Revenge by af'pooaopfasofo
Revenge Part I: the Shadow
Date: 18 September 2003, 2:16 AM
UNSC Earth Shipyards
General Hutchinson walked down the cooridor of the shipyard to the airlock. Next to him was a scientist, explaining the new ship. "We call it the Shadow class destroyer", said the scientist, a wiry thin figure in a grey baggy jumpsuit. Holographic schematics came from a HandHolo. "This is the Shadow. It is 4/5 the size of the Covenant counterpart. It weighs more than three times the standard UNSC destroyer however. This ship is built solely for space. It has a crew of 5; a Captain, Gunner, Navigation, Communications, and Slipstream. The AI handles everything else. It showed the Shadow on the hologram. It was like a normal UNSC ship, with a flat plate-like structure, and armor over the hull, but it was night black, with several long spikes coming out of it. "Tell me about the weaponry on this thing", said the general. They where apporaching another cooridor. "The shadow is armed with 6 heavy fusion beam cannons and 12 light fusion beam cannons, along with fusion missiles. There are no fighters on the ship", said the scientist. They reached another bend. "What is a fusion beam cannon?", asked the general. "It fires a superheated plasma beam at the target at high speeds, and the plasma beam is pulsed. When it hits the target, the kinetic energy with make it fuse, making it a fusion canon. The power outputs are enormous. The heavy fusion beam cannons are simply larger and more powerful than the ligh ones. The heavy fusion beam cannons are for engaging capital ships, while light fusion beam cannons are for small ships and fighters. They have a rapid rate of fire", said the scientist. Another bend of cooridor. "What is the armor and sheilds of this", asked the general. "The ship is protected by 2 heavy sheilding, much more effective and stronger than Covenant static sheilds. It than has a 15 meter thick hull made out of nanodiamond", said the scientist. "It cn take a lot of punishment, and the hull is laced with superconductors to absorb energy from Covenant plasma", said the scientist. Nanodiamond was the black material. "These ships are produced at nano factories. There hull is much, much more efective than Titanium-A, and is now cheaper than glass", said the scientist. That would be good. "The nanodiamond is stronger than Covenant PlasmaMetal building material", he added. "What is the power source for all of this", said the general. They reached an airlock and were boarding a smal shuttle. "The power reactor takes up 2/3 of the ship. It is a quantum singularity generator, supported by 8 smaller gravitametric fusion generators. Our reactors are essentialy light years ahead than Covenant plasma reactors", said the scientist. The shuttle lifted up, and tiny thrusters launched the ship to the black destroyer. "What are the weaknesses of the ship", said the general. "The main thing is that it is much slower than covenant ships, or even former human ships. The thick nanodiamond hull takes up most of the weight, along with the quantum singularity generator. Massive ion engines are placed the propel this ship. Also scanners are less effective than Covenant scanning technology. It will be our strength against their speed", said the scientist. "Another thing is that the desttroyers will always be outnumbered by Covenant. The size of the destroyer doesn't matter, for a heavy fusion beam cannon shot can take out medium sized Covenant ships in one shot", said the scientist. The general nodded. A ship technologically sperior heavily armed would be the key to defeating the Covenant. "How many destroyers are there so far?", asked the general. "We have a fleet of 20 now. You will take lead of this destroyer fleet and destroy a Covenant colony we found. The fusion beam cannons are able to bombard planets", said the scientist. "When will we start this raid?", asked the general. The scientist glanced at his watch. "Now", he said.
UNSC Shadow-class destroyer Proteus
Mission: Destroy Covenant colony planet
General Hutchinson sat on the black diamond command chair, holographic displays and computers in the wide command center, deep in the heart of the small destroyer. Hutchinson, in command of 19 other destroyers, was going to lead a raid to a Covenant planet. Hutchinson didn't remember how they got the coordinates to this planet, except that some legendary AI named Cortanna hacked into the Covenant mainframe a few weeks ago and downloaded the locations of all Covenant fleets, planets, installations, and the homeworlds. This planet, named Hammorrohna'Channah, was the closest to Earth, a slight slipstream jump away. Hutchinson remembered looking at the map of the Covenant planets. They had half of this Milky Way, and a third of the Magellan Clouds under their arm. A big empire, with millions of worlds. And this was only one. Hutchinson remembered that the Covenant were egnaging 11 other alien races now, humans were just one of them. In fact, the Covenant barely noticed humanity, just sent one fleet after them. Now it's payback. The other 19 destroyers were closely behind him. "Slipstream drop off 5 seconds ahead", said the AI, a miniature Medusa. The space in this deformed dimension boiled, and Hutchinson's destroyer, the Proteus, rolled out, and the 19 other destroyers followed suite. "Sir, we are picking up 216 Covenant ships orbitting the planet", said the gunnery. "Tell this to the fleet. 'Form up and power your weapons'", he said with authority. He saw the familiar forms of cruisers, corvettes, frigates, and carriers. He also saw assault ships; destroyers, assault carriers, and destroyers with those slicing beams. It was going to be a hell of a battle. A class IIIa attack formation, consisting of 9 frigates and a lead destroyer, slipstreamed out in front of the destroyers. "Target lead destroyer with a HFBC and fire", said Hutchinson. One of six HFBC's, or Heavy Fusion Beam Cannons, fired a thick blue beam at the lead destroyer, a sleek oval with a single laterall seem. The blue thick beam struck the middle of the ship, and erupted in an explosion. The beam stopped, and the destroyer was vaporized. Hutchinson grinned. "Target ships with separate HFBC's anf fire. Arm LFBC's and target for any corvettes or Seraphs", said Hutchinson. He heard the familiar whine of LFBC's, or Light Fusion Beam Cannons. The other destroyers, night black ships with several long curved spikes coming from them, opened up their blue beams into the heart of the Covenant war machine, now swarming to kill Hutchinson and the other ships.
