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988462 No. 988462 ID: f18774

This is a story about the living weapons, tossed into an uncaring world, and left to seek their own answers. Will they survive?
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No. 998632 ID: 031458

Hold on to that. When you get a place of your own, that's going on the goddamn wall.

You know... You'd think that thing would have backup, but no one's showed.
I guess it's time to take a look outside.

Set a new access code for the door, and lock it behind you when you leave.
No. 998634 ID: 36784c

Other than taking a break and resting, you could go check on whatever you've got in the replicators. Don't want to leave any of that behind before you move on.
No. 998684 ID: 15a025

We press onward. Unless you think you can afford a moment to rest after that ordeal, let's grab our stuff and get ready to continue on.
No. 998693 ID: 777990

Treat yourself to one of your 'energy drinks', set some explosives cooking in the fabricator, and arm up to explore some more.

Give your partner a knowing smile too.
No. 998731 ID: 2e177b

Maybe rest in shifts? You don't want to be taken by surprise if they make a move on the entrance.
No. 998790 ID: f18774
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The FSS deactivates, so the 'rain' stops.

>Check what's in the replicators. Set them to fabricate more if they're done.
>Clear Argos' remains so you can get to the door.
>Have some of your 'energy drinks' and rest up before continuing on.

"Let's finish up here before we leave." Toal nods. "I'll make a list."
1. Make sure that Argos won't get back up.
2. Check the replicators. Collect what's done, and set some more to fabricate.
3. Get something to replenish spent energy.
4. Clear and/or salvage the remains of Argos.
5. Get some rest and get ready to forge ahead.
"We'll rest in shifts, that'll be safer."
"Alright." I slump down. The adrenaline (Do I even have that?) wearing off. "That took more out of me than I expected."
Toal places a hand on my back. "We can rest a bit now." I nod, leaning on her shoulder. She hesitates for a moment, then curls her arm around me.
No. 998792 ID: 86aaf2

Y'all are too early in your all's relationship for romance. AND you don't know how combat stress affects your all's psychology after the fact. Spend some time doing the platonic affection and comfort thing, and talk about how you two feel about what happened.
No. 998793 ID: fce0e1

You both did well! But yeah, post-combat stress crash is not surprising. Take a bit to rest, eat something, and then work on salvaging things.
No. 998803 ID: c48caa

Enjoy this brief moment of peace. Catch your breath. Pause. Take a hold of her hand. Eventually, you can get up and clear that list with your friend.
No. 998804 ID: 841ff7

Rest a little before salvaging the remains of Argos.
No. 998845 ID: 777990

Aww, you two are adorable together.
No. 998969 ID: f18774
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... What?

When I open my eyes, I find myself in the staff room, lying on the couch. I likely fell asleep, and it seems that Toal brought me here.

I look around to gather my bearings, finding my gear piled neatly under the table. On the table are some snacks and drinks. Seems Toal is returning the favour from earlier.

Now that I'm up, what should I do? Toal isn't here, but should I wait for her, or do something?
No. 998970 ID: ddcffc

Get your gear back on and look for her. Even if all is fine, she'll probably need you to take over guard so she can get some rest.
No. 998974 ID: c48caa

Stretch, wake up, eat something. Casually gear back up and wander.
No. 998999 ID: 9aaeef

Eat the snack and look for her.
No. 999248 ID: f18774
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>Get your gear back on. She could use a chance to rest.
>Eat something, then look for her.

I grab one of the snacks and pop it in my mouth. While I'm eating, I go though my stuff to make sure that everything is there. All of it looks to be in order, so I put everything back on and finish eating.

I can wander randomly, or I can look in specific spots first. Do you have any suggestions?
No. 999249 ID: f18774

If it would be helpful, I can post inventory at request as well.
No. 999252 ID: 9aaeef

Go check the replicators.
No. 999276 ID: c48caa

Toal likely took the last grenades with her. Let's just casually wander over to the replicators. Just to check up on it. Let's just peek into the doors along the way.
No. 999302 ID: 09633c

Shoulder tattoo flipped, which way is it supposed to be?

