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 console.

The main hologram flickered back on, “You’re dead.”

[Vann] stared up at [Reece] as he set his mug down and stood up in the center of the bridge.

“I know the point of these exercises is to try and adapt and counter the more novel strategies that might be employed by class C’s in space. Blowing up a star though? Does that not only seem excessive by their standards, and not to mention impossible?” asked [Vann] incredulous.

[Reece] looked down at his own console, he was in main engineering and had been for the last several days concocting and running all of the newer drills. [Vann] was actually surprised by the fact that he had woken up to his alarm, and not the ship wide alert. It had been at least a week since that had happened [Reece] once again proving that he was a taskmaster when it came to anything resembling training.

“I told our friend to give me even the more outlandish scenario’s possible when in regards to class C’s and especially C1764. They have only theories towards how to use a star in combat, but even the fact that they have theories about using stars as weapons means it is a strategy they are working towards.”

[Vann] shook his head, “Was he sober when he gave these scenarios to you?”

[Reece] looked up at the camera, to anyone else his face remained impassive but [Vann] having lived next to the man for so long saw the faint sparkle of mirth in his eyes.

“When have you ever seen him sober?”

[Vann] grunted in agreement and slowly stood up, “I don’t suppose you can tell me what I was supposed to do in the event I’m near a star when some mad class C’s blow it up?”

“Take a few of them out with you. You could have attempted a random tachyon jump, but more than likely that would have taken you into the core of the collapsing star. Not the best place to be I think.”


“Still if you weren’t going to try and fight back that .15% chance you would survive would have been better than nothing. You are adapting well to their abilities to nullify the shields as well as the blink capabilities,” said [Reece].

“As well as I can, it goes against almost all doctrine I have trained with.”

“We have only ever trained to fight our own ships Emperor, the largest threats we have ever had in space have been rebelling factions of the Empire. Factions your own lineage has put down every time. This has been a blessing and a curse, military doctrine is so ingrained that it comes down to the commander’s ability to respond quickly which decides an even battle. Against a new threat though?” [Reece] shrugged.

“I get that. Still we have only two points of data on how they utilize their blink maneuvers. I doubt it’s conclusive. Dealing with the light speed lag, is troublesome.”

“I’m attempting different strategies playing the class C’s, but you are correct. Do not when we encounter them assume the strategy in these drills will be the same. I have little doubt that they have further technological advancements in reserve. As for the light speed lag? I’m looking into a few older projects and I think I might have found something that will help us against the class C’s”

The man at the tactical station let out a small chuckle.

[Vann] turned to him, “You have some thing to say lieutenant?”

The man stood still for a moment before spinning on his heel, “These drills are nothing but fantasy. No class C species will ever be this powerful, this blink maneuver, allowing them to move instantly from one position in space to another? It violates physics! You speak as if they are a threat Emperor! Surely against your Empire they are nothing?”

[Vann] looked at the man for a moment, “Be that as it may, they are a threat and one I will take seriously as laughable as it is. They have used these strategies in combat before, and combined with the ability to defeat our shield technology it is a scenario that must be seriously considered.”

“Emperor, we’ve all seen the reports. What happened to the Imperial above Jikse? That was a fluke, nothing more! The shields on out ships are impregnable!”

“We will continue to run these drills Lieutenant, and if you are so concerned I will throw in classical drills as well for the [Singer] to deal with. As dull as trading salvo after salvo of plasma is.”

The man paled slightly as others on the bridge groaned and looked up to glare at him.

“Yes, sir,” said the lieutenant his voice and posture stiff.

“We’re going to continue with the drills. Bring all systems online, [Reece]!”


“I want a shuttle prepared to go down to the surface.”

“Yes sir.”

The screen went blank and the simulation behind it quickly fell away, the false layer over all of the windows disappeared, revealing the true image of the home world.

[Vann] stared down at it for a moment, it was amazing to think that a few thousand years ago it had been the only territory of the Empire, the only place in the universe with the Dorvakian species. Now they were spread across hundreds of worlds.

