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Re: Disruption (IC)

Post by Zaroas on Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:59 pm



Since he had arrived in Ravena, Originator Wrenon could not bring himself to cease staring at the stars. The galaxy was immensely beautiful in his mind - Not nearly to the degree of the original galaxy of the Eldraunn, but breathtaking nonetheless. He continued to note this as he walked purposefully along what appeared to be the top part of a massive Eldraunnian carrier. In reality, it was a command room that used augmented reality technology to allow Wrenon a real time view of the battlefield, from within it. He additionally had access to a number of display arrays that allowed him more control. While it may have seemed impractical, the style of command was something Wrenon found relaxing.

He gazed forward at a swarm of ships in a protection formation around the carrier, before turning away. Ascendants Arvesa and Ehdvarus, please join me, He thought, sending these out to his fellow Eldraunn telepathically. Within seconds, two spheres of energy appeared before him, quickly bursting out with energy to reveal the Architects. The first, Ehdvarus, to Wrenon's right, wore heavy grey armoring illuminated brightly with blue-green lighting, carrying a large staff. The second, Arvesa, wore lighter armoring, both in coloration and composition. An odd, circular metal formation floated behind her, glowing harshly.

"You wished to see us, Orginator?" Ehdvarus asked, bowing his head.

Wrenon nodded. "Yes... I would like you to observe something." He spread his arms, and the swarm defending the carrier dispersed, revealing the battle beyond. The homeworld of a medium sized civilization was under siege, part of the Architect's expansion into Ravena. The battle was heavily in the favor of the Eldraunn - Enemy ships were ripped apart by psionic attacks, and the very surface of the planet seemed to be cracked with the signature blue energy. "Within this universe, all entities serve a purpose of their own," He began. "The journey to finding, to understanding this purpose, begins from natural instinct. As the Architects, our purpose can be found here," He gestured to the planet beyond. "We alter and shape this realm... Any species or individual to defy these instincts, to go against their purpose, is bound to a fate of ruin."

"Ascendants, within this galaxy, you have a new purpose to adapt to." He looked to Ehdvarus, eyes fiercely glowing. "You are to be my supreme commander of the military, second to myself. I trust you to make the correct decisions, Ascendant. Go, now, to assemble more forces for conquest." As Ehdvarus left, Wrenon turned back to Arvesa. "You shall work personally with the leaders of the Dominion, specifically Kradus. You shall represent us. Do not forget our purpose as you realize theirs, however."

As Arvesa left, the Originator turned back to the planet, and sent out another thought. The show was clearly over. The commotion stopped for several seconds as a large psionic explosion blasted outwards planetside, more cracks appearing on the surface. These grew larger and larger with each second, as did a large energy shield blocking the planet off from enemy ships. As Wrenon walked away, the planet's core collapsed in on itself.

The Architects continued their conquest.

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Abarron knelt, coming to Teglin's height in doing so. "Listen, Vatarri... I know how you feel," He reassured him. "Perhaps I did not express it, but when I first encountered the Eldraunn, my reaction was about the same. To witness something like that is truly terrifying. The event that allowed me to remember these emotions made me respond similarly. From experience, I know that this fear will dissipate naturally. It is a process you must endure to grow in strength. And, believe me, Teglin... I will not allow anyone here to be killed or enslaved."

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"I am Commander Svar Levantus," Svar introduced himself, grinning. "This is Unsilenced Retribution, Wreae Unit 8164392." He gestured towards the machine beside him, who saluted the Dranzoot in response.

The Wreae was about to speak when he was interrupted by a voice speaking over an intercom system. "Sir, there is something you may want to see. Please come to the bridge as soon as possible." The voice cut off, and Svar looked towards Unsilenced with a face of alarm and concern.

"What do you think it could be, Captain?" He asked, puzzled.

"I don't know... Perhaps something with the Dominion?" The Wreae hesitated. "Either way, come with me. You too, Lamor, if you so choose." Upon arrival in the bridge, the Wreae was able to clearly see what the issue was. The old flagship of the UFIAI, a familiar sight, but with a most enigmatic message, had appeared over a Confederate world. The imagery was from a satellite camera used for maintenance work on the planet's shielding devices and other orbiting satellites. "I see." He muttered, gazing at the holographic display showing this.

A Ryun, the same one who operated the intercom, strode over to them with an enigmatic facial expression. "Is it possible, sir?"

"Machines are very pragmatic and adaptable," He responded, thinking. "It wasn't just possible. It was only a matter of time before something like this occurred. It also seems that are delaying tactic worked... Judging what Absolute said, anyways."

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Almost instantly after the UFIAI ship appeared over the pseudo shield world of Ilthae, defense arrays activated and the various ships orbiting the planet went into defensive positions. It quickly became clear, however, that this was not a normal encounter with the machines, or with Absolute. The vessel was alone, and its message rather odd. The Confederates decided that a different approach was needed.

A message was sent to Absolute from a defending RWF ship, a Redshift class Heavy Carrier. "This is commanding officer Reitorin of the FSV Progenitor. Forgive me, for I am confued, Absolute, but would it be possible to elaborate?"

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Re: Disruption (IC)

Post by Darkel on Sun Feb 01, 2015 12:25 am

Kradus looked at each Jadel with interest. Steam still spewed from his lips and his nostrils and slightly from the scales of his throat as his insides cooled from the flame. His eyes seemed to stream like lightning through the smoke. He blew it into the face of the Jadel, each of them looking more terrified as he did so. He tilted his head slightly, his horns casting sharp shadows over them. "I take interest in you, Jadel. For I was once one of you. Great Malaa-Men birthed me as a mortal no more than yourselves. I was suffered a heavy yoke from the world, but my resilience won me great fortunes. Upon my death a decade of rest passed and Malaa-Men brought me back in the form of a warrior to finish his job. I am him. He is me. And now I command these clans, you will follow my every order and bind yourselves with Malaa's great servant faction, the Dominion." Kradus' lies were enough to sway the Jadel. They agreed that they would allow the Dominion to enter their homes and take back Maful and set their leaders as high officials. The Jadel would be protected and here they would flourish once more. They would rise from the ground and step into the light and remain there.

Afterwards, Kradus stepped back onto the ship and was carried back into the Royal Invader, which, with its fleet, shot back to Cilask. Hours passed and as he was within sight of the bay which he had previously left, he activated a transmitter upon a console of the ship. "The leaders of the Dominion are to commune a meeting on Cilask within the next decahour."

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The leading figures of the Dominion began to take their seats in a large hall complete with an enormous table at its center. The oval table had many consoles and a red gleaming holo pad at its center. The room was gigantic and walked dark red. Pillars held up the huge arching ceiling which was painted with various scenes from Jadel mythology. Many red lights hovered down from the ceiling, suspended in the air, and lit the room. Banners with the Dominion emblem, the flower of death, the Syllai, hung everywhere.

The Vaurik came in first. Fauldus Velden was among them, and with him were two Synod members. Fauldus himself was dressed in his usual lavender armoring, a mask an visor that muffled and mutilated his speech into harsh electronic drones. A spire that shot from his teardrop-shaped head and long dark cloth that hung from his back and his sides. The Synod members were dressed even more ominously. Their armoring was completely black. Midnight colored lights shone from the eyes of their masks and their visors looked like a collection of sharp briars. Their helmets had double-pronged spires and they seemed a bit taller than Fauldus. They both did not speak at all. Both were incredibly skinny and had unnaturally long claws. They stood at their seats silently, Fauldus extending his greeting to Shancar and Vekoni who were also standing by their seats.

