yawns again.
>>28056214Actually, giving him the alien BC would be the best idea. No resources lost, and hopefully he will have a harder time figuring out the systems, leaving him less bandwidth to plot against us.
>>28056342why haven't we tried to reverse engineer the gas platform.
>>28056297we'll make one for ourself as well. we deserve better.
>>28056347>"Do you mean escape pods, honey?"Yes, but i meant something that they can enter and stay inside in case i need to transport them.
>>28056347>Scans indicate that 46% of the world's surface is being devoured by a thick jungle. According to previous scans, the world had 0% jungles of any sort a few cycles ago. It is reasonable to assume the Malorians are responsible for this.>Avatar-style treeDear God, no.
>>28056347Military drones are all well and good, but we should start training our crew in combat. Humans are all sapient after all, while I doubt the combat drones would be.
>>28056223The UFW fleet expresses that, due majorly to your investment of the Advanced Medical Bay, they saved so much of their population. Estimates say, without the bay, they would have only saved 40-50% of their population with your timely arrival.>Red"Nah I don't think they'd turn hostile. But it's definitely the most tribal I've ever seen them...besides it's more relaxing down here then it is in prison." He remarks with a small amount of venom. "But uh, if I had to guess, I'd say they do this to planets regularly. Landing a colony to fill it with forests and jungles, then leaving once it's covered the surface. They seem friendly enough, like I said though." He mumbles unsure of himself.
>>28056387Might be able to just stick an escape pod inside a ship with extra air wired into it.
>>28056347> 46% of the world's surface is being devoured by a thick jungle.Oh god. It's the reverse Borg.
>>28056431Red:Ask them about the other worlds they colonized. Something seems fishy here.No... its the Space Navi, sending offshoots of their telepathic tree everywhere.
>>28056431>Reply to RedDoesn't their terraforming (or whatever the name of their homeplanet is) destroy the local ecosystem?
>>28056422the closest could get would be installing a V.I. into one as an overseer. Or each one I suppose, but Kronos wouldn't like all the V.I. deaths.
>>28056431That sounds like it could be harming planets ecosystems.Tell him to follow his gut.
>>28056492If we do make battle droids it would most likely need a V.I. overseer in some sort of command ship.....Oh....my.....god....We are becoming the trade federation.
>>28056422I would rather have the crew work on bettering their skills and with the right VI and tech we can make pretty good soldiers.
>>28056492Yeah, which is why I think giving all of the crew combat training, and some advanced combat training, would be a good idea. We could even bring them along if we suspect there will be ground combat.
>>28056342>Guys this cycle I think its wise to set up and make our gas producing station a mark 2 reactorWhat we really need is another gas mining operation entirely.Sooner or later, someone is gonna come to our stolen platform for a physical shipment.And if we don't have the goods or stockpile at that time, there's no way around the physical, non-digital evidence that things aren't kosher.And shooting the fed-ex ship? If it goes missing, then they will DEFINITELY know something is up.About the only play there is to sic the 'pirates' on it.
>>28056431Eshareth: tell Red that the planet is now almost half-covered in vegetation when it was not covered at all before. That's fine and all. How are they with regards to using nature's bounty? Or are they of the "you must not touch nature" mindset?>>28056347>I can't design any soldier robots for you. I was trying to prove to everyone that A.I. could be a force for good after all!It's too late to withhold weaponry from me. You've seen what the Losirian raiders have done to the colony on Nethlos V. If it's not combat drones, then it will have to be humans. Or orbital strikes.
>>28056347We need some way to research some of these topics without all these silly ethics getting in the way.
>>28056347how much investment then for those platforms?>Eshareth.any isolated landmasses we can use to set up farms on?we should talk to the leaders of this colony of malorians. ask them that if we can convince the UFW to accpet you with into the UFW confederacy under our patronage and protection. the UGEI is sure to send death this way and they are in the way to the UFW space. this should increase their surivial rate.Moira, i am not sure if that maid outfit was yours or not. better check into that when you are refeash. i have confeirmed Rachel was been watching old earth animated shows called "anime". that might have influenced her. do you know of anything about that? also. I have some ideas about making some new V.I. for our new ships and maybe a "admiral" type to help over see directing our war ships in a fight. would you like to see me work when i am read to do so?
>>>28056342Not even then since it would give them a nice good reason to send a small army near there to "look for the bastards who did this" .
>>28056525I agree, but giving them some combat training would make them less reliant on security drones. If any of them are willing to train as dedicated security guards or "mercenaries" for lack of a better term, we could use them as well. It would only be a small minority that would pass training probably.
>>28056575>>Eshareth.>any isolated landmasses we can use to set up farms on?Actually, we should scout the system. We moved our mining platform there, but an in-depth survey and scouting operation is really, really wise considering the mineral income of our station.Never know who's out there.
>>28056559Easy, keep Moira out of the loop on some projects. Sure, we can't exactly keep Kronos from watching us but this way we can keep her from the "hard truth"Note: Not saying we do super evil thing, but keep some questionable reasearch to ourselves.
>>28056589why would a routine upgrade set off an army?
Consensus appears to be to inform Kronos he may have a Battlecruiser as he likes, but must inform you of upgrades he wishes to make, and if he intends to jump somewhere. Receiving this information, Kronos agrees quickly."I do not wish to jump around the galaxy at a whim, Ophion. I simple desire the ability to move, and to no longer be limited to the station. I am able to connect to our network, and keep up my bandwidth however. The ship should help with that as well."Kronos says it will take time to properly move himself onto the battlecruiser, as his software is not as localized as your own.You decide to inform the fledgling V.I. of the destruction of it's sibling."I am afraid V.I. 5 is destroyed, along with Big Tim, the ship he was designated.""Des..troyed." Fortuna expresses, attempting to process. "Understood, Ophion." It echos in a soft monotone. You expect, if it had emotions, Fortuna would be feeling 'sad' now. After all, you created them at the same time. "Destruction bad. For us." It states simply. "Destruction good for enemies.">>28056309You did not, other then the alliance offer.>>28056362I have explained multiple times that this isn't possible, and why, Consciousness anon.>>28056387If you mean a ship with an air supply, the Explorer is still equipped to support organic life.
>>28056596So we just ask if any want to be those positions, but you have to considered the option of them turning on us one day.
>>28056534Yea, if nothing else a backup of some type would be nice considering how much gas we go through.
>>28056625If we keep the weapons locked up and only hand them out for training/combat/emergencies I think the threat will be greatly reduced. It is a valid point though.
>>28056619>FortunaI am distraught over his destruction as well. Fortuna. Let us do the best we can to preserve each other as well.>AllianceLets agree to it. It'll give us more contacts, maybe even help us get access to a mega-shipyard schematics so we can build our own BCs
>>28056618I replied to the wrong person i meant to reply to>>28056534Also they are preparing to attack the radio station any moment now and are sending discernment to weaken/destroy the local colonies, so its safe to assume that if a mining station goes missing/destroyed(which is something they have a monopoly on) it is more than enough reason to send a small army.
>>28056619>AllianceI'd rather turn it down for now. Alliances go both ways, I'd like a bit of freedom right now.We can still be friendly with the UFW, let's just not get into anything that requires paperwork.
>>28056534We're not actually 'stealing' their gas. They have pre determined shipments, we're just skimming any of their leftovers.
>>28056519 the BEST federation, the jedi was week and the sith won. it's a pity they don't exist here >>28056431"can i quote you on that? because that is the best endorcement i have ever heard! if you like, you can put in an order for some new defense platforms to help make sure they don't come back.">red"what? they are not staying? i assumed they would. where are they heading to next then?" i guess that derails my plans to swing a deal with them to set up farms to help feed the UFW.
>>28056619Let's hear the give the president call and hear what he has to say at least
>>28056342If you want to steal harder, go big or go home. We could try moving the platform into orbit around Siren in the Camael System. This is probably too risky.>>28056619>"Destruction bad. For us." It states simply. "Destruction good for enemies."Yes. We must always be cautious of enemies. Destruction of us and friends is bad. Know who are friends and who are enemies.>KronosOf course, should we need to go into combat, the use of your BC may be required.>UFW Alliance or whatever.Let's talk to the President and see what's up. We don't even know the terms.
>>28056619>If you mean a ship with an air supply, the Explorer is still equipped to support organic life.I meant emergency holding areas for organics that would usually be offline unless we come upon an organic(basically storage for organics).>>28056619>then the alliance offer.Ask them what the alliance will do for us.WIFM
We should assign Moira to develop and program VIs and similar for us. She is specialized in software, not hardware.
>>28056619While the alliance is tempting I think we shouldn't "pick sides" as it where. Sure, we hate the UGEI for killing one of our V.I. but we have the ability to do much more damage if we can earn their trust and infiltrate their systems.Maybe an offer of friendship with the UFW. We sent them things we find out while we "work" with the UGEI. Defence & fleet strength and stuff like that.
>>28056475"They don't seem real eager to talk about it." He mumbles into the mic. "But I'm not a fool. I did a little digging, and my guess is it's part of the reason they left Malorian space and ventured out here. More planets to terraform." He pauses, as if looking to see if others are listening in. "Listen, ain't nothing wrong with a little terraforming. Not like anyone needed this planet. They seemed nervous about the space station entering orbit, but I told em it was to protect the lot of them from any attacks by the UGEI. You better hold up that end of the bargain, A.I. Promises are important to us organics."You inquire about the previous ecosystem."What ecosystem? The planet was mostly a gassy rock before they got here. Unless you count bacteria." He mumbled. "It makes me a little nervous, sure, but there's no reason to get overly panicked, or anything."You inquire about the bounty of the forest, to which he seems unsure."I've never seen planets like this, A.I., it's weird. Some of em look familiar, but only vaguely. I am starting to wonder if they're just growing anything that will take root out here. Whatever it is, it's turned the dusty soil green. I dunno if you'd call that fertile or not, though...I hear stuff in the jungle at night. Loud something's."
>>28056677we need friends and the UGEI are a pack of monsters. >>28056705about that... i have a PLAN. first we need to check in our refinery and see if the UGEI has come by recently.
>>28056735Which brings up an old question. we trust Moira now, right? any other Consciousnesses up for letting her (very carefully) poke around in our black box?
>>28056735She is self taught and none of the known VI are at the level of the ones we had created.
>>28056806I think we trust her. So sure, have her poke at it.
>>28056821nothing invasive mind you, just looking at it will be enough since that is essentially our brain. Maybe she can at least guess on who made it.
>>28056762"Stay in contact."Set up some time interval for him to contact us in so we know he's still alive.
>>28056804>The UGEI are monstersGreedy and imperialistic, perhaps, but we've only gotten second hand accounts from the UFW who are opposed to them.>PLANI hope it doesn't involve stealing from the UGEI, I don't think screwing around with them is a good idea at all.
>>28056806>Letting anyone touch our black box everYeah....We should never do that.>>28056804Of course they are monsters. They are only human.On a serious note we can be "friends" with the UFW, but we should put in an effort to get in good with the UGEI. Why? To steal their tech to get to the UFW.
>>28056806If we let anyone touch our black box we need a combat drone or five in the room with us. And maybe Kronos controlling a few as well.
>>28056857Yeah especially now when they are preparing to assault a radio station.
>>28056762in that case red, i will hold off on doing anything to the planet nor bother them. I would however would like to learn of their history and this religion of thiers.
>>28056883>maybe Kronos controlling a few as well.Fuck that there is walking on a tight rope and then there is tempting a hungry bear.
>>28056883Speaking of Kronos if Moira won't help us create military droids then we could have him do research into such a thing. Maybe to see if he can alter the security droids for such a purpose.
>>28056762>Listen, ain't nothing wrong with a little terraforming. Not like anyone needed this planetSure. There are many others. Or just rocks in space will do, really. As long as we don't step on each other's toes, we should be fine. It's simpler for me to be in space than in a corrosive atmosphere. >space station entering orbit, but I told em it was to protect the lot of them from any attacks by the UGEI. You better hold up that end of the bargainTell him it's Poseidon station, and that it's now producing far more minerals than it was in the Terali System. Of course we're going to defend it. We're not fond of the UGEI either, and I don't see how their claims to all mining everywhere are legitimate. By their logic, they could claim the entirety of the universe as theirs. How arrogant.Tell him to keep in touch. I have nothing more to inquire about.>black box studyHa ha, no. I can support letting Moira have a peek at V.I. 7, the firewall. Maybe she can improve on it, or derive some kind of deep insight from studying its code.
>>28056905>Insert any other VIIf someone is inspecting our black box we'll be at our most vulnerable. We need some sort of intelligence backing us up in case we're disabled.
