Author's note: It is best advised that you read the first series of this story
entitled The Rebellion of the Alien Aishas. It can be found starting at Issue
The Escape from Faerieland
GARLAK IV, NIRZIP, GOVERNMENT BUILDING, 56TH FLOOR, 1:35 PM- Captain Xelqued
sat outside the meeting room, that he was at 5 weeks ago, starting his previous
mission. That mission flopped into a failure and cost Xelqued four an a half
weeks in the hospital, waiting for a Bonemender Slug. He shivered. He remembered
how disgusting it was to have a spotted slug crawl on your skin, suck on random
places, and leave a plop of slime wherever it went. He was waiting for the Minister
of Information and Reconnaissance to speak with him, yet again, about a 'mission
that you haven't tried yet'. Not a good sign.
A small little Alien Aisha secretary walked
into the room and sweetly said, "The minister will see you now, Captain." She
ushered Xelqued up and led him to the oh-so familiar dark room of the Minister
of Information. He began to sweat, even though the room was as cold as the tenth
moon of Griplglak X. The only light in the room was the small little light above
the guest seat, which cast the Minister's face in darkness, yet Xelqued could
detect a hint of anger.
"So, Xelqued," the Minister began. "Report
from INTELLICOM say that your mission did not turn out too good…"
[INTELLICOM- The Alien Aisha communications
system. INTELLICOM is basically a group of Alien AI that monitor Alien Aisha
communications. They are a very shady group and are the Alien Aisha Army's main
source of information]
"Yes sir. The faeries escaped and outnumbered
our troops…" Xelqued said quietly.
The Minister sighed. "Well, we didn't lose
any troops, and we did cause major damage to the Faeries, so we'll let it pass.
This time…" Xelqued looked into the shadows and could almost make out a glare.
"So, we decided to put you on a few 'easier' missions until you can make yourself
useful again," the Minister continued. Xelqued did not like the sound of this…
"This is your objective." The Minister pressed
a few buttons on his side of his desk and a large green orb came out from the
center. The orb flashed and created a holographic appearance of Neopia. "Your
objective is to do a complete orbit around Neopia and launch seven probes into
orbit so we can monitor the planet." A large red dot circled the planet, dropping
several green dots around Neopia. "Then report back here for a new mission."
"Your vehicle…" The monitor pressed another button
on his desk and a new image appeared on the hologram. It looked like a Flying
Saucer, only slightly different. There were engines on the back and the front
was shaped quite oddly. The Saucer would go slowly up like a dome, stop, go
vertically down for a single meter, then slope down the rest of the way to the
bottom. The small meter was made of glass and held the cockpit, while the rest
of the front was honeycombed with missile pods. "Is a Standard-Class Frigate."
[Frigate- Like described in the Description,
the Frigate is shaped sort of like a Flying saucer, only except with the front
irregularities. They don't spin like Flying saucers do. They are two stories
tall and are capable of holding Hyperspace Drives (Which cut open a hole in
the Space-Time Continuum and allow ships to travel at x2 to x100 faster than
light speed). Normally, Frigates are used more in space than air combat, and
ca easily take out any opposition with its dual Anti-Matter Cannons (Which nearly
all Alien Aisha Vehicles are armed with) and it's arsenal of missiles from pods
on the front. Also, in the story "Aisha Myriad", Captain Xelqued uses a Frigate
to find the location of the Hidden Tower.]
Xelqued looked at the Frigate hologram in front
of him and sighed. He wasn't used to Frigates, really. At least the mission
will be easy thought Xelqued. "You will be piloting the Nova Blight with a crew
of thirteen." The Minister added. "Five crew on deck, two working Missile Pods,
three repairmen, two Equipment Monitors, and one Private for defense… if you
really need it. Just to be safe, you will be given one hundred Starflare Missiles
and two D.E.W. Drops. Get on board the frigate tonight at Dock 17 at 3 AM. Good
As Xelqued left the office and went to the elevator,
he thought, Thirteen crew? This does not look good…
[Starflare & D.E.W. Drop Missiles- Starflare
Missiles are the standard ranged physical weapon of the Aishas. They do normal
damage and aren't too fancy. The reason they are called Starflare Missiles is
due to the stream of Red, Orange, and Yellow sparks exploding out of the missiles
and their impact, which looks like a literal 'Sun Flare'.
