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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The bulbous, rounded form of the home ship the Rogue Brotherhood’s fighters flew from sat in orbit of the darkest side of a dead planet and the bridge crew sat in stunned silence as they heard and saw, from the pilot’s fighter cams, the attack and destruction of all of their fighters.  A large, muscular, gargoyle faced man stood before his command chair and asked grimly, “Is all of this processed to home planet?” A female replied, “Yes Captain Thrug.” Thrug sat in his command chair and showed his short pointed teeth as they protruded from his lips as he smirked and spoke, “Good.  Next time when our comrades encounter more of their ships, we will be able to counter this Lord Valkyrie and destroy hi...” There was a loud bang noise and the bridge shook as sparks issued from the lights above Thrug and the monitors and displays in front of the bridge personnel, that surrounded the circular perimeter of the bridge, crackled or fluctuated as they held onto either their consoles or chairs.  Thrug looked to his left with furious rage and yelled, “What the hell was that?” One of the bridge personnel replied, “Sir, its one of those Space Cruisers!  They just took out our shields!” Thrug and some of the crew looked stunned, while the rest were busy operating their consoles, as they looked at him and Thrug asked angrily, “How?  You told me they are still holding position and their weaponry is no match for our shields!  Especially one shot!” The crew member replied, “I don’t know sir!  The ship was where it was supposed to be, but somehow they appeared over us and their weapons powered up even more!” Thrug and the others still looked dumbfounded as to how the Space Cruiser moved at such a far distance without any early warning and how their powered up weapons became even more powerful from their scanners.


    The Frederica hovered in front and above the Rogue Brotherhood Home Ship, after it fired a single shot from one of its side main turrets, as Lord Valkyrie appeared from the turbo lift onto the bridge and walked on the walkway between the two control pits and stood behind Captain Cruz and Kovak when he asked, “Status Kovak?” Kovak turned and replied firmly, “Sir the Reflector Decoy was a success and we are able to take them by surprise.  Also the Weapons Cloaker concealed the true power of our weapons and our main batteries were able to destroy their shield in one shot.” Lord Valkyrie asked, “Communications?” Captain Kovak replied, “Faker Comms is able to intercept, copy and mimic their comms wavelength to make them think they are communicating to their home planet while we blocked their transmissions sir.” Lord Valkyrie spoke with satisfaction beneath his mask, “Very good captain.” There was a slight shudder and a muffled explosion and Lord Valkyrie glanced at Captain Kovak’s direction and asked with a sense of alertness but spoke calmly, “Report captain!” Kovak remained where he stood and replied briskly, “They fired on us, but their weapons are no match for our shields.” Lord Valkyrie looked back forward, towards the Rogue Brotherhood’s Home Ship and said, “Good.  Let me speak to them.” Kovak looked at the communications station and they nodded, pressed a few buttons and looked at Lord Valkyrie’s direction and the operator said, “I patched them to your helmet sir, you can speak.” Lord Valkyrie stated, “Home Ship of the Rogue Brotherhood!  You will drop your weapons and cease hostilities and surrender or we will force you to comply!  You have 2 minutes to reply!”  It was only a matter of seconds when Thrug’s voice came over the loudspeaker on the bridge as he spoke angrily and defiantly, “The Brotherhood surrender’s to no one!  You are the ones who should surrender to us!” The Frederica’s bridge shook again as Thrug’s ship fired on them and, without asking Lord Valkyrie’s permission, Kovak turned to the left control pit and ordered, “Weapons, destroy all their gunports and weapons arrays.  Then redirect fire to their engines and cripple them.” The weapons officer replied, “Yes sir!” After Thrug’s ship fired at the Frederica a few times the side turrets of the Frederica fired back and, with precision aiming, destroyed all of the gunports and weapons systems throughout Thrug’s ship before two of the side turrets turned and fired two bursts of red light and when they struck two of the four main engines, they exploded and caused a short chain reaction that tore apart the other two engines as well.


