Book 2 chapter 7

Mordred stared at the box computer he had made to hack the Camelot’s systems, he could almost taste the irony. “Would this do?” His voice was heavy as he offered Dame Krim his handiwork. He already knew it wouldn’t, after all, he was no engineer. And he had built it from nothing but spare parts, and Gwenn34 was no ship A.I. “It’s, Sir, did YOU make this?” There it was, now she would hide her judgement behind politeness  and formalities, to let him down gently.
“These parts, this welding, is that? Sir, how did you? I don’t believe it!” She stared incredulously at the hack-box  as she turned it over in her hands, it’s many ports catching her eyes. “So many different ports.” Apparently she would not hide her incredulity at his inept attempts at engineering. “Sir, respectfully, your welding could use some work. Otherwise, parts wise, I believe it might work.” Mordred Stared at her in disbelief. Was she serious? Before he could ask however, Dame Krim was gone again, lost amidst the virtual forest of cables and tubes.
“Do you need anything else?” The question was meant as a way to break the silence, if nothing else. “Zip-tie’s, craft knife, spanner, and a drink.” Somewhat surprised Mordred went through Dame Krim’s toolcase, and started handing her the requested items. All but the drink. “That drink will have to wait, Dame Krim, as I have none, and you are tinkering with my mothers brain.”His remark caused the silence to return for a while, before an embarrassed whisper chased the awkward silence away again. “So sorry Sir, I,I, it’s a habit sir, I meant my water bottle, you see, its in my pack and, it doesn’t fit sir.”
Mordred smiled, for a moment he had truly been just another knight, not a commander, or even a senior. “It’s fine, I’ll see if I can find it.” He had left out name and rank, not out of habit, or as belittlement, but as an attempt to put her at ease again. “Should be a blue-bottle Sir, with a yellow hose.” ” Why a yellow hose?” He chuckled even as he asked. “Well it’s what I had when I made it Sir, unless you meant the hose, I got that because my suit’s hydration unit got busted, so as a field repair, or hack as some would call it, I put together my own, really low tech, for emergencies and such, I like to tinker with things like that.” Mordred touched her leg to interrupt her.”Breathe, Krim, breathe.” Carefully he handed her the bottle. “Nothing wrong with that, everyone needs a hobby.”He could hear her swallow.”And what might your hobby be then Sir? If you don’t mind me asking of course?” The second part came out rushed, as if she hadn’t considered someone might mind.” Well, I guess in a way your holding it. Or rather the product of one. I have several hobbies, like tinkering.”

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Book 2 Chapter 6

Author’s note: Apologies for the lack of updates lately, I had a chapter prepared, neatly written out by hand, only to have left my notebook.
However the notebook has found its way back to me and as such I can post the chapter that should be rather than one of the countless worthless drafts that kept feeling sub par.
Thank you for your patience.

Heavy footfalls shook the flooring, causing the rag-tag group of survivors to cast wary looks towards the Tower gates, as they huddled closer to their sputtering fires. Oddly enough none of the giants seemed to notice the thundering steps as they approached, except maybe, the thought caused old aunt Farthis to cast her glance towards Sir Bron, their giant. He who cares for the people, and saw his helm move towards the gate. Carefully she nudged her niece. “He watches over us, see? Our mighty Lord he is.” causing the other members of their group to nod and mumble in agreement.

Sir Bron turned his head towards the Tower gate, only to see a Tower Icon approaching surrounded by several crows, his old fashioned display settings presenting him with  stylised symbols rather than titles and names, a holdover from a older system he had insisted on keeping, much like the wrist overlay setting, all meant to reduce clutter in his field of view, when asked for his reasons he had simply replied that he was an old dog, the younger engineers had stared at him without understanding, but the grand mechanic had laughed and indulged him. He responded by opening his general field frequency. “Attention Wall Knights and medical staff! Clear the main walkway! Tower is inbound! I repeat; Clear the main walkway, Tower is inbound!” Instinctively he made the hand gestures while he spoke, using signs to divide the tasks. His brethren of the Wall responded immediately, keen not to fail again they ushered the able, and carried the weak to the relative cover of the balconies.

