The modern hologram detection system clearly could not capture the appearance of this giant in space. It was shocking to the crew when they saw the warship through photon detection mode. A few crew members started estimating the distance between both parties. That was quite far for beams to even hit the mechs, let alone to hit them with such accuracy. All 10 shots made contact at the joints between the ray gun and the mech itself! None of them missed.
Sniper? Sniper mech pilot!
That was the first phrase that popped up in people’s mind.
That did not look good, thought the chief of the Xue Lai clan as colors were drained from her face, “Order! Do not attack until further notice.” She could tell the missing hostility of the foes. Well, if the foes were hostile, the entire clan would have been toasted instead.
It was a warning shot, obviously.
No one was foolish enough to move a muscle even without her order, especially when the immense fatigue that raided them after the biggest threat in their career had been eliminated. The accuracy of the beams convinced them to have their hands off the interface too.
So, Ye Chong finally met the chief of the Xue Lai clan. It was a private meeting only involving both of them, as demanded by Ye Chong.
She looked at Ye Chong at the strangest curiosity. The young man appeared to be fairly ordinary for the leader of a gigantic warship. He did not seem trained judging by his slender physique, but it was that indifferent charisma of him that convinced her his identity.
Ye Chong scanned the chief in a fickle disbelief, for he could not imagine such a feeble woman to be the chief.
The chief never knew the name of this indifferent young man before her, though she had given countless missions of capturing the person named Ye Chong.
She never thought of it.
It was not far-fetched for that to happen to be honest. Over the years Ye Chong had changed, a part of his graceless nonchalance had been coated with an unknown charisma. That was why the chief did not recognize him, “I am Ye Chong.” till he introduced himself.
The chief had lost the colors on her face again. She knew that name, she knew that name too well. She had been given lots of reports regarding this man disgraced by her people before the red-tailed beast incident.
She frowned as corners of her eyes wrinkled in dismay, Ye Chong could not help but sigh at her reaction of suppressed fear.
Perhaps… perhaps… she could be related to his mother.
Sadness filled him as he thought so, though his expression remained unchanged.
The chief was expecting to be killed for what she had done before, she closed her eyes and prayed for a peaceful death, “Hey.” And Ye Chong gave her a microchip, “Load this.”
Her eyes went wide as saucers when she opened her eyes. That was a pretty ancient microchip, justified by the model number printed on it – about one decade ago.
But why? Of all times? An outdated microchip?
In slight confusion she inserted the chip to the processor.
The Xue Lai people were getting restless on their ship. Their chief had been somehow “led” to the suspicious-looking warship that almost killed their people just now. It was not a good feeling as they felt they had just fed the chief to a hungry tiger.
Back on Darkniss, Appilok glanced at Sang Kan, “Kan Kan, how do you think?” Said he as he looked at the Xue Lai clan, “Our leader asked us to wait.”
“Yeah, what else can we do?” Sneered Sang Kan, “Like what could they do anyway? Remember what they did to our teacher? They are fortunate to have yet encountered us back in the He Yue galaxy.”
Appilok went completely silent as he knew he had just opened a wrong conversation.
“Shhh, careful with your words.” Scowled Rui Bing, “You don’t know the entire truth, Sang Kan.”
Rui Bing was right, she had seen the visual, she had checked out the logs. She knew the actual connection between Ye Chong and the Xue Lai clan, and certainly it did not feel good to hear something offensive from an outsider who knew nothing like Sang Kan. She believed she would not be able to face this meeting if she was the one instead.
Sang Kan pulled a funny face at Appilok and went quiet.
A moment lapsed and Ye Chong returned, with a loss of vitality that never had occurred to him in front of the people before him. “We are staying here for the next few days, keep your guards up.” He gave a quick order and stormed into his room. Rui Bing sniffed and followed.
Appilok and Sang Kan were confused, while the shooter team led by Sha Ya were bloodthirsty enough to fire those Xue Lai clan members into beehives any second.
“What the hell is going on?” Sha Ya could not help but curse.
Meanwhile, the Xue Lai clan were joyful to hear the news, as the chief announced Ye Chong’s identity.
