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814520 No. 814520 ID: b27cac

Previously: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/808509.html

Science Team!

Project Garden is to create a bounty hunter by transplanting a Space Pirate brain into a cloned Volviti body. If the work is able to be completed before Project Boiler, the Volviti bounty hunter will be used.
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No. 818254 ID: 0d1514

Our job is to design a kick-ass monster rather than to design containment systems, so I'm categorizing this as HUGE SUCCESS!
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No. 818258 ID: ba56e6

>>818167
We tried, but the boss said we couldn't point it at your side of the lab.
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No. 818263 ID: c88e6d

>>818254
Your job was to design a meatpuppet for a commando to fly spaceships in! Killing us all was a SECONDARY objective, at best.
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No. 818528 ID: b27cac
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818528

>Our job is to design a kick-ass monster rather than to design containment systems, so I'm categorising this as HUGE SUCCESS!
This is only an acceptable outcome if the end product is suitable for use as a bounty hunter, Garden Team.

>Shit I hope this is normal! I mean, what if when a Volviti reaches maturity it lets loose an electric burst, and that's what caused the explosion?
This is not normal.

>Well hey, turns out the cloning was predictably awesome and those dangers we were worried about came true. We can assign blame to the innocent and reward non-participants later, lets get our mindless killing machine contained. Evacuate the area and cut power to the room. This thing feeds on electricity and personnel. We need a better assessment of what happened before we can formulate a full response. Is subject Garden mobile?
Power shut off to all non-essential systems. Lab technicians falling back to muster point. No casualties reported after initial explosion. Project Garden does not appear to be mobile.

>Load the cryo beams! Assume Metroid containment procedure, as in, freeze the thing and put it back in a stronger tube.
First response damage control team has entered the bio-research laboratory. Locking the doors until everyone dies.

Or until alert is cancelled.

Electrical fires contained. Visual inspection indicates the origin point of the explosion was internal to the Volviti clone. Overpressure from the explosion destroyed tank integrity. Damage control team has attempted physical stimulation to specimen with a reach extension device. Project Garden is inert.

>An explosion? Did boiler team forget to install a relief valve on their high pressure clone tank?
No. However, fire fighting efforts were hampered by a technician incorrectly connecting a line to a high pressure fluid conduit supplying Project Boiler's tank instead of fire main. Ignole specimen is expected to make a full recovery.

>Hey, so, Project Boiler here, we're sending some of our Test Subjects down with rocket launchers. Presumably if we vent its cranial casing it'll be less mobile.
Alert cancelled. Coercive containment measures are not required.

Preliminary hypothesis for the cause of the explosion is an electrical short in the Volviti hybrid's capacitor stack. This short degraded surrounding tissue, releasing stored energy in a catastrophic chain reaction.

The Volviti clone has suffered major internal organ damage. It requires immediate medical intervention to survive. It is estimated less than 20% of the Volviti's capacitor stack is recoverable. Many organs and parts of the woody skeletal frame have been damaged or completely destroyed. Extensive repair work with cybernetics and whatever cloned parts can be successfully cultivated and implanted without rejection will be necessary. However, time was already allocated for major surgical procedures to complete installation of subsystems so the time impact is not severe.

Nonetheless, due to the extent of the clone's injuries, it may be advisable to terminate the current clone and make a fresh start. Metroid hybridisation has allowed fast growth but a complete restart with a new clone will incur significant time penalties even if a smaller clone is acceptable. This will allow less time for power armour development, brain transplantation and rehabilitation.

Perform triage or refresh, Garden Team?
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No. 818530 ID: 3ce125

>>818528
Ugh... so, engorging the capacitor stack was a mistake? Or did the metroid hybridization screw it up? Or was it simply the fact that it got too big?

Triage. This is a good opportunity to more fully tie the Volviti to the power suit. I don't see any advantage to a refresh, anyway, since we can just grow another capacitor bank. Or try to make an artificial one?
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No. 818535 ID: 3ae3fd

observation: Current subject demonstrated lethality. Preservation of desireable traits ideal.
Triage Approved
Observation: Extensive reconstruction required. Integration of multiple objectives ideal.
Proposal: Integrate prosthetic electronics into Violvanti capacitor-stack so as to enhance integration with external power supply.
Observation: Subject devoured mental energies.
Speculation: Provision of additional energies would enhance restoration and attune redevelopment towards more efficient feeding.
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No. 818536 ID: 3619a5

Ah, now I´m sad and disappointed. Kinda expected to see it up and running and trying to devour us. I mean, isn´t that what every ma.. I mean special scientist wants. being eaten by it´s own affront against nature.

