After the conversation with the doctor, Athena finally realized the reason why the Decima reinforcements were so damn slow. By their nature, secrecy often came at a cost. An endeavor as classified as Project Guardian would no doubt experience difficulties when it came to allocating and mobilizing resources. Every individual who would be dealing with the project, including the common guards and soldiers, had to be carefully vetted and heavily monitored. When news of the attack first arrived, the higher-ups were likely faced with a dilemma between not sending help and potentially losing the entire facility and sending help that might cause the entire project to be revealed to the Imperium and thereby lost. In reality, the base was already compromised and the project was already doomed to be exposed. This was a fact Doctor Vincent could see, but due to the destruction of the command center and the resulting delay of information, the Decima commanders failed to come to this conclusion in time to react correctly. Their mistaken belief that they were still in control of this facility kept them from acting in time.
In a sense, Athena pitied the Kingdom of Decima. They had a priceless research project that they devoted countless resources to over the span of decades, and the only way they could keep it was by hiding it the best they could. If the Imperium was made aware that its ally was in possession of such a powerful artifact and kept that a secret, the best outcome for the kingdom would be to hand over all research data and personnel to the Imperium and then hope to get some trivial compensation in return.
“Commander, I have retrieved several pieces of valuable information. The first is regarding the surveillance system of this base.”
“Go for it.” Back in the command center, Athena nodded.
“Retrieved security protocols suggest all surveillance footages are exclusively stored at a data server located on Floor -5 of this facility. There are no automatic upload systems in place due to security concerns. Only high-level officers of this facility have the authority to send data files to external locations. It seems like Colonel Will Rikers had sent surveillance footage of the roaches and the Terran infantry units to external locations before his death.”
“That is to be expected.” Athena nodded. “How about now?”
“I have acquired admin-level control of the entire facility, including all remaining surveillance devices and the data servers. What happens in this facility from now on will not reach the outside world.”
“Good,” Athena knew exactly what that meant. This provided a perfect opportunity for her to try out her newest combat unit.
She opened the game, glanced at the resource count, and was a little amazed by the number she saw. 30,880. A number higher than any bank she had saved up until this point. Most of the income came from dead researchers and guards. Others were likely provided to the test subjects killed.
At this point, the few remaining guards were no longer the issue. The main concern had become the test subjects she had the roaches unleash into the base. If time permitted, she wanted these test subjects killed to potentially unlock new Zerg structures. Roaches could easily kill most of these mutants in a fight to the death, but most mutants would often turn and run instead of engaging the roaches. Compared to the relatively slow roaches that also had trouble fitting into tight places, the zealots should be much more effective hunters.
The hefty price tag of 1,000 units of resource did make Athena pause a little, but after some thought, she quickly produced 5 zealots. So far all the Starcraft units she had produced were well worth their price. The zealots would likely be no different.
One by one, 5 Protoss zealots appeared in the Decima command center. They were each two to three meters in height, with a layer of shiny golden armor over their grey skin. Two psionic generators were attached to their arms, capable of transforming the natural psionic energy of the Protoss warriors into psionic blades that could cut through almost any material. Blue crystals, plasma shield generators, were attached to the chest area of their golden armor.
Athena’s eyes quickly landed on the braid-like objects attached to the back of the head of these Protoss. These objects, known as nerve cords, allowed Protoss to communicate with each other and share their emotions. In the lore, these nerve cords would eventually bring the Protoss a lot of trouble, not that Athena was too worried about that here.
“Executor.” The five Protoss warriors turned to Athena as soon as they appeared. The Protoss had no mouths and often relied on telepathic communication to talk to human beings. “How may we serve?”
As they spoke, Athena realized she shared a similar link with them as she did with the Zerg units. Most likely she wouldn’t be able to possess Protoss individuals the same way she could to Terrans. A little disappointing, but sometimes one had to satisfy with what they had.
Instead of explaining the details to the zealots herself, Athena gestured to Kir.
“Kir, I am sure you are familiar with the Protoss zealots. Work with them and terminate the remaining threats in this base as quickly as possible.”
