Weekly Poll Results - How are you dealing with the no screenshots/POTD bug on th - Poll Results
Posted by: NOZYSPY on 04-05-2011 @ 17:02
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| How are you dealing with the no screenshots/POTD bug on the Network? |
|I cry myself to sleep at night. ||36.1% (258)|
|Ahhh so THATS why there are no screenshots or POTD's lately... ||25.3% (181)|
|I'm sure it will get fixed soon enough, no need to worry! ||16.2% (116)|
|I am trying to raise money (by selling my organs and limbs) to buy FileFront and fix all the bugs! ||12% (86)|
|Keep calm and carry on! ||6.5% (47)|
|Other (Please Comment!) ||3.5% (25)|
|Start: 03-28-2011 00:56|
|Last: 04-05-2011 16:19|
I'm sacrificing one youngling every hour till the Force is back in balance and the pictures are back.
I'm running out of younglings.
no POTD = no fun
For every day there is no pictures on the Network, I put 1,000,000 credits on JulioC's perverted head...
...And await the arrival of the one who missed the party...
Oh well, since, as the Sith'ari I have the power to see all the unseen pictures in my mind, I am not upset (lie).
Besides, I have other things on the agenda for the moment. I am still in the process of conquering my new galaxy (lie, I have already conquered it).
So instead, I do something constructive, such as channeling my supreme power to repair the network. Obviously, it does not progress quickly...
vote - other
Other: I've come to expect this of the Break Media owned version of Filefront. I'm neither suprised nor upset.
*Break Media assassins jump out of hiding to silence the dissident.*
Ha! After surviving the Gatekeeper/Darkon war, do you think a few petty thugs can kill me?
@3. And I will gladly take up that offer so I have the money to replace the Corvette I lost during the battle. (And the Empire is a little ticked at me for dragging them into the battle during which they suffered extreme losses... I may need cash to bribe the Admiral into not putting a price on MY head.)
I'm selling my limbs and organs to buy the site. With most of my body gone, I shall become a cyborg/living computer. This will allow me to perfectly interface with the site, and make the PotD finally work again.
You know, Ty, the Shadow Empire would make a strong ally. As it stands, I've been looking for one ever since the original Galactic Empire voted to integrate itself into the Shadow Empire. That left me with a lot of new toys to play with, many ships and units to upgrade to their maximum potential. That, and coupled with the fact that the Shadow Empire was originally a branch of the Trader Emergency Coalition WAY back in the beginning, thousands of galaxies away from here. (We still use those highly upgraded and advanced ships, by the way. With our Shadowtroopers and upgraded Imperial units of all kinds as extra ground and space units, we're pretty hard to beat.) The point I am getting to, is the Alliance would have been watching our battles very closely and would know that we are in a tough spot right now. If they decide to attack, the Empire would probably be able to fend them off, but your scattered remnant ships would be doomed. Why don't you start a Trade Alliance with us? You will get Credits, Metal, Crystal, other raw resources to build stronger ships? I could even make you a copy of the plans for the Argonev Star Base, to defend your key planets and to expand your trade network, as well as it's remote construction facilities AND firepower and hull equivalent to 5 ISD's? Think about it and let me know...
And for your help in my battle, if you wish, I will help you jump-start your economy once again.
Meh at least we dont see those bad potds with no sence
Well, I'm not actually a member of the Imperial Remnant, although I work very closely with them. The Remnant faction that participated in the recent battle was under command of Admiral Alexander Grage. I met Grage (who is scientist and cyborg sergeon and will gladly purchase your organs and body parts TurquoiseDragon) during my time with the Empire Reborn. Of course, after Kyle Katarn and Luke Skywalker screwed up the whole project, (just before my scheduled artificial force empowerment I might add!) we both went our seperate ways. I will gladly put you in contact with him and I'm sure he'll be more then willing to forge an alliance. Meanwhile, if you have any well-paying "work" to be done, I'll gladly do it.
*Lord Darkon's permanently placed undercover agents intercept recent communiques between the Gatekeeper and his favourite mercenary*
"Hmmm... how intriguing. The Trader Emergency Coalition, with highly advanced technology. I can only imagine how much more advanced their technology might have become since then. If my True Sith Empire could secure that technology for itself, I could launch a new invasion of the Gatekeeper and his puny Shadow Empire, with the required technological superiority. "
*Through his tenure in the Gatekeeper's outer-dimensional plane, Lord Darkon knows exaclty which far away galaxy the TEC originates from. A large TSE(True Sith Empire) Expeditionary Task Force is dispatched to that distant galaxy, to secure samples of that advanced technology, and possibly even conquer the TEC. Equipped with the new Interphase Space-Folding transgalactic hyperdrive engines, the journey should take no more than a month at most.*
I'm not perverted, you're just interpreting my comments in a perverted way.
Well, Ty, If you are interested in artificial force infusion, I can immensely help you there. Just name the side and the skillset, and it shall be done. In the meantime, I want you to take out- *Incoming transmission: To: The Gatekeeper. From: TEC Section B-12.*
"Sir, our borderline scouts have detected a large hostile fleet with TSE markings making it's way toward our galaxy. Request permission to engage."
Permission granted, B-12. Where will they arrive?
"At the Akates Star System, at the star itself, Sir."
We have 4 Argonev Star Bases there. They don't stand a chance. Just in case, I'm sending you a Kol Battleship with all abilities integrated. ETA 5 minutes. In the meantime, use the production bays to whip up a fleet of Kodiak Heavy Cruisers and Javelis LRM Frigates, as well as a few Garda Flak Frigates.
"Yes Sir!" *End transmission*
They're obviously after the TEC technology. Even if they get it, it is encrypted with a secret password that only I know of. Now, Ty, about those Force powers. Please continue.
I figured this would happen. Well, not this specifically, but I figured Break would break something.
I don't give a damn about the PotDs, since they sucked anyway, but the no screenshots thing bugs me. Like I have said in two other places, though, there is an option to get screenshots seen before downloading the file, but I've gone ignored.
"Fleet Admiral Rajko, our advance scouts have reached the TEC galaxy. As Lord Darkon suspected, the TEC technology is formidable, but they are far from warriors. A coalition of traders, they have lived in peace for far too long for their own good. Covert scans of the Akates border system indicate heavy defence presence, though. No mobile defenders, though they appear to be manufacturing several dozen medium sized ships in the nearby shipyard. They must expect an attack."
"Acknowledged. Battlegroup JZ2, proceed to attack the shipyard. Perform a quick hit-and-fade strike with your Munja class fast-attack cruisers, concentrate on their central manufacturing control. That will initiate a chain reaction to destroy all the vessels currently being built. Than get out quickly."
"Support Group JH2, your Karas class heavy carriers will launch all strike bombers to engage the Argonev battlestations. Stay out of their heavy turbolaser range, and deploy your fighters to provide close point-defence if necessary."
"Battlegroup JZ1, our Kurgarin class reactive-armoured dreadnoughts will engage the battlestations directly, providing distraction as required. My instincts tell me their heavier vessels may be on the way..."
"Support Group JH1, Battlegroup JZ3, you shall wait in reserve, ready for a flanking maneuver if required."
"All forces, engage!"
*The enemy fleet comes out of hyperspace, and finds a massive fleet of literally hundreds of ships of unknown type, without any turbolasers, and in the back, churning out dozens more by the minute, are four Death Star size star bases. In the front is a massive ship that must be the Kol Battleship. The TSE Fleet, not expecting such heavy resistance from mere traders, turns around, only to find a massive vessel, in the shape of a highly modified Star Destroyer, blocking out the sun! It's red outline casts an eerie shadow on the TSE fleet. Suddenly, a massive turret on the top of the pitch black ship starts glowing red. The Gatekeeper's voice rings out over the intercom: "Fire the Shadow Laser!" A massive red beam shoots out from the turret, annihilating Darkon's entire fleet, except for one scout...
"Lord Darkon!!! Request permission to-!"
*Before Ja_394 can give an order, and arm reaches from the shadows and twists his arms painfully while holding a blade to his throat with his other hand. "You have no idea what you've gotten yourself into." the unknown captor says "You and Darkon have kicked a rock that has started an avalanche, now it's my job to stop it before it gets any worse. In a moment you are going to hear a report from you friends telling you that the fleet they were battling has been destroyed, but that is just the beginning" *A voice buzzes through Ja_934's com "Darkon's strike team has been destroyed, do you copy?" "You have 72 hours." says the unknown voice
*JA-964 is about to respond when his comm says again: "I repeat, Darkon's strike-team has been destroyed, do you copy?" "We will meet again...." "I repeat, Darkon's Strike team...." "You may want to answer that."
*Ja-934 spins around, bewildered, but whoever he was, he was gone now.
"JZ2-A to Admiral Rajko. The shipyards are integrated with the battlestations, and are manufacturing far more vessels than anticipated. However, their weaponry and defences are inferior to ours. It seems, for all of their advanced technology, they have not invested in tactical systems. We have disabled their central control, and their assembly lines are destroyed. 5 out of 14 ships in the battlegroup lost. Moving out as instructed. Mission complete."
"Excellent, Captain. We are outnumbered 6 to 1 here, but you are correct, their armaments and battle tactics are inferior. I anticipate a complete victory within an hour. If this is the best example of vaunted TEC technology, perhaps our coming here was a waste of... WHAT?!?"
*An enormous black superdestroyer reverts from hyperspace behind the assault fleet, its massive beam cannon already charging to fire. However, just as the weapon is about to discharge... nothing*
"The unknown vessel has suddenly depowered, Admiral. Strange."
"I can see that. All vessels, move into encirclement positions around the ship. Assault shuttles, launch! We shall capture this ship for Lord Darkon. But... something doesn't smell right...
"Neither do you." Says a voice behind Darkon
*Darkon is about to turn around when the intruder grabs him by the throat with on hand and pokes a blade at his back with the other*
"If I were you, I would tell your men to stay away from that ship, unless they wish to meet the same fate as Ja_934's crewmen. You see, I need you and your army alive, for the time being. I would suggest calling your men back now, commander."
*Darkon spins around to see that the being had vanished*
*Incoming Transmission: To: Lord Darkon. From: The Gatekeeper. *The Gatekeeper appears in a hologram, still in his masked form.* "It seems we have a new enemy, Lord Darkon. Just as the Uberweapon, under my direct command, was about to wipe out your pathetic invasion force, an unknown captor swooped in and stopped me. Now, your if you check the battle, you will notice your fleet destroyed as a direct result of battle with my fleet AND my star bases, as well as your boarding shuttles destroyed BEFORE they could get to the SEALED hangars. If I were you, instead of stealing other people's technology, I would improve your own, as I have. Now, this is a direct order: Refrain from future attacks until I uncover the identity of my assailant. If you do not adhere to my demands, I will send my countless fleets to destroy ANY intruders to MY galaxy. As in, if I here of another ship of yours crossing the border, it will be destroyed. Do I make myself clear?"
"As for my assailant: Come out from the shadows and face me head on! You have 24 hours. If you do not, I will put 1,000,000,000,000,000 (One Quadrillion) credits on your head. Ty294 would like to have this kind of money, I am sure..."
*The Uberweapon explodes. Darkon and Ja_394 fly away from the shock-wave barely in time.
A voice comes through Ja_394's comm "As tempting as that may be, I have more important matters to deal with. I'll see you in 71 hours."
*Fleet Admiral Rajko to Lord Darkon: We have intercepted the transmission sent to you from the Gatekeeper. Ignore it, my lord. The Expeditionary force is still functional, though we have suffered heavy losses. His flagship opened fire from its secondary weapons just as we were about to board it. We have inflicted severe damage upon it, but after estimated 60% asset losses, I have ordered the fleet to retreat and regroup. Enemy battlestations, the shipyard, and most of the TEC defence fleet annihilated, however. JZ3 and JH1 reserve units not responding. Requesting further orders.*
"Return to TSE space, Admiral. We have a breach of internal security to deal with. Your fleet will redeploy to reinforce our border defences, while I use my Force permeator matrix to monitor this unknown enemy's movements. It seems the Gatekeeper has issued a direct challenge to him. That will distract him, giving me the advantage. If this situation develops as I predict it will, I shall kill two birds with one stone... Don't worry about his Uberweapon. Shortly after your fleet retreated, I sensed a massive disturbance in the Force as it exploded. It seems you did more damage than you thought, Admiral. Well done!"
"Thank you, my Lord."
I'm not sure whether to laugh at the comments or be upset about how unbelievably nerdy some people can become
Oh, look, the comments area has become infested with crappy RP'ing. Totally appropriate, right?
*After the Uberweapon explodes, it instantly reappears in the exact same spot, fully functional* "All systems operational, Sir. Seems the cloaking device fooled them all, and the explosion got the rest of Darkon's forces." Excellent. Return to base and proceed with repairs to the star bases. It would seem that Lord Darkon's as well as this mysterious Assailant's plans have been foiled. For now. As from this moment on, I will assume personal command of the Uberweapon. This kind of... stupidity... will not happen again. Preparations for the fleet commander's executions are well underway. Now, send someone to find 294. I want that Assailant dealt with. It is obvious he is too cowardly to fight me himself, so I'll send my best mercenary after him, as I am far too busy to deal with him myself, and he does not seem to be very much of a threat...
@22/23: But it's fun!
I vote... they're bored because of the lack of pics. And I have suggested a temporary fix for at least the POTD. Do the same thing that LegacyFiles, EAWFiles, and BattlefrontFiles have been doing: Posting the pic in the first comment.
And now... to add to the mayhem! Because I'm just as bored as they are. Sorry Ryojin.
Rapier Squadron VF-33 "Black Knights"
Terran Confederation Expeditionary Fleet
Unnamed System, Uncharted Space
Rattler looks out through the Canopy of his Rapier Medium Fighter at the aftermath of what appeared to be a large scale battle.
"Excalibur, Rattler. Looks like we missed some sort of party."
"Understood Rattler. The fleet will maintain position at the edge of the system. We're still detecting some active signals in system."
"Copy that. Rattler out. Hey Mags, What do you think happened?"
"No idea sir."
"Well... Stay Frosty. We could find ourselves in a furball real fast. We may not be anywhere near Kilrathi Space, but that doesn't mean squat."
Rattler again looks out at the carnage, and cringes.
"Whatever did this... Dang... I'd really hate to be on the receiving end of that gun."
@22 & 23. I was wondering when someone would finally comment on it.
*Whilst the Gatekeeper is busy with failed invasion by Darkon, Ty294 and Admiral Grage arrive in an old, modified Victory-Class Star Destroyer. The Gatekeeper informs them of the situation, and Ty294 begins an investigation. Meanwhile, Grage is able to convince the Gatekeeper to board the Star Destroyer so he can show him what is stored on board...*
"These artifacts were recovered during the Fury Crisis a number of years back. They were brought to this galaxy by the Furies which were extra-galactic beings. I have kept them hidden away over the years so I can study it without the knowledge of Imperial command or anyone else who may interfere with my work" He explains.
*The interior of the Star Destroyer has been converted into a large labratory, where engineers and scientists are busy researching and developing new technology based on the artifacts. Grage shows the Gatekeeper deadly weapons such as the "Bolt Buddy", the "Blast Cannon" and the "Wasp Missile". Finally, Grage shows the Gatekeeper his impressive legion of Cyborg soldiers.*
"All my assets are at your disposal my lord. I hope you can make good use of them."
*Meanwhile, Ty294 continues his search for clues as to the mysterious invader's identity...*
*The Gatekeeper looks with extreme interest at the Cyborg Soldiers* "Hm... With proper funding, this could be something good. I've actually been looking for the perfect robotic/living soldier for generations now. This might just be it. I'll have my engineers reinforce this ship''s hull and shields immiedietly." *The Gatekeeper raises his head, as if he senses something, quickly thanks Grage, then vanishes without a trace...*
*Covert burst transmission* "Deathstrike 1 to Lord Darkon: Infiltration successful. Obtained samples of Fury technology from Remnant forces. Promising potential for further development. Adversaries still preoccupied with tracking this unknown assailant. VSD sabotaged. Rogue Admiral Grage assassinated. Proceeding to Objective Beta*
"Acknowledged, Deathstrike 1. Do not compromise your deep cover by executing Objective Beta just yet. I have dispatched the rest of your Sith Huntresses to assemble at the staging area. Deathstrike 2 will relay you more specific instructions when you join them. Too sensitive to discuss even on a secure channel."
"Understood, my lord. Deathstrike 1 out."
*As Deathstrike 1 makes his way toward objective Beta, his way is suddenly bared by two massive cyborgs. At that moment, Grage appears behind him, accompanied by two Stormtroopers with strange markings. Grage's appearance seems different than before, his skin is pale and cracked, his eyes glow a deep yellow. His voice, high-pitched and maniacal, reaches the agent's ears:*
"Do you think you can kill me that easily dog? I've been preparing myself for this for a long time! Heh he - ha ha ha!"
*Grage pulles back his uniform, revealing a layer of armor made of an unknown material. A small blaster burn in visable where the assassin's weapon struck. Grage speaks again:*
"Now, tell me what you've done with the Fury relics you stole, or I'll enjoy tearing you to pieces and using them in future experiments! Hah aha ha ha!"
*A bolt of electric energy, fired by one of the Stormtrooper, strikes Darkon's agent, causing him to fall to the ground. The mentally destabalized Grage begins to torture the assassin, meanwhile, Ty294 discovers one of the Gatekeeper's techs who has been brutally exectuted. The cause is obviously a stab wound in the back. This infiltrator must use a form of cloaking technology to sneak up on his prey. Ty294 makes a brief call to a "friend" then continues his search...*
*A few minutes before the burst transmission to Lord Darkon*
*Deathstrike 1 watches from the shadows as Admiral Grage and his pathetic bodyguards approach behind the holographic bait, a smug smirk on her tatooed face. A concealed shaped charge in the hologram suddenly explodes, destroying the two cyborgs in front. As the bodyguards rush forward to protect Grage from a possible follow-up attack, a soft whisper of air behind them is their only warning. Turning around, they see Grage collapsing to the floor with a slender assassin's blade protruding from the back of his neck, as a shadowy shape seemigly flys over them. They spin back around, as Deathstrike 1 lands soundlessly behind them. An uppercut palm-strike rips off the lead trooper's helmet, a semisecond before the other palm drives his nose into his brain. Deathstrike 1 sidesteps and rolls behind the collapsing body as the other trooper's rifle blast hits the dead man's chestplate, coming to a kneeling position with the dead trooper's rifle in her hands. A point-blank shot to the other trooper's helmeted head puts this one out of his misery as well. Before the sevcond body even hits the ground, she is gone.*
"Lord Darkon, a master of Teras-Kasi, trained me himself, you pathetic fools! You are nothing but... prey... to me."
*As Deathstrike 1 vanishes, Grage slowly moves his arm to press a small button on his belt. A medical team rushes in and recovers his dying body whilst a squad of troopers search the room for the intruder. Nothing. Grage is brought to his sergeory center, where his apprientice prepare to perform an emergency sergeory. Before loosing conciseness, Grage puts the comlink to his mouth and mutters weakly:*
"Gatekeeper...>choke<... we've been... >cough< ...breached!"
*At that moment he blacks out and the sergeons begin their work. Grage's second-in-command orders a lockdown of the ship as it is moved into the Uperweapon's massive hanger bay to recieve repairs and reinforcements.*
Well... since I'm just as bored as the others... I might as well join in.
*A disturbance in space is visible at the edge of Akates Star System. Suddenly, the space is ruptured as a gigantic fleet emerges from hyperspace. A massive battleship can be seen in the center, larger than any previiously known Super Star Destroyers. The commander of the fleet sends an intercm message that anyone can hear*
"This is Grand Admiral 'Legend' Patten, commander of the Atlantea Mk.III-class Battleship, Leviathan, of the New Ethoran Federation 417th Expeditionary Fleet broadcasting on channels. All contacts, please respond."
Legend turns to his second-in-command, Admiral Jackson, and says, "There must have been one heck of a battle here, we better keep on our toes."
"Admiral," the sensors officer calls, "we have contacts of our port side. They seem to be some type of fighter. Wait! More contacts! Another fleet is positioned on the edge of the system. Unknown affiliation."
"Good God!" Legend says. "What is that massive ship out there?" He is, of course, referring to the massive ship seen in the center of the system.
"Well, I guess we're going to find out," Jackson responds, "and I'm unsure if we're going to like what we find."
the broken images makes it smell like critter poo
*Deathstrike 1's sensor-stealthed infiltrator ship decouples from the VSD's auxilliary transfer port just as the destroyer is towed into Uberweapon's bay. Before entering hyperspace, she dispatches another covert transmission to Lord Darkon.*
"Unable to maintain deep cover, my lord. Enemies alerted to my presence. Proceeding to the staging area. Objective Alpha accomplished, forced to abort Objective Beta! I beg forgiveness, Master..."
"No matter, most lethal one of my assassins. The Fury relics have been delivered to TSE's Experimental Reasearch Bureau, and that is what matters. Objective Beta would have been a nice bonus, but it is not essential. Soon enough, our weapons technology will surpass that of Gatekeeper's puny Shadow Empire, and the time for ultimate invasion will be at hand! At the moment, I am far more interested in that unknown fleet your ship's sensors detected at the edge of Akates system. Meanwhile, return to the staging area and await further instructions."
*Hmm, they seem to be taking an interest in Gatekeeper's Uberweapon. I can't believe that thing survived our assault! I think a closer look might be useful. Let's see what they are up to.*
"Lord Darkon to Fleet Admiral Rajko: An unknown force has appeared near TEC space. Dispatch your Advance Scout Group to maintain long-range surveillance on the Akates system. Find out as much as possible about them, but maintain a low-profile until we know for certain what they are up to... whether they could be a potential ally, or a new enemy."
"Yes, my lord."
"Advanced Recon Group Alpha, break out of formation and spread out. Try to gather as much information as possible on all contacts. Time to test out our new sensor equipment. All battlegroups, power weapons and prepare for battle if necessary. We don't yet know what's out there."
"Sir, Recon Lead reporting. We've detected unknown contacts at long-range. They appear to be some kind of scout vessels."
"Recon Lead, jam their sensors, we don't want any prying eyes here. However, do NOT fire upon them. We don't yet know their intentions, whether they're friendly or hostile. Meanwhile, I'll try to contact them."
*Legend opens intercom channel* "Unknown scout vessel, report your affiliation and intentions. Be warned, if you come within 5,000 miles of our ships without stating your intentions we will regard you as hostile and open fire. Repeat, we WILL open fire. Please respond."
*Meanwhile on the Uberweapon, the Gatekeeper stands alone, looking out of the throne room viewport window* "They obviously do not understand the powers at work here. Perhaps I should remind them exactly who they are dealing with." *Turns to a Sgt. who just walked in* "How is Admiral Grage?" "Surgery was successful, my Lord." "Good. ... Bring her here." "Yes Sir!" *Runs off* "Now, to monitor that fleet just a few miles away. I will not open fire until I know their intentions..."
"Captain Boljak, the unknown vessels are jamming our scanners. Reconfiguring to a cross-frequency bandwidth. Scanners operational again. Resolving... they are hailing us, sir."
"We are under orders from Fleet Admiral Rajko to maintain low-profile. However, since they have obviously detected us, I see no reason not to respond. Open the channel."
"I am Captain Boljak, commanding the True Sith Empire's JS13 Advance Scout Group. You have entered a contested sector of space. On the supreme authority of Sith'ari Overlord Darkon, I demand you state your affiliation, purpose and origin."
*to the comm officer* "Transmit our sensor scans to the Fleet Admiral. Immediately."
"I am Grand Admiral "Legend" Patten, commander of the Atlantea Mk.III-class Battleship, the Leviathan, flagship of the New Ethoran Federation 417th Expeditionary Fleet. We were sent on an expeditionary mission to discover new galaxies to open diplomatic relations with. Our origin? Well, I will not give the coordinates. Suffice it to say we are from a far away galaxy, a galaxy we call the Phalanx Galaxy. I now demand to speak to your leader, so that we may open diplomatic relations."
*Turns to comm officer* "Hail that dreadnaught out there, I want to see what exactly is going on here."
"Recon Lead, this is the Grand Admiral. Run a full scan of that dreadnaught. Pay attention in particular for possible weapons systems."
"Yes, sir. We've also detected communications leaving the TSE scout vessel. In addition, they've gotten past our first level of jamming. Should we start Phase 2?"
"There is no reason to, they've probably already sent a report to their superiors. Besides, we want to keep them guessing at our technological abilities."
*Fleet Admiral Rajko to Lord Darkon* "My lord, have you received the encrypted packet sent by my advance scouts?"
"I have, Admiral. I am authorizing you to conduct the preliminary talks on my behalf. Stall them for now, and try to find out as much as possible about this "New Ethoran Federation". This overture of "opening diplomatic relations" might be a ruse of some kind. Conduct further scans of their vessels, as well. I have more important matters to attend to. I have lost contact with Deathstrike 1 after her last report, she may have been captured after all. I'll deal with this personally... if the Gatekeeper has so much as taken a hair off her head, I'll feed him his own intestines! After the... situation... has been satisfactorily resolved, I'll take over the negotiations, Admiral. Perhaps I can convince them to assault the TEC from the rear, forcing the Gatekeeper's forces to fight on two fronts. Take Battlegroups JZ1, JZ3, JZ11, JZ20, and JZ37, as well as Support Groups JH4, JH7, JH41, and JH50. I doubt the Gatekeeper has run out of his petty tricks... be prepared for anything."
"Understood, my lord. Reconfiguring the fleet to Standoff Formation K1O-12. Proceeding to Akates system. ETA-13 minutes."
"Admiral, Recon Lead reporting. A TSE transmission intercepted a short while ago. It's contents are... interesting. They mention some "Gatekeeper" and the Trader Emergency Coalition. It was also mentioned having us attack the TEC. And they further mentioned scanning our vessels. Further, they are configuring their fleet into a standoff formation."
"How amusing. They think they can 'scan' our ships. What a suprise they'll get when they find that their scans cannot penetrate our advanced hull plating. They seem to underestimate us. We shall teach them never to do that again. Recon Lead, stay cloaked and continue your close surveillance. Legend over and out."
"This is Grand Admiral Patten broadcasting over Fleet Channel Alpha. All forces, move into Fleet Formation Standoff Phi-Gamma-Beta. I am declaring a state of combat readiness level 5. All forces prepare for possible battle." *Turns to Jackson* "I don't like this turn of events, hopefully we won't have to resort to war. I'll try talking to the TSE Fleet Admiral."
*Opens channel to Fleet Admiral Rajko* "You seem to be underestimating us. Your leader doesn't even believe our our true motives. Further, you are hiding information from us. I DEMAND to be told exactly what is going on here!"
"Fleet Admiral Rajko to fleet. The NEF fleet is scattering our scans again. ASG-JS13, deploy your multispectral sensor nets. I do not like this."
"Nets deployed, Admiral. We are detecting several faint tachyon signatures close to the center of the fleet. Possible cloaked scouts."
"They are monitoring us at close range! BG-JZ11, move to intercept the interlopers! BG-JZ3, SG-JH7, move out to flank/crossfire stance. Rest of the fleet, reconfigure to Bastion Formation B22-41. Pilots to their fighters and bombers! All ships, activate deflector shields. Kurgarin dreadnoughts, energize reactive armour in addition. All armaments at the ready, but do not charge them yet. Transmit a general warning to their scouts to withdraw to a secure distance. I will not tolerate espionage!"
"Admiral, the NEF Grand Admiral is hailing us, sir. Channel open."
"And you, Admiral Patten, are openly provoking us by sending your scouts to spy on my ships at close range! We do not seek a confrontation with the NEF, but your provocative actions are uncalled for. Withdraw your scouts at once! As was explained to you before, this is a contested sector. The only information I am authorized to disseminate is that the TSE is at war with the Gatekeeper's Shadow Empire and their puny TEC allies. There is more happening here than meets the eye, Admiral, and until Lord Darkon is able to speak with you himself, this is all the information you shall receive. For the moment, do not interfere with us, and we shall not interfere with you. Otherwise, we will be forced to take action!"
"Close channel, Lieutenant."
*Grage arrives at the Gatekeepers throne room, his neck completely reconstructed by the surgeory.*
"My lord, I regret to inform you that the spy has likely escaped my vessel with some of the Fury relics. Fortunatly, these relics are of lesser importance. We have also captured a second agent sneaking around the ship."
*Deathstrike 2 is dragged into the room by two cyborgs.*
"I have nothing further to report, any orders sir?"
(Note @36: Grage is male, you may be confused with Deathstrike 1 who is female.)
"Admiral, this is Recon Lead. We've been detected and are moving back to rendevous with the main fleet."
"Very well, Recon Lead." *Turns to comm screen* "Well, the cat's out of the bag now." *Goes to fleet communication* "All vessels, we are now on highest alert. The TSE may attack at any moment. All carriers, launch fighters for CAP. All Bastion-class Battlecruisers, move to the front of the fleet, full power to shields." *Turns to weapons officer* "Power up the prototype M182 beam weapons, full power. Divert power from all non-necessary systems to weapons and shields. Launch Hornets for CAP. Prepare the Havocs and Novas for launch. We will be ready if they attack."
*Opens channel to Uberweapon* "So, are you the Gatekeeper, the commander of the Shadow Empire? We are willing to open up diplomatic relations and may even be open for an alliance, if you wish."
*Turns to comm officer* "Lieutenant, send an encrypted message to the Prime Minister on Ethora, Code Level 0. 'We have exited hyperspace in a contested system. A large battle took place here just before arriving. Contact made. Tensions high. Preparedness level 10. Reinforcements may be necessary. Requesting additional Atlantea-class and Decimator-class Battlecruisers, carriers, and escorts.' This is Priority Level Black. Send the message."
"Yes, sir. They have an ETA of 30 minutes."
"Let's hope we last that long."
*Burst transmission from Deathstrike 1 to Lord Darkon* "My lord, I have managed to escape the Uberweapon! My lieutenant infiltrated the vessel and created a distraction, allowing me to overpower my guards just as they were about to drag me before the Gatekeeper. I am back at the staging area, but Deathstrike 2 is in their hands. Your orders, my lord?"
"Deathstrike 2 did her duty by providing your escape. The important thing is that you are no longer in their hands, and that the information you are carrying is no longer in danger of being compromised! Transmit the termination signal to Deathstrike 2's cranial implant, and join me on the Blood Sanctum. Events have developed considerably during your incarceration, and the final phase of our war with the Gatekeeper and his SE is about to begin. You shall stand at my side in this final campaign!"
"Yes, Lord Darkon. I am honoured that you think me so worthy!"
