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PPW Sandbox - Burning Citadel
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RE: PPW Sandbox - Burning Citadel

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Reports come in from all decks of the Lexington and many of the fighter pilots of a sudden shared auditory hallucination. Some crew experience headaches, vertigo and pressure on their eardrums. The Admiral considers the transmission from the Living Sun ships. His own bridge staff seemed shaken by the psychic event, even more so as its source is determined. Similarly worrying was the repeating warning from the asteroid field, some kind of containment breach but no specifics on what had been released.

As a grouping of railgun shots approach the Saratoga, her secondary cannons fire charged particle blasts in their trajectory path. The pulses would disperse rapidly after leaving the magnetic containment of the accelerators, but not before melting away the Pasobcha's kinetic projectiles. The interceptors push their engines to join the firefight ahead of them.

"UL vessels, our fighter wing is on approach. The OTS will pay for their unchecked aggression. With your approval, our soldiers will board the Arduant through the cargo bay and join your defense of the station."
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A couple new potholes are made in the side of the worm. In response, it swings around suddenly and swallows the fighter whole. Fire trails out of it's beak.

It begins to make for the remaining Indian ship, but a great shudder seems to come across it, and it makes every effort to be still.

Something... something bad this way comes.

Perhaps time to hide. It is too cold to hunt anyway.


The worm inside the collided asteroids stops moving.
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<<EVASIVE MANOEUVRES! BREAK! BREAK!>>

The gravity shell around the Chennai fell to pieces seconds before it was rammed by enormous prow of the Gavari Carnival ship, splitting it in two. The two pieces were wracked by detonations but miraculously, the bridge remained intact.

<<GCS 'Cannibal II' here, I think we've just earned ourselves a quick 7 mil, eh OTS? Paint anything else you need wrecked, we're happy to keep earning!>>

Despite the jovial tone of the captain shouting over an open channel, The Cannibal II had been having a rough patch. Out of food, out of money and with its munition storage containing nothing but outdated auto-cannons, the ship had been running on fumes for a while now. Despite this, the ship itself was still on fighting form, the relic at the centre of the structure pushing the entire structure forwards at breakneck speed.

---

In the asteroids, Peetal 1 lost the race against the missiles, going up in a ball of flame, shortly followed by Peetal 2's fighter and Peetal 6, struck in the side by the OTS fighter's shot. Peetal 5 managed to avoid being struck and wheeled his fighter almost straight at the OTS craft, firing off a pair of missiles straight at it.

Ajagara blasted forward at ludicrous speeds around the detonated asteroid, making use of the thrust vectoring of his craft to point in perpendicular to the direction he was moving in.

<<This ends here, dog.>>

The pulse cannon of Ajagara's craft discharged, punching through the OTS fighter and chaining to the drone swarm behind it, frying each and every one.

---

The Kora took the railgun shot straight through the front where it struck the ammo store of the cannon, leading to a devastating chain reaction. Armour piercing, high explosive rounds were disgorged from the flaming wreck at random angles, some streaking towards the drone-ship, some to the technocracy and one tearing into an unlucky civilian ship.

A bit further below, Peetal 2 continued on her way, using her escape thruster to pilot a rough course towards the Arduant while trying to stay out of the fields of fire of the larger ships.

Further away still, the two crew of the utility shuttle made their way out of the asteroids, only to see the pale shapes of the cult ships in the distance.

<<Hasn't been a lucky day, has it, Emir?>>

<<That it hasn't, still we've made it this far, Anay. I'm sure we can make it further. Who knows, we might outlive the rest of the battle-group...>>

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Strange sensations wash over the crew.
"What was that? Commodore?"
"The only thing worse than sovereigns, ensign. Anarchists."

The upperside of the Arduant becomes an intense battlefield.

The Strider takes a particle bolt to the top. It penetrates and detonates, causing severe damage to the upper decks.

The Allecto also takes a glancing blow. The projectile slightly penetrates at an acute angle, and explodes, sending shockwaves though the heavy armour.

"Return fire."

The Allectro and Strider exchange railgun fire with the UL ships topside.