The medical staff meekly followed, some carrying the braziers between them. As such it took Sir Bron mere minutes to clear the Grand Hall of the Camelot. Soon age old weathered banners became back-lit once more, by fires from the braziers, or just on the floor, the banners to the people seeming like curtains flowing from the balconies above, seemingly forming tents sheltering the people within.

Sir Ton wanted to scream, to yell at someone, something, to snarl and growl. But he could not afford to, not now, not anymore. He had already lost his temper once, with the Knight who had sought to ignore rank, the event had reminded him of the catacombs, of mad Arthur, the former king. No he had to control himself, and his temper, after all this train of thought led to failure, and failure was not an option, not  after Mordred, his friend, his Commander, his brother in arms, had entrusted him with the burden of command, and he would not fail him. It was bad enough as it was, his actions so far feeling like failure to him. Nonetheless he would give this his all.

So he drew in a deep breath, preparing himself to manually disengage the door’s locking mechanism, and possibly override Morgana’s control, maybe even needing to actively fight her for control. He lifted his hand towards the round wheel controlling the door’s locking bolts, only to see it revolve before he could even touch it. The door opening before him, as if the Camelot itself welcomed him.

Before them lay the Grand Hall, it’s banners seeming to billow in ethereal winds. Braziers were alight, their flames casting playful shadows, and a warm orange glow across the hall. A path cleared for them down the middle giving the impression of grandeur that the hall once had new life.
And right there stood Sir Bron, awaiting their arrival, his older suit of armour gleaming in the fire light seeming to give him an air of nobility, his stance however suggested subservience, it was subtle, but present.
“Hail to the Tower, well met again Sir Ton, how may the wall assist you today?”
Somewhat perplexed Sir Ton strode forward. “Well met Sir Bron, Perhaps you are unaware, yet I must ask, did you order the Camelot into motion?” He hated that he had to ask, he was certain the veteran had done no such thing, but he needed to know for certain, he had to ask, even if just to eliminate the possibility. “We of the wall were as surprised as you were Sir, in fact I lost some, men, because of the sudden motion, and have been running damage control since.” Sir Bron had paused ever so briefly at the mention of the losses, yet did not seem to be overly sad, rather he had seemed uncertain whether or not to mention it at all, Sir Ton made a mental note to ask about it later. For now he removed his hand from his Hammer.

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Book 2 Chapter 5

The decks of the Sword of Damocles shuddered, and gentle chimes alerted the men that docking was in progress. Sir Ton had been right, the Camelot had appeared in the exact spot he had chosen, and now it would no longer matter how she flew. No matter her bearing or speed she would no longer outrun the Sword, as it had managed to dock, and would be taken along for the ride. So all in all Sir Ton felt rather good about himself. Until a unfamiliar chime signalled a bridge officer seeking his counsel. “What is it? ” He was being curt and rude and he knew it, it irked him however that someone he did not know well enough to have given his personal frequency somehow had managed to hail him nonetheless. “Sir, acting Commander Sir, Helmsman Barrow reporting Sir, there seems to have been a change in the Camelot’s pattern Sir.” Sir Ton took a moment to calm himself. “Do not worry Barrow, I am certain you directed us so we have an ideal docking position, ensuring that she won’t be leaving without us.” Ton attempted an air of calm self assuredness, aside from trying to sound friendly it also and most importantly would allow him to sound patient without actually being patient. “That is just it Sir, the Camelot, she stopped moving Sir, she is currently dead in space.” Sir Ton’s eyes widened, a ship like this, after flying so erratically, a full stop could mean one of two things, and he did not like the odds of it being favourable. “Presume she is preparing for a sudden leap, assume the worst, for the love of all you hold dear strap everyone in!” Either the Camelot had just died, Sir Ingles obeyed and cutting the engines, or she was preparing to fight them of possibly ramming planets, or diving towards black holes, least horrible case she would suddenly accelerate to near critical velocity, trying to tear off the moorings. All cases Sir Ton could possibly imagine were however equally grim. “Sir Ton, the docking was a success, the teams at the other stations give similar reports. Permission to board?” He could hear sir Idver was eager to move, hands locked in specialised mag-gauntlets, a redundant safety feature designed with the purpose of holding on to outer hulls when the boots failed, involuntarily Sir Ton smiled when he remembered seeing a similar device in the halls of remembrance, earlier iterations of the mag-gauntlet had been meant to secure the wearers tools, so that during a space walk they would not drift away and potentially cause more harm than good. As such his voice sounded genuinely happy when he answered. “Certainly Sir Idver, and elegantly done, my compliments to your men.”

