The Players so far..
Zander Kane, once a trusted and highly decorated general for the United Federation, Kane betrayed not only his own race, but his own flesh and blood to join the Dark Collective, so he could be with the woman he loved. Now, he rides stardust and slipstreams, captaining the Betha, fighting for the collective, in hope of one day freeing the worlds from the federations ruling grasp.
Gadamrie, a Golden Priestess in the Dark Collective, who before the federation came to power boasted over one million hosts as part of her mind hive. But now, only one hosts remains, the others, hunted down and killed by unknown assailants working for the president. Signs show of another mind existing within Gadamrie’s hive, which up until now, was thought to be impossible, after a brief battle between the minds, the consciousness seems to have vanished, then, in a last desperate act, she sacrificed herself so Zander would survive.
Syin-To-Twenty-Seven (Sin), Betha’s sentient companion, through the link they share Sin can control and communicate between Betha and Zander, as well as accessing and sometimes controlling other forms of technology.
Touvler, Zander’s former right hand man and Betha’s co-pilot, Touvler along with two others joined Zander when he defected from the United Federations to the Dark Collective. Tortured for information, he was placed on life support machines as a way to lead Zander into a trap.
High Lord Quinn, Commander for the United Federation, and a Quadrapled, a slang term for a clone. Quinn’s past is still yet to be revealed, but his past association with Zander Kane makes his story more of a mystery.
President Balmires, the current elected president of the united federation, Balmires’ rise to power is one worth of it’s own story, soaked in blood and betrayal.
Last time on Dark Stars: Fire Light…
After attempting to destroy a vital defense weapon for the United Federation, Zander and the crew of the interstellar battleship, Betha, found themselves viciously hunted down by a Z class Star Destroyer that was somehow waiting for them, turning their act of terrorism against the federation, into, a suicide run. Soon, Zander found himself a prisoner of High Lord Quinn, Gadamrie came to his aid, taking out Quinn and his men. Before they could make their escape, another mind took control of one of Gadamrie’s host bodies, apparently killing her, but after a brief battle of minds, Gadamrie regained control of her final host. Making contact with Sin, Betha’s android companion, Zander found out Touvler, his right hand man, was still alive and being held some levels below, as they made their plans to rescue him, they came face to face with Quinn once again, this time with a league of Federation soldiers, using a cloaking technology, known as the walk of the damned, Gadamrie tried to guide them to safety, but her strength gave way, so Zander had to improvise. It did not go as planned, and Gadamrie sacrificed herself so Zander could escape. Eventually he located Toulver, only to find him all but dead, his body hooked up to a life support machine, giving him the appearance of being alive, so Zander could be lured into a trap.
And so we continue…
“What the hell does that mean? I though you two were buddies!”
“So did I Sir, it would appear that the destroyer, was not telling the truth, we have been set up,” Sin says.
“Not you brainiac, I’m the one who’s been set up,” Zander grows, he looks over his shoulder, as footsteps approach his position, quickly he takes a step back, firing the blaster at the doors touch-pad, destroying it, and the door springs open. He rushes inside and his mouth drops open in shock, he can feel his stomach turn violently, lying on a media-pad, is Touvlar, his body riddled with tubes and wires, shoved into every orifice, as machines keep his life signs stable, but, really, Zander knows, he’s been dead for some time.
“Here we are once more, old friend,” Quinn says from behind him, Zander spins around and faces Quinn, and a group of Marauders, high level Federation soldiers.
“I see you brought friends.”
“Well, yours keep on dying, so I best thought I should make sure, you didn’t feel, alone.”
“I’ll kill you for what you’ve done today, and when I do, I’ll make sure you don’t rise again.”
“Not if I kill you first,” Quinn says with a smile on his face. “Don’t worry, he never gave up your secret, loyal right until the end, it was pathetic,” Quinn says with a snarl.
“WHAT’RE YOU TALKING ABOUT!” Zander yells. “WHAT SECRET?”
