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935776 No. 935776 ID: f0a059

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No. 936814 ID: f0a059
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Her teeth are around my throat.
This is not-- this is not even-- an Agent cannot kill another Agent, this would severely harm every other part of the Vesselmind--
Her teeth are around my throat.

~Tell me who it was, Omega.~
~You are sick! Defective!~
~I will not hesitate to end your life if you do not tell me who it was.~
~You cannot do this!! You would feel the backlash the strongest!! It would destroy you!!~
~Do you know how many rogue Agents I have killed before, Omega?~
~I am not rogue! I am not rogue!!~
~Stop protecting rogue Agents and befriending Outsiders, and I might even begin to believe you when you say that. Now, who was it?~
~There's still a chance she can be--~
~There is no redemption for rogue Agents, Omega!~ Her teeth start to sink in. I feel blood trickling from skin punctures. Adrenaline means I feel no pain, but I can still feel my blood running down my neck.
~Mu!~ I cannot stop myself from divulging this information as much as I try to resist. I hate myself right now. ~Mu. It was Mu.~
I really hate myself. I have betrayed the trust now not only of this Outsider but now Mu as well. I... I already felt ill from the sudden panic, but now I feel more ill.

~Mu is rogue, then.~ Delta only slightly releases her bite. ~And return to your function immediately, before I judge you to be rogue as well, Omega.~
~I am loyal to the Vesselmind,~ I say. ~I am not subordinate to other Agents, and I do not believe any one of us can be the sole judge of--~
~Make yourself useful,~ she says, ~and start performing your function. Tell me how it works. I do not understand the process fully but I believe it is mostly conducted past the initiation stage by body processes that do not require conscious input. I should at least make use of you before you are found to be terminally rogue.~

I... I do not know how to even put adequate discrete concepts to the complex cloud of negative emotions I am feeling right now.

~Well?~ Delta releases my neck and stands up fully. ~Do it.~
No. 936815 ID: 771757

Communicate that carrying out your directive while under duress is difficult. You WILL comply, but the situation must be de-escalated first.
No. 936817 ID: 771757

The biological functions which govern your reproductive capacities have a lower priority than your fight/flight survival functions. You'll need to be calmer/less frightened to move forward with her request.
No. 936818 ID: 0fae41

You... want to mate? Right here? In front of the Outsider? But we would be showing our hand, and our genitals, to them. They must not learn the secret of reproduction, lest their numbers climb a thousandfold!
No. 936819 ID: b1b4f3

You're trying to protect Mu in the wrong way and for the wrong reasons, idiot. Tell Delta you have orders from the Vessel to contain and control rogues, and to explicitly NOT destroy them. Why do your orders conflict with hers? Is she killing rogues on her own volition? Or is she lying about having killed them, to intimidate you?
As for her, tell her you have defenses against rogues forcing themselves on you. If she tries that, you will consider her to be a rogue, since apparently the definition is arbitrary enough she can use it as a threat to get her way. You will defend yourself, and sterilize her.
No. 936820 ID: 61b5e1

Forget redemption, then. She is powerful and wise. Surely she can spare two minutes to teach a new Agent why killing rogues is better than containing them, in direct contradiction of the Vesselmind's orders.
No. 936821 ID: 8f6858

Defusing the situation is needed if we are even going to attempt to "show her". Let her know that you can't do so together under a hostile situation. Also, she's cute and you should tell her so. Maybe it'll throw her off enough to calm the situation.
No. 936822 ID: f1a100

Fuck no.

Delta is corrupted. There is no way the Vesselmind planned for this to happen like this. If we die, we die. Regardless of the reality of Mu's status, our current state does not automatically mean Mu is rogue, which Delta seems to be implying.

If we die, then the Vesselmind will simply create another in our place. We are ultimately of no importance at this stage. The Outsider, and even more so than that, a corrupt agent twisting the system into their own sick idea of what it should be, is. Delta is outdated and broken and we can't succumb to their tyranny.


Idk, try punching her in the snout, that works with sharks.
No. 936846 ID: 7dc36a

Psych analysis: It seems Delta is under orders, or has interpreted her orders as such, to be the sole entity who has to terminate rogue agents. Her lack of inhibitions in carrying out her extrajudicial* duties can be attributed to the sustained mental damage and the self-referenced sleep deprivation. Since she is appearing to fail to assess the collateral damage to the rest of the Vesselmind, she may be need to delay handling rogue Agents, until she corrects the latter issue, at least.

Unfortunately, you are not a technician** and even if you are you lack the authority or expertise to be listened to. You do have the liberty of both providing a demonstration of your mission and administering treatment at the same time.

For the sake of yourself, Mu, and the long term health of the Vesselmind, you need to rock her world.

* You really do need to form some sort of tribunal, committee, or consensus to properly deal with rogues. Even if termination is warranted, however unlikely, the trauma can at least be prepared for, instead sudden if done impromptu as Delta would.
** or a lawyer.
No. 936855 ID: 83bf07

It don't work like that you crazy fish lady.

You're wounded, panicking and in bad situation. All that counts against getting in the proper mindset for breeding. She's not going to get anything from you. Try leaving to get your wounds cleaned up. Tell her you'll seek her out when you're ready to breed. What you're actually going to do is try and find Mu. Warn her.
No. 936861 ID: e6b8d9

So this is the kind of thing Mu was very likely thinking of when she said all that stuff about how you'll get yourself killed. Probably why she let you keep the coma toxin cowry shell too; It was for self-defense. Or, more likely, she thought you'd coma poke Delta or another threat to Mu as you flailed about as they killed you. And then you left the shell behind, you bloody fool. It would have been so valuable to have now.

Slap down all your urges to engage in diplomacy, rational discussion, argument, explanation, sharing too much info, and especially back talking. You do not attempt to talk down a angry giant Agent that's utterly sure of her authority and power when she's a hair's breadth from ripping your throat out if you don't comply. She expects you to do your function, and only your function, as she knows it. And she only knows what Psi knows, which is just the breeding part.

Delta does not know your full function and mission; To sterilize rogue Agents. And the definition of a rogue Agent is one that has strayed too far from the Vesselmind's values, which fits Delta to a T. You'll sterilize Delta, eventually. When it won't get you killed because your feelings are a open book to Delta, she'll demand to know what you did to her and you can't lie for shit.

You'll have attempt to mate with Delta, even though it goes against your mission for the moment. You can't carry out your mission if you're dead and Delta will kill you if you don't try to breed her. Even if you successfully do so, there'll still be some time to find a way to end her pregnancy before she gives birth and then sterilize her.

Tell Delta she'll need to lay on her back and spread her legs for you to mate with her. Once you're both in position, focus visually and tactility on what's below her neck to try and get your arousal up. Alto try rubbing your genitals, (gently) rubbing her nipples and genitals and asking her to gently touch or rub your genitals. Try remembering how it felt to mate with Psi to attempt to mentally block out some of Delta's psychic aura. Keep going even if things aren't working, letting your feelings of rising frustration and fear flow freely to Delta. And in that case, eventually say it's a combination of being so soon since you bred Psi and your fear response being continually triggered keeping you from being able to mate. The latter suppresses your mating capability because during mating both parties are in a vulnerable position, thus it should preferably be done in a safe location and when both parties feel safe.

And for future reference, do you even know how to apply your sterilization ability? Is it via sex and indistinguishable from normal mating to the female or is it by some other way?
No. 936865 ID: 91ee5f

Tell her you can’t. You’ve already bred with Psi and you need to rest before you’re able to breed again. You didn’t want to sit idle and do nothing during your “resting period” so you wanted to explore. That’s when you found the Outsider and were in the middle of delivering it to where it’s supposed to be taken.

Also, tell Delta that Psi probably thinks that she’s going to die because Mu told her that you breeding with other Agents will kill them. You are unsure if that is true or not, the Vesselmind isn’t answering you when you try to ask it.
No. 936889 ID: 91ee5f

Maybe the best wat to prevent Delta from killing Mu is to claim that you need her alive so that she can cure you? After all, you’ve still got her poison in your system and it’ll kill you in 3 days, so Mu needs to be kept alive to cure you.

Delta doesn’t exactly need to know that you can temporarily fix yourself by having sex. Telling her that will probably result in her telling you to just do that and she’ll see no reason to keep Mu alive.
No. 936899 ID: e3e99e

Do you still have that coma-shell?
No. 936903 ID: b1b4f3

He put it on the weapon shelf. If Delta doesn't come to her senses we may wind up running off and grabbing it to use on her.

Honestly, she could use the rest.
No. 936933 ID: f2136e

>return to breeding duty
Wait a minute. How did she immediately know what your duty was? Psi certainly didn't know in the beginning. Also, Psi said she was going to Rho, not Delta, so she didn't tell Delta. Something doesn't add up.

Something tells me that she wants to breed with you more than anything, even though she's playing cool. But let's see if we can confirm this. See how she reacts.
Ask her why she wants you to breed with her. Does she know that the process can bring a lot of pleasure? Does she know it involves you stimulating her insides?

After that, tell her that, sure, you'll breed her, if she allows you the recuperation you need to make it happen. Explain that for the process to work best, the two of you should be in a comfortable location, which the current place isn't, and that you need to not be hungry, as you currently are.
No. 937016 ID: 1ed92d

Prepare to fulfill directives. Then sedate her temporarily. For three days. She is homicidally psychotic.
No. 937023 ID: e6b8d9

Omega is not gonna be able to sedate Delta now 'cause he left the coma toxin shell on a weapon storage shelf as he was walking to the soldier servitor storage earlier. (Like a bloody idiot.)
No. 937029 ID: 8d4593

Delta has could either be rogue or loyal at this point. We don't know if rogues work together or if each have their own machinations at this point.

She's clearly Damaged, but given her displayed capabilities, she's likely prime breeding material.
No. 937034 ID: b1b4f3

Yes I agree the jury isn't out on Delta quite yet. If she's lying about having killed rogues then she's fine, and was bluffing with the neck bite. She appears to be very good at intimidation, so perhaps she has practice in it.
No. 937101 ID: f0a059
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>application of sterilisation ability
I... I have no clue. That is some vital information to be missing. I must speak with the Vesselmind as soon as I can, but trying to contact it now is proving fruitless.