The first door slid open with a well oiled ease, Harding Tiberos, a veteran Knight when it came to boarding actions took point, ignoring the privilege of the ranking officers to go first, he dove through the airlock and immediately secured the stairwell beyond., a glance to his H.U.D. told him there was breathable atmosphere, but he chose to remain helmed, instead favoring his own supply of oxygen. “So far all clear Sir.” His team was slow today, coming through the airlock hesitantly, or perhaps uncertainly, it didn’t matter much. He was about to press on, ready to advance into a dimly lit hallway when a powerful hand pressed him into the wall. “Hold.” The single word conveyed a deep seated anger, Sir Idver may have been (as Harding would often state) too green for his position. He still knew what it was, as did he know that he could not allow insubordination, least of all with an acting Commander present. Harding stared at the rooky captain, a man he did not, and could not respect, and could not help but see a boy trying to act big. Without giving it much thought he attempted to push his superior aside, as he had always done when Idver had not been his superior, only to find the hammer aimed at his helm. “You might believe your Captain young, but you will heed him, Sir. Or I shall consider thee as I have once Arthur.” Sir Ton’s last words sounded like a death threat, even to Harding, who knew nothing of Arthur’s death, Sir Idver however stepped away from the acting Commander in utter surprise, even he had heard the words, and the tone, clear as day, as Sir Ton had not chosen to speak through the comms but was instead broadcasting from the speaker mounted upon his chest. The chastisement meant to be public, as was the threat. This in itself was not unheard of, an officer often had to prove himself before veterans, especially if said veterans were older than the officer, and doubted the officers experience, what was however unusual was the manner in which the superior officer had reacted to the situation. “Sir Ton, I am certain that ,,,” Sir Ton did not let Sir Idver finish. “Arrest this Knight and have him committed to the med bay under permanent armed watch.” With those words he stepped away, not once lowering the hammer, not once looking away, until Sir Tiberos was gone. After that he simply turned and walked into the dark hallways of the Camelot, taking point as he instructed Gwenn34 to load the route and maps to the groups H.U.D.’s.

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Book 2 Chapter 4

Patience is a virtue, and no virtue goes unrewarded. Her mother used to tell her that, it was in fact one of the last things she had told her before Dame Krim enlisted with the order of the Road, and set out on a quest to aid in humanity’s defenses. Dame Krim had never really understood what she had meant with that, or rather what she had implied by telling her that just as she left, but her mother had smiled at her and seemed genuinely proud, so she had let anny hurt-full undertones slide of off herself like water of the side of a particularly well greased gear.

Now, centuries later and knowing her mother most likely was dead, her ashes dispersed on her homeworlds toxic winds. She couldn’t help but think of her again, and watching the Knight commander standing guard over his mother, she could not help but feel regret. Regret for having said her goodbyes, regret for all the arguments, regret for not having been fully honest with her, and regret for not having told her how much her remark had stung. even in the months following she had never once messaged home for clarity, never once looked back. As such she resolved to compose a letter, it would never really reach its destination, but it would at least give her closure, or so she reasoned.

