GYC: Heresy

YC111, 9th June
Egghelende VII, Moon 20, Federation Navy Assembly Plant

Ash sat at the bar, his leaden head resting on his hands, in front of him an empty glass. A quiet, wistful music drifted through the room, infusing the spotlights and tapestry and drifting out through the window into the park.

From the corner of his eyes ash could see the park, the artificial meadows and patches, the lake … and the corp’s rooms’ windows at the opposite side.

He lifted the glass and watched the last drops of milk trickle down the glass as he lifted it, eager to save even the tiniest drops. When he put back the glass his datapad vibrated.

With one hand he stroke through his ruffled hair, with the other he draw the pad out of his breast pocket. One new message. Nursultan.

Without further thoughts he opened it.

Armageddon in belt … Jifftoolabahh. Might have friends near.

Ash slowly slid off the barstool and stretched his body. The message had to find its way to his brain first before he fully realised its content.

When the realisation hit him he rushed for the exit dictating a scarce answer. On my way.

A few moments later he arrived at the corp’s hangars. The logo was painted in semi-transparent white onto the grey steel gate and Ash quickly identified himself at the door’s console.

The well lubricated door slid open and gave view on the vast hangar. Several frigates and cruisers waited fully fitted to be fielded in combat. The crew idled near a stack of massive wooden crates, apparently the last market delivery.

Hey!” Ash shouted through the hangar. The workers reacted immediately, jumped and hailed him militarily with their hands at their temples. “You guys have one minute to get the Vexor ready!”

Instantly life entered their bodies, some rushed for the bridge, others for the loading bays to get last ammunition stocks aboard. Ash hurried through the organized chaos and entered the ship. The crew, all in black uniforms with rank, name and the corp’s logo, swarmed around the hangar like ants and not long after the ship’s thrusters fired up.

Ash had entered the pod in the meanwhile and was connected to the ship’s computer via numerous interfaces. Nurse sent him the exact data and as the Gramps left the docks he immediately initiated warp to the given coordinates.

Hi Nurse. I am in warp to you and will arrive in a few seconds.”

Hi Ash,” a heavy accent marked Nurse’s voice, “A Rifter came also … Geddon seems to rat.”

Okay, Rifter’s primary, then the Geddon’s drones.”

In this very moment the warp tunnel collapsed and Ash arrived in the belt. The asteroids, large as ships, quickly came nearer and the Vexor decelerated with full power.

He came to a hold right next to the slender hull of the battleship, the ship’s system instantly locked both targets. Ash freed a flight of light Warrior drones that went after the Rifter.

Did you already kill the Geddon’s drones?” Ash asked profoundly.

Nope, it didn’t have any out until now …”

Oh,” Ash commented.

Facing the drones’ massive damage the Rifter quickly left the belt and both cruisers went for the Armageddon.

Ash scooped the warriors and put out a flight of Hammerheads to face the battleship’s massive tank.

Go close and underrun the turret’s range!”

Slowly but surely the armor plates gave way while the ship barely fought back. The laser turrets only scratched Nurse’s comparatively small Rupture and even the Energy Neutralizer, that killed both Ash’s and Nurse’s capacitor on a random base didn’t have much of an effect.

Minutes later the hull broke and the ship ceased to be in a blazing explosion of flames and debris that were spread in the nearer surroundings. The Rifter returned just to see its mate explode quickly experienced a similar fate as warp disruptors stopped it from escaping again while drones and turrets of the two pirates ripped it apart.

While the aligned and re-scooped their drones the scanner integrated into the ships’ hulls searched the wreck for loot and quickly loaded it into the cargoholds.

Ash entered warp tunnel first leaving the small battlefield behind.

We just rule”, Nurse commented dryly.

Ash nodded in the silence of his pod liquid.


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  1. *Heavy accent on* Confirming this report.

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