>can't perform like this
~I cannot just do it as instructed.~

I stand with my legs further apart and point at my groin. ~I do not quite understand how it works fully but I require an erection first, and, while I am still not sure what that entails, I do know stress and fear do not lead to it happening.~
~So you cannot perform the one thing you were born to do,~ says Delta dismissively.
~I can! There is more nuance to this than you think! We need a more secure area, this place is too exposed and the screams of that Outsider are distracting me.~
~This area should suffice and the Outsider should not be a factor.~

Delta orders the servitors to keep the Outsider quiet by clamping its jaws closed and restraining it more tightly. I turn away feeling an odd amount of sympathy for a foreign body in the Vessel.

>ask her about killing versus containing
~The Vesselmind itself told me to contain rogues, not kill them! Are you acting against the Vesselmind's will?!~
~Focus on the task at hand,~ says Delta, anger bubbling again. ~You might not be rogue, but you are convincing me that you are defective, and defective parts get recycled.~
~I cannot focus on the task with your constant references to killing me! Even just constantly berating me would make this much more difficult, but I am afraid to get close to you!~
~Is closeness required?~

Delta moves close enough to me that, due to our relative heights, my snout goes straight between her breasts.
While I feel like this might be something intriguing to experiment with my first thought is of trying to avoid asphyxiation.

~Not like that!~
~You are wasting my time, Omega! Tell me what I have to do to get this process over!~
~Why are you in such a hurry to do this now?!~
~I need to drop this Outsider off at the proper containment facility, if you must know.~
~Then do that first? It seems like that might be a proper order of things.~
~I do what I want, Omega, when I want. You are here, this breeding project is not going to ever go away apparently, so I am going to get this over with as fast as I can so it no longer applies to me.~

~Lie on your back and spread your legs,~ I say, trying to sound calm and authoritative while Delta glares at me.
~This is the process--~
~No, I am not putting myself in such a vulnerable position next to an enemy.~
~What exactly do you think 'this process' entails?~ I ask in exasperation.
~You inject fluid into my womb. This should not take all the hassle it's taking.~
~That is... not quite accurate. I need my penis to be erect, then I need to put it into your vagina, and then there needs to be sufficient stimulation so that that part you mentioned happens.~ I need to reference the collective for what a womb is.
~My what?~
~No. Unacceptable. I am not allowing anything to enter my body.~
~You wanted to--~
~I want to make use of you so I can freely throw you out of my way if I ever see you again!!~

This is... incredibly frustrating. She is also angry and frustrated and I can feel all too well she cannot even understand why she is the biggest obstacle to her own stated desires here.

No. 937102 ID: f0a059
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~So let me understand what you are asking me for, Delta,~ I say, my irritation starting to bleed through my communication. ~You want me to mate with you, at your request, an action that will require the insertion of my reproductive organs into yours, and you do not want to allow said insertion.~
~This is impossible. You are asking me to do something and also not do the same thing at the same time. I cannot comply with a contradiction.~
~I will put my reproductive organs into yours,~ says Delta, not even pausing.
~I do not know but this is the only way I am permitting this.~
~The geometry does not make sense!~

I try to think of how to explain it when I notice her baring her teeth at me angrily and then, out of nowhere, inspiration strikes. Either the Vesselmind is feeding me oddly specific information or I might have just come to an independent realisation. No, I think... I think I did come up with this idea. Did I? I do not know but the feeling of pieces falling into place... my heart races.
~Wait. No. You are thinking about this wrong, Delta. Perhaps I am too. It is not about me putting my organs into your organs. It is you consuming my organs with yours.~
I lie down on the floor and spread my legs. From this angle I see more of Delta's genitals than before and this coupled with the sudden rush of realisation (and this new angle of her breasts) is enough for my blood to pump freely into my penis, as it lazily swells out and bulges out of me. Apparently, it is not so difficult to get into the right mentality, but then again, I was born for this.

Delta watches my organ pulsing with confusion. ~Is this 'erection'?~
~Yes. Now, to mate, you must figure out a way to get my penis,~ I point just to make sure Delta knows what I am talking about, ~into your vaginal canal.~
~Canal?~ Delta looks less angry but still irritated. ~What does irrigation have to do with this? I thought it goes into the womb?~
~I am trying to be specific. And I still do not know what a womb is or where it would be. Regardless, do you understand now?~

Delta looks at me, slowly gets onto the ground with her thighs parted, above me, and lowers herself down, and--
and is so dry and unyielding that as her labia brush me I wince. If she tries to get any lower it is going to be painful for both of us.
Yet she seems so unfamiliar with the concept of arousal that I have no idea what to tell her.

No. 937103 ID: 771757

For future reference, the "womb" is an internal gestational chamber located in the abdomen. It is connected to the vaginal passage via a muscular sphincter known as a "cervix", which is usually closed tightly so as to only permit the transfer of gamete-containing fluid from a male source (in this case, you) to a female's womb.

Once gestation is completed (a process which can take the better part of a year), the cervix will dilate open to permit the gestated young to exit through the vaginal passage.

In addition, the womb is connected to one or more internal organs known as "ovaries", which store and release the female gametes.
No. 937105 ID: b1b4f3

Well she does seem loyal in the end, but fanatically so, and absolutely obsessed with being dominant. Her dominant streak may be the key to her successful breeding.
Tell her there is lubrication required before further penetration. She should wait for a moment and let you touch her so that her body can produce it. Or perhaps she would prefer to pin you down so you can't do anything to threaten her, and thoroughly examine your penis first? Examination like that seemed to help Psi.
Play up the fact that you are completely at her mercy, and no threat to her. You are committed to the task she is asking of you, and you will answer any questions she has about it.
No. 937106 ID: 83bf07

Oh God going in dry. One of you start rubbing her clit (the sensitive bump that Psi mentioned) to get something going on down there. Going too quick without proper buildup, will lead to pain and unenjoyable sex.
No. 937108 ID: f2136e

Tell her that the process can't continue if there is pain on either side. So the two of you need to figure out how to get her aroused first.

Hmm, her boobs look much better from this angle... you should massage them. Tell her that it's important that she relaxes and that this
will help her.

Then pull out and try to get your fingers inside her. Get some of her juices over both her and your junk. That should allow you to at least proceed... tell her that she should move extremely slowly; slow enough that there's no pain.
No. 937112 ID: c49ece

wait wait wait. She needs to want this with more than her head. If she keeps giving you shit tell her to quit trying to prove herself and do it properly.
No. 937163 ID: 7dc36a

You need to keep her talking about what associations this act reminds her of, to get an idea about what arouses her. And you can play along with that. She could be aroused by more unconventional means, or from females instead.

In any case, you're may need a trip to maintenance after this.
No. 937166 ID: e6b8d9

Okay, from this experience you can tell that a female instinctual mating response such as Psi had is not triggered just from seeing or feeling your erect penis or by being penetrated. There has to be a mental component. Probably a psychic part too, since the feelings and pleasure of mating with Psi ran both ways along your telepathic channels. So, that means you need to adjust your attitude and behavior to better mesh with Delta's psyche.

Delta is extremely dominating, but that seems to stem from a very strong desire to keep things in control for the good of Vessel. Everything and everyone ought to be in its place, executing its function and following protocol. Stray outside the margins and she'll knock that thing or person back into line. Stray too far and she'll destroy that person or thing as a threat to Vessel.

Based on this, you ought to think, behave and speak in a submissive way so she will respond better. Avoid touching her, even in small ways, without asking her if you may first and explaining why. For when she does not permit you to touch her, then you will need to get her to touch herself. Tell her what you'll be doing before you do anything. Keep telling her what to do unless she asks you what to do to a minimum. Try to guide her to asking you what to do by asking her what it feels like or if she has questions. And tell her that you'll answer any and all questions she has about mating or breeding and how to do so.

Now, ask Delta if starting to slip her vagina over your penis felt painful to her, since it felt painful to you. Say that it should feel good and not painful to either of you. Tell her that lubrication is needed, since mating to completion requires sliding her vagina down and up your penis, without pain for you, repeatedly and rhythmically to stimulate you to release your semen into her. The rhythmic rubbing of your penis and her vagina and clitoris, the sensitive bump to the front of her vagina of similar but condensed structure to your penis, together should also produce a rising intensely pleasurable feeling for both parties until your release, if done right. Additional external tactile stimulation of these parts during mating intercourse may help mating along and increase the intensity of this feeling, if done right.

Say that Psi produced lubrication on her own from her vagina right before and during mating with her, so Delta ought to be able to as well. You just need to figure out what stimulation will work with Delta to elicit a similar response. Ask Delta if she would allow you to place your hands on her in certain locations and tactilely stimulate her to attempt to get this response from her. You will tell her exactly what you will be doing and why before you do and you ask that she tell you what it feels like and if you should change it or stop. If she does not consent then you will need to ask her to attempt to do the stimulation herself.

If she agrees, start by reaching up and cupping her breasts, feeling them over and rubbing or gently squeezing her nipples. Then reach one hand down to to gently brush her clitoris and rub her labia. Suggest that she could try leaning forward or back at different angles to find a better feeling position for the both of you. Especially for when she starts moving herself up and down your penis, unless she'd rather you take control and trust. (Also, the thought of her leaning so far forward your head is nestled between her breasts while mating has appeal, if not for the suffocation risk. Makes you wish you had a breathing hole in your head like Psi or Delta do. Maybe you could breathe through the gill slits in your neck instead? Hm, her leaning forward just enough so they fill your vision would otherwise suffice.)

Also ask her to have patience and give feedback while you figure this out. You've only mated once before, so this is all very new to you. Complete, candid feedback will help you become better at your breeding function.

And there is one way to play to Delta's dominance and lubricate your penis before insertion too: She can put it in her mouth and run her tongue all over it. Having her very sharp teeth so close to your very sensitive organ will put her very much in control of you. Suggesting she do this would be such a submissive act that it'd have to please her dominant attitude.

