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Clarence Redd wrote:Good read. Adding assassin and soldier to the list of careers to include in M-SPACE.
Clarence Redd wrote:@Chris: Yes, I wish books could have point upgrades, just like software. That's one of the reasons we offer the PDF for free to those buying a physical copy. Future add-ons may also come as downloadable snippets from our webpage. I'm not sure yet how we will set it up.
In the case of Soldier and Assassin, I would suggest using Mercenary and Bounty Hunter, as they are quite similar.
It's the year 12084 AD. 10,000 years ago, humanity was swept up in an intergalactic war that saw the destruction of all life on Earth and finally ended when a terrible weapon called the Halo Device destroyed a being the humans called God and unleashed Gods Fire upon the galaxy. Every civilization on every planet was cast back into the stone age.
Eventually, the survivors rebuilt their worlds, unlocked the secrets of their ancient technologies and began rebuilding interstellar civilization. Humans account for three major civilizations. The Old Earth Alliance, which is trying to terraform Earth back into a habitable planet. The Easter Concord, who believe that God will rise again. Finally, there is the Reaver Alliance, a loose knit alliance of five great pirate clans that raid shipping and treat their own people as slaves.
Two alien species have also arisen from the ashes. The Dingir and the Vegans. The ancient enemies whose war ignited the Gods Fire to begin with. The Dingir, the Vegans and the Old Earthers maintain an uneasy balance of power. The Easter Concordians do nothing, waiting for the return of their savior and the Reavers are too weak and disorganized to tip the balance of power.
Or so it was believed.....
Eneldun. Reaver capital planet. HQ of the Alliance Fleet and Alliance Naval Intelligence (ANI).
A man is on a rooftop. He pulls what looks like a lens out of his vest and flicks it open. It turns into a scope. He then reaches to his waist and pulls out a foot long, inch wide metal sheath from his belt. Pressing a button, it unfolds into the stock of a gun. He grimaces as he wrenches the ring off his finger. Then he extends it and it becomes the barrel. He begins assembling his sniper rifle.
A man in his late 40's with the insignia of an admiral is pacing the bridge of his starship. He stops behind a crewman who is typing away at a computer console. The crewman looks up, "Got it. All their surveillance bots are jammed." The Admiral speaks into his comm, "It's a go."
A man standing at a window listens to the comm link in his ear. "Acknowledged." He bends down to a camera and zooms the lens out so that he has a clear picture of the sniper on the rooftop. He begins recording.
The sniper has assembled his rifle and is taking aim.
At a desk with a plaque that reads Head of Planetary Security sits a man speaking on his comms link.. "I've got good news, sir. They got sloppy and made a mistake. We've identified one of their men. John Slinger, he's an assassin. (pause) Then he chose the wrong planet sir. I've got the full resources of Fleet HQ and Alliance Naval Intelligence as well as the security forces of the entire planet. He won't be -" the Head of Planetary Security suddenly lurches as his brains splatter all over the wall behind him.
The sniper begins disassembling his sniper rifle.
The man at the window takes the flash drive from his camera and places it into his comm link. "uploading now." he says into his comms.
The man at the computer console turns to the admiral. "Done. One of the security bots we jammed now has a recording of the whole thing. By the time we blast off, ANI will just be identifying the assassin."
"Good work Issari," says the Admiral. "Let them think they got a lucky break and caught the assassin in action. If Archer's right, then the spy we've been after will have to come out and show himself. He can't risk the authorities getting a hold of the assassin before he does."
"Permission to board." comes a voice over the comms. Moments later two men walk onto the bridge. One is the man with the camera, the other is the assassin.
"Archer. Slinger." the Admiral acknowledges them.
"Sure hope this works sir." drawls Slinger. "I kinda liked this last face. Hate to have to change it so soon."
"Let's find out." says the Admiral, sitting down in the pilot seat.
A starship with the name Event Horizon emblazoned on its hull blasts off from the starport.
Kaydas Vago is in his vacc suit, surrounded by several other men as they glide through space. Ahead, a passenger carrier is their obvious target. The men land upon the hull. Several start placing charges.
Inside, the passengers are comprised of mostly families. One family in particular consists of a man, his beautiful wife and their two small children. The father says "Anyone have to go potty? Both children answer negative. "Alright then, I'll be right back." He kisses his small daughter on the forehead and leaves for the rest room.
Outside the ship, the soldiers have planted their charges. Vago gives the thumbs up and the hull erupts in a series of explosion. Alarms go off in the ship as it decompresses. Passengers are sucked out into space, including the wife and her two children. In the restroom, the father grabs an oxygen mask and makes his way to an emergency vacc suit.
The soldiers quickly take over the ship. In the cargo hold, however, they are met with resistance, which is overcome after a short fight. Having secured the ship, another starship comes alongside. The men unload the cargo from the passenger liner into the other ship, which has no name.
The father, undetected, gets a clear look at Kaydas Vago as he boards the other ship. He is the sole survivor on a dead starship.
The father is sitting at a table in a cantina. "And that is why you can trust me. Nobody wants Kaydas Vago dead more than I do."
The man across the table from him smiles and nods. "Good" he replies as he slides something across the table. "Then we have a deal."
"Looks like your ships been in a bit of a scrape." the Scout Base commander observes.
"Nice to see you too Victor. The crew is fine. We won't need medical assistance." Admiral Danthus replies.
"Good to know." Victor says. "Because I might have a job for them if they're interested."
"We just want to drop off our cargo, pick up a new load and get some repairs done. My crew will be staying in the hangar."
"Repairs can be mighty expensive Ordan. And labor being what it is...."
The Admiral scowled.
"Ordan,"Victor continued, "This job is right up your alley. We've got a spy. Deep cover sleeper agent. You guys are perfect for the job. You're outsiders, but most of your people are from around here originally. So you won't seem suspicious. We just need you to keep an eye on things and gather evidence. You'll be down for repairs for a while anyways. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours."
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