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934774 No. 934774 ID: 482fee

It's been a while, here's the previous chapter: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/res/745119.html

Hey guys, I know you wanna tell me some shit, but be quiet first. I'm watching the vids.

INA Today: Iagn's 2nd Skip Continues to Deteriorate
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No. 943606 ID: 0fae41

Luca lost. Tell us how to get that collar off before any failsafes it might have kick in. Also, if you've seen the IFF around, we need that.
No. 943626 ID: 482fee
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:ty:"Uh no. No we're not mutineers. Maybe. Luca did lose though. So you might wanna help us get that collar off ya before some failsafe or something kicks in. Also we're looking for an IFF scrambler. Do you know what that looks like?"

:karverbox:"I could show you if Mistress Luca didn't control me. She makes it very hard to go through her personal stuff without her permission."

:ty:"Just another reason to get that thing off right?"

:karverbox:"You can't."

:ty:"I can't what?"

:karverbox:"You can't take the collar off. All of these have a single key tied to each collar. It's the only thing that will unlock it. Mistress Luca tossed mine out an airlock a couple years back. Made me watch."

:ty:"Shit really? Why?"

:karverbox:"I dunno. She did say because I wasn't fast enough for something. I dunno what I wasn't fast enough for."

:ty:"Okay that's not working. Any idea how to bypass this then, or does Luca not let you say that?"

:karverbox:"Are you the new master then?"

:tyuhh:"Wait what?"

:karverbox:"I'd have to obey my master or mistress. If Mistress Luca transferred control to someone else, I wouldn't be compelled to keep her secrets anymore."

:tyuhh:"So you want me to get Luca to give me control over you, is that what I'm hearing."

:karverbox:"I didn't say that."

:ty:"Well now we have a solution. How do we do this."

:karverbox:"No, onnly Mistress Luca knows. It's how she doesn't let her subordinates or Janu take me away from her."

No. 943627 ID: 9876c4

Seems like we gotta ask the lady hersself.

We must have something she wants, even if it's 'intact kneecaps'.
No. 943632 ID: b1b4f3

Alright get Luca over here, with instructions to transfer ownership or else she loses some non-essential body parts.
No. 943633 ID: f662ac

Right. Get with Janu and establish a routine to get Luca to talk. Try waterboarding to speed things along since we do have only as long as the meltdown
No. 943665 ID: f662ac

Bee seems to know alot about these things. See if she knows how to work the collars before we have to resort to getting it out of Luca. Get some answers from someone we can trust first.
No. 943735 ID: 482fee
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:ty:"Bee, any idea how these things work?"

:bee:"I thought you'd know already."

:ty:"Bee, remember that shithole I recruited you on? I was born there. I lived there. Only things I know about the wider universe is that I'm in the Empire, and we don't like the Hegs. The fuck is this, and how to I switch ownership of this thing if the key's gone?"

:bee:"Oh well you just need blood. The original owner's and the new owner to be. All ya gotta do is stick it on that glowy dealy in the middle, then when it' glows all red and shiny, stick your own blood in it. That should do it. I dunno why that works, it just does. You Rezans like stuff like that right?"
No. 943736 ID: 482fee
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:ty:"Hey Janu, you need Luca for anything? Cause I'm going to need blood."

:janu:"Oh sure buddy, just wait a sec. Hey. Hey Luca~ Wakey wakey~"

"Whu...Jrr-Janu! Hng!"

:janu:"Feeling a bit lopsided Lu-lu? Wanna explain yourself?"

"Sit on my finger and rotate you shit!"

:janu:"Tell me Lu-lu, do you feel this? I want this to hurt."

"Fuck you!"

:janu:"She's all yours. Make it slow."


No. 943737 ID: 094652

Luca's spite keeps intimidation from producing exponential results in favor of malfunctions. You can still intimidate her, but you need to keep her mind on what she has to lose if she doesn't capitulate her ego this one time. Namely, her 'magnificent' self. Play good cop, bad cop, since she's obviously seething at Janu.

