Ashes of the StarsAshes of the Stars in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“Bold is getting hulled!”
“Majestic is breaking up!”
“Gallant has sustained heavy damage!”
“Avarice is reporting multiple hull breaches, they're losing power!”
The reports kept coming, one after the other, as more and more ships received damage and were knocked out of the battle.
“Don't let them through!” Commodore Andora Steele roared from her command chair. “If they get past us, we won't have a home to return to!”
She need not have reminded her crew of that, they all knew what was at stake here, all knew that a loss here meant the end of not just the war, but of their people. Even if it meant every ship and its crew went down, their homeworld would not fall while a single ship of the fleet remained in orbit.
Andora could not recall what event had led them to this point. Whether it was the Arbolis campaign or the Styraki disaster or any number of the other major battles that had been joined in the century long con
Janus of OdellSylmeria looked over at Lyra nervously, wondering if she could really trust the woman...program...her? She shook her confusion from her head and got a hold of her heart rate as the elevator stopped and Lyra stepped out. Sylmeria followed her into the club and was instantly assaulted by the cacophony of music and revelry. The room was a blaze of lights and sounds and it was all Sylmeria could do to to keep track of Lyra amidst the press of people but eventually they were through and at the bar. Lyra turned to her.Janus of Odell in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“Wait here, you need to see Cyril first.”
Sylmeria watched as Lyra walked away towards a gathering of people who were clustered around a man dressed in bright white with a silvered cane. Those he was talking to seem very irritated, all the more so perhaps because of his obnoxious smirk.
As Lyra approached him, he turned to her and raised his eyebrow, turning to look at Sylmeria for a moment before addressing his company, apparently excusing him much to their obviou
Quad Down"Incoming!"Quad Down in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
The mortar round hit with earth jarring impact. Jelial dropped to the deck as the explosion tore across the beach. The landing would be easy they said. 'Unopposed' had been the word that command had used.
"Unopposed my ass." snarled Jelial.
"Specialist! Get to Quad Bravo!"
Jelial was on his feet again scrambling towards the massive quadrupedal mechanized weapons platforms. It's main gun chattered away, the autocannon sending rounds downrange at the unseen targets in the mist. He brought out his technical kit and plugged it into the jack on the leg of Bravo Quad.
"Jelial, get out of my head." snarled the ex-con.
"Sergeant said you've got issues."
"Yeah no shit. People are trying to blow me up!" snarled the Quad's disembodied pilot.
"A little more help would be appreciated." Jelial growled as another mortar round struck the ground nearby.
"Left leg, actuator is having issues." Gabby said.
Jelial followed the routing to the actuator software. There
Mass Effect: Seeing DoubleI walked into Chora's Den like I always used to, with a hand on my pistol. Too many people had shot at me here for me to feel completely comfortable once I crossed the threshold. Still, to see him again...it was worth getting shot at. I went to the bar and waived one of the servers over.Mass Effect: Seeing Double in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
"I'm looking for Commander Shepard."
The servera human girlblinked and looked at me for a momentthe scars get everyone's attentionbefore pointing towards one of the secluded private booths on the far side of the club.
"He's over there. He said he was expecting you."
I nodded, a smile playing across my features. It would have felt good if not for the stupid scars. There was still a lot of residual stiffness, that was supposed to subside eventually but...I wanted it gone now. It was a nuisance.
"Thank you, send over a couple beers."
The girl nodded and went back to her business as I turned from the bar and made my way through the press of bodies. The smell of places like these wer
Snow Patrol"We'll be ground-side in three minutes." the pilot announced over the PA system.Snow Patrol in Sketches More Like This
"Alright ladies and gentleman." the load-master called out. "Get off your cushions and face the door."
Marika stood up with the rest of her thirteen man squad. She looked ahead of her towards the rear door of the landing craft, wondering what the weather would be like this time...probably the same as every other time. Cold.
"When I give the word you will debark, not a moment before or after do I make myself clear?"
"Hooah!" the squad chorused.
"Your gear will be offloaded via conveyor as you are debarking. Do not get in its way or you will be crushed." the load-master checked his wax and raised his hand. "Two minutes! Ready up!"
The load-master walked along the line of soldiers, the second man in line checked the trooper in front of him and tapped him on the back.
The third trooper checked the second.
It continued in this matter until the load-master was standing next to Marika. S
Sins of Empire: Battle of Ceraph SevenTHE ADMIRALSins of Empire: Battle of Ceraph Seven in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"The Corvus has jumped."
Noah nodded. "Is Ceraph VII's jump node locked in?"
"Locked in and ready sir, we will need to transit the Mionan and Farranun system before we're able to jump further."
"Seventeen hours, thirty-seven minutes, and twenty-three seconds sir."
Noah winced but he nodded and sat back in the command chair. "Very well. Jump."
The Renown and her battle group leapt into subspace, in addition to the carrierthe Repulse's sister shipthere was also a single heavy cruiser, three light cruisers, five fleet destroyers, nine frigates, and six corvettes. It wasn't the biggest or most powerful force he'd ever had at his disposal but it was the largest one he'd ever had under direct command.