“It’s the descendant of Ms. Yu Yu! That explains A LOT!” Ye Chong’s chivalry had been justified as the senior members hurrahed.
The Xue Lai clan was feeling pumped as they knew Ye Chong being the offspring of two greatest legends from the different aristocrats.
Ye Chong ignored the joyous calls of Xue Lai however. In the next few days he never left Darkniss. Possibly because of the fact that his mother belonged to the clan, he did not perform any kind of execution on them, despite all the things they had done before. But that did not mean he would like them, since he felt no emotional connection to any of them other than the little boy. Same goes with his feeling at Ye family, he probably would only talk to Ye Luo.
He was too tired to entertain the family “reunion” as he lingered on Darkniss.
Sang Pu was working at the deck, till the communicator woke him up from his mundane routine, but who would that be at this timing?
The number appeared to be strange to him. Confusing enough.
Sang Tie had been officially assigned as the commander of the Collision army, and he was conducting training with the new trainees now. These were the members newly transferred from the Sang Family village.
“STAY UP! WORK HARD! THE SANG FAMILY HAS NO TRASH!”
The family today was grand, “…all thanks to our teacher… he would certainly be pleased if he sees how great our family has become today…” There was sentiments in his eyes. It had been depressing news when Ye Chong disappeared along with Rui Bing.
The communicator rang at his waist, it was Sang Pu.
“What is this fella calling at this time?” He took the phone.
“Uh huh… Really?? I don’t know what to say… this is…” A joyful news it was, that Sang Tie’s hands were shaking, “Alright! I’ll be there soon!”
The new trainees were bewildered at their commander’s expression. It was never seen before. “Everyone gather up. Call the rest of the trainees. All be here in 30 seconds or I’ll break your legs for sure!” Shrieked Sang Pu.
Half a minute later, the Collision army rolled to the center…
…(At another place)…
Sang Ling led the sixth army which guarded the front line, which was the boundary of planet Yi Ju. The Collision army had been the main defense force of the Sang tribe and they had impressed the world after that fight against the red-tailed beasts. Many different forces had formed alliance with them that they managed to expand their territory to all the surrounding planets. They were great but they were low in number, so they forced six different armies that camped on different planets to combine. The sixth army was ranked the last but they offered the greatest offense, though most people remembered the sixth army merely because how most of the members were lassies.
“Meeting now.” Sang Ling stormed into the meeting room, her subordinates were astonished by her panicked reaction.
The intense ambiance was shattered by her speech after a moment of adjustment, “I had just received an order from Mr. Sang Pu.” Both Sang Pu and Sang Ling might have been brother and sister but Sang Ling would formally address her brother at the workplace. Sang Ling seemed to have matured a lot after her marriage with Sang Fan.
“So regarding this…”
The people anticipated.
“We are going to pick up someone this time.”
Her subordinates were intrigued – picking up someone? Who? With an army of such size? Wait!
A few of the subordinates seemed to have realized the only person who was capable to grab such attention from the leader, as excitement tinted their expressions.
“The first, third and fifth army would be joining us too.”
Four out of the six armies scattered across the surrounding space zone of Planet Yi Ju had been called up for the big mission this time. This was probably the largest operation in the entire history of the Collision army, the soldiers were astonished by the details, wondering what man of what galaxy could waver the armies so easily.
“Also…” Sang Ling, as if the news was not shocking enough, decided to give a few more juicy details, “I have just received updates, that, the Collision armies had departed, while there were also armies sent by the 12 other smaller tribes, following our lead.” The so-called smaller tribes were ethics who had close connection to the Sangs, the Jin Gui tribe for example.
“Oh…” The subordinates were quiet, as it was quite the overwhelming information for them.
“All departments get ready. Departing in 4 hours. Destination : Planet Xue Hui.” Sang Ling looked at her subordinates, “Dismiss.”
…(Meanwhile, at the laboratory on Planet Yi Ju)…
The Core Mathematics Laboratory was the most advanced mathematical laboratory on Planet Yi Ju, as well as the known facility in He Yue galaxy, led by certainly none other than the boy genius, Little Rock with his group of professional researches.
