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Soldier's Log By Chris000

  • The Beginning - Review This Story!

    SOLDIER’S LOG SONIC THE HEDGEHOG FAN STORY Time: June 7th 3235 0120 h Aboard UNSC super carrier Indomitable Lt. Chris Vennettili Soldier Log, Not much to worry about today. I have night shift right now on security duty. HighCom wants every man and woman doing double time work after the Second Rainforest Wars. Right now, we’re located over a frozen ball of rock known as Thyris II. We think no enemy forces are nearby. /end log/ Lieutenant Christopher Vennettilli lay in his cot in the early hours. The daybreak from the system’s sun reflected off Thyris’s icy surface and stirred him awake. He was never going to get any sleep. He needed to be up anyway. Wake up call was in 10 minutes. He got dressed just as the bugle woke everyone up. As if night shift wasn’t enough, he had an assigned overlook of repairs for the 1st fusion reactor. It was going to be a long day. A fusion reactor was big. More to add was that this ship was a super carrier, which made it more massive. Chris nearly fell asleep. If he was still a private, he’d be charged with dereliction of duty. No on needed to know. Lunch followed with chef’s surprise. He didn’t touch that and decided to buy a vendor snack instead. Another boring day, on a boring ship, in boring space, until that night. The ship alarm sounded. Chris was awake instantly. The intercom blared: WARNING! RADAR CONFIRMS ENEMY SHIPS. An extensive list of Covenant ships appeared onscreen. Chris hurried to the armory in case he needed to repel boarders. Why, just why couldn’t he ever get some sleep? On the bridge of the Indomitable, the commanding officer was Admiral Andsworth. This was his personal ship. Andsworth had a long black moustache, an eye patch, and a chest overflowing with campaign medals. The junior officers at his command were Lieutenants Velo, Jfaar, and Feedin. “What do we have Jack?” he said addressing Velo. “Well, sir, We’re picking up multiple Covenant contacts, roughly 15 frigates by the looks of it.” Andsworth cursed silently. “Maple?” Freedin looked up. “Arm Archer missile pods D3 to G6.” Feedin nodded. “aye, sir. Arming archer pods.” The Covenant ships showed on the radar, the closest being 12, 000 km off the bow. “Take that freak out, Feedin!” Andsworth roared pointing to the frigate. Rapid thumps echoed through the ship as the missiles roared toward their targets, leaving trails of smoke behind them. The first few dozen missiles brought their shields down. The rest blew the ship to bits. Superheated shrapnel peppered the rest of the ships. Seraph fighters followed the frigates in, threatening to blow holes in the carrier’s hull. There had to be a carrier somewhere around here. The 50 mm MLA autocannons blew apart the fightercraft. “Jerah!” Andsworth said addressing Jfaar this time. “Select randomized slipspace vector as per Cole Protocol and initiate database wipe!” Jfaar then went speeding over the keyboard, punching in the code to wipe Earth’s coordinates away from their memory. “Randomized jump coordianates complete!” he reported then. “Get us out of here!” Andsworth screamed, not wanting to chance it with the Covenant. A tear appeared in front of their view of Thyris II. Just as the ship’s bow was just crossing the tear, The bridge crew noticed something. Instead of pitch black of the slipspace never-never-land, the tunnel was blinding white. The crew didn’t argue and sent the ship in. Jfaar noticed something. “Sir, Radiation levels are spiking. The jump drives are overpowering but no damage!” Andsworth was in shock. Normaly, the Shaw-Fujikawa drives would collapse from strain at this point. But no damage? Interesting. The light didn’t disappear after they got in. In fact, it got brighter, so bright, Andsworth flinched more than once. “Sir, we’re going faster!” Jfaar called. The other bridge officers stopped their duties to listen, this had never happened before. “Sir, no one has ever gone this fast, they shouldn’t be!” She called in shock. Then, it was gone. To replace it, a planet with emerald green forests, sapphire blue oceans and pearl white clouds. Though the landmasses looked very familiar. “ Lieutenant, I told you to jump away from Earth!” Andsworth said. Jeffa looked confused. “I did, sir. I mean I think I did. I’m sure I did! Besides, this isn’t Earth!” Andsworth looked dumbstruck. It looked like Earth, was the same size as Earth and had the same atmosphere distribution with a hydrogen-oxygen combination. But no, Andsworth paused to examine the planet’s full image, geological readouts showed a landmass that connected what should be Europe to what should be Northern Canada. South America looked broken apart on the arbitrary right and Australia was more round than it should’ve been. And to top it all off, an island looked as though it were floating across one of the continents. Floating? He chuckled, then rubbed his eyes. No, It just couldn’t be. Chris was stunned. He looked out the window to see a planet that looked like Earth, but wasn’t Earth. He hurried to tell anyone who would listen. He had a feeling that this planet was more than it appeared to be. Back on the bridge Andsworth opened a private channel to the planet. “To anyone receiving this transmission, this is UNSC carrier Indomitable on Alpha Priority. This is Admiral Gerome Andsworth. There was silence for a second, Andsworth was ready to throw in the towel and give up until a crackle came over the com. The bridge officers were as surprised as he was, “Roger Admiral Andsworth of the UNSC carrier Indomitable. It’s very good to see you all at last.