Once more she picked up one of the aged wires leading to the atrociously modified tomb, and started the laborious process of determining its purpose and mapping its corresponding location upon a motherboard, as opposed to its location in a mothers brain. At least here patience would have a noticeable reward, doing it right would reinstate the Camelot as a properly functioning ship, and free Morgana, Knight Commander Damodred’s mother. Carefully she noted the location on her schematic, and labeled the wire with the proper symbol. Glancing over her hand drawn schematics she noticed that they lacked proper resistors, and diodes. For a moment she even feared needing to re-do her previous work, adding the step of measuring the voltage levels and resistances each wire had, in order to properly calibrate the motherboard , then discarded the thought, each wire was jacked into a living brain, voltage would likely not exceed the safe ranges coming in, let alone the maximum voltage coming out. she would therefore merely need to monitor Morgana’s brain activity and that could be done with the tombs own medical features. Unless those were tampered with, in order to better integrate the woman into the machine but that was crazy, right?

In a state of near panic Dame Krim crawled across the myriad of cables towards the underside of the tomb. Once there she attached her small diagnostic screen and booted up the tombs medical systems, at first this gave her a blank screen, then, after reminding herself not to panic but to activate her display, she could check Morgana’s vitals, up to and including the intensity of her brain activity, something she did not understand in the slightest.

 

“She’s waking up, so I would like you to get out from under there, unless you would like the conversations to be even more awkward. ” She ignored him, or maybe she simply did not hear him.”Are you done yet?” A more direct approach often worked on mechanics, this time however she maintained her silent and unresponsive attitude, it irked him. “GET OUT NOW.” Spoken louder than before, with more authority. A movement, legs wriggling. “Stuck now, would you happen to know about brain activity in correlation to ship movements Sir?” Mordred slapped his forehead. “Can I take that as a no Sir?” The woman was infuriating, and unfortunately to smart to be clever. “Have you tried running it through a simulation program, or a filter, or even a simple A.I. to command algorithm yet?” He could already guess her answer, a resounding of course I did.”Good plan Sir, Trying that now, say are we perchance moving?” Mordred frowned at the question, then relayed it to Gwenn34 before answering. “Yes we are, aft and port thrusters are,,”She cut in.” Firing at fifty percent thrust, Sir you are a genius!” Unseen to her Mordred’s eye developed a twitch.

The solution had been so simple, so elegant, sure she had to modify the interface a little but the tweaks were truly minimal. She wondered why the Knight Commander wasn’t an engineer, but banished the thought, now she had a program capable of reading the pulses the mapping of the wires had become a lot easier. And it saved her the extra work involved in calibrating the motherboard. She could simply use the parameters set by her program to calibrate the A.I. instead. Now all she needed was a suitable computer, something capable of holding a A.I. and large enough to attach all the wiring. Luckily she considered herself virtuous.

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Book 2 Chapter 3

In his mind the motion played out like a series of steps, one two three, one two three. He could not name it but knew there had to be music, a dance then perhaps, which one it was slipped from his mind, but he remembered his friend and Commander mentioning the paces. Sir Ton did not pause to check his suit, or the void seals thereof, instead he ran to the nearest anchor site, one of several locations the Sword of Damocles would use to secure itself amidst the Camelot’s docking towers.
The halls were empty, all non essential crew locked safely inside cryo chambers, pods, or emergency escape vehicles, sleeping through all of the danger, possibly never waking again. The thought unsettled him, and as he rounded a corner his pace slowed, the responsibility seemed crippling. “Hark! T’is mighty Sir Ton, come to lead the assault of the Camelot? ” Sir Ton glared at the Knight before him.”There is no such assault, I am here to oversee the mooring, and a good thing too ! Sir Idver, there are but our allies and fellows upon the Camelot!” Something he himself had nearly forgotten during the mad chase they had just managed. “Ah Sir Ton I  truly meant no offense, my words were jest, nothing more, I too am here to see to the securing I assure you!” In spite of knowing better Sir Ton nodded.