And since you are lacking in accurate anatomical and operational knowledge and terminology for your the other Agents' sexual reproductive systems, here is a basic rundown in case Delta or another Agent wants to know more: The uterus, or womb, is akin to a miniaturized growth chamber and located at the interior far end of the vagina. The two are connected by a "valve" called the cervix designed to allow only semen in and let offspring out via the vagina once they are mature enough. The uterus is also connected to two ovaries. Those organs release a egg (or, sometimes, eggs) into the uterus to be fertilized by the male's sperm contained in the semen. The egg contains half the genome of the female, the sperm half the male's genome and fertilization combines them to form a complete genome zygote which then implants into the uterus lining to slowly grow into a new offspring.

Now for the anatomy of the male side: The sperm is created in your two testicles, which are contained in the skin sack called a scrotum under your penis' sheath. The testicles' operation is sensitive to temperature, which is why they need to be external. The sperm is combined with semen, a carrier fluid generated by multiple small organs and glands, and released by ejaculation after suitable stimulation.
No. 938297 ID: f0a059
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~Stop! Delta! We cannot continue like this! It will hurt both of us!~
~If that is how the process goes, so be it--~
~No! No, it should not hurt! There needs to be more lubrication, you need to be aroused!~
~I feel very awake, Delta. Your concepts make no sense to me.~

I reach up and start rubbing at her nipples. She stares at me in complete confusion before she slams my arms down to my sides.

> be submissive

~Okay! I submit. I am under your complete control, Delta, I will do whatever you ask.~
~Do not give me further orders,~ she says, with a growling undercurrent to her voice.
~Tell me what you want me to do,~ I say, as simply and meekly as I can manage in a direct telepathic communication.

She pauses. She tries to force me into her and stops and looks at my pained, apprehensive expression.
~...You were born for my use,~ she says, almost in a mutter. ~You are nothing but a living breeding tool.~
I feel some contradictory element of doubt in her talk, but something about the words she's passing to me consciously is lighting a fire inside her. ~I own you, Omega. Tell me. Who owns you?~
~You do.~
Her nipples are a little more erect than they were earlier. I feel some growing warmth in her groin.
~Yes. I do. I am in charge of you. You are my tool. You are my possession. I own you. You are mine. You are nothing next to me.~

She jerks her hips down and, even with the lubrication, it is abrupt and a little painful. I wince and groan. She stares at me.
~Yes.~ She doesn't hide her own pain, and the feedback from the intensity echoes between us before our natural dampeners wind it down. Feedback loops of empathic emotion and sensation could threaten to destroy us, and we have natural failsafes built into us to prevent an ever cascading psychic explosion.
I wish I could turn it off while mating, somehow.

I try to thrust upwards but am met with her thrusting downwards with stronger force.
~I am in charge, here, Omega. You are the lowest and weakest of all Agents.~ She pushes my penis surprisingly deeply into her, and rubs her what I know now to be a clitoris against my body. I don't know how she is even able to do this.
~Now.~ She spreads her legs and starts leaning on my pelvis. She reaches down, rubbing her clitoris with one hand and-- she has my testicles in the other. Oh no. ~I can feel your sudden apprehension, Omega. Inject the fluid into me now, so I can get back to work--~
~Wait! Wait, what are you doing?~
~This is where it comes from, yes? I am going to apply pressure to coax the fluid into myself.~
~That-- please do not do that, that is not how it works, I--~

She smiles threateningly at me and I feel a slight grip around organs I suddenly am acutely aware of the sensitivity thereof. ~Then I suggest you figure out how it works fast,~ and before I can react she starts thrusting her hips into me with a terrifying ferocity, both hands on her clitoris as she breathes faster and moans louder and--

No. 938298 ID: f0a059
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Nothing so sophisticated as words comes out of me over the link, but inarticulate screaming symbolic concepts of overwhelming pleasure.
Delta bites my shoulder as I feel her fight to suppress a similar scream, not in telepathy, which I feel like an avalanche of concepts descending upon my battered psyche, but from her actual lungs.

I am now grateful that I cannot turn off the feedback dampener for mating, because if I did I might have just allowed for us to mindwipe each other.

It is odd, but, despite Delta being more initially more clueless than Phi, she did things so much more intensely.

Delta abruptly pulls herself off me throws herself backwards, trying to orient her hips upwards. ~I did not think of the angles! I did not think of the angles, this could have been for nothing!~
~If it leaks out this was a waste of time!~
~That... that is a bleak way of viewing things, but also you do not need all of the fluid inside you to become pregnant.~
~I do not know if I was supposed to feel what I felt. I... I need to visit Rho.~
~It is probably fine.~

No. 938299 ID: f0a059
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I suddenly notice, pleasant sense of peace dissipating into anxious panic, that the Outsider is trying to escape. I watch him sprint away as I lie splayed out on the floor and dart up to my feet.

~OMEGA!!~ Delta stands up herself and glares at me. ~No, do not pursue the intruder. You are the reason they escaped. It is on your head.~
~What? Why?!~
~I was about to render them insensible for further processing. We need to extract all the information from them we can.~
~I was going to interrogate it!~
~Can you even speak to an Outsider, Omega?~
~...not well, but--~
~We have Agents trained in their communications. Do not second guess me or the other Agents again like this.~
~Could you have explained your intentions before you tried to bite my throat out?!~

Delta stares at me. I feel like she has closed our channel before I realise the channel is still there. She is just completely silent on it.

~We are done here, Omega. You have fulfilled your function as it relates to me. Continue with your assigned directive.~
~Do I... do I have any value to you other than--~
~Did you think my words earlier were false? I do not lie. You are the lowest and weakest of all Agents. Your value to me begins and ends with the mating act. If you were not an Agent I would kill you now for the enjoyment of it. Go. Out of my sight, breeder male.~

I feel less anger than I expect and more like I just had something torn out of me.

~The longer you linger here, the less efficient you are at performing your function. Get moving, Omega.~

I want to say something defiant but I just feel shaky and ill. I can feel my eyes watering. ~You are a heartless bloodthirsty whale, Delta.~
She can feel my emotional turmoil, and it looks like it pains her.

~In time, you will understand why,~ she says, before looking away from me and walking away. Just before she closes the channel, I feel a leaking of immediate regret and remorse.

It does not make me feel any better.
No. 938300 ID: f0a059
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I guess I'll go after the nearest biosignature I don't immediately recognise. It is my mission, after all. Focus on the mission, Omega.

There are two nearby, one on the strange fleshy lump above the mouth of the Vessel, and one... closer by. I approach this one.

I get closer and immediately recognise an Agent with what looks like the mark of psi on her head, so presumably this is Phi. However, she isn't alone.
I do not recognise what the creatures near her are but their biosignatures blend into the background. They are hard to pick out by bioresonance but I can see them. They are not Outsiders. I suppose these are the remnants of former periods of creation the Vesselmind told me about.

Phi is just standing silently with her arms by her sides, as one of the odd textured creatures near her is giving some kind of impassioned speech.
This time, however, I understand the words being said. Unsure how, I do not recall learning the language.

"Stand aside."
Phi keeps standing defiantly. She does not seem to even be aware of the fact I am nearby.
"You are interrupting our way of life--"
~Your way of life,~ I hear Phi say, not on an opened channel but in a burst transmission, ~is of little concern to me.~
"This is our home--"
~Your home is the island that has been set aside for you, and I am rapidly running out of patience for your kind. I have explained this to so many of you over and over again. Do you not share information in any capacity? The rest of the Vessel is off limits for your kind.~
"A breeder has escaped and we need all the breeders we can find, we are facing extinction!"
~That is not my duty to care about.~

While I watch and listen, I query the collective consciousness to see what Phi's directives are. I get only vague answers relating to assisting and commanding resource gathering servitors, as well as some form of border patrol around the central island-lump, which I am watching right now.

"Forget it," says one of the other creatures. "It might be a guardian of the vessel but it has the same shape of a breeder. There is no reasoning with them."
~If you do not turn back to your designated area, you will have one survivor, broken, bleeding and limping back to tell the others what happens when you ignore the will of an Agent of the Vessel.~
No. 938301 ID: f0a059
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"Pah! A feeble breeder thinks she can fight us? I'd like to see her try--"

The other creatures immediately grab and clamp the beak of the one issuing a challenge while their leader stands in front of them, bowing their head deferrently.

"Ignore him, honoured guardian. He is a new recruit. But if you loathe our presence away from the island, you must capture the escaped breeder before she can go too far."
~I am entirely capable of dragging them back myself. You do not need to search for them. Turn back.~

"Talons off me!" The creature breaks away from their fellows. "I will not be talked down to by any breeder!! Your place is on your back with your thighs wide!!" It runs at Phi.
No. 938302 ID: f0a059
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Phi does not even blink before she pulls back and punches the upstart remnant so hard in the head I can almost feel something crack.
It falls back and goes down without further noise.
No. 938303 ID: f0a059
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The leader of the group looks a mixture of outraged and horrified, but bows its head again. "Thank you, honoured guardian. We will depart now."
One of them scoops up their downed comrade and the group hastily leaves.

~And that, freshborn, is how you take care of these things around here,~ says Phi, a channel open to me specifically. ~Any reason you are here? I cannot place your name or mission.~

~There is an Agent on the island,~ is the first thing I for some reason decide to tell her. Why.
~Yes, Eta. Her role is to make sure the island ecosystem is functional. If I see her, I am going to have a long talk with her about why she did not step in and stop this remnant tribe from spiralling out of control like it has. 'Breeders'. Such contempt they have for their own species on such arbitrary features.~

Phi turns to look at me and looks a little surprised. ~A... male Agent?~
~What is your function?~

Phi stares at me incredulously.

~Wow. Alright. Let me just take a few seconds to process that.~
~We have the capacity with the biotechnology of the Vessel to birth servitors to our own designs, entire new Agents and entire new species with complete precision, and we are now going a few dozen steps back and smushing our bodies together until new bodies burst out of ours to be weak and helpless and nothing but a drain on resource and time for orbits upon orbits?~

I shrug, not sure what to say.

~The Vesselmind is losing it,~ says Phi, rubbing her melon. ~Have you noticed we cannot even contact it anymore? I wonder if it has finally entered whatever counts for senility for giant vessel organisms. Anyway, was there a specific reason you came to me?~
No. 938305 ID: b1b4f3

Yes, we have the tools to make whatever is required. For any purpose.
The Agents that will be born from this process will not have a preset purpose. No strict guidelines to follow unerringly and single-mindedly. They will be free. The Vesselmind is giving us this, as its final gift, because it is deteriorating. It is not immortal; nothing is.

