Member of Asgard Council
Member No.: 12
Joined: 23-April 05
here is the first 5 chapters as thats how much i wrote. ENJOY
Prologue: Fields of peace
A wondrous city floated in the sky of an unnamed planet in the aiser galaxy. This galaxy was home to the first Asgard. These Asgard knew of reproduction and were not as weak as the clones that will precede them in 1 million or more years from then. The Asgard from back then were larger and more humanoid than the clone bodies, but they still retained the greyish colour skin and the large head. The Asgard in the mighty city were preparing for war, their evil brethren was sending a fleet of asgard mother ships from the planet neiflheim to destroy the city and all hopes the asgard have of creating an immortality potion, using this they could spread life throughout the galaxy like the ancients once did. They were very close to finishing it, when the assault began. The civilian Asgard were evacuated, but the warriors stayed in their ships. The evil ancient Asgard, who now called themselves, Neifl, outnumbered the Asgard, 6 to 1, still the valiant Asgard fought on until the last ship was laid to waste. Before the Supreme Commander of the Asgard fleet, Odin, was destroyed he activated an auto-defence mechanism. This mechanism transports the city to a moon in the distant corner of the aiser galaxy, ruled by no one; it was a desolate place where the Neifl would never look, this way the Neifl could never get their hands on it. The Neifl assumed that the rubble destroyed the city. With the asgard gone and the city destroyed, the Neifl sent about roaming the universe, galaxy to galaxy, until only a few remain free of them. Meanwhile one Neifl mother ship remained in the aiser galaxy, waiting, until they found out where the Asgard fled too…………………………
Chapter 1: Lost City Expedition, Depart
In Atlantis, They were receiving an incoming wormhole, from the Ida galaxy.
“ Lower the shield” Weir said. The man at controls lowered the shield covering the Stargate. A lone Asgard walked through the gate. The wormhole closed behind him. Major Sheppard and Dr. Weir went to greet this new friend.
“ Greetings, welcome to atlantis” Dr. Weir said holding out her hand to the Asgard.
“ Greetings, I am Bifrost, one of the Asgard’s most respected commanders,” He said shaking the hand of Dr. Weir. Dr. Mckay who had been sleeping approached Dr. Weir, “Well what did I…” He started but he noticed Bifrost.
“ Oh hello” He said. Bifrost looked at him awkwardly before he turned back to Weir.
“ We need your assistance” Bifrost said.
In the command room Bifrost was sat at the head of the table, around the table was seated, Dr. Weir, Major Sheppard, Dr. Mckay and an earth representative who had arrived by Stargate from the asgard homeworld, His name was Colonel Mark McKnight.
“ The asgard thank you for agreeing to hear us out, we believe we have found the location to the Asgard lost city” Bifrost explained.
“ Wait you’re saying the Asgard also has a lost city, like the ancients did?” Weir asked.
“ Yes, each of the four great races had their own great city, it is unfortunate though that most great cities were lost in battle” Bifrost replied.
“ So this city has great weapons and technology like Atlantis did?” Weir asked, she was eager to learn as much as she could about this Asgard city.
“ Yes. We believe it contains the secrets to the Asgard race, secrets long lost, secrets we need to ensure the survival of our race” Bifrost explained.
“ But why did you want to tell us this?” Weir inquired.
“ The asgard wish your assistance in getting there, we are sure the only gate able to reach this city is the one here, in atlantis, and we also wish you send a team of your people to the city as the asgard are unable to send enough citizens to control the city accordingly, I myself will arrive at the city 1 earth month after the arrival of your team, I will be arriving by starship, but I need someone inside the city to send me the co-ordinates, so I wish a team of humans sent through the Stargate to the aiser galaxy” Bifrost concluded.
“ You expect us to just agree to go into an unknown galaxy without the aid of your race for a month!?” Weir blurted.
“ Yes” Bifrost replied.
“ Yes? That’s it? Yes? Well I am afraid I cannot allow this to happen, I mean who could I appoint to command this expedition, the only people I can trust with the lives of my men I need here” Weir yelled.
“ Ah Elizabeth..” Mckay Said.
“ What Rodney” Weir replied testily.
“ I volunteer myself for this expedition” He said.
“ And you expect me to allow you to do this?” Weir said.
“ Yes” Mckay replied.