Pain wracked her side and stars fired in her field of vision. Still she moved on, the cold was almost a welcome change from the heat she felt radiating from her injuries. Almost as welcome as finding her father would be, or rubbing their discoveries in the war leader’s face. Eventually, so she reasoned, Cripa would be bound to encounter another living thing, and if that was anything but her father than it would be lunch, or dinner respectively, not likely to be breakfast. She was certain breakfast was too far away. And so she continued to stagger through the halls, unaware of the fates of her people, unaware even of the relative time of day.

“Sir? Are you with us again Sir? Yes? Good, we managed to liberate ourselves from the engine room and are currently attempting to navigate towards the general direction of a medical bay, but our maps are off, and you unfortunately are the only one with a vague idea as to where we need to go,,,” Dame Spriggot trailed off towards the end, or perhaps he was about to slip into another one of those delightful moments of unconsciousness. ” Where are we now, Spriggot?” No point in being courteous when he was about to faint again. “Three decks up from engineering, port side  Sir, about midship I would guess.”Sir Ingles grunted at the idea. “Ugh, head for the ship’s center, one deck up, bulkhead should read M33, trust me you’ll know it.” he didn’t get to finish the thought, as once again darkness took hold. “You heard him boys, M33 one floor up, let’s go.” The men and women of the order of the road nodded, and picked up their wounded before once again dragging themselves up  yet another flight of stairs.

“Gwenn please feed me all the comm lines, listening only, I don’t trust the current tension” Sir Ton saw his fellow Knights in a manner he was not accustomed to, and it made him feel paranoid. ” Sir, there really is no need to listen to them all simultaneously yourself.” Oddly enough Gwenn34 was not being a pain in his ass, even more remarkably she sounded concerned. “Please clarify?” Was the pose Sir Idver struck one of defiance? he seemed too eager to please just now, and when Sir Ton didn’t leave his posture seemed sneaky, backhanded. “Sir, the men are discussing why you remained here, thinking you don’t trust them.” “I don’t” His reply had been out before he realised what it would be. “Very wise Sir, but perhaps you would put it differently towards them? one may suggest making them feel like they have something to gain from your, scrutiny, Sir.” For a moment it felt like she was lecturing him, but he chose to ignore that, and the obvious baiting. Instead he opened a channel to Sir Idver as he approached him. “Well Sir Idver, it will be a true pleasure to see how you and your men handle the docking to such an ancient vessel, between you and I, I have not before witnessed such a feature.” He believed he sounded rough and angry, not at all what he had intended, the result however was the same. “Ah Sir, it will be our honour to show you, I must admit it is a tricky procedure, but it can be done. the trick is to mag lock first, the other ship may have a different gravity, or none at all, and then to open the door, AH after of course securing the seals! otherwise the ship will drift off voiding the decks.” Inwardly Sir Ton smiled, as he listened to a ship to ship combat expert explaining how anchors and tethers worked nodding his understanding at times, always turning to whoever spoke. “So we are not in trouble then?” Sir Idver finally asked. “No Sir. You most certainly are not, I merely wished to see it for myself.”Sir Ton declared, and to himself alone he added “And get of the bridge, how does Mordred do these things and not go mad?” And even though he hadn’t meant for Gwenn34 to hear it, she did, and filed it away so she could pester him with it later.

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Book 2 Chapter 2

Fires sputtered, the warmth drawing those that time and again survived hardships and refused still to yield to them, somewhere a cough broke the silence.
It had been some time since the outer atmosphere had mostly burned off, and with it the orks. None the less the people huddled around the braziers and hearths of the great hall, now finally allowing the medical crew to do their jobs.
All in all it had been a bad day for Sir Bron, he had lost many of his younger fellows to their own stupidity and bravado. He also had been forced (at least that was how he saw the matter) to act in a way that risked him being nominated for promotion, something he most decidedly did not want. As such he walked between the many small fires and groups of survivors with his head bent, ensuring at once he could see any small persons he was about to trample, and thus avoid trampling them, as well as giving him an excuse not to meet any of his peers gazes.
What he did not know was how others would interpret his walking, the direction he walked in, the angle of his helm, or how he seemed to nod every now and than, as if he approved of something. A motion he himself had not even noticed yet.