Ty starts by pandering to her charisma and beauty, claiming he's impressed by how she lived up to her reputation as the Queenpin of the Hegemony's Secret Service privateers. When she gets suspicious of how much flattery he's putting on, Janu responds with her detailed revenge fantasy of kidnapping Lena, then forcing her to do the most demeaning, low-class jobs as charity cases for the common folk, including sewer cleaning and waitressing at a catgirl maid cafe, a far cry from her high and mighty roost. When she inevitably accuses them of sexism and sexual harassment, Janu will grin while Ty explains that he just wanted her full attention, and while he's around he will take custody and will not deviate from honorable prisoner conduct, as long as she doesn't mislead them into getting themselves killed.

So if she doesn't notify you of any killswitches the psyker slave has on him when you activate the DNA test thingy, you're going to give up on being nice, clamp her in chains, and drop her off at the nearest police station instead. At night. In the back alley. Where the cops take their breaks after exhausting, stressful shifts in inhumane working conditions without any leeway for companionship.

And they'll non-physically angst their woes arrest her. And nothing else will happen indeed. (Act stupidly naive)
No. 943739 ID: 9876c4

Janu can have Luca to herself, far as I'm concerned.
We need enough blood to try Bee's plan, the IFF, and a techslave would be a nice bonus. Beyond that? feh.

I don't really care what she does or doesn't know.
No. 943742 ID: b1b4f3

Well, try asking her where the IFF is. Tell her if she tells you, you'll give her a pinprick instead of a gash.
No. 943761 ID: 0fae41

What was the question again?
No. 943767 ID: 9876c4

No. 943857 ID: 482fee
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Yeah I tuned out after 'exponential' there. I got an idea

:ty:"Okay Luca, you get only one chance at this. Where's the IFF?"

"It's up your ass-AAUGH! Sumuvabitch!"

:ty:"I did say only one chance. Welp I got what I wanted."

:janu:"...a tooth? That's it?"

:ty:"Nope, just the blood"
No. 943858 ID: 482fee
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:ty:"Alright so I put the thingy to the thing and what?"

:bee:"Just rub the blood on the central node"

:karverbox:"Like tha-whoooa! Oh! That burns! That's burning! Ow! HOT! HOT! HOOOOT!"
No. 943859 ID: 482fee
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:ty:"Bee the hells is happening? You said all I had to do was put the blood on!"

:bee:"That is all you need to do, give it a minute there now."
No. 943860 ID: 482fee
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:karverbox:"...I feel...less restraint speaking to you now. Yes. It worked. Ownership has been transferred. Master..."

:ty:"Tybalt. Call me Ty if you want. And don't call me master. Where's the IFF Scrambler?"

:karverbox:"Master Tybalt...I am the IFF Scrambler."

:tyuhh:"Wait what?"

No. 943863 ID: 9876c4

I'm not well versed in all the races in the Famaverse, but if we've got to have a techslave, it might as well be an elf chick.

Maybe even with a pixie cut?
No. 943870 ID: 094652

>I am the IFF scrambler
Sounds legit.

>Race and gender
You know what, let's keep the Mass Effect theme going - Half-Planeshifted Quarian, Quarter Vulcan (or a psi pokemon or an ethereal or whatever), Quarter Rezan.
No. 943871 ID: ce39da

It's a birb dudette.

"Okay, gonna need you to explain the whole 'living scrambler' bit."
No. 943875 ID: b0f0d3

The main guy is part Krogan, and rezan makes all sorts of hybrid stuff possible.

So I vote Rezan-elf-birb.

Also yeah. Explain the living scrambler thing. I thought we were lookong for some device.
No. 943889 ID: 0fae41

Technocarver isn't its own kinda race? Huh. Neat helmet. It's pretty wedge shaped though.
Kind of like a sergal.
A male sergal.
No. 943927 ID: b0f0d3

What about a rezan/elf/bird girl with sergal puss to make everyone happy? Quarians look like humans and vulcans look like elves so even kome gets his vote counted
No. 943933 ID: 0fae41

Hybridizing to such extremes leaves nobody happy.
No. 943935 ID: 9876c4

I'm not vetoing anyone but our squad is awash in hybrids of varying stripes. A pureblood would be refreshing.

And we have one lady who's all bird, all the time.
No. 943942 ID: b0f0d3

It's not that extreme. And I'm curious to see how far QM can go with race mixing.
No. 943958 ID: 482fee
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My fault for not making it clear. Carvers are Rezan magic users, it will be pure Rezan by default, and a mix of Rezan and anything else.