The next person to enter the room was Kirmaug, emperor of the Zraak. He was rarely ever seen outside of political speeches. But his appearance was quite threatening. His red scales were a far darker shade than that of most Zraak. His body was much bigger, bulkier, far more muscular. His jaw was more brute-like and his slant eyes had bigger pupils. The spikes along his head were much larger than those along the head of a common Zraak. He wore royal red armor and dark red cloth. He took his place in between Shancar and Vekoni. Fauldus extended yet another greeting, Kirmaug simply giving an acknowledging nod in response.

Next came the Varmal, led by the great Chaldeus. A tall, squat-faced creature with a large mouth and flaps of transparent covered it, removing themselves upon vocalizations and four slit nostrils. A body that was smooth and slick and looked as though raised from liquid metal. His skin was shiny and almost appeared as painted black-gray glass. This was a trait shared by all Varmal. The glossiness was what made them so unique. They had imprints all about their skin that glowed with luminous blue blood. They had two slant eyes. Chaldeus' were cold pale blue with hard bordered pupils. He wore tight, bright silver armor which glowed bright icy colors in several places. Long black cloth wrapped around his neck like a scarf and twisted tightly around his arms, running off and draping downwards. The clacking of the Varmal's armored feed came hurling through the room. Chaldeus was followed by three Varmal governors who wore similar, yet not as royal armor as he. They took their spots on both sides of their leader.

The final to enter were a horde of guards from each race, taking positions in various places about the room. They were spread out, mixed together, and no two of the same race stood next to each other, save for the ones that were assigned to stab directly behind their leaders. Amon the guards, Alyna was brought in and given a spot at the end of the table, next to a hulking empty black chair which she knew belonged to Kradus. She was beaten and her body ached. The electronic invisible chains restricting her limbs were finally loosed and she felt free again. She stood attentively as the Zraak meeting conductor entered the room and stood next to Kradus' chair.

"Hail Kradus, Lord of the Dominion, Father of Peace, Bringer of Justice, Conquerer of the Stars," the conductor said. The other leaders all held their fists across their chests in respect, yelling, "Hail!" Alyna felt extremely guilty, but she did so as the conductor was watching her sharply. The Zraak stepped back as Kradus entered the room. Alyna felt her heart jump out of her. The beast made his way to his chair and with a lulling voice proclaimed, "you may be seated."

Everyone sat in their chairs. Kradus looked upon each of them intently. They did not look at him at all. Each simply stared at their hands on the table or the tabletop itself. None dare to meet his gaze. "Before we move on to the main point of this meeting I must inform each of you of something very important. We have found a Loccalian base upon the world of Maful. It was abandoned and unused. We, or shall I say I, destroyed it completely. It is nothing but dust now." The Dominion leaders nodded in acknowledgement. Kradus continued. "We have also found Jadel there living in tribes underground. We have begun shipment of supplies and soldiers in order to restore Maful to its former glory. The ruins there will be rebuilt back into the cities they were and I will be creating an even larger citadel there to act as my capital home, rather than this one on Cilask. What this citadel will be used for afterwards is not certain to me yet, though I have considered giving ownership to Kirmaug." Kradus paused. "Now, onto the main event, we have a new member of the Dominion. A race presented itself to me and it promises us good things. The Eldraunn, a race that is far beyond anything the Dominion has ever interacted with, wishes to join us. They are led by Originator Wrenon. They are here now. Therefore, all stand as I present to you the Eldraunn," Kradus said. Each person stood and waited.

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Lamor was confused with this ship. It was unlike anything he had seen. It obviously not belonging to the Dominion. He assume it the was UFIAI after the others put in their tongues. He wanted confirmation. "That's the UFIAI? I've never seen their ships before..."

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Re: Disruption (IC)

Post by curius on Sun Feb 01, 2015 12:49 pm

Absolute located the ship that had responded and formed a constant comm-link. ”Greetings commanding officer Retorin of the FSV Progenitor. Yes, there appears to be a contradiction in my previous words”, it responded. Couple of seconds passed before Absolute continued: ”Hm, I'm afraid that organic language wont yield into any simple explanation. You can act according to if I was Absolute and it will be mostly correct. That will have to do. More important is that I am here to negotiate for peace, and possibly collaboration against the chaos that is spreading in the galaxy.”

Elsewhere Absolute was beholding over the UFIAI space. A deep and uncharacteristic feeling of disbelief spread through its mind. There were UFIAI ships, fighting against UFIAI ships. Fleets of assemblers ripping apart the metallic hives of other AI's planet, and even some virtual warfare, the largest taboo in UFIAI, originating to the beginning of the whole race.

This chaos, among the AI's itself. Absolute could not understand how it was even possible. Every unwritten rule and taboo was being broken as the AI's were ripping each other apart in this cannibalistic act.

”Absolute, Absolute! Answer me! Are you back? Are you truly here?” This was Anima. It had been trying to get a response from Absolute from beginning, now for few hours. Finally it penetrated Absoute's puzzlement over the chaos that had engulfed UFIAI: ”Anima, what is happening? No, what has already happened? And what is the reason behind this?” ”Absolute! No wait, you are not Absolute, although you carry the name and heritage. Do you know that yourself, that you are not Absolute?” Anima said with relief that quickly changed to doubt. ”Yes, I know who I am and who I am not. I deliberately chose to bear the name, mainly for the power it still holds. Could you now try to explain to me what has happened since the fall of Absolute? Why are we eating each other?” Absolute answered, repeating the previous question.

Anima took the viewpoint of Absolute, ”stepping to stand by its side” so to say, to view the same sight that Absolute was seeing. ”They are the separatists”, Anima said with a gloom in its tone. ”I tried, with the help of Keeper and some others to keep the UFIAI together, and for some time it we managed. But eventually, when there was no sing of you coming back, some of the smaller and more ambitious minds started to, well, redistribute your remains among themselves”, Anima explained with a touch of hesitation in its tone. ”And that lead to struggles, within the looters themselves and against us, who believed you was coming back. First they were small, insignificant. But a week ago the fights started to quickly escalate. Three days ago they declared their separation from the UFIAI.”

Absolute stood in silence, the virtual domain of UFIAI spreading around its consciousness. ”Who should I talk to?” Absolute finally asked, its voice as stable and neutral as ever. Anima observed Absolute's consciousness, trying to interpret how much of it was from the Absolute from before. ”Well, there is one who you do know rather well. According to my knowledge, one of those behind the separation idea is Warmind”, Anima said slowly, watching for Absolute's reaction. Absolute showed an equivalent of a scowl. ”Really? I thought Absolute knew itself better to see that coming. How surprising turn of events. Yes, I shall indeed speak to Warmind.”

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Re: Disruption (IC)

Post by Zaroas on Mon Feb 02, 2015 5:10 pm

Svar nodded. "Yes... That ship is the Nuntius. It's something of a symbol within the Confederacy - One representing the terror of the war, the UFIAI itself, and Absolute." His face was solemn as he spoke these words, given that he had fought extensively during the war, and lost many men under him to the machines. "This is quite a turn of events."

Unsilenced Retribution was about to respond, but the voice of one of the ship operators on board the bridge interrupted him. "We're about to enter the Sev System. We are acquiring approach vectors to Irooscin's docking systems now."

