V The Village by the River

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It had been around a week now that their new roommate was getting used to staying in he larger home, Ricter had spend said time just earning money and expanding his intelligence of the planet he was on. Sending out small requests for adventurers to go out into the wilderness and bring back information and maybe parts for what he needed for later, he was a business man after all and this would help to earn him more gold.

He was saving up for a reason, after all he could tell that both Kokonoe and Nola had their own goals, and his modest sized house wouldn't be enough to really hold all of them in it. With the number of days that have passed things were now more established, his donut sells have increased dramatically, and his ability to get things done increased as well, he even thought about hiring people but with Kokonoe, Alpha, Beta, Nola, and her ever expanding hive of ants, he had plenty of help.

Today, the house was alive with the smell of pancakes and sausage, additionally donuts and all manner of sweets. Ricter was opening the shop again, however he seemed to be at a table, writing something as he was detailing something for his notes. The table seemed to be scattered with paper work and pictures as well, small notes detailing locations while the pictures showed locations and rock formations around the world.

One in particular was some kind of broken down hut, while another was the picture of a demolished wooden wall from a village of some kind. All the while the table was set with plates and plenty of food stacked on each of them, it was morning still and he had made sure that when the girls woke up they could eat and enjoy some delicious pancakes.
 

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Appearing behind the ferret would be the twins... Alpha and Beta... they seemed to be testing the teleportation device for Kokonoe... Having done their own tests on each other with their own attachments and software... They seemed to be using some sort of scanner visor doing the math themselves without the use of tests... Kokonoe must've made it not too long ago to keep her promise to Nola and Ricter. They were out of battle forms as usual to blend in with everyone, the two grin widely and sneak up behind the unsuspecting ferret.

"So what'cha researching?" They said in unison taking off the scanning devices, placing them on the table... Kokonoe up in her lab let out a victory noise... Probably happy that the lab didn't explode again today, maybe today wouldn't lead to another compliant from the neighbors with this success. The twins of course looked over to the fluffy mammal, "All we've done so far is get a breakthrough." Like any children they were curious pranksters, "Also we like the smell of the food today... What should we call you anyway...? Kokonoe said we could make up our minds due to how you're technically our... you know... but we haven't asked about what you feel like as well." Asking him after they snuck up and probably spooked him out of his skin for a moment. They seemed to be acting or at least actively trying to act more human, which was an improvement from the first meeting the three had.

Kokonoe began down the elevator shaft, pressing the down button impatiently as usual even though she designed it with only a single speed... The soft whirs of the machinery working and some air noises of the opening doors were heard as she walked into the room to Alpha, Beta, and Ricter. "Seems the new project worked, though that smell is going to make me want to eat an entire horse... With all of us doing nothing for the past few days but argue with the neighbors it makes me wonder when we can fly out again... All the tests are done... Now we have a scanner... and I've been practicing some new cool spells." She had her hair down again, goggles on pointed to her getting done welding something not too long ago. She took out a bag of chips and started chowing down as usual, her food storage ended up filling plenty of space in the place. She placed a few more bags on the table for everyone else, she'd learned to share her sweets since she had enough money to fuel her addiction to junk food. The twins having never had chips before gladly obliged the offer as Kokonoe took out three more for Nola, Sonna, and Astra for hen they woke up. She missed the pictures completely, "So what's on the- Mng nom! -today?" Seems she was asking what's on the schedule, with her bad table manners taking over due to her growling stomach... It always seemed to be growling.

The twins enjoyed the chips but didn't take after Kokonoe for talking, "That... is a very good question, speaking of which where are Nola, Sonna, and Astra... it's odd not to see them." Alpha said before Beta's follow up response, "Maybe they started a tunnel underground? It's something ants do a lot, or maybe Ricter sent them on a mission before hand?" A lot of talking between the three already, at least soon Ricter would have the entire group to talk to eventually with all the chitchat.

Kokonoe looked to Ricter and squinted, "Pictures and paperwork? Were aren't getting sued are we!? I'll need to make a plan to make the neighbors disappear before the court hearing... They'll never know what hit them... They will have no traces!" She was rambling about an overly elaborate plan as the twins slowly face palmed trying to hide their laughter. Kokonoe's imagination was taking over again... and somehow several lewd-sounding inventions were added to the mix of this very elaborate plan.

"...We don't think we need those types of inventions for that..." Alpha and Beta managed to chuckle out.

"Sure we do! How else do you catch people off guard, with things they can't see coming!"
 

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Nola had actually been awake for awhile, working on the ceiling of the home attaching eggs to it as she didn't want to take up room on the flor since the other two seemed unable to walk on the walls or ceiling, so it seemed a good place, she had started a while ago, she would make the eggs and Sonna and Astra would secure them to the ceiling it made the work a lot faster and by the time the food was cooking and the Twins and Kokonoe had walked down she and her two workers were done placing and securing all the eggs. "There all done...lets go get some food while they sit..they should hatch soon anyway" she said as the two workers nodded.

The three of them walked down the wall and got back down to the floor and out into the dining room seeing Kokonoe rambling about things again, and the twins apparently acting more human. Looking at the Two she had noticed they had a some markers that made them look a bit like Ricter which was odd to her since they smelt more like Kokonoe. Ether way she walked over to the table and looked at what Ricter was doing as she pulled a chair closer and hugged mister Squishy "What is all this?" she asked as she looked at the work he was doing.

Astra meanwhile walked up to Kokonoe who was still going on a tangent and she looked at the tall one's tail then back up to the rambling Kokonoe she then looked to the Twins and gently grabbed Kokonoe's tail "I think there is only one way to stop her" she said as she gently tugged on Kokonoe's tail only enough to get her attention "that kind of action will only cause the farther neighbors to be complaining...we would like to not have the queen bothered by these people" she said to the tall one.

Sonna meanwhile was on the other side of Mister Squishy and hugged him as well as she started to groom the mister Squishy though she stopped and looked at the Twins as they waiting for ricters reply and she offered a suggesstion "Why not call him Mister Squishy? That's who he is after all" she said in a matter-of-factually tone as she then went back to grooming and cleaning Ricter's fur, combing his fur with her hands as she trimmed at any unruly fur hairs as she tended to the Weasel like he was part of the colony.

This reminded Nola as she looked over at the food"Hmm...there doesn't seem to be enough food out...." she said looking to the bags of chips and the sweets and food that Ricter had made "only enough to feed maybe seven of us, not all fifty seven....Sonna I will groom the Mister Squishy, you go make more food okay?" she said as she then started to groom Ricter as Sonna nodded and hopped off and headed off to the kitchen and started to cook basic food as Nola resumed the tended to the Mister Squishy.

It was about then that a loud cracking sound would be heard above them all, she had some of the eggs in the bedroom, but there were lots in this room too that were on the ceiling and now they were all starting to hatch, the building filled with loud cracking sounds like Stone being split. and Nola Looked up "Ah I thought they would hatch soon" she said with a smile.
 