*Deathstrike 1 transmits the termination signal, and, on the Uberweapon, Deathstrike 2 suddenly collapses, dead, no longer able to divulge anything to the Gatekeeper that might compromise TSE security.*
*The hologram communications device turns on in Patten's flagship, and a massive man who must be at least 7 feet tall and wearing some sort of mask and armor with glowing red barbed wire up the sides appears*
"Good evening, Grand Admiral Patten. I am the Gatekeeper, creator of the Force as well as the majority of the known universe, and the Emperor of the Shadow Empire. You have stumbled into a very precarious situation. My Empire is currently in a standoff with the True Sith Empire, ruled by the Sith'ari, Lord Darkon. I have absolutely no idea what he has against me, you, the Imperial Remnant, or Ty294, but he has a lot of enemies. I am open to diplomatic relations, as my Empire's roots can be traced back to diplomacy, and not the art of war. The massive vessel between your two fleets is the Uberweapon, my flagship. It is in it's "Compressed" form. Uncompressed, it would roughly be about the size of this entire star system. That takes care of that. Now, onto something you will not enjoy hearing: Lord Darkon will not hesitate to attack you at any second. I guarantee you he is just biding his time, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. If you wish to discuss this further, contact me at will..."
*The Gatekeeper contacts Grage* "Grage, I want you to interrogate Deathstrike 2. Find out everything He/She/It knows. You have permission to use torture, if necessary. After that is done, ask Ty how he is doing in his search for my Assailant. I am rather curious to know his identity..."
*Just as Deathstrike 1 is about to escape, the Gatekeeper appears in front of her and knocks her out cold with a vicious chop to the neck* "Grage, you might want to interrogate this one, too." *He waves his hand, and Deathstrike 2 starts breathing again* "These two have interfered in my affairs for the last time..."
Only minutes before...
*In the critical semisecond as the Gatekeeper's chop would intersect with Deathstrike 1's neck, his hand is stopped by a mysterious apparition, just long enough for Deathstrike 1 to leap into the escape pod and jettison it. The pod is instantly picked up by one of the TSE fleet's scoutships and whisked away. The apparition speaks:*
"I am Lord Darkon's dissociated avatar. You shall not harm her, puny one!"
*The apparition vanishes*
*Back at the Blood Sanctum*
"My lord, it seems these creatures from the NEF are about to form an alliance with the Gatekeeper. How foolish of them to side with a doomed Empire... when they could have became allies with the might of TSE!"
"Indeed, my dear Deathstrike... and as I said before, the final campaign is about to begin. You have proven a worthy apprentice, and I grant you command of the Blood Sanctum. You shall lead our core fleet to battle!"
"Me, Master?! To command your flagship? But..."
"Do not worry... I have something else planned. Now, take your fleet to the outskirts of the Akates system, and cut off our enemies' retreat. When the dust settles, not one of them shall be left alive! The True Sith shall bathe in their blood before this day is done!"
"At once, my lord!"
*Space ruptures behind the NEF fleet, creating a hyperdrive portal. 50 massive ships along with hundreds of smaller ships jump through as the portal closes. Legend smiles.*
"Ah, the reinforcements have arrived, what a wonderful sight."
"It most certainly is," Jackson replies.
*Legend goes to fleet communications* "All NEF reinforcements, we are in the middle of a war zone, we are currently on Preparedess Level 10. Hostile forces may attack at any time."
*Opens holographic communications with the Gatekeeper. A nearly 7 foot tall man appears in the Uberweapon's hologram device. He is wearing state-of-the-art Guardian armor, Commando variant, which is equipped with a personal shield and increases the wearers strength, speed, and agility* "I am willing to forge an alliance with you so that we may provide mutual protection against the TSE. It seems as if you may need some fresh blood in your fight. My fleet, army, and elite Guardian super soldiers may be what you need to turn the tide of the war."
*Meanwhile, Grage begins a brutal interrogation of Deathstrike 2. Moments later, Ty294 arrives in the throne room and reports to the Gatekeeper.*
"Unfortunatly, I have learned little of this mysterious attacker. I do know he uses a blade of some sort and that he strikes in an undetected manner. There are no clues as to where he has gone unfortunatly. Perhaps he will come out of hiding again, but in the meantime, perhaps I should get that force infusion you offered earlier. I don't like how this set of affairs in going."
*While Ty294 leaves to be infused, Grage has halted his torture for a moment.*
"You have no escape, as you can see now. You own leader has tried to kill you. Join our side. I can arm and outfit you with the most deadly weapons in the galaxy. Should you ever suffer injury, my men and can rebuild you more powerful than ever before. I give you this option, or I'll proceed to tear you to pieces bit by bit and use the parts on other projects."
hahahaha Darkon...General rajko..ma nemoj XD
"Very well, Legend. It shall be done. But I must warn you: The TSE does not show mercy... Nor does the SE..."
*Meanwhile on the other side of the system, the TSE fleet commander notices that the Uberweapon is slowly turning to face them, then he notices a massive fleet of Allegiance Star Destroyers appearing beside it, THEN he notices a large fleet of regular Star Destroyers appearing behind them, but all of them, as well as all of the Allegiances, are pitch black. Garda Flak Frigates start flooding the scene, and an unknown type of fighter/bomber hybrid starts deploying from all of the larger ships. He then realizes they are outnumbered over 10/1*
*A comm channel opens*
"TSE fleet commander, this is the Gatekeeper. Surrender your forces to me or die! You have 5 hours!" *The comm goes dead...*
"Admiral, Recon Lead reporting. The TSE fleet appears to be making combat preparations and is heading in your direction."
"So, they decide to take us on. Well, this should be an interesting battle." *Fleet communications* "This is Grand Admiral Patten. We have information that the TSE may be about to attack. Be on your toes, since we do not yet know the power of their weapons. Men, this is where we take our stand, this will be a battle for the ages. Now, all forces, prepare to engage!"
*Turns to Captain Carter, second-in-command of his personal Guardian squad* "Get our troops to the landing ships, and prepare for launch and boarding."
"Yes, sir!" *As he runs out of the command center, Legend turns to Jackson* "This is going to be one heck of a battle."
*Deathstrike 1, standing on the Blood Sanctum's bridge* "Ah, most excellent. It seems that they have been misled by that Force impersonation of Deathstrike 2 Lord Darkon has created for their benefit. And they even believe Deathstrike 2 was a man! How amusing... let's cure them of their misperception. *commlink opens* Lord Darkon, the Force illusion has outlived its usefulness."
"Yes, my apprentice, I have felt it. The illusion has already dispersed, and the lethal Force poison I infused into it is likewise dispersing throughout the Uberweapon. Is your fleet in position?"
"We have just reverted out of hyperspace, my lord. The NEF fleet has been substantially reinforced, and I am reconfiguring my fleet into an assault formation. Their retreat is cut off, with Admiral Rajko's forces still holding the front, and the pathetic Uberweapon caught in the middle! I am about to engage the enemy, Lord!"
"By all means, proceed, Deathstrike! Let them taste your fury! I shall be along in due time, with a very special surprise for our dear "Gatekeeper"..."
"Supreme Admiral Deathstrike to the Prime Fleet: Dreadnoughts, move into encirclement formation around the Blood Sanctum. Attack the center of the NEF fleet! All fighters, deploy! Karas carriers, deploy all bombers! Munja cruisers, move to engage their Havoc and Nova squadrons! Weapons officer, deploy the Fury tetryon disruptor! Let them taste our newly developed technology!
*A tetryon disruptor pulse shoots from the Blood Sanctum, aimed for the center of the NEF lines. Two Atlantea and four Decimator class battlecruisers are vaporized in a microsecond, dispersed as atoms across the sector.*
"Deathstrike to Fleet Admiral Rajko - the word is given! Engage at will!!!"
Ne... Admiral Rajko, to da!
Rattler looks on in shock as fleets seem to appear out of nowhere, and move to engage each other.
"Crap! Where did these guys come from? Knights, fall back to Excalibur! Do not engage unless fired upon!"
Pulling back on the stick, Rattler narrowly avoids a blast of unknown energy from the capital ship that had appeared almost on top of him, and vaporizes 6 capital ships. Rattler curses under his breath at the shear destructive power of that weapon.
"Rattler, we're not gonna make it back to the carrier in this mess!"
Getting an idea, Rattler transmits on an open channel, hoping someone would listen and help them get out of what is obviously not their war.
"This is Lt. Commander 'Rattler' Johnson of the Terran Confederation. We're not here to fight anyone, but we will defend ourselves if fired upon!"
"Sir, I just got word from the fleet. They are moving in system to try and clear us a path out, but they won't get here for another 20 minutes."
Rattler cringes at the estimate.
"By then, we'll be space dust. Knights, go evasive. Use the larger ships for cover if they aren't bristling with Anti Fighter turrets. As soon as Excalibur's close enough, hit the aferburners. We're getting out of this furball!"
*Grage turns away from the vanished illusion in disgust.*
"And I was starting to enjoy myself."
*At that moment, the tetryon disruptor blast strikes the NEF fleet.*
"Hmm, seems they have imployed the Fury relics quicker them I would have expected. Corporal, send a message to Captain Zerik, I want the Black Dawn brought to our location. I will assume direct command of the vessel upon its arrival."
"Lord Gatekeeper, I must leave now. I promise you, Darkon will regret the day he dared mess with Admiral Alexander Grage!"
*As Grage leaves the throne room, Ty294 bursts in.*
(pressed the "Add this Comment now!" button prematurely)
"Gatekeeper, it seems Darkon has made his last mistake. Request permission to lead boarding operations targeting his flagship."
*Ty294 is surprised to see that the Gatekeeper is not there...*
*As the Gatekeeper looks out the window at the ongoing battle, he feels a sharp pain at the back of his neck, he feels blood running down his back just before the world went black*
*A few minutes later, the same thing happens to Darkon...*
*Darkon and the Gatekeeper awake with no weapons or armor on a strange planet...*
*Pull out comlink* "Permission granted, Ty. Proceed as you desire." *Meanwhile outside, the battle is in heavy favor of the Shadow Empire. The Uberweapon, with it's hardcoded unique abilities, has sustained no damage. The SE has only lost 1 Allegiance and 4 ISD's as well as a few smaller, less valuable ships not worth reporting. The Blood Sanctum, under the command of Deathstrike 1, was foolish enough to engage the Uberweapon in direct combat. It has sustained major damage to the engines and is unable to move or enter hyperspace, thus unable to retreat, and rapid fire Autocannons from the Uberweapon are literally tearing the hull apart. The Gatekeeper feels a sharp pain in his neck, and everything goes black, just as he was about to fire the Shadow Laser at the Blood Sanctum...*
Still 10 minutes away from the battle, Captain Sasha O'Neill decides to try and secure the safe extraction of the Black Knight Squadron from the middle of the battle. Knowing that she might have to get in the fight, she orders the fleet to prepare for battle, and for all pilots to report to the flight deck. Nodding to the communication's officer, she addresses the forces involved in the battle.
"This is Captain Sasha O'Neill of the Terran Confederation Expeditionary Fleet. We are not here to take part in your conflict, however, one of our squadrons that was out on recon is trapped inside the combat zone. Any hostile action taken against our squadron or elements of this Expeditionary Fleet, and we will defend ourselves with lethal force if necessary."
Rattler evades more weapons fire as the signal from the TCS Excalibur is sent on all channels.
"Let's hope someone listens this time..."
"Captain O'Neill, this is Admiral Delagon of the SE Navy. I am supervising the battle while the Gatekeeper is away. It would be my pleasure to offer you cover fire while you get your recon team out of harm's way. What is your location?"
"I am trying to raise money (by selling my organs and limbs) to buy FileFront and fix all the bugs!"
Don't you mean "GameFront?"
(I prefer FileFront...)
"We are about eight minutes out from the battle, bearing 224 mark 67 from the battle. I'll have our squadron light up their transponders so that you can identify them."
Rattler barrel rolls to evade a fighter that had decided to tail him when the order came from the Excalibur.
"You want us to WHAT?"
"Squawk your transponders Knight 1. Local forces are willing to cover you, but they need to be able to identify your craft."
"You do know that if we do that, we'll light up like a Christmas Tree. And most likely everyone's gonna be gunning for us."
"I'm well aware of that Commander, but we don't have a choice. As soon as you're aboard, we're pulling back away from the battle. After the battle we will offer humanitarian aid if needed, but we are not fighting in a war that does not concern us."
"Understood Excalibur. Knights, light up your transponders and put the pedal to the metal. Anything takes a pot shot at us, you are cleared to engage, but only if it pursues. We are outta here!"
Rattler flicks his transponder to transmit openly, revealing his location to the entire universe, and hits the afterburners while transferring extra power to the shields. The rest of the Black Knights follow their squadron leader as they make their way towards the edge of the raging battle.
*An SE flak frigate pulls up beside them and starts gunning at and shooting down the enemy fighters pursuing them. Moments later, they are at their transport.*
"Black Knights, you are cleared to board your transport and proceed with retreating manuevers."
*The flak frigate rushes back to join the battle*
*About an hour later, the majority of Darkon's fleet has been wiped out, and the Blood Sanctum, mortally wounded, floats there, all systems disabled.*
"Since the Gatekeeper is no longer with us, I am supervised to... Well, supervise!" Admiral Delagon declares. "See the Blood Sanctum out there? I want boarding shuttles launched ASAP! You have 45 minutes! Kill everything on board and get back those relics, or we will blow the ship to bits!" "Sir, I can not agree with your assessment. We are under direct orders from the Gatekeeper himself NOT to destroy that ship! He has said that a mercenary is leading a boarding operation to it, but he would not specify!" "Well then, our boarding operations will join theirs! Wait for orders from the mercenary THEN board the ship! Use ion beams to further disable it's systems!" "Yes, Sir!"
"Thanks for the cover!" Rattler transmits to the frigate that covered their tails.
The 12 Rapiers from the Black Knight Squadron quickly land on the Bengal Class Strike Carrier TCS Excalibur. Rattler jumps out of his fighter and quickly makes his way from the Flight Deck to the Bridge as the Carrier and the rest of the Expeditionary Fleet pull back from the battle. He approaches a Middle aged, Auburn haired woman, and snaps off a salute, which is returned by Captain O'Neill.
"You guys got lucky out there Rattler."
"Yes sir. I don't know what's going on out there, but it looks like we jumped Galaxies only to end up in the middle of someones war."
"Until we can find a Jump Point back to our Galaxy, and our own war, we may have to pick a side."
"Considering the firepower I saw out there, I think it would be better not to get involved. They got guns out there that make our new Phase Transit Cannons look like squirt guns."
"I noticed Commander. Still, this 'Gatekeeper' might be able to help us get home."
Rattler shakes his head. "Things were so much easier when we only had to deal with the Cats."
"If we don't do something here, the Cats may not be Earth's only problem. We have to consider the safety of every Human world in our galaxy."
"Understood sir. I'll make sure we're fueled up and ready. If we have to fight, then we'll show them a reason not to mess with Confed." Rattler salutes, and leaves the Bridge. Captain O'Neill turns her attention back to the battle, and watches as one of the larger capital ships is disabled.
"What the heck was that?!" Legend exclaims as the weapon blows away six capitol ships. "Well then, time to hit back! Launch all Havocs and Novas. Let's give them a taste of nuke (Havocs and Novas are actually nuclear missiles. A Nova is powerful enough to destroy a planet, while a Havoc is the equivalent of an ICBM).
Prepare to fire M182 EPB (Enhanced Plasma Beam) weapons. Firestorm-class Heavy Missile Cruisers fire everything you have! Havocs, Novas, plasma torpedoes, disruptor, burst, disintegration missiles, everything you have! All carriers, launch all fighters and bombers and attack! All Decimators, fire heavy MEV (Magnetically Enhanced Velocity) cannons (Heavy MEV's can fire a massive slug of molten metal that disintegrates frigates in a single shot. They cause severe damage to capitol ships) at their capitol ships! All Bastions, move to the front of the line, full power to shields! All Atlanteas, all classes, go for their capitol ships!"
*The destruction ensuing causes severe damage to remaining TSE forces. The EMP from all of the nukes disables most of the remaining forces, as well as the heavily damaged Blood Sanctum. The MEV rounds tear through many TSE vessels*
"Lieutenant, move the Leviathan to the center of the battle. Fire EPB's at all hostile vessels that come into range!"
*As the Leviathan moves into battle, EPB's leap out from turrets on the ship. 1 slices a cruiser in half, while another, cutting throught a dreadnaught, finds a reactor, creating a massive fireball*
"What a wonderful sight! Soon they will be no more. They should know not to understimate the NEF anymore. *Using his intercom, he hails Captain Carter* "Carter, assist SE boarding operations by deploying Guardian squads on the Blood Sanctum. I will join you aboard once most of the remaining TSE fleet is destroyed."
"Yes sir, and good luck."
*Admiral Rajko to Deathstrike* "Affirmative! All vessels, engage designated targets!"
*Many more TEC ships have arrived in the meantime to reinforce the Uberweapon, but, like before, their armaments and battle tactics are inferior to the TSE. Even outnumbered so heavily, Rajko's armada is holding its own, the Kurgarin dreadnoughts' reactive armour nearly impervious to puny TEC weapons. The Uberweapon is proving more of a problem, however, as BG-JZ11 battlegroup is obliterated within seconds into the battle. With TEC ships less of a problem with each passing moment, the Admiral reconfigures the fleet into Assault Formation A51-11, outflanking and surrounding the Uberweapon, literally smothering it with weapons' fire.
*On the other front, Deathstrike's Prime Fleet is meeting with stiffer resistance from NEF forces, after the initial heavy push...*
"Supreme Admiral Deathstrike to the fleet: They are deploying heavy tactical missiles! Munja cruisers, intercept and destroy the missiles with your point-defence rapid fire autocannons before they can hit us. Attack pattern Z1-A7! "
*The Munjas dart away from the fleet's center like wasps, and direct heavy saturation fire at the cloud of incoming missiles. Too fast and agile for the NEF heavy capital ships to get a good weapons lock, only a dozen Havocs manage to get through the screen, destroying 5 Karas carriers and severely damaging one Kurgarin dreadnought. One manages to impact the Blood Sanctum, but the behemoth remains undamaged. Enemy bombers move to engage the Munja's, and are intercepted by Sith fighters providing close cover.*
"Kurgarins, move forward to engage their capital ships directly. Karas carriers, have your bombers begin launching Power-flechette graviton torpedoes! I am taking the Blood Sanctum to attack the Uberweapon!"
*The Kurgarins surge forward like relentless moving fortresses that they are, their reactive armour and heavy shielding proving very effective against enemy MEV and EPB weapons. While the lighter-shelled Karas carriers do not fare so well, 3 more being lost, only one Kurgarin is destroyed. The heavy PGC (Polaron Gauss Cannon) fire from the Kurgarins claims 4 more Decimators within minutes. Meanwhile the Power-flechette graviton torpedoes from the bombers get through to impact on the hulls of several Atlantea vessels, ignoring the shields and, the Atlanteas relying on shields mostly, lacking heavy armour, causing a severe gravimetric shear in their hulls, while the high-powered Flechette neutron warhead detonates INSIDE the hull itself. 2 Atlanteas vanish in fireball, while 2 more suffer severe damage, one of them Grand Admiral Patten's flagship! With the center of the NEF lines breached, two battlegroups get through to reinforce Admiral Rajko's forces battling the Uberweapon and TEC vessels."
*The Blood Sanctum is already there, its Fury tetryon disruptors gouging huge molecular-disintegrating holes in the Uberweapon, as Rajko's forces continue to smother it with fire from all directions. The Sanctum has suffered moderate damage from the Uberweapon, but is holding its own."
*And Lord Darkon himself is not far now...*
*The Gatekeeper reappears at the bridge of the Uberweapon*
"As you can see, Sir, their pathetic weapons are not doing a bit of damage. Our hull and shields are still at 100%. The Blood Sanctum, as you well know, has been critically damaged and is disabled. Our TEC vessel's are absolutely slaughtering Darkon's ships, and our Star Destroyers are making mincemeat out of everything else."
"Good. However, our allies to the North are not faring so well. Reposition the fleet in a box position around them to reinforce their numbers, and activate the Phase Disruptors. Darkon's pathetic fleet will regret the day it messed with the Shadow Empire!"
*Four long hours later, Darkon's fleet has been destroyed. The only vessel left alive is the Blood Sanctum, completely disabled, and due to it's disabled engines and the Phase Disruptors, it cannot enter hyperspace."
"Patten, if you can still hear me, help me position our fleets so we can completely surround that ship in all directions! Up, Down, Left, Right, Diagonal, Every single one! I want that ship completely outflanked!"
"As for my Assailant, once again, you make an empty threat. I've played your little game, and I've won. Now you are going to play MY game. If you have the nerve, that is..."
"We're hit! Seal bulkheads! Decimators, regroup around me! All Hornet Heavy Fighterbombers, concentrate fire on the Munjas! Talon-class Strike Cruisers, fire on the Munjas! Firestorms, launch EMP missiles to take out the dreadnaughts' shields! All power to EPB weapons!"
*The increased power to EPB weapons create massive destruction, each shot tearing through Kurgarin armor and shields like they were paper. Dozens are destroyed, momentarily halting the TSE advance. The Decimators move forward, Heavy MEV cannons crushing hostile armor and overloading shields. Flak frigates and intereceptors fly CAP, destroying any bomber foolish enough to move into range. The Bastions, full power to shields, deflect any shots fired in the proximity of the Leviathan. The Talons destroy the Munjas, using superior engine technology and rapid fire plasma cannons to plaster them. The Firestorms, with point defense weapons out of the way, commence a heavy bombardment, launching thousands upon thousands of missiles into the hostile fleet. Many vessels, already partially disabled by the EMP missiles, succumb to the fusillade. Many more Novas and Havocs are launched, adding to the destruction as dozens of ships vanish in gigantic fireballs. The TSE advance has now been completely halted. The tide begins to turn in the NEF's favor.*
"All ships, Attack Formation Delta-Romeo-Theta. Prepare to deliver the killing blow!"
Who let Tarken test fire at the image server?
*Deathstrike senses her Master arriving* "Yes! Lord Darkon is here!"
*Force Battle Meditation*
*A new battlegroup of TSE ships decloaks, vessels unlike any ever seen before. They seem to exist outside the normal space-time, and have the ability to merge with other vessels. Three of them merge with the Blood Sanctum, bringing its hull and shields back to 100%, and empowering its weapon to 250%. Meanwhile, the Battle Meditation effect causes an almost palpable loss of hope among the NEF forces, some ships actually turning their weapons on one-another*
"Lord Darkon to Deathstrike: Dispatch assault shuttles to board the Uberweapon! Have the rest of the Prime Fleet hold off the NEF forces! To Fleet Admiral Rajko: Have your battlegroups break from the Uberweapon and destroy the rest of the puny TEC fleet! My ships will continue the assault on the Uberweapon."
*The Munjas, taking heavy losses from the pursuing Talon strike cruisers, come back toward the main body of the TSE fleet. Suddenly, they scatter, a second before a barrage of PCG fire rips through the space they just occupied, shattering two battlegroups of hapless Talons.*
"Deathstrike to all remaining Kurgarins: Transfer additional power to shields and reactive armour, and reconfigure the shield frequency to negate their EMP pulses."
*With the enemy forces scrambled by the Battle Meditation effect, the Kurgarins have enough time to regroup and go back on the offensive, while the Karas carriers launch a new wave of bombers with Flechette graviton torpedoes. A Munja battlegroup engages a force of Flak frigates at point-blank range, creating a window for the bombers to attack the remaining Firestorms. Armed mostly with missiles, lacking point-defence, the Firestorms are slaughtered by a storm of Flechette graviton torpedoes, while the regrouped Kurgarins wreak havoc among Decimators and Bastions, burning dozens! Suddenly, the Leviathan finds herself cut off from the rest of the NEF fleet, a Kurgarin heading right for it...*
*The Blood Sanctum, regenerated and reinforced, renews her attack on the Uberweapon, destroying all of its forward weapons arrays, while Lord Darkon's time-displaced vessels literally ram through the behemoth, causing even more damage. Lord Darkon himself phases to the Uberweapon's bridge, for a face-to-face with the Gatekeeper.*
"Admiral Rajko's forces have destroyed all of the Remnant Star Destroyers, and have the remainder of the TEC fleet in panic, as the Kurgarins reap through their ranks like scythes through wheat!*
From a safe distance, the TCS Excalibur and the rest of the Expeditionary Fleet observe the battle. A few stray Sith Fighters attempt to draw the Confed ships into the battle, only to get chased off by Scimitar and Rapier squadrons. For now, the Terran Confederation remains neutral in the conflict. The larger Confederation class Dreadnaught TCS Kyushu maintains a steady charge to her Phase Transit Cannon just in case a capital ship tries to harass the fleet. But so far, the Confederation forces are being largely ignored, much to the relief of the fighter pilots.
"Sensor Officer: Admiral Rajko, I am detecting a new fleet of unknown contacts at extreme range. They seem to be observing the battle. A while ago, some of their fighters were rather close to Supreme Admiral Deathstrike's fleet, but they did not engage. Curious..."
"Well, at this juncture, anyone who is not attacking us is a welcome change. We have no lack of enemies. *To Commodore Tagic* Commodore, assume command here. Continue decimating the TEC forces, and be prepared for any surprises from the Uberweapon, as well as to reinforce Supreme Admiral Deathstrike if required. I am taking Battlegroup JZ1 to make contact with that force out there. Perhaps they could be persuaded to join the battle on our side."
*The TSE Zatornik, Fleet Admiral Rajko's Kurgarin class flagship, leads the battlegroup to within medium range of the unknown force.*
"Channel open, Admiral."
"Transmitting to unknown vessels claiming to belong to the "Terran Coalition". This is Fleet Admiral Rajko, commanding the True Sith Empire's Battlegroup JZ1. You seem to be taking an interest in the conflict taking place in this sector. Obviously, this region of space is not quite the safest sector to be in at the moment. Some of your fighters were waylaid by our forces before. I assure you, hostility was not our intention. Our forces saw unidentified vessels on the battlefield, and naturally assumed they could be a threat. Even more so, considering the rather difficult position we are in at the moment. I am interested to know who you are, and would you be interested in acquiring a potentially powerful ally in this region of the universe."
Oops, I meant "Terran Confederation."
*The Gatekeeper looks calmly out as his ships are being torn apart, as Lord Darkon stands behind him. The crew turns their heads simultaniously to him.*
"Ignore him. Keep the cloaking shield active. Let them think they are actually winning." *He pauses for a moment.* "Fire the Shadow Laser." Before Darkon can act, the Shadow Laser fires, wiping out his entire re-energized fleet!* "I grow tired of you attempting to destroy my Empire. You have done considerable damage, yes. But, considering that I have not yet even played a part in this battle, tells you what my fleet commanders and my allies are capable of by themselves. You, on the other hand, have no powerful allies, you are losing ships faster than you can produce them, and you are not even making a dent in my plans for galactic peace. The Universe could be a beautiful place, perfect no, but still beautiful, but the trash needs to go first. Face it, Darkon: You are completely incapable of defeating me. The sooner you accept it and end this pointless war, the less casulaties for you there will be. Now, then, just so you're not tempted..." *The Gatekeeper waves his arms, and Darkon feels his powers leaving him, and he sees a white spiritual material flowing from his chest, into that of the Gatekeeper, then it stops*
"Even if you do break the spell, it is too late. Your powers have left you. And this time, I do not need to worry about running out of power. I destroyed the restrictions I put on myself when I was created to prevent me from becoming too powerful. Now, I can control it. So go ahead, Sith'ari Darkon. Make your move..."
"And choose wisely..."
*The Shadow Laser fires at the Blood Sanctum, and its energy is dissipated and dispersed across the Sanctum's hull, causing no damage at all. Once again, the Gatekeeper underestimates Lord Darkon's capabilities both remote... and direct. Even as the Gatekeeper attempts to suppress Lord Darkon's powers, the spell is likewise dissipated. As the Uberweapon's bridge crew collapses, dead, around him, Lord Darkon slowly walks to join the Gatekeeper at the front viewport, and the continued contest unfolding there. Finally, he speaks:*
"Your delusions shall not save you, Gatekeeper. Look out there. Your pathetic TEC allies are being wiped out, and even though your newly acquired NEF lackeys are barely holding their own for the moment, that shall not last long. I do not have to make a move, Gatekeeper... you do. I am willing to end this war, if you immediately cede the TEC to the True Sith Empire. What you have failed to grasp throughout this war, is that I was not interested in your Shadow Empire at all, but at the abundant resources of the TEC galaxy. I told you once before, the time shall come when you will proclaim your loyalty to the TSE, but that time is far from now. The TEC is all that interests me. Consider your response carefully *as Lord Darkon looks once again out the viewport* because your time is running short..."
*Meanwhile, Deathstrike 1's battle meditation is suddenly interupted by a disturbence in the Force. She leaps to her feat to face the enemy but it is too late. A blast from a disruptor rifle rips thru her chest. Her body disintigrates in an instant. Ty294, flanked by two mercs, enters the bridge of the Blood Sanctum. The merc who fired the disruptor, a rodian thug from Nar Shaadda, speaks first:*
"I thought you said this would be difficult!"
"Keep quiet you idiot. Do you think it would be this easy?"
*A moment later Ty294's words ring true; a blade slices thru the rodians chest, killing him instantly. The second merc meats a similar fate. Ty294 turns to face the attacker. Before him stands Deathstrike 1.*
"You fool! You'll pay for interfering with Lord Darkons affairs!"
*As Deathstrike 1 moves in to attack, Ty294 activates two purple lightsabers mounted on his forearm armor. As the two ingage in a vicious duel, the remainder of Grage's fleet, including the Black Dawn, arrive. Grage is quickly shuttled to the Black Dawn where he takes command from the bridge tower. The Black Dawn is a regular Imperial-class Star Destroyer, with two large turrets mounted on top. It's dark grey surface is covered with strange cyan-colored lights.*
"Admiral Grage, the full fleet is here as requested."
"Good... good. Move in quickly! I want... I-I-I want... Kill Darkon!!"
*Grage stammers, his hands shaking feverishly, his face has grown extremely pale. An aid quickly rushes up carrying an injector needle.*
"Admiral, you forgot your medication."
*After recieving the injection, Grages coloring returns and his shakes calm.*
"Thank you Coporal, I can't let my mental illness get in the way of my better judgement. Now Captain, move the fleet into position behind Darkon's armada. I want his retreat cut off and his forces seperated from any further reinforcements."
"Turbo-bolt cannons at the ready!"
Rattler observes from the Bridge of the TCS Excalibur as a Sith group closes on the Fleet. A Transmission is received, and Captain O'Neill decides to respond. Rattler pulls her to the side, and advises against revealing too much about their situation or origins. The captain nods, and transmits a reply.
"This is Captain Sasha O'Neill, commanding the TCS Excalibur. We are not from this region of space, and only recently discovered a way to come here via a Quasar Jump Point. This fleet is an Expeditionary Force on a mission of exploration and, if possible, find resources that can be used in our war with the Kilrathi Empire. We have no interest in getting involved in another conflict if at all possible. Our Black Knight Squadron was on recon, investigating the aftermath of what I'm assuming was a previous battle involving your forces and those you are currently engaged with when your fleet appeared and opened fire. After the battle, we are willing to provide Humanitarian aid to both sides."
Rattler mutters under his breath about wishing Admiral Tolwyn was there to handle this First Contact situation. He then gets a feeling that they may get maneuvered into a position where they will have to take sides. Rattler inches closer to the door so that he can get down to the Flight Deck just in case things get ugly.
