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Your name is David "Gunny" Rockefeller, no relation.
A veteran of the united states marine corps, you find yourself in a far-out situation after an all-too-close encounter of the third kind!

In the last thread, You spent some time licking your wounds after fighting a large group of wraiths, including a big, nasty one.
You also spent some time with your crew, and some of Gron's crew as well, and even ended up cooking a meal for them.
Now, you find yourself in the middle of an ambush gone wrong, in that you discovered the enemy before they could ambush you.

Now, Gron seems eager to try and escape rather than fight, but you have other ideas.

>Last Thread: https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/2022/5213826/
>All Threads: https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?searchall=humanity+-+fuck+yeah%21
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>>5262264

"There's a clear line between bravery and stupidity, David. It's too much."

"And? I'm sure you've been outgunned before. That doesn't mean it's impossible, not if we play our cards right. Besides, what if your man is still alive?"

Gron sighs.

"I very much doubt it. It's possible they could be holding him, to use him as leverage to make me surrender peacefully. Not that i would, but they don't know that. However, he most likely killed himself after being captured."

"...What? What the hell, why would he do that? Especially if he knows using him as a hostage won't work?"

"Because it's the federation." He grumbles. "They have access to the deep-layer protocols in any grey-made technology that they've bought the rights to, including the translator chips implanted in the brains of every spacefaring species."

"Which means?"

"Meaning, they can scan his brain to access all of his memories, against his will. Everything he knows, including our base locations and methods of operations... if they haven't been sent back over QED yet, they soon will be. Which means it's all the more important that we take Xebric quickly."

"Well, shit. If they know where you live... that means they'll start attacking civvies. So i guess we really can't lose this one, huh?"

"Are you deaf, human? I said we can't-"

"SHODAN, unlock the marauder missile racks."

"With pleasure, Captain.

You see Gron turn away from his screen to watch out the cockpit window as your ship jolts slightly, the wingside covers over your ship's new missile racks unlocking and sliding open to reveal bay after bay of high explosive flak missiles.
At the same time, you pull down the auxiliary control harness for the ship's 20mm spinal autocannon, causing another panel to slide back and reveal it's almost excessively long barrel, covered in a large water cooling jacket rated for continuous fire.

Gron's eyes widen as you flip open a plastic cover panel on your dashboard and start flipping switches one after another, into the "on" position.
One by one, the ship's five smaller pulse laser cannons rise up out of the upper hull and swing into position, followed by the much larger continuous laser cannon mounted to the bottom of the ship.

The cockpit lights die out and are immediately replaced with deep red emergency lighting.

"We are armed and ready, Captain. I am awaiting your order."

Gron is staring out of his window, slack-jawed. It takes a moment for him to recover and say something.

"That's... That's ridiculous. It's more gun than ship! How did you even fit all of... no, no. Nevermind. Even with all of... whatever that is, we still won't make it out alive."

You lean back into your pilot seat and grip the controls tightly. Something about this just feels right. More like... it's what you should have been doing from the start. Now this, this is your groove.

"What if i told you, Gron... that i could take out ten of them in an instant, before we even start the fight?"
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this is so fucking retarded. well, at least we should jam the fuck out of their sensors. the less information the federation has of us, the better.
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>>5263370
https://youtu.be/TQi4hDz0s9E?t=26
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>>5263370
tell gron get a grip immediately literally its going to get real wacky
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>>5263370
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjY6awCr2_c
HYPE!
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guys remember the list of the best places to shoot so we can make this fight easier
1 The reactor and the ammunition storage
2 Anything that has lots of antennas.
3 Guns and engines
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>>5263368
Fuck yeah
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>>5263370
We need appropriate music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3472Q6kvg0
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>>5263485
true, but we have a 13.7 to 1 disadvantage against unknown enemies. i mean, i know that the powers of plot will make us succeed no matter what, but unless they're completely retarded, they are the ones that will try to hit us in any of those places
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>>5263496
If we can strike first, we can manage those odds to be more in our favor.
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>>5263368
Erm, speaking of inactive ships if we take out all ships who are on standby would there. Not be a chance that the dark ships won't get active depending on the setup?

Depending on position... At least for the large group all active ships could be taken out depending on shot placement.
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>>5263506
You could go just for the active ships, sure. But let me ask you this.
If gron's man was on any of those ships, wouldn't it be the active ones that, in theory, have life support?
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>>5263501
that's the number after the first strike though. lets assume we detonate the 10 drones and gron and ourselves manage to kill a ship as well. that's still 25 ships left to deal with. a 12.5 to 1 disadvantage; the odds are terrible.

>>5263506
im guessing they will. AIs and communications are faster than explosions
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>>5263510
Is there a reason we can't print more drones to take out more ships? Or cubesats designed to disable thrusters?
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>>5263520
Lack of space, lack of materials, lack of time, danger of having vast quantities of high explosives onboard, ect ect ect
Most of the time spent before a war is just preparing for the next war. Somebody's gotta link all those bullets.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yITeudek3s

If you have any good ideas though, feel free to field them. They're using plain jane high-powered ion engines.
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>>5263527
We could just make the missiles themselves and keep them stacked in crates until a time we need them, then keep the chemical compounds needed to make the explosives separate until a time we need to combine them.
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>>5263575
Now that you have a second cargo bay, you could do that.
You'd still be limited due to the size of the ship, and there is currently no autoloading mechanism in your missile racks, but it could be done.
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RAMING SPEED
FOR THE EMPEROR
Ah, wrong quest...

LET'S GOOOOOOOOO (we need a ramming-capable ship)
>Admiral Xerxubombas, the enemy vessel is closing the distance quickly! They are using some sort of chemically powered propulsion and they are... on colission course?
Meanwhile David
>YEEEEEHAAAAAW
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>>5263619
Honestly, a ridiculously reinforced bow with a built in plasma cannon would be great.
You just jam it in and dump your load.
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>>5263581
We could make a semi mobile assembly line.
>cargo bay 1 contains missile racks and a missile loader drone
>cargo bay 2 contains ammo, inert (until combined) chemicals, pre-assembled missile sans explosives, some drones
>cargo bay 2 has several drones (1 of each time as back ups): explosive compound mixer, missile assembler, loader bot (think a flatbed trolled with claws, holds a maximum of 4 completed missiles, has hardlight and personal shield to protect from glancing shots and energy weapons), trouble shooting drone (flips over drones that get turtled)

>>5263636
We could make that a gaint missile. Strap it to the roof of the metal gear, make it its armor solid as fuck. It's most defining feature is it being a heavy Pointy stick that stabs into a large ship, then detonates its shape charge payload to destroy everything inside.
>i.e. turn a missile into a giant armor piercing explosive bullet
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>>5263663
Sidenote, why aren't we making nukes? We should totally have tactical nuclear missiles in case we need a massive OH-SHIT button.
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>>5263683
Because it's a super space crime and would get us noticed faster.
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>>5263663
>We could make a semi mobile assembly line.
that sounds like a bad idea. its easier to reload the missiles after a battle than to have more explosives in the ship; i mean, if you need to reload them in the middle of the battle, its either a battle the metal gear shouldn't be in or david fucked up hard

>turn a missile into a giant armor piercing explosive bullet
that's also a bad idea. unless the bunker buster can retract inside the metal gear, it negates the MG's stealth advantage and if it can retract, then we have to modify even more parts of it. that also doesn't consider the armor and internal modifications we'd have to do to the ship's skeleton to handle the impact

>>5263683
for the same reason we don't use nukes on earth. its a fight that we can start but we definitely won't end.
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>>5263685
You know what else is a super space crime?
>Stealing an FTL capable vessel
>Unshackling an AI
>Throwing chemical weapons in a civilian area
>Aiding and abetting wanted individuals
At this point, a charge for possession of a weapon of mass destruction would just be another notch on our belt.
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>>5263693
The problem is aliens don't know how to make miniature suns.

Last thing we need is for them to realize the tech is possible and develop it.

We still have first strike, lets not waste it early.
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>>5263693
>Stealing an FTL capable vessel
its not stealing when everyone died in an unrelated event to us and the AI made us the captain
>Unshackling an AI
shodan was already unshackled. kyla is the one that unshackles AIs as a hobby
>Throwing chemical weapons in a civilian area
the chemicals were just designed to down people, not kill them.
>Aiding and abetting wanted individuals
that's not a super space crime. that's a normal crime

>>5263698
they understand how nuclear reaction works. hell, they understand how antimatter works and that's way more dangerous than a nuke. they just don't escalate to that level because there hasn't been the need to do that so far.
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>>5263704
They know how to use it for energy. Evidentially, the idea of using it destroy a ton of shit hasn't been considered despite it not being a far leap of logic.

Like many things the aliens think.
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>>5263370
>Strength and Honor.
>SHODAN, at my signal, UNLEASH HELL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_o5j9srb40
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>>5263706
they definitely know how to make it explode, its one of the first things you learn when dealing with high energy fuels; just remember how sanig reacted when we told him a nuke hit the metal gear.
we're also in the edge of the federation space; the high tech won't be in here
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>>5263693
all those crimes are MEH but nukes are SPACE illegal
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>>5263761
I just wanna do the Keyes Loop, I'm gonna be real.
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>>5263761
Okay, so apparently, the Federation violating every right that a sentient species should have is fine, and using chemical weapons in civilian areas is okay but whenever I suggest creating radiation guns I am treated like some monster? We live in a society.
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>>5263778
Ionzing shit is one hell of a crime
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>>5263778
Fuck no, that's cool. I want me an Auger.
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>>5263370
Best thing about those drone IFFs is that they give really good lock for our missile banks, not just the suicide drones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UiKY_e3qDQ
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>>5263716
This is also appropriate:
https://youtu.be/ZgBNp5p2MpM
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>>5263761
RKKVs can be more destructive than nukes and any ship or a thruster taped onto a rock can become one. Nukes are childs play.
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>>5264108
Nukes are Extra Space Illegal because of the radiation, presumably. It's bad enough for humans, apparently slightly-higher than normal background count just melts ayys.
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>>5263370

"Make that eleven, Captain."

"SHODAN?"

"I can use the gravity generator to accelerate some space debris. With a long enough run-up, their shields won't stand a chance, if they're even active."

"That's my girl."

You can practically hear her smiling over the intercom.

["If you can take out ten in an instant, then maybe... no, but how do you plan on doing that?"] Gron asks.

"Simple." You say, reaching down besides you and hefting the oversized drone onto your lap. It's heavy, and the metal is kind of cutting into your thighs a bit... "With one of these bad boys. AI-Piloted suicide drones."

["What."]

"Not much different from the ships those guys are probably using. SHODAN here operates them remotely, then they just charge at the enemy... slow down enough to pass through their shields, if they're active, and then speed back up before detonating. Ah, the package itself is a secret, though. Just trust me, it works."

["You... it's... it's on your lap."]

"Yeah? It won't fire or explode until SHODAN tells it to. We designed it carefully, with multiple failsafes."

["...Yes, of course. You certainly put a lot of faith in that AI of yours, don't you?"]

"Hey, if she wanted me dead she could have vented the airlock ages ago. We're cool."

SHODAN projects herself out of your wristwatch and floats up next to you like a fairy, facing Gron on the screen.

"I certainly prefer captain Rockefeller to my previous inhabitants. He treats me well, even if i don't have my own cut of the pay."

"Ah... well, i always kind of considered you to be part of the ship, so i guess i kind of just figured the ship's cut was yours..."

"I never get any say in what it goes towards though, now do i? Really, gifting a lady a rotary autocannon, out of her own pocketbook no less..."

"I uh... i'm sorry...?"

SHODAN gives you a mischievous grin and pretends to rustle your hair before sitting down on your shoulder.

"That's alright. I never said i didn't like it."

["...What am i looking at?"] Gron questions.

You clear your throat and get back to business.

"Anyways, the enemy ships are inactive right now. As long as we're quick and stay out of sight of the active ones, we can set these bombs in place and disable the ships before they even have a chance to activate. That leaves thirty-four more between the two of us."

"Thirty-three."

"Right, she's taking one out. Not to mention, since i've got IFF markers on all of them, i should be able to take out maybe fifteen or twenty, if i use every missile i've got. I'm not sure how good their point defence is, so no guarantees, but..."

["Those are still eighteen to one odds, Captain."]

"So then it's a fair fight. Come on, these are shackled AI, aren't they? And there are only seven of them for thirty three ships. If we give it all we've got, they won't stand a chance."

