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Chapter One: Deceiving Purpose

 

Orbiting high above the busy atmosphere of Earth is the Sol Imperial Force's military space station. Near the primary docking ring is a tower that monitors the entire station.

Is the young ambitious General Sneer who had hand picked the two candidates on two priorities. One was that they had no ties to the Imperial Military nor Intelligence. 

Two they where disposable no-bodies in the Empire with skills he needed to complete his grand plans. The shuttle carrying the two soon starts to make it's final approach to Docking Ring Two.

Two elite guards are standing by the airlock waiting for the two volunteers. The shuttle docks and air pressure and gravity between the station and the shuttle equalize.

 

Soon the two step off the shuttle and walk a few feet before looking at the two elite guards standing in front of them. They stood there for a few moments before one of the the guards motioned

them to follow. All four walked silently as the station was a buzz of activity. Personal running around in preparing for a large event apparently. Soon they take an elevator which quickly wisps them

up to the Monitoring tower. Going through the interior halls while passing by rooms filled with people crunching numbers and finalizing reports before they walk into a large area that wraps around the outer edge of the tower is the viewing deck. Overlooking the station docking ring and a nice view of earth is the General.

 

"Guards, you are dismissed." General Sneer says calmly as the two guards escorting them left. "Arin Yale, Class three feline pilot and Zai Renn, a long lived cyborg who's original species is human. We know all about you both." Sneer says turning around. "Yale, you've been taking our scout frigates out for joy rides in the asteroid field. Reen, you are a weapon designer and bounty hunter and with your life span which we tracked down to at least seventy years if not more. So do you two know why you are here?"

 

"Well to be standing in front of a General of the Imperial Military. I'm guessing we either did something incredibly stupid or stupidly impressive." Renn says pushing his glasses up on his nose.

 

"Not sure why I'm here. Sure a general doesn't want to waste time with a minor joy riding pilot." Yale said. calmly.

 

"Renn is more close to the guess. I had picked you both out of hundreds of potential candidates for a very special mission. You Yale are one of the best pilots I found outside the Imperial Military." Sneer says snapping his fingers as an assistant comes up handing him a data pad. "Flying through the fields is no small feat even for experienced pilots with no computer assistance. Which makes you the most skilled civilian pilot I've even seen. As for you Renn. You've been designing weapons for decades and do a bit of bounty hunting on the side. You are a skilled fighter." Sneer says signing the pad before handing it off to the assistant. "Both of you would excel in the military but you aren't. I have a mission for you both. One requiring a skilled pilot and an experienced fighter. If you both choose to accept. You'll be given your own ships and any criminal and financial records will be wiped."

 

Renn and Yale look at each other before they spoke together. "We accept."

 

"What is this mission?" Renn asks.

 

"Yeah what is it?" Yale follows up.

 

"This mission is highly classified. If you speak about it to anyone. Even your mother or loved ones. We'll have you executed and your family and loved ones you told executed as well. Do you both understand?" Sneer says calmly while looking at the two.

 

Both Renn and Yale nod.

 

"Good. Now the mission." Sneer says snapping his fingers as the plated window covers go down and the room locks up. Lights dimming as a large screen pops up behind the general. A thin human female with large thick glasses walks up next to General Sneer. "We have lost contact with a science vessel at this planet." He says as the screen first shows the Sol system before zooming out then zooming back in on a far off star. Then a few large planets zoom by before stopping at a planet that looks like it's been inhabited for a very long time. "We have not released the acknowledgement of this planet to anyone besides high command and a few scientists. We code named it Wasteland." Sneer says before he steps aside for the scientist takes over.

 

"As you can see the planet is dotted with cities that dwarf any city on earth. They are interconnected by some sort of elevated rail system. Any questions?" She asked. 

 

"That planet looks like it has living beings on it. Why haven't we heard about it?" Yale chirps in as the scientist stares like he just told you look.

 

"Our scientists over the planet have not detected any sentient beings moving on the planet over the past five years." She said.

 

"Five years? How long has the military known about this planet and not sent several vessels along with the science vessel?" Renn says.

 

"That's because it's filled with automated machines apparently carrying on their programming and the wild life are not friendly." Sneer says quietly. "Anyways..." Sneer says as the scientist interrupts.

 

"General what about..." She says before the general gives her a stare before she nodded. "Nevermind Sir."

