So I've been having an inkling to write a novel based on the Sins lore and universe. And so far, it's been coming along pretty well. The idea of this fan-fic novel is it takes place a certain time prior to the thirty-year war, and before the expansions start taking place. Each chapter introduces a sub-chapter that transitions to intertwined events between all three character's experiences of these events, allowing the reader to see these events from all three perspectives. The first chapter will introduce all three characters to the reader before finally beginning the events of the war in all three unique perspectives. So, to get ideas of how well this idea will sit with the fans of the game, here is the first completed sub-chapter of Chapter One. Read, enjoy, and critique if you have an inkling to do so, for it will be well-appreciated!
Rise of A Solar Empire: A Sins of a Solar Empire
To the many fans of the 2008-2012 hit game series, "Sins of a Solar Empire," we all know the story; 10 millennia prior to the game's current events, the Vasari Empire had dissolved from within by a seemingly unstoppable enemy; 1 millennia prior to the game's lore, the ancient Trader ancestors discovered a lost people on a remote desert world, in orbit of a dying red giant, whose religious practices were taboo by the Trade Order, resulting in their forced exile from the planet; That same millennia, the Traders enjoy 1,000 years of peace, expansion, and economic prosperity.
This fan-fiction novel takes place in the beginning of the war, with three characters who are part of the three empires engaged in this war, and will span the entirety of the war- all 30 years- from Sins of a Solar Empire, to Entrenchment, to Diplomacy, and finally to Rebellion.
This novel is NOT intended, by any means, to infringe on Ironclad Games and Stardock Entertainment's copyrights to the Sins of a Solar Empire franchise, in any way nor is it meant to establish a timeline of specific events within the Sins of a Solar Empire fictional universe. This novel was meant for the enjoyment of the author and the readers who may or may not be fans of the aforementioned product.
Reader's Notice: Because the novel focuses on three characters, who are involved with the three factions within the Sins of a Solar Empire universe, each chapter will have three sub-chapters, not numbered, to transition between each character's perspective.
The Fleet and The Void
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Stardate 10,001: 76-34-10M01
Adjudicator Lazzaraak Vallakava of the Kortul Devastator vessel, "Larr'Tull"
Today marks the first day and galactic standard year since we left our home space... on the run for ten thousand years. Our stores of resources are beginning to dwindle once again; This timing is not unusual- other vessels throughout the Exodus Fleet have reported in the same turn of events as the Evacuator flagships, my vessel included.
Our Jikara Navigators have scoured the surrounding sectors of space, and have thus far sent back intriguing reports. System scans indicated, from at least three of our Navigators, that there is an interstellar empire that has long colonized this unfamiliar expanse of space.
The relevant data our vessels have received from the Navigators has effectively allowed our intelligence operatives and cartographers to map out how large their territory expands. Needless to say, our path to a new future lies directly inside the largest expanse of territories they control, and there are no other paths to go around them. But there is another stream of data we have received from the Navigators that will make passing through this expanse much easier for the Fleet; the ruling species has no effective planetary defenses, nor do they have noticeable dedicated warships, as reported by the Navigator, the "Larakuus." The results have since been sent to the ruling Emperor of the Exodus Fleet for his decision to tread through this expanse of possibly resource-rich systems. Even a new source of slave labor we could utilize for new warships and technologies, before we move on.
ERROR: FORCED ENTRY INTERRUPTION
AUTHORITY: EMPEROR LAZKARUSK JESTULLS
A message to all Adjudicators:
By Imperial Decree of Emperor Lazkarusk Jestulls, the data received by our Jikara Navigators has been accepted as fruitful grounds for Imperial assault on the ruling species within this sector. As such, by recommendation of the Emperor's most senior Military Strategic Adviser, the Exodus Fleet will be split into three Imperial Fleets: The Exodus Heavy Assault Fleet, the Exodus Planetary Siege Fleet, and the Exodus Imperial Fleet. The Exodus Imperial Fleet will be headed by Fleet Adjudicant Kallarask Llaskava; The Exodus Planetary Siege Fleet will be headed by Fleet Adjudicant Siltaraask Vaskra; And finally, the Exodus Heavy Assault Fleet will be headed by newly-promoted Lazzaraak Vallakava.
My three hearts sank deep into my bowels, as I read the last line of the message from the Imperial Edifice from the Jarrasul Evacuator, the "Lazkarusk." I looked on at the communication panel to see another line from the holographic panel.
ERROR: SECONDARY FORCED INTERRUPTION
AUTHORITY: EMPEROR LAZKARUSK JESTULLS
Adjudicant Lazzaraak, it has been requested of you to come aboard the Lazkarusk, effective immediately.
