The Dream-Quest of Lost Teitanis
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Saturday
Oct122019

A Traveler Returns

The legends have kicked around inhabited space for generations: the tale of a single spacepod blasting away from doomed Kithairon in the nick of time as the Shaitan world-buster scoured all life from the surface and cracked the planet’s mantle. 

These legends grew in embellished detail over the centuries as they were circulated in spaceport bars and publishing houses throughout the scattered enclaves of remaining Dominion space. The force of the Shaitan detonation, it seemed, had torn a hole in the fabric of Merouz space just large enough for the spacepod, which carried little in the way of supplies or fuel, to be sucked through. The pilot - by all accounts, a mere lowly Able Spacer in the rump Kithairon planetary defense fleet - was embarked on a great and mysterious journey through time and space. 

A journey mainly through latter-day storytellers’ imaginations.

But a Dominion universe that has yielded so many unlikely stories in the course of its ten thousand year recorded history has one more stunning revelation in store for its storytellers.

The legends of the miraculously spared refugee Kithairon space pod turn out to all be true.

Every single one of them.

Seeing the strange, piercing glow on the horizon beyond the low, flat Kithairon skyline, World Security Able Spacer Stennet acted without thinking. Sprinting toward the nearest craft - space pod X4372, idling on the tarmac - he leaped aboard, sealed the hatch, and ignoring the growing rumble and rising screams outside, flashed through the sketchiest preflight checklist of his career. In minutes, he was airborne.

Only later did he have time to consider what he’d done, what he’d seen.

What his thoughts were on those matters, history does not record.

But history may be about to find out.

Because Able Spacer Stennet is coming home.

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