The fleet of battlecrusers came closer and closer. The HIVE started constructing a new type of Drone. This one was an artilery bombardment drone that looked like a large beetle with a huge abdomen. It fired barashes of large silicon plasma balls over great distences; about 10 miles. They sat on the landing platfomrs and aimed their shots tword the battlecrusers. When the fleet came in range of their barashe, they opened fire. A large stream of blue balls of liquid fire flew through the sky.
The comander of the fleet sat in his comand chair on the bridge. All was quiet untill the officer in charge of sensors called out. "Sir, I have a large reading heading our way." The comander was instantly at attention.
"What is it?" He asked.
"I don't know sir. but it is bigger than anything I have ever seen."
"Do we have a visual?"
The screen came up and every single one of them had the same look in their face, Terror.
"Halfquorter turn starbord, full speed. Get us away from here."
The fleet split itself in half and turned different directions. But it was too late. The plasma rained down on their ships burning through their hulls like acid on wood. The ships fell from the sky into the ocean below and started sinking. A swarm of transport bugs flew out of the sky and decended apon the hulks of metal. They shot black tether cables and pulled them out of the watter and flew them to shore to be dismantled.
So, how were they Dr. Murai? Ryan asked.
Dr. Murai was paseing around the Nexus control room with a data pad in his hand. "Well, we are now out of silicon so we won't be able to do another barashe like that again for a while. And they drained 90% of our power from the HIVE alone. I rerouted power from the 6 outside reactors, but there was still a heavy power loss."
So, they are a one shot deal.
Well atleast we got 5 more ships added to the collection.
"There is that, but the plasma burned through them so much that we have bearly even a ship left."
We get what we take.
"Well that is all we can do for now, I wonder how Lily is doing."
She'll be fine. I will return to her when her controll over her Nanites manifests.
"And that is in five years."
She'll be fine in their care.
"I do hope so."