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Could you state again what the history of the Netu's homeworlds is exactly? I remember the Armada fucked them up(I believe Akka-Tor ate their star as a parting "Fuck You"), and I believe that the old Alliance awarded them with barren planets, but I just want to be sure.

The Netu homeworlds were originally a system far removed from the Curou sector that the quest takes place in now. Netu civilization spread from their original world to three others in the system and proceeded to terraform them. Overtime they began to regard the whole system as their home, rather than the planet they evolved on, the terraformed worlds becoming near mirrors of the original.
Netu culture believed that a strong military was the key to friendly neighbors. Combined with their technological skill and bounty of resources in their system (and neighboring colonized systems) they were able to create an obscene amount of ships, leading them to having one of the largest space fleets of the era.
For a long time they were isolationists, a history of warring between themselves then with various human, vorh, and other factions causing them to regard non-netu factions as dangers to be avoided or kept at a distance.
When the Necrotic War broke out they remained uninvolved for quite some time, only working to fight back undead incursions into their held systems with relative ease due to their fleets. This led to them increasing their isolation as they fortified their systems to weather out the war.
Eventually the Wasps, one of the few friendly allies of the Netu, approached the Netu alongside their new Crystalline partners and managed to convince them to lend their strength to the struggling Alliance of Planets.
Finally convinced they leapt into the fray, their forces ending up becoming the backbone of most Alliance fleets. Without the Netu joining the war-effort it's estimated the Necrotic War would have dragged on for decades or even centuries longer.
After Jadyk's defeat by the Crystal Wasps, Akka-Tor the Lightdrinker descended on the now relatively lightly guarded home system of the Netu with her Wraith hordes. There they devoured the life essence of nearly every living being, including the microorganisms in the soil.
With their homeworlds rendered lifeless, the majority of their race now existed solely in their ships and various offworld colonies. Colonies that were also assaulted by Grand Necrotic Armada forces and eliminated or driven offworld.
In the aftermath of the Necrotic War the Netu approached the Alliance and demanded reparations for their lost worlds or aid in gaining revenge for its loss. The leaders of the Alliance were less than willing to give up valuable worlds in the aftermath of the wars devastation and lingering prejudice against the Netu led to them being given worlds rendered barren or blighted by Necrotic energies.
This in turn led to many Netu turning on their former allies and withdrawing their ships from the Alliance fleets. Often these partings would not be peaceful as the commanders of the Alliance military did not want to lose the valuable and powerful Netu ships.
This of course led to the Netu forming the Pirate Clans and picking up a nomadic lifestyle they continue to this day

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Back in the good old days of the Armada, was Jaydk ever been in the presense of the Black Flame, or was the closest he ever reached the Black Flame been his kinship with Ghul

Essentially yes. It was quite rare for the members of the Undying Court to interact with each others servants.
While the Wormstar and Black Flame were what could be considered allies only their champions interacted in joint campaigns.
Both Jadyk and Ghul respected each others power and came to something of a professional respect for each other during their time during the Necrotic War although it would be a far-cry from actual friendship despite their shared trust.

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If necrotic energies are directly linked to entropy, and seem to cause withering death in all their other applications, how is it that David has been growing like crazy instead of being stunted? Did our seal protect him from necrotic influence or gift it to him?

Jadyk believes that his seal did help David endure the then densely ambient Necrotic energy he was exposed to until the energy sponge technology was perfected he is still uncertain of the totality of David's situation.
While I can't answer all of David's..."unique" circumstances I can point out a few other cases where Necrotic energy has enriched the health of other living beings.
Red-Leaf-Strains has had the Necrotic potential all her life. Osogo have known that individuals with the rare trait of red fur such as hers is tied to sickness and childhood deaths but certain individuals can survive this sickness to adulthood. This sickness she suffered as a growing osogo and her red coloration is what lead to her namesake. Since becoming a Necromancer she claims to have become stronger and healthier than she ever was before.
The albino Sapling and the stunted Cacti Necromancers also suffered from lifelong sicknesses and frailty that have been quickly turned around due to their Necrotic potential being realized and unlocked. In particular the Sapling has become particularly invigorated, the change in them startling many of the other Armatocere in Iti'a'Ropku and the Floral Quarter due to the strangeness that an Armatocere can flourish when exposed to the Necrotic and their former sickly self.
The rogue Necromancer Martin Graim who found the Plaguedrinker ship and released the Blight Hunger upon the Refuge system also hinted at a life of sickness and malnutrition before finding the Immortal and having their potential realized. Claims that have been partially backed up as the Think Tanks studied his physiology during his time in the med-pods and detected evidence of his words.
In short, Jadyk is convinced that David will grow to become a Necromancer but he is uncertain of what else may develop as he ages. Currently he is letting his parents continue to raise him, knowing they would do a better job than if he took the child for himself.

