On a bright sunny morning in Fenrir, a large cargo ship arrived, darkening the skies. Inside was a mysterious looking fella who had two separate data pads that needed signing. Inside the ship were two large trucks carrying what looked like a red and a blue rocket. Biggest things you’ve ever seen.
Trajectory marked for a derelict station and Vanargand’s supposed moon.
The man said nothing but smiled. His jacket shining and on it was the Cerberus symbol…could the Illusive Man still be operational?
Tinman, T5, had received messages sent through by the Satellite that they had put into orbit around Vanargand. It would seem they were different distress calls. This one came from Tannhauser Station, apparently. They assumed it was the station the rocket was marked for.
“ Well I guess there’s no time like the present. Us three it is then”, Fazzy said. “EVA suits?” Marcus asked warily. “yeah, or just wear a mask.” Fazzy replied. Bansealgair asked: “we are not going to travel through wormholes and such right? Just to the station?” Fazzy nodded. “We have to locate the Tannhauser Station, whatever that is. And no, no wormholes.” Marcus came back dressed in black and wearing a black breathing mask. Fazzy changed into his armoured suit and helmet and Bansealgair decided to wear the breathing mask and to put on her energy field belt. “You never know…” she mumbled.
“There probably might be something else though.” Fazzy added. “I heard the big brother satellite picked up a mass relay. Did you get the intel?” Bansealgair nodded. “Yes I think I read that. Going to wear my belt just in case.”
The three of them went to the hangar where the rockets had been placed. The blue rocket was assembled and towered out of the hangar. “It’s huge!”
Marcus looked up at it and said: “Looks somewhat phallic, doesn’t it?” Fazzy agreed. “All rockets look like cockets…happy now?” He laughed loudly. Marcus glanced at Bansealgair. “That’s what she said” he grinned. Bansealgair laughed.
They walked up the stairs to the passenger area. There were no seats. They had to stand inside a forcefield. Fazzy used the comms to contact Tinman to start the countdown. As the rocket was very old and not with modern technology the three of them started to get nervous. Marcus and Bansealgair a bit more than Fazzy. After the countdown the rocket went off. For a moment there was so much noise and strange vibrations and movements that they thought the rocket would blow up on take-off. Luckily it didn’t. It sped up through the sky and out of orbit. Once out of orbit the rocket began to slow down.
After a while they disembarked at an ancient looking stop. It took a while to shake off the effects of the harsh rocket ride. Then they started to look around. The views, sounds, atmosphere were all amazing. From one of the windows they saw a ringed planet. They wondered if it was the one near Vanargand. They figured they were still in their system, but couldn’t make sense of the readings on the strange station. “My sensors are all jammed.” Fazzy said. “I haven’t seen this tech since I was in the marines. But something about this construct feels…familiar..” He looked at the panel. “ I’m gonna see what happens when I press…this button..” He found the biggest button he could see and mashed it.
“BP-VII: ATTENTION: Departure procedure initiated, all the crew must reach the spacecraft immediately!” An alert accompanied the computer’s warning.
The three of them looked up and at each other. “That’s us guys, we need to get out of here!” Fazzy called out.
“ BP-VII: DANGER: All the crew must be in the spacecraft or evacuated during the black photonization, ” the computer warned. Fazzy and Marcus located the spacecraft and Fazzy urged Bansealgair to hurry up and join them.
“ BP-VII: DANGER: Black photonization in 30 seconds. Reach the spacecraft or evacuate immediately.”
“ Did she say black hole??” Fazzy asked. Bansealgair glared at him. “What the hell did you press?!”
“ BP-VII: DANGER: Black photonization in 10 seconds. Stay into the spacecraft or evacuated immediately.” “I think we are fucked…” Marcus said.
“ BP-VII: ATTENTION: The magnetic bridges will now be closed for the photonization.”
Fazzy stared at Bansealgair. “ I didnt…. OMG….It’s a mass relay!” He gasped.
Marcus cursed. “Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck!!!”
Bansealgair quickly pushed her belt before starting to curse too! Fazzy breathed heavily. “ This is what it feels like to travel through a mass relay” he said as they were speeding through amazing colours and visions.
“ IOTA: A transmissions has been intercepted. “ I knew there was something about that const….” Fazzy started when they heard the computer’s message. “Oh no..”
“ IOTA: Black Photonic 7… Here is Outpost 16 of Tannhäuser… We are under attack… Abort all your missions… I repeat… Abort all your missions…”
Bansealgair who had been staring outside trying to come to grips with travelling through the relay, admiring the colour show when she heard the transmission. “What the….”
“ IOTA: 1 minute before destination. The command locked for the Black-Photonic travel.”
Marcus repeated part of the message: “ Under attack??”
“ IOTA: 30 seconds before destination.”
Bansealgair placed her hand on her weapon, heart beating like crazy, but couldn’t help looking at the shield in awe.
“ Well…” Fazzy said as they arrived at the Outpost…or what was left of it. Then a shock as something hit the spacecraft. There was debris everywhere, the station was half destroyed, remnants of spacecrafts and the station was everywhere. There were small drones flying between it all.