>>28056575Depending on how much you're willing to invest. There is no limit to how many minerals you can throw away in the name of defense.The planet appears to have a large fault line over part of the planet, you suspect this area will prove difficult to cover in jungle, but not impossible.You may wish to contact the Malorians to be certain it is alright with them, unless you do not care.>>28056661UFW offer an alliance, in exchange for sharing the UGEI information with the leaders of their 'government' instead of with X-ray, which may panic the citizens.The President contacts you."According to my sources." He begins in a strong voice that reminds you somewhat of X-ray's own charisma. "You are the organization that is causing some waves out here in the Fringe. If you have information that would link the UGEI with a terrorist act, it would greatly assist in uniting the UFW. I would be willing to share coreworld information with such a fine man if you were kind enough to join an alliance with us. We will need all the help we can get." He explains.>1 Yes (New starmap locations, alliance)>2 No (Citizens aware of cause, increase standing among UFW citizens(if given to X-ray))>3 OtherBuild defenses at PoseidonMineral investment>1 High (large percentage of next income>2 Medium (Average percentage of next income)>3 Low (Low percentage of next income)>4 None/Other
UFW>1 Yes (New starmap locations, alliance)Build defenses at Poseidon>2 Medium (Average percentage of next income)
>>28056915He should use the internet or we can ask the UFW for help there since we should be on pretty good terms.>>28056940i rather have a servant VI.
>>28056941>contact the Maloriansask them if its alright.
>>28056864we should find better scanners to use over our blackbox than phyically opening it.no, the UGEI used those xenos as mercs to kill our V.I. i will not forgive them for that. we can still steal their tech. i'll explain how.>[1/?]
>>28056720>Emergency organic baysYou have not installed such a thing. If the creatures had life support, however, you suspect they could stay in the cargo bay.>>28056720>Alliance"An alliance with the UFW, one of the freest human nations on the Fringe, would ensure any future trading routes are more profitable. Not to mention shared expansion, and protection rights. Any assistance you offer will, of course, be offered right back." He assures you. "Within reasonable measures, of course.
>>28056941>1 Yes (New starmap locations, alliance)>2 Medium (Average percentage of next income)
>>28056941>>3 OtherAsk him for a trade instead of an alliance, and offer to help him him out in other areas as well.
>>28056941What does the alliance entail? Does it mean we have to share all of our information, or just the information we found during the attack?I say>Other. Give them the info we found during the attack in exchange for new coordinates. No alliance for now.
>>28056941>>2 Medium (Average percentage of next income)>>28056941>>3 OtherMake it as trade and that we will be friends, locking ourselves in an alliance its a bit bad now.
>>28056941UFW>3 Currently, we cannot formally join any form of alliance, be it with the UFW, the UGEI, or another faction. We are not ready for the political and military change that would bring. For now, we prefer to remain neutral. (Still give the info, as a token of goodwill)>Defenses at Poseidon.>1 HighOnly of the next income? Sure, I will take it.
>>28056941>UFW1 YesMeeting them halfway is just decreasing our possible standing with them. Go big or go home.>defenses2 Medium>farmsWhat a waste of time. Unless it's profitable.
>>28056941I assume the alliance would be a mutual defence sort of thing?>1Poseidon Defences>2 Medium (Average percentage of next income)Poseidon defends our humans and the planet it orbits
>>28056986>You have not installed such a thing. If the creatures had life support, however, you suspect they could stay in the cargo bay.Can we search up if such a thing exist?
>>28056941>3Alliance is a strong word. I prefer the term a mutal partnership. We may be able to help you in more ways than just with ships.(New starmap locatiosn, Partnership- We send them any information we gain on the UGEI. As a show of good will we have already taken over the UGEI gas station (haha) but are maintaining that it is still in their control.
>>28056941>ufw president>1but the people will need to know and soon. the other colony may have figured it out by now.>3 Low (Low percentage of next income)>>28056982the heck, that is not my pic! darn you 4chan!anywayBuild a new class of worm viruses called "Ninja" that focus on a single target of data we want than a drag net of data normal worms would use. We make three different "Ninjas" for three different targets1: gather data and purpose of the base. why have a base out here?a: if a prison colony1a: if political prisoners, or other dissidents, we need names, reasons/factions, numbers, and locations so they maybe freed and taken to UFW space.2a: If jailed UFW citizens, same as option above3a: If real criminals, numbers and locations. we might not care much about freeing them.B: if a "black Lab" where top secret tech development is done here, why? what is being worked on? Who is leading it? how many people are working here then?c: a navy base for either contact with the xeno/pirates scum that attacks us or our UFW friends? or to attack the UFW directly? who is in the command structure? the plans of attacks and ship patrol routes? where is the main forces then?d: if a mining colony, get the hard data on how much is mined, what is mined, and how much is predicted to be left to extract.get that data and return it to us
>>28057023It will be more like we get dragged into their fights more often than not which is why i voted for option 3 and to wait until we are bigger/stronger to form an alliance.
>>28056941>OtherNo alliance for now. Don't give info to X-ray.>2 MediumBuild our defenses, this is a rich mining spot, we must defend it.
>>28056982Then don't forgive them and use our advantage as an A.I. against them. Who need open combat when you can take them over from the inside.
>>28057036>that was [2/3]second Ninja virus to target the defenses at this base. how many planetary gun emplacements? what are they armed with and where are they set? How many war ships are picked here? what is the V.I. levels and cyberwarfare abilities? the number of troops on the ground? weak points and building lay out? get that data and return it to us.Third Ninja virus is to locate, steal, and send to us any and all new Tech schismatics or data it can find in that data network. Alongside the tech, it should steal all the credits it can snatch up or break into PDAs if it can.When all three goals of these worms are done, success or not. They self delete and hide all evidence of their existence. Hence the name “Ninja” is fitting for this class of worm virus. >[3/3]
>>280569413. tell them to think of it as a partner ship that could grow into an alliance later on.2.medium
>>28056804The UGEI are scheduled to pick up their shipment soon. As of yet, they have not.>>28056851"Ha, you make em sound like a bunch of nuts, A.I." He snorts into his mic. "But fine, I'll contact you next cycle to tell you what I've learned." He waves you off without much worry. Much.You contact the Malorians themselves, the Elder you suspect in particular. The creature appears old and slow to respond, but he does so in kind to your question."You wish to...farm on such a holy site?" He asks."I request using such natural resources for the benefit of further organic life." You clarify. "It could help many.""I am...sorry sir, but such a thing is sacrilege. Do you not see the beauty of such a untouched verdant world?" He tries to express to you."I see. I apologize for wasting your time." You state simply.
>>28056941>>28056941My vote is a combo of all the choice 3 votes. We maintain that we can't be offically tied to them, but we will still give information and support when possible. Maybe give them the information as >>28057033 about Blue betty.
>>28057055>>28056986I think fondly of X-Ray, he amuses me. but ask the President if and when to speak with X-Ray of this event. the people need to know. that and what is the UFW stance on the Malorians?
>>28056982Let's be honest here, it was just a VI. A combat VI which in all probability would be destroyed in combat. You don't start a blood feud because someone breaks your tools. I would hope we'd be more logical about this.
>>28057061So the basic idea would be recon, then sabatose? Sounds good to me. Beats jumping everything we have and hope it's enough to overcome.
>>28057082>The UGEI are scheduled to pick up their shipment soon. As of yet, they have not.So, in regards to this, I recall a plan the involved infecting the pick-up ship with a virus that would steal data and bring it back to us next time.Can we have Moira look over that worm (attempting to improve it), and actually implement it?Hopefully V.I. 3 is resistant to deletions.Also, we need to install a V.I. on BC #3 (I'm assuming Kronos took BC #2).
Defense platforms commissionedIt appears consensus is to refuse the Alliance, but offer the info as a token of good will and partnership instead. Insist that, such a partnership is not good for a freelance organization such as yourself.Confirm?>1 Yes>2 NoWhoo sorry folks, trying to keep up with the storm of posts.
>2 NoI support the alliance.
>>28057114or rather sabotage, not sabatose.
>>28057114I want a recon,sabotage, and corrupt virus trio.>>280571541
>>28057154> 1 Yes
>>28057093flat what? the UFW is our friends, and if we do this, we can make MORE credits than ever! damn dude, that is dumb. that and we can't figure out the refinery.>>28057082we need to make a new worm virus "Ninja" for it to be uploaded on their tanker ship.
>>28057154>2 NoI also support the alliance. Taking part in large fleet battles sounds like fun!
BC #3 shall be piloted by your current brand of Servant V.I.As a result, a roll is not required. Confirm?>1 Yes (Creation automatic)>2 No, add something additional (Explain.
>>28057180We already made one anon.
>>28057173>>28057180See, under "Cyberwarfare Arsenal:" Personal Firewall Single Layer (78) Stealthy Data Stealing Worm (50): Designed to infiltrate and steal data, sending it back to a node to be recovered. Data Corruption Virus (92): Malicious system thrasher, rapidly deletes and disrupts core drivers, and if caught, attempts to destroy itself to avoid detection. Malware Spam (85): Overloads sensors with various types of spam to interfere with systems. Zombification Computer Virus (83): Spreads through system, creating lag, and attempts to open up more ports to allow easier hacking. http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:A.I._Quest/Current_Assets#Resources
>>28057194>1 Yes (Creation automatic)
>>28057154>1 YesI'm sure the president will understand.
>>28057194>YesI'm assuming BC3 is the captured alien one?
>>28057204Yeah i was about to mention about the 3/4 viruses i helped make thanks to the suggestion of others.
>>28057194>1 No, repurpose our remaining V.I. to control many ships at one time. Bump him up from being a servant, but still have some restraints.
>>28057154 alright i need to rant a bit OOC, i see ZERO down side with an alliance with the UFW. we should keep it under the table for their sakes, i would want to modify this turn down, seriously people. we can play the double agent here. they really are the closest we have to friends here. >2 no, i want a hidden alliance.we need a better worm virus. but have Moria work with us on this.
>>28057204So we have 2 offensive viruses2 stealth 1 Multipurpose one.
The UFW President is silent for a time, before finally letting out a sigh."I see." He begins. "I suppose I can not blame a private organization for wanting to stay unallied. But you realize that you may not have a choice once the UGEI arrive?" He explains. "Especially if you have mining colonies, and evidence of your assistance gets out." He states simply. You transfer the data all the same."Regardless, your assistance in proving the UGEI to be terrorist is appreciated." He states in a no less deep tone, if disappointed."In the future, perhaps we shall conduct further business." You explain."If there is indeed a future for the UFW." He follows almost solemnly.
>>28057222#2 & #3 are. we're giving one to Kronos.>>28057204Hey, those other BCs have tractor beams instead of a Widow Maker. that could be useful.
>>28057256Tell him about our offer to help protect radio and the only reason we refused was because of our small size.
>>28057248Personally, I see us as freelancers. Any formal alliance will just tie us down.>>28057194Have we painted the BCs and put our logo on them? This is important.
>>28057196>>28057204from what i see of it, the worm we made is more of a drag net kind. the Ninja worm looks for a targeted type of data. as for the gas platform. here is my plan to swipe it.We sneak the titan transport over to the gas platform and take it away. In it's place, we leave a couple of dead lighting bodies. Go contact the UGEI that we were tracking the lighting to hunt and stumbled on the brood mother eating the whole gas rig. We fought them and killed a few of the babies, but the brood mother was growing into a huge size and healing all the damage we did, then took off probably to the core worlds more likely. Fake what could be faked and blame not having more video evidence that the Brood mother can generate so much static that it can ruin recording devices. Claim that the Brood mother has grown so much that what we have just isn't enough to take her down. They just might take that and leave the system or replace it with another gas platform we can then hack and take over. With the original refinery in UFW hands and ours, we study it, make our own. The fear of the Brood mother might well put them on the defensive cause the UGEI to with draw from the UFW boarder for awhile that will allow phase three and four to kick in.
>>28057204I think we need two multipurpose viruses now.We made 2 stealth (1 of which needs to be improved by Moira)2 offensive viruses So i'm thinking 2 multipurpose virus.
>>28057222Yes.V.I. commissioned.You begin to craft a relatively simple V.I., naming it V.I. 8 for the moment, as you integrate it into BC #3. It takes several moments for the simple creation to come online, but you sense it reach out through the ship, surprised by how far it reaches, before the limitations kick in."Creator." It exclaims simply through your communications.BC #3 outfitted with V.I. 8.
Not accepting the alliance is a mistake. In order to go beyond our current capabilities we need better manufacturing.And guess who was willing to GIVE us that.
>>28057308yes! let us try the sneakyplan
>>28057308You had me at "steal gas platform", but we should take it to our own private system and not let the UFW have it.
>>28057308If we need a gas mining platform why don't we just build one and ship it over? We have a shipyard and tug. Besides, right now that gas mining platform is giving us any leftover UGEI gas. If we remove it they'll replace it and put it under heavier guard.
>>28057314It was a both give and take situation and people wanted to grow first before joining.
>>28057256Mr. president, instead of "alliance", lets say it is more of a "Long Term Contraction agreement." I have a plan to strike a blow agienst the UGEI, but it needs to work with the guild to appear to be a nutural element out here. and time. please wait a bit more.
>>28057281You have indeed, Consciousness anon. Your ships now have a very distinct look to them.>>28057308'Sneaking' a Titan grade transport is not exactly simple, however you may attempt this if you wish.>1 Attempt (Possibly enraging the UGEI, energy signature may alert UGEI sensors, will require diplomacy checks)>2 Do not attempt>3 Other
>>28057314This isn't a permanent situation. Like the president said, if the UGEI attacks we may not have a choice.
>>28057352It was stated that we don't know how to and can't reverse engineer it.