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Recently binge read DATS and HQQ in preparation for new threads in the new year. There are still so many small questions lingering across both quests. Of interest to me, is the origin of the Think Tanks. Were they invented by the Wormstar or one of Jadyks creations?

It's been a while since I reread the thread they were introduced but originally they were a creation of the Necrolytes, which is a sweeping term for the living worshipers of the Undying Court specifically the Wormstar.
The original Think Tanks did not have near the same amount of "personality" that the current generations do, being mere tools to extend the reach and influence of Necromancers and Undead. The modern Think Tanks have much more individuality and are among the first of the Reconstructed to develop the "quirk" of personality that is currently being studied in the others although with them it was intentional on Jadyk's part.
Ruscuv has yet to bring it up but she believes Jadyk gave them their individuality and fledgling personalities due to feeling lonely after his freedom, a loneliness he's filled with the worship (and friendship) of the Living and his Generals.

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We still know so little, doubly because of the scarcity of subject matter and opportunities to learn more, but how much does Jadyk, or even Ruskov actually remember about the Crystaline Minds and the Wasps who entombed him? Have we exhausted all our current leads on them?

Jadyk's memories are hazy from before his death and resurrection in the Tomb. From what little he remembers the Wasps and the Crystalline Mindes seemed to join the Necrotic War about half-way through the conflict after their territory was invaded, quite literally kicking the hornets nest.
Ruscuv has not spoken much about them but what little Jadyk has gleaned from her on the subject is she respected their power and is glad they appear gone.
Beyond finding another Crystal outpost to investigate like the one found on the scorched world or the binary worlds with the suspended ocean between them there are very few confirmed Crystal or Wasp outposts known.
There is a certain former Wasp trapped within a volcano that could be pressed for more information of them of course.

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What species was Ruscuv before serving the Wormstar?

Believe it or not, Ruscuv was actually a human before her Reconstruction. Her initial form was very similar to a Talon or Immortals being a humanoid Reconstructed. Once she realized she had a talent for Reconstruction she started to mimic Jadyk's habit of constantly changing and upgrading her body. In time she settled on her current form as an all-purpose body that can be expressive when conversing with others, isn't too big so as not to fit in her own spaceships, and is very combat capable. She would "swap" out as the situation called like if she was needed on an oceanic or atmospheric world, sometimes even pulling a Transformers and effectively Reconstructing herself into a strikecraft type creation.

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Do Osijic and Netu reproduce at all outside of their own indigenous societies? Is the concept of settling down and starting a family (or alien equivalent thereof) just that foreign to them? Sounds like the Netu in particular are entirely dependent on Clanships for the continuation of their species.

Oh definitely. Worlds in the Confederacy and the UON have facilities for netu citizens available wanting to have children and start a family. This is not a decision most take lightly since culturally it's been ingrained to be mindful of every member of the population in a migrant flotilla.
There are communities that are more liberal with their population constraints if they are settled on a world that can easily support their numbers allowing them a larger generation of children.
Independent Osjiic, which are relatively rare but do exist, will normally stick to groups of like-minded osjiic. Typically this includes groups such as mercenary bands, independent pirates, and muscle for cartels. For a female osjiic to decide to become pregnant they typically weigh whether or not they can take the time to let their guard down in the later parts of the pregnancy although they will rely on the protection of their unofficial family. It varies whether or not the parents shows an interest in the child ranging from helping train them in life skills while they are young to never even acknowledging the child as related to them while they are raised communally. This is mostly due to Osjiic culture putting very little weight in familial ties.

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How do societies reliant on artificial births (Osijic, Netu) raise their young? Do the Netu even bother procreating the old fashioned way at all, and how close do they usually get to their blood relatives?

