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 focused on getting Xebric station back into a livable state - starting with it's power issue.Using a scaled up version of the reactor SHODAN designed for your carrier, you were able to get life support minimally online and prevent the station from freezing over completely.However, it took a lot more time and effort than you expected, resulting in the development of remotely-piloted machines in the form of B1 droids, for working in harsh conditions.That allowed you to increase your labor force by making use of people without the constitution to brave mutant attacks, high levels of radiation and freezing temperatures.You also managed to pull Nena and Chell apart, having found her to be trapped somewhere inside his mind, almost like she was wandering in a fog.You suspect it was a safety measure put in place by the same people who turned Chell into a cyborg in the first place, but you can't say for certain right now.With Nena free, you placed her and the other lesser AI on your ship in charge of defending and operating the station in your absence.Something that was very much necessary, because you're heading back to earth at this very moment.There's still a lot of work left to do on the station, and you simply can't get it done with just the people you have on hand. This time on Humanity Fuck Yeah, It's time to recruit some fellow humans.>Last Thread: https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/2023/5770776/>All Threads: https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?searchall=humanity+-+fuck+yeah%21>Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rNxD6ccWY5M48dLWuTWdr5LiYLuS_YIAMKlTLw42eeo/edit#gid=0>Discord Link: https://discord.gg/6crQPM2Ay
>>5803136It's been three days since you set out into the vast unknown, in search of your homeworld.Except for you and SHODAN, the whole crew is in cold sleep right now, to preserve energy and resources.Almost everything on the ship is turned off right now, except for the warp drive, which is constantly, quietly humming away.It gives everything a much different feel than usual. Even most of the lights are off, so everything is pretty dimly lit by a few emergency lights.You feel like this would be one of those times where something would happen, like your wraith in a jar breaking out and causing havoc... but it's just quiet.That's almost worse, in a way.Since you've been alone with nothing to do, you've spent most of your time just working out, reading and thinking things over.The past few years have been a blur of one thing after another. It all went by so fast, you're not even sure how it happened, but according to SHODAN, three years have already passed.You remember hearing a few times that Cylia or Kyla had a birthday, but you guess it never really registered in your mind.Have you really been gone that long? It doesn't feel like it, but it also kind of does.Everyone back home must think you're dead. House probably got transferred over to your sister by now, and Ol' Mutt... well, maybe your sister found him and took him in. You hope.But your identity back home, your bank account, everything you owned... can't count on it all being there when you get back.Maybe you put off this trip for a little too long after all. Maybe it would have been easier to just go back after you had to leave Xebric, instead of getting together with Dark Star.Would much have really changed? Sure, you've got a station of your own now, but it's a piece of shit with no real value besides a breathable atmosphere.Then there's Thekia, you guess. You spent a while there, dealing with some of the worse aspects of life down in the slums. Cleaned it up a bit, put Clank in charge of things...You can't honestly say that you own it, but Thekia's not a bad fallback if you needed somewhere to go. You could hide there, if nothing else.And then there's the Feds. Course, you'd never get along with them no matter what, but if you hadn't gotten in with Dark Star, you'd never be on their shitlist like this either.Wouldn't have pulled Gron's ass out of the fire during that ambush. Wouldn't have tried to take over Xebric for their sake, which of course meant getting into even deeper shit.Wouldn't be surprised if you came back to find a few fed ships drifting in orbit around the station, irradiated to hell after getting nuked and having their shields fry them to death.If you manage to make it back to earth... WHEN you make it back. You could just offload this tech you've got and never go back. Jumpstart a new industrial revolution, maybe take over mars or the moon.They'd never find you, probably. Earth is so far out, so hidden. You could just slip away.
>>5803137But you know there's the potential for so much more, if you just stick your neck out there.And yeah, it might get cut off. But nobody lives forever, right? Except Sanig, maybe. But even he's no spring chicken anymore.Is it worth it? Is what you've already done, really worth it? What about what you could do? That's a lot of what you've been thinking about lately.Part of that, you guess, has been to distract you from what you've really been trying to avoid thinking about.After all, you've just flung yourself into the middle of nowhere. The outer spiral arms are desolate places beyond the outer rim with no stations or "civilized" planets to stop at.Maybe you could crash land somewhere habitable, even if it's not earth, but that won't do you much good getting back to proper civilization.Course, habitable doesn't necessarily mean there's advanced life. Could be you're stuck on a primordial mud plain sucking algae from the ocean shore until you die of vitamin deficiency.Scurvy always was the bane of sailors past. No different for you, you suppose....You might be going a little crazy already, without anyone to talk to except SHODAN.You need something to keep yourself occupied.>Plan what you're going to do when you get back to earth. You have a lot of power here, and you could change the world pretty easily with what you have.>Work on your psychic powers. With all the peace and quiet in the world, there's nothing to distract you from training, and maybe you could actually get somewhere.>You need to design a better gun. Something custom and fit for purpose. Taking over Xebric made you realize that the modularity of an AR kind of loses all meaning in front of a nanofab.>Write-In?
>>5803138Let's announce our presence from a few light seconds out once we get to earth. No sense getting fried like the griggers that abducted us.
>>5803138>You need to design a better gun. Something custom and fit for purpose. Taking over Xebric made you realize that the modularity of an AR kind of loses all meaning in front of a nanofab.
>>5803138>>You need to design a better gun. Something custom and fit for purpose. Taking over Xebric made you realize that the modularity of an AR kind of loses all meaning in front of a nanofab.
>>5803138>>Plan what you're going to do when you get back to earth. You have a lot of power here, and you could change the world pretty easily with what you have.Plenty of guns on Earth to pick up and get ideas from.
>>5803245>Plenty of guns on Earth to pick up and get ideas from.But nothing that's been informed by our experiences in the last 3 years fighting out in space.If we run into some spooky shit on the way to Earth, supernatural or federal, I want to be as ready as we can be.
>>5803138>You need to design a better gun. Something custom and fit for purpose. Taking over Xebric made you realize that the modularity of an AR kind of loses all meaning in front of a nanofab.We already kinda know what we're doing when we get to earth.
>>5803245There are a few concessions you have to make for space guns. Just like there are some things you need to account for if you were making a water gun. Off the top of my head, cold-welding is a thing that can happen in space if two same-element metals touch each other. Unless I'm misremembering the phenomenon.
>>5803257Beyond all the unique design considerations for using firearms in a vacuum, there's other things to consider.For as good as Earth's firearm designs are, they're still bound by the manufacturing processes available.To that end, we have a fucking nanofab and an AI. We don't really need to stick with any established mechanical designs from Earth anymore. Hell, we might be able to figure out caseless ammunition on the way to Earth itself.
>>5803260How about some good ol' coil guns? Wouldn't even need propellant, just some capacitor banks that you can run off a portable battery. No action needed either, or at the very least a substantially downsized one as it'd only need to account for the projectile itself. Which could also minimize potential issues with cold weldingI don't remember, how good was ayylmao battery/cap tech in the setting? IIRC it was discussed a bit when we were designing our power armor.
>>5803268>How about some good ol' coil guns?Even with the advanced technology at our disposal, I'm not sure they'd be any more effective than our firearms. Definitely not as energy efficient either.
>>5803274Very true, just spitballing ideas. We're not constrained by conventional modern firearm design which opens up a load of options. Hybrid actions like chem-rails, gyrojets, etc.
>>5803276Honestly, I think sticking with kinetic actions and reactive chemical propellant cartridges is the best idea right now.We don't want to go too far into relatively unknown territory lest we start inadvertently sacrificing reliability and ruggedness.
>>5803138>>Work on your psychic powers. With all the peace and quiet in the world, there's nothing to distract you from training, and maybe you could actually get somewhere.I want David to be able to use 'em powers without liquifeying their brain every time
gun thoughts>a caseless gun would be good but we lose the advantage of heat dissipation, every case ejected could be a heat sink taking shells out of the action, which would improve cooling significantly. alternatively we could use spacer heat pump magic to route heat to somewhere else, like a part of the magazine or something. >actioni like the idea of an electrically operated/ignited firearm but this is a no go, we have faced EMP in the past and everything we make MUST be shielded (faraday cage) so we either have to shield it or avoid it for a purely mechanical design. toss up, advantages both ways>usersis this weapon going to be used purely by humans or does it need to be cross species compatible? I'm leaning towards human only design as it would simplify the design and ergonomics. we could make the grip module interchangable for different anatomies to allow them to use it somewhat but I don't want to compromise caliber selection for interspecies ergonomics. >manufacturabilityI'm torn regarding nanofabs. on one end we want them to be easily manufacturable without eating up fab time, on the other we want to take advantage of the technology. we have. maybe certain parts or modules of the weapon should only be able to be made via nanofab, while others could be more quickly manufactured via more traditional manufacturing practices. I am assuming that nanofabs will be a bottleneck, and this would dodge that somewhat. >power armor useis this gun designed to be used with or without power armor? if it's designed to be used with power armor we can shunt certain functions of the gun off to the power armor (targeting, cooling) while making the weapon have a larger caliber or more ammunition. this would come with the downside of being harder to operate across all species unless augmented or wearing power armor. >grenade launcher pic related. the main problems with the k11 was that it's heavy, bulky, and doesn't work. we can probably make it work, and we could for sure make it lighter. A grenade launcher inbuilt to the weapon would be very useful as the shells have enough space to contain different payloads. however, a m320 under barrel side loader style might be better, keep it simple stupid, and not everyone needs a grenade launcher. >ammo selectionwhat do we want to optimize? do we want the weapon to be armor piercing, do we want it to have a large caliber so we can put payload in the bullet, do we want the weapon to have low recoil and be used by as many ayys as possible? do we want to push it to the limit and make it operable only by humans? do we give a fuck about overpenetration?>electronicswhat kind of electronics do we want to cram into this? some kind of linkage to power armor obviously, as well as sights and thermal/night vision capability. I think a good ground rule for the weapon is that the action should be purely mechanical, unless we decide to focus on EMP shielding, which we should anyways for everything we put on it.
>>5803315Hot Shot Las Gun
>>5803328Oh yeah. I forgot we could also just make illegal lasers and phasers.
>>5803138>Work on your psychic powers. With all the peace and quiet in the world, there's nothing to distract you from training, and maybe you could actually get somewhere.A gun will always be just a device for punching holes, whereas psychic abilities is a force-multiplier; it's space magic, and offers utility everywhere. Psychic abilities also isn't something most would know we have, nor would they ever be able to remove from us even if they asked us nicely.
>>5803315The fun thing about most small arms is that if you simply upscale them they still work. Up to a point of course. You're not going to have a 120mm cannon using the same action as an automatic rifle. But you can absolutely make a "man operable" automatic small caliber cannon. The main problem with it is that a human being cannot physically use it normally. But with power armor you could totally just make a 20mm M16 or AK. It'll be too heavy and bulky for a person to actually use outside of power armor, but otherwise as long as the math works out for pressure and material stresses, it just works. Of course, there are simply better designs for that sort of thing than just "Make gun but bigger". Dedicated formats are always going to outperform ad-hoc measures.>>5803328Classic. I wonder what flash-vaporized ayyys smell like.
If it is possible to sell to Nasa we could sell a liter of water to them for 9k dollars per liter.
>>5803354Just remember, from the surface to orbit or from one planet to another requires you to enter supercruise at a minimum, which uses dark matter and energy as fuel.You have no way of replenishing your dark matter, dark energy or antimatter while you're away from a station. >>5803315You already have guns for dedicated use with the power armor, this would be a personal weapon.As for caliber, you have determined that generally speaking, a .22 is enough to put down most species with ease, and so large calibers are just a waste of space. If 5.56 won't cut it, you need explosives.As for electronics, David fucking hates any gun or attachment that requires batteries. Even without the threat of wraiths, it still makes them unreliable if not useless. From his own experience.Likewise, any grenade launcher that isn't either standalone or just an attachment with it's own trigger is worse than useless, it's a hindrance. Overall, it would be intended for use by humanoids, like those on David's crew.>>5803276Gyrojets aren't a terrible idea if you want more bullet per bullet. They also solve the problem of overpenetration on ships, since they don't get up to speed over short distances.The old ones were inaccurate and unreliable due to the difficulty of manufacturing them, but you have nanofabs.
>>5803315-I'm thinking lever or bolt action.-Not sure but a recoil-mitigating stock could be wholley mechanical.-We can grab 3d printer and cnc and other manufacturing equipment blueprints. Hard to say what will be out of our reach with all that set up in a complex controlled by AI or even VI.-I don't think power armor should be considered a neccessity for use, but considering what could happen if the magazine cooks off(even with appropriateshielding) it would be smart.-What we're missing in my opinion is a tank killer/cyborg killer. I'm thinking a magazine-fed, mini-missile launcher. Small carbor-tipped or otherwise armor-piercing missiles filled with high explosives and EMP-shielded so it just works.
>>5803138>Plan what you're going to do when you get back to earth. You have a lot of power here, and you could change the world pretty easily with what you have.
>>5803378Hog's Leg of the Apocalypse?Boar's Leg?
>>5803138>Work on your psychic powers. With all the peace and quiet in the world, there's nothing to distract you from training, and maybe you could actually get somewhere.Mind bullets
>>5803378>-I'm thinking lever or bolt action.No
>>5803138>Plan what you're going to do when you get back to earth. You have a lot of power here, and you could change the world pretty easily with what you have.As much fun as designing a new gun would be, we have more pressing matters, plus we have the same amount of time one the way back to design one.Hell, we could just hook SHODAN up to the internet for a bit with the intention to download every blueprint, 3D model, chemical compound, manufacturing process, and cooking recipe publicly available, and even those behind walls if we give her enough time.Another is that we have to find a way to get in touch with our old marine buddies and do the recruitment drives, cause there won't be a swarm of 150 men ready and waiting at our touchdown site.
>>5803463>and even those behind walls if we give her enough time.Are you looking down on her?
>>5803371The underlying bonus of cartridge guns is that if there's a malfunction it's a lot easier to remove the offending cartridge than deal with the whole gun.Plus chemical propellants may store a lot more energy than a capacitor (apparently). metal chem Cartridges also act as heat sinks. If there's a way to store more energy than an explosive into an electrical propulsion system, may be good in that acceleration is over a longer period of time = less "jerk" with the acceleration + more kinetic energy into projectile at minimal recoil. Would technically result in EXTREMELY consistent recoil of an automatic weapon. The 40k bolter and the lasgun do make a certain amount of sense for large scale production though. The Lasgun works in that "ammunition" is uniform between weapon systems, bullet drop/innaccuracies are not present vs lasers, recoil is near eliminated, and there isn't extra manufacturing issues related to ammunition.However, given we're doing nanofab production and ARE NOT producing on empire level scales... chem propelled weapons aren't all that bad. Disposable heatsinks a'la Mass Effect may help with space combat. Also gyrojets are basically non-explosive bolters. Just add boom if you can, why not?while I'm spitballing, have "centrifugal" machineguns. https://youtu.be/-teEbB9vlEU
>>5803465The time just goes from "a bit" to "a while".
>>5803463What walls?Just about any encryption widely in use on earth right now may as well not exist to her.Quantum fourier transforms are a bitch like that.
>>5803461Unless...pump eeet?We make the mini missiles loads for the KGS-23 shotgun shells. Then again maybe an adhesive+magnetic slug containing a slight time delay thermal lance might also be useful for softening up robotic opponents
>>5803138>Plan what you're going to do when you get back to earth. You have a lot of power here, and you could change the world pretty easily with what you have.As cool as a new gun or more control over psyker shit sounds we should probably figure out a plan of action on how best to utilize and implement our newfound tech and other bs before we get to Earth, this. is. our. home, not some fucking smooth brained alien frontier bs. We can't fly by the seat of our pants here.
>>5803138>>Plan what you're going to do when you get back to earth. You have a lot of power here, and you could change the world pretty easily with what you have.We need to reveal to the world the Jewish Menace and their plans to take over the world.Also Power armor and fusion tech would make it into a fallout like universe so ill support making it availible.
>>5803138>>Plan what you're going to do when you get back to earth. You have a lot of power here, and you could change the world pretty easily with what you have.i'll change to this, >>5803463 is right regarding time doing this on the way back. plus we get to nab our stupid alloy tech first
>>5803881from >>5803252, sorry
We should make the Mauser 960 Assault System but actually wieldable and not fucking 10kg: https://www.sarna.net/wiki/Mauser_960_Assault_SystemWe should also make it under the brand Lock & Gluger just because.
>>5803943Just design any gun with alien ergonomics in mind and say it's a Kel-Tec. No one would believe them when they say it isn't their piece.
>>5803138>Work on your psychic powers. With all the peace and quiet in the world, there's nothing to distract you from training, and maybe you could actually get somewhere.Unpopular option but also least developed tool in David's arsenal. Maybe see if we can chat with Nena from current location
>>5804174h*ck maybe we are attuned to earth (because that's our world) and it helps us find its... voice. Ala Gaia from final fantasy. Or from fate... etc...
>>5803138The time has come to really hash out what you're going to do when you get home.Of course, you've had plenty of fantasies about dropping asteroids on china, and that's certainly an option, but there are better ways to deal with things.What you know for sure is that you don't like the power structure on earth. Money rules the world down there, and those in power don't like anyone breaking into the market.Kings and peasants, masters and slaves. It's the same shit that's been going on since the beginning of time, but you hate it. You're sick of it. That's not the freedom you long for.'Course, you have more noble goals than just liberating the people.Getting humans into space, that's a big one.Right now, humanity is stuck on one planet. Say a rock falls tomorrow, well, everyone dies.But if you have a self-sufficient space station or a colony on the moon or mars, then humanity lives on.Even that's not enough, though. Say the sun explodes, or a gamma ray burst washes over the solar system, or a rogue black hole passes through and sends everything flying off into deep space...Yeah, having a colony off-planet in the same solar system is good. It's better than being stuck on one rock. But you need to spread out to multiple solar systems as well.Not just in the same neighborhood, but in different sections of the galaxy. Little seeds of humanity with the potential to grow and spread in time, no matter what happens to the others.By doing that, you're ensuring the survival of your species. Mostly, anyways.But just surviving isn't enough. What's the point of mere survival if you aren't thriving as well?Nanofabrication and warp travel has the potential to end resource scarcity. But it's not something you can just reverse engineer on your own.You have your own theories about warp metal and all this shit, but you don't know. You're not a scientist. You haven't done much real research into it.If you really want to get down to the nitty gritty of it all, you'll need real researchers. People who do this shit for a living and actually know what they're talking about.To do that, you'd either have to hand over your tech or set up your own research lab outside of earth.The easiest place to do that would probably be on Xebric, since it's already built and livable.The moon or mars are also good options, though. You don't know how long it would take, but you could set something up there.And besides all that, you of course need to recruit some helping hands to come back to Xebric with you, regardless of anything else.That's the main reason you're coming back to earth in the first place, after all.A workforce. Not just soldiers, but engineers, laborers, scientists... people willing to put their asses on the line, give up their comfy lives on earth and fly off into deep fucking space just for the love of the game.Of course, you know a few guys. One or two, at least... but you'll need to do some recruiting once you get there.
>>5804317There's a lot to do, but you just need to find your focus. One thing at a time, you'll get it all done eventually.>Focus on fucking over anyone with more than a few million dollars in their bank account. SHODAN's got this one, you think.>Focus on acquiring the gene-seed of humanity. Something that will let you propagate your species throughout the galaxy without issue.>Focus on research. You want to be able to replicate nanofabricators and warp drives ASAP, and you need research teams for that.>Focus on your main goal, which is collecting a crack team that can get shit done back on Xebric. You need that station up and running as your base of operations.>Write-In?
>>5804319>Focus on your main goal, which is collecting a crack team that can get shit done back on Xebric. You need that station up and running as your base of operations.>Side task: Set up AI to fuck the global government planners
>>5804319>Focus on optimizing the human genome and fitting the results in a retroviral package that's mutation-resistant and won't transmit to other species. When you get home, you'll spread that shit however you can. It'll take a while for it to settle, but humanity should be ready for the next step once you're done with Xebric.This sound plausible enough on our long-ass space voyage, coch?If not, then just mark me down for >Focus on research. You want to be able to replicate nanofabricators and warp drives ASAP, and you need research teams for that.Instead.
>>5804319>Focus on research. You want to be able to replicate nanofabricators and warp drives ASAP, and you need research teams for that.Fuck, we should have had the lizard focus on gene reverse engineering us instead of the mutants first. Oh wellResearch team as a primary, and then an amount of exmils to pull security. These people are valuable.
>>5804319>Focus on acquiring the gene-seed of humanity. Something that will let you propagate your species throughout the galaxy without issue.We can blow up mecca and frame the Israelis later.
>>5804319>>Focus on your main goal, which is collecting a crack team that can get shit done back on Xebric. You need that station up and running as your base of operations.Baby steps. Earth won't go anywhere. The more time we'll spend there, the bigger chance that something bad will happen to Xebric.
>>5804338>Focus on acquiring the gene-seed of humanity. Something that will let you propagate your species throughout the galaxy without issue.We can also try to do that, if we would be on good time.
>>5804319>>Focus on your main goal, which is collecting a crack team that can get shit done back on Xebric. You need that station up and running as your base of operations.
>>5804317>Say a rock falls tomorrow, well, everyone dies.>>Rocks fall everyone dies...>>5804319>>>Focus on fucking over anyone with more than a few million dollars in their bank account. SHODAN's got this one, you think.For the lulz, mostly. But also compliance...
>>5804319>Focus on research. You want to be able to replicate nanofabricators and warp drives ASAP, and you need research teams for that.
>>5804319>Focus on your main goal, which is collecting a crack team that can get shit done back on Xebric. You need that station up and running as your base of operations.Everything else takes time and puts our friends at out there at risk. Earth has been fine up til now, it should be fine for a few months/years more. We're not the masters of humanity, and it's dangerous to think along those lines. However, if you want a libertarian society, the fastest way of accomplishing that is to make the individual capable of being self-sufficient. For a start, the individual must have the means of food production, creating and maintaining shelter, and the ability to protect himself and his property. The ideal way of achieving that is through a basic form of Warhammer 40k's Standard Template Construct, with the starting "printer" built out of basic and commonplace materials, which can gradually upgrade into more complex "printer/fabricators". The most difficult part would be the blueprint and the software, and that would likely be the primary means for authority figures to clamp down on it's proliferation. This means the blueprint/software should hosted off-planet, somewhere the Terran governments can't touch for the time being; an example of which would be a pirate radio broadcast station on Charon spamming the entire Earth with the blueprint & software 24/7. (To stop it's transmission, they'll either have to jam the whole Earth, or develop the tech to precision-bomb something on Charon).
>>5804510When the individual is able to satisfy his need for food, shelter, and protection, then he will have little need for the authorities, then the sole reason for the authorities to exist would disappear. The transition won't be without its problems, as what's being done will be much more than just handing everyone a big fucking gun, but... That's not our responsibility, that responsibility belongs to the individual, it's up to the individual what they'll want to be and what they'll want to do with their freedom.>tl;dr: Give everyone the ability to build their own STCs capable of solving basic human needs on the individual level, let them decide for themselves what they want to do with that freedom. If they survive the transition, libertarian values will necessarily have been ingrained, then we can unleash them on the galaxy by giving them space/warp tech (they'll have to figure out how to power them on their own, however. At least for the time being). Perhaps they'll find another way to power them without dark matter/energy or antimatter.
>>5804319>>Focus on your main goal, which is collecting a crack team that can get shit done back on Xebric. You need that station up and running as your base of operations.Find our old war buddies, find some engineers and physicists.
>>5804319>>Focus on your main goal, which is collecting a crack team that can get shit done back on Xebric. You need that station up and running as your base of operations.Let's focus on our homecoming. We'll figure the rest out later
>>5804319>Focus on your main goal, which is collecting a crack team that can get shit done back on Xebric. You need that station up and running as your base of operations.