Cause is probably the enhanced capacitors and the Metroid gene. Simply caused an overcharge in them, resulting in a shorted circuit which then exploded the capacitors. Damn, should have accounted for the hightened speed of the charging process.

Triage is better, saves time afterall. Fuck, Boiler is gonna lord this over us for weeks.
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No. 818538 ID: ba506f

>Fuck, Boiler is gonna lord this over us for weeks.
nah, we're to busy to make sure everything runs smoothly on our end seeing how these projects are needed to save all our asses. If you stick with the space pirates long enough you learn to save the lording until AFTER you finish your project. Because half the time something will come along and either push it back or destroy it completely, like the federation, or metriods, or the bounty hunter.
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No. 818547 ID: e06d65

Given the healing abilities displayed by metroid absorption, could we attempt feeding the hybrid some life forms?
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No. 818549 ID: 8111b6

Triage. Maybe we can clone a new capacitor stack or implement a cybernetic implant to interface the remaining stack with electronic capacitors and/or general outside electrical devices. If we clone a new stack of the same type, we can install reinforcement measures to prevent similar events from happening. Perhaps also emergency relief measures. I suppose a lack of a brain prevented the clone from knowing when to stop.
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No. 818551 ID: 5f2b81

>>818547
While metroid life-energy stealing capabilities do yield impressive results, Unit-02 has explicitly stated that much of this subject is unrecoverable. I don't think it'd make a difference to feed it.

I vote triage nonetheless.
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No. 818556 ID: 1e7aa8

Triage. We're on the clock and most of the destroyed/damaged organs can (hopefully) be replaced with cybernetics.

...Also if we have to grow a new clone, boiler team will laugh at us forever.
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No. 818576 ID: d79f26

pretty sure the problem was it being brain dead. it didn't stop eating. it just ate anything given to it. so we should have... decanted and put it into low power mode.
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No. 818601 ID: d36af7

Triage. With only one major explosion, and friendly casualties still in the single digits, we're definitely on the right side of the bell curve for cutting-edge biotech lab safety. Let's keep this lucky streak going.
>>818549
>If we clone a new stack of the same type, we can install reinforcement measures to prevent similar events from happening
Maybe a compartmentalized design? Split the capstack into segments for flexibility, reinforce the sides facing toward other organs, but leave a relatively weak face to channel the blast in a safe direction. Some sort of ablative padding inside the suit around that part, of course.
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No. 818613 ID: be0718

Triage. What an excellent opportunity to add even more augmentations to the clone!
Replace the capacitor stack with an artificial, detachable variant and manufacture reserves. In case of accidental or intentional overload, the Volviti can eject the capacitor stacks with its railgun. As it has just so helpfully demonstrated, the difference between a capacitor and a bomb is the controlled release of energy.

Once the source of the explosion has been verified and countermeasures put in place, I want to up the Volviti's exposure to electromagnetic radiation again in order to promote natural regeneration. Apply dye to the augmented limbs as they regrow/repair. A light yellow should fit with the clone's existing color scheme.

Also, regarding the increased environmental vulnerability for limbs extruded from ports, that is not an issue as long as they are protected when the ports are closed, and the rest of the organism is protected either way.
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No. 818626 ID: 3ce125

>>818576
Well that could be the case if Volviti have no instinct to stop eating once they're full but that doesn't make any sense, evolution-wise. Even a braindead Volviti clone should have known to stop eating... but it's part Metroid now. Maybe some Metroid instincts got into the brainstem and caused it to overeat. Metroids just keep getting bigger without limit, after all.
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No. 818748 ID: 0d1514

>>818528
THIS IS NOT A HUGE SUCCESS
Triage and keep an eye on that lil metroid in her tummy
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No. 818750 ID: 0d1514

>>818528
Also try feeding any troopers marked for punishment to the metroid bits. Maybe healing effects? Maybe she blows up more because that's what initiated the overcharge in the first place? Test it! SCIENCE!
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No. 818751 ID: be0718

>>818750
An inadvisable waste of the brain transplant subject testing pool.
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No. 818755 ID: 094652

I doubt she'll make it. We could experiment with the damaged capacitor to integrate the open parts with cybernetic enhancements, but I highly doubt the Volviti will think at maximum capacity (which is already disastrously low to begin with) without a steady supply of energy.

