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Piracy: Rampant and Out of Control Part 1

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    Piracy: Rampant and Out of Control Part 1

    Cantana Focks has been away in the Gemini Star System. Long cut off from the inhabitant of Sirius and Altair, Focks begins to miss home. Yeah, the Gemini system is great, Ships are nice and cloaking is quite a useful tool in an equally hostile environment compared to Sirius. However, Cantana does at times feel a bit homesick. The Red Dwarf of Omicron Gamma to the impressive electrical storms of the New York Badlands all begin to fade from memory. There's only one way in or out of Gemini and thats through Starpoint: a warp gate near the Nu Geminorum stars (which is probably the closest to the stars represented in Starpoint Gemini) which sends ships thousands of light years to another star system. It so happens that this other star system is Sol, the birthplace of Humanity.

    Cantana wondered if the citizens of Gemini knew that there was a simple way to get to Sirius, just behind Pluto. Relativity is such a weird concept, he thought.

    One day, he decided to do it. He engaged the T-Drive and hopped over the Starpoint Gemini. Cantana wasn't sure what was waiting on the other side, only rumors of aliens and sentient meteoroids that destroy research vessels coming through to Sol. It was rare someone travelled through Starpoint with the Earth Empire knowing about it and returned to Gemini alive. The Silver Tongued Devil was determined to not only travel through Starpoint, but to travel to the Sirius system. He arrived at Starpoint where two Cruiser class vessels approached his Helios Dreadnought, aptly named The Mississippi Queen. Demanding that he power down and standby for boarding, Cantana rolled his eyes. He had to think quick. Earth Empire shuttles were closing fast and the gate was too far to activate the Power to Engines sequence and make a run for it. He had to let them board.

    Moments later, he was being held at gunpoint by Empire marines while another Officer scrolled through the datapad Cantana gave him with all the information regarding who he was, what the ship was holding and why he was trying to get to Sol. Focks had friends within the Baeldor Republic that helped him with the information to get past the security checkpoint into Sol. Jack Rigel was merely transporting mineral processing equipment to the Ceres Mining Camp in the Asteroid Belt. Baeldor didn't want to take chances with rumors of aliens floating around so they hired someone with a big ship to make the run. The Officer looked at Jack suspiciously, handed back the datapad and ordered the marines back to the Shuttle. As soon as the Shuttle was away, Cantana flew the ship toward the Starpoint.

    Cantana didn't have words for what he was through the viewports on the bridge of the Mississippi Queen. Intersteller Travel varies and he wondered if the method of faster than light travel determined what you might see outside the window. He couldn't comprehend it. He broke out from the Starpoint in an Asteroid field, roughly 5 days travel to Jupiter using sublight engines. Cantana looked on the starchart and he was in Luck! Pluto was at closest point relative to Cantana and just enough to make it within T-Drive Range.

    Later, he found himself at the Hyperion jump gate in Dublin, feeling victorious as he was able to leap hundreds of thousands of lightyears without firing a single shot. It was in this moment of glory when the alarm klaxon began going off as a Bretonian Battleship Essex was on an intercept course with Cantanas ship. The Helios Dreadnought was by no means a small ship and could very well give a Crown Class battleship a run for it's money. But along with the Essex with a contingent of Gunboats and Heavy Fighters. The Brets were scared so they clearly were not taking chances.

    For the second time today, Cantana was being demanded he power down and standby for boarding. They weren't aware the ship could cloak and could escape into New London. Right before he gave the order to initiate cloaking sequence and hit the engines, 4 smalls contacts and one very large blip appeared on radar heading right for the shakedown between Focks and the Bretonian navy. It was Hessians, flying 4 decked out Archangels and an Inquisitor dreadnought flying right behind them. Suddenly, the sky lit up as the Essex took a direct hit from the Hessian capital ship and was clear that the Essex was dead in the water. Cantana acted quickly and engaged the pirates firing all forward batteries at the Dreadnought launching missile after missile. The Port and Starboard turrets engaged and fights and one by one, the Hessians numbers thinned. The Essex and her Escort bugged out the minute their power was restored and Cantana was left to finish off the Inquisitor. One last salvo and the ship was toast. Focks engaged the Cloaking sequence and headed for the New London Jump Hole. His next order of business was to get his Celestis out of storage...
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