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*Stick-Figures in Spaaaaaace 4* is the sequel to *Stick-Figures in Spaaaaaace 3*. It ran for 7 days, from July 14, 2008 to July 20, 2008.

The story opens with Riff, Torg, and 1-of-3 traveling with the Waneidalians under Captain Cappy of the War Byrd. Torg narrates.

The Waneidalians have just been contracted to defend one of their colonies until it can be reinforced by the Navy. Said colony has uncovered a vein of the valuable mineral nirvithyium and is threatened by Maraudite raiders. Moreover, Torg is unable to detect any communications or life-signs from the colony--until he switches to a phone without bad batteries.

The mercenaries arrive at the colony by FOOT (Firefight-Optimized Oblong Transport) and discover that the life-signs they had observed belonged not to the colonists, but to a swarm of giant bugs with acid blood. Shooting them so they bleed is highly hazardous, so Cappy orders holstered guns. Riff refuses to comply.

Then all the bugs charge and Cappy orders the mercenaries to instead concentrate fire. The acidic blood from the bugs carves a deep pit in the ground, into which all the rear bugs fall. They are then easily destroyed with a grenade.

It is revealed that 1-of-3's arms have been replaced with plasma scalpels at Riff's behest.

Four straggling bugs are discovered. Serendipitously, the Waneidalians express interest in capturing a bug for weapons research, and the bugs similarly want a Waneidalian. A swap is arranged: the weakest of the bugs enters mercenary custody, and the bugs acquire Dr. DeCoy. Dr. DeCoy turns out to be a bomb, constructed and detonated by Riff for such an eventuality, and the last bug is eaten by the mercenaries.

Cappy enters during the feast, announcing that the Navy has arrived and promised to pay for the job. Furthermore, he reports the discovery of an ancient underground chamber; the Navy wants the mercenaries to reconnoiter it. Torg is excited by it, recognizing a star chart in the images sent back by the Navy's scout-bot: he thinks he can use it to become un-space-lost.

The story continues in *Stick Figures in Spaaaaaace 5*.

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