    Rated: G
    Language: English
    Genre: Cross-Over > Sci-Fi
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    Posted: 08/10/2006 01:05:30pm
    Updated: 08/10/2006 01:05:30pm
  • The Meeting - Review This Story!

    Lieutenant Velo was the first to answer. She was dumbstruck at the words but kept cool. “Sir, the voice is real and, I can’t belive it! It’s coming from a ship on the planet. Sir, requesting permission to reply to message?” Andsworth nodded and said, “Permission granted.” Velo opened the com according to the frequencies of the last message. “This is Lieutenant Jack Velo of the UNSC super carrier, Indomitable, do you read me over?” the voice appeared again, “Roger, Lieutenant Velo, This is Captain Jan DeLand of the Mobian cruiser RSS Dignity. Velo was aghast. The Voice had a name that sounded like she was from Earth, or another Earth Colony. But this was an undocumented system. Velo spent 10 minutes on the com, until she shuddered and said to Andsworth, “They’re requesting permission to board the Indomitable, sir.” Andsworth didn’t even hesitate. “Not so fast, Lieutenant, I want to talk to them.” “Aye, aye sir.” Velo said. Fire Lieutenant Jfaar was the first to spot something coming out the atmosphere. “Sir, ship coming out of the atmosphere!” The Admiral nodded. “That must be our new friends.” The ship was roughly three quarters the size of the Indomitable. It was streamlined with two wings that went from the middle of the ship to the engines. Two dorsal fins came up 50 meters with the bridge nestled in between them. The Captains voice came up over the com. “I can see that you don’t trust us.” She said with the hint of smugness in her calm voice. It was a perfect California accent. “Just a formality, really.” Andsworth said. “Very, well. What would you like to know?” “ Simple question. Where are we and who are you?” a sigh came over the com. “Very well, but I can’t answer that here. The Admiral cocked an eyebrow, “why is that, Captain?” The answer was opposite to what the captain expected. “I prefer to answer that on your ship, Sir. In front of your crew, if you’ll allow it.” The Admiral was impressed by this race. He hoped it was human. They followed the same chain of command, same accent. Jfaar announced, “No stress patterns visible, sir. Either they were expecting someone to come here, or else they’re telling the truth.” Andsworth nodded. “Boarding permission granted, Captain. Bring your ship close to docking ring 1 and await further orders. DeLand had traces of happiness in her voice. Thank you, sir. We’ll be right there.” The com snapped off. Chris had managed to convince quite a few people. Everyone on his deck except Major Everly. The Major had brushed aside Chris’s message as combat endued hysteria. They passed a window and then he pointed hurriedly out the window. There was a ship passing the window. The following marines stared wide eyed at the approaching blue-silver ship. As it attached to a docking ring a deck up. Chris hurried to the elevator to se what was coming out. It would be against orders if any were given. Even Major Everly had stared at the ship in amazement. The elevator moved up quickly to the docking deck. Whatever came out, He would keep it under lock and key. Probably even a promotion. The docking arm gave a small thunk as the ship latched on to the other. The dock master was sitting in a chair above the empty dry-dock outside half a meter of solid Plexiglas. He had quite a hard time finding a docking ring attachment to fit the ship. Even with a Universal Adaptor, a system that looks through dozens of rings made to fit any UNSC or civilian ships. Until he had a fit: an ancient circular hatch. A perfect fit. Whoever these people were, they weren’t much for modern technology. Usually, a greeting party waits for a new crew to come. All he saw was one marine. Maybe this was different. Maybe. A thunk came as the ship latched to the other. The hatch opened and atmosphere hissed. Chris waited until he heard the pressure bell