"You know." remarked Kara at his side. "Perhaps the Empress has the right idea."
Noah looked up at her dubiously. "About?"
She shrugged. "Imagine how quickly she'll arrive there versus how long it will take us to arrive."
He couldn't help the smile. "Seventeen hou
Sins of Empire: CH 5 PT 3Before the council doors even opened Kara could sense the Grand Admiral's displeasure. When the doors hissed opened and Grand Admiral Delas, Grand General Tye, and Grand Admiral Novas stormed past her. Kara fell in behind them as they proceeded to walk through the maze of the palace corridors.Sins of Empire: CH 5 PT 3 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Your granddaughter is making a fool out of herself." Novas' voice was set grimly.
"Don't you think I know that?" growled the grizzled Tye as he stalked besides Admiral Delas. "What are we going to do about it?"
"The Vengeance won't be finished for several more weeks. Her sister ships will launch within a month after she's finished." Delas said. "If the Empress would just listen to reason we could have one of those ships waiting for her at Ceraph VII."
"She's not going to wait." Tye stated flatly. "She's trying to prove something."
"To you." Novas said tersely."
"I don't want or need her to prove anything to me." snapped Delas. "It won't change anything."
"She's young." replied Tye. "And she want
Sins of Empire: CH 5 PT 2"The necessary modifications are not proving too difficult?"Sins of Empire: CH 5 PT 2 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The engineer nodded. "No my Empress, they are proceeding nicely. The ship will be fully refit before the week is up."
Thiera nodded. "Very well. Keep me informed on your progress."
The link died and she leaned back in her chair as she considered the last month. It had taken roughly a month to refit the Corvus to the specifications required the fuel the slip-stream drive but now that the project was nearing completion she had a very real problem on her hands.
There was no way to navigate through hyperspace. The logs of the Repulse showed that plainly. The crew had intended to jump from one system to another and instead had leapt nearly the entire length of the Twin Suns Empire to end up directly on the border with the Eternal Empire. She could not afford such a mistake. There had to be a way to forge a viable path between the stars without the jump nodes. Her empire might depend on such an ability.
She imagined the terror her
Sins of Empire: CH 5 PT 1"Does she really intend to build another slip-stream drive?" Kara asked as Noah paced back and forth on the abandoned bridge of the Flambirg.Sins of Empire: CH 5 PT 1 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Yes. I even found the damned work order. The Corvus is being sent for refit in one of the yards as we speak."
"Yes!" snapped Noah, heedless of his tone.
Why was the Empress being so incredibly stubborneven stupidabout this? Subspace was treacherous enough as it was without trying to circumvent it. He'd learned that the hard way aboard the Repulse. Trying to circumvent the jump gates that linked the stars together was suicidal at best from his own experience.
"Is it possible that she will succeed where the past attempts have failed?"
Noah stopped in mid-step and glared at Kara who remained impassive. He began to consider everything that had gone wrong with the Repulse experiment. There hadn't been enough power, so the reactor had overloaded and shut down which meant that they'd needed to do a cold start which took a few hou
Sins of Empire: CH 4 PT 2Thiera couldn't believe that she'd actually managed to get Noah to agreed to coming to dinner with her. Granted it was in the very formal setting of the palace but she'd done everything she could to make it as personal as possible. There were no other guests, her Knights were nowhere to be seen, and she'd even cooked the meal herself much to the mutual distress of her chamberlain and head cook. Their conversation had even been relatively relaxed, containing some of the old wit and humor they'd once shared at the academy. His excitement over the captured ships and what their reverse engineering could do for the Twin Suns shipbuilding processes was genuine and sincere, radiating out across the Weave in rippling waves of delight which caused her no end of joy at his happiness.Sins of Empire: CH 4 PT 2 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Still there was a blemish on their night together and she was sad to say that it was her own doing. The secret of the slip-stream drive. She'd already issued the orders to have the hunter-killer frigate TSS Corvus t
Walking and RunningWalking sometimes eases the mind,Walking and Running in Free Verse More Like This
It let’s you relax and enjoy the scenery.
Take some time off just to clear your head
or smell the air that soothes the lungs with freshness.
Walking with no destination
going without hesitation.
But sometimes, life needs you to run,
rush down your path and sprint.
If you don’t, you will miss the event,
one that will fill you up with regret.
Walking is great for yourself,
but when life needs you to go the extra mile,
Get ready to run!
Lunar PrincessPrincess Luna, if I must confessLunar Princess in Free Verse More Like This
You're the very best
For you see,You light the darkness from us
So we can see the beauty that is you
Lonely NightsOh Luna, what a messLonely Nights in Free Verse More Like This
but there’s something I must confess.
I love you, that’s a fact,
now it’s my turn to act.
I have missed you for so many years
and I hope that you get to hear:
I see you every night in my dreams
Can you hear my heart scream?
I love you with all my heart
and I don’t want us to be apart.
I hope you can see my love
from all the way past the stars above.
Oh Luna, can’t you see I’m holding back my tears,
If only I could get you down here.
A day in the sunsetThe sun sets tenderly nested in the hillsA day in the sunset in Free Verse More Like This
shines an exuberant glow through the sky.