“Ahem…” Little Rock initiated, as he cleared his throat, “Everyone, put down your work in hand. We have a situation here. ” Both Little Rock and Zhu Ling were already happily married for two years by then. Although Little Rock remained as a shrinking violet, he had turned more vocal throughout these years.
“We need to take over all the cameras hovering between Planet Yi Ju and Planet Xue Hui. I also need a few men to keep an eye on any suspicious activity on the Virtual World. All these is to make sure the transmission is smooth.”
…(Meanwhile at Qiu Man)…
The great lady was negotiating with a major cooperation which was having different opinions in their upcoming deal. “No, I’m not giving in for this, and you know that.” Qiu Man’s tone was strong as her personality, as well as her gaze, till her secretary stormed into her office and whispered a few words into her ears.
Her expression changed, “What?” Gasped she, “Sorry, no more deal today. Some other time maybe.” And she left the office.
Planet Yi Ju had become the most developed planet in the entire He Yue galaxy by then. It was also the safest planet due to the powerful army led by the Sangs which annihilated the whole wave of red-tailed beasts nearby.
The planet was peaceful for months, till today, people were gasping out of astonishment as they spotted countless gigantic mech units zooming by the sky. It looked as if a prelude to a war.
“Wowie, what’s going on today?”
“Such army, Is there something happening?”
“I h-h-hope not.” The person, as if terrified by the wartime before, replied hesitantly, “B-b-but well! Even if there is something going on, our Collision army is unbeatable!” His statement went proudly.
“Well, check out the news, and we’ll know.”
Having that said, this day was bound to be the historical day in the galaxy.
The massive army movement had alerted the residences in the galaxy, that the Sangs had to pass out announcement promptly to clarify that the movement was merely an escort trip, not one that marched to a war.
But wait, they are going to Xue Hui?
Isn’t that the home of Xue Lai clan? When did the Sangs have something with Xue Lai clan?
On record the Sangs had once coldly declined all requests from the aristocrats and this totally contradicted their current movement.
So why? Who or what had caused the army to make such a drastic move?
This was the first time the Sangs left the Planet Yi Ju area, with an official document announcing the purpose of their trip.
The mysterious figure was sure great.
The tribes around fancied the authority the Sangs built up over these years and they had provided ample supplies for their journey. This was probably the only golden opportunity they could get to butter up this strong army to ally with them since the Sangs were the extremely low-profiled group among the others.
Different tribes contributed their own elites to join the fleet led by the Sangs and the fleet grew over time. The residents were anticipating the mystery to be revealed, regarding the master behind the entire scene. That was when a microchip was sent to the Ye family under the escort of the elite of Xue Lai clan, the very elite himself, Brahmara.
The microchip stirred up a storm at the Ye family who was already troubled by the hurricane of red-tailed beasts shower.
The Ye family immediately sent off a fleet to Planet Xue Hui, by where they met the representatives from the Xue Lai clan as they zoomed their way to Xi Feng tribe.
The development caught the attention of people again, as theories brewed, regarding this figure that had the ability to gather the forces around under his lead.
The aristocrats had joined each other, fighting against the red-tailed beasts.
The red-tailed beasts were terrifyingly formidable, that the aristocrats had to retreat on almost every occasion. If it was not the Sangs, the people would not have survived.
The Sangs were as if the silver lining in the sky, though victory remained far, far away from them.
The unity of the aristocrats, would that signify a real peace? A true victory?
Zuo Mi was a sailor who worked really hard at the ship, and somehow, as if fueled by something, there was not the slightest fatigue discernible on his face, as he walked in and out of the corridor constantly to get his tasks done.
Countless fleets arrived by to load themselves with the necessities, Zuo Mi was assigned to guide the ships to the port. The number of mechs and giant warships had kept him pumped somehow, “Wow, we actually still have so many allies around us!”
It was the confidence that fueled him, he realized, confidence towards the future of humanity.
The mass media was promoting the movement, of the growing army all traveling towards the same destination – Planet Xue Hui.
Zuo Mi was exhausted by the work as he fell asleep after his meal, only to be waken up by the noises, “The Xi Feng is here!” One of his colleagues shouted.
He got up and ran towards the window to witness the arrival of this great ally which signified the completion of the intergalactic alliance of aristocrats and it had certainly attracted participation of more forces around.