“ Yes? You’re just as bad as him,” She yelled, pointing towards Bifrost.
“ If I may interject, I have a team assembled on earth who would be ready to attempt this expedition” Colonel McKnight explained.
“ Can you assure me no one will be hurt on this expedition?” she asked, nodding to Dr. Mckay, Colonel McKnight and Bifrost. Each person nodded simultaneously.
“ All right, I assume the Asgard have a Z.P.M?” she said.
“ Yes the asgard have the ancient power source required to dial to the lost city” Bifrost explained. Dr. Weir wasn’t very happy about losing Mckay, and she wasn’t so sure about this expedition, but she had to agree, the secrets of the Asgard could be just as helpful as the secrets of the ancients, and she did risk a lot getting to Atlantis.
Several hours later a team of only 11 people were assembled in the gate room. Bifrost had left to the Asgard via his star ship for the aiser galaxy but he assured no more than 11 people were needed for the expedition. Dr. Mckay was there, head of the expedition, he was glad to be in charge for once, maybe his ideas could be taken seriously, or maybe the names of things could be. Colonel Mark McKnight was standing next to Mckay; he was the 2nd in command of the expedition and was ranking military officer. There was also a pilot accompanying them, Commander Wyatt Quinn, he was an excellent pilot and had a history with Colonel McKnight. The other military personnel were; Major Seth Tamziri, and Captain Roger Stevens, both of these men the Colonel didn’t know but other colleagues recommended them for the mission, last of the military personnel were Sergeants Eric Boone, and Arthur Hunter. Civilians also accompanied the military on the expedition; Dr. New and Dr. Mathews were experts on the Stargate and other ancient and other technology. Dr. Hawk was a linguist recommended by Dr. Jackson from the SGC, and Mr. Nigel King was also a linguist, but not to such a high standard, although he did a lot of field work so that’s why he was picked for the expedition.
Dr. Weir stood beside the Gate Dialling guy.
“ Is the Z.P.M. hooked up?” She asked one of the technicians. With a nod back she gave the order, “ Start the dialling sequence”.
The light on the gate spun around illuminating the chevrons, 1 by one. Then it got to the 8th chevron and the wormhole was established.
“ Alrighty everyone lets go” Mckay said.
Dr. Weir sighed as the last of the Asgard city expedition went through the wormhole and the power was cut.
Chapter 2: The Dead City
On the other side of the now dead wormhole, the Asgard city expedition had arrived in a dark city. Mckay observed the situation. He along with everyone else could not see two feet in front of their face. Colonel McKnight turned on a torch.
“ Ah, that’s better” Mckay said as he rummaged through his bag and pulled out a torch. The rest of the expedition did the same. They pointed the torchlight around the room they were in. it was rather small with a doorway to either side. Above the wall they were facing was a long window; Mckay saw inside was the control panel. Colonel McKnight turned his torchlight on the Stargate. It was smaller than the earth and Atlantis gate’s. He looked at the glyphs on the gate, they were not the location of stars, they were Norse runes. He remembered Bifrost had said something about the ancients sharing the Stargate technology with the ancient Asgard. He then looked at the chevrons on the gate; they were a grey, black colour. He turned to see Mckay and the other expeditionary crew in the control room. He made his way up to the control room. Mckay had still not succeeded in activating the power source to the city.
“ What have you found out so far?” the colonel asked as he saw Mckay fiddling with the controls.
“ That it’s not like Atlantis and the lights wont come on automatically” He replied snappily.
“ Alright then, Commander with me, we’re checking out the city” Colonel McKnight said pointing to the Commander. Mckay was still fiddling with the controls. The colonel and the commander were inspecting the city but couldn’t really see much without the lights on. They ran into a few rooms with what seemed to be beds in them.
“ Well we’ve found the living quarters then” Commander Quinn said with a slight chuckle. Colonel McKnight didn’t think much of the joke. Suddenly the lights flashed on…for a moment then they flickered out again. Colonel McKnight pulled out his two-way radio.
“ What are you doing?” He yelled into it.
“ I’m trying to fix the power that’s what I’m doing!!” Mckay yelled back.
Commander Quinn set up a system of battery-powered lamps throughout the living quarters and the control room.
“ Right whatever you’re doing, do it quick, these lights wont last long, few hours at the most” Commander Quinn explained.
Mckay resumed his fiddling at the control panels while the others set up their equipment around the city.