The Commodore sends a reply communique to the gargantuan newcomers.
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"Cannibal II. Focus your efforts on the Saratoga. 14 Billion for that ship alone. Lavanchy Out."

---

"MIRVS!"

Alpha wing scatters. The remaining drones intercept the few micro missiles and pulsars. Alpha two gets splashed. One and Three attempt to outrun the rest on their tail.

Another UL MIRV wipes out the first torpedo salvo. The second salvo reorients.

---

The Pasobcha's drone defenses are close to overwhelmed.
"WE CAN'T HOLD THEM OFF!"
"RETURN FIRE, CLEAR THE DRONE BAY! SHIT, SHI--"
Pulsars are intercepted around the ship. Little can be done to avoid the particle bolts. The lighter shots explode against the hull, with the heavier shot penetrating right through the ship, trashing the drone bay.
Stray rounds from the detonated Kora explode and scrape off the rear column of the Pasobcha.
It clings on to life, firing it's CIWS at the Tank Class ships and firing it's remaining active railguns.

---

"How? Impossib--ARRRRRGH---!"
Bravo Three is fried inside his torpedo bomber. The ship drifts and crackles through space, dead.

Bravo Two is promptly destroyed by Indian missiles.

---

Aboard the Kijima. Armiger nurses a broken nose and fractured forearm.
"Status?"
"We're running on backup power. Core took too much thermal damage. Sensors are shattered from the impact. We're paralysed and blind, sir."
"Very well. Prepare to evacuate and scuttle the ship."
"Understood sir."


---

OTS Marines continue skirmishing with stragglers and the few remaining security forces in the port side of the ship.

"Train's just passed the half way mark, Major."
"Copy. Standby."


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All what left of Korglob flotilla is now dead, lifeless hulks surrounding by debris. Alpha squadron heads towards Techanrchy missile ships.
Crew of Battlecruiser 'Stalingrad' (now we know the ship's name!) recovers after psychic echo of newcomers arrival.
- Yobany pizdec [foul language curses in Russian], what the hell was that? Scan station, I need answers ASAP!
- Affirmative, Sir. Looks like new group arrived.. You should see that.
- Holy... If those aren't Zerg, I'll eat my hat. Inform High Command immediately! All units, hold on your attack runs. Patch me to OTS commander.
- Copy. Channel opened.
- Commodore Lavanchy, this is Commodore Ivanov of Terran Dominion exploration fleet. First, I want to inform you that Korglob fleet is neutralized. Second, I must warn you about these newcomers. The Confederacy is at war with these species. All attempts to parley or negotiate peace with them are failed ultimately. I recommend to strike at them together with other parties before is too late. These creatures never arriving in small numbers, especially such large ones. We could settle our matters with other groups later. Ivanov out.

Yamato Gun ETA: 2 turns
Reinforcements ETA: unknown

Spoiler: BOSS signature
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RE: PPW Sandbox - Burning Citadel

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[Image: 7hEK2un.png] Huff...puff... "G-godsdamn girl, how...the hell're you...not...winded-!"
[Image: ZebyE0Q.png] "Why wouldn't I be? I run a lap around the entire station whenever you're at work."
[Image: 7hEK2un.png] "Around...the fucking...Never...nevermind-"

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Reinforcements have arrived.

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The anti-ship torpedoes are redirected to serve as impromptu point-defense, their lasers only able to take out two each before the warhead intercepts a third. A single OTS torpedo makes it through.

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The destroyer is pounded by multiple railgun shots, the torpedo blasting off the remains of the bow. While the AI core and reactor are still intact, the only offensive weapons left are 2 quantum pulsars, still recharging.

The light cruiser is similarly punished, losing its 2 dorsal quantum pulsars. The battleship's shot punches into the bow, managing to dig deep enough to damage the particle cannon's internals. While there is no outer damage, the forward particle cannons are disabled.

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The light cruiser retaliates with its remaining particle cannon. Below the station, the drone carrier's rail guns finally manage to score the first Technarchy casualties, annihilating a tank and striking the damaged frigate in its reactor. The resulting explosion consumes the entire aft of the frigate, leaving only the bow to drift forward, trailing bluish streaks.

