The White Lightining is a interplanetary pirate raider. Read this report by Your Planet Today's investigative team to find out more about the rise of piracy in the galaxy.
About this creation
The White Lightning is actually a Tachyon Mark IV fighter manufactured by Ddogg Corporation for the military forces of the United Planets, formally known as the United Planetary Defense Force (UPDF). The Taychon Mark IV was designed to operate from small planetary outposts or as fighter craft aboard the UPDF’s battle cruisers and recon corvettes.
The Tachyon Mark IV was created with maximum flexibility in mind. Its fuel cells rely on a mixture of commonly elements found on most worlds and are easily synthesized by just a few technical personnel. All Mark IV pilots are trained to use the small emergency synthesizers as well. It carries a particle cannon in the nose and twin-mounted lasers near each engine pod. The engines on the Mark IV swivel for maximum thrust and maneuverability, and give the Mark IV vertical takeoff and landing capability.
Unfortunately for the UPDF, on the shakedown cruise for the first squadrons of Tachyon Mark IV’s, commodore Rafe Tokor betrayed the UP’s trust and went rogue, taking the battle cruiser Shenandoah, her 1,000-member crew, and all 200 operational fighters along with him as he fled to the Yelsek System and began plundering the galaxy. Tokor, who once headed up the Tachyon project and pushed for its most innovative design (such as the fuel cells), was one of the UPDF’s most decorated pilots. He immediately claimed one of the Mark IV’s aboard Shenandoah and christened her White Lightning.
The Space Piracy Act passed into law by the United Planetary Council brands Tokor an enemy of the state and he (and any pirate) faces a death penalty if captured. All UPDF pilots are under orders to attack White Lightning first when defending against raiders since the Space Piracy Act passed into law by the United Planetary Council brands Tokor an enemy of the UP and he (and any pirate) faces a death penalty if captured.
Thanks to the White Lightning and her sister ships, that’s not likely to happen any time soon. Considering the pirates are enemies of the state, they do relatively little damage or harm to most UP vessels and outposts they raid. It is only when the pirates encounter ships and personnel from the Moro System that things get rough.
Tokor was one of a group of senior commanders who formally protested the admittance of Moro to the United Planetary Council. It had only been 17 solar cycles since the end of the long and bloody war with Moro – a war that cost trillions of lives from every corner of the galaxy.
“Councilors, there can be no doubt about it,” Tokor said. “We simply cannot trust the Morons. Despite the questionable evidence compiled by your guided tours of their homeworld and surrounding settlements, there is no way a culture that values killing as a spectator sport and urges all fathers to murder their first-born daughters at birth and then eat their brains to “gain wisdom” can change so rapidly. The atrocities those Morons committed to any prisoners of war they captured, not to mention the countless civilians they tortured and murdered while on a bloodlust for conquest cannot be so easily forgiven . . . or ignored. That little dog and pony show, if you’ll pardon the old Earth expression, only let you see what THEY wanted you to see. We need real intelligence and real evidence there has been a fundamental shift in Moron leadership and Moron society in general. Give me a squad of space marines and one solar cycle to quietly observe on Moro and let me report back to you personally. If all is well, I will be the first to offer to command a legion of Morons in the UPDF. Should you proceed without caution and they use this as an opportunity for invasion of our homeworlds, then there will be Morons on the Council – as if there weren’t already.”
Taken aback the Council denied his request. Within a solar cycle, Tokor had seized the Shenandoah and the raiding began. One problem the UPDF senior command must solve is troop attrition: many UPDF pilots, space marines, and – most critically – technical personnel are leaving the forces and joining Tokor’s renegades. In fact, most of the support and logistics personnel associated with the Tachyon Mark IV and other critical military projects have become raiders. This has raised alarms within the senior leadership of the UPC as well.
“We are taking steps to retain our active duty personnel and enlist new recruits from all homeworlds, regardless of past prejudices,” said Councilor General Feitctaj Polonius of Regalax in a prepared statement. “The United Planets and the United Planetary Council stand firm in our belief that the UPDF will not only defeat the pirates but will ensure the safety of all beings within the galactic borders. This is to be viewed as an opportunity, not a problem. New ideas are flooding the once closed minds at all levels of command, new ideas that will shape our forces for many cycles to come.”
Not long after Polonius' announcement, the pirates hacked into the UP’s media feed. Here is a transcript of their transmission:
“We mean the peace-loving peoples of the United Planets no harm, and we welcome anyone who is willing to protect themselves from the blatant disregard of common sense. The Morons WILL reveal their true intentions soon enough and we may be the only thing standing between them and domination of key galactic resources. Until the UPC comes to its senses, we shall continue to raid ships, installations and other facilities to keep them out of Moron hands. We regret that innocent lives may be lost in the process, but we will not surrender our way of life to the Morons. Should a vessel surrender peacefully to our challenge, we will guarantee safe passage to crew and passengers who do not wish to join us. Any threat, by a vessel, installation, or even an individual, will be met head on and deadly force will be used if necessary. Again, we mean the UP no harm. The Morons must be stopped.”
Are the pirates right? Has the UPC moved too quickly to welcome the Morons into the fold? This only remains to be seen.
Filed by Iliakeit Likedat, Your Planet Today investigative reporter
Look, a bonus photo! The greebly bit is a sensor array (that may be revamped before Brickworld.) Hope the backstory was worth waiting on! -- Dennis
Thx, guys. I'm going to redo the backstory later today. I pretty much remember what I had, so it won't be difficult. The pirate was originally just there to make sure a fig would fit, then I liked it so much he had to stay. Be sure to stop back by -- hopefully, it'll be worth it :)