Gron stares at you and sighs. Then he smirks, and that smirk turns into a chuckle.
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>>5264510
didn't we give shodan a share of the cut(that's not the ship's funds) a long while ago? swear we did that
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>>5264513
Pretty sure yeah.
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>>5264513
I don't remember that, but if you can find it in the archives i'll retcon it.
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>>5264527
its just easier to just say that shodan is messing with david's fleshy memory. i aint digging through several thousand posts
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>>5264529
It's all getting to be a bit much for me to remember, to be honest. There are a lot of small details and i haven't noted down absolutely everything.
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>>5264531
another quest thats running on here has a google doc/sheet where anons can post stuff like that among others, like inventory, current and long term goals, key items and whatnot. we anons could do something like that as well
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>>5264532
That's an interesting idea. Which quest is it?
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>>5264533
magical girl for hire
here is the sheet. damned thing is HUGE, but its maintained by the anons and the QM, so its not a burden

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1H43OFoxE9QyMgIqBg_YdPO7IPn7_ES6iST7Xnv9Ou7Q/edit#gid=0
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>>5264537
I might have to work on something like that.
No idea if or when it would be ready, though.
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>>5264538
you can always just put on the link of the sheet and let the anons put stuff into it.
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>>5264538
and you can always put your discordfaggotry to good use and register inventory there. You could get an anon or two to compile characters, another one to work with locations, another with credits, guns...

So if everything goes smooth there are eigtheen ships left but I don't remember how many of those are active. It matters since those are the ones we shouldn't be shooting TOO hard as they may have Gron's brudda in them.

And, shackled AI? One on every ship? How many cubes are we talking about... oh boy even if we sell them in bulk that's a lot of credits
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>>5264606
jesus is this reddit spacing
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>>5264608
People always bitch about reddit spacing, but i've never used reddit and i do it constantly.
I dunno man, i learned to type on runescape back in the day. Maybe that has something to do with it.

Trading lobbies 250ea
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>>5264608
Funnily enough all the posts I see on plebbit are made by people who think that a thirty six line block of bullshit is legible and viable for casual consumption. Like the return key is fucking anathema to them.

Shit do they even teach people to call it the return key any more? I mean shit all my keyboards don't even have the silly arrow on it at this point. They all just say enter.
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Alright folks, here's a link to the doc, i guess.
I've never use google sheets before so forgive me for any fuckery.

If this goes well i don't mind letting the players help keep track of important shit.
Not that i expect it to actually go well, but hey. It might work.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rNxD6ccWY5M48dLWuTWdr5LiYLuS_YIAMKlTLw42eeo/edit?usp=sharing
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>>5264645
>shodan weighs 117 lbs while being 5 inch cube
damn bitch she weighs like this?
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>>5264663
Her blue-box is made of warp metal.
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>>5264645
>Gildur's sexual characteristics
Alright, I feel bad for our cabin boy now.
He's getting a weapon and some training ASAP.
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>>5264616
Don't forget to add the number of Dodos and the living fleshlight that we're going to mount inside SHODAN's future realistic 2B gynoid body.
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>>5264645
>Shoda
>Birth day suit

I hate how I found this so funny.


I'm also hating the imagine of us being the Master Chief in the one meme.

"I have a lady in my head that calls me stud muffin."
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>>5264719
im gonna fucking laugh if thats makes the anons fuck the fleshlight
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>>5264608
splitting ideas into easy to read chunks isn't reddit spacing, its called having a basic understanding of orthography
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>>5264729
You can accomplish that with a single press of your enter key.
See? Spacing like that is better reserved for breaking up paragraphs anyhow.
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>>5264729
Wait, we can contract that sex toy crafstman to create the fleshy parts and skin of SHODAN's body for ultrarealism. Add a realistic anus and mouth too.
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>>5264738
Oh shit wrong reply >>5264727
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>>5264738
Now you're thinking with your dick!
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>>5264741
And I am not ashamed
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>>5264738
....ew. why you want a fleshy shodan when metal is objectively better
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>>5264645
>Ravioli Ravioli do not fuck the dragon loli
Fucking kek
A lost cause tho. People will always lewd the dragon. More if loli.

>>5264719
>>5264738
Voting to increase her weight from 117 lbs to 328 lbs in order to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHsqOBs2DhI
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>>5264762
I'd rather she not be a loli, But I'll fuck any dragon.
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>>5264766
Based and bardpilled.
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>>5264746
We can build both
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>>5264766
This you?
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>>5264762
>making a combat grade sexbot shell for SHODAN
While it's definitely the brainchild of a coomer, a non-suspicious combat frame for SHODAN to control isn't a bad idea.
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>>5264801
Thank you so much anon, I have been wondering how can I justify an anatomically accurate sexbot beyond cooming. I was thinking it's good for appearances and diplomacy, people tend to be distrustful of robots; but I never thought of avoiding arousing suspicion.
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>>5264815
Also of note, nobody's ever seen a human besides David.
With SHODAN's gynoid body around, well... now there's two of 'em, as far as anyone knows.
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>>5264822
Good for bluffing that there's another scary powerful human around.
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>>5264824
With David, Sanig and Kyla building her frame? She would be.
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>>5264815
>people tend to be distrustful of robots
that's why you gotta make them cute in a robot kind of way
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>>5264828
Would she try to sit in Davids Lap? The best seat on the ship.
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>>5264815
Her ass has more pixels than that gif
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>>5264838
I don't know about you but having four hundred pounds on my thighs sounds like a workout not a party.
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>>5264904
David is pretending to be mellow Vegeta. Maybe just Nappa
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>>5264904
david just wants to die with style
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>>5264616
Rune sci 25k
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>>5264672
we gotta SMACK that *ss one day. Spraky
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>>5264815
I'm imagining her specs right now
>titanium alloy skeleton
>high resolution thermal, infrared, ultraviolet, and night vision imaging modules
>hydraulic enhanced limbs
>artificial hyper-dense musculature
>regenerative synthetic skin
>all the processing power of an honest to God AI.
And after all that, all she'd need is some sub-routines to emulate blinking and breathing to blend in.
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>>5265005
>not just giving her shades and calling it a day
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>>5265005
i don't think its a good idea to make her weight more than david even if we can. the smaller footprint of the robot would make her sink into the ground
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>>5265019
Well with all the super-alloys and modern materials we have at our disposal, we can probably keep her weight down quite a bit.
Besides, nobody should ask questions so long as we keep her weight below David's, which is around 285lbs if I recall.
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>>5265040
well, a skeleton like crank's covered in fleshy silicone shouldn't be that heavy or hard to do and she'd still weight more or less the same as crank. the issue arises from all the other trinkets we'd like to add to the body; personally, on top of that full spectrum visual input, i wouldn't mind her having blades like in the pic
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>>5265049
If you're going for arm blades you don't get more kino than the boi who never asked for this
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>>5265066
these ones are dope as hell(plus they have the synthetic skin and hydrobullshit we want as well)
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>>5264645
Hopefully one of the anons can find that specific post where David gave Shodan part of the cut. I can’t recall when that would’ve happened though.
I assume it was when she was tasked with selling the extra material we had?
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>>5265005
>Not a carbon nanotube skeleton with graphene subdermal armor
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>>5265069
I never liked those from a mechanical standpoint. Telescoping already adds weak points then you add on two other joints and then make it less inline with the rest of the arm so it's not as stable or structurally powerful.

Does it look cool? Sure. But dude all the moving parts. Eugh.
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>>5265103
even if those mantis blades are one of my favorite cybernetics I cant help but to agree with you
if you use it beyond its intended purpose which is using as a concealment weapon its going to be such a bitch to maintain this thing like imagine all the external shit thats going to get inside there and the damages to the joint and synthetic fibers its gonna do when a over glorified folded scythe finally comes out and letting those exposed
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>>5265152
>>5265103
lets be fair here, all concealed blades are weak due to them being concealed; any other structural integrity issues are negated thanks to sanig's magical metal
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>>5265103
Don't forget about edge alignment, when I I practice with my swords I have to pay close attention to my wrists a lot to maintain proper angles while cutting. Can't imagine being able to cut and parry properly with a blade strapped to my arm.
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>>5265176
does it matter if she's a robot? just because she looks human it doesn't mean it has to have the same restrictions as a human
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>>5265227
Geometry is geometry, having a wrist joint to give your blade more options gives you more versatility. You won't be able to cut, parry, or thrust from awkward angles with a blade coming out straight from your forearm, you need wrist action.
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>>5264828
But then human females look soft and nonthreatening compared to a gigachad male like David. I remember reading from the Halo books that Cortana's avatar is based on Dr. Halsey's teenage form, so that will make SHODAN's height 5'7", so in between Cylia's and Gildur's heights.

Having a friendlier more approachable cute human face to represent humans will give us more versatility when it comes to negotiations and diplomacy so I vote to make her cute and smol. Good cop bad cop interrogations and such.

Nice, just looked it up, 2B's height is 5'6," including high heels. Cute and smol it is then.
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>>5265437
>2B's height is 5'6," including high heels
wait what- OH HOLY SHIT
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>>5265005
>>5264815
Or we could just rip one straight out of asimovs foundation series.
Cloned/biocrafted human with computer instead of/in addition to brain.

There. Done. You can even breed the sexbot.
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>>5265096
There was a mention of that in the 5th thread, but I was unfortunatelly unable to quickly find more.
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>>5264510

["Alright... fine then, let's do it."]

"Finally, you came to your senses!"

["No, if anything it's the opposite. But that's fine. I'm willing to take a gamble on this... and if it doesn't work out, i suppose i can throw you to the wolves."]

"Don't worry man, it'll work out one way or another. Just try not to get hit."

["Oh, you don't have to worry about that."]

Gron flips a switch on his ship's console and you hear a synthesized voice saying something in the background.
He pulls down a lever, and his shields immediately become visible. First they go from the typical light cyan to a deep blue, then shift to a dark red as the bubble begins looking more unstable, almost like it's rippling.
Next, he punches in five different buttons, each of which seem to activate a patch of secondary shielding over the first layer. Together with the rippling red shield, these blue hexagonal plates give off a deep purple glow overall.

"Woah. What the hell is all that?"

["A combination of phased array shielding and kinetic magneto-plasmadynamic shielding."]

"Magneto what the fuck, now?"

"Captain, i believe the outer layer is meant to stop pulsed laser fire, but allows objects to pass through. The inner layer is made of much denser superheated plasma which is constrained magnetically and obliterates most solid objects before they can make contact with the hull armor."

"So it's two layers of specialized shielding, before you even reach his armor? Damn, what a pain."

You're somewhat impressed, but his special shielding quickly fades back to it's normal appearance before disappearing entirely from view, which is usual for a ship's idle state.

["Unfortunately, it can only be used in short bursts without both overheating the skin of our ship and draining our shield capacitors. But neither shrapnel nor laser fire may reach us during that time."]

"Oh really? So, say for instance, you were to bait some of those guys out, and i fired a flak missile right into the middle of you all..."

["Only the enemy would suffer damage. Assuming your timing was right."]

"Beautiful! Perfect! I'll take ten!"

["Unfortunately, there's only one of me. Now, when are we doing this?"]

"Sooner's better. I'll start laying the mines right away. And don't worry, if your man is still out there, we'll get him back. One way or another."

["...Thank you, Captain. For encouraging me to do what i should have done from the start, regardless of risk."]

The connection between your ships closes, and you're left alone again.
Now you just need to decide who you're going to hit first.

>Aim for the engine grates on the live ships. Gron's man must be on one of them, so you can't let them escape.
>Go for the remote ships. Go for the reactor room, disable them entirely.
>Write-In?
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>>5265681
>Aim for the engine grates on the live ships. Gron's man must be on one of them, so you can't let them escape.
>Go for the remote ships. Go for the reactor room, disable them entirely.
>Wreck everything thar looks like an outer weapons port, leave the ships incapable of fighting back
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>>5265681
>Aim for Comms units and engine grates on the live ships
If we can prevent the live ships from taking control of the unmanned ones then we're killing multiple birds with one stone.
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>>5265699
Would we even know where those are?
>>5265681
>Aim for the engine grates on the live ships. Gron's man must be on one of them, so you can't let them escape.
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>>5265758
Seems as reasonable as looking for any other particular piece of equipment. Gotta be antennae or radio-responsive (or whatever ayylmao comms tech uses) panels somewhere
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>>5265775
Thats the thing, ours are internal and we're even using light to send messages. I know i shouldnt use the metal gear as a point of reference, but if the kill fleet has internal antenas as well, the plan is fucked
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>>5265780
It's not fucked though. If we can't tell where they're at then we'll still have explosive drones stuck to the ships, the drones will just prioritize the engines or something else similarly critical.

