Guarded Titans – Chapter 3

9 Years, 11 Months, 14 Days After Eridani Landing

Olyn, Karskara

Rolling out of the small bed in her apartment Diana dropped to the floor and luxuriated in the cool temperature of the faux stone for a moment. The bruises, scrapes, and cuts covering her body temporarily dulled by the cold. Not waiting for the stone to warm, Diana spread her hands out and pushed herself up.

Raising her legs up off the cold stone and balancing only on her hands Diana lowered herself to the floor and pushed herself back up again.

The light from the system primary began to seep into the room through the small window that adorned the outside wall. Diana ignored it closing her eyes, she continued the exercise routine.

The last of her nano-machines had been filtered out of her body, and their assistance in maintaining her muscle mass or healing exhausted.

The primary responsibility of the small machines was keeping her body space worthy, despite her enhanced genetics muscles would atrophy without constant upkeep no matter what. The added benefits were that the nano-machines made it easy to stay in shape, without them Diana knew she would have to do it the old-fashioned way.

Lowering herself to the ground with one hand behind her back Diana. Finishing the exercises and her room now fully lit by the starlight Diana stood up and looked out of her small window at the alien city, Karskara.

Unlike Jikse, the city outside was not limited to only a few blocks within the center of a decaying world. Olyn was an industrial world, the class B who had once inhabited it long ago turning into class A. None in the Empire felt more attached to the rock beyond the gravity keeping them in place.

Like any city on Earth or Mars the buildings varied in size, from small constructs that would have been impressive in the 21st century to buildings so massive they rivaled what Mars had built. An impressive feat considering the near 10.2 m/s of gravitational force the world had.

Unlike Mars though, there was no massive cable running up into the sky and greenery dotted all the metal constructs. The Martian skyscrapers had been sealed to the environment, and what little plant life that had been grown on the world had been for food.

Walkways connected the buildings, some footpaths open to the elements and others sealed. It was possible to walk from one side of the city to the other without stepping outside Diana knew.

Wildly buzzing through the maze of buildings were transports ranging from small one-person vehicles that reminded Diana of old motorcycles, to what could only be described as floating barges.

Turning away from the alien city Diana quickly began to ready herself for another day under an alien sun.

Olyn, Karskara

Settling into the booth Diana nodded her head at [Orin] and [Hal].

Neither looked up from their Comms, eyes focused on the small devices as data continued to scroll through them. Diana moved to look at her own when an excited voice made her pause and brace,

“Dana!” the small green skinned class B girl with feathers on her head instead of hair ran into Diana’s side, shoving the feathers into her face in the process.

“Good morning [Polka].” Grunted Diana as she tried to lever the small child off her side without harming her.

[Polka] giggled and stepped back from Diana, “You want the next thing on the menu?” She was bouncing on the balls of her clawed feet, vibrating with energy.

Diana smiled, “I do. Can you get it for me?”

The small girl wobbled her head and quickly ran off, expertly navigating through the other B379 in the small shop, her bare feet pattering on the old dirty floor of the establishment that was beneath ground level of the city streets.

Diana looked around at the patrons, it was the usual crowd of B379 and no other species besides the ones at her own table. [Polka]’s species were first-generation class B. [Polka] had been born on Olyn but her parents had been forced to move away from their home world when the Empire had taken if from them.

According to everyone else on the planet, the removal of the class B from their home worlds was standard. The population, whatever remained of the species was split up between the hundreds of industrial worlds like Olyn.

Diana could see the logic of it, splitting the species up. Fracturing and limiting any of the culture they had left, forcing them to homogenize with the Empire’s culture.

“Why do we have to eat here again?” asked [Orin] her voice low as she poked at the food on her plate.

Diana smiled and reaching out picked out what looked like an eyeball from his plate, “I like the variety. If I let you two pick out where we eat we would have the same thing every day.”

[Hal] looked down at his own plate and winced, “I like the same thing every day.”

“You’ll live, besides the Erina have horrible hearing. We could be discussing the assassination of the Emperor and they wouldn’t hear. Not that they would care.”

Diana pointed at one of the B379 who only glanced back at her before returning to his food.

“Don’t say things like that.” Hissed [Hal].

Diana shrugged, “OK, I’ll think it. What did the two of you find out?”

[Orin] reached into a pocket of her vest and extracting a stimulant popped it into his mouth and chewed on it. “We were up all night looking for what we’ve got.”

“You want to be the one in the ring?” asked Diana, she pointed at the bruise on her face and the half healed cut under her left eye.

[Orin] shook her head, “I’ll leave that to you.”

Diana smiled, “What did you find?”

[Hal] shrugged, “Cherkaya wants you for the security division of Urnap technologies.”

Diana frowned, “security? That’s all either of you could figure out? After a night of research?”

[Orin] blinked slowly blinked, “No. Could you let us explain?”

Diana raised her hands smiling, “Sorry.”

“It’s a guess, but Urnap Technologies has held as one of the companies within the Empire that is able to turn over and integrate new Class B and C technologies into the Empire at large faster than any other. They’ve managed to stay on top for centuries. We figure, they’re not exactly playing fair in the business.”

Diana snorted, “Playing fair in government or business is never the way to win. What does it look like they’re doing?”

[Hal] opened his mouth to respond, but paused as [Polka] returned a tray of food held up over her head. “Here it is Dana! Pickled and broiled Janata! Father says’ it’s not exactly right since there are no Janata, but I like this!”

The girl set the plate down in front of Diana and she nodded, “Thank you. I’m sure I’ll like it, here.”

Diana held out her credit chip to the girl. She smiled the feathers on her head puffing up, grabbing the chip she once again ran off through the shop. Diana turned an eye on the half melted gelatinous looking mass and frowned.


[Hal] leaned back in his seat, “Take a bite of that first.”

Diana grimaced, using a spoon like utensil Diana scooped some of the food up and quickly ate it. Her entire face scrunched up and she coughed. “Sour, and salty.”

