Senior Commander Xander Fyrstar was curled up comfortably in his quarters as he listened to the transmission that had been recently relayed to the starbase from a group of light cruisers on a scouting mission.
According to the official report, the small squadron of three light cruisers had been fired on shortly after exiting hyperspace near a planet designated as Xi-33-2, more commonly known to its inhabitants as Terra Firma.
Commodore Red of the DFS Scarlet
had given the order to engage all hostile targets and had subsequently wiped out a small fleet of unmanned drones. Within three standard time units, the DFS Scarlet
had received a transmission from someone identifying herself as ‘MRC.’ Commodore Red proceeded to order his squadron to hold position 2000 kilometers outside of the planets gravitational field to conduct repairs and relay his findings to his superior, Xander Fyrstar.
“Riley,” Fyrstar addressed the ships computer “What’s your take on this?”
The holographic avatar of the flagships sentient AI materialized over a nearby console. “It would appear that Synarian
tea is a highly coveted commodity. Valuable enough for an entire nation to go to war over it,”
Riley paused for a few heartbeats before continuing. “I would advise prioritizing establishing trade with this Commonwealth
Noting the Commanders body language, Riley spoke again, this time with a hint of harshness, “Xander, after that last incident, the other Senior Commanders are not going to allow you to take another large fleet into combat for anything less than a full scale war.”
“Fine.” Xander hissed at Riley in annoyance before pulling up a new window with a flick of his tail, “I will record a response to send in an hour.”
Hello Mrs MRC,
My name is Senior Commander Xander Fyrstar of the DFS Dawn. I represent the Deltan Federation’s interests in this region of space. On behalf of the Exploration Fleet, I apologize for this unfortunate misunderstanding.
It is the Federation’s goal to establish friendly trade with civilizations, not to subjugate them. If the Synarian Commonwealth does not object to your proposal, we will not interfere. The Deltan Federation does not wish for this incident to escalate into something regrettable.
Meows and Purrs Senior Commander Xander Fyrstar