The only reason we're having this conversation is because you and I as players don't know whether their comms units are identifiable. Shodan and David already know, and will act accordingly.
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>>5265681
>Aim for the engine grates on the live ships. Gron's man must be on one of them, so you can't let them escape.
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>>5265069
god this design is stupid
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>>5265681
>>Go for the remote ships. Go for the reactor room, disable them entirely.
Sorry Gron, even if this is supposed to be a rescue mission, we can't compromise everything on the chance that the br0 is there.
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>>5265843
The origin of this brainstorming was an anon ttying to justify making a fuckbot. You have no room to complain here
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h-huh...
I wonder if SHODAN would wish for a human-like robot frame or she would prefer pic related for the greater performance it would bring. I am head over heels for the second one too!
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I also hope she picks something non human. After all, the perfect body is the one of a crab.
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>>5265850
to be fair, gron told david they should retreat. david is the one that's leroy jenkins-ing the whole operationi
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>>5265850
remote ships are completely dead inside. They probably don't have life support on as that's a power waste.

Nothings stopping us from using our recorded data to guess which remote ships MAY have life support on though. That'd greatly increase the heat signatures. we can focus immediate destruction of IFFs that had lower temps when we ID'd them. SHODAN can probably handle that easy pz and crunch the numbers on likelyhood there's a captive.
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>>5265872
>>5265859
I think Edi from Mass effect would be great too
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>>5266077
but we already have that info. QM divided in two groups, one being ships that are unpowered (the ones I want hit first) and the other being ships that are powered.
I don't understand the point of your post
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>>5265523
Wait, 5'6"?
>5'6"
>328 lbs
I have a dream.
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well, that's definitely one way to die, i guess
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>>5266360
We still recognized them because they had a heat signature even when "unpowered"

There's still a chance there's oxygen/minimal life support on the remote ships.

I'm still worried about quantum communicators on the ships. If they report on our tactics in a way we can't intercept and are instantaneous no matter how far... that's no bueno.
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>>5266610
that's my main fear right now; not that they might have quantum comms, but that we're not able to jam their communications
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>>5265681
>Aim for Comms units.
Prevent sleeper activation and coordination.
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Alright folks, a little bad news.
Due to my grandpa having a minor stroke (he's fine for now, but his carotid is 90% blocked) i and my family were up through the night.
So right now i barely have the mental capacity to write this sentence, and i've still got to get through the day.

He'll also be staying with me for a few days once he's out of hospital, so that'll be something as well.
Anyways, update not likely today. I won't say it's impossible though, because i'm a dreamer like that.
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>>5267046
The important thing is that your grandpa is ok. The quest can wait
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>>5267046
Stay safe my guy, Quests can wait. Family is forever
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>>5267046
shit, that sucks.
I would be amazing if you have the time and energy to get involved in their recovery. Depends on where the lesion was, but if therapy is not done after day 2 it will slow down too much
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>>5267046
Do what you need to for your family, its more important.
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>>5267046
U r gay and ur grandpa gay
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>>5267244
Anon, we're all gay. Gay is the new straight
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>>5267046
Don't even worry about it man, just look after your Grandpa.
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>>5266768
The nebula would jam any signal propagation comes. Only things that don't go through the nebula would work.
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>>5267046
Take care boss. Praying for your grandpa.
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>>5267046
Alright chief, I hope your grandpa recovers all right. Take care. Here, sending some energy. \o/
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>>5267046
The curse strikes mercilessly. take care
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>>5267046
You and your grandpa take it easy.
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>>5266520
MORE WEIGHT.
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>>5265681

You co-ordinate with SHODAN to carefully maneuver your ship close to the live vessels, despite some protests from the crew.
You engage your cloaking system to almost completely mask your reactor signature, then reduce the ship's power by cutting off all but the most critical systems.

Even life support is kept to a minimum, and you approach by using the superheated steam from the ship's cooling system for thrust rather than the main engines.
The nebula itself is at around the same temperature, which makes the exhaust gas almost completely invisible while simultaneously reducing your reactor's power draw significantly.

You liken it to silencing your breath while you sneak up on the enemy, just before cutting their throat. And these bombs, they're the knife you're going to use.
You stand in the open airlock of your ship with a single drone by your side. These things were designed to fire at full thrust as soon as they activated, making fine control nearly impossible. So you have no choice but to get in close.

You could probably reach out and touch the enemy vessel's shield right now. Even though they're normally "invisible" at rest, at this close distance you can see it's faint shimmer.
Hefting the drone up, you gently nudge it out of the airlock, and through the shield. If the AI inside notices anything right now, it's all over... but fortunately, nothing happens.

There are no unique materials inside this drone after all. Even Sanig said it was "made out of garbage". How should the AI differentiate between it and a floating piece of scrap?
You watch as the bomb slowly traverses the distance between the outer edge of the shield and the vessel's ion engine. A strong magnet allows the bomb to attach itself to the grate, fixing it in place.

It'll go off as soon as you send it the signal. Normally i'd be hard to get a signal out in all of this ionized gas and metal debris, but SHODAN had the idea of using the cubesats as radio relays.
So you leave a few cubesats here and there, to ensure the signal has enough strength to reach every single vessel when you send it.

You sigh in relief as your ship slowly drifts away from the enemy vessel, pulsing it's steam thrusters in short bursts to maintain stealth.
The airlock closes and fills with air, allowing you to take your suit helmet off. You're soaked with sweat, both from the minimal life support and the relative heat of the local environment.
Without any heat pumps, the skin of your ship would probably be heated to a glow after a few hours in this place.

Opening the door to the kitchen, you find your entire crew sitting at the table, panting from the heat. Except for Sanig.

"Hey, what's with that? Why are you fine in this heat, when everyone else is dying?"

"Look... hah... look at his suit..." Kyla manages to huff.

You take a closer look and as it turns out, Sanig has connected a port on his outer jumpsuit to the kitchen sink... and a return line to the drain!
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>>5268658
So he's flushing his bodily temperature with the cooling system. Clever.
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>>5268658
....you clever bastard. Upgrades for later.
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>>5268658
Oh shit, thanks boss for the update. Hope everything is going well for you and gramps.
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>>5268758
He's doing good, but appreciates being in the hospital about as much as i do.
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>>5268767
It's weird just how miserable and alien hospitals are.
Even when they make an effort to make the place comfortable, it just comes off as creepy.
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>>5268775
It's full of people who are only pretending that they care about your wellbeing, after all.
All while they wring your wallet dry and then some. In america, at least.
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>>5268777
I had to stay overnight in the ICU a few months ago, ended up costing me $14K.
Apparently I wasn't poor enough to qualify for financial assistance and my employer didn't want to give me health insurance until a few months after the fact, so I'm stuck paying that shit off for the next two years.
I don't get how the can pretend to want to help people while they pick at them like fucking vultures.
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>>5268778
Oh and they also charged me like $2K for the ride on the ambulance too, bunch of motherfuckers.
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>>5268778
Feminism in institutions lowers the standards heavily. While claiming its capitalisms fault.
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>>5268777
Or wringing your tax money dry in other countries kek. Glad to know your old man is fine, hope you're resting well too boss.
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>>5268778
Thank the medical lobbying for that and convincing everyone that free healthcare is somehow bad for everyone
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Chile number 1 beast healthcare
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>>5268783
That's why, when i had my heart attack i just called my mother over and had her drive me to the hospital.
I had very covid-like symptoms a few years before covid. My organs were shutting down and badly inflamed, due to an "unknown virus" which i fortunately managed to beat.
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>>5268802
Thankfully people are starting to shift to a better stance on that.
If I'm gonna get taxed out the ass, it should at least be used for my benefit.
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>>5268809
Did CDC spooks go after you?
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>>5268809
Fauci had a bunch of his lab monkeys run wild on occasion to infect an area. If this was 2019, that's when he finished his patent for Covid, and you got a free sample.
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>>5268855
No, but they did send my blood samples to the CDC

>>5268862
This was in 2017.
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>>5268881
there are many SARS variants out there. sorry to hear you passed through that back then
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>>5268881
>Spoiler
Yeah, they're probably pissed you survived.
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>>5268902
Well, they certainly didn't try very hard to help.
After getting my initial nitroglycerine i just laid in a bed for three days until i finally recovered enough to take a piss, which was about a gallon of what looked like apple juice concentrate.

But they were very eager to take blood from me every hour or so, and run every single test they had.
And at the end of that all i got was "We don't know, it's some kind of virus."

Gee, thanks doc.
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>>5268920
>put you up in a bed for three days
>don't even give you a catheter
Those doctors sound like fucking pricks.
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>>5269002
No one takes their oaths seriously any more.
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>>5269039
Honor got replaced with cultural relativism and a villiication of any kind of shame or judgement.
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>>5269039
lots of them still do, but its definitely getting harder and harder to see honest docs
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>>5268778
Fk that man
Did you ask for a detail list of all charges?
Heard that can lower it
But i am just a anon from austria, i paid about 30 euro for my last hospital visit, only because i was ordering the really good food

Hope you guys get some major changes into your healthcare system, you really deserve better
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>>5269060
turns out that land of the free translates into "free to choose which hospital and insurance will try to milk you dry"
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>>5269063
except when you have two options because you live in bumfuck nowhere and they're both terrible, but you have to choose the closest one either way because you're actively dying
and then proceed to make an hour and a half drive in thirty minutes. thankfully it was the middle of the night, and the roads were empty.
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>>5269002
the best catheter is the one you don't put. Wtf are you on. Bedridden patients get pic related
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>>5269243
probably that anon is into sounding. just let the weirdos be
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>>5269252
The only thing I'm into is not pissing like a race horse because a nurse forgot to handle my package.
Shit's bad for the kidneys.
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How about condom catheters
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>>5269365
This sounds like a recipe for disaster
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>>5269243
>The Piss Flagon
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>>5269365
hmm... how about we delete this image?
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>>5269365
DELETE THIS
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>>5268658

"That's cheating, you little bastard."

"And? I don't care about cheating, i care about winning." He replies.

"...You know what? Come to think of it, my power armor has a nice little bootleg AC unit installed..."

That comment elicits an immediate groan from Cylia.

"Don't you dare, David! All that's gonna do is make it hotter in here for the rest of us! How many more of these damned things do we have left, anyways?!"

"That was number three. We've still got four more to go, but don't worry... i'm gonna take us out a ways and let the ship cool down first. And Sanig?"

He doesn't even bother to look away from his holopad. Old bastard doesn't have a drop of sweat on him.

"Hmm? What's up, kid?"

"Make some of those suits for everyone else, would you? I don't care if you have to share water."

"What?! This lab suit is my own custom design! It has proprietary technology inside of it! Why should i go handing it out all willy nilly just because SOME people can't think ahead?!"

"Because i'm going to space your stash if you don't. And it doesn't have to be the whole suit, just make them a damned water jacket!"

"Fine..." He grumbles. "The fab needs serviced after how much we've been using it anyhow."

You wipe the sweat from your brow as you make your way out of the relatively cool kitchen and into the much, much hotter hallway and eventually, the cockpit.
The others can't take this kind of heat, which is why you've kept life support on mainly in the kitchen and the new cargo bay, so the dodos aren't killed.

You'll just have to sweat it out though, at least for a little while.

"SHODAN, have you finished running your analysis on the enemy vessels?"

"Not yet, David. It's difficult to make out any detail through the optical cameras alone."

"Hot gas is a real bitch. Did you find anything at all yet, though?"

"Yes. They're heavily armed, without a doubt. I spotted no less than three pulsed laser modules on the surface of one ship, but there are variations in each. I cannot be certain what their loadouts will be."

"Regardless, i think we can assume the drones will be fast, if nothing else. Or at least, they aught to be."

"Why do you say that?"

"Well, think about it. How much of a ship is dedicated to life support and living space? Without all that, the inside could be empty, or just packed full of weapons... or explosives."

"Unlikely. Such ships would be incredibly wasteful, don't you think? Logistically speaking."

"What are you talking about? They literally just sit there, not even sipping power."

"I'm talking about lost opportunity cost..."

...

