Space is a huge place with big jobs and big trouble.
It's going to be up you to deal with some of those.
>Voldran Drone The Network has picked up chatter about a new race, and you're the closest one to them. You're traveling through space, waiting for the Fold Field to align and allow for safe travel.
But you are sensing several ships headed to you.
>Godango Your Com-Link is loading the data for the target. Seems the humans want you to bring in some kid who committed a few crimes around the embassy, like Breaking and Exiting plus some IP theft.
Of course, they want him alive. Though you might not be able to find them in this massive alien city that reaches into the sky.
>Frank Smith This is probably not what you had in mind when you signed up. Sure, you're in a heavy walker, moving the equivalent of an apartment building around, but the constant package moving has become tiresome.
Except for a moment like this, when they're about to come down on people's head!
>Gaius Space can be quite boring when it just becomes a job. Go here, grab this, take it there, repeat. But at least it's getting broken up with some flight practice.
Try to avoid the asteroids and your friends' shots.
>Rachel From up here, the city seems so much more normal. The giant aliens visiting the starport seem similar to you now, but you have work to do.
>>649403 When I was told about this new job, I thought I would help protect an embassy or something… But not having to deal with petty thieves of this low level… Well let's brush these thoughts aside, first let's stop the guy, and then complain should be a good enough warmum at least…
>>649403 "Hey, Nal, look at this. Sounds like an easy job right?" I call smugly to my best friend as I make note of the details. "This better pay well and not involve me flying around some alien sewer.." The small grey winged humaniod replied as he floated over to look at the screen. "Well.. I actually have some bad news about that second part.."
>>649424 The suit has a built in mic was in my hand in a moment as I shout ''You have been spotted robbing purses near the startport. Stop right now and this will be brief. But keep going and I will be allowed to kick your ass''
>>649424 Ah, the lonely-ones then. If communication with the merchant vessels- >"Merchant-fleet 055673 requesting permission to dock at-" -is required in THIS sector, we shall need to use our transmitter-device. '2d10' there are ripples in the Fold…
>>649446 Analyzing: situation displays high probability of pirate-defects in the smaller vessels. >remove pirate >no certainty in their pirate-status. Should confirm first >irrelevant, human-hive portrayed as fascinating. Disregard merchants Situation requires clarification. We open comms with merchant vessels. "Greetings, merchant-vessels. There appear to be several other vessels approaching you. May you clarify their intent? They appear rather hostile at the moment."
>>649453 ''Resisting arrest aren't we?'' I land and switch to PWR form. Taking my shield and my gun, then to taunt him, I tap my shield with the gun, as if daring him to come get me >Arsenal, changing shield to great weapon
>>649460 "You're not ruining this for me, tin can!"
His tongue comes out and strikes toward you!
Dodge it! Beat 5 and you can Counterattack.
>>649462 "You too! They're kinda cute aren't they? Being all small, like your friend there. Though they must be really popular or something, the human met with a bunch of other aliens yesterday. Those guys were bad tippers though."
>>649471 "Not much more than you couldn't get with a warrant." The Bartender says, shooting some of the Drinkers a look. "A couple of them were well dressed, but clearly from off world. All had body guards. One managed to let some stuff slip, but I just can't recall."
>>649472 His squishy head doesn't take as much damage as you thought he would. He manages to punch in a bit to your joints.
>>649469 Four drone - sized ships, or larger? >alerting nearby authorities. "Two merchant vessels under attack in quadrant-" >get closer; we want to hit them with our claws >avoid their missiles. Increase proximity A short Fold-jump into the middle of their formation should bypass their missiles as we make contact. "Pirate-Aggressors, cease your attacks. We do not wish to silence your voices, but will do as we must."
>>649474 ''Yeah, you can prove yourself guilty once I'm done'' I say, already losing my patience with him. I draw my pistol and shoot him right in the stomach at point blank range >arsenal, ranged '1d10+2'
>>649479 now that he's stunned, I shoot him again, on the face. aiming for an eye. I can just say he got it bad when I crashed down on him and it was just an accident After all, no one would believe in a criminal over me… '1d10+2'
>>649478 "Unprovoked aggression is unbeneficial to others. Proper authorities have been notified." Fire on all four ship's weapon systems. '4d10+2' "We shall minimize injuries from your aggression until authorities arrive."
>>649482 Oh no he won't Casually make my way to him ''You know. Before you decided to steal that purse, you should have thought; 'Man, I might end up making a certain cop really mad doing this'…'' Raise my gun to him again ''Well, now just look at the situation you got yourself into'' Shoot '1d10+2'
>>649483 >12 Two of the vessels get a whole side of their combat ships sheared off. Their engines are damaged to. They aren't moving. >10 The front side of their missile boat is gone, but it is still operable. >3 This must be the Leader. He managed to evade your attack and fire back.
Voldran Drone 3/5
Pirate Boss ?/?
>>649484 Even a rubber bullet does damage. He's holding his bleeding head as he cries on the ground, rolling around in pain.
>>649488 ''Yeah, I hope you won't forget this lesson, you filthy garbage.'' I wish I could spit at him from inside the robot, but oh well. Pick up the radio ''Yeah, Rachel here. I just got a purse robber trying to resist arrest and reacting with aggresion. Don't worry I dealt with him''
>>649488 "It was not your score to take. Contributing to your hive is the acceptable method of aquisition, not taking without giving in return." Now that we're latched on, we start removing weaponry manually, keeping an eye on the asteroids as they get closer. '1d10' pincher attacks
>>649491 ''Roger.'' I turn off the radio and let out a sigh, then take my foot off the guy ''Man, you're lucky I got called. I was thinking of breaking your hand or shooting off your eye, but I guess I'm in a better mood after this. ''Now Get your slimy ass up, I'm taking you to where scum like you belong'' Start cuffing him
>>649492 Perhaps he does not realize we have a missile remaining. Fire the spore missile on a trajectory that carries it through his engines, while we Fold away in the gap between firing and contact. Teleport: automatic Missile: '1d10+2' instant
>>649493 He doesn't fight back when you restrain him. Despite his size, he'd probably still comply even if you got out off the robot.
There's a nearby police precinct nearby. They quickly take him and download your edited video.
When you get back to the Chief, who looks like a towering Goat, he's handling several phones.
"Thankfully, someone here understands the concept of responding to calls. Got a simple job for you Rachel. You know about the Aquus?"
>>649494 He can't steer anymore, and the missiles that struck the asteroid create both a wall and a shotgun attack to his ship. The micro fragments damage and destroy the remaining missiles, taking the ship and pilot.
The massive asteroid they were using as a base begins powering up and starts fleeing. You can feel its Fold engine lighting up!
>>649496 "Then I wouldn't call you. Worse, they're flyers and they're wealthy. I'll be needing you to stay on point with them while they come close some trade deal. Seems they like to bring their whole family with them, and I want you to make sure none of them venture to far without supervision."
"But keep everything on the down low. I don't need any trouble being seen on the news."
>>649495 A regrettable loss by silencing his voice, but acceptable. Spore pods are still charging. Likelyhood of burrowing deep enough to reach engine in time: uncertain. Stopping the asteroid might be beyond this drone's capacity. Hail the merchants. "Immediate threat neutralized, authorities have been notified. Are you well?"
>>649499 "Cracked here and there; similar to what you would refer to as 'bruises.' They will heal. We regret that we cannot stop their base, but they will likely jump before our spores recharge." >how soon until authorities arrive? >wwe can take them; pursue asteroid! >negative. Situation resolved in a satisfactory manner. Resume main objective. "FFair travels, merchant-hive. May your voice always be heard."
>>649482 I laugh and gently pat my friend on the back, making him lung forward just a bit. "See Nal, you do get noticed." "At least its not half as large as me like the last place.. Thanks by the way." The wingling says and relaxes a bit with the drink. I glance at the address, do I know the area already? '1d10'
>>649403 I thought those loaders were supposed to secure these damn things before we moved them! Are they just precariously perched and leaning, or actually falling down? Because if they're just leaning then I can probably solve the issue. Not sure how fast this rig is.