“A shuttle?” asked [Syn] leaning down to [Vann]’s ear.

“I need to convince [Charles] to join us up here, and possible for whatever mission I am assigned as well.”

“He’s not going to leave that class B of his, [Yuka].”

“I know that, have you been able to figure out why he’s so attached to her yet?”

[Syn] huffed in annoyance, “No, he seemingly picked her at random out of a pool of assistants that was presented to him when he was discharged from service and the hospital. She’s got no references, and as far as I can tell he’s got no business or familial relationships with anyone she knows.”

“So she was just a random choice?”

“Nothing’s random Emperor.”

“You don’t think he’s degenerating do you?” asked [Vann].


“You can answer that quickly?”

“I can, his psychological profile and the way he acts with her is protective, in almost a father like manner. He’s got no children though, and he never suffered large casualties under his command that could cause a break like this. The only gap on his record is the time he spent as the prisoners of the class C’s.”

“After which he became a drunk, and a recluse, only ever talking to this assistant.”

[Syn] nodded, “I pulled his medical files. As far as can be determined the class C’s never did anything physical to him, besides a slight nutrient imbalance he came back from captivity with them as fit as when he left, ignoring the injures he received in the assault to rescue him.”

[Vann] groaned, “Meaning the damage is…”


“You get to figure out what it is.”

“How are you going to convince him to come up here?”

“I’m going to put his class B in the medical wing of the [Singer] treat her as a class A.”

[Syn]’s eyes widened at that, “Really?”

“He’s the only one who remotely understands the class C’s. I need him.”

“Understandable,” said [Syn] hesitating slightly.


“You seem to be convinced of the fact that we’ll encounter them again.”

“You aren’t?”

“I’ve no data to backup or make predictions on encountering them again, but yes. As much as I hate to consider the possibility.”

“You agree they represent a threat?”

“Their technology does, only because it’s alien. Their strategy should be predictable. We simply don’t have data on what that strategy is, hence why [Reece] keeps changing the scenarios.”

“And they’re all based on the tech for the Blink and the shield nullification. For all we know they have another trick in their arsenal. Wait,” [Vann] scowled, “Are you helping him build scenarios?!”


[Vann] opened his mouth to say something and then sighed and leaned back in his chair.

“Question after question. when are we going to make an error that costs us something significant, that makes everyone see they might be a threat?”

“Wasn’t the error not completely eliminating the class C’s? The edict of technological acquisition and all of that?”

[Vann] considered he words for a moment, “It’s something we’ll have to consider in the future, if a class C race has technology that might allow them to survive. We don’t try to acquire it, we simply destroy them.”

“Other class C’s have survived.”

“They didn’t have original technology though, and we’ve not heard from them in a thousand years. They simply want to live. C1764 though? They want to die, and they’re going to try and take us with them.”

[Syn] snorted.

“What?” asked [Vann] indignant.

“You need to work on your speeches.”

[Vann] stood up, and shaking his head turned to walk off of the bridge for the shuttle, “Thank you for volunteering to do my filing!”

[Syn] glanced down at the Comm sitting in his chair and then back up at the Emperor as the doors of the ancient ship slammed back shut.

“Damn it,” muttered [Syn].

9 Years, 6 Months, 17 Days After Eridani Landing


“This, this, this,” Anil continued to stammer for several moments.

Derrick slowly extracted himself from the control panel for the Canada’s power distribution systems and looked over at the woman, “what?”

“Your history.”

Anil turned the small tablet over displaying one of the images to Derrick, an old picture of a human who had survived the first use of a nuclear weapon on Earth. The man’s skin was burned off, and healed showing little more than a skull covered in scars, the eyes were blind and staring off into infinity.

“What about it?” asked Derrick as he turned back to continue working on the electrical systems the hair on the back of his neck standing straight up.

“You actually used nuclear weapons on each other? Why?”