The air gently blows cool winds that
wrap around to cradle the body.
The mighty trees stand tall and
release their melody to the wind.
The hills make their silhouette
across the horizon.
Take a picture, it would last longer.
Take a picture, the memories will last longer.
Nature is so serene, and Earth is so precious.
Isn’t it great to be alive?
Blonde maned mareI met an astonishing mare todayBlonde maned mare in Free Verse More Like This
One that was was unlike the others
Her marvelous beauty shines in so many ways
She is so sweet and kind,like a mother
The elegance of her trot is stuck is stuck in my head
With her in my mind,I can't go to bed
And her southern accent melts my heart
Finally,her cutie mark
an appletastic work of art
Yes,I'm falling pretty hard for you
Honestly,I hope you love me too...
My FluttershyOh!!How my heart aches for youMy Fluttershy in Free Verse More Like This
Everything about you is beautiful, I just don't know what to do
Why do you have to be so shy?
It almost makes me want to cry!
I have to hide how I feel
It's not even fair that you're real
Your pony looks are the best
That's why Photofinnish is such a pest
Though I'm just a unicorn,unable to fly
You have stolen my heart forever,my Fluttershy
RT:LB The ties that bind?May 21 2010 SDF-1 fitness and training center 3:00pmRT:LB The ties that bind? in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Okay you guys this will be round four. Bill said handing some water to Jacob and Daniel before jumping out of the ring Okay, now fight.
Jacob made two high kicks to Daniels face. Daniel blocked both and said You always go high. Daniel said countering by kicking at Jacobs sides and head with his left leg, only to have Jacob twist his leg.
Mixing it up wont win this for you. Jacob said flipping Daniel flat on his face, the floor of the ring shook as Daniel slammed into it.
Daniel scrabbled to his feet without a scratch Nice but it takes more then a few bashes into a CRAPPIE MAT! Daniel screamed rushing Jacob when he was a few feet in front of Jacob he began kicking with each leg as he rushed Jacob.
Jacob was pushed back all the way the ropes of the large ring. He could only block the kicks but, Daniel switched to using his fists Bingo Jacob said g
The lost brother: Eye opener"Okay it's your loss. Okay boys this one says two hits to take down The Brute!" the girl shouted.The lost brother: Eye opener in Short Stories More Like This
"What the hell man getting killed is one thing, but losing money on that level that's like three pay checks. Get the hell out of there." Jacob said holding onto the ropes.
"Dude the only way he can get out now is by throwing the match or by losing." Bill said pulling Jacob off the ropes before climbing in. "Listen up destdroid pilots we take the brunt of the fight and we are the rightful winners but this pilot here who can't fly wants to take our money." Bill said as the destdroid pilots cheered "Well this man here is going to take our ring back. Give it up for Daniel "Watch strap" Banks."
The room went silent before laughter took over "sweetie is it too late to up the bet?" Bill said as the girl collected everyone's money near the ring.
"No the bell hasn't rung what the raise?" the woman said.
"Five grand plus two is what I want to bet." Daniel said as Bill put the tape on Daniel's hand a
the lost brother ch3Two unknown Valkyries just touched down on the Daedalus admiral your old friends IFF code was good information do think theyll be trouble? Lisa said as the marine birds flew in lower then the radar could scan.the lost brother ch3 in Short Stories More Like This
meet them with a lot of MPs and Claudia set up some quarters for them. I doubt any trouble especially if they wish to make new friends. Gloval said as Lisa left to meet the new arrivals.
Okay came in low and under the radar so we have the element of surprise now we find a computer terminal from there youll hack in and contact the bridge, and for the umpteenth time lose the shades you are not a freak and I sound like boss. Jacob said meeting Daniel in between the two parked guardian mode Valkyries.
Daniel cocked his HK416 Are you sure we should use the rifles I mean were leaving the corps to avoid jail and I think boarding a UN ship armed is an act of terrorism on our part. Daniel said just as a fl
Robotech the lost brother ch2While Jacob packed a few things he bought for his trip to Paris Island he didn't visit Daniel before he was air lifted to the Comfort or see him off. "Daniels is a dead man he just hasn't signed the papers for the farm." he thought comforted that Daniel would die peacefully in a warm bed. He finished packing his duffle bag and threw it over his shoulder and headed up for the landing deck top the awaiting Sea sergeant which would take him to the air field and from there to Paris Island he would fly at night he loved that.Robotech the lost brother ch2 in Short Stories More Like This
Sean wasn't old but he was close and he knew it. As for the now decommissioned Warhound squadron the only man who could replace him as lead wing was Eric and he died. Sean walked up the stairs with his duffle bag glad the squadron was no more but still saddened about it "Well I assume the AWACS plane is heading for San Diego son" Sean said looking to the deck hand near the plane.
"Sir Yes it is sir." the crewman said as the door on the side of the plane lowered.
Robotech: The Lost BrotherHe stopped and placed her on the ground "It's alright we're clear now. I managed to stop the bleeding and a Beta will be here soon to evac us back to the Iwo Jima."Robotech: The Lost Brother in Short Stories More Like This
She replied gasping for breath "It hurts bad give me something so I can go in with no pain."
