Chp 5, Leda's Ending
Lady Pepper was sitting in front of the Kiosk in her purple and blue royal attire, waiting for the ship Khaos Phoenix to respond. It was feeling like winter in the castle, even though is was just spring. Time had passed since they pulled out a victory in Jacot, only by a miracle that happened all within a week of Oberonu's vanishing the first time. This time though, she felt strong and confident, as if Oberonu was standing right beside her, helping give her strength through the challenges. The intelligence showed that a ship of immense power was on it's way to Leda, one that made the Dark Nemesis seem like a play toy. It's sheer power scared most of the military commanders in Leda who knew about it, so she kept it a secret from most of the galaxy. She knew that the Pegasus system was under attack trying to prevent Pharos from finding the Khaos Draco ship and she trusted Oberonu's advice in the hologram she had gotten. It said that humanity's leaders had to take a gambit, to protect Pharos on Zion until he could find the brother ship of the Khaos Phoenix. It was hard for her to constantly keep secrets from everyone and only tell them what she felt they needed to know and it was wearing down on her. Instead of having her blond hair fixed, she had let it grow down to the middle of her back and let it get a bit unwieldy. She had at least made sure her clothing were done in perfect condition and had her hair tied back as neatly as it could be done.
Finally she heard the beep on the communication pad in response and said in her strongest and most confident voice and posture that the entire galaxy had come to expect and look up to, "Hello brave fighters of the Khaos fleet. Pharos gave a short report before they came under attack. Our newest colonies on the Pegasus system came under attack recently. He also said something that bothers me, a messenger came to him in pure silk, purple and blue robes, informing him that the Dark Nemesis are building a new and much more powerful ship which will be used to take down the bases at Leda and crush the human resistance. We feel the new ship must be being built in the Pegasus system and we need you to go there asap to protect the colonies and stop any plans of this new ship's building."
Aeolous looked determined and yet angry, then he replied as calmly as he can, "They'll die for this. Every last one of them! Auto..."
Then suddenly the signal went silent. Even though she had lead them to believe that the threat was in the Pegasus system, she knew the risk was worth the reward that could be garnered if they succeed. Then a slight smile had crept across her face as she realized how some of those who spent a lot of time fighting and arguing had become such a well oiled killing machine. She wondered if they spent more time fighting each other and bickering or fighting the enemies. Either way, the enemies must have thought them all one body and soul when they fought them, victories fleeting against the Khaos Phoenix. She however remembered Taylor's report about the Oblivion ship and it's power, knowing the Khaos Phoenix would be crushed by the Oblivion ship and trusting in Pharos hand's the responsibility of finding and leading the Khaos Draco. A week or so ago, she had sent Taylor, Forsaken, and others to the Pegasus system to help Pharos once he found the ship and it's parts, realizing he needed the best talents possible since this ship was known to be wild and powerful all at once.
A few days had passed since the message and she knew time was almost up. She was sitting calmly in her chair, waiting for the messengers to bring the news that the Oblivion ship had arrived. She got word of the victory in the Pegasus system, however she knew they could not make it in time to save Leda. So she sat there, slanting to her right side and learning on the side arm of her chair, wondering if the Oblivion ship or Oberonu would arrive first. She wondered what miracle he planned to pull off this time. She zoned off a bit in thought, wondering what was going on in the systems, where the Sages had disappeared to, and most of all what Oberonu had been doing all this time and how.
Lady Pepper was suddenly startled when a messenger ran across the hall screaming to the top of his lungs. He ran up to her and fell on his knees, about to tears. She looked at him and said, "So, what's all the panic about?"
The messenger responded, "It's here!! The Oblivion ship is here and it's scarier than anything I've ever seen! People are in a panic ma'am, please come and see!"
Lady Pepper said, "Then let us go see it together."
The messenger replied, "Please, don't make me look at it again ma'am. It's going to hurt me. I just know it wants to hurt me!"
Lady Pepper replied, "The ship wants to kill us, not simply hurt us. If it does, I promise it'll be quick."
The messenger replied, "Does it hurt?"
Lady Pepper looking confusing at the messenger and replied, "I am not quite sure, so let's hope we don't have to find out."
The messenger replied, "I don't wanna die! I don't wanna hurt!"
