Star Fleet: The Revenge of MakaraChapter 2: Return of a LegendEarth’s moon - silent and solitary until the last thousand years where upon it became the second home for the human race. In recent times planet Earth’s moon was used as the last line of defence in one of the great battles of galactic history. The brave soldiers of Moonbase aided in the defence of Earth, but an elite few, through their great bravery, saved the entire galaxy!Across the barren lunar landscape loud pounding thuds would be heard now if it were not for the cold vacuum of space. From a distance a blurry red figure can be seen from the viewing tower of Moonbase. Commander Crow watches this figure’s gravity defying trek across the moon, checking various instrument panels and computer screens while information is relayed to him by his command crew.“Commander Crow, they’ve reached the testing area.”“Good.” he said, pulling his headset mic closer to his mouth and speaking into it using a tone that contained equal amounts of authority and respect, “Captain, all systems are primed. Are you and your crew ready for the test?” An electronically disfigured response came through his headset responding in a positive. On receiving this news Crow gave the order to start the test.A dozen unmanned EDF fighters were launched from a hanger within Moonbase. From the viewing tower, Crow watched them speed towards the red speck in the distance. In another second, lasers and swift explosions could be seen around the position of this unidentified figure. In a few more seconds all was still again with the small red figure remained resolutely stood in its position. The command crew gasped, even Crow was slightly in awe of the spectacle, exclaiming, “That machine is a Miracle”The Dai X stood in triumph, it’s gleaming new red paintwork barely scratched after it’s short stand off with the drone fighters. This was an all new Dai X, faster, stronger and more agile; equipped with all the weapons of the Mk.1 with a few new additions. Aesthetically though, it looked like the same Dai X of old - The dreadnought that took on an Imperial Battle Cruiser and won, ending Commander Makara’s reign of terror with one well aimed punch. In the cockpit of Braincom, Captain Shiro Hagen responded to Crow’s high praise. “My Father sure knows how to make them.” A voice came through the radio from the pilot housed in Dai X’s foot, “I like to think that we had something to do with the miracle making, Shiro” pointed out space pilot: John Lee, pilot of Dai X‘s leg component: Legtrack. Another voice chipped in over the static, “Yeah Lee, Professor Hagen’s got the tools, but we’ve got the talent!” The cool tone of this voice came from Barry Hercules sat in the cockpit of Mainbody, which makes up the torso of the big red behemoth. Shiro broke up the good natured self appreciation, “Cut the chatter you two, Commander, we’re ready for wave two.”And so the next wave began their attack. It comprised of battle tanks and artillery weapons that sprouted out of the rocky surface from secret bunkers. The Mk.2 Dai X made short work of the battle tanks with its arm laser cannon. Rapid laser fire spat out as the agile Dai X defied the low gravity of the moon taking out its targets while dodging the majority of the tank’s energy shells. The Dai X was still taking hits though from the dozen or so artillery weapons scattered around it, despite its acrobatics.“Hercules” Shouted Shiro, “Its time to flex our muscles again!”“You betcha!” snarled Hercules while flipping a couple of switches in his cockpit. The Breast plates of the Dai X opened to reveal a multiple rocket launcher system in each chest unit. Hercules quickly targeted the offending weapons and launched a devastating salvo of missiles. The missiles spewed out of the chest launchers, streaking around the Dai X to find their targets. Soon the conflict was over, with the Dai X once more victorious against the drone legions. “This is too easy.” announced Hercules “We need a real challenge.”“Be careful what you wish for Hercules, L-L-Look over there” replied John Lee in a flustered tone directing Hercules attention to the 3 giant mechanoids stomping into view from the distance into their holding positions.