"If I give you morphine your heart beat will slowdown and it would kill you." He said removing her helmet and lowered her head to help her breath.
"Tell me something please so I can forget the pain and before I go please tell me what " She said has he cleaned her face of blood.
"Alright I'll tell you the story again." He said as she touched his unshaved face with a bloody hand.
"Tell me it and tell me what...I...what I mean to you?" she replied crying.
FEBUARY 3, 2009 CVS-101
Daniel stood next his camouflaged Veritech "I can't believe their making us fly around in these things it like a bad cartoon show sir." he said as his friend and leader showed up he stood at attention, leaving his sun gl
Crash: MarchCrash: March in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Venku stood on top of a hill, looking down at troopers matching up it in a double line formation with full battle gear on, all carrying semi-automatic rifles marksman carbines. Seven weeks ago when he had first started training the troopers, they had almost no standardized weapon. Most carried a semi-automatic 'Service Rifles'; they called them, while other carried bolt action rifles and single shotguns. A few had went out and bought hunting shotguns and large caliber bolt action rifles. One even bought an anti-material rifle, which Venku laughed at because the rifle was bigger than the man. Their training was almost non-existent, and moral was at an all time low.
Now, his troopers were some the best that was in the area. Even the NCR Rangers were impressed how Venku and Dinui wiped the troopers in shape. Major Knight was very pleased with them. Venku wasn't, though, they could always be better, and they didn't stand to Mandalorian standards yet. Clone trooper, but not the Supercommand
Crash: IntroThere was a flash as the small Mandalorian fighter blasted from hyperspace. It tumbled, drifting towards a planet covered mostly by oceans, but very little trace of green. The fighter was damaged from a space battle, and they made an emergency hyperspace jump, all too close to a dying star. The stars gravity pulled them into a slingshot as they made the hyperspace jump. It sent them away from Mandalore, where they wanted to go and into the Unknown Regions.Crash: Intro in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Venku, I am getting some strange readings. We aren't in the Mandalore Sector." Venku's co-pilot said, reading the scanners. "And we're trapped in that planet's gravitational pull, we drifted too close to have the time to fix anything."
"Not like we have the abilities anyways. We need a starport or a star dock to fix the damage, Dinui." Venku said, trying to restart the engines. "The engines are out, but I have the thrusters still. Life support is going out, too. Seal your armor, I am going to use what oxygen we have left to adjust o
Mass Effect: Restored HopeThe soldier's eyes shot open, looking from side to side, seeing the familiar room of the medical bay of his ship. He sat up; gasping for air, his left hand resting on his left abdomen, surprised at the fact there was no bullet wound. He looked around surprised that Dr. Chakwas wasn't in the room with him. He groaned, sliding from the bed and onto his feet. He rolled his shoulders, again surprised of the lack of bullet wound.Mass Effect: Restored Hope in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Commander Shepard, I am surprised to see you up so soon." A female voice came from behind him.
Shepard turned to face one of his oldest friends, Dr. Chakwas. He smiled, "Karen, I told you that you could call me Marcus." He said, rubbing his head gently. "How long have I been out?"
"And you know I will never call you that. Anything less is disrespectful to you, Commander." She replied. "A week. You're vitals stayed strong, but your mind wasn't there. Coma almost. Garrus found you in the ruins near the beam after a Quarian and Geth infiltrator squad made it into the
Lost Primarchs: PrologeIt was a dark, cold night. A tall figure stood his ground, wind whipping around him. His red cape snapped in the wind, but he stood there like a statue, out in the middle of an open plan. Something was coming, and he could feel it. Long ago, a man came to his planet, asking his parents if they will let the man take their son to become a Jedi. They said no, for they too were Force users, and sent them man away from their world. They had taught him the Jedi power of foresight, and he had seen this day come.Lost Primarchs: Prologe in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He looked up into the sky; black T-shaped visor cut into a golden mask glinted in the star moonlight. The sky was beautifully clear, stars shining, and the plant's three moons were out, giving him clear view of the whole plain that was laid out in front of him. He waited, then saw it.
A star fell from a dark tear in the sky. The man watched as it plummet to the ground, not moving until it had landed. The star kept falling, coming closer to the ground, and closer to the man. The man st
Crash: OddsCrash: Odds in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Dinui walked into the headquarters, slinging her rifle over her shoulder. She walked up to the front desk, taking her helmet off. She looked around for someone, waving down a NCR trooper, who looked at her strangely before walking over to her. "How can I help you, ma'am?" He asked, looking at her.
Dinui wore her red hair short, most of it in a bun. Her green eyes looking at the young man, barely out of his teens, looking back at her, staring at her. "I am looking for a Major Knight. Sergeant Foley told my captain and I to check in with him. The captain is cleaning up his armor from the fire fight we helped your men out." Dinui said, resting her hands on the counter.
"You're the one's Foley was talking about. Alright." The trooper said, he pulled out bag from under the counter full of what sounded like to Dinui scrap metal. "Two hundred caps as payment. Our standard reward for aiding the troopers in the area. And Major Knight will be back tomorrow, so com back then."