    Inside Thrug’s ship, the gun crews fired on the Frederica relentlessly as they yelled, hooter or hollered with excitement.  A large, gargoyle like, man walked along the walkway behind the gun turrets as he observed their firing and reloading while also yelling, “Come on you slime dogs and cats!  Show them the wrath of the Brotherhood!” They continued to yell with excitement, even as their shots never penetrated the Frederica’s shields, when one by one they watched as large red bolts of light flew straight at them and either disintegrated in the small fireball explosions or screamed/yelled as they were hit and either laid or rolled against the wall or on the metal walkway deck with yellow blood decorating their torn clothing and bodies.  The large man held onto the walkway with one hand while holding onto the wall with the other as the ship shook and heat and flames spewed closely around him as the handful of gun turrets (that he was in charge of) exploded, followed by the screams of dying gun crews before looking up and seeing the horror surrounding him.  He looked dismayed by the destruction he is seeing and he spoke to himself, “How?  Why?  This can’t happen!” On the bridge Thrug held onto his seat as the ship shook and explosions echoed outside the bridge as multiple electrical systems sparked, showering most of the bridge with a mixture of white and yellow lights as two crewmen screamed as they caught on fire and rolled around the deck, while the others covered their faces from the sparks, till two crewmen got up and extinguished the flames both on their comrades and their stations.  The shaking and explosions stopped and Thrug yelled, “Re..” There was a sound of multiple large explosions (combined into one) and the bridge shook violently to the extent that Thrug’s large form was nearly throttled from his chair and when the bridge stopped shaking from the large explosion Thrug asked again, louder, “WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?” One of his crewmen called out in reply, “Sir, weapons systems are offline or destroyed and are main engines are gone!” Thrug turned to the crewman that spoke and asked angrily, “Gone?  What do you mean gone?” 


    On the bridge of the Frederica, Lord Valkyrie stood as he watched the Frederica’s main side batteries destroy all the gun turrets and weapons on Thrug’s ship, that were firing at them, and destroy his engines.  When the firing ceased Lord Valkyrie spoke with demanding calm, “I will not ask again, Thrug.” Thrug’s response came swiftly, “YOU WILL DIE! DO YOU HEAR ME?  BY THE NAME OF THE BROTHERHOOD YOU WILL...” Lord Valkyrie cut him off as he glanced at Captain Kovak’s direction and asked, “Captain Kovak, see if his entire crew shares his same enthusiasm.” Captain Kovak answered, “Yes my lord!” And Kovak turned his attention to the right control pit and relayed Lord Valkyrie’s request as Lord Valkyrie asked, not aloud, “Captain Cruz, where is Gala?  I have not seen her for quiet sometime.” Captain Cruz kept from shifting her head (as she glanced at Lord Valkyrie) before she replied, “Sir, Gala is on her way back to Saa onboard the Triton.” Lord Valkyrie did not move, as he continued to look onward, as Cruz continued, “She refused to transfer with us and wished to be away from you for awhile.” Lord Valkyrie finally shifted his helmet towards Cruz’s direction and asked, “Did she say what she will do in the meantime?” Cruz replied, “She said she is looking for something related to music or a recording studio to keep her busy.” Lord Valkyrie shifted his helmet back forward as he spoke, “Odd.  She never said anything about liking music, when I was with her.” Captain Kovak snapped to attention and spoke aloud, “My lord, we have detected some of the crew do not share the same enthusiasm with Captain Thrug!” Lord Valkyrie asked, “Do you have their locations?” Kovak replied, “Yes my lord!” Lord Valkyrie ordered, “Target all areas of the ship that won’t harm those that disagree with Captain Thrug and prepare a boarding party.” Kovak looked nervous, at first, but quickly covered his surprise and spoke, “Sir, unfortunately that would not be possible at their current locations, due to the instability and makeshift architecture and structure of their ship.” Lord Valkyrie made a short, low grunt as he crossed his arms over his chest and replied, “Very well captain.  Tie my comms to the rest of the ship.  I will take it from here.” Kovak opened his mouth but stopped himself, for a few moments, before he changed his curious expression to that of an officer following orders and replied, “Yes my lord.” And he took a step back and nodded to to communications station, and the officer in charge pressed a single button as Lord Valkyrie spoke to Captain Thrug and their audio communique is heard throughout the Frederica, “Captain Thrug, you have defied my hospitality.  Even though your extensive criminal record stretches over ten star sectors and any other person would rather see you dead or worse rather than be polite or merciful as I have done the latter.” Captain Thrug spoke, “Your long speeches are beginning to bore me, Lord Shit bag.” No normal person could have heard it, but Lord Valkyrie heard some stifled laughs in the background following Captain Thrug’s reply as some members of the crew, of the Frederica, either shifted in their seats (uncomfortably) or looked on with firm gazes or anger and after a few moments Lord Valkyrie stated, “Captain Thrug.” Thrug asked (as if trying to hold back from laughing), “Yes Lord Shit bag?” Valkyrie blatantly, but firmly, stated, “Meet your Reaper.” And there was silence over at Thrug’s side and the crew of the Frederica continued to follow their duties, even though they wondered why it is eerily quiet on the loudspeakers, when the silence was pierced by a dull rasping noise and grew as they heard more rasping noises till they changed into choking sounds, mixed with muffled cries of pain and the crew stopped their duties as they listened in and knew what is happening over at Thrug’s ship.  Lord Valkyrie stood with his arms crossed and continued to look straight at Thrug’s ship, as if the ship itself is taking all of his attention, all the while the sounds of choking and ear splitting screams surrounded him, as he looked on towards Thrug’s dying ship.

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