Focus on refresh. Stabilize her if you can, but only to experiment on her remaining organs and ensure this doesn't happen a second time.
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No. 818762 ID: d36af7

>>818613
>eject the capacitor stacks with its railgun
Not an electrical engineer, admittedly, but I'm about 85% sure anything like that would result in the capacitors detonating inside the barrel, since a railgun which is functioning correctly is essentially a capacitor which explodes in a precisely controlled manner. Contrasted with a coilgun, which is an inductor that explodes in a precisely controlled manner.
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No. 818763 ID: 3ce125

The biological railgun might not be a good method of ejecting the core at somebody, then. We could just... throw it. Strong vines!
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No. 818764 ID: be0718

>>818762
Luckily for us, space pirate science banks on that other fifteen percent. At those speeds, a projectile won't be in the 'barrel' very long. At worst, existing charge reduces the effective range or we find a less conducive means of stack expulsion.
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No. 818765 ID: 0d1514

>>818751
Naw we'd be feeding her the sucky ones
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No. 818767 ID: 0d1514

>>818765
> However, fire fighting efforts were hampered by a technician incorrectly connecting a line to a high pressure fluid conduit supplying Project Boiler's tank instead of fire main. Ignole specimen is expected to make a full recovery.

Like this guy
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No. 818775 ID: 3ae3fd

Feeding of that guy approved.
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No. 818938 ID: 0d1514

In any case, set up a system to transfer excess power from the stacks to a battery or something to prevent explosions in the future
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No. 819389 ID: b27cac
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819389

>Triage. With only one major explosion, and friendly casualties still in the single digits, we're definitely on the right side of the bell curve for cutting-edge biotech lab safety. Let's keep this lucky streak going.
>Triage. We're on the clock and most of the destroyed/damaged organs can (hopefully) be replaced with cybernetics.
Understood. Structural repair to Volviti clone's internal organs and skeletal structure will be performed using cybernetic prostheses.

>Ugh... so, engorging the capacitor stack was a mistake? Or did the Metroid hybridisation screw it up? Or was it simply the fact that it got too big?
Sample dissection has determined that the cause of the explosion was growth defects in the capacitor stack. A low rate of growth defects is normal for Volviti and does not usually cause health problems until late in life. However the Volviti hybrid's defect rate is anomalously high and the capacitor stack was 981% of the volume of an average Volviti specimen.

Internal shorts caused by a cluster of growth defects combined with over-charging caused damage to the internal structure of the capacitor stack followed by explosion. The high defect rate is speculated to be related to Metroid chimerism - genetic splicing of capacitor-stack with Metroid nuclei has not been expressed evenly from cell to cell.

>Apply dye to the augmented limbs as they regrow/repair. A light yellow should fit with the clone's existing colour scheme.
Understood. Modifying energy draining limbs.

>In any case, set up a system to transfer excess power from the stacks to a battery or something to prevent explosions in the future
Overflow discharge to external battery will be incorporated.

>Ah, now I'm sad and disappointed. Kinda expected to see it up and running and trying to devour us. I mean, isn't that what every ma.. I mean special scientist wants. being eaten by it´s own affront against nature.
The project is not yet complete, Garden Team.

>Replace the capacitor stack with an artificial, detachable variant and manufacture reserves. In case of accidental or intentional overload, the Volviti can eject the capacitor stacks with its railgun. As it has just so helpfully demonstrated, the difference between a capacitor and a bomb is the controlled release of energy.
This biocomputer's recommendation is to not attempt to engineer a major internal organ into a better bomb.

>Also try feeding any troopers marked for punishment to the Metroid bits. Maybe healing effects? Maybe she blows up more because that's what initiated the overcharge in the first place? Test it! SCIENCE!
This is completely untested. Preparing candidate list.

>>However, fire fighting efforts were hampered by a technician incorrectly connecting a line to a high pressure fluid conduit supplying Project Boiler's tank instead of fire main.
>Like this guy
>Feeding of that guy approved.
That technician is currently in critical condition. Transferring from medical bay back to bio-research laboratory.

>An inadvisable waste of the brain transplant subject testing pool.
Incomplete successes from the brain transplantation will need disposal in any case.