[Hal] smiled and rolled his eyes, picking up the Comm he paged through to another section of the data. “From all we’ve could piece together and the data from competitors over the years, they’re either getting early access to the class B technology most likely from some faction or government, or they are stealing from competitors and sabotaging efforts they’re making. Whatever it is they’re doing, they’re being subtle enough, other firms occasionally develop technological integrations before them. Just not often.”

Diana nodded and too another bite of her food, “That would be how I would play it.” she nodded, “The inside source for new technology is more likely. Sabotage or theft would have been detected a t some point. They don’t have to be exclusive either, I’m betting data manipulation play a large role as well.”

Diana now completely ignoring the taste of the food quickly wolfed down the rest of it as she stared blankly at the wall behind [Orin] and [Hal]. Both returned to their own meals waiting.

“Anything else pertinent?” asked Diana as she took the last bite of her food.

“No. The data’s all tightly controlled. Even what we’ve got here is circumstantial for the most part.” Said [Hal].

“Lovely.” Diana cracked her knuckles and began to quickly type away at her own Comm searching through the public computer networks of the Empire for anything the two might have missed.

The alien computer networks, were less organized than anything that Humanity had ever built. A central directory the only jumping off point to reach any other piece of data in the massive network, and horribly inefficient in terms of data searching and processing the network had all the hallmarks of being heavily regulated.

Data linked to empty files, references were casually omitted, and almost all access was logged. Factual data was all maintained by the government, and corporate pages by companies spanning across worlds wanting to maintain an image.

Slow and inefficient due to the need to integrate hundreds of alien computer systems into one, the system was also incredibly slow, people saying most of their useful data locally.

“Damn it.” Muttered Diana.

“We’ve been up all night doing that.” Said [Hal] looking annoyed.

Diana nodded, “I just wanted to check. All we need is one thread, something on Cherkaya. I’d rather not go into this blind.”

“You might have to.”

“Diana closed her eyes and sighed, “Then here’s hoping it’s worth the time. With my luck, he really does just want me to operate security at some building.”

[Orin] chuckled, “It would be the most secure building on the planet.”

Diana smiled her eyes still closed, “True. Even then, it only means there is something worth protecting inside of it.”

9 Years, 11 Months, 14 Days After Eridani Landing

Bellona Colony

“No.” growled Megan.

James put a pained smiled on his face, “He’s the only one who’s volunteered, and the Council’s given him unilateral power over all of the negotiations. He’s definitely not going to back out now.”

Megan cursed and stomped her foot down on the metal grating of the corridor denting it inwards. Ice that had collected on the ceiling fell to the floor and shattered. Alpha peered down from where on of his bodies was perched on James’s shoulder, “That does not hurt?”

Megan turned her glare on the alien, Alpha simply blinked back at her with two sets of his eyes not fazed.

“Of anyone they could send, why does it have to be Daniels?” spat Megan.

James shrugged, “He’s career politician. One of the few we have that’s not ten years rusty at the task. From what I hear he’s practically salivating at the opportunity to interact with the Chront governments beyond Gerinal.”

Megan scoffed, “I’ll bet. Three world powers to play off, no one to argue with him, and he gets to negotiate from a position of uncontested power. We’ve got almost all the leverage over Chront, he’s going to try and rob them blind.”

“He’s not that bad.”

Megan crossed her arms in defiance of his words, “He is.”

“You’ve not got all of the power!” shouted a voice from down the hall.

Megan rolled her eyes and mouthed several curses, the head of the Vakurian representative popped out of the small meeting room down the hall one hand holding the earplugs she normally wore near the Tanuin. Her ears were twitching side to side, directed down the hall.

“Greetings Ranlin.” Said Alpha.

“Alpha,” grimacing Ranlin quickly pulled small plugs from a pocket and shoved them into her ears, causing them to start wiggling in small circles. The Vakurian did not like dampening their hearing any more than a human would like to wear a blindfold.

James nodded, “You would give the Seninon technology as well? Don’t you have your own politics to deal with?” he asked as the three of them stepped into the meeting room. Gerinal seated at the conference table raised his cup of coffee in greeting.

Ranlin shrugged, “We’re using the Empire’s technology, old technology by their standards but far ahead of the Seninon’s. The politics will be simple, the role of any ship Captain is to support their crew and ensure they survive.”

She paused and sipped her coffee, “One of the hardest things for the fleet is acquisition of raw materials and provisions. We can’t send anything but small ships into the Empire to acquire things, and we don’t dare contact other Class C’s. It’s not gone well in the past, and in most cases, they don’t have technology advanced enough to help. The Seninon might not be able to produce more exotic materials, but refined metals are always needed.”

“Humanity can resource trade as well.” Said James.

“I’m hoping you’ll trade more than resources. Humanities technological growth is atypical compared to all the species I know of. From no presence in space to colonization of another world in less than five hundred years? You’ve bypassed the technology we’ve stolen and have been trying to improve on for centuries.”

James sat down at the conference table and accepted a cup of Martian coffee that Gerinal pushed towards him. Alpha quickly moved off his shoulder, his other bodies skittering up from the floor to sit next to him on the table surface. Reaching out with one small claw he plucked a stale pastry from the middle of the table and quickly began eating, even as he spoke.

“The Human technological progression is impressive, it took the Tanuin nearly a thousand years to develop the tachyon beacon system. Humans bypassed it in only a few generations.”

Megan grunted and sat down at the table, “Dr. Lincoln probably knew about tachyon technology. Her notes and data matched up with what Ben and I extracted from the Empire fighter in some respects. She didn’t see the point in researching something that would take generations to complete, having to send beacons at sub-light speeds to other systems before being able to make a jump.”

Ranlin frowned, “So just ignore it? By all accounts tachyon FTL is far more efficient.”

“Dr. Lincoln, was nothing if not single minded. Her objectives were all that mattered. She wanted FTL in her life time.”