Dinui opened the ba
EndlessWar - Judgment dayIf you can read this, the end as begun.EndlessWar - Judgment day in Science Fiction More Like This
Briefing: Judgment day
On the tenth of February, 2041 the ships Armageddon were at orbits of the planets: Venus Ocean, Jungle Venus, Dino-Earth, Poké-Earth, Anthro Earth, Mountain Mars, Dead City Mars.
At on all frequencies was broadcast the request on all worlds. Request to end the fighting and an agreement on peace. Some agreed, others laughed and others not-replying. After ten minutes they them got the answer: "You have forced us to it do."
At that moment, disgorged their deadly cargo. Nuclear missile type Hammer, who headed to major cities their aggressive factions and other their population centers. And of nuclear missiles the type Bee on known concentration of military forces. The nuclear attack killed most of leaders those faction and their soldiers.
But it was only the beginning. Just three hours after the attack, the Federation launched with its allies operation Verdict.
"This is just the beginning, God forgive us."
EW - Bombarder ArmageddonIf you can read this, the end as begun.EW - Bombarder Armageddon in Science Fiction More Like This
Briefing: Bombarder Armageddon Mark I
Spaceship Class Armageddon mark I, not in essence, nothing more than a giant bomber, which was equipped with life support technologies and engines capable of achieving nearly the speed of light. It is these ships have become messengers of temporary peace in the system, but at what cost?
Length: 250 meters
Width: 150 meters
Height: 115 meters
Defensive weapons: 75 automatic defense lasers, equipment for electronic warfare, mirror masking.
Assault weapons: Intelligent missile type Hunter (stock 200 pieces).
Energy sources: Three fusion generators (propulsion, combat and life-support systems).
Cargo: 50 intelligent tactical nuclear warheads type Hammer (1 megaton)
EW - Solar System years 2035If you can read this, the end as begun.EW - Solar System years 2035 in Science Fiction More Like This
Briefing: Solar System years 2035
Since the conflict began, the intelligence service tried to obtain information about these new worlds. Here are the basic information.
Ocean Venus: The world is already a water area covering 95% of the surface. There have evolved two race. Selachii Detres and half-fish Sritis. Trapped in an endless racial conflict that has killed one species. First contact was a battle of undersea fortress Triton in the North Atlantic with Detres.
Jungle Venus: The world with one super continent fully covered with tropical rain forests has it's the scene of horrific religious hatred. Here confront snake Ssiris, lizard Hikiris a crossbreed Hissis. The first contact occurred in the Brazilian Amazon between anti-government rebels and the invasive troops Hikiris.
Island Venus: Although in this world land are 54% of the surface. It does not form continents but huge archipelago. Of which, the largest of the islands vary in s
EndlessWar-Project ArmageddonIf you can read this, the end as begun.EndlessWar-Project Armageddon in Science Fiction More Like This
Briefing: Project Armageddon
The next five years after the Linking (the event describing the emergence of spatial portals linking all the habitable worlds in system) are enrolled for in the history of all races bloody letters. At all worlds erupted wars and the dead could be calculated only in the millions. Onto Original Earth itself was not any better. Of the superpower after the destruction of the United State remained xenophobic China and the militant European Federation. From other countries remained mere rubble and fortified community.
The more lasted apocalyptic conflict, the more in the Federation was clear that the war neither side can not win. Therefore, attempted establish diplomatic contact with all factions in order to agree on peace. Succeeded only in Hissis, Sritis, Dervis, Rosas, Ikarri and several other moderate factions. But not enough and the Command then has decided to get the peace force. He issued orders to start P
EndlessWar - New Solar systemIf you can read this, the end as begun.EndlessWar - New Solar system in Science Fiction More Like This
Briefing: New Solar system
It started with one thing.
Hubble Space Telescope sent images of Mars. The problem was that Mars should not be there at all. All astronomers and the remaining space agency immediately began to identify the state of the solar system. What found out what was so crazy that it had earlier refused to believe. In the solar system is now found three Venus, four Earth and five Mars. All wearing life.
Today, scientists can not agree whether the destruction of Sin Portal's does not cause teleportation our world to another system or did not transfer those eleven worlds to our solar system.
This question became irrelevant when in eleven parts of the world appeared spatial anomalies acting as portals to these worlds. And when he first stepped foot soldier from another world into ours. Began what is known as the first interplanetary war.
End of briefing.
QuestioningNote: The following is dialogue only and takes place in a fictional anthropomorphic setting known as Allusia.Questioning in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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"Director, we let you and the military continue with the Guardians because they have proved beneficial to Epike and its citizens. However, many of us within the military council and the supporting members within parliament are starting to… Question some aspects of your forces…"
"Question? And why didn't you question the Guardians when they were busy driving back Aldrassi forces? Why didn't you question them when many of the soldiers within the force were losing their minds during the war? Or when the program was initiated as little more than a science experiment for the army decades ago? What could you possible have to question of me and our fiery soldiers?"