When over 24 hours passed and Mckay had still not turned the power on the expeditionary crew became worried.
“ Eureka!!!” Mckay yelled. Somehow though, the eureka did not sound like a happy one.
“ You’ve figured out how to put the dam lights on?” Colonel McKnight asked testily.
“ No but I have figured out where the power supply is, we can go there and turn on the power manually” Mckay replied.
The team set out for the control room. When they arrived they turned on one of the battery-powered lamps. As soon as light flooded the room they all jumped back in horror. Half a dozen skeletons lay on the floor.
“ They must belong to the first Asgard that lived here, they look like they’ve been here for thousands of years” Mckay said.
“ Forget the dead bones, Lights!!” Colonel McKnight said.
“ Oh right” Mckay said as he opened up the power source. It looked like a blackened Z.P.M. but it had certain differential things to it that made it different from the Z.P.M.
“ Do you want the good news or the bad news?” Mckay asked.
“ Just tell us!” Colonel McKnight yelled
“ Well good news is we only need one of these Z.P.M. type things to power the city” Mckay said.
“ Bad news……………?” Colonel McKnight started.
“ Bad news is, it’s dead, and by the looks of it has been for a long time,” Mckay blurted.
“ Is there enough power to open a wormhole?” Dr. Hawk asked.
“ No there’s not even enough power to toast a piece of bread,” Mckay said as he threw down the Asgard power source.
“ So we have just unknowingly entered the dead city” Colonel McKnight said.
Chapter 3: Hatching A Plan
“ Wait a minute there might be power left over from the incoming wormhole we created a few hours ago, we could use that power to open up a wormhole to a planet close to here and then we could find a power source there, only problem is the gate addresses to this galaxy are stored in the city’s database which I cant get into without power” Mckay sighed.
“ But we could try right?” Dr. Hawk asked.
“ I guess we could, we would only have one chance to create a stable wormhole, we would have to guess the glyphs,” Mckay said.
“ Lets get the job done people!” Colonel McKnight yelled.
In the gate room Colonel McKnight, Dr. Hawk and Commander Quinn were readying to go through the Stargate. The rest of the team were in the control room.
“ Team 1 prepare for off world recon, always wanted to say that!” Mckay said.
“ Forget team 1 we need a better name” Commander Quinn said to Dr. Hawk and Colonel McKnight.
“ We are team 1 according to the head honcho,” Dr. Hawk said.
“ Chevron 1…encoded” Mckay said with a slight quiver in his voice. The black chevron lit up and it turned into a light grey. Mckay looked at the gate, then he turned back to the DHD. He pressed another glyph.
“ Chevron 2 encoded” he pressed another glyph down “ Chevron 3 encoded” another, then another, “ Chevrons 4 and 5 both encoded. He looked down at the DHD; he looked for a few seconds then picked another glyph at random.
“ Chevron 6 encoded,” He said. Looking at the DHD again he noticed a glyph button with golden carving, it was also the one in the centre of the DHD.
“ Guess that one is the point of origin” Mckay said to himself, he pressed down the button.
“ Chevron 7 will not lock!” Commander Quinn yelled out, noticing the 7th chevron did not light up and the gate had not activated. The 6 other glyphs also lost power.
“ NO!” Mckay yelled.
“ What is it?” Colonel McKnight asked.
“ Either it wasn’t a real gate address or we ran out of power” Mckay responded.
“ Well dial up another address, if I guess correctly then if a chevron wont lock then we ran out of power, if it will then we had an improper gate address” Dr. Hawk explained. Mckay nodded and pressed another glyph of the DHD.
“ Chevron 1… will not lock” Mckay announced, “ We’re out of power, we’re stuck here with no power and no way out of here”
Colonel McKnight looked at his team, team 1. They all left the gate room to join the rest of the expedition crew in the control room.
“ Wait a minute, I’ve just had a genius streak” Mckay yelled.
“ Well get on with it” Colonel McKnight said.
“ What do humans need to live?” Mckay asked.
“ Water.. Food.. Oxygen?” Dr. Hawk said.
“ OXYGEN!” Mckay yelled.
“ So?” Colonel McKnight asked.
“ So there is oxygen running through this city, it’s not exactly a dead city if the breath of life is flowing through it” Mckay said with a laugh.
