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>Unit 09478 CHAIKA jumping to Waypoint Beacon Rosette Gamma-4…
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>Jump complete.
>Large starship on intercept course…
>Weapons Lock detected…
>Controller: “Morphean vessel, this is the Ascendant Juno, you have entered Hitomi Sphere space, state your purpose.”
>09478: “This unit is engaged in a peaceful scouting and exploration mission.”
>Controller: “Your residuals do not match an approved Waypoint signature. We will escort you to Ishan Station for processing.”
>Four rigs launch from Ascendant Juno, drifting into star formation around 09478.
>Controller: “Failure to comply will result in your termination.”
>09478: “This unit is not seeking conflict. This unit will return through the Waypoint Beacon.”
>Controller: “Not an option, please pilot your vessel on bearing [REDACTED] and enter orbit around Ishan Station.”
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>09478 Operational Notes: The Ascendant have great power. Possible threat to The Dream. Bio-synthetic fusion intellig—
>Controller: “Morphean vessel, cease your scan immediately.”
>09478 Operational Notes: “—ence. Possible presence of the Hymn. Young Homo sapiens life signatures associated with machine pseudo-sentience in both mechs and starships.”
>Controller: “Morphean vessel, cease your scan or you will be terminated.”
>09478 Operational Notes: “Quantum pair data transmission initiated…”
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>Controller: “Morphean vessel terminated. Begin salvage operation.”

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