 

"The ship was hit by asteroids and was damaged so bad the crew had to abandon ship. Landing on the planet's surface. Where we do not know. Your mission is as follows. You will use our latest battle cruiser outfitted for this mission to go to this planet and rescue any surviving crew. That is priority one. Your secondary objectives are to recover all black boxes as well as the blue and orange boxes from the ship wreckage. I will let our scientist here give you your optional objectives." Sneer says giving the scientist the lead.

 

"Your optional objectives are to gather any working tech from the mega cities and samples of the local plant and animal life. As well as recover anything that might look like weapons for study." She says before changing the screen to the ship. "This is the brand new ISS Phoenix. It's been fitted with two extra cargo bays. One contains two special vehicles and spare parts for them. The other is to store all optional objectibes in sealed containers for transport. However you are not going to travel to this planet via normal means. You will be going to this planet via an experimental jump gate. It will shunt you to this planet theoretically in three months rather then three years. The ship will fly itself if it detects it's off target after exiting jump space and  you will be thawed from cryo-stasis when you have arrived in orbit above the planet. After completing the objectives. The two internal cargo bays have been refitted with cryo-stasis pods for the survivors of Crew 102. Note we put enough pods for crew 102 if they all survive and yourselves. After that, you will use normal jump drive to travel back to this station. Any questions?" She asks speaking in a calm well planned voice. 

 

"What special vehicles" Renn asks politely.

 

"Those would be the new Atlis units we've been developing." Sneer says with a sort of pride in his voice. "These two units are prototypes and they are MBS-A and MBS-B. They are state of the art armored mobile suits designed to work in space as well as on planet surfaces and come equipped with a 155mm rifle and missiles. Sealed cockpits that are separate of the main power source prevents pilot loss in case of main power failure. They also eject the pilot encasement 5 miles away if the core goes into meltdown. Don't ask about what powers them or I'd have to execute you two." Sneer says before smiling. "The mission starts now. Please follow our scientist to the ship for preparations for cryo-stasis."

 

"Yes General." They both said as he leaves them with the scientist.

 

"This way gentlemen." She says as the room unseals itself before making her way to the elevators.

 

 

(Ok it's up and I'm leaving the next part to you both. The gate is at Pluto's Deep Space Research Base and I hope you both like how it's going so far.) 

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Arin followed after the scientist, his ear twitching as he thought about the mission. Something's off about this. he though as he glanced at the guy he came with. he sighed with a slight shake of his head, his tail fluffing up just a little as his sense of unease and distrust grew."So let me get this straight, We're going to be traveling in cryo on an automated ship through an, and correct me if I'm wrong, untested jump gate? As in, no real pilot? What are our chances of survival?" he asked the scientist as he took in his surroundings, glancing again with slight interest at Renn. He let his senses out, trying to get a feel for his new "partner".

 

He then turned to the guy and offered his hand, "I'm Arin Yale, nice to meet you." he smiled and tried to keep his claws sheathed, which was harder than it looked as his animal instincts tried to keep them out and ready. He inwardly grimaced as he hated going against his instincts, the very thing that brought him here. He wasn't surprised that they knew about his racing. It wasn't like he even tried to hide it, all the regular visitors knew he raced. He made quite a bit of money off the bets too, but that went straight back into the station's economy. He thought back to the part where the general warned about the breach of security. He couldn't help but grin at the thought. He hadn't talked with his family in almost six years. Not since his mother tried to lock him up for her experiment.

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Zai looked down at the hand offered. "Zai Renn. I mirror your sentiments." Zai took the hand, shaking it briefly before continuing on the path they were walking. "As for our chances of survival, in all honesty I would rather think about that when the time comes."

"Can't say I fault you for that..." The blue furry replied. "Did I hear correctly you're a cyborg?"

"Yes, you heard correctly. Why do you ask?" Zai glanced sideways over at Arin.

"You're not exactly the most intimidating looking cyborg I've met. What's been cybered on you?

Zai smiled. "All of me. And I have been a cyborg almost all my life."

"Seriously? What happened to you?"

Zai's eyebrow twitched, and he was hesitant to respond. "Very bad things. Next topic."

Arin could tell by Zai's tone that it wasn't a topic for discussion. It was apparent Zai had indeed had bad things happen to him, things he was not going to talk about. The furry thought for a moment, before springing back with another question. "So... Can I ask about your cyberization?"

"Feel free."

"How does your body work? Do you require food and drink, or do you need a recharging station or something?"

Zai cocked his head. "My body is organically based, meaning it does require nutrition much like a normal human body. Thankfully, I have a sense of taste. But its a long conversation about how my prosthetics work, perhaps later we can continue. For now, let's keep our eyes on the prize."

