Gate (Final Effect AU?)
When a large gate appeared in the middle of an Imperial mining settlement, most of the residents waved it off as another bizarre Dia-Farron experiment. After all, several of the Empire’s resident mad scientists happened to live in the settlement, and a strange gate appearing in the middle of it was hardly the strangest thing they’d ever done.
It was only when soldiers armed with swords and other ancient forms of weaponry began to pour out of the gate that people began to worry. Thankfully, the Empire had insisted on all of its citizens not only keeping weaponry on hand but also knowing how to use it. It was common sense, given the ability of the Grimm to strike quickly and without warning, especially along the Empire’s borders.
The settlement also possessed automated defences of its own, many of which had been designed by the aforementioned Dia-Farron. Once the soldiers actually began swinging their weapons around, the defence system designated them as threats and began to act accordingly.
X X X
Once upon a time, a steel sword would have been a good weapon. Likewise, steel armour and shields would also have provided adequate defences. Once upon a time.
That time was long gone.
The enemy soldiers were greeted by a swarm of flying spheres, each no bigger than the fist of a grown man. They looked innocuous enough, but that couldn’t have been further from the truth.
Each sphere had the ability to fire several lasers at a time, and each laser was capable of melting through steel like it was butter. The result was predictable. It was a massacre. As the spheres drifted down the street, they left dismembered soldiers in their wake.
The spheres gave the local populace the time it needed to arm itself and, in some cases, don power armour.
Bows and arrows were great once.
They were useless against people wearing Standard Imperial-Alliance Power Armour which had been designed to stand up to the horrors of the Grimm. Even those not in power armour had access to Aura-based shielding devices, as well as portable personal shields.
The would-be raiders were soon in full retreat, hounded by the roar of machine guns and the hiss of plasma cannons. If that wasn’t bad enough, the resident Dia-Farrons had deployed their war hamsters.
It was amazing what a flame thrower designed to melt heavily armoured Grimm could do to humans wearing steel armour.
X X X
Her Imperial Majesty Averia IX of the Grand Empire Alliance scowled.
“Are you telling me that someone launched an attack on one of our outlying mining worlds from another dimension?” Her eyes narrowed ominously. “How?”
The Dia-Farron advisor shrugged. “Well, to be honest, we’ve only recently started mining there. We haven’t had time to set up a full spectrum dimensional-transfer shielding device. Oh, we’ve got one, but it’s for the most common methods. The gate appears to have been established by a higher-dimensional being.”
“I see.” The empress frowned. “Do we possess weaponry sufficient to kill this being if necessary?”
“Indeed we do. Remember what happened to the last higher-dimensional being who tried to invade?”
Averia did. That entity had been a hive mind that had already seized control of its entire universe. After research had revealed that everything in that universe was indeed out to kill them, the Empire-Alliance had launched its counterattack. They had blown up that entire universe, including all of the associated higher dimensions.
“Good. I would prefer to avoid repeating that particular course of action, but we will if necessary. In the meantime, I will be establishing an expeditionary force.” Her lips curled. “If they want to invade our territory and harm our citizens, we’ll show them the error of their ways.”
X X X
Pina Co Lada realised how bad a mistake her father had made sending soldiers through the gate when several things happened in quick succession:
- Enemy soldiers came through the gate, obliterating the forces her father had stationed around it.
- Massive… ships had appeared in the sky, raining fire down on their armies and shooting down any wyverns they sent out.
- Their magic began to fail.
Their enemy finally deigned to send a representative forward to meet with them after taking all of the territory around the gate and laying siege to the capital itself. Every army her father had sent against them had been annihilated. On one occasion, there had been nothing left save a vast ocean of land scorched into glass.
The emissary of the enemy was a young woman with fox ears and red hair. She seemed to speak their language easily enough.
“Hello,” the woman said. “I’m here to accept your surrender on behalf of the Grand Empire Alliance.”
“Our surrender?” her father asked.
“Yes.” The woman shrugged. “If you refuse, I will order my forces to open fire. Every single soldier and member of the nobility currently in this city will be dead in less than five seconds after I give the order.”
Her brother, Zozal, roared. “Lies, father!” he drew his sword. “We should fight -”
The woman smiled and pointed. A beam of light lanced down from the sky. Her brother disintegrated.
“Please, don’t misunderstand. This isn’t a negotiation. Oh, we could hold back, you know, fight you on more even terms, but that would only prolong the fighting and increase the casualties. Allow me to be perfectly clear. You cannot win. You can either surrender, or I can kill you and ask the next leader if they’re willing to surrender.”
Her father remained silent.
“You sent your soldiers through the gate. I imagine you were out to plunder, pillage, and who knows what else. Well, now the shoe is on the other foot.” She smiled. “The Grand Empire Alliance has a principle in warfare. It’s called reciprocal conduct. If our enemy refuses to fight in a civilised manner, then they cannot expect, nor shall they receive, quarter or mercy. Your attack on our mining settlement was an act of war, made worse by the fact that you sent no declaration of war, nor did you attempt to establish diplomatic relations or anything of the sort. Instead, you came simply to take what you could by killing anyone who stood in your way.”
“Wait,” Pina said quickly. “Surely, we can -”
“You can surrender.” The fox-eared woman’s voice was flat. “And don’t bother appealing to those gods of yours. We’ve dealt with them already.”
“What?” her father blurted.
“Yes, we have. One of them was the one responsible for opening the gate. They’ve been dealt with. They are currently in custody in a hyper-dimensional prison cube while we work out a fitting punishment. The rest have been sealed off in their home dimension. They can neither reach this world, nor influence it in any way. Depending on how they respond to our queries, they may or may not be around after tomorrow.” She smiled. “Now, about your surrender…”