Say, that bot's mark is the same as your shoulder/hip tattoos. Got some idea what those are?
No. 999506 ID: f18774
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The symbols on A10 and Argos are supposed to be the same, but I keep forgetting how it's oriented/to draw it. It's supposed to be the first one, but I'll probably change it to the second.

>The symbols on your body are the same as the ones on Argos.

Are they? I can't see them all too well. Maybe it's the logo of the group that made us, or the one that owns this place.

>Go check the replicators, and check the other rooms on the way there.

I put on my gear and leave the break room. When I step out, I see that the maintenance drones are at work repairing the damage caused by Argos' missiles. The floor is still wet from the FSS, so I haven't been asleep long enough for the floors to dry.
I check the security room first, then go to check the replicators. I see Toal walk out of the door before I get to the room.

"Glad to see you're up." Toal walks up to me, placing a hand on my shoulder. "Are you okay?"
"I think so." Nothing feels broken, but I should probably check myself for any injuries. "What were you doing?"
"I was checking the replicators. Couldn't activate them though."
"You need an ID card to activate most of the equipment here." She nods. I guess I never told her that part. "What were you going to make with the replicators?"

>What was Toal going to make? All of the replicators would be finished by now, so we have:
-Lactated ringers
-Geiger IV solution
-1 vial of minor repair nanobots
-1 vial of general purpose nanobots
No. 999511 ID: 777990

Hah, they are a tozol, they were going to set everything to make explosive compounds.
No. 999512 ID: c48caa

Anti-suppress for tozols? Maybe some upgrade nanobots for yourself.
No. 999525 ID: 0ac9b2

Probably this.
No. 999577 ID: b8b2c2

Probably Semtex.
Also Thermate-TH3, though if that's too tough, there's always the simpler-but-weaker Fe(2)O(3) + 2 Al.
No. 999742 ID: f18774
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"Just some Semtex, Thermate-TH3 or Fe(2)O(3) + 2 Al, and some medicine." Toal says. "I don't think the nanobots would work for me, since Tozol bodies tend to reject foreign materials."
"The repair nanobots are designed to bridge the gap in your recovery time. Evading immune responses is part of their design." We should try some on Toal at some point though, just to see if they are rejected.
"Oh yeah, take these." Toal shoves a bunch of vials into my hands, the stuff the replicators were making. I put them with the other vials I have. I thank Toal.
"I'll go and get those compounds started." Toal follows me into the synthesis lab.

I'm getting the machines to produce what Toal was going to make, but if there's a better material to make, I can make that instead of what Toal was going to make. I also don't know what kind of medicine Toal was planning on making, so I could make anything I want in that category.

What should we do after I get the replicators set up anyway?
No. 999743 ID: f18774

Sorry for the lower quality, my arm isn't too good right now.
No. 999745 ID: e07f67

Just go for what she wanted, it's a good sign of trust. For the medicine, ask her what you should type in.
No. 999760 ID: c48caa

Toal has the right idea. Stick with her plan. After that, wash up in the nearest shower. You got got robo blood on you. You can get back to exploring casually after that.
No. 999770 ID: a9af05

Now that you've got a chance, check on your metabolic healing. Let's see how far along your Sensory, Muscular, Respiratory and circulatory, and Nervous systems have healed.

Once we see how far along everything is, we can decide on which system you should focus on healing next.
No. 999832 ID: 62e901

>Few types of explosives
Well, it's limited because the replicators just do chemicals.

Frags? Damage is mostly from shards from a specially built case.
Shaped charges/EFPs? Specially built case.
RPGs/HEAT? Specially built case plus specially built delivery device (though we'd have to be outdoors to use those safely).

Also, most explosive chemicals are volatile, too volatile for combat.
The types Toal gave just require a fuse. Maybe with a simple powder blast cap for the semtex (maybe add a bit of black powder to the replicator list for that purpose). Detcord would be ideal as a fuse for the semtex, but I doubt the replicators are up to the task of "explosives wrapped by plastic".