Director Grace, we suspect that you are… Well, with each generation of Guardian… With each adjustment you make to the chemicals and technologies used to enhance these soldiers before t
Libra - World Eater CH1P2Libra - World EaterLibra - World Eater CH1P2 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter I: Part II
November 10th, 2019
Sirens filled Adelaide's ears along with the cries of fear and the smell of smoke. The ground around her was wet, her fur soaked as she was splashed by what appeared to be a broken or rather partly dissolved pipe. As far as the vixen could tell she was lying on her back, looking up ward towards the open sky despite the fact that she was sure that she had not left the maintenance tunnels of the London Underground.
It was as if a bomb had gone off and sucked a small portion of the city down into hell itself. The buildings and people had been wiped from exsistance all at once and what remained in the epicenter of the disaster just collapsed into the crater.
Her blue eyes struggled to adjust to the light as she pushed herself up, reaching around her for some sort of weapon. It wasn't long before she came into contact with her rifle, or rather what was left of the barrel sitting on the edge of the slab of concre
Two WorldsI have lived fifty long years.Two Worlds in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Each and every second was filled with unbearable pain and suffering.
Every minute I lived someone died.
I grew up in a world that had been ruined in an attempt to save it from evil.
I was taught how to use various firearms and to excel in many different forms of combat.
My mother died when I was young, I lived out my years with a murderous father protecting me and the people that we cared about.
We made sure our home was defended.
Fifty years I have lived, and I was tormented by everything.
Unlike so many others I have stepped between two different worlds, quite literally.
Mine is a damaged planet struggling to rebuild after the defeat of a twisted military corporation.
The other is the one who is better off. Its countries prosper and economies boom and they seem to have no worries or ills compared to us.
I have loved and lost in both, seen the same person die twice in different ways and stood there because I knew I wasn't going to be able to save them.
Libra: World Eater SynopsisLibra: World Eater (formally known as Libra 2019)Libra: World Eater Synopsis in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
In November of 2019 the world watches as a celebration of peace ends in total chaos as central Berlin dissolves, quite literally due to the release of a mysterious chemical weapon. As the populace struggles to understand, politicians demand answers and the nations of the world prep for impending war a single group stands willing to properly investigate what is going on. A military-intelligence group formed by the NATO nations during the tail end of the Cold War, simply known as Libra.
Cooperating with elite forces and intelligence angencies worldwide, Libra is not acting in the interests of the world's nations, but instead acting to protect the people within them against this new weapon. Codenamed World Eater, it can supposebly dissolve anything it touches and turn it to dust, it also possess the ability to ignite flammable substances and there is no known defense against it. Thousands are already dead and even with th
Gastins World part oneJoin Date: Nov 2003Gastins World part one in Settings More Like This
Arcing well out beyond the dull realms of plodding sub light cargo haulers and ballistic ore barges the task force had sat in serene seclusion, its widely spaced components in a formation designed not for defence but for as high a base line separation of the main starships sensors as possible. After all who but drug runners or bio smugglers would come to Gastins star? The results of this and the high output of the inbound FTL capable missiles were unpleasant.
Space that was usually silent was now suddenly was full of electronic death cries.
Forty megatons of ultra dense synthetics and alloys and 348 citizens flashed to incandescence as scuttling charges added to the missile caused calamity. The planetary assault cruiser Acre for Rent shattered remnants begin expanded ever outward. There would be almost nothing to recover of her month old advanced planetary combat drones, the latest edition stasis decoherence cannons s
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The noise at first reminded him of a documentary on the original combustion powered lighter than air craft that the state had used to hammer its control of its post atomic war earth territories. The deep thrumming buzz. Whatever it was it was fast and flying and directly behind him. Then training and more importantly design kicked in.
For thirty years the development of knife missiles had seemed the end of any form of organic combatant. Then the little missiles drive packet and unique scale had run into the same wall that had killed heavy powered armor and small scale drones that attacked in anything under multi thousand numbers. Sure a trooper in heavy PA or a drone mounting a fusion pumped GRASER could incinerate a platoon in an instant, and a properly employed knife missile could slice its way through even more but they were all rather hard to hide and worse the knife missiles minds were no match for heavier SIs. Yes the knife missile could sit there for years like a lan
RangerWhite blinding sky, yellow glaring ground and a building roar and rise of temperature, the optics pitifully trying to keep up with the spin. Just a little longer. Who would have thought they were armed with proper anti shipping weapons..that wasnt right at all.Ranger in Short Stories More Like This
They were the elite they said. Before replacing them the next year. He hadnt understood they had said that he too could have a brand new chassis. He didn't want one.
Well at least he was still all here. No wait he could see one of his secondary propulsors drifting off in one snapped image the squadron logo of a pine tree gone with it. What a joke a squadron of one. Well that was next years repair budget gone.
He had spent just that single month watching the world below teeming with movement and interaction, the gaggle of voices braying in his squadron and worse still the outpouring of the net in sol had made him feel as if he was just dissolving away. Now finally he got to be alone and even paid for it.