“Looks like that’s wave 3” said Shiro “I think my Father has been busy again.”The EDF Lunar Assault Suit System was Professor Hagen’s most recent project. It had been designed around the time of the construction of the EDF: X Fighter, and like the newest addition to the Star Fleet, incorporated technological secrets deciphered from salvaged Imperial Alliance technology. Professor Hagen’s technological skills are a match for anyone or anything that the Imperial Alliance can muster, but there were certain benefits from using Alliance tech particularly in trying to mobilise a new and improved fleet cheaply, quickly and efficiently. It has to be pointed out that the new look internal workings of the Dai X are free of any Imperial Alliance tech and is simply a brilliant update of an already mysteriously complex design. The Dai X was certainly a one off as regards to 31st Century Technology.The 3 L.A.S.S. units were in a stationary position a short distance from the Dai X. These L.A.S.S. units were unmanned, but no less deadly with their enhanced computer assisted memory banks. The L.A.S.S. looked very similar in style to the Dai X, but was slightly smaller in scale, with the top of their head units measuring up to Mainbody’s cockpit on the Dai X. They didn’t have a head instead a tubular weapon system was fitted on top of their torso. The unit was battleship grey in colour but with a few familiar red and white stripes and arrows on it’s arms and legs to denote it’s allegiance.Commander Crow spoke to his crew then into his mic again and shortly after wave 3 was initiated. The 3 L.A.S.S. mechanoids literally flew at the Dai X, their boot thrusters enabling them to cross the distance between themselves and the Dai X and execute a series of kicks and blows that took the crew of the Dai X by surprise.“Focus, people!” Shouted Shiro, “Lee, Hercules, work together!” The crew of the Dai X did just that and an incredible fight ensued between the Dai X and it’s 3 attackers. The Dai X traded kicks and blows and managed to tear the arm off one of the 3 mechanoids. Hercules in an excited tone exclaimed “Now this is what I call a throw down!” John Lee after some physical dexterity with his controls managed to unleash a devastating kick by the Dai X which crushed the chest compartment of the 2nd mecha, destroying it‘s computer systems and causing it to fall to the ground in a crumpled heap. The mecha who had lost it’s arm then fired an energy beam from it’s head unit. The Dai X managed to sidestep the beam and with a quick turn of it’s head, courtesy of Shiro’s great piloting skills, let loose with X Tracers. The incredible strobe-like energy attack from the Dai X destroyed the already damaged L.A.S.S. in seconds. The Dai X took a blow to the back by the last remaining L.A.S.S. causing it to fall to it’s knees. Shiro quickly alerted his crew that it was time for the real test.“Hercules, Lee. It’s time to use the X-Sabre!”“Alright!” Hercules shouted excitedly, followed by a more concerned “OK” from John Lee.A compartment opened on the underside of Dai X’s right arm and passed a metallic cylinder into the grasp of it’s hand. “Ok.” said Shiro, “It’s time to cut to the chase.” The cylinder in Dai X’s hand ignited. Lasers shot out of it and sketched out the outline of a sword-like object which solidified into a tangible shiny metallic blade with the cross-guard of the sabre in the shape of an X. The Dai X got to it’s feet , twisted it’s torso and swung the great Sabre cutting the la
st standing mech in half. The Dai X stood victorious. The X-Sabre was a success!“Bring on the Alliance, or anyone else who’s looking for a fight.” Said Hercules in his customary confrontational style. “Yeah, it works real good doesn’t it guys?” chipped in Lee, "Y’know, your father is a genius, Shiro. You must be proud?” “I am Lee.” said Shiro, proudly, but with a slight tinge of sadness, “I hope he’s happy working on the Z-Project at Star Fleet Command, I just wish I could see him more often. It’s just… I only just got to know him again and then he has to leave.” Hercules showing a caring side helped to put Shiro’s mind at ease, “Well, he’s not too far away, Shiro. It’s only a hop skip and jump to Earth from here.” Hercules then remembered something Shiro had said, “Say… what is this Z Project I keep hearing about anyway?” Commander Crow’s voice suddenly came through over the radio, “Its top secret space pilot: Hercules. We will know about it when we need too. As for the test - very well done gentleman. Come on in.” Shiro quietly explained to Hercules, as the Dai X stomped back to its hanger, that he was none the wiser as to what the rumoured Z-Project was as his father was quite secretive when it came to his inventions.Professor Hagen was indeed working on a new miracle back on Earth. A miracle that might well be needed very soon indeed.
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