Encounter At Frontier Gate

[12:43] <Minaplo> [First Officer's Log, 24th of April, 2048- 1 PM, Standard Federation Time.-
[12:47] <Minaplo> [We have arrived in the Zeruel System, thus completing the first step of our shakedown cruise. So far there have been no problems with the crew or the ship itself.-
[12:51] <Minaplo> [So far, our captain has performed competently, with no complaints. However, a quiet two-week trip through the Way is hardly a test of one's calibre. Without disrespect to the captain, it takes a crisis to reveal one's calibre.-
[12:52] <Minaplo> [And there's something bothering me today. Maybe I'm just too used to waiting for the other shoe to drop, but I feel like something is going to go wrong.-
[12:53] <Minaplo> [If it does, I hope this crew- a mix of mid-tier regulars and greens- will be up for the task.-
[12:53] <Minaplo> [End log.-
[12:53] <Minaplo> […-
[12:53] <Minaplo> [The bridge of the FSS Valletta was quiet.-
[12:56] <Minaplo> ["Way-drop complete. All systems at full efficiency." Said Navigator Tran.-
[12:58] <Minaplo> ["Nothing irregular on sensors. There's some Celestial Way-storms on the far side of the system, but they're not out of the ordinary." Said Warfare Chief Gregory. "Captain Hyuga, shall I request permission to dock at Grand Junction Station?"]
[13:01] <Kayoko> "Thank you," she said with a quick nod to the left. She sat in the captain's chair, outwardly poised despite an inward, childish urge to spin in her chair. She'd felt restless and wary since she'd taken the bridge that morning, and returning to realspace didn't seem to be helping.
[13:08] <Minaplo> ["Permission granted." Said Gregory. "Helm, we're clear for Docking Bay #4."-
[13:09] <Minaplo> ["Acknowledged. Preparing to jump-"-
[13:09] <Minaplo> [A sudden, discordant beep shrilled from Gregory's terminal. Next to Kayoko, Franco turned his head sharply like a dog hearing a fox.-
[13:09] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[13:10] <Minaplo> ["Captain. We're picking up a distress signal." Said Gregory. "It's from Frontier Gate station, on the far side of the system. The message isn't clear, but I'll put it through-"-
[13:11] <Minaplo> [A scratchy comm-recording filled the air. Much of the words competed with static to be heard, but enough went through. "This is… -Mander Tycho! … Under attack! … … Weapons disabled… … Unknown assailants-"]
[13:23] <Kayoko> She stared at her terminal for a moment, brain working overtime. Protocols for distress calls, the military presence in the system - there were a hundred facts that jostled for her attention, but she took a slow, small breath and waited.-
[13:23] <Kayoko> "… ok," she murmured quietly. And then more loudly, "Alright. I want our Superheavy pilots mounted up and ready in the catapults. Ahura El-Hashem, prep for a Dirac jump to put the signal on the edge of our weapons range - get Ensign Tran to provide you with coordinates. All sections ready for combat."
[13:25] <Kess> "Acknowldged-" Said a masked face in the pilot holo area, now appearing. Then disappearing. "-captain. Ensuring other pilots-" Disappear. Reappear. "-following too!" …It was pretty clear what was happening. Rapid-fire Dirac skipping.
[13:35] <Liane> "Roger that, Captain," came the reply from the holographic image of Liane's face. "And thank you for the heads-up, Ensign Spiro." Hers was a cool, no-nonsense, get-shit-done kind of voice. "I'll get the Jupiter prepped up post-haste."
[13:45] <Inara> "Same." A rather distracted and slightly dishevelled holographic Inara rubbed her forehead. "Alerting my staff, and then I'll head over."
