Same time, Within the Kixeye fleet...
Aboard his Sea Scorpion Admiral Todd
Dredge watched Jessica McGregor's Fortresses move he'd heard of the
attack on her precious base, he'd hoped she would see sense and
abandon it to support the destruction of the UEF but it appeared not.
"Can we raise McGregor on comm?" He asked watching her
speciality Fortresses accelerate designed for speed, so far they
hadn't taken part in this fight but Todd could have used them later
in the fight.
"No sir" the communications
officer said. Todd watched as the ships pulled out of formation
leaving a gap which UEF forces immediately moved towards he could do
everything in his power to counter them but it was just one problem
he'd encounter. His ships were under supplied due to their long
stretch waiting in Sector 10 for the UEF, some were damaged due to
the UEF's decoy attack launched against the forces there others were
low on fuel due to the long trip to Sector 6. Now he had ships
abandon their posts he shook his head if McGregor survived this
little trip he'd have her executed.
"Pull us out." He ordered
"have as many forces as possible disengage with the UEF and fall
back to Ocean's position." He said, his own fleet of Sea
Scorpions would be easily able to disengage, some of the other units
would as well but he'd lose ships in this, something else he'd have
to thank McGregor for.
Same time, Jessica McGregor's Flagship
"Sir message from flagship, we are
to return to our previous position and prepare for a frontal assault
on the UEF."
"Disregard all communications from
Mr Dredge" Jessica said from her Fortress' central chair "plot
course for Black Box, communications send a single message to them
'it's time to pack'" She ordered "then take us to
communications silence, rig for maximum speed." She ordered,
her Fortresses were designed for speed it was time to show this
accelerating as fast as a Sea Wolf the formation of five ships
slipped into transport formation, one ship behind the next. Their
Siege Cannons were able to dissuade any form of pursuit from the UEF
and from Dredge's forces. "Intelligence, I think it is time for
to open orders plan nine." She said looking over at the
Intelligence Desk and the two crewmen seated there, she remembered
when she used to sit there receiving the orders. She knew what
Orders 9 was while few others did. This time next week her ships may
be plying the shipping lanes as an independent pirate force, she
could imagine worse fates including what would likely happen to those
still with Kixeye at the end.
Shortly after, Captain's Fortress UEF
The Captain stood on the bridge of his
ship watching in amazement as the Kixeye fleet appeared to splinter
then break, it had started with the five Floating Fortresses heading
off on their own. The UEF had moved to take full advantage of this
and charged to fill the gap splitting the Kixeye Corporation fleet,
more UEF ships charged into the gap forcing the gap wider fighters
from the Enterprise heaping further damage on the Kixeye vessels.
This seemed to break up the Kixeye fleet, soon after formations of
Leviathans, Wolves and Fortresses all began break away heading in
their own direction courses all away from the UEF. Some were damaged
enough to retreat but others were in almost pristine condition and
could have fought on for hours. He couldn't understand it the large
Sea Wolf-type ships in the centre of the formation had been firing
missiles constantly for the entire engagement but now even they had
begun to retreat.
"You cowardly bastard" The
Captain said trying not to smile.
"Captain?" Commander Harsell
asked looking over at his commander, now the Captain did smile, for
the first time in weeks one of his crew had used his true rank.
"That cowardly bastard at the
centre of that formation" he same pointing at the now retreating
Sea Scorpions "he can't match us. He can't even stand up to us
or risk losing, instead he engages and retreats." The Captain
said smiling "order all forces to regroup, salvage operations to
commence on any and all damaged vessels, see if the Enterprise can
stay with us, I'd like Duinhir to be with us until the end he's owed
that much, if not offer him guest quarters if any survived the
battle. And send word for our supply ships to make their runs as
soon as they are able, I want to be repaired and ready to sail as
soon as possible." He said making a series of orders he noticed
that the Enterprise had fallen yet further behind the rest of the
fleet, he doubted it could be patched up in time but it had served
them well so far and its commander was due a seat at the final
"The course? Captain" the
commander asked again using the Captain's true rank, it was one of
those types of days everything had its time and place and this was
just such a time.
"We're going to end this war,
pursuit course of those five ships, right to the heart of Kixeye held
territory, no more road stops, no detours, no more targets but them
we're going to end this." The Captain said triumphantly taking
his seat at the centre of the bridge. The Commander stood there for
a moment, bringing himself to full bearing he saluted the Captain
holding the pose for almost a minute before barking a series of
orders. The Captain sat there his eyes barely leaving the screens in
front of him as he watched Kixeye's commander retreat again
whispering a promise to low for anyone else to hear. "Only
surrender or death, no retreat, it's you or me."
"I never found the term ENDGAME
fitting. War is not a game, war is deadly, brutal and sometimes
completely unfair. Anyone who believes war is a game should have
their head examined and take a good long look at life."
- Flag Admiral Artan B Duinhir, Sector
Somewhere over Sector 56,
The winds buffeted the aircraft as it
carried Flag Admiral Artan Duinhir over the Forsaken Seas. Sitting
in the rear seat the Admiral was nothing but a passenger on this
specially built aircraft. Shipped in pieces to the Enterprise it had
been constructed for this one and only flight, it had no weapons to
speak of, limited radar and radio equipment and one massive fuel
tank. According to his engineers the aircraft had been lightened so
much that it could potentially fly from Sector 1 to Sector 100
without stopping. Duinhir was very happy he didn't have to test that
today, what he needed was in Sector 56.
"Admiral, we are over the target
area" the pilot shouted from the forward seat Duinhir looked out
the canopy and saw them below. In the centre was the Hornet, a
sister ship to Enterprise, she was flanked Four Floating Fortresses
one of which would be the Electra his old trusty flagship, further
out there was ten Sea Wolf-type destroyers providing a wider
perimetre. All in all around ninety percent of what remained of the
Admiral's surface fleet, the other two "Flat-top" carriers,
more Sea Wolves and his salvaged Draconian Battle-cruisers and
Battleship would still be in Sector 73 protecting his rebuilding
Island and protecting the remains of his civilian population.
Ir brought a glimmer of hope to Artan
to see the old Electra back making a difference again, Joshua
Holloway had kept her out of sight and out of mind for so long most
had probably missed the fact it had not been in port during Kixeye's
raid, it had survived intact and operational fighting Holloway's war.
