- Posted On: Oct 1 2005 5:59am
What went on before...
Opening Doors to the Future:
The path was deceptive.
"Ellipse course laid in, Sir. Engines at maximum."
Admiral Chandler nodded looking at the two focal points, the planet Vladet and the open wormhole. The result in distance then provided two options for the Victory, much of it depending on what the other ships were doing.
And as the Victory made it's burn along the ellipse, their sensors were beginning to note irregularities in whatever it was that was not letting them make the jump to hyperspace.
The Dragon Fleet was projected on his TAC noting that they were very intent on leaving, the wormhole of theirs opening despite the interdiction. The implications were preying on Chandler's mind.
"Sir...We are getting sporadic signals!"
"Can you?" he started but the Comm Officer shook his head. "No.. it's only static but it is something."
Ibren nodded at the information his hands gripping the rail as he stared at the maneuverings of the Coalition ships, screening his seemingly oblique approach.
Instead of a massive field.. .it seems to be a culmination of smaller fields..their exact nature as yet unknown.
"You will only get one shot at this people!" he warned.
The ships before him were maneuvering away and the destination the Victory was heading toward suddenly became very clear.
Admiral Chandler watched with interest as the ships were nearing the departure time.
"Look at this maneuver, here." he pointed to his Exec. "See the time differential between ships?"
"Sequence of Departure vectoring?"
"Match us here... " he called, and the Helm answered with another course adjustment.
"Prepare the fighters, tighten on our flanks. When we reach this locus here, just inside the event horizon... deploy the probes."
"There they go!" the Helm Leader said as the fleet before them began vanishing.
"Event horizon coordinates relaying!!"
The ship began to shudder as the Victory began to enter the departure site of the exiting warships.
"THERE GOES THE SECOND..... "
The Victory began to shudder violently.
"Ellipse course complete!"
"Rotate the axis! Clear up that racket!" Chandler shouted as vibration increased.
"LAST SHIP IS THROUGH!!"
"Increase flank speed!" and the vibration began to lessen with the rotation.
And even as the probes seemed to hurl out of the hanger... the Victory became swallowed and vanished into a pinprick.
"Opening forming!" came the shout above the hum of the rattling Star Destroyer Victory.
The ships of the Black Dragon Imperium were exiting in good order.
"What the hell is that?" someone asked incredulously, staring at the sensor readings of the rather small vessel maintaining the opening in space from which the wormhole transit could be exited from.
There was no time for Admiral Chandler to comment as the Victory, unused to travelling under the conditions it found itself in, struck the craft causing a destabilization of the orifice.
The Victory transited into normal space and the Dragon's sensors were no doubt alert to their presence.
The Victory did not stop as it struck a Dragon cruiser before moving beyond the exit formation of the Imperium.
Chandler, holding onto the rail of a catwalk, shouted to his crew. "I need lightspeed now or we are all dead!"
"Sir? We haven't completed our calcul--"
"JUMP! NOW!" Chandler shouted and the officer, sweat running down his back, punched the execution code.
And as the weaponry of the Dragon Imperium turned toward the interloping Imperial Star Destroyer, the Destroyer found itself hurdling forward, the incredible speeds of hyperspacial flight thrusting Ibren Chandler's ship ever onward into the cosmic dangers they were blind too..
What happened next happened in a blink of an eye.
And the Victory, and all those aboard, were lost to history...