Epilogue

 Phenomenon 60-35 reacted to the explosion of the Skyfall artifact inside the Dis system. What Captain Marcus and Navigator Rigen saw next frightened them worse than sight of the reapers invading their homeworld of Palaven. The sphere crushed the remainder of the star into a black hole.

“Engage the drive core. Helmsman! Take us out of here, ANYWHERE!” Marcus ordered to the cockpit. The Indomitable made the jump to FTL.

The sphere encased itself in an enormous mass effect field. The energy it sucked from the star now glowed red hot within its core. The sphere charged the field on its outer shell. Huge lightning bolts struck across the surface of the machine. Its rings spun at speeds wholly unknown to their massive size. The sphere built up the entire energy of the star inside the mass effect field and released it in a burst. The explosion moved across the system as if a star went supernova. The event horizon of the blast-wave overtook the Indomitable dropping it out of the half second it spent in hyperspace.

“Status report!” Marcus barked out.

“The drive core is overloading, we have to eject.” Rigen frantically punched the buttons on the console in front of him. He entered the long authorization code into the console in seconds. The core detached from the inside walls of main engineering. The ship shook when the bulk of the core snapped from place. The staff inside scrambled to evacuate. The doors closed and the airlocks sealed around the room as the ship shot the drive core off like a rocket. The overloading core flew off into space for 4 seconds and detonated off the starboard bow.

“Brace for impact!” Marcus shouted in the bridge.

The explosion rocked the ship, the blast drained the residual energy from the Indomitable’s shield generators. All things considered, they were lucky to be alive.

“Casualty report!” Marcus asked.

“2 casualties. From engineering, they didn’t make it out in time.” Rigen stated, “But that’s not the worst of our problems. We’re stranded…”

Marcus saw Rigen stop in mid sentence his eyes glazed over and his jaw dropped.

“What is it?” Marcus asked.

“Sir, you’re not going to believe this.” He put the screen on the galaxy map for all to see. The Indomitable wasn’t in the Dis system anymore. At least, not the Dis system they left.

“Stellar readings indicate… we’re located…” Rigen struggled to push the words out of his mouth, “150,000 years, in the past.”

Two ships of unknown origin appeared on sensors. The ships turned and sped through space towards the intruder. Towards the Indomitable.

“Two unidentified objects on radar…” The helmsman yelled to draw their attention, “Sir! They’re firing missiles!”

“Evasive maneuvers!” Marcus ordered back. The Indomitable went on shipwide alert. The main Thanix Cannon of the ship deployed from its protective shell into battle. “Return FIRE!”

***

Phenomenon 60-35 jumped into the Bahak system in the Viper Nebula. At least, what was left of it. The system had been destroyed and left completely empty, the star, the planets and the asteroid belt were all reduced to dust by the explosion of a detonated mass relay.  The sphere moved into the center of the Bahak system, it encased itself in an enormous mass effect field. The energy it sucked from the Dis star glowed red hot within its core. The sphere charged the field on its outer shell, huge lightning bolts struck across the surface of the machine. Its rings spun at speeds wholly unknown to their massive size. The sphere built up the entire energy of the star inside the mass effect field and released it in a burst. The explosion moved across the system as if a star went supernova. The event horizon of the blast-wave revealed the Bahak system intact. As before the explosion of the mass relay occurred. 150,000 years before the explosion occurred. But there was one item out of place in this time-line.

The SSV Paulo Alto appeared in the star system.

“Core levels returning to normal efficiency tolerances!”  Chief engineer Vasquez breathed a sigh of relief.

Four ships of unknown origin appeared on sensors. The ships turned and sped through space towards the intruder. Towards the SSV Paulo Alto.

On board the alien ships, the Zha Captain grimaced at the sight of the intruder. His two Zha’til slaves barked madly at his feet. The Zha’ war to retake the galaxy had begun.

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Navigation: Chapter 1: Resistance Earth, Chapter 2: Grissom AcademyChapter 3: A Knife in The DarkChapter 4: Smoke and ShadowsChapter 5: Cold Revelation, Chapter 6: London Crypt, Chapter 7: Ghosts From Shadows Past, Chapter 8: Skyfall, Chapter 9: Apparatus Deus, Chapter 10: The Devil Within, Chapter 11: Hades’ Dogs, Chapter 12: Transhuman, Chapter 13: Phenomenon, Chapter 14: Aeon, Chapter 15: Endgames, Chapter 16: Fractured, Chapter 17: Closing, Epilogue.

– Special Thanks to Rache123, my no. 1 fan for seeing me through the creation of this novel.

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