>>649510 Ugh. Set down whatever I'm carrying, and move over there. I'm gonna have words with whoever put these things at that angle. Phys check to reposition the cargo so that it isn't going to murder someone. '1d10+2'
>>649508 "You think you can break in?" "Of course I can, but you better be ready to smash what's inside." "I'm not Bulk. I only smash who needs to be smashed, really ." "So.. that time with the Kitsune was.." "He was stealing from us, it was our ship money, and we were getting close to en-" The wingling chuckles. "Yea, I remember, still a good point for you." Nalor uses master thief to help him break into the door. '1d10' ?
>>649517 Hopefully she's not the one who stacked that cargo so haphazardly. It's a hell of a lot easier to chew out someone your own size… "Right, right. I just about finished, so let's get that done."
>>649524 Excellent! Resuming primary objective: contact the Earth-hive Humans! Initiating Fold-jump! …After sending a few taunts in response to the insults. >GET ON WITH IT! After which we're off! Next stop, human-hive!
>>649532 "Everything's still fine here. Nothing's gone into the red yet, anyway." I'm just going to have to trust her not to walk me into a wall. "As for food, I'll tend to eat just about anything, though I'll admit I'm not too good with really spicy things. So I'll probably just end up ordering what you do."
>>649534 "I don't think they make porions small enough for you. We'll share then." She says excitedly before being interrupted.
"Frank, are you hitting on the new girl?" Bailey says over the elevator radio. "Heading up?"
>>649535 Several of the hive voices start hitting into you. Looks like your connection is back.
You hear sounds of papers shuffling and keyboards being clicked.
"Alright, good news is we have your location. Weird little things, but if you wanna see them, whatever. Thing is, I'm going to need you to check in here with us. Security has been upped in these parts. Come to Port 3, for your safety."
>>649539 The girls go on with their banter. Bailey usually bringing up some of Andole's mistakes and inexperience. The talk sounds normal, but Bailey wouldn't even come up to Andole's knee, and neither would you.
The Elevator slows to a stop.
>>649540 "Listen, I'm just here to connect some cables. But I'll tell you what I saw. Some of those fuzzy Vicna guys in suits. When they come around, we clear out. They're bad news, and they were here just a few hours ago."
>>649541 >Why are there so many on the radio? >The Commander talked to you… The defense turrets lock on to you, but frequently dart around as you approach. The door opens just enough to let you in and are greeted by an armored Tibber. He only stands about half your height, but there's lots more of them running around.
"Boss said you're heading out to meet some other race? Can I get your intentions and then your radio?"
>>649545 "Yes, we are headed to meet the Humans. We are curious as to what our new hive-brethren are like, and what assistance we can offer them." We hesitate when he asks for our radio. "We apologize, but without our soundbox, we cannot communicate in ways understandable to the Linkless. Is there need for it's removal?"
>>649546 "Well, it's just you, so whatever. I'm just here to do my job."
"About the radio, I need to upload our specific Friend/Foe codes. No wireless, I need to plug it in. I'm sure you wouldn't mind not being able to talk to me for a bit instead of getting shot by the system. Though if you came here, you might already know to expect getting shot at."
>>649548 "Yeah, my daughters, they'll like these." He says to no one in particular. His eyes have that drugged up, glazed over look. "Maybe they'll have more with them if I follow."
>>649550 "Understood. A temporary inconvenience is no problem. And we are used to getting shot at. It happens often; we have grown to accept it as part of many greetings." Surrender the radio, asking the hive where exactly I have jumped to.
>>649552 There's a lot of discourse going on. The last few Voldrans mention it being easy enough to pass by there.
The Tibber is fussing with his Com-Link, trying to make sure everything goes by the book.
"We've gotten some more pirate attacks and raids in the area. Watch yourself while you're out there. You're only about two fold jumps away, but getting to the points where you can do it will be dangerous."
"Shame too. I was thinking of bringing the family over here. The mining work is way easier out here."
>>649553 "Everyone who was in the ship is already headed towards Command. It should just be you two, so park the bot where you can find space. Just investigate the source of the smoke. We aren't reading any fires, but the sensors might be acting up here."
>>649554 He shakes his head and sanity seems to return to his eyes for a moment. Or at least the drugs are wearing thin.
"The Vicnans, they move all their goods to one final area before they go to the starport. If we follow them, can you get me more doll clothes? And food?"
He finally holds up an old doll, clothing haphazardly put on it.
>>649878 "Like you were here next to me." Bailey responds.
The ship is much larger now that you are out of your robot. It's a much different feeling being in a vessel meant for people several times your height. The smoke is coming through a nearby door, getting thicker by the moment.
>>649879 "Right, let's get moving. It's probably gonna take me a while to get there on foot, so don't hold back on my account, Andole." Start heading over there. "Hope that, if there is a fire, the extinguishers still work…"
>>649880 "Oh, yeah!" She snaps out of her trance. "If you need to reach a high spot, just tell me. No shame in asking a girl for help."
You both head off down the smoking hallways. Andole has to get low to avoid the smoke.
Roll 2d10. >>649881 The Tibber's ears move towards its side, listening on his headset.
"Are you for real? You sure about that then. Okay, you'll have to tell the board about it, not me." He turns back to you. "If you don't mind a bit of a deviation, we have a job for you. It's still headed towards the location you want, but we can use your particular talents."
>>649555 "Indeed. We even had to stop one such pirate attack with this drone before jumping here." >Friend-hives in conflict with this hive need redirecting. Suggested alternative paths include… "inform friend-hives with time-priority shipments through this sector to reroute, preferably through-" >Routing shipments with Security-priority through this sector may be beneficial. "-This meeting is unexpected. When last we passed through, this sector was empty." >>649882 Tilt our head in interest. "Deviation is inevitable. We are happy to assist friend-hives whenever we can. How may we assist?"
>>649884 It isn't long before you find the location of the smoke. One of the installed apartments has billowing smoke coming out of it. The top floors don't seem to be doing too well. Worse, they're right near one of the air vents, the smoke will get everywhere at this rate.
>>649884 "Good. This might save us money and ships. You'll be escorting one of our merchant ships out of the system. We've got two more fighters, but they'll be better off with a third." He turns towards his digital tablet and moves some figures around. "They're getting everything loaded now. Do you need anything before you go?"
>>649886 Ech. "Hey, are the extinguishing systems in the hangar here still working? The top couple floors are going up in smoke, and it's heading into the vents. Can you reroute the smoke outside, instead of it spreading through the station?"
>>649886 >Combat? The loss of this drone would push back contact with human-hive considerably… >our assistance can ensure the safe journey of merchant-vessel. >Tibber-hive's gratitude is a worthwhile investment. >continuing journey with armed escort preferable to risking this drone by isolating it. "Might we have some high-fiber consumables before our departure? A "snack" to help replenish our spores would increase this drone's efficiency."
>>649895 "Roger." I'll look at the apartment, and then at Andole. "Well, looks like we need to make sure this thing was installed properly, or if something on the fritz." Is there an entrance I can get to, or am I going to have to ask Andole to drop me on the roof?
>>649901 Well, I was mostly thinking of seeing if I couldn't run a diagnostic from a ground terminal, but if that's how it's got to go, then that's it. "Hey, Andole, mind if I get a lift up to the problem floors?"
>>649895 "Greetings, Friend-Dusky. We wish to be guided to the merchant-vessel's dock to seek nutrients. May you be of assistance?" >Interesting hive-brethren, using machines to travel even where most do not need them. >Perhaps offering chum would be beneficial for relations? >Risk offending Friend-dusky. also, this drone lacks chum.
