Twitter: https://twitter.com/MercCommand/tg/ Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Infinite+Stars+Quest/qst/ Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Infinite%20Stars%20QuestOther Quests: http://pastebin.com/sYpqmWZgYou are Captain SAMANTHA WELLINGS, a newly minted captain of the Centauri Accord!You sit in your quarters, awkwardly observing Elizabeth as she calmly sits across from your desk. Even though she's been attached to your crew all this time, you still weren't quite sure what to make of her. Sure, she had been rather useful support on your missions, but she had always done so to advance her own or her bosses' agenda. Hell, she even went on assignments without you even knowing about them. Elizabeth continues to sit there calmly, waiting for you to make the first move. After all, you were the one to request a chat with her.>Ask what she knows first.>Ask what she wants first.>Other
>>926331>Ask what she wants first.
>>926331>>Ask what she wants first.
>>926331>Ask what she wants first.Does Katya need clothes or anything to cover up her synthflesh? She may be synth, but that doesn't mean she isn't 100% immune to environmental effects.
>>926331>So, does the carpet match the drapes?
>>926331>>Ask what she wants first.>>926361I guess we can spare her a few uniforms since they can be used in a vacuum, and probably has padding like a heavy-duty work glove; so I don't see why not.
>>926331>Ask what she wants first.She's totally not going first. Super spy shit I'm sure.>>926361>that picmfw
>>926331>Ask what she knows first.
>>926398What's worse is that we don't know if her masters are malevolent; and we probably won't get any answers to our questions until we give her the info.
>>926331"All right, first things first, what do you want?" You ask, leaning forward from your chair. "I can't imagine you or Intel is tagging along out of the the charitable spirit in your hearts.""And you'd be completely correct." Elizabeth smiles cheerfully. "Of course, Intelligence is looking for some gain out of this little venture of yours.""Mind actually telling me what they are?" You raise an eyebrow. "You want to take Carly's treasure from her?""Does it look like we need the money?" Elizabeth chortles. "No, we want other assets. Anything that's taken for it's purely monetary value, we have no issue with. But what we would like..."You brace yourself for it."...unrestricted access to Katya." Elizabeth "If you can guarantee that, we'll have no issues telling you everything we know. Tit for tat!">I have no issues.>I'm going to have to refuse.>You're going to have to ask Scott and Artya.>Other
>>926627>>You're going to have to ask Scott and Artya.She's their kid now.
>>926627>You're going to have to ask Scott and Artya.She IS their child.
>>926627>>You're going to have to ask Scott and Artya.
>>926627>>You're going to have to ask Scott and Artya.>inb4 Tank becomes Medic
>>926627>You're going to have to ask Scott and Artya.>>926644^ What he said. Katya's not our property or anything
>>926627>I have no issues.
>>926627>You're going to have to ask Scott and Artya.
>>926627"You'd have to ask Scott and Artya that." You grunt. "After all, they're responsible for reviving Katya in the first place.""Kicking the can down the road like that? I'm a bit disappointed, Captain. Just a tad bit." Elizabeth's smile doesn't waver. "I was asking you as a courtesy. My superiors have the power to order Katya's transfer at any time, after all!"Your eyes narrow."Maybe I can convince them otherwise." Elizabeth shrugs. "But a non committed answer begets a non committed answer. We think Katya knows the location of a ship. A very special ship. And that's all I can tell you."Goddamn spies...!>Try to get more out of Elizabeth.>End the meeting.>Other
>>926794>Try to get more out of Elizabeth.
>>926794>Try to get more out of Elizabeth.Preferably not the seduce option. I don't think our track record with it's strong enough that it's a viable strategy
>>926794>Try to get more out of Elizabeth.>AYYY Ship
>>926794>>Try to get more out of Elizabeth.
>>926794>>End the meeting.>>926825Doesn't seem Space Elf enough.