This is not unpunished, tanks continue their fire and the destroyer leaves a final parting shot. Meanwhile, if someone on the Allecto looked out the starboard windows, they would see a torpedo crest the edge of the station, heading straight for the battleship.

[[Sensors: ARM]]
[[[Analyzing: Progress]]]
[[-[49.5% Ahead Of Calculations]-]]

[[Primary Objective 2: Priority Increased]]

[[Sensors: Portal Signature Detected]]
[[[Analyzing: Inheritor Hierocracy]]]

[[Threat To Primary Objective 1 :: Extract Citizens: Inheritor Hierocracy]]
[[[Assessment: High]]]

[[Threat To Primary Objective 2 :: Annihilate All ARM Presence: Inheritor Hierocracy]]
[[[Assessment: Medium]]]

[[Sensors: OTS Signature]]
[[[Location: Express Train]]]

[[Dispatching: 3 Drones]]


The Cannibal receives a message from the Technarchy.
[Image: WhY3y36.png] "GCS Cannibal II. An upfront payment of 500 million credits will be provided if you do not engage any UL Technarchy forces with hostilities, as well as free resupplies at any UL Technarchy trade post if you keep to this agreement in the future. 50 billion credits each will be provided if you attack and destroy Inheritor Hierocracy and Automated Reaver Machine forces in this area. Coordinates have been sent."

The USSF also receive a message.
[Image: WhY3y36.png] "Extraction of UL citizens is our primary objective. Defense of the station is not a priority, however our drones will engage and eliminate any OTS forces encountered. You are cleared to land at the docks. Note that there are OTS forces heading towards the docks.
[Image: WhY3y36.png] "Of higher priority is the Automated Reaver Machine located at these coordinates. Elimination of all ARM forces is imperative."

[[Primary Objective Status]]
[[-[78/122 Retrieved]-]]
[[-[32 En Route]-]]
[[[Total Missing: 10]]]


Once the citizens have reached the dock area, they step into a translocator wirelessly powered by the docked light cruiser. They step out to a much more passenger-friendly ship out on the edge of the current star system, joining the animated chatter of the already-extracted citizens.

[[Tactical Assessment: More Forces Required]]

[[Calling: Reinforcements]]
[[[ETA: 4]]]

derp derp derp
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All but two of the escape pods from the wrecked ship are captured, before the drone decides that 6 is enough.

Strangely, the nearby fighter, after disabling the OTS craft, is ignored entirely. The reanimated wreckage of the rear half of an Indian ship speeds right past it without taking any action against it.
To the fighter pilot, however, a strange signal is received. "Docking request granted." It's HUD now points it toward the large crack at the top of the asteroid, which is somehow reading as a friendly space station. All nearby machine ships simultaneously appear as friendly targets as well.

The asteroid itself begins lurching forward, in the direction of the space station.

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The voidbeings have fully entered realspace, and their senses quickly pick up the telltale signs of heretical machinery. The Kraken uses its prodigious Ability to fling a massive shard of asteroidial metal out of its launch-spout while the Wrath focuses its eye-laser. The laser quickly heats the prow of the disgusting abomination to the point of flash vaporization.

The Kraken disgorges a pack of smaller organisms which burst away from it on trails of hydrogen rocket exhaust. The lead organism is a specialist boarder, while the back three are closer to fighters. The Carnivore drops a strange furled creature that sports the telltale vanes of Ability manipulation, although it has yet to unfold them.
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The largest ship launched off a missile as a warning to let the scum know that surrender was an opportunity with a dwindling window. The battleship also began charged a shot from it's weapon ready to exterminate the heretic ship that had just breached the other ship.

"By the living sun. How ugly!"
"The worm your holiness?"
"Actually I was referring to that long brown ship that just brutishly crashed through. It carries the same tone and shape of faecal matter"
"But the worm is ugly too right?"
"Do shnaar have two heads?"