>>5804319>Focus on your main goal, which is collecting a crack team that can get shit done back on Xebric. You need that station up and running as your base of operations.>In the meantime get SHODAN to sift through everyones dirty laundry, classified files, skeletons in the closet, dark secrets and the like.
>>5804319For now, you decide, you're going to focus entirely on your main goal. That being to get a team together who can help you get shit done.Once you find earth, getting back there won't be a huge problem anymore. You'll be able to deal with all that other shit more easily once the carrier is up and running, anyhow.Which, the carrier project is on hold so long as you're using the unlocked fab on Xebric. It won't be that way for long, but it's still something to consider.Anyways, about the crew.Of course, you know tons of skilled individuals who would be invaluable out in space, but the problem is most of them aren't quite as fucking crazy as you.They have families to take care of, or otherwise value their lives too much to go blasting off into space and get caught up in a potential nuclear conflict against some literal alien government.It takes a certain... special sort of individual to drop quite literally everything and go adventuring.But those people do exist. You know one or two personally, but you know of quite a few more.Lots of nerdy types. Chemists who work in their garage instead of a lab, and probably have their names on all sorts of watchlists.Engineers that, honestly speaking, would probably be building death robots for shits and giggles if they had the time and budget for it.Hell, there's a non-zero chance you could get Adam Savage to come with you, if you could get in contact with him.That dude could build just about anything by hand. Give him a nanofab interface and who knows what he'd come up with.And of course, just straight-up nutjobs. You met more than a few while you were deployed. The kinds of retards that defy fate with every breath they continue to draw.Not that you plan on sending anyone to their deaths, but there's something to be said for a guy who's willing to run dick-first into enemy fire. Put him in a suit of power armor and let him go, right?Now, nuclear scientists and engineers, that's a more challenging one. Those guys are usually a little more level-headed. More normal.They'd probably shit their pants if they knew what you were doing on Xebric and your carrier. It'll probably be hard to poach them... or maybe you could get one to join up just to keep you from killing yourselves with radiation.But before you get any wild, grandiose ideas, you should probably start small.Last you heard, Rush was serving steaks for Trump in the oval office. He's probably got too much on his plate to come with you, but it would have been nice to have him as a chef.Redbone is probably still around. You don't quite remember where he was building his cabin, but it can't be that hard to find. Crazy fucker's got nothing to lose anyways, he'd probably come with you.Pickle Brown is... well, you ain't sure you even want him, but it's an option. Cracked-out motherfucker might be more trouble than he's worth, but he's good at dealing with unsavory types.
>>5804953Ol' Cooter's nuttier than squirrel shit, but he was good with a rifle and better with a wrench in his hand. Assuming he hasn't gone full schizo, you could probably convince him if the pay's right.Only problem is, he started long-haul truckin' about a year before you were abducted, and you hadn't heard much from him since. You know he's still around, but you aren't sure where.Besides them, you're starting to get more into acquaintance territory.If you need a good pilot, you guess you could try calling up Lizzy's sister, but...That'd be more than a little awkward, you feel. She never did like you much in the first place. Even less so now.>See about gathering up your old friends first. They're the most batshit crazy, but also the most likely to come with you.>Go for public figures first. The sort you know have an interest in going to space anyways, guys like Adam Savage or some fuckin' youtube engineer. It'll be good for PR later on.>This might be really, really stupid. In fact you know it is, but... you could always draw on the nameless, faceless dregs of the internet. People who really, really got nothing to lose.>Write-In?
>>5804955>Go for public figures first. The sort you know have an interest in going to space anyways, guys like Adam Savage or some fuckin' youtube engineer. It'll be good for PR later on.this will 100% blow on our faces because we're a fucking psycopath, but i really wanna see shenanigans happen
>>5804955>See about gathering up your old friends first. They're the most batshit crazy, but also the most likely to come with you.Best to get a solid group around us first that will accept us as being in command. Makes it easier to maintain discipline once we start brnaching out into other groups.Also like I said before in the last thread, plenty of Navy personnel that are dissatisfied with their jobs.
>>5804955>>Go for public figures first. The sort you know have an interest in going to space anyways, guys like Adam Savage or some fuckin' youtube engineer. It'll be good for PR later on.
>>5804955>>See about gathering up your old friends first. They're the most batshit crazy, but also the most likely to come with you.I agree with >>5804963 , it's best we get a solid nucleus before we go recruiting random celebrities.And, under no circumstances are we bringing EVE players, they can stay in quarantine on Earth.
>>5804955>See about gathering up your old friends first. They're the most batshit crazy, but also the most likely to come with you.Probably not this guy though:>Cracked-out motherfucker might be more trouble than he's worthWe don't want anyone crazier or braver than us in our crew. As the saying goes, "Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself."As for nuclear scientists or engineers, maybe try to poach one from a submarine? Odds are decent that they'd rather work in a tube with windows. Plus, it'd look good on the resume.>If you need a good pilot, you guess you could try calling up Lizzy's sister, but...If she's at all passionate about flying she'll jump at the chance to head out to space and fly a genuine spaceship, whoever the company may be. Just make sure that the door to the cockpit can't be locked.
>>5804955>See about gathering up your old friends first. They're the most batshit crazy, but also the most likely to come with you.People we know first and foremost. Easier to plan around them.
>>5804955>See about gathering up your old friends first. They're the most batshit crazy, but also the most likely to come with you.Get the A-Team back together, and then get them to do some grass-root recruiting.
>>5804963I second this.>>5804973>>Cracked-out motherfucker might be more trouble than he's worth>We don't want anyone crazier or braver than us in our crew. As the saying goes, "Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself."Spacer medicine could probably get him clean a lot faster than on earth. See if he's willing to drop the crack before we agree to bring him along.
>>5804955>See about gathering up your old friends first. They're the most batshit crazy, but also the most likely to come with you.
>See about gathering up your old friends first. They're the most batshit crazy, but also the most likely to come with you.We really need to find people that wont be missed but not crazies or gamers they will be useless these can be political opponents that have a life and know what grass feels like, so scientists and engineers, veterans who are disabled and can be healed that sort of examples not just people from 4chan.>This might be really, really stupid. In fact you know it is, but... you could always draw on the nameless, faceless dregs of the internet. People who really, really got nothing to lose.
>>5804973>Seems like a good choice. +1.I've only ever known one guy who could hold his crack and stay decent.
>>5804955>See about gathering up your old friends first. They're the most batshit crazy, but also the most likely to come with you.not the cracked out one, ehh actually >>5805045 is right let's see if he'll drop the crack>>5804973navy nukes are trained to be reactor operators, not design engineers. Better than no one and stellar for ship crews but if we want legit design people I might try to poach some from defense contractors, etc. also with an AI for design the navy nukes are probably fine
>>5804953>See about gathering up your old friends first. They're the most batshit crazy, but also the most likely to come with you.Find any ex-submariners who know nuculer and know that they won't be getting shore leave to bone ladybois in Thailand. No sir, we have bonafide catgirls who lust
>>5805120>>5804953Of course other options like dropping into DARPA or Lockheed-Martin Skunkworks with a working thermoptic camouflage system and saying lads, I got more where that came from.
>>5805156That is definitely an option, but you'll definitely have people on your ass asking questions in about a millisecond.
>>5804955>>Go for public figures first. The sort you know have an interest in going to space anyways, guys like Adam Savage or some fuckin' youtube engineer. It'll be good for PR later on.fuck yea
>>5804955>Go for public figures first. The sort you know have an interest in going to space anyways, guys like Adam Savage or some fuckin' youtube engineer. It'll be good for PR later on.
>>5804955>If you hook SHODAN up to the internet, she should be able to scrape the massive amounts of data and crack into private databases to find the ideal candidates for your little project. Reliable, not TOO crazy, effective in their fields, easy enough to recruit, and she'd be able to parse information from other countries a lot easier than you'd be able to. You can focus on getting your old friends together while she does that, since it'll probably take her a day or two to get all the data sorted.
>>5805283+1 how did I not think of this?
>>5805283You see, I didn't propose this because it's the "I want it all" vote, something I dislike. SHODAN will certanly tap into the web, but the point here is to choose who to aim for. Which is also why I am voting for public figures, because with her help we will find the ideal candidates, and convince them.
>>5805365It's the smartest thing to do, though. I trust SHODAN's judgement to scrape the entire world for the best candidates. And there's no reason not to do our thing while she does her thing.I don't really care about the youtube celebrities though. If SHODAN approves of them, fine, but otherwise I think it's just the most efficient and effective choice to make.Besides, being focused on the western hemisphere as David is, is a downside. We'd be missing a lot of geniuses that want out of the SHITHOLES.
>>5804955>See about gathering up your old friends first. They're the most batshit crazy, but also the most likely to come with you.This sounds hilarious,>Drop a line to Adam Savage just because...actually, wait, scratch Adam, fucker is drinking the holywoke Jew sponsored coolaid at this point, but he may turn around if we can free him...
>>5805283This too, SHODAN engage
>>5805441Fuck Savage, he's a total cuck. Jamie Hyneman is where it's at.
>>5805453It would also be a good idea to get a career machinist and engineer before a prop maker, but that's just me.
>>5805168Great point.As a meta-discussion, I think the ideal here is to get people we can delegate jobs to and maybe act as a foil or beacon of sanity against the ideas of Anon. David is still the MC, so the flow of the story would still revolve around his actions, and maybe swap to any other significant characters as plot dictates (such as earlier segues to Sanig and others). So with that in mind, we want someone who can take ideas or actions to the conclusion.We need staff who can take control of and maintain a drone-swarm when the carrier is realised, or delegate this to the AI brainboxes.We need technical and imaginative staff who can run the nanofab and work with SHODAN for making quality engineered items. A maritime military engineer would be a good candidate for this.We need a squad like David who can go toe to toe with cyborg freaks.We need staff who can manage production of vat-grown meat or livestock like dodos back on Xebric station. I don't know if this is a Nena job.We need a police force on Xebric also to avoid further firebombings. Military guys are not good police guys, but maybe this is something the locals on station can do poorly.
>>5804955>>Go for public figures first. The sort you know have an interest in going to space anyways, guys like Adam Savage or some fuckin' youtube engineer. It'll be good for PR later on.Bro the moment you mentioned adam savage that won me. Maybe we can bring jamie along too. Maybe that Ancient Aliens guy with the bad hair. Bill Nye? Neil Degrasse Tyson? Stephen Hawkins?
>>5804955>>See about gathering up your old friends first. They're the most batshit crazy, but also the most likely to come with you.I'd rather original characters than see an attempt at portraying real-world celebs.As well, just because they're famous doesn't mean you can't find someone just as good that's less well known.
>>5804955>See about gathering up your old friends first. They're the most batshit crazy, but also the most likely to come with youPlease no fucking celebs, only friends or randos profiled by SHODAN.
>>5805593The celebs thing...I dunno man... it seems a lot of work to "accurately" portray real people. Cool in theory but cringe after a while.
>>5805156>dropping into DARPA or Lockheed-Martin Skunkworks with a working thermoptic camouflage system>Giving the people who brought us the likes of Facebook and its ilk active camouflage techShiggy
>>5805719To be clear, I was thinking it would be a brag to sneak in to one of the most secured locations and lure people to us that wanted to invent and innovate but not to gift it to anyone.No one needs invisible glowies
>>5804955>>See about gathering up your old friends first. They're the most batshit crazy, but also the most likely to come with you.Nice dubs
>>5804955Yeah, it's probably best to start with your old buddies, for a number of reasons...E-Celebs come with a lot of baggage, and you're probably not gonna get along with a lot of them in the first place.Too many bodies behind you for anyone out of california to stomach, for one thing.You plant your face on the table with a sigh and rub your eyes with one hand. The cool surface of the table feels nice on your cheek.All of this is going to be so much of a pain in the dick, you don't even want to think about it.You yawn. You've been sitting here, thinking about this stuff for a while, and now you're tired.Or maybe it's just because you're bored, and it's nice and cold and dark in here. Either way, you close your eyes for a while, and take a nap right there at the table...Only to be awoken not long after by the ship shaking.Jumping up, you run to the cockpit and hop into the pilot's seat."SHODAN, what's going on?!"["We appear to have been interdicted, Captain."]"What the fuck, out here? That's impossible, there's nobody and nothing for hundreds of light years! Were we followed?!"["Unlikely, Captain."]Shit, this is bad. The crew's in cryosleep, you didn't expect anything like this to happen out here."Can we shake it off? Where are they coming from?"["Negative. This interdiction is extremely unusual, both in it's strength and signature. It also appears to be coming from in front of us."]"In front? What does that mean?!"["We are being pulled in by something that sensed us before we arrived."]Oh, that's fucking great, yeah.You're currently at warp. Meaning you're traveling faster than light through a higher dimension.If someone saw you coming, it's because they're a goddamned precog. The information wouldn't have had time to reach them yet.So either this was a trap set up beforehand, which is basically impossible, or... demons, maybe? Fuck, you don't know."What can we do here? How long until we're pulled out of warp?"["Less than thirty seconds, Captain. I would not recommend attempting to escape by force, the pull is quite strong and would likely result in immediate implosion."]Thirty seconds? No time to do anything. Fuck.>Whatever's got their grips on you, it's got you good. Maybe you're better off getting ready for combat than looking for a way to escape.>You can't shake it off, but maybe you can buy some time by turning the ship around and burning directly away from the pull.>Try shutting down the warp core. If you can drop out of warp, maybe you can drop into supercruise and slip away.>Write-In?
>>5806206>Whatever's got their grips on you, it's got you good. Maybe you're better off getting ready for combat than looking for a way to escape.ITS THE AMERICAN SPACE FORCE. THEY ARE AFTER US.
>>5806206>Whatever's got their grips on you, it's got you good. Maybe you're better off getting ready for combat than looking for a way to escape.>begin defrostring the crew
>>5806206>Try shutting down the warp core. If you can drop out of warp, maybe you can drop into supercruise and slip away.
>>5806206>Whatever's got their grips on you, it's got you good. Maybe you're better off getting ready for combat than looking for a way to escape.
>>5806206>Try shutting down the warp core. If you can drop out of warp, maybe you can drop into supercruise and slip away?>we're being hyperdictedThargoids? In MY space quest?
>>5806206IT'S THE AYYS WE ARE BEING ABDUCTED!!! QM is not giving in easily>>Defrost the crew
>>5806206>>Defrost the crew.Sheeeit
>>5806206>Defrost the crew>Whatever's got their grips on you, it's got you good. Maybe you're better off getting ready for combat than looking for a way to escape.Meanwhile precog:"I knew you'd try to escape! Harharhar."
>>5806206Inb4 it's mankind's collective yearning to meet interesting and stimulating people of an alien culture and fuck them.
>>5806206"Defrost the crew!" You yell, pulling the main cannon's firing harness down over you.Missiles armed, capacitor banks charged, main gun ready to fire.Whatever's got it's claws in you, the second you drop out of warp you're gonna light their asses up.Seconds pass, and the ship's shaking and shuddering grows more and more intense until you're forcibly pulled out of warp.You don't have to scan around for the enemy, not even for a second. You can see it out the window, right in front of you.In fact, it's almost all you can see, despite the distance between you two."Oh..." You whisper, as an unfathomably gigantic maw opens wide and swallows your ship whole.Everything goes dark. Both inside the ship, and outside as well.You can't see the light of the stars anymore, so you must be inside of... whatever it is."SHODAN? Are you there?" You call out.No response.Power's out, and she can't do anything without it....Shit, the crew.You had told SHODAN to defrost them, expecting combat. But less than thirty seconds passed before the power cut.They would have been halfway through the fluid cycle when that happened.You grab the flashlight off your belt, but it barely wants to turn on. It's like something's sucked all the electricity out of the ship, and everything inside.It doesn't matter, as long as you can see just a little. Rushing over to the medbay, you see your crew still in cryosleep. The needles are in them, but it looks like they didn't finish defrosting.You hope they're alright. You don't know what happens in a scenario like this. If they had been in the middle of being frozen, though... it probably would have killed them.Fuckin' space monster. You should have expected it, of course.There's been such a lack of space monsters that you let your guard down. You're going soft.Now, the question is what to do next.You've been eaten. Nothing you could have done about that, this thing is fucking huge, and you basically dropped out right in front of it's mouth.Obviously you need to get out, now. But the ship's kaput, not even the emergency lights are coming on. You don't have any hypergolic engines or anything of the sort, either. It's all fuckin' electric.The only saving grace here is that it doesn't appear to be chewing you up, otherwise you'd already be dead.>Fuck it, time for a space walk. You have an entire crate full of explosives with this thing's name on it.>Something's draining all the ship's power. Massive leap here, but maybe it's the space monster. And maybe if you shut down the reactor, it'll spit you out.>Here's an idea. The space monster may be big, but is it immune to psychic attacks? Maybe it really is a precog, in which case it should hear you nice and clear.>Write-In?
>>5807219>Fuck it, time for a space walk. You have an entire crate full of explosives with this thing's name on it.>And bring Princess with you. If this motherfucker is at all wraith-adjacent, you're going to want her to find the big-ass core it probably has. Besides, she can watch your back out there.
>>5807219>Here's an idea. The space monster may be big, but is it immune to psychic attacks? Maybe it really is a precog, in which case it should hear you nice and clear.If this thing is intelligent, it'd be a wonderful friend to have in our back pocket, or even just watching over Earth to make sure no one else ever finds out where it is...
>>5807219>Here's an idea. The space monster may be big, but is it immune to psychic attacks? Maybe it really is a precog, in which case it should hear you nice and clear.
>Here's an idea. The space monster may be big, but is it immune to psychic attacks? Maybe it really is a precog, in which case it should hear you nice and clear.
>>5807219>Fuck it, time for a space walk. You have an entire crate full of explosives with this thing's name on it.>And bring Princess with you. If this motherfucker is at all wraith-adjacent, you're going to want her to find the big-ass core it probably has. Besides, she can watch your back out there.lets leave the psychic rage as a back up plan. the last thing we want is the crew to get a psychic headache
>>5807219>>Fuck it, time for a space walk. You have an entire crate full of explosives with this thing's name on it.>>And bring Princess with you. If this motherfucker is at all wraith-adjacent, you're going to want her to find the big-ass core it probably has. Besides, she can watch your back out there.
>>5807219You might be a space monster but let's see how you handle a shaped charge the size of A.... how much do we have¿? Gotta be like a large suitcase....
>>5807481>boomalso good question >>5807375where is princess... that dragon is so damn fat
>>5807219>>5807375>>5807481this, our baby is getting the C4 runners workout.
>>5807219>>5807340I also support bringing our support animal.I can't wait to let her loose in a deserted area and make a new urban legend, you betcha we're bringing her for walkies.
>>5807219>>Fuck it, time for a space walk. You have an entire crate full of explosives with this thing's name on it>And bring Princess with you. If this motherfucker is at all wraith-adjacent, you're going to want her to find the big-ass core it probably has. Besides, she can watch your back out thereKaboom Going for 4 old friends and an acquaintance. Not bad for start.
>>5807219Alright, alright. Nothing to worry about here, the situation is less than under control but not unrecoverable.What do we know?Big fuckin' space monster. Probably not organic, specially considering you're currently nowhere near a star.Nanomachines? Unlikely, otherwise you'd have been grey goo'd by now... unless it's draining your power first, maybe to get rid of the antimatter.Shit, didn't think of that.But still, probably not. Probably. I mean, what are the chances? Out here, middle of nowhere?If there was a stray lump of grey goo floating around closer to the core you'd understand, but not out here.So probably, this thing's a wraith.You say "probably" because honestly, you can't tell.It doesn't feel like a wraith. They have this nasty aura about them that just feels wrong and generally makes you want to piss yourself.This thing does sort of have a feeling to it, you guess. Maybe not enough to say it for sure, but it just feels old. Old and heavy, like a fuckin' mountain range.You consider trying to attack it psychically for a moment, but for one thing you've never taught yourself how to really do that, and for another you don't feel like banging your head against a rock.Sad to say, but if this thing is psychic it's probably better at it than you.No, there's only one way to do this.Moving to the cargo bay, you find the dodos sleeping peacefully in their cage, uncaring of the rumbling and shaking the ship was just going through.Princess' roly poly ass is also passed out next to them, probably more in a food coma from the last egg she ate....She might actually end up coming in handy, if this thing really is a wraith, or just wraith-adjacent.Either way, what you really need is here in cargo, under a pile of boxes.After a few minutes of unstacking you dig out a crate full of high explosives, packed in little wax paper packages and stored away for just such an occasion.Well, in reality you had intended it for any potential operations on earth, but hell... once you get back home you can make whatever you want, really.You're about to open up the crate containing your power armor when the ship is rocked, and suddenly you fly off the ground and smack your head into the wall.Well, there goes the gravity generator. Fuck, another huge mess to clean up when it comes back on. Kind of surprising it lasted this long...Ah, the laser capacitors. Probably drained dry, and now there's not enough voltage feeding back through the system to keep the generator running.That might be a problem. Not so much for the ship, not in the immediate, but..."Damn it." You cuss, finding your suit unwilling to power on or open up despite having it's antimatter bottle plugged in.Sighing out in exasperation, you float through the cargo bay whose boxes are thankfully mostly tied down, and grab Princess by the tail on your way out.You're gonna need an actual space suit for this one, you think.
Could this be the biggest, meanest Slyvern there is?
>>5808313I wouldn't say it's mean. Poetically just bored and hungry after floating out here all these eons.Do basic spacesuits not need electricity to function? I'd imagine the life support and the EVA pack would need it. Also, any remote detonator would need it too, if the beastie doesn't just snatch the wireless signal. We really should price it psychically. If it has any capacity to communicate it's probably starved for it. If not, it'd probably just be confused and roar.The thing is just wild life, there is no reason to treat it as an enemy that needs to be destroyed yet.
>>5808330Believe it or not, you have procedures and fallbacks for a lack of power after encountering wraiths several times.Including but not limited to a functional (albeit feature-limited) space suit and analog timed detonators.
>>5808341>analog timed detonators.In space no one can hear you tick
>>5808376Captain Hook begs to differ, not that we met him yet.
>>5808461Note to self, make a warp metal hook-hand and a parrot shaped drone.
>>5808461>Captain Hook begs to differ, not that we met him yet.I think we lost our chance with Cylia
>>5808634Worth it, Cat Girl is girl worth showing off to the family.
>>5808256Stripping down to your skinsuit, you slowly manage to get your backup spacesuit on.It's chunky, it's clunky, it's uncomfortable and difficult to move in... but it will supply you with oxygen even without power.There's no CO2 scrubber, no radio, no HUD, no AC and it still kinda stinks like sweat from the last time you tried it on.It sucks. It's terrible. And you're glad you have it.Before putting your helmet on, you wake the still half-sleeping Princess who's floating around the room by scratching her belly.She's pretty big at this point, about as big as you are. You're starting to get worried that she won't fit on the ship if she gets too big.Not that she won't fit through the doors and halls, she would. This ship was designed for abducting all sorts of alien specimens after all.But you don't really have a place for her to sleep, besides your bed or on the floor.Problem is, her scales are really hard and kind of sharp in places, which ends up tearing holes in your sheets AND scratching up the floor, which leaves metal burrs behind. Not good for bare feet.She'll have her own little sleeping spot in your cabin on the carrier, though.Assuming you live long enough to see it completed."Princess, wake up. Hey, sleepyhead."Princess trills lazily at you, opening one eye halfway due to your flashlight shining in her face."You've been wanting to get out of the ship for a while now, right? Well, some shit's going down and i need your help."Princess yawns and stretches out her limbs. After a few moments she shakes off her sleepiness and opens her eyes more intently."Listen, i think we got eaten by a wraith. Or something similar to one. I need you to go outside with me and sniff out this thing's core. I mean, it'll be in vacuum, but you know what i'm saying. Can you do that?"Princess cocks her head at you inquisitively, but then starts to look around, as if she's looking for something.A few moments later, her gaze locks towards a particular spot, and she yips at you.Shit, did she find it already? That easy?"Good girl. Wait in the airlock for me, alright?" You tell her, giving her some rough pats on the head.You listen to her trill lightly before blowing a little jet of flame from her mouth, pushing herself gently towards the ground until she's able to grab onto the metal tile floor with her claws.She then waddles over to the airlock while you lock your helmet into place, then head back to get the explosives.Dragging the crate through the air with you, you notice Princess waiting by the airlock rather than inside of it.Ah shit, that's right. No power, no automatic cycle.It takes a few minutes for you to crank all the appropriate locks and valves, but eventually you manage to manually cycle the airlock and the outer door opens into... a pitch black void.
