Homeland [Homeland Pt. 2]

CM DOOMROOSTER
CM DOOMROOSTER
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edited 28 Feb 2017, 2:46AM




Blast after blast threw sparks off the charged armor plate as Zoe Vasquez whipped the ship's wheel around. One against seven. She liked those odds. The Hard Counter, Zoe's personal flagship, burst through the storm of gunfire and smoke.

Those Draconians were going down. The new armor the Legion had stolen from them was working perfectly.

"Get below and prepare the skiff, Gridiron. We need to disable that last ship in the group. It's got the guy we need aboard."

Gridiron nodded once, her eyepatch and skull-plate glinting in the flashes of gunfire. With one hand she grabbed the pole to the engineering deck and slid down.

Zoe watched her for a moment, recalling the years Gridiron stood by her side. Following her wherever the seas took them.

The former Forsaken leader whipped the ship around again in a tight arc, spray putting out the small fires on the crackling armor.

A freezing blast of frozen air hit the stern. 

“Cryo! Cover!"

The sea around Zoe flash-froze and stabbed at the waterline. Razor-sharp ice fragments flew about the bridge, cutting up exposed skin. Zoe looked down at one arm, the one that didn't have blood to leak out, and slapped it against the new hole in the bullet-proof glass of the bridge.

With her other, **** arm, she rocked the ship back and forth, breaking free of the sudden ocean ice. The Hard Counter leapt free.

"Ok, that bastard we kill first. THEN we take prisoners!"

A few minutes later, it was done.

Four dead. Not bad for a surprise raid against yet another Drac convoy. But four was still too, too many. The Legion couldn't afford four more gone.

After her break with Harlock and the Forsaken, the Legion had struggled to maintain independence from the larger factions. Aside from some patches of open water and a few rocky archipelagoes, the Legion had no home.

No place to rest. No place to resupply.

Vasquez only knew one strategy. And that was to remain on the offensive. With no home, there was no other course.


***


The two women regarded the prisoner, who coolly watched them back.

"Always forward."

The voice came from a synthesizer attached to the man's neck.

"What did you say to me?"

Zoe gave a nod to Gridiron, who wound up and swung the crowbar into his belly.

He didn't fall. He couldn't, given how they had tied him up.

"You... you say that to your men. It's in your file."

The voice came out of the box evenly, while the man gasped for breath.

"Always forward. Because... because you can't stop. Won't stop."

Gridiron took another swing.

"Because. you. don't. belong. anywhere."

The words ground out of the synth as the man coughed.

Zoe sighed and motioned Gridiron to take another swing.

It was going to be a long interrogation.


***


An icy north wind blasted the walls of the compound on the tiny Draconian-occupied island. The Hard Counter blasted the south side.

Zoe pumped round after round into the Drac trooper as the Hard Counter offshore sent broadsides into the Drac base.

“This base must have been more important than we thought!”

Finally the defender stopped moving. His cracked armored chestplate sparked once, and then went dark.

Zoe looked over. Gridiron was on the ground wrestling with another, her arm broken and limp at her side.

Still, she kept fighting.

That’s what we do best, Zoe thought.

Then Zoe put a round into the Drac soldier's head.

Gridiron released him and slumped over, a **** gash across her throat. Just missed the artery.

“This guy had a screen on him,” Gridiron gasped while Zoe tried to stem the bleeding. “It said something about a map access code. Some **** named ‘High Officer Melatech' has it.”


***


Zoe Vasquez looked at the collection of monitors around her. All her captains stared back at her.

It was a security risk to transmit to all of them at once, but this was important. She was already down Gridiron. She was going to be in the infirmary for weeks after that raid. Zoe needed everyone to know. To focus. This was important.

“At dawn we took down a Drac research hub on some bird-crap-infested rock. That’s not important.”

She flipped a switch, and the screens switched from the battle-scarred men and women of the Legion to something else. A green storm cloud.

“You all know the Glowing Sea, I presume.”