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With their primary target mostly destroyed by the UL, a detachment of fighters and the Lexington break off to attack the OTS where it will hurt. Fighters hurl around the habitation blocks of the space station, opening up with their cannons on the Allecto and the Strider. The heavy interceptor launches three guided bombs at close range, targeting the bow section of the Allecto.

The Saratoga pushes forward as its frontal shields blink on, absorbing the ambient radiation of her own weapons fire. The main group of fighters spot the Inheritor Hierocracy's bioforms. the Living Sun fleet is contacted and given telemetry of the creatures.

"We have made visual contact with the foreign biological lifeforms. Unholy or not, they are well armed and hostile to the station's defense forces. We will make our battlefield data available to you and accept your truce."
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"You are now arriving at DOCKING BAY."

At the docking bay metro stop, three UL killdrones prepare to greet the train.
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As the door opens, an OTS "MATMULE" trots off the train onto the platform.
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It cocks its head inquisitively at the odd welcoming committee.
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"Goodnight Motherfuckers."
The Major detonates the Eschalon Dominion sourced suitcase nuke attached to the MATMULE.
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The Arduant, and the thousands of refugees attempting to escape, are instantly vaporized.

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A wave of radiation, debris and an electromagnetic pulse expand from the epicentre of the nuclear explosion. Power fails across the station, plunging it into darkness. Nearby ships are hit with intense heat and waves of the devastating EMP. The entire docking bay is severed from the station.

---

Lavanchy grins.
"Good work Major. Begin pushing forward."

"Put me through to the Stalingrad."
"Aye commodore."
"We acknowledge your assessment of the threat. Lavanchy out."


The Allecto pulls away from the station. Impacts from the USSF ships resonate across the armour.

"Sir, All columns sustaining heavy fire. Armour holding. Key systems still green. We lost the Strider."
"Understood. Send these statists back to their hovels. Target the Saratoga."


A battery of railguns are unleashed.

CIWS Targets the incoming projectile weapons, then shifts to attempt to intercept the fighters.

---

The Pasobcha barely clings on, fighting to the last.

"THEY HIT THE ENGINE. SYSTEMS ABOUT TO GO CRITICAL!"
"TAKE DOWN AS MANY AS YOU CAN! --ARGH-"


CIWS fires wildly at the tank class ships, with the remaining drones on suicide protocol. It fires its remaining guns at the Lexington.

---

The EMP fries the micromissiles chasing Alpha wing, saving them. Unfortunately, their own ships drift without power through the wreckage of the Korglob fleet.

---

The Transport unclamps and swings around, training it's CIWS guns on the bioship boarder.

---

The Kijima drifts calmly through the asteroid belt.

"SELF DESTRUCT INITIATED. PLEASE EVACUATE."

Armitage and the survivors launch on two small escape shuttles.
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The station shudders, emergency lights coating the hall in an eerie dull red glow.

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[Image: guwMZJj.png] "Gira!?"
[Image: t5FkQ76.png] "I-I'm fine, I'm fine."
[Image: guwMZJj.png] "Your knee-!"
[Image: ETEyjI1.png] "It's just a scratch, don't worry. What the hell was that?"
[Image: guwMZJj.png] "I-I do not know, but we must hurry, they are saying the docks have been severed!"
[Image: ETEyjI1.png] "...'They'?"
[Image: guwMZJj.png] "I-I..."
[Image: ETEyjI1.png] "Skye...what's been going on with you?"
[Image: bCzV1Mx.png] "Gira, I...I have been keeping some secrets from you, b-but I swear that I will explain once we are safe."
[Image: ETEyjI1.png] "..."
[Image: bCzV1Mx.png] "Please..."
[Image: ETEyjI1.png] "Okay, okay, I trust you Skye. But you'd better explain everything. Promise?"
[Image: bITy2kd.png] "I, I promise."
[Image: ETEyjI1.png] "Alright. Lead the way then."