Ranlin nodded, “In any case, the Admirals won’t even think of restricting trade with the Seninon. Captains are going to be begging to gain access to their system if we can get resources from them. Living on ships is taxing, and we’ve had to scrap entire vessels at different points just for the metal they were constructed of.”

Megan bit her lip, “Including Edie? She’ll make these trades?”

Ranlin’s ears slowly moved straight up, “She is the Captain of the Valiant. Her loyalties lay with the crew, and then Humanity. That is the promise she made when she became Captain. If she will trade what Human technology or information she has? I don’t know.”

James rubbed at his eyes, “The Council’s been hoping her position as a Vakurian Captain will give them leverage in your political structure.”

Ranlin’s ears swiveled again and one ear plug fell out. She ignored it a small laugh bursting from her lips. “The Captain hates politics!”

Gerinal weekly smiled, “Those who make the most important decisions often are.”

“Your technology might be useful, but do you understand all of it? Have you gone over every single iota of its code? Know why ever single bolt goes where it does?” asked Megan.

Ranlin placed the earplug back in her ear and frowned, “We have lived on our ships for generations.”

Megan pursed her lips, “That’s a no then.”

“We understand our own ships.” Said Ranlin her voice lowering.

Alpha let out a low warble, “Peace. Megan has a meaning to her words. Human’s understand and can teach not only how, but why something works the way it does for them. They are open to change, very dramatically so but only when the need is explained. The advantage over Empire technology and systems is this understanding.”

Ranlin turned her eyes to him raising her chin slightly, “I am aware of the lengths humans will go to survive Alpha.”

James his eyes meeting the older Gerinal’s who imperceptibly nodded leaned forwards to stop the argument. The doors to the room opened, Councilor Daniels strode in a frown set on his features. “The meeting was not scheduled to start until 0800.”

Alpha locked a set of eyes on the man, “We were eager to move along. This involves the fate of all species here.”

Gerinal smiled and raised his cup, “I wanted my morning beverage.”

Ranlin said nothing, her eyes on the data tablet in front of her.

Daniels sat, “Yes, well I have nothing new to say. All the measures we have been discussing are simply moving towards being more official. I have been given the full authority to manage and authorize the trading of technology and resources on Humanity’s behalf, the negotiations for these trades between both the Vakurian and Seninon will be conducted on Chront until more antimatter becomes available or more expedient methods of communication are implemented. The Council feels the communication lag is still too much of an issue.”

Eyes around the table turned to Megan, she rolled her eyes and taking out her Link moved an image up onto the table. A rough image of the circular accelerator structure on it. “Two months or so. Even with a steady source of antimatter the jumps from here to anywhere else and back are going to be on a weekly basis at most. Only a quarter of the accelerator’s output will be going to the Russia and eventually the China. A second quarter is going to the research division, and the rest is being stored for emergencies.”

Ranlin absentmindedly waved her ears around in a small circle, “Not being able to use tachyon’s is very annoying.”

Alpha let out a small squeak of agreement, “It is. We never had to find a way to operate without them, and neither has the Empire. Should Humanity discover a way to communicate at superluminal speeds without them it is only another advantage.”

“We’re working on it.” said Megan she scratched at her leg, “Dr. Lincoln’s notes and data are a mess though. Every engineer and physicist on Bellona has been looking them over for a decade. All we’ve managed to eke out are improvements to antimatter engines. Best idea so for communication is miniaturizing the engine and power requirements and having a drone that can move back and forth from here to Chront at regular intervals. Right now, it’s the same cost as the Russia making the jump so it’s not worth it.”

Daniels cleared his throat, “Humanity will be trading both technology and cultural data to both the Vakurian and the Seninon. However, the antimatter technology we use will not be shared. That is something the Council was unanimous on.”

Gerinal frowned and spoke before Ranlin could. “The Seninon will of course be happy to pay for any technology that Humanity would like to provide. However, it is my understanding that we are as in much danger as Humanity when it comes to the Empire. Would you hold back technology that would be able to save us if we do not pay what you ask for?”

Daniels smiled, and Megan resisted the urge to punch him.

“Humanity has no wish to see the Seninon die. However, the actions of the Canada and her Captain as successful as they were not something the Council would have approved of.”

Gerinal raised an eyebrow, “You would have stood by and watched us burn?”

Daniels face turned Somber, “The Vakurian by their own admission have done so dozens of times over, and they have far more ships and resources at their disposal than Humanity. We are almost helpless against the Empire, and indelicately my job is to protect Humanity, not every sentient species. Ask the Vakurian for help if you feel you need it.”

Ranlin’s ears went down, “We have technology that the Empire knows how to counter. Even when the Empire invaded our world they were using old ships. Encounters between the ships of the Empire are won by how quickly one side can overwhelm the shields of another. The only advantage we have had is the cloaking technology we developed. Something we believe the Empire has managed to duplicate.”

“Still you did not help these other Class C.” Said Daniels.

“No. We did not.” Shed growled, her ears twitching.

Daniels turned back to look at Gerinal, “We’ve removed the tachyon beacon from your system. With this gone you have time, all we are asking for it fair compensation for any technology we give you. Mostly in the form of raw resources. Luxury goods and media will be traded as well,”

“We have already offered this.” Said Ranlin.

Daniels glanced at her, “That data and information is not yours to give away.”

“It is almost a three centuries old, and it was expressly given to us by a Human.”

“Who had no authority to do so.”

Alpha moved across the table to sit in the center, he glared up at Daniels with all his eyes. “You must do with the Seninon and Vakurian the same thing you have done with us. None of us have time to negotiate. To survive, we must be united.”

Gerinal smiled and tapped on the table, “I agree. Unless Humanity intends to make unfair demands, we will be able to easily meet any material requirements you have. The Seninon might not be as advanced as any other species here, but we can learn, and we very much wish to help beyond simple trade deals.”