“As you command.” Kir lowered her head submissively, but it was clear she wasn’t too happy about having to work with the Protoss. Still, she recognized this was the most efficient thing to do.
Like she told Vodka, they served the same master. It wasn’t like her Zerg units could accomplish this task more efficiently. The roaches were too slow and too big. Zerglings were faster, but they were fragile. There was no need to spam zerglings when zealots at the same cost could do better.
“To think we will have to fight side by side, Zerg...” One of the Protoss warriors expressed her dissatisfaction as well. Like Kir, she might go along with the collaboration due to Athena's orders, but she was not a fan.
Athena took a quick glance at the Protoss warrior. Fight side by side with the Zerg? Which era of the lore was this Protoss from? The entire Starcraft story was made up of different races teaming up with other races and killing their mutual enemies. Hell at one point Fenix even worked with Kerrigan to attack the Kel-Morians for their minerals. Protoss and Zerg, two ancient alien races, working together to rob a random Terran faction made up of pirates…that was a strange era indeed. Then again that collaboration really didn't end well for the Protoss…
Athena shook her head and turned her attention back to the matters at hand. As the Zerg queen and the Protoss zealots did their best to overcome their disgust and work with their sworn enemies, Athena turned back to the adjutant.
“While acquiring admin-level access to this facility, I have discovered a fail-safe device.” The adjutant slowly explained. “Buried below Floor -5 is a Decima tactical nuclear weapon capable of completely destroying this entire facility and everything within a 2-kilometer radius.”
Wait…nuclear weapon? Athena instinctively jumped a little. “Are you telling me there is a nuclear weapon under us right now?”
“Affirmative, commander. According to accessed documents, the weapon was only to be activated when the entire facility had been lost and a significant danger was posed to the Kingdom as a whole.”
“Then…why didn't the garrison activate it?” Even now Athena was shaking a little. If the garrison used the weapon before their defeat, no amount of roaches or marines would keep her from getting vaporized.
“The fail-safe required two passcodes, one from Doctor Vincent and another from Colonel Rikers, to be activated. This was to prevent any single individual from being compromised and destroying the entire project.” The adjutant explained. “It is possible there are others outside this facility who know the passcodes, but they need to be present in this facility and use designated terminals to activate the weapon.”
Athena silently took a breath of relief. The Decima defenders began losing the base when Colonel Rikers and most of his officers were assassinated by changelings. It seemed that the decapitation operation accidentally saved her life. Without the colonel’s passcode, Doctor Vincent couldn't activate the weapon on her own. With Athena’s forces pushing through quickly, the doctor also didn't have the time to contact the outside world through the designated terminals in the base capable of doing so. Something told Athena if the doctor could, she would gladly blow everything up without a second thought.
The Decima forces had a few tricks up their sleeves, but Athena's lightning strike made sure these tricks would never be put to use.
“And you have the weapon under your control now?”
“Great. I’m sure it will come in handy soon.” Athena nodded. “Now, the crystal in that vault. What have you learned about it?”
“Accessing data and forming summaries now…” The adjutant paused briefly before starting. “The crystal is labeled by the Decima researchers as Item 1. When Item 1 comes into close contact with biological lifeforms, the item exerts physical and psychological influence on the lifeforms.“
“The level of influence depends on the proximity to the item and the time exposed. In addition to going through various levels of physical mutations, the lifeforms will also become extremely aggressive and will attack any non-mutated lifeforms they encounter. The longer the lifeforms are exposed, the less intelligence they seem to retain, and the fewer self-preservation instincts they will have.”
“Tests suggest that this item’s influence applies to all biological lifeforms, including plants, animals, and human beings. Therefore it is imperative that the item be kept in secured vaults. Direct contact can only be done through mechanical tools. Item 1 can be separated into pieces, with the influence of each piece being roughly proportionate to its size.”
