The Burning of Litash (1)

FROM: CORE COMMAND
RECEIVED AT: FIELD FLEET COREWARD COMMAND (CS UNCONQUERABLE SELF)
RELAY TO: COMMAND VESSEL, TASK FORCE 3-46 (CS ORDER UNYIELDING)

***** WILDFIRE WILDFIRE WILDFIRE
***** EYES ONLY RUBY GAUNTLET SABLE E2048
***** STRATEGIC ACTION MESSAGE

ADM CALIÉNE SARGAS-ITH-SARGAS, COMMANDING TASK FORCE 3-46:

1. THIS MESSAGE CONSTITUTES A WAR ORDER.

2. BY DIRECT ORDER OF THE STELLAR COUNCIL, OPERATION RUBY GAUNTLET SABLE CARRIES NIGHTFALL PRIORITY.  RULES OF ENGAGEMENT F6-UNLIMITED ARE THEREFORE IN EFFECT.

3. YOU ARE DIRECTED TO PROCEED AT BEST SPEED TO LITASH (DARK SEA) SYSTEM, ENGLOBE THE SYSTEM’S SECOND PLANET (LITASH ACTUAL), AND DEPLOY SPECIAL WEAPONS PACKAGE CALYX HOLLOW.  THIS MISSION OBJECTIVE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED PRIMARY AND MANDATORY.

4. THE DESTRUCTION WITHOUT QUARTER OF ANY AND ALL STARSHIPS ATTEMPTING TO DEPART LITASH ACTUAL SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A SECONDARY OBJECTIVE.

5. REPORT MISSION COMPLETION AND STATUS VIA TANGLE CHANNEL WHISPER NINE.

6. IN THE ABSENCE OF FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS FROM COMMAND AUTHORITY, INDEPENDENT ACTION IS AUTHORIZED IF NECESSARY TO COMPLETE MISSION OBJECTIVES.

7. AUTHENTICATION: PENDANT IRIS STEAK CHALICE HYACINTH RIVER / 0x991AC38575AA0D0E

ADM/FLT RELEQ CLAVES-ITH-LELAD, FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY

7 thoughts on “The Burning of Litash (1)

  1. I recall Litash being mentioned previously, but I forget quite what it was they did to piss off the Eldrae to such a genocidal extreme.

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    • Litash itself was essentially Space Tortuga, a former freesoil colony – so not “genocidal”, since the population was drawn from a fair variety of different species, and homeworld to none – whose governance had decided that the quickest way to improve its economy was to play host to pirates, and most specifically, the brutal and stupid sort rather than the more subtle kind. More to the point, it was also providing them with ships dangerously close to real military vessels rather than the at-best-naval-auxiliary-equivalent ships they usually had to make do with.

      There was another reason for why this, there, then, but tum-te-tum-te-tum SPOILER, so.

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