"I'm taking us down Admiral, I suggest you assume the crash
position, this could get a little hairy." The pilot warned,
Duinhir hated not being able to do anything but this was well beyond
his expertise ducking down he braced himself for the worse. Moments
later there was an impact and a screech from the aircraft's wheels as
they impacted the Hornet's deck there was a strange but immediate
sense that someone had grabbed the tail at the rear of the aircraft
and was pulling back as the plane slowly slowed in momentum.
The landing was not world class but the
aircraft was intact and both of them were able to walk away from it
which from what Duinhir had seen of his "great experiment"
was not something to ignore. His people had done an awesome job in
bringing aircraft back to the forces of the Forsaken and the aircraft
aboard Enterprise had been decisive so far in countering the aircraft
deployed by Kixeye.
Moving deep into the bowls of the ship
Duinhir was far more at home, after spending nearly a year aboard
Enterprise as part of the UEF fleet he knew the corridors of Hornet
like the back of his hand. The ship was nearly identical to
Enterprise even after the battle damage both ships had taken during
their service and the various repair jobs. He entered one of the
main briefing rooms near the centre of the ship a marine guard
shouted "Flag Admiral Duinhir entering!" As he moved into
the room, at the table near the centre of the room he found Admiral
Joshua Holloway and the ship's commander Captain John Ezchukwu the
towering olive skinned man dwarfed both superior officers, both men
saluted Duinhir as he approached which he smartly returned before
extending his arm.
"Mr Holloway, it's been a long
time." He greeted as Holloway met him shaking his hand. "I
see you've recovered?" He asked looking at Holloway during
their time apart Joshua had ran a few operations of his own using the
Electra and Hornet as his main base of operations, staying away from
Duinhir's island he'd aimed to minimising the association the ship
had with the place trying to avoid retribution strikes. During one
such operation the Electra had been set ablaze by Draconian boarding
forces as the crew fought a brutal hand-to-hand battle, Holloway had
been caught in an explosion and received extensive burns to his back
and arms, since then Holloway had recruited dozens of people foreign
from the Admiral's island as he and his crew recovered from the
"Mostly, sir, although still
tender in places." He admitted Duinhir nodded he'd known Joshua
Holloway for a long time, sometimes the man acted on instinct before
using his brain but more often than not he turned out to be one
hundred percent right which gave Duinhir a lot of time for the man.
"Sir, we're in position over the facility" he said turning
to the table, Captain Ezchukwu manipulated the controls and a
holographic representation of the Hornet appeared above the table
Duinhir was impressed perhaps Hornet did have a surprise or two over
the Enterprise. The image zoomed out showing the Hornet near the top
above a moving line which represented the surface of the sea, under
it four smaller images hovered over a structure. "As you can
see our Predators are holding position over it acting as defence and
as our eyes."
"Is our prize intact?"
Duinhir asked feverishly this one question would determine the value
of this operation and perhaps the outcome of the war.
"It would appear so, Admiral.
There will be some work required to do but it should be ready."
Holloway confirmed on the hologram the structure was now marked with
a yellow trefoil symbol, the age old recognisable symbol for
radiation, a nuclear facility.
UEF fleet, Sector 3,
All resistance from Kixeye appeared to
have fallen to pieces with nearly all their forces abandoning their
bases and operations falling back to Sector 1. The UEF had been
allowed to continue on nearly completely unmolested gathering numbers
as they moved with further ships arriving with the supply convoys.
Unlike the outnumbered fleet that had faced Kixeye in Sector 6 the
UEF now numbered nearly seven hundred fleets of ships over one
thousand individual ships and their crews, it was a gigantic armada
which the seas had never seen. Not all the ships would see the final
battle, some were too badly damaged and would be forced to return
home, others were supply vessels making their final runs before
others were ready almost itching to deliver the final blow against
Kixeye's Headquarters the massive ship known as Ocean.
"To attack Kixeye's Headquarters
en-masse would be detrimental to our success." The Captain
explained, "we need to approach Ocean just like we have
approached Blackheart and the others that have stood and fallen
against this fleet." He said around the table were the senior
commanders of the fleet minus Admiral Duinhir who had chosen to leave
the fleet with the Enterprise instead of remaining as a passenger
aboard another ship. The Captain had been sorry to see him leave but
understood his choice he wanted to make sure the crippled carrier
made it home.
Following Duinhir leaving the Captain
had privately wondered if he could serve on another ship he'd become
quite attached to this vessel and had a feeling he'd be like a
captain of old taking the ship to the depths. "Instead we will
break into individual battle groups each with an assigned task. If
each of us attend to our duties we will be successful." He
promised, there was few things in war that could be guaranteed but
the Captain was certain that they could not be stopped. "Task
Force Alpha, commanded by the Commodore Rick will strike at these two
Battle Barges and their defences." The Captain said circling the
Battle Barges attached one end of the massive ship Ocean he said
glancing at the first forsaken pirate he'd met all those months, no
"Not much of a target." Rick
complained although the Captain knew he was probably wanting to
complain more about the honour UEF rank than the mission, the Captain
"Trust me, Commodore" he said
making Rick as uncomfortable with it as the Captain himself felt
"there is more to it, your forces will then rally here with the
Legionaries as a ready reserve force." He said circling another
part of the map turning to Admiral Johnson. "Admiral, we haven't
fought with you much, I'd rather your remaining forces were in a
position to go with the flow of combat. If any particular Task Force
is struggling you are free to assist or you rendezvous with Rick's
people. As an official member of the UEF I'd ask you to defer to his
"Of course Commodore" the
Admiral said using the Captain's UEF rank. "We have been ordered
to do anything that you command." He said neutrally glancing at
Rick "I have heard of Commodore Rick by reputation only an
honourable man, for a pirate, I believe from your Sector 73 also?"
The Captain nodded "we will support his efforts where possible.”
"Task Force Beta, commanded by
Commodore Simon Hell will do the opposite of Rick's forces and
eliminate these two Battle Barges and draw their defences out of
position." He said drawing a third map circle creating a third
"Why have three reserve points?"
Hell asked "shouldn't we all go on the offence, once our
objectives are made."
"I'll explain" The Captain
said continuing "Task Force Gamma, under command of Admiral
Alacamenous Duinhir will be stationed here." He said drawing yet
another position on the map this one far from battle.