I really should update the wiki page with this stuff.

No. 943981 ID: 9876c4

Oh. Well then, Rezelf or Kome's thing.
No. 943983 ID: 094652

My vote's still on her being half-Quarian.
No. 944011 ID: 0fae41

Y'know what, fuck it. Who else would end up in a situation like this? Rezan-Quarian hybrid.
No. 944024 ID: 9f05fe

Aren't quarians just humans with three fingers and toes? Or do you want the carver wearing a mask under the mask?
No. 944029 ID: 094652

I figured she'd be similar to Ty: mostly Rezan in appearance with some ancestral heirlooms like the hood, but she'd act like a Quarian when in combat or placed in extreme situations, like a dirty room.
No. 944056 ID: b4b7b2

But if she's Rezan would she even still be a hypochondriac?
No. 944189 ID: 482fee
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:ty:"Yeah like I said. Born on shithole planet, I have no idea what you're talking about. Explain."

:karunboxed:"Karvers are needed to interface with Rezan tech master. We're also used to pilot and run the cyberwarfare on Rezan ships. So we also often get augments to turn us into living computers. Misstr-erm. Luca implanted me with the IFF scrambler. I am able to disable targeted IFF systems once a connection is established, and I have a library of two million patented IFF systems I can overload, hijack, or destroy via suit-cast injection. That's what this suit is for."

:Janu:"Gar that's not going to fit, turn it sideways. I said sideways! The other sideways! Do you see the direction I'm turning my arms? That way!"

:tyuhh:"Dumb it down I still don't know what you are."

:karunboxed:"I'm magic, and it makes me good at hacking things."

:Janu:"Careful that shit's delicate! How is she going to fit if you keep cramming it in like that?"

:ty:"And are you good for anything else?"

:karunboxed:"Fixing the mech you trashed, interfacing with anything that uses standard Hegemonic, Imperial, or Federated operating systems, and I take up minimal living space."

:ty:"Ah good. So you're a...what are you?"

:karunboxed:"I dunno. When I was still a little girl, my dad said I was part 'korian' or something. I don't know what that is."

:Janu:"Do you want Luca or not? I thought so, then quit whining and help me with this!"
No. 944190 ID: 482fee
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:ty:"Hold that thought. Hey Janu! What's going on over there."

:Janu:"Loading Luca's escape pod, We got just enough time to bug out before systems go critical."

:ty:"We're escaping in this? Looks awful small. I don't think we'll all fit."

:Janu:"Oh yeah, I got a solution for that. You see...bye!"
:tymad:"Aw motherfucker!"

:mako:"I told you this was going to happen!"

:tymad:"Yeah I know it was going to happen too! It still pisses me off!"

:karunboxed:"What's going on?"
No. 944194 ID: 9876c4

Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!

So you could... I dunno, hack the IFF on that escape pod to make it look like a pirate warship?

No. 944199 ID: b1b4f3

Okay, time to make systems not go critical. Ask for our new magic tech person to do her magic.
Either that or find another escape pod.
No. 944205 ID: 094652

Hack everything in this area before you leave, check for extra escape pods (you never know), etc. Then hack the bomb timer and run like hell.

>Carver Face
Cute but clawed! Nice!
No. 944209 ID: 0fae41

As far as sudden but inevitable betrayals go, that was fairly amicable. She even left Mako. Let's find a small fighter or something to bug out in. Luckily, we have someone that can alter our IFF on the fly now!
No. 944227 ID: 590351

Oh no how unexpecteeeeeed.
Get our new slave to shut off the communication system, or play somd loop to tell the pirates there's an infection in the system that is sending fake meltown alarms so any sort of alert should be ignored. That way we can make out way down to a hangar and fly out before all the ships take off
No. 944229 ID: 9876c4

That's a little cold-blooded to me. If the pirates want to get out, let 'em. They can screen us from all the laser fire out there.
No. 944232 ID: 590351

I'm sure they can figure it out when things start melting. This is just to make sure they don't start fleeing until we got a way to escape.
No. 944377 ID: 482fee
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:ty:"First things first. Are there any other escape pods?"

:karunboxed:"No, that was the only one."

:ty:"Figured. Can you hack it to broadcast some fake signals?"