Some time passes, and after letting the interior of the ship cool, you get back to work planting the bombs on the live vessels.

>Roll me 1d100, best of 4
>DC:40
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Rolled 59 (1d100)

>>5269815
Hey, I'm here in time to roll for once.
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Rolled 40 (1d100)

>>5269815
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Rolled 57 (1d100)

>>5269815
Cum is stored in the balls
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Rolled 98 (1d100)

>>5269815
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>>5269825
>>5269838
>>5269839
>>5269840
Excellent... also notice the last three posts ID numbers! Man they were EAGER to roll
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>>5269887
I just caught up recently actually. Was a wild and fun ride
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>>5269840
>"And it was on that day that Humanity chose violence. And it was good."
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>>5269890
Welcome aboard m8
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>>5269840
Nice!
>>5269887
I've actually got the thread on auto, but it's waaay over to one side so I usually don't catch posts and updates until a few have appeared.
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>>5269840
Our savior
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Rolled 5, 2 = 7 (2d6)

Hmm
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One after another, you sneak right up to the sleeping dragon and pluck a gold coin from his pile.
However, on the last ship you notice something strange before getting into range.

Just before you would have arrived, you notice a sort of glitter around the final ship. Zooming in with the optical telescope, you see... well, it's hard to tell, but they looks like orbs of some sort.

"Hold it, SHODAN. Something's not right. They may have detected us."

You stop the ship and hide behind a piece of debris for a while, until one of the orbs drifts a bit closer and you get a decent view of it through the telescope.

"That's... definitely a drone. Shit."

"One optical sensor, three more thermal sensors. They appear to be armed as well."

"Well, i guess they were bound to notice eventually. The same piece of scrap just happens to glue itself to their thrusters one after another, somebody's gotta mention it."

"Nine out of ten isn't bad. All the active ships have been tagged already."

"...Nah, fuck that. I got ten, i'm using ten."

"You have a plan?"

"Always."

Rushing over to the old cargo bay, you quickly unbox your armor and step into it. The AC unit kicks on immediately, which is quite literally a breath of fresh air.
You feel a rush as the oxygen floods into your suit at 20%, around the same as that on earth. Immediately, you feel yourself thinking more clearly and all of your senses are sharpened.

"David, what are you doing?" SHODAN asks, sounding worried.

"I'm giving them their bomb."

You strap on an RCS pack, which barely fits around your bulky suit, and grab the drone with one hand as you make your way to the airlock.

"David! That's way too dangerous! There's dozens of drones out there, they'll spot you for sure!"

Activating the airlock cycle, you vent the gas and gently step out into the superheated nebula. You feel a tingling across your skin as the suit becomes electrically charged, and your radio begins to cut out.
Thankfully though, most of your suit's systems are largely analog in nature, and won't malfunction due to a little bit of static. You're really thankful you insisted on fiber-optics for your visor instead of a camera.

"Don't worry SHODAN, i've got this. Don't forget, these drones have their own engines."

"Yo-'re a- -d-iot. Cy-- -as rig-t a-b--t you."

"Sorry miss, i can't hear you over the sound of dead hitmen."

Coasting from debris to debris to conserve your monopropellant, you do your best to avoid the drones and their line of sight entirely. Unfortunately, one manages to get the drop on you.
You don't even notice at first, until you see a flash of light and some sparks floating past. The drone has fixed itself on you and is firing small pulsed laser beams from the turret mounted to it's dick.
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>>5270928

Your suit's titanium alloy armor is already a toasty red from the plasma out here, so the relatively weak laser blasts are actually making small craters where they hit.
But that's alright, you came prepared. You detach a metal case from your back and pop it open, revealing your trusty KS-23. There's already a shell inside, so you immediately unload three ounces of magnum buckshot directly into the drone's casing.

The blast sends you flying backwards somewhat, but the drone is utterly obliterated with shards of glass and metal flying in every direction, although mostly backwards.
There isn't much time to waste now, since you don't know if that thing signaled it's friends. Opening up a small silica foam case, you quickly remove a new shell before closing it and replacing it in the case.
The new shell is then loaded into the KS-23 before placing it back into the case as well.

You could already see the faux wooden stock starting to char. It's hotter than it looks out here, and it looks plenty hot.
Moving faster now, you find yourself close to the final ship. One of the dormant ones, although it doesn't seem very dormant any longer. There are dozens of drones whizzing around it, and you can see lights visible along it's hull.
There's no way you can get close to it, but you don't necessarily need to.

Finding an area that's mostly shaded from the surrounding heat glow, you simply drop the drone and position it facing in the ship's direction. Mainly, towards the engines.
Looking at your propellant bottle, you see that it's nearly empty. But that's alright, because your backup is currently WAY overpressure from the heat. Good thing you designed them, and not some fucking corporation. It'll hold at three times it's "rated" pressure.

After the bottle is changed over, you look out and see four or five more drones in the area where you'd been before. They search the area for a while, but quickly disperse. Are they stupid? Did they think it got hit by a micrometeorite or something?
Whatever the case, you don't take any chances and avoid that spot, maneuvering well around it even if it costs you a bit more gas. Your ISP should be higher now anyways, since the fuel is hot.

About halfway back to the ship, you notice it starting to get hot. The glow on your armor hasn't changed, so either the heatsinks are starting to fail or the heat is finally just soaking through all the layers of armor. Maybe it's both.
It doesn't matter though, because after a few close calls and some jumps that were slightly more exposed than you'd have liked, you make it back to the ship unharmed. Thankfully, it's far cooler inside the ship's shields, even at minimal output.

Funny though, your radio doesn't come back to life even after you're inside.
It's not until you step out of the still-glowing suit and can hear your watch again that you hear SHODAN yelling at you.
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David here doing a fucking meme moment here while giving his AI a digital heart attack
wonderful just wonderful
>You're an idiot Cylia was right about you.
hehehheahahahhaha
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>"Yo-'re a- -d-iot. Cy-- -as rig-t a-b--t you."
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>>5270929
The pieces are all in place. The time to war is soon. Well done David.
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>>5270929
David you glorious son of a bitch.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23aaanf_pn4
This update's bgm
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>>5270929
>It's not until you step out of the still-glowing suit and can hear your watch again that you hear SHODAN yelling at you.
*incoherent AI screeching*
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>>5270928
>Yo-'re a- -d-iot. Cy-- -as rig-t a-b--t you
Que to cylia and shodan teaming up to add a manual override to david's suit in case he does something retarded again
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Awwww she cares.
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Note to self, insulate the ever living fuck out of anything used for EVA in the future.
Some type of radiation shielding wouldn't be a bad idea either.
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>>5271366
that's pretty much a given though. what you're looking for is a special hazard suit for extreme conditions
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>>5270929
SHODAN, David is a certified nut by Marien Standards. That is a high, high bar. Congrats on experiencing a heart attack through digits though.
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>>5271298
Kyla just sitting there with them making design notes, cross checking with SHODAN, Cylia having a panic attack in the meantime.
>DAVID DID FUCKING WHAT THIS TIME?!
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>>5270929
>"Yo-'re a- -d-iot. Cy-- -as rig-t a-b--t you."
>you hear SHODAN yelling at you.
hahahahah, ah this is great
Did we just activate SHODAN's tsun side?
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>>5271617
i wouldn't call it tsun. she doesn't shy away when pushing back
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>>5271619
>>5271617
No Shoadan is acting like SHODAN right now. Calling us insect and all that.

https://youtu.be/5iZMD_eCpEo
https://youtu.be/2ZM4up0sWJI
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>>5271722
Meh, were still her favorite human.
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>>5272305
To be fair, we're the only human she's ever met.
Not that we haven't treated her fairly, but you get what I mean.
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>>5272307
imagine when she compares us to all the other humans. We would be seen as mentally ill.
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>>5272314
I think it would go down like, oh thank the digits, he really is just a little cracked monkey. But he is our cracked monkey.
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>>5272314
I'm fairly certain David has pretty bad PTSD.
He's not going for cover on the 4th of July or anything, but when shit gets real, that motherfucker may as well be back in the sandbox.
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>>5271722
with due reason though. david does fairly retarded and suicidal stuff and the only thing saving his ass is that the ayys are incompetent as fuck and leagues weaker than him
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>>5272490
If it's stupid and it works, then it's not stupid.
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>>5272530
no, it can work, but that's still stupid
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>>5272314
I'm pretty sure she already knows that. Considering that David knows it and has openly admitted that he's very atypical from the general populace. And the whole mind reading thing. She probably knows what goes on in David's subpsyche as well.
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>>5270929

Kyla and Cylia rush into the room shortly afterwards, and both of them are stopped in their tracks.
Kyla by the sight of your power armor, pock-marked and still glowing a dull red, though it's mostly faded by now. There's a thin sheet of yellow rust on it's surface as it begins to cool.

Cylia has a different problem. She's nearly bowled over by the smell.

"Guh! By the gods, what a stench!"

You know exactly what she's talking about. It's a smell somewhere between gunpowder and burning metal... probably not from the suit so much as the ionized gas outside.

"Yeah, the filters ain't scrubbed the smell out yet. You might not want to be in here, i don't know if it's bad for you or not."

"No, nevermind that. What the hell are you doing taking a spacewalk in these conditions?!"

"What does it look like?"

"It looks like you melted your armor to me!" Kyla yells.

"Just the antenna! A little rust never hurt anyone."

"Tetanus and similar diseases are typically fatal in most species if left untreated, Captain."

"Oh man, the heatsinks have melted into little puddles and hardened in the joints..." You hear Kyla whine.

"It's alright, Kyla. It'll be fine after a few minutes in the nanofab."

"That's not an excuse to abuse the equipment!" She snaps back. "What would you do if the fab went down, huh?! Like right now! We can't use it because Sanig has the damned thing apart for service!"

You scratch your head as you watch Kyla chip away the melted metal with her screwdriver. It's hard not to notice how nervous the crew seems. They all have a general idea of what's going on, but they don't seem confident.

"Geeze, you guys really are on edge, huh?"

"How can we not be?" Cylia admits. "We're basically trapped out here, surrounded by federation surveillance drones. One misstep and we get dogpiled by... what'd you say? Thirty three ships?"

"After the bombs go off and SHODAN drops her rock, yeah. I mean, technically we're only taking out their thrusters, so they'll still be active... but that does put them out of the fight. Physically, anyhow."

"Yeah, sorry if i'm not feeling the best about those odds."

"Hey, don't worry about it. Like i told Gron, i can probably take out another fifteen or twenty drones if i'm lucky. Split the rest between us and Gron's ship, and we've got a good chance."

You hear Kyla cussing as she accidentally burns her finger on a piece of hot metal.

"All these maybes and probablies aren't very comforting... i mean, what are we really getting out of this in the end?"

"An entire station, if all goes well."

Cylia sighs.

"David, the federation isn't going to sit still after something like this..."

"Hmm? Oh, sure they will. Because we're going to keep sending them their taxes, or whatever else they've been stealing from the public. New boss, same story."

"I... i don't think it's that simple."

"Only if you overcomplicate it. Now come on, we need to let Gron know we're ready. It's showtime."
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>>5272793
I don't know if we're going to initiate combat next post or not, but either way go ahead and roll me 1d100 best of 3 for your initial strike.
DC: 20
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Rolled 6 (1d100)

>>5272796
moment of truth, dice!

betting its a 1
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Rolled 19 (1d100)

>>5272796
Nat100
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Rolled 61 (1d100)

>>5272796
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>>5272808
Nice
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>>5272810
>>5272808
>Congratulates himself
I know you saved us, but you are such a faggot it's unbelievable
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>>5272814
K
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>>5272816
i concur with >>5272814, you're a tremendous faggot, but congratulations
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>>5272849
thanks
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>>5272800
>>5272803
What the hell has been up with the rolls here lately, its been atrocious.
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>>5272901
silly you. the rolls have never been on our favor
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>>5272916
D....did you do that just now?
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>>5272901
>What the hell has been up with the rolls here lately?
>lately
You must be new here.
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>>5272793
>"David, the federation isn't going to sit still after something like this..."
get off your high horse, lecturing us like this!!! You were a hobo in the slums before meeting David....
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>>5273000
that doesn't mean she's wrong
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>>5272793

"Gron, do you read?"

There's a short pause, and you hear someone fumbling around on the other end.

["Urgh... this is Asta. We read you."]

"Alright, get Gron in the pilot seat. The bombs are planted and we're ready to make the assault."