“ IOTA: The commands are still locked by the system of the Arrival Station. A manual operation from the station is required to interrupt the remote control.”
“ Aaand theres that other planet, and a black…hole..” Fazzy pointed.
“IOTA: DANGER: The engine 3 has been destroyed.”
“ Aaaand now we’re fucked” He added.
“IOTA: ATTENTION: The propulsion systems are dead. Survival systems are still operational. The commands are still locked by the system of the Arrival Station. A manual operation from the station is required to interrupt the remote control”.
Bansealgair groaned. “Damn it, and all that debris…” She looked at them both, wondering just how fucked they were. “So, how are we going to get out of here?” she looked at the system’s console. We can’t land, and our engine is gone..”
“ I’m not sure”, Marcus replied. “I think we need to manually do something somewhere but I’m a bit lost.” Bansealgair nodded. “me too…” She looked out of the window.. “can’t be long before any of that debris hits us….”
“And then there is that black hole out there… “ Marcus looked out of the window as well. “ I think we need to get out of here and into that station, maybe there is a some pod there.”
Bansealgair grumbled. “should have worn that EVA suit…”
Marcus pointed at her belt. “Your shield should be of some help I’m sure
“I hope so! It’s all I have!” Bansealgair wasn’t feeling too sure about that. She looked out of the window again. “Guys…does that black hole seem to come closer?” “uuuh… it does, it grows I think.” Marcus replied.
Bansealgair groaned and curses. “Fuck”
“ I think we need someone to go to the station and do some..repairs. Also, those red robots with the red eyes are oculuses. Reaper drones.
“ IOTA: The commands are still locked by the system of the Arrival Station. A manual operation from the station is required to interrupt the remote control.”
Bansealgair looked outside. “Reaper drones?! Red eyes….” Remembering the description Deimos had given of the aliens that had killed all the people on Vanargand except him. “I don’t like the sound of this.” Marcus grumbled. Fazzy looked around to find how to release the hatch and activate the forcefield.
“how the hell do we get to that staion?!!!” Bansealgair asked. “Should I go?” Marcus asked Fazzy.
Fazzy didn’t like the sound of that. “Let me think.” “I have the best chance to survive there.” Marcus added. Which was true, he was part machine after all. Fazzy sighed. “yeah, that might be true. There is a Zero G device here…” He looked at Marcus. “But do you think you know where to find those release controls and get the enemies off our backs?” Marcus shrugged. “As good as any..” Fazzy looked out at the half destroyed station again. ”I see a small entrance chute, maybe try that way first.”
Marcus moved into the air lock and Fazzy operated the force field so Bansealgair and himself wouldn’t be sucked out into space as well. “Guys….are you sure about this?” Bansealgair’s voice soundeding fearful. Marcus was determined though. Marcus started to float in the airlock as the Zero G force was activated. “Ok, er…there we go..” Fazzy said. Then he opened the hatch and they both watched Marcus float out into space. He floated up towards the station but bounced on a bit of debris and veered off away from everything. “Marcus!” Bansealgair cried out. Fazzy frowned. “Thisis not what I expected…he’s just…floating around. And what did he say? He had the best chance..?”
Bansealgair tried to reach Marcus through the comms, but he was not responding. “What the hell is going on, Fazzy!?” They both watched Marcus, feeling so helpless. Somehow he was able to turn around, probably having used more debris to bounce back from and he once again moved towards the station. They saw him reach it and then he moved out of their sight. An amount of time that felt like hours passed as Bansealgair and Fazzy stared at the station wordlessly, thoughts to themselves, both wishing they’d see Marcus again.
Suddenly the computer broke the eerie silence. “IOTA: Command unlocked.”
A sigh of relief from them both. “Ok, looks like the command is complete.” Fazzy said. They both watched the station and finally they saw him come out of it again, making his way back to the spacecraft. “Marcus!” Bansealgair cried out again. He moved into the airlock and the hatch was closed again. When the force field was down, Marcus stepped inside. “You made it!” Fazzy said to him proudly and relieved. “ Seems like you were struggling.” Uuugh… that was unpleasant.” Marcus said. Bansealgair walked up to Marcus and gave him a tight hug, so happy to see him back. “You were gone so quickly, not responding to comms and I was afraid you were lost in space…” she mumbled. “I see a wrecked satellite and pieces from a mass realy and ships… I’m not sure about you guys, but we better strap in, and fast..”” Marcus nodded. “I think we better skidaddle.”
Fazzy tapped the control panel and the computer answered.
“ IOTA: ATTENTION: The propulsion systems are dead. Survival systems are still operational. The emergency procedure has been activated. The spacecraft will try to land on the nearest planet. All the crew must return to their seats immediately.”
As soon as everyone was strapped in the spacecraft suddenly went down, freefall style. “Oh, here we go, hold on tight!” Fazzy called out. He cursed. Bansealgair closed her eyes and felt despair, thinking they’d crash and die.
