Spiritus Khayyam Chapter 2 Teaser · 3:56am
Twilight gaped at what she saw. The town was under heavy siege, a few buildings already having been knocked over as a party of Val'Kyr were setting up a large device in the town square.
“What is that thing?” Twilight asked as she and Ascentia took cover behind a destroyed building.
“The destruction of a planet it not a simple concept,” Ascentia explained, “If one were to simply destroy it with a shockwave or telekinesis, the resulting debris could fly off and damage other worlds.”
“How is that possible?”
“One of the laws of physics is that an object in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by an opposing force,” Ascentia explained.
“Yes, I know this,” Twilight said, rolling her eyes.
“In the vacuum of space, there is no friction or drag of any kind since there is no gravity or air to speak of,” Ascentia continued, “So if a planet explodes, it's debris will fly out until it hits something. That could be another planet in the system, and asteroid, the star, or a spaceborn vessel thousands of light years away a hundred years from now. When you recklessly blow up a planet, you are ruining someone's day somewhere at sometime.”
“Dear sweet Celestia...” Twilight gaped at the revelation.
“Yes, Sir Issac Newton is the deadliest bastard in space,” Ascentia remarked as she took count of the Val'Kyr attending to the device.
“So what does that machine do?” Twilight asked.
“When networked with others across the planet, it with cause tremors to the very core, causing the planet to implode in on itself rather than explode outward. This way the lifeless rock that remains will stay within it's solar orbit,” Ascentia explained, “It takes a month to calibrate everything properly, so we have some time to end this war.”
Ascentia drew her blade with a flash of light.
“Twilight, you will have to search for survivors,” she said as she readied her weapon, “I will buy you time to do so.”
Without a word from the lavender alicorn, Ascentia crept out from her cover and up to the Val'Kyr tending to the device, slamming her blade into the back of one and grabbing the neck of the other in her arm and snapping it with a jerk of her shoulder. Spinning on her heel, she drove her boot into the chest of the third, pulling her sword from the first and spinning again to cut along the throat of the last, before finally killing the one kicked to the ground.
“Well buck me, we don't need an army. We just need couple dozen of you,” Twilight said in surprise as she looked over the carnage.
“There will be time for flattery later,” Ascentia replied dismissively, “Find your friends.”