On that subject, as a final task before the projects are merged, select the preferred candidate for final transplantation into the Volviti clone. Selection criteria for this short-list were useful skills and expendability. For de-risking, techniques may be trialled on non-candidate brains.

Options are as follows:

SUBJECT A
Name: FO-221-ER
Phenotype: Tallonian
Sex: Male
Blood type: Green

Skills: Charisma, Medic, Xenology, Birdwatching
Misdemeanours: Keeping pet Gronkats despite base orders, possession of banned alien literature

+

SUBJECT B - Not available. Project Boiler candidate.

+

SUBJECT C
Name: 13-OOM-237
Phenotype: Zebesian
Sex: Male
Blood type: Teal

Skills: Dardevil, Piloting, Architecture, Roughhousing
Misdemeanours: Use of Metroids for target practice, operating a gambling ring

+

SUBJECT D
Name: 15-O-OL
Phenotype: Urtragian
Sex: Female
Blood type: Blue

Skills: Analytical, Hacker, Law, Interpretive Dance
Misdemeanours: Possession of an unauthorised still, editing of duty rosters
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No. 819397 ID: be0718

Subject C & D possessed of vital traits. Unfortunately, not enough time is left to attempt hybridization of brains.
Selecting trooper 15-O-OL 'Fool' as final candidate: Greater percentage of useful skills.
>Analytical
Long-term planning counterpart to Subject B's short-term tactics.
>Hacker
Use of built-in enhanced electronics interface for mission objectives.
>Law
Staying on the Federation's good side, for now.
>Interpretive Dance
Creative application of tentacles.

We will be sad to see designation 13-OOM 'Boom' used as Volviti chow. Recommend reassigning designation to living trooper for re-use.
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No. 819414 ID: da1652

>>819389
Subject C. Lets pair the Navigator with the Pilot.
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No. 819425 ID: 3ae3fd

Requesting D. Logistical ability required to produce and operate still combined with analytical inclination suited to isolation of mission.
Least subversive of misdemeanours.
Electronic experiences attuned to costume and volviti operation.
lul. Madatory selection of female candidate. lul lul lul.
Law experience suggests willingness to read costume and volviti instructions prior to experimentation.
Alternatives unsuitable: Alien and bird fetishist with predilection towards manipulating their superiors or unstable and guilty of expenditure of metroids towards unscientific ends.
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No. 819429 ID: 0d1514

>>819397
possession of banned alien literature may also lead to creative application of tentacles
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No. 819430 ID: 3ce125

>>819389
Subject D.
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No. 819439 ID: 094652

>>819389
Yeah, subject A seems like a shoo-in. Having a socialite xenophile in the symbiosis will help the Volviti comfort and adapt to military protocol.
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No. 819443 ID: c655d4

Subject A
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No. 819449 ID: 1e7aa8

Subject D. if we ever get into a situation that requires hacking, this'll payoff.

NO DOORS SHALL HOLD US BACK!
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No. 819450 ID: 7d8168

We basically have one choice in this matter, if you think about it. There won't be anyone on the courier craft aside from our two test subjects. Someone needs to fly the thing, and though Boiler's subject can read maps they don't have any have any piloting experience.

C is the most obvious candidate for primary mission objectives.
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No. 819451 ID: 182dd6

Subject A.

Knowledge of alien races, and presumably their cultures is valuable in the infiltration of federation society. His medical knowledge could also prove useful out on missions.


>[...] 981% of the volume of an average Volviti specimen.
With 20% or so of the capacitor stack recoverable as it is, that's still roughly double the size of those from an unmodified specimen. Even after taking account for the 56% size increase overall of the volviti body, it's still an abnormally large capacitor stack. So not all is lost there.
Just to stay on the safe side, sensors should be placed on the stack to monitor the charge level. This can be linked to the suit to control the integrated power generator based on the body's needs.
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No. 819452 ID: ba56e6

Voting for Subject A here.
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No. 819455 ID: d36af7

>>819389
Subject D seems to have the best attitude to take full advantage of implanted multitools and innate electromagnetic manipulation.
>growth defects
Let's keep an eye out for more problems like that, as long as we're rebuilding a lot of internal organs anyway. Try to set up redundant subsystems in parallel, include design notes and diagnostic systems optimized to facilitate field repair, that kind of thing.
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No. 819616 ID: 8080e6