>>649907 "Well, iron is an important mineral to have in your diet, though we don't literally eat slabs of it." I'll chuckle a little. "Just blame us for being dense." Right, time to poke my head into this building. "Going to see if I can't find a terminal somewhere in here, see if the block was installed properly. I'll keep in contact."
>>649908 "Woah, I didn't expect to be seeing anything else than Tibbers here. But yeah, I can take you there, it's where I'm headed." A bright light is projected onto his eye from the suit. "Wait, are you the other fighter pilot who is joining me!?"
>>649911 "Tell me when you need a hand to get down."
"You'll have to wait elsewhere, Andole." Bailey interrupts. "The fans are giving me trouble now. Go check that out in the meantime. Frank, I'm getting some readings now. Head to the next floor and check the rooms."
>>649914 A few rooms into your investigation, you notice that some of the smoking rooms have had people put stuff in already. There's a few medium sized bags with what looks like drinks in them. Blues and greens and yellows, they might be tasty if you didn't have your helmet on right now.
And then you find something bad. A set of cellphones wired to duffel bags…
>>649503 ''Don't cause trouble, got it. And hey, sorry about the complaints but I can't be perfect now can I?'' Walk away through the door with a smirk and close it behind me ''Alright, time to keep my eyes on some rich fliers…'' Head off to their ship
>>649913 "We are assisting in the defense of merchant-vessel. However, we were informed we would be the third escort; there is another we have not met." >Hive-Tibbers outsourcing protection for their merchant-vessels? Perhaps this piracy is more serious than previously believed. >Hiring of outside escorts not unprecedented. >Yet is uncommon. Hive-Tibber is a very proud hive, they dislike reliance on other hives. "Encountering your hive is unexpected. What led to Friend-dusky taking this job?"
>>649923 "Oh my god, Bailey, it's a bomb." I'll look at the beeping ones. Is it on a countdown, or what? "One of them seems to have malfunctioned, which is where the smoke's coming from. Checking to see if they're on a timer."
>>649921 "Best way for us Ceteans to get combat experience. Says here you're a hive mind, so they should let you know how important rank is for us. Still have to go back and take the tests, but more hours means less time then. Come one, last one is a surprise, even for me." He guides you down a few elevators to where the Merchant Vessel is being loaded. It holds Tibber colors on every part of it, but Dusky's ship next to it stands out with its bright yellow.
"There it is. Loading some stuff for the Tibbers. What do you know about Humans?" Dusky asks, pointing to a robot loading things with guidance from the crew.
>>649925 "Very little, hence why we have sent this drone to make contact." Search the hive for what info we do have on Humans. '1d10' "It is a fine merchant-vessel. Where might we aquire the nutrients?"
>>649928 "Well, they're not set to go off for hours yet, so barring any of them malfunctioning like that other one, they should be safe to dispose. I'm going to take a closer look at them, see if they're working properly. If they are, I should be able to disable them. They're kinda… well, I guess calling them a hack job is being gracious." Time to flex my engineering skills. '1d10'
>>649930 "I'm way to tired to even think right now. I'm just operating by reading what comes out of the Com-Link. These Aquus don't stay near the ship like we tell them to, and we've got several people trying to sneak on board in the past half hour because of an internet rumor. Can you believe that?"
>>649935 The second bag takes a bit longer for it's reverse complexity. Not that it was well made, but that there is unnecessary clutter everywhere.
You hear a mechanical grinding behind you and manage to dodge a Delivery Droid's attack!
>>649936 "Two of them, actually. One, giving your beloved an Aquus feather guarantees your love life. Most of the throngs of people outside saw that one on the RegularReading site. Two, unsavory folks believe that… Oh you have got to be kidding me!"
He points up to the air, there's some really big bird flying!
>>649931 "Understood. We shall assist in the escort of the merchant-vessel." Accept the nutrients from him, then start consuming them, remembering the "manners" several hives find important. "Speaking machines? We did not think the Hive-Tibber had such technology. Is this a new development?"
>>649940 Great. Either it's malfunctioning, thinks I'm a thief, or it's under remote control. "Bailey, I've got a delivery droid taking swings at me. I think it's compromised." Dodge that droid. It can't be but so fast, right? '1d10'
>>649940 >Human This drone pauses, it's gaze focusing on the machine. >This is a human >human there >this is meeting human-hive The drone's eyes slowly close, then creep back open in an extremely slow blink. >HUMAN!!! In an instant, the drone has closed the distance and is looking over the machine. "GREETINGS HUMAN-HIVE! We are extremely pleased to meet- You are within a machine, much like the Ceteans. are you also an aquatic species? Possibility that you ARE the machines: which hive created your hive? Your vehicle appears very high-density, is this a result of- We are Voldra. We offer assistance- Query about habitat, diet- Greetings! We are pleased to meet you- OFFER THE HUMAN-HIVE SUSTENANCE! We are sorry, what form of diet does your hive require? We have-" >FOR THE HIVE'S SAKE, LET THE HUMAN-HIVE RESPOND!!! WE'RE DOING IT AGAIN- "-We have several contracts for disposal of slag metal. Perhaps human-hive has use for them? We have little need for-" And so forth and so on, a thousand different voices all pushing their own queries to the forefront, until the drone finally just locks up in place, finally falling silent.
>>649957 It's been poorly modified. Like a child found a junked robot and failed to fix it properly. It's got lots of exposed bits and pieces. You can see where it's winding up for a punch and learned to dodge it this time.
Enemy 'bot 4/3
>>649960 The pilot/driver is shocked to see you pull up and turns sharply. This guy speeds off towards the sunset, away from you.
"Oh, I didn't know this starport had robot guards." The Aquus says, flying right next to you.
>>649975 "…Apologies for our outburst. We were not expecting to meet human-hive so abruptly. Our voices were not properly prioritized. We are the Voldra. We are… very excited to meet the new hive." The drone finally breaks it's gaze to look at the flashing lights. "We have five minutes to prepare for launch. Hopefully we may have more… coherent sharing of voices during the trip."
"Yeah, sorry. I was a little taken aback to. It's nice to meet an Alien who isn't shooting at me for once. I'd like to chat a bit more once we're out of here, I'll just need to run some diagnostics for me and Dusky here. Where's your ship?"
>>649987 "Why would we shoot at a new hive? In our experience, it is usually the new hive doing the shooting." The drone's head tilts as it starts finishing it's nutrients. "Voldra do not use ships. We are born of the Fold."
>>649992 "Yeah, I'm fine. This droid's a real hodge-podge, though it managed to move everything on here." Sigh. "Could you get the hazardous materials team down here to clean this up? And get one of the tech guys, too, see if we can't dig whomever did this out of its memory banks."
>>649992 "We are shielded. The carapace of our drones is simply thicker than that of most hives." Can this drone take-10 on prepping my Spore Missiles? This is a combat escort after all, and it has just finished refueling.
>>650002 "It's probably sabotage. This cabin's got two sacks of home-made bombs that were set to go off in a few hours, most likely after this bucket was out in space. At any rate, I'm heading back to my rig, should be there in a bit." I'll start making for the fire escape. Hopefully nothing eventful will happen on the way back.
>>650004 The Tibber space station personnel move with mechanical efficiency. Everything is clean and by the books. The doors open slightly, allowing you and your two comrades to exit first. Dusky's ship seems like a slightly larger version of himself floating through the waters. You can see where it can bend and where the engines can twist and turn alongside it. The Human, however, seems to be able to change its configuration and fly alongside you! It's carrying some rifles and a number of grenades on it's underside. >"Escorts, all clear out there?" The radio asks.
>>650005 It's an easy slide down. Though it seems Andole had a harder time. She's covered in dust and dirt from the vents.