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One by one everyone seemed to move towards the dinning room table, which Ricter was still nose deep into looking up facts, researching the area, and ensuring that he had the route planned out perfectly. Yet as he heard voices behind him he flinched, he didn't hear any foot steps and so he guessed he was here alone, but noticing both Alpha and Beta he would give a soft smile once he realized he wasn't being attacked and was perfectly safe inside of his own home and business.

"Oh um sorry, well its something special really, I'll be telling you about it once everyone gets here soon."

It was fairly important for them all as he had idea's ahead of time about this, but he had no ambition to do so, now that he had the funds and saved up plenty of money he could maybe enact his plans now. Plans that he would display to everyone once they woke up, "What to call me? Ricter is fine, I don't have a preference for titles and what not, besides I'd rather it be as casual as possible." Knowing they were made from him was a bit odd that he didn't make them himself but by genetics, but he tried to make it feel less weird and would instead think of it as naturally and keeping an open mind through it all.

Once Kokonoe no doubt came into the room, sat down, and began to eat the food he had set up for them he would shake his head to her indication of being sued. He would have known far ahead of time if they had a lawsuit on their hands, "No, its just something important I wanted to talk about soon, once Nola gets here I'll be sure to tell you all about it, I think it will help all of us in our future goals. What ever they may be that is. Also please no, we don't need to be maiming, or doing anything silly to our current neighbors, they have been fairly nice over all, you need to make less explosions on a daily basis though."

The weasel had no idea what Kokonoe wanted to do, she said she couldn't go back to her own world, and that she was basically stuck here, but maybe she still wanted to try? She had created to living people, or so he would think they were over all since they seemed like people, and in addition always seemed happy to be upgrading both her weaponry and her flying ship/lab that no doubt would need plenty more coin to enhance and become better.

As for Nola h knew full well by now that she wanted to rebuild her colony, and that's he would need plenty of space to do that in, the city was nice but he couldn't see her starting it here. Eventually the guards would find out and order them to vacate given how big of numbers she mentioned prior that her old home had, thousands was not something he believed he could take care of. But in thinking of the ant girl she had no sooner came from where ever she was, not having noticed that the ceiling was covered in eggs given he was fairly oblivious and had no reason to be looking up.

Coming up beside him, pulling up a chair, and then giving him a hug he was no sooner surrounded by the two girls and hugged as well as nibbled on. Causing him to snicker and laugh at times when they interacted with a ticklish spot on his body, though he was happy to see that everyone was up and about currently so he could explain what was going to be happening today.

"Morning Nola, um well since everyone is here I can explain what I've been looking into. I've noticed that my house here isn't as big, and I can't expand it any more thanks to city law, so I've been saving up my profits from the past couple weeks and I had planned on relocating somewhere else. I didn't have many leads as to where to go given Kraw is so dangerous so I wanted to find a place that might have been used prior and maybe renovate it into a more safe piece of land."

Pushing out a few pictures of the location they would be no doubt going into he would detail what he required over all, "I found a place, it was an old out post, about 20 or so miles away from the city so yeah its a fairly long walk unfortunately but it seems the outpost was a nice little village. Its about the size of a football stadium, if you know what that is, and was home to around 30 or so families before monsters over ran and took over the place. Now its in shambles and even the buildings are broken and in ruins."

"So...I'd like for you both to maybe go there and see what you can do, I've heard rumors of rare minerals being in the mines there as well, also if you could kill the monsters there we could even move in if I can fix up the place with a construction crew. It will be like a new home for us." Ricter spoke with excitement and a smile on his face as he was happy to share what he had been working on finally for the past week, wishing to hear how they felt about it.

But when Nola mentioned the food he scratched his head, "Sure there is, enough for seven of us." He corrected, but then he was corrected in the end. "Fifty seven?..." He perked up as a noise began to echo in his home, drawing his eyes upwards as he flinched and nearly had a heart attack. Normally he would have been freaking out and ran away as quickly as possible as this looked like something out of a horror movie, like face huggers about to sprout from the pods.

"Nola?...Did you lay all those eggs?..." He asked nicely, but it was obvious she did, well now he didn't feel as dumb about asking to possible find a new location for them to live in.
 

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"Awww fine, we'll wait." The twins responded with a Ricter-esqe pout, knowing Kokonoe would be here shortly... it's good to see they inherited some things. O course she jumped to conclusions almost immediately as she ate.

Kokonoe was rambling so much that Astra grabbed her tail and tugged a bit, she froze and let out a small yelp... To Astra's surprise both her and Kokonoe would begin floating, "Holy... you scared the gravity out of me..." She said chowing down on chips before floating over to the others, it was and easy way to get over the pictures like a bird's eye view. She started to play with her powers and the room mates over the following week... She moved Astra over Ricter, "This is fitting... Astra's Astral Finish." She stated before she would gently fall onto Ricter's head with some help with gravity manipulation on Kokonoe's part before continuing, "Though you have a point... I don't want to get you all yelled at when it's my fault... The fire a few days ago... All that paper work was... inconceivably long... Then again... if I didn't respond to the guard without my megaphone on hand with a 'who the abstract fuck are you!?' It probably would've been a bit less, I have an authority problem as we all know." The twins nodded in agreement., "Don't agree with me!" The twins just snickered back at their creator with some giggling.

"Good morning to you all, by the way. Also... Mr. Squishy? Hmm... I think he's more fluffy than squishy..." Alpha said rubbing her cheek, "Then again with your exoskeleton I guess we would all feel squishy to a Formica, huh? Even Beta and I aren't all metals, we are mostly biodegradable." She smiled adding her own insight to the situation though Beta seemed to be the next to chime in.

"Perhaps... co-creator sister?"

"I don't know we were told to make our own observations and nicknames... Perhaps we should talk about this through our tin link..." And so they did... communicating silently through a link much like the Formica, however it was only two each other.

"Good morning, yes... Though fifty seven?" She flipped her body to see the ceiling before floating off and setting down a tub of chips on the table, "We are going to need more chips for lunch... As for relocation... I could build a sort of electrical fence using the same technology as the twin force field generators... I may have to teach you how to use a spell to walk through it unharmed... or perhaps make a device for it. Of course that would be after clearing the monsters out... Maybe we can even get some hunters and some of the people who look like my father to move out there for some business opportunities for them. The electrical force field is of course due to what I've seen in the wild... Giant Wasps and carnivorous giant plants, the Formica would be in danger from the ground and air constantly... unless we can protect them with something like that. A lot of the stronger things I've had attack me are silent, can't be seen... or are faster than us. Knowing chameleons... if there was a giant reptile that can extend it's tongue at a few hundred miles per hour and turn almost invisible or invisible entirely... we'd have major issues. I can go to the mines and see what I can do with the minerals for the project... and then see if I can make a trading tunnel underground from her to town with help from Nola, Sonna, and Astra... Though we will have to deal with the mines before that since... aggressive monsters being so close would be a huge issue." Kokonoe seemed excited herself, there was a smile on her face as she looked through the photos... She had ideas and protective measures in mind on top of that, for every party involved no less... Of course then she heard the house quake, the twins looked up.