Revenge Part II: The Battle
Date: 19 September 2003, 1:57 AM
UNSC Destroyer Proteus
Under command of General Hutchinson
Mission:Destroy Covenant planet
General Hutchinson's Shadow class destroyer, and 19 other of those black and relatively small ships with their several protrucind spikes, went to the Covenant battle formation. Hutchinson was in the center of the group, with some of the slow ships in front, very close to eachother, and the rest behind him. One destroyer, the Zheng He, went ahead straight to the center of the group, getting into weapons range. It was in front of the group. Hutchinson watched as the 200 Covenant ships, frigates, cruisers, corvettes, and carriers, as well as the heavy ships:assault carriers and destroyers, formed up. Hutchinson also saw 3 dreadnaughts, large Covenant ships armed with a form of a cutting beam based on sheilding technology, in the center of the Covenant formations. One destroyer and two frigates slipstreamed up to engage the Zheng He. The cruiser was struck by a LFBC, Striking it dead in the center, and the ship exploded in flames, hull material shooting in all directions. The two bluish frigates rained pulse turret fire at the Zheng He, but it's sheilds absorbed all of it, and those ships where struck by the LFBCs, both destroyed instantly. Three other destroyers took side against the Zheng He, and blue thick Fusion Beam Cannon fire rained down on the Covenant formations, knocking ships out in one shot. Hutchinson moved his destroyer "upwards" on the destroyer formation and fired at a group of compactly formed cruisers. "Fire LFBCs at those ships. 5 orange circles went on the cruisers on the large holo display in the comand chair. The LFBCs targeted a ship each and fired, those cruisers erupoting in flames. Now all of the ships were in combat. Plasma torpedoes charged, and 3 flew at the Proteus. They impacted, yet the sheilds picked it up. "Primary sheilds down to 98%", said the AI, a mini Medusa. Seraph fighters erupted from the carriers and assault carriers, by the swarms converging on the human formations. LFBCs picked them off, and the whole horde of Seraphs regrouped and rained their tiny green pulse fire, doing little damage. A HFBC shot went into the center of the formation, taking 30 of the tiny ships out in puffs, while LFBCs took them out by the numbers with their fast rate of fire. The seraphs went out, and the blue fire and purple plasma shot between the space. Hutchinson ordered the fleet to fire fusion missiles into the groups of ships. Small blue missiles streaked out at incredible speeds, dodging Covenant pulse fire, and exploded into blinding white explosion. Hutchinson's fusion missile struck 14 ships, their sheilds knocked out, and the ships erupted in flames. It was pure caos. "Sir, slipstream point forming behind us", said the Slipstream Officer. Hutchinson turned the ship around. The space boiled a kilometer behind the Proteus, and a large dreadnaught, dwarfing the tiny Shadow class destroyer, came out,. weapons firing. Pulse blasts and torpedoes repeatedly struck the Proteus. "Fire at that ship", said Hutchinson. One HFBC fired, and struck the ship at midpoint, it's sheilds instantly went down, and a large explosion went over the purple hull, but it continued to move around and fire. Two more Fusion Cannons fired, destroying the ship. The Proteus turned around, and began to fire again. Hutchinson read the status of all of the destroyers. None of them were destroyed, and all had their primary and secondary sheilding. The Covenant were reduced to 154 ships, their dreadnaughts, assault carriers, destroyers, and carriers swiped out, leaving cruisers, frigates, and corvettes. Light units. The Propetus fired more, blue beams stricking the purple insectoid like ships, most of them being destroyed in one shot. Yet sometimes it took two blasts to vaporize a target. Finally only 20 frigaes, 3 cruisers, and 25 corvettes remained. The destroyers, all of them present, fired, destroying all of them. Now the planet was defenseless. Hutchinson's destroyer, the Proteus, and the other 19 Shadow destroyers, one of them reduced to secondary sheilding, went to the green forest like planet. "To bombard a planet, you use nova bombs", reminded Medusa. Hutchinson fired three nova bombs, which had 300 tons of hyperenergetic particles made in gargantuan particle accelerators. The blue darts struck the planet, one covering a continent in flames. The four completely covered the planet with blue fire, until it was devoid of life. Destroying a planet took only four bombs. "Sir, no lifesigns on the planet", said the Scanning Officer. "Tell the fleet to report back to base. We've finally destroyed a Covenant planet", Hutchinson said. The 20 destroyers, barely untouched, went back to the scorched Earth, after defeating 230 ships, and destroying their first planet.