Sky, heat, heat sky. Oh h
Brain DrainTrenna - Brain DrainBrain Drain in Short Stories More Like This
Clothes make a man. Or in this case the egg like thing with two strips of beaded eyes that slowly, painfully it seemed with the aid of whining of primitive servos wobbled down the damp side street, its sides draped in studded thick black poorly cured hides and random chunks of metal and a series of small jars containing shreds of bone. People make a hole for it as it processes glancing then studiously looking away. The eyes swivel for a moment as it a particular home but then they seem to be swiveling all the time as people make way for it. Being known as a member of a barbarian mutated remnant species had some advantages though, no one wants to bother someone who had the reputation for mindless violence and that it was best not to comment upon the physical flaws if you didn't want the remains of a tribal etched and sharpened ultra dense fusion drive piston driven through ones sternum at speed.
Darren Grant McLane was as most good agents an orphan not only of a rac
Halo: Mass Effect CH 16UNSC: Date 2553Halo: Mass Effect CH 16 in Short Stories More Like This
Shepard, Linda, Tali, and the Arbiter left the Normandy and approached a man who was near the docks.
"Fai Dan saw your ship. He wants you to see him right away" the man told Shepard urgently
"We will see him. Are you hurt?"
"No. Fai Dan should be beyond the stairs" the man said
That was all the man was able to say before he got thrown five feet in the air by a geth rocket. Shepard ordered his squad into cover. There was already a geth present, and several more were on their way.
"Linda, take out the ones further from us. Arbiter, Tali, you two help me take out the ones closer to us" Shepard ordered
Three green acknowledgement lights winked on, and everyone moved into action. Tali overloaded a geth trooper's shields, and the Arbiter fired off some bullets with his Carbine. A second geth trooper started firing at them, forcing them back into cover. Tali saw that the geth trooper didn't have shields, so she got to work on hacking the geth trooper.
While Tali was controllin
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Shepard, Garrus, Ashley, Kaidan, Tali, John, and Linda made it to the tower that was between Zhu's Hope and ExoGeni's HQ. Cortana picked up more chatter, and she played it in their helmets. The mako was right outside of a hole that led to a lower level of the tower.
"Incoming vehicle. And it isn't one of the geth" a woman's voice said
"Send the Unggoy to check it out" a man's voice said
"You may want to check them out Commander. They may need our help" Cortana suggested
"We have bigger things to worry about Commander. Besides, if they are as helpful as the colonists in Zhu's Hope, there isn't much point in stopping" Ashley argued
"We are stopping to help them. We may as well do that when we have the chance" Shepard decided
The mako stopped in front of the Unggoy patrol. They all froze in place, and when Shepard and his squad got out, the Unggoy started shaking.
"Boo" John said
The Unggoy screamed, and they scattered.
"Demon! The Demon is alive! Ever
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On Feros, Shepard had finally defeated the Thorian. A sac on the wall started moving, which got Shepard's attention. The sac wiggled, and then it burst open. An asari slipped out, and she landed on her knees. Shepard signaled for Ashley and Kaidan to be ready to fire. The asari slowly and gingerly got up to face Shepard and his squad.
"I..I'm free. I suppose I should thank you for releasing me" the asari said
"Are you alright?" Shepard asked
Shepard motioned for Ashley and Kaidan to stand down. Ashley was reluctant, but she complied after Kaidan took his hand away from his pistol.
"I..I should be, in time. I'm Shiala. I serve I served Matriarch Benenzia, and Saren. I was given to this Thorian so Saren can extract information. Once he was finished, he ordered the geth to kill him" Shiala explained
"Matriarch Benenzia worked for Saren? How is that possible? Asari Matriarchs are among the strongest and most intelligent beings in the galaxy. How can one fall under Sa
Halo: Mass Effect CH 15UNSC: Date 2553Halo: Mass Effect CH 15 in Short Stories More Like This
Shepard stormed into the embassy lounge. Trailing behind him were Ashley and the Master Chief. They thought it was a rescue mission, but he was used to eliminate someone's past. He didn't like that at all. Shepard marched up to Nassana Dantius, who seemed to look like there was nothing wrong.
"You lied to me!" Shepard accused, "You used me to kill your sister!"
"I see you found out then" Nassana said with a slight sigh, "I am sorry I had to mislead you. I couldn't let anyone find out what happened. If the Council found out that my sister was a mercenary, I would be considered a security risk. Now that she is gone, I don't have to worry about that"
"Don't use me for your dirty work. Get someone else to help instead"
"I am sorry for not telling you everything. We have trust issues in my family"
"Obviously" Ashley commented
Shepard and his squad left the embassy lounge. The minute he left the door, Dr. Halsey called him through his helmet com.
"Commander Shepard, we have a
XCOM: Enemy Unknown 2: Silent ThroneSanchez sat heavily in the base's cafeteria. He was still grim, in contrast to the excited soldiers around him, chatting about the latest news from around the world. He drank his thick soup slowly, tasting the flavours of potato and leek.XCOM: Enemy Unknown 2: Silent Throne in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Come on, cheer up!" Xenia Diaz said, sliding into a chair next to him. Diaz was from Argentina, like him. She was short, thin, but had a ceaseless energy that none of the others could match. She could imbibe drinks that would hospitalise some of her friends.