:karunboxed:"No, I need to be connected to a broadcasting unit, and the only functioning unit here was Luca's terminal. Janu ripped the drive out while you were talking to me master."

:ty:"Stop calling me master."

:bee:"Hold a tick there, you lot can interface with anythin' right? Well why doncha be interfacilatin with that there elevatin pad. That should be connected to the network in this station ya?"

:karunboxed:I can and have. Is there anything you want?"

:ty:"Hack the escape pod!"

:karunboxed:"Wireless broadcasting is down. It seems key components are unresponsive."

:ty:"Dammit Janu...alright, at least point us to the nearest hangar."

:karunboxed:"Three levels down towards the solarside. The glare from the local star will make ship launches harder to detect."

:ty:"Right then, we make for the hangar."

:mako:"Wait, don't we still have at least one barricade between us and that hangar?"

:karunboxed:"Three automated checkpoints, and two manned barriers. Any of them can raise the alarm."

:ty:"Well can't you turn the automated ones off? Janu sabotage, can we postpone that?"

:karunboxed:"They are hardwired to the doors. Shutting them off locks them, and we'd have to take a detour which will add approximately forty minute to reach the hangar. And the rising temperature levels will trigger an automated response very soon. Even if I postpone the response, the pirates will feel the explosion."

:ty:"Then what can we do?"

:karunboxed:"I don't know. I'm sorry master."
No. 944378 ID: 094652

Fine. How long will it take to disable the bomb? How about hacking repair drones, or press-ganging any pirates with technical skills to disable the bomb for you?
No. 944379 ID: 094652

Alternatively, call your sponsor for help now that the boss is dead and the hacker is on your team. They might have a quick solution you're not seeing.
No. 944385 ID: b2aa6b

I think Janu said she just disabled the pirates' cooling system. I don't think our magic hacker can disable a wrench in the gears. I still vote we just confuse the hell out of the pirates so no one even pays attention to us stealing a ship. First by telling them to disregard any warning of meltdown followed by boarders on floors we aren't on.
No. 944391 ID: 4b02bb

How about we simply take command and organize an orderly evac around ourselves, so we can escape among the rest of the crew?
No. 944412 ID: b2aa6b

Organize pirates? Aside from the fact we'd be surrounded by criminals, how would that make us look to our current employer?
No. 944555 ID: 482fee
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Several problems. Janu just rigged something to blow. To disable it, I'd have to go back down and manually fix the that something and I don't even remember what that something looks like. Second, my sponsor has a closed line I can only access on the ship. Don't ask, I don't understand it either. All I knows is if I try to call outside that room, I just get some random linecast. Last time it was an interplanetary sex chat. I just got us in the elevator and we're heading down now. No point in waiting around for something that might or might not happen right?

:ty:"Hey karver, can you send a message telling the pirates to evacuate calmly?"

:karverbox:"...I just tried master, all I'm getting is several replies to screw myself, and that I'm just 'shitposting'."

:ty:"What about if you tell them something is about to explode?"

:karverbox:"...same response."


:karverbox:"...now they think I'm the gear monkeys on level 12 trying to fake an explosion."

:ty:"Welp we tried. Can't save the dumb. So do you got any ideas how to keep the pirates out of the hangar so we can hijack a ship?"

:karverbox:"Sorry master, I'm not good at thinking-"

:ty:"Outisde you box yes, and stop calling me master. Looks like it's up to me."

And by me I mean you.

No. 944560 ID: 094652

Search through Luca's files. Anything she has could be used as a distraction. If she's been underpaying her minions, post the ledger. If she has secret stashes of loot, post their locations now. If she has nude pics, post them on the boards and send a fake signal to your location away from the hangar, then post under another account saying 'who wants to see the scrub get splattered by the boss'.
No. 944571 ID: 9876c4

Honestly, we're a pretty ragtag crew, so I figured we'd just show up, take the nicest intact ship, and shoot anyone who says different. Even easier if the owner's are premelted.

Biggest problem now is getting the armada(and Rocket) to recognize us. Tech solutions to this would be helpful.
No. 944590 ID: b1b4f3

Can we hack into their security systems? If they've got any turrets or something in the hangar we can use that to clear the bay.
No. 944632 ID: 482fee
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That does give me an idea.

