"Sir we have just had a transmission from the Tenebraen high council on a extremely urgent situation" an aid called over to captain Hargun. Hargun got up and scanned through the message sent, he then rubbed his chin and turned to another of his aids.
"You! get me the Phantom general here now, as well as master of logistics, General Neeson of the Orbital drop core and also some high up member of the Shadows i want them here ASAP!" Hargun shouted, the man saluted and ran off.
Hargun sat at the conference table, surrounding him were the people in question, the Phantom general Worshar and insectoid which was finely dressed and was accompanied by an aid. the next was Haplan Goss master of logistics , the next was General Neeson a grizzled old veteran of many drops and commander of the Heavy power armored drop core here. the last was a familier face to Hargun, staring back at him was the red eye of Surak, lord of Shadows, he had answered Harguns calls and had come as promised.
"Gentlemen we are here for the situation at hand, you have all been breifed and know full well the implications of the Gravity well which will prevent our ships from lending support. we will have to do with small craft which means damn nearly all of our fighters Haplan, i want them all loaded onto a Nova class carrier group so we can launch them at distance. Worshar i need as many Scythe class escorts as you can provide, your hardiness and speed will really help here as well as computer hacking assistance. Neeson i need ALL of your troops ready to go ASAP and i want them to be fully briefed on the fact it will be a weapons free breach procedure, and finally Surak. I need all the Shadows you can spare. i have a feeling the enemy are going to have a few nasty surprises ready for us" Hargun said to all the members.
"I will have my troops ready to go as soon as i get them briefed, it will be a delight to have no restraint on targets sir!" Neeson laughed.
"Fighters will be loaded and ready Captain, i have already sent requests to the captains of the Nova class carriers now" Haplan said typing in some messages into his personal computer.
"My ships are at your disposal, 7 scythe class will be deployed, also i can have a Void class ship provide computer hacking assisatance if need be" Worshar said in a clicky insectoid tone.
Hargun turned to Surak.
"And you have my full support, 20 Shadows will be sent. The enemy will fear us" Surak said in his eerie voice.
Hargun nodded to the group
"We will be working together with the other nations so i want to see us shining out there! Lets prove to the others that we belong here! For the Union!"
"For the Union!" they all replied
"Sir, the assembled members of the Union Military divisions that are need for this operation are all present." "Howitzers Aid reported as he followed the uniformed Camera-head to the Holo-comm station at the end of the Dark stone lined Gothic - art deco style hall of the base. the Wail of the freezing Sub-Antarctic winds outside outside the thick glass windows that stood at irregular intervals along its length.
"Very well, I'll address them all i suppose, and Give them the basic Briefing on the more pressing Operations of the base." The Calvarian Cyborg said as he stood before the control screen surrounded wall mounted aperture of the semicircular station that would serve to project the scene of the council around him, as well as transfer his recorded image to the conferences location.
"Pass the situation on to General Binder, and start prepping the Troops for the operation." he said to the officer.
"Right away sir." The Ronah Said with a slight nod of his armored head before turning and going back down the hall at a light footed sprint."
in the conference room, a slight whining was heard as the holo systems booted up and projected the image of the calvarian Administrator standing at the far end of the table, looking at the assembled officials.
"...Ah, I Apologize for my lateness." he Said, explaining his sudden appearance to the union officers and leaders, who had all turned to face him as his image came into visibility.
"There was an issue at the military docks in the lower Districts that i had to oversee and resolve, but i would like to thank all of you for Assisting us on such short notice on this operation. It came as quite a shock to us all in Government operations when we started receiving The Distress signals.... ah. Yes?" he asked, as he was cut off by goss, who raised a hand in a gesture of interruption and question.
"If i may ask sir." The officer Questioned the Uniformed image of the Calvara. "From what i understand, this is a Ship breaking facility. and as of Recent Salvage regulations have been severly tightened. Why exactly is it that We're pouring so much hardware and Personnel in This mission?" he finished before folding his arms across his chest and giving the Administrator a questioning look.
"right, And that's actually a Very good and understandable question, and if you would allow me to, I'll Explain it. i would like to introduce Dr. Dogan Armando, Architect of the Operation at the facility." Howitzer Answered, before gesturing slightly with his left claw, a two foot by three foot holographic screen appearing in the air above it. glowing pale red. the vestage of a man in a lab coat, and with a Well trimmed goatee decorating his otherwise bald head displayed on the Comm-Window of it.