Daniels closed his eyes and sighed, “Gerinal, your planet is divided. You speak for one nation,”

Gerinal stood, “I have been given the same authority as you Councilor Daniels. My world is divided, but like the Vakurian, the Tanuin, and Humanity, we wish to survive. None of us will survive by simply trading with one another. We must be a united front.”

The room was silent at that for a moment. James let out a low whistle and Megan smiled.

Daniels shot a glare at the two military officers, “A cooperative initiative can be negotiated. Right now, however the Human Council is only willing to negotiate trade deals.”

“Then what are the Tanuin?” asked Alpha.

Daniels glanced down at him, the man struggled with his words for several moments. “You are guests on our ships and colony.”

James shook his head, “The Tanuin are allies Daniels.”

Alpha let out a squeak of agreement.

“The Vakurian have been allies for centuries, even if neither of us knew it.” said Ranlin.

“The Seninon owe our civilization to Humanity. You do not see us as allies?” asked Gerinal.

Daniels stood, “The Russia will be departing for Chront on time tomorrow. The trade deals for Human technology will be negotiated on your world Gerinal. Other aspects of our relationships can be negotiated there.”

“Of course.” said Gerinal.

Daniels nodded, “If you will excuse me, I need to reconvene with the Council.”

Turning Daniels strode out of the room. The door closed behind him and Megan let out a low chuckle, “Oh perfect. He’s going to use this to get more authority from the Council.”

Ranlin looked at her, “Why do you not wish to commit? Edie and all other Humans on the fleet have been telling us for years that Humanity would welcome us as allies.”

“Over commitment is almost as dangerous as ignoring a plight.” Said Gerinal. He looked at Ranlin and then at the other Humans around the table, “You have only interacted with Humans in the military?”

“Yes.” said Ranlin.

Gerinal sighed, “Then it is comforting to know that even amongst the stars the politics are the same. Military men and women, are and forgive me, on or off.”

“On or off?” asked Alpha.

“They see the world,” Gerinal paused and smiled, “They see the universe as absolutes. The more allies, the better off they will be. More power, is better.”

James nodded, “Black and white. Shades of grey.”

Gerinal considered that for a moment and nodded, “Yes. Consider, if we all ally with Humanity what does this do?”

“It makes us all stronger.” Said Alpha.

Gerinal nodded, “Yes, but what else?”

“We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall hang separately.” Said Megan her voice a monotone.

James shot her a look, “who are you quoting?”

Megan shook her head, “North American president I think.”

Alpha let out a low warble, “Your leaders do not want to commit, fearing that in doing so they will doom what little is left of Humanity.”

Ranlin’s ears went up. “Oh.”

Megan nodded, “Daniels is an ass, but he doesn’t want Humanity to die any more than the rest of us. The Council is vacillating between isolationism, and allying with as many as we can.”

Gerinal sipped at his cooling coffee and grimaced, “It would perhaps be safer to remain hidden.”

James raised an eyebrow, “You’re a negotiator?”

He ignored the comment.

Megan leaned back in her chair putting her feet up on the table, “Isolationism never works, and the Empire has to be pouring everything they have into antimatter engine technology. They destroyed Sol to get it, and we just kicked them out of the Chront system with it. They’d be stupide to not replicate it. I’d rather we have some friends in the galaxy when the do.”

Ranlin looked at the Human engineer thinking, “The Empire takes technology. They very rarely develop it.”

Megan nodded in agreement, “I’ve looked over the technology samples that Artemis sent. I get that, but even so they have the resources of a thousand worlds and at least a trillion people to throw at the problem. I don’t like those odds.”

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Species C543 System 4 Years 2 months 27 days Before C1764 FTL Jump [Sil] looked at the controls for the pod and slowly shook her head, “This is not good.” [Fred] only able to operate because of the minimal effort needed to move around in zero-g drifted forwards, “I would agree, but what is the

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 56: Dataquake Part 5

Date Point: 16y3m1w Memorial Concourse, Old Commune of the Clan of Females, City of Wi Kao, Planet Gao Mother Shoua There were days when Shoua missed the old commune, at the other end of the city. The new commune was larger, more modern and much more secure of course but… …But the old one had

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 56: Dataquake Part 4

Date Point: 16y3m1w Folctha, Cimbrean, the Far Reaches Ramsey Buehler Ramsey didn’t think he’d ever get used to being one of the cool kids at school. Actually, just going to school was kinda weird after all the home schooling he and Tristan had had back on Earth, but whenever he and his brother had got

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Henosis – Chapter 4

“Hey, that’s my suit!” A naked Gaoian fell on the Hunter from the tree above, landing on the sextupedal predator’s back. The impact was enough to stagger the creature, and Keegi was nearly thrown off. The claws of one paw extended, sinking into the Hunter’s glossy flesh as he held on as hard as he

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 56: Dataquake Part 3

Date Point: 16y3m6d HMS Sharman (HMNB Folctha), Cimbrean, the Far Reaches Technical Sergeant Adam “Warhorse” Arés “Firth, I gotta ask ‘ya something.” Per Colonel Powell’s standing orders, they had the rest of the day off for individual training time after a mission. Adam always took maximum advantage, but some of the other operators might use

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Causal Results – Chapter 2

First Landing Earth, Florida, Launch pad 39A April 12, 2033 “Ignition Sequence start, five, four, three, two, one, lift off!” The crowds several miles away from the historic launch pad watched as the craft slowly began to move up into the atmosphere. Almost an homage to the craft that had taken Humans to the moon

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Good Training – Survival Part 7

Date point: 14y 8m 2w 2d AV The Dog House, Folctha, Cimbrean Late afternoon Julian Etsicitty Agony. If Adam had a singular talent that stood out, it would have to be his supernatural ability to give his training victims some very dramatic results by inflicting insane amounts of pain. Julian both dreaded and eagerly anticipated

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Henosis – Chapter 3

Virtrew had been relaxing in the starboard docking array. He’d been feeling inspired and creative for the past ten-day… it was too late to alter the structure of the current station, but he had ideas for the next. He was off-shift, so he’d picked up his data tablet, a bowl full of Vzk’tk salad, and

