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Akelost Leviathan Hybrid Ark Alpha
Port Hope - Evacuation- Alpha General
Rin's disorientation took off as she would gain consciousness for a moment, then slip back into the same unconscious state she had been in before. The painful separation of the broken vesper throbbed within her head. She felt like someone had kicked her in the head, the world spun when she opened her eyes. She had been taken up by the Elysian Star Army soldier, but she reached for her niece and swiped at the air, "It is happening!" she called out. Of course, they were all now painfully aware of the threat that had just arrived in the system, and yet that was not the issue.
A strange sound, like that of a giant bubble popping, could be heard from the innermost sanctums of Alpha Ark. It was like an explosion, then as if time had been paused for just a moment as pressure changes circulated throughout the Ark. The song of Alpha went softer, then softer, then within the sigh of all sighs, the magnificent living vessel lost its hold upon life. Alpha was no longer alive, the Leviathan and all of its mindhives had perished. It sunk within its position in space on a coreward slow slide, that had just started to be affected by the gravity well of Bothosar.
Akelost Leviathan Hybrid Ark Beta
Bridge"Beta is alright, Taisho. Worry less about getting us off, and more about what you need to do with your fleet out there," Katara said as she watched Bothosar fill the screen. "There are thirty of us on this bridge and not one of them will leave their stations until all civilians are off this Ark," she put it rather pointedly at the Star Army Fleet Admiral, Akina, or not she was not going to play the victim. "Something is not right with this, entities that big don't cross the barrier without reason, there is something more to this," she lowered herself into the command throne. Within moments there were dozens of projected screens with information scrolling on them in a cloud around her.
"Beta...Kr'narlao...get me more power from those fusion reserves," she whispered quietly, as Beta began to sink in its position towards Alpha deploying a stream of gravitons to grab ahold of its dead sister.
On-Route to Beta HospitalAunaera nodded to Chiasa, "Ready when you are, " she said and took a big sip of the latte and they would disembark the shuttle together. "Hmm," Aunaera looked back towards the blue field, "Something is changing out there, and it is not for the better. We can worry about that after we find the doctor though, " she said. Just as she did there was a loud noise. One of Bothosar's swarm ricocheted off the atmosphere. The membrane outside of the field retracted closed and the Ark shifted. "Let's Go," she said to Chiasa as she began to lead her through the maze of the Leviathan's interior. "Things look like they are in better shape here on Beta, I don't know how much longer Alpha will last," she said unaware of the fact Alpha had just passed.
"I'm sure you're ready for this crazy day to be over?" she asked, curious about her new friend and comrade.
Akelost Leviathan Hybrid Ark Gamma
The Admiral answered the Captain's call, "Just offload the food into the cargo bay. The MERN can distribute, it looks like you're about to have your hands full," Cheol said as he received updates from Gamma's mindhives on what had developed. Was it really a Devourer? In realspace? He felt an urge of panic, as the first volleys of asune energy fire came from Bothosar's tentacles that whirled through space and hit Gamma it causing the entire Ark to shift. Thankfully the heavy nature of Leviathan Husk was designed to withstand punishment, "Quickly get back to your bridge," he urged, "Just get as much food over as you can, I need to get back to the bridge." he said in a frantic tone.
Cheol didn't give much chance to answer, within moments he and two of the MERN soldiers that had been part of his entourage were headed back towards the bridge.
BridgeMultitasking was thankfully a strength of Admiral Aphelion, the veteran Fleet Admiral had plenty of experience in battles against those entities from the Asune Dimension. It was unheard of for an entity as old or as large as Bothosar to emerge into real space though. It meant revenge or starvation, and either way this was not going to end well even for the entity. "Remember that thing we said we would not do?" she questioned the tactical officer, "...Well we're going to do it. Cause we're not just going to sit here," she gave a nod towards him.
"I suggest you all hold the fuck onto something," she said, and even still she helped to prepare the team they were still going to send to the MERN Ithond. Hopefully, the Yamataians would respond soon about the infantry team she had previously requested.
"I am dispatching a group of MERN Marines for insertion onto the Ithond, do you have an infantry unit with you? They could use a hand if you do," the Admiral added. ( Opportunity for you @demibear )
The dimensional sensors activated and a rippling effect of distortions moved through space as the Star Army fired, it would collide with some of the aether fire from one of their ships and then ripple back towards the Aiathogu. "Got it!" the tactical officer yelled back at the Admiral. The entire ship shuddered as if it had been hit by something as the new dimensional address for aether was dialed into their systems. Sparks flew, and some of the less isolated consoles on the bridge erupted as plasma surged through the conduits beneath them. The lights flickered on then off, then on and then off again, the third time a loud energizing sound emitted through the entire sphere of the military Titan, as its tap reactors activated for the first time in months. The Star Army would watch as the Aiathogu powered up, turrets emerged from beneath the morphic Levithan husk of its hull, and the massive gulley that formed its equator alit a powerful teal blue color. The gamble had paid off, and the Aiathogu had its teeth back. "Missile systems spinning up, turret systems reporting nominal, engineering reports the conventional power plants are online, the sync with Aiathogu is a little off, but she claims she can adjust. Ma'am, you have full tactical options available," he said. "Another fleet has joined the Star Army, looks like they're joining the flight," he added.
