Ralston, Planet Leviathan,
Day 29, 49th Year, 3rd NER
A JumpCorp spacecraft brought the new trainees to Ralston on the planet Leviathan.
As it entered the planet’s atmosphere, the spacecraft approached from the south, coming in over a calm, blue sea. Ralston sat on the shore, and waves rolled gently against a white
sandy beach crisscrossed by wooden boardwalks. A few piers extended a hundred or so yards out, with some dedicated to fishing and water watching, while others sport various amusement rides, restaurants, and other attractions.
Beyond the beach, modern luxury hotels reached 30 or more stories into the sky. Each was unique in its architecture, but all weere adorned with bright lights, competing for the eye’s attention.
As the ship passed overhead, the number of restaurants,trid cinemas, casinos, and live theaters were virtually uncountable.
When the trainees landed, they were transported by bus to JumpSec Alpha Station in Ralston where they were assigned to their barracks. However, before leaving the spaceport, Takota noticed a group of about four or five individuals with protest signs near the main entrance to the facility.
When asked about them, the bus driver (Jonsson) said they were, “a bunch that calls themselves the Natural Order. They’re apparently some ecofreaks who shelled out the creds to purchase a ticket here just to complain. Bunch of nuts if you ask me”, he added.
About a week into their training, the trainees’ evening was suddenly disturbed when a series of loud booms went off almost simultaneously around the city. The lights in the barracks flickered, dimmed, then went out briefly before emergency lights kicked in. Their commanding officer (Cpt. Matthews) ordered the trainees to meet at the station’s main plaza. There, they were told that preliminary damage assessment indicated the static repeller fence had been breached in several areas. Simultaneously, the primary power station suffered a catastrophic failure. Furthermore, they were receiving scattered reports of laceraun incursions in the outskirts of the city.
The group’s training leader ordered the rangers-in-training to investigate a report about a pack of maulers that had trapped about a dozen civilians in a restaurant along the main drag. Their primary goal is to prevent the predators from harming any of the civilians.
Once they reached the restaurant, the trainees saw several maulers attacking the restaurant, desperately trying to break through the front glass door and windows to get at the people inside. The group went to work and killed every mauler without getting hurt and without a civilian casualty.
After returning to base, the trainees were again dispatched. This time, they were sent to deal with a terrified behemoth reported to be rampaging through downtown Ralston. JumpSec would rather they didn’t kill the laceraun, as that’s a lot of dead meat to move out of town, but since the behemoth was making its way dangerously close to a large populated part of town.
When the group arrived downtown, Garrett Sloane used his persuasive skills he honed on his homeworld to convince the crowd of people to keep moving lest they find themselves face to face with a rampaging behemoth. After several intense moments, the trainees were able to safely move the people out of harm’s way.
Once again, the team proved highly effective in dealing with any challenge they were faced with!
With the people safely evacuated to the base, the group was once again dispatched on a mission. They were sent to repair a section of repeller fence that went offline. Without the fence, it would only be a matter of time before a laceraun found its way into Ralston.
When the group arrived to make the repairs, they were ambushed by several terrorists calling themselves The Natural Order.
A tense firefight and close-combat ensued, but in the end all but two of the terrorists were slain.
When the fight was over, the group finished repairing the fence then made their way back to base to get some much needed rest.
To be continued…