[13:46] <Minaplo> ["All pilots reported in." Said Franco.-
[13:46] <Minaplo> ["Sending coordinates." Said Tran.-
[13:46] <Minaplo> ["Commencing jump." Said Idris quietly.-
[13:46] <Minaplo> [And in an instant, they were at the far end of the system.-
[13:47] <Minaplo> [Here, asteroids gathered: too far apart to be a navigational risk, but dense enough to screen an approach. Beyond that was Frontier Gate station, a large vertical conical structure.-
[13:47] <Minaplo> [And around it…-
[13:47] <Minaplo> ["Magnifying." Said Gregory.-
[13:48] <Minaplo> [An alien warship. It was squat, hard and angular, much of its hull painted red. A handful of black, equally angular Superheavies were swarming around it, opening fire on the station.-
[13:48] <Minaplo> ["…" Violet leaned forward silently. Then he sank back into his chair. "I don't recognise that ship or its markings. This is an unknown entity."-
[13:49] <Minaplo> […-
[13:55] <Minaplo> [Peace. For the last thirty years, the Twiceborn Federation has enjoyed a golden age of freedom and equality- but also one of peace.-
[13:55] <Minaplo> [The Twiceborn Federation, founded to free humanity from its unjust shackles, has flourished in this time. But it is a time that will soon come to a sudden and shocking awakening.-
[13:55] <Minaplo> [Beyond its borders, forces stir, creating a chain reaction that threatens to engulf the Federation in plots beyond its reckoning.-
[13:55] <Minaplo> [Against this stand the Starfleet, protectors of the Federation: people prepared to give their lives for the cause of peace and freedom. But will it be enough?-
[13:55] <Minaplo> [This is the story of the Frontier War.-
[13:55] <Minaplo> [STARRING: TAO as CAPTAIN KAYOKO HYUGA-
[13:55] <Minaplo> [STARRING: SUZUNE as ENSIGN KESS SPIRO-
[13:55] <Minaplo> [STARRING: REISKA as ENSIGN LIANE MEIER-
[13:55] <Minaplo> [STARRING: CAKE as DOCTOR INARA KHALEF-
[13:56] <Minaplo> […-
[13:56] <Minaplo> [EPISODE TITLE: Encounter at Frontier Gate.-
[13:56] <Minaplo> ["The enemy vessels are turning towards us. Their weapons are charged." Said Gregory firmly.-
[13:57] <Minaplo> [At the helm, Tran's hands were trembling very slightly.]
[14:05] <Kayoko> "Launch Superheavies, prep our deflector and head into the asteroid cloud. Defensive maneuvers only until my say-so," Kayoko said quickly, reaching past the stiff collar of her uniform to activate the Defector translator hidden beneath. "Lieutenant Gregory, can we reach their cruiser via comms?"
[14:05] <Minaplo> ["Attempting."-
[14:05] <Minaplo> ["We have a channel, no guarantee they'll reply."]
[14:06] <Kayoko> "Open the line."
[14:06] <Minaplo> ["Open, ma'am. No visuals."]
[14:06] * Kess rather conspicuously started listening in. Aliens even Violet didn't know…?
[14:09] <Kayoko> "Unknown vessel, this is Captain Kayoko Hyuga of the Twiceborn Federation," she said, her voice clear and steady. "We request you immediately cease hostilities, or we will be forced to respond."
[14:10] <Minaplo> [There was a short, clipped reply, full of what sounded like furious hissing. Then the channel closed.-
[14:10] <Minaplo> [Kayoko's translation band worked overtime, and was able to parse the very basic translation of: "Death, murderer".-
[14:11] <Minaplo> [Violet promptly keyed the recording to his chair and began replaying it quietly over and over. "Let me get a better reading, Captain."]
[14:12] <Kess> "It's very short and the syntax is abrupt." Kess complained slightly. "But such is more Violet's job at this moment. Moving to rear support position!"
[14:15] <Kayoko> "Thank you," she said quietly, expression tight. "… All pilots, you're weapons free once they open fire."
[14:16] <Liane> "Doing this one by the book, Captain?" Liane's reply came back. "I respect that. Try not to stray too far from me, I'll cover us."
[14:18] <Kess> "Nor from me if you need repairs or reloads." Kess said gently, like a reassuring breeze.
[14:21] <Inara> "Nor from me, if you're… interested in seeing me fire from up close?" Inara paused.
[14:26] <Minaplo> [The enemy force began to cruise toward the asteroid field. Two smaller superheavies opened fire, bright beams of thin green energy rippling harmlessly around Kess.-
[14:27] <Minaplo> ["Ooh, I recognise those weapons." Said Violet. "That's not good."-
[14:27] <Minaplo> ["Incoming missile!" Shouted Gregory.]
[14:28] <Kayoko> "Point defense-"
[14:30] <Liane> "On it, Captain!" Liane replied quickly, and the Jupiter's arm swung around, launching a grenade at the incoming missile and blasting it to space junk. "…. phew, that actually worked!" She let out a sigh of relief. "What're the specs on their weapons, Captain!?"
[14:31] <Kayoko> "I'd like to know the same thing," she said, looking to Violet.