Sanchez looked at her and frowned. "You've got a rocket launcher!" she exclaimed. "How can you be unhappy?" Diaz mimed the action of loading the projectile and firing it, gesturing frantically as her imaginary rocket spiralled across the table. The missile reached some indeterminate target and Diaz threw out her arms in an explosion. "Kaboom!"
Cameron Ross sat down on his other side. "She's right, you know. You cannae keep moping around here; you'll ruin the atmosphere!" A Scottish man, Ross had
XCOM: Enemy Unknown 3: Shattered FallBradford made his way back to Mission Control. One of the main screens now showed something new. It was something the engineers had rigged up. They called it the "Doom Tracker". It was a bar with sixteen segments, one for each Council member nation. If a member were to leave, the segment would turn red. If more than eight left, the project wouldn't have enough funding to continue.XCOM: Enemy Unknown 3: Shattered Fall in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
So this is how we watch the end of the world get closer, Bradford thought. A progress bar.
"The local satellite network has come online," a technician reported. "We can now begin scanning for activity."
Bradford nodded. The holographic globe whirred into life and pulsed with activity, being fed data and news from across the world. The tiny virtual moon spun in orbit, rotating slowly. For now, everything was calm.
"Commander," Vahlen said to the screen, "we have made a breakthrough." One could hear the excitement in her voice.
The Commander watched impassively from her room (at least, Vahlen suspected their
XCOM: Enemy Unknown: PrologueThe scout was small, a three-man craft. They were thrown out at likely locations by the hundreds, crewed by only the most common and least valued troops. The odds of one of them ever finding a viable target was near zero.XCOM: Enemy Unknown: Prologue in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Even a one in a million chance pays off sometimes.
The scout was damaged by a chance encounter with a rogue asteroid, only reawakening when it was caught in the gravity well of a planet. It was too late for the grav-wave engines to activate, so the revived crew desperately tapped at unresponsive controls as they plummeted through the atmosphere towards the deserts of New Mexico. They did not survive the landing.
Their last panicked signals drifted through space, taking fifty years to reach their destination. The leaders received the data and changed their heading, moving towards a small blue world. They activated their engines and were gone.
A single basic ship, shattered into ten thousand pieces by an impact that turned sand to glass. This was humanity's first cont
XCOM: Enemy Unknown 1: Devil's MoonThe four soldiers sat in the Skyranger, each nervous for different reasons.XCOM: Enemy Unknown 1: Devil's Moon in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Do you have any idea what it is we're fighting?" Akemi asked the heavily-built Russian on her left.
"I don't know," Vinogradov said, "but I look forward to it." The Russian was a bear of a man, with a gravelly voice from years of smoking. He examined his gun again. It was bulky but well-designed, and it fit comfortably into his hand. "What is this weapon?" he asked. "It looks like the SG 550, but different."
"It's custom-made for us," Armstrong, the American, said. "Whoever these XCOM guys are, they're well-funded."
"You need to be well-funded," Sanchez said, "if you're going to fight off an alien invasion."
"Aliens, they told you?" Armstrong laughed. "Yeah, right. Probably just some militant nutjob set off a bomb."
"We weren't joking, Geoff," a voice said over the radio, making the American jump. It issued from speakers in the walls, just above their heads. "This mission is being designated Operation Devil's
My Little Pony: Orange-Cross Empire, Chapter 15My Little Pony: Orange-Cross Empire, Chapter 15 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"My council was wise, and you did well to obey; now that you are home, things will remain this way."
Artemis was being her usual self. I patted her on the back, because she was actually right, even though I hadn't listened to her advice at first. I'd done a bad thing, running away, but I knew never to do it again. Everyone faces bad times, and we just have to deal with them: that was something I'd learned during my time away. Running away doesn't help anyone, and instead just gets you into bigger trouble.
My father had been in a bad way while I'd been in Ponyville, and when I first rang the doorbell of our home after returning to Manehattan, I was really nervous about what he might say. I expected him to punish me in the Trottingham way. But the father I had run away from was not the father I returned to: upon seeing me standing in the doorway he had embraced me and pulled me close; and had kissed and caressed my face; and had tugged at my mane and wrapped it around his hooves;
Brony Advice: Your Questions Answered #34, 35, 36!Brony Advice: Your Questions Answered #34, 35, 36! in Editorial More Like This
#34) I'm a girl, and I've seen a lot of people in the MLP fandom saying that girls can't be bronies because they aren't defying any gender stereotypes or something. The thing is, I don't like the word "Pegasister" and I've always considered myself a brony. Am I?
Answer: This is working on the assumption that bronies are defying gender stereotypes in the first place. To me, the whole, "We're defying gender stereotypes" argument is just a way of rationalising liking the show while maintaining your pride as an older viewer. Because a lot of bronies don't want to accept that their behaviour is unorthodox in any negative fashion, a lot of the time they'll put themselves into the dominant position by arguing that their behaviour is acceptable and that they're better than others because they challenge the status quo. While there is a modicum of truth in that, I wouldn't say that people should be particularly proud of liking "Friendship is Magic".
However, the same elitist minds