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 56: Dataquake Part 2

Date Point: 16y3m6d η Ithacae, 94.9° 12-GERBER-UNARY G2V III, “Heafield” Technical Sergeant Adam “Warhorse” Arés Every now and then, Adam had a day where every little thing went so well and he found himself firing on all cylinders so perfectly, he could feel right in his big ol’ slab of a chest that exact same

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 56: Dataquake Part 1

Date Point: 16y3m5d AV Hierarchy/Cabal Joint Communications session #1772 ++0010++: Proximal’s continued absence is a source of concern, and investigating has been forced to take a low priority by other operations. His last known activity was in an Irujzen-1-adjacent sub-lucid volume. ++0004++: Irujzen? Why was he all the way out there? That’s a backwater! ++0022++:

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Henosis – Chapter 2

The mess hall on the station was a cavernous space on one of the mid-decks in the core, overlooking the long central shaft. It was a temporary arrangement… once the station was near-complete, a merchant or restaurateur would be enticed into setting up a proper dining area, whereupon the space would be converted in whatever

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 55: Reinvention Part 5

Date Point: 16y3m5d AV Planet Rauwryhr, The Rauwryhr Republic, Perseus Arm Ambassador Sir Patrick Knight Rauwran Great Trees were… They were quite a thing to behold. Each one was as thick around at the base as a cricket ground, and soared up and up and up until their canopy was an invisible dark haze high

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Henosis – Chapter 1

[2yr 1m AV] Trrkitzzkt L’tr’brtrk’tr quietly filed away the video files of the interviews he’d completed, queuing a copy to be sent via the station’s normal data exchange to his personal archive, in addition to the backup copy he kept on his personal data tablet. Both were encrypted with the strongest algorithms the investigator had

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Causal Results – Chapter 1

Dorvakian Home World 4 Years 3 months 8 days Before C1764 FTL Jump Looking across the grounds for several moment’s Silnersalkara tapped the table in front of her. The data controls embedded in the device quickly shut off and the hologram above its surface died. “Kermarcus, I’m aware of the situation. The opposition’s been attempting

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 55: Reinvention Part 4

Date Point: 16y3m AV Planet Akyawentuo, Ten’Gewek Protectorate, Near 3Kpc Arm Yan Given-Man “I like these Core-tie.” “You do? Why the change of heart?” When the ‘del-a-gay-shun’ had returned, there was of course much eagerness to learn the news. Yan was very happy to tell everyone they would be getting vack-seens from the Core-tie as

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Good Training – Survival Part 6

Date point: 14y 8m AV Residence of the Great Father of the Gao, Folctha, Cimbrean Sister Naydra The months on Cimbrean had been…therapeutic. She found herse lf greatly appreciating the Female presence on the Human’s first colony world, and everything it stood for: stability, acceptance. Survival. The Humans had done so much to support the

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 55: Reinvention Part 3

Date Point: 16y3m AV USS Robert A. Heinlein, Akyawentuo Orbit, the Ten’Gewek Protectorate, Near 3Kpc Arm Third Director Tran Some of the other Directors had expressed reservations when Tran had informed them he was taking Nofl along to the meeting with the Ten’Gewek. He’d invested some of their trust and patience by reassuring them that

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 55: Reinvention Part 2

Date Point: 16y2m3w AV Hierarchy/Cabal Joint Communications session #1722 ++0008++: In summary, the infiltration of Sol means the operation was a success, though not an unqualified one. We have four Injunctors on Earth, and a further two in the outer system, but the new Arutech biodrones appear to be an abject failure. The Cimbrean infiltration

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Rising Titans – Chapter 51 (End)

9 Years, 7 Months, 2 Days After Eridani Landing Chront Leaning down and putting her head to the table Stagg yawned. “Try the tea,” repeated Derrick sounding just as exhausted as she felt. The Captain turned to look at the engineer and then at the small pot on the table. “I did. Taste’s like mold.”

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 55: Reinvention Part 1

Date Point: 16y2m3w AV Folctha, Cimbrean, the Far Reaches Daar, Great Father of the Gao “Hey, this ain’t a bad little house at all!!” Daar followed in behind Gorku, who was carrying a completely exhausted Leemu on his back and had to mind his steps. “Humans know how to build houses arright,” he agreed. “Maybe

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 54: Here Be Dragons Part 6

Date Point: 16y2m2w1d AV Planet Akyawentuo, Ten’Gewek Protectorate, Near 3Kpc Arm Vemik Sky-Thinker One of the Human archaeologists was a metallurgist. Tilly was a strange and delicate name that didn’t suit her at all, Vemik thought. She had a sharp face full of metal piercings, skin full of bright pictures, and a half-shaven crest of

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Good Training – Survival Part 5

Date point: 14y 2m 3w 4d AV SOR barracks, HMS Sharman, Folctha, Cimbrean, The Far Reaches Meanwhile… Brother Faarek (Southpaw) of Clan Whitecrest–SOR “Are you sure you want to do this, Brother?” “Yes,” Thurrsto said with absolute conviction. “She’s the most beautiful Female I’ve ever seen and she’s hurting. I can’t bear doing nothing.” Faarek

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 54: Here Be Dragons Part 5

ESNN Magazine article: “Prisons In Their Head- an interview at Camp Tebbutt” Author and photographer: Ava Magdalena Ríos [Cover image: two men seated on a bench in front of a chain-link fence, with a stunning Alaskan vista behind them. On the left is a scruffy bearded white man with shaggy salt-and-pepper hair, and next to

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Rising Titans – Chapter 50

+15 Minutes The Canada “Can this thing fly?” Shouted Pankin as a rattling howl began to echo through the ship, the crew members on what was now the ceiling tightening their straps as objects that had been floating began to rattle on the floor as the ship dove deeper into the atmosphere of the planet.