[14:31] <Minaplo> ["Their missile systems aren't much different from our own." Said Violet. "But those energy weapons are Transmatter Crystal Disruptor beams."-
[14:32] <Minaplo> ["I'll go into detail about the social ramifications, but for now: positron-grade weapons that decay deflector shields and don't overheat."]
[14:34] <Kayoko> "Then for you the same rules apply, Pilots: Don't get hit. We'll adjust our own tactics accordingly." She glanced at Gregory. "Fire on the leading fighters."
[14:35] <Minaplo> ["Yes Captain." … "No damage, enemy evaded. Recalibrating aim."]
[14:35] <Kayoko> "Mm."
[14:36] * Kess regarded the field a bit, as she hopped around an asteroid. "Mmm. I am preparing for a shot, but I do not have positron. Breaching'd help!"
[14:44] * Inara was off in a slightly different direction, landing on her own asteroid and wordlessly whipping out a missile launcher.
[14:48] <Kayoko> "Concentrate on the fighters, Kess. We'll try to remove the cruiser's support unit."
[14:53] * Liane gunned the Jupiter forward daringly under the cruiser's crystal disruptor cannon, just barely evading what looked like it was about to be a very tragic situation! "…. phew, I … think I pissed 'em off!" she manages, sounding slightly unnerved. This was real combat, with real life or death stakes, now, and she didn't want to know how effective that damn cannon was.
[14:57] <Minaplo> ["Disruptor cannons that size are about equal to an Impact Cannon in efficacy." Said Violet.]
[14:59] <Liane> Well, now she knew. "Duly noted!"
[15:06] <Inara> "It'll be fine if you just keep your eyes open," Inara focused her own sights on one of the smaller superfighters… with a little help from her on-board computer, of course. "Fire in the hole!" She pulled the trigger, and there was indeed fire. -
[15:11] <Inara> A fiery explosion that touched a superfighter, the cruiser and even a small part of the starbase itself once the missile overshot its target and went off.
[15:18] <Kayoko> "Ahura, funnel around the gatling if you would. Lieutenant Gregory, concentrate all gatling fire on their support fighter."-
[15:18] <Kayoko> The orders were carried out quickly, and a few seconds later the support fighter was raked by an impossibly tight burst of automatic railgun fire, severing an arm and damaging its torso. The glint of the kinefield fizzled and went out.-
[15:18] <Kayoko> "Support unit crippled, kinefield disabled. Should be easy pickings, Pilots."
[15:34] * Kess hummed something. Now, when a Defector hums, the result is for obvious reasons, a bit more like birdsong. It kind of sounded like a garden songbird calling playfully. …But the feranea she was in moved up its rifle, and fired. Impact timed with a higher toot of the song. "That appears as a kill!"
[15:36] <Minaplo> ["Confirmed, scratch one enemy Super." Said Gregory. "Ejection confirmed."-
[15:37] <Minaplo> ["Captain, I have a proper translation of that reply." Said Violet. "Essentially, 'Death to those who would murder our children'."]
[15:41] <Kayoko> "Well that's… just not ideal," she muttered. "Any window for deescalation as far as you can see, Violet?"
[15:42] <Minaplo> ["If you want to de-escalate, we should break their weapons and engines."]
[15:58] <Liane> "Look alive, that one's trying to flank our position!" Liane called out, with a frown, even as her most recent grenade crippled one of the remaining alien machines.
[15:59] <Minaplo> ["Scratch one enemy!"-
[15:59] <Minaplo> ["… Incoming!" Said Gregory.-
[16:00] <Minaplo> [The cruiser had turned fully to face the Valletta now; it opened fire, its grand crystal cannon striking against the Valletta's shields, whilst another missile streaked through the asteroids!]
[16:01] <Kess> A dismayed chirp over comms. Then Colossus (the shortform of choice for Kess's unit) suddenly ate - proverbially - a chunk of the damage, searing resonance setting parts inside on fire! "Need to repair dock!" She cried out with mounting dismay.
[16:02] <Liane> Liane once again pulled the Jupiter's grenade launcher up, tracking the missile's trajectory carefully for just a moment… fire! Once again, the missile was shredded by the grenade, exploding harmlessly before it could strike true.
[16:05] <Minaplo> [The last enemy fighter was suddenly streaking through the asteroid field, beelining for Inara!]
[16:05] <Kayoko> The shields held, if less surely than Kayoko would've liked. Her attention stayed on the suddenly burning Ferenea at the Valletta's side. "Granted. Idris, cancel out that fire before it does any damage."