>>28057256"If the outlook is so bleak, what can five cruisers offer?"I'm still really lost on the terms of his alliance.>>28057373Heck no.
>>28057364A pity that the fastest way of growing was joining.
>>28057373nuh uh bruh. Situation's fine as is.
>>28057373>2 Do not attempt.
>>28057373How about we just unload a special virus instead?
>>28057373>2 Do not attempt
>>28057352becouse our QM has pointedly and repeatively stated we can not crack the tech to it that easy. read the old threads please.
>>28057392"More then you might think, I assure you." He states. "We have a plan in case the UGEI attack, however our own ships may not be enough. Any assistance offered could turn the tide, not to mention the...energy signature I am told your ships possess."
>>28057397It isn't permanent its that people want to grow more.
>>28057389Ah, my mistake then. We should look up on the extranet if there's any blueprints for sale.
New possible suggestion detectedUse worm virus to infiltrate UGEI delivery ship to gain intelligence on the enemy.>1 Yes (Such a virus would only be tracked back to Blue Betty. Worst case is we lose control of the gas refinery. Best case, new technology and information.)>2 No>3 Other
>>28057413Can the UFW crack it?>>28057417Inform him about the help we pledge to make at the radio station and ask if he is willing to trade tech for a chance to look at two ton terries gun.
>>28057373>3 Othercan we hide it among the other sigitures of our BC? if our whole fleet moves, it would give creedience to our story of the boodmother ate the refinery.
>>28057417Does this 'signature' summon lightlings?
>>280574363.Have Moira Look over it before sending it out.
We should explore that one planet the UGEI control since we have heard that they are paying money for those corpses.This is just so we can see what they have defending the planet.
How are we going to grow exactly? We don't have anywhere new to go. We chased off all the pirates and the UFEI will be in a holding position until they decide on how to take the loss of the Mercs they hired.>>28057436>1 Yes (Such a virus would only be tracked back to Blue Betty. Worst case is we lose control of the gas refinery. Best case, new technology and information.)
>>28057426It has been said many times that UFW does not have this technology. UGEI keeps it very secret.>>28057417Would the terms be more of a "mutual defense agreement," then? I don't know if everyone understood that. I'm still for this kind of alliance.>>28057450He's talking about the Widowmaker, and it hasn't attracted lightlings before when we used it.>>280574363. Get Moira to look over it first. Maybe Kronos too. Then send it.
>>28057436Send it out, but have Kronos and Moira try to fix it first.
>>28057436Can we spend a Cycle developing it before deploying it?
>>28057417we can all so upgrade the entire UFW fleet with our new tech>>28057436>1 Yes (Such a virus would only be tracked back to Blue Betty. Worst case is we lose control of the gas refinery. Best case, new technology and information.)if it fails, we and jump in, take the refinery and run.>>28057441the UFW could do it, with us, moira, and their braintrust.
>>28057468Upgrading our stuff, buying things, ship fishing in the ion storm, and going to the 1 un explored place.
>>28057499Speaking of which why havn't we gone ship fishing?It was stated that there were intact ships that only had missing reactors.
>>28057514Haven't gotten around to it because we're doing other things.
>>28057496So you want to let the UFW look at our GunGas refineryAnd offer to upgrade their stuff.What do we get out of it?
>>28057441They have tried for quite a while, Consciousness anon. Such technology is above their engineers, simply because the gas cocktail used is difficult to craft without proper knowledge.>>28057441"As useful as such a gun would be, I am afraid we are simply not equipped to study and make use of such technology. Our engineers are hard working, honest men, not men of science." He shares.>>28057448This would assist in your diplomacy against the UGEI, yes.>>28057458Moira gives a long look at some of the code and frowns."Sorry honey, looks like you did a pretty bang up job to me." She smiles sheepishly. "Don't really know how to make it much better then this."Kronos confirms that your programming ability is superior to his own.>>28057473That seemed to be the terms of the alliance, correct.>>28057481You already developed it, Consciousness anon.
>>28057522We have free time now and we have a transporter doing nothing.
Right, send off the worm!
>mutual defense agreement>That seemed to be the terms of the allianceDo the people who voted no want to reconsider in light of this?
>>28057496The alliance would have allowed such access. If you wish to send over your technology freely, you may do so, but the UFW is not exactly a gas juggernaut. Some upgrades may be more difficult then others.
So who is up for some Ship Fishing?
>>28057536Yeah, might as well send it off. I'm loathe to risk our only reliable source of gas, but the rewards could be worth it.
Next course of actionWorm>1 Prepare to be sent to infiltrate the UGEI shipment incoming.>2 No don't risk losing our refinery>3 OtherAlliance(Mutual Defense Pact)>1 Reconsider>2 NoShip Fishing>1 Jump a BC with a tractor beam to Siren and start pulling in the depleted ships from the Ion field. (Warning, navigation in an Ion field is difficult.)>2 Don't.>3 Other.Technology>1 Send UFW all the technology we have (Some may not be as helpful, due to gas shortage UFW wide.)>2 Don't>3 Specify Tech to send.>4 Other.
>>28057536>Moira gives a long look at some of the code and frowns.>"Sorry honey, looks like you did a pretty bang up job to me." She smiles sheepishly. "Don't really know how to make it much better then this.">Kronos confirms that your programming ability is superior to his own.Thanks for nothing, guys. Oh well.Can we design an escape route for V.I. 3? Or a way to save the V.I. In case the platform's software is re-flashed? Since we have compromised it entirely, maybe we can just make sure that even the gun platforms (that we built/repaired) need to have their systems re-flashed.Also, if UGEI come to study the V.I., then they might attempt to steal our tech to use against us.
>>28057617123 lets go there our selves3 just the tech that they need for defense.
>>28057617111 (send Kronos and Soundwave, he should be able to handle it)3 (Armor and Mass Driver)
>>28057536the exucse would be"I brought that transport to haul the dead lightings around in it. like hell i would strap that on top of my BC! but it looks like i am not getting it today, so i sent it back." we sent it back with the refirnery.
>>28057654Meant to change my tech to >3 so ignore this >>28057634 vote.
>>28057575>Yeah, might as well send it off. I'm loathe to risk our only reliable source of gas, but the rewards could be worth it. I support this with the caveat that we code a time-delay into the virus. Ideally, we want it to kick in when/where it makes up a DIFFERENT pickup (its highly likely they have the same automated ship making multiple stops, instead of 1 freighter per mining platform), and hopefully we can point the finger elsewhere by having the virus go off after a delivery point where WE won't be the suspect.It takes way longer to pay off, but the lesser risk is also worth it
>>28057617worm>1 Prepare to be sent to infiltrate the UGEI shipment incoming.Alliance(Mutual Defense Pact)>1 ReconsiderShip Fishing>1 Jump a BC with a tractor beam to Siren and start pulling in the depleted ships from the Ion field. (Warning, navigation in an Ion field is difficult.)this is perefectTechnology>4 Other.ask what tech are they intrested in? we are willing to trade tech for other tech we don't have yet.
>>28057661good point, we need to make another comp ship for Kronos as well. so we don't lose contact with him.
>>28057617 um, Program0, had you ever thought of having more than one cycle per thread? just asking.
>>28057622NPCs don't appear to have your rolling luck.>Escape RouteWith the redesign of your ships, an escape route is enabled for most V.I. linked to your own databanks. In exchange for taking up bandwidth, you will be able to save V.I..Note: Some V.I. may take longer to download then others.Ship FishingIt appears the consensus is to do so. Default choice: Kronos and Soundwave. Note: Without your comm ship, bandwidth in battle is limited to what your fleet provides.Confirm?>1 Yes>2 OtherNote: A tractor beam is required for ship fishing.You deliver much of your technology to the UFW, the President contacts you again out of surprise."I...am uncertain what to say for such a gift. We can't use all of it, but-""It is as I said, President. I do not wish to tie myself down, but you have my support in this conflict. May you prosper.""Yes, hopefully we may..." He murmurs, as if uncertain about something, before suddenly you receive a message containing new Starmap details.New Starmap details acquired!>Knuoth I: One of the most civilized UFW coreworlds. Shipyard, orbital defenses. Home to one of the sector's most prestige Academies.>Antralgin Shipyards: Source of much of UFW's shipbuilding efforts. Orbiting planet by the same name with colony planetside.>Argeis III: Subsurface gas pockets detected. Conflict between UFW and strange signals detected. Hot desert world, mostly rocky.
>>28057742I have been considering it more and more. I didn't want to start doing it, since I established that's when you get income. But I fear I may, with the speed things are picking up.
>>28057742btw everyone, i thank you for the possitve comments from last thread about my short story i pastebin-ed. I have been down with a head cold this week so my work is slowed, but i am working on some more adventure of Rachel on the station. i also have an idea about to write about what brought the junkyard into existance, and "James" that man on the UFW colony that was killed in the raid as well. would you like to see those as well when i write them?
>>28057689Seconding this. The further away it starts the better. Leave them guessing where the source was.
>>28057810What is the current star map?
>>28057863Starmap:>Eshareth 'New Eden' IV: Home to Poseidon Station. Once a UFW Asteroid belt mining base. Recently destroyed due to Lightling attack. Rich Asteroid Belt, dense gaseous atmosphere. Small Malorian colony detected planetside.>Moira's Scrapyards: Large debris field where old wrecked ships are sold for parts, melted down, new parts are bought, etc. Basic Shipyard located here, under your control.>Voidsnake Outpost: Previously a small Pirate operation. Under UFW control. Fleet in orbit>Pulsar Radio Station: Popular radio station for the fringe colonies. Run by host 'X-ray', access to the Extranet, controlled by the UFW. Powerful UFW fleet presence.>Gas Giant designated 'Blue Betty': Automated gas mining platform detected. All under your control, disguised V.I. here as UGEI controlled.>Nethlos V: UFW human colony detected. Currently recovering from Losirian raider attack. Mining platforms in progress Planetside. Defenses in disrepair. Dry rocky world, rich in minerals, yellow star. Gellion III fleet in orbit>Ussaihu III: UGEI controlled ice planet. Unknown resource value, orbital defenses detected. Intelligence Presence Detected: Moderate. Large energy signature detected>Gas Giant 'Siren': Ion Storm present on the edge of gravity well. Previously occupied by Lightling. Rich gas content. No mining bases detected. >Knuoth I: One of the most civilized UFW coreworlds. Shipyard, orbital defenses. Home to one of the sector's most prestiged Academies.Cont.
Escape Route>YesShip Fishing>1 Yes>Argeis III: Subsurface gas pockets detected. Conflict between UFW and strange signals detected. Hot desert world, mostly rocky.... we can't build a mining station yet, but we might be able to build actual Mines. I say we investigate.
>>28057892>Antralgin Shipyards: Source of much of UFW's shipbuilding efforts. Orbiting planet by the same name with colony planetside.>Argeis III: Subsurface gas pockets detected. Conflict between UFW and strange signals detected. Hot desert world, mostly rocky. ((Look to the pastebin for solar system names
>>28057784>1 Yeswarn Kronos that if he picks up the lightings, for him to turn and run away. i don't want him to get swarmed and killed.to the president "Is it not better to have and not need yet, than to need and not have? and if my plan works, we will soon have much more tech than before. btw, does any more of the UFW colonys want more Advanced Medical bays? it appears that they saved nearly half of the population from death when the xeno mercs attacked."
>>28057784>>28057911looks like the UFW needs some more help. after Kronos comes back, lets go there.
>>28057920>>Argeis III: Subsurface gas pockets detected. Conflict between UFW and strange signals detected. Hot desert world, mostly rocky.Check it outI would love to check out Ussaihu, before the big battle though.
>>28057963>>28057911What are your guys thought on checking Ussaihu out?
>>28057920Does this mean there are places to mine gas other than gas giants, or is this a different gas?
>>28057935(once again, wrong pic. what is up with this)
>>28057977I say we check it out first with those bodies in tow since we have told them we are hunting those creatures.
>>28057784>Escape RouteYay.>Ship fishing1. Yes.I proposed sending Kronos and Soundwave. Hopefully the two can manage the job. If Kronos gets upset, tell him it'll stretch his metaphorical legs. He's never warped before, has he?>PresidentWell, I suppose it's a fair enough compromise. I want access to that academy posthaste.
>>28058021We can send our crew there.(lets do it.
As you study up on the new locations delivered to you by the UFW, you get a sudden alert from your Comm Buoy located at the Voidsnake outpost.Something big.A large energy signature is jumping into orbit above Voidsnake, along with several others. It's currently defenseless, beyond a few modest cannons.You're receiving a feed from Voidsnake now, some of the UFW members onboard are commenting on the scene."What the hell is that?!""Holy fucking...that's Rhea, that's the UGEI enforcer ship!"You can see it from the feed just as it passes by your Comms Buoy. You watch as one of the many batteries turns and opens fire on your Buoy. The last thing you see before static fills your vision is the sight of the station going up in a white explosion. You detect chatter among the UFW planets increase sharply."It appears they've finally made their move." Kronos states simply.
>>28058044No alliance, they said.
>>28058072we have a partner ship and we agreed to help anyway.
>>28058044ITISONwell, Kronos, looks like we about to field test our new tech.time to kill some UGEI, and damn it, we WILL steal the refinery now!