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 54: Here Be Dragons Part 4

Date Point: 16y2m2w AV Weaver dropship, Rich Plains contact volume, Kwmbwrw Great Houses TSgt Timothy “Tiny” Walsh All throughout the ordeal of becoming HEAT and finally earning the Mass, the one thing running through Walsh’s head was that one day, he too would serve at their level. Do the mission like none other. Walk through

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 54: Here Be Dragons Part 3

Date Point: 16y2m1w5d AV Camp Tebbutt Biodrone Internment Facility, Yukon-Koyukuk, Alaska, USA, Earth Ava Ríos “You ever rode a helicopter before, Ava?” Ava jumped, and looked away from the window. She’d been enjoying the view. It was her first trip to Alaska, and the thing that struck her as she’d watched the landscape rolling by

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 54: Here Be Dragons Part 2

Date Point: 16y2m1w2d AV Gaoian embassy, Alien Quarter, Folctha, Cimbrean, the Far Reaches Daar, Great Father of the Gao There was shit to catch up with. Stuff to read, stuff to make decisions on, stuff to be briefed on in case he had to make a decision later… At first Daar did his best to

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Good Training – Survival Part 4

Date point: 14y 2m 1w AV Planet Akyawentuo, The Ten’Gewek Protectorate, Near 3Kpc Arm Singer “So, if we salt the roots in boiling water with some herbs, and use a very tight…what was the word?” [“Jar,”] Julian said encouragingly. “—And then we boil the whole jar with the lid on loose, so the bad spirits

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Rising Titans – Chapter 49

+10 Minutes The Singer [Vann] stood in the center of the bridge the three-dimensional hologram showing the entirety of his fleet as well as the surrounding space. The cubic formation was going to be tested now, up to this point the only gauge of effectiveness was how [Charles] had reacted to it in simulations. He

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 54: Here Be Dragons Part 1

Date Point: 16y2m5d AV Planet Akyawentuo, Ten’Gewek Protectorate, Near 3Kpc Arm Xiù Chang Yan was having to explain himself. It wasn’t that the men who’d come out to hunt the Brown One were disappointed, exactly. None of them had been looking forward to the battle at all. They all knew the stories of how many

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 53: The Wild Hunt Part 6

Date Point: 16y2m4d AV Planet Akyawentuo, the Ten’gewek Protectorate, Near 3Kpc Arm Julian Etsicitty Daar caught up with them about an hour after Xiù called ahead to let them know he was coming. A lot had happened in that hour. Yan had laid out his bibtaws in a kind of scent lure, some distance out

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 53: The Wild Hunt Part 5

Date Point: 16y2m3d AV Gaoian embassy, Alien Quarter, Folctha, Cimbrean, the Far Reaches Daar, Great Father of the Gao People who didn’t know Daar all that well thought he had a pathological aversion to Civilized pursuits. Not true at all! Daar had always enjoyed history, writing, and the more subtle arts of courtship, and he

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 53: The Wild Hunt Part 4

Date point: 16y2m3d AV Planet Akyawentuo, the Ten’Gewek Protectorate, Near 3Kpc Arm Daniel “Chimp” Hoeff Julian had a habit of singing in the woods. Not loud, exactly, and Hoeff wasn’t even sure he was totally conscious he was doing it, but loud enough to hear. Apparently it kept critters from blundering into them that might

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Rising Titans – Chapter 48

+ 7 Minutes 38 Seconds The Canada “Captain, your message?” asked Arik as her Avatar superimposed itself over the main monitor. “Surrender now, call off the fighters and we’ll let you live. Then we can begin to negotiate for an end to this pointless violence.” “That’s it?” asked Arik after a moment. “Unless anyone else

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Good Training – Survival Part 3

Date point: 14y 1m 2w AV “Clan Young Glory,” western unincorporated territories, Gao Sister Naydra Naydra and her fellow Sisters were slowly dying. The “Clan” that had “liberated” them from the clutches of what they now knew were biodrones had decided their honored guests needed “protection.” Their so-called protection consisted of imprisonment. Their “protection fees”

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 53: The Wild Hunt Part 3

Date point: 16y2m3d AV Planet Akyawentuo, the Ten’Gewek Protectorate, Near 3Kpc Arm Professor Daniel Hurt “What exactly did he say he’s fetching, anyway?” “An M107.” Daniel frowned. Although he’d learned more about firearms in general over the past few years than he’d ever imagined he would, there were times that the people who really “got”

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 53: The Wild Hunt Part 2

Date Point: 16y2m1d AV Chiune Station, Folctha, Cimbrean, the Far Reaches Allison Buehler Allison hadn’t slept well in a couple of nights. It wasn’t that she begrudged Julian and Xiù going offworld, not at all, but it did disrupt the sense of familiarity that made home, well… Home. If she didn’t have her brothers to

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Rising Titans – Chapter 47

+ 30 Seconds The Canada “The Empire ships are now in range of the ACE field!” reported Arik. Stagg grimaced as the ship shook “Activate,” “New contact!” shouted Arik interrupting. “What?” “IFF is identifying the vessel as the HSB Russia, they just exited a spatial rupture directly between us and the Empire fleet!” “Open communications!”