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The lady coughs a little as the elevator opens up and lets them walk in first before following them in. Swiping her ID card before typing in a command before elevator starts to move down.

They remained silent for a few moments before the lady turns around and runs her left hand behind her left ear. Switching on something before smiling. A high pitched noise is heard for

those with sensitive hearing beyond human ranges. She then straightens her lab coat up before placing something on the wall of the elevator. Pulling strings from it and attaching them

to several points before it turns into a holo screen. 

 

"The effects from this jump gate is unknown and we don't want to risk unknown injuries or even deaths of you two while in flight. Cryo-stasis is safer and even if you where to travel using normal means.

you both would still be put into cryo-stasis to conserve resources. The ship has the most advanced AI auto-pilot we can create. So it'll fly itself if you aren't around to." She said before pushing her glasses up.

"To be honest. My team's best calculations of your survival through the jump gate is at an optimistically 84%. Consider yourselves test subjects as we can theoretically put you in system but actuality we are not

positive till we have test data. Your ship will record all data during jump flight and be analyzed when you return."

 

The elevator slows down then switches directions as she brings up some pictures of the planet. She goes on for several minutes about the planet and the scientists. Where they are estimated to land on the surface and their survival

possibilities. Then she skims over an energy reading that pops in and out of sensors from the science vessel during the time it was in orbit before the mayday came. 

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Zai eyes the holoscreen as the woman speaks, he paying close attention to the energy readings the space vessel had taken before crashing down on the planet's surface.

 

"Hm... that's peculiar..."

 

"What is?" Arin asks, craning his neck to look at the screen. "I don't see anything..."

 

Zai shakes his head. "I do. She's looking through preliminary scans the science crew performed. There's a power source that is different from those found on the planet at large. An anomaly."

 

"What's so weird about it?" Arin asked, his brow furrowed.

 

"Those energy readings aren't native to the planet, the signature is different." Zai continued. "I take it we are to investigate this as well?"

 

The woman nodded. "Yes. It's hard to garner what it is, but it obviously means we aren't the first ones to reach this planet. Early scans missed it entirely, but newer technology aboard the science vessel picked up on it. Whatever it is, its been there awhile, judging from the readings."

 

"It could just be old space junk." Arin surmised, shrugging. "But if its part of the mission to investigate, then we will."

 

"Agreed." Zai nodded, though he had a pretty good idea of what the object generating the power source was. Impressive. She never shut down. She still has active power systems... even after a century of sitting on the surface. Talk about a resilient girl...

 

The elevator opened, and the three were standing on a glass encased platform, near a loading bay. The woman removed two tablet computers from her labcoat, handing one each to the boys. "This is everything the scientists found, as well as what is generally known about the planet. These are synced to the Phoenix's computer mainframe, allowing file browsing across a multitude of subjects. But, now, its time to board. Are you ready?"

 

Zai sighed. "Ready as ever... Let's get this over with." Zai's mind drifted to the moment he had seen this job offer. The only reason he'd signed up was because of the interstellar coordinates mentioned in the brief summary of the job informing them of where they would be going. Knowing those coordinates only a little too well, he had put two and two together, and therefore signed up. Now he would be returning to the planet he'd only glimpsed so long ago. It was to be an experience, that much was certain. Zai's mind then drew up a question, and Zai had shake his head in amusement. Would his guest access code still work, even after all this time? Zai could only speculate. He would be finding out soon enough.

 

The boys were shuttled to their ship, where they were escorted to their individual pods. Zai wasn't looking forward to the nightmares he would be having. 

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Arin looked at the data that they were given while the shuttle took them to the Phoenix. "A real adventure. And one with high stakes too, not too bad for someone just out of the colony. He sighed as the lab techs fussed over them fitting them with cryo suits. He shifted uncomfortably as his tail was stuffed into his suit without a care. The one thing he hated about being a furry was that there was no way that the tail could go through cryo without being against his body. Earlier experiments done on the base proved that. He had seen his share of amputated tails due to those experiments.

 

"So, are we going to be armed when we get there?" he asked, hoping that they received his list of weapon proficients. He stepped into the pod and sighed as the whole array of wires and tubes were attached. I hate this part of cryo. they need to figure a way to freeze us without having to make us look like we're in intensive care. He thought as he grunted in pain as yet another needle was driven home. He looked over at Renn, wondering if he needed this done to him, or if he needed to go on a stand-by type of deal until they reached their destination. "Because of we are going to be armed, I wanted to make sure you guys packed weapons I'm good with."