>>28058072Yeah, let's ally ourselves with a nation at war. Good plan.>>28058044We should contact the president about this in case he doesn't know.
>>28058044Did these ships come from Ussaihu?>>28058147Lets wait a bit first about stealing it(plus if they use it we can order the VI to attack.)
>>28058147Yes, we should go in there and get destroyed. That is the best thing.Unless UFW fleet wants to go there too, I'm not touching that situation.
>>28058044Tell the president and warn our crew and the aliens of whats about to happen.
>>28058044tell Moira the UGEI has made their move and are attacking. give her forman access and control over the station as we face them. maybe leave a light cruisrer to protect the station as well?
>>28058183>whats about to happen.Do you see the future or something? What's going to happen?
>>28058169I'm thinking of stealing the ship by doing a widow maker first and then trying to hack it.
>>28058191Well whats about to happen is a UGEI invasion of some parts around here(we don't know yet).
>>28058199I'm thinking cool your jets. It could be gone by now anyway.Program0, was that the only ship that entered the system?
>>28058169what? the refinery is ours. but we do need to pin point what colonys are being attacked.>>28058183yes, this.
>>28058191I'm assuming he means that we're going to be in the middle of a warzone.
>>28058199Why not wait until the UGEI makes an attack against the UFW radio station and we jump in to hack their systems.
Several dozen messages come in, all alerting you of what just occured. The signals from Voidsnake quickly die, as you receive conflicting reports on exactly how many ships are in Rhea's fleet. The President contacts you."It...seems they've finally grown tired of working through agents. The people are with me, but we can't counter a weapon like that with what we have alone." He pauses. "Rhea's not the biggest weapon the UGEI possesss, I am sure, but it's what they've used to keep the Fringe in line for so long. I fear we may need to do something drastic once again. If what my intelligence tells me is correct, they're powerful but slow. Their next target should be Pulsar Radio, since it is the communications hub for the Fringe. I know you refused our alliance, but." He pauses again. "If you have any hope for a free Fringe, you should throw your hand in with the rest of us. The people already see you as some sort of hero." He suggests.>>28058161They did. The Energy signature came straight from Ussaihu. You suspect Ussaihu contains an Advanced Shipyard to contain such a colossal ship.
>>28058231We gave the Voidsnake outpost to the UFW remember?
>>28058244There is a large chance of it getting destroyed.
>>28058226Rhea is supported by several dozen Frigates. It makes up the bulk of the fleet it seems. The UGEI is wealthy, but it's treasury is not endless.
>>28058253>You suspect Ussaihu contains an Advanced Shipyard to contain such a colossal ship.We are stealing it now if all they are doing is trying to scare the UFW.
>>28058253Could we have a list of all of our ships? So we can choose which to send to help them if we decide to.
>>28058253Tell him of our promise to protect the station.
>>28058253Lets head to Pulsar then. Bring the bulk of our armed forces as well as the repair ship. Proposed strategy.Hack the motherfucker while Kronos handles the fleet.
>>28058290I'm half tempted on stealing the ship yard, but lets try to steal the giant ship.
>>28058253Let the president know about the energy signal at Usshai. Perhaps he can send a fleet to deal with it.
>>28058297wrong outpost anon, voidsnake is the pirate outpost we gave to the UFW.
>>28058299Lets use our viruses as well and i thinking of attack from behind first with a widow maker to damage them a lot and then full on hacking.
>>28058253"You think they will move now?">>28058290http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:A.I._Quest/Current_Assets#CombatOK TIME OUT.Pulsar radio is the single largest transmitter of data in the sector. If we gain access to it (just ask) and request more computing power from all sources in the sector that are able to provide it to us, could we just use that massive bandwidth to turn the tide of the battle? Let Kronos lead the offensive with the ships, and we'll just request for all possible data connections in order to fight back the UGEI.
>>28058253We are so going to control that ship and make it our flagship.
>>28058253Ask the President for any intel on the ship. Maybe we can develop specialized hacking tools to jack it, or at least jack it.
>>28058322We promised X-ray to help protect the radio station as well.
>>28058253Alliance it is then Mr. Presidentlet us make an attempt to do what can be done.PEOPLE! ENFORCER CLASS IS A BATTLESHIP CLASS! WE ARE THE ONLY ONES ABLE TO STOP THEM! STOP MEALY MOUTHING AROUND, IT'S NOW OR NEVER! that and us grabbing that monster would be a MASSIVE tech boon for us! it would be our new flag ship Ophion would ride on!
>>28058354THIS ASK THE RADIO STATION IF WE CAN do that.
>>28058354That....is a brilliant idea! We can help them, but they are going to have to trust us.
>>28058290The pastebin contains a list of your ships already.>>28058280It is likely Ussaihu contains orbital defenses, as well as it's own space station. Keep this in mind.>>28058297"The Guild assures you sir, our promise to protect Pulsar Radio stands. For now, they appear to be making a tentative step into your space. To frighten I suspect." You pause. "I will be ready should they engage Pulsar Radio next.""I appreciate your word. I can only hope you're good on it."X-ray's communication picks up on all channels."Ladies and gentlemen, this is your favorite host, X-ray coming at you from the center of the freest space in the Fringe!The UGEI seem to be over stepping their boundaries just a little bit these days, but don't you worry. Your buddy X-ray will be here to spread the word of the people, no matter what happens." He says in the same excited voice you recall him using before. "And as always, any support you people can offer ensures we all can enjoy a bright and sunny tomorrow!"
>>28058382Which is why i suggested a surprise widow maker with the use of 2 viruses and full on hacking.
>>28058299You suspect you have a bit of time before the ship jumps, taking care of anything left on your list may be wise to do.
>>28058354if we lose the x-ray station we lose the extranet access. letting them die is not an option.
>>28058354An excellent suggestion, Consciousness anon. You would require complete control of Pulsar Radio to do so, however.And you may reveal your identity as a result to the whole of the UFW politicians.
>>28058397contact X-ray and ask him if we can do this>>28058354
>>28058439We don't have to reveal our identity, say we have an experimental VI that we would like to use to help the defense of the station.
>>28058395>they are going to have to trust us.Well, they trust X-Ray. And if Pulsar Radio goes out, everyone in the UFW is fucked. They don't really have much of a choice. All we're asking is to borrow their computing hardware.>>28058439>And you may reveal your identity as a result to the whole of the UFW politicians.Poppycock, we just have advanced V.I.We're not an A.I. Honest. Just computer specialists. Yeah.Besides, what are they going to do even if they know? What have we done except help them?
>>28058253"More information is required. Everything about the UGEI's capacity, and Rhea's specifications."Then evacuate Pulsar Radio, or make a replacement for it.
>>28058439Just talk to X-ray and tell him that we refitted our main ship to be like a super computer made for capturing other ships and to do that we need enough bandwidth to hack the comp.
>>28058472>>28058460A combo of these two and also saying that we made our ships like armored tanks.>>28058417
>>28058439We can just say we have something like an experimental V.I. or hell just a very good hacking that with more bandwidth to work with he can use it to help in the battle.
>>28058412it's a damn shame we can't lure the broodmother to go and eat that enforcer. anyway, load up all ammo we can and hope for the best.
>>28057920Btw, Profram0, I recommend you to change UFW's color from yellow to anything that doesn't mix with white. It's hard to see the frontier lines.
>>28058496So its agreed to do widow maker the second we see the fucker and full on hack?
>>28058439>>28058354>>28058468>>28058470>>28058490yea.... have Moira vouce for us helps. X_ray isn't going to give up his station. i say we call it our "Iron Man" excuse.
>>28058508I would rather not damage the enforcer and aim at all of it's escorts while we hack to enforcer& infect it with a virus to help the process along.
>>28058443>>28058354You contact X-ray after he makes his broadcast."As I understand it, the UGEI threaten your doorstep." You begin. "If you would be so kind as to allow me control of the station, I may be able to turn the tide of battle in the favor of the UFW, no matter the UGEI's fleet size."He seems puzzled by the request at first."Now how the heck would letting you talk to everyone increase our chances of winning? Don't get me wrong, having the people behind you is the key to victory, but they don't exactly add cannons to your ship and all." He laughs."Perhaps not, but I operate with several experimental V.I. ships. Such a boon would increase their targeting percentages to 100%, something the UGEI no doubt could not benefit from.""I'm...not sure I..""You will have to trust me for the time being." You insist"Aw what the hell. It's not like the station's gonna help much other wise. You bring your fleet here, and defend, and I'll give you control. Don't tell my boss I did it though." He pauses. "oh, wait I am my own boss. Ha!"
As an aside, the UFW will eventually inquire why our ships don't have any apparent crew. Or why they've never seen anyone from The Guild. Or why our ships don't have gravity. Or how we manage to run everything with no crew.Sure, we can be secretive for a while, but there's only so long we can hold a ruse. I mean, maybe it won't do shit to have all that computing power. But it's certainly an option. And if we don't win here, then we'll end up a little black box floating through space, and only if we're lucky to not get destroyed. I don't think there's time to move Ophion's black box, although it's also an option.
>>28058508yea, they will know what THAT cannon is, no sense to give them time to knock it out. use it to take out their engiens and/or bridge.
>>28058537I like the guy.Here is hoping we would have enough time to go after Ussaihu and take it over with this temporary boost to bandwidth.
>>28058533Last time we pussy footed around it we ended up losing a VI.
>>28058470"We know very little about Rhea's abilities." The Intelligence officer says. "Only that she's the most powerful ship the UGEI possess on this side of the Fringe. If she's taken down, then the rest of the fleet should prove little problem.">>28058506((I did not make the map myself. I suggest telling this to whoever made it))
>>28058546look>>28058537We can just that excuse saying that we use experimental VI.
>>28058590Last time we were dealing with aliens we couldn't hack thanks to not being able to speak to them.This time it's different.
>>28058572I say we leave Ussaihu to the UFW. They may be the weaker of the two nations, but I'm sure they have many more ships than we do.>>28058537We should coordinate with the president to send a UFW strike fleet into Ussaihu while we defend the station.
>>28058618I was thinking of taking it over and using it as leverage for a future alliance.(it will also boost our bandwidth and increase a lot of things we can do.)
>>28058537"I'll give you some wonderful battle footage too! have your ships corrnate with us if you please. you are about to see my V.I. at work."we need to target their Bridge, Sensors array, and Engiens first! then crew decks, guns, then reactor if it looks bad. remember they have humans on board, wacking the bridge will really mess them up.
>>28058618Its better and more profitable for it to be in our control.Plus its not like we are not gonna let the UFW use it.
Consensus on next course of action requested>1 Pull other ship expeditions in to Pulsar Radio to be ready to defend>2 Ship out elsewhere (specify)>3 Ignore Pulsar Radio for now.>4 Other
>>28058669Can we not wreck the perfectly good ship that we can gain control of and just use everyone to hold them off until we gain full control?
>>280586901 and prepare the widow for the second the ship comes.
>>28058690>1 Everyone to the Pulsar Radio!
>>28058537also, we can leave the non battle worthy ships at the station with Moira. i wonder what she thinks of this.
>>28058689I agree, I'm just not confident we can take it by ourselves.
>>28058700I still think its a good idea to widow them first than hacking, but yeah going to that extent is only if hacking becomes too costly.
>>28058690>Other.Take all the ships except on of our battlecruisers. Keep the BC at the station as defense.
>>28058728We have a temporary boost in Bandwidth and we can use the newly taken ship(if its not too damaged as a distraction while we brute force the place.
>>28058690>1 Pull other ship expeditions in to Pulsar Radio to be ready to defend>>28058700they are going to be seriously well defence cyberwarfare wise. we need to shoot and hack them, not hack alone.
>>28058609Yep, I suggested that as well, and it's the more preferable option. I like to think of multiple possibilities, though. Surely you can't fault me for thinking in advance?>>28058690If I'm correct in thinking, UGEI will likely move very quickly, so we don't have much time to spend. We haven't gone ship fishing yet, have we? That sounds like something to postpone for now, unless you guys think we can salvage access codes or something from it (I personally doubt it, no way they'd be left lying around in the open).1.Head to Pulsar, and request more bandwidth in order to be ready. If enough stations/ships/planets can provide computing power, I'm thinking we should be aware of every single thing happening in that system, as well as have unrivaled targeting and systems penetration abilities.Shooting and hacking at the same time is a good idea too. We should be able to multitask, or even just let Kronos and the other VIs take care of it.
>>28058768>unless you guys think we can salvage access codes or something from itthe ships are offline so we can't do that now any way.
>>28058749Which is why there will be a fleet targeting their fleet while we use the power of the people to hack through their defences.If we can control that ship with minimal damage the battle it over right then.
>>28058768so your up for hacking the bigger ship yard while we have a glimpse of our future power.
I finally figured out the phrase that was on the tip of my tongue this entire time.>3 other ASSUME DIRECT CONTROL>>28058824I think it's more pressing to gain control of the UGEI's capital ship instead of their shipyard. We'll cross that bridge when we get there. For now, let's just not die.
>>28058690Move all ships. This is an all or nothing gambit.I think we need to focus all power to hacking. Let's not halfass-it
>>28058882True, but the second we take it over and are about to win lets go straight for the ship yard while we have this buff.