As for why you came to her, it is to fulfill your purpose. Does she wish to do it now? Or should you find another? Perhaps Rho, so that she may get some personal experience with the process that people keep bothering her about?
No. 938312 ID: 58ee15

Think about her arguments for a bit. If what she says is correct, it would be hard to argue against. However, there is one argument that comes to mind.

Evolution. Tell her that evolution is a slow and gradual process. Being able to design our species may be possible, but making large changes like that isn't necessarily a good thing - it carries great risk. The larger the change, the higher the chance of unpredictable outcome, and if something goes wrong, it may lead to extinction.

Also, custom design can only take you so far. While it allows you to create great diversity, evolution is what leads to perfection. Vesselmind knows this.
Ask her if she would consider creating perfection with you.
No. 938322 ID: c49ece

Technology nothing, we don't have the Vesselmind's knowledge or wisdom and we aren't owed consultation before it makes decisions.

Anyway, you were created to reproduce with loyalist agents and not with rouge agents. So unless she needs to knock someone else's block off or has some other reason to delay, you'd like to fulfill your purpose.

You're not feeling tired or sore or anything, are you?
No. 938340 ID: 7dc36a

You could bring up the idea of the collective of the Vesselmind taking over its central authority. If it were self-aware enough about its own terminal condition of senility, the rational response would be to have concerns about succession.

But given your time with Delta, you should probably lay into Phi for her hypocrisy and stand up for yourself. Even as a Breeder, you're still a person. You deserve respect, dammit.

Also, in theory, the colony would trust you better than any other Agent, irrational as it is. Wryly think about expanding your breeding parameters to the Remnants before you think about how both enforcing directives and expressing contempt in fulfilling them is irrational in of itself. No wondering then why one of them would run away. You'll want to help.
But, as Delta said, this is outside your function. /s
No. 938344 ID: 1ed92d

Literally our job is to bang. Because of sabotage by Rogue Agents, we must breed continually or literally die. Alternately we can bathe in the blood of agents. Breeding is considered preferable.
No. 938346 ID: b1b4f3

No dammit, rogue Agents are to be controlled and contained, not eliminated. The most pressing reason to leave them alive is that we cannot find new workers for the jobs that the rogue Agents would vacate.
No. 938356 ID: b1b4f3

Speaking of not killing Agents, ask if Delta really has been killing rogues, and if it's possible to stop her from killing Mu.
No. 938360 ID: e6b8d9

Tell Phi that the short reason you came to her is to perform your breeding duty with her, otherwise you'll be killed by Delta. The longer reason is she's just the first Agent you came across after Delta had you do your duty with her (roughly, with no build up, in the middle of a hallway,) before and after which she made abundantly clear that if you keep doing things outside your assigned duty she'd kill you; Gesture at Delta's bite marks on you while you speak to emphasize this.

You want to cultivate more usefulness to Vessel than being a mobile sperm dispenser, since once you've done your duty it'll be a long time before you're needed again and you'd rather not be a drain. But Delta's locked it in her mind that breeding can be your only valid function, so here we are. ...Feels sorta like the sexual inverse of that remnant tribe's attitude. Heh. Ain't that just bloody greeeeat... Delta'll probably want to lock you in a cell 'till you're needed to impregnate the Agents again, just so you don't do anything outside your assigned function. That or keep you locked up and bring 'em to you. Ah, but you've digressed. Getting back on track.

Tell Phi if she has her own duties or other reasons to postpone mating, you'll come back later. However, it better be a valid reason in Delta's eyes, since if it's otherwise and she finds out she'll come down on the both of us for not fulfilling our Vesselmind-given duty.

Let her know that when you two mate, you think you can take your time and Delta won't come down on you for it. So, you both can find somewhere comfortable to do it, work out the best positions for it, go slow and talk through it. ...Actually, you could take that time to talk with her about other stuff and ask her questions. Doesn't have to get back to Delta that you were "multitasking," now does it?

It seems like the remnant tribe... Is there a better name for 'em? Islanders? Anyway. It seems like they're much more receptive to speaking with males than females, correct? Well, you could help Phi and Eta with the remnant tribe, if not for the threat of Delta hanging over your head. As is, you're afraid you can't.

As for why the Vesselmind now calls for sexual reproduction of Agents, you can only speculate as to its reasons. But it had to have been some part of the Vesselmind's plans for quite awhile, since every Agent it made up to you was female and also, presumably, fully capable of sexual reproduction. Otherwise it would have made all the Agents neuter. And whatever plan this was part of had to have been in the works for at least a century, since Delta has been alive for about that long and she's definitely female. The Vesselmind was more responsive and back then, right? Hadn't "lost its marbles" yet? So choosing to make Agents capable of sexual reproduction is unlikely to be from it becoming "senile."

The question then becomes, why pull the trigger on making a male Agent now with the mission to breed with the (loyal) female Agents? Is there some important, rational reason by the Vesselmind or is it irrational? Or is it as simple as the Vesselmind doing a test that its design of the Agents' reproductive systems will work and produce viable offspring able to reproduce correctly as well? If it's that last one, then damn, is it way late to be doing that test. That's one that should have been done way early.

One reason that comes to mind to even have the ability for Agents to reproduce sexually is as a backup in case the Vessel's biotech facilities are not available. So under what circumstances would that happen? Obviously if Vessel is destroyed but the Agents escape. What about if Vesselmind goes away? If it goes completely "senile?" Is it so tied into the biotech development, fabrication and gestation systems that they wouldn't function without it? But if it's not vital to those systems' function, then how tough is it to recreate and operate those means of reproduction? What resources would be needed to build new growth chambers separate or part of Vessel?

Another possible reason for Agents to be capable of sexual reproduction is just to see if any offspring with novel, valuable traits come out of the randomness of it that can be reincorporated into biotech reproduction. Ones that none of us, including the Vesslemind, thought of. After all, what we can develop with biotech is, as with everything, limited by what we don't know we don't know.
No. 938376 ID: 83bf07

We're here to preform our breeding duty, prevent the breeding of rouge agents and pretty much anything else to help. Doing anything other than the first task will likely have Delta retaliate.. again.
No. 938383 ID: e6b8d9

Oh, and also ask Phi in what ways and over how long the Vesselmind has seemingly declined. If and how has it become less responsive or unresponsive, given less or vague direction or information, given incorrect information, forgotten things or gave irrational or detrimental directives.

Also tell her that the reply to your query of the collective consciousness of what her directives are was vague. Dunno if that's related to the issues y'all have been having with the Vesselmind, but ask her what her directives are and what she's been doing and if and how much they've expanded or diverged.

And you may as well also ask what's with this remnant tribe and the island in here. Who are they and where'd they come from and why are they here. Why is there this island in here and what is its purpose?
No. 938432 ID: e3e99e

~I believe it is an attempt to work around sabotage. Rogue agents have crippled the vesselminds ability to produce new agents, and I bear harm from their sabotage. There will be no more agents. The vesselmind has also suffered damage to its ability to communicate, and informed me that only a direct physical link is functional- and only in areas where it has not been cut off, at that.
The vesselmind could be senile, but it seems more likely that it is simply desperate.

Or, more concisely, what the absolute fuck have you all been doing? Of the four other agents I have met, one was proudly rogue, and another was psychotic to the point where they delighted in the idea of murdering agents. What is going on here? Why is everything proverbially on fire, and why is nobody doing anything about it?~
No. 938453 ID: bcc41d

If the Vesselmind is as broken as you suggest due to the creation of a breeder, it broke a long, long time ago as all Agents that you have seen thus far appears to have been made with the ability to procreate.

Or, this is in fact a planned fallback option whose intent was always to preserve the Vessel by bypassing the need for the growth chambers. Perhaps in event those chambers were damaged, or as is the case now, sabotaged.
No. 938455 ID: 019b82

You are new and a social creature. Your intent is to meet the others and learn your way around the vessel. Breeding is sort of a long-term project, you don't have to jump into it immediately with every agent you meet.
No. 938461 ID: 58b4f3

Maybe we shouldn't be getting all the loyal Agents pregnant at the same time. Their movements and combat abilities will be hindered if they've all got big bloated bellies full of babies.

And with all the loyal Agents being hindered in this way, the rouge Agents will take advantage of the situation and take over everything!

Unless the Vesselmind did something to speed things up and the pregnancies only take a few days or something like that.
No. 938500 ID: f0a059
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>maybe making everyone pregnant at the same time is a bad idea
It must happen. Biological and existential imperatives demand it. Huh. Why does my pulse quicken and my breath deepen when I think this? Just the thought alone is as if preparing to mate with another Agent.

>vesselmind is dying
Impossible. Even if the entire neural quadrant were to suddenly die away, the fact remains that the Vesselmind remains at least partially composed of the mind of every Agent. If we all died out abruptly, perhaps it would be possible.
That being said, there is a difference between being existent and being sapient. It could be possible that the consciousness of the Vesselmind that is not directly an Agent consciousness could perish, but that would leave us leaderless... I do not want to think about this further. If it did happen, everything would collapse.

>why breed
~Have you considered evolution?~
~Sexual recombination is far too slow a process to produce any real outcomes that the Vesselmind could not replicate itself on a faster timescale. Do you think the Vessel has even existed for millions of years? I know it has existed for at least a hundred and fifty orbits, but I do not think it is quite that old.~
~Random mutation?~
~Again achieved faster and in parallel by modifying designs piecemeal randomly in growth chambers.~
~Lack of dependence on the growth chambers. Survival beyond the death of the Vessel.~
~If the Vessel dies, we will die with it. That is not even an ideological thing. Our biology is supported by the Vessel. We are all symbiotes.~
~Would the next generation of Agents be so tied to it?~
~Indirectly, yes! If the Vessel dies, the Agents die, if the Agents die, anything depending on them for protection and development dies too. This entire idea is ridiculous!~
~And who are we to question the Vesselmind's motives?~
Phi pauses and rubs her head again. ~You are correct. I do worry it is straying from its own path, but I do not know all of the things it knows.~

>decline of vesselmind
~While we are on the topic, however,~ I say, ~how fast and how thoroughly has the Vesselmind declined?~
~Ever since Psi was born it has been less quick to respond to things, and now very recently it is refusing to respond to any queries without just giving broad awareness. It almost feels like it is hiding something from its own Agents, but why would it do so?~
~Perhaps it is related to the rogue Agents.~
~...rogue Agents? What rogue Agents?~
~Agents who are rebelling against the Vesselmind.~
~I do not think that is possible.~

I decide to not press the issue further while mentally categorising Phi as a possible rogue.

