The 3rd Imperial Usdiki Fleet, with the support of the attached 1st Imperial Usdiki Rangers, assaulted the Munnarn system in the early weeks of 1114. Their orders were to retake the Highport and Shipyards, and to establish fortified positions both there, and in the adjacent Fog.
The Fleet arrived in system on 1114-018, after jumping from Usdiki, and immediately began moving troops, small ships, and support modules into the Fog (through portals created by Lord Vog) to create a fortified base on the asteroid that had been cleared during the previous expedition. Sir Tink Tink was given command of the facility, as “Steward of the Fog Island Fortress.” The asteroid was lashed to a number of small-craft to serve as impromptu engines, turning the “Fog Island” into a (sort-of) mobile asteroid monitor.
While Sir Tink Tink established a fortified base on the asteroid and began to move it toward the Highport (the target), Lord Fermi and Lord Vog coordinated the arrangement of gates into the fog and capital ship spinal weapons to clear out large patches of spiderweb-infested Fog. It looked sort of like an aurora… or a forest fire through thick-brown smoke, for the marines, techs, and flight crews stationed on the Fog Island Fortress.
First contact was with a small group of three 100-300 ton vessels on 1114-039. The initially refused to respond to hails from the fleet, but after threats to fire upon them if they did not alter their course, they turned around and began heading back toward the Highport. Lord Fermi directed the Assault Squadron to pursue the vessels, incapacitate them with heavy fighters and then board.
Sir Emmett (Spider-Killer) led the boarding party to investigate the largest of the three ships. Most of the human passengers were huddled in the hold, but warrned Sir Emmett about the “crazy man” on the bridge. The naked, deranged man tried to shoot the Lieutenant, and Sir Emmett was forced to kill him. The crews of the other two vessels then surrendered and protested that they didn’t know where they were or what they were doing.
Lord Fermi spoke briefly, on 1114-044, via holo-comm with a human being possessed by a little master calling itself Pox’ngkl. The little master insisted that the highport “is mine!” and encouraged Lord Fermi to come and try to take it from him.
On 1114-058, sensors crews on Fog Island Fortress picked up another asteroid in the Fog ahead of them. Sir Tink Tink ordered the flight-crew of the make-shift monitor to slow down and alter course so as to avoid a collision. The new asteroid looked oddly like a flying volcano… and it was crawling with spiders.
Lord Fermi and Lord Orkin’s squadrons were also moving in on the Highport. On the same day waves of Heavy Fighters from the Judgement and the two Assault Carriers suffered minimal damage, but no casualties, while eliminating the laser defenses and incapacitating the screens and other weaponry on the orbital Highport and Shipyards. Lord Fermi had to shout Lord Orkin down when he ordered all guns to fire on the Highport. Had Lord Fermi not intervened, the Highport would probably have been destroyed.
Tink Tink summoned the Golden Apple and lead the charge himself against a wave of laser-staff wielding giant spiders who lept across the gap between the two asteroids in the Fog. He directed the asteroid-fortresses available gun emplacements to eliminate as many as possible, before they could land. Two spiders survived the fusion gun assault to to land on Fog Island Fortress and open fire on the small squad of defenders that Tink Tink had assembled there.
After a brief fire-fight, Tink Tink and his forces killed the two remaining spiders (though Golden Apple and another Ranger were injured) and took them back to the lab-module for study. He was especially interested in the armor they were wearing.
Fermi and Lord Vog coordinated another spinal-mount attack, by the Judgement, on the asteroid in the Fog that was opposing Tink Tink. The volcano-asteroid split apart and into dozens of smaller chunks from the blast. However, Tink Tink reported that a point of magma remained still and unmoving in the void while the rock-chunks drifted apart. No… it was actually starting to grow… growing into a new “volcano-asteroid.”
Coordinated scans on both sides of the Fog indicated that the only little master nearby was the one on the command deck of the Highport. Lord Fermi ordered the Judgement to make another spinal mount attack, burning off the Command decks of the station and destroying the little master.
Prince Orkin donned a battle-platform and, along with a fireteam of three others in battle-platforms, approached the shipyards attached to the Highport. They discovered that a spider-ship was being built there out of conventional starship components, and engaged in a shootout with some laser-staff wielding spiders. The spiders couldn’t penetrate their armor, so the fight was a bit one-sided.
Meanwhile, Tink Tink noted that spiders were swarming onto another spider-ship in the Fog, and ordered it destroyed by the fortress’s guns before it could get away. This ship was made of wood and ceramics… much less durable.
Ranger units entering the Highport faced stiff resistance, from what later turned out to be mind-controled human forces. The vast majority of the casualties of the battle occurred here. Lord Fermi and Sir Emmett themselves had to be carried to medical facilities after being caught in gouts of steel-vaporizing plasma. Lord Fermi had to get a third suit of battledress, after spending a few days in a medical berth. Sir Emmett (along with a dozen other rangers) had to undergo substantial cybernetic modification in order to survive the experience.
After Lord Admiral McClain’s forces secured control of space both within and without of the Fog surrounding the Munnarn Highport and Shipyard, Lord Vog was asked to open the portal from the Odin to the The Immortal City of Pandius. He did so successfully on 1114-070, but when the portal opened a Vargr with deep black fur and black leather armor materialized in front of it out of some sort of black mist.
The Vargr stranger demanded to know who Lord Fermi and Lord Vog were. Fermi tried to impress him with his (hard to remember) long list of titles and awards. The stranger introduced himself as Loup the Black. When Fermi told Loup that they were working for Khoronous, the vargr seemed reluctantly satisfied. He told Fermi that he would allow them to use the gate, even though it hijacked part of one of his conduits. But, he would like to “close his own doors;” so insists on establishing his own fortified gate at it’s entrance before vanishing into a black mist once again.
Fermi then used the gate to visit Khoronous in Pandius, for updates and further instructions. He learned that Loup the Black, Lord of the Wolfwood was part of the Sphere of Thought, was ‘one of Korotiku’s people,’ and that he respected strength and loved combat.
On the way back through the conduit to Munnarn, Fermi saw Loup standing, arms crossed, at a juncture (with a portal behind him). Fermi, following Khoronous’ advice (?!) flew at Loup and delivered a “superman-style” punch that threw the Lord of the Wolfwood back through the portal and into his own realm.