For the Osjiic they typically have something akin to a boot camp/boarding school they are raised in while they're younger. There is very little, if any importance placed on parentage and blood relations for the Osjiic. The only family they have is their squad and Empire. For Osjiic that are no longer apart of the Empire they are able to reproduce mostly naturally, most parents needing medical aid to assist in the birth because of the strain.
They nearly all find romantic attachments a strange behavior of the other races, evolving to see the good of the "Tribe" over ones attachment to an individual. For a portion of Osjiic history it was common for only the leaders and heroes of their race to have a name, only taking one after they had proven themselves. This is no longer the case, every Osjiic soldier given or choosing a name as long as they are not destined to become a Voidsinger or Deathshead Guardian, for whom the tradition still exists.
The Netu young are commonly raised either on the largest of Clanships or on worlds like Myrshyn where the Clans are able to live in relative peace. The Netu don't have the ability to reproduce naturally, their bodies genetically modified over the centuries to do away with extraneous stuff like that. This isn't to say that romantic feelings are foreign to them, they do bond typically in pairs or close-knit groups but all Netu contribute their genetic data to the Clans when it is time for the next generation. Netu on board a warship or a raiding vessel will typically deposit their genetic data each time they make dock at a Clan world or with an advanced enough Clanship just in case they do not return.

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Was Jadyk the lich who first created the reconstruction process? I assume that was what landed him the title of champion of the Wormstar.

Indeed.
The planet that Jadyk originally came from drew the attention of the Wormstar and among the other "necroworms" of the planet that survived by controlling the corpses of local wildlife Jadyk was the one to hear its whispers in his head.
He started worshiping the secondary star that appeared in their sky with several others of his race, primitive as they were, but the Wormstar chose him for some reason and began to commune with him.
Eventually a cabal of Vorh cultists that had followed the Wormstars psychic call arrived on the planet as well. Using rituals along with the blood, ichor, and pus of the Wormstars body they were able to begin necromatically raising the dead. It was Jadyk that saw that corpses were as easily broken down as reanimated in the acidic proto-cauldrons and had the inspiration to attempt rebuilding the base components into something more.
And so the first Talon was created from a self-sacrificed Vorh cultist by Jadyk's hand and solidified his position as the Wormstars favored.

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So how bout them flash fever viral bombs? They must have played a role in some pretty ugly turns in the history of galactic warfare to get such a vivid reaction from the pirates. Its interesting that the UON itself considers the use of such weapons a war crime, why were they willing to use them?

There have been several terrorist attacks and widely decried acts of war that used the Flash Fever bombs. The virus is designed to have an fast and intense infection rate and is able to be spread from corpses but only able to survive for a short time while in airborne and longer if in a water supply.
The virus is able to reduce cities to graveyards in hours and able to kill the crew of a starship even quicker if they don't react fast enough to seal off and vent all atmosphere from infection sections.
Most of the UON troops did not know their fleets carried Virus Bombs in their invasion while the officers such as Sur-Quro view it as a necessary weapon against the vastly intimidating and powerful Warships that the Armatocere deploy. Sur-Quro says that the UON military high command authorized the use of Virus Bombs only to be used on the Warships and to avoid using them on the targeted planets since their intent was to capture the system and any Armatocere technology they could salvage. UON high command states that since the Armatocere has not signed the collection of treaties concerning war-crimes that the Confederacy and UON have (and that the Osjiic and Ahkam abide by out of a fear of mutual destruction), they are not given the same consideration.
Other tactics included in the treaties include colony drops on population centers, various biological weapons, planetbreakers, and unleashing undead infections.

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If the Netu fleets are entirely nomadic, how do they repair their ships and build replacements for the ones they lost? Have they relied entirely on captured vessels retrofitted with their technology to replace their losses ever since they lost their homeworld?

They are actually not entirely nomadic. There are some worlds that have cities, usually hidden as best as can be from the other factions, where ships are repaired or built.
But yes, a large number of their ships are captured and retrofitted spaceships. Occasionally they'll trade or even purchase ships from colonies or factions that are friendly or neutral.

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How much knowledge of energy manipulation is required to construct machines that use them? The UON doesn't seem to have any necromancers but were still able to very effectively weaponize the Necrotic. Was this the sort of technical knowledge what the Armatocer asked us for, or somethin more advanced

oh I guess that was something I forgot to address during the interrogation scene of Sur-Quro.
Interrogation of the Sub-Admiral and other UON prisoners show that the Necrotic or Entropic weaponry as they called them, are a relatively new technology in the last decade or so but they do not know the origin or the process of making their ammo.
The UON and Confederate Necrotic Weaponry doesn't run off a ship's reactor like the Armada's does but instead relies on ammo in the form of large necrotic crystals similar to those used inside Necrotic reactors contained in large canisters to protect against the necrotic "radiation". The weapons siphon and focus the raw necrotic energy before projecting them as blasts similar to the Flayers and Flensers.