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 53: The Wild Hunt Part 1

Date Point: 16y2m1d AV personal sanctum, Dataspace. Cynosure/Six Data sophonts did not sleep, and thus did not dream. Nevertheless, Cynosure had a recurring nightmare of sorts. When his attention wandered, he found that it almost inevitably alighted on a handful of disturbing subjects. The details varied, as he worried at different aspects of the problems

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Good Training – Survival Part 2

Date point: 14y 7d AV Planet Akyawentuo, The Ten’Gewek Protectorate, Near 3Kpc Arm Later that day Julian Etsicitty It was approaching mid-day and the day’s morning work had been taken care of. The scouts had come back and reported that the nearby werne had just calved and would need to be left alone for a

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 52: Autoimmune Part 6

Date Point: 16y2m AV Folctha, Cimbrean, the Far Reaches Daar, Great Father of the Gao “Poor bugger hardly knew which way is up…” Powell grunted, once Wagner was gone. “Who can blame him? His whole crew going violently psychotic on him with no warning, only to be stasis-hopped right into a Corti’s lab being sniffed

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Rising Titans – Chapter 46

9 Years, 6 Months, 14 Days After Eridani Landing Jikse Diana blinked in surprise as the jungle was suddenly lit up by a fantastic reddish glow, glancing behind her towards the city Diana watched as another blast of energy, identical in color to the flash fell from the sky. Unable to see from her vantage

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 52: Autoimmune Part 5

Date Point: 16y2m AV Folctha, Cimbrean, The Far Reaches Julian Etsicitty The house was a mess when Julian got back, which was rare. Nobody in their household was naturally untidy—living on Misfit had driven Allison, Xiù and himself into an ingrained habit of orderliness, and the boys had lived in fear of their father’s belt

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 52: Autoimmune Part 4

Date Point: 16y2m AV Hierarchy/Cabal Joint Communications session #1536 ++Asymptote++: I have bad news. It would seem our new drones are detectable. ++0004++: <Dismay> you’re certain? ++Asymptote++: The force I sent to Cimbrean was captured immediately upon arrival. ++0007++: How? ++Asymptote++: Unclear. The Arutech drones don’t report as concisely as conventional biodrones. The connection is…

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 52: Autoimmune Part 3

Date Point: 16y2m AV The Thinghall, Folctha, Cimbrean, the Far Reaches Gabriel Arés Every civilization needed its icon of executive power. The UK had the black door of Number Ten Downing Street and, somewhere behind it, the Cabinet Room; the USA had the White House, and the Oval Office; Folctha had the Alien Palace. The

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Good Training – Survival Part 1

You may also want to read Pyrophytes in The Deathworlders series. Same story, different angles. Date point: 14y 7d AV Planet Akyawentuo, The Ten’Gewek Protectorate, Near 3Kpc Arm Professor Daniel Hurt “You want me to read it by next week?” Julian mopped the sweat from his face and bounced loosely in place. “What was it

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Rising Titans – Chapter 45

-7 Hours CHRONT THE CANADA “More contacts!” said Arik as she flashed every monitor on the bridge a bright red. Stagg glanced up at the monitor, “How many more?” “I’m counting!” “You’re counting!?” A grainy image of the approaching Empire patrol vessel was quickly displayed, a small box around it. Additional boxes quickly filled the

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 52: Autoimmune Part 2

Date Point: 16y2m AV Alien Quarter, Folctha, Cimbrean, the Far Reaches Nofl Leemu had become unresponsive. Nofl’s quarantine facility had alerted him after the patient had been anomalously still for twenty minutes, and the reason why became obvious upon a quick inspection of the cell: Leemu was sprawled on his back, staring blissfully up at

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Good Training – April Fool’s

13y 3m 29d AV One-Fang workhouse, Alien Quarter, Folctha, Cimbrean, the Far Reaches Sergeant Regaari (Dexter) of Clan SOR One of the best things about the humans was that they had a springtime holiday dedicated to mischief. Before them, only the Gao could claim to celebrate such a thing and it was one of the

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 52: Autoimmune Part 1

Date Point: 16y2m AV Alien Quarter, Folctha, Cimbrean, the Far Reaches Nofl Nofl’s lab was spacious, but inevitably finite. When it contained an alarming number of alarmed Humans, not to mention one particularly sculpted canine and a Gaoian brownie who was doing his best not to loom at everyone… well, there were times when Nofl

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 51: Anticlimax Part 5

Date Point: 16y2m AV Folctha, Cimbrean, the Far Reaches Allison Buehler After a lifetime of helicopter parenting, Tristan and Ramsey seemed addicted to every opportunity they could find to do something their mother would have scooted them away from. And who could blame them? Amanda had never managed to get her head around the idea

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Rising Titans – Chapter 44

9 Years, 6 Months, 28 Days After Eridani Landing Deep Space The Russia shuddered again as the engines slowly powered down and the ship slid out of the red blue haze that was the tachyon FTL corridor. James blinked several times trying to clear the haze from his eyes as the regular black background of

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 51: Anticlimax Part 4

Date Point: 16y1m AV Dataspace adjacent to Mrwrki Station Entity The Entity understood the concept of boredom in an academic, abstract way. It could even vaguely summon up Ava’s memories of being bored. But understanding the idea and actually feeling the emotion were two different things. The closest it could get was the sensation of

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 51: Anticlimax Part 3

Date Point: 16y2w AV Air Force One, somewhere over Asia, Earth President Arthur Sartori “…You want to give us a Farthrow generator.” Daar’s image was janky and low-resolution thanks to the vagaries of current wormhole comms, but the audio was a lot clearer now. Technology marched onwards. “It’s loaded up on a train and ready

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Good Training – Pecking Order

13y, 8m AV Operator’s Barracks, HMS Sharman, Folctha, Cimbrean Officer Regaari (Dexter) of Clan Whitecrest “I got an idea, Regaari.” Regaari flicked his ears forward in annoyance. “This again?” “Well, yeah. I gotta win that bet, Cousin!” Regaari duck-nodded wearily. Not long after Daar had received the SACRED STRANGER briefing, he’d sulked off to think

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Good Training – The Champions – Tidying Up

Messier 24 Mission day: 3 Sergeant Daar (Tigger) The third day was always when things settled into routine. Daar didn’t really know why, ‘cuz that was prol’ly some complicated psychology stuff (maybe he should read up?) but he did know how it worked, practically speaking. Daar always pondered morning thoughts like that when he was

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 51: Anticlimax Part 2

Date Point: 16y2w AV Weaver dropship, Gaoian space Sergeant Ian “Hillfoot” Wilde “So in all the excitement, we clean forgot about these things. That’s what you’re telling me.” Champion Meereo made a sound that was half a sigh and half a chitter. “…That’s more-or-less exactly right, yes. We had… well, bigger priorities.” Wilde had to

