Traversal: Ingress

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“Interlink ready, Sir” announced Comm, just as the tiny green speck of light on Harking’s console blinked on.
“Hyperprotocol 773 Alpha” a barely audible beep followed.
“Caution! JP gamma 3 T occupied by Abattoir. Proceeding to JP gamma 5 T. ETA” – the captain did a mental calculation – “13 phases.”
“Send.”
The green speck flashed twice and Softs nodded in agreement. Her screen indicated that the message had been sent to the nearest relay point, from where it would be delivered to the Amorphous command centre within 12 days – cycles. Acclimatise to Regulated Time she corrected.
“Pilot, take us to jump point gamma 5 Tauri, optimal engines”
“Ready”
“go dark”
“Ready”
“Commit!”
The Wraith turned, leaving the jump point behind and disappeared.
And promptly reappeared as it bumped into a enormous fleshy globe.
Warning lights strobed.
Klaxons sounded.
Dazed, Marcon peered out of the view port.
The globe was extending tentacles, no, arms towards the ship. Some already attempted to peel back the exterior membranes.

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  1. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    Maybe a bit predictable. I’m thinking “Borg” but with ships built from flesh.

  2. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Crap, you beat me to the sequel. I may have to branch the story at this point, since I really want to follow up on my own idea. :)

    That said, I really like the direction you went with this. Not quite what I had in mind for the Abattoir — it may just be better!

    Also, you may want to work a bit on your punctuation — commas and periods where they’re supposed to be, mostly. I realize, though, this may be shorthand for you for squeezing content into a confined space.

  3. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Then, again, I may be able to rework my idea to fit this continuity.

    Off to brainstorm for a moment…

  4. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Also, I really like the way you used tags on this section, so I adopted it for my sequels.

  5. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    yes sorry. ran a bit short of space. editing to make grammar better.

  6. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    done. I found it helpful to have the pertinent facts in the tags so that I don’t have to go back and forth between the stories.
    Also there are on board: 1 pilot, 1 navigation officer and 1 sys ops (SO), all as yet unnamed. I think that’s enough people for a small ship like this?

  7. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    I was actually thinking more along the lines of 8-12 crew total, including officers, but there’s no requirement to have all of them appear in the story.

  8. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    Granted. I was thinking of a ship similar to Andromeda even though she is quite large and holds 7-8 crew. Maybe we have room for a couple more.

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