"Commodore, please my father may
have been forced to retreat but my people are fully ready for combat
and committed to this cause." The younger Duinhir protested the
Captain knew that Alacamenous had offered his father a position
aboard his vessel which he'd also refused.
"I know Alan" he said using
Alacamenous' given name "your force will be committed to one
thing, anti-air protection. Ocean is a floating airstrip far larger
than the Enterprise or her sisters. This thing is a monster more than
likely full of aircraft. Your ships are covered in missiles with
extended fuel cells and sophisticated targeting systems perfect for
anti-air defence, I need your people to keep their fighters off me."
The Captain stressed, Ocean was the site of KIXEYE's power he knew it
also had to be the home of their air forces and these forces would be
capable of turning the battle against them without a counter.
"If we have no evidence of
aircraft may we join you in the main assault?" Alacamenous asked
almost pleading, he was young and needed tempered by time. The
Captain intended on giving him that needed time.
"Negative you will rendezvous at
this point and form reserve four, and if able provide counter fire
against Ocean's guns." The Captain said raising his hand to
forestall an argument. "Gentlemen, all of KIXEYE's forces have
recalled to Sector 1 but Todd has a force smaller than that he had in
Sector 6. I smell a rat, a trap bigger than we've encountered so far.
I don't intend on falling into it." He said drawing a final
circle around the largest of the ships on the table "this is
Task Force Omega, it will be under my direct command. We will assault
Ocean directly and counter this formation of ships." He said
pointing at a small group of ships closest to Ocean.
"How do you know they won't be
drawn away by either Rick's or my own attack?" Hell asked.
"Because this fleet is commanded
by the same man who led the force in Sector 6 and he doesn't want to
face us in combat." The Captain said being more polite about his
opponent than he had been previously on the bridge of his Fortress.
"Commodore, I do not mean to
offend but there are others in this fleet that has more fire-power
that may be able to complete this mission better than you." Rick
said trying to remain diplomatic, he was right the Captain's ships
were not the toughest but this was something the Captain had to do.
"Two more Floating Fortresses and
two Leviathans with extended cell missiles arrive with the fleet
tomorrow. They will augment my current Fortress and Leviathan force."
He said two of his Leviathans were already on their way home due to
battle damage although this would take the Captain's personal force
to seven ships. He wasn't looking forward to coordinating them but
the numbers would make up his fire-power nicely. "We will be
ready, Ocean will fall in two days time."
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Ocean, Sector 1
"You are an absolute disgrace."
Admiral Dredge said staring down at his son. "Not only did the
UEF break your force in Sector 6 you retreat further scattered our
forces! You couldn't even hold them together!" His father
shouted angrily "you are hear-by reduced in rank to Captain, I
will leave you in command of your Sea Scorpions, please prove your
worth in command of these craft."
"Father..." Todd began but
saw the Admiral's face darken "sir, McGregor left our forces,
she gave the UEF the opportunity it needed to strike us. With UEF
forces inside our lines I had no choice but to fall back reorganise
and prepare for the next battle."
"McGregor, was following my
orders, she has...." he paused covering up details Todd was not
privy to "other problems to deal with." He said Jessica
McGregor's force was currently embattled with the Legionaries in
Sector 6 at her so called secret Intelligence Headquarters. Dredge
hadn't heard from her since her Fortress squadron engaged the enemy
forces, for a dead alliance they had truly returned with vengeance.
"Sir, the UEF now approach here,
when does Ocean move?" He asked normally when someone got close
enough to threaten the massive twenty-one thousand ton vessel would
change position keeping KIXEYE's leadership from danger and
"We are going nowhere."
Dredge told his son "I have ordered all your auxiliary forces to
fall back here and support us. I have heard nothing from Daemonicus?"
"He betrayed us, his fleet charged
mine in Sector 6, his ships mixed with ours then the UEF attacked, I
am unsure if he was killed or not."
"If he didn't then he'll be
another loose end to tie up." Dredge said shaking his head he'd
thought his son was ready, perhaps he'd been wrong. "The rest
are falling back from Sector 10-15 to support us. They will fall onto
the UEF's back, between their anvil and our hammer we will crush
"When will our reinforcements
arrive?" Todd asked
"If they remain in Sector 3, their
first elements will be on them in two days if the UEF travel here
three days." Dredge said, now it was back to a waiting game, the
UEF had forced their hand by coming here now KIXEYE Corporation would
survive as an entity on the high seas or it would survive as it had
the years before the floods as an entity behind closed doors. Dredge
had already made plans, KIXEYE Corporation would survive Jessica
McGregor's Project Black Box was just part of the contingency, even
if she failed Dredge had sowed the seeds for his people, and his plan
UEF Fleet, Sector 2. Captain's Fortress
The two days ticked by slowly the
Captain went over the plan one hundred times and put out what seemed
like a dozen bush fires amongst his UEF allies as tempers frayed and
nerves began to show. The fleet sailed through Sector 3 and into
Sector 2 without a single challenge, in these sectors they found
destroyed island after the next. Without anything pressing to concern
himself with he'd taken to spending time with Rachel and his young
daughter Jaylen, although he knew their being here would endanger
their lives he was glad for it now, here at the end.
"It'll be over quicker than we
know then we can go back to our lives." Rachel sad trying to
keep his spirits up, she was a bright light in his life. She'd always
seen the bright side of things even when they were both injured
following Blackheart's attack, she had reminded him almost daily that
it was that attack and the injuries they sustained that brought them
"It will be over one way or the
other" he said quietly Jaylen now almost two years was growing
fast crawling everywhere moving faster than the Captain could walk
and she was into everything. The Captain had thought a raiding pirate
was inquisitive but they had nothing on his daughter. By the time
they returned home the Captain had visions of her running around the
Fortress. The Captain made a mental note to have the engineers make
safe his quarters rounding off sharp edges and such. "I need you
both to remain below during the attacks behind as much armour and
bulkhead as you can find." He said looking at his wife who
offered him a smile.
"I helped Owen complete the
designs on this thing, I know what makes her tick and where to go
during a fight. Won't make much difference anyway one spark of the
ammo and this thing will go up like a rocket." She reminded him
the Captain had to admit she was right if the Shockwave mortar ammo
was hit they'd be dead, but so far the ship's luck had held, just a
"If we get boarded, I have a squad
of marines with orders to get you off the ship and into open seas.