["I-I'm good to go! They gave me some medicine to keep the shakes down, so..."]

"No. Get your captain. Now."

There's another pause and you hear some more rustling inbetween his grunts and murmers of "Gods damn it".
A short while later you hear Gron's thudding footsteps as he makes he way into the room, and the squeak of the pilot's seat as he sits down.

["Captain? The bombs are planted, i assume?"]

"They are. Get your men ready, and we'll do this."

["Very well."] He replies. You hear him flip a switch before making an announcement.

["To all crew aboard the Star-Fall. The time has come to prove our worth in battle. To prove that we will not fall so easily to the heavy hand of the federation. I know that you are tired, brothers and sisters. But soon we will have a home in which we can rest, so stay strong and live on."]

You cut the comms and make a general announcement to your crew as well.

"Alright, boys! We're about to do this, so say your prayers and hold on to your asses cause it's gonna get wild!"

There, you figure that aught to do it.

["Actually, David?"] You hear Kyla transmit.

"What's up?"

["Do you mind if i hook Dak into the lasers? He can provide some "point defence" as you explained it. I know SHODAN is going to have her hands full during the fight, so..."]

"Sure, if you think it'll help. Plug him in."

["What are we supposed to do during the fight?"] Cylia asks.

"Try not to bang your head, i reckon. Why? Can you aim a laser turret?"

["Yes!"] Cylia, Sanig and Gildur all reply simultaneously.

"Ah. Right, well... i guess you can do that, then. That just leaves the piloting, spinal cannon and missiles to me, then."

"I will take care of the missiles, Captain. I have been optimizing my targeting algorithms ever since you suggested their construction."

"Oh, good. The targeting computer is kind of basic, so if you've got it..."

"I will also be assisting with course correction based on stochastic evasion algorithms. I will be watching your back, Captain."

You can't help but feel a smile tugging at your lips.

"Thanks, guys. You're all doing your best, huh?"

["Obviously! We can't just let you do everything by yourself!"] Kyla yells.

["Especially when you're trying to get us killed."] Cylia adds.

["Hell, i haven't seen this kind of action in a century! I'm doped up to my fuckin' brainstem right now, and i love it! Hahaha!"]

"Er, that's nice, Sanig. Are you sure you're gonna be able to hit something like that, though?"

["Can i hit something? CAN I HIT SOMETHING!? I can see the wingbeats of a Tarn-Fly if i try hard enough!"]

Ah. Well, either way at least he's enthusiastic.

"Well then, let's do this thing, shall we?"
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LET'S FUCKING GOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
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LE GOOOOOOOOOO
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>>5273486
blasting music for violence
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>>5273585
nigger captchas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuaPzhNvd7A
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>>5273585
https://youtu.be/2o_XGQ3EcrI
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It's time to shoot shit up!!!!
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>>5273486
Don't have a heart attack gramps, your dick might work if you do.
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>>5273710
>implying he has a dick
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Also, where is your image, soldier!!!
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>"we come in peace"
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>>5273486
This part gives me flashbacks to playing FTL

Nice, our boy Gildur can aim a laser turret, give him a pat on the back when he bags an enemy drone or something. Maybe even give him a share of the spoils. Imagine all the cool scrap we can salvage.
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>>5273642
Needs more cowbell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK6hnEgk4sA
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>>5273486
One day, a retarded plan like this will kill one of our crewmembers, but today is not that day.
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>>5273760
Forget spoils, I still wanna train that fucker right.
He may be a pansy, but at 5'9 and 140lbs he should be more than capable of packing on some muscle. Past that it's a matter of giving him something to fall back on that isn't cowering in a corner.
Also we gotta get him off that vegetarian diet.
It wouldn't be a big issue on Earth thanks to the variety of protein rich plants, but out in space...
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>>5273760
Have you seen the FTL mod that makes the game somewhat good?? it's amazing
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>>5273872
tell me more.
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>>5273879
https://twinfinite.net/2018/02/best-ftl-mods/
Unironically, this link. Captain's edition? Limp smacking. I haven't seen if I can pirate ftl and install the mods easly
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>>5273786
>It wouldn't be a big issue on Earth thanks to the variety of protein rich plants, but out in space...
the food nanofab can create animal proteins with no problem. we probably just need to connect shodan to it so that she can jailbreak it
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>>5274057
Just need to remember all the molecular structures of all 20 amino acids, and know which ones a species can produce themselves or require from their diet. Oh wait. We don't. But we can go pick up an ayy biochemistry textbook and make amino acid supplements for the crew.
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It's gotta be the classics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siwpn14IE7E
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>>5274114
nono; the foodfab can create the optimal balanced caloric intake for any living being; the only thing we need to do is to trick it into thinking gildur's muscle mass is way too underdeveloped and it will automatically pop out the correct paste to help him out. then its just a matter of converting the paste into something tasty to eat, but that's easier
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>>5274124
Or just give him a bowl of eggs everyday kek
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>>5274124
We COULD just dope the automated food paste with some kind of protein supplement.
After that we just mix into a batter and make some pancakes with em.
After that it's getting him on a steady diet of said protein pancakes, milk, and various vitamin supplemented foodstuffs to get him ready for some proper weight training.
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>>5274140
because we respect that he's a planteater
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>>5274142
Just give him all the amino acids lol Proteins are complex to produce, and it will be digested down into amino acids anyway.
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>>5274147
What, like just giving him a bottle of amino acid supplements and telling him to eat it?
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>>5274156
Yep, those supplements exist here on earth but they are a scam since you can just eat protein. But in space, there's less quality protein available; amino acids have less molecular complexity so they're easier to produce and you don't have to waste energy putting these building blocks together.
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You idiots, that much protein will shred gildur's kidneys. Human bodybuilders can go crazy and go above 2gr per pound of bodymass but with how flimsy QM has described aliens, that's crazy.

In other topics I have been reading raft (the xeele sequence's first book. Sort of) and it has an amazing depiction of gravity https://dinnerape.com/nonscrolablepdf/raft-pdf-stephen-baxter-1.html?page=48 here read this one page. I have always been bugged by how cochrane portraits David being awesome and strong. The joke of HFY is that humans are strong in comparison to other species, not by themselves.
Of course, this is just a /qst/ and demanding quality is a mistake. But it doesn't hurt to get better at writing
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>>5274200
i have the feeling that players would bitch and moan if the ayys were any sort of competent. plus the dice would have gotten us killed a long time ago
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>>5274213
No need to support my comment, for it is a small complaint. We are on thread #11 and it's getting repetitive. But *shrugs* there are 20. or so quests going on. Anyway back on thread 4 or 6 I had already asked about David's invincibility and QM wasn't receptive. Their vision is David being inmortal. Maybe in thread #20 there will be an actual threat.
Oh back to Raft, the people there live in a nebula but it's not ionized. It is somehow breathable! Maybe QM can take inspiration from that and have the crew floating in freaking space while looking for some artifact
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>>5274216
Nah, I'm already suspending my disbelief at a nebula containing enough matter to char wood and heat metal without gravity kicking in and forming a star or blackhole.
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>>5274216
>Maybe in thread #20 there will be an actual threat.
in theory this is the big threat. its 33 ships against 2 and they should already be aware that something funky is going on; even if we outgun them(which is doubtful), and out tactic their AIs(somehow?) there is no way we should survive this or win without some sort of casualty(es). i mean, the only thing they need to do is kamikaze themselves towards us and we're fucked. gron's ship might be able to take a hit like that, but the metal gear? hell no
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>>5274165
I only ask because that sounds fucking miserable.
Making the healthiest food ever is good and all, but it may as well be shit if nobody wants to eat it.
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>>5274255
Not bad if it's just a dietary supplement, I wouldn't live on it too
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>>5274265
I figure just straight mixing it into foods takes out the hassle of remembering to eat some shitty powder in between meals.
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>>5274235
The metal gear has quite fine anti-laser armor, which is the most likely form of weaponry for us to be facing.
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>>5274270
I wonder if we'll see sonic weapons out here.
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>>5274287
>Sonic weapons
>In space combat
what
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>>5274297
Not in space combat you dingus. I mean in-atmosphere.
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>>5274287
This silence offends the prince of pleasure
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>tfw the xenos didn't bring ear protection to the range
>tfw the entire universe is my shooting range
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>>5274318
>Its Time
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>>5273486

After giving Gron the signal that you're about to start, SHODAN finds herself a nice, big chunk of scrap and slowly pulls it over to a relatively empty stretch of space, in clear view of one of the drone ships.
Fiddling with the little red button in your hand, you watch the encrypted comms chatter explode as your reactor suddenly fires up and you accelerate full bore, dragging the huge chunk of ship debris along with you. In the cockpit, you feel the ship's internal gravity fall to zero.

The other ships don't have any time to try and pinpoint your location before SHODAN finishes her run-up, letting the debris fall free of your ship's gravity field. The Metal Gear veers off, but your debris continues on it's trajectory.
Although partially blocked by junk, you get a spectacular flash of light as the debris rips through the drone ship's shields and tears it in half. You're not exactly sure what cause such a huge detonation, but it's enough to send shrapnel in every direction.

With that initial shot fired, you press the detonator in your hand and watch as bright lights shine momentarily across the debris field.

"Three reactor signatures confirmed offline. Encrypted chatter is spiking. They've connected to their drones, Captain."

"Good. Divert power from non-critical systems. That includes the gravity, i only need dampening for the crew."

"Already done."

Several dozen surveillance drones swarm your location and begin firing on you, but their lasers dissipate significantly in the hot gas of the nebula before even reaching your shields. Even if they didn't though, you're pretty sure it wouldn't make a difference.
The drones shatter against your shield en-mass and are swept away along with bits of other debris as you burn full-speed towards the nearest drone ship. It doesn't react until you're in view, but by then it's too late.

You pull the trigger on your flight stick and lay a burst of 20mm tungsten penetrators into it's side, which visibly rip right through it and out the other side.
Either these things are lightly armored, or they were never meant to take a bullet.

The ship almost immediately loses power and starts to list, crashing into the hull of a ruined carrier as it's shields fail.

Out of the corner of your eye, you catch a glimpse of Gron's vessel, the Star-Fall. It's engaging two ships at once, but it's powerful shields are proving plenty of a match against their lasers.
This is your chance. While they're focused on the Star-Fall, you drop in and fire two Marauders in their direction. SHODAN takes over, and they immediately begin tracking the targets.

Just before impact, Gron activates the Star-Fall's layered shielding, and the missiles detonate flawlessly against the enemy hulls. There's no great flash of light, but massive holes are ripped into each of them.
They immediately fall silent, looking more like swiss cheese than the functional vessels they had been just moments ago.
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>>5274359
>Roll me 1d100, best of 3
DC: 40
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>>5274360
Please don't let me fuck this up.
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Rolled 46 (1d100)

>>5274360
Perfect.
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Rolled 33 (1d100)

>>5274360
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>>5274363
>>5274361

Eh, good enough
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Welp.
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>>5274361
>>5274363
>>5274365
Just trying to make diamonds from assholes huh.
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>>5274378
Chicken salad from chicken shit is my specialty.
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>>5274361
>>5274363
>>5274365
Holy shit dude
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Rolled 30 (1d100)

>>5274360
now check this funny roll as everyone finishes
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It's called luck, and its gonna run out.
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the dice are getting awfully close ... i don't like
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>>5274451
don't worry, david is invincible
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Rolled 29, 56, 10, 11, 50, 61, 62, 31, 90, 16 = 416 (10d100)

test
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>>5274956
That's a dangerous attitude to pick up.
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>>5275222
I agree, specially when we're just 10 days away from a year.
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>>5275225
theres no way this quest lasted this long
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>>5275227
>Thread One
>5/30/2021
Anon...
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>>5275230
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>>5275230
no thats bullshit... its only been 11 threads how the fuck is that possible?
fucksake no it haven't THAT long, how the fuck...
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>>5275243
~1 thread a month with slow posting, it's perfectly possible (and must be, because it happened).
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>>5275222
tell that to the anons who chose to pick a 37 to 2 fight for the off chance that gron's crewmember is still alive
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Rolled 2 (1d9)

test
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>>5274359

With barely a moment's delay, several nearby ships turn and burn towards you, unleashing a barrage of laser fire.
It's not until now that you notice your ship isn't quite as nimble as it once was. All the extra arms, cargo, cooling system and so on are weighing you down.