~Back to an earlier point, after you just pointed out the hypocrisy of the way the remnants treated their own kind, you were quick to point out how ridiculous my existence is.~
~What? No? I am sorry, I was simply surprised, I do not think you are inherently worth less because you are male. Admittedly I have had a rather dim view of males as of late, but you are an Agent, not some broken remnants.~
~Why do you view males poorly?~
~I do not wish to discuss it,~ she says, annoyed, but I can tell not with me.
No. 938501 ID: f0a059
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I roll my head up to show my wounds from Delta. ~The Agent Delta attacked me for not fulfiling my duty. If you are not currently busy, let us breed.~
~This right here is why I view males poorly,~ says Phi. ~Apparently your entire sex is focused on breeding when it comes to individuals of a different sex and nothing more.~
~I nearly had my throat torn out by Delta for not immediately trying to breed with her and I have not been alive for very long. I am worried she is going to return and kill me if I do not attempt to procreate with every new Agent I meet as soon as I meet them.~
~Delta is a little deranged,~ says Phi. ~If she actually significantly wounded anyone, Beta would be the first one to tear out any organs she did not need for the purpose of staying alive.~
~The fact she is not lethally harmful does not change the fact she physically and emotionally injured me,~ I blurt out, perhaps too readily.

Phi looks at me again. ~Emotionally?~
~She kept saying all I was was useful for breeding and nothing more.~
~Delta said that?~
~Well, that is familiar rhetoric. And furiously disappointing to be coming from an Agent.~

I suddenly realise tears are flowing down my face. Perhaps I was more affected than I thought I was. Phi's expression softens.

~Omega, I can feel that.~
~I just want to do what I was made to do and be someone and something useful, not a failure to the Vessel and the Vesselmind. Before I was even born some of the Agents tried and succeeded in sabotaging my creation.~ I am venting and bleeding more and more emotion than I want to. ~Every Agent I have come across so far has treated me as a broken machine part and now you too are considering me a useless breeding machine.~
~Do you actually want to breed, Omega?~
~My function is to--~
~No, let me ask the question again. Do you want to breed? Not does the Vesselmind want you to breed. Do you, Omega--~
~Yes. No. Yes. It is complicated. Not now. In general, yes. If I do not I will die. Three days. I do not know. I have to mate or I might die and I will be a failure and Delta will kill me. Mu wanted me dead.~ I cannot keep secrets under duress. This is another bad property for an Agent to have, I believe. ~Not dead. Stillborn. A failure to even live. I have not met even half of the other Agents and most of them want me dead or crippled or comatose or sterilised or something. What did I do, Phi? Why is everyone else like this?~

Phi stares at me, mouth opening and closing a little. ~You are different, Omega.~
~What does that mean?~
~It has been many orbits since Psi was born, the former youngest of the Agents. You are a different thing to Agents that have come before and you have a purpose not every Agent will understand. You threaten the way things are.~
~By existing?!~
~Yes. It is not your fault. Delta is the worst. Delta has been operational without sleep for too long. We have tried to convince her the damage she is doing to herself but she considers us all beneath her. She considers the idea of not maintaining constant vigilance an affront to not just the Vesselmind but all within it.~

I grab my head, tears still streaming from it. ~Maybe it would have been better if I had not been born.~
~The Vesselmind made you for a reason. I have come to learn, or at least I think I have, that the original directive is never just what the Vesselmind wants from its Agents. Else it would have just designed and produced servitors to come and... do whatever it is to us. You have a deeper purpose, Omega, I just know it.~
~What purpose?~
~You need to find it.~

Phi gives me a hug and, emotional wreckage that I am, I find myself responding emotionally well to her comforting embrace, while biologically I feel pulsing and swelling as my genitals emerge and lengthen, brushing against Phi's inner thighs.

~Biomechanical response,~ I abruptly blurt out. ~I cannot control that.~
Phi nods. ~This situation is not even remotely arousing to me so I am going to ignore that.~
~What is arousing to you?~
~I have no idea, the idea of sexual intimacy has always felt sort of disgusting to me after all the things I have seen the male avian remnants do to their females. I will reluctantly go along with your more immediate purpose if it will make you feel better, however, but you better have a plan for what you want to do to me. One that I can agree with.~

I... On the one hand, my function, on the other, I do not know, for some reason even with the physical arousal I do not... I do not feel like I want to keep doing this.
No. 938503 ID: b1b4f3

>Delta is actually sleep deprived
Well let's fix that. We can force her to sleep for a few days with Mu's most recent weapon.

>Phi doesn't think rogue agents are possible
Perhaps it was due to the way you defined it. It's not that they're rebelling, it's that they're knowingly acting against what the Vesselmind has decided. Imagine 10 creatures deciding between red and blue. 7 of them want red, 3 of them want blue. Those 3 aren't rogues just for wanting blue, but if one of those 3 tries to force the choice to go their way they'd be rogue. Rogues are those that put their own ideals and reasoning ahead of the group's directives and choices. In this definition, Delta might be considered rogue since she believes she is above the group, but she also believes she's upholding the group's choices, so it's very mixed. Mu is definitely considered rogue since she's knowingly acting directly against the group's choices, but she thinks she's doing it to protect the group. It's a kind of twisted loyalty, which is probably the only way rogues are possible in the situation.

>don't really want to fuck right now
Do it later then. We have established clearly that your purpose is not time-sensitive. Also we have a more time-sensitive task at hand-- subduing Delta. It occurs to me that your secret ability is especially useful for keeping track of the movements of Agents. You can easily ambush Delta, especially if you have the aid of one or more other Agents.

Go retrieve the weapon, find Rho and Psi, ask for their help giving Delta some sleep before she murders Mu.
No. 938505 ID: 745eba

Since neither of you actually want to, and it probably wouldn't actually help your emotional state anyway, say no
No. 938507 ID: 8d4593

No. But, Maybe we could just stay. Like this. For a little while. Maybe sit.
No. 938513 ID: 7fb87a

if we drug delta like that we could measure our lifespan in moments after she wakes up
No. 938514 ID: ae9bd9

You know what, lets keep talking about our feelings instead. Lets talk about how we talked to Mu and how we weren't what she expected and how we may have changed her mind on things. Talk about the outsider we found and were trying to interrogate until Delta came and abused us for trying and how she wanted to kill it. Talk about everything.
No. 938515 ID: 1ed92d

Maybe just cuddle? You were emotionally abused and sexually assaulted by a vicious elder, after being poisoned by an incompetent and homicidal elder. You could use some relaxation without the adrenaline high that comes from mating.
No. 938520 ID: b1b4f3

Not if we have the support of the majority of the other Agents. Then it's basically the same as following the orders of the Vesselmind. ...we should go get the support of the majority of the other Agents. We'll have to talk to everyone and take a vote. Just gotta make sure while we're doing that, Delta doesn't murder anyone.
While we're at it we should take a vote on what policy to take regarding rogues going forwards.

We should get Psi's vote on both right now. Force Delta to go the fuck to sleep? Kill rogues or just keep them under control?
No. 938533 ID: e6b8d9

Mating has a mental and emotional component as much as a base physical one. To push yourself to go through it when you are not in the right mental and emotional state will, at best, mean it will not be as good as it could have been. At worst, if you're forced like with Delta, it'll be psychologically damaging. You won't ask Phi to mate when she doesn't feel like doing so, and you won't force yourself to mate when you don't feel it. You need to make a good emotional and mental connection before the physical one. Perhaps such is needed much more for Agents than other species due to your telepathy.

Tell Phi that you aren't in the right mental and emotional to mate right now, and even if you were you have no idea how to get her into the right mental and emotional state. You won't ask her to mate when she doesn't feel like it. You won't do even a bit of what... What Delta did. You can put off mating to whenever. For now, you just want to keep hugging.

Ask Phi if she'd keep sharing a hug with you. To hug and nuzzle and talk. Er, you just need to adjust your penis to a less intrusive position for her during this. Back up a bit, reach down and point it upward so it'll be between you two. ...That's not much better, is it? Ah, well, it's just gonna be in the way while you embrace. So be it.

Tell Phi that your first time mating was with Psi and you feel you owe her a apology for it. It was right after you were born, when she came into your birthing chamber. She was confused and ignorant about what mating even was and overwhelmed by the alien feelings and physical responses she had. You were running half on raw instinct and neither of you knew what it meant or what the consequences would be. Right after Mu told her what mating would mean for her, she ran off to speak with Rho and cut channels with you. You just feel Psi deserved better.

Ask Phi if the Agents have tried communicating with the Vesselmind via more intrusive ways? You remember it told you to seek out its ganglia if you had need to speak with it. (At the very least you'd want to connect with it to ask how to use your sterilization ability.)

It's unfair to just dump out your mental baggage on Phi. Perhaps she could unburden herself to you as well. Let out her feelings and fears and troubles and issues. ..Hm, perhaps one of your purposes is to help with the mental health of other Agents. There hasn't been any dedicated means of psychological aid for them before, right? Ask what the general mood has been on Vessel and among the Agents recently and over time. Are there other Agents who've become deranged similar to Delta or are heading that way?

Ask if and how the other Agents have tried to get Delta to sleep and if they've considered more direct means to force her to for her own good and the good of all of us. Does Phi feel that it's gotten to that point yet? If so, tell her that Mu made a coma toxin that'd put you under for two or three days as a backup to contain you which could be used on Delta. But then what happens after Delta wakes up? Is she gonna go on a rampage against those who were in on the plan to drug her? Is it just gonna make things worse to force her to sleep in such a way?