Cougar's wolves or one of our allies will pick you up." He said
still worrying about the details of battle, an experienced combat
veteran now even he should know that rarely does plans survive a
coming battle, especially when there were other forces acting.
Fortress Electra, Sector 56
It was time. Duinhir's engineers had
done everything in their power to make the facility operational and
it's single missile active. Some of them had spent nearly nine days
straight underwater in the submerged facility. According to all
reports they were ready to launch "direct all ships to clear the
launch path, I don't want anyone caught by this thing's wake."
"Sir, incoming surface contacts!"
One of the crewmen shouted before anyone could even answer Duinhir's
"Cancel launch orders."
Duinhir said looking at Holloway "what are they?"
"It appears to be a group of
forsaken ships" he answered looking at the radar readouts
"fighter CAP, confirms a group of thirty Forsaken Warships."
"Hail from the lead vessel."
The communication's officer announced activating the bridge speakers
"I repeat this is the Forsaken
Loyalists, Admiral Duinhir, you will stand down operations
immediately or be considered a hostile and eliminated." The
female voice said, her voice seemed familiar but it was so distorted
Duinhir couldn't place the name. He reached for the controls to reply
to the communications then remembered he was aboard the Electra and
she didn't have all the technical improvements his other ships had,
reaching above his head he grabbing the hand microphone.
"This is Admiral Artan Duinhir,
who do you think you are ordering me to stand down?" He asked
annoyed he was a pirate, he did as he chose no-one ordered him around
like an underling.
"Your wife." She replied
Duinhir was stunned, was he so far removed that he couldn't even
recognise is own wife's voice? "I know what your plan is Artan,
I won't let you do it." Duinhir's mind was racing Rowen had been
attacked by KIXEYE as well she knew their destructive power, how
could she stop him now? His mind raced where did she find the ships
for this interference?
"It has to be done."
"You will kill them all their
people, our people, your own son. I won't let you do it, and others
agree with me. If your ships attempt to clear a launch zone we will
blockade it, if you try to defend it we will attack you."
"Rowen..." he began to argue
but couldn't find the words, his own wife had turned against him,
through everything they had suffered, it was the last thing he'd
"We can destroy her force."
Holloway cautioned Duinhir before he made a choice "we have the
air power and the ships. Our crews are more experienced our weapons
more powerful. And I can have reinforcements here to support us when
"She is my wife" Duinhir said
angrily at Holloway, of all the things he wouldn't do was fire on the
one person he loved and who loved him back. Grabbing the microphone
he tried to speak again "Captain Rowen, what do you suggest we
do instead? KIXEYE cannot be allowed to prevail."
"Replace the warhead with a
conventional one, trust your son and his allies." She said her
ships continued to close the Electra's sensors identified each ship
as carrying short range weapons and noted that all the ships were
targeting Duinhir's ships. He almost smiled, one reason this weapon
had not been used was because of the strategy that involved it. Known
as M.A.D it stood for Mutually Assured Destruction, the idea being
that if someone used this weapon others would use their and destroy
them in an equally devastating counter attack. Although his opponent
did not have the weapons to match Duinhir in destructive capability
they did have enough to destroy his forces in the coming battle
despite Holloway's assurances.
"That could take days." He
protested, he knew her answer before the reply even came. “We do
not have the time!”
"It would be time well spent and
time for your son to succeed."
Alacamenous flagship, UEF fleet, Sector
For years Alan Duinhir had been in his
father's shadow, simply put his father had more fire-power,
experience and in some cases more drive than his son. When his
father's Enterprise had retreated Alan had offered his father a place
on his ship, it was the right thing to do, but when he'd refused the
younger Duinhir was quietly pleased. Finally he'd have a chance to
make his mark without his father's presence. Now however he was again
in the shadows this time from the Captain of Michaels Island who had
as much drive and motivation as his father if not more.
Alan respected the man, he couldn't not
respect him, he'd come from nowhere and brought down a pirate lord
who had troubled two sectors by sheer force of will and personality.
He'd forged the UEF by carefully selecting allies who would support
the same goals, Alan himself included, and he'd focused them all on a
common enemy. But now in those last days when Admiral Alan
"Alacamenous" Duinhir had his chance to take the fight to
the enemy, to force KIXEYE to its knees, he had been reduced to a
support role. The Captain's arguments that Alan's ships were designed
for long range combat were completely correct, Alacamenous liked
missiles he had wolves, leviathans and fortresses all with missiles
all very destructive all very capable. But the role he'd been given
eliminating KIXEYE's air threat was a limited one, one that would
offer little glory.
Sitting in his quarters he quietly
wondered if anyone ever wrote a story what would the story of the
great Admiral Alacamenous Duinhir be, would he be the man who's ships
were instrumental in the destruction of KIXEYE Corporation or would
he be the footnote? Always overshadowed by other pirates in the
history of the Forsaken. Could he live with being a footnote? Or
would he stand up and be counted when it mattered more than anything
else? The time on the clock struck 06:00 he'd gotten no sleep, the
alarm rang echoing against the bulkhead, it was time for the attack
"It is the actions not words of a
man that define him."
- Admiral Alan "Alacameonous"
Duinhir, Sector 73
UEF, Sector One
Ocean was massive, even at a distance,
the Captain could see the remains of the ship that was once part of
the British Royal Navy before the world went to hell. He could see
where Kixeye had added storage areas to the front and aft of the
vessel where a construction and maintenance shipyard had been added
to one side of the vessel and a where a docking and resupply area had
been added to the other. These additions had made the ship nearly
twice its previous size making its ancient engines unable to
effectively move the vessel Kixeye Corporation had added four Battle
Barges to the vessel allowing it to move while two Leviathans had
been added along the sides of the shipyard and docking area adding
armour and and defensive weapons the bulk of these vessels added to
the size and width of the massive vessel. Finally along the vessel's
huge flat topped hull there were additional missile, cannon and
mortar turrets as well as flak and anti-mortar emplacements. One
side of Ocean was a large cargo carrier vessel half the size of Ocean
but still massive, it carried hundreds of containers stacked up on
the decks almost like bricks. The other vessel looked like a
floating shipyard covered in cranes and gridders everything one would
need to build a ship at sea.
