Sorry if its a rather rough, I only heard about this a few days ago. Not quite the time I needed. I had to give it a shot though, this game's lore is too interesting not to. Word Count should be exactly 1000.
This is the story of a bullet.
This bullet was special not for who, or what, but Special for what it accomplished during its own short span of existence. Forged in the foundries of Luna Base, the bullet was of a league never before attempted by human engineers. Designed to cripple or kill any contemporary spacecraft known or projected to exist in a single shot; it was the primary armament of the Earth Defense Fleet’s revolutionary long range capital ship (an early predecessor to modern day’s Basilisk Capital ship). At the time, it was hoped to be a warning to the recent explosion of human pirating that plagued the fledgling human colonies. First contact with the Veru’nas’ dramatically changed those priorities.
Sadly, first contact is a bit of a misnomer. In their arrogance, the mighty Veru’nas’ saw no need to communicate with the comparatively young and feeble minded human explorers. They only saw the opportunity for combat, the chance at the glory and honor all Veru’nas’ need to succeed in their brutally survivalistic culture. Pitifully, the humans stood no real chance. Veru’nas’ technology and military strategy was so far beyond human comprehension that the largely civilian outlier colonies and fleets were utterly wiped out, leaving no chance to send a warning to Earth. Natural disaster was presumed by most, but once the search and rescue forces discovered charred colonies stripped clean of all life and vessels almost completely vaporized, humanity realized the truth. However, by then it was too late, the Veru’nas’ had already stripped the human colonies of all actionable intel. Including the location of humanity’s greatest bastion, Earth.
Now realizing the scope of the danger, humanity mobilized its defenses. Not that it mattered much. Intent on utter annihilation of their foes, the Veru’nas’ appeared at the edge of the solar system and began to work their way inward. Conflict first began in the orbit of Pluto, formally a small research base, it had been completely evacuated. The human commanders knew that there was no sense in mounting a full on defense of a target of so little strategic value. Nevertheless, in order to win this conflict in the long run, humanity desperately needed information on their newest foes. As such, humanity prepared a small vanguard force in Pluto orbit. Just enough to force a reaction from the enemy and engage humanity in close combat under the eyes of hundreds of analysts. The vanguard was ordered to keep the engagement brief and minimize casualties; to withdraw at the slightest indication of real danger. They never got the chance.
From this first engagement, humanity bought with blood priceless information, they learned of the raw strength and power of the Veru’nas’, their elegance and speed, but most of all, they learned of the Veru’nas’ unmatched brutality and killing efficiency. The human vanguard thought they were prepared, monitoring every FTL band and vector, every stray photon and neutrino, they thought that nothing could surprise them. That is, until the Veru’nas’ flagship codenamed “Thanatos” jumped directly into the middle of the human formation and split asunder a proud battleship in one blow with barely more than a shield flare. Shocked, the humans were even more unprepared for the trio of Veru’nas’ cruisers slipping up alongside their sister ship, popping any ship in their way. As one, the four ships opened fire in all directions with energy weapons as beautiful in appearance as they were deadly in effect. In seconds, the heart and mind of humanity’s vanguard, its first line of defense, was complete molten slag. With no direction, and no possibility of timely reinforcements, the shattered human forces sounded the retreat; only to find their FTL drives completely unresponsive. As it turns out, at such close proximity, the Veru’nas’ were somehow able to use their powerful and highly malleable shielding to disrupt any FTL bubbles generated nearby. With nowhere to run, the scattered fleet fought to the last ship, valiantly buying humanity’s analysts time and information with each shot fired.
Realizing that no multilayered defense of the solar system would be effective if they could not inflict any casualties on the enemy, humanity's defenders prepared every available ship for their next defense. Furthermore, the EDF mobilized for the first time its two newest starships. The state of the art, long range, capital ships known as the EDF Aquitaine and EDF Bastion. Only partially finished, little more functioned than the engines, and the massive cannon running the down the entire center line of both ships.
At this time, Titan was a burgeoning economic, and manufacturing center. Equipped with its own orbital defenses, Titan was a nearly irresistible target for the Veru’nas’. True to their nature, the Veru’nas’ appeared suddenly and without warning, quickly dispatching large numbers of orbital defense turrets. The human fleet, nestled deep with Titan’s clouds, a location neither species would dare FTL, quickly moved to engage. However, this time humanity had a plan. The human warships were merely support to a far deadlier threat, hundreds of fighters and bombers engaged only one target with entirely EMP focused weaponry. The Veru’nas’ heavy cruiser “Thanatos” shuddered as its shields were finally disrupted by the efforts of thousands of warheads. In this very moment, The EDF Aquitaine and the EDF Bastion revealed themselves from Titan’s embrace. Firing first, the Bastion colossal round broke the Thanatos’ shield leaving the Aquitine’s bullet, THE BULLET, the opening it needed to smash through the formable heavy cruisers armor and cripple its engines. Lacking nearly all propulsion, the Thanatos slowly lost against Titan’s gravity, drawing the ship to a crash on the surface.
After suffering such a loss to an inferior race, the Veru’nas’ withdrew in shame. Vowing to return with the full might of the Veru’nas’ imperial navy. Humanity, realized that next time they would not be so fortunate. Learning what it could from the downed ship, the humans did what they could to prepare for future incursions. It wasn’t much, but it would be just barely enough.
Last edited by BeforetheStorm
on Sat May 31, 2014 3:39 pm, edited 1 time in total.