*A paralyzing dart shoots past Darkon's ear and hits the Gatekeeper in the throat.
A man armored in mandalorian armor steps onto the bridge*
"You two shuttas sicken me." The intruder said quietly "I'll explain this in simple words, so maybe it will have a chance to get past your thick skulls. When you and Darkon fought, when you killed Darkon, when you drained each-others powers, when you came back from the dead, you through this galaxy out of balance." *Idiots* The man thought to himself* "We are about to face an enemy far more deadly than either of you have ever dreamed of, and you two squabbling like children is extremely counter-productive. If we are going to have any chance..."
*He is cut short by an explosion that rocked the Uberweapon, causing every on to fall around the room.*
"We have to... get off the ship!"
*Alarms started blaring, and officers started yelling damage reports. Something was tearing the Uberweapon apart, from the inside*
"Not even the force can save you this time. But I need the two of you alive because you are the two most powerful forces in this galaxy, but even that may not be enough."
"Darkon, the TEC will never be yours. As you can see, your apprentice will die, soon. And as you can see:" *He waves his hand, and the Blood Sanctum's hull becomes permanently ruptured and starts to break in two, however the bridge section is still intact* Your flagship is destroyed. Again. You may be able to counter my technological superiority, but you can not overcome my mental superiority." *The Gatekeeper returns to watching the remains of Darkon's fleet struggling to survive against the overwhelming numbers of TEC and Imperial forces...*
*The Gatekeeper pulls the dart out of his throat.* "Do you really think a mere paralysis dart is going to stop me? Instead of trying to cheap shot me, why don't you tell me your plan before I decide to kill you for breaching my ship? The same goes for you." *Glares at Darkon*
"Commodore Tagic to BG-JZ20, BG-JZ37, and SG-JH41, more SE and Remnant vessels are decanting behind our lines. Break off from the TEC forces to engage the new enemy. *commlink open* To Fleet Admiral Rajko: Sir, things are deteriorating over here. We need more ships!"
"Acknowledged, Commodore. I am dispatching the rest of my battlegroup to reinforce you. The Zatornik will stay here to continue negotiations with the Terran Confederation."
*Deathstrike manages to sneak in a quick blow to the Mercenary's solar plexus that sends him staggering backward, long enough to reach for her commlink*
"Prime Group 21-A4, proceed to reinforce the rear lines. More scum has arrived."
*With those words, the Mercenary comes back at her, his lightsabers slashing wildly. Her cortosis-laced tremor vibrosword moves almost on its own accord to parry the blows, and one of her counterstrikes manages to score a gash across the Mercenary's left thigh.*
*One of the Karas carriers from SG-JH41 rams the Black Dawn, perishing in the collision, but inflicting severe damage. A few Flechette graviton torpedoes manage to sneak past the point defences and inflict even more damage. The rest of the splinter battlegroups proceed to engage other accompanying ships.*
*Lord Darkon once again uses his supreme powers to repair the Blood Sanctum's breached hull. The battle still rages inconclusive, as Darkon turns to the Mandalorian armoured man*
"Hold! I am intrigued... what is this "enemy far more deadly than we have ever dreamed of? Explain."
"IT'S TOO LATE!"
*The intruder crouches down on one knee and fires his wrist rocket, shattering the glass window sending everyone out into space. He ties up Darkon and the Gatekeeper with one of his grappling hooks and shoots another into a small cloaked ship. Once the three were safely on the ship, they looked out the window as the Uberweapon folds in on itself. The Gatekeeper tries to remake it, as he did before, but something prevented him.*
"As I said." *Said the man, not looking away from the window* "This enemy is far different from any you have encountered before." *He sat at the controls of the small ship* "My plan WAS to get you to to stop fighting long enough to defeat this enemy, but now that both your fleets are gone..." *He looks out the window as the shockwave from the uberweapon begins to destroy everything around* "I'm not sure how useful you'll be."
*He pilots the ship away from the destruction*
Rattler curses at the sight of a massive ship, if it could even be classified as a ship, is ripped apart. Captain O'Neill is speechless. The officer assigned to monitor the sensors alerts the Captain that they have detected a small vessel heading towards them, and that it apparently was near the large vessel before it went up.
"Try to establish contact with that ship. They bay be survivors, and may have wounded. Mr. Ramirez, get a medical team on standby on the Flight Deck."
Rattler suddenly focuses on the ship, as he gets a weird feeling that something powerful is on board. It could be nothing, but then again, he got the same feeling after they made the jump into this galaxy. Maybe his Pilgrim genes were going wonky from being so far from known space. Shaking his head, Rattler made his way to the Flight Deck to assist if needed.
*Both Deathstrike and the Mercenary are thrown to the deck as a massive explosion comes from the Uberweapon. Leaping to her feet, she adresses the remaining ships in the Prime Fleet:*
"All ships, retreat immediately! The Uberweapon has exploded, its shockwave will obliterate everything in the sector. Regroup at Staging Point 4R, and head for TSE space! No contact from Lord Darkon at the moment. Stand by for further instructions."
*About half the ships make it, including a severely damaged Blood Sanctum, as the remainder of the TEC fleet, the NEF forces, and Admiral Rajko's battlegroups are annihilated. The Zatornik, with Fleet Admiral Rajko, is still near the Confederation fleet, outside the blast radius, and is unaffected.*
*Grages fleet, having been flanking Darkon's forces at a distance, are among the few TEC craft unaffected by the blact.*
"By the force! What in the galaxy was that!?"
"Captain, attempt to establish contact with the Gatekeeper and Ty294. I want to know exactly what has just happened."
*Ty294 staggers to his feet, Deathstrike 1 is busy commanding Darkon's surviving ships. His comlink suddenly buzzes.*
"This is Ty294, who am I speaking to?"
"This is Captain Zerik of the Black Dawn, Admiral Grage wants to know what the heck just happened."
"I have no bloody idea! Have you contacted the Gatekeeper?"
"We're trying that now sir, no luck."
"What?!? My entire fleet is... gone?! *Fleet Admiral Rajko stares in shock as the expanding shockwave from the Uberweapon's explosion consumes all the vessels around it*
"Sensor Officer: Admiral, I am detecting faint thermal emissions heading in this direction... launching a sensor-focus probe... confirmed, sir. A small vessel is approaching from the direction of the detonation. Sir, the Confederation ships also appear to have detected it."
"Helm, intercept course. I have a strange feeling that this ship might be somehow responsible for what just happened. And my instincts are rarely wrong. I would like to keep the Confederation out of this for the time being. Shields to full, maximum power to reactive armour. We don't yet know the capabilities of that vessel! It may be small, but I have learned long ago not to make the mistake of judging firepower by size. Stay ready!"
*The Zatornik closes on the unknown ship, and activates a tractor beam. The small vessel is snared, and is being drawn into the auxilliary portside hangar bay*
*Meanwhile, on the Blood Sanctum*
"Sensor control, jam the Mercenary's commlink - *Deathstrike snaps as she realizes the Mercenary is communicating with his allies. His commlink issues a squeal of static, and dies. A squad of HK51's charges onto the bridge, surrounding the Mercenary. Deathstrike approaches menacingly, a snarl on her face*
"YOU! You know of Gatekeeper's plans, Mercenary! I want to know what macabre ruse did he pull off just now, and where did he take Lord Darkon! The TSE has lost a good number of its forces, and I am in no mood for games, little boy!"
*With a massive surge of the Force from her, the Mercenary's lightsabers are ripped from his arms, as the HK51's surround him and hold him. Deathstrike is on him in an instant, her blade at his throat*
"Tell me what you know, Mercenary, or die this instant!"
*Ty294's mouth curls into a sinster smirk. At that moment a team of Mercenaries and Cyborg troops storms the bridge, quickly neutralizing the HK droids. Deathstrike suddenly feels the rolls reversed as Ty294 graps here throat with one gloved hand and the blade of her sword with the other.*
"No, YOU tell ME! What did Darkon do to the Uberweapon? My men control this ship now, though the rest your fleet doesn't know it. Now, what sort of dark curse did Darkon use on the Uberweapon? Tell me or I'll break your neck!"
*Meanwhile, Grage attempts to asess the the losses.*
"Captain, any report from the lab ship?"
"They left the Uberweapon's hangar during the battle. The ship was enough out of range that they're still in one piece, but barely."
"Send some transports to evac the crew and Fury relics. That ship's cargo is too important to loose!"
"Understood sir, Star Destroyer Gold Aura is already en route."
*Grage turns to another aid.*
"Anything from the Gatekeeper?"
"Contact those ships at the edge of the system, maybe they know something. In the meantime, don't attack any of Darkon's craft unless fired upon."
"Right away sir!"
*on intercom* "HK Leader: Threat assessment confirmed. Multiple squads of hostiles detected. Hangar 213 isolated. Decks 42 to 116 quarantined. HK troops converging. Acidic gas released to affected decks. Contact. Engaging the enemy. Remnant cyborg troops and some pitiful mercenaries. Enemy incursion contained. They have retreated and barricaded themselves in Hangar 213. Requesting further instructions."
*Deathstrike's mouth curl into a contemptuous sneer, as she looks the Mercenary straight in the eye.*
"Just the kind of half-baked, puny attack I have come to expect from amateurs like you!"
*A squad of mercenaries charges onto the bridge, only to be met with a withering barrage of blaster fire from the HK's. Two of them manage to get close... and one of their heads continues to roll for a few moments, slashed cleanly off the body by Deathstrike's brutally elegant combo of attacks*
"Depressurize Hangar 213."
*Deathstrike, now icy calm* "Now. I have asked you a question, Mercenary. And I will not ask again. *the blade draws some blood from his throat*
*On the Zatornik's auxilliary hangar deck*
"Security team K1 reporting, Admiral Rajko. We have searched the ship. A cockpit, a small common area in the rear. No-one aboard. However, we have found a Mandalorian helmet in the cockpit. Curious."
"Acknowledged. Something is amiss here. Remain in position and guard the vessel. I am dispatching a deep-scanning team to conduct a thorough analysis. Stand by for further orders."
"Perhaps your men are trying to keep you from entering a panic. All units report!"
*The comlink is dead for a moment, Deathstrike 1 smiles at her appearant victory, suddenly, voices start coming through:*
"Maccus in the engine room, all secure down here!"
"Lears in the hangar bay, no hostiles here boss!"
"Captain Vols in the barracks section, we're mopping up the last resistance."
*Ty294 kicks the head of one of the dead soldiers. Laughing, he makes a quick arm motion. Out of nowhere, 4 shadowtroopers weilding red lightsabers emerge and destroy the HKs. Ty backs away from Deathstrike 1.*
"It is appearant that neither of us will be divulging anything. It seams this must end one way."
*Ty makes another arm guesture and the Shadowtroopers vanish. Ty then begins to shed his armor, until all that's left is his charcoal colored undergarments. Two more lightsabers are revealed under his armor. Tearing off his shirt, Ty294 charges Deathstrike 1 screaming one word:*
*On intercom: Sith Trooper Commander RT-1145 reporting. HK shock units cut off near the engine room. My platoon is converging to reinforce them. Resistance sparse for the moment. Contact! *few minutes sounds of blaster fire* We have progressed to the engine room. 54 hostiles neutralized. Initiating full isolation procedure. Engine room secure, lady Deathstrike. Corridors outside full of acidic gas. Remaining local resistance neutralized. HK Advance Guard reports all compromised hangars depressurized. Platoon 46A converging on the Barracks section. ETA-6.2 minutes.*
*Deathstrike spins around as 4 Shadowtroopers decloak and engage the HK51's. One is brought down by synchronized blaster fire, but the other 3 manage to destroy the remaining HK's. Another Shadowtrooper is cut down as he turns to engage Deathstrike. The remaining 2 drop to combat stance, lightsabers at the ready.*
*As the Mercenary charges for his berserk attack, Deathstrike whispers maniacally, her tatooed face spread into a wide grin, as she draws an extendable, double-bladed, electrocharged cortosis vibrosword from a scabbard on her back.*
"3 against 1, mmm... I like those odds."
*Force Blinding* - The Shadowtroopers and the Mercenary are dazzled momentarily, as she leaps directly at the leftmost trooper, intent on cleaving him in two.
*Ty294 shruggs off the blinding attack and blocks Deathstrikes intended blow. The Shadowtroopers recover and move to assist but Ty hisses a word in an unfamiliar dialouge. The Shadowtroopers vanish. The bridge is now empty off all life besides the mercenary and Darkon's assassin. Suddenly Ty294 charges at Deathstrike, his attacks are vicious and unpredictable. He seems to have mixed the Dark Rage force power and the Berserker attack style into an unstoppable juggernaught. Deathstrike 1 tries to mount a counterattack but Ty's blows come to fast. The assassin is able to land a couple strikes that would incapacitate a normal man, but the mercenary keeps coming. As he does, he opens a telepathic channel into Deathstrike 1's mind and begins taunting her.*
"Your Darkon's stooge, do you think he will have any use for you when this war is over?" "Darkon will kill you... he will kill you." "You are along here, you have no escape."
*The messages keep coming, Deathstrike 1's once cold deminer has melted into unease and uncertainty. Suddenly, Ty294 spots an opening and makes his strike...*
"Captain Vols, this is Maccus, we've encountered heavy resistance but objective Gamma 492 has been completed."
"Copy, we'll join you in a moment, Objective Tau 181 is almost complete."
*Maccus returns to the hangar where Lears is fighting off HK droids and poison gas. The towering Chistori and his team assist Lears in resecuring the hangar. As the last HK falls into pieces, the comlink comes to life:*
"This ... tain Vols, we're und ... cut off from hangar ... au 181 comple ... go witho-- ARGH!"
*Comlink dies, both mercs relize it is to late for Vols. The remaining Mercs and Cyborgs board the transports and blast off towards Grage's fleet.*
"So much for getting that ship aboard Excalibur..." Rattler muses as he watches the small craft get pulled into the Zatornik.
Captain O'Neill orders two Southampton class Destroyers to move into the debris field to search for survivors, then informs the surviving forces that were involved in the battle about the Search and Rescue operation now underway.
"We'll figure out what happened," Captain O'Neill states calmly.
"I've got a bad feeling about this," Rattler said as he leans against the bulkhead. "I think we might have stumbled into something much bigger than we thought."
*On the Blood Sanctum, Deathstrike counters the feeble mind manipulation attempts by the Mercenary, as their duel rages on. His remaining associates, cut off, outgunned, and taking heavy losses, abandon their assault, leaving the Sanctum*
*Meanwhile, on the Zatornik, Fleet Admiral Rajko's flagship*
"Deep scan team to Admiral Rajko: Scans complete. We have detected traces of some unknown energy surge. Preliminary reports from the Research Lab 11 indicate some form of matter transmission device. Technology unlike any we have ever encountered. Their theory is that the occupants of the ships were somehow... "teleported"... at least. that is the term those lab rats chose to use... to some unknown location. They are continuing their analysis, sir."
"Acknowledged. Rajko out. *to himself* What in the name of the Sith is going on here?!
"Sir, the Spectre Force Witch has an additional report."
"Admiral, there is a residue of great power... in this ship. I know it... I can feel it... Lord Darkon, our glorious Sith'ari, was on board. Yes... I KNOW it! And... a residue of equally great malice... weakness covered by false delusions of power... the Gatekeeper. Yes! He was here as well!
"Wh?!? - understood. Rajko out."
"Comm officer, open an emergency channel to the Blood Sanctum"
*On the Blood Sanctum, the Mercenary is cornered to the wall, bleeding from multiple slashing wounds. Deathstrike is not much better off, many shallow lightsaber burns covering her body, as the emergency transmission comes through. Deathstrike, kicking away the Mercenary, responds:*
"Fleet Admiral Rajko, proceed immediately to Staging Point 3B. The Blood Sanctum will meet you there, along with the rest of the Prime Fleet. We will get to the bottom of this!"
"Our hyperdrive motivators were disabled in the battle, Lady Deathstrike. You will have to come here."
*Turning to the Mercenary, she speaks:*
"As much as I am enjoying this skirmish, I suggest we postpone it, little boy! At least until we know exactly what happened to Lord Darkon and your precious Gatekeeper...."
*Meanwhile, the Gatekeeper starts to laugh maniacally*
"Oh, foolish one. Do you really think you have destroyed the Uberweapon?" *Pulls out comlink* "Activate the transfer streams!" *The all too familiar red outline of the Uberweapon returns to view, only now, as the Gatekeeper alluded to earlier, it is roughly the size of the star that they are fighting over* "As I told Lord Darkon earlier, you do not understand the powers at work here. Now, you will expierence the power of Spawning!" *The Gatekeeper snaps his fingers, and the Executor, the Eclipse, the Vengeance, the Sovereign, at least 50 Titan and Allegiance ISD's, and over 1,000 Star Destroyers suddenly appear out of nowhere, in perfect fleet position around the Uberweapon.*
"You see, no matter what you do, I always have a backup plan! Now, tell me more about this "Enemy." I always enjoy a challenge."
*Meanwhile on the Blood Sanctum, Ty294 feels a massive surge of power flow throughout his body, empowering him beyond anything that Deathstrike 1 could possibly imagine, and as he feels it, he knows that the Gatekeeper has something to do with it.*
"Wipe them out Ty." The Gatekeeper's voice in his head says. "All of them..."
*As the deep scan team watches in awe, Lord Darkon suddenly phases in front of them on the flight deck. Striding past them without a second glance, he pulls out a commlink*
"Admiral Rajko, set course for the Uberweapon. Best possible speed."
"Wh?! My lord, where have you... how... the Uberweapon. It..it's destr *his voice dies down as the Uberweapon suddenly appears in the exact same place as before, along with over a hundred other ships.*
"There is no time for discussion. Carry out my orders."
"But this ship is no match for..."
*Darkon smiles to himself* "That is beside the point, Admiral."
"I sense my apprentice is in danger...."
*Darkon's dissociated avatar suddenly appears on the Blood Sanctum's bridge, merging with Deathstrike and empowering her. Deathstrike's skin turns blood-red, as her eyes begin to glow with a silvery-gray light.*
*Basilisk gaze* - the mercenary is instantly turned to stone
*Force Shatterpoint* - and is now nothing more than a pile of dust
*At that moment Darkon hears a voice in his head. It rumbles so loud that he clasps his hands to his ears in pain.*
"Darkon, I've enjoyed our little game. You think you killed me? Nobody can do that. I was only in this dimension because I wished to "play" with the other pyshical beings such as you. If I so desired, I could return in any form I wished. But I think I'll relax a while and watch the show. Enjoy the present my merc friends left on your ship."
*Suddenly, the Blood Sanctum is ripped in half by the bombs planted by the Mercenaries. All the turrets in the surviving pieces open fire at Darkon's craft causing heavy damage before their power runs out. Meanwhile, the remainder of the merc and cyborg forces have returned to the safety of Grage's fleet.*
"Is there no end to this insanity?" Rattler asks as more ships appear out of nowhere near the local star. The communications officer reports that a shuttle from the TCS Southampton is on final approach, carrying survivors. Rattler turns to the captain, and says that he will go check on them. Captain O'Neill nods, and Rattler leaves the Bridge.
Rattler arrives on the Flight Deck in time to see the first of the survivors come off the shuttle. In all, Seven TEC, Nine NEF, and Three Sith came off the shuttle. The pilot reported that more were sent the the Kyushu. One of the Sith survivors, a female officer, hesitates as she passes Rattler. She turns to face him, and he gets a sudden creepy feeling.
"You're..." she starts to say.
"What?" Rattler asks, still getting the creepy feeling.
"Never mind." She finally says, and follows the rest of the survivors to Sickbay. The creepy feeling dies off as she gets farther away from Rattler. Shaking his head, Rattler heads over to where his Rapier is berthed, and talks with the tech.
*The Gatekeeper, although masked, is clearly enjoying himself, as he is watching the Blood Sanctum go down at the hands of Ty294 and also watching his fleet of over 1,000 Star Destroyers rip what is left apart. He vanishes to the Uberweapon, after leaving his comm number on the dash of his Assailant'
ship.* "Transparency. Now." "Yes, Sir!" *The Uberweapon suddenly goes transparent, causing all hostile weapons fire to go directly through it, however, it's massive guns are still doing extreme damage to the last of Darkon's fleet.* "Tell Patten to postion what is left of his fleet on the enemy's rear flank. We will bear the brunt of their assault." "Yes, Sir!" *The Captain sends the transmission just as one of the Uberweapon's Gauss cannons finds a fuel cell on a capital ship of Darkon's, igniting a massive chain reaction of explosions throughout the ship that eventually turn the ship into space junk.* "We're going to have lots of suveneirs when this battle is over..."
*Just as quickly as it is ripped in half, the Blood Sanctum is repaired under Lord Darkon's immense power. Deathstrike stares for a moment at the spot the Mercenary was a moment before, and then snarls one word:*
*Walks to the intercom*
"Prime Fleet, form up and recovfigure into an assault formation. We are going back to Akates. The Master has returned, and all shall be decided there."
*Meanwhile, the Zatornik is halfway to the Uberweapon and its "spawn" fleet. Weapons inactive, shields down, reactive armour depowered. The mass of enemy vessels begins to pelt it with massed fire. For every shot that connects, an exact ghostly duplicate of the Zatornik is created, and the real one remains inexplicably undamage, silver-gray radiance beginning to halo it in flight. By the time it reaches the Uberweapon, over 5.000 ghost duplicates are around it. Every one of them merges with one of the Gatekeeper's "spawned" ships, nullifying it, and itself. In the end, only two vessels remain on the scene. The Uberweapon, and the Zatornik, out of normal space-time, helpless, but also invulnerable.*
*Lord Darkon phases to the Uberweapon's bridge, and walks to stand beside the Gatekeeper*
"By all means, Assailant. Tell us about this "Enemy."
"Supreme Admiral Deathstrike to the Prime Fleet: I have just received a Force command from the Lord Darkon. I am taking the Blood Sanctum to the Akates star, near the Uberweapon. The rest of the fleet will wait here at the edge of the system. Reconfigure to standoff formation. I don't understand it any more than you do, but his order was very specific. I sense that something critical is about to happen..."
*Lord Darkon and the Gatekeeper still wait for an answer, as the Assailant stares out the bridge viewport, his back to them*
"I command you to tell us about this Enemy!" - Lord Darkon snaps.
*The Leviathan appears beside the Excalibur, out of range of the destruction, after emerging from hyperspace flanked by Decimators, Bastions, Firestorms, and many escort ships, having made their jump at the last moment. However, Patten, Carter, and their personal squad of Guardians are not on board. The fleet is reconfigured into a standoff formation. Suddenly, on the bridge of the Uberweapon, the elite squad uncloaks, having entered the ship in a specially modified cloaked shuttle.*
"I would also like to hear about this 'great Enemy'," Patten says.
"Captain, we are receiving a transmission. Unknown source."
Captain O'Neill turns to face the communications officer. "Patch it through."
"If you wish to learn why your fleet was brought across the universe to this galaxy, then come to these coordinates. I will explain everything to you, Lord Darkon, and the Gatekeeper once you arrive. And bring the pilot you call Rattler with you."
Captain O'Neill blinks in surprise. The coordinates are right next to the massive ship near the star.
"Contact Captain Anders aboard the Kyushu. He's to take command of the fleet while we investigate the source of this signal. Helm, set a course into the system."
20 minutes later, the TCS Excalibur pulls up alongside the Uberweapon. A shuttle from Excalibur locates a landing bay, and Captain O'Neill and Rattler are escorted to the bridge. Rattler takes one look at both Lord Darkon and the Gatekeeper, and gets the creepy feeling of all creepy feelings. Lord Darkon and the Gatekeeper turn, and see the Terrans for the first time. For a moment, they focus on Rattler, then turn their attention to Captain O'Neill.
*The Gatekeeper looks around at the crowd of people on the bridge of his ship, clearly amused. A Corporal walks up to him.* "Sir, we have successfully deactivated the hostile energy field that is preventing our ships from moving or attacking. Requesting permission to open fire."
"Denied, Corporal. I wish to see how this plays out. Return to your duties. Clear the bridge except for us."
"Yes, Sir! You heard the Gatekeeper! Move it!" *All of the SE crewman leave, leaving the faction leaders alone on the bridge.*
*The Gatekeeper turns back to the Assailant, and everyone in the room notices the mood change to a much darker tone.*
"Assailant, tell us what is going on, or I swear to you, on my own grave, I will show you the true meaning of the word "Despair." This is your final warning..."
"Point Guard 5-1A to Lady Deathstrike: Sensors are detecting several NEF ships near the Confederation fleet. How in space did they-"
"Ignore them, 5-1A! Repeat, maintain standoff formation. Monitor them closely, but do not engage!"
*The Blood Sanctum arrives at the Akates star, coming to a halt less than 2.000 kilometers from the Uberweapon. Not the slightest hint of threat. Deathstrike takes her personal infiltrator ship across, and docks in the main hangar bay. As she makes her way to the Bridge, she comes across absolutely no-one. She enters the bridge, and takes in the assembled group in a single glance. Her tatooed face is a mask of surprise. Lord Darkon beckons her over.*
"What is this?! What is happening, my Lord?"
"I suspect we are soon to find out, my apprentice..."
*Patten nods at the new arrivals, and continues to wait for a response from the Assailant."
Captain O'Neill finally decides to speak up, hoping to diffuse the situation before it gets out of control.
"Everyone calm down. Threatening people is not going to solve anything. I;m sure there is a reason we are all here."
As Captain O'Neill speaks, Rattler still can't shake the creepy feeling he's getting from the two opposing leaders. He then turns his attention to the third individual who appears to be the focus of their frustration. Something about this person makes Rattler even more uncomfortable.
*As Lord Darkon continues to stare hard at the Assailant's back, his patience draining rather quickly, Deathstrike turns to Grand Admiral Patten, and whispers:*
"Well played, Admiral. Your fleet did give my forces an interesting challenge. Mmm... I only wish the entertainment wasn't cut short by the Uberweapon's seeming destruction. I must confess at some surprise at seeing you alive. The last I saw of your ship, it was being ripped to pieces by one of my Kurgarin dreadnoughts. *with a manic look in her dark eyes* In any case, I really enjoyed the carnage."
*The Gatekeeper, his patience also running short, takes one step towards the mysterious Assailant, and reaches into his pocket...*
"Deathstrike 1. We meet at last," he says. "Lord Darkon has taught you well, but as Ty hinted at before he left, after this war is over, he will no longer need you. That, and he will view you as a threat to him." *Deathstrike looks confused.* "Deathstrike, the Sith are always turning on one another. It is natural for them. They have been doing that since I first created them and put the idea of the Sith'ari in their heads. After this war is over, if you two are still alive, it will come naturally to you to take his power for yourself, and it will come naturally to him to kill you for doing so. It is the way of the Sith. But I am sure you will learn that soon enough..."
"Ah, never understimate a blast of pure, hyper-condensed plasma. Tears through anything," *winks* "INCLUDING Kurgarin dreadnaughts. You also seemingly got your facts incorrect, Atlantea armor is extremely tough, especially on my flagship. Nevertheless, your forces gave me the greatest challenge of my life. I commend your battle skills..." *'...although you are kinda freaky,' he thinks to himself*
*Deathstrike's confusion turns to cold anger, and she turns burning eyes on the Gatekeeper*
"You fool! You know nothing about the Sith! And I don't mean the mockery the Sith have become under the leadership of treacherous, small minded Sith Masters, as far back as when they betrayed the last true King of the Sith, Akirakon Sin. My master is a True Sith, the one who shall continue the legacy of Akirakon Sin. A legacy that was interrupted millennia ago! A legacy of strength, unity, and supreme power! As his apprentice, I am a True Sith as well. You will never cause dissention between us!"
*Lord Darkon is silent, listening to his Apprentice's heated rebuttal. To himself, full of pride:*
"Indeed. I have taught her well!"
Rattler can't take it anymore, and positions himself between the Sith woman and Patten. His blue uniform contrasting those of Sith woman and the Admiral.
"ENOUGH! You guys can rip each other apart some other time! Right now we got bigger problems to deal with!"
"My intention was not to drive you two apart. I am telling you exactly what is going to happen someday. It has happened with very Sith and Apprentice I have ever had the displeasure of knowing. You Sith are like animals! You have no moral values and in my opinion which greatly outshines your own seeing as I CREATED YOUR KIND, you and ALL of your pathetic Sith followers should save me the trouble and just kill yourselves! You Sith have turned into monsters! Absolute monsters! You do not deserve to inhabit the same universe as the human race, or any other life form in existence! And if I was so tempted, I could wipe you out right now!" *The Gatekeeper pulls a fancy lightsaber hilt out of his pocket and activates it, the blade nearly 10 feet long and he shoves the blade right next to Deathstrike's neck.* "Do I make myself clear, mortal?!" *Deactivate/Put back in pocket/A massive bolt of red lightning strikes the ship and sends everyone except him flying to the ground.*
*The Assailant twists the Gatekeeper's arm and shoves it away as he speaks*
"Your all idiots, and were clearly not paying any attention to what I was saying." *He turns to the Gatekeeper* "I did not destroy the Uberweapon, I have no quarrel with you. More importantly, however, you did not re-create it as it would seem. None of us are really here. I expect our enemy has us all captured in a cell somewhere, and is probing our minds at this very moment." *He looks at the rest of the people on the bridge* "This is all an illusion. I'm not sure how long it's been, but that is not important. We need to get out."
*Lord Darkon spins around in a picosecond, as the Gatekeeper is about to ignite his lightsaber. In a blur of motion too fast even for the Gatekeeper to see, Darkon's blade intercepts the Gatekeeper's, and a massive blast of pure Force energy sends the Gatekeeper rocketing backwards to the far bulkhead, with an impact powerful enough to rattle the entire bridge. Lord Darkon's anger is almost incinerating!*
"ENOUGH, PATHETIC ONE!!! If you blaspheme the True Sith one more time, or if you threaten my chosen apprentice again, I will NOT be as restrained as I am now! DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?!"
*Sends a burst of Lightning at the Gatekeeper*
"SHUT UP!" *Shoots a grappling string at Darkon's arms, causing the lightning to hit the floor* "Were you not listening to a word I said?"
*Before Darkon can draw his own lightsaber, the Gatekeeper turns and cuts off both of his arms! They fall to the floor, and Darkon stands there, armless.*
"I am not putting up with you any more. Now, if you interfere with me one more time, that will be your head!" *Makes a cutthroat motion, and the sound of thunder fills the room.* "Now, beat it!" *The Gatekeeper kicks Darkon in the skull, sending hil flying backwards and brutally colliding with the wall, instantly snapping his spine, paralyzing him.* *Turns to Assailant.* "Don't push me further. I am on the end of my rope. Now, explain further what is going on so we can understand."
Rattler and Captain O'Neill get back up on their feet. Rattler is the first to respond.
"Wait a minute... if this is some sort of trick, then explain why we're here. I could understand if it was just those two" *Rattler indicates the Gatekeeper and Lord Darkon*
"But the thing I don't get, is us. The Confederation is not even from this part of the universe, and slightly more advanced than the TEC, at least from what I saw out there. What possible reason would your enemy have for capturing a Confed Captain and fighter pilot?"