The obvious choice is to explore. You've got more places to go, past what's left of the bot.
No. 999853 ID: 36784c

>check on your metabolic healing.
>decide on which system you should focus on healing next.
Do this.

Ask Toal if her body is doing something similar to what your body is doing. Then ask if there’s something that can be made to help both of you speed up the healing process.

I’ve got a feeling that both of you will need your bodys to be healed more than they are now in order to prepare for future battles.
No. 999981 ID: f18774
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>Most explosives rely on the casing to be effective. You'll need a fuse to use them too.

I could make the casings if I learn how. I just have to find a source. I could make a fuse too, but I'll have to find something to experiment with before I can be sure.

>Get those explosives going. A bit of black powder could be made into a fuse for Toal's chemicals.

I get the replicators set up. They're now making:
-Semtex (6 hours)
-Thermate-TH3 (7 hours)
-Fe(2)O(3) + 2 Al (5 hours)
-Black powder (4 hours)
-1 minor repair nanobots (3 hours)
-general purpose nanobots (9 hours)

>Check on your metabolic healing.

I take a few moments to focus on myself. My nanobot sub-cortex informs me that my sensory systems have been repaired, and are ready to be activated.
>Sensory traits now available: General sensory improvement, low sensitivity sonar, low sensitivity thermal scope, low sensitivity gamma scope

I can do this kind of stuff? I wonder what else I can do...

I still have a lot of general improvement I can make. I can also use the general purpose nanobots to increase the rate I can rebuild these systems.
>My current systems are:
-Sensory: Tier 2
-Nervous: Tier 2
-Respiratory/Circulatory: Tier 1
-Muscular: Tier 1

What should I restore next?
No. 999982 ID: 16c77b

Respiratory and circulatory. They're important!
No. 999985 ID: 9aaeef

No. 999987 ID: 3a67fd

I do like being able to See things we shouldn't be able to, but we should take care not to specialize too hard into something that can only, at the end of the day, give us information. Let's focus on the circulatory system next. We've got a lot of walking to do, if nothing else.
No. 999989 ID: c9ec6c

Respiratory circulatory
No. 1000020 ID: 51e016

Er, the powder was actually for the blast cap.
But hey, early fuses were just paper filled with loose powder, so it works out. Just avoid water, it messes up the powder. Or coat the fuse with wax, either works.

As per upgrades, it's a tough choice, but I'd say...
Because those last upgrades should let you detect possible threats early. If it comes to a fight, extra brute force makes it easier to deal with those threats.
No. 1000025 ID: b7a344

Can you lower the quantify of black powder since it's not intended to be the main explosive but rather a small component? Speed up the batch that way?

Also, Respiratory/Circulatory. For the senses, you want thermal. Heat management and heat awareness is CRAZY useful in space: it's why all possible stealth systems for starships and stations need Clarketech level stuff (reactionless thrusters, dumping waste heat into other planes of existence, cold fusion, things that break thermodynamics, basically magic) to work. Since EVERYTHING interesting on a space item that is expected to have people or robots or AI or anything produces heat... yea, thermal scopes. Even if only for looking out the window.
No. 1000030 ID: c48caa

Respiratory/circulatory get more use out of the oxygen taken
No. 1000306 ID: 5f1f8d
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>What do I improve?
-Respiratory/Circulatory: 5
-Muscular: 2
Looks like I'll focus my efforts on my cardiopulmonary system. When I get a chance, I'll use the general purpose nanobots to help with my musculoskeletal system. I can't have Toal do all the heavy lifting.

I wonder if Toal is going though something similar?
"Hey, Toal?" She looks up to me.
"How are you recovering?"
"From the fight with Argos?"
"No, from being in the stasis pod." She looks pensive for a moment.
"I'm alright. I only feel malnourished, but any toxins or nanomachines they were pumping into me aren't in my system anymore." Either she purged them quick, or she never had any to begin with.
"I've been trying to recover from something similar myself."
"I've been directing my recovery to my physical abilities. All I need to speed it up is food and rest."
"That's good, since my efforts have been sensory."

