###Antenora, Cocytus System
Between Nas Modeh and Suzel City
The pirates had come out of nowhere, clearly taking advantage of the chaos that had forced the Clan fleets to scramble to defend against the rash of crises caused by the resurgence of the Infinite Empire across the sector. Closer to home, planetary auxiliary squadrons had remained behind in case of any force majeure.
No one had expected to be waging several skirmish battles over various cities all over the planet. The battle over Nas Modeh had been particularly brutal, and while there wasn’t anything left of the attackers, the victory had been a costly one for Arron and his remaining squadron members.
Arron could sense that their morale was pretty low, and he didn’t need his Force senses to figure it out, based on the heavy silence over the comms the last quarter hour. They needed to mourn, but they’d mourn their fallen once they’d get back to the hangar in Suzel. As it was, the munitions were pretty much all used up, the shields wouldn’t take many more hits either…
That’s when an emergency message flashed across his screen…
x://_Identity Verified: @ArronSaylos
Suzel City civilian district under attack. Reinforcement several hours away. Urgent need of assistance req-
// the rest of the transmission is cut off //
Your squadron has been reduced to three elite fighters, including yourself. One of the pilots has one (1) torpedo left, and all of you have next to no shields. You must protect the capital from this last remaining threat. Meanwhile, reinforcements are at least another hour away, if they arrive at all.