"I think they are ready, huh... Maybe we have a construction crew on hand all ready... Huh, Co-Creator?" The twins said in unison, "Well... I guess this in a way was a job for an army... Though with the technology needed to protect you all without a proper mechanic... Kokonoe is going to be stretched thin... Hardly anyone here deals in Magi-Tech or mechanical devices in general... Most people here are only blacksmiths."

Kokonoe nodded, watching closely as they hatched completely... Studying them as she measured each one with her eyes... They all were vitually the same... good. She could plug that into her teleporter... Though getting them all from point a to b in her ship would be a hard one, "It's simple... we get the smiths to make me parts... You to help me build... The mechanics I am a wiz in, I am not sure if I can teach any Formica how to use Magi-Tech... HOWEVER... I can teach them to use magic, they can build a foundation, and they can definitely get a tunnel built that we can set up a safe mechanical and protected walk way that no plants or ground animal will be able to attack us inside. Nola I'd normally help you cook... but can you do so as I create blueprints for this technology? With all these new little ones failure isn't an option... We will end up evicted from here if a guard finds out or yelled at by the town's leader, maybe worse... I'll bring my ship so we can store food since I doubt we'll have any in the fridge after today, I feel I need to work fast on these. If you need help cooking, however if you need me to help I will stay down here." She asked, knowing the twins would be helping as they followed Sonna into the kitchen to help her. They both bowed respectively as they were told what to do by Sonna with them having no experience cooking before, running about as they grabbed things.. Using their flight to make things move a bit quicker.
 

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The Workers hatching were not just Virtually they same they actually were exactly the same, each one having the same marking, proportions, and body as Astra and Sonna and as they emerged from their Eggs they all started to eat the broken remains of their egg shells, to reclaim the used resources, it also helped clean up the place as pieces of the eggs hand rained down onto the floor below, and all of the new workers where wandering around picking up every piece to eat and reuse some finishing faster then others and looking around the place.

Nola would look to Kokonoe "Sonna is cooking right now, and I believe she is skilled enough to make basic food, the new Workers will not need much food since they will get most of what they need for the day from the egg shells, though extra food will be nice to bring on the trip" she said as she then hugged mister Squishy a bit more before looking at him and cleaning his fur of the eggshell shards in it and making sure he was nice and clean. Though she did answer his question though it was rather obvious what the answer was "Yes I laid all those eggs Mister Squishy, I need to build my colony remember? and for that I need workers, Though...I think a Soldier or two would be best to make now...but I don't have what I need to make a Soldier yet, maybe I can find what I need at the place your sending us?" she said as she continued to groom him.

Astra meanwhile was organizing the Workers and showing them around and filling them in on the fact that this was only a temporary home, they would be heading out with the Queen and the Tall one to clear out a place for a more permanent place for the Colony, the other workers nodded as they walked about the place taking in all the sights of the little home and looking at and studying Both Kokonoe and Alpha and Beta, before one stumbled upon their queen Grooming Mister Squishy "Is this food?" she asked as she looked at the Queen nibbling at his fur to trim and clean it.

"No this is Mister Squishy, he helped us by giving us this safe place to live till we could get more numbers and he helped to find a better place to live" Nola said to the worker who nodded as it was explained and then looked to Ricter "Mister Squishy..." she said and smiled before hugging Ricter as well...This started a gathering of all the new Workers who were interested in this thing called a Mister Squishy and they all took turns hugging him in groups of four, With Nola constantly hugging him the entire time.

Of course rather then them walking up to Ricter and hugging him he was slowly and gently being passed around for hugs by all the new workers with Nola holding on and hugging and grooming him the entire time, at least it was preventing the workers from getting into any trouble, not that they would do that on purpose of course. But it did mean the Fuzzy Weasel was being handed from Formica to Formica so they could all get time to hug and snuggle him a bit essentially crowd surfing the group of Workers that wanted to be near this Mister Squishy thing that the Queen apparently felt the need to groom herself so it must be super important to the Colony, and they seemed to understand the moment they got to hug and snuggle him for a bit, the looks of curiosity changing to looks of affection for the fuzzy mister squishy, the same kind of look that Nola gave him after a few days of being with them, though Nola still blushed now and again when around him.

In the Kitchen Sonna was busying cooking, she had watched Ricter cooking countless times already and was being told information by Nola via the Hive mind, which was still only one way, they would need time to open it properly, but for the moment it helped speed up the training of her and Astra by having Nola give them essentially classes at all hours of the day, So Sonna's cooking was going well, and all four arms where working on things, though having Alpha and Beta help was nice, it did mean she had to devote some time telling them what she needed done "Okay so if you could cut those fruit up please, and if you could prepare those veggies, wash and separate the leave thanks." she directed them, while the Workers wouldn't need to eat to much they all could store access food in their Abdomens for later, which would make travel that much easier to accomplish for the large group so while Kokonoe was probably going to pack them a lot of food, Sonna was gonna make sure they had a lot of reserved food in their abdomens to sustain them and save the carried food for later.
 

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By the two girls reaction he could tell this was something they might find interesting, after all it was a chance at having some more space and what not too branch out. He had no real intention of allowing this home here to be sold off, and would no doubt rent it out to some employee's that wished to both work and live here, that way he could make some money while not living in the city.

Maybe with some help from Kokonoe she could make a teleporter here and back to where they were planning on living, but for now he would think about the mission and how they should go about achieving their goals in the long run. As he was held and no doubt cuddled with he would give the little ant a nice warm hug, enjoying the comfort as everyone explained what they might have in mind for his little notes and no doubt would chime in on it as well.

"That might be something you will have to discuss with Nola and her children, for the time being we should get set up- oof."

Suddenly his body felt like it was being moved around the room, from one hand to another, it was seemingly a train of little ant girls hugging him all at once, in teams of four as Nola held on. He would do his best to give them a hug back, his fluffy tail moving around and batting at them gently as he would get to know each one just by scent and contact alone, he was sure he would see them again more often.

In the mean time though he would call out, "So do you all think this is a good plan? I gave you most of the details, I even have a map ready for your travel, I don't think I can really go with you guys given how dangerous it could be but I did pack something for your journey." On the table, as promised, was a box with his little logo on it and as you might have guessed, they had a number of donuts in them. Given they had eaten them before they would know they helped recovery, stamina, and healed people a great deal just from one bite.

It would be his own way of coming along, but he also knew that he had to maybe watch the house in the mean time. "Were you going to bring your workers along with you Nola? I should ask the same for you and your children, Kokonoe?" To him, he knew they were mostly built, but in a way they were children and he would label them as such given they belonged too Kokonoe.
 