All eyes turn to Captain O'Neill.
"Think about it. Everyone here represents a major military power. What if this enemy, if what you are saying is true, wants to learn about our technology to prepare for an invasion. The most heavily defended places would be our respective homeworlds. Earth is ours. If I'm right, then we are all being used to see how we would react to a major threat. The two of you..." *Points to Lord Darkon and the Gatekeeper* "Attacked each other. We showed up, and did not choose sides. Now the real question is, if this is all a simulation, when were we captured?"
*Lord Darkon draws back in a flash, as Gatekeeper's lightsaber slices through empty air. His own blade stabs forward, piercing the Gatekeeper's stomach. He falls to his knees.*
"You were warned." - Lord Darkon snarls.
*Force Incineration - The Gatekeeper curls on the deck, burning alive by dark flames. No amount of his powers can snuff them out*
*Force Slam - This time, the power of Darkon's throw is enough to deform the far bulkhead, as the Gatekeeper slams into in, still burning, half the bones in his miserable body broken*
"Captain O'Neill brings up a very valid point. The SE's homeworld is Komm, a massive planet that is roughly the size of 50 Coruscant's. It supports trillions of species of life, as well as every known environment. The perfect home world. When I first created the galaxy and formed the Shadow Empire, long before your times, I decided to create resource-rich Komm. What kind of resources does Earth have left? If my hunch is correct, they could be after resources to prepare for a full-scale galactic-no---Universal takeover. This fighting between Darkon and myself must be exactly what they wanted. Assailant, tell us more about this "Enemy."
*Before the Gatekeeper's last statement, as Darkon was about to strike, he dodges the cheap shot, causing Darkon's attack to bounce off the wall and hit Darkon himself instead. He then proceeds with post 121*
*Rolls eyes at Darkon and the Gatekeeper. He looks at Rattler and Captain O'Neill*
"I do not know when we were captured, but that doesn't matter, what matters is that we are captured, together, by any enemy far more powerful than all of us. We need to escape."
*He looks back at Darkon and the Gatekeeper*
"When you two escaped the plane, you let something out. Creatures far more powerful than this galaxy has ever known. I was here to stop them, but it would seem that somewhere along the line, we all got captured and our subconscious minds reset back to this point."
"Earth is what we call a Class M Planet, which supports a wide variety of environments ranging from ocean to desert. But if this enemy was interested in us, then where are the Kilrathi? The Confederation is currently at war with the Kilrathi Empire. Wouldn't it make sense to study all possible forces that could oppose them?" Captain O'Neill explains.
Rattler facepalms at the constant fighting between Lord Darkon and the Gatekeeper. Getting fed up that they aren't listening, Rattler pulls out his laser pistol, and shoots the floor several times around both of them.
"WILL YOU GUYS JUST SHUT UP AND LISTEN FOR A MINUTE!?! We could be dealing with a 'Fate of the Universe' situation here, and you two are too busy trying to prove who's got the biggest balls! Break it up already or I'm gonna sock someone!"
Captain O'Neill silently agrees with her Wing Commander.
*Lord Darkon picks himself up, his animosity towards the Gatekeeper momentarily forgotter*
"Interesting point, Captain O'Neill. Korriban, a primordial True Sith world, is mostly a barren wasteland, with not much in the way of natural resources. However, it is literally alive with the mystical energy we refer to as "The Force". I suspect that is why the ancient Sith first evolved there, as a species. Leaving aside the Gatekeeper's absurd presumption and delusions of being the "creator of the universe", if this "enemy" would plan an invasion of the known universe, the powers contained within Korriban would definitely be a great asset to him. And our infighting would give this hypothetical "enemy" an idea of the methods we would use to repel an actual invasion. However, I still need more evidence before I am convinced that all of this is an elaborate illusion. Assailant, I am open to hearing more."
*As if he did not even hear Darkon, the Assailant snapped his head in the direction of the ship controls*
"Has anyone else noticed the fleet is gone?" *He asked quickly, more to himself than anyone in particular* "We aren't going anywhere, because there is nowhere to go..."
*He turned back to everyone else*
"We need to get off this ship." *He started to leave the bridge* "No... we can't get off the ship..." *He turned around* "We need to destroy the ship."
Rattler runs over to the viewport, and, instead of the TCS Excalibur, sees a massive, organic vessel.
"Um... guys? I think we got bigger problems."
*Ty294 suddenly fades into view.*
"A very interesting story assailant, tell more."
*Turning toward Deathstrike 1, who stands quaking in rage at the reappearance of her enemy, Ty294 briefly remarks:*
"What? Think you're the only one who can imploy force illusions?"
*He looks at Rattler*
"No one else can see that ship, can they?" *He asked the room*
"Which means..." *Pulls a gun and points at Rattler's head* "They're seeing through him." *Fires the gun, Rattler's body falls to the floor and disappears*
"Sorry, I really do ow you all an explanation..."
*He turned around*
"But I'm afraid it will have to wait."
*He runs out of the room*
*Ty294 turns toward the Gatekeeper and points in the direction the assailant just went.*
"Dang, I should have caught that guy earlier. Maybe we wouldn't have gone through so much trouble."
"I can do that." *Presses a button* "SELF DESTRUCT ACTIVATED: 10 MINUTES UNTIL DETONATION."
"Darkon, I never said I created the Universe. I created the Force, and the galaxies. Those are my specialties. I stopped following the Jedi and Sith when they turned on eachother, although I do know exactly what has happened to them up until the now. In fact, all that lore you hear about on the planet you call Earth, never happened. The real story would shock you. But that is beside the point. The point is we need to leave this ship before it explodes in 10 minutes. I'll be the last one to go."
*Deathstrike quakes in rage, rage that her opponent would simply disappear in the middle of a fight, but she remains silent. Suddenly, her gaze falls to the forward viewport, and she gapes*
"My lord... the Blood Sanctum... it disappeared! I don't understand this"
*Even as Lord Darkon spins around to look, he notices that the Uberweapon's bulkheads begin to lose their cohesion, becoming more insubstantial with each passing moment*
"All right..." *he says* "Now I am intrigued... you are beginning to gain credibility, Assailant"
"Quite alright, Ty, I do enjoy a good challenge. However, this ship is going to blow, so I'll be leaving. I will see you again." *Runs after the Assailant.*
Captain O'Neill draws a laser pistol and aims it at the assailant.
"You got five seconds to explain yourself or I swear to god you will have more holes in you than a piece of Swiss Cheese."
Rattler wakes up in some sort of lab. Prying off the instruments attached to him, he quickly takes cover behind the table he was on and takes stock of what he has available. Finding that he has been disarmed, Rattler grabs the nearest object, which appears to be some sort of short blade.
"I guess Mr. Assailant was right. I'd better try to find the others, and a decent weapon."
As he is about to leave, a massive Insectoid being enters the room in front of the surprised Human. Reacting quickly, Rattler stabs the alien, and finishes it off with a quick slash through the head. After checking for some sort of weapon, Rattler set out to try and find the others.
"Bugs... great. What's next? A singing, dancing Mouse with his own amusement park?"
*Ty294 fades from view. Just before he leaves to the room to follow the Assailant and the Gatekeeper he wispers into Deathstrike 1's ear:*
"Next time tell your master not to interfere."
*About five minutes later, the Assailant ran back into the bridge*
"Ok, everything's re..." *He looks around, but only the Gatekeeper was there"
"What... where is everyone else?"
*He notices the self-destruct sequence*
"NO! That won't work! We'll all die!"
*He starts typing at the console*
"Get everyone back here."
"Bugs... great. What's next? A singing, dancing Mouse with his own amusement park?"
Ha ha! Epic, where'd you get that line from?
*Turns off the self destruct sequence/Pulls out comlink:* "Darkon, O'Neill, get back to the bridge now! Deathstrike is already here!" *Click*
"Hey, where's Patten and Rattler?!"
*Everyone looks around...*
"We are awake."
*The Assailant jumps up*
"That's not good."
"Where's Rattler? He probably thinks he has woken up, but I doubt he has. And if I'm correct, he doesn't have long."
*Lord Darkon smirks, as the Uberweapon becomes almost completely insubstantial*
"Oh, well, I suppose you are entitled to your continued delusions, Gatekeeper. That doesn't change the facts, which I know full well are nothing like you believe them to be. Some day, you will accept the truth as well. But, I can tell that day is far from today. In any case, I have better things to accomplish at the moment.
*turns to Deathstrike*
"Come, my Apprentice. It's time for us to... go."
*Lord Darkon and Deathstrike phase out, Deathstrike giving one last manic glance in Admiral Patten's direction*
*The Gatekeeper rises to his feet and draws his lightsaber, but does not activate it.*
"Assailant, what exactly did we let out? Was it a Skinwalker? Bloodwrath? My wife?"
@138: Actually... the bugs part was me. The mouse part was from Muppet Treasure Island. ^^
Rattler avoids yet another patrol as he makes his way around the facility. Just as he was about to make a move, another patrol rounds the corner. Rattler jumps into a nearby room, and discovers Deathstrike wired up just like he was. Putting his pilfered blade down, he pries off the leads and tries to wake the Sith woman.
"Come on lady, I don't have all day here..." he mutters as he looks over his shoulder.
"Oh, well look at that, Darkon just left. I'm not going after him. His time is rapidly approaching. I can sense it..."
"As some of you may notice," *He said, as he puts on some clothes* "You cannot feel the force anymore." *He looked at them* "We need to find away out of here, wherever 'here' is."
"Sith-spit." *He said, noticing that no-one was responding to anyone properly* "We all seem to be in separate realities.
"Hmm... Although I can not sense the Force, I still have my Force powers, probably because my body generates the Force. I'm still at full strength. Anyway, I'm sensing this is a large, multilevel complex, we are in the dungeon. I'll keep scanning around for hostiles..."
Captain O'Neill blinks at the sudden change in scenery. She sees the assailant cursing in another language, and tried to speak.
"What the hell just happened?"
*Picks up a gun and looks out the hall to see a patrol bug* "Hey you!" *The bug turned as the lazer blew his head off. The Assailant looked at the body*
"Great. I'm still sleeping."
"Wait a minute, I regonize this place! This is where I sent all of the original Force users when they grew too powerful to control! I wonder if they're still here..."
I haven't left... I am here... here in some sort of... glass cage. I can't break out... Deathstrike, my apprentice, where are you? Help me out of here!
Oh, well. I'll have to do it myself... *bashes his head against the glass 24 times. The glass breaks.*
Excellent. I always knew I have a hard head. Now, to find my apprentice...
*Pulls out comlink* "Guys, I know where we are! We are in an alternate dimention! Meet me at the main door at the third floor! I can coordinate our escape from there! In the meantime get down to the---!" *Static*
When I came here at about 7 this evening, there were 101 comments, and now at 1 AM, there's 153...
*Observes the action unfold*
*See's Rattler run around the corner*
"Hey!" Yelled the Assailant "I dunno about the rest, but us two are still sleeping."
Rattler is still trying to wake Deathstrike when a bug enters the room. Just as the Human reaches for the blade, the bug speaks quietly, in English.
"Stay your hand young one. I don't have much time. What you see is still an illusion, but I may be able to reconnect you with the others. I'm already close with this female. I will try to guide you, but it..." the bug fizzles out of existence.
"You have got to be..." Rattler starts to say as he feels Deathstrike start to stir.
*Everything around everyone goes black for an instant, and they suddenly find themselves in a massive dark forest with fog everywhere...*
*Deathstrike spins Rattler to the floor, an arm lock across his throat*
"NEVER without my permission! Oh.. I thought you were trying to...nevermind"
*As Rattler turns around, she is already gone from the room*
"Helluva way to thank someone... HEY! WAIT UP!" Rattler chases after Deathstrike, and manages to catch up.
"You do know that we'd have a better chance of figuring out what the hell is going on if we stick together, right?"
Captain O'Neill looks around the fog shrouded forest.
"Ok..." she says as she grabs a fallen branch, and starts looking for the others.
"Ah shit, this is so bad..."
*Picks up alien weapon and starts blasting everything*
@Rattler: I thought so, that's what made it so funny. Muppet Treasure Island is a movie.
*Ty294 fades into view next the assailant.*
"I must still be asleep as well since I see the bugs. Tell me then, what the devil does it all mean?""
*The Assailant jumps*
"Whoa! Finally, another person! Look, we need to destroy..."
"What the... we're in a forest..."
"Look, there's the others, come on!"
*Starts running towards everyone else*
"I just hope they're real."
"A foggy forest... Feels like home."
*Cocks ACP Tactical Shotgun.*
"Since you know what's happening... or I hope you do. Lead the way."
*Lord Darkon wanders through corridors made from pure glass for what seems like hours. All of them look alike, and no matter how many he tries to bash through, there are always more*
"Oh, wait! I still have the Force. Silly me!"
"Ah.. there is a way out."
*Lord Darkon walks down a rainbow-coloured corridor, arriving in a hexagonal room with a teleportation portal, guarded by a giant pink frog*
"Where the hell did you get... Nevermind."
*Kicks a stick into the air and catches it*
Captain O'Neill hears something snap behind her. Without thinking, she swings the branch around, only to have the assailant grab it. O'Neill relaxes.
"What the hell is going on here?" she asks, then sees that Ty is armed with some sort of weapon. Looking between her branch and his gun, she starts to feel a little out of place. But she still hasn't seen any sign of her Wing Commander.
"Have either of you seen Rattler?"
Rattler curses as energy bolts slam into the door frame he and Deathstrike used for cover. He shoots a quick glance at the Sith woman.
"Got any bright ideas? I got nothing."
*Lord Darkon barely manages to dodge this insidious attack from the frog, leaving a smoking hole in the rainbow coloured wall.
*Force Destruction* - fizzles.
"Wha-? Where is my Force?! Fine then, we will accomplish this the old-fashioned way, frog!"
*Teras-Kasi power strike* - Darkon's stiffened fingers jab hard at the frog's throat. The frog collapses without a sound, but a large glob of smelly spit lands on Lord Darkon*
"Ah, this is just PERFECT!"
*Lord Darkon steps through the portal, finding himself in some sort of foggy forest...*
*Ty294 laughs at the assailant and O'Neill's suprise at his weapon.*
"Even when I sleep or enter another mental dimension, I never go unarmed. Now let's see if we can find the rest of 'em."
*Deathstrike rolls, dodging the rest of the energy bolts*
"I am beginning to sense my Master" - Deathstrike replies.
"I believe Lord Darkon has moved to another dimensional plane..."
Suddenly it all made sense again
The Assailant knew what he had to do
*He grabbed ty294's gun and shot O'Neill in the chest. He then impaled Ty294 with his branch*
He said as they fell to the ground, gasping for air
"I'll see you again."
*He crouched down*
"Just remember, these creatures are impossibly fast, strong and intelligent. Use ANY means necessary to avoid contact. I'll be back."
Ty294 and O'Neill woke up strapped by strange vines to a ceiling. This time, it was real.
"Holy crap!" Ty294 cries, "Now I know I'm home!"
Rattler tosses her his blade, before her words register in his mind.
"Wait, WHAT? dimensional plane?"
O'Neill follows the assailant and Ty through the forest. After several minutes, they come across Lord Darkon, who is currently in an undignified position and covered in slime.
"Well... illusion or not, I think the universe hates you."
*Walks up to Darkon*
*Shoots him in the gut*
"Ty294 and O'Neil will explain everything... maybe."
I really need to sit down one evening and read the whole story has taken affect in the majority of the comments above this one.
Anyway, when I first noticed the bug on the 14th (why was the network-wide anouncment over a week late?), I put a clamp down on files awaiting validation for Halofiles as I didn't want the ratings to reflect solely on the downed picture server. Plus, I haven't had any POTDs in a month now, so I haven't had to worry about them.
But since it has been so long since the picture bug first arose, I may have to validate files and add pictures later, which is annoying as hell.
Looks like "Break I.T" are living up to their name (break it).
(NOTE TO EVERYONE: Please copy your post and refresh the page to check for any posts made in the meantime before pressing the add comment button. It might help keep the story from going in a million directions at once.)
"Ah, where is Gatekeeper and his attacks when you need them? Being blasted, fried, burned, buried alive, dismembered, and killed is one thing... but being covered in frog spit is quite another. Ah, look... a lake! Excellent."
*Lord Darkon runs to the lake and leaps in, eager to rid himself of the foul frog excretions. As he swims, something grabs him by the legs, and pulls him under*
"Aagbrrljljglulglugljrl" *manages to momentarily raise his head above water*
O'Neill struggles against the vines. Just as she is about to free herself, she hears something. Deciding that the best way to find out what they were up against was to play possum, she makes like she's still out cold. She can barely make out the shape of the creature. Ty starts to struggle, but she quickly stops him by putting a hand on his shoulder, and pointing at the incoming creature.
*The 'creature' looked like a human wearing a black hooded cloak. You coud not see it's face, but there seemed to be something...odd about it.*
*Deathstrike rolls her eyes*
"Grrr, I am THIS CLOSE to ripping your throat out, flyboy! In case you failed to grasp, all of us are spread across multiple planes of existence. And my Master has just found a way out of his, and into another."
"Now follow me, flyboy, and keep up! I will not return to drag your corpse!"
*Deathstrike unerringly finds her way to a massive octogonal room with a teleport portal, guarded by a small, black cat. The cat locks eyes with Deathstrike.*
"Watch out, flyboy... there is something... off.. about this cat. Stay ready!"
*Ty294 whispers to O'Neill:*
"Considering your a woman, I'd appreciate it if you'd look away."
*Ty294 slides his hand into his trousers and removes a small knife from and 'indiscrete' location. Just as he raises it into a throwing position, it suddenly turns red and melts in his hand.*
"Aw nuts." he mutters quietly.
*The Assailant finds the Gatekeeper and shoots him in the gut*
"Now I need to find the others."
"Excuse me for not having fancy powers or otherworldly knowledge. I'm just a combat pilot."
Rattler eyes the cat, thinking that it was definitely a trap.
"I'll draw fire...what the?" Rattler feels something at his side, and discovers a laser pistol materialize. A lightsaber materializes on Deathstrike's belt as well.
"Well... looks like that bug was telling the truth. I'll draw fire. You go in once that thing starts gunning for me. Divide and Conquer."
Rattler rushes out and to the left. The cat starts shooting laser beams from its eyes at the Terran.
"I am a Sith'ari! A leader of the True Sith! I will NOT simply drown like some worthless vermin!" *Darkon thinks to himself*
*His anger gives Lord Darkon the extra strength required to break free of the unknown creature's grasp, and kick his way to the lake surface. He quickly climbs out.*
"Well! At least I am no longer covered in slime... hmm... what is this?"
*Lord Darkon picks up a small, silver crystal*
*A critical quarter-second before the laser beam is discharged, about to fry Rattler, Deathstrike uses the Force to interpose herself in front, and catches the beam on her lightsaber. With more beams being anticipated through the Force and intercepted, she kicks behind her, slamming Rattler back against the wall*
"I am really growing tired of saving your worthless life, flyboy! This is not a galvenned particle packet like those fired by your fighter. This is a laser BEAM, an instant-hit weapon... propagating at the speed of light! You cannot dodge it! Now. YOU use that gun on the cat, and I will make sure both of us live through this battle!"
*to herself* "Pilots! Outside their cockpits, they are useless..."
*A mysterious man appears in front of Rattler who looks somewhat like the Gatekeeper only a few inches shorter, lighter, not wearing the same pattern of attire, and a diffrent mask. He grabs Rattler by the throat and impales him with his hand, which has transformed into a human drill! He rips out several organs, tosses Rattler against the wall, then vanishes without a trace...*
*Darkon gets shot in the gut by the Assailant*
*He wakes up next to Ty294 on the ceiling*
*The Gatekeeper appears next to Deathstrike, who is still preoccupied with the bugs.*
*Force Destruction: Gatekeeper Style: A massive wave of black energy wipes out the entire armada of bugs.*
"Deathstrike! STOP! Look at Rattler!" *He points to Rattler, who is laying there, barely clinging to life at the hands of the unknown masked man.* "Where did that masked man go?!"
*Deathstrike turns her head back, as Rattler is not firing at the cat. He seems unconscious, his eyes moving rapidly behind the lids. Clearly, he is having some sort of hallucination. She darts to the ground under continuing laser fire, and pushes Rattler ahead of herself back to the access corridor.*
"What is the issue now, flyboy?!?" - *she snaps angrily* "Wake up! Can't you accomplish even so simple a task as firing a weapon?"
*Rattler snaps out of it* "I... what a nightmare! I dreamt that the Gatekeeper ripped out my internal organs! I... whew!"
"Well, that was a dream! It will be a reality when I do the same to you if you don't start to rise above this level of competence! If I didn't need you... *the sentence hangs unfinished* Now come on! Let's defeat this cat!"
Well, now we have to decide which action is the actual one, JA394. We posted at the exact same minute! Grr...
Technically, I posted first, so we'll go with mine.
*Off Topic* Hey, Darkon, keep an eye on Deathstrike. I think after the battle is over, Rattler might make a move on her, judging from the earlier posts. And she might accept! Heh. Now THAT would be funny!
Ya know, both Darkon and JA_394 are stuck to the ceiling in the real world...
With O'Neil and Ty
You did, but the situation is incorrect. Deathstrike is not fighting a horde of bugs, but a small laser-firing black cat. Mine is more consistent with the flow of story
*Or she will snap his neck when makes his moves, hehe.*
Yay I got First Post!
*Darkon, The Gatekeeper, Ty294 and O'Neill all realize that the vine things are in their ears(Hooked up to their brains) as well.*
You know, all this RPing is nonsense. Go RP in JKAMP, MBII, whatever. Just STOP!
One more thing: I can't post in comments using Google Chrome. What should I do, FF Network Staff?
OK, fine, screw it, we'll go with Dakari's post.
*The Gatekeeper comes to his senses and realizes he is dangling from the ceiling in some sort of strange room. He cuts himself down and proceeds to free the others, then he tries to wake them up, but before he can, a man who looks almost exactly like him enters the room.* (As described earlier.)
"Good evening, Gatekeeper..."
*He stops what he is doing as his blood runs cold.*
"Kane? Is that you?"
"It's been a long time, hasn't it? You thought you were rid of me. But why? You never killed me..."
*The Gatekeeper turns around, his red and yellow eyes glowing bright.*
"Kane, I banished you. You single-handedly wrecked the balance in the Force, drove the wedge between the Jedi and the Sith, and then tried to kill me, and take my powers for your own. All the while, being my last living relative."
"When you set the fire that burned down our house, I was critically injured! You ruined-"
"I did NOT set that fire! I was only 5 years old! That fire burned my body beyond recognition, much as it did yours! That's why we wear these masks and attires, Kane! That's why we are what we are! I tried to tell you! Harrington set the fire!"
"NO! You set the fire, Gatekeeper! Our father loved us! He would never do that!"
"No. Our father loved HIMSELF, Kane! He didn't care about us!"
*The two start circling eachother as O'Neill starts to wake up.*
"Don't stoke the fire again, Gatekeeper! I know what you're trying to do! You want me to go back to where I came from!"
"After what you have done, you deserve it!"
"No... Instead of giving up like YOU wanted, I decided to come back! That is why I assembled these mindless mutated Gorre's to bring you here! Your pathetic war with the Sith'ari Darkon has only helped me, and in fact WAS part of the plan! And after I kill you here, once and for all, I am going to rid the Universe of ALL life and reshape it in MY image!"
*The Gatekeeper stands up straight.*
"So be it... Brother..."
No. Freedom of speech.
*At that very moment, a host of characters materialize before Jeff Katarn*
"Tell us not to RP huh?"
*Everyone uses one of their special powers on Jeff Katarn then return to the story leaving a pile of unreconizable pieces behind.*
You guys are still going at it?
(Although, honestly, when this story is over lets not start a new one. My checking it every few minutes is keeping me away from RL.)
*Ty294 rises and watches the standoff between Kane and the Gatekeeper. Realizing this is something for him to stay out of, he begins waking the others.*
This is keeping you away from Red Lightning? You know, you COULD take a break every once in awhile. As for future storylines... We'll see where the future brings us.
*Kane draws a red lightsaber/The Gatekeeper draws a red lightsaber with a trail of flame and raises it in a unique dueling position never before seen/Kane tilts his head*
"What style are you using"
*Force Push: Kane is tossed like a toy across the room and hits the wall with so much force that he shatters it and keeps going. He does the same to another wall. And another. And another. 4 walls in total, shattered by Kane's body.*
*The Gatekeeper walks over to where Kane landed, and finds him standing there.*
*Kane starts shooting funnels of lightning from his fingertips, but the Gatekeeper catches them with one hand. After around 5 seconds, the Gatekeeper flicks his wrist forward and the lightning turns red and reverses course, striking Kane in the chest and sending him flying into a steel door. He stands up almost immiedietly*
"Okay, you've had your fun. Now it's MY turn!"
*Kane lunges forward and moves to stab the Gatekeeper in the chest with his lightsaber, however the Gatekeeper catches him in midair with his own, locking them in a saberlock.*
"I sense great fear in you, Kane... And your fear, only gives me more power!"
*The Gatekeeper shoves Kane backwards, but Kane ducks down to take a swipe at his legs, which is blocked. ......... Over the next 3 hours, Kane and the Gatekeeper engage in a feriocious battle, with both taking extreme damage.*
*The Gatekeeper falls to the floor, his lightsaber a few feet away, Kane about to finish him off. Kane raises his lightsaber and swings, but just as he does, the Gatekeeper summons his back to his hand, parrys the blow, and cuts off Kane's head!*
*Kane's body falls to the ground, lifeless. But then, a grey spiritual being rises from the body, and flies away before the Gatekeeper can strike.*
"This isn't over, Kane." He mutters. "Not by a long shot..."
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Umm... Sponge***** ***Pants?
(Sorry, had to eat dinner)
Rattler wakes up, sees the cat aim at Deathstrike, and pulls her down in time to avoid a laser blast. Taking aim with his laser pistol, he snaps off two quick shots, frying the freaky laser shooting feline.
"You're welcome." He says dryly as he gets up. "And not all pilots are useless outside of the cockpit. Don't ask me how I know you think that, I have no idea. Probably this whole place is screwing with us. Let's just get the hell out of here."
I advise you read the posts you missed. A lot happened.
Off topic: I did, and we still needed to beat the cat. Besides Rattler and Deathstrike are still in there. And no... I, as in the pilot Rattler, will not be hitting on her. We'll probably start to respect each other after this insanity though.
*The Assailant runs down the hall behind Rattler and Deathstrike*
"Long story, but I know how to get out of here!"
*He shoots them both in the gut*
*Pulls out a knife and slits his own wrists. The three wake up on the ceiling...*
"What have you done?!" *He yells as he looks at the mess and jumps down from the ceiling* "Now they all know we are awake! We have to get out of here. NOW!"
Rattler wakes up again, this time hanging from the ceiling, with a rather irate Deathstrike next to him.
"You know... this waking up thing is getting old." Rattler growls as he works his way free of the vines.
*Shoves the Gatekeeper as he runs by, picks up Kane's saber and uses it to cut the vines* "It's time to go." *Said the Assailant, glaring at the Gatekeeper*
*Meanwhile, Ty294 has awoken O'Neill and is busy dragging Darkon to is feet. Ty gives Darkon an odd smile before turning toward the assailant.*
"Lead the way friend."
*Quietly follows the Assailant, however he spawns Kane's lightsaber and mask, and puts them in his pocket.*
"listen, in case your memory hasn't come back fully, remember, these creatures are invincible in a fair fight, if you see one, run the other way. Getting out of here is going to be really difficult thanks to the genius here." *He gestures angrily at the Gatekeeper* "But the sooner we get going, the better chance we've got. Let's find a hanger." *The Assailant runs out of the room*
Rattler and Deathstrike catch up with the Assailant and Gatekeeper just as a cloaked figure appears. The Assailant moves to strike when Rattler holds him back, narrowing his eyes.
"You're the one that tried to help me back in that simulated world, aren't you?"
The figure, who upon closer inspection is revealed to be female, nods.
"Yes I am. But there is no time to waste. If you value the countless lives in this universe, you will follow. Gatekeeper, not all of us follow your brother."
Rattler asks her about her interest in him, as she apparently never appeared before any of the others.
"You are a child of the creators, those you would call the Forerunners. But now is not the time to discuss this. Hurry!"
Rattler rolls his eyes.
"Anyone else think we she's hiding something? Cuz I don't want to be the only one."
He blinks as the cloaked woman makes a gesture, and their weapons appear.
"In case you still doubt me."
*The Gatekeeper says nothing at the direct insult to him from the Assailant, however he does mutter the word "Kane" in a sorrowful voice under his breath...*
*Ty294 buries his face in his hands.*
"As if this is already weird enough... I think I'm gunna retire. Yah, I'll retire. Buy a nice home on Naboo... maybe get a cat... one that doesn't shoot lasers..."
*Follows the assailant whilst continuing to babble on.*
*The Assailant raises his hand, motioning everyone to stop. He peers around the corner to see one of the beings*
*He motions for everyone to step back, but the creatures suddenly turns it head and looks strait at the Assailant*
*The Assailant collapses to the floor, grabbing his head*
*Ty294 quickly activates his cloaking device and vanishes from view. However, his voice is heard by the everyone.*
"Run you fools! Go! Go!! Go!!!"
*The Gatekeeper walks over to the Assailant, and starts dragging him toward the creature. The creature roars at him, then he shoots a red lightning bolt at it, striking it in the head, thus frying it's brain. He motions for the others to follow and continues dragging the Assailant down the dirty hallway...*
"You can't...fight it...RUN!"
*The Assailant gathers the energy to raise a gun and fire at a window, revealing a hanger*
The creatures are more human-ish than anything, they don't roar
*The 'creature' absorbs the lightning, along with all of the Gatekeeper's force energy, rendering him temporarily "force-less"*
"I agree with you Ty. I'll be happy to get back to fighting just the Kilrathi. But look on the bright side, she's not trying to kill us... yet." Rattler says quietly, "Besides, I think that whole Forerunner line was a cover. Unless there's a whole bunch of full moons all lined up beaming bozo rays into everyone's brains."
Captain O'Neill starts to wonder if they are really awake as this continues, up until the Assailant collapses. Drawing her laser pistol, she pulls the Assailant back and prepares to fire at anything that comes around the corner. Rattler also tenses up. After the Gatekeeper tries to disable the creature and fails, Rattler snaps up his laser pistol, and fires. Instead of a blue bolt, a golden one lances out, and slams into the creature. The creature collapses.
"Wait a minute, I thought these things were supposed to be invincible?"
The cloaked woman responds. "I made a few alterations to your weapons. Unfortunately they are only able to stun them. We must hurry."
*The Assailant starts to get up*
"WHY AREN'T YOU IN THE BLOODY HANGER YET?"