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It seems that anything relying on Necrotic energy is vulnerable to Solar energy, which in turn is weak to void energy. Do void based beings have any similar weaknesses, perhaps to the necrotic? We've been pretty successful fighting Osijic forces so far, is there a rock paper scissors type link here?

I need to make a proper chart sometime but yes, it's pretty much like a rock-paper-scissors or pokemon typing kind of thing.
Solar > Necrotic
Void > Solar
Arc > Void
Necrotic > Arc
Necrotic and Void energy are neither effective or weak against each other, its why there were so many undead in the old Armada with the Void powers.

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What would happen if a Necromancer tried to drain too much living energy, like say, we found an immense source of it to drain. could they drain it in one sitting or do they have a limit before things become catastrophic? Does Jaydk also have such a limit?

Attempting to drain too much of any energy source would have drastic repercussions if the drainer is not careful or doesn't have safeguards in place. One of the functions of the Reaver Staffs is as a limiter similar to a circuit breaker to make sure the wielder does not accidentally overload themselves.
A Necromancer overdosing on life energy is not a pretty sight and can get rather messy.
The Voidsinger Commander and other Voidsingers have spoken of rumors that the Empire will take disgraced or mortally wounded Voidsingers and rather than render them down into void-fuel, will purposely overload them and unleash them as living weapons. Ahkam and UON veterans say they've seen Osjiic fleets drop solitary or small numbers of pods containing these overclocked Voidsingers onto a planet during their retreats where they would rampage unleashing waves of destructive void energy before detonating like a walking nuke.
Jadyk has not discovered his energy draining limit but he feels that he does have one and is wary about finding that limit after seeing what happened to several undead warlords of the old Armada that became too greedy.

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What is the limit on what or who can manipulate powers? Can the spark of ability be found among any race that is sapient?

The research into energy manipulation has been one of the Armada's big goals since Jadyk's release and his discovery that he could steal the ability from other beings.
Indicators show that energy manipulation is a mixed bag. So far it appears that only sapient beings are able to be "gifted" this ability. There are rumors throughout the galaxy of non-sentient lifeforms (and nonbiological entities) being able to manipulate levels of energy to a certain degree but the current Armada has not encountered any at this time.
The creation of the Arc Condensers and Engines/Reactors powered by the Necrotic/Solar/Void show that the energies can be artificially manipulated but each requires a sapient being gifted with the respective ability to "spark" them.

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The void deflection could work, the incoming torpedo or missile is deflected just enough by ether void or repulsion beam so that it would miss our ship by just a little bit. Then the void would kick in and make the torpedo orbit the ship for half a rotation back at the enemy ship

This is a bit of a optimistic underestimation of the average velocity of ship-to-ship munitions.

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Would it be possible to use void... Something to deflect ballistic attacks on are ships and have them slingshot back at the enemy. This won't be for every bullet but for the big attacks

It might be possible to deflect incoming objects using a strong enough void singularity but it would be practically impossible to aim it meaningfully, let alone back at the ship that launched the attack.

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How significant is it when a Necrotic being learns to wield the Solar? Has such a thing ever happened before Jadyk escaped his imprisonment?

As far as you know Akka-Tor and her wraiths have been the only Necrotic entities being capable of wielding both Necrotic and Solar energies.
Jadyk is the first non-wraith necrotic being to be able to steal the power Solar while Dominator Valresko is the first known Necrotic/Solar Hybrid

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So the black flame consumes the flesh until they are nothing but bones, in the Osjiic this is how they become Deathshead and finally get their name. and yet the Empire uses their bones to fuel their ships. Do many not survive being fully consumed by the black flame?

It is somewhat uncommon for a Voidsinger to reach the point they become a Deathshead Guardian. In fact there is a full ritual to turn a ready Voidsinger into a Deathshead that is very similar to Reconstruction but much cruder. In the decades since the latest Emperor ascended the throne the Empire has increased the amount of Deathshead in greater numbers than any previous Emperor before him.
The Commander does not know this fact but to fuel their ships there are "farms" where Void-infused Osjiic and other aliens are trapped and overloaded with Void energy, effectively reducing them to void-infused skeletons much faster than it would take for a Voidsinger to reach that point. This is used as a grave punishment for Voidsingers that have failed important missions or even just political prisoners.

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