There are so many spelling errors in the following post, however my computer does not have spell check and I am out of time... So it's post it rough or odn't post it at all... I'll clean it up when I get time later today or tomorrow in the mean time enjoy!
Karl walked onto the Bridge of the Wrath nursing a hangover. Kar'l was not used to waking up to bright lights and such noise! Normally his usual morning hangover would be greeted by the beautful darkness of space and a 90% shader he had installed to keep the light from any sun or ships engines from hurting his eyes. But there was no such mercy on the tiny bridge of the Wrath. Sure 60% of the room was covered in veiwscreens depicting space, but the rest of the room was bathed in what currently seemed to be the light of a thousand suns.
"Good morning captain." Said a three eyed humanoid sitting at the helm.
"What's so good about it Slidders?" Slidders was an oddity. First off he was the first athiest Paranoid that Karl had ever heard of. Second his name was Slidders, who ever heard of a Paranoid with such a name? And lastly he just didn't act like a Paranoid. Never once had Karl heard him say anything about the holyness this or the great that. Even if you asked him about why he was an athiest he just clammed up. Weird.
"Well, we're alive, we all have very good pay checks, and we are half way through our 3 day patrol and have yet to see any enemy activity." Even after three days of this Karl was not sure if he was going to be able to accept a Slidders as his XO. Miles had insisted that he was very good at what he did, but sometimes Karl wondered about Miles judgement, after all, an athiest Paranoid!?!
Karl sat down in the command chair and brought up the logs from the last night...
[log entry-XO Slidders]2250:Jumped through gate to Antigone Memorial in formation with the Vengeance, fighter squardren to follow. Sector scanned for hostiles. None found. Sector Scanned for God. None found. Vengeance made contact with sector defence. All quite. Proceding in formation to Power Circle.
[log entry-XO Slidders]0350:Jumped through gate to Power Circle in formation with the Vengeance, fighter squardren to follow. Sector scanned for hostiles. None found. Sector Scanned for God. None found. Vengeance made contact with sector defence. All quite. Proceding in formation to Three Worlds.
[log entry-XO Slidders]0650:Jumped through gate to Three Worlds in formation with the Vengeance, fighter squardren to follow. Sector scanned for hostiles. None found. Sector Scanned for God. None found. Vengeance made contact with sector defence. All quite. Proceding in formation to Cloudbase Northwest.
Karl shook his head, it was one thing to not believe in God but to be so blasphemeth? Karl believed in the God of the Split who created the universe and tought the split the way of the warrior. He was not sure if the Split God and the Paranoid God were the same but for anyone to insult any god in such a manner?
"Captain I have Commedore on the line, he says it is urgent." The communications officer said as he patched William through.
"Morning Karl, you look ripe and eager this morning." Wil'helm said smiling evilly. The humor faded from his face replaced by a seriousness Kar'l had never seen in the young man's eyes before as he continued, "I just received a distress call from one of my traders in Elain's Fortune. A Phanon Demios and assorted fighters attacked it, though it made it away safely." A Demios? Karl thought as images of the Paranid designed frigate flashed across his mind, Were would they acquire one of those? "I am afraid that they are planning on continuing on their path and that they plan to attack the Complex in orebelt. We have to stop them."
"Wil'Helm, it is a Demios, a FRIGATE! They are not to be taken lightly, but I am sure with our fighters to help we will take it!" Kar'l felt his heart starting to pound, the thrill of a truely worthy fight exciting him.
"Negitave, bearly any of the fighters are equiped with jumpdrives. Frankie is going to take the squadren and head for President's End, were we will fall back if the Demios proves to be more then a match for us." A devilish smile came back across william face, "Besides when was the last time two corvette's managed to capture a Frigate, huh? Imagine the stories." Kar'l couldn't help but lose himself momentarly in the romance of it all. That kind of story would bring much honor to his families name.
"When do we jump?" Kar'l asked with anticipation radiating from his face.
"Now my friend, The demios is headed towards the south gate in Elaine's Fortune presumably to restock after fighting the traders drones off. We are going to jump in on top of them and hopfully catch their convoy halfway through the gate. The Marine Lander is ready as soon as we get the demios' shields down. Jump on my mark, 3... 2... 1... JUMP!"
Elaine's Fortune blosomed into view as the Wrath brust from the gate. A fighter banked hard and bearly managed to evade being run over by the Wrath as it barroled forward at full speed. Kar'l brought the main guns to bear and fired a salvo into the fighter nearly breaking it shields. The fighter shot back meaninglessly and then tried to make another run for the gate; but Karl let loose another salvo and the fighter errupted into a ball of fury. Kar'l pulled the Wrath around to search for more targets in time to see missiles from the Vengeance rip apart two more fighters.
