Ethereal Skies

The Cerberus Gambit
Episode 1

In the Jovian colonies a farewell party for the Leviathan jump-ship Arcadia turns lethal as the ship powers up its jump engines while slingshoting round Jupiter – a move it is not supposed to initiate until nearly all the way to Neptune. The psychic shockwave hits Calisto and Io just as trios of feral Aberrants warp in explosive devices to both the Bubasti dockyards and the Mafaa-3 research station.

Not as badly affected as most of the psions in the colonies, a small team of Aeon Trinity recruited troubleshooters – Nishikanto Bhagat, Aaron Sebastian Hatch, Summer Winters, Jamie, Leah Hale and Machiko Chu – fight off the Aberrants at Mafaa-3 using the particle accelerator to push the quantum bomb out into the vacuum of space with no further casualties.

Calisto is not so lucky and while the baseline security staff and their Ministry security chief Veronika Stanek manage to get the explosive device out of civilian areas it still goes off within the dockyards causing massive amounts of damage.

That’s not the worst of the bad news – the implosion caused by the Arcadia jumping its huge mass while within Jupiter’s inner rings rips apart the minor moon Amalthea sending debris in all directions. Gaining control of the Tooci laser array the Aeon team minimise the damage to inhabited areas but huge chunks of Amalthea slam into both Ganymede and Europa.

As the Jovian colonists lick their wounds and count their dead the questions mount as to how such an event could have happened…



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