"The majority of the decades of research that had been performed under Project Guardian had been focused on using Item 1 to create super soldiers. This included various topics, some of which the project had made major progress in. For instance, the project was successful in developing ways to greatly extend the life of test subjects under the item's influence. The project was also able to design a number of countermeasures against the mutants. The tranquilizer serums were the only countermeasures that were mass-produced and incorporated. However, the project had run into major issues with creating individuals who can maintain their sense of self and follow commands after being irradiated by Item 1. This prevented the project from achieving its objective."
“Where did this crystal come from?” Athena asked curiously.
“According to highly classified documents only available to a handful of individuals, Item 1 was unearthed on 1-3, the third moon of Sierra Prime. Investigations were performed on the moon, but it is unclear how the item ended up there.”
“Ok…” Athena frowned. That wasn't too helpful. “And what exactly is this thing?”
“Unknown, but it has been hypothesized by Decima scientists that this crystal is related to Xeno Race Gamma, an ancient alien race whose ruins have been discovered in several star systems in the Chaos Sectors, including the Sierra System. This conclusion was reached by comparing the way the item influences test subjects to the limited information we know about technologies from Xeno Race Gamma. It is common knowledge among the science community that Gamma technologies often contain transmutation effects.”
Athena tapped her fingers on her chin thoughtfully. It was a well-known fact in this era that humanity wasn’t the first to reach the stars. There were many alien races, now referred to as Xeno Races, that came before mankind, and as far as everyone could see all these races have died out.
Some of these Xeno Races were much more famous than others. The most notable one was Xeno Race Alpha, the first alien race mankind encountered. Xeno Race Alpha had outposts on Mars, and it was by studying the remains of Xeno Race Alpha that allowed Dr. Callisto to invent the Callisto FTL Engines, and that in turn allowed mankind to rapidly spread through the galaxy. Many major technologies mankind developed in the last thousand years originated from scavenged alien technologies of Race Alpha.
Xeno Race Gamma was much more mysterious. If Athena’s memories served, even now, only a small number of abandoned temples and outposts have been attributed to Xeno Race Gamma. No one knew much about them. Who they were. How their societies worked. Even the understanding of how their technologies worked was extremely superficial. She had no access to artifacts related to Xeno Race Gamma, of course, but at least now she knew what to look for.
“Further hypothesis from the Decima researchers over the decades suggest that Item 1 may in fact be a weapon.” The adjutant continued drawing summaries from the downloaded data. “Item 1 itself may just be a small piece of a larger entity capable of exerting much greater influences over a much larger distance. If that is the case, the entity may be used on a planet-wide scale for extermination tasks.”
It took Athena a few seconds to realize what the adjutant meant, and that painted a haunting image in her head. An alien ship, maybe unmanned, drops one or more large blue crystals onto a planet. A large portion of the planet’s population immediately begins going through mutations, turning into resilient, fast, and deadly mutants that proceed to hunt down every unaffected person they can find while leaving other mutants untouched. Even if the planet survives, it will have lost significant portions of its population.
She didn't know how powerful these crystals could be, but the possibilities alone still made her grimace. If Xeno Race Gamma survived to this day and was hostile, then she would really need to get the Golden Armada out as soon as possible to have a chance of beating them.
Finally, someone pointed out the basic idea of simplicity and genuine practicality for weapons development.
We have all this plasma, laser, missiles and shit, but i had never seen anyone strapping a piece of metal with a hyperdrive/magneticdrive/jumpdrive/or whatever and launch it at someone. The force alone would overwhelm shielding technology with enough numbers and calibration.
And before you argue that it is wasteful, if we compare it to futuristic missiles (with technologies that are beyond our comprehension atm), a catapult that accelerated an object into speed of light can surely did wonder and even cheaper and less complicated. Also, i'm not in anyway a major in physics, but wasn't the smaller the surface would cause a much more concentrated force?
But then again it might be lame to just throw rocks at another in space... Still hilarious tho, millennium into the future and we back at throwing rocks.
Wait... Isn't gun essentially a rock or hard object catapult then?