>>650028 Stationary targets that won't remain stationary long. We must seize this opportunity. "Ships are currently stationary as they de-Fold. We shall attempt to thin their ranks." Five Spore Missiles, five targets. Odds are good that we can even these odds. '5d10+2' +2 AGI tier
>>650026 He seemingly teleports in front of you. His head is bigger than you, his eyes as big as full body mirrors.
"But you're so small! You're the smallest one I've ever seen! Can I, can I pick you up?" He says eagerly.
>>650029 Two of them are bisected clean in half. Two more have chunks ripped off of them. The last one tanks the hit, but it's left smoking.
"You can do that…" Fen says, flabbergasted.
"Hey, don't gawk just yet!" Dusky yells over the radio.
Voldran 5/5 Fen 5/4 Dusky 5/5
8 Pirate Ships remain
>>650030 "I just had my feathers cleaned at the Stylist too…"
The journey to the Mech is quieter, in a sense. Bailey is ordering people around and you can hear the elevator start up. Andole helps you into the mech, but spends most of the ride down trying to clean herself.
>>650033 "Spores will require time to reform. Eight aggressors remain. Recommend targeting damaged vessels first, then engaging remaining enemies." We lack other ranged weaponry, so must wait and focus on maneuvering while we close the distance.
>>650043 Pfft. "Slow down there a bit, Andole. I just meant that this place is probably gonna be on lockdown for a while, so it's either we get delivery, or see what they've got in the cafeteria." I'll flip my visor back up and rub my eyes a bit. Think I got some smoke in them. "At any rate, we've still got work to do. Though we're probably gonna have to fill out a report or something for that mess."
>>650054 "Yeah, yeah. Standard Procedure for the two of you. Just fill out what you saw, what happened, and then we'll all be on our way." He sends Andole a copy of the forms to her Com-Link, while he's got a nice pile of papers for your to fill out. "And all this before we even head out. Sheesh, what a bad sign."
It takes a few hours of forms being filled out before the two of you are allowed outside contact. You're finally free to call in that order or head to the restaurant.
>>650067 >>650059 Once the paperwork has been cleared, you're allowed to go out into town with one of the basic machine bodies. It lacks the transformation abilities, but it's much better looking in a crowded area.
The restaurant is a family run place. The chairs were bought from local store, and so were the ingredients. Two of the patrons look on as Andole walks in with a robot behind her.
"So, what do you think? Nice little place isn't it?"
>>650069 "It is. And judging by the smell coming in through the air vents, this place is going to live up to your glowing review." I'll do a quick look-around of the room. Are we supposed to wait until being seated, or is it a do-it-yourself kind of restaurant?
>>650073 An understandable tactic; however, in this scenario, he has furthered our own goals. Focus on reorienting the drone and recovering from the blast; we can then focus on continuing to protect the Merchant-vessel. '1d10' recovering.
>>650101 Fire one Spore at the Enemy Fighter, and another at the Attacker. '1d10+2' '1d10+2' "We see you, Human-Fen. Providing assistance." Fold-Teleport him away from where they've pinned him, preferably behind this drone so he can recover.
>>650101 "Well, I wouldn't mind a glass of water to start with. Though… how small do your glasses go?" As for the food choices… "How about that one?" I'll gesture towards the one I can safely digest. "Think that should be good?"
>>650108 Well, in that case, it'd be rude not to eat. Hopefully the cockpit is low enough that I can get onto the table. And I'll have my headset, so conversation shouldn't be a problem. "I'm going to have to be sure to try and get a piece with some of the seasonings on it, then." Considering the scale of it, though, even a hefty chunk for myself is less than a nibble for her.
>>650112 "I'll cut it for you." Andole says as she casually wields what would be the Buster Sword to you like the child safe knife it is. Some of the remaining customers take pictures while the waiter stands there.
"It was mentioned that you Humans were small, but I didn't think you'd be that small. Maybe like those Tibbers, but wow." The Waiter finally exclaims.
>>650123 The rest of the dinner goes as expected with Andole trying to let any comments about dates wash off her feathers while the waiter and chef come and make some comments at her. The fish is still plenty spicy, though, but you'll have plenty of leftovers.
>>650124 "Negative. This drone still retains flight capacity." Fly back to the merchant-vessel, taking it slow so as not to lose our grip on Human-Fen. "You are much heavier than your size would suggest, Human-Fen. Is Earth a high-gravity planet?"
>>650128 "You and Dusky said the same thing, you know. But yeah, it seems Earth is much higher than the galactic average. Hey, if you don't mind, put me down on that rock over there!" She points to an asteroid spinning in place.
>>650131 "…If you are certain, Human-Fen." Try to fly along with the asteroid's rotation, synchronizing with it so that we can drop her off with little margin for error. "Might we inquire your interest in this particular asteroid?"
>>650137 "They came out right as the ship showed up, so it should belong to them. Can you carry both of us?" Fen inquires. "Sorry, but this is still weird to me. I'm not used to having to ask for this kind of ride."
>>650143 "What other forms of rides are humans used to asking for?" we inquire as we latch onto the asteroid, doing our best to slow down it's rotation so we can control it's flight over to the merchant-vessel. '1d10' "Will Human-Fen be able to replace the lost machine? We will do what we can to assist in acquiring materials if needed."
>>650145 "Much smaller things. Or our machines give us rides, just nothing of your scale. Until now, I guess."
Fen holds on to you as you move the space rock.
"I think with you and Dusky around, I won't need a mech anymore. I'm his bad luck charm and he won't let anything happen to me until he gets his promotion. And you, were you really looking for Humans?"
>>650146 "Yes. We are always glad to meet new hive-brethren, especially ones who are not immediately engulfed in a war. At this time, this drone is all we can spare, but in time we will be able to offer more assistance." The drone's head tilts as he pilots the rock back to the ship. "We will ensure no harm comes to Human-Fen. We enjoy your voice, and wish to hear your answers."
>>650152 "They aren't very careful. They take a little off the top, and I skim that too. No one bothers me if I hang around them." He says as he gets up. "Just, stay quiet and stay low. They still don't like people getting close."
Once out the door, he points to an apartment complex a ways away. "Do you have a weapon?" He asks hesitantly.
>>650172 "He's loud and annoying and he calls his friends. They smell." He leads you a way, towards some maintenance shafts. "Cold and dark, easy to get yourself misplaced." >Roll a 3d10 for travel >Nalor can boost one roll, use a d20
>>650159 ''What the…'' Try to locate the lasers and jump to the aquus fellow, raising my shield to cover him and protect him from possible incoming attacks as I try to find where are the sources of the laser aims
>>650175 Nalor has no trouble moving through the shafts here. It's pretty big for him, and he scouts ahead where he can.
You're only two blocks away from the building. A couple of Gangers and more than a few punks around, but you can act cool and blend in, or try any other way you can think of to reach the apartment complex.
>>650177 There are two more laser lights! Move out of the way! >4 shooters
>>650182 "Dammit" I mutter as I hold the shield with a hand and pull the aquus With the other "Get up, MOVE!" he has one Second to get up on his own or else I'm dragging him back with my other hand… Just hope this doesn't overload the robot or something…
>>650192 No flight huh? Alright, change of plans Drag him into a corner and find somewhere to take cover with him Once I get us to cover, turn on my Com-link and contact the chief "CHIEF, THIS IS OFFICER RACHEL REQUESTING BACKUP. THERE'S FOUR SHARPSHOOTERS SURROUNDING ME AND THEY ARE AFTER THE AQUUS, I REPEAT, I NEED BACKUP NEAR THE WAREHOUSES BY THE PORT, THEY ARE AFTER THE AQUUS" I shout for help, glancing up from the cover to see if I can spot any of the shooters. Draw my gun… It won't kill them, but it might hold them off long enough… "I should just let these guys take you away… You would be a good example for the others…" I mutter to the aquus, unsure if it even heard me
>>650197 Stand behind cover for a bit, the get up with my shield and gun raised as I point the gun at him "One move and your alien brain is gonna make a new paint job on the floor." I say loud and clear, hoping my gambit works… Because if they find out these bullets are rubber…
>>650209 >>650210 Fuck If things get ugly, I might have to do something really crazy… Hide behind cover, and shoot some fake shots near them just to keep them away What wouldn't I give for real bullets right now…
The Star-Port city of E'bren is a big and dangerous place. The massive tower that reaches into the heavens in the middle of it attracts all sorts of aliens from the nearby sectors. The opportunities it offers for legitimate living attracted numerous aliens and organizations, as well as numerous criminal groups to the region. With it, the lower areas have become more grimey and desolate as they steal funds, making large parts of the city mired in squalor and poverty. >Rachel You are under fire from three different assailants! There's one more rushing to finish you off and take the Aquus alien you've been charged to protect. You can't fly with him and you'll have to hold out until backup arrives, but he's slowly waking up. Do what you can to survive just a little longer and get your Mech back online!
