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Diary of a Hive

Diary of a Hive

He, that is the term this human wishes to be recognised as, asks the question again, either failing to understand the previous answer or simply because it he is cognitively deficient. It is possible that the translator isn’t working correctly, though I seem to have no issues in other areas.

‘Waking up, is about as good a translation as I can think for breaking from hive consciousness. There is a period of time when you are groggy as you analyse the reason for doing things. This can last a few days as the lingering effects of the pheromones ware off. While you are part of the collective, many of the things you do seems utterly necessary and you do it unquestioningly. There are no explicit orders, but rather you’re predisposed to doing certain tasks and if the opportunity arises to do it you simply do it. Your mind is geared towards doing the task, irrespective of what the task is or why you are doing it. In fact I seemed content simply to drive the conveyance truck until I got tired, then seek food and sleep until fully rested then go back and do it again. Sometimes my conveyance truck would be where I left it, other times I went hunting for it or a new one. I have heard that this is pretty much the same for human occupations where people will do a mundane task they have absolutely no interest in for hours on end, everyday.


‘I awoke because I was left for dead. I was given dangerous tasks such as handling toxic waste. Suffice to say, a spill and severe burns followed by a quick inspection by the nurses and I was removed from the hive and thrown out to die. Sentimentality is not a term I understood until I encountered humans. The weather was very mild and over a few days I became self-aware and healed to some degree. My attempt to rejoin the collective was rejected. I didn’t have friends or associates per se; I was never interested in socialising. I have heard of others that damaged their receptors attempting to stay within the collective. They find that their old friends no longer seem the same. It is probably down to no longer being tactile, sharing ‘substance’ and having the same interests. Most sacrifice themselves shortly after or end up being ripped apart by soldiers.

'For me, the days of inactivity while recovering, combined with the lack of previous friendships within the collective gave me sufficient time to come to terms with my new found self-awareness. I wasn’t interested in self-sacrifice, so I simply wandered around. Being hive meant that it was easy enough to collect food from colonies I passed and soon I discovered quite a lot about the world and universe. I found however that I was being confronted by soldiers more and more often and it was taking longer each time to convince them I was legitimate. At some point I expected to be exterminated.

'This is the reason why I arrived at the starport. Contrary to popular fiction, being hive does not make you stupid; you simply don’t bother asking questions about subjects that have no bearing on your life. I was ignorant, though as I passed through the hive, I quickly learnt that the only place I was likely to get accepted was the recruitment facilities at the base. I may have been left for dead but that was because I was expected to die. When I didn’t, I was however unfit to rejoin as my receptors have irreversibly atrophied.

'Are injured hive always left for dead? Not at all. Generally a hive will only be left for dead if the effort to heal is greater than the expected return on labour over the remaining life span of the individual. A manual worker that looses multiples limbs required to perform a task will be removed, as will all that suffer serious damage to their receptors.

'Here’s the conundrum of hive society, I was rendered incapable of doing my job due to damage to my manipulators. While within the collective, I was beyond re-training. Once removed, I was able to learn new skills but no longer capable of rejoining the collective.



‘No, I don’t find that sad, it is the way things are. The hive collective is very highly organised and structured. If everybody had aspirations, well, look around that the chaos that seems to occur on human worlds. Can you honestly believe that you are the only person that matters in the universe and that somehow you deserve something? Hive may appear ignorant and live under Spartan conditions with no prospects, but in general they are a lot more content than most other species. Ignorance is in many ways bliss, but by the same token, now that I have had it removed, I don’t want it back. I do however suspect that for every hive that does not want back in, there are tens that do and die trying.

'So, here I am, I have been trained as a crewmember and currently work in the starbase though may well be placed onto a ship in the near future. I don’t mind hanging round with humans, their behaviour amuses me. They eat when they are not hungry, argue when they are happy and ask questions when they already know the answer. I have even spoken to other hive personnel. They were generally mediators though there are a few warriors. Most have scarred receptors, explaining their reasons for leaving the colony though a few got lost on patrol when their scout got killed and they lost their access to substance.





 
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Return of the LiQuans

A close associate of the Baron LiQuan has been haunting the Corewards periphery and like the old Baron it is said he has a meklan connection. It's unclear whether he obtained his meklan nanites via the CIA but there are rumours that the DEN may be helping the Liquan relative in a bid to sow discontent in the Stellar Empire. Exactly why they would start in Corewards is unclear although with DEN allies, the DOM, having strong positions both in the Sol system and the old Harcorp systems of Harlong and Coptuv they may be the linking factor.


 
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Meklan Unleashed on Mobile Bay

Mad Dewiek scientist Dr Kala released a number of Meklan on the busy world of Mobile Bay in the Yank system. Thousands of civilians have been killed in what is treated by DEN warlords as an amusing practical joke. Rather than take any responsibility for their affiliation’s reckless behaviour, a DEN lord rumoured to be half-meklan himself quipped he would nuke the planet whilst another merely saw it as an opportunity to test some of his greener troops in combat. Surprisingly, the KAS planetary defence force was up to the job of repelling the insidious incursion. Questions remain whether further meklan are stored elsewhere on the planet and whether anybody will challenge the Dewiek’s lack of care for the lives of innocents. Probably not, given how even the mighty IMP are now cowering from a fight with the DEN (see inside this edition).


 
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Who is behind the AFA?