“ What exactly are you saying doctor?” Colonel McKnight said.
“ I’m saying that there is either a way out of this city, to somewhere with oxygen, or a life support system with a stable power source,” Mckay explained. It took everyone a few seconds to realise but they all eventually got what Mckay was saying!
“ Alright everyone move out I want a search for any window showing the outside area, I want any power room you can find, I want anything worth recognition report to me or Dr. Mckay here” Colonel McKnight ordered. The entire expeditionary crew apart from Mckay fanned out in all directions of the city. Soon after the start of the search, Dr. Hawk and Commander Quinn found a window; they stared outside the window only to find a desolate planet, much like earth’s moon. Commander Quinn pulled out his radio.
“ Colonel, we are near where we found the old control room, you need to see this” He said into the radio, “ You might want to come to Doctor Mckay”
A few minutes later the entire crew had arrived on the scene.
“ This is great” Mckay said.
“ How so?” Dr. Hawk asked.
“ Well this means that there is a life support system,” Mckay said. The crew searched around the sight where they found a window.
“ Oh My!” Mckay said. He found a room with a fleet of small 3-man ships with a remarkable likeness to a wraith dart but also an Asgard beliskner class vessel. These ships were clearly designed for travel through the Stargate, much like the puddle jumper and the wraith dart.
“ This is great, Colonel, take your team to the nearest habitable planet you can find and search for a power source, meanwhile the rest of the crew can resume the search for the life support system” Mckay ordered.
“ Alright doctor, as soon as we figure this ship out we shall depart for recon mission” Colonel McKnight responded. The team Colonel McKnight had formed studied the ship for the next two hours, they had discovered how to operate the ship in less time than they had expected. Mckay was there to oversee the operation.
“ Gate-ship 1 you are ready for off world recon” Mckay said. The Gate-ship left the ground.
“ We have a go!” Mckay said.
A hatch opened up at the top of the room and the ship left the city.
“ This plan might just work” Mckay said………
Chapter 4: First Mission
“ So team, gate ship 1?” Commander Quinn blurted.
“ What’s your problem with that commander?” Colonel McKnight said.
“ Nothing just doesn’t sound right does it?” Commander Quinn said.
“ We shall keep the name of the ship until further notice captain” Colonel McKnight replied. The ship was in orbit around the moon planet, which the city was on. They saw the planet the moon was orbiting.
“ There is our first bet to find a power source for this city,” Colonel McKnight said as he told the Commander to fly the ship in that direction.
The ship flew toward the planet slowly descending, until the came across a city that looked like a modern day town on earth.
“ Land there commander” Colonel McKnight ordered.
“ Yes sir” Commander Quinn replied. He landed the ship on the outskirts of the city they scouted from above. Taking nothing but weapons with them they made their way into the city. Not many people were sited in the city until they came to what seemed to be the centre of it. A town square so to speak. In the middle of the town square was a Stargate, the same Stargate type that they found in the Asgard lost city.
“ Well looks like we found civilisation,” Colonel McKnight said.
“ Yeah, they seem pretty civilised by the looks of these buildings” Dr. Hawk explained.
A group of people exited the largest building in the town square; a formal looking woman in who looked very humanoid was leading them.
“ Greetings I am Shakara, The leader of this planet, and it’s people” She explained. She seemed strangely nice for an alien.
“ Greetings? I am Colonel Mark McKnight, I come from a planet in a distant galaxy in search of peace” He replied to Shakara.
“ And I am Dr. Sarah Hawk” Dr. Hawk said to Shakara.
“ And I’m Commander Wyatt Quinn” Commander Quinn added.
“ We welcome you to our homeland of Shraquill, offer you our hospitality” Shakara said with a warming smile.
“ Well thank you, but we are actually here because we need help,” Dr. Hawk explained.
“ What is it that we can assist you with my lords?” Shakara asked.
“ My Lords?” Dr. Hawk said.
“ Are you not the gods of the ancient city?” Shakara asked.
“ No but we do come from the ancient city, look we need your help, are there any structures, ruins, cave drawings, anything about the..Ancient city?” Dr. Hawk asked.
“ No, not here, but I can take you to such a place” Shakara explained.
“ Right you two stay here and I’ll report back to Mckay stating our situation, and request permission to travel through their Stargate to this site, find out everything you know about these people, including why they are being so nice to us” Colonel McKnight ordered.