>>926794>non committed answerBitch it's not Sam call. She just said to go to Scott and Artya to find out if you could. It is what it is.I liked Valkyria mercs Elizabeth much better.Also>implying trying to mess with a AI, most likely against its will, on a ship crewed by mostly robots will end well
>>926794You felt that you could get a little more out of Elizabeth, but how would you handle it?>Ask nicely.>Be a little threatening. >Offer her something else.>Other
>>926893>>Offer her something else.We've tried charm, And intimidation before. I don't think this will work without proper trade of info in return.
>>926893>Offer her something else.
>>926893>Ask nicely.It doesn't hurt to just ask first.
>>926893Let's try asking her nicely, then!>Roll 1d20
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>926977
Rolled 3 (1d20)>>926977
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>926977
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>926977Snowing here
>>926982>>926985>>926986We're doin' terrific.
>>926977"Come on, Elizabeth." You sigh. "After all the times we helped each other out, can't you throw me a bone here?""Hmmm, you do have a point." Elizabeth nods. "Well, I guess I can give you a few more tidbits. The ship we're looking for, as I've said, is very special. In particular, it's not a ship made by any human hands.""So, something built by Katya's inventors?" You raise an eyebrow. "Undoubtedly. The similarities are too great." Elizabeth shrugs. "And given the designation Katya calls herself, there's no doubt she knows something about that ship. From what we can gather, that ship is the reason the Graveyards exist, so there's that.""Thanks, you've been... somewhat helpful, Elizabeth." You sigh. "You're dismissed, for now.""Until next time!" Elizabeth chirps as she stands up and makes your exit.You wait until you're sure Elizabeth is gone before sighing and leaning back in your chair. This was some seriously heavy shit.>Vent to Tank.>Get a drink with Carly.>Head to Engineering.>Other
>>927075>Vent to Tank.
>>927075>Get a drink with Carly.
>>927075>Head to Engineering.Let's get an ETA on the process.Be prepared for alien speech that'll hurt people unaccustomed to listening to it, and make everyone have to roll to resist PSI Damage.
>>927075>>Get a drink with Carly.>>926989Not yet. Time for Starfighters
>>927075>>Head to Engineering.
>>927075>Head to Engineering.
>>927075>>Vent to Tank.
>>927086>Spess Elves found a way to not mindfuck other races by translating their words into a new medium: --Music-->They already experimented with this before in the form of David Bowiehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRcPA7Fzebw
>>927130No. That'd make too much sense.
>>927075You head down to Engineering, where you see that Katya is where you left her, secured to the worktable while Scott and Artya mill about, keeping a close eye on her."So, Scott, anything new?" You ask as you approach him."Oh, well, I think the upload into the body is almost complete." Scott explains, pointing to the datapad. "At least, she has access to motor functions now, so we've had to strap her down.""A logical course of action." Katya observes. "Have you agreed to my request, Captain Wellings? Will you allow access to your database?">All right, we'll let you in.>I want to ask some questions first...>Other
>>927236>I want to ask some questions first...
>>927236>>All right, we'll let you in.
Were we going to give her a VM copy of the database in a sandboxed virtual network?Or the actual database?
>>927265Last I checked, we were giving her a partial database.
>>927236>Ask her some questions. While we're at it, see if our engineering couple managed to scrape together a closed system that'll hold all the info. I'd also like to vent about last night. My driving rotation had me sleeping during that time, so.... WHY DIDN'T YOU GUYS GET THE HELIPAD?! ANTI-SHIPPING faire hellicopter! So much better than a vls system, in my opinion...
>>927236"Actually, I have a few questions for you." You say, giving a suspicious look to Katya."I will answer to the best of my ability based on your current system access." Katya explains smoothly. You then glance to Scott."Well, um, if she doesn't cooperate, we can try to extract the data ourselves..." Scott frowns. "I mean, at the end of the day, she's still an artificial, electronic being inhabiting one of our systems, so it's possible...""I would not recommend that course of action." Katya warns.Artya just looks on curiously.>What's your function? (Free access.)>Who made you? (Elevated access.)>What's out here? (High access.)>Other
>>927286>>Who made you? (Elevated access.)
>>927286>What's your function? (Free access.)then>Who made you? (Elevated access.)
>>927286>Who made you? (Elevated access.)
>>927286>Who made you? (Elevated access.)Are they hostile?