The common folk sat as close to their fires as they dared when the giant passed, and watched in amazement as he nodded to them so gently.
Respectfully they remained silent, until he was quite well out of ear shot, and still they kept to whispering at best. “He cares you see, he walks amongst us as he were worried, he nods when we be well, he steps round the wee ones, and the injured, not over  but round ye see, he be a kind soul I ken it.” Old aunt Farthis whispered hoarsely to her townsmen, all the way from Briarsend they had walked to the castle, by far the furthest trip of any of the remaining survivors. The words of the old woman carried some weight because of it, as many considered her wise. “Them smaller ones, with the fancy white cloths, they be treating the injured, having poultices and such like, because the one told them to, I have seen one of them treating wee Bill from Angledown, the lad cried but I could see the medicine working.” Her niece chimed in conspiratorially, and after that the group was silent as they carefully kept their fire going, marveling at the majesty of their giant.

Meanwhile across the ship, Sir Ingles, ever one to stay positive, believed himself to be having a great day. After all the engine bay was done on schedule, he had minimal losses, and he survived standing far too close to a running ship engine while it was firing at nearly full force, and lived to tell the tale. He was absolutely convinced nothing could sour his mood.

For all his conviction, he had not counted on one thing. The call.

It happened right as he regained consciousness, one moment the infinite abyss was holding him,and the next he heard the shouting voice of Sir Ton, trying to compensate a poor signal by being loud. He himself of course was in no state to respond, which, he could not help but think, contributed to the day being great, after all, any excuse not to be yelled at is a good excuse. So when Dame Spriggot decided to put the call on the engine room comm system so everyone could hear he sort of knew his great day would really turn out to be a different sort of day entirely, namely a not so great day. “ut…gines….eat, Cut….ngines! ” Dame Spriggot stared across the room at the massive inlet manifolds, the heat regulators and the recently repaired engine room, and replied “I’m afraid I can’t do that Sir.” The line died, and the comm system started cycling through all available frequencies.

That was the first time even self deprecating humor and sarcasm failed, and Sir Ingles could do little but sit there.

 

“Sir we are once again out of range.” It didn’t matter, not really. The plan had been just another one of his hair brained ideas, still it was something the men could do, follow a ship, try to hail it, a reason not to despair. For a moment he closed his eyes, so tired of looking at the blinking lights, forward, left, left, reverse, right, right.
With a jolt Sir Ton Leapt up and over the guard rail, the pattern was familiar, he recognised it, even if he could not recall what it meant he did Know how it would play out, in general lines at least. He brusquely walked up to the screen displaying the Camelot’s position, and tapped where he thought the pattern would take her, a second later and the light blinked on beneath his hand. The crew gasped as this happened four more times, before he bellowed out a set of coordinates. “And prepare to dock during fly by!” with that he ran of the bridge, leaving the entirety of the bridge crew confused, but frantic as they attempted to carry out his order.

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Book 2 Chapter 1

“Cut the engines, let inertia carry us after her, keep the lock, assume hunting protocols, do not lose her out of sight, is this clear?” Sir Ton spoke with feigned calmth, and felt filthy for the lie it was, certain any of the Knights would easily recognize the falsehood he had projected. As such he was quite surprised when, rather than calling him out on it, the bridge crew seemed to calm down, and respond to his order without questioning him further, as a unified “Aye Sir” Was the only response he received. the situation left him so baffled that for a while he merely sat in silence as he stared at the tactical read-outs and the general goings on of the bridge. Not realizing that his pose made it seem as if he was judging the crew on their efficiency, or thinking hard of the best tactical response to possible future moves the Camelot might intend to make respectively.