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"If you are going to call us children we should probably call you our father, out of respect of course." They spoke in unison cooking... With the mechanical parts being told once was enough for them to adapt... It was as perfect as they were shown and completely exact, showing that their programming was literally only as good as the person that programmed them... Kokonoe's programming seemed to be flawless in this area since teaching the twins seemed to give them a new code to use and adapt with, Magi-Tech seemed virtually limitless. "If that's okay of course... and if need be we can be here... or out there... Your choice as we make our own decisions and we've been helping Mother basically all day... Also did you see the records of how old she is, she's old enough to be our grandmother."


Kokonoe paused and spit out coffee as they got her mid sip, "HEY, I TOLD YOU NOT TO SNOOP IN MY FILES! Also I'm not that old, I am still young for a Beastman! My father is nearly six hundred or so years old and he's actually still really young. As will you two when you reach his age, child looking grand parents... You're gonna take after me." The twins had been murdered by words, they both fell dramatically accepting defeat. "I don't see how that's a downside though, sounds like an upside to me... Unless you spent one hundred years enslaved to an underground scientist faction- ....Aw mother of GIGANTIC TAGER!" She let her age slip before coffee... much to the amusement of Alpha and Beta. Kokonoe sighed a bit before adjusting her glasses and continuing to draw out blue prints, "Yeah I'd definitely need to talk to the colony and everyone that follows us, a force field like that would need to have either a group to turn a part off to walk through all hours of the day or something like a bracelet to be made so they can walk through safely... however the latter is dangerous to people who can sneak attack someone and acquire said item. I'll be frank and say we are lucky in each trip we go out to Kraw... we've met strong creatures, but nothing that Kraw is infamous for... We are meeting weaker less intelligent monsters, in-short it's only a matter of time until something on an entirely different level appears... Kraw's evolutionary traits shown so far are all to kill and hunt sometimes to wipe out massive groups of wildlife... Even the glutton we killed was low on the food chain, I assume the next step up past what we've seen can even include zombiefication... mushroom spores that take over the victim, and parasites in-general and the creatures than get bigger from there." Kokonoe explained how Kraw was just inherently terrible the farther out you go basically while watching the weasel get crowd surfed, essentially the town they were in was low on the food chain. This explained why there was daily death reports, even though it seemed to go down with some of Kokonoe's crazy ideas for safety. However all the ideas she was hired for were only small projects, nothing on the scale of making a weaponized defense.

The twins nodded, "It's a solid plan for sure, seems Mother is packing more food again." Beta said speaking up alone, his voice ringing out more as his Sister was getting instructed and relaying him the information through the twin link, "She will definitely enjoy a doughnut... We should possibly try to make one for the colony each for sure... I know Kokonoe is packing extra since she expects everyone to be as gluttonous as she herself." He smiled.

"BETA I HEARD THAT! I'll dismantle you I swear!" She yelled from the lab with her bluff, which was obviously called as Beta started to laugh. Kokonoe took the elevator down to smack him with some marshmallows before going back up, she was adorable when she was mad... Though she forgot the ants hatched and what she was packing for, walking back down with the extra food, "Morning Nola, Astra, Sonna-" She dropped the tub and looked stunned for a second as she saw the other ants... Her short term memory was showing today, ".....Holy mother of- How the?! Was my cloning device used!? Smart but how did we get all the kids!?"

"Seems she's planning to make her smores, what a treat... She only made them for us recently, you're all in for something great." Alpha stated out loud, seeing the tub she dropped, "...But mother remember the eggs hatched..?"

"WHAT EGGS!? I don't re.... mem..... Mmmmhhh..... Oh, yeah colony, queen ant. Actually there was something I've wanted to ask... Since you're a queen ant, Nola... Will you grow wings?" Her mind was simple, when something came to mind she tended to forget even important things unless it came to machinery, though she started grabbing a few more tubs of food so she could float it into the ship for later as the twins went back to helping Sonna. "Also on the map subject as well, that'd be great so I can add it to the database. I have scanners for a few hundred feet to scan for monsters before we go in."
 

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The Mass of workers continued to pass the Weasel around and hug him and snuggle as he explained his Idea and what his plan was, all the while Nola continued to groom him and stayed clinging to him the entire time he was being passed around gently being Crowd surfed to each ant till they all had a chance to hug and snuggle with him a bit. Giggles would escape them as he tickled them with his floofy tail and they would be happy to get hugs back from Mister Squishy who was quickly being considered the Colony mascot, and they all wanted time to hug the soft fluffy Weasel.

Though as he called out again he was eventually placed back in his seat where he began with Nola still clinging to him and finishing grooming his fur and making him very much clean and well groomed now and as she looked at the Box she nodded a bit "Yes thoe will help a lot, though I don't think there will be enough if everyone gets hurt but we can handle a few injuries if required" she said before looking at Ricter as he asked if all the workers would be coming "Yes I think they will be, after all while we are gone we can also get more food and supplies while we are out like meats and things so that we can at least replace some of the supplies we are using up, and I am glad to hear Mister Squishy is staying here, it's safer here, we ran into a lot of trouble when we were out before to get those plants for you remember? we wouldn't want you to be in danger" she finished and hugged him tightly.

Sonna meanwhile Was still cooking some basic foods, hard Biscuits, Bacon, eggs, toast, pancakes, things that wouldn't take to long to make "If she is gonna make a lot that's fine we can save it for when we run out of food stores, we can store a fair amount of food inside a few of use for the others to eat, though we would need to protect them and help them walk to keep up" she said as she looked over at a few of the new workers and gestured for them to help her cook, and they joined Alpha and Beta in making preperations for the simpler things and one started to serve her sisters so they could a bit of a more full breakfast.

Back with Nola she shifted back to her own seat and was asked by Kokonoe if she would grow wings and she sat there remembering the lessons "That all depends on what Kind of queen I was being raised to be...I was forced to leave before my entire training was done, as my Colony was attacked and me and several other new queens were forced to flee" she said as she thought about it a bit more "Though I do know I wasn't being trained to be a Warrior Queen as I was never fed any of the Impure Auralite Iron Ore mix that they are fed" she added as she started to eat to make sure she too would have food.

Astra meanwhile had returned to a seat at the table after showing the workers around and was eating as well "Well mister Squishy it would be easier for you to work without everyone here...I know the Tall one tends to make trouble to her being gone from here might be good for the town and your ability to work, and I know our numbers are a problem now for you, the house is just large enough because there is the walls and ceiling that you and the Tall one never use, but buying food would be a problem at this point, and going out on daily hunts would be hard t, so this Idea seems to make sense" she said with a smile

Nola Looked back to Astra and Ricter and nodded as well "Yes and it will help us make a proper colony, Dangers like wasps will only be a problem for a while, until we get a proper colony built, or dug out, more then likey we could use the Mine there to start our colony, we don't really need tools like we have seen here to dig well, and with so many of us work can be done at all hours of the day with proper shift work, I would even help out to since I know how to do all the same work" she then looked to Kokonoe.

"That said any amount of defenses would be helpful during the start up, and as for structures we can make building material, though it would take time and resources to do so it wouldn't cost anything at all, and I know how to build as well as tailor and blacksmith, and can teach each of my Workers the same" she said nodding a bit as the Workers all started to gather around the obvious eating area that was the table, sitting on the floor wall and ceiling neat it and passing around the food to make sure they all get a fair share.

