In Media Res
Halloween in July
«Scene: Your ship exits warpspace to see the Alteon surrounded by Unaga fighters.»
«You»: ........ Alteon, how are things looking from your end?
«Scene: The Bridge»
General Stormfront: «You», we're in some kind of standoff with a small fleet of what we assume are Syrines.
General Stormfront: Do you mind telling us what you did to get them so excited??
«Scene: Your ship.»
«You»: We were able to easily follow them. Since their technology and magical abilities rival ours, I'm sure they were able to easily follow the route we took back to you.
«You»: As for WHY... well, unfortunately we got into a little scuffle with them. *ahem*
Mur^Ok: I am Mur^Ok of the Unaga. I am an Unaga Mage, specializing in the integration of magic with our technology. I have led these squadrons to your homeship.
«You»: I see that. I have come to respect the power of your Unaga ships. You are a very advanced species.
Mur^Ok: It is good that you understand the futility of any attempts you might make to overcome us. However, it is not in our nature to allow threats to the Unaga to persist.
«You»: I would like to invite you aboard our ship, the LSS Alteon, so that we might be able to speak without threat from either side. Will you follow me into our hangar?
Mur^Ok: I cannot say that you have earned the trust of the Unaga, but logic shows that there is nothing you could do to endanger us at this point. We are in the superior position. Lead the way into your ship.
«You»: General Stormfront, Queen Pra'Mithia, would the two of you like to meet us on hangar deck?
«Scene: The Hangar Deck.»
Queen Pra'Mithia: Welcome to our home amid the stars, Mur^Ok. I am Queen Pra'Mithia, leader of the overall mission of the WarpForce.
General Stormfront: I'm General Leet Stormfront, leader of the WarpForce's planetside warriors.
Temura: I am Captain Temura Ge'Thrak, leader of the WarpForce's special warrior corp, the WarpGuardians.
«You»: And I'm «You». I am the pilot of the ship that encountered you.
Mur^Ok: Interesting. You are an alliance of different races, it appears. Was your cooperation required in order to make your way into the cosmos?
Queen Pra'Mithia: Yes, it was. The peoples of Lore are of many races, and we pride ourselves on our ability to work together. If it wasn't for our unification, the Network would have taken our world.
Mur^Ok: Yes, we have met the Network before. They have learned not to attempt anything foolish with the Unaga... such as pressuring us to join them.
«You»: The Network is learning to respect US as well. We want to chase them out of our corner of the galaxy.
Mur^Ok: Your WarpForce is not equal to our Unaga fleet in power, yet from what I have seen you may indeed be able to best the Network, if not today, then some day.
Queen Pra'Mithia: I am curious as to how you are able to harness so much magical power, and control it in such a way that it enhances your technology so well.
Queen Pra'Mithia: My race on Lore, the Drakel, have followed a similar philosophy for thousands of years. Even on a magic-rich world such as Lore, we have not been able to reach the Unaga's proficiency.
Mur^Ok: We evolved alongside creatures of such magical force that we became imbued with a natural affinity to wield and withstand magical power.
Mur^Ok: My hasty study of your world of Lore shows that it is a very magical world, but it pales in comparison to the magic of the Unaga's former home planet.
Mur^Ok: You have a similar creature on Lore to the ones I speak of. You call them DRAGONS. We Unaga lived with our own Dragons in a symbiotic relationship.
Mur^Ok: Their magic protected us, and we in turn were able to harvest our Dragons' excess magic in the form of crystallized dragon's breath.
Mur^Ok: Without our talents, the dragons' life cycle was very short, and would end with an overload of magic that would do one of two things:
Mur^Ok: -- explode them or cause them to sublimate... turn directly from their solid form into a spirit form.
Mur^Ok: Neither fate was desired much, though the explosive exit from life often led to other casualties in a nest.
Queen Pra'Mithia: How horrible...
Mur^Ok: When our world of Unai was destroyed, we few Unaga who escaped were spread far and wide from the Dragons of Unai who also escaped.
«You»: So these Space Dragons still exist, as well?
Mur^Ok: Yes. Unai Dragons' magic is such that it is ever-growing in power. Because of this, proximity to a magical world is not necessary for them to retain their magic.
Mur^Ok: These "Space Dragons," as you call them, continue to be as powerful among the stars as they were on Unai. And they no longer need US, the Unaga, to harvest their magic.
General Stormfront: This is all very interesting, but we still have the little issue of you surrounding my big ship with a bunch of your little ships. Do you think you could give us a buffer of a few thousand miles?
Mur^Ok: You have quite a confrontational manner, General. However, you are in no position to bargain with us. The Unaga are superior.
General Stormfront: Gravlax, this is Stormfront on Hangar Deck. Do you copy?
Gravlax: (over loudspeaker) I sure do, sir!
General Stormfront: Have we bought you enough time to complete the shield frequency modulator enhancements?
Gravlax: (over loudspeaker) Yes you have! Our shields will now reflect Unaga plasma blasts. Glabbus jibbly!!
General Stormfront: Good. Raise shields!
«You»: Sneaky, sneaky...
Mur^Ok: Unaga, attack!!
«Scene shows the outside, where the Alteon's shields go up and the Unaga start shooting. The beams are all reflected. The Scene then returns to the Hangar Deck.»
Battle with Queen Pra'Mithia's help!
Battle with General Stormfront's help!
Battle with Temura Ge'Thrak's help!
Battle by yourself!
Regardless of choice:
2 BATTLES: Unaga Warrior Queen Pra'Mithia: I wish this meeting had gone much differently...
1 BATTLE: Unaga Mage
General Stormfront: The only OTHER way it could have gone would have been bad for us. There was never any middle ground with the Unaga. Am I right?
«You»: I imagine having your world destroyed would make you very protective of whatever you had left. The Unaga will stop at nothing to protect what remains of themselves.
Gravlax: (over loudspeaker) It worked everyone! The Unaga ships just gave up and warped away.
«You»: Remember, they can track us wherever we warp as well. Let's send the new shield frequency scheme to all other ships in the WarpForce.
(Ends in the Mission Debriefing.)
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