>Why does my pulse quicken and my breath deepen when I think this? Just the thought alone is as if preparing to mate with another Agent.
You've just discovered what mentally sexually arouses you. Makes total sense it'd be impregnating female Agents and then them being pregnant, given your purpose. Well, now you can fantasize about all that when you're going to mate to really get yourself going.

>We should get Psi's vote on both right now.
You mean Phi, right?
No. 938539 ID: e3e99e

~I met a rogue agent. They intentionally damaged the vesselmind's ability to produce agents. It was not the first time they damaged the vesselmind. They seek to destroy it, and spoke as if they had others working with them.
We can not live without the vesselmind, but if we were able to reproduce and then protect the offspring until they were able to act on their own, then they would be able to survive even the destruction of the vesselmind.
It is also possible that our design has proven unreliable, and the vesselmind wishes for us to have a sustainable population before replacing us as he did those others.~

~For now, we must determine if breeding is safe and effective. The rogue scared Phi by asserting the birthing process is painful and deadly. She needs reassurance, and to be monitored through the course of the reproductive cycle. Can you assist me in helping her?~
No. 938549 ID: 7dc36a

You could ask if Phi could give you a tour of the ship or around the habitats She should know where the quiet parts are), if she can spare the time. Inquire about what she likes and find some form of entertainment, before you mate.
At least, talk about any crew you haven't met yet.

>deeper purpose
As you said to Mu, to extend your parameters means your purpose would be to become a proper dad somehow. So far, this looks like it would involve maintaining the emotional and physical well-being of and relations between Agents, especially Rogues, in order to care for the aftermath of breeding, pregnancy and childcare. This would also mean cultivating an environment for the children's physical, mental and social development.
The why seems right, but the how is difficult.

Do keep in mind, Mu is currently in her weapons lab and knows Delta better than you. I would be surprised if she wouldn't be able to, in not likely prepared to, defend herself. May have saw your "betrayal" coming even.
No. 938568 ID: e6b8d9

Ask how the attack and capture of the less than half dozen Agents five years ago effected Vessel, Vesselmind and the remaining Agents. You're all connected in a telepathic mesh, so having pieces ripped out like that must have hurt. What has been the psychological toll on all of them?

And before Omega it was twenty years since the last Agent, Psi, was born, so have there been other Agent deaths or losses in that time? Have our numbers been falling over time? How long does it take to grow a new Agent in a growth chamber? Have there not been new Agents born to replace the lost ones due to it taking a long time to grow them or for some other reason?
No. 938598 ID: 0fae41

Spoiler text exists, you know.
No. 938599 ID: b1b4f3

>you mean Phi?
No. 938636 ID: c93e4c

You have support from at least one other agent. You don't need to accept Delta's threats. See if you can get information from Phi about the societies living in the vessel, and then see if you can do something about Delta
No. 938658 ID: 4e56df

It seems the best solution to the Delta situation would be to have a second Delta. That is, another Agent with Delta's functions and capability so that Delta could feel that she could safely sleep because another can take up her position of vigilance. Frankly, it seems like a serious oversight that the Vesselmind didn't create two Deltas, or even three, so they could rest in turn. Having such a single point of failure seems like a major mistake. ...Ah, but it's too late now. We're not gonna get a Agent that could take up Delta's duties, and it's doubtful Delta would accept any current Agent temporarily taking up her duties. ...Maybe we could convince her to show and teach another Agent or two what she does, so that if by some fluke she's incapacitated, Vessel won't be completely without one who could do Delta's functions.
No. 938676 ID: b1b4f3

...actually, isn't Omega especially suited to working security, with the way his secret ability works?
No. 938700 ID: a274c9

Yes, it would be great for security. Trouble is, he can't use it as a reason he should be part of Vessel's security because it'd lose a fair chunk of its effectiveness if the Agents knew about it. And Omega wouldn't have much reason right now to be on security besides his ability to sense bioresonance signatures.

...Wait a second. Omega sensed two of those odd bioresonance signatures that turned out to be Outsider signatures. Figured the second one was in Outsider containment, given it's general location. But what if it wasn't in containment and just happened to be in the same general area as Outsider containment?

Omega better check his bioresonance sense for the location of Outsider signatures and ask Phi if they've got any Outsiders in containment, 'cause if they don't then there's a second one loose on Vessel.
No. 938702 ID: b1b4f3

It wouldn't lose its effectiveness if the other Agents knew about it. We're hiding it right now because Omega doesn't know the current state of things and it might make him even more of a target.
No. 938836 ID: c49ece

No, for some reason preforming my duty out of mutual obligation feels wrong, somehow. This is fine.

Maybe... I'll look for that runaway outsider?
No. 939092 ID: a62ed0

You know, Psi was so overwhelmed that she didn't want any extra attention, and Delta just wanted it over with. We've had an interest in exploring our partner's body. Ask if she'll consent to let you fondle her breasts.
No. 943204 ID: 3e9573

Stay like this for a few seconds longer, then thank her for her shoulder and leave.
No. 949576 ID: b08aaf

Can we just sit in seclusion and embrace each other for a bit longer? The erection will fade with time, but the comfort will stay.
No. 965210 ID: 21ac91
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>don't breed
>just cuddle
~I cannot do it,~ I say, tearing up again. ~If I cannot convince myself, I will never be able to convince you. And I feel like I may have already doomed Phi. Mu told her that birthing is dangerous and lethal. I do not know if it is or not. I didn't know I was going to harm anyone. I just wanted to perform my function.~
Phi hugs me more tightly. ~It is fine. I am not concerned. Delta has other things to worry about. And as for birthing, I have never seen it happen for an Agent before. Only... less well designed beings. I can see how it could be lethal, but if the Vesselmind wills this, and I know you believe it to be the truth, this must have been planned for.~

We stay hugging for a while, and the arousal fades. I don't need to say anything, she can feel my need. I'm not hiding it well. Then, we sit on the warm floor together.
No. 965211 ID: 21ac91
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>let it all out
>ask Phi for more information
~The first Agent I mated with was Psi. I ran on instinct. I feel guilty that I might have tricked her into it without her full awareness of the consequences.~
~As I said, this is apparently the will of the Vesselmind. And the will of the Vesselmind is the will of the Agents is the will of the Vesselmind. If she wanted information, surely she could have asked the Vesselmind.~ She pauses. ~Oh. This happened recently, didn't it. Well, that's a problem. Well, nothing a visit to Rho can't clear up. Rho is very good at what she does.~
~I just feel she deserved more information first.~
~We all make mistakes. Especially the first time we do something. None of us are beyond error. Even the Vesselmind can make mistakes.~ She pauses again. ~Usually on a timescale beyond our immediate understanding, though. And typically relating to prediction of the behaviour of things outside the Vessel. A collective ignorance, that.~
~The Vesselmind makes mistakes?~
~Agents make mistakes. Agents inform the Vesselmind. The Vesselmind acts on erroneous information. Do you understand a little better now?~
Okay. Phi might be a rogue.
~I can hear you thinking that. Stop it. This whole idea of 'rogues' is artificial. We can't disobey the Vesselmind or harm it any more than we could harm ourselves or each other--~
I pointedly tap at the bite marks from Delta and frown. She falters, and her link is full of half-formed thoughts and concepts before she regains coherency.

She looks away from me, to the walls. ~Fine. Fine, I'll stop pretending. I resent the term rogue, and I further resent the idea that it's a state requiring at best forcible correction and at worst being treated as some contagious disease requiring drastic amputation or sterilization. I'm not rogue, incidentally, by the commonly used criteria for rogues, but I'm not hiding my sympathies. Some of us have had to deal with psychologically taxing tasks without the proper support for extended periods of time.~
~What are the criteria for being rogue?~
~Being closed off from the Vesselmind, which is a moot point as everyone seems to be closed off from the Vesselmind at the moment. Ignoring the wishes of the Vesselmind, which, again, we can't correct our behaviour without instruction. Considering the Vesselmind to be a slavemaster instead of a connecting consciousness, which, I have to admit, is the one aspect of the rogue definition that troubles me. It strikes me as neurotic. Hating that your arm is your arm. That sort of disconnect. The Vessel is a part of our environment and sustains our bodies. The Vesselmind is a part of our environment and sustains our minds. If it were to disappear, we may all die from the psychic shock of losing such a part of ourselves.~
~So you consider yourself not rogue because of these criteria?~
~Yes.~ She looks at me, annoyed. ~Don't listen to Delta. Well, do, but take her words lightly. She's suspected me of being a rogue Agent for a long time, but I do my work well.~
~What is it you do, anyway?~

I can feel her mood improve significantly as she recalls a bewildering set of memories and symbolic concepts.
~I oversee the diver servitors as they collect resources vital for the Vessel's functioning. Food, mostly, most of it goes into the digesting pools, but the good stuff, that goes to Kappa. That, and various samples for analysis and further understanding of the oceans of the world. There's still so many things to learn about the oceans of this world, but that's not my department. I get requests from Sigma for specific examples of specific biomes, and anything I find that's clearly not of natural origin, I give to Zeta. Same for Outsider remains. I don't usually tend to find living Outsiders in my work. The few that successfully get in don't tend to come in via the mouth of the Vessel.~
~That sounds... a little tedious.~
~If I ever get bored I just link myself directly to a diver servitor and control it manually.~
She pauses, closes her eyes, and something slides up behind her, standing tall as she blearily opens her eyes again.
~It's only really boring when we're in a desert, which we're in at the moment. Hypoxic. Not enough life in the water to sustain an ecosystem. I end up having to look for something else to do.~

>more than one Delta
~Why is Delta so overworked? Why aren't there other Agents to take her role?~
~There are. Delta is one of the five Primes. They're the largest of us and most powerful.~
~Then why is--~
~Let me finish. Two of them, Alpha and Gamma, are captives outside the Vessel, prisoners of civilisations we can't attack to free them. Epsilon spends her time in the pilot umbilical, locked into contemplation and learning, acting as a research director while connected to the neural mesh of the Vesselmind. That just leaves Beta and Delta.~
~So what about Beta?~
~More erratic in her schedule than Delta. We don't even see her half the time. When we do, she never has time to spare to talk to us, she's always on a mission. So, worse than Delta.~
~This seems... bad.~
~I'm not sure why the Vesselmind hasn't triggered the spawning of a new Prime yet. Maybe it doesn't think the situation is dire enough yet.~
~With two prisoners?~
~It has access to more information than I do as an individual.~

~What do you do for fun?~
~Well, hijack servitors, sometimes I pay a visit to Eta on her island in downtime, other than that, there's been a few times I've swum out of the Vessel myself. Sometimes I look at the sky. The sky outside is different, Omega. Sometimes it's bright. Sometimes it's dark. Sometimes it's wet, sometimes it's not. Dark and wet is best. Points of light covered by a sheet of sky material, as drops fall and run over your body into the ocean. If only the ocean had less salt, it'd be perfect.~

>wait is that Outsider signature in containment actually contained
I decide not to ask about this, it might raise more awkward questions about why I'd know that. There's other Agents on the Vessel and I don't need to risk annoying anyone else if that's their task.

