“The Red Ship,” is set within the world of Marc Miller’s November book Agent of the Imperium.
Legendary game designer Miller is one of the founding partners of the Game Designers Workshop, and one of the original designers of the best-selling Traveller science fiction role playing game. He is the recipient of many game design awards, and has written many short stories and novellas set within his gaming universe.
Fiction Short Story
The Red Ship
Aboard CM Kugganzir above
Gvur 2302 Karrksinarka C886400–8 Ni Ga
I awoke to the sounds of impacts (was it missiles?) and the sizzle of comm static. I dispensed with my normal response process and spoke, "Who is in command?"
"I am Captain Lagash, Agent. We are cruiser Kugganzir. We have an Edict 97 situation, but scrubbing has not resolved it."
"Why was I not awakened earlier?"
"This is, in fact, your second awakening. You ordered the first scrubbing from our sister, Shamash."
"Bring her up on comms."
"That's the problem, Agent. Shamash was destroyed five minutes ago."
I decided that more information was needed. I opened my eyes, "Situation report."
Through the transpex, I caught the flash of a gigantic black spike, hurtling towards us. Three seconds later, Kugganzir shuddered with impact.