-Emperor Lazkarusk Jestulls, Personally
My eyes then widened at the personal message that Lazkarusk sent to me. I immediately saved what I had of my personal journal entry and headed my way to the Larr'Tull's hangar bays. Constantly guarded by seven Imperial guards, I boarded the Imperial Transport- each vessel has in the fleet has at least one for use by their respective Adjudicants, save for the smaller vessels, such as the Navigators, those initially ARE the Adjudicant's Imperial Transports, given their minute size. I sat in the glowing transport passenger hold, with the full view of our fleet all around me, each vessel equally as impressive in their grandeur as the last. As I looked in front of the transport, I could see the eclipse of the vessel that is the Lazkarusk, a Jarrasul Evacuator that, for obvious reasons, was a handful of Ravastra Skirmishers larger than the other surrounding Jarrasul Evacuators. The transport slipped past the dreadnought's Pressurization Shield Array into an immense city-based civilian transport network. My transport's pilot skillfully navigated through the many civilian transports within the vessel to the Central Imperial Tower.
The civilian, military and naval hubs stretched from the noticeable exterior of the vessel down to its bottom of the hull, each level designed to shut all pathways down, in the event of outer hull failure in a heated battle. It is largely due to the immense size of the hull and the civilian populations they carry that they rarely ever do see the front lines.
My transport finally arrived at my transport's designated dock, which related to my vessel's history; the Larr'Tull Kortul Devastator was the very first vessel of its class that was ever built by the Vasari Imperial Navy. Now, almost as a respect to its history, my vessel spearheads the Vasari Exodus Fleet, just as I spearhead its crew. I arrive at the doors of the lift to the Emperor's Chambers. The Imperial Viszer makes sure that those who have the clearance from the Emperor may enter, and those who do not have such clearance don't. I stop in front of him. "Identification?" "Vaskara Nallaaskava." "Verification confirmed; The Emperor is expecting you, Adjudicant Lazzaraak." "As am I expecting this meeting, Viszer." "Indeed." Me and my seven Imperial Guards stepped onto the lift platform, and slowly at first, the platform lifted us upwards, and then faster did it go than it felt before, almost every ten seconds it got three times as fast as it was going previously. It took no less than a minute that we arrived at a hallway, leading to the doors of the Imperial Chambers that houses- and protects- the Emperor.
Emperor Lazkarusk Jestulls is the direct descendant of the son of the former- and long-dead- Emperor who died on the Vasari homeworld, whose aforementioned son was on the fugitive and last Vasari colony at the time of the Fall of the Empire. Effectively, the long line of Imperialty did not need to debate what needed to be done, for it was Lazkarusk's great ancestor who ordered the last of the Vasari populace on the planet to cannibalize all the colony's remaining infrastructure to build more ships to use to escape the system, leaving the system with very little resources left over. We were extremely lucky that all research done in the military and civilian areas of research had been archived when they prepared the flight from the system. We've been building up and expanding our Exodus Fleet ever since. As the lift came to a halt, we started walking down the large, almost-ceremonial, imposing passageway, towards the large doors that open up into the Emperor's Chambers. Despite the fact that the Chambers are actually on the upper exterior of the vessels' hull, it is strategically surrounded by an enclosure of vessel naval quarters and control systems that need to look on the exterior of the hull for incoming anomalies that may pose a threat to the Fleet, or the vessel itself.
As we approached the Chamber doors, I could hear loud voices on the other side, indicative of an opposed Adjudicant to the Emperor's personal request, maybe his Senior Strategist. "This is an undeniable outrage! An inexperienced Adjudicant, receiving the title of Fleet Adjudicant, while only having been an Adjudicant of the Larr'Tull for a mere thirty standard galactic years?! Lazzaraak is too inexperienced to head a full fleet, let alone the oldest vessel in the entire Exodus Fleet!" The Emperor grabbed his senior strategist by the collar of his ceremonious robing- at this, I was surprised. "You forget, easily, I might add, that it was his great ancestor who led the Fleet out of the doomed system to begin with! Not to mention his strategies rival that of even the oldest recorded Fleet Adjudicant in the entirety of Imperial History! So when you question him, you question ME. Understood?!" He then threw him to the floor using the collar. "Understood." The adviser then got up and walked past me, hitting my shoulder with his. "With respect, Emperor, why is he always politicking everything that involves our Fleet? As soon as he hears that our ships need to replenish their resource stores, he states the exact opposite, claiming we have enough for another thousand years. And when we do replenish, and all our ships are reporting full, he claims we don't have enough. And knowing him since you gave me command of the Larr'Tull, he wasn't always like that... What happened to the adviser we both used to know?" The Emperor just shook his head. "I don't know, now that you mention it... We've never had any signs of insidious groups wanting to usurp the structure of the Fleet... We all knew the risks when we left that far-off system... But it strikes me odd, though... Why now, would anyone start uprising? What's gotten to them?" "If I were to have an answer, sire, it would be three words: I don't know." The Emperor chuckled slightly. "There's an honest answer I can trust. I understand that you came in response to my request, since you're here?"