[16:10] * Inara steadied her aim again and sent a missile streaking toward beyond the determined fighter. This time her aim was better, but the enemy was simply too fast for it to matter, barrelling ahead and leaving the explosion behind in its wake. "Uh oh…"
[16:18] <Kayoko> "Alright," she muttered, standing, "Enough of this nonsense. Idris, another funnel please. Redirect all fire to the capital ship's propulsion systems."
[16:20] <Minaplo> ["Firing." Said Gregory.-
[16:20] <Minaplo> [A hail of shells streaked through the asteroid field, catching the cruiser's engines. After a few hits, the engines began to burn- then with a sharp flash of light, broke completely.-
[16:20] <Minaplo> ["Enemy engines disabled!"]
[16:23] <Kayoko> "Open comms, if you would," she said crisply. Her eyes flashed like chips of ice as she zeroed in on the map again.
[16:23] <Minaplo> ["Channel open."]
[16:24] * Kess jetted closer, calming immediately on the flames dampening. "Thanks, Idris." She mumbled with appreciation, as Colossus flew in closer. While she was pivoting with her jets to get into position for docking? …She focused her attention on the rifle arm. "…Best not to waste time." She noted, and soon, a rail round smacked the primary batteries of the enemy. Maybe bad timing, but…
[16:25] <Kayoko> With the aid of the band, and the data Violet had been able to put together, she tried again. "Enough. We have no desire to harm you, or your children. Stand down and no-one need be hurt."
[16:26] <Minaplo> ["Lies from puppets."]
[16:29] <Kayoko> "No," she said flatly. "It sounds like you feel we're threatening something important to you. If that's true, we were unaware of it. If you simply tell us what you want we can come to a mutually agreeable solution, I'm sure."
[16:30] <Kess> "…" Kess got a flash of insight, even as she was taxiing towards the docking bay lock. "Puppets…" Briefly willing the AR holos of the bridge into more focus, Kess made a Sigificant Look at Violet, feathers shimmering lightly. …The implication was clear, even if the bandwidth was low. She was suspicious of a very particular history. The emotional cues added by the mask's face contorting into a suspicious eye-narrow made it more
[16:30] <Kess> likely what she meant.
[16:35] <Minaplo> ["No more tricks! Apostates and liars devastate us, no more!"-
[16:35] <Minaplo> [Violet caught Kess's look, and gave her an almost imperceptible nod. He turned back toward Kayoko. "There's a fanatical tone to their accusations. We might have to cripple them completely if we want the chance to talk."]
[16:36] <Liane> "Khalef! I'll cover you to reload!" Liane shouted, as the Jupiter surged forward through the asteroid belt, drawing a progressive knife from its wing dock and driving it into the enemy Superfighter's torso. "Try to make it quick!"
[16:42] <Kayoko> "So I see," she said, closing the line with a wave. "Right, cripple their main guns. Doctor, if you have a shot feel free to take it."
[16:50] <Inara> "Roger that, captain!" said Inara cheerfully, "And I'll make it as quick as I can." She jerked her launcher to a slightly different angle and began to reload.
[16:57] <Inara> But when she was done, her shot - perfectly aimed as it was - exploded uselessly against the cruiser's deflector shields. "Damn…"
[17:17] <Kayoko> The Valletta continued to trade blows with the crippled cruiser, both sides causing only superficial damage with their volleys.
[17:18] <Minaplo> [Another short exchange of fire. The crystal cannon bloomed against the Valletta's AT Field, only for a missile to pass through and detonate against the hull, causing the crew to shake slightly.-
[17:18] <Minaplo> ["Minor damage to external armour. All systems functional." Said Gregory.]
[17:18] <Kayoko> "We'll hold."
[17:31] <Inara> A second missile whizzed out of Inara's launcher, and this time, finally, it struck true, blasting into cruiser's weapons. "Yes!"
[17:31] <Minaplo> ["Good shot, Khalef!" Said Gregory, pumping her fist.]
[17:33] <Kess> …And then Forgemaster-of-Colossi flew out of the bay, jumping like a raggedy spider. There were still some scores in its plating, but the machine took aim again. "Their persistance is frustrating and disappointing! Ending this is more important." She commented, with a flighty air of frustration! …Another slug hit home, and while it was not the most telling shot? …It still managed to hit a part of the crystal cannon.
[17:34] <Minaplo> [With a surge of green angry light, the crystal cannon sparked- then went dark.]