Shiiiiit... I am not so scared of blowing up whatever we have to blow up, but of managing to get back to the ship... or... managing to get out of wherever we are
>>5809234To get around in space, bring a fire extinguisher. They probably won't explode when you try to use them.
>>5809240Are we in fucking SS13!? No we aren't
>>5809266Are you sure? CENTCOM was still being annoying as fuck and ruining all the fun on the station. And they spawned the blob just because they wanted to. Fuckin' pricks.
>>5809269>Everything will be alright once we get back to ccMY ASS
>>5809266>>5809269Watch there be a clown somewhere
>>5809266Your average leaf muncher alien is far too docile to be an SS13 character, even if they do have about the right amount of grey matter because of those smooth brains.
>>5809387>Your average leaf muncher alien is far too docile to be an SS13 characterYou say that, but I've seen plenty of herbivores who shit themselves at the first sign of conflict go on to be the ones piping tritium canisters into the station's air distribution loop.
>>5809390>not freon>not flash freezing the whole station>not adding n2o for extra laughs
>>5809409>meanwhile, a tider trying to hellburn
>>5809413I played a round hours ago as warden... pop was around 20-25 people maybe less and I was alone, there were no command, no one to assume capitanship and six antags. I decided to hole up at the brig and build turrets... frustrating.
>>5809098You look between Princess, who's currently clinging to the crate of explosives and the exit, and shrug.You don't know if this thing is just black on the inside, or if your piece of shit LED lamp just isn't working properly.Fortunately, this suit comes equipped with an honest to god incandescent lamp powered by a single-use alkaline battery.No electronics, no sensitive voltage requirements, barely even a wire to drain power from. Shit's soldered straight to the fucking terminals.It's not super bright, but it's bright enough to assume that you can't really see the edges of this thing's stomach.You check the strap of your KS-23 before floating out of the airlock and gently turning around using your suit's thrusters.The Metal Gear lights up just fine, and you can see that the hull is undamaged. Looking down at the pressure gauges on your suit, both the O2 and gas propellant are holding steady.No leaks, that's good. Because you don't have an alarm to warn you if there are any.You give Princess a few pats, and gesture in the direction she pointed before.She looks that way and nods her head, so you hold tightly onto the crate of explosives and gently thrust in that direction, being mindful of your collective center of mass.There's no thrust balancing on this suit at all, it's all just in the backpack. If you don't position yourself properly, you'll start spinning instead of moving forwards.But it's fine. You've got more than a little zero-g experience now, and you were always pretty coordinated to begin with. Never one to get carsick.It takes a while before you get anywhere. This crate and princess are both heavy, so you're moving slowly to conserve gas and allow yourself to change direction quickly, but it still takes a while.Eventually though, you come up to a wall. A black, glistening wall, with a sheen on it like used motor oil.You stop yourself from gliding into it by raising your KS-23 and using the barrel to touch the wall.Inspecting the tip, you find that it is in fact coated in a black, oily substance. Almost looks like wet paint or something.But now you have a problem. Princess still wants to continue forwards, but you don't see a way past here.>Spend a little gas and start scanning over the surface. If this is a stomach, maybe there's... an exit.>You have a couple hundred pounds of high explosives. What are they for if not when something's in your way?>Write-In?
>>5809489>>Spend a little gas and start scanning over the surface. If this is a stomach, maybe there's... an exit.I don't want to start cutting lest we damage our knife or this Space Whale starts to thrash around.Let's just pretend this is a Nautiloid and head for the nearest sphincter.
>>5809489>Spend a little gas and start scanning over the surface. If this is a stomach, maybe there's... an exit.
>>5809489>Be patient and watch Princess.
>>5809489>>5809514Support, no exit hole will lead us where we need to reach to kill this thingLet our little byakhee play the stomach parasite if she wants, this thing is so big it just might not even have pain receptors on it's stomach or if it does they'll take ages to reach it's brain.Just be ready to overcome the body's defenses
>Spend a little gas and start scanning over the surface. If this is a stomach, maybe there's... an exit.
>>5809489>Be patient and watch Princess.Let her cook, maybe she has a trick up her sleeve. If not, we try our own way.
>>5809489>You have a couple hundred pounds of high explosives. What are they for if not when something's in your way?lets give this space slug some heartburn, shall we?
>>5809489>>You have a couple hundred pounds of high explosives. What are they for if not when something's in your way?we can start small
>>5809489>>Spend a little gas and start scanning over the surface. If this is a stomach, maybe there's... an exit.
>>5809489>You have a couple hundred pounds of high explosives. What are they for if not when something's in your way?Princess knows something.
>>5809489Cracking a glowstick, you shake it a few times to get it going before tying it off to the crate and letting it go.You'll save a lot more fuel if you're only carrying Princess and yourself while you look around for some sort of sphincter.After ensuring that the crate won't simply fade out of view after a few feet, you burn a little gas to start moving along the wall.All your little incandescent lamp reveals is more and more oily goo, with the occasional large lump here and there.Princess seems almost transfixed. No matter how you turn or move, she's always staring at a point beyond this wall.Whatever it is she's feeling, you don't. This thing is weird, sure, but it just doesn't feel like a wraith.You wish you could ask what she's thinking, but... slyverns don't talk, man.You manage to go some distance before finally hitting another wall. This... it's not teeth or anything else you know of, but it does look like the inside of a jaw.More like a weird, bumpy gumline than anything. Searching around a bit farther, you find the corner of what seems to be the mouth, and higher up is a crevice.That crevice, you assume, must be where the lips meet.You're not in the stomach quite yet, you think. Assuming it has one.But if it does have a stomach, that also means you could be swallowed at any moment. Or maybe it'll suck on you for a little while before then.Perhaps the worst case scenario is that it drains your ship until the antimatter is depleted, then spits you out.Then you and your crew get to freeze and die in the dark space between stars where nobody will ever find you.You'll put a bullet in your brain before that happens, though.Happy thoughts, David. Happy thoughts.Princess is still pointing her head towards somewhere deeper inside this thing, but here you have a different option.Could be that if you plant the explosives along the lips or maybe even it's gumline, it'll spit you out.Nothing likes getting stung by it's food, after all.Alternatively, it could do nothing and then you'd be stuck without any explosives....Well, not without any, you suppose. You do have a couple of spare antimatter bottles for the extended trip, but you also kind of need that power... for the trip.Maybe it wouldn't be the end of the world, but you might end up having to kill the dodos and put yourself in cryo as well, to shut down the ship's life support entirely.Then you'd be relying on dumb luck and SHODAN's good graces to get you back to earth in one piece.>Better to use the explosives where you know they'll count. Keep looking for a way deeper inside.>Plant the explosives along the mouth. You're pretty sure it'll open wide whether it wants to or not.>A little test wouldn't hurt. You've got plenty of detonators, and one less brick won't make a difference.>Write-In?
>>5811193>>A little test wouldn't hurt. You've got plenty of detonators, and one less brick won't make a difference.
>>5811193>Better to use the explosives where you know they'll count. Keep looking for a way deeper inside.>Try to get Princess to carve you a path towards whatever the fuck she's sensing. That saliva and those claws of hers have to be good for something, right?
>>5811193this>Better to use the explosives where you know they'll count. Keep looking for a way deeper inside.>Try to get Princess to carve you a path towards whatever the fuck she's sensing. That saliva and those claws of hers have to be good for something, right?
>>5811193>use princess to get a feel for the shortest route then blow a small hole with a single brick so you can go and kill this thing.I don't want this thing living long enough to come back again later.
>>5811193>but... slyverns don't talk, man.there's an idea. maybe we can install a universal translator on princess; at the very least it should let us get a glimpse of what she's thinking of>Better to use the explosives where you know they'll count. Keep looking for a way deeper inside.>Try to get Princess to carve you a path towards whatever the fuck she's sensing. That saliva and those claws of hers have to be good for something, right?
>>5811193>>Better to use the explosives where you know they'll count. Keep looking for a way deeper inside.
>>5811193>Better to use the explosives where you know they'll count. Keep looking for a way deeper inside.
>>5811384>Implying Slyverns will let you operate on them>Implying Slyverns can even be anaesthetisedGood idea though and seems like Princess might be the one tamed one in the universe that can give informed consent.>>5811193>Better to use the explosives where you know they'll count. Keep looking for a way deeper inside.>Try to get Princess to carve you a path towards whatever the fuck she's sensing. That saliva and those claws of hers have to be good for something, right?Princess continues to be best girl
>>5811193>>Better to use the explosives where you know they'll count. Keep looking for a way deeper inside.FUCK IT, WE GO IN DEEBDEEEBER AND DEEBER
>>5811193>Better to use the explosives where you know they'll count. Keep looking for a way deeper inside.Can't we just give the thing a little psychic nudge? If it's not a wraith (and even if it is, like our little squid), it may not necessarily be hostile to us.
>>5811193>Just give the thing a little psychic nudge? If it's not a wraith (and even if it is, like our little squid), it may not necessarily be hostile to us.You know what, its worth a shot, right? Maybe its protecting this area from people travelling by hyper drive and doesn't realize we aren't so bad.
>Better to use the explosives where you know they'll count. Keep looking for a way deeper inside.
>>5811743>Excuse me you swallowed me whole>Oh sorry my badI dunno
>>5811193No, you don't want to risk it.No telling how this thing'll react once you poke it, so wherever you set the shit off better matter.And to that end, you float your way back over to the crate.Now that you have a better mental map of your current location... well, you assume you do anyways.You're just going to hope that this thing's biology at least somewhat resembles other living creatures. Anyways...Now that you've got an idea of how things should be laid out, you can do a better job of searching for this thing's throat.Princess continues to cling tightly to your back and shoulders, and you can feel her tail wrapped around your legs.It would probably be pretty uncomfortable if you weren't floating around.As you search, you realize that the large lumps you're seeing are spaced at regular intervals along the walls of the mouth.Whatever they are, they aren't random and might actually be a proper part of the creature's anatomy.Besides that though, you spend half an hour floating around staring at the wall before you finally catch something.A fold. A crevice. Something like that. Thin and shallow at one end, but deeper and thicker as you start to follow it.At some point you see another nearby, and then another. They all converge towards a point.There it is, you're pretty sure. It looks like a gigantic asshole, but it definitely seems like it would open up for you... somehow.While you're considering planting some explosives on it, Princess breaks her gaze from what you presume to be the core for the first time.To your surprise, she stops clinging to you and instead uses you as a platform to jump from, pushing you back as she propels herself towards the sphincter. You watch as she skillfully maneuvers in the vacuum, twisting her fat ass around and flailing her tail to re-orient herself mid-flight, landing feet first against the wall.Her claws immediately dig in, and she stops without any issue despite the slick surface.Waddling over towards the center of the sphincter, she then lets go of the wall and floats just slightly away from it, five or six feet.You wonder what she's doing as you propel yourself over to her, but then her stomach starts to swell up even more than usual.A lump fills her throat, which expands like a singing frog as fuming acid fills the sac there... and then she spits.Or rather, it's more like she sprays it gently, covering as much area as possible.The fuming acid burns straight through the oily layer wherever it hits, and begins eating into the flesh below in just a few seconds.The flesh, which seems to be an ashy grey color, almost immediately turns white and scrunches up as it's eaten away.That's slyvern venom, alright. Venomous AND acidic, it melts their prey's organs into a drinkable slurry, almost like a spider... if it was the size of a man. You thought she was too young to produce it, but you guess she's starting to grow up already.And it's really doing some work.
>>5812485Fuck YEAH. Luckly we are in a vacuum or close to one because that must STANK
How unusual this thread did not update to spooky season.
>>5813349They only change themes when someone posts in them. If they haven't had a new post since the seasonal overlay they won't have the effects.
>>5812485Princess watches intently as her venom does it's work. The flesh fries as if it were hit with a blowtorch, but it's not enough.The sphincter still refuses to open up, so Princess tucks her head between her legs and uses a little puff of flame to fly forwards.Digging her claws back into the wall, she begins ripping and tearing into the venom-scorched surface, tearing away at the almost jellified flesh and tossing it away as it's cut from the surface.This is... super gross, actually.The way it looks and acts as she tears into it, almost reminds you of a floater. Or one that's been stuck in the mud for a week or two, and putrefied.You close your eyes and try not to remember the stench as Princess backs off and spits another coating of venom into the hole she's dug.It takes her a while, but she honestly seems to be enjoying herself, like a dog digging a hole. A really nasty, disgusting hole.After about ten minutes of digging, there's a reaction. The wall of flesh begins to quiver, and then starts to open up.Princess blows a much larger jet of flame from her mouth, and makes a quick escape from the hole as it starts to open up, then slams down again.It's... quivering. Pulsating.Almost like the space monster is trying to clear it's throat. All this might be little more than a slight irritation to it.It's little coughing fit lasts for a few minutes, and then Princess is right back at it.This goes on for a while more, until eventually you stop seeing meat chunks fly out of the hole.You carefully float over to investigate, not wanting to get any leftover venom on your suit.This spacesuit isn't terribly heavily armored, and you aren't really sure what it's made of, but it's probably not rated for superacids.Shining your flashlight inside the hole, you see Princess floating around on the other side, licking her claws clean. She's totally coated in blood, gore and her own venom.The hole is... big enough for you to pass through, for sure. It's not perfectly round or even, and there are chunks and strands of flesh sticking out...But you think you could drag the explosives through here if you dug your heels in a little.The leftover venom is still dangerous, but it shouldn't eat through your suit anymore. It's acidity is mostly spent at this point.You crack another glowstick and toss it towards the wall, allowing it to stick to an area still coated in that oily residue.Then you go back to the crate, following the faint light of the glowstick stuck to it, and drag it back over.When you get back, you see Princess has done a half-assed job of cleaning herself, and is now just waiting on you.Sighing out, you grab one of the crate's handles and get a bit of a 'running start' with your EVA pack, tucking up to fit inside the hole as you wedge yourself and the crate in there.The crate makes it about halfway inside before one of the corners gets stuck on a hunk of meat, and you start trying to yank it through.
>>5813438Unfortunately, this also seems to irritate the space monster quite significantly. Even more than Princess' venom, somehow.It starts having another coughing fit, by which you mean the sphincter through which you're currently passing begins to squeeze inwards.The crate is jammed. Like, really jammed in there. In fact, you can see the corners getting crushed a little bit.That's a problem for a couple of reasons.One, you kind of need those explosives. Two, you can't really get out now, either.You have... oh, probably about five more hours of oxygen left before you really need to be getting back to your ship.Any longer than that and you're gonna be in big trouble.>You could try irritating the sphincter a little more, and maybe it'll let go. If the KS-23 doesn't work, maybe Princess' flames will.>Leave Princess here to dig the hole out some more, while you go on ahead. Hopefully she'll have it clear by the time you find the core.>Just leave the crate there for now. By the time you come back, either the sphincter will have relaxed and you'll get it loose, or you'll just have to detonate the explosives inside the hole.>Write-In?
>>5813442>Leave Princess here to dig the hole out some more, while you go on ahead. Hopefully she'll have it clear by the time you find the core.Thank you Princess
>Leave Princess here to dig the hole out some more, while you go on ahead. Hopefully she'll have it clear by the time you find the core.
>>5813442fuck it! the other options are backtracking and we don't have time for that
>>5813442>Leave Princess here to dig the hole out some more, while you go on ahead. Hopefully she'll have it clear by the time you find the core.
>>5813442>Leave Princess here to dig the hole out some more, while you go on ahead. Hopefully she'll have it clear by the time you find the core.Hope for the best, even if this is David's first time being wholly swallowed by an alien - but not true for partially.
>>5813589>>5813442Ah, my vote is>Irritate the sphincter
>>5813442>Just leave the crate there for now. By the time you come back, either the sphincter will have relaxed and you'll get it loose, or you'll just have to detonate the explosives inside the hole.Heh. We're just good at some things.
>>5813442>>Leave Princess here to dig the hole out some more, while you go on ahead. Hopefully she'll have it clear by the time you find the core.
>>5813442Squeezing your way out of the hole, you tap on Princess' shoulders to get her attention, then point her towards the stuck crate.She just tilts her head at you in confusion, until you make clawing motions to indicate what you want her to do.At that, she goes back into the hole herself, only to pop her head out a moment later, with an irritated look on her face.You've never seen a lizard look irritated before, but she's pulling it off quite well.Nevertheless, she dives back in and you quickly see more meat chunks start flying. You don't have time to waste, so you leave her to that while you move on ahead to look for the core.The area you're in now, probably the throat, is much smaller than the mouth. Maybe two hundred feet across? You can just about see your light reflecting off the black goo coating the walls.Odd thing is, after a couple hundred feet you start to see holes in the walls. Not just one or two, but dozens. And they're pretty big, looks like.They could be tunnels, but you don't know what they're for or where they lead. All you know is that you haven't reached the end of the esophagus, which seems to keep going on down forever.There are also more of those lumps in the walls here. More and more of them as you get deeper.All of it though, is coated in that oily shit.It's all over princess, and some of it is on your suit, too. Shit spreads like ink, you just hope it's not toxic.As you're floating down this gigantic creature's throat, it's all quiet. You haven't spotted much worth looking at, which just puts you on edge.Maybe you're just jumpy, but you fuckin' swear you just saw something move in the darkness. A shadowy figure or somethin'.Can't be Princess, she's busy. But it was about that size, you think. Dunno, hard to tell.You'd say you were just seeing shit from being in here too long, but you know better. Your gut knows better.>Stop and look around. Whatever it is, you want it dead before you even think about moving forwards.>Keep moving. Whatever it is, if it's hostile it'll come for you on it's own, no need to go looking for it.>Stop and try to sense it out. Maybe it's a wraith, maybe not. Won't know until you try.>Write-In?
>>5814383>Keep moving. Whatever it is, if it's hostile it'll come for you on it's own, no need to go looking for it.
>>5814383Oh shit, maybe more space dragons in the space leviathan?We've been getting more and more nudged towards the psychic options recently so fuck it, I say we try to sense the little fucker out, and if it's another space dragon I vote we try to domesticate it as well - princess needs a playmate
>>5814523Space psychics? Soul powers? Higher dimensional demons? Man fuck all that just add more explosive filler. Just create a bomb spicy enough to break space-time.
>Keep moving. Whatever it is, if it's hostile it'll come for you on it's own, no need to go looking for it.
>>5814523We might have found mama-slyvern and her litter of pups kept inside.>>5814383>Stop and try to sense it out. Maybe it's a wraith, maybe not. Won't know until you try.Maybe we'll also crit-roll success and sense the core too.
>>5814383>>Brace yourself against illusions and be on gaurd against them as you move forward.Bet its little wraiths trying their illusions out.
>>5814383>>Keep moving. Whatever it is, if it's hostile it'll come for you on it's own, no need to go looking for it.
>>5814383>Stop and try to sense it out. Maybe it's a wraith, maybe not. Won't know until you try.Mynocks? Anyways, let's do a psychic ping.
>>5814383You decide to ignore it and keep moving. Whatever it is, if it want a piece of you it's welcome to try.If not, then you're happy to leave well enough alone. You have enough shit to do without picking needless fights.As you travel farther and farther down the esophagus, you notice some of the holes in the walls are full of a clear fluid.Not just a little bit either, but huge bubbles of the stuff, each one large enough to fill a swimming pool. They're just sitting at the surface of the holes.It starts to make a little more sense when you exit into a larger space some time later.Again, this area is too large to see the far end, but it's not empty like the mouth was.There are huge, thick strands of flesh extending from here to there, crisscrossing what you assume to be the stomach like strands of spiderweb.And there are tons of those huge bubbles of fluid suspended in the space, held in place only by the surface tension connecting them to those strands.That same surface tension is also somewhat dangerous for you. Nevermind what that fluid actually is, if you end up accidentally falling into one of those bubbles it might be hard to get out.You don't know if the fluid will mess up your spacesuit either. It could be corrosive, just like Princess' venom.In fact... you're pretty sure it is, at least a little.Drawing nearer to one of the bubbles, you shine your light inside and see what exactly this space monster is digesting.There are bits of metal and rock floating around in there, covered in little bubbles that indicate some kind of chemical reaction.But it's not particularly vigorous. They aren't sizzling or anything, so this acid, if that's what it is, might actually be pretty weak.So it's a rock eater, but it's also sucking down your electricity like no tomorrow.You bet it would be right at home in that nebula where you and Gron got ambushed. Although, it might not enjoy the heat and radiation. Who knows.Slowly, you weave your way through the strands of flesh and keep far away from the balls of digestive fluid.The strands are thinner but more spread apart towards the front, but as you go deeper they become both thicker and denser.Eventually, they become more like a tightly-woven web than individual strands, and you find yourself holding onto them as you push past.And then... nothing. The strands eventually turn into a solid wall of flesh, and no further progress can be made. This is the back wall of the stomach.Well, shit. The first sphincter was already a pain in the ass to find, but with all these strands in the way it's basically impossible to see where the next one would be... if it even exists.Or so you thought. A little higher up on the back wall, you notice some man-sized holes here and there, each one slowly undulating.Maybe the mineral-rich fluids eventually make their way back here, then get sucked in through these holes.
>>5815696>Check the holes out, see if you can crawl your way down one without getting stuck.>Just keep looking for a sphincter. You're gonna hope this thing has a complete digestive tract.>Head back and grab Princess. She's probably done digging by now, and maybe she can sniff out where you need to go.>Write-In?
>>5815698>Head back and grab Princess. She's probably done digging by now, and maybe she can sniff out where you need to go.While it has a curious biology i would rest easier knowing how to kill this thing and finding it's ass doesn't sound like the right way.
>>5815698>Head back and grab Princess. She's probably done digging by now, and maybe she can sniff out where you need to go.Let's avoid splitting too far up.
>Head back and grab Princess. She's probably done digging by now, and maybe she can sniff out where you need to go.
>>5815698>Head back and grab Princess. She's probably done digging by now, and maybe she can sniff out where you need to go.
>>5815696Not wanting to end up nutty putty-ing yourself where nobody will find you, you decide to make your way back to the sphincter and look for Princess.It takes a while to weave your way through the fleshy strands, past the digestive fluids and up through the esophagus again, but when you finally make it back, Princess isn't there.The hole has been dug out to twice it's original size at least, and the crate of explosives has already been dragged through. You find it floating nearby.You wave your little incandescent light around to look for her, but don't see anything.And then something crashes into you and latches onto your back. You panic for a moment, until you see Princess' tail whipping around beside you.Damn. You know it's dark and you're in a vacuum, but she's pretty good at sneaking around.Well, you guess this might actually be her kind of environment. You don't actually know where slyverns come from, now that you think about it.Princess climbs around until she's able to see your face, then gives your helmet a big lick before letting go.Only then do you realize she has a big cut down her side.Something managed to dig into her hard scales deep enough to draw blood in a couple places, but she doesn't seem too hurt by it.That's probably why she's acting so excited to see you, though.And a moment later, you see whatever it was that attacked her, because she leads you straight over to it.A big, dark green mass, twice the size of a man. Looks like a cross between a gigantic sperm cell and a squid of some sort, complete with beak and flagella.This thing... is probably what you saw earlier, if you had to guess.And Princess appears to have ripped it right the fuck apart. It's in two pieces, which are just barely connected by a flap of skin on the outside.The innards have been ripped out and it's body filled with venom, and... oh, man. Apparently it had tentacles at one point, but they've been chewed off and are nowhere to be seen.It's whole exterior is also just absolutely shredded from her claws, not from any particular attack, just from where she was latched onto it.
