Battle of Wylinta's Rings
"Let it never be said that we died like dogs, for we shall fight most valiantly!"
“Captain!” Shaundar heard Yathar’s voice, sounding almost panicked. “I count ten sail, sir!” Shaundar felt the blood in his veins turn to ice. Ten! All man-o-war class ships, every one of them. It was a whole blasted flotilla!The Battle of Wylinta's Rings was a naval engagement that took place in the rings surrounding the planet Wylinta. In this famous action, a single man-o-war class ship of the Avalonian Imperial Navy, the A.I.N.S. Queen's Dirk, engaged ten man-o-war class ships of the Fomorian Navy, and emerged victorious. This engagement was the opening salvo of the Second Interstellar War (IW2) in the Telasian System.
The Fomorian Empire declared war on the Avalonian Empire in the middle of 5041 AC. A surprise attack against the Chrysalis System followed almost immediately after. The Avalonian Navy was aware that the Fomorians were active in the neighbouring Wyndsmere System, but not in what numbers. The Avalonian Navy had begun building up their forces and calling demilitarized ships back to service, but did not realize that the Fomorians were in the Telasian System yet.
The Captain raised his head and addressed the crew on deck. His growl was as fierce as a hunting tiger’s. “Well, what say you, lads? Do you think I would surrender to a bunch of pig-faces?” The resounding “NO, SIR!” reverberated through the ship. Shaundar’s heart answered in kind. He could swear that he even felt Queenie’s agreement.The Avalonian Imperial Navy Ship Queen's Dirk was ordered to scout the space surrounding the outer planet Wylinta where a possible enemy man-o-war had been sighted by a merchant convoy, as part of her picket. This was not the first time that a rumour of enemy ships in the system had reached Fleet Command, but thus far, none of these rumours had borne fruit. The Queen's Dirk was directed to investigate the rumours, mostly to give its young and inexperienced crew some operational exercise to build their skills and confidence. Commodore Klugor Starstrike commanded the ten-ship flotilla of the Fomorian Forces. The flotilla's orders were to scout the Telasian System and return to the Wyndsmere System with a report on Avalonian ship movements and numbers, in preparation for a blitzkrieg invasion of the system, with the objective of capturing the Naval shipyards at Yggdrasil's Sprout. The large number of warships for a scouting flotilla was to assure that they could deal with any problems they were likely to encounter. They had taken up position within the rings of the outer planet Wylinta to observe the prevailing Airts, both because the locals avoided the Cthulan dominated world, and because the orbiting rock and ice of the rings provided good cover. The Queen's Dirk was almost on top of the flotilla before they noticed it. The Fomorians emerged from the asteroid field and surrounded the Dirk, to demand her surrender. The Queenies declined the invitation.
Their first sight of the rings of Wylinta came just before shift change at the helm. The outer ring, from a distance, looked like a wheel. Beyond it, Shaundar could see a shimmering band that might have been a ring or a trick of the light through the etheric membrane that sustained their air, and then something that looked like a band of coloured ribbon, which might have been residual star-stuff or refractive ice crystals. According to the charts, there was a fourth ring beyond that, but Shaundar couldn’t see it.The battle took place among the rings and four moons of the planet Wylinta, which is a gas giant in the outer regions of the Telasian System. This was one of the factors that made it so remarkable -- planetary rings, which are usually asteroid belts, are extremely hazardous to Pilot at combat speeds. The Star-Pilot at the helm of the Queen's Dirk, a young midshipman named Shaundar Sunfall, was an Aces High graduate, and he made extensive use of his training and understanding of gravitation forces and Airt currents, to devastating effect.
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Avalonian Imperial Navy Man-O-War Class Starship
- 6 officers
- 60 crew
- 20 marines
10 Fomorian Navy "Hornets" Man-O-War Class StarshipsPer Ship:
- 6 officers
- 60 crew
- 25 marines
- 3 officers wounded, including Captain Yvoleth Oleander
- 1 officer dismembered (Midshipswoman Tyelatae Vesper )
- 10 crew wounded
- 9 marines wounded
- 7 officers dead, including Commodore Klugor Starstrike
- 21 crew dead
- 45 marines dead
- 5 officers wounded
- 52 crew wounded
- 22 marines wounded
As we were sailing along the star sea,
We hadn't been gone months, not two nor three,
When we saw ten sail, ten sail of orc
All men-o'-war full as big as we.
"Haul down your colours, you Elvish dogs!
Haul down your colours, do not refuse.
Haul down your colours, you Elvish dogs
Or your precious lives you will lose!"
Our captain being a valiant elf,
And a well bespoken an elf was he:
"Let it never be said that we died like dogs,
For we shall fight most valiantly!"
"Go up aloft, you cabin boys,
And mount the mainmast, a topsail high,
For to spread the news to King Xerxes' fleet
That we'll run the risk or else we'll die!"
Well, the fight began about six in the morn,
And unto the orbit of the sun.
And at the rise of the next dawn,
Where we saw ten ships we couldn't see but one.
For three we sank and three we burned,
And three we caused to run away,
And one we towed to Dragon Harbour,
For to let them know we'd won the day.
If anyone then should inquire
As to our gallant captain's name,
Well, Captain Yvoleth was our commander
And the Queen's Dirk was our ship by name.
Then Shaundar, still through Queenie’s senses, noticed Tyelatae. They brought her in on a stretcher, moaning and cursing in her particularly blue way. “Ma’am!” cried a tremulous voice Shaundar couldn’t quite identify. “Middie Vesper’s leg… it’s flat between her knee and her foot.” Naliatha grunted. “That will have to come off. Get me the amputation knives and the nectar. Opium too, if we have it.” “Ah, balls,” swore Tyelatae. “The war just started and now I have to go home?”
The Queen's Dirk
Elven Star-Pilot Shaundar Sunfall wants a chance to prove himself in battle. He's going to get it.