sound, signaling the link complete, then he marched in. “Alright then, I have orders to take anyone that boards to the b-.” Chris didn’t continue. He couldn’t his mouth gaped as he looked at the boarders, then averted his gaze, then said. “OK, lets go, then.” He added hastily, turning around. He couldn’t bear to look in the newcomer’s face, because it looked like something out of a comic book. The newcomer had the face of a fox, but the body of a human female. Once in the elevator to the bridge, he wondered what was going on, the other person spoke. “I didn’t catch your name, are you the admiral?” Chris was aware enough to shake his head. “Oh I see, are we going to see him?” a nod. Yes. “So what is your name?” Chris didn’t answer that one. He wasn’t quite sure how to strike up a conversation with an alien race. Then again, He guessed that anyone in his current position would feel that way. Then he realized he was the first one. Chris entered the bridge. The Lieutenants responded the same way as he did. But no one was more surprised than the Admiral, who stared at the creature with wide eyes and didn’t say a word. Chris just stood and held a salute until the admiral addressed him. The creature held out a hand and said, “Captain Jan DuLand, of the RSS Dignity, A pleasure to meet you Admiral Andsworth.” The admiral shook her hand gingerly, the first ever handshake with alien creatures not intending to strip the flesh off heir bones. The Admiral seemed to come to his senses and returned Chris’s salute. Chris dropped his aching arm silently sighing. “Pleasure to meet you Captain. I’m sure the Lieutenant here, gesturing at Chris who stood motionless, was well enough to greet you as you boarded?” DuLand frowned. “He didn’t seem quite up to it.” Andsworth gave Chris a look that would’ve blasted through Titanium A battleplate. Chris flinched looking furious with himself. “But,” DuLand said, noticing how Chris reacted, He wasn’t the first to act like this. You would be too if you were just greeted by a 5 foot tall furry person.” Andsworth mulled this over in his head. “I guess, so. Sorry, Vennettilli.” “That’s OK, Sir.” Chris said. “What do you mean, not the first?” The Admiral asked. DuLand was exited, This story was only told to small children. That can be explained, when the rest of my crew comes aboard. There was more? Chris wondered. How much more? Then before he could stop himself, he said, “Sir, requesting permission to gather up the rest of the Captain’s crew.” And to his great surprise, “Permission granted, Lieutenant. Make it quick.” “Yes sir, thank you, sir.” Chris said and left. Andsworth turned to the com station, sent out a ship-wide call saying, “Attention to everyone, all units report to the briefing room 10 minutes from now. Andsworth out.” Over in the other ship, Chris was amazed by how many species there were. Were they all different races like the Covenant, or were they just different species. The call was made and the people on the Dignity filed out of the airlock according to rank. All of them went into the briefing room. Humans sat on one side, while the others were on the opposite, clearly in no wanting to sit next to anyone that didn’t look like them. Andsworth was there. He made his announcement. “For those of you that don’t know me,” he addressed the fur covered people, “I am Admiral Gerome Andsworth of the UNSC.” At the mention of the words ‘UNSC’ the furries started chattering quietly. Had they heard of them somehow? Did UNSC stand for something else to them? DuLand spoke then. “My name is Captain Jan DuLand,” addressing humans this time. “I am part of The Royal Space Navy. And I believe you have some questions for us?” No doubt. The look on the Marines and navy personnel made it clear. DuLand sighed and said. “Very well but before we ask anything, I must tell you a tale of how we came to be.” Behind her back, some of her men started groaning. She took no notice of it. They must’ve heard this plenty of times. So then she told the humans everything.