>OtherWhat is your purpose?
>>927286>Pull up the galactic equivalent of coordinates for the Graveyard and ask what from her creators is out there>Tell her that our superiors will extract whatever data they want if she doesn't tell us and that the information on whatever's around there is all they want
>>927286>>Who made you? (Elevated access.)It's the Protoss, isn't it!
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>927286"Okay, first of all." You cross your arms. "Who made you? And what for?""ERROR. You have insufficient system access." Katya replies. "Request denied.""Scott?" You look to your engineer."Y-yeah, just give a second!" Scott sweats as she taps away at his datapad.>Roll 1d20
Rolled 8 (1d20)>>927313
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>927313
Rolled 3 (1d20)>>927313
>>927316Bah Weep Granah Weep Nini Bong!
>>927277Because we ain't really following actual naval combat rules, rendering an anti-ship helicopter kinda pointless, and it doesn't have the satisfaction of the Itano Circus.
>>927330I'm sorry, my Swahili is rusty. Dindu wawa dindu oonga boonga?
>>927277Eh, Helis could've been flexible, but they're also kind of fragile in the overall scheme of things. If they get shot down, we can't replace them that much. But if a few VLS missiles gets shot down? At least there is always more where that came from, so long as we have the ammo to reload and fire again.
>>927331Well...you can't tell, but I'm still grumpy about it...
>>927345>so long as we have the ammo to reload and fire again.Anon, VLS doesn't work like that. A ship only carries as many missiles that can fit in the cells, and then has to go to a port that can handle reloads.
>>927313Scott hits a key, and Katya's eyes change color for a brief second. "There currently does not exist a suitable word in your language that translates to the name of my Creators." Katya speaks up. "Judging from cursory scans, it has been at least one thousand nine hundred twenty three years since my last activation. Due to the time period that has elapsed as well as no response to my queries, it is my conclusion that the Creators are extinct.""And... what kind of people were your Creators?" You continue the line of questioning. "The Creators were interested in the exploration and preservation of extraterrestrial worlds." Katya continues. "My primary function was to help facilitate navigation of their ships through space as well as update star charts as new areas were explored." "And you're not lying or anything, are you?" Katya then turns her eyes to you, flashing red for a brief second as if she were utterly offended at what you said."It would be counterproductive for the Creators to develop a navigation system capable of lying to them, wouldn't it?""I suppose." You concede."Resetting query functions." Katya returns to her original position. "And are any of these ships you mentioned still around?" You ask."Query exceeds current system access. Request denied." Katya states again.>Try to hack the answer out of her.>She's said enough to allay your suspicions.>Other
>>927380A conventional ship does, but a Shipgirl just needs to suck on a juice pack, or load up on a big English breakfast made by Mulberry washed down with a couple burgers and fries.
>>927420>She's said enough to allay your suspicions.
>>927420>>She's said enough to allay your suspicions.
>>927420>>She's said enough to allay your suspicions.I don't think we need to push for more when we don't need to. Maybe giving her access will eventually grant us more access in turn?
>>927420>OtherAsk the engineers for their blessing for bringing Elizabeth in, then allow Elizabeth in and begin connecting databases.
>>927420>>OtherAre you the ship?
>>927478I'd second it.Maybe ask what she was doing in those ruins as a Crystal.
>>927420"All right, I got all I needed to know, anyways." You nod. "So, you're okay with plugging her in?" Scott asks to confirm."I suppose. She doesn't seem to be a particular threat right now." You shrug. "You are plugging her into a secure system, right?""Completely partitioned from the ship's main systems." Scott assures you.Artya gives the thumbs up to back up his assurance. "This might take while, though, so you might want to go handle some other duties while we wait?" Scott asks. "Besides, I guess Tank or something can stand guard if you really need eyes on her.">Stick around for a bit.>Go pay Carly a visit.>Hammer out a new mission plan with the bridge crew.>Other
>>927517>>Hammer out a new mission plan with the bridge crew.We never talk to Bradford!
>>927517>>Go pay Carly a visit.Let's see what she's up to.