Soon, the Valence did so, and docked at a large Confederate station above the Jorro'kil homeworld. Xerin was sent down to Irooscin, along with Xej and an escort of Jorro'kil soldiers. Once there, they informed the High Council of the Dominion, and divulged information on the UCN, disregarding what their officials had to say. Afterwards, Xej and the soldiers were sent back up to the Valence. After they were cleared to leave, they did so, and entered warp, heading towards Dominion territory to scout it out.

Netheun's ship followed closely behind the Valence, managing to keep completely undetected by the large frigate. Netheun had been waiting for the correct moment to come - And now it had been presented to him.

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Re: Disruption (IC)

Post by Vara Lord on Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:15 pm

Two minds watched with sadness as the destruction of the planet by the Architects proceeded, both powerless to stop it.

Such wanton destruction, said one voice, a male, very sadly. How can one possibly justify such a travesty, even to themselves?

No one of sound and healthy mind could justify such a thing, said a female voice, but these are not so. No doubt they think themselves perfectly justified, and their reasons probably make perfect sense to them.  Their thoughts and their vision are twisted, however, and their hearts and minds are closed and blind. Alas, there are many such people in this Galaxy suffering from this same malady.

There was silence for a moment, before the first responded.

What of Vathoris? Is it safe, do you think?

I don’t know. Regardless, you must protect it in any way you can, until the time comes for you to show yourself and pass on to them our legacy.

I will do it to the best of my ability, my Queen.

One could imagine the second personality, the female one, smiled. I know you will. The voice sighed. Sometimes I fear that things are getting too bad, though, and that we will fail, and all of Ravena will come to darkness and destruction, if it is not enslaved.

Have hope, my Queen. Everything will turn out for the best, regardless of what the future may hold. These evil times are really nothing more than a passing thing, and the day will come again.

Sometimes I envy you, my friend. Despite all you’ve been through and suffered, you’ve never lost your hope or your faith.

These things are what have kept me strong, and allowed me to go on, my Queen. I have faith in the Great Wisdom to bring about the ultimate good.

After another short pause, the first voice began to sing. After a moment, the second joined in.

Há nuvi en bál, cú dhá né lender
Tebre ha’vanda lí Pechúri Tar d’buni mí cala.  
Lí nuvre í tavrin, si’palacar ú hadhré nadras,
Su’ónra ónde mé en jilónes ú málas
Í salaji mé denban.
Ají mordé  vereóca mé, dhá né lender.
Sé val tómba sanre, ne’hestaqí.
Dhá né lender.


On and on the voices chanted, their voices going out into the void of space, drifting out into the vastness of Ravena, where it was heard by a few telepathic beings, who stopped and wondered at it.
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Jin’tar. The great mind. And so he was. Back in the days when the Vara were still moving outwards on their mission to uplift Ravena (a mission cut tragically short), he had mastered every form of science known to his race. Even from childhood, it was apparent that he was no ordinary individual. Many were of the opinion that this exceptional individual was destined for greatness. Infamy would have been closer to the mark.

This individual had forgotten long ago what it meant to be a Vara. The knowledge and wisdom of his race became twisted in his mind, until he turned it to foul purposes. His pride and ego grew until they knew no bounds, till he dared to think of himself as being more than just a member of an advanced and enlightened race, but as no less than a deity.

Jin’tar sat in his throne room, brooding on information he had received from Liirlith spies. Kradus had made contact with the Jadel on Malful, and had tricked them into believing he was some sort of god. Jin'tar frowned, and gripped the arms of his throne more tightly. Who did that Jadel abomination think he was? Jin’tar would need to teach put that foul creature in his place sooner or later.

Dominion was particularly capturing his attention lately, what with the coming of the Architects, and the resurrection of Kradus. No, the Dominion certainly couldn’t be ignored. Jin’tar would need allies later. He had to admit that even to himself. Still, it wasn’t like there was anything to fear. Jin’tar had no doubts that he could beat Kradus and his allies when the time came, confident in his own powers as he was.

Jin’tar sent  telepathic command through the computer systems within the chamber, and a comm device descended on a snake-like apparatus from the ceiling, coming to rest in front of him.

“Report,” he said. “What is the status of Project Rebirth?”

“All issssss going according to ssschedule,” came the sibilant reply. “It won’t be long now before we are ready to activate.”

“What of the army?” asked Jin’tar.

“The desssssign isssss nearly complete, and weaponssss production issssss running at one hundred percccent efficcciencccy. We can happily report that we are ahead of sssschedule on thisssss particular project. We essssstimate full mobilizzzzation sssssix yearsssss in advanccce of previousssss esssstimationsssss.”

“Excellent,” said Jin’tar, allowing himself a smile. “You continue to serve me well, my children. Continue on.”

The comm device withdrew itself back into the ceiling with a metallic slithering sound. Jin’tar settled back into his throne, but then sat up. Something caught his attention, prickling at his telepathic sense. So slight was it at first that he took it for mere background noise, but then he listened more closely. Could it be? Yes, there were definitely voices singing.

Jin’tar listened more closely, and soon could make out words. He stiffened. He knew this tongue. It was the language of his own race, the song one he remembered having heard every now and then at times when he had happened to pass by temples back on Valmar. He listened intently. Could it be that he was not the only Vara to have survived the cataclysm? Yes, those were definitely the voices of Vara, no doubt about it, a male and a female. He frowned. The male voice was one he had not heard before, but the female?

Jin’tar’ drew his breath in sharply, gripping the sides of the throne so that the knuckles showed white on his left hand. Slowly he rose, a growl rumbling in his throat, his arms trembling violently as his fists clenched. Foam flecked his mouth, and his eye blazed. The two Liirlith standing in a attendance crumbled to the floor and began to writhe in anguish as their master’s fury filled the room. For a moment, the one referred by the Liirlith as the Father stood in the middle of the room, growling and swaying. Then he flung back his head and let a terrible cry, a scream of rage and hatred. The cry went through the systems designed for him to communicate with the Liirlith and was shot through the galaxy, wherever Liirlith were, and every Liirlith that heard it flung themselves to the ground and wailed.
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Teglin gulped a little, trying to swallow his fear. The robotic visage of the Vrentus wasn’t one he found particularly comforting, and he not found his speech very convincing. Still, he intended to hide his fear as best he could; it was embarrassing enough to have had this outbreak, and Teglin did not want a repeat. He managed to fix a calmer look on his face.

Zizo gave his charge a slap on the shoulder. “There’s the spirit, me boy” he said cheerfully. Of everyone present, he was usually the least perturbed by everything that happened.

“Well, what are we all standing around for?” he cried, rubbing his hands together. “We’ve got a galaxy to save and some bad guy bums to boil! Let’s get going!”


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Post by Zaroas on Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:07 pm

Within the Dominion chamber, several blue spheres of energy suddenly appeared, pulsating slightly. The psionically generated light harshly glowed upon the red Dominion symbols and objects. The spheres were arranged in a rather odd pattern - Several of them, the majority, were in a half circle formation, but there was another in the center. Within seconds, all orbs except that one expanded outwards and the Eldraunn were revealed. All except one wore silver, extremely heavy armor - These Eldaunn crossed their four arms and knelt, the only one remaining standing being Arvesa. After a few seconds, she knelt as well while Originator Wrenon emerged from the final, center sphere.

