Star-The Empire Chronicles: Pirate Entanglements

After finding his brother, Lord Valkyrie and his followers fight off against Pirates and Lord Valkyrie gives a speech that reveals The Empire's true purpose, and himself.

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Thrug stifled a laugh as he asked, “Yes Lord Shit bag?” Lord Valkyrie stated firmly, “Meet your Reaper.” Thrug looked around with a puzzled expression and noticed his bridge crew looked at him the same, as they thought Lord Valkyrie must be crazy, and Thrug turned back to the main viewer and opened his mouth, only for no sound to come out.  Thrug touched his thought as he felt an odd sensation and looked even more puzzled as to why he can’t speak when the strange sensation changed from being tingling to a that of an invisible force forcing his throat to close and Thrug looked on with wide eyed terror as he grasped around his throat to try and stop to whatever is choking him, fruitlessly.  The crew on the bridge and throughout the ship felt the same sensation as Thrug and eventually their eyes bulged wide open, in terror, as they made choking or gasping sounds while some random crew members (who are not affected) looked on in terror and stood back from their choking comrades as if they were infected with a virus.  Thrug’s face turned from its natural color to bright red and eventually purple as he made repeated choking (painful) sounds as his eyes bulged to the point where they could pop out of his head.  Thrug was lifted off his feet and dangled in the air as he continued to grasp his throat that grew smaller and smaller (as if an invisible person is choking him).  Thrug is not the only one as everyone on the bridge (except the communications officer as she stumbled off her seat and sat on the floor) is suffering the same symptoms when one of the crew member’s screamed in agony and was cut short when there was a popping sound (like a cork from a wine bottle) and the crew member’s head flew off from his body and dropped to the deck with a “plop” sound before his body collapsed onto the floor.  Thrug’s face and head turned bright purple and his eyes are on the verge of popping out when he finally forced an ear splitting scream before his head exploded, sending brain matter, skull and teeth fragments and blood everywhere as it caked the ceiling and his chair as his lifeless (headless) corpse fell onto his chair and sat in its seat perfectly.  The communication’s officer screamed as she looked with wide eye terror and sweat running down her orange forehead as she squeezed each side of her temples with her hands (as she could not believe what she is seeing).  The helmsman’s head turned to his left and continued to turn as he screamed the top of his lungs as his head continued to twist beyond a 90 degree angle.  The communication’s officer crawled backwards but was quickly stopped as her back struck the bottom wall panel below her console and she watched in terror as she heard the growing crackling sounds of the helmsman’s neck breaking (as his head turned slowly) till it turned 180 and there was a sudden, quick, sharp snap sound as the helmsman’s neck finally broke and he dropped and flopped off his console like a dead fish bouncing on a tiled floor.  The weapon’s officer held both sides of her head as she screamed till her head exploded like a water balloon, sending green blood, brain matter and pieces of her skull splattering on her console and the wall panels above it and the rest of the choking/screaming bridge crew, in secession, had their necks snapped or heads popped off (like corks from wine bottles) or exploded, sending patches of blood and gore over or above their work stations, all the while the communication’s officer stifled her cries, as she watched in horror, as she bit down so hard on her right hand that it bleed as she nearly bit down to the bone.  

 

    Throughout Thrug’s ship, the crewmen that are dangling in the air screamed in agony as their heads exploded, sending blood, brain matter and bone splattering over their consoles and surrounding bulkheads as the crew of the Frederica listened to their screams and cries of agony as they exploding, popping and neck snapping sounds.  Some members of the bridge crew glanced at Lord Valkyrie, as he stood with his arms crossed over his chest and his red eyes glaring straight at Thrug’s ship as the cries of death and agony began to quiet down till eventually all is silent.  Lord Valkyrie turned around and headed towards the turbo lift, with Captain Cruz following behind, as he ordered, “Captain Kovak, prepare a boarding party.” Kovak bowed and replied, “Yes Lord Valkyrie!” And he turned away as Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz entered the turbo lift and the doors closed.

