I would like to know something about Specialized Hives (p328)
-How long it takes to produce a nanoswarm ?
-Where do the implemented nanodisassembler units find raw materials ? Can they recognize the enviroment and get what they need from it ? (assuming they may damage it during the process)
-In order to buy a Hive, its assumed to buy the nanoswarm it can produce ? If not, why someone should buy a nanoswarm instead of a Hive that can produce and maintain it ?
-Can Spec. Hives be reprogrammed to produce another kind of nanoswarm or they are simply structured to produce only one kind ?
Es: i'm in a spaceship, my hive is supposed to be empty and i really need the service of the nanoswarm. So i let Hive collect raw material by disassembling little parts of the ship. I think that from a SPACESHIP (enphasy on spaaaaaaceship) i can easily collect a quantity of 10x10x10 raw material, without probably causing any damage or significantly damage.
One player claims that like cornucopia machines need inestimable raw materials to still produce things, i should need too an high amount of material that i cant usually find in enviroments. Of course i cant walk with an asteroid under my arm and i think a normal habitat, vehicle, or device could be partially disassembled to produce the material requested.
Last, how many actions or timeframe could the process require to acquire the needed raw material ?