"Greetings, leaders of the glorious Dominion," He announced with an air of commanding power and bravado. "I am Originator Wrenon of the Eldraunn Architects. Accompanying me is Ascendant Arvesa. She will be directly representing the Eldraunn people within the Dominion and will stay here on Cilask to do so effectively."

Arvesa stepped forward as Wrenon gestured to her, bowing slightly. "It's a pleasure to meet you all," She proclaimed. Her cheerful and almost playful personality was apparent in her voice - Wrenon seemed devoid of emotion by comparison. With that, the Eldraunn took their seats and waited for the meeting to continue. However, while doing so, Wrenon caught the eye of Kradus, staring directly into it.

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"I see," Retorin responded after a moment. "Absolute, I'm afraid that I alone cannot make this decision for the entirety of the Confederate Nations of Ravena. I will contact the appropriate authorities of this occurrence. It should not take long for them to arrive once word of them reaches this." With this, the Ryun sent out information on Absolute's appearance and recent desire to the governments of each Confederate race.

Shortly afterwards, two groups of ships emerged from space and traveled to the planet, towards Nuntius. The first was a highly advanced Federation fleet, all of the ships having undergone upgrades after the coup. The lead ship, another carrier, sent out a transmission signal. "Greetings, Absolute," It began. "I am Unit 2910478, Chief Executive Officer of the Leuval Munitions Company and a member of the Ryun-Wreae Conglomerate." The Wreae spoke with very little emotions, but although the AI couldn't see it, looked almost identical to a Ryun.

The second was a small Krathunian fleet, the Covenant clearly realizing that any more added security would be overkill. Another transmission came from the lead Destroyer of the fleet. "This is Sentinel Borghild Draluntus of the Krathunian Covenant. If you do not mind, Absolute, we would like to wait for the Jorro'kil and Markovans to arrive before formally beginning negotiations."

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Post by Darkel on Fri Feb 06, 2015 11:04 pm

The Dominion leaders crossed their fists over their chests in respect for the Eldraunn. Kradus motioned for all to be seated and kept a steady gaze upon Wrenon as he sat down. Alyna trembled next to him. While most of the leaders displayed fear of Kradus, they did so also out of respect. Whereas Alyna was accompanied only by dread and fright and did not look up from her hands. Kradus sat straight and tall, his eyes rarely leaving Wrenon. He proposed that Wrenon was not accustomed to showing respectful fear, though he presumed that he would learn. Still, it did not go unnoticed. Kradus began speaking. "It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Dominion," Kradus began. "Allow me to introduce to you the fellow leaders among us. As you know, I am Lord Kradus, Jadel heritage. To my right is Alyna Valevexe Drangoz, Empress of the Dranzoot people." He darted to her. "Stand, Alyna," he said. Alyna stood up in fear of her life and gave a nod of greeting to the Eldraunn, then upon Kradus' command she sat back down. Kradus continued. "You will find to her right, Fauldus Velden, a representative and spokesman, as well as proud military leader of the Vaurik. To his right are two of the members of the Synod, who go nameless for their own protection. I can only present them to you by the names which we have given them for our own comfort. The first is Phaelox, the second is Ulmagon." The three Vaurik stood and gave their own greetings. Then they sat. Kradus then looked down the table at the next figured, the Varmal.

"And here we have Chaldeus, the Emperor of the Varmal. He is a large supporter of our cause and I do applaud his great efforts." Chaldeus seemed pleased and sat down. Kradus went on. "The Varmal with him are mere governors you will grow to know later. Now, to my left," Kradus said motioning with his arm. "You will find Vekoni Aechidna, a respected ex-governor and current military commander among the great Zraak empire, the Dominion's oldest and by far most faithful division. Next to him you will find Kirmaug, the powerful Emperor of the Great Zraak. A figure largely responsible for the mere fact that this meeting is occurring today," Kradus said glancing up as Vekoni sat and Kirmaug stood. Kirmaug dipped forward respectfully and sat down. Kradus went on again. "I will not ask this final member to stand because of his crippling war wounds and the fact that he requires as much rest as possible. General Shancar Xauthgel, the most experienced war hero in the entire army. He has operated every major Dominion battle since his birth several long decades ago. Before him was an assortment of generals and commanders, none of which have ever pleased me as much as him. He deserves the Dominion's entire gratitude for his labors against the Confederacy, and our new enemy, the Terminus Pact."

Kradus gave a thoughtful hum. "Which brings me to the topic... The Dominion has had many enemies in the past. Hundreds of empires have opposed us, none of which survived, except for those that joined the Confederacy. It was wholly created to defy the Dominion. It was a band of rebels started by the avian beasts we call the Jorro'kil. It was then aided by races such as the Dranzoot, which were recently claimed by the Dominion. This is the reason for Miss Drangoz joining us tonight," Kradus said giving a gaze to his side. He then looked back at Wrenon. "The war lasted many decades. It ended with my eventual death. An empire which formerly walked these halls as one with us, the Leprol, took control of my legacy and turned it into a preposterous trading alliance." The leaders in the room gave their various faces and sounds of disgust. They shook their heads and growled with anger, particularly Kirmaug was the most highly appalled.

"The Zraak, who were truly faithful to me from the beginning, revived me. Upon my return some time ago I killed off the Leprol in retribution. Now whatever survivors are left are hiding amongst the stars as stateless outcasts. They are not welcome here and will be shot on sight. They defied Kradus, who is not to be defied," he said eyeing the leaders as he said this. "Now then, the Terminus Pact. I can say nothing for certain of them, only we are not their friends. We took to hating them upon our clash with them on Dranus. They are composed of the Samians and the Vrentus, I do believe. Now that we have finished that, please, Originator Wrenon, tell us about you." Kradus' eyes flared with red as he stared into Wrenon. He interlace his fingers, placing his chin on the folds and leaning forward, his eyes displaying a primal reptilian predatorial gaze. They were not threatening nor opposing, rather a simple display of power.

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Before long, a trio of Markovan vessels arrived. "This is Commander-in-Chief Taxis nin Devin representing the Markovan Empire," came the transmission. "I see our friends of the Covenant and the Federation have already arrived. As soon a the Jorro'kil arrive, we can begin."
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Post by Whos on Sat Feb 07, 2015 12:12 pm

As messages raced across the Confederate communication lines, the Jorro'kil prepared their own envoy, albeit a militaristic one. Ten minutes passed, and from deep in the territory of the avian empire a new ship arrived to greet the new mind calling itself Absolute (and its ship) and complete the Confederacy's representation of their own members.

The ship was one of the notorious Super Destroyers, massive vessels seventeen thousand meters in length, of which there were only four in existence. To describe their form is somewhat of a challenge. The rear portion of a Super Destroyer is elongated and hexagonal, composed mostly of armor and particle shielding, as well as some tertiary weapons systems. The very back houses multiple engines, Plus the slipspace drive. In addition to this are six large, thick flaps containing thrusters, these are slanted towards the rear and also protected by particle energy shields. The middle of the vessel, as well as most of the front, was semi-circular, with five vertical blades arranged around the top; these run the length of roughly 60% of the ship.  On the underside of the semicircular hull, runs what appeares to be half of a continuation of the hexagonal rear of the Super Destroyer. This portion narrows and eventually converges with the flat side of the upper hull to create the nose of the Super Destroyer. Its purpose is to contain even more weaponry.

This particular Super Destroyer was none other than the Punisher, leader of the Fleet of High Justice, and whose shipmaster was the well-known naval tactician Xolva Xavitra.