“Yeah,” a voice crackled out of the speaker. Picks, he was called. Another Forsaken that had broken ranks to join her crusade against the Draconians.

“Yeah. Radioactive clouds. Constant storms. Weird-**** mutants. No one goes in or out. Except the Reavers.”

“Until now,” Zoe began, and stopped for a moment as the speakers erupted in curses.

She persisted, “We’re dying out here. We don’t have a base. We don’t have a home.”

The speaker crackled again.

“You ain’t gonna find it in those waters. Just a whole bunch of Reaver fire and mutants.” That was Dano, the local expert on such things.

There was a general chorus of agreement. Zoe gave it a moment, then spoke.

“We’re not going to it. We’re going through it.”

Voices rose again, but she wasn’t having any of it.

“The stories are true. It’s there. The land. The continent.”

Everyone shut up. Zoe could hear the water faintly lapping against the hull breach right outside the reactor deck, it was so quiet.

“The continent is in there. The Drac know about it. They’re planning on some expedition to go there. If they think the legend is true, then it is. Land. Land so far you can’t see the sea.”

A moment of silence, then a single bark of laughter. Picks.

“Screw this, Zoe. You ordering us to go on some raid through radiation, Reavers, storms, Drac and the seas-know-what-else for what? Some kids’ story?”

“No, Picks. I’m not ordering anything. But I am telling you something. I founded the Legion because the Forsaken aren’t willing to do what needs to be done. They aren’t willing to pull the trigger when someone needs to take the shot. You know me, Picks. Dano. Hangfire. The rest of you. You know me. I pull the trigger when it needs doing.”

“So I’m pulling the trigger on this. We don’t have a home. We don’t have any land to call our own. We’re dying in Drac’s seas. In Harlock’s seas. In Isirus’ seas. Where do we go? How do we get stronger?”

“I’ll tell you how. There’s a land out there. A big land, bigger than anything ever seen. And we’re gonna take it. We’re gonna defend it. We’re gonna make it home. Legion’s Home. Our homeland.”

“You thought we were on a crusade before, boys and girls? You ain’t seen a **** thing. I’m pointing the Hard Counter at Vassago’s throat. I’m gonna jam my cannons so far up his **** he’ll be burping gunpowder. And then I’m gonna ask him one question: how do we get to that continent.”

You could hear a rivet drop. She had them.

“And then when I get the coordinates the Hard Counter is going into that storm. It’s going through those Reavers. And it’s gonna KEEP going until it touches land. Then I’m going to get off this goddam boat.”

“Follow, or not. But that’s where I’m going.”

"Because I’ll be home."


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  • Specialist aka Specs
    Specialist aka Specs
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Nov 2012 Posts: 9,395
  • DerpyTheCow
    DerpyTheCow
    Incursion Leader
    Joined Aug 2012 Posts: 1,316

    "Jam my cannons so far up his **** he'll be burping gunpowder"

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  • Shiba
    Shiba
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    Joined Dec 2011 Posts: 3,575
    Not bad I guess..   Someone watched Water World a few too many times though

  • cascat
    cascat
    Skilled Warrior
    Joined Sep 2015 Posts: 354
    i like it well done
  • GD Raikan
    GD Raikan
    BP Game Team
    Joined Jun 2015 Posts: 70
    #TeamZoe
    "Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft." -- Will Smith
  • KrisK
    KrisK
    Master Tactician
    Joined Apr 2012 Posts: 2,499
    Dang, as I was reading this, I imagined a BP movie running in my head.
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  • piratepartisan
    piratepartisan
    Force to be Reckoned With
    Joined Sep 2015 Posts: 1,936
    GD Raikan said:
    #TeamZoe
    when the full book will be out?
  • ariefbs
    ariefbs
    Potential Threat
    Joined Feb 2016 Posts: 66
    Sound to me Zoe is selling BS to her crew just to keep them focus and fall in line.
    :* Waiting for the elite 1% of the players society and or their crony to chime in saying something about refresh / reload / cache or shamming low level player as usual
  • bartenderpho
    bartenderpho
    Minor Nuisance
    Joined Dec 2014 Posts: 191

    This was great. Kudos to whoever took the time and effort to do this.