Sir Steven Morigan sat hunched over his keyboard, the orders were clear, maintain a lock, and that was his one job, the thing he was best at. Targeting and destroying space bound targets. His fingers moved like a blur as he adjusted the angle of the cross hairs the keys making the satisfying clicking sound every time his sensitive fingers brushed across them. “Sir it looks as if she’s about to speed off again, her thrusters are aglow.” he had noticed the change in coloration minutes before any other would, or even could have. ” Adjust accordingly helmsman, good spot Morigan.” The acting Commander was sharp, just the way Steven liked it, and he had known his name, causing the shadow of a smile to grace the lips of the Knight of the Crow, a rare sight that none of the others even noticed so engrossed they were in correcting according to his assessments. He allowed himself to feel important for but a moment as realization set in. “Sir, She’s only firing her port thrusters, and I see a glow on her starboard bow!” Somewhere on the bridge there was a gasp, but the calmth inspired by their steel hearted commander held. “They are coming about hard!” The Commander leaned into the guard rail that encircled his podium, his frown telling the crew that he had expected them to know what he would say.

Sir Ton gripped the guard rail tightly as his mind raced, the Camelot was about to charge straight at them, the two ships would crash and be destroyed, or in a best case scenario crippled, at the very least one of the two would not maintain its integrity and explode. He was certain the Sword of Damocles would not be able to dodge, unless. “Full power to upper aft thrusters, charge forward shields, prepare to fire bow thrusters the moment she passes over us!” The move was a daring one, a sudden dive at high speed, and possibly ramming the engine section of the ship hopefully crippling it. Or possibly just missing it and coming up behind them, very close behind them, if done correctly the manoeuvre would allow the Sword to assume a inverted position over the larger Camelot, possibly even enabling them to dock to the higher towers using emergency protocols, none the less it would be a dangerous gambit that could cripple one or both ships if done wrong.”my simulations yield a thirty percent chance of success Sir.” Gwenn34 interjected over his personal channel, too late now, the order had been given. “Helm, order confirmed Sir.” The sword groaned as her trajectory altered, alerts Sir Ton had never before heard started blaring, a quick glance to the tactical screen showed him his mistake as it clearly stated the presence of a gravity well. The crew however seemed unperturbed.

Helmsman Barrow, a senior member of the bridge crew punched the controls with steady hand, decades of experience told him what the acting commander was intending to do, but more than a keen instinct it had granted him a lack of fear, the manoeuvre was a dangerous one, dipping the nose into a gravity well at this angle would either rip the ship apart or sling her around effectively making the Sword turn around the nose like it was an axle, centrifugal force versus gravity. Even suggesting such a manoeuvre showed great confidence, not just in his own ability but in the crew as well. And so he thrust the nose down, trusting the acting commander. The ship groaned, and the black hole beneath came into view, the monstrosity was still  far from inescapable but it’s pull would do nicely. A rumble through the decks signified the Camelot screaming across the space they had occupied moments before, proximity alerts blared, then went still, the speed of the thing was frightening. “Camelot just passed us. Lock maintained, She is breaking away fast Sir!” Morigan’s voice came just as Barrow punched the thrusters to their limit, again the Sword groaned, as she broke away from the black hole’s pull. The acting commander sternly standing at the rail. Barrow couldn’t help but respect the man.

Sir Ton focused on his breathing, making sure to inhale before speaking, forcing the lie of calmth once more. “Well done Barrow, good job Morigan, now full speed in pursuit of that ship, apparently keeping our distance won’t work so let’s change our tactics.” The crew responded accordingly, and once more they set out after the Camelot. “Attempt to hail as soon as we are in range.” The comms officer turned to face him. “Who should I hail Sir? surely if the ship flies so erratically her comms must be down aswell?” Sir Ton smirked. “Hail Sir Ingles, I know for a fact he is aboard that ship.” He finally had a plan that could work.

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