Lady Pepper stood strongly and confidently and asked, "What's your name messenger?"
The messenger replied, "My name? Donthurtme."
Lady Pepper replied, "I am not going to hurt you. Just tell me your name."
The messenger replied, "That is my name. I've always been so scared of pain that I signed up as a messenger. I don't want people to hurt me so everyone calls me Donthurtme."
Lady Pepper replied, "Aptly so. Now let's go."
Donthurtme asked, "Are you going to hurt me if I don't go?"
Lady Pepper replied, "Yes, now let's go see this ship!"
Donthurtme didn't need to be told twice. He knew what would happen if he did not go so he moved light a bolt of lightning out the door, so much so that he almost smacked into the doors. The guards barely had time to get it open for his slender form to fit through the doors. Lady Pepper came through the door soon after and looked up at the Oblivion ship.
Lady Pepper stood in shock for a minute while Donthurtme was on his knees near by saying, "Don't hurt me bad aliens, please don't hurt me. I don't wanna be hurt" over and over again.
Lady Pepper zoned him out for a minute to get the true grasp of this ship. It was the size of a huge asteroid if not a small moon. It made hundreds of Khaos or Dark Nemesis ships in sheer size, so much so she swore it could swallow them whole and go back for seconds. It was pure black and in the center was a moving section, it looked like a black hole. How could it contain a black hole at the front of the core of the ship? She didn't even want to know. It had a long, solid, oval shape in the middle, as if a stretched out egg, even as it was pure black, darker than even nail polish could be, glossy at that. It had eight squid likes arms that came out of it and merged in the front center of the ship, well off from the black egg like center it surrounded. All around the merged tendril arms, from the point where it emerged a third from the aft of the ship to where it merged well ahead of the ship were suction cup looking things with spikes all around the suction cups and a huge spike down the middle of them. Then from the arms and ship where what seemed like random and smaller tendrils that merged and played playfully each other, as if in a fight for control before being frozen stiff. They were like sheer out chaos, but frozen in time. A dark mist surrounded every inch of the ship and constantly moved and swirled, as if out of some nightmare.
The ship Oblivion moved across the massive Castor sun and turned day to night, so much so she could see stars in what could be day. Around the ship any light that got near it though seemed to bend and even some of it disappear. Then an ice cold wind blew as if it had blown right through her, removing what seemed the last bit of courage she had. She looked across the horizon and she could no longer see the light from the star, only from the volcano in the distance burning brightly and little dots from colony clusters throughout all of Leda. She almost fell to her knees in fear until suddenly she snapped out of it when Donthurtme ran across screaming, "They're going to hurt me! They're here to hurt me! I don't want them to hurt me! Please don't!..."
Then before he could finish it, she back handed him and he fell to the ground. That's when she shored up her courage and felt that this was a fight they could not win, but even if they die she will put on a brave face and posture. She would be strong! She told donthurtme, "It'll be ok, we'll find a way to win this."
Then donthurtme said, "We're going to die." Then broken down crying.
A hand was put on donthurtme's shoulders and a familiar and yet strong, confident, unworried voice came from behind. "Silly messenger, they don't stand a chance as long as we stand together."
Lady Pepper stood for a second in shock, it couldn't be. There's no way! There was no ship in sight all day, yet, yet, it was his voice. She turned around and sure enough stood Oberonu with a sly smile. Before she realized it, she swung with her right hand and hit him on the left side of his chest.
Oberonu replied, "Ouch, that's not the way to greet me is it?"
Lady Pepper replied, "We're about to die and here you are, showing up as if everything was fine. How dare you!"
Oberonu then replied, "I like the hair. Grew it out long just to taunt me back?"
Lady Pepper replied, "This is not funny! We're about to die and you act as if nothing is happening!? Time is short!"
Oberonu suddenly looked serious and said, "Yes, time, we must move quickly."
Donthurtme looked up and quickly asked, "You won't let them hurt me will you?"
Oberonu replied, "You're silly. Everyone will be fine if we move fast enough."
