“It’s a Trap.” Abrie says flatly; “and we have little choice but to walk straight into it. The best we can hope for is to be able to fight our way out.” Before the planning session, she handed out the Terrelayne standard issue comm earbuds that also act as psi jammers, and with having the planning session in the Loreli, she hopes to have the session be hidden from scrying minds. “We can buy time for Dr Misishii’s science team to fire up the gate system and for them and others, including us hopefully, to escape. I have already instructed the Mother (long haul freighter) to proceed to the 100D limit of Nusemzar and jump out system, she will carry the news of what has happened to the expedition. The Black Ships are here, while I cannot feel them directly, they have a prisoner, who is planning on our arrival at the palace at the top of the mountain, to escape and from her, and her terror, it is unmistakably THEM. Those that have never seen them face to face will do so today, steel yourselves for it.”
Continuing on she details the plan:
1. They arrive at the top of the sky fortress in the G-Carrier.
2. Ty will take up guard at the G-Carrier outside, while the rest of the team escorts Abrie and Dr Misishii to the great hall for the audience with the Duke.
3. Note: No firearms will be allowed into the great hall with the Duke, only ceremonial blades. Once in the great hall, the deal will most likely go down. The team will have a grav-pallet with various equipment, a computer, holoscreen etc., which are gifts for the Duke and contain the proposal for a tech uplift project, such as setting up a pipe factory and more modern steel blast furnaces.
4. Withdraw from the great hall and get back to the G-Carrier and crash the entrance below, then fight to the gate system and gate out to somewhere else. Due to this, some of the fighting complement will be left below, also the crew of the Loreli will be left as a skeleton crew, to allow as many of them to escape as possible. The Vaandir is running cap, but if they run into too heavy of opposition, they will retreat as well and try to jump out system.
Once gone, it will be up to individual members to find their way home, Dr Misishii assures me that if we can get the control crystal and her data out, the mission will be a success. On Terrelayne, we all will be hailed as heroes, whether we make it back or not. I have tried to keep the plan simple enough, as it will probably not survive contact with the enemy. I suggest everyone do a full loadout on ammo, as I don’t know when they next resupply will be.