"As for these Smores...they sound good, but we will need more then just sugar, though it really doesn't matter exactly what we eat it all gets turned into Auralite anyway" Nola added as she happily ate some of the pancakes "Thought tasting different foods is nice, sweet is nice but can get tiring after to long" as she said this she took some of the chips and popped a few in her mouth enjoying the high energy contained in them and the syrup with the pancakes, though the savory taste of the bacon and sausage was good to Honestly having just sweets though would have been just exausting, which was why she was glad she told Sonna to make sandwiches as well, which her and her little kitchen crew were currently working on making now that breakfast had been served to everyone.
 

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Nola's mention of what they should do was very plausible, it was right around what he envisioned for the sake of getting what everyone needed now. Especially Nola and Kokonoe, but he would get them all prepared for what could be a very long trip to some place that could be extremely dangerous as well, which is why he packed donuts but he would point out something.

"If you need more donuts you can get them from the cupboard, theres only maybe another box or two but that should help keep you all healed during your travel. Though yes, I'd like to come as soon as things are safe, after all I'm not much of a fighter but I can help where I can as well as set you all up for a successful excursion."

With more explanation he would try to gain his footing as he was pulled around for a bit, looking left and right before mentioning something else. "I think your right, it will work out well if we all work together, but no worries I have a lot of resources on hand that can be used later on for building. But right now I think if you all are going there you should prep now after you all eat of course."

Sitting down to eat as well he would nibble and munch on what was given, smiling happily as he had his own meal as well as some of what the girls had cooked too. Passing off the information to both Kokonoe and Nola as he gave them folders of information, coordinates, and everything they needed to find the location over all.

"Good luck though, it might be really dangerous, but I know you guys can handle it. As well as your many workers Nola haha."
 

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"I see... Well we will see when you get there then, it would be cool to learn to fly though. Since the twins and I can do air based combat we will try to support you from above. I have no idea how many of you I can fit in my lab when it flies but the tins and I can float while you use the space everywhere else. Or... an alternative... I keep part of you safe while the rest of you scout from the ground... This is a more dangerous option since we are going into the more hostile territories this time, trapdoor spiders and carnivorous plants that can shoot up from the ground with multiple limbs to do so... The last time I got close to this territory after I was chased by a swarm of raptors; fun fact, Raptors hunt like your colony in groups of fifty to a hundred or so... and are a lot faster... They were able to take down something like a T-Rex using superior intellect and numbers... Wasps there are much the same... However... they chased me into that area and all of a sudden I was wrapped up by sentient vines of a massive carnivorous plant, it was young telling by the fact it didn't have multiple maws since it appeared to be a Venus Flytrap-like creature... the others in the distance... looked like Hydras crossed with the same plant... and a lot bigger.

The only option I see outside that is we all end up going on foot so I can light the plants on fire... but there is in issue with that, too... If a plant is fire resistant or can fight long range by say spitting spores or acid.... That could pose an issue itself. The plants tend to stay hidden by being still and surrounded by trees and the like... Though some might actually be parasites to the trees." She said, after she'd asked her question she took out what looked to be a hologram that she could interact with... It had all this information written inside, she made reports of her findings so she wouldn't forget. It seems she had one for every mission, with her forgetful one track mind she'd probably wrote them out just in-case something like this happened. "I read through my files constantly, while I was packing food I saw this one and had to read it. I'll leave it to you how we do this, but I will say with my experiences going near the area... The ground seems extremely dangerous, If we go by land... I'd suggest I come, because we may need to get rid off all those plants... If we let them keep growing... we might have an army of those plants that can move through the ground or walk on it... The plants themselves can also spread seeds, so they will have to be scorched... We are basically talking about your natural predators at this point, though and I've only seen one species of the thousands on this planet. I'd really you rather be safe, so if you travel by ground I'll probably make you take the twins... Last thing you need to be is digging and get snatched up by a moving sentient root."

The twins stared at each other before finishing making sandwiches with the Formica so everyone could sit down and eat, the twins and Kokonoe sat next to Nola and Ricter sitting on the air as they ate... The plates were floating, too. Alpha spoke up, of course, "Now I know why you're so keen on defenses... You have so much caution, yet never seem to use any at all most of the time..."

Kokonoe nodded, "There is a reason... what's the common fact that all of my lack of caution involves." Kokonoe looked over to the twins for a moment, her golden gaze and frown was apparent that she wanted them to answer specifically how they felt as individuals.

The two looked at each other and nodded, Beta spoke this time, "You're cautious when it comes to other people, even during testing you took safety measures even if they weren't effective in the slightest... but when you're alone you tend to have something explode or crash down on you in a matter of seconds... In-fact your average wound or bone breaking count in a week is in the double digits and we've only been around for a week."

Kokonoe blinked a few times, "Good answer, but now I'm going to get scolded for hurting myself more often than I said I did... D'aw crap..." Her ears drooped as she prepared to hear it, she'd said yesterday she'd only been hurt one time this week and was doing great about avoiding her accidents... In actuality they were just more quiet than usual. Like accidentally spilling something only to slip and fall upon other things, her one track mind made her very accident prone.
 

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Nola nodded to Ricter offering more boxes and one of the workers opened the cupboard and took one extra box "We Will leave you with one in case something happens here mister squishy" she said as she finished eating, the workers were also starting to finish eating and where starting to pack up the food that Sonna and her little kitchen crew had been making, and storing it inside Kokonoe's little ship, using what containers they could and attaching the rest to open space on the ceiling of the ship using their stone like building material that they could produce from their mouths much like Nola had done to fix the hole in the wall she had made that first night.

As that went on Nola started to grab a few things for herself, nothing really to cumbersome but she did grab a little pillow that smelled like Mister Squishy, to help keep moral up for the workers, honestly she wanted it for herself...but it seemed her workers liked mister squishy almost as much as she did, Thinking back to her classes she remembered that her Workers, soldiers, overseers, and high caste would have many of the same feelings towards things as she would at the start, though they would slowly find other things they liked on their own, many of her own experiences would color the starting minds of every Formica in her colony, she would have to keep that in mind as she made more and more.

Astra meanwhile looked at Kokonoe as the mention of her injuring herself a lot was revealed and she frowned bit, she still had her suspicions about the tall one, but the Queen considered her part of the colony so she would have to as well. With that though made her also consider he a worker, and a worker harming itself in the execution of it's duties, knowingly, without being upfront about it and it's possible need for medical attention made Astra narrow her eyes at Kokonoe, this called for immediate punishment.

