<Desert, Outpost 3, Micho>
Regina nodded at both Orbit Clean and Keichi, and burst through the door. They both raised their rifles, checking all points for enemies.
Regina: "Empty. Wait, look!"
Regina pointed to a holographic map that seemed to display a blinking red light at a location labelled "Prison".
Regina: "Looks like something's happening at the prison."
Regina communicated to everyone using Fourteen's telepathic link.
Regina: "Something's happening at the prison. Someone must be trying to get to Uteriach first.
Keichi, who was wearing a bizarrely huge suit to protect his metallic exoskeleton from the desert heat, scoffed.
Keichi: "Or maybe they're trying to break him out."
Regina: "Crap. There has to be some way to get there in time!"
Keichi: "Maybe they have some sort of teleporter or instant transportation system?"
Fourteen: "Kind of. Some old schematics our client sent to us showed a pneumatic transport tube of sorts connecting all of the outposts and both of the prisons. I suppose they never put prisoners like Uteriach in there for their own safety, but don't expect it to be an easy ride.
Regina: "Right. We'll find it! Orbit, Keichi, let's go."
The group advanced down a corridor, when suddenly, several spider drones emerged and fired lasers at them.
Orbit could see a sign labelled "Transportation" pointing down the hall. They were almost there, they just had to get rid of those darn spiders.
-<Desert, Outpost 4, Micho>
Lalli: "Well, looks like the plan's gone to hell."
Fourteen: "It has not gone to hell! There's just been a slight change!
Lalli Cain: "Right, well, we're infiltrating the outpost to find that pneumatic thing. Carney, you want to go stealth or go loud?"
OOS: Make your choice, DRJ, and feel free to take control of Lalli and the GC/Supermax guards to RP their subsequent actions.
-<Dune overlooking prison convoy route, Desert, Micho>
Fourteen opened the face plate of the helmet of his bizarrely huge suit (which he needed to protect his metallic exoskeleton from the desert heat), and took a swig of it.
Fourteen: "Vodka. The humans got that one right, among other things, I'll admit."
((Everything with Regina and Lalli happens)).
Fourteen cursed in his Liquid Metalliconite tongue.
Fourteen: "Always....always, something goes wrong. Always. Well, Raigen, you'll get to use that rifle alright, but in a different way. I'm going to call the transport ship to take us directly to the prison, or somewhere close enough for you to get a shot at Uteriach and whoever's interfering with our plan."
As Fourteen contacted the ship, Raigen noticed something on the dune across from the one they were on. He looked through the scope, and saw a dummy with a sniper rifle in front of it. He immediately recognized it as a decoy tactic, one that had was most prominent during the Vrai Wars, and made a comeback during the Kanos Jai war.
The decoy was a signal that there was another sniper nearby who had discovered the position of the enemy sniper. Raigen surmised that the other sniper had repositioned themselves, and was likely looking for a new vantage point.
Suddenly, a bearded human burst out of the sand, leaping onto Raigen and attempting to stab him with a beam knife.
-<Supermax Prison, Micho>
Uteriach's eyes widened as the shots scorched the rubble near him. He had to act now. Uteriach thought Facade's reason for rescuing him was convincing enough, for a Lithian at least.
Uteriach stood up and grabbed some of the pieces of rubble. He quickly jumped out of his cell and into the corridor, running past Facade. Energy beams swarmed all around him, somehow missing the Dachori as he sped up to the blockade with break-neck speeds. A bullet, specially made to pierce the skin of many species (even Riders) slammed into his arm, but he was not deterred.
He leaped over the blockade, burning parts of his scrubs on the shield a few inches below. Uteriach slammed a piece of rubble on the head of one of the guards, immediately killing him. Before another guard could react, Uteriach knocked her down using the corpse of the previous guard. He reeled towards one of the turrets, and ripped it from its stand, firing at all the other guards and killing most of them instantly. Only one guard, a xenophibian, survived. The Rider slammed his fist into his chest, a punch so powerful it killed the poor xeno instantly.
The shields shimmered away, leaving only the plasteel blockade. Uteriach triumphantly emerged, smirking. He cocked the turret.
Uteriach: "Let us proceed, After."
---<The Galactic Council, Office 22-besh>
The Malchiorian Ambassador to the Galactic Council, Erika Wong, shrugged as she explained the situation to Secretary of State Al-qi-tuk Kirea and Secretary of Defense Perseus, both communicating to her through holograms.
Amb. Erika Wong: "In short, Mr. Secretary, I found the speech to be very convincing."
Secretary Perseus: "Jedi mind control notwithstanding."
Secretary Kirea: "Seems like every day some state or faction comes out of the woodwork and tries to change things. The Amun Collective, the Kanos Jai, and now the Razaan Ascendancy. They want to pretend they haven't been largely hostile to intergalactic affairs for decades! Certainly there are strings attached, but this could be a good chance to get some more help against this PLUTUS terrorist. I don't want some mad robot damaging whatever relationship the AfD has with the New Order."
Secretary Perseus: "The Secretary is right. President Krieger has already approved reinforcements to be sent to the Galactic Council base to aid the Malchiorian and AfD forces already present there. But watch yourself, Ambassador. Trust no one."
The Ambassador nodded, and disconnected.
Back on Malchior IV, the Secretary of Defense continued his communication with the Secretary of State.
Sec. Perseus: "I miss the Xīng Zhànshì
, we could have sent it out there had it not been for those damn Takemiks. Well, at least I took down several of them with me."
Sec. Kirea: "As much as I would like to reminisce, Perseus, we have to focus on the task at hand."
Sec. Perseus: "Indeed. PLUTUS is now one of our top security threats, and we need to do everything in our power to neutralize him and his force. If the ships don't work, there are other weapons we could use."