Chemicial energy > kinetic energy = fast shiny rock
First we threw rocks. Then we realized with sticks and cloth we could throw them better. Then we ran put sharp rocks on our throwy sticks. Then we combined the ideas and put sharp rocks on throwy sticks launches by sticks and string. Then we made BIG rock throwing wood machines. Then we found something that was almost as interesting as throwing rocks, explosions. Then we used explosions to throw rocks, then we filled rocks with explosions.....then we did both.
Human military ingenuity is how to throw rocks faster and more accurately to kill better. :P And when its not enough we beat them to death with blunt or sharp rocks in melee.
As for the 'finally'....not especially new. Most sci-fi settings at least have the concept of FTL projectiles, and then some reason they are either a bad idea or were outlawed. Starwars made a whole concept where all FTL drives were made with automatic shut offs for when in gravity of a certain level(which later made gravity wells a thing you could make to trap ships and not let them ftl out.) because of the legitimate fear that someone would simply FTL into a planet and destroy it and themselves. This also USUALLY had a side bit that made it so you couldn't do so around other ships without linking with them to ensure you don't hit other people. Its also one of the biggest problems I have with episode 8....because that Pandora's box was sealed for a reason, if you open it you'll quickly realize that X-WINGS!!! have FTL drives and can be entirely piloted by a astromech meaning they are unmanned seeking FTL missiles that can take out capital ships for a FRACTION of the cost, making any ship larger then a Gozanti a expensive liability. Hell why make a plan for attacking the Death Star is apparently doesn't have shields considering out X-wings crashing into it caused damage inside. FTL x-wings or if REALLY desperate take one of the bigger ships and just fire it center mass at the death star. Take out a entire Galaxies GDP worth of weapons programs with one f*cking ship.
And on non-star wars things, things like the Zeus Defense Satellite(I don't recall from where) use the somewhat less destructive version of such not infrequently. Which is just dropping a big ass rod from space onto the earth at speed. Hits with the force of a missile and is generally mostly reusable since its just a big metal rod, only some of it burns off going through atmosphere.
It's always easy to just throw rocks at planets, but that will destroy everything that is valuable on the planet that the invaders may want. It is the same reason why the Imperium doesn't just rain nukes on Sierra Prime until the planet eventually breaks.
This does depend on the FTL technology though. If the object is accelerated to insane speeds as it passes into whatever FTL space it goes through, then yes. Even Star Trek's warp drives could theoretically be used like this if the field created could be small enough (imagine a warp field the size of a soccer ball making an object just small enough to fit inside it go and hit something. The warp field alone would mess the object up as it changed the shape of space around it.
But if the FTL system worked more like opening a jump gate, or just simply teleporting the ship into FTL space, this wouldn't work even slightly, unless if the FTL drive could be cheap and easy to make gates, in which case it would be possible to make the FTL gate open to make enemy projectiles go FTL to avoid their targets, open gates to redirect your own projectiles, or even make the gates intersect enemy ships to wreak havoc.
@TheAthenaInstitute the expense of reaction units big enough for the enemies not to detect it in advance and prepare counermeasures is the usual reason why these things don't normally work. When you can stow conventional weapons of mass destruction prepared in advance a tungsten rod will fit a smaller hold and do more damage than an iron meteor not to mention finding one the right size and shape. I wouldn't dimiss the tactic outright but it's already been stated that space flight in the current universe is stupid expensive and most likely even interplanetary thrusters and fuel/reaction mass cannot be spared by the imperium for such a substandard weapon of mAss destruction. Terran ships that should be more doable but as you said earlier why blow up a huge chunk of prime real estate.
@Chaeden most people miss the fact that xwings and things like that are extremely expensive point defense fighters provided directly to the rebellion in limited numbers you wouldn'tuse em for that because it suberts their reason for getting em there are likely less expensive far more morrally grey weapons with warp drives on em in star wars somewhere but the rebellion is a resistance and shouldn't have weapons of mAss destruction because of what that entails sadly (stupid lightsider rules). there also has legitimately been a droid rebellion in starwars in the past so no-one but the cis wants unmanned droid weapons and even they are loathe to give higher intelligence to a droid, and for good reason just go read up on what the hunter killer droid from knights of the old republic did after the games 😆.