However Astra had no Clue if the normal punishment would work, at least the one she was aware of, which was gently tugging on the antenna, Kokonoe had to little wriggly things on the top of her head, they were cute but mister Squishy's were cuter, could she pull on those little wriggly things like she could Antenna? she wasn't sure, however she still needed to punish Kokonoe for her carelessness and so as Kokonoe was distracted Astra got a newspaper and rolled it up and walked up the wall near Kokonoe and thwapped her upside the head with the rolled up paper "No...bad Tall one, no hiding your injuries, you need to take better care of yourself, you of all people should know that, with you saying you know so much about the planet are you even aware of what parasites there are? or illnesses?" she scolded Kokonoe thwapping her upside the head again, they were not hard strikes, they were more to get her attention then to hurt her. The whole time Astra had a pout on her face hearing that Kokonoe had been compromising her health in her work and hiding it like it wouldn't concern them.

As the Attack on the Tall one continued Sonna and her kitchen crew finished making up the food they would be taking with them, and she started to prepare water and other drinks, while some others were making sure there was food left here for Mister Squishy to eat while they were gone, after all they didn't want him to get hungry while they were out, so while they did use up a LOT of the food in the place there was still a large amount of food in the house for Ricter to eat while they were on this expedition.

After a bit more time Nola had finished her little packing having borrowed the egg bag again as if she found what she needed out there she would make her First Soldier for the Colony to help protect them, she then looked at Ricter a moment and picked him up once more and hugged him "You take good care fo yourself Mister Squishy...okay?....no doing anything dangerous while we are gone...I don't want anything happening to Mister Squishy.." She was shaking a little, she had left him before yes but the Tall one was there to look after him, and she knew he was probably strong, he seemed quite capable with that plant of his, maybe he had earth magic? he could obviously heal, but still it felt...weird to leave him without a guard, but they would need all the workers to prep the site, and Kokone needed to come to get things ready defense wise, she was glad their were guards in this town but they were not of her Colony and she had her misgivings about the so called hunters in the town to after her first run in with them.

After hugging Ricter for a long time one of the workers walked over "My Queen the Supplies are packed and we are ready to go" she said to Nola "Sorry to interrupt" she added as she scooted back and joined the other Workers outside, and of course seeing a Large Swarm of Formica, a creature the town had only seen three of this entire time until just now was starting to draw a LOT of attention as they essentially flooded out of the relatively tiny building/bakery that everyone was used to. There would probably be some silly jokes going around about 'ant problems' that would be added to the ones about how obvious it was that the ant girls from before had ended up living in the sweets bakery.

Nola meanwhile gently let go of Ricter and then hugged him again before letting go a final time having seemingly calmed herself he had been living there before she even showed up, that was proof enough that he would be safe there, she then looked to Kokonoe "Finish making your smore's if your not done, we will wait by the town gates" she said with a nod before looking back to Ricter "I will be careful out there Mister Squishy" she said as she stepped out and looked at her Workers and nodded "We are going to wait at the gates for the Tall one, lets go" she said as she walked through the group of workers and started to lead them to the gates.
 

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The weasel could tell that his little ant friend was worried about his well being, the sensation of her hugging him so tightly only made all this that much harder to cope with given she probably didn't want to leave him. But it was only for a day or two, and wouldn't be that bad, besides they needed too look into this, and if they managed to figure out a new abode then they could move there.

With the number of workers that she had made it was now required to figure out what they would now do, and with the extra money he had on hand he hoped that he could maybe build up something for them all too live in happily. So as everyone began to move outside it was clear many of the people and guards were confused and shocked by the sudden number of creatures exiting the bakery, maybe they were clients? It was really hard to tell but they all seemed packed and ready to leave, they even began heading to the gates so the guards simply made sure none of the hunters got any bright idea's while inside of the walls.

Most hunters would have to be insane to attempt to attack them even outside given how they could easily turn and eat them alive with just numbers alone, so they wouldn't be harmed on their way to the gate. But before this Ricter would give Nola a tight hug, nuzzling the little one and smiling as he gave her a warm embrace. "Okay, please be careful Nola, and its alright, once you all are settled in I'll be sure to come there myself."

"Take good care of yourself, please? I would rather not see you in such a bad state as wen I first saw you Nola." He advised with a sorrowful look but smiled none the less. Looking to Kokonoe he would walk over and give her a hug as well, nuzzling her gently as he looked up with a distinct gaze. "You look after them and yourself Kokonoe, don't get hurt or anything." He added, ensuring that he said his good byes and gave his little hugs. Once they left they would be at the mercy of the environment around them.
 

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Getting swatted on the head with a newspaper made her ears perk as the audible thwap sound was heard as it made contact, she looked up to Astra scolding her only to take the second hit to the face in the punishment she'd explain herself as the newspaper onslaught continued, "Ugh.. I knew this would happen..." She began with her now stuck with the newspaper punishment, "Of course, science isn't exactly perfectly safe some things need to be tested... some require to be living to examine... Since everything grows and evolves over time and based on how things in this forest evolved, of course for things that evolve that's more... complicated. Truthfully due to us all being exposed to new germs here we should be deathly sick, however... The only way to make a vaccine... is to study a live virus. Ricter's healing donuts had been healing his cells alive more than likely... Truthfully in that check up the reason my door was locked originally was to kill the viruses I was testing to create a boost to our immune systems from. It was the burst of air that came out when I first opened the door, if I have to use a life subject... well I am the best bet. If someone got hurt when I'm doing things to protect other people it'd be a step backward, so I can't risk it. As for the parasites though... You don't want parasites from here, I assume your colony knows about... Wasps that act like larvae and have the same pheromones until they wipe out a colony and make a hive... or bugs that lay eggs in other insects... mushroom spores that take over the host. With the big wildlife on this planet... We can conclude because of giant insects... the parasites are very dangerous or symbiotic with great benefits with no in-between. Parasites are some of the most successful life forms, after all.

Basically what I mean is... with massive insects comes with major downsides in the ecosystem... Toxins, parasites, and plants are more successful and therefor more dangerous since they have to use everything at a much higher dosage. And illnesses here will be the same... if they aren't tested then we'd probably get sick out of the blue and die. I know you're worried, but I have my reasons for endangering myself over others. Your colony was wiped out." She exhaled and told the exact same thing she told Ricter.

"Listen closely... because this isn't easy for me. I'd only told Ricter. I said I worked for the government of my world but that's not the full truth, I was abandoned by my family and clan at a young age and put in government care. Half Human Half Beastmen like myself aren't well liked, we are treated like second class.. So my father leaves me, my mother is apparently dead; find out she's alive just before I was warped here but she's under control by someone evil... I was working to prevent my world from dying entirely, so the time line normally resets if something goes wrong. I made an anomaly, meaning everything I know of my universe is completely gone. A new Kokonoe is in my place, risking her life constantly to save a dying planet, the lives of the people that hate her, and her family. The least I can do is do a few dangerous experiments in good of the people, truthfully though... You remind me of my old Lab Assistants, Astra. Cecelia and Tager would always tell me to stop staying up for seven days on nothing but coffee, vodka, and junk food."