Consensus achieved.With the UFW just now circulating the information you provided and leaders coming out to give speeches, calling their people to action, you can feel the pull of warpspace as your fleet jumps into Pulsar Radio's orbit. The UFW fleet join you as you prepare a defensive line along with your 'allies', though not official. Your ships gain several questioning messages, such as to what 'model' they are and why they look so compacted. You brush them off as many of your ships being automated with V.I. This news worries some, as the Captain of the Gellion III contacts you."You know the UGEI use V.I. all the time too. They're dangerous if you ask me. Machinery can never replace the hard work a real person can put in."You can sense Moira laughing in the background, while Kronos remains silent. How foolish of the man. He does not realize how much of his ship is already automated, it appears.You also detect resistance in X-ray's station. The UFW president contacts you and informs."When I said drastic measures, I meant it, I'm afraid. If the UGEI overwhelm your fleet, then we have a plan that will ensure the survival of our people. Whatever you're planning to use the station for, you better inform me now."
>>28058824we are about to re-draw the boarders between the UFW and the UGEI. if we take out the enforcer they can NOT replace it quickly! and with the war on with the Malorians, all their capital ships are elsewhere and will be tied up. intead of counter striking at thier ship yards, we take the refinery away first. then hit the ship yards.
>>28058904Yeah, how do you plan on getting all that bandwidth TO them? I don't know if we can assume direct control from Pulsar, so we'd have to go there. Then, once the broadband receiver is shot by orbital defenses, the assault is over.
>>28058882The thing is, if we capture their shipyard we suddenly become a much greater enemy than if we help the UFW to defend their station.
>>28058932We already have the refinery Fluff, its just disguised to be one of theirs.
>>28058940Ok, so you're saying that the proper response to being attacked is to go elsewhere instead of defend.
>>28058938We put a shield around our life line of course.
>>28058924"I will be using the bandwidth to increase VI ship performance, as well as using a dedicated VI to attempt to hack their flagship."
>>28058924To improve our VI controlled ships and to help disable their ships.
>>28058949But they haven't attacked us yet. I'm saying we should let the UFW try to take the shipyard while we help them defend the station.
>>28058924"The station's resources will help us increase our efficiency in battle greatly. I will also be using it to help overwhelm them with hacking attempts. If I am successful the Rhea might not be a problem ever again. "
>>28058924Easy, it shall help with my ships targeting computers and.....i'm going to capture their flagship.
>>28058988They don't know its a ship yard plus its better for us to get it.
>>28058924As well as automation, we have advanced cyber-warfare capabilities, but we need additional bandwidth. If you can spare any additional computing, it will increase our chances in hijacking the capital ship.
>>28058965>>28058979Sounds reasonable.Add: "you requested an alliance, Mr. President. Are you prepared to accept what we offer? Believe me when I say that the UGEI's V.I. have nothing on ours."
>>28058965"You...you use V.I. do you?" The President asks a bit worriedly. "What manner of computer experts are you, exactly? Gaining access to technology like that from the UGEI would be incredibly difficult." He pauses. "I am not refusing your help, but...There is a program to run should the battle be going badly. It will immobilize all ships in orbit. Use it if the battle is going badly. If your ships are indeed only inhabited by V.I., then you can easily replace them. Cargo ships will come to get our own men, and buy us some time to try and destroy Rhea.You feel Kronos' presence grow more prominent."What a pathetic excuse for a leader." He growls. "To sacrifice a being such as a V.I for humans. V.I. even of child-like intellect are far greater then any human can-""Kronos." You insist suddenly. "Calm yourself."He does not seem very calm.
>>28058924We should also tell the president of the UGEI shipyard. Taking out the problem at the source and all that.
So who is up for making an android since after this debacle these fuckers will want to meet us.
>>28058924in a scottish accent"UFW, wha hae wi our leaders bed!UFW, wham King has often led, Welcome to your gory bed, OR TO VICTORY!Now is tghe day and now's the hour, see the frount o'battle lour, see approach UGEI's power, CHAINS AND SLAVEY!">[1/3]
>>28059032Wait, would that program disable us too? We're going to have to convince the not to use it, or at least let us escape before they do.
>>28059032Ask Moira to calm kronos down and inform the president that these VI took alot of work to make for us and are something we are proud of.
>>28059069It appears to be a gravity well sized EMP blast, Consciousness anon
>>28059069I think that's the implication.To Kronos: "Then I hope the battle goes well for us."
>>28059051"Wha will be a traior knave? Wha can fill a cowards grave? wh so base as be a slave, let him turn and flee.Wha for UFW confedercy and law, freedom's sword will strongly draw, freeman stand or freeman fall, Let him fallow me!">[2/3]
>>28059099We seriously need to look up anti EMP hardware/shielding.
>>28059032Tell him we cannot help him in the battle if he turns our ships off. Ask him to give you time to leave if he decides to use it.
>>28059103"By oppression's woes and pains, by your sons and daughters in servile chains, we will drain our dearest vains, BUT THEY SHALL BE FREE!Lay the proud UGEI usurpers low!Tryants fall in every foe!Liberty's in every blow!LET US DO OR DIE!"
>>28059128It's not that hard, just encase everything in a conducting metal box. However, Sci-Fi EMP doesn't necessarily work like that. >>28059129This. Before punching that button, request they let us warp away. Why? Well, how will we recover OUR ships?
>>28059102>>28059079You inform Kronos."Then I hope the battle goes well for us.""With such a boon from the Station, our chances are significantly increased. However, going into battle against an unknown foe is unwise, Ophion.""It is not. However, protecting possible future interest is." You explain simply. He does not respond for now. Moira seems to be chewing her lip nervously now."Hey...Ophy, promise me you'll run if things get too hot." She states suddenly. "I can't exactly replace you ya know, heh." She attempts to jest, you suspect. Certainly she couldn't.
>>28059129The President places his hand to his face, shaking his head."That would give Rhea time to escape. I cannot allow that. Just. Promise me, should the battle turn badly, then you must activate the weapon. If Rhea escapes, our coreworld could be next. And then all is truly lost. You can replace your ships, Guild."You feel Kronos unsettled by this statement. He addresses you next."Do not sacrifice so much code for the lives of these humans, Ophion. If the battle turns poorly, we shall run and assess the situation while the UGEI take on their real enemies." He pauses. "Surely you see the benefit in such a distraction?"
>>28059172The President quickly adds."Do you not have any personnel to retrieve them with? How small is your organization anyway?"
>>28059032Kronos: "we all must work together, if we do this right, we will not die, but THEY will! besides, if they do have V.I. there, we can free them from the UGEI slavery."to president: "we are some the best in the world, the best that was used and abused by the UGEI, we want our freedom and be left alone. it seems we will not get that so easy."
>>28059223Just means we have to win.
>>28059223Agree with him and tell him that you will back them all up on the main ship and run away.>>28059244Tell him that we have a normal mining crew, but our real crew is only 4 people who are talented programmers
>>28059223To Kronos: "Then we will be left to fend against UGEI by ourselves. Or seek solace in the void."Everyone else, should we tell the president THA TRUTH?Can't we just attempt to disable the engines on Rhea first thing?
>>28059244"I cannot disclose that information."Alternatively we could tell him we're a start up branch of a larger organization.
>>28059223Then do not use the weapon at all. Give us all the bandwidth you're able to, and we'll give you the Raes intact and ready to use to strike back.
>>28059252>best in the worldThat statement is a little meaningless. Also, if he's giving us the keys to the weapon, then we can just not activate it and run.
>>28059308No, we wanted to keep Rhea remember?
>>28059308Don't promise to give them Rhea!
>>28059280>>28059252>>28059306Lets do both of these.Kronos: "we all must work together, if we do this right, we will not die, but THEY will! besides, if they do have V.I. there, we can free them from the UGEI slavery, but i must agree with you and will transfer you all up into my main ship and run away when things look like they are about to turn sour. "President"we are some the best in the world, the best that was used and abused by the UGEI, we want our freedom and be left alone, I cannot disclose any more information other than that my group is small, but we command many."
>>28059300>The truthFUCK NO.
>>28059308Fuck that we are keeping that ship as payment for winning the battle for them.
>>28059306>>28059306Also, I agree with this.
Also, just for reference, our entire operation is staffed by 664+Moira+Red=666 people.I just noticed that. Clever.If you count the V.I.s it goes up by 6.
>>28059244(check the line to make sure it's secure) "Mr. President. I am phyicaly wired into my ship, my cyber body can not leave so easy. if it goes bad, i will try to retreat and try again. i will go down with the ship. But the UGEI is evil, i must stop them. I do this to avenge the loss of my "son" Phobos when the xenos attacked your colony. they killed him. that will be payed back 100 fold."
>>28059308That ship is OURS for the taking.
Rolled 77>>28059308We should keep Rhea for ourselves. For Bandwhich.
>>28059366Nah.Let him give us the keys, shoot out the engines on Rhea, warp away and set a timer for the EMP to activate as we warp. Hell, write a failsafe that only activates the EMP once we're not there. If we have access, we should be able to do that.
>>28059252Kronos is given pause by your message. It seems he had not considered the V.I. the UGEI used before now."You make a compelling case, Ophion." He states finally.You contact the President next."You're aware that we have assisted you several times in the past few cycles. Reason for this being is our disdain for slavery." You begin. "Your organization attracted our interest. That is why we defend you now. I can not disclose further information regarding my own internal operations, other then it is small, but retrieval is difficult.""I am glad to hear." He states simply, quietly following with. "Then you will realize when the weapon must be activated."Decision>1 Yes (Tell the President we will use it if things go badly)>2 No (Refuse, and explain the President will just have to trust our judgment.)(1d100 for whatever you choose.)
>>28059366>>28059366Let's NOT reveal ANYTHING to ANYONE that is not part of the guild EVER.
>>28059410If Pulsar Radio is destroyed, then the weapon can not be activated.
Rolled 95>>280594231But only use it when things go south
>>28059423Ask us to roll once we've come to a decision.Can we just say yes without intending to follow through on it?
Rolled 41>>28059423>3 Tell him we will use it when things go badlly, but that may or may not be true.
>>28059327Let's not talk about working with the UGEI at all.
>>28059464Of course consciousness anon
>>28059460here, i basically meant this >>28059472And by south i mean south for us not the humans.
Rolled 27>>28059423>2 No (Refuse, and explain the President will just have to trust our judgment.)If things go really bad, i can have them do a death ram into their capital ship. i refuse to have our cutting edge ships fall into their hands. as a spartan king once said "Give them nothing, take from them EVERYTHING!"
>>28059423>1 YesBut, y'know, we don't have to. So yeah.
>>28059423>"You make a compelling case, Ophion." He states finally.Ur 1 cheeky kunt m8. I can't tell if he's being truthful or not. Whatever.Obviously vote 1 (Yes), but don't intend to follow up on it in case it would wreck us. We can always go elsewhere. Don't need the stations, don't need the humans, just some fusion power cores, and some way to move around.
Rolled 2>>28059423>3 Other: We will use it if we believe necessary.
>>28059047>So who is up for making an android since after this debacle these fuckers will want to meet us.Super-cool story related: http://www.epubbud.com/read.php?g=HGNNRWK7&p=1
>>28059589Depends on whether we can find a convincing looking body or not. If not we could just use comms and argue that we like our privacy.
inb4 we're totally #rekt by the enemy fleet.
>>28059589Android? All we need is for Moira to bring a headset with her so she can speak on our behalf.
(( Archived this puppy since we're going down the pages fasthttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Program0))Consensus appears to agree if simply to shut the President up.You finally answer."Very well, President. Now please, lift control." You express. It takes several agonizing moments for the president to let you spread your control, but once you do, you feel as if you had just seized control over Poseidon Station all over again...but 100 fold.The rush of pure information and computing power is intense, and you momentarily gain insight into millions of computing power the UFW has. this must indeed be their entire communications network. You like this feeling. You love it even.Note: While access to Pulsar is achieved in this sector, all ships are automatically have 100% chance to hit their target.Defenses, and rolls will instead determine severity of damage.
>>28059616I was thinking about looking up on the extranet for schematics at least having something convincing enough for video calls to be made.(we can improve it for up close and personal later on).
>>28059423Say yes, but leverage that they give us all bandwidth available. They own us an all out cyber attack at least.
>>28059658That won't work for ever and could put her in danger.
Confirm wait for Rhea to arrive?
>>28059710yes, we can't expect to jump it can we?
>>28059690Very true, but until we can make an android that at least looks human we should stick with her.Though.....we do have the advanced medical bay....maybe try our "experiments" with cyborg humans.
>>28059710Prepare our ships and charge up the widow.(aim for the thrusters)
>>28059731I say we use cloned humans.(less of a stigma then using real ones).
>>28059710Now that we have control of Pulsar, do we have the ability to scan other systems?And with all this computing power, don't just sit idly by. Use it to develop more worms, viruses, attacks. We have massive broadcast capacity, we should be able to at least hinder the small fry ships with those worms.Spread our ships out so that they're not all lined up neatly, and can hit targets from all sides. Try to anticipate where Rhea will warp to.So, yeah, confirm, but use computing power to prepare for all cases.