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Rising Titans – Chapter 43

9 Years, 6 Months, 28 Days After Eridani Landing Bellona “Ready?” asked Alpha from where he sat on top of the Captain’s chair. “I’m good!” said Red from where he sat at the controls for the ship. It hadn’t taken much to convince him to pilot the vessel. James glanced down at his own console

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 51: Anticlimax Part 1

Date Point: 16y AV Yukon–Koyukuk, Alaska, USA, Earth Zane Reid The cold didn’t hurt anymore. At first, it had been like forcing his way through a wall made of knives that cut through his clothes. Zane’s every breath had blinded him as it billowed and steamed in the air, and when he’d experimentally licked his

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 50: Counterattack – Trigger Part 5

Date Point: 16y AV Camp Tebbutt Biodrone Internment Facility, Yukon–Koyukuk, Alaska, USA, Earth Hugh Johnson Snow. Of course, snow in January in Alaska was hardly surprising, and this one threatened to be heavy. At first, Hugh had thought it was probably just an seasonable dusting that’d add a couple of inches to the foot or

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I had made my way through the tournament, but most of my matches had been won by the skin of my teeth, and I had only the advantage of being evolved from a pursuit predator to thank for it. Our great endurance had been the one boon that had kept me going, and I was

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 50: Counterattack – Trigger Part 4

Date Point: 15y 10m 1w AV HMS Violent, Rvzrk System, Domain Space The ground battle churned on for days. That was the problem with Hunters. There was no surrender involved, it was a kill-or-be-killed fight where smashing their will to engage in war simply didn’t achieve enough. Any Hunter left alive would just keep murdering

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Good Training – The Champions – Doom and Gloom Part 4

He awoke to a pleasant smell. “…Eggs?” Hoeff detangled himself from Natalie and the sheets and stumbled towards the kitchen. Daar was busy in front of the comparatively little stove and fridge, humming some terrible Gaoian tune to himself. Seriously, their music was like Chinese opera with extra pain. Some Humans liked it, though…but “atonal”

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Rising Titans – Chapter 42

9 Years, 6 Months, 15 Days After Eridani Landing The [Singer] The explosion hit and [Vann] watched at the lights on the main hologram and different panels flashed a blinding white light, before dying and plunging the entire bridge of the [Singer] into darkness. “What were we supposed to do?” asked someone near the weapons

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Day 1. I’ve made it on board the human trading vessel! They didn’t detect my presence, and I’ve managed to smuggle myself into their engineering bay, and disguised myself within a cluster of cables! My small, serpentine body makes me indistinguishable from a thin, grayish cable, and the Humans won’t notice my existence until it

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 50: Counterattack – Trigger Part 1

Date Point: 15y 10m AV Camp Tebbutt Biodrone Internment Facility, Yukon–Koyukuk, Alaska, USA, Earth Hugh Johnson Camp Tebbutt wasn’t actually a bad place to live, if you didn’t count the fact that it was essentially a prison for innocent victims. Hugh understood why he was there, and why he couldn’t leave… but after eleven years,

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Good Training – The Champions – Doom and Gloom Part 3

Firth Regaari chittered, “It is difficult to imagine you ‘humbled,’ Righteous.” “Heh,” Firth chuckled. “You do know most of my attitude is straight fuckin’ bullshit, right? Adam and John know why.” Regaari looked over at John, who shrugged massively. “He’s a scary dude. Being ridiculous kinda takes the edge off, y’know?” Regaari duck-nodded. He was

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Rising Titans – Chapter 41

9 Years, 6 Months, 13 Days After Eridani Landing Jikse Moving down the hallway Diana paused at the double doors, carefully she moved forwards into it’s threshold and they slid open. A woman in an orange smock looked up from her Comm for a moment, and then going back to look at it did a

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The Good Samaritan

I felt a white-hot pain in my back as I was stabbed. Once, twice and then three times. I fell to the ground clutching my new openings, and for a moment I couldn’t grasp what had just happened. I had walked through an alley as a shortcut back home, and then suddenly someone had grabbed

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 50: Counterattack – Homefront Part 6

Date Point: 15y9m3w AV Mrwrki Station, Erebor System, Unexplored Space Darcy “Does it seem… different to you lately?” “What?” “The Entity. It’s actin’ different, dude, I swear it is.” Darcy sighed and set aside her work as Lewis sat down. She was sitting drinking a Moroccan Mint tea in the station’s rec lounge, with its

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Rising Titans – Chapter 40

9 Years, 6 Months, 13 Days After Eridani Landing Jikse Popping the restraints off of her legs Diana swung herself off of the table, the two class A’s still in their isolation suits were pounding at the door of the room the three of them were in. “It’s out! Open the door!” shouted the man

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Good Training – The Champions – Doom and Gloom Part 2

Master Sergeant Christian (Righteous) Firth The end of the movie came and the ladies were fast asleep and prolly too tired to head home with any comfort. The other bros were asleep, too, and Firth was tangled up with them pretty good. Oh well, both ‘Base and ‘Horse were heavy-ass sleepers and only danger or

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Hell. It’s a completely Human concept. The concept of a realm of eternal torture, to which you are sent depending on the whims of one deity or another, is something only found in Human fiction. And it’s not an isolated occurrence. Almost every human culture since the dawn of humanity itself has had it in

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The Deathworlders – Chapter 50: Counterattack – Homefront Part 4

Date Point: 15y9m2w AV HMS Sharman (HMNB Folctha), Cimbrean, The Far Reaches Senior Master Sergeant Christian (“Righteous”) Firth “Hey, fuckers! Guess what hit the newsstand today!” Adam looked up from his needlework for a second and raised an eyebrow. “Imma guess Coombes’ centerfold spread with Ava?” Firth deflated, somewhat flummoxed that ‘Horse had stolen his

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