Please Enjoy the story short as it is. and be aware the 12th is from the time of the Old Star League, but is now displced time and space to a alternate reality/dimension.
The Crossing. Part 1.
As the Gamma wave slice through the darkness of space, already warned by the signals that the picket ships had sent out. What the 12th did not know was that even though the main gamma wave had not reached them at the time of the jump, the leading edge was actually several thousand kilometers in advance of the main destructive wave.
It was those gamma ray bands that caused the 12th to miss jump. When the gamma rays interacted with the ships KF drives it caused many of the ships to have what is classified as a hyper jump. A hyper jump not only bends the fabric of space but it can also bend time and some say reality.
With the picket ships warning still clear in every ones mind the remaining ships of the fleet were all beginning to preparing to make emergency jumps to a pre selected location, according to emergency protocol plan Bravo-Six by the order of Admiral Travis, it was one of the many contingency plans all fleets have and use in just this type of case.
When the emergency jump signal was sent out and the different groups of ships began following the protocols for an emergency jump set down by the star league. All ships had several programmed jump settings fixed into their navigational computers. One of the biggest problems with fleets making an emergency jump is that when large groups of ships do it the navigational computers try to adjust for all the other ships KF signatures causing ships to jump farther and farther apart, a fleet can end up being scatter over a much wider area.
When the different squadrons of the fleet began jumping they were following the Bravo-Six protocol as ordered by the fleets overall commander. Emergency protocols work on a simple formula, depending on which one that was selected, the protocol takes the ships current coordinates from the navigational computer, it then figures in both a preset direction and distance, that distance can be anything from 1 light year to 30 light years.
The separate parts of the fleet would then jump to different points in the new location, the fleet would reassemble in the new location once the recall signal was sent out, what no one knew was that when all the ships began their jump sequences, was that they were already in the gamma waves leading edge and that belt of energy added in with the ships own energy field it would cause every ship in the fleet that made the jump to do a hyper miss-jump, multiplying the distances jumped by a factor of up to ten in some cases.
Because of this the fleet was scattered over tens of thousand kilometers as it jumped in to its new location, most vessels jumped in close to their respective relocation spots, but several portions of the fleet did not. When the recall signal was sent out a lot of ships did not acknowledge the signal with any kind of answer it was hoped that they made it and were just out of the 60 light year ranges of interstellar communication of the day.
Admiral Travis had the recall code for the 12th transmitted, squadrons and demi fleets started to drift in over several week, those portions of the fleet that had been farthest out did not get there for almost two months. Most of the fleet had responded and regrouped, but once the stragglers had finished drifting in it became apparent that one portion of the fleet that had not regrouped, that information was brought to Admiral Travis' attention.
As the different sub fleets began to checked in with both damage reports and missing ships, Fleet Admiral Travis was concerned as he had not gotten a recall reply from more than two dozen individual ships, not to mention the entire Task Force Furious battle group. The loss of Task Force Furious was was a major concern to him due to both it being a sizable portion of the battle fleet and the fact that his wife commanded it, later it was also learned that several of the independent marine brigades and their escorts were a major portion of the two dozen ships that had not answered the recall.
It was decided that each of the sub fleets would detach several of its escort ships to form search patrols. Those patrols would move out in a sweeping arc in an effort to contact Task Force Furious or the Marine Brigades, in case they were out beyond normal communications range, they would be also be searching for signs of ship wreckage or escape pods.
During those many sweeps by the escorts of the fleet, that two stellar clusters were found, one was to the far left of the assembled fleet about 85 light years away, In time it would be learned that it was known as the Volaran Cluster by those that were from there. On the right of the assembled fleet was a second larger and more densely tightly packed stellar formation about 125 light years away known as the Ghost Region, this would be learned from a captured pirate jumpship that stumbled in to the escorts of one of the family fleets.
The Ghost Region was home to mostly pirates and mining colonies, most of the support fleet and the entire combined family fleets was on the farthest fringe of the assembly area. After learning of the possibility of pirates, Fleet Admiral Travis ordered the 2nd and 3rd Marine Divisions transport groups to move towards the area of the Combined Family and support Fleets so that they had additional protection besides just their own escorts, they would also begin to investigate the stellar cluster that they were going to be close to them.
As the marine transports moved in closer to the stellar cluster its escorts moved forward to investigate the fringes of the Ghost Region. The pirates told them that in several locations within the region there are both small and large clusters of habitable planets. But most of the region is totally unexplored due to the fact that the many of the gas giants are unstable and passing to close to their gravitational fields can destroy the integrity of a ships drive.
Most of the habitable fringe planets were either the home of colonies of miners or pirates, some of these enclaves were the worst of the worst that were sent there as members of penal mining institutions that were either purposely forgotten or just abandoned and now taken over by who knows who.
Admiral Travis sent several small groups of escorts towards the Volaran Cluster to gather intelligence, the escorts moved forward until they were in extreme long range sensor range for the destroyers. All the data they gathered was relayed back to fleets information center aboard the Admiral's command ship. The main battle fleet along with the transport ships of the 1st Marine Division moved forward towards the listening destroyers with extreme caution.
Along the way Admiral Travis had his staff looking over every little detail of information that the destroyers were relaying back. After weeks of long range reconnaissance the Admiral had several of the destroyers fan out as they move forward, it was time to see if they could pick up any, more detailed information about the cluster.
The Admiral would leave squadrons at different jump points so that they could act as relays between fleets at the Ghost Region, the Voloran Cluster and the Admiral's command ship. What no one in the main battle fleet knew was that at the same time all this was happening Task Force Furious was picking up stragglers and approaching the Volaran Region from the opposite side. The Volaran Region and its inhabitants would be the first new people that the 12th would meet in this strange new sector of space.
Admiral S.G. Corsair, Commanding Officer of the Sovereign League 1st Sovereign Guard Naval Group
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