“Don’t play me for a fool Zander, we are beyond those sort of games now. I know you’re hiding something, why would the other be so protective of you? I think the Priestess entrusted to you with something back on Loker Twelve, something that could be a danger to the Federation, and I, will have it.”
“You’re crazy Quinn, the priestess gave me nothing, they were protective of me because I’m carrying Gadamrie’s seed you dick!”
Quinn’s face soften, and his eyes, widen, “What? You’re carry that woman’s child? That’s preposterous, Gadamrie is A sexual, she doesn’t need another to reproduce, doesn’t she jsut lays eggs, that hatching into, well, new host bodies?”
“Did you learn anything about any of us while you were part of my crew? It’s not her child, it’s HER, one of her eggs. It’s how Gadamrie reproduces with other species, that’s why she was so protective of me, they why they all wanted to keep me safe, you killed everyone for nothing!”
Quinn’s face, and it twists with anger, “No, everyone dies, who challenges the Federation!” He says, as he raises his blaster.
“Remember Palcram Zelta?” Zander says.
Quinn’s head tilts to the side, and his face shows his confusion, “Of course I remember that backwater system, you almost killed me with your stupidity.”
“My stupidity saved you that day, it wasn’t my fault you couldn’t hold your breath.”
“Why bring this up now, it will not change anything, I’m still going to kill you.”
“I never intended it to change anything, I just thought I’d give you a heads up as to what’s coming,” Zander says with wry smile. “SIN, NOW!” He screams, its then that Quinn notices Betha through the porthole window, holding positing alongside the destroyer. He stands there frozen as two harpoons fire towards them as Zander draws in three large breaths, the harpoons tear through the hull of the ship sending the room in a spin. One of the harpoons digs itself into the hull, then tears back, ripping a hole in the side of the ship, the other burrows its way into Quinn’s chest, Zander tightly latches onto the metal cord attached to the harpoon, and is quickly pulled back on board Betha, with Quinn’s lifeless corpse still attached to the end. The hull seals, and Zander crashes to the floor, his lungs burn, as he fights the urge to breath.
“The room is sealed, and the oxygen is now at breathable levels,” Sin says, Zander exhales and sucks in a deep, long breath, then lets it out again just as quickly, and sucks another in, he rolls onto the floor on his back, as he continues to inhale and exhale as if each breath was his last until finally the cargo bay doors open and footsteps run towards him.
“Zander, you crazy human, what the hell were you thinking?” A voice calls out.
“T-T-Touvlar?” Zander says weakly.
“Who else would it be, you rat biter?” Touvlar says as he pulls Zander to his feet.
“W-W-What the hell’s going on?”
“You just took a walk outside Betha, without a suit on, that’s what’s happening.”
“B-B-But, the destroyer, and Quinn…”
“I don’t know what you’re smoking human, but we’re out in the middle of the Segraz Quadrant, alone.”
“B-But, But it all felt, so real,” Zander says in disbelief.
“I did warn you of the effect carrying my seed would have,” Gadamrie says from the doorway, Zander staggers towards her, clutching her close, tears of joy running down his face.
“It felt so real.”
“Of course it would,” she says, pulling away from him. “Let’s get you to the infirmary, and get you cleaned up, you’re a mess,” she says, as she guides him down the hallway.
“I’m afraid, the injuries are more severe than we first thought,” Sin voice echoes around the room, Zander’s face screws up in confusion, as he looks around in a daze while Gadamrie stares at him.
“Are you okay?” She finally asks.
“I-I-I, I just thought I heard Sin,” he says, meeting her concerned gaze with an uneasy smile.
“You’re hearing things, let’s get these wounds looked at,” she says, he suddenly feels lightheaded and loses his balance, crashing to the floor in a heap, and, as the darkness takes him, he hears Sin’s voice once more.
“Yes, the seed is intact, and alive. Yes, yes, I know we must hurry, but that part is your job, I’ll do what I can to stabilise Captain Kane, but you need to get us to Galder Seven before we loose them both.”
Dark Stars: Runaway begins tomorrow