 

    Silence engulfed the inside of Thrug’s ship, with the exception of muffled cries as some the frightened crew still cowered in fear and terror, till it broke when there are sounds of locking and shifting gears.  The sounds stopped all at once and a lighted, red sword blade shot through the top of the airlock door and when it moved clockwise it sent red sparks dancing around as the blade cut through till it moved around and stopped where it started.  The door dropped and made a loud “Bang” sound to reveal Lord Valkyrie standing right behind it, with his lighted red sword that cut through the door, and his Blitz Troopers charged out.  What they saw took some of them by surprise, beneath their helmets, as they witnessed the gore and headless corpses that covered the hallways and operating consoles.  A Scan Trooper, wearing yellow armor, walked up and looked either side of the hallways before turning back to Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz and stated, “My lord, I sense four life signs throughout the ship.  One of them is on the bridge.” Lord Valkyrie said, “The bridge is where we will head.  Captain Cruz.” Cruz stood at attention and asked, “Yes my lord?” Lord Valkyrie ordered, “Have the rest of the boarding party search for the remaining crew and escort them off with care.  As you can see, they have been through a traumatic experience.” Captain Cruz stiffened as she replied, “Yes my lord!” And they parted ways with Lord Valkyrie and half of the boarding party going down the left hallway while Captain Cruz took the other half and went down the right.

 

    The access door on the bridge opened and Lord Valkyrie stepped through and looked at the carnage he left as he had killed the majority of the crew.  The Blitz Troopers dispersed around him as they secured the bridge till they heard a woman scream and a Blitz Trooper stepped back, with his rifle aimed at the screaming woman, and he called out, “Sir!” Lord Valkyrie approached and saw the communications officer terrified expression.  Lord Valkyrie bent down, outstretched his right hand to the terrified woman (as she cringed back to the wall panel beneath her console in an attempt to back further but was futile) and said, “It is all right my dear, you are safe.” The woman refused to take his gloved hand and Lord Valkyrie spoke calmly, “If I wanted to kill you I would have killed you along with Thrug and his thugs.  Instead, I sensed your desire not to be part of Thrug’s scheme and this so called Rogue Brotherhood.” The woman looked a little confused and is not as afraid as she was before as Lord Valkyrie continued, “I know you have come from a star system that is peaceful till this brotherhood came along, plundered your home world and drafted you to join them till death.  In the name of The Empire, we are here to annihilate any organization that tolerates this evil and restore isolation and peace throughout the galaxy.” He stretched his hand further towards her and says, “Now, please, take my hand and join us on our freedom crusade.” The woman looked at his black gloved hand and still refused to take his hand when (as if on instinct) she reached out and touched his hand.  The Blitz Troopers, closest to them, reached to pull the communications officer up, but Lord Valkyrie ignored them and helped the woman up himself and he asked, “What’s your name?” The woman hesitated at first but replied, “I’m.....I’m Cora Nom.” Lord Valkyrie said, “Cora Nom, I am Lord Valkyrie, leader of The Empire.  Will you aid us on locating their home planet and yours, so my soldiers can liberate it?” Captain Cruz entered the bridge, as Cora was about to speak, and Cora stopped herself as Cruz approached Lord Valkyrie from behind and she stated, “My lord, all survivors have been retrieved and are being escorted back to the transport.” Lord Valkyrie replied, “Very good captain, we are leaving.” Captain Cruz about faced and led the way out the bridge, with the Blitz Troopers and Lord Valkyrie escorting the nervous Cora out.

 

    The transport landed in the hanger bay and the rear ramp came down before the landing party departed the transport, escorting the remaining crewmen (including Cora) of Thrug’s ship as they looked around at the large hanger with awe to the side before a grey striped Debrief Trooper approached and began orientating the crewmen of their status as temporary prisoners and where they will be living.  Lord Valkyrie walked down the ramp, with Captain Cruz following alongside, and Lord Valkyrie asked, “Is Grand Commandant Cravage confident that the ESS Valkyrie is ready for her maiden voyage?” Captain Cruz replied, “Yes sir, and Commander Gleam reports that he has a perfect set of clones crewing her and requests that your ship be used to train future ship captains and air squadron leaders in the near future.” Lord Valkyrie stated, “Notify Commander Gleam that I approve his proposal, as long as the clones do not disappoint me.” Captain Cruz replied, “Yes my lord.” They passed the entrance/exit to the hanger bay and Lord Valkyrie stopped and turned towards Cruz (as she stopped as well) and he ordered, “You may take your leave captain.  I will be in my quarters for the trip back to Saa and notify me when we arrive.” Captain Cruz replied, “Yes sir.  My lord, should I personally interrogate the prisoners in the meantime?” Lord Valkyrie replied, “Proceed at your own discretion, captain.” And he whipped his black cape as he turned and headed towards his quarters while Cruz holstered her rifle and headed towards the direction the prisoners were being taken.

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