Their main target was as massive as the
Captain had feared, and as heavily armed, a tough nut to crack. As
the UEF approached from the upper deck of Ocean four attack
helicopters raised into the air. Unlike the tilt-rotor aircraft
previously seen these were traditional helicopters like those seen
previously over Michaels Island a single rotor over a double cockpit,
two stubby wings carrying missiles and a single large cannon under
the cockpit. Further out UAV craft circled the vessel creating a
"Task Force Omega, Alpha and Beta
move to first stations. Task Force Gamma first targets in play."
The Captain transmitted to the other formations. From the flanks of
the Captain's force both Commodores Rick and Hell brought their
forces forward engaging the Leviathans and Battle Barges along the
flanks and at either ends of the Ocean's hull. Missiles and mortar
fire engaged from both sides ships on both sides took hits as
additional Leviathan, Battle Barge and Floating Fortresses moved to
assist in the Ocean's defence. Ships commanded by Captains Buk and
Alex War assigned to the two Task Forces fell out of formation or
were completely destroyed by the Kixeye counter fire. Over them all
missile fire from Alacamenous' Task Force Gamma filled the air
cutting two of Kixeye's helicopters and several UAVs from the sky,
the remaining aircraft tried to keep as close to the waves as
possible under Alacamenous' cover fire.
Sector 56, Command Fortress Electra
"We've had reports that the UEF
have engaged Kixeye Corporation forces within Sector 1 possibly
against Ocean itself. Our new high altitude recon aircraft are on
their way." Admiral Joshua Holloway said entering the bridge,
Duinhir almost smiled he hadn't been aware the special project
aircraft were operational yet. "We've completed removal of all
but one of the warheads on the missile, we can use the others
later..." He said his voice trailing off as he saw Duinhir was
staring at one of the monitors. "I assume Captain Rowen has
refused to back down?"
"She has continued to remain
against our plan to launch." Duinhir confirmed, Joshua shook
his head remembering when they were all together in the Old Republic,
thinking of Duinhir's plan for the future and what could happen.
"She continues to hold position along with the other Forsaken
“That could be a problem."
Holloway said quietly "now that the missile is prepared, we can
launch when ready." He said stepping in front of Duinhir
"frighten her off." he urged.
"She's still my wife."
Duinhir said quietly "I won't kill her unless I have to."
It was a line he didn't want to cross "have our special squadron
move into position." he ordered looking at Holloway, "I
will try to reason with her again. Have launch control ready, as
soon as we move they are to launch."
"If she doesn't move..."
Holloway asked leaving the question asked
"I'll make her" he confirmed
Holloway nodded and headed away from the Flag Admiral who reached up
for the microphone it was still strange after so long on the
Enterprise and his Draconian vessels to have a phone on a cord again.
"Enterprise Actual to Captain Rowen."
"As a Flag officer of the Old
Republican Guard I order you to stand down."
"The Republic is gone Artan, stop
living in the past, it fell most of its members dead and buried. We
are now all Forsaken just pirates." She said it pained him to
hear her speak in such a defeatist tone. "Our only chance is
for Kixeye to be defeated by the UEF."
"And my plan guarantees it!"
Artan screamed into the phone.
"At the cost of our son's life."
Rowan reminded him.
"Did you know it was his Slayers
that made finding the facility possible?" Duinhir said "he
knew all about the plan and he agrees with it."
"Did he know about the part where
you run away with Joshua?" Rowan taunted him Duinhir had asked
his son to join them but he'd refused he wouldn't abandon the UEF.
He said it was his place to be and whatever Duinhir had to do he
would understand. The Admiral hated that this was the choice left to
him but what needed to be done needed to be done.
"The Republic must continue!"
Artan shouted finally losing patience with her did she not
understand he was the Republic's last hope. "Captain Rowan, you
and all Forsaken Loyalist forces get one chance, stand down or I open
"We aren't going anywhere. Burn
your last bridge." Rowan replied it was a defiant call that
Duinhir understood if he fired she'd want nothing to do with him ever
again. Duinhir returned the phone to its holder.
"Sir, burst comm. signal from
Rowan's flagship, unknown destination." The communication's
That broke it for Duinhir one last
betrayal from his wife. "Joshua, give the command weapons
released, Helm all ships push forward." He ordered Joshua began
to call our commands, behind and around Rowan's fleet four
Dreadnoughts appeared from almost nowhere all four were equipped with
a new weapon in Duinhir's arsenal high-speed rail-cannons the
hyper-velocity slugs slammed into the rear of Rowan's formation as
the Wolves and Fortresses of Duinhir's fleet pushed forward. To
either side of the Loyalists Stalker and Slayer Submarines engaged
the Loyalist forces. "I want any survivors recovered if
possible." Duinhir said quietly as he watched Rowan's flagship
torn open by a massive impact. The new weapon was developed to be
housed on a base emplacement, only the Dreadnoughts captured by
Joshua were capable of housing them each weapon took up two
conventional weapon turrets and they made it nearly impossible for
the ship to move and fire at the same time but they were devastating
weapons. Even with only four ships equipped with them Duinhir's
forces would tear the Loyalists to pieces.
As Duinhir's forces pressed forward the
Loyalists began to buckle and break, behind Duinhir's fleet the
Peacemaker X Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) launched from
under the waves it's solid fuel booster pushing it out of the water
on a ballistic trajectory towards Sector 1. The bridge if the
Electra erupted into cheers and applause but the Admiral could not
join them "forgive me, my son." was all he could whisper
watching the rear monitors as the missile raised into the atmosphere.
UEF Fleet, Athens, Sector 1
Although he hated being in a reserve
position Admiral Alacamenous understood the Captain's plan and could
see wisdom in his Task Force's mission so far they had swatted eight
Kixeye manned aircraft and twice as many UAVs from the sky. And
they had kept their enemies in position unable to flee with Task
Forces Alpha, Beta and the Legionaries helping there was no-way any
of the Kixeye forces could escape.
Task Force Omega was pushing the attack
now closing on the Sea Scorpion fleet they'd encountered in Sector 6
and the Ocean herself. The massive Behemoth was on fire in many
places and couldn't move it was a sitting duck. Most of its defences
had been damaged or disabled by the other Task Force elements during
their initial attacks. If the Sea Scorpion's could be stopped then
Kixeye's Headquarters would fall against the massed forces of the UEF
they had no chance it was only time now. Even from his distant
position Alacamenous could see that the Captain's plan had always
been to safeguard as many as possible but still guarantee the end of
Kixeye Corporation. His forces had taken the heaviest damage of them
all and he was making one last push under their covering fire.
