Irina ran her hands over the console, like she had countless times before. The Lila responded quickly, as if invigorated by being fully live once more.
Her close-range scanners swept across the Desdemona; she avoided using the long-range scans to hide their vessel's active state a little bit longer. At long range, a ship whose gravitic sheath was disengaged was about as conspicuous as any old piece of space junk; with active gravitic drive, the distortion flared up across scanners light minutes
As she aborted the AI's attempt at an override, her gaze descended to the readings of the bogeys blinking in the corner of the scanner screen, and filtered out some background noise - Jarvis' warning gave her a sufficient hint what to look for.
Looking at the star's hyperspace interdiction radius, coupled with the power and pattern of the readings, the two ships had dropped hard out of hyperspace layer epsilon
- only modern military grade drives could do that. Today. A hundred years ago, no one
The scan caught more - a flock of impulse drive signatures, likely garrison ships, moving towards their position. A single gravitic sheath could be observed, a frigate or destroyer most likely, keeping the same pace. Given their delta-vee and the distance, they'd be all over them in 90 minutes, tops. Of course, unless the solitary grav-ship decided to slam on the gas, and join them sooner.
The Desdemona too could not keep her secrets, all her beta coils lost, her gravitic sheath down and shield inoperational with nothing to anchor it.
She had power - the cruiser's core ran bright and steady as the day she was launched. Several faint signatures were detectable within her form, likely independent mechanisms of some kind. Four.
And there was ... a small ship? Within one of the bays? Likely a captured one, in a predicament similar to theirs. The characteristics pointed towards a very light fast courier freighter, tiny in comparison to the Prize or Lila.
The screen flickered, and the blips drew closer. The two bogeys were invisible for now, the initial gravitic distortion of their arrival having faded; they will reappear once they come closer. If they were as fast as Irina expected, they'd be here within the hour.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WbvIEL5Iyk