:ty:"Alright, two things: do you have access to any of Luca's dirt, and did Luca have her own ship?"

:karverbox:"Yes master, the Trashark is her personal ship. As to her 'dirt', I'm afraid all the backup files were erased when Janu ripped the drive out of her terminal."

:ty:"Wait, how'd Janu erase all that so quick?"

:karverbox:"By releasing a worm in the network. Once all data pertaining to Luca and her business was deleted, it has since shifted to erasing all data and rendering it unrecoverable. It should be complete in about an hour the rate it's going. No one seems to notice yet, as the AI that would have caught it has already been corrupted by the worm."

:bee:"Now that's professional work."

:ty:"Okay...do you specifically have anything in your uh...brain implanted thingy?"

:karverbox:"Backups to material Luca was using to blackmail her fellow captains."

:ty:"That's even better, leak that shit under a new name, and get everyone distracted. Post it, I dunno, someplace far from the hangar so everyone heads out."

:karverbox:".....done. The hangar crew has emptied out. The Trashark is unguarded"

:ty:"Which one is it, the tiny one?"

:karverbox:"No, that one."

:ty:"That ain't a personal ship. That's a goddamn Mark VII Destroyer. The Empire just decommissioned these babies last years, how the hells did Luca get one?!"

:karverbox:"I wouldn't know master, I haven't been out much."

:mako:How can the four of us pilot that thing out of here?! That thing looks like it needs a hundred at the very least."

:bee:"Rezan ships don't need that many doncha know. Oh you can have them as a secondary option, but if you got a karver they can control the ship by themselves isn't that right sweety?"

:karverbox:"Luca would use me to control her ship if she had to space a mutinous crew."

:mako:"That still doesn't address how we can convince Cynisis this isn't a pirate vessel."
No. 944634 ID: b1b4f3

Could you rig the IFF up (or anything really) to broadcast a message that it's a recovered vessel and to please open communications before opening fire?

Uh, once we're clear of the pirate ship (and its explosion) anyway.
No. 944641 ID: 9876c4

What if we played "Do not fire on this vessel, It surrenders to the Guts and Glory" on comms Loop. if you're feeling theatrical, put up a white flag or spray paint SURRENDERING on the hull, and keep the guns powererd down.

Anyway, that'd be good for our rep, too. Not everyday a Mark VII surrenders to a cargo coaster.
No. 944642 ID: 094652

Whatever you're doing, do it fast because the reactor is like a few minutes to blow.
No. 944646 ID: 0fae41

There's no time or tools to paint anything, muck with the IFF and if that doesn't work, jam anything that targets you. Point defense systems are A-OK to spool up.
No. 944841 ID: 482fee
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:ty:"Yes! My plan to broadcast my signal to everybody I'm surrendering to my own ship is working! The Cynisis ships aren't firing on me!"

:mako:"Yes but I don't think that applies to the pirates."

:karverbox:"Pirate Vessel Destroyer class Knife's Edge has made an intercept course with our vessel."
No. 944842 ID: 482fee
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:ty:"Can we outrun it?"

:karverbox:"Negative. Knife's Edge has opened fire."

:tyuhh:"Ah shit."
No. 944843 ID: 482fee
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Alright so this is also going to be a new system I'm experimenting with for future quests. Objective is to kill the crap out of the opponent. Every turn gives you two actions to either move back or forward one unit, or attack with a weapon. Then the enemy gets two actions to do the same their turn.

Your HP: 25
Enemy HP: 15

[_][_][0][_][X][_] MEDIUM RANGE

Distance represents the distance between you (O) and the opponent (X). Depending on distance, weapons and their potential damage get modified.

Your Weapons:
Reztech Railgun [1][1][3]
Luca's Torpedo bays [1][5][1]

Knife's Edge Weapons:
Scavenger Missiles [1][3][1]
Breach-drives [0][0][9]

Weapons have damage scores for whatever distance you are from the opponent. It's arranged as [LONG](+3 units apart) [MEDIUM] (1-3 units apart) [SHORT](0 units apart).

With one unit between you and the opponent that puts you at MEDIUM RANGE, which means you can fire torpedoes at their best range. There may be other factors later that can boost or reduce damage taken, but for now it's just a slug fest. Roll 1d20 per attack to determine if damage is normal or critical(3x).

