Emperor family academy
The view was magnificent from within the station in orbit around Oris, almost unmatched in the entirety of known space, and there were few sights worthy of mention that the PIE officer had not yet seen.
Unfortunately the splendour of the Imperial statue and Oris itself was not what was on his mind tonight, and after a brief wetting of his lips with the delicate brandy, the officer fell into recollection yet again.
It had been a routine patrol into Pator, yet not wholly so. The ship loadout had been tuned for speed over durability, and the ammunitions loadout had also been very specific. TES Eye of the Empire, an Inquisitor class frigate, had been equipped solely with cruise missiles this time, and complementing the trio of overdrives were two afterburners of rare make. Speed had been of the essence. That was not all though, for within the cargohold had been made space for 10 slaves, all in suspended animation, and they were about to play their role.
Once the Eye had jumped into Pator, the course was set for the Yulai gate, and warp commenced. In short order the system was found free from terrorist presence, and the go ahead was given for the planned operation to commence.
Acting on intel reports of frequent use of the new 'superhighway' system of jumpgates by identified pirate groups, the officer had devised a plan to force them into engagement right on their own home turf. A triangular run was made at about 40 km from the Yulai gate, and the slaves jettisoned at each extreme point.
To make certain no misunderstanding was forthcoming, the containers were simply tagged with 'Slaves inside - Better hurry' and the corp insignia of the PIE stating the no nonsense of the message.
Then came the wait, the simple wait. A sweep was performed of nearby systems, and the return pass through Pator kept as brief as possible so eventual terrorist presence would have a minimal chance of detecting the Eye.
The Oracle pilot was identified within moments of the Eye's fourth return into Pator, and battle stations prepared as the Inquisitor class warped towards the Yulai gate without hesitation. No ship class could be verified, no specific intel tagged onto the Oracle pilot, but if he was on the superhighway he was soon in for a surprise.
As the Eye shot out of warp, threat warnings rang at once, but had the Oracle pilot taken the bait? A brief scan moments later gave away the frustrating truth, as the glowing red contact gave full speed towards the Yulai gate in an attempt to escape.
Even as the Eye got a lock verification, the countdown would be futile as jump energies allready assembled in the funnel of the jumpgate, the Oracle pilot departing system. Double afterburners were engaged as the Eye pursued and screamed through the void. Not more than a few seconds had passed before the Eye followed through the jumpgate, and hope of battle and prey still lingered.
But that was not to be.
Coming out of the jump, the Eye had been teleported far from the usual jump in point, and even though further pursuit was attempted, the Oracle pilot managed to slip away.....
What had followed was simple. A jump back into Pator. One cruise missile and one container. The rest were scooped up and retrieved, but only five of them.
A sigh escaped the PIE officer as his solitude was interrupted by one of the slave handlers in his employ. A brief salute was given, and with a nod the handler was granted permission to speak.
"Sir, the remaining five slaves have been removed from suspension. Shall I transfer them back to their postings?"
With a shrug the PIE officer turned his attention back onto the marvel of Oris, biding his time before deigning to answer.
"No. Terminate them."
A look of utter surprise spread across the features of the handler, but he was not about to argue and gave a salute while waiting for his dismissal.
A backhand wave was the signal he waited for, and with due haste the handler made his way to do as bid.
Once again alone, the PIE officer sniffed his brandy before emptying it fully.
"If word of this gets out, perhaps the dog will stay and fight next time."
- Nice story Gauis. Very well written.
agreed very nice