@America_yea When it comes to X-wings yes they are expensive but they are still a pittance compared to a single Star Destroyer. 150,000 compared to 150,000,000 (someone literally just added three more zeroes and called it a day on the cost.....) And are the cheapest thing I can think of with a hyperdrive. (Arguably the hyperdrive rings used for things like the jedi star fighter might be cheaper? I don't know the price of them.) And if you could line it up you could probably take out multiple star destroyers with one kamikaze pilot or astromech droid. Its WAY better then the usual expense of 2-12 x-wings in any fight against star destroyers and if done right out the gate ALSO wipes out their tie squadrons....even if NOT done out the gate if there aren't any functional star destroyers those ties become dead men flying as they have at best a week of supplies and air...probably less since they are meant to be based out of the destroyer.
As for droids....yes but usually if you actually keep up on wipes you can entirely prevent droids going rogue.(aside from HK's its pretty much built into their code for them to think about every way to kill a human and work around what they can do.....basically programmed betrayal of their masters because they wanted exceptional assassin droids. HK's get better at killing the longer they aren't wiped...but if they aren't wiped daily they are already planning your death....and might be doing so expecting the wipe coming up.) So honestly astromechs being one of the smarter types out their might not be a great pick explicitly, but if they were going for this plan then the droid only really needs the info for target acquisition, aiming, and starting up the hyperdrive....literally only being as smart as a modern day smart missile, but hideously more powerful....hell considering that most the x-wing are loaded up with 6 LITERALLY NUCLEAR missiles as well, they should be damn well capable of taking them out more easily regardless of if they hyperdrive or not but they don't seem to fire their proton torpedos very often aside from the attack on the deathstar. (Proton Torpedos have BARRADIUM as the main thing that explodes, same as thermal detonators....explosives so powerful they have defense mechanisms built into them to prevent that attack from spreading too far and still spreads radiation poisoning in the area afterward. Proton torpedos explicitly are also supposed to be shaped charge nuclear missiles normally....so yeah honestly one torpedo should sheer the bridge off a star destroyer easy...though literally shot down pilots have done so with just their ship before so....why are star destroyers scary? It legitimately feels like you could strap a thruster to a rock and fire it at their backs and you'd rip them in half for all the good their 'shields' seem to do.)
@Chaeden I honestly don't know why they wouldn't just equip a hunter seeker missile with a warp detonator(warp drive rigged to blow hilariously dangerous superweapon) but my guess is political bullsh*t of not wanting to lose too much support over it same reason as the no droid fighters bs. As for proton torpedos being a weapin of mass destruction those proton torpedos produce a low yeild(like REALLY LOW the amount of fused material here must be absolutely miniscule or theres a hugely limiting factor in the energy output of the fussile material) fusion reaction which releases (in the sources I could find) over 99 percent of it's energy as heat which is why it tends to vaporise things instead of creating an earth shattering kaboom it's not mass destruction grade simply because of how limited in area this destruction usually is as a small source of just heat can only travel so far if the burn time is extremely short and the reaction has no secondary heat transmission method. Rest of it would certainly be the standard mix of light and radiation spectrum but what we do see from those things isn't much light so we can't expect much from the other wavelengths either certainly less than ambient radiation levels experienced in vacuum. As for the heat doing more damage space is a near perfect insulator making it very difficult to transfer heat via anything but direct contact and it would need to travel through what is known to be a ceramic/composite armor for a star destroyer at least to do damage(high as hell heat tollerance but not unlimited everything has a limit). On a hit there should be a fair sized hole melted by sheer heat traveling through the hull via physical contact with the reactants and overcoming a fairly limited range of however far that heat can travel while dissipating and keeping above the melting point of the armor before it stops melting things or is dissipated via cooling systems and heatsinks if you want a reference on why this might not work so well go check out the explosions and fire youtube vid recently released on trying to ignite burnable metals and check out what he does with tungsten sheets there. It's an interesting attack method for sure and with a two stage warhead could be several hundred times more potent in space since that might generate enough atmosphere to transmit the heat more effectively. as for the x wings again it's the age old ban on robots controlling anything that could be seen as an evil thing and is bad even for the empire at this point in the starwars universe and thus a lightsider rebellion wouldn't be caught doing that they politically cannot look like the cis and kamakaze pilots are downright out of the question for lightsiders. All the imperials would have to do is point and say they're the second coming of the cis and the rebellion would lose most of if not all support (remember that the cis was supported by the banking clans and didn't have to give two shits about public image or money they could afford to be cartoonishly evil and make droids en masse in spite of the earlier droid uprisings). Heck even the imperials were having trouble keeping the rebellion from spreading till the deathstar was ready to blow planets up and we saw how that turned out for em 😆.