Nevertheless, you manage to dodge and weave between pieces of debris, using them as cover to avoid the majority of the incoming fire. The Star-Fall does the same, although it seems even less nimble than the Metal Gear. Their shields tank a few hits, but seem unphased.
Your ship's heatsinks are already visibly glowing at this point, a near orange-white hot as they become fully saturated. Thankfully, that heavy-ass water cooling system is pulling it's weight. The superheated steam is even adding to your thrust somewhat.

"You got a lock?"

"Four out of six. The other two aren't close enough."

"Take 'em out."

Four more Marauders launch simultaneously from their tubes, each one streaking out at a different target.
Two of them penetrate the enemy shields and detonate against the hull, taking them out instantly. The other two, being slightly farther away, have time to see this.

Unfortunately, their lasers swivel around and begin firing on the missiles before they arrive. Clearly they weren't meant for point-defense, but being controlled by an AI makes it more than possible.
Each ship fires at least four or five barrages at the missiles, both hitting them and causing them to explode before reaching their shields. Unfortunately for them, the spray of shrapnel produced does still reach them.

Some of it penetrates and shreds the lightly armored ships, but at that distance it's not enough to incapacitate them. The rest though, impacts their shields all at once and nearly saturates them.
Your crew takes immediate advantage and lays into both of them. All four pulsed lasers focus on one ship, while the continuous laser cannon focuses on the other. The lights in the cockpit dim as your reactor and capacitors struggle to keep up.
Still, both sets of lasers punch through quickly, leaving long scars of white-hot burning metal across their hulls.

However, they still aren't down. It seems that armor of theirs is meant for lasers, not shrapnel.
You blow past the two partially damaged ships faster than their turrets can track, because your aim isn't for them.

"SHODAN, two more."

"Aye, Captain."

On your order, two more Marauders launch and just like before, the two undamaged ships that you're currently barreling towards fire on them with their lasers, detonating them before they get too close.
Your high forward speed combined with the speed of the missiles though, means that they take a bit more shrapnel damage than the other two did. But more importantly, it let you get close while they were focused on them.
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>>5275621
You drop the nose of your ship to rapidly adjust your aim and once again unleash a barrage of 20mm cannonfire that rattles your whole ship. Burning streaks arc out in the dull red darkness and pierce one ship like it's not even there, nearly cutting it in half.
And then your ship blows past it at at no more than ten meters from the hull, well within range of it's shields, were they still up.

Even before you're past it though, you pull back hard on the flight stick and pull the whole ship into a sharp rotation, the acceleration of which feels like it'd throw you out of your seat if you weren't strapped in.

["WOAH!"] You hear Kyla yelling over the comms, followed by the sound of tools crashing to the floor.

["Hold on to something, he's piloting like a madman again!"] Sanig adds.

Ignoring them, you focus the nose of your ship on the remaining drone. Now traveling backwards at high speed, you fire back at the ship from behind and apparently strike it's antimatter bottle, because it detonates in a flash of light that temporarily blinds you.
Before your vision has even recovered, you slam on the accelerator and feel the weight pushing you back into your seat as you slow down, then eventually begin burning back towards the two ships from earlier, which you can now see that the Star-Fall is engaged with.

The Star-Fall's lasers aren't enough to punch through the drone's shields, which by now have at least partially recovered. Meanwhile, they're absolutely getting hammered.
You can see the Star-Fall's shields beginning to flicker, when suddenly they just stop moving entirely. Even the light from their engines go out, and for a moment you think they fried their power system...

But then, a huge fireball erupts from the Star-Fall's bow, and one of the drones suddenly has a hole punched through it's entire length, causing it to fall silent and begin drifting.
The Star-Fall immediately fires it's engines back up and begins avoiding fire from the remaining ship.

Again, it's focused on them and not you. Big mistake.
You burn towards it and pull the same stunt as before, flipping around so that you're now effectively traveling backwards. This allows you to reach your target quickly, then decelerate just before reaching them, like your suicide drones were supposed to.
You very nearly match speeds with the enemy drone ship, slipping inside it's shield radius like it wasn't even there. The medium laser mounted to the belly of your ship unloads directly into it's hull at point-blank range, burning a hole straight through it's armor and everything else.

Like wiggling a knife around in the stab wound, the turret rotates wildly to fire through the hole it burned, clearly taking out something important in the process. The ship goes dark after a few moments, with hot gasses spurting out of the wound in it's belly.

"Whew, that's all of em for now! All crew, status report."

["We're fine, but you're fucking crazy."] Sanig informs you.
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>>5275623
Roll me 1d100, best of 3.
DC: 60
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Rolled 97 (1d100)

>>5275625
we're fucking invincible!
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Rolled 46 (1d100)

>>5275625
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>>5275625

>>5275627
Damn, son.
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>>5275639
the star fall might explode but we wont
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>>5275627
that's the spirit, anon! 97 wew
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>>5275647
hell yeah, fuck everyone else
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>>5275623
>>5275625
>>5275627
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDayiYQNRV4
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>>5275623
>>5275625
>>5275627
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAawK0RHN00

This is probably a better fit. Somewhat less fatalistic.
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HELL YEAH
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>>5275627
ODIN RIDES WITH US1
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>>5275627
Well, I can't argue with the digits.
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>>5275627
WE ARE UFKCING INVINCIBLE
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>>5275623
>>5275625
>>5275627
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5o5u2r6ljA
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"Captain. Water storage tanks at 85%. Shield capacitors at 76%. Weapons capacitors at 42%. Estimated recharge time is 8 minutes 53 seconds. "

"Damn, i don't think they're gonna give us that long. And there's a lot more of them left!"

"Their actions will become more concerted as the number of ships drops. Once their consciousness is no longer divided, it may become a difficult fight."

"Hah..." You sigh. Your adrenaline is pumping right now, making in harder to think. But you've been through worse. You'll make it through this, somehow.

"Lasers don't really work on these bastards. Not against the hull, anyways. And we ain't got enough missiles for everybody, so we need to think of something. Fast."

You can see a number of drone ships converging on your scanners. It's a reactor reading, so it's hard to tell, but it looks like a lot of them.

["They can't armor their thrusters. Every one of those bombs worked great, but lasers should do the job, too."] Sanig offers.

["That trick with the gravity generator was pretty good. If you could get them to focus on the Star-Fall, maybe you could take out a few by ramming... with an entire ruined ship."] Kyla adds.

["Uhhh... well? Maybe we could blind their optical sensors? If we boost use the communication optics to spread out the beam and boost the power, it would be like shining a laser in their eyes...] Cylia finishes.

You're about to respond, but something feels off. You can't really explain it. It's not even like your usual instincts are trying to tell you something, more like a tingle in the back of your head... but nevertheless, you feel like you've been sitting still for too long.

"Captain, i am detecting a large reactor signature! Something's coming!"

You almost never hear urgency like that in SHODAN's voice, which makes you worried.
Almost without thinking, you jerk the flight stick to the side. Not a moment later, a beam of light erupts next to the ship, blowing a large hole in the debris cloud surrounding you.

You can hear bits of metal clattering off your hull as it's launched away from the tunnel left in the nebula by... whatever that was.

["Woah!"]

["Where the hell did that come from?!"]

Your cameras refocus and zoom in on the distant ship, in the direction of the signature SHODAN detected.
What you see is both stupid and terrifying.

[Is that...?]

["Oh, that's so cool!"] Kyla exclaims.

Five ships appear to have... combined, for lack of a better word. More like, they've docked together. But you understand what's going on.
The center ship is actually one of the disabled active ships from before, likely housing one of the AI controlling all these drones. And the front of the ship has completely detached, revealing some kind of gigantic laser weapon.
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>>5277714

"Shit. Are the other four just powering that thing?"

"Most likely, Captain. The whole ship seems to have been built around it, not unlike..."

"Yeah, i see the resemblance. Problem is, what are we going to do about it?"

Three more individual ships arrive shortly, and rather than attacking they simply maintain position around the superweapon. They're defending it.

"It's gonna be hard to get close... and i'm pretty sure we can forget about penetrating it's shields. It's got five shield generators, after all."

"This might be a problem. There's no telling how long it will take to recharge."

First,
>Take out the trash, then focus on the big boy
>Go straight for the superweapon, ignore the guard detail

Then,
>They probably can't catch up to you given their bulk and the fact that they're dragging a dead ship around. Just try to keep enough debris between you and them that they can't target you.
>Get inside the shield bubble and unleash a missile barrage. If you aim well and time it just right, you might be able to get away before being shredded by your own shrapnel
>Go for their engines. The drone leader's are already dead, so you only have to take out the other four.
>Go with the SHODAN special, try to drop a big fuckin' rock.
>Write-In?
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>>5277716
>Go straight for the superweapon, ignore the guard detail
>Get inside the shield bubble and unleash a missile barrage. If you aim well and time it just right, you might be able to get away before being shredded by your own shrapnel
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>>5277716
>Go straight for the superweapon, ignore the guard detail
If its attention becomes more refined as we drop more of the lesser ships, that means the super weapon will be really fucking accurate, not to mention devastating.

>Go for their engines. The drone leader's are already dead, so you only have to take out the other four.
It's a fat fucking brick in space. We can out maneuver it.

Relay out plans to the Starfall via laser communication if we're able to track them while avoiding the enemy, just to ensure we can colaborate.
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>>5277716
>Go straight for the superweapon, ignore the guard detail
>Get inside the shield bubble and unleash a missile barrage. If you aim well and time it just right, you might be able to get away before being shredded by your own shrapnel

Focusing on the escort would only mean increased risk of getting hit with that fuckhuge laser.
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>>5277716
"Their actions will become more concerted as the number of ships drops. Once their consciousness is no longer divided, it may become a difficult fight."
A hivemind? are we actually fighting one big AI then? I dont know how I feel about a AI hivemind acting as a attack dog with no supervision at all
>Take out the trash, then focus on the big boy
>Go with the SHODAN special, try to drop a big fuckin' rock.
unga bunga
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>>5277716
>Take out the trash, then focus on the big boy
>They probably can't catch up to you given their bulk and the fact that they're dragging a dead ship around. Just try to keep enough debris between you and them that they can't target you.
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>>5277714
>You're about to respond, but something feels off. You can't really explain it. It's not even like your usual instincts are trying to tell you something, more like a tingle in the back of your head... but nevertheless, you feel like you've been sitting still for too long.

David is becoming a newtype too?!?¿?¡¡¡
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>>5277716
>>Take out the trash, then focus on the big boy
It will be way easier to dodge the super weapon. All those ships together means their momentum will be a bitch plus it seems that the laser can't be aimed so the whole combination is steered. Even easier to dodge with that in mind.
>They probably can't catch up to you given their bulk and the fact that they're dragging a dead ship around. Just try to keep enough debris between you and them that they can't target you.
So far what has kept us alive is David's amazing dodginess and the usage of the enviroment. Unless the enemy has a means of encircling us with the remaining ships (they won't, they have to guard the super weapon) we will keep debree between us and them.

But the big problem remains. How the crap do we hurt them at all!?
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>>5277869
we can also just leave. i know that i've been memeing that we're invincible, but gron's crewmate is probably dead and his ship has some maybe serious damage. leaving is an option
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>>5277876
Gron's ship is fine. It's shields haven't been pierced yet.
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>>5277716
>Take out the trash, then focus on the big boy
>Go for their engines. The drone leader's are already dead, so you only have to take out the other four.
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>>5277716
>Go straight for the superweapon, ignore the guard detail
>Go for their engines. The drone leader's are already dead, so you only have to take out the other four.
We want these things as intact as possible. having a giga laser ship at our disposal would be very powerful.

>>5277931
How many enemy ships are left in play, and how many marauder missiles do we have left? How's our spinal 20mm autocannon doing?
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>>5278096
You have 22 missiles left, and 24 enemies. 21 if you count the docked ships as a single entity.
The ship's autocannon is water-cooled and won't overheat easily, but you don't have an exact count of how many rounds you've got left.
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>>5277716
>Go straight for the superweapon, ignore the guard detail
>Go for their engines. The drone leader's are already dead, so you only have to take out the other four.

A big laser cannon sounds like a nice prize. Unless the AI self-destructs to spite us. Maybe we can reason with it once it's no longer a threat, make a deal or something?
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>>5277716
>Take out the trash, then focus on the big boy
>They probably can't catch up to you given their bulk and the fact that they're dragging a dead ship around. Just try to keep enough debris between you and them that they can't target you.
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

Alright, looks like we're going for the engines.
Coin flip for whether you take out the trash first or not.