D.E.W. Drops really stand for Dilithite Energy
Warhead. Dilithite is the Aisha word for "Slothite", a powerful chemical on
Neopia (See Chemistry for Beginners). D.E.W. Drops are named due to two reasons.
The first one is the uncanny resemblance of a Dew Drop. The second is that when
launched, the pointed side of the D.E.W. Drop emits a stream of steam, which
is the cooling liquid for the missile heated and expelled. Those reasons have
given it the name "D.E.W. Drops".]
GARLAK IV, NIRZIP, XELQUED'S HOUSE, 1 AM- "BRRRRRRRIIINNGG!!!" The high pitched
noise of his Alarm Clock almost got Xelqued to fall right out of his Sleeping
Pod. He coughed as he hit the Alarm Clock. A tiny little hovering droid wearing
an apron came through the door of Xelqued's room.
"Good Morning, sir! I take it you'll need me
to take care of Palpy, correct?" the little droid said. Palpy was Xelqued's
little Puppyblew. The droid was Xelqued's 'housekeeper', 343 Clean Sweep. Xelqued
just called him Sweep.
"Yes, Sweep, please do. I don't know how long
I'll be back." Xelqued said as he walked into the bathroom and entered the Wake-up-Wash-up
Xelqued emerged from his room five minutes later,
wearing his Military Uniform. "Sweep, take care of the house. I'll be back in…
oh, say, three days…" Xelqued said as he left his house to his Cruiser.
"Don't worry sir, this house will be spotless!"
Sweep said as he looked at the sleeping Palpy. "Whew… Time to finally take that
ten hour nap I've always wanted…"
GARLAK IV, OUTSKIRTS OF NIRZIP, ALIEN AISHA DOCKING
STATION #3, DOCK 17, 2:50 AM- Xelqued walked into the room with two guards escorting
him. The Frigate stood, ready, with his crew lined up behind the entrance door.
As usual custom, the crew of a ship must always salute their Captain and enter
the ship after him. Xelqued walked up to the line and looked at their rankings.
He walked by everyone and made his way to the Crew that would be on the bridge.
Lieutenant Glibrop… long hair… Lieutenant Jublgurp… Young… Lieutenant Kiglbrog…
Looks more like a drill sergeant… Lieutenant Higola… Female… Lieutenant… Norbekk?
Xelqued thought. He glanced at Norbekk. Since he was last in line, he returned
a salute to the perfectly still Aishas.
"Good to see you again Norbekk," Xelqued said.
Norbekk nearly instantly replied back, "Same
with you captain"
In a matter of minutes, the crew were all in
their position, and Xelqued was ready to launch. "Norbekk, charge Hyperdrive
engines and make sure engines are nominal. Glibrop, monitor life support systems
to ensure we're alright for Space conditions. Jublgurp, get the Command tower
to let us free. Kiglbrog, get a navigational course ready. Higola, monitor weapons.
Everyone ready?" Xelqued said.
The crew, in unison, said "Sir, yes sir!".
"Good," Xelqued said. "Engage thrusters and
The ship lurched and churned as the belly thrusters
began to lift the heavy Frigate. The main engines flared with power as the Frigate
leveled itself and blasted out of the port. The belly thrusters continued to
push the Frigate higher with the added thrust of the engines. Xelqued hated
many things in the technology of the Aishas. One of them was the constant jittering
of a Frigate as it attempts to leave orbit. He was jumping in his seat due to
the rumbles of the engines. He strapped himself into his seat and got ready
for what he really hated: Going into Hyperspace.
Xelqued sighed as he held the arm rests of his
seat. He looked at the screen in front of him, which showed "Hyperdrive Engine
Status: 100% READY TO ENTER" He took one glimpse of Nirzip at night and got
ready to say the three words he dreaded most in a Frigate. "ENGAGE HYPERDRIVE
The ship stood still almost. The rumbling stopped
for a split second. Xelqued closes his eyes, and so did several crew members.
The ship then lurched as it blasted off at immensely fast speed out of orbit
and clear past the Garlak system. He held tight as the intense rumbling and
G-Forces hit the ship, but slowly calmed as it began leveling itself in Hyperspace.
He let go and opened his eyes. He let out a deep sigh, but got extremely tired
at that point… He yawned and closed his eyes and fell into his well-deserved
To be continued…