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PostSubject: The Dawnbreaker   Fri 15 Feb 2013, 1:36 am

Lieutenant-Commander Racheiylla took her command, seated on the left of her cruiser.

Given the utmost importance of her quest, one would have thought that the Alteriian high command would put more effort into making sure it succeeds, but the entire plan hinged on the Fleshers ignoring her anyway, since the arrival of The Weapon, which caused their defeat in the last battle they had fought in Flesher Space...

Luckily, most of Verax's forces had been centered around Crenel in the 1st dimension, and it was relatively easy to slip around them using their stealth drives. The return trip might be more difficult...

It all depended on how quickly the Flesher's adapted. So, it was a single cruiser and compliment. One cruiser, three frigates, seven destroyers, 51 fighters, 1,000 multi-purpose drones, and a total compliment of 560 Alteriian Commandos. A mere handful, in the vast bulk of Flesher space, that threatened to choke the very life out of them in sheer amount of mass... She blinked. A common thing to do. Such an uncommon situation to do it in.

But orders were orders. The command was clear, recover the lost artifact, The Dawnbreaker, from the subterranean surface of the Zollkar.

Zollkar. The Flesher homeworld.

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PostSubject: Re: The Dawnbreaker   Sat 23 Feb 2013, 8:54 pm

STARDATE 4470727

The expedition was well underway, weeks into Flesher Space. They ships had been traveling in zig-zags, at low speeds, to avoid Flesher patrols in hyper-space. The result was long days of silence. No communication from the homeworld. Or any world. Just the incessant buzz of creatures communicated through mental-neural links. They had spent days screening the sector, searching for Zolkaan, but to no avail. They had no charts, no way of researching Flesher patters, no way of possibly finding the darn artifact in time...

The only bright spot of their voyage was that hopefully, or luckily, the lack of Flesher scouts meant they hadn't adapted to their stealth systems, and hadn't detected them on short-wave graviton scans.

Graviton scans.

Of course! That was it! Short wave graviton scans were undetectable by most Flesher units. Of course, there were the giant communicator Fleshers, but they were far away from their positions, on the edges of the rapidly expanding Flesher space. It was their only hope of achieving their mission in time to actually save anyone's life. Otherwise, they, and billions of Alteriians would undoubtedly die.

STARDATE 4470826

Racheiylla warily eyed her energy-enhanced sword, hoping that they'd never need to be used. Thought passed through her mind agonizingly slowly. There was a picture in her mind of a young marine, stabbed to death by a thick undergrowth of vines. An image, brief and horrific, of a dart clearing the head off one of her commanders.

They had spent two days trekking through the boiling jungles of Zollkan, a planet smaller than Pluto. A tiny gas-covered planet thick with vegetation, poison, and predator plants. Racheiylla had already lost more than 30 marines to the native vegetation, very much less any Fleshers they had encountered.

They didn't have much time left.

STARDATE 4470911

They had found it. The tiny black, polished stone... within an ancient temple, of unknown design, it rested undisturbed, surrounded by some sort of magical force-field, which prevented the vegetation from consuming the temple whole. Racheiylla was able to disable the force-field with the use of their Rolxaan... she and her two dozen surviving compatriots.

They had to make it somehow, back to the ships... To transport this tiny rock home. To vault through Flesher space and onto Vertrus, without Verax realizing what they had done.

Vault... vault through space... it was crazy, but for a second time, the Lieutenant Commander had an idea.

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