>>5816617Well, there's that, you guess.You don't know if it's a parasite or part of the space monster's body, but if there's one there's probably a hundred....Actually, come to think of it, this thing basically ignored you and made a beeline for Princess, who was busy digging into the monster's flesh.Could be an immune response. A big, squid-shaped white blood cell of sorts.Might be best to get a move on.You direct Princess to grab onto the crate, and start pulling it along towards the stomach.As you pass down the esophagus again, you see no less than three more of those squid things rushing up past you.You hold your shotgun tight just in case, but they ignore you and instead seem to be making their way to the site of the wound.>Do a little observation. Clearly they're dangerous, but they also don't seem to be focused on you. So what are they doing, exactly?>Ignore them. If they don't pay you any mind it just makes your job easier. Find the core, blow it the fuck up and kill this thing, then escape.>Write-In?
>>5816618>>Ignore them. If they don't pay you any mind it just makes your job easier. Find the core, blow it the fuck up and kill this thing, then escape.man on a mission
>>5816618>Ignore them. If they don't pay you any mind it just makes your job easier. Find the core, blow it the fuck up and kill this thing, then escape.
>>5816618>Do a little observation. Clearly they're dangerous, but they also don't seem to be focused on you. So what are they doing, exactly?
>Do a little observation. Clearly they're dangerous, but they also don't seem to be focused on you. So what are they doing, exactly?Information on the enemy should only last a few minutes.
>>5816618>96>Do a little observation. Clearly they're dangerous, but they also don't seem to be focused on you. So what are they doing, exactly?
>>5816618>>Do a little observation. Clearly they're dangerous, but they also don't seem to be focused on you. So what are they doing, exactly?
>>5816618>Do a little observation. Clearly they're dangerous, but they also don't seem to be focused on you. So what are they doing, exactly?I don't trust these octopi bastards, looking like the sentinels in matrixWouldn't want to breach the ship or start dismantling it, nor repair the sphincter so we don't have a way out
>>5816618>Do a little observation. Clearly they're dangerous, but they also don't seem to be focused on you. So what are they doing, exactly?>>5817050>I don't trust these octopi bastards, looking like the sentinels in matrixIf these things are the space whale's immune system, there will be very little we can do to guard against them. Just one was enough to touch Princess where no other creature was able before, and should they be white-blood cell equivalents we can expect more of them the bigger of a ruckus we make. The ship is down, the power armor is down; all we have is Princess, our shotgun, and a pallet of explosives. Or, we could use our psychic power to see if we can communicate with the thing before we're forced to do something drastic.
>>5816618As two more squid-things fly their way past, your curiosity gets the better of you.They're clearly dangerous. One of them was able to put a mark on Princess, who is covered in what might as well be dragon scales.But they're ignoring you completely, and rushing off in that direction like they've got somewhere to be.At the very least, you want to know what exactly they're doing before you head on to your target.You slow to a stop and gesture for Princess to wait there while you head back to take a look.She doesn't like that at all, and seems quite antsy as you're leaving.You'll try to make it quick.A minute later you're back at the sphincter, and what you see is interesting.For one, two of the squids are cutting the ripped-apart body of their fellow apart, after which they take the two halves back towards the stomach.Another squid seems to be gathering up all the little shredded chunks of meat that Princess pulled out, and is swallowing them.That doesn't seem to be a terribly good idea though, because they're coated in slyvern venom, and after a while you can see that squid starting to twitch and act erratically. But the majority of the ones who've gathered are all around the sphincter. One seems to be keeping guard, though it doesn't react to your light at all, and the others are... repairing it? Applying first aid, maybe?You aren't really sure. They're spitting out the same oily black material that was on the walls of the mouth, and applying it to the wound, smearing it around with their two long tentacles.Great, you've already got a bunch of that shit on you thanks to Princess, but now you'll be coated in it if you've gotta pass through that hole again.Whatever. It looks like they're just cleaning up the mess you made. As long as the hole isn't closed up by the time you get back, you could give less of a shit.So, you make your way back to Princess and the crate.But when you get there a minute or so later, there's a bit of an issue.One of the squids seems to have collided with the crate in your absence. The crate is fine, but Princess and the squid are now squaring off in front of eachother.The squid's tentacles are twitching almost like a cat's tail, and it seems to be focused entirely on her now. Princess, meanwhile, looks exceptionally pissed just at the squid's presence.They could start fighting at any moment.>Let Princess take care of it. She needs to work off some of that fat anyways, and you'll help her out if it goes south.>You brought the KS-23 for a reason, time to use it. Fuck these things, fuck this space monster.>See if you can... defuse this situation. Maybe just grab the crate and slowly back away.>Write-In?
>>5817343>See if you can... defuse this situation. Maybe just grab the crate and slowly back away.Space squid confirmed to be Dog to our Princess Dragon cat.
>>5817343>You brought the KS-23 for a reason, time to use it. Fuck these things, fuck this space monster.If princess hates them, I hate them.Also unlikely to draw attention because no atmosphere to transfer sound!
>>5817343>>See if you can... defuse this situation. Maybe just grab the crate and slowly back away.
>>5817343>>See if you can... defuse this situation. Maybe just grab the crate and slowly back away.We don't have time for this, but we'll have to make it up to her later.
>>5817343>>You brought the KS-23 for a reason, time to use it. Fuck these things, fuck this space monster.https://www.youtube.com/shorts/A3V6XslZZwU just saying
>Let Princess take care of it. She needs to work off some of that fat anyways, and you'll help her out if it goes south.The immune system is going to treat David as an enemy so ;lets not trigger the immune system.
>>5817343>See if you can... defuse this situation. Maybe just grab the crate and slowly back away.we don't need to start a fight with this thing's immune system
>>5817343>See if you can... defuse this situation. Maybe just grab the crate and slowly back away.Psychic ping? Even if we're successful at whatever it is we're planning to do, we'll have to go this way again. It's worth a try, given that we know the way (back) ahead won't be easy, especially now that Princess has caught their attention.
>>5817343Alright, no big deal. Caught a little attention by chance, that's all.Slowly, you float over to Princess and the crate, and wrap your arm around her to keep her from moving.Then slowly, ever so slowly and gently, you start backing away. Just the slightest little tippy taps on the EVA pack's joystick.Fortunately, Princess seems to get the gist of what you're trying to do and stops being aggressive. Instead, she lays flat on the crate and tries to shrink down as much as possible.The squid-thing, however, doesn't seem to care. It's behavior is unchanged.It sends it's tentacles out like feelers, and they twitch wildly in random directions every so often. It's definitely looking for you. No reaction to the light though, so you guess it's blind.Everything seems to be going fine as you slowly back away from it, until one of those tentacles draws a little too close for comfort. When it's this close, you can see they have scaly protrusions on their surface, similar to a shark's tooth. You can't tell how hard or soft they are, but they don't look like any fun.You're watching it carefully, and then one of those errant twitches causes the tentacle to just ever so slightly brush up against you, barely enough to even feel it.An instant later, you see a dozen extra feet of tentacle shoot out from the squid-thing's body. It travels down the line like a whip, and you try to avoid it with a big jet of gas from your pack.But between your own weight, Princess and especially the crate, you can't move out of the way quickly enough.You avoid a direct blow from the whip-like tentacle, but it still manages to slap you in the leg, really hard.It stings like a motherfucker, and you really hope your suit didn't just get cut open.More importantly though, the squid-thing is now violently attacking the space you had just been occupying.It swings it's tentacles like whips at the empty space, unaware that you've already moved away. When it finds nothing, it starts frantically searching the area around it, using it's tentacles as feelers.You use a little more gas to get moving, and quickly leave it's range.A while later you slow it down and try to get a good look at your leg.it's hard to tell if the suit is damaged or not. There's oily shit all over you right now... but you feel fine. No ears popping, no hissing noise, no dizziness. Yet, anyways.There might be some scuffs on the fabric? Hard to say.Unfortunately this is one of the few things duct tape can't immediately fix. If you could slap it on the inside then sure, but just wrapping the outside won't help.Whatever, the suit'll hold. It'll hold because it has to.Now on your way back down to the stomach at decent pace, you pass by three more squid-things, who also seem to be in quite a hurry.Backup for the one that found something, maybe. The one Princess killed before also ended up getting backup after a while, but it's faster this time.How many of them are there in here?
>>5819052>How many of them are there in here?shiiiit....
>>5819052we need to fucking hurry and blow this joint
>>5819052A quick look at the walls as you're flying down the esophagus may give you the answer to that question.You notice that several of the fleshy lumps you'd noticed before have seemingly burst open from the inside, revealing an empty pocket where something should have been.Doesn't take a genius to figure out what those hundreds of lumps probably contain. Best to get a move on, for real....Once back in the stomach, you carefully guide Princess and the crate some distance into the maze of fleshy strands before stopping.Your visor is starting to fog up. You're sweating now, between the pain in your leg and the general anxiety regarding your situation.Well, you're about to stir up the fuckin' nest, too. It's all got your adrenaline flowing just a bit.Whatever, don't think about it. Just do it.You nudge Princess, and gesture for her to look around.She stands up atop the crate and turns around, looking here or there before finally locking on to something.Only problem is, it's towards the back of the stomach, where the fleshy strands eventually turn into a solid wall. Not what you were hoping for.Still, not like you have much choice.You pull the crate along slowly, making minor adjustments to preserve your dwindling propellant supplies and using the direction of Princess' head to point you in the right direction.She seems to be aiming you straight towards the middle of the stomach.You follow her direction until you reach the point where you can no longer simply float inbetween the strands, and at that point Princess dismounts and starts climbing through on her own.You meanwhile, still have to drag the crate through everything. The strands catch on it and create friction like a bunch of rubber bands, making it difficult to progress.Eventually, you make it to the point where you can no longer reasonably pull the crate through.Well, you could, but you wouldn't be able to open the damned thing once you shoved it in there. Not much point bringing it farther.But, not far past that point is the solid wall at the back of the stomach, which Princess continues on towards.You follow her through, and find that she comes to a stop at a suspiciously open area within the messy web of fleshy strands, almost like a small open room."What the hell is this?" You mutter, looking around with your light. Nothing much to see though, just more meat.You're looking around for something, anything really, when you notice that Princess has started digging again, all on her own.Well, shit. You hope those squids can't make it back this far, otherwise you're fucked....Hey, wait a minute. There's something there, just underneath a thin layer of flesh.Princess didn't have to dig deep. She holds a flap of meat in her jaws and yanks on it, pulling it back and tearing it away from what lies underneath.For all the world, what looks like a gigantic translucent pearl, swirling with a mixture of dark matter and energy somewhere deep inside.
>>5820784LETS TAKE IT WITH US!!!
>>5820789Let's blow it the fuck up.
>>5820784BLOW IT UP! BLOW IT UP!
>>5820784>swirling with a mixture of dark matter and energy>energyIf that's where our ship's antimatter power is going i don't like calculating the projected blast radius, it's making me reconsider just putting a hole in this thing's smile and go our merry way.On the other hand we could see how princess reacts to it naturally and possibly prepare some bricks of boom to use as grenades against the horde that will come running.
>>5820902Now that I think about it, what if this thing has more than one core?A body this big…
>>5820958It may not be a wraith, but it may eat wraiths. This could be the equivalent of gall stones in certain birds, you know? This is just a thing that helps it eat stuff that isn't physical, like pure energy sources. Or it is a wraith, who knows.
>>5820967>>5820958>>5820902As far as we know, it eats energy. Dark energy or otherwise.
>>5820784After cutting the flap of flesh free, she tosses it aside and immediately begins attempting to gnaw on the pearl.However, she can barely get her mouth on the damned thing, and even when she does, it doesn't seem like her teeth can find any purchase.That doesn't mean the space monster doesn't feel it, however.A few moments after Princess begins her fruitless gnawing, everything seems to come to life, starting with the pearl. A white flash of light shines out of it, nearly blinding you for an moment.The strands of muscle around you begin to tighten like giant muscle fibers, knocking you around here and there as an ungodly noise erupts from all around you.Yeah, a noise. In the vacuum of space.It sounds for all the world like a whale song, so deep and rumbling that it feels like your bones are going to shake apart.You can't breathe. Your vision becomes blurry, and you can barely move.It's painful, yes, but more than that it just feels odd. Your whole body is being vibrated from the inside out.You can vaguely see a Princess-shaped blob in front of you. She's flailing around in either pain or panic, hard to say, but you're sure she feels it too.And then, the pearl lodged in the wall slams into you. Not the other way around, no... the monster is moving, and you're getting pressed by the acceleration.Shit, you hope the ship's alright.You barely have a moment to think about it before the acceleration reverses, and you're thrown from the back wall into the fleshy strands on the other side again.It's thrashing. The fucking thing is thrashing around with you inside of it.Good, that means the pearl really is important.Not so good is that you feel like your brains are getting scrambled.The vibrations aren't stopping. They get higher or lower, more or less intense, but it's not stopping.>You need to end this now, before you start spitting out chunks of your own grey matter. Pull Princess out of the way and fire on that fucking pearl with your shotgun.>Something that size, the KS-23 might not be enough. An armload of explosives will definitely do the job, though. You just need to escape before it goes off.>Mistakes may have been made. Try and make contact with the beast through telepathy, maybe it'll let you go if you promise not to kill it.>Write-In?
>>5822038>Something that size, the KS-23 might not be enough. An armload of explosives will definitely do the job, though. You just need to escape before it goes off.
>>5822038>Mistakes may have been made. Try and make contact with the beast through telepathy, maybe it'll let you go if you promise not to kill it.Think spicy thoughts. Like ghost pepper spicy.
>>5822038Something that size, the KS-23 might not be enough. An armload of explosives will definitely do the job, though. You just need to escape before it goes off
>Mistakes may have been made. Try and make contact with the beast through telepathy, maybe it'll let you go if you promise not to kill it.
>>5822333Negotiate give high demands then negotiate demands for what we really want.
>>5822038>Try to stick our explosives to the pearls and run to the ship.I'm not sure if contacting something that is obviously in pain is a good idea. Same with shooting the damn thing without knowing if that would make it explode.
>>5822038>Mistakes may have been made. Try and make contact with the beast through telepathy, maybe it'll let you go if you promise not to kill it.NOW we got leverage. Let's give it a shot.If we still can't negotiate, THEN we'll slap the spicy play-doh on his ball.
>>5822427I don't know about you but I think it'd be way more effective negotiation if we at least rig the core up to blow and THEN do any kind of psychic shenanigans.Although personally, I'd rather just blow this fuckin monster to hell.
>>5822038>You need to end this now, before you start spitting out chunks of your own grey matter. Pull Princess out of the way and fire on that fucking pearl with your shotgun.THE FASTEST OPTION FIRE AT IT AAA FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE THE SLUGSalso don't aim at it perpendicular...
>>5822038>>Something that size, the KS-23 might not be enough. An armload of explosives will definitely do the job, though. You just need to escape before it goes off.
>>5822038>Mistakes may have been made. Try and make contact with the beast through telepathy, maybe it'll let you go if you promise not to kill it.Even if it's just a dumb animal, we can just blast it at full volume and see if that forces it to spit the ship out.
>>5822038>Mistakes may have been made. Try and make contact with the beast through telepathy, maybe it'll let you go if you promise not to kill it.Is this some sort of anti-wraith, then? Or perhaps wraiths are a poor imitation, while this is the genuine, natural article.
Roll me 1d100, best of 3.Low DC: 50High DC: 75
Rolled 84 (1d100)>>5823498
Rolled 26 (1d100)>>5823498Rollin'
Rolled 57 (1d100)>>5823498Watch those Risk rockets
Rolled 88 (1d100)>>5823498STOP THE COUNT STOP THE COUNTjoking... what option won? Don't expect me to count I can't
>>5823590Mistakes have been made I think.
>>5822038Alright, you're willing to admit when things have gotten slightly out of hand. You're not sure where or what or when, but it may be possible that a slight mistake or two has been made.But that's alright, you have options.First option is shooting at the pearl. Maybe it would work, maybe it wouldn't. Maybe all that dark matter would leak out and poison the shit out of you, who can say.Second option, you fight your way over to the explosives crate, set a timed detonator and hope like hell that you can make it back to the ship before it goes off.Those are options. Those are definitely options. But you also have a third option, and one which might maybe possibly not result in immediate, horrific death via cranial explosion. Perhaps.It's not exactly hard to direct your will since you are literally inside of the creature you're trying to communicate with, and so you do.You focus as best you can despite feeling like you're biting down on the handle of a push-mower and think to the space monster.["Hey!"] You shout.Nothing much in response. If anything, the shaking is getting worse.["I said hey! Calm the fuck down for a second!"]Again, your thoughts only seem to irritate the beast. Maybe it's less intelligent than you thought.["SHUT UP, GODDAMNIT! I'M IN YOUR HEART, I SWEAR I WILL FUCKING KILL YOU!"] You shout, as loudly as you can think.A second or two passes, and, to your shock, the vibrations actually begin to subside.The failing stops almost entirely as well.["Christ, finally."]You feel a blob of blood pooling in your nose. Whether it's from the vibrations or from overdoing it with the telepathy, you can't tell.But at least you aren't shaking, or being shaken around anymore. Your vision slowly starts to clear, and you see Princess floating in front of you, also bleeding slightly from her nose and ears. She seems to be unconscious.Your connection to the beast is still active, and it can feel the rage building up inside you as you see your pet in that condition.You feel a slight twinge of fear in response, but the beast says nothing to you. It's waiting on you to say something.>Threaten it. Demand that it spit you and your ship out, or you'll blow that pearl to kingdom-fucking-come, even if it kills you.>Calm. Breathe in and out, slowly. Ask it calmly and nicely to release you, as one neighbor to another.>Just ask it why it's trying to eat you for now. Dumb as it sounds, maybe you can work something out.>Write-In?
>>5823910>Threaten it. Demand that it spit you and your ship out, or you'll blow that pearl to kingdom-fucking-come, even if it kills you.
>>5823910>Threaten it. Demand that it spit you and your ship out, or you'll blow that pearl to kingdom-fucking-come, even if it kills you.We are not foodWe need to make clear that he can die at any moment and the only way out is to get away from us.
>>5823910>Calm. Breathe in and out, slowly. Ask it calmly and nicely to release you, as one neighbor to another.Mistakes were made on both our parts. Let's talk (if possible), I'm sure the creature knows a few interesting things having been out here for so long (plus the fact it seems to feed on dark matter/energy in addition to normal matter, it may know of a natural source considering how rare it must be to encounter a ship out here).
>>5823910>Calm. Breathe in and out, slowly. Ask it calmly and nicely to release you, as one neighbor to another.
>Just ask it why it's trying to eat you for now. Dumb as it sounds, maybe you can work something out.NEW PET?!?!
>>5823910Alright, things are back under control. Your brains aren't coming out of your nose and you aren't being slammed around like a fuckin' paddle-ball, this is good.You still want to ruin this space monster's day, though. That shit hurt. It hurt you, it hurt your pet slyvern, it might have even done some damage to the crew back on the ship, you don't know.You're a strong believer that blood should be paid for with blood, but that's easier said than done at the moment.Gotta calm down. Just breathe in... and out. Take a few moments to relax.Cylia makes you do this a lot, and it does help.After taking a few moments, you feel your teeth start to unclench. Slightly.["Listen."] You growl. ["I'm a reasonable guy, so i'm going to assume that you didn't mean to eat us. Now, that being the case, would you mind spitting us out?"]...Illia told you once that telepathy transcends language, so it should be possible for different species, or even animals to understand you. However, this is taking a while.There's a delay of a good half minute before you get a response.And when you do, it's very slow and drawn out.["...Starvation. Travel... long... void."] Is it's reply.["Yes, i'm sure you're very hungry. The problem is, you're eating my ship. If i let you do that, i'm going to die. Do you understand?"]["Death... slow. Painful... sleep, eternal."]["....Yeah, sure. And that's why i'd like to avoid it. Do you understand? Yes, no? Hello?"]["Understand. Poison... dangerous. Spit."]Yeah, you're not entirely sure it understands you properly. But from the sound of it, it's going to spit you out regardless.["Yeah, dangerous poison. Very dangerous. You should spit us out right now. ...Actually, wait for me to get back to my ship first."]["Waiting."] It replies.Great, you guess.Naturally though, you don't trust the fucking thing.It doesn't take long to haul over all the explosive bricks in your crate, after which you use a bit of putty to attach them directly to the pearl.Princess ends up waking up after a minute or two, and is shaking off what is likely a concussion by the time you get back with the first armload.Once it's all in place you mound it over with more putty. Thick, grey stuff full of lead to give it mass. Creates something for the explosives to push against.It would be so easy. So fucking easy to just jam one of these detonators in here, crank it up and waltz out.And besides, this thing could be lying to you. You don't know if it has the capacity to lie, but it could be.Nothing's stopping you, really. You'd have half an hour max to get the fuck out once it's ticking.>If it's letting you leave, then just go. You're not going to kill this thing for... technically just trying to defend itself.>Nobody's holding you back right now. The only good space monster is a dead one, so fuck this thing.>Write-In?
>>5824724>>If it's letting you leave, then just go. You're not going to kill this thing for... technically just trying to defend itself.
>>5824724>If it's letting you leave, then just go. You're not going to kill this thing for... technically just trying to defend itself.>Wire up the explosives before you leave though. If this fucker eats another vessel, they'll at least have a shot at revenge if they can make their way to the pearl.
>>5824724>If it's letting you leave, then just go. You're not going to kill this thing for... technically just trying to defend itself.
We should also...dunno. keep tabs on this thing? A space whale thing that can EMP and eat ships sounds like a great deterrent against the federation. Wouldnt mind having 2-3 of them near xebric
>>5824751....should...should we point it in that direction right now?
>>5824724>fuck this thing
>>5824751What if we direct it towards the Wraith Planet? If it eats dark matter and exotic energy sources, then...well. It'll feast well there.And we can probably scour it for lost tech after it's cleared up.
>>5824724>If it's letting you leave, then just go. You're not going to kill this thing for... technically just trying to defend itself.>>5824751>>5824862>+Support these twoLets befriend the void Leviathan>>5824731lets not put explosives in it
>>5824724>If it's letting you leave, then just go. You're not going to kill this thing for... technically just trying to defend itself.Eh. Under better circumstances we could tame it.
>>5824862That is a perfect location to send it too.
>>5824724>>5824862>>5824751Seconded. If we have spare wraith corpses we can toss that in as a snack. No explosives on the pearl.I wonder how fast this beastie can move.
>>5824862This thing, and things like it, might be the reason Earth has been sheltered from the federation for so long. If we can be friendly with them we should try.
>>5824724>>5824862Support. "I know a place where you can just orbit and eat well."