No. 944848 ID: ce39da

rolled 3 = 3

Okay, so the bottom line is; we do NOT want to get in "CLOSE RANGE" with them. I say we back up and use our torpedoes.
No. 944849 ID: ce39da

Also, what happens when someone tries to advance when the range is 0?
No. 944850 ID: 9876c4

rolled 6 = 6

Yeah, can't fault that logic. But maybe I'll be better at it.
No. 944851 ID: aab8b7

rolled 13 = 13

Thirding, and hoping my roll is better
No. 944852 ID: b1b4f3

rolled 4 = 4

Torpedos away!
No. 944860 ID: 5b93d3

If it weren't for the breach drives, I'd be advocating for Operation Chicken
No. 944861 ID: 094652

rolled 20 = 20

Don't forget about environmental damage! Use the railgun to shoot asteroids and mess with your opponent's flight path!
No. 944865 ID: 0fae41

rolled 12 = 12

Move twice. RAMMING SPEED!
No. 944866 ID: b1b4f3

(I'm voting to move away, to be clear)
No. 944867 ID: aab8b7

But we got two actions. Railguns and what else?
No. 944895 ID: 482fee
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You'd ram the ship. Since you're both the same size, both ships would take equal damage(10). And then the enemy gets two actions, so that might not be the best idea when the enemy has a Breach-Drive. Better to wait until you have a ship with higher tonnage to reduce ramming damage, or install upgrades that deal extra ramming damage while reducing harm to your ship(Kinetic Dispersal Unit, The Iron Dick, etc)

If however when the enemy is below 25% health, you can opt for a BOARDING ACTION. , not a good idea, as crew become the HP which won't end well with you (4 crew = 4 hp) trying to board a fully manned pirate ship(250 crew = 250 hp).

Good roll. Should note that a 20 does a critical hit which does 3x damage, and anything above 10 does 2x damage


Your HP: 22
Enemy HP:5

[_][_][0][_][X][_] MEDIUM RANGE

No. 944896 ID: ce39da

rolled 4 = 4

Back up again and fire torpedoes again. A safe victory for a safe tutorial fight.
No. 944903 ID: 9876c4

rolled 1, 8 = 9

Should be a productive time to try an alpha strike.
No. 944905 ID: b1b4f3

rolled 11 = 11

Let's minimize damage to the ship to reduce repair costs.
Continue to move back while firing torpedos.
No. 944908 ID: 0fae41

rolled 9 = 9

What I'm hearing is that we should move back 1 and fire the railgun.
Dice, stop screwing with me already.
No. 945129 ID: 482fee
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:ty:"That was...way too easy. And that's just with you controlling everything?"

:karverbox:"Yes master. I can control basic systems, but more advanced manuevers require a full crew complement. Luca knew this which is why she had the Trashark's weapon array replaced."

:ty:"Stop calling me that. Well then, let's get this baby into the Guts and Glory and call it a day."

mako:"The Guts and Glory is a lot smaller than this ship."

:ty:"You know what I mean."
No. 945130 ID: 482fee
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:rocket:"Hands where I can see them you sons a bitches! Don't-Ty?!"

:ty:"Hey Rocket."

:rocket:"The hells are you doing on that ship?!"

:ty:"Oh I own this one now."


:ty:"Oh and I got a slave now."

No. 945131 ID: 482fee
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:rocket:"Explain. Now!"

:ty:"Later, I gotta talk to someone about somethings. Look I still got Orbip on. Why don't you talk with them about getting stuff settled? They can fill you in."

:rocket:"Oh no, you're not squirming away this time-no! Don't you dare put that in my ear you son of a-"


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:ty:"I'll be in my room when you're done."

Fuck! FuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckFuckEXPLETIVE CAP DETECTED. EXPLEBOT ACTIVATEDflipflipflipflipflipflipflipflipflipflip! Why does this sand always happen to me for fish sake?! I am so finding pissed off right now!

Gods Driving Ty just had to make things so much fortune harder for us.. How the ford are we gonna pay for this?

Oh yeah you're here aren't you. Well since Ty is being a fable-silver-crafting apple you can fill me in while I wait for Explebot to shut the family up

No. 945133 ID: 9876c4

Oh, hey. How's things.
The Good; Ty was successful, everyone's alive you just won 1040 crates of silver, and the resale market on battleships is booming.