[17:34] <Kayoko> "Hah," Kayoko actually smiled. "Very nice shooting."
[17:35] <Liane> "Way to go, Khalef!" Liane chimed in, resisting the urge to also make the Jupiter fist-pump.
[17:42] <Liane> With that out of the way, though, she does lay into the Superfighter savagely with the prog-knife in a vicious assault, shredding the armor plating on its left arm. "They aren't going to do the smart thing and give up, are they?"
[17:46] <Minaplo> [The Superheavy reeled- then threw its gun aside, slugged Liane's mech in the face, and grabbed it in a rough arm-hug.-
[17:46] <Minaplo> [No more missiles came from the enemy cruiser. Instead a single searing beam of green light- missing Inara comfortably.-
[17:47] <Minaplo> ["Captain, they're reloading their missile chamber."]
[17:50] * Kayoko sighed. "Put the boarding harpoon through the last turret nest," she said with deep regret. "It's a shame, Engineering will feel justified for foisting the idiot thing off on us."
[17:50] <Minaplo> [Gregory coolly punched in the action onto her console.-
[17:51] <Minaplo> [The great, ugly boarding chain fired outward, smashed through the final external weapons systems- and stayed lodged in there.-
[17:51] <Minaplo> ["Direct hit. Enemy weapons systems destroyed." Said Gregory.-
[17:52] <Minaplo> ["Incoming channel from the enemy ship." She added smugly.]
[17:54] <Kayoko> "Excellent work, Gregory," she said, and finally sat back down in her seat. She jabbed one slender finger into the console, opening the line.
[17:55] <Minaplo> [What they heard was a chant.-
[17:55] <Minaplo> [A bridge chanting in unison. The words were a little hard to make out. The intent was not.-
[17:55] <Minaplo> ["Captain. Energy spike within the target." Said Gregory sharply.-
[17:55] <Minaplo> ["They're going to self-destruct." Said Violet.]
[18:00] * Kayoko growled. "Oh for goodness-… sever the chain and put us between them and the Frontier Gate. We'll use our deflection as a barrier to shield them."
[18:00] <Kess> "On it!" Kess yelled rather loudly, as Colossus threw itself into a rapid booster dive. What seemed reckless, was not nearly as important as the gains. …She figured she could take it. Calculated risk. Closer, closer. Sensors going over the energy readings. Powerplant detected. It was… part of the mechanism. High energy necessary to run a ship and…
[18:01] <Liane> "Spiro, what're you—"
[18:02] <Minaplo> ["Young one-" screeched Violet.]
[18:02] <Kayoko> Kayoko sat bolt upright, eyes wide as she watched the Colossus streak ahead. "Stop."
[18:03] <Inara> "Is she for real?" Inara laughed, incredulously.
[18:06] <Kess> "10 seconds!" Kess shouted. That was the ETA she had demanded the AC suit AI to calculate at present, plus some change to work. What happened next was. Fast. Strange, even. The mechadendrites swung out - casting weapons aside - and gripped onto a hole in the engine bank of the unknown cruiser. They exerted force, pushing the wound open further while Kess drove the thing in. -
[18:08] <Kess> - 5 seconds. She thrust a hand in, and rooted around. 4. Grabbed… "Somewhere… spike is obvious so…" muttering to collect thoughts. 3. "Ah!" The hand clenched hard, and she remanded extra cranes to AI control with a command to prepare for a sudden push. 2. Gripping harder… auto-tools started to cut into some wiring. 1. …Then another flash of propulsion and a big shove from the suit's many arms, and… -
[18:09] <Kess> 0. A chunk of reactor came out with her unit, and with a sharp pivot, it was given a new course, away from her and the enemy ship! -1. …The flare of explosion made it hard to see, her mask correcting quickly to prevent eye damage. "…Calculated risk, Ma'am!"
[18:11] <Minaplo> [At Helm, Tran let out a deep, long, tense sigh and slumped in her seat. "oh my godddd"-
[18:12] <Minaplo> ["… C-can confirm, energy signature nonexistent. The enemy is totally crippled." Said Gregory tightly.]
[18:14] <Kayoko> o"… did she just unplug an alien cruiser?" Kayoko said disbelievingly. "That's…"-
[18:14] <Kayoko> She flopped back in her seat, and shook her head. "Forget it. Damage reports, everyone."
