On Earth, Basher makes his escape. On Etrion, Jay attempts to avoid bloodshed, and Keira, Kaira and Eris begin their search. I also guess this is a freebuild?
About this creation
Even An End Has A Start
The following events take place between the 15th and 20th of May
Basher was on the run. For days, he'd been being harassed by petty street criminals, and then hired assassins. He'd beaten them all, but they kept coming. Commissioner Warburton beseeched him to return to the station, "so they could talk." That was a loaf of BS, Basher knew. The second he got there he'd be surrounded and gunned down. Or worse. In truth, Basher wasn't scared of dying. But they could take him down and drag him back to the Bucket, and that he was scared of. He had to find out the truth, whatever it took. But he couldn't do it alone, and he couldn't stay on Earth. But where to go? He was sure Aurellia would be happy to help him hack into top-secret GI files, but the rebel state was in turmoil, and busy fighting the Collective. The Marauders were flourishing amongst the chaos, and there were people amongst them that would help him, for a fee. But if the GI would pay a higher fee, and they almost certainly would, Basher would be right back where he started. No, he needed an army, and someone totally independent of everything. And for that, there was only once place he could go; Etrion.
To get to Etrion, though, he'd need a ship. And where better to get a ship than from the very people that wanted him dead. The nearest GI base was a small communications outpost, perfect for his purposes. Taking a car from someone that surely wouldn't need it, Basher got underway. After a short drive, he reached the outpost. He checked his pistol, then gunned the engine right through the gates, smashing them open with a violent crash.
Basher didn't give his enemies time to react. Leaping from the car, he scanned the courtyard and gunned down the two nearest guards. The third managed to fire a single shot before going down, and the fourth almost reached the alarm. Almost.
He heard men shouting behind him, and sprinted across the yard to the waiting gunship. Bullets rang off the stone, but he kept running. With his enhancements, he made it unharmed and dived into the ship.
More fire rattled off the hull, but the heavy steel walls kept Basher safe. He quickly took in the controls, then flicked the engine on and the ship began to climb into the sky.
Etrion, the front lines
"Talk to me." Said Jay, marching up to his advisors with Razor and Daisy on his heels. The Council have almost ten million men. That's more than us, but we've got the drop on them. I think if it comes to it, we can win." Said Myrten. They had been continuing their undefeated march across the planet, absorbing the warchiefs and captains and crime lords that knelt, and slaughtering those that didn't, but they had met their most fearsome enemy; The Marauder Council. Technically the ruling body of the Marauders, the Council had arrayed a vast army, and put it squarely in Jay's way, giving him two choices; fight, or retreat. "I don't want to assault the Council." Said Jay. "Sir, we have reason to believe they've been helping our enemies for months. They are an enemy." Said Armen, blood thirsty as ever. "As always, I will give them a choice. Surrender to us, or fall." Jay said. Daisy didn't like that. "This is the Marauder Council. They will not respond well to threats. Diplomacy is the best course of action." She said.
As if on cue, two guards approached, holding a young man roughly between them. "Sir, this man demands to speak with you. He claims to be from the Council." Jay glanced at his advisors, then nodded to the guards. "Let him come." He said.
The man walked forward and grinned at Jay, wringing his hands. "Thank you, thank you." He said. "You have something to say?" Prompted Jay. "Yes...yes. The Marauder Council has sent me. Brock Raith has sent me." He said. Jay frowned. "Does he wish to bring terms of peace?" He asked. The emissary shook his head. "No, no...well yes...but better. He want an alliance." An alliance! Even without the military support that would bring, it would allow Jay and his men to continue their conquest of Etrion unhindered. It was almost too good to be true. But Jay didn't let his elation show. "You will allow me and my advisors to discuss, yes?" He said. The messenger nodded eagerly. "Of course, of course, take all the time you need!"
Jay had the emissary taken off and treated to luxury accommodation, then turned back to his advisors. "I mean to accept, but I do not want to seem desperate or over-eager. Does anyone have any complaints with keeping him hanging for a while?" No one did.