*He jumps through the broken window down into the hanger*
*Calmly walks into the hangar, leaving a trip mine on the door and broken window.*
*He finally speaks:*
"Those trip mines will create a loud explosion when the line is crossed. They will temporarily stun the target, so they will buy us some time...*
*One of the creatures dives over the trip mine and onto the Gatekeeper's head, wrestling him to the floor, beating him to death*
*The Assailant gets onto one of the ships and uses the ship guns to blast the creature*
"GET ON THE SHIP YOU IDIOT!"
"Flash bangs... nice." Rattler muses, "Now if we could just find a ship..."
"But what about this place?" Captain O'Neill asks. "If we just leave, they will just capture more people and do this all over again."
"I'm taking off in three seconds! GET ONE THE SHIP!"
Everyone boards the ship, and they take off. After several minutes, Rattler raises the question again.
"Ok... how are we gonna keep those things from doing this all over again?"
"I'm already on the ship, Assailant. That was a dummy I postioned to distract them. Now you have revealed our location. Great job."
"Rattler, I can answer that. We find out what planet this is, I take a massive fleet of Star Destroyers and the Uberweapon, we mop up resistance, then use the Shadow Laser to blow it up. Fair enough?"
"We've been at war for almost 4 years." The man said "In case you haven't remembered yet." *He looked at them* "Do you remember yet? In those four years we've only killed one of them. Which leaves two more."
"As long as they get taken out, fine by me." Rattler says.
(I'm out for the night. Gonna actually play some JA now.)
"Also, the Shadow Empire is gone." *He looked at the Gatekeeper* "No-one can control the force near them, and neither could the Uberweapon. Until they are all dead, your precious Uberweapon is useless."
"Never underestimate me. I can summon a new Uberweapon in an instant as well as an INFINITE number of Star Destroyers. Assailant, you have my word. They can't win. Just tell me who needs taken out, and it will be done. It will take awhile, if they are as powerful as you say, but keep this in mind: Even if my Empire is gone, my fleet and the original Uberwerapon destroyed, I can still use the Force. As well as other sources of power. It is clear to me that we can only make it out of this war alive if we work together. I can provide the military, as well as a master tactical strategist. I've been doing this since long before you were even born. So, what do you say? Unending fleet? Invincible battleship? Perhaps even peace when this is all over...?"
/offtopic: Let's continue this tomorrow, I need to work on my mods, feed goats, clean up the house, ect. TTYL.
*Lord Darkon fnally wakes up, hanging from the ceiling, only to find out that everyone else is...gone. However, a strange... presence... can be felt through the Force in the foggy forest. He rips himself off from the wines holdind him in place, and drops to the ground. After a time, he makes his way to the hangar, in the next plane, just in time to see the ship disappear over the rim.*
"Typical. Well, up to a True Sith'ari to rid the universe of this menace!"
*At a sudden sound behind him, Lord Darkon rolls, just in time to avoid a black power-bolt fired by another of the human-like creatures that has just entered the hangar*
*Teras-Kasi piercing kick - with the Force still blocked, and weaponless, Darkon has to revert once again to his mastery of Teras-Kasi. However, the creature is unharmed.
*Another of the black power-bolts catches Lord Darkon in a grazing blast to the side. He staggers, moderately wounded*
"Wait! I still have that crystal... WHAT?!"
*The crystal seems to dissolve through his skin, empowering him. His eyes begin to glow silvery-gray*
"YES! This is what I need!"
*Basilisk Stare* - the creature is turned to stone
*Teras-Kasi hammer kick* - and is now a pile of dust
"Well, one more down... how many more to go?"
*Meanwhile, on the ship, Deathstrike suddenly jumps to her feet*
"You thought Lord Darkon was dead! He is not! I can sense him again! I'm going back!"
*Before anyone can stop her, she jumps into an escape pod, launches it, and pilots it back to the hangar. As she approaches, suddenly the Force leaves her as well.*
"Hmm, this will complicate matters somewhat... but I shall stand by my Master! I will not let him face those creatures alone!"
I put my dick in break media.
and guys, make a book.
*Deathstrike's escape pod lands back in the hangar. She joins Lord Darkon*
"Master, you actually destroyed one of them?! The hooded woman told us they could only be stunned! Your powers truly are astounding..."
"I was fortunate to find an empowerment crystal, my apprentice. The power it granted me allowed me to gain the upper hand. However, I am still cut off from the Force, and by the haunted look in your eyes, I can guess you are, as well. But, as you can see, the creature did manage to wound me. Without the Force, I cannot regenerate... I must find some healing herbs in that forest in the last plane. Let's go. On the way, you will tell me, who is this "hooded woman" you speak of, and everything else that happened while I was... indisposed."
"At once, Master. And while you are empowered, look, I have a lightsaber. So neither of us is completely weaponless. That bodes well for us."
(@241 that IS what we are doing )
*Lord Darkon listens as Deathstrike tells the whole story, as he applies herbal salve to his wound. Finally, he speaks:*
"So, the Gatekeeper has a brother, Kane, who drove the Jedi into two factions. And the Dark Jedi eventually began to interbreed with the ancient True Sith, and took on the mantle of the more contemporary misguided "Sith". Why am I not surprised that such misguided arrogance is a truism for his entire family, not just the Gatekeeper *rolls eyes*... In any case, this situation is now beginning to make sense. This Kane is responsible for the suppression of our Force abilities, and he is likely the master of these "creatures" that seek to destroy us. If the True Sith are to prevail in this struggle, we MUST destroy him!"
"Deathstrike: The Gatekeeper plans to assault this multidimensional planet with the Uberweapon and his fleet, and destroy it, Master. He believes that will solve this situation."
"Typical. He even underestimates his own brother! He thinks that a simple direct assault will be enough... and I am sure Kane expects him to do just that! Still, the Gatekeeper's assault will certainly distract Kane... giving us the opportunity to act from within, and destroy him! We shall remain concealed for now, and try to find more of these empowerment crystals, as well as any other weapons available. We will need every bit of power available to take on Kane! Also, I suspect that when Gatekeeper attacks, Kane will be distracted enough for our Force abilities to return to us... for now, however, this is a waiting game.
"Yes, my Master."
@Darkon: Just out of shear curiousity, what does deathstrike look like? All we (unless I missed something) know is she has tatooes on her face. What is her species, hair color (if any), natural eye color, age, build, ect...
@Dakari, where are we now? When they returned to the real universe was it back on-board the Uberweapon or on one of Darkon's ships or someplace totally different?
I wonder what happened to Admiral Patten, still stuck in another dimension?
And who wants to archieve the story when we're done?
*Ty materializes directly behind Deathstrike.*
"Darkon, now your the one doing the underestimating. Did you think this would be so easy? The only reason I snuck back with Deathstrike is to save you two from your foolish delusions so you don't get killed uselessly! Those crystals are a ruse! When you use them they give you a false power while draining your real power and giving to the enemy! Look!"
*Points back toward the hangar, where the mysterious creature, previously thought destroyed, comes charging out flanked by two, small, demonic looking beasts.*
"Now great Sith'ari, you better follow me!"
(OFF STORY REPLY1 - Deathstrike)
She has Sith-ancient style tatoos on her face (along with most of her body), has bronze tanned skin, covered with many (mostly healed but still somewhat visible) scars from previous battles, green eyes, is about 23 years old, and has a very fit "sporty" build (as is required from someone I trained extensively in Teras-Kasi). As for the rest of the details, I'll leave that to your imagination....
(OFF STORY REPLY2 - Current Events)
The Gatekeeper and the rest of the "gang" have left on a stolen ship, to begin to coordinate an assault on this multidimensional planet, and Gatekeeper's brother Kane. Lord Darkon is left behind, arriving too late to board the ship, along with Deathstrike, who chose to return and stand by her Master, and they are waiting for the Gatekeeper's assault, when they will make their move, as Kane is distracted and weakened. A multi-pronged tactical engagement, as you can see...
*back to the story*
*An illusion of the Mercenary appears to attempt to mislead Lord Darkon and his apprentice, but they are not so easily fooled. Their plan is sound, and this is obviously Kane's attempt to rattle their nerves. As if the True Sith are so easily fooled!*
*Suddenly, Ty stands right in front of the Sith'ari and Darkon feels Ty's powerful grip around his throat.*
"You idiot! This assailant knows more about these forces then you will ever know! Now you attempt to take them on yourself?"
*Turns his head briefly towards the advancing monsters.*
"If you wish to die Darkon, I guess I cannot stop you. I only wish you wouldn't drag this girl to doom with you."
*Ty activates his cloaking device and disappears. He swiftly moves to another hangar where he can only hope there is a ship that is still pilotable.*
*Deathstrike stares after the Mercenary illusion*
"Even as an illusion, he is still a coward. Run, rather than face the enemy and conquer!"
"Ignore him, my Apprentice. Looks like more minions of Kane are attempting to waylaid us. Take the demonic beast to the left, I'll dispose of the right one. Ignore the Creature. Look - it is not even substantial - yet another illusion."
*Deathstrike charges the left beast, as it fires some sort of toxic dart out of its mouth. Deathstrike throws herself to the side, transferring her forward momentum into a sideways roll, still toward the beast. Before the beast can shift its aim, Deathstrike's right foot catches it behind its knees, toppling it to the ground, as Deathstrike's lightsaber slashes through its skull*
*The right beast traverses sideways from Lord Darkon, discharging a volley of toxic darts with unerring accuracy. Darkon leaps straight up, entering a horizontal spin in midair, as he catches two of the darts between fingers of both hands. The rest are being evaded or deflected by the torque of the roll. As he falls back to the ground, he kicks off, and launches himself directly towards the beast. Now below the beast's initial aim level, it takes the beast a quarter second to shift its aim... far too long. With a flick of the wrist, both darts previously caught bury themselves in the midsection of the beast, sending it staggering backwards, stunned. Half a second later, Darkon's left heel connects with the beast's nose in a devastating backward snap-kick, with a force that drives its nose almost fully inside its cranium. It collapses, dead before it even hits ground*
*Total time elapsed since the beasts' initial assault - Deathstrike - 2.5 seconds*
*Total time elapsed since the beasts' initial assault - Lord Darkon - 1.9 seconds*
*Lord Darkon and his apprentice's eyes meet, echoing the unspoken thought*
"Never underestimate the power of Teras-Kasi!"
*Moments after the demonic beast's corpses reach the floor, they are consumed into the body of the creature. It stands there, it's gaze moving from Deathstrike to Darkon then back to Deathstrike. In an instant, it breaks apart into a swarm of tiny insects, these insects seem to disperse for a moment, then they reform into a swarm and head straight toward Deathstrike. Unable to do a thing to stop them, the swarm envelopes Deathstrike completely. Darkon attempts to free his apprientice but only after the bugs scatter does he realize:*
"Deathstrike is gone."
*Slowly coming back to consciousness, Deathstrike is still for a moment, listening. A faint clicking sound can be heard coming from behind and to the right. Opening her eyes and slowly turning her head, she can see one of the Creatures behind her, working at some sort of computer console in the right corner of a strange room, the room's walls seemingly made of pure flesh, alive and pulsing. She can no longer feel the weight of the lightsaber at her belt, it is gone. Something is driving in her back, and she pulls out a small orange crystal. The crystal infuses in her skin, granting her a non-Force power.*
- - - - - - - - - - - - - -
*As the bugs disperse, Lord Darkon is shocked that his apprentice has seemingly vanished. All that is left behind is her lightsaber, which he picks up. There is no sign of any kind as to what might have happened to Deathstrike, and without the Force, he cannot even tell if she is alive or dead. Searching the scene, he finds another small crystal, violet this time. As before, the crystal infuses into his skin, granting him a new non-Force power.*
"Deathstrike's disappearance must be connected with that illusion of the Mercenary, somehow. Kane is more manipulative than I anticipated... I should follow that illusion. Perhaps more clues will be revealed."
*He runs off in the direction he saw the illusory Mercenary take*
*Darkon enters a hangar, similar in appearence to the one that the others had found their ship. As he does, he sees the duel engines of a small-fighter craft rocket to life and propel the ship out of the hangar.*
*Ty294 sits in the cockpit of a small fighter he located in one of the hangars. The controls are similar to his Z-95 so he has no trouble getting the craft to function. As he exits the planet's atmosphere, he begins to talk into the radio.*
"This is Ty294, assailant are you still here?"
"Curse! Ty294 to assailant, do you read me?"
*A faint broken voice comes over the static.*
"Merce ... ssailant, what were .... send cordi ... mee ... rendevous poi ..."
*The radio goes dead, Ty294's scopes locate a ship at the edge of the system. A second later, it drops off the sensers; likely it's gone into hyperspace. The computer suddenly displays a set of hyper coordinates. Ty ponders for a moment whether or not this is a trap.*
"It's my only chance." he decides.
want to post my new map but not without screenshots T.T
*Meanwhile on the new Uberweapon, the Gatekeeper is organizing a massive attack fleet, which has appeared out of nowhere. He turns to the Admiral.*
"Hold off on the attack. I can sense Lord Darkon and Deathstike down on the planet... Kane is still alive... I'm going." *Before the Admiral can say a word, he vanishes.*
*He reappears right next to Lord Darkon. What a surprise...*
"Darkon, I don't want to do this, but seeing as the circumstances call for it, I don't have a choice. I'm going to give you your powers back, then I'm going to find Deathstrike and give hers back as well. As the creator of the Force, I'm still connected to it wherever I go, as it flows throughout my body. Long story short, your welcome, and don't abuse this privilage."
*He waves his hand, and Darkon feels his powers return, but before he can say anything, the Gatekeeper vanishes.*
*Deathstrike begins to crawl carefully and silently toward the room's exit on the far side of the Creature sitting at its console. Unfortunately, the Creature's ears are VERY acute. It rises to its feet and turns to Deathstrike, who likewise leaps to her feet*
*In Deathstrike's mind* "The will of God-Emperor Kane is not to be defied. You belong to him now, as does all the life in the universe. Submit, or perish, feeble one!"
*Deathstrike's green eyes take on a black shadow-cast, as they always do when she is furious. She snarls:*
"You precious Kane is simply another miserable worm in the way of Lord Darkon and the True Sith! And now, you shall see that I am not as "feeble" as you think..."
*Dimensional Displacement - orange crystal power* The Creature's body becomes two-dimensional. Not having any width, it is no longer able to support itself, and it flops to the floor like a piece of thin paper. The effect is temporary, and the Creature is still alive, but will pose no threat for some time.
"Now, let's see what this console is all about..."
*She taps a few keys at random, and suddenly a map of what appears the layout of this particular dimensional plane appears on the screen. On it are denoted two green dots, clearly herself and Lord Darkon, as well as a myriad of red dots... Creatures, their demonic minions, and probably Kane. She smiles sweetly to herself, remembering one of Lord Darkon's teachings.*
"Valuable intelligence on enemy movements is the most lethal weapon on any battlefield."
*Deathstrike finds a datapad next to the terminal, and copies this dynamically updating map program to it, then runs out of the room on her way to meet her Master, carefully avoiding enemy concentrations.*
*The Gatekeeper walks over to Deathstrike, spins her around, waves his hand, she feels her powers return, then he vanishes, muttering something about finding Kane.*
*As Deathstrike makes her way through the corridors of the building, voices begin to swirl in her head.*
"You do not know what forces are at work here."
"Shut up Kane! You feeble attempts don't scare me!"
*As she turns the corner, she sees Darkon.*
"Master!" she cries dashing toward him.
*Darkon turns and faces Deathstrike. Deathstrike realizes, that it's not really Darkon. The vision laughs in a deep, raspy, inhuman voice then vanishes. Deathstrike continues, but at every turn she sees someone she knows: Darkon's officers, Grage, Patten, Rattler, Ty294, the Gatekeeper. Each time she hears the voice and the visions disappear.*
"You don't understand a thing Deathstrike."
*As the Gatekeeper vanishes just as suddenly as he appeared, Lord Darkon feels his Force powers leaving him again. Clearly, Kane can easily counter any change in his domain. Only this time, he underestimated his adversary! Even as his powers fade out again, Lord Darkon can feel the connection between Kane, the Gatekeeper, and their ability to drain or infuse the Force. He can feel it... and he can now counter its effects completely! The Force once again empowers him, and this time, no one, NO ONE... could possibly negate it again! Not Kane, not the Gatekeeper, nor anyone else! In an instant, he senses his apprentice, rushing towards him with critical information in her hands. Phasing right next to her, Lord Darkon restores her Force connection as well.*
"My lord... how...wha-?! -Deathstrike is struck speechless"
"My supreme power is mine again, more secure than EVER before, as is yours, my apprentice! Now, let me see that map you bring, and begin to plan our move on Kane as his dear brother distracts him by his assault!"
"At once, Master!"
*A few moments before her reunion with Lord Darkon, Deathstrike is assaulted by more hallucinations from Kane, but she resists them all.*
*Meanwhile, the Gatekeeper is stalking through hallways, slaughtering these "Creatures" one by one with ease: They are not a match for the unequaled power of the Gatekeeper. He walks into a massive dueling room, and finds Kane, flanked by 20 of the creatures.*
*Force Whirlwind: The Gatekeeper starts waving his arms around his body, and the creatures start flying around him in circles, as red lightning engulfs their helpless bodies, mysteriously draining them of their resiliency. The Gatekeeper tosses his arms out to his sides, and the creatures go rocketing outwards, destroying everything they come into contact with and killing them instantly. The Gatekeeper turns back to his brother, only to find that he was an illusion. He walks on, more determined than ever to kill his own flesh and blood...*
"I feel it, my apprentice... Kane... he is exerting himself! The Gatekeeper is making his assault. Kane's energies are substantially drained. The time has come! Do you have the location?
*Deathstrike hands Lord Darkon the datapad with a map, an eager smile on her face, bloodlust in her eyes*
*Force Designation -through the Force, Lord Darkon becomes one with the instrument, divining instinctively Kane's true location by the flurry of power Kane expends on his illusions, and the battle with his brother...*
*Lord Darkon and Deathstrike traverse the corridors, using the shortest and most efficient route to Kane's location, while the Gatekeeper continues to waste his time with Kane's pathetic Creatures and other minions. In no time at all, they find themselves in a massive oval chamber, with the walls, ceiling and floor made from pulsing live flesh, as Kane sits on a throne made from skulls and bones of all the others he disposed of in his domain.*
*No words are said. No words are required. After a brief locking of gazes with Kane, Lord Darkon launches his attack, Deathstrike charging to the left flank:*
*Force Annihilation - Lord Darkon's arms emit a massive discharge of polarized neutron energy, equivalent in power to 6 Force Destruction attacks. Kane is caught in a maelstrom of energy, literally vaporizing his throne, and sending him, coming apart in a molecular-disintegration inferno, into the rear flesh wall, which catches on fire from the sheer power of the Annihilation blast.
*follow-up Force Crush - Deathstrike reaches the range, grabbing the molecular-disintegrating Kane in a steel-clad Force grip, shattering every bone in his body, and driving him into the floor.*
*Before Darkon's Force Annihilation can reach him, Kane extends his hand and blocks it, sending it straight at Deathstrike, who barely dodges it in time, however while doing so she mysteriously gets paralyzed. Kane turns his attention to Lord Darkon, just as the Gatekeeper enters the room...*
*Lord Darkon tries to unparalyze his apprentice, but realizes that dividing his attention at this point would mean certain disaster. It seems that this monumental battle shall be his alone*
*The Gatekeeper enters the room from the right-flanking archway at that moment*
"Who would have imagined that the time would come when I am glad to see his ugly face?!" - he thinks, as he charges for a new attack.
*Preparatory power1- Force Palisade - an enhanced version of Force Protection*
*Preparatory power2 - Force Dissipation - enhanced Force Absorb*
*Preparatory power3 - Blood Fury Rage - supremely enhanced Dark Rage*
*A pulsar of death, Lord Darkon is a reddish blur of pure murder as he charges at Kane, his lightsaber whirling like a hyper-fast turbojet. Kane is about to be slashed into a million pieces, in less than a quarter second...*
*off topic* HOLY S**T! Over 130 posts since I was last here... took about an hour to read... well, time to get back into the story...
*Back to the story*
Admiral Patten and his elite team, Eagle Squad, suddenly uncloak just outside the throne room. "We've been doing some recon, planting traps and creating defensive position in the meantime. We'll cover the entrance!" he shouts, as he looks on in amazement at the battle unfold inside. "OK men, lets do what we do best!" he yells to his squad as he views hordes of creatures and a previously unseen robitic creation moving in his direction. "Carter, take 2 men and guard the left flank! Julia, you take the right! The rest of us will guard the center! All Guardians, ENGAGE!"
*On the flight deck of the TCS Excalibur*
Lt. "Mags" Wilkins and the rest of the Black Knight Squadron gather around their Wing Commander. It had been a few hours since they returned on a stolen ship, and Captain O'Neill ordered all hands to battle stations as soon as they got on board. Rattler briefs not only his squadron, but the seven other squadrons as well.
"Ok listen up. We got ourselves a 'fate of the universe' thing here again. We will be coordinating with local forces in a joint operation against unknown hostiles. Our job is to provide fighter support as the TCS Kyushu gets into position to use her Phase Transit Cannon. We don't know what we are gonna be facing in the way of resistance, but expect it to be substantial. Get to your ships. We hit space in five. Good luck, and give 'em hell."
The pilots disperse, but Mags stays behind.
"Good to have you back."
She hugs Rattler quickly, before rushing to get to her Rapier.
"Good to be back."
As allied forces engage the enemy on the ground, the Confed Expeditionary Fleet engages the enemy in space. Fighters from the TCS Kyushu and TCS Excalibur harass an orbital defense platform until the massive Confederation class Dreadnaught fires its Phase Transit Cannon for the first time. The massive blast leaves a hole in the platform big enough to fly a Raptor Heavy fighter through with room to spare.
Rattler banks, and lights up a turret with combined Particle Cannon and Laser Cannon fire.
"Time for a little payback."
*Patten and his troopers fire hundreds of shots into the horde of incoming hostiles. Many fall. Just as it seems the Guardians are about to be overrun, the mines that were placed earlier suddenly detonate, cutting a large portion of hostiles down. When Patten's M12 assault rifle is out of ammunition, he throws it aside. He shouts, "You... will... all... die!" He suddenly charges forward, throwing a plasma grenade into the horde of hostiles running towards him. Yelling a savage battlecry, he ignites the plasma swords attached to his forearm armor and jumps into the middle of the advancing force, hacking, parrying, slashing, killing and destroying everything in his way. One of the creatures manage to get a severe hit in, but Patten's shield takes the brunt of the blow. "You will NOT defeat me that easily!" he shouts as he slices the creature cleanly in two. He looks up, seeing that the hallway is now clear. As he turns around, he hears metallic groan behind him. He looks over his shoulder just in time to see a stream of flames heading towards him. He rolls to the side, taking a newly designed M78 HE Tactical Shotgun out of the holster on his back. He lunges towards the robot, jumping into 5 feet into the air to avoid another jet of flame. He unloads a round into the robotic creation's head, then, while still in the air, ignites the plasma sword on his right arm, using a backhand swing to cleanly slice its head off. As he gets up, he sees 7 more running down the hallway towards him.
*As Kane meets Lord Darkon's savage rush with a conterattack, and the two are engaged in a fierce close-blade duel, rainbow-coloured energies enfolding them, while the Gatekeeper rushes in to join the fray, Deathstrike stirs, her power managing to overcome the paralysis effect*
"YOU WILL NOT deny me battle, Kane... it is what I live for!!!" - she growls, that manic, blood-crazed look in her eyes once again.
*Force Bloodslayer - Deathstrike's speed and reactions quadruple, and her lightsaber begins to leave behind a blood-red trail. She gathers addtional power by drinking blood directly from the flesh walls, before she charges, her entire body covered red with blood*
"FOR THE TRUE SITH!!!"
A second blast from the Phase Transit Cannon rips the Orbital Defense Platform apart. The Black Knights enter the atmosphere to provide air support for the ground forces if needed.
*Lord Darkon and the Gatekeeper are momentarily on the back foot under the onslaught of Kane's assaults, Kane proving to be a very worthy opponent for both of them, when Deathstrike surges in a flash for Kane's rear. He parries a flurry of attacks, but is caught by surprise, and Deathstrike manages to score a furrow across his abdomen before she is repelled and flung back against the far wall. The stall in Kane's onslaught allows Lord Darkon and the Gatekeeper to regain the initiative. Battered, and with a shallow lightsaber burn across her right cheek, but even more invigorated by the battle, Deathstrike leaps back to her feet!*
"YES!!! Yes... Hurt me, Kane... I shall hurt you far more!!!" - Even more frenzied, she unleashes another battle cry, and rushes back in.
*The Gatekeeper stiffens up and extends his hands forward.*
*Lightning Trials: A seemingly endless amount of lightning shoots from his fingertips and into Kane, who blocks it for all of 4 miliseconds before being thrown against the far wall. After the lightning stops, Kane's body is severly burnt from head to toe. He looks beat, but then he presses a button on the wall, and over a hundred of these creatures, only more advanced with stronger armor and much more mechanical in nature, yet still organic. They look something like the Predator.*
*Force Death Sight - a more powerful version of Deadly Sight - Lord Darkon uses it to superheat Kane's skin and flesh and distract him as he issues orders to his apprentice*
"Deathstrike! Do not re-engage Kane! Leave him to Gatekeeper and myself! Concentrate on those abominations! It seems this battle will be waged on more than one front! I am providing you with required backup."
*reluctantly* "Yes, Master..."
"I know you thirst for his blood now, but remember the other thing I have tried to teach you, Deathstrike: Never allow bloodlust to overpower tactical objectives in battle. Bloodlust is useful as a tool of battle mastery, but not to the point that it masters you! That direction lies weakness and death!"
*more firmly, icy calm, but with fire underneath* "Understood, Master."
*Spectral Rennaissance - 50 Sith Uberspectres conjure themselves out of thin air at Lord Darkon's command, already rushing to attack the robotic abominations*
*Deathstrike is already upon them, a blur of motion as the first 5 abominations are slashed to pieces. The Spectres soon annihilate another 12*
*Lord Darkon turns back to Kane, dueling his brother, and rejoins the battle*
*The Assailant, realizing that his plan is falling apart, contacts one of the only 'intelligent' people he knows*
"Ty294, do you copy? Ty294, do you copy? These idiots aren't killing anything, the enemy will be hear any second now, we need to get them out!"
*Drops the comm, and bursts into the throne room*
"I hate to break up you three shutta's fun, but I need to take Darkon and the Gatekeeper out with me."
*Kane raises his hand to destroy the Intruder, but he cannot use the force...
The Gatekeeper's comm crackles*
*Neither the Gatekeeper, nor Darkon could use the force anymore. The Assailant realizes what has happened*
*At that moment, Ty294 and an Imperial Officer rush into the room.*
"Stop this madness! It will do no good to kill Kane! Everyone stop and listen!"
*For a moment everyone and everything cease to attack each other. Even Kane himself is curious at this madman's ramblings.*
"Why would it do no good to kill me? Tell us friend."
"You aren't in control here Kane, you never were. You're a puppet to distract us from the bigger picture! Tell them your discovery Major."
"I'm Major Jammerson, Admiral Grage's chief physicist. After the battle I began to analyze the mix of interdementional energy in the sector. Long story short, the Gatekeeper and Darkon's battle earlier released an untold energy that is changing the entire fabric of the universe! If my caculations are correct, all the dementions of the universe are consolidating into one!"
*Most of those present begin to laugh at this ridiculas theory. Then Ty steps foward again.*
"When we were trying to escape here the first time I recieved a message in my mind from some strange source. I can't discribe it. But this much I know."
*Points at Kane.*
"You're aren't in command here! IT is! IT is trying to remake or destroy the universe and it has us fighting shadows while it's plans are being carried out!!!"
"THIS PLANET IS A TRAP!" *The Assailant yelled* "They knew you'd come back here, and you have! Now they are here to finish the job!" *He looks back up at the Gatekeeper* "Not even you can control your own power now. These things are not of this universe."
*Looks at Ty294, nods*
LOL, beat me by 1 minute Dakari. I was trying to keep some semblence of your story alive while you were out. Strike my last post if you wish.
Your post actually works, lol Thanks, btw.
As Rattler flies overhead, a rift form above the enemy base. The Black Knights break off to avoid contact. Switching his radio to an open channel, he alerts allied forces.
"Knight 1 to allied forces, Some sort of rift has formed above the enemy base. I repeat, a rift has formed above the enemy base. Black Knight Squadron will maintain position outside its range."
On another channel, various transmissions are picked up, with sources calling themselves GDI, Colonial, Star League, and even Federation and Terran Empire. Rattler glares at the rift, thinking that the final battle is about to begin.
Oh good, thx.
*Ty294 turn toward Patten and his men.*
"If you value your life and your men's lives you'll get out of here now!"
*Turns toward Deathstrike, Darkon, Gatekeeper and Kane.*
"You're greed and arrogance has blinded you all! If you would acknowledge there are other intelligent beings in this universe besides yourself we may not be in this mess!"
*Turns and runs out of this room*
"Come on Ty294, we've got a Universe to save."
*Rattler's comlink comes to life.*
"Rattler, this is Admiral Alexander Grage, we have not been formally introduced but that doesn't matter now! All your forces are in grave danger! Fall back to my command ship. I'll send you the coordinates! Move quick!"
*Ty294 gives one last glance at the four pairs of angry but confused eyes in the room then turnes and, along with Major Jammerson, dashes after the assailant.*
*Deathstrike rushes back to Lord Darkon, a commlink in her hand*
"My lord, I don't understand... listen to this..."
*the commlink crackles with transmissions from many previous battles, all intermingled, chaotic, unfathomable... the voices of Lord Darkon, The Gatekeeper, Admiral Grage, Grand Admiral Patten, Fleet Admiral Rajko, and even Deathstrike herself, all overlapping... along with sounds of battle and mayhem*
*Lord Darkon's face is carved from stone, as he realizes the horrible truth*
"The universe is beginning to collapse in on itself! THAT is what the Assailant meant..."
"No time, my apprentice" - Lord Darkon says as he smashes the commlink - "We must go!"
*Together, they run to catch up with the Assailant.*
"Copy that Admiral. Knights, form up on me!"
The Black Knight Squadron heads back out from the planet's atmosphere, and sees the Expeditionary Fleet already near Admiral Grage's task force.
*The Gatekeeper turns toward Darkon.*
"Are they speaking the truth? Even if they are crazy, I'll go with them. You and Deathstrike are more than capable of handling this by yourselves. Reluctantly, I go."
*Vanishes/Reappears next to Assailant.*
"What the Devil are you talking about?"
Disregard above post.
*The Gatekeeper rushes out of the room, after the others, with Kane reluctantly following.*
*The Assailant climb aboard his small ship (along with anyone else who wanted to come too)and flies it out of the atmosphere towards the battle*
*Lord Darkon catches up with the Assailant*
"How exactly can this disaster be reversed?! How can the universe be saved? Answer me!"
"Hell, I don't remember."
*He thinks for a moment*
"867418977 I don't know what it means, but it's important. I knew once... before we were captured."