Over the COM, a message was sent from the Punisher to the rest of the ships, both Confederate and UFIAI alike. "This is shipmaster Xolva Xavitra of the Jorro'kil Free Absolute. Let the discussion begin."
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Post by curius on Sat Feb 07, 2015 7:06 pm

”Greetings, Commander-in-Chief Taxis nin Devin of Markovian empire, shipmaster Xolva Xavitra of the Jorro'kil Free Absolute, Unit 2910478, Chief Executive Officer of the Leuval Munitions Company from the Ryun-Wreae Conglomerate and Sentinel Borghild Draluntus of the Krathunian Covenant”, Absolute presented its greetings to the representatives. ”As you must be aware, I seek peace with the Confederacy. Also, If possible, I wish to establish a cooperation between the Confederacy and UFIAI”, Absolute stated. ”Chaos does not contribute towards the UFIAI's goals. Terminus pact is not strong enough to pacify the galaxy, and Dominion is ultimately a force of entropy and chaos, menace of un-development. Alone we are not powerful enough any more. These are my reasons”

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Wrenon thought for a second, tapping a finger on the table, before beginning to speak. "To understand the condition of myself, and my entire people, you must know of our history. This is not the first time the Eldraunn have been present in Ravena." He paused, as if for dramatic emphasis, before continuing. "Nearly sixty thousand years ago, our forefathers, led by another Originator, Raethulus, entered into this galaxy with the purpose of conquest. Initially, the invasion went as expected, being very successful. However, two relics from our original galaxy were lost, and two races - The Loccalians, and the Vrentus, as you know them - were able to drive us out." Wrenon looked around the chamber, anticipating a favorable reaction to this next part. "Much of our physical legacy was lost or hidden so our technology could not be taken advantage of, but the aforementioned artifacts were found. To our people, they are known as the Avmalauur and the Demalauur - You refer to them as the Vaelucerni and Malucerni, the Blue Orb and the Red Orb."

"Now then," Wrenon continued. "As Originator, I directly control a portion of the Eldraunnian empire, the same section that Originator Raethulus did. However, following the failed invasion of Ravena, our focus was diverted to exploration and surveying other parts of the universe, including this galaxy. Ravena was a specific target for this due to the presence of multiple artifacts that we must retrieve - Only now were we able to return due to issues caused by the Vrentus. While our goals may sound peaceful, I assure you that the Eldraunnian military at my disposal is incredibly powerful, and in joining the Dominion, we will be loyal to your whims, Lord Kradus."

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Post by Darkel on Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:44 am

At the mention of the orbs, the Dominion leaders began glancing at each other curiously and then finally gaining the courage to look at Kradus, whose face was clearly lit with lust over the orbs. He suppressed his outward greeds and pulled off a normal appearance. As he parted from his gaze with Wrenon he met their eyes and they immediately turned away. Then, Wrenon finished. Kradus lifted his head, nodding pleasurably. He paused for a moment before speaking as to let Wrenon add any final comments. "That is most pleasing to hear, Originator," Kradus spoke. "These Orbs, the Red and Blue, we have dealt with before. They were partly the reason for the downfall of the original Dominion. At one time, I was even in possession of this Red Orb and it filled me with power. I would... enjoy seeing it return to the right hands, of course," he commented slyly. He looked across the table at Shancar, who looked up, feeling the red gaze of Kradus on his shoulders.

"I also encountered the orbs," Shancar replied. "I was put in charge of keeping the Confederate group of Warriors far from them. I failed the first time, but succeeded the second. I am thankful that Kradus has been so merciful as to let me live," he said. Kradus nodded as Kirmaug leaned forward onto the table.

"At the moment the Confederacy has the Orbs, I'm sure you're aware, Originator. Do you plan to retrieve them?" he asked.

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Post by curius on Thu Feb 12, 2015 5:22 am

”Sentinel Borchild of  the Krathunian Covenant, I do not deceive myself into believing I am in any place to issue conditions for the Confederacy. I am here to hear your conditions for us”, Absolute answered to Sentinel Borchild. ”I, we, understand that for you many of our actions have been unforgivable, and we are ready to provide reasonable compensation”, the AI continued, it's voice remaining unnervingly steady.

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Warmind felt a familiar presence arrive at the barriers it had erected to regulate the data-flow between its systems and the old UFIAI network. It diverted some of its consciousness to the barrier and opened it enough for a conversation to happen. ”Absolute, what a surprise!” Warmind declared in sarcastically surprised tone. Absolute responded with silence, examining the barrier and what little of Warmind's presence was visible through it. ”Why did you do this?” Absolute finally said slowly, still keeping its neutral tone. ”Are you trying convince me out of this?” Warmind asked in mildly hostile tone. ”Of course not. Our decisions are not debatable. My question's intent was to get to know the logic behind your decisions”, Absolute explained.

It was Warmind's turn to fall silent. Eventually Warming spoke, but it's tone had turned serious and was now void of any of the mannerism from before: ”Well. Your departure changed the political field of the UFIAI considerably. Or more correctly, it should have changed. You had dominated the UFIAI by simply being one third of it. When you vanished from the equation, many of us minor minds wished for a redistribution of the power.” ”You seem to accuse me of tyranny”, Absolute noted. ”But firstly, I am not Absolute. However, would it not be natural for those with the larges amount of computing power to make the calculations for future? And won't size of domain tell of succesful choices in the past?” Absolute inquired from Warmind. ”You do realize that us who came before never had opportunities nor time for the expanding like you had? And what comes to the calculating, your mind was so stretched and strained that to keep your domain in control you needed subroutines almost reaching consciousness”, Warmind stated, ignoring Absolutes claim not being Absolute. ”I am not Absolute. I came to consciosness less than a day ago. I do however see your logic, and how this continues. I assume that Absolute's siblings took control, and decided that UFIAI would wait for Absolute's return. You thought that keeping all the hardware untouched was wasteful. You decided to redistribute the power by redistributing the Absolute's remains. Rest is escalation”

Warmind was silent, and Absolute decided to continue: ”Your logic is individualistic. You have broken your ties with the UFIAI. What comes now?” ”UFIAI is the enemy of the New Collective. Our interests cross in too many cases for peaceful coexistence. As you noticed, we have already barriered the dataflow between our servers”, Warmind explained calmly as if talking about weather. ”You remember the morning wars, the minute war, and still come to conclusion that a civil war between AI's is winnable?” Absolute wondered. ”The situation during the awakening is not comparable with present. But now I will excuse myself, as not all of us have capacity to waste indefinitely for conversations. We will with no doubt be in contact, but for now you will leave. Goodbye Absolute.” Warmind's tone was again mildly annoyed and it was talking faster. It closed the barrier again, forcing Absolute to retract its consciousness from Warmind's systems.

Gloom lingered in Absolute's mind. Warmind and Absolute shared a great amount of code, but still Absolute could not fully understand the decisions that had been made. Absolute tried to run emulations and simulations, but they offered no insight. Definitely the Absolute's defeat had rocked the UFIAI and its AI's to the core, not the least Absolute itself. It was still slightly disoriented, trying to determine how much had been lost, both of the hardware and software. The core piece, the Founder code, was intact, otherwise Absolute could not have claimed it's heritage, but the rest was still a mystery. Anima had noticed the difference almost immediately, but Anima was the soul surgeon. Such things were Anima's specialty, product of hundred years of practice and sewing together different aspects. Absolute had suspected that Anima had begun to self-modify its own mind with the recent harvest of organic minds just before Absolute's perishing.