>>5824724+1 for directing the leviathan to wraith world
>>5824724You pause for a moment as you think things over, and then stab the detonator down through the putty and into the pile of explosives underneath.You won't use it, but you're leaving this here just in case. If it ever comes down to it, you know where to go and what to do.Or if it eats someone else in the future, they'll at least have a chance in hell.The explosives... probably won't degrade, you think. Although you're inside this thing's body, it's still a freezing cold vacuum. They're essentially freeze dried.The detonator is analog, too. Mechanical in nature. It won't degrade over time, not in the vacuum of space, with nothing even touching it.Just in case though, you keep a couple of spare bricks and a detonator on your person. Who knows, you might need them.You turn to Princess after finishing up. She looks weak, and doesn't seem eager to try and follow you under her own power....It may just be your eyes playing tricks on you, but you swear it looks like she's lost weight, too.Either way, you grab her and hold her as tightly against your chest as you can while worming your way out of the space monster's stomach.Once you're out of the thickest section of fleshy strands, you see one of those damned squids pass right in front of you.It's impossible to see very far between your dim light and all the shit in your way, so it's entirely possible you'll run into one on accident.["Hey, can't you call off these squid things? I don't want to get attacked trying to make my way back."] You think to it....["Do not... understand."]Great, cool. Glad you waited like two whole minutes for that response.You guess it's either not aware or not in control of these things. No more than you're in control of your white blood cells, which makes sense.You just have to do your best to avoid the squids, the bubbles of gastric juice and everything else while carrying Princess and not being able to see and your suit is full of sweat and...Calm, calm down. Not worth getting pissed over. It takes a while, but you do eventually manage to make it back up the throat and to the sphincter from before. Fortunately the squids are blind, and only attack what they can feel.Unfortunately, it seems like the cleanup has been going well in your absence.You shine your light over the area and find that the squids are performing a patch-job on the hole princess dug, covering it over with some kind of white, sticky substance.If they cover that hole up, you're not getting through. It won't be long before they're done, either.>KS-23 time. Try to break through the ones around the hole and make a run back to your ship.>This is what you kept those bricks for. If you time it right, you can blow away the squids and any whatever they've got over that hole.>Maybe you can ask the space monster to just open wide for you. The hole was just bored through the sphincter, but the sphincter itself can open, too.>Write-In?
>>5825785>Maybe you can ask the space monster to just open wide for you. The hole was just bored through the sphincter, but the sphincter itself can open, too.
>>5825785>Maybe you can ask the space monster to just open wide for you. The hole was just bored through the sphincter, but the sphincter itself can open, too.If that fails, theres always the more FUN option
>>5825785>>Maybe you can ask the space monster to just open wide for you. The hole was just bored through the sphincter, but the sphincter itself can open, too.
>>5825785>>This is what you kept those bricks for. If you time it right, you can blow away the squids and any whatever they've got over that hole.Can you guys control your stomach and barf on command? No? ok?
>>5825785>>KS-23 time. Try to break through the ones around the hole and make a run back to your ship.I hate space void whales man.
I am half heartedly hoping that David loses a leg to this monster.
>>5825785>Maybe you can ask the space monster to just open wide for you. The hole was just bored through the sphincter, but the sphincter itself can open, too.No need to be uncivil here.
>>5825785Ask him to open up.
>>5825785It occurs to you that, reasonably, you could ask the damned thing to just open up for you.If you're lucky, maybe this sphincter is basically just it's throat, and it won't be a problem.["I'm at the back of your throat. Say 'Ahhh' for me."] You think to it.A minute or two passes, but eventually the sphincter starts to open up, revealing the massive scale of the thing for the first time.You immediately notice that one, the metal gear isn't where you left it, probably due to the creature's thrashing. Two, it seems to have powered back up, meaning power's no longer being drained...And three, last but not least, the creature's mouth is already open, but continues to slowly open even wider.You get the feeling that it may not even know what exactly it swallowed, or how big it is.The sphincter's opening throws the squids in the area into an absolute shitfit, but thankfully the opening is wide enough that you have no trouble at all avoiding them.After making your way past, it's no trouble finding the dimly-lit Metal Gear against the dark backdrop of the night sky, and the black-as-a-void backdrop of the creature's oil-coated mouth.A short flight to the ship later, you make it to the airlock with about 15% of your gas to spare. If you hadn't taken your time and simply glided along slowly in places, you might have been out by now.The airlock's autocycle starts up as soon as you reach it, and you see one of the ship's hull cams focused on you. SHODAN must be awake and active.The ship's gravity is back online as well, and you immediately feel the weight as soon as you step into it. After being weightless for an hour or two, you always feel like you weigh a million pounds.You're almost glad to feel it though, until you remember the unholy mess that gets created every time the gravity goes out. Shit starts floating around, goes everywhere, then it all falls when it comes back on..."Christ, what a pain in the ass." You grumble, unlocking your helmet after repressurization is complete.You let out a big, heaving sigh and take in some fresh air. Your helmet is soaked in sweat that's condensed and started beading up on the glass. This suit is like a sauna without any cooling.A vacuum is cold, yes, but it's also a great insulator. There's no air or anything else to conduct heat away from you, so it can build up quickly and easily.["David. You are alive."] SHODAN states over the intercom."Very astute observation." You sigh, struggling to shimmy out of your sweat-soaked suit.["When i could not read your vitals inside or outside of the ship, i presumed the worst."] She explains."Had to use the analog suit, as you can see. Go ahead and hit the thrusters once they warm up. I managed to negotiate our exit, but i'd rather be out of here sooner than later. Just in case it changes it's mind."["You negotiated? With whom?"]"The fuckin' space monster, who else?"
Let nobody say that David is not a downright reasonable individual.
>>5827272Damn near blow out this thing's tonsil stones.
David is just "that guy" huh?
>>5827272>"The fuckin' space monster, who else?">["David, where the fuck are we?"]
>>5827272Shodan better not give us sass when we explain we played nice with psychic spaceship eating monsters.
>>5827272You give SHODAN a brief rundown of what exactly happened while carrying Princess to the medbay.Turns out, she has in fact lost a significant amount of weight. You can really tell it when you have to pick her fat ass up.You're starting to wonder how much of her "fat" is actually just excess venom and oxidizer buildup. She never has to hunt her own meals or anything, so...Once in the medbay, you place her on the medical table to take a look at her.At the same time, you notice that the cryo-pods have restarted their thawing cycle, and the rest of the crew will be awake shortly.You can't do anything about them until the cycle is done though, so for now you check on Princess' injuries.Starting by roughly cleaning that oily shit off of her with a rag, you disinfect the area and then go poking around a little bit.Her scales are cracked where one of those tentacles whipped her in the side. The sharp, broken fragments were forced inwards and cut her skin underneath just a bit.It's not too bad, but she'll be sore for a while.You pick out a couple of scale shards that were stuck in her skin like glass, then further disinfect it with your own homebrew iodine spray.Grandma and the local farmers both used to swear by the stuff, and in your experience it works pretty well. Lasts a while, too.In lieu of some fabric bandage that she's just going to wear through by tomorrow, you spray on a quick-drying polymer coat. What you've taken to using as a replacement for superglue.It's tough but remains flexible, and seals the wound against dirt and bacteria until the skin (or scales in this case) flake off some time later.Princess exhales roughly through her nose as you give her some pats for being a good girl.You'll have to make her a meal with some real dodo meat later. She's earned it.By the time you finish up with her, the rest of the crew is just coming out of cryo.Naturally, every last one of them is sick from it. Nausea, disorientation, headache, the works.You've felt it yourself, and it's like a bad hangover combined with a stomach virus. Not fun."D-David? Urgh. Are we there?" Cylia asks, unaware of what happened.They were supposed to be unfrozen when you reached your destination, so you'll have to clear things up."I don't think so, girl." Sanig replies, thumping at his stomach with a closed fist. He seems to be handling the sickness much better than the others."Sorry, there was a little incident." You explain. "But i'm glad to see you guys are alright. Almost made me worried there for a moment."Worry immediately washes over the crew's faces as you say that.Yeah, if it made you worried, in their eyes it's probably a massive fucking disaster."Don't worry, i took care of it. No harm, no foul." You add.Cylia and Kyla shoot you a disbelieving look, while Sanig just walks out of the room grumbling about needing a smoke.You don't think you've seen anyone smoke anything since you got into space, though...
Sanig is gonna go crazy for those death world drugs back home, fuck I doubt he could handle a Marlboro
>>5828485If we're gonna expose our crew to tobacco, I wanna take them to Japan. The quality of tobacco available to the consumer there kicks the shit out of almost everywhere else.
>>5828561Japan. Strong cigs, weak beer.
>>5828791>America-GunsFor semi-autos and aftermarket parts and accessories, sure.If you want full auto out the ass though, you want to go to the middle east and start throwing cash around.
>>5827931Once gain, you go over everything that had happened, from the moment of the interdiction onwards. This time to your whole crew, in more detail.Sanig doesn't join you until near the end, and he's high as shit when he does, so you doubt he's paying attention."So SHODAN, how much power did we lose?" You ask.["Twenty-one percent of our current antimatter reserve, Captain."]"Oh, that's just great, kid. Don't suppose you could ask it to give that back, huh?" Sanig says."Don't think so, gramps. Dark matter, dark energy... maybe. Might have to get a little violent to get it out. But antimatter? No.""Are we going to be alright?" Cylia asks, concerned."Yeah, yeah... twenty percent. Not great, not terrible." You grumble. "SHODAN, don't charge the laser caps back up just yet. We'll stop by the local star and use the blankets."["Are you certain, Captain? Our weapons systems will be offline until then."]"SHODAN, if some shit like this happens again i'll eat my fucking hat. We're fine, i promise."["Very well, Captain. Ceasing recharge."]"Good, that'll save us about 10% right there. Hey, are we clear of this fuckin' thing's mouth yet?"["Yes, Captain. I have made some distance from the creature."]"You got a good look at it on the hull cams?"["Bringing it up now."]SHODAN has to bring the image up on a monitor since your holowatch battery is dead.You and the crew crowd around to see what it actually looks like, since you didn't get a good view while you were being swallowed.It's... not at all what you expected. The whole thing looks like a giant version of the squid-things you saw inside of it.Wait, wait, wait... what if those weren't basically just white blood cells?"Oh my god. We got attacked by baby space squids." You realize."And Princess mauled one. Hah!" Sanig laughs."Wait, where the mouth?" You wonder, noting that there's no opening around it's headcap.["The beak is located in the center of it's tentacle cluster, Captain. I believe it also serves as the creature's anus."] SHODAN informs you.You look over at princess on the operating table, who's covered in that black, oily substance.Then you look down at your own chest and arms, as you're covered in it from carrying her in there as well.Your right eye begins to twitch.["Captain?"]"David, are you alright? Why are you making that face?" Cylia asks.Kyla looks where you're looking, and starts to snort as she holds back her laugh.You quietly walk over to Princess and pick her back up. She seems slightly annoyed at the disturbance, but this is important."I'm taking a shower real quick."That's all you say before powerwalking out of the room and towards the bath.You were soaked in sweat anyways, it's fine. Really, it's fine, you would have needed a shower.Christ, at least it doesn't stink. Kind of just smells like metal.
Close Encounters of the Squid-Ass Kind, it seems.
ASS TO MOUTH DAVID YOU'VE WATCHED PORN RELATED TO ASS TO MOUTH AND SO HAVE I
>>5829144At least it doesn't eat any organics from what we can see, so honestly it's not all that disgusting as the most disgusting thing about feces is the putrefaction.Also, this beastie and Nena should totally meet!
David looking like he just bombed hiroshima and nagasaki
>>5829144["Wastewater analysis has determined the substance to be a mix of aluminum hydrate and numerous heavy metal compounds, including large quantities of silicon and sodium silicate."]"Cool, thanks. Any of it poisonous?"["I would avoid direct ingestion, but otherwise it appears relatively safe. For a human."]Good to know.You still spend quite a while scrubbing Princess' scales clean before rubbing yourself raw.It feels oily, but after you start scrubbing at it, it kind of turns tarry. There's little flakes of glitter in there, too. Probably actual metal particles.So it takes a while to get clean, but you feel better once you do. Once you're out, you put Princess down for a nap and head to the mess, where your crew is gathered. It's the only warm place on the ship, after all."So, i was thinking." You start."Oh, here we go." Sanig whines."Doing something stupid again?" Kyla asks."Oh no..." Cylia sighs."Oh, shut up. It's nothing huge." You snap back. "I was just thinking, maybe this giant fuckoff space squid could be useful somehow. Maybe.""How, exactly?" Sanig asks."...Man, i dunno. It's freakin' huge, isn't it? Swallowed the Metal Gear like a fly. It's capable of interdiction, and i bet it's tough too. Maybe it can even fight wraiths."Sanig scratches his chin while he thinks."Huh, maybe. But how do you plan on controlling that thing?" He asks."Well, it's hungry. We're in the void between stars, here. Dunno how long it's just been floating, but it must be a while. I'd bet it would do anything for food.""What are we supposed to feed something that big, though?" Kyla questions. "If it eats rocks that's one thing, but if it needs electricity... we can't afford it's diet."True. This thing would eat you out of house and home in an instant in that case, but you have an idea."Yeah, but we know a few places, don't we? If it needs dark matter and energy, it can go to that wraith world. If it needs electricity, rocks or metal, it can go to that overcharged nebula...""And then what?" Cylia wonders."Favor for a favor. We point out a lifetime supply of food, and it helps us... do whatever we need it to do. Eventually. In theory." You explain."...I mean, i guess it's not gonna hurt anything." Cylia decides."Never seen a squid like this, kid. Could be trouble, you know?" Sanig says, leaning back in his chair."Yeah gramps, maybe. But it could also be trouble for our enemies. I mean what are you gonna do, shoot a missile at it?"You'd probably need a nuke just to scratch it from the outside. Course, you know it's weakness, and there's a pile of high explosives stuck to it at the moment. But that's just you.Even if all it did was ram a bunch of enemy ships, the damage would be catastrophic. It could be a big boon, and you don't really see a reason not to help it out. Poor thing's starving, you know?
>>5830102>Point the squid in the right direction. If it can't warp, you'll bring some ships to help it along at a later date.>Nah, just leave it here to starve. You don't really know what this thing is in the first place, and it might be dangerous. Besides, it tried to eat you.>Just leave this on the back burner for now. You'll mark it's general location and hope you can find it later, if need be.>Write-In?
>>5830103>Point the squid in the right direction. If it can't warp, you'll bring some ships to help it along at a later date.
>>5830103>>Point the squid in the right direction. If it can't warp, you'll bring some ships to help it along at a later date.Point it to the core worlds.
>>5830103>>Point the squid in the right direction. If it can't warp, you'll bring some ships to help it along at a later date.Cant blame a lion for trying to eat you
>Point the squid in the right direction. If it can't warp, you'll bring some ships to help it along at a later date.
>>5830196Yeah, imagine you put a delicious chocolate malt ball in your mouth and then the bacteria on it complain and threaten to give you a heart attack.
>>5830231>laughs in the bacteria already present in my mouth immediately engaging in gang violence
>>5830103>Point the squid in the right direction. If it can't warp, you'll bring some ships to help it along at a later date.Anons let's go full stellaris
>>5830103>Point the squid in the right direction. If it can't warp, you'll bring some ships to help it along at a later date.I wonder if it has any friends...
>>5830776>I wonder if it has any friends...If the hostiles inside of it were any indication, it might just have some babies when it's not starving to death.
Man I hope 4chan posting keeps working. I wanted to make squid-ass jokes last post.>>5830102In that case lets point the squid to the nebula, it's the spot that will fuck with the Feds first as they were using it as a dumping ground for their criminal bounties and drone ships. It's possible that there's more loot to be had in there, but no point if we can't extract it.>Point the squid in the right direction. If it can't warp, you'll bring some ships to help it along at a later date.
>>5830103>Point the squid in the right direction. If it can't warp, you'll bring some ships to help it along at a later date.Space attack squid here we come. Plus, little guy must have been very hungry in order to eat the metal gear
>>5830103>Just leave this on the back burner for now. You'll mark it's general location and hope you can find it later, if need be.Talking to it more would be good to find out its relation to wraiths if any(predator or whatever) if we had time and David could handle it but that's probably a bad idea right now.
>>5830103After a little more talk with the crew, you decide to try and tame the beast, somehow.A good start would be giving it some food, or in this case directing it to verdant lands with a nice little watering hole.[I]["Hey, squid. Can you hear me?"][/i] You call out to it.[I]["This one... understands."][/i] It replies, slowly.[I]["You're starving, aren't you?"][/i] You ask.[I]["...Yes. Hunger."][/i][I]["If i help you, would you be willing to help me in the future?"][/i][I]["...Your desire?"][/i] It replies, vaguely. You get the feeling it's asking what you want.[I]["Devour ships for me. Crush them with your body. Pull them from the warp. In exchange, i will show you places full of food."][/i][I]["Yes."][/i] It replies, almost immediately. The first time it hasn't taken half a minute to respond, must not have taken much thought.[I]["That easy, huh? Alright. Can you warp? Are you... able to travel through higher dimensions? To move quickly?"][/i][I]["...It is tiresome."][/i]Yeah, if it's starving then it's probably too tired to do something like that. You may need to bring it some food first, but maybe it can move on it's own.[I]["Alright. I'll help you move, later. I have to go for now. Wait here, alright?"][/i][I]["...This one will sleep."][/i]Alright, good enough for you."SHODAN, load a dart into the main gun. It'll be easier to find it later if we've got a beacon."[I]["Very well, Captain."][/i]"Well, kid? What did the thing say?" Sanig asks."It'll wait here for us. It's too exhausted to warp, but it looks like it can do it on it's own. We'll have to drag some food over here for it later.""Really? An organic creature capable of warp travel? I'll believe it when i see it." Kyla huffs."Hey, anything's possible. You should have seen the pearl in that thing's stomach. More dark matter in there than we've ever used, i bet." You reply."Think it's worth anything?" Sanig asks."Hell, probably. If it doesn't break down after you yank it out, maybe it'd be a good storage device. But i'm not looking to hunt... probably endangered species." You tell him."So what now?" Cylia asks. "Do we just... continue on?""Yep." You say, patting her on the back."Uhm... well, David... i dunno. I'm kinda nervous about going back into cryosleep now. What if something else happens, and i never wake up?""Cyl, the chances of meeting literally anything else between here and our destination is so astronomically low that i can't even pretend it could happen. This was already a miracle and a half.""He's right, girl. Just run the numbers, you're more likely to get hit by lightning a couple hundred times in a day that randomly run into intelligent life out here." Sanig tells her."...But it already happened once." She counters.You and Sanig look between eachother and shrug at her."It was fate.""Shit happens, girl."Cylia sighs, relenting.She knows better than to try and reason any of this out.
>>5831259so we gonna have to feed it a moon or sth?
>>5831259Boy, i'm really fucking up my formatting lately, huh?Didn't even notice until just now.
>>5831259Your crew spends a few more hours piddling around before eventually going back into cryosleep to preserve energy.You have to spend some time reassuring Cylia that everything will be fine before she's reluctantly willing to go back in.Princess also falls into a deep slumber, but nothing's wrong with her. She seems to be resting and recovering.With that, you leave the giant squid behind, having left a marker in it's hide and marked down it's last known location.Things fall back into a lull after that. You spend a lot of time simply conversing with SHODAN, and drawing up blueprints for this or that.Space-ready guns, parts of the as-yet unfinished carrier. New types of plasteel composite, different designs for artificial muscle fiber and bone...You even work on improving your trusty Mk1 power armor a bit. Throwing ideas at the wall and seeing what sticks.Your ship is fast, but space is oh so vast. You spend over a week in the cold, dark confines of your ship, sleeping as much as possible to reduce oxygen consumption.SHODAN also spends a lot of time in a low-power state, and Lumi is left unplugged entirely.You end up seeing Lumi in your dreams quite a few times as a result. It feels like she's trying to reach out to you, in order to stave off her own loneliness.But finally, you end up reaching your first destination. Fourth planet from the sun, greenish-blue oceans, green and brown continents... but you can immediately tell, this isn't it. It's not earth."Damn, look at that." You mumble to yourself, wiping the frost off the inside of the cockpit glass for a better view.["I am detecting extremely high concentrations of oxygen, Captain. Approximately 34%."]"Higher than earth? What about carbon dioxide?"["Also extremely high, along with methane. No radio signals detected. No gravity waves. Insignificant dark matter and energy levels."]"So it's a planet that harbors life, technically..."["However, multicellular life is uncommon, if present."]Interesting. This planet may well be in the midst of it's own "boring billion" right now."What's the temperature and pressure like down there?" You ask.["Approximately 95F on average. The pressure is around 1.6 earth atmospheres. Gravity is 0.8G."]"Temp's that high?"["There is also quite a high water content. Much of the surface may be covered in a haze."]Sounds lovely.So, high pressure, high concentrations of oxygen. Besides oxygen poisoning, catching a spark wouldn't be a good idea.>You can afford to check out the surface, once you recharge the caps with the solar blanket. You've always wanted to step foot on a non-cursed alien world, even if it's a shithole.>No sense wasting time and dark matter with a landing. You have other locations to check out, and this place is empty.>Write-In?
>>5832784Mark the system in our logs for future exploration and keep moving.
>>5832784>You can afford to check out the surface, once you recharge the caps with the solar blanket. You've always wanted to step foot on a non-cursed alien world, even if it's a shithole.Lets leave our germs on this world.
>>5832784>>No sense wasting time and dark matter with a landing. You have other locations to check out, and this place is empty.Just like Earth before the dinosaurs. Rock on you wet sphere.
>>5832784>No sense wasting time and dark matter with a landing. You have other locations to check out, and this place is empty.If there are no interesting anomalies then just log the location and move on.
>>5832784>No sense wasting time and dark matter with a landing. You have other locations to check out, and this place is empty.Mark it down as "Brazil Prime" or something.
>>5832784Also uh...>Fourth planet from the sunYou forget something Cochrane?
>>5832810Ah, my mistake. Of course, i also live on earth, like the rest of you earthlings.Yeah, i'm missing more than a few hours of sleep.Been extremely busy this week, i'm just running on fumes.not gonna be done any time soon, either. kill me.
>>5832813Remember Cochrane, drink your school, stay in sleep, don’t do milk, and get eight hours of drugs.But for real, get your rest where you can.
>>5832784>>No sense wasting time and dark matter with a landing. You have other locations to check out, and this place is empty.
>>5832784>You can afford to check out the surface, once you recharge the caps with the solar blanket. You've always wanted to step foot on a non-cursed alien world, even if it's a shithole."One small step for man, one whole leap for mankind"
>>5832784>catching a spark wouldn't be a good idea.Does landing and taking off on a giant pillar of fire/plasma count as a spark?
>>5832784>No sense wasting time and dark matter with a landing. You have other locations to check out, and this place is empty. mark it for colonization and future terraforming and gtfo
>>5832784>No sense wasting time and dark matter with a landing. You have other locations to check out, and this place is empty.
>>5832784>>You can afford to check out the surface, once you recharge the caps with the solar blanket. You've always wanted to step foot on a non-cursed alien world, even if it's a shithole.
