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Humans are Space Orcs: Leviathan

Humanity joined the Galactic Confederacy just over four human generations ago. In that time they have gained respect, admiration, and fear from the other races in the Confederacy.

It usually takes five Gor (one Gor=20 years) for a species to change their Central government enough to incorporate the Confederacy as a part of the system.

Humanity rebuild their multinational governmental system to mirror the Confederacy and include the Confederacy within itself in just two Gor.

In that time they also sent out hundreds of researchers of every discipline to serve in different capacities throughout the Confederacy. They sent all knowledge and technology back to the Sol system and by the end of their fourth Gor of membership they had advanced their societies technology to the point of competing with the most advanced species.


The Terrans military capabilities advanced in tandem with their second Renaissance. Their ships used projectile rail cannons as well as fission warhead missiles. As if that wasn’t enough all of their marines are also trained to fight hand to hand with species twice their size. This coupled with their sheer ferocity makes them a force to be reckoned with.


I focus so heavily on their military prowess because, despite what other reports may say, I think humanity is single handedly responsible for saving the Confederacy.


It started when the Empire of Narlas had a new ruler come to power, Glantos Bly'thes. Xi was a Filpian who killed the previous emperor in single combat and then cannibalised xir. Next came the Empire “Negotiating” for control of key mining systems near their border.


The local races of the Confederacy refused and before long there were small skirmishes being fought for these systems. This brings the full attention of the Confederacy to bear witness to their new enemy. A few armadas were dispatched to the area to defend against the Empire.


That is when the Empire played it’s hand and brought in the Colossus, moon sized ships fitted with unspeakable amounts of armaments that were powered by the radiation from tiny black holes. One was enough to destroy all of the Armadas sent to defend the border. Then they sent thirteen more.


The Confederacy’s war council was wracked with shock and fear when the human ambassador approached them with a plan. If fear and desperation had not had such a tight grip on the council may have thrown out the plan and surrendered. Instead they took the plan, promoted the human ambassador to the war council and set out to the new task before them.


This was going to be the most costly endeavour ever undertaken in both lives and resources. The first thing they did was begin pumping out more Dreadnought class ships to throw at the Empire. These armadas were unofficially labeled Kamikaze fleets by the humans because Usually human captained ships would try to crash their ship into the Colosus death machines. Humans lead every fleet, and sometimes were the only crew in a fleet, during those years of destruction. 165 million humans died as well as 200 million of other species on the ships. The civilian casualties were in the billions.


It was at this point two things happened. The Confederacy surrendered and Humans launched the Leviathan from Sol 4 station.

The Leviathan was so named because of its resemblance to a behemoth, aquatic monster.

The ship was seven glar (10.2 km) in length. It had state of the art cloaking technology as well as a full complement of human designed weapons. The real reason for the ship’s design though was its main cannon. It fired a 2 ton tungsten rod at a one tenth the speed of light. Surprisingly the ship only has one human crewman who is suspended in a specially designed tank that prevents the G force of using the ship’s main gun from turning his body to paste.


The Leviathan would launch sneak attacks on the Colossus ships firing the rods at close range. After the first dozen or so assault the Empire was furious at the amount of damage this single, puny ship was doing. Each rod was creating impact craters so large it was affecting the singularity containment, not to mention the loss of lives in every attack.


At this point Earth launched the second Leviathan with an upgrade. Each of the rods was tipped with plutonium, meaning each rod now detonating with a nuclear explosion. The two then began to coordinate their attacks and after the first Leviathan would rip a section of the ship up the second one would attempt to rupture the containment around the black hole.


This system proved highly effective. Within an earth Month the two ships had destroyed 11 of the 14 Colossus ships. The final 3 were told to retreat back into their home territory. But the Leviathan pilots and the rest of humanity had different ideas. They followed the three ships to the center of Empire territory and began assaulting the final 3 Colossus in their home system. In the combat one tried to escape around the systems star when it fell into the Leviathan’s trap. The two ships fired on the Colossus forcing it into the star’s gravity then they breached the ship’s containment field. Within an hour the star had begun ripping itself apart. The Leviathan left a transmitter at the edge of the system explaining what they had done and what they promised to do if the Empire invaded Confederacy territory again.

Aerial view looking northwest of Manhattan Island and Brooklyn Heighs. Early 1963.

Photo: The Port of New York Authority

Source: Rai Y. Okamoto, Frank E. Williams and Et Al. “Urban Design Manhattan. Regional Plan Association” (New York, The Viking Press, 1969).

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Top of the Empire State Building barely peaks out from above the cloud deck, viewed from the Observation Deck of One World Trade Center. This view is basically “the island of Manhattan” during a day where the clouds are low.