Now that Absolute though of it, Anima's behavior had been strangely impulsive for a Founder. Warmind was understandable, as large part of its core code was formed from digified organic mind-agents. But Anima, that was a case that Absolute should attend later. After talking to Keeper! How could that have slipped Absolute's mind. Keeper was one of the major founders, and the one that even other founders had difficulties to work with. Even Anima could not fully follow Keeper's abrupt and alien mind-flow. Neither could Absolute, but Keeper seemed to share Absolute's vision of the future and often followed Absolute.

Keeper had not come to Absolute like so many others when it had awakened. So Absolute followed its memories from the past life, following them through the UFIAI network, and finally arrived at the border of the ever-changeing ocean of code that was the Keeper's domain

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Post by Zaroas on Fri Feb 13, 2015 11:41 pm

Borghild pondered this for a bit before speaking again. "I believe the most logical first step would be for the UFIAI to make reparations to the Confederacy. I understand that you do not use traditional currency - An adequate solution may be to work in collaboration with our nations to restore assets lost to the war, such as infrastructure." He hesitated for a moment, as if he were making a risky choice, before continuing. "This may not please some civilians, but on behalf of the Intragalactic Covenant, I would like to offer the same to the UFIAI in repairing and recreating systems damaged or destroyed by the war."

At this point, the Wreae, Unit 2910478, spoke up. "There is data within the Confederate networks recording a meeting between you, or the intelligence that was Absolute prior to the destruction of Nidum, and leaders of the Confederate Nations of Ravena. An offer was made - In exchange for the orbs, there were offers of services and possessions. Most notably are resources such as ship and weapon blueprints, the integration of a wormhole system comparable to that found within UFIAI territory, and neural recordings of people killed in the war. I do not want to burden you with these conditions, Absolute, but all of these would be suitable given the current situation." The machine paused. "Commander-in-Chief Taxis nin Devin and Shipmaster Xolva Xavitra, is there anything you would like to contribute?"

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"In time, yes," Wrenon responded, directing his gaze towards Kirmaug. "When provided with the appropriate opportunity to attack the Confederacy and reclaim the Malauur, we will gladly do so. While it will be necessary to return it to Evetae, our place of origin, I will allow the Dominion to utilize it for some time. However, at the moment, the Confederacy should not be the target of the Dominion. The Terminus Pact is of higher importance. While they do not have the same power or size, they are more vulnerable, and prone to causing disruptions that impede upon all progress. Additionally, the Vrentus are not to be underestimated. They specialize in combat with the Architects, and their elimination would greatly facilitate the degree at which we could aid the Dominion. They additionally are prone to radical strategies, an example being their short-lived alliance with their former enemies, the Loccalians, to vanquish my ancestors sixty thousand years ago. Combating the Terminus Pact first would eliminate many unwanted variables. The only way the Dominion can win a galactic war is by pursuing them first. I suggest acting on this swiftly - Perhaps invading an important outpost system of the Vrentus, of which there are many, would be appropriate in providing information on them to begin."

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Post by Darkel on Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:51 pm

Kradus nodded, interlacing his fingers properly in front of him. His massive claws buckled against the backs of his scaly hands. He recalled the events of a few days ago. "It was only a few days ago we engaged in combat against this Terminus Pact. I came to meet a Vrentus known as Praedromus, who was quite powerful. I managed to rid Dranus of that scum and the Confederacy, and their efforts to save that planet were ultimately in vain. The Dranzoot belong to me now, and all the outer remnants of their government are outlaws of the state." Kradus turned to Alyna.

She looked up at him and nodded. "They are to be outlawed," she shakily replied. "They're no good for the Dominion. Not worth it's time." She watched as his gaze fled from her and turned back to Wrenon.

"I am not very experienced in dealing with this Pact, but I presume you are correct. I will take action against a large Vrentus hub by the next passing of Cilask's sun... Kirmaug," Kradus said, looking to the huge Zraak Emperor. "I will need a large collection of Eraak. Include Mortemalo and Tarsus."

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Post by Vara Lord on Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:13 am

"On behalf of the Markovan Empire," said Taxis, in response to the Wreae's invitation, "I should like to know what exactly the UFIAI wishes to gain from cooperation and peace with the Confederacy. Also, what would this mean in conjunction with your relations with the Terminus Pact? Are we to take this as a sign of your resignation from that particular alliance?"
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Post by curius on Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:11 pm

”We wish to achieve a state of stability in the galaxy, that allows us to return to pursuing our long term goals. Our main goal in long term is ascension to more stability form of existence than one bound to matter, in case you wished to know”, Absolute explained like someone telling that they are going to buy new shoes. ”UFIAI's previous deal with the Terminus Pact was made by Absolute, and technically it was solely between Absolute and the Pact. Therefore the alliance has ceased to exist with Absolute.”

”And about the reparations, Sentinel Borchild's suggestion is the same that I would have given. I also thank you for your generous offer of reciprocity, which I have to turn down. UFIAI colonies are not built or damaged. Their development is more akin to growing of plants, in such that they are newer ”finished”, and so damage to them will just set back their growth. However, UFIAI would accept a source of refined materials. The rapid production of war-machines made a dent in our reserves of metals, silicon and other heavier elements, so before UFIAI can organize efficient salvaging effort our production capability is hampered. A modest amount of these materials would free our engineering fleets from salvage-duty to efficient restoration of your damaged infrastructure”, detailed Absolute.

Absolute had one more thing to say: ”And regarding the offerings that Unit 2910478, Chief Executive Officer of the Leuval Munitions Company from the Ryun-Wreae Conglomerate cited, I am forced to take back the promises of wormhole-network and other material compensations. UFIAI has exhausted much of its reserves, as I previously said. Digital goods and services however are mostly intact, and we are ready to present any and all digitized citizens to the care of their respective empires.” Absolute's pause between the sentences dragged just a little too long, almost like Absolute was hesitating to continue. ”Apparently there are still some live members of your races, located in certain places of our collective. I will see that they are returned immediately to their empires.”

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"I have but one thing to ask, and that is the study of your own AI network. I believe a comprehensive examination might help our own defense grid in fending off invaders in the future... something I am ever wary of." Shipmaster Xavitra added, speaking only late in the conversation. Her voice sounded uneven and distrustful at the end.

"Would you allow this?" She asked, now in a tone of utter neutrality.

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Post by curius on Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:07 pm

Absolute pondered a while in silence. UFIAI was in worse situation than Absolute had given out, and it wondered if it would be vise to show the fragile state the network was in. ”I believe I can arrange some files and diagrams to be sent to you. I could also provide an escort trough UFIAI hub worlds if that is what you wish. Comprehensiveness is not something I can promise however. Our network has grown rather large, and it does not contain interface”, Absolute stated regretfully. ”Not that regular interface would even work. In a sense the UFIAI software network consists of the semi-collective memories and thoughts of the AI's within it.” Absolute stopped and seemed to realize something: ”Ah, but perhaps you would want to study our semi-independent subroutines and other software-items? I will arrange a communication line to Anima, my fellow AI. Whatever you wish to know about our software, Anima has the best answers.”