"Sir, burst communication from
Captain Rowen." the Comm. officer called out passing it to
Alacamenous' screens, he scanned the message quickly, which was brief
almost immediately he was on his feet.
"Helm alter course fifteen degrees
to starboard. Communications to all Task Force Gamma units cease
fire. Repeat CEASE FIRE!” He bellowed surprising everyone
“Immediately reconfigure weapons to long range dispersal fire.
Flak fire coordinates to follow." He said moving to the map
table looking at Sector 56 then at Sector 1. He input some commands
then send the coordinates to firing control. "Weapons
coordinates sent fire when ready. Communications distribute as
needed." To his crew's credit no-one questioned his orders
instead moving the massive Fortress to it's new position.
"How many barrages?" The
crewmen asked still reconfiguring the weapons firing control.
"Until our magazines are dry,
Communications copy to all units in this task force. Copy it to all
other task forces." Alacamenous ordered hoping he'd been quick
enough. He knew the plan, but now they didn't need it, his father
didn't know how much they'd accomplished without their final
solution. Alacamenous wondered what it had cost his mother to send
the message when she had and how far his father had gone with his
master plan. Had he seen the birth of the new tyrant of the waves or
UEF Fleet, Task Force Omega, Sector 1
As Omega moved forward they moved as a
pyramid of fire with the Captain's augmented fleet of three
Fortresses and four Leviathans leading the way, followed by four
Dreadnoughts from Captain Nine-won-three and PBO, behind them
Fortresses of Christopher Seaking and Mark Red and behind them dozens
of Wolves, Battle Barges and even Marauders from nearly everyone of
the 500 Sectors. The Captain had seen ships from all over the globe
travel here to join them proving the UEF was not just one rebel
sector it was everyone raising up to say their oppressors could no
longer continue down the same path. The Draconians were still
powerful and numerous but the Forsaken could manage them now it was
"Helm all ahead" he ordered
the entire formation began to move. Around them Kixeye helicopters
buzzed Task Force Omega "see if Gamma can give us more cover."
He called out as the ships continued to move forward, the two Thud
Leviathans were torn to pieces by the defence barrages of the
remaining core Kixeye formation the ships following them pushed
through past the wrecks the Captain focused on the flame painted
vessels that had avoided him since Sector 6.
"Sir Task Force Gamma has ceased
it's barrage!" Someone shouted as the Fortress rocked under
fire "they are targeting... the sky!" The Captain looked
at the screens which confirmed the warning, he was tempted to
counter-order Alacamenous but he knew the man must have a reason.
"Alacamenous knows what he's
doing" the Captain said as the Fortress took further hits from
the remaining helicopters, UAVs and turrets of Ocean "Helm, we
need more speed, weapons target those ships as soon as we are in
range." He ordered pointing at the flame painted vessels.
Fire from both sides intensified ships fell out of formation mangled
beyond recognition, others burned white covered in flame. Alongside
them several Kixeye vessels also drifted with no power taking on
Kixeye Defence Fleet, Sea Scorpion
Prime, Sector 1
The entire battle had flashed past in
no time at all Todd thought if you blinked you would have missed it.
Now it was coming too close to home directly opposite his forces.
The front formation was led by the same ship that had pushed him in
Sector 6 and now hounded them here. Behind them other forces of the
UEF were arrayed Kixeye would fall today however Todd did not plan on
following them. As the formation of UEF vessels continued to close
Todd watched as the missile ships began to fire into the skies
filling the sky with fire.
"There is out gap!" He said
triumphantly, our ships can outstretch those against us, we have a
chance to live..." Todd whispered however looking at their
faces he could see that they were not willing to run, there were
civilians aboard Ocean families of the crew. "I didn't want to
live forever" he quickly added regaining his composure. "Helm,
all ahead full, we'll tear through them." he ordered the Sea
Scorpion was in effect a more armoured, better armed Sea Wolf and
they acted like the smaller vessel shooting forward at speed larger
vessels simply could not match. Behind them the remaining Kixeye
Floating Fortress guard fleets followed guns blazing.
Missiles, cannons and mortars from both
sides slammed their opposition, the four Leviathans escorting the
three Fortresses at the front of the UEF formation were tossed aside
cut to pieces by missile and cannon fire from Todd's ships, their
destruction exposed the remaining ships to fire however had cost
Todd's force three of their Sea Scorpions. More fire from the UEF
massing against them told all the story Todd needed to know he was
doomed to fail. Even as he ordered his ship into a suicidal charge
against the lead fortress he knew then end was close. Behind this
force was another, and another, and another...
Captain's Fortress, UEF, Sector 1
"Commodore the last ship is
charging us! They are trying to ram!" one of the watch officers
shouted across the bridge the Captain looked, the last battered flame
painted Kixeye ship was supported by six Fortresses.
"Have PBO and Nine-won-three
engage the starboard opponents, Seaking and Red to engage the port.
We will take the last ship" the Captain said his ship was
battered weapons and armour destroyed by weapons fire but he wouldn't
back down not now, not this close. Ocean's guns had all but fallen
silent now, long range missile fire from the Legionaries Reserve
force had silenced them.
"Incoming airborne target!! It's
massive." Another officer shouted, most of the Kixeye's
helicopters and UAVs were destroyed, maybe they had left their last
surprise until the end.
"Show me" the Captain
ordered, external cameras were down all the captain could see was a
heat signature moving rapidly towards the centre of Sector 1 it's
altitude was all wrong and its speed too fast for anything Kixeye had
developed. "What on earth...?"
Over Sector 1, ICBM S137PMX
Launched from Sector 56 the Peacemaker
X ICBM had flown in an arced trajectory its booster engines slowly
breaking of as it reached its peak altitude and began its decent.
The small computer brain controlling the weapon went about its task
without a care. The builders of the weapon had been careful and
methodical in their programming of the intelligence that controlled
the missile and its payload. Although it was not a true Artificial
Intelligence it could adapt to make sure it hit its programmed
target. For many years the missile had been left untouched,
unvisited, until recently where it had been brought back to life,
finally the missile would fulfil its purpose. For some reason the
humans had modified the missiles payload removing several of the
warheads encased in its nose cone, fortunately they had left enough
for the computer to complete its primary mission to deliver a nuclear
detonation on target. They had finally decided to launch the missile
hours after arming the warhead only for the missile to find itself
launched through water instead of the air it had expected. The solid
fuel boosters had taken longer to force the missile through the thick
water than it would thin air but then it had soon been airborne
destined for its target.
