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910105 No. 910105 ID: 8a614b

[pt1: >>/questarch/862495]
[pt2: >>/questarch/883042]
[dis: >>/questdis/120117]
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No. 949216 ID: b1b4f3

>>949215
What would he stand to gain by doing the former? The latter can be avoided by simply asking them to stay out of the area where everyone else is living.
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No. 949217 ID: ba56e6

>>949202
Agreed. We must further garner what can loosely be called 'trust' between him and the others before we disrupt the power balance.
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No. 949218 ID: a8efc3

>>949216
What would he have to gain? A perceived sense of security. Also, seperate rooms will not stop empathy.
And he can be very subtle about the kills, the bioservitors have Predator abilities.
Which sucks. I want them badly. I have plans for 'em.
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No. 949219 ID: b1b4f3

>>949218
I said area, not rooms. And again, if he has a small army, he's not gonna feel threatened.
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No. 949220 ID: a9af05

>>949216
>asking them to stay out of the area where everyone else is living.
Just because we ask them, doesn't mean they'll obey. They may take initiative and attack the neumono in the hopes of making Kitsiksu happy.

>>949219
He won't feel threatened because he'll have them eliminate the threats.

And the last thing we need right now is more mouths to feed.

Also I believe someone said that we've got enough "fires" going on right now, so we might be better off not starting another one before we contain the other ones we've got going right now.
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No. 949222 ID: b1b4f3

The cultists have a farm.
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No. 949223 ID: ac29e8

>>949219
Areas will be useless, too. Ekasarra had to go OUTSIDE to get away from the empathy of her former hivemates.
From >>/questarch/864286
> saba!: a walk in an active warzone?????? you idiot call her back
> LessEdgyThanYou: She was very, very insistent on it. Said she had to get away from her friends for a moment.
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No. 949224 ID: b1b4f3

>>949223
Areas can be pretty big, you know, and the facility is big.
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No. 949225 ID: 91ee5f

>>949219
>not feel threatened
I’m more worried about the Neumono feeling threatened. Because if what >>949218 said about Predator abilities is true, then that would be a significant problem.

The last thing we need are the Neumono having their personalities erased and turned into Predator slaves..

>>949220
>we've got enough "fires" going on right now
I agree with this. The last thing Sisirri needs right now is yet another thing to worry about. Especially since she’s currently about to pass out.

Let’s wait until later to tell Kitsiksu about his little army, when we have things under control and less likely to spiral out of control.
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No. 949235 ID: 1ed92d

>>949138
You could always channel surf.
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No. 949264 ID: cfc58e
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949264

>kitsiksu's cult of neumono predator derived bioservitors that hate all neumono and want them dead
Tomorrow.

>use the teleporter to recruit
Teleporter?
The gate is down and the only key I have takes us straight into a presumably now destroyed Imperium structure.
Lackey can somehow teleport himself and others around, but considering the last time I was with him, he managed to go to the wrong abandoned alien complex. I don't know how reliable he is as a form of transportation.

>moths
Well, the two of them are locked up in the reception area, so it's probably fine.
I mean, it's evidently not fine, and they'll probably break out, but someone else has probably thought of this.

I trust the reception area to hold them maybe as long as an arkot in an inch deep hole. If they start cutting a swathe of destruction through the facility I'm sure we'll get to find out how the defenses work.

Unless that moth thing can make the defenses work to her will. ...Whatever, I can't focus on every problem all the time. And this door is locked. I'll be fine, at least.

>lackey
Good point.
> Machinist: Hey. Lackey. You remember Coordinator Aub. Who is the Coordinator for the 'third continent' operations?
> 1045: Modulation. Unlike Gol and Aub, Modulation is a neburi, not a blaukesch, but is a data-caste neburi apparently capable of the levels of simultaneous datastream processing blaukesch are. I've never seen or heard them. I suspect he or she is a prototype, not unlike like myself. A new evolutionary iteration of the neburi that proved to be a success. Shadow Fleet has a tendency towards promoting exceptional individuals as leaders regardless of suitability.
> Machinist: How do they act and command?
> 1045: I... that's hazier. I was never under the command of Aub or Modulation, and you know about as much as I do on how Gol operates. He is a ruthless and quick to anger leader, but he is not stupid. I suspect he's probably already dispatching task forces to any signal broadcast sources on the continent. Of course, he can't touch this facility, but I would not be surprised if he tried more drastic measures. Make sure no one leaves the facility for any reason.
> Machinist: Noted. Also, do you know anyone by the name of Ktri-94?
> 1045: Sounds like a carax. I don't remember a lot of my carax-inherited experiences beyond raw skill training. Why?
> Machinist: They're being held prisoner in our reception area. He claims to want to defect. He asked for you specifically. He also said you'd recognise the name.
> 1045: ...I'll go investigate.
> Machinist: Thanks. Also, one last thing.
> 1045: Yes?
> Machinist: Did you think of a name for yourself yet?
> 1045: No.
> Machinist: Alright. Goodnight, Lackey.