  • battleaxe253
    battleaxe253
    Minor Nuisance
    Joined Feb 2013 Posts: 112
    A story like this is the kind of thing that can add depth and longevity to the game. My applause to whomever wrote it. Hopefully it will inspire more stories. I know I'll be posting some of my own. Perhaps add a section in the forums devoted to battle pirates stories and put them on the various social media platforms to draw new players.
  • Kaptin Ugrosh
    Kaptin Ugrosh
    Skilled Warrior
    Joined Nov 2011 Posts: 543
    A story like this is the kind of thing that can add depth and longevity to the game. My applause to whomever wrote it. Hopefully it will inspire more stories. I know I'll be posting some of my own. Perhaps add a section in the forums devoted to battle pirates stories and put them on the various social media platforms to draw new players.
    Already exists. Go check out the Fan Creations section of the forum.

    Otherwise, I'll echo your sentiments in saying thanks for this to the person who wrote it.
    "Sir! Permission to call this squad Black Squad, sir!"
    "Denied. We already have fifteen Black Squads, twelve Dark Squads, four Raven Squads, three Midnight Squads, one Sable Squad, one Ebony Squad and one," she glanced at a sheet of paper, "Pink Squad. Yes... we're all a little worried about Pink Squad."
    - Grunts!
  • wing-dang-doodle
    wing-dang-doodle
    Strike-force Captain
    Joined Sep 2012 Posts: 887
    i hope zoe whips me at some point
    you keep whining like me but we are still here, i love broken pixels, how about you
  • KalJericho
    KalJericho
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    Joined Jun 2011 Posts: 95
    Whens the Graphic Novel being released?
  • dan.bast.5
    dan.bast.5
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    Joined Sep 2014 Posts: 50
    Pic's of Gridiron please  :)
  • GrandPaSunshine
    GrandPaSunshine
    Force to be Reckoned With
    Joined Dec 2012 Posts: 1,549
    nice narrative.  would be better if the game play focus's on this part because pvp is going downhill fast.  (almost at the verge of burping ) 
    Just one old man's opinion :)
  • TheGazbeard
    TheGazbeard
    Incursion Leader
    Joined Feb 2013 Posts: 1,106
    Are we being prepped for the next raid cycle?

    Put the above story together with the targets in the Homeland TLC and it's not beyond the realms of possibility.  However, that may require a reconciliation between Forsaken and Legion if they are both to attack Drac targets throughout a raid cycle.

    It also makes me wonder if we will see a version of the old "capture and hold the hub until download complete" style of raids?  It would make a refreshing change from the last year of grind and die raids.
    In a game like BP the hardest targets should be other players, not the AI targets!
  • captaindavyjones39
    captaindavyjones39
    Greenhorn
    Joined Oct 2013 Posts: 7
    SUGGESTION: First of all, Awesome story!! You guys should write and animate more stories like this and post the animation at least two weeks before major events. Also, there should be three major videos (beginning of the year, middle and end) that set the overall tone and direction of the game for the year. It will give the game more depth and you can show off new tech months before it's released to own. Also, the number of players just may increase if you post a series of 'story animations' on YouTube. People will want to play the adventures that they read about. Just a thought. 
  • Grathakar
    Grathakar
    Incursion Leader
    Joined Feb 2012 Posts: 1,162
    Good writting.

    "The avalanche has already begun. It is too late for the pebbles to vote."
  • kixeyeuser_5188810
    kixeyeuser_5188810
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    Joined Jul 2015 Posts: 47
    Cool story line,Lot of potential
  • Wyvern The PinkiePie
    Wyvern The PinkiePie
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Oct 2011 Posts: 3,746
    Nice to see the lore getting more interesting. =3

    Now, what to do with this interesting turn of events... >:3
    Screw the rules, I'm Pinkie Pie. =3
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