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Zai was keenly poked and prodded after donning the cryo suit, while he listened to Arin talk about weapons. Zai held up his tablet computer. "The cargo manifest is right here... Looks like they did accomidate you. My weapons and two spare bodies are also here. Thankfully, the bodies were from my own stock of them." Zai looked down at the technician overseeing the preparations for cryo-stasis, and he observed them stick a needle into his left forearm. There began several needle insertions, and Arin shook his head. "Do you not feel that?" he asked as yet another was shoved into Zai's shoulder.

 

"I do feel it. It's just that this sort of thing is nothing compared to what's happened to me before." Zai shrugged. "Not much phases you anymore after that kind of punishment." 

 

"I see... you're really something..." Arin grimanced as yet another needle was poked into him. Zai smiled. "You've just barely seen anything at all, but you'll see soon enough what I can really do."

 

Arin crossed his arms. "Really, is that so? I'll take your word for it. The doors to their individual pods closed, and Zai spoke once more. "Thank you. Rest well, Arin. You'll be needing it for the mission." Zai layed his head back against the plush interior of the pod, feeling his body begin to get cold from the needles now pumping an assortment of fluids into it. Closing his eyes, he felt himself begin to drift away, into the cold sleep of cryo-stasis.

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Ari took a deep breath and slowly let it out as the fluids began to pump into his veins. He always hated this part of prolonged space travel... it reminded him of the experiments that his mom would practice on him. He looked over his reflection on the pod's window, laughing at how nervous he looked. "you're the one who wanted to have a grand adventure filled with life or death choices. Well here you are and you look like a nervous cat. Pathetic." he said to himself, closing his eyes and drifting off into cryo sleep, hoping that these people were confident in their jobs and not going to throw his life away because they forgot to carry the one.

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A blow of steam and vapor accompanied Zai's cryo-stasis pod opening. His eyes opened slowly, and he could feel his body resisting movement. His body was still stiff, though that was a side effect of his body being artificial. It was much more prominent in articicial organic matter, from what Zai understood of the whole cryogenic process.

 

"Still in one piece, that's good news I suppose." He stretched, releasing tension in his muscle structures and allowing for better mobility. He began stripping off his cryo-suit. He stood naked, looking over to Arin. He looked so innocent sleeping there, and Zai smiled. "At least he isn't watching." Zai looked over his body, the flawless muscle structure and pale skin aroused many a soul, though Zai could take no credit for that. He was well manufactured, right down to his... endowments. Zai began dressing in more appealing and less tightly fitting clothes hanging on a rack near his pod, in fact his clothes he had been wearing prior to his stasis. Arin's were hanging next to Zai's. Pulling on a pair of black slacks and a studded belt, he pulled a white button-up dress shirt on and began fastening the buttons, He pulled his tie around his neck, tying it loosely around his neck and pulling it down some. He then put his vest on, a black and red paisley number with silver clasps. Thankfully, he'd never taken off his glasses. Lastly, Zai put on his leather boots, and tied the strings together, throwing the cuffs of his pants down over them.

 

Standing, Zai picked up his tablet, and began scrolling information about the Phoenix, pulling up schematics as a means to navigate the ship. He hadn't exactly had a chance to familiarize himself with it prior to the trip. From his vest pocket he pulled a thin, silvery cord, almost resembling a fine chain. He placed one end into an access point on the tablet, and the other he pulled up and behind his neck, plugging it into his own access point. His prosthetics did come in handy when it came to computers, allowing him to mentally comunicate with them, sometimes wirelessly, depending on the device. Wireless internet communications were a snap for him. Zai hooked into the tablet, and then using the tablet as an access point, he began to initiate setting up wireless connections with the Phoenix. Strangely enough, there were no firewalls, and he had complete access to the systems of the ship. Nothing was beyond his reach. The complete lack of any resistance to him was mildly disconcerting, but he shrugged it off. It wasn't important, and would benefit him greatly in the long run anyway. And severing connections with the Phoenix wouldn't be hard once the mission was over. 

 

Once Zai had finished his preparations, he began accessing the ships outside cameras, to see what was outside. The glimmer of millions upon millions of stars greeted him, and Interstellar coordinates put the vessel at an estimated 72 hours until arrival at Wasteland. Arin was scheduled to begin thawing in two hours. "Well... we've made it this far. Hopefully things will progress smoothly from here."