Seems Kokonoe had deep seated issues, and did more than risk her self probably through depression of some-sort... but had several self destructive tendencies. One of them seemed to be drinking her problems away, that must be in the past since she's came her she hasn't been seen drinking alcohol at all. Though she was eating Silver-Vine Candy which was basically catnip, which was probably something that helped. She stuck one of her Silver-Vine Lollipops into her mouth, "If need be I'll leave the doors open for you to check up on me, but you'll need to wear the lab safety gear and get a chemical bath before and after just in-case for safety reasons. I don't mind teaching safety procedures and the like for science, it's pretty interesting but it can only be made so safe since accidents happen even without my recklessness." She was being brutally honest, but at least she was more willing to compromise with her safety despite her reasons for doing what she did constantly. She just seemed scared to lose people and her walls were... very built up, she was detached from everything because of it.

Then one of the workers came in to explain how the packing was complete, Alpha and Beta walked down from the lab, "Mother, the launch pad is ready." They said in unison. Before walking back up, she watched the Formica walk out in a group and nodded with a smile to Nola. Once she finished she packed it into the ship before walking down and hugging her furry friend Ricter. Who could say no to that adorable looking face?

She picked up the weasel, stared at him with an intense stare before hugging him and nuzzling his nose, "I won't, if anything happens I'll try to contact you. If that doesn't work I'll get the one of the Workers or Nola to run to get help and protect whom I can. As I said... failing isn't an option, I have to do this for us...." She was placing all the weight on her shoulders, she wanted this... A lot, almost like... an obsession? Yes, that's what it appeared to be. Her whole life was ripped away, all she knew... She had one goal, to save everyone and reunite her family. This new obsession was her new reason to live, possibly because all she live for was an obsession before. Once Ricter was done saying anything else she'd walk off with a wave, putting her hair up in a pony tail. She would start the engine of her ship through her magic, leaving the door open so she could sit outside her floating laboratory. The entire group at the gate would see the shadow of the hovercraft above them, though flying low enough that Kokonoe was clearly seen sitting out of the door, the twins looking out to offer a wave.

"Are we ready to head out Nola?" She yelled down so she could be heard by the group, "All our settings are ready to go!" Kokonoe knew the ships full speed was way faster than any of them, but she'd float behind the Formica no matter how slow they went... She couldn't place her finger on it, but she had a very bad feeling over something.
 

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As they walked to the Gate The Workers were well aware of the eyes they drew, and the hunters that were watching, while it was true they could probably overtake anyone attacking them it would cost them a few injured workers to do so, but the ones contemplating and then dismissing the Idea of attacking them didn't know if they would risk that or not, so in the end they didn't bother, though they were watching the group as they gathered at the gate, and as they did gather Nola looked to her workers a moment "Now it will be dangerous out there so we have to be careful, so I want you all to armor up and stay alert, call out anything strange and make sure you stay close to the group" she called out, and to anyone watching it would almost seem like a group of children were getting ready to leave the town, which...may or may not be the correct way to think of the situation considering that the workers were only a few days old at most, and a few minutes old at least.

Then the shadow was above them and they all looked up to see the tall one and her two workers with her, they would be slower then the ship Nola had no doubt of that, but that just meant that if things got bad The tall one could escape, "We are ready to go...so lets go" she shouted up to Kokonoe as her and her workers started to move, their carapace growing as they walked. Honestly this was a dangerous time for her and her colony, they had no dedicated warriors, she had yet to find the things she needed to make a Soldier in the first place, all she had was a large amount of workers, and single soldier Formica would probably be able to out fight a good chunk of the Worker Formica that were here, if only because it was what they were made to do, but hopefully she would find what she needed at the site, and until then it was up to all of them to work together and survive the trip there.

Astra and Sonna were beside Nola as the oldest workers they were the ones in charge until an Overseer was born to the colony, then they would be under their command, and the other workers would be under theirs, but for now they were also Nola's body guard, and honestly the only thing that would signal to anyone that Nola was different then the others was her size, and maybe her markings if they took the time to look, other then that it looked like fifty three identical siblings or something walking on through the forest.

It wouldn't take long into the trek for them to all gain their armor, thankfully until it was damaged they wouldn't have to worry to much about it, but it did slow them down a bit, however considering the objective moving slowly but protected was far prefferable to moveing quickly but unprotected, and with the number of Workers they could even contend with that Creature Nola Astra and Sonna had met their first time out here, so they had numbers to deal with some of the large creatures, but not all of them, thankfully their size and ability to burrow should help with that part of things if they ran into anything that they couldn't fight off.

"How far is the site and which direction would be easiest?" she called up to Kokonoe since she mentioned something about scanners or something, that could help them, so she was going to use every resource they had to ensure a safe yet rapid advance on their target objective, in fact even now Kokonoe would be able to see that some of the workers were carrying others, so that they were saving their energy for the time being, and thankfully due to their small light bodies they were not anything of a strain on the ones carrying them, carrying also wasn't the correct term, some workers were climbing onto the backs of others and held on as they walked, keeping the hands of the one they where riding free and able to be used.
 

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As the group made its way out into the wilderness the guards would allow passage, after all what could they do to stop them? They had very little wish nor need to impede their wish to leave the city, and given how many their were it would only mean that they would no doubt over run where ever they were heading towards. But all around them seemed to be lots of jungle, tree's and flora were common but the path way they were heading would be a long one, given it should take them a little over a day to travel there and they may have to camp out for a bit in the night time.

Kokonoe's scanner would tell her that it was a a days travel on foot, maybe more if they went at a modestly slow pace, for her machine it was around a third of that time in travel but it would cost her some energy to fly it there and keep it safe by herself if she planned on doing this. Over all Ricter left them with enough tools to go about this mission on their own, and would try to help where he could over the phone but at the moment they were just getting started with such a large undertaking.
 

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Kokonoe brought up her scanner's screen, she pulled out her megaphone... Surprisingly only Nola heard it like a psychic phone call. It was as if the pink haired nekomata was standing next to her as she spoke normally. "Well it's about a day's travel on foot, could be more if we take it slow... This ship can make it there in a third of that time but then if there was an emergency we'd be bone because it has a recharge time. It'd be best to find a place to camp in the night... but that is the most dangerous time of day where the wildlife begin to start attacking from the ground so it'd be best to stay high... but not TOO high because birds of prey hunt at night and early in the morning." Kokonoe basically putting into perspective that it's very hard to avoid danger in Kraw unless you literally had the ability to stay up 24/7. The twins looked at each other, smiling to each other since they were basically made for something like this. This was good thing to see that Nola was thinking about the same thing, her workers helping each other save energy as Kokonoe flew behind them at a slower pace than usual. As she took out her map to give directions, "Looks like we are going north and then west into the deep wood, that's the dangerous area with carnivorous plant life that can attack from the ground. At that point any plant we see could be deadly. We will watch for aerial threats, since the three of us can fly around we can take the threats and hopefully neutralize them before they can swoop. Creatures that can fly will likely be faster than you, thankfully giant scorpions or crab-like armored threats you can take pretty easily just watch out for any animal that can shoot you with a glue like substance like some ants, spiders and things like that... Also any thing that can spit acid we flee from, if your exoskeletons are burned away your kind would be in grave danger and I'd have to put the wounded in immediate medical attention."