Subject D!
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No. 819634 ID: c88e6d

>>819389
I recommend Subject A. Because this body is feminine in nature and it would be funny.
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No. 819688 ID: 74b79b

Subject D seems to be a perfect fit for what we planned, considering our power suit configuration. So let´s take her brain.
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No. 820109 ID: c968fe

D would be better for the Suit and general Utility.
A would be better at social interactions.
If this still would be competitive between Boiler and us, i would chose D, but considering what Brain they choose, and whatever material we chose has to cooperate with that... Subject-A. Escecially if they really hybridize the Brain.
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No. 820114 ID: 9c2d0c

>>819634
This body is a plant. Speculative artwork by Limebreaker aside, I don't think its gender is particularly well defined.

That said, including a hacking skill set for the creature with built-in electronics interfacing tentacles is not a bad idea.
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No. 820142 ID: 669039
820142

>>820109
As member of Project Boiler, I take issue with your assessment of our decisions. Our team can handle our agent developing primitive alien instincts just fine.
On that note, I like to remind everyone, again, that the rumors of our agent are completely false. She did not find her cannibalism infraction "delicious".

All that said, I do agree with your assessment to recommend Subject A.
Someone with medical training and experience in xenology would be very compatible with us.
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No. 820145 ID: 877b2e

>>819634

Do Volviti have males and females? I would assume they all have that seed rail gun organ, which means they all produce seeds. Being plants, and assuming they use some form of sexual reproduction like most higher life forms do since it's an evolutionary accelerator, it's likely that they're all both male and female.

I'll add my vote for A, to hopefully save on rehabilitation costs and because I suspect a medic will be useful, in addition to the usefulness of xenology knowledge when traveling and bounty hunting.
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No. 820201 ID: 3ae3fd

Observation: Project boiler requests medical and social support due to Boiler's sub-sufficiency.
Speculation: Garden requires technical and analytical properties in order to be self-sufficient upon Boiler's failure.
speculation: Most circumstances requiring medical skills are either sufficiently low-urgency to permit research and out-sourcing, or occur in scenarios sufficiently urgent that the only viable operative has more important things to be doing, such as neutralising encroaching hostiles.
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No. 822612 ID: b138f5
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822612

>Requesting D. Logistical ability required to produce and operate still combined with analytical inclination suited to isolation of mission.
>Least subversive of misdemeanours.
>Electronic experiences attuned to costume and Volviti operation.
>lul. Mandatory selection of female candidate. lul lul lul.
>Law experience suggests willingness to read costume and Volviti instructions prior to experimentation.
>Alternatives unsuitable: Alien and bird fetishist with predilection towards manipulating their superiors or unstable and guilty of expenditure of Metroids towards unscientific ends.
Some of this reasoning is extremely tenuous, Garden Team.

>Subject D. if we ever get into a situation that requires hacking, this'll pay off.
Given that the Volviti clone has an integrated multi-tool and data probe, this is logical. Subject D will be the brain donor for Project Garden.

>Do Volviti have males and females? I would assume they all have that seed rail gun organ, which means they all produce seeds. Being plants, and assuming they use some form of sexual reproduction like most higher life forms do since it's an evolutionary accelerator, it's likely that they're all both male and female.
Correct. They are hermaphrodites. They reproduce by collecting another Volviti's pollen and fertilising their seeds with it.

:met_subject_d: : "I am honoured to be selected for this prestigious project Science Team, but I have a pre-existing medical condition. I'm sure there's far more suitable candidates than me, especially in light of the useful and varied services I can provide to you in my current position!!"

Deniable attempts at bribery and applying for exception on medical grounds. Definitely a resourceful Pirate Trooper. However Subject D's chronic and - on closer inspection - possibly fabricated case of the bloops is completely irrelevant when only the brain is needed for the project.

However this is second instance of early delivery of a test subject. Crowding in the barracks must be worse than anticipated. Diverting Subject D to the obstacle course in the shuttle bay. The Project Boiler candidate is already down here and a baseline for this trooper's performance before brain transplantation would be useful.

This concludes Project Garden. The transplant will be conducted as part of Project Glasshouse.

END CHAPTER 1.5
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No. 822614 ID: be0718

I don't think an audit would affirm your case of the bloops, miss. Now, let the jumping through hoops commence!
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