It was a pick up an Alien, an Elf Lord no less, and C100 from this planet, transport them with all speed to that planet and assist him in their
mission. PROTECT SUBJECTS AT ALL COSTS! That was clear enough. There was information about the Elf Lord. He was both a Grand Knight and a Grand
Master of Balance, Convener of the Council of Balance! I had to look up the last one, he was Second in Command of the Forces of Balance. Heady
stuff. C100 had the rank of Advisor to the Co-Keepers of Balance.
I wasted no time picking him up. I used my Jump Drive to get me as close as I dared. Then my new Translation Drive at maximum for the rest of the
journey. It was a fast trip. I used the Teleport to bring them onboard and wasted no time starting the next leg of my journey toward their
As I did this, I studied my two guests. The Elf Lord, Prince Eleniine, was tall with a thin build. His ears were pointy and the end of his nose was
slightly upturned. His eyes were bright blue, almost iridescent. He had long white hair and neat matching beard. His Staff radiated Power. I had
studied Arcane Power but this was the first time I was able to sense it. The Staff was made of many intertwined branches, well, that is what it
looked like. My internal scanners could not penetrate it. C100 was in the form of a jet black wolf, except he was impressively huge, about as big
as one of my three Bridge Defensive Cat Shells.
Once we were moving I did a tight beam communication with C100 and asked for information on their mission. His reply was eloquent in its brevity.
Locate an Emperor Wraith and destroy it before it destroys every living thing on the planet we were heading to. I was to teleport them both down
once it made planet fall. I looked up Emperor Wraith in my data banks. Not a very nice entity to deal with, not nice at all.
A few things in the information were interesting as were the warnings. Do not fire energy weapons, Emperor Wraiths can feed off energy. Energy
weapons make it stronger. Emperor Wraiths absorb any steady state energy fields including life force. The only known way to fight them was with
micro bursts of energy at random, micro intervals. Recent success using microwave energy in a square wave had met with surprising success. It had
taken an entire Dragon Wing, a Warrior contingent and anti Demon attack craft to kill just one of these things.
Being a science ship I started looking into the science of it all including the deliberations of The Builders. Fascinating stuff as I started to
formulate a plan. It seemed to me to be a trifle silly to wait for the damn thing to make planet fall. There may just be another way to destroy it.
I started a determined discussion with the Elf Lord and C100. It surprised me a little that they were open to any and all suggestions. We had a very
long chat. One thing these creatures did not do is get too close to a star. They could not handle anything like a stars energy output. That was
We entered the destination star system with the Elf Lord safely seated in a control chair looking out of my front clear hull section. He immediately
pointed in the direction I needed to go. His Arcane abilities picking up the Wraiths presence. I continued to make minor course changes until my own
scanners located the entity. I closed to a reasonably safe distance and held that separation. We were close to the planets orbit. Then I launched
my Fire Star.
A Fire Star is designed primarily as a planetary craft. It has FTL, but only a Warp Drive at level two, or one hundred times light speed. That is
why it is carried by other ships.
Destroyers and Fire Stars have one problem in heavy combat, we are relatively small craft. Ressalon hull material has a number of functions one of
which is energy storage. In battle I can use this stored energy to pack a punch much greater than my size would indicate. The down side is that
these energy reserves do not last very long. One of our favorite tactics is to retreat into a stars corona using stacked energy absorption fields to
augment our Conversion Generators. We can recharge via a star and it is quite fast.
My Fire Star approached the Emperor Wraith transmitting many recorded Telepathic signals with a nice juicy high energy force field in place. As it
got danger close I veered off. The Wraith was fast, it had no mass, it was a creature of energy and could change direction with no effort. It
enveloped the Fire Star feeding off the force field. A Fire Star can stack three shields simultaneously. I activated an outer absorption field, then
an inner absorption field, trapping the Wraith between them. Then I killed the force field!
The Emperor Wraith hesitated while considering its next move. It did not like my absorption fields. I could exist for a reasonable time within a
star's corona, he could not, my fields would hold him! They did not have to hold for long. I stacked an outer heavy force field usually used for
atmospheric penetration. Next I activated the warp field, aimed the Fire Star at the suns center and applied all available energy to the drive. It
maxed out at Warp two point six with all indicators in the red. Alarms sounded as the warp drive suffered critical overload. At warp two point six
it did not take long. The outer absorption field held as the ship penetrated the stars mass. Three milliseconds later the Fire Star exploded taking
the Emperor Wraith with it. My awareness was kicked back to the my Core in my Destroyer Hull.
Science Ships rock!
I relaxed and ran a systems check. The Elf Lord was ecstatic. Unexpectedly he did a little dance and had a great beaming smile. C100 was very
impressed. I set a reciprocal course to return my guests to their home world. We all had a little celebration on the way. I sent of a mission
report as did C100.
I almost had them home when I received a missive from C5. It was a simple question. Would I consider a permanent reassignment to The Forces of
Balance? If so, I could add a /X to my designation. The request had been made by Prince Tez, in his capacity as The Keeper of Balance. He was
mightily impressed by the two reports he had studied!
What, me? Consider a reassignment and be the ONLY Ressalon Sentient Ship so assigned. Oh, yes please! By the first hull, yes! Let me at this,
please! This was the stuff dreams are made of. Now let someone make fun of my name! Well, no one ever had, but they wouldn't now even if they
No one else had a /X.
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