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[[Casualties]]
[[[Drones: 5 Destroyed]]]
[[[Citizens: 8 Lost]]]

[[Assessment: Regrettable]]
[[[Creating: 8 Reconstitution Requests]]]

[[Redirecting: 23 Drones]]
[[[New Directive: Eliminate OTS Forces]]]
[[[[Priority: High]]]]


The OTS drones impact the tanks. The one under the carrier receives several dents and scratches, but otherwise the armor holds. The other isn't so lucky, the drones damaging the engine and causing it to fly out of control. Before it hits the station, it launches one last attack.

Down in the asteroid field, a frigate bursts in a blue explosion, its reactor punched clean through. The other's top is raked by the beam, destroying all its dorsal weapons. The last 2 ships launch their attacks, the destroyer launching a cluster missile to intercept the small bio-ships. A particle bolt is shot towards the Indian-ARM ship, while the frigate launches 2 quantum pulsars at the lifeboat collector. Until the pulsar launchers reload, the frigate is essentially helpless.

[[Calling: Reinforcements]]
[[[ETA: 4]]]

derp derp derp
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- New signatures on radar, similar to Techarchy vessels, one contact is huge!
- Alpha squadron gone from scanners!
- Whoa! A high-energy explosion detected on board of Aurdant! I'm picking high level of electromagnetic emissions, much probably it was nuclear device going off!
- Sir, American frigate is in range!
- Open fire!
The bridge of Stalingrad is filled with reports, commands, signals of machinery and glow of holographic screens. Commodore Ivanov is almost used to this during countless drills behind frontlines, but now, in the heart of space battle, he feels a bit uncomfortable.
Battlecruiser's batteries beginning to unleash laser bolts at the incoming target, adding even more chaos to the battlespace. Two volleys are being launched by Valkyries at hostile targets in order to cover allied ships. Alpha squadron fighters are barely evading energy bolts fired by Technarchy vessels while retreating from area that was struck by EMP, with their systems, such as cloaking field generators and telemetry transmitters, partially manfulctioned by the blast.

Yamato Gun ETA: 1 turn
Reinforcements ETA: unknown

Spoiler: BOSS signature
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The drone capturing escape pods is completely obliterated, along with most of the escape pods that it was carrying.
The drone that was targeting the civilian craft re-directs its attention to the attacker, and fires it's rocket lances. Although the lances themselves won't deal much damage, likely only embedding themselves partially into the hull, they are carrying many boarding drones, each one will slowly tear the target to pieces if they are not carefully removed from the hull.
The third space drone makes a suicidal charge toward the other attacker, intending to claw it apart. More seriously are the missiles flying past it. Though not extremely powerful, they are aimed directly at the weapon that destroyed the converted Indian ship which fired them.

The converted Indian ship is once again turned into a wreckage as it is bisected. It crashes into the OTS wreck that it was targeting. Upon impact, the drones that it was carrying pour out into the fresh salvage. They begin tearing out weapon systems, scanning computer data, and studying the structure.

The drones are not even quarter-finished with their salvaging job when ARM translates the captured data. For a portion of a second, all drones, in unison, stop moving and freeze in their steps as the A.R.M. reads though a particular portion of the data:
"SELF DESTRUCT INITIATED. PLEASE EVACUATE."
The drones drop everything that they are doing and scramble back toward the indian ship hull.

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The Saratoga takes a beating as the station explodes. The shock wave sends debris into the flight control tower, destroying the deep space tracking equipment and depressurizing four decks below it. Damage control teams do what they can to bypass hull breaches and get the upper particle cannon battery operational again. Using the ship's maneuvering thrusters, the Saratoga spins around to get a firing solution on the Allecto, and to put her thickest armor facing the inbound railgun projectiles. The forward spinal cannon fires in response at the Allecto's engine as three slugs collide with the hull. An unfortunate civilian transport is hit by the fourth round and destroyed.

With a combined barrage from the OTS and its mercenaries, the Lexington is mortally wounded. With no time to abandon the helm, her captain and surviving crew push into the hail of point defense and prepare to ram. One of the escorting fighters is shredded by the Allecto's CIWS. The others break off and pick new targets, the Stalingrad and a Wraith returning from a strike on the Korglob battle group.