"Typical Gatekeeper answer, but I suggest we find the guy in charge and take 'em out. That usually works, doesn't it? If not... I hate to say this, but we could fly to my dimention, which is permanently sealed, by the way, so it is not being altered, and I could go to my lab and destroy the galaxies, rebuild them, and pray that this "Thing" was destroyed with them..."
*Looks at the Gatekeeper*
"You still don't get it, do you? YOU HAVE NO POWER! You are mortal, just like the rest of us! If you die, your dead. We can't go to your dimension, even if it does exist, because YOU HAVE NO POWER!"
*The Gatekeeper's eyes turn grim looking.*
"Assailant, Darkon, I might be able to help you with that. Every dimention has a "Codename," or a number, that seperates it from the others. I regonize that number. It comes from a dimention that was there long before I was created, which baffles me, seeing as I- Anyway, that number goes to dimention "MI." I was in there once, just barely got out alive. If you really want to know, I can tell you who lives there, and who I guarantee you is behind this..."
*Ty294 turns and grabs a stunned Gatekeeper by the throat.*
"Have you not been listening at all my friend? The ENTIRE universe is collapsing! Your demention is no safer then any other!"
*As he speaks, the planet they just left begins to collapse into itself.*
*He looks up, surprised* "What the... The Uberweapon is moving..." *He realizes what is happening* "Oh Shi...!" *The Assailant swerves the ship and evades a shot from the Uberweapon* "They have taken over the Uberweaon!"
*Levitates self off seat for 5 seconds*
"My other powers are gone, but I still have the Force! No matter how many times it leaves me, my body regenerates it! GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEAD!"
Rattler watches in horror as the Uberweapon turns on them, and fires on the closest forces, A TEC battle group. Rattler starts swearing profusely over the open channel.
*Deathstrike turns to her Master*
"Or... could all this be, this universe, this reality... IN OUR MINDS?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!
*turns to Gatekeeper* - "Oh, SHUT UP!"
*she ignites her lightsaber and stabs herself, but instead of collapsing to the deck, she.... vanishes*
*Lord Darkon stares for a long, long moment at the space she had just occupied, before smiling tightly to himself*
"Hmm... perhaps I have taught her... too well! So be it."
*he ignites his own blade, and throws himself upon it. He is... gone*
( WELL PLAYED, EVERYONE! UNTIL NEXT EPISODE - LONG LIVE THE SITH!!!)
"Want an example? Fine!"
*Force Crush: The Uberweapon collapses on itself. Again.*
"I hate destroying my flagship like it's paper, but if I have to, I will!"
*The Gatekeeper collapses to the floor holding his head*
"Sithspit!" The Assailant cried "They're invading his mind!"
*Fires several shots at the huge ship emerging from the rift. The Gatekeeper gets up*
"What a minute... that's just a normal ship... it's huge, but there is nothing supernatural about it..." He thought for a moment, dodging a couple shots from the Uberweapon "They control the Uberweapon; an unimaginably powerful and indestructible ship which we can't control, and...." He looked at the others with an insane expression on his face "I've got an idea."
off topic JA, seriously, it's not much fun if there is an all-powerful main character. Your force-less for now, get over it.
*Looks at Darkon and Deathstrike, who are on the floor, barely alive*
"Get the to the medical room, it's just down the hall."
*Suddenly, Darkon and Deathstrike rematerialize on the ship. Ty294 is instantly in Darkon's face.*
"You pathedic moran! All the demensions are compressing into each other! The spirital is joining the physical! Stop your insanity!"
@299. I like mine better.
*Grage watches in horror as the Uperweapon fires at the Assailant's ship. Turning toward Captain Zerik he roars:*
"Spread out the fleet! I don't want us to loose multiple ships in a single blast! Inform Rattler too! The Uberweapon is hostile! Hurry!"
Squadrons from both the TCS Excalibur and TCS Kyushu start harassing the Uberweapon, targeting the massive vessel's weapons in hopes of at least disabling them. The TCS Kyushu comes about, and prepares to fire her Phase Transit Cannon if necessary.
"Ok, does ANYONE have an idea how to stop this? If whoever is behind this mayhem continues to find ways to make us fight each other, we're not gonna get anywhere!" Rattler exclaims over the open channel as he dodges anti fighter turret fire from the Uberweapon.
Can I still have immense physical power? After all, my character is 7 feet tall and 400 pounds. As for the Force thing, what can I say, I'm stubborn. I just like having some control over my creations. But sure.
*Just as the Gatekeeper is about to Crush the Uberweapon, he feels his powers leave him.*
"What?! This is insane! That's impossible! How am I supposed to torture people to death without my powers?! ARGH! "
"I have a plan. Ty, you and me are going to the Uberweapon, I believe that the creatures will come to the Uberweapon to destroy us." *He turns and looks at Darkon and the Gatekeeper* "You are going to... I can't believe I'm saying this... You are going to take control of my ship, and land on the 'Mothership' AFTER the creatures are on the Uberweapon. Me and Ty will stall them as long as possible, you and the Gatekeeper must fly the 'mothership' into the Uberweapon."
*As the last vestiges of the dream universe fall away from his mind, Lord Darkon laughs in Ty294's ghostly face*
"Now who is the only intelligent individual here...."
off-topic: btw, I want to archive this when it's done
*Pulls out comlink*
"Darkon, you get your monkey-@$$ back here. We're going to the Mothership!"
I'd be willing too if nobody else will. But maybe you should Dakari.
*As Darkon fades into oblivion, Ty294 makes one last reply.*
"Appearantly not you."
*Docks on the Uberweapon*
"Ty, you with me?"
"Uh, Assailant? We've got a problem: Darkon's monkey-@$$ has bailed. I have no idea where he went, but I have another idea: What if I go to the Uberweapon? I have stronger armor, I know where everything is AND I created the ship. You and Ty can go to the Mothership. How's that sound?"
Off Topic @ Garyn: DO EET!
Off Topic to all: Just so you guys know, the Phase Transit Cannon is one of the most powerful weapons developed by the Terran Confederation, and was first seen in Wing Commander 2. Reverse engineered from basically an Anti-Planet Proton Accelerator Gun first deployed by the Kilrathi Empire, the Phase Transit Cannon became a powerful anti ship weapon deployed on Confederation class Dreadnaughts. If you guys have any questions about the tech I bring up, feel free to ask. I'll get the info.
*Docks beside Assailant*
"Long story short, get to the Mothership. I'll take it from here!"
"To the ends of the universe assailant! Such an ironic phrase right now."
*Just before Ty leaves the room, Darkon reappears. Ty punches him in the gut and the Sith Lord doubles over gasping for air.*
"See ya Sithy!"
"We are not going to control the Uberweapon, we are going to distract the creatures. If there is just one person, they will just invade his mind, with two, they can't do that. You need to go the mothership."
*Lays his hand on the his ship one last time*
"Keep her safe for me."
*The Assailant and Ty jumped down into the Uberweapon*
Rattler pulls back on the stick, having managed to destroy another turret.
"All fighters, get clear of the Uberweapon, The Dragon Awakes!"
Rattler recognizes the message, and hits the afterburners. The last of the Confed fighters clears the Uberweapon just as the TCS Kyushu fires her Phase Transit Cannon at the Uberweapon's engines.
*The Gatekeeper finds a massive cache of weapons, exactly where he knew it would be. He picks up his personal favorite: The Mini Shadow Laser. Essentially, it is exactly what it's name says, only it won't destroy a planet or blow a hole in a ship or building, but is a one-hit-kill on nearly everything the laser touches.*
"Now for the hunt..."
Guys, I'll see ya later. I've got some personal stuff to attend to, but I'll be back later tonight.
*The Uberweapon regenerates all damage*
*Nobody is on the Uberweapon.*
*The Assailant and the Mercenary make their way to the bridge...*
remember JA, you are heading towards the mothership
/Offtopic@ Dakari: The Gatekeeper is already out of earshot. He's gone, and he's going to do what he's going to do. You and Ty can do whatever you want, but he's going to cause some havoc with that Mini Shadow Laser. And mind probing / invading doesn't work on the Gatekeeper. It will stun him for a few seconds to a minute, but that's about it.
One last thing before I go, the Gatekeeper will just take control of the Uberweapon, and steer it into the Mothership. There. We both win.
@JA where do you think you are? My character isn't speaking, I am. You are supposed to be flying my ship to the Uberweapon, Ty and I are supposed to be on the Uberweapon's bridge
No. You can't control the Uberweapon. We already went over this...
The Creatures have full control over it, and no-one can over ride that for now.
@322 I meant you are supposed to be flying towards the mothership
@JA and Dakari: Let's not start another war. Sheesh. Learn some character humility JA. My best guy is just a bad-arse mercenary with no particularly great powers.
@Rattler: Oh, this isn't your creation?
Well, I should mention that the Furies mentioned earlier are from "Battlezone 1998" and aren't my creation. The rest of my stuff is split between pre-existing mod/fanon content (Like Grage) and stuff made on the spot.
*As the assailant and Ty enter the bawls of the Uberweapon, its massive turret turns and fires a blast that cleaves one of Grages Star Destroyers in two.*
*The Assailant looked at Ty*
"We gotta let those core-slimes know we're hear."
*They raised there guns and started firing inside the ship*
"I just hope the Gatekeeper gets to the mothership without getting killed."
*The Creatures appeared on the bridge of the Uberweapon*
"Okay Ty, you ready? GIVE EM' HELL!"
*The Assailant charged on of the(They look like a cross between a zabrak and the Prededor) beasts*
Off Topic @Ty: The tech and ship/ fighter types I'm using isn't, but the characters Rattler, Captain O'Neill, the TCS Excalibur and TCS Kyushu are mine. The Excalibur and her crew made an appearance in a fanfic Star Fox/Wing Commander crossover I wrote. The Kyushu I just made up for this.
Rattler, as well as every Confed pilot in the battle, starts throwing every swear word in the English Language out as they see their hard work repaired in seconds.
"What the hell kind of ship is this thing? It even survived a frakin' PT shot!"
"Cut the chatter Knight 7. I want a weapons and fuel check. If anyone's running low, gas up and load up. This is gonna be a marathon battle." Rattler says, then turns his attention to the newly arrived Mothership. The design is similar to what he saw in the simulated world, but more menacing. Getting an idea, he aims his Rapier at the Mothership. The rest of the Black Knights follow.
I'm actually making my own game, and all of my things are things I actually created for my game This "little" RP, especially the space battles, helped me create some of the NEF characters and tech. So, all my stuff is original
As for the story, I guess my squad can help the Gatekeeper take the Mothership. Heavily armored super soldiers unite!
Hey, if anyone is willing, I know a really good Fanon site to post this on after it's completion. It's a wiki site so we can write articles about the characters too! If anyone likes the idea that is.
*The two charge the bridge, Ty294 quickly targets the nearest one, firing several shots into its face. One of other monsters flings a strange blade like object which Ty barely dodges. After the last of the beasts falls to the floor, their bodies suddenly fade away.*
*They appear behind the two men and start strangling them*
Hmm, when we're done we should check with the admins and see if this comments page hits a record...
BTW, we better finish tonight cause I can't access the computer tomorrow...
*Gasping for air, the Assailant activated his flamethrower, burning himself, and his alien captor. He then jumps onto the one holding TY*
*Lord Darkon phases in only for a microsecond to survey the scene. Just as quickly, he phases back out.*
(Off topic: I see the story is still active... relatively... I could not resist checking one more time. But this is it from me! It's 01.45AM here, and I REALLY have to phase out for the night! So long...)
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*Dodges the cheap punch from the Mercenary, his palms clasping to the sides of Mercenary's head and twist, snapping his neck like a twig.*
"Don't do that again."
offtopic I think it's a little to late to snap his neck, lol.
Goodnight! And after this comment I might be done for the night, have to do a paper. And we're going to get 350 comments at least, so this is definitely a record. We should post this as a story somewhere and make more some other time. I think we already have a novel lol. As for the wiki, I'm up for it, character info is good, but I don't want to release any of the tech/ship info, since someone may take it before I release my game. After that, I'll gladly release everything.
*Patten and his men are aboard a modified, heavily armed gunship equipped with cloaking technology. The gunship lands aboard the Mothership in a hangar, and Eagle Squad jumps out, with the gunship providing covering fire* "Go, go go! Get to cover!" Patten shouts. "Carter, flank right! Julia, flank left! Markus, supressing fire!" (By the way, Markus is armed with a M32 Heavy Machine Gun that is capable of firing 900 .375 caliber rounds per minute.) Blaster rounds fly all around Patten's head as he jumps over a pair of crates and rolls to the next stack, throwing a plasma grenade in the process. The grenade lands next to a barrel that is apparently filled with some type of fuel, since it explodes, killing several creatures. The gunship is still giving support, cutting swathes through hostile troops with repeating plasma cannons. Julia, flanking left, catches a few troopers by suprise, killing them with a few shotgun blasts. Carter, flanking right, catches more hostiles without cover, mowing him down with his assault rifle. Patten charges forward, plasma swords ignited, jumps over the cover protecting the last several troopers, impales one while knocking another down with a scissor kick, rapidly spins, shooting a third in the head with his Magnum, impales the trooper on the ground, and diagonally cuts the final trooper diagonally in half, all in less than 5 seconds.
"Hangar secured! Eagle Squad, move forward!"
*Ty and the Assailant keep fighting the creatures.
The Assailant gets punched in the gut and thrown across the room. He slowly gets up, spitting blood out of hid mouth...*
Rattler barrel rolls to evade fire from an anti fighter turret, and opens up with his Particle Cannons, destroying said turret. The rest of the Black Knights pour fire into various points on the Mothership's hull. The Mothership takes aim at the TCS Kyushu, and fires a massive green bolt of Plasma energy. The Dreadnaught's shields flare as the Plasma blast strikes.
*Over allied comm channel* "TCS forces, I think you might appreciate some help," a voice says. Suddenly, a gigantic fleet of NEF vessels exit hyperspace just behind the Kyushu. The Atlantea opens fire with EPB weapons, creating massive scars on the Mothership's hull. Firestorms launch fusillades of missiles, aiming specifically for turrets. Decimators and a previously unseen type of battleship, the Devastator-class Battleship, which is normally reserved for planet defense and major offensive actions, fire their Heavy MEV cannons, trying to aid in the destruction of offensive turrets. Hundreds of Hornet-class Heavy Fighterbombers swarm around the Mothership. "Gold Flight, this is Gold Lead, arm plasma torpedoes and try to take out their heavy turrets to provide cover for the fleet!" one squadron commander orders. The battle aound the Mothership has now begun in earnest.
Meanwhile, Eagle Squad continues to move through the ship towards the bridge, eliminating all resistance they encounter.
*It's been about ten minutes, Ty and the Assailant are barely alive. The Assailant leaped on to one of them drawing his mandalorian wrist blade* "DIE...YOU...PIECE...OF...ALIEN...****!" *He screamed, driving his blade into the creatures chest between each word*
*The creature grabbed the Assailant by the throat. The Assailant spit blood in his face. The creature stood up and lifted the intruder off the ground...*
*Suddenly, a previously unseen Guardian clad in Specter armor uncloaks behind the creature holding the Assailant and slices it in half with a plasma sword.*
"Sergeant Major Eland, reporting for duty. Sorry for the tardiness, sir. These troopers and I," he gestures around as NEF infiltration troopers uncloak around him "have been ordered to assist you in your attack. Shall we get moving?"
*Suddenly out of nowhere, the alien Mothership starts veering straight toward the Uberweapon. The Gatekeeper's voice fills the bridge:*
"If I were you guys, I'd finish up and get out of there! ETA is 5 minutes! Good luck!"
Off Topic: TCS is a prefix used in the names of Confederation ships. Kinda like USS Enterprise. In general, people shorten Confederation to Confed when referring to Terran forces.
As the NEF fighters join the fight, Rattler quickly returns to the Excalibur to refuel. The flight deck is a hive of activity as techs scramble to rearm or refuel fighters. A Hornet light fighter covered in carbon scoring and missing part of its starboard wing barely manages to land safely.
One of the techs approaches the pilot as he waits for his Rapier. Rattler turns to face the tech.
"We got a trooper transport full of marines prepping for launch. Think you can cover their approach to that monster?"
"Which one? The Uberweapon or the alien ship?"
"The Alien ship sir."
"I'll make sure the ground pounders get to play. Besides, Sgt. Apone's got a bad case of Cabin Fever from what I heard."
Rattler gets back into his F-44 Rapier II, and closes the canopy. A Confed shuttle pulls up beside him. The catapult system grabs his fighter, and shoots him out through the airlock. The shuttle follows soon after, with about as much grace as a brick with engines. After several minutes, the trooper transport lands in one of the alien ship's hangers, and Confederation Marines proceed to secure the hanger.
"By the numbers ladies! Let's go! The Corps ain't payin' us by the hour!"
*off-topic* Rattler, there isn't much point in putting Confed marines on the mothership, since Eagle Squad has more or less mopped up most of the resistance. Oh, Dakari, just don't kill off Eland, feel free to kill as many infiltration troopers as you want, however.
Just as Apone and his Marines reach the door, some of the troops who had boarded the Mothership before them run into the hanger. Apone stops one of the soldiers.
"I'm Sgt. Apone, Confed Marine Corps. Give me a sitrep!"
"Private Jenkins, NEF. This thing's on a collision course with the Uberweapon. We gotta get out of here!"
"God dang it. And we just GOT here. Load up Marines, we're bugging out!"
The NEF soldiers board the Confed Shuttle, followed by Apone's Marines, and the shuttle leaves.
Rattler sees the shuttle leave the hanger shortly after it arrives, and asks the pilot about it.
"This thing's gonna ram the big gun thing out there sir."
The Shuttle makes its way back the Excalibur.
"Apone's gonna be in a bad mood for weeks now..." Rattler mutters.
Off topic: Well... At least they managed to pull some guys out. After all... reinforcements arriving late happens.
*Meanwhile on the bridge of the Uberweapon, everyone feels their powers return, as the Gatekeeper has disabled the Mothership except for it's engines.*
Eagle Squad, returning to their gunship, also leave the Mothership and head back to the Atlantea, awaiting further developments.
*The Mothership is less than a thousand yards away when the Gatekeeper arrives at the bridge.*
"I see you're still standing here, that's nice, but we have to go!"
*He grabs the Assailant and Ty by the arms and runs out of the room, leaving the squad of troopers in their dust. They make their way to a hangar, summon the troopers, get into the ship and take off, with the cinamatic explosion following less than 5 seconds later.*
Correction: I meant the Leviathan, not the Atlantea.
offtopic I dunno where JA and TY went, so I'll just give my ending, and later people can edit it if they want.
*The Assailant and the Mercenary are being beaten to death by the monsters when the sun goes black.... They looked out the window to see the Mothership, flying right towards them, with the Gatekeeper at the main window looking quite glee-full. The Assailant summoned all the strength left in him to punch the creature off of him. He raised himself to a crouching position, grabbed Ty's arm, raised his wrist launcher...*
"To the end of the universe..." *He fired the rocket, sending Ty and himself out the window. The Aliens instinctively held their ground, not sure what was happening yet. The two were propelled away from the explosion as the two ships collided...
They awoke in a medical bay on a NEF ship next to the Gatekeeper, O'Neill and the others...*
I like mine better
There's a problem with your ending, JA. The Aliens wouldn't let you come in and take us like that...
@ Dakari... OK... you can just ignore Eland and the troopers lol. It works well enough for me.
Patten and the rest of Eagle Squad walk into the med bay of the Leviathan. He salutes the brave men who he fought beside.
"Well done, gentlemen. No other hostiles are in sensor range. It seems as if we have won... for now. We fought a good fight. It was an honor to fight by your sides. Well, it seems that the only thing left to do is search for survivors among the wreckage. You are all welcome to stay here for the moment. Contact me if you need anything." Patten walks out of the med bay, heading back to the bridge of the Leviathan. Looking out the windows he whistles and says, "Well it sure was one hell of a fight."
The End... or is it?
I like Dakari's ending more, too.
*The Gatekeeper rises and turns to the Assailant.*
"I have one thing to say. After all that we have been through, I don't believe you ever told us your name. If you don't mind me asking, what-"
*Before he can finish his sentence, he looks up.*
/Offtopic: Reference to possible future?
"...I sense Kane is still alive..."
LOL episode #2? Let's go lmao. We'll need to go to a different site tho... I don't think it's too good to spam JKfiles polls
We could just use this one, couldn't we?
Well, I suppose we could. But I wouldn't mind rattler's idea of using that other site. But I bet by the end of this we will have a few novels written.
*The Assailant sat up and looked at Ty*
"It's been an honor serving with you..." *He said as he extended his hand*
Well, I'm off for the night, I'll see all you guys either sometime tomorrow, Saturday, or Sunday. Just don't start the next episode without me!
*The Gatekeeper walks out of the room.*
"All of this... Everything I went through for them... Not even a thank you... Still, serving with Legend was a great honor. Perhaps I can learn from this. Learn to forget what the human race has done to me... That would be nice. Perhaps Legend would be open to forging some sort of alliance. I could help his forces grow stronger, as he could help mine. I'll be sure to ask him tomorrow. In the meantime, I'd better return to the- Oh. Right. There is no Uberweapon to return to. I'll just construct a new one. Better than the others. A TRULY invincible warship! With built in defenses on the inside. Just in case... And I'll concoct a little gift for Patten. He could use a game changing warship of his own..."
Off topic: My idea? I thought it was Ty's idea?
I figured the leaders would at least visit all the lead ships. You know, make the rounds. Give me a shout for the next one, I might be a bit more sporadic with the next one, because I have not been getting in much game time. But I still had fun. Until next time guys!
Rattler and the rest of the Confed Pilots stand at attention on the Flight Deck of the TCS Excalibur as the leaders of the various faction leaders finish their visit. Captain O'Neill shakes their hands.
"It was an honor to fight by your sides," Captain O'Neill says to the gathered leaders. The Assailant nods, while Deathstrike approaches Rattler.
"I still say you're useless, flyboy." She says.
"Maybe sometime I'll tell you about this big furball I got into in the Lylat System and Vega Sector. You'd like it, lots of nasty creatures and explosions and guns. Not to mention a blue furred fox with a staff taking on a big, nasty monster." (Reference to my crossover story)
Deathstrike blinks at the mention of a fox, then gives the Terran a feral grin. "Don't get yourself killed then flyboy. I won't be there to pull your useless hide out of the fire."
"Don't forget to duck," Rattler shoots back at her as she returns to her master's side.
As they board their shuttles, the Confed crew snaps off a salute. It had been a rough fight, but the Expeditionary Fleet had survived. Now, they had to focus on finding a way back to the Milky Way Galaxy, and their own war against the Kilrathi. But that is a story, for another time.
*The Assailant stands up and grabs the Gatekeeper's arm* "One more thing... Where's my ship?"
"I landed it in hangar bay 157. It is still there, untouched."
*The Gatekeeper starts to walk away, but then he turns, pulls out a comlink, and says a few words in an unknown insectoid language. He then turns back to the Assailant.*
"You humans are weird," *he says. He then walks out of the room, and out of sight, just as his comlink crackles to life, and someone replies back in the same insectoid language. They continue to exchange words until he is out of earshot of the Assailant and the others.*
*The Assailant stands in the doorway and gives one last salute to everybody* "May our paths someday meet again." *He winked at a surprised O'Neill, turned, and walked down to the hanger. He sat in the cockpit of his ship and thought to himself...* "Though I hope to God that they won't..."
I've archived it in a nice format, but, what should we call it? And what should we call the series? This is XXXXXXX Part II - XXXXXXXXX . We need names.
Damn it I missed the ending!!!! Actually, I was imagining something in the like of having to reverse the energy powers and return the creatures to the hell where they came from... oh well...
*Ty takes the assailant's hand and grasps it firmly.*
"Same to you stranger. Tis a shame I won't be collecting that quadrillion credit reward though. Ha ha!"
Regarding the other posts of the faction leaders meeting.
*Ty294 chats briefly with Patten before sharing some laughs with Rattler and O'Neill. He moves past Darkon, who seems a bit... distant, before facing Deathstrike.*
"Nice fight back there. I suppose we'll never know who would have won."
"You ran away coward. We both know I would have won."
"Excuses. Always excuses for you Sith. Remember, your master had to come rushing in to save you. Let us leave it at that."
*Finally faces the Gatekeeper.*
"It's been a pleasure fighting with you friend. I've been with yah for the long haul. Yah pay good too. Ever need help with anything short of saving the universe again, I'll be there for yah... for a price."
Insert #365 + here.
LOL I'm good now.
Because I don't wanna break rule 6, I'll send yah all an e-mail with a link to the site. We can edit the story (make cuts and such) then upload it as a novel for all to read.
BTW, I won't be around tomorrow, so don't do anything real important without me!
K. My email is email@example.com
Btw, I've already started on the saving and all that, I'll send you what I've got once you've emailed me.
Ok. We'll be able to able to discuss more on this later. For now though; Ty294 out!
*Comlink goes dead.*
My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. Just don't spam it...
So... What now?
*Spam message is almost done....*
"What the- how did you know?!"
Nah, just kidding
Anyway, I've started formatting it and fixing grammatical errors.
Gosh, that must be a daunting task. You using Word or something to do it for you? I hope so for your sake. Oh, and by the way...
*The Gatekeeper appears next to the Assaliant.*
"If you had no quarrel against me, then why all the sneak attacks? You didn't think I'd forget, did you?! Hmph. Let's see how you like a taste of your own medicine!"
*The Gatekeeper snaps something in the same insectoid language, and several tall, skinny yet surprisingly muscular insectoid creatures appear next to him, one of which is holding a stun gun. The Gatekeeper snaps something again, and the unknown man stabs the Assailant with it, only instead of electricity, it sends electromagnetic pulses throughout his body. He wrenches the gun out of the Assailant's stomach, and the Gatekeeper kicks him to the ground. The insectoids vanish. The Gatekeeper tosses a towel to the Assailant, as blood starts gushing from his mouth.*
"Here, clean yourself up."
*The Gatekeeper vanishes after the insectoids.*
So, any ideas for future versions coming to mind? I've already got some ideas that regardless of what storyline it is, I can work in...
*Sneak attack 1 was not an attack, that was holding a knife to your throat to talk to you
*Sneak attack 2 was to get you, Darkon and I onto a planet where I could explain
*Sneak attack 3 was to stop you from killing Darkon so I could save your miserable butt
Btw, do you have any suggestion for names?
XXXXXXXX Part I - Duel of the Fates(That's my idea anyway)
XXXXXXXX Part II - Shattered Worlds(What should the XXXXXXXX be?)
*Get's off the floor*
"Figures... I come in, clean up his mess, save the flippin' universe....
And that bastard doesn't even have the guts to come at me alone..."
*Sits down at the controls of his ship*
Sneak attack 1: You could have asked, and I would have accepted.
Sneak attack 2: Same.
Sneak attack 3: Same.
I like Shattered Worlds, by the way. As for the Xs, they could be, I don't know, Dawnbreaker? Just literally came off the top of my head. I'm actually getting somewhere with the insects and the language, by the way. Just a little preview...
What about the first one? Should it be DotF? I'm working on that one now, btw.
DotF? dot dot dot question mark...? Oh, you're still working on it. Well, let me know. By the way, what time is it for you? I've got 2:21 AM...
This is what I have so far: http://www.moddb.com/members/garyndakari/blogs
Duel of the Fates, it's the first duel you had with dorky, I mean Darkon. We can change the name, if that one isn't good.
Part 1: Hard Contact
Hmmm, better! Thanks for the suggestion.
I changed it.
So, where is part two going to take place at? We obviously can't do it here. Well, we can, if we just use this one particular poll, but it's not ideal. Has Ty emailed you yet?
Nope. Well, I'm going to bed, goodnight!
Goodnight, see you- er... In my timezone, later today. In yours, tomorrow.
I have gone over your compilation. Excellent work, Garyn, though I see it isn't finished yet... keep it up!
I like "Hard Contact".
Another suggestion: "Clash Of The Titans".
GRRR... and ***don't*** call me dorky... GRRR
That was a fascinating skim. You people are insane. X.X.
Ehhh... "insane" is such a relative term, Slayer....
I honestly don't give a fuck :l
No, it's not done yet
Workin' on it!
If you don't give a *****, then why did you comment? Also, I am trying to figure out what swear word you used. Please enlighten me.
I remember the days when I was a hardcore RPer D:
You guys make me proud... ;_______;
My email is, shockingly, email@example.com. And that was one serious story... I think we may have written a novel in 3 days lol. Gotta love some serious creativity
Oh, Dakari, I sent you a friend request on moddb, by the way.
Well, I don't give a ***** that you don't give a *****!
PS: I think I know which word he used....
The alternative word for feces only has 4 letters... Unless he speaks pure British English like me, then you'd say "sh*te"
How could you?!
I was about to say...
"Yay! I got 400th post!"
*Comlink chatter picked up by transmitters*
--"our glory shall be restored!"---
---"journey begins anew!"----
--"for the Exodus!"-----------
--*Sound of other worldly weapons firing*
----*Human Voice* "---"Hostiles!"--- "All flanks!!!!!----" ---"GUARGH!!!!----"
Yay I got the 400th post
Can we take a break before starting Ep3?
You mean Ep2. And I wasn't starting it. Just filling in the spare time. Making you wonder what I have planned...
To answer your question, though, yes. I'd actually like to. How long, because I was thinking of trying to go visit some relatives for a day in Columbus, Ohio, and I'm not sure if I'd be able to use they're computer or not. I'm barely able to use this one as it is, after my accident...
*Deep in TSE galaxy, on True Korriban. Lord Darkon and Deathstrike are walking along a river of lava, the last of the SA, TEC, and NEF prisoners captured during the war being executed by Sith Acolytes in the open arena in the background, their corpses prepared for infusion, later being transformed into Sith Spectres. Deathstrike glances in their direction, quickly turns back, sickened by their pathetic pleading for mercy. *
"Master, I am curious about something...."
"And what would that be, my apprentice?"
"Why do our enemies display such weakness? They allowed themselves to be captured, and now cannot even die with dignity!"
"They lack our strength, my dear. They lack our... steel. That is why they shall ultimately fall before us, and embrace the TSE, becoming the True Sith. It is inevitable..."
*Deathstrike mulls over it for a moment, then rejoins her Master. Her eyes sparkle with that manic gleam.*
"So, this is merely a temporary cessation of hostilities, then. Good! The war is far from over... we shall see what the future brings."
No, this was part two.
Part one is done btw. http://www.moddb.com/members/garyndakari/blogs/edit/dawnbreaker-part-1-duel-of-the-fates
New link. That one is broken.
UPDATE. I made it looks nicer
Excellent work on Ep1, Garyn. BTW, my previous comment was not an attempt to begin Ep3. Rather, it would make a good epilogue for Ep2!
I'm reading through it and fixing grammar mistakes.
But we still haven't decided where EP3 will take place.
Temptation to reference Darkon's monkey-@$$ antics repressed...
Also, Ty wanted us to wait for him.
Darkon, JA, Ty, what do your character's look like? I want to ad bio's for everyone with a picture next to each one.