I turn the lights off and look at the screen wall, looking at a machine embedded into an alcove in the wall. It has a bunch of capsules in a rack.
I grab a pink one and put it into a slot. A hot drink comes out in a white cup made of cheap plastic.
It smells like the pink fruits and tastes sort of like them too, but with an added touch I can't quite place. Something almost citrusy. It's an odd drink, but I enjoy it.

I curl up on the bed and watch.
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No. 949265 ID: cfc58e
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949265

"Good evening. In the news tonight, seven cells of terrorist organisation Pump were arrested for crimes against the state, as well as numerous charges of violence and conspiracy."

Pump?? An entire space of names to choose from and... I hope that's just a quirk of the autotranslation and the actual name sounds a lot better than that.

"The orbital conflict between the Khepalliion Astral Forces and the Kiter continues, with casualties increasing on both sides. Experts say the military is doing all it can, but without more materiel and logistical improvements, the Kiter may break through by numerical supremacy alone. Convocation officials have stressed an urgency on economic prioritization and increased benefits for military families, warning that drafting may soon become fundamentally necessary. With us in the studio later is Synoch of Nestral, Fei Engur."

I just realised I do not care about any of this right now. I am so low in energy. Give me something less tedious, mystery broadcaster. Click.
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No. 949266 ID: cfc58e
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949266

"..the peshgiene who chose to stay in Tiranna were of a different belief, however. Many of them saw the ancient ruins and remnants of great societies as evidence that progression had no goal, no ceiling, no ultimate outcome but overreaching and declining. Rather than treat the zizene itudak and ningkiene zalak as primitive natives to exploit, they sought to learn from them. The Tirannan peshgiene began to adopt a more decentralised way of life, nomadic, and establishing permanent trading posts became less and less of a priority as they learned from the natives of the world.
Things would change when news of the significance of the ruins reached Khepalliion and expeditions began. In less than a generation, Khepallii expedition forces found peshgiene with cultures alien and in some cases in direct conflict to everything they knew. Outright war was prevented only by the lack of a central Tirannan authority to declare it. Raids and skirmishes of both sides began, with the native life becoming more distrustful of the alien outsiders that had sought to learn from them. Things may have only escalated from there until the Tirannan were but another heathen movement consigned to history, but a reckoning had followed our ancestors to this world. The first contact with the Kiter began as a scouring of Korai, the once capital city of Khepalliion, in an act we would soon learn to be only a fraction of the capability of their dreadful power. Ten years have passed since that historic encounter, with only the Four Domes standing as the last bastions of Khepalliion civilisation, and the Tirannan peoples already long forgotten ashes."

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No. 949267 ID: cfc58e
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949267

thud

zzZZZZZzzzz...

Switch to:
- Lackey
- Kitsiksu
- Voidsong (No thank you, I'm busy.)
- Someone else, perhaps..?
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No. 949268 ID: 465a14

Voidsong being busy is exactly why we're switching to her.
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No. 949269 ID: cdabe3

Prettiest Arkot!
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No. 949271 ID: 0fae41

Sitkva!
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No. 949272 ID: 8d4593

Cutebug!
Tirzi!
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No. 949274 ID: 86eb65

Voidsong!
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No. 949275 ID: 3ce8ff

but what if, and hear me out, we pick voidsong ANYWAY.
alternately Lackey because moth
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No. 949276 ID: 1ed92d

>>949267
Lackey.
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No. 949279 ID: 736b7e

Sitkva
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No. 949283 ID: 0efe8e

Let's switch to speaker, so we can see how well Six and Three are getting along in their mission.
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No. 949284 ID: 094652

Moth girl in captivity
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No. 949292 ID: 12b116

Kiksitsu
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No. 949295 ID: 977456

Tirzi
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No. 949297 ID: b1b4f3

Sitkva is the depressed amtsvane who is trying not to be a burden during the current food supply issues by restricting his diet. I don't think switching to him is going to be very interesting or let us influence events.

Hmm, let's switch to Lackey and make sure he tells everyone ELSE that they are not to leave the facility for any reason until further notice, since we poked the Kiter and they're going to have a harsh eye on us for a while. Sisirri didn't spread that information and then fell asleep.
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No. 949302 ID: 4854ef

Tirzi
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No. 949304 ID: 6e59e3

>Be someone else
Be the suspiciously tozol-shaped creature in the cryojail.