Sec. Kirea: "What about the....former President? He has abilities."
Sec. Perseus: "No. No way."
Sec. Kirea: "Oh come on! He'll be our fail safe in case the coalition doesn't work! Plus we can show the Razaan and the New Order that we're even stronger than they already know we are."
Sec. Perseus: "The planet's top diplomat is lecturing me
Sec. Kirea: "You know I'm right, Perseus."
Sec. Perseus: "....Right. I'll consider it. Good night, Al."
The holo-call ended. Perseus leaned back in his chair, and looked out to see the setting sun. It seems that he would live to see another war.My name is Perseus, Secretary of Defense of Malchior IV. I have served my planet for decades, fighting the Vrai, the Coridanites, the New Order, the Tanari, and the Kanos Jai to protect my people. I moved up the ranks and was named Secretary of Defense by President Vell himself. But unbeknownst to any of my compatriots, I have been a member of the Sha'lythe, a secret intergalactic society composed of individuals dedicated to protecting the galaxy by working behind the scenes. Recent years found us focusing on stopping Arc Blair, but we recently returned to our other project: watching the very man who made me his Secretary of Defense. President Klak Vell carries a secret power within him, one that, if unleashed, would be a threat us all...and this android only complicates matters even more. Allman, Ascheron, Caiaphus, Yetzirah, Blair, now PLUTUS, and soon.....Vell.
---<Galactic Council Base, Near the Tower of Babel>
A fleet of Galactic Council ships, many of which were carrying the AfP banner, arrived from hyperspace and started firing at the Tower. Turrets from nearby asteroid stations also sent their barrages.
Suddenly, a Malchiorian battleship and two cruisers arrived as reinforcements. Ziggy Stardust, Weird
, and Gilly
were their names. They viciously fired at the Tower
, the Ziggy
releasing squadrons of fighters and bombers from its bay.
---<Vongolan People's Republic, Haven City
Haven City had gone through many names in just a decade: under King Oncè it was known as Quiftani, under Uteriach it was known as Karana, and now, under rebel control, it was known as Haven.
After Uteriach di Armechio was arrested in the time between the Tanar-Takemikazuchi War and the AfP-New Order War, the entire People's Republic fell into chaos. The tribunal of Uterian loyalist generals dissolved the Global Assembly and declared themselves leaders, as the only likely heir, Figlio di Armechio, was missing and presumed dead. The generals decided to appoint Major Rahksha to be the new Acting Generalissimo, believing that they could use his fanatic loyalty to his imprisoned predecessor as a means of manipulating him to do what they wanted.
Joshua Kozín became leader of the Separatists, a faction that consisted of whatever anti-Uterians were left after the Armechios' purges and killing of Thomas P. Kane. A civil war broke out between the Separatists and the Vongolan People's Republic, the latter wanting to maintain the militarist yet socialistic government, while the former struggled to decide on a political identity.
Eventually, the Separatists separated (pun intended) in two: Kozín's Democratic-Republicans (often called rebels or derogatorily referred to as "Kozínites", who favored a new, more democratic approach to governing Vongola, and the Monarchists, who wished to restore the Vongolan monarchy (their leader claiming to be a member of the Royal Family).
The three-sided civil war tore through Vongola, and even spread to Tuvar'quóth and other pro-Uterian planets in the system, resulting in mass casualties and wanton destruction. Rumor has it that even the Kanos Jai refused to enter the system, as Arc Blair had joked that the Vongolans and Tuvar-nloq would destroy themselves, leaving the system ripe for the taking.
Caught in this conflict was a young courier. He had seen many things, he even worked for a Pirate Lord of Liquid Metallicon once. But he was terrified, as this was his most dangerous mission yet.
He ran through Haven City, climbing over rubble and passing by ruined buildings housing refugees. The courier carried with him a metallic case, one that contained an object of extreme importance to the rebels.
Beni'quem huffed and puffed as he finally arrived at the meeting spot. Joshua emerged, his facial scars and eyepatch frightening the courier even more.
Joshua: "Calm down, calm down. You're safe. I have several of my men nearby, they will protect you."
Beni'quem: "It's here. I finally got it."
Joshua: "Thank God..."
Joshua opened the case, revealing a massive silver broadsword with blue energy coursing through various lines that were across the blade. Inscriptions in an ancient tongue decorated the fuller, and the central ridge pulsated with the aforementioned energy.
Joshua: "The Master Sword. It was forged by Uteriach's people, and now we have it. This could devastate the VPR's morale, and show them that their Generalissimo is finished."
Beni'quem: "oh xd"
Joshua: "We had better get it to a safe location. We don't want it to fa-"
D-R Soldier: "CONTACT! CONTACT! WE HAVE CONTA-"
The soldier on the roof of a damaged building's words were cut short by a laser blast that instantly killed him. The other Kozínites soldiers panicked, firing at an incoming force of VPR troops. A woman triumphantly fired at both Joshua and Beni'quem.
Joshua: "Crap, it's Cassandra Cromwell! RUN!"
---OOS: And now, finally, the moment you have all been waiting for...<A Random House, Malchior IV>
The remnants of the house smoldered as "David" grinned, sitting in a chair. He raised a knife to the sky, and saw a reflection in it: one of a purple avian alien....I am the nightmare of a thousand legions, the terror of many a mortal. I have brought destruction and death to many universes, but I am not finished with this one yet. My enemy lives, believing he can escape me. But he will be proven wrong, as I unleash the monster within....and destroy him. I am his darkness, and his fear. The mere thought of me reduces the bravest to their knees. I am nothing. I am chaos....I am Caiaphus.