16. The Eris Scrolls: The 100 year war - Hunting the Hunters

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16. The Eris Scrolls: The 100 year war - Hunting the Hunters

Post by Roy-Batty » Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:44 pm

The Astral Maiden has just entered earth transmission reach. The first intercepted signal was clearly X’Lanthos, which has rattled the crew. Since the aliens do not use signals to communicate messages, but to indicate coordinates and destinations, no one knows what role the X’lanthos now have. It is clear they are on earth, and with the capacity to use signaling. By now we also caught life signs of a human nature. Unfortunately, this is not enough to rejoice. The great Reclaimer cause has called us back to earth, however there are many calls of a human origin that are not friendly to our ideals. We will need to get closer to earth to get a clearer image of what might be the current situation, and act accordingly.
The sixth Annex is one of change. Mankind had to reform it’s very core in order to survive, and will never return to the way things were before the X’Lanthos attack on Lazarus. The quick demise of Alaak has left all of mankind shaken. Survivors will have to fight not to lose the only thing there is left. Life itself. The lake Traitors are searching redemption, and Scofield is drawn to the X’Lanthos threat by instinct. All will have a role to play in evening the odds.
My role is that of finding fact in opinion and emotion. So I, Eris, continue:

Sixth Annex, the year 3504 to 3605 AD. The 100 year war. Even X’Lanthos are only human.

Finally Scofield had arrived to the moment he had awaited for a very long time. He saw the Hunter unit materialize, not even 70 meters from his own party. Switch activated the Dark Energy field around him and Elvin vanished. The Haussman bureaucrats where not surprised by the appearance of the Hunters. They had seen Dark Energy in action more than once, and Scofield himself had reprogrammed their Neurolink.
The standard bearer lifted the staff above his head, but the reflexes of the closest bureaucrat were faster. Three slugs dropped the alien body with a ticking rattle and shattered part of the Dark Energy field generator. The other X’Lanthos were obviously taken aback by the fast human reaction, but the beast master reacted with a subtle gesture. A cross between a great ape and a lion exploded into action and zigzagged towards the bureaucrat’s position with incredible speed. All of Scofield’s associates now opened fire, and the X’Lanthos ducked for cover. The two handed machine always present in Hunter units returned fire, killing a bureaucrat. The targeted man strafed back to take a final shot at the animal charging towards him. A final jump, a shot and crash. Both lay dead.
The final bureaucrat should have been afraid by than, but the neural inhibitors were doing their work. The gravitational manipulators, now having their main weapons disabled, each arced around the final target, while the beast master marched through the center, with it’s final pet and the heavy weapons soldier slightly behind. Suddenly, the latter fell to it’s knees, and let out a clicking snarl. The ground under it started to crack, and movement seemed impossible. The other aliens did not pay attention. They never seemed to concerned for a comrade in trouble or fallen. The final goal was to neutralize the threat, so the beast master sent out his predator to investigate. Generally shaped like a large wolf, with scales instead of fur. A skull like head covered only by muscles and thin skin. Slit eyes peered into the surroundings, while it attempted to catch a scent. The heavy weapons wielder now crumbled with a final croak. The next second, the beast master flew into the air, crushing into an overhanging rock. His servant seemed to break loose from an invisible bond, and ran. All that were left now were the two soldiers without usable weapons. The fight was now even, but not over yet. The X’Lanthos were much stronger than a human by nature, although the extensive use of Dark Energy had left them a bit uncomfortable moving into battle without this aid, the creatures by themselves were formidable adversaries.
Scofield appeared right next to one of the aliens. It grabbed for his neck with a speed superior to any man’s. It’s arms passed through Elvin, who now placed a small disc on the X’Lanthos back. The X’Lanthos fell bound by Dark Energy, arms crossed behind arched back and in a forced kneeled position. Scofield intended to move towards the last opponent, but 7 shots from a what he knew to be bureaucrat weapon told him the fight was won. The first X’Lanthos prisoner had fallen into human hands.

Little by little, Grippen-Gakam ships started to come back to the New Lamuria system. The covert operation had been relatively successful. Troops reported utter devastation among the inhabitants of the Heanem system, but also signs of hope. The X’Lanthos used technology beyond human reach. They could appear and disappear at will, manipulate objects and beings at will, even nullify the effect of a common bullet.
It seemed they didn’t speak. Neither to each other, nor to us. They would sometimes gesture with the head, or give short clicking sounds, like commands that would put others in motion. However, they did operate as a unit. All knew what to do, and could anticipate unforeseen circumstances.
Ships were nearly undetectable. The only way man had to know where the X’Lanthos threat was coming from, was to shoot until a hit could be accomplished. However, when hit, alien ships were as easy to disable or destroy as our own.
There was also good news. Several dead aliens were brought in and even more than one living specimen. A debate was started to determine if the captured X’Lanthos were to be called prisoners. After all, a captured animal was not considered a prisoner either.

The survivors on Lazarus had no time for debate. Brands Docks V gathered it’s able men, and even some of it’s boys. They were to move towards the east, to find a new place for the community to be safe. Newton Mason was asked to lead this expidition, as one of the communities elder. With 45, he was already considered as such, but he was more than fit enough to undertake the mission. A retired army man, he had come to Lazarus to enjoy the fruits of hard labor on the colonies. He had worked on the exploration of the last 12 colonies on “system 50”, as they called it. Many times, he had been the first to set foot on a planet soon to be converted into a new colony. Many times he had stood in awe in front of installations, more impressive than any atmospheric enhancement station. He didn’t know who or what were behind these structures. What he did know, for his life had been dedicated to the art of war, that the structures he found were not meant for conflict. Somehow, they didn’t match these creatures now on their world. Maybe soon, he could ask one of them.
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Re: 16. The Eris Scrolls: The 100 year war - Hunting the Hunters

Post by AirborneHam » Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:49 pm

Hah! I got first post TMB!
Really good writing as always. The description of the X'lanthos' beasts was short and choppy with lots of periods, but I might just like commas too much. Keep Writing! Everyone wants you to.
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Re: 16. The Eris Scrolls: The 100 year war - Hunting the Hunters

Post by trooogdooor » Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:49 am

Roy-Batty wrote:The survivors on Lazarus had no time for debate. Brands Docks V gathered it’s able men, and even some of it’s boys. They were to move towards the east, to find a new place for the community to be safe.
So the first planet to be attacked has a significant survivor contingent?
A debate was started to determine if the captured X’Lanthos were to be called prisoners. After all, a captured animal was not considered a prisoner either.
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Re: 16. The Eris Scrolls: The 100 year war - Hunting the Hunters

Post by Roy-Batty » Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:22 pm

@Airborneham: Yeah, I tried to leave the animals a bit vague. Because, for now, in my head, they are pretty vague.

@ trooogdooor: Not really a significant number. There were more than 50 million people on Lazarus when the X'Lanthos attacked. This little group mentioned here consists of a few hundred maximum. They mostly survived because they lived near the coast and the major sweeps by the Hunter groups simply missed them. Think of it like flies in your house. If it's 10 of them you'll buy a can of bugzap. If it's one, you won't even bother unless it gets within arms reach, right?
Did you ever hear of the Eris Scrolls?

You can get to know them here:

http://www.miniwargaming.com/forum/view ... 16&t=63414

And that's just the beginning.

Don't forget to bring your opinion!

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