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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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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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The Worm Turns

The FET have reduced relations with the IMP to neutral. Sneezy boss Cu Chulainn took the bold step of putting 1 and 1 together by linking recent mercenary attacks in their systems with the IMP scouts seen loitering for some time and refusing to move. Even bolder, hints that they believe “a certain Imperial citizen” is responsible for Edward Lowe’s entire underhand operation were voiced loudly enough that the handsome but hard of hearing Tiberius Crowe had to take note. He was seen grappling in trademark fashion with his skin tight jacket, pulling it down over his partially concealed middle-aged girth, as he sat to issue a terse public statement. Exactly who this citizen may be was left unnamed and no news channel subject to Imperial laws would dare unmask the villain. Luckily dear readers, we are not subject to phony Imperial laws. It’s Jack Jones everybody. Jack Jones, butcher of Naplians and fancier of silver long johns.


 
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”Necessity hath no law”

Lord Cromwell of the DOM slapped a fleet of privateers, on charges of "knavery", "bad manners" and "poor sportsmanship." Such offences carry the death sentence in the Dominion, a nebulous territory neither part of the Empire nor apart from it. At least thirteen Armadillo class ships, typically sold by the DOM, were destroyed at a location Cromwell was unwilling to disclose publicly. Bloodthirsty Dewiek as well as "prince of peace" Yahn Wodenzoon were quick to congratulate the DOM for their merciless carnage. It seems the consensus in the galaxy’s ruling class is that not presenting valid identification is a crime worthy of the murder of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of unfortunate crewmen. This is all just another indicator that the political elite are far removed from the lives of ordinary people who are seen as little more than meat inventory. It is telling so-called “man of the people and the downtrodden” Wodenzoon so readily aligns himself with this grisly concord. Meanwhile, the archaic elocutionist Cromwell further establishes the recent trend of mild exertions of power by the cold-blooded DOM.


 
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Return of the Fox

The galaxy is still digesting news of the return of Xavier Fox to the boardroom of the GTT. The ailing corporation's share price began a sharp rally after a six month downward spiral under Ike Krieger, credited with being the worst CEO in the megacorporation's history. The only surviving board member from Fox's initial tenure as CEO, and perhaps across the entire GTT board, is Antt Tilton the Research Director. The reclusive Tilton is the brains behind the ascension of GTT technology, particularly in the field of antimatter weapons and super-heavy dreadnought size ships, Tilton offers a small measure of continuity during this tumultuous time. Mr. Fox has therefore resorted to a broad appeal for new blood to join the ailing firm. So far, the result has been a number of two-dimensional "Yes" persons being promoted to the C-suite. Still, key stakeholders were upbeat with one commenting, "Fox is the man to turn this bloody disaster around. He knows how to put a great team together and where to bury the bodies of the non-performers."


 
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