You are an apex murder biosynth who don't need no salikai
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No. 949316 ID: 91ee5f

>>949267
Switch to Lackey.

First order of business: Change name to something else.

>>949297
Sitkva is female.
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No. 949323 ID: 2622b6

>>949264
>presumably now destroyed Imperium structure.
WAIT A... We'd be able to use drones to fetch leftover materials, tech to study, possibly more! If drones fail, we have one guy that eats radioactive stuff.
>Shadow Fleet has a tendency towards promoting exceptional individuals as leaders regardless of suitability.
That's a surprise. I expected them to be mostly devoid of meritocracy due to the desire for troops loyal to authority, which usually comes at the expense of skill. Even so, if this is meritocratic for them, I'd hate to see what the other Kiter fleets are like.
>He is a ruthless and quick to anger leader, but he is not stupid.
Got it. Expect little mercy. Rile him up, he'll make mistakes. A possible plot would be to poke Aub enough to get him to attempt a raid. I suspect Gol would take the overreach of authority poorly.
>>949265
Well, that explains the unknown vessels. Surprisingly bleak propaganda.
>>949266
Roughly dissected at >>/questdis/131411
Key stuff:
-Moths (and "ningkiene zalak") = natives
-Khepallii peshgiene = space colonists
-Khepallii dislike natives, view as primitive
-Some peshgiene joined natives
-Khepallii believe natives are wiped out by Kiter

Basic gist, the Khepallii may be decent allies vs the Kiter, but be wary.
>and the Tirannan peoples already long forgotten ashes.
Nope. We have proof they still exist. See >>/questarch/882761 + >>/questarch/882762

Kitsiksu is doing idle busy work, so...
1045
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No. 949330 ID: 094652

>>949323
It's buried under metric @#$%-tons of rubble, irradiated to glowing from the nuclear meltdown, and anything that survived has all of Imperium's Spite-Then-Harvest protocols written into its viruses.

But other than that, good call. We could use the place as a testing ground for our battledrones against Imperium's stragglers. Vaccine effect and all that,
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No. 949331 ID: b1b4f3

>>949316
>Sitkva is female.
Oops.

>>949323
>send drones into an Imperium facility, even after it blew up
Not a good idea, unless we destroy the drones after they come back, since there's like a 70% chance they've been hacked by passive security even if Imperium isn't directly controlling the place anymore. We'd need to encase the portal in a faraday cage too so they can't hack our stuff after coming through the portal before being destroyed. We COULD send some purely organic members of the crew in there... If they're properly armed with nonhackable weapons and they never go far from the portal, it'd be a decent enough way to gather raw materials. Granted, we would then have to make sure those raw materials are completely inert after we bring them in.
Heck, if the area is fully under control by forces which are friendly, we could use it as an escape route and finally get off this doomed planet? It's REALLY hard to trust anyone we meet in there though, since they could easily be Imperium loyalists in disguise.
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No. 949351 ID: a9af05

>>949267
Lackey

>>949316
>Change name
Agreed.
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No. 949354 ID: ba56e6

>>949267
Lackey could use some moral support.
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No. 949355 ID: cfc58e
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949355

...

Hrrfff. First my meditation is ruined by paraspace catching fire, and now I have to go talk to some random defector.
I just wanted some time alone.

>change name
I've got nothing.

I feel sick, wrong inside. I don't know how much of it is guilt and anger pooling up and how much of it might be me discovering the limits I can put my body to.
I jumped via paraspacial shunt from the biolab to this closet and I can taste copper. I should probably not be using reality-sundering capabilities to leave in a dramatic fashion.

I make my way down to the reception area, which is a long, boring walk made slightly painful by the odd twinge and ache.

After a while I feel a sudden sharp pain in my side which makes me stumble. I fall onto the floor, quickly shielding my head with my arm.

Hrg. It's like something's broken. Moving makes it worse. I can feel my hearts pounding asynchronously and I'm not even sure if that's supposed to happen or not.
One of them is beating a lot faster than the others and it's making my leg feel numb.

I could call for help.

...Why, though. I don't particularly feel like I should pick myself back up right now. I'm a prototype. Maybe my biology was never meant to last long term. Maybe I was never meant to last more than a few days. Just let me stay here. If I live, I live, if I die I die.

At least all the shame and futility and mistakes I've experienced will die here with me. The rest will undoubtedly live on in some number of generations of Kiter soldiers.
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No. 949356 ID: ac7aff

Dude you are literally a child. Quick pretending that you are a falling apart old man.