“ Colonel, isn’t it obvious, they know of the city that we gated to, they think we are the ancient asgard’s who used to live there, they think we are gods” Dr. Hawk explained.
“ Goa’ulds all over again” Colonel McKnight muttered. “ Just find out what you can”
“ Yes sir” Commander Quinn said. The colonel left in the gate-ship and headed toward the Asgard city. Meanwhile Dr. Hawk and Commander Quinn were in the house of Shakara.
“ Um, I would like to ask you something Shakara, do you have any writings, or pictographs of your past, historical aspects?” Dr. Hawk asked.
“ We only know what is written in the ancient Asgard’s place that resides off world, through the Stargate” Shakara explained.
“ You know the Asgard, and you know about Stargates?” Dr. Hawk exclaimed.
“ Yes, we have read and understand much about the asgard race, we believe they brought us here, and protected us from the Neifl, until they disappeared, along with their city…that’s when the writing stops in the outpost, that is all we know” Shakara explained.
“ Neifl? What’s that?” Commander Quinn asked.
“ They are our enemy, we have long eluded them, we go from planet to planet, until they discover us, and when they do we flee to another planet, we have been here for some 100 years, we assume that they do not know of this region of space, that is why we have tried to find the ancient asgard city in this region, but to no avail” Shakara explained.
“ Well we did find it, it’s on your moon” Dr. Hawk explained.
“ The moon? We did not look there, it has no Stargate, that we know of” Shakara said in shock.
“ Well no gate on the actual moon, but we do have a gate in the city, but we cannot activate the city without power that is why we need to search this outpost you said you could take us too” Commander Quinn explained.
“ If I do take you, you will show me the city?” Shakara asked.
“ Yes of course we will!” Dr. Hawk said.
“ Many thanks to you my new friends” Shakara said. Overheard they heard the sound of the gate-ship returning to the planet.
“ Colonel’s back from the city” Commander Quinn said, jumping up and running to the site where the ship was landed before.
“ Mckay gave us a go, and he’s coming with us” Colonel McKnight said getting out of the ship closely followed by Mckay.
“ Lets do this” Mckay said.
Chapter 5: Asgard Outpost
Shakara led them to the Stargate, which was not far outside the city. She approached the DHD and dialled the co-ordinates. The event horizon was formed; it was a darker colour than the event horizon’s in the Pegasus and Milky Way galaxies.
“ This is amazing, it’s like the ancient Asgard didn’t fully achieve building a Stargate, or establishing a proper wormhole so it seems to be discoloured because of the instability of the actual wormhole” Mckay said.
“ Right…lets get the job done people,” Colonel McKnight ordered as he stepped up to the event horizon. He looked at it carefully, noticing slight differences between it and the regular wormholes back on earth. Taking a deep breath, he stepped through, followed by Shakara, then Mckay, Quinn and Hawk. They go through a dark tunnel at an amazing speed, and step out on the other side to a desolate planet. A few trees stand alone around the Stargate; there was a small path to the left.
“ This way” Shakara said pointing to the path. They followed the path until they came to a large stone carving of the Norse gods Odin, Freyr and Thor. There were Nordic runes on the bottom of the carving.
“ Interesting, these runes read, ‘beware the secrets below’” Dr. Hawk explained. Shakara stepped forth. “This is as far as we’ve ever gotten. To the north, about a days walk is the ruins of an ancient city, but there are not many writings like this here.” She said.
“ I wish we brought the ship” Mckay whined.
“ Wait” Commander Quinn said. He leant down to the runes and brushed away some dust and dirt. There was a small red circle, barely the size of his finger. He pressed it down and the 5 were struck by a bright white light, which transported them deep underground. Looking around they saw a treasury of writings and technology that looked Asgard.
“ Well looks like we’ve found what we came here to find” Colonel McKnight said.
“ No” Mckay said. Most if not all of the technology was damaged or destroyed. As was all the high desks with all the controls on them. Turning on some sort of light system they saw fallen columns and broken structures.
“ It seems this, outpost or whatever it is was struck by an aerial assault, small bomber ships have done this” Commander Quinn explained. To the left of where they were standing was a door. Walking up to it Mckay placed his hand on a side panel and it opened. This room was smaller, and looked like a power room.