"Shit, I didn't expect them to run quite so quickly, so much for our element of suprise." Wil'Helm radioed over. "Ok Jumping to Split Fire in 3... 2... 1... JUMP!"
Split fire was a much plainer veiw with almost no stations to be found, Kar'l noted as the Wrath and the Vengeance came through the Gate together. Karl's scanners immediatly picked up the demios as well as three heavy fighters, two interceptors, and four scouts.
"Hold position and watch this." Karl bought the Wrath to a stop a missile after missile began to bloom from the missile tubes of the Vengeance. Hundreds of missiles soon filled the air as the Phanon fighter despiratly tried in vain to escape. Seconds later nothing remained between them and their target.
"God I love missiles," William said over the radio, "Hold on I am getting a hail from the demios... Maybe they want to surrender?" Highly unlikely. Karl thought. "Patching it through.
The bridge of the demio came to life on the forward view screen dipicting a much younger captain then Karl had been expecting. Sitting in the command chair of the demios was a maybe 25 year old Argon clad in a formidable black Uniform that was perfessionally pressed to be absoultly perfect. Several Medals decorated the man's chest and he proudly wore the insignia of Rear Admiral on his collar.
"Good Morning Gentalmen. It is rather unseemly that you would attack without first introducing yourselves. I am Read Admiral Gordek of Nova Corperation." Karl felt a little stunned at such mild manners from a man who just watched his entire fighter wing disappear in a cloud of missiles. A cold ruthlessness seemed to eminate from every mild mannered word Gordek spoke.
"Enough with pleasentries." William returned, "Surrender your ship and no one else has to die today."
Admiral Gordek let out a long and sinister laugh, for several minutes before getting a hold of himself, "You and what fleet? Oh that was good, I'll tell you what, I am late for my Daughter's wedding. How about you turn around and disappear and I'll just assume you are some hapless pirates not the Phanon Corp. most wanted individial."
"You may want to let your aughter know your going to be late because today that ship goes home with me."
"Suit yourself," Admiral Gordek said with a grin, "All cannons fire at will."
The Wrath shivered as Ion Disruptors blasted into it's shields. Kar'l pushed the thruster all in and returned fire with the HEPTs. The vengeance also began moving firing it's cannons.
"Shields at 85%!" The engineer yelled as another wave blasted into the Wrath. Kall glanced at the tactical screen to see the Demios' shields had fallen to 90%. Maybe we have a chance? Karl thought as he pour fire from the main cannons into the frigate. The corvettes continued to try and outmanuever the frigate however the true firepower of the frigate lie in it's broadsides which could fire at almost any angle from the ship and under Admiral Gordek's hand they never missed an opertunity and the well trained gunners fired with deadly accureacy. Karl winced as another volley shattered across his shields bringin them to a meassly 3%, while a glance at his Tactical display showed a grim sight his weapon capacitors completely drained and the frigates shields still at 10%. That's it there is nothing more we can do Karl thought as he opened a comm link to the Vengeance.
"Wil'helm, We are out of weapon power. Our shields are..." Another blast of cannon fire rocked the Wrath this time carving into the hull. "Down!" William's face was pinched as he searched for a way to win. Karl watched as the frigate opened fire once more this time on the Vengeance. Fire ripped across it's hull as the shields failed and the frigate brokethrough to the hull. Explosions ripped across the bridge as the frigate's gun overloaded near by conduits. karl watched in horror as William was tossed head over heels into the far wall by the explosion.
"Wil'Helm!!!!!!" Kar'l roared trying to think despirately of a way to save his friend. He turned his ship to face the frigate and started to accelerate. The frigates shields were down and if he hit it in just the right angle he could take it with him.
Karl was so focused on the frigate that he bearly head a whispered voice trying desperatly to be head. "Kar...l... ju....mp.... Presi...dent's... End...." Kar'l looked down at the comm's screen to see a badly battered and burn William clutching his rib cage with one hand as he held himself up against the captain's chair with the other. Relief to see that his friend was not dead flooded him and distracted him... then looking up the frigate was less the 300 meters away and closing fast. Karl pushed down on the stick to try and clear the frigate as he activated the jump drive. The frigte loomed closer and closer as the jump drive spooled up 150 meters... 75 meters... 25 meters......
President's Ends burst into view as a relief to Kar'l... just 1 more second and it would not have been the case. Kar'l sighed as the Veneance aslo emerged from the gate just seconds after him. The Vengeance looked rough, with scortch marks running all up and down it's side, Karl would hate to see what the Wrath looked like... Turning his attention back to the rest of the secotr Kar'l found another sight that made his heart feel light, then entire Dragon Squadran sitting not 10 Km off. Salvation.........