You had a childish tantrum over a small matter and left a huge mess for other people to fix.

Now I don't blame you for reacting like you did. Kids are a big choice. But a adult would have nice long talks with there significant other before storming out and declaring they hate them forever.

Just call up someone on the intercom and get some help.
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No. 949357 ID: 0efe8e

Congratulations, you have depression, crawl/call for help, lying down and giving up accomplishes nothing. The mistakes you say will die with you are not a negative, mistakes are how people learn, if you give up after one, then what was the point in trying in the first place.
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No. 949358 ID: 3ce8ff

>>949355
You will probably be fine, you got redundant hearts for a reason, neumono are hard to kill, and you are, largely, neumono. hard to kill to the point that you could theoretically cut one in half and eventually have two alive neumono, though both will likely be diminished, but that is besides the point.
At this point your lack of purpose is hitting you harder and harder, the Keter was supposed to always be there giving you continuous purpose as part of how your psyche was designed to work, you were not designed in such a way that this position would accounted for, or it was and this is a sort of mental self-destruct as a way to help prevent deserters from hurting the Keter.
However you were also designed a soldier, and one of the traits of those is not giving up, so: Head Up Soldier, Take Care of Yourself, & Find Your Own Purpose!
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No. 949359 ID: 015bf2

>>949355
You got your pride stowed in and a knee shoved into your gut after you managed to proverbially eat both of your feet, you ninny. Of course you hurt. Arguably deservedly so.

Though, to be honest, chest pains and asynchronous heartbeats don't really fall under that umbrella. Perhaps... it might just be a honest stress reaction? You haven't had a great time of it of late. When did you last actually get some proper rest, for that matter?

Take two. See if it gets worse, and send for help if it does - none of the neumono, that'd just be doing them a disservice as miserable as you are right now - make it one of the other xenos.

If it doesn't get worse, get up and see what this kiter defector wants and resolve to hit the sack ASAP. If you die, perhaps you can die in your sleep, and somewhere a little bit more comfortable.
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No. 949360 ID: b1b4f3

>>949355
Considering you're in a facility designed to keep things in it safe, you have likely gone past safe limits of the use of your powers. Well, that, or you're subconsciously killing yourself with them. You need to learn restraint, both emotionally and paraspacially.

Also yeah you should definitely call for a medic. If you die now, you're going to leave your baby without a father, without anyone to teach them how to use their powers. That would be irresponsible.
While you're at it you should warn the others that the Kiter are probably going to monitor the facility closely to see if they can kill anyone who leaves it. Nobody gets to go outside for a while.
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No. 949362 ID: 465a14

>>949355
yea ok sounds good, have fun lying there

Let's just relax and see what happens this time.
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No. 949363 ID: 4cf79d

Demand that Kitsiksu fix your hearts problem. Wasn't that rude centipede supposed to act like a doctor? Make use of him.
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No. 949364 ID: ba56e6

>>949355
Try not to give up on life so soon. Can you message Tirzi?
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No. 949366 ID: 8545bd

>>949355
>Name
If you like puns, Juan Fiver.
Juan O'Fore Fiver.

Your memories gave you some idea of how to use your abilities, but you may have to practice if you wish to use them without self-harm.
Maybe eat some food. Can't fix yourself without stuff to fix it with.
As to the rest. Did you ask the Director if you're allowed to die? You've made mistakes that have made you a failure to yourself. Are you going to fail the director too?
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No. 949367 ID: cdabe3

Hey look, you’ve been having a hard day, okay? You’ve been released from the only life you knew, joined what was once an enemy faction, became intimately involved with a lover before you understood what was happening, have fathered a child of some kind, and took out your frustrations on someone who you cared about. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed and stressed out right now!

Take a moment to gather yourself though, and then pick yourself up and keep going. I know you can do this, you have incredible potential within you. I know you can keep moving!
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No. 949368 ID: 094652

Lackey, you have an extreme case of bipolar disorder. You need help, your director needs help, so go get help with your teleport powers. Find a warzone and extract survivors.
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No. 949369 ID: 3ce8ff

>>949368
lets NOT use our paraspaical powers right now as that has been identified as a possible cause of current physical problems
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No. 949371 ID: 91ee5f

>>949355
>now I have to go talk to some random defector.
Sisirri never said that you have to immediately go talk to the defector. She merely informed you that there was someone that wanted to talk to you. That person isn’t going anywhere, so you can wait if you don’t want to talk to them right now.

>>change name
>I've got nothing.
How about Wayko?
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No. 949475 ID: 1ed92d

>>949355
Sounds like you need emergency medical attention. Let's go call for help from Tirzi!
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