it was by studying the remains of Xeno Race Alpha that allowed Dr. Callisto to invent the Callisto FTL Engines
Oh yeah, that is the clear hint to get all protoss tech.
An alien ship, maybe unmanned, drops one or more large blue crystals onto a planet.
It was at this point, that I realized I might be a bit unhinged. My idea was to send thousands of tiny "meteorites" to burn up in the planets atmosphere(like they do everyday), releasing the substance over the entire planet. Effectively making it impossible to clean up, before it destroys all un-mutated life.
Then some drones could be sent afterwards to gather anything people actually want from the planet, whilr a cleanup crew(if the planet is even worth saving) goes in after the planet has been glasses from orbit, to remove the debris. I imagine like most materials, this crystal has some solution that could dissolve it, so it wouldn't be picking through the ground for micro-crystals.
As before, o7 to Cap- I mean Colonel Will Rikers. I still haven't figured out how to use a white line in this box, the enter button doesn't work here, hmm. I wish we had a fight description for the Zealots, would've been cool. I was also wondering if the Zealots could get close to and possibly dissect or would recognise the energies of the rock. It also reminded me of whether it would warp the Protoss' minds or not, think of the Hybrid research in SC2. On that note, I really wonder what kind of tech would unlock Archons… Welp, time to blow this base up.
Well that’s silly. Depopulating planets is easy. Drop a big rock like what killed the dinosaurs. It’s harder to avoid killing whole planets at all-in-one-go with all crazy stuff that happens in outer space like Gamma Radiation bursts from nearby stars. I think there’s a YouTube video titled “10 ways the universe can kill us that humanity has no way to prevent”
Guess this would be a way to depopulate without major damage to the planet? The dinosaur treatment would destroy the environment, blast away infrastructure and honestly just make the planet worthless.
The way here seems to be slightly more controlled, as long as the defenders don't use nuke-equivalents to fight back on their own soil.
As you said repopulating a planet is easy, but in most cases, the invaders want whatever infrastructure or resource that is on a planet for themselves and only want to get rid of the population. Tossing a meteorite at the planet will destroy anything valuable on the planet.
@TheAthenaInstitute If that was all it was, then wouldn't just a gamma ray weapon do the job? It'll kill the organics while leaving most of the mechanical stuff intact. Only the more sensitive bits would be fried presuming that the power infrastructure had good failsafes.
I would imagine the real issue was all the time and effort it took to bring over a hundred million civilians to not only repopulate the planet, but to also organize them so that they would be productive again within a short period of time.
It's not the lives, or even 90% of the structures, but the time lost while the planet wasn't productive as the level of automation seems to be quite low in this universe.
@Lunatix Gamma rays fry electronics PDG (pretty darn good). NEUTRON weapons, on the other hand, are notorious for wiping out living things while leaving the machinery intact, but if you can't read the user manual, good luck getting them to work...
thanks for the chapter! more please!
Thanks for the chapter.
Relação entre espécies e complicada,perante ao deseperan fazem coisas que juram que nunca fariam
Só posso dizer que athena ela vai precisar e muito os ter protoss ao seu lado para vencer