The Bad; you have new enemies, powerful Spinstorm ones!

You should try to get a fancy dinner out of this, at least.
No. 945139 ID: 094652

Okay, Ty's being a dick, but you're getting a raise and X-mas bonuses. Just ignore him for a few days while he parties the ego off. We'll even let you handle more of the team's capital if you know how to invest it.

The slave's name is Karun, she belonged to the pirate queen of the giant asteroid that just blew up. No that wasn't our fault, we teamed up with some blackstabbed mercs on the queen's payroll who set the reactor to blow then backstabbed us by taking the only escape pod. Hopefully we can remove the slave conditioning, but she's extremely useful so far. Also, from our database, it looks like the slave has ancestry from the same alternate reality that Ty's grandfather came from, so she's practically family. She stays with you, period.
No. 945197 ID: acfea1

Have you eaten your lunch, Rocket? Had enough snacks? Did you drink adequate amounts of water? Take your protein pills? Please take good care of yourself, you really deserve to be in good health and spirits.
No. 945219 ID: 9876c4

Have you been using the lotus lotion you bought from the smugglers? You have to keep moist.

You absolutely have to.
No. 945230 ID: 482fee
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No, no I don't mean-he keeps doing this. Makes things harder than they need to be. First off, we planned on using this ship for the next decade or two and build enough cash to buy a larger ship. I had fuel stocked to keep the Guts and Glory running for years. But that destroyer will burn through the fuel in a month. That extra silver might buy enough to keep us going for a year or two, but after that I don't know. That's not counting the extra crew we're going to have to get, the supplies, problems problems problems. So many problems I have to deal with because Ty can't think farther than five minutes. I mean I'M the one who built most of this ship, I'M the one who arranged the crew Ty was supposed to hire but didn't because he couldn't keep on schedule, I'M the one that built the skiff her blew up, does he try to be careful? Noooo~

I could sell the ship, but the only places that would take that would arrest us for owning a stolen Rezan Destroyer that was illegally modified. We can't just sell it back to the pirates because they'd probably just kill us as soon as deal with us. And then there's the slave...Ach-ka I swear somedays I hate him but others...I...I just don't know what I'm going to do it seems Ty exists exclusively to make my life more difficult. How the hells am I going to get us out of this?

You probably had a hand in getting him that monster of a ship and the slave. Maybe you-oh gods I'm asking a bunch of anonymous people I don't know how to solve my life, I'm going insane. How am I going to fix this?

No. 945233 ID: 094652

>Destroyer is illegally modded and not licensed
Calm down. Worst case scenario, we salvage any usable modular rooms and scuttle the remainder by orbital-dropping it on a potential mining spot. Your mysterious contact guy will probably know people who can use something this big, so come up with selling points for better negotiation.

She's worth more than this destroyer. We nuked a pirate tanker in two rounds with her targeting protocols. Database says her mother's species was practically born to maintain ships and build AI, so that should be a load off your shoulders if you take the time to educate her.

>Ty is so shortsighted
Ty is a soldier. If soldiers weren't shortsighted by nature, they'd turn their backs on the battlefield and demand better social standards from their own nations.

>I'm going insane.
That's par for the course.

>What do
Get acquainted with our new Techcarver. Show her the ropes, teach her AI programming skills, and hopefully she'll learn in time to ease your micromanaging load before you have an aneurysm.
No. 945236 ID: ce39da

Ix-nay on the ontact-cay... Ah whatever, she already heard us.

You don't really need a crew for the battlecruiser with that grade-A technocarver at the helm, but yeah, the fuel issue might be more trouble than it's worth. You should definitely broach the topic of disposing of the ship with him; maybe he knows a guy (cough cough nudge)? BTW, she's prime material for the engineer position so you don't have to be that on top of being the ship's mechanic.
No. 945241 ID: bcf428

Sounds like you could have gotten yourself a ship without Ty. Why didn't you? Is tgere a thing between you two?

Anyway if you worry about how to keep your new ship afloat, you could consider negotiating with that megacorp who hired you. There has to be a bounty for surviving what even they knew was a suicide mission on top of that silver payout. See how much you can wring out of them before you worry about things like expenses.
No. 945242 ID: 9876c4

You're good at ships, but you're bad at Ty.