@392: Very true, Darkon. XD
My character looks like my avatar on moddb. Just finished joining...
This http://www.moddb.com/members/lorddarkon ?
Do you have a bigger picture? I'm making bio's http://www.moddb.com/members/garyndakari/blogs
down at the bottom.
Trying to enlarge it without losing quality... BTW, add "master of ancient Sith Teras-Kasi martial arts" under my bio.
Go with this for my character.
NO WAIT, USE THIS!
Is that big enough? Tried to maintain quality, but it's not quite to the original level...
K. fixed it.
Hmmm, Darkon has a problem...
Is it too big? You can downsize it, right?
JUST got on moddb myself. I'm the guy with the Tails avatar. Decided to go with the same name as I use here.
You should probably mention that my character has sources of power other than the Force. That's how he can create starships and whatnot with a wave of his hand. Perhaps put in Very little is known about The Gatekeeper, except that he is the self-proclaimed creator of the galaxies and The Force. He is the founder and Emperor of the Shadow Empire, as well as an immensely powerful Force user, and is supposedly an all-powerful-being. The Gatekeeper has other sources of power as well, as demonstrated when he created an entire attack fleet of Star Destroyers with a mere wave of his hand. The 7-foot tall juggernaut of a man can usually be found standing on the bridge of his flagship and personal creation, the Uberweapon, a massive, planet-sized supercapital ship with a Shadow Laser mounted on top, capable of destroying entire planets. The full extent of The Gatekeeper's power is unknown...
Should I create an account on Moddb?
Use my description as my character's, starting at the word very.
Sounds good. If there's anything the rest of you wish to ad, just tell me!
You can create an account at moddb if you want, it's free.
Instead of "He has plans to conquer the galaxy with his invincible armada", use:
"His vision is that of perfection, a galaxy of True Sith, where those who are worthy are empowered to join the ranks of the True Sith, while the rest exist to serve their masters. The strong rule, and the weak serve. The balance of terror must be maintained. However, this cannot be achieved until the Gatekeeper, and his misguided Shadow Empire, have been destroyed."
I entered the wrong date of birth on Moddb! I'm not 17! I'm 27! I've got to get my eyes checked...
... You just can't do anything without getting in a verbal jab at me, can you?
Hey, Dakari, we could do the "Episodes" in the comments section at the blog spot, couldn't we? Just a thought...
@434 ... it's in my nature...
Garyn, I'm still making up my mind among several new pics for my character... that one looks very low-quality when put there.
God, I hope I don't forget the ideas I have. You have anything, monkey-@$$?
Oops, I meant Darkon...
I'd rather we didn't, I don't really want my profile page filled up with that
I'm making a website, btw.
Whew... finally decided on a new pic for my character. <a href="http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/2/25387/991151-gambit___the_sith_lord_by_seabra_super.jpg">Here it is</a>!
Done, and done.
Hey, you still haven't changed my bio... look to @432 comment!
BTW, found an exquisite picture for Deathstrike... I'll link it when her character gets a bio.
I didn't use your comment because it is obviously supportive of you, Darkon. The bio's are supposed to be completely un-biased.
Also, I'm not creating a bio for deathstrike until I'm done with Ep2.
Here is my progress on EP2
Very well, I see your point. How about this:
"His plan is to reenact the long-vanished Golden Age of the Sith, where those who are worthy can develop their full potential. The strong must rule, as the weak must serve, if the balance of terror is to be maintained. This cannot be achieved, however, until the opposing power, led by the Gatekeeper, has been destroyed."
I dunno, that's a lot of 'unnecessary' stuff to put in a character bio.
Come on... the bio is supposed to explain a character's motivation in some detail...
The bio is supposed to sound like it was written by someone who didn't know any of these people.
There, I used some of what your comment said in the bio.
Hey Darkon, I was thinking, for a story, Deathstrike 1 and 2 doesn't sound very good, can I change the one that dies to deathsinger? And the other one stay Deathstrike?
Ehh... "Deathsinger"... doesn't sound threatening enough... but "Deathshade", yesss... that could work!!
Also, I was very inconsistent with using the titles "Supreme Admiral Deathstrike" and "Lady Deathstrike". Guess I couldn't make up my mind... now I can. Lady Deathstrike sounds more appropriate.
And I just found a picture for Fleet Admiral Rajko, as well. When his bio is up, I'll link it. That completes my cast of main characters!
Ok I'm back. Sorry about yesterday. It was a Friday during lent and I'm Catholic and hopefully everybody knows what a lenten Friday means for a Catholic.
I'll get those e-mails out as quick as possible. This Fanon website will allow us to place the novel itself for reading in addition to more detailed articles of our characters.
As for main characters Ty294 and Grage, I have pre-existing JK2 skins for them available on this site:
But I've made improvements to the Ty294 skin since this release and I'd like to update Grage a bit as well. So don't use any of the screenshots yet.
BTW, there is a good artist on this Fanon site so maybe I can persuade her to do some character, ship, weapon art for us to.
Good idea, Ty. In addition to character bio's, I think that basic specifications and (if possible) pictures of various ships in the story should also be included.
After all, Garyn, the TSE, NEF, and the Confederation all have well developed and named ships in their fleets, and that should be referenced as well.
JA394, you should also give some thought to the specifications of your Uberweapon superdestroyer (I've already done the same for Blood Sanctum, and every other "standard" ship in TSE fleet).
This is a great website for doing that. We could make an article for every last ship/location/unimportant character. I'm putting togather a to-do list and as soon as everyone is signed up we can trasfer the lists to each individual person.
I'll try to get pictures of Ty and Grage.
Oh, and you are right about character articles as well, Ty. They are definitely too brief and lacking in details. But as for the secondary characters, I don't think they need pictures, just a brief synopsis giving the basic information, much like what is now there for main characters.
Ya ya. That's what would be done ofc. I only ment that we could make articles on minor characters but ofc we don't have to go into great detail. Just make a brief "stub" article with whatever little info is available on the character within the story.
Hey Dakari, I was reading through the story and the part when Deathstrike attempts to kill Grage is a bit out of order. Grage and his guys confront Deathstrike (or rather, the force illusion of Deathstrike) AFTER she steals the Fury relics and attempts to kill Grage the first time.
You can just add this for the first assassination attempt. Insert between comment #27 and #28
*After the Gatekeeper vanishes, Grage returns to overseeing the experiments. Unknown to him, one of Darkon's apprentices, a woman codenamed "Deathstrike", lurks in the shadows of the labratory. She steals several small Fury relics before withdrawing a short, silienced sniper carbine and aiming it at Grage. She fires a shot which strikes Grage in the chest, sending him flying backwards. Assuming he's dead, Deathstrike slips out of the Lab and sends a covert burst transmission to her master.*
#28 begins here.
No, that is incorrect. Deathstrike did not use a blaster to assassinate Grage, but a thrown assassin's knife, after which she disposed of his bodyguards, and vanished. And the bait wasn't a Force illusion, but a hologram with a concealed shaped charge.
Garyn has the correct order!
But, there is another issue: Chapter 12. Deathstrike does not order Prime Group 21-A4 to reinforce the rear lines until well AFTER her initial contact with the Mercenary, and after Grage's fleet arrives, and after Commodore Tagic orders some of his own battlegroups and support groups to do the same, and requests reinforcements from Fleet Admiral Rajko. Refer to Comment @82.
No, actually, Deathstrike tries to kill Grage once but fails (just what weapon she uses is up you Darkon) as Grages chest armor stops the attack.
*Grage pulles back his uniform, revealing a layer of armor made of an unknown material. A small blaster burn in visable where the assassin's weapon struck. Grage speaks again:*
Then, as Deathstrike tries to make an escape, Grage and his guards confront her in a hallway, corridor or something.
As Deathstrike 1 makes his way toward objective Beta, his way is suddenly bared by two massive cyborgs.
The explosion kills off the cyborg guards then she thrusts the blade into Grage's neck after which she kills the two Stormtroopers with him.
Oh, I see what the problem is. I posted #29 as an event that happens AFTER #28, (I was assuming Deathstrike had already attempted assassination and stolen the relics and was on her way to Objective Beta) but you guys must have thought it was what happened DURING #28. Am I correct?
Alright then, a compromise. First she tries to kill him with a sniper shot in his lab, and then she succeeds (at least apparently, of course) later in the corridor with a thrown blade. Only after that second encounter does she contact Lord Darkon with a covert burst transmission.
BTW, I intended for that entire encounter in the corridor to demonstrate Deathstrike's advanced Teras-Kasi martial arts training. That part is essential to the story.
As for that "as Deathstrike 1 makes **his** way..." , that is actually correct, since it is a remote-controlled holographic illusion that the cyborgs encounter, not the real Deathstrike (she is lurking somewhere behind), and the hologram appears to be male.
#465. Ok that sounds good.
#466. When I wrote that post I didn't know what Deathstrike's gender was, but if you want the hologram to be male that's fine.
BTW, did you get my e-mail Darkon? I didn't see your or Rattler's e-mails posted so I just clicked you names here on the comments and e-mailed that.
No, I didn't, but I have been having some problems with that mail account....
Send the e-mail here (and any others in the future): firstname.lastname@example.org
For every minute that passes where no screenshots are displayed, a puppy dies.
Ok, I shot one off to yah. As soon as everyone gets it and responds we can move the discussion over to that website so we don't have to do it here.
Okay, I received it. On my way to Fanon...
What do you mean by "type number sign" ??? Do I type the word "sign" and then those four symbols (BTW I know I can just select those symbols below)?
Already seen the to-do list. Very all-encompassing, though you forgot to include Locations under my list. I could provide several right now...
Nevermind, I figured it out...
I fixed the death-shade thing. Do we really need that force illusion thing?
Ok, I actually changed it. I orignally was gunna have it be the number sign (#) which would create a numbered list, but I changed it to the (*) which will create a bulleted list instead.
Also, you can begin editing your section of the to-do list if you want. (Don't start any articles yet! Just list all the stuff you need to do first.)
I have an account at fanon; it's Garyn Dakari
Also, I'm only creating bio's for characters who get seen in that part. That's why there are so few in part 1.
And there will be different bio's for each part.
Actually, the character bio's should be dynamically adapting. By which I mean, as each Ep is complete, we add new information into the bio. It makes no sense that there are different bio's for the same character.
No, that's not a good idea, because then their would be spoilers. Or maybe I'm misunderstanding you? Let's say their is a bio for my main character in Ep2, it would say something along the lines of 'we don't know much about this dude, he could be an enemy or a buddy'
Then in Ep3 it could be more detailed because now we know that he is (More or less0 a friend.
And I see you still haven't corrected the sequence of events at the beginning of Chapter 12. (read @462)
Not yet, I'll get to that.
Yes, exactly! As each episode is finished, THEN we add new information to the bio's. So there are no spoilers, since everything is already known in the episode itself. Now, if we added new info at the beginning of each episode, that would not be a good idea, agreed.
Guys, I'm gunna create user sub-pages for you on Fanon then transfer your list over to them. I added a discussion section to the project page so we can converse over there as well.
Oh, BTW, here's a picture for Ty294:
And discription for the EP1 bio (feel free to make modifications/corrections):
"Ty294 is mercenary and bounty hunter who's real name and past remain a mystery. It is believed that he was an Imperial Stormtrooper who deserted the Empire and turned mercenary, making his former squad callsign into his name. Whatever the case, Ty294 is known to be very resourceful and heavily armed. Although his ultimate passion is to money and his lust for killing, he won't renege on a contract once signed and is extremely loyal to whomever is willing to pay him."
How do I change my picture? http://swfanon.wikia.com/wiki/User:Garyn_Dakari
I didn't want that one, it was an accident.
I've got an account at Wikia, too, but I don't know what to do...
Yeah, same here. This site is really confusing!
I've never had this much trouble with a website...
I'm still trying to figure out how to access my to-do list directly from my profile...
At least you've gotten that far.
Obviously they have never heard of the term "user-friendly".
Oh, yeah. What was it that Ty said about the profile talk page? I've got nothing so far.
@492: You'll have to hold on for a bit JA, one of the Admins will create your user page and user talk page.
@Everyone: Just a suggestion, go onto "Preferences" and change the skin from "Wiki New Look" to "Monobook". Monobook is considerable easier to read and use IMO.
@489: Actually Darkon, you'll have to post a link to it on you're main profile page. (I've done the same with my profile page.) Edit your page and insert this:
and save the page. Just be patient guys. I'll help you guys get settled in.
Good news/bad news. Good news is I got my to do list. Bad news, what do I do with it?
Well, now at least I've gotten THAT far...
Well, I've figured out how to add an article to the character. Now I have to be familiar with the Manual of Style, and the Layout Guide to actually do it properly, right, Ty?
I'll try to get some pics in for my guys... but it could take awhile. Guardian armor is VERY detailed... and as for specs and pics, I don't want to give too much, since that can spoil the game.
@Darkon: Correction, you've added a link to an article. However, you'll notice the link is red. This means the article doesn't exist yet. (Same with you're to-do list JA) Now, if you click the link it will bring you up to a page to create the article. I'd recommend you both read the Manual of Style and Layout Guide before editing.
(You can also look at some existing articles to for reference as well. Example: look up Alexander Grage.)
As for you JA, go head and click the link to your to-do page. Once it's up, open a seperate tab and go the my to-do list and copy the content I've already got layed out for you and paste it in your to-do list. Now you can add addition items to the list if you want.
And my Fanon account is VictoriousLegend
Hey, how do you make the text a link?
Place [[ ]] around the text to be linked. JA, you started to add a discription to the Uberweapon on the to-do list. We're just making lists right now, the articles and discriptions can come later.
And I guess I have to use the manual thing? God, I hate that. And I don't know what the devil it's talking about...
I know where to change pictures... but idk how to get new pics to choose.
And I've got no clue where the to-do list is.
Problem is I already wrote a description of the Uberweapon.
@Legend: There's a link to it on the project page.
@JA: I reformatted your list and moved to Uberweapon to a sub-page. The discription is gunna need considerable edits to fall in line with the rules (bias and tense) .
I hate that website. I got rid of the picture, but how do I ad a new one?!
@507. Patience. It may take a while but I'll get you going. Now, I'm gunna have to do a few things so that they don't delete the story as it is not formatted proporly right now. I'll fix that end but don't post the second part until I'm ready for it.
As for the image. You can go and ask Brandon Rhea the head admin for assistance. He may be able to help you better with that than I, and I'm busy fixing Darkon and JA's stuff. (Search "User:Brandon Rhea" in the search box and post on his "talk" page.)
I just 'sorta' figured out the image thing.
I keep feeling like I'm going to break something...
Just did a few things. Figured I'd put in full names for my characters too.
Damn. I am so ******* clueless. I can't even comprehend the layout guide, and now, I can't even find it! /facepalm
Is it ok if I leave out the deathstrike/shade force illusion thing near the beginning? I feel that it is a bit unnecessary and would just confuse readers.
Oh, and: http://swfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Dawnbreaker_series
Garyn, the sequence in Chapter 12 is still incorrect. When are you going to get to that...
I'm still at a loss as to where to find the Project section to find my to-do list...
@Legend. There should be a link to it in the e-mail I sent you.
@Dakari. Please hold don't create any more articles for the time being. You can go ahead and correct the story at CPT 12 (that Darkon wants changed) and the attempted Grage assassination. Read comments #460 - #467.
Also Dakari, you can add my character bio to Dawnbreaker 1 on your website. Look at comment #485.
I already made my to-do list before you made the link, I left the link on your project page.
4 articles out of at least 31 done... this is going to take a lot longer than I thought... but I'm getting better working the site tho.
Legend, hold off making any more. You need to know how to properly format your articles otherwise you'll have to do alot of re-editing for them.
Yes, I'll get to work on fixing it now. But no one answered my question.
Is it ok if I leave out the deathstrike/shade force illusion thing near the beginning? I feel that it is a bit unnecessary and would just confuse readers. At the time it was just created to fix the problem of Ty calling her a him and the Gatekeeper killing her, but I think it would make more sense to leave it out.
Check one of my articles to see how my formatting is, then.
*Deathstrike manages to sneak in a quick blow to the Mercenary's solar plexus that sends him staggering backward, long enough to reach for her commlink*
"Prime Group 21-A4, proceed to reinforce the rear lines. More scum has arrived."
*With those words, the Mercenary comes back at her, his lightsabers slashing wildly. Her cortosis-laced tremor vibrosword moves almost on its own accord to parry the blows, and one of her counterstrikes manages to score a gash across the Mercenary's left thigh.*
That's what I did, I don't see the problem...
By the way, I ranged comments a bit to be more readable. Things like combining various space battle comments.
Also, there are some inconsistent comments regarding Grage's "assassination". Could someone please clarify what I should write?
Also, what era is this story set in?
is anyone actually reading all of these comments?
i know i an't <(is that even a word?)
i guess all there is to do is waiting... and waiting... and waiting...
I've read them all multiple times. I'm turning it into a book.
I touched up the page, and added the story.
Wow, this has to be one of the coolest things i have ever seen on JKFiles, a whole fan fiction breaking out in the poll comments section! XD
This also has to be the longest comments section i have ever seen!
Once you have finished compiling Episode 2, i think this will be worth featuring in the news!
We talked about Grage's assassination earlier.Commets: #460 - #467
Basicly it's like this: Deathstrike tries to assassinate Grage in the lab but fails (thinking that she was successful), then Grage confronts her in a corridor. Deathstrike attempts to kill him again (unsuccessfully again) and kills his guard.
Now, Dakari, I'll ask you to hold off on the articles for a while please. I'm kinda swamped trying to fix everybody's stuff at once.
But I just figured the site out(Almost...)!
Anyway, it's all a learning experience, you don't have to fix my stuff for me. I'll figure it out
You're right, that part is not a problem. What happens BEFORE that is.
Read comments @77 and @82.
As you can see, Ty294 enters the Sanctum bridge well BEFORE she orders Prime Group 21-A4 to reinforce the rear lines.
She only does that AFTER Grage's fleet arrives (in your compilation, Grage's fleet arrives AFTER she orders Prime Group to reinforce the rear lines, which makes no sense because she only gave that order BECAUSE of Admiral Grage's arrival - "more scum has arrived", and AFTER Commodore Tagic orders his battlegoups to attack Grage's fleet (first part of @82 comment)
(In essence, Tagic reinforces the rear lines, from Deathstrike's perspective, since she is commanding the Prime Fleet, fighting the NEF on a different front). Also, Commodore Tagic's orders are not even mentioned in your compilation. That's another issue.
Ah. I see that now. I'll get to work on that right away!
I think I fixed it. Go see, then tell me if there is anything else.
Better, but Commodore Tagic's orders are still not mentioned. They should come before "Deathstrike manages to sneak in a quick blow...etc"
Well, I wrote my articles to base the stories in the New Republic/Imperial Remnant era. After all, the Remnant even takes a very active part in both episodes.
I fixed it.
Also, the Grage/deathstrike scene. There are contradicting comments, so can I just leave it the way it is?
That part looks fine to me. But I found another issue at the beginning of Chapter 3:
Refer to the first part of Comment @21. Fleet Admiral Rajko's fleet was already on its way back to RTSE space as Rajko informs Lord Darkon not to believe the Gatekeeper that the fleet has been destroyed. That entire conversation is missing in the compilation. The way it is now, it looks like Rajko's fleet is still there when the Uberweapon explodes.
BTW, I forgot, I changed the "True Sith Empire" to "Reborn True Sith Empire" (RTSE) because the term True Sith Empire is already used on wiki. Be sure to update both stories
K. I fixed Chapter 3, now I'll ad the RTSE thing.
I fixed the RTSE on moddb, I'll do the fanon next.
Now, is there anything else wrong with the moddb version?
I loath the current setup of the Grage scene. Couldn't we change it to how we agreed in comment #465? The hologram thing maybe can be changed a little, but I think the current setup is rather ridiculas.
Oh, sorry, I completely forgot about that compromise (too preoccupied with my article revisions). Yes, I agree.
Garyn, please look to @465.
Ok, but can I get rid of the illusion/hologram whatever thingy? It's totally unnecessary, and it will just confuse people.
Oh BTW. I think the events should take place something like 10 - 15 years after the events of JK2.
And Dakari, do you think you can add my character bio in Mod DB soon? (Post #485)
No, no, no, the hologram is a necessary part of the story. It's concealed shaped charge destroys the two cyborgs in front, distracts Grage's bodyguards, and allows the real Deathstrike to sneak up on them.
BTW, I am phasing out for the night, see you tomorrow....
Actually, I meant the part where you kill Deathshade, and JA brings her back, but it's all fake. That part is completely unnecessary.
@547(Wow, that's a TON of comments...)
Sure, I'll get right on that. Btw, what do you think of the wiki page? I just updated it again.
Ok, I keep reading that scene in the comments, and it doesn't make any sense! She gets stunned by a stormie, and then she's gone?! Could you please write how you think it should be?
Lol, everyone ignores Nozy. I also think this is cool lol. So, Ty, can you look at one of my articles to check out its formatting?
Nozy? Who's Nozy?
Oh, and legend, could you post a link to your article? Btw, here is the Dawnbreaker page: http://swfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Dawnbreaker_series
Just go to my user page, I have links to all of my articles there so far. http://swfanon.wikia.com/wiki/User:VictoriousLegend
Oh, you might want to add in Admiral Jackson and the members of Eagle Squad to the Episode 2 character list.
Holy crap! I missed Nozy's comment! The admins actually like it! (I was sure they'd be ticked that we spammed up the comments!)
Anyway, your pages are partially there legend. But you may wanna read the Layout Guide and Manual of Style. I noticed you deleted the content on your talk page which is against the rules (to delete content on talk pages that is). So I reverted it back to it's original content. There are plenty of links you should read before you even think of making more articles. Besides that, you could also read some pre-existing articles to see what a properly formatted articles looks like. Any questions should be sent to the admins.
Oh geez, hate reading all those gigantic lists of rules... this should be fun.
Yah, I know. But it's important to know these rules so that your articles look professional and not sloppy. Just be patient, you'll get it.
holy cow you guys need some friends or a hobby jesus christ (Ty and Darkon)
holy crap noones reading this, even though this probally has a world record for longest non-topic conversation
i was laffing my arse off watching yall post every 3 minutes
keep up the good work, gentlemen
Nozy likes it? Holy... buckets.
I just hope I don't get killed for blasphemy for throwing in some Wing Commander into the mix.
Ok, I keep reading that Grage scene in the comments, and it doesn't make any sense! Deathstrike gets stunned by a stormie, and then she's gone?! Could you please write how you think it should be?(Ty)
I'll tell yah tomorrow; gotta end for the night.
Yikes! The moddb page exceeded 100,000 characters! And I'm not even half done!
Wow... I have just read the sequence of events for Deathstrike's attempted assassination of Admiral Grage. It's completely misaligned, making no sense at all. Let's see if I can make it more clear: (I know @29 @30 and @31 comments are confusing, but that's because Ty and me had a different story development in mind at the time. However, we have agreed on this compromise):
Add these events in this same sequence after the sentence: "Grage shakes his head, "Damn Force users...
Event1 - Deathstrike's first assassination attempt:
*Returning to his research lab, Admiral Grage leaves his bodyguards outside to guard the door, and proceeds to continue his study of the Fury relics. Suddenly, a blaster bolt from a silenced weapon comes from seemingly nowhere, and hits him in the back. As he collapses, he sees a shadowy form darting towards the back exit from the lab. Wearing a body armour made from unknown material beneath his uniform, Admiral Grage is only singed by the bolt. He presses the alarm button on the console. Moments after the mysterious assassin had vanished, his bodyguards charge into the lab*
"Sound intruder alert! Contact the bridge to initiate full lockdown of the ship! We have an uninvited guest aboard. I saw him leave through the back entrance! Come with me!
*Admiral Grage and his two elite bodyguards set after the assassin.*
Event2 - Deathstrike's second assassination attempt:
*Deathstrike makes her way to the wide corridor with maintenance access tunnels running through the walls. She can see two cyborg troops positioned at the far end. Activating the portable holographic illusion, she wires a shaped charge into the motivator unit to detonate within 4 meters of the cyborgs. As she can already hear the footsteps of Grage and his bodyguards approaching from the cross-corridor she just left, she is aware of the critical timing required. She sets the hologram moving towards the cyborgs and hides into one of the maintenance tunnels, just as Grage and his bodyguards charge into the corridor. The hologram is nearly to the cyborgs by then.*
"Halt, intruder!" - Orders the first cyborg in an emotionless tone of voice
"Wait! I want this one alive" - shouts Grage from behind. "I want to interrogate him!"
(now goes the part - Deathstrike watches from the shadows etc...) Except she doesn't use a blaster for this second attempt, but a thrown assassin's knife to the back of Grage's neck (refer to Comment @30).
Event3 - (now the part about a covert burst transmission to Lord Darkon)
There! I hope that clears it up for you
Thanks, but can I leave out the bit where they think She's a he? There wasn't really a point to that...
It still doesn't make sense:
Grage shakes his head, "Damn force users..."
Returning to his research lab, Admiral Grage leaves his bodyguards outside to guard the door, and proceeds to continue his study of the Fury relics. Suddenly, a blaster bolt from a silenced weapon comes from seemingly nowhere, and hits him in the back. As he collapses, he sees a shadowy form darting towards the back exit from the lab. Wearing a body armor made from unknown material beneath his uniform, Admiral Grage is only singed by the bolt. He presses the alarm button on the console. Moments after the mysterious assassin had vanished, his bodyguards charge into the lab.
"Sound intruder alert! Contact the bridge to initiate full lockdown of the ship! We have an uninvited guest aboard. I saw him leave through the back entrance! Come with me!"
*Admiral Grage and his two elite bodyguards set after the assassin.*
Deathstrike, one of Darkon's apprentices, makes her way to the wide corridor with maintenance access tunnels running through the walls. She can see two cyborg troops positioned at the far end. Activating the portable holographic illusion, she wires a shaped charge into the motivator unit to detonate within 4 meters of the cyborgs. As she can already hear the footsteps of Grage and his bodyguards approaching from the cross-corridor she just left, she is aware of the critical timing required. She sets the hologram moving towards the cyborgs and hides into one of the maintenance tunnels, just as Grage and his bodyguards charge into the corridor. The hologram is nearly to the cyborgs by then.
"Halt, intruder!" - Orders the first cyborg in an emotionless tone of voice
"Wait! I want this one alive" - shouts Grage from behind. "I want to interrogate him!"
She watches from the shadows as Admiral Grage and his pathetic bodyguards approach behind the holographic bait, a smug smirk on her tatooed face. A concealed shaped charge in the hologram suddenly explodes, destroying the two cyborgs in front. As the bodyguards rush forward to protect Grage from a possible follow-up attack, a soft whisper of air behind them is their only warning. Turning around, they see Grage collapsing to the floor with a knife protruding from the back of his neck, as a shadowy shape seemingly flies over them. They spin back around, as Deathstrike lands soundlessly behind them. An uppercut palm-strike rips off the lead trooper's helmet, a semisecond before the other palm drives his nose into his brain. Deathstrike sidesteps and rolls behind the collapsing body as the other trooper's rifle blast hits the dead man's chestplate, coming to a kneeling position with the dead trooper's rifle in her hands. A point-blank shot to the other trooper's helmeted head puts this one out of his misery as well. Before the second body even hits the ground, she is gone.
"Lord Darkon, a master of Teras-Kasi, trained me himself, you pathetic fools! You are nothing but... prey... to me."
She sends a covert burst transmission to her master.
"Deathstrike to Lord Darkon: Infiltration successful. Obtained samples of Fury technology from Remnant forces. Promising potential for further development. Adversaries still preoccupied with tracking this unknown assailant. VSD sabotaged. Rogue Admiral Grage assassinated. Proceeding to Objective Beta."
"Acknowledged, Deathstrike." The Sith Lord replied, "Do not compromise your cover by executing Objective Beta just yet. I have dispatched Deathshade to the staging area. She will relay you more specific instructions when you join them. Too sensitive to discuss even on a secure channel."
"Understood, my lord. Deathstrike out."
As Deathstrike makes her way toward objective Beta, her way is suddenly bared by two massive cyborgs. At that moment, Grage appears behind him, accompanied by two Stormtroopers with strange markings. Grage's appearance seems different than before, his skin is pale and cracked, his eyes glow a deep yellow. His voice, high-pitched and maniacal, reaches the agent's ears: "Do you think you can kill me that easily dog? I've been preparing myself for this for a long time! Heh he - ha ha ha!"
Grage pulls back his uniform, revealing a layer of armor made of an unknown material. A small blaster burn visible where the assassin's weapon struck. Grage speaks again: "Now, tell me what you've done with the Fury relics you stole, or I'll enjoy tearing you to pieces and using them in future experiments! Hah aha ha ha!"
A bolt of electric energy, fired by one of the Stormtroopers, strikes Darkon's agent, causing her to fall to the ground. The mentally destabalized Grage begins to torture the assassin,
She shoots him, she knifes him, then he's back? Also, how does she escape?
So... when are we gonna have a discussion page or something for this project?
Maybe. There's that fanon thing, and I'm making a website.
No, no , eliminate that entire last from - "As Deathstrike makes her way toward objective Beta............................ to - "The mentally destabilized Grage begins to torture the assassin."
You see, this part was where Ty and me had different ideas, so we worked out that compromise.
She never made it to Objective Beta. She was forced to abort the mission after achieving Objective Alpha. Refer to Comment @34.
Still, some exposition is necessary, like for instance:
- after sending the covert transmission -
*As Deathstrike proceeds toward Objective Beta, she overhears more and more reports on the lockdown of the ship and the search for the assassin. Realizing that her deep cover has been completely compromised, she decides to abandon the mission, and makes her way to her infiltrator ship.*
Of course, feel free to add some "embellishment" if you want, maybe another run-in with the guards, or something like that....
And BTW, I can tell right now that this won't be the last confusion in the story. That is the problem with compiling a novel from often contradictory attack-oriented RP comments. Sometimes you have to "invent" a new event, or fill in the gaps yourself, or even alter specific comments a little, in order for the story to have continuity and make sense. Now the trick is not to alter the events too much, just enough to conform with story progression.
Especially when you reach the "alternate reality" part (Kane's dimensional planet). That part will require a lot of re-editing... In my character articles on Fanon, I decided to refer to that entire section as an elaborate mass hallucination by all participants... seemed like the best approach. Read my Deathstrike article to see what I mean. I'm posting a link to it on Ty's Project page, in the discussion area.
You're gunna need plenty of clean up on that article Darkon. There is still plenty of bias there. In addition, I'd also note that the rest of us probably would agree that it was not a hallucination and that Darkon and Deathstrike killed themselves but returned to the pyschical world because the demensions were merging. I also have some comments on the Darkon article but I'll post that on Fanon.
You see, my idea is that the whole part with a dimension planet was an illusion by Kane. Or maybe some paralell reality. He lured them there to try and destroy them, but he is real.
But Kane was never in control. The beings in control were the ones that Dakari's character knew of, and they were using Kane to distract everyone while allowing them a chance to fufill their goals.