Oberonu quickly rushed in the doors to the palace, rushing to the thrones at the end of it. Wolfking tried to stop him and talk to him and Oberonu brushed him off yelling, "Record this for that nut Aeolous! He and Pharos will need to know what happened here. Communications are about to fail and will take months to get strong enough communications back up. Wolf, record this and take off as soon as we're done! Pharos will understand." As Oberonu started to fade off, but Wolfking started his recorder and ran to the edge of the castle, where the doors were. He then recorded the hall at the end of the chambers and everything he saw.
Oberonu sat down on his throne chair for the Galactic Supremacy Ruler. Lady Pepper caught up to him and said aggressively, "This is not a time to sit down idly!"
Oberonu said confidently and demandingly, "Sit!"
She looked shocked, but realized if he said it how he did, she needed to trust him and did. As soon as she did, the castle began to glimmer, but she did not know how. All the multicolored lines along the crystal wall started moving, as if plasma or energy playfully dancing. She looked over at Oberonu who seemed focused, yet his fingers were moving along the front and top of his chair. Suddenly keypads showed up on the top of her chair also and grips at the front of her chair. She gripped onto the grips, figuring these appeared for a reason. Suddenly to her right, the blue Altairyan flags turned light blue, the dark green Seeker flags turned light green, the red UEO flags turned pink while those on her left, Oberonu's side, remained their original color. The purple remained unchanged. Then on the walls appeared light blue, light green, and pink into the swirls so that there were 7 colors beyond the black and white swirling amongst the colonies of the castle. The castle shimmered and a shook as if going through a major earthquake. A display showed up in front of them showing them the entire Castor solar system. Suddenly the pillars, the right in their new colors to match the flags and the left began to shine, as if charging up.
They saw on the display, the Oblivion ship preparing to fire all of their weapons. There was no way they could survive the attack. Suddenly, huge wings made of many colors appeared out of the oceans of Leda and encircled the entire planet. They closed right as soon as the Oblivion ship fired. Lady Pepper was sure the wings and most of the planet would be destroyed, yet when the dust cleared it all remained intact, much to her surprised and what seemed to the shock and awe of even the Oblivion ship, which backed up a little bit from the planet. Then she saw the castle as it charged up, then suddenly shot out a beam of light that was sheer out blinding she was sure if looked directly at. It had a glittering center with 6 colors swirling around it in perfect unison and had hit the Oblivion ship right on sending out a huge shock wave. The wings protected the planet Leda against the damage of the shock wave, except the emp pulse which fried all of the communication networks.
The battle between the Oblivion ship and this force emanating from the castle, along with the planet's wings seemed shocking and confusing. It lasted for hours, going back and forth. The wings were showing their wear, but not as much damage as the Oblivion ship was showing. Then Oberonu said, "I am fed up with them, I'll finish this battle right now."
Then all of the council's chairs leaned back, thankfully padded to keep people from hurting their heads until the bottoms looked like a solid crystal wall protecting those in the chairs and gravity pulling Oberonu and Lady Pepper against the seat. then the wings spread out as the laser was charging it looked like the wings were charging. Suddenly a huge amount of energy, projectiles, and more launched out, all of them hitting the Oblivion ship. It took serious damage, so much so that even the commanders of the ship felt it was not worth risking another shot. They retreated as fast as they could and once out of the Castor system the chairs returned to their normal upright position and the screen and panels disappeared.
Lady Pepper looked over at Oberonu and asked, "What just happened? What happened with the castle and planet? Angel wings? Obe..."
Before Lady Pepper could finish, Oberonu stopped her. He replied, "There's a lot to be explained I agree. Now, where to begin.."
Lady Pepper replied, "How about the beginning?"
Oberonu laughed and replied, "I guess that can work."
Lady Pepper hit him on the right shoulder and then kissed him on the cheek, then replied, "Yes, the beginning is always the best start."
Wolfking and donthurt me both ran up to the council seats along with hundreds of others, all wanting to hear Oberonu's story, Wolfking still recording everything.
Oberonu took a deep breath and said, "I had gone to the lake and suddenly I blacked out. I went into like a dream state where it seemed like I was floating over the huge lake until I got to the center of it. Then I plunged deep into the lake where I ended up finding the crystal ship. I used it to save quite a few of our commanders and leaders, leading them to places that I felt they needed to be. I don't know how, it just pulled me there and I knew what needed to be done. Similar to intuition."