I have some more time to spare at the time. ...was there anything else I forgot to ask or that I could follow up with?
No. 965221 ID: b1b4f3

Her definition fits for Mu, almost solely due to the last criteria. Still, we need a better one since literally every Agent currently meets the first criterion, and could be meeting the second criterion without even wishing to.
How's this for a currently-actionable definition of "rogue"-- An Agent that takes action, either drastic or significant long-term, that cannot be reasonably interpreted as following the will of the Vesselmind either in general or in regards to specific orders, or through purposeful inaction irreversibly fails to fulfill their purpose.
This still fits Mu, since she acted directly against the Vesselmind, in a drastic way, by attempting to put you in a coma and poisoning the Vessel itself to attempt to prevent your birth. Her reasons for doing this were horribly misinformed, but she crossed a line she should never have crossed. A non-rogue Agent in her position could have threatened you with the coma weapon to keep you from breeding with/endangering everyone, but would not have poisoned the Vessel.

I am concerned. Phi is acting suspiciously in regards to the Vesselmind. Discounting the possibility that rogues are even a thing, disrespecting it as if it's a separate entity while claiming it's a combined consciousness, being super evasive on the subject in general... I do not think she is a good target for breeding. Maybe later, once we have a better idea of what she might be doing. Also, once we have a better handle on how to administer sterilization.

I think we should go see Rho right now, since the situation here seems to revolve around her. Ask for directions.
No. 965315 ID: 1ed92d

Locate Rho. Hope loudly that the contained intruder is actually contained and not actively hostile or dead.

Also, point out that, philosophically, one could consider the Vesselmind to be a 'slavedriver' in that one cannot refuse its commands due to biological hardwiring, thus in essence lamenting a lack of greater self control.

Delta's still a bitch for psychologically and physically abusing a newborn.
No. 965332 ID: fa2754

If we can make it through this week, ask her to take you with her to see the outside. You know that the Vessel is only so big. There's more out there.

Thinking deep down.. maybe the Vessel is preparing the next generation to live on past it. Maybe the spawn you make won't need the link you have to the Vessel. Don't let anyone hear you think that.
No. 974506 ID: 7b2f07
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>next generation
The Vessel is not showing signs of physical decline that I recognise. I also don't think it would be in the Vessel's interests to have Agents not tied to it. If the Vessel were to perish, it simply would no longer have a use for Agents anymore.

>Phi's acting suspiciously
I try to hide my suspicions, but she does seem to be hiding a lot of her thoughts and opinions for a supposed loyalist.
I'll put her lower on the priority list for breeding, I suppose.

>ask about the outside
~If I'm still alive in a few days, maybe we can see the sky together.~
Phi opens and closes her mouth a few times, before smiling. ~I'd like that.~

>thoughts about the Vesselmind
~I suppose, in a sense, given the Vesselmind is a part of us, the desire to refuse its commands might be a desire for greater self-control,~ I tell her. I know I feel like I've been driven by my libido a lot since my birth. It's not a foreign concept to me.
Phi looks off to the side again, nodding slowly. She doesn't respond over the channel immediately, taking a pause to organise her thoughts. ~It could also be a disagreement with the wider consensus,~ she says, almost in a conspirational whisper, before she pulls her arms around herself and closes her legs. The servitor behind her curls around her more tightly, before it pauses, stretches, and slides off. A command by Phi, I assume.
~You feel incredibly uncomfortable to even have such a thought,~ I point out.
Phi doesn't respond to that at all.

>seek Rho
~Everything about my mission suggests I need to speak to Rho. Do you know where she is?~
Phi remains curled up. ~Stern quadrant, Agent maintenance. You'll know how to find her if you head that direction. If you bump into Tau, please don't think ill of her based on what she says. She loves us all, and I think something went wrong in her gestation. That thing I said about neurotic rejection of the Vesselmind? She has that severely. But all she wants to do is help make us all healthier, and she doesn't let her own doubts interfere with that.~
~So you're saying Tau is rogue.~
~You're better than that, Omega, you've just shown it to me. You know this isn't a dry or wet dichotomy. Please, use your brain before you start putting fellow Agents into categories justifying things we shouldn't be doing to each other.~ She pauses. ~That is the quickest way to end up becoming like Delta.~
~I am nothing like Delta.~
~Keep your mind open and it will stay that way. I wish you the best in your mission.~
~Thank you. Yours as well. Be safe.~

I stand up and walk towards the stern of the Vessel, my sense of direction attuning itself to the various subtle markers strewn throughout.
I feel uneasy. I can't draw a conclusion as to whether Phi is a rogue Agent or not, and after the kindness she just showed me earlier I don't want to consider her rogue. I also understand her concerns, but I have to wonder if she is even fully aware of what Mu did to the Vessel. Did to me. I feel like she may just not understand how dangerous a rogue Agent can be.

~If you need me again, let me know.~ I realise she isn't cutting her channel like so many of the other Agents I've met. ~Let me know when you're near the island again and I'll come visit you if I'm onboard.~
~I shall.~
No. 974507 ID: 7b2f07
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I walk further towards the Vessel's stern quadrant, skirting around the numerous digestion pools. I understand the reason so many are dotted around the central hub is to act as passive defence. The ones used by the divers are only a small fraction of the total count.
In theory, invading Outsiders trying to charge from the mouth of the Vessel would be less aware of the pools' presence, and likelier to fall into them. It does, however, make traversing a straight line a little more difficult.
I wonder to myself if an Agent has ever fallen into the digestion pools here. If the answer is no, I definitely don't want to be the first.

I keep walking, a little unnerved, into the linking passage between the hub and this quadrant.
I sense another Agent approaching me. I stop walking, and decide to wait for whoever it is.

~Hold it,~ says the Agent, a new channel opened and a new voice coming through. I know this to be Tau. ~You. Male. (Male? Male?! Too soon!!) Omega? (Has to be.) Omega. State your mission and intent. (Confirm the mission parameters. It might not be too late.)~ Her channel is like the others, yet I keep hearing snippets of her voice at a lower intensity bubbling through. I hadn't even thought about how I hide some of my thoughts from conversation, but I don't even think she knows she's telling me so much.
~My intent is that I am looking for Rho. I need to talk to her about my mission. It's a sensitive matter.~
~Rho's busy. (Cannot allow him near Rho. It'll disrupt everything.) As such, I'm now acting as a first responder in the event of a medical emergency. If you need urgent medical assistance I can provide it. (Please just need medical assistance.)~
~No, I need knowledge. The Vesselmind is not responding and I have not found any means to contact it more directly.~
Tau hesitates. ~(They're noticing. They're noticing. She won't like this.) Stay there.~

The Agent I'm speaking to comes out of a passage in the side. Only now do I realise I hadn't felt her bioresonance signature until she just emerged from the wall membrane. She looks over to me and walks over. I try to pretend I don't hear her leaking thoughts I'm sure she doesn't want me to know.

~Arms by your sides, chest out, head up. (Make this freshborn know his place before he starts asking questions.)~
I act confused, but I comply.
She looks at me with clarity of purpose. ~Superficially healthy, but more examination is required for certainty... (Stall. Stall stall stall stall.)~

I consider trying to explain more insistently that I'm not here for medical assistance.
Knowing she's purposefully trying to get in my way does make me consider less diplomatic approaches, such as just ignoring her and continuing deeper into the Agent maintenance chambers. Possibly forcing her aside if she tries to stop me.

She stares directly into my eyes. ~Hold. I can feel your doubt about my intentions, Omega. (He knows he knows he KNOWS.) It is neither welcomed nor required. If you have something you wish to challenge me about, do so. (Greater muscle mass but moves without precision. Knowledge of anatomical weaknesses in Agents must be inferior to mine. Outcome of physical conflict still uncertain, either way will attract attention. Delta might investigate. Delta will make things complicated. Don't need a second scar.) I don't have time nor patience to drag you to diagnostics. Well?~
No. 974508 ID: 7b2f07
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She's openly (well, unintentionally openly) planning to attack me. Goading me into a first strike, perhaps, even, so she'll look justified and I'll look to be at fault. I don't think I could have found a more rogue Agent example. I think I hate this! I think I really, really hate this--

Ghnn!! The realisation spikes feelings of anger, revulsion and instinctual hatred towards things that threaten the stability of the Vessel. Towards rogue Agents, specifically. Not as strong as the desire to kill the intruder from before, but strong. Strong enough that Tau takes a step back, wincing.

This surge of emotion inspires a sudden revelation on how to administer the sterilising toxin. Sudden throbbing feelings in my jaws reveal the answer: a bite. A bite that sinks into the flesh and allows these swelling toxin glands to release their contents into the victim's body. But it needs to go into the abdomen, and... can I even bite an Agent's abdomen, let alone unnoticed? Doubtful. Good. Not the best design work. I was sort of hoping it was delivered by sexual contact. Or literally anything less violent and less obvious.

Tau looks confused as I experience, and she experiences by proxy, the weird sensation of blood and fluid rushing to an organ I didn't realise I had moments ago. What an oddly familiar sensation. Granted, despite yet more strange biological urges manifesting in less than convenient circumstances, I feel in control. I also feel jumping to trying to wrap my teeth around her sides is a poor plan.

Only now do I realise, after reacting to the emotional surge and the unexpected taste of toxin in my mouth, I probably look like I'm about to kill.
Part of me wants to follow through, which I keep pulling back. If I could avoid killing an intruder, I can overcome this.

