!!O+eQDn0BBx8 07/10/11(Sun)04:26 No.15531822|
Your command staff stands around the three-dimensional holographic display on the bridge. Floating above it is a view of the ring station along with several of the defense satellites.
Tense silence hangs in the air along with it.
“Yes,” Dr. Dai grates, finally, “I think that’s the gate. Eliphim Ketro was working on the theory for a relay-based jump system when we left. Highest classification. But it was still just theory, numbers on paper. This...” he trails off before giving one of his typical grunts, “I’d like to get on. See how it works.”
“The sats?” Tynes asks, but this time it is Parson who speaks up.
“Not in the databanks, new as far as I can tell. Automated and completely self contained.Two strange things, though.” He steps closer and points out several objects on the holos, “These weapons. Rail cannons for the most part, with standard point defense lasers. Only one energy cannon, and it looks like a medium at that. Another thing,” he waves his hand and the image zooms in, “here, and here, and here are the shield projectors. Which means the reactor must be here. But there’s no containment signature.”
“Vents. Cyclic recombiner.” Dai adds, pointing to some flanges on the side, “Likely a hyperstate reactor of some type. Would barely be able to fire the gun.”
“And the Marquis class?” you ask, but this time it’s Ivanova who responds.
“Sir, I believe I remember something that might have gone by that name.” Eyes and optics both turn to her, and she shrugs, “Just a rumor when I was being assigned, but it was said that there were plans for a new destroyer class planned. Harbinger was expensive, advanced. Intimidating. Maybe too intimidating for the Consuls, always worried about the Armada’s political power.”
“I wasn’t aware those outside High Command knew about the production of Ophidian warships.” Parson remarks dryly.
Ivanova shrugs again, “Is just what I heard.”