She knew Nola would rely the information before turning to the twins Alpha and Beta, "Set your connections to Nola's frequency, it'll hopefully allow her to send warning signals to you both like you're part of the colony. This megaphone is basically my version, I'll keep it running like this. Any thought should relay through it from you, Nola." She explained how her technology worked... In a way she had something to be part of the hive mind... however it's range was limited. But the range wouldn't be an issue unless they were split up, that was something she wouldn't have to worry about too much as she followed behind the group. "Also on a side note, Ricter can call us through the phone to the ship or mega phone since I set them to work like walkie talkies. That way you can talk to him when we set up camp tonight." Kokonoe smiled when she said that, "We have plenty of supplies to last, Alpha, Beta watch the back and above the ship for me... I'll watch the front, if the scanners respond to anything we will know but watching all angles is preferred."
 

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As they walked Some of the workers were gathers up plant matter and adding it to the stores of food they had with them, checking to see if they were poisonous, and grabbing those that were not, and the few that were they put in a separate container away from the food, for use later for other things, They didn't intend to have Kokonoe and the other two eat the plant matter, Nola had figured they were not able to eat things like her kind were, from what she had seen them eating anyway, So she had her workers bolstering their rations with simple plant matter that wouldn't bother her kind, it would make what Rations they did have last much longer.

As they walked at a steady pace, not rushing but not going so slow as to make the trip take to long, Nola heard the voice of Kokonoe, she raised an eyebrow and looked up, "When...when did you violate my kinds hivemind?" she asked actually angry at the prospect of another forcing their way in with out even asking, and her anger was clear, as she stared up at the ship, though she was making sure that anger or message didn't get transmitted to her workers, this was something she thought she needed to deal with as the queen, "This form of communication is a sacred right....we don't just willingly share it with outsiders...why have you done this?" she asked in her mind as she continued to walk.

Honestly she wasn't even taught how to till the emergency happened that caused her to flee, she had only made the others aware of the link not how to access it properly, she could give her orders through it but they couldn't communicate to each other yet, that was meant to be taught when she thought it was right....and now this one person thought they could simply barge in and make a workaround? Nola was not pleased in anyway and it was clear in her mental tone with the message to Kokonoe.

With a mental sigh Nola stopped asking, for the time being, she would have to deal with this another time, right now they were on a dangerous trip, and they would face a lot of danger, though she was still outraged by the intrusion she had to focus on keeping her workers alive and well "Never mind...we will talk about this later..." she said in the link to Kokonoe.

The other workers continued on oblivious to the happenings between Their queen and Kokonoe, though they were all keeping their eyes open for any trouble and were on high alert, at least the ones being carried had ample time and energy to keep their eyes open for any trouble, looking all around and making sure nothing was moving that really shouldn't be, they were all remembering that their queen sad it would be dangerous, so they didn't want to let her down and allow something to ambush them, they had to protect the queen after all.
 

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As the two and their army of workers would make their way along towards the given path that was laid out by Ricter, Kokonoe would no doubt be the first to spot something that would give them a tad bit of trouble. Up ahead seemed too be a long winding river, however the river was vast and wide, bigger than most natural rivers as the currents looked strong and crashed along the sides.

After a couple minutes though Ricter would be head speaking over the walkie talkie, simply sitting in his shop and offering a nice couple some candies as he took the time to check on his friends too make sure they were okay. "Guys are you okay?" He asked first, of course worried about their well being before following up with his next line of questions.

"If my memories served well, I think you guys are coming up towards the river now, along the other side of it and past it, there will be a U shaped bend that you go through, if you both can make it- it will lead towards the mountains, and then over the side of it you will find the other end of the river and the village. I still don't know what you might face when you all get there but with how many workers Nola has it shouldn't be that difficult to believe they could handle it alone."

He held a lot of faith in them, but he would be sure to warn them and display his worry which Kokonoe could easily hear, and so would Nola if she could hear them as well, if his voice was broad casted that is.
 

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"Oh, I can explain that. It's not a hive mind but a device to let me speak to a person from afar. It's more like a walkie talky, but only I am speaking through the device instead of thinking them to you. The others can't hear me, sadly as I can only do one connection like this at a time... if they did it'd sound unbearably loud and hurt our ears or everyone in the vicinity including animals that wanna hurt us would hear it but it can connect to the Walkie Talkie Ricter has, too. When you talk or have thoughts towards me they are voiced... but not if you speak to the others in a hive mind. The Twins however can scan your chemical reactions through pheromones or the scents that animals can pick up to pick up your warning signals... I don't have a scanner though. I do understand your views, however, so scolding to me about it later when we are safe is justified.

But I have to learn about your culture later, then I can teach you my own." She looked ahead to a river... large and seemingly over flowing do to the unnatural currents.. She was squinting, maybe it could be a waterfall as the tone went silent ans she jumped as her Megaphone responded like a Walkie Talkie with Ricter's voice ringing through the ship, "Oh, hiya Ricter, yeah we are fine... I think we found the River though I should tell Nola. Nola there is a river ahead and it looks deadly... I don't see a bridge so I assume the current ripped it apart long ago and the waves seem unnatural due to the lack of rain I'd stay far from the edge because that usually means waterfalls... or worse a feeding frenzy, I'm sure you heard what Ricter said since we should basically be in a three way call... I can however only connect to one device and one person at a time due to limited tech." She explained in a bit more detail. Which means Ricter also should be able to hear Nola as well, each of them basically had to turn on the connection like a button to the Walkie Talkie... but in three different ways. Ricter had a button, Kokonoe needed to use Mana, and Nola had to think about it consciously.

The twins whom were talking in the background while piloting the ship couldn't be heard by the others... But they were talking about the best course of actions.

"We could totally fly over the river and take some of the ant colony with us." Alpha spoke up... and then followed by Beta in that order as it persists.

"Yes, but that leaves some to walk defenseless..."

"We COULD make multiple trips doing that and Kokonoe could stay with the smaller group."

"But what if she can protect them alone or another hive decides to attack the sides as we are flying over point A to B? It's a VERY wide river... On top of that if the ship runs out of energy from the trips we will have to camp out in conditions that may cause flooding..."

"We could still split into equal sized forces! We have plenty of numbers!"

"But why split up the fighting force..?"

Kokonoe audibly groaned listening to the twins argue over tactics without consulting herself or Nola, or even Ricter... It was irritating, "The twins talked about was to get over... We could fly over in the ship multiple times... but the ships energy might falter and we'd have to camp out so it can recharge early for a flight tomorrow... Which may leave us in a flooded zone... We could split into two forces but that'd weaken our group... Or we can go around like Ricter stated... The Twins are arguing without consulting any of us about was to go about this but we should all have a say, yeah? Personally I'd rather stay in a group, I don't want anyone hurt on this expedition. Up to you both, this is a democracy and I won't argue against what's agreed upon." She said thinking rationally about this.
 
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