We discuss a few more things. Apparently I've been asleep for 3 hours and nothing else has really happened. Toal's been reading some of the notes and says that Geigers and Tozol seem to have been engineered to have very similar capabilities. At full strength, the two of us working together would be a terrifying force.

Now that we're caught up with each other, we can leave the lab, but I think it would be a good idea to let Toal get some rest too. We could also take some time to read up on stuff or make things out of the supplies we have on hand. We have no idea what's outside the lab, so we should prepare for anything.
No. 1000307 ID: c48caa

Let's do another sweep for any supplies and hunker down so you can watch over Toal while she gets some rest. You can casually gather up the weapons in the meantime.
No. 1000311 ID: 3a67fd

More supplies are always good, but rest is more important, aye. The two of you haven't been awake for TOO long, but after something like that fight... better safe than sorry.
No. 1000315 ID: a9af05

Let Toal rest and wait for the replicators to finish making whatever is in them. Do not make anything else, since that would only extend your stay here.

Once everyone is rested and the replicators are finished, we move on to the new area.
No. 1000364 ID: 841ff7

Ask her if she wants to rest before going to the new area.
No. 1000624 ID: 5f1f8d
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>Check in with Toal and ask if she wants to rest.
>She should rest while you wait for the replicators to finish. You can look for any remaining supplies or read while you wait.

"You should get some rest too, Toal."
"I'm not that tired, but that's a good idea." She starts to walk back the break room, and I follow with her.

I still remember what's in those other rooms, so between checking those out and doing some research, what should I do?
No. 1000625 ID: 5f1f8d

Here's a list of what we found in those rooms.
>In staff room in lab 4S
-Wearable Geiger Counter (contains battery)
-anti-radiation pills
-"Forbidden Romance! The Love of Weapons Against their Masters Wills! Can a Romance Between a Geiger and a Tozol Last?!"
-Second raunchy novel
-Canister of Buckminsterfullerene Carbon solution

>Left in Dr. Wu's office
-digital storage unit
-Chocolate nougat bar

>Replicators (Lab 4S)
-Semtex (6 hours)
-Thermate-TH3 (7 hours)
-Fe(2)O(3) + 2 Al (5 hours)
-Black powder (4 hours)
-1 minor repair nanobots (3 hours)
-general purpose nanobots (9 hours)

>Loot from the lockers in Lab 4S Security Room
-1 pair of protecive gloves
-1 riot helmet (I think it can be modified to fit our heads, but it would leave Toal's ears exposed, or my horns.)
-5 billy clubs (An opened box contains five. Looks like they have stun contacts built into them too.)
-Straps, holsters, and carrying bags (I should upgrade my gear, this coat can't hold a lot.)
-4 variable power dart rifles (can be loaded with solutions like the injection gun, but it requires empty darts to be loaded into the gun.)
-3 boxes of 30 empty darts (for the dart rifles)
-A collection of pills and drugs (Why aren't these labeled?)
-9 wearable flashlights (no batteries, of course.)
-1 Geiger counter (no battery, same as the one in my room.)
-Protective boots (which neither Toal nor I can wear)

>In staff lounge in Lab 4S
-Junk food, and lots of it!
-Raw ingredients for cooking
-Fully equipped kitchen
-Binder with biology references for exotic and dangerous organisms
-Binder with nanotechnology references for interactions with unique chemicals and forces
-Binder of chemistry references for several organisms (Seems to be for the creatures in the lab)
-A book titled "The Ethics of Bioweapons in Regards to Neurology"
-A binder of biological observations on the physiology of Tozol and Geigers
No. 1000635 ID: e7848c

Just casually start emptying the rooms. Pooling resources into where you're staying at now. Might be good to keep some supplies left in the kitchen area.
No. 1000696 ID: 96c896

We can't dally much longer. Spending too much time looting is why the guard robot was able to block you in.
Take some bare essentials and move as soon as you're ready.
No. 1000702 ID: 031458

If say move all loot to your main room. Best have be everything in one place. Plus if you do another search of the place later, it'll be easier to find things you missed.
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