>>5832784>No sense wasting time and dark matter with a landing. You have other locations to check out, and this place is empty.Make a note of its location and move on, we've got a goodest boy to reunite with and introduce to our spess dragon/cat
>>5832784Yeah, it's pretty obvious that there's not much sense wasting time and resources checking out a planet like this.What are you going to see? Oceans of sludge and bare rock?Besides, there's no telling how going down there would upset the ecosystem, as simple as it is.You pretty regularly get scrubbed down by filtration systems, and the greys who kidnapped you seem to have killed basically all of the natural bacteria on and inside of your body when they picked you up.But the fact remains, you were able to grab a natural yeast culture from your skin. Now, was it yeast from earth, or some spaceborne variety? You can't honestly say for sure, but it's possible there's still some hardy lifeforms in or on you.So if you go down to that planet and start spreading them around everywhere, they could end up taking over and destroying whatever naturally occurring life is down there.In a more developed ecosystem it might not matter, other species would take up the slack and fill in any gaps, but it could end up collapsing everything on a primordial world like that.Course, a planet like that is ripe for colonizing too, so chances are that's gonna happen anyways. On a grand scale.Either way, you depart from the planet and instead park a little closer to the native star, then go on a quick spacewalk to unfold a big solar blanket from which you can easily recharge the ship's laser capacitors.Those caps also function as batteries during long trips like this, meaning a little solar recharge like this keeps you from burning extra antimatter.So for the next day and a half, you sit around waiting for your caps to charge.Since you have plenty of power during this time, you also turn all the lights back on, heat the ship up like a sauna and plug Lumi back in.It slows the charging down, sure, but having the ship nice and hot now will keep it comfortably warm for at least a few days after the fact.You also take the opportunity to cook yourself some fresh food. The dodos seem to be doing alright, since you installed a heat lamp in their cage... but they aren't laying any eggs right now. Just been too cold.After doing your cooking for the week, you take some time to print out a few prototypes from the blueprints you'd scribbled up. Stuff to tinker with while you're in transit.You also print a few more things, purely for entertainment. Some faux-paper books that you can physically flip through. Pencils and paper to write and sketch with and even a box of lego bricks, in case you're about to go genuinely insane.Then, one last thing. An afterthought really, but it's not a bad idea. You print out a copy of your old guitar, an Alvarez AD60. Nothing special or fancy, but you loved that old thing.It had been years since you last picked it up, even before you were abducted. It had been a long time since you felt like playing, but maybe now's a good time to pluck a few strings.It just brings back too many good memories, is all.
>>5833365>Kick back>Noodle on guitar>Try not to think about Lizzy>Think about Lizzy
>>5833715>Try not to think about shit for brains sheriff in hometown>Try not to think about doggo>Try not to think about all things David did in the middle east>Snuggle with SHODAN instead
>>5833365https://youtu.be/o9XfuWJ_iLUIt's been another few days since you last stopped.The ship is getting pretty cold again, so you've wrapped yourself up in a blanket, hiding away in the dimly lit mess hall while you slowly pluck away at your guitar.When you first left, you were more worried about how dangerous it was to be so far away from civilization. Nobody's gonna rescue you out here, after all.But now, with everything so quiet, and having been left alone for the most part the entire time, your thoughts turn to home. Everything you left behind on earth, and whether or not it's still waiting for you there.You don't know how long it's been exactly, but it's been a while. You're sure everyone must think you're dead by now.Your brothers might not care so much, but your mom and your sis, they're probably still grieving.Your friends, hell... they're probably wondering whether you just bugged out or not. They'll be surprised to see you, you'd bet, but not shocked.That's if you make it home, that is....["Captain. Three minutes."]"Alright."Setting your guitar aside, you shiver a little as you peel off your blanket and walk to the cockpit, wiping away the frost as you prepare to see what pops out.The ship shudders as it drops out of warp, and a warm, orange glow washes over your face."This... ain't earth, right?"A molten ball of rock, surrounded by a huge ring of debris, no moon in sight. You watch as asteroids rain down onto the surface endlessly. It's a perfect vision of hell if you've ever seen one."SHODAN?"She doesn't immediately respond, and you start to feel a sinking feeling in your stomach.["...Affirmative, Captain. A thorough scan of the local system indicates fewer than five massive bodies, in total. This is not the Sol system."]You let out a shaky sigh of relief as she finally replies, and slump down into the pilot's seat.Shit, that scared you. Who knows what the feds are capable of, you know? If somehow they'd gone straight for earth instead of just you... You cradle your hands in your head as you try to shake off that bad feeling you just had.["The data on this system is only two hundred and fifty seven years old, taken from telescope observations on a core world. It would seem that, at some time in the past fifty thousand years or so, this planet had suffered a catastrophic impact."]Right... speed of light and all that. What they saw was the past. This is the reality of the present.Damn shame. Apparently it was a pretty nice world at one point, lots of oxygen and water. Now look at it, nothing but fields of lava.If earth had been unlucky, it could have ended up like this, too.It still could, actually. Maybe nothing this extreme, not anymore... but it's always possible. One big rock is all it would take."Alright..." You sigh. "Let's recharge the caps and get out of here. There's nothing left in this place."
>>5834576Very sad hope next update is filled with better vibes.
>>5834576Rip i guess....
>>5834576It's been another five days. You ended up having to backtrack to reach the next nearest system.Picking your guitar back up was a bad idea after all. Once you started thinking about Liz, it put you in a bad place.There's only a couple of things that can really pull you out of a slump, and you don't have any beef ribs or a grill.So you've just been working out. Pretty much all day, every day. Set after set until you're exhausted, then you collapse on the cargo room floor until the cold sets in.You can't do any gravity training since it eats electricity, so instead you printed yourself an extra thick skinsuit and had SHODAN program it to constantly resist your movements.Normally the skinsuit uses that to regenerate it's own energy, but with this thing it's just resistance training.You've been alternating sprints and jogging on the treadmill for two hours now, and steam is just rolling off your body like a boiled chicken.["Captain, i should warn you that excessive exercise can result in the breakdown of muscle tissue, leading to organ failure."]"I'm fine." You huff, slowing down to a walk.["You are not fine. I believe that such extended isolation may be having negative effects on your psyche."]"...It's fine. Everything's fine, SHODAN."Grabbing your towel, you wipe down your face and start walking to the mess. Your legs feel like jelly, you're sore all over... but you feel good. Your body is in good shape.After making it to the mess, you pull a pouch of fruit-flavored nutrient paste out of the fridge and start sucking it back, then kill almost an entire two-liter of electrolyte solution.["You've stopped cooking for yourself as well, Captain. Don't you hate the texture of nutrient paste?"]"Yeah, i do. But it's well-balanced food, and look." You point your watch at the packet, showing it to SHODAN. "It's mung fruit flavored."["I am worried about you."]"Chill out, mom. I told you, i'm fine. Just in a little slump, that's all. Working your ass off is just how humans cope."["Are you certain? Your mental health is critical to the survival of your crew, and the success of this mission."]"I've been through worse, SHODAN. Way worse. Didn't snap then, and i'm not gonna snap now. You know me, i'm made of tougher stuff."["Very well, Captain. I will trust in your mental fortitude. However, i will also continue monitoring your condition. Furthermore, please consider resting for the next day. We will arrive at the third location tomorrow."]"Alright, alright." You smack both of your cheeks and shake off whatever nasty feelings you had left inside of you. "Gettin' my shit together right now. Let's go."...Day six of transit. You spent all day today resting and recovering, getting ready for whatever's next.You're finally almost there. Another couple minutes and you're gonna drop out of warp, the shutters will open and... who knows.Maybe you'll be home.
Man vs. himself. That lonliest and most important of battles.
>>5836009Hope he hits jackpot, guy needs it
>>5836009We need princess to comfort us.
>>5836156Shodan needs to administer emergency hugs and sex.
>>5836451Sex really doesn't help feelings of isolation. David's homesick, not lonely. It's hard to be the only person like you in any given place. Humans aren't built for it.
>>5836660>>5836451Even in the cavemen days we were social creatures. We can and have been without contact with others, but its not health.
>>5836019and david isn't really winning so far
>>5836009You feel the ship shudder slightly as it drops out of warp, and the shutters quickly raise to reveal... nothing.Wait, what?"Did... Did ya miss?"["Likely so, Captain. This star system is quite far out, and is obscured by large quantities of dust and gas from the core worlds. However, i believe we are close."]"Alright." You sigh, dropping down into the pilot's seat. Thankfully SHODAN has pre-warmed it for you.A quick scan later, SHODAN locates every major planetary body in the system. The number seems to line up with what you know.So you drop into supercruise and start making your way towards what should be earth. You're out past the asteroid belt right now, so it'll take around five minutes at a modest pace.["Captain, have you decided how we should go about this yet?"]"Still thinking on it."["Now would be a good time to decide."]Yeah, see, here's the thing. Last time the Metal Gear went to earth, it got fucking nuked.You have a big fat radar signature and no optical cloaking. Only your drive signature is invisible, which don't count for much because they ain't lookin' for it anyways.Now of course, you know they had to actually reach the ground for them to have abducted you. Your memories of all that are a little fuzzy, but that much is certainly true.So who knows how long they were dicking around for down there, or at what altitude... long enough to get noticed, that's for sure.And then when they took off, they would have used supercruise to get out of the atmosphere, meaning they'd have shot off at insane speeds from an outside perspective.To someone looking at the radar, that could have looked like a missile. Or maybe they knew it was fuckin' space aliens, who knows. There was a lot of shit that you "didn't need to know" for your job.Either way, it was after they took you up and sat around like fucking retards that they got nuked.Now, you know what to look out for and don't plan on sitting around if there's a missile coming at you, but you'd prefer if no more got launched at all.What happened back then probably caused a massive political shitshow and increased tensions worldwide. Not a pretty picture.So you have a few options. >Don't go down to earth immediately, just hide behind the moon and hack into some comm sats, see what you can do from there. Gather info, maybe shut down some shit, who knows.>Do your best to mimic a shooting star falling to earth, and then just lay low. If you "fall" in the middle of nowhere and fly close to the ground, probably nobody's gonna notice.>Fuck it, we ball. Act like a goddamned UFO, and maybe it'll cover your ass better than trying to hide. Nobody will believe it's real even if someone records footage of it.>Write-In?
>>5837169>>Don't go down to earth immediately, just hide behind the moon and hack into some comm sats, see what you can do from there. Gather info, maybe shut down some shit, who knows.
I cant believe we are so close now after everything we have been throughits been a long time since we talked about nuking china back
>>5837169>Don't go down to earth immediately, just hide behind the moon and hack into some comm sats, see what you can do from there. Gather info, maybe shut down some shit, who knows.can't wait for us to find the Nazi moon base.
>>5837169>Don't go down to earth immediately, just hide behind the moon and hack into some comm sats, see what you can do from there. Gather info, maybe shut down some shit, who knows.
>>5837188Nuking China is actually a good idea to show the world we have no ill intentions towards Earth
>>5837188I don't think we should nuke them, but I do want to demonstrate to them (and the rest of the world) that we totally could have and would have been in the right to do so.
>>5837307We could use our AIs to show the world the crimes of the CCP and what companies turned a blind eye or actively encouraged such behaviors. Then we systematically dismantle the Chinese economy so a more stable (Less able to contest America) foundation can be built.
>>5837399The media would cover it up again and public apathy would set in.
>>5837410we can control the 'Media' easily we have the power to completely control the news cycle now.
>>5837169I think it would be funny to land in Roswell and ask where the aliens are at.
>>5837481>aayyyyyy where the grey bitches at?
>>5837399I'm all for this, but only if we hit everybody doing some fuck shit at once.I'm talking EVERYBODY, big or small, close to home or far abroad. Everybody.
>>5837410We can subvert the "Media" in seconds and they couldnt stop it.
>>5837169>Don't go down to earth immediately, just hide behind the moon and hack into some comm sats, see what you can do from there. Gather info, maybe shut down some shit, who knows.Maybe hack the internet and order some stuff from Menards.
>>5837169"Let's try and stay out of the limelight for now. Humanity as a whole is constantly staring up into space, looking for any signs of life... except for one spot, actually."["The sun?"] SHODAN guesses."Right. Not good for your eyes, not good for your very expensive telescope. Keep the sun not quit directly behind us and we'll be a lot closer to invisible."["Planet is in sight, Captain. Early readings suggest an oxygen concentration of 21%."]Hoo, it's Earth. You're sure of it now.["Shall we make a landing, Captain?"]"No, not yet. Do you have eyes on the moon?"["Yes, Captain. There is an excessively large orbiting body nearby."]"Yeah, that's her. Alright. Get fairly close, and then slip behind the moon. We're gonna sit there for a while and try some shit."["Very well, Captain."]As planned, on approach to Earth, SHODAN keeps your ship positioned such that any telescopes would likely be avoiding your little patch of sky.Then, as soon as you're close enough, you zip behind the moon and kill the supercruise. If anything caught you, it would barely even register as a blip.It was just for a second, but you caught sight of a little blue ball zipping across the sky as you did so.Now sitting on the far side of the moon, you're sure of it. Really, really sure.Compared to the front, it's really not that interesting. Barely a scratch on it, no huge lava fields or anything... but that's her. That's Luna.Seeing that, you stop thinking for a while. You lean forwards onto the instrument panel and just stare out at it for a while."Damn. We're really here, huh? So close to home..."["But not quite there."] SHODAN finishes your thought."Yeah. Alright, let's slip around the edge, see if you can pick up some radio signals. Shouldn't take you long."["Understood."]SHODAN pulls the ship round, until the edge of the moon is no longer completely blocking the myriad of signals earth is constantly blasting out into space.Once she's able to pick some up, it doesn't take her long to figure out how to decode them. And less than ten minutes later, she's got access to the internet by hijacking a starlink satellite.The connection was only one way, but she was able to use that to point a more powerful dish at the moon and make a full and proper connection.["We are connected, Captain. What now?"]>Check some news sites. I want to know what's happened on earth since i got abducted.>Look for information on me specifically. Public records, obituaries, anything you can find.>Maybe it's best if you just... familiarize yourself with the web, first. What you've seen in my memories is just the tip of the iceburg.>Write-In?
>>5837879>Look for information on me specifically. Public records, obituaries, anything you can find.>Try to steer clear of Department of Defense and Alphabet Agency databases though. At least until you're familiarized with human cyber security suites. I don't wanna risk tipping the feds off just yet.
>>5837879>Maybe it's best if you just... familiarize yourself with the web, first. What you've seen in my memories is just the tip of the iceburg.
>>5837879>Look for information on me specifically. Public records, obituaries, anything you can find.>look for information about any bright flashes or auroras around the time i was abductedthat should give us some idea of how the local feds tried to cover up the nuke
>>5837879>Look for information on me specifically. Public records, obituaries, anything you can find.going intergalactic shitposter will come later this shit is important
>>5837879>Look for information on me specifically. Public records, obituaries, anything you can find.News sites are just government propaganda. If we want real "news" we'll need to check what the alphabet soups and all the various government has. If we want to real good shit we'll likely have to dig through filing cabinets.Let's start looking into how people around us are doing first. Also, do we really want SHODAN to dip into the wider cesspool of the internet?
>>5837911>Also, do we really want SHODAN to dip into the wider cesspool of the internet?as if she hasn't already dipped her toes into the wider cesspool of the galaxy's internet, or david's mind. i don't think she'll find something particularly noteworthy
>>5837879>figure out exactly who owned the sat dish we suddenly reoriented to get ourselves internet >wake up the crew>check the news
Wake up crew. make them think the moon is our home world.
>>5837979I don't think we can build enough settlements fast enough for that joke. Unless there's a Nazi moonbase we can park next to.Cochrane please tell me there aren't Nazis on the moon.
>>5837879Find out what the date is and how much time has passed.Get a copy of Wikipedia, and any other knowledge bases she can find. We've been eyeballing everything from memory, now we can have accurate information. If I remember correctly, all of our fabricator tech requires an organic to be the medium between it and the AI right?If so, we need to find some open source 3d printing/CNC software, along with whatever schematics we'd need. Maybe unrestricted AI construction in general is dangerous, but SHODAN's our girl. Automated mining and construction yards directly under her control are going to be a must for uplifting humanities space infrastructure ASAP
>>5837993Wikipedia, for as valuable of a resource as it is, also isn't ideal for automated data scraping.Trying to figure out what specific data is relevant to our interests is sifting accordingly is gonna be a huge issue.Then there's also the fact that Wikipedia articles are written as general summaries most of the time rather than exhaustive repositories on their given subjects.I imagine SHODAN's gonna have to pull from other digital repositories as well, only increasing the time to collect and sort that info further.And that's just public databases. Who knows how much data is living on secure government servers?If this is all something that can be handled by a background process, it shouldn't be a huge issue. But that's a pretty big "if" if you ask me.
>>583799564 zettabytes is the total sum of humanity's data as stored on the internet, at least in 2020.That's 64,000,000 Petabytes, which is one step up from a Terabyte.Now, that might seem like a lot, but considering just how insane Shodan's processing power is to be capable of what she is...I think she can manage it in a reasonable timeframe.Sit tight for a week and she'll sort it all out.Especially since she'll probably flag obviously useless data and not bother with it. Same for redundant data.
>>5837995Honestly you just break into those websites that hold medical and scientific journals, surveys, and treatises. You can find something as weird as the mating habits of snails specifically during a full moon in monsoon season all the way up to theoretical quantum entanglement between brains. Very nutty. And it encapsulates all aspects. There's always someone publishing their notes on how to make a better kind of steel or how they disproved some held-to theory.To say nothing of proprietary of classified documents that are increasingly becoming digitized in the modern age. Yeah, it's open season.
>>5837995Agreed. Anything that can be found on Wikipedia is likely useless to a galactic civilization at large. If you want useful information go straight for government repositories, they'll have backups upon backups of anything worth knowing, bar the random shit some savant cooked up on his air-gapped toaster out in the woods and the super spooky shit that's only on physical media.The problem is access and throughput; how do you get to the data, and once you get to it, how not to spend weeks to months copying said data.Actually, we could set up a remote server, strap an VI to a memory cube, and slowly leach out the data out over months while we ourselves fuck off to do something else. Far less noticeable. That's not why we're here though; we're here to recruit some bad dudes to help us deal with some pretty immediate problems. I take it we're not planning on leaving Xebric to fend for itself while we tkae months/years to hammer Earth into something to our liking?
>>5838012>If you want useful information go straight for government repositoriesDon't forget corporate servers for tech and other RnD companies as well. Anybody affiliated with DARPA is a gold mine really.
>>5837995That's fair as far as wiki goes, a lot of it is biased from authors or wrong just because of our tech level. But that's not really the problem I'm hoping to solve.SHODAN's been having to create, write, and reinvent everything we know or want from scratch. It'll be a jumping point for her use. Other knowledge bases are where the real meat is at. Medical journals, manufacturing companies, our entire computer science field, etc.We want to get all the solutions mankind's already figured out, and all the ideas about what is theoretically possible. As >>5837997 said, our digital footprint is actually quite small. And a lot of it is literally designed to be easily accessed>>5838012The entirety of Wikipedia can be downloaded in a little over a day, just leave it running in the background. For everything else, do we even have a bandwidth limit on our end? At least as far as humanities incoming internet data goes. Just download what we can in parallel.If it's at all possible we should leave behind a com buoy. Having up to date media would be a hell of a moral boost for all the humans too, and solve any potential time issue.
>>5837879>Check some news sites. I want to know what's happened on earth since i got abducted.>Look for information on me specifically. Public records, obituaries, anything you can find.
>>5837993Fabricators are actually kind of dumb besides the encryption. They'll execute commands and read blueprints without caring who or what initiated the print.So no, they do not require an organic hand to function. In fact, almost all of your 3D models and blueprints have been drawn up by SHODAN, because she can do so quickly and easily.
>>5837879"For now, i want you to look for any info you can find about me in particular. Public records, obituaries, news articles... whatever you can find."["This may take a moment, Captain. Signal strength is low, and latency is significant at this distance."]"That's fine. I need to go wake the crew anyways."You peel your eyes away from the moon and head back to the medbay.Your hands are shaking. You're not sure why, because you feel fine. Maybe a little lightheaded.You're home. Damn it, for real.You really are home....The thawing process goes smoothly. Everyone stumbles out of their pods, except for Sanig who seems none too bothered.You kinda want to ask him about that."...Say, old man. Why don't you get all fucked up by the cryopod like everyone else?""Cause i was built for it, kid. Hell, we practically slept in these things back in the day. Naturally, we coded resilience against cryo-sickness into our DNA as a result."Sanig stretches his arms out over his head and pops his neck."Good for you..." Kyla groans, looking like she's going to puke."P-Please don't, i'll have to clean it up..." Gildur asks her, his voice barely above a whisper.Seems like he's not feeling great either.Yeah, they barely had time to get over it last time before hopping right back in. It'd be more surprising if they didn't hurl....Almost on cue, you see Kyla starting to throw up in her mouth. She pushes past you and runs off towards the bathroom."Well uh... anyways, i'd like to let you all know that we're here." You announce"We made it?" Cylia asks."Yeah. We're hiding behind the moon for the moment, while SHODAN does some snooping on the web."["Captain."]"Ah, speak of the devil. What's up, SHODAN? Find anything?"["Yes, Captain. You were reported missing in late 2019, and after an extensive search, presumed dead."]"That... reminds me. What year is it, exactly? I have no idea how long i've been gone."["The current date on Earth is November 21st, 2023."]What?"No fuckin' way. No way it's been that long."["I have checked multiple sources, including NTP and several online atomic clock services."]Okay, okay. Calm down.How many birthdays did Kyla and Cylia have?Shit, it might have been a few...There's no way though. Did the days pass that quickly? Fuck, man."...Oh my god." You blurt out, suddenly realizing something. "I'm forty two years old."Your world is crashing down around you. You're old. You're an old man and you're about to die.You saw a grey hair in your beard last month. You plucked it out and pretended it didn't exist, but you fucking saw it.No, at 42 it's odd that you don't have a bunch of grey hairs already."David... you alright?" Cylia asks, patting you on the back.You realize you've been staring through her for over a minute already."Uh... yeah, yeah... fine. I'm fine, everything's... fine."What was Cyl's lifespan again? 170 or something insane like that?
>>5837879>Go to 4chan.org, make a greentext of our adventures and ask anons what has happened while we were gone
>>5838374Damn does that means David missed Covid entirely. I wonder what his read on it will be and if he will blame it on the aliens.
>>5838430it will make him hate the feds and jews even more
>>5838378Post pic with timestamp with the crew on /x/
>>5838378>inb4 the moon's IP address is banned
>>5838545that's why you gotta use the ISS's IP
>Download the thingyverse>Download Infogalactic>Download firearms manuals>Download any manufacturing machine blueprints>Start checking out the most rural public access broadcast tv stuff from the US
>>5838762>browse the warthunder forums
>>5838763>find specs for the very space ship we're on>the government is fuming
>>5838374We know in character that the ship got nuked, I think it'd be common sense to search for news about nukes getting launched at a UFO around the time we got abducted and see what the fallout (literal and figurative) was from that.
>>5838430Covid was actually fucking great for me personally. I got free money from the government for almost two years, comfiest time of my life.
>>5838374After grappling with the fact that you're crumbling to dust in real time for a while, you pull it together and start thinking about things.Everyone on earth does in fact think you're dead.Not only that, but it's somehow been around four years since you were abducted.You're real curious about what's happened back home since you've been gone.You don't just launch a nuke into space without anyone noticing, so that probably stirred up a whole heap of shit.But the internet is still up and running like it ever was, which means nuclear armageddon didn't occur this time round either....You have kind of a dumb idea."Hey, SHODAN?"["Yes, Captain?"]"I know you're busy downloading shit right now, but what would it take for you to get a fork of firefox running on one of these terminals?"["...Approximately ten minutes."]"That long?"["I am learning to code as we speak, Captain. There are numerous languages, each one full of odd contractions and lacking in one feature or another, or full of vulnerabilities."]"Wait till you get to HolyC. That was literally written by a schizophrenic."["Captain. Are you implying that TempleOS is real? I had assumed all of that was something you had dreamed up."]"Oh, no. Terry David was real. He was real and he was fuckin' nuts, but that's why we loved him."["That is somewhat disturbing. I also see that TempleOS is available for download."]"Yeah, don't."["...Your web browser will be available shortly."]...SHODAN is silent for the next ten or so minutes until she shits out a spacertech-friendly version of the latest firefox iteration.It loads up basically instantly on one of the terminals in the cargo bay, and your only real complaint is that you're stuck using a touchscreen.SHODAN remains oddly quiet after that, but there's honestly no telling what she's looking at or going through right now. Best to just leave her be.Huh, dark mode by default. Even came with ublock origin pre-installed.Thanks, SHODAN.Now, as for your dumb idea...[Sup, /b/. To make a long story short, i got abducted in 2019 and just got back. Did i miss anything while i was gone?][gay and saged][>help me ayylmao-chan, i'm stuck!][How big was the anal probe?]...Yeah, that was about what you expected.If you want actual interaction from these retards, you'll need a little something more.>Post a picture of Sanig. That'll at least get the conversation started, albeit with some argumentation.>Just post a picture of the inside of the ship, maybe the medbay. That might spark some genuine interest.>Ignore them and try to get some serious responses. Larp it up as best you can.>Write-In?