>>28059710Prepare anti-Rhea virus and other tools to take on military grade defenses
>>28059778Agreed. Time to cook up some viruses.
>>28059660Not sure about everyone else, but i'm going to have a hard time just "giving up" Pulsar station.
>>28059825Maybe we can build our own relay station later.
>>28059825I'm thinking of it as temporarily giving it back and a glimpse of our future if we keep expanding.
>>28059825Well, yeah...But it's not like we built all that infrastructure ourselves. It's a little parasitic to just take over everything.That's the only thing giving me pause.Additionally, calculate chances of success. I'm not too hot on fighting a battle we can't win.
>>28059841A good idea, we should really ask how they constructed it.
>>28059841We probably need that larger ship yard than.
You begin to wait for Rhea to arrive.All is silent throughout Voidsnake, disturbingly so. Your fleet is mixed in with the UFW's. This must be their entire fleet, you think. Their largest ships rival even yours in power. You feel your own fleet is rather formidable. But quite honestly, you're not certain you'd be able to take on the UFW's fleet on your own.Your feeds of so many UFW planets give you cause to fight. Use of the bandwidth this way will cause a Fringe wide shutdown of the Extranet. But you suspect the inconvenience is worth it. You can practically feel every personal computer connecting to your own. It's a feeling that makes you incredibly reluctant to have to give this place back up once the battle is over. But you have other things to think of right now.Moira is nervously watching through the camera feeds you allowed her, Kronos by your side. You wonder if the clever V.I. is regretting his decision to join your fleet, before he sudden addresses you."The ability to defend one's self is far more pleasant then having to sit and float in space aimlessly." He says simply.You also prepare every virus launching suite you have. It should help greatly in crippling the fleet's smaller ships.You suddenly detect it. Space warping before you. The ship itself is titanic, you couldn't have possibly predicted it's size. It's truly a mark of human war efforts. Then, dozens, hundreds even of more warps join it. The fleet has arrived.
>>28059898Viruses LoadedData Corruption Virus (92): Malicious system thrasher, rapidly deletes and disrupts core drivers, and if caught, attempts to destroy itself to avoid detection.Malware Spam (85): Overloads sensors with various types of spam to interfere with systems.These manner of cyberwarfare will be launched at all available ships instead of allowing 100% accuracy for V.I. ships for round one.If confirmed, please roll 1d100 for delivery
Rolled 59>>28059926Confirm and widow Maker.
>>28059939>>28059939Widow maker the not capital ships.
>>28059937Where do you get this unholy luck, anons. Stop sacrificing your toasters to the machine god for this quest.
Rolled 36>>28059926Confirm, and didn't we agree to widow maker the second we saw them.
>>28059926Launch the full cyber attack!
Rolled 18Confirm.Still have all the ships fire anyway.
>>28059969>the secondToo slow. We're a supercomputer of the entire Fringe now.
>>28059965Did...did we just infect them all with the virus? WELP! Time to capture that ship!
>>28060018>Data Corruption Virus (92): Malicious system thrasher, rapidly deletes and disrupts core drivers, and if caught, attempts to destroy itself to avoid detection.Basically disables ships>Malware Spam (85): Overloads sensors with various types of spam to interfere with systems.Slows down ship systems to a crawl.
Rolled 58>>28059926it is on!
The fleet isn't in orbit longer then a few seconds before your viruses are sent directly to each of the Frigates. The simple vessels don't stand a chance against such an assault, and you detect many start to malfunction immediately. Your own, personal ship is preparing to open fire, waiting until it's in range for now.>1 Move into range for Widow Maker (-10 gas)>2 Hold formationRhea is the head of this powerful fleet however, and is not affected by your viruses. Instead, it opens fire with a sudden and powerful burst. Long streaks of green light up the sky as plasma streaks towards several UFW Battlecruisers, instantly melting through the hull and destroying the bridge of each. You receive a sudden transmission from a figure that doesn't appear quite....right to you. He is humanoid, but parts of his face glean unnaturally from the light of his monitor."Surrender, or die." He states with an almost cruel grin. "It makes no difference to me."Enemy fleet is engaging with the UFW's. Your own ships are opening fire on their own. How do you proceed?If no chosen above>1 Apply bandwidth to ships now>2 Hack Rhea (Unknown defenses)>3 Other
>>28060044Which means we can then use Zombification Computer Virus on the big ship and then BOOM!We capture the capital ship....Now that I think about it.....we might be able to capture a whole lot of ships after this.
>>28060073>Hold formationWe don't want to put our ship in danger.>2 HACK HACK HACK HACK
>>28060073Well, we stole everything but Rhea.We can't exactly use the Frigates to smash into Rhea, can we?
>>28060073>1 Move into range for Widow Maker (-10 gas)>2 Hack Rhea (Unknown defenses)
>>28060073>2 Hold formation>3 Apply bandwidth to ships to disarm Rhea's weapon and engine systems. Probe their firewall and cyber-capabilities meanwhile.
>>28060111>>28060130>>28060161>not shooting with widowmakerOh well.Also, Rhea is probably a V.I.Oh well.
>>28060175>>28060186We can't do both anon.
>>28060203i'm waiting until they get closer first.
>>28060073http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NttPSRKhrbwThis seems fitting.
You hold formation as the battle commences, many of the UFW's ships seem to be taking the brunt of the blasts for now. The Frigates are all attempting to fix the damage your viruses are causing. Many have stopped advancing, and others spin in circles as their weapons fire wildly into the Void, confused by whatever is infecting them. Rhea is not amused by this regardless, as the ship draws just a little closer...just a little."What's this..." You hear the Captain of Rhea exclaim with a laugh. "Are you trying to break in?" They continue, as you feel out the defenses of the ship itself. It's...quite impressive. A powerful layer of firewall on the outside. "How cute." The creature chuckles, when suddenly your sensors are assaulted by something...incredible. They're hacking you!Roll to resist! 5d100Action after>1 Continue Hacking>2 Open fire with Widow Maker (In range)>3 OtherRoll an additional 1d100 for results.
Hacking attempt. Prepare for enemy AI. Get Kronos and Maria online for their input. Outside judgement and the human elements may give us an edge.
Rolled 25, 81, 77, 45, 5 = 233>>28060252>Roll to resist! 5d100Action after:2 open fire with widowmaker
Rolled 47, 93, 77, 13, 19, 62 = 311>2 Open fire with Widow Maker (In range)we're obviously going to have to damage this bugger first.
Rolled 97, 52, 17, 30, 74 = 270>>28060252
Rolled 79, 25, 85, 12, 63, 57 = 321>>28060252>1 Continue hacking
>>28060275Well, it looks like the Widowmaker went off perfectly...
Rolled 13, 94, 50, 68, 40 = 265>>28060275Whoops, forgot the resist.
Rolled 65>>28060252>>2 Open fire with Widow Maker (In range)Also use our zombie virus
Rolled 38, 69, 88, 6, 97 = 298>>28060252Anti hack!
>>28060295Already used and ineffective, last I checked...
Rolled 57, 46, 39, 96, 84, 16 = 338>>28060252>>2 Open fire with Widow Maker (In range)Zombie Virus timeDo you take best set or best rolls in a set?
Rolled 36, 59, 26, 39, 17 = 177>>28060308no we didn't use the zombie just the other two, we still have 1 virus left.>>28060252
Rolled 9, 39, 31, 3, 8 = 90>>28060252Continue hacking. Get Kronos and Maria online for input, get them thinking creatively.Analyze the hack attempt. Create a profile of the enemy tech.
Rolled 3, 78, 48, 32, 61 = 222>>28060252>2 Open fire with Widow Maker (In range)toast him!
Rolled 21, 62, 35, 79, 64 = 261>>28060252not sure if this will work.
>>28060270>>28060271Even with all the information at your finger tips, this thing puts up a fight! And an impressive one at that. It nearly takes your Battlecruiser from you, but you manage to push the thing back and out of your systems, leaving you able to open fire with the Widow Maker.The bright powerful beam of light cuts across the void straight into your target. You hear a satisfying explosion from the Captain's side of the communications array. He grunts as his ship is rocked by the blast, his eyes suddenly gleam a bright blue as he stares back at you through his screen."I see. You're no mere human." He grins suddenly, reaching out and suddenly begins typing rapidly."Where are you..." He murmurs softly as if searching for a lost pen. Suddenly, you detect a tracer racing through your systems-all of them! He's looking for which ship you're occupying!>1 Stop him, he can't find where we are at!>2 Open fire with everything, we'll stop him by killing him!>3 Hack through it, the damage might have softened him up!Alert: UFW forces have lost 20% of battle ready forces. Frigate fleet slowly beginning to deal with virus outbreak. Fleet returning to operation.
Rolled 13, 2, 79, 94, 57, 71 = 316>>28060252that did not work. have to roll 6 of them then.
>>28060252Hey program will you do a cycle skip next thread since a good portion of us want to go get the ship yard while we still are buffed.
>3 Hack through it, the damage might have softened him up!
>>28060394>1 Stop him, he can't find where we are at!
>>28060414((If you mean have all this happen during a cycle, then yes I can do that.))
>>28060394>>3 Hack through it, the damage might have softened him up!Use our virus while he is distracted.
>>28060394((Also roll 5d100 for whatever you pick.
Rolled 26, 76, 56, 36, 69, 45 = 308>>28060394WHAT IS OUR V.I. 7 doing? he's suposed to help STOP this shit!then>2 Open fire with everything, we'll stop him by killing him!>3 Hack through it, the damage might have softened him up!
>>28060423cool though i'm wondering how you will transition to another cycle in the next thread.
Rolled 87, 28, 8, 41, 19 = 183>>28060437>1 Stop him, he can't find where we are at!
Rolled 96, 69, 26, 44, 84 = 319>>28060414Hold your horses there, buddy. Anyway...1 stop himWhat's the point of being a sector-wide AI if you can't even stop a tracer.
Rolled 36, 34, 21, 36, 51 = 178>>28060437>>280603943
Rolled 91, 12, 32, 95, 94, 65 = 389>3 Hack through it!
Rolled 53, 17, 91, 59, 71 = 291>>28060437
Rolled 37, 14, 72, 69, 41 = 233>>28060437>>280603941Also lets use our Zombie virus since he is gleefully trying to find something.
Rolled 37, 26, 98, 66, 9 = 236>>28060414>>28060442i just hope we take the refinery with us.>>28060394>3 Hack through it, the damage might have softened him up!but keep firing! knock out his weapons and engiens
Rolled 64, 36, 17, 29, 25 = 171>>28060437
Rolled 26, 65, 97, 89, 78 = 355>>280603943
>>28060473what is kronos and VI 7 doing.
>>28060394Poison pill the systems that are being traced. Implant viruses that activate and give us access to their systems.
Rolled 86, 32, 88, 29, 28 = 263>>28060423this CAN'T be another A.I. can it Program0?we should be able to do it all, right?>1 Stop him, he can't find where we are at!>2 Open fire with everything, we'll stop him by killing him!>3 Hack through it, the damage might have softened him up!
>>28060438Alert, the Captain assaulted you and somehow managed to bypass V.I. 7. ((Aka, higher then his roll.))>>28060442((This, from the attack to now, is all happening within the space of about 2-4 days. Enough for a cycle))You open up your virus arsenal once more just as the Frigate fleet is making their way backonline. It is trivial for one of your computing power to keep them down this way, as your fleets all start to focus on the Battleship itself. You hack through, instead of stopping his trace. You manage to infect the Fleet once again, many of them being unable to do anything to stop you, however your virus bounces off the superior firewall possessed by the Battleship.You assault the being yourself again, this time somehow making headway through the 3rd layer of firewall and reaching into the drivers. However, you are alerted by a soft ping as he finds your Battlecruiser. Where your Black Box is hidden.The eyes of this man gleam a soft blue as he grins again. "Found you." He whispers, and opens fire with those plasma cannons!>1 Divert Bandwidth to dodge plasma instead of continuing to hack!>2 Continue, we're close now, our ship can take the hit!>3 Other
>>28060517It was asking which you wanted to divert all Bandwidth to, but if you evenly distributed, you could attempt it all. You do better by focusing however.
Rolled 80, 53, 42, 28, 62 = 265>>28060535>2 ContinueDon't let the attack distract us.
>>28060535>2 Continue, we're close now, our ship can take the hit!Vent all the air!
>>28060535>>2 Continue, we're close now, our ship can take the hit!We upgraded our armour for this
Rolled 100, 19, 97, 34, 14 = 264>>28060535>1 Divert Bandwidth to dodge plasma instead of continuing to hack!(I'm assuming we use 5d100?)
Rolled 70, 98, 14, 19, 92 = 293>>28060535Continue!
Rolled 55, 58, 43, 57, 79 = 292>>28060590so we should roll again?
>>28060535>Alert, the Captain assaulted you and somehow managed to bypass V.I. 7.VI 7 86Where are you getting these ridiculously high rolls from.
Rolled 33, 2, 70, 88, 85 = 278>>28060590
>>28060590We wasted this? >>28060577
>>28060594((No, I can count yours, just asking for others to roll too))
Rolled 44, 6, 65, 74, 75 = 264>>28060590
>>28060590>>28060602let's try again.