>>927517>Hammer out a new mission plan with the bridge crew.
>>927517>>Hammer out a new mission plan with the bridge crew.
>>927517>Go pay Carly a visit.
>>927517>>Go pay Carly a visit.CARLY NO, DONT DRINK MY MYSTERIOUS POTION OF DUBIOUS BUFFS!
>>927517>Go pay Carly a visit.>>927541Oh dear god, the possible horrors!
>>927541Sam needs more headpats since she got her new hair.
>>927541>Carly drinks Natalie's concoctions>Unlocks *her* Psionic potential>Ground missions become two angry sisters attempting to mind control and Psi-blast everything thing into pink mistMAKE IT HAPPEN MERC
>>927541>>927547>inb4 Carly gets what Sam always wanted.
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>927517Well, it looks like we've got a tie, so it's time for a rolloff!1. Carly2. Mission
>>927567You decide to go check in on Carly. You haven't really had a chance to talk to her ever since that mission where you "recovered" Katya, and you guess now was a good time. "Bradford." You switch on your comms. "Can you locate Carly?""Of course, Captain." Bradford responds. "She's in...">...rec room.>...the infirmary.>...the armory.>Other
>>927570>...the infirmary.Alright, we all know why we're here.
>>927570"The infirmary again...?" You groan. No doubt Carly was trying out some of Natalia's concoctions again, trying to get her own little physical boost. You really should tell her to stop.Then again, that didn't really excuse you from indulging in Natalia's little and ethically questionable hobbies as well. Goddamn you were a fucked up little family here. You enter the infirmary, to see Natalia, surprisingly enough, giving Carly a regular, normal, everyday physical checkup. "Oh, Captain, just in time!" Natalia smiles. "Your sister here was just asking about helping me with my tests!"Ah, it was too good to be true, you guess.>Not without me!>It's too dangerous for you, Carly.>Not in the mood right now.>Other
>>927623>>Not without me! I want those boobs!
>>927623>>Not without me!
>>927623>>It's too dangerous for you, Carly.(Secretly prepare to drink)
>>927623>Not without me!
>>927623>>Not without me!Yet more !SCIENCE!
>927623>Not in the mood right now.
Rolled 13 (1d20)>>927623"You're not drinking anything without me!" You grunt."I think... that's supposed to come out differently, Sis." Carly frowns.Natalia only chuckles when when she brings out two flasks, one green and one blue. "Now, I don't quite remember which one does which, but it's not science without a bit of uncertainty, right?" She says cheerfully.Well, no going back now. You grab one flask while Carly grabs the other...>Roll 1d20
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>927663Here comes the Pudding
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>927663Time for science. Bottoms up!
Rolled 13 (1d20)>>927663
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>927663
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>927663
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>927663
>>927665Heaven or Hell? Cute or Sexy?
Rolled 1 (1d4)>>9276761. Heaven2. Hell3. Cute4. Sexy
>>927679DIVINE ASSAULT MODE ACTIVATE! WOOOOO
>>927679>>927681>HeavenBut for how long?
>>927679Natalia's drinks gives you wings!
>>927663You down the concoction, and let it bubble in your stomach for a few seconds as you let it do its thing. And then you feel it. Your body begins to feel like it's getting stretched like taffy. It's not painful or anything, but it's certainly surprising and a little uncomfortable. "Hmmmm." Natalia grins as she scans you. "It looks like you've grown in height! A full inch!""WHAT?! No fucking fair!" Carly pouts. "She's already taller than me and SHE gets the growth spurt!?!? That's BS!">That's great! I look less like a kid anymore!>Fuck! That mean's it'll be harder for Tank to carry me!>Other
>>927686>>That's great! I look less like a kid anymore!Nothing's too hard for Tank to carry
>>927686>>That's great! I look less like a kid anymore!But what did Carly get?
>>927686>That's great! I look less like a kid anymore!Beat panel>Fuck! That mean's it'll be harder for Tank to carry me on his shoulders without me hitting my head on the ceiling"
>>927686>>That's great! I look less like a kid anymore!...does this mean she needs to get all her armor readjusted?