“ Yes!!” Mckay yelled. He pulled out an Asgard Z.P.M. the lights in the outpost dimmed.
“ What are you doing?” McKnight asked.
“ I’m taking the power generator, what do you think I’m doing?” Mckay retorted.
“ This place is obviously more built up and intact than the Asgard city, we could make camp here” McKnight said.
“ Or we could take this back to the city and use it to power the city, and then live in the city” Mckay blurted.
“ Hang on..” Dr. Hawk said. She was fiddling with one of the control panels, which wasn’t destroyed. She pulled up a schematic of the outpost. She resumed her fiddling.
“ Doctor, please put the generator back inside the power outlet” Dr. Hawk said. With a groan, dr. Mckay put the generator back into the power outlet. The lights brightened. Dr. hawk moved around some rune stones and pushed some buttons. On the schematics it showed a bubble around the outpost.
“ A shield” Commander Quinn said.
“ Yes, this place is better equipped than the city, at least with only one power source. It would take at least 2 of these to activate a shield like this over the city” Dr. Hawk explained.
“ But..” Mckay started but he was interrupted by an alarm.
“ The Stargate has activated, apparently this alarm is to warn the inhabitants of a possible threat” Dr. Hawk said.
“ Commander, help me find out who our new visitors are” Colonel McKnight said. He nodded to Dr. Hawk. She moved around a couple of rune stones and beamed the Colonel and Commander out of the room. They made their way toward the gate. The hid behind some rocks and the Colonel pulled out his binoculars. Looking through he saw, a few warriors in jaffa like armour, but these warriors looked nothing like a jaffa or human. They looked..Asgard? Colonel McKnight stood up.
“ Hey fellas, weren’t you supposed to come by, ship?” McKnight asked. The Asgard warriors turned on McKnight. They pulled out odd looking gun sorta things and pointed them at McKnight.
“ Whoa fellas, I’m your friend remember?” McKnight said a little uneasy. A thunderous roar was heard overhead. A ship with slight differences to an O’Neill class warship was descending upon the stone with the passage to the Asgard outpost. Commander Quinn was rushing back toward the outpost to warn his friends but they had obviously detected the ship because they appeared in front of the stone and came running toward him. Shakara had a look of terror in her eyes. They came to Quinn and stopped. Dr. Hawk was holding the Asgard power generator in her hands.
“ It is the Neifl!!” Shakara exclaimed. The rest of the group were confused a little, Shakara was about to explain when a ship like the one the team used to get the Shakara’s homeworld flew down and made their position. It opened fire. The team was thrown into the air. Colonel McKnight ran toward them helping them up.
“ They’ve got the gate covered, is there any other way off this planet?” he yelled.
“ None” Shakara replied.
“ Alright commander, you and I will try to take out as many as I can, when we distract them, Mckay and Shakara will dial up her home world, and then jump into the gate as fast as you…” Colonel McKnight said before Mckay interrupted him.
“ We think we found the address to the Asgard lost city in the Nordic symbols, we’re going to dial it” Mckay said. Colonel McKnight knew not to argue with him. Colonel McKnight and Commander Quinn went around the far left and tossed a grenade near the place the Asgard warriors were standing. The warriors ran toward the two humans. McKnight say Mckay and the others run toward the gate and began dialling, 7 chevrons later the wormhole was established. Mckay looked back before jumping into the wormhole, followed by Dr. Hawk and Shakara. McKnight and Quinn shot down as many Asgard warriors as they could before running around and through the Stargate; the wormhole was cut behind them, they were unsure if the Asgard saw the gate address but that was the least of their problems. They emerged in the city in which they had travelled to from Atlantis. Mckay had already left the gate room; he was fitting the city with the Asgard power generator they had retrieved from the outpost. All the systems suddenly came on and McKay came out running, “ it worked, it worked,” He said triumphantly.
“ Colonel McKnight and Dr. Mckay please report to the control room” Sgt. Hunter exclaimed over the PA system. Mckay and McKnight ran up to the control room.
“ Our long range scanners have picked up something you should see,” he said. He pointed to a large screen. In the middle of the screen was a green dot; it was glowing on and off. That was the city. A large amount of red dots were located on the far right of the screen, they were moving slowly, very slowly, toward the city.
“ What’s that?” Mckay asked.
“ A fleet of ships” Sgt. Hunter said. “ They’ll be here within the month”