It's a battleship, so it's cool, Ty probably played with them when he was a kid. It was also an escape from certain death, and a means to blow up more pirates! And the culmination of an adolescent dream! He's happy, and he wants you to know!

That said, he's probably not that attached to it, he just wants to be recognized for surviving in grand fashion. Own up to his success, and the MK VII doesn't really matter anyway. Because I think he'd rather have the ship you built too. You 2 should have a talk.

(Anyway, you're surrounded by raiders and mercs who just lost boatloads of ships, who just got payout on their bets. They'd pay out the ass for an intact warship.)
No. 945245 ID: b1b4f3

If we can't afford the ship then we can sell it. Easy.
No. 945255 ID: bcf428

The problem was finding a buyer that won't try to arrest or kill her like she said
No. 945259 ID: 0fae41

You don't actually need much more crew, well maybe some more maintenance crew, but the ship literally flies itself thanks to the IFF scrambler. Maybe you should think like a pirate, and bury this treasure for later! Hide it somewhere no one will ever find it, and layer it with all sorts of nasty booby traps. Then, remind Ty who rigged all the detonators over his fancy destroyer when he does something boneheaded.
No. 945362 ID: cb0c3f

Switching my vote to hide the ship for later.
No. 945396 ID: 482fee
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No there's nothing between me and Ty, at least not like that. You've seen that planet we left. That's where we grew up. It's a nightmare the Empire claimed just so they could say they owned that sector. I lost count of the number of ways I could have died an early death out there if it wasn't for Ty. He annoys me but I owe him my life so many times over. It's something I don't think I can ever repay. And given how long we live, that's saying something.

A...the slave is a technokarver? Well. That's a glimmer of light in this mess. I don't even want to think about what I'm going to do with that ship right now. First things first. Get a gauge of the technokarver. Maybe if I can get her interfacing with the ship, I can actually get this tub working properly without a new problem every hour.

No. 945397 ID: 482fee
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:ty:"Dang it girl! Get out from under there!"

:karunboxed:"You told me to make myself at home."

:ty:"And just how is hiding under my bed doing that?!"

:karunboxed:"Luca would always have me sleep under hers."

:ty:"Well I'm not Luca! Get out!"

:karunboxed:"I can't...I'm stuck."
No. 945398 ID: 482fee
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You're just flipping with me aren't you?
No. 945400 ID: 9876c4

>No there's nothing between me and Ty,
Quest log updated!

> It's something I don't think I can ever repay.
Quest log updated!

>"I can't...I'm stuck."
Quest log updated...

>You're just flipping with me aren't you?
Quest parameters added!
No. 945404 ID: 8ef59a

No we're totally serious! Take the carver, and hook her up to the ship. She can fix any problem you got.

And we still have that 'being stuck in a warzone' problem.
No. 945407 ID: ce39da

Yeah... Once the battle is over, you'll have to dedicate some time towards... deprogramming her. Her time being slave-collared under that pirate queen was not kind to her. Thankfully, she seems devoid of any truly problematic issues, but there will be a lot of lingering quirks we'll have to sort through. Trust us, though; her skills are worth it.

Tell her to take off her helmet and help Ty get her out in two parts.
No. 945412 ID: 094652

>It's a nightmare the Empire claimed just so they could say they owned that sector.
Well, it was a dystopian polluted nightmare, but it could seriously be worse. There are countries where entire cities are made of slaves whose literal purpose is to starve and suffer in front of a live audience, just to scare the upper class with threats of having their families and descendants brought down to that level.

>He annoys me but I owe him my life so many times over.
So he's your douche brother?

>You're just flipping with me aren't you.
Her former mistress was a sadistic dick, so she's the one who's flipping you right now.

Also her 'korian' mother had some... medical issues. Like 'had problems breathing fresh air even with advanced medical bio-engineering technology" issues. She should be mostly fine but I wouldn't suggest letting her breathe from any room that has visible mold stains.
No. 945497 ID: 0fae41

If you have any ideas for fixing a slave collar with no key, we're all earpiece.
Ty, your strength is brute strength, just lift the bed up. Even if it's bolted to the floor. Especially if it's bolted to the floor.
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