>>927686>That's great! I look less like a kid anymore!Inb4 tank is a lolicon and prefers a childlike body.
>>927686>That's great! I look less like a kid anymore!
>>927686>>That's great! I look less like a kid anymore!YAY!!! Natalia is the best!
>>927686>That's great! I look less like a kid anymore!Let's see what changed with Carly.
>>927686>>That's great! I look less like a kid anymore!Aww no boobs, but at least we grew taller.
>>927690Should be fine seeing as the last time we grew a few inches, no major readjustments were needed.
>>927698>inb4 Carly becomes pic related....for a few seconds
>>927703Sena is a shit.We need to go full Bismarck!Or at least Prinz.
>>927686"Sweet, I look less like a kid now!" You cackle. "So what did you get, Carly?""Ummm, well, I don't feel too different." Carly frowns."Hmmm, let me see." Natalia scans Carly. "It seems that your liver is operating 20% more efficiently.""The liver's the thing that makes me drink more, right?" Carly asks."That's... one thing it does." Natalia does."Sweet!" Carly whoops. "I can beat ya at drinking games even harder now"! "That implies you ever won against me in the first place." You retort."Sounds like a challenge!" Carly grins."Oh dear." Natalia chuckles.>It sure is.>No time to drink right now.>Other
>>927712>It sure is.
>>927712>No time to drink right now.Gotta show tank our new height!
>>927712>>It sure is.>What happens to the winner. What is the Prize?Do a wager. More potions!
>>927712>No time to drink right now.It doesn't count as winning if they both just collapse after one drink.
>>927712>>No time to drink right now.We really have to get Nat a good retirement plan for this stuff.
Rolled 18, 11, 3, 20, 3 = 55 (5d20)>>927712>>It sure is.>>OtherChug Potions.Rolling
>>927712>No time to drink right now.Tank time
>>927712>>It sure is.>>927720Have a wager get more potions!
>>927712>No time to drink right now.
>>927712>>No time to drink right now.
>>927712>OtherWinner gets to try another of Natalia's potions.One of them has to be able to increase bust size.
>>927738no potion betting?
>>927712>>927754Also supporting this.Or give us sexy legs
>>927712"Sorry, it's not the time for that sort of thing right now." You shake your head. "Maybe after all this is over.""Ya know, that's the exact sort of thing people say right before they bite it." Carly rolls her eyes. "You should cut back on watching broadcasts." You sigh. "And you should quit being such a stick in the mud." Carly counters. "Gonna go make out with your booooooyfriend now?">You know what, maybe I will!>That's none of your business.>Other
>>927764>You know what, maybe I will!>SOMEBODY in this family has got to have kids someday.
>>927754>>927763Or turns us into a PEAK HUMAN BEAUTY.>You know what, maybe I will!
>>927764>That's none of your business.
>>927764>>That's none of your business.
>>927764>>You know what, maybe I will!
>>927764>>OtherHeadpat Carly, height advantage sucker!
>>927764>>927775This. Make her feel like the short child she is.
>>927764>You know what, maybe I will!
>>927775>Aw, you'll have a boyfriend too someday!
>>927764>>927773 Supporting: >>927775
>>927764Switching from >>927768 to >>927775
>>927764>You know what, maybe I will!And>>927775
>>927764So to make sure, you all want to aggressively headpat Carly?>Y>N
>>927801>>YAll or nothing!
>>927801>Y Then make out with Tank so hard one of us nearly passes out from lack of oxygen.
>>927801>>YBig sis privileges.
>>927801Okay, so you wanna headpat?ROLL TO SEE HOW HAAAAARD.>Roll 1d20
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>927832ONE PAAAAAAT
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>927832
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>927832>how hard>that picDiamonds. That's how
>>927836>Subtle Psionic field activate!