    Rated: PG
    Language: English
    Genre: Cross-Over > Sci-Fi
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    Posted: 08/10/2006 01:11:14pm
    Updated: 08/10/2006 01:11:14pm
  • The History - Review This Story!

    June 8th 2285 2000 h Dr. Matthew Mobius’s office Boston Generations before the events of this story there was once a scientist named doctor Matthew Mobius, a famed scientist of his day. By the age of 26, he had received a Nobel Prize for advanced physics. Now, he was designing a great invention that’ll bring humanity farther out to the stars, the jumpgate. The invention he’d been working on for five years. With his progress he could finish within next month! And he thought to himself, if he did this right, he’d get his name written in stone even! But this jumpgate was large, so large that 10 colony ships would be able to pass through. The beauty of it is that this was a government funded operation so he didn’t have to pay for it. If it wasn’t, he’d be out of a job and a home. Another few more days… A week later, the jumpgate was finished. The gate was as large as 5 lunar colonies including Luna City which was an astounding 20 square kilometers. The gate’s outer edges glowed blue as electricity spiked through them. The general population thought that the gate wouldn’t be safe. But all they would do for starters would point it at Epsilon Irdani and be there within a minute, especially with slipspace in production from what they heard, this would put it to shame. So, a fleet of 10 colony ships with 100,000 citizens each headed through. With Mobius in the lead, he would colonize a new planet and be famous thorough the known galaxy. His confidence lasted until they entered the gate. Radiation spiked, they went faster and faster, into blinding white light. Then, they were never seen again. June 13th 2285 0150 h Unknown space Mobius awoke after their third day in drift. He was fully awake with a startling discovery. They were orbiting over an earth-sized planet with looked untouched. No cities, no pollution, and he was sure it was Earth, just different. Yes, it was different since the landmasses were considerably different. But was it safe. Back on earth, when the Alpha Centauri system was colonized, the planet looked like a lush land, but in reality, those images were caused by interference from gasses in the atmosphere. But this seemed real. The computer came out with a solution. A hydrogen oxygen atmosphere? Just like Earth. Yes, they were somewhere that would support human life! “Tell everyone to get the landing craft ready! We’re home at last!” The order was almost carried out until a storm hit. The lightning was unlike anything they’ve ever seen. It passed through the entire fleet. Inside something amazing happened. The people were carrying animal specimens to populate the new world. The lightning connected with both humans and animals, swapping DNA. Both simultaneously so both humans and animals were infected. After this everyone calmed down like nothing happened. A day later, the Humans officially colonized the planet known as Mobius named in the Doctor’s honour. Weeks later though, things started to happen. First, the specimens started to grow, unusually, abnormally as a matter of fact. And they stared to change also. The best scientists say they were bypassing erectus and going straight to the sapien form. And what was more. Everyone started to get furrier, way furrier, handfuls then came. At long last, Dr Mobius died of a massive premature heart attack one night at age 31. Without their leader to sustain them with confidence, the new furry people began to drift apart. A year later, the transformation was complete. All of the furry people we’re known as Mobians after their own planet. All in different tribes. February 7th 2289 Mobius It was a time of war. This was the year of the first Mobian Civil War. During the past few years the planet had been a command government. With this, the civilians up rose, attacking each other. Millions died. After this, a Mobian squirrel by the name of Nicholas Acorn took the title of the first King of Mobius. Back on Earth, The Shaw-Fujikawa drives have been perfected and humanity started colonizing the Orion Arm. When the UNSC found out that the Doctor wasn’t responding They started sending out search teams through the gate. The same thing happened when they got through. Only the cloud dispersed over the years. Allowing only few to get infected. Many more not. Once on the planet, a horrible tragedy took place, the infected started losing their thumbs. Since Mobians haven’t heard from the humans for years so the second Mobian war broke out. Known as the Overlander war because overlanders lived above ground. Thousands more died. From then on Mobians and Overlanders were enemies March 19th 2552 Earth The Human/Covenant War started to be a problem. Now, with the discovery of Halo, Captain Jacob Keyes of the UNSC Pillar of Autumn had hundreds of marines to control. AI Cortana told Jacob that 12 covenant CCS-Battleships were approaching. Keyes breathed deep then told everyone to scramble to their stations. He then turned to Cortana, who fizzled into existence on a holo-tank. “Lets give our old friends a warm welcome.” Then the order came to wake up the special guest, The Last Spartan. A new ruler came after the last, Jonathon Acorn V. There were always more Overlanders than the last year. Then more after that. He feared that this war would continue for a long time. August 12th 3200 Mobius When King Maximilion Acorn had just started his term, A ship had come once again from space. It was a Human shape from what his grandfather had told them. Humans were what they were a long time ago. Now they were back. No cloud to distract them. Once on the ground, A human was inside. He was an obese man with a brown prickly moustache. There were also other humans inside. One claimed to be his brother and the other an older woman. They said the rest of their crew had died. The Man’s name was Julian Kintobor. And after realizing the Mobian’s situation, believed he could turn the tides of the war. September 21st 3234 Earth “ATTENTION, THIS IS A REMINDER TO CITIZENS OF NEW YORK THAT AN OFFICIAL UNSC DRAFTING WILL TAKE PLACE TO ANYONE OVER 18!” The citizens gasped. All young men and women would be drafted into the UNSC. Christopher Vennettilli, a 19 year old at the time, knew that he would go too. His parents wouldn’t grieve. He had none. His parents were killed when a plane had exploded because of a fuel leak. He needed to go, to protect Earth. Once of in space on the UNSC frigate Poseidon, Chris looked out of a window just as the passed by a trio of MAC stations to go to Alpha Centauri, the new UNSC training facility after Reach got glassed in 2552, he saw a floating ring just over the moon. This was a warpgate that a famous scientist used to go beyond the stars. He was never heard from again. The gate was closed down. And he hoped that it stayed closed. June 8th 3235 Over Mobius The Captain finished her tale. The human crew was astounded about the planet’s history. Humans were Mobians? It was hard to swallow but yes, it fit in. That explains why they disappeared for such a long time. Chris remembered the gate. He never realized it had worked. But where were they exactly? Mobius wasn’t enough. Where in the galaxy? DuLand seemed to read their minds. “Maybe we can explain better when we’re back on the planet. I suspect that your men would like some shore leave?” The crew tried to put on their best ‘no-thanks-we’re-fine’ looks but Andsworth saw right through it, and smiled. Very well captain. I could use a bit of fresh air myself. May I add that our ship isn’t designed to land in that atmosphere.” DuLand shrugged, “Perhaps we can offer some passage to the planet on our ship. Shuttles can be arranged for whoever we can’t carry.” Andsworth nodded. “Very well, we’ll do that. You heard her men lets haul your sorry behinds off this tub!”

    Rated: G
    Language: English
    Genre: Cross-Over > Sci-Fi
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    Posted: 08/10/2006 01:12:06pm
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  • The Hero, The Genius, The Princess - Review This Story!