The Collective Colonies
"Are we ready to declare ourselves, finally?" Estern asked Cormalcath. "I believe so, Your Grace." Cormal replied. Estern chuckled slightly. "Your Grace? I am not Archmage yet, Cormal." He said. "You will be, Est. Soon. The men out there are with you, and so am I. Several of the most important Lord Mages." Assured Cormal. "Several. But not all." Replied Estern, darkly.
But, despite his misgivings, it was too late to back out now. Estern strode through the door, Cormalcath behind him, and looked down on his Lords. Gone were the shadowy rags he had garbed himself in before, when they met in secret and schemed. Now he was dressed as befit the Archmage of the Collective, in flowing red robes and a red cloak. A forked crown nestled amongst his pale curls.
"My Lords." He said. Below, the assembled Mages fell to their knees in reverence. One of them got to his feet. "Your Grace, Azgoth will pay for his treasons. The Callons of Callonite are with you." Lord Mage Callon was followed by another. "The Blackirons of The Boneyard are yours to command, Archmage." Not to be outdone, Lord Torlon of Fort Hope was next to swear his sword. Dozens more pledged their fealty; Romaro, Moslen, Tryan, Albroth, Cliff, Lannis, Roya and more and more families great and small. And then it dawned on Estern; we might actually have a chance.
"Why are we here?" Kaira asked, for the third time. For the third time, Eris replied. "Because I had to see this place. And besides, it's as good a place to start looking as any." She stood on a ridge, looking down at an old club. It had been abandoned for months, since she had deserted Jay and left him for dead.
Keira walked up and stood next to her. "This guy, the one that's leading the army. You know him?" She said. Eris laughed slightly. "I loved him. Maybe I still do, we are here after all." Keira nodded. "Kaira would say go for it, she loves a romantic ending. But I've gotta warn you, he's been through Hell. The man you meet at the head of this army might not be the man you left on this rock." Eris nodded. "No, and if he isn't it'll be my fault."
"I don't know what happened, and I don't want to. It doesn't matter anymore, Eris. What matters is what's now. We're gonna find this guy, and then what happens is up to you." Said Keira. "Thank you. Really, I mean it." Eris replied, grateful to finally have someone she could talk to. She still wasn't sure if she could trust the girls, but she intended to try.
"Kaira!" Keira called. "We're leaving!" Kaira came jogging up to them, and together they moved on.
Caesar sat down and looked at three the officers across from him. "Caesar." Said Firth, his voice cold. "I trust you're wondering why we've called you here." Caesar said nothing. One of the other officers looked at a piece of paper and continued. "The results of your psychiatric evaluation have come back, and we are pleased to report that you have been cleared to return to active duty." Cleared? That wasn't what he'd been expecting! He almost tripped over his words as he said. "Th-thank you. Thank you." Firth frowned. "We are not finished, Caesar." Of course there would be a catch! "We have a special assignment that we would like you to take command of." Said Firth, before the third officer picked it up. "The Imperium has lost a very important asset, and we would like you to retrieve that asset."
"And where would I find this asset?" Caesar asked. "We believe that it is headed for Etrion." Etrion? Why would anyone take something there? "And...what is this asset?" The officers glanced at one another, and Caesar knew something was up. "You will be fully briefed on everything on the flight to Etrion. You have no time to waste, you leave in two hours with your team." Caesar didn't need to ask. His team would include Paul and Preshant, and anyone else he called friend. They were being shipped off to Etrion to die. He pushed himself to his feet and stalked from the room.
Okay guys, thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed! Got this one up a day earlier than I'd expected too, so that's good! This one was somewhat light on the action front, but don't worry, only episodes left to the finale, and some big bangs coming!
Here's the synopsis for Episode 13, All Roads Lead to This, which you can expect around the 30th of May; All roads lead to Etrion in the penultimate episode as paths cross and allegiances are tested.
Wow, this is really coming together. Clearly you had a master plan all along! My only wish is that when you start season 2, maybe you could slow things down a bit. Not to my ultra ultra slow level, but just a bit, so others can get in on the story as well. Having said that, another quality episode, and I'm more hooked on your story than ever.
I like it
May 19, 2015
I love it!! I am excited to see what happens next.