Assignment (Adventure) - Reuben Calloway Saga 7

Reuben found himself yet again standing outside Sergent Vert's office.  His every muscle was tense and he hadn't been able to eat breakfast that morning due to nerves.  This was it.  His whole life was going to be determined in these next few minutes.

Sergent Vert hollered for him to enter.

"First Degree Cadet Calloway reporting in, sir!"

"Yes, yes," Sergent Vert gestured dismissively as he looked over a report.  "You've had a unexemplary training so far, cadet.  But during your division tests..."

"I know, sir..."

"You know, cadet?  You know what?"

"I didn't follow the rules during the division tests."

"What rules?  We told you to stay alive and take out your opponents.  And you did.  You did that alarmingly well.  I don't know if it rose from some streak of cleverness or cowardice but you did it, cadet."

"I did.... what, sir?"

"You did well enough to be assigned to Special Assault Corp.  That branch needs thinkers like you.  Soldiers that aren't afraid to run in a different direction."

Reuben was stunned.  He had been preparing himself to be sent to the front.  Or, worse, be kicked out and sent home humiliated.   But Special Assault Corp!  Only the most highly skilled were sent there!

"Here are your orders, cadet.  You'll be reporting to Special Assault Sergent Bamtrob from now on."

"Thank you, sir!"

"Oh... and here," Sergent Vert handed him a small box that contained a rank pin.  "You've been promoted to second degree.  Nice work, cadet.  Dismissed."

Tumpet Battleship (Ship)

Creators:  Bac on the planet Corna

Speed:  2
Armor:  9
Maneuverability: 1

Description:  The Tumpet battleship is essentially a space tank.  The bac are not best known for their technology advances.  Though perfectly capable of coming up with something, they choose to focus on other aspects of their culture.

The speed and maneuverability are laughable with the Tumpet.  However, the armoring is nothing to sneer at.  While this battleship may be slow to weave and run, it counts on the fact that it can sit in a fight and take a beating for quite some time.

First Flight (Adventure) - Calen Natari Saga 8

Calen's former employer had left her alone in the warehouse/hangar with her new ship.  She was still in awe of her new acquisition.  The ship was perfect.  Everything and more she could have ever hoped for.

She climbed up the side and touched a small button that make the cockpit slide open.  She lowered herself into the pilot's chair.  Everything fit perfectly.  As if it had been custom made for her alone.

Calen had some experience with flying.  She had flown interplanetary shuttles and hover taxis.  But this was her first lightspeed ship.  Her first chance at real freedom.

Her employer must have told someone that a ship would be departing because the hangar doors began to slowly grind open, letting the outside heat and sun pour in.  It was time to leave this place and make a name for herself.

Calen turned on the power and the ship thrummed to life.

She slid her hands over the controls, enjoying the rough, metallic texture.  She raised the landing gear and urged the ship forward slowly.  Calen could feel Blue Sun's energy.  As if the ship was as eager to leave as she.

As soon as she cleared the hangar doors, she threw the throttle forward and blasted toward Rebec's upper atmosphere.

Db Mounted Pistol (Weapon)

Creators:  Bac on the planet Corna

Power: 3
Range: 3
Accuracy: 5

Description:  With barely average accuracy and unimpressive power or range, the Db pistol is seemingly unimpressive on paper.  However its developer did give it one decided advantage: it is a hands free weapon.

While bac are mobile on land, they generally fly from place to place.  Therefore, having a weapon that does not require the use of their upper or lower limbs is exceedingly useful.  The pistol has a wire that may be inserted into a muscle area of choice on one's body.  When the muscle is tensed, the pistol fires.

Such an unorthodox firing mechanism does take quite a bit of getting used to less one shoots the pistol by accident.  Many bounty hunters and other beings in less than reputable professions have adopted this weapon claiming it to be an extremely useful backup in fighting situations.