    June 8th 3235 1230 h local time Mobius surface Lt. Christopher Vennettilli Soldier Log We landed on Mobius for the first time. It was beautiful. My grandfather told me stories that his grandfather told and so on that Earth was a beautiful, lush, pollution less planet. Basically from what I saw down there, His stories came true to me. Nothing to see for miles on the way down on the lead shuttle but miles upon miles of forests and oceans. It was hard to see that Mobius, a planet engulfed by war more than once, was this gorgeous. The pilot, who’s race I couldn’t tell because of a full face flight visor, told the battalion of soldiers in the back that including me that we’d be landing in a place called Knothole Kingdom. I mean, come on! First we turn out to be the ancestors of these people and now we find out that we’d be landing in a place named after a place on a tree? What a day I have been having. Wait, I see lights ahead. I can’t believe it, it’s a bustling city with skyscrapers and everything! This planet is more than I expected! /end log/ Andsworth was the first to step out of the shuttle to smell the sweet Mobian air. It was good. The ship’s air scrubbers have been filtering the air for a month and it started to gag him. He felt like he was back home on Earth. The sunlight was shining on him and his troops. The admiral wore a dress uniform while him men camouflaged fatigues. The only on without a helmet was Chris. He never liked to wear his helmet during peacetime. His hair stood out at 16 centimeters. Perfect regulation length. He was in command of the entire battalion which consisted of mostly privates, 2 corporals and one master sergeant. “DuLand was already on the runway to greet them. “Glad you could meet us Admiral. We have a place to go before we do anything, now.” Andsworth nodded and said over the light roar of a commercial flight taking off, “Where are we going then, Captain?” She pointed north. “To the centre of the kingdom.” Chris nodded. Ah of course. A kingdom needs a castle. “Ma’am, permission to ask a question?” DuLand nodded. “Permission granted, Lieutenant. Speak your mind.” “Does this kingdom actually have a king or queen?” she smiled and nodded. “Why yes we do. A king and queen and a princess. We had a prince who has recently…” What? Died? Taken ill? “Not been able to be with us.” She answered. Chris rode through the city on a M12 LRV Warthog jeep that was a troop transport. The city was alive with action. Cafés, restaurants, stores, homes too. It was hard to believe that these people were as advanced as the humans were. If not more. The passerby’s looked in awe at the camouflaged Warthogs as they followed in a convoy to the center of the city. The roads looked the same as on Earth. Mostly primitive pavement types. Andsworth was ahead in a standard UNSC APC used to carry important personnel to specific locations for diplomatic reasons. The Warthogs were unarmed but in case of an attack, the marines carried a BR55 battle rifle and an M7 SMG with them. There was not a soul that dared move as the marines made their silent parade. The castle was made of solid stone on the outside but was well furnished on the inside. Andsworth strode in with his marines behind them. Ahead was what looked like the throne room. Two figures sat on thrones. Chris slicked back his hair. When he was 12, his parents told him that first impressions were important. Never look raged in front of royalty let alone your commanding officer. They were both squirrels. At least they looked like squirrels. Two guards stood beside them. Both cradling guns in their arms. Andsworth bowed. The rest of the marines followed suit. The woman on the left said calmly, “Rise.” And they all did. “Your majesties,” Andsworth said. “My name is Admiral Gerome Andsworth and I have to say thank you for giving us permission to land on your planet.” He said in his best ‘people-voice’ he used when talking to people when it wasn’t on a bridge of a ship. The man on the left said, “The pleasure was all ours.” “My men.” Andsworth added addressing each Marine by name and rank. They both nodded the male saying “Your men look most disciplined. But forgive us, we haven’t addressed ourselves yet. I am King Maximillion Acorn, king of Mobius and this is my wife Queen Alicia. And our daughter, Sally?” another walked into the room. She looked about Chris’s age. She looked like both of her parents dressed in a formal dress that was a tinge of whitish blue. She seemed to like blue since the dress was blue, her eyes were blue and the hair braid holding her shoulder-length red hair back was blue. (For future references, Chris’s favorite color was red.) The marines saluted and addressed themselves by name and rank as she passed in front of them. Then she got to Chris. “Ma’am, UNSC 1st Lieutenant Christopher Vennettilli. At your service, ma’am.” She then smiled and said in a calm yet strong voice, “A pleasure to meet you Lieutenant.” She said then shaking his hand. She was nice. In a furry sort of way. The Marines were instructed to meet everyone else. Two more figures came out. One was what Andworth suspected as a blue haired hedgehog with a spiky haircut and a slightly shorter fox entered the room deep in conversation. They stopped and looked at the newcomers in surprise. No doubt they weren’t informed. The hedgehog told his name “Olgilive Hedgehog” but he prefered to be called ‘Sonic’. After sonic came the fox, who’s name was Miles “Tails” Prower. The crew could see why they were called what they were because Sonic ran around the room so fast that Chris and Andsworth’s heads began to spin. Tails was able to fly with his tails! Pretty neat nickname, Chris thought to himself. Tails also had an I.Q. of well over 300. He proved this by examining the readout of the Indomitable and sucessfully finding out the ship’s average speed and AU as well as average slipspace speed in and out of atmosphere. Andsworth just smiled and said, “You sure are a smart little boy, why, you’d probably pass school by the time you’re 12!” Tails just smiled then said, “That has already been aranged.” Andsworth just chuckled and thought, Those Section 3 guys could use a kid like this. Chris nodded off and waving to all of them, followed the Admiral and his company out. Andsworth looked to Chris and laughed, then looked back at the thrones where all antropomorphics watched them leave. Chris then said, “Beggin the Admiral’s pardon, but what just might he be thinking about?” Andsworth smiled wider and said, “You’ll see.”

