“Attention! Attention! We will exit hyperspace near Alwaid in one hour. Stow all non-essential equipment in their designated storage locations and begin systems checks and weapon system diagnostic routines.”
“Vindicator II,” flagship of the Neo Sapien Dominion, has been in hyperspace for over thirty hours while making the long jump from Al Geidi to Alwaid. Outside there is only blackness, the complete and total isolation caused by hyperspace travel.
“Commander, we are exiting hyperspace now!.”
“Thank you for the status updates, Lieutenant. What’s the situation?”
“The sensor arrays are gathering local telemetry now. We also have also received a backlog of messages from command. Do you want me to read them?”
“Not now! We can sort through them later once the Ignadiums have been reduced to molten slag… Just get me that telemetry, lieutenant.”
“Yes, sir. By the way, Commander.”
“What is it?”
“Don’t you feel bad, I mean, about betraying our allies?”
“The Ignadiums were never anything more than convenient cannon fodder against the Huldrakal. They have served their purpose and can be disposed of.”
“I understand… The data has been collected. I am forwarding it to the main viewer now.”
“Very good, let’s see what those Ignadium scum have been up to.” Commander Kai’s confident expression fades to one of confusion as he surveys the data projected before him.
“Lieutenant, is that correct? I don’t see any Ignadium ships, but there is a large number or Huldrakal ships. What are the Huldrakal doing here, and why are there so many?! The Ignadiums said that most of the Huldrakal ships were far away! Perhaps there a malfunction with the sensor array.”
“There doesn’t appear to be a mistake, at least not with the sensor array… Shall I send someone from engineering to check it out? …Commander?”
“No. Just get me those messages from Command.”
“They are coming in now sir. There are three priority messages, starting with the earliest.”
WE HAVE BEEN BETRAYED BY THE IGNADIUMS AND HULDRAKAL!
Kartha City is burning…(static)… Ignadium ships everywhere. There is no…(static)
We. Will. Give. Them. Hell. For. This.
“That explains why they haven’t sent us the specs for the new weapon upgrades.”