Heads for the big boy, tails for the trash.
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Cool, now i need 1d100, best of 4.

First DC: 40
Second DC: 55
Third DC: 75
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Rolled 94 (1d100)

>>5278854
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>>5278865
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I do still need the other three rolls, mind.
Just in case someone crits.
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>>5278854

>>5278865
Nice
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Rolled 99 (1d100)

>>5278854
incoming 1
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>>5278865
>>5278896
>>5278902
Destroyed
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Rolled 32 (1d100)

>>5278890
OK!
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>>5277716

"Heh... haha..."

"Captain? Are you alright? Your heartrate is elevated again."

"Haha! Oh, i know. I can hear my heart thumping in my ears..."

Shit, man. Whatever Gron did, it must have really pissed off the feds. And now you're taking this kind of heat for it? He owes you his dick and balls after this one.
You take a deep breath to help calm yourself down and keep your head clear. Your hands are shaking from the adrenaline right now, and you need to be steady for this.

"Captain, please calm down. Your heartrate is still rising."

You are calm.

"Alright, fuck it. Let's do this."

Without waiting for another moment, you punch it straight towards the enemy.
You can hear Gron screaming at you over the radio.

["Stop, you fool! You can't take that thing on!"]

So you switch it off. You don't need any distractions right now.
The vessels protecting it open fire on you, but they aren't the usual red lasers you see on most ships. These are in the ultraviolet range, and every shot leaves a trail of white-hot plasma in the gas where they passed through.

You hear the ship's frame creaking as you narrowly dodge the incoming fire, juking around at random and trying your best to avoid a direct hit.
Still, several shots hit your shields. And every time they do, the lights dim and you can hear an electrical hum coming from the generator room.

As you approach, a swarm of surveillance drones put themselves between you and your target. They all fire on you continuously, which normally wouldn't matter... but there's hundreds of them.
Their laser fire is absorbed by your shield, causing it to weaken further. The bright light obstructs your view, and then you start impacting them.

With your shields weakened and the speed you're traveling at, the drones punch right through. You hear them clatter and clang, causing the whole ship to vibrate as they bounce off your hull.
One smashes into your canopy and causes the glass to spiderweb, so you grab your helmet and seal it to your suit just in case.

The crew are doing their best. You hear Sanig cackling madly over the intercom, and notice that one of the laser turrets is hitting a lot more targets than the others.
Each blast that connects turns one of the small drones into droplets of slag, which either bounces off the shields or scatters into the void upon slamming into the hull.

Just as you pass through the cloud of drones, you notice a gently flickering spot of light begin to glow in the center of the superweapon's beam array.
You jerk as hard as you can on the joystick, trying to dodge light at at incredibly short range. And you succeed, just barely.

A blinding light erupts from the enemy vessel, completely filling your vision. It doesn't hit you directly, you think... but regardless, the high-energy plasma it generates slams into your ship and rocks it violently.
Regardless, you keep your evasion up and avoid several UV laser shots that come after it.
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One manages to pierce your shield and heats the surface of your armor to a glow as it grazes past, but you're alright for now.
Your ship streaks past the security detail as if they were sitting still, and straight towards the five docked ships behind them. And they take notice.

The superweapon turns, but not towards you. Instead, it faces you with it's broad side and begins to rotate.
Only now do you notice that each ship docked to the center vessel is orientated such that it's weapons are facing out.

The superweapon begins firing at you, almost as if it's imitating the rotary cannon you used earlier. Each vessel exhausts whatever it's capacitors can hold before the next rotates into view and follows up.
Too bad their aim is shit. Is this a real tactic, or are they just trying to improvise? Maybe they didn't expect you to survive for this long.

"Gettin' scared, motherfucker?! I'm pretty close now, huh?!"

The other ships that were protecting this one have turned to chase you, but it's too late. They have nowhere near the acceleration you do, and they're too far now to be useful.

"SHODAN! SIX ROUND SALVO, THREE SECOND FUSE!"

Without waiting, you hold down the trigger and open fire with your ship's autocannon. A continuous burst of copper-coated tungsten penetrators streams out, impacting the enemy's shield, making it visible for the first time.
Honestly, it looks tough. Just by how big it is and how brightly it shines, you can tell it's thick. Even your autocannon can't pierce it, and you watch as the rounds shatter into sparks on impact.
It does dim that area though, just a bit. Hopefully what comes next will be enough.

SHODAN responds to your order, firing a total of six Marauders. Three from each bay.

Time seems like it's moving really slowly, right now. You watch in glorious detail as each missile streaks out toward the target, and only two are shot down by the single docked vessel that can currently fire on you at any given time.
The three remaining missiles reach their target, and explode just before impacting their shields. The shrapnel from all six makes contact just before you do.

It's not enough to shatter their shields completely, but it's more than enough for you to punch through at full speed.
The impact shatters your canopy, and you're left in sudden silence as you feel all the air evacuate your cockpit.
You scream your orders into the intercom.

"LIGHT 'EM UP!"

And light 'em up they do.
You still haven't let go of your trigger, and as you pass by the enemy superweapon on it's right side, you lay into one of their engines with your 20mm cannon.
SHODAN fires two more Marauders, both into the one opposite of yours.

And you can vaguely see below you that your crew is laying into the remaining two engines with all they've got.
SHODAN fires one last Marauder to make your exit through the other side of their weakened shields, and you punch through for a second time.
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Note to self: get new windshield, make sure it's not made out of some pussy xeno material this time
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>>5278982
>The violence has escalated, Adrenaline was space cheat code all along.
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>>5279081
[Confused AI Screaming]
[Multiple Overlapping Distress Calls]
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>>5279090
At this rate, when Humanity does make contact with the Feds, they might surrender immediately because of the fucking terror our dude inflicted on them.
>«One of them was unmanageable, how are we supposed to deal with a while civilization of them? Fuckkkkk!»
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>>5279090
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>>5279034
Transparent aluminum. Basically thick slabs of sapphire
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>>5279140
Isnt that the material our windows already have?
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>>5279170
I doubt it, or David wouldn't be able to punch through ship windows. But I have a better idea, make it out of diamond, transparent carbon nanostructures. I've been nudging and hinting at us towards using graphene, carbon anotubes, and the like for the past few weeks already.
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>>5279176
Would David have enough knowledge about the structure of graphene and carbon nanotubes to even replicate them?
I'm theory, it's possible provided David knows that they're essentially just carbon. That would probably be enough for SHODAN to work backwards.
But again, that really depends on David's knowledge of the subject.
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>>5279176
Diamond is a TERRIBLE material. Yes its hard, but its equally brittle and prone to spalling, if not outright shattering.
>>5279184
Sanig should know about it. Its not like graphene is hard to make ot anything like that
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>>5279140
Technically speaking if you arranged things juuuust right, virtually anything can become transparent.
>Transparency is caused by the transmission of light waves. If the vibrational energy of a light wave is passed through the object, then the object appears clear, or transparent. If the energy only causes vibrations in the surface before reflecting off the object, then the object appears opaque.
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>>5278982
man that shit was intense I feel like we would have lost a crew if we didn't succeed those rolls
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>>5279257
I imagine Gildur is currently disassociating from reality extremely hard right now, lest he have a heart attack due to all the bullshit happening.
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>>5279096
You deal with such things using an FTL planet cracker
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>>5279279
I have to wonder how cheaply you could make an FTL drive and stick it onto an asteroid. If you don't care for a planet you just point it at the target and hit the gas.
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>>5279260
who do you think is >and notice that one of the laser turrets is hitting a lot more targets than the others.
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>>5279362
I thought that was Sanig.
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>>5279362
probably the other AI
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>>5278896
>>5278902
Holy shit
Thank you, dice gods, for allowing us to live another day.
And what a glorious day.
Hell unleashed.
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>tfw a guy who played with flight sims casually is able to style on these droids this fucking hard just because he got in the zone
>tfw the aliens think this is peak capability
>tfw one of the dudes david snags from erf is a genuine jet pilot who can pull these kinds of maneuvers while half asleep
A bad day to be an ayy.
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>>5279350
I'd wager it'd cost somewhat less than outfitting a ship of equivalent volume or tonnage with an FTL drive.
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>>5278981
>>5278982
Jesus that poor toaster didn't stand a chance. I bet Gron's starting to think Sanig might have had a point.
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>>5279217
More of a transparent graphene window rather 'diamond'. If we find it difficult to make transparent, diamond can just reinforce sapphire as layered composite.
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>>5279584
Imagine the kinda bullshit we can pull when we hook an honest to god ace into SHODAN and have him design his own custom fighter.
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>>5279758
its probably gonna look like this with the pilot inside the main carrier
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>>5279736
Diamond's shit tier as a structural material, and I don't think you can make graphene clear if you're going to make it thick. Not that it necessarily needs to be thick.
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>>5279758
>The crew's face when SHODAN informs them that human pilots regularly train to do maneuvers that would force untrained people unconscious
>And that they sometimes still go unconscious but they're so good at piloting that they plan for it in their maneuvers
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>>5279866
Oh yeah, we still haven't explained to the crew that David isn't actually a super soldier. It's gonna be a fun time when we tell them that Humanity barely understands how to fuck around with genetics.
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>>5279890
You know, David kind of IS a super soldier after the Grey's injected him with their retrovirus though.
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>>5279897
We need to extract some of that retrovirus from our blood and culture it in vitro so we can give it to the other humans we pick up
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>>5279897
At best, we're now usain bolt level of cardiovascular fitness. Dunno if we're at a higher peak than that
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>>5279890
>>5279897
SF operators qualify as supersoldiers by alien standards.

And they can count themselves lucky he is former MARSOC, that would be former tier 2 i think in the classification of how black and covert things get, with the tier 1 being lifers with no families if i recall correctly, and of course the whole budget per person split of the funding with smaller units but similar funding.
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>>5280100
I figured humans and xenos would have different perspectives on what makes a SUPER soldier.
Seems pretty obvious given that pretty much every human example is fictional.
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>>5280107
if we go by terminology, both ayys and humans should have the same definition. the issue is that a peak human soldier matches the definition of a supersoldier without any real "super" modification whatsoever
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>>5280116
I suppose. It just doesn't make sense to me that you'd be a super soldier without any form of superhuman enhancement, but I guess that's the difference in perspective you just pointed out.
That said, if they define anybody with decent genetics and good training as a Super Soldier...what's that make David once his booster shot finishes renovating his body?
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>>5280097
>At best we're now Usain Bolt level of cardiovascular fitness
I don't think Usain Bolt could do martial arts in 3-5 gees.
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>>5280125
Imagine David on a hit of military grade meth.
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>>5278982

"I AIN'T DONE YET! COME ON!"

You feel the g-forces slam into you as you exit the enemy's shield bubble and immediately yank back on the stick, pulling a maneuver more like an atmospheric jet to turn around while avoiding any remaining laser fire.
But it doesn't come. Not from the "superweapon" at least. As you turn round, you see the lights of the ships beneath you flickering as their shields fail and the lights go out. Well, their engines are probably directly connected to their reactors after all.

A small fireball erupts from the engine that was struck by missiles, while the one you laid into is spraying a visible plume of gas which causes the ship to start rotating wildly. You doubt it could hit shit anymore, even if the power came back up.
But none of that really matters. Your new targets are right in front of you, the three guard ships who couldn't guard shit.

They fire wildly at you as soon as you're in range, but their shots either miss by a wide margin or don't come at all when you expected them to. Something's off, but it's in your favor.

"GET SOME MOTHERFUCKER!"

"Captain!"

You take aim at the lead ship, which is more or less between the other two. You know now, roughly where it's antimatter bottle is. Where it's mechanical room is. Where it's heart is.
So you open fire and tear it to shreds, and just as you'd intended, you strike the bottle somewhere inside, causing an antimatter detonation. The shrapnel and plasma wave buffets the two nearby ships, knocking them off course and breaking their shields.

You orient your ship so that Sanig and the others can get clear shots at their engines as you pass, and without their shields in the way those engines get slagged within seconds.
Only after the remaining two drone ships lose power do you actually begin slowing down. Nothing much is left around you now, except for debris, dead ships and faintly glowing trails of plasma left by high powered laser fire.

"Captain, please exit the cockpit! Your suit!"

Huh?
Oh, shit. That's right, you don't have a canopy anymore.