“It was to end a war I think, I’m not the best at history,” muttered Derrick as he moved further into the panel.

“The first use of nuclear weapons in human history was an effort by one nation and its allies who had defeated a coalition of nations on one front, to convince those on another front to surrender. The justification for the weapon was that by showing such devastation, a war or attrition could be avoided.”

Anil was silent for a moment, “This is, horrible! Your species, you say this like it is nothing!”

“That happened a long time ago, we’ve created far more devastating weapons. Ones that we at one point used against one another.”

“Worse, than this?” asked Anil as she looked back down at the picture.

She frowned and paged through the tablet, “The Earth-Mars war?” asked Anil.

“You have been reading.”

“It was one of the first things in the historical archives but I skipped most of it, I was tasked to try and understand your species better by looking into your past politics. War seems to be at the forefront, much like my own world, so I was going through all of the larger conflicts in your history in sequence.”

Arik chuckled, a small buzz coming from every speaker in the compartment, “A disturbing kinship, is it not?”

Anil slowly nodded, “What happened in the Earth-Mars war?”

The Human engineer and AI were silent for a moment, neither willing to speak first.

“I’m sorry if I said something wrong.”

“No, it’s something neither of us saw it, or at least not combat. I was a kid when it ended. The war, it was probably the most devastating thing Humanity has ever endured up to that point. We were using weapons that traveled between planets, 400 million were killed. That was with both sides trying to avoid civilian casualties.”

Derrick paused, “The largest attack, was what prompted the end of the war to be honest. The Martian’s fired a kinetic round that was set to hit an asset in high Earth orbit. It was a critical military relay I think, not really important. Earth command tried to deflect the kinetic round like they had with other attacks, by shooting their own kinetic weapon at the incoming projectile.”

Arik slowly brought a rough image of the trajectories up on the screens in the engineering section. Giving the crude retelling of the events a visual.

“The kinetic round hit, and redirected the incoming Martian attack. Instead of putting the round on a trajectory to dive into the atmosphere and burn up, the redirect put the projectile on a course directly down to Earth. It was to late to fire another redirect round, and the cities below had only minutes to even try and evacuate.”

“Moscow, Russia. It’s a city that had been on Earth for thousands of years. The kinetic round hit, and decimated the city in an instant. It was an explosion of pure energy and kinetic power. The projectile was tipped with antimatter, something both sides had agreed to never use on a planetary target.”

Derrick juggled a tool in his hands for a moment, “40 million dead in a flash. Civilians, military, men, women, children.”

The compartment fell silent except for the sound of machinery and cycling life support.

“This did not incite further conflict?” asked Anil slowly.

Derrick shook his head, “No, like with the first nuclear bomb it was a sign. A warning of what could happen. This time though, it wasn’t a warning for one nation. It was a warning for all of humanity. We were on two planets, a dozen moons, inhabited dozens of structures in space but we could still destroy ourselves in an instant. Both sides had hundreds of these kinetic rounds, we could have launched them all destroyed life in our solar system in under a day.”

Arik slowly brought up the image of the signed peace treaty.

“Humanity as violent as it is, has always demonstrated an uncanny ability to survive. I would argue that our being here now is proof of this. Our entire world was decimated, the two planets we nearly destroyed killed by one ship. Out population reduced to almost nothing, and yet we endure. Looking back on it now, the death of 40 million seems small, but at the same time it seems more significant. Those who died were after all killed by Humans, they were mourned. If we all died when the aliens attacked, not one would mourn for them, remember them.”

Anil looked at the image of Arik, “You speak as if you’re human. Aren’t you a computer?”

“I’m human, doesn’t matter if I have a body or not.”

“Well, I can guarantee you this. You now have one more person who’ll remember them, and your entire world.”

Derrick’s eyes widened, and he slowly nodded, “Thank you.”

“Can I make a guarantee as well?” asked Arik.

“Yes,” said Anil

“We’ll make sure you don’t have to.”