The main fighter squadron splits targets as the UL tank classes come under fire from the Paschoba. The other half press on, struck with wonder and horror at the sight of the Inheritor's Hierocracy's void-craft.
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NINJA DECLARE HAHA
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The beast turns tail and flees.

Nowhere to hide.. but there is food; Perhaps something softer to chew on.
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<<Holy shit! Was that a nuke? These corpos know how to put on a fucking show! Technarchy, you can piss right off with that 50bil, I think we know what side we're fighting for, Gangway!>>

The Cannibal II, still travelling at monstrous speed, brings its full bulk into the battle-space, lighting up the sensors of every ship with a mess of gravatic anomalies. Waste heat pours out the rear of the ship as it ekes out every ounce of thrust it can from the ancient engine nestled within. Asteroid and worm alike are disintegrated as it continues on it's warpath.

From the side, small attack craft begin pouring out, equipped with plasma engines, the bare minimum of avionics and whatever surplus cannons could be dug out of the armoury. The OTS missile is dragged into the rear engineering bay for study - it could potentially provide some new weapon schematics to the degraded memory of the autofacs.

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Behind the massive craft, the remains of the Chennai are wracked by a set of secondary explosions, although most of the crew are able to reach the escape pods in time. Captain Kaliash, still in the bridge, grimaces.

<<Keep a pod for me, I cannot leave yet, this fleet data will be vital when our reinforcements arrive.>>

He stares at the flickering screen as the data transfer nears completion, the ship shaking violently with each additional explosion.

Raakshas 2, ready to sortie and free of the grip of Cannibal 2, flies out of the hangar, just before it burst into flames. The pilot makes ready to fly to the aid of his wing leader.

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Ajagara, now apparently surrounded by allies who were under attack by the technarchy, rushed to their aid, weaving through the debris and launching a pair of advanced joint-strike missiles into the engines of the destroyer. The pulse cannon was not yet ready to fire but the cooling systems were doing their job, and the capacitors slowly began amassing charge once more.

Peetal 5 was less lucky, and struck his wing while flying through the debris cloud of the OTS fighter, damaging some of his own craft's systems. He noted the ISN station nearby requesting he dock, and began to make his way over.

<<Unidentified ISN station, this is Peetal 5, coming in to dock. My craft has suffered moderate damage to the left wing, but I believe it can be repaired to full combat capability. I'm moving in to dock>>

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Peetal 2 continued her desperate attempt to reach the station, squeezing as much speed out of the escape thruster as she could. A quick glimpse behind her revealed the asteroid she just passed by being torn to pieces by the massive shape of the Cannibal II.

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The utility craft of the Kora pulled closer to the sun cult's fleet, sending out a transmission.

<<Hello, this is Lieutenant Emir of the ISNS Kora, our mothership has been destroyed as has our supporting fleet. If possible, we'd like to request docking with one of your ships until reinforcements arrive to extract us. Will this be possible?>>

Emir kept his hand on the control stick, just in case the sun cult turned out to be hostile.

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RE: PPW Sandbox - Burning Citadel

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The Major greets the Dominion attache.
"Hell of a piece of kit. Pleasure doing business with you boys."

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Plasma and particle bolts blast across the hull of the Allecto.

"Mid Column took a bad hit, sir. Gun down!"
"Commodore. The Auditor-General."


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"Greeting Commodore. We are dissapointed with your progress."
"Auditor-General?"
"The priorities have shifted. The Arduant is no longer your goal."
"Sir, I--"
"Enough. Cease your hostilities. You have taken a step too far. We are currently attempting to negotiate a contract with the UL Technarchy regarding the ARM and Heirocracy incursion, but your actions are making that increasingly difficult. We have lifted the bounties in the system. Pray the Technarchy are merciful and accept the terms."
"The terms, sir?"
"You contract is to be updated. If they accept, you will become their property as part of the reparations for the citizens you liquidated."
"You canno-"
"It is a free market, Commodore."


The Auditor-General disconnects.

Lavanchy is silent. The crew look at him with a sense of awe and disdain.

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The Pasobcha's CIWS guns are destroyed. The ship's reactor overheats. All systems power off.