Then a hard landing, but not as hard as was expected. Fazzy’s head bashed against the console and he was knocked out.
“ IOTA: ATTENTION: The Survival systems are dead. The Survival systems are dead.”
Marcus and Bansealgair were shaken but not injured and as they unstrapped and moved to Fazzy he came to. “ugh…” he mumbled as he checked himself for injuries. He was fine. “Well…let”s see what planet we’re on and seek for help.” As they stepped out they were met with intense heat. The whole area seemed to be on fire. There was a yellow mist and it was HOT.”
Bansealgair wished again that she had worn her EVA suit. “well, I guess this is the end then.” she smiled sadly. “ Let’s not die right away. At least it’s warm here,” Fazzy said.
Banseagair sighed. “I can’t leave the spacecraft, I really should have brought the EVA suit.”
“I’m sure the shield will give some help.”Marcus reminded her. “The shield should. It’s what it’s for!” Fazzy added. Then hit the comms: [El Jefe: Fazzy] [GLOBAL] :: This is BluCore to anyone in the vicinity. Do you copy? We are stranded on a lava planet.”
“ Looks like the hot planet we were on last time.” He added. Marcus grumbled. “I hated that place.”
“ We must be pretty close to Vanargand”, Fazzy thought out loud.
[El Jefe: Fazzy] [GLOBAL] :: I repeat. Does anyone copy? Three of us are stranded.”
And then a sound! [Jark] [GLOBAL] : “Fazzy, is that you? Lava? But Vanargand is ice cold?”
[El Jefe: Fazzy] [GLOBAL] :: Who is this??”
[Jark] [GLOBAL] :: Jark. Send me coordinates and I’ll find a shuttle.”
[El Jefe: Fazzy] [GLOBAL] :: We’re stranded on a lava planet. Far from Vanargand. We were investigating a disappearance…and well…
[El Jefe: Fazzy] [GLOBAL] :: Our coords are…hold on
[El Jefe: Fazzy] [GLOBAL] :: Sensors are jammed. We crash landed.
[Jark] [GLOBAL] :: I’ll have the ship locate you.
Fazzy turned to Bansealgair and Marcus. “Someone that sounds like Jark is coming to rescue us
[T5 Tinman:] [GLOBAL] :: Captain? Been trying to get a hold of you guys for ages. Your line went dark. What happened?
[El Jefe: Fazzy] [GLOBAL] :: We almost died, T..But the views were phenomenal.
Bansealgair looked at Fazzy, sweating immensely inside her protective shield, wondering if she’d have burns to deal with later.
[Jark] [GLOBAL] :: Not to worrry, the shuttle has a joystick. And I’ll follow as the radio signal gets stronger
[T5 Tinman:] [GLOBAL] :: Right. Wait for a shuttle service to arrive.”
“I’m going to wait in the ship. I think the shield is not holding everything at bay..” Bansealgair struggled to breathe.
Fazzy approached Bansealgair and reached for her belt..then found the cool down option and pressed it. “There…that should help a bit. You looked like you were sweating. “
They heard the shuttle before they saw it.
[Jark] [GLOBAL] :: Um. How hot is it down there?
[El Jefe: Fazzy] [GLOBAL] :: Not sure. About 75C?
[El Jefe: Fazzy] [GLOBAL] :: We’re keeping as cool as we can but not sure how long that will last.
[Jark] [GLOBAL] :: Going to land on your ship to keep my ship cooler. Can you climb up?
[El Jefe: Fazzy] [GLOBAL] :: We can try. Open the hatch.
Marcus and Fazzy climbed on top of their spacecraft and they helped up Bansealgair. They jumped up onto the hatch of the shuttle and climbed in. Jark looked behind him. “Add this to Vanargand and the temperature could be moderate.”
Bansealgair slapped Jark on the shoulder before sitting down. “So glad to see you!”
Jark asked: “Express to the planet or do you want anything at the Tempus Fujit?
“ Take us down” Fazzy answered.
Jark took them down towards the planet. Tinman came on the radio.
[T5 Tinman:] [GLOBAL] :: Seeing you guys. Recording the shuttle as friendly.
Bansealgair was very happy to see the space port and the mountains below. She sighed deeply. The shuttle landed on one of the port’s pads and they got out of the shuttle. “Thanks, Jark.” Fazzy and Marcus said. Jark grumbled. “Watch out for the last step. Haven’t flown this model before.”
Fazzy couldn’t help himself. “Shows it too…” Then he added. “Come join us!” Bansealgair agreed. “You should join us for a drink. I know I really need one!” Jark had to decline as he had business elsewhere. They expressed their thanks again and Fazzy said he’d send a note of commendation to Bran in his name. Bansealgair promised Jark free drinks the next time he’d visit the bar.
Jark left and the three of them went down. First to be decontaminated, just in case and then a visit to the medbay to see if they had sustained any injuries. The scans showed that all three had some minor burns and they treated it with the hypo spray, injecting a few CCs of Kelotan. Then they went to the dorm lounge for some much needed showers and drinks and discussed all that had happened, trying to make sense of things.