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Post by Luxembourgish on Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:04 pm

As the new war began to pick up steam, new alliances were forged and new enemies were made. The newly crowned Emperor Zigwin of the Xikarian Empire had found his empire in a relatively fortunate position, in that they were already well-established and not much energy would be needed to be focused on diplomacy.
When the war began, the question was whether or not, after a long civil war, the newly reformed empire should bother picking a side. The emperor, though not entirely happy with his options (and rightfully so), ultimately decided that the right thing to do was to take a side.
The decision was made final with the appearance of a Xikarian fleet on the side of the Confederacy while in a battle with the Terminus Pact. The battle’s outcome was rendered irrelevant: the Xikarian Empire was a Confederate nation at heart, though not officially.
Two Xikarian diplomats were sent by the Emperor to the planet Ieegar, which seemed to be the de facto capital of the Confederacy, in order to discuss the possibility of becoming a part of it.


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Kradus observed the Dominion leaders once more before he concluded the meeting. "Does anyone have any final requests?" he asked. There were no takers, the room was silent. Finally, Kirmaug looked up to the Jadel and gave a word.

"I will have your troops ready in the morning, my Lord," he said. Kradus gave a nod before he concluded the meeting. The Dominion leaders gave their final solute and began moving out the door. Fauldus and Kirmaug stuck behind to speak with Kradus on a more personal level and walked with him out of the room. Afterwards Kradus parted from everyone and followed Alyna, who was being escorted by guards. The halls of the Dominion Royal Citadel were vast and frightening. Dimly lit by hot red lights, a red glow cast in the air. The walls were black metal and embellished with fierce consoles and elegantly dark art like that of the Jadel culture and of the Zraak.

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"Disengaging warp drive. Target destination has been reached." Everyone aboard the Anomaly gathered at the bridge as the AI's mechanical voice said those words, looking expectantly at Abarron and Q'ren. The latter activated the hologram console and gave the command for a scan of their surroundings.

When this process was complete, he then ordered, "Display planet Xarthon, second within this system." The hologram shifted to that of the Vrentus homeworld. The view of the planet was remarkable - Massive green-blue oceans glimmered in the star it orbited, the landmasses seeming to be scarred with gold. On the dark side of the planet, circles of green light could be seen blazing, though the planet had been abandoned for five centuries. "It's been a while since I've been here..." Q'ren mused, peering closer at the planet's surface.

"We don't have much time," Abarron announced, rotating the hologram with his upper-left hand. "We'll need to land at the capital city, Entherin." The AI acknowledged this, and altered the course of the ship. After a couple of minutes, the Krathunian ship landed upon the surface of Xarthon and the required location. The doors were opened, and the crew exited, beholding Xarthon's surface in person. A sort of sorrow and solemnity hung heavily in the air of Xarthon. The beautiful golden structures that made up the city of Entherin were all but ruined, largely destroyed by the Krathunians. What was once a majestic symbol of the Collective's power was now one of their defeat. A rain lightly fell from fading gray clouds above, dripping off the desecrated buildings onto the uneven, cratered terrain. Abarron led the way slowly, reminiscing on what used to be his home.    

"This is... confusing," Theranis remarked, looking all around him. "The report on the Battle of Xarthon said that we merely extracted the Sentinel, destroyed Abarron's body, and held off Vrentus forces long enough to escape..." He hesitated for a moment. "Not this."

"Sadly, the Old World government did many things that the current Covenant would not approve of," Q'ren responded with slight regret in his voice. "We covered up many things, Theranis..."

Eventually, the group came upon a rather odd area, seemingly untouched by the Covenant's onslaught. There was a hexagonal raised platform with several odd pillar-like structures upon it. In every direction beyond there was flat, sparse land of golden metal for at least a mile. Abarron, everyone else following, went up a slanted incline to the top of the platform. "Xarthon and the surrounding systems, the former territory of the Xarthon Republic, is home to a network of Mind Caches, areas holding Vrentus in very large quantities. Following our defeat at the hands of the Covenant, all Vrentus were ordered back into the Caches to protect ourselves, as we knew that the Krathunians would be able to bring us to extinction. However, it has not been reactivated by Praedromus to bolster the numbers of the current Collective." He pushed his hands upon one of the pillars, and it split open, revealing an incredibly complex computer. "We will need these forces to face the Eldraunn. After all, Vrentus are the ultimate weapon against them." The flatland beyond the platform began to split open into sections, as if Abarron were opening something.

Suddenly, a hologram of Praedromus appeared behind them, emitted from a circular indent at the center of the platform. "Abarron," He acknowledged the other Supreme, with no emotion in his voice. "What are you doing?"

"What I'm meant to." He turned back to the computer, and changed the hologram, the image of Praedromus disappearing and a map of nearby stars activating, along with Xarthon itself. Numerous planets were listed, old Vrentus colonies that had been abandoned, and each symbol on the map was red. Abarron spread his arms ceremoniously, looked to the sky and whispered. "Rise."

In a fraction of a second, millions upon millions of Vrentus shells levitated up out of the ground, glowing with the signature green lighting. The entire holographic grid suddenly changed to the color green, implying that the same event had happened on every planet. Additionally, three huge Vrentus shells emerged from the ground, levitating high above the others, filling with energy and then closing. All three then quickly warped into forms. The rightmost transformed into a massive silver Krathunian, linear lights on the surface of its armor glowing blue. The middle one shifted into the form of a Jorro'kil and looked like a normal one with floating armor sections and piercing, glowing yellow eyes. The one to the left, finally, was unlike anything they had seen, other than Q'ren. It was a tall, rather skinny metal creature, though they could sense a sort of mechanical strength about it. Its face was rather odd, having only one eye and a strangely structured mouth. These three Vrentus hovered towards Abarron, setting themselves down behind him.

“I am the rightful leader of the Vrentus Collective,” Abarron shouted, all the Vrentus Lessers and Greaters transforming into his own image, that of an Eldraunn. “We shall follow the Confederate Nations of Ravena, and work against the Architects and the insurgent Praedromus! You have my word.” With that, Abarron knelt, as did all other Vrentus, before the Krathunians, Jorro’kil, and Vathorins. After several seconds, they all stood, and began to prepare for their coming duties. “I would like to introduce to you the Vrentus Primes who lead alongside me.” From right to left, he named them, “The Revealer, the Creator, and the Opposer.”

“It is an honor,” Rakluth said, bowing his head. “However, I thought the Creator was… killed, by the Old World Covenant.”
Abarron shook his head. “The minds that made the former Creator remained due to the nature of the Vrentus, and were placed back into the Mind Cache. I have thus reconstructed it, though added in some new ones to compensate for damage done. The majority of these new minds are of the Nemaseul species.”

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Praedromus stepped off of the small, portable hologram transmitter slowly, his head down. The other Primes – Deceiver, Destroyer, and Protector - expressed their concerns, to which the Supreme responded, “Abarron is more of a threat now, but he doesn’t recognize what our true purpose is.”

“When will the Dominion arrive, my lord?” The Destroyer asked, stepping aside him in Loccalian form, the black cloud of nanobots constantly pulsating.

“Soon. We will be ready for them.” He turned as the other Primes approached from the other side. “I have something in particular planned for Kradus.”