"TARGET CHANGED POSITION - NEW
COORDINATES 432,671" the sensors detected, within a nano-second
the computer had deducted the corrections.
"Fire thruster 1, 2 second burst"
the computer ordered, the missile followed it's commands and
effortlessly slipped through the air.
"TARGET REAQUIRED." Moments
later however another sensor beeped "OBSTRUCTION IN PATH, ALTER
COURSE OR RISK DAMAGE TO PAYLOAD, TARGET LOST. REAQUIRE, REAQUIRE."
The computer analysed the obstruction hundreds of detonating
warheads in the atmosphere, probably not enough to damage the missile
but maybe enough to spoilt the direct hit. The computer quickly made
"Fire thruster 3, 3 seconds,
reacquire target and compensate." The missile began to shift
but something went wrong Thruster 3 refused to fire, damaged during
the missile's water launch. The computer brain compensated ordering
the missile to roll and use another thruster but it was too late the
missile ploughed through the exploding missiles. The Computer lost
all connection to the missile, the tiny brain unable to control its
decent had only one option. "Fire final stage."
"FIRING, IMPACT SIXTY SECONDS,
FIFTY-NINE..." the countdown began, if the missile had been
human it would have felt the massive G-forces being put on the
missile by the firing of the last booster, instead the computer had
nothing to do but wait.
The seconds ticked down slowly and
finally impact. Water! The computer controlling the missile would
have screamed if it had lungs, and could understand, it had missed
its target instead hitting water. As it plunged into the water the
engines cut out, the missile could detonate now any time instead it
would follow its orders and wait thirty seconds after impact. The
missile was designed to burrow deeply into the ground before
detonating, it would have likely torn through its target and exploded
in water anyway but now sinking into the water the computer only had
one thing to do.
"Execute final sequence
authorization: GOODNIGHT" the computer ordered it was a simple
code for a brain controlling a weapon intended for so much
destruction. Roughly sixty metres below the water, less than one
hundred metres from its target, the 300-kiloton warhead exploded.
"We have been called many things
friends, allies, family, enemies, nemesis, but in then end we are all
The Captain, Sector 73
15 Years later, Senior Classroom,
Michaels Island, Sector 73
Everyone had heard this story a
thousand times from a thousand mouths however this was the first time
that it had come from someone who was so closely connected to the
origin of Michaels Island's introduction to the world they lived in,
so close to those who had made the decisions that had shaped the
early Draconian and the Kixeye Corporation conflicts. The classroom
sat stunned, the teacher almost smiled his star pupil had pulled off
a master-class presentation, it was easily the highest mark of the
day for presentation now he wondered how she would deal with the
questions. Presenting a story was important being able to justify it
was another matter it often made this part of the lesson interesting
especially if the pupil did well.
"What happened to them?" Paul
asked sitting near the front the ginger headed boy always ready for a
quick comment or to bring someone down, this time asking an honest
question. "I mean to the Duinhirs, Dr Rachel and the others...
were they all killed."
"Some were." Steven said
grimly answering the question "they died horrible deaths, burned
alive by radiation and with fire that would not go out. Others
drowned unable to fill their lungs with air." He said there
were screams from other students as Steven began to become more
"Steven, be quiet, your
presentation was yesterday. It is Jaylen's turn to answer
questions." The teacher said looking back to the young woman
standing at the front of the class "please continue."
"Thank you" she said
graciously "as Steven said, some died. The explosion from the
nuclear warhead was massive beyond anything anyone had seen since the
world war, the water had dampened the explosion but not by much.
Instead it created somewhere for the pressure to build up the
explosion created a tidal wave the washed over all the remaining
Kixeye and UEF forces present. The water outright sank some ships
smashing them to pieces others it crippled beyond repair, hundreds
upon hundreds died, some just washed completely off their vessels.
Ocean Kixeye's massive base ship was crippled by the explosion and
wave half overturned by the blast the ship took on so much water that
Kixeye abandoned her to the sea. Admiral Dredge head of Kixeye's
defence was killed, on the UEF's side both Mark Red and Christopher
Seaking, the Captain's who had supported the Captain's ship to the
end, were killed, Captain Alex War and Sub-master Angelique both
supporting Alacameonous's forces were also killed as the wave carried
on snapping Angelique's subs like twigs while sinking Alex War's
entire war fleet none of them to be seen again.
"The wave continued on swamping
multiple Forsaken islands, Kixeye bases and Draconian Outposts as it
went. The biggest wave known to mankind devastated the area,
thousands paid for it not just our enemies." She said raising
her arms to take them all in. "As for the Duinhirs, Admiral
Artan Bacius Duinhir formed the New Republic based on O'ahu island.
The ancient Hawaiian Islands had raised during a massive volcanic
explosion during the great flood. He his wife Rowen Duinhir and much
of her surviving crew as a traitors to the Republic and installed
Joshua Holloway as his Warlord commander while Duinhir styles himself
as President of the New Republic."
"And Alacamenous?" Another
asked "he didn't die? He was my favourite character!"
"Alacamenous survived the tsunami
however his warship fleets were crippled, he disappeared for a about
three years. Some believe he joined his father's New Republic
instead when he returned he reformed his mother's Forsaken Loyalists
which continues to oppose many of the things his father's New
Republic tried to put in place. Soon after Alacamenous' return his
mother also reappeared in public giving up all claims to a pirate
fleet she joined Alacamenous on his island and attempted to organise
efforts to oppose the Republic." She said pausing briefly "ever
since a cold war..." she glanced at the teacher making sure it
was the right term when he nodded she continued "a cold war has
existed between the Loyalists and the Republic. Although they rarely
come to blows they are opposed to each other's policies. We and
other forces of Sector 73 have found ourselves in the middle of their
conflict even as the Draconians and Reavers continue to attack our
islands." Another student raised his hand a question already
playing on his features "Yes Allan?" She asked ready for
the next question already she'd been asked more questions than anyone
else during their talk however the teacher had not stopped them.
"Dr Rachel McManus" he began
thinking carefully Jaylen remained silent "she is your mother?"
It was part a statement part a question Jaylen blushed slightly as
the truth was revealed. "You were the baby in the story."
