Traversal: Evasion

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“Evasive maneuvers!” Harking ordered. “Vent the plasma collectors and get me some distance from that fleshpot.”

“Aye, sir.”

Eidolon systems flared to life. Slots on the dorsal and ventral surfaces of the ship slid open to expel the collected waste heat from the engines and the various radiation energies absorbed from the Wraith’s traversal through real space. The arms of the fleshpot hadn’t fully latched on, and those few that lingered immediately detached, burned, when the vented plasma touched them.

Harking had another thought. “Once we’re clear, go dark again, as dark as possible, and call up the tactical AI.”

“Sir! That’ll—”

“I’m well aware, but anyone listening to this part of space already knows we’re here — knew, in fact, the moment the Abattoir showed up.” One consequence of using the tactical AI was that it emitted an EM field easily visible to anyone looking for it — which is why they were almost never used. Harking hoped it would have the added benefit of keeping the Abattoir at bay.

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  1. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    I know I’m nitpicking but “using the tactical AI is that” should probably be: “using the tactical AI was that”
    “Fleshpot” is good.
    Wonder what HSAR will make of our little continuation?

  2. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Good catch. Corrected.

  3. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    Oh, and Eidolon is good too

  4. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    I thought you might appreciate that. I didn’t know if you’d intended Wraith to be the ship’s name, but I did like it as a particular classification of stealth ship.

  5. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Basically, in this universe, I’ve envisioned travel through real space as being inherently dangerous due to the abundance of predatory species, so most ships — at least human ones — are equipped some level of stealth technology. Eidolon is one of the better equipped, able to go almost entirely dark. It’s basically a cold pinprick against the vast backdrop of interstellar space.

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