"Ensign Enandra, tell the Star Army we're in the game, the Aiathogu can assist. Explain to them, that it is absolutely important that they focus on the 'eye' structure of that Devourer, if it manages to fire that weapon all that will be left is devastation," she instructed the communications officer. Then turned to Uaeso and Naika, "If you two are planning on joining the Ithond Team, I suggest you get a move on," she said with a slight usher of her hand towards the lift. She felt bad that the ensign had to listen to all that panic over the comms from the other leviathans.
While the Ensign handled the Star Army, the Admiral opened up a channel with the new fleet, " Rear Admiral Lane Maddison, I wish this introduction was under better circumstances but you should immediately go weapons-free. Focus your fire on the eye structure of that thing, we have to disable that weapon." It was the best she could do, for the time being, as there was so much going on.
AsideUaeso looked at the image of Minjun on the screen and then back to Naika, "I never did much like that guy," he said, then motioned to the lift as the Admiral had, "Think we need to get going, we can keep tabs on this situation," he said, hand still entwined with hers he lightly pulled her towards the lift so they could get down to the launch bay. Meanwhile, in the Sylph holding area, Gothuau and her mate had been released into their own launch hall. The MERN soldiers on duty knew full well if they deployed the batons on those two creatures that there would be hell to pay, so they merely ushered the two beasts forward toward the atmospheric field. IFF beacons had been added to their collars to ensure the Star Army knew not to fire upon the two biologically engineered creatures. Gothuau let out a piercing cry, the raptor-like form of her body lurched forwards and her clawed digits clinked against the polished floor. The manubrial tentacles whirled off her crown of bone and glossy black flesh as the razor-sharp tips made sparks as they collided with the launch bay's frame. The beast's eight black glossy eyes filled with a sense of calm though as Uaeso's mind reached out to her, the soothing nature of her pilot prepared her for launch. Her scorpion-like tail rose up behind her and dipped to the side as if to smudge her mate in a loving manner.
BothosarThe mighty asune dimensional entity roared through the open bands of hyperspace communications just as the Norian Arks had once filled it with music. The rage planet-sized beast flung its tentacles outwards from itself in wide sweeps of over an entire astronomical unit. They would collide with the shield barriers and hulls of ships, it would reflect off them, and pass through others as their combined field systems envelop them within their pocket universes. It would be strange, the distortions in space would suggest that the rifts it had emerged from had not closed all the way, rather they leaked streams of energy toward the creature. The first volleys of those compressed asune energy shots flew from the spine-like hallows upon the bladed tentacles of the creature as it fired back towards the Izanagi-Class Dreadnaughts that had begun to punish it with their high-powered turrets.
Swarms of the smaller creatures flooded towards the formations of power armors, spine lances wielding forwards to skewer their prey while others let off barrages of asune energy fire.
Some of Bothosar's tentacles would sink into the blazing waves of plasma towards the burning Senti formations that sought to escape his gravity wells. They would melt and come undone as they were vaporized in the powerful cone of energy. Others would be splattered into fields of debris as the Star Army Fleet began to unload its punishment. The cloud of wormholes from the Duskerian Fleet delivered their punishments and made their damage as well. Ripples of explosions gleamed off Bothosar's shimmering surface, while others appeared to do more damage blowing off entire sections of the creature's other shell that would flake away to form debris clouds in space. All things did not go unpunished as the massive entity poured volleys of shots toward the newly arrived ships from more of its tentacles and spines.
For now, it was a stalemate, but it could easily shift either way as the blow-by-blow battle commenced in force. Bothosar had not predicted such a unified or overwhelming response to his presence, not to mention the havoc of being outside of his home dimension had a slow draining effect as well. "AGHOOOOOOOO" the massive creature groaned across the channels, "I will devour you all!" his poorly translated voice boomed over the comms. Some of his own debris, disabled power armors, and other objects began to rush inwards towards his eye structure which continued to brighten as it charged. The massive rift which had begun to strengthen within it fed upon the debris as if it were a buffet. The detonations of weapons strikes would make the massive beast recoil back through space which would cause its gravity well to shift.
Bothosar's power surged, but the mighty planetary-sized beast was being torn asunder by the mere power of the allied ships. It was powerful though, yet not invincible. It had soaked an ungodly amount of fire. It was weakened and damaged. It recoiled back again, like a squid as it sent its tentacle arms that remained to sling forward with return fire. Its swarms had been greatly decreased, and yet they still formed back together into formations to defend or land another strike.
You pest of a Kiri brat! Look at what you've done!
You tricked me! You used my hunger, my revenge to trick me!
The beast said over open, but transuniverseal communications, not at the Star Army or the Norians - but at the entity that sent it.