    Rated: PG
    Language: English
    Genre: Cross-Over > Sci-Fi
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    Posted: 08/10/2006 01:12:56pm
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  • The Doctor - Review This Story!

    “Sir please forgive me for saying this but, WHAT!” Chris exclaimed after a private staff meting onboard the Indomitable concerning the crew’s position now that they were out of Earth’s communication. Modern technology just hadn’t evolved yet for trans- how far they were communication. Andsworth just sat down and smiled. “That’s right Chris, we’re reassigning you.” Chris just couldn’t believe it. He had been on the admiral’s ‘favorite list for quite a while now, but this was too much. “Sir, respectfully, you can’t do this to me!” The admiral sighed. “Lieutenant, your oath includes to help any planet that we are stationed at?” “Yes sir, Earth and any place humans are.” Andsworth nodded “Yes, given our current situation and that there are in fact humans on this planet, both good, evil and slightly, thumbless, you are here to protect them. And to do so we are reassigning you to work as a royal guard.” A guard was one thing. Chris was working with a very wealthy businessman in Monte Carlo half a year ago when he was a Sergeant Major. But Chris had no experience as a royal guard. “We determined that you are ready for a chance to protect someone other than the peoples of Earth, and maybe you could go up in life after this job is over. Now I’ll remind you that you’re still part of the UNSC, clear?” “Crystal sir.” Chris said crisply. “Back in the hall, Vennettilli, I saw that you seemed like the best match for a job like this. You’re not the only one so don’t feel forgotten. We believe you can bring some culture into this place.” “Yessir, I understand.” Chris said breathlessly. “Very good then. You are dismissed, Marine.” Chris marched out of the room wondering how much his life changed after this brief meeting. It turns out that 3 other Marines were assigned to the post as well, PFC’s Norman Hecks, Corporal Vere Kersiac, and PFC Hank Geri. All seemed very enthusiastic guarding a royal member. This had been a major improvement on their part. “I hope that we get a pay rise for this job, Hecks told Geri. Corporal Kerisac just got promoted recently so he wasn’t used to commanding the two grunts. “They had better. Or else I’m gonna sue.” “Shut up, you three, we wanna make a good impression on her Highness.” Chris barked to the lesser marines. “Sorry, sir.” They all replied. They passed the giant double doors and holstered their battle rifles and made their way to the staircase to the central spire where the keep was. “So sir, how old is she exactly?” Hecks asked while going upward. “About 17 or 18 from the looks of it.” Chris answered. After presenting their identification and signed orders to a guard, they entered the room. The same woman was in the room, not dressed as before. In fact, she didn’t look royal at all, she looked, civilian. They weren’t used to this. Sally Acorn was wearing only a long blue vest which stretched past the hipline. She also wore blue boots that were spotless. Figures. Chris thought. What really caught his attention was that she was wearing nothing else. Generally this would’ve concerned him but since these were a different species, there was nothing else to worry about. Fur covered species. He saluted quickly, his men following suit. But then she said in a calm, amused voice. Don’t worry about it, I’m not a perfection freak.” Chris dropped his hand in surprise. This never happened. On Earth, a higher ranking human would reply by saluting. There was much to learn here. “Your Highness, we’re your personal guard.” She sighed. “Mom and Dad will never give me a peaceful moment. That’s the price to pay I guess. Well Lieutenant, I guess I’d better give you the grand tour. Great, a grand tour of a old castle. I’m gonna enjoy this. Chris thought. By the quiet groaning behind him, his men were thinking the same thing. It turned out that the ‘old castle’ was as updated as ‘The Hive’ which was a HIGHCOM base back on Earth in Sydney, Australia. Near the end of the tour. They were at a giant room with a screen of the geography of Mobius. “This is the moniter we use to scan the planet for any type of trouble.” “What kind of trouble?” she sighed. “We have small offences such as robberies and stuff like that but murders are being carried out as well but now, i think a war may be coming on.” At the end of that sentence, an alarm klaxon rang out and the screen went red. “What’s going on?” a hedgehog captain with black hair called out. “Disturbance in the Great Forest grid 19 by 27.” A Lieutenant answered back. The captain cursed under his breath. The Lieutenant continued. “We have a video message, one way.” The captain nodded. “Bring it up.” A man appeared onscreen he had a large moustache which was gingery brown, round glasses and a bald head with goggles on the top, Chris had the impression that he was looking at a large egg. “Well, well, well, if it isn’t my favorite little batch of fuzzballs!” Sally looked angry all of a sudden, “Doesn’t this guy ever quit?” “Now if you’re wondering what I’m up to that’s for me to know and you never to find out. I’ll give you a hint though, It’ll start a bang of things! Toodles!” The COM snapped off. Sally looked to the Marines, “Sorry we can’t finish but we’ve gotta go. We’ll be back.” She went off down the hall. Chris sighed. “Might as well get that sleep I’ve always needed.” Chris sat at a table in the dining hall, with nothing to do, when someone walked up to him, he turned t look. It was the fox he saw yesterday. He stared at him, smiling. “Hi.” He said. Chris laughed. “Hey, junior, aren’t you a bit young to be around here?” The fox, named Tails, also laughed and said, "Most people think that about me before they listen to what I have to say." Chris sat up straighter. "About what?" Tails looked content, "About how you got here." Chris was now straight, but still unconvinced. "Now, listen up, why don't you go and play with a chemistry set. You have 10 minutes to convince me you know a thing or two. I need a scientist, someone trained in the fine arts of words and numbers." Tails looked content, slapping his gloved hands together, he then said, "I havent had a fresh audience in years!"

