The station looked almost peaceful in the red hue that the Triglavians seemed to inflict on the systems they invaded, the only thing betraying that things weren’t okay was the massive swarm of frigates and cruisers that guarded the place, killing everything that acted hostile to the Collective. It was almost like watching the rogue drones of the drone lands, as they swarmed upon a clueless ship that landed just a little off the blinking lines of the undock. She turned as the red lights in the hangar bay turned on and a familiar voice came over the intercom.
“We went over this before we left Cat, but here it is again for all of you. Alpha, Bravo and Charlie team your mission is to find civilians and escort them to the shuttles, your secondary target is a small group of AEGIS troops stuck somewhere in Sector 3 of the habitation ring. I repeat this is only secondary. I don’t want you risking your lives for some good for nothing Concord shitheads.”
She reviewed her companies, Hades, Persephone, and Lamia all of them warclones she served with even before the “Red Troop” started hunting them. She was glad she had convinced the boss to be moved from Alpha team, even though the thought of seeing the faces of the AEGIS commanders when a group of Serpentis soldiers came to rescue them, was almost too good to pass up. She put on her helmet, the heads-up display quickly linking up to her squads as the female voice went on over the helmet’s intercom.
“Lima your job is to get to the research labs in Sector 12, we have some assets that Serpentis Prime wants to retrieve before this system goes completely dark, remember you were not there, so stealth protocols apply.”
One of her teammates broke the briefing, her voice young, but with that weird after-effect of the AI stuck in her head.
“Salvator, you think we will meet some of those hooded Triangles? Vi says she has a bad feeling about them, the fluid router is full of their noise”
“Lamia if you see them you have orders to leave them alone unless fired upon, don’t want one of those dreads to do to us, what it did to Vale II, least not before we are long gone”
The light changed again, turning yellow, indicating the troops to get ready and board their shuttles. As the rest of the fleet was exiting warp. Outside the shimmering field that separated the hangar bay from the vacuum, four small dots shimmered as four Daredevils exited warp and started aligning towards the star. And like a hornets’ nest kicked from an Intaki cherry tree the Triglavian fleet mobilised towards them, taking railgun fire as they advanced towards the Daredevils. The moment the Triglavian forces were almost close enough to engage their warp disruptors the smaller Daredevils engaged warp, their job done. The light in hangar turned green, the blueish field shimmering a little as their ship decloaked, and the little cluster of shuttles left it’s hangar bay and warped to the docking perimeter.