9 Years, 6 Months, 20 Days After Eridani Landing


“Any progress with the kids?” asked Megan as she slowly sipped at her cup of coffee.

“We will inform you if anything comes to light Engineer-Megan, we have already said this!” said Yern through the communication channel.

“I know, but that’s only if you find something big.”

“Bob’s neural activity spiked when we were attempting to stimulate Alice’s pain reflex. We switched and did the same with Bob, Alice responded in kind.”

Megan took a sip of her coffee and stared at the communication for another moment, “I just woke up, what did the neurologists say this means?”

“The two brains are so interconnected, that even their instinctual responses are intertwined. There is also another disturbing implication.”

“That is?”

“These brains, they were never in the confines of a skull. From what I am told all signs of development point to the two having been grown in the confines of their cases.”

“So they weren’t like Arik.”


“The interconnected behavior does mirror what a Tanuin would experience.”

“It takes nine months for a human embryo to develop, these brains cannot have been grown in the time since we came into contact with your species!”

“It looks like other procedures were attempted to cause this, crude when compared to the interconnectivity of the Tanuin brains but deliberate in any case. Once the researchers of this lab had something to work with? They were able to engineer an analog.”

Megan sighed, “Thank you Yern, keep up the work.”

Closing the communication Megan slowly drifted out of her sleeping closet and looked around the small room. It was reminiscent of the one on the Yamato in the style and cramped accommodations, but at the same time it felt too big. The Yamato cabin despite being built for one, had on most nights held two after all.

Slapping the mug of coffee onto the wall Megan looked at her reflection in the mirror, she had cut her hair back to military regulations so that it was out of the way as she worked on the ship. it was a task that was progressing slowly, and quickly at the same time.

Large components and systems were being completely diverted from the China to the Russia, in fact most of the China’s systems had been stripped out leaving her with only an outer frame and hull. The section that had been blown out into space, had been directly ripped from the China and moved into place on the Russia, leaving a gaping hole in her side.

Still those larger pieces were the hold up, with the Tanuin now allowed to help in full force small details were remarkably taken care of with ease. The smaller creatures, able to move in all but the smallest compartments and innards of the ship could trail wires, fix circuits, repair and fix in locations that would have normally taken a human engineer hours to get to.

Punching her door open Megan drifted into the central corridor of the ship, and into the hubbub that was the norm for her construction.

“Ma’am!” said one engineer pausing his arms full of cables.

“The crew in the forward point defense gun bay are having trouble with the installation of the targeting systems, they would appreciate you checking in!”

“I will.”

The engineer nodded and tensing again bounced of the wall down towards the aft compartments.


A small Tanuin, one that looked to be even younger than Night hit Megan on the chest as it used her to stop its flight through zero-g’s several other bodies quickly impacted her.

Megan looked down at the creature, “Yes?”

“We are unsure how to install the power safety systems in the port midsection stations for the operation of the ACE is non-functional, we are unsure what the problem is.”

“I’ll be there in a minute, try and figure it out. Make sure you’re not looking at the starboard schematics.”

“Yes Ma’am!” the Tanuin leapt off of her and latching onto the strips that had been added to the wall began to quickly scuttle away. The strips were an addition that had been made for the Tanuin, and where complex macro fibrous sheets of material, otherwise known as carpet. Placed in the corners of each wall and in most rooms they were out of the way for the humans and provided the Tanuin paths to crawl, since the sections of the Human ships were far to large for them to safely float in.

Turning and pushing off of the wall before anyone else accosted her Megan shot towards the bridge of the Russia.

James glanced up as she rushed in, and stood up at his chair feet in the small footholds.

“Good morning, sleep well for…” he glanced down at his Link, “Four hours?”

“Don’t say anything. It’s better when I’m working.”

“I get that, but your going to burn yourself out.”

“Then I burn out, anything new?” she asked changing the subject.