[18:19] <Liane> The Jupiter and the enemy Superfighter had been grappling while this was going on, and it soon became clear who the winner of that engagement was, what with the Jupiter … essentially repeatedly bashing the Superfighter with the arm-mounted grenade launcher as a blunt instrument until the enemy mech stopped functioning. With any luck, maybe they could even capture this one's pilot?
[18:19] <Minaplo> [Indeed, by the time Liane was done with it, the Fighter had been crippled and its pilot safe inside.-
[18:20] <Minaplo> [The damage reports came in. Nothing that couldn't be fixed on the Valletta. Kess's unit had received some repairs already, but a more extensive one was needed to correct some internal damage.-
[18:21] <Minaplo> ["Captain." Said Gregory. "Commander Tycho- from Frontier Gate- is hailing us."]
[18:23] <Kayoko> She seemed to be flagging a little as the reports came through, now that they were safe and the price of her massive adrenaline surge was beginning to be paid. She was still quick to give the order to open the line. "Commander?"
[18:25] <Minaplo> [This time, visuals. Commander Tycho looked to be about forty. He was white, with closely-cropped blonde hair and grey eyes. He looked exhausted. "Captain. Thank you for your assistance. I think we'd be dead if it weren't for your help."]
[18:32] * Kayoko glanced at the screen displaying the station, with its obliterated weapon decks and extensive damage. "I'd say so, Commander."-
[18:32] <Kayoko> "Well whoever they are, they claimed they were provoked. Does that mean anything to you?" she asked, watching the holographic figure with keen interest.
[18:33] <Minaplo> ["No, Captain." Said Tycho, his face hiding nothing. "They appeared. They hailed us, asking for a trade. Once we opened visuals, they went berserk, shut everything off and opened fire before we could even raise shields."]
[18:39] <Kayoko> "Hm," she murmured, almost to herself "Well that's interesting."-
[18:39] <Kayoko> "Alright Commander, here's what we're going to do: I'm going to hold here until the 2nd Outer Sphere Fleet can relieve us, which will be a few days. You'll have full access to our medical and engineering resources in the meantime, since I imagine you need both. While we wait, we're going to see if we can learn a bit more about what we're dealing with. Agreeable?"
[18:43] <Minaplo> ["Thank you, C-"-
[18:43] <Minaplo> [Tycho turned toward a bridge officer. He went pale.-
[18:44] <Minaplo> ["Negative, Captain. Way-sensors indicate incoming unknown vessels from the same Line as our uninvited guest. We're detecting between fifteen and twenty. Requesting a dirac jump to Sisu."]
[18:48] <Liane> "Captain! My apologies for the interruption, but…" The Jupiter was still hanging on to a disabled Superfighter. "What're we going to do with this thing and its pilot?"
[18:48] <Minaplo> ["Bring its torso in." Said Franco.]
[18:49] <Liane> "Roger that," came Liane's reply, and the Jupiter set to its - somewhat laborious, given only one usable hand - task of dismembering what was left of the Superfighter to follow that command.
[18:50] <Kayoko> "All Superheavies, fall in! Prepare for Jaunt," she snapped. "Idris, is there any hope of bringing the crippled cruiser as a passenger?"
[18:51] <Minaplo> ["I can handle it, Captain."-
[18:51] <Kess> "Aiding!" …Given enough time, Liane would have the boggle of arms and metal tentacles and cranes to help. Gliding over the torso and beginning to haul it with desperate speed!
[18:51] <Minaplo> [As Idris closed his eyes, Zima was already departing. They spoke into their collar: "Marine companies one through four, form up in Hangar two."]
[18:56] * Inara had fallen in as instructed, curiously glancing over at the two other superheavies and their bulky prisoner.
[19:05] <Minaplo> ["Initialising Dirac Jump. Coordinates: Sisu." Said Idris. A moment later, the Valletta, its Superheavies, their prize ship, and Frontier Gate vanished.-
[19:05] <Minaplo> […-
[19:06] <Minaplo> [First Contact had been a disaster.-
[19:06] <Minaplo> [Now the crew of the Valletta had a new challenge.-
[19:06] <Minaplo> [They had to interrogate their prisoners, of course. But the bad news: three enemy fleets had entered the system, on a course for Sisu.-
[19:07] <Minaplo> [Predictions estimated they would arrive within three days.-
[19:07] <Minaplo> [Reinforcements had been requested. The 2nd Outer Sphere Fleet would be there within four.-
[19:07] <Minaplo> [It now fell to the crew of the Valletta to see if they could find…-
[19:07] <Minaplo> [Just one extra day.]

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