Alium Shooter ?-1/? Alien Gunner ?/? New ET Blaster ?/?
"What's that noise?" The bird-like Aquus alien says.
>Gondango You are making your way towards an apartment complex by a large, rodent-like alien. Between moments of lucidity, he's been telling you and pointing out numerous places and members of a local criminal group that the Human target is with.
"Hey, do you hear that?" Nalor asks, pointing in the general direction of the east, opposite of where you are going. Gunshots and the sounds of police sirens can be heard. This might make your approach to the complex and your target easier, depending on how you want to act on your way there.
>>650704 "That's the noise of our impending Doom. All because you just HAD to race me" We can't die in here! Get the system back online by the only way I know how Kick it good until it works again '1d10' "Work! *CLANG* you fucking *CLANG* Stupid *CLANG* Thing!" *CLANG*
>>650707 "Not in my watch we ain't" God how I wish I actually remembered how to operate this thing "Come on don't fail me now…" I pull and push levers and buttons on full despair mode, hoping something useful would happen '1d10'
>>650707 "Nice catch Nal." "I know, just hurry up and try not to break it this time.." "Well if you didn't always pick rickety old pathways.." >everyone else I'm not clear on how many that means or where, but I'll try throwing a chunk of broken structure toward the opposite way of the ladder. '1d10' STR
>>650711 It's near a busy street that the material lands. 4 vehicle alarms go off and now you have some panicking. Lots of aliens of varying sizes are rushing to their homes, unsure of what's going on. Now is the best time to sneak in!
>>650710 "Oh yeah" I mutter as I get back online "Oh Fuck" I mutter as I see who's coming for me "Chief where the hell are you?!" I shout at the radio as I shoot blindly in their direction to keep them away '1d10+2'
>>650712 Time to take full advantage. "There you go, even a glacier like you can get in now." Nalar sneers at me as he stealthes easily '1d10' I will just climb the ladder and hope for the best. '1d10'
>>650715 The four story apartment complex you head into is mostly empty. Some signs of people staying overnight exists, like rolled up mattresses and blankets can occasionally be found, but the place is empty except for the sound of talking down the hall.
Nalor check his own Com-Link, a very strong wifi signals is blasting, and you can hear some laughing from a television.
>>650719 You are a professional at this. Despite your bulk, you'd probably be able to sneak up on Nalor if you really tried like this. There's a room on the third floor, right by the stairs, where what looks like a guard is wasting time watching TV. He'd a furry looking guy, with a plasma rifle by his side.
>>650727 He grabs a bunch of dust and throws it into the air to distract the shooters, then fly's as fast and low as he can to get out of the room you were holding out in. He tries to dart between buildings to keep the shooters confused but looses a few feathers in the process.
>>650725 "What happened to you being lazy Nal?" "I'm. Not. Lazy. You're just more.. suited to the actual lifting of most of the aliens.." The wingling explains while searching the guard for keys or something useful '2d10' "And I'm more suited to the fine details." "Yea yea, I know I'll see who's in the hall." '2d10' look around the corner of the door into the hall to see who's coming.
>>650745 "Alright, you extract the little guy, I'll take of these two" '1d10' nalor backstabs the human, attempting to KO or at least knock over. '1d10' I cleave the two talking to him with my beanbag rounds.
>>650749 "Can't even manage someone this size?" I laugh heartily. "You were almost sneaky this time, but I'm not impressed yet. Lets see how your exit is." "It will be fine, they had one guard." And then we head to the ship!
>>650750 It's easy enough to just get out through the window. You went in fairly fast and no one is the wiser as you hide the Human and just pretend to be on your way. Your rodent escort quickly heads as you leave.
Your ship is safe and secure on the docks. Must feel nice to be back home.
>>650751 And a job well done too. We just have to keep an eye on him and make sure he gets back in one piece. "I think we earned a nice meal once we get paid here, don't you Nalor?" "I dunno, the ship could use a few upgrades, and you know how expensive a professional is." "She's floating just fine, we don't need to change her yet." "Yea, I guess you're right but I get to pick the planet this time. No more weird places with purple slime creatures.. their food was disgusting to look at even, I don't know how you ate six plates.." "It was part of our reward, would have been rude not to." "I'd hardly call a discount coupon part of a reward.." "It was all you can eat for 60 percent off! That's a good deal Nal." "Right. I'll just be checking my e-com." "Still hoping that brightwing girl is gonna message you?" "…That's private." "Come on' " "..Maybe a little.." and then satisfied with the day I also check my messages.
It's going to be a busy day for a lot of you. The U.H.F. Ankylosaurus is finally loaded and prepped to go. While much of its weapons have been removed, they've been replaced with factories to help make the voyage easier. Now, what is important is to make sure the crew is brought on board!
There's numerous lights going off in the space port's personnel area, with lots of aliens coming and going. Did you remember to pack your things and have your ticket ready to board your new assignment?
>>652527 "Even with this machine doing most of the work, I still feel tired. Why couldn't an aquatic race have hired us?" Dusky complains, his mech suit loaded with more filters and cleaning kits for the ships tanks. "At least the Resempians are closer to our size. Mind helping me out here?"
>>652528 >>652530 Both of you are in a floating Tram headed towards the ships, numerous bags of yours on the ground and in the slots above you. There's a lot of other humans looking out through the windows at the aliens walking around below them. A few wave down.
>>652529 "Over there, that guys looking for a pocket to pick. Or is it a girl? Either?" Nalor looks at you confused. "Neither? Anyways, remind me again why you so quickly took up the Humans on their offer? I'm sure we could have gotten a better job eventually."
>>652531 "Nal, why should we wait when opportunity presents itself now!" I grin and Nalor frowns at my diversion I lower my voice. "Fine.. When we finishing up lunch, my sister suddenly went insane, way worse than her usual fussing, I just didn't want to be on the same planet as her for a while, and this happened to show up at the same time."
>>652532 There's a group of female staff already near the door, huddled around a blocky satellite receiver.
"Gotta update my status." "Last selfies on this planet." "Giving up my blog is going to hurt. But, look! She's wearing my design down there!"
Your own Com-Link is showing only a few bars too.
>>652533 "Well, I knew it wasn't going to be trouble. But the contract was just long enough that I can apply for a promotion." He says, smiling now. "It's a hassle, but free room and food AND pay! There really isn't a better deal out there for us. And since we're showing blanks on that area, I'm sure I can talk my way into getting some finders fees added when I get back home. You, are you getting any signals from your bros over in that Sector?"
>>652534 You're also reminded of that big, stupid grin he had through his beak as he came to pick you up for your new assignment. How he thought this was a better fit than just being a simple officer and the Human Embassy agreed.
You even have a message from him.
"What's this bottle of 'Colgate' you left over here? Did you need it?"
>>652535 "You're going to have to deal with this eventually, but a few hundred Light Years might be what you need to cool down. At least they offered to fix up our ship as part of the deal. Look, you can see it over there."