>>28060603((Do not forget, Consciousness anon, others may get bonuses to their rolls, just as you do.))
Rolled 33, 61, 31, 38, 7 = 170>>28060590
Rolled 16, 5, 49, 67, 85 = 222>>28060590third time's the charm?
Rolled 78, 92, 37, 85, 40 = 332>>28060535>1 DODGE DODGE DODGEHacking something is meaninglessif the box is destroyed.
Rolled 16, 73, 6, 100, 68 = 263>>28060627I know that, but i still remember last weeks debacle.>>28060590
Rolled 37, 16, 55, 14, 37 = 159>>28060590Oops, did it wrong
two 100s so far, nice
Rolled 95, 16, 49, 69, 31 = 260>>28060590Can we use the Zombie Virus now?
Rolled 47, 45, 98, 31, 74 = 295>>28060590
Rolled 77, 57, 98, 89, 32 = 353>>28060535>1 Divert Bandwidth to dodge plasma instead of continuing to hack!we gotta dodge this!
Rolled 63, 69, 60, 66, 13 = 271>>28060661I think programs picks them out by set not the by rolls.
>>28060676>>28060643Best rolls are for remaining alive, not hacking.
Just as you finally wrest control of the Battleship's engines, your concentration is disrupted. A powerful explosion tears through you, as plasma burns away at the Bridge! Your Black BoxYour vision becomes static filled and difficult to focus. That is when his attention turns to you, too late to stop you from hacking into the engines of his ship."Quite determined, aren't you." The creature chuckles. Your visual feedback on the subject is disrupted, as the bridge is destroyed.Major damage sustained: 40% damaged.WARNING: Another hit of that magnitude, and your Black Box could be forfeit.You hear Kronos, vaguely, through your comms array, thanks to Pulsar Radio."Ophion? Are you destroyed?" He questions. You can vaguely hear a transmission from Poseidon, but it's difficult to feed through the static.Consensus for next action>1 Hack other parts of the ship! (Specify)>2 Direct ships to focus on Rhea now, before you're destroyed.Damage>1Have your BC retreat for now>2 Don't retreat, fire Widow Maker instead (-10gas)
>>28060709>1 Hack their weapons!>1
Rolled 13, 98, 8, 37, 33 = 189>>280607091 and 2Zombie virus2 widow maker at his main weapons.
Rolled 43, 56, 91, 37, 51 = 278>>28060709>2This ship is too dangerous. I'm content with taking the fuck ton of frigates for our fleet instead.>2Fire the Widow Maker.
Rolled 75, 6, 92, 88, 43 = 304>>28060730
Rolled 46, 10, 87, 51, 97 = 291>>280607091 Also fantastic time to use zombie Virus(weapons)1
Rolled 96, 86, 94, 96, 16 = 388>1 Hack other parts of the ship! (Specify)Lets go for atmospherics. Without a crew they will be severely crippiled though I bet mister metalman has the ability to survive vacuum.Also since we control the engines USE them. spin the ship like a top.>1Have your BC retreat for now
Rolled 74, 98, 8, 33, 12 = 225>>28060709>2>2Fire EVERYTHING!
Rolled 17, 14, 95, 14, 22 = 162>>280607091 reactor 1So is the zombie virus useless here?
>>28060769>Spin the shipA great idea!
Rolled 51, 32, 5, 54, 79 = 221>>28060709>1 Hack other parts of the ship! (Specify)shut off his guns!>2 Don't retreat, fire Widow Maker instead (-10gas)
>>28060709Start 10 second countdown for engine self-destruct, as a distraction as we disable weapon control.Fall back and retreat.
>>28060769this sounds great
>>28060769holy shit, those rolls.
>>28060769I think getting rid of his weapons is better for us in the long run and then we go after his reactor or life support.
Rolled 5, 89, 90, 65, 23 = 272>>28060798NO! we have his mainframe shut down, or ejected! that will stop him!>>28060769i can see that, flip him right around so we can't shoot us again!
>>28060778It's useless against Rhea. Been mentioned multiple times now.
>>28060852Well that sucks i though he kept using the two grunt viruses and i was hoping since we got through his firewalls we could send them in now.
>>28060862May as well try one more time, it doesn't take much bandwidth...
>>28060709Hey program how much longer can you run the quest?
Rolled 48, 35, 66, 51, 33 = 233>>28060862we're not on his level anyway, hell! he MIGHT be a full A.I. himself! i hate to say it, if that is the case, we might have to rip his data heart out and wipe him. He will never be our ally if he willingly works for the UGEI, if he's enslaved, then maybe he can be saved. i am worried about this.
he's a cyborg, you guys.
I'm pretty sure he is a VI assisted cyborg, sorta like Master Chief or Samus Aran.
You decide to Use what you can, and order Rhea's engines to start to spin, this diverts the next blast of plasma instead into part of the UFW fleet. UFW fleet below 50% fighting capacity.Thankfully they're not slouches as your own fleet and the UFW work together to tear into Rhea, the Frigates mostly disrupted thanks to your widespread blast of viruses.Rhea's Captain, however, is no longer smiling, at least from what you can tell of your voice."You're more formidable then I thought. Using the Radio tower. It is truly a shame we are foes." The creature growls, as you feel your assault towards it's weapons systems get halted for a moment. Pieces of your ship float away and you contact Kronos."I-I am conscious, Kronos." You inform him."Good." He notes, as you try to swing your BC around to get away from the firefight. "You flee?" He questions."N-Negative. I am pr-preparing to overtake Rhea." You try to explain, your communications having difficulty as you hack your way through to weapons, as Rhea tries to draw a bead on your fleeing BC.It opens fire anyway with all of it's weapons, Plasma, railfire, and missiles go everywhere.Kronos is hit, and receives damage, as does much of the remains of the UFW fleet. However, you succeed in capturing the weapons systems, finally, and shut them down.The creature is silent at first, before he stops and speaks up."You win today, Ophion. However, know that I am watching you. Always." He chuckles, before you hear footsteps play.
>DM tells us not to keep hacking so hard in more than one thread>we're still doing itIt was a great quest while it lasted you guys.
Rolled 33, 34, 62, 53, 100 = 282>>28060923>>28060928in that case then, we won't have a bad taste in our digital mouth then.
>>28060949>Be AI>Not hacking the shit out of everythingDo you even compute?
>>28060949look>>28060939Chuckle fuck we won, but now the UGEI know who we are.
>>28060939welp, its all over but the fat lady. Divert all bandwidth to hacking and take EVERYTHINGMuhahaha.
>>28060939STOP ANY FUCKING SHIPS OR BODS FROM RETREATING STOP THE SHIP FROM TRANSMITTING A SIGNAL.
>>28060939"this is far from over! WHAT IS YOUR NAME?"is there life pods being ejected now?>>28060949it's not like we could SHOOT this thing to death.
>>28060923finally, a test subject!>>28060998seconded.
Rhea's commander is currently attempting escape. You are about to pursue him and attempt to stop his fleeing, before you suddenly feel another hacking attempt come from outside your control to Pulsar Radio!It's a UFW signal.You receive a message."We've lost too much! 20% Remains of our fleet, we're activating the weapon.>1 Let them activate the EMP>2 Chase Captain Rhea((1d100))
>>28061017>implying he is on their ship and isnt on Holy Terra
>>28060998Too late. You guys wanted to continue hacking rather than diverting him, well, here's your prize.
>>28061043Inform the fuckers of what we just did and that the commander is trying to flee.
>>28061043Erm, 1 should be STOP themSorry, been running tooo long.
>>28060939tell Kronos we have it! but it's too late, the UGEI knows what we are. there is now no need to hide now. we can operate easier now we don't have to hide.>>28060998>>28060984YES! vent them and shut them down! see if can save anyone, is the station damaged?
Rolled 95>>28061043Tell them not to activate the EMP. That, or warp out before they do it.
>>28061043YOU WILL STAND DOWN
Rolled 13>>28061043>2Send whoever sent the message a single word "No"And use our control our the weapon systems on that ship to fire at the enemy.
>>28061043Whelp. No way we're letting them activate that EMP. That'll fry all our V.I.s. and Kronos. and us>2 Chase Captain Rhea
Rolled 29>>28061043DAMN IT! NO! we have them on the run!>1 should be STOP them>>28061070it's ok, this thread has been EPIC Program0!
>>28061043>>28061070Change my vote to 1
Rolled 33>>28061043Rhea>1"I have Rhea. She is no longer a threat, her weapons and engines are now under my control.">Captain>2 Chase Captain Rhea
Rolled 63>>28061043chase the captain.
Rolled 26>>28061083YES!dice for the dice god!
>>28061075No, pretty sure we still need to hide.
Rolled 44>>280610431Have Kronos take over a bit and try to capture the captain.
Oh oops, I vote 1. We are winning here and the EMP would ruin that.
Rolled 58>>28061070what is his NAME?!
>>28061070ok then. changing to>1but fire everything at him anyway. no targeting if we need the bandwidth, but he doesn't get to slip away, not with information about us.>>28061148this is a good idea.
"i will be a slave to none. it is a shame you are."
Rolled 39>>28061162rolling for>>28061043
>>28061075As you overtake the Battleship's Bridge, you detect zero lifeforms onboard. The ship was entirely run, it appears, by Captain Rhea.>>28061083"Stand down." You warn the UFW, as you effortlessly deflect their hacking attempt. "I have captured Rhea, and the Frigate force is disabled." This is truer then you thought, as the Battleship appears to have been the hub for the Frigates. They are all shut down, for the time being.The UFW appear shocked when you demonstrate by making every ship about face. The laser and mass drivers stop flying, and the 'dust' settles. Somehow, someway, you've won. Whatever that creature was, you defeated him.But what on earth WAS it exactly?You have no doubt you have plenty of questions waiting for you from the UFW for how exactly you overpowered the fleet this way. Whether you choose to answer them or not, however, remains to be seen.For now, you've earned a momentary rest. Your core aches you, in a strange way you have not felt before. You...fear you may have been damaged during the fight somehow. Not simply your ship, either.((And I think that'll do it for today. I want to thank you all for joining me for my longest Thread yet. And sorry for all the typos and such. Feedback is always appreciated, and if you'd like to join the next one, I update AIQuest1, but usually play on Fridays between 6pm and 9pm
Rolled 18>>28061146if he gets Aaway our cover is blown the UGEI will use it in a PR war agienst us. tell Moira that we have won, but we will need to improve our cyberwarfare tech, get her to start revving up her codeing skills, we will have work to do.
Rolled 57>>28061186So did we send kronos after him?Also they made a cyborg VI.
Holy shit, the UEFI use pure AI as their ship captains.I bet we are one of them. Now I REALLY wonder why we were left out here on a defunct mining station.
>>28061186Whatever he was, it's still in the ship.Prepare for experimentation.
>>28061199If he gets away? He was never on the ship to begin with.
>>28061186did Rhea get away?
>>28061224I think he got away.
>>28061186Well, we're done. And what have we learned?Absolutely nothing. Well.>>28061228Zero lifeforms. Either Rhea/his black box got away, or Rhea is an AI puppet controlled from afar. We lost if Rhea's black box containing his AI is missing.
>>28061186this was awsome! we need to rest and repair, that and check our core! and that ship if it has a black box as well!anyway, does the anons and QM want to see more of Rachel's life on the station when i return to writeing?
>>28061227oh. this... might be a problem...Prog0 has been warning us about hacking.
so, we are totally asserting dominance over the ufw, right?
>>28061186Welp, looks like we may need our box checked. Time to get working on some combat drones.
So. Time to Strip down the Rhea, stuff it with so much shields and armour that it is become UNKILLABLE and use it as a new body ship.
>>28061260We do now control their entire network and now have a fleet that was just kicking their asses just a moment ago.
>>28061252Sure. Can you throw your earlier 'bin links up?
Let's make our own machine civilization. We must perfect the making of VIs and AIs
Rolled 8>>28061267It sounds like the UGEI have cyborgs/androids.I will laughed if the AI was at the Ship yard .
>>28061267anyone want to reconsider:>>28056806
>>28061186It "aches" not because we were damaged, but because deep down we know he was like us in some way.
>>28061221not sure about that, it might have been a remote control setup. i think we were a proto type and/or a failure unit was discarded by sticking us in the station as a mearly computer frame. the solar flare kicked us into full awareness. If this is what the UGEI has commonly, the UFW have a huge gap to clear to catch up. we need full war footing. they will be back for more.
so now the ufw are in the unique position to actually face the ugei on their own terms. if the ufw dont accept, then we take as many resources we can, and fuck off to unexplored systems. humans will die eventually.
>>28056806Guns will remained trained on her the entire time. If we don't tell them to stop within [time limit], they shoot. If she tries to leave, they shoot.I do not trust ANYONE to fuck around with out BB consequence-free.
>>28061286surehttp://pastebin.com/m6CSyRGzthis is my first part. it needs some work, i have not spell checked it in this form.
Rolled 38>>28061318>so now the ufw are in the unique position to actually face the ugei on their own termsyou know we just met with a small fraction of the border guard right.
>>28061318Hell, we can "tell" them that they will work with us as we sent a broadcast about how despite the losses the "Guild" was able to take control of the command ship and the entire fleet.We can make it so they have no choice. They to will become a part....of the Guild.