    Rated: PG
    Language: English
    Genre: Cross-Over > Sci-Fi
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    Posted: 08/10/2006 01:15:25pm
    Updated: 08/10/2006 01:15:25pm
  • The Theory - Review This Story!

    “So tell me Chris, how exactly did you get here?” Tails asked pulling a laptop out of a bag and flicking it on. Chris told the tale of how his friends on the Indomitable had gone through the alternate space-time realm of slipspace. From what Tails told him, the mobians had not mastered slipspace travel yet and only have gone to their neighbor planet, New Mars, and plans for colonizing it had been discussed by the senate. This surprised Chris. Then again, they have been severed from humanity for almost a millennium, he didn’t expect them to get very far. Tails considered this, this. Then punched some keys on his laptop and opened a file. He turned it to Chris and showed him a slowly rotating jewel that was a shade of green. Small columns of data were scrolling along the screen’s edges, too small to be legible. Then in a lower left hand corner, six more jewels accompanied it, each a different color. Red, blue, purple, white, pink, and yellow. How could such small jewels be important at the time? Chris wondered. Tails spoke as if he could read his thoughts. “These are Chaos Emeralds.” Tails said gesturing to brilliant cut emeralds. “Their power is unmatched.” These emeralds are natural which means that they were always here. An archeological dig in 2300 showed where they came from.” A digital photo came up showing the emeralds in buried impact craters. The photo was dated in 2300. “Now there’s a brain of this system of emeralds.” “A brain?” Chris asked confused. Another picture came up, this time showing a giant emerald well larger than the ones seen before. This is the most powerful we refer to as the Master Emerald. Master was right. This emerald was five times the size of the others, and you know what they say, bigger is better. “Now my theory is this. You must’ve crossed a dimensional line to get here.” Chris was stunned at this, short yet effective theory. “Crossed dimensions?” Tails nodded. “10 years ago when our scientists tested the emeralds on Jump Drive engines, the engines disappeared as soon as they started up near the emeralds They weren’t seen out of the planet’s atmosphere either. So they must’ve broken though a dimensional gateway to get to your dimension.” This evidence was reasonable. 10 years ago, there had been a disturbance near Draco II. An unidentified hulk had appeared over the planet. However, with no makings to show where they came from the drives were blown up on the spot. The UN feared that it was a Covenant bomb set to blow up a major population center on the planet and kill millions like on Draco III in the 2500s. We believe that you came here by use of Chaos Emeralds in your universe.” “No way! There were Chaos Emeralds in our universe too?” Tails nodded again. “Yes there are. The Emeralds themselves have gone though evolution over the centuries from jagged crystals that gained the power to defy gravity.” “Hang on.” Chris said, opening a history folder on his HUD. Went back to 2552, and opened the folder. Inside there were cases of ‘Forerunner Crystals’ exactly as Tails had described them to Chris. “So you mean that these things that Doctor Halsey found were Chaos Emeralds as well?” “Yeah they were.” “Cut Corporal Locklear blew it up with a bunch of C7. Doesn’t hat mean that only 6 emeralds are left?” To his surprise, Tails shook his head. “The emeralds don’t stay apart forever. They will eventually find each other again, weather it’s natural or if someone brings them together. I also speculate there is an Emerald in your moon and on the planet you were near last, which would explain the mysterious disappearances over the years.” Chris absorbed these facts like a sponge. He requested a copy of their conversation and sent it to Andsworth back on the Indomitable. He looked at Tails then said. “Tails, great theory my friend but may I ask you one question only?” Tails looked and smiled. “Sure Chris what would you like to know?” Well I understand how we got here but, um… how are we gonna get back?” Tails blue eyes grew wide then whispered. “Oh, no.” he paused and said. “I’m afraid if you are gonna go back, you’re going to be here for a long, long time.” Chris looked worried. “Why is that, Tails?”