>>927833>>927834>>927836Strong rolls, nice
>>927832You just laugh and headpat Carly. "Oh Carly, still so young and naive.""I'm not a- nuuuuuuuuuu!" Carly whines as you start to ruffle her short hair. "S-stop it!" "I don't see you trying very hard to stop me." You grin. "Aaaaaaah! I'm not a kiiiiiiiid!" Carly continues to whine. Meanwhile, Natalia is in the background, furiously scribbling down notes. You wonder what sort of research potential she was getting out of this. "GAH! You win this time!" Carly finally manages to break free from your headpat of doom, her face all red and flustered. "But I'll get ya back! Just you wait!" And before you can do anything, Carly scrambles out of the infirmary and out of sight. "Mmmmm, almost makes me wish I had a sister." Natalia sighs wistfully."Yeah, I guess it does have its perks." You nod with a smile."Must be so convenient to have such an easily accessible test subject!" Natalia giggles.Aaaaaand your smile is gone. "I'm just joking, Captain!" Natalia continues to giggle.You... you're honestly not sure if she is. >Head to the bridge.>Go find Tank.>Check in on Engineering.>Other
>>927866>>Go find Tank.
>>927866>>Head to the bridge.DISREGARD HUSBANDOSACQUIRE PLANS
>>927866>Head to the bridge
>>927866>Go find Tank.
>>927866>Head to the bridge.
>>927866>>Head to the bridge.
>>927866>>Check in on Engineering.Back to the totally evil AI that managed to make this genre shift to survival horror
>>927889I'd say we're more Mass Effect than Dead Space still--I hold my reservations until disembodied voices say "MAKE US WHOLE SAMANTHA"
>>927889Seeing as nanomachine zombies are a thing, I wouldn't be surprised. We just need to find out what happened to the aliens.
>>927866You head back to the bridge, where your crew was now all back up and running at their duty stations. Of course, since you weren't part of any active operation right now, nobody really had anything to do at the moment."Captain." Bradford greets you as you enter. "So I understand you're updating the AI?""Don't worry, she's in an isolated system, so she shouldn't be affecting any of the ship's systems." You assure him. "Good to hear." Bradford nods. "Lida's been picking up increased comm traffic. It looks like our little excursion into the Blood Jewel seems to have riled up both the Hegemony and Confederate forces, and they're ramping up their presence in the area.""It'll be tough avoiding them at this rate." Amy sighs."We can always hit 'em first!" Elsa grins."That's true. Both sides must have forward bases to support their operations in this area." Bradford nods. ""Perhaps we can strike them preemptively to cripple their deployments.">Attack the enemy.>Wait for Katya's download to finish.>Other
>>927908>>Wait for Katya's download to finish.
>>927908>Attack the enemy.
>>927908>>Wait for Katya's download to finish.Wait, just wait... we might just get a much more important and worthy destination to go to once she finishes downloading.
>>927908>>Wait for Katya's download to finish.In the far future, download speeds are still crap.
>>927908>Wait for Katya's download to finish.
>>927908"Let's wait for Katya to finish her thing." You grunt. "Once we get more data, we can make a move.""Understood, Captain." Bradford nods. Some time passes as the Gullinbursti and Longclaw patrol the empty system both ships are hiding in. Thankfully, there's no enemy contacts, and Carly's crew finally finishes their field repairs, bringing their ship back up to near optimal combat efficiency. And that's when you finally get the message from Scott."Captain, Katya's finished scanning the database and... well... you just need to come down here." Scott stammers. "It's... incredible." Incredible, huh?"I'll be right there." You respond, wondering what new revelation Katya had for you.>And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread is next week! Don't forget KanColle on Friday!
>>927945RIP Scottthanks for writing!
>>927945Thanks for running, wish I got here sooner than right at the thread end.I wish Sam and Carly will end up looking like actual twins again later on, Body modding on twins feels a little weird if they end up looking so different.
>>927945Thanks for running Merc.Adios, you damn fool.
>>927945how tall is Sam now? Did she only grow just only in height?
>>927953Yep, it was mostly just height.
>>927963So how tall is she compared to the rest of the cast now?
>>927968Still pretty small.
>>927963So because of the way human bodies work, her bust size actually went down?
>>929279Eeeeh, they're still around.
>>934990Tank's reaction to our height change? Can we still get on his shoulders, wrap our thighs around his head and ride?
>>935004It wouldn't look nearly as adorable anymore.