~(He's about to attack! I fucked up! He's going to kill me! I need to be on guard!!)~ Tau tries her best to look mildly annoyed, as I feel her panic escalate. If I don't try to descalate immediately, I can tell by her leaking intent and tense body language she's about to fight or flee, and I can't rely on her choosing flee. ...If I'm going to attack her, though, now or never.
No. 974511 ID: b1b4f3

Wait. Her punishment can wait until we have Delta to help restrain her. This is dangerous terrain and could result in an accidental death. Also you are inexperienced in combat; she might win the fight. It's not like she can force you to impregnate her anyway, so there's no harm in delaying administering the toxin. I suspect she would not want to be impregnated anyway since she's genetically flawed.

Tell her to get out of your way. You don't have time for this.
No. 974513 ID: 736b7e

Don't attack her but force your way past her. Don't let her stall you any longer.
No. 974521 ID: e7848c

Spin on your heel and storm off. You should not engage this way. We have bigger factors to worry about like your self preservation. She doesn't want you to go that way but she won't engage either. Once you've cooled off, maybe you could see about running right past her.
No. 974537 ID: 1ed92d

Just yell at her to stop being a jerk, you were born today and you've been either attacked by your own kin trying to assassinate you, or in one case emotionally and physically abused by a supposedly non-rogue Agent.

You are both miserable and irritable right now. Try asking her to go soak her head in one of the digestion pools if she's so excited about hurting people.
No. 974540 ID: dbd72b

Visibly restrain yourself, state this, and demand she step aside. No more stalling, her behavior is screaming suspicion at you. You don't want to hurt any other agents, you just want to know what's going on.
No. 974556 ID: c8edab

Turn around and, while facing away from her, apologize to her. Tell her that, among other things, you were assaulted by Delta just a short while ago, so you're a bit on the edge. And actually you should have these wounds checked out, so you'd agree if she could have a closer look at you... in diagnostics.

The reasoning is, well, think about what Phi said. About you becoming Delta. About not thinking ill of Tau. It's likely that what Tau is thinking isn't actually something she'd act on. Who knows, maybe other agents thought the same when they first saw you, only that you don't know about it.

So the fact that you can hear her is actually very useful to you, because it's the first Agent that you can read clearly like this. It means that, if you simply talk to her long enough, she would slowly reveal everything, like why she doesn't want you to visit Rho, what you'd be disrupting, etc.

This means that you need to stall as well and hold back on her. You're not actually in any hurry to get to Rho - you certainly took your time with Phi, so letting Tau take you to diagnostics isn't actually bad. If anything was to happen, it should happen there, and not here, where Delta could come walking by at any time.

>snippets of her voice
Being so transparent... I wonder if other agents get to hear her like this as well. If they do, wouldn't they figure out she's rouge as well?

Well, there is one hole leading to the abdomen that you know of. Your teeth cannot go there, but your tongue certainly could heh. Think about how that might feel. Of course, the current situation isn't the best for that and it will have to wait.
No. 977716 ID: 912101
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>do not attack
>turn around and face away from her
>demand she step aside
I refuse to attack her, my muscles tensing as I suppress my fight-or-flight instincts. I turn away from her, still seething.
~I was attacked by Delta earlier,~ I say. ~I am in no mood for further aggression or challenges. It has been,~ I pause, and consult the ambient simple information coursing through the veins of the Vessel. ~Less than a complete day since my emergence, and I have endured enough for this day cycle.~ I turn my head towards her slightly, and gesture to the scratches on my neck. ~I just need to talk to Rho.~

She looks at me, still tense. Her internal thoughts continue dripping into the air. ~(Delta attacked him? Is he rogue?? No, reaction in line with loyalists, could be ruse?)~
She folds her arms. ~Rho is, as I have said previously, not available to talk to. (Stall.)~

I fight back another shuddering impulse to lunge at her. ~Very well. I will come back later.~ I swallow the sudden surge of toxin that floods my mouth, trembling in rage and unspent aggression.

I turn and start walking away from her.

~(He's going? He's going. He's going, good, now just watch him leave, make sure he doesn't try to get past me.)~

...ah, that was going to be my next move and she's already anticipating it.
I slow to a standstill and stare upwards at the ceiling of this passage.

~(He's stopping. What is he doing. He was just leaving. Okay, if he's about to sprint then I need to--)~

I sprint as fast as my legs can manage, probably the first actual sprint I've tried, and try to just move past her.

~Wait! Stop! Stop immediately! Rho is busy! Rho is busy!! GET BACK HERE!!~

I keep sprinting and hear Tau start running after me. I hope she can't outrun me.

...I have no idea where Rho is and the Agent signatures in this area are confusing and indistinct, so I decide to charge straight down the corridor.
No. 977717 ID: 912101
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I wait for a valve door to open while I hear Tau running after me. ~Omega, you are forbidden from entering that room! (That's not even where Rho is! You brainless idiot! Oh, this is bad this is bad, why did he have to go that way?!)~
~I just need to talk to Rho!~
~Rho isn't through here! Rho is in diagnosis, this isn't diagnosis, this is treatment, if you don't stop you're going to barge into a room full of delicate machinery treating sick and injured servitors and Agents, and possibly kill them! Stop! (He has to believe that! He has to!)~

I walk through the valve door and find a room full of pulsating pods, some the size of an Agent, some much smaller, and lots of tiny eye-sized pods around the ceiling migrating between clusters across draped tubes.

I notice a pod the size of an Agent that's cast aside, empty and badly damaged. Almost like something tore it apart from the inside. It looks like it must have happened fairly recently, there's a lot of leaking fluids and torn veins that look fresh and not dried out.
No. 977718 ID: 912101
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I-- someone just got close to me and is touching me and I did not feel a bioresonance signature at all.

I feel them let me go and back up, and I turn around to face the figure, ready to attack again. The sour tang of toxin drips into my mouth.

They stare into me.

~So, you are Omega, then.~ The Agent tilts their head, bleeding a strange sense of casual dismissal mixed with trepidation, mixed with existential threat/terror, rivalry. Unsure, confusing mix of emotions, all muddied. No, misinterpretation. No, no bioresonance signature, no, signature there, distinct, fuzzy, simultaneous, confusing. Headache.

~Fuck,~ says Tau. ~Fuck, you were not supposed to... Sampi! Sampi, your orders were to stay hidden!~
~They were,~ says the Agent whose name I cannot immediately know as with the others. They are an Agent, they must be, but it's an incomplete picture, things are wrong, this is wrong, this is all very wrong, outsider? No, not outsider. I'm thinking more than I want to, my instinct is to kill, something is too wrong about this.
~Why didn't you hide?!~
~I did. No one specified for how long, did they?~ The Agent - male?? - tilts (his?!) head the other way. ~This is Omega? I am Sampi.~
~Sampi, shut up and do not tell Omega anything!!~
~I will take these orders into consideration,~ says the Agent? Sampi?, a hole in the world, not just a silence but an anti-sound, the more I focus on him the less I know. He projects the air of someone who feels above anyone and anything else.

He's just watching me. I feel like he's staring inside my body. Sometimes he tilts his head a different way.

~So that's your mission,~ he says, specifically to me, on a direct channel I do not recall opening. ~Interesting.~
~Who are you? What are you?~
~Sampi. Agent. Just like you.~
~(Okay okay this is salvageable this is salvageable Omega has no idea what he can do or what his mission is,)~ leaks Tau as she stands off to the side.

~What is your mission?~ I say on the private channel he opened to me, that I keep trying to close and he keeps finding a way to reopen.
~I was asked very politely not to reveal such things, but...~ I feel a shiver run down my spine. It feels like something crawling through my nerves. ~Yes, very similar, yet not quite.~
~Stop it. Whatever you're doing is making it harder to think.~
~Mhm. I see no reason to stop.~
~Please stop?~
~Hm. No.~ He smiles again. ~You took longer to bake, yet you're already two ahead. Mhm. Yes. Is Tau within the parameters of your mission, Omega?~
No. 977719 ID: b1b4f3

Flee. These are both rogues, but you can't fight two at once to sterilize or kill either of them. You must report this to the other Agents, then hunt them down in greater numbers so they can be captured and sterilized. Sampi may need to be killed or put in a coma, since he seems to be some kind of mental threat.
No. 977721 ID: 736b7e

Sampi seems dangerous. Leave quickly and continue to try to find Rho. Tau will surely follow and you can seek Rho out by going wherever Tau doesn't want you to go the most.
No. 977730 ID: fa2754

Usurper. This guy has a mission to breed more rogues. Your antithesis. You are entirely within your right to tear him apart.

We can come to an understanding?
No. 977736 ID: b1b4f3

...actually that's an interesting thought. If he's able to screen himself from the Vesselmind... maybe the Rogues can breed their own separate population, and live apart. Like, ACTUALLY apart though, they can't live on the Vessel where they could continue to harm the Vesselmind.
No. 977746 ID: 864e49

Is he an Agent made by other Agents instead of the Vesselmind? Smug OP asshole.

Punch him in the face, "Is this a good enough reason to stop?!". Grab hold of his neck, tell Tau that if she comes near you you'll rip his throat out, start demanding answers; what is he, what is his mission, was he made by the Vesselmind, does he want to have the threesome with Tau, is he a threat to the Vessel, WATS WRONG WITH YOUR FACE?
No. 977753 ID: 1ed92d

An enemy fabrication designed for the same task as you.

Tell him that EVERYONE HAS BEEN SO MEAN TO YOU TODAY AND IT IS THE WORST. Almost all of the girls are just SO MEAN.

This obvious Rogue Agent clearly has had it easy in comparison.
No. 977754 ID: 4286b4

Hmm, a threesome wouldn't be bad, but how could Sampi guarantee that Tau would be impregnated by you and not him?
No. 978712 ID: f2320a

Rouge agent must be killed his sack clearly sticks out ready for a bite
No. 978717 ID: 9f00f4


Not viable. You'd have to lower your head toward his torso, that's a combat move that is much too telegraphed and slow. Attacks from the arms should go to face and upper torso, kicks toward lower part of body if we are instigating violence.

Are we instigating violence? Perhaps something to disrupt his concentration and this effect he's having on us. Attacks to the head? Painful joint locks?
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