    Rated: PG
    Language: English
    Genre: Cross-Over > Sci-Fi
    Words: 1125
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    Posted: 08/10/2006 01:17:17pm
    Updated: 08/10/2006 01:17:17pm
  • The Dissmissal - Review This Story!

    Earth 0120 h June 10th 3235 Sydney, Australia UNSC ONI base of operations Lieutenant Jerry Speakler walked down the hallway toward the ONI brass debriefing room. The UNSC supercarrier under the command of Admiral Gerome Andsworth had disappeared near Thyris II, an uninhabited ice planet. Speakler was carrying the report of the incident under his arm. An unmanned probe had caught the Indomitable’s final moments and returned them to the Archimedes sensor outpost on the fringes of the Epsilon Eridani system where UNSC base REACH had once been. There had been confirmed Covenant contacts in the area and the Indomitable took quite a couple of those split chinned freaks with them. Speakler waited as two armed MPs scanned his ID badge then stood aside to admit him into the debriefing room. Inside a there were only two other men: Rear Admiral Hugh Redby and General of the Marines Jaki Kytes, both of whom were in deep conversation as soon as he was in. They were talking about the mysterious disappearance of the ship. “-And I’ll say it again Jak’: there is no way a vessel like that could’ve jumped and not come out the other end! It’s never happened before!” Kytes spoke up. “There always has to be a first time for everything, Hugh. The Indomitable is gone, no doubt about it.” Redby grunted. He was never good at debating. He turned his head and noticed Speakler. “Come in, Lieutenant. Take a load off.” Speakler sighed and dropped into a chair. Not often does a commanding officer someone other than lower brass sit down. Kytes smoothed his dirty blond hair with slight grey streaks in it. “So, Lieutenant,” he said smiling. “What do you have for us?” Speakler put the folder on the table and edged it closer to the General. The folder was an hourly report from the Archimedes station. With it were the basics on the Indomitable. Her sizes, tonnage, even a full crew roster, which, ironically was pretty short itself. All this with a final log. Kytes studied the folder once or twice, and then passed it to Redby, who sighed after he finished it. “So, Lieutenant, what did the probe report?” Speakler gestured to a vid screen. “Well, the video footage seemed to survive the slipspace transaction so I can play what we have. Speakler stood, smoothed the creases from his uniform, then went to the screen. It flashed on to his touch and played the requested file. There stood the Indomitable in all her glory. Undisturbed by the space around her. Then, white globes formed around her, an ambush. Slipspace ruptures tore into the inky dark around Thyris II. Out of them emerged 15 Covenant frigates not a kilometer apart courtesy of their advanced physics technology. Humanity still hasn’t evolved to the Covenant’s level. Out of the Indomitable’s sensor view, a covenant carrier appeared and launched a swarm of seraph single ship fighters. The supercarrier launched hundreds of Archer missiles at the frigates, blowing few up instantly. Speakler could’ve sworn that Redby muttered “Good shot” to Kytes. Minutes later the momentary gash to slipspace tore out of the night, but instead of blackness there was the opposite, white. Whiter than a bowl full or Cool Whip. Then the ship disappeared. The probe drew back, then retreated to slipspace. The video cut out. Redby looked at Speakler and said. “Well, son what does this mean?” Speakler said, “Well generally, I believe that the ship went on a randomized jump as per Cole Protocol. What I can’t place is the white light. Could it be a new engine system?” Kytes sighed. “We may never know. The press is going to have a field day once they get hold of this new piece of information.” Redby looked at Kytes then said, “They won’t know, General. They won’t know that the most powerful ship built by human hands is gone, they won’t know that we don’t know where it is. They won’t know anything at all.” Speakler looked attentively. “What should I do, sir?” The Admiral said then, “You are to tell the press if they ask: nothing. This meeting and everything you have presented to us either in your words or on paper are now classified. Is that understood?” Speakler didn’t hesitate. “Yes, sir that is understood.” Redby nodded. “Good, Lieutenant. You are dismissed.” Speakler turned on his heel and left the room. Kytes exhaled and said to Redby. “So now what, Hugh?” Redby looked at him and said. “Well, unless they come out of nowhere, we just have to assume that they’re good and gone!” He made his point by tossing the folder containing the information on the table. “Hundreds of lives wasted and billions of dollars too. This is not looking good for the company.” “That’s right, Jaki, they’re good and gone like I said.” Redby took out a rubber stamp and punched it on the folder. It read DISMISSED. “Gone, gone, gone.” They tossed the folder back on the table and left the room.

    Rated: PG
    Language: English
    Genre: Cross-Over > Sci-Fi
    Words: 1364
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    Posted: 08/10/2006 01:18:55pm
    Updated: 08/10/2006 01:18:55pm
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