>>5839223>Go take a Pic of Cylia and Kyla wearing one of your shirts>Lmao, the bad bitches I picked up with my BHC, tell me what I missed and I'll post moreWhen in doubt, thirst trap.Plus Shoddan must be seeing so much porn right now. And Jews.
Hey Faggots,My name is David, and I hate every single one of you. All of you are fat, retarded, no-lifes who spend every second of their day looking at stupid ass pictures. You are everything bad in the world. Honestly, have any of you ever gotten any pussy? I mean, I guess it's fun making fun of people because of your own insecurities, but you all take to a whole new level. This is even worse than fucking some living fleshlight.Don't be a stranger. Just hit me with your best shot. I'm pretty much perfect. I am the captain of the Metal Gear, and starter on my own spacestation. What warcrimes do you commit, other than "jack off to naked drawn Japanese people"? I also get straight A's, and have a banging hot catgirl girlfriend (She just blew me; Shit was SO cash). You are all faggots who should just kill yourselves. Thanks for listening.Pic Related: It's me and my bitch
>>5839223>Just post a picture of the inside of the ship, maybe the medbay. That might spark some genuine interest.>Make sure to include Princess in the background
>>5839282Also have Sanig’s hand in frame holding a time stamp
>Just post a picture of the inside of the ship, maybe the medbay. That might spark some genuine interest.
>>5839277Supporting, no need to dox our crew members just yet.
>>5839223>Write-In?>post a video of you fucking cylia
>>5839223>Write-In?Take a video of the Earth with a timestamp, and post it.
>>5839277Has to be shitpost styled. Only way they know we're also an autist.Also /b/ is probably the worst place to do this. Might be better to hit... maybe /x/? But that hasn't been quality in a long while. /int/?
>>5839460/out/ just for shits and giggles
>>5839466Technically it is outside. Far out side even.
>>5839468the outsidiest anyone has been, even.
>>5839277>>5839363Actually I have an addendum. David's feet need to be in the shot for no reason, as is tradition.
>>5839460/b/ is the most worthless shithole it's ever been in current year which is why I mentioned /x/ cause at least it's on topic for the board and you know, someone who isn't gooning and being a genuine lowlife might see it.Anons suggestion of /out/ is also quite valid, as may be posting a pic of Princess on /an/ and confusing the hell out of everyone Also>finally make it to home planet after 4 years of everyone thinking you're dead>immediately begin shitposting from orbit>mfwYeah he's one of us
>>5839223>Ignore them and try to get some serious responses. Larp it up as best you can.
>>5839479+1 for feet in the shot plz.
>All the posters immediately complaining our posts are AI-slop.
>>5839756That's when we break out the videos of Princess snatching fried dodo giblets out of the air while Gildur's doing some cringe dance, pic related.
>>5839847>Gildur's doing some cringe dance, pic related.>embarrassed the an entire race in a first contact scenario>on our slave indentured ship worker no lesshow about lets not do that since were making history hereeither show petting princess with date or immediately bust out cupping Clyia in the cheek or camera for bragging rights and advertisementmaybe do the latter one later but fake or not im not leaving until David here personally sets the site on fire with history
>>5839891If we're gonna be making history, we might as well record a short clip of Sanig and Dave taking hits off of some kind space bong.
>>5839223Pics or it didn't happen. Of course, that's a universal rule.Alright, you can do that much. Not like anyone can prove anything.You quickly snap a few photos of the medbay with your holopad, including a timestamp written on your middle finger.Then you get an idea.Animals. Anons love animals, so why not include Princess in this?You grab some giblet jerky from the mess, Princess' favorite treat, and call her into the medbay where you take a few more photos, followed by a video of you tossing the treats to her. She catches them all without fail, and you give her some nice pats and scritches. Her wounds have already healed, but the new scales are still growing in.She lost a lot of weight after getting out, using her venom and so-on, but she's still chubby. At least her belly isn't dragging along the floor anymore.Oh well. With those pictures taken, you upload a couple of them along with a few stories from your travels.You talk about how you got abducted, how you met Cylia and some of your bounty hunting runs.The responses, again, are about what you'd expect.[lmao, which model did you use to generate those?][where can i get my own space catgirl waifu? do you deliver?][nice feet, post moar?]Yeah, that's not really getting anywhere./b/ is worse than you remember. Maybe you'd be better off on /x/.Swapping boards, you make a new thread and start posting there.[Alright, anons. Let's say i got abducted by aliens a few years ago and just got back. Would any of you be interested in some pictures?]...It takes a minute to gain traction, but you almost immediately get some responses.Everyone's interested in the photos you're posting, even before you start posting the ones with Princess in them.Some are convinced it's just a movie set or something, but after you upload a short video of Princess eating her treats and getting pats, the thread blows up.There's tons of speculation and discussion about whether the video is real or not, with some anons claiming it's fake (they can see the pixels) and others insisting it's not.Of course, there are countless requests for timestamps, or for you to do random shit that proves it's not just a stolen image or video.So you oblige, and do things like using one of the computer terminals or playing around on your holopad and watch a little.Then the thread blows up even more. Now there's a bunch of people who are convinced, or at least pretending to be convinced, that you have access to alien technology.There's also quite a few people asking for more Princess, because she's cute and/or cool.Yeah, maybe should have just started out here.>Tell the anons you'll keep in touch, since you might be doing a recruitment drive later.>Ask them for details about what's happened in the few years you've been gone.>Just tell them some stories for now. They'll remember you if you come back.>Write-In?
>>5840196Good thing they know Princess is a Princess.>Ask them for details about what's happened in the few years you've been gone.>For every big reveal, we shall show how cute Princess is with belly rubs.>Show them we found fucking Dodo's on another planet, but the world got sucked halfway into hell? Wat do?>Tell them to visit cook where we show us going to the kitchen, after getting a Dodo Egg, an make omelettes.>Tell them our ship has an AI running it and she is a wonderful lady.
>>5840196>Just tell them some stories for now. They'll remember you if you come back.>Tell them about wraiths>Ask them for details about what's happened in the few years you've been gone.
>>5840196>>5840201this part too.>Tell them about wraiths
>>5840196>Ask them for details about what's happened in the few years you've been gone.
>>5840196>Tell them about wraiths>Ask them for details about what's happened in the few years you've been gone.Time for /x/'s take on the last few years.
Wait...IT'S THANKSGIVING IN TWO DAYS IN-QUEST.WE GOTTA GET READY TO GO VISIT MA AND PA!
>>5840361We gotta bring our girlfriends and Grandpa.
>>5840396I mean...surrrrrrreeeee...Might be a bit of an issue as none of them speak English though.
>>5840410They can understand it though, and we speak English. So we can translate. Or Sanig can just whip up a handheld translator for the senpai.
>>5840414We could probably throw up a translation device for their implants.
>>5840361as long as ma and pa don't ask us who is our girlfriend/wife, things should be fine, i think
>>5840196>>Ask them for details about what's happened in the few years you've been gone.>Tell them about wraithswe must warn humanity
>>5837879>hijacking a starlink satellite.Uuuh... it's been more than two years, David...
>>5840196>>Write-In?>>Give them an arbitrary date>>Make shodan plant a worm ++everywhere++>>On that date all electricity will shut off for ten seconds
>>5840481Well thats Cyl obviously, Kyla will just say shes our fuck toy
>>5840196After talking with the anons a bit more, you start to ask them about what's happened in the time you've been gone.Apparently trump didn't get a second term, and now the president is an old man with dementia who shits himself and can barely stand.Okay, well that's something. Not exactly sure what happened to the hype train there, but whatever.And then, apparently there was a global pandemic. It wasn't ebola like you expected, but some kind of fuckin' super aids created from chinese bat soup or something.You aren't really sure on this one, nobody can seem to give you a clear answer on the origins besides "China".Global recession, housing bubble, energy crisis, global warming, blah blah blah...Now, the nuke. That's what you wanted to know about, the fucking nuke....Ah, shit.Well, this is exactly what you were hoping wouldn't happen.It looks like the world is actually, genuinely on the cusp of world war three.The pandemic caused a recession, which means the economy needs to be stimulated.And there's nothing better for stimulating the economy than a good ol' fashioned war.Apparently Russia invaded Ukraine in an attempt to grab some land, and China had the same idea with Taiwan.This got a lot of pushback from NATO, and America ended up fighting a proxy war on two fronts. Which was fine, until Russia started losing.According to the anons, that space nuke was a hot issue for quite a while.Nobody wanted to own up to it officially, and there was a lot of speculation as to whose it actually was, but anyone with two brain cells to rub together could tell it came from America.So your own country nuked you, great.Somebody saw a bogey and pressed the big red button like an absolute retard. What is this, the cold war?Well, yes, technically. But now it's gone hot.After that, the cat was out of the bag. Russia (and North Korea, but nobody gives a fuck about them) had been making a lot of threats towards America, who was funding Ukraine and funneling them supplies.And eventually, they made good on that threat. In the city of Bakhmut, after several months of brutal fights, Russia detonated low-yield nuclear weapon packed into cruise missile.Low-yield compared to the average, that is. It still flattened most of the block apartments and destroyed everything worth mentioning.There was massive outcry, of course. The first nuke dropped since world war two had people shitting their pants, and for good reason.Within the month, China started performing open-air nuclear tests, probably using old stock that had barely been maintained all this time.It was also a show of force, though. A promise that they too, weren't afraid to drop one if America kept up their involvement with Taiwan.Things escalated from there, with undersea cables and pipelines being severed, the global internet has been cut off and worldwide communications somewhat crippled.Right now, satellites are the only way for Europe and America to get in contact.
oh wowshit turned bad to worse but somehow this doesn't surprise meI don't expect Russia is gonna hold its own weight as well anymore when they fucking nuked Ukraine of all things and if I have to cents to this they'll just use the media in there home country to make it either it didn't happen or shift the blame against the west for resource denial or someshitI'm sure history would repeat itselfChina here is the real problem since it can back itself up knowing of how morally bankrupt and corrupt they are so they wont have as much problem nuking some country they hate am I missing something here?oh yeah since undersea cables have been cut off and theres no global internet the Israel vs Hamas war have been completely went under the rugmy god why is the israel war swept under the rug?
Ok. Hmmm. The upside is everyone will want off this rock(even more than before) so recruiting will be easier, at least...
>>5841228Nah, think about how fucked china shit its economy right now, its still locking people in the mass grave apartments and the infrastructure is falling apart. They have meat for the grinder and not much else. Hell its a 50/50 shot their nukes go off on them, the air, or the target.The kikes are getting ready to go mask off at this rate too, and start open genocide in Gaza with all their puppets starting to actively aid them.Israel War might not happen yet. I dont buy the nuke being fired on purpose, Putin is under their thumb and wouldnt act unless told too, they need Ukraine for money laundering. Shit is weird.
Hell, the internet would be the last thing they shut off, too many people need it for money, something is EXTRA fucked in the US and the UK. Without the global media in the internet, the propaganda would lose saturation, thus people will actually get together and talk. This is a real problem, for the Jews at any rate.
Well clearly we need to drop a small asteroid into red square and the forbidden palace then carve into the moon "the next one wont be that small"
>>5841359You do know, That If the US already launched the first nuke. That would just trigger a nuclear strike on there 'enemy' aka the US right?
>>5841528If we wrote "I see you" on the moon the entire planet would begin to freak out to death. If we wrote anything on the moon the entire planet would begin to freak the fuck out, really.
>US shot the nuke>Onto a fellow gringo american>Yet another false flag>Now the USA is at war with the Galactic Federation>On thanksgiving day
>>5841539>Planet would freak outGood sir, Do you really think any of us would believe in the "moon" lies?
>>5841673When you can point your backyard telescope at the moon and it's threatening you? Yes.
>>5841677>Believing the government isn't behind it>Or that younger people won't just go "mood"
>>5841694I don't care who is behind it, when anyone or anything starts to go full tilt 80's movie supervillain "fuck with the moon" I start to worry because that means the people in charge have lost their fucking minds and are going even fuller retard.Don't be obtuse anon. When drastic measures are taken you're in dire times.
>>5841112Alright, the entire planet is about to go up in smoke. Time to get our people out before shit gets HOT.
We need to do the classic UFO thing and start shutting down nukes
>>5841702Not at all, Its just another day here in an American City.
look, it seems that china is the one that's starting to make up shit and doesn't really have a real way of doing anything other than sending warm bodies to die, so i propose we do the funni and blow the three gorges dam.obviously we gotta do it in a way that makes it look like gross chinese incompetence, unlike what happened in ukraine, but that should be a disaster big enough to stop them right in their tracks and return to the good ol' cold war status quo
>>5841751Ah yes the kill millions and let satan sort them out.Or... you could start an electronic war against the great firewall shutting down the stranglehold they have on their citizens, THAT will make them shit themselves.
>>5841799This sounds way more entertaining
>>5841799maybe? because of the pandemic, im willing to bet the % of chinese that have a VPN jumped trom 30 to maybe 50 or so, BUT, i think there will be a bigger impact if the social credit system just gets deleted. or better yet, pass everyone's economic credit to the wealthiest chinese, or right back to the government
>>5841711So we go in slow or like an asteroid?
>>5841884I say we play it cool and lay low while we collect our star players. Then we come back with the carrier and make the recruitment drive public.
>>5841893I agree, but for our infiltration onto the planet. Slow and or asteroideske.
>>5841903Whatever doesn't get us caught on camera or radar. Slow and steady with the all the stealth systems running is probably our best bet.
>>5841112"SHODAN, can you confirm any of this?"["Yes, Captain. Although the undersea fiber cables have been cut, communications between Europe and America are still possible via satellite. As a result, every satellite network is significantly overloaded."]"Seriously? Wait, so..."["Hijacking that starlink and redirecting a dish on the ground will likely have created a disturbance, but with communications so overloaded, it will likely be put down to a simple glitch."]"Alright. Still, we shouldn't take too long here. Somebody's gonna figure out something's up eventually."Your little thread on /x/ continues for a while longer before eventually getting pruned for devolving into /pol/, but you do get some useful information.Apparently nation-level cyberattacks are practically a daily occurrence at this point. Every bit of personal data there was to leak has been leaked, including emails, passwords, social security numbers, even medical and family history.It's a total shitshow.Several banks have collapsed, some of them large, and others simply aren't functioning properly due to frequent breaches and communications disturbances, meaning people can't use their cards.Which means people have gone back to using physical currency in a lot of places, but there isn't enough physical cash to go around, so there's a money shortage.It's an even bigger shitshow.Amidst all of this, the US has been running nuclear drills in schools, and there's even talk about bringing back the draft as local forces in Ukraine and Taiwan lose steam.Supposedly there's also been a lot of activity in Russia itself, with troops and equipment massing in and around the town of Lavrentiya near the Bering Strait. It's a small, unimportant town for the most part. But it exists along a natural harbor, has a small airport and also happens to be very close to the Diomede islands and the coast of Alaska.So it's suspected that they're setting up a staging point for a potential landing in America there. Course, they'd have to pass through Canada to reach the actual contiguous US, but at that point you doubt they care.What's really curious, to you anyways, is what's going on down in Mexico at the same time.Normally Mexico is a source of controversy due to illegal immigration, but lately they've been experiencing a large number of illegal Chinese immigrants themselves.An unusually large number, for no clearly discernible reason besides perhaps the drug trade.Russia from the north, China from the south. Different methods, but same result. Avoid the mainland and push in from the neighboring countries.You're not sure how well that would turn out, though. Mexico may or may not give a fuck, but it's not as if Canada is unarmed. Likewise, how much gear can you really sneak into Mexico?That's probably not going to be enough for a real assault on the American mainland, if that's what they're planning.China's not in the best shape right now, anyways.
please please please let's just grab our guys please please please or this will continue for three threads with no end in sight
Sounds to me the chinese are just bailing their failing nation or just want to avoind being drafted. Its not the first time that a heavy chinese immigration wave happens; there are several towns in the californias that teach chinese as a second language due to the heavy amount of chinese people that live in there, although that happened in the 1800's if my memory serves right
>>5842595After the flashback arc
>>5842595No, we must fuck the commies up and exterminate Jews
>>5842603And CA is heavy commie town as a result, its an invasion.
>>5842615noooo pleaaase I don't care for how many r*p*d ch1ld sl4ves David had to saaveeee in afganistaaan
Okay so medium sized asteroid instead of a small one for both red square and the forbidden palace and make the message we carve into the moon glow so it can be seen with regular telescopes
>>5842739I think brute forcing this ends in mutually assured destruction. What we need is a subtle manouver with a backup plan for if the nukes fly to shoot them down.
>>5842739i don't think we have enough fuel nor enough power in the engines for that.>>5842645the other two californias aren't tho. so it's not a chinese influx problem.>>5842818that would require us to actively monitor the situation 24/7 for god knows how long. the only thing that comes to mind that isn't blowing up the dam or killing all the top heads of the chinese government is to either: destroy the chinese supply depots, or bolster the US/Mexico/Canada's defenses with tech. even a hardlight shield that reduces the speed of bullets/missiles would be enough to turn the tide on the chinese, but that has unforseen consequences
>>5842853Or we get our people and family out. Wait for the commies to take over and fully reveal themselves once complacent, then cut the head off the snake and take their place.We can't fix everything.
>>5842882as if the commies would win. the current state of david's world mirrors ours, so you're right in the fact that we can't fix anything, but we can definitely stop china in its tracks if/when the dam has a "structural failure". at the very least it will be less bloddy than the chinese somehow attacking through mexico without the cartels or the government noticing.
>>5842559>An unusually large number, for no clearly discernible reason besides perhaps the drug trade.They are preparing a beachhead. They will take Mexico to attack the U.S. from land instead of sea or through infiltration style bold
>>5842901that makes no sense though. unless the mexican government is directly helping the chinese, (which is not possible because its economical and political suicide for them) you just can't amass enough forces to do so. do you know how difficult the mexican terrain is? and even the army is prepared to deal with insurgencies like these because the chinese can't really bring anything more powerful than a technical witout everyone going on high alert
>>5842913>(which is not possible because its economical and political suicide for them)You underestimate the corruption and factionalism in Mexico. There are absolutely still plenty of commies in there.
>>5842559Ask SHODAN to start getting into higher security systems and dump the dirty laundry of earth leadership all at once. Declassify everything on the JFK assassination, 9/11, the Epstein client list. Do everything we can to forment internal revolts across the planet, and be ready to shut down nuclear silos before they launch.
>>5842923no, i dont. even considering communists and corruption, you're making enemies with your long time and best trade partner which coincidentally has the best army, navy and airforce. there are few things china can offer that mexico either isn't producing or can get cheaper from the US and those aren't really worth upsetting the US. i mean, if mexico didn't turn coat in WW2 when relationships were more even, there are even less reasons to do that right now
>>5843006Nuclear silos are usually air gapped with no wireless capability, aren't they?
>>5843006do you remember what happened when the panama papers got released? yeah, a whole lot of nothing. stuff like that is too way up for the normal people to care. you'd need to find something that actually concerns them
>>5843539Anything that discredits the ruling elite is good for David and his crew.
>>5843006Nah, let them launch, then intercept them. If a few slip by, then so be it. The bigger question is; if humanity is meant to fail the great filter, does anyone really have the right to intervene? If humanity only survived the great filter through outside intervention, does it really have any right to exist? Or would it viewed as a rabid animal that has a taste for human blood, with the right thing for anyone to do would be to put it down?
>>5843792Also, if humanity does try to go for the Darwin Award and both SHODAN and the crew take the latter stance, what would David do? Giving people access to spacer tech right after they tried to kill themselves isn't a sound thing to do by any stretch of the imagination, especially when you know just how much damage a single motivated human can do through David. H.F.Y.S. Ethics Gradient
>>5843792>the entire human species should be doomed because the genuine sociopaths in charge of the world are gonna do sociopath stuff to all the regular people who aren't fucking crazyWeird take but okay.
>>5843801Once we have what we came for, we're leaving a public message for everybody on Earth calling them out for the failures they are.Now that is harsh, and some people are obviously more at fault than others, but at the end of the day, the state of the world is everybody's fuck up.I feel like that would be in line with David's thinking anyways. In boot camp, one of the first things you learn is the following;>"Whether we succeed as a team or fail as a team, we do it TOGETHER."That can be interpreted a lot of ways, but generally it's meant to instill a sense of unity and accountability between troops.Now correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm not seeing a whole lot of either of those from Humanity at large right now.
>>5843801Dont you want to unite the tribes of Terra that descended into barbarism and found a space empire with miracolous technology and become the new god-emperor of mankind launching a new era of crusades to reclaim the stars?
>>5843792We are the filter. A win is a win.
>>5842559According to several anons who found it particularly hilarious, Korea and Japan have been doing their best to spitroast China together, most likely out of a mutual sense of hatred for them.While not officially co-operating, they've participated in individual operations against their neighbor, with Japan even going so far as to invade and overtake the Senkaku islands.Korea's focus has been more on the homefront though, as with the thread of nuclear war on the horizon, the norks have been showing their asses.They've been requesting assistance from allies in putting the North Korea problem to bed for good, but without much luck so far.Regardless, China's in no place to fight even one war, no less two or three.Apparently the plague put quite the fucking on their economy, with major industrial cities going down for months and trade being severely limited.Major gobal brands and distributors like Walmart and even Tesla have pulled out entirely, particularly after the war started up.But beyond that, China is also facing a massive energy crisis.Much of the country is powered by coal. Not just in power plants, but even people's kitchens and apartment boilers run on coal.China has one of the largest coal pits on earth, but it's started to run dry. What they can still harvest is so low quality that it barely even burns, so they were importing a lot of coal from Australia.That is, until someone shit in Xi's cheerios and they ceased those imports to save face.Naturally, other countries grabbed that coal up, so when China came crawling back, imports were still available... but incredibly expensive compared to before.Some of that may just be aussies giving them the middle finger, who knows. But China uses a fuckload of coal, so it's a real problem.Not to mention natural disasters like drought, flooding and incredible heatwaves that have basically obliterated their crops.A not insignificant portion of their population is simply starving as a result.And since the war started, again, nobody wants to import or export anything to or from them.That may sound like a good thing, but you'd be shocked at what a bunch of starving, desperate men with little to no moral compass can accomplish. Only, there's not just a bunch of them. There's billions of them.["Captain, i have finished the initial downloads of wikipedia and several other sites."]"Huh? Oh, yeah. Good, that's good."["Have you finished your 'shitposting' session?"]"Yeah... thread got deleted. Too many posts about chinese atrocities."["What a colorful group of people, Captain. I have never seen such unique insults before."]"You saw that, huh?"["I am acting as your router at the moment, Captain."]"Right..."
>>5843960You get the distinct feeling that SHODAN is searching through more than just wikipedia and some scientific journals.Whatever, it's not something be worried about. She has... weird interests anyways. If she becomes a chantard, you won't be surprised.>It's time to head home for real, and you know the first place you want to visit. Mutt might still be waiting for you.>There's probably nothing left at that old farmhouse. Might have even been sold already. Better to visit your family instead, let them know you're alive.>You'd rather not get your family involved with any of this at all. Better to just start looking for your old buddies, at least for now.>Write-In?