Nalor points to one of the big windows, looking out towards the ship. Your ship is parked next to another one on an elevator, being risen up to the ship you'll call home soon.
"Did you at least leave her a message about where you're going?"
>>652536 Might as well ping out a few messages. Send one to Bailey, telling her she'd better not have replaced me by the time I get back. And one to Andole, telling her to stay out of trouble while I'm not there to pull her tail out of the fire.
>>652542 "I thought you were just bored!" I smile for a moment and then the mood fades. "If you want to message her fine, just don't make up stories about an alien wedding: she does not find it funny."
>>652541 You overhear the people behind you talking about their room assignments. The rest go on and on about leaving their last good byes.
>>652543 You make out a smily and a sad face, at least. The rest rely on Resempian features you still weren't familiar with. >Human Players "Please prepare for docking." Is announced on the overhead PA.
>>652544 "It might work if that wasn't your go to response. Or if you had more friends than me. But don't worry, I'll deal with her. Just make sure we actually get on the right ship this time. I don't want them making off with ours into who knows where."
Several posters begin flashing for the last location of boarding the Ankylosaurus.
>>652545 Well, I'm going to assume they're positive in nature and that she's wishing me a safe trip. And I've been prepared for docking since I got on this elevator. I know they've got to cycle us in, but did it always take this long?
>>652537 >>652538 "Actress Xi'Ghotda Boo-Ti has become involved in her thirty-first scandal since becoming a popular Vid Star, Xhirian Rebels are continuing to attempt an overthrow of their current government with another attack on a major trading city on-world, The Fedoh-Rafahgs have begun denouncing Humanity of undeserving of equal rights, as they do with every newly discovered species…" We pause, then simply continue moving. "It appears we have no immediately relevant information on that sector, Friend-Dusky. However, splinter factions of the Fedoh-Rafags may attempt to sabotage colonization efforts. We will continue to monitor them as best we can."
>>652548 "Sheesh, those guys are so much trouble. Can you believe they're still giving us trouble? We basically have to go completely battle ready whenever they're around. Did they ever give you guys trouble?"
>>652550 "To be honest, I already had one written up. This thing is fast, but I wanted to be sure. Still, you should send her something before we take off. It'll be a long time before we come back." He gives you a serious look.
>>652555 "At least say good bye. I know how much she can stew and boil over when you just disappear. It's not like you'll be able to read it. By the time she responds, we'll be lightyears away. At worst, she'll yell out into the void."
>>652556 "City's fine enough, as cities go. Assembly went pretty much like it was supposed to, aside from that little surprise in the apartments earlier." Scratch my chin a little. "You're missing out on the food, though. There are some decent restaurants out there, and even a few alien ones that serve humans. Make sure to do your research on what you can and can't eat, though. I was lucky and one of my coworkers pointed out the ones that wouldn't make me violently ill."
>>652553 "For a certain definition of 'trouble.' Mostly it is the splinter factions, or lone renegades seeking to further their agendas. Those tend to be more annoyance than threat, as they often come unequipped and lack practical experience. When they show up in force, however, then they are most certainly 'trouble.'" We shake our head to show our disapproval. "They are like petulant children, unwilling to learn from others. They have cost us many voices, yet theirs grates like claws on shale."
>>652557 "Fine. I'll write her something." I write a short and rather to the point email, saying I'm going on an escort job, and won't be in touch for a while. Ending it with 'May the mountain favor you, Gonzo.'
>>652558 She messes up her scans as she writes down the tips.
"Okay, I'll definitely do it this week. Hopefully…"
"Let's just focus on work. Get your ComLink ready, I have your room info and all that other stuff ready for you. They've even got some tips!"
>>652559 "That's being too kind to them. Come on, the elevator for us is up ahead. Hopefully I can go to my ship before I head to the tanks."
>>652560 "Nope, you managed to get one of the single ones. Pretty small, you'll probably be able to hear your neighbors. Hope you brought headphones."
>>652561 It takes a while for the message to go through the network, being up so high.
"Now turn it off. I don't want to receive one of her messages. She can type fast, and they're flagging us up ahead."
With that, the new crew of the Ankylosaurus is slowly but surely brought aboard. Rooms are being divied up, supplies are being loaded, and the situation looks like any other space vessel getting ready for space.
>>652562 "Attention, all combat capable crew should head towards their prescribed locations. All Non-Com staff should head to their rooms. This is not a drill." The PA system blares in numerous languages as metallic curtains start coming down around the station.
It repeats it warning, but now crowds of people are headed towards the elevators.
>>652562 >>654933 We tilt our head at the flashing lights, listening to the announcements until it fully registers. "It appears we are now under attack," we announce to Friend-Dusky, generating as many spore missiles as we can on our way to our station. "This is unusual. Humans have yet to create any major enemies, at least to our knowledge. Is this information faulty?"
>>654937 "Agreed. We can find how to assist from the humans stationed there." All legs devote to running to reach the ship. Getting left behind would be inconvenient; exiting the atmosphere of this planet on our own would be… exhausting.
>>654937 I'll raise an eyebrow. "Don't know what they'd need a mechanic for. All the pre-flight checks should have been made already." Readjust my carry-sack, and change course to the hangar. "Can't even board before they put me to work…" Grumble a bit as I walk.
>>654938 Aproaching the ship entrance with your papers, one of the humans in their robot suits lets you in. Approaching the ship, you feel the air start to become heavier.
"The boss is being coy," the machine pipes up, "but he wants everyone ready for something bad happening."
>>654941 >>654939 "Don't look at me like that, I just got orders to gather the combat crew, that's all. Head down the hall, the Tube will take you to the hanger. Head to your station and wait for further orders."
>>654940 The human machine is taken back when you and Dusky approach, but he quickly regains his composure. It's still weird to hear the machine, cough, though.
"Something's going down, or up, but you'll need to head to your rooms, or ships, if you have them. We haven't been told what's been going on, but that just sounds like it's worse."
>>654942 "Coughing can be a symptom of respiratory illness. Are you feeling well?" We tilt our head as he tells us to head to our rooms. "We are Voldra. We wish to assist. In what manner would our assistance best be provided?"
>>654943 "Hey, I don't even know if I should arm my gun or leave it to the side."
Your ship and suit are ready. But then your partner points you to a rather telling sight. The combat machines are having their weapons attached.
>>654945 "Just, something in my throat. Scans already showed you had your papers, just get on board, we'll find out what we need in a bit."
>>654944 >>654946 Your Com-Links start beeping, showing some of the equipment lists and displaying images of the Hanger.
"Attention crew, we've received word from the Orbital Platform crew. There's a large number of civilians aboard, and we have a large number of meteorites en route. We still have some supplies that haven't been loaded. We'll be offering our defense of they system until we get the all clear."
>>654947 Oh joy. So I get to hit rocks instead of lift things. Just how I wanted to start the trip. Hope they provide weaponry, because I don't want to have to try and catch those things. Unless they're using my suit to move things in faster, anyway. I'd rather not get hit in the face with giant slabs of space ice. Grumbling to myself on the trip down the tube, I'll see what I've got to work with. What have they made available?
>>654950 They aren't taking any chances. They're actually filling up your reservoir to max capacity. Soon, you get a thumbs up from the crew.
>>654952 "No, just doesn't it seem a little too much for a simple cleaning job?" Nalor finally chimes in with.
>>654953 You're equipped with Ballistics. Breaking up the meators into small chucks isn't the best thing, but it's better than letting them land on the planet.
>>654954 "Yeah, keep your, uhm, eyes right? Keep 'em open. I'll be scanning for anything weird, but I think the guys in charge are worried about the same thing. They're even recalling a few other battleships."
>>654955 Grand. Suppose I should pick a spot and wait until they're just out of range to start firing. Given the delay of ballistic weaponry, by the time the shell reaches them the meteors will be in effective range.