James crossed his arms and glared at her for a moment, “The Council is questioning the wisdom of stripping down the China to make sure the Russia can launch earlier, and they’re apprehensive about sending us out with the China stripped like she is.”


“They liked the idea of having a warship to patrol the system, and not just the defense platforms and the Fort.”

“We’ve not had a ship to defend Bellona for nearly a decade, now they’re getting antsy?”

James shrugged, “What do you want them to say? The Fort’s got more firepower than all three ships combined.”

“The ship would be a symbol. Is that not obvious?” asked Alpha from his perch on the back of the captains’ chair. It was a small half sphere, with small alcoves built into it for Tanuin to settle into. The back of the sphere and was hollow, and allowed the Tanuin to better hear each body when seated in it making it easier to relax like any human chair.

“That makes sense,” muttered James.

Alpha glared at the two for a moment, “I thought Humans had ships in their own history which were symbols, names to not be forgotten, ships and crews that are remembered and honored as new ships are constructed.”

“We do Alpha,”

“A ship would be a symbol, the Fort might be more functional but ships have a mystic, do they not? My own ship was named after one of the first that traversed the ocean’s of our home world. It was perhaps the tenth ship with such a name.”

“What was the name?” asked James.

The XO of the Russia let out a low warble, “I’m unsure how to translate it. ‘Effort’ might be the closest name I think.”

“The Effort? Describes its Captain rather well.”

“I was the third Captain of the ship, but thank you.”

Megan nodded, “I’m going to go and help in the forward guns, the replacement engine plant will be here this afternoon and the install will start.”

“Alright, after that though you’re going to get 8 hours of sleep at least.”

“I won’t.”

“You will otherwise I will have medical personnel examine you. Will that end well?” asked James.

Megan frowned, “what do you mean?”

“You’ve not gotten more than three hours sleep every night for the past week. You’re either a robot or about to snap. That’s the last thing I need at the moment, understand?”

The two glared at one another, “I’ll do six hours.”



9 Years, 6 Months, 13 Days After Eridani Landing


“Anything?” hissed [Orin]

“I’ll tell you when I see something, asking me if I’ve seen something every three minutes is not going to help,” growled Diana as she scanned the dense almost rainforest around them.

“We need to get [Hal] back to the city!” hissed [Orin].

“I’m aware, but as soon as we make a call out Sek’s going to trace us here!”

“Well we stay here any longer and [Hal]’s going to die!”

Diana growled several choice curses under her breath, “I’m going to go deeper into the forest, in a west direction and loop around to the other side of the city. That’ll take me ten hours or so given how thick this all is. Once I’m their I’ll make a call for aide like we’re all still together. Ten minutes after that, you make your own call. Sek’s going to already be heading towards me.”

[Orin] frowned, “You can’t make it around to the other side of the city in ten hours! Not in this forest!”

“I’ll make it.”

“Transport!” whispered [Hal] from behind the two women.

[Orin] and Diana both quickly ducked down beneath the large outcropping of rock and moss where the transport had crashed. The impact of the event had been rather mild for everyone, except [Hal]. He had been on the side of the transport that had slammed into the rock, and his right arm crushed between the rock and the heavy gun he had been holding onto for dear life as they plummeted.

The impact had broken the bones in at least four places from what Diana could tell, and already out of nano-machines their was nothing that either [Orin] or Diana could do to help him except try to stem the bleeding.

They had been arguing for over three hours now about what to do, even as they watched several Transports slowly sweep over the forest, Empire and civilian ships alike.

“It’s a better plan than anything else I’ve heard,” coughed [Hal] from where he sat.

“You’ve only been lucid enough to listen to a quarter of the plans!” snapped [Orin]. He ignored her, and looked at Diana.

“You’ll be fine in this wilderness on your own?”

Diana raised the laser rifle, “I’m not a fan of these, but they work. I’ll be fine.”

“Then it’s a good plan.”

“Don’t call before I do!”

Diana spun on her heel and darted into the undergrowth.

“Diana! Damn it!”

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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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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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