[Closed] [Minatu Story] Saving Aphelion


Tal'Aestaesys of Lorenz
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Tales of Captain Draven: Saving Aphelion
Mini-Episode 1: Infamy
  • MES Almeida, Aquitaine-Class Cruiser | 1st Imperial Fleet
  • BD-32 Black Dust Expansion Zone
  • Exterior Expanse, Minatu Empire
  • 12 Hours After The Battle of Laeyria-Calaris
Captain Draven Rui, knew his role in the conflict at Laeyria-Calaris was one that was going to gain his attention, it was just how much attention he had not counted on. He had always been just one of the many officers in the MIAN that just got the job done, it paid for a nice condo on one of the more classy circumorbital structures at Meaghan's Star, and for the most part that was all that had really mattered. He downed a shot of Zel Vodka and leaned back in his chair, he took a deep breath, it wasn't polite to keep people waiting, but this was a bit out of the ordinary. The pending transmission from ECLIPSE stated that it was the Emperor who wished to speak to him directly. Surely the Emperor had more important things to do than to talk to a Cruiser Commander, and that made Draven nervous, the attention was good, but was it in his best interest? He tapped the control, and the image of Emperor Tetsuya appeared on the other side of his desk.

"Ah, Captain Rui, thank you for taking the time to meet with me, I am just sorry that I'm not out there to congratulate you in person," Tetsuya said, as the image moved through one of the chairs and sat down across from the Captain. "You and your crew did very well, you showed the Craethel we mean business, it was key for us to have this first win out the way so that we can show the Caeyorians and the rest of the faction's that we're up to the task," he congratulated the Captain on a job well done.

Draven blinked, a little caught off guard. This was live? The Emperor was not a recording like he had expected at all. He straightened his posture in his chair, "Thank you, Emperor, we are happy to serve." Captain Rui couldn't think of what else to say, he was for the most part stunned by the fact the Emperor himself was speaking to him, and in such a casual manner at that.
Tetsuya's image sat back in the chair, hands rested in front of him on the desk and said, "With such a fantastic job done, I have a new mission for the Almeida. If you and your crew successfully complete the mission, I will expedite your promotion to Rear Admiral and will reserve the command of one of the new 3rd Generation Shadow Leviathans to your command. I am sending you over the data packet on the mission profile now." Tetsuya looked outside of the field of the projection for a moment as the information was sent through ATHENA. "Captain, this mission isn't going to be an easy one, however, the rewards offered will be proportionate to the level of danger you and your crew are about to face. I look forward to being able to congratulate you next time, in person, as a personal guest of myself and Empress Sinith on the homeworld," the Emperor stated, his image then stood up. "I wish you safe travels, Captain." The transmission ended and the image of Tetsuya was replaced with a large animation of the MIAN logo before it disappeared.

Draven didn't even get the chance to respond, it was not like anything he said mattered anyway. The Emperor had a mission for him, and that mission would be completed. The motivation for personal communication alone was enough to pique his interest. He had the mindhive open the data package, and the information scrolled on a projected screen in front of his desk. He paused as the image of the plum-haired Norian female's image came up, he had heard the stories of General Aphelion, she had served under the Emperor directly before he had come to the Minatu Empire. Stories drifted around, the General was a Legend of sorts, a woman often referred to as an 'army of one'. According to the screens, the General had gone missing on Ayem'vu and was a suspected captive of the Craethel and/or the USC. His mission was to go to Ayem'vu, a world that was rumored to be about the next target of Caeyorian liberation forces, and he was to locate and recover the General before that force had a chance to strike.

"Draven to Commander Hyphia, can you come to join me in my office?" he called out over the comm to his XO. The mission came from the Emperor and they needed to come up with a plan of action. Ayem'vu was crawling with Craethel, the USC, and the primitive feudal cultures that had proven more than hostile in the past.
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