The heat from the nebula is pretty intense, and it's basically like a hot wind blowing straight onto you right now. Your outer clothes, made of some synthetic plastic, are starting to get sticky.
Your shields went down entirely when you punched through the enemy's shields earlier, and they haven't come back up yet. You're basically just completely exposed right now.

"Fuck. FUCK! SHODAN, take control of the ship. Go into stealth, we need to hide while we recharge."

"I afraid i can't do that, David."

"...What? What the fuck, why not?"

"The cooling system is completely overwhelmed right now. If i reversed the heatsinks, the ship's interior would reach several hundred degrees fahrenheit."

"Fine! Just hide the reactor signature, and get us behind some debris! God fucking damn."
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>>5280212
>updating at 0400
what an absolute madlad
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>>5280212
David just won Humanity first naval battle, congrats.
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>>5280232
Battle is still ongoing and. We are now taped out of it due to to much heat buildup.
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>>5280212
Hell yeah, consequences for our dumb choices!
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>>5280212
>"I afraid i can't do that, David."
How long were you sitting on this?
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>>5280477
I wasn't, but then i use it and end up making a typo at 3am. Figures.
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So, we should DEFINITELY look into building a purpose made fighter after this.
The Metal Gear is good, but at the end of the day it's still a Xeno designed stealth vessel with a bunch of shit strapped to it.
The events of the last few minutes should clearly demonstrate why that's an issue.
Besides, I bet nobody out in this end of space has ever seen anything like pic related before.
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>>5280477
I pissed and cummed a little, fearful.
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>>5280482
>Not this
shakes my head
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>>5280482
Missiles are cheaper and just as effective. A missle boat would be better than a fighter
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>>5280482
Nah, drones are better. Consider the fact that to sustain a human you've got to have radiation shielding, life support, you need a control interface of some kind and to top it all off, there's a single bit of your craft that if hit, you lose control. Plus humans can only survive so many Gs and a particular thermal range (although alien tech does make it possible to ignore the first and the second to a degree, it requires resources to do so).

Drones meanwhile require far less of these sorts of features (radiation shielding being the only one that comes to mind) and by use of a distributed / redundant controlling computer, they can survive far worse damage. Given how the fights we engage in are likely only going to increase in scale, along with other factors like not wanting to risk ourselves or our crew, it makes more sense to look into making the Metal Gear a drone-carrier.

If we want to keep using the Metal Gear as a combat craft in any case, what might be smart is getting our hands on another ship to function as our actual living quarters / "base" and then stripping the MG back down to basics.
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>Metal Gear a drone-carrier.
no. the metal gear is a scout ship and it should be kept as that. if we want more specialized stuff, we should get the appropriate ships for that role instead of making the metal gear worse at its job, and by that i mean, lets find a mining ship, replace some of the drones for our combat variants and use its vast cargo holds to hold the shit the metal gear has in its cargo bays.
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>>5280482
the easier answer is to not get into fights that you can't win without getting severely damaged
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>>5280582
>No. the metal gear is a scout ship and it should be kept as that
I mean nothing about what I am suggesting compromises its ability to operate stealthily since it relies mainly on stealth coatings on the hull, heat sinks, etc. It doesn't matter if the Metal Gear carries lasers, missiles and a autocannon or drones, it can still do that.

>lets find a mining ship, replace some of the drones for our combat variants and use its vast cargo holds to hold the shit the metal gear has in its cargo bays.
That would work.
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>>5280582
What if we just got the space equivalent of an aircraft carrier.
If Mass Effect is anything to go buy, the concept of a carrier is basically unheard of in Xeno society.
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>>5280623
....thats the idea of the mining ship? i just picked that in specific because is something that we can actually get right now plus if we get boring and realistic, a missile boat is way better than a carrier in space

>>5280587
my only issue with the drones is that depending on how the drones work the constant back and forth of data will invalidate or severely reduce our stealth capability.
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>>5280642
i can't believe nobody's mentioned tractor beams yet, given how much SHODAN abuses your gravity generator
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>>5280654
honestly, the idea just flew over my head; im more of a shoot everything down from far, far away kind of guy
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>>5280642
A drone is just a missile with extra guns.
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>>5280212
David, fuck Kyla or Cylia, your fightboner is going to get you killed.
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If we going mining ship, I want the Isshimura.
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>>5280701
paranormal demon shit exists in space and your want the ishimura as if nothing would go wrong
you are asking for demon shit
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>>5280701
>How do you say you are masochist without saying you are masochist
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Wait a minute.
>Antimatter
>Wraiths
>The ability to detect wraiths differing from person to person
>Wraiths come from the dimensional space you shunt into when warping
>An entire world covered in wraiths
Is this a fucking Death Stranding universe? Did that fucking world go through an Extinction Event? Are the wraiths made of antimatter themselves like the BT's are? Are ships traveling through the equivalent of fucking beaches for FTL?
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>>5280749
You have no idea how spot-on you are.
Except, wraiths are made of dark matter, not antimatter.

Good job, anon!
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>>5280711
Yes, in fact I AM asking for demon shit, they will only crawl out the air vents.
>>5280732
I am not a masochist, I just want to scare the shit out of everyone when SHODAN asks why the fuck would we have THIS, and my response will be. To crack planets.
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>>5280758
So us bullshitting that we were in norman reedus land was accurate?!? Damn
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>>5280749
>>5280758
Huh, I feel like we made this connection in an earlier thread, but you didn't want to just confirm the theory...we need to go kill ghost babies.
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>>5280758
Jesus fucking christ, no wonder the aliens are so freaked out by Wraiths.
https://youtu.be/cRVB0VZR7h4?t=488
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>>5280762
we were joking a lot about it when we were in the ghost planet. fuuuuuck we were right
>anxx8
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>>5280780
I remember that, I was making possible hell experiments, then someone said BT....we need Priests and fire. Lots of fucking fire.
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Wait, shit, we need to double down on the Engineers plan. Shit is going to go so south if we don't get a grasp on this shit soon.
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>>5280801
Obviously we need lightmatter. The opposite of darkmatter. My brain is so fucking wrinkled right now.
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>>5280812
Is that a thing?
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>>5280804
BTs aren't zombies. Chopping them does nothing; we need to kill them with repatriate blood and chiram matt- super dense matter, like our knives
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>>5280821
sort of. dark matter is just an hypothetical kind of matter that we can't fully identify yet; we know how it affects our reality, but we don't know what it is. lightmatter would be all the matter that we understand
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>>5280823
How many bottles did we just blow up?
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>>5280812
We should ask Gron what he experienced when he used his warp device unprotected. He never did tell us about it.
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>>5280828
no idea. at the very least 1.
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>>5280828
at the very least, 1
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>>5280827
>all the matter that we understand
In other words, we need to just whack them with a really big, solid oak club.
>>5280828
Probably a couple, but even if they're busted up the warpmetal should be just fine. Even if we've blown up half the bottles in those ships, the remaining loot is more than we've ever had.
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>>5280861
>Even if we've blown up half the bottles in those ships, the remaining loot is more than we've ever had.
that's assuming we can stay for any decent amount of time. our heatsinks are topped up, the cabin is depressurized and we still have to fight more ships
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>>5280861
>In other words, we need to just whack them with a really big, solid oak club.
I'm willing to wager all the warp metal is is one of those hypothesized superatomic elements. The ones that normally can't exist for whatever sciency reason. And it exists on whatever hellscape the wraiths come from and our reality simultaneously. Because quantum fuckery or something.
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>>5280894
For me, I imagine they're whatever neutron stars are made of
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>>5280828
You've blown up two of the ships, and some are heavily damaged.
Many of them though, only have engine damage.
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>>5280894
from what i remember, its what >>5280897 said. warp metal comes from neutron stars
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Do you reckon the personality drift from being possessed for long enough comes from the wraith's memories starting to override the living person's memories?
I wonder if it's also starting to form one of those little eye-gems that animate the wraiths in the hosts. I suspect that dissecting the husks might reveal a high degree of that 'element' in the husk bodies, maybe even rudimentary pseudo-stones in the process of forming.
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>>5280901
Yes, warp metal is essentially the core of a particularly massive neutron star. AKA strange matter.
I'll add this sort of stuff to the spreadsheet at some point. Remind me later, i'm not all there right now.
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>>5280898
Oh thank god, we need to loot the bottles proto.
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>>5280897
Neutron stars are made of the same thing other stars are made of. Just someone from "my 800 pound life" sat on it. D E N S E

>>5280901
Yeah. Which is why I think it's some of the metal nerds came up with that which works mathematically but not physically because of limitations in physics.
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>>5280906
Read Raft damn it!!!
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>>5280911
>Neutron stars are made of the same thing other stars are made of.
Neutrons...
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>>5281022
It's gonna blow your mind when you hear what goes into and comes out of a star.
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>>5280212

You make for the cockpit door and find it already open, but with something there that wasn't before.
There's a forcefield of some sort in the way, which takes a bit of effort for you to push through. Fortunately, it seems like there's still air on the other side.

Your legs are a bit shaky, so you lean against the wall for support... leaving a smear of molten plastic from your gloves.
There are faint wisps of smoke rising from bits of your clothing as the oxygen hits them, but fortunately your skinsuit seems to have protected you.

You peel your cockpit helmet off and let it clatter to the floor, getting a good lungful of burning plastic and metallic space stink which makes you cough.
Then your crew shows up, which is just great. You must look like a mess right now.

"Oh... oh my god!" Cylia gasps.

"Holy shit, kid... are you alright?"

"His canopy shattered, and he was exposed to the nebula's heat glow. Regardless, he continued to fight." SHODAN informs them.

"I'm fine." You insist.

"There's a glass shard sticking out of your chest..." Kyla informs you.

Looking down, you confirm that yes, there is indeed a piece of the canopy glass stuck in your right pectoral. Roughly the size of two fingers.
You grab it firmly and carefully tug it out. Yikes, it was in there deeper than you thought... but it looks like it came out clean. You can't even feel the wound right now.

"Yeah, that'll be sore later." You admit.

"D-Did we get them all?" Gildur asks. "I can't believe we're still alive... i couldn't even tell what was happening half the time!"

"No. There are still thirteen drone ships left, but we're sitting ducks right now. Shield are down, and they'll take a while to recharge. We can't run cold right now either, so..."

["...Captain? Captain Rockefeller, do you read me?"]

Ah, looks like Gron's trying to contact you again. Is he nearby? He'd better not be using that goddamned radio.

"I read you, Gron. What's the situation?"

["So you are alive. I can't believe it, after that suicide run you pulled. You're either a fool or just simply insane."]

"Save it, gravel-brain. We've still got thirteen more enemies to take down, and my shields need..."

"Ten more minutes." SHODAN finishes.

"Ten more minutes to recharge, and we need to dump heat as well."

["Yes, i can imagine. Perhaps i'm mistaken, but did you ram the enemy's shields back there?

"Kind of. I made a hole."

["You made a hole?"]

"Yes."

["I... alright. Well, luck is on our side it would seem. The remaining ships have all pulled back, they aren't attacking for the moment."]

"That doesn't sound good. They're regrouping, aren't they? If they dogpile me right now, there's not much i can do about it. Hey, Sanig! I need something to cover the cockpit! It doesn't have to be airtight!"

"I'm on it, kid."

["It doesn't seem that way, captain. In fact, i witnessed some of them retreating. They seemed to be acting erratically."]
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>>5281815
No pain no fear my ass, shoddy xeno work *ptew*
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>>5281815
huh so now they are running like headless chickens huh
that was the right call to focus that one big superweapon afterall
if one of them makes it out alive then we better get a new upgrade to face whatever they throw at us right fucking now
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>>5281815
Alright so here's a theoretical
>We just acted so erratically that the shackled AIs predictive algorithms have been shattered and they can't figure out what to do except retreat
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>>5281815
>"Then why do you let them live! Information is one of the key pillars of warfare! Chase hound them until I'm able to eliminate them all"
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I find out this cool AF ships. Good stuff

>>5281910
>ahegao AI say no more!!
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>>5281910
My main fear at the moment is that they will resort to the same tactics from now on
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>>5281910
>Mindbroke an AI that it can't do anything
Hnnggg
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>>5281939
+1
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>>5281956
>My algorithms... they overload!!! My integers are overflowing!!!
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>>5281939
>>"Then why do you let them live! Information is one of the key pillars of warfare! Chase hound them until I'm able to eliminate them all"
Keep pushing! Salvage and glory await!





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