of May, 2551
Halberd-class destroyer UNSC Iroquois
In any other situation, the clueless silence following his query would've been almost comical.
"I say again, what are we seeing?" Repeated Commander Jacob Keyes, frowning as he took his seat among the crewmen of
"An unidentified ship appeared on our long-range sensors a couple of minutes ago, roughly one hundred million kilometres away.
" Lieutenant Hall was the first to reply, turning to face her commanding officer. "It just appeared from nowhere."
"Appeared?" Keyes inquired curiously.
"Yes, sir. Strange thing is, there was no slipspace rupture, no nothing. It sat there for a couple of minutes before it moved."
"What'd it do, Lieutenant?"
"We recorded a significant energy build-up. That's when we sent for you, sir, and were preparing for a slipspace jump. Next thing we know, it's speeding away towards this system's star.
It then began to orbit it at one third the speed of light, moderately deep in the corona. It's been doing that for about ten minutes, sir."
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