Donthurtme asked, "Weren't you afraid of being hurt or dying?"
Oberonu replied, "When those you care about are in danger, nothing but their safety come to focus. You do that, you'll find out your fears vanish out of cheer focus and determination."
Lady Pepper replied, "That's why the crew of the Khaos Phoenix ship spend most of their time fighting, but when their lives and those they care about are in danger, they become so unified in mind and thought, that it's like one being."
Oberonu replied, "That's the secret to these ships is unity. They must be focused on working synergistically."
Donthurtme replied, "Synerwhat?"
Oberonu replied, "It's a phase where all of their energy, focus, and force work in such perfect sync that everything becomes effortlessly, as if many parts to a single body, but all working to preserve the body and those around them. Think of someone fighting to protect someone they live in a fight and how their body becomes stronger, faster, and so forth. It's similar to that."
Wolfking then asked, "But what happened to Leda?"
Oberonu replied, "Ah, that's just a ghost of it's former self, a huge secret. As Lady Pepper and I focused together for a singular purple we had awoken a ghost, something long dead and forgotten, but still around until it's no longer needed. Until it's purpose has been fulfilled, the ghost will float around in the galaxy until it's purpose is fulfilled, since the cause of the purpose was formed in this galaxy as well."
Lady Pepper looked at Oberonu and seemed to understand. Then she told Wolfking, "Wolf, you need to go. They will think all is lost and that Leda is lost and give up. I trust Pharos to keep it a secret for a while, but it won't last forever. Hurry, go! They and we are depending on you!"
Wolfking replied, "But I want to hear the rest of it."
Oberonu replied, "It's not time yet. We all have our purpose and destiny. You are the trustworthy messenger, now go! Tell them to work in synergy and if they don't understand, explain it to them. Go, there is a ship outside of the gates waiting for you to go. They've been waiting for you and will get you there safely. They realize it's their destiny without being told nor questioned. Trust yourself as we trust you. They will need you Wolf."
Wolfking asked, "Yes sir! But what are you all going to do?"
Oberonu replied in a serious and determined tone, "Prepare to save humanity if we must, even if we must die to do it. Time is of the utmost importance to you as much as the preservation of human life is to us all. Travel swiftly my friend."
Wolfking bowed and started to run out, yet donthurtme was right behind him. Wolfking arrived at the ship and looked at donthurtme and said, "You don't need to come, you can stay here where it's safe."
Donthurtme replied, "Oberonu told me we have to learn to face fear and take a risk sooner or later, otherwise all we care about is lost. Humanity is important enough to me to suffer pain and even die for and my place is on this flight with you."
Wolfking replied, "I don't have time to argue. If they have space for you, then you can come."
Donthurtme replied, "I sense they do."
As the transport's bay doors opened the captain stepped out and replied in a french accent, "My name is Mugen, I am sure you know of me. We've been expecting both of you, so get your behinds in here and get strapped in. Time is of the essence. We have the Sysx and some GE guard ships waiting to escort us to our destination. It's going to be a rocky flight if our enemies know what we're doing, so be prepared to die if we must."
Donthurtme replied, "See? Destiny awaits us."
Wolfking replied, "Indeed it does, even if we don't understand it."
They get in the transport and it quickly takes off into space. Not knowing what truly awaits them, what Oberonu's plans are, where the Sages went, nor if they would even survive the battle. They rushed off to an unknown destination to meet up with Aeolous and Pharos to deliver the news before spirits were broken thinking all was lost on Leda. During the travel it seemed to take forever and was filled with dangers from the Dark Nemesis ships and their battleship, battle cruisers, and fighter escorts. Some stayed behind, not knowing their fate and a few died right before them. They saw Altyrians from Sysx, Eme from KoA, Catflap from KoA, Pat from Silence, Shocker from Sysx, Caerulea from KoA, Saveric from GE, and many many more die trying to protect this escort from all 4 major powers of KoA, GE, SysX, and the United Small Alliances group. Death was rampant and people sacrificed much to get the transport there safely. They realize, they're not in the Pegasus system though, they're arrived in the Orion system, seeing two huge ships on both sides of the planets, looking like two small moons around it. They land to see a confused Aeolous looking at them, being greeted by Pharos, who looked relieved.