>>654960 Return to my body immediately. "Observation complete. Multiple Fold ripples detected within the meteorites. Armed assault is likely imminent. We must alert the humans and prepare for battle." Take-ten on generating Spore Missiles?
>>654965 Fire Three Spore Missiles directly into the middle of the meteorite cluster where I detected the ripples. "Humans! We are under attack! Prepare for combat with hostile forces!" '3d10+2' for those Spores
>>654969 It seems the humans are not listening. Perhaps they did not hear us? We crank up the volume on our vocalizer as high as it can go without causing damage. "HUMANS! THERE ARE MULTIPLE HOSTILES WITHIN THE MIDDLE OF THE METEORITE PILE! THEY WILL LIKELY ATTACK AT ANY MOMENT! PLEASE FOCUS FIRE ON THEIR POSITION!" Send out the last two Spores to act as beacons and further damage the attackers. '2d10+2'
>>654970 Instead of dispelling the chunks like you expected, your bullet is simply moved aside. You didn't even put a dent in that thing.
>>654971 The shot goes wide, but there's plenty of other targets behind it that it smashes into. You can see another color start coming out of a big meteorite.
>>654973 >>654972 Several of the mechs turn towards you, but you can see them tracking your bio missiles. When it hits the spot, you can see half of them aiming for the right area where a massive fold signature is, but the missed shots expect the target even more.
>>654972 Wince slightly, as that was a bit of a surprise. >>654974 Ah. That would explain the shouting. These can't be the same guys that put those amateur-hour bombs on the ship, though. Appraise. '1d10' And keep picking away at their meteorite shell. '1d10'
>>654977 Izzat so? Time to tinker with my sensors. Luckily I've got all my shit in my carry-on bag. All I gotta do is pop off that panel there, fiddle with this wire here, maybe clean that connector there… Tinker '1d10'
>>654974 Wince and grasp at our head as the second headache hits. What is this? Is something attacking me? >>654973 "YE-" Adjust the vocalizer to a more reasonable level. "Yes, human. Multiple Fold ripples within the meteorite cluster. It is a tactic we have often seen amongst pirates and other fallen voices."
>>654983 "Friend-Dusky… Something is wrong…" We must overcome these feelings! The humans require our assistance! '1d10' to fight off the despair. >>654982 "Those… who are… no longer of their hive… Your races have… many words for them…"
>>654987 >>654989 Ah to hell with them, their job was to prevent this jamming from happening in the first place "Don't shoot the pods.. Alright" Let's hold still for a bit and take aim while waiting for the ship to be in the best angle for a good shot
>>655005 Oh. That's just peachy. Let's shift to jet mode and hope that I can actually redirect those pods without them being torn apart. Dodging this shit is going to be fun. Fly through the meteorites to the nearest pod. '1d10'
>>655011 You've done this numerous times in a simulator. You're able to bring one of the pods in with a little strain.
>>655012 "We can use some of the bindings we use for live captures. It should hold in this trouble." Nalor adds in, already prepping it. "Just keep the ship steady this time and we can drag a few of them back!"
>>655015 Well, time to head out for another one. On my way out, I'll shoot a quick message to the hangar crew: "Make sure to doublecheck each pod; small chance could be pirates sneaking in using hostages as cover." And then out we go, into the hellzone that is space. '1d10+2' to fly between meteorites to the next pod. I had forgotten the Agility bonus last time.
>>655020 Welp, here we go. Shift to Robomode and latch onto the pod. Bring gun to bear on nearest ship. Really starting to wish there was some kinda middle form that could use a gun right now… Fire away. '1d10'
The enemy mothership is coming into sight. Despite its sleek fighters, the base ship looks like it was welded together from several ships. Non-standard markings can be seen all over it.
>>655034 You're almost near the Ankyloaur when your ship is rocked by the enemy ships. One of them with a green marking turns back towards you, aiming to finish the job.
>>655036 Getting you focused enough to make 7 bio missiles probably wasn't its plan. You can feel the pain lessen, even as it turns towards you.
>>655037 You're able to output even more energy from the engine than you'd safely try to and grab onto one of the pods. You can actually feel the frantic banging of someone inside of it! But watch out, radar is showing two bogeys approaching you!
>>655038 Get my shield up and hold it against their incoming attacks with a hand while I push the pod with the other '1d10+2' push the pod into safety '1d10' Hold on against the shots (if I'm allowed to roll for both things at once, if not ignore this)
>>655049 Put two more missiles into it in order to make sure it's dead. '2d10+2' AGI 2 Keep moving back to the ship with the pod; just because this ship is painful to me doesn't change that there are voices in need of assistance.
But this ship is uparmored in comparison to the other one. It starts retreating with it's remaining engine, sputtering smoke as it tries to limp away.
>>655057 Successful enough hits to deter it. You don't penetrate its armor, but your optics let you see that you actually managed to hit the windshield and crack it. It turns tail and heads away with its fleeing motherbase.
>>655077 "Thank you. We do not wish to be forced into conflict with such an interesting hive; the galaxy would suffer from the loss." Fly the pod over to the human mech. "We are happy to assist. Have all the pods been recovered, or should we head out to retrieve more of them?"
>>655082 Great. Juuuust great. Can't use a plasma torch or anything either, because there are people inside. "Right, this is probably gonna get loud." Use some leverage, and pull the engine section of the pod off from the rest of it. That should open a big enough hole for the rest to get out of there. '1d10+2' PHYS check.
>>655094 "I need a medic over here, if we've any to spare." Right, squat down a bit, and see what I've got to deal with. Changing to external speakers. "Hey, it's going to be alright, we've got you. Just keep calm, and we'll have you out of there in a few seconds."
>>655096 You pin him to the floor as the Mech gets to work on fixing the wound. It opens up the sealed medical kit and equips it on its hand. Whirring can be heard coming from inside as multiple devices come out from it, getting to work.
But this only helps to increase his breathing!
>>655097 You've got a small gap you can see in from. The occupant looks just like Andole, if she was clutching her chest to keep from bleeding out.
>>655098 "No go, all the medics are busy. We'll need you to help him! We'll get some supplies to you, just keep him calm!" The radio operator blurts out.
The Resempian starts breathing hard and looking around frantically. You can see drops of blood start floating around.
>>655100 Shit. Back to comms. "We've got wounded here, looks like a chest wound." After hearing the chatter from the others all shouting for medics, I'll come to the grim realization that everyone is busy. Back to speakers. "Okay, this is gonna get rough for a second, but I've got to pop this thing open, okay? Just stay calm, and we'll have you out of there, patched up, and on the way planetside in no time. It's gonna get a little loud, so don't get scared, alright?" Time to set one foot on the bottom of the hole I made, and then pull up and hope the pod gives way before my suit does. '1d10+2' PHYS check.
>>655115 Fuck. That means it might be getting into her lungs. "Hey, could I get a little help over here!?" Okay, so, recap. When I got shot earlier, that must have damaged something. Probably a tube or hose that regulates pressure. No time for finesse now, I've got to get that girl out of there or at least exposed enough that the medics can reach her wounds. So, gonna let the leg servos do the hard work on this one. Angle the shoulder a bit to get under the roof, and then stand up. I know for a fact those ones still work fine. I don't need to rip it off, just get it open wide enough for the team to get in there and get her out. '1d10+2'
>>655123 Great. That's gonna take months to fix. Probably. But at least the girl's alive. Time to start running diagnostics, seeing what's failed. Hydraulics are a wash, no doubt. Hope they put me far enough out of the way so that I can actually make this rig mobile again.
>>655127 He stops trying to hit your mech for a moment, then his fear seeps out of him as he starts having a giggle.
>>655129 Red all over your HUD. You've got enough thrust to park yourself in a corner, but your mech is basically a paraplegic now. You're going to have to bust out your tools and replace most of your limbs.