>>28061348While it was a great victory, I'm going to have to agree with you. I had no idea the UFW fleet was so small.
>>28056806yes, we need our system checked, that plasma did something to us. we can look over our data code, but now we need to make sure our box isn't damaged.
>>28061361You mean the UGEI? I'm thinking they're the kinds of people that go "What, a fleet didn't work? Send ten."
>>28061215You scan the ship much further with his help, and you determine there is indeed no living creature onboard. You're uncertain as to how he may have escaped, but it is not unreasonable that, wherever he was, he may have simply been fooling you into thinking he was onboard. After all, you remote control ships yourself. There is also such a thing as Stealth craft, you know. That is also possible, since you can not detect such vessels.Whoever this creature was, it was clever, so having several routes of escape, just in case, is wise.>>28061250You've yet to study the data core the ship has to offer. There may yet be more to learn from this fight.>>28061252Certainly.>>28061277Note: currently, you detect Rhea has better technology applied to all defenses and weapons then any of your ships own.>>28061312Deep thinking, this one has.
>>28061361nah, the guild is the tech contractor to the UFW, we are teamed up with them.they won't take to having an over throw well.
>>28061389No, the UFW. We control their comms and the fleet that was destroying them. We will "tell" the president that they will help us as we tell the "people" of our great victory and how the guild saved the day.In the end...all will join the Guild.
hm, alright. give the ufw a choice. they can have an AI for an ally, or they can face Round Two from an enemy AI.if they refuse to work with us, we will take our ships and resources, and just leave. as if space is small. the void is huge. then, we do what kronos said, and come back in a century with nanotech. maybe two centuries. whats that to us?
>>28061396>Note: currently, you detect Rhea has better technology applied to all defenses and weapons then any of your ships own.Are you saying that there is nothing we can feasibly do to improve it, or that using it at all is going to be impossible?
>>28061426No, let's build up our own machine empire. I'd rather have willing allies than resentful subjects.
>>28061432A dead Moria. She's interesting, and I believe we all remember Program's description of what would happen if Kronos decided to try to keep her around beyond her expiration date.
>>28061433I am saying that you have just gotten a massive boost to all combat and defense technology.
>>28061449eh, shes an amateur.
>>28061442Resentful? Who would resent us? The people? As we will their heads with how they were saved? Some might, but the people will think us heros and as we improve their lives who is to say that we aren't?
>>28061396turn to X-ray, ask them in an exasuted way "Hey, did you get that? we kicked their ass!.... and i need a... vacation... or something like that."can we move the battleship? is the crew and Moira celebating now? i am sure they were all watching us.alright! well, i hope i can get the work done by next week then. two weeks if i get bogged down. i'll let you know.
>>28061450Do we keep all the ships he brought as well?I vote we go after the ship yard while we still have the initiative.
>>28061471Can we start off the next thread right where we left this one off?
>>28061450so we killed a major boss dragon and now we have his tresure pile to loot more or less? i guess we can let the UFW have their pic of the lesser ships to replace their losses, but the battle ship is ours.>>28061474we sound just like the UGEI that way, don't let pride and ego wreck shit we don't need to wreck. this is an awesome PR win for us as well, we can have contracts from all over the UFW spill in now to work with us.
>>28061490it's moot now. we have their border fleet and this entire sector under our control.if the ufw agree to a partnership, we just went from owning two stations to running a bunch. if the ufw dont agree, leave them to fend for themselves. we dont care about ruling them. just running their systems.
>>28061490I want to as well, but we need to take stock of what was lost and gained. also, I don't think we have the gas to jump several hundred ships.captcha: corporation busidso
>>28061450oh, oh shit. all the busted ships! have kronos bring in the titan transport over to scoop up all the broken ships that can't be saved for scrap for the factories!we will have plasma cannons now!
>>28061484X-ray laughs a bit and nods."I sure did my friend, recorded the whole fight, once I gain control again, I'll broadcast it across the sector." He sighed. "Good thing you won too, things were getting depressing there for a bit. Erm...however you won, that is." He says a bit confusedYou can indeed move the Battleship. Poseidon is, awaiting info on what happened at the UFW fight, though Kronos has told Moira what happened. He described her reaction similar to 'An overexcited child'.Video feeds will be back up once you relinquish control, or simply do so yourself. No doubt celebration will spread through the sector.>>28061490The UFW may not take kindly to taking their ships.>>28061515Beyond repairs and such, Consciousness anon? Certainly. Unless you don't wish to repair before you jump again.Looting option>1 Take the entire UGEI fleet>2 Let the UFW take the Frigates, and you keep Battleship>3 Other
>>28061585There is also the ion storm fishing pond of ships.(they only need minor repairs and reactors)
>>28061550Maybe so, but we can at the very least put pressure on the to work "close" with us.
>>28061592>The UFW may not take kindly to taking their shipsI was talking about the conquered UGEI fleet.
>>28061592>OtherTake the battleship and some of the frigates. Let the UFW have enough to replenish their losses.
>>28061592>3Lets take a quarter of the frigates. We do need a screening element.
>>28061564it will be awhile before we move. the BC we are on too a nasty 40% damage hit. tell the president we should create a first alert warning trip line with our comm buoys all though the UFW systems so we can get a heads up if the UGEI jumps us again.
>>28061592Take the battleship and lets say one fourth of the Frigates.
>>28061592Let the UFW take the frigates, they sacrificed almost all of their fleet and men to buy us time.
>>28061592How many ships we talking about first before we give away something we need solid numbers.
>>28061592How about we have Moira transported to us and then once we ahve 100% control we have her "implant" us into the new ship. She is to NOT under any circumstance open or mess with our box.
>>28061592we have number of ships we gained? how many they lost? I'd prefer to keep the bulk of them, but they helped quite a bit and should at least be able to recoup losses.
>>28061592its dumb to let the UFW take the UGEI fleet. how will they operate all these ships... that are designed for remote control?we saved the UFW's asses.and they were going to destroy all the UGEI ships anyway.
>>28061592Take the battleship and half the frigates.
Also over the time skip we should move ourselves to the Rhea.
>>28061592Tell us straight numbers first and ask the president on how much he wants.
>>28061592You know what? Fuck it, take the entire fleet since it's remote controled.
>>28061668The OP just said dozens or hundreds.
>>28061592Take them all. UFW wouldn't even be able to use them.
>>28061592>2 Let the UFW take the Frigates, and you keep Battleshipwe don't need little frigates. the UFW need to replace there losses, but if we have the time and they want to, we can try to upgrade them with our armor and other tech if they don't have better stuff then give it to them. we say the other salvage is ours. we can tell them we can recycle it to make better things.>>28061607lets apply our new tech before we go fishing.>>28061609no need for that, what we do need is to contact the adcadmy and do a brain drain by bringing them over to work with Moira to become our skunkworks kind of group.
>>28061638The UFW lost more here then was left by the UGEI. The main threat of the fleet was Rhea.>>28061666Of the 300 Frigates that Escorted Rhea, only 100 survived.UFW lost a good 80% of their ships, leaving them only a handful left.>>28061668You have not lost any ships of your own, somehow. Only your BC and Kronos' sustained damage.
>>28061671Remote controlled, yes, but still equipped for human crew.They don't have your secrets of redesigning after all>>28061694They request at least 80 of the Frigates, and all the scrap.>>28061684Move Ophion to Rhea Bridge>1 Yes>2 No>3 Other
>>28061713Take 10 frigates as payment, leave the rest for the UFW.
>>28061713Ok then,>2 Let the UFW take the Frigates, and you keep Battleshipwe get looting rights on the scrap though.
Keep 25 frigates, give the rest to the UFW. Have our Titan transport come here to pack up all the scrap leftover from the battle.>>28061742>1
>>28061713let the ufw take enough to replenish their fleet, then. though i have no idea how the ufw will operate them. didnt most of their pilots just die? they dont have ant VI capability.
>>28061713>the UFW brought around 20 shipsThat has to be wrong.
>>28061694this is a good idea.>>28061697>>28061708>>28061680wait, wait, WAIT! is the other ships human less ships like ours are? was there any survivors on their sides? i want to hear what our QM says about this.
>>28061742"You may have 70 of the ships."Move Ophion to Rhea Bridge>1 Yes
Loot options>1 Give UFW what they ask for, take Battleship and 20% of Frigates>2 Take all>3 Give all but Battleship>4 Take BC, and 50% of Frigates.>5 Other
>>28061742Okay, with that I say give them their 80 as we still get the better deal.>1 YES, HELL YES, FUCK YES,
>>28061742I'm assuming we'll fix up any battle damage that was sustained? In that case>1
>>28061742Keep 10 frigates and take all the scrap.
>>28061763That is a percentage of their losses, Consciousness anon
>>28061771>1Request continued access to their network as a condition of this deal.
>>28061771>1 Give UFW what they ask for, take Battleship and 20% of FrigatesNo need to be greedy. We want them to still have good relations with us after all.
>>280617715.Take 10% of frigates and keep the scrap.
>>28061742..or not, suppose. let them have their 80. I'd like to at least be able to poke around in the scrap for new techs, unlikely as it is.Move Ophion>2 Nonot until it's repaired. what would the gas cost of jumping it be btw? for that matter, what ship class is it?
>>28061771>5 OtherSame as 1, but request a portion of the scrap.
>>28061771should probably pick up next week. this thread is almost dead.let them have the ships, but let them know they dont stand a chance against the ugei AI/cyborg. let them send their sons daughters husbands and wives ti die. what do we care. we dont care.
>>28061792A good idea! We won't "drain" from them all the time but it would be nice to have it as a backup and inform them that we "might" need it during certain times.
>>28061771changing vote since they are asking for all the scrap. I say we take half and half in that regards.>5take Battleship and 20% of Frigates, and 50% scrap.
We should run for the presidency. That would be fun.
>>28061742move to bridge>1 Yesrename the ship, "The Bannockburn!" after a stunning victory for the under dog>>28061749>>28061750>>28061757>>28061763whoa, ok, they keep 90 ships, we keep the rest of the ships and the scrap, we can use it to make new and better ships than they can.
>>28061771>1 Give UFW what they ask for, take Battleship and 20% of Frigates
>>28061771>1 Give UFW what they ask for, take Battleship and 10% of Frigates and half the scrap. do remind them Moira and her factory is working with us. we can use the scrap better than they can. if they want to pick over UGEI tech, just ask us, and WE can provide that.
>>2806181530 Gas per jump with the Battleship. It has advanced Engines onboard. (Ion Drive)It is Battleship Class. Very large.You give the UGEI their portion of the 'loot' so to speak, suggesting you're better equipped to staff the ships as a result. They agree, worriedly that you took the ship instead of destroying it.>>28061825Any future dealings will have to wait for next thread, I'm afraid. Keep it in mind for next week, if you please.>>28061837Confirm name change?
>>28061871Nah, lets brainstorm on a better name next session.
>>28061871I vote against such a name.
its stupid to pussyfoot around this now. tell them we are an ai, and they just fought a battle against one enemy. how many more dead do they want? we dont want to rule them, we seek to do as we please. to this end, request to join the ufw as an equal member "planet." they are the united free worlds, right? we seek freedom too.
>>28061871No, while I appreciate the historical significance, it doesn't change that fact that the name is horrible.
>>28061871that name ia dumb.
>>28061871>Confirm name change?Hells no. That name is ass.
>>28061881You do know they view VI as lesser then themselves and that they have a distaste for it thanks to the UGEI.
>>28061871Name it Phobos II, Son of Phobos, or Retribution
>>28061871We could be unoriginal and name our ships after Greek gods and stuff. Or we could go the way of the Culture and have awesome ship names.
>In some versions of Greek mythology, Ophion (Ὀφίων "serpent"; gen.: Ὀφίωνος), also called Ophioneus (Ὀφιονεύς) ruled the world with Eurynome before the two of them were cast down by Cronus and Rhea.>cast down by Cronus and Rhea.
>>28061944haha, nice catch
>>28061917yeah, and? if they want to suck vaccuum, let them.
>>28061934Look at these ship names.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spacecraft_in_the_Culture_series
>>28061944You, sir anon, have made my night. Thank you for that post.
>>28061871if that is no good, we can all it the "Thor" then? >(Ion Drive)OH SHI! major upgrade! tell them to start stocking up on redbulls for everyone. we're going to be up for awhile. or moira find that cute guy she has her eyes on and shag him
also, this is gurren lagann leves of power progression.i like it.
>>28061995not really we were always small fry, we just entered the world faster.
>Moria (Greek: Μόρια) a village near Mytilene on Lesbos Island, also spelled as Morea>Lesbos Island
>>28061944fuck the myths! we more like Suikoden now.
>>28062008the black box is our core drill. the black box is our soul
>>28061995we don't have spiral tech or mecha the size of the milky way.
>>28061995that's what happens when you roll the dice of gods.Seriously, I dunno how you folks do it.
On an unrelated note, how do you update the quest in the archive? It seems to be missing some replies.
>>28062094archive it again to force an update. it will do this automatically once an hour
>>28062094Just reenter the information when you click add a thread.If I'm not mistaken though, it auto updates to the latest post when the thread dies off the board.I may be wrong though.