 

Zai began moving around the ship, heading for the cargo bays. He found his spare bodies, housed in what appeared to be cipher-locked large suitcases. They were physically identical to the current chassis he was using, aside from hair color and eye color. They'd cost Zai a tidy sum each, but Zai was unconcerned with monetary things, as he'd amassed quite a fortune himself with his weapons and bounty hunting. The reason all of his bodies cost so much were the specialty parts they were equipped with, parts that greatly helped his fighting ability.

 

Pushing his glasses up his nose, he looked around the cargo bays, and found the suits the two would be wearing while planetside. They weren't hideous, but they weren't pretty, either. Zai's suit was considerably... less than expected. The scientists had taken into consideration Zai's prosthetic body, and had apparently felt Zai needed much less. Zai accessed the Phoenix's database files about his 'suit' and was pleasantly surprised. Zai's double wrap belt was his weapons ammo recharger, while the vest, while appearing to be merely cloth, was able to withstand much punishment, as were the pants of his suit as well. Included were comlink earrings, defense shield bracelets with a solid minute of protection time, and  Zai's vistion trailed to a glass-doored cabinet, housing the boys' weapons. "Excellent." Zai smiled, and instantly was drawn to it. He pulled the holsters for his weapons from a shelf, and then his weapons from the cabinet. He attached the holsters to the double wrap belt, and then the ammo clips to it. Zai's Red rose was lovingly placed in a holster, he running his fingers along it. "Don't worry, Rose, we'll see some action soon. I can feel it."

 

Zai proceeded then to the cockpit. Zai took a comfy seat by a video screen, and began pulling up files of various videos and movies. Zai found himself giggling like a school girl when he found the more... 'adult' movies. There were hundreds of titles to choose from, spanning all genres and races. Zai selected a video of two men doing the dirty, because the movie himself was a parody of a popular tween movie about supernatural creatures. It was cheesy, but amusing. Zai then began playing with his tablet, looking at various files, and promptly lost track of time.

 

Zai suddenly looked up when he heard the sound of footsteps coming towards the cockpit, porn still playing on the screen.

 

Arin entered the room, and stopped when he saw the movie playing. "Wow. Totally did not expect... that."

 

"Oh really? Sorry, let me play something more your speed." Zai tapped a few times on the panel under the screen, and the image suddenly changed to a horse type furry ravaging a tiger type furry. Both were male, and obviously enjoying themselves. Loudly. Arin's jaw dropped, a mix both horror and awe crossing his face, his eyes as bog as saucers. Zai began laughing hysterically at the poor furry's expression, tears coming to his eyes.

 

(Hey, Zai isn't trying to be mean, but funny. Let's just make sure that's clarified ^^)

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As the scientists prepared them both for cryo-stasis.The lead scientist is in the ship's main computer core. Housing the one of a kind blue box though it was disconnected on the request of the General.

Though she wasn't comfortable with not having the full AI online and only having standard AI in it's place. So she decided set it to delete the old AI and activating the real AI. 

She returns as both Arin and Zai begin the freezing process. Running final checks on the pods themselves before putting a seal on the pods.

 

"Ok everyone. Return to the station. This ship launches in five." She said gathering a few things.

 

"Aye Aye Ma'am." They all said securing things down for the jump before heading to the station via the primary air lock.

 

"Phoenix." She said. "Activate."

 

The ship powers up on it's own reactors. The ship soon comes alive with power as all exterior running lights begin to function. The light hum echos in the empty ship from the jump drive.

 

"Phoenix activated." The ship says in response to the scientist's command. "Awaiting orders."

 

"Begin pre-dock warm up and execute program Orion." She says walking towards the air lock. "Good luck you two...you'll need it..." Referring to Arin and Zai.

 

The ship begins to run system checks. Checking it's thrusters, Sub-light forward and reverse engines, light drive engines, and it's jump drive before moving onto it's asteroid defensive gun systems then it's shielding and ending with it's main armaments before transmitting it's diagnostics to the station. As the boarding ramp retracts. The mooring clamps detached from the ship and the ship is now on it's own power. Soon as all personal are cleared from the dock and items have been secured down. The main docking bay doors open and empty space.

 

"Control this is Phoenix. Requesting permission to leave station." The ship's AI says.

 

"Phoenix this is control. Permission granted. Control out." Control says ending transmission.

 

The ship soon slowly leaves the dock under sub-light engines. Soon as it reaches beyond the Station's gravity bubble. It jumps into light speed towards Pluto Research Station and reaches it in an hour.

