Centuries ago, the Human homeworld, Core, was threatened by a galactic disaster. The Gatekeepers scattered the Human race across the universe. At least, that’s where most legends agree…
When the residents of Le’anka gained spaceflight, they launched a two-pronged quest:
First, reunite all the scattered races of Humans. Thus the Alliance was born.
Second, find the Gatekeepers and ask them: Just what were you thinking?
These are the adventures of the E&D ship, AFV Defender. While they aren’t quite as death-defying as a certain other notorious ship in the Fleet, they’re developing a legend of their own. Some good. Some bad. But most important, they’re a family, with all the benefits and drawbacks.
Every day is a new adventure. If their misfit luck doesn’t finally run out on them.
Captain Genys Arroyan has a problem with her shiny new command — the dregs of the universe are laughing.
While the Defender is in spacedock, getting upgrades, Genys has to deal with mind-hunters and farting fur balls, merchants-of-insanity and diplomatic intrigue. Her Chief of Talents is hiding from forced matrimony and her new crewmembers aren’t too happy to be transferred to the Nanny Ship.
Then she finds out that the insectoid Hivers have a taste for the brains of the children of her crew. Falling through a Chute to another galaxy might turn out to be a good thing, even if dangerous.
A rescue mission turns into a battle to save a race of miniature dragons from genocide. They might just be sentient — but more important, dracs could turn out to be the defensive weapon the Alliance needs against the Hiver threat. Genys and her crew could end up breaking dozens of regulations in the quest to save dracs and maybe the Human race. Just how much trouble could teleporting, fire-breathing creatures with the personalities of four-year-olds cause on board a military vessel?
The misfit luck of the AFV Defender might finally be running out.
Here There Were Dragons
Dracs: the gift that keeps giving. And making life very interesting for the crew of the AFV Defender.
A spatial anomaly near the drac homeworld, a forbidden island, and signs of a civilization that self-destructed are just the tip of the iceberg. When spoiled brat Ambassador Vitiarre’s plot to get his hands on dracs is foiled, he sets out to make trouble for the Defender, and especially Chief of Talents M’kar. His long-standing feud with her father, Ashrock, just makes everything worse.
Then a new Chute opens up near the drac homeworld, leading to a planet with dragons in its legends. Despite no dragons present on the planet now, Vitiarre breaks regulations to invade and claim his own dragon. His schemes lead to the Defender being sent to mend the trouble he made with the matriarchal society of Castitarus.
The misfit luck of the Defender is hard at work. Male crew are kidnapped. The dracs develop allergies. Female officers are offered diplomatic gifts of men. And the crew race to find a cure for a disease that turns grown men into children — starting with Security Chief Decker, and Ashrock.
A typical mission for the crew of the AFV Defender.