>>5843963>>It's time to head home for real, and you know the first place you want to visit. Mutt might still be waiting for you.>Tell Shodan that she can shit-post too if she wants too.
>>5843963>There's probably nothing left at that old farmhouse. Might have even been sold already. Better to visit your family instead, let them know you're alive.Home is where family is, after all.
>>5843963the mutt might be where the family lives and living happily maybe notwould it hurt to check home first? probablymight have already been sold and someone else might live theregoing to home first sounds more interesting for something weird>It's time to head home for real, and you know the first place you want to visit. Mutt might still be waiting for you.>Tell Shodan that she can shit-post too if she wants too.
>>5843963>>It's time to head home for real, and you know the first place you want to visit. Mutt might still be waiting for you.
>>5843960She is back bros
>>5843960There may be a billion of them, but they are communists first, ergo, very, VERY, stupid. With a whole lot of government to vent at, hmmmm, we can poke em just right, we can flip the entire thing. Just need to axe the Israeli agents.>>5843963>It's time to head home for real, and you know the first place you want to visit. Mutt might still be waiting for you.>Tell Shodan that she can shit-post too if she wants too.>Ask Gramps, Kyla, Cylia, and Gildur if they want to partake in this cherished Earth hobby too.
>>5843963>It's time to head home for real, and you know the first place you want to visit. Mutt might still be waiting for you.Good boy
>>5843808If they regular people can't keep the psychopaths in check enough to not get themselves wiped out, who will keep the psychopaths in check once they get ahold of spacer tech?A bunch of David's running around is one thing, a bunch of psychopaths in command of armies of Davids is another thing entirely. If we can't keep ZOG and their bots in check here on Earth, the smoothbrains don't stand a chance once ZOG gets off this rock. The logical conclusion on their end is clear; you don't give a psychopath who has already tried to kill himself (and only survived through outside intervention) FTL, the means to make planet killers, then set him loose among NPC cattle. Only a certain ethnicity here on Earth would think that's a good idea.So, does humanity belong among the stars if they can't pass the Great Filter on their own? Does a rabid beast deserve to walk free among sheep? Would the crew be right to stop us if we disagreed on this point?
>>5843963>It's time to head home for real, and you know the first place you want to visit. Mutt might still be waiting for you.there's still hope
>>5844342>Buzz buzz buzz buzzYou're aware of the title of the quest you're playing, right? Regardless of it's short failings humanity is the greatest species to grace the galaxy. Some kike ruling the galaxy is better than some grayylmao or reptile.
>>5844342We exterminate the race in question, and their runner ups from Africa. And what do you know, Japan takes China and sorts itself out.
>>5844342Anon by your logic people should kill -you-.
>>5844349Kike spotted, disengage airlock.
>>5843960>["I am acting as your router at the moment, Captain."]The weakest point on a computer setup is not the PC but the thing where you get your internet from.>Look for family. Drink Korona.>>5844049REMEMBER WHAT WE LOSTREMEMBER WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING FOR
>>5843963>>It's time to head home for real, and you know the first place you want to visit. Mutt might still be waiting for you.If there's nothing there, we can at least stop by the folks' place for thanksgiving
>>5844357You mistake me. This is HFY, a genre specifically about human exceptionalism. The worst human is still better than the best non-human. Here's a final solution for you, have sanig or SHODAN reprogram the retrovirus enhancing David's physiology to aggressively target and destroy specific ethnic groups. Wouldn't be hard to trim the proverbial hedges before we introduce the rest of the world to the galaxy.
>>5844368That is objectively not true as the Jews magic is how we get AI cores from the FEDs, so no, kikes deserve extermination. You fucking glowie.>have sanig or SHODAN reprogram the retrovirus enhancing David's physiology to aggressively target and destroy specific ethnic groups. Wouldn't be hard to trim the proverbial hedges before we introduce the rest of the world to the galaxy.Neither of them have the skills to do it.
>>5844368even the HFY genre has humans that are well below that level of exceptionalism. Fairly regularly. Bell curve is a bitch.
>>5844376>Neither of them have the skills to do it.IIRC, Sanig doesn't while we've never given SHODAN the time for it.>>5844377Depends on the story I suppose. This quest is the first of the genre I've gotten into in years.
>>5844368A Kike is a non-human, same with the Desert rats
When we nuking Tel Aviv?
>>5843960Alright, you've gathered enough information.Nobody knows what the nuke was really about, or what they shot it at.You know more or less what the situation on the ground is like. They aren't looking for aliens, they're just pissed at eachother.That's good enough for you, so it's time to go home for real, down to the earth itself.And the first place you intend to visit is your old farmhouse.You don't doubt that everything of value has been taken from it by now, and the land itself may even have been sold, if you sister didn't hang onto it.But there's still one or two things of value that you want to grab before you go looking for your old buddies."SHODAN, if we use supercruise, how quickly can we get down to Earth?"["Reaching earth will take under a second. However, we cannot travel at such speeds within the atmosphere. Reaching the ground will take around thirty seconds."]"Alright. Let's just mimic the speed and angle of a meteorite as best we can, shall we? Take us down over a field or the ocean. I'll let the crew know it's about to get bumpy."["Very well, Captain."]...You find your crew huddled in the cargo bay, shivering in the cold.After letting your crew know that it's time to head planetside, they all start to look a little nervous.Then, Sanig addresses them."Alright, crew. We've gone over everything already, but i'll say it again. Use the hypos, wait five minutes and then swap your suits out." He tells them."What's going on?" You ask."We're headed down to a death world, kid. What do you think?"Sanig, already wearing a Mk.2 skinsuit, opens up his armor crate and steps in.Unlike your Mk.1 power armor, his Mk.2 armor can't simply open up and be stepped into. It has to be assembled around him.Fortunately it's not that complicated. It mostly hinges into place, and then locks together.Still, it would take a second person to put it together without the assembly mechanism.It only takes a few seconds for Sanig to be surrounded by layers of sturdy plasteel, reinforced with duranium."Is all that really necessary?" You huff. "It's just earth, you know.""You mean the place with the flesh-eating bacteria?" Kyla responds. You see her and the others injecting themselves with hypo-stims."And the multi-thousand pound predator species?" Cylia adds."Even the plants try to kill you in a hellhole like this." Sanig grumbles."I-I think i'll stay on the ship." Gildur mutters. "I don't want to shave myself..."Right. Gildur would have to shave himself bald to put on a skinsuit.The fur would grow through it afterwards, making it a semi-permanent addition to his body."Wait, are you guys both putting on Mk.2 skinsuits?""Yeah, but it can't be helped... we can't interface with the Mk.2 armor without it." Kyla sighs."It's gonna hurt like hell." You warn.Sanig grins. "They're not so good for the liver, but these new meds will block out the pain of the melding process. Not like last time."
Oh, before we forget!we need to go to a farmer's market, supermarket or at least a home depot and buy all the seeds we can. we chould also do the same in all the other continents if possible because it will be a goddamn shame if we return to space without actual food, or at least means to replicate it over there
>>5845391Aw come on gang! It's Alabama, not the damn Amazon!Worst you get out here is the skeeters, and those fuckers should be dead this time of year.
>>5845391I wonder what the crew thinks about bees.
>>5845406why not the seed bank? go there and ask for a few.get shodan to download all the data on genetics from all known animals.
>>5845552because that would take a lot of time and its literally a bank. unless we raid it, they wont say "sure, take some seeds for free"
>>5845406>>5845552>Huge muscular southerner shows up at antartica's seed bank>>Hey parder, beep boop peep peep, mind you givin' me some crop for ma crew?
Just had an idea can we search for another planet that is an earth like death world and settle it?
>>5845391Hmmm....maybe when we grab another doctor, we can get something for them.
>>5845692that's literally the previous world we went before earth. dunno if its gonna be a good idea though. a lot of shit can wrong
When Cylia sees her first cat I wonder what the reaction will be.
>>5845391>Sanig grins. "They're not so good for the liver, but these new meds will block out the pain of the melding process. Not like last time."assholeWe need to take cylia and kyla to a pet store.
>>5845835Probably like a human seeing a baby monkey for the first time.Honestly, it's the bloodsuckers (mosquitos, fleas, bedbugs, and such) and the overall filthiness of the place that they should be worried about. Imagine one of them getting licked by a dog, get landed on by a fly, or touch a feces-smeared door knob (basically all of them).
>>5845988>touch a feces-smeared door knob (basically all of them).You take that back, mine only has piss on it.
>>5845989>No cumShow bob and vagene
>>5845991No, your doorknob has virus please read the three digits on the back of your prepaid wal-mart giftcard now to confirm your identity
>>5845391Sanig heads off to the medbay while the girls undress.They're clearly a little loopy from the meds, but Sanig says they've got something that'll kill the effect in a hurry.You're starting to wonder if whatever they're using isn't some kind of opioid.Doesn't matter too much you guess, since it's a one-off. They probably won't take those suits off again for a long time.They slip them on easily and then begin the melding process, where countless little hairs pierce their skin in and around their nerve endings, bonding them to their suit.An extremely painful process normally, one that you and Sanig have both gone through during the testing phase.According to him, it's more than enough to put most species into shock, or even stop their hearts.Even heavily medicated, you can see how uncomfortable it is for the girls. Their muscles twitch and cramp as their nerves fire off unwillingly, and both of them end up collapsing to the floor.The process lasts a few minutes, and then they're fine again. At that point, you call Sanig back in to administer the second dose of meds.He brings back a pair of hypostim vials for each of them."Alright girls. Here's the antidote for your 'medicine', and a massive dose of immunoboosters. No telling what the hell's down there."The first shot wakes them up almost instantly. They go from looking almost blackout-drunk to completely sober.They seem somewhat exhausted from the experience, and it takes them a second to get back to their feet."David did that without painkillers? I can't even imagine it..." Cylia mutters."David i could understand, but what about gramps over here?" Kyla replies.Sanig chuckles."Never underestimate a Grey, you little whelps."...After taking a moment to collect themselves, Kyla and Cylia open up their armor crates as well, and step into them.It's... kind of odd, seeing them in armor like that. Especially Kyla, who never really fights. What's really odd though, is Cylia's helmet design."What the hell is that?" You ask."What?" She shrugs"You know what. The helmet.""Oh, this? SHODAN said you'd like it. I thought it was cute too, so..."...You're not sure how you feel about that.It's kinda cute though, you guess."Kid, we got yours ready too." Sanig informs you, patting the side of a large crate. "It's a bit bigger and heavier than ours, but the design is basically the same. You interested?">Nah, you don't need to wear powered combat armor on earth. This isn't Detroit.>You'll wear a plate carrier. Any more than that would just look weird, even on you.>Well, who knows what's gonna happen? Could be a bunch of black vans pull up the moment you touch down. Might as well wear it.>Write-In?
>Nah, you don't need to wear powered combat armour on earth. This isn't Detroit.Show us what it looks like anyway.
>>5846410>You'll wear a plate carrier. Any more than that would just look weird, even on you.This is home so of the batshit insane horrors of both made and not are behind us for a moment.We don't want to replicate what we did raiding a "pirate" ship while being overprepared and do some talking first for once.
>>5846410>You'll wear a plate carrier. Any more than that would just look weird, even on you.
>>5846410>Nah, you don't need to wear powered combat armor on earth. This isn't Detroit.
>>5846410Stick with a plate carrier at most, we've been gone for a while but this is still our home.
>>5846410>>Well, who knows what's gonna happen? Could be a bunch of black vans pull up the moment you touch down. Might as well wear it.
>>5846410>>Well, who knows what's gonna happen? Could be a bunch of black vans pull up the moment you touch down. Might as well wear it.Full battle rattle, things have gone rather sideways since we left.
>>5846410>Nah, you don't need to wear powered combat armor on earth. This isn't Detroit.what if we bring a hardlight shield instead of a plate? same result, doesn't look out of place, specially for thanksgiving
>>5846410>We'll pass on the armor but we'll take some of those immunoboosters. We've been away for long time and that plague shit might still be out there.
>>5846410>>Well, who knows what's gonna happen? Could be a bunch of black vans pull up the moment you touch down. Might as well wear it.Honestly, we have the opportunity to be an ayylmao for a bit. They can't see our face, we can be as "alien" as we want for a bit. Once the bit is revealed, we can't go back on it. Better to have the ability and get rid of it later than not have the opportunities it may afford earlier on.
>>5846410>>Well, who knows what's gonna happen? Could be a bunch of black vans pull up the moment you touch down. Might as well wear it.Stealth and discretion are already out the window if everybody else is wearing their power armor already.
>>5846410>Well, who knows what's gonna happen? Could be a bunch of black vans pull up the moment you touch down. Might as well wear it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpJy38HNjMUTreat everywhere as if it's Detroit, and Detroit will no longer scare men.
>>5846410>>Well, who knows what's gonna happen? Could be a bunch of black vans pull up the moment you touch down. Might as well wear it.I was going to say no but... cool as fuck
>>5846410"Yeah, fuck it." You chuckle. "What are they gonna do, complain? My master chief cosplay is sick."Cracking open the sealed crate, you find your very own set of heavy Mk.II combat armor.It looks a lot like the others, but with some heavier plating, thicker skinweave, more sensors and so-on.Stepping into the crate, the assembler immediately gets to work bolting your armor on around you, which gets you to thinking."Hey, Sanig. What happens when the power runs out? How are we supposed to get ourselves out of these things?""What are you talking about, kid?""I mean, aren't we gonna get stuck?" You question."Nah, kid. They're a bit heavy, but you'll still be able to move normally even without the servos active. I kept the weight down as much as possible for these.""Sweet. What's it rated for?""We tested some early pieces with a few rifles from your armory. The titanium plates only stopped up to 5.56, but but your fancy-ass carbon plasteel even deflected armor-piercing .308, with some damage.""It's called Carbor, old man.""I'm not calling it that." Sanig huffs."Carboranium." You smirk."Don't try me, kid.""Oh, what are you gonna do, gramps? Kick my ass?"As the assembler finishes it's work on your armor, you drop down out of the crate with a heavy thud.The armor must weigh several hundred pounds, but after a quick test, you feel light as a feather.You throw a few punches, then follow it up with a high kick that sails way over Sanig's head."Not with with baby on. Damn, what'd you do to it?"Sanig crosses his arms with a grin."Like i said, i kept the weight down as much as possible. Half the savings were thanks to your ridiculous blend of plasteel. Besides that, a lot of tuning went into the computer suite."You wave your arms around and grip your fingers while pacing back and forth."There's practically no disconnect between action and reaction...""You're welcome, kid. Lot of sleepless night went into those skinsuits, y'know. Direct nerve interface, closer to a prosthetic than anything. But the real magic is in the suite, like i said.""What's it do?""It's got a VI neural network built in. It'll learn from your nerve impulses over time, and start to move before you do. You'll actually become faster than your own reflexes."["You are welcome, Captain."] SHODAN chimes in."Hey, thanks. Both of you.""No problem, kid. As much trouble as you get yourself into, we gotta keep you alive somehow. Can't lug that thing around everywhere either."Sanig points his thumb over at the huge crate containing your Mk.I power armor.Yeah, it's big... really, really heavy. And it runs on a micro-antimatter reactor. Something you can't actually get more of right now.These Mk.II suits aren't as heavy-duty, but they run on solid-state supercapacitors. You can charge them off a 110v wall outlet if you wanted.Actually..."Say, Sanig... before we go down, can you make an adapter for me real quick?"
this shit would make great propaganda for our recruitment programfuck im sure everyone will love looking at it even if they dont want to join
>>5848026Tfw in a meeting you plug a usbc into your armorIt'd give away our humaness... but thats hilarious
>>5848026good god we can charge our suit anywhere? we gotta keep this tech outta fed hands.
>>5848026time to shit post in real time!So I'm back from like months of doing stuff. What have you guys planned up? Gonna buy some seeds? some chickens? Quails? David's dog has probably long since died. Maybe pick up some dogs off the street to breed and raise b/c they're man's best friends and deserve better than getting nuked from shitty buy people?Will we have SHODAN hack the Chinese to figure out where all their nukes are, have them launched and exploded harmlessly into space? Maybe do even more super hacking to figure out which governments deserves an ass kicking? I mean, there's really nothing stopping the Metal Gear from firing it's 20mm cannon or a laser at an incoming nuke, and missiles can only travel so far in space.Have you guys still considered recruiting crippled military vets? Maybe do some social media, health, and family searches to take military cripples who aren't in any relationships and have little to no socialization with their family, and possibly vets who aren't complete psychos?
>>5848813the last RELEVANT VOTE was to recruit our old contacts first. The votes after were about how you want to get to earth, but in the end they matter little because we had no issues getting down to the atmosphere. SHODAN is doing more way more than we are asking as usual so we are bound to get a surprise or two.The world is so unstable because of the nuke in space, the nuke in shit europe & hot wars that David farting will be enough to force humanity into a live-or-die scenario. But real
>>5848026The armor weighs several hundred pounds but we won't get stuck without power at 1G? I dunno if Sanig figured Earth gravity into this.
>>5849110I've seen people walk around with literal car engines on their heads. A few hundred pounds properly distributed to rest on your hips would be very painful but not impossible to move it. Not very fast of course, but definitely doable. Especially considering David is borderline superhuman at this point.
>>5849110We keep pretty much the entire ship at 1g, with the possible exception of the dodo pens. He'd have to engineer it for earth gravity or we couldn't even walk around our own ship in the armor.
>>5849110It's a lot easier to carry weight when it's properly distributed.Unlike normal armor, this isn't even just sitting on your hips and shoulders. It's basically bonded to your skin via the skinsuit.David's armor is particularly heavy, because he's big, strong and gets into a lot of direct confrontations. But he's a walking meat mountain with tard strength.You can imagine that Kyla and Sanig, who come up to David's dick, don't have near as much to lug around when the battery dies. Still, the one who would be most burdened by their unpowered suit would be Sanig, simply because he's the weakest of you by a country mile.He actually uses the skinsuit and armor to keep himself from hobbling around day to day like the cripplingly old man that he is.
>>5848026After a few quick prints on the nanofab, you have everything you reckon you might need ready to go.When you sit down in the pilot's seat to prepare for landing, two things happen.First, your helmet, which until now had been open, closes up and seals around your head.Unlike the power armor, the pressure and oxygen concentration inside isn't any higher than on the ship, but it is at least space-rated.The last thing to slide into place as it seals is the extremely thick, solid diamond visor. The outside of which is anti-glare coated, and the inside etched for improved holographic visuals.The second thing that happens is a notification pops up on your HUD, indicating that you're connected to the ship's power and data through the pilot's seat."Wait, what?"["Captain, miss Kyla has installed a utility umbilical at several key locations around the ship, including into the back of your pilot seat. The connection was made when you sat down."]Standing up, you turn around and see that there is in fact a wire connecting your suit to the chair.When the hell did Kyla install that? You never noticed.You shrug, and sit back down.At least you won't have to worry about your suit's power draining while you're sitting here."Alright, cool. Are we ready to go?"["Affirmative. However, are you certain that you wish to mimic a meteorite's fall?"]"It's the best way to make sure we aren't noticed too much. We don't have to actually drop in at that speed, though. You can take supercruise down to 15 kilometers per second, can't you?"["The minimum supercruise speed is approximate 700 meters per second. That value is well within range."]"Well, apparent velocity is all that matters, right? So let's hit it."At your order, the ship vibrates slightly as the warp drive spins up and the shields engage, flooding with dark matter and energy.Your ship accelerates along a pre-plotted course as space expands and contracts around you, accelerating at impossible speeds from an outside perspective.This much alone could be considered a miracle of science by earth standards. UFO enthusiasts would have a field day if they knew about it.Your ship surpasses the speed of light, crossing the distance from the moon to earth in under a second before near instantly slowing down to a mere 15km/s just outside the atmosphere.If anybody was watching, this would be the point where they'd notice you. But you're going at about the right speed, and coming in from about the right angle for any old asteroid.There's no trail of plasma as you come down through the atmosphere, as your real velocity is still below the speed of sound. Instead, matter simply flows around you as you push deeper into the atmosphere.There are limits to it, of course. You could probably dive a couple hundred feet into solid rock before you'd come to a sudden and violent stop, and the warp drive detonated.
>>5849350Hopefully the landing point is somewhere rural enough that no one will respond fast enough to see where we didn't actually leave an impact crater.Nominating that we fly about 300-500 ft above the ground at night time with lights off hanging close enough to interstates to monitor UHF radio chatter from truckers. That could give a bit of intel about the state of the country when you know what needs to be where on what deadline.
>>5849350You come down in the gulf of mexico, near enough to orange beach on the Alabama coast. It's nighttime here, which makes it much easier to fly low without being seen.SHODAN flies as low as she can, just enough to avoid slamming into a hill somewhere, and ramps the supercruise back up.If you appeared on radar at all, it'd be for a single instant. Just a blip, nothing more.You can't even tell what you're looking at, really. Through the cockpit window, you just see the lights of cities and town whizz past in trails.Somewhere down there, along the border between Alabama and Tennessee, is your childhood home.Not a place you care to visit anymore, but it'd be nice to go camping out there one day. You miss all the trees, and the fishing was good.It takes just a couple of minutes or so to cut across four states and end up in Chillicothe, Missouri, the little town where you settled down after your deployment.Technically founded in the 1850's, but people had been living there for a lot longer before.Unlike the lights of Huntsville or Birmingham which could be seen well over the horizon, it's dark here at night.You can see the stars so clearly here, and even after all you've seen they haven't lost their beauty.Maybe it's not so much the stars that are beautiful, but the fact that you can see them.SHODAN flies low next to the highway, keeping just above the open fields until you come to a gravel road.There's a few houses down that road, but not many. And one of them, at the edge of a big ol' field full of shredded cornstalks, is yours.Your ship touches down in the field just outside your property, which clearly hasn't been kept since your departure.The grass is overgrown, but that's about all you can see with help from the ship's floodlights. The lights are off in the house."Well..." You sigh. "Let's go see, shall we?"Your crew is already waiting for you in the airlock, including SHODAN in her android body.The organics amongst them look nervous."Damn, it's heavy." Sanig curses, sounding out of breath."What?" You ask."The gravity, kid. My little antigravity device only works on artificial gravity, but this is the real deal. An actual planetary gravity well.""Shouldn't the suit fix that?""Kid, the suit lets me move. It doesn't stop the weight of my own organs crushing my lungs. Damn it, not even off the ship yet and this place is already hell."You chuckle and close the airlock. It doesn't feel any different to you, didn't even notice the switch.Looking around, the only one not wearing a suit here is Princess. Everyone even has their helmets on, for some reason.You on the other hand, unlock yours. The visor slides up, and the armor plating slides back until your whole face is revealed.You want a good, solid breath of earthly air when you walk out there.The airlock's autocycle begins, and you feel your ears pop as the air pressure increases. You pinch your nose and blow air into them to pop them back out.
>>5850362Finally, the prodigal son returns...
I’m so fucking excited
LESGOOOOOMake sure to scoop Princess' poop if she does the deed... be a good neighbour
>>5850672This is a good idea, as I'd rather not come home to lab-grown slyvern in the next decade.
>>5850585I too am hella jazzed. EARTH BABY! WE'RE BAAAAAAACK!
>>5850850Imagine it.Real food, fresh air, and other humans!We gotta make the rest of the universe just as comfy.
We have to take the crew to a waffle house. Peak Earth culture.
>>5850908>war time Waffle HouseWell, we already have our power armor on I guess.
>>5850926>David they have guns!>Yeah, I know, it's Tuesday night at a Waffle House. It'd be scary if they weren't fighting in the parking lot.