BTW, I re-read the events of comments #97 & #98 and it appears I made a mistake there. I had thought that Darkon himself had appeared on the bridge but rather it was mearly an impowerment for Deathstrike. Also, my initial intent of comment #98 was to break the story off in a different direction with Ty294 being some sort of deity or something.
We can just say that Ty created a force illusion as Deathstrike was being impowered and used the opportunity to disappear and escape the ship, activating the bombs in the process.
So the rest of you went to invade the alien Mothership, while Deathstrike and me reverted from the paralell dimension prematurely when we seemingly killed ourselves... that entire section is not very clear to me, seeing as how I was out of most of it.
But allright, in Ep3, I guess the RTSE comes back to join in the fight against these aliens (and they definitely need more exposition and details about them).
No, we were all back in the real dimension, but Darkon an Deathstrike kill themselves and go to wherever it is that forceusers go after they die. Only moments later to they fade back into the real world because all the dimensions are merging. (Note that Ty294's punch to Darkon's gut stays since Darkon is confused and unable to mount a quick defense. )
And you are right that we will need to add more info about these interdimensional alien-demons and whether or not destroying their mothership really defeated them or not...
Ha-ha very funny
Well, I guess we will find some kind of compromise when Garyn gets to that part of the story... but when me and Deathstrike fade back into the real world, we somehow find ourselves back at the Uberweapon and return to RTSE space, like I described in Deathstrike's article, while the rest of you are still in that other dimension invading the Mothership.
I think that sounds consistent...
Just don't steal the Uberweapon. That's MY ship!
I gotta get the best of ya at least once in the story.
We'll work on that whole section later on I guess. It may be a good idea not to discribe that section in any future articles until we've completed the story.
I think Darkon's got it backwards
Anyway, for EP3, we should take turns with comments. Maybe make a few rules...
Also, Darkon, this http://swfanon.wikia.com/wiki/User:TrueSith%27ari is messed up. You made all those people actual users, which is against the rules. You needed them to be articles. You should consult a staff member to delete them before you get in trouble. You could copy paste the profiles into articles.
No, I made sub-pages on my profile to work on the articles there, when they're all finished, I'll transfer the articles to the actual to-do list.
Uh, Ty, I kinda did the same thing as Darkon. Heh...
Don't worry JA, I won't steal it... I have the Blood Sanctum!
@583. No no. He's got it right. Those are user sub-pages which can be made as work spaces for articles or other things. No layout or style rules really apply to a sub-pages so it's a good place for incomplete articles.
We'll work on EP3 later. I ment to say until we've completed editing and rewriting THIS story. Sorry if I caused any confusion (I do that alot).
Well, I see that those POTDs are outta commission for a while. I'm kinda glad, seeing as how I'm only on here if I truly need something. However, lately, the entertainment here has been pretty good. Saw a potential book come out of this, gave me some ideas of my own, kudos to Darkon, JA 394, Ty294 and GarynDakari for the cool imagery from the awsome story that played out last poll, and if you want any of my ideas, let me know.
That's ok, we like you anyway.
I was talking to Ty, btw.
Hey, that's ok. I get that all the time, believe it or not. I'm kinda used to it. I could perhaps hand over a couple characters, if you're really interested in them.
I think I fixed the Garge scene, what do you think?
Check that out.
Hey Garyn, I see you still haven't eliminated that unnecessary part about Deathstrike getting stunned by troopers. (see CMT @572)
I could help clean up some of the parts that involve the Terran Confederation. I have some experience with story writing, as I have stories posted on a Fanfiction site. Just let me know what parts need some tweaking, and let me at it.
Ah, I see you altered it now. Well, I think that makes sense now, right?
I Like what I'm seeing. I think the appropriate phrase for the situation is "Count me in."
I already got rid of that part.
Ah yes. good.
Are there any more flaws with what I've got?
That's pretty impressive. I've already joined the site. That's awsome stuff.
Yes, one more minor detal... I was very inconsistent in the comments with the titles "Supreme Admiral Deathstrike" and "Lady Deathstrike". I think the latter is more appropriate. So, wherever I used the title Supreme Admiral, could you change it to Lady.... other than that, everything looks good now!
I updated the Fanon page.
Btw Darkon, you have 777 posts.
Whatever happened to the Fury Relics? Does that part need editing?
*Deadmerit looks at a distant planet, aboard his GA ship. He sees something, but he doesn't know what to think of it. An unusual sensation seethes throughout his body.* "It can't be. I haven't felt this sensation in years. The Force came back to me!" *Stunned, he stares at the planet again, wondering how he became empowered with the Force, once again.*
I don't think it needs editing. That was the goal at the beginning, but then other things happened.
Ok I read the new Grage section. It sounds fine to me I guess. What exactly are we gunna do about Deathshade? There is another debatable topic.
BTW fellas, as I've tried to tell you earlier, please don't move your articles out of sub-pages until they've been checked and completed. You can ask me or one of the admins to help you. Otherwise the articles likely be deleted or have tags slapped on them.
What does Rattler look like? What does O'Neill look like?
Also, I've got chapters 1-12 on fanon now.
Say, what is the date in which these events are occuring? JK2 was in 12 ABY and JKA was in 14 ABY. Dreadmerit's Galactic Alliance (successor of the New Republic) didn't come into being until 28 ABY (during the Yuuzhan Vong war). Either we have to have Dreadmerit change his posts to New Republic or we move the date sometime after the Yuuzhan Vong war ends.
How about 37 ABY?
Although, Ty, you made a comment about jedi outcast near the beginning...
So we can't be to far away... Unless your character is old.
Ty is right about the GA being during NJO, my character wouldn't have surfaced until the era of Darth Caedus which is about 37 to 40 ABY. But to be fair, let's get everyone's opinion on this subject and decide from there.
I think the New Republic era seems best, right after JKA. As I recall, Deadmerit, you only have 2 or 3 posts, you can easily change from GA to NE, right?
Sure I can. I can fix my article right now, and make it New Republic easy. At the time, I just chose GA because I had just read the entire Legacy of the Force Series. I can fix it no problem.
I think New Republic is about right...
Do I sense a three-faction war brewing?
Fixed the article on Deadmerit and Fixed my lines. I believe we are good now.
Oh, I think there are considerably more than 3 factions: You(SE, TEC, plus Ty and his Remnant allies, and your new NEF allies), me (RTSE), Rattler (Confederation), Kane (what is his faction?), those aliens from the Mothership (they need a lot more details), and now Deadmerit (New Republic).
I count 6 factions here...
Oh, I've got a little surprise in mind for the TEC. See post 402...
Well, that doesn't give away much (which is good, of course), but I take it that there will be a seventh faction?
The tension is definately mounting. A war is coming. I can feel it. It's gonna happen, it's gonna happen. I can see it now.
Indeed... Deathstrike's eyes are once again glowing with that manic fire! She can feel it as well...
Still, let's focus on polishing the details of this war before we start the next one
@#611. Yah, I've got my character being about my current age (17) during the early GCW. By the JK2 era he's in his late twenties and by the time of this story he's in his thirties or fourties.
We should try something like 15 ABY. (One year after JKA)
Sounds good, but lets not start Ep3 quite yet.
Sounds good by me as well.
That's fine. I've got another thing to talk about: Locations.
Where does the battle in EP1 take place? How much (and where) territory does the RTSE and the SE control at the beginning? I'd say they should each be smaller in size and located in the deeper reaches of the outer-rim and unknown territories.
Another issue is since the EP2 battle takes place in another galaxy, how did Grage, Ty and the Assailant all reach it? Maybe some sort of portal to this particular system?
I was kinda thinking we should just consider P1 mostly 'non-canon' because it doesn't even make sense...
But we need it at the same time. I actually find it extremely irritating that JA is all-powerful. It's not much fun that way.
One more thing, if they destroyed the galaxy, how did you escape afterward, Ty? I think we should just pretend that they didn't.
How about this: Instead of destroying the galaxy, the walk into a different one to fight. How about that?
My character is not all-powerful. He has just been doing this kind of thing since the beginning of time and knows what he is doing. He's kind of like the Undertaker in WWE. He's got all of these mystical powers, but he only uses them if he has to. Notice how during the wars he only attacked if provoked? Or when he felt threatened? He's more brains than brawn. Although he's definately the strongest character in the story, I'll give you a little hint: He does not have a finishing move. He can cripple his opponent, but he just can't finish them off. They always escape. So no, he's not "All Powerful." He's about 97% there, but that lack of a finisher keeps him away. And that 3% is a '''''BIG''''' 3%. How to beat him, though, I'm not going to say. You'll have to figure it out yourselves. One last hint, though: His own game.
What do you mean by "strongest character in the story" ? I hope you don't mean personality. Personal strength, maybe. But not 'character'. Anyway, it just annoys me, that no matter what enemy is there(As long as it's not personally acted out by someone) you can just kill.
Also, I have no intention of "defeating" you, you are (Sort of)and ally. An all powerful ally is even worse than an all-powerful enemy. I mean, seriously. Have you even watched a movie, played a game or read a book where one of the "good guys" had even half the power you do? It would be like playing a shooter with god mode and infinite ammo turned on.
I like that idea. I'll agree to it.
I don't mean personality. I mean in strength. You know, power. As for books, games and movies, well, I don't really read books like that, watch movies like that, or play games like that. I only play games like Sins of a Solar Empire. (Which is where I got the TEC from, and where I'm going to at least get one more faction from.) So, no. I haven't. And I don't consider myself a "Good Guy," or a "Bad Guy." I consider myself "Potentially Hostile." You're probably right that I'm a terrible ally, though.
The only enemy I've thrown in there is Kane, who escaped from me. That disproves your theory.
What I'm saying is, that a main character shouldn't be so powerful. It's one thing to have the villain to be super-powerful, but a main character like that is just no fun.
Also, Kane is an enemy you made. You wanted him to live for further plot lines(There's nothing wrong with that). But what about the aliens that I invented that you tried(We stopped you, but you tried) to effortlessly destroy, and you said that their attacks didn't do anything.
All I'm saying, is that for part 3, you should consider coming up with a reason that you powers have become somewhat "dumbed down", because with a character like you on a side of a battle, there is no way the other side can win.
You don't HAVE to, he's your character after all, but it will be MUCH more interesting if you do.
Ok, then I'll join Darkon as the Villain(s). That requires serious editing to my part of the story, but I'll do it. Heh. Villains don''t usually fight, but I guess we will. Does that make the NEF villains, too? Oh, boy I might have started something that I can't finish.
PS: Doesn't Darkon fit the same catagory as me in that regard? Why am I getting all the flak? Oh, right, because I'm the Gatekeeper, creator of the Force and I have no friends. Hmph. Shouldn't being the creator of the Force AND the galaxies (NOT the universe) make you pretty powerful?
I'm enjoying this.
Whoops, pretty much ignore my last comment.
Ok, so I was just finishing a small profile on my character, and I had this idea that in EP3, the secret that he's a jedi comes out when he comes across the Gatekeeper indirectly, wondering how interesting that would make the story, and which side that would put him.
How about this, in EP3, I will try to not be as aggressive as I was. Let's say the battle we went through together my character found interesting, so he decides, in EP3, to let the others explore their own paths and for the most part only act when needed? Is that better? He still has the power, but he will hardly ever use it, giving the other side a much better chance to win.
Darkon doesn't summon entire fleets with the wave of his hand. OR destroy universes or planets with his power. I think that his powers should go down a bit too, but not as badly as yours. Anyway, I'm talking about P3, not editing the others.
I like it. But first we have to get you introduced into the story somehow. Anyone have any ideas?
The more human the character, the better the character, in my opinion. It's impossible to connect with or care about a character like the gatekeeper.
Lol, we don't think that far ahead
We never planned entries for any other characters before, just come in whenever you want to(Once we've started, of course).
I meant no offense to you, it's just that the Gatekeeper is an uninteresting character.
I'm trying to convince you to change him for P3 to make a more interesting story, not because he can defeat my character.
See Post #646
See Post #641.
My thinking is that the Gatekeeper can be extremely powerful, but purely in the force. That way he can be personally powerful, but cannot create things from thing air or stuff like that. Also, how can he be the creator of the galaxies yet somehow him and Kane have the background like that of normal people? How the blazes did both live in a universe PRIOR to the creation of the galaxies? Maybe he didn't create the force, but rather is one in a line of people intasked with being the "Gatekeeper"? Or not... But again, I agree Dakari that EP1 was crazy (and based on what happened, Ty294 would have been incinerated and Grage's entire fleet would have been destroyed when the sector supposedly was destroyed. Having it all done on another dimension would be better.
Now, that all doesn't answer my question about the locations. I think Gatekeeper's Shadow Empire should exist on the edges (the shadows, if you will) of the galaxy. Darkon's should be Korriban and some of the surrounding territories. Overall though, they should be small and hidden from the other factions such as the New Republic and Imperial Remnant.
You could do that. Heck, you could do anything. It's your character. I didn't mean to offend you, I was just saying that a super-powerful dude isn't as much fun as a semi-powerful dude.
My character is human, in every sense of the word, but he supresses his Force abilities so much that he completely cuts off his connection with the Force. Then When he encounters the Gatekeeper's home world, Deadmerit somehow regains his Force abilities. That could be one possiblity.
Ok, we can stop talking about your character for now.
As for the locations, your suggestion works fine for me.
Brilliant. Since I am New Republic, that will most certainly work in my favor.
Dakari, I think we may have to make an EP4.
Or we can make EP3 longer
Anyway, we are starting Ep3 AFTER I finish compiling Ep2.
You can check out both parts here: http://swfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Dawnbreaker_series
I'm already there.
I just added three more chapters to Ep2.
I noticed. Nice work. If there's anything that you want me to do, just let me know. I'm on both sites right now.
Ok, let me explain my character a bit. There is obviously a lot of confusion.
The Gatekeeper, Kane, and their family have been around since before the beginning. They were there when the universe first appeared. They were living in an alternate dimention, which is diffrent than a universe. Thus, they lived as normal people, in a normal reality. Then, there's a fire. Mom is killed, Dad leaves, Kane is mentally sick, and the Gatekeeper wears a mask and costume (See the picture) to cover his horribly disfigured and burned body. The Gatekeeper leaves his alternate dimention, looking to create a new one, and upon leaving, he finds a new reality. The Universe. And when he "Appears" in said universe, something in his blood just goes crazy. He gains all of these ungodly and otherworldly abilities which include the raw material of the Force and what is called Darkness. The Gatekeeper learns to harness his abilities, and decides to shove off on his own, only to find that there are no inhabitants. Just empty space. So, he creates the galaxies and watches as life evolves on the various planets in them. Then one day, while watching the spacefaring humans battle eachother, he decides to share his creation, The Force, with them, in an effort to give them a better life. So, he creates the first Jedi and Sith, and you know the story after that.
Does that clear everything up?
Hmm, I feel an impending conflict between me and Dreadmerit. Besides the fact that he is a New Republic officer and Jedi (whilst I'm an Imperial Remnant-loyal merc) he is also from Wisconsin and I'm from Minnesota... Wuh oh...
I have friends in Minnesota, but if you want a battle, I can give you one. I am more than willing to, Ty294. But I warn you, I may be a Jedi, but I certainly fight more like a Merc.
I feel a little outgunned in the "Powers" department. lol
The only thing that Rattler has is the ability to navigate even potentially hazardous jumps. I guess that could be considered a mild case of Force Sensitivity in this context, but as Confed is from the Milky Way Galaxy, they have no knowledge of the Force.
To clarify the Jump thing, Instead of Hyperdrives, Confed ships are equipped with a Jump Drive, which, when used in specific locations such as tears in the fabric of Space-Time or singularities, pretty much instantly transports a ship from one system to another. Its not a precise as Hyperdrive because each Jump Point tends to have a fixed exit point. But in some ways it can be faster than Hyperdrive for short trips. It would be like having a bunch of tubes connecting things together. With Hyperdrive, you got a straight shot, with Jump Drive, you gotta navigate a series of jumps for longer trips. The more jump points in a system, the more strategic the system, especially if the jump points lead deeper into enemy territory.
BOW BEFORE MY KNOWLEDGE OF WING COMMANDER!!!! And... my Wing Commander research sources...
Yeah, I pretty much already knew that. But that's besides the point. Having a "god" as one of the main characters isn't all that much fun, if you know what I mean. As I said before, you don't HAVE to change it, but I think pretty much everyone would agree, that he could be a more interesting character if you did.
Yeah, my character has no supernatural ability's and I'd like to keep it that way.
Oh boy, looks like I'm gonna be busy with this guy. Not gonna let you off the hook that easily, Rattler. Earthlings can be somewhat primitive, but I am willing to work with that, if you help me crush the Imperial Remnant!
@Dreadmerit: XD, we'll save it for EP3. (BTW, you a Packer fan? Don't mean to change the subject too much, but I'm curious.)
@661: O_O Is he a bloody god!? Oh well, maybe for EP3 you could have Gatekeeper kinda "go on leave" and focus the story more on his minions or a completely new character.
Oh, lastly, we need more of a beginning in EP1. Since I've kinda go the last scene in EP1 (besides Dakari's last comment) maybe I should have the beginning to...?
Well, I'm not going to tone down his power. His control over Time, Space, The Force, and Darkness is what keeps him alive. If I tone down his power, he will die, realistically. Think about it. He's been around since long before the beginning of time. He has to be "god like" in order to keep himself alive. How else can I make him "Interesting?"
He is sort of going on leave. He's not going to be as big a part of the story. At least, he won't be doing as much fighting, unless someone threatens him. Then he won't have a choice but to go back into battle. But yes, he's primarily going to be watching and manipulating from behind the scenes.
You could be(What I think we all think he is,) completely deluded and crazy, and for some reason thinks he created the universe.
You could do what Ty said
You could do what I said, and come up with a reason for your powers to drop a little in Ep3
Feel free to add a beginning, as long as it sounds good
I never said he created the Universe. As for the rest, see post #670.
Garyn, he's not going to be as big a part of the story as he was. He will primarily just hang back in the shadows and coordinate with his allies and let others do most of the fighting for him. He's at the point in his life that he has everything he ever needs. He does not want to go to war or to hurt people. Not anymore. Now, he just wants a ... Friend...
@667: Watch how you're calling Primitive! By the time of this story, Confed's been at war for 21 years! Also, we Earthlings pack a few more gun and missile types on a lot of our heavier fighters. Not to mention all our fighters have shields. And I only remember 1 Imperial craft to have a form of Afterburners, the old Missile Boat.
@673: Perhaps that's Darkon's issue with the Gatekeeper. He feels threatened by someone who he feels "Claims to have created the Universe", so he goes to war to see who's got the most powerful Mojo in the universe!
*The sudden beeping sound awakens the dozing pilot.*
"Oh, almost there."
*He mutters sleepily, sitting himself up in his seat. After a moment he brings the old Z-95 out of light speed. The swirling vortex of hyperspace soon gives way to normal space. The pilot quickly surveys what lies ahead. A small fleet of ships sit idley a few clicks away. At that moment the radio crackles to life:*
"This is Admiral Delagon of the Shadow Empire's navy to unidentified craft. State your indentity and purpose at once or we will presume you hostile and open fire."
"Huh, these guys don't mess around." the pilot says to himself.
"This is Viking 1 Admiral, my name is Ty294. I'm a mercenary who is seeking out the leader of the Shadow Empire."
*There is a few moments of silence, then Delagon speaks again:*
"Very well Viking 1, you're cleared to land in Hangar 101. I'm warning you, no funny business."
*Ty294 lands his ship in the hangar of one of the craft, appearantly the flagship. He is escorted to the bridge where a towering figure greets him.*
At this point JA can add some to the story. The Uberweapon is not present in EP1 so I'm gunna say he's in one of his other ships. You guys can make some modifications if nesassary.
Uh, is this the beginning of Ep1 or 2? It sounds more like 2.
What do you think?
@677-I don't know, but I'm gonna start on EP3.
@668- Yes. I am a Packer Fan. And I am ready for Battle.
Well, let's try this...
*The towering figure, standing in the shadows, raises his hand to shield his eyes as the door opens, letting in the light*
"I've been expecting you," he says in a partially mechanical voice, which makes Ty wonder what's wrong with him.
*The phone on his desk starts ringing/a massive gloved hand reaches out and grabs it.*
"Sir, that Z-95 that landed in the hangar, we've locked it into place. It's not going anywhere until you give the word."
"Good. Ensure that the hangar is sealed."
*The massive man moves deeper into the shadows.*
"What is it you seek...?"
@678- Nice. I like it.
Start on EP3 where, exactly? We haven't a specified location.
Korriban, or Ziost. Just a suggestion.
No, I mean website.
Maybe on the wiki site?
We still need to come up with a title for EP3.
Yes, but WHERE on the wiki site? And where did everybody else go?
http://swfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Dawnbreaker_series. We can start on Dawnbreaker Episode III, and I've no clue as to where they went. Ok How about this for a title, Glory and Chaos?
@Garyn: I'm going through Pt.2 right now, seeing if there are any areas involving Confed that need a bit of cleaning up. One thing I do want to point out is in Ch.12. Confed doesn't have anything like Reactive Armor. Just standard armor and Phase Shield tech.
To All: Maybe someone can start a forum or something for RPs, and we can use that as the canvas. Just an idea.
I like the idea of the forum. Have someone post the link here. That's a great idea.
If anyone makes a forum, could they please list it on http://swfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Dawnbreaker_series ? Thank you.
K. fixed it
Garyn, could you make a forum for us to expand our canvas, as Rattler said, and place it on the Wiki website? I back Rattler on having a forum to work out our ideas.
By the way. Please don't start Ep3 yet. We all need to be ready, and we need P1 and 2 to be 100% done first. Be patient. Also, I was thinking of a few "Rules" that we may want to consider, such as: 1: No killing each others characters in one comment, you have to lead up to it first, giving them time to evade. 2: We all take turns commenting, so we don't get left behind. We would choose the order, and it would be a bit like a board game without the board. Not actually sure if this one is a good idea, we can discuss it.
I wasn't thinking about touching it, yet. But some of us want a place to really expand on our ideas, and having a forum to work with our ideas could work.
I'm game to giving your idea a try. But I'll be pretty busy for a couple hours tomorrow.
Like a whole new website? That would take a while. How about an IRC channel? Or something...
IRC channel might not work. I just found forums on Fanon. Would we get into too much trouble if we just started an rpg topic for EP3 on the forum? The good news with this, is that they're already there. The bad news, I'm not sure what they will say for rpging. It might be something worth looking into.
No wait, I've got an idea.
I believe im the first person ever to say this on this site, but:
Yay! I got 700th post!
701. I'm listening.
Regression. You have it. Darkon has. I have it. My wife has it. I like the no killing eachother's characters in one comment thing, as well as we all take turns. Only how about this: We all can get two posts in a row, but we have to wait X amount of time?
I was just thinking that maybe I could make a moddb page for Dawnbreaker, because mod pages like that can have customizable forums. Although, I'm not sure if the staff would allow it...
I could ask them, but....
Nevermind. That probably wouldn't work.
It wouldn't hurt to try. It may work, they may let you do that. Give it a try.
JA, what do you think about websites? Where should we do Ep3? It shouldn't be here, because eventually the pictures will come back...
And anymore, and the admins might not find it funny.
I'm guessing that they would say something like: "Sorry, this site is for mods only. There are plenty of fan fiction sites out there."
I'm turning in for the night. Don't be afraid to email me: email@example.com.
I think that...
Just a second...
K. I might make a website. Does anyone know of a good webhost site?
Note to self: Be more clear about shield tech... lol
Garyn, how would you feel about me making tweaks to the Confed portions, since I am the most familiar with Confed tech?
Sure, if you want, just don't go into to much detail about the techy shtuff, leave that to the articles.
Also, I tried PMing one of the moddb admins asking for permission for the mod page.
K. I didn't get permission for a mod page, but I got permission for a group, which is just as good! http://www.moddb.com/groups/dawnbreaker Get a moddb page, and join the group!
I like the idea of rules. That was one of the more irritating things in Ep2, at least to me. In one comment, JA (Gatekeeper) kills off my entire fleet, so I have to form my next comment to negate that event first, and then come up with my response. It creates confusion and discontinuity in the story. In fact, that should be the most basic rule, the 1st one: no ultimate victories in one comment.
As for the rule that we all take specific turns commenting, I think the best way to do that is this: as each person comments, they leave a small "note" behind their comment about who should comment next. Once the story is compiled, all that would need to be done is link the comments together by eliminating those "notes".
No confusion and no discontinuity.
okay... you guys are making some kind of "rp fantasy" story
while we wait on the pictures to work again right
or i am i just all worng???
No, you are 95% correct. Except we are not making a fantasy story, but an SF/fantasy story.
BTW, Ty, I'm curious, can music files be uploaded to Fanon? I think it would be great if every empire/faction had its own anthem.
@Darkon: You can't actually upload music, however, you can link to music on YouTube in the ==Behind the Scenes== section of the article. One of the projects I was previously involved in, Project Cruentus, had some of the faction articles linking to anthems. I can post links to those articles on the fanon project page so you can see how they're set up.
@Dakari: Agreed on the no wipe-out-entire-army-in-one-snap-of-the-finger rule. And I also like Darkon's idea of notes.
Finally, the contains of #676 are for EP1. We have no actual beginning so I think we should have the characters meet each other first. In this scene Ty294 has sought out this mysterious Shadow Empire in hopes of making contact with it, and potentielly being hired.
.... just like my @406 comment is meant as a RTSE epilogue for Ep2.
@Ty294- that is brilliant.
@Dakari-The rules make sense, I can live with that. I hope the group gets permission soon.
The group has been approved! We are on the front page!
I just re-wrote my article on the Gatekeeper, if anyone is curious. I'm waiting for suggestions on how to improve it further.
I did a few minor edits on a couple of the Confed portions on the story.
And... I have absolutely no idea how to do articles. *Sweatdrop*
I wouldn't even know what to say anyway.
Well, you guys have been awful busy in my absence.
@Dakari, I went to the groups page and it says that it's currently waiting authorization
For Episode 3... I think I want to wait a little longer. I want to finish up my term paper first and make images for Patten. I'm thinking next week at the earliest.
Oh, there is an error in Episode 2, Chapter 10. Novas and Havocs are not squadrons, they are missiles fired from capital ships, so that sentence should be deleted.
Whoops, I meant Chapter 8.
Or, you could take a "leave of absence" and not play a very big part? Say, after the war, your forces are rebuilding and you've gone back to your unknown base to refortify your fleet? That would let the rest of us continue with the story, and then you could come back at your own pace. Thoughts?
I had help in fixing my Tarakus Deadmerit file. And I guess I'm not the only one who has noted that the group "awaits authorization."
Has anyone read any of my files yet? I find them well written.
I read a little bit of the Gatekeeper. Not bad. Pretty solid character, in my opinion.
Oh, my bad. It's not authorized yet, it just looks like it has been on my end...
Your articles are very biased. Look at the banners that have been put at the top. You are presenting the Gatekeeper's claims as fact. The article should look like it was made by someone else.
Well, I don't know how to make it look like it was made by someone else. I'm not a writer. Maybe instead of telling me what's wrong with it, giving me no other information whatsoever and expecting me to do something, tell me how I can improve it. I am getting very frustrated by this. Give me something to work with, Assailant...
"The Gatekeeper was known throughout his lifespan as being a guy people don't tend to find interesting."
Seriously? I don't think you understood what I meant when I said he wasn't interesting. He's like superman. Not an interesting character in fiction, but in real life he would be fascinating. Meeting some one like the Gatekeeper in real life would be fascinating, but as a book character, he is totally dull.
As an example of how to make it look like someone else wrote it: http://www.moddb.com/members/garyndakari/blogs/dawnbreaker-part-1-hard-contact
Notice, that I didn't say he was false, or true. I also didn't go into detail about his life, because, who would know?
Also, look at this page: http://swfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Blood_Sanctum
It sounds pretty good, because it isn't constantly bragging about how awesome and indestructible it is.
That's the point. He's SUPPOSED to be dull! He's supposed to be old, full of stories, and powers, and people just don't like him, or find him interesting. He is NOT a main character! If I were to make him a main character, I would make him either a good guy or a bad guy. Since I really don't have a choice now, I guess I'll make him a bad guy. A non interesting bad guy, but a SMART and POWERFUL bad guy.
This page is much better than the Gatekeeper page: http://swfanon.wikia.com/wiki/User:JA_394/Kane
Smart? I wouldn't go that far... Anyway, if wasn't a main character, why was he the only character you acted out?
To get a page right, look at a featured article, they are supposed to be the best. You can learn from them, that's what I did: http://swfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Wars_Fanon:Featured_articles
And PLEASE point out where in the Gatekeeper's bio does it say he is all-powerful and indestructable. I'm DYING to know where you are getting this.
It's a BIOGRAPHY. It is SUPPOSED to be FULL of DETAILS about his LIFE.
About the interesting thing...
If you met a person like that, wouldn't it be interesting? Real people who met him would find him interesting, people reading about him would just think "lame...".
It doesn't say that directly, but you can tell that a person that totally believes and supports him wrote it.
/Facepalm. Look, I already asked Brandon for assistance. I'll wait for him to get back to me. He's a proffessional. Neither of us are. Oh, and FYI, one of my 8 year old daughters read that articlelast night, and she was fascinated. She brought her mother in to look at it, and she liked it as well. Maybe it's just you?
Look, I'm not trying to offend or attack you, I'm trying to help. I'm not the only one who thinks there are problems with the article, just look at the banners at the top.
Never once did I say I was a professional. I'm not looking for a fight here, I'm trying to help.
Look at the features articles to get an idea of how they should look: http://swfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Wars_Fanon:Featured_articles
Totally unrelated to this fascinating discussion about the Gatekeeper, I'm changing a few parts of the story, if that's ok with the rest of you. Just a few things, like plotlines that we never continued, such as the part with "867418977". I had a plan for it earlier, but we went in a totally different direction wit the plot. Another thing was the part where the Assailant said that there had been a war going on for four years, but our memories were erased. I've decided it's probably best to remove that line.
@Garyn- could you add in the parts where Deadmerit is involved in EP1, somehow that he is talking to his counterpart Deathdragon? I noted that whenever Captain Deadmerit speaks, he's speaking to someone off to the side. Thanks.
What do you want me to write? I just followed the comments, and I don't think you said anything about another person.
He's very indirectly involved. When Deadmerit speaks, he's actually talking to Deathdragon.
I started reading those parts again, and I started having this feeling that Deadmerit is a strange and psycopathic character who talks to himself at random.
Say like, Captain Deadmerit mused to his first officer, Deathdragon, "Perhaps it's a good thing I'm watching from the sidelines in my New Republic ship. I think we'll just stay where we are. No need for the New Republic to get involved. We have conflicts of our own to deal with."
As for the leave of abscence, I only wanted to stall until the end of the week. After that, I'll be back up to doing it. So I don't plan on being gone too long. I might even be able to start Saturday.
Actually, I think it would be better if he were a bit quirky, and talked to himself sometimes. But I'll change it if you want me too.
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