I nodded noticeably to him. "Very well. Then you must also understand why I made you Fleet Adjudicant of the Exodus Heavy Assault Fleet?" I shook my head no. "Very well, then. I made you Fleet Adjudicant for three reasons: one, because your strategies in coordinating fire with the surrounding ships near the Larr'Tull are second to none; two, because your family led that very ship for many millennia and generations; and three, because I wanted to keep my enemies closer where I can... 'take care of them,' if the need ever calls for it." I nodded intuitively at his response. "In that case, sire, what are my orders?" The Emperor already sat on his throne, surrounded by the same glowing panels as were in my personal Imperial Transport, allowing him full view of the entire Exodus Fleet. "I want you to take your Heavy Assault Fleet and begin laying waste to the closest system from our position. Once that is done, you are to call in the Planetary Siege Fleet to prepare the Imperial Fleet for resource extraction operations and fleet construction. Once we have completed our operations there, we can move on to the next system, and so on and so forth." I bowed myself in front of him. "I shall see to it your orders are fulfilled, sire." "Good." And I left the chambers, and the Lazkarusk.
As my transport left the tower, I was being pinged on my communications panel only to see the Emperor's Senior Strategist. "I take it you're here to continue your grievance, Imperial Adviser?" I said, annoyed. "Well, at least it is good to know you still hold your respect for higher authority. No, I did not ping you to pertain to my grievances. I tried to keep you away from these systems for a reason. There's a feeling I have about this species we found, they're not... they don't seem to be... what we think... At least that's what I believe... Once we've attacked them, who knows what they'll do when they find out?" At first, I disregarded his concerns. "The Vasari have always triumphed- Always." And I closed him out before he could respond. But he did make me think about what he said. This newly and discovered empire may not have a viable armada or planetary defenses now,but what will happen after we attack them?
From the time he contacted me to when I was finally on my vessel and in the vessel's command center, that thought plagued me. And I couldn't leave it alone. I sat in my Adjudicant's Seat in the command center, and opened up the Quantum Communications panel. From it, I heard the Emperor's Senior Strategist's voice. "Following the Emperor's decree, all assigned Fleets, report in." "Fleet Adjudicant Kallarask Llaskava, Exodus Imperial Fleet, reporting!" "Fleet Adjudicant Siltaraask Vaskra, Exodus Planetary Siege Fleet, reporting!" I sighed, and responded, "Fleet Adjudicant Lazzaraak Vallakava, Exodus Heavy Assault Fleet, reporting!" I then heard the voice of the Senior Strategist again. "All fleets reporting in, sire." The voice then changed to the Emperor's immediately afterwards. "This is the Emperor. All fleets that have reported in, we are about to encroach upon a potential enemy's territory. Vigilance, caution, and pride should be in the back of your minds as we take the full might of the Exodus Fleet against them! All those who join our conquest, say with me, here and now!" And I replied with him, as did everyone else, "For the Honor of the Empire!!"
I then received a private Quantum Communications request by one of the Fleet Adjudicants. It was Fleet Adjudicant Siltaraask Vaskra of the Exodus Planetary Siege Fleet. I immediately accepted. "Just so that you're aware; if ever you need my assistance, my communications channel is always open to you. Your father was a great friend of mine, and my crew has taken great pride in knowing him as well." "Thank you, Siltaraask. That means much to me." "Good luck to you. Siltaraask Vaskra, out." I closed the channel after that. a new quantum communication channel was then made available, and after seeing its permissions, it gives me accessive communications to my entire assigned Fleet. I then opened it. "All vessels assigned to the Exodus Heavy Assault Fleet, assemble with the Larr'Tull at the designated coordinates sent to you- effective immediately once received." Every vessel Adjudicant immediately responded, "Understood," and my Fleet gathered around the Kortul Devastator from what I could see in the surrounding glowing Exterior-View Panels in the Command Center.
Every vessel from the Ravastra Skirmishers to the Junsurak Sentinels, from the Lassurak Transporters to the Skarovas Enforcers, and from the Kortul Devastators to the Antorak Marauders joined all around my vessel. The Jarrasul Evacuators and the Vulkoras Desolators were left to their own respective fleets and assortion of frigates and cruisers. Once all vessels had joined around the Larr'Tull, I then gave the order to jump. "All vessels, prepare your Phase Drives and jump on my command." An orange-hued wormhole opened in front of my vessel. Once I saw all vessels were ready, I gave the order. "Jump." And we were all now subject to Phase Space.