Following the large scale holiday attack by the AFA against the FET the question of who is behind the attacks has been raised once again. What is clear is that the AFA is using ships that were transferred from the GTT to the IMP. The organisation and expertise of the operation also reduces the pool of potential candidates. Few can go from commanding a handful of broadswords to half a thousand warships and significant army logistics without a long stint in one of the more combative affiliations. With the DEN’s allies the HEX in close relations with the FET and no recent history of animosity between the aliens and FET, at least since the departure of former one-eye big-bun Norozov, it would be a bizarre turn of events if they were behind these attacks. Frankly, there’s no point dancing around it. The IMP are clearly behind the AFA. The question is what can anybody do about this move of significant Imperial resources to a black-flag agency?


 
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Fox Effects Fantastic Turnaround

With his feet barely under the table, Xavier Fox has managed to dramatically turn things around at the GTT. With year-on-year sales figures up by 23%, manufacturing up 42% and ship production increased by 36%, the megacorporation is running at full steam with noticeable impact on local economies across the Stellar Empire. Political analysts also note that after a period of retrenchment following the disastrous leadership of Ike Krieger, investment in defence is at a five-year high. After such bullish growth, the trick will be for Mr. Fox to recruit C-level executives fast enough to match his ambitions. It is notable in temperament, the current crop of GTT politicals do not exhibit the monomaniacal xenophobia of their predecessors and have resisted repeated provocations by the DEN to enter a pointless spar before they have re-established superiority against the foolhardy aliens.


 
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Felini flounder in Winter against superior Dewiek forces

The FEL have managed to get their asses kicked by the DEN yet again after provoking the definitely “not cute or cuddly” Dewiek in the Crossley system. The furry punching bags had bought a civilian flagged outpost in the system, without permission or under certain conditions depending on who you ask, and then had the gall to reinforce this error by positioning warships in orbit. The famously patient warlord Halvor did not buy the story these heavy hull armed ships were merely transports and sent a pack to clear the orbit. The mouthy yet green Felini fleet commander Pr'prz fancied his chances against what looked like a light complement of DEN warships and ordered his own warships to engage in the neighbouring Winter system. The result was predictably a wipe out of the FEL forces consisting of forty-seven capital warships at no loss to the DEN. Once again, a series of calamitous decision making resulted in Felini lives being wasted by a leadership barely fit to clean a litter tray. The otherwise untested Halvor can now claim some victory ale although with his penchant for picking on creatures as weak as Gracians, it’s not exactly clear how much glory this new breed of Dewiek warrior can claim against the legends of old.


 
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Dastardly Dewiek Disregard Yank Neutrality

The governor of a MRC outpost in the Yank system reports that a 400-hull DEN warship called Grey Hunter Axiom entered orbit of Spritzer and opened fire with weapons of mass destruction (WoMD) against a platform, outpost, ground party and ship. Reports indicate significant casualties to Kastorian personnel both in space and on the ground. The KAS Junta is gruffly warning, with a slightly indifferent air, that everybody better stay out of the sector of the outpost for their own health. It is unclear what measures the KAS have or will take against the DEN on this matter. Such a breach of Yank neutrality has in the past caused the Dewiek to froth at the bit against the Empire for their disregard of ‘civilised’ norms. Their current silence on this matter speaks volumes.


 
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Yenni-bodies Pirates?

A PIR outpost was miraculously discovered by an IMP freighter, of all things, in the Yanni system with several Javelin class warships in orbit. After noticing the IMP freighter and seeing the public post by Jack Jones on subspace, the PIR decided to flee and leave a combined force of IMP and FET forces to capture the outpost. A brain damaged three-year old commentator who still believed in the goodness of people and Santa Claus was quick to commend the IMP on their good work, dismissing those who thought it no more than a convenient clearing up operation signifying* completion of operations in the nearby FET claimed systems of Graydown, Canth and Onissian by IMP puppet Edward Lowe. Meanwhile, the Wolf Lord Lyceum summed up the view of many when he screamed, “What is this amateur b*llshit?” into an uncaring universe.


 
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Crowe Coups Self

The IMP Viceroy Tiberius Crowe has finally achieved something in his unremarkable tenure by relinquishing even the semblance of wearing big boy pants and instead, appointed Jack Jones as Patrol Commissioner, salty spokesperson and policy maker for the Empire. Crowe will now join CIA Director Laton in riding the special bus to work where the two of them will enjoy long pleasant afternoons sipping cups of tea. Actually, just tepid fruit-scented water as neither of them can be fully trusted with a hot kettle. Occasionally, they might be visited by equally dynamic war “veteran” Admiral Bridge to enjoy mimes presenting the latest comics from the Howl. Meanwhile, Jones is putting pressure on the FET and will soon no doubt find a pretext to deploy his vast mercenary forces against anyone else who is seen working too closely with his most hated of enemies, the HEX.


 
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Highlord Aadolf Loses Control As Dewiek Break Peace Treaty

Around one hundred DEN warships have launched an attack on a small GTT destroyer squadron of forty ships in the Daggern system. Two GTT ships were destroyed and another fifteen suffered noticeable damage. CEO Xavier Fox issued a restrained but angry statement demanding the DEN explain themselves. Highlord Aadolf’s buffoon-like response amounted to “Dewiek be Dewiek, let’s drink and forget about it.” Cold comfort for the dead crew onboard the GTT ships and their families. Especially, as seems likely at this time, the Empire will settle for some bloody money instead of retribution.


 

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