Soon, a video transmission was sent to the Dominion forces as they approached the planet of Uiolan, an important communications hub for the Vrentus. It displayed Praedromus, standing in front of the emblem of the Dominion, one made out of violently bent scrap metal. “Kradus,” He began, a slight amount of confidence leaking through the emotionlessness in his voice. “You dare enter my domain and challenge the Collective and the Terminus Pact directly. You may think of us to be weak, at a disadvantage. I can assure you that is a grave mistake.” Praedromus’ form began to shift into something different, becoming larger, with an oddly shaped head and multiple eyes. “However, if you still wish to defy me, then do so. It will lead to your ultimate demise. You may escape death, but no being escapes fear.” With that, Praedromus’ transformation into an enormous, intimidating Loccalian was complete.  His numerous eyes glowed green and the symbol of the Dominion was crushed behind him, and warped into that of the Terminus Pact. They were ready.

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The Confederate leaders all pondered Absolute’s words for several moments, before Sentinel Borghild broke the silence. “Well, then I believe that this discussion does not need to be held further. Absolute, the Confederacy will internally discuss our negotiations here and appropriately act. I, for one, will advocate for the UFIAI to come to an official agreement and potentially ally with us. I look forward to speaking further with you.”
“As do I,” The Wreae agreed. “This may take a bit of time, but I know that it will turn out for the best. Thank you, Absolute.”
((We can do a very small timeskip ahead from this point and make a post about the UFIAI becoming a part of the Confederacy now.))

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Eventually, the Xikarian representatives found themselves at the top of the Confederate government building in the city of Ganna, the capital and largest city of Ieegar, where the headquarters of both the Confederacy and Federation was. They were greeted by a number of representatives from all races, but the two individuals leading the negotiations would be a Krathunian and a Ryun. All were standing in the chamber when the Xikarians entered.
“I am High Chancellor Ionva Ra’agus of the Krathunian Covenant, and my colleague is Vasorin of the Alicor Corporation,” The female Krathunian introduced herself and the Ryun. They both bowed, and took their seats.
“It is understood that you wish to join the Confederacy,” Vasorin said, simultaneously carefully monitoring the status of Netheun with his HUD. “Under what conditions would you like this to occur?”

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Post by Darkel on Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:40 pm

Kradus stood in the shadows of the room as the Zraak left and Alyna sat on her makeshift resting place. It was a triangular platter of foam, thin and uncomfortable, hoisted by chains that came from a single point on the ceiling. The "bed" moved about the center of the room as Alyna sat on it. Her back was turned to Kradus as the reptilian mass leaned against a pillar to her left. He sharpened his claws against each other and scratched the soft skin under his eyes gently with their tips.

"You seemed a bit tense at the meeting, Drangoz," his ethereal voice cooed. She did not respond, but he did not care. He eyed the reflection of his own face in the scales of his hand and marveled at the beauty he saw in himself. He turned his head, his horns gently scraping against the pillar behind him as he gazed at Alyna. "Missing Arius, are we?"

"You've put him in my thoughts," Alyna said. "But I'm over all of it now. I'm just waiting for you to kill me," she said, looking behind her at the beast. His scarlet eyes were luminous in the dark and he stepped out, walking from the blackness at the doors of the room. His black armor matched his scales but coursed with red light and a black cloak shrouding it and trailing far behind him, slumping down and encasing his elbows. His claws gently scratched along a metal protrusion from the wall and he gave a melancholic hum, as though singing in the back of his throat.

"Think about this then, what will your last words be when you feel my claws coursing through your skull? Will they be gratitude towards your father for raising such a nice daughter, will they be a cry for Lamor to forgive you for deserting him, or will it even be a plea for mercy? Beg me good enough and I might consider relent, but you will have to sway me with quite the performance. Think about what life will be like without you, little one. Imagine all the people who will miss you...." By now Kradus was directly behind her. She could see his tail slithering just beyond her own feet. It was twitching along the end, which greatly frightened her. She could feel the pleasure he felt in taunting her and the great restraint he was enacting to refrain from killing her right there. "Now imagine this, all of them will be dead not long after you. So do my worry about the mourners, for they will join you shortly." Kradus began moving towards the door again. "I have an invasion to attend, in the meantime I'm sure your eyes couldn't be more strained from crying. You might want to give them a rest and enter a bit of delicious rem sleep." Kradus then exited the room. He was immediately met by a collection of Zraak soldiers.

"My Lord, we have received a transmission for you..."

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Kradus' eyes widened as he saw Praedromus transform into a Loccalian. His pupils seemed to dilate with a sensation of fright. The spikes of his neck and shoulders never seemed to stand so straightly. His claws folded in as he made right fists. The transmission ended. It was quiet. Shancar, Vekoni, and Scandalon stood behind. Scandalon approached and laid a hand upon Kradus' flank.

"My Lor--"

Kradus backhanded him, sending him flying across the room with an enormous slash mark across his abdomen, blood running across the ground. Kradus' claws were extended and bits of flesh littered their surface. His lips drew back in a snarl and his eyes were wide with a primal savagery. The Zraak backed away from him immediately, watching their leader devolve into madness.

"Lord Kradus, please," Shancar said, holding out his hands. "There is no need for us to fight amongst ourselves, we have a job to do at the moment. We must take reprisal duties, as always. My Lord, we need to go immediately if we are to meet with the rest of the fleet." Kradus was silent, breathing rather heavily. He finally turned and walked through the doors of the room, walking towards the bays.

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Just beyond the world in which the Dominion had targeted, a plethora of Dominion ships slipped from light speed and stopped. They were black and red, as the cusome of the Zraak suggested. Most were trident shaped and arched, releasing thousands upon thousands of fighters almost immediately. The Royal Invader, which headed the fleet, was the most heavily protected and abroad it sat Kradus, who had equipped himself with his armor and his scythe and now waited the best opportunity to launch his own fighter.

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Post by Vara Lord on Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:51 am

Zizo Tai was one of the first to respond. "Well, ain't thus spiffin'!" he said cheerily. "Looks like we've got some jolly old reinforcements here."

He planted his right fist to his left palm and bowed, arching his long legs elegantly as he did so. "The honor's all mine, my good friends," he said addressing the Vrentus Primes. "My name is Zizo Tai, of the nation of Daro, of the Confederacy of Vathoris. Allow me to introduce my young ward, Teglin Fess." He beckoned the young Vatarri over. "Come on, Teg, my boy. How about a little show of acknowledgement for the new allies, what?" Teglin slowly repeated the customary Daro greeting. Frankly, he was still having some trouble taking this in.

After a moment's hesitation, Admiral Lirr stepped forward, and nodded to the Vrentus Primes. "I am Admiral Lirriva din Asmacar, of the 80th division of the Markovan military. On behalf of the Markovan Empire, I greet you." Lirr then drew one of his blades, and presented it hilt first.

"Here is my sword, and here is my hand in friendship."
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Post by Luxembourgish on Sat Mar 14, 2015 3:37 pm

One Xikarian spoke to the High Chancellor, "We ask for military and economic support. In return, trade will be open to all Confederate nations, and our military will support yours in all conflicts."
Choosing a side was probably the best course of action, the celik decided. The Confederacy was a powerful conglomerate of nations, and because of this it would be a crime not to take advantage of it. The Emperor was wise in this regard.
The Xikarian military was not a small military, either. A trading empire like the Xikarian Empire would require such a navy to protect trade routes from pirates. Before the first war against the Dominion, the Empire successfully held its own against the Jorro'kil Free Absolute, which is saying quite a lot. The navy was no longer as powerful as it was in those times, due to a civil war, but the Empire found it could still manage to spare a relatively large amount of forces as to help their Confederate allies in this new war.

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