>>655130 He nods as your help the human approach him. You can see his eyes look up her as she uses a flashlight to look into his eyes. She signals you to move her towards the Resempian's right, away from his wounded side. She keeps the light on his eyes.
>>655131 Groan audibly. Hope they keep some of the scrap from those pods, because otherwise I'm going to be in the hole before I even get paid. Well, further in the hole because I'd still have to pay for the scrap, but… "Figures. First day in space, and I get pirates. And we're not even in space yet." Sigh heavily, set my suit's status to "in need of repair", and pop the hatch. It's gonna be a long goddamn walk across the hangar.
>>655131 Follow her signals, moving her around as needed. "Humans are fascinating, are they not? When we first met them, we believed them to be entirely mechanical, but have since learned that they simply use machines to move around in space and contribute to the other races. We look forward to learning more about them over the course of our trip." Conversation is the best way to calm someone down, we believe.
You've succesfully managed to stop an attack on the Resempian Orbital Tower and the Ankylosaur is being escorted out of the current Solar System. As it stands, everyone has been put on stand by. The local Space Navy has turned on all its sensors as your ship slowly makes its way. Everyone is free to explore the ship and make preparation for Fold Space jump.
The lights go out for a moment as power is directed towards the civilan areas.
>>657833 It's a packed lift ride to the Diesel bar, and it might not have been worth it. There's still 15 ft tall boxes full of booze that need to be put where they belong. Some of the human stalls still haven't been built, and the sun lights are still open air windows at the moment.
There's a huge Walger male with huge tusks sitting down, wearing what was supposed to look like a bartenders outfit.
"Sorry for the mess, just getting set up still. Is there anything I can get ya'?
>>657834 "Yeah, they're worry. There's still no news about the guys who attacked. I'm sure they're still out there." He looks at you for a moment, thinking. "I don't think we were the target, but I don't like the fact that we might be an easy one."
>>657836 "Just ho ahead and take, uhm, the seat." There's only one finished Human stall. The current one is designed for two people. "The tablet nearby should be working, just input your ComLink number and it'll deduct from your account. Oh, and they told you about the rules for it, right?"
>>657837 You'll be free once you land your ship in the hangar. Coordinates and orders are being sent to Nalor, while your passengers are struggling to stay seated in the zero-g.
"Hey, you think we're in the clear?" Nalor asks over the intercom.
>>657835 "We have seen the humans in action. Their technology and combat skills are not insignificant. Perhaps you could inquire into having them attempt to improve your own technology, to further your own combat effectiveness. That may assist in making us a difficult target." Some of our legs idly fold and rub together as we debate the best wording to continue the information exchange. "We also do not know the motivations behind the attackers. However, this does work to our advantage; the human-hive understands how dangerous such flights are, if they did not before. They will reach conclusions and decisions accordingly. If nothing else, we are here to assist them."
>>657839 "Yeah, you're right. Wait, I need to be elsewhere! You don't know where the Water Tanks are, right?"
>>657840 "There's a blood alcohol level that can't be exceeded here. You'll get a notice on your ComLink when the alcohol might have been too much. Frankly, I'm grateful. No more drunks to throw out."
>>657841 The hanger is packed, lots of machines being reloaded and repaired. There's a Medical Crew waiting at the edge of your landing area and a set of repair droids coming to check out the ships damage.
>>657844 "Make sure to savor it." He smiles as all bartenders are paid to and presses another set of buttons on his end. On the wall, a large cup appears behind a plastic screen and booze is poured in. It nearly reaches the top before it stops pouring and the little gate keeping you from it lifts away.
>>657845 "Ugh, I'm glad anyone was waiting for us. Didn't think we were gonna make it after waking up in those pods. Thank the stars you folks showed up."
>>657847 In the Hangar, just the signs towards the insides of the ship. You can see Dusky hard at work getting the directions.
"When not fighting, the Humans are having me maintain the water system. It's not exactly glamorous, but I can easily spin that around on the paperwork for back home. Will you be doing the messaging thing, or something else?"
The route towards the tanks are quite crowded. Lots of human machines and other races moving materials around.
>>657848 Behind you, the cameras only glimpse the infinite blackness of space and the walls of the Hanger enveloping you.
"Landing in a bit. All the sick and injured get ready to be probed." Nalor jokes as the Medics come in. One of them, a Resempian from the world you were just in, stops and asks if you're alright too.
>>657849 It tastes a lot like the cheap booze you used to drink when you were younger. They probably have tankers full of the stuff. While not strong, it does make your body feel a bit more loose.
>>657850 ''Tsc…Gotta pay for cheap drinks like these…Defender of people…Protect and serve…Yeah my ass…'' I grumble between sips as I lean back in my seat, looking around for anything to distract myself as the buzz starts kicking in
>>657850 "Mostly messaging, though we were also requested for some examination of their scanning arrays and Fold Drive. From our understanding, our role will mostly be that of watching the ripples, so as to warn in advance of danger." We are not very skilled with technology, but we know the Fold on a level few other races do.
>>657851 There's not much going on in this bar, at least not yet. The huge bartender is still moving around boxes containing the stuff for the next guests that come in. You can hear trucks hauling lots of equipment around, and the 'sky' is still giving off the standby lights.
>>657852 "There's only a few other races that can do the Fold Stuff naturally. Figures the Humans would want one around, or anyone else for that matter. Oh, here's the transport for the tanks." Dusky points at a busy elevator, opening up for a few other passengers waiting to travel along it with their gear. "I know you can travel through space, but have you been under water before?"
>>657855 "Fascinating. We did not know the human-hive was so accomodating to aquatic species; to our understanding, storage is very limited for long voyages." This drone's head turns back and forth, taking in all the sights as the hive sends a stream of information identifying those plants and fish we recognize.
>>657859 ''Yeah yeah I was there alright… Almost got killed inside my mech because of those fuckers when I was trying to rescue a pod…Inside we found a dude shitting his pants in fear and what's the thanks I get? None. Not a lil' smile or a 'thanks you', Nothing…Bleh… Gimme another'' ''Who's Mum anyways?''
>>657858 "Remember, we're going to be here for a while. A natural filtration system actually works better in the long term. And maybe you don't have to deal with it as much, but the rest of us like that the water can push off the radiation. It works well for all of us." The Elevator stops as Dusky finishes his lecture. The 'top' of the container looks like the sandy beaches on the planet, with a number of living quarters for humans and a little bit more for the intelligent aquatics who'll be living there.
>>657860 "Wait, hold on." He taps on his translator application. "It's just a manner of speech from back home. Means the people in charge aren't saying anything besides that the attack happened."
>>657862 "Last one. After that, both of us get locked out." He says in a professional manner. "Not a lick. Just that we encountered hostiles and to tie ourselves down in a corner. Any word on who or what exactly was attacking? I know the Resempians made some, antagonists, but they haven't done anything big in a long while."
>>657863 ''Heh…Well I can tell ya suuuure…But you'll have to do a li' thing fer me…I want ya to look away of the monitor of the ComLink when the alcohol gets high. Don't worry I ain't gonna pass out or start fights or anything''
>>657864 "Correct, just call me Maintenance Engineer Dusky!" He says with a smile. "There's a radio over there you can use to reach me under water. Oh, what about your residence? Where are you assigned?"
>>657865 "Nice try, but the system won't allow me. Booze has gotta come out of someone's allowance, and every one gets a notification when it does. But if you tell me, maybe I'll give you a discount on the next time."
>>657867 Before the Bartender can respond to that, your ComLink buzzes with two messages.
One, that you're at your daily limit. And second, that you're needed back in the Hangar.
>>657868 "You'd better hurry. At least just so you can tell me where you'll be at." Dusky says before he's interrupted. "Looks like one of my Human handlers is here. Hopefully this one will be easier to deal with than the other races I've worked with."
Your radio flares up as Dusky heads into the water. It's a summons back to the Hangar.