The transport's CIWS engages the bioship boarder.

Alpha Wing continue drifting, systems now starting to reboot.

The Kijima leaks radiation as its powerplants begin to destruct.
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RE: PPW Sandbox - Burning Citadel

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The High Commander reclines in its creche and wipes the last shards of shattered chitin from its third primary mouthpart. One of the Calculator’s smallest bodies approaches and emits a quick burst of pleasing pheromones. “Great One,” it begins, “One of the heretic machines has been obliterated. Another is in its death throes as we speak.”

One of the High Commander’s tendrils gently strokes the scuttling creature. “Then the heretics have begun to know our fury. And yet, Navigator, you tell me countless more remain.”

The new Navigator shudders and asserts that this is true with a wild flailing of tendrils. The High Commander sighs, a tremendous booming that echoes across the command sinus. “We waste our time swatting at pests when great alpha predators stalk this volume. Leave these scraps to the lesser of the brood; we seek greater prey. Navigator, make haste for the steel structure. We will teach these heretics the err of their ways. Master of the First, prepare yourself for close action.”

The huge pillar of chitin in the center of the sinus shudders and clacks together its enormous claws. “I, First Sphere Adept Who Bled Black Across The World already feel my bodies thrashing and shivering with bloodlust. Those heretics who dare to oppose our cleansing wrath with not live to regret their foolishness.”

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In the cavernous assault sinus of the Brute-class voidbeing, First-Third Spheres Adept That Grasps The Stars In Hands Of Stone bellowed in fury and thrashed its tendrils. It felt the pain of the huge voidbeing around it as the heretic’s weapons ripped and tore its flesh. Ability surged and rippled in huge swathes as the creature pushed its propulsion to the limit, rushing forward to close the distance. It would settle this as it always did; with tooth and claw, acid and fangs, the spilled blood and devoured flesh.

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A small organism speeds through space, rapidly propelled from the Carnivore-class voidbeing’s launch spout. The sole Thinker within the collective organism is the First Sphere Adept Who Seeks Glory In Redemption. Disgraced and reduced greatly from its former station, it seeths with barely supressed violent urges. Once it sinks its countless bodies’ claws into the heretic machine, it will tear it apart from the inside. Heretic constructs have a tendency to explode. The Adept almost hopes that this one will, and it will at last find peace.

In spite of this, it feels a strange apprehension. Somehow it knows that this is not going to be a simple task. It feels the presence of a strange entity, something that makes it shudder despite its unknown qualities. It shakes these feelings off as best as it can and prepares its hundreds of bodies for the relentless violence it knows it must undertake.

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The Wrath is hit by the purple weapon and suffers heavy damage to its ventral side. It pulses its Ability, directing the telekinetic forces at the warheads. Most are intercepted, one is knocked off course and explodes shortly after, but a few make it through. The boarding critter swerves rapidly while a smaller critter accelerates rapidly forward to bodily intercept. The Carnivore fires a boarding organism from its launch spout at fairly low velocity, but at this close of range it will not miss. The Kraken sees that the small technocrat ships near it are barely worth its time and turns its gaze towards larger prey. The Brute is chewed up by the transport's CIWS fire but responds with a massive glob of viscous goo, containing a wonderful mixture of acids, adhesives, and blood-hungry attack bioforms.
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One drone tears at the technarchy ship, while the other turns back to collect the escape pods. It's offense already completed, as the rocket spears release dozens of shredder drones across and within the hull.

The attempt to scavenge the OTS ship is a failure, as the scavenger ship is destroyed along with it. No useful technology or material was scavenged in time, but the data recovered was invaluable.

Using captured OTS data, the ARM studies the communications that have been going on in the system with a newfound understanding of language. After a long, awkward silence, the ARM finally responds to Peetal 5 in a voice suspiciously similar to OTS voice communications sent by the Kijima.

"Acknowledged Peetal 5. Proceed to station for re-armament."

Another message is sent over public channels:
"All surviving ISN units and allies, UL Technarchy vessels are targeting the escape pods and recovery drones. Assist in defense of recovery efforts."

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