The Phoenix drops out of light drive a few miles away from a massive circle structure near Pluto. The ship begins auto-gate procedures as it lines up with the gate's center while the game itself turns on.

On Pluto, a mass of scientists and engineers run the numbers and monitor the gate's power systems. The event horizon soon flickers in the center before exploding to the inner part of the gate.  

The Phoenix soon flies into the center and enters the gate. Vanishing seconds before the  gate explodes. 

 

Three months later, the Phoenix exits the man made wormhole and ends up four days from there intended destination of the planet Wasteland. But before the ship could thaw it's two passengers. 

The old AI was removed and the blue box in the computer room activates. Syncing with the ship before Zai's cryo-pod begins it's automated thawing process though Arin's is set to a different timer.

Arin's is longer due to being organic and needs a longer thaw time then Zai. Zai being artifical organic means less thaw time and was out before Arin.

 

As Zai connects to the ship. All firewalls are down so it was simply put the easiest connection possible as the main AI is rebooting the entire ship. Life support runs on a completely different system

then the rest of the ship so they don't notice a thing. Zai apparently found the "adult' entertainment folder containing over a 800 terrobites of porn. Ranging from normal to occult. Spanning over every known species

registered in the Sol Empire. It seems that even a few underground titles made it into it. Arin walked into the bridge to find Zai watching porn and Zai switched it to furry porn. Both of them where chatting it up before the ship

went dark. All power for everything but the life support went out. Including the gravity pumps. The doors on the bridge close shut and lock due to no power. So they where trapped in the bridge for an hour. In the dark with only

the stars to give  them light before the ship powered back on again.

 

"I would advise not to view adult movies while on the bridge Arin and Zai." The ship said as a hologram of a kid appears in front of them just as the gravity pumps turn back on. Making them fall onto the floor. "I am Phoenix."

 

(Phoenix is the real AI. He's the lead scientist's dead son by the way.)

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"Well, that was unexpected, to say the least." He said rubbing his head while looking at the holo. "Care to explain why the power went out?" He asked the kid. He reached over and helped Zai to get up while also looking for a data pad. He wanted to check the ships diagnostics before there were any other.... Problems.

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Zai took the hand offered, he beginning to search for  a means to connect to the Phoenix. While he was able to connect with the automated computer systems operating life support, Zai was not able to ascertain the answers he was looking for.

 

"Sorry, I can't answer. The ship isn't exactly being communicative." Zai stood, and then felt the shift in gravity before he drifted up off the floor. "Now this is just peachy." he said sarcastically.

 

The two drifted, making smalltalk, until Zai caught sight of a large object drifting near them. "My my... what do we have here?"

 

Zai's eyes glowed red as they magnified his sight, bringing the object into closer scrutiny. Zai let out a gasp as he recognized one of the smaller objecs floating around the massive mystery.

 

A corpse in a spacesuit... And there wasn't just one. Many, many bodies floated around a spacewreck.

 

"Zai, what do you see?" rin asked, he straining to see what was drifting near them.

 

"It's a dead ship. Maybe if the ship turns a little, I could see her name."

 

"Oh... okay. Are we going to crash into it?"

 

"No, though we might get a dead guy or two on the windshield, as it were."

 

Zai pivoted in mid air to better see the vessel, and indeed it did turn, first to reveal she was missing her entire backside, it looked as if the ship had been cleaved in two. But there was no other ship pieces, save random peices of debris, not another half of a ship. Then, thus did it turn a little more, and Zai was able to make out a name painted upon her starboard side.

 

Zai gasped, recognizing her. "It's the Hammer of Justice... So, here she is. Amazing the things we discover."

 

"What's the big deal? Space wrecks litter the universe."

 

"True, but the Hammer was considered to be one of the greatest mysteries of all time, aside from the disappearance of the Star Ocean."

 

"Okay, so what's her story?" Arin asked, pointing to the drifting ship. Zai shrugged. "Only the stern of the ship was ever found after she suffered a catestrophic engine malfunction. The bow was never found... until now. No one really knows what happened, the flight recorders were aboard the bow."

 

"Should we grab them?"

 

"No, it's better we stick with our own mission. We can inform the General of our discovery later."

 

The power suddenly flickered on, and a hologram of a young boy appeared as the two slammed back to the floor.

 

"I am Phoenix."

 

Zai smiled. His connections to the ship came alive again, and he felt a sense of relief to have it. "You have our data files, correct? Zai said, and the hologram looked to him. "Of course. You are the crew."

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