"Greetings, members of the union." he said as he adjusted the high collar of his lab coat. "Fist of all, i really have to say that it is an honor, to be represented here speaking to all of you. now i understand that some of you may have Questions regarding the Natza Kartania base, and the reason behind the seemingly massive operation behind its attack?"
one of the Union captains nodded and stepped forward, dressed immaculately and having a stern face he cleared his throat.
"I am Captain Aventus of the Nova class carrier Graff Spree, i have read the files of the situation... the enemy i presume are Aggressors or the like, but i will ask you this. An enemy wouldn't attack a ship breaking facility they would however attack a Ship yard. Unless there was or is something of immense worth on that facility i see no other reason for their attack on a ship decommisoning facility, i need to know all i can before me and my fellow captains deploy and commit my forces into battle"
the Man bowed and stepped back the other Union captains nodded their approval and Hargun stepped forward.
"Howitzer, Aventus is one of my most gifted captains, he can guess the nature of any situation and has a brilliant military mind... he hasn't been wrong so far, what was truly at Natza kartania base?"
"I wish that they were normal Enemies, or even a militia Group or Raiders, then we would better understand what were facing... i WISH i knew fully what we were facing." Howitzer said, rubbing his metal claw like hands together in a manner both thoughtful and stressed. his Holo Crackling slightly as he did so.
"I'm Afraid our resident Administrator is correct Hargun." Dogan spoke up from the Projected screen which had taken is place hovering above howitzers shoulder. "What has taken over the base, is nothing at all like any military power can produce. Some, might not even be composed of matter the likes of which we can understand. they are the Creatures of the Rift." he finished, pausing momentarily before continuing.
"*sighs* I suppose that the truth was going to have to be explained eventually..." he said warily 'But very well, you'll all need to know this... The Natza Kartania Ship-Breaking base was the front of an Imperial government backed operation with the focus of Expanding the current Range of our Gateway towers, from between dimensions, to the longer range of between exsistences. As well as additional labratory space for Multiple additonal operation. the best scientific minds of our empire, and our allies." he continued, pausing momentarily to Shine his metal rimmed specticals with a cloth and re adjust them on his face. before he went on
"From what we understand, The Personnel There opened the modified Gateway tower in the center of the formation of the ships of the base, but for reasons unknown to us at this time. They didn't set a location for the other end of the Gateway, it confused the systems. and the resulting doorway tear resulted... letting through the. THINGS, mentioned in the distress calls from the ships." he finished, nodding slightly to show it.
Howitzer stepped forward at this. "OF which, have been coming in less and less. what we can determine at this point, is that the situation at the Facility has been getting worse. additionally, the creatures being described in the calls have begin to show signs of adaptation to their surrounding environment."
Hargun rubbed his chin "Ok this is serious... the Union will commit its full support to this operation Howitzer you have our word on that, even Surak has pledged his help to this mission, hopefully the other nations will do the same"
"We would thank you for your assistance in this venture, I'm certain that with our forces combined we can at the least get some amount of control established at the Facility." The Administrator said nodding his approval.
"At the least enough to get the surviving Crewmembers and Scientists Evacuated. "The Scientist on the Holo Screen Added. "Whoever your men can find and save."
Hargun nodded "that would be everyone then. The Union never leaves anyone behind we will make it our personal mission to rescue those people"
"That's Why we called on you to provide assistance with this operation first." Howitzer said, nodding his obvious approval of The statement. "We knew we could trust you to do that."
"Indeed" Dogan Said In Agreement on the screen."When might i ask will We be able to go underway on the operation?"
"As soon as possible, our troops and ships are ready, give us the signal and we shall deploy alongside you"
"Very well then. Prepare your Troops and ready your ships. We leave in Forty eight hours, at 06:00, From Orbital docks 12 and 29 around our Bases on Titan."
"Acknowledged my friends our forces shall be deployed at that time" Hargun input some notes into a unseen console just out of holo projection range, and then he nodded "All ships have received the message we will see you there Hargun out" With that the image disappeared, and the Union assembled fleet of small escort ships from all its races slowly moved towards titan rendezvous point.
"Alright then, Getting started on this Arc, with an RPed Meeting me and Myric did. The operation is still open to other member powers. if interested."