He said this time a statement of fact and not one Jaylen could deny
"and that would mean." He said continuing to his
conclusion "that The Captain, and later Commodore, was your
father." Jaylen could feel the tears forming at the corner of
her eyes as she remained silent "but the Captain's ship and
crew..." he said breaking off mid-sentence. For so many years
Jaylen's true past had been obscured her mother had ordered it
following the Battle of Sector 1. Her daughter would be treated no
differently than other children and nor would others treat her
wrongly because of the past the Captain had led many to their deaths.
Before anyone else in the room could speak and before the tears ran
from Jaylen's eyes there was a clapping from the rear of the room all
eyes turned to see the newcomer.
"You did well." Senator
Rachel McManus said "a more true telling of our history and of
our sacrifice than I think anyone else has told" she said moving
gracefully past the tables around the room "Mr McKenna may I be
allowed to address the class?"
"Please Madam Senator" he
said stepping back away he and other teachers had known about this
story and about Jaylen's true past but few had spoken of it or
questioned the commands from the Senator. "I hope you all
listened well to this tale." She said quietly "our people
paid dearly for Jaylen to be able to tell the story and for you to
live the lives you do now." She said looking at them all
Michaels Island was rarely attacked by pirates or Draconians the
Reavers, who had capitalized on the failures of Kixeye and the
Draconians added a new layer of threat but even they were held back
by the island's commited defence fleet. "As the story tells the
battle ended unresolved both the Forsaken and Kixeye existed beyond
it. Kixeye a diminished force continues to exist in forms we see
every day." She said referring to the slow but steady return of
air power to the skies and the Forsaken forces beginning to act with
Draconian Imperial Forces. "If you take nothing from this story
other than this please remember everything in life costs something.
We all pay the costs of who came before us, their mistakes their
actions, make sure your children don't regret what you do with your
life." She said as she finished Allan rose his hand again.
"Senator, your husband the
Captain..." He began but couldn't finish
"My husband, his crew and his ship
are still listed as missing to the seas" she said quietly
recalling the events of the battle and the aftermath. "When the
remaining Legionaries arrived from Sector 6, it was a mop-up and
Search and Rescue Operation they found us" she said putting her
arm around Jaylen "in a life raft, the marines my husband had
assigned to our protection had made sure we escaped the ship before
it disappeared. No sign or trace of the Fortress was ever found nor
was any sign of Todd's vessel both lost to us forever. His
disappearance made me choose to return to a more and to take a more
active role after the war had ended, when I returned I became a
Senator and was determined that all of you would be prepared for our
future." She said looking at them all meeting each person's
gaze "Senator Michaels chose to become commander of our ships at
sea carrying on the Captain's work until his daughter Laura could
take over. We have all agreed that past differences no longer matter
the Future is what is important to our people." She said
finishing from one side Mr McKenna was the first to start clapping he
was quickly joined by everyone else in the room from the door others
could be seen clapping as well the story had gained much attention.
"I think that is it for today."
Mr McKenna said as the applause slowly died down "we'll see to
the grades tomorrow. Class dismissed" there was a cheer the
class as everyone piled out of the room as quickly as possible
Senator McManus slowly guided her daughter from the room steering her
from the school suite of the outpost down towards the Shipyard docks.
"Where are we going?" Jaylen
asked curious, she was rarely allowed into the docks on her mother's
explicit order now she was being taken there. Slowly entering Owen's
office which hadn't changed in years she saw the old Tech Captain
sitting in his mobility chair, he'd given up using his artificial leg
years ago now content to using the chair, something he detested in
"Ah, our star storyteller."
He said smiling as she entered with her mother out of the window
Jaylen could see a massive vessel under construction. "So you
finally finished the story was it worth it?"
"It felt nice." Jaylen
admitted, for years she'd hidden her true history her father's true
story. No longer was he another pirate name on the board of
remembrance, finally he would have the acknowledgement he deserved at
least in her mind.
"About damned time." Owen
said chuckling away to himself "I told you she'd want to tell it
one day." She said looking at Rachel the Senator nodded smiling
"your father would have been so very proud of what you did and
what you will do." He said Jaylen felt strange gaining trust
and support for something she'd yet to prove but was glad she had the
support behind her. Her intentions were simple join the naval
academy and become a ship commander like her father, she'd made it
clear the day her mother had told her the story. She'd seen the
haunting in her mothers eyes at the chance of losing her only
daughter, and she'd seen the pride of this child willing to follow in
her father's steps into the unknown. "Well now I guess you're
wondering why you're here?" Owen said changing the subject as
he saw both Rachel and Jaylen's reaction to the plans for the future.
"Yes" Jaylen whispered again
looking out the window at the ship under construction. It was as
larger than any other warship ever built at the shipyard a single
massive hull with almost twice the firepower of a Floating Fortress.
The ship even in its half constructed form looked lethal.
"I see you like our newest
creation?" Owen said quietly "Captain Harlock provided us
with the basics and we took it from there. Better armed and armoured
than anything else anyone has ever seen." Owen explained "she's
designed as a hunter with superior deflection capabilities against
all form of radar the first of her class anywhere in the word.
Better armour and better electronics than anything else." Owen
"What's her name?" Jaylen
said leaning more closely to the window looking at the hull still
free from the sea, from what she could see it was almost finished.
"The class is called the Triton,
the ship's name..." Owen said quietly looking at the Senator
behind her daughter, Rachel nodded "her name will be your
fathers." Owen confirmed Jaylen glanced at her mother who
smiled as tears began to show. No ship had been named after her
husband all ships had followed the same naming conventions of the
ones before the first of their class, the second and so on....
"It's time" Rachel said
quietly, Jaylen knew what she meant time for them to honour her
father and time for them to accept that he was not missing at sea,
but lost at sea.
"I just need to get the spelling
right..." Owen said quietly "you see, your mother tells me
you are particularly good at your spelling and I just wanted to make
sure I got it completely right." He said smirking cheekily
Jaylen looked at her mother who nodded her agreement. Pulling
herself away from the window standing to attention Jaylen looked at
the Tech Captain and smiled broadly happily.
"My father was Captain..."
Thank you for reading this story I hope
you enjoyed it.
I'd like to make a special thanks to
Thomas Clifton and Alan Clifton I don't know if they still play the
game but they helped make this story what it is.